Carrie Chapman Catt - Diaries, Europe, South Africa, August 2 - November 15, 1911 (Box 1, Folder 1)

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Diaries of Carrie Chapman Catt, a noted leader in the woman suffrage movement, written during a trip around the world.

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Diary Trip around the World.

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It was my intention to make notes, day by day of this trip and to illustrate it by postals in order that I might have a record for reference afterwards It was impossible to do this and now. Aug. 2. 1911. I must make brief notes from memory of the events of the past four months.

On April 8th, Mary G. Hay and I set sail upon the Amerika. of the Hamburg-American Line, a ship with most modern equipment, including a "life" We arrived in Hamburg, probably about the 17th early in the morning and spent an enjoyable day, altho [although] the heat was oppressive and we were too warmly dressed We went about the town, visited Hackenback's famous zoölogical garden, took dinner at Kimpinski's justly renowned restaurant and packed preparatory to an early start the following morning.

Our journey to Copenhagen was without incident and we found a warm welcome from friends upon our arrival chief among them being dear, Mrs. Münter. We went to our old [Hoūl Kougen of Dänmark?] and occupied our old rooms. They had been made gay and beautiful by many cut flowers and blossoming plants. Mrs. Münter took dinner with us, or rather she presented us with a dinner in our room. On [Saturday] Thursday/the following

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day we went shopping, purchasing a small trunk in which we packed our steamer wraps preparatory to shipping our trunks by water to Stockholm, [whill? while?] we should go by rail to Kristiania [now Oslo]; also a plaster group of St John preaching, after Thorwaldsen, and several pairs of gloves. The Danish gloves are the best made we think. We then lunched with Miss Alberti, at the "Loesforening" the wonderful Ladies Reading Club of which she is president. A building had been erected by it since we were there. The architectural originality of the plan had won a government prize. The Club has 6000 members. The building contains a Woman's Hotel which is continually crowded and is doing splendid work for the women of [Denmark?]. That evening Mrs. Munter's Suffrage Club gave a meeting to its members and some invited friends at which I spoke for an hour. It was followed by supper for sixty persons where there were the usual Danish toasts. This was held in our hotel. Friday evening there was a meeting in the [??] Palais with 800 present. The two societies had united to arrange it. Miss Hausen acted as interpreter; Mrs. Münet made a speech and I spoke for 45 minutes. It was a great success. That morning we visited the

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the Parliament and were introduced to the Prime Minister, the leaders of the Parties and many important men. On Saturday we lunched with Miss Housen and her officers. In the evening Mrs Münch gave a reception for me. Upon both occasions there were speeches to which I responded. On Sunday there was a reception at Mrs. Charlotte Norries for the Women's Society of National Defense and again I spoke. In the evening there was a dinner at [Mrs Müncters?] and the guests were mainly diplomats. With a record of six speeches in four days, we left Copenhagen early on Monday tired and happy. Upon every side we had seen evidence of the change of public opinion since our stay there in 1906, our reception had been most cordial and our respect for the democratic little country of Denmark had greatly increased Claud Berentsen [Klaus Berntsen] was Prime Minister, a former teacher and product of the public schools.

I shall always regret that it was impossible to write an account of the visit to the three Scandinavian countries when my impressions were fresh and vivid. We arrived [in?] Kristiania [now Oslo] Monday evening A reporter came down the road to meet me and have

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the first interview. A "Press Party" met me at the train and arranged a date for an interview. The reporters were chiefly women. Their [??] were quite American and the press manifestly realized the true significance of the step taken by Norway. We staid in the Grand Hotel

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A beautiful day's excursion was arranged to [Boxenkollen?], where we lunched. The weather was superb and the drive a rare pleasure

The views from the above Sanatorium were most inspiring

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