Letter: H.L. Loucks to R.F. Pettigrew, April 6, 1916

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MA 23 | B01-F04-I06

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  • 1916 April 6 (Creation)


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H.L. Loucks thanks R.F Pettigrew for the package of leaflets sent to him and sadly cannot use them and he plans to send them back to Pettigrew. Loucks also talks in length of the new party which they are going to start and the system by which it should be adopted.

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April 6th. (1916)

Friend Pettigrew,

The package of leaflets you sent me by Express Feb. 26th just came to hand today. Swift work. Now if you can use them elsewhere I will send them back. I have not the time to send them out.

They might start a few to thinking more seriously.

I now have the official reports, and find that my case is very much stronger than given at St. Paul. Just as I have found it in the contraction of currency last Sept. I may have advised you before, but for fear that I have not. In the Chap. A great contraction in time of need on page 5 line 3 I gave the figures as $224,000,000,

There is the danger of trusting Newspaper figures. The figures should have been $876,082,641, which made the total on line 5 $1, 053, 797, [073]. It seems incredible, but that is the official data.

This Chicago correspondence is taking a lot of my time, but I am making progress, which is very important just now.

By the way have you that editorial clipping I sent you a few months ago from The Minneapolis Daily News, in which reference was made to a Chicago woman, a daughter of Mr. Crane, whom I think you know, and I requested you to call on her the first time you was in Chicago. If you have I with you would return it to me. Somehow it [not legible] in my mind that the name was the same as the woman, who is taking such an active part now in the new movement. I do not want to ask her, but I would like to know.

I note that Richards did not nominate national delegates at the Huron conference, another indication, that he is lining up with the old [stalwart] crowd.

In the organization of the new party, I am going to suggest to Mrs. Burgess; that for the government, or control; that we adopt the Socialist system, of dues paying membership, of one dollar a year, one half to remain in the state, and the other half going to the national com. and for this they receive a weekly paper of the size we can afford to put out. I have already suggested the organization, and incorporation of a publishing co. for the publication of books and pamphlets, as are directly in line with our propaganda, and with a reasonable membership we could in that way put out a pretty good weekly, eliminating every space filling design.

Sincerely yours,

H. L. Loucks

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MA 23 H.L. Loucks Correspondence with R.F. Pettigrew Box 1 Folder 4 Item 6

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