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The first time I ever heard anybody I respected say that they thought women ought to vote and that they were for woman's suffrage was when my father came back from some small town in Massachusetts where he had had to go on some business. He had been caught there overnight. There was no train out and he had had to spend the night in the local hotel. When he came back and I next saw him, he said he had had the most remarkable experience. For want of anything else to do in the evening in that town, he had gone to a meeting which was advertised, at which Dr. Anna Howard Shaw was to speak on woman's suffrage. He was a little deaf so he had sat up in the front row so that he could hear well. He said, “I want you to hear that woman. It was the most wonderful speech I have heard in years. Not since I heard William Lloyd Garrison as a young man have I heard so good a piece of oratory. It was magnificent oratory. It is getting to be a lost art in this country. That was magnificent. It was logical. It was clear. It was humane. It was suitably emotional, but not over emotional. The delivery

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