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Chapter may be able to acomplish in another year is most encouraging:-MARY STOYELL STIMPSON, Historian.
ANNE Wood ELDERKIN CHAPTER.-A few months ago the Regent of the Anne Wood Elderkin Chapter, of Willimantic, Connecticut, Mrs. Sarah P. Bugbee, and the Vice-Regent, Mrs. Mary R. Smith, each offered a prize (five dollars in gold) to the High and Grammar Schools of the town, for the best historical essays. One to the pupils of the High School on “The Causes of the Revolution," and the other to the pupils of the Grammar Schools upon “Jonathan Trumbull," of Lebanon, Connecticut. There were ten High School essays on the first topic given, and twelve from the Grammar School on “Jonathan Trumbull.” The contest closed December ist, and the prizes awarded by a committee composed of the following: Mrs. Sarah P. Bugbee, Mrs. Mary R. Smith, Mrs. Sarah M. Hayden; also as judges, Rev. F. N. Means, Miss G. I. Walter, Mr. A. B. Lincoln. The prizes were presented by Mrs. Lizzie Litchfield to Miss Bertha Lyon Young, a senior in the High School, and to Master N. Albert Leonard, of the Model Schools. Miss Ethel Risedorf, Miss Mabel James, and Master Ralph Johnson received honorable mention.
The High School assembly room was made attractive with the national colors. Patriotic songs were sung, and a brief address was made by the Rev. F. N. Means, contrasting the relationship of the United States and England at the present time with what it was in colonial days.
“Of common origin and in some respects with a common history, essentially one people by language and ideas, the English speaking nations have become re-united in a union of fellowship, sympathy and mental understanding."
Mrs. Sarah P. Bugbee, the Regent of the Chapter, thanked the public for its coöperation in this effort of the Daughters of the American Revolution, to stimulate the study of colonial affairs among the children of our schools and communities.JULIA A. Swift, Historian.
LYDIA CODE CHAPTER of Taunton, Massachusetts) held on Washington's Birthday an especially interesting meeting.
“The Peankeshaws were connected with this section of Indiana before there was an Indiana. It is the tribe name of a branch of the great Algonquin stock of Indians, a stock that at one time extended from Labrador to Palmico, North Carolina.
"This tribe, in the latter part of the seventeenth century, encouraged by LaSalle, joined some Indian settlements in Illinois. So there was a time just before the beginning of the eighteenth century in which no Indians lived in the present limits of our State; but with the beginning of the new century this tribe came back to Southern Indiana.
"These Indians were habitually friendly with the early settlers, and were very helpful to them. We have not found an instance of cruelty practised by them upon the settlers.
"This name we have found translated in two ways, one, 'The Great Door.' Surely none can fail to see that our Chapter has opened the door of historical research, and through this 'Great Door' all may come to love and honor our country the more.
“The other translation is the color ‘Vermilion.' You all know the durability of that color. Is not that significant of the fact that we will wear well?”.
The Chapter has chosen this name as it is almost the only one which it can rightfully use. These Indians had a great regard for George Rogers Clark, and on account of the love and esteem they bore him, they ceded him a large tract of land on the west side of the falls of the Ohio, upon which a large part of New Albany is situated.
In a lengthy “Deed of Gift," Tobacco's Son, Grand Chief of all the Peankeshaw nations and tribes, declared that, whereas their once peaceable land had been put into confusion by the English, and as the sky of their councils had become misty and never clear, the Master of Life had sent a father among them (Colonel George Rogers Clark). And as they desired him to remain long among them, that they might take his council and be happy, they gave him certain lands about the falls of the Ohio. All this land above and below the earth was to belong to him, except a road through the said land to his door, which should be theirs, that they might walk on to speak to him. The “Declaration" was signed at St. Vincent, June 16, 1779.
ning arrived, the result was most satisfactory. The pompadour, wigs, high heels, old laces, embroideries and panniers were all that could be desired. The guests were received in the long drawing room, which had been most tastefully decorated with cut flowers. The event of the evening was when the dining room doors were thrown back. A blaze of glory greeted the vision. Gas jets and candles vied with one another in splendor. Flags festooned walls and windows. One table, the length of the room, seated the nineteen guests. It was decorated through the center with wide white and blue satin ribbon. Statues were placed here and there on the table, while a large crystal vase occupied the centre and was filled with fruits and flowers. At the close of the repast each guest responded to roll call by a quotation chosen as appropriate from some one of the thirteen original States. Beautiful (souvenirs) half-shells decorated with the American flag and tied with dainty ribbons, were given each. The closing exercise was singing the national hymn.
Our appreciation of Mrs. Durant's hospitality materialized on Sunday last, March 26, that being her birthday. The record shield of the Daughters of the American Revolution, properly engraved, was presented to her. The gift was a surprise and greatly admired.
Unity of spirit and purpose dominates us in all of our work, and we feel ourselves ready for whatever we may be called upon to do, whether for country or local effort.-GRATIA E. DAYTON MAHON, Historian.
DONEGAL CHAPTER (Lancaster, Pennsylvania).—The regular meeting of Donegal Chapter was held at the home of the Regent, Mrs. J. Harold Wickersham, on Wednesday afternoon, March 8th. Her hospitable home was beautifully decorated with stately palms and the “red, white and blue," and the air was fragrant with blooming flowers. The meeting was very interesting and opened by singing “My Country, 'Tis of Thee, accompanied by the orchestra, who played during the reception which followed, at the conclusion of the business meeting. Among the guests were the Witness Tree Chapter of Columbia ; Mrs. Lamberton, Regent of the Harrisburg Chapter; Mrs.