Everyone with a spark of manhood in him–will fight to the death, for his family. We are all so tied up together, that this motive is really present in all our defending of ‘justice’. We must seek the safety of the town in which we live because our family is in it, and peril to the town–is peril to us. We must seek wholesome water supply, good drainage, and clean streets for the town, because our children and friends live there.
Likewise with the moral and religious influences of the community; the welfare of our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, is involved. A man may have no interest in the fight against the saloon; but if the evil is let alone–by and by his own boys may be destroyed by it!
A distinguished man was speaking at the opening of a reformatory for boys, and remarked that if only one boy were saved from ruin–it would pay for all the cost. After the exercises were over, a gentleman asked him if he had not put it too strongly when he said that all the cost of founding such an institution would be repaid–if only one boy should be saved. “If it were MY boy!” was the answer. It is only when we learn to look at all such movements as if we were working for our own–that we do bur best work.