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    S. L. Louis
Excerpt from book: Introducing Yourself. If on entering a drawing-room to pay a visit, you are not recognized, mention your name immediately: if you know but one member of a family, and you find others only in the parlor, present yourself to them. Much awkwardness may be occasioned by want of attention to this. Assisting A Lady In Difficulty. If you see a lady whom you do not know, unattended, and wanting the assistance of a man, offer your services to her immediately. Do it with great courtesy, taking off your hat and begging the honor of assisting her. This precept, although universally observed in France, is constantly violated in England and America by the demi-bred, perhaps by all but the thorough-bred. The ''mob of gentlemen" in this country seem to act in these cases as if a gentleman ipso facto ceased to be a Man, and as if the form of presentation was established to prevent intercourse and not to increase it. CHAPTER IV. SALUTATIONS. THE salutation, says a French writer, is the touchstone of good breeding. There have been men, since Absalom, who have owed their ruin to a bad bow. According to circumstances, it should be respectful, cordial, civil, affectionate or familiar—an inclination of the head, a gesture with the hand, the touching or doffing of the hat. "It would seem that good manners were originally the expression of submission from the weaker to the stronger. In a rude state of society every salutation is to this day an act of worship. Hence the commonest acts, phrases and signs of courtesy with which we are now familiar date from those earlier stages when the strong hand ruled and the inferior demonstrated his allegiance by studied servility. Let us take, for example, the words 'sir ' and 'madam.' ' Sir' is derived from seigneur, sieur, and originally meant l...  
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