Manuscripts/Mixed Material New York Suffrage Newsletter
New York Suffrage Newsletter
sided so ably all through the convention, responded with strong words of appreciation. The addresses which followed, were all interesting and worthy of the occasion. Mrs Craigie, Mrs Haskell and Mrs Blatch, all gave us much food for thought and Miss Anthony closed with an interesting account of the international council, supplemented by Miss Shaw. On the second evening, the Rev. Lyman Ward spoke eloquently on the condition of the white women of the south, and Miss Shaw stirred every heart by her eloquence. THANKS FOR TEE NATIONAL PRESIDENT
In the executive meeting, following the convention, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the Rev. Anna H. Shaw for her valuable council and help during all the days of the convention.
THE MINISTER ANSWERED
On Tuesday morning, one of the Auburn papers contained a statement from a Philadelphia clergyman made at the meeting of the ministerial association, and declaring that woman suffrage was a failure in Colorado. The man said that only the bad women voted and that they voted many times. Miss Shaw gave notice that she would answer these charges in the afternoon meeting. This drew out a large attendance. All who have ever heard Miss Shaw know how utterly she demolished this deluded brother. The minister himself was
present and, after the meeting adjourned, assured Miss Shaw that he had been misrepresented in the papers. He particularly urged her not to carry out her decision, publicly announced, of sending the paper with the report of his speech out to Colorado. Evidently, the man did not wish to have the people of the state, whom he had maligned, know what he had said.
THE STATEFOOD BILL
For the first time in history, we women have been openly classed with illiterates, minors, felons, idiots, and insane persons. While we have been tacitly placed in this category by the state constitutions which have the word "male" in their suffrage clause, we have never before been specifically so classed. But the new statehood bill introduced into congress last winter, provides that the proposed states shall never " enact any law, restricting or abridging the right of suffrage on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude, or on account of any other conditions or qualifications, save and except on account of illiteracy, minority, sex conviction of felony, mental condition, or residence." This ought to rouse every selfrespecting woman in the United States. It would, if they could all hear Miss Shaw's eloquent presentation of our cause. But let those of us, who know of the bill, spread its story as far as possible, and induce every woman we can to write