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ftnless we find some better method than arbitrary confiscation and
That cartoon first referred to was a real good picture for fun
and for serious thought, and deserves a story.
WOMEN IN POLITICS
There is one phase of the suff
rage campaign that may open the
eyes of some of the men and help
pile up a big vote for the women.
It is the way the women of the
leisure class go at their politics.
Rich men generally hirc'some
body to play their politics for
them. They contribute liberally
to campaign funds and buy poli
ticians to do the work.
And they don't like to get in
too close touch with' the real men
those who work for a living and
sometimes wear old clothes.
Some of the rich women, how
ever, seem 'to be different. They
enter into the campaign earnest
ly and seem to bev glad of the
chance to associate with working
girls and women ; and they talk
about matters of real interest.
Rich men generally go no
further in politics than to want
men in office who will grant free
franchises and special privileges
that give the man opportunity to
rob the public.
But their wives seem to be in.
terested in parks for the people,
public playgrounds, education,
housing conditions, public health
and the conditions under which
their poorer sisters have to work.
It is an everlasting shame the
lack of interest well-to-do men
take in these things, but we ac-
tually believe that if their wives
had the same rights of citizen
ship the men have, they would
make better use. of them.
Women'will do more than men
to improve conditions under
which men and women labor; and
if women had the right to vote
and take part in government we
believe they would more bravely
tackle conditions in Chicago than
the men do.
And we believe great good will
come out of the participation in
politics of the women. If it does
nothing else it will enable the
women who wear fine gowns and
patronize the department stores
to see how profits are ground out
of the very souls and bodies of the
women and girls who wait on
We have this much faith in
womankind ; we believe that if
they get into the game of life and
see the misery of thcpoor, they
will do what they can to right
wrongs and make conditions bet
ter; and hence will be beter citi
zens than the men.
In many parts of Holland men
smoke in church. Also they
keep on their hats. Manners are
inevitably a matter of geography.
Demand for Camembert cheese
is going to start a new American
industrj. Normandy can't sup
ply the market