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ning, 92; Mrs. Taplin, 147; Mrs. Tittmann, 116; Mrs. Cameron, 141; for the one-year term, Mrs. Crossman, 198; Mrs. Goodloe, 158; Mrs. Penn, 187; Miss Johnston, 147; Mrs. Mell, 120; Mrs. Chipman, 101; Mrs. Warren, 69; Mrs. Roebling, 191; Mrs. Oliphant, 53; Mrs. Thaw, 117; Mrs. Shippen, 195.

Mrs. FOWLER, of Massachusetts. I wish to correct a misunderstanding; may I be allowed to?

PRESIDENT GENERAL. We are in the midst of a vote, Mrs. Fowler; it cannot be entertained in the midst of a vote.

Mrs. FOWLER. It is to correct a misunderstanding that is abroad in the house. Inasmuch as members of the Board of Management have said to me, "We understand that Massachusetts does not support Mrs. O'Neil,” I would say that Massachusetts unanimously supports Mrs. O'Neil. [Applause.]

PRESIDENT GENERAL. I would like to inquire of the house if they are ready to cast their ballots?

(Cries of "Yes.")

Balloting then commences. At 12.15 Mrs. Colton took the Chair; at 12.20 Mrs. Manning resumed the Chair.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair is obliged to rule that all non-voters should leave the floor. Every woman who is not a voter must leave this floor immediately. That does not include the press.

Dr. McGEE. (1 p. m.) I move a recess until 2.30.
Seconded.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is moved and seconded that we take a recess until 2.30. All in favor will please say "aye;" opposed, "no." Carried.

At 2.30 the house was called to order by President General. No quorum. At 2.41 the house came to order.

Mrs. BALLINGER. May we have the minutes of last evening?

PRESIDENT GENERAL. They are not yet ready, Mrs. Ballinger.

Mrs. BALLINGER. Will they be presented to-day?

PRESIDENT GENERAL. Just as soon as they are ready they will be presented.

Miss FORSYTH. There are some ladies from the Merion Chapter who have brought with them to-day, as a matter of special interest, the first flag carried in Porto Rico. If the President and the house would like to hear their statements regarding it, may they be asked to come forward ?

PRESIDENT GENERAL. By permission of the house this can be done; is there objection? I hear none.

Miss FORSYTH. If the ladies are not present, I will then state, Madam President, what I know about it. This flag before us was presented by the Merion Chapter, and was carried in our first advance into Porto Rico, the first American flag raised there. It is owned by Mrs. Thompson, of Merion Chapter, and is loaned by the Chapter as a matter of special interest to the Daughters of the American Revolution assembled. [Applause.]

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The report on the insignia and the report of the Committee on Prison Ships will have to be set down a little way while the report on the uniting of the Daughters of the Revolution with the Daughters of the Americann Revolution is read. It is most important that it be read just now: the chairman is obliged to leave. Mrs. Lindsay come forward, please. The Chair would ask that this house would give very close and interested attention to this report; it is very important.

Mrs. LINDSAY :

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON UNION OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE REVO

LUTION AND THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

The committee regrets the absence of its chairman, Mrs. Eliza Newcomb Alexander, and feels if the Societies do consolidate it will be owing to the earnest work she has done in the past, and she will be entitled to the gratitude of both Societies.

Three methods for the consolidation of the Daughters of the Revolution with the Daughters of the American Revolution Society have been discussed in your committee-admitting the Daughters of the Revolution Society as a body, preserving its organization; admitting the members of that Society individually; or admitting the Chapters of the Daughters of the Revolution as Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society.

Your committee has been advised that the first plan is practically impossible from a legal view, as there can be but one corporate body under the charter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society. The admittance as individuals ignores altogether the organiz:

tion of the Daughters of the Revolution Society. There seems but one possible method of uniting the two bodies, and that is, by the admission of the Daughters of the Revolution membership by Chapters, and the plan submitted, with the recommendation of the committee, provides for the consolidation in that way. Of course neither Society would consent to the re-examination by the other of personal papers, and if we admit the members of the Daughters of the Revolution at all, it is, in the opinion of the committee, proper that we should accept as conclusive their certificate of membership just as we shall insist that they accept ours.

It is the opinion of the committee that if the two Societies consolidate, it will be necessary for our Constitution to be amended by the adoption of a separate article to cover this consolidation.

Plan for the Consolidation of the Society of the Daughters of the Revolution

and the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Your committee recommend the following plan for the consolidation of the Society of the Daughters of the Revolution and the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, under the name, charter and constitution of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

1. The two National Societies to agree that the National Organization and the State Organizations of the Daughters of the Revolution Society shall be merged into the National Organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society.

2. To that end, each Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution Society shall become a Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society, and all certificates of membership issued, and all records of such Chapters made', whilst Chapters of the Daughters of the Revolution Society, shall be treated as conclusive evidence of the facts and transactions they respectively certify and no other or additional evidences of the rights and privileges of the individual members of such Chapters or of the regularity of the organization of such Chapters, shall be demanded and no changes or modifications of such organizations shall be required except such, if any, as may be necessary to conform to the Constitution and By-Laws of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

3. New members of the Chapters so admitted into the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution shall be received in accordance with its Constitution and By-Laws.

4. The Chapters admitted from the Daughters of the Revolution Society shall be entitled to equal rights and to like representation in the Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society with the Chapters originally organized as Chapters of said Society.

5. The records, National and State, of the Daughters of the Revolution Society shall be deposited with and become part and parcel of the records of the National Society of the Daughters of the American

Revolution, and shall be sacredly held and preserved in the condition in which they may be delivered and received, and shall be treated as conclusive evidence of the facts they certify.

6. Moneys in the treasuries of or belonging to the National and State organizations of the Daughters of the Revolution Society shall be disposed of as the said organizations may direct, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution having no claim thereto.

7. The members of the Daughters of the Revolution Society becoming members of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society through the admission of the Chapters of said Daughters of the Revolution shall be entitled to continue the use of the badge of the Daughters of the Revolution Society, and have the right to use the same in connection with the badge of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society.

8. The colors of the Daughters of the Revolution Society shall be adopted as the colors of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society.

9. The National and State Officers of the Daughters of the Revolution Society shall retain their titles and shall have the privileges of the floor of the Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society, the same as honorary officers, until the close of the session next following the consummation of this agreement.

10. Life members of the Daughters of the Revolution Society shall become life members of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society. No annual dues required until February 1, 1900. No charter sees shall be exacted from the Chapters admitted from the Daughters of the Revolution Society.

11. The Constitution of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution shall be so far amended as may be necessary to ratify, confirm and fully carry out this agreement or plan.

MARY DESHA,
ANNETTE H. ALGER,
ELEANOR WASHINGTON HOWARD,
ELEANOR HOLMES LINDSAY,

Acting Chairman.
HARRIET M. LOTHROP,
SARA T. KINNEY,
DELIA A. DEPUE,
G. E. SHIPPEN,
JESSIE VAN ZILE BELDEN,
ELIZABETH A. WYNKOOP,
HELEN M. BOYNTON,
CATHERINE G. Thom,

HATTIE NOURSE BROCKETT.
February 24, 1899.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. You have listened to this report.

Mrs. BALLINGER. Are we going to vote upon the recommendations of that committee separately ?

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair was just about to ask what you would do with it?

Mrs. BALLINGER. I have a motion to offer, that each of those suggestions be offered separately to this house. There are eight or more; it is impossible to settle them all at once.

Seconded.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. All in favor will please say "aye;". opposed, "no." It is carried.

Mrs. LINDSAY. (1) “The two National Societies to agree that the National organization and State organizations of the Daughters of the Revolution Society shall be merged into the National organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society."

Mrs. HAZEN, of New York. I move the adoption of the first clause.

Seconded.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is moved and seconded that this clause be adopted.

Mrs. McCARTNEY. Might I ask, Madam President, if they are merged don't they become at once part and parcel? What is the use of anything to follow. If they are merged they are merged.

Mrs. LINDSAY. Your committee thought it was perhaps necessary to make some sort of invitation to them, a mere statement of the fact, and it is suggested to me by a number of the committee that they will then be merged legally.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. All in favor of this motion will please say "aye;" opposed, "no." The motion is carried.

Miss HARVEY. I rise to a question of privilege.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. Will you state your question of privilege?

Miss Harvey. Will you please allow me to say a few words about that Porto Rico flag? I was called before, but was not here.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The order of business is on just now. We called for you, and Miss Forsyth explained the flag.

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