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I A. Grand Vice Chancellor. FlCAXK A. HOY, ,. , . , . ,
I '5 J Cirand .Master at Arms. H. p. CALDWELL. I
g - J MKS H BARCLAY, ' Candidate for Grand Outer Guard. ' Grand Keeper of Kecords and Seal. I
1 Grand Chancellor. - . ; - - - "- " .' " "
An inspiring scene, marked the
opening- of the .'54th annual. convention
of the grand lodge Knights. of Pyth-
ias, domain of Illinois--, at. the Illinois
theatre ' this morning, men. women
and children including" the" knights.
Rathbone Sisters and their sons and
daughters rising- impromptu as the
strains of "America" were sounded by
Hleuer's band, wljich had been sfa-
"tioned at the rear of the stage. A
fentleman with a big- voice seated in
the middle of the parquet broke out
singing- the Pythian opening- ode
to the accompaniment of the
Diimi. those armiiin- him )oineil in.
and befire the chorus had been half
done it seemed as if the entire audi
ence, which filled every seat in the
theatre, was singing. It was truly a
One Thousand In Frocenftlon.
The grand parade preceded the ex
ercises at the theatre, the streets
through which the knights passed be
ing lined with spectators. rwhile on al!
sides were displayed the society col
ors, yellow, blue and red. bidding wel
come to the isitors. The line form
ed on Third avenue and Eighteenth
street, moving east to Twentieth,
north to Second avenue, west to
Eleventh street, south to Fourth ave
:Mie, east to Sixteenth, countermarch
ing on Sixteenth to the Illinois, the
original plan to move east to Market
i.quare having- been changed. There
were fully one thousand in line. The
procession was formed as follows:.
Platoon of police.' -
Marshal W. H. I.ammit.
Aides G.AV. McCaskfin. P.. T. David.
Samuel Ryerson, .lames Darnell, A. W.
Davenport Military band.'
I'niform Rank, No. 2. Davenport.
I'niform Rank, No. 12. Mnscatiiv.
'Carriages hearing- grand officers of
the Knights of Pit bias, Uathbone Sif
ters, and speakers.
Light Guard band. Moline.
St. George bulge, K. 1., Moline.
St. Paul I dg Xo. 107. K. P.. and
S. R. Wright, of this city, acted as
master of ceremonies at the public
exercises at the theatre. After a pa
triotic selection by Hleuer's band,
prayer was offered by Rev. O. W.
Lawrence. pator of Memorial Chris
The Kvea Male quartet, of Moline,
Miss Gertrude Carse gave a vocal
selection. "My Heart nt Thy Sweet
Voice," and responded to an encore
bv singing "Annie Laurie."
TVKLCOME FROM LOCAL. 1 TIIIANS-
C.J. Searle rolnts Oat Advaatare of Rock
Island aa a Convention City.
C. J. Searle, in welcoming the visi
tors?! behalf of Rock Island Knights,
"Thae'neen asked by the local com
mittee to extend to you a welcome on
behalf of our community of local K.
P's. Notwithstanding our invitation
to you, and our efforts to get you to
I come here, I presume if you didn't
have somebody to tell you what a
grand order you 'represent; what an
exceptionally intelligent body of men
you are; how proud we are to have
you in our midst; and to 'present
you with the keys of the city." you
wouldn't feel as if you were attend
ing a convention at all. So I think
1 might very appropriately allude to
these time-honored platitudes and
close by assuring you that 'those are
our sentiments.' However, it seems to
be pardonable for one, entrusted with
the solemn duty of making an 'ad
dress of welcome". to 'point with
pride to features of local interest
and modestly extol the merits of his
city. I had intended to take this easy
road tii the accomplishment of my
task, but just in the 'nick of time'
was reminded by our committee on
'revision of speeches. that such a
speech was dcliwrcd to your comen
tion when it was here before, ami a
good many of you were here on that
"So. really, gentlemen of the con
vention, I am at a loss what to say to
you, except to express to you our
appreciation of the honor you do us
by holding again your convention in
our city and again extending to you
.the same heart v welcome- y hope
you experienced When it wa. held
here before.. You gentlemen come
from all over the state of Illinois. I
have lived . in - a number of different
places in Illinois myself.' Every place
1 have lived in' Illinois has seemed to
me the nicest '-place I ever' did-live in.
and 1 wouldn't be surprised if- I had
so expressed myself. So I will en
deavor to be consistent; tthat jewel
that is said to shine like the 'Rarrios
diamond I notice some of our Chicago
friends wearing), and avoid saying t'
you that our city is the finest in the
state. Hut with the candor and love
of the absolute gospel troth so char
acteristic of the profession to which
I belong. I think I may safely say
that, Illinois is undoubtedly the gar
den spot of the world; and and with
all due modesty, can add that there
is no spot in that garden where the
flowers grow more luxuriously than
in the city of Rock Island.
Can Be Shown.
"if you can spare the time from
your anions labors, and stay on this
side of the river long enough to per
mit, any man. woman and child in the
city will be glad to show you these
flowers; from the pure rnd chaste,
snow-white lily to the warmer and
more sentimental for-get-me-not. We
have no beautiful stockyards as they
have in Chicago; no state house and
coal mines that Springfield boasts;
no distilleries with the output and
civilizing- influences of Peoria; nor
strikes and annual floods that distin
guish East St. Louis. Hut gentlemen,
from the standpoint of natural re
sources we don't take a back seat for
any village in the state. It was at
this point where the esthetic Sacs and
Foxes made their last stand lefore
being- shoved over into Davenport, and
their sacred bones intermingled with
LEOXORE L. SIMPSON, -.
Grand M. of K. C.,. Rathbone Sisters.
those of the coyote and buffalo we
are frequently hoisted from the wells
of this locality. Laving the beautiful
and picturesque shores of our city.
is the grand old Mississippi, one of
the largest and dirtiest rivers that
touches Illinois soil. It 'may be inter
esting to you to know that we utilize
this water to some extent for drink
ing purposes; in fact we have one of
the most bountiful supplies of drink
ing water in the state and drink less
of it; but 1 am told that the article
'that made Milwaukee famous', can be
found in plenty in Rock Island.
"Gentlemen, if you are farmers (and
I have no doubt a good many of you
are, as I see before me a good many
that take an active part in politics)
anil have never seen a plow, you will
find, here its native place. The east
end of our city is our manufacturing
district and our friends from St.
George lodge, who sometimes call
themselves 'Molineites' for distinction,
will be glad to show you where plows
and other agricultural anil garden im
plements grow. If you don't abhor
water too much, you will undoubted
ly be shown by our reception com
mittee, an arsenal just across the
slough, said by Ruck Island people
to be the largest in the world, where
l'icle Sam mannfact ures . tin dips,,
halters, belly-bands and other accou
trements of war. We have another
government enterprise here, of which
you have no doubt heard, the Henne
pin canal. History records that bad;
in the " middle ages, the government
resolved to diff this 70-foot ditch, and
I remember when I was a boy, we had
a jollification meeting, with bnrss
hands, sky rockets, and red fire, on ac
count of the prospect of an immediate
eMiitii.ii of our national internal
commerce and the upbuilding of this
point as the commercial ' metropolis
of the great Mississippi valley region.
I am 1o!d that the route for the-canal
has been partially surveyed and the
slakes set and that it is hoped that by
the time railroading falls into 'innocu
ous .desuetude. and railroad compan
ies lose their pull.' this canal will be
traced on Raul & McXally's publi
cations as a prospective route for
Hut. gentlemen.' I must not take up
your time while you are jn our city
expatiating on our attractions. . I must
leave something for you to discover
for yourselves; this I have no doubt
you will do; judging- from your past
record here. We have street ears in
this town, and hotels hotels whose
cots, menu cards, etc., will look so.
familiar to" you that 1 know you will
feel just as much at home as you
would in almost any other city, during
convention time nnd at the same
reasonable rate of from to $10 per
Thing to Discover.
"Hut. gentlemen, I must prevail up
on you to allow me to stop talking.
I know you are here, in part, for
business. 1 am told one of the im
portant things to come before your
on vent ion. is w hether you will em
brace the Rathbone Sisters. Although
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20,
I am myself married. I am still in
favor of this measure. I trust it will
not be considered indelicate in this
connection to mention the only other
new matter I am advised is likely to
come before your convention, the pro
posed K. P. orphans home. I would
suggest to the friends of . this meas
ure, that no vote be taken on this
measure till the Rathbone Sisters are
embraced. Hut. seriously, gentlemen.
I think the inauguration of this pro
posed home is in harmony with the
true spirit and purpose of Pythiahism
and will not only be a fitting act of
true generosity' and charity on the
part of the order; but will be condu
cive to. the perpetuity and redound to
the reputation and glory of the order.
It is my understanding that outside
of the two measures just mentioned,
you will have before you only the
usual routine of business, including
the election of officers. My good
Profiler Wright informs me that he
fears you will insist on our furnishing
a martyr for the office of grand outer
Giand Chief, Rathbone Sisters.
guard. Gentlemen, if this must be. we
will have to bow to the inevitable,
with befitting humility, and wear the
honors thrust upon us as modestly as
we can. In conclusion I want to thank
you for your kind attention and again
extend to you a hearty welcome to
our city. We hope you will spend all
the money you can while with us; and
when you get home again and get
straightened up. will always be glad
you came to this convention in Rock
Island, and will tell everybody so."
MAYOR I'KKPS INTO FUTURE.
Signs of Timet Indicate tTe Are Rapltll'r
Reaching the Ideal Ace.
Mayor William IcCoiiochie welcom
ed the knights and ladies in behalf of
the city, assuring them that nothing
would be left undone to make their
stay pleasant. Then he drifted into a
discussion of the ideal life, saying:
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"These addresses of welcome al
ways seem to me to be dry, formal
affairs, with a good ileal of the same
ness about them; and, of course, they
must be necessarily brief." Xmv if I
am to say anything you will have to
excuse me if I deviate somewhat from
the beaten path. In the first place, I
regret to say I am not a memln'r of
your organization, consequently I
know but little, if anything, of your
history, your aims and objects, fur
ther than your organization is young
in years in comparison with some oth
ers which have come down to us from
the remotest antiquity, gathering the
mysterious rites and ceremonies of
the dark ages. Hut the incident on
which your order was founded trans
pired nearly 2. .")) hundred years ago.
and teaches us a beautiful lessen in
self-denial, love and devotion, friend
ship, charity and benevolence. Its
precepts and teachings were truly
sublime and have but few parallels in
history. This is an age of organiza
tions and societies i f every conceiva
ble character, but all of them, in the
evolution of man from a lower to a
higher type, have, always and always
will play an important and leading
part in bringing men into closer" re
lations with each other, and in us the
dptics we owe to each other as broth
ers to help, aid and assist our poi.r.
unfortunate brothers, their widows
and oi phans.
"I believe the world is always get
ting better, notwithstanding some of
the alarmists and calamity howlers
will try to make us believe otherwise.
I will admit, however, there have been
times in world's history when the hu
man race seems to have retrograded
until our civilization was almost lost.
Mtklng Rapid Strldm.
"Hut the signs of the times would
now indicate we are reaching the
ideal age at rapid strides, when eo
lutionized man will have reached the
highest state of perfection and knowl
edge, so as to utilize all the hidden
forces in nature for his own advance
ment and comfort. The 20th century
opens up new possibilities never
thought or dreamed of by the people
at the beginning or even as late as the
middle of the 10th century. If the
fertile genius of the human brain con
tinues to develop the undiscovered
forces in nature at the same ratio for
another hundred years, no man can
predict what the future will bring
forth to lighten the burdens and im
prove the condition of the human
race, which must eventually bring
forth a nobler, higher and more per
fect type of man.
"In that ideal age that lies just be
fore us, wonderful changes will take
place, cities will give up their streets
to rapid transit companies. Surface
traction companies may run through
the parks or in the center of the boul
evards, with rows of trees on both
sides, at a wonderful rate of speed.
Hut all the fastest trains will run un
derground on a double-rail, overhead
magnetic system, running at the rate
of 200 miles nn hour, so that passen
gers can go from Chicago to Xew
Vork between breakfast and dinner,
and have time enough to take a Turk
ish bath after they get there. In a
little while all the automobile patents
w ill have expired, then everybody will
be whizzing around on rubber tires.
Hut they will never be allowed to use
gasoline- engines. A street full of the
odor of gasoline would be almost as
bad as Pittsburg smoke or the fumes
of the average nickel cigar, to say
nothing of the eternal puffing and
explosion of the auto wagon and the
"They are even now utilizing the
ast power of Niagara falls by pul
ling it into wires, carrying it to the
'cities of Hnffalo ami Xew York to
light their streets, operate and run
their street cars and machinery.
They are also building solar motors
to gather the forces of the sun's rays,
transforming it into electric power.
The time will come when turbine
wheels on the water courses and solar
motors in the tropics will carry pas
sengers and freight not only on Ihe
city lines, but from ocean to ocean,
and will heat ami light our homes and
cities throughout the continent. Cold
blooded scientists predict that before
many years have passed the desert of
Sahara will heat and light the cities
of Rome. Vienna. Paris and P.erlin.
So'ar motors will gather the sun's
force and put it on a wire to be trans
mitted anywhere we want it to do
our work. The waves . of the ocean
will abo be harnessed and their enor
mous power will be utilized for man's
ui-cs now going- into waste. Anil when
we have all these mighty forces pour
ing to our cities, we can 'run our
trains and factories, heat and light
ourbuildingsandstreets at a minimum
end. with a completeness never be
fore attained. Instead of a few bulbs
here an J there, we shall hae a radi
ance pouring in a full flood of soft
light from the walls f ur living
rooms, and the streets will be as bril
liant, as day. instead of an alternating,
dazzling light with inten-dtied dark
ness. Jn that golden era great chang
es will take place in the character of
the people, in their morals, habits and
mode of living. Some of the institu
tions now in M'gne will have no abid
ing place in that ideal age. I am in
clined to think we will hae cry. few
saloons and breweries.
"Gambling- dens, including the board
of trade, stock exchanges and Wall
street stock watering, in tint i n fac
tories will be entirely unknown. T
think there will be very little use for
drug and tobacco stores, for children
will be taught the laws of health
from infancy; doctors would devote
their science in securing good sani
tary conditions and keeping the peo
ple well, instead of waiting until they
get sick and then curing them. A
physician's pay will be in proportion
to the health of the people under his
charge, not in proportion to their
sickness; lawyers will entirely disap
pear along- with the other parasites;
editors and reporters would be more
anxious to tell the truth than to cre
ate a sensation, and nine out of ever.v
10 papers would see the desirability
for- their disappearance. Instead of
so many churches, there would be on
ly one, with first class preachers, or
All Will lie Manter.
"In that ideal age all men will be
masters of their trade or profession,
whereas to... ay men are practicing
medicine and surgery who, if they at
tended strictly to business, might
make passable carpenters an.d wood
butchers. Others who think they are
lawyers, missed their calling when
they left the farm. Some who are
now teachers and professors with pa
tience and perseverance, might make
excellent shepherds anl swine herd
ers. The present-day demagogue and
blatherskite, who always claims to be
the people's friend, would entirely dis
appear from the face of the earth,
nothing- remaining except his fossiliz
ed bones, which, along with those of
other extinct animals, would be on
exhibition in some cheap museum or
curiosity shop. Xeither will there be
any place for that sanctimonious, so
called best citizen and reformer
among honest and honorable men.
His mask would be removed and his
true character revealed and shunned
by all fair-minded men.
"Now yo'u may say this is all a
dream, an 1 that I am a dreamer: that
flu's ideal would mean the I'topian agi
or rather; that the millenium had
come, when the lion and the lamb
would lie ciown tog-ether. That is
just. what I mean. What I say is true
and cannot be successfully disputed,
for 1 think it is safe to say neither
you nor I will remain on earth hng
enough to prove or disprove this assertion.
"Now. Sir Knights,
welcome to tin city,
enjoy yourself. Tin
w hile ou remain.
l again bid you
We want you to
town is yours
If in vour me-
ande'rings you should accidentally lose
yourselves, get tired and weary and
not know just where you are at. call
upon one of the boys in blue and tel!
him to take you to your hotel, if you
have one. If not. we will furnish yo'i
one, anil it will not cost you a cent."
Grand CI mac 'llor Respond
The response in behalf of the grand
lodge was made by (Irand Chancellor
.1. H. P.arkley, who returned sincere
thanks for the hospilable welcome ex
tended by the local lodge and the city.
Pythians of Illinois, in considering
Rock Island at their former conven
tion, knew that they would not be
taking- chances in coming to this i-ity
for their 10KJ meeting. They had
been here before and and were royally-entertained,
and the fact was were
only waiting for an opportunity to
feet back here again. Hen. Panda
stated the business done through his
office during the year was given in
detail in his annual report, which had
been distributed, in Ihe jurisdiction,
lie trusted the lneeting would be one
that would redound to the credit and
good of the order. Gen. Ha relay coin-
Conttnued on I'age Seven.
, ANNA AXTIIOXY,
Grand Chief, Rathbone Sisters.