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Lucy B. Johnston to County Presidents of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association

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Topeka, Kansas……….1911.

 

My dear President:

 

I congratulate you and the members of your county organization upon your opportunity to have a part in bringing full enfranchisement to the women of Kansas. It is something of which your children and grandchildren will be proud.  It has been said that ours is the best planned campaign ever inaugurated in the state but, while maintaining cheerfulness, let us not be over hopeful for it is only by working and carefully carring out these plans that we can expect to win.

 

EVERY MEMBER should be alert along all lines---MEMBERSHIP EXTENSION, EDUCATION and PRESS.  Your newspapers will be glad of every bit of news, so be sure and send in an account of your progress.  It will encourage and help others.  Mrs. C. B. Hoffman, Enterprise, Kansas, is state chairman and will give you further information.

 

THE EDUCATIONAL WORK is most important just now during the winter months.  Get an essay contest started in every school in your county.  Begin now.  Miss Effie Graham, of Topeka, is state chairman and will send plans and will give you further information.

 

.  for this work  .

 

The MEMBERSHIP EXTENSION and ENROLLMENT is of the greatest importance and should be pushed until the hour of election, November 5, 1912, without intermission.  An anti-suffragist, of Los Angeles in a burst of confidence, told me that it was the house to house canvaus with the cards that gave the suffragists the victory in California.  Dr. Alberta L. Corbin, of Lawrence, is state chairman of this work and will furnish cards and printed instructions.

 

The enfranchised states and the National Association are offering us valuable help, which we will accept most gratefully, but this can not save us and is not deserved if we are not diligent ourselves.  The world makes way for people who are working for a worthy object and have confidence in their own efforts.

 

Our state organization was never so strong, so helpful, or so well equipped as it is today.  Let us continue to be a growing energetic, and constructive force and we can not fail to win our cause.

 

Yours for victory,

 

Lucy B. Johnston.

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