Beecher said, "But it is said, 'Look at the countries where there is no Sunday.' Yes, look at the countries where people are not educated. Look at the countries where the people are priest‑ridden. Look at the countries where there is no popular liberty. There you find that the tyrant, where he be hierarch or potentate, pays off the people for their political liberty by giving them holidays to play on. They please them with amusement on Sunday, and other bribes, to make them willing to part with their privileges. But that is not the case in this country. It is not so in America. And I scorn, in behalf of our whole American citizenship, the allegation or the insinuation that we shall come to bull‑fighting and cock‑fighting and rat‑baiting as soon as we open libraries and reading rooms for men in order that they may instruct themselves. Do you suppose that we shall turn New York into Havana by giving a larger liberty of intelligence to young men?"