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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 02, 1913, Image 7

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New York, July 2. Jane Addams
of Hull House, Chicago, who arrived
here from Europe today, at first de
clared she would not accept the can
didacy for mayor of Chicago in the
toming election.
Later, in the same interview, she
qualified this statement considerably,
and gave the impression that she
.might possibly be induced to accept
the candidacy if sufficiently pressed.
Miss Addams' friends have been
circulating a persistent call for the
woman reform leader to run for
.mayor ever since the women of 1111
,nois were given the vote.
Miss Addams arrived .today on the
liner Olympic. She has been in Eu
rope attending the International Wo
man's Suffrage convention at Buda
Pesth. x
"The fact that my friends have
mentioned me as a possible candidate
.for mayor of Chicago," said Miss
Addams, "is a great surprise to me.
. "It it is hardly fair to expect me
to answer at this time a flat question
as to the possibility of my accept--ance.
"It is against our principles to
.rush in for office-holding the moment
we have the vote. I think it would be
well, unwise, for the women of Uli
nois to accept or seek public office
until they have had a few years' ex
perience as voters.
"At this time, I I think I should
refuse to be a candidate for any pub
lic office if requested to be so.
"Of course, it is yet a hypothetical
.question, but I am not sure that even
.if, as your question suggests, 'I
"should be called,' that I would not
refuse the nomination."
Miss Addams paused.
"You see," she said, at last," smil
ing, "I don't think it time yet for
the women of Illinois to seek public
'office." k ,. . . .
"But if public office were thrust
upon them?" suggested the cor
"Well, unless there were circum
stances I think I should refuse."
Miss Addams expressed great sur
prise that the present legislature had
given women the vote and right to
hold office.
"It is a great victory for the
cause," she said. "Its main signi
ficance lies in the fact that a state
so big as Illinois, lying east of the
Mississippi, should have decided in
favor of equal suffrage at this time.
"But I did not expect it. I thought
Wisconsin would give women the
vote before Illinois did."
Miss Addams was asked if the wo
men of Illinois would vote as women
voters or as party adherents. Miss
Addams said:
"We shall not, as women voters,
remain segregated and vote as a wo
man's party, ' excepting on certain
moral and sociological questions that
only the influence of women's votes
will settle rightly.
"I believe that New York is ready
for woman's suffrage. I think the
women of New York will get the vote
within the next few years. They will
do so before Massachusetts because
the forces in the Bay State opposed
to woman suffrage are stronger and
more bitter than those of the Empire
o o
"I think "your father will consent"
"Oh, did he say -so, John?" cried
"Well no but then, my precious
Tonight he touched me for a W

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