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         Editor of Christian Science Journal:—You will oblige
         me by giving place in your Journal to the following notice.
         The idea and purpose of a Liberty Bell is pleasing, and
         can be made profitable to the heart of our country. I feel
25    assured that many Christian Scientists will respond to this
         letter by contributions.


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         1505 Penna. Ave., Washington, D. C.


         It has been determined to create a Columbian Liberty
5      Bell, to be placed by the lovers of liberty and peace in
         the most appropriate place in the coming World’s Expo-
         sition at Chicago. After the close of the Exhibition this
         bell will pass from place to place throughout the world
         as a missionary of freedom, coming first to the capital
10    of the nation under the care of our society.

         Then it will go to Bunker Hill or Liberty Island, to
         the battle-field of New Orleans (1812), to San Francisco,
         to the place where any great patriotic celebration is being
         held, until 1900, when it will be sent to the next World’s
15    Exhibition, which takes place at Paris, France. There it
         will continue until that Exhibition closes.

         When not in use in other places, it will return to Wash-
         ington under the care of the Daughters of the American
         Revolution. Washington will be its home, and from there
20    it will journey from place to place, fulfilling its mission
         throughout the world.

         The following is the proposed use of the bell: It shall
         ring at sunrise and sunset; at nine o’clock in the morn-
         ing on the anniversaries of the days on which great events
25    have occurred marking the world’s progress toward liberty;
         at twelve o’clock on the birthdays of the “creators of
         liberty;” and at four o’clock it will toll on the anniver-
         saries of their death. (It will always ring at nine o’clock
         on October 11th, in recognition of the organization on
30    that day of the Daughters of the American Revolution.)
… The responsibility of its production, and the direc-
         tion of its use, have been placed in the hands of a

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1      committee of women representing each State and Ter-
         ritory, one representative from each Republic in the
         world, and a representative from the patriotic societies,
         —Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution,
5      the Lyceum League of America, the Society of Ger-
         man Patriots, the Human Freedom League, and kindred

         The National Board of Management has placed upon
         me the responsibility of representing the National Society
10    of the Daughters of the American Revolution upon the
         General Committee, and this circular is sent to every
         member of the society, asking for her personal coopera-
         tion in making the undertaking successful. In creating
         the bell it is particularly desired that the largest number
15    of persons possible shall have a part in it. For this reason
         small contributions from many persons are to be asked
         for, rather than large contributions from a few. They
         are to be of two kinds:—

         First: Material that can be made a part of the bell;
20    articles of historic interest will be particularly appre-
         ciated—gold, silver, bronze, copper, and nickel can be

         Second: Of money with which to pay for the bell.
         Each member of the society is asked to contribute one
25    cent to be fused into the bell, and twenty-five cents to
         pay for it. She is also asked to collect two dollars from
         others, in pennies, if possible, and send with the amount
         the name of each contributor. In order that the bell
         shall be cast April 30th, the anniversary of the inaugu-
30    ration of George Washington as the first President of
         the United States, we ask every one receiving this cir-
         cular to act at once.

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1      In forwarding material to be melted into the bell, please
         send fullest historical description. This will be entered
         carefully in a book which will accompany the bell wherever
         it goes.

5      … As the motto has not yet been decided upon, any
         ideas on that subject will be gratefully received; we will
         also welcome suggestions of events to be celebrated and
         names to be commemorated.

         Very cordially yours,
         MARY DESHA,
         ex-Vice-President General, D. A. R.

         Contributions should be sent to the Liberty National
         Bank, corner Liberty and West Streets, New York, and
         a duplicate letter written, as a notification of the same,
15    to Miss Mary Desha, 1505 Penna. Ave., Washington,
         D. C., or to Miss Minnie F. Mickley, Mickleys, Pa.

         We would add, as being of interest, that Mrs. Eddy is
         a member of the above organization, having been made
         such by the special request of the late Mrs. Harrison,
20    wife of the ex-President, who was at that time the Presi-
         dent thereof.—ED.

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