The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 10, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 1, 1908 Page: 3 of 8
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THE OKLAHOMA WORKMAN.
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articles so t.iey will reach the editor by the first day of the mouth. ^
Addie Lodge No. 70- sometime ago but which I have not
Poteau, Okla.. Oct. 18th. 1908. had time to carry out further is that
S. L. Johnson, G. M. W: °f the first two hundred examined by
I will try and write a few lines for me the average age was exactly twen-
the Grand Old A. O. U- W. at Poteau. ty-nine and three fifths years, and V
1 want to say we are still "going some." think that the general average of all
X just mailed Dr. E. G- Sharp seven is but little more than that.
medical examinations for approval and Aother Item from the records of this
we now have before our local office that is worthy of mention is that
examiners sixteen examinations that so far as we have traced the recorder
will soon be ready to be taught the back in every case of death from tu-
lessons of charity. We have, as you berculosis the medical examination of
remember, initiated 22 or 23 this year, the member (even though made more
Done pretty well, havn't we. We are than ten years ago) shows either a
new trying to get a class of 25 for high respiratory rate or in several in -
October. Look out or this little water stances both, thus emphasizing the ne.
tank town will beat somebody sure- cessiiy for local examiners to never
You had better get busy. reccomend an applicants examination
Very truly yours in C. TI- and P. where the pulse or respiratory rate is
J. J. VANCE, Rec. Addie No. 70- abnormally fast without finding the
■■ o >i cause of such abnormality and report-
Guthrie, Okla Oct-. 30. 190S- inK " "" the examination under, "re-
S- L. JOHNSON, Grand Master A- O. "> rks" and never recommending it
U. W„ Okmulgee. Okla. then lf there is a probability that there
Dear Sir and Bro: is a heredity of tuberculosis parent-
I hvve meglected writing you for ag('-
some time but will write you a few In conclusion permit me to say that
lines now- The conditions in Oklaho- while Guthrie came up with a class of
ma at the present time seem to malv twenty-five or more in the spring on
it imperative that we organize and owrl initiative we are only wait-
Push, push. PUSH ing for a little cooler weather and long-
This is certainlv a good year for «'r evenings until we will again take
the A o. I" W thus far but it seem.s on a of activity and continue our
to me that so far this year the energy Krowth. and if all the members of all
of the Grand Old Order in Oklahoma thl> 1(,dSes will only wake up to their
has all been spent in building up and interests and their responsibly ties
strengthening the lodges already or- "BOOST" for the Order and at
ganized, and while of course this is c\ei> turn knock the Knocker the
a necessary part of the work it seems grand old A. i >. t \\. will go up to
just as necessarv (or more so to me) ,he ^rand lodge with at least 5.000
that we invade new territory and or- n,embers and would soon attain the
ganize new lodges in the many towns. membership in this new state that
and cities .n our state where we have sh(> i!i s" entitled 'o by reason
no organization at present- Of course *ler ,nerlt-
the argument is pertinent that the new ' 11111 Vours in f H. and P..^
territory is already overdone on the Ur- ,v c'- SHARP.
Fraternal lodge .,uostion but they are Grand Medical Examiner-
not the A- O. tT. W- and while they
may be safe it is an established fact DOES PROHIBITION HELP-
that the A- O- U. W. is safe, and the it is often said by a certain class
fact that It stands as the oldest, safest that prohibition does not prohibit, and
and best of the fraternal insurance that there is as much whiskey drank
orders ought to enable us to secure an in Oklahoma now as formerly. Lets
organization in every city or town of take a few statistics compiled from
any size in the state and to encourage and a true copy of the Police Records,
every member to talk and work for We will take the figures for the last
the grand old order. In the institu- nine months under the saloon regime,
tion of new lodges it is essential .to arid for the first nine months under)
instruct the deputies to do their best Prohibition, in a few of our cities,
to enlist as members and local medical Arrested for Drunkeness-
examiners the best qualified physicians Before After
they can secure in each community I awton 974 . 3T.0
and by discussing Fraternity with them New Kirk 64 H
and showing them the aims and in- Ponca City 191
tentions of the A. O. IT. W I do not Perry 80 11
think they will find many who will Medford 5 0
object to making the local examination Blackwell - 32
for the regular fee. The $5.00 exami- We could continue on down the list
nation fee is a business proposition until we had named every city in the
and should apply to all examinations state and you would find the same
where the company is run for the fi- condition existing in connection with
nancial benefit of the promoters and I the above- We can also state that the
am heartily in favor of it and in thi,s records show that where the Agencies
county (Logan) we were one of the have been established the longest that
first to organize to stand for the min. drunkeness decreases accordingly.
imum of $5.00 fee for old line exami-
nations but we viewed the fraternal DON'T BE POSITIVE
orders as charitable propositions and Paid the editor to the new reporter.
did not desire to raise the fees for "Y°« "ever to state a thing
as a fact until it has been proved a
examinations in them- fnct. You are apt to get us into libel
Incidentally a few figures from our sujts, T)n not say. "The casiiior st( le
books may be of interest to you- Up tiie funds;' say, 'The cashier, who is
to this date we have passed on 742 is alleged to have stolen the funds.'
examinations with 26 rejections or one . That's all. Oh, get something accut
rejection for every 28 1-2 examined. that First Ward social tonight.' And
This mav seem to you to be a small t,lis is tlle rpPOI\ ™d in b.- the
per cent of rejections but in this mat-
ter it has been my intention to safe- ,,j^ js riiniorPf] that a card party was
guard the interests of the order given last evening to a number of
against all unfavorable risks on the puted ladles of the First Ward. Mrs
other hand I feel that we have not Smith, gossip says, was the hostess, and
rejected any whose examination show- the festivities are reported to have con-
ed them to be fairly good risks and in tinned until 11:30 in the evening. The
. alleged hostess is believed to be the wife
every instance except one or two those J(>hn gmUh the S(V(,aUed ,hlg;i.
rejected were recommended by tli* pi.,ce(J Rroeer. .._ArKOnaut.
local examiners though on the face of m t it -
the examination they should have been ojj s]le „ well-preserved womanS"
disapproved. Another item of prob- "Yes; guaranteed under the food and
able interest to you which I compiled drug act."
ON LIFE INSURANCE
First Life Insurance Company.
It was divinely organized, it had in
it all the advantages of the "whole
life plan.' for the "Tontine plan." id'
the "endowment plan." and all the
other good plans. We are told that
Rev. Dr. Anhate, of Lincolnshire. Eng-
land. originated the first life insurance
company in 1698- No; it is oUl as
the corncrlits of Egypt, and God him.
self was the author and originator
lf that were not so I would not tak'i
your time and mine in a Sabbath dis-
cussion of this subject; I feel it is a
theme vital, religious and infinite im-
port—the morals of life and tire in-
surance. It seems to me that it is
time for the pulpit to speak out-
BUT WHAT DOES THE BIBLE
If the Bible favors the institution.
I will favor it; if the Bible denounces
it, I will denounce it. In addition to
the forecast of Joseph in the text. I
call to your attention Paul's compari-
son. He is one man who through neg-
lect. fails to support his family while
lie lives, or after he dies. Here is
another man who abhors the
Scripture and rejects God- Which of
these men is the worse? Well, you
say the latter- Paul says the former.
Paul says that a man who neglects to
care for his household is more obnox-
ious than a man who rejects the Scrip-
tures. "He that provideth not for liis
own, and especially those of his own
household, is worse than an infidel."
PROVIDE FOR OUR FAMILIES-
But if we have the money to pay
the premiums and do not pay the pre-
miums. we have no right to expect
mercy at the hand of God in the judg-
ment- We are worse than Tom Paine,
worse than Voltaire, and worse than
Shaftesbury. The Bible declares it:
we are worse than an infidel- After
the certificate of death has been made
out. and the thirty or sixty days have
passed, and the officer of a life insur-
ance company comes i lto the bereft
household and pays down the hard
cash on an insurance policy, that of-
ficer of the company is performing a
positively religious rite, according to
the apostle James, who says: "True
religion and undefiled before God and
the Father is this: to visit the father-
less and the widow in their afflic-
tion.' and so on.
When men think of their death
they are apt to think of it only in con.
nection with their spiritual welfare,
and not of the devastation in the house-
hold which will come because of their
emigration from it- It is meanly self-
ish for you to be so absorbed in the
heaven to which you are going that
j ou forget what is to become of your
wife and children after you go. You
can go out of this world not leaving
them a dollar, and yet die happy if
you could not provide for them- You
cai' trust them in the hands of God
who owns all the harvests and the
herds and the flocks; but if you couldi
pay the premium on a policy, and neg-
lected to do so, you have sinned.
I am a profound believer in life in-
surance for all classes and conditions
of men and women. Next to the duty
of securing salvation in the world to
come is the duty of men to securW
life insurance in the world that is
here and now- Next to a good hope
for eternity is the comfort which
comes to a man from the knowledge
that he has made provision by life
insurance for his old age and for the
support of his family in the event of
his own death- To do so seems to
me a religious obligation, an obliga-
tion often as binding upon women as
upon men.-—R- S. MacArthur, D. D-,
Calvary Baptist Church. New York.
THE SPOKEN WORD.
I remember distinctly going away
from home a few months ago, and on my
return I missed a young man I frequent-
ly had seen on the street eaj's, and 1
said. "What has become of him?" a.nd
the reply was, "Didn't you know he was
dead?" and I said, "No." The party
said, "Yes, he is dead, and left two
little children, and his wife is clerking
in the Boston Store. They had no rel-
atives to assist them." I .elt that 1
had been convicted. There 1 had been
passing ui> i. nd down in those street
tars lor months, lrequently nuking to
that young man, and 1 hud not spoken
of ills ilia nee to him. A leeling oi sad-
ness steals over me unconsciously when
1 think of such incidents us taut, and
oi the greut good we might Le utile to
do if we would speak u good Wold.
i in another occasion 1 met u young
man on the railroud train, und he was
u stranger to me. and he said to me,
"What business are you engaged in':"
1 told- him 1 was In the fraternal in-
sumnce business, and 1 said, "Have you
any insurance?" and lie replied, "No"
1 said, "Hie first man to die in the or-
ganization i represent was a boy nine-
teen yea is old, and lelt his mother mon-
ey which kent her from becoming an
inmate of tue poor house." lie said,
"1 have no wife." 1 said, "Have you a
'.nH.neilie replied. "'Vex * And .1
said. "Have you a lather?" lie replied,
"No sir." Then 1 asked him "How did
he leave the mother?" lie says, "Witu
a little home and a mortgage on it."
1 said, "Are you working?" He said,
"Yes," and he was earninig nine or
ten dollars a week—something like that.
1 said, "iioy you uuii i u:nji«.iiaie your
motner. You ought to sit down and
Limit o. me care and anxiety of that
inotiier wncn you cuine to eartn, and
picture tiie agony oi tuat motuer when
some accident oefeil you—you tumbled
from a tree, or led ill tne water, or were
iaid low with disease, and tnniK how it
brougnt premature age to tne motner,
and vne ursl tiling you do gu back and
join some iraternai older, and take a
two thousand doitar certiiicate for her
benefit," and lie promised he would do
so, and he loo,; it in an organization in
\tnicii l am interested.
A few iiiontiia aiterward the office
boy came and said, "1 uere is u lady
wants to sv e you," und i said, "Trot
her in." and a lud> came to tue door,
neatiy ana plainly dressed, and sln
opened me door and said, "in tnis Air.
XfcuotV una 1 i&uid, " i es, nam u,
una she :.na, "j \\aiii to klt,s you."
utn, iiuj t., i muue up nij mind 1
w oui ti Hit 1.1 lie i nan Yv u J , un^i low. i
Laiu, "unj oo you want to kios me?"
una slit said, "jtu met my ooy ou a
railroad t.aln ,aim auvisetl niui to tuk*4
out iralerliai lue lnsuiaiu e, ana lie Iooa
it out alia, ailiiougu ne was a uusity,
in aitu^ , a. iin i young man, it was omy
a ,eu mouins \\ neii ne mine liome Wild
a lie. in dusii on ins i neens. and liis eyes
all ulinuiu.al g.aie, and loolsteps drag-
ging, and saiu, 'Aiotnur, x am sick, and
my nead acnes,' and 1 summoned a
pi.yslciaii, and pneuo.iiia liau
nun, and he was delirious for days, but
tuning a coneieni moment lie said,
'.Motner, b- lng me Uie paper,' and l
i.riild not unuersianu what il was lie
wauled at lirst, ana he st.id, 'me in-
suran e paper,' and 1 brougnt tne policy
or certiiiiaie. and ne said, 'Head, mother
is it payaoie to you?' and i said, 'Yes'
and lie said, "iviotner, keep mat; i have
none the best i couid lot you. i feel 1
a m not going to get wei , and 1 want
you to lane tills and pay tue mortgage,
and this will be a reminder o how i
loved you, and i want you to promise
me that you will go ro umana and see
Air. Hoot, and kiss him. and thank hlin
lor what he has done for me.' " Heie
are two pictures, beiore you, and wliat
a blessing it is to inspire a man to pro-
tect his lamily. and what • leeimg of
sorrow we have it we know we nave
HIS VIEW OF IT
Mrs. Houselieeper—If you do s. lit-
tle work for me now I'll give you a
good dihner after a while.
Weary YVillie—You'll get off cheap
er, lady, it' ye gimme the dinner now
and forget the work. Work always
gives me ti fierce appetite.—Illustrated
The Modern Woodmen of America
at its recent session decided to lay ove/
the question of readjustment of rates.
The longer the question is laid asidB
the more expensive and difficult it will
become. It won't bo long until there
will be an army to cry ' you're trying
to freeze out the old men." It's coin-
ing. though, just us sure as the sun
McLoud. No. 39, has concluded it
can do some business and has ordered
a supply of application cards and
medical examinations. When this
lodge gets a member it is always on«i
ths.t don't suspend, but holds on.
One new member from *ach lodge
means one hundred members a month.
Are you in on this deal ?
Here’s what’s next.
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