National Affairs: Milholland Memorials

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Lucy Branham, one of the ladies who was dispatched by the Joint Amnesty Committee, to heckle the late President Harding on his trip across the country last Summer* —the reason being that he had not pardoned all prisoners convicted under Wartime laws—has undertaken a new task. She is to go to "all the colleges of the country" to organize Inez Milholland memorial organizations.

Inez Milholland, or Mrs. Eugene Boissevain as she was by marriage, was, like Miss Branham, an ardent suffragist, and an agitator for organized labor.

She was graduated from Vassar in 1909, having been President of her class in her Junior year and having broken the shot-put and baseball-throw records. After her graduation she tried unsuccessfully to enter Harvard and Columbia Law Schools. In 1912 she finally secured her LL.D. from New York University Law School.

Immediately she plunged into the shirtwaist and laundry strikes in Manhattan. She joined the Women's Trade Union League, the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and the English Fabian Society (the Socialistic group of which Bernard Shaw was once a prominent member).

She died at the early age of 30, while on a speech-making tour in favor of Charles E. Hughes, then a candidate for President. Worn out from her exertions, she was unable to rally from a throat infection.

Edna St. Vincent Millay, poetess, another Vassar graduate, became the second Mrs. Boissevain last Summer, and was one of the Committee of the National Woman's Party which last week called on President Coolidge to urge the " absolute equality " amendment to the Constitution.

* The heckling plan was ultimately abandoned, in deference to good taste.