The following is an article written by Maude C. Waitt (under her married name Mrs. W.G. Waitt). I found this on The Ohio Channel but as they did not note what paper it came from and I was unable to track this, I could not say which periodical it is from. Having said this, I would say it is from one of the Cleveland, Ohio (Lakewood) newspapers as she lived in Cuyahoga County. Ms. Waitt was the first female state senator. The Ohio Channel did note that the date this was published was on January 21, 1921. I have not edited this save for a missing quotation mark by the paper.
A Dream and What Came of It by Mrs. W.G. Waitt
Last night I dreamed a dream and beheld a vision.
I thought I stood upon the shores of a great inland lake and a fair and beautiful city stretched before me.
And as I looked I saw in many homes – on many streets groups of earnest faced women who seemed to be intent on studying something. And ever and anon they would lift their eyes to messages which shone with a pure and wonderful radiance.
And after reading these messages their faces were illumined and they returned to their study with renewed zeal.
And as I drew closer I was privileged to read these flaming messages, “Arise, women voters from the North and South and East and West in this your union together – strong of faith and fearless of spirit and pledge yourselves and all that you are to a new crusade, a crusade which shall not end until the electorate of this republic is clean, intelligent American.”
“I pledge myself never to cast a vote for any measure which has not been submitted to my intelligence and ratified by my conscience.”
“Hold fast to those high ideals of public service which have been handed down to you form women who received inspiration from the Holy Fire of Divinity itself.”
And as I stood there curious – but understanding little which I saw I turned and saw at my side an Angel of Light.
And I said to him “What are all these women studying?” And he replied “They are studying the laws of the nation, state and city.”
“But,” I said, “it seems strange to me that they should leave their homes and children to study thus together.”
And he said, “They are leaving their homes and their children that they may learn better how to protect them. It has been revealed to these women that home cannot be contained within the four walls of an individual house – that home is the community and the people who live in it are the family, and the public school is the nursery and upon the welfare of the one depends the welfare of the other. And sadly do they all need the mother touch.”
“But what use do they expect to make of this knowledge,” said I.
“They are building for the new vision where men and women work together, each administering and governing according to his or her special abilities.”
“But are they not satisfied with the long reign of man?” said I. And the angel made reply: “Many women feel that a great share of the evils of society come from one half the human race with only half the intelligence and less than half the moral power making all the laws of the world alone.
“But what does woman feel she can add to the superior knowledge of man gained the long agest through? She expects to bring quicker intuitions, better moral standards and higher ideals.”
“But said I, half in anger, “Who is this new kind of woman who dares to think she can add to the superior knowledge of man?”
“This,” he made reply, “is the new woman citizen and you behold her in preparation to take her place at the council table of the nation.”
“But who is she and from whence did she come?”
And he said: “This is she who at man’s side stood and received with him the primal curse. This is she, who at his side passed the dread angel of the flaming sword went driven from the garden.
“This is she, who unfailing, weariless and unafraid has borne with man the heat and burden of the day.”
“But she is so new, so untried, can she be trusted?” said I.
And he answered thus: “When God sent to earth his only Son in whose arms was he laid? Whose was the breast that nourished Him?”
And the beauteous vision faded and as I slept I dreamed again. And once more I found myself on the shores of the same great inland lake and the same fair and beautiful city stretched before me. And I saw earnest men and women working together and the light of mutual understanding was in their eyes.
And I saw women working in peace and concord and the light of sisterly love was shining in their eyes. And I said to the Angel of Light still standing by my side: “What is this place?”
And he said: “Heaven is found on earth and here is the city of the new vision building by men and women working together. This is the ideal toward which humanity has been struggling the long ages through – this is the city of Lakewood, O.”
AND WHAT BECAME OF IT
Because of this dream, during the month of February, 1921, a new plan for citizenship classes originating with Mrs. Waitt, will be tried out in the City of Lakewood.
Twenty women have consented to become leaders of twenty groups – each of these groups to contain twenty of their friends or neighbors.
For four consecutive weeks in February these groups will meet and discuss questions relative to the State of Ohio. Said discussion to be followed by a talk-fest and a cup of tea.