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P. H. Morrissey, Grand Master of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, has been prominently mentioned as the minority member on the Pontiac Reformatory Board; Gov. Deneen could not select a better man. This appointment goes to a democrat, and Mr. Morrissey has always stood squarely on that ticket.

The Grand Convention of the B. R. T. voted unanimously to send Brother P. H. Morrissey, their Grand Master, to Europe next year, which is a well-earned compliment.

Brother Ed. Coleman was a visitor last meeting, and we were more than pleased to see him there; it brought back the good old days, when just such men stood under the order. Drop in, “old timers," you are always more than welcome.

Some of the members are "hunching" the time for our banquet; the last one was a "corker," and this one will be two corkers-i. e., if we have one.

We have on an average of 50 members attending our meetings-pretty good for the hot months. Chicago, Ill.


and from time to time ripples of excitement have been created, by rumors that the management was contemplating action regarding the same. Said rumors have proved unfounded up to the present time, though the prevailing opinion among the men is that the company would not be a verse to the establishment of some rational scheme of assistance for their superannuated employes. Some legal obstacles now exist, on which, if we could come together as a unit might be easily overcome and the laws of the several states through which our system runs be made to harmonize so that a general pension plan would thus be operative all over the system. Let us pray that if matters in the near future tend toward the desired end that we may all come together as one family, each sinking his personal preferences for the greatest good of the greatest number,

C. E. Benell, Lowell, Mass.

Editor Railway Conductor:

At our last meeting John Walsh, who for twentythree years has been a passenger conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad running into this city, was initiated into No. 1.

The Chief Conductor of Elkhart, Ind., and the Chief Conductor of Logansport, Ind., were guests of the division at last meeting, watched Brother Clark, Chief Conductor of No. 1, confer the work.

Brother Penfield was shaking hands with the old members, and seemed to enjoy himself as of old days, when he was the efficient secretary.

Brother Baldwin and his committee made a good loan of one thousand dollars for the division, getting it out at 6%.

Brother Jim King, General Yardmaster, on the "Cotton Belt" Railroad at Pine Bluff, Ark., was shaking hands with the members last meeting. There is no better railway man than Brother King, and we are sorry that his duties call him so far away from the division; but, if rumors are correct, he will be having something better pretty soon.

Division No. 1 is fast closing onto the 500 mark, and it is all brought about by good members.

Grand Chief Conductor Clark's address was read at last meeting, and every one thought it was just the right kind of stuff.

The Chicago Tribune of August 19th has a very good editorial on the conditions existing in Iowa, brought about by attacking the railways. It says that "the cities and towns of the state are not gaining in population as they should, because Iowa railroad rate laws do not allow the roads to foster manufacturing industries as they used to. It is alleged that the distance or mileage tariffs the roads have been compelled to adopt within the state have closed the factories and the mechanics employed in them have had to leave the state or starve." This is a question that many differ on, but I feel sure all want the best results possible.

The Pennsylvania Railroad and Alton start this week their new equipment, and Brother Penny is doing great stunts at Union Depot, showing off the fine points of the 18-hour Pen. train.

The freight handlers are making an effort to get advanced pay; they are still working under the old scale of 1904.

Mr. M. M. Morrissey, who is a brother of Brother

Editor Railway Conductor:

While a patient at the C. & 0. hospital, Clifton Forge, Va., from May 26 to August 1st, I had an opportunity to see of how little we think of the teachings of all orders called Brotherly Love. I have the honor to be a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows and Oráer of Railway Conductors in Richmond, Va. And they have all three lodges in Clifton Forge, Va. And, of the three, the Odd Fellows were the only ones to call to see me, and they were notified by my lodge in Richmond to look after my wants, and they only called once. Brothers, things like this discourage a man when he is down.

Members of the other orders knew I was at the hospital. Secretary of Richmond Division, 152 was in Clifton Forge about two nights a week. Also members of Clifton Forge Division knew I was at the hospital, and you might say among strangers, but still the brothers in Clifton Forge and my members also, had so much brotherly love for me that they could not bring it up to the hospital.

Brothers, you who have been sick (if any of you have ever been), know that a railroad man is always glad to see another one, if nothing more than to know how things are going on the road. Brothers, I am not complaining because I was not treated good, or that I was in want, but I am trying to find out where the “Brotherly" love comes in. Brothers, this looks like something is lacking in us.

We never know what storm of agony may bé behind a smiling face.

What a passion of dumb pleading beneath a breast, apparently peaceful, and undisturbed. None of us do our full duty by our brothers, or fulill our responsibilities, to and for them, We wait for them to come to us, and too frequently justify their fears with rebuffs, when we have reason to suspect that they are in trouble. We do not make it our business to know, as we should. Many times we are guilty of the treachery of avoiding them, in their time of need, to escape their stories of disappointment and sorrow, and to evade the bearing of any share of their oppressive burden.

We do not try to know, we even try not to know.

We go among our own friends with our eyes shut in in

difference, or selfishness, withholding the sympathy which would be balm to bruised spirits. The help which would be life and hope.

Every heart knows its own bitterness. Life would be sweeter and brighter for us, if we would enlarge our souls a little beyond our own troubles, and be at some pains to know the condition of those with whom we come in contact, to try, honestly, to discover whether we can help, and how, if it be even with no more than a kindly word.

When the disaster has come, the blow has fallen, and the life is ended, it is too late. The dead are beyond our sympathy and regret. We should feel, and let our feelings be expressed in actions while it is yet time.

H. C. QUISENBERRY, Richmond, Va.

Editor Railway Conductor:

July's CONDUCTOR contains a letter from a brother in the west, saying he hopes and prays for the law passed by the 0. R. C. Convention this year requir. ing brothers dropping the order to surrender their benefit policy be repealed at Memphis, 1907.

I sincerely hope and pray the law will stand as it is.

It is necessary to join the Order before you can get a benefit policy. If the Order is good enough to join to get a benefit policy, it is good enough to remain in as an active member in good standing. To repeal the law would only be using the Order for a convenience. What would become of our Order if all the members would drop the Order? They have as much right as the 900. The 900 out of the Order and members of M. B. Department receive the same benefits and improved conditions gained by the members of the Order. I notice Bro. B. A. Hogg, Div. 185, is pleased to see the changes made by M. B. D. at last Convention. Bro. M. J. Rich has my indorsement. We have a cheap insurance, and it should remain so, and we should not allow loopholes to exist in its laws by which unscrupulous men can take advantage of it. JESSE GOSNELL.

Washington, D. C.

Editor Railway Conductor:

Please do not kick me out this time. I won't ask you to keep me over night.

I have been a member of the O. R. C. since 1891, and in looking around me I see some old conductors whom I used to brake for, and who were good, honest, sober and industrious men, and have saved a little money and built homes for themselves, which is proper.

One old man in particular that I broke for a good many years, who has been put off on account of the age limit, on a small pension. My dear brother. let us remember that we, too, are getting older every day, and our time will come to be laid off some of these days, on twenty-five or thirty dollars per month, to pay rent and pay our insurance, and keep the wolf from the door. I would ask all the good brothers in the name of Christian charity and brotherly love, can we not use some of the surplus money and pay the old conductor's insurance for him, and let him have his small pension to buy bread with? In talking the other day with an old conductor who was put off the P. R. R. on count'of his age, a small pension, he told

it yet.

me that he used to have lots of friends, but now it seemed he did not have a friend in the world; 10 one seemed to care for him. It made me feel very bad, and I have not done thinking about

Could it not be arranged to pay the old conductor a little of his insurance while living? He has surely earned it, and we know it will not do him any good after he is dead. This is one thing that I don't like about our insurance-a man must either die, lose his head, hand or foot to get any consideration. Long servitude and faithfulness counts for naught. This should count above all, and give the old man his insurance of say $10 or $15 per month, and at their death let the amount paid them while living be derlucted from the insurance. This would be feeding and taking care of the old horse after he has become too old for harness-not turning him out to die. You may say, send the old conductor to the home. That is the place for himand in many cases it would be so-while in others it would not. Where an old brother has gotten himself a home, gets a little pension from the company which laid him off, with a little of his insurance money while living, would be a great deal better contented in his own home than in the home we offer for old conductors. Please remember that God will surely care for the brother who helps the old and infirm. The Lord will surely make his bed in time of sickness, and besides this, when the old conductor has paid his insurance assessments for say fifteen, or twenty, or twenty-five years, and is now laid off on account of being too old for service as a conductor, we, his brothers, still expect him to pay his insurance assessments. This is not just or right, how can he pay his assessments when railroad companies won't give him employın.ent? I ciaim this is far from justice or charity, which is part of the foundation of our Order. Let us try and see if we can't do something for our elder brother, who taught us what little we know, and give him a part of his insurance money while living --for it won't bring him any comfort after he is dead. This is a serious problem, brothers, let us try and master it.

S. C. BENFORD. Philippsburg, Pa.

Editor Railway Conductor:

On Sunday, July 23, Brother L. E. Sheppard was with us, and instituted Milan Division, No. 479 of the 0. R. C. We had 18 members on transiers, with 7 new members, and Milan Division is now a positive fact, and stands ready to shake hands with all Divisions; Brother H, Ginn, of Division 42, was present and assisted Brother Sheppard in the opening ceremonies, and also acted as installing officer. Our train-master, Mr. D. C. Horn, showed us all the courtesies possible in keeping as many of us as he could in town to be in attendance, even going to the extent of holding trains that some conduct. ors might be initiated, but as all could not be present the others were with us in heart just the same. We were extremely sorry that Brother E. T. Dyke could not be here, for he was one of the foremost workers in getting the Division started. But Ed. has been in a very serious condition for two months, but we all hope that he will be with us again soon,

Our line of 248 miles is about one half rock ballast, and as good track as the average road, and think




before long the entire line will be in the same good condition from Quincy to Kansas City.

On our Division here we have seven crews in chain gang, and what is best of all, an O. R. C. man every caboose, with the exception of one and that caboose is strictly B. R. T. Business has been fair here all summer, but we are all waiting for it to pick up and as our business is mostly coal, we will not have much longer to wait.

Brother U. G. Ferguson, having been deputized, by Our grand Chief Conductor for the purpose of organizing this Division, conducted the ceremonies admirably, and it is due chiefly to his untiring efforts that we are now in the directory as Mizpah Division 478. It was with great eclat that Brother Ferguson called the meeting to order, and in the course a short afternoon there were 23 good O. R. C. men seated in the room, of which number more than a dozen were initiates.

Brother H. L. Grimshaw, of Goldfield, is an able assistant and entered into the work in his heart whole way, with pride and determination. We were very much pleased to meet Bro. Grimshaw, and hope he will be in evidence at every meeting he can possibly attend.

Brother B. D. Bennett, of the Carson & Colorado, is also a bright and shining light inside as well as out of the Division room, and we are only sorry that we cannot have him with us in Tonopah all the time.

At the close of the meeting a general good time prevailed for an hour, then all departed in high spirits, but to meet again in the evening at the Merchants' hotel, where a sumptuous banquet was spread, to which all did ample justice. Sweethearts and wives were there and a jollification, which lasted until the "we sma'” hours ensued. Brother Tom Williams has a reputation as a storyteller, and, while satisfying the inner man, we were kept in a state of continual mirth by the stories and remarks of Bros. Williams and Ferguson. In short, it was a very happy affair, terminating with the best wishes for the welfare of the O. R. C., and Division 478 by all present.

We now have a well organized and healthy Division, and are taking in new members every meeting. I can say with the utmost confidence that the members of Mizpah Division are one and all out for the O. R. C., its teachings and its principles.


Editor Railway Conductor:

Since the appointment of a Grand Officer for Canada, with the assistance of all the members, I can see no reason why there should not be a membership of 2,000, instead of less than 1,500, and I feel assured that the members in Canada, when properly enthused, will compare with any place on the North American continent, and would suggest that all the members in Canada give Brother S. N. Berry all the assistance in their power. As he is in this district now, I am going to aid and assist in every manner possible to make his visit profitable to the welfare of the Order of Railway Conductors, and I appeal to all the members in Canada to do the same. So in the near future we can point with pride to our labors. Our Division, No. 13, has tried for years to do just as I advocate, and I speak with no idle boast that we have the banner division of Canada, and I must say it has all been gained by work and perseverance in behalf of one of the grandest organizations in the world. And so long as its principles are advocated and adhered to, there can be no greater good accomplished by any sect, creed or compact for any purpose which is good. I have not used the columns of the

In closing, will say that Milan Division says good morning to all good O. R. C. men. Milan, Mo.

J. L. Wesley.

20 Editor Railway Conductor:

It seems that nothing ever comes from Div. 215, and I can't see why, for it has about 40 membership, all fine Brothers, and most all well read men. As to our officers, they can't be beat. We had a candidate for our new home opening. Joseph Lucker, who butted the goat last meeting, making him a worthy 0. R. C. Brother; and we have some more in sight as soon as they have toted the book and pencil long enough. L. A. of O. R. C. gave us a surprise in the way of a small banquet at the new hall. They had a nice, lovely supper, and we were greatly surprised and well pleased.

Brother O'Mally, who was delegate from Division 215, has returned from Portland, Oregon, and made quite a speech to the brothers of what was done there. Brother Cooper also went to Portland, and enjoyed himself the best of all. Both Brothers report a good time of their trip. I think it does the Division, and particularly the Brothers, good to once in a while see something in the columns of The CONDUCTOR. It enlivens the boys some, at least it

Hope these few lines will wake up the regular correspondent of 215, so he will let us hear from him soon.

Dutch. Austin, Minn.

does me.

Editor Railway Conductor:

Mount Tacoma Division 249 had a very delightful excursion on the Tacoma and Eastern Sunday, July 23, going to Ashford, the end of the road at present. Very pretty scenery abounds along this line, and stops were made, from thirty minutes to one hour. at places of interest, such as the Grand Canyon of the Nesqually river, Marshell river, Lake Kapowsin, Mineral Lake, etc. The train stopped about three hours at Ashford, where we had a fine dinner at the hotel, which was enjoyed by all. Brother H. C. French is agent at this station, giving everybody a hearty welcome. Brother 0. A. Clough was the conductor of the train, and was kept busy answering questions.

It was a most enjoyable excursion, socially and financially. Wish some of our Eastern brothers could have been here to enjoy it. Tacoma.


Editor Railway Conductor:

The 23rd of July was a great day for our boys on the Tonopah. Our visitors from the Carson and Colorado, numbering about twelve, came over to make the occasion of organizing Mizpah Division No. 478 a grand success, and it is with pleasure I send you this brief account in praise of those who took hold with such vigor and helped things along.

CONDUCTOR unless I had an ax to grind, and that is why I write now, as I think there is a lot of good hard work for the 0. R. C. to perform in Canada, and what is better, they have a lot of good material to work upon. I think the Grand Division used wisdom in authorizing the appointment which I hope will be appreciated by all the members in Canada, so at the next Grand Division, in Memphis, in 1907, we may hear the joyful mandate go forth, "Well done, good and faithful servant." May good luck attend all our deliberations, is the sincere wish of

MAC N. 2. St. Thomas, Ont.

Editor Railway Conductor:

The members of Jay Gould Division 127 are sad, owing to the fact that our advisor, protector and friend, Brother L. M. Dooley, of Division 110, Logansport Ind., has left us. As assistant train master on the C. & E. I. Brother Dooley has shown that he was a true brother to us all, he had all the characteristics of the self-made man, who' believes that kindness is the most effective method of gaining the good will of men, and one of the most advantageous means of procuring good results for his superiors in the movement of traffic and the satisfaction of patrons of a railroad, while paying for the privilege of riding over the road.

We had a good meeting August 20. Brother Keetley, of Division 204, but now employed on the C. & E. I., was present, as also Brother Wilbur, of Division 92. Brother De Witt was also prseent, it being the first time for nearly two years; he was hurt in that horrible wreck at Glenwood, in which so many passed to the great hereafter.

The boys were heartily glad to see him among us again. Danville, Ill.

J. C. HessLIN.

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Editor Railway Conductor:

Baltimore Division 337 is doing business at the same old stand. We have taken in three new members since the new work came out, and have several more applications under consideration. Brother Budd has been with us recently, settling a very difficult case of percentage, we sincerely hope that all concerned are now satisfied and will yield cheerfully to the will of a legally constituted majority. Our brothers and sisters who went to Portland are still relating pleasant incidents of the trip. Our A. C. C. admired a red hat so much that upon his return he sent the fair owner his badge, and received a red bow, which he treasures more than all of his souvenirs of the trip. The sequel of course will appear later.

Grandma Magee could not pass through Connelsville without stopping off to see little Robert Aler, her first grandchild. Brother Magee has to spend three weeks in a hospital, and the boys will miss him from his post. Good luck, Jimmie, and best wishes for good health when you resume.

Brothers Wheeler and Fredericks are having a good time at Atlantic City, and Brothers Tom Shipley and Jake Sters are getting up a crab feast down on Back river. Brother Long is keeping batch for two weeks. Family gone to Cincinnati. Our Western Maryland brothers have had their pay increased, and they are naturally elated. Au revoir. Baltimore, Md.

J. E. G.

Editor Railway Conductor:

The following donations have been received at the Railroad Men's Home at Highland Park, Illinois. for the month of August:



5.00 146 5.00 340.

5.00 153 12.00 404.

3.50 192


$54.50 SUMMARY. 0. R. C. Divisions..

$ 54.50 B. R. T. Lodges..

238.89 B. L. E. Divisions.

306.50 B. F. L. Lodges..

183.50 G. I. A. Division,

2.80 Mrs. George Shank

2.00 James Costello of No. 270, O. R. C.

1.00 J. E. Simmons, of Fitz-Hugh Luther Co., of

Chicago, through No. 113, O. R. C...... 15.00 E. T. Payne, of No. 477, B. R. T. M. M. Shirk, No. 477, B. R. T.

1.00 E. V. Ray, No. 477, B. R. T.

1.00 F. J. Boa uer, No. 477, B. R. T.

1.00 B. R. T., No. 53.....

1.00 T. G. Higgins, No. 477, B. R. T.

.25 J. F. Smallwood, B. R. T.. G. H. Ellis, B. R. T. No. 98

100 Robert Powell, No. 477, B. R. T.

1.00 T. F. Dupmuck, No. 477, B. R. T.

1.00 R. E. Kinney, B. R. T. No. 477..

1.00 Lockwood, B. R. T. No. 477...

75 Wm. Davidson, No. 477, B. R. T.

25 J. W. Bayne

..50 F. E. Ennis.. 0. T. Hansen.. C. 0. Cox, B. R. T. No. 477

25 B. F. Evans, B. R. T. No. 477.

1.00 A. E. Jones, B. R. T. No. 477.

.50 W. A. Ensign, O. R. C. No. 85.

1.00 A. M. Cummings, O. R. C. No. 85

1.00 Geo. W. Orr, O. R. C. No. 282 Geo. Swartout, O. R. C. No. 282

1.00 W. E. Thomas, O. R. C. No. 85. R. B. Lancaster, B. L. F. No. 173. T. A. McAvoy, B. L. F. No. 173.. M. J. Phores, No. 134, B. L. E.

1.00 J. F. Vance, No. 134, B. L. E.

1.00 E. Dunning, No. 173, B. L. F.

1.00 B. F. Chambers, No. 173, B. L. F.

1.00 O. D. Gevengood, No. 173, B. L. F.

.25 Wilhelm.... O. A. Brown, B. L. F. No. 173.

50 J. E. Pillsbury, B. L. F. No. 173



$829.94 JOHN O'KEEFE,

Secy - Treas.

Editor Railway Conductor:

By your permission I would like to state that on the second Sunday in December, Defender Division. is making extensive arrangements to celebrate its tenth anniversary, and we want it distinctly under stood, from now on, that no other Division make any arrangements to interfere with ours, as we extend an invitation to all Divisions in the Order, especially within two hundred and fifty miles, and

no excuse will be accepted for not being repre. sented-members are requested to bring their wives.

Defender Division 312 has a membership of 75, all good and true brothers. Just at present we are having an understanding in regard to the twolist seniority list, but that will be all over in a short time.

Don't forget our date. We expect to have our beloved President Roosevelt and our Grand Chief Conductor with us. It's getting dark, and I will set out my red light for this time. Weehawken, N. J.


Editor Railway Conductor:

Division 151 is plodding along in the same old way; sometimes it has a quorum and sometimes it doesn't. July 31, 1905, it had the banner meeting of the season. Two candidates were initiated into the mysteries of the O. R. C., and one of them had to be shown, and he was not from Missouri, either.

The August number of THE CONDUCTOR has been perused from "kiver to kiver", and much interesting and instructive reading found therein. I would like to know what per cent. of all members of the O.R. C. fail to read The RailwAY CONDUCTOR each month. I am of the opinion if more of them would scrutinize the contents more closely we would have a better attendance at the meetings. One Brother who attended Division meeting the day the two above-mentioned candidates were initiated, stated that that was the first meeting he had attended in sixteen years, and was awfully glad he came. This Brother was very much interested during the entire service, and gave us some good counsel. It would be hard to estimate the value this Brother would have been to the Division had he attended the meetings regularly during the sixteen years. Brothers, there are some more of you who do not attend but about once a year, who would assist greatly by your attendance, and I am sure you would be benefited by so doing.

Business has been good on all Divisions out of this town for some time, but the boys are looking for a large increase in business this fall, on account of the big corn crop.

Brother A. W. Wightman, who lost a limb in a railroad wreck on the C. O. & G. Ry., some three years ago, this week received from that company a check for $5,000.

Brother F. A. Wightman, who last fall was elected Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner, is kept pretty busy these days looking after matters pertaining to the Commission. Monett, Mo.


In the first place, I wish to say that up to the time of our last convention I thought the O. R. C. one of the best orders on earth. I make this statement, that you may know the good feeling I have always entertained for our order, but I am sorry to say that if the present obnoxious law is allowed to remain in force, I shall be compelled to change my views. In all previous conventions one of the difficult problems before that body for discussion was: “What shall we do with the 'Old Conductor. Well, that was finally settled at our last convention, and was not even mentioned under the above caption. Our noble Order has taken the same course as some of the worst railway corporations in regard to age limit.

For example, if a conductor who has passed the age of thirty-five should be discharged, either through bis - wn negligence or the carelessness or disobedience of others, (the latter of which is frequently the case), he can no longer follow his chosen occupation, because he is too old. He must then necessarily look to new fields to support his family, and as a conductor he has always received fair compensation for his services, and like a great many others he may have acquired the habit of good living. Now, in his new occupation, he receives, perhaps, about one half his former salary, because he has no trade or profession now, and must compete with men of that class. Consequently, he must reduce his expenses to compare with his income. He must still pay his local dues, and help the Brothers who are still making good money and were fortunate enough to be born later than he was. Now, what benefit is the Order to him. It cannot find him work, because he is too old. He cannot longer pay the amount the Order requires of him on the salary he now receives. Consequently, he must be fired out of theOrder. Why? Because he is too old!

Now, Brothers, do you think I could ask a friend to join an order like that. Could I tell him we have the best insurance on earth. And that his family would certainly be rewarded in the end. No! I would have to tell him our insurance is not very good if you live too long; and if it is protection for your family you are after, you had bet. ter look in some other direction. Now, a few short questions. Is not the man who is out of railway service a better risk than when he was working on the road. Is it right to beat a man out of his insurance, for which he has been paying ten or twenty years. Is there brotherly love in this. My idea is that, as long as a man is in railway service, he should be a member of the Order, but when he has become too old to follow the rail he should be allowed the privilege of keeping his insurance paid up, and let the younger Brothers keep up the local dues. Now, Brothers, I hope you will thoroughly discuss this subject in your Division meetings, and if it is found to be a bad law then let us have it repealed; and if any Brother knows any good of it, please “show me." C. T. RAY.

Needles, Calif.

Editor Railway Conductor:

Our Division is in good working order, and new members are keeping our goat busy. Business has been very good on the Santa Fe up to the present time.

I have been watching the Fraternal Department of THE CONDUCTOR to note what the general opinion is of our new insurance law. And the only thing I see worthy of note is extreme care in not mentioning it. Now, Brothers, why this silence. I have been urged by members of our Division to express my opinion, and I hope we may hear from others.

NOTE.-(The law referred to is the same in its operation as the laws of other railway organizations. It requires a member who wishes to remain a member of the Benefit Department to also remain a member of the Order, and thus help to sus

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