AFTER WAR WAS DECLARED.
THE first meeting of our national Board, convened after the declaration of war, was in October, 1917, in a beautiful country house at which the members, arriving from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Chicago, appeared as the guests at a house party, none of the friends of the hostess ever knowing that we had not been invited upon a purely social basis.
It was a blessed relief to be in communication with likeminded people once more and to lose somewhat the sense of social disapprobation and of alienation of which we had become increasingly conscious. After three days' deliberation the Board issued a special manifesto to the various branches, beginning with the statement:
"All the activities of the Woman's Peace Party have been, of course, modified by the entrance of the United States into the World War. * * *
"We have avoided all criticism of our Government as to the declaration of war, and all activities that could be considered as obstructive in respect