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"Paragraphing, arrangement, and general neatness of papers will be considered in the awarding of the prizes.
"The whole must be inclosed in an envelope, together with a sealed envelope, containing the writer's real and ficticious name, and mailed to the chairman of the committee on or before the 30th of May, 1898.
“The papers will be examined by a committee of the Sons of the American Revolution and the prizes will be awarded two weeks later."-NORA HULL, Historian.
CAESAR RODNEY CHAPTER (Wilmington, Delaware), held their third annual meeting at the residence of the Chapter Regent, Miss Waples, on Wednesday, December 7th, 1898; the anniversary of the day on which Delaware set the bold and patriotic example for her sister Colonies, by being the first to ratify the adoption of the Federal Constitution.
Very interesting reports on the year's work of the Chapter were read by the several officers. Since the last annual meeting eight new members have been added to the Chapter.
The following officers were unanimously reëlected : Regent, Miss Sophie Waples; Vice-Regent, Mrs. Harvey S. Denison; Treasurer, Mrs. W. Mortimer Drein; Secretary, Miss Helen E. Van Trump; Registrar, Mrs. H. J. Martinez-Cardeza; Historian, Mrs. W. Goodell Clark; Chaplain, Miss Harriette W. Mahon.-ELIZABETH WILTBANK CLARK, Historian.
WYOMING CHAPTER.-In the early summer, appeals were made to the Regent of Wyoming Chapter, Wyoming, Ohio, for help for the soldiers engaged in the Spanish-American war, and in June a special meeting was held, at which it was decided to begin work at once. Many Wyoming ladies, not members of the Chapter, but in sympathy with the cause and wishing to assist in the work, a general meeting was called for July 8th, and the Wyoming Relief Corps, to work with the Wyoming Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, under the National Hospital Board, was organized, with Mrs. George Kinsey, of Wyoming Chapter, president. Meetings were held each Friday and at the close of the summer two hundred dollars ($200) had been expended, and seven hundred gar
ments, including head nets, aprons and pajamas made. In the pocket of each coat was placed a handkerchief, and the following note of sympathy, "To the convalescent soldier to whom this garment may come: The ladies of Wyoming Relief Corps, and Wyoming Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, offer you their sympathy, and hope for your early recovery
Each stitch sewn in the garment, carries with it its maker's heartfelt appreciation of your patriotic service and earnest good wishes for your future safety and welfare. Wyoming, Hamilton County, Ohio, July, 1898."
Boxes of magazines and other reading matter were sent to different camps.
Grateful letters were received from convalescent soldiers, also from Colonel Gardiner, of Fort Thomas, Kentucky; Dr. Blair D. Taylor, Major and Surgeon United States Army, and the Commanding General of the Hospital at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, expressing their thanks for the donations which assisted them so much in making comfortable the sick and wounded.—Mary E. LAURENCE, Historian.
CATHERINE SCHUYLER CHAPTER (Allegany County) met with the Regent, Mrs. Hamilton Ward, Saturday, December ioth. The day was cold and the delayed trains kept members west of Belmont from being present.
The Chapter commemorated the "Landing of the Pilgrims" and the day proved a typical New England one. Those who braved the storm and defied snow bound trains by driving, found a most cordial and hospitable welcome at the home of the Regent and sincerely sympathized with their sister pilgrims who were deprived of the afternoon's entertainment.
Miss Bertha Bradt delighted the Chapter with a selection upon the violin, accompanied upon the piano by her mother, Mrs. John Bradt, after which the members adjourned to the library and the meeting was called to order.
After the opening prayer, Mrs. Ward with profound sorrow and regret spoke of the loss the Society had sustained since the last meeting by the death of Miss Frances Dobbins, their Assistant Historian.
Mrs. Barnes offered for the consideration of the Chapter the following resolutions:
WHEREAS, We are again called to record the death of a charter member of the Catherine Schuyler Chapter, the assistant Historian, Miss Frances Dobbins, who peacefully passed across the river on November 12, 1898; and,
Whereas, We the members of this Chapter feel that in her death we have lost a loving, interested and patriotic sister, one whose loyal and unremitting devotion and interest in the organization never flagged; and,
Whereas, It seemed good to the Ruler of the Universe to remove from among us this beloved friend and member, therefore, in the loss we have sustained and the greater loss to near and dear relatives; be it
Resolved, That the members of Catherine Schuyler Chapter do express their sense of bereavement and grief for the loss of one of their charter members; that they sincerely sympathize with the relatives and friends of our late beloved associate and that they commend them for consolation to that Divine Power, which though oft-times inscrutable, “Doeth all things well," feeling sure that their and the Chapter's loss is the dear sister's gain.
Resolved, That as a testimonial of their grief and sympathy a copy of these resolutions be sent to the near relatives of the deceased and printed in the Wellsville Daily Reporter and AMERICAN MONTHLY.
These resolutions were unanimously adopted by a rising vote.
The literary exercises were opened by Mrs. Keeney with a most excellent paper on Washington and his cabinet, for which she received the hearty thanks of the assembled members and guests.
The historic paper, the "Landing of the Pilgrims,” by Mrs. Robert Armstrong, was snowbound with the lady at her home in Cuba, but a telephone to her neice, Miss Watrous, asking her to supply her paper by a short article upon the subject, fully proved that the will and determination of revolutionary ancestors has descended upon many daughters. Miss Watrous had no time for preparing a paper but with a few notes she gave a most interesting talk upon the events which led to the Pilgrims' departure from England, their loyalty and their bravery in enduring untold hardships that they and their posterity might worship the Creator in accordance with the dictates of their conscience. We were truly proud of the Pilgrim fathers when Miss Watrous closed her talk.
The necessary business of the day being attended to, ail joined in singing “America,” and the meeting 'adjourned to meet with the Regent, Mrs. Hamilton Ward, at her home in Belmont on January 14th, 1899.
The ladies were then invited to the dining room where the hostess pleasantly entertained her guests with a buffet luncheon. The ladies who awaited belated trains east report a pleasant evening session.
Since this article went to the publisher the news of the sudden death of Judge Hamilton Ward has come to us. Mrs. Ward, Regent of Catherine Schuyler Chapter, has the deep sympathy of her friends.
FORT MASSACHUSETTS CHAPTER celebrated the anniversary of the “Boston Tea Party” at the home of their Regent, Mrs. Mary F. Richmond.
Quaint. little cards of invitation were issued, one side of which was painted to represent a tea chest.
Mrs. Richmond was assisted in receiving by “Dame Witherell, Dame Burbank, Dame Cully and Mistress Rice," all of whom were attired in costumes of "Ye olden times" as were also many of the guests.
The house was prettily decorated with flags and empty tea chests, and inverted tea pots were conspiciously displayed as a reminder that no tea would be served. A fine collection of old tea pots, of both pewter and china, was shown. Revolutionary muskets and swords, as well as many other relics of days gone by, had been gathered together and the light from numerous candles illuminated the same.
The Vice-Regent, Mrs. Walker, gave a detailed report of the State Convention, and one of the principal features of the evening's entertainment was the introduction by Mrs. Witherell of the Children of the American Revolution, it being the first time this organization had made a public appearance. A contest of descriptive initials followed that tested our memory of historic men, and Mrs. Wesley was awarded the first Daughters' prize, which was a pretty little china tea pot, and the first Children's prize was awarded to John Rice.
Refreshments were served on an old mahogany table set with pewter and old china. The flakes, doughnuts, seed cakes
and mints would have done credit to a tea party given by our great-grandmothers. In the absence of tea, coffee was served in quaint little old fashioned cups and altogether it was voted a very enjoyable occasion.--MARY F. B. BURBANK, Historian.
MARY DRAPER CHAPTER.–The December meeting of Mary Draper Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, Miss Helen M. Winslow Regent, took place December 10, at the home of Mrs. James M. Dodge, Burroughs Street, Jamaica Plain. The attendance was fair. The occasion was an interesting one, from the fact that it marked the return to the Chapter gatherings of a member who, because of severe illness, has long been deprived of par ticipation in the meetings. A most cordial welcome was given this member. The most important matter considered at this gathering was the resignation of the Regent. It was at Miss Winslow's suggestion that the Mary Draper Chapter was formed, at a time when she was a resident of West Roxbury, and during the three years of her regency she has given it generous service and encouragement. Her change of residence and the many demands upon her time (Miss Winslow is editor and publisher of “The Club Woman”) make it impossible for her to continue in office. Therefore her resignation was accepted with deep regret on the part of each member. The Chapter puts on record its recognition of her leadership and work for its interests, work which has been especially difficult, because of the large territory covered by the membership. Miss Winslow has been made Honorary Regent by vote of the Chapter.
JERSEY BLUE CHAPTER.—This patriotic and enthusiastic Chapter has never appeared prominently before the readers of the AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE. The omission is entirely due to modesty, yet the Chapter has enrolled within its membership the names of a number of ladies, whose ancestors figured most prominently in the War of the American Revolution. These ladies have proven that they are worthy daughters of patriotic sires, and furnish a most eloquent and convincing argument for the increase and success of the