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(Reader reads notices.)
Mrs. JEWETT. I rise to a question of privilege. I give notice that to-morrow morning I intend to introduce a resolution to the effect that while the By-Laws are being considered, only Daughters of the American Revolution shall be allowed in this Opera House.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is moved and seconded that we adjourn. All in favor will please say "aye;" opposed, “no.” The motion is carried. (10.15 p. m.)
TUESDAY MORNING SESSION, FEBRUARY 21, 1899.
At 10 o'clock the President General called the house to order and said: Ladies, as there is not a quorum present, we will be obliged to wait a few moments.
At 10.12. PRESIDENT GENERAL. Will the ladies kindly be seated ? This is the second time we have called to order. Will the delegates in the rear of the hall kindly take their seats ? This is the second time we tried to commence the business of the morning; the first time there was not a quorum present. We will open our session with prayer by the Chaplain General.
CHAPLAIN GENERAL. Let us unite in prayer. Oh Thou who art worthy of the best love of our hearts, of the best praise of our lips, and the best service of our lives, most humbly do we approach Thy throne to-day. We recognize Thy hand in the affairs of our Nation and thank Thee for the wonderful way in which Thou hast led us as a people. Kindle in our hearts and lives the purest patriotism as well as the purest Christianity, and grant that we may ever be found ready and willing to do our full part for our country and our God. Remember in great mercy Thy servant, the President of the United States, and all who are associated with him in executive trust. God guide and protect those who represent us in the diplomatic service of the world. Our Army and Navy remember to bless; and to Thy name shall be the praise, both now and evermore. We humbly beg it all in the name of Him who hath taught us to say, Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
Mr. Foster. Will you kindly turn to the song leaflets and sing the first and second stanzas of “Hail Columbia.”
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Will the delegates kindly listen to the reading of the minutes ? The Official Reader will now read the minutes.
Reader reads them, and adds: The Recording Secretary General has not handed me a typewritten record of last evening's session. She has merely handed me the motions which were acted upon. We had a meeting, hearing the reports of the National Officers, and these are the motions that were submitted during the evening. (Reads them.) Then, I am informed by the Recording Secretary General that it has not been possible to have the minutes of last evening prepared yet as a typewritten report, so that this informal report is given with the motions, if the Chair so rules.
Mrs. BALLINGER. May we not have the minutes in full read at a later date?
PRESIDENT GENERAL. The suggestion is most acceptable to the Chair; it seems very much wiser.
Mrs. BALLINGER. I move that the minutes be read at a later date, when they come from the typewriter.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. You have heard the motion. All in favor will say "aye;" opposed, "no." Carried.
Mrs. McLean. Have we accepted the minutes for the day?
PRESIDENT GENERAL. We are waiting for that; there are some corrections to be made.
Vrs. McLEAN. I merely wished to ask the favor of having incorporated in the minutes the fact that I said before the Congress that I would yield most gladly and willingly to the will of this Congress as to the postponement of the consideration of the resolution which I presented as a question of privilege.
READER. I am instructed by the Chair to say, in answer to Mrs. McLean, that the minutes are merely a brief outline record of the proceedings of the Congress; that the full debate and all other matter will be included in the stenographic report of the Congress. They attempt to make the minutes as brief as possible.
Viss FORSYTH. Is it in order now to correct the minutes ? PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is in order.
Miss FORSYTH. I would suggest that in the opening of the afternoon session it should be stated that it was promptly called to order, but in consequence of the passing out and in, the opening was slightly delayed. Also, Madam President, if it be in order, I would desire that those who seconded the resolution of sympathy should be mentioned, adding the fact that it included the entire Board.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Are there any other corrections to be made in the minutes as they have been read?
Mrs. BALLINGER. I rise to a question of privilege. In the distribution of the reports last evening, the Magazine Committee's, the Editor's, and the Business Manager's reports were forgotten. May I ask that they be handed to us now? May we have them?
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Mrs. Ballinger, the reports that you have named have not been printed.
Mrs. BALLINGER. May we ask why they were not printed and given to us with the other National Officers' reports ?
PRESIDENT GENERAL. I think the National Officers' reports are all the Congress ordered printed.
Mrs. BALLINGER. I think there is a mistake about that. I think we require the magazine Editor and the Business Manager and the Committee's reports to be handed to us to pass upon. It would be impossible for us to vote upon them without knowledge. It must have been inadvertence or an error. May we have it corrected ?
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Will you kindly wait a few moments until we pass on the minutes ?
Mrs. BALLINGER. Yes; certainly.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Are there any other corrections to be made in the minutes? If not, the minutes will stand approved. I hear none.
Mrs. JEWETT. I move that during the session, when amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws are under consideration, Daughters of the American Revolution and the press only shall be present.
READER. “I move that during to-day's session, when amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws are under consideration, Daughters of the American Revolution and the press only shall be present."
Mrs. JEWETT. I should like to speak for a moment. I have made this motion with the hope that those who sit in the rear may have an opportunity to know what is going on to-day. Consideration of the Constitution and its provisions, and consideration of By-Laws, are the most important things with which this Congress has to deal, and it is for that reason only that I have offered this motion.
Seconded by Mrs. McCartney.
Mrs. BALLINGER. I would like to suggest that we do not adopt that resolution, because it is the interest excited in the proceedings of this Congress that brings us many new members every year. I would dislike very much to shut out the public on that account, when it is one way of getting new members.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Is there any further discussion ?
Mrs. THALLON, of New York. I approve of the resolution of Mrs. Jewett for this reason, that we have visitors here; how can we tell, if we have a rising vote, who are members and who are not? There also will be less noise, and I think it is fair that there should only be the Daughters and the press.
Mrs. SHERMAN. I would like to say, in behalf of the outsiders, that so far as this part of the house is concerned, it is the Daughters who have been making the noise and not the outsiders. [Applause.) ]
Mrs. MAXWELL, I concur with the last member. I think the Daughters make equally as much noise; and I believe that the visitors are particularly careful to keep quiet. A great many of our friends are interested in this question closely, and I think it would be a pity to exclude them.
Mrs. LOTHROP, of Massachusetts. I want to speak in favor of Mrs. Jewett's motion. If noise is inevitable, as it seems to be, it will decrease it somewhat if the friends are not present, if the Daughters have to make noise; and, not that we would want to be ungracious and have the friends excluded, but I do think it is most important that those members who are to vote should vote intelligently, and we should then hear every word. I therefore speak in approval of Mrs. Jewett's motion.
READER. "I move that during to-day's session, when amend