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MARY O'REILLY REFUSES TO TAKE HAND IN
SUFFRAGE EDITION OF HEARST'S EXAMINER
Mary O'Reilly, who is one of Chicago's really best citizens because of
her intelligent public spirit and interest in the human beings who make
Chicago, is an earnest suffragist.
She is an earnest suffragist because she believes that there are many
things that can be done better by women than they have been done by men.
But Miss O'Reilly has refused to have anything to do with the so
called suffrage edition of The Examiner. When asked what her reasons
were, she said:
"I think it is unfortunate for the suffrage movement that the officials
of the Illinois Equal Suffrage League did not see labor's point of view in
the arrangement with The Examiner; and I think that the movement will
lose by dealing with Hearst, no matter how much money may be made by
taking up this special edition.
"I am familiar with Mr. Hearst's record as a professed friend of labor
in his newspapers, and as an exploiter of labor as a member of the capitalist
class. He has pretended to be labor's friend when he wanted circulation
for his newspapers; and after labor helped him to get circulation, and he
had got out of labor all he thought he could get, he has betrayed labor and
"In Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and ..Chicago his newspapers
have exploited labor, and he did the same thing in his mines in the West.
What he did last year when he was fighting Chicago newsboys I saw myself,
for I was interested in those newsboys. I was at the central station about
midnight of the day that Frank Witt was murdered by the Hearst gunmen,
trying to get track of newsboys who"1 had been arrested and locked up
without booking; and on other occasions have seen the brutality of the
police and newspaper sluggers toward these newsboys. t l
"The Hearst papers are on the unfair-list of the Chicago Federation of
Labor, and labor and its friends cannot enter into partnership with Mr.
Hearst. For twenty-five years organized labor has been advocating sui
frage and is vitally interested in its success. But I know how labor feels.
It has been betrayed by Mr. Hearst, and it fears now that his real purpose
in this suffrage edition is to exploit suffragists as he has .exploited labor.
He hopes to gain an influence with the new voters, as he once gained an
influence with labor voters, and then use that influence for a selfish purpose.
"It has already made a division in the ranks of women, for there are
many of us who will have nothing to do with a suffrage edition of a Hearst
paper. I don't mean that there would not be divisions among women voters
as there have been among men, for the women of the profit-making class
can never have the same point of view of the women wage-earners; and
women will be partisans. At the same time there is so much we could do
in municipal affairs by working together that I consider it very unfortunate
that this division has come.
"There is so much we can do in the way of guarding the public health,
abolishing child labor, having clean and wholesome school-houses, guard
ing against epidemics so many things that both club women and working
women could accomplish that I regret this division at the outset.
"But there is nothing else we can do but preserve the integrity of labor
organization and labor movement, and we can't do that by going in busi
ness with Hearst, an exploiter and betrayer of labor, even for financial gai x
for the suffrage movement. So we will not contribute to the suffrage ed.-