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the community has none she will organize a Sunday school. The
women in the country look forward with eagerness to her coming for
she assists in whatever they do, especially in dressmaking. She
has written articles for several papers and some of her friends have
urged her to write, but she holds to what she feels is her peculiar
calling, that is, the school room.
"The Responsibility of Women as Teachers."
BY MRS. MARY RICE PHELPS.
T, HAVE a nature somewhat poetic, and might tiy to please 37ou with
!W simile, metaphor or trope, but the simplest way of sa37ing- things is
best. To show7 you the importance of our subject, wre would smite
y7ou with the wand <>f imagination and lead you through "Eden" of old
to behold man as he languished, surrounded with all the beauties of
nature, in a garden of variegated grandeur, till one more perfect
came to bless his home in Paradise. Or we might wander with y7ou
through ancient day7s, in the dark ages of the world's history, and
there, among the musty7 volumes of other ages, the dusty archives of
long forgotten generations, read of woman's worth from one parch¬
ment, and on another behold the world's wretchedness w7hile she is
excluded from society. She was bound by7 fetters of corruption to
endure that which w7as degrading in itself. Yet we find a sense of
pure principle and noble purpose found wherever she is found.
In the dawn of the Christian era she threw off the manacle which
society had placed upon her and rose, step by7 step, from one degree
of usefulness to another, filling almost every honorable position, till
she comes forth as mans equal and companion. We wish to speak
briefly of her responsibilities and the preparation necessary to meet
them, trusting that we may say something or suggest some thought
that will help the young women of our race to place more value upon
opportunities, and to more thoroughly and thoughtfully prepare
themselves f< >r the great work of m< adding a more perfect iie<>TO race.
There are manifold reasons to pause on the threshold of womanhood
and ask ourselves: "What is the responsibility of women?" If we