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Elaborate Preparations for En
tertainment of Grand Lodge
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
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 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
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
We look with faith to that end so
Bands of white ribbon aie drawing
it near.
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
Dear friends and comrades of this
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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."
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