15 Woman's J. 1 (1884)

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    'Vol.' XV.


  The Wonlan's JOurnal.
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                  CONSOLAL.
            BY   AItBTIT W. BWAM.
 The worldling oft in curious wonder glances
   At the meek air of quiet Quakeres,
 But ne'er divines the rebel thoughts and fancies
   That riot, neeth that placid mien and dress.
 Consola, reared with tender supervision,
   In strict conformance to the Quaker rules,
 Confessed to many a treacherous intuition,
   Never yet learned or unlearned in the schools.
 Forbiddenlongings, innocent and human,
   She, sectetly impenitent, repressed;
 For, hovering Still bbtwifitle st161di nd woman,
   She bad not fodtnd the courage opiroteat.
 An eye had she for ili the alluring graces
   Of air and dress by pretty worldling. worn-
 Theflowing fall of ribbons, robes and laces,
   The tints that mo'ck.the sunset and the dawn.
 She was content to enjoy this decoration-
 Qk tried to be-in others' dress alone,,
 But H eqtured'dn one  itte Innoveton
   To mitigate the primness of her own.
 Deftly a sUken pocket she embroidered,
   To don, or doff If elders thougbl it sin;
 And lovingly she o'er the labor 1Mitered,
   'Weaving her fanies ahd her hopes therein.
 Would'Luther notice It and,think It pretty?
   Would he like rose, or blue, or lilac best?
 Or wduld he critilso, andthink-.Oh, pity I-
   Her heart by foollsh vaulty poeaesed?
 Luther at meeting waited her arrival,
   Knew the old bay, and helped her to alight;
 But what he saw was not the -mbroidered trifle,
   Had it been twenty times as fair and bright.
 He saw the blue eyes with longlashes shaded,
   Whose speaking power enhmced the charm of words
 That seemed to sweetest music modulated,'
   Dearer to him than morning song of birds.
 He saw the roseate glow that, coming, going,
   Unconsciously revealed each varylng mood,
 The ruling one an artless overflowing
   Of loving-kindness and solicitude.
 Long had he sought in vain for an occasion
   To tell his love, and this day he had planned
 To leave a simple writfen declaration
   Safely ,within her little giceting hand.
 But watchful eyes Inclose approximation
   Thwarted his dear design, and, sorely tried,
 On entering church, with sudden desperation,
   He dropped it in the pocket at her side.
 She, all unconsclus of its intervention,
   To serious things devoutly turned her thought,
 And soon commanded her enrapt attention
   The ministration of Lucretia Mott.
 With eloquent, persuasive exhortation,
   She pictured slavery, its woe and sin,
 And roused the conscience of the congregation
   To feel Its own complicity therein.
 consolea, with the gentle sect to screen her,
   Had little known of suffering, wrong or thrall,
 And all the woman dormant yet within her
   Rose in response to that resistless call.
 It lent new forces o long-acccpte4 teaching,
   To life and love a'larger meaning gave;
 And leaving church she Said, with eyes beseeching,
   Oh, Luther, !e is labor fo- the slave I
 At home, her former mood severely scorning,
   The embroidered bauble far away she tossed,
 And, gatbered up with refuse of the morning,
   By tuccident 'twas aarried off and lost.
 Luther, endeavoring to frame excuses
   That might explain a silence so remls,
 Forgiving said, The tender heart refuses
   To answer no, yet cannot answer yes.
 But with his grief he manfully contended,
 And all his youthful force and fervor threw
 Into the larger struggle which Impended-
 The cause ofFreedom, end Consola's too.
 Together, with Indomitable ardor,
 They breasted prejudice, they laughed at scorn,
 While he, solicitous to guide and guard her,
 Smoothed the rough path, intent to help or warn.
 To this enlarging labor dedicated,
 They daily grew In a diviner grace,
 And Into words far-reaching he translated
 The appealing pity of her speaking face.
 The sudden vision ofa sweeter blessing
 Would sometimes gleam athwart them and above,
 While in each other's friendship still confeslng
 A dearer charm than any other's love,
 Until, in an old chest by chance neglected,
 After four years of earnest effort passed,
Its precious contents safe ad unsuspected,
  The lungJost pocket came to light at last.
And then the past rose clear and plain before her-
  His oft-revealed but ne'erintruded love,
His fending foresight ike an gla o'er her,
  His ready sympathy even help above.
She sought him soon, oondlisedly explainin,,
  How on that day the pocket welittstrny,
And now was found; bet here her courge waning,
  She pause d ndtred her tll-tale face anwil.
lie flushed, then paled,-with doubt and longing rifted,
And while hope waverluigdtll sieomed aa,
lier teastl~teuder eyessitJssl . d ,'e'l  ,  . 3 -
Reveaig heaven- with the gate ajar.
               . -: / .   l'as'pts'e' Magain#.


             THE TBREB TAVERNS.
    It is recorded in the Book of Acts that
  Paul, on arriving at the Three Taverns,
  thanked God and took courage. The Wom-
  an Suffrage movement, having arrived at
  the hospitality of three Territories, may do
  the same. Territories are Indeed some-
  what like taverns, in their vast hospitality
  and their changing population; but for
  that very reason they are better as points
  of outlook for current events, than are
  more settled homes. In a new country, it
  Is in the hotels that people congregate first,
  compare notes and pick up the news. Wy-
  oming, Utah and Washington Territory
  are our three taverns; and If they do not
  afford equal subjects of pride, exactly, we
  must remember that it may have been
  equally so with Paul's hostelries. He
  does not go into particulars about them;
  the character of one or two of them may
  have been quite dubious, and they may
  even-being taverns in an oriental coun-
  try-havesheltered polygamists. No mat-
  ter;he was comforted when he reached
  them, all the same.
    The general feeling of the friends of
  Woman Suffrage is, I think, one of cour-
  age. This is not based on party affinities
  only. As a rule, parties, when they know
  themselves weak and wish to bid for votes
  from any quarter, will ally themselves even
  with a movement they think also weak;
  but when they expect to succeed they will
  shake it off. As a rule, the prohibitory
  party of this State has been more willing
  than the larger parties to conciliate wom-
  en; but when it inaugurates a movement
  which it really hopes to carry-as is evi-
  dently the case, though I cannot see why,
  with the new Constitutional Amendment
  party-It votes down- Woman Suffrage.
  Rev. Dr. Dorchester, the apparent leader
  of the new movement, is consistent In this,
  for lie opposed this reform of ours in the
  Legislature; but I think that the prohibi-
  tory movement Itself does only what might
  have been expected. Nor is this result, in
  my opinion, to be regretted. Scarcely
  ever, in all my experience, have I seen two
  reforms helped by coalescing, where they
  really rested on different grounds. While
  the question of temperance legislation fur-
  nishes a better illustration than any other
  of the peculiar right of woman, as guardi-
  an of the home, to a vote, it is also true,
  on the other side, that it will furnish a
  more diffioult practical test of that voting
  than any other, because it will apply that
  test wherethe force is weakest, namely on
  the ground of physical force. There are
  towns already which fail to enforce local
  prohibition, though public sentiment do-
  nands it, for want of physical forceto ap-
  ply; and to throw all the women of the
  town in aid of that sentiment will only
  make the want of physical force more ob-
  vious. This is no argument against Wom-
  an Suffrage, tried in the long run or on a
  large scale, because all Republican insti-
  tutions are based on the theory that the
  mind will sooner or later control the body;
  but it will bring the influence to bear at
  the weakest point first: I should rather
  see Woman Suffrage tested first on purely
  moral or intellectual questions than on one.
  aiming at direct coercionby physical force.
  Give it a chance, like every new motor, to   I
  make Itself felt, and to be improved by
  practice, and It will grapple with these
  questions too.
    The thing that encourages me about
  Woman Suffage is, that it is more and
  more a subject for discussion instead of
  being smothered with silence, as formerly;
  and that the shallower arguments against .
  it ae gradually silenced, so that its oppo- c
  nents have to fall back more and more on f
  the only remaining stronghold, the alleged
  Indifference of women. It is only a few  1
  days since one of the ablest of the younger I
  members of the coming Legislature told  E
  me that in his opinion there was no other 1
  argument left than this; that he had grad- 1
  ually come to see the logic of. our institu-
  tions to be thoroughly on the side of Worn-  ]
  an Suffrage, and if he voted against it-as
  he still expected to do-it would be with  t
  great, reluctance and only because he v
  thought that women themselves were not
  ready for it. It is the presence, in increas- s
  ing numbers, of those who occupy this pc- s
  sition that helps my courage the most.  
  Women are still far behind men in their  1
  knowledge of our Institutions and in their
  appreciation of logic; but whateverreach- I
es men'will reach them and whatever they  t
wish, men will do In.t.e .end.' The same  
Infuences that haye .erled Washngn
Territoryr will carry' oth.q terores and t
    0brstates in the 4udj,nd . st.a.+oft


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Taverns we shall see our cause established
In a million homes.              T. W. H.


   I reminded him that this gain was large-
 ly due to the efforts of w ien, who had
 desired and worked for ti right of su-:
 frage. This he stoutly denied, Insisting
 that these g~d reforms had rather beep
 retarded by our efforts.
 S'I assured him from my own personal
 knowledge and eiperien66, that this was
 nt, the qase, that we had presented petI-
 tions and urged the passage of better laws,
 and In some Inatances had even draftedth
 ills which had passed into laws.
   Seldom have I. been so refresheA by a
 wind from the past -as in this pleasant
 confab. Had the man been congealed
 thirty years ago and just brouiht to life,
 ho could no have more st'rikinglWy illus-
 trated that good-old perlod whep Dr.
 Bushnell wrot4 his ',Reform against N-
 ture, now aliiost obsolete, and when1Dr.
 Bacon was trying to put out Win. Llyd
 Garrison's electric light on Slvery, y
 he live to see the. day when the inaiena-
 ble rights of women shall have the   same
guarantee as men claim fortheir owo pro.
teetion.
   From this agreeable Interview, I wont.
to 'he First Unitarian ichuroh parloh,
where were gathered to.ether the sewing
olasses organized by, tib Iate Elliabith
Conant, whose untIm e  death br4 uh
sorrow to so mifty hearth, 'Some years.
ago, feeling that many poor mothers had
little time or opportunity to teai'h thoir
datughtrsosow. ehe began gAt OngIn
the young girlson Satutday aRUOgS1.
and gave them lessons- nisewing.The
ladies of 'the ohlVch responded tobe i'- I
nest desire for I i, andia band o (a44
heartily co'.per4ted with her.Frljsl
teniyears the good:workhas gone oai till'
it has becboe s :part, of the ree~gnite
work of'O  parish.- The penny ontri-

tu    hearn  o.unda threa tiool chiUdlp-
    pl teoheapmeial for coaroe a nd a .*
fil, garinhnts. to. tos,that ibed;,. ii e'J


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day last.                         -      I
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sixteen years as postmistres4,a  !T-!e,

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ter of Mrs. Julia Ward Howe,,has estob-
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lore In 8=uth Boo,;

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