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Kansas agitator. [volume] (Garnett, Kan.) 1890-1905, July 19, 1894, Image 8

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Mrs. Mary E. Lease wrote the
following poem while riding on the
cars'on her way home from Georgia,
in company with General and Mrs.
Weaver :
I have Btood where the fair Pacific
Softly kisses golden sands,
Where the breath of Eden murmurs
Through the trees of tropic lands;
Where the lilies and the roses
Fairest flowers God has given
Ope their petals, lift their fragrance,
Wafting voiceless song to Heaven;
Caught the fragrance of the balsam,
Heard the pine's iEolian song,
Where white cataracts plash in music
'Mid the vales of Oregon ;
Seen Mt. Sha6ta, century-guarded,
Lift his snow-crowned, mighty
1 head,
Where the lightnings gleamed and
And the storm-cloud hung dread.
On the gulfs blue, placid waters
Watched the seagull's circling
flight ;
'Mid the orange groves of Fkrida
Heard the voices of the night ;
Yet, my heart leaped back
To the measureless track
Of Western prairies green ;
To the billowy miles of wheat and
And the sunflower's splendid
And, though fair the lands and
bright the flowers
My pilgrim leet have pressed,
Yet, my heart is thine, Oh I land of
Free, beautiful, boundless West I
We fill God's blue heaven with
spires and domes, while His children
wander over the cold earth without
an attic in which to Bleep. Mary
E. Lease.
ALS. The undersigned has just re
ceived the official returns of the
total of crimes in the whole
country, as ascertained by the
census of 1890. These figures
throw a most striking light on
the practical working of woman
suffrage, and show very strongly
why the house of representatives
and the governor of Wyoming
this year so strongly approve of
that institution. It is often said
by visionary and unpractical peo
ple that the enfranchisement of
women tends to every kind of
bad morals. Woman-suffragists,
on the contrary, say that the
purest society is the one with the
largest liberty for women.
The censns returns show that
Wyoming has a remarkably small
ratio of criminals to the popula
tion. While the northeastern
states, which are supposed to be
most civilized, and with the least
number of criminals, have just
1,600 prisoners to the million of
people, Wyoming has only 1,200
to the million one-fourth less.
The states and territories from
Nebraska to the Pacific average
2,200 prisoners to the million;
but Wyoming scarcely more than
half this.' Idaho has 1,700 to
the million; Colorado, 2,200;
California, 2,800 more than
double ; Montana, 3,300 nearly
three times as many. Nevada,
with one-fourth less population
than Wyoming, lias 3,300 two
and three-fourths times as many ;
Arizona, with about the same
population as Wyoming, has
4,200 three and one-fourth
times as many offenders as Wyo
ming. These brief figures show most
strikingly the progress that Wy
oming has made as the effect of
woman's participation in public
affairs. When organized, the
territory was the most barbarous
and murderous on the continent.
Geographical comparison is
equally striking. Wyoming is
larger than Massachusetts, New
York, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Connecticutt,RhodeIsland, Mary
land, New Jersey, Delaware and
District of Columbia. While
these communities had, in 1890,
23,000 prisoners, Wyoming had
only 74. Wyoming is larger
than Maine, Pennsylvania and
Maryland together, yet, while
these old, well-settled states had
7,000 criminals, all that great
new region had but one hundredth
part as many. Even little Dela
ware had nearly double the
number of criminals that Wy
oming had, and little Rhode
Island, about one-ninetieth the
size of Wyoming, had over seven
times as many1. Massachusetts
had seventy times as many ;
New York, 1,400 times as many.
The returns also reveal a fact
which is amazing. In all the
prisons of every kind in Wyo
mong, not one woman was im
prisoned for any offense whatever!
This speaks volumes. The air
of liberty breeds purity. After
a quarter of a century of wo
man's freedom, not one woman!
criminal is found in that great
This being so, the figures
above cited apply solely to the
men of Wyoming, -and the effect
of woman suffrage on them, in
so reducing the rate of crime, is !
something to which no words can '
do justice. In ten years, from
1880 to 1890, the rate of crime
to population fell off more than j
half, though it is said to be in-'
creasing in the rest of the coun-
try. As the Wyoming house of
representatives has declared
"under woman suffrage the jails
of the state have become almost
empty." Hamilton Willcox.
"May," said her husband, as they
prepared to go out calling, "do you
really mean to use those calling
cards with your name spelled 'Mae
Kathryn Aljs Smith?' " "I certain
ly do," replied Mrs. May Catherine
Alice Smith. "Very well, then,"
said her husband, firmly, "I am
with you," and he politely present
ed her with a card neatly inscribed,
"Jorje Phrederyc Albyrt Smith."
Chicago Record.
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If'Grtwn in Texas. It's Good.
The Texas coast country vie
with California in raising pears,
grapes and straw oerries. The 189 i
record of II. M. Stringfellow, Hitch
cock, Tex , who raised nearly $6, OCX'
worth of pears from 13 acrep, cai
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