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B0C3 ISLAUD, ILL., FRIDAY. OCTOBER 15, 1897.
FXUC3 TXZST3 GZ3T3.
Oitizens of Rock Island
to M. W.
LAST NIGHT'S BANQUET AT HARPER HOUSE.
The Spread and the Addresses by Mayor Medill, Head Con
sul Northcott and Others A Happy Event.
Cittsens ol Bock Island showed
their kindly feeling and a welcoming
spirit toward the Lead officers of tho
Modern Woodmen order at tho
Harper last night, through a com
plimentary banqoet which proved in
the highest sens a toast of reason
and a flow of soul. The sentiments
of the community found expression
through tho arrangements made by
the committees on removal of the
local Woodmen camps and the citi
zens who tbroueh their invitation
have been jointly associated in their
endeavors. Manngcr Mclfugh had
taken particular pains and, exercised
admirable taste in tho decoration ol
the hotel lobby and dining hall.
The banquet was set for 8 30, the
honr being thus fifed in ordor to ad
mit cf tte addresses of Head Cor sal
Nofthflott and General Attrraov
Johnson, who were obliged to leav'e
MAJ. V. W. HAVE,
the hall a fow minutes before 10:40
in enter te catch the southwest train
on the Krr-k Island road at that time
for Leavenwcrth, Kas., whero they
are to speak this afternoon at the
great log rolling of the Woodmen of
the Northeastern Kansas LogHolling
association. When the doors of the
banquet hall were thrown open Pe.
tereen's orchestra, stationed in the
ordinary, struck up a march and the
honorary guests entered and pro
ceeded to the tahlo of honor In tho
south end of the room in th"
following order: Head Consul W.
A. Northcott. escorted bf fresidoul
rf the F.vcning William McKniry;
Director A. K. Talbot, oscortod bv
Mayor T. J. Modi.ll. Jr; Gen. Attorney
J. l. Johnson, escorted by Hon. Wil
liam Jackson: Head Cork C W.
Hawes, escorted by Postmaster T. H
Thomas; Director M. j&ckcnhah.
rscorti'd by M. M. Sturgeon; Dlroc
lor J. N. Roec escorted bv Aid.
C. Manrker; wirector J. W. White,
escorted by 8. S. Davis; D rector
Benjamin Smith, escorted bv et
Mayor H. F. Knox;lleaM Adviser I. II
Hornej. escorted by Louts Kjhn; K i-
Keyal aeakee the M pere,
. wbaloaoiac and delicto
Show a Welcoming Spirit
tor F. O. Van Galder, of the Modern
Woodman, and F. S. Talbot, brother
of Director Talbot. The other guests
followed, taking seats about the
tablos which had been arranged
running lengthwise the entire longth
of the hall. When all had been
seattd, the feast was rerved, which
proved one of Manager McIIngh's
best, and which won him the praise
on all sides that it merited. The
dinner bills, whish were embellished
with a cat of the proposed Wood
man's homo in Rock Island, pro
vided for the following:
Saw York Counts.
Spanish Ollrea. Celery.
Roa.t Tenderloin of llecf . Miwhroom Sauce.
Mesheit Potatoes. French Peae.
Kouit Mallard Duck. Appie Sauce.
A "sorted Cake.
"LOW Of OtATOftY ItEGIKS.
atnel Kipreaelona of Batlaraetlon aad
Uood Wilt Made.
Han. William McKniry, the toait
mastur, uncorked tho oratory. la
the course of emaiks he said the
occasion wr. .ale on which the citi
zens of K'Mk Island might well re
joice. It was also an occasion on
which tho Modern Woodmen might
woll rejoice, and that the citi
zens of ibis great state of Illinois
wight well rejoice, since the law had
demonstrated itself as being su
premo, and what will rulo in the
treat state of Illinois. The Modern
Woodmen is a creature of Illinois,
having recoived Its corporate power
from this gi ett slat?, aad he could
aay as a member of the ordor, that
tho creature is not ashamed of the
creator. Whn it became necessary
that the will of the order t-hould be
carriol out. the state of Illinois
came forward with its legislative,
judicial and executive fcranohes. to
tor-, the mandates of the order,
whose headquarters are now safely
launched in a city whifh will cher
ish and protect them. Mr. McEniry
then introduced Mayor ? T. J.
Medill, Jr., who delivered the address
of weloomw, speaking as follows:
The Mayor AdCr w,
Mr. Chairman, Gentlemen of the
Board of Directors cf the Modern
Woodmen of Arccriea and to all of
onr Brother Woodmen: I realize
that I am hardly cqnal to the occa
sion of standing before yon this
night to extend to yon the royal
welcome to this city, which ever?
cltiaen ct Rock Island desires you
To convey to yon in full, gentle
men, the expressions cf gratitude
and the kindly feeling of our citi
zens would require a much more
able tongue than mine. Our peo
ple feel jabilant not enly for the
reason that tl.e headquarter of the
Modern Woodmen are permanently
located here, bnt from the fact that
justice has prevailed and the majes
ty of the law, honestly administered,
naa Deen upheld.
The history of this long drawn out
con met, with its many dangers ana
vexations, is familiar to yon all. The
many insults and injuries which yon
nave ocen subjected to are known to
ns. It is not my province to recount
them this evening, but to extend to
you one and all that welcome which
comes from a law abiding and sym
We rejoice with yon in your sufr
cess and honor yon for your courage
and loyalty for having, in the face of
the most adverse circumstances, car
ried to a successful termination
the thrice expressed will of your na
We trust that yon will never have
occasion to regret the selection of
our city for your permanent home.
We believe that when you become
acquainted with onr people yon will
like them, and we are sure they will
lite you. we know they are inter
ested in Woodcraft and will help you
and maintain you in the upbui.ding
of this great order, which you have
the honor to represent. While our
reception to you may not be as warm
and demonstrative as was your part
ing witn tne city you so lately nave
left, you pardon cie it I assume to
inform yon that our welcome comes
from the heart and not the head.
If it should come to pass that in
the multiplied volume of your busi
ness 'oar city may not be able to
afford the convenienoes that your
great order may demand, and it shall
he docrced by yonr heal camp that
you desire to move elsewhere, before
onr city ia turned over to a mob of
ts citizens to prevent your removal,
where riot runs wild' and law is de
throned, may her banner be trailed
into the dust and let fair name be
blotted off the map of onr great state
of Illinois. Gentlemen, sgain I wel
HUD CONSUL .NUKTIIOOTT SPEAKS'
L'loqatntly A, know led area the Con rtc ilea
Lieut. Gov. W. A. Northcott, head
bead consul of the Woodmen order.
as called upon to respond
to the; address of welcome. He
said the five years' conflict
through which we have passed has
brought forth the beet energies of
both contending forces. It was a
conflict which carried with it a great
principle that shone cut above all
other factors in the contest, and that
was the great principle that the Mod
ern Woodmen had the power to say
where us neau ouice should be locat
ed. Among those to whom we are
moat indebted for the bringing of the
otlice here Is Mj. C. W. Hawcs. This
Is true ; because from the time he was
elected head clerk he was loyal to the
interests of Eock Island. From that
day until now he has been unceasing
in his efforts at the risk of every sac
rifice; in the faoe of every danger; in
the faoe of ostracism at home and his
family from all social privileges; in
the' face of personal danger, he has
stood lirm by the city of his birth.
Mr. Northoott referred to the valuable
service rendered by Attorneys J. U.
Johnson and William Jackson and
Hons. William McEairy and William
Payne, the latter in securing ne:es
sary legislation, and of the work
done by those locally interested, in
cluding the press. There never was
a nation which went to war that did
not believe that it was absolutely
right, said the lieutenant governor;
ever since the world began, that did
not believe in the justice of its cause,
and every man, woman and child in
Fnlton stood firm in the belief of
their right, as did our forefathers who
threw tne tea into the harbor at the
ontbreak of the revolution. They
said they had beaten ns in the su
preme court once and ought to have
the right to go there again. Like the
rejected lover in the presence of the
one accepted, Fnlton should have
bowed in acknowledgment to
the will of this jurisdiction. The
people cf that town had no right
in this contest, and no moral position
to stand upon. The nn fortunate cir
cumstances connected with this con
test he hoped would soon be forgot
ten. Hut there are some that cannot
be erasd from our memories. The
head officers can never forget the
stabs prior to the removal made in the
public press, and they cannot forget
toe stabs at their character and con
duct as officers; cannot forgive the
mayor ol niton (unless that forgive
ness be asked ; oannot forgive, the
malloious stabs at the characters of
the head ofBers unless some amends
should be made. We brought the
old ship of Woodcraft to the harbor
of Rock Island, and as time goes on
with tea grand work ol woodcraft
may its home always remain here
undisturbed by any conditions what
Ueaeral Atterney Jefcnaon.
J. G. Johnson, head attorney of the
order, was called npon to respond o
the toast, "The Struggle for Kemov
al." He said he had seen a great
many slot machines in his life. He
bad gone up against a Dumber of
them, bnt never before saw a machine
in which you put a dinner in the slot
and get a speech. He was inclined
to.ttluk that-those machines only
flourish in the larger tewn ' for
iu the seven years he had been going
10 ue mile town up the river he did
not remember of having had the op
portunity to go against such a ma
ohine. It is true, they told ns in
derision that when we got a legal
right to move onr head olBce out cf
that city, they would give ns a ban
quet. He understood they gave Gov.
Northcott and Gen. Reece a banquet,
but he teard it only consisted of
potatoes and eggs. He really
thought the less said of eomo of the
features of the Woodmen removal
trouble the better we will all be off,
so far as the action taken by onr
friends op the river is concerned.
He really thought it would be charity
to draw the mantle of forgiveness
over all they had to do In the strug
gle, and so far as the enthusiastic
approval and assistance given by the
people of Hock Island. Moline and
across tie river at Davenport. It
would be impossible for his words to
add to the glory acquired. As Shakes
peare says: "it would be almost like
attempting to gild refined gold or
paint the lily." Mr. Johnson here
took occasion to return his heartfelt
thanks to the business men and all
the people of Rock Island for the
enthusiastic support given him
at every turn. Four months ago,
he said, he came here practically a
stranger, yet in so short a time he
has come to feel that in almost every
man in Rock Island he has a friend.
He had no words to express the ap-
HON. WILLIAM M'CNIKT.
preciation of the kindness all had ex
tended to him here. He realized
wbon he heard of the p'eaant things
said cf him personally it was largely
due to the enthuninim on.i intAt-nat
felt in the mission in which he was
engaged, and ho begged t give as
surance that he hud nnt thVfln Avnrv
nice thing said about him personally.
una regaraen tnem nil rrom the
standpoint, more perhaps, in the
mission in which he was engaged,
than nim individually. Ic conclu
clusion Mr. Johnson svid that if he
oonld in the future, while tho order
Is among us, and while he was con
nected with it. (In nnrrrit tn akrpnerth.
en the bonds which are forced be
tween Rock Island and the Modern
Woodmen order, be would feel that
thon in some small degree he will
HOM. WILLIAM JACKSOJf.
have deserved all of tr.K kindneaa
he had received here during the
ADDRESS MAJ. O. W. HlWIt.
Bepood to the Taaat, TJio Urnwlh of the
Maj. C. W. Hawes responded to
the toast. "The Growth of the Or.
der." He was greeted by roand af
ter ronnd of applauae. which lasted
fully a moment. -Fallow citizens."
he said, rea.ize tonight, as I never
aid bclore that life withont friends
is not worth the living. The trans.
lion rrom a dnsert to fertile plains is
not greater than the chsage I bava
CTprlrtnci1u the peat 10 davs.
H3 said he cam to express his ap
preciation for the kindness accorded
the head officers by the people of
Rock Island, which has become the
fixed home of one of America's great
est orders. He said the subject as
signed him would require the use of
a mass of statistics, which he felt it
would be burdensome to inflict on
his hearers. The Modern Woodmen
waa born in 1888 ftat Fulton, aaid
the major. The records were ia a
chaotic condition when he was
placed at his helm in 18'.0. It took
much work to get things in proper
working order, and now, he said,
without egotism, he could state any
information desired coneerning the
affairs of the order oould now be te
cured in one moment :. the head of
fice. The Modern Woodmen is the lar
gest order in America doing business
nnder one roof. The business of 1897
will amount to nearly 93.OC0.00 ). A
little over 9,000,000 has been dis.
bursed since the organization's birth.
The supply department will ship out
annually supplies amounting to $60,
000 to 170.000. The order owes not
a cent. All claims are allowed month,
ly. The general fund of the order
has a balance cf 1279, 000. Out of
this the building will be erected.
He said It afforded much pleasure to
ttite that the directors had invited
bids for the building of the Woodmen
headquarters and dirt would be liv
ing down on Fifteenth street within
hfieen days and the structure com
pleted before another year has passed
"What Removal Means."
William Jackson in response to
the toast. "What Removal Means to
Rock Island," said he saw before
him some of the men who were pres.
ent at the meeting of the Citizens1
improvement association when the
removal subject waa first broached.
tie aid not believe anyone thought it
would require anch a long atru?ele
to secure the prize. But it ia all
over now. There will be no more
Injunctions; no more battles. It is
five years since Rock Island beean
its tight. The removal means to
Rock Island that our hopes are
realized, largely through the assist
ance oi tne citizens ol Kock Island,
who have always been in readiness,
each and everyone, to do his share.
If there is anybody we are under
obligation to it is to the members
of the board of directors. They
have been trne to the trust from the
first which the order oonflded to them.
There will be a great and constant
material benefit to Rock Island
as a result of the removal. Mr.
Jackson said 16 of the clerks are
heads of families. One of the clerks
told him that each family averaged
three. In 1895 the clerks numbered
10. In five years it has increased to
49. The Modern Woodmen has a mem
bership of 260.000. The day will
come, as Gov. Northoott predicted.
continued the apeaker, in the next
nve years when the order will enroll
In its membership 1.000.000 men.
requiring iso clerks to trans
act its business. It means to
Rook Island increased population
a population which we will ba proud
of. There will be paid out la sal
aries in the head office this year $25.
000. This will be mostly left with
Rock Island merchants. With In
cidentals the outlay will aggregate
28,000. No wonder Fulton fought
for the office. We would fight for it.
too, but not in the manner in which
the Whiteside village did. Be it said
to Sock Island's credit, orry as we
would be to part with thn headquar
ters, we would let them depart in
peace, and never raise a hand against
it or throw a rock. The Woodmen
order paya out annually for postage
$3,000. The order cannot longer live
in an attic or in a cellar. It has
decided to build a home, one that will
cost 175.000. This ia a gift to the
city. If the ratio continues tho new
members taken in by this order this
year will be 63.000 equal to
the population of the three
cities. Mr. Jackson stated that
when he learned of the indigni
ties to which the clerks in the head
office were being subjected to at Fnl
ton his feelings quickened with a
desire to liberate them. In Rock
Island they will find they are among
their friends. We will take them to
our hearts and to our homes. They
are an honost, indnstrions and seb'-r
set of citizens. They will add a great
moral influence to the city. Sixteen
of them are married. The citizens
of Rock Island may well feel proud
that they are with us and are going
to stay with ns. The clerks cn go
out on the streets without fear of
being pelted with rocks. Instead
they will meet a cherry salutation.
and when they shake the hand of a
bock Islander they can feel that thev
are meeting a friend.
The Mtatae'e Kmercenar Boty."
Director J. N. Reer- who ia ad jo
tant general of the atate militia, waa
next introduced. He responded to the
topic, "The State'a Emergency Duty."
it is a severe task to explain the
state's duty in an emergency, aaid
the adjutant general. But in view
of a recent experience at Fnlton, he
could aay a little something on the
subject. Each sheriff desirea to pre
serve peaee in hia jurisdiction with
out toe assistance or the state mili
tia, but in the most instances he
fails. He said he witnessed a sor
rowful spectacle at Fulton a few
weeks ego. when the sheriff, snr
rounded by an angry mob. aaid
"My God, has it eome to this; not
one of my fellow citizens to eome to
my aid." The bheriff bad only one
course to pursue call for the aid of
the troop, and but for their prompt
arrival. Gen. Reece stated. Rook Isl
and would not have the pleasure of
banquetting Lieut. Got. Northoott.
The general said he had been on the
battle field, had faced bullets and
bayonets, bjt he oould aot recall a
time when he atood before a more
blood-thirsty mob than that by which
he was surrounded at Fnlton on the
ulght of Sept. SO. In corclosion the
speaker thanked the people of Rook
Island for their kind reception,
-rue Ordee'a ftatUfeettea."
Hon. A. R. Talbot was the next
speaker. His toast waa "The Or.
der'a Satisfaction." "Mr. Chairman
and gentlemen of the jury." he be
gan. "I believe you have heard the
arguments fully laid before you and
are ready to reach a verdict." Then
he told, a story. Recently a man
died in a nearby village. When he
reached his destiny and noted
the familiarity of the surround
ings, he remarked. "Why, this
is aot heaven." An imp. who
was shovsling coal, replied: "No,
this is not heaven; thts is
that other place." Mr. Talbot the a
told of hia visits at Fulton in the ca
pacity of director and how he was
watched and honnded by deputies.
When he returned home to Nebraska
hia friends would ask him how he
was getting along in the Woodmen
case. He would answer them
like the old farmer did: "I am mak
ing my living jumping sideways "
He said the ball game was over.
J. G. Johnson had served behind the
bat, and William Jackson officiated
as short stop. Not a Faltonite
touched first. They all fanned out.
Now we are satisfied. There never
has been a thing done in the history
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f C -Apr7
fiKKtKlt. AITORNKT f. it. JOBXSOIT.
of the order that so gratified 200.000
of our countrymen as when the news
went over tho wires stating that the
records were out of Fulton and
en route to Rock Island.- A man
treated as the Woodmen offioors tsve
been treated by Rock Island, ho
would not be satisfied, concluded Mr.
Talbot, would not be content
ith a seat on the right side
of the throne. To know that the
order Is safe among its friends. Is a
satisfaction which everyone inter
ested fools In the highest degree.
The battle cry of the Modern Wood
men of America is "Home, Sweet
Home." We are here and satisfied.
Other Dlreeteri apeak.
There were calls for Director
J. W. White. He said when
he was reading a story re
cently it recalled to him some of
the ttials and tribulations which the
Woodmen order experienced ia his
couhty of Whiteside. 5ot all of the
people of Whiteside county are in
ralton. there are probably 1.300
loyal Woodmen ia that county which
are loyal and alwaya have been to the
decrees of that order. The conten
tion has not impeded the growth of
tne v ooamen, a. though it has been
unpleasant and has subjected the of.
fleers to many criticisms, aome of
them unjust. But it is at an end.
There is a suit still pending, bnt In
junctions, now many they may be.
win not in are tne order.. The
Woodmen home la among its friends.
The coming of the order and its aux
iliary, the Royal Neighbors, means a
great acquisition to Kock Island and
we must at least appreciate and recog
nize the efforts of the people of Fnl
ton in trying to hold on to a good
thing, though we may not uphold
Director M. Qaackenbush was
next called for. He said he felt like
Mark Twa . whea he aaid he had a
giant intellect for making a speech.
but didn't have it with htm. The
deir of Fulton to hold the Wood
men ofiices reminded htm of an
Adonis looking boy who had bees
warned by hia father not to go tats
the horse's stall without first speak.
Ing to the animal. Urn disobeyed.
He gut kicked, his faoe being badly
disfigured. He asked the doctor af
ter his wounds were dressed, if ha
would look as well aa before, lie
was told that he would not, but that
be would have a deal more sense la
the future. That is Fulton's posi
Director Benjamin Smith, oa
being called upon for a speech,
told about a remark his lit
tle son recently made, when oa be
ing told by his mother that his chick
ens had gone to roost "it they were
all roosters-V Mr. Smith aaid the
people present belonged where the
chickens were, as the hoar was grow
leg late. In ronclasloa he thanked
the peop'.e of Rock Islaad aud assur
ed them wherever he had been Wood
men were satisfied with the removal
from Fulton to Rock Island.
F. O. Van Galder, editor of the
Modern Woodman, was called upon.
He said nothing would give him
more pleasure than when en the
next issue of the order's paper, he
would have Inserted at the top of the
editorial column: "Send your mail
hereafter to Rock Island Instead '
Fulton." He aaid whea he used
go to Fulton, his family always 1
monished him to write before he
reached the Whiteside Tillage, o
they would know he was sate. air.
Van Galder said he had just received
a letter from his little danghttr.
Among other things, she said:
"Baby Is growing fast and getting
more sense. Hoping yoa are doing
the same, eto." Mr. Van Galder
concluded by aaylng he would post
pone the delivery of a speech until
It was midnight. Toastmaster
McF.olry arose and announced that
the beuqnet was at an end. As the
guests departed they joined In sing
in? "Anld Let g Syne."
The speech i were interspersed
with selections by the II. O. quartet.
9. J. Collins and Petersen's orchestra.
The complete list of thoae who aa.
joyed the occasion Is appended:
Hun. W A Nurtl,Outt. Maj. C. W. Ilawee.
1 H.TnuiTift'. lion. William Mcfcalrr,
K. o Vat, .aider. I,ula Kofaa.
It It Hint, II K knoa.
Hen anna SmUti. M M. SKirtrena.
I'rof. M tuackeaduan A XL W ". Mnuaker,
s. S. lav!,. tHru.l H Reeee.
Hun J W Wbtto. Hem. W Ullaai Jeakarm,
Hvk. J . Jolm-in. Mirer T. J. MnOiU. Jr .
Hon. A . H Taiout.
U alt-r Johfwuev
H. I. S)riiMfa.
K. T I mil.
r. K Mat4Miey,
i M. C ollU-an.
H C. Ilartt,
W. II Melntyre.
J W. CaveuaufS.
J V. l-arSner,
rra W lienor.
!.. M ItalMHtck,
W K. raeaell.
ieve K Spencer.
T II Ihtliy.
I II rieaveland.
M. f. K'ce.
r. W. Kinck.
W H. Maraeall.
li F lteear,
i K. I'enrr.
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