Statement on Return to Hull-House, October 5, 1923



CHICAGO, Oct. 5. -- The tenement dwellers around Hull House are happy again because Jane Addams, who was threatened with death by illness in Japan, is at home again.

They showed their eagerness when she arrived. The youngsters, never fanatics about cleanliness, were scrubbed so as to be almost unrecognizable. Their elders, too, were on hand in their best. There were bands, ice cream and much handshaking and jabbering in strange tongues.

The Hull House neighborhood celebrated it as a holiday, for it meant that the noted settlement worker's nine-month tour was at an end.

Miss Addams smiled as she never before has smiled. Her hands were nearly crippled from shaking those of men and women who crowded the historic settlement. South Halsted street has seen few such days as this was.

Miss Addams said she had been greatly interested while abroad at the progress displayed by women everywhere. She was enthusiastic in her praise of the women of Burma and India.

"They are voting there," she said, "and, unlike many of our women, they exhibit lively interest in political things. A girl in Burma may vote at 18, while in England they are not enfranchised until they are 30.

"Women do not yet vote in China and Japan, but their day is not far distant. There is a substantial movement for suffrage in both the republic and empire.

"The international peace movement in other countries also interested me. Peace forces in Japan are marvelously organized. In [Tokyo] alone there are nine organizations united in one common movement for world peace. The liberal party in Japan works constantly to obtain peace."

The desire for self-determination, she added, is approaching a seething stage in Oriental countries.

"Everywhere," she said, "there is unrest and the tangible work being done to give the masses greater freedom."

Hull House found its chief looking uncommonly well, despite her serious illness recently.

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