Kansas Women in Literature

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EMMA TANNER WOOD.

Mrs. Emma Tanner Wood ( Caroline Cun ningham), a Topeka woman, began newspaper work in 1872. The result of those early years' work was "Spring Showers," a volume of prose. After thirty years of study and experience among the defectives, she wrote "Too Fit For The Unfit," advocating surgery for the feeble- minded. The story of Mrs. Benton, one of the characters, led Mrs. Wood to introduce a law preventing children being sent to the poor house. This was the first law purely in the interest of children ever passed in Kansas. Later, a law preventing traveling hypnotists from using school children as subjects in public exhibitions was drawn up by Mrs. Wood and passed.

Several years ago, a book on hypnotism, far in advance of the public thought, was written and is to be published this year.

Mrs. Wood is seventy years young and as she says: "finds age the very sweetest part of life. It is no small satisfaction to laugh at the follies of others and know that you are past committing them. It is equally delightful to be responsible only to one's self and order one's life as one chooses. Every day is a holy day to me now and the sweetness of common things, grass, flowers, neighborly love, grandchildren, and home comforts fill me with satis

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  • Title Page *
  • Effie Graham. 7
  • Esther M. Clark. 9
  • Mary Vance Humphrey. 11
  • Kate A. Aplington. 13
  • Emma Upton Vaughn. 15
  • Jessie Wright Whitecomb. 16
  • Myra Williams Jarrell. 17
  • Ellen Palmer Allerton. 19
  • Emma Tanner Wood. 21
  • Cornelia M. Stockton. 23
  • Margaret Hill Mccarter. 27
  • Margaret Perkins. 33
  • Anna E. Arnold. 35
  • Index. 42
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