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SIX THE EVENING JOURNAL

Monday, August 13, 1917

Single copy 2c By carrier, weekly 10c

BY MAIL (COUNTRY) one year - $4.00 Six months - 2.00 One month - 0.40

Published every afternoon except Sunday by THE JOURNAL COMPANY at No. 400 East Broad Street, Richmond, Va.

S.T. CLOVER - President and Editor E.H. CHALKLEY - Secretary-Treasurer

Telephone - Randolph 6000

Foreign advertising representatives: N.M. Shef- Agency. Tribune Building, New York

VOTES, NOT JAIL SENTENCES

HAVING pardoned the silent sixteen suffragists for creating a disturbance - by standing quietly with the banners while an unruly mob leered at them - President Wilson has indicated his belief that they worse sinned against than sinning. However, to accept executive leniency would be awkward since, in that event, they would be under moral obligations to discontinue the picketing. Not wishing to forego what they believe to be an inalienable right, the martyrs to the cause at first were disinclined to accept the pardon, but reconsidered, evidently believing that a free suffragist can do more for the movement than one under lock and key. That is the only logical procedure. They have no become an issue, whereas their picketing practice was simply a matter of ethics. We altogether disagree with the toplofty attitude of the New York Times, which characterizes the conduct of the pickets as "unseemly and disgraceful demonstrations." Not a word of disapprobation for the cowardly mob that was the real offender against the law and whose leaders have earned the contempt of all red-blooded men. We deny that the pickets were obstructing the government now engaged in war. We might agree that they were embarrassing a negligent congress by their constant reminders of delayed justice, but the onus, clearly, is not on them.