* WOMANHOOD A VITAL ELEMENT
IN THE REGENERATION AND
PROGRESS OF A RACE.
HE two sources from which, perhaps,
modern civilization has derived its noble
and ennobling ideal of woman are Christianity
and the Feudal System.
In Oriental countries woman has been uni¬
formly devoted to a life of ignorance, infamy,
and complete stagnation. The Chinese shoe
of to-day does not more entirely dwarf, cramp,
and destroy her physical powers, than have
the customs, laws, and social instincts, which
from remotest ages have governed our Sister
of the East, enervated and blighted her men¬
tal and moral life.
Mahomet makes no account of woman
whatever in his polity. The Koran, which,
unlike our Bible, was a product and not a
•Read before the convocation of colored clergy of the Protestant Epis¬
copal Church at Washington, D. C, I88G.