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June 24, 1871


Widows who were freeholders were allowed to vote on town matters in this country for some years later than 1800. Three such widows voted in Detroit in 1804.

"You must not play in the streets with the boys now, my dear. You are seven years old," said an old lady to her little granddaughter. "But grandma," was the innocent reply, "the older I grow the better I like the boys."

"Martha, my dear," said a loving husband to his spouse, who was several years his junior, "what do you say to moving to the far West?" "Oh, I am delighted with the idea! You recollect when Mr. Morgan moved out there he was as poor as we are, and in three years he died, leaving his widow worth $100,000."

The Board of Education of Jacksonville, Ill., propose to employ female teachers only, in all departments of the city schools. The janitors are to be authorized to flog the big boys at the teachers’ request. Guess those big boys won’t want flogging if the right sort of girls are employed. 


It suited the purpose of the moral journals to raise a howl at the notorious woman’s paper for traducing one of the world’s idols. The public interest is so short lived, and the succession of daily events so rapid, that the whole matter is clean forgotten by this time. We only revive it to give place to a comment from a contemporary, and to express our acknowledgments for generous, manly criticism. The Philadelphia Republic says:

We have received, as an exchange, WOODHULL & CLAFLIN’S WEEKLY, and find it bold and fearless intone, but given to much, we think, to the discussion of social problems and abuses, which strikes us as being improper subjects for newspaper comment. However, if the aim of Mesdames Woodhull and Claflin is to make a journal that will pay, they will doubtless succeed in their aim. In a recent issue they comment rather severely on the newspapers that have taken them to task for publishing a paragraph respecting the difficulties between Jenny Lind Goldschmidt and her husband, which paragraph, copied in two or three English papers, has subjected those papers to a suit for libel, which has ended disastrously for them. Woodhull and Claflin claim, and truthfully, too, that they are in no degree responsible for this; that this paragraph has been floating around in newspapers for months, and their only connection with the story is that of republishing it. Ten years ago a distinguished English lady visited this country. She was a strong advocate of woman’s rights, and was, we believe, the person who circulated the report of the unhappiness of Jenny Lind.

She told us she was personally acquainted with the great cantatrice, and regretted the law which had giver the earnings of her friend into the hands of a mean and narrow-spirited man, who refused to allow her to carry out the schemes of benevolence to which her heart prompted her. Our informant told us that this interference with her natural rights made Madame Goldschmidt very unhappy, and led to frequent quarrels between her and her husband. And we believe, in spite of the verdict of the English court, that this is true. The lady who brought this news from the other side of the ocean told it, we know, to many editors, and we have seen it resuscitated hundreds of times during the last ten years and are sure that neither Victoria Woodhull nor Tennie C. Claflin had anything to do with originating it.

The writer of the above extract says that the statement was first published in the Tribune in 1868.



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