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Volume i. No. 6.
TlT.UriCARI, NEW MEXICO, SATURDAY. DEC. 2, 1905.
Subscription $1.50 a year.
the yueumear
II
THE KNIGHTS'
ENTERTAINMENT
House Filled to (he Hall Door and
Everybody Enjoyed the Entire
Program.
THE LODGE IS PROPER.OUS
Tncumcari Lodge No. 20 is much dated,
as indeed it has a right tn be, n v o r the
splendid success of its first public enter
tainment. This Pythian Hall was decora
ted with Hags, bunting and the emblematic
colors of thu Order, this particular part ol
the preparations being attended to by
Messrs. Frank Hnkor and S. N. Hrower.
The guests, who had begun to assemble
early in the evening, by S o'clock filled the
Castle Hall to overllowing.nnd a little later
there was not even standing room left
through the ante-room c the hall entrance.
At a few minutes after S o'clock the mas
ter of ceremonies, 15. Langston, rose a n d
asked for the attention of the audience and
invited everybodv present to join the Lodge
in singing that grand national a n t h e in ,
"America," making everybody in the
house feel a Hash of patriotism, their heart
beats keeping time to the measure a n d
music of that song which among all others,
perhaps, more nearly expresses the senti
ment of the people in their love of our com
mon country. Invocation was then h a d
by Rev. lledgepethof the M. 15. Church.
Now came "Dixie," by Messrs. Glenn and
Waddell Violin and Guitar which made
the boys from the sunny South think of the
old homestead a sweetheart s a i d to her
lover, "I wish we were in New Orleans."
C. C. Davidson, Chancellor Commander
of if), was now called to welcome his guests
to the hospitality of his lodge. He spoke
in part as follows:
"Ladies and Gentleman: The pleasure
that it affords me to extend to you the wel
come ol Tncumcari Lodge No. aj Knights
of Pythias, is only exceeded by the degree
of embarrassment that it causes me to ap
pear before an audience.
"Were I accustomed to public address
or an orator, I know of no theme I would
prefer to discuss thai; that of Pythianism.
In arranging for this entertainment it was
the intention of the Lodge to have plenty
of music and refreshments and but little
speaking, and I am therefore, going to talk
only two hours, the lenght of an average
sermon.
"I sometimes think t h a t my speeches
are subject to the same criticism as the
Tuscon preacher to whom ref e r e n c e is
made in that most interesting of all
stories of western life, "Wolville," by Al
fred I lenry Lewis.
"You who have read the book will re
member that Texas Thompson was detail
ing an election down in Texas when he was
interrupted by Dr. Peels, who told h i m
that he was like the minister over at Tus
con, whose congregation requested his res
ignation because he "talked and talk e d
without pintin out, argued and argilied
without showin wherein."
"It was decided by the Lodge, that since
we are the last of the secret orders to be
instituted in our town, it would be proper
for some one to give a brief history of the
Order.
"To trace its origin' wo must look be
yond the curtain of the past into tlx: mists
of antiquity. Some centuries before
Christ the scenes and events transpired
that gave to the world the Order that is as
noble in conception as it is sublime in pur
pose. It has other aims than affording
married men an excuse for staying out late
at night.
Then the speaker recounted the history
of the Pythagorian I5rn, explaining in a very
clever way the true friendship that bound
Pythias, the soldier and Knight and Damon
a senator in the councils of state. Damon
had incurred the displeasure of Dinr.ysius,
the tyrant king, and was sentenced to death
when Pythias plead with the king that a
respite be granted that Damon might visit
his wife and child before he died, offer
ing himself a hostage for Damon, thus
pledging his return. The valiant soldier
and chivalrous Knight was shackelcd in
the dismal cell of Damon who hastened to
his home among vineyards of the Sicilian
coast where dwelt in happiness his lovely
wife and child, where clustered the joys
and pleasures dearer than life, sweeter
than the dreams of paradise.
Completing the story, the speaker follow
ed the theme on up to 1864 when Justus
Henry Wathbone, in the gloomy days of the
civil war organized the modern society of
Knights of Pythias, the conception coming
from the story of these Grecian heroes, his
object being to blot out the chasm then ex
isting between the North and the South.
The speaker concluded his splendid
effort as follows:
"Pythianism recognizes the the frailties
of mankind and seeks to strenghten t h e
weak and to forgive the erring. It culti
vates friendship, practices charity and en
courages benevolence. Such ladies and
gentlemen, are the tenets of the Order that
tonight bids you welcome."
Then came a solo, "The Violets,"by Mrs.
Mason, which was very good, indeed her
songs always are.
Prof. V. 15. Dudley, the Grand Vice of
the Order in Now Mexico, was then intro
duced and made a very able address. We
quote him as follows:
"Ladies and gentlemen, and fellow
Knights: When your committee came to
me a few minutes ago, I asked to be ex
cused, but your Chancellor Commander
and your committee said they had every
kind of a Knight but one, and had promis
ed to furnish one for good looks. On this
proposition we agreed, just as my better
half and I had done about ten years ago.
"I have been the victim of a pleasant
Continued on last page.
Men's Clothing
ot worth
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I Our Kind of
T Boys' (lotftinf
copvrismi nos cx aval tm
r.TfRM.l Alll R iHOInaCQ CINCINNATI
Wo are doing a great deal of arguing just now to con
vince you that we can fit and please you in your Winter
Suit but how easy it would be to convince you, if you
would only drop in for a look over our stock.
Price is not the measure of goodness in Men's Clothing,
though it is the only conmmendation you get at some
stores. Sunny Jim, says "You can fool a hen with a
China egg, but it makes a mighty poor Omelet." So it
is with clothing. The price may be low, but the good
ness is gone You find very little of the Gross, Kelly
kind of Clothing ofTered you
We say without hesitation that we have the most im
posing display of Clothing Tncumcari has ever seen.
Kverything a man desires in a Suit, Style, Snappiness,
Wear, Shape, Dependability, and then too, our prices
are more economical than would at first seem, for it is in
the after satisfaction and wear that their true worth is
is Shown.
It e recollection
of quality 1 will re
main long after the
price is forgotten."
They are not afraid of the
boy and he will like their
appearance.
Staunch Materials
Are Chosen
The seams are double sew
ed with silk, and the hid
den parts, where the wear
counts.especially strengthened.
Remember our advice on shoes
ISiay Mow
and save money, shoes are ad
vancing every day.
We aim to sell the
best not the cheapest
Gross, Kelly & Company
Be sure to see our
Xmas Goods
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