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James, Ada Lois, 1876-1952 / Ada James papers, correspondence, 1912, Nov. 8-Dec. 23
Wis Mss OP, Box 17, Folder 3 ([unpublished])

[Letter to comrades: Richland Center, Wis., Dec. 13, 1912],   pp. [unnumbered]-2 PDF (602.0 KB)

Richland Center, Wis.
Decemberl3 1912
Dear Comrades:-
This is to be a pardnership letter, as I can net find
the time to write to you all as fully as I should like to.(Se please
consider that this letter includes 7i8s James, Miss Swart, Mrs. Hesper
a4 yourself.)
There is so much to tell ;eu I hardly knew where to begin.
December 4th I went to Ladison to confer with Miss Stearns and see if
she was in favor ef calling a convention next month ef all the suffragi
in the state. This is what we decided to de :- Issue a call for a con"-
vention to be held in 2!adisen, January 22 and 23. Mrs. Chyneweth will
see about csecuring the Woman's Building for the day s essions andthe
Assembly chanber fa the evening. 'Ye have witten to Braind Whittleck
told secure him if possible for the evening. Of course we are hoping
he will attract our Tngisla4   . The call will be signed by Miss B-ide,
Miss Stearns, Yr. k. A. J. Upharm nd - nyself.xY-xzx
Liss Stearns is TIpee0d tohaving any branch organizations
whatsetver, even county organizations, she i! also nmposed to any salari
ed officers with the exception ef stenographers. She says she was elects
on this platform, I have written her that I think all this must be dp-
terminea at the convention and by the cenventiln.
Personally I am heartily in favor of hiring competent
women and not turning any fanat ic and crank into the field if she
chances to have seene time or money. They do mere harm than goed. It
aught to be women of experience and ability. I think we aught to have
a salaried executive secretary and president possibly, and as many
qualified organizers as we can afford. I appreciate the privalege of
being at home as never before and I am willing to pay for the priva-
lege by doing my housework and making a monthly contribution to the cam-
paign fund. I do wish tlMrs. Youmans might be elected president and in-
duced to take it. I should very much prefer her to Miss Stearns for many
reasons, In the first place she has net the time to give it, aside
from her regular work. she is nreAsdAnt af th T'. +      f..1  --f' *

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