economy, one of the foundation stones that cannot be dispensed with.
It is woman's responsibility to teach the coming generations to live
inside of their means, and to reserve extra pennies for rainy day7s
(they will be sure to come), and secure a home for old age. How
many7 are paid large salaries, "live high," unmindful of the future,
and end their existence in the almshouse?
The time is fast approaching, so near that we can hear his footstep
in the distance, when nobody will care for that class of persons who
are content to live in poverty. Such have neglected opportunities,
misused means and wasted time. They7 are content to know little,
and possess less, a universal sentiment, because it is a universal
experience. Woman's responsibility is great, and its importance
vast, when we analyze it. She alone has the power to set at naught
the monster, "ignorance," uproot "base desire," break down the
barrier, prejudice, and bury the race problem under the black pall of
oblivion, beyond the possibility of a resurrection. Why should they
fill positions as public teachers ? Why, because our educated men
are needed for so many avocations that the work of teaching is left
almost wholly to w7omen.
True we have little or no part in the political arena, but that gives
time for preparation and thought. Seeing the awful blunders that
politicians now make will but give a clearer insight to them when it
is theirs to act and to do. While they7 may be debarred from the
ballot-box, and we cannot even offer them a clerkship after having
worked manfully to acquire an education, we know of other field s. We
need jewelers, machinists, engineers, lawyers, merchants, physicians
and an educated ministry. We need leaders, not only in politics, but
in the pulpits, in the pews and everywhere.
Thirty years have passed since we were liberated from a condition
of servitude and extreme degradation to enjoy the rights and privi¬
leges as citizens of America. We have waited and looked for a
leader these thirty years with such anxiety as did our ancestors two
hundred and fifty years ago for the glorious light of freedom. It came.
So will a leader. Woman's work in the world is great and multifa¬
rious. It is a work which she alone can do. We do not mean to
compare her with a man, but c< mipare w< .mail with woman. Judge of
what I can do by what I have done; of what women can do by wdiat
they have. done. She can inspire when man fails. 'Tis hers to up¬
lift, purify and adorn. What great cause of the world has brought
about the desired result without woman's help? She did not bring