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Mrs. McLEAN. I offered it as a substitute, and thought it was carried, Madam Chairman. It was simply the whole Congress requested.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. That matter came up to the platform ; it was not acted upon.

Mrs. McLEAN. I am very sorry, Madam President, I should like to voice the opinion of the Congress assembled.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is impossible for us to vote on something that was not sent up. Miss Pike. I voted upcr

that. Mrs. THOMPSON. We understood it that way. Miss Pike. It was carried by rising vote, Madam President.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. Mrs. Jewett's motion was voted on by rising vote; Mrs. Jewett's was not laid aside, it was carried. The house rose on Mrs. Jewett's motion.

Miss PIKE. Many thought they rose on Mrs. McLean's motion. Now, I ask is there any possibility by which that can be made the action of the house instead of the action of the Board ?

Miss TEMPLE. It is a very much higher compliment for this house for you to go as the representative chosen by this body, and I wish there were some parliamentary form by which it could be made that you are chosen by the house.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The house rose in recognition of Mrs. Jewett's motion.

Miss TEMPLE. I was under the impression at the time that we were voting on the motion of Mrs. McLean.

Miss Pike. We undoubtedly voted for Mrs. McLean's substitute; we thought that was the thing before us.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is the recollection of the Chair that Mrs. McLean's motion did not reach the platform, that it was simply in debate. It was not stated and not voted on. The Chair so rules ; does the house sustain the decision of the Chair.

(Cries of "No" and "Yes.")

PRESIDENT GENERAL. All in favor of sustaining the decision of the Chiar

Mrs. McLEAN. Allow me to say that under no condition would I appeal from the ruling of the Chair. I wish to be so publicly recorded. What the Chair rules I submit to. I beg no one to rise in opposition to the Chair.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair wishes to speak for one moment. The Chair cannot rule that in an audience of this kind there should not be an appeal from the Chair. Every one has a right to appeal from the Chair. We simply wish to correct these minutes.

Miss DESHA. I desire to go on record as appealing from the ruling of the Chair, because I know the Chair wants to do the right thing. Mrs. Jewett reported what the Board had done. On Mrs. McLean's motion the house rose and ratified, and that should be entered in the report.

Mrs. McLEAN. My motion was not to ratify the Board; it was simply for the whole house to take the initiative. If that record exists

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair simply desires that this shall be correct. She has no feeling about it whatever. The Chair's understanding is that Mrs. Jewett moved that it be the sense of the assembly. Mrs. McLean did not send up any motion to the house yesterday. It was an order of the Chair that any motion to be made was to be sent to the platform, and, no motion coming to the platform, it was simply as a matter of debate.

Mrs. McLEAN. I think, Madam Chairman, it is on the platform, is it not?

PRESIDENT GENERAL. Mrs. Jewett's motion will please be read.

READER. "By unanimous vote of the National Board of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mrs. Daniel Manning, President General, was selected to represent the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Paris Exposition in 1900. I therefore move that the Congress ratify this action.”—Mrs. John N. Jewett.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. That is the way the motion was presented to the house, and the way it was voted upon.

Miss Pike. We may not have had a right to vote upon Mrs. McLean's substitute, I don't deny that; but we did do so. We understood we were voting for Mrs. McLean's substitute, and we did do so.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair cannot govern impressions. [Applause.] This can only be settled by a vote of the house. I desire that in this vote which is to be taken there will not be any person who will be influenced by her sympathy for the Chair, but by her memory. [Applause.)

Mrs. RICHARDSON, of South Carolina. Madam President and ladies of this great body, I may not be very clear in my understanding of matters just now, but I know one thing that I do understand, and I believe I voice the sentiments of this body. We must remember that we are not only a great body in ourselves, but we are a great body from what acts we perform. To-day we have as our President General a woman who occupies a position greater, I consider, than any position in the world (applause] that has ever been occupied by a woman. Other women have occupied perhaps higher positions, simply from inheritance, others from reflected light. To-day we have a woman presiding over us, the choice of this magnificent body [applause], who has been elected to represent us, and I consider as a Daughter of the American Revotion that her position, the choice of 27,000 women, is greater than any woman has ever occupied before. [Applause.) I am a new member here, and it has taken a great deal of courage to get up and speak; but I represent a little State that always felt, no matter how trying the position, we should try to fulfill our duty in it. I am very much obliged to the ladies for listening to me. I am very much obliged to the Chair for permitting me. And I would like to say right now that I know that every lady in this house will be most delighted to do whatever will honor not only our presiding officer, our President General, but Mrs. Manning. I represent South Carolina, and we have very little influence in this body, because we have few Chapters, but they are good Chapters, ladies, and very loyal Chapters; and when we come here we come at a great sacrifice in many ways, and we want to do everything in accordance with the rules of the house. We come here after we have learned the workings of our body under our Constitution. And I am very much obliged to the house for listening to me; I am very much obliged to them for making a Constitution that we can work under.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is no mark of disloyalty to appeal from the decision of the Chair. The assembly is the ruling power, and not the Chair. The minutes can only be corrected by the vote of this assembly. The question must be settled by vote.

Mrs. McLEAN. I simply wish this house to understand the purport of the resolution which I understood to be substituted yesterday. It was that this entire Congress should honor its President General, whom the Congress elects, by the Congress appointing her to go to Paris and not the Board. It is a mark of honor. [Applause.)

PRESIDENT GENERAL. It is so understood by the motion of Mrs. Jewett ; it is embodied in the motion. (Cries of "No.") Will you read that motion again? Will the house be quiet?

READER. “By unanimous vote of the National Board of Daughters of the American Revolution, Mrs. Daniel Manning, President General, was selected to represent the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Paris Exposition in 1900. I therefore move that the Congress ratify this action.”—Mrs. John N. Jewett.

Miss FORSYTH. Madam President and ladies of the Congress, you will remember that a year ago you ordered that the National Board should make a nomination for a committee to represent us at the Paris Exposition. The National Board, in accordance with your order, nominated our President General. That was reported to the Congress. Mrs. Jewett, who stated this action of the Board, simply as a nomination for you to act upon, moved that this be substituted by the Congress, and this nomination of the President General be made your nomination. These are simply the facts with relation to the Board. The Board was not given the right to ratify, it was simply given the right to make a nomination for the Congress. [Applause.]

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair believes this is correct.

Mrs. THOMPSON. I have a copy of the Magazine containing the resolution before me.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. It has nothing to do with the resolution before us now. The Chair believes these minutes are correct. You must all vote as you believe. Is the decision of the Chair sustained?

Mrs. THOMPSON. I rise to a point of order. Miss Forsyth was allowed to come forward and make her argument. She stated that such a thing was voted. I have the Magazine, and it is entirely different from what she has stated.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The question before the house is on the approval of the minutes. No question of privilege can be heard.

Miss FORSYTH. I feel it necessary to state that if I have made any mistake it was an honest mistake. I acknowledge also that when the Regent of the New York City Chapter made the motion that she did, it was so in accord with what was already done, I felt the two things were one.

Mrs. THOMPSON. If you recognize Miss Forsyth why could not I be recognized ?

PRESIDENT GENERAL. If Miss Forsyth was out of order you should have raised the point of order.,

Mrs. THOMPSON. I tried, Madam President, I tried several times.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The question is called for; are you ready for the question? Is the decision of the Chair sustained ? (Cries of "Yes" and "No.") All in favor please say "aye;' " opopsed, "no." The motion is carried, the minutes will stand approved. Are there any other corrections to be made?

Mrs. FRYE. I understand that an order was passed yesterday forbidding articles typewritten sent through the audience here. I have heard since that articles have been sent since the passage of that order. I would like to ask if that is so.

Mrs. BALLINGER. We could not hear, Madam President.

Mrs. FRYE. An order was passed yesterday that no circulars, typewritten circulars, should be sent through the audience unsigned. I have heard that there have been since that order was passed.

PRESIDENT GENERAL. The Chair sincerely trusts that no one will abuse this order. [Applause.]

Mrs. BAKER, of Illinois. I would like to move that there shall be created the office of Vice-State Regent, said officer not to be represented on the National Board.

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