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The presiding officer was Mrs. George F. Fuller, the newly elected State Regent. The day was perfect and our city extended it most sunny greeting to the one hundred and fifty or more delegates from all parts of the State attending the Convention. Mrs. Henry F. Grinnell and Miss Minnie Davis were at the station on the arrival of the delegates and directed them to the special electrics awaiting them, and during the ride to the hall decorated them with the badges prepared by the Chapter entertaining, a wide ribbon of red, white and blue for the Regents, and bows of the same colors for other delegates. The members of the Chapter wore badges of white satin ribbon, on which was printed: “Quequechan Chap-ter, D. A. R., Fall River, Mass." The Executive Board being further identified by their office, printed in smaller letters.
The hall was tastefully decorated around the balcony with the Daughters' colors, blue and white, the thirteen stars at the thirteen loopings, below which hung an illuminated seal of the corresponding State. A very large flag hung from the center of the stage and on either side of it the charter of the Chapter and the insignia of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The corners of the stage were decorated with potted plants, behind which were the Elite Orchestra, who furnished the music, playing patriotic airs with much spirit. "The best music we ever had," said one visiting Daughter.
In front of the stage was draped the national colors, the tables used by the presiding officer and secretary being covered with the same. The hall was seated for about one hundred and sixty, the space behind these seats being arranged with rugs and seats to give a cosy effect. Opening from this space was a reception room in which were many pieces of old-fashioned furniture, loaned by members of the Chapter, among which was a rocking chair more than one hundred and fifty years old, made in the days of high window seats, so that a cricket was needed on which the occupant's feet could be placed. Silver platters held the ice pitcher and glasses. On a center table were the books of the Chapter, and interesting articles that are preserved in its archives. Many names were added to the visitors' book. One felt the welcome the cozy room was intended to express.
In a smaller hall, opening from the audience room, a silk flag bearing the coat of arms and motto of Massachusetts, "Ense petif placidam sub libertate quietem," hung over the mantel on which were beautiful ferns, and in the large fireplace were old-fashioned brass andirons and fender with a kettle on the crane. In this room was a large table, set by Oillinghurst, of Providence, Rhode Island, from which an elaborate lunch was served. A bevy of young ladies served the guests, adding much to the occasion by their bright faces and patriotic decorations. The verdict can only be "well and gracefully served," the best of sauces being sweet looks, kind words and a cordial greeting.
The meeting was opened with prayer by the Rev. William Knight, of Central Church, followed by the “Battle Hymn of the Republic," sung by the audience. Miss Holmes, Regent of the Chapter, welcomed the guests in a few well chosen words, introducing to them His Honor, Amos M. Jackson, Mayor of Fall River, who made a fine address, giving a hearty welcome to the visiting Daughters. “I congratulate you,” he said, "upon being descended from such courageous blood. It is better than any patent to nobility," and concluding, “the honor of to-day's convention will be to us, not to you, and the profit and pleasure will be ours as we hope it will be yours."
· This was responded to by Mrs. A. S. McClean, Regent of Mercy Warren Chapter, Springfield, Massachusetts.
The lunch hour was a most social one, affording an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. Mrs. Daniel Manning, President General, was the guest of honor and received many of her Daughters in the reception parlor at this time. She was presented from the platform at the opening of the afternoon session, and made a stirring and patriotic address in response to a most enthusiastic greeting. Mrs. Manning said: “I esteem it a privilege and an honor to come before
you to-day, to meet the representatives of a State which has so notably preserved its memories of the past and its spirit of united patriotism,” closing with, "wherever we find the flag of the United States it represents civilization, humanity and liberty. Let us love it, let us honor it." Dr. E. A. Brockett, who made two trips on the hospital ship “Bay State," made an address of great interest, giving his experience and impressions.
Matters of interest to the delegates were discussed, and the convention was instructive and successful. We closed with "America," all joining in the singing. Beautiful flowers were presented to Mrs. Manning, Mrs. Fuller, and Mrs. Brownell, the latter a Real Daughter, and a member of Quequechan Chapter. She sat upon the platform and received much attention later from our visitors. On the platform beside the presiding officer and ladies before mentioned were Mrs. Mary J. C. Neale, former Regent of the Chapter; Mrs. Daniel Lothrop, who made a few remarks in place of Mrs. Masury, who was unable to attend on account of illness; and the State Treasurer, Miss Vining; Mrs. A. S. McClean, of Springfield; Mrs. Grace LeBaron Upham, of Boston; Mrs. Robbins, of Hingham, and Mrs. Edward S. Robinson, of Brookline, State Historian. Mrs. Richard J. Barker, Historian of Gaspee Chapter, Providence, Rhode Island, was present; also a number from the William Ellery Chapter, of Newport, Rhode Island, this sister city being often represented in our social gatherings and extending to us equal courtesy. Officers of our local military companies were invited, and the Sons of the American Revolution were represented by Mr. C. V. S. Remington, the Volunteer Aid Association by Mrs. Clark, who twice visited the camp at Montauk, carrying supplies to the soldiers there.
Miss Brazier, Regent of Bunker Hill Chapter, of Charlestown, presented our Chapter with several lithograph copies of the flags given to the schools of Charlestown by her Chapter. They were accepted by Miss Holmes. On Wednesday evening, October 19th, Miss Holmes gave an informal reception at her home, 318 Pine street, to the State Regent, Mrs. George F. Fuller. Our President General, Mrs. Manning, honored us with her presence at that time. We consider it most kind in her to have taken the long journey from Albany to visit us and we hope she has carried away such pleasant memories of Fall River and Quequechan Chapter as will long be a source of pleasure to her. She will certainly be long remembered for her cordial manner to her Massachusetts Daughters.
Mrs. Manning was the guest of one of our members, Miss Brayton, of Broadview, Highland avenue, while in this city, from which residence many extensive and beautiful views can be seen
The Massachusetts State Convention of 1898 will represent to our Chapter a day of pleasant memories, of friendly intercourse and interchange of ideas in planning a mutual work, and it extends a hearty welcome of good comradeship to its sisters far and near, wishing them success in all their work and ever increasing numbers.-CORNELIA W. (LINCOLN) Davol, Historian.
THE WORK IN VERMONT.
Ix presenting the report of the Daughters of the American Revolution of the State of Vermont I regret that the work cannot be given more in detail, and it is due to the State Regent as well as Chapter Regents to state that before the appeal was sent out from the War Committee of the National Society that most of our members were already actively engaged in relief work that appealed to them personally.
Brattleboro Chapter (Brattleboro), Mrs. Florence Gray Estey, Regent.-At a meeting held at the house of the Regent on April 19, 1898, it was decided that the Chapter should take the initiative in the work for the soldiers. A public meeting was apointed, which was held in the town on April 27th, and the Regent was elected president of a "Soldiers' Aid Society," and the Secretary of the Chapter chosen as secretary. A generous collection was taken, the Chapter starting the fund with $25.00. Many enthusiastic and well attended meetings were held, the object was to provide comforts for the soldiers, and during their absence, for many of their families. On April 29th at a meeting held at the Brooks House eightyfour soldiers' comfort bags were made and filled. May 3d, at another meeting, the ladies provided 84 pairs of good wool socks for the company. On May 6th a committee met at Mrs. Estey's house at six o'clock in the morning and prepared a good, substantial lunch for Company I of the First Vermont Regiment, who went into camp that day at Burlington, at Fort Ethan Allen. On May 21st the ladies met again at Mrs. Estey's and prepared a very nice lunch for the entire regiment of twelve hundred men which was to pass through Brattleboro that day on its way south to Camp Thomas at Chickamauga Park. June 6th we sent the men at Chickamauga a large quantity of groceries—900 pounds. Two concerts and a supper were given at which $1,116 were realized, to be used for the soldiers and their families. The Society sent 200 woven bandages, 200 towels, 30 sheets and $300 in money for hospital use. Doctors and nurses have been provided for the soldiers, and groceries and coal given to them when required. Many have received two tons of coal. On the return of the company a good, substantial dinner was given them at the Brooks House. $400 were used in providing for the families of the men as they were not yet mustered out of service. Finally, on the evening before they were mustered cut, October 31st, a reception was given to Company I and their friends, and to the general public by the Soldiers' Aid Society at the home of the president. The young ladies decorated the house handsomely with flags and bunting, and as we heard the grateful expressions of appreciation from the returned brave ones who had endured the horrors of camp life at Chickamauga we felt the patriotic work initiated by the Brattleboro Chapter, and so well executed by the Soldiers' Aid Society, had proved the raison d'etat of the Chapter. Total amount of money raised for this patriotic work during the sumemr, $1.750.50.
Lake Dunmore Chapter (Brandon), Mrs. Frances D. Ormsbee, Regent.--Not very long after war was declared, realizing that there was need for extra efforts, a meeting was called in our town, and an Aid Asosciation formed under the auspices of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Women's Relief Corps, and the King's Daughters. I was made president of this association, and our first work was a box of supplies sent to the hospital ship “Bay State;" then supplies to