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14th of June, and in the Congregational Church. There had been eighteen contestants for the Chapter prizes. The first prize, $5 in gold, was awarded to Louis Kountz. The second prize, known as the Regent's prize, went to Warren Bergen, for best answers to a number of questions in American history, In August the Chapter met at Stone Cross, residence of Mrs. Mason, for the usual delightful picnic, which has become an annual affair. In September, the Chapter had the felicity of seeing their long desired project accomplished, and twenty graves of our revolutionary soldiers were appropriately marked. The services were held in the old Presbyterian burying ground, where almost all of our soldiers of the Revolution are buried. This was a good work, and Camp Middlebrook Chapter is to be commended for the untiring energy and perseverance by which they gathered money sufficient to enable them to purchase the handsome markers. During the war with Spain eighteen dollars were raised and sent to headquarters to be added to the fund raised by the New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution for the relief of sick and wounded soldiers of New Jersey. Thus Camp Middlebrook Chapter keeps up its reputation of being one of the most energetic Chapters in the State. Onward and ever upward, it seems to be never weary in well doing, and we pray that its future may be crowned with the success that has marked the past.—MARY CRAVEN THOMAE, Historian.
OGLETHORPE CHAPTER (Columbus, Georgia) was organized Monday afternoon, December 12, 1892, at the residence of the late General Henry L. Benning, by Miss Anna Caroline Benning, who had been appointed Chapter Regent. The Chapter was named for the founder of the Georgia Colony. Officers elected at the first meeting were as follows: Regent, Miss Anna C. Benning; Vice-Regent, Mrs. Cornelia Bacon Osburn; Corresponding Secretary and Registrar, Mrs. Emily MacDougald ; Recording Secretary, Mrs. Elia Goode Byington; Treasurer, Mrs. Mina Jones Halstead; Historian, Mrs. Dora F. Epping; Managers, Mrs. Pollard, Mrs. Sallie Harrison, Mrs. Augusta Crawford, Mrs. Eugenia Flournoy, Mrs. Anna Jones Pease. The other members amounted to about twenty. Our Chapter is growing in interest and membership.
At the annual election in April, 1897, our Regent, Miss Anna Benning, thanked the Chapter for their cordial support of her, and promised the same support to the new Regent. The Chapter unanimously reëelected Miss Benning, and then she stated that having been elected Vice-President General of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she could not accept, as no member was eligible to two active offices. The Chapter hoping that Miss Benning was mistaken in regard to the Constitution, insisted on her retaining the Regency. But at the June meeting Miss Benning tendered her resignation as Regent of the Chapter on account of ineligibility of holding two active offices, and it was reluctantly accepted. Mrs. Elisha Paul Dismukes was elected Regent to supply the vacancy.—MRS. CLARENCE IRWIN GROOVER, Historian.
EschSCHOLTZIA CHAPTER.—The year 1898 has been, on the · whole, a prosperous one for Eschscholtzia Chapter, Daughters
of the American Revolution. Several new members have been added, and besides the regular meeting there have been various entertainments of a purely social nature. The Chapter celebrated Washington's birthday by a drive to Pasadena, with a luncheon at the Hotel Green. Here the decorations of the room and tables were a charming combination of the colors of the National Society and the Eschscholtzia yellow of the Chapter. In June, Mrs. Seymour Locke, of Pasadena, gave a very handsome reception in honor of the Daughters. As there were many people present who were now to join the Chapter, the Regent, Mrs. Eastman, explained the general object of the Society, and then gave an outline of the work for the war then in progress. A second reception tendered the Chapter was the one on the evening of Bunker Hill Day, at the home of Major Thorpe, the Sons of the Revolution being the hosts. There was presented a short musical and literary program suited to the day and occasion, including an address of welcome by Mr. H. O. Collins, in behalf of the Sons, and a response by Mrs. Eastman. In regard to the war, it was found that the most efficient aid could be rendered, under local conditions, by join
ing the Red Cross Society as individuals, and this was done by most of our members. The Chapter as a whole presented a large flag to the departing Seventh California Volunteers, and later sent a sum of money to the same regiment, when it became known that the men were suffering for many things that the Government could not supply.-LOUISE PINNEY, Historian pro tem.
Fort DEARBORN CHAPTER (Evanston, Illinois), at the first meeting of the year, tendered a reception to Mrs. Henry M. Shepard, of Chicago, the Illinois State Regent of the organization. Other guests were Mrs. De Bra, of Highland Park, the North Shore Regent; Mrs. Burdett, the Vermont State Regent, and several members of the Chicago Chapter. The Country Club was handsomely decorated for the occasion, the prevailing flowers being roses and chrysanthemums. Mrs. Shepard made a brief address of greeting in which she told of the good work done by the twenty-five Illinois Chapters during the recent war in giving aid to soldiers. Miss Mary Stevens sang two solos, she was accompanied by Mrs. George A. Coe. One hundred ladies were present. In the receiving line were Mrs. Nelson C. Gridley, Regent of the Chapter; Miss Nina Lunt, Honorary Regent; Mrs. William Holabird, retiring Regent, and Mrs. Shepard. Refreshments were served.
WILLIAM MASON CHAPTER.-I regret that our Chapter, the William Mason Chapter, of Fargo, N. D., has been unable to do anything as a Chapter for the war fund. On receipt of the war circular early in the season, I called a meeting and we decided that we were small and our members are from over all the State, few and far between, and that to attempt to work as a Chapter we could do very little, but we have not been idle, all the members, I think, have given largely of their time and money or individually and as members of other organizations.
We have a Red Cross Society in our city, and a Women's Relief Corps in every town of any size in our State, and all have been very patriotic and have worked nobly, and in harmony as we best could, while our husbands and sons have gone to the front, and we are still working, either for the boys or the families left behind, rejoicing that the war is over and hoping soon to welcome our boys home.
As loyal Daughters of the American Revolution we have done, as it seemed to be for the best, and accomplished the work, but not in the name of the Daughters of the American Revolution.--SARAH B. LOUNSBERRY, Regent.
MARY DILLINGHAM CHAPTER has been doing good work the past year, and are greatly interested in work for the soldiers. They were the first Chapter of Maine to repond to our invitation to help the soldiers when they left their homes in Lewiston and Auburn. Our Chapter sent 62 comforts to Augusta, to Camp Powers on the train that took "the boys" there. And we have done work for them all through the summer.
The Chapter voted to work for a Historical and free Public Library. This work was begun in October, 1897, when $25.00 was deposited for this object. At present the Chapter is giving Ĉ series of entertainments to raise money for the Library Building.-MRS. CAROLINE W. D. Peck, Historian.
SHIKELIMO CHAPTER esteemed it her privilege as a patriotic society to aid the soldiers and sailors of the recent service, as opportunity afforded. No doubt our interest in the work was strengthened as we counted so many friends and kin "at the front.” Nor have all these been mustered out yet; Major Groff, the husband of our Regent, tarries in Porto Rico. Engineer Hayes, the son of our Corresponding Secretary, remains aboard one of our great battleships. The list of our friends in service or mustered out is not a short one.
We were especially interested in the Twelfth Pennsylvania Volunteers ; Company A of this regiment having been recruited at Lewisburg.
On May 2d, the Chapter voted to keep in correspondence with Captain Follmer, Company A, and to furnish whatever would add to the comfort and welfare of his men. We accordingly sent, in a few days, 80 woven bandages or belts, to Mt. Gretna; and soon after, 30 more of these were sent to Camp Alger, where the Twelfth Regiment went into permanent camp. About the ist of July we made an appeal to our town friends who generously responded. We were enabled by their kindness to forward seven barrels of provisions, hams, bologna, eggs, jellies, &c.; one object being to furnish a good Sunday dinner to the company prior to breaking camp; it being expected at this time that the Twelfth Pennsylvania would be ordered to Cuba.
Later in July the ladies of the town were asked to coöperate with the Chapter and a general meeting was called. At this meeting our Regent, Mrs. Groff, appointed committees both of the Chapter and of outside friends to solicit additional aid. There was collected about $100 in money, besides gingham, quinine, &c.; all the ladies interested met together, at times, for a week, and made 50 pajamas and 24 nurses aprons. These were forwarded by Mrs. C. S. Wolfe, Chairman of the War Committee, to Fort Meyer, where the sick soldiers of the Twelfth Pennsylvania had been taken.
On the evening of September 19th, Company A, reached Lewisburg, to be dismissed from service. Preparations to receive "the boys" were in progress the entire day. The main feature of their reception was a dinner at the Armory. On this occasion the ladies actively assisted, being organized into effective comittees under the leadership of our Regent, Mrs. Groff.
Company A was mustered out October 31st. At that date there remained in our treasury of the soldier's relief fund about $61. The Chapter voted to divide this sum between the Mary Packer hospital at Sunbury, Pa., and the city hospital of Williamsport, Pa. A number of the sick soldier's of the Twelfth Pennsylvania Volunteers had been cared for at these hospitals.—MRS. W. C. BARTOL, Recording Secretary.
GENERAL SUMPTER CHAPTER (Birimngham, Ala).—The Sumter Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held the first meeting of the Chapter at the home of the Chapter Regent, Mrs. E. H. Cabaniss, Wednesday, October 5th. After the transaction of business (the usual preliminary before the literary program), our Regent, Mrs. E. H. Cabiniss, presented a communication from Mr. Philips of the High School, kindly extending an invitation to the local Daughters