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the city secured one of the large high school buildings and put it in perfect order as a temporary hospital. When the sick soldiers were brought into the building upon each of the dainty white cots was found a fresh set of pajamas and a bouquet of flowers upon the pillow. This care was continued until the soldiers had recovered health and strength, when for the first time the Springfield Chapter rested from its labors.
In November the State Regent spent a very delightful day with this Chapter. The year just closed has been satisfactory in every way in the State of Illinois. The Regent has received the constant courtesy and the greatest possible kindness from every Chapter, and only wishes it had been in her power to continue the work for another year. Respectfully submitted,
FRANCES WELLES SHEPARD,
Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: The State of Indiana has the pleasure to report for the past year a steady growth and prosperity in the ranks of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
I have been privileged to sign charters for the Huntington Chapter and the New Albany Chapter during the year, the requisite number of charter members having been secured in 1897
We now have nine organized Chapters and at several points there is promise of later developments. The State organization now numbers about four hundred and seventy-five members.
We started entirely on lines of social organization, but during the past stirring year, we have developed a large amount of patriotism and promising capacity for patriotic work.
I had, as early as last August, the pleasure to report to the War Committee an expenditure of about seven hundred dollars, as well as a vastly greater amount of labor. This was from six of our nine organized Chapters, and two Regents of unorganized Chapters. In addition Mrs. Hawkins, of Brazil, sent an immune nurse to the front. Much other patriotic work has been done in connection with other organizations, particularly the Grand Army of the Republic and the Colonial Dames, despite the fact that a large proportion of our members were away from their several Chapters during the entire summer.
At least four of our nine organized Chapters have regular club programs, and all are studying revolutionary history. The graves of revolutionary soldiers are receiving much attention; and through our Chapters much has been quietly done to enthuse the children of our schools with love of our country and our flag.
We have just sent to the National Society well-attested papers of another Real Daughter, Mrs. Adelaide Hassey, of Cicero, Indiana.
Our Honorary State Regent, Mrs. C. C. Foster, of Indianapolis, is at the head of a committee which is now preparing a State Lineage Book. This will be of great practical use to our present and prospective members, and of great historic value to the State. In Indiana as in other western States are gathered revolutionary families from all the original Statesdescendants of King's Mountain heroes, the Brandywine fighters, and Lexington volunteers settled side by side or have been swept on together by the western course of empire. I have recently found that in Lawrenceburg Mrs. Caroline Major Hayes, appointed Regent by the National Society, lives now on the first tract of land purchased from the United States Government in Indiana. Her great-great-grandfather, Captain Joseph Hayes, of Pennsylvania, was ruined by the Revolution and started anew with his grown sons-in-law in Dearborn County. Mrs. Hayes and her husband both trace their lineage to Captain Hayes, a fact which was not known until Mrs. Hayes and her daughter, Mrs. Bauer, joined the Daughters of the American Revolution.
As State Regent I have written many letters, and when the war closed had with much thought and labor gotten a relief work well in hand for the home coming and the autumn work of the various Chapters, and was secure in their coöperation. This had been my work for the summer, but happily made useless by the close of the war.
Looking over the field of action which is before the Daughters of the American Revolution, several phases of the work strongly appeal to me personally. Among these are: The construction of Memorial Hall, the founding of National University in connection with the Government's treasures of archaeology, history and literature, and a wise sanitary and humane coöperation with the officers of the Army and Navy. I am sorry that my work for the Society has this past year been greatly limited by imperative and unexpected work in my home.
Submitting the reports of Chapters, Mrs. George Sloan, Secretary, reports for the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter:
This Chapter now numbers one hundred and thirty-five members, and since the report last year has held four regular and five called meetings. The Executive Board has held eighteen regular or formal mectings, and during the summer, almost daily informal meetings, to meet the necessities of our soldiers in camp and at the front. In April, 1898, there was held by the Chapter an exhibit including one week of the Scribner collection of revolutionary pictures which yielded a good sum of money. The summer was a busy time for this organization, many of the ladies meeting at the home of the Recording Secretary to cut and distribute work for the relief and comfort of our soldiers. The Chapter assisted the Colonial Dames by donating money to their hospital fund, and by actively assisting in making hospital shirts. The Chapter made and sent to the Indiana soldiers in camp over six hundred flannel stomachers, and by request sent to the other towns in the State patterns and samples of those stomachers, made and sent supplies of nurses' aprons to the hospitals, made 166 hospital shirts, 40 suits of pajamas, sent quantities of literature, canned fruits and jellies, and in May presented to the first regiment leaving this city for service, a regimental flag of the regulation design, and through the Chapter many articles of comfort were contributed to our soldiers during the entire campaign. At a recent meeting of this Chapter, it was voted to give $25.00 to the Memorial Hall fund and $10.00 to the Franco-American Memorial fund.
Mrs. Thomas, Regent of the Dorothy Q. Chapter at Crawfordsville, reports eighteen members against fourteen at the commencement of the year, and two other probable members. They have sent two dozen nurses' aprons to Atlanta, and have held five meetings. Their program for the year is fascinating in its literary and patriotic subjects. The officers are: Regent, Mrs. Josephine Tuttle Thomas; Vice-Regent, Martha Lowes Williamson ; Secretary, Sophie Crane Ristine; Treasurer, Rose Campbell Anderson; Registrar, Belle Sprague; Historian, Lillian Blair.
The Regent of General de Lafayette Chapter reports for season of 1897 to 1898:
The General de Lafayette Chapter, of Lafayette, Indiana, held the first meeting of its fifth year on September 6, 1898, that date being the birthday anniversary of him for whom the Chapter was named. The officers are: Regent, Mrs. James Fowler; Vice-Regent, Mrs. Thomas Andrew; Recording Secretary, Mrs. C. H. Aukeny; Corresponding Secretary, Miss H. Bertha Foresman; Registrar, Mrs. W. H. Moore; Treasurer, Miss Lou Bogg; Historian, Miss Kate Andrew.
At the present writing, January, 1898, we have a membership of eighty-two. Since this time in 1898 eight have resigned, two been transferred and two have died. Two new members have been added with others in consideration. The program this year consists of a study of those men and their families who have helped to make American history-Washington, Adams, General de Lafayette, etc. At our first open meeting December 6th, Prof. T. F. Moran, of Purdue University, gave us a most delightful and comprehensive paper on "The Significance of the American Revolution." The Chapter followed its usual custom of keeping "open house" on New Year's Day, and received many friends at the home of the Regent, Mrs. James M. Fowler, most of the Daughters being attired in Colonial costume.
Those appointed this year to attend the Eighth Continental Congress at Washington are: Regent, Mrs. James M. Fowler;
Alternate, Mrs. Albert Stahl; Delegate, Miss C. Bertha Foresman; Alternate, Mrs. Mary E. Parker.
In August last the Daughters made and sent a box of bands and other articles to the soldiers in Florida. Although our Chapter shows a loss in regard to members, I think the interest has increased. We have not lost working members.
The Paul Revere Chapter, of Muncie, has had a prosperous and brilliant year. Their printed program of meetings shows both patriotism and intellectual ability. In July the Chapter held a successful lawn fête which netted $300.00. This was converted into hospital supplies by the labor of the Chapter members and their friends. The earnest and capable Regent is Mrs. W. H. Marsh ; Vice-Regent, Mrs. Robert Hemingray; Secretary, Mrs. Thaddeus A. Neely; Treasurer; Mrs. Julia Heinsohn; Registrar, Miss Nanie C. Love.
The Chapter Regent of Huntington Chapter, Mrs. Anna S. Hawley, reports:
The Huntington Chapter now numbers twenty-four members. Two Daughters have been transferred to other Chapters during the year.
Our officers are the same as last year, with the exception of our Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. H. S. Wells, who now holds the same position at Peducah, Kentucky. Our officers are: Regent, Mrs. W. W. Hawley; Vice-Regent, Mrs. E. L. Griffith ; Recording Secretary, Mrs. W. C. Windle; Corresponding Secretary, Miss Rose Forman; Treasurer, Mrs. J. T. Alexander ; Registrar, Mrs. E. T. Taylor; Historian, Mrs. N. Sessions.
We hold meetings every month from October till May, inclusive, at which we have roll-call answered by patriotic quotations, business and a literary program, followed by refreshments.
During the past year we have had two open meetings. In April the anniversary of the battle of Lexington was observed at the home of the Regent. Over one hundred were present. The decorations, program and refreshments were all greatly praised.
In November the first Thanksgiving was commemorated at the pleasant home of the Historian, fifty Daughters and guests being present. The Daughters were all in Puritan