The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 2, Ed. 1 Monday, February 1, 1909 Page: 3 of 8
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THE OKLAHOMA WORKMAN.
A VERY PRACTICAL MESSAGE.
Messages are so common in these
days that we are apt to underesti-
mate their significance. Whereas iii
olden "days they were given but seldom
and then came with great unction as a
wofd from those in authority to the
mahy who had little time or oppor-
tunity to think. Today thought is
quickly communicated in a hundred
A kaiser speaks to the reichstag, a
president to a congress, a lecturer to
an audience, and in a few moments
the telegraph has spread his words to
the four corners of the earth and the
great presses are soon spreading it in
the newspapers which the humblest
citizen is enjoying and digesting. We
^ live in an age of such general intelli-
gence where democracy has leveled all
distinctions at least in the domain of
ideas. There are some dangers in this
freedom of opportunity. Because they
are so subtle, they are often over-
looked. We have so many things told
us, so many different solutions offered
for all social and individual problems
that we ars apt to overlook their seri-
ousness and search for some new way
to handle them. We are cloyed and
/ surfeited, not only with material lux-
uries, but our minds grow weary be-
cause so much is presented to their
Every true Workman, like every
other true citiven is vitally concerned,
not only for "the good of the order,"
but breathing the spirit of fraternity
he yearns to do all he can to promote
the general welfare. He knows, if lie
is broad minded enough, to be of posi-
tive value and force in the world, that
if the great order to which he belongs
is to prosper that the people all about
him, his neighbors and fellow citi-
zens, must share in that prosperity.
This leads him to the query, "How
shall I best fit myself, in my inner
self, to be a potent, genuine force in
the community where I live and by
the -.eople with whom I mingle?" It is
astoiishing how so many miss the
mark of their high calling because they
igno e or fail to recognize a few sim-
ple truths. The laws of the universe
in any direction are never complex.
He who knows thoroughly addition,
subtraction, multiplication and division
lias nil there is to build a successful
mas' ry of arithmetic upon. It is
equr. !Iy true in the art of living.
Tho writer has no idea of preaching
a sermon, but rather of amplifying
come ideas about the basic princples
of success in the great field of win-
ning men and enobling character laid
down by one who earned a martyr's
crowi and imperishable renown as one
of the world's heroes. Listen to the
message of St. Peter and when you
have assimilated his ideas act upon
them and as a member of the A. O. U.
W. you will have received an inspira-
tion to better service, to stronger sym-
path'es, to a more fruitful life.
St. Peter was like all great souls—
an Idealist with very practical plans
for carrying them into effect. He had
visions of the truth but it was results
he wanted. He sought to catch men
with the same zeal that he caught fish
The first essential he laid down was
faith. It is as true now as it was
then that if we are to do anything
worth mentioning in this old world
we must have faith as our chief asset.
We must believe in men if they are to
be our leaders. We must have confi-
dence in a cause or an institution if it
is to mean much to us. The man who
v>in.s the A. O. U. W. to be a winner,
to be successful as a member must
first of all have an unbounded faith in
its merits as a fraternal society. With-
out it he is a failure at the outset.
With it he has a tremendous incen-
tive to push forward. But there are
other elements in the conditions of
success. St. Peter adds virtue to
faith the kind of virtue that means
strength which comes through self-
control. The necessity of this kind jf
life t^day as it was nineteen centuries
ago. Then the venerable old man sug-
gested the value of knowledge. Noth-
ing has contributed to the glory of
America like the universal quest for
knowledge. The business world i3
calling in every direction for men who
can do things—and in order to do
things we must first know about them
and the laws which govern them. Tne
rule applies with force in the field oc-
cupied by the Workman. He who
wants to be an effective and useful
member must become thoroughly ac-
quainted with its history, its needs, its
excellencies and its possibilities.
Patience must not be left out. Faitii
and strength and knowledge are im-
portant but they must be supplement-
ed by forbearance with one's self and
with others when under stress. It is
this quality which often puts every
man to the supreme test.
Godliness is that capacity an 1 desire
to be true in all the relations of life.
Thf man whose whole trend is to help
The two last essentials Peter gives
are brotherly kindness and love. These
are the impelling all-absorbing fores
which harnessed rightly with those a -
ready spoken of are sure to reap rich
fruitage in any line of endeavor. NV Ith*
out them all else is chaff. With thiMn,
the man who has the other virtues is
bound to be a conqueror.
There are essentials of success. St.
Peter in his virile letter which has
come down to us through the centui-
ies has voiced them. They spell tri-
umph to whoever employs them. They
are vital and unimpeachable. St. Peter
said in closing to his friends, "if ye
do these things, ye shall never fall.
What is applicable to Christianity In
its largest sense is applicable to fra-
ternal societies. Whoever wants .he
most splendid record possible as a
member of the A. O. U. W. can find :n
XTbe IResoluttons of
a Xoval Workman
SHALL make a strong endeavor lo fulfill my obliga-
tion taken at the Altar of Workmanship.
SHALL attend Lodge more regularly, apprceiating
"W that the Order and its work is my business.
SHALL always speak well of the Order m the presence
of others, and if I feel that I have a grievance, 1 shall take it to
1 shall endeavor to interest my friends, neighbors and fellow-
workers in the cause of Workmanship, not only proclaiming my
membership to them, but talk to theui of the many benefits to b
derived from such an Association.
Should I hear any one speak ill of the Order, 1 shall try to
learn the cause, and if possible, show the party wherein he is do-
ing an injustice to the Order and to the families of the mem-
bers which it represents.
I shall make it a point to pay my assessments promptly and
to attend to them in the Lodge room instead of having someone pay
them for me at the office of the home of the Financier.
On Lodge Nights 1 shall call on other Brothers on my way
to Lodge and urge them to go with me and I shall advocate the
policy of setting aside one night in each month for entertainment
purposes for "The Good of the Order.
If our Lodge no longer holds regular meetings, and one
brother no longer knows that the other is still a member, I shall
make an effort to bring them together and make another attempt
to rejuvenate the Lodge.
I pledge to my fellow members that I make these resolutions in
good faith and trust that each and every Loyal Workman will
do likewise and with heads, hands and hearts, work in unison for
their full performance.
TO ALL OF WHICH I PLEDGE MY SACRED HONOR AS A
I —Colorado Hccord.
others about him and make his career
one based on purest motives and whole
some influences within and without
himself cannot fail to have the bene-
diction of Heaven. And the more
genuine and whole hearted a man is,
the more valuable will he be, not only
in other activities but in the Work-
We came near forgetting St. Peti r's
ingredient of temperance. And this
word was used by the old saint in its
broadest meaning. Not only car- an J
discetion and sanity in what we (at
and drink but as well in what we say
and think and do. It means that a
man is not to rush to extremes. Noth-
ing destroys one's influence so quickly
as rashness of speech or action. The
successful Workman will walk alon,^
an even tempered way and realize that
one of the great essentials of power
among men consists in being temper-
these basic principles of action enunci-
ated by one who was a successful
fisher of men, the best possible plat-
form upon which to stand.—Nebraska
HE IS THE RICHEST MAN.
In whose possession others feel rich-
est. Who can enjoy a landscape with-
out owning land. Who absorbs the
best in the world in which he lives,
and who gives the best of himself to
others. Who has a strong, robust con-
stitution. Who has a hearty appreci-
ation of the beautiful in nature. Who
enjoys access to the master pieces of
art, science and literature. Who has
a mind liberally stored and content. 1
Who can face poverty and misfortune
with cheerfulness and courage. Who
values a good name above gold. For
whom plain living, rich thought and
grand effort constitute real riches.
ADVICE TO MEMBERS.
Some time ago we proffered a little
advice to the officers of our order. Al-
most every A. O. U. W. publication
copied the article—some giving us
credit for it, others—well, they wanted
original copy It is now time to let a
few of the members realize their posi-
tion, and we must use a great big sticK
to drive it into their heads that they
are not treating their officers just
Why fail in attending lodge meet-
ings? Too dry? Yes. And whose fault
is it, pray? Can you sing, talk, or do
anything but growl? Then go to the
meetings and show that you are not
Night after night; year after year;
we have seen the same officers at-
tending to lodge work. Only for tii3
officers the meetings would not be hel 1
for want of a quorum. No time for
meetings? Well, an hour or two eacn
week should not worry any man. The
members outnumber the officers, say
ten to one, yet the officers are always
at their posts.
No money in it? No doubt. Don't
you know that there are things money
cannot buy. Did you ever buy a "true
friend?" Don't you know that there
are times in a man's lifetime when he
needs help from a brother? Is there
nothing to be learned in a lodge room
of the A. O. U. \V.? Just go there now
and again and find out. Don't be
ashamed because you stayed away so
You pay your assessments regular-
ly? Well. Your money is of no use
to the members. It's yours still. Just
waiting there for someone to draw
that will appreciate the fact of your
membership. It's the only good you
are doing, protecting your beneficiary;
but the order expected more of ycu.
What about your fraternity? It does
the old "standbys" good to see a nr.v
face now and then. It is more thau
possible that they don't know you ore
a member. Just give them a surprise
Don't like being reminded of death?
The idea. The A. O. IT. W. is not a
graveyard association. There is more
fun in a meeting room, and more com-
mon sense is apparent, than the poli-
ticians can dispense in forty political
"gatherings." Then look at the good
these members are doing. They are
not discoursing on the failings of this
man or that. It is one place where
emoluments and backbiting is not in-
dulged in. A feeling of fellowship ner-
vades the room and the handshake you
receivo there is genuine. Just try it
No necessity to attend There is
brother. Tf you had $1,000 or $2,000
Invested in a company how eager veil
would be to find out how the company
was managed. If you arc not interest-
ed, then your wife and family must be.
Surely they advTse you to go to the A.
O. U. W. meetings Nothing makes a
man forget his obligations like apathy.
We lose our members simply because
they forgot their obligations to us and
to their families. Every wife should
insist on the husband attending lodge
meetings. It means a better feeling at
home and safety. The member who
attends meetings never thinks of be-
coming delinquent.—A. O. U. W. Rec-
ord, B. C.
When Charlie came to this country, "•
bosom friend named Pat McCarty mad '
the voyage with him. Pat died on the
way over, and preparations were made
for the burial at sea. The lead weights
customarily used in such cases were
lost. Chunks of coal were substituted.
Everything was finally made ready for
the last rites, and long and earnestly
Murphy looked at his friend. Finally
he said, "Well, Pat, I always knew you
were going there, but I didn't think
they'd make you bring your own coal."
Sunday School Teacher—If you are
kind and polite to your playmates,
what will be the result?
Scholar—They'll think they kin lick
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Leatherman, W. J. The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 2, Ed. 1 Monday, February 1, 1909, newspaper, February 1, 1909; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc274529/m1/3/: accessed October 15, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.