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old maids is to allow women equal
rights with the men in the matter of
proposing, and it was with this
thought in mind that I suggested the
Leap Year Court at the San Diego
"There are.a great many more wo
men in the world than men, and un
der those conditions it is hardly right
to bind womanhood by such conven
tions as to prevent them getting an
even chance in cupid's game of
Miss Headington declared that she
believed that many men who would
make good husbands are too timid to
ask girls to marry them. This, she
said, was one thing responsible, in a
measure, for the large number of
"It is unfair to the woman in love,"
continued the inventoraof the Leap
Year Court, "to deprive her of the
right to express that love as frankly
and' freely as is man's privilege. A
high wall of precedent stands in her
way and she dare not violate custom
by shattering it. Leap Year is her
one opportunity to break this barrier.
Therefore, I believe every woman''
should rise superior to foolish creed
and make known her love when she
feels so inclined. Many hearts are
broken because women dare not
speak their minds."
"Would you propose to a man?"
Miss Headington was asked.
"Well that's a hard question to an
swer, because as yet I have never met
a man whom I really loved. When I
meet that man, I don't suppose he'll
give me the chance to propose, be
cause of the long established rules
that govern the same. Anyway, I
hardly expect to meet him this year.
If I do well, this Is Leap Year; that's
all, I have to say.
"If women were not barred by cus
tom from proposing I believe there
would be happier marriages. Women
are now under a tremendous handi
cap. They must wait for the man to
'pop the question.' Many times the
man whom they wish would suggest
matrimony passes them by and thty
then must be content with a second
choice. Not infrequently women
marry men whom they do not care
for in the least just for the sake of
getting a home and some of the com
forts of life. These are the trage
dies of our present plan of courtship,
for how can marriage without love
bring happiness into the home?
"Reformers cry, 'Take the woman
out of the commercial world, out of
the stenographer's chair and out of
the stores.' This, they claim, would
better moral conditions. If you want
to really bring this condition about,
then create more Leap Years; let
every year be a Leap Year. Women
are rapidly getting the ballot. Give
them along with it the right to pro
pose to the men -they love."
NOTED ACTRESS IN MACBETH
REVIVAL IN NEW YORK
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Prom such sentimental roles as
Glory Quale and the White Sister
Viola Allen has turned to Shakespear
ean tragedies. She is supporting
James K. Hackett in his revival of
"Macbeth" in New York.