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corner bespoke too of another absent one, Sister big family reunion, every one happy and trying to Tracy, who to me was one of the bright lights of make it pleasant for everybody else. any convention she ever attended. And next The special order of the day was the exchanging year the voice of dear Sister Sewell will be stilled, cards, shaking hands and visiting. Oh, what a who has done so much for our F. B. A., but in her jolly, good natured, whole-souled family. successor, Sister Drake, we find a woman of rare The writer had made four round trips from the ability. We should remember our ritual, “abide state of Washington to Chicago, and was quite by majority rule,” stand by her loyally, and do all familiar with the western country and with travel. we can to promote the interests of our Order. It ing, but never before did I meet, or dream of meet. came like a thunderbolt, but the storm has sub ing, such a family on a single train. It was one sided, so let us gather up the scattered fragments constant round of pleasure and excitement from during, the calm and start again with renewed Chicago to Portland and return. zeal and fresh energy.
The first stop of any length of time was at How we enjoyed the trip over the magnificent North Platte, Neb.; we were there about three Cascades and the glorious Rockies, and beheld the hours, took dinner, went around the town, and two splendor and broad expanse of the beautiful Pa of the Good Brothers hired a carriage and announce cific. Let us again, however, settle down to our ed to some one it was tendered by Mrs. Wm. Cody simple everyday life and do the work set before us
with her compliments to the Maryland ladies, and with just as much enthusiasm and interest as naturally every one
was from Maryland and ever. And may God be with us till we meet in that wanted to take a ride in it; well it is laughable Division room above not made with hands, where
now to think over the many good things that were parting and sorrow are unknown,
said about her. How lovely she
was "and St. Paul, Minn. MRS. J. C. McCall. hoped she would win her divorce suit". When
we passed her beautiful residence, we wondered
why she did not give us a wave of the hand, but Editor Railway Conductor:
we excused her, and wished her many good things, It has been over a year since I undertook to
etc., but imagine our surprise, when, returning chronicle the happenings of White City Division No.
to Chicago we learned the carriage was hired by 100. Since my last letter our Division has had
two Brothers and that it was only a joke. its proportionate share of sorrow and grief through
Kodaks were about as numerous as satchels, the death of two of its members and active workers and through the departure for other cities of
and snap shots were being taken of everything several true and worthy Sisters who have left
and everybody, and at North Platte quite a numbehind them vacant chairs and records of good
ber got upon the engine and had their pictures
taken. and charitable acts that will never be forgotten
The Brothers and Sisters from Pocatello, I daho, or erased. But mixed with the sorrows and cares of the
met us on the train and gave us flowers and handDivision, has been mingled joy and amusement
shakes and oh, how good it seemed to have those
Sisters and Brothers in that far away state meet sufficient to justify every Sister in feeling that the social side has been everything that could have
us as though we were of the same family, and been expected from the amount of money ex
when we arrived there they had a real wild western pended and the number of Sisters who participated
show for us. They had a band of music and esin all the entertainments.
corted us to the commons where they had several We have had several tea parties, luncheons,
Indians and cow-boys, and they had many wild cards, dancing, etc., which were always well at
broncho ponies which they rode to the delight and
Then tended and very enjoyable and a very great help
excitement of all those who witnessed it. toward bringing the Sisters and their families
they invited us to Masonic and Elks Halls and closer to each other socially and spiritually, and
treated us to the finest of frappe, music, etc. creating a firmer and truer sisterhood, which will
were royally entertained and to say it was highly help to guide those who feel and know that we all
appreciated, is but putting it mildly. belong to the same human family, created with
At Portland we were given a badge which was the same attributes, endowed with the same race a free pass to every place of interest and a musecharacteristics, toned by the same fashions and ment. follies, and spiritually guided by the same faith.
While at Portland there was something in the It is not strange that we women should organize way of entertainment for the visitors daily. Auto and work together to help each other; not to do so
rides, trolley rides, excursions on the river, a daily would be abandoning love, faith and sympathy,
train free to the ocean-side, a grand ball, a trip which move the world in harmony and happiness, through the exposition grounds with a fineluncheon, and would be adopting the theory of working for etc., etc. Certainly the Brothers and Sisters of Port“self and pelf” which disorganizes society, and land did everything they could to make our stay results in discontent and final decay.
pleasant, and everyone had nothing but the highest The writer has recently returned from the con praise for Portland, its people and the true, loyal vention at Portland, Oregon, and must describe and hospitable Brothers and Sisters of Divisions the trip. We left Chicago over the Chicago & 91 O. R. C. and L. A., to 0. R. C. North Western Railway on the special, consisting The Grand Division to the writer was a great of eight sleepers. one dining car and one baggage. big affair, but orderly and systematic, and crowded
There were about three hundred and fifty on with Sisters who were teeming with love and the train, and being of one kind and class, and, sympathy for the Auxiliary, and the Sisters with the same object in view, it was just like one throughout the land. Nearly everyone seemed
has been marked in the history of our beloved Order. The San Antonio conductors ably assisted the ladies in organizing, incidentally attending the many social affairs pertaining thereto demonstrating their confidence in the cause and an expression of their desire to have an Auxiliary to the Order of Railway Conductors in our own city, which was appreciated by the Sisters, encouraging them to press onward in the good cause.
For what dutiful wife is there who could not be interested in the least vagary of a good husband. And as all good comes to those who wait, San Antonio is now the possessor of an Auxiliary which will in a short time rank second to none. A city which boasts of the birthplace of so many deeds of valor and heroism, coupled with its exquisite scenery, boasting of the most modern and commodious of residences, standing out prominent amongst them being the homes of our conductors, where happiness and plenty abound. Love in almost every case has been the dominant influence of those households, and without which the most pretentious of mansions would be but abiding places. Deprived of its benign influence, life is but a wilderness of unsatisfied longings.
MRS. T. I. WATTERS. San Antonio, Texas.
to have an amendment to some law or some innovation which to the Sister seemed beneficial to the Division, and the Auxiliary. But before being adopted they were subjected to the test of whether they were beneficial to the whole Auxiliary and if not they were rejected. Some changes were made in the Laws which no doubt will be beneficial, and as time rolls by and conditions change other and better laws will be suggested and adopted. On our return trip we were given a side trip to Boise City, Idaho, and were met by a committee of citizens and escorted to their natatorium where many of the Brothers and Sisters went in bathing and enjoyed the natural warm water which they claim has a great many medical properties. We next stopped at Salt Lake, Utah, Saltair Beach on the great Salt Lake, where we were shown one of the largest and finest dancing pavilions in the world, and we had a view of the wonderful Salt Lake, and many of the Brothers and Sisters again went in bathing. We were shown through the salt works and given a small sack of salt as a souvenir.
Next we were given a two hours' ride on the sightseeing cars accompanied by a guide who explained and pointed out every place of interest as rode along. We were then taken to the Salt Palace and then to a saucer-shaped race track where we were treated to a motor cycle five mile race, which was as swift and exciting as the ordinary person could wish for. In the afternoon we were taken to the great Mormon tabernacle which seats 12,000 and has 20 large out-side doors and can be emptied in four minutes. They had an organ recital for us, and a lady soloist rendered two solos. The strains from the great pipe organ still linger in my ears, and when the organist played a certain piece imitating a choir it was perfect and the writer and most of the audience thought it was voices instead of the organ. We were certainly highly entertained and capitally treated by the Brothers and Sisters of Salt Lake, for which we are exceedingly grateful. In traveling from Salt Lake to Denver over the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, we went through the Grand Canyon, and oh, what a beautiful scene, one which the writer would not undertake to describe, even though space would be given.
At Denver we were given a two hours' ride in their sight-seeing cars around that beautiful city accompanied by a guide and shown every place and were highly entertained for which we are very, very thankful.
We arrived safely at Chicago after seventeen days of continuous sight-seeing and pleasure and every
seemed happy, notwithstanding the long journey, and as we parted we wished each other a God speed and hoped we would all meet at Memphis in 1907.
Mrs. W. J. Lacey. Chicago, Iu.
Editor Railway Conductor:
There has been considerable said about Andrews Division 4 not having a letter in Tue CONDUCTOR for several months, but the fact of the coming convention and getting ready for the same having occupied our minds to a great extent, it has given the Correspondent very little material with which to work up an article of any interest. However, we have had two or three good old-fashioned socials. One at the home of Brother and Sister Barling and the other at the home of Brother and Sister Zigler, both of which were very profitable to the Division and afforded those in attendance very pleasant evenings. Then, before leaving for the convention, our Sister President, Mrs. C. W. Sackett, also delegate from Andres Division, entertained the Sisters and their husbands at her home in Riverside.
Our Division is enjoying an increased membership, and much interest is shown. When the quarter rolls around, our insurance agent is kept busy making out receipts. I would like to say to "Old Abe" that I know of one who reads every letter in The CONDUCTOR and enjoys those in the Fraternal Department especially, although, perhaps, not in a position to give them the deserved amount of consideration, still the reading is cer. tainly a pleasure.
MRS. C. A. ROSSITER. Elkhart, Ind.
Editor Railway Conductor:
In presenting greetings to our 'new Sister Division in San Antonio, the Houston Division extends the right hand of fellowship, and trusts that the bond of true friendship just cemented will in memory ever remain groen. And thus another bright spot
Editor Railway Conductor:
Sego Lily Division 150 has a good report to make. At every meeting we have petitions to ballot on or a candidate for initiation. We will have three candidates to travel the path next meeting.
Salt Lake is becoming quite a railroad center. The new San Pedro road, which connects this city with Los Angeles, was opened to the public May 1st. This will attract many conductors, and, we hope, bring new material for our Division.
We cleared $125.00 at our ball in February, and
all had a thoroughly good time. We wish to thank the Brothers for the help they gave us at that time.
Sister Lantry entertained the ladies in April. The proceeds were used for Pullman fare for our delegate.
May 1st was the tenth wedding anniversary of Brother and Sister Miller and a surprise was planned for them. The self-invited guests armed themselves with tin horns and proceeded to the home of Brother Miller, and upon arrival there was "music in the air." Brother Shields presented Sister Miller with a present from the ladies, which turned out to be a large tin spoon tied with a bow of red, white and green. He then presented Brother Miller a large tin cake box. On opening the box, Brother Miller found a beautiful cut-glass fruit dish and spoon tray, also a box of cigars, all the gift of the Brother conductors. A musical program was rendered and the ladies served lunch and at midnight the guests departed, all wishing Brother and Sister Miller many happy returns of the day.
Just a word about our officers. They have made a study of their work and it is much appreciated by all the Sisters. I think I can safely say that we have a wide-awake, healthy, growing Division.
MRS. Chas, MONTGOMERY. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Editor Railway Conductor:
Auxiliary 169 is moving along nicely, our meet. ings are always well attended, and two new mem. bers have recently been added. We held ou annual “at home" in November, which was great success in every way, adding a large amount to our treasury. A parlor-social was held at the home of Brother and Sister A. Cameron; also an "at home" was held in our hall, which ended with a delightful hop, both of which helped to swell our funds. I am pleased to say that we have secured a treasure for our musician. Having the music seems to make our meetings so much more enjoyable.
Sister Noble, who has been so seriously ill, bas recovered; also Sister Wilson. Hamilton, Ontario.
MRS. W. CAMERON.
Editor Railway Conductor:
Election of officers was held in December, followed by installation in January. Our ambition is to make as good a record in 1905 as in 1904. Our Division was awarded the medal, of which we feel honored and appreciate it very much. We have been progressing very nicely both socially and financially. Along the social line I wish to make mention of the very delightful manner in which Sister and Brother Harrilton entertained the L A. to O. R. C. and the O. R. C. a few weeks ago which was highly enjoyed.
We are looking forward, and making preparations for our annual May day ball, which in previous years has been a success, and we are putting forth our best efforts to make it the same this year. Logansport, Ind.
Mrs. JOHN HUNTER.
Editor Railway Conductor:
The members of Niphto Division 152 have been quite busy of late. On March the 16th we initiated Mrs. Floyd into the secrets of our Order. Just one week later we initiated Mrs. Looney, the goat having recovered from his promenade.
On the 27th of April we gave a tacky party at the home of the writer, and we did have a lot of fun. Some of the tackiest folks you ever saw were present. Sister Floyd carried off the prize.
You conductors' wives who don't belong to the Auxiliary don't know what you miss by not joining our forces. Should we not be banded together more than any other women on earth? Do we not each stay at home and attend to household and business affairs during the absence of our loved ones, serving double duty while they must of a necessity absent themselves to earn our daily bread? Let us not think of self alone, but remember the wife of every conductor must pass many days and nights alone, bearing the burdens of everyday life. How bravely, but few can guess. Tuscumbia, Ala.
Mrs. BoB. Price.
Editor Railway Conductor:
Our Division is rapidly increasing in numbers; also in good workers. Sister Garr, from Atlanta, came down two months ago and gave us some very helpful information requisite to our work. We appreciated her visit very much and hope to have her with us again.
Sisters, the good old summer time is here and we will have some very unpleasant weather to contend with, but let's don't stay at home and wait for some other Sister to act our part, but for that matter every one has her part. If we wait for everything to come to us without exertion on our part, we will find there will be little done, So let's don't have any “Rip Van Winkles" this summer. I don't think we have, but let's make every effort to go to the Division and do our part.
Montgomery, Ala. Mrs. J. A. STANLEY.
There's never a rose in all the world
But makes some green spray sweeter; There's never a wind in all the sky
But makes some bird wing fleeter; There's never a star but brings to heaven
Some silver radiance tender,
And never a rosy cloud but helps
To crown the sunset splendor;
His dawnlight gladness voicing-
To set the world rejoicing.
This department is a Forum in which the members can discuss matters of interest to our Order and its members. The editors do not assume responsibility for the ideas expressed by the correspondents to this department. Personalities, intolerent expressions, detailed descriptions of entertain. ments or funerals, lists of committees, and matters of purely local interest can not be used. News and communications upon matters of general interest are cordially invited. Write on one side of paper only. No communication will appear unless the name of the author is furnished us.
Editor Railway Conductor:
As we were leaving St. Paul we had an excellent On Thursday morning, May 4th, at 10 o'clock view of St. Anthony's Falls, and soon passing a. m., a special train consisting of eight Pullman Minneapolis we plunged into that great granary sleeping cars, one dining and a baggage car left of the world, the immense wheat belt of the norththe Union Station, St. Louis, with four hundred west. Saturday morning we entered the Bad and seventeen souls on board bound for Portland, Lands of North Dakota. At 10 o'clock a. m. our Oregon, to attend the Grand Division meeting of train stopped at the station of Glendive, Montana, the Order of Railway Conductors and the Ladies
and we were greeted by the local Division, "YellowAuxiliary to the 0. R. C.
stone" No. 191, who were received with open A bright warm day it was and it augured well arms with band playing. We were escorted to the for a pleasant journey to the gay, happy crowd Jordon Hotel where breakfast was served. The gathered mostly from the Atlantic coast points, Yellowstone River was viewed from a very high the Middle States, the South and Southwest, the bridge which spans it at this point. This stream Mississippi Valley and from our sister Republic with its clear cool water is very deep and abounds on the South, Mexico. Total strangers personally in fish yet it is almost impossible to catch them. to one another at the start, but that fraternity The river is not navigable. Much credit is due which each had assumed to share made the mem- the wives of the members of Division 191 for their bers acquainted with each other in a short time, interest in taking the visitors in charge and pointand as one great family were speeding westward ing out and explaining the different points of to the point made famous by those dauntless interest. Just prior to our departure the visitors, pioneers, Lewis and Clark, of one hundred years the citizens of Glendive with the band and memago.
bers of Division 191 assembled on the platform The route taken was over the C. B. & Q. Ry.. of the station and Brother L. E. Sheppard being to St. Paul and then over the Northern Pacific introduced made a short address on behalf of the to Portland. The first stop on the line of the "O". visiting Brothers and Sisters. In response Mr. of interest was at Galesburg, Illinois, where a C. L. Rood, editor of the Yellowstone Monitor, change of engines was made and a number of gave a witty and entertaining talk. The people of conductors and wives were added to our party. Glendive were the first to extend to us that “glad Our next stop of note was St. Paul, which place hand" of the west of which we have heard so much. we reached at 7:30 Friday morning. The With us out of Glendive we had Brother J. M. special being scheduled to leave at 11 a. m. the Rapelje ,Division Superintendent of the Northern occupants of the train took advantage of the Pacific, who gave us the glad hand and his presence interval by first securing breakfast and then as far as Miles City at which place the conductors roaming over the city at will. St. Paul weather alighted and gave him three cheers. Out of Glencalled our attention to the fact that we were ac- dive we were pulled by engine 232 and this engine tually in the north. On our train out of St. Louis was the only one on our trip that was decorated. we had Brother D. R. Caffey and bride. Brother At Forsyth a change of engine crews was made Caffey was the delegate from Division 159, City and on behalf of the members of the party & box of Mexico, and came to St. Louis where he was of cigars was presented to each crew. joined by the lady of his choice who had journeyed At Billings, Montana, a stop of thirty minutes thither from Florida. The marriage ceremony was was made and here we saw many Indians. Mr. performed in the parlors of the Terminal Hotel at Joe Johnson, the trainmaster, was with us from St. Louis in the presence of close friends. The Billings to Livingston and was introduced to all fact of Brother Caffey's recent marriage was soon the party. We stayed about 10 minutes admirknown to all and as a natural result much at. ing the beautiful depot of the Northern Pacific tenion was paid the happy couple.
Saturday night we entered the Rockies and Sunday morning while seated at the breakfast table we looked out upon deep canons and high mountain peaks whose crests were covered with
Leaving Missoula we ran for a long distance along Clark's Fork of the Columbia River. The scenery along this stream was beautiful indeed. A stop for a few minutes was made at Hope, Idaho, and here we viewed Lake Pen d'Oreille. The water is very clear and sandy and soundings have been made, to a depth of 1800 feet without touching bottom. Clark Fork empties into Lake Pend d'Oreille at this point and the smooth surface of the lake reflecting back the mountains surrounding presents a magnificent scenic picture.
At Spokane dinner was prepared for us at the "Silver Grill," and then the city and falls were viewed with much admiration. Before leaving Spokane it was learned that we had another
Bay to Point Defiance, a beautiful natural park which has just recently been transferred to the City of Tacoma by the United States Government, A clam chowder lunch was served and thoroughly enjoyed. The natural beauties of the park were much admired and the ladies were given all the flowers they wished. The return trip of 8 miles was made by street cars giving an excellent opportunity to see the city and its points of interest The Ferry Museum, in the court house, contains many curios of the Revolutionary, Mexican, Civil and Spanish American wars, also an elaborate collection of totems of the Alaskan tribes, Indian baskets, Chinese and Japanese wares, historical papers, statuary and paintings. The library is a beautiful building and contains 75,000 volumes. In the evening as guests of the management the party attended the "Star Theater." With the "God speed" of Division 249 and Division 35
bridal party aboard who had until this time concealed the fact that they were on their honey
The newly discovered happy pair were Brother T. Haverty and bride from Atchison, Kansas, Brother Haverty being a member of Division 28. Upon being confronted with the evidence they acknowledged the facts and then there more fun in which Brother Caffey joined.
We arrived at Tacoma at 7:30 a. m. Monday and our train was at once backed to the wharf where we were received by Division 249 0. R. C. and Division 35 L. A. to 0. R. C. Brother T. Wilkinson, C. C. of Division 249, in a short address introduced the Hon. Geo. W. Wright, mayor of Tacoma, who at once made us feel at home and who extended to us the freedom of the city. Division 249 and 35 had arranged for our entertainment and after listening to the speech-making we entered launches and made the trip on Commencement
ringing in our ears we left Tacoma at 10:45 for Portland at which place we dropped anchor at 7:20 the following morning.
Division 91 of Portland had arranged for the delegates and visitors a program oi pleasure and entertainment which had probably never before been excelled by any other local Division.
Space will not admit of describing at length the entertainment but daily trips were made to the sea-side, trolley rides around the city, rail and water trips along and on the Columbia River and receptions. The public reception given the visitors at the "Marquam Grand Theater" was one long to be remembered. Among the speakers were the Hon. Geo. E. Chamberlain, Governor of Oregon; Hon. Geo. H. Williams, Mayor of Portland and the only surviving member of President Grant's Cabinet; Mr. B. A. Worthington, Vice-President and General Manager Harriman lines; Mrs. J. H. Moore, Grand President, L. A. O. R. C.; Mr.