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wise the session of the Congress closes without opportunity for those committees to be heard.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. The unfinished business comes up in its order as it has been left over each day.
READER. Amendment 12, offered by Mrs. Joy, of Michigan: “In Article VI, Section 1, last clause, substitute for the word ‘seven' the word 'fifteen;'” fifteen members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business on the Board.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. You have heard the amendment, substituting fifteen for seven for a quorum on the National Board. Are you ready for the question? All in favor say "aye;" opposed, “no.” Carried. Does this Congress quite realize what it is doing?
A MEMBER. What is the number of the Board at the present time?
PRESIDENT GENERAL. The entire Board, if all the State Regents were present, would be about seventy-five.
A MEMBER. I thought they said fifteen instead of seven.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. A quorum of the Board at present is seven.
Mrs. TUTTLE. I would like to know the wish of the Board in regard to this matter.
Mrs. BROCKETT. The quorum at present is seven. The Board consists of twenty-six officers, and a State Regent entitled from each State in the Union. Your States know how many of your Regents attend every Board meeting; that leaves twenty-six otherwise active officers. You know how many of your Vice-Presidents attend. You must remember that a quorum is a certain amount of the average attendance, and a quorum at present is seven. They want to raise it to fifteen. Is fifteen a fair representation for a quorum of an average Board of about twenty-one or twenty-two members?
Mrs. TUTTLE. May I ask who are "they" that wish to raise it to fifteen?
Mrs. BROCKETT. The amendment is by Mrs. Joy, of Michigan.
A MEMBER. I voted on prevailing side and I move reconsideration.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Reconsideration of the vote is asked. All those in favor of reconsideration will please say “aye;" opposed, “no.” The motion as to the vote will be reconsidered. The amendment is before you.
Mrs. WARREN. Will some member of the Board state what has been the average attendance during the last year?
Mrs. BROCKETT. We have eighteen or twenty average attendance all the time.
Mrs. TUTTLE. Would it please the Board to make it ten instead of seven.
Mrs. O'NEIL. Ten is a good average.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is moved and seconded to substitute ten for fifteen.
Mrs. GREEN. Is it not better to have an odd number-nine or eleven?
Mrs. O'NEIL. Let it alone; seven is a good number.
A MEMBER. Why are they asking for a larger quorum for a small Board? It seems to me that seven in proportion to twenty-six is very much greater than seventy-five for the proportion that we have just been speaking about.
Mrs. TAPLIN. I would like to speak to seven, to speak of the quorum as seven, because I have been on the Board two years and
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Out of order. Are you ready for the question?
A MEMBER. May we have the question repeated? (Mrs. Frye takes the Chair.)
Mrs. MANNING. Substitute ten for fifteen. I have had an experience of two years on the National Board, one year as Vice-President General and one year as President General. We met on the 17th and we had to wait, I think, a half or threequarters of an hour before we got a quorum of seven. Perhaps you ladies would realize if you were on that Board month after month what it means. We sometimes reach the number of thirty, but it is a very rare thing. The question is on the motion to substitute ten for fifteen.
(Mrs. Vanning takes the Chair again.)
Mrs. TUTTLE. I made that because the Board said that would be the number they would like; they said ten or twelve.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. That was the average attendance.
Mrs. O'Neil. I said ten because it was the average attendance; you asked that.
Mrs. TUTTLE. Then I withdraw the motion.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. If there are no objections, the motion will be withdrawn. The question recurs to the original motion, substituting "fifteen" for "seven.” Are you ready for the question? All in favor will please say “aye;" opposed, “no." Lost.
(Mrs. Frye takes the Chair.)
READER. Next proposed amendment offered by the Philadelphia Chapter, through Mrs. Harrison.
Mrs. HARRISON. I want to explain to the Congress that all of the amendments suggested by the Philadelphia Chapter of last year have been thoroughly misunderstood. I will not take up your time to explain it now, but I will be delighted to put the explanation in the Magazine or send it to every Chapter Regent in a typewritten form, so I would like to withdraw this amendment.
CHAIRMAN. If there are no objections the amendment will be withdrawn. Are there any objections? I hear none; the amendment is withdraven.
READER. The next proposed amendment, offered by Mrs. Carpenter, of New Hampshire: 14. Amendment offered by Mrs. Carpenter, of New Hampshire:
Add to Article VIII, Section 1: "If an applicant be admitted to membership after August 22d, in any year, she shall be exempted from additional dues until one year from the 22d of February next ensuing.”
Miss Huey. Įs not that amendment precisely the law under which we are now acting? because papers that were sent in from my Chapter were accepted by the National Board of Management in September, 1898, and the dues were paid until February 22, 1900; and I cannot see in what respect this amendment differs from the law under which we are now acting. I ask for information.
Mrs. DRAPER. May I answer the question that was asked, Madam Chairman? Several years ago one of your Treasurers General brought a resolution into the Congress, and the date was set by the Congress. It was at that time October 22. Then a year ago Mrs. Carpenter, State Regent of New Hampshire, brought this resolution into the Congress, and it took effect for that year; then she offered it as an amendment to be acted upon this year. It is now simply a resolution, and this Congress could rescind it or could change the date or could do anything they wish with it; whereas, if it is put into the Constitution it would require a regular amendment in the proper way. Mrs. Carpenter felt very strongly upon the point and desired that it should be placed in the Constitution.
Miss Huey. Thanks for the information; that was precisely what I wanted.
Mrs. WHITNEY, of Michigan. I should like to ask for information, when the Board meets for the first time after the summer vacation to consider the admitting of members ?
CHAIRMAN. September 24th I think it was last year—the fourth Tuesday in September.
Mrs. GREEN. I am opposed to this amendment. I think it gives altogether too much latitude. In the spring when the papers are in, it gives the entire summer for the examination, and it gives the first month in the fall to do the work, and papers which were in in the spring would be acted on in the fall, and they would get through the Board and be ready for admission by October; and I think from October to February is sufficient latitude. I am thoroughly opposed to it.
CHAIRMAN. Are there any further remarks? Are you ready for the question ? (Cries of “Question.") All in favor will please "aye;" opposed, “no." It is lost.
Mrs. Nash. I move we adjourn.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Before we adjourn the Official Reader would like to make some announcements.
(Reader reads amendments.)
PRESIDENT GENERAL. All in favor of adjourning will please say “aye;" opposed, “no." Carried. (10.45 p. m.)
MORNING SESSION, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1899.
PRESIDENT GENERAL (10.18). Our Chaplain General, Mrs. Stakely, will lead us in prayer ; will the house be quiet, please?
CHAPLAIN GENERAL. Let us pray. Oh Thou who art worthy of the best love of our hearts, of the best praise of our lips, and of the best service of our lives, we come before Thee at this time with hearts overflowing with gratitude that we have been permitted to meet in this Eighth Continental Congress. Grant, we beseech Thee, that all that has been said and done may redound to Thy name's honor and glory, and the upbuilding and strengthening of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Take our hands in Thine and lead us; and when Thou hast accomplished Thine own purpose in us and through us, receive us unto Thyself. We humbly beg it all in the name of Him who hath taught us to say, Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thin is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
Mrs. CHAPMAN, of Connecticut. I rise to a question of privilege. Will the Chiar order the delegates to sit forward, as the audience is so small this morning?
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Will the delegates come forward and occupy the seats in the front part of the house? Will the house please be seated?
Mr. FOSTER. Instead of the solo, shall we all join in singing the "Star-Spangled Banner;" all of us sing it, two stanzas.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. Are the minutes ready.
PRESIDENT GENERAL. While we are waiting for the minutes, I would like to read this communication from the Sons of the American Revolution, of the District of Columbia.
(Reader rea is letter.)