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and spruce trees growing in this county, also Mt. Hood with her snowy cap.
We reached Seattle about four in the evening. Was advised to take a car for the city park, and found it more like a Coney Island. Saw the big boats that carry lumber to the Orient.
Monday, May 15th, on our return trip from Seattle, we could at one time plainly see Mts, Hood, Rainier and Helene, all snow-capped. Tuesday, May 16th, the convention closed with the decision that the next meeting would be held at Memphis in 1907. There was great rejoicing in our "car." Telegrams were sent to friends in Memphis. That evening the gentlemen decorated the dining car with signs of “Welcome Dixie," and “Hurrah for Memphis?" and toasts of pure ice water were drunk. We left Portland and our new made friends where we had been entertained so royally, at 12:30 a. m. of May 17th.
The first stop after leaving Portland was made at Ogden. We were met there about 9 in the morning by the Brothers of Division 124 with their wives. Carriage and tally-ho carried us out through the cañons. The water falls and scenery is beautiful beyond description and would have to be seen to be appreciated. A six-foot pipe running along the side of the mountain, sometimes visible to the eye, supplies the city with water, also power for the electric light plant. Arriving at the Inn, we sat down to one of the finest dinners I have ever had the pleasure of attending. Saw a few cub bears, some pictures were taken, and then drove back to Ogden, told our friends good-bye and left about 3:00 in the evening for Salt Lake City. A ride of some forty minutes brought us to this city, which we found to be a most beautiful one. All poles, such as trolley and telegraph, are in the center of the street, so as to give ample room for vehicles, etc. Division 395 met us with a special street car, in which we rode through the principal streets, later taking us to see a race between two motor cycles. Went through a "salt palace", a building built mostly of salt. After dinner, most all of our party left for the Sanitarium to be their guests, and all were given the pleasure of taking a fine plunge in the salt water pool.
May 19th, shortly after breakfast, we left for Saltair Beach, a ride of a half hour brought us to the dried-up beach of Salt Lake and to the Saltair pavillion, which has the finest dancing floor in this country. A fine orchestra dispersed tempting music, and those who wished could dance to it. Out to see the bathers was the next move, and a prettier sight one would not care to see. A crowd of bathers were floating around like driftwood, while other that did not care to bathe took to wading. Two hours later we stopped at the Salt Mills, where we were shown the process of grinding the lumps into the pulverized form; also the bagging and sewing. It was all very interesting. We were then given small sacks of salt as souvenirs. Then on to the City of Mormons, and at three o'clock in the evening we were tendered a recital on the famous organ at the Tabernacle. I never expect to hear finer music than that which came from the touch of that gifted organist. One could hear the voices distinctly, and for a while one might be
under the impression the choir was standing there. This organ is the largest in the world, containing about forty-five hundred pipes. Saw an old toothless man that had had thirty-two wives and was looking for the thirty-third.
That evening we told our newly made friends good-bye and journeyed on to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where we arrived about 9:00 in the morning. It was an ideal spot. Left two hours later, passed through the Royal Gorge-a grand sight-arriving at Colorado Springs about 9:00 in the evening, May 21st, after breakfast, some took the car for Manitou, afterwards taking the cog road for the famous Pike's Peak, while others left later on the train for Cripple Creek. The party was a very jolly one that boarded the cog road and after reaching the Halfway House we all alighted and had a snow ball fight. The air was very rare, but no one seemed to complain. Visited the printer's office and then journeyed on towards the summit, tunnelling through snow the depth of eighteen feet. Could only get within a quarter of a mile of the top on account of the depth of snow. Found men working with snor plows. On going down, the Pike's Peak papers were procured. Found carriages awaiting us at the foot and we traveled on through the Garden of the Gods. The latter place was beautiful, and with a fraction of imagination one could see many interesting things. Upon leaving Colorado Springs we were caught in a hail storm.
May 22d found us looking over the city of Denver. Went from cellar to dome of the capitol, The museum in the basement contains the state minerals, Indian relics, oil paintings and historical papers, The representatives of the Omaha Division 126 welcomed us on the morning of the 23d, and while waiting for the cars which were to carry us through the city, a number of us crossed the tracks and went through the Burlington station, which proved to be far superior in the architectural line to the Union Depot in St. Louis. The cars carried us through the city and over the border line into Council Bluffs, Iowa. Left there, fter spending three very pleasant hours, for Chicago.
May 24th, in Chicago, we found the Windy City very warm and a big strike on among the teams. ters. At 12:30 in the morning we left Chicago.
The next stop was St. Louis. Enjoyed sight seeing for the day. After wishing all of our newly made friends a safe and pleasant journey home, we left the Augusta, Ga., special at the St. Louis slation,
At 10 o'clock Brother J. G. Jones of Memphis presented Brother Jacoway with a fine meerschaum pipe given by the gentlemen of the Memphis car. His response was fine.
Friday, May 26th, after twenty-eight days of travel and sight seeing, found us pulling into Memphis, tired but happy. Carriages were in waiting for us and we were driven to Hotel Gayosa, where an elaborate breakfast was served.
I want to thank all the Brothers and Sisters most heartily, through The CONDUCTOR, for making our trip so pleasant.
GASTON. Memphis, Tenn.
Welsh, now living in Des Moines, Iowa, was a pleasant caller at our last meeting. To all of our members at present living out of Kansas City, we send greetings and wish you could all visit us often.
Brother and Sister Leslie have returned from their trip to Oklahoma, and we are glad to state Brother Leslie is much improved in health. Brother and Sister Will Goodspeed have just lost a daughter, or rather gained a son, as Miss Nettie and Mr. Gordon Coulter, of San Francisco, Calif., were married July 20th. We congratulate Mr. Coulter for winning one of the loveliest girls in Missouri, and our best wishes go to the young couple in their far distant home.
Roasting ears have been on the market for a few weeks, but my ears have been "roasted" for three months for failing to send a letter to our valued CONDUCTOR, so I hope the editor will not consign this all to the waste basket. Kansas City, Mo.
MRS. J. M. PATTEN.
Editor Railway Conductor:
Before saying anything about Division 68, I want to speak of and heartily commend a resolution adopted at the convention in Portland, and it is,--that when a member of the Auxiliary removes from one city to another, the Secretary of the Auxiliary in the first city write to the Secretary of the Auxiliary of the city into which this Sister moves, stating this fact and send her name and address to the Division in that city. This I consider one of the best acts that has ever been adopted toward helping our order in a social way. How many, many of us have had to change our residence during our railroad life, and when moving into a new place, especially a large city, we find no friends and no familiar faces anywhere, sometimes living months before being able to make acquaintances, and even the churches we are used to attending seem to have icicles hanging around. Then to think if we are a member of the Auxiliary and go to a new home where there is an Auxiliary, the Sisters will call and give us a cordial welcome and make us feel that there are pleasures and friends if we want to have them. Now, on the other hand, the responsibility must not all lay on the Secretaries, for when we move to a new place we must let our Secretary know where we live and our residence number, or else she cannot do her duty in this line. Our Secretaries are all wise creatures, but not mind readers. We have heard in our own city of Sisters moving here from other cities, but it is like searching for a needle in a haystack for us to try to find them, as we not only have Kansas City's both in Missouri and Kansas, but Armourdale, Argentine, Sheffield, or Independence, where they may locate. So, to those Sisters who are living in this locality, especially before this law was adopted, send along your addresses to our Secretary, and you will think you have fallen into a surprise party.
Now as to Foote Division 68, it is at present in its most flourishing year. We feel so proud of our Division and its fine corps of officers that we would not be ashamed to entertain President Roosevelt, should he be fortunate enough to be eligible to a seat in our Division. Hardly a meeting passes but what we initiate one or more, having already initiated ten, with two more next meeting, besides receiving a number of transfers. Our rituals are rarely used, which makes it so impressive. Our interest is so great that we are not going to discontinue our meetings as we usually do during the heated spell. We have a plan by which we expect to double our membership during this year and next.
Sister Ruby, our delegate to Portland, gave us an excellent report of the convention. I will not say anything more about Portland or the convention, only this: that we feel very proud to have Sister Ruby honored by being elected to the office of Second Member of the Grand Executive Committee, and assure all it will be filled with credit.
One of our most faithful members, Sister Beckley, has moved to Neodecha, Kansas, where Brother Beckley has charge of the yards. We have also lost for a while our Chairman of the Executive Committee, Sister Cushwa, she and her family having moved to Moberly, Mo. Our Sister J. R.
Editor Railway Conductor:
With this letter I make my debut as correspondent of Gem of the Mountains Division 185, L. A. to O. R. C. We are all up and doing, trying to keep busy in spite of the hot weather and our many home duties. We hold meetings regularly twice a month. With our efficient officers, we are increasing our membership and also our treasury. We have given a number of ten-cent teas, which performed the twofold blessing of promoting sociability and adding a little to our mite for a rainy day. We also gave two cooked food sales during the months of May and June that netted us a snug little sum.
We are very proud of our delegate; she brought us a very interesting report of the convention and gave complete satisfaction.
It is just 18 months since Gem of the Mountains Division became a reality, and in looking back we find much to thank our Heavenly Father for. Only three of our members have moved to other fields of labor, due to the privilege given to railroad men's wives only. No serious illness or deaths to record. The stork has made us several visits and left three future conductors and two future housekeepers.
We will surely have some work for our goat soon, as one of our Brothers has taken unto himself a wife, and others are sure to follow.
I will close with a cordial invitation to all Sisters who may come our way to stop and visit us. Pocatello, Idaho.
Eva E. QUINN.
Editor Railway Conductor:
Just a few lines from Manhattan Division 200, L. A. to O. R. C., to say that we are running along splendidly, our membership having increased to 42 and several more applications on hand-quite encouraging in these sweltering July days, and for which we should extend a vote of thanks to our Secretary, Sister Coughlin, who is forever on the hustle for new members. Our meetings are very well attended and enjoyed by all. It is whispered about that a new Auxiliary is to be formed to Division 317 at New Haven. Glad to hear it: the more the merrier and the sooner the better, as it will bring the Sisters and Brothers in each other's company occasionally and cement the friendship and love for one another.
We realized $70 from our sofa pillow which was drawn for and won by an old bachelor who keeps a bakery at Staten Island. It was indeed very disappointing to all the Sisters, as they would have been pleased had it gone to some 0. R. C. man to lay his head upon.
Much sorrow and sympathy was expressed for both Sister and Brother Hutchinson, whose home was destroyed by fire while enroute from the convention at Portland, Ore.; also for our delegate to the Grand Division, Sister Creamer, for the loss of her mother while at the convention.
The Sisters of Division 200 would dearly love to hear from Sister Wood of White City Division 100, who has hid herself away in the state of Massachusetts for the summer months.
From all accounts of the Sisters and Brothers who went to the convention, they must have had a rollicking time, and too many thanks cannot be extended to the Sisters and Brothers along the route who met them and gave them as good a reception as they could the President of the United States.
Hearty congratulations to Sister Drake in her new office and very best wishes for success in the same.
Would be pleased to have any of the Sisters pay us a visit; we meet the first and third Thursday every month at 2:30 p. m. MRS. OSCAR Helles.
Editor Railway Conductor:
Lima Division 27 is still on the globe. You have heard nothing from us for some months, for the simple reason that we have had nothing of interest to relate. We are in the same position as the old Yankee farmer at the political meeting. when one of the leaders, knowing "Uncle Hosea” to be a great talker, said to him, “Say, Uncle Hosea, why don't you say something." "Hain't got nuthing to say,” replied the old man.
Our Division is getting along very well. holding our regular meetings and have fair attendance.
On June 28th, Sister Edminston entertained the Auxiliary at her pleasant country home in a charming manner; also on June 30th, Sister Millisons gave a euchre and six o'clock dinner in honor of Sister Ridinour, who is soon to leave for her southern home. Also Sister Lynch entertained the Division in a charming manner on July 5th.
We have taken in one new member this year, Sister Curtis, and hope to take in several more before the close of the year.
I often think of the old and newly made friends I met at the last convention, and look over the CONDUCTOR each month to see if I find a letter from any of them."
If any member has a wee little doubt of the good the auxiliary is doing wherever one is located, let them meet at any convention and talk to the Sisters and they will surely be satisfied. I do not think we often realize the wonderful influence we exercise over another in this world.
often forget how the influence of a mild answer turneth away wrath, how a cheerful spirit tends to turn away despondency, how a merry heart doeth good like a medicine, or we would the more often administer that kind of medicine to those in need of such restoratives. Human beings, as a rule, are as susceptible to evil influences as to good, and I believe more so. In a crowd of people, or in the Division room, is a speaker indulges in harsh epithets and insinuations, the whole audience is raised to a point of indignation, either in favor of the speaker or against him, as the case may be. This is due to the power of influence. I believe it is impossible to live for ourselves alone.
We are bound to influence some one. Sisters, let it be for good.
MRS. R. W. PECK. Lima, Ohio.
Editor Railway Conductor:
It has been some time since you have heard directly from No. 35, and as our correspondent is such a busy little woman, I have been instructed to let you hear from us at once.
First, let me try to thank those who have kindly mentioned No. 35 through these columns; and I wish to say to Sister McCall of St. Paul, also to all Sisters and Brothers who visited us in our beautiful city of Tacoma, that the greater pleasure was ours, in being able to welcome so many from North, South and East-and I was going to say West, but I guess this is about the limit. And being the limit, we have worked under difficulties for nearly fifteen years, but now we have Sister Divisions in Portland and one in Seattle, which was just organized a week before the convention, and which promises well. We had the pleasure of entertaining the Seattle Division 216 at one of our recent meetings. It was a regular meeting, but we expected them; so, after the work was over, we all enjoyed a luncheon and a trolley ride to Pt. Defiance,
Mt. Tacoma Division considered it a privilege to be improved that each member was able to attend the convention at least part of the time and many of them all of the time, and I am sure every minute was enjoyed. It was an occasion that we will always remember with pleasure and hope that at the next convention we may all meet again. Tacoma, Wash.
Editor Railway Conductor:
We beg to bow a greeting to the L. A. to O. R. C., for after several months of hard talking, emergency calls, private sessions and pow-wows, a telegram brought Sister Hartsell of Los Angeles, our district organizer, who brought as her assistants Sister Gauber and Sister Johnson, the S. & T. of Eschascholtzia Division 191, Kern, Calif. Yosemite Division was duly organized with the following offi
Mrs. J. B. Cowley, Pres., Mrs. C. H. Richardson, Vice-Pres., Mrs. L. Van Lieuvan, S. & T., Mrs. Lane, correspondent. After the first day's session a public installation of officers took place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, after which the visitors were welcomed by several hostesses, the hospitality taking the form of ice cream and cake and several other goody-goodies. The concluding matters of
We Editor Railway Conductor:
Iron Queen Division 186 seads greetings from our Northland, Two Harbors, Minn., where the snowballs grow and we have pure ice water and delightful pure breezes on tap all summer long, from old Lake Superior. And we extend our sympathy to our friends, that are broiling away in the less favored parts of the country. If they could but know the delight of living on the shore of “Gitche Gumee," inhaling the pure ozone and the essence from the pines of the forest primeval they would realize what life
the organization were finished the next day, July 20th, when the entire Auxiliary went in a body on a trolley ride and sight seeing to show our guests, Mrs. Hartsell and Gauber of that beautiful city of Los Angeles that they have a close rival in our own beautiful city of Fresno. The Recreation Park management entertained the ladies by giving a special opera for their benefit at the new park theater. The latest world's wonder, Professor Garberona of Italy, rendered some very difficult selections, assisted by Madam Alla bela, the Australian wonder and Señora Hartellenian, the famous Spanish singer, late from Madrid, Spain. The ladies were profuse in their thanks to the Park management for the entertainment, after which the party went in a body to the residence of Sister Speake, where a luncheon was served, and Sister Cowley took the prize as champion on eating spring chicken. From there the ladies accompanied Sisters Hartsell, Gauber and Johnson to the depot, There glad hands, wishes and promises were given and adieus were given as the train started on its climb over the famous Tehachapi Mountains.
In closing will say well may our Order be proud of such a worthy District Deputy as Sister Hartell. Come often, Sister, and see us, and bring always that good, jolly Sister Gauber. Our latchstring is always out.
A word of praise to the Sisters who by their efforts Yosemite Division 219 was given birth, for it was by their continual efforts that our happy cluster of Conductors' wives were brought together in this our great cause and motto: Charity, Truth and Friendship.
" AN OBSERVER." Fresno, Calif.
Our summer is short, but we enjoy every minute and make the most of it. We are never at a loss as to how to entertain our summer visitors, with our "Billee" teas on the lake shore, and trolling for the magnificent salmon trout for which Lake Superior is justly noted; trout fishing in the streams that swarm with the speckled and rainbow trout, within a few miles of town. Not speaking of the delights of camping out on the shores of Eagles Nest, and other small lakes too numerous to mertion, and easy to reach, from different points along the Duluth & Iron Range. We are inclined to think within such easy reach of all these pleasures, and Two Harbors situated so delightfully between the two bays, Agate and Burlington, that no other place can compare, and are tempted to say, that if any of the Sisters and Brothers are “from Missouri," and will come up here, "we will show them,” 'tis all true and more.
Our harbor and railroad yards, are scenes of great activity—the yards, busy with the outgoing trains empty, or loaded with coal on the way to the mines, and the coming ones, loaded with different grades of iron ore for the docks. The slips between the docks crowded with the great ships being loaded with the ore, which is carried by them down the great lakes to the immense blast furnaces, east.
We are a busy people all the year; and the Auxiliary keeps step.
A ball was given by some of the members of 186, the Fourth, which was a great success both socially and financially.
And the Auxiliary wishes to extend a vote of thanks to both the ladies and Brothers, who so ably assisted in making the ball a great success. At our last meeting. Sister Mary McGreevy, our delegate to the Grand Convention, gave us a very fine and complete report of the proceedings. I will also say that we are in a very prosperous condition.
Mrs. J. M. Hickox. Two Harbors, Minn.
Editor Railway Conductor:
It is with pleasure that I report that EschschoItzia Division 191 is still adding to its roll call, one initiation having taken place since last I wrote and one due in our next meeting.
We are sorry to announce a bereavement in our Order-Sister Mary Owens having lost her mother.
Sister Luce, our delegate to the Convention at Portland in May, reported a delightful trip and a pleasant and profitable meeting. The Division is learning more and more through her report of the proceedings of the Grand Division.
Since my last letter a surprise was given our past president, Sister Guilfoyle. When at social meeting one afternoon she was presented with a past president's pin by the other members of the Order.
Music and refreshments and social good time was enjoyed by all.
On the 21st of July our Division will give a dancing and swimming party at Offer's Resort. Refreshments will be served and a very pleasant evening is anticipated by all.
Our meetings are well attended and in spite of the summer heat, the member seem earnest and enthusiastic in their efforts for the advancement and interest of our Division.
We all have certainly enjoyed the letters of both the Brothers and Sisters in the June CONDUCTOR. We are very much interested in anything that savors of Grand Convention. MRS. H. GATES.
Editor Railway Conductor:
Juanita Division 66 is a very busy little Division; likewise her correspondent.
Our delegate, Mrs. J. T. L. Brooks, brought us back one of the best reports from the late convention any one would ask for, and since we received the proceedings, we can truthfully say she must have been a very faithful attendant at all meetings.
Although the warm season is with us now, we have a very good attendance at our regular meeting days, considering a number of Sisters who have been away on pleasure trips.
The many friends of Sister Bach'man will be sorry to hear of her recent illness at Battle Creek, Mich., where she went to visit a month ago. We hope for her speedy recovery and safe return home.
A number of Sisters from this Division enjoyed the hospitality of the Decatur Division on June 28th, when they royally entertained a number of the neighboring Divisions at a picnic, at which, from all reports, nothing was left undone to promote the day's pleasure. At such meetings or gatherings of Sisters from various Divisions, we become more acquainted and congenial, and much more good can be acquired under such conditions, for our cause.
The entertaining committee for the month of
May gave us a delightful outing at Miller Park, and with our husbands and families there were forty seated at a bountiful repast in the evening.
We are promised a chicken spread in the near future under the guidance of Sister Wilmarth. If all's well, we will go to Orendroff Springs and no doubt will enjoy the day.
The literary society in connection with our Division is meeting twice a month. During the sum. mer months we meet socially, and about the first of September we will take up a literary program and continue until next June. Sister Brough is president of this society, and many social afternoons as well as good and present-day literature are enjoyed.
Mrs. T. B. FOSTER. Bloomington, Ill.
THE DEAREST HEROINE.
She lies in state, though not bedecked
With flow'ry garlands, honor's due, Few queens or nobler heroines
In life, inspired a love more true. Than she who in the attic sleeps
With other toys my childhood keeps, My dear old rag-doll Sue.
'Tis many a day since loving hands
Have laid her there with tender care; But through the years, in mem'ry sweet,
I've held this friend, this comrade rare Who never caused no pain or tears,
Faithful, unchanged, come joy, come fears, My old rag-doll, Sue. Marion Ala.
A ROYAL HEART.
Rugged, uncomely, and old and gray,
A woman walked in a northern town; And, through the crowd as she wound her way,
One saw her loiter, and then stoop down, Putting something away in her old torn gown.
“You are hiding a jewel!" the watcher said. (Ah! that was her heart, had the truth been read')
What have you stolen?" he asked agair.. Then the dim eyes filled with a sudden pain, And under the flickering light of the gas She showed him her gleaning. It's broken
glass,” She said: "I hae lifted it up frae the street To be oot o' the road o' the bairnies' feet!"
Under the fluttering rags astir
That was a loyal heart that beat!
- Will H. Ogilvie, in the Spectator.