LIPSTICK CASE IN HIGH TRIBUNAL NOW

ARKANSAS SCHOOLGIRL DETERMINED TO FIGHT FOR RIGHT TO COSMETICS

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Lipstick Case 1921

KNOBEL - ARK. JAN. 13 , 1923

THE FAMOUS "LIPSTICK " CASE OF MISS PEARL PUGSLEY AGAINST THE KNOBEL PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS DUE TO COME UP FOR ARGUMENT SHORTLY IN THE ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT.

PEARL HAD VIOLATED THE BOARD'S ORDER AGAINST THE USE OF COSMETICS AND SHE WAS TOLD TO EITHER GO WASH HER "ARTIFICIAL COMPLEXION" OR GO HOME . SHE WENT HOME.

THE BOARD EXPLAINED THAT ITS ORDER BANNING FACE POWDER , SHORT SKIRTS AND PEEK-A-BOO WAISTS IN SCHOOL WAS MADE BECAUSE "WE FOUND IT TENDED TO DISTRACT THE ATTENTION , ESPECIALLY OF BOYS IN SCHOOL ."

MISS PUGSLEY , HOWEVER , SAID SHE BELIEVED IN WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO USE ANYTHING ON THEIR FACES THAT WOULD MAKE THEM LOOK BETTER , AND BROUGHT SUIT TO FORCE THE SCHOOL BOARD TO SET ASIDE THE RULE THAT SHE MIGHT RETURN TO SCHOOL AND BRING HER POWDER PUFF WITH HER.

JUDGE W.W. BANDY , IN THE CLAY MONY DID NOT SHOW THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD HAD EVER SANCTIONED THE ACTION OF PROF N.E. HICKS, SCHOOL SUPERINTEND- ADOPTED A STRATEGIC PROGRAM , COUNT CIRCUIT COURT , SAID THE RULE WAS UNREASONABLE AND UNJUST THAT "BOYS AND GIRLS ALIKE MIGHT WEAR IT WITHOUT INJURY TO ANYONE , BUT DID NOT GRANT THE MANDAMUS , ON THE GROUNDS . THE CASE WAS APPEALED TO THE SUPREME COURT AND THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS FOR NOW HAS EXPELLED MISS PUGSLEY.

GETS MANY LETTERS

FIRST, THE BOARD RECENTLY ABANDONED THE TWO YEARS' HIGH SCHOOL COURSE IN VOGUE AT THE SCHOOL FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS . "LACK OF PROPER LIBRARY AND LABORATORY EQUIPMENT " IS GIVEN AS THE CASE FOR THIS ACTION . MISS PUGSLEY WAS EXPELLED , AND EVEN SHOULD SHE WIN THE MANDAMUS SHE COULD NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL SINCE THE HIGHER GRADES HAVE BEEN ABANDONED.

SECOND , THE BOARD'S PETITION IN THE SUPREME COURT STATES THE RULE BNNING USE OF COSMETICS HAS NOT BEEN READOPTED AND IS NOT NOW IN FORCE.

MISS PUGSLEY , THE "JOAN DE ARC" OF THE LIPSTICK WAR , IS NOW ATTENDING SCHOOL AT CORNING , SIX MILES NORTH OF HERE, WHERE SHE SAYS SHE IS DETERMINED TO COMPLETE HER EDUCATION.

IT WASN'T A DESIRE TO CREATE TROUBLE WHEN THE SUIT WAS BROUGHT , SHE EXPLAINED . " I MERELY FELT THAT MY TOES WERE BEING TRAMPLED ON , SO TO SPEAK , AND THE IRISH BLOOD IN ME BEGAIN TO BOIL. I'M GOING TO FIGHT THE CASE TO A FINISH IN AN EFFORT TO UPHOLD THE WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO USE ALL RESONABLE MEANS TO LOOK THEIR BEST AT ALL TIMES.

"ON HIS DEATHBED , MY FATHER WANTED ME TO CARRY THE CASE TO COURTS , AND I'M GOING TO DO JUST WHAT I THINK HE WOULD HAVE WANTED ME TO DO."

MISS PUGSLEY SAID SHE HAS RECEIVED A "HALF A TON OF LETTERS" FROM THOUSANDS OF ADMIRERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY , WHO ARE ASKING HER TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT SHE IS WAGING.