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Clarence Darrow to The Nation, Unknown

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To the editor of the Nation,
20 Vesey Street,
New York City.

Dear Sir:-

The meeting held last night at the Civic Club to protest the abuse of the Federal Obscenity Law as evidenced in the recent conviction of Mary Ware Dennett is but another instance of the position that the Civic Club holds in the life of liberal America.

It may be recalled that it was the only club of national importance that dared take a stance on pacifism during the war that espoused the cause of Sacco-Vanzetti from the outset; that has continued to protest against the continued and outrageous incarceration of Mooney and Billings; and the other war prisoners.

It is a unique organization, the only national club in America that lives up to its liberal principles by admitting without question, qualified members irrespective of race, sex or opinion.

It aims to be and almost succeeds in being a perfect free forum. While many of the most distinguished liberals of this country are numbered among its members, it is to be regretted that many persons, who are in sympathy with its aims and objects, are not yet on its roster.

All those interested, may obtain full information by addressing the Executive Secretary, Marguerite Tucker, 18 East 10 Street,

Sincerely yours
Arthur Garfield Hays
Clarence Darrow