The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 11, Ed. 1 Monday, November 1, 1909 Page: 2 of 8
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THE OKLAHOMA WORKMAN.
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I M PORT ANT
Owing l the fart that we will have- 1o
begin compiling our annual report < of
Hunt. All local recorders are asked to
make nut mill forward tlielr November
reports wilhin I lie time specified. Re-
I Kir Is are due on the f tii day ot tic
month and should lie forwarded not ln'-
er llian the IOIIi so they can he checked
up and tabulated in time for the official
Yours in C. H. & P.
\V. H WEbl'H, Grand Recorder.
GRAND RECORDER'S LETTER
Dear Brothers: The Order is moving
upward In a substantial way anil lli^
reports for the past three months have
shown a net gain. One tiling that is
gratifying is the fact that the suspen-
sions have materially decreased and ill"
reinstatements have increased, one monin
shows a gain of reinstatements over sus-
pensions and the Initiations are still com-
ing along at a very good rate, although
there is not ns much activity along this
line ns there should be. We hope thet
all the lodges and members of the Ord-T
will awaken during the few remaining
nllis of Hie year and work harder fo-
the Order. We want the officers of the
lodges (o look after their memhers mo.-'
closely anil keep down the «nnpensions
as much as possible for it is through this
method that our membership becomes
depleted more than any other and if this
I a. k door Is closed and a strict watch 11
ki pt over II there is no question but that tn transact.
m net gain will be noticed every month.
We are now in the midst of a campaign
for K|VE THOUSAND members by ,Ian-
iKii y 1st. and it is hoped that it will be
reached. II means a bigger and better
order and larger lodges with more inter-
est in them. The Grand Lodge offices
arc willing to assist the local lodges in
any way they can and at any time, but
il is hard to get deputies who will do
honest work, so we <vill ask that eac i .
member and officer do his duty, as ne
obligated himself to do and the Order
will go forward at a rapid pace.
The condition of the Order is at its
best, there being no outstanding claim
on hand and prospects are good for much
active work before the close of the year
You can solicit your friend or neighbor
with a feeling of confidence in the Order
and can recommend to liim that there c
none better than the A. O. XT. W. Ho
will appreciate the protection the Order
will give to his family and the fratern: !
benefits be will derive from being a mem-
ber. We would like for you. as a mem-
ber. to begin now and do something to
revive the Interest in your lodge nr.l
bring in at least one application by Jan
uary 1st. and have a part in securing
this FIVE Tliors.wn members. Appli-
cation cards will be sent you for the nr-'1;-
W. It. WELCH. Givnd Recorder.
- -«r2> C* O"
WHAT THE LODGE IS FOR
Recently some young men were heard
to complain because a certain lodge was
conducted too closely, ns they called it.
along "pious lines." They said th it
meetings were too sedate to call out a
A lodge was vlsrted not long sin< e
where "everything went." There was a
supera-abundance of tobacco smoke and
not much regard was paid to rules of
order. At the close of the meeting (which
came without form), some bottles of beer
were brought 111, and story telling In-
dulged in. Yet with all this "induce-
ment." out of a membership of over 200
not more than 40 were present. Certain-
ly "piety" was not to blame for this
The facts are a stream never rises
above its fountain head, and there is
esting to a man in those things which
are common to him or which form n
part of Ids "level." The man who wants
beer at a lodge meeting is used to bet i
and il will no more appeal to him on a
lodge night than any oilier common thing.
1 tut the man who does not use it is apt
lo lie disgusted and driven away by t'.v>
use of such things.
The lodge room is not intended for a
place of sensual indulgence. Its purpos-
es are to inducate men and make them
better in this country, better according
lo American ideals and not foreign stan-
dards The lodge room is not the place
where minors are to be tempted into
doing those things tlie laws of the stale
will not allow. Adult members must be
held responsible for the way in which
they run their lodges. What a lasting
disgrace it would be if some widowed
mother were to commence suit against
a lodge or ils members for supplying liq-
uor to a minor whereby he became in-
jured or disgraced. This is just what
lodges are not for.
However, "a little nonsense, now and
I lien, is relished by the best of men." A
lodge can be made a place of healthful
amusement. There should he plenty of
fun, but it should be good, wholesome
fun. There is no need of making a funer-
al out of each lodge meeting. Neither
should the meetings run to riot. There
is n "happy medium" where all can unite
n having a good time which will Warm
no one. The lodge has serious business
The guarding of the inter-
ests of widows and orphans is not the
business of clowns. Not many nights In
the year can be given over to "a good
time." If there were. Hie fun would be
come so common that it would be no Ion
ger enjoyed. Three or four tip top pro-
grams for a winter are enough, but these
should be good. Eacn lodge should be
the judge if its own needs with the above
general rules to guide it. But in no in-
stance should any lodge indulge m any
program which will make Its members
worse men instead of better for having
heard or taken part in it.
BRASS BANDS VS. BANK BALANCES
A few days since we paid our last
respects to a deceased brother by at-
tending his funeral services, and as tli^
solemn procession filed past, headed bv
a uniformed brass band, followed by
some fifty members ot a fraternal and
social order, we were given food for
This action was proper and comendable
mid it is in no spirit of criticism that
we write this article. What we have
started out to do is to call attention to
another fraternal order that played an
inconspicuous but none the less importart
part in the affairs of this family. Tn
the newspaper account, after a glowing
description of the important part taken
by the order with the brass band, the
story concludes with a brief mention:
"He was also a member of the A. O.
1'. W ." Only the members of the order
grasp the significance of these few words.
BIG PICNIC AT DOW
Editor Workman: On October 2nd the
Lodges in the vicinity of Dow Lake to
celebrate Workman Day. The day was
an ideal one for the picnic and n larg-
crowd gathered with well filled baskets
to enjoy the day. Grand Master Work-
man .lohnson was present and addressed
the asembled crowd and P. G- M W. Mc-
Laughlin also spoke. Sister May Hen-
derson spoke for the P. of H. and every
one seemed to enjoy themselves very
much. This is the first celebration <>f
Workman Pay. liut It will not he the
last and next year we hope to see it
generally celebrated all over the sta'e.
Representatives were present from pow.
Hartshorne, Krebs, McAlester, Hailey-
ville and Wilburton.
OVER THE TELEPHONE
The financier was tired. The day ha.l
been a bard one and he was about to
take a much-needed rest when the tele-
phone rang violently.
"is tills the Financier of Up-to-date
Lodge?" came faintly over the prone.
"Well, don't you know me—this is
Uurke—George Burke? 1 forgot to coinc
around last month and pay my dues.
1 presume you suspended me."
"Ves, I did. You failed to nay and
under the law I had to suspend you.''
"Yes—1 am not blaming you--but I
want you to reinstate me right now."
"Are you in good healthji"
"Then come around tomorrow and 1
will fix you up and bring il before th«
"Well, you see, I am down in the ninth
level of the Smuggler and the shaft his
caved. It caught two of the boys. But
I'm all right - the air pipe and the mino
phone are working O. K. They will have
me dug out of here in a few days sure.
I want you to reinstate me right off
not that there's any danger to me—bul
I"II feel kind of better to know that
Mary and the kids will be fixed, if
something should happen."
"I'm sorry, Burke, but I can't do any
"The law is against it."
"Well, it only requires me to he in good
health and I never felt better."
"I am afraid that now you would be
(lassed as harzardoHis risk. You must
personally sign an application and then
I he Lodge must take action."
"But think of my family:"
"I am thinking of them. I am also
thinking of the families of a hundre 1
thousand more members whose welfare
would be jeopardized if the officers fail-
ed to do their duty."
"Can't you do something. I will be out
of here in a week at the lattest and"—
" Hello: Hello!"
"Say, Central, T was talking with the
ninth level of the Smuggler when some
one cut me off."
Central; "All right, I will connect you
Central: Were you talking with the
ninth level of the Smuggler mlneij"
"The management just reports th
total collapse of the shaft and that they
cannot get any answer from below."
the old coin—only an Indian bonnet
on the head of a pretty girl.
The penny-in-the-slot machine men
■ oinplain that the new cents won't work
in their machines, being a tritie larger
than the old ones.
There was never a truer thought than
that expressed by a writer in a western
farm magazine, she says:
"Work is the best possible antidote
to woe. Work when feling a little out
of sorts is a surer cure than any medicine
a doctor may give. A person busy on 1 lie-
farm is not often troubled with the blues.
Busy people seldom become misanthropes,
anarchists or fire brands In the communi-
ty. There is nothing better to keep mis-
i hief out of the head than to keep busy,
to be persevering, patient and untiring in
your work. The busy ones may now and
then make a mistakes, but the mistakes
are better than to be idle and inactive.
Motion is life and the busiest are the
happiness. Cheerful, active labor is a
hlesing. Idleness when long indulged in
promotes grief and often selfishness. Help
such people by encouraging them to be
up and doing; if possible help them to
see the hlesing that lies In work. If you
can do this you have done more to com-
fort them permanently than you could do
in any other manner. An old philosopher
says: 'The firefly only shines when on
the wing; so it is with the mind. When
once we rest we darken.* 'What Is your
secret.' asked a lady of Turner, the dis-
tinguished artist. 'I have no secret, hut
hard work,' was the reply; and that cures
more 'blues' than all the doctors in th?
A life without hard work would ,b.
Hat and stale. The salt of life is work,
it has been said; and the salt that eacli
one's life most needs is the particular
work that Cod has laid upon that one.
it is well to remember this when « re'3
work seems to be a misfit—and probably
no one ever lived who was not at one
time or another tempted to feel thai
about himself. This is part of the very
saltiness of work; it puts tang and lift
and temper into character to keep at a
thing when only self-forcing can
can hold one to it. Bet us be
glad that the salt of life Is chosen
for us; If we made our own choices
we should too often take sugar instead of
salt, and the system coiil dnot long stand
Because of all the criticism directed
against the new Lincoln cents it is
expected that a bill will be introduced
at the next session of Congress directing
tlielr withdrawal from circulation.
Should that become a law the new
coins will ibe scarce in a few years.
Even the first issue of them bearing
the initials of the designer, Victor P.
Brenner, are held to get and con tin u-
to command a premium. There were
less than 29,000,000 of them coined
when Secretary of the Treasury Mac-
Veagh ordered the mints to change tic
die so as to show only one initial. lb:
thought it was advertising the artist
enough to have the first letter of his
last name appear on a coin of such
circulation, without immortalizing ills
christian name too. The secretary,
however, probably did not know—and
it Is certainly not a matter of common
knowledge—that there are other coins
of the United States which bear the
three initials of the designer. Tin y
nre the $2.50 and $5.00 gold pieces which
bear the letters V. B. P. They stand
for Vein, B Pratt, the Boston artist
who made the drawings.
The phinciple objections to the Lin-
coln penny is that it does not wear
well. The head of the martyred Pres-
ident and the ietterlng around it show
abrasion after a few days circulation.
Thin there is the sentimental objections
in initiating the habit of foreign countries
in putting the faces of their kings, em-
perors and presidents upon their coins.
Those who oppose the innovation demand
the restoration of the old "Indian head"
cent as they called it. They overlook the
fact that there Is no Indian head on
KNOCKS BY THE
Chicken hearted people are always
Eree speech is all right If you don't
get too free with it.
Some people never pay anything but
visits to thpir relatives.
He is a wise fool who knows enougn
to keep it to himself.
Perhaps the ocean is treacherous be-
cause It is full of craft.
Most men expect their wives to lie
religious for the whole family.
Never criticise anything at a charity
bazra; you can't tell who made It.
Never condemn a man's foolish ac-
tions unless you are wise to the game.
The actuality of today seldom looks
as good as the theory of yesterday.
Some people seem to make a specialty
of worrying about what they will do next.
Some people are so unimportant that
they don't even furnish material for
There isn't much fun in gambling if
you can't afford to lose.
Few men are as wicked as they like
to have the women think they are.—
New York Morning Telegraph.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey has
Just completed and has ready for distri-
bution a handy booklet dealing with the
oil and gas production of the state. This
book contains much Information of In-
terest to every citizen who has been
keeping in close touch with the various
controversies over the control of the oil
and gns supply and can be had free of
the Survey for the asking. All who de-
sire this booklet should address Prof. L.
L. Hutchinson, Asst. plrector. Norman,
EIVF, THOUSAND MEMBERS, JAN-
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