Is Not This Woman's Hour

Men are occupied with questions political, balancing preferences, valuing promises, assaying threats, in an endeavor to establish states and estates, while about them swirls the mesmerism of fear, pride, ambition, malignity, and self-will. It is a noble task for the statesman to bring the disturber to judgment and make provision for fair dealing between nations, but much more is needed than delimitations of territory, concessions, mandates, and rearrangements of ancient controversies. If the world is to be at peace, something must be done to change the hearts of human beings, to eliminate pride and cruelty, insincerity, and self-love. The moral issue is of vastly more importance than any political issue, because it affects men within, changing not their estates, but their characters. There is, then, a universal need for the valuing of womanly qualities; motherly compassion should be exercised by both men and women, and purity, gentleness, and moral courage should have power.

The language in which this periodical is published belongs to a people strongly favorable to government by law. Be it exercised by king or commons, president or congress, power and rule are constitutional, not arbitrary; through law, not through personal will. Herein is liberty, because the course of justice runs in established channels, and when laws are made the people make them to express conclusions they have arrived at as to proper conduct, duty, and privilege. Liberty, then, is

March 20, 1920

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