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VIRGINIA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS? Room 2 Grace Securities Building, Richmond, Va. April May 1st, 1926. Dear Chairman and Treasurer, While in St. Louis I wanted to write to thank you for your co-operation on the Gala Finance pledges and to tell you of the beauty of the meetings we attended, but was unable to do so, so while it is still fr fresh in my memory I am writing to share with you the pictures I have of it Finance figured five times in the Convention; twice in special F. meetings. The special supper for the finance chairman was held in a beautiful ho house in the Italian style. Picture to yourself an enormous room, a castle hall, with a great fireplace at one end a table loaded down with platters of salads and other delightful things, at the other. A few steps descended into this banqueting hall, when one was faced with a marvelous tapistry from Italy on the opposite wall below which on a long table were tiny early Madonnas. On other walls were velvet hangings; against one was placed an exquisite early Italian painting, and on the wall at the end of the room a portrait of a later date. After supper the meeting gathered in front of the fire; Miss Ludington, in silver gown to match silver hair, took her place beside the great fire place, in a carved chair like a throne. The surroundings were stimulating to the imagination--you felt that you could do anything with such beauty around you. I don't know whether or not that accounts for the reports from Pennsylvania and New York of budgets of $60,000. and $50,000. but the Southern finance chairmen were low in spirit during their reports. We cheered up when the western agricultural states reported, got back our balance and came away fired with ambition to see what we could manage. The finance plan of a Virginia local League was commended by Miss Ludington, especially. The climax in finance was reached when $94,000. was raised at the Banquet in a mimic bondselling venture by the firm of "Hibbard, Ely, McKnight and Belnorn. The ballroom at the Chase Hotel was made more gorgeous by a huge panoply of purple and gold, that might have been the tents of the Assyrian king, which was draped over the speakers' table along one side of the ballroom. Under this were the speakers in evening dress and the big [illegible] was filled with tables at which was seated an audience running the gamut from the most brilliant evening creations to the simplest dinner frocks, in all the colors of this most colorful season. Opposite the speakers' table was set a stage surrounded by soft brown curtains, which when drawn back disclosed a handsomely furnished brokers' office, paneled in dark wood with desk, chairs and ti ticker with lots of tape run out, and two blackboards on each side. The four "brokers" were flowers in blue, rose, turquoise and orchid and two real St. Louis bankers kept the accounts on the blackboards while in front of the stage six real young bond salesmen lined up, blushing furiously, till the excitement began when a ten thousand dollar bond was bought by Mrs. Park for an anonimous purchaser, and they got into the spirit of it, dashing about gathering applications and delivering mimic bonds to purchasers, with all the enthusiasm of League members. One of the bankers pretended to make mistakes and suddenly began subtracting each pledge from the last total till it was reduced from $55,000. to $29,000. when Miss Ludington banged down the gavel and informed him that the treasurer's sense of humor was failing and begged him to stop. Virginia and her sister Southern States enjoyed the evening like a sta stage during the part of the selling dealing in thousands but entered into it as soon as it came within our ken. Virginia had eight pledges, running from $500. to $5. which we divided among the members of the delegation to present. As the bonds were ten dollars and up and we had an uneven amount, I announced that there were four bids left from Virginia amounting in all to $105. and that we did not know what to do. One of the young men announced that they would give us a bargain in bonds-- $110. in bonds for $105. And so we came proudly away with our bonds, which have been now delivered to their purchasers. Thanking you again for the splendid spirit in which you co-operated, Very sincerely yours, NORA HOUSTON? Finance Chairman.