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"Correspondence, March-April 1915", Item 019

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THE WOMAN'S JOURNAL 585 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts Telephone: Back Bay 4717 Contributing Editors Mary Johnston Stephen S. Wise Josephine Peabody Marks Zona Gale Florence Kelley Witter Bynner Contributing Editors Ben B. Lindsey Caroline Bartlett Crane Ellis Meredith Mabel Craft Deering Eliza Calvert Hall Reginald Wright Kauffman Assistant Editor Henry Bailey Stevens Editor-in-Chief Alice Stone Blackwell Manager Agnes E. Ryan April 17, 1915. Dear Mrs. Taylor: This letter is urgent. It refers to "The Big Four" which is outlined in the little booklet enclosed. I know you will enjoy Miss Blackwell's picture and the allegory. As you will see, we have undertaken a gigantic task: the task we have been working toward for several years, making The Journal give efficient, organized aid to each State and making the paper self-supporting. It looks this year as if we could actually reach the double goal. But the big "if" is: will the States think we are "mad", or will they see that it is not only possible, but to their advantage, and give us the hearty support the plan needs? We are counting on Virginia for the right answer. The Virginia Legislature meets next year, and you are making preparations to create suffrage sentiment enough to get a bill through. Won't this plan, put into effect right away, build new and stronger sentiment; won't it knit your organization together; won't it give the bill and campaign to follow just the backing they need? The Journal will print the returns from the different states week by week. Won't it be an exciting race! Virginia, with its splendid big leagues in Richmond and Norfolk, should be among the first to gain the one thousand goal. It will be of very great help if you will send me the names and addresses of the presidents of all the local leagues formed in Virginia since 1912. I want to get in touch with them all. In the meantime I am sending you a package of special 'Virginia Blanks' and several copies of our booklet. Won't you distribute them among your workers? Sincerely yours, Agnes E. Ryan Mrs. Alice O. Taylor, 301 East Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia. AER:VES. Can't you send a blank in each letter you write to workers?