The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 17, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, March 1, 1912 Page: 3 of 8
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THE OKLAHOMA WORKMAN
WANTS TO KNOW COLORS.
W .R. Welch, G. R.
Dear Sir: Am writing you for a lit-
tle information. The A. O. U. W. lodge
would like very much to know what
our colors are. The Lodge is progres-
sing nicely, new members initiated
most every meeting. We are prepar-
ing for u box supper Saturday night.
The proceeds to help pay for an organ,
w hich wo recently purchased. Hoping
to hear from you at once, in regard to
colors I am yours in C. ft. & P.
DEATH CLAIM PAID.
Friday Ben J. Clardy, master work-
man of the A. O. U. W. received a
draft for $2,000 in payment of a policy
on the life of J. Marian, who died on
January 17. The draft was made pay-
able to Melinda Marian, widow of de-
The death claim was paid just seven-
teen days after the claim was filed
and came from the grand lodge in
Kansas. This company has paid out
$'(0,000 iii claims in ten years time or
since a lodge was formed here.—Feb.
Dear Sir and Brother:
Received your communication stat-
ing our dispensation was continued
di ring February. Also application
card, which I had tilled out before I
got back to my place of business.
W ould be glad if you would mail me
a few application cards at onee, as I
believe the change in M. \V. A. rates
will be an advantage in our securing
new members. Can't see why we
should not have a large class ttiis
month. W ishing the Grand old A. O.
I'. W. success.
Am yours in P. H. & P.
If. B. YOUNG.
HUSTLERS AT HOLDENVILLE.
Holdenville, Okla., Feb. 10, 1!)12.
W. K. Welch,
1 am glad we will hav<T the dispen-
sation for February. I wrote up an ap-
plication as soon as 1 read my letter
and heard several say the same. We
haven't any application cards so please
send us some at once, as we want to
see how many we can write up by
Wednesday night, that is our regular
meeting night. 1 think we will get a
good many more new members. Hope
ii. hear from you at once.
Fraternally yours in C. I.'. .V 1*.
HKTTIF. YOU Nil,
Sapulpa. Okla., Feb. 8, 1912.
Editor Workman: Our lodge is do-
ing very niccly now we take in new
members every meeting night. Took
in twelve the last meeting night in
January and two last Monday night.
We also appointed a lodge correspond-
ent, and by doing this you will see an
article in each Workman telling about
our good work here. We had Bro.
Johnson our worthy G .M. W. with us
last meeting night and had a grand
time. Let us hear from you often.
Recorder, No. fi9.
As Dixie is the trading point of the
members we believe that the cultiva-
tion of the crop can be done without
appreciable loss of time to the mem-
bers and at same time be of value to
all in a social way.
We will report our progress monthly
in the Workman and would like to
hear from other lodges.
We will celebrate the anniversary of
our organiation by giving a big Sup-
per on April 11th and all Workmen
are invited to be present.
S. S. GARRETT, M. D.
KEEP UP THE INSURANCE—IF
WORTH ANYTHING AT ALL IT
IS WORTH KEEPING IN
FORCE ALL OF THE
If insurance is worth carrying at all
ii is worth keeping in force all the time
not part of the time. The time when
not in force is likely to be the very
time when it is needed.
Why pay for the protection and then
take tlie risk of dying while under
suspension? The condition of one of
these part-time members who die un-
der suspension is much like that of a
certain nobleman, who, according to an
Eastern fable, watched at the gates of
Paradise for 1.000 years, so that when
they were opened lie might step .in. He
n taxed 1 iis vigil for just one moment
and in that moment the gates were
opened and then closed forever.
The principal causes so far as the
member is concerned is undobutedly
indifference. The average man does
not seek protection lor his family in
case (if death. When lie joins it is be-
cause he has been importuned to do so
I'ntil lie is fired of resisting. After
initiation the importuning ceases and
lie soon slides back, lie forgets his
neal for his family, and lets go his
Pure carelessness as a cause stands
next to indifference. A member gets
into tiie habit of waiting until the
assessment expires before paying, then
forgets it Two or three accumulate,
and then the amount seems more than
lie can afford, or lie leaves the pay-
ment to his wife, and then fails to
give her anything to pay it with, or so
huh' that she has to choose between
present want if she pays and prosper
live want if she doesn't.
Financial inability to pay is a rare
cause. It is, however, often an excuse
for selfishness. Rather than deny him-
self some little comfort or luxury, he
permits his family to run the risk of
starvation or the rVegrcdntiOn of the
Lapsation is often due to a spirit of
selfishness. Men tire of the old and
tire entranced with the new. They
grow weary of that which they poss-
ess. They see something in the future
that is better than that in the present.
They are ever chasing the pot of gold
at the end of the rainbow: hence are
easily persuaded to give up the so-
ciety to which they belong, and affiliate
with another without thought of the
comparative merits of the two.—E. W.
Sprague, in National Union
DIXIE TRIES SOMETHING NEW.
Dixie, Okla., Feb. 11, 1912.
Dixie Lodge No. 03 was organized
ApriJ !' 1910, by Brothers J. A. Desli-
ier and fseott Turnpaugh with 14 mem-
bers. As there has been considerable
moving the membership lias fluctuated
but though the increase lias been slow
there has been a constant growth.
The 1910 crop year was not a good
one and we lost some members, and
tiie 1911 failure hit us hard again.
Only the perseverance of the faithful
members kept us going We now have
a membership of 4.1 which we think
we can hold until we get a good crop.
Then watch us grow.
We are not the most progressive
people on earth, but we have instituted
something new in Lodge matters. We
have Instructed our Trustees to rent
for the Lodge 20 acres of land. This
we will put in cotton, the members
doing the labor, and the proceeds of
the crop to go into the General Fund
of the lodge, to be used for whatever
purpose the lodge directs.
lions and when wo boys met last night
Feb. 29, we were not satisfied with the
amount of applications secured so we
adjourned for one-half hour and six or
si veil of we boys got out and secured
peven new applications in the time
mentioned above making a total of 15
new applications which will be taken
in at our next regular meeting.
A. H. LYONS, Reed.
Strive to surpass
HOW AN EDITOR WOULD COMMIT
At present writing we have no desire
to leave this vale of tears and hurl
ourselves upon Abraham's bosom, but
i? we should desire to do so, we
wouldn't lean up against a loaded gun
and then pull the trigger as many do.
Neither would we eat a solid meal of
rough-on-rats, drink concentrated lye,
sit down on the lap of a buzz-saw,
smoke cirgarettes, or call a Kentuckian
a liar or poor judge of whisky. We
would simply get out an edition of our
paper in which we would strive to the
best of our ability to print the plain,
square-toed truth as we understand it,
and then calmly await the end. —Ala-
SATISFACTORY TO HIM.
'Jed Blake to the bar," ordered the
judge in a rural Alabama court.
A big hulking negro ambled up to be
arraigned for murder.
'Jed," began the judge, "you are
charged with the gravest crime known
to the law, that of taking the life of
a fellow man. One of tiie forms of
punishment for murder is death. Have
you made any arrangements for your
defense in this case, Jed?"
"N, suh, Jedge. I ain't done nuthin."
"Have you a lawyer, Jed?"
"No, suh, Jedge. I ain' got no law-
y< r. 1 ain't got nuthin,' Jedge."
"Well, Jed," said the Judge, show-
ing a little impatience, "have you talk-
i (I to anybody about this case?"
I talked to de sheriff some dat night
when lie come after me, Jedge, but you
know dat didn't do not good."
"For your information, Jed, I will
state that it is within the province of
this court tfi appoint counsel to any
defendant who has none, I am now
ready to appoint you a lawyer. Do
you want one?"
"No, suh, Jedge I don't want nutli
in'," replied Jed rather dolefully.
"See here," snapped the judge. "I
won't have any more of tliis foolish-
ly ss. You say you don't want any
lawyer. Well, then, what do you in-
tend to do about this case?"
"Well, I tells you, Jedge, I ain't 'ten-
din' to do nuthin'. ICf it's jes' de same
to you, Jedge, as far as I's concerned 1's
willin' to let de whole matter drap
Winston Churchill, the novelist, de-
scribed at a dinner in New York the
difference between romantisism and
realism in fiction:
"To make my meaning clearer," he
ended, "1 will take the case of a young
man and girl—sweethearts. The young
man, a romanticist, said passionately
to the girl:
" 'Darling, it shall he my life's one
purpose to surround you with every
comfort, and to anticipate and grant
The girl, a realist, smiled faintly as
"'Oh, Jack, how good of you; and
nil on nine dollars a week, too.'"
Hennessey, Okla., March 1, 1912.
Ed. Workman: Gabriel blew his horn
and Hennessey Lodge No. 4 got in
just in time. The deputy was here a
few days and secured eight appllca-
WILL MOVE TO NEW QUARTERS.
Oklahoma City, Okla., Mar. 2. 1912.
Dear Sir & Brother:—A cold, uncom-
fortable hall, an unexpired lease and a
desire to be fair with a slovenly land-
lord, and give him a chance to make
good, kept No. 6 almost out of the race
for new members during the last few
With the impetus received by the
acquisition of a number of Lady mem-
bers we made several good starts only
to be chilled and to be put oct of the
race by a chilly atmosphere.
Hut, Thank God; our sufferings are
ended ,the term of our lease has expir-
W'e have now made arrangements
with other leading fraternal orders
for the installation and equipment of a
splendid new lodge hall at No. 204 W.
Main St., in the old Mellon Building
where the Chamber of Commerce
formerly held its meetings.
This hall will be provided with every
modern convenience and comfort. Be-
sides other necessary features there
will be a kitchen and banquet hall.
Our Master Workman J. A. Davidson
is acting as representative of the
Lodges in their negotiations with the
Owners of the building and he has
pledged his word that nothing will be
omitted in making this an up to date,
comfortable and convenient home for
fraternal lodges, during all seasons of
This new home will not be ready for
occupancy until about April 1st. Our
lease in the old hall having expired,
there will be no meetings held dur-
ing tiie month of March.
The next meeting will be held in uor
new quarters on Tuesday April 2nd.
There should be a rousing attend-
ance of Brothers and Sisters at this
meeting, when they can incidentally
view the beauty and convenience of the
new hall and make preparations to
start an enthusiastic campaign for
new members. We'll have room enough
for a thousand. This is the number the
A. O. U. W. should have in this city.
The Ancient Order of United Work-
men of Oklahoma stands upon a solid
foundation, firm as adamant, its prin-
ciples are eternally right, it is bound
to and must prevail.
GEO ROSS, Recorder No. C.
A COURAGEOUS HIGH SCHOOL
Jack Sheets was a 10-year-old high
school boy of Philadelphia. During
his spare hours he had mastered the
mysteries of wireless telegraphy, and
lost summer lie secured a position for
the vacation season as wireless oper-
ator on the steamer Lexington, en-
gaged in i tie Atlantic coast trade.
< >11 his first voyage out, the ship
ran into a. hurricane off the coast of
South Carolina. For eighteen hours,
without food or rest, Connolly, the
captain, stood at the wheel. The
windows of the pilot house were
smashed, and the wind and spray
came in with terrific force. When at
last he was literally dragged from the
wheel he was half frozen, and his
clothing was nearly torn from his
Great waves swept the siiip from
stem to stern; the frightened passen-
geis, with life preservers adjusted,
huddled in the cabin, but made no
demonstration. Down in the boiler
room tli" stokers, with the water ris-
ing about them and scarcely able to
keep their footing, fought desperately
to keep tiie steam at a pressure that
would enable the Lexington to steer
away from the treacherous reefs to-
ward which the storm was driving
On deck, lying prone in a spot where
no man could stand, and wholly un-
mindful of his danger, was young
Sheets, flashing signals of distress
into spate,—and lie was there when
the ship struck the dreaded reef.
The pounding of the vessel finally
parted the wireless rigging from the
transmitter, rendering the instrument
Then Sheets, with steady nerve and
unflinching courage, decided to take
a desperate chance,—and the next in-
stant he was claiming into the rig-
ging, where the remains of his wireless
outfit was still stretched between the
masts. That he kept his footing up
there in the teeth of the gale, with
the ship lurching from side to side
and pounding its life out on the rocks,
was regarded by those who watched
him as little short of miraculous. All
hope of saving the passengers and
crew now centered in the efforts of
this brave boy who was risking his
life far up on the swaying mast.
His courage and determination did
not fail him. With all his strength
he clung to the rigging and finally
succeeded in lashing himself fast with
a rope and in attaching his instru-
ment to the wires aloft. Again and
again he sent out his plea for aid and
at last, through the storm, he was an-
swered by the revenue cutter Tama-
The passengers and crew were tak-
en off, one at a time, and with the
greatest difficulty—and the last to
leave the wreck, next to the captain,
was Jack Sheets, the high school boy
I nele Bob Partin has some peculiar
rats out at his house. A few days ago
the dogs ran a rodent jbout the pre-
mises for some time and finally lost
sight of it. Some one accidentl.v gazed
up into the maple tree and there sat
the rat on the highest twig he could
find.— Bardwell (N. Y.) News.
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