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William Judkins worked indefatigably until early fall, even deferring her summer trip until she had seen the end of her work. Mrs. Frank Wilson was untiring as Chairman of the Cutting Committee, and through her efforts and the ladies under her, the following articles were cut out, and sewed, 118 pajamas, 187 night shirts, 935 nurses' aprons. Mrs. Brent Arnold was of invaluable assistance in her department, and through the courtesy of Mr. Arnold boxes were shipped to the soldiers free. The total number of articles sent to the soldiers were 2,599. Twenty different boxes were sent to the Leiter Hospital, McPherson, Fort Thomas, Fort Monroe, Fort Meyer and other hospitals.

The interest of caring for the soldiers was not confined to the Society alone, churches, public institutions and business houses contributed material and time in cutting and sewing. Voorhees & Miller donated the cutting of 12 bolts of gingham; Haas & Co., 637 garments; Kemper Bros., 192 garments; ladies of Glendale, 51 garments; Longview Asylum, 27 pajamas; Widow's Home, 20 suits and 4 aprons; Home of the Friendless, 13 pajamas; Episcopal Church, Delhi, 50 night shirts; Methodist Church, Delhi, 50 night shirts; St. Aloysius Church, 50 night shirts; St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 12 pajamas; and the Bond Hill churches sent in work through Mrs. R. Drake.

Through the able Treasurer money to the sum of $178.00 was collected, and food and delicacies of all kinds were forwarded to the different camps. Letters were received from time to time by the Regent, showing how fully the work was appreciated, which acted as an incentive to even greater efforts, until all work was brought to a happy close by the good news of peace.-ELLA GARRETSON STRUNK, Historian.

WATAUGA CHAPTER'S PROGRAM.—The regular business meeting of Watauga Chapter, September 22d, at the home of Mrs. Keller Anderson, was an unusually interesting one. A letter was read from the Historian of the Chapter, Mrs. Dabney M. Scales, suggesting that the Chapter take up the study of the navy for the season. The members entered heartily into the spirit of the suggestion, and began the study at the October meeting, at the home of Mrs. Thomas Day. September 22d was the one hundred and twenty-second anniversary of the death of Nathan Hale, and a brief but beautiful tribute was paid to his memory by the Chapter. The summary of the war work reported was very satisfactory. The Chapter has sent 300 pillows, and has been assured by the Watauga members of the Second Tennessee, now in town, that they were very welcome. One of the young men who is here says he and a comrade bought some unbleached muslin and sewed it up, tied the ends together and filled the bags thus made with straw. In a little time it was badly soiled, for their bed is the earth, and when laundried in the river looked so bad that they would not use it longer. When he saw the brown linen ones which Watauga Chapter is sending he was delighted, and said he wished he had one. Watauga intends to continue until every one is supplied. This will necessitate the making of 1,000 more. The Secretary of the chapter was instructed to write a letter of condolence and sympathy to Mrs. Varina Jefferson Davis on the death of her daughter, Miss Winnie Davis.


Nathan Halę was born in Coventry, Connecticut, June 6, 1755; and died in New York City September 22, 1776. Scholar, soldier, patriot, martyr, at the age of twenty-one. Can the world point to a higher type of manhood? Can poet find more luxuriant field for facile pen?

To Connecticut belongs the honor of this maternity. To Yale College the “raining of his masterful mind. He was a member of the class of 1773, graduating with honor at the age of eighteen; having signalized his commencement part by a plea for the higher education of woman. He was the model Yale man of his time, marked for future distinction by his classmates and teachers. Broad of chest (a champion in the rude athletics of the time), his cheeks ruddy, his eyes blue, his soft hair a sunny brown, gifted with a voice singularly musical, and manners of distinct courtesy; 'tis small wonder that Dr. Manson describes him, "Six feet tall and perfectly proportioned; he was in figure and deportment the most manly man I ever met.”

He taught school in New London, Connecticut, till the war opened, when dismissing his pupils, he hastened to join the patriot army at Cambridge. Born to command, he rose in a few months to a captaincy in the Continental Line. When in September of 1776, Washington being encamped on Harlem Heights, his army disheartened and almost dissolved by desertion, Howe in possession of New York, there was great need for information in regard to the enemy's plans. Washington applied to Colonel Knowlton, of "Congress' Own" (the crack regiment of the corps) for an officer of superior intelligence as "a volunteer for extraordinary, dangerous, and above all disreputable duty." These brave officers felt insulted. "They would be no man's spy,” but Nathan Hale saw his duty more clearly, and stepping forward with the light of resolve and patriotism undefiled in his eyes, said, “I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for the public good becomes honorable by being necessary. I will go." He accordingly repaired to Washington's headquarters on Murray Hill, received instructions of the Commander-in-Chief, and departed ini disguise for Long Island. * It is a tale of daring exploit, of recognition and accusation by a Tory relative, of capture, of discovery of incriminating Latin memoranda in a boot, of cruel treatment and of heroic death. The consolations of religious advice denied him, his letters to his sister and to Alice Adams (his fair betrothed) torn to atoms in his sight, and yet, bound and pinioned for his ignominious death, with nostrils and lips quivering with the dauntless emotions of that magnificent spirit, he breathed these last ringing words: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country!"

'Tis well that his grateful countrymen have commemorated his virtues in the marble and bronze. Well that he should be forever to American youth its hero and inspiration.—JEAN ROBERTSON ANDERSON.

MUSKINGUM CHAPTER.--I have been requested by the Regent of Muskingum Chapter, Zanesville, Ohio, to give some account of what the Chapter did for the soldiers and sailors during the late war. We did not contribute directly towards the national fund of our Society, nor to the Hospital Fund, but indirectly did what we could. In May we sent to Battery C, at Chattanooga, two large boxes of magazines and illustrated papers.

In June to the same artillery organization at Chattanooga Park (Fort Thomas) four sugar barrels and several large boxes were sent. These contained sugar, cereals, dried fruits, etc.

In July, in response to an appeal from Chickamauga Chapter, two more boxes were forwarded, containing such articles as had been specified for sick soldiers in camp and hospitals at Fort Thomas. These boxes contained 21 hair pillows, 84 cases, 7 pajamas, 18 shirts, 24 soft towels, 69 sheets, wash cloths, novels, old linen, etc. Also $22 in money, $5 of this sum being contributed by Elizabeth Zane Chapter, of Zanesville.-E. G. Ross, Historian.

THE SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution was held at the residence of the State Regent, Mrs. Clarke Warring, Wednesday, November 16, 1898, in Columbia, South Carolina. The address of welcome was made most graciously by Mrs. Warring to the visitors. Mrs. Nicholas, Secretary of Cowpens Chapter, responded to the welcome most happily.

The Regent of the Columbia Chapter, Mrs. H. W. Richardson, described the work of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington during the Spanish-American war last summer most interestingly, and we all felt much pride in Mrs. Richardson, having had the privilege of helping in Washington. Reports were made by Mrs. Nichols, Secretary of the Cowpens Chapter, and Mrs. Law, Regent. The King's Mountain Chapter had a very encouraging report from Miss Witherspoon, Regent. The Rebecca North Chapter was heard from by the Regent, Mrs. Fanny Jones, who gave a glowing account of her Chapter's work among the sick soldiers who were in Charleston, South Carolina, the past summer. Mrs. Anna C. Farwell, Secretary of the Catawba Chapter, gave a report which was full of interest to all. Mrs. Annie Jones Robertson, Secretary of the Columbia Chapter, report was very interesting. She spoke well of the revolutionary relics to be collected to be sent to Paris. Mrs. Buist was chosen Secretary of the Conference, and read letters from such eminent Daughters a: Mrs. Daniel Manning, Mrs. Amos Draper, and Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee. A request was read from the American Flag Association. The Daughters of the American Revolution will erect a monument to Emily Geiger on the State House grounds at an early day. An entertaining and very welcome visitor was Mrs. Card, from Rhode Island. Other distinguished ladies were present to enjoy the hospitality offered by the Columbian Regent, the State Regent and the Columbian Chapter in the beautifully decorated parlors of Mrs. Warring; the decorations were of the beloved flag of our country and exquisite flowers. The refreshments were dainty, and altogether enjoyable.-Eliza F. W. Buist, Secretary.

CONFERENCE OF ALABAMA CHAPTER REGENTS.—Wednesday, November 2d, at 11 a. m., a conference of Alabama Chapter Regents, Daughters of the American Revolution, assembled in Birmingham at the home of Mrs. J. Morgan Smith, State Regent.

The Society has grown slowly but steadily in this State for the past year, numbering now six Chapters and more than one hundred members, and has assumed such proportions that the State Regent considered it wise to call this conference-the first Daughters of the American Revolution conference in Alabama.

The Chapters represented were the General Sumter, Birmingham, Mrs. E. H. Cabiniss, Regent; General Andrew Jackson, Talledega, Mrs. J. M. Thornton, Regent; General Peter Forney, Montgomery, Mrs. J. M. Wyly, Regent; Light Horse Harry Lee, Auburn, Mrs. P. H. Mell, Regent. Two other Chapters were represented by letter, namely: Martha Jefferson, Opelika, Mrs. George P. Harrison, Regent, and Frederick William Gray, Anniston, Mrs. J. S. Mooring, Regent.

Mrs. Smith presided and appointed Mrs. Mell, Secretary. Mrs. Smith made an interesting address, giving a history of the Daughters of the American Revolution work in Alabama, and

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