despondency as to the melioration of the human race.”
These are English testimonies, where the State
rests more than half on bayonets.
Here we are trying to rest the ballot-box on a drunken people.
“We can rule a great city,” said Sir Robert Peel
, “America cannot;” and he cited the mobs of New York as sufficient proof of his assertion.
Thoughtful men see that up to this hour the government of great cities has been with us a failure; that worse than the dry-rot of legislative corruption, than the rancor of party spirit, than Southern barbarism, than even the tyranny of incorporated wealth, is the giant burden of intemperance, making universal suffrage a failure and a curse in every great city.
Scholars who play statesmen,1
and editors who masquerade as scholars, can waste much excellent anxiety that clerks shall get no office until they know the exact date of Caesar
's assassination, as well as the latitude of Pekin
, and the Rule of Three.
But while this crusade-the Temperance movement-has been, for sixty years, gathering its facts and marshalling its arguments, rallying parties, besieging legislatures, and putting great States on the witness-stand as evidence of the soundness of its methods, scholars have given it nothing but a sneer.
But if universal suffrage ever fails here for a time,--permanently it cannot fail,--it will not be incapable civil service, nor an ambitious soldier, nor Southern vandals, nor venal legislatures, nor the greed of wealth, nor boy statesmen rotten before they are ripe, that will put universal suffrage into eclipse: it will be rum intrenched in great cities and commanding every vantage ground.
Social science affirms that woman's place in society marks the level of civilization.
From its twilight in