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THE BRATTLEBORO DAILY REFORMER," FRIDAY, MARCH IS, 1921.
HOUSE AGA PRIMARY REPEAL Refuses 128 to 87 to Pass Senate Measure for Rejection STEARNS SCHOOL BILL IS ADVANCED AT THE NEW LOW 1921 P HI . ' - H RICE LEVELS Measure Is Amended to Give State Hoard of Education Authority to De termine Size of Teacher Training Courses $30,000 for State Fair. (Special to The Reformer.) MOXTPELIEIl, March The Vermont house of representatives refused to repeal the direct primary law .yesterday afternoon by the decisive vote of 128 to S7 after a debate of one hour and a half . The bill (S-fil) came up as a special order and the vote came promptly nu the motion of Mr. Warner of St. Al bnns town that debate should then cease. The house also advanced the Stearns bill to third reading after adopting the Stearns and Darling amendments, part of which were reported by a majority of the two committees. An amendment offered by Mr. Hndley of Oraftsbury was adopted by a rising vote. tW to ".. despite the oppo sition of Mr. Stearns of Johnson, cham pion normal school bill (H-!S). This amendment leaves it optional with the state board of education as to how many pupils shall constitute a training class. I'ntil the vote on the Hadley amendment the Stearns forces hold together in alout WINDHAM COUNTY VOTE ON PRIMARY REPEAL. The 17 members from Windham county who were present yesterday afternoon at the roll-call on the ques tion of passing S-61. repealing the primary law, voted solidly against the measure. They were: ;; Swan of Athens Ilarber of IJrattleloiJ Lawrence of Rrookline Morrison of Dummerston .lauuith of Guilford ' Davis of Grafton llutler of Jamaica Williams of Londonderry Whitney of Marlboro ' Merrifleld of Newfane Parmelee of Putney Weeden of Rockingham Watson of Townshentl Walker of Westminster Farrington of Whitingham Rarber of Wilmington Stowell of Windham the .same proportion as that by which the teachers' college bill (S-44) was de feated. The debate on the- primary repeal bill was begun by Mr. Chase of Bennington, who withdrew his amendments providing for a referendum. Mr. Flint of North field was immediately recognized and urged the legislators to improve the pri mary law instead of discarding it. "The Australian ballot." he said, "did iit prove t' be a political panacea, but who would think of discarding it now? To repeal the primary would be distinctly reactionary." Mr. Cushman of Rochester followed for repeal. He said that pure democracy did not exist except in the town meeting. "When it is undertaken to extend democracy indefinitely, it is unsafe and impracticable. The ' ultimate end of democracy is seen in Russia." The speaker favored caucuses and con ventions as a means of political education and based his argument on the plea for representative government in party affairs as well as public affairs. Mr. Morrison of Dummerston made an earnest anneal for the law in behalf of J he women and Mr. liailey of Colchester said that the primary was a sort of tuber- culin test, and that the trouble was that a number of well-known politicians had proved to be reactors. , "The primary," he continued, "has not produced the kind of candidates certain gentlemen wanted, but if we let the law remain for two years, with the women vot ing, it will be a brave man that will under take its repeal." Mr. Luce of Pomfret said the primary favored a certain element in every town which was against progress. "When this undesirable element," sard the speaker, ' puts up an undesirable candidate, he can be defeated by the others combining, but at the primary such candidates can win out where there are several candidates running." Mr. I. uce said the women could take part in caucuses the same as they could in primaries and that it would do them good to get into closer touch with political affairs. Mr. Wishart of llarre city referred to the attitude of certain interests higher up in the state government on this proposed repeal. lie paid a high tribute to women and said that their sphere was not lim ited. "Why is this haste to take away from our new voters the right to partici pate in the party primaries ' We ratified the 10th amendment by almost a unani mous vote. Give' woman a square deal. Don't try to legislate her out of her rights." Mr. Darling of Chelsea said the bill restored the caucus-conventton system, but offered home rule or loeal option as to whether each town would select delegates by caucus or local primary. He denied that the bill would disfranchise women, saying that they would turn out just jis freely to a caucus as to a primary. He preferred to vote for men whom he knew ann trusted to select warty candidates and said it would be beneficial for the women to meet the men face to face in party con flicts. . "It Is better to meet the candidates in a convention," said the speaker, "than to see their pictures posted up on every barn and stone wall in the state. The small town are vitally interested in this bill, and it is an outrage and fraud to force the primary on u when we don"t want it. The system that gave us Abra ham Lincoln is good enough for me. Mr. Chase of Bennington said the pas sage of the bill would-be a betrayal of every voter's trust. "It is their man date," he said., '"They wrote the law on the statute books." Mr. Dorsey of Rutland called attention to many defects of the law, visible even to a layman, and said it meant the return of the slate and beginning political cam paigns in March. Mr. r.lood of West Windsor said the nrimarv favored a man with a little push, while the caucus favored the man with the bis null. V Mr. Barber of Brattleboro asked when it had become unsafe to trust the voters Km Concerning The New Suits for Spring J at $19.75 to $59.00 Simplicity of line is the rule in the Spring Suits. Finely tailored o the last detail silk embroidery, narrow belts, button trimming and embroidered arrow heads are features. Others show the Jaunty Box Coat, Balkin Blouse and Eton effects. Worsted Jersey Suits at $14.95 to $29.50 I tit I n2i Because women everywhere have adopted the Jersey Suit as the best all-around suit for school, for. office,' for shopping, or just to keep on hand as an extra suit, this particularly at tractive showing will prove more than welcome. A Special Purchase of New Easter Millinery- Brings Wonderful Values at $6.95 to $12.95 New models of every description to suit all tastes and require ments wonderfully new colorings and trimming effects in a selection that is seemingly unlimited a millinery opportunity you should not overlook. at $4.95 to $5.95 Wonderful values in charming flower trimmed models; an exceptionally large variety from which to choose in this group. Hats worth up to $8.50. at $2.95 to $6.95 The New Banded Sailors in jtfiis group, in all the different varieties of straws that are so popular this spring. The Nezv Easter Neckwear Never has the new Neckwear been more ap pealing than now, or in such a wide variety of styles. An entirely new line of collars and vestees in lace and organdie. 98eto$2.9a Fancy Swiss Embroidered Organdie Collars, regular $1.00 value, at 69c Tailored Twill and Tricotines ' 7 a' Hi New Gloves for Easter Women's imported, very fine quality, em broidered Belgium Kid Gloves; the col ors are black, beaver, brown, gray. Reg ular $4.00 quality, $2.98. $2.9 Women's Washable Fabric ! Gloves In brown, gray, white and black ; all sizes. 48c to 98c V L A m t Charming Nezv Dresses Crepe is the leading material for the Spring ( . j u .si- dresses Canton Crepe, Satin Crepe and Crepe de Chine, also Tricolette and Taffeta in soft shades of brown and blue with touches of bright embroidery, smart sashes, etc. at $19.75 to $29.75 Charming Designed tp add grace and individuality silver gray, honey-dew, beige, rust, etc. Tricptine and Serge Dresses Smarter and more popular this Spring than ever are the Tricotine and Serge Dresses. Two Special Groupes 15.00 values $8.75 " -., t -r - New Plaid Skirts Especially attractive are these smart, new sport skirts. A good variety of Plaids, Checks and Stripes in Serge ind Velour, plain and plaited models, button and pocket trimmed all the new coloringst ' $4.5 S,t ... r-v v JII 1 h- .-y I Mte&VX I X New Blouses to the new Spring costume. The new shades are Sizes 34 to 46. 25.00 values $19.75 ' . to $14.95 Wraps No doubt you are asking whether it is a wrap or a cape this season. Dame Fashion has decided no favorite, however. Both the swaying cape and the wrappy coat have their own individual charms. The fabrics are particularly soft and beau tiful this spring and the range of shades is unusual. $19.75 to $59.p.O (Continued on Page S.) - .1 . - V