Newspaper Page Text
They Can Pull the y^^^^^^^s^ r\
Wires as Cleverly as // x Any of the Male Veter- // '! , elP ans of Great Campaigns it ? ; k - \ \ <=^\/ and Use the Steam H '-t;J 1I?/ Roller, Too \\ . jl^sfe //Q/ fj7* ON DER whether the male rrluc i/i/ tancc to let women vote has htick v of it anything like the feeling of the world's champions in being unwilling to meet an Unknown in the ring? I'hi average politician may pride him? self on knowing how to full every last wire that connects with a job or a vole; but he has seen so much of politics that lie is making few bets on himself when some in (actor appears in the political arena. Ii '.'man is the unknown factor in modern politics, and :: hal little politicians do know of her is too much to her credit to leave her popular with than. This definition means politics, not states? manship: practical wirc-pulliitg- not excellent legislation. Those women whom the practical politicians of this country have studied at close range, whether in the suffrage cause or merely in their own polite and silky clubdom, have displayed so much genius in manipulating the hidden wires of influence and proceeded with such masterfulness in directing the cruel course of the steam roller that the prof peel of a whole iic-.l- electorate, made up of such dangerous characters looks far from good to them. Women have been making history long enough now to give the world tests of their mettle as politicians; and, the verdict of their men critics is that they arc likely to prove too good. YOl" never used to heir of anything: so vulgar and shot king lh woman's clubdom as politics. Really, h course so undignified as playing politics for office was beneath a feminine club member. If she could be elected, say, by unanimous consent, with the assurance that her tuMo of presi? dency would tic hidden under American beauties and orchids when she should take tip tlx snvi-l. she mirtht. consent to serve, but with the privilege of resigning wanted the presidency. p<> they slmplj made it a matter of geography with the west. The east hadn't " ol ? ????? They selected Mrs. Percy v. Pennybncker, of Austin. Tex., for president, and, with the assist? ance of the south, president she hec.ime. Mrs, Philip Moon, of si. Louis, was the retiring president. Wo urged that she came from n state Included In the south, and the east, this time, certainly ought to be represented. the \ti) niltuui any member Bliouid presume to tjuos lion a single solitary ruling which she might chnoao to make iio matter If It was wrong?as It very often swap, tl. im roller. nr. No more tht ; resolutions; -lit (fended dignity Ign plntfoi in. thf he fight for com very1 i Hier trleli n tap at most ?l women are eon rliffi i. nee. * Thi QUt oi 'late th' tor Imgilsl n pornte .^eallj i from g mainly Comes, men. keep t! POLITENESS AND PRACTICAL POLITICS into I?gypt und t candid opinion)! of th< < Mrs. Brown 1, Norm poll drnt of the Ni ?? V ? Clubs and ili' lean In the shape of 110 , i make Mrs I'l Hip president of the < 'lai j|ew York actually mothei H6V?- rai years ag Brown wouW lav. met I , era 1 convention. But < - i of the lexicon of ? nr wo campst Kning In th- i pi "New York didn': on the board," said Mi defeat still liltti': ii. hi women enter luined un i ? Um* In San it.uh Isi 1 special train.); "but when just go out and Jan early and be out ?lei ilorn fast. "And the south h?d tl i the south and the west. In L a habit of polling toget. mwftt?.7ttpZ?? 7&r?. ~^ " Why.' exclaimed the southern women, 'St. Louis Is tn tho middle west." "And tho western women said they were right. And so they gave the presidency t? the south. It's simply a matter "f geography. Miss Grace Strachau jaunted this out not long ago at the National Teach? ers' Convention in i'hlcago." Those Ware surely hot times at th* National To.ich? ors" Convention, nnd Miss Strachau, ever since they happened, has been eligible to election In the.Steam Roller Candidates' Club. She expected to bo presl dent. This nominating committee had flattened hci out; luit she had her delegation with her, and they carried the tlnht lo the convention floor. Meanwhile the report had been Industriously circulated that Mlsa Strachau was a tool of the book trust, and that she had called Chicago's mayor. Mr. Harrison, to per? suade him to whip into line Mrs. Klla l-'lngg Vouh'g, who had shown admirable skill as the steam roller's chauffeur. When the New York delegates went to mo conference called at the rooms of the Chicago Prln elpnls' Association they learned that the conference had been called off and held elsewhere. Incidents too numerous to tmntlon In n Sunday paper of ? rdfhar. . . .. .. i In n convention speech, moved Miss Strac Ian to take the platform and express her frank but critical opinion of the political skill of the women of Chicago; anil those who have heart! Ccrlolarios ami Spartacus say what they thought of Home through a phonograph, were unanimous in their opinion that Miss Strnchan Is some orator, although Mrs Young has It on her In piaciieal vote-getting. There have been more thrilling con? ventions among oM-iine Democrats ami Republicans: hut Chicago still fe.-is that Its Tea.?hers' Convention must ever remain n ereilt to Its record of conven? tions without i tiresome moment. Hut the woman "who has been awarded the pilm for political ability. In and out of office. Is .Mrs. Donald McLean, of Mew York: and the tlehl of her endeavors hau been the Daughters of the American Revolution They say She was the most perennial presidential candidate before she whs elected since the time of the late and popular Ilehrj ?"!a>. and the most emphatic executive afterward since one N. Bonaparte tackled the Job of u?letlrig the lively French temperament W ithal, sin- itr * remained tho woman polltl flan Of this hearty laugh and the glad hand, which Is so conitplcuously Ann.clean that you can recognize It fr? m a meeting of the vestry to the Likt.. They used to hive to push her off from the platforms she tried to take by storm when she ???< campaigning for election; and they couldn't get within a mile of It after she was installed there as presi? dent. Very different from her in alms-for Mrs. McLean i? far from an enthusiast on file ballot for women, brilliant exemplar as slo Is of their skill in politics? is Mis. IIa: in it Stanton ?latch, of New York, who has been termed the state- boss ..f the suffragists She Is one of tho most forceful characters In the ruff rage movement In tho east, and to her persistent campaign? ing was dub the progress mode at Albany last spring, when a report on a proposed suffrage amendment to the state constitution was seeurod from the rules 1" I IS 01.1 lh< greintest beneficences of niod R re po abused by inodorn .4 ctifioiiH little customs of ptiiiislitlionl iim-.I |,v ??m niiWHtorft hnvo boon gradually .abandoned, while the biggest of nil of tlnt'tn- for inurilt r .- b< in? inmlu :in merciful as* And n..t i men i illy Women have cnuso atj grout to offer prayers of thankfulness tbnt their arc lui<i in tin tuontietl.ntttry instead.of Iht fdghteontH; and the lament? some of them have been tiltei t. tliti prompt hnd effective p?nihl ?.. ?? . .?? ilndrcrl .-cars Ago .would change to shrii - of terror il the whole, joyous round I In . - ii? i rospeel of bilkers, en tight, cheat? ing, of lititflid'r? who -ell bad meal or poultry, of till doubtful IC?, bttss, nil parad ? n >f (he public pillory with their tainted foods Imnir around their necks and in? dignant housewives i" i u? Iheni with rotten ap? ples, may I1?' cheeriiiji in think "I. Bui it i.- well to remember that women have ~tin the pillory; and also tlmt there whs such a Variety of stool'* <>f repentance, expressly designed for (heir sex's tise, that torture was n mild word with \vhich to describe tliein. 'I'lio good ohl days arc very much Ikjtier <\< nd, especially for woman's sake. -w- j R THINK "f England hnhllually as tho \^,/ home ot these horrors. Hut her colonies y y wi r.- daughters i>\ no means unworthy, and the nenriei letter, for tin Woman who woiild now have the nerve to sue for damages, was then among tho mil.lest of rebukes for losing decent reputation. And It was this country that most famously used II. The most familiar feminine punishment of ihn olden times was the liranks; and When any woman nowadays Is told that she had hotter hridlo her tongue, the expression comes pretty close to the " >i<> ' "?? U.--.-.I t-, put on hor In Kngl.md. about the tlu.i i! e Mayflower Immigrants were getting ? 1 ' ! '>V< i Ii -n: In the initiate of the seventeenth ntury. Itiilph Gardner, of Chlrton, Gent, dedicated his I.k < n evils In the coal trade to ?'romwell. as lord protector; and he printed the deposition u'f .lohn Willis, ?., Ipswich, who. "Upon his oath said, that he, and this deponant, was in Ncwcngtlo fix months ago. and there ho saw one Ann Bridlestone drove through the street by nit ofllcet <>f the same corporation, holding a rop<i in his hand, the other end fastened to an engine railed the blanks, which is like a crown, it being of iron, which was inusled over the head and faee. with a great . gag or tongue of Iron, forced Into her n"'ith. Which forced the blood out; and that Is the punishment which the magistrates do inflict upon 'chiding or scolding women; and he h.ath often seen (he like done to others." Tli" Pilgrim Fathers, while they brought over many other such harsh punishments, and applied thfin as harshly, left the blanks at home. They used a cleft stick for their common scolds; and that, clipped on the tongue, silenced them as effectually, although there's no iccord of the stick being much more merciful The drunkard's,cloak, an open barrel, reversed to let the culprit walk freely, and with apertures above for head and arms, was last used In the t'nlon army 5C committee. She Is <>r the hustler lype In suf? frage politics, and she ?;?t? use, tho metaphorical brass band of the male politician with us much tU'cct as i;:.s ever been given it In any state or national campaign In her own territory she has shown she can make an impress 01 regular politics, however antagonistic to her cause may bo the party in power. If sho were to appear a:, delegate lo a national convention, Ilk'- Mrs Isabel;? \v. Bla'ney, of California, the enuntry would probably hear mo.i her than it did or any two women delegates to national nominating conventions this summer, she. like Mrs. McLean', Is ono of those women who ure at t h? 1:- b> st before a big throng, til httng with all her might. Perhaps the littest example of the woman politician. ? ?id the one to enlist most ready sympathy, is that ot ? imple hea rted. plain, Unassuming, unambitious Mrs. cilia ivn "Ii, who consented to become major of Hun. newel!. Ken, because the town was so tough thnt no man mayor hol .vor been able to hold It down to decehcy. She was only an anxious mother, who feared to see her children grow up In an atmosphere of boot? leg whisky and hilarious rough riding. She fought, single-handed, against a ita' tiotiaiy set of council men who blocked bei efforts at every turn; and run made such a light for civic decency and law and order enlisted the hearty co-operation of the governor of her state, .-'he en. ountercd political evils that were too great for her small strength and ex? perience; but she made one of the most gallant fights In the history of civic reform, and through it all. even In her worst rebuff*, alle was accorded n steadily growing rbspect. Her victory In compelling the resig? nation o! tii ee among thi recalcitrant councilman was really as great a triumph as If She had won some national Struggle on a national Issue. This was by no means n woman politician In the sense of the word that implies anv knowledge what? ever of lite machinery of politics; and It la Just be? cause she was only a mother fighting for hci Chil? dren's welfare that she represents, within the meas? ure of her achievement, the latent power of her sex to h.'rolle politics successful)) when once they uro admitted to Its practical appllrutlun. In IS62, when It served n3 punishment drill for a delinquent Soldler. Ir. nil l.ngiish history it was regarded as a man's punishment; '"'t originally, in Holland, it appeared in the form Of a butler churn, ai d it was applied publicly to women wi... preferred to have two husbands instead of one Considering the decline ,.f the o'.d-fauhtoned wa\ of making butter. It might be hard to find enough chums to go around, if .ill the female bigamists were punished itownda y s. The ducking stool was pre-eminently t)u penalty for scolding women and for those whoso reputation offended decency. The one at Ipswich, frequently made use of. la still preserved In ihe local museum. Unless managed with the utmost care, tnest du . tugs were liable to mi.tu death. Instead of mere dis? comfort and public disgrace. The dm lung stool of Nottingham was destroyed In 17.".! because the major, when lie placed an Immoral townswomnn In It. left her to the mercy of the mob, which dueki 1 the helpless creature t" death. Nowadays, thev lady simply get.s a divorce, several columns in the paporS, ajsirtr engagement on the Mage and a rich husband. Times have vastly Improved, QUEER TOWN ORNAMENTS The American colonists wer? strong on ducking stools Thev used to pass resolutions eivery week demanding the erection of stools, plain iind fancy; they regarded them as town ornamonts. But, when they got theni It was rarely Indeed that any com? munity hud the hardihood to use them, at l<--a.-,t among the Puritan communities. Kurther south, in Pennsylvania and Virginia, ducking went on right merrily, and whon there wasn't any utool bandy they towed the sinners through the water from the stern of a boat. "The day afore yesterday, ot ; o'clock of tho afternoon." wrote Thomas Hartley, from Hungurs Parish. Virginia, In 1G3I. to Governor Bndicott, of Massachusetts, "I saw th.- punishment given to one Betsey, wife of John Tucker, who by ye violence of he r tongue has made his house and ye neighborhood uncomfortable She was taken to ye pond. They had a machine for ye purpose yt belongs to ye Parish, which l was bo told had been so used three times this Summer. At ye end of ye longer arm Is tixed n stool upon which sd Betsey was fastened by cords, her gown tle<; fast around her fcete. Tho Machine was then moved up to ye odgo ot ve pond, ye Rope was slackened by ye officer and ye woman v rr allowed lo go down tinder ye water for ye spues of half a minute. Betsey had n stout stomach, and would not yield until she had allowed herself to bo ducked ? several times. At length she cried plte ou'sly, T.'-'t mo go. let mo go. by God's help I'll sin no More.' Then they drew back ye Machine, untied ye Hopes and let her walk home in her wetted clothes a hopefully penitent woman." CHURCH "CUTTYS TOOLS" The stool of repentance Is no mere figure of speech, hut the real name of a very much-dreaded punishment; known to Scotland as late as is'.'}. Tie? churches had their "cuttystools," for public peni? tence. ;.nd men and women who were guilty of Itn morality were eifton compelled to sit tliero during divlr.e service, objects of reproach hy the entire con s rcgutloh. Hut what will strike moderns as the mo.st un? just punishment of all was the practice of flogging at Hie whipping post lovers who wooed fair maids without the consent of parents or employer. ? V.'l-.e i <??! s " declared the Plymouth lows of 1638, undrr Governor Winthrop, "divers persona until for marriage both in regard of their yeong yeares, as also in regards of their wenke estate, some practis? ing the InvOagllng of men's daughters anrl maldes under guardians contrary lo their parents and guard? ians llkelng, and of mnlde servants, without the leive snd iikeing of their masters: it Is therefore enacted hv the Court that If any shall make a mo? tion Of muri lagi' to any man's daughter or moydo servant, not having first obtnyned leaye and consent of the parents or master sue to doe. shall bo pun? ished either by line or corpornll punishment, or both, at the discretions of the bench, and according to tho nature of the offense." Tills looks pretty comprehensive, but the New Haven colony found it necessary lo be specific about the "invengllng." So, in it;: jnw, It Itemized the arts of love, forbidden es "speech, wi lting, message, company-keeping^ unnecessary familiarity', dlsordo'rlj night meetings, slnfull dalliance, gifts, or In any other way." A woman certainly rnn be glad she's nllve now.