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"LET THE WOMEN WORK AND SUFFER IT'S
GOOD FOR THEM!" SAYS GEO. LANSBURY
BY W. H. ALBURN.
New York, Jan. 16. "Let the wo
men work and suffeT.-..It's good for
So says George Lansbury, member
of the British parliament, speaking of
the American suffragists.
If you think Lansbury is unsympar
thetic, -you're wrong.' When it conies
to suffrage, he's the most sympa
thetic man in the world. Proof he's
the only living man who has hunger
struck for the cause.
When they sent Lansbury to Hollo
way jail for making a militant speech
he starved for three days and was
released. He resigned his seat in par
liament because he didn't like the
way his party treated the militants.
Now that he has come to America
to spread the gospel, they're surpris
ed to find him a rugged old warrior
very much a man.
"What are your impressions of the
American suffrage movement?" I
asked Lansbury. i
"I fear just one thing that the
women here will get the ballot too
easily. That would be fatal.
"Thus far 10 states have been won.
I wonder whether some of them
haven't won too easily.
"The fighting now is hard I have
seen your devoted women here in the
East laboring, organizing, standing
on soap boxes, marching to Albany.
There is shrewd guidance and a fer
ment of activity.
"But there is possibly a feeling of
over-confidence and complacency.
"I hope, for the sake of the women
of America, that the victory will not
be too sudden or too easy. It is by
toil, struggle and sacrifice that
growth and power come. A long hard
fight for the ballot is the best training
school for citizenship.
"Your negroes got suffrage as an
unsought gift, and you have seen the
"You Americans rather disapprove
of our violent methods. But I notice
that Anna Howard Shaw, your lead
er, is refusing to pay her income tax.
That is as surely lawbreaking as
"Is it possible," I asked, "to pre
pare all the women in this training
"No," replied Laflsbury. "Of