St. Elmo Hall, University, Virginia, Monday morning.
Dear Mrs. Munford, I am not accomplishing just what I had hoped to be able to accomplish. However, I believe I am getting several very definite things in shape.
Dr. Alderman was not willing to speak last Saturday night. So no one spoke. I think Dr. Alderman must be anxious to avoid all antagonism until after he has appeared before the Finance Committee. I have seen neither him nor any member of the faculty; but that is my interpretation of his action.
The petition of those opposed to education for women is ready and is to be sent to Mr. Hunton. It contains a number of introductory clauses which ought to be read to the Committee in order to bring out the fact that the students think the presence of the women would endanger the honor system. Then get Mrs. Jane Ranson of the Health Department, who is very anxious for co-education, to tell the Committe about the honor system of Randolph-Macon and about its student self-government. My aunt, Miss Annie Sneed, a teacher in Randolph-Macon, is now at the Shenandoah. If necessary, I think she will corroborate Mrs. Ranson's statement, especially as Aunt Anne, a tax payer, had to go to Germany to get her education. Bishop Denny's daughter and the young lady in Dr. Orie Hathher's office are Randolph-Macon girls who might also be on hand to help out. Another very important matter is this: The Committee refused to accept Dean Thornton's statement as equivalent to Dr. Alderman's. I should think that the chairman would recognize, therefore, that Mr. Hunton ought not to be allowed to represent the student opposition and that Mr. McNutt could get him to ask Francis Massie and J. D. Carlisle, the leaders of the opposition to appear before the Committee. After these boys have made their statements get Mr. McNutt to ask them from what states they come. Then, let him ask Francis Massie this question:
"Mr. Massie, Mr. Whitehead has states to this Committee that in his opinion the opposition to women as students at the University is based chiefly upon sentiment and selfishness. As far as you personally are concerned, Mr. Massie, would it be fair to say that your opposition is based chiefly on sentiment and selfishness?"
As Francis has said in the presence of several students, among them Whitehead, that his opposition is due to these causes, I believe he would have to make an admission very damaging to all he has said as a representative of the student opposition. In my opinion, this testimony would be a trump card if it could be brought out in this way. Mr. Hunton has already prompted the students not to send a representative, but to place their resolutions in his hands. Force the students to send their own representatives; and have it specified that Francis Massie be on of these, if that can be done without arousing suspicion in advance.
The time is so short that I do not think it is going to be possible to arrange for a meeting at which Mr. Page can speak.