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withstanding the warm weather, and absence of many, the record of even the smallest Chapters deserves most favorable mention. I sent a full report of the war work of our State to the War Committee, a greater part of which was published in the Magazine; several important donations of money we omitted, particularly $200.00 sent from the Paducah Chapter, for the use of sick soldiers. Though a young and small Chapter, this is a most efficient one, noted for its patriotic zeal. Besides this liberal donation, many garments and provisions were sent to two different hospitals.
The Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter sent a large box and subscribed weekly $5.00 for medicines, ice, &c. This Chapter is busy collecting funds for repairing Boone Monument, and subscribed also its quota towards the Meadow Garden Farm fund.
The General Evan Shelby Chapter, of Owensboro, though small, lacks not the courage of the noble General whose memory its name will perpetuate, and is steadily accomplishing the objects of our Society.
The Boonesborough Chapter, of Richmond, in addition to a munificent box, subscribed $25.00 to the war fund.
The General Samuel Hopkins Chapter, of Henderson, was one of the first to respond to the war appeal and contributed quantities of provisions, supplies and money to the amount of $141.18; also to the Meadow Garden Farm $2.00. Interest is increasing here, the monthly meetings largely attended and most entertaining and instructive, historical papers read.
The Elizabeth Kenton Chapter, of Covington, made and sent large supplies of useful articles and provisions to different hospitals. It has also taken an active interest in the bill upon "Desecration of Flag," voted $25.00 to Continental Hall and $3.00 to Meadow Garden Farm. The outlook for this Chapter for the coming year is bright and much enthusiasm is manifest.
The Lexington Chapter in May last celebrated “Dewey Day," and during same month presented a silk regimental flag, costing $75.00, to the Second Kentucky Regiment, of United States Volunteers. The ceremony was a notable event. In June a handsome medal was awarded the pupil of public school writing best essay on George Rogers Clark. In same month a "sewing room" was established for making garments for soldiers. Much was thus accomplished in July. Five boxes of delicacies were sent to Leiter Hospital in August. In August a "Garden Fête” was given for Volunteers, which was quite successful; in addition this Chapter sent to "Women's War Relief Association," $90.00; to Daughters of the American Revolution War fund, $11.00; to Camp Hamilton Hospital, $50; expended for marking historical tablets, $50.00, and for other patriotic objects, $25.00.
Judge Samuel McDowell Chapter, Cynthiana, sent several expensive boxes packed with every imaginable good thing, valued collectively at $400.00 and cash to the amount of $29.60.
John Marshall Chapter, Louisville, is steadily increasing in membership and patriotic zeal. The most important work on hand is the erection of a monument to General George Rogers Clark, and during the past year $301.06 has been raised for this purpose. To the Washington monument $7.00 was contributed. On the 14th of June, "Flag Day," special services were held in Cave Hill cemetery, and several graves of revolutionary heroes were marked with handsome bronze markers. Contributed by request to war fund, 2,222 nurses' aprons, this representing over 6,000 yards of cotton and two months' hard work. Also $25.70 towards Legion banquet and to Meadow Garden Farm, $3.50.
The Susanna Hart Shelby Chapter, Versailles, sent a box of useful articles and provisions to sick soldiers, also check for $85.00 through Miss Desha.
The Keturah Moss Taylor Chapter, Newport, ever ready for its part, and as usual to the front, presented a handsome gold medal to pupil of public school attaining highest average in special examination on History of American Revolution; gave $20.00 to the war fund, made and sent 52 garments with various other donations, to Fort Thomas and Leiter Hospitals; contributed $2.10 to Meadow Garden Farm; $10.00 to Lafayette monument and purchased a handsome flag for Chapter use.
The Jemima Johnson Chapter, Paris, fairly distinguished itself this year on the good work, besides most generous donations of boxes of substantials and delicacies to the
amount of $86.75; to the fund for "Battleship Kentucky," $10.00; "Continental Hall," $11.00, and Meadow Garden Farm, $3.40. Mrs. Margaret Kenney Johnson, a "Real Daughter” of this Chapter, was presented last year with a silver spoon by the National Society. The brave little Madison County Chapter has shown most loyal fidelity to the National Society, and contributed a fair share to its demands, its quota to Meadow Garden Farm, and most liberally to "Battleship Kentucky;" during the summer sent valuable box to Atlanta, presented to Girl's School "Madison Institute" beautiful picture of Washington, and has declared its intention of next year working for the Continental Hall, our first and greatest monument.
In the past year I have actually mailed 560 letters including copies retained, and written nearly double the number, During my term of two years, established Chapters in the following places : Paducah, Winchester, Owensboro, Shelbyville, Danville and New Liberty; have Regents working industriously in Eminence, Middlesborough, Hopkinsville, Ashland, Georgetown and Mt. Sterling. The immense amount of war work during the spring and summer prevented greater results in the forming of new Chapters, but find this to have been universal. Being appointed by our President General, Mrs. Manning, one of five State Regents on the "Meadow Garden Farm" Committee to collect in every Chapter ten cents from each Daughter, I was extremely anxious to sustain the reputation four State now in my keeping, and was pleased to learn from the Chairman, Mrs. Porter King, of Georgia, that my report compared most favorably with the others, having collected to February 16th, $81.20, with check of $6.20 received later, made total $87.40; total amount collected by committees was $230.00. Our State contributed most generously in 1897 to Continental Hall, and this year not only to this object, but in addition to both the Lafayette and Washington monuments, Meadow Garden Farm and several other objects of National interest. Respectfully submitted,
A. HELM MAXWELL,
MASSACHUSETTS. Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: Massachusetts has been from the time of the formation of our grand organization one of the foremost States in the performance of the duties set down in our Constitution, as the proper "objects of the Society," and has always been most active in perpetuating the memory of heroes, in preserving documents and relics, in historical research, in promoting school work and in all other ways calculated to inculcate and foster a spirit of patriotism.
The war cloud was just darkening the horizon when this Continental Congress met, a year ago, and a few of us thought then that our next task would be that contained in the clause of our Constitution which reads, "to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty."
When occasion came, the Chapters were busy in perpetuating the memories of the heroes of the past, but their energies were turned at once in the direction of the heroes of the future, to aid them in the great cause of Liberty.
Our war report has been many times told and needs no repetition here. The interrupted Chapter work stands like infrequent links in a noble chain, but is none the less valuable.
The death of our beloved State Regent, Mrs. T. M. Brown, of Springfield, in May, must be mentioned before our work.
She had served us well and faithfully for one year and had entered on the second term of service, when her illness and subsequent death bereft us. The State work met with slight interruption for the present State Regent was appointed to that office pro tem, and in September was unanimously chosen State Regent by the Chapter Regents in the State.
There are now 51 organized Chapters and 4 Regents who have no organized Chapters; 7 new Regents have been appointed and 8 Chapters organized since the last Continental Congress.
We have 3,026 members belonging to the State, 41 of whom are “Real Daughters," and the growing enthusiasm augurs well for the coming year. Seven new Charters have been issued, one re-issued and two Chapters, the Lucy Jackson and
Newton, have combined the first instance in Daughters of the American Revolution annals.
The historic wood owned by many Chapters in various forms seems worth recording here: the State Gavel is made from a piece of Faneuil Hall and was presented, three years ago, by William Ellery Chandler to the State Regent then in office; the Charter frame of the Old South Chapter is set with stars made of wood from the Frigate Constitution and the Washington Elm, and in it are embedded two crystals from the original chandelier which hung in the Old South Meeting House; the gavel of the same Chapter is from Griffith's Wharf, from which the tea was thrown overboard; the gavel of the Martha's Vineyard Chapter is of wood from the home of the Rev. Joseph Thaxter, first Chaplain of the Revolution; the Quequechan Chapter has a ruler made from John Hancock's house in Boston; the Abigail Adams gavel is from the Adams house in Quincy and the General Warren House in Roxbury; the Old Newbury Chapter has its Charter framed in wood from the Constitution; the Submit Clark gavel comes from Mt. Vernon from a tree said to have been planted by General Washington; the Paul Jones gavel from the Hartford and Kearsage and the Johanna Aspinwall's from the house which Peter Aspinwall built in Brookline in 1660. Lack of space alone prevents me from giving a longer list. The literary work has been along the regular lines, in papers on ancestry and in lectures by well known speakers.
The principal objects to which the Chapters have contributed are, the Statues of Washington and Lafayette, Continental Hall, the Hancock Clarke House at Lexington, the Lowell Memorial Park at Elmwood, the books for Mt. Vernon, the Association of Libraries, the repairs of Christ Church and the decoration of the new Paul Revere School, the last named having been a combined effort of five patriotic societies and well worthy of mention, from the fact of its being the first united effort of the revolutionary societies accomplished in perfect harmony and accord.
The Prudence Wright Chapter, one of our youngest, has appointed a Camera Committee to take photographs of all historic places and sites.