Baltimore Evening Sun (20 February 1914): 6.
A pious critic, characteristically anonymous, in the Letter Column:
Furthermore, the Free Lance’s journalistic position makes more exasperating his boyishness in inventing frivolous titles, etc., for men who have dedicated their lives to the service of God.
For example, the Hon. Sunday-school Field, LL. D., president of the Sunday-school Trust.
Those members of the Legislature who oppose the woman suffrage amendment because of the endless program of crazy “reforms” advocated by the suffragettes do a serious injustice to women in general. The suffragettes, true enough, are a wild lot, and if they had their way all the orderly processes of government would be sacrificed to the armed pursuit of what Dr. Hooker calls the “strictly male” by baffled and vengeful old maids, but they will never get their way, and least of all with women voting. There is, indeed, no severer critic of the man-eating suffragette than the normal woman. This normal woman is attractive to men largely because of her sound common sense, and she would be a useful voter for the same reason.
In order to show graphically how little civilization has to fear from the woman voter, I have drawn up the following table. In the first column you will find a list of the States and Territories. In the second and third columns those that have succumbed to the “moral” bosh of the moment are indicated. I have chosen, as good examples of that bosh, (a) the Kenyon law for the hounding of prostitutes, and (b) prohibition. An X indicates that a State has succumbed. And in the fourth column I have marked off those States that have woman suffrage. So:
Kenyon Pro- Woman State. Law. hibition. Suffrage. Alabama Alaska X Arizona X Arkansas X California X X Colorado X Connecticut Delaware X District of Columbia X Florida Georgia X Hawaii Idaho X Illinois X Indiana Iowa X Kansas X X X Kentucky Louisiana Maine X Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minneapolis X Mississippi X Missouri Montana Nebraska X Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina X North Dakota X Ohio Oklahoma X Oregon X Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota X Tennessee X Texas Utah X X Vermont Virginia Washington X X West Virginia X Wisconsin X Wyoming X
Totals 10 10 11
By this table it appears clearly that woman suffrage is by no means synonymous with perunaism. Of the 11 States in which women vote, but 4 have adopted the Kenyon law and but 1 is under prohibition, and in the case of the latter--Kansas, to wit--prohibition was adopted fully 30 years before women voted. In the prize suffrage State of Colorado, where women have voted since 1893, a prohibition amendment was defeated in 1912 by 40,000 majority, and all of the cities of the State are wet. In Wyoming, where women have voted since 1869, 66 per cent. of the population still live in wet territory. In Utah, a suffrage State since 1896, the proportion is 67 per cent. In Washington it is 58 per cent. In Oregon, despite campaigns of unexampled ferocity, it is 66 per cent. And much of the so-called dry area of every one of these States lies in national parks or Indian reservations, which are dry by Federal statute, and without the consent of the local voters.
No need to say that herculean efforts have been made to carry prohibition in all of the woman suffrage States, but in not a single one of them has the enterprise come to success. And of the four suffrage States that have adopted the imbecile Kenyon law but two have adopted it since granting women the vote. No more is needed, I think, to prove that the woman voter is anything but a willing tool of the suffragettish Munyons. Her influence, on the contrary, is almost always thrown against such quacks and their quackeries. The moment she gets the vote their power to threaten and browbeat the Legislature and the voters begins to decline.
Twenty cents cash for the name and address of a suffragette who can think of the Gore verdict without gnashing her teeth or speak of it without swearing.
My learned friend, the Rev. Dr. C. D. Harris, announces in the current Baltimore Southern Methodist that he is in favor of giving me apace in that able paper to answer his late attacks upon my exegesis. He desires, however, to submit the matter to his directors before deciding, and I await with confidence the verdict of these worthy men. The conditions I make are all in Dr. Harris’ favor, to wit:
- He is to have the privilege of editing my defense to his taste, changing what he pleases and suppressing what he pleases.
- I engage to make no complaint against any such changes, either in public or in private.
- The copyright in the article, including the book, stage and moving picture rights and the right of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian, is to be vested in the Southern Methodist Publishing Company, a body corporate.
- In case this company, through its agents, grants the permission to reprint this article, or any part of it, in The Evening Sun, it is to be reprinted exactly as edited by Dr. Harris, still without any reference to his elisions, if any.
I am to have no further access to the columns of the Southern Methodist, nor am I to apply for it, or to complain about not getting it.
your fiancée to see “Damaged Goods”! Avoid the wine cup!
With the courts all against them, the ex-Sheriffs still hang on to the money! Volunteers to kiss the goddess of justice! For President of the United States in 1916: The Hon. Thomas Pryor Gore, B. L., of Lawton, Okla.