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to articles on American History prior to 1850; reports from Chapters; articles and notes relating to the National Society; reports from the Children of the American Revolution, and official matter.

Sec. 2. The Editor shall procure and edit such articles and reports, excepting the official matter which is in charge of the Recording Secretary. She shall report to the Continental Congress annually and to the National Board when so required. She shall be elected by the Continental Congress in the same manner as National Officers and for the same term.

Sec. 3. The Business Manager shall have charge of the subscriptions, advertisements, and other business, under the general supervision of the Magazine Committee. She shall be elected annually by the National Board, and shall report to it.

AMENDMENT 16.

Number present Articles XII and XIII, as XV and XVII.

AMENDMENT 17.

Strike out Article XIV and insert the following:

ARTICLE XVI.

Insignia. SECTION 1. The Badge of the National Society shall be in the form of a spinning-wheel and distaff; the wheel being seven-eighths of an inch in diameter, of gold with thirteen spokes, a field of dark blue enamel on its rim bearing the name of the Society in letters of gold; outside the rim, opposite the ends of the spokes, are thirteen small stars; underneath the wheel is a golden distaff one and a half inches long, filled with platinum flax. Upon the back of the wheel the registration number of the owner shall be engraved and her name may be added. This Badge can be purchased only upon presentation of a Badge Permit, to be obtained from the Registrar General.

Sec. 2. The colors of the National Society shall be the colors of Washington's staff, namely, dark blue and white.

Sec. 3. The Badge may be suspended, on a ribbed and watered ribbon of dark blue with white edges, from one or more bars. These bars may bear the names of the revolutionary ancestors given on the certificate of membership, of the Chapter to which the member belongs, or of the office which she holds. National Officers and State Regents may suspend the badge from the ribbon worn around the neck.

Sec. 4. A rosette of the National Society colors attached to a stick pin may be worn in place of the badge.

AMENDMENT 18. Strike out Article IV, Section 5, and Article XI, and substitute the following:

ARTICLE XVIII.

Chapters. SECTION 1. A Chapter Regent appointed by her State Regent, or by the Vice-President General in Charge of Organization of Chapters, shall have power to appoint the officers of her Chapter to serve during the term for which she is commissioned.

Sec. 2. Each Chapter, whether organized under Article XII, Section 3, of the By-Laws, or under Article VII, Section 1, of the Constitution, shall be entitled, on paying the cost thereof, to a Charter duly certifying its name, location, date, officers, and organizing members, which shall be signed by the President General, we Recording Secretary General, the Vice-President General in Charge of Organization of Chapters, attested by the seal of the National Society and countersigned by the State Regent.

Sec. 3. Chapter names must not be duplicated, nor must they be named for States, or for persons who belong to a later historical period than the one ending in 1820.

Sec. Each Chapter may elect its officers at that time of year that best suits its convenience, but the delegates and alternates to the Continental Congress must be elected, annually, before the first of February

Sec. 5. Applications for membership, when properly filled out and endorsed by at least one member of the Society, shall be sent to the Chapter Registrar, if the applicant joins through a Chapter; and the Chapter Registrar shall transmit to the Registrar General all applications approved according to Article III, Section 2, of the Constitution, for final action by the National Board. Chapter Registrars shall notify the Registrar General of the transfer, resignation or death of any member of the Chapter.

Sec. 6. If a member enters a Chapter within six months after the payment of her dues to the National Society direct, the Chapter Treasurer may make formal demand of the Treasurer General for the return of half (or three-fourths) of her dues. When members of Chapters are delinquent in the payment of their dues, the Chapters shall be responsible to the National Society for the half (or one-fourth) of said dues of each such delinquent members, unless prompt notice be sent to the National Board of Management.

Sec. 7. Each Chapter shall notify the Vice-President General in Charge of Organization of Chapters of the election or appointment of all officers.

Sec. 8. Each Chapter shall make an annual report to its State Regent before January 30th.

Sec. 9. A member resigning from a Chapter must send a written resignation, and the resignation shall take effect from the date of writing. A member leaving one Chapter to join another shall take with her to the Chapter with which she desires to unite, a transfer card, signed by the Regent, Registrar, and Treasurer of the Chapter of which she has been a member, and also a copy of her application papers. No member at large shall be admitted to a Chapter until she has presented duplicate papers and a certificate of non-indebtedness from the Treasurer General.

AMENDMENT 19. Strike out Article XV and number the present Article XVI as Article XIX. Or strike out Article XVI, on Discipline (proposed at the last meeting of the Continental Congress by Miss Pike).

AMENDMENT 20. Strike out Article XVII and substitute:

ARTICLE XX.

Amendments. Section 1. Any National Officer, State Regent, or Chapter may propose amendments to these By-Laws.

Sec. 2. Amendments shall be sent to the headquarters of the National Society for transmittal to the Committee on Amendments, at least ninety days before the annual meeting of the Continental Congress. Within thirty days after that time (i. e., sixty days before the meeting of the Continental Congress) they shall be printed and issued to all National Officers, State Regents, and Regents and Secretaries of organized Chapters.

Sec. 3. If adopted by a majority vote at a meeting of the Continental Congress amendments shall take effect from the adjournment of the meeting.

Dr. McGEE. I want to state merely that these are offered by the Committee whose names appear as members of the Committee on By-Laws. It being too late for them this year, they are offered for next year.

Miss Pike. One amendment to the By-Laws which is incorporated here in this report of the Committee was offered by me in the last Continental Congress, to be acted upon in this Congress, and as it is merely to strike out a certain article which I thought was a very badly written article, and should never have been put into the By-Laws, I would like very much for that to be acted upon at this Congress.

CHAIRMAN. Was that taken up at the proper time to consider the By-Laws, Miss Pike?

Miss Pike. I thought so until it was read in this report.

CHAIRMAN. These By-Laws are simply the By-Laws that the Constitution compels us to offer at this Congress to be acted upon at the next Congress. The By-Laws that came in last year are acted upon at this Congress; we will come to this in a few moments. We are simply carrying out the order of the day.

Miss Pike. No, I do not know who presented it in this report, but I presented it at the Continental Congress last year to be acted on at this Continental Congress. I will read it if you desire me to.

CHAIRMAN. If you will allow the Chair to say it will be actel upon at the proper time. It is not the proper time to act upon it now.

Miss PIKE. When will be the proper time?

CHAIRMAN. As soon as the notices of the new amendments are in. If you will yield to them, you will be recognized at the proper time. Will the house be quiet?

Mrs. FOWLER. Are State Regents National officers? If so, do they not come under the biennial clause, and can they be elected every year according to the By-Laws read? Are they not National officers?

CHAIRMAN. The Chair would refer you to the Constitution on that point; the Chair is not able to decide questions of that kind.

Mrs. NEWCOMB. May I speak on that point?

CHAIRMAN. Discussion is out of order on that point. We are in the midst of By-Laws to be presented next year.

Mrs. CRESAP. This is an amendment to the Constitution, to be acted upon at the next Congress I offer. That Article VII, Section 3, may have inserted the words "may adopt a Constitution and," so that the original Constitution may read, "The local Chapters may adopt a Constitution and enact ByLaws for their convenience, in harmony with the Constitution of the National Society."

CHAIRMAN. Are there any other amendments to the ByLaws to be offered?

Mrs. PECK. Iowa wishes to offer the following amendment. To Article V, Section 2, add the words, "No person shall be eligible to sit as a delegate in the Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution who is not a bona-fide member of the Chapter she represents and has so been at least six months prior to the date of the annual session."

CHAIRMAN. Are there any other amendments?
Mrs. McWILLIAMS. I have one I would like to present.

CHAIRMAN. Will you kindly read this resolution for the Reader? She is not here just now.

Mrs. McWILLIAMS (reads):

Amendment offered by Mrs. Mary R. Kendall, Regent of the Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter, Portland, Maine: "Strike out Section 3 of Article VIII, and substitute: The local Chapters shall be entitled to retain three-fourths of the annual dues and one-half of the life membership fees paid to them respectively, for their own use. The By-Laws of said Chapter may provide for additional dues for Chapter uses.” I am sorry to have had to read that, Madam Chairman. I wish to say that this morning there were two amendments offered to Article VII, Section 1, of the Constitution, by two ladies in the same city, although members of different Chapters; they desire the courtesy of the house in this matter, and that the house will permit them to strike out these two amendments for the sake of brevity in our work next year, and substitute another one. Will the house permit? They are to omit the words, "at the annual meeting," and to strike out the word, "choose," and insert the word "elect.” It is the article in regard to the election of State Regents. The substitute I wish to offer is, "Strike out the word 'choose,' and insert 'elect.' and omit the words 'at the annual meeting.' These two ladies are very willing to substitute the one for the two, as they both cover the ground. Next year it would require acting upon two instead of one.

CHAIRMAN. If there is no objection it will be permitted; the Chair hears no objection.

Mrs. TUTTLE. I would like to ask if the Magazine can be

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