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JANE CARLILE: a temperance flMoneer. j] HE prominent position which
the Temperance efforts of women have secured in recent years is one
of the most striking characteristics of our time; and while every
earnest worker cannot but rejoice at the increasing activity of
women in our great cause, it is only just to remember that all
along the story of the Temperance Reformation " honourable women,"
not a few, have ever been ready to spend and be spent in its
service. Sixty years ago there was a much stronger prejudice
against women taking part in public work than is now the case; and
when our sisters stand upon the platform to-day, they should (and
no doubt many of them do) feel deeply grateful to that noble band
of women who years ago braved the contemptuous criticism of the
pulpit and press, and thus brought about that enlightened change in
public opinion which marks the present time. Cold indeed must be
the heart which is not thrilled by the record of the pioneer work
done by Mrs. Ann Jane Carlile among women and children; by Mrs.
Clara Lucas Balfour on the platform; by Mrs. Julia B. Wightman in
the parish of St. Alkmnnd, Shrewsbury; by Mrs. Bayly in
demonstrating at the Kensington potteries the best method of
mending " Ragged Homes "; by Mrs. Hind Smith in starting
public-houses without the drink; by Lady Hope when, as Miss Cotton,
she found a way to reach rough lads and men through a coffee-room;
to say nothing of the noble efforts of Mrs. Daniells and her
daughter among the soldiers, and Miss Agnes Weston among the
sailors. Then, too, we must never cease to remember that some of
the most epoch-making books in Temperance literature were produced
by early women workers: " Danes- bury House," by Mrs. Henry Wood,
which is still the most popular of all our Tem...
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