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Women VotererEarly to Polls and Stand in Line for Hours
Women Stand
Patiently in
Line at Polls
Langhingly Tell One An?
other That Suffrage Is
Worth the Trouble; Many
Rring Along Camp Stools
Girl Scouts Tend Babies
Some Feminine Watchers
at Voting Places Before
the Doors Are Unlocked
The largest woman's vote in the his?
tory of New York City was cast yester?
day- Women showed an intense inter
the Presidential election, which
they had not manifested in the (wo
;, ?nor - ' ' ' since they won the bal?
lot m 1917. The poll ng places were
crowded during the morning with
worr.cr. voters and the election hoards
were entirely unprepared, for the con?
No exs ' count of the woman's vote
was made b il Miss Helen Varick Bos
well, chairmai ? '" the New York County
Women's Re] ublican Committee, esti?
mated that ." ore tl an one-third of the
total city vote was cast by women.
There are 1,387,835 registered voters in
the city. Miss Boswell said, and the
woman ? vote probably aggregated more
than 40
"Ii many election districts in the
be:fer n ? sections, the woman's
vote equals that of the men," she said,
"and in somi stricts there are more
women This is offset, how
ever, by the fact that many women.
especia gn birth, do not vote."
Women Crowd Out Hylan
The ' re blamed by Mayor
lure to vote liefere
Hall. So many thrifty
Brook ;. fives on their way to
mark i up at the Mayor's
: r.er had ; o star.d
?n lini ' ?' ' ' nutes, after winch
he ?osl rid travo it up, prom
ising ratic captain, however,
The ire the annoyance of
.- for long periods with
ghingly saying to j
privilege of voting
wa ? i ' tanding in line for. '
Tl pi I provided themselves
. : eading matter. :
?acher corrected her '
{ . lusewife flaslied an '
awaiting her
? white floor. Pomer- ;
away the hour for
I others had brought:
ng to talk to them
fror:- ? ev,-a!k.
. ?' ;ve at many poll- .
ng ] - the mothers by
All Scouts were
la'!'M-r Brings Baby, Too
AI tl ? .- place, at Amsterdam
Avi [23d .-:' reet a <-irl Scout
ist a n ale voter j
in the of nursery duty.
He \ McCu loch, v. hose wife is :
: had asked him to take
ts ai ring when he !
McCulloch had li ft
i watcher for the baby '
.- that some woman i
I me to the rescue,
t ? e competent litt le
Seoul a Baby Badge,
i ild, he voted with
incidents marked
womei ? at the. polling
p a '. ?. of ni ni eon sis
' ' hurch of Our Lady of
Vngi Thiiteenth Street,
? ? - place at 57 East
Fourti ? by Mrs. Margaret
Ryai ? tic district leader.
Fron - Home for Aged
" and 114th Street.
a re - er in black shawl and
prim | irried to the polling
plac? i'cl< ck.
Explains Vote Before Breakfast
? relish my breakfast !
m |," she explained to
rk. "I wanted to get
' ' r i
rning, Mrs. Howard
?1 the Re] ub ?can district
:? ?mobiles for the .
on of the home j
to vis t the pol fort.
itel ers and district.
i before the own
places had arrived or
the ba - |< livered.
Mis ? campaign chair- !
mai Yorl State Women's j
tl ? and a hustler in ]
? I v District, was able
? - at the polling
?ty-ninth Street
The . ? ? : | ?,,,.i ;l mu
?. dence at 6 '
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r c
j < ? at art) hour of the t?ay g
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is especially good in the
evening a short time be?
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is delicious, its aroma
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is conducive to restful
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o clock. While the policemen tramped
up and down perplexed, Miss Skinner
marched out into the middle of the
road and. throwing back her head, cried
'o the upper story :
Woman dot? the Key
"Epi! Epi! Throw down the key"
Presently a tou: ii d h< ad npp ??.??. 1
at the window and the key clattered
down. Litter Miss Skinner entertained
: the voters with the newest records
?rom Mr. Epi's stock.
Edward Hardy, the twelve-year-old
' prodigy of Columbia University, es?
corted his mother to the polling'place
at 80 Morningside Drive, but was not
allowed to vpte himself.
His presence was an inspiration to
the women voters, who had been stand?
ing in line for more '.hau an hour, this
being one of the districts where the
congestion was particularly noticeable.
"Why not let Edward east the vote
for the whole district? He's got more
brains than all the rest of us put to?
gether," snapped a school teacher who
v anted to go to the matin?e.
One of the election officials rebuked
her with the information that Edward
was a valuable aid to the Republican
captain, and lasi year endeared him?
self by taking messages to voters in
an apartment house wher'1 the political
workers had been forbidden entrance,
Jam Near Columbia University
The districts near Columbia Univer?
sity have more women voters than men.
Two years ago the district was divided
into three parts in order to accommo?
date all the newly ?enfranchised stu?
dents^ school teachers and artists who
inhabit the scholastic region. This
year two of the three districts have
more than 600 voters each and another
division was asked by the. Republican
captains. They placed the blame for
yesterday's confusion on the refusal
of the Democratic members of the
board to allow further divisions.
In the 4th Election District only six
booths were provided for 682 voters,
although the law requires one booth
for every seventy-five voters. In this
district many women stood in line
more than an hour. It was pointed out
that had tho weather been stormj
many votes must have been lost.
Miss Sarah Butler, daughter of
Nicholas Murray Butler, president o1
Columbia University, is the captain of
t :? 3d Election District in this section
Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, president
o? tho International Woman Suffrage
Association, and Miss Mary Garret!
Hay, chairman of the New York City
League of Women Voters, who live at
404 Riverside Drive, voted soon aftei
3 o'clock in a laundry at 2879 Broad'
way. For the iirst time in their lives
the.se two disagreed on a politic?
question, Mrs. Catt making the League
'?''. Nations the chief issue and votinr.
for Cox, while Miss Hay stuck to the
Republican party, for which last yeai
she was chairman of the Women';
National Executive Committee.
Both Oppose Wadsworth
"We both voted against ' Senatoi
Wadsworth," said Mrs. Catt, "and mort
than that we will not tell, save that w?
split our tickets."
Miss Hay said they both voted foi
Miss Harriet May Mills for Secretary
of State. Miss Mills being an old com
rade of suffrage days and former presi
dent of the New York State Womai
Suffrage Association.
The motion picture men and severa
reporters were on hand to watch tht
two most prominent suffragists in thi
city cast their first Presidential ballot
and a long line of women waited good
naturedly while the movies recorded th<
event. Mrs. Catt went into the boot!
first and Miss Hay came out iirst
thereby scoring a great laugh.
"I've had more experience in voting,'
she explained. "Mrs. Catt was so bus;
working for national suffrage in Wash
ington last year that she didn't voti
then, while I've never missed a chance.'
Miss Virginia C. Gildersleeve, deal
of; Barnard College, whose name headei
the list of Democratic electors, votei
at the same laundry a few minute
ahead of the suffrage leaders.
Women workers for the Anna How?
ard Shaw Memorial Fund visited man;
polling places, taking up the "women'
thank offering" for the vote.
"Give as your heart, dictates; Ann
Howard Shaw gave her life for you
vote," their yellow placards read.
Mrs. Tilomas Weils and Miss Mar
Dreier, of the League of Women Vot
er?, patrolled Fifth Avenue near th
Public Library in the afternoon io
the same cause. Five hundred tho'J
sand dollars is being raised by sutfri
gists for a memorial chair of polit'C
a- Bryn Mawr and a chair of preven'
ive medicine at the Woman's Med'Ci
College of Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Henry Curran, mother of th
Borough President, was on duty ;
the 10th Assembly District Rep?blica
Club, at 8 West Twenty-eighth Stre?
to give instructions to women aboi
marking their ballots. The Republ
can Committee of One Hundred.
1 which Mrs. Mary Hatch Willard i?
. chairman, were on duty at many poll
' ?ng places and district headquarters
i ?or similar service. The school for
i voters of the R ?publican Women's
State Executive C< mmittce was open
d iy ?n ''?? V ,' lerbilt Hotel.
Watch Counting of Vole
Many women volunteered for duty ap
j watchers at the polls while the vote
, was being counted, acting through a
committee organized by Mrs. Harriot
Stanton Blatch and other suffragists.
Among the volunteers was Mrs. Blatch's
daughter, Nora Blatch Barney, and two
women friends.
"Send us to a tough district," they
demanded. Miss Boswell sent them to
the 1st Assembly District to serve from
6 p. m. to 6 a. m.
Watchers were provided by the
League of Women Voters for' many
other districts where the vote was ex?
pected to be close. Among them were
Mrs. Learned Hand, Mrs. James Lees
l.aidlaw. Mrs. Harriet Comstock, Mrs.
Charles L. Tiffany, Mrs. L. Draper,
Miss Anna Maxwell, Mrs. Robert Adam
son and Miss Sally Peters.
The Democratic women's headquar?
ters, like the Republicans, were open
all day for the information of voters.
Mrs. George Bass, chairman of the
Democratic Women's Bureau, voted by
mail, her home being in Chicago. Miss
Elisabeth Marbury, state Democratic
leader, voted early and predicted a
Democratic victory through the omen
i of a largo apple crop upstate.
"When there is a big crop of apples
'the Democrats always win," she said.
Debs S^s^sTiltWUl
INot Disappoint Him
People Will Get What They
Think They Want, He Asserts;
Geta Returns in Prison
ATLANTA, Nov. 2.?Eugene V. Debs,
Socialist nominee for President, in a
final campaign statement to-day said:
"1 shall not be disappointed over the.
results of Die election, as the people
will get what they think they want
insofar as they think at all."
Mr. Debs received election returns
to-night in the Federal penitentiary,
where he is a prisoner.
No special wire arrangements have
been made for his benefit, but Warden
Zerhst. has arranged to obtain tho re?
turns from Atlanta newspapers and
convey them to Mr. Debs.
Malone Says Editors PJot
To Hold Back His Vote I
Declares Ballots Cast for Him
Will Be Counted, Despite
After visiting the election headquar?
ters of the -Yew York City News Asso- ?
ciation, on the fourth floor of police
headquarters, last night and observing
the method by which the news associa-;
tion, gathering election returns for all j
the newspapers, cooperated with the
Police Department in obtaining reports
from the various precincts, Dudley Field
Malone, who was the Farmer-Labor
candidate for Governor, made this
statement: I
"I understand that the editors of
New York newspapers, exclusive of the
Hearst publications, have entered into
a ph ? to keep the Malone vote from the ;
public. I came here to-night to ascer?
tain the manner in which the Police ,
Department cooperates with the news'
association in handling this work."
Malone declared that every vote cast
for him in yesterday's election would
be counted for Malone, regardless of
newspaper plots.
"Finer' Says Hughes;
Murphy is Resigned
"Fine, fine!" was the only comment
of Charles E. Hughes when he was in?
formed at hi? home, 32 Fast Sixty
fourth Street, last night that the indi- ?
cations pointed to an overwhelming
victory for Harding.
Told that Governor Smith evidently
had been beaten in New York, Mr,
Hughes reiterated "Fine, fine!" lui; he
would say no more.
Charles F. Murphy, leader of Tarn- |
many Hall, issued this statement, late !
last, night:
"Governor Cox has made a vigorous
and dignified campaign. His def< at
would be regrettable. However, the '
people have cast their votes for the j
candidate of their choice. The agita?
tion of the campaign should now be
forgotten. We must concentrate our ,
thoughts on the welfare of the country.
Irrespective of party, we must stand
behind our new President and help him
to promote can- country's happines;
and repose."
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Two-thirds of
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J. R. Voorhis Reports
Complaints of Fraud
Smoothest and Speediest
Presidential Election, Is
the Verdict of Official
It took the average New Yorker just
one minute and twenty-five seconds to
mark and cast his or her ballot, ana
? two-thirds of all the ballots cast were
, in the boxes by noon, according to esti
; mates made by John R. Voorhis, presi
; dent of the Board of Elections.
Mr. Voorhis, whoso experience as
an election official began in 1874, de?
clared that this was the smoothest and
speediest Presidential election he had
ever known. In some election districts
the average balloting was at the rate
of forty an hour, but others recorded
balloting as rapidly as 100 an hour.
The latter were in districts known to
be strongly Republican, where the vot?
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forty-five seconds to mark a straight
Complain of Long Waits
The early morning rush of voters to
, the polls caused many complaints to be
! sent to the Board of Elections that not
] enough booths had been provided. Long
'lines of voters in districts populated
1 chiefly by workers, who had been given
I a forenoon half-holiday, formed in
' front of some of the polling places in
Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.
In many instances the lines contained
'200 to 300 men and women. Some of
them had to wait from one to two
hours before receiving their ballot and
a place in a h oth. Chief Clerk Wil?
liam C. Baxt< of the Board of Elec?
tions, sent, hurry-up orders to provide
more booths and ballot boxes at these
He explained that each polling place
had been provided with one booth for
each seventy-five registered voters and
that there would have been no undue
waiting were it not for the eagerness
of voters to cast their ballots early.
By noon, Mr. Baxter said, so many per?
sons had voted that the problem of
congestion had solved itself. During
the late hours voters found little wait?
ing before them.
"I never in all my experience knew
of a Presidential election to be handled
so smoothly and speedily," said Mr.
Voorhis. "The complaints were only
minor and were quickly adjusted. By
noon two-thirds of all the votes had
been cast and it looked to me that New
Yorkers did a thorough job of it, sc
far as not neglecting to go to the polls
w*s concerned. It is the rule in elec?
tions that an average of only 6 or 1
per cent of registered persons fail tt
vote. I am sure that even this average
has be?n cut down."
A speed record for early and rapid
voting was reported from all the poll?
ing places in the 1st Assembly District
One hundred votes an hour were cast
there during the first four hours aftei
the polls opened. In other districts
the average ? was about sixty ar
hour. The average time taken b>
a voter for the whole city, how
ever, was a little more than ini
minute. In the 25th and 2f>th electior
districts of the 1st Assembly District
out of a total registration of 441, hac
voted 3-11 by 1 p. m. The balloting wa:
virtually completed there half an hour
before the polls closed.
Women were conspicuous among early
voters. The election clerks reported
that generally less confusion over how
to mark the ballot prevailed among the
,: en thi n among the men. Conster?
nation was reported among ? f
the women voters in Greenwich Vil?
lage when it was iearnod that several
of them had registered under their
maiden names. Those who challenged
such voters were sustained, and the
women were not given ballots.
Even actors, actresses and stagd
hands, who are known as late sleepers,
were among the early voters. The poll?
ing place of the 44th Election District
of the 10th Assembly District, at Pub?
lic School 67. 120 West Forty-sixth
Street, which is in the heart of the
theatrical district, was crowded with
voters rn the first hour.
By 10 n. m. one-third of the 198,744
registered voters in the Bronx had cast
their ballots. The first rush swamped
the election machinery, so that many
voters complained of the length of
time they had to remain in line.
Many who had already cast ballots
in the 42d Election District of the 10th ;
Assembly District, at 934 Sixth Ave?
nue, lingered to witness the arrival of !
Brigadier General Cornelius Vander
bilt. The general was accompanied by ;
Mrs. W. D. Sloane, his sister. Later
Colonel George B. McClellan, formerly
Mayor; Dr. Robert Abbe, a noted sur?
geon; Bernard M. Baruch and Dr. John
C. Erdrnan voted. In the 48th Election
District, same Assembly district, at 36
East Forty-eighth Street, Frank A,
Munsey and Simon Guggenheim were
early voters.
Alderman A. Beckerman, of the 6th
Assembly District, and Samuel E.
Beardsley, Socialist candidate for State
Senator in the 14th Senatorial District,
appeared before Mr. Voorhis to com?
plain that the election officers of the
17th Election District of the 6th As?
sembly District had refused to allow
an illiterate woman to mark her ballot
unassisted. The woman, unable to
write, they represented, had registered
by mark, and when she appeared at
Ninth Street, near Avenue R, to vote
the officers are. said to have insisted
that inspectors accompany/her into
the booth and assist her in marking
her ballot. Commissioner Voorhis di?
rected that the officers allow the
woman to enter the booth alone and
mark her ballot.
Alderman Beckerman and Mr.
Beardsley declared that votes were be?
ing bought in the 14th Assembly Dis?
trict. They said they anticipate elec?
tion frauds through the mutilation of
ballots. Julius Gerber, of the Socialist
County Committee, telephoned Com?
missioner Voorhis that an election
board of the fith Assembly District was
treating voters discourteously and in?
terrupting the orderly process of vot?
ing by asking unnecessary question
calculated to delay the vote. The Con:
missioner sent a representative to thi
board requesting that it treat all vot?
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Hyde Park Goes Republi?
can by the Biggest Ma?
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Statement Deferred
Special Dispatch to Th.- Tribune
Though early returns, particularly fron
Poughkeepsie and his voting place, Hydi
Park, were plainly disappointing. Frank?
lin D. Roosevelt declined to make any
statement to-night admitting defeat.
Hyde Park went Republican by th<
heaviest majority in its history, accord?
ing to the first returns brought to Mr
Hyde Park helped elect the Demo?
cratic Vice-Presidential candidate twice
to the State Senate.
His Western trips imbued Mr. Roose?
velt with the idea that prophe's ha
been making a great mistake in setting
down anything as final from that par
of the country.
"The situation has been so compli?
cated, for instance, in the Dakotas
Montana, Colorado and Idaho by the
Nonpartisan , League that all prophecj
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