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“The attendance was not considerable until afternoon, and until the exercises began attention was given to the collection. This was got together by the Daughters, who were much assisted by Rev. L. M. Kuhns, of this city. A space approximating twenty feet square is occupied with cases filled with old swords, muskets, pieces of uniform, Bibles, over which prayers were spoken for independence, powder horns, old china, spinning wheels and other things coming down from the famous epoch.
"One of the articles is the uniform red coat of a British soldier found on the Vermont border, about the time of the capture of Ticonderoga, by Simon Atwater, and lent by his descendant, Socrates Atwater.
“Mrs. Lounsberry lent a piece of embroidery work, “The Lord's Prayer,' done in 1776 by a great-aunt, Rhoda Mason, of Massachusetts.
“The woven pocketbook carried by Zopher Mills, the greatgreat-grandfather of Mrs. C. F. Catlin, during the Revolution, and lent by Mrs. Catlin, is another object of interest.
"An eastern lady has sent a blue pillow, on which lies a lace pin of topaz and diamonds with an interesting history. The topaz pieces were the pendants of earings owned by the wife of a revolutionary colonel. On the death of the latter the keepsake came into the hands of George Washington, who sent it to Benedict Arnold with the request that he keep it until it could be claimed by heirs. On the same pillow are several pieces of Irish point lace 300 years old, the pride of more than one generation of colonial dames.
“In the display of old china are a large number of pieces that belonged to the late Mrs. Senator Thurston.
"The name of Mrs. Gibson, of Lincoln, is attached to a small brass canon which was once the signal gun on a British ship is Boston Harbor.
“The exercises of Bunker Hill day were held rather late in the afternoon. Above the platform had been hung the flag which the Sons of Pulaski presented to Colonel Champion S. Chase, and L. D. Richards, who presided, rapped order with the sword of General Anthony Wayne. It was loaned by Mrs. Chestnut, of Fremont.
“At another end of the table lay a sword of Bunker Hill, carried during the battle by Colonel Manning, and loaned for this exhibit by Mrs. Mary D. Manning, the President General of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution."
In the evening a joint banquet of Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution was held at the Paxton Hotel and was presided over by John R. Webster, President of the Nebraska Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
Hon. Lucius D. Richards gave the address of welcome, after which the folowing toasts were given: "The Man Behind the Rail Fence,” Edmund Bartlett, Omaha ; “Women of '76, Their Spirit Still Lives," Mrs. Elizabeth Lomie, Omaha; “Our Former Opponents,” Mr. Fred. Vaughn, Fremont; “The Minute Men,” Mrs. Elizabeth Langworthy, Seward; solo, “The Sword of Bunker Hill," Jules Lombard; "Our Two Talents," W. H. Alexander, Omaha ; "Anniversaries, 1775-1898," Mrs. Minona Sawyer, Lincoln; selected, John R. Webster, Omaha; song, “America,” Jules Lombard; orchestral music, Franz Adelman's Orchestra.
The guests of the evening were the Lincoln, Minden, Seward and Fremont Chapters.
Regarding the exhibit itself it has been a matter of comment that so many valuable relics have been collected in a State so remote from revolutionary scenes and if space had been secured a much larger collection could have been made. One of the most interesting articles was an old book bearing on its frontispage the photograph and autograph of Charles Carroll, of Carrollton, Virginia, signer of the Declaration of Independence. There was also the ever interesting frame of continental money, a carved powder horn of Ephraim Worthington's, bearing the inscription, "Liberty or Death ;" a colonial rope machine two hundred years old, old footstoves and irons and old lanterns reminding one of Paul Revere's ride.
In one case lying in scarlet splendor was a coat worn by J. Fennimore Cooper when minister to France, and now the property of Paul Fennimore Cooper Clark, of Lincoln, Nebraska. There was a nail taken from the house of John Adams, a precious relic, around which clusters many memories, and also a piece of John Hancock's house, Beacon street, Boston.
Mrs. Manning, National Regent, Daughters of the American Revolution, loaned a genuine sword of Bunker Hill, the property of Colonel Manning, and beside it was a small brass cannon used as a signal gun at Bunker Hill and which looks like a toy to-day. An overcoat worn by Paul Clark during the Revolution bears the marks of active service. A curious cane loaned by Mrs. Litchell, of Omaha, was made from the battleship "Constitution," and it bears on the top a silver dime made in the time of Andrew Jackson.
Of curious and ancient china and silver there was a fine display, loaned by Mrs. Chambers, of Omaha, among them some large berry-spoons which bear on the end of the handles small ships for ornament. There was the old blue and white china so dear to the hearts of our grandmothers, quaint breastpins and seals, cut glass decanters and goblets, jewel boxes and fans.
A cup and saucer owned by Mrs. Chestnut has the tradition hanging about it that George Washington once drank his tea therefrom, and there was a plate once the property of Benjamin Franklin.
A very beautiful selection was made from the china collection of Mrs. John M. Thurston, whose interest in all Daughters of the American Revolution work was deep and sincere.
There was a flax and spinning wheel such as Priscilla probably used, a foot stove made from the British frigate "Merlin," and a sword owned by General Anthony Wayne. Mrs. Rich, of Omaha, loaned a very curious old book bound in carved wood, and Mrs. Eloise Nichols contributed a beautiful shoulder cape a modern dame might be glad to wear. Over one of the cases hung a curious old picture which was exhibited at New Orleans, the property of Mrs Miller, of Omaha; while over another was the origin of the Stars and Stripes. The letters D. A. R. and S. A. R., gracefully worked in white on a blue ground, indicated the nature of the exhibit, which has been conceded by all to be a very creditable one, and the committee, consisting of Mrs. Langworthy, of Seward; Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Elma Jaynes, Regent Daughters of the American Revolution, Omaha; Mrs. Elsie D. Troup, Treasurer, Daughters of the American Revolution, Omaha; Mrs. Rudolph Rehlander and Mrs. Cline, of Minden; Rev. Luther M. Kuhns and Mr. H. Daniels, Sons of the American Revolution, have worked earnestly and faithfully for its success. addition to the Exposition work the Omaha Chapter has been interested in work for the hospital ship bound for Manila and has contributed liberally both money and labor to this cause. The summer's work has been by far the most satisfactory our young Chapter has yet accomplished and we hope the coming year will see us increase in strength and usefulness.ELSIE D. TROUP.
PUERTA DEL ORO CHAPTER (California).--The April meeting of the Chapter proved so interesting that it was suggested a brief account of it should be sent to the Magazine, hoping room will be found for its publication. About twentyfive members were present at this meeting held at the home of Mrs. Horace Davis. The Regent, Mrs. Henry Gibbons, presided. An unexpected pleasure was a visit from the State Regent, Mrs. Virginia Knox Maddox, who made some stirring remarks, and told us some interesting facts in regard to the patriotic work accomplished by the Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters, especially in the South, mentioning several cities where the flag had been raised after a lapse of thirty years, and in these cases the first buildings on which the flag waved were the homes of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She emphasized the statement that the unity and harmony of the North and South in this present crisis is in a great measure due to the patriotic work of our great Society. Another interesting contribution to the program of the day was the report of our delegate to the National Convention, Mrs John F. Swift. It is gratifying to know that our State is represented on the National Board. Considering present conditions it was rather singular that according to the program arranged last September, the subject for April should have been Benedict Arnold. Mrs. Horace Davis gave a strong paper, and then read two family letters, originals, one written from Fishkill, October 5, 1780, by Dr. Samuel
Bingham to his brother-in-law, Isaac Davis, for whom he was temporarily acting as substitute, describing the arrest of Smith, André's guide, and a breakfast with General Washington at headquarters. The second letter was written by Mrs. Eliza Putnam, at St. John's, July 26, 1787. She speaks of General and Mrs. Arnold visiting there and being "immediately from London, and monstrously smart folks as ever you saw.” At this meeting the subject of the National Red Cross Society was brought up, but as a local society was forming it was decided to put our strength into that first. Accordingly, a special meeting of the Chapter was held May 12 and $100 was voted from the treasury as our first contribution to the noble cause.-BELL PARKER BURNS, Historian.
SPIRIT OF LIBERTY CHAPTER (Salt Lake City) was organized during the winter of 1897, the first meeting being held at the home of Mrs Elijah Sells, one of the few “Real Daughters” of the American Revolution. The Chapter has steadily grown, the interest being shown by a full attendance at each meeting and by close attention to the literary topic of the day. During the past summer the Chapter contributed its quotum of aid to our absent soldiers. A box of necessary and acceptable articles was the result of a week's work of wi!)ing hands and hearts. Twenty-five dollars was contributed! for this purpose.
In addition to this $25.00 was sent to the treasurer of the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps in reply to a cry of distress from our hospitals, that it might be applied to the real needs of said hospitals. This sum was contributed by the Sons of the American Revolution in response to a call from the Spirit of Liberty Chapter. The officers for the present year (1898) are: Regent, Mrs Eugene Lewis ; ViceRegent, Mrs Margaret T. Fisher; Secretary, Mrs Clara M. Mills; Treasurer, Miss Katherine Lowe; Registrar, Miss F. S. Monroe; Historian, Mrs Robert C. Gemmell.
KOUSSINOCK CHAPTER (Augusta, Maine) was organized at the home of Mrs. Emma Huntington Nason, on December 17, 1897, under the direction of the State Regent, Mrs. Helen