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Dubuque Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 5, 1901, Dubuque, Iowa ami mill mill idly Thursday cooler c The VOL LVI DUBUOUE IOWA WEDNESDAY EVENING JUNE 5 No 291 CHOSEN The Davenport Man Was the Unanimous Choice for G A Commander DAY WITH THE Business Meetings Addresses and orts of Officers Made In the Various Bodies year I havo been obliged to refuse twenty to thirty requests from G A R organizations one of them for Instance from Congressman Hilt of Illinois for about the date of your en- and I could not make an exception now without giving to those to whom I have previously said no 1 havo boon very anxious not to speak this year more than I can help There were two or throe places where I had to refuse to go last year and caused some heartburning thereby to which I am going this year I have fastly refused to do more than thus try to make good the disappointments 1 unavoidably caused last year I am particularly sorry not to go to Iowa 1 need hardly say that Iowa Is a state I by It seems to me your ple arc sound every politically In short are Americans all the way through Sincerely yours THEODORE ROOSEVELT Minister Conger's Ovation Minister Conger was thon presented by Dr Bready His reception ed to an ovation and during his recital ot the siege of was frequently applauded Mr Conger said ho could not tell how thoroughly ho appreciated tlon Ho did not take it to himself but us the representative ot this country In a far off land trying to do Rep duty lying as high that of any other nation there ana that It did was due lo the little body of marines and soldiers there and tne bravery of the heroic women who wore In the legation Mr Conger said ho was glad his life as ho was landed In San Francisco and saw tue United States again He never saw it looking so well There wore evidences ot prosperity everywhere The whole land was smiling and Everybody was prosperous Iowa representatives of different corps assembled to legislate upon matters pertaining to our order and trust we all come with and love in our hearts and a determination to let no personal feeling interfere with the well our department The year that is past has recorded day by anil sorrows lights and shadows trials each lite has felt Its changes while the past with all its memories is beyond and the future before us tho present alone is ours and bids us bo diligent especially -as we note with startling certainty that he Grand Army marching away marching on and ou into the great unknown Soon vory coon the last veteran will be gone and it behooves us as their numbers lessen to more fully exemplify the principles of our order and prove we are worthy to be called the true iary of tho Grand Army of tho Re- public It is for those who fought the good light and their dependent ones that wo as an organisation should bor and legislate Today in recognition of these duties charitable and ial let us as representatives from every portion fair state concentrate our thoughts for the of the order thoughts which have given your president sleepless We realize that extension has nearly ed its limit in this department the state Is pretty well organized and as many Grand Army posts have become some it is a very matter new so FIRES TO BE GIVEN confident i and hopeful and nowhere more than in the weal of Iowa was this great prosi evident You comrades wo been for your deeds ng tho dark days of have since -is real a service You have share make Iowa w ho will continue The Parade a Feature of the Day and Was Greatly Enjoyed by the Men Who Marched Forty Years Ago sho is and to groat grandest state In tho union The minster expressed the leasure iVIt upon the ul decorations on his at i morning and after ate TOMORROW'S WEATHER Tho of old depressed thin that the local for mid showers was drops of falling in considerable Tho precipitation WUH not lent to of the old and at 1 tho nky mid tho suu bright mid clear The will be cooler to-morrow and loyalty of Iowa veterans brought out hearty applause Commander Davis for the Iowa Hi mayor and local members of G A for tills grand are not strangers In a strange he Bald Hi- of the two previous In and of the welcome thon given the SVe veterans put in n buoy day hour occupied In some n- other The regular business s held at the Orand house this occupied the wholo foro- At this meeting Cupt Davenport was unanimously elected commander for the year Tho Relief Corps also held their business session tho as did also the Sons of Tans and tho ladles ot the G A R Kadi these wan well Keports were heard were made The during the day although a few but tho ruin did not In any way of tho battle It takes more limn summer shower lo un old war or Inter- with any ot Ills rlans anil tho program waM curried out lo During the early fore- are here now not entirely upon your Invitation because of the grand good time wo had on previous ions ot thin kind here wo had really to come to visit you again Your representatives did tender us a Invitation and It was promptly ed Wo knew that wo would have a good time In state of and here wo are and we are not appointed In our expectations I've attended many encampments and I know of no where we have met with a more hearty or more genuine welcome than In Hero we are always treated loyally and most kindly We are welcomed not ly an G A R men You havo our and welcome Ihu W U C tho Ladles of tho G A R tho Son of Veterans and the war veterans Wo thank you most heartily for this welcome As the commander finished he was presented with a bouquet of beautiful lowers by Mrs Hunting of Clinton president of the Ladles of the Grand Army It was n pretty Incident and was warmly applauded Ladles Express Their Thanks Mm Georgia Wade McClellan on bo- half of the W R C made a happy re- sponse paid a glowing tribute to tho veterans of the Grand Army and tho mayor and people of the city most heartily for tho welcome accorded the corps For tho of the G A R the Mrs Hunting responded Mr comrades to prt to the lessons of patriotic had given to the world Ho Paid tribute to American patriotism that Is matchless the world over He also spoke warmly ot the patriotism displaced by those Chinamen who tested against their government step It was urged to take by the boxers and who paid for their de- votion with their heads Major Conger thon graphically de- tailed the story of tho slego ot He recounted tho uncertainty and anxiety of those at home and told ot the of tho ladles In houi tho sloKo when shells wore bursting about them every hour and tho hall of bullets was almost sant there was no complaint the women That wasn't of all the men The first troops to to wore Americans guard to arrive at Tien Americans Tho to the Mho tirst gallons wore Americans Not until General arrived was There a move toward Pekin r council of generals was called to con- sider tho one presiding asked two or thre commanders when they would bo ready to movo They thought In two days Gen Chaff ec was asked the same question and he promptly am going to-morrow followed and those who nad preceded him decided that they had better got ready and go with and they did Ho was going and they didn't care to at the tall corps boon at my I could have gone out Into thr> state and done good work along this line My work during the year has been to stimulate the small weak corps and have visited as many as possible Everywhere I was re- with utmost courtesy and ness and was amply repaid by feeling assured that my visit was not In vain The members had revived their ring Interest and had taken on new Koal and a determination to hold fast Homo of our noblest women are In admiration at the and faith fulness to the great principles of our order of these sisters who in the face of many obstacles hold the corps and thep ost too sometimes as one veteran told me while big tears scod in his eyes that their post must surely have gone down and camp lires reunions and memorial day services all of which were dear to their hearts but a memory to them now had it not been for those women who hud held thorn together and had kept the camp fires and were ing the declining years of the veterans both pleasant and peaceful Tho Year's Work Having been in touch with ment work for several years we ed well when taking this acred trust of guiding our department ship for tho year that all other claims and duties must yield and our entire time as we promised given to the work This we havo faithfully done and may now say with pardonable pride that tho voyage has been fairly prosperous and for the most part under beautiful A few squalls have arisen but soon passed away leaving the air purer and the sun's rays er after the little tempest had gone by Today we have anchored here in for a time to look over our stores and to place a new set in command for the next year's cruise also have the pleasure ot brating our eighteenth birthday We are Indeed quite well grown from the little handful of loyal lovable women who and represented the de- Iowa Woman's Corps eighteen years ago It has at- Quarterly reports show that for the quarter ending Dec 31 1900 was paid out for relief by the corps in this department and the last quarter over was expended In this way which proves that our members are finding plenty to do right In their own vicinity and often feel of calling upon the department for help which results in many drafts being made upon the relief fund every case has been thoroughly investigated by the relief committee ot which the capable woman Jennie don is chairman she has been most earnest and devoted in her work and will give to you an itemized of relief extended and In view of the probably that needs will Increase the coming year I Recommendation No 1 That per capita tax remain the same 10 cents per member in good standing and cent per member oC the capita each quarter during the year bo placed in the relief fund Recommendation No 2 That when found expedient to do so tho ment president shall Issue calls for re- lief lo the corps in department as Recommendation No 3 That continue to furnish two ies of proceedings of convention with- in ton days after convention one copy for president the other for the ing officer The corps throughout the responded most generously to the cal for aid from the national for the Texas storm sufferers I was indeed proud of the women of Iowa over being to this cause corps In their able eagerness to at once lend a ing hand set off contributions before the call was made from quarters and consequently were not listed in reports of same but by de- of national president have since received credit by forwarding their re- of contribution to the ment treasurer comrades and wives to help Althea O Conable one of ii n a for their organ 1 found that every building on the grounds was crowded to its utmost capacity with many applications on Ue of veterans who could not ba ad- mitted for want of room Early in administration the home official assistance of our department In helping them to find nurses and help for the home I gave he matter to the vice presidents who wore fairly successful in supplying the need The fruit and jelly so generously donated by you came in so abundantly that thero was enough not only for tho hospital but the old ladies tagers and main building also received a share The call for cushions was responded to in the usual liberal free hearted way that the Woman's Relief Corps of Iowa do things Dozens and dozens o of tho procession Ho thon told how tho Americans brought In the Central a majority of them Galena and Illinois towns contributed lo thu and the s Were hold In many handshaking and other the old soldier were Indulged In during tho day Opera house never con- a liner than that or Commander Davis lih Minister Conger tho W K C Unites of tho G A R and Sons of Veterans were given an come On tho stage were Equator Allison Gen A L many other notables J K presided and a prayer by Chaplain Coal Mayor delivered the following address: Mayor Surrenders and before you this evening for of surrendering tho city 1 to say that wo have been to capitulate You havo not taken surprise Our forces ing tho people and committees havo for this Important for several days and now having all arc- thls address was prettily worded and eloquently delivered Sho won and the applause ot her Mrs Hunting took casion tho objects of her society and at tho same lime paid a handsome tribute to the W U C In concluding she Wo know we would bo welcome and this splendid greeting makes us most happy Col Morrow the speech for the Sons of Veterans and he roused the enthusiasm of tho audience He Is an eloquent and forceful Letters of negro f Hon Jacob Rich read letters of re- gret received from many who had boon fought their way into while the British merely marched through a gate and see a Chinaman until they reached tho legation His recital of the bravery ot Titus tho boy who scaled tho wall and tho ting lo tho lop greeted with applause which continued Homo time and finally broke Into enthusiastic cheers The record of the Americans stands above all others in China This was shown when more than Cr petitioned General to roi and continue his control Twice had he shed tears on tho of the old flag First when seeing tho at imi mast and on inquiring tho cause was told of the assassination of President Lincoln Tho second time as when ho saw tho lag on the walls nut this time tho tears wore talncd to admirable tion and now well to tho fore among the more prosperous ments of the national order There is n number of weak and discouraged corps throughout the department I have earnestly tried to revive them Wado Monument Th Seventeenth department tion decided that a special work of the year should be the creating of a fund for the erection of a monument at to the memory of Jennie Wade the brave heaven Inspired girl who was slain while ministering to the comfort of famishing wounded and dying soldiers during the great battle Her sister our Georgia Wade lan has for years been an earnest de- voted member of our department and tho erection of this monument will be an honor to the Woman's Relief Corps of Iowa A committee was appointed to carry forward the work of the lowing ladles Margaret Frances man of Corps No 148 Belmond Mary 12 Dearborn of No Red Oak and Sadies Heasley James of No 32 terville whose efforts have met with success It could hardly be wise with that woman garet as chairman who has pushed the work with untiring energy and the result is that a beautiful has been contracted for which will be unveiled and dedicated in tember next I offer Recommendation No -1 That the same committee be retained until the is finished Memorial With all its cherished memories will be observed by the American people as long as the country lives the day which has been so fitly termed the Solemn Sabbath of the nation when the hum of business ceases tor a time and the citizens of America do homage to her soldier dead Reverently and ly bonding above the low green graves covering them over with beautiful flowers these heroes of ours lying hero so quietly and peacefully sleeping the years of their manhood away As time passes Memorial Day becomes if possible of more significance out the land In many places the zens tender their services to the erans who find the long march to tho cemetery and return almost beyond strength and in many other ways cushions some very handsome all vory comfortable were received A tow corps ruga made of carpet with fringe at the ends In this con- I would specially mention No of Manchester who sent a number of fine large rugs also cushions and sisters one and all If you could sec the real solid comfort your gifts brought to the inmates of tho homo you would feel amply repaid for the work and say yes It is better to give than to receive The small silk flag contributed by our department for use at funerals of the inmates have been appreciated I Recommendation No C That we con- to furnish these Hags for the home Recommendation No 7 That when corps contribute delicacies or donations of any kind to soldiers home that an estimate be made by the corps con- tributing each quarter and reported to department president that upon In- corps may be advised ot the same and a general report made at end of year Iowa Soldiers Orphan Homo This is an Institution which we as an order have a special interest in for here the soldiers orphans may be carod for and educated It was my pleasure to visit this home once during the year On the day following our convention at Davenport Mr Gass the superintendent sent a cordial tion to the department officers to spend the day at the home and dine there It Is needless to say that a delightful department secretaries has also an- swered the summons and passed out into the great unknown She was a devoted efficient member loved who knew her and especially by her own home corps at Clinton The husband ot selor Hattle E Marshall was called i from labor lo reward Our sympathy is to her extended It is with sadness that we record death of Dr H C McCoy medical director of the department of Iowa G A R a good true man of long years standing The Death Angel has been no re- specter of persons in the past The Grand Army of the Republic mourns two past commanders gone and the death rate as quoted by the adjutant general Is per month The ranks are thinning Time Is the foe that is cuting them and shorter year by year grows that once mighty muster roll of those who wer Here Grand Army of the We pay tribute today to the greatest organization the world has ever known Grand Army of Republic Mon tried as by who when tho desperate need of the nation In hour of sore necessity appealed to their manhood these champions of our erties came from every part of the country in answer to the call ful of all else save the Impending danger to land and home with ful courage shouldered arms and lowed the Hag over mountain top and plain with a heroism in its devotion Each encampment brings with it new and the certainty that time is be passing and these reunions wit but a memory sweet and sad Let us then as the only Auxiliary of the Grand Army stand true to ou obligation in these years of th order The Sons of Womans Relief Corps has visit was the result were greatly mo In in nt those of an exultant spirit most Invited your and comfort surrender tho City to Army of visitors I have no of the city to offer you The doors In and enjoy Our people feel honored by presence Our gun Is doing burking but you will not bo com- to fall Into tho trenches for former when tho dC encampment was hold comrades ot tho O A R strongly themselves In the hearts of our people Commander I now the honor ot surrendering to you your comrades the Key City of and extend to you and all ot the a A R a most hearty come Dr address on tho part of tho of tho local was happy and W valor From tho Mansion Washington D C April 17th Hon Jacob Rich My Dear Your favor of the 15th Inst has been received and Its contents carefully reply I regret vory much to state hat It will not be feasible for the president to visit the Iowa State en- on the days you mention 5th and Cth as he will bo in Colorado at that time A further bar o his being present on this occas on a the fact that tho which ms been completed docs not going by way of president wishes to assure you that your Invitation is cordially appreciated and to convoy to yourself and the veterans who will gather at the encampment his best wishes for tin complete success Yours truly GEORGE 13 CORTELYOU to the President From tho President Tho Vice President's Chamber Washington D C Oyster Bay N Y April 23 1901 Rich Esq Dubuque la My dear Mr I am In receipt of your letter of the 10th Inst I wish I could but U simply out of question thu glorious and most happy In his recital Incidents tno minister's voice faltered and his ence was in full sympathy with h m Ho spoke most encouragingly of the future of China and expressed In days to come the Chinese would become u groat nation The minister was accorded hearty plause a ho concluded and the ing adjourned Women's Relief Corps Promptly at 9 o'clock this morning the Women's Relief Corps assembled at auditorium and a business session The attendance was very large and the gathering was n magnificent one bringing together as it did the representative women of Iowa Mrs Christine Snyder of ton tho department commander pre- sided and courteous manner opened the mooting After the usual preliminary opening exercises Mrs Snyder delivered her address to the corps Tho address ot Mrs Snyder la In full and is as B Members of tho eighteenth annual convention ot Woman's Relief Corps department You ask what land I love best Iowa tis Iowa The fairest state In all the west Iowa tis Iowa Another year has Into ity the busy days have come and gone and since last wo mot In the city oC Davenport another link has been added to that ever lengthening chain of time which makes up the wonderful havo written and rewritten but as one of our past department presidents once said letters do no always answer the purpose possible I have made personal excellent re- sults I attended the national convention at Chicago also twelve tions inspected eighteen corps have sued seventy one dispensations for special work also ten general orders made three visits in an capacity to tho soldiers home at Marshalltown one visit to the soldiers orphans home at Davenport throe trips to DCS in the interest of the work have spoken at twenty camp fires and boon Invited to as many more which I found Impossible to attend Also was present and gave address at three re- of mention at Rock Rapids I attended in company with the -secretary whore we wore warmly welcomed and delightfully en- also have made one visit to Dubuque to make arrangements for this convention The full and for the most part with pleasant tasks now and thon little vexations and trials would crop up but by careful advice the differences were adjusted and no appeals made The of my staff have helped the years work especially my secretary whose cheerful courage never failed It would be Indeed Impossible to tell what a real sister Georgia has been to showing a just appreciation and re- spect for the nation's defenders with cheers for the living and tears for the dead Soldiers One yea ago wo took the obligation after the interests of the order In this our own department of Iowa to carefully watch over to do the best m our power This wo promised as a member ot the order and on In tni honor a woman our in the city i where twice before our organization has assembled In convention give you greeting and bring to you n record of the year's work Gladly do we come you to this our annual and ternal reunion of friend gathered here fron tbl A line large corps has been at Adel L Parker of No 27 our department treasurer as ing officer Another large corps reorganized at Rockford by Clara C Miller of No 115 Another reorganized at Glenwood by Mary 204 Red Oak with a good prospect of three others that ready for institution soon I officer Lou A who has been faithful to the trust will give you a report of this branch of the work Relief By action of the department council this year it was decided that calls for relief should worthy of ance be paid from tho relief fund and but few calls upon the corps followed as nearly as possible and I consider It a good one for- although the splendid women of the Iowa Women's Relief a rule respond promptly and gladly to every appeal for help yet days BO by and soldiers brave are marching with feebly step down the valley arid the shadow nearer and the behooves us to be alert and many taking work to This Institution has enlarged Its portions the past year Two new buildings having been erected also an extension to the old people's building making it indeed quite a little city in itself with over 700 100 of which are women Col C C Horton the commandant Is certainly the right man for this Important position a ial gentleman u true soldier whoso kindly rule wins for him tho love and esteem of tho inmates who gladly respect his every wish It has been my privilege to make three visits at the home during my term of Each time have been cordially ed and have greatly enjoyed tho time spent there Have gone through the buildings The hospital a model of cleanliness and good order under tho charge of a capable surgeon Dr with a corps of trained nurses The superintendent Miss Kathleen Biddle is vory efficient and eminently fitted for the place Yet I was pained to sec the large number of patients tho wards being full and every cot occupied and learned that a funeral at tho homo was no mon occurrence The Woman's Building This beautiful home for the aged mothers widows and army nurses is the especial pride of the Womans Re- lief Corps ot Iowa Tho inmates as a rule are happy and contented rounded with comforts where the even ing of their lives may be spent fully and pleasantly The matron Mrs Mary Miller is a most estimable woman kind tender yet with firm wise judgment conscientiously looks after the welfare and comfort of those under her charge On the occasion of last visit In company with the commandant and president of Marshalltown corps Alice Reed I went through the old people's building filled with comrades and their wives who seem to be impressed with tho wonderful way in which the children are reared Mr and Mrs Gass are highly cultured ple The children love them and are apparently perfectly happy There wore In tho home over -100 children over one-half of which were soldiers orphans They the home at years of age with education perfect up time A resolution was presented at the district conventions throughout state and carried unanimously by Mary Jones No SO LeMars which I gladly that the W R C of Iowa assist the deserving orphans when they leave the home to obtain a higher education which will bettor fit them for life's duties Many corps sent books and toys to the children at the Christmas time No 72 Mason City was especially This branch of our work which has been somewhat of a vexed question in the years past lias we under the able and efficient ment of our department inspector Belle T Roedell has been with satisfactory results as is possible to obtain Tho assistant Inspectors as a rule in accordance with tho decision of tho seventeenth department con- vention attended a district convention A few did not and as this should be considered imperative I Recommendation No S That district conventions bo continued and assistant inspectors be required to attend a convention In case they do not another member who has attended be detailed to her work This alone will make the work uniform District Conventions I most thoroughly approve of this deep and abiding interests in thla -or Those of us at mothers feel an especial pride In success They are our sons the of their fathers who defended us In: the past American courage and bravery is well known and the world over Other nations in awe of its power as was well de- in the late war when tho youth of the country crowded to thu in response to the call for Yes we are proud of our boys The Sens of Veterans of this state ing a wonderful work in the erection fo the Memorial University at Mason City under the able leadership ot Colonel Barter Your president re- a cordial invitation to be ent at the laying of stone but found it impossible to do money has been con- to make the fact yet there is atill work needed to secure its continued and final success And as this University is to be an educational institution founded on broad and erected as a memorial to the diers of the war and the loyal of honor to our where patriotism history and true manhood and true hood will be taught I offer Recommendation No 10 That Womans Relief Corps of Iowa extend branch of our of tho istic gives uniformity throughout the department and nal feeling among the members It was my pleasure to attend all the dis- conventions this year which for tho most part were enthusiastic and largely attended A number ed favorably with our department con- vention was made that the nt the following places president and secretary ot ing corps will be secretary And dent o coming conventions which havo been located at the following First president Anna Wykoff Second dent Mattio Newcomb Third president Jossie McKay Fourth president Josephine Lyon Fifth Falls president Sixth president Alice Husted Seventh president Emma S Bonnott Eighth president Rebecca Story Ninth Oak president Esther R Rose Tenth dent Mary E Sargent Eleventh located Twelfth president Welch x to the Sons of Veterans their ment of and co-operation in the of a Memorial at Mason City Iowa Acknowledgements It Is with pleasure I acknowledge thf many courtesies I have received from the comrades of the Grand wherever I have gone throughout slate during the year Department Commander haa been a kind true friend his support over speaking a goodi word for the Woman's Relief Corps ot Iowa and I am deeply grateful foe the many expressions of his apprecla- tion To the commander and ant our department W R C are In- for arrangements made fo at he coming national convention at Cleveland My warmest thanks are due also to the aides You have been friends In- deed Your cheery letters have than onco changed the loada phere of headquarters to a brighter hue To my secretary words fail me to express my appreciation of her fidelity but the deep friendship ed during tho close intimacy of the year will I trust hold through ail to come Also to our department treasurer a little woman with a heart with whom I have been in our official I in- for kindness shown I can only say that to no and I return my sincere thanks and wish for my successor the same earnest I havo received Tho year a busy one yet full of en- Never will I forgot the cere greetings and hearty welcomes re- all down tho lino the true and with malice ward none and a fervent wish fectly at homo and without a care Wo looked over the section built the last season with a commodious dining room and kitchens in the basement lilted with every modern convenience The old people told us that the one thing they had wanted an organ so they could havo music at their ings of one kind another which they often hold and had bought one and were paying for it by installments They wished me to ask the Relief Corps of Iowa to help them a little which I promised to do and made tion of the matter in next general order but only four corps responded ters will you not remember this at the next corps meeting and send U to Quarterly reports show that from tho corps In this department eighty-eight SS of our sister members have passed away during the year and their cant places are a reminder to us to be more devoted to the principles of the order Not all the names have been reported to the department secretary to appear on page of the Journal which we regret One year ago at our convention at Davenport Mottle L Romans with of presence was ever an Inspiration Sho was one of Iowa's most gifted daughters one of the brightest and and a de- officer In a few short weeks after we were shocked and pained by the terrible news of death by burning Today we mourn her loss but her memory lingers and will still remain with us through prosperity and happiness of the man's Relief Corps Secretary's An Interesting feature of the was tho report of tho Georgia Wado which a prosperous condition of repot Is as hi compliance with tho and or our order I to members of tho vention my report of tho year and the condition of the order n tho department at tho time During the year eight have disbanded and and supplies to headquarters Corp No 1 26 and 302 for the 1900 corps after some Several letters wore but no answers received and ing the Kearney No No 323 Rockwell o May 15 1901 a net gain ot been have ett 8
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