"End of the Suffrage Campaign Part 1," Salem Daily Capital Journal, November 04, 1912, 1.
End of the Suffrage Campaign
A Splendid Banquet at the Marion Hotel Saturday Night Ends a Probably Successful Suffrage Battle
With every person on the program, no matter what his or her subject, giving expression favorable to woman suffrage, the biggest and most spirited meeting of the campaign season for the purpose of promoting the suffrage movement was held in the dining room of the Marion hotel Saturday night. A total of nearly 20 numbers made up the program, and while there were several speakers who were expected to be present who did not arrive, their places were well filled by others who were present, notwithstanding that most of them were called upon unawares and spoke extemporaneously.
Much to the disappointment of those who had charge of the gathering, Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe, of Portland, president of the Oregon Equal Suffrage League, and her husband, who was also scheduled for an address, were not present. Mrs. Therkelson, of Portland, presided in the absence of Mrs. Coe.
Judge Peter D’Arcy was introduced by the chairman as toastmaster of the occasion and introduced all of the speakers and the musicians. With his ready fund of humor and his grasp of the best quotations in English literature, Judge D’Arcy served admirably in the capacity for which he was chosen. His repartee with some of the speakers, particularly Col. “Bob” Miller and Edith Tozler-Wetherred contributed to the spirit of the meeting.
Manager Crowe’s perfect dining room organization resulted in the courses being served without confusion and the menu was one long to be remembered.
Among those who were booked on the program, but who were unable to be present, were Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy, Dr. and Mrs. Henry Waldo Coe, all of Portland, Mrs. Kate Bridwell, of California and Mrs. Ruth B. Ridges and Miss Caroline Fenton, of Minneapolis. All communicated their regrets by letter or by telegram.
Mayor Welcomes Guests.
In his usual laconic but catchy manner, Mayor Louis Lachmund extended words of welcome to the guests. He mentioned the incoming of the equal suffrage spirit in Salem as a part of the general awakening from the Rip Van Winkle period of the community. He said that Salem is a city of doors that swing both ways and that people boosting the equal suffrage movement are welcome at any time.
In the absence of Governor West, A. F. Hofer, secretary of the Board of Trade, spoke briefly. Mr. Hofer said that Governor West was ardent in his support of equal suffrage – and some other things, hinting that the executive is good at the game of making two votes grow where but one grew before. Secretary Hofer said he had never fooled much with the question of woman suffrage and didn’t know just where it was loaded. However, he expressed himself in favor of the move and said that he had no doubt that it would win in the end and that all would be better men and better women as a result.
The remainder of the speakers and their subjects were as follows:
Julius W. Knispell, Portland, “The Socialist Pary;” Mrs. Olive England Enright, Salem, “Suffrage Poem;” Merwin E. Paget, Salem, “The Prohibition Party;” Edith Tozier-Wetherred Tacoma, “Good Roads;” Judge William Galloway, “The Democratic Party;” Dr. B.L. Steeves, Salem, “What I Will Do When I Become Mayor;” Col. E. Hofer, Salem, “Home Industries;” Walter L. Tooze, Salem, “Progressive Women;” Mes. Edith Kellog Bartlett, Salem, “The Infringement of the Sex;” Thomas B. Kay, Salem, “The Republican Party;” Robert A. Miller, Portland, “Political Equality;” Fred S. Bynon, Salem, “Political Potpourri.”
The paper on “Political Potpourri,” by Fred S. Bynon, written after the fashion of Mr. Dooley, was one of the cleverest numbers on the program, containing many local hits and thrusts of a pungent nature.
The subject of “The Infringement of the Sex,” handled by Edith Kellog Bartlett, was extremely clever, the theme being largely a study of economic conditions, delivered in a humorous and dramatic manner.
The vocal numbers rendered by Mrs. Hallie Parrish Hinges were received with the usual applause and the singer responded to encores each time. The orchestra directed by H. N. Stoudenmeyer, contributed much to the delection of all, rounding out and completing a perfect program.
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