the discharge of home duties and the enjoyment of home delights, leaving the functions of legislators, sheriffs, jurymen, militia, to their fathers, husbands, brothers; yet if, after all, the question recurs, “But suppose the women should
generally prefer a complete political equality with men, what would you say to that demand?” —the answer must be, “accede to it. However unwise or mistaken the demand, it is but the assertion of a natural right, and as such must be conceded.”
The report of this convention excited much discussion and more ridicule.
The ridicule has died away, but the discussion of the subject of woman's rights and wrongs will probably continue until every statute which does wrong to woman is expunged from the laws.
And if, before voting goes out of fashion, the ladies should generally desire the happiness, such as it is, of taking part in elections, doubtless that happiness will be conceded them also.
Meanwhile, an important movement was going on in the office of the Tribune.
Since the time when Mr. Greeley
practically gave up Fourierism, he had taken a deep interest in the subject of Associated Labor, and in 1848, 1849, and 1850, the Tribune published countless articles, showing workingmen how to become their own employers, and share among themselves the profits of their work, instead of letting them go to swell the gains of a “Boss.”
It was but natural that workingmen should reply, as they often did,— “If Association is the right principle on which to conduct business, if it is best, safest, and most just to all concerned, why not try it yourself, O Tribune of the People!”
That was precisely what the Tribune of the People had long meditated, and, in the year 1849, he and his partner resolved to make the experiment.
They were both, at the time, in the enjoyment of incomes superfluously large, and the contemplated change in their business was, therefore, not induced by any business exigency.
It was the result of a pure, disinterested attachment to principle; a desire to add practice to preaching.
The establishment was valued by competent judges at a hundred thousand dollars, a low valuation; for its annual profits amounted to more than thirty thousand dollars. But newspaper property differs from all other.
It is won with difficulty, but it is precarious.
An unlucky paragraph may depreciate it one-half; a perverse editor,