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m s \ c* ©"W ■ J Vol. I, No. 18 Elk City, Idaho, April 30, 1904 $2.oo The Year I. O. O. F. ANNIVERSARY. Is Observed by Gold Center Lodge With Appropriate Exercises School Children and the People Generally Taking Part. — Excellent Speech Delivered by Thomas Hye. April 26 was red letter day in Elk City's social annals. It was the 85th anniversary of Oddfellowship, and the local Lodge deter mined to celebrate it in a manner heretofore unknown in the old mining camp; in this they had the cooperation of every man and woman, and every school child old enough to speak their little pipce, alike the initiate and layman, united in making it the success it was. The weather was ideal spring weather, and business was generally suspended, but the main factors which made the unqual ified success of the c'elebration was the ladies whole souled and generous support of the enterprise, ably and intelligently seconded by a committee of the Order, comprising H. E. Penn, Chairman George Bentz, C. H. Natwick, C. H. Schofield, and H. P. McCarthy; below is the program for the afternoon, the principle feature of which was the oration on "Fraternalism" delivered by Thos. Hye, followed in the evening by a ball, followed in turn by a grand supper provided by thé ladies of Elk City. Song—"Love's Old Sweet Song" Ladies Quartette Mesdames Craig, Baskett, Strong, Miss Rice. Recitation —"An Order For A Picture" Verda Whftaker, Recitation—"The Picnic Time Frank Anderson. Recitation —"The Night Wind" Orbie Natwick, Recitation—"Casey's Table D'Hote" Scott Craig. Mandolin Solo—"Selected" Orbie Natwick. Recitation—"The Scare Crow Wilma Whitaker. Recitation—"Seven Times One" Ralph Strong. Speech—"Fraternalism" Thos. Hye. Song—"Poor Little Lamb Ladies Quartette. >, "I will not tire you with statistics re lating to the origin and growth of our beloved order. Suffice it is to say that in a period of 86 years it has grown from a handful of five to an army of more than a million. "People may well wonder what there can be in O. F. that can unite the dis cordant elements of humanity, that can bring together men of all nationalities, creeds, social positions and political complexions, in a common brotherhood, seeking only to aid, help, elevate and bless their fellow-men. ' 'There is a natural craving in the heart of every man that makes him reach out and seek for fellowship. The desire for society and fellowship is in herent in the human race. This is what makes the city so popular as a place of abode. This craving or desire exists alike in the savage and civilized man. The human heart yearns for fellowship in its very nature. Realizing this the founders of our order have wisely built a fellowship upon a firm foundation, Mr. Hye said: "Upon one previous occassion it was my pleasure to address an audience in this city. The kind reception accorded my remarks upon that occassion has em-1 boldened me to appear before you once Not with again in the role of orator, out much doubt as to my ability to in terest or entertain you; not without a full consciousness of my utter inability to do justice to this occasion. "Let the fact that I make no pre tense at oratory, do not pose as a pub lie speaker, be my apology for all er rors or inaccuracies of speech. I will at the offset endeavor to win and merit your gratitude by promising to be brief and by fullfilling that promise. "After having listened to the very excellent program rendered for your enjoyment today, it would be sheer presumption on my part to attempt to entertain you with a speech. However, it has been said that "he that does the best he can, does well, I will do the angels can do no m,ore. ' best I can to interest you for a few moments on the subject of fraternity in general and O. F. in particular. "If fraternal love held all men bound, how beautiful this world would be. Sad to relate fraternal love does not hold all men bound, but the organization under whose auspices we meet this afternoon, and whose, memory we commemorate today, holds upward of one million men bound together, with a bond of frater nity such as humanity has never before witnessed. upon a solid rock. The fellowship that we teach is based upon the eternal principle which recognizes man as a constituent of one universal brother hood, teaches him that he is the child of a common father, he is bound to cherish and protect his fellow man. He must visit the sick, bury the dead, ed ucate the orphan and care for the widow. 0. F. is the avatar of peace, It sets before us hopes and promises; it, inspires patience and resignation under , .. ,, , humble home as through the opera the gilded box at a theatie. " e seek not to shape your creed, but we do ask you to exercise your powers for good to be Friendly, Loving and True. . Humanitanamsm and Charity is our creed, we are taught to love our neigh hors as we love ourselves, to try to be as perfect as a Golden Rule would make us - To make virtue lovely by living it ; grandly and nobly and patiently. Such | are the lessons of O. F. No man can j be a true O. F. without possessing in ; the highest degree every virtue known | to humanity. "Our order is not destructive. We seek not to destroy but rather to strengthen all that is good by obligat j ' n S our brothers to practice those vir tues which all religions teach, remem bering always that we can best honor our order by being true to our friends, our home and loved ones, true to every principal of goodness and righteousness, Generous deeds and unselfish purposes are the strongest bonds of union. "We have no quarrel with religion. affliction. Around us it spreads peace a « d serenity and gives us joyful as surances of the future. other secret organizations, has been I subjected to the criticism of many peo ! pie. People oftentimes who are honest and conscientious in their denunciation "Our beloved order, in common with ! o f secret organizations, because from misrepresentation of our objects, aims ; and teachings they have been led to be j |>eve that we encroach upon the prov i nce °f religion. 1 tagonistic to Christianity and other j forms of religion, but, my friends, let i me say to you that nothing could be i further from the truth, j knows anything at all of our teachings I knows that O. F. teaches nothing that aa y true Christian may pot he proud to ) practice. "No man, be he professing Christian or otherwise, ever stood before our al ord er, but that he became a better man, and thus brought him nearer to He has had new visions opened He has learned that That our order is an He who tars and assumed the obligations of our God. U P before him. he has learned that the happy man is be who makes others happy. He who fives for himself alone, knows no plea are reserved for those whose highest ; a ' m * s to comfort, console and contrib u te to the happiness of others.. This is true happiness. Real happiness as often looks out of the window of an humanity has some claims upon him; The brightest crowns in heaven sure. 1 We tak e the good the gods provide and res t content. If it be the will of a di vine providenca that a happier home awaits us beyond the tomb's pale por tals, let us rejoice that we are reward | ed, even beyond our merits. If not, ; let us lie down like a tired child upon its mother's breast and pass without a sigh into the eternal, the imperishable elements from which we sprung, back into the great life ocean, which is God. ; "The order of O. F. needs no vindica-1 tion today. They have well and truly demonstrated to the world that they can and do do good, that humanity has been benefited by their existence. "It is sometimes said that some of our members do ;iot conduct themselves in a manner that reflects credit upon our order. "Alas! This is too true. Seed to grow and produce good results must be sown on suitable ground. 'Did you ever notice how much easier it was to let a heavy load pull you down hill than it was to pull it up? It is only by a constant effort that man's foot steps are guided aright. The mind wherein the light of reason has never penetrated may not be benefited by O. F. We-cannot transform a degenerate into a saint but we can and do teach a higher ideal life. Our teachings give men a new faith in Virtue. Charity and Love. Like a light from heaven we poipt out the true life. "None of us are perfect, and were we to love none who had imperfections, this world would be a desert without love. We love and cherish what is good in man, and try to eradicate what is bad. Oftentimes he who appears un worthy to our eyes may be battling nobly, earnestly and honestly to over come difficulties that we know not of. His pathway through life may be beset with obstacles that would cause you to stumble and perhaps fall. To remove these obstacles is the mission of O. F. "In physical warfare the world does not ask, who was the victor? but with what courage did they fight? It were a greater credit to have lost at the Alamo or Thermopylae than to have won on fairer fields where the odds were less. "Upon our emblems and symbols you see inscribed three letters, F. L. & T., emblematical of the three degrees of O. F., Friendship, Love and Truth. "The first link on the chain of O. F. is Friendship. Constancy and Fidelity are the pillars upon which rest pure Friendship. Confidence and Gratitude are the offspring or outgrowth of true Friendship. Gratitude Is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul, and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant. All of these virtues are por trayed in the lessons of our order, and should be exemplified in the life of every true O. F. We are taught to practice them without ceasing. "Our labors should be a willing sacri fice for the redemption of humanity. We have been taught to emulate the highest ideals of friendship in ancient and modem story. As we meet from week to week within the walls of our lodge room, we are taught that it is our duty to exemplify the teachings of our order in our daily life; we are taught that we are not to live for self alone, we have a mission to preform, we owe something to humanity. Our daily life should be fresh and sweet as the morn ing fragrance, breathing and inspiring thoughts and acts of friendship. What Q R can ]ook back tQ the firgt degree of 0 p and not feel that Friendship hag a deeper mean ing than he had ever be f or e realized « T he world has grown better as it has grown more Fraternal. O. F. adds a g i ow i n g flame to the torch of pro - g ress# "There is a divinity in man that is constant i y endeavoring to elevate and make him better. We seek to strength en and encoura g e tjjjg divinity, which is tQ save> "The soul soars up toward heaven For millions of years man has been toiling upward, impelled by the same myster ious force that causes the wheat Q f the fields and the tall pines of the moun tains to stretch their heads toward tbe b i az ; n g. sub . <Love is t he cential link in the gold en chajn of Q p Love ig the grandest attribute of God lt is the Queen the brig htesi and faircst of al j the virtues ™ded by its influence we can lead thé crring to repent so f te n every obdurate beart and rcclai ' m t0 the paths of rec . t i tude every viscious mind. Love in its highest and purest form is the redeem ing happiness of humanity. ' " 'Love is the Saint, enshrined in the supreme. breast. And angels themselves would admit such a guest. ' "Where Love is enthroned God reigns Love creeps like a subtle perfume through all the senses, and in fluences our every act. "There is but one foundation forhap DIXIE PROPERTY BONDED. M. P. Tytler, of Seattle, Bonds the L. L. and Heinz Claims.— Will Bring in a Hoist and do Some Deep Mining.—Just What the Camp Needs to Make it a Winner. M. F. Tytler of Seattle passed through town this week on his way to Dixie to operate the L. L. Group of claims upon which he has secured an eighteen months bond. Mr Tytler intends putting in a hoist as soon as the roads permit and developing the property thor oughly before putting in a mill. The Heinz claims are also included in the bond. It is also stated on reliable authority that eastern capitalists of high standing are giving the camp a thorough inspection with the ultimate object of investing. That Dixie posseses a high order of merit as a mining camp is a fact well and generally known among miners and prospectors throughout central Idaho, but like many other camps in this favors ed section, it has been "wild catted" to death. We would advise our readers to keep their eye on Dixie the coming season. I passions to the intellect. j accordance with our higher conceptions ' and does not consist in believing, but in doing. So we are taught by O. F. to do noble things, not dream them all day long, and 30 make life, death and the great forever one grand sweet song. "From Love also springs Truth. He that is loving and charitable in his i heart and thoughts, will be true in his actions, will be quick in his ministra lions of mercy, ever ready to fly to the relief of the distressed, to the defense of virtue, to the protection of the weak, to the maintainance of right, and at all times doing justice to all men. The true O. F. does no man wrong, but with Friendship for all, Love and Char ity for the weak and erring, with Truth m his heart and Love for his brethren, he is in the pride of a better manhood, aa exemplar of .our teachings, doing honor to our order and to himself. Our benevolence should be extended ! not merely to the household of faith, but to the stranger without regard to his country, his creed, or the cause of his misfortune. "The encouragement of moral worth . „ "The moral and mental elevation of piness, and that is Love, not merely promulgated by word of mouth, but em braced and practiced as a principle and from feeling its adaptability and suita-i bleness to the wants and necessities of our veiy nature, as well as its power to elevate and even sanctify our sorrow. "You take from the world Love and "Love begets kindness and charity. "We recognize this that our fellow beings are imbued with the same spirit, the same feelings, wishes and desires that we are. W s teach the value of the greatest and grandest of all human virtues, Charity. We are taught to exercise the same Charity for the frail des of others that we would ask for Air own loved ones, being ever mindful of the happiness and peace of others, aver ready to correct a fault and to commend a virtue, pointing out to oth ers their errors for their own good. "They who have passed through the ordeals of our orders and attained the nothing remains worth living for. summit of O. F. have learned how easy it is to err, how noble it is to forgive, to throw the divine cloak of Charity around the errors of others. "Charity consists not always in more ly giving alms, but in kindly words of advice, in gentle admonitions, in loving sympathy, in doing whatever may re suit in the welfare and happiness of our fellow beings. "We teach no nobler virtue than that of Charity. That Charity is willing to extend a helping hand to those who perchance may have fallen by the way side. The reformation of a brother once worthy, but afterwards unfortun ate enough to fall by the wayside, is one of the greatest victories over evil that is it] the power of man to gain. "Th° real object and end of life is happiness. Hope is the mother of hap piness. 'Hope spring eternal, etc.' "If man is ever blessed in this world it is when he is alleviating the suffer ings of others. "We are taught that it is the omni present duty of every man to ascertain his own powers and special gifts for good, and to improve and strenghten It is to act in them for the benefit of humanity. "All virtue is a subordination of the is one of the principles of our order. man is a work worthy of the gods. "Many a trouble has been soothed by yet tender and true, accept it as proof that they have received a grander view of life, a more comprehensive idea of its duties and responsibilities, and have been benefited by what they have learned. "Fraternity is the fair flower of our civilization; it is a beacon light, a star of hope, guiding the people to the glor ies of a grander day, shedding a glory over humanity, illumining the world that now is, even to the far off shores of the setting sun. "When fraternity shall rule mankind, then the sword shall hang on the wall in inocuous desuetude, its mission no longer to pierce the warm and palpitat mg heart of human beings. Then will d »wn that blessed day dreamed of by the poet, 'when the war drum throbs no longer, andthc battle flags are furl ed, in the parliament of man, the fed eration of the world. j 'T he hou , ses f ou bul d ', th ® and ® ?' 0U cultivate, the places in which you loiter i are s °on to go into other hands, but the j comforts bestowed on those we love the memory of the blissful moments spent I in doing good unto others is a founda I tion of joy and happiness that becomes | exhausted only with death . "Though time will sweep from the Continued on Editorial Page. j j The Board of Trade building . . exhibit. Claim owners quested to bring in their ore • promptly as possible, so that the Board may comp l e te the labeling i « , «. .. ,, , . ;Q f ? ame ' ^ d Hstpig the claims SO visitors may acquire the nec egsary information with the least possible trouble and expense, j | - ATTENTION - is now ready for the mineral are re Andrew Prader President By J. L. C. McCaffrey Secretary NOTICE TO THE CREDITORS of T5c American Eagle Consolidated Gold Mining Company, Limited. | Notice is hereby given by the under j signed, receiver for the above entitled | corporation, to the creditors and all ' person s having claims against said cor ! por ation to exhibit them, duly verified, and w i tb the necessary vouchers, with, in six wee k s after the first publication | city of Lewiston, i da ho, the same be ; ing tbe p i ace for the transaction of the b usiness of said corporation in Nez p erce County, State of Idaho, : of this notice to the said receiver at the ■ Signed and dated this 27th day of 1 April, 1904, | Receiver of the American Eagle Con j the still, small voice of the moral phil j osopher; many a care charmed to sleep by sweet words of sympathy. As I said before, our des. re is that our mem bers shall exemplify in their daily lives the principles taught them within the lodge room. If in your daily inter course with them you shall find them friendly, generous and faithful, patient PRINCE E. STOOKEY, solidated Gold Mining Co., Ltd. First publication April 30, Last publication May 21.