K. C. SUFFRAGISTS MEET EASTERNERS.
Speakers at Union Station Meeting Tell Purposes of Campaign.
One of the most distinguished assemblages of women which thus far has graced the new Union station yesterday met on the plaza in the cause of equal suffrage. A committee of twenty-five Kansas City suffragists, led by Mrs. Henry N. Ess and Mrs. H. B. Leavens, met the "Suffrage Special" as it passed through Kansas City on its way to carry the suffrage campaign into the heart of the West. With-an automobile as the "platform," the women held a suffrage meeting in front of the station between trains.
Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont, president of the Political Equality Association, and millionaire society leader and philanthropist of New York City, was absent on account of illness, but with Mrs. Inez Milholland Boissevain, attorney and advocate of "proposals" by women, will join the party later.
Some of the members of the party were: Mrs. Harriot Stanton Blatch, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, pioneer suffragist; Miss Ella Riegel of Bryn Mawr college, manager of the special; Miss Lucy Burns, national vice chairman; Mrs. Robert Baker of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Florence Bayard Hilles, daughter of Thomas F. Bayard, former secretary of state. All wore suffragist colors of yellow, purple and while ribbon.
"We are going into Kansas to free the women of Missouri, and into the West to free the women of the East," Mrs. Blatch said. "We will eventually force congress to adopt the Susan B. Anthony suffrage resolution, which will at one stroke give women equal rights."
The special stopped only half an hour on its way to Topeka. Many of the women declared that they will take up residence in Kansas, so that they can vote and help through this means to obtain the ballot for women in the states where they cannot now vote. All declared that a federal act is the only satisfactory remedy and that "piecemeal" state legislation at best is unsatisfactory.