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joyed by all the Daughters that it will long be pleasantly remembered and future celebrations of the day will be hereafter looked forward to with pleasure.

The Colonial Tea and Loan Exhibition which was held on the afternoon and evening of November 18th, was the first public entertainment given by the Chapter, and proved to be a most delightful affair. The Colonial Tea comprised a menu of old-fashioned delicacies, and was served by the Daughters attired in gowns of ancient cut and form, many quaint and beautiful gowns and ornaments worn by ancestresses of the wearers being brought out for the occasion. The two "Real Daughters” belonging to the Chapter, Mrs. Louise R. Woodruff and Mrs. Clara Jones Gifford, who were present, entered into the spirit of the occasion and enjoyed themselves thor. oughly. The tables were set with old blue china, old silver and candlesticks, and were presided over by dames with Priscilla caps and kerchiefs. A Dutch table occupied the centre of the room, and bore an antique silver urn and ancient candlesticks; the dishes were of blue delft and the viands prepared from famous old Dutch recipes. Young ladies in Dutch costumes from the quaint lace or linen cap to wooden shoes served at this table. The large hall was beautifully decorated with flags, interspersed with hand-woven spreads in red and white and blue and white, some of which bore dates many years back. The walls hung with old portraits.

The Loan Exhibition was one of great interest. There were exhibits of articles once owned by Lafayette and by many others of revolutionary fame, a perfect arsenal of old arms and muskets, uniforms and equipments used in the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars, beside numberless rare and precious relics of our early civilization.

Over four hundred people were in attendance and the affair was in every way a most enjoyable and successful one.—ELLA E. WOODBRIDGE, Historian.

BALTIMORE CHAPTER.-In May, when we of the Baltimore Chapter held our last meeting before separating for the summer, our country was threatened with a war that all felt might prove disastrous and that must bring sorrow. With this cloud

overshadowing us, none could lock forward to a season of enjoyment, and it was decided to intermit the usual celebration of October 19th, “Peggy Stewart Day," and the Field Day of the Baltimore Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

When October came round, however, the war cloud had lifted and though many homes had been made desolate by that terrible enemy, fever, we had so much to be thankful for that all felt the first Chapter meeting should be a social reunion.

October 27th, the regular day for the monthly Chapter meeting, was the occasion of the formal opening of “Colonial Hall," 417 North Charles Street, one of the oldest residences in what was, 60 years ago, the most fashionable residental section of the city. This beautiful old house, which was purchased last summer by the Baltimore Society of Colonial Dames, has been restored throughout and here most of the historical societies have their headquarters, the Baltimore Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution among the number.

The first business in order was the report of the Committee on Hospital Supplies, Mrs. James Boyle, Chairman, a band of six earnest women, who during the hottest days of last July, prepared and sent off two hundred and thirty-three garments to our suffering soldiers at Santiago, receiving in reply, beside the official acknowledgment, a grateful letter from a soldier in Santiago.

The evening closed with a most delightful tea, served in the quaint old dining room below stairs, that must have witnessed many a scene of festivity in “the days that are no more."

The decorations were yellow and black, the Baltimore colors, and the service of quaint china and time-worn silver, was in harmony with the old dining room. On November 17th, election day, there was a goodly attendance at the Chapter meeting, which was particularly gratifying, as all the officers were elected as follows: Regent, Mrs. John Thomson Mason; Vice-Regent, Miss Elizabeth Y. Thompson; Recording Secretary, Mrs. Edgar M. Lazarus; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Neilson Poe; Treasurer, Mrs. Nelson Perin;

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Registrar, Mrs. George Norbury Mackenzie; Historian, Miss M. Alice Smith. Miss Thompson resigned her position as Vice-Regent at the next meeting and Mrs. Charles Nicholson was chosen to succeed her.

The December meeting, on the 29th of that month, came in Christmas time, the season of “good will to men," and after the business of the day, the most important item of which was voting equal appropriations for the Washington and Lafayette monuments to be erected in Paris, the Chapter adjourned to the dining room, made beautiful with holly and Christmas green, where a bright farewell was given to the Old Year.-M. ALICE SMITH, Historian.

STARS AND STRIPES CHAPTER (Burlington, Iowa).—The annual meeting of the Stars and Stripes Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was held in the Library rooms, January 4th, followed by an observation of "Chapter Day."

The following officers were elected: Regent, Mrs. Cate Gilbert Wells; Vice-Regent, Mrs. Thomas Wilkinson; Secretary, Mrs. J. T. Illick; Treasurer, Mrs. Edwin Carpenter; Historian, Abbie MacFlinn; Registrar, Mrs. F. Ashley Villard.

The business meeting was followed by the ceremony of presenting and hanging the charter of the organization. An interesting program was given in the lecture hall, which was draped in the American colors, invited friends and relatives of the members of the Society being present.

The singing of “America" was the opening number of the program. Miss Effie Lahee and Miss Grace Elting and Mrs. E. M. Shelton played mandolin accompaniment for the different patriotic songs and the soloists were Miss Lahee and Mrs. Seymour Jones.

Mrs. Cate Gilbert Wells, the Regent of the Chapter, presented the charter with the following words:

Daughters of the American Revolution, and Honored Guests: It is my pleasure to bid you welcome, and to congratulate the Stars and Stripes Chapter upon its third birthday, and further to felicitate the Chapter upon the presence of a distinguished

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Son of the Revolution, viz., the State Historian of Iowa, Rev. Dr. Salter, who will speak to us.

At the last regular meeting it was voted that we name this fourth day of January our "Chapter Day," and that we celebrate the occasion with patriotic exercises, and the hanging of the charter.

We feel that we owe a vote of thanks to Mr. Crapo, for his consent that the charter be hung upon the Library walls. It seems fitting that the charter of the Stars and Stripes Chapter, of which Miss Crapo was your charter Regent, should find its home within the building with which her father is so identified, and appropriate that Doctor Salter, so long and intimately associated with the Library's history and growth, should be the orator of the day.

On this birthday anniversary I extend to you of the Stars and Stripes the right hand of fellowship; and urge you, as I myself aspire, to a more fervent patriotism, a more intense Americanism, and a loftier ideal, as inspired by our revolutionary ancestors, and the noble work of our organization during the late war.

The committee of the framing of the charter has ably fulfilled its mission, and it is now my privilege to give the charter into the hands of one of our enthusiastic organizers, and charter members, Mrs. Illick, who will address you."

Mrs. J. T. Illick accepted and responded very gracefully.

This ceremony was followed by a well written sketch of the Chapter by Mrs. Thomas Wilkinson, Historian.

The feature of the meeting was the address by Rev. William Salter, who is a Son of the Revolution, Son of the Colonial Wars, and State Historian.

The Chapter felt particularly honored in having Dr. Salter contribute the address of the occasion, for besides his interesting patriotic lineage, he has been connected for more than a half century with the Congregational Church of this city. He spoke very entertainingly for a half hour on “The Mothers of the Revolution.” He opened with a sketch of the early settlements in America, by people who came here to make homes in the New World. The first colonies composed only of men were failures, but as soon as the women came to make homes, their industry and thrift brought prosperity. Nearly all the colonies were founded by families, and the "American Home" came as a peculiar institution of America. These early colonies soon became involved in war, which brought to the front George Washington. He had a good mother and a good wife, and the modern women owe as much to his mother, Mary, and wife, Martha, as to the "father of our country.” There were a great many other mothers in humbler walks of life, who had this same patriotic spirit, and to whom we are also indebted.

Dr. Salter illustrated a local relation with these “Mothers of the Revolution.” This was Nancy Ann Hunter, the greatgrandmother of Hon. W. W. Dodge. She was of Scotch-Irish stock, and married Israel Dodge, her second husband being a Mr. Lynn.

She was the mother of two United States Senators, Henry Dodge, of Wisconsin, and Louis F. Lynn, of Missouri. Nancy Hunter was possessed of an heroic character, and exhibited her valor on a signal occasion at Fort Jefferson, near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, when that fort was attacked by Indians. She was also the mother of the late General A. C. Dodge. Her children of the third and fourth generation are with us. A great-great-grandson went forth under the flag in the American-Spanish war. The speaker closed by expressing the hope that the "Daughters of the Revolution” be as good as their ancestral mothers, patriotic and brave, and leading pure and noble lives.”— ABBIE MacFLINN, Historian.

SARAH BRADLEE FULTON CHAPTER (Medford, Massachusetts).—This Chapter held its first meeting of the season Monday evening, October 3d, in the rooms of the Historical Society. The reports of the Secretary and Treasurer were read and accepted.

Miss E. M. Gill and Mrs. Elizabeth Chaney were elected delegates to the State Convention at Fall River, the 20th inst. The Secretary read a very interesting letter from one of the Medford boys in Cuban waters, describing life and experience in government service.

The Historian was instructed to write a note of congratulation to the mother of the young daughter recently born—the first child born to a member since the organization of the

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