th of the existing main political parties, and, taking the control of the Government in their hands, shall not only legally consign the liquor traffic to its coffin, but nail it down with a constitutional 鏉窞妗戞嬁鎸夋懇鐗规湇 amendment, then Mr. Roosevelt’s comparison will apply.
CHAPTER II THE ABOLITIONISTS鈥擶HO AND WHAT THEY WERE
In selecting those who are to receive its remembrance and its honors, the world has always given its preference to such as have battled for freedom. It may have been 鏉窞澶滅敓娲婚緳鍑?with the sword; it may have been with the pen; or it may have been with a tongue that was inflamed with holy rage against tyranny and wrong; but whatever the instrumentality employed; in whatever field the battle has been fought; and by whatsoever race, or class, or kind of men;
the champions of human liberty have been hailed as the bravest of the brave and the most worthy to receive the acclaims of their fellows.
Now, if that estimate be not altogether inaccurate, what place in the scale of renown must be assigned to those pioneers in the successful movement against 鏉窞姘寸（q寰俊 African slavery in this country who have commonly been known as “Abolitionists”鈥攁 name first given in derision by their enemies? It should, in the opinion of the writer hereof, be the very highest. He is not afraid to challenge the whole record of human achievements by 鏉窞娲楁荡鐢ㄥ搧 great and good men (always save and except that which is credited to the Saviour of mankind) for exhibitions of heroism superior to theirs. Nay, when it is remembered that mainly through their efforts and sacrifices was accomplished a revolution by which four
million human beings (but for the Abolitionists the number to-day in bondage would be eight millions) were lifted from the condition in which American slaves existed but a few years ago, to freedom and political equality with their former masters; and, at the same time when it is considered what qualities of 鏉窞瓒虫荡娌瑰帇璁哄潧 heart and brain were needed for such a task, he does not believe that history, from its earliest chapters, furnishes examples of gods or men, except in very rare and isolated cases, who have shown themselves to be their equals.
In the matter of physical courage they were 鏉窞spa鎸夋懇浼氭墍qq unsurpassed, unsurpassable. A good many of them were Quakers and non-resistants, and a good many of them were women, but they never shrank from danger to life and limb, when employed in their humanitarian work. Some of them achieved the martyr’s crown.
In the matter of conscience they were indomitable. Life to them was worth less than principle.
In the matter of money they were absolutely unselfish. Those of them who were poor, as the most of them were, toiled on without the hope of financial recompense. They did their work not only without the promise or prospect 鏉窞鐢熸椿缃?of material reward of any kind, but with the certainty of pains and penalties that included the ostracism and contempt of their fellows, and even serious risks to property and life.
All these sacrifices were in the cause of human liberty; but of liberty for whom? That is 鏉窞瑗挎箹鍖虹敺澹吇鐢焥pa the crucial point. In all ages there have been plenty of men who have honorably striven fo