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  • Oct. 7, 1871

    "IMPOSSIBLE." No such word in the soldier’s dictionary, said Napoleon. And it is true. The impossibilities of today are the common-places of tomorrow.

    Woman Items.

    The Nebraska men voted down infant education and woman suffrage, while they upheld free liquor. Do our readers take the idea?

    An Atlanta paper has the following statistics: "Of the sixty-nine young ladies who fainted away in Atlanta during the summer, fifty-seven fell into the arms of gentlemen, eleven fell on the floor, and one into a water bucket.

    OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE EIGHTH NATIONAL CONVENTION—THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SPIRITUALISTS.

    Thursday—Third Day.

    . . . Evening address by Mrs. Woodhull, on "The Constitutional Right of Women to Vote." Addresses by Mrs. Middlebrook, Moses Hull, and closing remarks by Mrs. Brown, retiring President.

    Introducing her speech Mrs. Woodhull said:

    I thank the Troy Times for the opportunity it has given me to say a word to this Convention, which has honored me so highly. Agitation of thought is the beginning of wisdom. Hence I like it. Whatever others may think of it, I know that the social question lies at the base of all reform. It is the great question, and we can’t shirk it if we would, and I wouldn’t if I could, but our friends of the press cry Free Love. But it doesn’t frighten me one bit, for I have never known any other love than free love; they may be acquainted with some other kind. We have laws that give the lie to it, but for all that sensible people know that it is the law that lies and not love. I spoke to you yesterday of children. I now add that we can never have perfect children born in hateful conditions, and we might just as well meet this question right here and now as to delay it, since it must be met sooner or later. I have boldly proclaimed these doctrines ever since we started our paper. The Times may call them "nastiness," but I call them my religion, and I am as ready to die for it as were the early martyrs for their religion. If proper generation is not a good religion to preach, what will you say for regeneration, which is so widely discussed? I tell you, my friends, that they are afraid that their occupation will be gone. If I am asked, do you believe in promiscuous intercourse for the sexes, I reply I don’t believe anything about it. I know that it exists to an alarming extent; and more, I know that a great many of those editors who write me down are among its best representatives. But if you ask me if I believe such a condition a high one, I will say, I think it to be that which the Times calls "nastiness." I hope it does not view my doctrines through colored glasses. I believe promiscuity to be anarchy, and the very antithesis of that for which I aspire. I know that there are all degrees of lust and love, from the lowest to the highest. But I believe the highest sexual relations are those that are monogamic, and that those are high and spiritual in proportion as they are continuous. But I protest, and I believe every woman who has purity in her soul protests, against all laws that would compel them to maintain relations with men for whom they have no regard. I honor that purity of life which comes from the heart, while I pity the woman who is pure simply because the law makes her so. If to hold and practice such doctrines as these is to be a deep Free Lover, then I am a Free Lover….

    MRS. MARGARET CADY, widow of the late Judge Daniel Cady, and a daughter of General James Livingston of the Revolutionary army, died at Johnstown, N.Y. on the 16th instant, aged eighty-seven years. Mrs. Cady was an accomplished lady of the old school, and in her prime remarkable for dignity and grace, and for brilliant conversational powers, and the hospitality she dispensed among a large circle of friends, her mansion being a ways crowded with guests. She was related to many of the distinguished old families of the State besides the Livingstons, as, for instance, the Schuylers, the Clintons and the Ten Breecks. She was the aunt of Gerrit Smith and of Major General A.B. Eaton, Commissary General of the United States Army. She was very kind and liberal to the poor, and was an exemplary member of the Presbyterian church more than seventy years. Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton writes as follows: "I grieve to inform you of the death of my dear mother. She was a grand, brave woman. Her name has led the largest petition sent to the last Constitutional Convention of the State of New York asking to have the word ‘male’ stricken from the State constitution. She has said for years that she hoped to be enfranchised before entering the kingdom of Heaven; but the wheels of progress moved too slowly for her earnest wish to be gratified, although she had watched and waited eighty-seven years."

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