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Means of Reaching Longevity.

Avoid excess m all things, brctthe pure sir, keep strictly clean, and cultivate an easy conscience, good humour, and contentment. Above all, do not constantly •'fuss" or think about your health. Medical science shows th<-vt one of the chief agents m producing the effects of old age is a hardening, thickening, and stiffening of the tissue*. It is not unlikely that these are more or less cnused by the use of calcareous water, or water impregnated with other mineral ingredients, 'and the exclusive employment of d'stilled water has been advi-icd. As declining age cornea on it h nob well to alter the habits. The di»i,url>;»nce produced by giving up even a bad habit, to which one has been •accustomed, will probably exceed the harm done by continuing it. A fatal mistake is to loosen one's hold uponlife by giving up one's affections, activities, and interests. The unnecessary disuse of one's faculties or functions is one of the surest Avays of causing their rapid decay. - Sir Uenry Holland, whom the Quarterly Review described as "a man who has been everywhere, has seen everything, has known everybody,"published his " Recollections of Past I4fe " after he had entered his eighty-fourth year. In hia eighty-second year he visited the Upper Mississippi and North-western States, travelling by land, lake, or riv«r upwards of 3500 miles m five weeks. When* eighty-four he was absolutely unable to walk slowly, and still shone m horsemanship. Mrs Somerville wroteher " Molecular Science" when eighty-eight, and Walter Savage Landor some of his best " Imaginary Conversations " after he was eighty-nine, while Iviak Walton: did not whojly relinquish hi» pen until his ninetieth year. Vital personal religion hat. been found to be an active promoter of health and , longevity, so much so as to have conI stituted an element m the calculations of i physicians. -

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Means of Reaching Longevity., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2542, 13 October 1890

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Means of Reaching Longevity. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2542, 13 October 1890