They extended over forty years or more.
These occasions were often exasperating as well as fatiguing.
She never wearied of presenting the arguments for suffrage; she often suffered vexation of spirit in refuting those brought against it, but she never refused the battle.
“If I were mad enough,” she said once, “I could speak in Hebrewl”
She was “mad enough” when at a certain hearing woman suffrage was condemned as a “minority cause.”
Her words, if not in Hebrew, show the fighting spirit of ancient Israel
We quote from memory:--
--: “The fact that most women are indifferent or opposed is a sufficient proof that woman suffrage is wrong.”
: “May I ask one question?
Were the Twelve Apostles wrong in trying to bring about a better social condition when almost the whole community was opposed to them?”
----: “I suppose that question was asked merely for rhetorical effect.”
(having asked for two minutes to reply, with the whispered comment, “I shall die
if I am not allowed to speak!” ): “I do not know how it is with Dr.
----, but I was not brought up to use the Bible
for rhetorical effect.
To my mind, the suffragists and their opponents are like the wise and the foolish virgins of the parable, equal in number but not in wisdom.
When the Bridegroom cometh, may Dr. have his wedding garment ready!”