Vilma Glüchlich to Jane Addams, April 17, 1923


Geneva, 17th April 1923

Dear Miss Addams,

It was a great joy for us to have your letters from India and Ceylon. We have sent all the printed matter and written to all those you mentioned. We could not answer your letter from India, because it seemed too late for China and you seemed to have given up Japan entirely. But now we hope to reach you at Peking.

Our first Bulletin of this year came out at the end of February, the second is almost ready to be printed and we hope it will be issued before Mrs. Karsten leaves; I shall miss her very much, she was a very helpful fellow-worker and succeeded to get [page 2] many American people interested in our League; she made a successful drive for unpaid membership-fees and is now writing personal letters for contributions to the [Summer School]. Miss Moore was kind enough to visit the place of the school in [Czechoslovakia] and ↑to↓ give us her advice about the financial [organization] of it.

Between the two Bulletins we sent a letter about the [Summer School] and have now issued a leaflet on it which I enclose.

Miss Holmes has taken charge of the house and Mrs. Elgie will probably leave the 19th. It seems that Miss Balch was right in advocating the engagement of Miss Holmes: she seems to be very industrious, systematic and to know all kinds of household-work and gardening very well.

Miss Sheepshanks wrote me that she [page 3] does not intend to come at all; she finds the salary too low and this seems to be the only point that matters for her.

This brought me in a rather difficult situation; because my Hungarian association wants me to represent them at the Rome Suffrage Congress, Hungary being still in need of suffrage work. It will be no great pleasure to me, but I think that pacifists have to go there, just because there is no word of peace in their whole program and Mussolini will be their honorary President. -- I shall try to get Mlle. Gobat for a fortnight's service, merely to judge about letters and visitors coming in, whether they must immediately be attended to, or whether they can wait until I come back. I hope she will do it.

Poor Mme. Tunas is in the hospital again. [page 4] She had a new kind of anthrax on her leg and at the same time a very serious attack of heart-weakness; now Miss Thomas has invited her to come to Gland as soon as she recovers, but one cannot yet know how long she will be obliged to stay in the hospital.

To end by a gay report: we had an exceedingly interesting club-evening last night: one Japanese and one Australian speaker. Mr. and Mrs. Sinclaire came over, warmly introduced in a letter of Miss Eleanor Moore; he is a very good speaker, and both are keen pacifists.

[Tonight] we arrange a reception to meet Mrs. Elgie and Miss Holmes and we hope it will be very nice.

With many thanks for your beautiful cards

yours affectionately

Vilma Glücklich