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SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 1924%

PAL.5 EIGhT

THE MICHGAN DAILY

Women ndThe
Economic Problem
W. B. BUTLER
From about the time I was first able out everything that is not truly nee-
to spell out a few words of a news. essary.".
paper, the word "suffragist" meant to "But," queried Mrs. Catt, "surely
me some sort of a "he-woman" who there is work among the children?"
thought she was better than any man "No,".was the reply, "There are n
who had ever lived and much superioi children. The people cannot afford
to any other member of her sex. I "s, so there are no children
later learned to think of her as anl"Even in the United States," Mrs
Amazon, a tall, strong female war- Catt went on, "women come to me for
rior who wanted to make the world advice on how to alleviate the crush-
not only safe, but exclusively for j ing economic pressure to which they
women. are subjected. They ask me whether
But a week ago I had the good for- married men and women should con-
tune of talking with Mrs. Carrie Cati tinue with their respective work in
for a few minutes. I found her a the 'outside world' and at the same1
beautiful, -gray haired woman pasi time try to maintain a family, and a
middle age, free from all those ob home, or go on much as before mar-
jectionable qualities that my mascu riage?"
line point of view had preferred for "The economic problem here is stilll
her. Besides her clarity of thought the greatest obstacle women have to
and intellectual poise, the most re-hovercome."
markable characteristic of a first im- Then turning toward an answer of.
pression of Mrs. Catt is her voice. the question, "Are women physically
Mrs. Catt hlall just come back from and intellectually better fitted to do
Austria where she aided in 'the wo-1 many . kinds of the outside world's
men's movement there. She brought work than men?" Mrs. Catt pointedl
back with her pictures of a depression toward the achievements which the
which is changing the whole charac- - women's activities during the war put'
ter of continental life. Economic on record. "One British shipbuilder
pressure is so tremendous in such declared 'women are able to build an
countries as Austria and Germany, entire batthIship themselves,' while
where money has absolutely no value, anofher pointed to the-lumbering Eug-
that the entire physical, intellectual lishwomen: were doing in the forests
and social phases of life are over- ."During the war, too,". Mrs. Catt
turned. Doctors particularly, she said, went on to say, "women showed their
have nothing at all to do, many of executive ability. Educaton and train-
them who had great practices before ing, and experience with the advent
the war, are found .working in the of opportunity for the exercise of ex-
meanest, of government and commer- ecutive ability will find women taking
cial clerical positions. One great wo- places of higher responsibility, so
manphysician, she added,-was forced that sometime in the future ages, men
to slave in abject routine work. "Poc- and women will be able to cooperate
tors .have nothing to do," said the in their work in an approxmatlon of
woman. "The people are going with' an ideal life."

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PLAYS AND PLAYERS they are portrayed by marionettes.
(Continued from Page Seven) "A sort of animated funny page
came next: a beautifully manlpu-
solo the audience applauded, while cm et euiul aiu
s lated butterfly first, and then a fun-
the dolls acknowledged the tribute
more or less gracefully. The dane- ny little girl who was always fall-
in a eywell dlone--five or six ing and rubbing the spot after-
ing was verying dtna-time-each wards. Then a large clown ap-
puppets dancing at a time-each peared. He was half asleep, trying
keeping perfecttime. Every mar- to catch the butterfly for the little
ionette has its own peculiarities of girl and quarreling with her at the
motion, little details being caretully same time as well. He was very,
worked out. very slow, and the child danced up
"After a touching finale, with the and down in anger at him. Of
heroine sitting on the hero's lap course, when he was just about to
while a little cupid showered rose catch the butterfly he would always
leaves down on the two we had the turn and fall while the girl would
coda for the good children. Follow- try to prod him on. Finally a great
ing four elaborate settings with as snake caught him by the slack of
many as ten puppets on the stage his wide trousers and they went
at once, the very simple little green scooting off the stage-to the im-
meadow and hill was really pretty mense amusement of the half of the
-like a page from a picture book, audience it was made for, at least.
Four funny little men in yellow and "The last number on the program
green with high green hats appear- -the most convincing thing done,
ed. They were much smaller than I thought-was a pretty dance by
the other puppets, possibly half as four girl puppets in dashing pale
large, and came on with an exag- blue satin and white fur costumes.
gerated, sneaking dance, which grew They were in swings, and the com-
livelier and wilder, until one little bination of the rhythmic motion, the
fellow threw his hat up in the air, changing lights, and gorgeous
then his head, and then they all gowns made a very charming pic-
threw fheir heads up and. carefully tore.
put them on again. This happened ; "To be frank, some of the puppets
three or four times, when their were crude and even ugly-oftan
bodies from the waist up followed their faces remained decidedly set
the heads-keeping perfect time to and unnatural-but to balance this,
the music, remember,-and finally they were undeniably comical, the
the arms flew ofd, leaving each
figure dancing In several parts ladies were very grand and impres-
heads, bodies, arms, and legs. In. sive with their gold necklaces and
conclusion they Eot together all rustling silks, and about the enire
right again and danced away. performance there was a remark-
able verve and go that easily ex-
"This act had a change from day- I plained their remarkable vogue.
light to moonlight which was very
beautiful-the figures were so fanci- "Nothing so stales a demi-god's im-
ful that they seemed real. I hardly age as the perfumes burned before it
know how to express it, but pup-by his worshippers; the denser the
pets as people seem unreal, while
the unreal creatures of our fairy- smoke, the sooner crumble the feet of
tale memories become real when the idol." Huneker, "Rodin"

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