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[304] interested in such a movement. In December, 1870, it was announced that a meeting “for the purpose of considering and arranging the steps necessary to be taken for calling a World's Congress of Women in behalf of International Peace” would be held in Union League Hall, Madison Avenue and Twentysixth Street, New York, on Friday, December 23. The announcement, which sets forth the need for and objects of such a congress, is signed by Julia Ward Howe, William Cullen Bryant, and Mary F. Davis.

The meeting was an important one: there were addresses by Lucretia Mott, Octavius Frothingham, and Alfred Love, the Peace prophet of Philadelphia; letters from John Stuart Mill, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and William Howard Furness, who adjures peacelovers to “labor for the establishment of a Supreme Court to which all differences between nations shall be referred for settlement.”

Mrs. Howe made the opening address, from which we quote these words:--

So I repeat my call and cry to women. Let it pierce through dirt and rags — let it pierce through velvet and cashmere. It is the call of humanity. It says: “Help others, and you help yourselves.”

Let the woman seize and bear about the prophetic word of the hour, and that word becomes flesh, and dwells among men. This rapturous task of hope, this perpetual evangel of good news, is the woman's special business, if she only knew it.

Patience and passivity are sometimes in place for

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