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Frye White, of Lewistown. Miss Helen Williams Fuller was appointed Regent and other officers duly elected. The Chapter numbers sixteen, and has had the honor of including among its members one Real Daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt, who died recently at the residence of her son, Mr. George Hunt, of Augusta. The interest in the meetings of the Chapter has been maintained during the year by excellent literary programs, which have included a number of historical and genealogical papers of permanent value; these exercises being frequently followed by “afternoon tea” and an enjoyable social hour. The 19th of April was commemorated by a very delightful reception, with patriotic songs and appropriate readings, given at the home of the Vice-Regent, Mrs. Amelia Wight Bangs. At the September meeting, the Chapter had the pleasure of welcoming its Regent, Miss Fuller, after her absence of six months in Europe. In response to the request of the Chapter, Miss Fuller read; at this meeting, a very delightful account of her trip across the Atlantic and her visits to Naples, Pompeii, Paestum, Sorrento, Amalfi and other places of interest in Italy. This paper was written in Miss Fuller's charming and characteristic style and was greatly enjoyed by the members and guests of the Chapter. On November 25th, the anniversary of the evacuation of New York was celebrated at the hospitable home of the Chapter Regent. The program included two very interesting readings, the first describing the evacuation of New York by the British on November 25th, 1783; and the second giving a touching picture of Washington's farewell to his officers at Faunce's Tavern, and also a vivid account of closing scenes in this last dramatic episode of the Revolution.
Musical selections were rendered by Miss Myrick; and an original ballad, entitled, “The Last Blow for Independence," and embodying a true incident of the evacuation of New York, was read by Mrs. Emma Huntington Nason.
During the war with Spain, the Chapter as an organization responded to the call for supplies for the Maine soldiers; and its members also rendered efficient assistance in the patriotic labors of the Augusta Volunteer Aid Society.
The first public work of the Chapter has been the placing of a bronze tablet upon the historic walls of Fort Western. This ancient landmark was erected in 1754, on the traditional site of the early Plymouth trading post established by Edward Winslow, at Koussinoc, in 1625. The “Old Fort," and the exercises at the dedication of the tablet, which was an occasion of unusual interest in Augusta, have been described in an article to the Boston Transcript, from which the following extracts are given:
"The 'Old Fort' stands in a picturesque situation on the shores of the Kennebec River. It was erected in 1754, by the Plymouth Company, and was garrisoned by twenty men and four cannon sent by Governor Shirley as a defense against the Indians. The two ancient blockhouses, which formerly guarded this stronghold, have disappeared, but the main building, constructed of huge timbers, still remains in a good state of preservation and is replete with historic associations. Its first and only commandant, Captain James Howard, was the first permanent settler in this section of country, and is regarded as the 'father of Augusta.' Within the walls of Fort Western the first town meetings and the first public religious services were held. The first marriage at 'Koussinoc' was also solemnized under the roof of the fort, the bride being Miss Margaret Howard, who wedded Captain Samuel Patterson. Here, too, many distinguished guests were entertained among whom were General Benedict Arnold, when on his way to Quebec in 1755; and another young officer of happier fame, the brave Paul Revere, who rested at Fort Western on his return from the expedition to Castine in 1779. In the days of the Revolution, hot discussions were held around the great stone hearth of the 'Old Fort,' for some of the members of the Plymouth Company were Tories while Captain Howard and his two sons were staunch patriots who served on the Committee of Safety and assisted in forming a military company, of which William Howard was captain.
"It is with the hope of preserving these and many other valuable records of revolutionary and pre-revolutionary days that the Koussinoc Chapter has placed an historic tablet upon the walls of Fort Western. A large and enthusiastic audience listened to the dedicatory exercises. The opening invocation was by Rev. William F. Livingston. Hon. J. Manchester Haynes, Mayor of Augusta, presided, and his eloquent address commending the gift and urging the further preservation and restoration of Fort Western was warmly applauded by the audience. A response in behalf of the “Old Fort” was made by Lendall Titcomb, Esq., the present owner of the property, who received the tablet as a sacred trust for posterity. An interesting history of the Fort was given by Captain Charles Nash, to which Hon. Leslie Carnish responded with a greeting from Fort Halifax. Rev. E. S. Stackpole added much to the interest of the occasion by reading an extract from a journal kept by one of his ancestors who visited Fort Western in 1755.
"The Chapter also had the memorable pleasure of counting among its guests Hon. James W. Bradbury, Augusta's 'Grand Old Man,' who notwithstanding the fact that he had recently celebrated his ninety-sixth birthday, spoke on this occasion with all the vigor and eloquence of youth.
“An inspiring and patriotic address by Judge W. P. Whitehouse, one of Maine's most eminent orators, formed a fitting close to the exercises."
The program included several patriotic songs, sung in an inspiring manner by Miss Florynce Clark, of New York. The chapel and reception room were artistically decorated with the tri-colored bunting and large American flags. The ushers were assisted by seven fair young Daughters of the American Revolution, two of whom, Miss Grace Gannett and Miss Addie Gannett, are lineal descendants of James Howard, commandant of Fort Western.-EMMA HUNTINGTON NASON, Historian.
! ELIZABETH WADSWORTH CHAPTER (Portland, Maine).Old Glory was displayed to advantage in City Hall, Portland, Maine, at the Lexington day celebration, under auspices of Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter. From the dome of the building the Stars and Stripes floated all day, complimentary to this Society, while the interior of the hall was beautifully draped in the National Colors. The entertainment opened at 8 p. m., with patriotic music by the orchestra, followed by a display of Mrs. Jarley's wax works, arranged by Miss Mary McCobb, a Portland lady whose ability as an entertainer is recognized far beyond the limits of our State. The characters in the Jarley were all revolutionary and colonial, and Miss McCobb's original description of each was humorous and very entertaining. At the close the figures were all wound up and engaged in an amusing dance.
The Washingtons then held a reception. Mrs. O. R. LeGrow, as Madam W., Miss Alice Leibby, as Lady W., and Mr. W. A. Patters, as the General. The party preceded by lady ushers and two pages in black velvet, marched from the prettily furnished executive parlors to a platform in front of the stage to receive their friends. They were attired in garments of the style of 1776. Tweleve tables were arranged around the hall, and behind them sat stately dames in colonial dress, who served tea, coffee, sandwiches and Martha Washington plum cake. Members of the Chapter were distinguished by their colonial costumes. The patrons were well pleased with the entire entertainment and pronounced it a celebration long to be remembered.-Miss ADE MCDONALD, Historian.
LUCY JACKSON CHAPTER (Newton, Maine,) has a work record for the war with Spain which should be a powerful argument in meeting any statement that the Society is merely a social function. Although the Chapter is not a large one, and a list of the aid furnished the soldiers does not tell the whole story, it can, nevertheless, be seen from the following that much has been accomplished. The sum of $200 was sent to Washington, $125 was contributed to the Massachusetts Volunteer Aid Association, and $10 was subscribed for aprons for nurses.
To the Massachusetts Volunteer Aid Association was sent a number of boxes of delicacies, besides 50 suits of pajamas and over 100 abdominal bands.
The Chapter subscribed $500 dollars toward a hospital ship, on condition that other Chapters coöperated, and stood ready to make good the pledge had the ship been accepted. Miss Fanny B. Allen, the Regent of the Lucy Jackson Chapter, and the other officers, say that the work will not be allowed to stop here because peace has been declared. In fact, it is the the opinion of the Chapter that the army will for the next few
months, at least, be in greater need of aid than ever from the fact that so many will be required to remain in camp in an unhealthful climate during the most trying part of the year.-E. LEDYARD SARGENT, Corresponding Secretary.
CINCINNATI CHAPTER.–Local pride and sectional feeling are two of the evils that the late war has largely obliterated. In every sermon preached, and article written, we have had this thought brought forward as one of the few blessings resulting from the war. Still, I think that the Cincinnati Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution can justly point with some little pride to the work accomplished by them during the summer for the brave men who so quickly responded to the calls for troops. At the June meeting, Mrs. William Judkins collected from members present $47.00 for flannel for bandages. Mrs. Judkins and Mrs. Herbert Jenney commenced the bandages and with the aid of the Working Girls Club, who sewed without pay, 600 bandages were forwarded to Lieutenant Beckerts at Tampa, Florida.
At a called meeting of the Chapter on June 6th at the rooms of the Woman's Club, the Cincinnati Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution formed a working committee, to be designated the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps Committee of the Cincinnati Chapter. The Cincinnati Woman's Club kindly placed its lecture room at the disposal of the Hospital Corps members to hold their meetings, and do sewing of garments during the summer. At the first meeting in June, the following officers were appointed : Mrs. William Judkins, Chairman ; Mrs. Frank Wilson, ViceChairman and Chairman of the Cutting Committee; Mrs. Brent Arnold, Chairman Sewing and Distributing Committee; Mrs. J. M. Crawford, Chairman of the Purchasing Committee; Mrs. Samuel Hunt, Chairman of the Transportation Committee; Mrs. David Disney, Treasurer and Secretary. All of these committees had from two to seventeen ladies working with them in their several departments. The Custodian of the Woman's Club, Anne Hennegan, gave all her time during the day cutting and sewing, and very often, after working hours, packed into the boxes the completed garments. Mrs.