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[235] those fair creatures for whom all life must be smoothed, as it always had been; and when, erelong, she was happily married, she appeared one of those who retire forever from the public gaze, and whose education is called wasted. By no means: the best of husbands may fail in business or in health, and then we see of what material the wife is made. This woman has for many years been the main support of her own large household, and has in so doing developed a literary talent, and an especial genius for teaching, that have made her books the inspiration and the guidance of a thousand homes. She is but a type of a myriad women, all over this country, whose education has paid for itself over and over again, in the mere material aspect.

And even where this material use of education has not been actually necessary, how much stronger and freer a woman is when she knows that she has this intellectual capital, and can at any time put it to use! Then comes, too, the higher use to be made of it, not for material objects alone, but for the good of all. The great changes of the last thirty years, placing upon women so much of the practical organization of philanthropies and the guidance of society, have gone hand-in-hand with the higher education. The Sanitary Commission and the Women's Christian Temperance Union are striking instances of this organized development. The Society of Collegiate

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