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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY. N. P. COCHRAN.
Suffrage and Kept Women. I read
an editorial somewhere based on the
denial by a leader of the suffrage
movement that in its view "a married
woman who allows a husband to sup
port her is little better than a kept
Any woman who lives with her
husband, runs the house and raises a
family does more to support her hus
band than he does to support her.
She is no more a kept woman than he
is a kept man.
In many cases the mother is the
real head of the house, and the hus
band is one of the children the big
one that is sent out to grab grub for
the family while she is raising it.
No husband can live long enough
to do enough to repay the good wife
and mother for what she does for
him, for the family and for humanity.
No woman but a wife would put
in the long hours of toil, worry and
sacrifice that a mother puts in at the
job of managing the home and rear
ing and training the children.
The kept woman seldom has
babies. Hers is a selfish life. She
gives up her soul and body for the
creature comforts of life clothes, a
place to live, food and a "good time"
until age creeps on and her phys
ical charms have ceased to attract.
The love of husband and wife is
more or less selfish in its early stages,
but when children come and both
learn the art of living for bthers, and
finding happiness in the development
of good men and women from the
little babies that come, then a differ
ent love comes to both.
Husbands and wives often become
friends, pals, comrades; and in the
sunset of life the pair of aged lovers
can sit and hold hands as they wait
for their sun to go down.
I am not thinking now of the poor
fool of a women who marries for
money, diamonds, automobiles, fine
clothes and a palatial home. She
doesn't want babies. It interferes
with her social business.
She may be a kept woman. I am
thinking of the woman who marries
for love in the real sense, and makes
all the sacrifices to do her share to
ward multiplying and replenishing
If the suffrage movement were
merely a matter of votes for women
it wouldn't be worth bothering about.
But it is something bigger, broader
and better than that. As I see it, it
is a world-wide war of women for lib
erty. It takes many forms in varying
places. It may be votes for women
in England and America. It may be
freedom from slavery by the women
of the Orient. It may be industrial
freedom, a war for a living wage, or
equality with men in all things before
the law. It may be a deep desire of
women to own their own bodies and
to be custodians of their own souls.
It may be that women are deter
mined that if they must be kept they
will keep themselves, so that they
may own themselves.
The general uprising of women all
over the world fits in fine with the
general uprise of humanity; and I'm
for it. I want women to be free. It
makes no difference to me how they
And I am mighty glad to see
women getting tired of being classed
among man's possessions, along with
his horse, cow and automobile.
I never was strong for that clinging
Two Kinds of a Man. Edward
Mendel, a "prominent" business man
of Newark, N. J., has gone to Sing
Sing prison for 18 years for robbery.
All this prominent business man
did was to lure a woman to a real
road yard in New York, attempted to
attack her. robbed her of jewelry
valued at $1,500 and then attempted
His defense was that it was a case
of mistaken identity and he put a