drink is not only a natural passion, but a universal and abiding passion; while the efforts made by men to put it down are fitful and empirical-paper pledges, social orders, public meetings, and prohibitive laws.
No man has dreamt of an appeal to God.
These women saw that a field lay open to their enterprise.
It was the field of prayer, and they resolved to try the power of prayer.
They entered on a crusade of prayer against intoxicating drinks, and took on themselves the duty of crusaderesses.
They prayed at church.
They prayed in their own rooms.
They called meetings for prayer.
When they were ripe for bolder things, they stept into the streets, and stood in front of drinking-bars, praying for the whisky-drinkers, praying for the whisky-vendors, wrestling with the potent and evil spirit.
Their work began in Fourth Street. First meeting in church, and asking the Divine blessing on their trial, the ladies fell into ranks, two and two, and then passed into the street singing their hymns.
Near the Exchange
stands a famous drinking-bar, to which merchants repair for a free lunch, and wash that free lunch down with copious draughts of whisky and water.