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accident, at a nominal cost and thereby Now, as to the reserve fund of 25 cents create happy homes without fear for our per quarter. Had this been done when old age, and when we do this we are only this Brotherhood was founded you would keeping abreast with the times. It is not have a fund at this time that would pay essential that we stay in the same place all of our running expenses and a large where we started, but keep on moving. part of pensions and indigent claims from
To illustrate the inexpensiveness, I will the interest alone, and it would not be call your attention to what has been done necessary to pay grand dues at this time. with part of our grand dues, of which Now in conclusion, why was it left to Brother Nixon speaks. I have before me the Grand Officers to conclude? This the report of the Grand Chief for Novem- was an economical streak and as long as ber and in that month was paid indigent there was nothing compulsory about it and pension claims to the amount of no harm could come of it to the organiza$3,570. Any delegate that has ever been tion generally and was generally assented to a convention knows that these pay- to, and the indemnity insurance is in ments went for a worthy cause, yet it is effect, and working 0.K. and saving our done every month and all with part of members more annually than it would the grand dues. I personally donate cost them to have a pension in addition more than that paltry sum of $2.50 to it. So, trusting that I have made my annually to charity parties perhaps I do position clear on these points, I will close not know of, and I believe every one of for the present, with best wishes to all. you does the same.
Fraternally yours, It is not generally known that we have
J. F. FREENOR, Div. 372. a list of pensioners. Last convention we bad 145 members on the pension and in
Subdivision No. 111 Prospering. digent list, which has increased since receiving a monthly allowance. Are you
BLIE ISLAND, ILL., Dec. II, 1906. not willing to contribute to these unfor- EDITOR JOURNAL: As I have not seen tunates? Your answer is, yes. The pro- anything in the JOURNAL from Div. 111, posed pension plan will do more than I wish to say that the members from Div. that and should be in operation before 111 are waking up after a slumber of the this only for the tardy members in years gone by and much interest is now answering and furnishing the necessary taken by old and young alike, and we are information.
making Div. 111 a Division to be proud As for the indemnity insurance-well, of. Our membership is increasing rapidly. that speaks for itself. There is no mem- There are many coming in now, simply ber of this order who carried on more because nobody asked them to come bediscussion over it with the Grand Officers fore. Our young members are taking a than I did before I finally took out a deep interest and in the past year we have policy myself, as well as a great many initiated eighteen new members with of our members; in fact, they come into prospects for a better showing the coming it as fast as their old policies run out be. year. My experience is that few will cause they can save money, and I am come unless we exterd to them a warm satisfied that it will be much cheaper hand and a cordial invitation to come than at present when we get fairly estab- and make them feel that we want them. lished. It need not interfere with local A great deal depends upon the officers health associations whatever. You can to make the meetings good and interestcontinue your local health establishment ing and, above all, keep down petty jealjust as long as you wish, but I do not be- ousies and unnecessary discussions. Start lieve there is 5 per cent of our Subdivisions promptly at stated time for meeting and who have such establishments and I do do the visiting after the meeting. Get not think that the other 95 per cent should the members interested and keep them suffer inconvenience on their account. interested, and it will be a pleasure when
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FROM G. I. A, DIVISIONS. Div.
$ 5 00
2 00 247 30...
5 00 249. 57
10 00 253 бо,
5 00 256, 84
I 00 274 108.
5 00 275 110.
5 00 293 121.....
5 00 299 153
.... 25 90
317........................ 200 .................... 10 00
1 00 335..... 218..
2 00 328.. 229
5 00 343 231.
5 00 2 00 3 00 5 00 37 25 5 00 5 00 5 00 2 00 700 5 00 10 00 5 00
meeting night comes and we will find our attendance growing and our organization will go forward with bounds and leaps instead of being a slow drag.
Another important point, don't forget the financial part of the Division. Keep the financial part up-to-date, as that is the most important part in all organizations. Without funds we can do nothing and everybody will soon lose interest. I, as an individual, would rather be a member of a Division with 50 members in good standing than to be a member of a Division with 500 members in poor standing.
At a Division meeting December 10, 1906, our retiring F. A. E. and Insurance Secretary, Bro. F. E. Hayes, was presented with a solid gold chain and charm as a token of the high esteem the Brothers had for him and the manner in which he held his office. Our General Chairman, Brother Kilduff, and members of our General Committee paid us a visit in a body and were entertained to the best of our abilities.
At the close of the meeting the doors to the dining-room were opened and supper served to the satisfaction of all. After supper an hour was spent in visiting and all went went away with a feeling that it was good to be there.
$267 02 SUMMARY O. R. C. Divisions.
$ 96 50 B. of R. T. Lodges........
730 75 B. of L. E. Divisions.....
156 00 B. of L. F. Lodges. L. of A. C. Divisions.......
158 64 G. I. A. Divisions......
267 02 L. A. to B. of R. T. Lodges..
10 55 L. S. to B. of L. F. Lodges....
13 00 James Costello, of Div 270, O. R. C............. I 00 W. J. Baker, of Div. I, O. R. C........... Mrs. W. J. Baker, of Div. 4, L. A. T......... Mrs. Effie Stewart, of Div. 4, L. A. T........... I 00 Mr. and Mrs. Forest, of Div. 135, B. R. T..... Mr. Frank Boomer, of Div. 251, B. of L. E.. Mr. Clem Thompson, of Div. 48, B. of L. F.. Elizabeth Branz, of Div. 49, L. A. T.......
50 Sewing Circle of Div. 84, G. I. A.................... Grand Lodge, B. of L. F...................
33 05 Rebate on freight .......
41 97 Kekionga Aid Society to L. A. C Alfred S. Lunt, Div. 456, B. of R. T... A member of Div. 117, 0. R. C......
30 00 Mrs. F. Brumage, of Div. 215, L. A. C............ A party given by Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Shepard,
Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Willoughby, members of Div. 45, L. A. C
$1996 86 MISCELLANEOUS. Three quilts from Div. 43, L. S. to F. Wheel chair from Div. 186, B, of L. E. Two quilts from Div, 193, 1. A. C.
One barrel of canned fruit and 3 quilts from Div. 294, G. I. A.
One barrel of canned goods, Div. 13, G. I. A.
We will suppose and sincerely hope that every reader of the JOURNAL has fol. lowed Longfellow's advice; usual conditions prevailing none are better able to "make good cheer” than engineers' fami. lies, thanks to the B. of L. E.
With 1906 a closed page in the G. I. A. ledger we stand pen in hand to open up a new account, to ask new favors and grant concessions in our turn. It rests with each one individually what shall be credited to her in 1907.
What a glorious record would be ours if each Sister would be guided by the suggestions contained in our late passwords. They were chosen after careful thought and with a prayer that they would lead some to the light. May each one look for goodness only in our associ. ates, thereby bringing ourselves into harmonious relation with the best there is in our friends, placing ourselves in the sunshine as it were. How soon our souls will respond to the warmth and glow, as will a delicate plant that is carefully nourished.
Place high ideals for ourselves and shape every act of our lives toward attainment of the same. To reach the "heights” we must deny self and enlist in the ranks of Truth. Having disci. plined self we are ready for the easiest of life's work, and our earnest prayer is that each Sister will win success for which we are striving.
"The union of women for accomplishing high and difficult things is the ladder that raises the climber while it makes the heights accessible.”
In our several stations each has her es. pecial ambition, be helpful to one another.
In our Divisions the new presidents feel their responsibility. They are anxi. ous that the attendance should be good, that each officer shall be on hand at each meeting to contribute her share to the success of the Division.
The Secretary views with concern the list of delinquents for 1906, and sincerely hopes every last one of them will think of her dues and pay up before it is necessary for her to present the list for suspension.
A Wish at the Beginning of the Year.
BY BRIDA WALKER.
New Year's Greeting.
To Grand Officers and Sisters of Subdivisions we wish a happy, contented and Useful new year.
To be happy, one must be contented; to be contented, one must be useful to someone. We are advised"Al Christmas to play and make good cheer. For Christmas comes but once a year."
The chairmen of the different commit
dain, but there is certainly much to bo tees feel anxious that each member will commended in a strong wish to make the do her part toward the success of the so- future better than the past, and it cannot cial plans for the term. Change of offi- be true that all such resolutions are brocers should mean change of thought, ken. We are largely creature of our own change of plans, and renewed life to Sub
will. Many a bad habit clings to us bedivisions; and it will if each member
cause we actually believe that we cannot performs her part. All good cannot come break it off. When New Year's day gives from one alone. Remember
the incentive to resolve and the resolution "All your strength is in your union,
is kept for even a week it is so much A11
your dauger is in discord." When our President asks us to perform
gained, and the one who resolves sees
for the first time, perhaps, that he can be a part we should feel it a duty to comply;
his own physician, and this gives him do not hesitate because of inability, do
strength to persevere. Is not this worth your best.
the while? "Use what talents you possess, The woods would be silent if no birds sang but
There is no one so immaculate as to those which sing the best."
have no fault to reform. It may be only Further, let us suggest total absence of a defect in disposition, such as temper, criticism until the new officers become selfishness, jealousy, or indolence, and it accustomed to their stations. They will will pay to try to reform it. We are all then accept suggestions gracefully. Let capable of self-examination, let us disus be a unit in the hope that this our cover our faults, confess them to ourselves twentieth year shall be our best.
and try to overcome them. The results Yours in F. L. and P.
will surely repay the efforts. To our MRS. W. A. MURDOCK. large and growing family, the G. I. A., I
would say, "Let us ma'sa a resolution this A Happy New Year.
New Year's day that we will do our best There are few thinking people who do
to follow the golden rule so often quoted not spend the period preceding the New
by our lamented Brother Arthur, and 'do Year in recalling the twelvemonth just
unto others as we would they should do past. The successes and failures are
unto us."! We can then be happy in the known and compared, and they should be
consciousness of at least trying to do right. of a character to encourage hope rather
Our order is growing rapidly. We call than useless repining. The past is a rec
ourselves "Sisters." It lies with each ord of events which may serve as a guide
one of us to make this word mean all that to the future, since we can learn from the
it stands for. Let us say farewell to 1906, experience of others as well as our own,
bury with it all that has been unpleasant, and custom has fixed upon the beginning
hold on to that which was good and enof a new year as a time fit for taking
deavor to make it better, and may this hopeful glances forward.
indeed be a “Happy New Year” to every As we look over the past year we find
member of our beloved order, and also to that our aims were not quite reached and
those whose interests are the same as ours our hopes only partly realized. If so,
in connection with our brother order, the us not grow discouraged but rather let it
B. of L. E., and who have not as yet inspire us to renewed efforts and stimu
taken their place by our side. We sinlate us to still higher aims, and more gen
cerely wish for all B. of L. E. families a erous hopes. If we do our best and fall
“Happy New Year.” short of our ambitions we surely bave
We will say “farewell” to the year that is past, gained something if we have not gained
And trust that the next shall quite equal the last. all.
With our hearts full of faith, we will look up to
heaven "Not failure but low aim is crime."
And hail the glad dawn of Nineteen Aught Seven New Year's resolutions are generally (1907). greeted with a jest or unconcealed dis
MARY E. CASSELL.
it as but the impossible project of an en
thusiast, like the search in the olden The iron horse that now traverses the time for the “philosopher's stone,” that length and breadth of the North Amer- would change everything it touched into ican continent was in 1823 among the gold. things of the future.
Notwithstanding the previous use of Five years afterwards while on a sum- the wires for years, over thousands of mer afternoon excursion with a party of miles on land, when the first ocean cable young friends from Boston to Quincy, an was laid and in successful operation for old acquaintance of ours came to a place nearly a week before it parted, there were near the quarries where a double row of hosts of people who would not believe a plank, set edgewise in the ground and single message had ever been transmitted bound with bar iron, crossed the road, through its means, even though the books presenting to his eyes and to those of his of the company showed that it was used companions a view of the first enterprise in hundreds of instances for business purin the form of a railway ever seen on the American shores of the Atlantic, having The mode of taking likenesses through been constructed for transporting the the photographer's art is another of the granite from the quarries for the Bunker wonders of these later years. The more Hill Monument.
costly depictions seem to have reached So few opportunities had the residents a degree of perfection in their exquisite of southeastern New Hampshire ever pre- beauty that can go no further. viously had of seeing a steamboat of any These things had their origin in the indescription, when in the summer of 1828 vention or discovery of Daguerre, who had the “Connecticut," on her way from no other idea in its use than that of takPortland to Boston, came into the port of ing views, the first likeness, as claimed by Portsmouth for a supply of wood, people two different parties, being taken in New flocked to see her, while now the coming York. and going of the large ocean steamships No other art has progressed more than are scarcely noticed.
printing, both in the elegance of book The steamers on the line between New printing and in the rapidity with which York and Providence at that time bore no newspapers are now thrown out from the comparison with the ferryboats of the
press. present day on the East and North rivers, It is a curious fact that it was but a and the floating palaces of the Fall River year or two previous to 1823 that cook Line had not been dreamed of.
stoves first began to give warmth to the It was ten years later that the first frigidly cold kitchens of New England, as steamships were seen in the port of New well as saving much of the labor of cookYork, when two, the “Great Western" ing. and the “Sirius," arrived from Liverpool People looked upon them for the first within a few hours of each other, and time with as much curiosity as they although it was then predicted that such would now upon the rarest invention, and a mode of navigation would in a very few when parlor stoves took the place of the years supersede the use of sailing vessels old-fashioned fire upon the hearth, it was few realized the extent to which it would regarded as one of the greatest achievebe done, or that such immense and ele- ments of the age, saving, as they were gant structures would take the place of found to do, half the fuel, as well as the old packet ships.
giving a much greater degree of heat from Most marvelous of all the strides in the what was consumed. world's progress is the electric telegraph. Heating a house by steam or hot air So much so, it can hardly excite surprise from a furnace, were among the things that when heard of, before being carried then unimagined. into practical operation, many regarded The first stove set up in New England