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Thursday, September 23, 1926
College Student, Teacher, Traveler, Writer Declares
Wifehood and Motherhood Only Career for Woman
Mys. Vachel Lindsay Believes Being Wife of a Poet Is Bigger Fob Than
That of Wife of Business Man
By PAULINE SUING BLOOM
Despite the fact that Elizabeth Lindsay, the wife
of Vachel Lindsay, acknowledged leader of the
school of modern poets, is credited with a great
deal of ability both as a poet and writer, she has
no aspirations toward a literary career. To be a
wife and mother is all that she finds time to be
and that, she says, is really the only satisfying
career, the one worthwhile for a woman, anyway.
Being the wife of a poet, too, is somewhat differ
ent from being the wife of a practical business
man. The wife of a poet, she finds “must keep
her feet on the ground and her head in the clouds”
to meet the demands made upon her. “Because,
much as a poet may despise the material things of
life the demands are there just the same and I
am afraid they make a dire realist of the woman
who shares the poet's life,” she said.
But to know Mrs. Lindsay is to realize that she
is extremely romantic, in spite of the fact that she
is the possessor of more than the usual share of
what we call common sense when we mean uncom
mon sense. Rare it is to find a young woman, the
possessor of tact and ability enough. that in addi
tion to being wife and mother she is able to be to
her husband an all sufficient andience, his secre
tary, stenographer and critic, as well as business
manager, It was Mrs. Lindsay who arranged and
had complete charge of her husband's last lecture
tour.
The daughter of a minister pioneering in a new
country, Mrs. Lindsay was raised to appreciate
the value of money, but as the wife of a poet noth
ing but the greatest pleasure must be felt or ex
pressed if the muse led him to the florist shop
and she was deluged with four or five dozen of
the choicest of pink roses; an experience that had
been hers earlier in the day, the huge bowl of
them enlivening the whole room where one side
wall bore the original painting of the “Tree of
Laughing Bells.” The item “flowers,” however, had
been entirely omitted from the monthly budget as
arranged by Mrs. Lindsay.
The presence in the Lindsay home of Susan
Doniphan Lindsay interrupts a well planned sched
nle occasionally, as she as yet is not appreciative
of the demands of a poet to absolute quiet for
the busy working hours. Sixteen weeks old, she
still beliéves that she is the member of the Lind
say family entitled to the utmost attention morn
ing, noon and night. And she gets it not only
from her mother, but from her distinguished fath
er, whom she has entirely captivated. When Vachel
Lindsay, wrote:
“Of faces that pass, faces of the elect
among woman, you have more gerious work
than to bend seriously upon a dreamer.
All of you smile the mother smile, and go
back through the mist * * * I know | must
travel alone.”
He did not foresee the life which he is enjoying
today. But after Susan Doniphan, named for Mr.
Lindsay’s grandmother, who was a sister of General
William Alexander Doniphan, of Mexican War fame,
he had satisfactory attention and the breakfast is
over and the ordering for the day done, Mrs. Lind
say takes dictation and answers letters. Then Mr.
Lindsay chants the poem on which he is working
or talks over the magazine article which he has
written or is about to write. He, she says, always
works with other people, he does not like to read
gilently as “hearing with the inner ear,” feeling
the play of words on the soul is the surest test of
music and rhythm.
It was the day following the primaries that I
chatted with Mrs, Lindsay., She was distressed
because women had not been more loyal to women
when casting their votes at the polls the day be
fare,
“Having a woman in public office is nothing
more than a form of glorified housekeeping for
the state and surely the state needs good house
keepers in its position as the larger home,” she
said. “Women do not understand they can do
nothing until banded together. Women's clubs are
helping to make women work together, but they are
still individualists in a great many ways, while men
have the gang spirit. They have understood work-
THE SPOKANE WOMAN
ing together from earliest childhood. Every boy re
members “his gang” and the plotting and planning
which he and the boys did to gain their ends.”
Organization for the year's work was perfected
on Friday by the parliamentary law class of the
Spokane Woman's Club, when they met at luncheon
in Culbertson’s.
Mrs. J. M. MclLean is chairman and Mrs, G. F.
DeGraff vice chairman, with Mrs. A, P. Fassett
as instructor. Those signed as members are: Mrs.
W. 8. Johnson, Mrs. James Sheaham, Mrs. T, H.
Petersen, Mrs. A. McLellan, Mrs. W. Coyle Camp
bell, Mrs. A. V. Overman, Mrs. H. C. Tramm, Mrs.
F. E. Brown, Mrs. J. B. Ecker, Mrs. H. €. Yember
ling, Mrs, C. W. Van Innegan, Mrs. J. P. Stuart,
Mrs. W M. Whitmarst, Mrs. G, F. DeGraff, Mrs.
J. M. MclLean, Mrs A, P. Fassett,
CLUB CALENDAR
Thursday, September 23.
Women's Union—First Baptist
Church—l o'clock luncheon at Cul
bertsons. Reservations, Mrs. F. M.
Babo or Mrs. Floyd Davis.
Ladies Aid Society—Hillyard
Congregational Church—Silver tea
~Mrs. A. J. Gerlicher, N 5509
Haven, hostess.
Frances Willard P.-T. A.—Post
poned to October 7. Mrs. V. A,
Finrow, president.
Soroptomist Club Luncheon.
Park Hill Hospital, Mrs. Anna L.
Martin, superintendent, hostess.
Trip through institution feature of
the day.
Spokane County Women's Repub
lican Club—Luncheon in honor of
Major J. T. Fancher. Crescent au
ditorium, 12 noon.
Friday, September 24
Royal Club luncheon. Mrs. C. E.
Gillingham, NlslO Lincoln, hostess.
fbsen Club—Mrs. A, L. White,
Montvale Farm, hostess.
Chapter A. W, P. E. O. Deer
Park, Wash. Hostess, Mrs. Kress.
Teachers’ day.
Questers—Mrs. J. M. Gunning,
hostess. Luncheon 1 p. m.
Saturday, chte_mb‘er 25.
Electa Chapter, O. E. S.—Dancing
party, Masonic Temple ballroom, 9
p. m.
Delta Gamma Alumni—Luncheon
Crescent tea rooms, 1 p. m. Miss
Blsie Maxwell and Mrg, C. J. White
gide, hostesses,
Monday, September 27.
Good Government League Cres
cent auditorinm. Mrs. Mary A.
Welsh, chairman. Topic—" Munic
ipal Auditorium.”
Sorosis—Culbertson’s, 2 p. m.
Mrs. A. M. Campbell, Mrs, W. W.
Cooper, hostesses.
Chapter M, P. E. O.—Hostesses,
Miss Blanche Robinson, Miss Myr
tle Baird. ‘“Places T should like to
vigit and why.”
Tuesday, September 28.
Observers Club—Study meeting.
Mrs. Thomas Sharpe, 1802 Dean
avenue, 1:30 p. m. Mrs. Charles T.
Goodsell, program chairman. Topic,
“Community Plays.”
Amethyst Club—Mrs. Carl J. Carl
son, 51215 Grove street. Topic—
“ Forestry.”
“Look at the asinine law we have with regard
to married women teaching. 1 do not believe that
a woman with a small child can or should teach,
but 1 do object to a man-made law that loses a wom
an her right to teach just because she married. Do
men have any regulations made for them when
they marry?"
Mrs. Lindsay was an instructor in Lewis and
(Clark high school at the time of her marriage and
gpeaks feelingly on this subject from a personal
experience. She is a graduate of Mills college and
was teaching Latin, English and ancient history.
After school she had a small group of pupils study
ing poetry.
She is making no plans for her young daughter's
future. “I want her to be herself—not an echo of
her father. I think it tragic for a child to have her
parents force a career upon her. With a good
education she will follow her own bent and make
us proud of her.”
At this point in the conversation little Miss Lind
say let it be known that she had awakened from
her afterngon nap and her mother led me out
on to the sleeping porch, where swathed in soft
wooly blankets, a cap that gave her the “Baby
Stewart” expression she was breathing fresh air
in the pines surrounding the home at W 513 Fif
teenth avenue; high up and secluded where neither
she or her father would be disturbed by noises
from the city when she wanted to sleep and he
wanted to write or think high thoughts which later
would be translated into poetry.
TO HAVE GOOD PROGRAM
Spokane Review No. 3, of the Women's Benefit
Association, will have a program in the Knights
of Pythias hall tomorrow night at 8 o'clock, with
Mrs. . H. Castle presiding.
The program will include these numbers; Or
chestra—*"Retiring March; receiving distinguished
visitors; solo, Miss Mary Cody; presentation of
class; invocation, Rev. William Morton; presenta
tion by Mrs. Ella McLaughlin; address of welcome,
Mrs. F. H. Castle, seating of candidates; song of
welcome; W. B, A. drill; selection, Amicks orches
tra; fancy dance, Ailene Zell; solo, Mrs. Dora
Jaward: reading, Nettie Potte; orchestra; fancy
drill, Guards.
Returning to his home town after an absence of
eight years, Richard T. Hargreaves, newly-appoint
ed head of Cheney Normal School, received a warm
welcome at the noon luncheon of the Chamber
of Commerce on Tuesday. Mr. Hargreaves spoke
on the “Over Emphasis on Education,” quoting
those critics who believe that the youth of Ameri
ca is being over educated. That argument always
applies to other people’s children, he finds. -
have never yet heard an artisan or laborer complain
that his children were getting too much education,
nor have 1 heard a successful business or profes
sional man say that he did not expect to take ad
vantage of the best opportunities the schools could
offer for his own. Restriction of opportunity is
always for other people’s children.”
Of the 27,000 names in “Who's Who,” 64 per
cent are college men. The boy with no education
has just one chance in 150,000 to get in.
Do the crowds of people who spend money on
pseudo psychologists, fake doctors, etc., give the
impression that we are an over-educated people?
Mrs. Hargreaves was introduced by Robert In
suiger, chairman for the day, and responded gra
ciously.
The September number of the Washington Par
ent-Teacher magazine, received here this week,
carries the list of state committees appointed by
the executive board for the year's work.
Four local women were appointed chairmen of
state departments. Mrs. F. L. Buell has illiteracy,
Mrs. Charles Duncan the lecture bureau, Mrs, J.
N. Ulley has hygiene, and Mrs. M. O. Roark the
kindergarten department.
Members appointed to other committees are:
Mrs. H. F. Hoesley, pre-school; Mrs. O. W. Young,
grade school; Mrs. H. T. Anthony, high school;
Mrs. William B, Wright, juvenile court; Mrs. James
H. Robinson, publicity; Miss Grace Holman, music.
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