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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 03, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6',
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WILSON VISIBLY AFFECTED BY
WORKING WOMEN'S APPEAL
Washington, Feb. 3. A delegation
of 400 working women called' upon
President Wilson yesterday to urge
that he lend his assistance and sup
port to the cause of suffrage.
They marched to the White House,
with flags and streamers flying, and
when the column halted a committee
of twenty-five; of which Mrs. Glen
dover Evans of the Massachusetts
Trade7 Women's League was chair
man, entered the executive offices.
They lined up in one corner of the'
room and half a dozen speeches,
some of them pathetic, were made to
Miss Rose Winslow of Pennsyl
vania, a textile worker, made a deep
impre'ssion on Pres. Wilson in the
speech-making prior to the reception.
She was trembling in every limb and
her voice shook as she said she was
one of the thousands of women who
hn given their health for the indus
tues of the country.
"You are too entirely fair and
Just, Mr. President," she said, "not
to realize that women have to work
for so low a wage that they cannot
keep soul and body together; that it
is oftentimes a question of the river
or the street. We appeal to your sense
of justice to give us the ballot."
Because of her excessive nervous
ness, Miss Winslow lost her voice at
this point, and the president suggest
ed to her that she wait a moment,
which interruption apparently saved
an attack of hysteria, for Miss Win
slow, with a nervous laugh, replied:
"I am just so nervous I can hardly
say what I want to. You see I don't
address presidents every day."
"But then all presidents are hu
man," interjected the executive, and
One little near-tragedy happened
which the president knew nothing
about. Dr. Mary Walker, civil war
nurse, holder of the congressional
medal of honor, dragged her weary
way to the White House with the
delegation. She wanted to see the
president and say something to him
abdut "the cause," but the women in
charge of the demonstration didn't
want her there. And they told the
doortender not to admit her. So Dr.
Mary, a pathetic figure, in her frock
coat, trousers and silk hat, sat dis
consolately on a sofa and watched
the women file in and out.
President Wilson was visibly affect
ed by the appeals of the women.
"I need not tell you how a dele
gation of working women, such as
you, appeals to me," he said. "I
would like to say much. But I have
already explained that I cannot speak
as the leader of my party on any
legislation until the party itself has
taken a position on that legislation.
"The Democratic convention, at
Baltimore took its position on na
tional questions and as its candidate
the voters approved that position in
electing me. I feel bound to carry,
out -the party promises, and all that
I can say to you is that your agita
tion has made a profound impression
The president then ordered that
the 400 workers who were still wait
ing in the cold outside should be per
mitted to enter, and they filed by him,
COMPANY TO DINNER
Her husband had asked her to.
show some kindness to a young of
ficer of the militia to whom he had
taken a fancy. She decided to do so
at once, and dispatched a note to the
gallant civilian-soldier in the usual
form in such cases. It ran thus:
"Mrs. Potter requests the pleasure of
Captain Clafin's company at dinner
on Wednesday evening."
The answer came back promptly.
Here it is verbatim:
"With the exception of the men
who regret they have other engage
ments, Captain Clafin's company will
dine with Mrs. Potter with pleasure
on Wednesday evening." N. Y. Post.