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9 1893 "If I were mayor of San Antonio" On the eve of the opening session of the Texas Equal Rights Association, the state's first suffrage organizaton, a Dallas Morning News reporter interviewed four of the women who had issued the call for the meeting. The News gave extensive coverage to the proceedings of the first session. DOCUMENT* THE FEMALE SUFFRAGISTS A CHAT WITH FOUR TEXAS LEADERS ON THE MOVEMENT How IT HAS WIPED OUT CRIME IN WYOMING, WHAT MRS. FRY WOULD DO IF SHE WAS MAYOR OF SAN ANTONIO The female suffragists of Texas meet today at 10 a.m. in the parlors of the Windsor to organize a woman's party in Texas on the lines of female suffrage and all the reformatory results to flow therefrom. Tonight they hold a meeting in the hall of the Knights of Pythias, to which the Texas press association will be invited. A News reporter yesterday had a running interview at the Windsor parlors with Mrs. Rebecca Hayes of Galveston, vice president for Texas of the National American suffrage association, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Fry of San Antonio, superintendent of the suffrage department of the W. C. T. U. and member of the N. A. S. A., Mrs. Margaret L. Watson of Beaumont and Dr. Grace Danforth of Granger. A more intelligent quartette of ladies have rarely met in the parlors of the Windsor, and certainly none that have paid more attention to the science of government, respecting which all four of them appear to be equally well posted. "Ladies," The News reporter proceeded," it is unnecessary to say that Dallas, or at least the chivalrous portion of it, wish your movement accepted." "We are glad to know it," replied Mrs. Hayes, who then proceeded: "I was really agreeably surprised at the interest taken by the newspapers in this convention. They have published our call all over Texas, *From: 'The Female Suffragists, a Chat with Four Texas Leaders of the Movement/' Dallas Morning News, 9 May 1893. 84 DOCUMENTS 85 and in fact all over the United States. I received a letter this morning from Miss Clay, president of our movement in Kentucky—she is a daughter of Cassius M. Clay—complimenting Texas as being the boldest state in the south and predicting that it would come next to Kansas in the order of victory. By the way the late Kansas campaign will give our movement a great impetus in the south and west. The people's party is in harmony with us and the prohibition party, as you are aware, has a plank in its platform in favor of woman suffrage." "Do you ladies look for a female suffrage boom right off in Texas?" the reporter inquired, and Mrs. Watson with the prudence of a real estate dealer at Wichita replied: "We look for a steady, healthy, rapid growth." . . . "This is not an anti-man movement. We would feel so happy if we were equal partners . . . " Dr. Danforth, "Woman is going to occupy a different position in the world. Our industrial conditions are changing, and we will seek new avenues of usefulness." Mrs. Hayes—With equal rights we do not believe in universal suffrage ; we believe in equal suffrage with all the privileges it implies. "Serving as legislators, city councilmen and jurors?" the reporter asked in order to get at the bottom of what was implied. Mrs. Hayes—Yes. Mrs. Watson—Oh yes. "Talking of woman suffrage, it is to be presumed that you ladies argue that government under woman's control could not be any worse than it is now?" the reporter inquired and all the ladies smiled at the compliment. Regarding female jurors Dr. Danforth said: "According to the report of the governor of Wyoming they have driven crime out of that state." Mrs. Fry—If I were mayor of San Antonio I would have a different city. I would have it sewered, the streets cleaned and the gin shops closed up. The gambling houses of San Antonio are ruining its people. Mrs. Watson—It is a spirit of patriotism that moves us to save American institutions, and not that we expect to get any grand offices. People accuse us of being discontented, unhappy old maids, but they do us an injustice. Dr. Danforth—Well, suppose we have a woman president of the United States, is not the queen of Great Britain and Ireland a woman? Mrs. Hayes—I think it will come to that. It is argued...


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