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of patriotic endeavor, and the adhesion of the members of the Chapter, who are united in all their purposes. Among other acts, we have joined the “Association for the Preservation f the Flag," with a contribution; we have been largely instrumental in forming the “Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument Association," in Brooklyn; handing over to it the money collected by us for the erection of a monument. The above work had taken on such dimensions that it was no longer manageable by any Chapter or Chapters. This association now forms a patriotic society from the whole country; and one of our number, Mrs. S. V. White, has been appointed a member from New York State.
We have a committee working to collect funds for Continental Hall, and we have had the pleasure of contributing tu the "Washington Memorial Association," and the "Defenders' Auxiliary Corps," having also donated signal service flags. The Chapter has also contributed to the Daughters of the American Revolution State Hospital Fund, besides many other subscriptions to various patriotic purposes. But the especial work which has appealed to every member of the Chapter has been our Prize Essay Work.
A committee of five were appointed with Mrs. Henry A. Powell as chairman, and with a sub-committee as critics, to offer two prizes from the Fort Green Chapter, the cost of both to amount to $50.00; one to the girls and one to the boys of the High Schools of Brooklyn, for the best original essay or poem upon the "Prison Ship Martyrs." The prizes were to be the property of the schools in which they were won; and a handsomely framed photogravure of Mt. Vernon was selected for the girls' prize, with a beautiful steel engraving of Washington at Trenton for the boys' prize. Beside these pictures, an engraved certificate was presented to each winner, with a personal gift of a volume of American History. Twenty-five essays and poems were sent in, many of exceptional merit; but those written by Miss Ivy Esther Pietsch of the Girls' High School; and by Mr. William Johnston Berry, of the Boys' High School, were judged to have won the prizes.
The presentation exercises, to which the Chapter was in
vited, took place in the Girl's High School on June 17, 1898, celebrating Bunker Hill day, also the anniversary of the removal of the prison ship martyrs' bones to their present resting place in Fort Green Park. The influence of this competition is consider throughout the city to be a good one, stimulating an interest in patriotic research which is far-reaching.
Our Chapter was represented last February at the National Convention of 1898 in Washington by our Regent with her alternate, and four delegates with their four alternates, making a delegation of ten from our Chapter, and their reports read at the March meeting, proved exceptionally interesting.
It was voted at the May meeting that the Fort Greene Chapter would not join in the work of the National War Relief Association as a Chapter, so many of our members being out of town during the summer, but that all who found it possible should aid that association with individual work. Many of our members entered into the work at Montauk, Fortress Monroe, in the hospitals and elsewhere, with much zeal. We are soon to have a social meeting at which the main feature will be an account of their various experiences at war relief work, to be related by all who took part in it.
Our social meetings during the year have been not only enjoyable but profitable, promoting a closer acquaintance and adding to the harmonious unity existing in the Chapter. On December 14th a reception was given by the Chapter to the New York City Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, when Mrs. Donald McLean gave an able address on "Patriotism," and Mrs. Earle, our Vice-Regent, responded on the "Struggles for Education by the Early Patriots.”
On January 28th the Chapter listened to a lecture by Miss Elizabeth Porter Gould, of Boston, on "The George Washington Memorial," after which a reception was held, and on February 15th our Regent, Mrs. Samuel Bowne Duryea, invited the Chapter to her home for an afternoon, where she entertained us in the most charming manner. Mrs. Duryea's sister, Mrs. E. Everett Holbrook, Regent of the Paul Revere Chapter, Boston, gave a brilliant talk upon her travels through Russia,
and after several young ladies had given us delightful vocal solos, we were asked to partake of Russian tea served by young friends of our hostess, dressed in national costume.
At another social meeting on March 30th Mrs. Alice Morse Earle gave us a pleasing lecture on the “Domestic Life of General Nathaniel Greene in Rhode Island," when a portrait of General Greene was presented to each member by our Regent. On April 27th Miss Beaston lectured before the Chapter on "The Framing of the Constitution." Outside guests were invited and a reception was held afterward.
The patriotic religious service held by the Fort Greene Chapter on May 8th, in the First Presbyterian Church, gave great pleasure to all. Rev. L. Mason Clarke preached the sermon, and the musical service was conducted with a double choir and full-stringed orchestra. The church was beautifully decorated, and twelve representatives of the Sons of the Revolution acted as ushers.
We also had the pleasure of participating as a Chapter with the Devin Post, Grand Army of the Republic, in memorial exercises at Fort Greene on May 29th, and we have received and accepted invitations and courtesies from other societies and Chapters too numerous to mention.
The angel of death has visited our Chapter three times during the past year, taking from us our well-beloved members Mrs. Henry Lyman Palmer, Mrs. A. S. Higgins, and our Real Revolutionary Daughter, Mrs. Harriet Elizabeth Palmer, in her ninety-second year. A sketch of the life and ancestry of this much-regretted Daughter will be sent to the Magazine by the Historian at a later date.
The Fort Greene Chapter at the present writing numbers two hundred and one members, and starts out anew upon its third year of existence with the aspirations of youth, the energy of healthful vigor and the determination to hold fast :) those principles of unity and of patriotism which make for all that is best and noblest in the aims of every true and highprincipled association of women.-FANNIE C. W. BARBOUR, Historian.
MARY WASHINGTON COLONIAL CHAPTER (New York City).—The year has opened auspiciously and the Regent, Miss Vanderpoel, in her address to the members of the Chapter at the first meeting of the season congratulated them with good reason upon their untiring patriotic work during the perilous months of the late war. It gives me great pleasure, ladies," she said, “to assure you that we as a Chapter have done nobly in contributing the substantial sum of $670 to the National Society in the relief of the sick and wounded in our army and navy. For this I have received for myself and you most grateful thanks from the Surgeons General Sternberg and Van Reypen.
We also sent $50 to our State Regent as our contribution to the State fund. These sums were generously given by us and by our friends without any effort on the part to raise the money by means of entertainments or fairs. I have also received a most complimentary letter from Mrs. Manning, our President General, of appreciation of our work as a Chapter.
The pleasure was given me personally of endorsing the applications of a large number of nurses for the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps. This was of course attended with some labor, but never was a task undertaken with greater satisfaction, nor one which brought better results.
The personal record of the Mary Washington Colonial Chapter has also been most brilliant, as every member of the Chapter engaged in some noble work of relief during the summer. Our efforts have placed us in the highest rank of the National Society and I trust and am sure we shall ever strive to maintain an exalted standard through the coming years."
The Chapter has suffered a severe loss in the resignation of its most able Secretary, Mrs. Mary Chase Mills, who left the city in November for a protracted residence in Italy. Previous to her departure she was presented by the Regent and members of the Executive Council with a beautiful loving cup of silver and glass, of Tiffany make, as a token of their appreciation of her most valuable services to the Chapter and as delegate to the last National Congress. Two prominent members of the Chapter, Mrs. I. F. Lloyd and Miss Montgomery, also gave in her honor a high tea in Maryland style (they as well as Mrs. Mills being natives of that State), at which Mrs. James K. Belden, State Regent, was present, and the Regent and officers of the Chapter
The first historic meeting of the season was held November 12th in the spacious drawing rooms of Mrs. George P. Slade, a member of the Executive Council. The paper of the occasion was read by Mrs. James E. Pope, of New Jersey, upon "New Jersey in Colonial and Revolutionary Days.” It was considered one of the finest papers ever presented to the Chapter. The music (piano and violin) was most charmingly rendered by Miss Madge and Master Clinton Taylor, great-grandchildren of General and Governor George Clinton, of New York. Tea and light refreshments were then served, and a delightful social time enjoyed by the large number present.
The historic meetings, which alternate with the business meetings, follow in chronological sequence the years of the Revolutionary War, and many a bit of hitherto unknown history and many a doughty deed of sire and dame have been brought to light in the personal reminiscences of the members who have thus far prepared papers.
On the 19th of January, it being Chapter day, the Regent, Miss Vanderpoel, as has been her charming custom each year since the Chapter was formed, will give a reception to the Chapter and distinguished guests at the Buckingham Hotel. The Chapter has also resolved to observe the 30th of April, the anniversary of the inauguration of General Washington, and as an annual reception to its Regent. This custom is adopted not only as marking the crowning glory of this great man's life, but also because it is one of the very few patriotic events connected with the history of New York City. The first of these celebrations took place on April 30th, and called out a large number of the Chapter members and their friends. The literary and musical program was of a high order and after singing in unison “Hail Columbia,” the Regent was presented with a superb silver and gold bon boniere in the shape of a heart, buried in a bouquet of roses. This, as was most gracefully said by Mrs. Fay Pierce in her presentation address,