Politics Clipping from Boston Sunday Post, Sun, Mar 2, 1919.

Clipped from US, Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Sunday Post, March 2, 1919

IWHAT SUFFRAGISTHUSBANDSTHINKJAILED WIVES4 * I *GeorgeRoewer*ySays HeSees Nothing to WorryAboutand Wants Wifeto Serve Term Outjt . . i** ■ • • • , , . . . • JUy^i i i . ■ #§£§$/. - ' ' ,1.*, ilp;-Wvv. ..v.v.v---• ■ • ■ *wvI I ! t * *.» * . ......•■•••.lt;v\v*y»v-V'«MKmmBmmmB•••.*.v * _ ■. .mm ___'.V .'A',’-' •'- ...... . . ■ ...... .......Xvl-.v.v.- • • V.'Xv.•-•.*«•/ •.■■■ v-IvXv.v. HBKftc. 'v*' '•X •.t;Xvv ;• •'' S: i '•*V.V t • • 'MVi. , » . .' v* AvWWM*rAttorney George K. Roewer, Jr..whose wife is held in iail as a loiter-er, following the suffrage raid on Wilson parade day.*Mrs. George K. Roewer. Jr.. the last suffragist arrested by the Boston police at die State House to remain injail. Mrs. Roewer refuses to pay afine. t. • - *What do the husbands of the arrested militant suffragettes think about it?Did they like the idea of their wives “sticking it out in front of the State House in order to heckle President Wilson, or were they shocked?Here is the view of George Roewer, Jr., a prominent attorney of Boston, whose wife still languishes alone in Charles street jail out of “principle and because both she and her lawyer husband refuse to pay her hue.thatthepro-“ Peeved? repeated Mr. Roewer yesterday in answer to the Sunday Post reporter's query as to whether he felt any chagrin or vexation at his wife’s plight. “Not so you could notice it. Cn this question my wife and I stand pat, as we do, of course, on most other matters of equal or less importance.*'“Shocked? again ventured the interviewer. ‘“Not at all, answered the suave and experienced lawyer. “How could ! be when both my wife and 1 fuliv exoected—* 1— - - H ^what consequences would ensue after last Mondays 'demonstration' at the Capitol or, at least, were fully prepared for them. Then, resumed the attorney, you must remember that when besides agreeing with my wife on natters of female suffrage a man has at home a perfectly trustworthy and efficient pair of servants who will attend io the house, mind the kiddies, and cook the food, there is little room for him to be disgruntled over a little matter like his wife being in jail, especially when she wants to be there.Her Militancy NaturalAfterwards, when Mr. Roewer explained that Mrs. Roewer comes by bet militancy by right of heredity; that her grandfather on her mother's side. Louis Prang, late art publisher of Bosion,was expelled from Germany in IRIS because of activity in trying to establish a republic there; and that her grandfather on her father's side, Karl Hein-zrn, was an adherent rf tHe same revolution in that country at the same tune, the reporter was ready almost to subscribe to tlie attorney’s own words regarding the situation that “the objects to be achieved were well worth tlie ‘embarrassment* of jail. 1When the interviewer learned a little later on from Mr. Roewer that this same Heinzen was a militant abolition 1st in this country in pre-Civil war days,once being mobbed in Louisville, ivy..v. here he went to speak for the blackman's emancipation, and that loth the latter and Louis Prang had even in their days made ardent public appeals for the enfranchisement of women, that established the feeling in the mind of Mrs. Roewer. T V vSpeaking with almost jovial, yet sincere frankness, about his wife’s “predicament,** Attorney Roewer stated that there w^asrr4 even an element of of dis-I comfort 1n the entire situation except, perhaps, the occasional urging of veil-meaning friends who solicited him to p^y Mrs. Roewer’s fine or permit tnem to do so. When this was good-naturedly refused by the lawyer, said friends would engage immediately on topics of the wonderful late winter weather, or venture upon the question of home rule for Ireland, but never again on the precious contents of Charles street jail.“How about the children at home, Mr. Roewer; how do you *framdf the facts for them? the lawyer wras asked. I The latter has two pretty little boys. Louis, ago’3, and George E. 3d, age 5, who love their mamma much better perhaps than mamma loves the “cause.Fortunately,** the attorney answered, Pm pretty wrell taken care of in this respect, inasmuch as Mrs. Roewer lias had occasion to visit away from home more than once in the past and the children have learnel to accept rnich absences naturally and without questions. A little matter of seven lavs or so “visiting” won’t create any undue worry for the kiddies, that's certain, of course, mused the lawyer, “if itwere a much longer sentence* than it is ! might he in a very real hole for an exCUM for the children.Asked to state if he thought any good object was achieved for ihe suffrage i cause by ,its adherents making themselves liable to jail sentences ard serving them when given, Mr. Roewer lightly tohsed his head and responded; Certainly, jail in such instances is propaganda-pure and simple. That's all it ssaiddis-suf-theandsuf-conceded to be by the suffragists them-selves I imagine. And it's good and effective propaganda at that.”Agitation Led to VictoryHera Attorney Roewer declared it is accepted on all sides that constant agitation of the morer.ounced kind carried on in Washington and elsewhere in behalf of votes lor women was largely responsible for the carrying of the suffrage amendment in the State of New York, ft was perfectly logical, he said, for vote-uantirig fvpjnei} to inaugurate Uve. gamstactics In Massachusetts.• The puhlic ought to know,”Mr. Roewer. settling himself for a cussion of the merits of woman frage, ‘that the President of I nited States has written letters made speeches in favor of woman frage, and should feel the .necessity Oj shaping his acts likewise. Having taken a stand on the question favorable to suffrage, Mr. Wilson should go a step further and secure the one vote necessary to insure the passage of the suffrage amendment to the federal , Constitution. He has demonstrated ithat he can get any measure passed (through Congress that he wishes, as snown by the federal child labor’billLet him do as much for the suffrage bill. „Mr. Roewer slated that it wasn’t on he suffrage programme last Mondav to heckle the President, but rather to impress him with their objects by just standing along his line of march and silently carrying their banners in pro-test °f his “inactivity” in their behalf. The lawyer said, upon being asked i- the reporter, that at the time of his wifes arrest he felt no impulse to pay Aier fine, as it was already agreed between them that any jail emergency would be met without any fine paving or appeal of any kind. On this pointhe said as on every other touching the cause, he and Mrs. Roewer were “in perfect accord.”Much the same attitude towards his wife s arrest in the suffrage scoop last Monday was taken by w. L. shaw,b\man of Manches-better half, Mrs.look the trip to be on the job of!well-known businesster, N. H., whoseLois Warren Shaw,IOHton . especially to welcoming the PresidenrinTruesuffrage style. Mrs. Shaw was a guest at the Charles street jail for two nightsonly, a nasty” friend securing her release by paying her fine. She ishappily at honie, surrounded byhusband and five young children.Over the long distance telephone ter day, Air. Shaw said he didn't quite know what to think of it all-hadn't ouife made up his mind.Mixup (jot His M(ioatMnowheryes-asked the re-that want it. it should get“Relieve in suffrage?” porter.“Sure I do-for those All women who desire the vote. That’s rpy idea of the matter But about last ATonday’s mixup-thats sort of got my goat. At presentI m quite opinionless about it. I don’t know what to say.”“Any discord, discomfort, disgust or lt;'sdain on your part because of whathappened here Monday?” Mr. Shew wan asked.Not of any kind or description,came the answer, “and won’t he unless T find facts warranting them. In that case, chuckled Mr. Shaw, “well in that, case I don’t know what I’ll do! i ou see, 1 m pretty big, weigh over 200 pounds, and broad as T am tall. Still.T haven't given my wife any black eyes as yet, and the probabilities are that J won’t. Anyway, I’ll wait fur-11.or developments. Just now 1 can’t1 see where the girls did any harrfi orwrong, or acted unladylike—wife included, of course. No illegal or inconsistent tiling was done by them as fart as I can make out. Sure,” added Mr.ft haw, T may find out somethin# dif-feront about it. and then, again. I mav not. On the whole, 1 think not. That bx the way.” after a momentary re-f lection, ■ is just what i'm doing^ibout it.”.‘2V™ f ,fi that?” queried the reporter.I hiitktng not!” explained Mr. Shaw“It seems to me that you want a pretty high price for this parrot.”“But he was brought up in one of the most fashionable families.”How do you know?He always talks when ajiyone begins to sing.