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“Tit WISCONSIN |p WEEKLY BLADE Official Organ of Odd Fellows and Household of Ruth. Illinois and Wisconsin Jurisdiction. 7,000 Members. A NATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPINION AND CIRCULATION : s MILWAUKEE MADISON -- BELOIT VOL. 111. 19TH B. M. C., G. U. U. of 0. F. MANHATTAN CASINO SEPT. 9 Meeting Regular And In Keeping With The Laws of The Order Odd Fellows Journal Abolished And Taxes Re duced From 10c To 6 Gents.--Truly A Democratic Gathering GEORGIA RESTORED TO THE ORDER % $15,000 Worth of Liberty Bonds To Be Purchased From The Assets of The Order Held in Philadelphia. 1920 Session in Wilmington, Del.--B. J. Davis. Chairman Committee on Publicity After January 1, only the courts will be able to determine what is what and who is who in the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, for in New York this week at the rival B. M. C. sessions, two sets of new Grand Officers and two different Sub-Committees of Management were chosen to take office the first of the year. Those unalterably opposed to the continuance in office of the Morris faction plan to institute le gal proceedings next January to oust the present officers and install those elected at Manhattan Casi no Monday of this week. On the other hand, the Morris followers will seek to keep in pow er the nten chosen at a secret meeting held Monday of this week at Stovall Hall, Fifth avenue, be tween 131st and 132nd streets. Members of the sub-committee of management elected by oppon ents of the Morris faction are: John Noel, West Virginia, grand master; William T. Francis, Min nesota, deputy grand master; R. J . Nelson, Pennsylvania, grand secretary, Charles Colburn, Dela ware, giand treasurer. Grand di rectors: W. T. Andrews, South Carolina; J. A. Josey, Wisconsin; J. G. Robinson, Tennessee; W. A. Cornelius, New York; W. L. Kemp, Michigan. Other officers were: Perry W. Howard, Mississippi, grand attor ney; W. L. Houston, Washington, D. C., delegate to England; Isaac Nutter, New Jersey, and Charles E. Mitchell, West Virginia, audi tors. An interesting feature of the convention presided over by Grand Master Edward 11. Morris w r as the cloak of secrecy with which the participants surrounded their actions. Even the favored delegates were unable to obtain information as to where the B. M. C. was to be held until Monday morning. Given Mysterious Auto Ride. Delegates classed as desirable were told late Sunday afternoon to go to the undertaking establish ment of W. David Brown, 2313 Seventh avenue, Monday morning. They were given a card to sign, put in an automobile and carried to Stovall’s Hall. Visiting delegates regarded as ineligible were not admitted under any circumstances, although the rival convention sent several rep resentatives to demand admit tance. However, their requests were turned down. It is said that there were about twenty-odd persons present at the secret B. M l . C. session, including members of the old sub-committee of management and delegates. Grand Master Morris is reported to have informed those present that the meting was to ratify the resolution passed by the sub-com mittee of management last Janu ary to postpone holding the regu lar B. M. C. until 1920. Later on during Monday's ses sion announcement was made that as a quorum was present the reg ular session of the B. M. C. would be held. The old sub-committee of management was re-elected with Morris as Grand Master, and a decision reached to meet in New York in 1920. While the old regime was hold ing forth at Stovall’s Ilall another B. M. C. was being held at Man hattan Casino. Those taking part in the deliberations were members of the order who had been elected delegates in Mlay as required by aw and filed their credentials with the sub-committee of management at Philadelphia. They were from Minnesota, West Virginia, Missis sippi, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Michigan, New Jersey. Georgia, New York and South Dakota. There were 282 delegates present. Georgia Delegation Seated. It was not until the dost* of the session when officers had been cho sen that the committee on creden tials made a report seating the Georgia delegates, whose claim for recognition had been presented by- Ben Davis, Henry Lincoln John son and llarr.v 11. Pace. The con tention of the Georgia delegates was that the courts had reverted the ruling of the old sub-commit tee of management and held that they were members in good stand ing. The committee on creden tials, Charles E. Mitchell, -I. An thony Josey and R. J. Nelson co incided with the opinion as set forth in the decree and recognized the Georgia delegation. The regular accredited dele gates proceeded to organize the B. M. C. as required by law. electing Perry W. Howard temporary chairman and William T. Francis, temporary secretary, which posi tions later were made permanent. The committee on resolution, W. T. Andrews, chairman, in its re port, pledged the support of the Odd Fellows to President Wilson in helping win the war and rec ommended that $15,000 worth of Liberty Bonds be purchased from assets of the order held in Phila delphia. Local Members Up in Arms, The session was enlivened by the appearance of New York mem bers who. after attending the B. M. C. at Stovall Hall, made a friendly visit to Manhattan Casi no, expressing a desire to take part. As several of them were chosen delegates as late as Friday, they found it impossible to secure recognition from the committee on credentials. At the preliminary session held at Manhattan Casino nearly three hundred persons, including dele gates and friends, were present. It was pointed crut by those who met at Manhattan Casino that it was selected as a meeting place because in July. 1917. a deposit of $25 was put up and a contract entered into by representatives of Edward 11. Morris for the use of the place September 9th. 1918. This w-as done some months prior to the decision of the sub-commit - ties of the Morris faction in first the B. M. C. On account of the strange tae tice of the Morris faction in firs 4 declaring that no B. M. C. he held this year and then instructing members of the order in New York to choose delegates just a MADISON, WIS., THURSDAY SEPT. 19, 1918 few days before the secret session, much dissatisfaction has cropped up in the local ranks. Of the eight lodges, only six sent delegates to Monday’s meeting, the other two refusing to send representatives. Before leaving for his home the Grand Master, John S. Noel, made the following statement to your representative: “We will enter at once upon a vigorous and concert ed effort to recruit 'our member ship, replenish our treasury, har monize our factions and place the G. U. O. 0. F. again upon the high pinacle it formerly occupied.” The Grand Household elected the following officers: M. W. G K. M'ammie Hailey; R. \Y. G. S„ Sigenia Henderson; G. \Y. R„ Ola Ml Walkers; G. AY. T. and W. G. D., Ida Davis, Annie Croon ; grand usher, Lena Evans; grand cham berlain, Mary B. English; grand shepherd, Lizzie Rucker, and grand prelate, Annie Freeman. NEW SUB COMMITTEES OF MANAGEMENT Grand Master. John Noel. Deputy Grand Master. Wm. T. Francis. Grand Secretary, R. J. Nelson. Grand Treasurer, Chas. Colburn. Grand Directors — W. T. Andrews, J. Anthony Josey, J. G. Robinson, W, A. Cornelius. W. L. Kemp. Age. MME. JOSEY IN CHICAGO Mrs. Chesteua M.'osey returned home Thursday' from Chicago af ter a visit of two weeks as the guest of Mesdames Smith. Evans and Jones. 4414 Langley Ave. She wishes to thank the many friends and newly made acquaintances who so generously made her stay a pleasant one. While in the city she was entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. T. Kersey. Mr. and Mrs. S. .1. Smith and daughter Myrtle. Mr. and Mrs. J. I*. Bufford. Prof, and Mi •s. L. X. Powell. The infor mal reception at the home of her hostess was quite an elaborate af fair Many were the compliments bestowed by the guest for such a Democratic gathering of Chicago Elites. Mrs. Josey was the recip ient of several tokens of remem brance. 19TH B M, C. IN NEW YORK CITY Affairs of the Order to be Brought to the Masses The meeting of the 19th l>. M. C. in New York at the Manhattan Casino was a truly democratic gathering of the order. A more representative set of officers was never put in charge of the affairs of the order. There are thousands of loyal Odd Fellows throughout the coun try who are heartily in accord with our action. Hon. B. J. Da vis of Georgia was elected chair man of the Committee on Public ity and arrangement is being per fected to have him speak through out the Northwest to acquaint the order and general public of the affairs of,the order, and the prog ress of the race. Ml’. Davis will speak in Cincinnati. Indianapolis, ' aicago, Detroit. Milwaukee. Be loit. Madison. St. Paul and Min neapolis. The dates oi his appear ance and itinerary will be publish ed later. EDITOR J ANTHONY J OSEY Newly Elected Member of S. C. M. Odd Fellows of America. Enroute from New Yoik was entertained by Hon. B. F. Mosley and I). G. M. Geo. T. Kersey, Mr. and Mrs. Jettie Smith. Mr. and Mrs Thomas Evans and Mrs. Ad die Jones. Attorneys Oliver -V Clark arid W. 11. Parker, Chicago. Plans were discussed looking for ward to the coming to Chicago of Hon. B. -r. Davis for a series of addresses to acquaint the masses of the fraternity of the affairs of the order. HAVE YOU MADE YOUR VICTORY PLEDGE? MR. R. A. GANT, AN OLD MIL WAUKEE RESIDENT PASSES AWAY Mr. R. A. Gant, 1207 9th St.. Was Buried From His Late Residence Friday. Sept. 6th, 1918. Inter ment in Forest Home Cemtery. The following obituary was read by I)r. 0. A. Johnson, a friend of long standing: Milwaukee. Kept. 6, 1918. Rajtyert Albert Gant Robert Albert Gant was horn on the 18th day of Mhy 1858 near Wheeling, W. Va. 11 is youth was spent on a farm. Leaving West Virginia in early manhood, he be came a resident of Cleveland, O. In 1881 Mr. Gant left CleTcland, arriving in the city of Milwaukee the same year, and has constantly resided here since that time. <>n September 26. 1888. Rohcrl Albert Gant was .joined in Holy Wedlock to Miss Mattie Hughes, daughter of the late Mr. and MVs. Lewis Hughes, founders of St. Marks A. M. E. church. Milwau kee. I'nto this union three chib dreen were born: two daughters and a son. God. in llis wise provi dence has seen tit to call the daughters to their heavenly re ward. The son. Hughes, is serv ing the flag Somewhere in France. For many years Mr. Gant was connected with the old IMankinton Hotel. In later years he held a responsible .position in the hath es tahlishnient of Charles Wanderer, jof this city, and there remained j until failing health compelled him to resign. Mr. Gant, always a God fearing man. and an attendant at Divine Worship, had not actually attach ed himself to any religious body until in recent years. In September 1915 lie became an aetivt member in St. Mark's A. M. E. church. Milwaukee, and faithfully performed the duties devolving upon him as such a member. During his long residence in this city, lie had. by his genial dispo sition. liis strong personal magne tism. and lus genuine whole-souled friendship, made for himself and liis family a host of friends, who share with those left behind, the great sorrow which is theirs at this time. Always a loving husband a kind and considerate father, this good man, though weak from illness, fully realized that the end was near, yet ever mindful of his loved ones, was more concerned about j their welfare than about his own physical condition. To the last stroke of death his mind and reason was absolutely clear, llis knowledge of tin* im mediate cause of death, his own strength, how long he would last, were given with precision, as if he held liis heart in his hand die. tating its last heat. "What is the date? What is the hour? Well, my time has come to go, I am ready and I am willing to go: I have done tin 1 best I could. Tell Ilughie to he a good hoy. I want you all to meet me on the other side of the River. ! am Go ing to meet the girls (His daugh ters).'' “Good-Bye”. With sueh utterances as these upon his lips, his soul passed to the great beyond. Death to a good man is but passing through a dark entry of one little room of his Father’s house, into another that is fair and large, lightsome and glorious. As we draw near to it a solemn gladness should fill nnr hearts. It is God’s great morning lighting up the sky. The night with its terrors and darkness is passing away; and when we awake it will he into the Sunlight of God. Robert Albert Gant awoke iri the Sunlight of God, September J, 1918, at 2 :50 P. M. ~MEN 19 AND 20. 32 TO 36 FIRST CALLED Provost Marshal General Crow der has sent out instructions to draft hoards to proceed first to classify the registrants of 19 and 20 classes and between the ages of .‘52 and 36, inclusive. The men in these two classes will he treated as one group and will he the first Ito he classified and called out. MILWAUKEE, WIS. The Young MYn's Social club a very successful dance at Miller's hall on the 16th inst. The circuit court has granted a divorce to Win. Love from his wife Emma Love. Mrs. Belle Holland, nee Johnson of Los Angeles, Cal., formerly of Fond u Lae, was buried in the family plat at her old home last week. Mrs. Holland was well known to older residents of .Mil waukee where she spent consider able time in former years. Rev. (>. Morle.v lefi on Tues day for Evanston where lie will attend the Annual Conference of the A. M. K. church. Calvary Baptist Church News. *' A large crowd was in attend ance at the Calvary Baptist Church to greet the Pastor, Rev. Russell, who had .just returned irom the Baptist Convention that | convened at Little Rock, Ark. The Church was packed to its capacity I Sunday evening, with four addi tions to the church, two were bap tised after the morning service; they were Mr. G. E. M/eFarlau and j MVs. Lillie Mae Wright. The church is progressing in every I way. TIA* Busy Bee Club will give an j entertainment at M rs. Hollins. 411 i Cherry St.. Thursday evening. Kept. 19, 1918. Another club will he organized Thursday. Kepi. 19t!i. for ladies from 16 to 22 years. The choir is progressing under the leadership of Mr. Raynor who is Milwaukee's leading chorister. The Esther and Helpmate Households of Ruth will celebrate Ruth Day unitedly. Sunday after noon at 2:3d o'clock. Sept. 22. 1!*18. at St. Mjark s A M. E. church. Rev. S. Russell, pastor of Calvary Baptist church will deliv er the sermon. Mrs. Lou Ella Young. Chicago. 111., will be pres cut. OSHKOSH AND FOND DU LAC NEWS Mr. Irvin Mathews and Mr. An na Dili are spending a few days with friends in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minn. Mrs. J. W. Smith was taken (piite ill Thursday night while in .Chicago and returned home Fri day night. She was given the best treatment possible by her hostess Mrs. C. A. Scott. She is much better at this writing and will re turn to the Windy City later to complete her visit. William Xetter was a visitor at the home of his mother Sunday [Mrs. Xetter is on the sick list. Joe Barker and Mrs. Ida Ray i entertained w ith a 1 heater party at the Grand Opera House Sun day. Sept. 15th. Dr. and MVs. Herring. Dr. and Mrs. Johnson of Milwaukee, Mr. an il.Mrs. Mathews of Fox Lake, Wis.. were the out-of-town attend ants at the funeral of Mrs. Bell Holland, " ho passed away at Los Angeles. Cal. Kept, 4ty and was buried in Fond du Lae Sept. 13th. Mrs. W. S. Hart. Xeenah, was a visitoi to the city Monday on | account of the illness of her friend .Mrs. J. \Y. Smith. Mr. and M rs. Earl Hendon were ; entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Ilooten Saturday evening. Sam Alsup spent Sunday in Chi cago with his family. Mrs. Bell Holland was laid to rest Sept. 13th at Fonfl du Lae. Mr. arid Mrs. Holland were vis i itors in Fond du Lae last winter. Aside from her husband and sis ter Mrs. Maude b-nkins she is sur vived by one aunt. Mrs. Anna Hill and thre cousins, Wallace and Ir vin Mathews and Mrs. Florence Wrigh . PROF. AND MRS, C. B. HOSMER Formerly of 1924 E. Stuart St.. Springfield, 111., is now domiciled at 403 Walnut St.. Kstherville, la. Prof. Ilosrner is Financial Agent jof Tuskeegee Institute. While in Springfield they made many warm and lasting friends who loath to sec them leave. The Blade wishes them abun dant ■access in llieir new field. SENSATIONAL DISCLOSURES Committee on Information in Washington Publishes Docu ments That Make Russian Bol sheviki Leaders Appear as Traitors Bought by Germany. The Ass. Press reports from Washington, D. C„ Sept. 14: Proofs removing any doubts that Nicolai Lenine and Leon l'rotzky, the Bolsheviki leaders, are paid German agents—if in deed any doubts have remained are laid before the world today by the I nited States government in the first installment of an amaz ing series of official documents dis closed through the coimniCec on public information. Secured in Russia hv Edgar G. Sisson, representing the committee (who was in that country during last winter. 1917-18) these docu ments not only show how tile Ger man government through its Im perial bank paid its gold to Leu ine, Trotzkv, and their immediate associates to betray Russia into leserting her allies, hut give add 'd proof's that Germany had per eeted her plans for a war of vorld conquest long before the as assinations at Serajevo, which •onveniently furnished her pre text. Began War on U. 8. in 1914 These documents further show hat before the world war was our months old and more than wo years before the United States was drawn into it (in 1914), Ger many already was setting afoot* oer plans to “.mobilize destructive igents and observers” to cause ex losions, strikes, and outrages in his country, and planned the em ployment of “anarchists and es aped criminals” for tile purpose. SPECIAL NOTICE The editor of “The Blade’’ will be in a position to ship three thou sand Colored people from the South into the Eastern, Northern and Western cities. The war has been the means of thousands of doors being opened to Black men and women which heretofore have been closed, and they are getting the same wages that the white man has received. Hundreds of factories now are employing Col ored men and women on salaries ranging from $3.T>O, $4.50, $5.00 and $5.50 per day. The proprie tors of ihcce large institutions tell us that these Colored men and wo men are making good, and they could use a hundred more daily. Write Employment Dept.. Wis. Weekly Blade, Madison, Wis. MOBILIZING UNSKILLED LABORERS The Madison district of the United States free employment service has been notified that it oust arrange to shift 1,820 un killhd laborers from non-war in dustries to war industries during he next six weeks. The Madison district includes Marquette, Co umbia. Green, Sauk, Richland, Dane and lowa counties and the northern part of Grant county. .The notification was send by the tate advisory board. E. V. DEBS SENTENCED Must Serve Term of Ten Years for Violating Espionage Law—Ap peals to U. S. Supreme Court. E. V. Debs, four limes socialis tic presidential candidate, who had been found guilty of violating the espionage law by a federal jury in Cleveland, Ohio, was sen tenced by U. S. Judge Westenha ver to serve a term of ten years at the Moundeville, W. Va., prison for each of the three* counts for which be had been convicted. The three penalties will be sefVed si multaneously. A writ of error to be U. S. supreme court was grant d. Debs was r leased tinder $lO,- 000 bonds. P. N. F., M. C. Turner. Emanuel Lodge 4127, Swansbora, Ga., was much in evidence at New York iast week. He was ever on the alert to aid his* State to go over the top. NO 16.