SIX THE EVENING JOURNAL
Monday, August 13, 1917
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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. Why shouldn't the President be reminded of what the administration is neglecting? Other heads of nations are feeling the pinch applied by a persistent democracy. Kaiser Wilihelm is compelled to ponder his derelictions in regard to the restricted election franchise, and Lloyd George already had agreed to equal suffrage, which the British women have nobly earned. American women stand ready to respond just as freely, just as loyalty, just as unselfishly to the calls upon them, now that the United States is involved. Why wait until the war is over the accord what should be granted with spontaneity now? Considering it as a war measure, congress should have the Susan B. Anthony amendment to the Constitution reported out of committee forthwith, give it unanimous approval, and start it on its way to ratification by the various state legislatures. That will require three years to bring to a focus. In one hour congress can acquit itself of the measure. If it neglects to do so, it will remain an incubus on the national lawmaking body for months to come. Once before the two houses, it cannot fail of adoption. We hope the President will cut the Gordian knot by insisting on a vote.
vided for in the administration bills. Under the terms of the proposed act, soldiers, sailors and marines would be enabled to obtain