Providence Evening Telegram, March 30, 1887

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Providence Evening Telegram, March 30, 1887


Image of the Providence Evening Telegram from March 30, 1887 in which "A Voter" and James Freeman Clarke discuss the issue of woman suffrage.

See also:
Report of the Special Committee on Woman Suffrage, Etc. Made to the General Assembly at its January Session A.D., 1874


Providence Evening Telegram




Rhode Island State Archives


1887 March 30


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Woman Suffrage

He Wanted the Apple.

Editor Telegram:
Isn't there a good deal of nonsense in the
talk about suffrage being such a "burden" that
we ought not to impose it on women? Men
do not regard it so in their own case, I notice.
We are tenacious enough of our own rights,
and some of us are fighting hard to get suf-
frage for the men who are now unjustly shut
out. No talk about our "imposing burdens"
on them!
The fact is, every man knows perfectly well
that voting is nothing so dreadfully hard; that
it doesn't take time or labor enough to tire a
mouse, and that it is a convenient way of
getting things done that we want done. Why
should we hold so tight to our own right of
suffrage when we got it, or fight so hard
to get it if it is really such a fatal privilege?
But perhaps it is only fatal to women.
I saw a story in the paper about a little
girl who had found an apple and was going
to eat it. Her brother rushed up to her with
a face of horror and consternation, and told
her that the apple was green, that the cholera
was coming, and that if she ate it she would
most likely die. The child was scared and
threw away the apple. Her brother picked
it right up and began to eat it.
"Won't it kill you, too?" she asked.
"No," said he with his mouth full, "it
won't hut me. It's only after little girls.
Boys don't have cholera."
I should be ashamed not to share anything
good with my mother and sister. But if I
meant to do it, I would own up that it was
because I wanted to keep it all for myself. I wouldn't try to make them believe it wasn't
good at all, but a frightful hardship and a de-
grading burden, when all the time I was
planning to get it for myself. A VOTER.

Suffrage and Sidewalks.

We are told by opponents of suffrage
for women that voting is not natural or an
inherent right. Probably not. In a state of
nature there is very little voting. A great
many rights are given by society, of which,
however, it would be manifestly unjust to de-
prive either sex. If all women were forbid-
den to use the sidewalk, and they complained
of the injustice of that deprivation, it would
be no answer to tell them that it was not a
natural or inherent right, but one given by
society, and which society might therefore
control as it saw fit.-[James Freeman

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