Vilma Glücklich to Jane Addams, January 8, 1924



6 Rue du Vieux-Collège

8th January 1924.

My dear Miss Addams,

Let me first of all thank you very heartily for the extreme kindness to send me the lovely picture of Hull House which arrived this morning, just before Gertrud Baer left Geneva. It came as a good beginning of the New Year which will -- I shall try to believe so -- be less disheartening for Europe than 1923 has been. I was awfully depressed at its end, so that I badly needed some days of change and went to meet Gertrud Baer in the Swiss mountains, at [Château-d'Œx], where she had to stay for some days in order to get rid of a rather serious cold. We passed three lovely days in the lovely place and enjoyed the extraordinarily great amount of snow, then came down and worked hard to get out the Preliminary Agenda according to the answers we had got to both our circular letters; it went to the European Executive Members and within a week will go as fast as possible everywhere, first of all to you and to the U.S. Section.

I was very glad to know that you like the Bulletin; I feel it always so antiquated when it gets out and dislike it after the martyrdom of working with Swiss printers. Now I can at last begin to edit the following issue, which has to contain a rather noisy Congress Appeal and the design of Mme. Tunas which shows the ways leading to Washington from all the world and which you will like too, I hope. Would it be very immodest to ask whether you would kindly send me some kind of personal message for the next issue?

If I take the courage to suggest some work to be done by you, it is because I hope that you feel [alright] again. It is this hope that encouraged us both, Gertrud Baer and me, to plan for a survey of the League's work in these ten years to be given by you at the Congress. Our office will gather all the material, printed and new, that can be used for this purpose and send it over to you as soon as possible. In case you should not feel well enough to take up this piece of work, we shall ask Miss Heymann to do [page 2] it; but you [realize] that it would be most desirable and attract a much bigger audience if you could do it.

As to steamship rates I am sorry to say that neither the American Express, nor the Wayfarer's Agency at London, nor Cook has given us any answer. I know only that the ticket of Gertrud Baer for which I advanced her a check on the New York Park Bank left here by Miss Balch costs $140.- one way. I offered Mrs. Lewis to advance the money for it before I got the notice of the Park Bank that Miss Balch has moved $2500.- to a Chicago Bank, but I hope she has not given any order against paying checks out of the remainder; I suppose that I shall have to advance money to other people too and have asked the vice-presidents to entitle Mrs. Palthe to help me out in such cases if needed. I shall certainly do it only where it is perfectly legitimate.

People are asking for information concerning [railway fares] in America and cost of living there, so that I had to cable Miss Woods the other day for a budget of average expenses.

I am very glad that our three excellent Munich people are going over early. As for myself, I have the feeling that I should be much more useful if I stay here. I never was very fit for Congress work, I am less so now; I am not optimistic enough to stir up people to great activity and I am needed here very badly just at such a moment. Mme. Tunas is working with the greatest zeal and devotion and proves more helpful from day to day; but I am afraid the responsibility of the whole office would be too heavy for her and I should not like to risk an illness of her after all she has suffered last year. Perhaps the Congress will give you the opportunity to find again such an excellent worker for Geneva as Mrs. Karsten has been. With an English speaking secretary of her kind, perhaps a French clerk and Mme. Tunas would be sufficient and the higher salary for me could be saved. -- We have now got a new book-keeper instead of that Miss Balch had engaged; she comes once or twice a week and -- although not being a very famous expert -- is working conscientiously and I hope that our books will be more comprehensible than they have been last year.

You will see in our circular letter that we do not speak of two delegates from each section to be invited, but of one and eventually two from the larger sections. It is because we felt it most important to have France well represented and to invite rather more delegates from there and perhaps one only from countries in which the section is not strong and the political situation does not want to be immediately considered.

As to public meetings you are of course entitled to prepare them according to local exigencies. There was only the complaint at Vienna that National Sections had not been asked whether they agree with the speakers chosen from their country. So it would be advisable to send the invitations through the National Section.

Since the 17th November I have been urging suggestions and some have come in as you will see from the circular [page 3] letter. It proves awfully hard to get the names of delegates, as it seems such a great decision to European people to promise to go to America; even Miss Marshall is not yet decided and has left me alone until now with all Congress matters.

I hope that from the 15th inst. when the Preliminary Agenda is to go out, we shall have a real [cooperation] of sections and Executive Members for all the work of preparing the Congress. Mme. Duchene proposes to meet in France before Easter time and talk over matters with those Executive and Consultative Members who cannot attend the Congress; I have sent out the proposal, I wonder how it will be received.

With all good wishes for your health and for a good result of the big peace of work you have charged yourself with,

devotedly yours,

↑with sincere regards↓

Vilma Glücklich [signed]