Jane Addams to Paul Underwood Kellogg, July 27, 1915



800 S. Halsted Street

July 27, 1915

My dear Mr. Kellogg: --

I have a letter from Alice Hamilton dated July 20th in which she says "We certainly were told that regular rations of rum are served on the English side, and that before a bayonet charge the Germans give a mixture containing [sulfuric] ether, and the French, absinthe." This was not in reply to a letter from me but in response to Richard Harding Davis, et al.

I have been told by a Chicago doctor of the use of this [sulfuric] ether in coffee, etc. when the soldiers were to be specially stimulated. In time I believe we will get some straight information on the subject.

I am also enclosing a letter from a German soldier published in Jus Suffragi, a very responsible little sheet. You may care to use it to offset the English soldier.

I liked very much the resolutions which Miss Wald sent me, and which show how much work has been put into the matter since I left. I am sorry that I was so dull when I got back. I was so filled with many contradictory impressions that I didn't seem to be quite clear beyond one or two points, and I was also held in the grip of the conviction that it is so easy to still further confuse the situation. I think the calling of the neutral nations has been attached to us more than I ever meant, because it is usually construed to mean all or the larger part of the neutral countries.

I am sending you an extract from a letter I received yesterday from Miss Wales. You see, she too feels this difficulty! We are having a little meeting this afternoon and Mr. Lochner or I will write you later of it.

I wish I could tell you how much I appreciate all the work you have put into this Peace matter and how grateful I am for the Survey article. I know how much work those things are. I have suggested to Mrs. Benedict that the Survey article be reprinted exactly as it stands, size of page and all, and that I will later revise the matter for a more permanent pamphlet.

Faithfully yours,

(signed) Jane Addams. [page 2]

P.S. Miss Wald suggested in her letter three names for the first Commission. I don't think it would be at all wise to put me on, or any woman for that matter. I am afraid the President is not "for women" and I am also afraid that the European countries would construe it as a very strange performance. By the way, I hear that Tumulty is reported to have said that "the President has been much impressed by Miss Addams' statement".