the women of chicago not so easily
Pooled by rotten politics as mn are
BY N, D. COCHRAN
1 am in favor of suffrage for women, because I am in favor ofjedUallty
of rights iot women and mem I don't believe one man should be another's
master, and I don't believe man should be woman's master. I am opposed
to hiiman slavery in any form.
I believe that women will put politics on a higher plane when they
have the saine rights as citizens' that men have. .
And I doa't believe woman will sacrifice Jany of r her oble womanly
qualities By having the right to g voiJe and a vote in political (government
Besides that, I don't believe women generally wili be as easily fooled in
politics as men generally are; and I DO believe woman has higher ideals
politically than man h&a.
' Men are slaves of precedent and habit in politics as well as' in other
hings Most of them are Democrats or Republicans by.bJrth,.habi,"en-
viroriment find association. Very few men can give an intelligent reason
tot being either. r- -
Women afe largely free from this form of slavery be6atifie they have
not been fiitizens and partisans. Many of them, when they are. given the.
right to vote, will come into politics Independent 6f the" dead "land of the"
past, fflehtauy free to take an independent stand fbr the principles that may
appeal l& them.
In thfe gast few days we have had an interesting illustrati&n bf how
women arte NOT easily fooled. I refer to the demagogio -attempt of the
Hearst papers to stampede the mothers of Chicago into helping those
papers bully Judge Cooper, because he happened, to be a 3udge who won't
take orders from Boss Andy Lawrence of the Hearst papers.
Frantic editorial appeals were made In both The Examiner and Amer
ican to the mothers of Chicago to attend a so-called mass meeting t of
mothers at the Auditorium Hotel on Wednesday night If the Hearst papers
had been honest in those charges against Judge Cooper there was much in
them to appeal to all niothers all good women, in fact
But less" than 200 women responded to the frantic appeal, and I imagine
many of them were not mothers,. I do not question the sincerity of any of
the women who were there, but I was glad to see that there were good
women who attended that meeting to protest against women being used
to pull chestnuts out of the fire for the Hearst papers and to insist on a
square deal for Judge Cooper.
But better even than that was the fact that with all their boasted cir
culation, and despite their frahtic demagogic appeals, theH6arst papers
fooled merely a handful of women. Had it been a meeting of men, un
doubtedly a big armory could have been filled; for the politicians who play
toe Hearst game in Chicago would nave drummed Up a crowd to attend fdr
no better than a partisan purpose.
And I don't believe there are .many intelligent womefl in Chicago wh6
do not see through the real purpose of the Hearst papers id the present at
tack 6Ti Judge Cooper.
Very lev? of them will be fooled by a partisan Investigation of Judge
C6oDef By a typewritten Jury of twelve -tfonlen who were not selected bv
that alleged mass meeting at all, but wef selected In advance and then put
i through that meeting by steam-roller
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