"Mrs. Belmont Sends Coin," Oregonian, October 28, 1912, 1.





Mrs. Belmont Sends Coin

Famous New York Suffragist Joins
Everybody’s Suffrage League.

“Everybody’s Equal Suffrage League” grows and grows, and as it grows it spreads. Saturday there arrived at headquarters, the home of Dr. Esther Pohl-Lovejoy, a modest “two bits,” which was reclining in a coin card. It was from Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont, who thereby became one of the vice-presidents. For that sum everybody becomes a vice-president, for there is no other office and no rank and file. 

Mrs. Belmont had heard of the fame of this organization, and she wanted very much to become a member, and incidentally one vice-president out of the 600 which the league has garnered in within the three weeks of its existence. With her “quarter” came a letter wishing for the success of the cause in Oregon, and rejoicing that the prospects were bright.

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"Suffrage Play Pleases," Oregonian, October 27, 1912, 12.






Bungalow Theater Crowded to Witness “How the Vote was Won.”

Seating capacity at the Bungalow Theater was at a premium Friday night on the occasion of the presentation of the suffrage play, “How the Vote was Won,” by a company of amateur actors and actresses under the direction of Mrs. Emma W. Gillespie. The first half of the programme was devoted to music and recitals, grave and gay, chiefly gay.
Miss Emma Wold, president of the College Equal Suffrage League, the society in the charge of the evening, presided. Mrs. Sara Bard Field Ehrgott related the story of the death of a little child, whose mother was known to Jane Addams, the case being the one which, of all that had come under her notice, was the most pathetic, in mind of the great woman worker and the one which most illustrated the need for equal suffrage. Mrs. Helen Miller Senn gave her recitation, the comedy of the “Anti-Suffrage Woman,” with telling effect and with real dramatic talent, and she later recited some verses of her own composition in regard to Oregon women, the need of the ballot, and what they would do to make home the real home when they had it.
Then came the play, a story of how to win the vote and the mere male at the same time. Briefly the idea was that a husband and a wife, both hating the idea of suffrage, have their home invaded by every possible relation of the former, all of whom demand support from him, or failing this, declare they will take refuge in the workhouse, as they have gone on strike.
They relate how they were told they were unsexing themselves when they wanted to earn their own living rather than be dependent upon their nearest male relation, who, by law, was bound to support them if possible. And then, when they refused to work any longer, mere man was the first to see the justice of the demand to have a say in the business to which they belonged. In the end, of course, husband is first to demand that woman shall have the ballot.

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"Suffrage is Debated," Oregonian, October 26, 1912, 4.





SUFFRAGE IS DEBATED / LINCOLN HIGH SCENE OF INTERESTING ARGUMENT./ Colonel Robert A. Miller Upholds Right of Women to Vote and Judge Corliss Opposes.

The women who don’t want to vote and the women who do each heard their sentiments voiced by their chosen champions at the Lincoln High School last night, when Colonel Robert A. Miller, for the Oregon Equal Suffrage League, and Judge Guy C. H. Corliss, for the State Association Opposed to Equal Suffrage, met in debate. Retainers of both sides of the question were out in force, and the auditorium was nearly filled. The audience was generous in applause, and both speakers, as they concluded their arguments, were given prolonged salvos of appreciation.
Judge Corliss maintained that while women may have a right to vote from a moral standpoint, the granting of equal suffrage would not end to simplify the solution of present political problems, but would add that, much to her duties without benefitting her or the body politic in the least.
“Suffrage is not a question of right at all,” said the speaker. “It is a question of expediency alone. It is a question of whether granting of the ballot will or will not facilitate the business of Government.” Throughout his address Judge Corliss maintained that equal suffrage would involve rather than simplify governmental matters.
Arguing that woman is entitled to the ballot not only as a moral, but as a political and economic right, Colonel Miller made an impassioned plea for the adoption of the equal suffrage amendment in Oregon.
“Women want no privileges that men do not possess,” he declared. “It is simply a matter of justice. Whether women want to vote or not, and my opponent declares that they don’t, is beside the question. I believe that they do want to vote, but they should have the right to vote whether they want to use it or not, the same as men.”
Colonel Miller ridiculed the idea that the possession of the privilege of the ballot will tend to mar the spiritual nature of woman. He declared that women will not be soiled by plunging into the pool of politics, and maintained that the feminine opponents of equals suffrage, by their activity in the present campaign, had either refuted their own logic or else had already suffered the taint that they asserted would ensue in case the amendment carried.
Colonel C. E. S. Wood argued for the election of Woodrow Wilson.

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"Deny Liquor Men Issued Pamphlets," Salem Daily Capital Journal, October 25, 1912, 1.



Deny Liquor Men Issued Pamphlets

The following self-explanatory letter of denial has been received by The Capital Journal, accompanied by a request for publication, from the Oregon State Association on opposed to the Extension of Suffrage to Women:

The Oregon State Association opposed to the Extension of Suffrage to Women wishes to deny statements made last Monday at the W. C. T. U. convention, when, according to press reports, it was announced from the platform that the liquor Interests were circulating thousands of copies of a pamphlet of which Rev. Clarence True
Wilson is the author. That pamphlet is issued by and bear the name of the Oregon State Association Opposed to the Extension of the Suffrage to so that the statement that it was issued by any other person or organization was a gratuitous fabrication, and known to be such by all persons making it.

“It has become the fashion for suffragists to attribute all their defeats to the ‘liquor men.” This has been the cry In Ohio, and, after the successive majorities rolled up against them, in Oregon. As a matetr of fact, not one of the six suffrage states has prohibition, and in a recent map published by the national W. C. T. U., Oregon stands out conspicuously dry among the surrounding wet and suffrage states.

Dr. Wilson’s pamphlet is a valued part of the organized protest against the imposition of woman suffrage upon the women of Oregon, a protest which Is signed and sent out by the following women of the association:
“Mrs. J. F. Bailey, president; Miss Failing, first vice-president; Mrs. R.W. Wilbur, second vice-president; Mrs. Wallace McCamant, treasurer; Mrs. Eleanor Gille, secretary; Mrs. H. W. Corbett, Mrs. A. K. Rockey, Mrs. C. H. Lewis, Mrs. David Loring, Mrs. J. B. Montgomery, Mrs. W. C. Alvord, Mrs. Gordon Voorhies, Mrs. R. W. Lewis, Mrs. James N. Davis, Mrs. Alma D. Katz, Mrs. S. T. Hamilton, Mrs. Herbert Holman, Mrs. C. A. Johns, Baker; Mrs. J. H. Templeton, Prineville; Miss Bush, Salem; Mrs. W. I. Vawter, Medford; Mrs. Elizabeth Vockey, Ashland; executive committee Mrs. E.H. Shephard, Hood River;  Mrs. A. J. Richardson, Joseph; Mrs. J. M. Connell, Miss Rita Alderman, Falls City; Mrs. M. K. McFarland, Airlie; Mrs. F. B. Harlow, Troutdale; Mrs. George T. Flavel, Astoria; Mrs. W. S. McFadden, Corvallls; Mrs. Dun O’Neill, Oregon City; Miss Emily Loveridge; superintendent Good Samaritan hospital, Portland.

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"Free Play is Announced," Oregonian, October 25, 1912, 25.






Suffragists to Present “How the Vote Was Won” Tonight.

A play staged under the direction of a professional dramatic coach at the Bungalow Theater, free of any charge or collection, and to which people are asked to come, such is the unusual feature of the entertainment provided for the public by the College Equal Suffrage League, which has arranged for the presentation of the suffrage play, “How the Vote Was Won,” commencing at 8 o’clock tonight. Other attractions, all of a humorous nature, with the exception of an address by Mrs. Sara Bard Field Ehrgott, will be given in addition.
The musical part of the programme is in charge of Mrs. Frederick Olsen, while readings will be given by Miss Charlotte Banfield,  Mrs. Helen Miller Senn and Walter Gillard.
The play itself, which is an English one, produced at one of the London theaters, and which has been given in all parts if the United States, is staged by Mrs. Emma Watson Gillespie, who has picked a company, all of whom have given the play in various suburbs.
The cast is composed of the following:
Horace Cole, a clerk, Blaine Peabody; Ethel his wife, Miss Maud Hollinger; Winfred her sister, Mrs. Lou Ellen Cornell; Agatha his sister, Mrs. Lillian Downing; Molly his niece, Miss Opal Hedrick; Mme. Christine his distant relative, Mrs. Pearl Lotspeick; Maudie Spark his first cousin, Miss Echo Zahl; Miss Lizzie Wilkins his aunt, Mrs. Maud Johnson; Lily his maid of all work, Miss Carol Mitchell; Gerald Williams his neighbor, Walter Gillard.

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