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34 Richmond Times-Dispatch RICHMOND, VA., FRIDAY, JULY 30. 1915. COMMITTEE OF WOMEN CALLS ON GOVERNOR Asks His Views on Western Women, and Whether Conditions Have Been Improved. EXECUTIVE IS NONCOMMITTAL Tells Committee, So Far as He Had Been Able to Observe, Californians Were Neither Elated nor Dissatisfied With Woman Suffrage. A committee from the Congressional Union - the new suffrage association which is working for a Federal amendment - called on Governor Stuart yesterday to find out what his impressions were concerning the effect of woman suffrage in California. The committee had no difficulty in obtaining an interview with the Governor, having previously assured his secretary, Alexander Forward, that it had not come to heckle the chief executive, or even to ask him his personal opinions on the suffrage question. Mrs. Percy Reed [Marion Gould Thorp Read], the spokesman, stated the reason for coming, and added: "We want to know what the Western women are like and if the vote has changed them because they are interested in our getting the vote through a Federal amendment and are helping us with the votes they already have. Of course, though, we do not expect you to compare Western women and Virginia women, because we know you are too loyal to the latter." NEITHER ELATED NOR DISSATISFIED "The most that I could get," said the Governor, "as the result of repeated inquiries, was that perhaps there had been no material change in conditions, though it is true that I was told by one of the men that one unworthy candidate in Los Angeles had been defeated for the City Council by the women's vote. The California people seem to be not at all dissatisfied with woman suffrage, nor were they elated." In reply to a question from one of the suffragists as to whether he had heard mentioned any desire to take back the vote from the women, he said: "No, not at all." The Governor said that, in his opinion, the Western women were "very handsome, able and" - with a satisfied smile - "very attractive" He was particularly impressed with the ability of one of the San Francisco women who was a member of the City Council. He agreed with one of the committee members that it was hard to hold up against California women the fact that they had not voted the State dry, in view of the fact that winemaking is one of the principal industries of California. The Governor was very courteous and cordial, as usual, and the suffragists very much pleased with their reception. In the party were MIss Edith Hansche, from Washington, and Mrs. Roy K. Flannagan [Lucy Catesby Jones Flannagan], Mrs. Percy Reed, Mrs. Hill Urquhart [Dorothy Tait Urquhart] and Mrs. F. L. Landrum, of this city.