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SUFFRAGETS A GAME CREW MARCH IN RAIN
AND SLOP STORM COLISEUM
My Little Girl, your country pleads
And you know the' time has come.
My Little Girl, your country needs
To be in the walk and run.
The women dote they dote on
So let's sow the progress seed,
nd get the vote, for a good cleaning
Is just what our cities need.
F ' "Boats For Women!"
For a day at least that new slogan
was right appropriate for the1 live
crew of women folks who marched,
with much defiance, in Chicago's
Suffrage parade Wednesday after
noon. If the punch and grit of the march
ers soaks into Chicago as far as the
rain soaked into the Suffragets, it
should make considerable impres
sion. The women folks had prom
ised they would march, rain or shine.
And they did close to 7,000 of them
from Randolph street to the Coli
seum. A dozen or so bands and bugle
corps ' splashed out national airs to
the time of the pattering rain. Every
body in the line of march was
drenched, at least from the hips
down. Umbrellas .possibly protected
the yellow-banded hats and nice
white waists that the women wore.
At street corners the wind played
havoc with the soaked skirts and
hosiery. One man along, the curb
yelled: "Oh, you ill wind." And the
comeback from one in the parade:
"We should worry!" Another return
fire was: "How many men would
march through this rain?" and sfcill
another: "If we are crazy to march
In this downpour, look at the boobs
along the curb."
When the women reached the Co
liseum they gave the drab proceed'
ings of the Republican convention
their first thrill. The great floor
space of the Coliseum, where a thou
sand men sat almost unmoved as
Temporary Chairman Harding made
his speech, broke into enthusiasm
and color when the women trooped
in, wet and beraggled, but full of
They arrived in the middle of argu
ments of members of the national
association opposed to women suf
frage and all but "broke up the
meeting." Suffragets practically
took charge of things and gentler
sex speakers drew loud applause
Miss Ann Martin of Nevada, chair
man of the legislative committee of
the congressional union, asked the
committee for a plank endorsing a
federal suffrage amendment "as a
matter of pure justice." "Don't dis
criminate against us because of our
sex," she said. "We'll cast our vote
for any party that does it for us."
Mrs. Harriet Stanton Blatch,
daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
was introduced as "the women who
objected to the discrimination of
New York and has gone to Kansas
City to live." Directing remarks at
Chairman Lodge, she said: "We are
not asking you to give up the vote.
We only ask a referendum to the
legislatures of the states. We want
it so we can watch you vote."
Other speakers were Miss Mabel
Vernon of Nevada, Mrs. Alice Hill
Chitenden, Mrs. M. Bronson, Mrs.
Arthur M. Dodge, Mrs. Abbie H.
KrebTbs, Mrs. Prank H. Roessinger,
Mrs. Catt and Mrs. Grace Wilbur
Trout of Illinois.
"No power on earth can stop this
great movement," Mrs. Trout told
Mrs. . Catt, -inclosing arguments,
stated that the plank which the Re
publicans are requested to put in the
platform is: ,
"The Republican party, re-affirm-