Jackson Harvey Ralston to Jane Addams, May 5, 1924

Attorney & Counselor at Law

May 5, 1924.

Miss Jane Addams,
Washington Hotel,
Washington, D.C.

My dear Miss Addams:

I have received from Mr. Alfred Bettman of Chicago, telegram reading as follows:

"Personal opinion is that opposition to tax special not deep or extensive but it has prevented and will prevent any well organized hospitality or meeting and while I consider there is not any danger of violence the General atmosphere will be tense. Acceptance of [Mr. Simons] Kuhns invitation has the value of an assertion of self respect and a determination to advance the cause of peace and would consequently furnish occasion for publicity upon the purposes of the League but there is not any possibility of giving it aspect of a community welcome or meeting."

My personal conclusion, based upon his telegram and upon general considerations, would be that while you may not get a warm reception in Cincinnati, there is not likely to be any disturbance and the fact of your Convention meeting there will, doubtless, be good. Certainly, it should set the minds of men and women running in a different direction and awaken some out of a present luke warm condition.

Very sincerely yours,

J. H. Ralston [signed]

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