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“ [263] of the New Woman world as at present constituted, as like the rising up from the sea of a New continent. In my own youth Women were isolated from each other by the very intensity of their personal consciousness. I thought of myself and of other Women in this way. We thought that superior Women ought to have been born men. A blessed change is that which we have witnessed.”

as her eightieth Birthday drew nigh, her friends vied with one another in loving observance of the time. The festivities began May 17 with a meeting of the New England Women's Press Association, where she gave a lecture on “patriotism in literature” and received “eighty beautiful pink roses for my eighty years.”

next came the “annual meeting and lunch of the New England Woman's Club. This took the character of a pre-celebration of my eightieth Birthday, and was highly honorific. I can only say that I do not think of myself as the speakers seemed to think of me. Too deeply do I regret my seasons of rebellion, and my shortcomings in many duties. Yet am I thankful for so much good-will. I only deserve it because I return it.”

between this and the day itself came a Memorial meeting in honor of the ninety-sixth anniversary of Emerson's birth. Here she spoke “mostly of the ladies of his family” --Emerson's mother and his wife. Said also, “Emerson was as great in what he did not say as in what he said. Second-class talent tells the whole ”

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