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The committee approves this resolution and recommends its adoption.

The recommendation of the committee was adopted.

RESOLUTION No. 6. The following resolution was presented by Jerome A. Pettiti, Department Judge Advocate: —

Whereas, With a highly appreciative spirit we commend our excellent Governor, Calvin Coolidge, for the patriotic and resolute attitude he has taken in extending to veterans, although ignored by his predecessors, that recognition which their sacrifices for the common country so richly deserve, therefore be it

Resolved, That we tender him our respect and gratitude.

The committee recommends the adoption of this resolution.
The recommendation of the committee was adopted.

RESOLUTION No. 7.
The following resolution was presented by Comrade William
Hogan, Department Chief of Staff: —

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Resolved, That the Department of Massachusetts, United Spanish War Veterans, in convention assembled at Lawrence, Mass., April 26, 1919, authorize the incoming Department Council of Administration to appropriate a sufficient sum of money to defray the expenses of the Department Commander to the Twenty-first Annual National Encampment and return.

Past Commander-in-Chief Edward J. Gihon: “In behalf of the Resolutions' Committee I would state, for the information of the Encampment, that it is impossible for any one to say what it will cost to attend the National Encampment, as we do not know at the present time what the rate will be. I am informed that the Department Commander expects to suggest some method of raising enough money by the Department to offset the amount that it will be necessary to take from the Department treasury to defray his expenses to the Encampment.”

The committee recommends the adoption of this resolution.
The recommendation of the committee was adopted.

RESOLUTION No. 8. The following resolution was presented by Past Commander Frank A. Sandland, Camp 29, Taunton:

Resolved, That the Department of Massachusetts, United Spanish War Veterans, in convention assembled at Lawrence, Mass., April 26, 1919, recommend the amalgamation of the veterans of the War with Spain and the veterans of the World War, such organization to be known as “The United States War Veterans.”

Chairman of Committee Gihon: “ Comrades, I have been informed by the Department Commander that at the last National Encampment this matter was referred to the Commander-in-Chief, therefore the committee recommends leave to withdraw on this resolution.”

The recommendation of the committee was adopted.

RESOLUTION No. 9. The following resolution was presented by James L. Hamilton, Camp 15: —

Whereas, There are a number of members of the United Spanish War Veterans employed in the Navy Yard at Boston, and at different times there arise disputes in regard to working conditions and ratings, therefore be it - Resolved, That the Department Commander of Massachusetts, United Spanish War Veterans, appoint a committee of five members who are employed in the Navy Yard at Boston to be known as a "Grievance Committee," which shall be empowered to adjust all disputes arising among the members of the United Spanish War Veterans employed in the Navy Yard at Boston; and be it further

Resolved, That in any case where the committee deems it advisable, if for any reason it is unable to reach a satisfactory agreement to the parties concerned, the matter in question shall be referred to the Department Commander for adjustment.

Chairman of Committee Gihon: “Comrades, the committee has given this considerable attention, and we are of the opinion that this matter had better be left entirely with the Department Commander, as he could get better results. The committee therefore recommends leave to withdraw. The Department Commander could be given power to appoint a committee as he sees fit.”

The recommendation of the committee was adopted.

RESOLUTION No. 10. The following resolution was presented by Commander Frank Cortissoz, Camp 38: —

Resolved, That the Department of Massachusetts, United Spanish War Veterans, in convention assembled at Lawrence, Mass., April 26, 1919, requests the Department of Massachusetts, United Spanish War Veterans, to present to Past Department Commander George S. Hazlett a Past Department Commander's jewel.

The committee recommends leave to withdraw.

After discussion on this resolution by Past Commander-in-Chief Edward J. Gihon, chairman of the committee, Past Commander William H. Winnett, Camp 6, Past Commander James J. Harrington, Camp 4, and Past Commander John W. Mahoney, Camp 16, the recommendation of the committee was put to a vote. The Department Commander declared the vote in favor of the committee. The vote being doubted by Past Commander William H. Winnett, Camp 6, a rising vote was taken, resulting as follows: 123 in favor of adopting the recommendation of the committee, and 19 opposed.

RESOLUTION No. 11. * The following resolution was presented by Commander Clinton P. Glover, Camp 48: —

Whereas, This country has periodically entered or been forced into war ever since its inception, thereby creating veteran corps; and

Whereas, These veteran corps have almost invariably united their Comrades into organizations covering their own particular period of service; and

Whereas, We sincerely believe it is for our own good and welfare to make certain changes in our name, laws and regulations, that we may preserve for a longer time our country's indebtedness to the veterans of the Spanish War; be it

Resolved, That the United Spanish War Veterans of the Department of Massachusetts, in convention assembled at Lawrence, Mass., April 26, 1919, hereby declare their belief that any veteran of any past, present or future war in which this country is engaged should be eligible to one great organization for the common benefit of all; and be it further

Resolved, That the Department of Massachusetts, United Spanish War Veterans, in convention assembled at Lawrence, Mass., April 26, 1919, recommend to the Twenty-first National Annual Encampment that the laws, Rules and Regulations be amended and revised so that any veteran serving in or for the United States of America in any war past, present or future may be eligible to membership; and be it further

Resolved, That Part 1, Article 1, Rules and Regulations, be amended by striking

out the word "Spanish,” in the third line, and inserting the word “States," so as to read as follows: — Part 1, Article 1. This organization shall be known as “The United States War Veterans;" and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the next National Encampment, and the delegates from the Department of Massachusetts be instructed to do all in their power to have said amendment adopted.

Chairman of Committee: “This matter is already being handled by the Commander-in-Chief, and the committee recommends leave to withdraw.”

The recommendation of the committee was adopted.

RESOLUTION No. 12. The following resolution was presented by Commander William T. Maguire, Camp 15: —

Be it resolved by the Department of Massachusetts, U. S. W. V., That no Vicinity or Municipal Council within this Department shall increase its membership by the addition of Camps without the approval of the Department Council of Administration and the Department Commander.

The committee approves and recommends the adoption of this resolution.

The recommendation of the committee was adopted.

On motion of Comrade Everett E. Thompson, Camp 6, seconded by Past Commander William H. Winnett, Camp 6, it was voted that the Encampment adjourn until 6.30 P.M. Adjourned at 5 P.M.

THIRD SESSION, SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 1919. The Encampment was called to order at 6.30 P.M. by Department Commander Timothy W. Kelly.

Report of Legislative Committee.

LAWRENCE, Mass., April 26, 1919. To the Officers and Delegates of the Twentieth Annual Department Encampment, in

Convention assembled, Lawrence, Mass., April 26, 1919. As chairman of the Department Legislative Committee, I submit the following report for the term ending April 26, 1919: —

Your Department Commander, Timothy W. Kelly, in General Orders No. 2, appointed the following Comrades to serve as your Legislative Committee for the term ending April 26, 1919: Past Commander Charles A. Flanagan, Camp 14; Comrade Gardner W. Pearson, Camp 19; Comrade Dan D. Brothers, Camp 15; Past Commander Samuel W. Porter, Camp 52; Past Commander James J. Harrington, Camp 4; Past Commander John P. Shannon, Camp 58; Past Commander Otis W. Clapp, Camp 50; Comrade Seymour Freedman, Camp 23; Past Commander Waldo F. Smith, Camp 23; Past Commander Charles W. Corkery, Camp 18; and Comrade Charles C. Donoghue, Camp 3. Later in the term, in General Orders, the following Comrades, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, were added to the committee to look after our interests in both branches of the Legislature: Senate, Peter F. Sullivan, Camp 28; House, William Francis, Camp 14; Past Commander Arthur N. Newhall, Camp 31; John M. Gibbs, Camp 5; Frederick E. Pierce, Camp 51; George P. Webster, Camp 48. These men — Comrades, legislators of the Commonwealth — were looking after the welfare of the Comrades and their dependents at all times, and much credit is due them for their untiring efforts in our behalf and hearty co-operation with our committee. To our Department Commander, as well as honorary member, Senator John E. Beck of Chelsea, the recognized champion of Spanish War Veterans in the Senate, and other representatives of both branches of the Legislature too numerous to mention as individuals, we owe our thanks and appreciation for the hard work performed in our cause. The committee was greatly assisted by loyal Comrades present at the State House at hearings and lobbying with us, who by so doing gave us the necessary encouragement to act and work for the welfare of our organization and our dependents, as well as our Comrades of the World War and their dependents.

This term being a noted one on account of the European War caused us to be on the alert, watching legislation being filed by the reform element so that any unjust acts or resolves offered by any one antagonistic to our interests would not go unchallenged by the committee. I am happy, however, to say that the legislation offered that was so unjust was defeated, but not until a hard fight had been fought. Of this I will speak later in this report.

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