women must have education!”
[Loud applause.] Show me the necessity in civil life, and I will find you forty thousand pulpits that will say Saint Paul
meant just that.
[Renewed applause.] Now, I am Orthodox; I believe in the Bible
; I reverence Saint Paul
; I believe his was the most masterly intellect that God ever gave to the race; I believe he was the connecting link, the bridge, by which the Asiatic and European
mind were joined; I believe that Plato
ministers at his feet,--but after all he was a man, and not God.
[Applause.] He was limited, and liable to mistake.
You cannot anchor this Western continent to the Jewish footstool of Saint Paul
; and after all, that is the difficulty,--religious prejudice
. It is not the fashion,--we shall beat it; it is not the fastidiousness of the exquisite,--we shall smother it; it is the religious prejudice, borrowed from a mistaken interpretation of the New Testament.
That is the real Gibraltar
with which we are to grapple, and my argument with that is simply this,--you left it when you founded a republic; you left it when you inaugurated Western civilization; we must grow out of one root.
I congratulate you, as friends of this cause, on the progress of the last twelve months. You know that when you look at a barometer on a common sunshiny day, you must furnish yourself with an infinitesimal point of brass, and a machinery of delicate wheels to move it a small atom of space, sufficient to measure the changes of the quicksilver.
But when you are in the East India
seas, and — the monsoon is about to blow, or the tempest is about to sweep the surface of the waters, the barometer will jump an inch, or fall down an inch, according as the change is to be. You need no machinery then, when a storm is coming that will lift your