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make us more loyal to our God, more loyal to our flag, more loyal to each other, and Thy name shall have the glory through time and all eternity. Amen.

Governor Sheldon :-
Taps by Mr. 0. C. Bell.

TAPS were here sounded.

PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING.

Lincoln, Nebraska, January 8, 1901. In accordance with the call and the constitution of the Society, the Nebraska State Historical Society was called to order at 8:15 P.M. of this date by the Hon. R. W. Furnas, First Vice-President of the Society. After some expressions of sympathy for President Morton, his life-long friend, on the death of his son, Mr. Carl Morton, he declared the Society ready to transact business.

Mr. C. S. Lobingier then offered the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted by a rising vote:

“WHEREAS, The President of this Society has suffered grievous and irreparable loss in the death of his youngest son, be it

"Resolved, That the Nebraska State Historical Society hereby tenders to its President and his bereaved family its profound and sincere sympathy in their hour of sorrow and affliction.

"Resolved, That this Society recognizes in the late Carl Morton a man of sterling character, and a worthy son of an honored father and one whose death is a serious loss to this commonwealth of which he was a native and with which he had been honorably identified during practically his entire life.

Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the records of this Society and that a copy thereof be forwarded to the bereaved family.”

In the absence of President Morton, his annual address was read by Mrs. A. J. Sawyer. The following resolutions were then introduced by Dr. F. Renner of Nebraska City, and adopted without a dissenting vote: “Moved that the thanks of the Historical Society be tendered to Mr. Morton for his able address on the 'Beginnings of a State,' and also to Mrs. Sawyer for her delightful, effective, and impressive reading of the same.

Mr. R. A. Hawley made a few remarks in the form of objecting to the position taken in the paper of President Morton on the subjects of monetary science, and the principles of heredity.

On account of the condition of Mr. Annin's voice, his paper on the Life and Services of Senator A. S. Paddock" was read by Mr. C. S. Lobingier. Mr. G. M. Hitchcock was absent, so his paper on "Senator P. W. Hitchcock” had to be omitted. The subject of the “Beginnings of the Grange” was treated by Mr. R. A. Hawley in an informal manner, and on his request he was granted more time to gather the needed information and to formulate his paper. Remarks on the “Grange and Farmers' Alliance” were made by Mr. J. H. Dundas. He was inclined to take the view that the Grange accomplished very little good, but tended to cause jealousy and suspicion between classes, and especially to narrow the farmers' horizon. Mr. A. S. Godfrey, of Lincoln, objected to the position taken, holding that much good accrued to the people in the way of social development and mutual aid.

Mr. J. M. Thompson then read a scholarly historical paper on the Farmers' Alliance, treating the matter in a scientific manner.

As there were no other historical papers a business session was held. The Treasurer submitted his report, which was referred to an auditing committee, consisting of Mr. A. E. Sheldon and Mr. C. S. Lobingier.

As the hour was late the Society adjourned to 8:00 o'clock of the evening of January 9, 1901.

R. W. FURNAS, Vice-President. H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.

Lincoln, Nebraska, January 9, 1901. The meeting of the Society was called to order by Hon. R. W. Furnas at 8:10 P.M.

The first paper, entitled "Reminiscences," was read by H. W. Hardy. Some criticism was made concerning some of Mr. Hardy's statements by various members of the Society. Mr. Charles H. Gould and Mr. A. S. Godfrey, as well as the President, held that the account of the meeting at the penitentiary was not accurate in its details. On suggestion Mr. Gould was requested by the Society to prepare a full account of the meeting at the penitentiary to be read at the next annual meeting. Mr. Oldham was necessarily detained, so his paper on Congressman W. L. Greene had to be deferred to some future time. Mr. C. E. Persinger then presented a series of maps to show the early roads and routes in Nebraska. His analysis and presentation were especially appreciated by the audience. The last paper of the evening was a very carefully prepared account of "Freighting in Early Nebraska Days” by Hon. H. T. Clarke.

The Society then proceeded to the work of its annual business. Mr. David Anderson presented the following resolutions, which were adopted unanimously:

"WHEREAS, Shortly after the last annual meeting of this Society one of the interested and active participants at that meeting, Dr. L. J. Abbott, was suddenly stricken with discase and taken from us; therefore.

"Resolved, That this Association sincerely mourns his death, deeply regrets the loss of our fellow member, profoundly expresses our high regard for him, and expresses our condolence to his family; and, be it further

"Resolved, That this Society and the state of Nebraska have lost an efficient worker, a valued citizen, and a promoter of the interests of mankind.”

Mr. J. A. Barrett brought up the subject of enlarged quarters for the Society, and after some remarks moved the appointment of a committee of three to consider the matter. The resolution as modified took the following form and was adopted: Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed, by the chairman, to consider and devise plans for housing the Historical Society.” The chairman appointed as such committee, Mr. H. W. Hardy, Mr. H. T. Clarke, and Mr. C. H. Gere.

Mr. A. E. Sheldon moved the following: “First, that a committee of three be appointed to consider the constitutions of the State Historical Societies of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Kansas, and other states and recommend to the Nebraska State Historical Society any needed changes in its constitution.” As such committee the chairman appointed A. E. Sheldon, C. S. Lobingier, and H. W. Caldwell.

The report of the Secretary was accepted without reading. The librarian read a brief report on the work of the year. The Secretary then read the action taken by the executive committee in a meeting of January 25, 1900.

Under the order of election of members the following names were voted on and elected :

E. L. Sayer, Omaha.

Mrs. E. O. Miller, Lincoln. Miss Margaret O'Brien, A. J. Leach, Neligh. Omaha.

E. P. McCormick, Oakdale. Charles L. Dundey, Omaha. 0. R. Bowman, Waverly. Judge W. R. Kelly, Omaha. C. W. Pierce, Waverly. Mrs. Nellie Hawks, Friend. E. G. Clements, Lincoln. W. E. Annin, Denver, Colo- Mrs. A. B. Charde, Omaha. rado.

Lewis S. Reed, Omaha. G. A. Munroe, Columbus. C. H. Cornell, Valentine. A. J. Mercer, Lincoln. Mrs. C. S. Lobingier, Omaha. A. L. Bixby, Lincoln.

Charles H. Gould, Lincoln.

On the motion of Mr. Ball, Mr. H. T. Clarke was authorized to cast the unanimous vote of the Society in favor of the reelection of the present officers. The vote was cast and resulted in the reelection of

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