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TO ALL THOSE
WHO HAVE BEEN MY FELLOW-WORKERS AND HELPERS
IN THIS CAUSE DURING TWENTY-FIVE YEARS
I GRATEFULLY DEDICATE
THIS LITTLE BOOK.
180, KINGS ROAD
It was not without many misgivings and doubts that I decided to publish the article of which this book is an enlarged reproduction. Great as was my interest in the cause, and strong my desire to bring it again prominently into notice, I felt that to print the details of the part I took in the original work might appear, to some, at least, to be selfish and egotistical. I explained my doubts to a friend in whose judgment I had entire confidence, and her reply decided me that I might, and ought to, venture on the step which I accordingly adopted. She said, “I know from my own experience how much reliable information is desired by individuals, and how difficult it is for one not immediately concerned in such subjects to get it. As for your being thought 'egotistical,' that would only be the verdict of those not worth listening to.”
Though I still fear that my story may seem to tell too much of self, I considered that it was but right and just, as a matter of history and fact, that the truth should be known, not only as regards myself, but also for the sake of those other early workers in the cause, who are now ignored by, because unknown to, persons who are actively engaged in carrying it out at the present time, under far easier conditions. Theories and truths which had to be fought for, and were ridiculed as impossibilities, twenty years ago, are now all but universally recognized, and are often uttered, both in speech and in writing, as original, by those who have little knowledge of the fact that such convictions were almost the starting-point of the writers and speakers at the outset of this crusade.