Deputations to President Wilson; liberal minority deputation. Left to right: J. A. Hopkins, National Party; Mabel Vernon, National Woman's Party; Virgil Hinshaw, Prohibition Party; John Spargo and Dr. E. H. Rumely, National Party - May, 1917. -- credit National Women's Party


A spirit of peace pervaded the sessions of the All Friends World conference held in Landon. England. Aug. 12 to 20. and was marked In all letters sent to various bodies in behalf of the meeting,-according to Virgil Hinshaw. of Newberg. Ore., who visited the Friends' Forward Movement office Thursday morning, while enroute to his home. Mr. Hinshaw is the first person visiting Richmond who attended the conference. "During the first days of the conference." said Mr. Hinshaw, "nothing of much consequence was acted upon. It seemed rather to be an opportunity to get acquainted with. others. But on the last day or two we took up such matters sending a letter to the Labor party of England, to the Irish, and to the League of Nations. Debated Labor Letter. "The letter which was sent to the Council of Action, representatives of the Labor party, was debated upon at length before mailing. It was at one reading set aside for two days before being brought before the conference again. The contents of the letter complimented the party upon its stand against war with Russia. "About seven million workmen, members of the party, had declared that they would lay aside their tools if England declared war. This action was pleasing to the conference and the only objection to sending the letter came from certain persons who thought the conference should not communicate with any political party. "The letter to the Irish was a sympathetic one, and a communication was sent to authorities asking for the release of Lord Mayor MacSwiney, of Cork, by the Young Friends' conference, which followed the meetings of the All Friends' conference. It was the general opinion that he was being unjustly held. Send Message to League "A message was also sent to officials of the League of Nations. No definite stand was taken for or against the League by the conference. The letter explained the object of the Friends' conference, and Quoted Quaker principles." Mr. Hinshaw was not well acquainted with local Friends who attended the meetings, but said that as boats were leaving nearly every day with delegates, it was not improbable that local people would soon be at home. He told of Friends attending from the principal countries of the world. This conference was the flrst of its kind ever held..

 -- from the Richmond [Indiana] Palladium, 9 September 1920