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[p. 100] The other speakers presented highly interesting papers, and replies to queries made were followed by remarks on all occasions. The small number present at some of the preceding season's meetings led the committee to omit announcement of a Saturday evening course. Four meetings were held, however, as speakers were procured. On December 4 Professor Evans of Tufts College spoke upon the ‘Influence of Emigration upon the Foreign Countries.’ On January 1 our ever-welcome member, Mr. John Albree of Swampscott, gave his ‘Story Gleaned from a Young Officer's Diary,’ showing much research as well as skill in its making, and was listened to with interest. ‘Old Stage-Coach Days’ was read by Miss Eliza M. Gill (also a member) on February 5, and appears in this issue. An especially pleasant hour was spent in reminiscence and answer to queries after its reading. On March 5 Mr. John E. Gilman (just elected commander of the G. A. R. at its National Encampment) delivered a thrilling address on the relation of the local Posts to Historical Societies. A delegation of Post 66 was present and their Glee Club sang several favorite selections. In accordance with the amended by-laws, the annual meeting was held in January instead of March. During the year, members have been requested to bring friends, and as a result, some of these have become members and subscribers for the Register, which with this issue completes its thirteenth volume. The commendatory letters and favorable mention it has received are encouraging, and the management bespeak interested contributors and a larger subscription list for the next volume. The accessions to the library and collection are steadily increasing, the former largely because of the Register's exchange list. The rooms have been open nearly every Saturday evening for the use of members and friends.
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