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to" Washington woke up this
' morning" to find! they 'had won a
.'victory over "beaurocracy"' in
" They.will be allowed personally
to present to President Wilson
after his inauguration the mes
' sage they bore through tain and
' snowover the muddyroads of
New York, JJew Jersey, Penn
i sylvan ia and. Maryland.
They' reached their goal yes
t .terdayXafternoon, only to have
the fruits of victory snatched
from their hands for a few min-
.utes. But they refused to let said
fruits stay snatched." Miss Alice
vl?aul, chairman of the national
t headquarters, had told the hikers
yesterday, just before they enter
ed Washington; that they would
not be allowed' to'' present the
- message. Miss Paul intended to
:do that herself. Se.also order-'
:ed- the suffs to march through
back streets toheadquarters, tell
ing them their appearance was a
.disgrace to the "cause."- -
This nearly .caused mutiny in
the army, bit the veterans de
cided 2ffiss,Paul could go chase
-herself, refused to erive uo their
"Vj.messaWe. and marched past the
Capitol, down Pennsylvania ave--nuei
to the Treasury, and thence
to headsuarters on ' F . street,
Where they disbanded to hunt up
. -some1 real clothes and food.
Pennsylvania avenue is wide,
and .finely paved, but the few
blocks they traveled on it 'were
the most difficult of the whole -
march" for, thV army: Their
"clothes worn and bedraggled,
mud caking" their shoes, uptil it
was hard to drag one foqr after
the other, the little band way a
pitiful spectacle, as- it trudged
bravely up the avenue. But every
soldier's eye was firedby 'the: light
of a trust fulfilled. ' k
The crowd which' lined the.
sidewalks was not tolerant. "Men
and womenjeered at the suffrarv
gettes. Caustic' colmments were
made onvtheir. appearance. "Wash
ington does not take kindly to the
unusual, and the appearance of
the soldiers were very unusual.
Stories about the "cheering
throngs" must have, beefTwrif ten
by- inspired correspondents who
were not within ten. blocks of the
line of march.
Straight through the storm of
ridicule tfie little baijdplodded, a
squad of mounted pdfice' clearing
the path. Gen. Rosalie Jones,
whose courage had beenjstead
fast in th efface of hardship, fal
tered at the jeers, and tears' filled
Little Col. Ida Craft, her yel
low "Votes for Women" banner
borne bravely ,-gathered her rain
soaked hikers' garment nearly to
her knees,-took the arm of Gen.
Rosaliej ahdtsmiled at the jeerers.
The rest of the army locked arms
and followed their officers.
When headquarters was Veach
ed Geh. Jones climbed into an
auto, and, -through a megaphone,'
addressed the throngs.
-Representative Taylor of "Col
orado won a victory for the, suf
fragettes when ( he secured for
them the right of an un interrupt-
ed parade next Monday .'after
noon. No cars will be runwhile
' . V.