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SUFFRAGE LEAGUE OPENS CONVENTION Virginia Women Seeking Ballot Urge Ratification by Next General Assembly. TRINKLE HOLDS OUT HOPE State Senator Tells Delegates Legislature Will "Stand for Womanhood" in 1920. "No such burden of shame has been put on the women of any other country as that requiring American women to go through gruelling political campaigns before being granted the right of suffrage by their menfolk." This was the statement made last night by Mrs. Raymond Brown, of New York, fourth vice-president of the National American Woman's Suffrage Association, in addressing the members of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia assembled in their eighth annual convention in the auditorium of the Jefferson Hotel. Mrs. B. B. Valentine, president of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, called the convention to order yesterday at noon. The invocation was pronounced by Rev. George Wesley Jones. Mrs. Kate Langley Bosher extended the welcome of the Equal Suffrage League of Richmond. This was responded to by Mrs. John H. Lewis, of Lynchburg, Reports were read by Mrs. E. G. Kidd, treasurer; Mrs. Edith Clark Cowles, execdtive and press secretary, and Miss Ida M. Thompson headquarters secretary. Means "Common Sense." "Women will bring common sense into government. The kind of common sens that prompts a father to tell his children, 'Go ask mother'," declared Mrs. Brown last night. "They will also contribute a grasp of detail, a willingness to expose rottenness, and an economy of administration that is sadly needed. What men have shown by years of authority that they lack, women will add. "Millions of women served their country in time of war and aided in the ultimate victory by working behind the lines," said Mrs. Brown, who was director-general of the Women's Overseas Hospital in France during the war with Germany. "These same women and others are now begging to be allowed to serve in time of peace as they did in the heat of the strife. "Men of Virginia, will you not give the women of the Old Dominion the right of suffrage chivorously and spare them the humiliation of undergoing a gruelling campaign such as was conducted in New York before the Susan B. Anthony amendment was approved," she begged, addressing a number of prominent men in the audience, at the conclusion of her address. Novelist on Program. Mrs. Brown was preceded on the program by Miss Ellen Glasgow, novelist, who was introduced by Mrs. Valentine as one of the pioneer suffragists briefly of the inception of the movement in Virginia about ten years ago in the meeting of a small group of women of which she was a member. There was a note of triumph in her voice last night when Mrs. Valentine read a communication from Colonel Henry W. Anderson as a member of the executive committee of the Richmond organization opposed to equal suffrage, in which he declared that "the question of suffrage was no longer an issue either in England or America, for the people of both countries have clearly indicated their decision that suffrage shall be extended to women as to men." "This policy having been disposed of as a practical issue, it would seem that the wise course is to accept the decision and, without continuing a useless controversy, to endeavor to devote the united thought and energies of the country to the great constructive task now confronting us." Mrs. Valentine read from Colonel Anderson's letter. Prolonged applause greeted this espousing of their cause by one formerly so prominently connected with the opposing forces. Rejoicing over the adoption of the Susan Anthony amendment in a number of States and determination, mingled with hope, that the Virginia Legislature would ratify it at the session in January were evident in the meeting yesterday afternoon, which resolved itself into a symposium in which eight prominent speakers talked on various aspects of the general topic -- "Concerning Woman Suffrage -- What Is the Matter With Virginia?" State Senator E. Lee Trinkle, of the Fifth District, fanned the smouldering res of hope for action in Virginia when he declared, in a short speech, that he thought the General Assembly would "stand for womanhood" at the coming session. As many as eighteen Senators were already to go on record as favoring equal suffrage now, said Mr. Trinkle. Give Five-Minute Talks. After five speakers yesterday afternoon had given four-minute talks on "What Is the Matter With Virginia," Mrs. B. B. Munford answered the question, "Well, Then What Is the Matter?" She declared that Virginia was slow in recognizing the sweep of the movement and was stupid concerning equal suffrage. Because this State has lagged, enfranchisement would probably come by way of action by the Federal government in amending the Constitution, she said. Mrs. Munford's address was followed by a talk on "The Ideal Commonwealth," by Miss Lucy Randolph Mason, and one on "Making It Right in 1920," by Mrs. J. H. Whitner, of Roanoke. In the symposium Mrs. Kate Pleasants Minor spoke on "Mothers of the Old South Want Suffrage"; Mrs. Thomas M. Meade, of Danvile, on "Mothers of the New South Want It"; Mrs. John M. Miles of Roanoke, on "Business Women Want It"; and Miss Bessie P. Taylor, of the Virginia Education Commission, on "Teachers Want It." GERMAN LINER IMPERATOR