The Beautiful Life of Francis E. Willard: A Memorial Volume

The Beautiful Life of Francis E. Willard: A Memorial Volume

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The Beautiful Life of Francis E. Willard: A Memorial Volume

The Beautiful Life of Francis E. Willard: A Memorial Volume

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A cable has come asking me to send an introduction to the memorial biography that is being prepared of the greatest woman philanthropist of our generation. I do not hesitate at the use of this word "greatest." I know that time alone can prove the worth of any work, and that only down the perspective of the years are we able to gauge the comparative importance of the human lives that have made history; but I am persuaded that, when the annals of the nineteenth century are written, when the record of the modern movement that has metamorphosed the position of woman comes to be told, Frances Willard's name will stand pre-eminent as the one who saw with a keen prophetic eye ahead of her time, who realized the dangers, who steered clear of the rocks and shoals that beset any great change, and who furnished the women, not only of a great continent but the world over, with a just realization of their rightful position, and with that safe-guarding gospel, "Womanliness first -- afterward what you will." The Temperance cause was the open door through which she entered into her service for the world. The defense of woman, her uplift, her education for the widening way, was the task she set herself to accomplish. But to no special Cause did Frances Willard belong, her life was the property of Humanity; and I believe that there was not one single cry that could rise from the world, not one single wrong that could be redressed, not one "wail of weakness" of any kind that did not find an immediate echo in her heart, that did not call her to rise and go forth in that chivalric strength and gentleness which have . . .

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