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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS.. TUESDAY. MAY 31, 1910.
MORE LIGHT ON
Robert Eexdale, Former Su
preme Secretary, Makes
HAD FAITH IN THE OTHERS
Money Paid to Him Put Up as Guar
antee of Salary, to Be Given
in New Position.
Robert Rexdale, former supreme sec
retary of the Fraternal Tribunes, when
seen today regarding the statement
given out by Harold A. Weld with
referenoe to the affairs of the Frater
nal Tribunes, had the following to say:
"H. A. Weld called me to his office
Sunday evening and said that he was
giving a statement to' the Chicago Tri
bune. I told him that as I had testified
before the grand jury, I had expected
to have my statement come out when
that ibody, or the authorities, were
ready to release it. I found that he
had the statement prepared, and I sug
gested that it was ouly fair to call the
local papers in and that was done. I
said I was perfectly willing to have
all this matter published, but had not
felt free to do so.
. Can Corroborate Part.
"The only part of Weld's statement
I can corroborate is that which relates
to myself. I was assured by Dr. A. L.
Craig of Chicago and K. M. Whltham
of Aledo that no part of the money
was in any sense from the funds of
the Fraternal Tribunes or from the
funds of any other society, but was
the individual funds of Thomas W.
Wilson and the other four constituting
the management of the American
"When I was called by Dr. Craig to
Chicago, I met Dr. Craig and K. M.
Whitham in my room in the Kaiserhof.
It took them some time to talk over
the condition of the Tribunes. They
pointed out that it was going down
and that we would make a net loss
during the year in spite of the money
spent and the work done in the field.
They laid great stress upon the fact
that they didn't want the order to go
down; that they had other matters
in the way of business and that they
couldn't give any more time to it;
that they were sorry for me because
of all the hard work I had given to the
order for all these years and that I
had nothing else to go to and no
means, and that the only way to save
the order wae to ha,-e some other fra
ternal society come with us and build
It up by uniting the two.
Home Circle Xamrd.
"They sprung the American Home
Circle as a strong and well managed
society and said that it wanted to come
in with us. I told them I knew noth
ing about the American Hon Circle
or the men at its head, and asked them
about the character of the men and
the standing of the society. They as
sured me that they were of the highest
standing, both socially and financially,
and that their motives were clean and
that the movement was for the good
of both societies. They said that these
men were willing that I should be
given a cash guarantee that my posi
tion would be secure to work with the
order; that I could do the best work
in the field, handling the deputiec and
in editing the official paper. The
amount of cash was not named.
Merely "Taking; In New Member."
"I raise! the point that I thought
we could not ta.ke over the society
without consulting the entire meraoer
ship of the Tribunes in accordance
with a certan by-law of the order. They
replied that it had nothing to do with
a matter of this kind as it was simply
taking in new members. I also under
stood them to say that they had con
sulted General James McCartney of i
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If by proper selection of food one j
can feel strong and fresh at the end j
of a day's work, it is worth while to
know the kind of food that will pro-1
duce this result.
A school teacher out in Kansas j
says in this connection:
"I commenced the use of Grape- j
Nuts food five months ago. At that j
time my health was so poor that I
thought I would have to give up my
work altogether. I was rapidly los
ing in weight, had little appetite,
was nervous and sleepless and ex
perienced almost constantly a feel
ing of exhaustion.
"I tried various remedies without
good results; then I determined to
give particular attention to my food
and have learned something of the
properties of Grape-Nuts for rebuild
ing the brain and nerves.
"I commenced using Grape-Nuts
and have since made a constant and
rapid improvement in health, in
spite of the fact that all this time
I have been engaged in the most
strenuous and exacting work.
"I have gained 12 pounds in
weight and have a good appetite, my
nerves are steady and I sleep sound.
I have such strength and reserve
force that I feel almost as strong and
fresh at the close of a day's work
as at the beginning.
"Before using Grape-Nuts I was
troubled much with weak eyes but
as my vitality increased the eyes be-V-me
"I never heard of food as nutri
tious and economical as Grape-Nuts."
Read the little book, "The Road to
Wellville," in packages. "There's a
Ever read the above letter? A new
one appears from time to time. They
are genuine, true and full of human
Chicago, a former attorney general of
Illinois, on that point and that the
legality of tha action could not b
fected by the by-law. That assured
me on that point. I told them that I
couldn't tell anything about the matter
until I knew the absolute condition of
the American Home Circle and
whether it would be satisfactory to the
members of our supreme body and to
the membership in general.
"K. M. Whltham stated that he
would go upon the floor of every tri
bunal In the Jurisdiction and convince
them that this was the thing to do to
make the order' a success. I made
no promises, and would not until the
matter had been investigated by a
committee it was proposed to send to
Springfield. I wanted to know all
about the legality of the movement
and that it was square and right. They
assured me that it was and said ;hat
H. A. Weld was coming up and that
they wanted to go over the matter
Go Over Same Ground.
"The next day I was called over to
the office of Dr. A. L. Craig in the Old
Colony building and found Msosrs.
Craig, Weld and Whitham. The mat
ter was talked over again in a general
way, covering the same ground as the
day before, laying particular stress
upon the condition of the Tribunes as
to the lack of growth and the increas
ing death rate. They all seemed to
think that the best thing to do was to
take- another society in with us. I
again raised the point that the by-laws
prohibited amalgamations without be
ing presented to the entire member
ship and was again assured by Weld
as well as the others that trie by-Jaw
did not apply to the matter of re
insurance, as it was simply adding new
members to the order. This was Sun
day afternoon, Oct. 25. 1908.
Dr. Craig said they were to meet repre
sentatives of the American Home Cir
cle at the Majestic hotel that after
noon. It was before leaving for the
Majestic to meet Wilson that Whitham
remarked that if, on investigation
everything proved to be'all right for
the order, that these men, meaning
the board of the American Home Cir
cle, would be willing to put up $25,000
of their own money, of which, he said,
I ought to have $S,000, Weld $6,000,
and the remaining $11,000 to be divided
between Whitham and Craig. I had
absolutely no knowledge of any other
money in the transaction, or that there
was to be anything more paid.
Flint Met Wilson.
"I met with them later that after
noon at the Majestic, and was intro
duced to Thomas W. Wilson as the
supreme president of the Home Circle.
I had had no previous acquaintance
with Mr. Wilson, and during the in
troduction he said that he had seen
me in the Harper house in Rock Island
during the state conclave of the
Knights Templar and had passed the
time of day with me. but he said that
he realized that I did not know who
he was. I did not remember at the
time and had some difficulty in recall
ing the incident.
C F. Hatfield of the Western Re
view was also present. Our conversa
tion was along the lines of what was
best to be done with societies that
are in the condition which the Fra
ternal Tribunes was in. All the time
the American Home Circle was repre
sented to be in fine condition except
ing that they had difficulty in growth
and that by uniting the strength and
forces of both all would be benefited.
Ouh whole talk was along this line,
and the investigation of the condition
of the affairs of the Home Circle, they
promising me that nothing would be
done unless it was proved that the
condition of the Home Circle was as
Committee to Investigate.
"It was the understanding that a
committee would go to Springfield to
investigate everything in connection
with the proposition. I haa no con
versation with Thomas W. Wilson or
any other representative of the Amer
ican Home Circle along any line other
than the condition of the society and
the feasibility .of the two orders unit
ing to successfully prosecute the work
of the order.
"At the conclusion of that meeting
I said that everything would depend
upon the report of the committee we
were to send to Springfield. Only the
good of the Fraternal Tribunes was
in my mind at that and all other times.
"After returning to Rock Island I re
ceived a letter from Craig saying he
had been to see W. C. Galloway of
Aledo, the first supreme tribune, and
that he thought favorably of the idea
of taking in another society if all con
ditions were right. In the meantime
I was informed that, in accordance
with our understanding at the Chicago
meeting, a committee was to go to
Springfield and make a thorough in
vestigation of the condition of the
American Home Circle, the , character
and standing of its officers, and to
confer with the insurance department
as to the character and legality of the
proceedings. I would have been glad
to have served up'on the committee
but was not asked. I was later in
formed that the committee was to be
composed of K. M. Whitham, supreme
tribune; Dr. A. L. Craig, supreme
medical examiner, and H. A. Weld, su
preme treasurer and acting legal ad
viser. Because of the position of these
men with the order, the committee
was satisfactory to me. I reposed
absolute confidence in them, having
been associated with them many years
in the work.
Tribunal ReeelTes Report.
. "Upon their return from Springfield,
they presented their report to the
board of regents of the Tribunes, all
members being present, including Mr.
Galloway. The board was composea
of K, M. Whltham, supreme tribune;
W. C. Galloway, vice supreme tribune;
myself as secretary, and H. A. Weld,
treasurer and legal adviser, and Dr.
A. L. Craig, supreme medical exam
iner. The report was to the effect
that the American Home Circle was
in good condition, and the men at its
head all prominent and highly respect
ed citizens. Figures were presented
bearing out these statements, accord
ing to the following:
"Condition of American Home. Cir
cle Oct. 31, 1808 s Cash on hand, $3,
824.86; reserve fund, 'invested in
bond9 of the Northern Telephone com
"Amount of claims on file and re
ported, including contested claims.
"The income for the first 10 months
of 190S was $34,053.46. Death claims
paid. $59,792.45; expenses. $31,287.52."
All But Two Sign.
"K. M. Whitham then took a fortnai
consent to the different members of
the supreme tribunal and secured
their signatures to It. All that he saw
signed it and he reported that he had
Been all of them except two who could
not be reached..
"On Nov. 19 Thomas W. Wilson,
president; M. B. Garber, secretary;
S. S. Mcllvain, treasurer and banker
at Auburn, 111., and Dr. Walters, medi
cal examiner, and George W. Kenney,
councellor, of the American Home Cir
cle, came to Rock Island and the con.
tract was presented and read and dis
cussed, our side being represented by
our board of regent3, all of whom were
"In that contract there was not a
word said about selling out the Tri
bunes. It was just a reinsurance o
the members cf thr oilier society,
everything to be under the name of the
Fraternal Tribunes. The contract was
Chancru in Odirrra.
"Following the execution of this
contract, the following changes in offi
cials were made:
. "K. M. Whitham resigned as su
preme tribune, and was t-lected su
preme trustee. Thomas W. Wilson
was elected supreme tribune in his
"W. C. Galloway resigned as vice
supreme tribune, and was elected su
"I resigned as supreme secretary
and was elected vice supreme tribune
to succeed Mr. Galloway, and in
charge of field work, at the same sal
ary that I had received.
"M. V. Garber was elected supreme
secretary to succeed me.
"H. A. Weld resigned as supreme
treasurer and was elected as supreme
"Dr. A. L. Craig resigned, and Dr.
Walters was elected supreme medical
examiner in his stead, but- Dr. Craig
was to continue to act with him.
"After this action the joint meeting
adjourned and those present went to
their homes. As soon as my succes
sor came to relieve me I went into the
field work and prosecuted that to the
best of my ability. Everything
seemed to be working nicely. I had
never worked harder in my life. The
results seemed to be coming.
'o Further Mention of Cann.
"Nothing ever had been said on the
money question since our meeting in
Dr. Craig's office in the Old Colony
building Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25,
unless it was mentioned incidentally.
I knew of no conference, and certainly
took no part in one. I didn't see Wil
son again until Nov. 19, and never had
at any time any conference with him
about the money. All of the talk I
had with anybody about the money was
with and in the presence of Whitham,
Craig and Weld, and was in substance
as I have given it heretofore.
"It must have been close to Thanks
giving, 19(S, either the day before or
the day after, that Whitham came into
the office and handed me certificates
of deposit, issued by the Capital Na
tional bank of Lancing, Mich., with
which his brother is connected. These
certificates were, one for $5,000, an
other for $2,500, and gave me a bank
book with $500 as checking account.
He came into my office in the Carse
building and handed me the above
ertificates, making no particular re
p rk cxc?pt to call attention to ihem
as he handed them over. The smaller
certificate was left :n the Lansing
bank. The $2,500 one I transferred to
the Continental National bank of Chi
cago. I checked against this to a lim
ited extent. I felt that it was best not
to Invest this money so that I
might be in a position to hand it back
in the event the affairs of the order
were not properly conducted.
"That is just what I did do when
the discovery wag made that the re
serve fund had been touched and that
things were not going' right.
l.earnn Fund la Moved.
"The first thought I had that any
thing was wrong , was when, on the
day of June 30, 1309, I received a tele
phone massage from L. M. Campeil
of Peoria to the effect that the reserve
fund had been taken from its accum
tomed place in the Chicago Title and
Trust company. Mr. Campball had
been in this city during the day, and
we had lunch together. I had asked
him what was the status of the suit
recently started in Peoria regarding
the annulment of the contract between
the two societies. He said if there
was anything new he would call me
up. He did call me at 7 o'clock that
evening and said there was a rumor
to the effect that the reserve fund
had been taken from, the Chicago Title
and Trust company and deposited
elsewhere. I told him I could not be
lieve it, as to remove the fund would
have required a resolution adopted by
tha board of regents, and certainly no
such resolution wa3 ever even hinted
at in board meetings. At each of
these board meetings there had been
present, besides the members of the
regular board, the four former mem
bers. Galloway, Craig, Whitham and
Weld, as associate members.
"Yet I have heard within the last
few days that such a resolution wa3
presented to the Chicago Title &
Trust company. I asked Mr. Camp
bell to trace the matter further if he
could, and let me know again as soon
as possible. As soon as I received this
telephone I went to H. A.'Weld's home
and told him what I had heard from
Mr. Campbell. I also told him that I
had left word at my home to have the
next telephone call from Peoria to
be transferred to his house. In the
course of an hour J received the sec
ond call from Mr. Campbell, in which
he said that he was satisfied that the
rumor was , true. Weld also talked
over the phone to Mr, Campbell. The
news Campbell had to convey was
Garber Doea A'ot Con Arm.
"I next called up the residence of
M. B. Garber, who was the secretary
of the Fraternal Tribunes and resided
In this city. I told him what I had
heard from Peoria, and asked him
what he had to say. His reply was
that they were likely to say anything
In Peoria, or words to that effect. I
said to him that I wanted an answer
as to whether the reserve fund had
been disturbed or not. He made no
direct answer to the Question, but said
that Thomas W. Wilson, then supreme
president, and I think others were
coming lu a day or so, and then cut
the conversation off.
"I determined then and there that
there was something wrong, and Im
mediately decided to take active steps
to find out what it was. All that I
could do was to get the board of re
gents together, and Whltham was
urged to come. Within a day or two
tho majority of the board came, and
with them W. C. Galloway, 'Dr. A. L.
Craig, H. A. Weld and K. M. Whit
ham, and J. F. McBrlde, who was one
of the supreme trustees and had charge
of Cook county. The matter of the re
serve fund was taken up, and Mr. Wil
ton .made a verbal statement that ow
ing to the necessities of the order on
account of the death rate it had been
found necessary to use the reserve
fund for the purpose of paying the
death losses. He admitted that a large
part of these death losses were losses
that had not been reported to the
officers of the Fraternal Tribunes. He
said that the money had been paid out
legitimately for death claims. It was
decided to bring the whole matter be
fore the supreme body, a meeting of
which had at that time been called.
"In the meantime, at another meet
ing of the board, the officers who had
been officers of the Home Circle,
Thomas W. Wilson, M. B. Garber, Dr.
C. H. Waltern and S. S. Mcllvain.
handed in their resignations as officers
of the Tribunes, and did not appear
at the succeeding meeting of the Su
preme Tribunes, which opened July
13, 1909. At that meeting a report of
all that had been learned about the re
serve fund was submitted to the con
vention. A committee was sent to
wait upon M. B. Garber, who was still
in the city, and secure his attendance
at the meeting. After some delay he
appeared there, but did not bring the
report asked for, and declined to make
any statements. Many questions were
asked by the delegates bearing upon
this whole matter, and made a matter
of record. At this meeting the follow
ing were elected supreme officers:
Supreme Tribune J. F. McBride.
Vice Supreme Tribune L. M. Camp
bell. Supreme Secretary Robert Rex
dale. Supreme Treasurer M. H. Sexton.
Supreme Counsel H. A. Weld.
Supreme Sergeant at Arms Sadie
Supreme Medical Examiner Dr. A.
Supreme Orator W. C. Galloway.
Supreme Guard John Broeker.
Supreme Trustees P. O. Norling,
Elizabeth M. Nees, Fred Wilmerth.
"At this meeting the examination of
the books of the order was started by
the state insurance department. The
convention then adjourned to be called
back again a week or so later, await
ing fhe report of the inspector of the
Worked vlth McBrlde.
"When the body was next called to
gether action was taken to annul the
consolidation contract, and an agree
ment reached looking to an adjust
ment of the financial matters.
"As secretary I cooperated in every
way possible with Mr. McBrlde to re
trieve the order from Its embarrassing
"On June 30, the day we ascertained
that the reserve fund had been with
drawn, no entry had been made on
the books of the. Tribunes showing
that it had been used, whereas we have
since learned that the fund had been
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"Finally the board of arbitration
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that the matter be taker, to the courts.
From this point on the statement is
the same as has been disclosed from
time to time through the public press.
"In regard to the money received
from Mr. Whitham, as I said before,
he handed me the certificates of de
posits in the latter part of November,
1908, and I certainly had every confi
dence In his repeated assurance that
It was a legitimate business transac
tion and that the money did not come
from any improper source. He him
self was largely interested In banking
matters: I had been identified with
him in the Tribune's work for the
past 10 or 12 years and had no reason
to doubt him. As stated in the pre
ceding part of this interview, I re
turned to Mr. Whitham all of the
money he had given me. As soon as
I received word from Mr. Campbell,
June 30, 1909, that the reserve fund
had been taken, I became convinced
that something was wrong and dter
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tion. At my first meeting with him I
told him I was going to return the
money, and I did so, July C, by send
ing it to the bank of his brother in
All Looked Dennlne.
"All of the transactions in which I
had a part looked genuine to me. At
the meeting in Chicago, where I re
ceived the first intimation that any
thing was contemplated relative to
the American Home Circle or-any oth
er society, I protested against any ac
tion looking to a reinsurance until a
thorough investigation had been made,
and the standing and reputation of the
men at the head of that society had
been ascertained. I had every confi
dence in the Individual members of
the committee Messrs. Craig, Whit
ham and -Weld sent to investigate thi
condition of the American Home Cir
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cle and its officers, and I certainly
thought that it was their purpose to
go into a detailed Investigation, not
only of the society and its officers, but
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"When the money was given to me
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was repeatedly given to understand
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deep Interest and to which I had given
the best years of my life."
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So many convincing statements,
similar to the above, have been made
to us privately by sufTercrs from, ag
gravated skin diseases to whom we
have sold the D. D. I). Prescription,
that we feel bound to give it our un
qualified endorsement. By special
arrangement with the D. D. D. com
pany we can furnish anyone who has
not tried the remedy with a special
size bottle for 25 cents. The Harper