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what a pleasure to recall that the “Atlanta Daughters" took no small part in alleviating the wants and sufferings of many of our soldiers. The election of officers, which should have taken place in October, 1897, was postponed to November. At that time Mrs. J. L. Byers was elected Regent, a most fitting and appropriate selection, not only on account of the ability of Mrs. Byers to grace the chair, but also because she was our first "Daughter" in the Atlanta Chapter and State of Georgia, as well as being a charter member. She has occupied many honored positions in the Chapter, and her loyalty to its interests has again been proven by her fidelity in the last year's work. The other officers were: Mrs. William G. Raoul, ViceRegent ; Mrs. A. McD. Wilson, Recording Secretary ; Mrs. E. H. Barnes, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. Daniel Woodward, Treasurer; Mrs. J. G. Scrutchen, Auditor; Miss Eliza S. Whitner, Historian; Mrs. R. M. Walker, Librarian; Dr. I. S. Hopkins, Chaplain.

At the Seventh Annual Convention our Chapter was represented by Mrs. William G. Raoul, Mrs. A. E. Mitchell, and Mrs. Porter King. Mrs. King was elected State Regent for Georgia. Those who had watched her successful administration as Regent of the Atlanta Chapter, felt confident that, in occupying the higher position, she would fill it most creditably.

The Atlanta Chapter and the Piedmont Continental Chapter united in carrying on the Daughters of the American Revolution's auxiliary and Hospital Corps work. Prior to the forming of this corps, Miss Junia McKinley and Mrs. E. H. Barnes had visited the post and found what delicacies were much needed for the sick. These ladies had been carrying out, twice a week, baskets of such things as were wanted in the Hospital. Mrs. Porter King, as President, with many faithful associates, carried on the laborious work during such a period of intense weather, that, on these cool winter days, we can hardly realize what they endured from fatigues and heat. These conscientious workers merit, and should receive highest commendations, and if space were allowed, it would be a pleasure to detail all that they accomplished.

July 21st, 22d, and 23d were the days for the Confederate Veterans Reunion in our city. Our Chapter, wishing to give a warm greeting to the Veterans, and with true Southern ideas of hospitality, threw wide open the doors of Cragie House, and extended a most cordial invitation to all the Veterans and strangers attending the Reunion, to visit our house. A committee of ladies was appointed, together with Mrs. Thomas Morgan as Chairman of the House Committee, and all visitors were given a most hearty welcome, and were refreshed with ices.

While we have been a busy Chapter in many ways, we have also been occupied in the study of historical questions prepared by our Regent pertaining to the early history of Georgia, and have been instructed as well as entertained with the sketches of James Habersham, Captain McIntosh Lyman Hall, and John Houston. Our Regent drew the attention of the Chapter in connection with this early history of Georgia, to a little historical event that took place during the Revolutionary War, which will not be out of place to record here. “The first capture of the Revolutionary War was a British ship loaded with powder. Commodore Bowen commanded the "Georgia Sloop," and Joseph Habersham led the troops. The ship was taken at Tybee. A portion of the powder captured was sent to Washington, and with it he was enabled to drive the British from Boston.”—ELIZA SPANN WHITNER, Historian.

JOHN MARSHALL CHAPTER held their first Fall meeting Saturday afternoon, October ist, at three o'clock, in the parlors of the Louisville Hotel. The meeting was called to order by the Regent, Mrs. W. L. Lyons. After singing the national song, "My Country 'tis of Thee,” the Chaplain, Mrs. Laura T. Ross, offered up a beautiful and touching prayer. Then the roll was called and sixty-seven members responded to their names. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Then came the reports of the Treasurer and Registrar, and reports from the committees. When the regular order of business was finished Mrs. Dudley S. Reynolds read a short and interesting history of the John Marshall Chapter, which was published in the October AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE. Then followed the election of officers for the new year. The retiring officers are: Mrs. W. L. Lyons, Regent; Mrs. Frank Parsons, Vice-Regent; Mrs. Hite Thompson, Secretary; Mrs. C. G. Edwards, Treasurer; Mrs. Irwin Dugan, Registrar; Mrs. Dudley Sharp Reynolds, Historian ; Mrs. Laura T. Ross, Chaplain. Nominations were then in order for Regent, when Mrs. Dudley S. Reynolds, in a neat and beautiful speech, presented the name of Mrs. Luke P. Blackburn. Mrs. Philip T. Allen nominated Mrs. Frank Parsons. Then the name of the successful candidate was announced. Mrs. Parsons arose and in a ladylike and pleasant manner congratulated Mrs. Blackburn. The new officers are as follows, the closest contest being that for Vice-Regent, on which there were three ballots : Mrs. Luke P. Blackburn, Regent; Mrs. Hite Thompson, Vice-Regent; Mrs. John T. Bate, Secretary; Mrs. Irwin Dugan, Registrar; Mrs. C. G. Edwards, Treasurer; Miss Hattie Lee Larrabee, Historian; Mrs. Laura T. Ross, Chaplain. It was decided to create the office of Vice-Chaplain, and Mrs. Susan Brent Haggin was duly elected to fill that position. Mrs. W. L. Lyons will be the delegate to Washington in February, with Mrs. J. M. Cabell and Mrs. Enlow as alternates. The general quiet, good humor and pleasant feeling of all present was due to the excellent parliamentary ruling of the retiring Regent, Mrs. W. L. Lyons. On Friday, October 7th, the Executive Board met at the residence of the Regent, Mrs. Luke P. Blackburn.—Hattie Lee LARRABEE, Historian.

I feel that our worthy State Regent, Mrs. Edward Maxwell, of John Marshall Chapter, should come in for her full share of praise. Being imbued with the spirit of a true leader, she was the first to introduce the reading of the papers on "Current Events and Revolutionary Lore," which have added much to the life and progress of the Chapter. There were those who had thought of uniting with us who were earnest, progressive women, and questioned the purpose of such an organization. Was it merely a social function to fritter away the time in idle talk? While the work of the Daughters of the American Revotion had been varied, and at all times characterized by enthusiastic manifestations of patriotism, and had done its share of work at home and abroad, yet the introducing of the papers gave each individual work to do, and many of us know full well the amount of research and study it required to make the paper worthy of being read before a critical audience. The first paper read was upon the "Electoral Vote," it being the desire on the part of the Regent and the Chapter to be instructed upon this subject, as many of the members were rearing sons to question them upon such subjects, and as ours was a patriotic Society the questions of State and Country was important. Mrs. Sara H. Henton was appointed to read the first paper read before the Society, and Mrs. Dr. S. S. Hamil. ton the next, her subject was "International Arbitration.” Current Events read with Revolutionary Events is having the most delightful as well as instructive papers, and as the October AMERICAN MONTHLY testified to the number of creditable papers read, one can readily see what an educator and how far reaching the reading and preparing of such papers and subjects would extend. It infused new life and intellectual energy and ambition into the hearts and minds of the John Marshall Chapter. Feeling that from ancient times until now the brave men have always been educated by good mothers, and that woman's influence is very great in every country, and that i country becomes good or bad according to the heart of its women, with her delicate discriminating sympathy, and keen interest, and earnest good will, our State Regent, Mrs. Maxwell wished us to be imbued with the true historic feeling and spirit and to bring out in these papers the self sacrificing patriotic brave example of both men and women, and to tell in story and song what our ancestors did to prepare the way for their sons and daughters.—Sara H. HENTON.

CATAWBA CHAPTER was organized January 22, 1898, at Rock Hill, South Carolina. Despite murky clouds, many ladies repaired to the hospitable home of Mrs. H. B. Buist, January 22, 1898. The mist and lack of cheer out doors, in contrast with the beauty and brightness of the home, made the latter appear all the more attractive. We had long looked forward to this occasion, as it was the first organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the city of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Our capable hostess having been officially appointed Regent of the Chapter, greeted the Daughters of the American Revolution with a charming address. The following officers were appointed by the Regent, Mrs. Buist : Mrs. Eliza F. W. Williams Buist, Regent; Mrs. Jennie Johnstone Hutchison, Vice-Regent; Mrs. Anna Wiley Roddey, Registrar; Mrs. Corrie Massey Mobley, Treasurer; Mrs. Daisy Alexander Johnstone, Historian; Mrs. Anna Caldwell Fewell, Secretary. The roll was then called and the other members present were: Miss Eva R. Hughes, Mrs. Orin Poe, Miss Aline Mobley, Miss E. J. Roach, Miss Jas. Reid. The Regent presided with grace and dignity, dispatching the business with parliamentary skill. We were then greeted by the mother of the hostess, who has endeared herself to every one by her sweet, unaffected manners, and the sincerity of her womanly self. The pleasure of the evening was greatly heightened by the presence of quite a number of other ladies, some pending members. Wit and wisdom then filled the next hours with delight. The most charming part came when we were borne away to the festal dining-room and regaled with a royal spread; indeed the repast was in harmonious keeping with the genuine Southern hospitality for which the hostess is noted. The violets fulfilled their mission of sweetness and fragrance on the beautiful table that was rich in service, exquisite in taste. The whole was culminated and crowned with the loving cup that was passed around, and the delicious wine was quaffed to the love and harmony of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Lovely Winthrop girls gracefully assisted in doing the honors. Palms, ferns, and violets mingled beauty in a sweet confusion of floral loveliness. From the time we entered the vine decked parlor, there was not a moment but of keen enjoyment and relish.-MRS. JENNIE JOHNSTONE HUTCHISON, Vice-Regent.

CAMP MIDDLEBROOK CHAPTER.—The last year has been a very happy one in Camp Middlebrook Chapter. Several new members have been admitted, and all the meetings have been well attended. The annual entertainment was given December 11, 1897, in the parlors of the Presbyterian Chapel, where a bountiful supper was beautifully served by the ladies of the church. I think upward of forty people were assembled and made very welcome by the Regent and her hostess, Mrs. John Slendorf. Flag Day exercises were held on the evening of the

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