St. Elmo Hall, University, Virginia, January 29, 1916. Miss Bessie Williamson, 10 North Laurel Street, Richmond, Virginia. My dear Miss Bessie:-
I am certainly glad that you used the typewriter, because you have given me the semblance of an excuse for writing to you in the same manner. Otherwise, it would be several days before I should be able to find time in which to say with the pen what it will take me only a few minutes to rush off on the typewriter.
First of all, let me thank you for your very prompt attention to my request. As you know that those who are working for co-ordination are being put to a great deal of personal expense, I am going to take the liberty of returning to you the stamps which I asked you to put in your letter.
Unfortunately your promptness nor my activity has been able to do anything for co-ordination. The situation here was this.-- No one was paying attention to the matter one way or another until the opponents of the movement wrote to some of the students here to stir up as much anti sentiment as they could. Well, out comes topics in flaming head-lines; and a meeting is called to oppose the co-ordinate plan. For several years I have tried to get articles in Topics; but they have always been refused publication. I knew, therefore, that it was perfectly futile to attempt to reach the students through this medium at present. Accordingly I got together five or six boys who said that they would speak for co-ordination at the general mass meeting which we supposed was being called. However, this meeting turned out to be nothing except a meeting for those who oppose co-ordination. The very first thing announced by the chairman was that no replies to the speeches would be permitted. A great number of astoundingly false things were said. Still there was nothing to do except to sit there and hear them, until the chief speaker on the programme, the one who was wielding statistics with a great flourish of accuracy, made a lengthy statement with regard to the Norfolk Alumni Association and what took place there in 1912. When he had finished, I arose in my seat and asked to be allowed to say a word. I was told that, if I intended to say anything in favor of co-ordination, I could not be heard. I replied that what I had in mind referred solely to the Norfolk Alumni Association. Then I made my statement as to what had really occurred at that meeting. For a moment there was the most profound silence. Then the speaker burst forth in the greatest embarrassment that Louis Crenshaw had told him so. Crenshaw arose to replied that he had made no such statement. All this time I was wild with delight, because I felt quite sure that I had discredited everything in the only speech of the night that had the least show of sense about it. The other speeches were simply outrageous. Not