Woman is part of man, and that part of man is returned to him
through a marriage ceremony. Christ said they are one, and shall not be
separated. This, the Bible teaches, and the people of sixty years ago
honored those teachings while the suffragettes of today dispute them.
They say the wife should operate independently of her husband.
If that is the case, they cannot be one. When the wife opposes the
interests of the husband or the husband opposes the interests of the
wife, they are two.
If woman is not given to man and their interests are not made one
through marriage, marriage is not a sacred institution, as we have
always regarded it. If marriage makes man and woman and all their
interests one, then in order to do that either the man must be given to
the woman or the woman given to the man. Many suffragettes claim the man
should be given to the woman and the weaklings say, "That's right."
When a man and a woman are married, if the ceremony does not make
them a family unit, then marriage is a farce and is only resorted to as
a matter of convenience and family rights supposed to have been secured
through marriage, are only "pretended rights" and will, through the
doctrine of Woman Suffrage, be effaced, as has been shown by the ease
with which divorces are obtained.
In olden times we considered that the female was weaker than the
male; that man was made strong for woman's support and protection, but
in these days, the suffragettes claim that woman is stronger mentally
than man and that it is her duty to protect and take care of him by
making laws for his control.
Every argument offered by suffragists is based on a false
foundation and when that is done, if the false foundation is accepted as
a correct one, they can give plausible and apparently reasonable
arguments in its favor. They all start from the foundation of man and
wife having two separate and distinct interests in opposition to each
If man and wife are one, their interests must be the same and they
will both vote for the same political candidate. Therefore, it would be
useless for the wife to vote, because the result of elections would be
the same without her vote.
No man can give a plausible or reasonable argument in favor of
Woman Suffrage without starting from a false foundation.
The arguments offered in favor of Woman Suffrage seem in
appearance to have come from the brain of one while standing in the
midst of a desert plain with mirage floating in every direction from his
While the female sex is weaker than the male and is, therefore,
dependent upon the male, no natural man denies the fact that his wife
earns her living while she remains in her own sphere of life. A man
thinks more of his wife and daughters than he does of his life and will
sacrifice it at any time for their preservation. He only wishes that he
could do more for them than he is able to do.
That is the natural man. He does not begrudge them his life's
work. Neither does he make slaves of them as charged by suffragettes who
claim they are forced into public life, and when in public life must
have the suffrage in order to protect themselves against the horrid men.
Those are the teachings of the doctrine of Universal Suffrage
which are disturbing the world today, and which will, if continued,
disrupt this government by first dissolving the "family unit."
The little canary bird that hangs in the parlor charms the family
and drives trouble away through its beautiful songs. It earns its
living, and none of the family envies the bird or call the care which
they give it a burden. Yet, it is dependent upon man.
The window is left open and the bird escapes into the open world.
It enjoys the life of commingling with strange birds. It likes the
freedom of its new sphere in life and refuses to be taken back into the
security of its former home, to be guarded and protected by those who
are able to do so, which liberty and independence works its destruction.
And so it has been and will be with the women who deny they are
dependent upon the men and escape from their homes into the open world,
into another sphere, that of commingling with strange people and engage
in the strange and unknown field of politics, where they cannot
accomplish any good for themselves or for the world and in which they
will meet all the difficulties that the little bird met. And their fates
will be identical with that of the bird.
Women were created weak and dependent upon men for the purpose of
keeping them in their own sphere, in which they must work for future
generations by bearing children and training them for the future. But if
the doctrine of Woman Suffrage is carried out, it will defeat that law
of nature which demands that women remain in their own sphere, and which
makes it possible for them to accomplish the designs of nature.
In the beginning, the women were dependent upon men for support
and protection. The women could not go out and destroy lions, tigers,
leopards and serpents to protect themselves, neither could they catch
deer, antelope and other wild animals on which to subsist. Men did that
for the women and they were dependent upon the men for their support and
It was the same sixty years ago with American Indians. Had they
deserted their squaws, those women could not have defended themselves
against wild animals, neither could they have captured a sufficient
amount of game for their sustenance. The female Indians were dependent
upon the males and could not have existed without them. They would have
died of starvation, but male Indians could have existed for one
generation without the assistance of the females.
The female Indians were dependent upon the males and it is the
same with white women today, as shown by the following illustration of
withdrawing the men from this country and leaving the women wholly in
charge of it. If that should be done te railroads would not be kept in
operation, engines would stand idle on the tracks, transportation
steamers would lie idle and decay at the wharfs; battle ships would
break loose from their anchorage and float silently over the thousands
of automobiles and electric cars would stand idle on the boulevards and
streets, there being no gasoline or electricity to run them; and the
exercise of barefoot walking would become fashionable.
In Chicago, animals from the Lincoln Park Zoo, such as possum,
groundhogs, monkeys, apes, wolves, wild cats, hyenas, panther, jaguars,
leopards, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, kangaroos, zebras, camels,
giraffes, bear, tigers, lions, buffalo and elephants would be marching
through the streets in search of their former masters who had fed and
cared for them with generous hearts and liberal hands. Serpents, such as
the boa constrictor and other reptiles, would multiply.
Large buildings, deserted by human beings would be inhabited by
vermin, rats and mice. Marshall Field's basement would be a swimming
pond for snakes.
Gas plants would be shut down; pumping station engines would lie
idle and the water pipes would be empty. Sewers would fill up and the
City of Chicago would become a swamp as of yore. The ladies would retire
at twilight and be charmed to sleep by the music of owls, crickets,
katydids and frogs.
The bridges which span the Chicago River, would be covered with
all kinds of vermin and water animals from the lake and river, rolling
and splashing in their slimy wallows, while the more active would be
taking sun baths on the railings and sporting at the games, hop, skip
and jump and blind man's buff on the beams and braces overhead, to cross
which would shatter any woman's nerves.
Farms would be overgrown with weeds and thistles, and the once
beautiful residences of the suburbs would be in a tumbledown condition;
porches filled with buzzards, owls, hawks and wild animals, with rats
sitting upright on the steps to welcome coming visitors.
Sugar factories would be shut down and bonbons would be things of
the past. Hats would go out of style and ostriches of California would
be happy in the possession of their plumage.
The women would not have power to combat with the elements and
surroundings much less support themselves, or enforce the laws against
the encroachments of their enemies (the animals). Yet we are told that
Woman Suffrage, the nonsensical new theory, would be better than the
old, and we are asked to delegate the power of control to the female sex
because the male is the weaker sex and has not brains enough to protect
and manage this government successfully.
Our women could not go to the Stock Yards every day and slaughter
the animals which we cat. They should not be expected to do so. Neither
should they be expected to take charge of the management of this
government, which would be more distressing and harassing to them than
it would be to grasp the bullock's horn and slash its throat with a
knife or plunge the dagger to the hearts of swine. Yet, it is proclaimed
from the platform by suffragettes "that man's sphere is woman's sphere,
there is only one sphere for both sexes, and there is not a right
belonging to man that is not the right of woman."
Should men engage in woman's sphere and take charge of a
household, prepare the meals; dust the parlor; keep the kitchen clean;
entertain lady callers and return their calls; take the children out
every day for an airing; order their clothing; put a trick in here and
there to make it fit; walk the floor at night with baby in arms singing
lullabys to quiet it; wash and change the children's clothing several
times a day so they may be sweet and clean on meeting the mother when
she returns from her manual labor, he would make a total failure and the
wife would have no better success in man's sphere.
Should man attempt to occupy woman's sphere, the world would be
better without him and it is the same with woman when she undertakes to
fill man's sphere, the world would be better without her. Neither of
them has the right to attempt to occupy the sphere of the other.
lf women are given the suffrage, they will continue to go into,
public life and men will be forced out of their sphere because women
will occupy their positions. And as I have before written, this woman
suffrage proposition involves the question, "Can women leave their
sphere in life and take men's positions and men leave their sphere in
life and take women's positions, and both of them succeed as well as
they would if they remained in the sphere for which God created them?"
We must answer NO.
The continual jangle and argument over the question of whether the
female sex is as intellectual and bright as the male sex, is simply
nonsense. The facts are that God endowed women with greater intellect,
brighter minds and better prepared them to fill positions in their own
sphere of life than he gave to men.
He created man and gave him a finer and better intellect to fill
his sphere in life than he gave to woman. In other words, man's
intellect is good and can be relied upon so long as he remains in his
own sphere, but when he departs from the work God has given him to do,
his intellect and brain power fail. It is the same with the woman, when
she leaves her sphere, her intellect and brain power fail and she makes
Each sex has been given strength, intellect, adaptability and
brain power to overcome the difficulties in the sphere in which it is to
God in His wisdom, created woman for a purpose and gave her
wisdom, intelligence and also intuition that she might accomplish those
things for which she was created.
It was the intention of our Creator that woman's greatest work
should be for future generations, to train and educate her children so
that when they came to maturity they would be great and good men and
women; and a blessing to the future generation in which they were to
Woman was not created to do heavy, coarse work. Had that been the
intention of our Creator, she would have been physically constituted to
accomplish that for which she was intended. She was not created to make
her own living and was not given the power to defend herself.
Men were created strong, robust and able to do the rough, coarse,
heavy work, will and wisdom were given to them to support, care for and
protect the women, which plan if carried out by both sexes, will make
happy homes and a greater and better world. But disobedience to the
plans of our Creator, will always bring trouble and distress. For that
reason, I have said that "this government cannot stand for any great
length of time, if governed by half female and half male votes."
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