46 Woman's J. & Suffrage News 1 (1915)

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VOL. XLVI. NO, 1.


WOMAN JUDGEON
      WOMEN'S CASES

 Miss Whitehead of Seattle Will
   Try Women Chargedon Crin-
   inal Counts

   Miss Reah M. Whitehead, who
 was elected justice of the peace in
 Seattle at the election, will be as-
 signed to criminal 'cases, accord-
 ing to Mr. Lundin, the prosecut-
 ing attorney-elect.
 All the criminal cases aigainst
 women  will come   before -Miss
 \Vhitehead, says Mr. Lundin.
 She was il the prosecuting at-
 turney's office with me during one
 Year, and I have had a' good op-
 porttinity to view her.work. She
 is a woman of excellent judgment
 aid ability and valuable experi-
 clice, and, in my opinion, she is
 equipped to deal justly, with an)y
 criiiiinal case.

 ASKS HOUSE TO
     LET HAWAII ACT
Delegate from  Island Introduces'
  Bill in Congress to Permit Suf-
  frage Vote

  A bill to authorize the Legisla-
ture of Hawaii to ext.end the rig
of suffrage to ,women wa* .,niltr-
d      t ite Iousc Tesdayby

ure wotild permit the L.egslatutrc
to submit the question to a,populat
referendum..
  The action Of Congress on this
bill will be watched with much in-
tcrest. after its refusal to per-
iiit the most limited form of won]-
an siffrage in the Philippines.

CONGRESS BLOCKS
      WOMEN VOTERS
State Department Obstructs-Bill
  to Remove Injustice .Against
  Women Citizens

  Congress proved 'last week -the
fallacy of the very States' rights
argument against- nation-wide suf-
frage, which  the .administration
uses. It showed the women of the
suffrage States that they can never
be entirely free' until all: the wom-
ell of the countryare enfranchised.
  A bill had' beWnihtroduced by
Congressman Kent of California,
to prevent the disfranchisement of
women voters who marry aliens.
It was explained  that, although
the women of. California have been
given equal suffrage by' the State,
they are deprived of it by a Fed.
eral statute the' moment that they
harry a citizen of any foreign
country. Representative Harrison
of Mississippi, who was in charge
of the bill, declared that the pur-
Pose of it was to give to theState
the right to control suffrage with-
out interference by, the' Federal
government.,,f
  No sooner was the bill read,
however,   than   Representaitve
Steenerson' 0fl Minemsota'asked
wlether or not it was a fa t Ihat
the State DeparItment' wasop Ased
to the passage of the bill..+ .
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VOTE IN HOUSE
        TO COME SOON
Nation-Wide Amendment Post-
  poned Till After Post Office
  Appropriation Bill

  Now that Congress has met
again after the Christmas recess,
it is expected that the nation-wide
suffrage amendment will come up
in a few days. Possibly it will not
.come to a vote until after the pas-
sage of the postoffice appropria-
tion bill.
  Meanwhile, a number of proni-
nent  suffragists have  gone to
Washington to be on hand for the
debate in the House.
  Telegrams   and   letters have
poured into the capital during the
last few days, urging the Repre-
sentatives to support the amel-
ment.

LAWRENCE ABBOTT
        WON TO CAUSE
Son of. Prominent Anti-Suffragist
  TeUu-Story of His Conversion
  to Suffrage


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         SHALL STATE RIGHTS BLOCK

                 WOMEN'S AFTER THIS?


             N analysis of the priohibition vote in Congress last week shows matter of vital interest.
             The prohibition amendment was reported by both' the Judiciary and Rules commit-
             tees at the same time as the suffrage amendment, -and the two have been closely'con-
             nected by the administration leaders.
             A study of the vote.shows, first, that the' delegations from.equal suffrage States voted...
  27 to io for prohibition. Illinois, where women can vote on local option but not for Congressmen,
  went i to 14 against prohibition,although the delegation- of its neighbor State, Indiana, voted
  solidly against prohibition. More than that, however, the Southern delegations went on record as
  follows: North Carolina, solidly in favor; South Carolina, solidly in favor; Oklahoma, solidly in
  favor; Tennessee, solidly in favor; Mississippi, 7 to'i in favor; Arkansas, solidly in favor; Flor-
  ida, solidly in favor; Virginia, 8.to2 in. favor; West Virginia, solidly in favor,; Kentucky, 7 to 4
  in favor; Georgia, 8 to 3 in favor. These figures apply to those members present and voting. The
  only Southern delegations to give a majority against prohibition were those of Louisiana, Alabama,
  Texas and Maryland.
      The Southern States are the ones where the doctrine of State 'Rights is most strongly held.
  Woman suffrage is no more a matter of State Rights' than prohibition. Will not these Southern
  Congressmen take as firm a stand on the question of enfranchising their wives, sisters, daughters
  and mothers? They will be closely watched when the vote on suffiage comes in the House.

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    Lawrence Abbott, President of
  the Outlook Company, has emerged
  from an anti-suffrage environmet,
  and isnow a pronounced suffra-
  gist. Hi, Jfatlier,. -..yman Abbott,
  ive' well-knowti anti-suffragist, aiii
  ,Is mother was for six years presi-
  dent of the New York Association
  Opposed to Woman Suffrage.
    At the Fifth Avenue Suffrage
  Shop, Mr. Abbott told the story
  that changed his convictions: I
  had two friends living in a South-
  ern town. They were real South-
  ern people, a husband and a wife,
  with the Southern belief in a
  woman's right to chivalry from
  men. The wife did a great deal of
  work for humanity, in a quiet way,~
  and for years nothing happened-to
  shake her conviction that just as a
  woman she could get everything
  she wanted.. Then one day some-
  thing came up that required a visit
  to the Legislature. She went with
  a ddlegation of women. They were
  turned down flat, and without any
  of that chivalry she had always be-
  lieved was woman's due.
  Her husband was furious at
  the treatment she received. He
  had always been opposed, as she
  was, to -the movement to enfran-
  chise women, but from that day he
  was a convinced suffragist, and she
  ais been an ardent, though quiet,
  worker for the cause. For onthe
  day she came home from the
  lature they said to each ot h
  that proved that women
  comphish little till they
vote. f           + a ;+
  Mr. Abbott saidhewas (4
impressed, : too, by the fact, that
there. wasn't a working woman 'or a
w&an of affairs .in his acquaint-
ance who didn't wantto vote. He
mentioned Miss, Jane Addams and
Miss Pauline Goldmark as among
those whose opinion had influenced
him.

  The Norwegian Parliament has
recently vot ted ja maternity benefit
for W omen.


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