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have white blocks, Brothers. Bro. W. H. McCreary has returned to duty again after an attack of appendicitis.

It is with sorrow that I announce the death of Fireman H. F. McCormick with that dread disease, smallpox. He was elected to become a member of Lodge 235, but had not been before our medical examiner yet. The members of Lodge 235 extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved parents and friends.

LODGE 613-(James M. Corbin, Seymour, Ind.) It affords me pleasure to inform you that our little organization of last summer is still growing, and is now upon pretty fair footing. We had our first annual ball Christmas Eve., which was well attended and proved quite a success. Our membership consists altogether of material from the Monon and Southern Indiana Railroads, and we still feel that we are the proper article.

LODGE 21-(A Brother, St. Louis, Mo.) We are still in the ring, and will continue to be so long as the good Lord has just a little mercy on us. To prove this, will say that a great deal of business was transacted at the last meeting, and applications are coming in right along. The goat is always in good trim, and is ready for all candidates.

Bro. W. H. Davis was married December 25th. Bros. John McClain, of Lodge 44, and J. F. Bushman, of Lodge 18, visited us a few days ago. A bad accident happened Friday, January 9, 1903, at 1:20 p. m., at the mouth of the tunnel in St. Louis, in which the fireman, Bro. Oscar Meldrum, of Lodge 44, was badly injured and scalded by steam, resulting in his death at 6 p. m. at the hospital. The engineer, Bro. W. Young, was also badly burned, but not seriously. Bro. Meldrum leaves a widowed mother. May we all follow his example, and live in such a way that we may be prepared to respond to the call of the Great Master, who doeth all things well. We most deeply feel that in the death of our Brother we have lost a good member.

One of the pleasantest "at homes" was given by the Sisters of 151 L. S. at the residence of Sister Ed. Boyd, assisted by Sisters Frank Enny and Joe Gillis, and Bros. John Kile and S. Lagrange. By 8 o'clock the members were all together, when games and piano selections were in order. Piano selections were rendered by several of the Brothers and Sisters, and at 10.30 the large dining room was thrown open. The house was tastily dec

orated with ferns and evergreens, with red, white and green lamps. Bro. Louis Voelker acted as toastmaster, and there was good speaking and singing, after which dancing was indulged in until a late hour, when old and young joined in the good, old-fashioned song, "Home, Sweet Home."

DEATH OF BRO. S. G. HIGGINS (A Brother, Lodge 455, Asheville, N. C.) It is with deep sorrow that the Brothers of Lodge 455 are called upon to drape their charter, and to mourn the death of their Brother, S. G. Higgins. He received injuries by jumping from a runaway freight train the night of December 19th, but lived until the 22d. In the death of Bro. Higgins, Lodge 455 loses a beloved Brother, who is mourned by all the members and his many friends. Bro. Higgins leaves a mother, father, brothers and sisters to mourn his loss. To these sorrowing ones Lodge 455 extends its deepest sympathy in the loss of one who was loved and respected by all who knew him.

COURTESIES SHOWN-(I. G. Ward, Lodge 344, Trinidad, Col.) I desire to acknowledge my appreciation of favors shown me by Bartholdi Lodge 309, also by the officials of the Long Island Railroad. My mission was indeed a sad one, accompanying the remains of Bro. M. Deveraux of Mineola, Long Island, N. Y., who was killed in a head-on collision here Christmas Eve. We also lost three other Brothers at the same time. I was met at Jersey City by Bro. Hopkins, Secretary of 309, who had made arrangements to go on to Mineola. This was a great favor, as it was my first experience, and it takes experience to make perfect. I found Bro. Deveraux's parents to be very fine people, and I can never forget the courtesies shown me by them. I felt as though it was and had always been my home. Personally, and as a representative of Las Animas Lodge 344, I sincerely hope that the families of the Brothers who were killed will never pass another Christmas as they did the last. While our loss is great, it can not be compared with the loss to the families of our departed Brothers.

Again I wish to thank those who showed me favors; they are not only appreciated by myself but by Lodge 344. Special credit is due Bros. Smith, Hopkins and Jewell for showing me the wonderful sights of New York City, and many thanks are due the Brothers' wives who sat the fatted calf before me to supply the wants of nature.

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Charles Z. Dwyer.-At one time a member of Lodge 13, B. of L. F. Was fireman on the Central Railroad of New Jersey for eight or nine years. On September 19, 1899, he mysteriously disappeared. This was after a payday and he was known to have drawn a good sum. All trace of his whereabouts up to this time are unknown. If living he may be going under an assumed name and Western railroad men are asked particularly to try and locate him. His age is 30 years; height about 5 feet 10 or 11 inches; square shoulders; square chin; dark complexion; weight about 105 or 160 pounds; black hair, partly mixed with gray; black moustache, fair size (may have let a beard grow or be clean shaven); eyes a bluish gray; smooth, quick talker; has a scar on the first finger of the right hand; carried a 4-ounce silver case, open face watch, 21-jewel Hampden movement; wore No. 7 hat or cap; No. 8 laced shoes; had nice teeth; chews and smokes tobacco; dresses good; was single, but may now be married. Anyone knowing his present whereabouts will confer a great favor and a kind act by communicating same to William J. F. Dwyer, 407 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth, N. J.

Acknowledgments.

The following persons desire to acknowledge receipt of payment of claims, and to express their gratitude to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen as an organization, and to the individual members for kindnesses and courtesies extended:

August C. Tank, East Buffalo, N. Y.
Henry Frye, Lima, Ohio.
Wm. C. Seaman, Crum, Ky.
N. S. Farrar, Buffalo, N. Y.

Balls and Entertainments. Courteous invitations have been ceived at this office to attend the follow

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ing balls and entertainments. The Grand Lodge force returns thanks and wish all an enjoyable and successful time.

Lodge 470-Fourth annual ball, at Pieron's Hall, Murphysboro, Ill., New Year's Eve., December 31, 1902.

Lodge 582-Second annual ball,, at I. O. O. F. Hall, Richmond, Ind., New Year's Eve., December 31, 1902.

LODGE 218.-Fifteenth annual ball, at

Waycott Opera House, Colorado City, Col., Thursday evening, February 19, 1903.

The Home Account.

The following donations were received at the Home for Aged and Disabled Railway Employes for the month of December, 1902:

L. S. to B. of L. F. Lodges-2, $5; 21, $5; 74, $5; 111, $5; total

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$20.00 58.92

59.35

12.00

44.18

41.50 5.00

O. R. C. Divisions.
B. of R. T. Lodges.

B. of L. E. Divisions.

L. A. to O. R. C. Divisions.

G. I. A. to B. of L. E. Divisions.
L. A. to B. of R. T. Lodges...
Mrs. Nettie Pritchard, funeral ex-
penses of F. C. Pritchard..
Interest on moneys on deposit... 173.27
Proceeds of ball given by joint

60.00

lodges of the B. of L. F., of Cook county, Ill., January, 1902 451.74 Grand total

.$930.96 Miscellaneous.-G. I. A. to B. of L. E. 60, 116 and 238, each a box of canned fruits; L. A. to B. of R. T. 110 and 126, each a box of canned fruits; L. A. to 0. R. C. 68 and 122, each a box of canned fruits; L. A. to O. R. C. 39 and 144, each a barrel of canned fruits; L. A. to O. R. C. 80, two pairs of red blankets; L. S. to B. of L. F. 36, box of bedding; P. H. Morrissey, two boxes A-1 cigars for the boys Christmas.

Notes.

Took Phillip Wilcox to Chicago for X-ray treatment, and three applications completely cured a bad case of epithelioma of the nose. Proceeds of oyster supper given by members of O. R. C. 83 and L. A. to O. R. C. 15, $21.85, credited equally between them. Respectfully submitted,

MRS. T. B. WATSON,
Sec. and Treas. R. R. M. H.

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

Published by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen on the first day of each month, at Indianapolis, Ind.
All correspondence relating to the MAGAZINE should be addressed to the Editor and Manager.
SUBSCRIPTION-81.50 per year. Entered at the Postoffice at Indianapolis, Ind., as Second-Class Matter.

Lodge No.

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TO SUBORDINATE LODGES:

OFFICE OF GRAND SECRETARY AND TREASURER, Į
PEORIA, ILL., January 1, 1903.

The following is a statement of receipts in the Beneficiary Department for the month of December, 1902:

RECEIPTS.

4 128 00 66 67 6 184 25 68

69 70 71 72

73

74
75

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52

53

55

56

58

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60

63
64

61

62

76

77

78

79

80

81

33

34

35

36

37

38

163

39 40

164

41 49 75 103 172 25 165

42

104

166

43 79 00 105

167

44

106

168

45

169

46 47 48

49

Amount.

83

145

84 166 50 146

147

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139

140

141

142

143

144

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100

101

102

125

187

126

188

127 148 50 189

128

129

130

131

132

133

134

135

197

136 48 00 198

137

199

138

203

204

205

206

207

208

209

210

211

150 214 00 212|

89

151

213
214

90

152

91 203 50 153 137 25 215

216

154
155

148

149

94 268 25 156

95

157

96

158

97 187 00 159

98

160

99

161

162

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190 191

192

193

194

195

196

200

201

202

217

218

Beneficiary Statement

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180

242

181

243

182 233 00 244

183

245

184

246

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186 61 00 248

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413

414

229

415

230

292

416

107

231

293

108 128 75 170

232

294

418

233

419

109
110

355 152 50 417
356
171
295 214 50 357
172 79 75 234
296
235 312 50 297
174
236
298
113 207 00 175 344 00 237
299

358

420

111 144 00 173

359

421

112

360

1422

361

423

114

300 156 25 362

424

176 165 50 238
177

115

239

301

363

54 179 50 116

178

240

302

117

303

118

304

57 530 25 119

305

120

306

121

307

122

308

123

124

249

250

251
252

253

254

255

256

257

258

320

259 80 50 321

260 135 50 322

Lodge No.

Amount.

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318

319

309
310

435

311 90 50 373
312

374

436

313 68 25 375 82 50 437

376

314 315

377

316

378

317

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340

402

341

403

219

342
404
281 196 50 343 27 50 405
282
344 156 00 406

220

221

283

345

407

222

284

346

223 178 00 285

347

224

286 291 75 348
287

225

349

226

288

350

227 60 25 289

228

290

291

351

352

379

380

381

382

383

353

354

384

385

364

365

386

387

Received during month of December ...........

Disbursed during month of December, account Beneficiary Claims

Respectfully submitted,

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Lodge No.

Amount.

Lodge No.

Amount.

458

459

460

399

461

400 185 50 462

401

463

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438
439 32 25 501)
440
1502

441 128 75 503

4421

504

443

444

445

446

447

448

449

450

451

452

453

454

408 158 50 470

409

471

410

472

411 227 75 473

412

1497

498

1499

1500

455

456 72 00 518)

457

519

477

478

479

480

481

425

426

427

366

428

367

429

368

430 138 00 492

369

493

431 432

370

494

371 115 50 433

495

372

434

496

505

1506

507

508

509

510

511

512

513

514

543

482 134 75 514|

1483

515

484

516

485

547

486

548

487

549

488

550

489

551

490

491

570

571 61 25

572

573

574

575

576

515

1577 40 00

516
578
517 71 00 579 47 25
580

520

521

522

52 3
524

464

586
525 79 25 587
526 32 00 588
465
527
466 219 00 528
467
529
468 33 25 530 187 00 532
469
1531
532

589
590

591 34 00

533
534

1533

595 56 25

534

536

535

597

474
536
598
475 116 25 537 108 50 599
538 116 00 600
539
601
540 145 50 602 110 5J

476

541

603
604

542

605

552

553

554

Lodge No.

Amount.

8 81,500
1

553 67 50

560

561

500 S

562

563

564

565

566

567

568

569

581

582

583 48 5)

584

585

606

607

608

609

610

611

612 71 50

613

555

556 54 75,618 15 00

557

558

614

615 75 50

616

617

.810,200.00 812,500.00

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Protective Fund Assessment Notice No. 1.

PEORIA, ILL., February 1, 1903.

To the Treasurers of Subordinate Lodges:

DEAR SIRS AND BROTHERS-You are hereby notified of an assessment of fifty (50) cents for the Protective Fund for the quarter ending March 31, 1903, due notice of which was mailed to all lodges on January 2d.

You are required to forward the above amount for Protective Fund for each member whose name appears on the rolls of membership January 31, 1903. Said remittances to reach the Grand Lodge not later than February 20, 1903.

In making returns for this assessment you will use the same set of statements upon
which you make the returns for beneficiary assessment No. 115, levied for the month of
February.
Yours fraternally,

F. W. ARNOLD, G. S. and T.

J. J. HANNAHAN, G. M.

Claim

No.

Beneficiary Assessment Notice No. 115.

To the Treasurers of Subordinate Lodges:

PEORIA, ILL., February 1, 1903.

Dear Sirs and Brothers-You are hereby notified of the following deaths and disabilities:

NAMES.

2296 Herman B. Shafer..
2297 Wm. P. Mischo....
2298 John E. Gallaway..
2299 Fred M. Jones....
2300 Edward Gorman..
2301 Chas. C. Davis...
2302 John W. Miller.
2303 Michael L. Ward.
2304 R. H. Skidmore...
2305 Henry Diehl...
2306 Luke V. Hon....
2307 John Miller, Jr...

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Assessments for death and disability claims are hereby levied as follows: For each member whose name appears on the rolls of membership January 31, 1903, (also for all members having taken a withdrawal or transfer card after January 1st, and for all members who died or were totally disabled since that date), carrying a Beneficiary Certificate of THREE THOUSAND (83.000.00) DOLLARS you are required to forward the sum of FOUR DOLLARS AND TWENTY-FIVE CENTS (84.25); for those carrying a Certificate of Two THOUSAND (82,000.00) DOLLARS you are required to forward the sum Two DOLLARS AND SEVENTY FIVE CENTS (82 75); for those carrying a Certificate of FIFTEEN HUNDRED (81,500.00) DOLLARS, you are required to forward the sum of Two (82.00) DOLLARS. For those carrying a Certificate of ONE THOUSAND (81,000.00) DOLLARS you are required to forward the sum of ONE DOLLAR AND FIFTY (81.50) CENTS, and for each member carrying a Certificate of FIVE HUNDRED (8500.00) DOLLARS you are required to forward the sum of SEVENTY-FIVE (80.75) CENTS. Said remittances to reach the Grand Lodge not later than February 20, 1903, as provided in Section 61 of the Constitution. Yours fraternally,

J.

81.500 Nov. 29, 1902
1.500 64 29, "4
1.500
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44

66

1 500 Dec. 1. 64

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9. 66

1,500

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G. S. and T.

SPECIAL NOTICE-All remittances must be made by BANK DRAFT, MONEY ORDER, OR EXPRESS ORDER Members initiated on and after February 1st, are not liable for this assessment. Treasurers are required to forward 82.00 Grand Dues for each new member initiated since last returns were made.

It will be noted in the right hand column that the above claims are all paid and the date of payment given.

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from the number of letters we are receiving that the

officers and members have not carefully read the instructions which have appeared in the November and December, 1902, MAGAZINE, relative to the laws which would go into effect January 1, 1903, and especially to the payment of semi-annual grand dues and quarterly dues.

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All members whose names appear upon the rolls on and after January 1, 1903, will be required to pay semiannual dues for the six months ending June 30, 1902. This will apply to all members. While it may be true that members who were admitted prior to January 1, 1903 (and in this we especially refer to the "old" members), hold receipts showing that their dues were paid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1903, yet the fact still remains that the new law, which is now in effect, and which they enacted through their duly accredited representative at the Sixth Biennial Convention, requires that all members pay an additional 50 cents as grand dues for the six months ending June 30, 1903. Therefore, to be a member in good standing it will be necessary for all members to pay to the Collector of their respective lodges the sum of 50 cents as grand dues for the six months ending June 30, 1903. There should be no misunderstanding on the part of the officers and members in regard to this requirement. The Sixth Biennial Convention increased the grand dues to $1 per year, payable semiannually. This went into effect January 1, 1903, and is today a law binding upon all members.

To properly conduct the affairs of the Grand Lodge office in a business-like way,

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it was found that the per capita tax of 50 cents per annum was not sufficient. The matter was fully discussed by the delegates at the convention. It was admitted

by all that the time had come for the office of the Grand Lodge to be arranged so that there will be proper provision made for the recording and filing of all papers and for the prompt dispatch of all business between the Grand Lodge and the subordinate lodges. On account of the vast amount of business which passes through the hands of the Grand Secretary and Treasurer, brought about by the large increase in membership and in the number of lodges, the time had come for the establishment of a well equipped office. While the organization was small the affairs of this office might have been handled at the home of the Grand Secretary and Treasurer, but with the many important questions which were daily arising on account of the increased liability of the Society, the old order of things could no longer prevail. We are satisfied that the manner in which the business of the Society is now conducted will convince all that the delegates showed wisdom when this change was made.

There also seems to be a misunderstanding in regard to the payment of quarterly assessments. In the payment of advanced quarterly assessments there is no additional expense to the membership. Instead of the members paying these assessments monthly, as has been done heretofore, prior to January 1, 1903, they will pay them quarterly in advance. In addition to the regular quarterly local dues, the members will pay, who carry a $200 policy, and those who carry a double policy in proportion, 60 cents on account of advance assessments. For example, if the local dues were 50 cents per

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