By Kathryn Lasky
January 19, 1917
The wooden line has been occurring for over every week! and folks stated they wouldn't final an afternoon and the elements nonetheless has no longer damaged. what is extra is information of the wooden is spreading and an increasing number of ladies are coming from different components of the district and a few from as far-off as
Maryland and Virginia. President Wilson felt so sorry for them within the chilly that he invited them in for espresso yet they refused. They stated they'd basically are available to discuss a federal modification for the women's correct to vote. No espresso! This made me give some thought to Sojourner Truth's phrases approximately males who support carry girls into carriages and over dust puddles--that in fact is the straightforward half, similar to giving them espresso. Giving them the vote is the not easy part.
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She walked all the way through the bayonet. Blood spurted out of her, yet she wouldn't cease strolling. i feel I’ll pass downstairs to the backyard. I can’t come back to sleep now. a couple of minutes LATER it's so peaceable right here within the backyard. I received down on my knees and seemed very heavily on the rows we had planted. I see a few tiny specks of eco-friendly the place we sowed the radish seeds. Little tiny roundish leaves. If fairies had fingernails they might be no greater than those leaves. I may be chuffed, so why am I sitting during this backyard crying? 116 JUNE 23, 1917 the 1st arrests were made. Lucy Burns and Katherine Morey have been arrested past due the day gone by afternoon through significant Pullman, the manager of police. they'd been conserving an indication with President Wilson’s personal phrases, those approximately we will struggle FOR THE issues we've got HELD NEAREST OUR HEARTS. it isn't unlawful to wood as a result of whatever referred to as the Clayton Act. So as a substitute they charged the ladies with obstructing site visitors. considering the fact that they have been status quietly at the sidewalk many ask yourself how this is able to be. Father says that it'll by no means delay in courtroom and they might be instantly published and not delivered to trial. JUNE 25, 1917 Harriet and that i took the 9th highway trolley, the only the place Cassie is the conductor. She pretended she didn’t recognize us! at any time when we attempted to speak along with her she hissed, “I’m on responsibility. i need to now not be distracted. ” I don’t see what there's to be distracted from. All she does is take fares and 117 give out move tickets. It’s unlike she is using an ambulance choked with wounded squaddies, which i do know she would like to be doing. She was once one of these bore that we transferred after 5 blocks. JUNE 27, 1917 Father used to be flawed. Ten girls were arrested to date, thank goodness no longer mom or Auntie Claire or Harriet’s mom. yet six of those ten have been certainly judged responsible of obstructing site visitors, warned in their “unpatriotic and treasonable behavior,” and sentenced to pay a twenty-five greenback nice and spend 3 days in detention center. the ladies acknowledged to the pass judgement on that “Not a greenback of your positive can we pay . . . to pay a superb will be an request for forgiveness. we're blameless. ” so that they were despatched to prison. i believe that I should still write their names down the following, to mark them one way or the other for heritage even though i assume that will appear foolish, as their names are published within the newspaper. however the girls are Katherine Morey, Annie Arneil, Mable Vernon, Lavina Dock, Maud Jamison, and Virginia Arnold. they arrive from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, and North Carolina. 118 Mother says we're having “government by means of embarrassment. ” She says that the genuine crime was once now not obstructing site visitors yet embarrassing a president. they are saying that Wilson used to be livid with these indicators while the Russian diplomats drove in the course of the gates. it's a very bizarre proposal yet i believe she is correct. mom acknowledged that the ladies of the wood line have continually been civil and picketed in a relaxed demeanour, yet that the govt has now develop into uncivil via its efforts to avoid wasting face and never be embarrassed.