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THE TIMES: JUNE 6, 1919
Sketches from Life
LOOKING BACK 50 YEARS
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FRIDAX, JTSfE 6, 1919.
RATIFYING TIIK WOMAYS A SIEXDMENT
EVERAL OF the women actively interested in. the cam
paign for equal franchise axo of the opinion that Con
necticut ought to call a special session of the legislature to
ratify the Susan B. Anthony amendment. "Why should Gover
nor llolcomb refuse such a modest and reasonable request?
If the people in this old world were not so largely given
to anundue interest in near and trivial -things extra sessions
would immediately be called in all Ihe states of the union
where the legislature is not in session.
The legislators, the governors, the people, if they were
more accustomed to think of what is really vast and important,
would not let the grass grow a week before they arranged for
The enfranchisement of half tho citizens of America is in
deed a great event, fraught with benefits of illimitable value.
The nation which thinks out its public affairs with its whole
mind, instead of with half its mind, is bound to attain a diver
sity of good things, in unstinted quantity.
The very knowledge that women are about to vote has
produced profound consequences. It has made changes that
reach into the depths of life.
Women are lifted finally out of their condition of semi
Mavery. They have rights in their own property, rights in
their children, 1he right to do business, to practice the profes
sions, to receive as good an education as a boy.
More recently Ihey have been admitted to the right to re
ceive equal pay for equal work; a very important economic
privilege. They may share in tho good things that public of
fice affords, and may lake over as many of the duties of gov
ernment ns thoy are prepared to wield and able to hold. Their
share will not be a small ono.
The ratification of tho Susan B. Anthony amendment is the
most important single action immediately confronting the
, country, which it has "the power to delay, or complete.
' . Two chief obstacles rise, like walls between a special ses
sion of .e Connecticut Assembly and the Susan B. Anthony
The first obstacle Is the lack of imagination, which has
been described; the mind that takes more interest in a present
baseball game than it takes in the well being of the nation,
and In tho promotion of half of the citizens of a nation.
'If tho. people had imagination, no politicians, no governing
class would dream of opposing a special session t)f the General
' The second 'Obstacle is tho selfish desire of politicians to
keep things just as they are, as long as possible. All the poli
J ticians, from Mr. Roraback down, want to delay woman suf
frage. They -are in power when women do not vote. They
fear they may pass from power when women do vote.
Mr. . Roraback, led tho movement in Hartford, which pre
vented the passage of the Connecticut presidential suffrage bill,
lie was the typical politician afraid to meet new conditions,
afraid to meet the test that politicians must meet when the
The Times-Farmer sincerely hopes that the suffrage wom
en will leave nothing undone which may refresh the imagina
tion of Governor Holeomb, that he may call a special session
f the assembly, to ratify the Susan B. Anthony amendment.
gut: the SERVICE MEN SIX MONTHS' pay
ALLEN E. VINCENT is of the opinion that the soldiers and
sailors coming home ought to have six months' pay,
preferably from the national government; but otherwise, from
the state treasury.
Mr. Vincent offers the following cogent reasons to back
When our boya went away from their Jioimes. many of them
from good positions, to nerve their country. It was with the assur
ance from every one that they would never be forgotten.
Now, they are being: discharged and are returning: home, and
by changed conditions, many of them will be. perhaps, several
. month before they locate a position and get back on a good living-
Those who want across the water and served on the battlefield
should be entitled to. at least, a little rest when they get home.
Any way. they ourht not to be in a position where they must worry
, for a few weeks if tbey do not get employment.
It Is all right to give them flowers, a "Welcome Home' and
tnualo on their return; that la good as far as It goes; but six (6)
months pay extra after discharge is more substantial, and Is what
I believe they will remember longer, and they are surely entitled
I wish you would give this careful thought and help In start
ing a movement, and see that our soldier and sailor boys get this
six months' pay.
Jf It is not thought best to make this a. national movement let
US start a movement In the StaXe of Connecticut, and see that our
(Soldier and sailor boys from the State of Connectlout are remem
bered. Mr. Vincent's reasons are appealing. The soldiers were
told that they would never be forgotten, that the best the coun
try lias to offer is theirs. The soldiers ought to have a little
time to look around before they enter the battle of life; or, if
the urge to industry drives them, they ought to have the six
months' pay for a nest egg, to put in a bank account, where it
will be handy when the soldier starts a home some day, and
useful for other necessary purposes.
WALSH PRESENTS DEMAND
FRANK P. WALSH has presented a demand to President
Wilson asking the peace conference to investigate the
Irish question. Mr. Walsh is a determined and enthusiastic re
presentative of his cause, cool, intelligent, courteous and dar
ing. If any man can add anything to the purpose of the presi
dent to help Ireland, Walsh is that man. He is respected, and
admired by the president, who showed signal confidence in
him on two occasions. Mr. Walsh was raised to the head of
the commission to investigate industrial conditions in the
United States. The report he .prepared marks an epoch. He
u put upon Ihe War Labor Board, and did a great deal to" en
fContinued in Lost Two Columns) '
No Experience Needed
By THE EI GUT TIOX. LORD KOBE RT CECIL
I believe that the League of Nations will suc
ceed The large class of men whose wisdom consists
In wet-blanketing the aspirations of others as fool
ish and impracticable have one principal . argument
to prove the contrary.
They say that on other occasions, and particu
larly at the end of the last general war in 1815.
attempts were made to establish by treaty a reign
of universal peace.
The new Covenant of the League, they tell us,
will bo like those old agreements a paper bul
wark against weapons of steel.
But between that time and this the greatest
political change has happened that the world has
seen. Now, for the first time in history, the great
masses of the peoples exercise the deciding voice
in their national policy.
The new League was born, not in the midst of
a small governing class, but in the hearts of the
From that unique circumstance of Its origin
springs the legitimate confidence taht the League
will endure. For it is the resolution of the people
which is the keystone of the arch. While that holds
no pressure can break it; when that goes no but
tress can uphold it.
Dangers that Face the League.
All the same it would be well to examine some
of the dangers which the League has to face.
However stringent the Covenant to which the
nations set their hands, the spirit of Junkerism and
Chanvanism, if they survive the war. would still
be a great danger to the peace of the world, if
they survive, whether as the dominant policy of
future governments or as the dominant creed of
one or two great peoples, they will be a standing
threat to the success of the League.
Nevertheless, the League will not be at the
mercy of one or two Intriguing governments as the
peace of the world was at the mercy of the Cen
tral Empires in the decade that proceeded the war.
The path of the Junker will henceforth be
full of obstacles and pitfalls. For there will be es
tablished a machinery by which ail questions of
foreign relations are brought into the open, and a
Council and a Conference of Stau-s which will act
as a clearing house for all the difficulties which
arise between nations.
Other limitations, too, will be placed upon the
activities of those who might still be ready for
selfish ends to risk bringing upon the world a cat
astrophe In which our civilization would assuredly
There is every reason now to hope that the
next few years will see a swift and continuing re
duction of armaments. We shall, very soon reach
the stage when armaments will have ceased to con
stitute the immensely powerful interest in social
life that they were before the war.
The Safeguard of Publicity.
No government will in the future be able, by
forcing the pace of preparation, to terrify the
world into the state of mind in which the tension
is so great that In the end an explosion becomes
publicity In armaments, publicity in international '
-publicity in armaments, publicity in International
arrangements. No greater source of danger exist
ed in the past than secrecy in these two matters.
- This publicity will enable the League to win
to Its support all the pacific parties that is to
say, an the greater popular parties of a democratic
state against an' Intriguing government that seeks
to involve It in war for an unjust or trivial cause.
I do not fear, then, the disintegration of the
League through the. unjust and criminal machina
tions' of any one or two of its more powerful mem
bers. 'Nor do I fear, then in the second place, that
the League will be destroyed by a secretly planned
and brutally effected act of treachery such as Ger
many committed in 1914.
Germany had everything in her favor, and she
failed, and her miseries will be for a remembrance
to aggressors for generations to come.
And any State that wishes to break hereafter'
the peace of the League by a sudden and secret at
tack will have . to taks into account a weapon that
Witb. wa, Of im
mense power that the League will simultaneously
apply against it.
This weapon is the immediate and universal
boycott and blockade which the Covenant ordains
against aggressors, and in which the whole of the
rest of the world will take part.
Tho experience of the war has taught most
governments to realize more clearly than the pub
lic does what an overwhelming powerful it is, and
I have the greatest confidence in its restraining
In all this I have assumed that the League of
Nations will shortly include every civilized State.
This I believe to be an essential condition of its
success. There are certain difficulties, it is true,
in the way of immediately admitting our late ene
mies, and Germany in particular. But we must
not allow resentment to blind our eyes to expedien
cy. Admission to the League is from one point
of view a privilege; and from another it is an as
sumption of duty and recognition of obligations.
The peace of the world can never be safe while
any powerful State or States remain on tho outside.
So long as that state of affairs continues it will be
threatened with the danger of being no more than
While there is little reason to fear, though
good reason to jruard against a failure deliberately
caused by the criminal act of a member State,
there is danger which is more serious, because more
subtle than this. I mean the danger lest the League
of Nations should perish of neglect; lest the world
should forget the lesson it has learned with so
many tears, and lose the impulse to international
cooperation which has brought it thus far along
Much is done in the constitution of the League
to guard -against this danger. The Governments
signatory thereto bind themselves to work actively
together in many important spheres; such are,
amongst others conditions of labor? the white
traffic; international transit questions; the preven
tion of disease.
The duties imposed epon it by the Treaty of
Peace will also serve in some degree to keep the
League before the eyes of the world, and to lessen
the danger that it may be murdered by the selfish
apathy or the governments and by the forgetfull
ness of private citizens.
The League of Nations ' is not a government
of the world, it does not change our citizenship,
but it is the expression of the feeling that has
spread like wildfire over the world in these last
few years that every citizen o'Cs a duty to man
kind not opposed to but supplementary to the duty
he owes to his own country.
if, now the worst of the danger is over, we
lose this conviction and let the League of Nations
die, what Is the alternative?
The race of armaments will begin again and
the old poison ' of secrecy and intrigue will begin
to work afresh. -
We shall be walking helpless and hopeless on
the brink of the- precipice even more terrible than
that which we have so narrowly escaped. And, the
decision I must say it again rests with the peo
ple and not with the Governments.
Only the, finm resolve of the men and women
who do the ordinary work of the world can breathe
into the Covenant of Paris a living soul.
This must never happen again was the deter
mination often unspoken, but often, too, openly
expressed of the men who fought and won the war.
Their consolaUon in facing death was the belief
that In doing so they were bringing broadcast an
end of It.
If we can keep alive the spirit which has won
the war and created the League I believe that war
between the peoples will become forever unthink
able, and their purpose will have been fulfilled.
And If not there can be no question that humanly
speaking the next war will destroy European civil
ization. That Is the choice befere us; The League of
Nations, or Chaos. Once that Is realised can any
one ask: "Will the League fail?" , '-.
I must think ' It will succeed '.Let each of ua
aea that as far as In him or her Ilea Its success la
assured. . , " - -. .
(From The Farmer, Friday, June 6, 1869)
Bridgeport employs about sixty-five school teachers at the !
present time: Sabbath school teachers not included.
Judge Slade returned last night from his trip, and the Pro- f
bate Court was reopened this morning.
According to the new directory, there are 13S streets and
avenues, and 47 public halls and blocks within the limits of the '
town of Bridgeport.
Strolling hand-organs with vagabond attachments; are now
all the rage in Bridgeport. Cannot something be done to abate
these intolerable nuisances.
Advices have been received Ln this city from Mr. Frederick:
Wood and family and they are expected home on the steamer
Cuba, due next Tuesday.
A French humorous paper has been suppressed for calling
Eugenie '"Our Venerable Empress." It won't do for anybody
to say or write "Old Maids"' when the female suffrage move-'
ment has culminated in the new dispensation of things.
One hundred and sixty singers will leave New Haven, next
Monday morning for the Boston Peace Jubilee. Thev gave a
matinee rehearsal at Music Hall, in New Haven, in the'morning
before starting, consisting of the music they have been prac
tising to 6ing at the jubilee.
A firm of English coach builders advertise in a recent Eng
lish paper that it has "imported wheels from America, made
at Bridgeport, Ct., and is now prepared to build light carriages''
on the American models. This speaks well for the carriage'
builders of our "burg" and shows that they now are, as al
ways heretofore, duly appreciated at home and abroad.
The iron columns used by Sammis & Thompson, in front
of their new store, on Water street are to be exchanged for
heavier ones of the same material. This is done more as a
matter of precaution and from a desire to be indisputably on
the safe side, than from any real fears that thote now there
will be unable to bear the weight that is to be put upon them.
We learn that the disagreement between tlxe Howe Manu
facturing Company, and ihe men in their emploj-, in regard to
wages has been adjusted to the satisfaction of both parties.
Here is a little gratuitous advice. If you lose anything
advertise in The Farmer! If you find anything advertise in
The Farmer! If you want to sell anything advertise in The
Farmer! If you want to buy anything advertise in The
Farmer! Experience has demonstrated that advertising in The
Farmer restores lost articles to their rightful owners, brings
good customers to the merchants, mechanics and professional
men, and directs traders and the public where they can find the
best goods, the most skillful artizans, and secure the most desir
able bargains. It is the duty of every live, enterprising busi
ness man to advertise in The Farmer, and of every reader to
peruse carefully this important department, and we believe
they do it.
A traveller in Pennsylvania asked the landlord if they had
any cases of sun-stroke in that town. "NTo. sir," said the land
ljrd, "If a man gets drunk here we say he is drunk, and we
never call it by any other name."
A man was tried, for stealing several clocks. The lawyer
who appotired for him set up this defense. "After the prisoner
had taken the clocks to his own house, he put 'em all back!"
But the jury didn't see it.
The New York Herald has a startling account of a suicide.
It says "he laid himself down and with his bigoe shot himself."
A curious instrument to commit suicide with. Reckon it was
loaded with nails.
Anna Dickinson declares that "Politics today means an in
decent scramble for office, where every man is for himself, and
the devil takes the hindmost. As for the foremost, they are
already safe in his hands." And Anna isn't far from right.
(Continued from First Two Columns)
able ihe harmonious conduct of industry during the war. His
services in Bridgeport are remembered in Connecticut with t?ie
war plants labor dispute, of which he was one of the chief ad
AGAINST INDEPENDENT ACTION
HE STATE Federation of Labor goes on record by an
overwhelming vote against independent political ac
tion. This conservative organization sticks to the Gompers
policy of seeking legislation for labor from the party that will
This leaves the American Labor party, of which a branch
exists in Bridgeport and another in Hartford, caught between
two difficulties. It lacks the support of the conservative labor
groups. It is actively opposed by the radical labor groups in
the socialist party.
BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE
XO THE LIST of those who have brought special honor to
Bridgeport add the name of Miss Emily Porter, who
has received from King Alexander of Greece the, medal of Mili
tary Merit. With other American girls she gallantly fought the
fearful malady typhus, more dangerous far than bullets. The
king, that is to say the representative of the Greek people, ad
dressed thesn young women in terms of gratitude, praising
them because of their braveroy and because of the lives of
Grexks they saved.
None of these young women bore arms as combatant sol-"
diers, but they were, nevertheless, in the war and, among the
bravest of the brave.
Miss Guthrie. Heads
Miss Margaret Guthrie of the High
school faculty was elected president
of the Bridgeport Teachers' associa
tion at their annual meeting held ln
the High school asditorium yesterday
afternoon. Miss Bessie Jacobs was
elected first president; Miss Agnes Q.
Collins, second vice president, and
Miss Anna Donovan, third vice presl
Ddent. Miss Henrietta Wyrtzen la
treasurer of the association with Miss
Mary Mallon, the financial secretary.
Miss Margaret Dorsey is recording
secretary. Miss Augusta Mendel her
assistant and Miss Bessie Sullivan
corresponding secretary. MJss Mary
Light is the association's registrar.
The retiring president. Miss Cece
lia Keane," who had been a very eftl
clent officer during Ihe first two years
of the -organization! made a very
forceful addreaa to Ihe members em
phasizing the work! dona duflng the
past two years, culling actenuon a
the defeat of the Morrison bill ln the
last legislature and the patriotic work
of the members during the war both
&s an organization and as Individuals. ''
A banquet will be given by the asso
elation at the Black Rock club .
Thursday, at which there will be out
ot town speakers and a musical pro--gram.
GRIEF FOR WIFE -MAKES
.Wnrrv nv.r tho Ueath of his wife is
given as the cause for the demented'
nnntflHMi of Jrwrmh TksO. who ml
talken by the police thiss monlnc from r '
the home of his sister, Grace iMkshel-' ;
ino. 113 Quince street. He was talten j
miiri4. ITm a wtiTl MB MM WaS '
diagnosed as "melancholia" and is-bo-
lng neia lor ooserv anion.
HAr h daath at his wife, which.
occurred ln 'New Tork two weeks are
Isso came to BrldaTspefrt and baa -bean
ln treat mental mr ' "V