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James, Ada Lois, 1876-1952 / Ada James papers, correspondence, 1912, Dec. 24-31, [1912]
Wis Mss OP, Box 17, Folder 4 ([unpublished])

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Gladstone, addressing the British Parliament many
years ago, said: "All who live in a country should take an inter-
est in that country, love that country, anid the vote gives that
sense of interest, fosters that love.' This is exactly what is
claimed by advocates of equal suffrage.
The Senate inquiry has brought out the fact that the
votes which elected U. S. Senator SIephenson of Wisconsin cost
$3.48 apiece. In the recent New York primaries, according to
the filed accounts, the votes for Roosevelt came to $3.50 each.
In Los Angeles the party managers have always figured on $2.38 a
vote. At its last city election the Women's Campaign Committee
succeeded in polling toe votes of over 80,000 women at a cost of
fifteen cents apiece. These figures prove that the extension
of the franchise to women does not "double election expenses.'
Kansas last week held the most successful woman suf-
frage convention in the history of the State. Mrs. Johnston,
wife of the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, presided,
and Rev. Olympia Brown of- Wisconsin and MXiss Jane Addams of Hull
Rouse, Chicago, were the principle speakers. Mrs. Johnston re-
ported that within the last month a Men's League for Woman Suf-
frage had been organized in the State, including members of Con-
gress, candidates for both branches of that body, State officers
and candidates for Stateoffices, jiudges and candidates for
places on the Supreme and District benches, as Vwell as many of
the most prominent businessmen of the State. The Kansas Federa-
tion of Labor unanimously endorsed the measure at its recent
World-wide attention is centered upon Ohio this year,
as it was on California in 1911. The National suffrage head-
quarters in New York are besieged with inquiries from the remot-
est sections of the globe relative to the prospects for the po-
litical enfranchisement of Ohio women.
The executive committee of the lMichigan Grange, in
session last week, strongly endorsed the proposed woman suffrage
amendment to the State constitution. This organization has a
membership of 60,000 and wields an enormous influence in State
Both the Republican and Democratic conventions of Penn-
sylvania have passed resolutions in favor of submitting the
question of woman suffrage to the electors of the State under
the initiative and referendum.
At Franklin, N. H., the Board of Trade changed its May
program and held a woman suffrage meeting instead of the assem-
blage of delegations from neighboring towns as formerly planned.
Realizing the importance of the woman suffrage question in New
Hampshire and the wide-spread interest in the movement, the Eoard
of Trade decided to place this topic on its program and Profess-
or George R. Wicker, of the Department of Economics at Dartmouth
College, was the speaker selected for the event.

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