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[375] Doctor's ill health. She consulted Mr. Clarke, but felt afterward that this was a mistake.

“My daemon says: ‘Go and say nothing. Nobody can help you bear your own child.’ ”

She went.

No matter how fatiguing these journeys were, she never failed to find some enjoyment in them; many were the pleasant “fruits of friendship” gathered along the way. Some one of the sisters was sure to have a tiny teapot in her basket; another would produce a spirit-lamp; they drank their tea, shared their sandwiches, and were merry. She loved to travel with her “dear big Livermore,” with Lucy Stone, and the faithful Blackwells, father and daughter; perhaps her best-loved companion was Ednah Cheney, her “esteemed friend of many years, excellent in counsel and constant and loyal in regard.”

Once she and Mrs. Cheney appeared together at an “A. A.W.” meeting in a Southern city, where speaking and singing were to alternate on the programme. It was in their later years: both were silver-haired and white-capped. Our mother was to announce the successive numbers. Glancing over the programme, she saw that Mr. So-and-So was to sing “The two Grenadiers.” With a twinkling glance toward Mrs. Cheney, she announced, “The next number will be The two Granny Dears!”

The Reverend Antoinette Blackwell, describing one of these journeys, says:--

“As we went onward I was ready to close my eyes and ‘loll’ or look lazily out to see the flying landscape ”

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