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VOL. XXXIX-NO. 78.
OMAIIA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 15, 1P09-TWELVE PAGES
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
Principal Topio of Address of Chief
Executive to the Boston
Chamber of Commerce.
FAVOES BIQ COTEAL BANK
High Praise for Senator Mdrich's
Work for Cnrrency rm.
DEPRECATES SECTION,", TALK
All Parts of United Stat ' Same
DISCUSSES PURPOSE OT TEIP
Personal Teirh with III. . - -llow
Cltlsees Will Make Him a Better
aad More Efficient Public
BOSTON, Bept. 14. Prenldent Taffs first
public utterance since congress adjourned
was made In this city tonight before 2.0OJ
men representing the combined business In
terests of Ponton. The occasion was a
banquet Riven In Mechanics' hall, the larg
est auditorium in Boston, by the Boston
Chamber of Commerce, recently formed by
a merger of the Boston Merchants' associa
tion and the Associated Board of Trade
with the Chamber of Commerce and It
marked the beginning of the president's
13.000-mlie trip through the country. The
featurer of the president's address were
his endorsement of the proposition to estab
lish a central bank In connection with cur
rency reform, his words of high praise of
Senator Nelson W. Aid rich of Rhode Is
land, head of the National Monetary com
mission, and his repudiation of any attempt
to start 'ectional Strife In the country, such
as that which he attributed to Governor
Johnson "In calling .upon the west to or
ganize against the east"
Among the guests tonight were cabinet
members, diplomats, congressmen, clergy
men and distinguished business leaders.
The president was most heartily greeted
and at a reception preceding the banquet
many shook hands with the executive. Dis
tinguished guests from national and state
political Ufa. from the Judiciary of the
nation and state, front army and navy and
congress and from local church, civil and
business circles were present.
The president was cheered loudly at the
close of his address. Under escort of the
reception committee and the National
Lancers he passed through the dining room
to the street and proceeded to the Hotel
Touratne. where he spent the night. He
will leave on his western four at 10:11)
o'clock tomorrow forenoon.
Mayor Hlbbard, who was Unable to be
present, sent a lettea welcoming the presi
dent to' Boston. '
President Taft'a Address.
Mr. Tsft began by congratulating Boston
on the organisation of all Its business
men. "It Insures a concentration of Influ
ence that must make for good." ha com
mented. Mrv Tact then spokfj.of his west"
tin trip. ' ' ' r
"I am on the eve of beginning a Journey
of 1.1, (M) miles In length," ha aald, "which
will enable me to see thousands ' of , my
fellow citizens and enable them, I hope, to
see me. Occasionally I hear a query why
I should start off on such a trip and
'what particular good does It do to any
body?' Well, It certainly Is not going to be
a pleasure trip, atlhough I shall enjoy it.
It will Involve much hard work and
great deal of mental effort to think of
things to say and to say them simply and
clearly, so that they can be understood.
On the other hand It will certainly give me
a very much more accurate Impression as
to the views of the people In the sections
which I visit. It will bring closely to me
the needs of particular sections, so far
as national legislation and executive ac
tion are concerned and I believe It will
make me a wiser sa tad a better put lis
officer. I ought to be able to explain to
the people soma of the difficulties of gov
ernment and . some of the problems for
solution from the standpoint of the execu
tive and the legislator as distinguished
from that of the honest, but Irresponsible
erttlo. The personal touch between the
people and the men to whom they tem
porarily delegate power, of course, con
duces to a better understanding between
Time for Oeod R eolation.
"This Is the second week In September.
We are all enjoying our vacations and go
ing borne. This Is the time of yea
rather than the first of the calendar
year, when good resolutions ought to be
made and kept, as far as possible. This
Is the time when, looking forward to
the coming again of congress In Decera
l ber, one must consider the need of the
country so far as they may be relieved
by congressional legislation and attempt
to state what that legislation should do.
"Your chairman has made some refer
ence to a number of subjects to which
the attention of congress may well be
directed. In the first place there Is the
monetary situation. While It Is probable
th.it the Vreeland bill passed by the last
congreas will aid us in case of another
financial orash It is certain that our bank
ing system Is a patched up affair which
satisfies nobody and least of all those
who are clear headed and have a knowl
edge of what a financial system should be.
"The matter has been referred by con
gress to a monetary commission, which
has been studying with much Interest and
enthusiasm the financial and banking sys
tems of the great governments of Europe,
and has embodied and will soon publish In
Interesting and attractive form the best
accounts of the financial systems of the
world. It Is quite apparent from the state
ments at Mr. Vreeland, who Is now the
faoad of the committee on banking and cur
rency in the house of representatives, and
from the conversations of Mr. Aldiich. who
Is the chairman of the monetary commis
sion and of the finance committee of the
senate, that the trend ot tne minds of the
monetary commission is toward some sort
of arraignment for a central bank of Issue
which shall control the reserve and exer
cise a power to meet and control the casual
stringency which from time to time will
come iu the circulating medium of the
country and the world.
Basis ef New Hesetarr Srstesa.
"Mr. Aldrlch states that there are two
li.dk peosable requirements In any plan to
be adopted In evolving a central bank of
Issue. The one Is that the control ot the
monetary system shall be kept free from
Wall street Influences, and the other that
It shall not be manipulated for political
purposes. These are two principles to
(Continued on Fifth Page.)
Building to Be
Seventeenth and Dong-laa Office
Building- Third Few One of that
Height in Omaha.
E. A. Cudahy yesterday authorised the
announcement that his building at Seven
teenth and Douglas streets will be sixteen
stories In height.
"I shall build a skyscraper," Mr. Cudahy
told a friend, "an office and store build
ing of sixteen stories."
Mr. Cudahy added that he was now en
gaged In working out preliminary steps to
ward getting work on the building under
way and that progress on the building
may be looked for Immediately.
The announcement will be welcomed In
Omaha. It had been supposed that the
new Cudahy building would be a matter
of ten stories or so and a skyscraped was
not looked for.
This Is the third new Omaha building
to go at least sixteen stories. The other
two are the City National bank building
at Sixteenth and Harney and the new
Woodmen building which will be seven
teen stories In height
The Cudahy building will occupy the
northwest corner of the Intersection of
Douglas and Seventeenth streets and ac
cordingly will be directly across Douglas
from the Brandeis annex and theater and
diagonally across from the Brandeis store
and office building.
Flies Fast with
Diminutive Craft Attracts Wide
Attention Among Aviators hy
Reason of Speed.
PARIS, Septt 11 The re-appearance In
the world of aviation of Santos Dumont
with his remarkable performance of yes
terday, when he flew In an aeroplane at
a speed of fifty-five miles an hour, has
attracted much attention on account of
the diminutive slse of the machine. The
aeroplane of Santos Dumont weighs, to
gether with the pilot, only 118 kilometers
(168.6 pounds). It has nine square yards
of surface, as against twenty-two square
yards In the Curt las aeroplane, twenty
six In the Blerlot, and fifty-three in the
Wright machines. The most striking fea
ture In the appearance of this aeroplane is
the short and broad wing, tilting at a
high angle. It has no tail, and Us gen
oral appearance Is that of a quail.
Lands Case Up
Hearing; at New York on Question of
bending Defendant West "
NEW YORK. Sent. 14.-Th
ooal lands case came up today before
UUjiu owes commissioner Gilchrist WU
berforce Sully, a director of the American
Malting corporation of New York; Frank
T. Wells and Rufua T. Ireland of Amity
Ule. N. T., and George W. Day of New
Torlc, the defendants, were Indicted by the
federal grand Jury in, Wyoming last May
for conspiracy to defraud the United States
government out of 1.000 aores of what are
known as the "vacant coal lands" at Lan
der, Wyo. The hearing today was up after
the application of the federal authorlUes
In Wyoming to have the men returned to
that state for trial.
The government rested Its case today
with the reading of the indictments. Mr.
Ireland, one of the defendant, then took
An Eagle's Talc
Most of the people are stralght-laced
"The pastor of the Baptist church Is Rv. A. M. Hackleman. a young man, pro
gressive and not aa stralght-laced as some of his congregation think he should be.
"A little over a year ago this "Little Minister,' as lie is known In Mountpeller,
decided that his people needed a new church and he assumed an obligation of
117,000. Part of this sum was subscribed b7 business men, part was taken up by notes
ana pan was euDecrtoea by the Mountpellr aerie of the Eaglea
- - " " - iu me cnurcn
inriiu w mou euu naa preached several sermons ror them.
"But this subscription by the Kagles s.arted a war against the minister. His con-
gregauon saia ne must return that donation
juiuaun vaiufin wajiea on mm with the
mm miuiu u. u. luaiaiva on keeping the
"Some of tne business man rk. v. n j
they had promised unless the minister backed down. The attendance at the sermon.
" w uj U
- w. Ma. iu uiiiiuw was in a nerd way,
"When things became that bad he wiote a letter to Vice President Herlng asking
blm what was the best thing to do. He was told to stand firm for a while.
"The vice presldsnt then sent letters 10 various Eagles over the country and se
cured subscriptions enough to dedicate the church free of debt. He wrote the 'Little
'""'" " wouia preacn the sermon
' mmik rrayne sent a special train to near tne vice president.
"Hoosler Herlng preached three tlnue that day. and each time to a r,.n
He criticised severely the Mountpeller
nlnl.t.. tnlA all .H... .
...... '- in u(iea
ao well cia ne talk that he made a solid
nowaier wwn. u.y repemeu ior their action . to pastor Hackleman they apolo
gised, and came to like him better than ever.
-The little minuter now continues in the pulpit pf the Baptist church of Mount
peller and his congregation says he is the best man they have ever had.
"And now Pastor Huklrnun t hi.l . viM EidM. u --i ...
in the country, and he has become a firm
joiu lung ana neoome a candidate for grand chaplain."
FUTURE OF FARM
Northern Railroad Magnate li Prin
cipal Speaker at Convention of
FOOD SUPPLY COMDTCr PROBLEM
Says Increase of Agricultural Popula
tion is Imperative.
WILL HAVE TO IMPORT WHEAT
Growth of Cities Will Hake This Step
Necessary Within Decade.
SHORT SPEECH BY CANNON
Speaker Praises Aldrtch-Vreeland
Aet and Depreeates Demand for
CHICAGO, Sept. 14. Bankers from every
state In the union and representatives of
financial Institutions In Cuba and Hawaii
Joined today in the opening session of the
thirty-fifth annual convention of the Amerl
can Bankers' association here. The conven
tion was called to order by the president.
George M. Reynolds, president of the Con
tinental National bank, Chicago, In the
Auditorium theater In the presence of close
to 6,000 delegates.
Reports of the various committees and
officers of the association and the addresses
of welcome and the responses filled the
The program of the day also contained
an Informal address by Speaker Joseph G,
Cannon of the house of representatives. A
prominent feature of the first dsy's ses
sion was the discussion of practical bank'
Ing questions by delegates.
Address of James J. Hill.
'The Idea that we feed the world Is being
corrected, and unless we can Increase the
agricultural population and their product
the question of a source of food supply at
home will soon supersede the question of a
market for our own products abroad." This
was the warning given by James J. Hill
at the convention of the American Bankers'
association today during a discussion of
the decline of agriculture and its conse
quences. Mr. Hill's subject was "National
Wealth and the Farm."
"We have," said the speaker, "almost
reached a point where, owing to Increased
population without Increased production per
acre, our home food supply will be Insuffl
cient for our own needs. Within ten years.
possibly less, we are likely to become a
wheat-importing nation. The percentage of
the population engaged in agriculture and
the wheat product per acre are both falling.
At the same time the cost of living Is
raised everywhere by this relative scarcity
of bread, by artificial increase In the price
of all manufactured articles, and by' a habit
of extravagance which has enlarged the
view of both rich and poor of what arc to
ha considered the necessaries of life.
City Ponnlatlon o Increase.
"It means the same thing, in kind and
consequences, when the agricultural popu
Iatton, the producers and depositors In the
great national treasury of wealth. Is declin
ing year by year, while the city population,
which thrives only by drawing drafts upon
the land and cannot live a year after these
cease to bo honored, rises at Its expense.
Yet not only Is such a crisis approaching.
but It Is being hastened by legislative stim
ulation in favor of other industries whHe
'In 1790 only about 34 per cent of the
American people lived In towns. At th
time of the civil war the percentage had
risen to 16. In 1900 more than SI per cent
of our population was urban. The change
la portentlous, and there Is no doubt that
the coming census will show It to have
proceeded In the last ten years with ac
"With our annual lncreass of over L5
per cent In population from natural causes.
and Immigration that has not been less
(Continued on Fifth Page.)
OW Vice President Herlng of South Bend.
who succeeds to "the presidency of the
Eagles this ysar, came to the rescue of
"The Little, Minister" of the Baptist
church at Mountpeller, Ind., when the
pastor was about to be forced from the
pulpit and saved him his position and at
the same time paid off the debt of the
church, U a story that the Indiana
Eagles are telling everybody they meet.
Here la the way they tell the tale:
jnounipeuer is a typical Hoosler
town, in which every inhabitant knows
Just how every other Inhabitant live
and they are set against drinking.
dww" miiiiaier naa oeen a great
or leave the church. The head of the
warning that he would be dismissed from
" ......... J ICIHIW ID CIV, lh.
dedicating the church.
Apru, ne journeyed to Mountpeller and Eagles flocked In
people for their altitude touard tne voun
Impression on the people of the little
- 'iiui la one oi me oest men
friend of the big Eagle. He expects to
From the Minneapolis Journal.
MORGAN ELECTED DIRECTOR
J. P., Jr., Succeeds E. H. Harriman on
National City Bank Board.
BIO INTERESTS IN ,' HARMONY
Jadge Lorett Elected Chairman of
Sonthern Pacific Exeentlre Com.
ml t tee and gcalff aad Rock
NEW YORK. Ortne. 11 ir"V ' .rnr..n 1-
was elected today to the' late B.'H. Harrl
man's place on the -board of directors of
the National City hank. By Wall street,
the election Is regarded as one of the most
significant of the week's flnanolsl devel
opments, presumably indicating that har
monious relation exist between the Mor
gan and the Kuhn-Lorb-Stanaard oil groups
of financiers. Added weight was given
the matter because It followed so closely
on the recent reports that the Morgan
Interests were about to take an active In
terest In the government of the Harriman
roads and that the younarer Mmmn w.
slated as the ultimate successor of Mr.
Harriman In the command of the Union
and Southern Pacific systems.
The National City bank', uireeat n h
nation's financial institutions.
by the Kuhn, Loeb-Standard Oil Interests,
wnicn yesterday assumed a commanding
position for the time beln at l,Bf in
the executive committee of the Union Paci
fic. George W. Perkins, of the firm of J.
P. Morgan A Co.. Is alreariv
of the bank and the additional recogni
tion given the firm today was taken by
many In the . financial district to mean
not merely the existence of an "entente
coraiaie, Dut the consummation of an
active working alliance betwean ha r
great groups of American financiers.
The National City bank, referrm n h
the general public as "The Standard Oil
bank," has resources aggregating more
than 1300,000,000, while the First National,
known as the "Morgan bank." haa r.
sources approximating 1160,000,000. The
tremendous resources ,o( the two com
bined Is at once apparent
The commanding position which th Na
tional City bank Interests now hold In the
Harriman railroads Is indicated by the
fact that four of the six members of the
reconstructed executive committee of the
Union Paclflo are directors In the bank-
Jacob H. Schlff. William Rockefeller.
Frank A. Vanderlip and Henry C. Frtok.
Mr. Rockefeller and Mr. Schlff were
elected yesterday, when the slxe of the
committee was Increased, and Judas R. S.
Lovett was made chairman, filling the
vacancy made by Mr. Harriman's death.
The changes made In the Southern Pa
cific directorate at the meeting today as
a result of Mr. Harriman's death were
precisely the same as those mado In the
Union Pacific directorate yesterday, and
(Continued on Third Page.)
The man who
doesn't want your
trade enough to ask
to hold it.
Advertising lg an Invitation to
to buy from the advertisers. You
will find It pays to buy exclusively
from advertisers. These are th
firms who sell the most roods and
at the closest prices.
Under the head of "An
nouncements" are half a hun
dred small ads that are of
interest to buyers. Read them.
Have you read the want ...
todaT ' "
PAINTING IT IN GLOWING COLOliS.
Control pf Pan
Nebraskan Will Personally Look
After Property When He Leaves
MEXICO, Sept. U-DkvM El Thompson,
United Statea ambassador to Mexico, today
secured control of the Panaraerican rail
way,, a. line extending from Ban Gerunimo
on the Tehauntepeo National railway .to
Mariscal, a town on the Mexican-Guatemalan
Ambassador Thompson did not make pub
lic the purchase price, but said that he
would have controlling Interest in the prop
erty, having secured by purchase 9,600,000
worth of the stock.
The line, which Is 244 miles In length,
was formerly owned by Los Angeles and
St. Louis capitalists, D. P. Doak being pres
ident of the road and J. M. Neeland of
Los Angeles, vice president.
Ambassador Thompson declares that the
line Is of great strategic value in that It
is the only feasible route for entrance Into
Central America. The road ' will be Im
proved and Mr. Thompson will personally
look after the property as soon aa he re
tires from the diplomatic service.
Boy With Bullet
in Center of Brain
Washington Lad Tried This Method
of Suicide, but is as Lively
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14,-Wlth a 13
callbre bullet Imbedded In his brain, fired
there with suicidal Intent more than two
weeks ago, Frank Blaine left the Casualty
hospital in this city yesterday discharged
as cured. He said hs suffered no discom
fort other than pains In the head and neck,
and he talked rationally. The surgeons at
the hospital who have been observing
Blaine closely said they detected no ill
effects from the bullet In his brain, an J
It Is their belief he will not sufter from
It in future years. An X-ray photograph
of the young man's head showed the
bullet Imbedded In the center of his brain.
Peary Insists HeisOnly White
Man Who Reached the Pole
BATTLE HARBOR, Labrador, Sept. 14.
Via Wireless Telegraph to Cape Ray. N.
. F., Sept. 14. "I am the only white man
who has ever reached the North pole, and
I am prepared to prove It."
This statement was made to the repre
sentative of the Associated Press by Com
mander Robert . Peary In reply to a
question on the I'eary-Cook controversy.
The Associated Press tug Douglas
Thomas arrived at this lonely whaling and
mission settlement at noon yesterday. A
squall of rain waa sweeping over the har
bor as the Thomas steamed In, but with
glasses . It was possible to make out the
mast and hull of the Artie steamer Huote
veil moored In the Inner bay.
The Thomas drew near to the Roosevelt.
The steamer looked little the worse for
its second trip to the po.ar regions. Along
the rail were gathered the members of Us
famous crew, among them the redoubtable
Capteln Robert Hnrllelt, who was at once
recognised. Captain Barllett Invited the
Thomas to lay alongalde, and the corre
spondent clambered over the wtather
beaten bulwarks and proceded direct to
the cabin to meet the man who has stood
upon the apex of the world.
The correspondent at once began ques
tioning the explorer regarding the merits
of Dr. Frederick A. Cook's claim to have
reached the pole. The commander de
clared positively that he would not fur
ther discus the subject until the main
point, whether lr. Cook had actually
reached the North pole, had been decided
by others. H then dictated the following
ALTHAUS HEADS STATE F.O.E.
Omaha Man New Grand Worthy Pres
ident of Nebraska Aerie.
CHADR0N GETS NEXT MEETING
Mayor Charles Tracy of Benson
Elected Vice Grand Worthy
President, to Great Joy of
Eaglet ef that Tows,
- President Xnle Aithaoa, Omaha.
Vie president O A. Tracy, Bansos,
Secretary -j. at. Tannsr, South Omaha.
Past President J. J. Kydsr, Omaha.
Treasurer la. B. Landers, Chadron.
Chaplain George Gamble, I'lorenoe.
Conductor M. Pederson, Blair .
Inside Guard T. X.. Walker, MoCook.
Outside Guard fee. &. Grain, South
Trustees C. XL. Christiansen, Fremont:
B K. Bwltaler, Unoola! Dr. A. J Ames.
The foregoing list of officers was elected
for the ensuing year br the fourth annual
convention of the Nebraska aerie of Eagles
In Its final session at Benson veaierrf.-Lv
afternoon. No strong opposition was made
against any of the successful candidates,
and most of them were put Into thalr
tions by UUe unanimous vote of the aerie.
Chadron, with only Grand Island as a
rival, was selected for the 1910 meeting.
The defeated city was ruled out of the
contest because Its aerie was behind In
the nay man t of certain ituea In the Stat
aerie. If these had been paid before the
convention. It Is said. Grand Island would
have received the convention.
The delegates decided to make a fight
for three reforms state autonomy, a new
method of making laws and a better way
of taking -care of tuberculosis victims.
Resolutions recommending these changes
to the grand aerie were adopted. The one
dealing with better care for conaumntlvaa
asked for immediate action by the grand
body and recommended a national home.
Longr-Lald scheme Hatched Oat.
In getting Mayor Charles A. Tracy elected
to the office of vice president the mem
bers of the Benson aerie achieved an end
they have been looking toward for months.
As soon as they landed the convention for
their city a year ago they besan lavln
plans for putting one of their most popu
lar members into this office. The vice
(Continued on Second Page.)
telegram to the Associated Press for pub
lication: "I am the only white man who has ever
reached the North pole and I am prepared
to prove It at the proper time. I have
already ?ted publicly that Cook haa not
been to the pole. This I reaffirm and I
will stand by It, but I decline to discuss
the details of the matter. These will come
out later. I have said that Dr. Cook's
statement that he had reached the pole
shouid not be taken seriously and that I
have him nailed' by concrete proof to
support my statement. In six months you
probably will get the whole story.
It would not be policy for ine to enter
upon a full d abate with the subject as It
now stands. To do so would be giving out
much information of which other uses
could be made. I Intend to wait until Dr.
Cook has issued his full authorized state
ments. Up to the present time there have
been only newspaper accounts of Dr.
Cook's alleged polar trip, and th-se may
or may not be accurate. W hen Dr. Cook
has time to lasue a complete authorised
version of bis Journey will be the proper
opportunity for me to make public the In
formation which I have.. After that the
Jury In other words, the people and the
tcientiflo bodies of the world will pass
judgment on the matter and there will
then be nothing left of Dr. Cook's case
but bis own assertions that he has reached
the North Pole. In the meanwhile It Is
my determination not to deal with debates
for the reasons already slated."
Bernard J. Montghan Replies to
Attack in His Annual Report
to Grand Aerie.
BIG TIM SULLIVAN STORM CENTER
Article Attacking; Former President
Also Hit at Order.
CONVENTION MAKES SPEED
Much of Routine Work Got Out of
Way at First Session.
POLITICAL POT BOLLS HARD
Baffalo Rant Plotting; to Make San
Frnnciaco Take Gathering In 1RTO
Instead of 1011, Warn East
era Town Wants It.
Raffle Convention Proffram.
10 tOO A. M. Visit to naeklna- honaaa aft
South Omaha and luncheon ander aus
pices of Booth Omaha saris.
8 too P. x Tour through retail storae
by visiting ladles. Every store In parade
3i30 P. X. Tlslt to wholesale district
under escort of home excursion com
mittee of Omaha Commercial club.
IOiOO A. X. Trolley tripe tot visiting
13:00 X. Orand parade and review k
Jndges who will award the prises.
8 too P. H. Exemplification of the new
ritual by the grand officers at Auditor
ium. Open to all Eagles la rood stand
ing. 8:00 P. X. Theater cartv for vtaitnr
ladies and trolley trips to the lakes.
Replying In very pointed language to an
article which appeared last spring In Mo
Cluro's muKazlne In which the character
of Big Jim Sullivan of New York, past
worthy president, was attacked directly,
and1 the honor of the Fraternal Order of
Eagles was assailed Indirectly, President
Monufihan Injected considerable ginger
Into his annual roport which was submit
ted to the grand aerie of Eaglea Tuesday
The chief official of the order gtvea the
lie to the author of the article and the
publication itself comes In for a scoring
for printing the matter.
The rest of the grand worthy president's
message to the delegates was of a de
cidedly hopeful and optlmisllo tone and
showed a remarkable growth In the order.
The report was the principal feature of
the afternoon session, which was secret
and followed the conferring of the grand
aerie degree on 800 delegates, who had
never attended the grand aerie before.
The obligator ywork was conferred by
H. H. Thompson, the first grand worthy
president of the order.
Order Growing; Rapidly.
The credentials committee reportetd
there were 1,612 delegates attending the
convention. The only other business aside
from the presidents report was the read
ing of the reports of the treasurer and
secretary which had aleady been made
Flgues quoted by the president In his
report show there . were during the year
nlnety-flve aeries Instituted, four re-or-
ganlzed and four consolidated. Sixty-six
surrendered their charters. There arc In
good standing 1,693 aeries, with a total
membership of 309.U&6. These aeries have
assets worth o,l!W.!u.83, an Increase over
the proceeding year of I758.2S9.67.
An Interesting statement showing the
total disbursements of the order since Its
founding was Included In the report. It
was, an follows:
Sick benefits $2,s3.,410.75
Funeral benefits Hfl.lM.2U
Special relief &U,04o.ii6
Aerie physicians from Juno 1.
11)06 to July 81, HAW 1,110,16X37
Grand total chargeable to bene
ficial fund $6, 22, 842.56
President Monaghan referred to the fact
that he had required all aeries to abolish
buffets In states where they were prohib
ited by law. Gambling and drunkenness,
he declared, would not be tolerated In
M notes tne Insalt.
The portion of his address that aroused
most Interest was that referring to the
article In McClure's Magazine entitled
"Tammany's Control of New York by Pro
fessional Criminals." In the article was
Uils reference to the order:
"The Eagles, a great, national organisa
tion of sporting men, bartenders, politic
ians, thieves and professional criminals,
made Sullivan their head and the Bowery
became the recognized metropolis of Amer
"That quotation," said Mr. Monaghan, "la
sufficient to show the vile nature of the
published articles and la sufficient ot Itself
to discredit any and all of the statements
therein contained. Crooks and criminals
there may be scattered here and there In
the Fraternal Order of Eagles, as there are
In every other asaoclation, fraternal, polit
ical and commei cl.il, and In every profes
sion, not excepting the clergy. If there be
any In. the Fraternal Order of Eagles they
are not such by reason of that fact, but In
spite of It. And every member of this
grand aerie knows the precepts and prac
tices of our order tend to higher Ideals of
morels and citizenship, and thousands of
men have been lifted to a higher plane by
reason of their association with Its mem
bers and affiliation with the order.
"Tins article waa evidently written for po
litical purposes, but the writer, In order to
accomplii-h his purpose, was willing to of
fer the grossest Insult, and evidently did
not take the time or trouble to certify to
the truth or falHlty of his s torments. Thla
great order was never used by any ofHoer
entrusted with Its affairs for any rut the
high ur.d beet purposes for whloa It ex
ists, a i. a. none knew better or more Xor
out'hly understood the necessity of keep
ing It far above and beyond the power f
any man to use It for political purposes
than lid the distinguished grand worthy
president who has been so unjustly at
8 olll van's Administration Excellent.
PreMdtnt Monaghan here quoted from
tullvan's first official circular which
birrfd religion and politics from discus
s oa In the order, made each member the
lo Judge of these matters, and denounced
personal graft and private gain at Uis
expense of the order.
"The policy therein enacted,' he con
tinued, "as insisted upon ad haa besa
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