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Since the organization of the Jersey Blue Chapter it has had for its Regent Miss Kate Deshler. Finding it had made no mistake in the selection of this lady (so preëminently fitted for the head of Chapter work) it has been loyal to its first choice and despite Miss Deshler's protests at the meeting for the election of officers, she had been elected her own successor. The meetings are held monthly at the homes of the members. In order to encourage and develop a taste for revolutionary and colonial history an essay is prepared and read by a member at each meeting.
Finding the war between our beloved land and Spain upon us it was decided at the meeting in June, 1898, to do what we could for the alleviation of distress naturally incumbent upon the families of the soldiers who had responded to the Nation's call.
A fête was held upon the beautiful lawn of ex-Senator Schenk's home, “Redcliffe." This charming spot was placed at the disposal of the Chapter by the courtesy of Mrs. Schenk. A sight never to be forgotten greeted the eyes of the many interested spectators who gathered to see the stately minuet danced by the Daughters of the Chapter. Of the beautiful dames in their quaint colonial dress, the brilliantly illumined lawn with its white tables dotted here and there, the sweet music, the graceful movements of the dancers, much might be said, but suffice this that the sum of eighty dollars was thus raised and given to the families of the soldiers of Company D, Third Regiment of New Jersey.
It is impossible to say just what the Chapter has done for the sick soldiers in the recent conflict. In response to a call by the Regent in July last large donations of nurses' aprons, literature, lotions for the sick, &c., were received. Through the untiring energy of Mrs. William C. Butler these were forwarded to headquarters.
In addition to the above, the Jersey Blue Chapter donates yearly a liberal sum to the "Wallace House,” situated at Somerville, New Jersey. It, with two other Chapters, the General Frelinghuysen and Camp Middlebrook, looking after the hall and stairways and in other ways helping to furnish the house.MRS. E. LIVINGSTON BARBOUR, Historian.
PAUL REVERE CHAPTER.
(Dedicated to Our Chapter, Our Officers, Our Retiring Officers and Board.]
A happy twelve month in our Chapter's life,
When on the air was heard the sound of war,
There hangs upon a school-house walls in state
What ship can ride in safety on the waves,
What club can lift its head in honest pride
Since Anthony the Roman factions led,
OUR SECRETARY. Ponce de Leon for years, in vain, forsooth, Sought for the spring that gives eternal youth; Now is that rill immortal in the hand Of one that serves most faithfully our band; Indeed, where falls the magic of her glance, Whate'er is entered in that book of chance, That magic book that chases time awayThere Time reaps not by year or month or day, But in her hands the magic loom can spin it, And make the workings of a year "a minute."
We cannot live without the chaff we spurn,
OUR REGISTRAR. Our school-days, long since past, yet freshly green Upon the cameras of our minds are seen, And aught that calls to mind those visions dear, What though some shadings come to us with fear, Is dear to every heart that loves to dream Of past events that in the present seem. She who produces this illusion pleasant Calls from a book, and we answer "present.”
OUR AUDITOR. When all was done at last, the year was through, Our auditor was called her work to do; As rows of figures there before her stood, She looked them over and pronounced them good.
Our RETIRING OFFICERS AND BOARD.
JANE RANDOLPH JEFFERSON CHAPTER.—Invitations were issued to a select few by the Daughters of the American Revolution as follows:
“Anniversary of Washington's wedding day. Jane Randolph Jefferson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, requests the pleasure of your company at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Towles, at 8 o'clock on the evening of January 6th, to meet Mrs. George H. Shields, St. Louis, State Regent, Daughters of the American Revolution."
These invitations were generally accepted, as the Chapter is noted for its charming functions and kind hospitality. Once a year at this time they give a handsome reception, when the State Regent, Mrs. Shields, is always their guest of honor.
Mrs. Towles, the Regent for the Jefferson City Chapter, was assisted in receiving the guests by Mrs. Shields and two other special guests, Mrs. W. J. Stone, of St. Louis, a member of this Chapter, and Mrs. E. W. Stephens, of Columbia, besides the Daughters of the Chapter. The ladies wore handsome colonial gowns, with powdered hair, and “Martha Washington" caps. After the guests had assembled Mr. E. W. Stephens, who had been invited to be the orator of the evening, gave a charming little address relative to the occasion.
He was followed by Mrs. Shields, who spoke a few words of encouragement and commendation for the success of the Chapter.
The handsome new home of Major and Mrs. Towles was artistically decorated. The large reception hall was draped in bunting and flags. The dainty white and gold drawingroom in pink roses and the library in red carnations and ferns, while the dining room was arranged as for a wedding supper in the colonial days. Handsome antique silver with quaint old candelabra decorated the table. From the chandelier to: the corners of the table alternated white satin ribbons and ropes of smilax, and suspended from the center of the chandelier was a wedding bell of white and green. On the walls hung two fine old portraits of George and Martha Washington, draped in smilax. At one end of the table Misses Mary Gantt and Marian Davison served coffee; at the other chocolate was dispensed by Misses Jewel Weidemeyer, of Glinon, and Winnie Pope. These young ladies had for assistants Misses Carrie Davison, Effie Fox and Miller Pope.
Fully a hundred guest, including the Daughters, paid their respects to Mesdames Shields, Stephens and Stone during the evening. The members of the Chapter are Mrs. Florence Ewing Towles, Regent; Mrs. Mattie W. Gantt, Vice-Regent ; Mrs. Carrie Davison, Recording Secretary; Miss Ella McCarthy, Historian; Mrs. Beauregard Ferguson, Registrar; Mrs. Kate D. Henry, Mrs. Georgia C. Ewing, Mrs. Lulu P. Church, Mrs. Louise Pope, Miss Rena McCarty, Mrs. Margaret Harding Robertson, Mrs. Christine Broughton, Mrs. Louise Bragg, Mrs. S. W. Fox, Mrs. Nona Wildberger, Mrs. Ellen C. Edwards, Mrs. G. B. Macfarlane, Mrs. W. J. Stone, Mrs. E. B. Ewing, Miss Marian Davison, Miss Julia Epps, Miss Mary Gantt and Miss Gertrude Hatch.
The next entertainment of importance given by the Chapter will be February 22.