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'‘In Books, Art, Politics Mrs. Fitch Kelley Roots for G. O. P. Republican Gommitteewomen Out • For Big Game This Fall. By lf&BERT CRAWFORD. Mr. John Hamilton, chairman of the Republican National Committee, has ^.Rotten out new streamlined models of the elephant, trade-mark of the G. O. P., With tail stiffened and extended and trunk sniffing to catch the direction of the wind, for the famous old pachyderm has evidently made up his mind that he is going to be in at the killing this fall. He has taken his stride early and Bow that the ides of November are almost here his activity increases. The big Mrs. William Fitch Kelley. four composed of ex-Presidept Hoover, ex Candidate Landon, Col. Knox and Senator Van denberg are putting In about 20 hours a day out of the 24 either speaking or meeting speak ing engagements. It’s quite some time since the country has been so aroused at a congres sional election between presidential years. Even the women of the party are out for blood and demanding more "say” in the party committees. Mrs. William Fitch Kelley, former presi dent of the District of Columbia League of Republican Women, has but recently returned from a summer spent in Illinois and Iowa, and appears to be highly elated over the prospects for a Republican victory in November—espe cially in her native State, Iowa. She reflects the- opinions of her sister, Miss Martha McClure, national eommltteewoman from Iowa, and one of the most prominent party women in the West, where she has for some ■me wielded a strong influence in local and State politics. The two sisters much alike in their devotion to the party of which both their grandfather and father were prominent members. They were reared on old-fashioned Republican doctrine and are rather dangerous adversaries from the fact that they both have charming, cultured^——-—-—--——- — •peasing voices ana a is cuss policies and hard facts in such a courteous manner that one has to be on his guard lest he be convinced unawares. As president of the District league Mrs. Kelley urged closer affiliation between Abe members of the Republican Na tional Committee from the various States and the activities of the league. She is also very much interested in th^ Young Republican Clubs, thinks their usefulness should be widened, for among them will be found the future leaders of the party. She says: ‘‘You know, I have some grandsons and a charming granddaughter growing up out in Illinois.” By the way, her son, McClure Kelley, married a niece of «ount Catalani, son-in-law of Mrs. 'enry Dimock, who will open her house here this winter. , While Mrs. Kelley has always felt a keen interest in politics, she says she left college life and public activi ties more to her sister Martha, who has a strong bent for organizing. They have both lived much abroad, where they first went as young girls and where Mrs. Kelley later took up the serious study of art. Several years of her life were spent in Rome when Mr. Kelley was United States Consul "General to Italy, and after his death When her sop was in Paris she studied sculpture in the studio of the noted artist Bourdelle. She is very modest about her achievements in sculpture, but has done some quite worthwhile pie^s and always keeps some work on hand out at her studio house in Be thesda, Md. In her studio,, which is a 2-century-old church, she some times held the meetings when presi dent of the District league. Mrs. Baur Illinois National Committeewoman. In speaking of the national commit teewomen active in the present con gressional campaign, she said she did not think they had ever brought to gether a finer body of women. Mrs. Kelley mentioned Mrs. Bertha D. Baur, national committeewoman from Illi nois, who is noted for her political sagacity, executive ability and knowl edge of finances. She called attention to the fact that Mrs. Baur is the only woman honorary member of the Ham ilton Club of Chicago—one of the out standing Republican men’s clubs in the country . . . then Mrs. Ellen French Fitzsimmons. Republican com mitteewoman from Rhode Island, who planted those troublesome Wallace po tatoes on her handsome lawn at New port and who is serving her fourth term as president of the Newport MTtS. LAVONNE COX, Who, before her marriage recently in Hatoaii, was Miss Ann Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hull Moore of this city. The bride was the guest of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Mason J. Young in Hawaii for some time before her wedding. Her husband is with the 3d Engineers at Scofield Barracks. -Harris-Ewing Photo. County Republican Women’s Club In which she has done yeoman service for her party among the swanky re sorters, and as a mother of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who Is running for Governor of Rhode Island on the Republican ticket this fall, she is working for his success at the polls in November. It will be recalled that Mrs. Fitz simmons’ first husband was Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who was one of the victims of the sinking of the Lusi tania. For her work during the World War she was awarded the Victory Medal by the Academy of Social Sci ence. Notwithstanding her prominence in social life, being one of the most popular and brilliant hostesses at New port. she yet finds time for welfare ac tivities and is much interested in civic affairs . . . and then we asked about Mrs. Worthington Scranton of Penn sylvania—the worthy foe of Mrs. Emma Guffey Miller—who is one of the vice chairmen of the Republican National Committee and who has also a fine \ war record as a member of the Motor Corps, and when the Republican worn- I en of Pennsylvania were organized In ; 1920 was made a member of the first Republican Women's Committee and was appointed a member of the Ex ecutive Committee. She is a member of the Colony Club of New York and is active in the Society of Colonial Dames of America. Visit to National Headquarters Interesting. The view from the windows of the headquarters of the National Repub lican Committee, on Lafayette Square, was never lovelier than it is this year. The trees are beginning to turn and there is a soft autumnal glow that sub dues the ranting statute of Gen. An drew Jackson, who looks right into the windows of Mr. Hamilton's office. ' Then the chairman can look over at the White House, where it is reported that the high hedge inside of the new iron fence is to be removed. The hedge is on the lower east, west and south sides, but its removal will give the na tional chairman a better view of the delightful old mansion and all the pos sibilities of 1940. We asked how about the committee woman from the Blue Graaa State— beautiful women, fine blooded hones and those delectable mint Julepa—and were told that Mn. Christine Bradley South, vice chairman of the Repub lican State Committee of Kentucky, who gained her first knowledge of pub lic affairs as a young girl in the Gov ernor’s Mansion during her father's administration as Governor. She took an active part In his campaign; he was the first Republican candidate for Governor to overcome the normally big Democratic majority . . , Mrs. Bradley knows a bit about mules, too, for she often accompanied her father on muleback through the mountains of the State, where he received a large part of his vcfce . , . She was respon sible for the first political organisation among women in her State in 1916, when Chief Justice Hughes was the presidential candidate. Ex-Congresswoman Pratt Is Outstanding. The women of the National Com mittee point with pride to Mrs. Roy Wates, the party’s youngest commit teewoman, who has done fine work in organizing in Alabama . . . another Southern committeewoman is Mrs. Bertha M. Field of Marietta, Ga., who was born in Pennsylvania of German and Welsh parentage and who is the wife of Lt. Comdr. Horace A. Field, U. S. N. . . . Mrs. Ruth Baker Pratt, sometime member of the Lower House of Congress from New York, is well known in national politics and made a reputation as a hard worker when in Congress; as a member of the National Committee she often sits in the councils of her party... Mrs. Katharine K. Brown of Dayton, Ohio, is Just now in the limelight and evi dently believes that Ohio will return to its old and long love this fall and will send Robert Taft, eldest son of the late President Taft, to the Senate. His wife, who is treasurer of the Na tional League of Women Voters, is one of the best-known women in * l public life In the States. While It Is not recalled that she has ever held an elective office, she la widely known and much In demand as a public speaker . . . these are not half of the women on whom Mrs. Kelley Is pinning her hopes In the November elections, but she was put on her mettle when asked, "Well, what have you to offer in the coming election?” and she warmed to the women of her party with seal. Mrs. Kelley is small, with a charm ing presence, and has a delicious sense of humor. She has long been known as one of the Capital's delightful host esses and her lovely house on Massa chusetts avenue was noted for its artistic elegance. She now, when In this country, spends her winters largely at Wardman Park. Of distinguished ancestry on both the paternal and maternal sides, while her favorite metier Is politics—Republican with a large "R”—she Is Interested in the D. A. R. and other patriotic societies. She loves Scotland and the Isle of Skye and is loyal to her border an cestors, the McClures, who emigrated to America and joined that large body of Covenanters in Pennsylvania. Her Kentucky blood comes from Asbury Porter, who emigrated to Iowa and was a member of the first territorial Legislature of that State. Plans Completed For Wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Preston Merrill of Preston, Idaho, have completed plans for the wedding of their daugh ters, Miss Dorothy Lee Merrill, to Mr. ITALIAN FRENCH GERMAN SPANISH It ii ea»y to learn lanzuatet by the Berlitz Method BERLITZ SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES Ills Connecticut Are. NA. 0370 Looby, Inc. Formerly of New York and Pittsburgh FASHION LEADERS Everything thgt is new and lovely awaits you in our brilliant collections of autumn fashions. 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