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The Revolution: Notes About Women (December 1870)

In addition to it the original writing, The Revolution sometimes included what we now call a Listicle where they shared short items picked up from other papers or in letters written to the editors.

Some items were just relayed while others have a little editorial comment added. Those comments are in italics below.

Notes About Women

  • · “Feminary” is a new Western expression for female seminary.
  • · For the first time in thirty years the New Haven county jail is without a female prisoner.
  • · A charming girl in Covington, Ky., last week, giggled to the extent of dislocating her lower jaw.
  • · Mary Louise Boree is the first purely African girl whom the New Orleans schools have graduated as a teacher.
  • · New York young ladies are forming “walking clubs,” for the purpose of walking eight or ten miles a day.
  • · A German woman living at Batavia, N. Y., has this fall husked with her own hands over three hundred bushels of corn.
  • · Here is a specimen of wood-craft: “Miss Caroline Wood, of Iowa, has reclaimed 160 acres of wild prairie land, and has planted 200 fruit and 4,000 maple trees, all with her own hands.
  • · “A girl who has lost her beau may as well hang up her fiddle.” Yes, poor soul; there is nothing for her to hope for now, this side the grave. [Sarcastic humor was a hallmark of some Suffrage paper
    editors.]
  • · “A lady boasts of having read sixty French novels through during the last summer.” Such an evidence of well spent time and improved morals certainly does her credit.
  • · The spectacle of a woman driving a two-horse team, with two black bears and a cow chained behind, enlivened a Western city recently.
  • · A Mrs. Miller raised on her farm near Lawrence, Kansas, 3,000 bushels of sweet potatoes, valued at $1,800. Only fifteen acres were planted.
  • · At a Georgia fair, Miss Black, a. girl of fifteen, won the premium in a cooking match. Strange that a black girl should be able to do anything in Georgia.
  • · Mrs. Blanchard has been appointed justice of the peace at Portland, Me., and her husband is now the meekest man there, for fear she will send him up.
  • · Miss Pauline Fletcher, at the age of 14, an adept in all the mysteries of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and so forth, is the champion mathematician of Indiana.
  • · “Fifty ladies in the United States are studying with a view of becoming Ministers of the Gospel. The trouble, we fear, will be that some of them will not stick to the text.” Why not, Mr. Editor? Please inform us.
  • · Bessie Colton, of Cass county, Ind., boasts that she was once engaged to eight young gentlemen at the same time. Miss Bessie evidently has a lofty idea of the things one can reasonably be proud of.
  • · The following English magazines are edited by women Belgraria, by Miss Braddon; St. James, by Mrs. Riddle; Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, by Mrs. Beeton, and the Argosy, by Mrs. Henry Wood.
  • · Here is a specimen of what one might call meanness run to seed: “A fellow in Evansville, Ind., the other day, borrowed money of a girl to whom he was engaged, in order to pay for a marriage license, and expended the money in procuring a license to marry another woman.”
  • · A new literary department has just been opened in the Western metropolis. Surely Chicago goes ahead of everything in enterprise. A lady reporter goes to church, and writes up “Styles in the Sanctuary” for the Chicago papers.
  • · “The other day two young girls of Carlinvillc, Ill,, bound their drunken father hand and foot, and so kept him for two days. They finally released him on his promising to join the Sons of Temperance.” Compulsory pledges of reform seldom amount to much.
  • · “Mr. Oliver, of Boston, who was married to Miss Rathbone in Albany a few days since, among other gifts, received from the bride’s father a check for $50,000. It seems to us the money should have been given to the bride.” We think so too.
  • · At a barmaid show in London there were thirty-eight competitors. Miss Summers, who had number one bar also came out number one in the list of prizes, and became the fortunate winner of a purse of twenty sovereigns and a gold watch and chain.
  • · “The New York Commercial Advertiser states that a woman who sits on a street corner begging for pennies, and holding a wretched, sleeping child in her arms, rents the child for so much a week, and drugs it to continued somnolence.” This traffic in children for purposes of street beggary should be put a stop to.
  • · “At the annual school meeting at Lakeport, St. Clair county, Michigan, ladies were selected to the offices of moderator, assessor, and directors. It is claimed to have been done through spite.” This is the kind of spite we enjoy. We hope it will be manifested on all occasions where school officers are to be chosen.
  • · Mrs. Plank, who was born October 20th, 1765, is still living in her native town, Killingly, Connecticut. The venerable dame can walk about the house with the help of her staff; her mind is tolerably clear, and’ she distinctly recollects many things connected with the war of the Revolution.
  • · The Democrat thus complains of women who don’t want to be petted: “A Cincinnatti woman named Slaughtmeyer, is censured for jumping out of a two-story window to escape her husband, who wanted to pet her. He wanted to pet her with a hatchet, as was his usual custom. A man can’t take any comfort with such a woman as that.”
  • · In Austria, according to the Imperial Patent of 1864, women as well as men vote in the class of landed proprietors, and in Sweden women also take part in the elections. In Russia, where every household is entitled to send a communal voter, women are often sent to vote as representatives of the family.
  • · “A ladies’ debating society is the latest thing out in Flushing. Gentlemen are permitted to be present but not to talk.” The countenance of those gentlemen during the discussions must be a curious physionomical study. Don’t be cruel girls. Let them free their minds sometimes, provided they don’t insist on talking any more than you do.
  • · The Brooklyn Daily Times, after praising a sermon the Rev. Phoebe Hannaford recently delivered in that city, says that: “It is a question of grave doubt whether preaching by women can ever become general, since it involves what may be called physical impossibilities.” We want to know what those physical impossibilities are. Please Mr. Editor don’t take refuge in glittering generalities.
  • · “A society of ladies is being formed in Lafayette, Indiana, ‘the general objects of which are to free the members from the thralldom of fashion, and leave more time for pure, healthy pleasure, intellectual improvement, and ennobling pursuits, such as every true woman’s heart craves.’” We are delighted with this token of promise from Lafayette. May this society of rightminded women grow and prosper, and make their admirable example felt in other towns.

About The Revolution

The Revolution, a weekly women’s rights newspaper, was the official publication of the National Woman Suffrage Association formed by feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to secure women’s enfranchisement through a federal constitutional amendment.

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