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down the lightning and connect electricity with thought, that differ¬
ent countries could talk to each other; but what did not the Reforma¬
tion owe to the clear, womanly insight of Catherine Von Bora? Does
not American independence owe much to the courage and stead¬
fast resolution of the women of the Revolution ?
She did not soar on telescopic wings and poise on ethereal pinions
amid the fiery planets of the blue canopy to make a catalogue of the
stars and discover the laws that govern them, and '' unlock their com¬
plicated movements;'' but w7e find her shaping character and mould¬
ing the minds that sway the government of our country. What does
not missions owe to the Christian women of our country7? It holds
"Warriors and statesmen have their meed, of praise ;
And what they suffer men record ;
But the long- sacrifice of woman's day
Passes without a thoug-ht, a word of praise."
'Tis woman's responsibility to teach the y7oung men what it is to
be true men; what it is to be a loyal man; "a man'' in every sense of
the word. To teach the young woman to be wonianty; that it is hon¬
orable to work; that fashionable and frivolous women who live only
in self-indulgence and to have a '' good time'' are a dead weight upon
their parents and a blot in society. In the age of chivalry and knight¬
hood the laws of human nature were expressed when the crowning of
the victor was assigned to woman's hand. As on the knightly fields,
so it is on the great battle-fields of life, contestants and combatants
are animated and encouraged by woman's approval and cheering
words. If 37ou fail, 37oung women, to use this "power, 3-011 fail posi¬
tively, not negativety; so fail that 37ou will drag down instead of ele¬
vating. This pow7er is 37ours, and 37ou cannot change it. It belongs
to you as women.
Catherine de Medici urged and Protestantism died in France.
The women of Rome became dissolute, and the Romans were con¬
quered by the barbarians from the North. Esther pleads, and a
doomed nation is rescued. Abigail intercedes, and her household is
spared. She teaches the king to think of the folly of rashness.
Young women, if you are weak, wicked and worldly, men will follow 37ou
as if you were pure. The37 will seek you, learn of 37our wicked ways
and follow you, even to destruction and death. Knowing" these
things, equip yourselves with all that make a true and noble woman.
If you have never been a factor in the upbuilding of your race,