Guthrie Daily Leader. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 75, Ed. 1, Thursday, August 30, 1900 Page: 2 of 8
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THE LUAD1UR GCTIEIE OKLAHOMA
Reports orUrnnd Army QillcerB
OHIOAGO AUGUST 29. This was
for the G. A. R. as an organization
strictly a day of business. For those
members who were not burdened with
the responsibilities of attending the
position of delegate to the convention
of the Grand Army it was a day for
anythlngOTid everthlng but business.
From morning till night the conven-
tion labored ait Its work In Studebaker
hall listened to the numerous reports
from officers and" committees. Many
of the old soldiers went to the parks
or took boat rides on the lake and
those who had not seen blood enough
in their younger days accepted an In-
vitation from the packers to visit the
stock yards where they beheld more
slaughter than had taken place at tht
"bloody angle" at PoUsylvnnta
and In "bloody lane" at Antletam com-
The convention opened at 10:80 o'clock
and frum the statu business was push-
ed with onorgy. The opening session was
entirely of a soclul character and was
open to the public. The afternoon
meeting wa of an executive char-
acter. MORNING SESSION.
The annual meeting was formerly
called to order at 10:30 o'clock by
Commander-lnChlef Shaw. The hour
orlg.nally sdt for the meeting was 10
o'clock but so many of the old soldiers
were so late in answering the ro'.l call
that It was Impossible to commence at
Goneral Shaw announced that the
mooting would be opened by prayer by
Chaplain Granln. The audience rose
and remained standing during the
GUay"or Harrison then came to the
front of the rostrum to formerly wel-
come the old soldiers to Chicago. H.s
address was happily received.
Commander-in-Chief Shaw of the
Grand Army leplied to Mayor Harri-
son for the members of his organiza-
tion expressing the thanks of the army
for the hospitality sown them.
ADDRESS OF COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
Comrades: The honor conferred by my
unanimous election as your commander-ln-chlef
one year ago placed me at the
head of the greatest patriotic organlza-
In the world and It has been my ambt
tlon to worthily dlschargo tho manifold
duties of this exeat office. To this end
I have devoted all my time to the de-
mands of the position In the endeavor to
make good my promise made upon en-
tering the work that I would try and
make "a busy year among comrades." I
appear before you to render an ncount
of my stewardship and to make such
recommendations as seem desirable at
the close of the year of service.
My first official act was to send out a
fraternal circular letter to the comrades
of the nation calling upon them to unlto
in an earnest effort to build up our mem-
bership through prudent and wise consid-
eration of tho claims of comradshlp.
Spoclal reforenco was made to the
"dropped" and "suspended" members
and the need of fraternity charity and
loyalty in the largest sense In the line
of securing the aid and comfort of all
votorans of the great war.
The rosult of this appeal has been most
gratifying as a whole. Department com-
manders aides-de-camp and faithful com-
rades have dono much to strengthen our
nqblo order through personal efforts In
behalf of this groat organization.
"While tho Grand Army of tho Republic
is a fraternal and reminiscent order and
one that has no equal In Its unique ob-
jocts and membership the fact Is that
constant effort Is necessary to Insure its
higheut usefulness. "Wo are all growing
old and with Increasing Infirmities there
is urgent need of a closer touch and larg-
i- ympathy with and for each other
"Kind words are more than coronets"
and the comradely cheer that knows no
shadow of turning this side of tho gravo
should be an unfailing bals for our re-
lation to the Grand Army. It is a
sourco of peculiar gratification to your
cinmandor-ln-chlef to know that during
tho paat yoar a remarkable record of
ct.riord ban followed this policy of fra-
ternity in all department.
THE "Dl-WEY DAY" PARADE.
Tho question of submitting to a roar
asftignment of the aged eomrndos of tho
Grand Army in tho civil pagenatry of
patriotism in the Dewey parade in New
York Jod to a somewhat earnest protest
and tho final refusal to march at all.
' his action was based upo nthis belief
that the heroes who saved the nation
to full union and unchallenged liberty
and so made It possible for the great Ad-
miral Dowey to win the honors In Manila '
Bay entitled them to march In glory
and In Joy at the head of tho line in
his honor. Tho loyalty of comrades In
refusing to march under tho protest of
that splendid comrade and dopsrtment
commandor Josoph W. Kay was as pru-
dent and tlmoly as It was commendable.
Somo phase of that unpatriotic occur-rc-nut
would bavo been severely dealt
wsth was It not for a fraternity which
overlooked the good matured weakness
of several comrades whose lack of tho
plalnost knowledge and observance of
Grand Army regulations and obligations
was almost amusingly displayed.
Your commander-in-chief fully endorsed
the right action of Department Com-
mander Kay and desires to thank the
comrades far their object losson of loyal-
ty to -the Grand Army and to the digni-
ty and honor of the saviors of the re-
Cleanses the System
Gently and Effectually
when bilious or costive.
resents jtt the most acceptabfebrm
the JajrcitjVe principles of plants
Jen own to act most heizeficjally.
TO GET ITS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS
BUY THE GENUINE MANFD. BY
CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUPCO.
SAN FRANCISCO CAL.
tOUISVILLE KY- NEW YORK. N.Y.
For sale by druggists price 50 per bottle.
upbllc. Unless survivors of the great
war march at the front in all such pa-
geantries they should not consent to
appear In line. No sophism as to troops
"carry arms" can hovo force in tho light
of tho glorious services of tho veterans
of the unlont so far as a place In tho line
REPORTS ON NATIONAL OFFICERS.
I respectfully refer yon to able reports
of a national t ff'ce of tho Grand Army
for a detailed review of tho various
branches under their supervision. These
will provo how zealously and worthily
work committed to their care has been
dono and . nro evidences of rare fitness
fir the trusts committed to their keep-
ing. Entiro harmony and faithful ser-
vices have marked tho relations of these
officials and my best thanks are due
them for the most efficient manner in
which they have discharged their respec-
THE PENSION QUESTION.
Your administration from tho first re-
garded the pension question as one of
paramount Importance and to Its con-
sideration brought tho best available re-
sources of tho order. It was believed
that unless wise and desirable amend-
ments were secured to the act of Juno 'SI
1890 during tho year there would ba
grave doubts whether these could be
obtained. With this view of tho situa-
tion a plan of campaign was early ag:eed
upon and the work began. Your com-mander-In-chlof
nppealed to tho public
conscience of the nation In two addresses
ono delivered In New York and tho oth-
er In Washington In behalf of right and
righteousness concerning the pension pro-
blem and demanding tho fulfillment of
the pledged faith of the people In all
pension matters. Theso addresses were
widely distributed and without much ex-
ponso to our organization.
It should bo stated that a comrade con-
tributed money to print 10000 copies of
the second speech and a lady friend
through Governor Theodore Roosevelt
gave a similar amount for printing ex-
tra copies of both speeches for free dis
tribution to the comrades. This liberality
win receive your mil. commenuation.
This unknown "rflend" sent me $500.
by the hand of the governor for use In
aid of deserving objects in connection
with the Grand Army and It affords me
the groateat pleasure to thus acknowl-
reason of this thoughtful and generous
donation. It has carried sunshine to
many sorely burdened souls In our order.
It is a sourco of great gratification to
be ablo to state that the amendments
to tho pension law of ihOQ proposed by
your administration were unnnimously
passed by the congress and that every
speech made was In their favor. And it
Is believed that with a liberal and Just
execution of present ponslons laws jlt-
tle further In way of pension legislation
will be necessary to secure for thrwreat
majority of the dependent saviors of
the nation to fulfillment of the pledged
faith of the people In behalf of those
who periled thc4r all In the morning of
their lives for liberty and union. The
report of the pension committee will
give full details of Its work and your
special and close consideration is drawn
to this Important rovlew of tho year's
efforts along nenslon lines. In view of
the high character and prominence of
the mombors of this committee your
commander-ln-chlof has loft this branch
of the work of the Grand Army to be
mainly presented by them to the encamp-
ment. MEMORIAL DAY.
Profoundly Impressed with the weak-
ening way memorial day is blng ob-
served in the elemont of games and (li-
the dear dead Is now tho rule. As it
does not need a soor nor prophet to
foretell that In a fow years we are all
gone the sncrednesB of this one day of
patrlotlo memories will be a dead and
gono memorial unless Its original purpose
Is wisely safeguarded. The new custom
s uttering flowers o nthe waters In mem
or yof those who died on th sea In
battleships or other wise. Is a touching
nfm'ifil v.orthy of the widest exten-
sion and observance. The object in thus
j urging the designation of the last Sun-
d.i In May for a national memorial div
li In order that tne sccredness of tlu
Sabbath may preserve it in the heart-
f f future generations for on this day
the graves of soldier" and Bailors and
all our dear ones could be decorated
each order and friend doing this in their
own way and all to teach that life and
death aro the common lot of man and
that the culture of tho living is measur-
ed by the tonder memories of the dead
Tho legislation necessary for this change
would bo so easily and readily provided
ns to render objections on this sore
without force. Viewed from a national
standpoint tho recommendation thus sub-
mitted has many arguments In Its favor
As to season the last Sunday In May
wouW bo generally acceptable for th
flowers bloom everywhere In our union
th n and the lessons nature so wonder-
fully teaches through plant and bud and
flowers nro almost universal. And as wo
versions of ono' sort or another which
are more and more coming Into view
your comnnder-In-chief strongly recom-
. mis that It fall on tho last Sunday
In May. If this change Is made It Is be-
lieved from wldo consultations Inter-
change of views that that the holy Sab-
bath day will preserve It from the d1 -crations
which now largely pervert the
tender assocltntlons of this unique mem-
ory day from Its original signification
This subject was presented to the Thirty-Second
annual encampment at Cincin
nati In 189S and failed to receive the full
rupport of comrades at that time owing
It Is believed to the lack of careful con-
sideration. The main objections made
against the proposals were (1) that the
(Continued from First Pase.)
legal holiday now fixed for May 30th
would have to be changed causing much
trouble. (2) That it would not be wise to
change the dato ns originally designat-
ed and (3) that the clergy would not
approve the selection of Sunday. Thee
objections appear almost trifling in view
of the fact that the growing tendency
of making an ordinary holiday of me-
morial day more conspicuous for games
and sports than as a memory day for
now front face in one line of Christian
American citizenship one In love of the
stnrs and stripes and ono in loyalty ti
the union we can well unite on one
memorial day for our dead when the
mournful and yet sweet memories of
our departed dear ones may be fitttlngly
and lovingly remembered as our heart
and tastes point out the way .
THE WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS.
This noble organization has been a tow-
er of strength during the past yeir and
stand for the largest Influence as an
auxllllary to our order. The devoted
loyalty of Its members to all the Inspira-
tions of patriotism and good citizenship
are too well known and appreciated t)
call for extended reference at this time
Wherever there ' Is a Woman's Relief
Corps a Grand Army post will always be
found. Their work Is one noble In Its
aims rich in sympathy and unceasing
along all fraternal lines. Tho genera-
tions to come In our great country can-
not fall to rlso higher In love of the
union and loyalty to our American civili-
zation with such a womanhood as Is now-
found In the ranks of our worthy Wom-
an's Relief Corps and similar organiza-
tions. In their financial aid also we
are greatly their debtor and In behalf
of the Grand Army our best thanks are
TUB LADIES O FTHE GRAND ARMY.
What Is true of the Woman's Relet'
Corps applies largely to the Ladles of
the Grand Army. Their object Is mainly
tho same and In all that strengthens
lojalty and patriotism they are on an
equality. These and other loyal women's
organizations working for the culture of
righteousness and valor among all the
people deserve the fullest confidence and
merit tho unstinted praise of lovers of
true liberty. May God .bless Uiese useful
and worthy organizations having the be-t
Interests of tho comrades and the youth
of the nation so warmly at heart!
THE SONS OF VETERANS.
The nearest approach to privileged sons
of our soil Is found In the Sons of Vet-
erans. To bo tho worthy son of a worthy
veteran of the union army or navy is
indeed a proud distinction And the deep
and abiding interest which stirs the
heart of every veteran in behalf of the
Sons of Veterans Is evidence In regard
and affection of a commanding character.
As to how the Grand Army can best aid
in all the development and strength of
this organization Is a perplexing ques-
tion. The Sons of Veterans with all
their claims to public regard will h-ive to
occupy a secondary position until the
veterans of tho CO's have passed away.
Tho recommendations of the committee
appointed by tho department of Massa-
chusetts to consider the question of what
tho Grand Army would do to favor the
Sons of Veterans is a well thought out
review o ftho situation and has th" fall
concurrence of your commander-ln ehl f
According to the report of tho ndju-tant-general
the membership oi June
30th. 1000. was 276602. Tho net loss for
the year from all causes Is 11319. In this
is Included 7790 comrades who have died
since our last encampment. Among the
number who have died durin gthe year
are many who in days passed were trust-
ed leaders In our great organization.
Tho most conspicuous names upon the
roll of our honored dead aro those of
Past Commander-in-Chief Georso Sar-
gent Merrill of Massachusetts who died
at Lawrence. Massachusetts February
17 1000 and John Pattorson Rea of Min-
nesota who died at Nicollet Island Mln-
neaotn. May 2Mh 1000. Each of theso
comrades enjoyed the highest honors this
great patriotic organization could bestow
and brought to tho discharge of their
duties that earnestness and comradHhip
that won for them the revorence nnd love
of tho Grand Army of the Republic.
The mombors of the encampment knew
Continued on page three
List of entries
and stakes was
closed June 15
and August 1.
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11 to 14
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