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gardless of the ultimate success of the Or- had 12,000 or more insured instead of the ganization. Yet Division 100 is located 4,000 or more which you now have, your here, and, though I do not claim it is per- assessments would be about the same as fection itself, I am free to say it will hold they are now and have been. Then why its own among the many others. There advocate making it general? From the are many subjects relative to our Organi- fact that a part of the members compriszation which could be advanced which ing your association, as it now stands, are might result for the general good, and I aged, and subject to those vital maladies am free to say we rarely see or hear an brought on by hardships and exposures expression from the more studious or dis- incidental to their calling ; another porcerning minds among our membership. tion are employed on the fastest and most That we have those among us no one hazardous runs, or where risk of life is doubts.
greatest ; hence the reason why the ipMuch is being said and written about surance at present costs so much, but by our insurance, and I do not intend to making it universal we take in the young wear the subject clear out, but there must men, who have longer leases of life, and be something to write and talk about. who are not so exposed by nature of the There may be a change made at the next difference in runs, and thus we lessen the convention, and if such change be made cost. So, by having the insurance genlet us ask, will it result for the public eral, we bring the cost down from an avgood? Anything that would benefit the erage of $42, as now, to $29. To those whole, without injuring any, would cer: members who are not insured and who tainly be beneficial. If 4,000 or more are ought to belong to this best of insurance, benefited, as now, would it not be better I particularly address myself. Attend that 16,000 or more members were bene- to your interests, and see that your delefited, and this not affect those who are gates are instructed for general insurance, now insured, nor yet materially change thereby obtaining the most beneficial rethe system? All writers on this question sults.
Yours, etc., seem to think that they, individually, have
J. C., Div. 100. struck the idea of ideas that would make this association perfect, yet it is an evi
JERSEY CITY, N. J., June 7, 1885. dent fact, not far-seeing, that there is need MESSRS EDITORS: I am not accusof something being done.
tomed to corresponding for the columns You would ask, what would this sage of the JOURNAL, but when perusing its propose to benefit all? Make your in- pages I find a valuable article attracting surance general, and if the disabled and my attention and the attention of many unhealthy are excluded it would be a others. In speaking of this article I am matter of conventional legislation. Then free to confess I have not read one you will ask, where and how will this founded on a greater principle than the make it better, and what benefits will subject of it, and emanating from its auaccrue therefrom? Firstly, it will bene- thor, whose name bears the reverence of fit all ; secondly, it will benefit those who the entire craft, and commands the are now insured by lessening their as- greatest respect from all his associates sessments, and all acknowledge it is cost through life. The honorable name ining too much. Many members labor un- scribed to the article appearing in the der the mistaken idea that if there were a June number of the JOURNAL is Brother larger number insured it would lessen the Delos Everett, Grand Chaplain. His cost; yet such is not the case, for if you definition of unity was something grand,
and I am glad to learn that there is one er of his conquest, than does Brother who appreciates a well delivered ad- Puffenberger of his ability in striving to dress. I was very sadly disappointed in make a success of this Order where it is reading the account of the Union meet weak, in which he has been successful. ing in the April JOURNAL that the ad. My humble prayer is that we may have dress of welcome by Brother Puffenber-, a few more like him. The saying may ger was not mentioned therin. His ad- seem very much exaggerated when we dress to the visiting brothers went di- compare him or his address to ministers, rectly home to the hearts of his hearers, mayors of cities, or any able speaker, but his reception to the Grand Chief will but, nevertheless, it is a fact, and I am long be remembered, and the language happy to hear, through the columns of used never forgotten, by the writer. the JOURNAL, that the Brothers From it we learn a lesson, that there are awakening to a sense of realization, and some in the ranks of this Brotherhood appreciate a Brother's good words of adwho are fitted for public oration, and vice that were given on this occasion by his heart is full of this brotherly feeling, Brother Puffenberger. Of course, we and a Brother qualified to meet with us do not intend to say that the remarks on all such occasions. Brother Puffen-made by the rest of the Brothers were berger's address of welcome to the Grand not appropriate and well directed. I Chief was masterly and significant; it wish I could do them justice by trying to astonished the assemblage, and frequent pen them. If we only could understand ly brought the tears of human kindness. one another, or learn to express our There was no burst of enthusiasm ; it ideas in Union meetings, we might learn was too affective. He certainly defined that more of us are able to give instructhe feelings in unity in a manner calm, tion and advice to Brothers who lack indeliberate and logical, and it placed the terest. It sometimes occurs to my mind orator in the warm corners of the hearts that the only time we want a Union of his auditors. The occasion was one meeting is when we get in trouble. Then calculated to leave a deep impression on Oh how we flock to our Divisions. If a the minds of the Brothers, and was full visitor should happen in at that time he of significance for the immediate future would conclude there was a Union meetBrother Everett says, young and gifted ing in progress, but at Brother PuffenChieftain. We believe that he is among berger's and Division 235 meeting there they oung in our Order, and we have rone was nothing of this order. No one had so young, that we can call to our mind, a complaint to enter; it was simply unity that can excel him; and if there were in every sense of the word, and I don't more like our young Chief, the organi- wonder at it that the friendly feeling zation of Brotherhood of Locomotive that grew out of this meeting is so often Engineers would fast increase in strength spoken of, which is the result when they and grow in wisdom. He is a true works have a general at the head like Brothers er in the cause, never leaving a stone un. P. M. Arthur and Puffenberger. They turned until he accomplishes all of his were ably assisted by Brothers Everett, undertakings. It would be heartless of Royal, McCarty, McGuire and Keenan, the members of his Division not to feel which made the list complete. Thank proud of him, and feel as though he is a God that we have men like them, and Brother of no little ability. No soldier Puffenberger boldly and fearlessly standon battle field, no hero ever led his men ing at the helm of this Brotherhood, ever to victory, no conqueror ever felt proud - ready to cope with his adversaries. His
advocacy is firm and to the point, regardless of friend or foe, always trying to right with timely advice (a noble prin
CLEVELAND, AUGUST, 1885. ciple), and ever ready to forgive a wrong, no matter how great. Thank
SOCIAL GATHERINGS. God for such principles, and for blessing Agreeably to promise inade to Rock us with a Brother like Puffenberger. City Division, No. 129, we left Cleveland
Pardon me for consuming your valu. on Monday evening. June 8, for Nashable time and space in the JOURNAL, but ville, to attend a union meeting and picI trust there may be another Union meet nic held under the auspices of the above ing like this one so often spoken of. named Division on Wednesday, June 10. Fraternally yours,
On reaching Louisville we were joined JAMES LOANE.
by Brothers Gifford, Dalton, Pettibone
and O'Neil, of Division 78. Arriving at OUR TWO LITTLE EMMAS.
Nashville Tuesday evening, we were One had eyes like the pebble. That lies in some mossy nook,
greeted with a hearty welcome by a large Where sunshine, water and shadow,
number of brethren and escorted to the In some way make up the brook.
Maxwell House. On Wednesday mornThe other, eyes like the grape,
ing, at 10 o'clock, we assembled at the Purple in sunset's light,
hall of Division No. 129. Brother J. Just when the edge of the day
C. Adcock being called to the chair, Is dipping down into night.
opened the meeting in regular form, One was dimpling, rippling,
after which he welcomed the visiting All over with childish glee, Of thought or reck for the morrow,
members and then introduced the Grand As birdling careless and free.
Chief, who made a brief address, folThe other, dreamy and gentle,
lowed by Brothers Hackney, O'Neil, Soft pattering to and fro,
Minto, Pettibone, Ridley, Stout and Cooing, kissing and wooing,
others, all of whom gave very encouragAll the little life through.
ing reports of the progress made since Their voices! Who can tell
the Divisions have been established The charm, the music, the grace,
throughout the South. The following Warming the coldest heart,
Divisions were represented : Numbers In a little child's voice and face?
78, 154, 140, 198, 156, 216, 210, 207, 223, Now are lilies in the valleys,
239, 266 and 95, numbering in all sevenThere's music in the dells,
ty-five members, which was a very good And fragrance drips the footsteps
attendance considering the day and the From blossoming bells.
distance the brethren had to come. At One little moment shadow falleth not,
One little moment heart forgetteth death, the close of the meeting we repaired to And of the eternal
the Maxwell House, where dinner was Sips ecstatic breath.
served to the visiting members and inJoy! forever in the ever
vited guests, including His Excellency Those little ones thus dwell, Glowing in the smile of Him
Governor Bate, Hon. M. T. Bryan, State Who doeth all things well.
Senator, and Rev. Mr. Overton. After Yes, joy for the little blooms
dinner, accompanied by the above named Transplanted ere a stain,
gentlemen, we were driven in a carriage Or e'en sin's tinge or shadow,
to Spring Park, where large numbers had Could mar life's sweet refrain.
already congregated. The day was clear MRS. J. 1 M.
and the sun shone brightly. The park
presented a lovely appearance, and be- tertainment
. About eight hundred peoneath the cool green trees the breeze ple were on the grounds at the park at sported gaily, breathing an air of peace night to attend the picnic and dance. and quiet. A fine string band was in at- The enjoyment continued until a late tendance and discoursed strains of lively hour, when all dispersed to their homes. music until 3 o'clock, when the stand was It was also our privilege to attend a occupied by the officers of the Divisions social gathering held under the auspices and speakers, and the ceremonies began of Corn City Division, No. 4, at Toledo, by prayer, offered by Rev. Mr. Overton. June 14, which was largely attended, The Grand Chief was then introduced by over three hundred delegates being presBrother J. H. Hevey, chairman of the ent from different sections of the councommittee of arrangements, and gave a try. Meetings for the benefit of the brief account of the history of the members were held morning and evenOrder, followed by Hon. M. T. Bryan, ing at the hall of Division No. 4, and a who gave a short and interesting ad- number of important questions relating dress, full of happy incidents, and to the Brotherhood ably discussed. The evinced a warm appreciation of the Or- public meeting occurred at 3 P. M., der. His remarks were received with Wheeler's Opera House. The house was hearty applause at the close. At the con- well filled, and upon the stage were the clusion of Mr. Bryan's address Governor Hon. William Beatty, Hon. Jacob RoBate was presented to the audience. He mies, Mayor Pringle, of Jackson, Mich., was received with marked enthusiasm. Rev. J. W. Torrence, Editor J. M. In his remarks he made a number of hap- Bloomer, Brother J. C. Barnard, chairpy hits with well rounded sentences that man of the reception committee, and drew forth applause from all along the several other members of the Order. line of his speech, which was interlard- The exercises were opened by the ed with some bold and striking figures, singing of "America” by a choir comshowing the responsibility and bazard posed of the members of the choirs of the peculiar to railroading and the duties of Broadway Methodist and Oliver Street locomotive engineers. He heroized them Baptist churches. After the singing in a beautiful and descriptive style which Hon. William Beatty was introduced. In seemed to charm the listeners, and cer- a few words he welcomed the members tainly made every man who was accus of the Brotherhood to Toledo, assuring tomed to handle the lever and the throt- them that everything possible would be tle valve feel that he was a character done to make their stay a pleasant one. that had much to do with the preserva- As a member of similar organizations, tion of human life and increasing the he expressed his hearty sympathy in the benefits of those wbo had property in work of the Brotherhood, and hoped vestments in railroad companies. He their meeting had been both a pleasant spoke nearly half an hour in that racy, and a profitable one. In the course of enthusiastic and winsome manner pecu- his remarks he said that it was peculiarliar to him, and concluded amid rounds ly gratifying to see a goodly number of of applause from the entire crowd. persons, members and others, present at
Then the ceremonies closed for the such a meeting, in order that the objects time, except the congratulations and of such organizations should be imhand-shaking on all sides. The young pressed upon the minds of those who and gay dispersed through the beautiful know nothing of them. In a few words grounds preparatory to the evening's en - he showed the benefits wbich ar se from labor organizations. We are hopeful, he highly approved of their organization said, that "the visit of these gentlemen and their action of upholding their own will give an impetus to similar organiza- rights, but warned them against infringtions in this city. In union there is ing, in any way, upon the rights of strength; lack of union, there is confu- others. He was very glad of an opporsion, disorder. It is the place of work- tunity to talk with them, and felt that it ingmen not now in such organizations to had done him good to be present. join them, as the aims are all honest and Rev. Mr. Torrence was next called upfor the best, and they cannot but be ele- on. He expressed himself as warmly in vated by so doing. It is our duty to so sympathy with the work of the engineers. place ourselves that the troubles arising He devoted quite a good deal of time 10 between employers and employes may be the subject of work on Sunday, saying smoothed over and arbitrated for the that he had spent a good deal of time best interests of both. This is the aim studying the question with a view to asof the Brotherhood of Locomotive En- certaining the thoughts of different peogineers; this the aim of all similar or- ple upon the question. He had fourd ganizations. It is the duty of the labor railroad engineers and railroad employes ing men to band together and to do all in general almost invariably averse to bein their power to elevate themselves and ing compelled to work on the Sabbath. their calling. This work is one in which He urged upon all his hearers the neceseverybody should be interested. I am sity of concerted action in this regard.. heartily glad to see that so many resi. He argued that upon the observation of dents of our city do take an interest in the Sabbath by the promulgation of it, and again I welcome you, Mr. Ar- principles of Christianity and morality, thur, and your bretheren to our midst.” depends safety. It is essential, therefore,
After prayer by Rev. Mr. T'orrence, that the Sabbath should be a day of rest, and the singing by the choir of “Praise and that men should not be compelled to the Lord, O My Soul,” Brother Barnard labor on that day. introduced the Grand Chief, who deliv. Brother Humphrey, one of the "boys” ered an address on the origin, aims and from Columbus, said a few words touchobjects of the Brotherhood, which was ing upon the sobriety of the men and how listened to with marked attention. Hon. the motto of the Order is, as a rule, Jacob Romies, ex-mayor of Toledo, was borne out by their lives. He corroboratthen introduced and spoke as follows: ed the speaker who had just preceded as
He thanked the brethren for the oppor- to the reluctance of engineers to work on tunity to say a few words, and regretted Sunday, and gave a number of illustrathat he had not the power of speech to tions of the good done by the Order in express all that he felt. He expressed its insurance feature. Some of the lathearty sympathy with their work, saying ter were touching in the extreme, and that his contact with them, while a co- were additional proofs of the grand employe of a railroad company, had work which this Brotherhood is occupiedi taught him to respect them most highly. in doing.
He was followed by Mayor Pringle, of There being no responses to Mr. BarJackson, Mich., who, in a few well chosen nard's call for voluntary remarks, the words, expressed his great admiration of benediction was pronounced by the Rev. the railroad engineer for his fearlessness Mr. Torrence and the meeting was at an and heroism, characterizing him as the end. product of our modern civilization. He The eighth annual reunion of the Di