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“ [363] life shining in every feature of her face.” These men and women had been the champions of the slave. They now asked for wives and mothers those civil rights which had been given to the negro; “that impartial justice for which, if for anything, a Republican Government should stand.” Their speech was earnest; she listened as to a new gospel. When she was asked to speak, she could only say, “I am with you.”

With the new vision came the call of a new duty. “What can I do?” she asked. The answer was ready. The New England Woman Suffrage Association was formed, and she was elected its first president. This office she held, with some interruptions, through life. It is well to recall the patient, faithful work of the pioneer suffragists, who, without money or prestige, spent themselves for the cause. Their efforts, compared to the well-organized and well-financed campaigns of to-day, are as a “certain upper chamber” compared with the basilica of St. Peter, yet it was in that quiet room that the tongues of Pentecost spoke.

“I am glad,” she often said, “to have joined the suffrage movement, because it has brought me into such high company.”

The convert buckled to her new task with all her might, working for it early and late with an ardor that counted no cost.

“Oh! dear Mrs. Howe, you are sofull of inspiration” cried a foolish woman. “It enables you to do so much!”

“Inspiration!” said “dear Mrs. Howe,” shortly. “Inspiration means perspiration!”

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