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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta ONTARIO WOMEN HAVE ASKED FOR SUFFRAGE FOR 64 YEARS First Instalment.1 Was Given in, 1850; Since When Progress Has Been Very Slow Recent Growth of Movement Is of the "Cause" in This Province. The extension of the municipal franchise to married women is Jo be an issue in the. coming Pro- election. It is one of the planks in the platform of the Lib- era I Th e Conscrra t Ivc Government has opposed it con- t sistently. The Star IVeeKly asfc- 1 eii Mrs. Rector Prenter, the prc- stfcnt of the Political Equality League, to tell the story of the V suffrage movement in Ontario. T By HARRIET DUNLOP PRENTER. HOUGH sometimes named as one of the most conservative Pro- vinces in perhaps the most con- servative country on earth, Ontario started out "fine and fairly" by j granting the school franchise to wo- preat courage; the term ".Sweet Girl Graduate" had not arrived, and the "chivalry" of those days was much the same exotic that we are familiar with to-day. To Mrs. Ourzon, also, cnme the joy of seeing' her daughter achieve place and honor. Miss Edith Surzon, after gaining her degree, was for twelve- years assistant to Dr. Ellis, our Pro- vincial first woman an- alyst In Canada. Her sad death by drowning at Go Homo Bay occurred few years ago. There is a tablet to er memory in the university library. In 1S94 evolution and education had j made it quite safe for our "Literary Society" to declare itself as the "Do- minion "Woman's Enfranchisement As- men in 1S50, and, whether the people j which name -was changed later to the Canadian Suffrage Asso- ciation, with Dr. Stowe Gutlen as president, and, while for.some yean after this, the movement seems TO have lagged, it was by no means dead. Famous Speakers Come HOWEVER, in 1DOS The. Toronto Suffrage Association was formed as a local branch of the Can- adian Association, ;.nd by this time were responsible for this law were considered too revolutionary and they and all belonging to them secretly made away with, we know not. The fact remains, however, that f since 1S50 the cause of equal suffrage j was not only dead, but "turned to j clay" till some thirty-five years ago there was formed in Toronto a small society of progressive women, who, S remembering in seme sub-conscious I way the fate of those other suffragists, called themselves a "literary Dr. Emily Stowe, I one of the most advan- i ced thinkers of that day, was the president, and with her were as-; soeiated a few women whose names are not known as they should be, and to whom it is a privilege to give honor. One refers especially to the late Mrs. Sarah Ann Curzon, a wo- man of beautiful character and great ability, who was the first correspond- ini; secretary of this first suffrage society. The assistant secretary and Miss Jennie Gray, who is still living-.in .Toronto- The cour- age of these women" bore the true 1 reform brand, and it is satisfactory to know that at least a few of them lived to see their hard work not only recognized but approved; and it was hard work in .every sense in those days. "We are told of one woman who had collected a great number of names on a petition, which was to be presented to the Legislature, praying for the admission of women- to the university; how this precious roll was either'lost from her sleigh; and' she quietly started out and did the work all over again. The lady was 5trs. SIcEwcn, now of Brandon. Alan. She succcEded Dr.- Stowe as president of the Literary Club. Under the wise yet forceful leadership of. Dn Stowe this group" of assisted by a few for they branched out presently.-and! men were included in their meetings many things. i Thipgi They Accomplished i THEY bestirred themselves in the interest of female' workers Jn ehops and other places, as a matter of fact they began our factory -in- spection. The passing of the mar- ried woman's "property -Act, the open- ing, at last, of Toronto University to women, and in 1SS4 the passing of the Act granting municipal franchise to widows and unmarried women, are some reforms due very largely to their activities. Shortly after this time Dr. Stowe was instrumental in bringing to Toronto Susan B. 'Anthony. The lecture of this won- derful woman and still more wonder- ful organizer is a notable memory to: many of us. The daughter of Dr.! Stowe entered the university as its! first woman student, and it must have been an immense satisfaction to the mother to see her daughter graduate as the first Canadian wo- .side societies were forming all over the country. The year 1310 saw considerable activity in the work. Three famous speakers were brought Toron Shaw, Mrs. Pankhurst, and '-Mrs. Phillip Snow- their addresses stimulated public interest. Also in 1910 there was presented io the Legislature, a huge all Ontario by one of the "largest deputations that ever went" up to the Queen's Park, while in June of tho same year, the Na- tional Council of Women passed a resolution endorsing equal suffrage. Still more societies were formed in Toronto and elsewhere, as men and lien- full of energy and ability and possessing the qualities of leadership arose, with the result that to-day v.-o have not only the Canadian National body with Mrs. Flora >IcD. DeniEon as President, but a second national society called the Union of Suffrage with, as pre> siding officer, Mrs. L. A. Hamilton, having affiliated with, it most of the Toronto locals, besides" Ottawa; don, and many other outside places: Seven local associations have been organized as well as a recently form- ed Provincial organization. The last of these local societies may, perhaps, be mentioned'as especially suggestive ot advancing- Democracy. The Poli- .ieal Equality Includes both men and. women, holds'its in both afternoons and evenings to accommodate as many as possible, and while the first President.is a wo- man, men are every of- fice on the executive.. .Also is an advisory board, which may--be. added 'six rten whose names' and lives stand for the highest ideals of citizenship, and one woman whose charm and genius have made her a household Jean Blewett. society believes that the only ideals which can be successfully ad- vocated outside, are those which i truly obtain inside any organization. The Referendum Vote London Police in Charge of "Wild Sought to Force Their Way Into Buckingham Palace .Were Arrested and Taken to the Station. Including Mrs. Pankhurst REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR CIRL MANY a coat of rags hides an honest heart, but no coat of paint ever had an hon- est wrinkle. It's a wise girl who pre- fers losing aii argument to losing a sweetheart. Any woman can get alone without a husband nowadays; it's getting along with one that is the real test of char- acter. Tiie reason a man so often proposes marriage to a fool is because he can't think of any other way to pass the time company. The easiest way to make' n. small boy take medicine is to forbid him to touch It, and the most effective way to make a man talk of love is "to forbid him to speaMc oflL MRS. N. W. ROWELL TAKES KEEN. INTEREST IN POLITICAL LJFE t Wife of Liberal Leader in Ontario Is a Great Help to'Him'in His Active Church.and -r" -.o i t f Social Worker. i i M occurred to any one of the Toronto lembers. BUt'the "world do and the study of one problem usually leads to the consideration of another. Most matters of public .interest are in study and "culture" clubs. The girl of yes terday who could talk intelligently on such sub- jects as tax reform or the peace movement, was called strong-minded mother was.usu- this girl ji.'thousahdv's feeling deeplyr.the-jn- siilt- of being- ignored whim 7111 ex- pression, of..opinion, is askedVZpr on such .because- :she, knows they''are 'tilso her affairs.' f those women who lire ask- g- lor this rishf of self-expres- sion because they know it belongs to them as does -air or light, there are great numbers of other social service workers, who. find their aest'efforts sooner or later, because they do 'not possess thts tool of our modern women workers in industrial and j professional life, "who are trying1 to EALIZIXG the apparent useless- obtain equal pay for equal work, even XV ness of further deputations andj tjje mothers in the shelter of the two to one. However, the Govern- ment once more dented the petitions, man doctor. To this Stowe and the idea that there was such a be civen credit for thing as moral obligation, never once letftions, and inspired the success if .the tax reformers in their the year previous, for a referendum vote, a similar course was adopud last year by ihe Suffrage societies, with a similar success, the citizens of Toronto voting1 in :ess, tne citizens "i- holies, th favor of extending home, are feeling the handicap, poli- tics having" wormed its way for good or evil into every corner of life, in- vading1 .even that sacred place, the woman's kitchen, and that holiest of holies, the baby's milk supply. The [lightened woman of unless municipal franchise to married isne is utterly selfish looka upon un- women by a majority of more t: Dr. RyersonHad Counterpart in 'OidBetty' VERT formal wc-re the proceedings, very anxious those officiating, very solicitous the large and loyal audience that everything should go off just so. So they did. at the recent U. E. Loyalist function attended by H.R.H. the Duko of Connaught and Princess Patricia, until Chairman Ityerson paused near the proceedings' close to receive a nervous member's formal proposal that the Dultc, the Duchess, and thc-ir royal daughter bo elected, with a few others, to full membership in the .society. As recorded in the press, the Duke and Princess Patricia could not refrain from a peal of laughter following the chairman's uttered to bridge the awkward pause prior to the signing of the register: "We are care- ful (most impressively) only to accept HE members those whose family history has been investigated." A citizen who carefully cherishes such happenings as this in his scrap book thinks that the popular surgeon-chairman should not have fe't all the chagrin credited to him at the little fauv pas, "Why, it's a perfectly delightful he de-dares, "and It might happen to the best 1 of us. It reminds me of another authentic Duke of Connauglit story, when he was a gallant, spruce young officer training at the military college near Eliicltheath. Prince Arthur used to Irave barracks every morning to enquire after a former royal governess who lived in the neighborhood and was ill. "Old a well-known character who kept an apple-stand, watched the Prince pass by daily, until curiosity prompted her to make enquiries, "Can you tell me who yon gonlool young chnp at last she questioned a well-dressed customer. 'He looks as if he come of re- spectable folk. I wonder they don't buy him off.' 1 the real Queen's own mit Old Betty. She could not comprehend a prince training like any ordinary soldier." slums, child labor, im- pure food, etc., and sees in these things, far more deadly enemies to her home, her city, and her country, than could fte conjured up by even the tropical imagination of our Min- ister of Militia. fc'he knows of the nipidly incresing num- tho feeble-minded in our Province, and of our twenty-two years of annual unsuccessful pilgrim- ages to the Queen's Park, with no 1 other method of persuasion than our "sweet womanly Influence." The big {nueatton for all worth while people I to-day may this -world be made a. safer, happier home for the child, a better tarrying: place for the j brothers and all th3 brains c" the world are needed'here, i and with a human viewpoint govrrn- i 1 RS. K. VT. ROWELTv, wife of the Liberal leader In Ontario, has come Into considerable prominence throughout the Province since her husband was called upon-to assume the .leadership of the Provincial Opposition. Prior to Mr. Rowell's sutldon plunge into ac- tive politics, at the urgent request ot influential men of his party, Sire, lldwcll was' well known to a wide circle of active women workers in the City ot Toronto as an active and most useful participant in organized efforts to improve social and educa- tional conditions. To-day her reputa- tion as rt talented and energetic wo- j mail extends pretty well over the Pro- "virice, for she has actively seconded her'; husband in his crusade against the'bar, and has made it her business to interest various women's temper- ance organisations m it Mrs. -How- el! makes no effort to disguis'a her personal interest in politics, and, al- though she has not expressed bensyll definitely on the women's suffrage question, she has shown by actions speak more eloquently than words, that she believes it to be the duty oC women to keep themselves abreast of the timea in an intimate knowledge oC politics, to form their own opinions thereon, and to make their Influence felt In public life by urging their views upon the electors directly and through the medium of their women folk. Mrs. Rowe-11 took an active interest in the Ontario gen- eral elections last December, enlist- ing tho active co-operation of many men and in different parts of the Province on behalf of the candi- dates of her husband's party, and personally taking an active and even responsible part in the contest In Mr. RoweJl's own riding of North Oxford. In this kind of work Mrs. Uowell has the advantage ot being not merely a woman of great natural ability, but one of superior education. Her lather is the Rev. Dr. Alexander Langford, of Toronto, now superannuated, one of the most learned divines of the Methodist cnurcli in Canada, so that in her childhood she was accustomed j to an atmosphere of culture and learning. She is, moreover, a gradu- viewpoint being possible only when the mind both j the man and the man Is allowed full expression. "With less philan- thropy nnd moro fair play, one may And thouy; j reasonably more j root human world. His primal passion is pursuit! ate in arts "of Toronto'university.aml ever since her graduation she has kept up her reading1, and has taken an interest in educational matters. All matters pertaining1 to the highei education of woman have her active sympathy and support, and-one is not surprised to hear that she is an espe. cially active member of such Toronto organizations as tha Women i Cina ilitin Club, the Social'.Science Club; the University Women's Club, tho Women's Art and the Women's Historical Societj Th" daughter of a clergyman, she has from girlhood taken a great interest in Sunday school and, general church work. She is an active .worker in the Toronto member, of the executive of Coun- cil. Up to the time her husband as ruined the leadership cial, Lribeivd party v in Ontailo Mrs Rowell was so much church benevolent educational work that she had not much time lor what, for -want of a better term, we cull fashionable society; but she real, izes apparently that society has good claims upon the attention wives of public men, and she has lately, been seen much more frequently at fash ionable social functions than former- ly, and to the delight of Toronto so- ciety, for a woman of her ability and grace is no small acquisition. "Mrs. Rowell has been married since 1901, and has two children, a boy and.a girl, to she is much devoted, taking, personal, supervision of their early tuition, etc. Mrs. Rowell is a very bright and attractive conveisa- tionalist, and a self-possessed, clear, platform speaker. Queen Mary Very f" of Waltz Her Majesty Will Dance at the Approaching State I Balls ,1 T __ on TV Queen w ill j be seen s dancing "balls to be grvtn it Buck Mvill ?or 1> jToccT-J fcions Murj Majesty J has -_. arrangeU to1-' present "at Hii t numbei will bo- Kini, has been much Ulracted tn dancing but the ,dancing ei bo fpr'aarmen akeii'-uj) c ere the l bj tTiieji thePdancoJand touW itut matter steps in the waltz blnce takes partjm ijij thing: but quadihles re-sti sff tnitl-v'afc to iifacjthe cxpres i dancing m-vstd reaxi> for princ-fns Mar> and ibc jAYalea :ia irapklly becoming a' frrsl- class .sentliusiasm, j, it Pnive Albert ho lilto all on a InU floor Prince 'is "not _ Ho t ch Idren e i at t ID palace 01 "the. an trttmau. friend out her loti THE FISHERMAN By CLINTON SJO A MAXY men there be- that pro. Frt-e footed, Tvan'lering- to and fro Athwart God's open, sun-Stissed waj Their Jiwirta o'erbriniminjr with th praise all the v.-ildins things that are Bfcncath iho stiiadfast sun anrl slar And foremost of this it-ving clan I love the ardent fis'icrman! He carries HtLll within his breast An A fervor that may never lire, A flame unwavering, a t'talrc as Is Ihe dawn, That him on ever on; L he's fain of spoil, at T OH THOSE ANGELS HE Countess of Wai-wick, When, speaking in recently on the plumage question, confessed that for .several years slic hod Carefully avoided wearing either feathers or furw, she continued, "to what has come to my knowledge the hideous cruelty inflicted on animals jand blrda. H Is certainly a fact that ladies, who before wore tails ot Cur round their necks, arc now not happy unless they Jmve the whole beast spread out about them, and I have seen Indies walking about the West of London who were llleiul'y covered with akinai" His pulaus throb and thrill to feel The vibrant whirring his reel; Elation fills him when hu Kples Upon bis the gleaming prlza; Yot when tho. sunset urbcrs burn in twilglht's i-urplc urn, And hu no rcwar I tc show, I. 4 he dark browed and doleful? N< Another day, another Fortune -nay yield her fahlnlng show- er! Slill in his bosom bHns the luro As fixed its la the cy-irmiro. Tt. thn striving not the gain, That lifts HU to the loftltst piano; The qucsi, although we miss the goal, That stays tho' flbro ot the so And no, whnin'cr 1 love Hit ardent i" or York Kim, HARD CRITICISM OF WOMEN OF U.S. Max Nordau Calls Them Welcomed in; Europe by Fortune-Hunters. Pan's, May Nortlau, pcr{ haps the greatest of modern gists, Ms taken up the most difficult of all subjects, the American toomart abroad, heretofore avoided .toy pcan writers. the Jiinc number, of La Itevnc de Paris he indulges in the most scathing criticism of A.merff can women ever written. The article, which has attracted wide attention became of Professor "Vorcf cnce in his field, By MAX NORDAU. EVER since Dumas wrote American raen'liava figured innumerable timea in European plays, but you look vainly, for the- portrayal of the .American woman in' European literature.- Sha never Inspires our novelists '.or., weights who pass her by with indif- ference. Yet fibe Is everywhere among eho is found where lire is costly and whore Fashion's slaves foregather. She does not conceal her liking for Europeans, yet she- is never a wel- come guest except in the circle of fortune-hunters. She is Queen of Rue- do la Paix and of dressmaking salons, because she is not only con-- tent to buy, but distinguishes herself from elegant European women by paying for her dresses. j Musician and palmers court but independent 'people who. do expect any mo'netary profit, from her arc never attracted to her. She never succeeds in forming an Intellectual circle round her lior. doeaj she play any role in society except. that, of brutal opulence. j J Princess Lievcn, a Russian, ant! j PrincessSuelgiojoso, an Italian, under the July monarchy; Countess Montfjo, a Countess Castijjlione, co bv mum an'ltallan, under the Second m.Dnndon. a. Rus- de Fomar, a Scot- under.the Third Repub-j alii sought; after by French-' de. NaolHes, a hoi j offEreach poetry. Culture The Wcdrlinff of the Week in Europe iN WndnMiilny .Tune 10th, MJKK Hollo Wlilnni, nf ihft Unllnd HinlcH Mlnlnior to Iji-camc tlu: bride of Mr, Kcrmlt TtOOUCVClt. won uf cx-I'rcsidcnL Thcodurc Ilouuovclu you find numerous 'Am-' erlcan women holding places in society, solely on ac- count of their never find one like'.1 he Princess Lleven, or tho Countess this Btrikins phenomenon, is -because the American woman lacks culture, .Apparently America Is not capable oE giving it to her. She has a veneer of goodmanners and is perfect in horsemanship and winter sports, but a.t the bottom she remains a barbarian, who has not yet penetrated the profound KCIISO ot European civilization and our refine- ments of thought and sentiment. She has no culture, also, because American men tto not demand it ot her. They ask her to be pretty and jlegant, she must be admired so ho may be envied. She must fce one ot the-queens of the so-called smart it is her misfortune sho has ideals. Her only object in life is to pass her rivals. If another woman j possesses a seven-row pearl neck- j lace, she must have one ten tnuids. If another has a Cur cloak costing she must have one costing Such are her thoughts and ambi- tions. Her strongest sentiment, per- haps the only one, i-s sell-adoration. But it would be unjust to condemn her for this, because this cxcessivo self-love in systematically cultivated" In America. Her men folk build temples and al- tars for her like to a goddess, and one must be a veritable god to sup- port the incense and genuflexions and idolatry without becoming monstrous- ly conceited. Moves in Vicious Circles o HE condemns the American riiah to savagely piling up millions for her; he lays at her feet tho gold he extorts from the groaning masses. At the same Umo life expects her to mln- thelr union is limited to the domain of senses nnd vanity. Sometimes sho feels vaguely that life consists of something bcahlcti diamonds, dresses, and balls wllh cnko-wallis and turkey-trots. Hhebo- comcfl imffrnleful to the mini who ban rallied her abovo himself, and comas to No wonder novelists and piny- are not Interested In her. llow is wlie to Improve? She inovea in a vicious circle. She atrophied her heart and heart because American men expect noth- ing frH'tfu! for her, and llio reason 01' tliiK Is that slic has n'cvcir shown to him the beauty, nobility and salnttincflH of a life that la devot- ed to a superior ideal. Sovereign woman, the, VHHJM! ol man, not. given to Amorlcn re- fined culture, nnd tho cruel Irony oi! IhlH litiite of things Is H, noil even rendered Uiu woman ;