From Clarence Darrow

                                                                                                     Higgins Building
                                                                             Los Angeles [February? 1912]

My Dear Gompers

        In every crisis I have stood by labor & my convictions & always given my best of devotion & brain. I am in serious trouble as you know, the money I received only a little more than paid my debts & I have no other available means, & I need help to protect my liberty--They ought to help wont they. Of course I dont want a general appeal but some of the Unions ought to stand by me in this time of trial & give substantial aid  If they will & you can let me know. You understand what it means at least to me

        Truly

               Clarence Darrow.