>Although it was fun finding out, in Judith and Dennis Bradin’s Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy (Clarion, November) that Jane experimented with opium in college, perhaps more pertinent to this anniversary day is their inclusion of an excerpt of an article Jane Addams wrote for Ladies’ Home Journal in 1913, imagining that men rather than women were agitating for suffrage:
You are so fond of fighting–you always have been since you were little boys. [If you were allowed to vote] you’d very likely forget that the real object of the State is to nurture and protect life, and you would be voting away huge sums of money for battleships, each costing ten million dollars, more money than all the buildings of Harvard University. Every time a gun is fired in a battleship, it expends, or rather explodes, seventeen hundred dollars, as much as a college education costs, and yet you would be firing off these guns as mere salutes, with no enemy within three thousand miles, simply because you enjoy the sound of shooting.
You tell ‘em, sister.