April 20, 1872
"Tennie," My True and Noble Sister, I have just read your glorious effort of Friday evening last, and as I cannot clasp hands with you in any more tangible manner, at this time, hasten to do so throught the medium of pen, ink and paper, for I cannot withhold the congratulatory feelings and deep sympathies constantly welling from the depths of my heart and soul for you, in the noble work of reform you are so valiantly stirring to achieve. God grant you strength to continue to thus "fight the good fight" to the end; fearing no opposing ill, for the Angel world are with you, my Sister, and they will prevail while you grow strong and brave for truly—
"They are brave who dare to speak
Ever with thee in thy labors for the right, lovingly
For the fallen and the weak;
They are brave who calmly choose,
Hatred scoffing and abuse.
Rather than in silence shrink,
From the truth they needs must think.
They are brave who dare to be,
In the right with two or three.
Thy Sister, Connie H. Maynard
883 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY
April 2, 1872
FACTS FOR THE SINGLE.
A French philosopher has lately brought to light some curious social statistics compiled from the records of eleven years in France, Belgium and Holland, relative to the longevity of married and single men, which furnish fresh proof of the danger of living. It appears that married men between the ages of twenty-five and thirty years are far more apt to live than unmarried men, the ratio of deaths being in their favor as four to ten and a half in every thousand persons. Here is a powerful argument for early marriages if the law of self-preservation becomes their advocate; but a further development of the records shows that at the same age widowers die at the rate of twenty-two in every thousand, being twice as perishable as their unmarried brethren. When the age advances to between thrity and thirty-five years the case is reversed. Married me die at the rate of eleven and single men at the rate of twelve in every thousand. these figures open a wide field for drawing inferences and moral lessons. Evidently dangers edge about the life of man, but the chief and most apparent warning conveyed by the facts of the case is the necessity of a man carefully preserving the life of a wife, if he has one, since her loss increases by about fourfold the imminence of an end to his own career.
- Susan B. Anthony, after half a century’s experience, is still unable to get along without a man. She started for Fort Scott a week ago, and at State Line got on the Kansas Pacific train, instead of the Missouri River, Fort Scott and Gulf. She went some distance before she learned her mistake.
- A German obtained a marriage license in Clinton County, Iowa, last October, and thinking the paper done away with the necessity of a ceremony, took his "intended" home with him, and they have been living happily together ever since.
- A Young woman delegate in the recent Ohio convention of women suffragists, plumply said: "For my own part, I love men, individually and collectively, better than women; and so, I am sure, does every one of my sex, if they like me, would utter their real sentiments. I am more anzious for man’s elevation and improvement than woman’s and so is every true woman."
- Recently Henry Ward Beecher preached a sermon about profanity: "He was sorry to say that women swore—women of culture and eminent in society, women that he knew—and there is a tendency in that direction. He spoke of the alramin prevalence of the vice, and wondered that women, in whose name all that is pure and good is associatied could become so degraded and loathsome; that a mother addicted to profanity would dare look upon her innocent children. Among children the evil was widely spreading, but he hoped he was mistaken in its extent.
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