North Topeka Kan. Aug 22 1912
Dear Miss [Addams].
I write to ask U to please use your influence to prevent the [dreadful] cognomen of Bull Moose from being fastened on the new party.
I come to U in <the> [interest] of the new party. In the [interest] of decency, good taste and [moral] influence.
There are many woman in Kansas who would gladly ally themselves with the new party [page 2] but for this horrible name.
Why: we would as soon be called elks, eagles, yellow dogs, or scats. All of which are known <here> and despised as drinking clubs <and hated> by all earnest and good woman.
Furthermore the name is pleasing the Democrats and Taft people wonderfully. Our Taft friends are asking us (with a grin) if we are bull moose? and I want to strike them. People of the east may not realize how much more repugnant these vulgar names are to the woman of the west, than to the [average] eastern woman, woman of the [page 3] west have an innate hatred for all vulgar <or low> terms, and names. So if U would have our hearty cooperation U would better use your best [endeavor] to sidetrack this horrid name.
(You may resent my statement regarding the modesty of the eastern and western woman but I know whereof I speak. I was born in the east, came west when young, have visited in the east, and have entertained many eastern friends and have heard this very subject discussed by friends who have visited east, and entertained eastern people) I do not believe that U would approve of this ugly name. And after your [speech] U [page 4] will have the right to be heard regarding this matter.
Have no doubt but many protests have been sent in, yet I believe they are more likely to listen to [you].
Had such a lovely clipping from one of our <western> papers, complimenting your [speech], <have mislaid it,> said it was the shortest of the kind ever made. That had U left out one word it would have been like leaving a brick out of a wall. Could we ask for a higher tribute to woman?
Oh: dear heart, we all love U out here. Hoping to see U sometime I am your loving sister, Blanche