The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 8, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 1, 1911 Page: 1 of 8
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Send all Reports and Correspondence to W. R. Welch
Grant Recorder, Guthrie, Okla.
Send all Medical Examinations to Dr. S. O. Marrs.
Grand Medical Examiner, Chickasha, Okla.
IS IT WORTH WHILE?
Fraternal Insurance a Good
Is it worth your time to talk insur-
ance with your friend?
Is it worth his time it takes to listen
to you explain the methods of fra-
ternal insurance and the benefits to
be had from it? Is it worth while,
in the midst of prosperity and plenty
fraught with the uncertainty of I fe
and well being that constantly sur-
round every one, to provide those of
our own household against want and
privut'on? Yes, it is worth while; it
is worth more than the time it takes
lo listen to fraternal plan of insur
ante, and it is worth the time it takes
to tell your friend of it. This is il-
lustrated forcibly in the death of a
new member of Goo-y yah I.odge No.
!(, and other lodges have had similar
experiences in tlie past few months,
where a member died after a few
weeks membership, the Order paying
his certificate in full. In this case
the applicant was sol:clted and ;niti-
atcd on May 21st, contracted typhoid
fever and died early in July, leaving
his family, otherwise unprovided for,
a Two Thousand Dollar CVrt'flcate in
the A. O. U. W., which has been al-
lowed and paid. While these inci-
dences are regrettable, still they are
a constant reminder that we know
not what the morrow will bring forth,
.in«1 in view of this fact no one should
lose the opportunity to provide that
which he has not for tile benefit of his
family. The A. (). tT. W. does not
question the honesty of claims of short
duration of membersh'p where every-
thing is regular and its certificate s
a promise to pay in full at death,
whether a member one day, after in-
itiation, or ten years. If you are a
member of the Order you make no
mistake in getting your friend and
i" i<rhl or to jo'n, and if you are not a
member you should hasten to partake
of the benefits the Order offers.
DON'T NEED INSURANCE.
Here is a unique adoption of a
Dooley story as arranged by W. TO.
Walker, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
"Did ye take out an accident policy
whin th' ag'nt was in th' shop yester-
day?" said Dooley to his friend Hen-
nessey as they sat down to eat dinner
during the noon hour the other clay.
"What d'ye think I am? Sure I was
niver hur-rt nor sick a day in me life.
What does the likes iv me nade iv a
policy?" answered Hennessey.
"Well T dinnaw as ye do," repl'ed
Dooley. "Father Kelley ses there's
a special Providence which w. itches
over babies an' ijiots, an' wh'le ye are
no baby, Hinnissy, yer line iv talk
gives a splendid imitat on iv th' ither
class which kapes Providence wur-
"What d'ye mane?" said Hennessey,
angrily. "It is a fcol ye are call 11'
"Naw," responded the philosopher,
quietly. "Cut if th' fool filler Iver
comes into th' shop an' hears ye say
ye don't nade inshuranee because ye
wor nivr hur-rt nor sick, he'll mar-rk
ye f'r his own an' any sinsible man
would say ye wor gu'lty iv contri-
butory nigligence or else ye wor an
accessory to th' fact, as 1 logan ses.
"Because ye wor niv'r sick nor
hur-rt is no rayson ye won't be, Hin-
nissy," continued Dooley. "An' if ye
are, an' yer wages stop, what are ye
goin' 'to do?"
"Oh, I'll thrust t' luck th' same a9
I always done," replied Hennessey.
"The Lord give ye sinse," was the
answer. "Luck is a gr-reat tiling in
a game of forty-fives, or a turkey
raffli' down at th' Dootchman's, but
a mighty poor thing t' dip nd on in
th' hour iv trouble. There's many a
man t'day puttin' his thrust in luck
that cuddn't git thrust in th' store."
"Well maybbe 'tis a good thing f'r
thini as can afford it," admitted Hen-
nessey, "but I have a lot iv ould bills
t' pay an' 1 cuddn't take it now any-
how. I can't afford it."
"Hinnissey, will ye iver get t' sec
an inch beyond yer nose? Did ye
iver think if it is har-rd t' get along
now, how much har-rder it woul dbe
if yew or flat on yer back, an' tn
neighbors wor t'pto'ng t' th' door in-
quiring 'How is Mr. Hinnissy this
morning? Did lie pass a good night
last night?' That's th' time, H'nnissy,
th' ould woman an' th' childer wud
have t' go without many things so ye
cud have th' docther an' thropped
eggs on toast an' oranges an' sherry
wine an' ice cream an' limmons, an'
he re ye are-re handin' thim limmons,
instead iv protection when ye say ye
can't afford it.
"There's a difference, H nnissy, be-
tween wise forethought an' bul heaiVd
luck, an' that difference is what makes
success in th' wur-rld. Tt is not a
question iv can ye afford it. The ques-
tion is up t' ye, Hinnissy. Can ye
off ord t' bo without it?"
"By goory, 'II take a policy wli n
th' agint comes to-morra," said Hen-
nessey as the whistle blew.
The old man was perched upon a
high stool, figuring up the day's sale
of dry goods, grocer'es, and hardware,
when his son came in with a rush.
"Say, Pop," i xelaimed the young
man, "if I can buy a three hundred
dollar horse for one-fifty will you take
a chattel mortgage on li'm and help
me out with the cash?"
"What kind of a boss, my son? in-
quired the father cautiously.
"Bay, 4 years old, sixteen hands
high, weighs 1,000 pounds, and sound
in wind, limb and bottom."
"That sounds good to me, my son,
and want to do all T can to help you
along in the world;" and he reached
down into the safe for his roll. "How
much do you want?"
"A hundred and forty-n no fifty."
The old man gasped anil caught lio'd
of the desk.
"What?" he exclaimed.
"A hundred 'and forty-pine fifty.
I've got a half a dollar."
Slowly the old man shoved the roll
bnek into the safe.
"My son," lie said softly, "you are
wasting time trad'ng bosses. What
you ought to do is to go into the loan
i n! trust business."—Lippincott's.
Personal Interview of Delin-
quents Will Help.
In an examination of the records
of the different fraternal organizations
composing the Nat'onal Fraternal
Congress, it may be seen that a large
per cent of suspensions take place in
the first three years of membership
and among the younger ages. Of the
three years, a larger per cent is sus-
pended in the first or second years.
The new member, fresh from the
doctor's hands, with many years of
expectancy before him, during which
he could be of great assistance to
, both with his financial and
influence, by reason of his
becomes a distinct and felt
Ti o fr
requently the mere
of tile others. T
to the ex-
liere is no
results comes from lack of
who would progress must
lie ever alive to opportun't'es which lie
can employ in his own behalf.
The man \vij<j waits for business to
come to him does not find it neces-
sary to hire additional help to take
care of the increased volume.
true fel'owship, and no knowledge of
the true purpose of the institution.
The council exists and the member
joins for the face of the certificate.
Again, too often the personal con-
tract with the delinquents is wanting.
No member should be allowed to
lapse until lie has been personally in-
terviewed. In many instances that
could be cited, those who were about
to allow themselves to be suspended
have been retained by a l'ttle per-
sonal attention and explanation, and
have proved afterwards to be among
the most active and valuable mem-
bers. The personl touch counts.
Again, there is an over-indulgence
on the part of the council, or some-
times the collector. Such conduct en-
tourages carelessness and indiffer-
ence. And when the member so in-
dulged is confronted with an ac-
cumulated number of assessments lor
which no one is to blame but him-
self, lie is disgruntled, dissatisfied,
and finally finds rel'cf, as he terms it,
in suspension or withdrawal.
Again, some councils are inefficient-
ly managed. Proper care is not given
to the selection of officers; not suffi-
cient regard is had to their fitness or
business ability. Nominations are made
on the impulse of the moment. Mere
forma) compliance with the"laws takes
place, and the order suffers the loss of
members as a result.
When councils are lert, social, and
carry out the spirit as well as the let-
ter of fraternal laws, there will be
Your committee has reported at
length upon this subject, believing its
importance demanded such treatment.
In conclusion your committee rec-
ommend that no changes be made in
the laws controlling the n instatement
of suspended members.
We further recommend that each
counc'l appo'nt a special committee
to be known as a committee on de-
linquents, which may be done under
existing law. This committee should
be composed of three or five of the
best material in the council, and
should have the right to call to their
assistance the service of any member.
Its principal duty should be to look
after all members who are in danger
of suspension and use all proper means
to retain such.—Report of Executive
Committee at last annual sess'on of
Supreme Council, Royal Arcanum.
THERE MUST BE LEADERSHIP.
If a Lodge is wide awake and the
members are interested in its pro-
gress and are do'ng everything in
their power to promote the welfare
and prosperity of the Lodge, you may
be sure that there is someone who
does the planning and who manages
and directs its affairs. It may be the
President or one or more of the offi-
cers, or it may be a lay member. No
matter who it is, there is some one
who does it, for wherever there s
successful operation there is also sure
to be someone who takes the initiative
and exerts influence enough to carry
out her plans and to bring about sue
The member who possesses this
qualification is a leader and no mat-
ter what office he holds or whether
he holds any office, be should be rec-
ognized and appreciated for no Lodge
can be a success unless there is some-
one to take the initiat ve and make
plans to promote its growth and pros-
A Lodge that chooses its officers
wisely and recognizes merit regardless
of rank or position, is bound to suc-
ceed, while, on the other hand, one
that disregards the qualifications of
its members cannot possibly be a
If the meetings of your Lodge are
not interest ng and the members stay
away, there is a reason for it, and it
is, in all probability, due to the lack
of a leader, someone to plan ways
and means to interest the members
and induce them to attend the meet-
ings and work for the increasing of
In such a case you are as much to
blame as any one, because by permit-
ting such a condition of affairs to con-
tinue withouf making an effort to
remedy them, you are negleet'ng
your duty as a member. You should
attend the meetings and urge tile offi-
cers to meet and decide upon some
definite plan of (Operation and the
members should all be informed of if
and urged to lend their support.
A meeting might lie designated for
a class initiation or visitation meet-
ing, with a notice to the members
long enough in advance to enable them
to see their friends and solicit them
to join. This is one of the many ways
to start a progressive movement in
your Lodge, and it is your duty to in-
sist upon it if the officers whom you
have chosen neglect it.
Make an aggressive campaign dur-
ing the first half of flic year 1911.
every member is urged not only to
contribute a new member himself, but
to do what they can to get the other
members of their Lodge to do like-
wise and if the officers have made no
plans for a campaign, you should take
the initial step yourself by bringing
the matter up at an early meeting and
urging upon the officers and members
the necessity of havaig a definite
plan of operation arranged by the
"Sir, T wish to marry your daugh-
"You do eh? Are you in a position
fo support a family?"
"Oh, yes sir."
"Better be sure of it. There are ten
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Leatherman, W. J. The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 8, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 1, 1911, newspaper, August 1, 1911; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc274256/m1/1/: accessed March 22, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.