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to the minutes, they will stand approved. The Committee on Recommendations of National Officers is not quite ready to report, and if there is no objection the report of the Continental Hall Committee will be heard first, and the chairman of the former committee asks that the members of that committee will come to the rear of the stage immediately, so that the report can be made promptly.
Mrs. BALLINGER. I rise to a question of privilege; may I ask when the other amendments to the By-Laws are to be taken up?
PRESIDENT GENERAL. I think they go over until Fridayto the unfinished business, I think it is on Friday. Is the chairman of the Continental Hall Committee ready to report?
Mrs. RAOUL. Will the house allow this resolution to be read before the order of the day is taken up? It is in the order of new business, but I feel it will be almost impossible for me to stay until this comes up according to the program.
Mrs. JEWETT. I call for the order of the day.
Mrs. THOMPSON. May I ask Mrs. Jewett's indulgence? She has called the order of the day three times.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. She has the right to call it as many times as she wishes.
Mrs. THOMPSON. I ask the indulgence of the house.
Those in favor of the order of the day will say "aye;" those opposed, “no." The ayes seem to have it, the ayes have it.
Mrs. RAOUL. It seems to us the noes had it.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. The chairman of the Continental Hall Committee, Mrs. Shepard, is absent, and Mrs. Lindsay has kindly offered to read the report. Mrs. Lindsay is a member of that committee.
Mrs. LINDSAY. I feel some hesitancy in taking Mrs. Shepard's place, and I know our President General will pardon me if I correct one word-offered, to consented.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Quite right, Mrs. Lindsay, as I very earnestly requested you to do it.
Mrs. LINDSAY reads the following report:
REPORT OF CHAIRMAN OF CONTINENTAL HALL COMMITTEE. Madam President and Delegates to the Eighth Continental Congress, Daughters of the American Revolution: Last year when I had the honor of presenting to the Congress my report as chairman of the Continental Hall Committee, it was received with such enthusiasm and such a large amount of money was promptly pledged, that your chairman felt sure that before another year had elapsed we would be able to announce that the funds were in hand for the purpose of a site for our building.
From the moment of accepting my office as chairman I have always hoped that my duties would not terminate until the work could be given to my successor with the first and most difficult step already accomplished.
When war was declared last April, we knew that this year could not see the fruition of our hopes, for all the strength and courage and financial aid that we possessed would be diverted from the Continental Hall fund and used to supply a more immediate and pressing need.
You will hear through other channels how splendidly our Daughters have risen to this emergency, and I have no right to take your time, even though it gives me such pleasure to reiterate how they have given without stint of their labor and their money and with a spirit of loving patriotism that could not be surpassed.
This recent experience has brought to each home, either directly or indirectly, the knowledge of the sacrifices and suffering of war. We have all felt the pangs of separation at parting, the suspense while waiting for the details of battle and the anxiety when fever made its claim, and the life of some loved one hung in the balance. But for all its personal nearness we must not forget that this war lasted but a few months, while the Revolution had a duration of seven years. Our soldiers in the recent war received all the loving care and acclamations of a great and wealthy people, while every active hand and loyal heart was needed in the earlier struggle, and it was a warbroken and timid young Nation striving to find a foothold, that exhausted itself in trying to support its army of heroes. If, then, we honor and love our brave soldiers of to-day, who have been willing to give their lives to our service, how much more should we revere the memory of those martyrs and heroes who fought and died to make the Republic possible.
In past years the Continental Congress has always most generously responded to appeals made by the Continental Hall Committee. We now have to our credit the sum of $43,773.36. Will you not set aside a large sum from the treasury of the National Society as a memorial and thank-offering for the happy termination of our recent war, and in special commemoration of this year which has brought such honor and victory to American arms?
Dear friends, I had hoped to appear before you to make this a strong personal appeal, for I wanted before giving up the chairmanship of the Hail Committee, to know that the purchase of our site was assured. Remember that each year when we meet at the Congress, there are many homes where during the year a face well-beloved has passed forever from our eyes; where one who had yearned to see the Memorial Hall for which she had felt intense interest and to which she had contributed generously, has passed from earth with the longing ungratified. Why should we longer delay? The immense work we have done for our heroes of the late war proves what the Daughters of the American Revolution can accomplish when they really want to do anything.
Let my absence plead with you more than my presence, for in heart and spirit I am with you to-day, and if any words of mine can quicken your interest and aid in securing this result, I shall feel that my life-work is accomplished.
Frances WELLES SHEPARD, Chairman Continental Hall Committee.
Mrs. LINDSAY. Madam President.
Mrs. LINDSAY. May I as a member of the committee be heard a moment in support of this report? Our name, The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, leaves no doubt as to our duty. We are to preserve and cherish the memory of the patriotic men and women of the American Revolution. Our Memorial Hall will be a monument of their heroic sacrifice.
The surviving soldiers of the war with Spain will care for the fame of those who died in that war, as the survivors of the Civil War have cared for the fame of their comrades. The soldiers of the Revolution returned to their neglected homes too poor to build monuments. We have undertaken to do for them what they could not do for themselves, and no consideration should be permitted to turn us aside from the great work to which we have pledged ourselves. Let us concentrate our efforts to increase this fund, and steadily refuse to permit any portion of it to be used for any other purpose. Persistence in increasing the fund, and firmness in preserving it will assure success. [Applause.]
PRESIDENT GENERAL. You have listened to the report of the Continental Hall Committee. Unless there is objection it will stand approved.
Mrs. SHIELDS. I move that this report be accepted with thanks.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. All in favor of accepting this report will say “aye;" contrary, “no.” It is accepted.
Mrs. LINDSAY. Madam President, shall we receive the contributions now?
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Is it the will of the Congress, if there are any delegates, or alternates, or Chapters present, who desire to contribute to this fund, is it the will of the Congress that they shall do so now? All those in favor say "aye; cpposed, “no." Carried.
Mrs. TORRANCE. of Minnesota. Madam President and Daughters, as a member of the Continental Hall Committee it gives me great pleasure, on behalf of Mrs. John Quincy Adams, of the Distaff Chapter, St. Paul, Minnesota, to present to the building committee of the Continental Hall Fund $100. [Applause.]
Mrs. ARMSTRONG, of Iowa. The Clinton Chapter, of Clinton, Iowa, take pleasure in presenting to the Continental Hall Committee $100. [Applause.)
Mrs. LINDSAY (reads):
Mrs. SHIELDS, of Missouri. Mrs. Dockery, of the Elizabeth Benton Chapter, of Kansas City, Missouri, presents the sum of $50. She is the wife of our next Governor.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Mrs. Dockery, the wife of the next Governor of Missouri, presents $50.* [Applause.]
Mrs. McLEAN. Madam Chairman and Daughters, there was a remark made yesterday which I wish here to state I do not believe is in consonance with the feeling of this Congress. It was to this effect: the Continental Hall versus the Chapter. I think it is the Continental Hall and the Chapter. [Applause.) The Chapters are only too happy to contribute of
*A letter from Mrs. Dockery says the $50 here given was from the Elizabeth Benton Chapter.
their dues and voluntarily to the building of a memorial which is a memorial to the ancestors of every Daughter in the Society. [Applause.] Therefore, to prove the practicability of my remarks, I wish here to offer $100 from the New York City Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. [Applause.]
Mrs. LINDSAY (reads) :
Mrs. Washington A. Roebling, of New York, $25. [Applause.]
Mrs. Deere, of Illinois, $50. [Applause.]
Ondawa Cambridge Chapter, of New York, presents $50. [Applause.]
Mrs. O'NEIL. Mrs. Russell A. Alger presents $50. [Applause.]
Mrs. LINDSAY (reads):
Mrs. Charles W. Fairbanks, of Indiana, presents $50. [Applause.]
Mrs. Clement A. Griscom, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, $50. [Applause.]
Mrs. William Butterworth, daughter of Mrs. Deere, $25. [Applause.]
Mrs. Joseph E. McWilliams, of the Nathan Hale Chapter, St. Paul, $25. [Applause.]
Mrs. George. Fisher, through Mrs. Kennedy, of Illinois, $25. [Applause.]
Mahoning Chapter, through Mrs. 'Mary B. Thorne, of Youngstown, Ohio, $25. [Applause.]
Mrs. KINNEY, of Connecticut. The Abigail Phelps Chapter, of Simsbury, $100, through its Regent, Antoinette Eno Wood. [Great applause.]
Mrs. LINDSAY (reads) :
Mrs. J. M. Baker, of George Rogers Clark Chapter, of Oak Park, Illinois, $25. [Applause.]
Mrs. Waples, Regent of Caesar Rodney Chapter, Delaware, $25. [Applause.]
Mrs. Swan, of New Jersey, $100. [Applause.]
Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter, Indianapolis, $50. [Applause.