[Applause.] It is the corner-stone of progress also, because, the moment you have admitted that poor, ignorant heart as an element of the government, able to mould your institutions, those five millions of dollars feel that their cradle is not safe and their life is in peril, unless that heart is bulwarked with education and informed with morality; selfishness dictates that wealth and education should do its utmost to educate poverty and hold up weakness,--and that is the philosophy of democratic institutions.
I am speaking in a republic which admits the principle that the poor are not to be protected by the rich, but to have the means of protecting themselves.
So, too, with the ignorant; so, too, with races.
are not to trust to the sense of justice in the Saxon
; the German is not to trust to the native-born citizen; the Catholic
is not to trust to the Protestant: but all sects, all classes, are to hold in their own hands the sceptre — the American
sceptre — of the ballot, which protects each class.
We claim it, therefore, for woman.
The reply is that woman has not sense enough.
If she has not, so much the more shame for your public schools,--educate her!
If God did not give her mind enough, then you are brutes; for you say to her “Madam
, you have sense enough to earn your own living,--don't come to us!”
You make her earn her own bread, and if she has sense enough to do that, she has enough to say whether Fernando Wood
or Governor Morgan
shall take one cent out of every hundred to pay for fire-works.
When you hold her up in both hands and say: “Let me work for you!
Don't move one of your dainty fingers!
We will pour wealth into your lap, and be ye clothed in satin and velvet, all ye daughters of Eve!” --then you will be consistent in saying that woman has not sense enough to vote; but if she has sense enough to work, to depend