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[-009] another way of saying it should have more honor among men, and should be enabled to enlarge and perfect its work.

It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of the associations for young men. When these had proved their efficiency, it was certain that similar organizations for young women would be formed. The spirit and wisdom which created the earlier form of service were sure to advance to this which was equally needed and equally promising. The influence of the association for young women is manifold and in every way it is helpful. The young woman who comes to the city and is a stranger here, can find one place which belongs to her. There she will meet others who can direct her to a home and assist her in beginning her new life. She can visit the rooms which have been opened for her when she will, and find there a quiet seat, with books and papers and friends. She can learn under good teachers that which will be useful to her. She can study books if she will. She can learn to sing. She will be taught to cut a dress, to trim a hat, to make a loaf of bread. She can study the Bible and receive wise religious counsel. She can find amusement for a leisure hour. To the many these things are proffered — to those who have homes and to strangers within the gates.

Younger girls can learn the simple processes of domestic life for the benefit of their households, and for their furnishing as they go out into the larger world. Indeed, so far as may be, the Association offers a home with its security, its refinement, its friendship, its instruction, its mutual assistance. With a liberal constitution, broad enough for all who call themselves Christians, the women of many churches of many names join in these labors of love and joy.

I am left free to say what I will in this introduction. But I am glad to commend this Association to the active and generous confidence of all who have time which they can use in its work, or money which they can give for its enlargement.

The Association should have a house of its own. It should be a building large enough and good enough for the admirable work which is to be done. It should have ample XII

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