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THE SUFFRAGE DAILY NEWS
)Iontana State Fair Edition Governments Derive Their Just Power From the Consent of the Governed NUMBER FIVE HELENA, MONTANA, SEPTEMBER 26, 1914. FIVE CENTS MONTANA SUFFRAGE PARADE GREAT SUCCESS Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, the Veteran Leader, and Jeannette Rankin Headed the Pro cession for Woman's Cause. MOST SIGNIFICANT EVER SEEN IN THE N. W. Women Riders and Beautifully Decorated Automobile Floats Followed the Long Procession as it Wended Its Way Down the Crowded Thoroughfaire. The most significant parade ever seen in the northwest was staged last night when the long procession of marchers, with yellow banners 'floating in a blaze of golden light, passed down the main street of the capital city. Thousands ranged along the streets on either side as the long procession, fully a mile in extent, swept down 'between the crowd ranks of spectators. The Anaconda band led the parade and the Helena band brought up the rear. The American flag, borne by a little girl and a iboy of the same height, headed the procession. The flag was the silken banner which was carried by Jeannette Rankin tiri &agn th e ~iftire M-toftnani caZti paign, and, carried by the two chil dren, was symboilcal of Old Glory being carried on to further heights by the coming man and woman voters. Then came the venerable Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, veteran and leader in the ranks of equal suffrage for 40 years, accompanied Iby Jeannette '' 4.~ 'I?:i:~ -r·~?? . -·r-Lr·i I· F: F j - - . ý . 1' "1 ý: .i.ý'ý ý yr g - _ :9i... .ý d ·> . - ý iaýý' a a i; Haý F.. . i * - I p7/ :1_ ".1 i T~i T~LDf~f~iTHE BOARD OF STRATEGY Rankin, leader in the cause in Mon tana. Following came the representation of all the states in the union, the enfranchised states represented by girls dressed in white bearing the national banner, one girl for each of the ten states. Then the partial suffrage states, whose gray banner was borne by women all in drab. And last .:I this section came the remainder of the states-all black and with a black 'banner. The cam paign states of 1914 and of 1915, were also represented Iby banner. In the next section the huge ban ner fully ten feet square, which read, "We demand an amendment to tile t'OEststtUtTtrTITr tTlTftdi e-"STates enfranchising women," was carried by two young women. Montana counties were next in line and every county was represented by at least two people bearing banners. Then came the cities of the state, and some splendid banners were shown. Livingston, Great Falls, Butte, Hel ena, Chinook, Culbertson, Big Tim ber, Forsyth and Chinook had espe cially elaborate b)anners. A number of organizations were in line-the Electrical Workers' Union, the Clerks' Local Union of Great Falls, the Boy Scouts, the Men's Equal Suffrage League, headed by Wellington Rankin, and many more men who announced that they were "just men" and had come to march. But the striking feature of the whole affair was the fact that nearly every woman in the parade - and there were hundreds - wore the graceful yellow costume prepared for the occasion by the skillful hands of willing workers. With the quaint yellow bands, each ibearing the words, "Votes ror Women," which were worn as a headdress, the effect was beautiful and artistic. Dressed in a native Indian costume Mrs. Helen Fitzgerald marched as Sacajawea, the first Montana suf fragist. Two mounted marshals, Mrs. Kady Potter and Mrs. W. H. Duncan, both Helena women, made a splendid ap pearance as they directed the move ments of the parade. Mrs. Harvey Colt, Mrs. Bertha Rosenberg, Miss Mary Stewart, Miss Gracia Erickson and 'Miss Mary O'Neill assisted by taking charge of various sections. The many banners which were dis played were worthy of special notice. A group of children carried a large in red letters on a white ground, "We want our mothers to vote." An other, borne by a group of men, stated plainly, "Nobody votes but father." And still another (proclaimed to the spectators, "Mother, dear mother, come vote for me now." Another group of children carried an effective banner labeled simply, "The 5. MISS MARY STEWART, MISSOULA. Miss Stewart, Dean of Women at the University of Montana, is a cultivated and efficient woman, espe cially equipped for the high position accorded her in educational and pub lic life. She is a fine public speaker and a devoted advocate of equal suffrage. voice of the children." Two men carried a large blue banner lettered in white which stated, "Politics gov ern the milk supply-not outside the home but inside the baby." Each Boy Scout wore a band which said, "I want my mother to vote." The Helena band furnished the music near the rear of the parade and in the center two women buglers froa Butta helped.. jwit. ,tl'e. martial music. And still the parade came on women riders, beautifully decorated automobile floats and many other autos bringing up the rear. From start to finish the parade was one long, victorious processional. The crowds on either side accorded the most respectful attention, breaking forth in applause as each new sec tion appeared. On to the auditorium the marchers wended their way and broke ranks at the doorway for the crowd to pass in. Governor and Mrs. S. V. Stewart reviewed the parade from: their own automobile, which was stationed at a convenient point. And in this way the women of Montana have expressed their desire and their hope that this may be the first and the last demonstration of the kind ever held in this state, be cause they feel assured that the men of the state will grant them "Votes for Women" this fall. WHAT THE ANTIS SAY? Now, Wha' d' y' Mean? 1. Where women have had the ballot, they have made a failure of government. 2. Women don't use their ballot where they have it. 3. Women will vote just as their husbands tell them to vote, and it will only double the count. 4. Women will not vote as their husbands do and will break up the home. .:. Women have so muntnh to keep them in the home that they won't go out to vote. ;. Women will leave the homne and hang around legislative lobbies all year. 7. It is not modest for women to go to the polls. 8. Women can get what they want by lobbying; they don't need the ballot. SUFFRAGISTS MET THE TRAINS. All the week sutfragists of the Helena organization met trains at the depot and gave aid and informa-' tion to all who asked .it. Their as sistance was invaluable. Suffrage Headquarters Visitors Welcome Everybody is Wel come at the Suffrage Headquarters, at the Sign of the Yellow Banner, Main Street, below Sixth Avenue. Rest Room for Wq men and Children. Reading and Writing Tables. Typewriters and Free Public Steno graphers. Rooms Secured Information Bureau Come and Register, and Make Yourselves at Home. Make Arrangements for Marching in the Parade.