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Who can measure the Influence ol
the written or snoken word A beau
tiful thought is sent out Into the world
flying hither and jon carrying to the
hearts of thousands intellectual enjoy
ment comfort peace or pcrhjfps a sug
gestion which may develop Into a great
universal moemcnt for the good of
mankind A number of years ago itate
Douglas Wiggin the authoress of Tim
othys Quest The Birds Christmas
rarol etc wrote a little story called
Marm Liza It was the story of a
poor half witted child the faithful
nurse of two remarkably healthy ofo
Ktrenerous male infants twins This
child nurse attracted the attention and
won the sympathy and interest of an
enthusiastic and charming kindergarten
teacher and thru her loving and per
sistent efforts the feeble brain of the
child was aroused stimulated strength
ened and developed to such an extent
as metamorphosed entirely the outlook
upon life of the little unfortunate and
strengthened her hitherto nerveless
hand for the battle before her In this
simple and touching narrative and
apropos of some way of helping these
afflicted little ones Mrs Wiggin told
the story of the beautiful idea of a
great tender hearted child loving Ger
man pastor and
told so exquisitely by Mrs Wiggin has
resulted what promises to be one of the
most beautiful and practical philan
thropical movements of the day We
quote that part of the story of Marm
Liza which relates to this idea That
was a beautiful thought of Pastor Von
Bodelschwinghs of the Colony of Mercy
In Germany He had a home for aduits
and children of ailing mind and body
and when he wanted a new house for
the little ones and there was no money
to build or equip it he asked every
parent in Germany for a thank offering
lo mc iora ot one penny lor eacn wen
child Within a short fortnight 400000
pennies flowed in 400000 thanksgiv
ings for the children strong and well
The good pastors wish was realized
and his Eaby Castle an accomplished
fact Not only did the 400000 pennies
come but the appeal for them stimu
lated a new sense of gratitude among
all the parents who responded so that
-there came pretty touching messages
from all sides such as Four pennies
for four living children for a child
in heaven two six pennies for a happy-
home one penny for the child we
never had five pennies for a good
etc The foregoing passage from
Mrs wiggin s book read by a philan
thropic woman In Germantown Pa
some months ago went to her heart
and suggested the employment of this
thank offering idea to raise a fund for
the endowment of a free bed for chil
dren In the local hospital She wrote
andasked Mrs Wiggins consent to its
use which of course was joyfully
granted and the movement was started-
On Feb 3 Mrs Wiggin was asked
o the final meeting of the organized
movement to receive the contributions
which were to be brought In on that
occasion She gladly accepted the in
vitation carrying with her 12 auto
graphed copies of Marm Liza which
were auctioned off for 125 and which
she donated to the fund -The occasion
was most Interesting Mrs Wiggin read
selections from Marm Liza and made
a beautiful most touching little speech
after which she received the donations
These amounted to 2100 all Jn small
Bums of pennies and from all klndj fit
people street cleaners peuaiera rail
way porters street car conductors small
tradesmen etc Several ladles in the
audience from different parts of the
country rose and said they should start
similar movements when they returned
to their homes Surely no method of
raising money for any childrens charity
could make so popular an appeal as
this What could bring home more
forcibly to the mother or father heart
the incalculable blessing of a strong
healthy child What could so fill the
breast -with thankfulness to the Creator
for this great blessing or ouicken the
Eypmathy for those unfortunate little
ones upon whom disease has set his
dreadful mark and blighting influence
Where could the mother or father be
found in any part of this broad land
too poor to give a penny for each well
strong child given them by God Surely
such could not be found anywhero Add
ing one to one a hundreds soon hit
and It is easy to see that evn in quite
small places a very considerable sum
could be raised in this way The idea
Is not only very beautiful and touching
but Is remarkably sensible and practi
cal and will doubtless become very
generally adopted all over the country
Two letters recently published and
claiming to have been written by Mrs
Lincoln wife of the great War Presi
dent to a fashionable New York mil
linerwill appeal specially to the weak
er sex The letters are very amusing
to a woman and show that Mrs Lin
coln certainly knew what she was talk
ing about when it was a question or a
new bonnett She gives in her letter
the minutest direction as to Just how
she wants it trimmed and just what
she wants on it and no one can ques
tion her taste The letters throw quite
a nlde light on her character and prove
fcer to have been a woman who thoroly
appreciated her position as First Lady
of the Land and one who knew well
what was expected of her in the way of
a bonnet While not for an instant en
tertaining a thought of anything but a
rich bonnet she Is constantly
impressing this fact upon her milliner
she prudently looks out for next years
fashions and Instructs Mme Hants to
have the sides turned in for alteration
another Winter She also writes her
milliner that the war tax having dimin
ished Mr Lincolns salary by JS00 a
year she cannot and will not pay more
than 25 for the bonnet which hhe
considers an immense sum and that
she will send to Philadelphia for It if
Mme Hanis will not make it for that
amount As Mrs Lincoln was to fur
nish the velvet for the bonnet some
she had left from a cloak and very
rich 25 was certainly a big price
for those days when 5 bought a very
pretty bonnet Indeed We are not told
whether the New York milliner made
the bonnet or not but here are the di
rections Mrs Lincoln gave and what
woman can say that she hadnt perfect
taste It was to be made of very rich
black velvet of stylish shape with a
very rich genuine black ostrich feath
er extending over the front and some
very rich white very white flowers
with black velvet leaves and surround
ed with sprays of black at one side of
the front and at the other side bous
of black velvet ribbon edged with
white The face trimming was to be
full and -very ilch Mrs Lincoln put
great stress on the strings which were
to be a yard long of ery rich black
velvet ribbon an eighth of a yard wide
and edged with narrow white lace
T ho could Imagine a handsomer bon
net for the fashion of that day
How strange It Is that both
Edwin S McCook and his vife should
have died under tragic circumstances
The news comes from New York that
Mrs McCook widow of Gen Edwin
Stanton McCook who has made her
home in Chicago but who was visiting
her daughter-in-law in Englewood N
J was struck down Jn the streets of
New York on Feb 12 by an automo
tive expiring soon afterward Mrs Mc-
Cot 5c had just left the Christian Science
at GSth street ana was appar
j ently alone when the accident occurred
I Sho was carried to the homo of hor
j husbands cpusift Brig Gcn Anson G
iicuooK arm nvcu oniy a tow moments
suffering great agony Up to the pres
ent timethe name of the owner of the
car has not been discovered It will be
remembered that her husband while
Acting Governor of the Territory or
Dakota after the civil war was mur
dered during a public railroad meethif
over which he was presiding
After making a visit it Is customary
to show appreciation of the kindness
received by some gift to the hostess
and this has often been a subject of
deep concern and much thought for
those with a small purse but a desire
to do the proper thing Some one sug
gests an excellent way out of this diffi
culty for those fortunate enough to
paint a little in oils which is to procure
a sheet of ones hostess best note pa
per and paint on it somo especially at
tractive nook In the house some cozy
corner or a favorite part of the garden
Framed in soft cardboard of a harmon
izing tint the picture is not only a very
pretty souvenir but is a delicate com
pliment to the hostess as well and often
a thousand times more acceptable than
some rich gift with no special meaning
Girls so often think they cannot give a
simple thing of this kind to a hostess
who happens to be a wealthy woman
but here Is where they make a great
mistake Something made by their
own hands daintily made tho It be
simple is always acceptable to a re
fined woman even if her house be filled
with the rarest and most expensive ob
jects of art gleaned from the treasure
shops of the world Do not forget this
girls
No nicer little brood of children could
be found anywhere than those of the
Prince of Wales and his royal spouse
Mary of Teck There are six of thesp
youngsters six healthy happy fun
loving royal sprigs apparently as un
conscious of their exalted station as
well reared children should be There
is only one girl in tho little group the
Princess Mary aged 12 who is not ex
actly pretty great personal beauty does
not seem to run In the family of the
reigning house but who is as full of
fun as a kitten and the leader of her
brothers in all sports While not hand
some on account of her irregular fea
tures she has a mop of yellow curls and
the beautiful fresh rosy complexion
common to mast English children and
which shows that they are not kept
cooped up in hot nurseries but spcid
much of their time in the open air
Naturally of her five brothers the eld
est Prince Edward who if he lives will
some day be King of England is ttu
one around which the greatest amount
of interest centers He is a lad of 15
as full of fun almost as his sister Mary
and a great favorite with his classmates
at Osborn College where he has been
a pupil for over a year He Is a tender
hearted boy devoted to animals having
quite a menagerie of pets and makes
himself at once the champion of an
abused dog horse or in fact of any
poor brute The great English colleges
and schools are as all know very dem
ocratic in tone and the son of a Prince
receives little If any consideration above
what Is jrlven the son of a commoner
AH meet on the same ground and as
plain boys and tho strong manly vir
tues are quickly developed under this
sjstem Prince Edward is not a bril
liant scholar there Is no royal load to
knowledge and Is obliged indeed to
work harder than most of the boys for
what he gets He Is a hard worker
tho and will doubtless finish his course
with credit Everybody in England
loves the royal children because they
are so simple happy and normal in
every respect and the wisdom wiich
the Prince and Princess of Wales have
shown In their physical and mental
training is frequently commented upon
Simplicity has been the keynote of their
bringing up so far simplicity In man
ner dress and life and many an Amer
ican mother could take a lesson from
this royal couple with advantage The
youngest of the children Is little Prince
John now approaching his fourth birth
day a handsome little fellow and tho
special pet of Grandma Alexandra
Just why shrewd Hetty Green who is
called the richest woman In New York
emerged from her quiet life and blos
somed out as a full fledged society wo
man last Winter for about a month
taking an apartment In the fashionable
and expensive Plaza Hotel for this pur
pose has never been made quite clear
It was said she did it on account of her
daughter Silvia who had been forced
to share her mothers obscure Ufa up
to that time and everyone applauded
tho action Mrs Green according to
the papers having made up her mind
to do the thing did It thoroly She
clothed herself in purple and fine lin n
even patronizing tho beauty parlors
and was so changed by all this that no
one wouut have recognizr d her as the
iiciiy urccn ol Wall Street In the
shabby old well known bonnet and
Jacket she had worn for years Mrs
ureen gave one or jwo dinners at tho
Plaza sparing no expense and then is
suddenly as she had appeared there
she disappeared and the next that was
heard from her she was back In her
humble apartment In Hoboken If It Is
true that this sudden flight into society
which was so short lived was to give
her daughter an opportunity to make a
uuitable marriage it is possible that
she accomplished her purpose for the
news comes now that Miss Sylvia Is en
gaged to a Mr Matthew Astor Wilks
of New York a grandson ot William B
Astor All of which may be true or not
but If he is the man Miss Sylvia wants
It Is to ho hoped it Is for public sym
pathy has always been with Miss Sylvia
The- beautiful shade trees which arc
found in so many of the small towns
and villages of New England and are
the Joy and pride of their residents arc
a special feature of Sag Harbor L I
and are equally treasured by its Inhab
itants Some time ago Mrs ItuF sell
Sage bought a large fine house in the
place intending to build upon Its site
a public library In honor of her grand
parents whom It Is presumed once
lived In the village In moving the
house preparatory to beginning work
on the Jibrary recently it was found
that a particularly handsome shade
tree conspicuously placed and the great
pnue or mc sag Harnontes would
have to be sacrificed to get the house
off The Village Improvement Society
called upon Mrs Sago and begged her
to spare their tree whereupon without
the least hesitation she ordered that
the house be torn down and moved in
that way but that no harm be done
the beautiful shade tree It is not every
one who would value a tree above a fine
house in a perfect condition and worth
a good many thousand dollars but Mis
Sage did
What Regiment
Wm Hall 10th and 15th W Va
Newark O wants to know what regi
ment was capuirea near luchmond
with the 54th Pa about tho time that
Richmond fell They had been sent up
to nurn a nnuge ana the rebels cap
tured both regiments
THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE -WASHINGTON D C THURSDAY FEBRUARY 251909
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A MASON
AT SIGHT
The Grand Master of Ohio A F
and A M Exercises His Pre
rogative for Wm H Taft
Masonic Brethren as Presi
dents
Making W H Taft a Mason -
The quite unusual proceeding of mak
ing William H Taft a Mason at sight
by the Grand Master of the Grand
Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of
Ohio at Cincinnati last week arouses
attention to the prominent part that
Masonry has always played In our his
tory Many of our Presidents have
been Masons as have been nearly all
of our prominent public men
Masonry in its broadest sense is an
effort to bring together from time to
time and unite in a common effort
right feeling men of upright life with
out regard to the church and political
lines which may separate them It had
Its real origin in this feeling It was
originally organized from the skilled
workmen who went from country to
country building the great cathedrals
monasteries hospitals and palaces
which ornament Europe These men
spoke many different languages owed
allegiance to many different countries
and believed In various religious creeds
While not weakening tho ties in any
way which bound them to their sepa
rate countries their political institu
tions and their different churches a
common ground was established upon
the worship of God and the leading of
moral lives with entire fidelity to every
duty to one another to family church
and country These were the old time
operative Masons but the excellence
of the organization and its aims and
purposes were such as at the earliest
times to attract into its membership
men eminent in learning religion poli
tics and science In this way came in
large numbers of speculative Masons
particularly in Germany Holland and
Great Britain
Tree Masonry in America
The colonists brought Masonry with
them to this country As early as 1733
or 13 years after the landing of the
Pilgrims a lodge was established in
Boston and followed by the organiza
tion of similar lodges in tho otlier Col
onies The tenets of the Order seemed
highly suited to the American charac
ter from its large tolerance of religious
differences Its lofty humanity and its
devout practical every day religion
Consequently Masonry has flourished in
this country far more vigorously than
in any other
The last statistics place the total
this poweravas exercised was in 1889
when Grand Master J II Small made
Admiral Sciiieyift Mason at sight While
this for reasons existing at the time
was approved by the great majority of
the brothefliooll In the District or Co
lumbia yet thefe were criticisms from
many that thti emergency did not re
quire suchhextrnordinary action Tho
exercise of his prerogative by tho Grand
Master of Ohio will in like manner bo
subject to consideration and criticism
by tho brethren of his own jurisdiction
as well as 6utslde of it
Tufclic Wen as Masons
Tho hislnrv trif Masonry at the be
ginning of thetcountry has never been
thoroly studlcdmhd collated and there
aro many current stories as to the fath
ers of the country being- Masons which
haye not been thoroly examined and
confirmed or disproved It is generally
said that all of the Generals ot tho
Revolutionary Army and most of the
other prominent officers were Masons
except Benedict Arnold How true this
is has not been patisfactorily settled
except that Inedif t Arnold was a Ma
son undoubtedly a great part of the
men prominent in our early history be
longed to tho fraternity since it was
intended to gather In men of light and
leading in every community and by
mutual association aid In whatever
tended to the benefit of the country
Masonic Presidents
Even the history of the brethren who
were raised to tho exalted station of
President of the United States has not
been studied with the care ithat the
subject deserved and there Is much
doubt and uncertainty as to whether
several of the Presidents were or wero
not Masons Everyone knows that Gen
George Washington was an earnest Ma
son and took much pride in his mem
bership Sacred and carefully guarded
in fireproof vaults at Fredericksburg
Va are the recorSs of the Lodge Insti
tuted there and Into which George
Washington was admitted passed to
Fellow Craft and raised to tho degree
of Master Mason A quaint old record
book contains these Important entries
with tho receipts of the fees of two
pounds for each degree all written out
in that beautiful and imperlshableblack
Ink upon the yellowing paper With
this record are also some of the Jewels
used by Washington when Master of
tho Lodge These relics are properly
regarded as priceless and the Lodge
at Fredericksburg has refused offers
of very large sums for them
iThe next President John Adams was
openly opposed to Masonry aa was his
son John Quincy -
His successor Thomas Jefferson had
views as to the J5iety bordering on
Atheism and for this reason was not
acceptable as a Mason
There is some obscurity as to whether
Madison and Monroe were Masons
Andrew Jackson was an enthusiastic
Mason and Grand Master of rhe Lodge
of Tennessee This was made occa
sion of by tho Anti Mason Party in
New York to opposo him
There Is also an uncertainty as to
whether Van Buren was a Mason or
not but the probability seems to In
cline that he was
William Henry Harrison was not a
Mason and received the nomination in
stead of Clay on that basis Henry
Clay was an earnest and prominent
Mason
John Tyler lsbelleved to have been
a Mason
James K Polk was a Mason
It Is not known whether Gen Zach
ary Taylor was a Mason or not Tho
probabilities aro that he was
Millard Fillmore began political life
as an Anti Mason but It Is said that he
afterward joined a Lodge
Franklin Pierce- was probably a Ma
son and also James Buchanan
It is thought that President Lincoln
was not a Mason
Andrew Johnson was an ardent Ma
son and at the laying of the corner
stono of the old Masonic Temple ho
refused to ride In a carriage but
marched on foot with the brethren
Gen U S Grant took the first wo
degrees while in California but never
was raised
R B Hayes Is believed to have been
a Mason
James A Garfield was a devoted Ma
son and belonged to Pontalpha Lodgo
in this city and Columbia Commandery
Chester A Arthur was a Mason
PRESIDENT ELECT WM H TAFT
membership in good standing at 1288
5G2 There are even more than this
since there aro no official reports of
the membership In Massachusetts and
New Mexico Every State and Terri
tory In the country has a Grand Lodge
with a membership ranging from 1394
In Arizona to 152008 in New York
Next to New York comes Illinois with
85583 members Pennsylvania with
76273 members and Ohio with C8C79
The Order is steadily growing with a
gain In membership in 1908 of 58177
The American Grand Lodges are in full
affiliation with those of Canada Eng
land Ireland Scotland Cuba Peru
South Australia New South Wales Vic
toria Germany and Austria but do not
affiliate nor correspond with the Ma
sons under the Jurisdiction of tho Grand
Orient of France and other Latin coun
tries of Europe
A Mason at Sight
The prerogative of making a Mason
at sight is ono Inherent in the oiricc of
the Grand Master of a Lodge It con
sists in administering tho obligations
of all three degrees at the same time
without the customary requirement of
tho entered apprentice being required
to thoroly learn the work before tho
degree of Fellow Craft is conferred up
on him and in not being required to
thoroly learn that degrco to tho satis
faction of his Lodgo before he is raised
to Master Mason In making a Mason
at sight all of the grips and passwords
are of course communicated to the
novitiate While this power is inherent
in the office of Grand Master It Is used
with exceeding rarity and only on oc
casions of great importance The only
time in the recent history of tho Grand
JLLodee of tho District of Columbia that
Grover Cleveland was not a Mason
It Is believed that Benjamin Harri
son was a Mason
MaJ William iMcKinley was made a
Mason underpoculiar circumstances in
Hiram Lodge Winchester Va during
the war when most of tho members
present were Confederate officers sol
diers and sympathizers After the war
he affiliated with Eagle Lmltre of his
home town Canton which has now
changed its name to McKInley Lodge
Theodore Rooseielt was made a Ma
son at Oyster Bay after ho had been
elected Vice President and before ho
was inaugurated
Rappahannock Station
Jeremiah Sheldon Co D 5th Wis
Fort Montgomery N Y says that tho
history we gave of the Sixth Corps was
very good indeed as far as It went
dJd nor 8ir two regiments the
credit that thoy -deserve for their gal
lant charge at Rappahannock Station
1 heso regiments wero the Cth Me and
the 5th A is which went over the
works in such fine style Tho Cth Mo
led tho charge and
the 5th Wis sup
ported it It wa3 vice versa at tho
chargo at llaryes Hlghts and Fred
ericksburg Then the 5th Wis led and
the 6th Mo supported it
m
Tho Lire or Lincoln
Editor National Tribune You are
writing a very Interesting life of the
great man and President and when
completed It is surA thnt warv
reader of The National Tribune will I
i nook form I compli
ment you on the excellent work you are
dnBo thls maiter W S Matthews
15 0o 22d street Toledo O
The Fifth Annual
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GRAND NATIONAL
REUNION
of the Blue and the Gray
The men- who wore the Blue ana the men who wore the Gray
their Sons and their Grandsons
WILL BE HELD -IN THE CITY OF
FITZGERALD GEORGIA
on Thursday Friday and Saturday
March 11 12 and 13 1909
The Mayor Common GounciL the Business and Professional Men the
Residents one and all as well as the country at large
extend to you a most hearty and cordial
invitation to meet with them
in brotherly love
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The OLD YANKS aided by the JOHNNIES are making every
arrangement to insure you the time of your life
Gome from the hillside come from the
plain and meet once again as
-- comrades and friends
Eminent speakers are assured fine music engaged and the old timQ
strains of the
i
STAR SPOOLED BANNER AND DiXi
will float upwards on the wings of love as an evidence of a kindly
feeling which could oniy be enjoyed in a reunited -
country The white robed angel of peace
will hover over you and happiness
supreme will be your portion
You never again probably will have as grand an opportunity to see
the Magic Gity of Fitzgerald The Golony City
OQM
Your life will be prolonged for years and you will never regret the
trip Reduced rates on all railroads will be granted
Visitors are expected from thirty tree
different states
For any further information address The Searetary Business League
the General Committee on arrangements GoL D B Mull commanding
Battailion No 1 the Mayor or any other citizen of Fitzgerald
Wm fL Marston
- - Wm McGormick
G Knapp Mayor
Committee on Arrangements

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