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[183] stands a pyramid; and the erectors of this pyramid were ladies, ever more ladies. Men forget, women protest.

That all these protests put the day of their recovery back we know, and all men know; but how are you to argue with impulsive and imperious politicians, who refute you with a glance, disarm you with a smile? A lovely Maryland girl used to make our London drawing-rooms ring with her scorn of “the northern scum.” You saw the tone was false, the feeling vicious, the passion fleeting; but that swelling voice was in your ear, and when you turned to her in hostile mood, a pair of flashing eyes were on your face. What could you do but run?

If strangers feel such pangs in dealing with these female patriots, even when he differs from them in opinion, how much more painful must it be for son or brother? It is a consolation to perceive that these Conservatives have a better and more wholesome side. If last to forget the old, women are first to begin the new. If ladies build pyramids, they also set the example of teaching in the public schools.

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