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forces by offering Chapter affiliation to all isolated members. It will hold a reunion, at least annually, for these non-resident members and delegates from all the Chapters in the State, quickening patriotic sentiment by social contact and intellectual sympathy.

The Jane Douglas Chapter, of Dallas, reports the addition of three to its roll of members. This Chapter is faithful in the observance of memorial days. It will celebrate the birthday of Washington this year by a reception at the Dallas Clubrooms. Mrs. John L. Henry continues to preside over the Chapter, which owes its first organization to her patriotic enthusiasm and social charm.

The George Washington Chapter, of Galveston, maintains its high position. The Secretary, in a recent letter, writes in regard to the National University: "I feel sure the Daughters of the American Revolution could apply their influence and energy to no more magnificent work than this fulfilling of our Washington's beneficent project. I feel sure I am speaking for the Chapter also, and I know they will do all they can meanwhile in the way of recommending the representatives to be generous in their consideration of the bill.”

There have been accessions in Houston, El Paso, Paris, but not enough to supply the number requisite for any organization.

I have sent in no report on the work done in Texas during the war with Spain, as there was no concerted action of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Texas. As individuals, many were actively interested, and both Dallas and Galveston Chapters endorsed nurses' applications. The State Regent received numbers of letters from women who were anxious to be enrolled in the service, but as only a very limited number could show diplomas from Training and Hospital Schools, their petitions could not be granted under the rules. Texas sent four trained nurses.

The State Regent having given her only son to his country's service, did what little she could, working with the local Chapter of U. D. C., which was busy with hospital sewing when the protocol announced cessation of hostilities. These ladies sent $50 in money to the Hospital Corps, and several large packages to the Jacksonville hospitals.

My son being ill with fever at Jacksonville, a lady nurse whom I had recommended, repaid me for all my summer's work, by notifying me of his illness. During ten days spent in the First Division Hospital, at Jacksonville, I saw such evidences of kindness, devotion to duty, and unselfishness among the nurses and attendants (there were men only in these wards) that I take pleasure in stating these facts, and thus publicly expressing my gratitude for kindnesses extended to myself and to my "soldier laddie.” The only souvenir brought back from this journey is the “Red Cross” badge, which was given me at my request, and is not less highly prized because it bears evidence of service. It was worn by one of the modest heroes, who would blush to find himself made famous for simply doing his duty. Respectfully submitted, FLORENCE ANDERSON CLARK,

State Regent.


Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: The work of forming Chapters in the "Old Green Mountain State” has been delayed this past year on account of so much being done for our soldiers. Our hearts and hands have been filled with work for the loved ones who went forward to the front, and all that we could do to keep them has been done. The report of the work has already been recorded in our Monthly. We have been called to mourn the loss of ten Daughters this past year; one “Real Daughter,” Mrs. William Hall, of Ann Story Chapter ; six have been transferred to other States. We have at present 462 Daughters, eleven “Real Daughters and fifteen Chapters in the State. Two new Chapters are forming and we hope soon to have them organized. Respectfully submitted,


State Regent.


Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: It gratifies me to report to you an increased interest and membership throughout the State in our Society. I feel deeply the sympathy and cordial support I have received from the Virginia Daughters during this my first year as State Regent, making thereby my work a real pleasure. I regret that I cannot

a report some Chapters formed; although I have given much of my time to this work it has been without success, but in the near future, I think, Virginia can count two more Chapters among her number, one in Fredericksburg, with Mrs. F. K. Huraid as Regent, and one in Hampton, where Mrs. W. H. Armstrong has accepted my appointment as Regent. Under the able management of these ladies I feel sure of very enterprising Chapters. The war work in Virginia was most creditable, but as a full report of that has already been given I will not repeat it. The annual meeting of the State Conference of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in Virginia, was held in Norfolk, December 7th, 8th and 9th, and did much to bring to light the splendid work done in the State. The delegates were entertained by the Great Bridge Chapter, of Norfolk, and the Fort Nelson Chapter, of Portsmouth, right loyally. The morning was given up to business. Reports were made by each Chapter Regent, which showed that in the last year they had been particularly active, not only in the war work but also in historical study and patriotic work. Many subjects of interest and for the good of the Society were discussed, and the Conference as a whole resolved to support Mrs. Daniel Manning as their candidate for President General. The afternoon and evenings were spent in a social way, a typical Virginia oyster roast on the shore of the bay, and an evening reception at one of Norfolk's most beautiful old homes. The last day the entire Conference was taken on a special steamer, tendered by one of the Daughters of the Great Bridge Chapter, to the Navy Yard, Newport News and Old Point Comfort. At the last place a beautiful lunch was served at the Hotel Chamberlain. Our President General graced these social meetings and won all hearts by her charming and gracious manner, and responded most gracefully to a toast given in her honor at the lunch. Enough cannot be said in favor of State Conferences, as they inspire every one with a zeal for work and patriotism. Respectfully submitted,


State Regent


Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: In reporting the Daughters of the American Revolution work in Wyoming for the past year I will say that for some time, both during the Regency of my predecessor and during my own term of office, it has seemed almost impossible to awaken any interest in the Daughters of the American Revolution organization, but I have the pleasure of knowing at this time that a number of ladies have signified their intention of joining the Society as soon as their records can be completed. To do this takes time, because of the distance from the places of their nativity where such data are to be found, as a lengthy correspondence is often necessary.

I expected that a State Chapter would be formed in Wyoming and that it would be represented by a Chapter Regent and alternate in the coming Congress. While disappointed that delays have prevented the accomplishment of our purpose, the work is progressing and the Congress of 1900 will find Wyoning in line with the rest of the States. The Daughters of the American Revolution work could have been prosecuted more vigorously, excepting for the war which turned the minds, hearts and hands of our ladies to the immediate needs of the hour and gave them no time for searching records of the past. The progress has been made mainly since the war work was finished, but the limited time remaining did not admit of our completing the Chapter before the Congress of 1899. which I very much regret.

Feeling that Wyoming is swinging into line, I submit this report as State Regent. Respectfully submitted,


State Regent


Madam President and 11cmbers of the Eighth Continental Congress: The preparation of a State Regent's report in Berlin, Prussia, after more than a year's absence from the scene of action, presents many difficulties, in spite of an effort to keep "in touch” with the work, through a systematic correspondence with the Chapter Regents; it was hoped that all expected replies would have been received by February, but there has been delay. Of the work in general, in Wisconsin, it may be said that the interest on organized lines has gained in interest, and the memberships gradually increased. More attention has been paid to creating an outside interest in communities, notably by arranging exercises to commemorate special days, the offering of prizes, etc., while the necessity of the war has called forth generous efforts to extend relief to the sick and wounded.

Of the points where there have for sometime been Regents, with the neucleus of a Chapter, there is the same report, either a lack of interest on the part of those who are eligible, or the inability of others to take up another organization owing to the prior claim of charities, philanthropy or the once popular Woman's Club.

As a lengthy report of Chapter work is not desired, only hints can be given, and as the lists of officers was given last year, only changes will be indicated.

The officers of the Milwaukee Chapter were re-elected with the exception of the Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and Historiar., Mesdames E. C. Gray, F. H. Spaulding and W. E. Anderson being the new incumbents. The work of the Chapters have been on the usual lines, but much effort has been expended in behalf of the soldiers, hospitals, etc.

In the early part of the Daughters of the American Revolution year the regular monthly meetings were augmented by special meetings to celebrate anniversaries, the dates Februiary 22d, April 19th, May 1oth and July 17th having been selected.

The report received shows literary exercises (on patriotic lines) of marked excellence, and on alternate months social features have been added. October 19th the Sons of the

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