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Women Who Are Playing a Part in the Political Game
The Methods Differ From Those of the Men By Hairaah Mitchell t^ T OT stnce college days have ^^ I seen such effusion and ?*? enthusiasm, such hero worshin unashamed, as ?hat in the headquarters where women are working for various can didates for the Presidential nomi natisn. "c>reral Wood ia a man of high ast . -;nciple and wonderful char acter." "Senator Johnson ls the fines; man: really, just wonderful. "I*m for a business man, a man wit >ts of common sense, and that mar is Governor Lowden." So it goes. And the point of it all :s that it's sincere. Buzzing and talking, planning and telephonir.g. the women's Presi dential campaign headquarters adds the feminine touch to the deepenins plots *"> win for the various men in the field. The Hantlshakers Next door their brother cam paigrers are shaking handa and loudly welcoming long lost friends ' or miraeulously met strangers. No risitor ia too insignificant for a rorai arreeting and a handshake that wrenqhes his whole body. The "g . hand" ia rampant. And the men, too, are telephoning and buzz ing a-.'! planning and plotting. To judge from the headquarters of each candidate, the women are taking a !arge and active part in the campaigns. Hundreds of let ter? are goir-.g out to other wome; in all parta of the country every dar. thousands are being receiveii from wwsnep in all parts of the country every week. The wives of can&dates, with the advent of women as campaigners. ar? mcre rmportant than they ever were in any other Presidential cam patr~.. The enthusiastic workers can't do enough for women whorr. ~hey hope to make "first lady of the '.and." The demands upon them so daily and, to some extent, officially are aimost as pressing as those upon "heir husbands. The manag'ers of Leonard Wood's ?ampaign were the first to establish -eadquartera for women in N'ew York. Miss Juliana Cutting was put at the head of the women's Leonard Wood organization. Although Miss Cutting has had some experience as a business woman and has taken nart in woman suffrage ac'hnties. her present work was aiong a line alrrost entirely new to her and on a brcader scale than any she had ever done before. Part of the Party Miss Cutting is a New York woman and well known In the New England States. Shortly after her acceptance of the job of "organizing the women of the country for Gen eral Wood" she went to Chicago for r conference with Miss Harriett Vitt Miss Vittum is in charge of the Middle Western Wood head? quarters, "Women everywhere are beir.g placed upon the executive commit tees of Wood campaign committees ar.d are being organized with the mer " said Miss Cutting. "General Wood does not believe that women -- organized separately. He feela that women are as definite a Leaders Among the Women Who Are Working in Presidential Campaigns 1 I A?AY7VOA/D ' 4*\i/frfl-* .,?wmgS. ^5 Af/ss La/dlaw part of the party organization as are the men and should be treated as if they were. "Thousar.ds of women here in the East have come forward to help in the campaign. And General Wood has definite planks in his platform which are of interesb tc women." Names, names and more names are the business of the women in campaiern headquarters. The suffra gists who, after their defeat in New York in 1915. started out. to enroll one million women'3 names for suf frage should he able to give these new political workers some pointers on the way to get names and their value when errrolled. The Housecleaning Role The day I went to the women's headquarters for Leonard Wood's campaign at the Imperial Hotel things wpre buzzing. The women's offices are on the second floor on the Thirty-first Street side. It was almost impossible for Miss Cutting to find a quiet corner and two chaira where we could sit while she told me something of her ideaa on women in politics. In a room wnth three atenogra phers we fmally aat down. "Womenls work in the world of politics is to keep houae. They should be a harmonizing influenee and on occasion see to houseclean ing. They have an inatinct for order and their tact and influenee .should go far in making the affaira of the nation run smoothly. "Very few women want public office. But they want to have a share in selecting the men best fitted for office and most able to carry out the things in which they bel eve. "We do not believe in an organi zation of women separate from that. of the men. The 'women'a head quarters' as such ia only a temporary organization, the work of which is to intereat women of the country and 3ee that they have their repre sentation on committees and do their share in the campaign." A conference waa called just then and Miss Cutting waa closeted for some t'ime with several men and women. The reportera were not per mitted in the conference. That is just the way the men campasgnera treat the men reporters. Individual ly, a newspaper man may be in the confidence of some of she conferees, but very seldom is he admitted to the official conference. Then iater, when the meeting breaka up, he and his associates are told what is hap pening. It ls seldom very impor tant, but the conferences seem im pressive. Every one attending them comes out bearning and shaking hands, the men slapping one.another on the back. A (rood Oraen More enthusiasm. While J was waiting one of the stenographers told me that the Imperial Hotel had always been the headquarters of the M G3l//V/ZAC/<'?'& winning candidate. She aaid that Mr. Taft and Mr. Roosevelt had had their headquarters there. Or.e of the planka in General Wood's platform in which women are interested is that pertaining to the salariea of achool teachera. In one of hia recent speechea he de clared that it waa conceded that teachera were underpaid. "There is no more important work before us to-day than to aee that our school teachera. who have every thing to do with shaping the char actera of our future citizena, receive adequate pay," he said, "it ia de plorable to think that our ship of state is being built by underpaid i school teachera." i In response to this declaration a %m ielegation of school teachers organ .zed for Leonard Wood. They are working among the members of their >wn profession for his nomination. That elusive "woman vote" about which every one has had something .i. say sinoe Wyoming came into the union wita a woman suffrage pro vision in its charter ia, of course, r.he main business of the women of Leonard Wood's committees to-day. According to recorda in suffrage states there never haa been a reai "woman vote." Women have gener ally lined up with the men in the parties and their votea have been as citizens. True, they split tickets with more nonchalance than men, but they do not split off along sex lines. Inthe campaign now in progress the "woman vote" has resolved It aelf into getting the women out to vote. Just as certain candidatea try to get out the farmer vote or the college professor vote the women interested in politics to-day are try ing to get out the woman vote. Speaking at women's clubs, work? ing in Assembly districts and rous ing a feellng of their individual 1//TTC/M political importance are methods that are being used. Women work? ing in the campaign headquarters believe that every woman should have a party afhTiation. The inter est in politics among women is un doubtedly growing. Even at tea parties. where dress and the theater and booka used to hold sway, the conversation to-day is often about politics, and espe ally the candi dates for the Presidency. Besides Miss Cutting, there are working in the Leonard Wood East ern campaign Mrs. Van Zile, M rs. Alice Kelly, Mary Hatch Willard, Aiice Hill Chittenden and Miss J hn stone. At the Johnson Headquarter* Over at the Pennsylvania Hotel Mrs. Margaret Crumpacher is lead ing the work of the women's depart ment of the Hiram Johnson cam? paign. They were busy last week over the meeting Wednesday nighi at Carnegie Hall, where Senatoi Johnson spoke. Ticketa were being allotted, posters were on display anc lantern slides being composed. Mrs. Crumpacher was known dur ing the war as "The Mother of th< Wives of Candidates Come In for Much Attention Navy." She waa in Europe aftar the war started. and was one of the few women to visit the front linea in the early days of the fighting. I'pon her return to this coumry *he volunteered her serviees to the Sec retary of the Navy as a recruiter. and earned her title in the work she did along this line. Many of the New York women who have been enrolled in the Demo cratic party are showing an intereat in Senator Hiram Johnson's eam paign. A few have even volunteered to work in his behalf. The women'a committee at Senator Johnaon's New York headquarters is not aa com pletely organized as that of Leonard Wood or the women of the New York Republican Club, which tf working for Herbert Hoover, bu? the same enthuaiasm is evident. In Chicago the women's divirton of the Johnson headquarters has been definitely organized and work ing for some time. Mrs. Raymond Robins ia working for Senator John aon in the Middle West. Governor Lowden of niinoia haa no New York headquarters. But In Chicago Mrs, Fletcher Dobym, r leader among Republican womeB. if> engineering the women's part of the Lowden campaign. In New Tork Mrs. Olive Stott Gabriel ts ?mong the warm supporters of Governor Lowden. At the Vanderbilt Hotel the Hoover Republican Club ia working for the election of Herbert Hoover The women's diviaion of the work is headed by Mra. Herbert Pratt, who alao holda the office of vice-chairmar. in the club for men and women. Hoover and the Collegea The Republican women who ar?? supporting Hoover aay that they are not a aeparate organization, th?' they do not believe in organizatioi along aex iines in politics. They ar? aimply "helping the men." Among thoae on the committee of womev for Mr. Hoover are Mra. James Le?a Laidlaw. Mra. Oacar Straua, Mra. F ' Louis Slade, Miss Edith Morgan. Miss Sarah Field Splint, Miss Ger trude Lane. Miss Sarah Loui?p Arnold, of Simmons Collegei Abbev Marlatt, of the University of Wia consin; laabel Bevier, of the Unfvar sity of Illinois; Mrs. Robert J. FJurdette, of California, and Mra. E. M. Whitlock. The committee held a meeting Friday afternoon. A strong col'ejre representatfon ia seen' in this. And the women who are working for Herbert Hoove have great belief in getting a strong "woman vote" for him. They sa* that his name became a houaehold word during tho war and that the crisis at hand will inspir" women to turn toward a man whoae worh meant aomething to every one or them personally. ''We believe that thore ia a atrong Hoof'T sentiment among th<* women of the country," said Mra. Whitlock laat week, "and we simply want to call that sentiment to the front t?r the next Presidential election." The headnuartera of the Hoover Republican Club d;ff?rs to aome ex tent from those of the other candi datea. It ia the eer.ter for airailar : Hoover cluba tr.roughout the coun ? try, but ia not in commar.d of them ? It grew out of the need for aoTrs* i centra! office for information and organizat on. And it acts aa a clear ? ing house for the cluba of th? > country. The Mysterious Spaniard Who Talked by Means of Pictures FOR ore who does not Rpeak a word of Engl^h, the young spaniard who recently took a toite in a \f%r^K hotel in New York Ooes right weil in the matter of ir: dudng oreheatra leaders to render the aelectiona he wishea to hear. This young foreigner is an artist. No one has learr.ed his name?not tr?n the orchestra leader at the hotel where he stopped. 'He haB left N'ew York now, so it will not matter ? if h.U method of making himself inderstood 1s divulged. fler* was his lystem. Ea'-h nlght after the theater h?, togetber with oth?r yoong men, and sometimes young women, ent?red the cafe ol the hotel and ronveriwd for houra ii Spanixh, Apparently none of the? 'J3?d the English language at all. Preacntly the young vlsitor wouh take from his outside coat pocket a ?nr.a'. aquaia of pap<-r, perhapsthree ^7 four inches ln dlmcnstons. He ?Jhen.drew a pendl from his waist coat poeket and began making Unes ?n the pap?r. A pag?j was called acA the paper was aant to th? or enettra ieader. A? the nraalcian re aafrad fc the first night he glanced dawa Umard th? tabla wh?nc? It cam", a look of despair upon hi? face, only to be greeted with a broad amile and a queationed expression from the artist. The paper eontalned, to the atupe faction of the orche--tra leader, a *<j&Am^> ! 'T'HEN an idea carne to the ' leader, and he nnjcrrd "My Baby*8 Anns" drawing of a small child, sltting alone, arms outstretched, trying to speak, but apparently being unsuc cessful. Then the idea oame to the leader. Immediately he went through his music case, brought out copies of a musical number, distributed them among his men. and as he raised hia baton and the stralns of "My Baby's Arms" fioated out to the little crowd of Spanish diners there were reg istratlona of joy and thanks upon their faces. More Pirtures And the young Spaniard eame again. Thia time the usual pro cedure of ordering lunch was finished and another piece of paper waa produced. a picture drawn and sent to the leader. The latter per Bon, hoping the incident had been closed on the previous evening. frowned. He wanted to keep his record good. What if he failed to undfcrstand what hia artiat fnend dcsired to hear? This time- it was a picture of a shabbily dreased individual of the Nat Wills type, wearing a crown of (fold and precious gems. Some time elapsed. The conductor wa? Stumped* And then Ihe idea came again. He played two Helectiont r^iz: Sk^im^-r: y.- -ri-i:_ -\?? T WAS plain to the leader that this sumbolized. ade sire f<>r "The. Royal Vagabond" from "The Royal Vagabond," to ap plauso from the Spamard's table that attracted attention throughout tho dining room. ? And the thlrd night came, and another scruwled picture to the leader. Thia time two children sat at either end of a teeter-totter. The leader grn^ped this quickly, nnd plnyed selections from "S<>e Saw," the muslcal eomedy production. | Then followed one that shook the ot chestra pit out of the pure humor of it. It was a erude drawing of a man in a stupor, at midnight, ac eording to a cloek in his room. while all around him lay empty bottles that once had contained, according to the labels, Bourbon, Old Hen neasy and many other brands. This was easy. "The End of a Perfect Day" was played without a moment'" hesitation. Be<-ame a dame And there were nighta foliowing in which the leader first became joy ous at hi? ability at being: able to f interpret those weird requesta, and then became very depressed over an unusually diffleult one. There was, for oxample, a picture one night of a tall, striking bru : nette, garbed in a clinging silk af- i fair that ahowed much of her be (?ioea her face and hnnds. She was, sthnding. tall above her masculine companion. caressing him with one lovely hand and extracting a roll of 1 greenbacks from his waistcoat pocket with the other. It required > half an hour and the starting of half a dozen different numbere before the Spaniard firally nodded that the leader had "hit" it. It was the new musical number cailed "The Vamp." A little fellow sitting on hia back ' porch with a clay pipe blowing hub bleB Into the air was, of courae. "Bubblea." Very eaay, you aay, but what of the next one that delved into hiatory and war and showed nothing more enlightening from the musician'a standpoint than the mighty British dreadnought Queen Elizabeth lying offshore, firing broadsides into the landworks. What could this mean? To what piece of music could this be the key? AFTER.seveval false starts A the leader fiiially decided this signified "The Vamps" The Idea! A battleship and a fort in the background to te'.l an or chestra leader what. one wanted to hear in the way of music! It was "Dardanella." The leader really guessed it himself. He re membered that the Queen Elizabeth in the early part of the war ham mered away at the eates of the Dar danelles for weeks. Thus he solved the problem. " Wild Irish Rose" After drawing a picture of a man labeled "Sinn Fein." who was madly tearing his hair in an anti-British speech, while just behind him grew great bushes of roses, indicating that he wanted to hear "My Wild Irish | Rose," the Spaniard at last set hia friend the leader at ease with his final request. The pastime had gone on for more than a week, and or.e night the young artist entered and drew a pic? ture of a boat saiiing from a nier at Hoboken, with a man. intended to repre.aent himself, on the aft deck, waving his hand to n lonjr-haired gentleman on the pier, which, no doubt, was supposed to be reproduc tion of the figure of the leader. The leader looked down upon his artist friend. smiied, raised hi ? haton for the final tune. and playe I "Goodby, Good Luck, God Bless You." The Spaniard aroae, placed a SoO bill on the tabla, directed the leader to take it and waiked out, ap parently very happy with his ter. days' conversation in picturea. English Red Tape TPHE foilowing atory, K^ read??r to "The Lor.don Dail: Newa." contalns aa beantiful aa ex ample of red tape aa waa ever re corded in the history of thla moa? productive of govemrnental indua triea. The correspondent writes: "A friend of mine, until recently I -gj rank of eaptain, pr'.or ?? demob'i::.zation, returned hi? atoree with an inventory of the same. One surprising irem was a akein of ??w ing s::.k, which my friend conje* 'nr's was i".der.*ed for by a f'.apper assisfan*'. sr.d which was !abe>d 50 yard". and .ia 60 yarda ?>? returned with rc.iny thouaanda of pound*' worth of other matena'.. My friend ia an honeat and modest man, and would have felt amply rewarded had the War Office aimply thanked him and in effect patted him on tha back for his conscicnttous work, whica cuvers some ten years' service. Ia stead he recfiivt?d a d:-rrepancy not* po niting out that ^hercas h<? had rendcred a tateroent returr.ing 39 I yarda of sewing silk th? W?r Office j I ad only received \~ yarda."