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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 09, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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was simply expounding something tney nau never thoughtNf before: And
he.r talk made them reflective.
"The prostitutes need the ballot infinitely much more than the good
women of the country," she continued. "I feel they will vote right because
I'm sure most of them want to make restitution to society. And you can
be sure that only those w-hg are trying to make good will vote.
"The other ones won'tother. And the ones who do vote will fight
for laws that will give them a boost upwards. Laws that will help upbuild
the womanhood of the nation. And the class of women I speak of would
not only try to enforce legislation that would drag them from the mire, but
legislation the little girls wandering in the darkness, and who might go
astray, need to protect them.
"The men who live from the profits of these women's sins are allowed
to vote. We let the disreputable man vote. Why shouldn't, we let the so-
called disreputable women vote and i
sweep away the economic conditions
that are the root of sm.
"The men -are -getting awfully
afraid of us. They can't quite figure
us exactly. They can't be certain
what we are going to do now that we
have the vote. I have been offered
the candidacy for alderman from the
21st ward" by two political parties.
Men have come to me political
bosses and have asked me how
many votes I thought the women of
the 21st ward would cast. And I told
, them I was not at all certain.
"They say to me, 'Of course all
the ladies who live on the Lake Shore
drive will vote.' I was forced to tell
them I was not certain of that.
"But I tell them I do know of one
class , of women that are certain to
vote. And I mean the working girls,
the girls from the Woman's Trade
Union League. They are sure to vote,
because they can see clearly the
things they need to bring them the
comfort that people need, the things
they need to bring a little more hap
piness into their lives. And I tell the
men who asked me that these girls
will vote and their votes are going to
make a vast difference in the relation
of capital to labor. ,
"But I'm not so sure of the fash
ionable women, even though fashion
ible women have been very instru
mental in winning the fight for equal
suffrage. But I sometimes wonder if
:hey can sustain the vital interest in
he movement that they feel now.
"I mean in the future when equal
suffrage is no longer; the question of
the hour, but a working fact. I won
der if all the women wHo are now
fighting will go to the polls on elec
tion day.
"You see, the rich people don't feel
the necessity of voting themselves.
They haven't anything that they
need that's a pressing necessity at
stake. But the wroking women have
and the politicians will have to reck
on with their power." '
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CHURCHES FIGHT SALOONS
Lincoln, III., Jan. 9. The cam
paign of the Lincoln churches
against Lincoln's 26 fialoons has be
gun. Twenty v petitions have been
placed in prominenyparts of the city
for the signature Wthe "drys." Real
izing, that the strength of the wo
men's vote will laigelv determine the
result of the election he leaders are
holding nightly council to devise
plans for securing the fullest women
support.
Though they will fight, the saloon
owners have expressed themselves
as having little hope in case the wo
men's vote stands, and some are
negotiating for the sale of their prop
erty. o o
"I hear your wife is going to lead
all the fancy dances at the charity en
tertainment?" "Oh, yes! She s used
to that sort of thing. She's led me a
dance all my life."
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