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\ Elaborate Preparations for En tertainment of Grand Lodge IRE NOW BEING MADE ry the Members of the Local Lodge Knights of Pythias. L RwHl Program for the A flair is now In Coarse of Preparation ami livery thioir In Gotten up iu a Style to Ex ceed Anything of the Kind Ever Held In the City. ?rom Wednesday's Daily ? It is now just about one month Hmtil the grand encampment of the ?Cnights of Pythias of West Yir H^inia to be held in this city, and ?hat it will be one of the best at tended and swellest encampments ?ver held in the history of the state, ?here is not the least doubt. All Hhe members of the local lodge of ?he order have constituted them ? \ ^?elves a committee of one to look ?ter some detail of the arrange ?nents which are being made, and ?verything that has been done and j Bvhieh will come forward in the fu Hure will be in first class shape. ? Sistersvillle should feel honored ?n having such a distinguished body ?>f men congregated within its pre ?incts and there is not the least Hloubt but that everything within Hhe power of the residents of the Bity will be done to make the affair ? success, There has never been In the history of the city an event ?f more moment and it is certain Hhat in the future there will never H>e anything which will be held on ?uch a magnificant scale. At all the encampments of the ?Cnights of Pythias which have been Hield in this state, there has always H>een a very elaborate program for Hhe entertainment of the guests, H)Ut it is safe to say that none of the ?ities or towns in which the grand ?ncampment has been held to date Hiave ever had or will have anything ; ?hat will compare in the least with ?he programme which will be gone Bthrough here and which is now in Ithe course of preparation. ? In addition to the competitive ?drills which have always been a ?feature of the encampments held ?heretofore, there will be a number ?of other amusements which the ?public will be permitted to take ?part in, but which at the present ?time cannot be mentioned as the ?full arrangements have not been ?made. There will be some of the ?swellest companies of the Uniform ? Rank of the order in the state, pres lent, at the Grand Encampment and ?all of them will take part in the ? dril's which are being arranged. One of the features of the en Icampment will be the "Imp Drill," ? which will be given by the swell ? Parkersburg company, and another I will be what is called the "Silent I Drill," which will be gone through I by the Ben Hur companv, Galli ? polis, Ohio, arrangements for which I are being perfected now. That the I Parkersburg company will be here is a certainty, but all the negotia tions for the appearance of the Gallipolis company have not yet been perfected, but there is good reason to believe that they will be in attendance, and will take their part in the program, which is now being arranged. The members of the local com panies have been calling on the merchants of the city for donations for the purpose of defraying the ex penses of the encampment, and up 10 date they have been meeting with very good success, and all those who have been seen have do nated very liberally. On account of the lack of advertising, which has been done so far a great many of the people were not aware of the fact that there would be such an important affair held here, and they have not felt like doing anything toward helping it along. It is fully expected that there will be not less that r 500 to 2,000 people in attendance at the encamp ment and it will readily be seen from this that it will be a great thiDgfor the city. Each one oi the visitors will be a walking advertise ment for the city and not only that but for every dollar which will be expended in the entertainment of these people they will leave notless than three and even in a pecuniary way, it will be a great benefit to the city, hence the merchants and others who are in business in the city are requested when called upon to donate very liberally to the fund for the entertainment of the city's guests. The visitors will commence to arrive in the city on Tuesday Oc tober nth and as the encampment will continue until the 15th inclu sive, the most of the members of the order in attendance will be in ' the city four days and some of them i will be here even longer. On j Wednesday the greatest amuse ! ment feature of the encampment in : the form of the grand street par ade will be given. For the benefit of the members of the order who will read this it is necesssry to say that Dahna Temple of the D. O. K. K,, will be in attendance and will bring all of its paraphernalia for the initiation of new members a great inanv of which will be initated here. This is a side issue of the order and to those members of the order who have never seen it and who desire to be initiated into its mysteries this will be the best chance they will ever have and it behooves them to attend. AN l*P TO DATE RAILROAD. An Oil Car lo be I'swl on the Ohio River Railroad. The Ohio River railroad is up to date in everything pertaining to a first class railroad under the efficient management of Col, George A. Burt, whose constant endeavor is lor the betterment of the service and the comfort of the patrons of the line. People riding on fast trains are always annoyed more oi less by clouds of dust that are swirled alongside the cars and into the windows from the tracks below, Several months ago the Pennsyl vania railroad officials determined lo act on the suggestion of some one that oil would abate the nui sance. They experimented, sprink ling the entire roadbed. It worked like a charm, settling the dust so effectually that passengers on that line are not bothered in this re spect. Manager Burt has determined on a system similar to this and will soon have an oil car in operation over his line. It will be constructed in such a manner that the tracks and the roadbed lor seven teet on each side of the tracks will be sprinkled with crude petroleum. It is stated that while the oil ef fectually settles the dust it also preserves the ties and effectually kills the weeds along the tracks. The O. R. R. will continue in the front ranks of modern railroads. A (iroHt Zoological Garden. The Zoological Societv of New York propose to construct what will probably be the finest zoological garden in the world in Bronx Park, New York, and under the direction of the executive committee the plan are being fully elaborate. The society expects to open the garden to the in a saisfactory way on May ist, 1899. While work is progress ing with all due rapidity and zaal, the old and approved plan of reliev ing biliousness and constipation through the beneficent agency of Hostettors Stomach Bitters finds general reconition. This excellent family medicine is a safeguard a gainst malaria and rheumatism, and removes indigestion and nervous ness. It invigorates t e system through the medium of improved digestion and appetite, fortifies it against disease, and counteracts the effect of overwork, mental or phy sical. A wineglassfull before retir engenders health yielding and strength-giving sleep. L,st it have the persistant systematic trial that it deserves. From a RUter^vill* Soldier. Col. W. C. Turner, manager of the opera house, is in receipt of a letter from John Slippner, former ly clerk at the Arlington hotel in this city who is with company M, of the First #West Virginia Regi ment. He tells the colonel tney are getting along nicely and are having a good time. He is located at the camp near Knoxville, Teun,, having recently been transferred from Chicamaugua. W. C. T. 17. Convention. From Wednesday's Daily* afternoon session. The trains brought a number of W. C. T. U. women, among them being Mrs. N. R. C. Morrow, of Fairmont, state president. Following the devotional exer cises. Mrs. Rev. Bowden welcom ed the visiting members in an original and very entertaining ad dress, to which Miss Nannie P. Hall, of St. Marys, made the fol lowing response: Sisters of the W. C. T. U. and la dies and gentlemen; I am here on behalf of the dele gates and visiting members to this our annual convention, to extend our sincere thanks for the beauti ful words of welcome and kindly greeting you have given us. The| path of the reformer has ever been that of the "thorn road." We are so used to carping criticism from friends, and downright opposition from the friends of the liquor traffic, and our hearts are so utterly hu man that we really need these ten der courtesis and sweet ministries. I have often thought that were it not for the kind greeting and warm handclasps at these our annual gath erings, more of us than do, would become discouraged by the way. I bring you the greetings of Pleasants county workers and con gratulate you on your achievements as a local union in Sistersville. That as an organization you have been a patent factor in the work of reform in your city goes without saying. And then the beautiful fountain erected through your ef forts and liberality speak volumes for your union. For after all it is the practical things that count. Ap plied Christianity we might say. God says, "I will have mercy and not sacrifice." I trust your example may stimu late other unions ? go and do like wise. I do not believe that a union with such a monument before it will ever disband. Since we last met in convention our nation has nobly responded to the call to arms in behalf of the op pressed Cuban near our shores. I am glad that this is so. I see so much in our American manhood to admire, more than I ever saw before, and when I have read of the daring deeds of our men on land and sea. and then of their pititul sufferings by disease I have thought, shame upon our government that has per mitted the uncalled for, deadiy can teen in the camps to poison the system, rendering them almost cer tain orey to the attacks of disease and all this in face of the protests of thousands of christian people and warnings from medical experts. How 9an the nation standing in its paternal relation to its soldiers hope to escape God's punishment. I fear it is being already scourged for this sin. The temperance hosts are not divided on this subject. Since we last met a fierce storm has been raging about our Educa tional Institutions and the search light of truth has been turned upon the dark places until the wise par ent of the day, when looking for a school in which his boy is to be ed ucated, is no longer indifferent, but asks will this college be a saie place for my boy. The time is coming when the trustees and faculties of these schools will learn that the christian and temperance sentiment of our land is not to be ignored. Thus in ways that we dreamed not of is God solving the great problem of intemperance by awak ening its nation to its enormity. I still believe that: Sometime, somehow, from the curse of rum, By God's grace shall deliverance come. We look with faith to that end so dear, Bands of white ribbon aie drawing it near. Singing. Mrs. Lizzie Barron read a most excellent paper on the subject of the "United States Government in Relation to the Liquor Traffic." Miss Rachel Rhymer, treasurer, gave her report, followed by the Social Purity superintendent, Mrs Lizzie Ogden, who gave a brief re port of work done. Miss Hall gave her report of evangelistic work done. The corresponding secretary, Mrs. Ackerson, gave her report. Mrs. F E. Reynolds gave the an nual address, which was excellent. In every way. Following is the address: PRESIDENT REYNOLD'S ADDRESS. Dear friends and comrades of this convention: Naught but the most profound gratitude to our Heavenly Father should fill our hearts as we assem ble again, in the interests of the be loved cause of temperance. The year just closed has passed into the recoids of eternity, freighted with precious memories ? memories of pleasant associations, kind words, gentle acts, merciful deeds, earnest prayers, and heartfelt thanksgiv ings, and happy indeed would be the pulsation of every heart present and most satisfactory the retro spect, were there not disappoint ments, weariness, heart-aches, dis couragements, lack of interest in those who hold the power of politi cal destiny and grave responsibility weighing so heavily on the other side. It seems but yesterday since we bade each other goodbye, in the beautiful little hamlet of St. Marys, and scattered away to our different homes, bearing with us the pleas ant memories of that occasion. We j were impressed with new hopes, broader views, clearer conceptions of the work before us, and of our individual relations to it. It is but human, at times, to see discourage ments where none exist. Yet, doubtless, each worker in the cause of temperance present today has in her experience confronted many discouragements and met with indifference and perhaps op position where she least expected it. I think we should regard and use many of our disappointments as means of education in this work. Our aim should not entirely be self-attained ? we must leain to wait. We must have much patience and perseverance and self abnega tion and look upon disappointments as the chisel which carves the out lines from the marble of self-hood and helps us shape the destinv of this labor of love. We must not be discouraged at the slow moving of events. Let us remember our smiles, our tears, our prayers, our hopes, our efforts are all numbered, not one lost. We live in them, and they iu us ? and let us always re member. whatever in love's name is truly donet to free the bound, and lift the fallen one, is done for Christ. The women gathered here today represent what? They represent a society, whose mission is nothing less than the establishment of the Divine ideals of righteousness in i human life in all its relations? it is surely a holy mission to which we are called and we need a constant baptism of the Divine Spirit that we may carry it forward to a successful issue. And I trust that in this convent:on we may all feel in an especial decree the over shadowing of the Infinite, and may we be led in all that we plan and do for the future, by the spirit of wis dom and truth. We are earnestly asking that special wisdom may be given those who represent us at the state and national conventions which will so soon be in session, for we realize that in many respects this will be one ot the most trying years in our history It seems but yesterday the telegraph flashed the news over the world of the death ot America's best beloved daughter, Frances E. Willard Millions of people of every land and clime paused to express their heartfelt sorrow and tender their sympathy, but oh, to those of us who knew her personally, who have felt the magic of her voice and shared the greatness of her scul, we shall miss her so! Her presence with us was a song with a new note, a flower with a new tragrance. She was never dwarled, limited or bigoted She respected every form of faith, even though she realized there was but one religion. Her heart was ot universal brotherhood. Like the sky she had room for all. Where shall we find another so perfectly human and exquisitely divine aye, verily we shall miss her. He pitiful. O Father, to our grief! See how we sink beneath Thy heavy rod! Bend from the skies and bring us sweet relief, Be merciful in this dark hour. O God. Our leader fell upon this sacred field, No more we'll hear her stirring battle cry; She lies asleep upon her dinted shield. With patient, folded hands and close-shut eye. Be mercifnl, d^ar Father, to our need! Our staff is shattered, and the shades descend: Bind up the bruised hearts that faint and bleed, Be thou our great physician and our friend!. And now as we close the ledger ol the past year and enter upon the pages of the new, let us keep close to God. Let us always remember j htr sacred words: "Only the golden j rule ot Christ can bring the golden ! age of man." We have begun a work, it is not finished, we must keep at it until it is completed. We need to enlarge our borders in this part of the stale. We need or ganization; we need workers who can cope with the demands of the hour; we need one woman for one department, not three departments for one woman; we need women of prayer who can talk to God in silence sweet, or upon the crowded street, meet and speak his power to save and with this divine ambition before us, we should come to the point of placing this state on some financial basis. We should study the currency question as W. C. T. U. workers. We some times need a financial raise as well as rays of love and patience. We should bring our work for human ity before the world in such a man ner that lovers of home and coun try shall see the beauty of holiness in our endeavor, and be won by the power of its attraction. We close the year's chapter. God bless ev ery woman who has stood at her post faithfully, and conscientiously performed her duty, and may we take up the work the coming year with renewed trust, courage, fear and patience is the prayer of your retiring president. The following officers were elect ed: President, Mrs. F. E. Rey nolds; vice-president at-large, Miss Nannie Hali; corresponding secre tary, Mrs. Augusta Ackerson; re cording secretary, Mrs. Lizzie Bar ron; treasurer, Mrs. Tim Cushing. Delegates to the state convention to be held at Charleston in October. Mrs. Lizzie Ogden, Mrs. Ackerson, Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Kirk. The Loyal Temperance Legion, with their leader, Miss Emerick, marched into the church with their banner, bearing the inscription, "Tremble, King Alcohol, We Shall Grow Up." There were about one hundred and fifty children in the procession. They sang and gave i he different salutes and mottoes, after whic i they were addressed by Mrs Morrow. She asked the Legion various questions which they answered readily. Then as a wise teacher would talk to the children entrusted to his care, she explained a few of the main truths which advocates of temperance and right living are teaching to the youth of today; be cause they are the future citizens of this nation. EVENING SESSION. A well filled house greeted Mrs. Morrow, of Fairmont, that gracious, gifted woman whose ability to pre sent the subject of temperance, is so well known as to arouse an in terest wherever her name is known. After three musical selections which delighted the audience. Mrs. Morrow began her address by re ferring to the banner, btaring the one word, "Encouragement," stating that the Loyal Temperance Legion of this city bad, during the afternoon session, given her an ob iect lesson aiong the line of hope. Mr*. Morrow is a prominent ed ucator of this state and she builds her hope of temperance and other reforms upon the fact that educa tion has become universal and an in telligent nation can be induced to think. Rev. Bowden made the closing | address. The quartette sang: "We Are Pritting With the Tide, and the benediction was pronounced by Rev. Anderson. The following ladies were present from St. Marys: . Mrs. Dr Grim, Mrs. A. S. Schau wecker, Mrs. Margaret Pemberton,| Mrs. Lizzie Ogden, Mrs. Lizzie Barron, Miss Rachel Rhymer, Miss, Lottie Wiley, Mrs. Dr Riley, ot Matamoras, Miss Mamie Marlow, Mrc C W. True, Mrs. J. F. Koontz, Mrs. F. E. Davis, Mrs. Vaun Meyer, Mrs. M. R. Cline, Mrs. M. J. Marlow, all of Mata moras and Mrs. R. J. McFarlan of Powhatan. Paper read by Mrs. J. F. Barron, of St. Marys, on "The U. S. Gov ernment in Relation to the Liquor Traffic:" u I cannot think of a better word to express or describe the relation ship between the two than that of gv dfather ? a word that represents all the fostering care and protection given bj our government to this traffic, which has been a curse to the people for many generations. We ought to be able, as a people, to look to our government for help in everything that would prove a bltssing 10 us as a nation, knowing that nothing wrong could or would be granted. We have law- makers, who are supposed to be selected from the many wise men of our land They make laws for us which are expected to protect our rights in every wav? the poor as well as the rich are to be protected. How have we prospered with the so-called good laws, amendments, etc. , that have been made and re enacted for us? Men say we would not be the prosperous nation we are without the liquor tax. The greatest loss by fire during any one year in the United States is said to have been $167,500,000. This is a large sum, but let us com pare it with the loss to the people of the United States, occasioned by the liquor traffic: Drink bill $ 1,131,863,382 Loss of productive power., 580,000 Pauperism 9,129,600 Crimes 46,88s. 000 Insanity 6,713000 Sickness 1,884,027,982 Total 3.079.175.964 The traffic yields from internal revenue, custom, state and local li cense, $157,485,990, fts leaving a < balance against the traffic of $2,921, 706,974. We complain of high rates of in surance which we say, to equalize, the burden of loss by fire ? but un complainingly suffer ten times the money loss to equalize the burden of the liquor traffic. It is a loss to the drinker first, and through him a loss to the country. The insured individual has his loss made good in part, someiimes wholly ? but the victim of the Jquor loss has no in surance afoainst it and the loss is irreparable and in the case of the direct victim the loss follows from this life to the next. It is considered that 1-10 of all that die in civilized countries die from the eftects of intoxicating drinks. That means in the United States from 70,000 to 80,000 deaths per year. The whole cost of the traffic is so much dead loss, distributed porpor tionally among the- individuals making up the nation. 240,000 sa loons licensed by our government to deal out liquid fire to burn health and life, intellect and morals, prop erty and ambition; to burn all that makes home homelike, that makes nations strong. When a great con flagration occurs great wailing fol lows; the news is telegraphed throughout the land, the newspa pers with glaring headlines an nounce the great loss, and the suf fering that follows, and the sympa thy and help of the people is given, but the liquor traffic burns on and the daily papers screen the traffic, the great political papers ignore it, and the so-called Christian people vote for it. License means that the govern ment, state, city and the saloon keeper shall go into partnership to ruin men, to build jails, almshouses and hospitals, to keep up the taxes. This is the remark made to the brewers, by Gladstone (a man who stood in the front ranks as a scholar and statesman:) "Give me a sober population, not wasting their earnings on strong drink and I will know whtre to get my revenue. ' ' Our ideas of Heaven are only visionary, our lives here not fitting us to understand ?vhat it would be to enjoy unbroken hap piness, but should our land be freed from this curse, then the ones who have lived in a drunkard's hofiae, would have a better and truer idea of Heaven. Our government is in sympathy with the liquor traffic inasmuch as it kindly furnishes penitentiaries, jails, workhouses and asylums for those victims of the drink habit who must be kept out of the way of law abiding people. 43,000 out of 45, 000 inmates of the penitentiaries brought there through drink. The drink traffic is like no other busi ness? it gives no adequate return tor value received. It throws the support of a vast multitude of lui .a tics, paupers, imbeciles and crimi nals upon the government, and the money paid into the public treas ury as license, is only a small per cent of the sum so expended. You have all heard, no doubt, the asser tion made that "our laws are all right if they are only enforced." Who will do this? Not men put in office who are in sympathy with the liquor traffic. 12,000 voters iu this country today ? 6,000,000 said to be Christians. If this be true, the government could soon be made what it ought to be? true to the best interests of the people ? not making all else bend to the wants and wishes of liquor traffic and we have men in office who would enforce the laws or if need be enact new laws, that could be enforced. It only remains for the Christian voters to do their duty. A vote for, prohibition is a vote for order, religion and the highest civilization. No matter how low or how high the license ? no matter if the revenue would be doubled every year, if it was our husband, brother, or son going down to death, how would it benefit us? We are not in sympathy with the liquor traffic and pledge oun elves anew to co all we can to sever the relationship which now exists be tween it and our government, know ing we are working for "home and native land." Allegheny College. Founded in 1815. Good Traditions. Strong Faculty, Unsurpassed Location. Reasonable Expenses. Catalogue sent free of charge to any address upon appli cation to President Crawford, Meadville, Pa. Fall Term opens Sept, 20. 7-2o-c 0 w>5t