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The Billings Gazette.
VOL. XX. BILLINGS, YELLOWSTONE COUNTY. MONTANA, FRIDAY, MAY 6, 1904. NO.2 MONTANA EA(iLES MEET IN STATE CONVENTIO Delegates from Many Aeries are Present City Beautifully Decorated in Honor of Even?., Town and All It Contains Is Theirs, Mayor Surrenders Key to Winged Guests Sullen, spiteful nature alone seems to be out of harmony with the song of gladness and joy whose merry tune has 'been filling the city since early yesterday morning. Treacherous clouds have opened their portals and emptied 'their stores of moisture to mar the pleasure of those who in happy anticipation had looked for a fitting culmination of an event they had long and eagerly awaited. But. the eagle is a bird of the clouds, rear ed amid the peaks and craigs of moun tains and whose swift wings are strengthened and exercised in endless flights across the level plain. Neither the thunder's roar nor the rain's deluge frightens him nor cause him to cease his quest. -f today's rain has interfered somewhat with plans care fully laid, the Eagles who from all over the state are in convention here will still find pleasure elsewhere than upon the grassy diamond, where mem bers of their tribe were to dispute for supremacy with .those of another fraternity that has gone into the book of nature for its name. There is plenty of cheer and joy to be had in other places and the hosts of the occasion will ,see to it that the limit of fun and frolic will be found by their guests. Their Welcome Is Cordial. Of course, every one :,n Bililngs wears a smile of welcome for the Eagles who have taken charge of the city. By word and act greeting is ex tended to the visitors and they are made to feel that they are among friends. Before this morning's driz zling rain fell.gaily colored bunting and festal decorations waved in honor of .the guests everywhere.. From every building in the business part were dis played emblems of the order and the stars and stripes, the banner of Eagle dom, glistened in the sun from every point of vantage. Beautiful as the city was by day, it presented an, even more beautiful appearance last night. For blocks in Montana and Minneso ta avenues innumerable electric lights were suspended from wires and light ed those busy thoroughfares with the brightness of day. The fronts of many of the buildings were similarly illum'i rated and in dazzling glow the word "welcome" shone almost times with out number from roof and house top. The First National bank block was particularly lavish with its electrical display. Rows of incandescent lights gleamed and flashed from its two sides, while on the corner facing Twenty-seventh street a pretty effect was produced by a shield of light sur rounding an eagle. In Twenty-eighth street a festoon of lights reached NATHANIEL G. CARWILE, Worthy President Billings Aerie 176. " 1i ýc%%t Ad FINLEY M'REA. State Deputy Grand Worthy President, Who Responded on Behalf of the Eagles to Mayor Foster's Address Welcome. Mr. McRea is Chairman of the Convention. from the George block to the Northern i and the visitors were given further assurance of their welcome and cor diality of reception. The windows of stores were made as light as elec tricity could make them and in all were eagles, some with outstretched wings, others with pinions folded, typi cal of the rest and security to be found here by the strangers on whose breasts were rib'bons and 'badges indi cating them to have come from afar to meet In fraternal gathering. Many Kept Away. To "Official Circular No. 39" must be attributed the smallness of num bers as against that'whose presence was expected, for it was thought that the attendance of delegates and visi tors would run far into the hundreds. The circular was issued by the grand officers of the order in forbiddance of state gatherings through an apparent misunderstanding of the purpose of such conventions. The Eagles have only one grand or superior body, to which all subordinate aeries are sub ject. When the supreme officers learned of several proposed state meetings they caused the circular al ready mentioned to issue, thinking the object was to organize state grand bodies. The movement for a convention in 'Montana had taken such form when the circular appeared that the differ ent aeries in the state felt an appeal to the worthy grand president was justifiable. They joined in a petition to him, fully explaining the purpose of the intended meeting. This caused him to grant a special dispensation to them permitting them to proceed and - hold the convention. But the mischief had already been wrought and many who had prepared to come abandoned the idea. In spite of this there is a large attendance of dele gates and about every aerie in the state is represented. Butte sends the largest number of delegates and visitors. They arrived late yesterday afternoon in a special Pullman attached to No. 6. Their ar rival was delayed by the wreck at the Muir tunnel and they failed to reach here until hours after the time expect ed. A large number of Billings Eagles and some of the delegates who 'had arrived on other trains were at the station and accorded them an enthu siastic welcome. The Eagle yell and the cheers of the crowd mingled in noisy greeting. "The first exchange of friendship 'over, they were 'escorted ro -riwell hall, which Is headquar ters for 'the convention. Here some thiing t'o wash away the *dust and cinders of a. long journey 'by rail was served in abundance and the late ar rivals were reluctantly permitted to go to their respective hotels, where accommodatioziio had been reserved for '(hem, and prepare for the even Ing's entertainment. After supper friend sought friend and the time intervening for the com mencemea.t of the formal exercises at the opera house was spent in a social manner. GIVEN THE KEY. Mayor Welcomes Visitors and Sur renders City to Them. Last night occurred the first formal event in connection with the conven tion, when the city and all it contain ed was turned over to them by Mayor Foster. The ceremony took place in the opera house, which was crowded by smiling and happy people. The stage had been beautifully decorated with banners, flags, shields and bunting., all in the patriotic colors, red, white and blue, the colors of the Eagles. President Carwile of the Billings aerie presided. He occupied a seat on the center of the stage, while on either side of him sat officers of the local aerie and those of the visiting lodges. When the curtain was raised the au dience manifested its pleasure by loud and prolonged applause. The orchestra struck up The Star Spangled Banner and every Eagle in the house arose to his feet. Hardly had the first strains of the stirring air begun when a beautiful silken flag was lowered from the flies and remained suspended back of the presiding officer. This was the signal for more applause and cheering. M(r. Carwile introduced his honor, who formally welcomed the visitors to the city and expressed the pleasure all felt at the honor bestowed upon Billings by being selected as the place for holding the convention. Mr. Foster was in his happiest vein and gems of eloquence flowed in a contin uous stream from his ready tongue. Not only were they welcomed by their brother Eagles, but 'the smiles of wives, daughters and sweethearts spoke a welcome more expressive than words, while the decorations so lav ishly displayed on every side were mute witnesses to the joy of the peo ple and the cordiality of their greet ings. Doubly and thrice welcome were the Eagles Who had stretched their pinions and from far off aeries had wended -their way hither to min gle with their brothers. A loud knock was heard in the wings and upon the speaker bidding the disturber enter a young man dress ed in red and white announced that he had come as the bearer of the key to the city, which he had been com manded to deliver to the mayor. The key, a huge affair, rested on a sil ver salver and was given to his honor, who in turn surrendered it to Mr. Car wile with instructions to give it to the presiding officer of the convention and to lock the gates of the city and per 'mit no visiting Eagle to escape. Busi ness, said the mayor, was suspended in Billings at 6 o'clock and the police had been ordered to let the Eagles have all of the sidewalk and half of the street after that hour. Kneeling the herald offered the key to Mr. Carwile, who, following the mayor's directions tendered it to Mr. McRea, to be held by him until the convention 'adjourned. Resuming his address, the mayor said he hoped that instead of three days the visitors would conclude to remain three weeks and if possible prolong their presence for three years and they would be given a town lot and land on the bench. If they would only consent to remain, the officers of Sthe local aerie would see that all of MAYOR FOSTER, Who Delivered the Address of Welcome to the EaglVs. Who D~elivered the Address of WelcomeL to the Eagl-s. the unmarried ones would be given a Billings girl to complete their happi ness. Pointing to the beautitul silk flag the speaker said that, w.th the eagle, was the emblem of the order and every member of No. 176 wa3 proud to hold up his hand and say "I am an Eagle." The banner had been procured to be awarded as a! prize to the aerie doing the best de gree work in the initiations that had been reserved for the following night. when a class from the outer word would be formally taken into the fold. "All that the niggard fates have given us, and all we have in our homes and all that we possess, includong ourselves, ars yours; take everything, and welcome. From our hearts of hearts we bid you a million times we: come," said the mayor in conclusioa. President McRea Responds. Mr. McRea responded in behalf of the visitors. As -state deputy grand worthy president he accepted the key to the city, which by the good wishes and graciousness of the mayor had conveyed the freedom of the city to them. It was needless, said the speak er, for him to say that it was a great pleasure to accept the key and know ing that the word Eagle, as spoken in the aerie meant honor and gentle manly conduct he had no hesitancy in accepting it and upon its return, he was satisfied, that greater honor would redound to the order. The wives and mothers of Eagles were assured by the speaker that member ship in the order elevated a man and that any one who lived up to its teach ings and precepts could not but be a better man, a better citizen, a more loving husband, a kinder brother and a more dutiful son. Long before their arrival the visi tors knew they would receive a wel Icome as. gracious and cordial as it was sincere, and honest, but the warmth of the greeting extended to them had surprised them, even well as they 'had known what to expect. In conclusion he admonished the sin gle members that this is leap year and not to stretch their wings too far unless they wanted to fly from the aerie of freedom and land a blessed benedict. J. Bruce Kremer. After an inspiring air by the or chestra J. Bruce Kremer, the eloquent young lawyer from Butte, was intro. duced as the speaker who would have something to say on "Eagledom." Ful ly a minute passed before the ap plause that followed the introduction subsided and the speaker could pro ceed. The gentleman's reputation had proceeded him and all were pre pared for the treat they knew was in store fcr them. To attempt t=, give even a running account of the address would be impossidble. Like a stream rushing down a mountain side flowed words of eloquence from his lips in a chain of rarely beautiful semtimentsand exquisite diction. From the plains of Dawson cmunty in the east to the basin of Flathead and Bitter Root and from the mountain peaks of the center of IContinuied on Fourth Page.]. JOHN STAFFPKY- , Chairman Eagle Ball Coma