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Dubuque Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 5, 1901, Dubuque, Iowa TOnECAST. ami vicinity: wltli Mhowi-rii mill tu-nUjlit 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 TOITQ! 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- campment and I could not make an exception now without giving ofl'ense to those to whom I have previously said no. 1 havo boon very anxious not to speak this year more than I can pofhibly 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. Bxit I have stead- 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 uwcar by. It seems to me your peo- 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 amount- ed to an ovation and during his recital ot the siege of Pekln was .frequently applauded. Mr. Conger said ho could not tell how thoroughly ho appreciated thl-.i "encp- 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 fvS 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 :n 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 blomlng 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 or'.11V wITf interfere with the well our department. The year that is; past ,has recorded day by day: its'joys anil sorrows, lights and shadows, pleasures..and trials, each lite has felt Its changes ri'nd while the past with all its memories, is beyond ivcall 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 is'fas 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 auxil- 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 la- bor and legislate. Today in recognition of these duties, charitable and memor- ial let us as representatives from every 'portion of'this fair state concentrate our thoughts for the .upbuilding of the order, thoughts which have given your president -many sleepless hours: We realize that extension has nearly reach- ed its. limit in this department, the state Is, pretty well organized and as many Grand Army posts have become 'weaker'anil some it is a very dlfllcult matter to-Institute new ncvon so E3A 1Y CAiWP FIRES TO BE GIVEN TO-NSGHT confident r.vi. i and hopeful, and nowhere more than in the weal of Iowa was this great prosi erlty evident. You comrades wo Iriv, been p-xtollcd for your deeds dur- ng tho dark days of '61-05. have since ildno -is "real a service. You have share u> make Iowa w wlmt "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 seelnB the beauti- ul decorations on his at i morning and after ate TOMORROW'S WEATHER. Tho Itunrto of old r.ol- dlera depressed thin laoi-niiil-: wlicn Weiithor ncrvor iSowlo umtuimcotl that the local loi-vonst for mid tloit showers nntltlumdoi- ntorms. At'lioon IiU pi-cdtotlon was innilo Kooil. liirco drops of i-nln falling in considerable r.bmidciiec. Tho precipitation WUH not itufUc- lent to anru- tlio ylonimro of the old soldicra and at 1 o'cloclc tho nky olenrod mid tho suu bright mid clear. The tomvorftturo will be cooler to-morrow. and loyalty of Iowa veterans brought out hearty applause. Oavis Kcsitonso Commander Davis reMpoiided for the Iowa d-jpiii-tment. Hi; tluinlcod Ihe mayor and local members of tin- G. A. for tills grand are not strangers In a strange he Bald. Hi- spuko of the two previous encampm-nts In Dulnuiue and of the welcome thon given the vt-terans. "SVe Th? veterans put in n buoy day to- d.'iy. hour belnt: occupied In some v..lv .n- other. The regular business s. held at the Orand oporn house this murnlm: occupied the wholo foro- At this meeting Cupt. Mctgcr. Davenport, was unanimously elected commander for the onBUlng year. Tho Wowen's Relief Corps also held .their ri-i-.iilar business session durlntf tho tori-noon, as did also the Sons of Vnt- Tans and tho ladles ot the G. A. R. Kadi state and done good, work .along this line. My specitl work during the year has been to stimulate the small weak corps and have visited as many as possible. Everywhere I was re- ceived with utmost courtesy and kind- ness and was amply repaid by feeling assured that my visit was not In vain. The members had revived their flag- ring Interest and had taken on new Koal and a determination to hold fast. Homo of our noblest women are In admiration at the devoteriess and faith fulness to the great principles of our order of these sisters who in the face of many obstacles hold the corps to- gtther, 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 buwilng and were mak- ing the declining years of the veterans both pleasant and peaceful. Tho Year's Work, Having been in' touch with depart- ment work for several years we realiz- 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 smiling-skies. .A few "squalls" have arisen but soon passed away leaving the air purer and the sun's rays bright- er after the little tempest had gone by. Today we have anchored here in Dubunue for a time to look over our, stores and to place a new set olllcers in command for the next year's cruise. also have', the pleasure ot cele- brating our eighteenth birthday. We are Indeed quite well grown from the little handful of .loyal lovable women who organlze'd and represented the de- partment 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 the-necessity 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 department- relief committee ot which the capable, woman Jennie Whe- don is chairman, she has been most earnest and devoted in her work and will give to you an itemized aucount of relief extended and In view of the probably that our- needs will Increase the coming year. I offer: Recommendation No. 1. That per capita tax remain the same, 10 cents per member in good standing and ny 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 rrf administration the home official requested'the 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, cot- 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 triiltiri brought In fiovorn! vlsltm-s. the Central cnrryliu! a majority of them. Galena and olli-.-r Illinois towns contributed lo thu i-rnwil. and the s tree-in Were w..-ru hold In many pluceji, nn-.l handshaking and other kii.jv.-n f.> the old soldier were Indulged In during tho day. Til- Opera house never con- a liner than that or IH--.J nltrht wln-n Commander Davis ci-.d lih'. ML-.rr. Minister Conger, tho W. K. C.. Unites of tho G. A. R. and Sons of Veterans were given an of.lclol wel- come u> Uubuaue. On tho stage were Equator Allison. Gen. A. L. Chotlaln ari'l many other notables. J. K. Urotidy presided and nf'.'.-r a prayer by Chaplain Coal, Mayor I'ITU delivered the following address: Mayor Surrenders tlio "'.Vrnnmnder and Comrades: In-np- before you this evening for tin-- of surrendering tho city, 1 Oeslre to say that wo have been expect- Itiir to capitulate. You havo not taken surprise. Our forces, compris- ing tho people and committees, havo i-rtparins for this Important cv-lit for several days, and now having i'''iir.'l-.-t'.-d all arrangomenta arc- thls iH'ijHldcnt, address was prettily worded and eloquently delivered. Sho won and de'ii-rvi-d the apreelnllvo applause ot her Mrs. Hunting took oc- casion to-explain tho objects of her society and at tho same lime paid a handsome tribute to the W. U. C. In concluding she said: "Wo know we would bo welcome, and this splendid greeting makes us most happy." Col Morrow mn.de the speech for the Sons of Veterans and he roused the enthusiasm of tho audience. He Is an eloquent and forceful upoaker. Letters of negro f. Hon. Jacob Rich read letters of re- gret received from many who had boon fought their way into Pekln while the British merely marched through a gate and did.not see a Chinaman until they reached tho legation. His recital of the bravery ot Titus, tho Vlnton boy who scaled tho wall and can-led tho ting lo tho lop. was- 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 J.OOO Cr petitioned General Cltaftoc to roi Pekln and continue his control. Twice had he shed tears on tho ;.-lgru of the old flag. First, when seeing; tho ?lag 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 Pekln nut this time tho tears wore talncd to Its'rpesont admirable propor- tion and now tsands well to tho fore among the more prosperous depart- ments of the national order. There is n number of weak and discouraged corps throughout the department. I have earnestly tried to revive them, Jdnnio Wado Monument. Th Seventeenth department conven- tion decided that a special work of the year should be the creating of a fund for the erection of a monument at Get- tysburg 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 McClel- 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 fol- lowing ladles, Margaret Frances Hln- man of Corps No. 148. Belmond, Mary 12. Dearborn of No. 2C-1. Red Oak, and Sadies Heasley James of No. 32, Cen- terville, whose efforts have met with success. It could hardly be other- wise with that efllciont woman, Mar- garet Hinrnan as chairman who has pushed the work with untiring energy and the result is that a beautiful mon- ument has been contracted for which will be unveiled and dedicated in Sep- tember next. I offer as: Recommendation No. -1. That the same committee be retained until the work- 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 tender- 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 through- out the land. In many places the citi- zens tender their services to the vet- erans who find the long march to tho cemetery and return almost beyond thoir strength, and in many other ways cushions, some very handsome, all vory comfortable were received. A tow corps scvu ruga, made of carpet with fringe at the ends. In this con- nection I would specially mention No. Z'j 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 oer: Recommendation No. C. That we con- tinue 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- quiry 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 invita- 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 by-all who knew her and especially by her own home corps at Clinton. The husband ot couri-. 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, our-frlen'd 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 In'chief 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 a'os- wer "Here." Grand Army of the We pay tribute today to the greatest organization the world has ever known Grand Army of -the Republic. Mon tried as by who, when tho desperate need of the nation In 1U hour of sore necessity appealed to their manhood; these champions of our lib- erties came from every part of the country in answer to the call, forget- ful of all else save the Impending danger to land and home, with cheer- ful courage shouldered arms and fol- lowed the Hag over mountain top, val- lt-y and plain, with a heroism marvel- ous in its devotion. Each rcvurnlnj encampment brings with it new csts, 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 iabt 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 ploaiiuro and comfort, ti> surrender tho City to Army of visitors. I have no of the city to offer you. The doors nr- wiii.. 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; l-iirtinent encampment was hold hnro comrades ot tho O. A. R. strongly themselves In the hearts of our people. Commander, I now liiiv'.- the honor ot surrendering to you utiJ your comrades the Key City of lov.-u, and extend to you and all mom- b'.'i-u ot the a. A. R. a most hearty wel- come." Dr. Ere-ndy'a address on tho part of tho mombors of tho local' was nwst happy and W valor From tho Kxccutlvo 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- campment on the days you mention, Junei 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 itenerary which ms been completed docs not conlom- platc going by way of Dubutiuc. The- president wishes me- 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, Sec'y. to the President. From tho Vioo President. Tho Vice President's Chamber, Washington, D. C. Oyster Bay, N. Y., April 23, 1901. Jncob 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 audi- ence was in full sympathy with h m Ho spoke most encouragingly of the future of China and expressed tho.bc-- llet ilu-t In days to come the Chinese would become u groat nation. The minister was accorded hearty ap- plause a" ho concluded and the moot- ing adjourned. Women's Relief Corps. Promptly at 9 o'clock this morning the Women's Relief Corps assembled at tho'Stout auditorium and went-into 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 Ores- ton tho department commander pre- sided, and In-her 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 follows: B Members of tho' eighteenth annual convention ot Woman's Relief Corps, department Iowa: You ask what land I love best "Iowa" 'tis "Iowa" The fairest state In all the west "Iowa" 'tis "Iowa." Another year has Into etern- 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, -whenever possible I have made personal visits.wlth excellent re- sults. I attended the national convention at Chicago, also twelve -district conven- tions, inspected eighteen corps, have is- sued seventy one dispensations for special work, also ten general orders, made three visits in an oftlclal capacity to tho soldiers home at Marshalltown, one visit to the soldiers' orphans home at Davenport, throe trips to DCS Molnes 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 soeeial mention at Rock Rapids -which I attended in. company with the -secretary whore we wore warmly, welcomed and delightfully en- tertained, also have made one visit to Dubuque to make arrangements for this convention.' The -days havo'-been 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 oflicers of my staff have helped much'to llghteen 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 .______ n'rtrlnv In tni honor a. woman our 'in the city I] i where twice before our organization has assembled In convention -we give you greeting and bring to you n record of the' year's work. Gladly do we wel- come you to this our annual and fra- ternal reunion of friend, gathered here fron tbl" A line large corps has been organ- ized at Adel, Mlra L. Parker of No. 27 our department treasurer, as institut- ing officer. Another large corps reorganized at Rockford by Clara C. Miller of No. 115, Nora-Springs.-; Another reorganized at Glenwood by Mary E..Dearborn'of 204 Red Oak, with a good 'prospect of three others that wlllbo'. ready for institution soon. The'department'I. I. officer Lou A. Neiycomb 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 If.found worthy of assist- ance be. paid from tho relief fund and but few calls, nid.de upon the corps. This'plan.has-been followed as nearly as possible and I consider It a good one for- although, the" splendid women of the Iowa Women's Relief Corps'.as a rule, respond promptly and gladly to every appeal for help, yet as.tho days BO by and :our soldiers brave are marching ..with feebly step down into- the valley arid the shadow, nearer and the border'land-.It behooves us to be alert and-.watchful and many corps'iti taking up-the work to This Institution has enlarged Its pro- 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 gen- ial courteus 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 ofllce. Each time have been cordially receiv- ed and have greatly enjoyed tho time spent there. Have gone through the diqerent buildings. The hospital, a model of cleanliness and good order under tho charge of a capable surgeon, Dr. Dufliold, 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 uncom- 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, sur- rounded with comforts, where the even ing of their lives may be spent peace- 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 -my last visit In company with the commandant and president of Marshalltown corps, .Alice Reed I went through .the old people's building which-Is filled with comrades and their wives who seem to be per- impressed with tho wonderful way in which the children are reared. Mr. and Mrs. Gass are highly cultured peo- 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 ojave the home at 1G years of age with education perfect up tthat time. A resolution was presented at the district conventions throughout state and carried unanimously, by Mary Jones, No. SO LeMars, which I gladly approved: 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 gener- ous. This branch of our work which has been somewhat of a vexed question in the years past, lias, we -believe, under the able and efficient manage- ment of our department inspector Belle T. Roedell, has been atlonded 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 offer: 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 -lo her work. This alone will make the work uniform. District Conventions. I most thoroughly approve of this deep and abiding interests in thla -or. ganlzation. 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 respected- the world over. Other nations stanr in awe of its power, as was well de- monstrated in the late war, when tho youth of the country crowded to thu fiont in response to the call for troopu. Yes, we are proud of our boys. The" Sens of Veterans of this state are.dor ing a wonderful work in the erection fo the Memorial University at Mason City, under the able leadership ot Colonel Barter. Your president re- ceived a cordial invitation to be pres-v ent at the laying of he.corner stone, but found it impossible to do although.enough money has been con-, tributed to make the university'an es- tablished fact, yet there is atill much: work needed to secure its continued and final success. And as this Mem-, orlal University is to be an educational' institution founded on broad and erected as a memorial to the. diers of the war and the loyal womea' of honor to our where patriotism, history, cltlzenshlfl and true manhood and true womanJ hood will be taught, I offer lowing: Recommendation No. 10. That' Womans' Relief Corps of Iowa extend branch of our of tho ritual- istic gives uniformity throughout the department and frater- nal feeling among the members. It was my pleasure to attend all the dis- trict conventions this year, which for tho most part were enthusiastic and largely attended. A. number compar- ed favorably with our department con- vention. Dcclson was made that the nt the following places Aqwillfl president and secretary ot entertain- ing corps will be secretary And presi- dent o fthe coming conventions, which havo been located at the following places: First president, Anna Wykoff. Second presi- dent, Mattio Newcomb. Third president, Jossie McKay. Fourth president, Josephine Lyon. Fifth Falls; president Froderica Phllpot. Sixth president, Alice Husted. Seventh president, Emma S. Bonnott. Eighth president Rebecca Story. Ninth Oak; president, Esther R. Rose. Tenth presi- dent, Mary E. Sargent. Eleventh located. Twelfth president, AUlvine Welch. x to the Sons of Veterans their endorse- ment of and co-operation in the tablishment 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 Armrr wherever I have gone, throughout slate during the year. Department Commander Davis- haa' been a kind, true friend, la1 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 adjut< ant our department W. R. C. are In- debted for arrangements made fo ac- commodations 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 atmos- phere of headquarters to a brighter hue. To my secretary words fail me to express my appreciation of .her fidelity but the deep friendship form- ed during tho close intimacy of the past- 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 asso- ciated in our official I in- debted for kindness shown. I can only say that to no and all: I return my sincere thanks and wish for my successor the same earnest nsslst- ai-co I havo received. Tho year lir-on a busy one yet full of en- joymont. Never will I forgot the sin- cere greetings and hearty welcomes re- ceived all down tho lino, the true hos- pitality extended: and with 'malice to- ward none' and a fervent wish fectly at homo and without a care. Wo looked over, the -new' 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 was- an organ so they could havo music at their meet- 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 men- tion of the matter in next general order but only four corps' responded. Sis- 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 va- 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 the.Memorial 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- partment officer. In a few short weeks after, we were shocked and pained by the terrible news of her-cruel death by burning. Today we mourn her loss; but her memory lingers and will still remain with us through, th- aomlns prosperity and happiness of the wo- man's Relief Corps. Secretary's Report.- An Interesting feature of the meetlnc was tho report of tho secretary.-Mra. Georgia Wado MeCloUan. which a prosperous condition of analrs. repot Is as follows: __ hi compliance with tho and reg- ulations or our order. I sv.bmit to members of tho elsh'.oonth-annual-con- vention, my report of wc-.-l: rto-.jo tho year and the condition of the order n tho department at tho prosc-nt time. During the year eight have disbanded and roiurcca and supplies to headquarters. Corp" No. 1. 26" and 302 for. the 1900. corps, after some Several letters wore but no answers received, and [U ing the year: Kearney, No. 3'-2. Glonwo.pd, No. 323. Rockwell, o May 15. 1901. a net gain ot been re-lnstaii-u -_____ have ett 8.)
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