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Anna Dickinson's Early Battles

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Day
5
Month
August
Year
1881
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Public Domain
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Correspondencc of the Boston Hcrald. The great quality of all her pubHe speechcs is the fiel 1 1 1 :i t -lic talks Comilloll IC tl te, and knows lm! hc la talking about. More tban t hut , she has a magnlficent conrRge, wil cli has alwavs ciiabled her In say lo a mob, "You can kill metbat in noother way can yoo silenes me." Thai Is the kind of talk wbich, coming from the Ups of au Impussloned and inicllcciu.il woman, ean' "i I"' 'VWii.v ,i enthuslasrn fllled the speeches ol Misa Di.kinson tarough tbe entlro N. w II..,., ,,.!,;,.„ ,...;„„ llh, ( palgn followlng the baltic of GettysbiirgJ. Mi-s Dlokfnson found thai everybody went mail ahout her, the dcmoerats especial ly. 'l'hc state went republican, in splte of tiie prophecles that had beenuttered regarding it. Gov. Prescotl Immedlately wrotealeticr in .). (;. Battenoa, the gentlemaïi who had charge of affairs in Connectlout, tellinr hiinthat MJ88 Dickinson could cany ('onnectlcul as sbe had already cairled New Hampshire. Batteraon was, botrevet, more than Bkeptlcal. Hesenl wend back that the engagement oí a woman, as a laai resort, woulu be fatal to their oauaeln that state. Hethoughl tbat Got! PYescotl wns ernzy dbout ihis young and handsome girl, that, in tact, he was in love with hei-. Prescotl WM exticincly persistent, however, and tinally Been red an opportnnity for Miss Dickinson to speok in Hartionï, ander the auspieee of the woraen's braneh of the aanitary COintnJttee. lic kliew that, If she unce liad a hearing there, the whole state wbuld be at lier teel. (plotlijs time she had been most tenJerly cared for la a persona] sense. Thai to aay, hile gome of het public meetings wei, cxiiTiiioly roughfota roung glrl to nandle, stiii she was alwaya sitrroonded by i lol ol the very best people WberBVer she went. When she arrived al I lalt lord there as nobody at the depot to meet her. ghe ln.u-.ht il,;. ,,,„„, l,c:,noversi"],t, audepu¦lllded to gO to Mie !l(m-r ui';i Mi's. Olmitead, well known in that scciion of the ¦oiintry. The lady rceeivcl hei' kimlly, uit waa surprised uhen Miss Dickinson old her Btre expected to speak thal night. lt appean thai the arrangementa tor ber reception veré of the most. prbñltlve charicter. A sinall hall had been engaged by Mr. Batterson, and no anxiouncernenl of lic meetiilg had been made. Il was thOUght by tbose in obtuve ot the repuWlcan camlaign that Miss DicUinson wuuld have an ludieuoe of a couple ol' doen people probibly, and that she would say hei' say to liem and dUappear from the carttpalgn. rhrOOgh Slrs. Olmstcad advcrtiscinenls werc placed in theevenlng papéis, gtatiag tiat jMis Anna Dicki 18011 would speak that night. Tlic Timos, an iiitcnscly democratie sheet, iM-oceeded to assail her in tbc bltteresl crins, devoting pretty ninch all ol' its editorial page t this IHtle woman. The paper aald ii looked upon her as a flrebraud of the most daiijrcrons ebar.ietor, that She had arried the state ei New Hampslilre Igalnst the dcniocrals. and, that unios she was checked, she would earrv Connectlcui " ' ¦ ¦ . r ' - "'" she should be giren only one night in 1., si. uc of OuMiicelieul, and that iier eareer should be stopped tlien, f need be by the bullet. When the time of the meetiDg arrived the hall was paoked, not wilh repiiblieaiis. not with ladies, bol with demácrate of the aopperhead order. TtÊéy had come there in the spirit Btlggested 'by the Times, and Lhey meant to sqneldi Anna Dlckinsoti then and there. Bev, Mr. Button, who ip'ucd the meeting, becas with ¦ prayer, and attempted to sniooth over the eoiiditlon that had heen aroused. Miss Dickinson had, in some way, oot hold of B Copy of the Times, and had divined Hallcrsons purpose to quietly get her out of the campaijgta. The Hm eireunislanccs imilcd to sroooe her toa pileh of the most terrilieexcitement. "Coming op the st.airs," she declared, "I sald to myself: 'I will make a speech that will brillg these men on Unir knees to me hereatlcr, if I am in San Francisco and lhey are hcre.' The1 feelinrvas not one dl' vanity. Jt was BOmethlBg akin to a super natura! comliiion. It was someilnnsc like adivine ímpetu. Thev bad treahd me in this way heeause 1 was a woman. II' anv young muil bad iierformed what 1 had lierforincd in rarrvin" ' - i.opciesn state for tb" r=ityï mev would have been ;li his reet As it was, all the dumb protesta of all womankind WMATOUSed wilhin me, When Mr. liiirton made that prayer it was the linul slraw that sent BWOVertbc brink. "He introdnoed me and I was rcecived with a veil ol 'hatreil. lt was a hlttercrowd, D malijrnant erowd, just the kind n a erowd whieh, in that mood, I wanled. Tbcy had expected me to try and soothe thciii. I begaa by readlng the edltoriala which had been written about me tbat da)1, and by assaillngthe writersln the most pitilcss way at my comminaiid. In ten minvitcs 1 had that erowd eotnpletely in my bands, llefore I had tinished my speech they were tearlng their copperbead badges from their breastS aad throwlng them lindel' I heir teel. Tenis si rea med down tl ie faces o! men WfaO bod at the Start looked upon me with the inlensc-t hatred, and, when 1 closed, Mr. Halterson was cliliibIngover tbc bsaches (oward me. crylng at the top of bis VOioe, 'Tlie State is saved, the state is saved.' I spent thal Mght, a long and dreary one, walkiiiLT iii and down my room, trying to detenoine whetherl should lèT6 those men who had BCOffed at me at the Start, and go about my lui-iness, orwhctherl sboiihl stay and Bgbt for tbc cau-e. It was a balile bctween personal Ihjnry and ooaselence, and oonseienec lina'lly won. In 18 days afterward I lost SPT pounds of ll("-li, s(i sivcrc a the Stralo d the work placed upou nu1. "A singular tlilng abont the eampalgn was tbc Ihet Ibal the dein oer AtS (W tosee me, - uot the republicaus. Ladiisand boys were excludeil trom my meetings. beOHUSe 11 ommillee saw the moesaftj Of baviiiL' only voters present for conversión. ï et my hifi Is wen ai il everv time. DcniDCratS caine tO henr me, believini; that thev could wiihstand my arguments. Nevertheless, tbat bopclsss demoerátto státe went republican at Ihe end ol' that eam patcn." The resüll of Anna Dickinson's labors in ( 'oiincctieut was thi'i'cwas:i greal cali for her service all over the country. TIn' next year she spent in Ogbting tor ibc republicana in the WewTork and Pennsylranls campatgns. rtiie bad an offer f $1,000 a week lo speak in ohio. bui the Pennsylvania rc)iiblicans came lo her, savhi" thal Ohio was a sure rcpulilican Klale and did not need her services hall ai rOUch as l'cnnsylvania diil. Thev werc rilling ta lier what she night want lor bei sei lees Sbe ttlOUght the matter over, and conchhh'd lo M Dpon the same teruis as she had agreed to go to Ohio. She went np through the oil reuions in places wliei'e no man of Ihe repiililieau party v ould have dared vciiliire, where a unión soldici's Ufe WOllld nol have been worth the powdcr expended in destroylna it. in one meeting a buriy Molly Maguire, sttting in the midille of a erowd, flred tbrae shóls ai her, ihe last one of which cllppeda loek of balr from ber heail. Through this she went without a break In a solitary sentence, speaktng oontinuouslv. as UlOUgtl ber andtenoe ere Ihe most (iiict and well-liehaveil in the world. Aller the Iliird Shot the man tbrew his pistol down, cM-laimiiiL', "'y -dl that's courage," and ou potfa!body-guard of twenty Molly Mauires was fornicd to acconipánv her throOgh the b:ilance ol her trip and irive her pruleet ion wli.ncvei and wlierever she needed il. l'(.rlh:il perilous c.impaiüii Miss Dieklnson hus nevcr reieiwd a cent. At Benton Harbor all dogi ftnind uumuzlcd are promptly shot.

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Ann Arbor Courier
Old News