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Oneonta Chapter, Oneonta.–Sent a most interesting outline of literary work, and reports increase in membership; has two "Real Daughters.'
Onondaga Chapter, Syracuse. Gave a reception to the State Regent, at which time a life membership in the Mary Washington Memorial Association was presented to her by the New York State Chapters.
Otsego Chapter, Cooperstown. Is raising a fund for a tablet to mark the site of the dam built in 1779 across the source of the Susquehanna.
Owahgena Chapter, Cazenovia.-War relief work.
Owasco Chapter, Auburn.—War relief work. Has induced the Board of Education to use readers containing historical and patriotic selections in the schools. These books were purchased by the Chapter.
Patterson Chapter, Westfield.—Celebrated Lafayette Day. The meetings are devoted to historical papers.
Monroe Chapter, Brockport.-Contributed to Lafayette Monument and Washington Statue.
New York City Chapter, New York City.-Gave its third course of lectures on American History in Barnard College. A scholarship has been named by the Chapter and accepted by the College as "The Mrs. Donald McLean Scholarship.” It is unrestricted and embraces the full course of Barnard. A student is now having the benefit of this scholarship. A flag with pole and staff was presented to Barnard. The Ellsworth lecture on “Arnold and André” was presented for the benefit of the scholarship fund.
Philip Schuyler Chapter, Troy.—War relief work. Presentation of its charter February 7, 1899.
Quassaick Chapter, Newburgh.—Thirty dollars to the Washington statue. Local work.
Sa-go-we-wa-tha Chapter, Seneca Falls. - Studied New York State history. Contributed to Revolutionary Monument in Camden. Has accumulated a fine historical library.
Saranac Chapter, Plattsburg.-Presented historical prizes; has increased its membership, and had regular and enthusiastic meetings.
Saratoga Chapter, Saratoga. Is raising a special fund of $200 for a monument to Reubena Hyde Walworth.
Seneca Chapter, Geneva.-Gave a large reception to Mrs. Ellen Hardin Walworth. Fine war relief work.
Swe-kat-si Chapter, Ogdensburg.—War relief and historical work.
Tuscarora Chapter, Binghamton.—Two “Real Daughters;" war relief work and historical meetings. Gave a Colonial Tea and town exhibition, which was very successful.
Vassar Chapter, Poughkeepsie.-Historical study.
Washington Heights Chapter, New York City.–War relief work.
Willard's Mountain Chapter, Greenwich. It is called "a Study Chapter in United States History." Presented historical prizes to the schools.
Wiltwyck Chapter, Kingston.-War relief work. Gave a reception in honor of the President General, Miss Forsyth, Vice-President General, and the State Regent.
As Daughters of that American Revolution which, in its results, made the United States one of the greatest nations of the world, we must remember that the very process of transition which brought us this great honor and distinction has caused a change of conditions. The great men of the Revolution were native Americans with the mental calibre produced by the influence of a vast country, and we, New York State women, generations later, are no longer Hollanders, Huguenots, Puritans, or Pilgrims, but Americans with a common language. When the Marquis de Talleyrand returned to France, after his visit to this country, he said, in the course of a lecture: "In spite of the War of Independence, the force of language, race, and interest must bind England and America together as natural allies.”
Last December, more than a hundred years later, Sir Edward Grey, in a speech on foreign affairs, said: "We have finally come to realize a double patriotism; the patriotism of country and the patriotism of race. There is a common fondness between the two peoples, and we should look in times of peace to see the sentiment growing, and in times of disturb
ance to find in it something upon which we could lean for mutual support."
Can we not honor our revolutionary heroes and keep their memory green, while we foster and encourage the friendship of the English speaking nation on which the sun never sets ?
In closing this report, let me call your attention to the war relief work of the Daughters of the American Revolution in New York. It was, indeed, a privilege to have been the War Regent of the Empire State. Respectfully submitted,
JESSIE VAN ZILE BELDEN,
Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: At the National Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution, held February, 1898, I was elected State Regent to succeed Mrs. Laura B. Pound, whose term of two years expired at that time. In making this, my first and last report, as State Regent, it is with satisfaction and pride that I call your attention to the work done in this far-off Prairie State by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
While I cannot report the organization of new Chapters as I would wish, yet in many of the larger towns an interest has been awakened which will soon be followed by permanent organization. The membership of the two Chapters in the State has steadily increased during the year. The Deborah Avery Chapter, of Lincoln, with Mrs. Ella K. Morrison, Regent, has a membership of seventy-four, two being “Real Daughters.” The Omaha Chapter has fifty members, Mrs. Elsie D. Troup, Regent.
One of the interesting features of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition was the State exhibit of Colonial and Revolutionary relics by the joint Societies of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. The installation of this exhibit occurred in the Nebraska Building on June 17th, the one hundred and twenty-second anniversary of the battle of Bunker Hill, and the exercises were followed in the evening by an elaborate banquet. A register, bound in blue and white kid, was presented by the Deborah Avery Chapter, of Lincoln, that all visiting members of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution might record their names, Chapter, and address. This register is now in the keeping of the State Historical Society, and contains the names of many illustrious persons. Among the number of valuable and interesting relics found in the State was a brass cannon, used as a signal gun during the Revolution, and now the property of Mrs. Gibson, of Lincoln. The sword of General Anthony Wayne, loaned by Mrs. Chestnut, of Fremont; also the sword carried by Colonel Manning, at the battle of Bunker Hill, loaned by Mrs. Mary D. Manning, of the Deborah Avery Chapter, of Lincoln. A pewter platter, used by John Robinson, of Pilgrim fame, loaned by Dr. Robinson Hastings, a lineal descendant. A large display of rare old china, which belonged to Mrs. Senator Thurston, of Omaha. Mrs. S. C. Langworthy, of Seward, was Chairman of the State Daughters of the American Revolution Committee, and much of the success of exhibit was due to her able management; Mrs. Jaynes, at that time Regent of the Omaha Chapter, and Miss Stevens, Regent of the Lincoln Chapter, and Mrs. Cline, Regent of Minden, ably assisting, as did Mrs. Rehleander, chairman of the committee from the Deborah Avery Chapter, of Lincoln.
Mrs. Langworthy, who is Regent of Seward, informs me she has a Chapter about organized and ready for membership
The war work done in Nebraska, under the auspices of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will compare favorably with many of the older States, and was accomplished after the Chapters had used most liberally of their funds for Exposition purposes. The supplies sent to Manila included forty-eight dollars worth of clam boullion and sixty pounds of jams and jellies, together with dozens of hospital shirts, pajamas, neglige shirts, handkerchiefs, night shirts, flannel bands, common and safety pins, bolts of mosquito netting, ten pounds of vaseline, envelopes of clippings, and quantities
of old linen. The Omaha Chapter also sent one dozen hospital aprons to Atlanta, Georgia, and the Deborah Avery Chapter $5 to Chickamauga Park. This Chapter also contributed $27.50 to the Daughters of the American Revolution War Fund.
Both the Lincoln and Omaha Chapters have elected new officers within the year and have entered upon the work with a zeal which is inspired by a patriotic society. An annual offering of a costly gold medal has been made by the Deborah Avery Chapter to the young lady graduate of the Lincoln High School who prepares the best paper on some historical subject, to be assigned by a committee from the Chapter. The first medal was presented at the graduation exercises last June. At the annual meeting of the Deborah Avery Chapter, Miss Mary M. A. Stevens, the retiring Regent, presented the Chapter with a beautiful large flag.
In closing my report, I can but wish my successor the same loyal support which has been mine, for the year that I have filled the office of State Regent will always be one of pleasant memories, saddened only by the dark cloud of war, the shadows of which have fallen upon the hearthstone of many Nebraska Daughters of the American Revolution. Respectfully submitted,
FRANCES AVERY HAGGARD,
NEW JERSEY. Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: There have been no new Chapters formed in New Jersey during the past year, but the seventeen Chapters already organized have increased largely in numbers and have done much work along historic and philanthropic lines. Every Chapter in the State responded generously to the call for funds for the relief of sick soldiers, and many individual members gave personal services in camp hospitals and elsewhere,