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full of suggestions for the future. She presented several important matters for discussion. The Chapter reports were given, all showing interest and enthusiasm, and giving the State Regent much encouragement. At i p. m. the conference adjourned to meet again on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at the same place. Wednesday afternoon, the Regents were delightfully entertained by the General Sumter Chapter at the residence of Mrs. Robert Jemison.

The conference of Thursday morning was full of interest. Many subjects were discussed and plans for future work were formulated. It was decided that each Chapter should endeavor to organize a Society of Children of the Revolution, believing that the youth of the land can not be taught too early the love of country and reverence for her history, laws, and institutions. Each Chapter also promised contributions to the Continental Hall fund, looking forward with pleasure to the day when the Society will have its own beautiful building, the headquarters of the National Society and the pride of the whole organization. Each Regent agreed to try and secure revolutionary relics for Mrs. Smith, who is on the Revolutionary Relics Committee of the National Board. An extremely interesting relic was promised by Mrs. Wyly, an ancient mortar, made on the plantation forge of her grandfather, General Peter Forney, of North Carolina. At this home, Mount Welcome, Lord Cornwallis established his headquarters in 1781. Many interesting reminiscences cluster around the old place which is still in existence. The Chapters reported their work during the late war, both as Chapters and as individuals. This work shows a laudable spirit of patriotism and generosity. Each Chapter promised to send the State Regent annually, in January, a report describing the condition of the Chapter, its growth, and work, therehy enabling the State Regent to make a fuller and more encouraging report to the National Congress in February. The Chapters warmly endorsed the State Regent, Mrs. J. Morgan Smith, for reappointment by the National Board in Feb1 uary. The Alabama Societies fully recognize and appreciate her excellent services in the past and promised her loyal coöperation in the future. At i p. m. the conference adjourned sine die, to assemble again at the call of the State Regent.

At 2 p. m. the Regents, with a party of Daughter of the American Revolution friends, were beautifully entertained by Mrs. E. H. Cabiniss at a delightful luncheon. The Regents returned to their respective homes on Friday, carrying with them charming recollections of the first Alabama Daughters of the American Revolution Conference.-MRS. P. H. MELL, Secretary

REPORT OF ANN STORY CHAPTER (Rutland, Vermont).Sent to Fort Monroe in July, 40 bottles of shrub, i bottle blackberry cordial, 14 tumblers currant jelly, 5 bottles of unfermented grape juice, 2 bottles currant shrub, $1 worth of loaf sugar, 2 night shirts, 2 pairs pillow cases, i mosquito net. These were gathered by a member of Ann Story Chapter, and several ladies contributed, but only three from Ann Story Chapter. The larger boxes were sent by the Chapter to Company A, First Vermont Regiment. Seventeen members contributed, but most of the gifts were books, magazines, and newspapers, some sending handkerchiefs, stockings, stationery, and among other things was a box of tooth powder for each man in Company A, and a towel and cake of soap for each man, 2 mosquito nets, and 2 comfort bags. By friends outside, 85 pairs of stockings, 85 handkerchiefs, a number of suits of underwear, and pipes and tobacco for each member of the company. Many individual gifts were sent by friends. The Chapter paid freight to the amount of $12. Ann Story Chapter sent $7 to the Daughters of the American Revolution War Fund. There were nine members of Ann Story Chapter who contributed by money, material or work to the Soldiers' Aid Society. Mrs. Dyer, the Regent, was foremost in organizing the Society, and with the help of some thirty women accomplished a good deal in the short time allotted them before the war closed and the troops came home. Over $2,000 and quantities of clothing and provisions were collected in Rutland for the Cuban relief work just before war was declared, which rather hindered our work for soldiers, as many had given all they could afford. But $85 was raised by friends to send underclothing to Company A, when it was thought the company was to be ordered to Porto Rico, and a large trunk of provisions was sent down to the boys by the Young Men's Christian Association soon after they were encamped at Chickamauga. The Soldiers' Aid Society, which was organized by women outside of the Chapter, but under the leadership of the Chapter Regent, sent their supplies to Fort Ethan Allen and Fort Hamilton, besides sending to the sick soldiers in our city, whose families were poor and needed assistance. The women of the Soldiers' Aid Society and Women's Relief Corps of Roberts' Post, gave a lunch to the boys when they were sent home on furlough, and the Women's Relief Corps gave them a reception at Grand Army Hall, assisted by the G. A. R. Roberts' Post, of Rutland, and was followed later by a reception at the Y. M. C. A.'s rooms. This is the best account of the work done for the soldiers in the town of Rutland, Vermont, that at this late date I am able to give, not understanding that there would be any call for one. The Regent has asked me to do the work because I am more conversant with it than any other member of the Chapter, and should be done by the Regent or Secretary.-CHARLOTTE S. HARRIS, Historian.

PAUL REVERE CHAPTER (Boston, Massachusetts) closed its fiscal year November 3d, and on that day the annual election of officers occurred. Mrs E. E. Holbrook was unanimously reëlected to fill the position of Regent, which she has so satisfactorily held for the past year. Mrs. Clara R. Anthony was chosen as Vice-Regent; Miss Mary A. Simonds, Secretary; Miss Ellen M. Rumrill, Treasurer; Mrs. Lester Goodwin was continued as Registrar; Mrs. Willis Russ, reëlected as Historian, and Mrs. Willis Gould was reëlected as Auditor. So many events follow in the train of this yearly occurrence that it is almost impossible, in a condensed account, to give even an appropriate idea of the work acccomplished through the year.

The most notable event, perhaps, was the anniversary exercises held in Christ's Church, on April 19th. From the spire of this historic building gleamed the lanterns nearly one hundred and twenty-five years ago that told that oft repeated story, “One if by land and two if by sea," and within these venerable walls it is the annual custom of our Chapter to commemorate the valorous deeds of our hero and namesake, Paul Revere.

A fresh thrill of patriotism seemed to inspire all who attended the exercises and listened to the thrilling words of General Curtis Guild and Rev. E. E. Hale.

During the past winter an exhibition of revolutionary pictures was given in Allston Hall, and although it was held under the most unfavorable circumstances, the most severe snow storm raging without, yet the Chapter realized nearly two hundred dollars as a net result.

At the recent dedication of the Paul Revere school house in Boston, a valuable oil painting of Paul Revere, done by a well known local artist, was presented to the school by our Chapter.

We now have a membership of one hundred and twenty-five women. The original number of one hundred being raised by vote to one hundred and twenty-five. The annual report of the Historian submitted in verse may give some idea of the harmonious working of the Chapter.

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE HISTORIAN OF PAUL REVERE CHAPTER.

[Dedicated to Our Chapter, Our Officers, Our Retiring Officers and Board.]

Our CHAPTER.
Another year has rolled into the past
Since last our friendly ballots here were cast,
And in its path our deeds of good or ill,
Our losses, or our gains, remembered still;
The failure or success that crowned each task
To live it o'er again, nor have it last;
Can never be recalled, nor do we ask;
Its virtues and its flaws are of the past.

A happy twelve months in our Chapter's life,
Where friendship ruled in place of discord and strife,
And on that harp of many strings was heard
Deep chords harmonious, far more than spoken word
That caused a hundred mills to blend as one,
And feel in friendship's clasp the work was done.

When on the air was heard the sound of war,
In file the "best and bravest" sons we saw
Go forth to offer up their brave young life,

And in the deadly carnage of the strife,
To lay down at the foot of that dread shrine,
All down the length of that far-reaching line,
The great wealth of their life, their blood, their limb.
Then, while the tears flowed and the eyes were dim,
Our Chapter did its best to ease the pain
That came from fever and the bullets' rain.

There hang: upon a school-house wall in state
The face of him who changed a nation's fate,
An object lesson to the youthful mind,
In those benignant features, firm yet kind.

OUR OFFICERS. What ships can ride in safety on the waves, Through stormy seas; past dark forbidding caves, Unless a careful pilot guides her way, With heart and hand both firm, mishaps to stay.

What club can list its head in honest pride
While treacherous quicksands in its path abide?
Unless directed by the master mind
That knows the spots where dangers shirk behind.

Since Anthony the Roman factions lead,
And for his eloquence was placed ahead;
Where'er that richest gift has yet been heard,
There silvery speech has every bosom stirred.
All these and more we find combined in her,
Our Regent, in whose praise we all concur.

Our SECRETARY.
Ponce de Leon for years, in vain, forsooth,
Sought for the spring that gives eternal youth;
Now is that rill immortal in the hand
Of one that serves most faithfully our band;
Indeed, where falls the magic of her glance,
Whate'er is entered in that book of chance,
That magic book that chases time away-
There Time reaps not by years or month or day,
But in her hands the magic born can spin it,
And make the workings of a year "a minute."

OUR TREASURER.
We cannot live without the chaff we spurn,
That "filthy lucre," oh! so hard to earn;

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