conscientiously object to the means employed by others, unless they contain an immorality.”
I beg leave to dissent from this.
We have had sixty years experience in Temperance methods, and certainly may claim to have learned something.
Now, when these new converts-these nursling babies of grace-mislead by their crude suggestions the Temperance public, obstruct its efforts and waste its means, are we bound to sit silent and make no protest against such waste and recklessness?
The treasury of reform is not rich enough to bear such extravagance on the pretence of harmony; much less are we bound to silence when a neighbor's mistake seriously harms and hinders the movement.
lived, as it did in 1806, with no steam fire-engine,--only leather buckets hanging in each man's front entry,--cheerfully would I stand with Dr. Crosby
and a hundred more to pass buckets of water up to the firemen on a burning building.
But in 1881, I should not obstruct the engine, and crowd it out of its place, merely that Dr. Crosby
and I might have a chance harmoniously to unite in passing empty
buckets toward the flames.
Life is too short for such false courtesies; too short for us to postpone working on our line until we have educated every new convert up to our level.
This might do very well before the Flood.
as Sydney Smith
suggests, when Methuselah could consult his friends for a hundred and fifty years in relation to an intended enterprise, and even when live to see the working of his plan, and its success or failure, for six or seven centuries afterward.
But life now is limited to an average of seventy years, and practical men must put their hands to the plough in the best way they know, and if children stand in their way, move them gently but firmly out of the path.
I think before Dr. Crosby
spoke he should have studied the history of the Temperance movement.
If he were as