Slatery and Others Heard Before introducing Dr. R. F. Openhimer, also a member of the present board, Mrs. French referred to the fact that Mrs. Belle Karns Morris was "unfortunately" on the People's ticket, but that friends and supporters of Mrs. French and Mrs.
Miller were anxious that she should be elected as a member of the (missing) Between three and four hundred
men and women, among them several of the independent candidates
for council and school board, greeted
Mrs. French and listened to an ad-
dress into which she injected a great
deal of humor, and sarcasm directed
at the People's ticket and the committee of 18. Mrs. French made her
talk largely an answer to an editorial
regarding her candidacy appearing
Monday in The Knoxville News, but
digressed at intervals to discuss the
failure of the committee of 18 to
place her on the People's ticket, and
the action of the League of Women
Voters in withdrawing its support
from her. She declared that only a
small part of the Knox County
League of Women Voters was lend-
ing support to the People's ticket,
and that later on the organization
would establish itself as the balance
of power in things political.
Mrs. French denied that she had
ever said the People's ticket should
be repudiated because it did not contain a woman, but that she herself
had regulated it.
"I also repudiate the committee of
Eighteen! I do not consider that
I would be progressive if I followed
them. Men will be progressing
when they are following me.
though." said Mrs. French.
She denied that she set the woman's movement above good government, but said that she had
worked for the enfranchisement of
women that good government might
come about. She said that she had
not sought to hold office, and that
she had never worked to put a wo-
man in public office in her life.
Mrs. French referred to the fact
that she was being accused of going
to the camp of the politicians. "They
tell me they are 'slick' politicians."
said Mrs. French, "but I do not
care, if they treat me well and if
they treat everybody else well. I
cannot help what they do 'on the
Would Keep Men Straight
The speaker said that many people
did not like her because she spoke
her mind too plainly, and she gave
due notice that if she were elected
to speak her mind would keep the
to speak her mind would keep the (sic.)
men straight." "Perhaps I am bold
about speaking the truth.' said Mrs.
French, "but its rather a relief sometimes among so many liars to see
the naked truth walking about."
She concluded her talk with an ap-
peal for support, to such a degree
that the primary would settle the
matter and she would not have to
continue her campaign for election
on September 2,
Mrs. S. L. Branch, campaign manager for Mrs. French introduced
Mrs. Thomas Peacock Miller, candidate for member of the school
board. Mrs. Miller stated her
claims for election, the chief one be-
ing her record as a member of the
present board. She said she considered herself the school patrons candidate, and that she would continue
her best efforts to serve them if
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