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PETERSON-TROUT FIGHT WILL
BE A HOT ONE
Peoria, III., Nov. 8. Mrs. Florence
Bennett Peterson, secretary of the
Illinois Equal Suffrage Ass'n, has
been selected to run against Mrs.
Grace Wilbur Trout as presidential
candidate at today's election. Mrs.
Catherine Waugh McCulloch will
Dr. Anna Blount and Mrs. Peterson
has issued a statement explaining
the cause of the very evident split
in the ranks of the women's suffrage
party, in which they claim that a
minority of five pf the ten or eleven
board members have stood with per
sistence for parliamentary procedure,
while Mrs. Trout has adopted the
method of deciding beforehand what
motions should be made, thus caus
ing most questions to be decided first
and discussed afterward.
"Such methods have made board
meetings seem like farce comedy,"
the statement declares. "Mrs. Trout
has refused to put questions present
ed and seconded in due form. .
"The president has repeatedly, and
we think, willfully, arrogated to her
self the functions of the. board, as
when she signed the lease of the new
headquarters without authority, and
when, she signed a contract for the
suffrage edition of the Examiner, in
volving the honorable name of the
board. In fact, in most important
matters throughout the year she has
acted and then asked the board to
ratify her action."
Mrs. Trout has strong support in
the convention and it is believed that
she has a good chance of re-election.
Catherine Waugh McCulloch, pio
neer suffragist of Illinois, today was
hissed and Grace Wilbur Trout
cheered in a demonstration that
caused the president's supporters to
rise to their feet, fluttering their
handkerchiefs and cheering wildly.
The situation was dramatic. Mrs.
Trout started the fireworks by de
nouncing as "lies" published rumors
that the condition of the finances of
the association was open to investiga
tion. She also attacked a signed
statement in which Dr. Anna Blount
and Florence Bennett Peterson crit
icized the administration of Presi
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