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November 25, 1871

Woman's Items

In England, a majority of the persons signing the marriage register of the parish make their mark. A clergyman explains in a newspaper that this is not due to illiteracy wholly, but that one in five of the persons who thus sign themselves in his parish, do so because they are too drunk to write.

The English workingman's wife is, in nine case[s] out of ten, a woman . . . who knows next to nothing of domestic economy. Her principal idea of cooking is to take a joint to the neighboring baker and have it baked in his oven without trouble to herself. She does not know how to make soups, broths, stews or savory dishes, or how to convert a pound of meat, by the aid of vegetables and condiments, into a dish satisfying alike to the palates and stomachs of three or four or even half a dozen people. . . .

A young lady--Miss Kitty Anderson--voted at the recent election in Taylor County, Iowa. The Bedford Southwest says the judges of election decided that she had a legal right to vote, by virtue of the Fourteenth amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Louisville has a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Wives. Upwards of thirty members have been enrolled, and they propose to raise a fund to be used in enforcing the law to its fullest extent against wife beaters. If this does not effect a cure, the offender is to be treated on homeopathic principles. Whenever a man is known to be guilty of whipping his wife a warning notice is to be sent to him, and a repetition of the offense will insure him the kind attention of the society.

A good deal of attention has lately been attracted to the number of applications for divorce, or rather legal separation, in France, so that the following statistical statement is not without interest: In 1869 the petitions for separation rose from 2,999, which was the number in the previous year, to 3,056. . . .

To the Editor of the New York Times:

[Excerpt from a letter by Victoria Woodhull after she attempted to vote in a New York City election in 1871. Universal suffrage for women did not occur until 1920. Victoria Woodhull made her attempt to vote one year before Susan B. Anthony made her famous attempt.]

"I have been refused the right of voting by the Democratic inspectors of my district, the Republican dissenting and desiring to receive my vote. Under the election laws of the State, the inspectors are, or I am, "guilty of felony" since either they prevented a legal voter from voting, or I attempted to vote illegally! And either they or I shall be convicted of the
crime. . . ."

An exchange remarks: "If the next generation of women do vote, will they be educated to the proper standard to do so intelligently? They seldom or never read political newspapers, history or works on political economy. It may be said that young men do the same. That may be; but from their earliest days they hold [conversational] intercourse with men, or hear them talking on such topics. Young women have no such opportunities; how, then can they, as a class, be educated up to a true voting standard?"

This is bosh! Practically and in the way our elections are managed no one but a few politicians and wire-pullers know anything of the personal merits of the candidates. They are elected not because they are good citizens, but through going partisans. As to the average young woman, she is as intelligent as the average young man. . . .

From the Baltimore Sunday Telegram of October 29 we clip the following: "It is Victoria Woodhull who has been pronounced insane. Queen Victoria has only rheumatism in the foot."

We feel the same in regard to Mrs. Woodhull's insanity as the Irishman did about his friend's sickness: Pat's friend being drunk, and after coaxing him till he was tired, he resorted to rather rough measures to get him home, an old lady who was passing remonstrated with him for treating a sick man in such cruel manner. Pat, looking at her with a cunning grin, said, "Be gorra, it's miself that would loik to have half his sickness."

Let me here add that I think it would be a great benefit to the world if more of our women had half Victoria C. Woodhull's craziness. E.G.G.


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