100 Years Ago Today (November 14, 1911)
The Evening World, November 14, 1911 -- In the final edition of The World, Evening Edition, dated Tuesday, November 14, 1911, out of New York, had the following frontage headlines: "New Cardinals Cheered By Thousands of Children As They Start For Rome," "Mayor's Greeting To Women A Slap At Suffragettes," "Stolen $422,000 May Be Traced By Rothschild Will," "White Wings Beg City To Take Them Back In Old Jobs," Invalid Girl Saves Life of Woman Ablaze," "Taft Message Will Deal With High Food Prices," "Paul Beattie Retracts Story At Murder Trial?"
We shall look at just a few of those articles from 100 Years Ago Today, November 14, 1911. Let us start with "Mayor's Greeting To Women A Slap At Suffragettes," which Mayor Gaynor, in peevish humor, opened the convention of the New York State Federation of Woman's Clubs at the Hotel Astor, gave the suffragettes an unexpected shock when he said at the beginning of his address that his "Head was so full of ash cans he could hardly think of anything else."
Then Mayor Gaynor handed a slap to the suffragettes which pleased the "anti" faction, though he tempered his remarks to please the vote-wanters by declaring that the men couldn't keep the ballot from them. The convention is about half and half on the suffrage questions.
The Mayor said, "I do not know really what you are driving at. I am not well enough acquainted with the work of the women's clubs in the State -- although my sister belongs to the one at Utica -- to know just what you are doing; and it is the easiest thing in the world, therefore, for me to put my foot in it, as the saying is, if I go to advising you."
Mrs. William Tod Helmuth, speaking later after the Mayor and referring to the Mayor's remarks, said, "We have worked for forty years and haven't broken down yet. We don't expect to do anything in twenty-four hours, but when we do it will amaze even His Honor the Mayor."
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