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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 24, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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Mob rule is not to be commended,
but a little of it often works wonders.
M. H.
REPLY TO "P. H. S." I have read
the contribution in your issue of June
21, signed "P. H. S.", in which refer
ence is made to the Catholic Order of
Foresters and to the high chief rang
Mt er, Thomas H. Cannon. This con
tribution is so misleading, not to say
untruthful, that I cannot let it pass
unchallenged, and, therefore beg to
give you some real facts in answer
to the complaint of your anonymous
There has never been any real,
fundamental principle regarding the
tenure of office in the Catholic Order
of Foresters. The first high chief
ranger, John F. Scanlan, held the po
sition for five years, and was then de
feated for re-election by John P.
Lauth. The latter, in turn, was suc
ceeded by P. J. Cahill, who contested
for a third term and was defeated by
John C. Schubert Mr. Schubert, on
account of other engagements, de
clined a re-election and Mr. Cannon
succeeded him and has held the office
since 1894. If there has been any
desire to displace Mr. Cannon it has
never been manifested in the conven
tion of the order, as no aspirant has
ever appeared to contest his position.
The constructive period of the
order really began with Mr. Cannon's
advent, and while no disparagement
is intended to the services of his able
and energetic predecessors, it must
be said that when Mr. Cannon took
charge of the order it had a member
ship of 26,000, while today it has a
membership of over 146,000. In the
m formative days of the early years of
the order it was but crudely organ
ized. To Mr. Cannon's credit must
be placed the adoption of the graded
assessments, the readjustment of the
rates, the establishment of state and
provincial jurisdictions and the es
tablishment of the reserve fund,
which now amounts to $5,000,000.
ynder the Cannon regime this fund
was started in 1901, and in fourteen
years a reserve fund of $5,000,000
has been accumulated, which is in
vested in the highest class of secur-nj
ities and which nets the order overtj
4 per cent per annum. The adop-s
tion of state and provincial jurisdic-7
tions came as a beneficial measure
for the society because a convention
with nearly 1,800 delegates would en-B
tail an expense of over $150,000 for0
ach convention and would make ans
unwieldy body that could not framejg
wise legislation. ,t
The state jurisdiction system is the-j
one adopted by all of the leadings
high grade fraternal orders. The.9
order has never retrograded in the
past twenty years, but every year0
has shown a step in advance in mem-,a
bership, financial condition and fra-d
ternity, and it is only the idle critic
who would take credit from where it
belongs. If he should make himself
known he would probably be foundq
to be one who has no other interest
in the order except to satisfy his own,0
'petty ambition. a.
Mr. Cannon is too well known toB
the membership of the order and to
the fraternal world to suffer by anfi
attack of this kind. He and his as-,
sociates have made the Catholic
Order of Foresters the largest Cath-jt
olic insurance fraternity in the coun
try, ij
The high secretary has served tharf
order in his office for over twelve
years and the high medical examinerit
for over sixteen years. The orders
seems to recognize efficiency and
merit and is keeping in office men of
administrative ability and integrity,
and it is certain that they do not andrt
would not hold their positions byr
means of the petty methods ascrib-oj;
ed to them by your disgruntled com
plainant Wm. J. Kelly, 2912 Lowe
av., A Member of the C. O. F. .it
When Rob't M.Sweitzer was can-fdl
didate for re-election as clerk of thetlf
county Qourt he was spoken of in thg

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