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SSTATE COWLTION [Continued from First Page.] THE HON. CHAUNCEY C. BEVER, Chairman Executive Committee on Arrangements. the state, he said, h.d Eagles left their aeries and journeyed to the fer tile acres of the Yellowsone valley to 'meet and mingle a happy band. Na ture had donned her brightest and most beautiful hues and in all her splendor had offered her beauties to those who had speeded over mountain and across plain to gather in this glorious spot, where man vied with nature in his efforts to please an.d welcome the guest. Were it not for circumstances making it utterly im possible for him to do so he would avail himself of the mayor's offer of fair ones with an alacrity of spirit that disdained pursuit. It was taught that the eagle was the only creature that could look into the splendor of the noonday sun; so the order of Eagles could bear the closest scrutiny of its precepts, acts and teachings. It was a secret order, but secret only as far 'as related to its distribut.ion of charity, of which the world was not permitted to know anything. But the charity of the Eagles was something more and no bler than the mere giving to those in distress-it was the charity of 'mind, heart and soul, the charity that Lifted up those who were down and sought to place them upon a higher level, where they could meet on an equality with all men. As the na tional colors had given protection and 'brought blessings and liberty upon all peoples over whom they waved, so had the Eagles, whose emblem was the stars and stripes, 'brought liberty, happiness and blessings upon those who had enrolled themselves under their 'banner. Eagledlm t'ýaches the freedom and equality first guaranteed ,by Magna Charta and established for all time by the immortal Declaration of Independence. Truth was one cl the mott,*es of the order, said the speaker, and it taught that men should be truthful. No good could come from dissembling and it benefited no one. All -must be what they really are, all ''must be honest. The Eagles knew that no man was perfect, so they accepted men into membership with ill their faults as well as their v.r. tues and tried to free them ot the.r faults and strengthen them in their vi rtues. Justiqe to all was another 'of the leac~hings of the order, while equality Iwas its quintessence. It recognized I so ect and no class, all who entere portals met on an equaiit. N' man had the right to say there wa' ny difference or ineq:al:ty ' e.','e:. en for all had been bor:: er..al nn lessed with the same rights and Iriv eges. Love 'cf home and country ere taught on the floor or the aerie. any man who joined in earnest d seriousness and was willing to -'i C. L. JONES, Chsirman Parade Committee. i be benefited by its teachings and liv ed up to them was bounnd to be a bet ter man in every respect, both as re gards the home and the community. Although organized only five years ago on the shores of the Pacific. the Fraternal Or".r oa Lagles had grown until it had bectme the greatest fra ternal organization in the world and was still growing with a vigor and permanency that was the astonish ment of all. It was bound to continue in its growth until every liberty lov ing American citizen was enrolled under it, for it was distinctively an American order and taught the pre cepts and lessons of real American ism. At the conclusion of Mr. Kremer's address *a photograph was taken of Ithe stage and those upon it, after which another was made of the au dience as viewed from the stage. Mr. Carwile announced the pro gramme for today and invited every one to the ball game this afternoon between the Elks and Eagles. He said no charge would be made and all were doubly welcome. He then re quested Ithe audience to rise and join in singing "Auld Lang Syne," after which the meeting was dismissed. THE HONORABLE J. BRUCE KREMER, Who Delivered the Address cn "Eagledom" at the Opera House Last Night. A-1 FRITZ H, HATHHORN, Chairman Committee on Transportation. REAL BUSINESS BEGINS. First Official Meeting of Convention Is Held. Although the hour for beginning the serious work of the convention was set for 10 o'clock this morning, it was considerably later when the Honorable Finley McRea of Helena, state deputy grand worthy president, called the meeting to order and stated its object. What further occurred only the Eagles know, for admittance to all others was denied by a stal wart Eagle who guarded the inner door. While mnot really sitting in the ca pacity of a grand body, the convention is still conducted in secret, as the proceedings are all of a nature that may only be had in a lodge room. From members it has been learned that one of the objects of the gather ing is to discuss and agree upon legis latianI by the grand aerife ii hitional convention which it is deep. l'ad visable to present to that body as expressive of the wishes of the mem bers of one of the largest and most flourishing jurisdictions. Probably many other things will be engrafted in the recommendations that will do from this state. These Are Registered. All the delegates and visitors are epeoted to register at headquarters, but only a small percentage of them had done so this morning and the list of names on the record to which The Gazette was given access was said to represent only a fraction of those who were entitled to place in the hall during the progress of the proceedings. The registrations were as follows: Helena-Finley McRea, W. D. Stur geon, W. H. Bassette, O. G. Frederick. Butte-E. C. Sachs, A. B. Cohen, J. Bruce Kremer, J. L. Iba, W. H. Pal mer, W. J. Kane, IM. Sullivan, D. Buck. ley, James Keefe, John Nolan, W. Flynn, William Slater, J. J. Hetland, Morris Fitzharris, J. B. Furey, Char les Maggenti, George Symonds, E. L. Mayo, H. H. Rile'yr, Peter Sanger, L. Duncan, M. Fried, W. Pavey, C. W. Dempster, P. J. Gilligan, James W. Hogan. Gardiner-C. S. Moody, Jerry Mel lay, Frank Clark, F. D. Geiger. Virginia City-J. Z. Clem. Havre-G. F. Sanderson, H. J. Meili, F. X. Juneau, A. T. Swanson, M. J. Healy. Anaconda-C. M. Cavender, Joseph Lepke, Dennis O'Leary, J. H. Malloy. Bozeman-R. E. Burns. :Missoula-J. A. Morrells, Simon Gauthier, W. H. Yennick, Charles A. Schrage. Great Falls-F. A. Morse, J. D. Mil ner, Rudolph Herbst. Lewistown-Herman Brass. Kalispell, Livingston and several other towns that have representation in the convention do not appear on the register. Will Hatch Tonight. Tonight there will be doings and doings in Gruwell hall, for a new WILLIAM A. VALE, Chairman Finance Committee. brood is to be hatched and the num ber of local Eaglets is to be increas ed by a score or more. The old fel lows are making it extremely pleasant meanwhile for the tearful and ,trem bling candidates, to whcm they are telling gruesome tales of the tortures and horrors awaiting them, and they are believed. Some likely looking ma Iterial has been reserved for weeks for tonight, as there are to be man there from everywhere, experts in the devisement of fiendish cruelties, to whom the waiting ones will be turned over for exemplification of the work as done in other places. Between the whole of them it is expected that some startling things will materialize. Assurance (has beeu. given to ,the prospective fledglings that the reliet fund at the command of the aerie is ample to meet any drains that may be made upon it and that the reserve held for the (burial of deceased mem bers as yet fortunately remains un touched; that they will be cared for if disabled and decently buried if kill ed. Two decidedly cheerful prospects to contemplate. Try It Anyhow. The rain which fell this morning having ceased considerably before noon and the sun appearing once more, it was decided to play ball this afternoon in spite of wet grounds. Word was passed around that the game would begin promptly at 2:30 o'clock and a large crowd wended its way to the northeasterai part of the city, where the Elks are attempting to show the Eagles that while they may be "birds," when it comes to flying, they are nct to be considered when running and swatting the sphere is the issue. Parade Tonight. Unless the elements play the part of marplots this evening the most unique and gorgeous parade ever wit nessed in the city is promised. Great preparations for this teature of the convention have been made. Beside the marching Eagles there will be floats and other turnouts in the col umn. A special brass band has been organized and will be g.ven a prom inent po:sition in the line. Its mem bers have been secured specially for the occasion, at an immense cost, and will astonish the crowds with the rmagnificecce of their music and splen dor of equipments. Convention Notes. Sure. "Pee Jay" is there, and one of the most promiscuous and L-biqui tous of the B:tte flock. He says he is going back to ireland and see that the eagle displaces the harp as the na tion's emblem. What Butte would do without Giiiigan .Lo acid spice and flavor to any occasi.on in which it is represented should he take a notion and not go would be hard to tie!l. A-mong the visitors is Poeter Sanger, Butte's famuous fire chief. Altlhough very busy w:th convention affairs, he still foetd time to ca:l on the "boys" at the station and swap experiences with them. For its size he considers the Billings delparrtment cne of the very best to be lound nnywhere. The Butte delegation evidently had a lively time while waiting for the track to be cleared so that the flight to Billings could be resumed. Kanga roo courts were not among the least of t.he diversions resorted ,to, and they do say that Abe Cohen makes' a dandy PHILIP GREIN, Chairman Entertainment Committee. prosecutor, even though he is inclined to be a trifle bashful in addressing a jury. Something seemed to be the matter with the Vogue's eagle. The way in which he persisted in twisting his neck and rubbing his back with the posterior portion of his skull yester day caused a hasty call for the doctor. Doctor Lindsey said the bird was all right and merely wanted to show the crowds the newest thing in "rubber ing." What they lack in numbers the visitors make up in enthusiasm and a jollier crowd would be hard to find anywhere. They say they came for a good time and propose to have it or know the reason why. Although not usually classed among the acquatic fowls, the Eagles now in the city show their contempt for a little rain and take to water as natural as ducks. But it has taken the starch out of some of those natty white caps. That yell has caught the small boy and singly and in crowds he may be heard everywhere practicing it. Some of the older delegates are ac companied by their wives, not caring to venture so far from their homes without a guide and protector. When it comes to launching on the flights of eloquence and rhetoric, Eagles Foster and Kremer can make a spread of wings that is the delight and marvel of their auditors. WHERE TO WORSHIP. The Reverend Doctor Wykoff of San Francisco, Cal., will preach at the Congregational church of this city next Sunday morning. In the evening he will give a stereopticon lecture. IMorning service at 11 o'clock; evening service at 8 o'clock. Everybody cor dially invited. First Church of Christ, Scientist, Elks' hall. Sunday service, 11 a. m. Subject, "Mortals and Immortals." All are very cordially invited to attend. Sunday school, 12 m. FACTS ABOUT LAKE BAIKAL. Scene of Death to Many Russian Sole diers a Terror to Travelers. Lake Baikal, where 600 Russian troops are reported to have frozen to death, is situated in eastern Siberia, at an altitude of 1,400 feet, surround ed by wild mountains which rise to 4,000 feet, says the Chicago News. It is crescent shaped. Its greatest length is 370 miles, Its greatest breadth about 70 miles, its greatest depth 4,500 feet, and its average depth about 800 feet. Three large rivers and many streams discharge into the lake, which empties through the lower Angara into the Yenisei. The lake is frozen from Jan uary to the beginning of May. It forms part of the line of communication be tween Russia, the Amur and China. In winter the lake is crossed on the ice, and a temporary station is estab lished halfway. Many people have lost their lives in the wild storms that sweep over the ice and sometimes partly break it up. A road has been built round the south coast. The Transsiberian railway will follow this road, but it is not yet complete, com imunication being maintained in sum mner by steamer and in winter by means of a temporary railway on the ice. This temporary railway has .not been linished this year. The lake is a great fishing ground, 60,000 hundred weight of salmon being cured annually. Value of the Japanese Yen. When the public reads that 100,000, 000 yen have provisionally been set apart by Japan for war purposes, it may perhaps put an exaggerated esti mate on that amount, says the London Chronicle. Although Japan has a gold standard, the yen is of silver currency, so that at the moment 100.000,000 of them means scarcely more than £10, 000,000 ($50,000,000). But even this is an immense amount in a country in which the wages of a skillful artisan are often not more than 3 yen a week. The Japanese currency system is deci mal. Thus the yen, or dollar, is divi0 ed into 100 sen, or cents; the sen into 10 rin, the rin into 10 mo, the mo into 10 shu and the shu finally into 10 kot su. Government accounts do not take account of any value smaller than a rin, but estimates by private trades men often descend to mo and shu, which are incredibly minute fractions of a farthing. No coin exists, how ever, to represent these lilliputian sums. Developing Her "Ego." The modern girl talks ·glibly about her "personality" and spends a great deal of time, she will te!! you, in "de vetoping" it, though she has only the vaguest ideas what is meant by the process. "What are you going to do now you are grown up?" asked an elderly maiden aunt of a niece who had just emerged from the schoolroom. "I am going to cultivate my ego," was the composed reply of the debutante.-"A Countess" in London Outlook. Mark Twain on Poker. In Florence lately one of several Italian ladies who were entertaining Mark Twain asked what was the American national game. "Poker," he responded. When she laughingly pro tested that he was facetious he gravely reiterated his statement and added: "Madam, to the game of poker the American people owe the most valua ble lesson a nation can learn-never give up, even after you have lost your last chance." t .BATTLE IS REPORTED JAPS SAID TO HAVE MET WITH REVERSES. REPORT GIVEN NO CREDENCE St. Petersburg Doubts Story of Second Fight-Two Squadrons Mix Up. St. Petersburg, May 5.-6:15 p. m. There are rumors here which cannot be traced to responsible sources that the Russian troops in northwestern Korea have swooped down upon the Japanese lieiow the Yalu river, win ining a bih victory. The story is not credited. London, May 5.-A dispatch to the Central News from St. Petersburg says a rumor is current there that a second battle has Ibeen fought at Kilien Cheng, in which the Russian loss was 7,000, the Japanese loss 10, 000 men, and which resulted in the Japanese b.eing driven back in dis order. The dispatch adds that no confirmation of this report is obtain able. A SEA FIGHT. Kamimura Gets Into Touch With Vladivostok Squadron. St. Petersburg, May 5.--1:26 p. m. There are persistent rumors here of a naval engagement between the Vlad ivostok and Vice-Admiral Kamimura's squadrons, but no confirmation of the report had been received here up to 1 o'clock this afternoon. The ad miralty says no further news has been received from Port Arthur. A Love Letter Writer. Pere Jean, who has just died, was the last of the public writers of Paris. Servant girls, market porters and oth ers who found a difficulty in writing were his chief patrons, and others who could write, but lacked imagination and style, had often recourse to him. An ordinary love letter cost 10 cents, the same with well turned sentences 15 cents and a powerfully persuasive letter 30 cents. Pere Jean would, how ever, contract to complete a love cor respondence for a lump sum. The Fatal Hour. Much comment has been excited by the circumstance that out of the recent wreck of the I)arlington hotel in New York there emerged unscathed some men who had seemed to be exposed to a danger equaling tlhat of the victims. Yet there was nothing that dues not constitute a feature of almost every catastrophe in which life is lost. A resident of New York passing through Omaha and having a few min utes to spare once bethought him to call on a friend. Reaching the office he found the friend absent and for half an hour. As the visitor was at his frlend's desk penning an explanatory line the wall of a neighboring building collapsed, and a toppling chimney kill ed him where he sat. The Omaha man had occupied a chair at that desk for years during business hours. The New Yorker had never been in Omaha before. Call For Song to Typify Yale Spirit. John C. Ileald of Orange, N. J., has offered a prize of $100 for the words and music of a song that will best ex emplify the true Yale spirit, says the New York Times. Mr. Heald is a grad uate of Yale university and says he has long been impressed with the belief that Yale has not a song wlth the true ring of college life. The competition will close in April, and judges who have been selected by Mr. Heald will go over the material submitted. He is looking for something that will be to Yale what "Old Nassau" is to Prince ton. Miss Panton has choicest sweet pea seed; also cut flowers. Bell 'phone 62f; 3019 Montana avenue. tf One Fare for the Round Trip. Plus 25 cents, to Cleveland, 0., and return, via Nickel Plate road, May 16, 17 and 18. Tickets good going date of sale and returning to and including June 10, by depositing same. Three through daily express trains to Fort Wayne, Cleveland, Erie, Buff alo, New York, Boston and New Eng land points, carlying vestibuled sleep ing cars. 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