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Registration Of Women

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Chicago, Oct. 21.- The chief interest in ;he registration of votera which began pesterday centers in the action of the ft-onien, who claim that under the nev aw they should be allo wed to register, l'his is in spite of the fact that the election commissioners aDd the county judge have ient outprintedinstructionsto judgesand ;lerks not to register any women - except jhose naturalizad prior to 1870. But the ■omen get behind the opinión of their atjorneys, who they say h:ive as much right x express an opinioo ou ihe subject as the ittorney of the board of election commislioners. So yesterday morning mauy ivomen who want to exercises the privi lege of casting a ballot for the candidates (or school superintendent'presented themeives before the election officers. The State of the Case. The trouble is with the wording of the aw which wassupposed to grant to womn the privilege of votlag for school offi;er8. It has been construed by the law jfficers of the election board to require Lhat a woman, to be allowed to vote, must iiave been naturalized prior to 1870. The tvotuen have been figbting this before the board for a week, but the board has stuck to its decisión. And another thing the women "kick" ,bout is the refusal of the ïlection commissioners to construe the n-ords "niule citizens" in the law as inïluding women. Successes and Kailures. Notwithstanding these decisions the omen made rifls on a 1 the registration places yesterday and tried to have their aames put on the voting lists. But only it Hyde Park were they successful unless they could show naturalization papers Jated prior lo 1S70. At Hyde Park the udges comprornised and entered the rromen's uiimeí on slips of paper instead of the books, buc none of the judges would write the v-ord "qiialined" atter the name, even there. Amcoi those who went to be registered was Mts. Judge Tuley. She was courteously received, was sworn and answered all the questions, whereupon aer name was entered, but without the oecessary word "qualified" after it. At many of the precincts, however, the udges peremptorily refused to enter women's names in any manner. Miss Ada C. Sweet was one of these and she üas entered a protest. There were probably 10,000 women offered to register, 5,(ilO of whom got their names down.