Maude McIlvain Sanders to Jane Addams, March 30, 1914


DENVER, COLO. March 30, 1914.

Miss Jane Addams,

My Dear Miss Addams: --

Your letter of the twentieth instant received, also the literature sent from New York -- many thanks.

I had hoped there might be some reports of more recent date than those sent. Some of our good workers find the Service new and need suggestions as to methods of organization of their committees; things first to be done, etc.

Our Jane Addams Club has become a part of the Progressive Club thru which the Service is carried on. One of our former officers, Mrs. Jesse M. Wheelock, hopes to see you in Chicago in about a week, desiring to ask how you began your work at Hull House. Miss Roche, our Secretary, and I have conferred with Mrs. Wheelock several times hoping to interest her in the Child Life or Immigration Committees -- but her idea now, as from the beginning, seems to be that of philanthropic <work> carried on from a building for that purpose with money for the poor etc., etc. We have tried to be tactful -- have assured her that the thing which appealed to you in the Progressive Party was the fact that that Party proposed to really do the things governmentally which you had so long been striving to accomplish as a social worker. That we must educate the people as to existing conditions and work for a remedy -- giving a treatment which will eradicate the cause rather than palliate the symptoms.

Mrs. Wheelock is a capable woman of means and leisure who will be of great assistance in reaching others of her class if she can once really grasp the new methods and the splendid program of the [page 2] Progressive Party. Should she have a conference with you we feel sure her view will be broadened and she will return to Denver full of enthusiasm and ready for active Service work.

As to the prohibition campaign in Colorado, it is not my [thought] that it would be wise at this time to take a stand as a Party for the State-wide program. My judgment is that it would not be expedient either for the Party or for the amendment. The leaders of the prohibition campaign desire that it shall be absolutely non-partisan. My [thought] is to have a committee to study the question under the name of Alcohol Education as the study is carried on in Boston by the physicians. Would not this course help to make us more intelligent on this great national issue?

The Party's stand on state-wide will be determined at the State Conference in this City on the sixth of April when three national leaders will be with us.

The strike situation in this state has been made the subject of study by the whole Service -- aside from that I am very anxious to present the latest [thought] and suggestions for the Department of Social and Industrial Justice and any message you may have for our workers will be most gratefully received and gladly delivered.

Most Loyally Yours,

Maude M. Sanders [signed]
Chairman Department of Social and Industrial Justice.