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lars, besides completely furnishing a room in the convalescent home and a bed in another room. Mrs. W. T. Ellis, an out-oftown member, sent us during the summer 750 dozen eggs; another added 30 dozen eggs, and by the labor of another member ten thousand periodicals were collected for departing soldiers. So our members have added their mites to the nation's needs; sewing, preparing delicacies for the sick soldiers camped in our city and doing individual duty all along the line. By the untiring energy of our Regent, Mrs. A. S. Hubbard, $650 was collected from the membership of our Chapter for the Red Cross work, and in addition to all the labor this entailed, in the few leisure moments of her busy summer our Regent compiled the Red Cross scrap-book from gleanings from seven hundred and fifty publications. Have we done our part in this great American awakening, which, whilst it has cost sorrow and suffering, has broadened and increased the responsibilities of every citizen of the Union, and called upon every patriotic son and daughter to aid in planting our stars and stripes wherever liberty and protection are needed.
At the regular meeting of the Chapter occurred an event of more than ordinary interest, the presentation of a loving cup to Mrs. A. S. Hubbard, through whose untiring efforts the Chapter sprang into existence. The cup is of elegantly cut crystal, nine inches in height, silver bound, resting on a massive silver-mounted mirror. The presentation address by Mrs. George Law Smith was a tribute to the unwearied efforts of the retiring Regent, who as founder of the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on this coast, as Honorary Regent, as State Regent, Registrar and Chapter Regent, has for seven years carefully guarded the interests of Sequoia Chapter. The presentation bore the charming element of a complete surprise to Mrs. Hubbard. Recovering her composure, however, but with "tears in her voice" she thanked the members for the loving cup of appreciation and confidence presented her and expressed the hope that when filled and passed from hand to hand each lip partaking might impart to it some virtue so that when the last one had drunk, they might all be united in spirit and in truth.-MAUDE A. SMITH, Historian pro tempore.
THE Abiah Folger Franklin Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Nantucket, Massachusetts, wish to purchase and improve the site of the house where the mother of Benjamin Franklin was born. The site of this house has been carefully located. To do so it is necessary for them to ask for the interest and pecuniary assistance of the whole country. We have started the fund by each member contributing twenty-five cents, and some, more. While larger and much larger sums are greatly needed, small amounts will also be gladly and gratefully received. It will require a considerable amount to do all that should be done before the matter can be consigned entirely to the Chapter. And we are all sure that all the sons and daughters of this country, whether or not they belong to the societies so called, will feel a pride and affectionate interest in contributing what they can to perpetuate the memory of that true, good woman, who gave so freely of her gentle and intellectual qualities to her son, Benjamin Franklin.
Please send contributions to either the undersigned, or to the Regent, Miss Sara Winthrop Smith, Nantucket, Massachusetts, or to the Treasurer, Miss Lydia M. Folger, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Secretary. NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS.
The California Sons of the American Revolution are always true to their high estate of being "the first body in inception, institution and organization to unite the descendants of Revolutionary patriots and perpetuate the memory of all those who took part in the American Revolution and maintained the independence of the United States of America.”
Their banquet for celebrating the anniversary of the surrender of Cornwallis was worthy of the occasion and the patriotic organization.
Colonel J. C. Currier, President of the Society, was most felicitous in his opening remarks. We regret that we have not space for the speeches made. We give an extract from the Johnson, who brought beneath our flag the land that is lit by the Aurora Borealis, and makes an imperialist of Ulysses S. Grant, who would have illumined our galaxy of stars with the Southern Cross that brightens the skies o'er San Domingo.
"We are told again that the new imperialism leads to the acquisition of territory away from this continent, to the annexation of islands that we cannot govern as colonies, nor admit into the Union as States, nor endow with universal suffrage, nor populate with our people, but which we must nevertheless defend with our army and navy, and that this will demoralize our Government, compel a large standing army and navy, increase our taxes, and bring us into conflict with other nations; that it sounds the knell of the Republic and inaugurates the reign of the plutocrat and military autocrat.
"If all this be true, it is unfortunate, as the Antilles, the Hawaiian Islands, and part, if not all, of the Philippines are already practically annexed. We cannot give them back, and it would seem to be wisdom to seek how best to bear these new responsibilities that we cannot avoid, rather than to waste our time in endeavoring to escape the inevitable.
“But all this gloomy foreboding is not true prophecy. We can govern these possessions as colonies; we are not compelled ever to admit them as States; and it is not necessary that we populate them with our own people. For ages their population will not be fitted for statehood, if they can ever so become. We can carry to them law, order and education; we can free them from the tyranny of church and caste; we can make freedom attractive to them by exemplifying its benefits, and we can thereby further and promote the cause of civilization. But we need not repeat the mistakes of our own history, and with utopian blindness extend to them the right of suffrage, and we will not demoralize our Government by refusing so to do.
"In the keen competition of the immediate future for the vast trade of the Orient, where the flower of civilization is just budding, we must be in a position to demand and exact our share, or we will lose it. We must match Port Arthur and Kiao-Chou with Manila.
"Behind courage there must be strength. Behind great na