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THE ROCK ISLTAXD "ARGUS.- FRIDAY. MAT 30, 1913.
CITY PAYS ITS
TO THE HEROES
Armial Memorial Day Exercises
. Are Held in Fitting
LOCAL SPEAKERS ON
PARADE IS THE FEATURE
Rev. T. E. Newland of Methodist
:- Church Speaks This Morning--G.'
C. Wenoer in Afternoon.
Wi?h Ideal weather conditions and
a. wealth of sunshine, and flowers to
assist In making the occasion a sue
cess. Rock Island paid its annual
tribute to the soldier dead today. The
heroes who fought for the perpetuity
of the nation were remembered In a
fitting fashion at the Memorial day ex
ercises which were held under the
most favorable ausp eta.
All of the details of the observance
bad ben carefully worked, oiit and
there was not a hitch in tho arrange
ments. The program carried out was
full cf interesting features and ex
pressed In no uncertain terms the debt
of gratitude this community owes to
the veterans cl the- (iarK days of tae
Under the direction of G. F. Gaotjf-r,
marshal of the day, af.n:,ted by his
aides. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ward. Mr.
and Mrs. H. It. Simmon and W. II.
Marshall end daugi.ter, ti.e parade
formed on Third avenue. Promptly
at 0:30 o'clock tho march was started,
the papeant moving cast on Third ave
nue to Twentieth ftroet. north on
Twentieth street to Ferond avenue
and vest o:i Second avenue to the
courthouse where the morning pro
gram took place at the monument in
the courthouse par!:.
.The column formation follows:
C. F. Gastjcrnnd aides.
Flatoon of police.
Company A. I. N. G.
W. O. W. drill team.
Siboney Hay camp, U. S. V. V.
Hauberg's Weht End Settlement
- drum corp:i.
Boys', bicycle club. .
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REV. T. E. NEWLAND,
Court House Square.
wooden peg. But when I meet ' the
man who wears that button, I doff my
hat and stand uncovered in his pres
ence. Yes, to me, tne verv ousi nis
foot has pressed is holy ground, for. I
know that man In the dark hour ot
the nation's periL bared his breast to
the hell of battle to keep the flag of
our country in the union sky.
"Maybe at Donaldson he reached the
inner trench, at Shiloh held the broken
line, at Chattanooga climbed the flame
swept hill or stormed the clouds on
Lookout Mountain Heights. He was
ret born or bred to fie soldier's life.
His country's. summon called him from
the plow, the forge,, the bench, the
loom, the mine, the store, the office.
the college, the sanctuary. He did not
fight for greed cf gold to find adven
ture or to win renown, he loved the
peace of quiet ways, and yet, he
broke the clasp of clinging arms.
turned - from the witching glance of
tender eyes, left goodbye kisses upon
tiny lips 'to look death in the face on
desperate fields. When the war was
over he quiclily took up the broken
threads of love and life as best he
could; a better citizen for having been
f-o good a soldier,
What mighty men have'worn this
bronze button Grant, Sherman, Sheri
dan, Logan and a hundred more whose
names are written on the title pages
of deathless fame. Their.glorious vic
tories are known to men. The his
tory of their country gives them
voice. The white light of publicity
illuminates' them for every' eye.
But there are thousands in a hum
bler way, no less deserve applause;
how many knightliest acts of chivalry
were never seen beyond the line or
heard of above the roar of battle?
God bless the men who wore the
button. They pinned the stars of the
union in the azure of our flag with
bayonets and made atonement for a
memory is an inspiration and to the
future it is hope.
The entire program given follows:
Bugle call, "To the Assembly"
Stanley Ege. a
Patriotic selection Bleuer's band.
Song Double quartet.
Decorating of the old soldiers'
Prayer Rev. Otis Dale.
Introduction rW. L. Franks.
Address George C. Wenger.
Music Bleuer's band.
Reading Lamed Eklund.
Song Double quartet.
Grand Army services John Buford
post, G. A. R.
Patriotic selection Bleuer's band.
Firing salute Company A.
Song Double quartet.
- Reading, "Lincoln's Gettysburg Ad
dress" John Gustafson. -
Song, "America" Audience.
Taps Stanley Ege.
Benediction Rev. Otis Dale.
Music Bleoer's band.
XOTfcS OF THE DAY.
Sadly but visibly each succeeding
year shews how rapidly the ranks of
the Grand Army are thinning. There
were more of the old soldiers in the
automobiles than on foot this morning,
and there is not one of them who
would not have preferred to trudge af
ter the old flag.
The police force presented a metro
politan appearance in the nifty sum
mer uniforms, thanks to Commissioner
After all there is nothing more in
spiring than the presence of children
in any procession.
The riding club was a very pretty
Grand Marshal Gaetjer was every
inch a soldier.
The weather was made to order.
The flag of Buford post was carried
in the parade by Miss Bess'e Barth,
granddaughter of the late James Mc-
OFFICERS OF DAY
..Mil - I mi '-Il-I
CAPTAIN J. M. BEARDSLEY,
Master of Ceremonies.
nation's sin in blood. They took the i Kinney, fo long the color bearer of the
negro from the auction block and at j post. Mr. MKinney carried the flag
the altar of emancipation crowned him ja year ago, as had been his custom for
citizen. They supplemented Yankee years. . He died a few days afterward.
Doodle 'with Glory Hallelujah and
Yorktown with Appomatox. Their
powdei awoke the morn of universal
freedom and make the name America
first in all the earth. To .us their
Hauberg's uniformed boys' brigade
presented a patriotic and' altogether
j pleasing spectacle, evincing a fine de
gree of training, both in drumming and
GEORGK C. W'ENGEK,
Memorial Address of Rev. Newland
Taps, "LL&l Eutle Call "Stanley
Music Bleuer's band.
At the "c?riclusifih 'of the morning
After reachins the monument, whicU ifCirincni-3 at the court- house, the
was decorated profusely with flower?, cr!!drn of the Ft hools marched to
the,mornliK program was carried j -.hr. river, v. here ih y boarded a ferry
out.. Rev. T. E. Newland of the First and ,hrcv.. flowers upon the water in
Methodist church delivered the Me-,,t ,v,o j.prn. a who it thPir
mortal day address, in which tie re
counted tltp deed of the brave sol
diers and drew Ier,sins from thV great
itru(tal" for the -present-generation.'
The program In detail follows:
tjik i';iic;:;Ar. ,
Bug!" call Stanley Fri
Patrictic rIectlon Bleuer's Land.
Sonp School clj'llren.
PrHyer H. C. FiiFt.
Sons Double quartet.
In'rodurtlon J. M. Bard?lcy.
Oration-Rev. T. E. Ne -.viand".
Seng nuuh'." quartet.
Mutir n!euer' liand.
Reading. "Tl-. Memorial Day V:..-tor."'-Emll
lives in t!.e navai conflicts during the
rebellion... . - . -V
T ll'l S A FT K U OOt .
Tho arraua". ceremony of decorating
the graves at Chippiannock cemetery
was held this afternoon. L.
Frr.iiks was paster of ceremonies.
Attcrney (leorge f. Wenser made the
cdlrrpr, paying tribute to t'le' veter
ens t:iti snewmg what their courr.e
end patriot sm had accomplishcu to:
.n i m:iMn.
l.arr.od Ekiund pave . a reading.
In his Memorial day address this
morning at courthouse square. Rev.
T. E. Newland, pastor of the First
Methodist church, said:
Memorial day, with its sad and
sacred memories, has come again.
And a3 each new one ,makes its ad
vent, we recall anew tne great and
tragic events that have occasioned
the observance of this day. Time in
its rapid flight has borne us on till
we are half a c?ntury from the great
Civil wJar. It is meant that those who
have sacrificed and died in the strug
gle, or who sacrificed and have since
died should be remembered and hon
ored for the invaluable service they
have rendered their country and hu-
mentty. It is well tha t'ne graves of
the dead are decorated with flowers
and wreathes of laurel and the mem
ory of their noble deeds revives anew
in oratory and song.
One must stand away from the
mountain if he would behold its mag
nitude. Time is necessary in the
analysts of great events. At this dis
tance we tee magnitude. This was
i war on a colossal scale. There were
C. F. GAETJER,
"Tli'e !an V.'ho Wears the Button."
(which was especially appropriate. He j giants in these days who did gigantic
jsa;1: ' I things. The history of heroism holds
I "Sometimeti in passing along the i no nlore thrilling story than that
IHrtet, I meet a man. who in the loft vi hich is given in the records of the
Grand .Army services Jhn iiuforj ; lap-'l of his eoat woarr a little plain, j civi war. Every battle, every i'g i
poft. O. A. R. i mcdft. t:trai-.i nins br-.nze button. ! aont, cf every ot'ier war can be nlre
Sa'.'e to the dead Cr.-T.pany A. j The er.at is o.'ten old and rusty, the than duplicated by the men of the
Patrictic selection W-n End drum lace bcve it seamed and furrowed sixties, who have added a new mean-
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Mim u.t- iln juu i-uuriiiK ui sj-cii jn? to patriotism ana manyraom.
years, perhaps besido it hangs an ! jhjg prosperous generation, which is
t-mi'ty sleevo or below it stumps ainow threatened with effeminancy,
t OtI.rsiO AT Till" JIOVtMKXT,
Martial mu?ie Bleuer's tr.nl.
Song Double q-iarti-t.
Readir.R "I-ineeln's Gettysburg 'Ad
dress" Frazrr Vur-re.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
V- i4'f-:-M B
ought to reopen the pages of history
and linger long on the story of those
other days. Theirs was the greatest
war that ever shook the earth. Two
million men on both sides, were i
drawn In battle array a thousand
miles in length. Two thousand, two
hundred and sixty-one battles were
fought, if we mention conflicts in
which there were more than five hun
dred 'engaged on each side. When
the war was over armies upon armies
of cripples came home to suffer and
eventually die. A million widows and
over three million orphaned chiidren
were left without protection and care.
The shots which destroyed the slave
ships on the high seas also destroyed
I those on the Mediterannean. A race of
slaves in chains was set free. And
the argument of Daniel Webster, that
the union is one and inseparable re
ceived its endorsement at the sword's
point and in letters of blood.
There is something; in all of us that
responds to the magic of military
prowess. That wise observer Dr.
Johnson ence said: "Every man
thinks meanly of himself for not hav
ing been a soldier or been at sea",
and when Boswe'.l 'said, "Lord Mans
field would not be ashamed of it", he
replied "Sir. if Lord Mansfield were
in the presence of generals and ad
mirals who had seen service, he would
wish to creep under the table. If Soc
rates and Charles XII of Sweden were
in company and Socrates should
say 'Follow me and help to dethrone
the c.nar' a man would be ashamed
to fellow Secrr.tes."
Military glory ls so dazzling thai
It blinds wholly most men and a little
all men. An Alexander conquering
worlds until there are no more to con
quer; a Hannibal crossing the Alps
and blowing trumpets outside the very
gates of Rome: Caeser and Napoleon
oversweeping Europe with their vic
torious eagles, are so splendid that the
radiance of their achievements masca
us forget the men they were.
THK BATTLE OF IDEAS.
"It is the reproach of historians
that they have cften turned history
into a mere record of the butchery of
men by their feilow men. But war
plays a email part in tne real story."
This is the estimate of Green, the his-1
which legitimatized in the southern
mind the extremity of action cf 1861.
The history of the movement towards
ccsession is part of the story of his
life and influence. Never has man
exercised a more complete intellectual
deminancy over hiE section, but sadly
to its undoing.
Calhoun was a constitutionalist, but
he obeyed a greater power than the
constitution the necessity of preserv
ing the society of which he was a
part. His strength lay in his believ
ing the wisdom and rignteousness of
the southern social organization.
Daniel Webster was probably the
greatest political genius our country
has produced. His repiy to Hayne of
Scuth Carolina is the greatest memor
able oraticn in our history. When he
had concluded his masterful address
disunion and nullification were forever
banished from our country, though it
required years of war to enforce its
principles. The warfare that began
with arguments in congress was soon
transferred to the lyceum and lecture
hall, then to the state legislatures and
finally it was submitted to the sol
diers. It is interesting to us now to
recount the sophistry cf the spt.th in
the pub'.ic utterances and arguments!
supporting slavery. They usually be
gan with a ridicule of Thomas Jeffer
son's famous statement that all men
were born equal. The second argu
ment was an economic one, based on
the value cf the slaves. Three mil
lion slaves were worth' a billion five
hundred millions of property. The
third argument was religious. Thm
planters invoked the words cf Moses
permitting the Hebrews to hold
slaves and therefcre asserted that
slavery was a divino institution.
Paul's letter sending Onesinuts, the
slave, hack to his rich master Phile
mon was frequently used to substan
tiate the same dogma. Other argu
ments of similar import were con
stantly used to fortify the position
which the south had assumed. So that
Eeventy-two years after the adoption
of the constitution which was called
into being in order to form "a more
perfect union" a new confederacy of
seven southern state wfs formed, and
the great political fabric, which, had
beecme the hope cf every Jover of
tions, drilled in long, marches and
lonely picket watches, starved bynack
of food, torn by shot and shell, thrust
by bayonet and saber, and cruahed by
artillery wheels.' Who is the soidierT
It is the plain citizen whose soul
burns with the fires of patriotism that
never cool till his great heart ceases
to beat. The heart of the common
people was the heat center from which
the power for victory was generated.
COSVICTIOXS PROntTE GREAT MEX
Once in the heroic days of Greece,
Herodotus went to the Olympian
games. Soon he was recognized, and
the multitude bore him on their shoul
ders around the arena, saying "Let us
honor the man who has written ourj
history." " ,
So we come today. We do well to
recall the virtues and achievements of
our mighty. We do we.l to stand by
the lengthening shadow of our heroic
past and measure ourselves by the ma
jestic proportions of such lives that
we may grow up into greater measure
ments. If the "first business of a re
public is the manufacture of great
soifls," then we shall do well to exalt
our standards and ideals todaj.
Rightly, to measure our great men
we must measure them as we do this
building, below the water table and
above it. Its strength lies not ta its
fair exterior or beautiful finish, but
in the foundation. Great men are the
product of great convictions.
The era of the Civil war was the
era of heroes. Great menwalked in
regiments up and down the land. It
was the era of Seward, the all-round
scholar, of Chase, the greatest secre
tary of the treasury since the days
of Alexander Hamilton. It was the
age of great orators, for then Wen
dell Phillip and Henry Ward Beecher
were at their best. It was the era of
Emerson, the philosopher; of Theo
dore Parker, the reformer; of Garri
son, the abolitionist; of Lovejcy, the
martyr; of Lowell and Whittier, the
poets of freedom; of Greely, the edi
tor. It was also the age or me great
est soldiers. Grant and Sherman and
Sheridan and Lee. It was the age of
Lincoln, the master of men, the in
disputable genius, tha peer of the
world's greatest statesmen'.
KRAMERS OF GREAT EVENTS.
Millet took a piece of canvas, a lit
tle color, and produced the An
gelus. God and man honor "the
arduous greatness of things achieved."
Fowler says "Immortal heroes are
those who make a bend in the stream
of human history." Measured thus,
the men of the sixties, have ail the
qualities that make for greatness.
They mastered all trades and utilized
everything that genius could invent.
NAVAL HEROES .
Memorial Services at the .Ar-
senal This Afternoon Are
Interesting. ' :
Memorial day exercises were held,
at the Rock Island arsenal this afternt
noon. .The affair was in charge of thT
Davenport and Moline G. A. R. and
auxiliary societies. The graves at the ,
national cemetery were decorated)
with flowers. j
The address for the day was given, r
by Guy A. Feeley of Waterloo former
speaker of the lower house of repre
sentatives of Iowa. Members ot the,
G. A. R. were taken to the cemetery
in automobiles and as the bridge to
the island was crossed flowers were
scattered on the water in memory ot
the heroes who died in naval con
flicts during the rebellion.
They built bridges, launched vessels.,
constructed pontoons, repaired wea
pons, constructed and operated rail
road and telegraph lines. Charging
through a country, they could create
a 'desert with one hand, and in an
hour with the other hand reconstruct
the whole civilization. In the uiriver-
slty of the world they have been
among its greatest teachers. You can-;
no overestimate the value of such
men. They are priceless. Civilizations'
are but the sum of the products of tha
greatest thinkers and the greatest
workers. Monuments, books, archt-'
tecture. invention, all are but the;
crystalized deeds of greatness. The'
deeds which they did are among -the
mountain peaks of history. ' They
have written a new chapter in th?
record of heroes. They rest" oit?
"Fame's eternal camping ground"."
The war is over and a brighter day1
has dawned upon our republic. Ovet?
the canon's mouth the spider weaves'
his web. The tattered flags are now
hanging upon the walls of fame. Oura
country revels In luxury and rejoices.
In peace. "The bloody chasm haa
been pontooned and the nation is.
one." There are no geographical
lines. We recognize no measurement
of latitude or longitude. The new
spirit of patriotism Is a spontaneous
outgrowth of the seeds of liberty
sown in the sorrows of war. Corai
roerce has assumed a new solidarity,
and compels international arbitration
History of John Buford Post
Grand Army of the Republic
tonan, as he looked over the pages of freedom, throughout the, world, was
English histcry. In searching for the i apparently rent :n twain. April 11.
genesis cf the Civil w ar one. must be
gin long before 1360. At the- very be
ginning of our national life, the fath
ers were under the delusion that it
was possible to unite in one land two
antagonistic principles liberty and
slavery. By a remarkable coincidence
the year that brought a siave ship to
Jamestown, Virginia, also brought the'
Mayflower and the Pilgrim fathers to
Plymouth Rock. It was the meetin?
of two civilizations, and was the be
ginning of the conflict of the civiliz
ation cf ca?re and aristocracy founded
cn wrong and on human slavery, and
the civilization of manhood and free
dom founded r-pon lifierty and equal
rights for all men. Strictly speaking
however, the Civil war began with the
debate between Daniel Webster and
Calhoun in 1830. These intellectual
giants set the battle lines in array in
the hal's of the senate.
Calhoun's ascendancy over the
southern mind wag a basal historic
element in our national life. Its study
Includes the politcal history of the
fouth from 1830 to 1850 and the
springs cf southern action thencefor
ward until the sword put an end to
the debate. He was jne amauensts
of his state when it desired a policy
and in the ser.ate he was the prophet
whose pronouncements were as a gos
pel to the scuth. which moulded itself
to his views. Frcm 18S3 he crged an
interpretation cf the constitution
1861 found a fullv- orcanized Govern
ment established for these seven
states with a determination to estab
lish a separate nation and thus begin
a terrible Civil war.
GHEVT COW ICTIONS.
The great teachers of life are its
great convictions its great funda
mental principles. Whenever a great
movement is inaugurated in human
tcciety, it is always discoverable that
some heart fired with the past-ion of a
great principle is moving at the head
of the column and me:i begin makin?
rcom for the new evangel. What la
civilization but the charted land, over
which stich pioneers have gone? The
genius of American life is discover
able in following the footprints of men
with great convictions. Heroism is a
moral quality. A great war cannot be
maintained on mere financial issues.
Conscience must be enlisted or citi
re'ns will not serve. It wag intense
conviction, deep and profound, in the
heart of the soldiers cf our country
John Buford post was organized
May 30, 1883, by Comrade Thomas J.
Covell, duly authorized under orders
from S. A. Harper, commander Illi
nois department. Grand Army of the
The charter members were Com
rades Harry M. Abell, James M.
Beardsley, James Blaisdell, E. H. Bow
man, Jr., L. M. Buford, Martin W.
Burgh, Thomas J. Covell, H. C. Connel
ly, U. G. Craig, F. A. Cramer, L. V.
Eckhart, A. G. Eberhart, W. J. Ga
hagan, A. H. Hampton, L. F. Hanson,
August Herket, DaviC Hillien, C. C.
Horton, W. S. Knowlton, Robert Koen
ler, J. M. Montgomery, P. F. Morgan,
T. F. Murphy, William A. Norris,.M.
S. Oneal, S. C. Plummer, TJiomas Per
ry, W. J. Ranson, J. M.. Reticker,
George Stocker, J. F. Vanhorn.
1883 H. C. Connelly.
1884 J. M. Reticker.
1885 E. H. Bowman, Jr.
1886 J. W. Brackett.
1887 1888 E. H. Buck,
1889 Thomas Campbell.
1890 H. C. Harris.
1891 Etzra Wllcher.
1892 W. J. Ranson.
1893 William McConochie.
1894 J. W. Herbert
1895 C. B. Knox.
1896 W. P. Quayle.
1897 W. B. Bruner. '
1898 A. J. Blaiell.
1899 W. A. Norris.
1900 G. L. Mitchell.
1901 F, M. Rogers.
1902 W. P. Cochran.
1903 M. T. Stafford.
1904 Frank Ostrum. '
1905 George E. Bailey.
1906 J. H. Gardner.
1907 W. H. Carpenter.
-1908 W. T. Sugden.
1909 J. W. Crandall. .
1910 William McConochie.
1911 P. F. Cox.
1912 D. C. Wright
1913 William M. Johnston.
Past commanders of other posts,
members of Buford by transfer:
Jacob Burkett, post No. 492,' Anda
John li. Ballard, post No. 492, An
Delos P. Holmes, post No. 492, An
dalusia, 111. .
Andrew Simmons, post No. 492, An
Pleasant F. Cox, post No. 603, Port
Thomas J. Beverlin, post No. 220,
St. Joseph, 111. -
Mark H. Patten, post No. 450,
William A. Scbmitt, post No. 96,
Thomas J. Murphy, post No. 385,
Coal Valley, 111.
H. N. Rounds, post No. 595, Hamp
Illinois department offices held by
that made the war eo teirlble. When i members of Buford post: George W.
England hired the Hessian army to
fight Washington it 'was slow to at
tack and quick to retreat. But the
battles of the Wilderness, Appo
matox, Vicksburg, and the March. to
the Sea were oniy possible with men
who had deep and abiding convictions.
Who Is the soldier? A citizen, clad in
a soldier's uniform, armed with a sol-
Gue, department chaplain, 190, Ed
win H. Buck, senior vice commander,
1905. and department commander,
1906; Herry C. Flrsh, department chap
lain; Morris T. Stafford, Junior vice
Average per man
Hours . .-.
Two hundred forty-flve served as1
private soldiers, 52 as non-commis-;
sioned officers, 36 as commissioned of
As shown of record, 216 comrades,
were American born, 97 of foreign
birth, 36, of Germany, 25 of Ireland
14 of England, with the countries of
Scotland, Canada, Prussia, Switzer
land, Norway, Hungaria, Holstein and;
One hundred eighty three served in
Illinois regiments, 20 in Ohio regi
ments, 39 in Iowa regiments, 13 In
New York regiments, and the remain
der in other state regiments.
One hundred forty six enlisted ln
1861. - i
' Niney-Reven enlisted in 1862. r
The average age attained by sur
viving members is 72 years. j
As far as known 145 members arsj
now deceased. ,i
Twenty-two have taken transfer
from the local post. p
The objects to be accomplished by
the Grand Army of the Republic ori,
ganlzation are as follows:
j . To preserve and strengthen
those kind and fraternal teellngv
i which bind together the soldiers, sail
ors and marines who united to sup-c
i press the late rebellion, and to pens
' petuate the memory and history ot.
I the dead.
J 2. To assist such former comrades:
! In arms as need help and protection,:
j and to extend needful, aid to the wid-i
ows and orphans of those who have
3. To maintain true allegiance tai
the United States of America, based;
upon a paramount respect for an do
fidelity to the national constitution,
and laws, to discountenance whatever)
tends to weaken loyalty, incites to inii
surrection, treason or rebellion, or in?
any manner impairs the efficiency ot)
permanency of our free institutions!
j and to encourage the spread of uni-4
versai noerty, equal ngnts ana justice
to all men. -. 1
Eligibility to Membership Soldiers'!
and sailorb of the United States army,
navy or marine corps who served bv
tween April 12, 1861, and April 8. 1S85;
in the war for the suppression of theT
rebellion, and those having been hon-j
orably discharged therefrom after"
such service, and of such state regi.A
ments as were called Into actve servwi
ice, and subject to the orders of Unit
ed States geneal officers, between the
dates mentioned, shall be eligible trrf
to membership in the Grand Artny of-S
the Republic. No person shall b elf-?
gible to membership who la at anv.i
time borne arms against (he United 1
States. " :J
Extract from Rules and Regulation.
No officer or comrade of th-j Grand
Army ot the Republic shall In srny
commander, 1912; Pleasant F. Cox. I marner use this organization for iarv.
chief of staff to department command
The time In the army rendered by
dier's weapon, fed on a soldier's ra-i the 233 post members was:
tisan purposes, and no discussion of,e
partisan questions shall be permitted
at-any of its meetings, nor shall any
nomination for political office be made.