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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
THE IRISH CANT KEEP OUT OF POLITICS
(Copyright, 1915, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
"Harry Symone always does the
right thing, Annie," said Dick as he
heard of his beautiful gift to Margar
et Anne. "We're thinking of running
him for mayor next spring. Tell Tim
that it would be a good thing if he
would pass the word around among
"It's mesilf that'll do that. Mr. Dick,
and I'll tell the women about it, too.
Av course, you won't give it away,
but down in our ward, Mr. Dick, most
of our men vote the way their wives
want them to. Most of us know more
about what the ward boss is doing for
the ward than do our husbands. They
do be talking big about who they are
going to vote for, but I notice last fall
they defeated that rascally lawyer for
the judge's place, although they say
he is a good Democrat and promised
everything to the gang, and by the
same token it was because of those
same promises that he was beaten.
We women have decided at our moth
ers' meetings that we'll beat up that
gang. We don't want our ward to be
run by liquor dealers and men who
own houses of ill-fame.
"Last fall we commenced and we
did up that would-be judge all right"
"What do you think about giving
women the franchise, Annie?" asked
"Well, you see, Mr. Dick. I don't
know much about it, but I'll tell ye
one thing, it 'ud be good for our ward
if the women could vote, for some of
the men still cling to that barrel
house gang, notwithstanding all their
wives can say."
"Do you think their women would
have courage enough to vote against
their husbands, Annie?"
"Wouldn't they? Some of the
women down there would be so glad
to vote against them that I believe
they would crawl on their hands and
knees to the polls if they couldn't get
there any other way."
"How does Tim feel about your
"Well, ye know Tim's got sense an
he says if he can trust me to run his
house and his baby and himself he
thinks he can trust me to have a voice
in the affairs of the city and nation."
"Good for Tim," I put in.
Dick looked up in surprise.
"Are you a suffraget, Margie?"
"I am not, in thinking that the vote
will give a woman all her rights, but
I think she should have the right to
vote if she wishes. She is a citizen
and as such should participate in
forming the laws of her country."
"But she can't fight"
"Oh, can's she though," interrupt
ed Annie. "You just come down in
our ward some evening when the
Stultzes and the Flanigans are having
a set-to and ye'll find that the women
in the two families are holding their
ends up and are laying out just as
many as the men."
"Mercy, Annie, do you have free-for-all
fights down there like that?"
"Sure we do, and that's the reason
why I am so anxious for Tim to be
transferred so that we can move into
a better locality.
"But I must be going now. Give
all the sick ones Annie's respects,
Miss Margaret, and tell them I'm say
ing a little prayer for them every
night and morning. Good-by, Mr.
Dick. Wave your hand to the gen
tleman, Margaret Anne, and kiss your
"And yet they say that women have
no influence in politics," murmured
Dick as Annie went out the door.
"I did not tell her, but we're going
to see if we can't get Tim appointed
lieutenant That Irishman has the
stuff in him of which leaders of men
are made. He will make a fine chief
of police ten years hence." Then
Dick sighed. "What is the matter,
dear?." I asked,