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The San Francisco Daily Morning Call, September 7, 1864


The Ladies' Fair of the Christian Commission will close positively tomorrow evening; to-night and to morrow night there will be a sale or two at auction, but the ladies wish it distinctly understood that there will be no general auction of articles left on hand at the close of the Fair. They consider that when half a dollar may be the means of saving a soldier's life, they have no right to fritter away donations at a sacrifice. They have already reduced prices to cost, and in some instances even below cost, and if the articles cannot be sold at these rates, they will be retained and contributed to swell the resources of the Christian Commission in other portions of the State. They have a stove, a set of furs, several fine cakes, and a few other articles of value, which they are anxious to dispose of before the Fair closes; those who desire to purchase will please make a note of it. About the middle of the Hall, on the east side, Mrs. Alvord has, in a glass case, several bouquets, done in wax by Mrs. Selim Woodworth, wife of the commander of the U.S. ship Narragansett, which are to be given to the lady who polls the largest vote for them; it costs something to vote in that ward, and the money thus collected is to be forwarded directly to the wounded soldiers. The largest of these bouquets is an exquisite work of art and will bear the closest inspection. The silver vases containing the smaller bouquets, were donated by Mrs. Alvord. Near at hand, the last named lady has a rare set of books which she has contributed, and which are also to be voted for, and will be presented to the pastor who shall be in the majority. Pay your poll-tax and deposit your ballot. It has occurred to us just at this moment, that if any of the barefooted Disciples, travelling according to their custom "without purse or scrip," should return to Earth, and happen into the Fair, they couldn't vote, could they? Consequently, it is risky, charging for votes, isn't it? Manifestly.

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