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The Ancient Order of Hibernians'
Convention at St, Paul Proves a
Most interesting One.
The Saintly City Greets Them With a
Oaecl Mille Failthe "—Important
Business—A Grand Banquet.
SKETCH
or
THE ORDER.
The Ancient Order of liberaians is
a benevolent institution, and although
a secret, within the pale of the Church
and speaking relatively of secret so
cieties is only semi-secret. Any person
who was born in Ireland, or whose pa
rents or grandparents were born in
Ireland may become a member of the
Order*. Its motto is. Friendship,
Unity and True Christian Charity,"
and was founded
in Ireland in 1S47.
Its objects are the
care of the aged,
sick and poor, and
insurance of itsj
mem be: It pava
$1000upon death of
a member. The
military branch is
termed the Hiber
nian Rifles, and
now numbers 90,
000 in the United
States. The Order ^.
is composed exclu
clusively of Catholics, and is in most
dioceses recognized by the Bishop as a
Catholic society, and politics are ex
cluded from it. There are 750,000 mem
bers in the Order in this country, Min
nesota alone having 6.000, and its mem
bership roll is increasing rapidly. The
first branch of the Ancient Order of
Hibernians in America was established
in the city of INew York in the fall of
the year 1S49. It encountered great op
position in the beginning, which was
caused by a misunderstanding regard
ing its principles. The Order was in
stituted in this State, in Minneapolis,
November, lS77,when Michael Moghan,
Esq., a member of Division No. 1, of
this city, who is well and favorably
known here, organized Division No. 1,
being specially commissioned by the
National Delegate for that purpose,
and thereafter assisted in organizing
other divisions throughout the State.
At present there are divisions in Min
neapolis. St. Paul, Stillwater, Duluth,
Winona, Fergus Falls, St. Cloud, St.
Vincent, Morris, Anoka, Albert Lea,
Graceville, Tower and Clontaif. The
State officers are: J. J. Kennedy, Esq.,
of St. Paul, state delegate William
Reece, Esq., of Minneapolis, state sec
retary, and M. W. Murray, Esq., of
Stillwater, state treasurer.
TWO CONVENTIONS.
Regarding the split which has taken
place in the Order, Aid. Henry F.
Sheridan, of Chicago, said to
city New
6
THE FIRST MEETING IN ST.
THE
[RISK STANDARD representative:
"There is a split in the Order, one
party representing the whole of the
United States and the other the
York alone. The
movement was gotten
up and engineered by
New York men. The
Order is a branch of
the Board of Erin ex
isting in Ireland, but
has always been called
the Ancient Order of
"Hibernians in Amer
ica. There has for
years been more or
less difficulty between
the Board of Erin and the Ancient Or
der of Hibernians, and the latter sev
ered itself entirely, becoming inde
pendent. Some months after the last
convention which was held in Cleve
land two years ago, three New York
men repudiated the constitution and
formed an association, calling them
selves A. O. II., applying to the Board
of Erin for recognition, which they ob
tained. They held their first conven
tion last August and are now holding
another, but they do not represent the
Order of the United States, as we do. I
deny that they have got the largest
membership, the most money or the
best record. They have all been ex
pelled from the order and in the regu
lar way. W have no issues with them
but think the world is wide enough for
us both."
PAUL.
The second biennial convention—the
thirty-seventh meeting—of the Ancient
Order of Hibernians convened Tues
day last in St. Paul. As early as 8
o'clock the delegates from all parts of
the Union as
sembled at Hotel
By
an, and each
was decorated
with a delegates'
badge, a green
ribbon, illumin
ated by a harp
and a sprig of
shamrock in gilt,
worn on the la
pel of. the coat.
Each member of
the reception
committee wears
a similar badge
of white. The
presidents of the,
St. Paul divi
sions met the
,Stillwater dele-i
'^tibn, which contained about seventy
men, at the deptt at 8 o'clock, and
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a little later the three St. Paul divi
sions, having rendezvoused in Bridge
square, marched to the depot to meet
the Minneapolis divisions. The delega
tion from this city numbered fully 250,
and was accompanied by several bands
of music. Ali tell into line at the de
pot and proceeded to the Ryan. Here
the procession was augmented bv the
delegates in waiting who joined the
march to St. Paul's Cathedral. Father
John Shanlev, chaplain of the A. O. II.
in St. Paul," acted as master of cere
monies and delivered the sermou,
which was a
BRIEF, POINTED AND LOGICAL ONE.
He welcomed the Hibernians as
members of a purely Catholic Society.
It was organized for a greater and
more universal purpose than mutual
aid—the purposf
of the mainten
ance of Catholic
principles, and the
furtherance of Ca
tholic interests.
In these times of
social agitation,
the Church found
the world up in
.^arms against Ca
tholic principles.
The communism
and socialism of
the 19th centurv,
Father Shanley said, was the logical
result of the great revolt against au
thority in the 16th century. In the
past the Church had carried the true
faith to the ancient barbarians, but to
day the Church found modern barbar
ians even more barbarous than those of
the past. He urged that, in the delib
erations of the convention the delegates
would declare for Catholic principles,
recognizing loyalty to the authority of
the Church, and that their proceedings
would be by its infallible guidance.
He closed with a touching tribute to
the struggle for Irish independence,
and expressed confidence in the con
summation of every Irish patriot's fond
hopes.
The musical part of the service was
exceedingly fine, being the same pro
gramme as that of Easter Sunday. Im
mediately after the service the dele
gates, visiting and local brothers again
formed in a line on St. Peter and Sixth
streets. The lines were in four divi
sions, headed by a platoon of police.
Besides members of the A. O. II. the
line included the Crusaders, the St.
Clement and St. Peter Benevolent so
cieties, and numerous bands and drum
corps. There were about
FIFTEEN HUNDRED MEN IN LINE,
and the line of march was on St. Peter
to Fifth, to Seventh, Seventh to Third,
Third to Broadway, Broadway to
Seventh, and Seventh to Wabasha
where the parade
wa3 dismissed.
Meantime lunch
had been pre
pared in Market
hall, and the lo
cal and visiting
members to the
jiumber of four
hundred, repair
ed there to par
take of it, while
the delegates re
paired to Pfeif
er's hall to ini
tiate an organiz
ation. This was c-1?
done by receiving credentials and the
appointment of a committee to exam
ine them, after which an adjournment
was taken to four o'clock to give the
committee an opportunity to work.
Pfeifer's hall, which contained elabo
rate decorations in evergreens and the
coats of arms of different states, had its
walls emblazoned for the occasion with
many mottoes and watchwords of the
A. O. H. Over the center of the pros
cenium arch were the letters "A. O.
II." On the left, looking towards the
stage, was placed the name "Parnell,"
beneath which was a shield containing
the words "Irish independence is fast
approaching." Opposite was the name
'•Davitt," beneath which were the
words "Emmet's epitaph will soon be
written." Over the entrance to the
hall appeared: "Our Mottol Friend
ship, Unitv and True Christian Char
ity," and on different parts of the walls
inscriptions as follows: "Harp and
Shamrock," "We Must be United,"
"Oar Church and Country," "In Union
is Strength," "We Visit Our Sick and
Bury Our Dead," "Our Order 100,000
Strong," "Our Order is Growing Rap
idly," "Unroll Erin's Flag," "At Last
We Stand United," and "Unity Our
Success."
THE CONVENTION
was called to order by National Dele
gate Sheridan at 2 o'clock. Messrs.
Brown, of Missouri, Cunningham, of
Connecticut. Conway, of Massachus
etts, Roach, of
nsyl vauia,
Trower, of Louis
iana, Galligan, of
Wisconsin anciKen
nedy of New Jer
sey were appointed
a committee on
rules of order, and
the convention ad
journed until 4
o'clock. At that
hour the conven
tion reassembled,
and reported the following list of dele
gates entitled to vote.
National Officers—Henry P. Sheridan, na
tional delegate P. H. McNeils, national secre
tary John McSoreley, national treasurer
Jeremiah Crowley, P. B. Murphy, M. A. ijhea,
Cornelius Horgan and John J. O'Connor.
THE DELEGATES.
Maryland—Michael Murphy.
Connecticut—J. D. Cunningham, P. J. O'Con
nor, C. R. Dunn.
Massachusetts—J. D. Sheehan, P. J. Conway
J. J. Regan, Jetan Kenealy, Miles McSweeney,
James Shee, P. L. Cassidy, John J. Nugent.
Minnesota—James J. Kennedy, William J.
Reece. M. W. Murray, John P. Fitzgerald, I.E..
Kelleber, M. L. Grifflri, P. J. Warren, T. M.
Sullivan, M. J. McDonnell, John Graham, M"
McCabe, John N. Murphy, D. F. McDenrott, T.
Newell.
Nebraska—Richard O'Keefe, M. Maguire,
James Connolly, James Sully, P. H. Barny
Iowa—P. J. Murphy, A. P. McGuirk, Patrick
Burns, M. V. Kennedy, James Solan, Thomas
Gallagher, P. B. Wolf, M. E. Harley, 0. W.
SwGGooy*
Kansas—F. F. McLean, Michaol Hogan..
Pennsylvania—M. F. Wilhere, M. 0. P.oach,
VOLUME II. MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL, SATURDAY, MAY 15, 1886.
Phillip.*? Kelly. James Jackson. James F. Scott,
Maj. S.J. Lomasney, Miles Curr, Michael Me
Ardle, Harry O'Connor.
Rhode Island—P. McLaughlin.
New Hampshire—Charles O'Neal.
West Virginia—C. D- Reynolds.
New York—Patrick Hynes, Michael J. Flynn,
Patrick Rylie, Michael Kennedy, John Coyle,
Richard Hurgrave, Michael S. Kelly, Patrick
McGuire.
Delaware—John J. Mullen.
Michigan—J. D. Scallon, Martin Conway,
John M. Kane, Patrick C. McLaughlin.
New Jersey—John Hurt, J. J. Clancy, Dennis
Rae.
Colorado—John King.
Indiana—John W McOreevy, Fausler,
Thomas McQuade.
Missouri—Patrick O'Malley, Thomas Tuffy,
Thomas Doyle. Andrew T. Brown.
Louisiana—Johu Fitzpatnok, John Trowar.
Wisconsin—James Mclver. John A Gallagin,
Martin McLaughlin. Jus Murphy, John Con
nelly, Michaol Flannigan, Thomas Roach.
Illinois—Ed Spellman, Robert Kelly, 51
Harrett, William Curran, Thomas Houarbton,
James French, O W Tigbe, James Costello,
John Duffy, Thomas Haunitin.MT Kylie, MG
Flood, Miobacl Dougherty,
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rues Murray.
Kentucky—John Jrlennessy, Shine.
Ohio—M "Stanton, O Sullivan, E Kenrlrick,
John Gallagher, John II Clark, Thomas Kane.
S North, Dundon, Toohey, Sweet
man, A Henessey.
Montana—John J. Darey.
The report was adopted. The chair
then announced the committees on
Credentials and Grievances. After
some discussion on private matters
connected with the Order, the conven
tion adjourned until 9 o'clock Wednes
day morning.
Wednesday's Proceedings.
The national delegates of the Ancient
Order of Hibernians went into secret
session Wednesday morning at 8.30
o'clock, and the annual address was de
livered by Henry F. Sheridan, chief of
ficer of the organization. The address
was a very conclusive one, and review
ed the past history of the Order, fol
lowing its line of progress up to the
present time. The speech occupied a
considerable length of time in delivery
and was interesting to every member
THE
of the Order.
IRISH STANDARD
will make an effort to furnish its read
ers with the full address in some future
issue. The manuscript was turned
over to the secretary, who will prepare
it for publication in pamphlet form and
distribution among members of the Or
der. The speech gave rise to a pro
longed discussion of plans for the fu
ture welfare and prosperity of the Or
der and an adjournment did not take
place until nearly 1 o'clock. The fol
lowing committees were appointed dur
ing the session: Press, Insurance, Mili
tary, Auditing, Ritual, Resolutions
and Standing of the Order.
THSY VIEW THIS CITY.
About 2 o'clock in the afternoon car
riages were brought up in front of the
Sixth Street entrance of the Hotel
Ryan. The driving committee, con
sisting of Aid. John Dowlan, Capt. M.
J. O Connor, J. J. .Kennedy and J. C.
Horrigan, of St. Paul, were promptly
on hand, while J. J. McCafferty, Aid.
II. T. O'Connor, Wm. McTeague, Capt.
Lawrence Fahey, Hon. C. D. O'Brien,
John Cuniff and others of the reception
committee, together with P. XL Kelly
and Dennis Ryan, busied themselves
with getting the delegates comfortably
seated in the carriages. Members of
the reception committee accompanied
the carriages, which to the number of
70 or more bearing over 280 persons,
started in procession around the city.
The course taken was up Sixth street
to Wabasha street, passing the cham
ber of commerce and turning at the
Clarendon Hotel, and proceeding down
Wabasha street in view of the Market
building, cathedral, custom house and
postoffice, the Astoria Hotel, the county
buildings, the new court house in pro
cess of construction, the Grand Opera
House, the Union and Court blocks,
the Exposition rink and the Masonic
Hall to Bridge Square, where West St.
Paul was seen across the Wabasha
street bridge. From Bridge Square the
long procession went up West Third
street, past the Metropolitan hotel and
Seven corners to Suminitt avenue, then
turning past the First Methodist
church, and taking in Commodore Kitt
son's residence, Summit avenue was
followed up as far as Kent street, where
there turned, going up to Ashland ave
nue. The horses were headed down
Ashland avenue to Western, up W est
ern avenue to Nelson, down Kelson to
m-
Virginia, down Virginia to Dayton,
and down Dayton to Third street.
After Pleasant avenue was crossed the
delegates were taken along Fifth street
to Seventh, where in sight of the House
of Hope church, they started down the
longest street of the city to Dayton's
Bluff. Everywhere people looked
from windows aud doors at the
long train of vehicles. From over
the Seventh street bridge the rail
road tracks were no
ticed, and at the till
"Swede Hollow"was
looked down upon
from both sides.
Climbing the slope
lof Dayton's Bluff,
the Hibernians were
taken to Bates ave
nue, where they
turned, going as far
as Third 3treet, pro
ceeding down that
street to Maria ave
nue to P. H. Kelly's
z^iA-SS, residence, where all
alighted aud were
treated to the hospitalities of Mr. Kel
ly's home, at the same time taking a
complete view of the river, the
Minnesota & Northwestern, the b
ert street and the Wabasha
street bridges, and the Union
depot, railroad tracks and wholesale
district on one side of the river, and
the far-distant green terraces and flats
of West St. Paul on the other. From
this point a sketch of the Lafayette
avenue and Bluff street portions of the
city, with tree-covered hills in the
background, was obtained. When the
delegates were reseated in their car
riages they were escorted back as far
as Bradley street, and were shown that
little known district, accessible only by
the Lafayette avenue street car lines,
their course being up Bradley street to
North, turning around Bedford street
to Collins street, going down Collins to
the Westminster street bridge, crossing
that arid reaching Lafayette avenue in
sight of the mansions of Gen. George
L. Becker, E. F. Drake and Prof. F. A.
Fogg. At Tenth street they turned,
going up as far as Broadway, where
they proceeded past the Portland Hats,
and down Broadway to Fourth street.
The delegates went up Fourth to Rosa
bel, down Rosabel to Third, and up
Third pastBeaupre, Keogh & Co.'s. P.
H. Kelly's and other wholesale com
mercial establishments to the Merch
ants hotel, where they turned up Jack
son to Fourth, and Fourth to Robert to
the Byau just in time to prepare for
supper.
THE A. O. H. BANQUET.
The scene at the Hotel Ryan in the
evening was a lively one. About that
magnificent structure the air was redo
lent with music and laughter. The ro
tunda of the hotel was filled with mem
bers of th6 Order, both visiting and
resident. The re
ception commit
tee was made up
of the executive
committee, which
consisted of the
following mem
bers of the Order:
J. J. McCafferty,
M. J. O'Connor,
J. J. Kennedy, C,
D. O'Brien, T. F.
Ivellihiar, Capt. L.
Fahey, P. J. Bow
lin, Jas. O'Brien,
John Cunniff, Bernard Ryan, M. J.
Lang, Patrick Hogan, W. L. Kelly,
Hon. J. J. Egan, J. C. Horrigan, P. L.
Dawson, Patrick Egan, Martin McEl
istram, Michael O'Toole, P. F. O'Hal
loran, R. T. O'Connor, William Mc
Teague, John Dowlan. Stern's or
chestra, with twenty pieces, was there,
and discoursed popular Irish patriotic
airs. About 10 o'clock, after the recep
tion, the delegates, escorted by the re
ception committee, marched into the
large dining hall, the national officers
leading. Four long tables were set
alongside and one long one was ar
ranged at the head. On the head table
was a large fountain from which water
flowed on the oth
ers were respect
ively—first, a re
presentation of a
moose browsing
second, the God
dess of Liberty
third, a hunting
scene, with a deer
at bay, and a horse
man lasooing cat
tle, and fourth, a
,. basket of fruit
made almost a re
ality by the confectioner's skill.
Four hundred covers were set.
J. J. McCafferty and C. D. O'Brien
sat at the head and were flanked on
either side by Hon. J. J. Egan, Hon. P.
H. Kelly, Capt. M. J. O'Connor, D. W.
Lawler and William Louis Kelly. The
orchestra took a place on the balcony.
The menu was suggestive of the hospi
tality of the home divisions of the An
cient Order of Hibernians. Following
was the
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MENU.
Little Neck Clams. Green Turtle.
California Salmon. Hollandaiso. St. Julienne.
Cucumbers. New Potatoes.
Ribs of Beef. Turkey, Cranberry Sauce.
Mashed Potatoes. Corn. String Beans.
Sweetbreads Grazed, with Green Peas.
Fancy Irish Stew ef Cnicken.
Apple Charlotte, Galway Fashion.
Gaelic Punch.
Red Duck, with Jelly. Mumm's Extra Dry.
Lettuce.
Ice Cream. Assorted Cake. Cheese.
Crackers. Coffee.
The menus and programmes were
pieces of fine work, and on the back of
each was designed a green diamond
bearing the following: "A. O. H. Na
tional Convention, Hotel Ryan, St.
Paul, Wednesday, May 12,1886." When
the tables were cleared Hon. C. D.
O'Brien delivered a flattering address
of welcome. J. J. McCafferty made
an excellent toast master. He
said: Brother members of the
A. O. H., fellow Irishmen. It
will be noticed on the list
list of toasts that there is a sentiment
attached to every toast, but there is
none attached to the toast of the toast
master." Here Mr. McCafferty recited
a piece of poetry that appealed strongly
to the sympathies of those who heard
him.
He closed with introducing
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Awf r,a
Henry F. Sheridan, to whom he paid a
pretty compliment. Mr. Sberidan
arose" in the midst of loud hand-clap
ping and said that two years ago a fight
was made in
THE CONVENTION AT CLEVELAND
for the holding of the next convention
in St. Paul, and it was decided to do
so. and he wished to extend, in behalf
of the delegates, a vote of thanks to
those who had so
cordially received
them, and he was
sure that every
delegate in the
banquet hall voiced
his sentiments. lie
replied briefly to
the toast, "Friend
ship, Unity and
rueChris tian
Charity." He said
the Irishmen had
been obliged to
combat with the
English Govern­
ment, that had burnt their churches,
torn down their schoolhouses, and sent
English missionaries to ttieir shores to
teach the Irish people to hate each
other. The hypocritical influence of
the English knaves, said he, has had
its effect on the people, ana it is no
wonder that the representatives of the
land that has been crushed under the
heel of the oppressor, still bear enmity
toward their persecutors. He said that
the attempt of the Irishman's enemies
to slander the members of the A. O. H.
had failed, and to-day the Irish Catho
lic could live in the full enjoyment of
his belief, without fearing persecution.
He reviewed the history of the Order,
and closed by affirming that it must
and would succeed. Capt. M.J. O'Con
nor was uext introduced to reply to the
toast of the United States.' In his re
marks, while referring to Irishmen
in America he said ihe great American
heart has warmed towards the cause of
dear old Erin. Charles Stewart Par
nell and his compeers have received en
couragement from this country which
has affected public opinion and greatly
helped the cause ot Ireland. It has
strengthened her friends, and I believe
has helped to inspire that grand old
man, William E. Gladstone, the fore
most Englishman of his generation, to
propose a measure of justice for Ire
land which should be passed, and I be
lieve that the entire American people
would be glad to see it become a law.
The
TOAST IRELAND WAS PROPOSED
and responded to by M. F. Wilhere,
Philadelphia, Pa. Mr. Wilhere, it is
known by many of our readers, is a
prominent member of the I. C. B. U.
of America. He spoke of the checker
ed history of Ireland, and claimed that
it was the oldest
civilized country
known to history.
His speech was
brief but eloquent,
and he was fre
quently applauded.
D. W. Lawler, the
rising young attor
ney of St. Paul,was
next introduced to
reply to the toast,
Poets and Poetry
of Ireland. Mr.
Lawler began in
the deliberate,
measured tones
characteristic of
him, but soon grew
eloquent and aroused his hearers to a
state of enthusiasm. He paid a glow
ing and touching tribute to the parts of
Ireland. His was the speech of the
evening and his hearers were not slow
to express their appreciation of his
words and his eloquence. John D.
O'Brien, who was to respond to the
toast. The State of Minnesota, was not
present, and Hon. P. H. Kelly was
called upon to make the response, but
he dropped out or the hall and the next
toast, The Irish Americans, was re
sponded to by John T. Fitzpairick, of
New Orleans. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a
pleasing speaker, and he entertained
his hearers with a touching eulogy io
the Irish nation. "Our Sister So
cieties," was the next toast, and W. L.
Kelly, of St. Paul, was introduced to
make the response.
euj*£V~u
ty^ made up of such
sturdy men should be called sister so
cieties, thev were rather brother socie
ties, and Mr. Kelley's response was a
powerful and elo
quent effort and plain
ly evidenced the en
thusiasm that swelled
bis heart. He was re
peatedly applauded.
Mr. Kelley closed by
drinking a toast to
Ireland, in which be
was joined by the er
r/
tire assembly. Other
speeches followed, but
owing to the pressure
on our columns we are
unable to print them.
The banquet broke up at a late hour,
and every one who attended it, ex
pressed themselves as exceedingly well
pleased with tbe excellent manner iu
which every thing had been prepared to
make it successful. ..
Thursday's Meeting.
Although 9.30: o'clock yesterday
morning was the time set for the re
assembling of the biennial convention
of the Ancient Order of Hibernians,
but owing, no doubt, to the lateness of
the festivities of the banquet the night
before, very few of the members put in
an appearance at that hour, and these
adjourned the convention until 2
o'clock. At that hour business was re
sumed and.the national secretary, P.H.
McNelis, submitted his biennial report
covering the period from May 1,1884,to
I 4 WIS
nois, is a
Mr.Kelley opened by
wishing his hearers
the top of the morn
ing, which seemed
an exceedingly ap
propriate greeting,
inasmuch as it was
fifteen minutes past
12 o'clock when he
arose to his feet. He
thought it wrong
that organizations
NUMBER 2.
May 1,1886. It gives as the total mem
bership of the Order in the United
States 159,175, which is an increase
since last report of 14,310 number of
military companies, 35, with a member
ship of 2,255 men, worth $76,900 the
Order exists in thirty-two States and
Territories, an increase of three
States and one Terri
tory, viz.: Arkansas,
Maryland, Virginia,
and New Mexico the
States and Terri tories
in which the Order
does not exist are:
Mississippi. Alabama,
North and South
Carolina, Florida and
Vermont, Idaho, Da
kota. Wyoming and
Wa shin
gtoji Terri
tory the Order em-'
braces 1,924 divisions, an increase of
222, mainly in Pennsylvania and the
Western States, though there was some
increase in all tlie States except New
Jersey and Illinois the number of
members initiated
was 27,S15 amount
of money now in
the treasury of the
Order, $582,762.5S:
amount paid for
benefits, $222,-
1
800.15, paid for
paid for burial,
$58,862.5& paid for
other cnaritable
purposes, $115,760
number of mem
bers relieved, 18,
149 number of
deaths, 910. The
secretary recom
mended that all
departments choose officers noted for
intelligence, perseverance aud prompt
ness. The report was referred to the
appropriate committees. The national
treasurer, John McSorely, submitted
his report, a summary of which is con
tained in the above.
THE AFTERNOON,
The afternoon session was a very
short one, merely devoted to the re
ception of reports and their reference,
when an adjournment was taken until
9 o'clock Friday morning. The three
most important committees, those on
constitution, grievances and resolu
tions, announced that they would be
ready to report Friday morning, and it
was decided that the day would be de
voted to disposing of the report on
grievances. The election of officers will
be about the last item of business to be
transacted. Thursday evening many
of the committees were in session in
the different rooms of the Ryan, but
some of them held sessions during the
afternoon. Members who have at
tended a number ot conventions say
that the present one is the
ABLEST AND CONTAINS MORE BRAINS
than any convention of the order ever
held. The Hibernian? feel very much
pleased over their reception in St.
Paul. Secretary McNelis says that
they never dreamed of so much hospi
tality in the Saintly City, aud that the
delegates to any
previous conven
tion have never
been so royally en
tertained as have
those attending the
present St. Paul
convention. There
are many able men
in the convention
who have escaped
getting their
pic­IR­
tures into TIIE
ISH STANDARD, or
being particularly
mentioned. M. J.
Dougherty, of Illi­
prominent
politician, and was
candidate for Secretary of State in the
last campaign. The handsomest man
in the convention is Robert Kelly oi:
Illinois. He is state secretary and city
clerk of Joliet, and a thorough business
mail. John J. Fitzpatrick of New Or
leans is a nrominent and shrewd politi
cian, in fact, the fountain-head of
political management, who can have
anything he wants in the way of office,
and has served several years on the na
tional Democratic committee. John L.
King of Colorado is a very able man,
who writes a very powerful letter or
speech, though modest in demeanor,
characteristics
in which he re
sembles Mich
ael J. Laffy of
Tennessee.
James Mclver
of Bay view,
Wis., is state
delegate and
justice of the
peace. He is
the justice who
forced the mob
in Bay view a,
short time ago,
and not only
read the riot
act, but made
a vigorous
speech besides.
John W. Mc
Greevy is a
prominent at
torney of Illi
nois, and his companion delegate, Mr.
Fausler, is prosecuting attorney at Lo
gansport. P. H. Barry of Nebraska is
a thoroughly representative Irishman
from the Irish colony in Greely county.
Richard O'Keefe is one of the county
commissioners of Douglass county, Ne
braska.
A,
0. H. Notes.
It \vas decided to hold a session Fri-'
day evening as most of the members de
sire to get home on or before Sunday,
the convention will probably adjourn
to-day (Saturday).
P. L. Cassiday, chairman of the press
committee, received a telegram Thurs
day announcing the sudden death of
his father, and left immediately for his
home in Massachusetts.
The man who hais the greatest tia-£
tional reputation of any one attending
The conventiOh.is.Jeremiah J. Crowly
of Lowell, Mass., and he is spo&en or
as the next national delegate.

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