Amy Woods to Jane Addams, February 23, 1924


February 23, 1924.

Miss Jane Addams,
Chicago, Illinois.

Dear Miss Addams:

As you will see by the enclosed letters, Miss Baer feels that we have not quite appreciated the anxiety of the International Board in regard to our Conference on April 30th. She feels that we should change the object and go forward urging the world conference for disarmament.

This does not seem feasible at the present time for two reasons -- (1) because we have gone so far in regard in urging the President to call for a debtor and creditor nations conference, and (2) because the people of the United States, or the Government, would not consider such a call, as she suggests, possible at the present time.

We have written this long letter of explanation to Miss Marshall, and are sending it to you and a copy to Mrs. Lewis. Will you kindly mail it at once to Miss Marshall with a little note, if you approve it.

I shall also send a copy of it to Frau Heymann, so that we may all know what each is doing.

I am concerned about getting [word] to Europe in regard to the delegates. The [check] has not arrived in this office. Perhaps you are sending it to Mrs. Lewis, or to Mr. Norton. Would it not be well to cable Mme. Ramondt and telegraph Mr. Norton the exact amount? If you will wire me, I will attend to it. I am just a bit fearful that there is some lapse between Mrs. Lewis and my handling it. [page 2]

I believe that when [your] letter comes and is sent out to all the members we shall get a hearty response. Certainly the expense is going to be great, and it may be that our $50,000 will not cover the additional amount for entertaining our delegates while they are here. I feel, however, that the plans which we have under way for the private car to Chicago, will perhaps help that situation. At least it will minimize the amount we must raise. Perhaps an appeal for people to finance some of this expenditure would help.

I think we must be careful not to fill our train with enthusiasts [who know?] little of the plans, but rather reserve most of the space for the delegates.

I am now taking up the question of whether we can run specials to the Congress from California, St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, New England, and Philadelphia. It would mean a special car holding twenty-four people, and it could be used with the same ticket cost of one fare and one-half for round trip.

I do not think that we can take in St. Louis on our trip to Chicago, but probably during the Summer School, we could arrange for special groups to go down to St. Louis and up to Minneapolis and Milwaukee.

I am somewhat appalled in the office, because we have so few volunteers in and around Washington to help us, and we have to limit ourselves in the number of paid workers. However, I think in the long run things will go all right, and you will all have to forgive the imperfections.

Please let me have your letter of appeal as soon as possible.

I will plan to be in New York sometime while you are there. I will take up at once the possibility of the foreign clubs meeting with us.

Notice will go out on Monday of the Board meeting to be held on the 25th and 26th in Philadelphia. We are including all other neighbors who are acting on the Congress Committee, in the invitation.

I shall also write to [Bertrand] Russell.


National Secretary.