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May 13, 1899


Author Affiliations


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1024-1027. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450460008001c

There is no subject to which I would rather respond than the one assigned me; indeed, a very considerable part of my life, more than twenty years, has been given up to responding in a feeble way to the needs of those represented in this assignment. I did not know until a short time ago that those for whom I speak to-night were to be present. It embarrasses me to a degree, for I am not constituted in a manner to praise and compliment gracefully in the presence of those involved. It would be impossible for me to say anything new, were I to try—certainly not along the lines of rhetoric. From the earliest ages, poets have sung of woman their sweetest songs, and orators have presented their most glowing sentences and finely-rounded periods, and I could not hope to cope in an oratoric way with those who have gone

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