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The Washington times. [volume] (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, July 12, 1908, Magazine Section, Image 29

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compete with withher wit hher h hher
her in available availablematrimonial a availablematrimonial nilnble nilnblemntrimoniMl
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double dares dar dares s the b bict + t cIi Qrsfrohi 1 rs frottt corn corntftseoled corntaseeled orn ornta5Ecled =
tftseoled Oklahoma Oklahomarom from ir m the he fOck fOckri Tock Tockrisk rack racksnows
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snows of Alaska A1 Skau t to cross it at t trisk e erisk
risk of getting hitched hitchedThe bi hitchedThe 11ed 11edThe
The overgrown country village by bythe byUtC bythe
the Potomac lays l 8 claim to a posses possession possession possession ¬
sion of a higher percentage of women womenof wome1of womenof
of marriageable mlrriR ooble age with a n lower per percent percent percent
cent of opportunity than any com community community community ¬
munity over which floats theStars theStarsand the Stars Starsarid Starsand
and Stripes Strip not excepting e the man mandeserted mandeserd mandeserted
deserted sitting sittin rooms t o of o the e high hijhI
browed and auatetu aust a ter rd dame di A e i ibrowed bf the JiuSf JiuSfof J hub hubof b bof
of the unlers liniyersJB jer xbr rural Iiif t Virginia Virginiah Viig1 jrt jrttt
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Aihgre h tt the coy o tnsj sjjrfgnig gig g lass lass ass ofvty ofvtySouthland o oSouthland of ofSouthland >
Southland has been left in solitude solitudewhile solitudewhile solitudewhile
while her possible mate sought elsewhere else elsewhere elsewhere ¬
where realms of greater gt < ater activity acthit To Tosubstantiate Tosubstantiatc Tosubstantiate
substantiate which claim though she shelikes she1ikes shelikes
likes them not the burg of the broad broadavenue broadavenue broadavenue
avenue and the the1 bouquctcd > ouquck beautyquotes beauty beautyquotes bc uty utyqtiotcs
quotes the figured figuredrecency figurcetto Iigureetv
to recency v completed comJeted comps tedgiblice police census censusis census censusreveals censurctcnJsih
reveals rctcnJsih is cals ihefactfhafcthereW the act acttlu i1 bthere th6r are re 17000 17000more 17000 17000more 17OOOInore
more Woutcu wpmcn olnCn iathe iD ih he city it i j than U1 men ruonf oD oDr
f r
which hic is i s rather raUlera a startling majority majority6ut majorityPout
out of a total of less than 330000 Itsignifies It Itsignifies Itr Itsignifies
signifies that for each 100 men there thereare thereare thereare
are 111 women in the running Thesediscouraging These Thesediscouraging Thesedis
discouraging dis ournging figures however are but buta
a shadow of the real plight in which whicha
a woman in in Washington finds herself herselffor herselffor
for for the social conditions that surround surroundmen
men in the Government service who wholargely wholargely wholargely
largely make up the lists of possible possiblematrimonial possiblematriuonial possiblematrimonial
matrimonial candidates candida tcs are such as as to todiscourage todisco todiscourage
discourage disco rage1IIamage marriage ana nI nit lf wlKToy trltrr + tn reis p pII
II 9 teaacc1 te ebowa O oWDto to jibe i fail < i
jpf his ii restraint i traint thevicti the victim Ispinked IspinkedspTrsoon tsplak is hiss hissci4soon a a1I
1I spTrsoon ci4soon n that the rank and file have haveliina haellc havechance
liina llc chance at him There are many manymore man manm many manymore
more more m r than 17000 unmarried women in inWashTngion i iW inWashiagon
WashTngion W 1ii gton for the Government clerkIs clerk clerkIs
Is not marrying man and there is a adoomen ad adoomea
doomen d omoo spinster r in the city for every everyo everyoS
o oS of ofthose those who persists in his nar narrow narro narrotii
rotii row ro selfishness selfishnessY selfishnessThee
Y 4 4The 4 4Th
The Th social I ial conditions are peculiar peculiarIn
In the Government service niccthere there is the theoccasional theccasi theoccasional
occasional ccasi < > nal man of exceptional ability abilitywho abilitywho abilitywho
who succeeds in riding roughshod roughshodover roughshodoverred
over o overred red tape and getting to a place placethat placct placethat
that that t at is worth while without losing his hisofficial hisofficial hisofficial
official head in the attempt Practi Practically Prncticall Practicallythe ¬
cally call callythe the only route to high places placcshowcer placeshowerer placeshowever
however is througi secretaryships to toCabinet toCabinet toCabinet
Cabinet officers and these places are arefor araior arefor
for but the be few The rank and file fileof f fileof e eof
of the men of the departments are arethen arethen arethen
then reduced to to two classes the theywiing Uteyuung theyoung
young cl rk who serves four or five fivevcars fivecars firerears
cars and in the meantime studies studieslaw studiesa studieslaw
law a or o medicine edicine and the crusty and andconfirmed andconfirmed nd ndconfirmed
confirmed clerk who htis h s never mus mustered mustered us usterro ¬
tered the courage to break br ak away awayThe 8uyTlc away awayThe
The first of these is bending be ding all of ofhis ofhis ofhis
his energies ene es toward a given end with withhis withhis withhis
his eye always on the t11 old home a afuture 8future afuture
future professional career and pos possibly pasmiblv possibly ¬
sibly miblv r a sweetheart waiting waitin for himr himunder him himunder hiniund
under und the old elm tree He is not a aman aman aman
man who will marry The members membersof memberssecond
of the thethe second secondc1ass class have not found foundthe foundforce
the force to give up their sure salary salaryfrom salarxfroin salaryfrom
from the Government or are merely merelyof
of the capacity of clerks and an incapabp incap incapable intapab ¬
able ab of or anything further These men menmarry men menmanv menmatrv
marry manv often but as often are cynical cynicaland cyniCaland cynicaland
and satisfied satisfiedwith satisfiedwith tisfiCd tisfiCdwith
and blase blase selfcentered self centered s
with the attentions they receive rocetve from fromthe iromthe fromthe
opposite sex and travelngly travel travelthe traclthe
the numerous
the road road to the end complainingly complainibnarrow ngly in intheir i itbeirnaTIowrot in
tbeirnaTIowrot tbeirnaTIowrotASHI their narrow rut rutASHINGTON
ASHINGTON ASHI GTON Is a city clt with withA withlittle
A little activity outside of ofW orthat ofthat
W W V that which is in connection cunnecticnwith connectionwith connectICnith
with ith the administration of ofthe ort1 ofthe
t1 the the affairs of the Government In Indysuy InliHry Ini
i dysuy pat liHry iiasal1a has alxqays s been discouraged discouragedteca discouragedYteca
Yteca l teca eca use s see seehadaiy br oi t thenational th thc nationah natlonalpri pride e in jthe jthebadaty the thel1oi
badaty l1oi hadaiy o ot the Capital CQ italncittb and the indls 1D iadtsi i1 i1t i1a
position ppsitlon iUon cto te to begrime If J with the 6ot 6otof x8t x8tof t tor
of the smoke stack Uck JEfce laan men la tatlie tatliedtII the thedepartments thC thCdepartnents
departments dtII nts cannot beque4h feeque h their theirplaces theirpeaces
places 1 ccs to their SOBS I and sadaslg sadaslgtAnlhs JMI JMItnnlts ashSF ashSFtonlans
tonlans tAnlhs JEteing D + ittg nl nobodys nobody s eonhtftueats eonhtftueatshave constituents constituentshrive ro1tu su sue
have e riftaJH opportunity oPP4 rtuaity for Appoint Appointment appbtn a 1 1ert ¬
n ment mentoteowhere ert TIM Thstlovag OVDf JftoA SS A re res ttt lt ltO + i iith
O ith oteowhere Fawhet where 10 carve themselves out outcareers outCl outcareers
careers Cl rs but the young women remain remainat
at home homeTYhat 1NmeWhat
What Attracts the WomenTbtrc WomenThere Women WomenThere
There are many things that add to tothis tothis tothis
this local tendency tend ac ft a OR the part Part of ofWashington otWaVlngton ofWe
We Washington Ington to become a city of ofwronon otWPn1 ofwi
wronon WPn1 wi mea > R There Is the constant pull of ofthe o oth ofthe
the th > Government upon the women C of ofevery f fevery fPCr
every PCr section The stenographer st r who whois whoIs whoIs
is but ordinarily onltnarll efficient is able to teswuro tosuro tosecure
secure f2 2 a month mere m < e ia the Goy Government Go Goentment Goyenment ¬
ernment service than oat o t of it The TheStrl Tbeirl Thealrl
Strl irl who gets 5 a 8 week in a store wm wmmore wtHmore wiRmore
more than double her be income If soe soetakes sae saetakes saetakes
takes a place in any an of the Govern Government GovenamEnt Governmeat ¬
ment departments to say T nothing af a amonth 8month amonth
month off each year for vacation vacationeight va vacationeight tlolt tlolte
eight e ht hours a day and all the holi holidays JtolldAys hofldays ¬
daysThese days daysThfse dAysTlwse
These attractions of course COU e draw drawthe lirawthe drawtine
the women But alas when the years yearshave Ytarshave yearshave
have begun to bring the t e gray y hairsand hairsand hairs hairsand
and the homemaking instinct Ion Ionstifled Jonsuned hems hemsstiffed
stifled gnaws their hearts he trts away they theyrealize theyrealfz theyreal9
realize real9 the four fo of leaving Jee the t tele telephone t4Mpbone telephone ¬
phone booth the typewriter t rtter or the thecashJershlp tbecasl1Sershlp thecashiershia
cashJershlp at the restaurant in their theirnative theirnatle theirnative
native towns They come c cbmo Mc to realize realizethat re renU be betbat e ethat
that in these positions they would wouldhave wouldbae wouldbare
have met the active young g men of ofbusiness ofbuslne ofbusiness
business t the e men mf > n who o really do dothings tieUSns dotltiino
things worth while t but > ut t who a are = e too toobusy toobusJ toobusy
busy to follow the social whir so soget soget soget
get their wives from r m tfoe women they theymeet tbeymeet theyfleet
meet in the pursuit pu ltlt of their careers careersThis careersThis csireersThis
This heritage of o opportunity has been beengreater beenater beengreater
greater ater than tha of their sieters of wealth
r cP f but l nL they t ey have haveTh haveIhre haverat
r rat ratThere
Th There re are arewomen 73 > Tromen 1om n in the depart departments deparlm departments ¬
m ments nt in Washington These arc un unmarried UQmarrled unmarried ¬
married with the th excepdoa of o a few fewfor fewtor fewfor
for the geperab seperalTOle < < ral tUI loth te that th a wosaaa wosaaasevers WOIIM wosetinsevers I1 I1I3Evera
severs her corinteOoa COI Dee OR with WIt tile Gov Government Govrnment Government ¬
ernment when she marries They are aremostly aremostly aremostly
mostly women who support dupecdentroentbere dependent dependentmembers nt ntmmben
members of their famfltes aJBIIIe aJBIIIemother nasally nasallymother B ally allyf
mother Ot sislers se who add again m to toLe tote
f te unattached female population populationf
< It f this th army nil of women less than III IS ISpercent 16IW ICperk
percent IW perk cent are under toe age or twoaty twontyfi twoatyfh twoatyfite
fi fh fite years This is a striking con contrast eoatra contrast ¬
trast tra t with the ngures showing the age agaof ag8oC ageof
of the female breadwinner throughout throughoutthe
the country for of these latter 44 per percent percent percent
cent are under the age ige ge of twentyfive twentyfiveThe twe8tyvThe
The average age le of the women in the thedepartments thedepartJDfttt8 thedepartments
departments te thirtyseven ye years rs and andthere andthere lid lidthere
there are S3 ld of o them that have passed passedthe peeeedthe paeeedthe
the age le of sixtyfive But one per percent percent percent
cent are under the age a of tweety and andthese andthese andtiteee
these promise to get over it itThe ItThe kThe
The woman 1Iom1Iwho who eaters the depart departments departments departmeats ¬
ments very rarely marries There is ise i3e Ise
e minimum of opportunity opportul ty even fen fenfhe when whenche Whenshe
she is young and Ad In those days ays she is isroud isroud isrood
roud of her independence and a the thesalary tbesalary thesalary
salary she draws and Del stow 11Io to give lYe it itup Itup itup
up where two would have to tare n tve on a asimilar asimilar asimilar
similar Salary la Work m III the depart departments departments t tments ¬
ments at Washington a l ngtoR weans an al almost almoat almoet ¬
most certain apinsterjtood apinsterjtoodJS spinster spfDsterCUy > teodr teodrA
A Oily of Women TTomenAside WomenAsIde WomenAside
Aside from the Governmental service serv service eTIce ¬
ice Washington Wa lntOR te strongly a cry of ofwomen ofwomea ofwomen
women Members of Congress and andothers andothen andothers
others from the t e outside 1MIt kle coming to theCapital the theCapital theCaptUil
Capital for the session e ioa bring their theirwives tlaelr1I1ves theirwives
wives and daughters but the t e sons sonshave 80GShae sonshave
have business and ad stay at home Theformal The Theformal Theformal
formal functions of t society appeal to tothe toth tothe
the th women and lid they bring theirda theirdaughters their theirdaughters
daughters da ugh tel8 to be presented pce eotecl at court as asit aa1t asu
it were weraAt wereAt ere eret
At t the theaters there te often caustR caus caustK caustl
tK tl comment upon a display of a box boxfull boxfuIi bozfuii
fuIi of TOOK DIOI magnificent girls accomj aceom aceomnied
j mied by one or two wo narrow narrowchested t teft ¬
ed Government clerks that you re remember remember remember ¬
member having ha mc seen while doing th thdepartments the theCepart thedepartments
departments departmentsThe Cepart tltt tlttlh
The lh predominance omInance of wOmen women in con conccctton conr connrction
ccctton r don with th Wa Washington magton n even pre prevails preails precaile ¬
vails ails in the tourists touri ts that vMt Y It it One OtMcoes Oneoes OneCues
Cues oes not meet the same class da s of peG peeon
011 the sightseeing slgbtS < eeing wagon there as asin asIn asIn
in New York It is a 8 different race o opeople ot otpEple ofpeple
pEple that files through the corridors corridorsof
of o the Smithsonian Institution front frorathat frontttiat On Ontlat
that which trods the Great White WhiteWay t WhiteWay te teay
Way WayThe WayThe ay ayThe
The tourists who cosae e to Washing Washington
ton are mostly JD08tJ women of the educational educa educational eductloDl ¬
tional class They are Interested la lastoring 11storing Instoring
storing the mind mt d with knowledge of ofa ofrecognized ofa
a recognised class such as may be beparaded beparaded beparaded
paraded before the Friday Night lit literary LltEnry Literary ¬
erary Club when they the get back home homeThey homeTbe homeThey
They Tbe want to tell their friends that thatthey thatthe thatthey
they the sat in the same chair that tk tt held heldthe heklthe heldthe
the Father of His Country and ad have haveclimbed haveclimbed haveclimbed
climbed all 5 5It 51 of the steps leading leadingup JeIuitnglhIDttMls ledtngWashingtons
up Washingtons Monument Were Werethey Werethey Werethey
they men they would be the class that thattake thattake thattake
take their t wives Yes with wtt them rather ratherthan rathertbn ratherthan
than those tbo e who travel for pleasure pleasureBut pleuareBut pieaaureBut
But they are not DotDen men The tourists touristswho touristswho touristswho
who Tl visit it Washington are ill per cent centwomen centwomen nt ntWOtDell
women school teachers laying up upstores upstores Upstores
stores of inforn information Inc rai ion uon for or the edifica edification edt6eatJon edheaUnit ¬
Unit of young America or seminary seminarygirls seadnarygirls ry rygiris
girls en tour likewise llkewl e for instruction instructionas ill tructioD tructioDas
as their conductors believe but with withmere withmGre withmore
mere eyes for a flirtatious wicked wickedman widcfdman wickedmalt
man man than for the spot where Brad Braddock Braddock Braddock
dock landed to march into the wil wilderness wtlderaeS6 wilderness ¬
derness But they are withal a studl studious studlCNS studlouis ¬
ous serious lot on the surface aad are arelooking arelooktDg arelooking
looking for the light of learning that thatedtnes thatecUftes thatedifies
edifies and feels strangely at home in laWashington inWasidDgtOIl inlVaMdngton
Washington for the whole people have hvecome hJtvecome havecome
come to assume as ume an air of learned dignity dig dignity dignity ¬
nity in the Capital City that is intouch latouehwith intouchwith tDitouchwith
with its history and institutions and is ison IsOB Ison
on the whole very ladylike ladylikeUnder JadyUketDder ladylikeruder
Under these conditions co dl Washington Washingtonthrows W8bingtonthrows Washingtonthrows
throws down the gantlet to Boston BostonShe BostonShe BostonShe
She declares she will ill give any deter determined determtaed determined ¬
mined bachelor beehe or in the world a longer longerrun longernm longerrun
run for his money mone than can be found foundelsewhere fouadelsewhere omdels
els elsewhere w I4Ke on the map She offers < himvariety him himvariety himvariety
variety for her T omen are mado up upfront 1Iptreut upfrom
front all the grrUes grp ea that the broad ex expanse expaD8e expanse ¬
panse of otf the country can furnish furnishThere furnishThere unaishTbtore
There Is the hale fellow girl of the thePacific tb tbPadftc thePadre
Pacific coast who will pat him on the theback theback thaback
back and ad call him old man and the thegirl tberl thegirl
girl rl with the drooping eye and lisp Itepfrom 1I6pfrom lispboat
from Mississippi XJe Is ippL There is the cornfed corn cornfed cornfed
fed girl of liberal dimensions dlmea loDs from fromMteeduri fromXlMdbrl fromMieedbrI
Mteeduri and the girl from Ohio who whomakes whoMlkes whomakes
makes her Rs a clarion calL The Themaid TIteM Thesaid
maid M from rom Massachusetts who whoIt knovs knovsit
it is not done right elsewhere where wilt vie viewith viewith viewith
with the girl of the Rockies who is isaware isaware Isaware
aware that the Utes do not oome from fromUtah fromUtah fromUtah
Utah They will all be alter him a in the thenations thene11ons thenations
nations capital with a handicap for forthe fortbe forthe
the girl who saw him first and the thrdevil t thedevil f fde
devil de n take the hindmost
d the the hailrfellow hailf elloly girl from fromt t he Pacific coast cdzst who will pat a man rrxlxon manon ma maon
on the back and call him old man manThe manu manuThe manThe
The girl with the drooping eye and lisp from f om Mississippi MississippiThe
The cornfed girl of liberal lib ra1 dimensions from Missouri Al iss > Ti and r tke tkegirl l fhegirl e eitrl
girl itrl from Ohio who makes her uRns Rs R s a clarion calL calLi ctIlLThe callThe
i The maid from Massachusetts M who knows things are not tout n Ala titmeright Alaright 4 4right
right right elsewhere and the girl from the Rckies who is aware tl aware lClre That Thatthe W1atthe hat hatthe
the Utesdo not come from Utah Utahp
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