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caused the pæans of liberty to be sung sweeper. Then woman has a mistaken the world over.

idea that her duty to the poor is to go inThe Arab and Indian are the types of to the back streets and slums and take the earliest organizations of humanity, them by the hand and express her symand from such primitive types our pres- pathy in words. I cannot think so. Give ent civilization has been evolved by and of your means liberally, but unless you through organization.

are fitted for this work it is not a duty. May we carry our banner of the great Tracts cannot restore the dead, nor fill and glorious Organization of the grand hungry mouths, and half the suffering Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, comes from half-starved creatures, who that her triumphs may be proclaimed in cannot possibly appreciate your kindness all our land; and we will try, by Divine until their animal wants are supplied. It help, to make Division 319 a shining star needs the warmth, the leisure and pleasin the skies of our great Brotherhood. ant companionship of life to bring the

J. W. 0. mind into a fit state to be benefited by

appeals to our higher natures. WOMAN'S DUTY TO HERSELF.

“Have sermons any soothing skill to ease the

weary head? MESSRS. EDITORS: We hear a great Theology can never fill the mouth that asks for deal about woman's duty to her family, woman's duty to the poor, woman's duty So do not rush off to some poor woman to society, and a host of other“ duties,

» whose children are hungry, with a tract, but precious little about woman's duty

“Milk for Babes," on paper. Leave this to herself. Why is it that woman is sad duty to the discriminating, who know dled with so many duties? Is it because that first one must be clothed and fed bethey are peculiarly susceptible to the fore they are ready for anything else. word? You seldom hear of a man who

Woman's duty to society is greatly will submit to more demands on him magnified. No woman need be bound than are reasonable. But many a woman by these chains, unless she is willing, but will drop dead before she will shirk a the ball is kept rolling by just such, and single care, all under the head of duty.

the ranks are filled with recruits of the We hear a great deal of groaning be- same calibre. There are many who live cause girls are not trained housekeepers,

on just such excitement, and use their regardless of their natural tastes. Why best energies in this direction. This is should I be cook, chambermaid and sh. but the froth of life. If they have any erwoman just for the sake of satisfying aim they soon get beyond such things some one's ideas of woman's duty, any and take their places amongst the work

Men more than my brother should be trained ers and thinkers of the world. as & farmer, carpenter or shoemaker ? grumble and shirk these duties, and often There are hosts of women who love such drop them entirely. It is those females work, and we are glad of it, but if I can- / who are only "fair barbarians," occupied not enjoy their enthusiasm over pickles, with their beads and feathers, that are the cakes and pies, they need not revile me. willing slaves of this god. Half-hearted work is deplorable, a drag

But woman's duty to herself is of the on the doer and unsatisfactory. “Who most importance. It is her right and sweeps a floor, etc., makes that and the duty to develop herself physically, menaction fine.” Very likely they are capable tally and morally. of accomplishing things that are worth If we are temples, and allow our light while, and fully as admirable as the to burn low that some one else's light may burn bright, is it to our credit? It may duty to keep herself young and fresh be in some cases, but the incessant activ- and beautiful as nature will allow. It is ity over others' affairs in charity, family, her duty to ascertain, if possible, if she or society, is neither dignified nor just to have any talents that may be of use to ourselves. The sinking of the individu- herself or to her fellows, and then to deal in such various interests may be the velop them, Woman should do this, and thing for those who realize their inefti- deliberately choose an occupation. To ciency as they stand alone, but to a all of us there is a future full of all we woman of power and force enough to would enjoy most — a fair and happy make a success in some one direction, it sometime But while we wait we are is a wretched waste of energy to diffuse happiest if we have resources within herself a little here, a little there, and so ourselves that help us to pass away the little anywhere as to be of no great ac- time. count in any direction.

One may be obliged to live under unA woman has a right to leisure. What congenial circumstances for a time, and is there more distressing than an over- do many things one feels are not to her worked female, “whose furrowed brow taste, but time will work out her release knows nought but sweat" " through the into the kind of life she desires, if she long treadmill years." An indolent wo be only true to herself. man is preferable to the sight to such

E. L. ELLSWORTH. For if they haven't doughnuts to fry, why, there are pies, cakes, and cookies

EAST PORTLAND, ORE. to take up the time, and if they have a MESSRS. EDITORS: I have been pleased moment to spare, they might make some and note with gratification the many apple butter. Oh, anything to fill up the ideas that have been produced in the coltime. No woman can develop under umns of our JOURNAL, of late, in the such a load; so many unnecessary cares. discussion of the relative merits of the and a woman of spirit will not toil a gal- pump and injector, as I deem such conley-slave to them unless obliged to by cir- tributions of much value; not only to cumstances beyond her control.

the younger engineers but to the older A woman has a right to hold opinions. ones in their discussion of the same. I It is her privilege and duty to do so, in notice that no two Brothers are of the in spite of the superior being called man, same opinion. I am running an engine who declares, She bein' a woman, now which has a No. 5 Sellers, and am very she ain't worth noticin?!" There are some much pleased with it; and while studywomen about as bad, but we will spare ing the workings of the same I have them. Of the women holding opinions, come to the conclusion to go to the colthe numbers are increasing in spite of the umns of the JOURNAL for a little inforqualms of those who profess to under- mation, viz: Will some Brother please stand what woman's proper sphere is. A explain why the steam on entering the woman's duty to herself requires her to injector and passing through the steam keep posted in the affairs of the world, nozzle to the combining tube, does not at so she may be an intelligent companion. that point turn and pass down through It is her duty that she does not starve her the suction pipe into the tank, when self mentally. She is in duty bound to there is little pressure to prevent it, instudy the essentials of life so she may not stead of lifting the water and passing wear herself out performing work that is with it in a condensed form through the of no lasting benefit to any one. It is her combining tube and feed pipe to the


check, and lifting it against a pressure of

THE TWENTY-THIRD CONVENTION. 135 to 150 pounds of steam. I would like to hear from the Brothers upon this subject, as I deem it of much value to The twenty-third Convention's passid, us all. I am also pleased with the im. But oh! until we breathe our last,

'Tis now among events that were ; provement of the JOURNAL in the past

Fond mem'ry will revert to there. year,

N, Division 277. The years may come with rapid tread,

And set their signets on each head:

Yet, while one lucid thought remains, MESSRS. EDITORS: A very sad and And rearon rales within our brains, heart-rending accident happened to an ex- We'll backward glance with moistened eyes, cursion train on the Holyoke Branch of With yearning hearts and plaintive sighs, the New Haven & Northampton R. R., which we engage both day and night;

To every scene of fond delight,

; Sunday, Sept. 12th, which caused the The throbe of pride which linger yet death of a brave engineer and an honor

Will not be calmed for many years, able member of our Brotherhood, and the Indeed, we never shall forget

Such courtesies to engineers. demolition of an engine and several cars. The train loft Holyoke at 8 A. M. to con- This continent from erery part nect with the main line train at Westfield

Sent representatives along, for New Haven. It was drawn by en

They came with many a bounding heart

To swell the legislative throng ; gine No. 4, Engineer Geo. E. Baldwin in They came from many a distant place, charge, with Jas. Williams as fireman. With courage stamped on every face. Both were happy, as Bro. Baldwin had They brought their wives and babes to see planned to spend his vacation with his The Empire city of the free,

Enthroned upon her noble bay, father and sister, and Mr. Williams was Enlightened by Bartholdi's rap. to be married the following Tuesday. As All came imbued with fervid zeal they approached the Springdale siding To labor for one gen’ral weal; the horrible discovery was made that Trans-Rocky Vountain boys were seen some fiend had thrown the switch. Bro. And Canada sent sons I ween

Among New England Brothers true. Baldwin applied the air brakes, reversed,

To greet their kindred from Peru ! but his engine crashed into some loaded

We stole from duty many hours freight cars, wrecking everything. Bro.

To gaily float on pleasure ́s tide ; Baldwin at the last moment jumped from Glen Island ! in four fairy bowers his engine and was caught in the wreck,

Enchantment smiled on erery side, and when found life was extinct. Bro. And such a feast as we had there

Would tempt the gods! 'twas princely fare Baldwin was twenty-seven years of age A floating palace skimmed the seas, and well thought of by the company and Gay bunting floating in the breeze. a host of friends. The body was taken Our Brothers on the Jersey shore for burial to Millford, Conn., the Rev. Made locomotire whistles roar. Mr. Calhoun officiating. Division 77, of They cheered us on, they loudly bailed.

Saluting us as by ye sailed; which he was an honored member at the And from the land oft came the cry time of his death, attended in a body, as When sailing New York city round: did also many members of Holyoke Lodge / "You're welcome, boys! May luck keep nigh,

And toothsome feasting up the Sound." I. 0. 0. F., of which he was also a member. The offerings were many and 'Twas Newburg nest, our Yankee Rhine ! very beautiful; a pillow of immortelles The lordly Hudson, kissed our keel; with “B. L. E." from 77 was very nice; And swiftly o'er the rolling brine

The good "Sam Sloan' revolved each wheel. also one from the officials of the N. H. In autumn dyes the shores were drest, & N. Co.


The gorgeous hills were at their best;

The towering mountains, frowning steep,

And she prays to Him above, Cast lengthened shadows o'er the deep.

Through His great, enduring love, When Newburg hore in sight the cheers

To pardon and to help her, for His own beloved Of welcome reached our joyful ears,

And when we landed on the shore
They sounded like the mighty roar

Sweet saint! could I but feel,

As I at His altar kneel, Of Titans, piercing upper air,

That my life had been so holy and my heart so To greet us; oh, our hearts did swell

free from sin, With gratitude, for friends found there, From whom we sadly said “farewell."

My soul in rapture bright,

Would rejoice from morn till night Ah, me! to paint with feeble pen

In the hope when life is ended, I His heaven The countless favors which we owe

might enter in. To all the noble-hearted men

CLEVELAND, Nov. 11, 1886.
Who did such royal acts bestow,
Is far beyond my efforts frail,
And would a hopeless task entail.

MESSRS. EDITORS: In the words of Let beauty's smile, which beamed so bright, Holy Writ, which our Grand Chief, in Lit up 'mid scenes of pure delight,

the line of his duties, used so eloquently, Express our thanks, when conning o'er

until they have become household words The sights we saw on sea and shore. Our southern ladies all will tell

in the land, “Come and let us reason toTo raptured ears the story well;

gether.” The Twenty-third Annual ConThe west and north will hear the news

vention of the B. of L. E. is now num. From comely maids that swelled the throng; bered with the past; and never before in Our eastern sisters will infuse Their thanks to interlude my song.

the history of our Order did the gavel

fall to bring to a close a more successful Dear Brothers, all, where'er you be, Lift up your hearts in joyful praise,

one. Previous conventions may have had To him who steered successfully

particular instances wherein those who Our Brotherhood through stormy days. participated in the labors attending them We owe to Arthur's skillful hand

can find cause for congratulation; but The favors shown us o'er the land ;

the Convention of 1886, for sound legisAnd while we keep him at our head Victoriously we will be led.

lation, for far-seeing wisdom, for perNext, to the true men of New York,

forming the greatest good to the greatest Who wrought through months of toilsome work number, will live in our history as far To make Convention days so grand,

superior to all others. Many a head will We owe our praise all o'er the land. To all our patrons, everywhere;

be blanched by the inevitable touch of I send our thanks, with feeble pen;

Time before fond memory will forget God bless them !" is my simple prayer, the splendid receptions tendered to the And twenty thousand say “Amen!"

Grand International Body by the citizens

of New York city and Newburg. Every MY LADY GOES TO CHURCH.

day and every night could find the dele

gates and their friends the guests of With thoughtful, serious air,

some corporate body, provided the time She gains the house of prayer,

could be devoted entirely to pleasure. And enters where the presence of The Infinite is found,

Many invitations were accepted, and Her head in reverence bent,

those who enjoyed the hospitalities of She seeks the blessings sent

our sterling friends on those occasions, To those who own Him Master, 'mong the will find their minds traveling back with worshipers around.

feelings of delight to the never-to-be-forShe kneels with humble heart,

gotten events as they peruse these lines. As one who doubts her part In the duties which have fallen to her hands As the magnificent steamer Sam Sloan has been well done;

left her dock at the foot of 44th street,

BY J. K. L.

North River, and floated majestically York. that there would occur during the down to Bedloe's Island on the memor- session one of the most conspicuous able 23d of October, with her bunting events of this century, viz: the unveilflying to the breeze, where conspicuously ing of Bartholdi's statue of Liberty Encould be seen the B. of L. E. flag lightening the World. Nor could they amongst the numerous others, she car. have foreseen that we would be the ried more than one thousand happy ex- guests of the Pennsylvania Railroad cursionists on her decks, who never can company on this occasion. Through the forget the uproarious screams of the generosity of the above corporation we steam whistles which saluted us from the were furnished with the ferry boat New many craft which we passed on our voy- York, and had an honorable position alage of pleasure. Our Brothers, whose lotted to us in the marine parade; and duties prevented them from enjoying the but for the courtesies of the officers of pleasure of the day, in a truly fraternal the Road it would have been impossible manner helped to add to our enjoyment, for us to behold the grandest sight on the for it seemed as if every locomotive bay that ever was seen there, and, perwhich could be spared from duty was haps, many decades of years may elapse brought as near to the river's front as it before such another. was possible for them to come, to give us

I could devote many pages enumerating screaming salutations as we passed. It the various courtesies extended to us was thus we circled the city on our way during our stay at New York, but the to Glen Island.

few which I have mentioned will be sufOur trip to Newburg was a repetition ficient to point out to those who were not of our trip to Glen Island, which was present, and who will read these lines, made on Tuesday, Nov. 1st. Not only that we have been honored as we never did the distinguished citizens of that were before; and, perhaps, they may be thriving and historical city procure every inclined to inquire why we were the recarriage, private and public, to be had, cipients of such distinguished favors ? but they even sent to adjacent places for The only truthful answer is: By our more, to be sure and have sufficient to loyalty to our obligations. By our steadaccommodate all who might come to fast adherence to our pledges. When partake of their hospitalities. They con- the storm of discontent swept over the veyed us to the most prominent point, employes of the Southwest during the from where could be seen the places early part of this present year; and when where Washington and his army heroic- thousands of men left the service of the ally struggled to win for us the priceless companies, the members of our Order refreedom which we now enjoy as a na- mained true to their written compact tion. The good people seemed to take with their officials. No amount of threats pride in lavishing honors on us. Every could make them swerve from their obplace of interest was explored; and when ligations. Their sympathies might have we took our departure from amongst been with the men, but their duty was them, our loud hurrahs were mingled with the companies, and loyally did they with our sad farewells. “There is a discharge it; and it was the remembrance destiny which shapes our ends, rough of how the Brotherhood acted at the hew them as we may.” The Brothers of time, which made the distinguished presiTwenty-second Convention little dream- dent of the New York Central Railroad ed when they voted to hold the Twenty- tell the assembled multitude, in the third Convention at the City of New Grand Opera House, on the opening day

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