106 Richmond Times Dispatch Jan. 29, 1918.
SENATOR MARTIN DENIES MISS PAUL'S STATEMENT Says He Has No Intention of Voting for Federal Suffrage Amendment. DON'T THINK WOMEN WANT IT Meeting of Woman's Party Representatives Held at Home of Mrs. Meredith - Women Opposed to Suffrage Will Meet To-Morrow.
Emphatic denial was made yesterday by United States Senator Thomas S. Martin that he intends to vote for woman suffrage, as claimed by Miss Alice Paul, national chairman of the Woman's Party. Miss Paul, who was recently released from jail after arrest for picketing at the White House, was in Richmond yesterday, and was quoted in an afternoon paper as saying: "Senator Martin will probably vote in favor of the Federal amendment." Senator Martin, who is majority leader of the Senate, said last night that he did not know Miss Paul and had made no promise whatever to support the suffragist propaganda. SENATOR MARTIN MAKES EMPHATIC DENIAL. When the Senator's attention was called to the statement of Miss Paul, he said: "I don't know the lady, I have never seen her to my knowledge. She may have been among the suffrage lobbyists who stopped me in the Capitol corridors at different times, and if she was, I did not know it. She has no authority whatever to make such declaration. I have no present intention to vote for the suffrage amendment. If I were satisfied that a majority of the white women in Virginia wanted suffrage I might vote for the amendment. I am satisfied, however, that a majority of the white women do not want the ballot, and, therefore, I have no intention to vote for it. Furthermore, I have never told any one that I would vote for it." Miss Paul came to Richmond to work up a State-wide drive to bombard the Virginia Senators with demands that they vote for the pending Susan B. Anthony amendment which had already passed the House. MEETING OF WOMEN OPPOSED TO SUFFRAGE IS CALLED In view of the activities of the militant wing of the suffrage organization in which organization is included [most?] of the women responsible for the picketing of the White House, and the evident effort of leaders from out of the State who are not affiliated with the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia to impress the Virginia Senators, [a] call has been issued for a special meeting of the executive committee of the Virginia Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage for to-morrow afternoon at 4 o'clock at the residence of Mrs. E. Randolph Williams, 826 West Franklin Street, when steps will be taken to assure the Virginia Senators that a considerable body of the most representative women of the State do not desire Federal Interference with suffrage. In regard to Senator Martin, Miss Paul was quoted as saying: "Senator Martin will probably vote in favor of the Federal amendment. We are particularly glad Senator Martin has practically come around, as he is Democratic leader in the Senate, and stands as a true representative of that party's feeling. What he wants now is the support of every woman in the State for if this is given, there will be no question that both Senators will give their vote the way they think their constituents desire." MEETING HELD AT HOME OF MRS. C. V. MEREDITH. At an enthusiastic meeting in support of the movement for national woman suffrage held yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Charles V. Meredith [Sophie G. Meredith] State chairman of the National Woman's Party, resolutions were passed stating that the members of the organization considered it unpatriotic to be forced to work for suffrage State by State at a time when so much money is needed for war work, and that all influence be brought to bear to secure the passage by the Senate of the Susan B. Anthony amendment. Copies of the resolutions are to be forwarded to the President and members of Congress. Miss Paul was the most prominent speaker of the afternoon, and in discussing the prospects in regard to the bill's passage, she said: "If the Republicans had the vision to see that it was a wise party policy to secure the credit for the passage of the amendment in the House, and the Democrats believed it an unwise party policy to be responsible for its defeat, the same arguments must hold for the vote in the Senate, for while more than two-thirds of the Republicans have already promised their votes, only half the Democrats are at present pledged in the Senate. The Democrats are, however, being guided by President Wilson's indorsement. With the same vigorous Republican support that we received in the House, there is no question as to the passage of the amendment and its submission to the States. Just before the vote in the House the Republicans caucused in favor of suffrage for the first time in the political history of any party. The Republican strength is even greater in the Senate than it is in the House." CLAIMS ONLY FOUR VOTES ARE NOW LACKING "When the poll was taken in the House we lacked forty votes, but after further work, followed by the stand taken by the President, there was no difficulty in gaining the required strength. Now after a similar poll in the Senate, only four additional votes are said to be necessary to make the amendment safe. "I think there is every prospect of its passage at this session of Congress, but we do not wish the vote to be taken just yet as many of it supporters are not in Washington. Two Senators are ill and will be at their desks by early spring, while others urge us to wait until they can be at the Capitol; you may be sure we are waiting for them." Although no definite date has as yet been set, the members of the local organization are completing plans for a large meeting at which Dudley Field Malone, former collector of the port of New York, and an ardent advocate of woman suffrage, will be invited to deliver an address. One hundred dollars was collected at the meeting held yesterday toward defraying the expenses on this occasion. Among members of the society from out of town were Mrs. Pauline F. Adams, of Norfolk, and P. S. Reed [Marion Gould Thorp Read], of Highland Springs. Alvin M. Smith, former president of the Rotary Club, will address the regular weekly meeting of the Equal Suffrage League of Richmond, on Thursday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, at suffrage headquarters, Fourth and Franklin Streets, speaking on "Smileage Books." Mrs. John G. Munce will be chairman of the afternoon. Members of the suffrage league will have charge of the "Smileage Book" booth at Miller & Rhoads' department store on Saturday, February 2. Mrs. Horace Wellford