Books Elizabeth Smith Miller Study Club meeting article; page 2
-. )r. These ' :sa'r� manuscripts made ;i great impression upon mo be-t\"u:-e "f two often vetMn nn,o- sentences..' '1 have been told ' and 'So-and-F?o ha* observed.' apparently no know-'lodo-o at first hand and no real live
tfxpf'i'ieiiC'e oi which to write. The ! gavel finally fell again to nark the! close of the two hours allotted to the 'antis' and to announce that the suffragists now had the floor. There were so many speakers on our side that a five minute limit was set and Mvs. Vil-lard, chairman of our legislative committee, stopped each speaker at the end of that time oven, if midway in a sentence. Now, if 1 may be allowed the expression, the Judiciary Committee 'sat -up and took notice' once n.ore. They could not be indifferent' when burning facts were pouring in disrinct, ! weil modulated voices from trained j throats typical of the minds they represented, and when the applause was so great and -prolonged that Mrs. Cros-set was obliged to take the floor lor a moment, thank the audience but beg that no time be wasted, as every moment was precious to the speakers. In quick succession each woman took her place and spoke spoke not read -of what she knew, not what she had been told or read, doctors, lawyers, ministers, teachers, tenement hoiiw! workers, and bravp, beautiful, dignified society women, all alilco uuaii-aid oi sneer and criticism because their minds and hearts, and l'.ves had outgrown silence and indifference and-thus the 'hearing' moved on to its thrilling close when our national president, Ecv. Anna 'Shaw, spoke in her masterful way, which the various 'antis' had advanced in their dreary essays.
'' If there is one thing my Albany experience taught me, it was this, it is our duty to arouse interest and to frown upon indifference in every-way j possible. Why, the 'antis' are not j our strongest opponents by any means, therefore, I am tempted to say. let us urge our friends to be 'antis' if they can't be suffragists, at all haz- � ards, get them down off rhat rickety, wobbling fence of indecision which only makes them dizzy and stupid, unable to form a real opinion, for one right which every woman certainly has is a right to hold an opinion, a right to study her reasons for that opinion, and a right to strive to uphold, that opinion." j