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Work of the Los Angeles Biennial Reviewed v 1 1 L- . f Til 1.1 .,n r, . .. , j.. a .j . .n r,f . H . I I .-n-r.il K'"lraii'in of Woman's an 'I the color question have been adjusted anl In spite of the dire predictions of the last two, th" 0nMl Federation of Woman Mih s'ands tr l" to Us motto, Imty In Divinity," the. sponger for Its difference., anl represent ing the interes a of 27. of the cultured, educated women of Amrica, whose one ob J.'. t la the elevation of mankind. To the 1 1 ,00 women who were privileged to attend the Los Angeles meeting anl participate In Its aclon and to the equal number that witnessed the proceedings of that assembly the dignified. Intelligent dis position of the perplexing questions that came before it must not only prove the privileges that attend membership In inch a body, but the great responsibility as well. Jn point of attendance the convention far exceeded any of the previous meetings, In spite of the fact that It was held lo the far corner of the country, everything prov ing that the hundreds of delegates who made the long Journey across the conti nent were actuated by a keen, conscien tious anxiety for the best Interests of the Federation rather than the advancement of any sectional or factional Interests or the benefits or pleasure to be derived from the trip to that region so Justly famed for Its climate, Its hospitality and the gifts that nature has lavished upon It. The club movement Is no longer an ex periment or a novelty, but has established Its plate as one of the Important factors In modern affairs nnd I's biennials, perhaps more than anything else, attest the prog ress It has made. Having established Its obligations ns well as Its privileged. Its meetings call for the best, mo painstak ing effort of the most earnest workers, having so sifted from Its ranks the shal low and superficial and evolving women capable of bearing the high responsibility that rests upon them. In these women more than any other particular did the sixth biennial excel. trend nnd slympiiMirMc. There was the utter lack of narrowness and exoluslvencss that has previously been no perceptible and that Increase of cour tesy, sympathy and broadening to the right and views of others that Is the true basis of mutual helpfulness. The Federation pin or the delegate's badge sufficed for the In troduction of all In their assurance of a mu tual Interest, whether their wearers repre sonted the wealthy limited association of eastern col leg" w omen, artists or literary women, or the struggling little club of fanners' wives from the obscure district, bunded together In the Interest of house hold economic, the woman of advantages mid her less fortunnte sister Htaridlng to gether as slHters Indeed fur the uplift of I. u run ii It y under the banner of a common state. Ijist, but by tin mentis leant, there was ho absence of Jewels nnd gorgeous cos tuming that has previously robbed the bi ennial of ro much of Its seriousness, and of the helpfulness of the not Infrequently su perior Ideas of the tlmld woman who shrank from the comparison of her neat but Inex pensive gown with the Imported creation worn by her Jewel bedecked sisters. There wns nn evident respect for the II I tuns of things, and while few assemblies of women Includo the represents! Ives of greater wealth or social position, their gowns were 1 I - I - - - ? I MISS I)t ISA It F'OF'F'EN'FIEIM, CHAR LESTON. S C, CORRESPONDING SECRETARY, O F. W. C. rich In material rather than In showlnos and consistent with the occasion. Th rule, of removing ha's was another step in the right direction, and greatly facilitated the huniniws of the n rn til y . This same prog ress was evidenced throughout the social s do of the convention. Th- soial func tions whi' h have j , r v i f 1 1 s I y been one of the features of the nice" ing were a second ary consideration with the majority of th" women, and aside from th" official recep tion given on the evening of the opening clay to th veiling women by the members of the local biennial board at the splendid club house of the Friday Morning club there was no other general formal gather ing To be sure there were brilliant re ceptions at the various hotels on the even Ing before the opening, but they were In formal affairs fif'er all, sort of reunions where the state presidents came In touch with other members of their delegation and with each other, where the women attend ing the biennial for the first time learned win wns who and. Incidentally, the woman wl h ambition gauged t In strength and pop ularity of other women. As for the recep tions to the different states and the dinner parties nnd luncheons that hospitable peo ple have previously Insisted upon giving, regardless of business meetings, important programs or anything clue save their own convenience, they were bopeli-ssly in III' minority and so evidently unpopular as to encourage the belief that within the next biennial period the occasion ami real ob ject of the biennial will be so generally un derstood ami respected as to eliminate this variety of entertalntnt tit from the hospital ity of the hostess city and enable the con vention to attend to Its affairs with the proper voting representation present. In the character of the other entertain ment innldel the visiting women the peo ple of Los Angeles nre to ln congratulated. Fiesta d" les Flores. the splendid floral pageant of the I'neltle coast, was at once dellgh'ful and bewildering fo the vis itors, the special courtesy to the clu'.i women being the provision in the parade for their president, Mrs. Heberea Douglas Lowe, vho rode with Miss Fremont, the MRS .IWIKS TION CITY, HOARD OF W. C. Fll MF'FIREY. Jl'.NC Kan . MEMFtKR OF DIRECTORS, O F. daughter of the "F'athfinder." In a flower trimmed vehicle th.it claimed the first ad miration and applause of the onlookers an l. as one of the women has so happily ex pressed it, typified the two great branches of women, the one the pioneers that made their advancement possible, and the other that advan" 'merit i'self. The day at Ixmg Fleach and at I'asad na furnished the resl and recreation especlilly appreciated and enjoyed af'er the close at tention to the week's program and con tributed another measure of lnstructl n to the ever observing and absorbing woman, rnixmm Hnrf f nthnllc. In point of Interesting proeram It can scarcely be said that the Sixth lllerinial so fur excelled I lie- one preceding It. The speakers were not ns generally from among the (lub women themselves but while their papers nn I address's were none the I m directed to club women, their subjects and Interests indicated that broadening tend ency, the great feature of th" club move ment, that bns expanded to include the Interests of the whole world The educa tional and Industrial cessions showed the achievements cf women along the lines of Improvement perhaps more than the others, because It has been to the betterment of thise conditions more than any other that organized effort has been applied. The art, literature and music sessions were of the highest order of excellence, while the civic, forestry, auduhon and programs on travel ing libraries and art collections Illustrated the growth of that desire to share and extend all that Is good, beautiful and up lifting. While tin re was no proeram wholly devoted to Household Economics, one of the most enthusiastically received papers was (hat presented by Mrs. Linda Hu'l harried, president of the National House hold Economics association, In which she set forth the aims and attainments of that organiznt Ion. The Civil Service ncfnrtn program was something of an Innovation, but after all only a natural sequence to the Investiga tions and revelations that have been th outgrowth cf the experience of women's ( rimnlat Ions In their e (Tort to secure the MFtf! EMMA A FOX. DETROIT, Mich , SECOND VICR PRESIDENT, O. F. W. C. bcttermet.t of educational. Industrial or almost any other conditions Realizing their handicap as a disfranchised class, the women have set about in a less aggressive way to attain success as well as to deserve if by awakening the members of th Gen eral Federation to the condi'lons that ex ist and the ne(fssity of their Influence In overcoming thm; to educate the women to their possibilities and responsibilities, and to demonstrate to the world their abil ity to bear their share In an equal part nership of affairs. Ilnalnesa fteaslona Kieel. It was for Its business sessions, however, that the Sixth Itiennial was most remark able. Confronted by the first really diffi cult problems that had ever come before It each supported by a determined faction, there was general apprehension as to the outcome but these two issues were met and adjusted, the defeated ones accepting the will of the majority in a manner that proved the unselfishness of their effort. Numerous plans and propositions had been Informally proposed In the hope that something might be found as a substitute to avert the trouble feared from allowing the Massachusetts and (Georgia proposi tions to come before the house, but these were with one exception, all lost sight of ami the compromise plan as supported by tleorgia, which Included the settlement of the color question, was presented for lh" acceptance or rejection of the convention, upon motion of Mrs. fSranger, president of the (ienrgla Federation. It reads: "From a state where a dub Is a member of the state federation It would also be eligible to the (Jeneral Federation, If recommended to its executive board by the executive board of the State Federa tion, the power of admission to remain, as given In article II of the bylaws." The substitute amendments that were proposed Indicated various shad s of compromise, but In the carrying of (he original motion by nn overwhelming majority the real feel ing of the (ieneral Federation was mani fested So sure were the women of this that little apprehension was felt when neit day. by courtesy of the house. Miss Line Addams of Hail house, Chicago, ' the host lovd woman in the convention. " w.n allowed to ropen the discussion by pro posing an amendment that, would make the rejection of any club applying for mem her-ihip dependent upon a : hre-fif "ha in-s-ead of a unanimous vote of the member--hip commifew. This motion failed also, leaving f politically impossih!'1 for any i lub of colored women to be admitted to the General Fder;it.nn. In view of th compromise between Mass achusetts and Georgia reorganisation proved a minor Isue and nothing was dine about it. Mutters Not I ntlfrtlimil. if all the ma'trs that came before the meeting that of th new charter was the most confusing and least understood. Its provision that the Federation's head'iuar ers should be at Washington, D. C. mls-1-d many to believe that that would neces sitate holding the meetings there as well, anil the shelving of the matter was a relief to the majority. There was also gome confusion regard ing the Louisiana purchase memorial, the council deciding at the close of the meet ing that a sum not to exceed $00 should tie taken from the General Federation treas ury and used in the erection of a tablet at St. Ixviis as the permanent memorial of the Federation, which does away with all prospect of a clubhouse as such a me morial. The failure of the attempt to reduce the annual per capita dues from 10 to 5 cen's anil the dues of local federations from SI to 3.1 cents secures to the Federation the substantial financial basis upon which It stands, with liberal funds for fu'ure use fulness. In the election of Its officers the or ganization again illustrated its outgrowing of all narrowness. The struggle of the supporters of Mrs. Decker for her election and, upon their defeat, their hearty trans fer of allegiance to Mrs. Denieon, was proof and assurance of the loyal support of which they are capable' and a guarantee that they will co-operate with their presi dent and assist her In "preserving in the midst of sordid Influences our high Ideals, our spirituality, and In all our work not to lose sight of the fact that we are to bring the world up to us, we are not to go down to It," as she expressed It in her address after her election. Pimm For the Future. In spite of the criticism of those who opposed the adoption of Mrs. Emma Fox's parliamentary rules for women, as the au thority of the Federation, the largo vote In their favor attests the majority that would secure to the organization the opin ions of the woman who, In (he capacity of recording secretary, has been so largely responsible for the rulings of the fifth anil sixth biennials. The decision to secure for future meet lugs the services of a profes sional reader to make all necessary an nouncements nnd readings will greatly fa cilitate the business of the convention and do away with much of the confusion and misunderstanding that has arisen from so many being unable to hear. With so much of which to be proud It was fitting that among Its closing acts the largest convention of the General Federa tion Rhould be the adoption of a resolution that during the coming biennial period the special effort of the Federation should be devoted to the betterment of the industrial conditions of women and girls. Episodes and Incidents in the Lives of Noted People . ... .1 i.... 11-1111..... ft! a ISII1K1 ureoill llie mm tiiiiimi aX I Evarts which Is believed new to 1 - . 1 .11 .. A .i..t ft 1 ..I 1.. prior is miu oy vuinu ii. joum--ln his ' 'Meditations of an Auto graph Collector," JURt published. H Is that on one of his later anniversaries Senator Hoar wrote to Evarts rongratulat -lug him on his length of years, and the old lawyer replied that he reminded himself of the old lady who, arriving at her thirteenth page, asked her correspondent, "Please ex cuse my longevity." Speaking of the late K. 1 Godkln's r a 1 lneS4 to stand en the side that was un ponulir If he believed it was r ght nnd fight a losing battle to the cud. the New Yoik World says: "Some of his views weie wld ly itnipprcved anl in o-inslons he stntel thtm with some d g !' of in'o'ei anic but he held thi'tn nil hotvst' ' !n man who attempts t Influence public thought nnd opinion can nnyihing mute honor ible bo said " - - - - Durlt g the font li e n yeius Amos J. Cum tilings v as in congress his w eekly letters on public men and measures added greatly to his personal popularity. Mr. Cummlnus always gloried In being a "reporter" nu I resented bi'lng styled a "Journalist." It was his aim never to Indulge In pe-son:i:i ties la'culated to give offence or to Inrl it unnecessary wounds upon those persons who figured In his stories of connritslon il life. He was "Amos" to everybody in pub lic life In Washington, from the president down to the humblest i ni:oe around t he capltol. In his letters he brought into liomtt eni e the haracterlstii s of certain m- n who might have lingered In congress for years without attracting attention A writer in Chambers" Journal nlat.s some cha rac! eristic anecdotes of Lord Hea consfleld (Disraeli), whodcniiy loved a Joke at he expense of others An author who bad sent hi latest effort In fiction to him leeched the following complimentary ac know ledgment : "I thank you for the book you sent me, and will lose no time in reading It." "1 wonder what makes my eyes so weak?" u fierce radical once said to Disraeli. " It Is because they are In a weak place," was the reply. An Incident In the life of the late Lord Itosslyn shows how acute was the sense of humor In Disraeli. "What can we do with Itosslyn?" he asked of a colleague. "Make him muster of the huckhonnds, as h s father was." suggested the latter. "No." replied the premier, "he swears tar too much for that. We will make him high commissioner to the Church of Scot land "" One of the handsomest men in New York n George Morgan, to whom more than to any other person Is dm the popularity of polo In the east. He was "dDeovere I" s me twenty six -nrs ago In California by .lames Gordon llenriett, who saw him perform some wonderful feats In the saddle. Then and there the millionaire newspaper owner en gag' d Morgan at a fabulous salary to buy P lo ponies for him and go to New York to teach lletinctt's friends how to ride In the tame. Morgan has been then ever since. -- - ".lolin .1 Smith." says the Huston Tran script, "is the oldest living negro Free Mason In this country. In age and In serv ice. He Is the only living tiieinln-r of Afrl i nn lodge. Free and Accepted Masons, from which all the regular negrv lodges of Ma sons in ibis country draw their authority He is a thirty-third degree Mason and ha served in about all of the offices from ihe first to that degree in Masonry He is also, with the exception of George T. Downing of Newport, H 1, the oldest living negro Odd Fellow, In age and service, In the coun try He Is one of the oldest members of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church In North Russell street." ' Paul Leicester Ford." sns th. Philadel phia Record, "was quite a familiar figure in Philadelphia when he was gathering ma telial f.ir his biographical winks dealing with the lives of Washington and Franklin Much of his research was accomplished In the rooms of the Historical Society of Penn sylvania, at Thirteenth and Locust streets, nnd there he delved Into musty documents early nm! late, seeming Indefatigable In his labors. He had a Hole d-sk reserve.) for bis own us-' on the Thirteenth street s ,e of the building, where the light was lest, anl there the pa h'tii- but eager figure of the l itle hunchback could to seen every day f..r scw ral wie-Us. poring over the r ord and copying notes with an apparently tirelos eiilgy. He lived very qui.lv h-re anl made f, w friends, t ut manv f 1 1 i. n i i of the Historical society's build. riv will re. all the crouched up little man working away In the corner." biogiaphv of Marshal Car.rolert bus been published ttienilv in Paris Not the least iim-rei ing part of the w.rk us th.M which refer to the e x-nnii r erv pop ,Ur demonstrations iha n irk- l 'h v.-i- f the late ( leen , ior a to the f'rer,. h ispltal Wbn the Kr.gl h .ierei(i with her ceinsert and heir vicr,' ., ir, r, : elc j io look upon the tomb of f.olw.n the si ene was one whuh en- io l,n gc-i I. impressed the rnirb,l vt.r, r h , a -U r i ' It : ' Kv e-r V t 'el f pi' f'.'.r.'i '. r....V'd V -V a word v h ok r. K-. r, -.. r. Ing at the (,ffin t, l ' ,r, i,, I'rinie it.ert tm ie, fr r, or tt.t r, r.. red uniform of Tell ir.tni, i m h 1. Ie.e.d the q.. en r.d f.. f. g Hi A h'-t wss the pr,ri' of Wm 'r.t' in , a Highland cistiime wi'h his velvet coat, his purse of fur an'l the kilt; at the right was the Prime Mathilde, whose features, so pure, standing out In the light of torches, recalled so vividly the features of her uncle. After a moment's pause of redhvtion, of ab solute sileni e, the quee n, with an expression en her face of severity, calmness and medi tation, turned to the prince of Wales and placing her hands on his shoulder said: 'Go down on your knees before the tomb of the great Napoleon." It was a very fine exhibi tion of keen political tact, as well as of fine human feeling on the part of the queen ' - - The t h. n Charles nm OTonor, better known The O Tonor Don, who was M years oil on May 7, would be the legiti mist claimant to the Irish throne were there one He claims to be able to trace bis lineage in unbroken sueeession to the last of ih Irish kings ILs father wa the f.rs- I; n.a.-i Cvh l.c ri,n.tir f ,r the "e,iir,t.v e.f 1;. -. m. rr.on ir.ee the Reforma tion and he himself su reeded tr, iri( urnc "at :n his twenty - or.d year, holding It "'''''"''Kit fe-r a couple cf decades, until the lair.e. roe.vement drove hirn out of I'''' l f" He an Irish privy councillor ar.d he be Id (! on the royal commission teii ir.qu red icto the financial relations ""n ;ret hriUin nd IreUr.r -i ' ' ler I he ,Hre ,.f c (.((.; e l f, t teacher r. or ' i- r k c t or 1 1 v pje !....r.g vole c 'lew loj. I ,f,K, aj ..rv (-(! I e nor ' 1- ". the M, i, t,r,a s nt or t ' ' i .- 'tor hi (. i (, nr.. ' ' ' '" ' f -'' ' ' 'I t r.igM he "I i -1 h-.r , . tl, fii l he-red '"' " '..'lat S'er.dtot ' " 1 cf (.i, ,y ,(r,i. 1,1 " ' '' ' I ' ' If kr.es ri I '''' ' '' ' 'c..,vic Ki-1 iB farcillar wirks, he also delights In simple ballads and he can sing nearly all of the popular songs of the day. Senator Stewart was talking of agricul tural affairs in a committee meeting and re marked that on bis farm he made the finest butter in the world. "In fact," he said, "I have reduced the production of milk and butter to an exact science. My barns are fitted with the very latest sanitary appli ances." Another member asked: "And as to the financial aspects of your work. Do you reap large profits from your milk and but ter?" "Oh, no," replied the senator, "I lose money every day of the year." It is a standing source of regret to Sen ator Tiller that he cannot tell a story ac ceptably. He hears a lot of them in the committee rooms and lobbies, but cannot master the knack of retailing the simplest varn. He sat one day listening to a group of colleagues who were exchanging anec dote " How I envy you folks."' he said. "I do wish I could tell stories, but I can't. The oi her day I heard a man tell half a lo.-n vry funny things, but I don't re member one of them. liut It's Just as well. I couldn't tell It if I did remember." While seated In the democratic cloak room the other afternoon Senator Mallory c f Florida called a page to him. The boy bad a bunch of hair standing straight up from his forehead. "Sonny." said the sen 'or. "you should train that cowlick to lie down or when you gel married your ife sill have a good place to grab." Now, i be senator Is as bald us a doorknob, so the In si he could do was Io smile when the bc.y said. Innocently enough, but with ". twinHc In his eye "Vcs. sir, Is that th. wny you lost your hair?"