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MARYLAND SUFFRAGE NEWS
VOL. I No. 6 SATURDAY, MAY 11, 1912 FIVE CENTS DEDICATION. To the poor women without homes, to the little toilers who should be in the schools and play grounds, to the white slaves in their tragic bondage, and to the children who die, these pages are dedicated! May every woman who is not too idle to have a thought, or too vain to have a soul, or too rich in gold to have a heart, join in the great struggle for women’s free dom! Purity, Liberty, Justice these we must work for! THE LAMP OF SACRIFICE People often forget how great the necessary expense of educa tional propaganda is. If you were willing to go to an open-air meet ing and stand out on the street cor ner distributing literature to the passersby, wouldn’t you think it only right that those who stayed comfortably at home should at least pay for the cost of the liter ature you handed out? Now the open-air meetings have begun and we need 100,000 pieces of literature to distribute. This will cost S9O. For 90c you can send one instruc tive piece of Suffrage literature to 1000 people. Isn’t that worth while? Can you personally get in touch with so many people so cheaply in any other way? For 9c you can reach 100 people and give them good solid arguments in be half of the cause. Wouldn’t you really enjoy that more than a glass of soda water even on a warm day ? If you withhold your contribu tion you will be withholding infor mation from the people who can give us the vote. If you give, your gift may be the last straw that will break the back of prejudice. While you are away this summer enjoying a cool vaca tion wouldn’t you like to feel that your hands were still busy in the stifling heat of Baltimore working to persuade the voters of the righteousness of our cause? The money contributed to the Lamp of Sacrifice during the month of May will be used exclusively to pay for the flyers to be distributed at the open-air meetings this Summer. If you cannot stay in town dur ing the hot months this Summer, ought you not at least to send those you leave behind you well armed into the fray? Please send all contributions to the Just Government League of Maryland, 15 E. Pleasant street, Baltimore. Unknown $ .o^ F. R. S .30 Miss Wagner 25 Mrs. J. G. W 30 Student 10 Colonist 10 E. O. W 30 Uncle Sam 10 Cy 10 A Convert 10 M. G. M., Jr 15 Received this week $ 1.85 Previously received 11.70 Total • -Su-ss Do not women stay away from the polls ? In Colorado women are only 42 per cent, of the population, but they cast 45 per cent, of the vote. THE ANTISIJITR AGISTS 'Women do &.re need the corrupt politician.the exploiter ot wo men's Ixbor &nd of child l\bor those who pro jtt by the white slave trade, and the mass of its patrons agree with them, that women must not be allowed to vote. ,•© HAGERSTOWN MEETINGS. During the past week Miss Mar jorie Daw Johnson has addressed three meetings in Hagerstown. Very little work has been done there so far, but the prospects are good. WORK IN ALLEGANY COUNTY. Much Enthusiasm Throughout. During the past few weeks Miss Marjorie Daw Johnson has made addresses at the following places : McKaig’s Steel and Shaft ing Works, three parlor meetings, Women’s Civic Club, Royal Neigh bors, W. C. T. U. Within the next two weeks she will speak to the teachers of the city, Glassmakers’ Local Union, Trades Council, East ern Star, B. & O. Y. M. C. A., Dukes Memorial Bible Class. She will also speak at Frostburg and Lonaconing. OPEN-AIR MEETINGS Monday, May 13th, 8 P. M.— Roland and Third avenues, Hamp den. Wednesday, May 15th, 12 M.— Court House Plaza. Friday, May 17th, 8 P. M.— Cross street Market Space. SUPPLEMENT TO THE WOMAN'S JOURNAL MISS O'REILLY TO SPEAK IN MARYLAND. Miss Leonore O’Reilly of the National Women’s Trades-Union League will speak under the auspices of the Bohemian Academic Club on Sunday, May 19th, at 4 P. M., at Bohemian Hall, Broad way and Ashland avenue. The meeting will be open to the public. MEETING OF ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY LEAGUE. A meeting of the Anne Arundel County League was held Tuesday, May 7th, 10.30 A. M., at the resi dence of the President, Mrs. Robert Moss, Annapolis, Md. It is hoped that the county people will attend these Tuesday morning meetings in large numbers. You can obtain Postals of the Cartoon, WOMEN ON A PEDESTAL, published in this number of the Maryland Suffrage News. Price, 3 for 5 cents. Apply to Mrs. Charles J. Keller, 222 W. Monument St., Baltimore, or at the office 15 East Pleasant Street. THE MARYLAND DELEGATION Under the banner of the first thirteen colonies the Maryland dele gation marched in the great Suf frage parade on May 4th, our slogan to be one of the first thir teen states to take the next great step for freedom. Those of us who marched were divided in wonder at the almost endless line of earnest women and men, who, with head erect and- banners flying, marched for their great cause, and at the vast sea of those who watched. As far as the eye could reach, and extending right to the very lines, so that the order was soon given to break from five abreast to two, was a vast throng through which we literally worked our way. New York people said that no political demon stration had ever brought out such a crowd. As I watched the faces of thousands and thousands of aliens I could not help but think that it was a good thing to demon strate to them how we Americans still prize the great gift of freedom. HOW YOU CAN HELP With the warm weather and the opening up of the outdoor work volunteers for the street meetings are an absolute necessity. We have not so many speakers that we can afford to waste their time, nor can we afford to waste so great an opportunity of getting the voters’ pledge cards signed as there is every evening at the open-air meet ings. The average attendance at an open-air meeting is from one to two hundred, and in order to cover the crowd at least five workers are needed. It is absurd for us to miss the opportunity to sell the Mary land Suffrage News at these meet ings, but unless we have at least two people to put on this work it cannot be done. Ordinarily the majority of the audience is com posed of men, and numbers of them would be willing to sign the pledge cards if only someone could be on hand to ask them. The schedule of meetings will be published each week in the News notes, and it is earnestly hoped that you will come to the meetings and volunteer your services as a worker. If you will send in your name to the Just Government League, 15 E. Pleasant street, and specify as to whether you would rather dis tribute literature, or solicit signa tures to the pledge slips, or sell the Maryland Suffrage News, you will be given the work which best suits your taste. Do not delay, for the time is all too short before the primary election, and that will decide the fate of the Suffrage Bill next time. COUPON. I hereby volunteer my services at the open-air meetings in Baltimore City to Sell Maryland Suffrage News, Distribute literature, Secure Voters’ signatures to Pledge Cards. Name Address THE VALUE OF MEN’S OPINION CHALLENGED There is a great cry abroad that the primary election in Maryland cost the State $60,000, and the question is raised as to whether it was worth that much to the voter to express his opinion with regard to the Presidential candidates. The women were told at the time of the last General Assembly that the cost of referring the question of Woman Suffrage to the people was too great to warrant the Legisla ture’s passing the Suffrage Bill. Surely this looks as if the worship of the golden calf was becoming too ardent. On general principles people object to the buying and selling of votes because a vote is supposed to be of greater value than any money, but does not this atti tude on the part of the press and the public look as though they were beginning to change their minds and say that money was of more value than a vote? MEETING AT GAITHERSBURG Mrs. Reginald Foster has ar ranged a meeting in Gaithersburg which will be held on May 17th. Much excellent volunteer effort is being aroused throughout Mont gomery county.