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he asked me if I knew anyone who could write some speeches for her that would be just right, as she had 42 speeches to make and she said it was quite a little for her and Elisabeth Carpenter to do, and she thought I might know somebody who would have just the right touch, who could write some fresh things. She didn't want to make the same speech over and over.

I suggested Barbara Ward, but I doubt that Barbara did anything about it. In any case, Mrs. Johnson worked immensely hard on the campaign --

Q:

She also made a trip to the far West, didn't she?

Lasker:

She made one to the far West. She was unbelievably energetic. I see now that I came home on the 21st.

Q:

Was she frightened at the prospects of such a tour?

Lasker:

No. She said to me, “I'll be glad when this next seven weeks are over.” The realized what an enormous effort it would be, to travel all over the country and meet people --

Q:

Was it her own desire to do this?

Lasker:

She wanted to help, and she felt she could help. She's very organized; and when she does it, she does it beautifully.



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