regarding their own sex ?" excitedly Avent on
Halstead. His color deepened with his poetic sen¬
timent for those he considered almost defenseless.
" Yes, Avhy ? " he repeated. " Simply because the
Avorld in its harshness toward them as a sex
is so unbearably tyrannical that it makes them
coAvards. If a Avoman as pure as an angel should
hold out a helping hand to a fallen sister, the act
of charity Avould be recorded in her favor in
Heaven, but it would smirch her character in the
eyes of this Avorld. She is forced by Avrongly
organized society to appear cruel and cold to her
own sex. I, for one, hope the time is not far dis¬
tant Avhen she, through increased independence of
character, Avill be as ready to frown upon the
uncleanness and impurity of a man as she does
now, through cOAvardice, upon that of woman."
" Hear! hear ! Go it, old man ! My sentiments
exactly. 'Pon my soul, you look glorious when
you champion the cause oi Avoman," said Bana¬
tyne, clapping his hands by Avay of approval.
" Why, we may go through all the dissipations
that cry to Heaven for vengeance, but Avhen we
come to select a wife, a girl in her teens—who has
been kept as closely guarded as a pearl in its oyster
shell—is scarcely reckoned pure enough for our
spoilt and debauched lordships," concluded Hal¬
stead, just as a third party entered the office.