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"Correspondence, March-April 1915", Item 024

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"Queer Things for Gifts" The Brooke Shop 730 Fifteenth Street N.W. Washington, D. C. MINNIE E. BROOKE TELEPHONE MAIN 1914 KUNNINGEST KARDS EVER KARRIED The street speaking has done wonderful work wherever it has been given a test (with proper speakers of course) and it is absolutely the only way to reach your men. We have gone slowly long enough, my dear, and how can we allow ourselves to be held back, when two million of our dear children are crying to us with outstretched hands to be saved, and we can do nothing until this Use has been given us. I am only sorry dear friend, that a woman with your progressive spirit must still be kept down by tradition and imaginary modesty, but I understand how it is, at any cost Peace must be conserved. Are you going to be President of the new formation? If not, why dont you break away and form a Congressional Union spirit and work for the Amendment which is easy if we manage it properly. Of course, you understand, that I should not have talked this when talking for your league. Do not get any wrong impression. You will never get any where, my dear, with such mill stones around your neck. The ladies may be perfectly lovely in intent and character, but they are wrong and cant be made to see it, consequently, your work will never develop. What can a House's wife league do, without the ballot? The women in Massachusetts were 55 years getting the Joint guardianship law without the ballot, the women in Colorado, just one year, with it. Dont you see the difference. Can't you drop it all the last of May and come up to see me for a week? Sincerely, Minnie E. B.