New Orleans, Sept. 16, 1913.
"826 Howard Avenue.
My Dear Miss Addams:
Am I dreaming or awake?
What is going on in regard to my reputation?
What is this talk about identification?
Do you fix my fate without consulting me, without giving me an opportunity to defend myself personally?
Has there ever been a man indicted, convicted and condemned fairly, who was not present in court during the whole trial?
I beg you to tell me that I am mistaken. You know that the very moment that you give me up I shall be lost and dead.
I do not believe these foolish and contradictory rumors. I believe only in you, and in you alone.
Very respectfully yours,