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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 teh ballroom. Under this were the spaekers in evening dress and the big [illegible] was filled wiht 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.