Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 6, 1919, continued
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Sept. 6, 1919, continued
LEGISLATORS IN JACKSON FAVOR SPECIAL SESSION
Please note: This story is a continuation from Sept. 6.
Miss Pierce brought fresh news from the suffrage front. She says that the logic of recent events must soon force the hand of the governor.
“When we began our campaign in Oregon we had 12 states and no promises. Now we have 14 states ratified and 14 pledged that will ratify this fall and winter, making 28 states today. More may come in tomorrow. You can see that suffragists are on the last lap. Why should a progressive state like Oregon hold off and let time and money be spent in a safe state? Utah, Minnesota and New Hampshire all ratify this month: in October Colorado, Indiana and Minnesota come along. The other eight follow during the winter.
“Men and women in this state don’t realize that Governor Olcott’s position is the most reactionary of any governor in this country.
He wants the legislators to “legislate themselves into session” as Mr. Gore aptly put it; then he wants them to pay their mileage and per diem and all their expenses and then he wants them to pledge him not to mention any other subject at the session they have themselves called. No matter how important it is or what emergency may have arisen. As Mr. Westerlund says, the legislators refuse to “sew themselves up tight.”
Miss Pierce is also making a canvass of the women leaders of Medford. She finds them standing solidly behind their representatives. Mrs. Dora A. Price, president of the Civic Welfare Council, sums up the matter when she says, “It is easier to influence one man than to influence 90 men. Men and women both do well to concentrate their attention on the governor in his arbitrary point of view, not the legislators. There is not a group in the state more loyal to the interests of women than the men of Jackson county. It is up to the governor, not the legislators to call this session and to pay for it. Three dollars a day is a ridiculous sum to pay men to serve the state. They serve at a loss. I believe the session must be called this winter or we will be the last state in. A session in February is best for the farm and fruit men who will have finished the January business. I know the women of the county feel as I do on this matter.”
Miss Pierce will visit seven counties on this trip. Other suffragists are covering eastern and central Oregon. “We expect to prove to the state at large, if not to the governor,” says Miss Pierce, “that the time for action has come.”