previous next
“ [405] to speak,” she said, “and I was the only person present who had known Margaret and remembered her.”

For a little while this incident weighed on her. She felt that she was “out of the running” ; but a winning race was close at hand.

The question of pure milk was before the Massachusetts Legislature, and was being hotly argued. An urgent message came by telephone; would Mrs. Howe say a word for the good cause? Maud went to her room, and found her at her desk, the morning's campaign already begun.

“There is to be a hearing at the State House on the milk question; they want you dreadfully to speak. What do you say?”

“Give me half an hour!” she said.

Before the half-hour was over she had sketched out her speech and dressed herself in her best flowered silk cloak and her new lilac hood, a birthday gift from a poor seamstress. Arrived at the State House, she sat patiently through many speeches. Finally she was called on to speak; it was noticed that no oath was required of her. As she rose and came forward on her daughter's arm,--“You may remain seated, Mrs. Howe,” said the benevolent chairman.

“I prefer to stand” was the reply.

She had left her notes behind; she did not need them. Standing in the place where, year after year, she had stood to ask for the full rights of citizenship, she made her last thrilling appeal for justice.

“We have heard,” she said, “a great deal about the farmers' and the dealers' side of this case. We want ”

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Julia Ward Howe (2)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: