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THE BKE: OMAHA. THURSDAY. AL'Ul'ST -JO, 1!14.
Woman Suffrage at St. Catherine's
By Elizabeth Jordan, Author of the May Iverson Stories.
Copyrighted, 1913, by Harper and Brothers.
Editor's Note May Iverson. Elisabeth Jordan's famous school girl
of St. Catherlne'a convent, in know wherever American book and inagH
lines are known. Purine the last alx yearn three May Iverson serials,
hare appeared, the firm two it. Harper's Magnetic, the third, duruig the
current year. In Oood Housekeeping. The story reprinted here, by
courtesy of Harper eV Brothers, hus a special Interest, not only because
It takes up In May Iverson'a Inimitable fashion the great ouentlon of
woman suffrage, but ev.n more from ihe fact that It is Illustrated with
photographs of the actual aceno of the tale the College of St. Kllxabeth,
Original, Smart, Graceful
Are These Creations by a Famous Parisian Designer.
Note the Newest Coat, Which Is So Wide
as to Be Almost a Cape.
The False Aquariaa Age
in convent. New Jersey
1 may as well admit at once that Maudie
Joyce was the first ,glrl at St. Catherine's
to feel any real Interest in woman suf
frage. Usually I am the one In our school
set Tvho thinks of new things, and does
them; so the other girls have got In the
habit of waiting for me, and not trying to'
think themselves, in their crude Immature
way. But Maudle thought of suffrage all
alone, though perhaps Kittle James helped
to put the Idea Into her head.
Tou see. Kittle started an anti-suffrage
club, almost as soon as we got buck to
school in September, and she made her
self the president of It at the very first
meeting. Uefore the meeting was over,
Maudle Joyce asked Kittle what the club
was for, and Kittle didn't know; and
Maudle asked what the members were go
ing to do and Kittle didn't know that,
either. Kittle said she Just a anted :o have
a club because they had one In Chicago
and her sister, Mrs. George Morgan, be
longed to it She said the nicest feature
of the Chicago club was that nobody In it
did anything, and they Joined because
they didn't have to do anything. It was
a beautiful club, Kittle said, and so rest
ful. Maudle walked off to a corner after
these words fell from the lips of our young
friend, and I followed her. I suppose we
looked aloof and lonely and disapproving.
Any way, -when the rest of the girls had
matched us a while most of them came
over to our corner, too, and the end of It
was that Kittle only got three members
for her new club. Mabel Muriel Murphy
,1olned because Sister Edna, the nun she
likes best, approves of gentle, womanly
girls. Kittle told Mabel the gentlest and
most womanly thing a girl could possibly
lo was to Join her anti-suffrage club.
Kittle said the real aim of her club was
to keep women ii their homes, where they
belonged, when they weren't at her club;
and she said Mabel Muriel Murphy
wouldn't have to have a single new Idea,'
all the time she belonged. Mabel said
afterward It was true, too; she didn't
But the whole thing seemed silly to
Mabel and me.: We are very Intelligent
girls. If we are only 16. and we have lots
of mature Ideas and emotions. If we join
a club at all, we want to do something in
It, even If it is only to eat. There weren't
to be any "spreads" in Kittie's club, she
said at first, because she has a delicate
stomach, and the convent inflrmaiians,
who look after her, think she mustn't eat
between meals. They don't let her eat
much at meals, either, so Kittle Is against
girls overeating,: It is an awful thing to
behold, when you are held down yourself.
However, KiU4 went right on with her
club, though, of course, she felt dread
fully disappointed when Maudle and T
didn't Join. Well. Indeed, did she know
what that meant, and how Impossible real
success mas without us. So she
"strengthened her party," as papa says
great statesmen do, by giving offices to
her friends. She made Mabel Muriel Mur
phy treasurer, because Mabel Muriel's
father is rich and loves to pay bills; and
he made Adeline Thurston secretary be
cause Adeline loves to write poems, and
Kittle said writing reports of her club
n uu IU wc t nil iiivii v iiimpi von isafj is fvt; -
try. When Maudle asked how there could
be any reports If there wasn't anything
every ingredient right but one and she
would let me guess at that. Then she
smiled her lovely smile, and changed the
subject by asking me why my marks
weren't higher In algebra. Of course, all
this hasn't anything to do with suffrage,
or anti-suffrage either. 1 Just put It In
to show how acute I am, so the gentle
reader won't be surprised when I read
people's heaits the way I'll have to before
I get through with this chapter.
We w ill now return to Maudle. For a
long lime she was silent, and thought
gathered deeply on her beautiful, high
bred face. At last she said, very slowly:'
" are, too, suit ragettes. We've been
suffragettes rlffht along. May Iverson.
Only we haven't known It."
I gasped then and began to say I
couldn't be anything like that without
knowing It, for my first lesson in life had
been to know myself, and I learned It
when I -ass II years of aa. But Maudle
went right on. rudely Interrupting me.
Fhe said she hadn't known her own heart
till ihe went to Kittie's meeting and heard
Kittle talk. She said all the time she was
there she kept feeling more and more un
comfortable and stirred up Inside, but
she didn't know why. She even thought
It might be Indigestion. She said it was
only this minute that It burst upon her
gloriously that from the very beginning
of Kittlo'a meeting she had been a suf
fragette, unconsciously working for the
cause and trying to get Independence of
thought for women. She added that when
she heard Kittle Jones express her silly
little Ideas, they made her so annoyed
that she 'most wanted to slap Kittle.
Then she woke up and knew she was a
real suffragette, for that's the way they
feel In England. She read all about It In
the newspapers and a friend of her
mother has seen Mrs. Tankhurst in Chi
cago. By this time Maudie was very much ex
cited, so when I didn't answer right off
she said she was ready to die for the
cause, and If I didn't feel that way, too,
and Join the suffrage club she was going
to get up. she'd never speak to me again
as long as she lived. 1
Of course, that's no way to talk to the
daughter of a general in the army, who
Is a literary artist besides, and I pointed
this out to Maudle In tones that wero
cold and firm. I said she couldn't force
me to do anything by threats, but that
she must appeal to my reason and con
vince me that suffrage was a good thing
for women. And I added frankly that I
didn't think she could do It now, anyway, I
because she had anno;, ed me very much j
by the way she begun. I was 'most sure
already that I wasn't a suffragette .and
didn't ever want to be.
Maudle changed her methods then, right
off.' She has associated with Mabel and
me so long that she has a good deal of
sense. She begged my pardon very po
litely, and she fixed me in her big, comfy
chair, and gave me a glass of ginger ale
Ity KIHait M l IKN LA II KIN.
Vi Will you kin ity answer through the
Omaha llee. these question:
lit Whrn will th" procession of the
equinoxes pass from risers to Anuarlus?
(2i loes a new eia occur t such Ins
tates from oi:e elan to another?
Merced. Cat. MBS K. C. SUA Rf'K.
A. I had not lecn up here very long
before questions relating to some laoked
for. highly Important cent anon to occur
began coining. This, to the letter wrllrre,
seemed to he of transcendant Import, the
liealnnlna of a new world era: a great
change In all human events. A new dis
pensation wouhi soon come and the na
tions of the earth were to be affected,
governments change and a general up
heaval come on suddenly.
The all-potent, looked-for event was
made clear to me by such questions as:
"When does the aim enter Aquarius?"
"When will the un pass over the line?"
"Please give the year when the sun will
leave risres and enter Aquarius." "Will
there he wars when the sun crosses to
Aquarius?" "How long will the Aquarian
age last?" "When will the equator cross
the line?" When will precession cause
the sun to enter the sign Aquarius?"
"What will be the first efrect of the
A number of these letters came from
astrologers receiving money from the
people for horoscoles. To say that 1 was
surprised Is to stale It mildly. Why write
to me? Why do not astrologer already
know when the crossing "did." "does"
or "will" take place?
About hair of the letter asked when
did the svin crocs and half when will the
and a cookie, and started in to appeal
to my reason.
She said with her f'rst words that she
was very glad to have my reason to ap
peal to, and not the other girls', and she
asked me to Imagine how I'd feci if I ever
had to appeal to Kittle James' reason.
When I clapped at that, like a real
audience for anyone who knew Kittle
could see what a powerful point It was
Maudle asked me if I was willing to fol
low the banner of Kittle James "In a
done, Kittle said the club would write up struggle which was of vital Import to
things that were not done. Then she
looked past the sides of our faces and
changed the subject by making Hattle
Gregory vice president.
We left- the meeting after thst, and
went to my room and ate picklea and
talked about how sharper than a ser
pent's tooth an ungrateful child Is. Kittie
was most like our own child, for she Is
more than a year younger than we are,
and not Intellectual; and Mable Blossom
and Maudle Joyce and I have really
directed her education since she came to
tit. Catherine's, three years ago.
While we were talking, Maudie said aha
wondered what Mabel Blossom would
think of all this. Mabel hasn't come back
to school yet. but she was coming in a
few days. Before I could answer Maudle
spoke again. In the quick way she has
rhtn she thinks something. It s just as
If someone had touched a button in her
I. tain, and often Maudle Jumps when it
happens. - She Jumped this time, and so
did I, for I wasn't expecting her to. and
the doctor says I am a nervous girl,
singularly high-strung. Besides, of
course, I have the artistic temperament,
and you know what that does to folks.
So I Jumped, and then got cross over it,
the way any literary artist would, who
lil.es to be "well poised and dignified."
is Sister K.ir.a sa. Ms-u'.ie Joyce didn't
even apologize. She Just sat staring '.n
front of her for a minute, as If she saw
k methirg that wasn't there. Then she
laid, very slowly:
"May Iverson. let's be auf fragettesV
1 Jumped again, because the idea sur
prised me so much, and I said:
"But we aren't suffragettes, so how can
Maudie looked at me with a patient ex
pression, like tlie one Sitter Irmlngrade
Hears toinetin.es In the class room. I
analysed It once, for literary practice, to
help ine observe life and put down all I
ee; it had astonishment In it, and pained
egret, and resignation, and a kind of
holy calm, struggling up through hope
ettnest. After I analyzed it. write it
all out and showed the paner to hieter
Irmlngarde, and asked her if I was right,
blie looked very much surprised at first,
but finally ahe said she thought I had
the humaa rare." (She got that out of a
newspaper. We have to read one every
day, for our current events class.) j
I stod right up and said I didn't want i
to follow Kittle s banner, or anybody s
but my own. I said I just wanted to
spend my life elevating the masses by
writing pure literature for them, and I
didn't see why men couldn't go on voting,
and doing the heavy work like that, while
we women uplifted them. I felt just full I
of thoughts, but Maudle made me alt j
down before I could say any more. She j
said I had promised to let her appeal to ;
my reason and she wished I would do It
and not Interrupt. That was n rebuke and
it annoyed me very much. I sat down
right away, but It was quite a long time j
before I could get my Intellect calm '
enough for Maudie to appeal to It. I kept I
thinking. Instead of crushing things I j
might have said before I sat down, and ;
It was dreadfuly hard not to get up again 1
and say them then. They would have
been a help to Maudle, too.
But Maudie was going right along with
her speech all the time, and getting more
excited every minute. I don't believe she
; f lilt ill I lfMSl V O'Ux'Ir
p mm fmmr:'h
V fa r i'
oome of tne newest coats are almost aa wide as the long capes. One
of these of the type which has appeared recently has been sketched by a
lending Parisian coutourler for the Princess Fizlandoff.
The small coat Is of strawberry crepon de colon, very short at the
front. It makes a basque with wide stitched plaits caught under a
stitched band, fastened by a button of the material.
The long sleeves are finished by high revers of white linen, hem
Btltched as the collar. The blouse Is of white tulle.
The skirt, of white crepon, strawberry striped, is a plain and round
model and hemmed with a strawberry silk braid.
The opening, at the middle front, Is outlined by a row of small
crochet buttons. OLIVETTE.
Little Mary's Essays-Wives
Ity DOROTHY D1X.
Wives is what men get wiaht on them
when they get married. Sometimes the
man looks like my cat dl I when he et my
canary, but mostly be looks like he just
wtuht he knew who
done It to him.
A man speaks
nice and polite to a
lady, and he takes
really caret! much about suffrage when , he.' arm and helps
she began, but by the time she finished ' her across the
she was ready to give up her work at St. I street, but he snaps
Catherine's, and her dream of being a j up a wife w hen khe
great actrers, and go right s it and be a j speaks to him, and
auffragette, and get arrested and sent to when they walk on
prison. She had read about the English the streets to
women in prison, snd how they ere fed ! gether she tugs
through tubes, and she called themjaong bmd him.
... I A man calls a
ahe was going to have Adeline Thurston I young lady "angel
write a poem about them. I spoke up j f., nd ,.gwf et.
again, ana reniinciea ner mai Aoenne was
an anti-suffraglst now. and would only
write poems against suffrage. Maudie
groaned and aaid: "This Issue will split
the convent. It will be like West Point
at the break of the civil war. when the :
heart" before they '
are married, but a
man calls his wife
"tay." Also a man
klat.es a young lady
s moutii when ht
cttuets had to take aides for the north i ner "Muy oeiore mey are married,
or the south." Then she looked at me ! but wh'n 1,6 xily to his wife he
wlih her ejes Mazing, and said: "May j k" npr bark ,1,lr- 1 know 'ls
Iterson. at such a cilsis will you be o.i ,ru- because I watched my Aunt Susie
the fence, tninklng about life and trying nd h'r b'u. nd my mamma and my
to write stnriea, or 111 you be out on the
great butllefitld, fighting shoulder to
khoulder with your dear ones?"
(To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
36c andejrbilt ISofef
(SlvrtlTyburlk Strttt east at dffitrJt oAcumae, j)u) York
WI.TON H. MARSHALL. Manager.
An Ideal Hotel with an Ideal Situation
A wife Is one of the moat useful of all
our domestic animals. She cooks, and
sews, and mlnda the baby, and does the
I khoplug and the marketing, and enter
3 J tsios the company, but she does not havs
j to be paid any money like a cook, or a,
housemaid, or a nurse.
Women who are not wives have to work
for a living. Oh, how thankful a wife
should be that she does not have to work.
A wife Is also useful to lay things on
I That is why men get them. When a
man doesn't wunl to do anytl.ing be al
ways tays that his Mile won't let him do
ii, ani wlu-n a man plae poker and lores
j works, and pinches, and pinches, and
Henneries in neip ner nusDana get on, ana
who never has any nice clothes, and who
tides on the street cars; and there's the
Keoond Wife, who has diamonds, and
Paria dresses, and a limousine that the
good First Wife saved up' to buy for her.
And there's Thin Wives and Kat Wives,
but I guess wives Is like automobiles.
Every time you get a new ono you try a
Wives have many curious peculiarities.
One of them is that they have got noses
that ran smell things ss fir as a hound
dog. When my papa has had a drink my
mamma can smell It before he gets within
a block of the house. Also wives Is like
cats, and they never sleep, and no matter
how easy you tiptoe In, you always wake
Wives is very noble creatures, and they
feel It their aacied duty to tell their hus
bands about their faults. Men would not
know how many faults they have and
what poor, miserable worms ot the dust
they are If they did not have wives.
Wives save their husbands a great desl
of trouble by spending their money for
them. A man who haa a wife never has
to worry about the danger of banks break
ing. When a man's wife dies he has nobody
to quarrel with, and this makes him so
lonesome thst he runs right off and gets
That la all I know at present about
"Lady." said Plodding Pete, "have you
any wood you want chopped?"
"There's about half a cord that ou
can start on."
"Thanks, ma'am, t'ould you l-nd me a
lesri pencil snd a piece of paper? '
"Don't you want an axe?"
'No. 1 ni repretentin' the Association
of Industrious Inspectors. The secretsry
' ' . . . .
sun cr.-ss the line. Now. so long aa they
take fees ror their wisdom why do they
nut know to them by their own theory-
the fundamental point? 1 have not wasted
precious lime all too short in answer
ing thefe senseless letters..
Hut this correspondent, not by any
means an astrologer, really wants the
Information for Its own sake. But I must
decline to give this date. I am willing)
to answer almost any question that t am
able to but this.
A hundred astrologers would like to
know where the equinoxes are, but I
refuse to tell them. .You see that If I
should come right out and tell, then
thousands of horoscopes now held by
dupes, many rostlng in fees from fS
away up to $M. would become Invali
dated. The victims would all sea that if
this fundamental to theifl date Is to
tally unknown to astrologers, that their
precious horoscopes are all fakee. No! I
must "save the faces" of the horo
scopes and save the hundreds of thou
sands of dollars paid for them.
Here are the facts: Thfre la no sum
thing as an "era." The Magna Chart
was a step In advance of liberty In F.ng
laml, and the Declaration of Independ
ence likewise In America. The discovery
of the steam engine was an advance, but
it cannot be eald that we have an era
of the engine. The same Is true of tha
discovery of the printing press, tha pen
dulum, the telegraph and telephone,
the electric eng'ne, telescope, microscope.,
spectroscope, roentgen rays, radium nt
electrons. These are not eras. SO tha
word may as well be put away over Into
the appendix In the rear of tha dlotlon-ary-llke
thousands of now abeoleta
The sentenre. ''chtn enterin tha alga
Aquarius," has no real scientific mean
ing. The main reason for thla Is that
there la no such thing as Amiarlua. All
questioners actually aeem to believe
that there Is such an object In tha aky
as Aquartua. The only scientific, words
In the mass of letters and In many frantla
pamphlets raving about the approach
of a new era the Aiuarlun are these:
Precession of the equlnoaes. And thesai
few words are cssually alluded to aa If
they did not amount to much.
Not one letter, book, treatise, pamphlet
or printed leaflet on the Aquarian era.
reveals a trace of real knowledgo of tha
true sclentlflo phenomena, that grand
motion, the sliding around of the equi
noxes in each period ot ?5.78 years. Why.
tha Ignorance Is simply dlsgusUngl "Sun
enters Aquarius?" , Of course It doea,
once a year. If you will atlll wish to
cling to the ancient mythology of tha
Greeks. Assyrians and Egyptians, who
pictured beasts and stukes, with nyaraa
and dragor.s, amid the gUtterln stars.
If you atlll wish to believe in a aodlao
land its twelve purely Imaginary signs,
then,, the aun apparently enters tha
hypothetical sign Aquarius once during
each year, when the earth apparently
enters the imaginary sign on tha op
posite aide of the Imagined aodlac. All
of which simply amounts to nothing
more than mere weather, climate, eto..
and wlnda. Hut tha grand problem ot
precession of the equlxcs I refuse to
discuss on the same paper upon which I
have written tha horrible word astrology.
There la no auch thing aa a godlac, no
Aquarius, and therefore no Aquarian
tge nor era; nor any other era, for all
eras are purely aatroluglcal, ail Invented,
before one law of nature had bean dis
covered. The universe is governed by
mathematical laws, not vain imaginings.
Of course, the sun appears to pass be
fore the distant ttars In what has been
Imagined as the constellation Aquariua '
once annually; but It comes from Caprl
cornus. What the astrologers ara vainly
seeking to find Is when the equinoxes In
their majestic motion of preoeaslon pass
lrom sign to sign, going the other waya
thus, In this question, from Places back
wards Into Aquarius. This data I shall
not publish for their satisfaction. ,
But It makes no difference when th
equinoxes pass from sign" to "sign""
to any individual human being; or any
collection of humans Into a nation. Thla
la a fake pure and simple, and Is o
based on any lay of nature whtvren,
Some years ago the lingerie frock was made of niessallne de com
munlante. This year it U of organdy, as shown by this model.
The bodice of this afternoon frock Is a loose blouson, continued at
back by a small court mantle bordered by a ruchlng of same material.
The elbow sleeves are of embroidered net, finished by a ruching.
A Bayadere girdle encircles the hips In a cutaway Una at front and
catches up a long tunir, bordered at the bottom by a ruching.
The underskirt, which makes the "base," Is of white taffeta and to
tally plaited. OLIVETTE.
Rivals la the Milk TrmJe.
The milkman had been discarded for
rival vender, and was hotly Indignant.
"I don't want to say anything against
him, but If you prefers milk that's been
knocked about on the railway for hours,
to good milk freah from my own cqwa,
well, you'll get It. That's all."
"Hut lie assures me that thla milk is
brought direct from his own farm In tha
' Uoea he? Well, he may bo apeaklng
the truth, but It's a funny thing tha,
whsn I go up to the station for niy milk
every morning there he Is putting milk
cans Into hia cart." Manchester OuardlaBM
A Philosopher With a Message
wants me to turn In a renort on hou
his iin.ncv he b'amea hia aire's extiava- ! much woodchoppln' there Is to he done
same because he is not rich. : in this township. It n make a rla-hl In-
There are manv different klnda of
wies. There is Ibe First Wife. bg
terestlng paper to read at o ir next neet
in, an melibe wa can think up some way
o' geitin' it chopped." Washington Star.
By REV. THOMAS B. GREGORY.
When Johana Gottlieb KlciHe Hed. Just
1IK) years ggo, January V, 1114, there
passed out from the ways of men ons of
the finest Intellects and one of the grand
est pieces of man
hood that ever hon
ored and adorned
Ktchte was. in the
truest sense of the
word, a philosophic
a lover of wla
dom. He loved
truth with all his
heart, and not once
during hia entire
career did he lower
hia flag to those
who would have
him play false with
hia honest ronvli tmnr. Instead of living
and dying poor. Flehte could have had
5'lsee and power and wealth had he but
said the word, hut not for the world
would he have s'jI1 his better self for
the plaudits of men and their proffered
In his lonely poverty Flrhte tolled on
for the truth thai he venerated aud loved,
and thought of no other reward then
that which tame to U.m In the conscious-
ff T. -way"
ness of bis own personal Integrity and
Fichte was the noblest of patriots. Never
will his countrymen forget his "Addresses
to the German People" tha wonderful ap
peals wh'ch. may be said to have re
created the spirit of German nationality,
wiped out tha depression that aettled
down upon the people after Jena, and
paved the way for the ever memorable
ceremony on the Hth of January, 171,
when the Oerman empire was proclaimed
In the great Hall ot Mirrors at Ver
sailles. In the realm of matters transcendental.
Fichte anticipated all the profound think
ers of today, and among the rest the dis
tinguished president emeritus of Harvard.
lng before President Eliot was born tha
great German thinker declared, "Ood Is
the Moral Order of the Universe, the
Kternal Law of Right, which Is the foun
dstion of our being." There was no
scholastic metaphysics, no theological
namby-pamby In that declaration, but a
scientific truth, around to which all
thoughtful persons are sure, sooner or
later, to coma.
Fichta finished the work that was given
him to do, and died In the poverty In the
midst of which he had largely lived; but
his Influence Is Immortal and of the good
fruits of bis labor there shall be no end.
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Tou can obtain "Mother's Prtend al
almoat any drug store. Oat a bottle
to-day snd tbeo write for ear little g.k.
Address Brsdfleld B-ulatur i.- UJ
J-amax Wdg., Atlanta, iLia- w
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