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32 1918 Efforts to Pass the Federal Amendment Continue In Texas, activity on behalf of a state amendment or a primary suffrage bill paralleled the steady push for passage of the federal amendment that was first introduced in Congress in 1874. Efforts to lobby Texas' congressional delegation through letters and visits continued. Passage of the primary bill served as proof of Texas support for suffrage and helped convince reluctant congressmen and senators to support the cause. After the primary election, Minnie Fisher Cunningham wrote the Texas local suffrage associations to ask members to raise money to keep the Texas Equal Suffrage Association office open and thereby to continue the Texas effort on behalf of the federal amendment. DOCUMENT* TEXAS EQUAL SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION Honorary President Miss M. Eleanor Brackenridge San Antonio President Mrs. Minnie Fisher Cunningham Galveston First Vice-President Mrs. Helen Moore Texas City Second Vice-President Mrs. Anna E. Walker 3900 Ave. C, Dallas Third Vice-President Mrs. Elizabeth Herndon Potter 229 Vine St., Tyler Recording Secretary Mrs. John Davis 3801 Holmes St., Dallas Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Anna Cade Chester Headquarters Secretary Mrs. Edith Hinkle League Headquarters: 306 Trust Bldg., GALVESTON, TEXAS Treasurer Mrs. Walter L. Fordtran 306 Trust Building, Galveston First Auditor Mrs. Elizabeth Stribling Maury 230 Martin St., San Antonio Second Auditor Mrs. O. A. Critchett 1515 Montana St., El Paso National Executive Committeeman Mrs. Tex Erwin Armstrong 2409 Maple Ave., Dallas August 19, 1918. Mrs. Dallas Scarborough, Abilene, Texas My Dear Mrs. Scarborough: Permit me to congratulate you on the splendid showing made by the women in the election. Never was there a more telling exhibition of the value of team work, and the state owes you, and the other women *From: Minnie Fisher Cunningham to Mrs. Dallas (Jewel) Scarborough, 19 August 1918, LauraJewel Davis Scarborough Papers, Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University. 176 DOCUMENTS 177 like you who labored so earnestly in behalf of good government, a debt of gratitude which cannot be estimated. The next thing before us is securing full Suffrage for all of the women of the United States. President Wilson has said that he considers it a matter of greatest moment to America's success in our present war aims that this measure should become effective right now; and President Wilson's is the most authoritative voice to be heard among the nations today. It is therefore with no hesitancy that I call upon you to add your strength and influence to this great nation wide campaign for immediate passage and ratification of the Federal Amendment for Woman Suffrage. In order to finance this work, we must have a small but regular income to pay for literature, postage, rent, stationery and the salary of a regular secretary in headquarters to answer letters and keep all field workers supplied with information as needed. And now is the time to secure pledges for that income, while our usefulness is still fresh in the minds of the men of the state. In the early days of our work I have assumed the responsibility of raising nearly all of the money which has been spent by our organization in its work, which has resulted in securing the vote for the women of Texas. With the entrance of our country into war, many additional heavy duties and responsibilities have become mine, such as State Chairman of the Woman's Liberty Loan Committee; and none of these war claims do I feel at liberty to refuse, therefore I appeal to you to take over a small part of my Suffrage work and, by dividing it out among many of us, none will be overburdened. Will you, then, undertake to secure, in your county, one or more pledges payable monthly? These pledges to range from one to ten dollars . That is to say, suppose you decide, with your advisory committee , that your county ought to be responsible for ten dollars monthly for the next ten months; you would then make a list of ten or fifteen of your wealthiest men and women, and call on them, asking them for the sum you had decided beforehand that they might give. Some you would ask to pledge one dollar monthly, some two dollars and a half monthly, and perhaps one or two might pledge five dollars monthly. As you secure these pledges, send them to me and I will list them and turn over to our treasurer Mrs. Jessie Daniel Ames, Georgetown, Texas, who will collect them monthly. You will probably...


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