March 17th, 1917.
My dear Mr. McQueen:
I have been ill and away from the office for some time and on my return I find your letter addressed to Miss Addams including the suggested memorial to the President on my desk, as Miss Addams has been out of town for some time and will be away until April.
I am writing merely to thank you for this and to let you know that it has been received in the office. I think the memorial is an excellent one.
I understand that you are to speak on the 25th of March at a mass meeting in Harvey and [our] Executive Secretary, Mrs. William I. Thomas, is also to speak there. I hope you will take this opportunity of [talking] with her in reference to the question of military training in the schools. She has been in Washington for the last two months and has been devoting her attention especially to this question. We are also particularly interested in the hearings which are being held now in different cities in Illinois in reference to the bill now before the state legislature, calling for military training for school boys from the age of sixteen to nineteen, and I am sure that you will be able to give Mrs. Thomas some valuable suggestions in reference to the best method of attack.