The Co-Citizens

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Author: Corra Harris
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,102 / 129 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 351
Added to site: 2010.01.09 26240

By the terms of her will Sarah Hayden Mosely left all her fortune, consisting largely of mortgages on the farms of Jordan county and on various pieces of real estate in Jordantown, including the local newspaper, to the "Co-citizens league" on condition that it be devoted to the cause of suffrage. As administrators she appointed one man and two women, giving the women the balance of power. In making use of her bequest and in gaining their end the women use questionable methods, including political blackmail, and with the final winning of the vote the youngest and fairest of the board of administrators declares herself sick of politics and ready to settle down to darning the socks of her gallant and devoted lover.

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where some gentleman has also managed to retain the exceeding honour of being a man as well.

His long black coat-tails clung as close as a scabbard to his thin legs. He wore a high silk hat and a white carnation in his buttonhole. He looked neither to the right nor to the left. Apparently he was the one man in sight who was not concerned about the question of what had become or would become of the William J. Mosely Estate.

As he approached the Bank Building, a very large red-faced old man with a white moustache and goatee turned his head in the opposite direction, wrinkled his nose, which was naturally Roman and cynical, and grunted. This was Colonel Marshall Adams. He and the Judge did not "speak." They had not spoken to one another in thirty years. This requires great firmness of character when you live within speaking distance in a town where talking is the chief occupation. They both had that--firmness. It was always one of the agreeable sensations in Jordantown to see these two old men com


Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1915) Humor(Satire) / Political (Women\'s Suffrage)

R: * * * *

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  • Sarah Hayden Mosely has died. What she leaves behind, her will and the wealth it represents, will do more to and for, the residents of her county and state, than the total effect of all her living days on Earth.

  • She has left funds, from the Mosely Trust that she controlled, to establish \'The Co-Citizens\' Foundation Fund of Jordan County\'. The foundation\'s purpose, is in support of women suffrage.

  • The foundation has three prominent members, two women and one man. These three individuals must convince the men of the city, county and state to allow women the right to vote.

  • In addition, there was the money, loans, land and mortgages, held but the Mosely Trust, of which the organization has $20,000 a year, with which to work.

  • The foundation is cleverly lead and the new advantage it has, puts a different light on the balance of power and influence in the war between man and woman. Who has the greater staying power, the men, or the women that makeup and are known as \'The Co-Citizens\'.

I give it 4 of 5 stars.

The19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote in 1920.

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