About Modern Emma and Modern Drama
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ABOUT MODERN EMMA
AND MODERN DRAMA
ONCE FAMED AND NOTED ANARCHIST GOES IN FOR CULTURE
TALKS ABOUT FAMED PLAYS
Miss Goldman opposed to woman suffrage because she is against suffrage on principles.—Woman too arbitrary in authority
Emma Goldman, the noted anarchists, does not believe in giving woman the ballot.
“She will make not better use of it than man has and he has done nothing,” declared Miss Goldman last evening during an interview.
“Woman is by nature the more arbitrary of the two sexes, and in office shows this trait in particular against her own sex. I can give you a splendid example of what woman does, in the case of Katherine Bement Davis, commissioner of charities and correction of New York. Her methods of treating women under have been spoken of by the press as a truly female method. Some time ago a young woman, Rebecca Edelsohn, held a street meeting in New York city, denouncing any agitation for war between Mexico and the United States. For this she was arrested and given 9- days in prison.
On Hunger Strike
“The girl has an indomitable will and she immediately went on a hunger strike. This is her twenty-fourth day. Miss Davis gave instructions to let her get as near death as was safe and then feed her forcibly. Miss Davis had the girl’s mail sent back to the writers, denied her the newspapers and denied admission to press representatives. Meanwhile the other official who point out the fact that in England, with men in office, the militants are either forcibly fed or released, are sitting back in glee, delighted beyond words that Miss Davis is showing to the world what woman is doing to woman. In her every account, Miss Davis is showing the feminine arbitrary trait and suffrage is not gaining by it. Miss Davis is not the only woman official who has shown this characteristic, either. She is a rigid stickler for the law, and takes into consideration no charity, no compassion, and ignores the protests of suffragists or clubs that write her constantly to treat the case in a more humane manner. Miss Davis is referred to as the Turqo Mado of a free country.”
Miss Goldman declares that one of her most popular lectures is “The Place of the Church in the Economic Struggle.”
Influence of Church
Asked about the influence of the church and what she would substitute for it, she replied that the church never in history had, or ever would except through superstition, exert an influence for good. It was said that very often it was a restraining influence against evil and Miss Goldman replied by asking why so many former church people were found in the penitentiaries, brothels and other places where they should not be found.
“Were I at all mystically inclined, I would be a member of the Catholic church, for this church, more than any other, is most consistent. It has more consideration for the frailties of humanity than other churches and, more than all, it has the greatest hold on the control of the human mind. This accounts for her enormous membership. Other churches are make-believe without spirit and without purpose. Nothing which stands for or countenances superstition should be tolerated, and this what the church in general stands for.
Believes in Christ
“I believe in the teachings of Jesus, certainly, and were these followed by the church I would not take issue with them. Among the early simple people, the teachings of Jesus were followed, but as soon as the church came into control the church distorted the teachings, substituting its own interpretations, and insisting that the latter be followed, which of course is not religion as Jesus meant and lived it.”
Miss Goldman referred to the anti-suffragists in a contemptuous manner as being limited persons. The suffragists, she said, were fighting at least for something and the antis did not know whether they were fighting or whether they wanted to fight.
“Those burdened by the past,” she said, “would do nothing for the future.”
Miss Goldman lectured in San Francisco and Los Angeles for four weeks in each place on the subject of “The Modern Drama,” with large classes in each city. The same thing happened in Portland, from where she came to Butte. She has written a book which is just out on “The Modern Drama,” in which she analyses 33 of the modern plays by Bernard Shaw, Strindberg, Ibsen, Galsworthy, Middleton and others. She says the English field at present is the most prolific and Galsworthy, one of the most prolific writers.
Asked if she intended to hold lecture classes in Butte, she said she would be glad to arrange for them should the request be made and a sufficient number secured to carry on the class work.
Talks to Vassar Girls.
From here she will go to Chicago, where she has been requested to give these lectures before a crowd of Vassar girls, who are spending the next month there. The request came to her through Miss Margaret A. Enderson of the “Little Review,” published in the Fine Arts building, a magazine which Miss Goldman declares, is the best on published anywhere on the review of art, literature, science, etc. The lady will be in Salt Lake City in the spring to give her drama lectures before the women of the University of Utah, who have her lectures in hand. At Denver the city’s most intellectual women were among those enrolled in the course, including members of the Woman’s club, the university and the high schools.
On the war question Miss Goldman is emphatic.
“War goes hand in hand with stagnation in all culture, and culture will be set back a hundred years by this present European war.”
Miss Goldman will talk this evening at the corner of Park and Dakota streets on “Anti-War.” Tuesday evening she gives her most famous lecture on “The Birth Strike,” or “Why People Should Have Children.”
Miss Goldman declares that the woman, the mother, should regulate the number of offspring and not the church or state. She is anxious to have a large number of women present and says this lecture invariably draws a large house.
She may possibly, before leaving the city, give her lecture, “Modern Drama.” It is said that the request has come for her to do so from a number of students of the drama in the city. She is a guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edelstet, 602 South Washington street, during her stay in Butte.
“About Modern Emma and Modern Drama,” Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, MT) 25 no. 348 (August 17, 1914): 7.