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also was a guest, in December, at the reception given by the State Regent. This Chapter is well instructed in the objects of the Society.
The Witness Tree Chapter reports activity throughout the year in war work especially. It has furnished wood for several gavels for sister Chapters and Historical Societies, and is now interested with one or two other Chapters in preparing the gavel to be used at the Pennsylvania State Conference.
The Germantown Chapter—Mrs. Herman Burgin, Regentreports three stated meetings, besides social entertainments. There are seventeen members.
The Chapter at Titusville-Mrs. Roger Sherman, Regentreports only organization. Much war work was done by the members as individual Daughters during the summer.
The latest Chapter, organized in. Philadelphia, January 3, 1899—Miss H. L. Baird-Huey, Regent-is the outgrowth of a group of Daughters who unitedly did remarkable work for the soldiers during the summer; and on September 22d, under the auspices of the National Relief Commission, served a luncheon each day at the Quartermaster's Department, Philadelphia, for the benefit of the soldiers being discharged from the hospitals of the city.
Four Regents, who received their appointments in 1896, have sent in their resignations, for the reason that they were unable to organize Chapters in their respective localities.
Before closing, I would like to take this opportunity of stating that the sum total of the War Relief Work of Pennsylvania has increased since the War Report was sent in, from upwards of $12,000 to $17,098.87, done by Chapters and Daughters under or outside of Daughters of the American Revolution auspices. Respectfully submitted,
ELIZABETH H. B. ROBERTS,
Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: We have nine Chapters of the National Society, Daughers of the American Revolution, in the small State of Rhode Island, a gain of one since last year. These Chapters are composed of earnest, noble women alive to the interests of our Society.
The history of the last year is necessarily the history of the work done in the aid of our noble army and most efficient navy. The legitimate work on hand, viz: The procuring of a statue of Rhode Island's hero, General Nathaniel Greene, to be placed in our State House, now in process of erection, was laid aside for the time and work for the army undertaken.
To do efficient work in Rhode Island, we must have the coöperation of all, and that our work in the State was so commendable was owing to the undivided support of our few small cities and towns. From our Chapter treasuries we sent sums of money to the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps and to the War Fund. The sum sent by the Pawtucket Chapter was the second received by the War Fund Committee. From our Sanitary and Relief Association we sent a box of hospital clothing to the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps.
Fortunate in being situated so near to Camp Wikoff that we could transport the sick comfortably in boats furnished with all kinds of hospital supplies, and with a staff of surgeons and nurses, we took away and cared for more than three hundred sick soldiers in three Providence hospitals, and in Newport and Woonsocket. This personal aid rendered to the sufferers in the war was the most grateful work done by Rhode Island women.
We knew that our efforts were appreciated, and it was a great pleasure to minister to the wants of those modest, grateful men.
Bristol Chapter, during the summer months, arranged entertainments and donated the money to the war work. More than $100 was given by this means. On August 29th, the anniversary of the battle of Rhode Island, usually observed as a field day, the Chaper met and sewed upon garments for the soldiers. This Chapter has suffered from the loss of three members by death. The Gaspee Chapter also devoted its field day, the anniversary of the burning of the ship Gaspee, to the interests of the war work. Dr. Andrews, of Brown University, gave a patriotic address. The State Regent and Mrs. Ames, of the Chapter, spoke on the work for the war, and then and there over $100 were contributed and sent to the surgeon of the Rhode Island Regiment. A sum of money from the Chapter treasury was sent to the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps. The fund of $1,000, the interest of which is given to the writer of the historical essay in the Women's College of Brown University, has been completed and turned over to the College authorities.
Pawtucket Chapter, besides the money already mentioned sent hospital supplies to aid in the war work. The regular meetings of this Chapter are especially interesting from the fact that so many papers are contributed by the members of the Chapter. Two "Real Daughters" have become members of this Chapter during the year. We have now six “Real Daughters” in our various Chapters. The Pawtucket Chapter has donated twenty-five dollars to the Lafayette statue.
Woonsocket Chapter raised three hundred dollars for the war work, most of it was spent for comforts for the sick soldiers in Woonsocket Hospital, and a part was sent to the War Fund. The Chapter has also manifested its interest in the purchase of “Wolf Den,” that historic spot in Pomfret, Connecticut, where General Putnam killed the last wolf in Windham; the site of which place is to be made into "Wolf Den Park."
The General Nathaniel Greene Chapter, besides sending money to the War Fund, has offered two prizes to be given each year for best historical essays, written by the pupils in the public schools of East Greenwich.
The Narragansett Chapter, though small in numbers, entered into the war work with zeal and accomplished good results. This Chapter has received a "Real Daughter," the youngest child of John Belcher, the patriot and minute man at Lexington in the stirring days of 1775. The Chapter has collected many revolutionary relics.
The Phebe Green Ward Chapter raised one hundred and sixty dollars during the hot summer months, donating amounts to the Rhode Island Regiment, to the War Funds, and for hospital supplies. They have also given to the Lafayette fund and the George Washington Memorial Association. The Chapter is always ready to help every good cause and works wich might and main to further these purposes.
The William Ellery Chapter has made a contribution to the Continental Hall Fund as a memorial to the signer of the Declaration for whom this Chapter was named. One of the cherished desires of the Regent of this Chapter, Mrs. Eliza Newcomb Alexander, is to bring about the union of the Daughters of the American Revolution with the sister order the Daughters of the Revolution. At our last conference held in Providence, on the afternoon of February 1oth, she proposed the following resolution, which was adopted unanimously as the sentiment of the Rhode Island Conference:
Resolved. That we feel it our privilege and duty to give strong expression to our pride in the work accomplished by the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps, and especially in the honor which has been won for us and for all woman-kind by the efficiency and fitness for the occasion of Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee, in her appointment as acting Assistant Surgeon of the Army. At this moment she stands crowned a type of womanhood invaluable to our Nation. Her work quietly, modestly, untiringly accomplished is our glory too.
The new Chapter organized November 26th with fifteen charter members. It is called The Flint Lock and Powder Horn Chapter. The Chapter has already gone earnestly to work in the line legitimate to the purposes of our National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Respectfully submitted,
SUSAN A. BALLOU,
Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: The most inspiring thing in the world is that great thing we all intend to do; the most disheartening thing is the little we have done. Purpose and accomplishment-between these two there yawns a gulf of contrast deep and wide, a grave of obstacle broad and long. And it is beside that grave, and upon the brink of that gulf that I stand to-day, the time having come when I must render to the National Society an account of that stewardship vested in the high office of a State Regent.
One year ago, even before I had turned my back upon the Congress of '98 and fairly lost sight of the Washington Monument, I had mentally taken hold of every woman of revolutionary lineage in South Carolina, and placing them all in line of march was gracefully waving my crook and leading them gently, as the shepherd leads his flock of sheep into the happy fold of patriotism. I realized my opportunity to such an extent, and had already, in my mind's eye, improved it to such a degree, that as Commander-in-Chief on my native heath, I had marshalled a host of new "Daughters” and organized a flourishing Chapter in every county in the State. I did not propose to come to the Congress of '99 and say to that dignified body: “We are at a standstill in South Carolina. No new members. No new Chapters. No progress. No enthusiasm." I did not propose to say that nor do I say it. I do confess, however, with deep humiliation that I have not done the half I purposed to do. Perhaps no pair of hands, be they as deft and industrious as human hands ever were, could accomplish in a given time one half the amount of work planned for them by an earnest and aspiring soul. In the workings of such a spirit there are no difficulties, whereas, in the workings of the world around us there are, alas, so many difficulties: Thus all of my shortcomings are to be laid at somebody else's door; they are attributable entirely to two hard facts—taxes have gone up and cotton has gone down. Now, if it didn't cost anything to be a Daughter of the American Revolution—but it does; and from a certain standpoint I am glad that it does; the thing that costs nothing is in general good for nothing.
So, in these reflections, I take heart of grace and lift my voice in faith and courage, and say to you, that having failed in much, God be thanked, I have succeeeded in something.
In the first place, I have endeavored through many personal appeals to the women of my State, those having the high heritage of revolutionary blood, to arouse a greater interest in the cause and excite in their minds and hearts, a recognition of