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[p. 96] during anniversary week, and heard ‘the mob, the mob,’ so often spoken of in tones of disgust and horror, that at last I stood up on the defensive and constantly retorted, ‘The mob is on my side, I belong to it.’ I did meet with one funny adventure. When I left the cars my feeling was that I could not for the world pass through Court Square and see the barricaded temple of Justice; but on the same principle I suppose, that people are drawn to look at executions, I had an impulse on returning home to go through the street which I had so sedulously avoided a few hours before. A gentleman pulled me by the sleeve just as I had entered it. ‘Where now?’ said he. ‘To liberate yonder prisoner,’ said I. ‘I wish you Godspeed,’ he called after me. After a few steps more a lady plucked my shawl, one of the noble Boston women. I stopped to speak with her but she soon interrupted me with, ‘You must fall into our rank or the police will order you off the sidewalk.’ As I looked more attentively I perceived that she was standing with her back leaning against the wall of the shops directly opposite the Court House, on the other side of the street, and a long row of women on each side of her were her companions. ‘Rank?’ repeated I, ‘What are you doing here?’ ‘Bearing our protest!’ was her answer. ‘How? by looking at the Court House!’ ‘We hiss every soldier, and wish all the women to do the same.’ I confess this mode of protest struck me as irresistibly comic. But it was a real fact, and by night these good ladies were completely spent. Yet how much better this was than the applause and thanks paid by many to the military.


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