C. C. Julian was a con man who first hit oil in California in 1923 and over-sold shares in oil syndicates through the 1920'a into the 1930's. His business activities were repeatedly investigated. He committed suicide in Shanghai in 1934.
Ransom letter, demanding money for the return of kidnapping victim Mary B. Skeele, wife of Walter Skeele, the Professor of Organ and Dean of the College of Music at the University of Southern California. The ransom was paid and Mrs. Skeele was returned unharmed.
Text reads: REMARKS BY HON. WILLIAM GIBBS McADOO AT THE GOLDEN RULE FOUNDATION PAGEANT, Saturday, November 8, 1930. This is a visible demonstration of the universality of the appeal made by the greatest philanthropic organization in the world - THE GOLDEN RULE FOUNDATION. I say the GREATEST because it is the only organization which devotes itself to the conservation and welfare of child life in every part of the world, without regard to race, class, religion or nationality. The progress of civilization depends upon the health and vitality of the races that compose it, and no race can be strong or vital unless infant life is not only preserved, but surrounded by the care and conditions which produce vigorous and healthy types, mentally and physically. In some countries half of the children who are born die in infancy. This is an appalling fact and it is that condition which the GOLDEN RULE FOUNDATION is trying to relieve. But its efforts will be impotent unless the children of the world, and those who stand back of them, help to raise the necessary money to carry on the work. The GOLDEN RULE FOUNDATION undertakes to furnish medical assistance, food and clothing, and other things that are necessary to help the children of other countries who are less fortunate than those of the United States. It is a noble mission and should have universal support. Let us hope that the people of this great and powerful and wealthy nation will, during the coming campaign, which begins on Golden Rule Sunday, December 7th, and continues for an entire week, contribute generously to this great cause and enable the GOLDEN RULE FOUNDATION to provide for the destitute and under-privileged children in all nations of the world. [signed] WGMcAdoo
This note is dated February 1, 1928. It lists names individuals associated with the Los Angeles County school district and University of Southern California, including: Dr. Susan M. Doresy (Superintendent), Mrs. George H. Clark (Board of Education member), Mr. Harry M. Shafer (Assistant Superintendent), and Dr. L.M. Riddle (Prof. USC). These persons appear in the photograph referenced in the "Relation" note.