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MOVAI BAKINO POWPfcB CO., NEW YOWK.
Woman's World.
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A\ ii n Fitted by Nature for Certain
Municipal Dntic-H.
Mrs. James Scrimgeour, president of
the Woman's Health Protective Asso
ciation of Brooklyn, makes some state
ments in the March Gentlewoman
wbiob are of especial interest locally
In view of the new improvement
league organized in v this city last week.
Among other things Mrs. Scrimgeour
Bays:
"We set ourselves to -study the laws
DR. >l. JT. MERGLER,
Niw Dean of Northwestern Woman's Medical School.
I)r Marie J. Mergler, who has been made
dean of the. Northwestern University Wom
an's Medical school. Is the first woman to
hold that high position at the Northwestern.
She succeeds Dr. I. N. Danforth. who has
be«"n given the honorary title of dean emer
itus in recognition of his long and eminent
serviuee to the school. Dr. Mergler, before
her new appointment, was professor of gyne
oology at Northwestern and at the post
graduate school and attending surgeon at the
woman's hoscifal. She received her medical
which govern our municipality; we
take up the household laws first. There
are certain municipal laws which di
rectly affect the household. For in
etance, there is a law which requires
that we shall put all our refuse and
garbage in strong tin or zinc cans hav
ing handles to them, but this law is
more honored, seemingly, in the
breach than In the observance. Con
sequently, we see refuse litering the
streets of our cities, soiled papers fly
ing about, banana skins thrown upon
the streets, and garbage set out upon
the sidewalks in any sort of recep
tacles, sometimes, merely gathered
loosely together in a newspaper and
left upon the street for dogs and cats
to scatter about.
"While it is proper for women to be
most interested in their own homes,
we believe they should also cultivate
a proper Interest in their city's wel
fare.
"We further believe that our chil
dren should be taught that the outside
is Just an extension of the home life
and that they, too, have an important
part to perform in the proper main
tenance of both. We have societies
for this purpose, and I am happy to
Bay tnat the children are greatly In
terested in the work, and are eager to
become "good citizens" when we ex
plain to them what this means in its
fullest sense.
"Our hope lies in the children, in
training them to habits of cleanliness
and consideration for the rights and
property of others. We teach the chil
dren in our societies that trespassing
means going into other people's yards
without permission, pulling plants or
picking flowers without leave, break-
Ing hedges, running across balconies
and up and down stoops. Injuring
fences and vacant houses and all the
various forms of petty vandalism
which are so common.
"We aim to teach each child that
he is under an obligation to the city
which has given him a free education,
provided even the books and pencils
which he uses all the years he is In
Bchool, and keeps up at great expense
the beautiful parks in which he may
go to play and rest; protects his home
by maintaining a flre department
which comes to his help if his home
Is in danger, and further looks after
his safety by policing the streets so
that evil-minded persons may not mo
lest him nor commit wrongs against
his property.
"The cleanliness of a city is simply
municipal housekeeping; therefore,
this society believes that if women
were in certain official places in the
city, particularly upon school boards
and upon the health board and In cer
tain departments pertaining to the In
spection of the city's business, espe
cially in the street-cleaning depart
ment, they would do admirable work
because they are more naturally given
to know the details which make work
perfect than are men."
FRAILTY \OT FASHIONABLE.
Women Organize to Preserve Health
and Beauty.
The Chicago Woman's Athletic club,
which the organizers claim Is the first
and only organization of the kind in
the world, will open its doors April 15.
It will be remembered that this club
was formed several months ago, with
Mrs. Philip D. Armour Sr. as president.
Hundreds of Invitations have been sent
out for the opening fete and doubtless
few who have the opportunity will
forego the pleasure of inspecting the
handsome building on which the wom
en have expended $60,000.
The programme Dromises exhibitions
by the three athletic directors— all
women, remember— and will Include
some remarkable performances. Says
a woman, speaking of the function:
First of all, there is Mme. Marion
Liljenstolpe, the "swimming master."
The woman given this unique position
is Swedish by 'birth and like many of
her countrywomen can do enough In
tricate turns in the tank to make a
mermaid envious. She will also make
a specialty of medical massage. In
swimming she holds the record of be
ing the champion high diver of the
world — that is, among women — being
able to make a forward dive of sixty
four feet any day in the week and oc
casionally an eighty-foot dive. Ordl-
education in the institution of which she is
now dean, being giadiuated in 1879. The fol
lowing year she took postgraduate work at
the University of Zurich. On her return she
was apuototea. a lecturer in the Woman's
Medical college. In 1882 she was en the at
tending staff of the Cook county hospital.
For twelve years 6he' has been a member ol
the attending staff of the woman's hospital,
and was on the staff of the Wesley hospital
from ISB6 to 1896. From 1895 to 1887 she was
head physician and surgeon at the Mary
Thompson hospital.
narily a thirty-five-foot dive is con
sidered fine for a feminine diver.
Among her fancy acts, which will
probably inspire Chicago women to do
like Vise, is one called "The Trip to
Chinatown." In this Mme. Liljenstolpe
lies on the water holding a Chinese
parasol over her head with one hand
and with the other uses a fan. In this
position she is able to propel herself
forward with her feet — not backward,
for that is easy — for 250 feet. Another
clever trick is to tie her hands and
feet firmly, then make a forward dive
and untie the cords in the water. These
are but samples of her swimming
feats.
Mme. Liljenstolpe was graduated
ten years ago from the Royal Swedish
Swimming association, of which the
king of Sweden is patron. For five
years she has lived In Chicago. Among
the gold medals which she prizes is
COUNT WACHTMEISTEH AND MISS 11 1 BBELL, HIS BETROTHED.
LAHiTrt^t/AumiLi yrgp. I ' IpEUUI H ~HSBtiJj. ]
Count Carl Axel Wachtmeister, whose en
gagement to Miss Beulah Hubbell, of Dcs
Moines, has been just announced, is the sec
retary of the Swedish-Norwegian consulate
in Chicago. The Wachtmelsters are an an
cient and noble family of Sweden. The count
is the only son of Count Hans Wachtmeister,
and his mother was Vendela de Stjernsvard,
of Charlotsborg, in the province of Skane,
Southern Sweden. Miss Hubbell's fiance "can
boast of an ancestry that goes back to the
time of the crusades, and which during the
centuries has been distinguished for valor,
patriotism and loyalty. The Wachtmelsters
have always held distinguished positions
since they went to Sweden, in the sixteenth
century. They have been counted among the
most influential noble families of northern
Europe. The family seats are located In the
historic places of Johannlshus, in Blekinge,
and Wanas, in Skane, and few nobles have
been more distinguished in Sweden than the
connections of the young man who is about
to ally himself through marriage with Amer.
one from the Swedish school, secured
for expert swimming above many com
petitors. -
With the trapeze, which will over
hang the swimming pool, Mme. Liljen
stolpe will be able to do many a clever
turn; 1 for she practices dally on a tra
peze in her home. So strong has she
become that she can hold her husband
at arms' length, and he Is a powerfully
built man. Every woman is not able
to thus manage her husband.
On this opening day Mme. Liljen
stolpe will appear In pink tights with
black sash.
The gymnasium is another much
needed innovation for the fair sex. This
is to be in charge of Mrs. Charlotte
Banweli Murray, who will make mus
cle for Chicago women with a little of
everything developing from breathing
THE ST. PAUL GLOBE, SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 1899. "
exercises to artistic convolutions. For
her athletic understudies she will ad
vocate a short divided skirt, the loose
blouse and low shoes that lace to the
toe.
Then comes the clever director of
fancy dancing-^Mlss Bettie Buchenal.
There seems to be a craze among so
ciety girle this season to learn new
fangled steps for exclusive parties in
the parlor, and this Instructor of terp
sichorean toes will show the ambi
tious ones all about this Interesting
art.
Among n,ew features which this
"leader of the dance" will Inaugurate
Is the military drill, so suddenly popu
lar down East. It is a part of the mil
itary fad that overshadows everything
these days. The idea is to practice mil
itary drills for the sake of the exer
cise and Incidentally to acquire the
military walk.
It will be remembered that in the or
ganization of this club the only criti
cism offered by the otherwise approv
ing public was that the dues were ex
cessive. The members pay the sum
of $100 for initiation and $40 annual
dues. The payment of $500 will make
one an "athlete for life."
The membership, which is limited to
POO, already numbers almost 200. This
original 200 can also extend club priv
ileges to the daughters of the family
on payment of an annual fee of $10.
The women who do not get up the list
—this 200 list— will therefore feel them
selves somewhat in the predicament of
the five foolish virgins of old.
CL.IIB NOTES.
The American Girls' club in Paris, an or
ganization described In The Globe recently,
received the following doubtful compliment
from an English paper:
"The American girls, who are pre-eminent
ly birds of passage and less dependent than
their English sisters upon surroundings, treat
the club as a mere hotel. They make no at
tempt to create a homelike effect by deco
rating their rooms with personal trifles,
books, pictures, flowers and things like that.
Each room, however, possesses a .stove with
a pipe reaching almost to the ceiling, tor the
Americana have a decided feeling for warmth.
Each room is furnished only with necessaries,
the only feature of interest being the use of
a divan instead of a bed."
The paragraph caused the correspondent of
the New York Sun to shiver with disgust at
the English "string fiend" and to declare that
the rooms are almost museums of quaint
curios picked up in the markets and at the
fairs; rooms where "homelikeness" is the one
aim of these girl exile*. It would be inter
esting also to know why the English cor
respondent allowed those stovepipes to reach
only "almost to the ceiling." To allay any
fears for the girls in the olub, it may be
stated that the stovepipes do really go the
rest of the way and safely land in a flue.
Among all the international congresses and
councils billed for the next two years, none
will be of more interest than the international
. congress of writers which will meet in Rome
this spring. The delegates to this convention
will be treated to a free excursion to points
of interest in Slally by the Sicilian Press as
sociation. «
PACT, FAD AND FANCY.
Mrs. Laura McGregor, the wife of a Bea
captain who commands' a whaling vessel,
has made the first extended visit by a
white woman to the Arctic seas in winter.
She has been far up north of Behring strait,
and met with some curious adventures. A
chief of an Esquimau tribe- offered to "trade
wives" with the captain, and bo insisted upon
this arrangement that he had to be put off
the ship.
• • •
It is interesting to hear, says the London
World, of a steady falling off in the number
of those uncompromising members of the
"advanced" sisterhood who have been accus
tomed within recent years to observe the day
of St. Catherine— the patroness of spinsters—
as an annual occasion for the renewal of a
pledge to remain single in default of finding
husbands sufficiently "intellectual" to de
serve the honor of their companionship.
When the anniversary occurred it is said to
have been discovered . that the numerical
strength of this weird coterie has dwindled
from its original forty to ten, but no ex
planation of the exact cause of this declen
sion was forthcoming. This is a pity, since
It Is left to conjecture to determine -whether
the decline is due to an increased supply
of intending benedicts doubly endowed with
exceptional "intellectuality" and phenomenal
courage, or to a growing conviction on the
part of the members that an inferior hus
band is better than no husband at all.
• • •
The first operation which the plucky
Chinese woman doctor of Fouchow perform,
ed was the removal of a cataract from the
eye of an old woman whose son had wheeled
her 1,000 miles In a barrow to the hospital.
The fame which her skill 1s winning for
her is making up somewhat for the hard
times this woman doctor experienced when
she first essayed to do battle against op
pressive traditions hoary with thousands of
years.
• * •
The "crowned poet" to the court of the
mikado is a woman, says the Ladies' Picto
rial. The post is eoulvalent to that of our
poet laureate, but is a much more dif-
lea. One uncle of the present count was min
ister of foreign affairs, and one Is now lord
chamberlain to King Oscar. Count Wacht
meister was educated in Sweden and else
where in EtTrope, and has held diplomatic
posts in Hamburg and London. Since his
arrival in America five years ago he has filled
the place he now occupies. Modest and un
assuming, he has been a great favorite in
Chicago, New York and Washington society.
He resides at the University club. His fiance,
whom he met two years ago in Washington,
Is the only daughter of the wealthy railroad
magnate, P. M. Hubbell, of Dee Molnes. Tim
family resides at Terrace Hill, one of the
show places of tho country. Miss Hubbell is
well known in New York and Washington
society. Last year she was presented at the
English court by Mts. Hay. The wedding will
take place early in the spring, and will be
followed by a tour to Europe. Count and
Countess Wachtmelster's future home will
probably be in Europe, as the count intends
to remain in the Swedish diplomatic service.
—Chicago Times-Herald.
flcult one to fill, for the modern Japanese
are the most merciless critics in aH that con
cerns literary matters.
In spite of these disadvantages the ar.com-.
pllshed poetess contrives to hold her own
successfully against all rivals, and the an
nual poem which she has ready with com
mendable punctuality for the new year is
always eagerly looked forward to by all
those subjects of the mikado who make the
smallest claim to culture, and is often far
more eagerly discussed than a serious fo
lltical crisis would be in any other country.
"Sedsko," for that is the poeteaj laureate's
name, is no tanker a young woman, having,.
In fact, reached the age of 73. She Is, how
ever, In spite of the fact of her being herself
a little bit of a new woman, no friend to the
new-fangled ideas and fashions, especially
In all that concerns dress, which have r»-
cently been imported Into Japan from
Europe, and her own costume is decidedly
old-fashioned, not to say antiquated in cut.
Last summer, while the war with Spain was
In progress, a statue was reared in Orense,
in northern Spain, to Senora Arenal, a Spanish
woman who had devoted her life to the study
of sociology and criminology for philanthropic
purposes.
£• *
Probably M. Vivier, thefParislan dog tailor,
Is not sorry that there is a fad for equipping
pet dogs with overshoes. M. Vivier has a
monopoly of the fashionable canine trade In
Paris, and says that it Is harder to fit a
blanket to a dog than a , gown to a woman.
If this be true, women will feel sorrier than
ever for dogs.— New York Sun.
Rosa Bonheur is now at Nice, where she oc
cupies a villa opposite that of M. Gambart,
her old friend and host. There Is a beautiful
garden which is a marvel of tropical luxuri
ance. The famous painter is not cordial to
people who intrude upon her, but is most
charming to those ehe knows and likes.
The Countess of Warwick is said to be the
only peeress whose name appears over a shop
window. This particular shop, however, is
run for the benefit of poor needlewomen.
Sixty girls are employed, and the profits are
expended for their benefit. One old country
woman, who saw the name of the countess
over the window, did not understand the sit
uation, and exclaimed: "Oh, pore lady, 'ow
she must 'aye come down in the world!" —
New York Sun.
According to the New York Sun, Bonn on
the Rhine has been investigating the liquor
drinking habits of its small school children.
Out of 247 children, 7 or 8 years of age, in
the primary schools, there was not one that
had not tasted beer or wine, and but a quarter
of them had not tasted brandy. Beer or wine
was drunk regularly every day by 25 per cent
of the children, while 8 per cent, including
more gjrls than boys, received a dally glass
of cognac from their parents to make them
strong, and 16 per cent would not drink milk,
because it had no taste.
After the ball given by the Paris municipal
council to their constituents, it was found
that six dozen silver spoons and hundreds of
other articles, such as plates, mustard pots
and flower vases, had been taken away, while
many of the dancers had helped themselves to
bottles of champagne.
John Ruskin's eightieth birthday has called
forth many kind notices in England. They
only serve, however, to emphasize the sad
BflttEGflQOß 102 ; B^IDE IS 100
John Clews, Who Knew Lincoln at Springfield, Takes a "Wife.
Franklin, Pa., that nursery of strange
things and strange people, has provided sev
eral phenomena. hp-Aiin. ""fmd otherwise, in
the course of the rasr generation, but per
haps the strangest spectacle ever seen there
or elsewhere was witnessed Che other day
when two centenarians' skipped blithely up
to the church altar iand. plighted their troth
in marriage, says tfne. Chit-ago Chronicle.
They were John Clews, sprightly young
ster not more than £02 years old, and Sarah
Jenninga, who in October passed her odo
hundredth birthday. 51:0
"Wouldn't give her a day more than
sixty," said everybody in the church, and,
really, for a damsel of 100 years Mrs. Jen
nings walks and l talks and tlhinkg with
creditable fire p.nd vigor.
Behind this singular marriage lies a little
romance of the war, tending to show tliat
the. course of true love will generally end in
O&tt0oo o
JOHN CLEWS. 102, AND SARAH JEXMNGS, 100.
Married Last Week— the Oldes t Bridal Couple on Record.
happiness, even after the trials and storms
of 100 years.
It was in Springfield, 111., that they met.
Jchn D. Clews,' born In Richmond
and tied down to the. law, had ever
displayed a weakness for the life of tlhe sol
dier, andi when in 184 C the Mexican war broke
out he enlisted as ai private, won his cam
mission and returned tfl Richmond, wearing
the captain's eP&ulets.
It was some years later when, as a gray
haired, thoughtful man of sixty, he began the
practice of law in Springfield, where Abra
ham Lincoln tlhen lived. -
Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Clews often met in
court, and this, witfc the, abolitionist agita
tion then at its height, formed the bond that
was to end only with the assassination of
the president. Established in Mr. Lin
cola's home was Miss Jackson, a stately,
grave, handsome dame, carrying some of the
icdtmita.b'le expressions of "Ole Hickory" in
her face.
Between Mr. Clews and Miss Jackson
there arose one of those calm, placid, com
monplace attachments peculiar only to the
conditions in which they lived, and it was
presently known all through Springfield that
the lawyer and the president's ward, were to
be wed. The boys and the girls might laugh
at them and call them old fools — "Old Abe"
himself might make a few of his inimitable
Jokee at their expense— but for this they did
MRS. JKFPEHSOX DAVIS.
"Wife of the President of the ConTederaU States, Who is Dangerously 111 in New York.
fact that Mb mental power* are gone. H*
is described am sitting for hours at hie win
dow looking at the hills, as rarely going out
of doors, even Into his garden, and as keeping
silent, even -when' spoken to. A proposal to
have his portrait painted by Hofman Hunt
haa been declined by his family, on the
ground that he Is too feeble to sit.
• * *
According to the bishop of London, Eng
land owes more to her queens than to her
kings. The three names most famous in
English royal history are Bertha, who helped
to introduce Christianity into England; Eliza
beth and Victoria.
• • *
Lady Clarke, the vice president of the
Austral Salon, of Melbourne, Australia, is
the widow of Sir William Clarke, the bene
factor of Trinity college, Melbourne univer
sity. Lady Clarke herself is a strong advo
cate of advanced education for women, and
the Janet Clarke building, at Trinity college,
is a standing monument to her endeavors to
extend to her sex the advantages of collegiate
education.
• • •
A lr.t'inorlul chapel is in process of con
struction, complimentary to the memory of
the late Empress Elizabeth of Austria. It
is to be paid for by public subscription. The
site selected Is extraordinary, for the chapel
is being erected on the Schneeberg, which is
until to be always capped with snow. It is
not difficult of access from Vienna, how
ever, and is often visited by mountain climb
ers. It is hoped that the building will be
finished by the 10th of next September, the
first anniversary of the empress's death, on
which day the first mass will be said.
• • •
A curious custom In London Is the church
parade, which is made up of the "smart peo
ple," who take an airing in the parks after
services. A reflection of the spirit In which
these functions are held is caught from the
following ordinary notice in "Modern 80
--ciety," which reads:
"Church parade, though not crowded in
the showery weather of Sunday, was smartly
attended. Lady Hood wore a long satin
cloak, which almost touched the ground,
with large revers of white satin; her orna
ments were opals. Miss Touple Lowther
wore a bright red double-breasted Jacket
over a limp pink shirt with a white linen
collar, a black satin skirt, a red hat and a
very prominent watch chain. There was a
Jacket of white cloth which looked like a
pillar box partially swathed in a white sheet;
also an extraordinary cloak which gave the
wearer the appearance of a sheep walking on
its hind legs. Lord Chrichton wore a long
blue ulster and an eyeglass."
not care. It Is probable that they -would then
have married and settled down Into a peace
ful old age had not the firing on Fort Sumter
ended their plans and disrupted all human
things In this land.
The old campaign fever caught Clews and
heloLhim fast. He must go out, he said., and
by and by, at the head of his company, he
rode away to join the Army of the Potomac.
"If we were boy and girl, instead of old
man and middle-aged woman, I could not
love you half as well as I do," he said to her
at parting. "I shall carry your Image In my
heart through the war. If I am alive when
the Union is saved I will com© back to you."
Mr. Clews was with Gen. Grant and Gen.
Sherman. He was one of the first to go up
against that terrible wall at Frederlcksburg,
when the men of the Union were mowed down
like sheep. Under the unerring hail of Con
federate bullets he was at the taking of
Vicksburg and In Sherman's march to the
sea, and was twice imprisoned at Llbby.
The woman waiting at home wrote and
wrote again to her absent lover, but no word
came in reply. Then one day she heard that
he was dead. Her wait was ended. A year
later she married James 1 Jennings, of Colum
bus, O.
Clews, released from his prison, and now a
man without occupation or career, heard that
his sweetheart was married. For many years
he wandered over the country, finally set
tling in Cincinnati. He never brought to her
mind and her heart the knowledge that he
was alive, but cherished the memory of his
only love.
Three years ago one of those strange ac
cidents which sometimes bless the unpro
tected people of this world brought the lovers
together again. It was at a reunion of, army
veterans that Mrs. Jennings, now .a widow,
and Mr. Clews were formally introduced.
As her eyes' fell upon his face she gave a
little hysterical cry and laugh and fell into
his arms.
The story was ended. They were both 100
years old. and the oldest couple m Pennsyl
vania, but this little matter did not trouble
them.
"I feel as If my wife and mys^f had re
newed our youth," says Clews 1 . "Our affec
tion is mellowed and softened by time. Don't
be surprised if we live another hundred
years."
RANSOM &HORTON
fVUMJW— /■ m tai 'or-made Suits have progressed so
VW HI I much in variety of styles and detail of
KJ Tf i^LL finish the past year that ° ow a iad^ can
.__■»______________ have a chance to make her selection
from a large and varied assortment of
rtfTlTn that are better tailored and better in the
VI II |t "hang" of the skirts and fit of the jacket
kJUI M)J than can be ff ot of an - v dressmaker o*
■________________ anj tailor in tlm part of the country, whil c
at the same time ladies can effect a great
g-y ._IWWI f* m the * r P urcnass as against hiring a
V 11/ l Mi» dr " smaker in the house or going to a
kJ JHI f IJI vl dres3maker and having a suit made. We
_________________ can truly say to all the
m . fklff^n that We haVe this 9 P rin ß' th e finest as-
I A I 111 I"*^ sortl "ent in all kinds of materials and
Lrt "M I A F styles ever brought here, with a wide
range of prices, from $10. to $75. You
can get a suit for almost any
II^IIT^I/ JOU Can afford to P aT - We have the
11/ lli WW* ■ cream of aU the best thin & s in New
I IUJmJLuV SL Yofk > and have ff ood 3 a duplicate of
________________ which can be found in no other store in
the city. We have perhaps risked con
siderable, but we are bound to give the
"~="~~~~ stock of SUITS, GARMENTS and WAISTS
D 1-y CJ TT shown in th « West, so that there could no long-
g^ B L J 1 er be an excuse for our ladies to go to other
_______________ towns to g-et garments. We have never had
such a stock, and know full well no St. Paul
house ever has.
can easily demonstrate whether we overstate mat-
Yl | ters by taking time to carefully examine our stock.
jj ijKJ We expect you to "shop." We do, before buying-.
_________ We think we will "leave a sweet taste in your
mouth," and you will
' afterward be a customer. We are aware that
L^ \f H™^ Ijr perhaps we are better known as Furrier 3, but
gA W gA Wt we propose to be also known as carrying the
™"^ est s tock of Cloth garments, that are as reli
able as any Fur 3, and yet moderate in prices.
In past years when you
"™"~"~"™™"™^™* our immense Fur stock you wondered, and this
M war s P r * n ff y° u w *ll wonder more at the immense vari
|^ Vk W¥ ety and moderate price of our suits, Jackets,
Skirts, Waists and Beautiful Wash Dresses.
RANSOM & HORTQN.
ST. PAUL, MINN.
OIWS 5T WfISP-WfllSTEfl WOIPN
Troubles of Assemblyman Daggett, of Wisconsin, the Foe of
Tight Lacing.
From the Chicago Chronicle.
Assemblyman Henry L. Daggett, of
Outagamie county, Wisconsin, whose
anti-tight lacing resolution attracted so
much attention, has just returned from.
St. Paul, Where he visited the Gopher
legislature, and where he found hio
fame had preceded him. He defends
his resolution, and says it was no
more visionary than the Minnesota
teachers' pension bill, one of whose
proposed amendments, he says, is to
grant pensions only to female teachers
who have taught twenty years and
Who have been proposed to only once
In that length of martyrdom. His reso-
H. V. DAGGETT.
lution is now going from one assembly I
committee to another, butt he will bring
it up in the senate.
It provides for the appointment of
a commission to draft a bill for the
protection of "old maids, wives and
young girls" against the evils of tight
lacing. Mr. Daggett says that If the
matter goes no further it has already
accomplished much good in setting
people to thinking on a serious sub
ject and perhaps frightening Borne
thoughtless women back to the waya
of health. His measure, he says, Is
aimed at the Yankee women; the Ger
man and Norwegian women n««d no
such protection. He points to the low
birth rate and decreasing marriage
rate among American women as caus
es for. alarm.
"Why, who wants to marry a wasp
waist?" he saye. "I know what I am
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talking about, too, for I have inves
tigated cases in the asylum at Osh
kosh. I would establish a fine of $1
for lacing too tightly, the parents of
the girl or old maid to be the judges."
He says the Idea of the anti-iacing
resolution was entirely original with
him and he Indignantly refutes the Im
pression that he has been the victim
of mischief-loving reporters. Only the
highest public good, he asserts, was
consulted in drawing it up. He is not
hostile to the corset per se, for he has
not attended rural "hoedowns" for
years without discovering the advan
tages of that Institution in enhancing
the charms of woman's lonic form as
well as the embarrassment of dancing
•with maids who have not arrived at
the same sage conclusion.
Mr. Daggelt sprang into prominence
en his first entrance in Madison by ap
pearing at the Inauguration of the
state officers with an ear of red corn
projecting from hla upper coat pocket
as a badge of his vocation and his In
dependence. He next came Into men
tion when his home county board, of
which he is 2. member, passed resolu
tions condemning his course In riding
on passes. He says the members of
the beard can entertain nothing but
good will Howard him, however, as
each year that he has been with them
he has given them an oyster supper.
Nevertheless, he has introduced a bill
to cut down the number of days for the
annual meeting of county boards from
twenty to fifteen.

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