In this narratively rich article in McClure's, Addams reflects on her meeting with Tolstoy in Russia in 1896, on her admiration for his principles, and on her pragmatic approach to good work in the urban, industrial context of Hull-House and its diverse surroundings.
Addams relates a story about peasants in Russia who believe that all Americans are black. It was published in several newspapers on April 16, 1905, and then also under the title of "The Yellow Kid" in an anthology of quotes from famous people.
Addams tells Harper that she and Rachelle Yarros will approach certain names about the League to Aid and Support Russia. She notes that there will be a Russian speaker at Hull-House and hopes to hold a meeting then.