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successful in all of them. I may be permitted, as Historian, to suggest that possibly there has not been enough unanimity and coöperation in the promotion of the tablet fund. It is true, on the other hand, that to gather the required amount is no small undertaking. We are not many, and consequently the burden falls the heavier on each one of us. We have the ambition and proper patriotic spirit to accomplish our purpose, so let us be up and doing. To our Registrar, first of all, we owe a debt of gratitude for her work, her energy, and enthusiasm, and to each and every one of the Chapter, we can cordially bespeak encouragement, and say that we have done well, and that we hope to be able to do more next year.
We pride ourselves, and justly so, in being among the first to send aid to our soldiers. That it should have been necessary to assist in feeding the soldiers of a country whose resources are limitless is an enigma.
Our Chapter responded to the call from dying lips with a will and zeal that is alone the fruition of true patriotism. Our appeal to the public was responded to most nobly and promptly, and seventeen boxes of supplies were sent, besides one large box of medicines.
Three professional nurses were endorsed by members of our Chapter, and are on duty. One of the Chapter's members, Viss Marion Wilson, is doing a truly noble work at Chickamauga, as Assistant Directress of the Hospital Corps.
Our Chapter library has a very encouraging commencement, and our success in this line of activity has been particularly gratifying
Our first social meeting with the annual election of officers, was held at the home of Mrs. Robert Iredell, Jr., on the 17th of October, 1897. Monthly social meetings were held at the homes of Mesdames Kaufman and Weinsheimer, Mrs. Alfred Saeger and Misses Martin and Kohler, in succession, and each day was a Red Letter Day in the Chapter's history. The last regular meeting was held on Flag Day at "Nirvan," the home of Mrs. Joseph Mickley, of Mickleys. A few days before the 14th, the hostess had sent to each member a list of patriotic quotations, the answers to which were to be handed in in answer to roll call. After the adjournment of the bus
iness meeting a social meeting was called. With but few exceptions, all the guests had answered the questions correctly. Patriotic games were given as prizes, and each Daughter received a box of “Dewey Drops” as a favor. We all felt that the day was a fitting close to the gatherings of the year. Another important event in the history of the Chapter was a “Carnival of Flags," held on the 19th of July at the home of one of our most enthusiastic workers, Mrs. Robert Iredell, Jr., for the benefit of the soldiers. The house had been artistically decorated with flags and bunting, and from the door to the gate was strung a “Remember the Maine.” Patriotic cushions, statuary, candies, and cigars were sold at the various booths. Progressive euchre was played on the spacious portico of Mrs. Iredell's home, for which all the prizes had been donated by the Daughters and their friends. We feel that we have been of some service to the men who so grandly came forward to give their lives for our country, and have proved that we are true Daughters of the American Revolution.
An object we have yet to strive for is the instilling more thoroughly into the minds of our school children the love of country. Not since the memorable years of the secession has there been such a glow of patriotism and love for our native land as has been before and since the Hispano-American War. Let us teach the rising generation to love the National Flag, reverence their ancestors, and to learn that "freedom is not license, but liberty regulated by just laws.”
We have been called upon to mourn the first break in the membership of the Chapter since its organization in October, 1892, in the death of Mrs. McKelvy, of Bloomsburg, who, though distance prevented her atttending our Chapter meetings, had the interest and welfare of the Chapter at heart. "Requiescat in pacc."
We were represented by three of our members at the Continental Congress at Washington. We increased our membership during the past year, although we lost one member by death, and one member, we are sorry to say, resigned.
We also received as a gift from Mrs. Alfred Saeger a gavel made of the oak of Mt. Vernon. This was very much appreciated by our Regent, who at the time was sadly in need of one. Also books from Mrs. Robert Iredell, Jr., and Mrs. Danie! Yoder.
The year is past and I fear I have not chronicled all the work we have done, and I could not take the time to include the reports of the work done for the soldiers by our members, some of whom have served on the Citizens' Relief Committee. I feel as though the Historian of next year will have a report of more accomplished than I have been able to give, for I think every member of our Chapter is more en rapport with the work of the Daughters of the American Revolution than ever before. - MINNIE G. FOGEL, Historian,
WARREN CHAPTER.— The ladies of Warren Chapter celebrated Washington's Birthday with an elaborate dinner at the home of the Registrar, Mrs. Helen Nye Rupp. The diningroom was handsomely decorated with smilax and ribbons of red, white and blue. A cherry tree, and hatchet at its base, occupied the center of the table. The hatchet was made from a tree planted at Mt. Vernon by Washington. Some of the spoons used on this occasion were made from the silver mountings of a saddle and bridle used by John Chandler, captain of a military company in Vermont at the close of the Revolutionary Ilar. At each guest's plate lay a souvenir card bearing Washington's picture, the Daughters of the American Revolution badge and a spray of laurel plucked by Mrs. J. R. Webster at Valley Forge, March 12, 1898. After dinner the ladies assembled in the parlor where Mrs. Webster, Regent of the Chapter, presided while an informal program was carried out; aiter which Mrs. Rachel Spriggs by request of the Chapter presented our Registrar, Mrs. Helen Nye Rupp, a beautiful handpainted china plate. Mrs. Rupp being overwhelmingly surprised, responded in a few well chosen words. The remainder of the evening was spent in social conversation, the guests departing at a late hour.-FLORA S. DRAKE, Historian.
BARON STEUBEN CHAPTER (Bath, Steuben County, New York).-At the annual meeting of the Chapter held at the home of the Regent, Mrs. Charles F. Kingsley, Saturday, January 7th, Mrs. Kingsley, Regent, and Mrs. John Davenport, Vice-Regent, were unanimously reëlected. Following are the other officers elected: Registrar, Mrs. Eugene F. Parker; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Reuben R. Lyon; Secretary, Miss Charlotte Sedgwick; Treasurer, Mrs. Thomas H. Pawling ; Historian, Miss Nora Hull; Chaplain, Mrs. Harry S. Hull; Pianist, Miss Katharine McMaster; Board of Managers, Miss Rebecca L. Leeke, Chairman ; Mrs. Henry C. Fay, Miss Mary Waldo, Miss Harriet N. Lyon, Mrs. Reuben E. Robie. Mrs. Robie declined to serve. Mrs. Kingsely, as Regent, is the delegate to the Continental Congress. The following were elected alternates: Mrs. Reuben E. Robie, Mrs. Eugene F. Parker, and Mrs. John Beekman.
It was voted to give five dollars towards a bronze equestrian statue of Washington to be presented by an Association of American women to France in acknowledgment of the gift by France to the United States of the statue of “Liberty Enlightening the World." It was also voted to give five dollars towards the fund for the monument to Lafayette, to be unveiled July 4, 1900, in Paris.
The meeting concluded with a social half hour with the accompaniment of chocolate and wafers.- NORA Hull, Historian.
THE STARS AND STRIPES CHAPTER celebrated Washington's Birthday with an elaborate banquet, which was tendered them by Miss Laura Jones, at her home on High street. The souvenirs were the traditional hatchet, in red, white and blue, decorated with the cherry. The menu was elaborate, and patriotic color scheme carried throughout.
The program opened with a patriotic roll call, which was answered by quotations apropos of Washington and the singing of "America."
The members who were conspicuous by their absence sent telegrams of greeting and quotations which were read by the efficient Regent, Mrs. Wells. Mrs. C. E. Perkins, who is the only Colonial Dame in Burlington, and who was an expected guest, was heard from at Boston. Mrs. Charles Wellington Rand, who is attending the National Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in Washington, District of Columbia, as delegate from the Chapter, telegraphed her greetings and the intelligence that Mrs. Armstrong, of Clinton, Iowa, was unanimously elected State Regent of Iowa. Other absent members heard from were: Mrs. Martin Baldwin, Mrs. Frank A. Millard, Mrs. Everingham. The following program was carried out in the most inspiring manner by the loyal Daughters: Washington quotations, in response to roll call, Daughters of the American Revolution; song, "America,” Daughters of the American Revolution; paper, "The Boyhood of Washington" (a review of "A Virginia Cavalier”), Mrs. H. W. Chittenden; trio for flute and two guitars (selected), Mrs. Shelton, Misses Waite and O'Neal; paper, "The Homes and Haunts of Washington,” Miss Cora Poor; reading, (a) “Washington," (b) “Crown our Washington;" "The Flag Goes By,” Miss Holbrook; paper, "Washington and His Contemporaries,” Mrs. Edwin Carpenter; patriotic airs, Mrs. Shelton, Misses Waite and O'Neal.
The happy and inspiring finale of the occasion was the toasts at the gayly decorated banquet board. Mrs. J. T. Illick, Secretary, who presided as toastmistress with much grace and adaptation, and after the birthday cake had been cut by the Regent, the following toasts were responded to: "George Washington," Mrs. Thomas Wilkinson, Vice-Regent ; “Martha Washington," Abbie MacFlinn, Historian, and the Regent, Mrs. Wells, eulogized the Daughters of the American Revolution in the following clever verse:
You bid me toast
The “D. A. R.;".
The Order. Far
Its reach and purpose are!
The “D. A. R.!"
Thy merits, "D. A. R.,” to well rehearse,