Excerpt from Angell Prize-Contest Recitations: To Advance Humane Education in All Its Phases; Compiled to Be Used in Entertainments Managed by Churches, Societies, Lyceums, Sunday Schools, Bands of Mercy, or Individuals Aiming to Establish Right Over Wrong, Kindness Over Cruelty
We are constantly in sight Of numbers of dumb and help less animals which cannot speak for themselves, although their needs and nervous sensibility are scarcely less than our own. They feel acutely the pangs Of want, but cannot tell their needs in articulate language. They suffer and die, but cannot accuse their destroyers, nor tell their wrongs. Their gaunt forms, their pain-saddened eyes, their weary movements, their unnatural restlessness, speak, if we were quick to understand the pathetic language, Of needs unsupplied, Of hard tasks, Of irregular care, Of the indescribable irritations to which Slaves, whether man or beast, are subject. It is better to reform these things by enlightening than by censure and accusation, for if people understand aright they will not be Slow to act righteously. Knowledge is the angel which will unlock our Virtues, and make us just to one another, and to every living creature.
George T. Angell, in speaking Of the needs of the hour, says: Great and dangerous conﬂicts between capital and labor are threatened. Crimes of violence and a spirit of lawlessness have grown alarmingly in the past two decades.
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