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Women's Penny Paper (Newspaper) - June 15, 1889, London, Middlesex WOMENS PENNY PAPER The only Paper in the World Printed and Published by EDITED BY JUNE Price One s MADEMOISELLE AUDZIA DE FOUNDER OF THE WOMENS INTERNATIONAL AUDZIA DE WOLSKA seems to have been prepared by her early life for the hardships and struggles which are the inevitable fate of those who attempt to realise any new The serious and sound educa tion which she received from her father served to strengthen a character that was naturally Count Wolski was one of the heroes of the Polish insurrection of When he was banished from his country he sought refuge in and his great love for liberty impelled him to take arms in 1848 in favour of the French After the coup detat of Napoleon in he was exiled with his republican During the years he had spent in France he had been intimately acquainted with some whose enthusiastic ideas were con genial to his noble Victor Cautagiel and some resolved to go to Texas and try there a Phatansterian Madame the distinguished friend of joined the expedition in spite of her eighty Count Wolski took with him his wife and two a boy and a Audzia was then only three or four years She cannot be said to have any real remembrance of this period of her life but a vague and confused impression was left on her brain of this wandering life through forests of cypresses and and across the great prairies with their tall grasses undulating like waves of the The French attempts at colonisation in Texas in the year 1852 were not more successful than those of made by The pioneers were soon obliged to retrace their steps and wend their way towards On their return a dreadful blow fell on Count Wolski his wife died tragically she was burnt by accident one day near New Orleans whilst her husband was About the same Count Wolski also lost his The father and more intimate than ever after their gteat were together in Paris in A new insurrection broke out in The ardent patriot could not resist the call of his country his then fifteen years followed him and never left him during the fourteen months of the sad Again an Count Wolski travelled about with his daughter he visited taking notes and writing One can easily imagine the benefit Audzia de Wolska derived from such but also the disadvantage it presented in view of a regular The lessons were hardly more than reading aloud from the favourite authors of Count She made a thorough acquaintance with Victor though the classics probably were rather left From such a method the young girl acquired large views and liberal but logic wanting in The main features of her character are her remarkable energy of purpose and a great sociability of Besides her fathers which can be said to have been abso lute in de Wolska received some deep impressions from the companionship of a older than Madame the great tragedian who had devoted herself entirely to the study of and was not less remarkable for her moral qualities than for her During her travels with her Audzia de Wolska had the opportunity of knowing many distinguished men of the Long Victor in all those being sympathetic to the cause of were always ready to open their homes to the Audzia was a very attractive young simple and kind and always happy to oblige Once she had the occasion of rendering a great artistic service to her country in obtain ing for the town of Cracow a remarkable collection of ancient cameos which belonged to an The Museum of Cracow to which this gift was gave her a beautiful ring as a token of In 1885 de Wolska lost her father in and no words can express the cruel grief she experienced at that Left alone in the complete solitude of her heart and a sort of mysterious force compelled her to go to Paris she felt that her destiny was Une of those accidental circumstances which the world calls hazard but are considered as providential by brought her in relation with the group of French friends amidst whom she was to find the field of her Her first occupation in Paris was to publish some of her fathers She edited La Russie Juive a book around which a conspiracy of silence was organized in but which made a great sensation in Then she translated Count Wolskis book on In the year 1887 de Wolska was a visitor at the meetinas of de where questions concerning women discussed at de Morsier spoke of the necessity of having rooms in Paris where women of all countries could meet and help each other in their different The grain then sown bore de who thoroughly understands the Parisian knew that the only way in which the idea could be realized would be to not exactly a but a sort of Library containing a collection of books written by women men of high intellectual reputation gave the authority of their names to the enterprise and the Queen of Roumania accepted the Presidence When you enter Passage Rue you are struck with the simplicity of the Two rooms large tables with papers and shelves waiting for books and the bust of the Fondatrice on the It is all but such is the power of an idea that you immediately feel that the creation of this International Library is a great event for the cause of women in Such was my feeling the other day when I called on the whom we claim for as she was born on French soil and adopted Paris for her second now you are some said and you cannot refuse being What is your opinion about political rights for women She You know though I am the daughter of Count Wolski who fought for his country and for the liberty of I never meddled in but the politics I am alluding to are another I mean the situation and prospects of women as social Then of course I cannot be otherwise than devoted to that cause My father had such a such a high esteem for My ambition is to be faithful to the ideal he presented me in respect to this And you think the Library will be very useful for women If I did not think how could I have borne the struggle of those last giving up every other prospect or advantage for the pursuit of this idea I know how courageous you have but now success is I do believe in it if it were only for the letters I received
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