Page images

loved so well, still holds his name in grateful remembrance. For this reason it is fitting that our Society, interested as it is in perpetuating the memory and services of revolutionary soldiers, and which numbers Lafayette's great-granddaughter among its honored members, should, together with the youth of the country, assist in the erection of an imposing monument to his memory, in a place of prominence in the city of Paris, as a lasting proof that we have not forgotten the friend and ally in the hour of our need.

Unfortunately the contributions received from the school children of the country on October 19th, last, are not sufficient to make this monument a worthy expression of our Nation's gratitude.

The Lafayette Memorial Commission (under the auspices of the Commissioner Geheral for the United States to the Paris Exposition of 1900), endorsed by the President of the United States, and composed of the Secretary of State, the Governors of all the States and Territories, and other representative men throughout the Union, has asked our assistance in this matter, and we are assured by the Commission that our Society will receive full and official recognition in this work, and that one of the four tablets on the monument will be reserved for us, to be appropriately inscribed.

The National Board of Management therefore cordially recommends that each member of the Society show her appreciation of this honor by interesting all persons in her locality to contribute, according to their means, to this noble enterprise. It has also asked the Society of the Children of the American Revolution, through its President General, to coöperate in this undertaking.

The monument is to be unveiled on the 4th of July, 1900, “United States Day" at the Paris Exposition, in which ceremony our Society is invited to participate.

During the coming session of the Eighth Continental Congress, Daughters of the American Revolution, a final report of the funds collected will be made, and the proceeds transferred to the “Lafayette Memorial Commission."

All contributions should be sent to Mrs. Robert S. Hatcher, Chairman of the Franco-American Memorial Committee, Room 52, 902

F Street, Washington, District of Columbia, not later than February 1, 1899. (Signed)


MARY P. B. CAMERON. After consulting with the President of the Association of American Women for the presentation of a statue of Washington to France (Mrs. Stephen J. Field), and the Secretary of the Lafayette Memorial Commission (Mr. Robert J. Thompson), it is deemed advisable

not to make final report of the funds collected to this Congress, but . simply to report our splendid progress, and extend the time for receiving the rapidly-accumulating contributions for one year; a final report to be made to the Ninth Continental Congress, to be held in 1900. This seems advisable, as the contributions received, although liberal, are not, as yet, sufficient to worthily represent our great Society in such important undertakings.

These two works of art are being prepared exclusively by American sculptors, and will not only stand as monuments to heroes, whom we delight to revere, but also as tributes to American genius.

The final arrangements concerning the Washington statue have not yet been completed, but it is confidently expected that the unveiling will take place during the Paris Exposition of 1900. In regard to this statue it has been suggested to the committee that the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Washington (December 14, 1900,) might be a day set aside by the Daughters of the American Revolution for raising additional funds for this statue.

The Lafayette monument will be unveiled on the Fourth of July, 1900 (United States day at the Paris Exposition), in a beautiful part of the garden of the Tulleries, and our Society is invited by the Paris Commission, to be officially represented on that occasion, by a small committee, when one of our representatives is expected to make an address.

The Franco-American Memorial Committee recommends that the Eighth Continental Congress, now in session, empower the President General to name such a committee and that this Congress request her to deliver the address on that occasion.

Ladies, This list is very long. I have been requested by a number of individuals and Chapters to see that their names should go on record and be read at this Congress. Before reading it I should like to state what I think is a very interesting fact, that purely by accident the first contribution to these two funds was made by Mrs. Eleanor Washington Howard, the last Washington Daughter born at Mount Vernon, the house in which Washington entertained Lafayette, as you all know; and as you know, Mrs. Howard is our newly-elected Vice-President General in Charge of Organization of Chapters. This was just by accident, but I think it is an interesting fact. (Interrupted by Mrs. Jewett.)

Mrs. JEWETT. I move to postpone further consideration until after the ballot has been taken, which the President General states must be done.


PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is moved to postpone further consideration of this report until after the ballot has been taken. All in favor will please say “aye;" contrary, "no.” Carried.

Mrs. Avery. I have to report the result of the election. Total number of votes cast, 385; necessary for a choice, 193. Mrs. Deere, 78; Miss Miller, 4; Mrs. Griscom, 164; Mrs. Depue, 7; Mrs. Hatch, 45; Mrs. Emerson, 107; Mrs. O'Neil, 99; Mrs. Newman, 171; Miss Benning, 9; Mrs. Taplin, 18; Mrs. Tittmann, 21; Mrs. Cameron, 45. For one year, Mrs. Crossman, 121; Mrs. Goodloe, 136; Mrs. Penn, 118; Miss Johnson, 37; Mrs. Mell, 13; Mrs. Chipman, II; Mrs. Warren, 3; Mrs. Roebling, 130; Mrs. Thaw, 78; Mrs. Shippen, 70. Ladies, there is no election of any one.

Mrs Lyon. I move that the names of the three ladies receiving the highest number of votes on each list be retained for our candidates and all others dropped.


PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair is obliged to rule that out of order. Before the balloting is begun any one may withdraw her candidate from the list, but in no other way can it be done.

Mrs. KENDALL, of Maine. I move that the Congress express its appreciation of the patriotism of Merion Chapter in presenting this flag.


PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair is obliged to rule that out of order, as we are in the midst of another vote.

Mrs. NEWCOMB. I move that we postpone this until this evening, as so many ladies have left the house.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair has a good deal of sympathy for the Chief Teller. She was up until three o'clock this morning, and I think we should have some sympathy, some consideration, for the Tellers. [Applause. Are there any names to be withdrawn from the list?

Mrs. King. I desire to withdraw the name of Miss Benning from the list.

PRESIDENT GENERAL: Mrs. King withdraws the name of Miss Benning

Mrs. ARMSTRONG. Would it be in order to ask the Chair· man of the Tellers to read the list of four ladies receiving the

highest number of votes? A request is made that the Chairman read the list of those, two on each list, receiving the highest number of votes, two from the two year list, and two from the one year.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. Some one made a request for three; that was the first request; three of each was the first request. Will the Teller please read ?

Mrs. AVERY. I will read the names in the order of the votez cast, the highest number. There are three in the two year list that received over 100 votes-Mrs. Newman, 171; Mrs. Griscom, 164; Mrs. Emerson, 107. For the one year list, Mrs. Goodloe, 136; Mrs. Roebling, 130; Mrs. Crossman, 121. Those are the highest names.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The two highest of each year.

Mrs. AVERY, Mrs. Newman, 171; Mrs. Griscom, 164; are the two highest for the two years; for one year list, Mrs. Goodloe, 136, and Mrs. Roebling, 130, for the one year list.

Mrs. Colton. I had the pleasure of nominating Mrs. O'Neil. I now, at her request, withdraw her name. (Cries of "No, No.") Mrs. O'Neil insists, ladies.

Mrs. TORRANCE. I would move that those who have :eceived less than 90 votes should withdraw the names of their candidates.


PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is moved and seconded that those receiving less than 96 votes should withdraw their candidates. That cannot be ordered. They have to be withdrawn by the person nominating them. That is the only way they can withdraw.

Miss LATHROP. I would like to withdraw the name of Mrs. A. J. Chipman from the one year list.

Mrs. NEWCOMB. I would like to withdraw the name of Miss Elizabeth Bryant Johnston írom the list.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. Will some of the States send up new tellers, as the young ladies who served last night and to-day are really very tired?

Mrs. ROBERTS. There is such a depletion of the delegates it is very difficult to get tellers. Nearly all of the alternates, or many of them, have gone home.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The lady nominating Mrs. Tittmann wishes to withdraw her name. The lady nominating Mrs. Cameron wishes her name withdrawn.

A MEMBER. How many votes are required to elect a nominee?

PRESIDENT GENERAL. Will the Chairman of Tellers please state? I shall have to ask the house to be quiet. Will the house be quiet while the Chief Teller announces?

Mrs Avery. I would say, the number of votes necessary for an election in the election just passed is 193. What it will be in the election to come I cannot tell; it will depend upon the number of ballots cast.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The lady nominating Miss Miller wishes her name withdrawn.

Miss BATCHELLER, of New Jersey. In the absence of those who nominated Mrs. Depue and Mrs. Shippen, of New Jersey, at the request of the remaining members of the New Jersey delegation I desire to withdraw their names; Mrs. Depue, Mrs. Shippen, and Mrs. Oliphant.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. Are you ready to vote? Are the ballots ready to be distributed ? Where are the ballots? A motion has been sent up that I would like to have read.

READER. Miss Newell, of Wisconsin, moves that the roll call for balloting be reversed in favor of those who have so far waited until the last, beginning with W and ending with A."


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

Mrs. GREENLEAF, of California. I simply wanted to announce that I have a telegram from the Puerto del Oro Chapter, of San Francisco, saying they would like to contribute $25 to the Continental Hall fund; the money will be sent to the Treasurer General.

READER. This contribution is from Mrs. Franklin W. Hopkins, who wishes $15 credited to herself and $10 to be credited to the Little Men and Women of '76 Society of the Children of the American Revolution, of which she is President, making in all $25.

Mrs. LOTIROP. I also have to announce that the Old North

« PreviousContinue »