As we speak in Feminist Historical past is our every day recap of the key milestones and minor developments that formed girls’s historical past within the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and past. These posts had been written by, and are offered in homage to, our late workers historian and archivist, David Dismore.
February 14, 1913: The suffragist Military of the Hudson continues its advance on Washington, D.C., marching from Princeton to Trenton, New Jersey at present.
The troops have now lined 53 miles in simply three days since leaving Newark.
“Our ft could also be sore, however they don’t seem to be chilly and each certainly one of us will stick it out to Washington,” declared Common Rosalie Jones, as she, the opposite full-time hikers, plus Elizabeth Freeman within the literature (“ammunition” ) wagon pulled by Lausanne, the suffrage horse, in addition to Olive Schultz, forward within the scout automobile, all left Princeton this morning.
The pilgrims had been accompanied to the sting of city by a crowd of a number of hundred Princeton college students. They had been in all probability the identical ones who greeted the hikers so enthusiastically yesterday, and gave the weary vacationers little sleep final evening as they cheered exterior the hikers’ resort till fairly late. Whereas on the highway to Trenton, the Princeton boys had been changed by some Lawrenceville Academy lads who marched alongside for some time carrying a big “Votes for Girls” banner and cheering “Sis increase ah! Sis increase bah! Coo, coo, suffragettes!”
Whereas the hikers had been preoccupied with making speeches to the principle physique of Lawrenceville college students at their faculty, a small group of boys quietly borrowed the ammunition wagon and drove round with it for about ten minutes. However it was returned undamaged and nonetheless nicely stocked with suffrage brochures, so no hurt completed.
Upon arrival in Trenton, cops on bicycles joined the pilgrims as they went by means of city. The little parade was cheered by crowds alongside the sidewalks because the troops made their solution to the Trenton Lodge. There the hikers discovered many valentines ready for them from admirers who had learn of their journey within the newspapers. There’s a contingent of “battle correspondents” alongside for the journey sending every day stories again to their papers, so this tiny band of hikers is getting nationwide publicity.
After all, 53 miles in three days is difficult on the ft, and hardest of all on Corporal Klatchken. She was already hobbling a bit yesterday, however regardless of her blistered ft, continues to be refusing to just accept any rides, and was voted “pluckiest of all” by the troops tonight.
Because the marchers had been going by means of Princeton, it appeared solely applicable that Common Jones ought to ship greetings to its most well-known resident. Although President-elect Wilson was in Philadelphia at present, a letter was delivered to his house by Mary Boldt, accompanied by bugler George Wendt, a number of different hikers, and a lot of Princeton college students.
The letter mentioned: “My Expensive Mr. Wilson: A small band of votes-for-women pilgrims from the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio earnestly request of you an viewers for no more than two minutes in Washington as quickly after your arrival as attainable. They want to current a message to you. Thanking you upfront to your courtesy, i’m, very sincerely, Rosalie Gardiner Jones.”
After arriving in Trenton, Jones and her military joined in a beforehand scheduled rally in favor of amending the New Jersey Structure to authorize girls to vote. This was adopted by a banquet within the hikers’ honor, and eventually a night on the theater, the place Common Jones and Elizabeth Freeman had been invited to make speeches between the acts.
One of many night’s main occasions occurred again in Princeton, nevertheless. Mary Boldt, who had arrived there nicely forward of the opposite hikers final evening, had been considerably bowled over by the surprising and overenthusiastic welcome given her by a big and boisterous crowd of Princeton college students. Since there have been conflicting stories circulating across the campus at present concerning the incident and her response to it, she motored again from Trenton to reassure the scholars that she held them in excessive esteem, and appreciated their enthusiasm.
Apparently, the admiration felt by Boldt for the scholars was mutual. They gave her one other rally, and when she auctioned off her pilgrim’s cloak for the trigger, it was minimize into strips that the scholars pinned to their lapels as an indication of help and affection. There was additionally a brisk enterprise in postcard images of her. Then there was one last – and far appreciated – present of help. When the car carrying Boldt again to Trenton broke down after half a mile, all of the boys ran to her assist. They pushed the ailing machine again into city, the place it was mounted, so Boldt was in a position to end her return journey again to the military’s momentary barracks on the Trenton Lodge. Tomorrow, on to Burlington !