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THE SUN, SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 1912.
VOTES FOR WOMEN BY 1915 HER PREDICTION 18 Harriot Stanton Blatch Tells of the Plans and the Hopes of the Suffragists in New York Their Political Power Is In creasing and They Believe Victory Is Onlv a Matter of Time By HARRIOT STANTON BLATCH Pitsldtnl of lie Woman i Political Union IV the women of New York Stale nuke intelligent ii"- of tlw means i nt their dispo il lln'iv Is no renson i iy the men itf llit' State should not have tin1 opportunity to en frnnrhli'Utiit tH"t oils in November, into And xvhen this question i submitted tn' til" vol 01 1 of tin- Stlitc 1 shall have i,, i fear of tin- If-iiM. Tlif Fnitimont against ecj. discrimination In tegard to ,.rHtlil right, n well regard to other matter within tin- province of Hi., (lovt'rnmrnl to regulate, has boon InorciiPinn nl n lnl,t'h ,unr" ral,i(' rai titan thf opponents of woman suffrage Imagine. Il,ul i"stn,,t 11 become possible for that sentiment to register itself through tli'i ballot our victory will bassured The goal is well within sight, but thnt dors not mean ih.it wo can roach p without strenuous and steady effort, unfailing vigilance end an almost un limited supply of tint path ncn tlctnvil hv some to bo a natural endowment o," woman. j The voto may conu to us in tiie of two ways. We may get it at u matter of fact nnd commonplace result of th suffrage wave that is sweeping over the West and the middle Went or throng definite political work on our own part (letting if In the first way means yearn of waiting, n long series of disappointments and utter discouragement and ilishc.irtenment for mnnv of our most faithful workers. It 1 almost ineotieeivab e too that the citizens of the Kmpiro State should eon templnte with any degree of complacency the idea'of Killing meekly Into line behind the middle West The logical way lor it to obtain the right of citizenship, which are now denied Us, is In create a political sanation which will malteour enfranchisement a praet'oal necessity All the important advances in man hood suffrage made dining the last sixty years have been the outgrowth of definite and imperative political problems and' have been effected without violet : The conferring of the ballot upon the American negro, for instance, whs done by the Republican part t urely from motive of expediency and was not at tended with even Mich manifestations ' of excitement as we expect in the average election citnai n. Some persins talk h i th civil war ha I been fought for the purpose of giving the negro the full rights of citizenship, when 11s a matter of fact it is not as al likely th.it even Lincoln himself at the 1 eginnitig of the war contemplated so much as iIih pos. nihility of freeing the blacks from slavery The Proclamation of Kni.mci ati m was merely a war measure, ami the extension f the franchise to the negroes wns a perfectly obvious way of increasing and maintaining the strength of the party in power. Gladstone was swayed by similar motives when he brought in the lonntv franchise bill in ISM. The l.ilx-n.l party needed the votes or the farm l.iboiers Of course, as it turned out. the Toiies and not the Liberals benefited at first bv the new order of things, but eventu ally Mr. Gladstone's point of view was vindicated. 'I he enfranchisement of women liar come so far for the most pan nisi quiet and humdrum manner in spar-elv settled plaoes. It must not be forgotten that even in California it was throuh the farmer and not through the dwellers in cities that women won the vole. San l'rancisco said no to the amendment, but was out voted by the combination of the smaller cities and the country districts. In con gested communities th suffrage is a more strenuous question than in those xvhere there is more room to bieathe and more time to live, and in Kngland anil in New York State we can hardly hope for it to come quietly like a thief in the night. It must of necessity lie a detlnitu and conscious political measure. Plan of the Suffragists. The militant suffragists in Kngland hax'fl succeeded already hr making their cause an issue over which the most prom inent men in th kingdom have fought with open bittcrnes- The situation here is altogether different We cannot hope for any assistance from either of the old political parties, becaus we haven't any real system of party government in this country, The fact that a Democrat brought in a certain bill, even with the approx-al of the Democrat!') leader, wouldn't entail upon the lest of the Demo orats an obligation to vote for it in order to keep tlm party in power. Our electoral system, which makes it possible for the executive branch of the Government, both Slate and national, to lie politically entirely out of sympathy xvith the controlling party in the Legisla ture haw the effect of making the party lines much more indefinite than they are in England. I'urtliermom, no patty in America could count on getting the solid femalo vote. Politicians renli'e perfectly that xvomen xvoiild split up on pariy noes iiiucii us men tin anti ior ruuen the same reasons, except wtit.ro some question was at issue that especially appealed to women, when they might ihrow out all previous calculations a to t lie xvay tilings were going by suddenly massing themselves into an independent xotlng force. Neither party sees any ;se in having its voting strength aug mented if its rival is to have a propor tionate increase, nnd both parties fee that; as an lndenndent force wo would be at the best an intolerable nuisance and at th" worst a menace to some of their carefully laid schemes. Our only chance lies in building up a political plan Irom our own side, and it must obviously take the form of Work with individual legislators anil candidates i"i otTice. Our methods must be based upon what knowledge we have of th" psychology of those xvho signify their xvillinune to be chosen to nerve the people I his much x'e have learned. No one is to ensitlvo, so shy, so i oy as a uuui xt ho is running tor an elect m. ofiicn He picks his way along through difficulties as carefully a a cat trends an Lnglish brick wall guarded by jutting pieces of glasu Hp xvatchns the scales every Bunut to tee which way they are about to turn, nnd even i small Adverse force appearing In his constituency worries him. fl docsii't know Just what effect CHARGSP WITH AbbiOmUG wow in new YORK ? 05nNlZCKL. WOMftH'S OUFrRAGC PARTY it mav have, and the smaller his assured majority the more he worries. 'I lie Women's Political I'llion beg.l'l to cut its political eye teeth in P.mi'.i xvheti special fleelions wele held to fill the placet in the I.ej;iilaturo made vu-.int bv the deuths of Senators McCirreu nnd Itaines. We xvent over to lirimklyn mill sounded the sullrage seiitimeiiis of the candidates tor .Mct'.irren's seat, and.-eiii .Mrs. Mettv (irahatn up State to see what she could do in the Unities district. We are sute xve mad" some impression upon I ii t li politicians anil vote's even at thai earlv stage of the game, and the experience we gained was most iifeiul to us in our next venture a ea-efully organized campaign against Art emu.. Ward in mm, Wurfs Majority RcJxccJ. .Mr Ward was a candidale for the Assembly in the Twenty-tilth district, a liepublieau stronghold We held doens of open air meetings all through the ills, tritt, and the Saturday before eleition tw'entx- speakers addressed a big crow,! from illuminated trucks in l"nion Square. .Mr Ward's friends thought our ati.u !. wa. of sutlicieiit importance to eiideaxor to nutr.ili. il by dining through the! streets on a truck decorated with tran-.-pareiu ies atinoum ing that "All the girl like Wii'd except the suffragettes." and other sentiments of a similar na'uie W e didn't succeed in actually defeating Mr Ward, but n was admitted that we materially- reduced his minority, xvhich was much smaller than the Republicans were in the habit of polling in that di-triit, MRS. BELMONT By MRS. OLIVER H. P. BELMONT!'1' liryiiir. to at.coiiipli.sli or .nen so itiiit 'i as lll'.lti: are many tec.sotis xhv rational under-lantiin ; of hn c.-nbi-I beliexe that t he w omen t,f t lc- "on Andnlu is the , ,.,.h ' At, idle, T country should luxe political political iiiality with men 'I !i" reaott are fo- tiie lilo-t part concerned xv.th tiie oiduiarx- conteptinii of t.i-ii-e audi of tli" purpo-e and lunction ot a d -mo- -ctutic government As they .tie constantly being presented with force and logic, however, by hundreds of able suffrage seaker.s and xx titers, tlcy are perfectly familiar to th" public, and u i- not worth while to set them down here It i- not infrequently lo-t sight of. how ever, that the mot potent argument for the enfranchisement of the American worn in lies in her need for the ballot as a means for her own mental and moral development . The American woman as a factor in the jiohtical economic and social life of the community docs not cotap-ire in imnor tance to her sister on t lie other side of the xvater, and is in no xxise a companion to the American man. xxho has no siiferior in the world Tho trench woman under stand the intricacies of h"r husband's business, as thoroughly as he dec. nnd her eieoutive ability both in domestic and in financial affairs is well known The Lnglish women of the tip.er and middle classes have for yeais kept in touch witli isilitics and they take a prominent part in all elections A man who xva standing for Parliament would think it very strange if his xvomen relatives and friend, did not conduct a houe to house canvass on his behalf and ditl not put in an appear ance at political meetings xvhere Im xx'a scheduled to speak Many of the xvomen, ! of course, are excellent speaker. and organizers ami it is the exception xvhere a woman of any social piominenco is not 'iihle to lend a disciissjon of campaign is-itc- nt her own dinner table. Hritish women are aUo active in municipal allaits ami those or them xvho have conn- grx estate devote a very considerable portion of their time to looking after the welfare ul their tenant The American women of leisure on the other hand have a pitiably small outlook. I Their knowledge of business U so small ' that many of them are incapable of keep ing their household accounts with any degree of accuracy, and they haven't, tho faintest idea or the size of their hus bands' Incomes. A large proportion of them don't know the distinctive doctrines .of the two great political patties, niid a I fir clvio lesponsibihly they don't grasp the meaning of the term. The education ot American wotn-n is limited in scopo ami superficial in method. They do not. begin to haxe the intelligent knowledge of literature, science antl art possessi.il by French ami German women of a cor- responding class, anil they are tho poorest linguists in th" world. Their habits of thought antl conception of their iclatjon to tn.t life mf the community are cor- .,w,..l!..!.. I.. i. ,e, cm, nntl' in- iinnii x.inuieti .inieriean woman a Kooti tieai in.e it (tresseii up dolt. .n,f xvho is to blame? The American men He sliivrs nil his III., ir. ii, ..,.i,i i ".,.'." nntl ..lie line li. in- ii".siou oi lll,li;ig WOII1CII OX.IfHV tle O.'lp' ) tl I .) Iipiflt ll'- CI ItlMM'WU 1 Ve.iUll I ilgl ft1 W 1 1 II ,11 I'M .MHCMIV position ror hr He lo.itl Inu with lux. a house I went into an ait;hil)"l's o'hee vail and mm tMi"tiurag it, Tny who maintain Hint, it is necessary t't. urtes indulges her as he would a child ami worked with lh"iegiil.irilriUi;hlsunii realize only too well h it as soon as carry on mi otlensh e tsliitnl ionul cam ud deuiHiid- uolhitiK ol hur in Uio wny'I wan tho llrot wonnu in Now Votk who womou uuito they will ceaao to bo uudor I pign anwns tbo women of the JSt.ito 1 Xty s&XBBk 1 ' i FoUCf.MCN. and r.s a matter of fad I am ol the opinion tiia. a whol 'some fear on I is part of another uttacU Irciii us had .something to do with his d 'i isi ri not to run agaia the following year . Our campaign a!:tiris Kuril ('nviPier in the 'I lurtieth Acsembly District in tin fall of ism I was much more strenuous We op. in d a special headquarter s in Uarli rn and held a doyen or mere open air meetings eerv in-rht for two weeks before eliction d.iv We dlsti ileited thousands of ImCcM ..ilani'.iig why we rx.ittt.il to defeat him. and we con ducted a house to house eiui',.,s overmg the whole dis'ri.-t Mi KlUabcth t'oo!;. who was in charge ot the he.id.niai ler. made out a I'omplete list of the Demo cratic xotei-s in iie distrid Irom the primary list-, at.d from the r"':i'ratio'i li-l- in the i 'i.'m ' roii. ami t It.. .n-,is.. rs had all tl.i- material to work wllh. We should have defeated t 'uviliier h.ul it not been lor an irre;;ularitv in th.. I SAYS "AMERICAN1 WOMAN GOOD lulellig-n' t .i-Kraliou in .xh:i' lu is " creainre wno n.i-pt -uiy ol lal .il px-iiiiu.i lor s rvi " if nn i in 11,113 cases out of ten is totally tm'i! to meet tli.) demand of a sudden emerg'ticy The stut" of a'biirs is allogelh-r utiueces- stry as well as undcsir tule 'the very trftt that .1 woman isimt burdened w uh the I problem of her actual llu.i'r'ijl stpportjto take their proper pi ice t in the cuti shnuld gite hur a greater appreciation j mutiny. It is men xvho. partly throtigl, of the oppoitunity to become a suitable ja mistaken kindness and pirtly througl ?-'v life :r -V ; III ;-;: OM P BELMONT PnrsrDrTNT POLITICAL EQUALITV ASSOCIATION, " " companion and helpmate to her husband, , ,,, MU;i.s f,,, miy down town and she s)"tidi it uptown. Mho dos not spind by him, nor dim, she rep resent him Tim only c is or worn mi in this . . , illlllty X',' no S.'.'ill II 111 I 1(1 1110 1,1111. lit) isial all to ih ni'ti ur-1 lh sell suppoi ting lini,, ' ,,, Lhould t ,, alwny.s found tnv cieile-t Iniiiiiiiui in work- in tt-oi'L' hi i. .1 '.. ... .... WK. Jl;AM Nf,LTOM PNflEU, CMAlRMftM, -L.,snnj .urpfur.i I'ABTV ills rti t co'ivi u ton of the Indeietulet',ce League whuli ut cor ling to the decision of the .supreme t onrt made it impossible for the league t 'i place the name of Pi.w ker. the liepuhltc-'ii candidate in the district, in their column a they intended to iln The spate was led blank, accord ingly, ami h" members of the league diil not reab'e that if Ihev x i -li.tl to vote lor Powket they must put a cro's oppo-ite his num.. in the itcpuhlir.iu tolumri. Tiie resiil' v as tha' ssn ot thoi-e men ditii' t ot' tor any one for Assemblyman, ami C'uvillier xvim by a majority of '.'no vote-. We were "ic 'es( ul. htiwexer. in n similar caniii.ii.'.u thu we carrietl mi under t'' nircfiioi, of Mis- t '.irolic.e ow in th" 'I'.vi irie.a DisTiit of llios, lof there v.e deteated I .Hew, the Derno-.liu- ciiidi I lie atitl( tiie Itepublu au. liuuiert who go! in, voted I"' o'lr bill We h ive now th mg inorv ot the-. larililr - for conthict-c-impai,!iis next fall, anil in a more ma-hiueliue manner We ii oi t . '.n i.v 'd' 1 l i i i It I i h i " w i 1 1 -" it a hlg i Ii i v i t :i st . i I'x ini ly, I x.Ms educ-ite I in K lr en an I - e 1 , n.it 'i -.diV a spirit in in I - p nd'-nce. so th it I mil ahl. t t.ilu'; fir inr-'.f and to citry oil tin- itln v.t'ivi' liutig livn ' pored by I'r1 p't'y c nv ention ilitie j which Ii Hind ni'i-t of tic1 xvomen of my ciixiiori'ii nt. I'lio A in" 1 1 c in wo nen a'e rr it resn ris ... howvxer, for th'ir p-jseut iuibility a desite to retain all the power in their own li'iiuK hive convened th.) women into paid il'ill. Thy li ivn t ittght women to look io tlieni for eveiyihing and h ive I'tMlei'Cfl 111 them an :inl:iiv.-iiie.m to eioh oilier Men clitic, together and suppoil I each other a neiniirl o"eui.t .iiuong me., they join in shielding the one xvho ' ..-.nil I wti.Ti.i. tl,..,i.,l. t.,,l.ll..i.. .. .......... ).........;. ... ...n TVCOtPCNT HEW VORK. CP(XU VV0MfiM"SUl-rRf)6i: AS'jOCATIOM. in call upon sex-enty-five xvomen xvho h txe the training nei-es-nrv to do the same hind of xxuik with registration li-ts that Mi-st ool; has done, antl we shall probably get started on them a little earlier than w tlid last year The Men Thcij Qjipoit. W e m ike a pom! of speaking antl w ork ing against a certain candidate xvlwru we xvi-h to tlfteit rather than of wording for hi opponent, not because we take DEAL LIKE DRESSED UP DOLL" 'lie daiii.ti! m of thtj other ". ml it ' before making any very r.ggre-sive tie. is tin, realization on th" irt of men ' mariti upon the Kegii-li'.ttue lor tin1 sub ilnt itial.t's ihein oppo.se worn in KUtTr.ig-. ' mission of a sultyage cmcudmiiit to the The siiffra ;1 movement I nhvidv bind- voters ing Iho'is ui'lt of women to;vth"r In one j In accordance witli t'lit idea thousatitls p.iet sisterhood whose rink, arc con- j of pnmphl.'ts setting loitli iti'.scn why stantlv inert. i.s'n,;. It, itleils me t rpidly wo'iieii should wcrk lor their own en breiking down ail sorts of out xrorn : 1 ranchisemei,t were sen! Tun Irom tin1 prejudice, arid tr uliiioti, and w om mi j head piatters in the Mctiopohi.m towet; xvho are woikiru: for the t in incip ition fours'1 of lct lies by x. ell known (ienkeis of their s.- hive alrcitlv tliff retitiated were given tlnriug the xx niters or I ''!- lu themselves fio'n tho,.. who nr.. content arid I'.iio-tt in the .Maxim- Llliot Theatre, to go on living after the fashion of fifty antl in .lari'iary. Kill the society joined ye.it, ago '1 hey aie hegiii'iiti.; h trust J with tin1 Women , Political I'limn atid tiie each other and to invite the i ontldeft"1 t'ollegUte filial Miffi-age Keugue in pte of other women. M:.ny women com to seining a series of tableau after latnous me and tell me their trouble an I n-k paintings at the same theatre The mi- for my atlvica who would no. think of seeking me out IT I were not a siiffrigist It is obvious, too. t on.1 xvi i reads the sign, of the times that iniuy think ing men ate be';inuiiig to stuft their point of view a little antl are wcarxing of the (loll type .Mote t liu'l e.OII.O'U women have eiin r-e.l fiorn the imbe.'tli.v of nonentity and are doing t'.i'ii- vo",t out in the world just as men do it 't hese women ate de,erviur, of every ro.pe"i and of all th cncourngcinent we enn give them, antl it i, very largely in the io. crest of tills group that nio-t of the a-ttvili" of the Polithal Lquality Association aie planned The thinc'mg classes, t(vu ,iimi.i(; , ia ,-'. the talks on hygiene, the lecture on art, musit) antl quedituis of currcit nitert1'! a xvell a the suffrage meetings are all designed to broaden ami bri thten the lives of xvomen antl girl xvho have not the facilities th'y need for recreation and self development Many ol thoie who came to our headquarters through motives of curiosity or a inert1 desire for amusement have i.hi.'o leom,. ardent suffragist-, anil the association ha, now a paid member .'nip of more lien a.O'M. XX'orLr i ti e wrtmett nr.. I'crc otliel. t n hi..i Itie 'connection between the vote n'ltl econo iiiio condition when the matter is proper ly pre-cnled to th"tn. antl xvh n th"yonce become convertH they prove themselves I ....r.w.l .,,..1 r.1,1., lles The rapid increase in our force make the outlook very encouraging, for a, soon is xvh present an undivided front to the 1 .... enemy our cause xlll be xvon. EDUCATIONAL WORK OF ! EQUAL SUFFRAGE SOCIETY suffrage organuntior hiix-o been guests 1 have been licit! on Wednesday afternoon Thei:,,ii.ilF.anchi.ieSociev,whirhwr.s A large muss meeting at which Mrs. founded bv Mrs. flaience Mnckav in imki Mackay presitletl was heltl under the au diners sori'iewhat in scope ami in its gcti- -'w''fi ?f lie society a few weens ago in eral rnethoil of proprgr.ntla from the ! 'aniegie Hall. iothiM Hiilliiigi1 otgiiiii.atiiui.s in the city ' I 'I he maioi ity of its members, ani'ing i tinllimt llotmirr. xxhom are Mrs. Uobei t Goelet , Mrs.Hoxvaixl , rinm I In- form nnd t'iiiMi; Mun,!!eld, Mn. Henry WIm1 Miller, Mrs. Eilgerloii W'int hrop, Mrs. Schuyler Wai I'cn, Ml ii t'aroliiio Dunr, Mrs Philip I . villi, ( ol, Georgt1 llurxey, Mr W Itoiirke I'ockr.ui. Mrs Alouo li. Mepb'.irn, , Pfier lowiisentl llarlow, .xtrs i retlericli Nathan. Mr., lllm.n firmuiing S.t.ry .ami, Miss ll.trl' (ie.lletl line. nr.. colli. isctllv .... . - KANHftTTAN WOMAM &UrTf2ft6T; FftRTV. any special pieasute in defeating an i enemy rather than in helpini; a iriond but because we wish to keep our issue perfectly clear. If by helping Democrat! to get in we could influence any appre ( i.ible number of Democrat to legislator! to support our bill, or if xx-o could by a similar course of anion prex'ail upon the lieptiblicatis to make it one or the chlei featurt ! of a session it would doubt less In. xorth our xxhile to show our i strength in that manner As I have minted out before, however, I there would he. no possibility nf ihrt The result of that tort of campaigning would lie the acceptance on our part of , responsibility for till shades of political dictrine. We -hoirltl aNo lay oiir-el'es os't! to continual reproaches from candi dites whom xte did not work for Social ists ami Prohibitionists xvoiild say xvheti ever we tried to put in a Hepublicau or a I Democrat I "We believe in your cattle, xxn haxe had i i In our party platforms for years Why don t you help us''" I We haxe made it a rule, therefore, to I titlne'; men xxlio haxe ii bad record, not ; only on the suffrage mjestien but on other matters, ami do off best to defeat them, 'The only iirgumt tits that will appeal to a politician are thue which touch his 'illation wi'h hi constituents If he I thinks that a certain proup of per-ons can rcvetit his election or, in the case of j n man already in office, make his chances 'for renomhmtioii by ids party rr.th.r slim, he x". ill usually be xery xxilling to '.'mil out iust what that gifirp demands of liim. and consider scri .usly whether i1 won t be to hi advantage to arcede tu their wishes. Petition nnd letters nnd delegation don t amount to much in the xay oi in- ' tluencing a legislator's xote unless lie reali.es tint there is n formidable xoting ciety also tiefrayed the e.ienes of a leg islatixe t.inip.vign in Albany during t lie l winter of I UK i-1 1 .Mrs Mackav. xvho gave up the active ( lei.dtr.-hip of th" organization in Novem ber. V.ill. eoimi'eiited somewhat sadly 1 in her annual repon on the fact that while tiie avt rage attendance at the suffrage lectures hail been only about l.V), people were struggling for standing room at the ' tableaux exhibition. , "The hou-e xvas packed," she said, , "antl the suffrage cause in this ci.y was Uliiloubteiily helped by ;he udvrrti,nble qualities of tin1 historic ladies on the stage and by those who represented them. It , xvould seem a thoug't picture card xvere inoreinteresiinji to tho-e opiio-etl to siif- , frage than lectur ." i Mrs. Jes-ita Pinch, who xvas elected to . succeed Ml. Macl.ay in the presidency ; saihsl for Europe la-t February. Itax ing the active management of the society in the hand, of it, first vice-president. Mis I Pearce Bailey, whose iliymed satire, '"Portia Politic-." published serially in the H'omca I'orr.ha greatly increased the circulation of that periodical. Mrs. ' I'inch upon her return resigned the presi dency, anil xxa succeeded by Mrs. Ilailey, ' who will retain the ofllce tin.il the annual election in November The chief actixity of the society during the last wiliier luis been the establishment i of a well catalogued sull'rago library in il new headquarter ul t East Thirty-seventh street. I he reading room is opened to i the public every day ami during certain ' 1 . !.. .1.. L .11 I - noum in tin' ftnuui;. nouie cn hiiow'ii suffnigii speaker has given a talk to xvork- ing girl in the reading room every Satur day ex-enitig, antl a series of suffrage tea at which the member of the various local Male I'hickens aie of ten so gallant that On uixe their Mlt of the food to the fern. ties ami si t into poor tit sh. When this l.i ot Mil to lie the t o-e, little , "''"'s or neiu nt ct inixeu ni uiti ami dry "",n" ' ' . " " " , ' Z ml 1 ... ' 1 leaiiifil H lite male.. With tlit'.sii in rnngi incntH the in. ster Is en, tl4. il to fceil litiiif. If without ft't lliiK iinihi ot'llgathuiH to till n his food oxer to the l.idj ihukcnt. force hack of them, Thousand- -f ..tii tures to ii woman stiffraae 'hlii.n ,' J count for i's much as l he defeat of ot,,, m xvho reitl-e to pei.;n himself p, forth" ill It i because ol Ihe t , n -1 M i, 6, that I i m u Drill behexer in ImIh.u,,., There comes n lim. when ,,' methods lire xvorso than u-ii, , when the only chance for ii,,rT lie in carrying the war rulu mi, enemy s canti llul by miin n , not menu any form of xitdent n. ,t,f dti I mean the inert' ma' ing i,f Tiie destruction of property i.n.l tl.. forms of llloll xiolell'je when ele; ,,ylr on a sllflicienlly large -cnle w,.r, mtf or less efl'ectixe MTly years run. bm ,a these days of flying expre-s trains tr.. graph, lelcphoiie. and xvitele,,, r regiment of soldier ecu be sinmn,in( to tilmost any spot nt a moment s riotiro, the plcturesiin.1 habit of n mid it fcriaii poptilacu when di-contcntcd prose fntiin Women in Earnest. rtu! New Vorlt xvomen have no pxrtm for bclnj: ineffective. We haxe enmit-h enrolled siin'ragi't In New ork riy alone, to say nothing of the tnrninrotjj association throughout the State t mike me nt Albany realise that xvomen nmoiig their constituents a want to vote are not n group of fadtlpu or fanatics, but a sane, xvell nrgrtttlrpt) body of citiens who are tleprivetl t, what i, at once a privilege and a duty of citizenship the right Io express thi opinions at the polls And Albany j. beginning to understand that the xvomen of New York arc In earnest when thr ash that the men of New York shall hai the opportunity to order the xx-ord 'in! to be eliminated from the suffrage cI.iimi of the Stale Constitution. To demonstrate that th" rtttitur! nf our legislators toward the votes for woinn proposition is beginning to change It is necessary only to consider briefly ths fate of the bill in the last three session- 1 In 1910 it xx-a not reported out of com mittee, In 1911 it passed the Senate mm. mitteo. but xvas defeated in the commit tee of the whole, Thi year the Semite com mittee reported it favorably without even a hearing, nnd after th Assembly torn mittee had reported it ndx-eY-ely th House revoked the decision. That la-t Week of the session xx-as a very harrowing one for those of us xvho had some measure of hope that the bill xvould actually go through, On Monday night an error was di-covcrcd in the bill which necoi. tated its going to the committee on re. vi-ion Thnt of course meant that It xvould be held up ill the rule committer unless some special action were taken to get it out. Representative of all the suffrage organizations worked as hard a tl.e.r could getting signatures to a pctitbti to hax-e it called out of the rules com mittee and succeeded in getting "S X'ote.--txvo more than were needed for a majority in time to get it o t Thurs ay night On Friday tho Assembly passed the bill by the neces-nry majority, and Mit Caroline Ixoxv and I rushed ox-er to thi Senate to see xvhether it would be po-iil)! to have the bill voted on before adjourn metit When wt1 got back to the Assembly chamber I.ouis C'uvillier. our nncient enemy, xxa making a double motion to reconsider the bill nnd lay it on th table. Mr". Murray immediately ro-f to a point or order, contending that m Cuvillier had not X'oted in favor of thi bill he had no ri;'ht to make, a motion to reconsider The Speaker replied that they xseie simply considering the motion to lay on the table anil a majority valet! aye on that proposition I contend thnt the Speaker's ruknt; was incorrect, becnife Mr Cuxillier who had no right to inox-e to reconider v.u the only person xvho mnde such a motion, and xvithout a motion to recoin id i' i' impossible to move to lay on t lie table a motion that has been carrietl II.nl it not been for the Speaker's opposition our bill could have gone through to the Senate, and probably would have pantl As for Mr. Cuvillier I tio not think he concents! the idea of killing our bill by the ingenious method he I'mplovcd 'I hat plan was tli? worit of the Speaker, antl Mr Cux Uier was merely the cat xho pulled the k- st unts out of the lire. Results Already Reached. As for the Senate, te hr.d sm.e tiinoui complication there nl-o. l-'nr itwance, it xx its notetl thnt Mr Petri of I'tic.i ..fff agreeing to pair xvith Senator Nev.cnmli. xvho was unable to be present when tlvvcl" on the lull came up antl who xva- strcngly in favor of it, voted againt it obvioii-ly in oinpliniice xvith the vociferously ei pressetl command of Senntor Wagner tl majoiity leader Then of course llir-r-xxns Senator Pollock's headache so bad a headache that he xvas obliged to sit in the park while the voting on the bill a in progress. We had our revenge on Senntor 1 erri". When Mi-s I.eu.xv held a big meetms i'l jl'tica, his home town, nnd told what h had done the audience called for Senator Kerris to come nnd explain why II came in t espouse to a telephone tnef-aR'. ami didn't seem at all glad to be there. , He received a loud burst of nppkiue from . the nutlience, however, xvhen lie en eluded a very lame speech of attempted self-whitewashing xvith the remark "Well, anyway, I'm not going to run ' again." I Now I feel pretty sure that the n" ..Senntor from that district will lic-itM'1 In little lief oik lie breaks faith with tk suffragist exen at the dictate of hu leader If oiij- May pai.ule doesn't con. , vince the politician that enough women want the vole to mako il advi-abl" to ,upply tiie want, we shall have to go on xvith our political demonstration until ' not a single man in the legislature f jiU , to understand that xve are watching hu lecord, and that if he veers ever so slightly from tho path he should pursue we shall consider it our duly to show him up ' his constituents lather tieM year or the year followlnl will be a negligible one, of course so tf as our bill i concerned, since it mi"1' tPasse.l by the I-i.tislatuie or ltd .l l'fort I if can go to the voters, but we shall m- 'make the mistake of relaxing our xiet lance no.tt fall just because we can try 'again if xxe don't succeed in keepinJ out all the anti candidates. Mr uixuii'i will haxe to light, us all over again if M I runs in the Thirtieth Assembly district. and this time weshall be more waty afota district conventions antl other ptelimi nnries, After all. the most any politicnn or all the politicians together can do t t0 put off our victory a year or two Uiiipt'f1 The woman suffrage movement in I"" Statu in too big. too vital, too well or Rimletl to suffer anything mote than tempotary delay in attuiuius He itrt--!T-- I