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[360] made its greatest stride toward the control of human affairs. The women's colleges and the women's clubs have had everything to do with the great advance which we see in the moral efficiency of our sex. These two agencies have been derided and decried, but they have done their work.

If a word of elderly counsel may become me at this moment, let me say to the women here assembled: Do not let us go back from what we have gained. Let us, on the contrary, press ever forward in the light of the new knowledge, of the new experience. If we have rocked the cradle, if we have soothed the slumbers of mankind, let us be on hand at their great awakening, to make steadfast the peace of the world!

She was glad afterward that she had not gone; but a significant corollary to the matter appears on April 25:--

Providence — a pleasant trip, made possible by dear Laura's departure.”

(That is, “dear Laura” knew nothing about it till afterward. How often we recalled the old Quaker's saying to her, “It was borne in upon me at an early period that if I told no one what I intended to do, I should be enabled to do it!” )

In the last week of April ( “dear Laura” being still absent) she spoke four times in public, on four successive days. These addresses were at the Kindergarten for the Blind ( “I missed the snap which Michael's presence was wont to give; I spoke praise of him to the children, as one to be held in dear remembrance; to the visitors, as having left the public a sacred ”

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