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Dr. McGEE. I wish to move, Madam President, the adoption of this report, and I cannot let it pass without saying one word regarding the very remarkable work which has been done by our Librarian Geenral. She has given unlimited time and labor to the work, and not only that, but she has given expert knowledge and work. It is not merely the time she has given, but the expert knowledge she has given in doing this work.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. I regret to say the motion has not been stated, and it is not debatable until it is stated.
MEMBER. I move that the report be accepted without the recommendation.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. All in favor of this motion will please say "aye;" opposed, "no." The motion is carried. We will now listen to the report of the Editor of the AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE. [Great Applause.).
Mrs. LOCKWOOD. Madam President and Friends: That means so much I feel sometimes like the little girl that was taken to Sunday-school by her mother, and very soon the mother saw her walking up the aisle singing the processional with all her might. When it was over her mother said, "Child, I did not know that you knew that hymn; when did you learn it?" "Oh, mamma, I did not know it, but you know I had to sing, and so I sang, ‘A hot time in the old town to-night.' [Laughter.] My friends, I have got to sing ; that is, I should if I had any voice; but you see this is the great city of conventions, and I think the most thrilling congress that we have had the last week was the congress of the snow flakes.
kes. When they came together down in the Gulf of Mexico and organized, we in Washington very soon learned what organization means, for they all centered straigłt here, just the same as every congress does and every convention nowadays that is in the United States almost; and there was a halt put upon almost everything. Even the cars were told to stand still, and they stood still. The milk man was told to not ring his bell, and there was silence in the land for 48 hours. And so it went on from bad to worse; but thank fortune, the Daughters of the American Revolution were not snowed under ; all the other councils and congresses almost were. But what it did to me I am not going to tell, but if the snow flakes had not had a congress I would have had, perhaps, a different report. I will read you what I have, and leave the singing out.
(Mrs. Lockwood reads report, as follows :) Madam President, Delegates, Members and Friends of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Every thoughtful student of history must sooner or later arrive at the fixed conviction that some divinity is at work in this world shaping the ends of national as well as international life. Nothing stands alone. Everything is related to what has gone before and to that which follows aiter. Out of disasters and tumults, out of wars and strivings flow beautiful and beneficent results. We may call it chance, we may call it opportunity, but when chance and opportunity come laden with such divine consequences to the world, we must believe “Eternal God that chance did guide.” The chance guidance of this Nation has made us what we are as a Nation. The chance guidance of this Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has made us what we are!
The same guardianship that has led this Nation to meet the questions of the day and settle them, one at a time, as necessity required; guided, guarded and watched over this grand, patriotic organization, foreseeing the time was coming when she would be wanted as the right hand maiden of this Government. That time came; the great cry of suffering was heard over the land like the wail of the Israelites—then walked forth the hand-maiden clad in the beautiful garments of her profession, with hands laden with supplies, with hospital stores, with delicacies for the suffering, with nurses for the sick, representing the States and the Chapters of this Society over the Union.
"When a deed is done for freedom
Through this broad earth's aching breast
Trembling on from East to West.” From that hour the details of all this magnificent work from Chapters and States has been sown broadcast throughout this Society through the pages of the AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE.
What other resource have you, my friends, through which you could so thoroughly give the detailed knowledge of such superb service. A service of which I speak advisedly when I say it has never been surpassed in the annals of history. This Society is not only a handmaiden to this Government in time of calamity, but also in time of
peace. Her progress will be for the benefit of the Nation. It will be a help to American scholars and to all Americans who desire that their children shall understand aright the history and principles that govern their countı y.
What we would like for this Magazine is to be able to give the differences of opinions that sway the actions of men. When selfishness, strife and demagogism have passed away, then we will find who were the first builders in the superstructure; that is what we want to know. That we have been fortunate in securing some valuable manuscripts for our Magazine all careful readers must admit.
It is with pleasure and some pride that I call attention to the paper by Prof. Thompson on the early colonial boundaries of Virginia and Maryland, and the map which the Board very wisely authorized be purchased from the United States Government. This is the first time this map was ever published, the meets, bounds, deeds, etc., having recently been authorized by the Government, and our AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE had the honor of conveying it for the first time to the world. To Dr. Benjamin are we greatly indebted for his interest in this matter.
It is sometimes a little discouraging when we have had words of commendation from bankers, statesmen and men and women of affairs on the policy of our Magazine and the manner in which certain subjects have been handled in which they have made no mean comparison with the best reviews of the day, to have some letter creep into the mail complaining of the whole business and “the printer especially not knowing his business,” because the wrong name appeared as author of an article—the article not being signed, and Editor or printer must needs sign the name of sender, knowing no other, but that name was the fly in the precious ointment.
What does the correct history of colonial boundaries amount to with such a mistake on the pages of the Magazine?
What do parallels in history amount to with such a typographical error facing you?
Of what consequence are the great expansion questions, however well handled and have had their hearing—or the story of Mary, mother of Washington, no matter how fascinatingly told-or of Lafayette-or the many papers that have been so ably written—when with one stroke of the pen it is all turned to ashes, because “Arabell's” name was usurped?
But we have taken up the work with courage and gone on-for we have had hosts of friends to help by their encouragement and contributions.
The Chapters have told their stories-always interestingly and helpful. Many times regular reports had to give way for the record of the relief work for the war, but it was all for the same glorious end.
The Maga:ine Committee have been most encouraging and helpful in their work. I have never turned to them and come away emptyhanded. They, with the Board, have been our strong allies, and I wish you all to know how faithfully they watched for every vantage point of good for the Magazine and the Society.
I wish to bring a matter to your attention; that is, the printing of the verbatim reports of the Congress. I want to read just a few extracts from the last report:
“The Chairman said: The minutes of yesterday will be read by the Recording Secretary General. (Interrupted by noise of people in the balcony coming down in the lower rows of seats).”
Now, that was printed four thousand five hundred times, and what a matter to go before the public!
“The Chairman. Why was this question not brought up when the nomination was made?
(Cries of 'Order of the day!')
A Member. I would like to ask that the delegates under the gallery be allowed to take the vacant seats in front, after the session is opened; we can't hear under the galleries.
All in favor of the order of the day will say ‘aye;" contrary ‘no.'”
That is another thing that has been printed four thousand five hundred times, and that woman spoke without any recognition. What right has that in this book? And yet you say that those Editors who edit this matter shall not cut out one extraneous word; and I have heard this taken up and laughed at. I say, what do we publish such stuff as that for?
"I was just going out of the house, and I was told that my name had been called. [Laughter.] Another explained.”
This might interest the woman, but how interest the public?
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician here that will put an end to this? I beg you, for the sake of this Society, for the good of the Magazine, and for your records, that somebody who has authority will say to this Committee that you are going to appoint for this thing, what you mean when you want your records printed. [Applause.]
PRESIDENT GENERAL. The report of the Editor of the Magazine is before you.
MEMBER. I move that it be accepted.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. All in favor of accepting the report will please say "aye;" opposed, "no." It is accepted. The report of the Business Manager will be read by Miss Richards in the absence of the Manager herself.
Miss RICHARDS. Miss Lockwood is too ill to be with us
to-night, so the report has been handed to me to read. Reads report as follows:
REPORT OF THE BUSINESS MANAGER, AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE.
Madam President and Ladies of the Eighth Continental Congress: There is little that is really very new or especially interesting in this year's work of the Business Manager to distinguish it from former years other than comparative statements of figures. There has been the usual routine that means little to you in detail.
First, under authority of the Board and approval of the Magazine Committee, I prepared and sent out specifications for printing the Magazine for the year beginning with July, as our contracts are made for one year only.
Bids were solicited from numerous publishers in and out of Washington. The Harrisburg Publishing Company again made the lowest bid and was again awarded the contract by the Board. Many letters were written at the request of the Chairman of the Magazine Committee, soliciting advertisements for the proposed large edition of the Magazine, which edition was to be issued at the discretion of the Committee and the Board, after having thoroughly looked into the advisability of such a step, as ordered by the Continental Congress of last year. But the report on this matter more properly comes under that of the Magazine Committee.
The net increase in the subscribers this year has been about three hundred; but I regret to say that the receipts for subscriptions have fallen below that of last year about five hundred dollars, showing a deplorable number of overdue subscriptions.
This is more often the result of carelessness than anything else-as shown by the receipt of numerous delinquent subscriptions since the closing of the books, which therefore cannot figure in this year's income.
Some may ask: "Why do you continue a subscription when it has expired?” Because many of our subscribers have their Magazines bound and the loss of one or more numbers would mean a serious break in their files, which we might not be able to fill—as if often the case now when numbers are wanted. Some of our subscribers' names have been on our lists for years and we know they mean to continue.
I have heard it suggested that the war has so taken every one's attention and money, too, this year that other things have been forgotten. I hope this may prove to be the case and the reaction may now set in.
One lady said to me, laughingly: "I want to come and pay my subscription and go to the Congress with a clear conscience, for I am tired of being dunned from the platform.”
I hope that none of the ladies will feel that I have meant this in the sense of a dun. I make the statement as an explanation rather, that you may see that in the financial statement to follow, while the actual