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mond Smith read a letter of Columbus to Santim Yel, which he had written on his return voyage to Spain from this country. Mr. Smith is a delightful reader, and the letter was greatly enjoyed. Miss Lida Leib then played a march while the guests proceeded to the dining-room for refreshments. The room was lighted by candles as in the “olden time,” for daylight had been excluded. The national colors were draped in the bay window.
St. Louis CHAPTER of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual business meeting on Saturday afternoon in the guildroom of Schuyler Memorial Home, and elected the following officers for the ensuing year: Chapter Regent, Mrs. Wallace Delafield; First Vice-Regent, Mrs. Western Bascome; Second Vice-Regent, Mrs. Horatio N. Spencer; Recording Secretary, Miss Mary Walker Triplett; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Denison; Treasurer, Mrs. Joseph Otten; Registrar, Mrs. J. N. Booth; Historian, Mrs. Mary Polk Winn; Members of the Board of Managers, Mrs. Dwight Tredway, Mrs. De Figueiredo, Mrs. Carr. Mrs. Guy Kearney Powell, of Washington, District of Columbia, as delegate to the National Congress, which meets in Washington, February 22d. Mrs. Western Bascome, by virtue of her office as Regent of this Chapter, is also a delegate. The alternates for these delegates are Miss Ball and Miss Robertson. The Chapter instructed its delegates to vote for Mrs. George H. Shields as State Regent of Missouri. The Chapter has over two hundred members, but from these five separate and distinct Chapters have been organized, so that the membership is now one hundred and seventy-eight.
The National Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution has established for the last year a fund to build a memorial Continental Congress Hall at Washington, and has a good sum in the treasury toward that purpose. The St. Louis Chapter voted $100 toward the fund.
Mrs. Mary Polk Winn, Historian of the Chapter, delivered a very eloquent tribute to the memory of Dr. Irene S. Tolland, who died at her post of duty in the Santiago Hospital late in September. An interesting fact connected with the moneys of the Chapter is that during the war the sum of $785.53 was contributed for the comfort of the Missouri soldiers in the shape of nurses, hospital, dainties, services of physicians, etc. -M. D.
LANSING CHAPTER.—In October, 1896, Lansing Chapter, Michigan, Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized with seventeen charter members and the following temporary officers: Regent, Mrs. Caroline Felch Grant; ViceRegent, Miss Ida McCabe; Registrar, Mrs. Jessie McCabe Turner; Secretary, Miss Sara Carolyn Day; Treasurer, Mrs. Ellen L. Westcott; Historian, Mrs. Mary C. Spencer. There was much enthusiasm and many applications for membership. In January following a constitution was adopted, and the temporary officers made permanent. Our Chapter now numbers about fifty, with several names standing. At the first annual meeting the old officers were re-elected with the exception of the Historian, Mrs. Mary C. Spencer, whose duties as State Librarian precluded her from taking the responsibility, and Mrs. Harriet A. Tenny was elected to the office.
During the year 1898 the Chapter did not increase in numbers to any great extent, owing to the excitement of the war; but the new year has commenced with a greater display of energy and enthusiasm, and promises to enlarge the Chapter very materially.
In our literary work we have studied colonial and revolutionary history. During the late war with Spain we contributed our mite towards the relief and comfort of the soldiers and nurses.
The various holidays, February 22d, “Flag Day," July Fourth and “Forefathers' Day," we have noticed with special exercises and entertainments, and we are now preparing for our third annual banquet, to be held at the home of our. Regent, Mrs. Mary A. Hall, February 22d.
At the annual meeting in January the following officers were elected: Regent, Mrs. Mary A. Hall; Vice-Regent, Mrs. Jessie McCabe Turner; Registrar, Mrs. Fannie Howard Baker; Secretary, Miss Lizzie B. Cowles; Treasurer, Miss Annie Ashton Grant ; Historian, Mrs. Harriet A. Tenny; Press Correspondent, Miss Clara L. Westcott.
At the regular business meeting, February 2d, the Regent, owing to the death of the Historian, appointed Mrs. Mary A. Miles to fill vacancy.-CLARA L. Wescott, Press Correspond
DEBORAH AVERY CHAPTER, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was entertained by the State Regent, Mrs. Stephen Bosworth Round, on the afternoon of Thursday, December 16, in commemoration of the Boston Tea Party. Dr. George E. Howard, of the chair of American history in Leland Stanford University, addressed those present on the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Chapter now numbers fifty members and is full of enthusiasm. They are mingling in college settlement work and endeavoring to instill into the children of foreigners proper patriotic sentiments. Further the Chapter recently decided to offer annually a handsome gold medal to the young woman graduate of the Lincoln high school who submits the best paper showing some original investigation on a topic from American history.
INTER-STATE CONFERENCE.—On Thursday, April 27th, an Inter-State Conference between the Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution of North and South Carolina was held at Spartanburg, South Carolina, presided over by Mrs. Clark Waring, Regent of South Carolina. The proceedings opened with a graceful address of welcome by Mrs. George Nicholls, Regent of Cowpens (the local) Chapter. The response of the presiding officer was a felicitous one, and drew closer together the twin sisters, North and South Carolina. Mrs. E. W. Screven, Columbia Chapter, was appointed secretary of the Conference.
It was but a little while ago that there was no Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in North Carolina, a strange fact, indeed, when that soil is so historically propitious for the uprising of this loyal flower. But Chapters are now forming all over the State, and patriotic life is unfolding with the blossoms of spring.
Mrs. Edward Latta, State Regent of North Carolina, read finely an admirable paper. This lady has the enthusiasm and executive ability to lead her State forward.
Mention was made of the Elizabeth Steele Chapter, Salisbury. The old homestead of this heroine, who gave with full hands of her substance to General Green when poverty hampered him, is still standing, and will probably be bought and kept as it was fashioned, by the Daughters of the American Revolution of North Carolina. The preservation of historic sites and houses is among the most valuable contributions of our order to the history of the country.
In Waynesville, North Carolina, a Chapter has been formed composed of fifteen descendants of one revolutionary ancestress, whose name it bears, the Dorcas Bell Love Chapter.
Mrs. Erskine, of Racine, Wisconsin, who, with her family, makes her home in North Carolina a part of the year, a transplanted Daughter, made a bright and telling address which warmed southern hearts to their sister who comes from her snow to their sun.
Mrs. Stonewall Jackson is Regent of Mecklenburg Chapter. This distinguished name ends the roll of young Chapters in the old North State. Mrs. Jackson will be the guest of the Regent of the Rebecca Motte Chapter during the Confederate Veterans Reunion at Charleston, South Carolina, in May, and at the reception given in her honor by her hospitable and loyal hostess and the Rebecca Motte Chapter all Daughters of the American Revolution will be welcome.
Reports were made by the following South Carolina Chapters: The Cowpens, Rebecca Motte, King's Mountain, Catawba and Columbia. The Andrew Pickens, Esther Marion and Cateechee Chapters sent no representatives to the Conference. It was settled that all Chapters shall send their subscriptions to the various objects the Society is fostering towards accomplishment, by their State representative at the time of the annual Congress of the Daughters. The office and prerogatives of Vice Regent were discussed and defined. Several excellent papers were read by Daughters to whom subjects had been allotted, all of which have been requested by our leading newspapers and welcomed by the reading public. A hearty vote of thanks was given the Cowpens Chapter for its hospitality, which began with the first Daughter that came and followed the last to go away. The room where the Conference was held was bright and tasteful with loyal bunting. The Year Book of the Cowpens Chapter, gay with the tri-color was given each Regent for a souvenir.—MARY P. SCREVEN, Secretary.
GANSEVOORT CHAPTER (Albany, New York).-April 24th was certainly a most important day in the Gansevoort Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, since it records the presentation of the gold spoon to their only Real Daughter, Mrs. Alfred B. Street, nee Weed. She enjoys the distinction not only of being the only Real Daughter in the Chapter, but, so far as known, the only one in the city of Albany, and she is also the widow of the late poet, Alfred B. Street. The day was a perfect one and the hospitable home of our Regent, Mrs. Munson, was filled with enthusiastic Daughters, eager to show their patriotism and interest. The Regent presided and, after the routine business was concluded, she read a letter from Miss Forsyth, of Kingston, Vice-President of the National Society, regretting her inability to be present and sending her congratulations. The order of exercises then proceeded as follows: Paper, "The Weed Ancestry,” Mrs. Wallace; poem, "A June Day,” by Alfred B. Street, Miss McEwan; song, “The Old Thirteen," Mrs. J. Bartlett Hydom ; selections, “The Flag of the Eagle,” and “Our Union," A. B. Street, Mrs. Jennison; violin solo, Mr. Alfred Bendell; presentation of spoon, Madam Regent ; song with violin obligato, Mrs. J. Bartlett Hydom and Mr. Alfred Bendell. Mrs. Lintner, acting for Mrs. Street, then read an address of thanks to the Chapter and the meeting adjourned, after a rising vote of thanks to the entertainers, to enjoy a social hour over the tea cup.
Mrs. Street is an exceedingly interesting woman with an inexhaustible fund of reminiscences and anecdotes and the members of the Chapter feel themselves particularly fortunate in being able to include her in their number.-MILLA LITTLE, Historian.