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Department Quartermaster George P. Field: “In addition, I have $68.19, the balance turned over from the Reunion Committee, whose report has been accepted as progressive, which will be credited to the general fund after this convention.”
On motion of Comrade Thaddeus P. Shaw, Camp 6, seconded by Comrade John E. Powers, Camp 6, it was voted that the report of the Department Quartermaster be accepted.
REPORT OF THE AUDITING COMMITTEE.
Boston, Mass., April 22, 1919. To the Twentieth Annual Department Encampment, Lawrence, Mass., April 25, 26,
27, 1919. The Department Auditing Committee, appointed by authority of the Department Commander in General Orders No. 4, has made two audits of the books of the Department Adjutant and the Department Quartermaster and found them correct.
The Department has —
RECOMMENDATIONS. (a) The Committee recommends that the Department Adjutant keep a book for petty cash account only, instead of the method and cash account now used.
(b) A committee should be appointed to draw up and devise special books for the Department Adjutant in order that the accounts of that office may be kept in simplified form, as the present method is complicated.
On motion of Commander James F. White, Camp 23, seconded by Past Commander Thaddeus P. Shaw, Camp 6, it was moved that the report of the Auditing Committee be accepted and recommendations contained therein adopted.
REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT JUDGE ADVOCATE.
Boston, Mass., April 26, 1919. To TIMOTHY W. KELLY, Department Commander, Department of Massachusetts,
U.S. W.V. SIR: – I have the honor to submit the following report of the opinions rendered by me during the past year.
Opinion No. 1. — Advising the Department Commander that the annual Encampment for the Department of Massachusetts may change date to comply with the request of Camp 7, Lawrence, if Council of Administration approved.
Opinion No. 2. — Advising Gen. A. Ames Camp 19, Lowell, that no Comrade may hold more than two elective offices in the same Camp, so as to prevent concentration of powers in one hand.
Opinion No. 3. — Advising Comrade Alphonso G. Williams of Cambridge that rules provide that the majority of legal members constitutes a quorum for the Municipal Council.
Opinion No. 4. — Advising the Department Adjutant that the resolution of Bunker Hill Camp 38, to authorize the incoming administration to appropriate money for a Past Department Commander's jewel, is legal.
Opinion No. 5. — Advising the Adjutant of Leslie F. Hunting Camp 12 that a Department Commander has authority to grant dispensation for the mustering in of a recruit by a Camp located in the vicinity where the latter lives.
Opinion No. 6. — Advising the Adjutant of Camp 15 that a dropped member shall pay all the arrearages, but not more than one year's dues, and that such a Comrade is entitled to a certificate of honorable discharge when he has made such payment, and that he may join the same or any other Camp.
Opinion No. 7. — Advising the Commander of Roger Wolcott Camp 23, Boston, that an ex-officio member of a committee has no right to vote, nor a right to sign a minority or majority report, but may be permitted, as a courtesy, to speak in a committee meeting.
JEROME A. PETITTI, Department Judge Advocate.
On motion of Comrade James A. Haley, Camp 1, seconded by Department Musician John J. Hillegass, it was voted that the report of the Department Judge Advocate be accepted.
The Department Chief of Staff read the report of the Itinerary Committee.
REPORT OF THE ITINERARY COMMITTEE.
CHELSEA, Mass., April 26, 1919. To TIMOTHY W. KELLY, Department Commander, U.S. W. V.
I have the honor to submit the following report as chairman of the Itinerary Committee of the National Encampment held at Baltimore, Md., Sept. 3, 4 and 5, 1918.
As its chairman I wish to thank the Department Commander, Timothy W. Kelly, for the assistance he rendered me in making the arrangements a success.
About three hundred and fifty Comrades and sisters of the Auxiliaries and rela tives attended the Encampment, and all claimed it was one long to be remembered.
Headquarters of the Department of Massachusetts was established at the Hotel Rennert, and members of the committee were on hand to dispense information.
The official delegation left South Station, Boston, Sunday morning, September 1, in two special cars, arriving in Baltimore in the evening of the same day. Other Comrades and sisters attending the Encampment, unable to leave with the official party, also co-operated with the committee.
FRED R. HESSE,
On motion of Commander William T. Maguire, Camp 15, seconded by Past Commander Joseph Booker, Camp 46, it was voted that the report be accepted and placed on file.
REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT HISTORIAN.
CHELSEA, Mass., Oct. 6, 1919. T. W. KELLY, Commander, Commanding Department of Massachusetts, U. S. W.V.
Sir: — As Department Historian I wish to submit the following report:
I am greatly indebted to the Department Commander, T. W. Kelly, and Department Adjutant, Dan Brothers, for the assistance they rendered me, and at this time wish to express my appreciation and thanks.
As I started my term of office the country was still engaged in the great World War. It was the duty of all loyal United Spanish War Veterans to act and assist in every capacity they might be called upon to aid, and after visiting the Camps in my section, and from reports that I received from the western part of the State, I feel that too much praise cannot be given to the comrades of the United Spanish War Veterans.
All important committees formed in different cities and towns, such as Public Safety, Salvation Army and Red Cross, had in many instances a United Spanish War Veteran for its head.
It may be noted that when the Commonwealth organized the State Guard our Comrades were among the first to volunteer their services, and I claim authority to state that 60 per cent of officers engaged in this duty were veterans of the Spanish American War.
On the work at the draft boards our organization was again well represented.
History's pages will never tell of the great number of our Comrades who answered the call to the Colors and paid the great sacrifice, but as Department Historian I wish to pay tribute to our boys and all veterans of the World War conflict.
FRED R. HESSE, Department Historian.
On motion of Comrade Henry G. Weston, Camp 44, seconded by Comrade Edward L. Jones, Camp 23, it was voted that the report of the Department Historian be accepted and placed on file.
REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMITTEE.
Boston, Mass., April 21, 1919. Department Commander, Room 41, City Hall, Boston, Mass.
Sir: - I have the honor to submit a partial report on cemeteries for the year 1918.
I find that a large number of Camps claim that they did not have report blanks mailed to them last May, and so supposed that the report had been discontinued. I have been unable to get returns from all in the department.
I would suggest that a new form of blank be sent out for next season marked, “Make out in duplicate, one copy to be retained,” and also space for dating and briefing on the back.
My reasons for this recommendation are that very few are dated, and that several of the Camps have mailed in both copies, so have nothing for their own records, and where we have asked for a duplicate, have invariably sent in one different from the original.
Yours very truly,
Wm. B. GOULD, Jr.,
P.S. Total number of graves reported to date, 2,027. No report as yet from the following Camps: 2, 7, 16, 23, 27, 36, 37, 41, 45, 52, 54, 55 and 58.
The above report was read by the Department Chief of Staff. .
On motion of Commander Wallace J. Columbus, Camp 12, seconded by Comrade James A. Haley, Camp 1, it was voted that the report of the committee be accepted and the recommendations contained therein be referred to the Committee on Acts and Resolutions.
REPORT OF THE REUNION AND BANQUET COMMITTEE.
LAWRENCE, Mass., April 26, 1919. Comrade TIMOTHY W. KELLY, Department Commander, Lawrence, Mass.
Dear SIR AND COMRADE: — Pursuant to General Orders No. 4, 1918–19, the following Comrades were appointed as a committee for the Department annual reunion and banquet, Washington's Birthday, February 22: Junior Vice Department Commander Edward T. MacNeill, chairman; Department Inspector Joseph F. Scott, secretary; and Department Quartermaster George P. Field, treasurer. The commanders of the following Camps were also appointed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1), 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 34, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 48, 50, 53, 55, 56 and 58.
The Lancers armory, Bulfinch Street, Boston, was secured as an excellent hall in which to hold this function. At the appointed time the members of the Department assembled at Department Headquarters and marched to the State House to the reception by His Excellency Governor Calvin Coolidge.
Secretary Scott was authorized by the committee to extend invitations to persons of prominence in executive, military and naval circles, which was done.
A departure from previous years was the securing of a cabaret show from Keith's booking office, which was very favorably received.
All meetings of the committee were held at Department Headquarters, and the members worked in perfect harmony and performed cheerfully all duties to which they were assigned. I wish to thank those Comrades who so readily responded and gave of their time and attention to try to make the affair a complete success.
A motion was made by Past Commander Frank C. Harrington, Camp 3, seconded by Past Commander Sanford E. Worthington, Camp 9, Fitchburg, that the report submitted to the Encampment be accepted as read.
Past Commander Peter F. Graham, Camp 7, chairman of Reception Committee, announced to the delegates that the parade would form at the armory at 3.30 P.M.
On motion of Junior Vice Department Commander MacNeill, seconded by Comrade James A. Haley, Camp 1, it was voted that the Convention adjourn until 1.30 P.M. Adjourned at 12.30 P.M.