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“ [22] wished me to speak for five minutes. After some hesitation I said that I would try. Felt much annoyed at being asked so late. Went up to the platform and did pretty well in French. The audience applauded, laughing a little at some points. In fact, my little speech was a decided success with the Frenchspeaking part of the audience. Two or three Englishwomen who understood very little of it found fault with me for occasioning laughter. To the banquet....”

September 23. This morning Mrs. Sheldon Ames and her brother came to ask whether I would go to Germany on a special mission. Miss Bolte also wished me to go to Baden Baden to see the Empress of Germany.”

September 24. A conference of Swiss and English women at 11 A. M. A sister of John Stuart Mill spoke, like the other English ladies, in very bad French. “Nous femmes” said she repeatedly. She seemed a good woman, but travelled far from the subject of the meeting, which was the work to be done to carry out what the Congress had suggested. Mrs. Blank, of Bristol, read a paper in the worst French I ever heard. “Ouvrager” for “travailler” was one of her mistakes.”

In spite of some slight criticisms on the management of this Congress, she was heart and soul in sympathy with its object; and until the last day of her life, never ceased to battle for the higher morality which at all costs protests against the legalizing of vice.

Before leaving Geneva she writes:--

“To Ferney in omnibus. The little church with its ”

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