Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on August 22, 1911 · Page 14
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Rochester, New York
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ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, TUESDAY. AUGUST 22, 1011 m f I : I ! 1: it ?!!' 5: if. 1 i v: t f VETERANS' UNION TO EIEET TO-DAY jMany National Command . "-. . Delegates Arrive. SIX ' ROCHESTER OFFICERS General James A. Hard Command-. er-ln-Chlcf of Organization to . Which Only Battlefield Soldiers Are Eligible-Banquet To-night More than two hundred member pf fa Union Veterans' Union fire on hand ior ths deliberations that ili begin lliit ,! looming In the First Baptist Church. A I Booheatar man, General James A. Hard, is commander-in-chief of this dint injfuiHh-d body of soldiers, and fire other Rooli-, wtcr,aen are officers of the National Command, viz: Adjutant-general, A. W. : Moore; department commander-in-chief, N. P. Pond; chief of atafT. F.gliert 7Bocttra: assistant adjutant-general, A. B. 'Williams; quartermaster-general, George Lowcnthal. ; Commander Hard spent all yesterday t the Powers Hotel welcoming the old I OBORUB tOWKNTIIAL, . QnarterniMtrr-aenvrnl, 1'. V. V. fellows, a majority of whom carry evidence of having been tinder tire, ou the field of iiattlo. The only business conducted yesterday whs the examination of credential, all of which were declared by the committee to he correct. In room No. 040 at the hotel General Hard and several old comrade compared notes. In the company were Judge Advocate-General Prank A. Parulram, of Mas'saohusotla. General D. AV.( Gould, who waa referred to as ihe father of the organization, and Colonel Royal 8. Hip-ley, of Lowell. Mass., past department commander. Colonel Ripley's regiment as known as "Butlers Mali." Ho takea pride in the fact that It was arming the first to go lun active service and the last to tie mustered out. "We took the field in the late spring of 1SC1," said the Colonel, "and wens mustered out In July, 1hm, the very last regiment to vie disbanded." Colonel Ripley is past 70. hut has the appearance of a much younger man. General Farnham. wlo admits he lias already lived 75 years, hat very nineh the aiwtranc? of former Speaker Joseph 0. 'Cannon. When some of his comrades rallied film on the subject yesterday be said: '"Yes, they tell me I am a sort of a double for Joe Cannon. That may lie and lie may tie able to talk legislation 7 3 - mtwasjwi S.THAi r. POND. feartmeat eommiuider-ln-eblpf. V. V. t'. i good deal Ik tier than I can, bill I tell you shnt. I r-.iilJ put it all over htm in a foot rae." Genera! Hsnl saM only about a third of .e remaining old soidiem are el:g'ti! for membership in the I'nion X eteraus' t'aion. Tiiey are ail brave fellows and all did sa they were ordered and all Men; ready to ro Into action at any time." said General Hard, "tint they did not make such a record as would entire thnu to come into our organization. We are alt eligible to jnin the G. A. K but all G. A. R. meinliers cannot unite with n." A busineta session will , ,,i t!i: morning at 10 o'ci-k and auothrr at -o'c!w-k this afternoon, imletis vimitiess can be so expedited as to tiuike the see-jad meeting nnnecessary. This evening a banquet will he given at the Fir! Baptist Church. Mayor Hiram II. Kd-' ferton will welcome the delogalen and r Lionel I. r!. I'.artx r. ,f S!:eVnau Com-j msnd, Rochester, will t.e the orstcr. MaSKSehusetta. Maine, New Vrk, Towa, Wssliiiigtou, U. C, Connivlicut, Kansas, Illinois, JVisconsin. New Hampshire, fioutfi Csrnlina, South Dakota, Michigan and Pennsylvania hae sent ' "Mff .:'J I If o J s , -- J , - ' - u dfclegatea to the conveutioiu COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF UNION VETERANS' UNION 1 '; 4 , ' Pi 1 "aV1 If J Ik rM JAMKN A. HAKI1. (nnimander-ln-eblef, tl. V. V, K.HKKT IKKKSTItA, hirf of statr, V. V. I t Mailt S.VU' 1 ' rear it, ' tii ewf . t A. W. MOORE. Adjutsnt-arnrrnl, I'. V. I . A. H. WII IHM1. Altnt wljutiuit-arnrral, (7. V. I'. Supervisors Will Adjourn. Tliere will he a iiieetlni: of the uper-riser today, but Ui art toll will he taken relative t the sele-tln of ill ele -tioii rom mtloner. Ttie l.twinl will not itu anythlug until after Hu;rrine (Murt Jnithe Ailelhert ' I' Hhti stil'tolls hl ei-hm in the i. W beu the board niet A'njuxt '.'Hi a re. r as taken until Aujtuxt --'O fatnnlar JUKt'ce Itleh k:i ve Hie uttortii-y In the is,-ten ila l file hrlef. The hounl will now have in t.ike snother rei-exs until tli An-t-llnn Is sniioim'-eil, RECORD OF DEATHS. t'ljsrlex Jahn, 7S years o il !M vesti-r. Jjt Hnjeai-es three miw. August. Brrsrit and Frn.ik. of this fit y. and seven grand r'nli'lr.)!. '''he rem.ilriw mere removed to No. W North street. H"'.ei Kvellne. daughter of Mrs. Fannie and the late Oeorge Kerge, died yentei day morning at the family hams, No, 845 Benton atreet, aged 8 yi'ara. k 1. Si -i wllllliiiii J1 w 1' 'S ? i i . V 5 '' vSn. ,f , ? t. . ?,. -. lv,V L -.. ""'Cy ENTER NAME OF EVERTVETERAN Renistration Clerks DoThat at Court House. MANY PLACES REPRESENTED Line Passes Tables Irom Time Bureau Is Opened In MornlngUn-til It Is Closed at Night-Unexpected Meetings of Veterans r,eg;stration by the veteran began at 10 o'clock yesterday forenoon at tbi tables provided for the purpwe ontbe gruund Muur of the Court House rotunda. Colonel Samuel C. Pierce waa In charge id the lirst table, at which the G. A. K. meinbera were provided with slips of puper and were told how to perfect their registration. From this table tlioy turned, formed in lino and proceeded to the second tabk, where thee slips t pnper were presented. At this necond table Mro. H. W. Morse and Mrs. Walter J. C, Huiith were in charge. In the book provided for the purpose the name of the comrade, bis company and regiment and place of residence were entered. It was estimated that fully 8,(X0 registered between 8 o'clock ii the morning and 10 o'clock last night, when the books were; closed for the night. ' In line, some time during the day, there were vetonnw from every state, tliu lii.triet of Columbia and the territories of Arizona nnd New Mexico. Sometimes tlnt-e wottld be a group of half a Joteen'logotbor, with no two fron' the same state, nml nt other times there would be a delegation of from a dozen to a sivre, all hailing frtm not only the same stutp, but the sume poet. Kvery nrni of the set vice was rcp-o-senled, infantry, cavalrj, artillery, engineers and signal corps. Many of the veterans were vhite-linlred, "OMt of them were gray, but, once In a while would be seen one whose hair had resisted the attacks of sixty winters and was still the Mine color as when lie answered to roll cull .ind marched to tbj front. Policemen Help Out. Patrolmen K. J- Young, Fourth pre-cin.-l, nnd Frank Carroll, Fifth pre-cict, were on duty at the registration tables, the former from S ;iutil i o'clock, and the hitter from 4 o'clock unl'l 10. When a veienin was in se:;i.'h 0f Information he would usually bind for the' policeman and ask the I J 1 1 CI I i U. ' See here, Mr. Policeman." said one comrade, who wore uu Illinois badge, "1 don't want to stand in line and ri g-fcrter. 1 wish you'd t.ahe uiy card and hand it ill when my turn comes. Will you '!" "1 can't," Patrolman Young answered. - "They wouldn't take it, nnd, anyway, you witit to get a ticket to Charlotte, don't you?" ' No,' til - veier;:n said. "I'm go-n.' down there in nn automobile, and the iiini bine is waitinr for me outside" He did not register. Another man, wearing nn old nvmy cap and a coat of blue, covered with department, pot nrd corps budges, cntne up. "Where do I go?" the vetenn asked, "to -" "Itegister," the policeman int r-rtipled. ' "No ' the mm said. "I want a dog lireiiKc. I live hce.'l ' ')y the rit'lit riaiik. miireh" the policeman continued. "Over in the City Hall, 'hird floor." Bugler Has an Inning. Down the line came G. Lewis, formerly of the Sixteenth United States Infantry, now a resident of MichitMU-Under his arm was acmething in a dark green bag. After he had been htand-iug about thrce-quatters of an hour be un.overcd one end of the object, put hi month Id It and sounded the "sick call." The o) ject was a bugle, and from then until he registered he was sounding the calls of t lie old army. "Give us the 'assembly?'" somebody 'shouted, nnd they got it, followed by "reveille," "meKs" acd others. When near Ihe registration tat.le he wnolcd the "charge," but the line, curved, but not rnggisl, stood faot- About that time the Toledo Drill' Corps arrived, and after Comrade I-ewis had registered be sounded seversl calls at the request of members of tho corps. His comrade were anally compelled to drag him away. A few minutes later the Toledo Drill Corps of the National Veteran Women of America man bed into the rotuuda. Tliere lire two of these Toledo drill corw, the other being that of the I.a-dies of the G. A. It. Perhaps the iiuh'kesl nay to tell them apart is by their shoes. The Natinual Veteran Women wear tan. the Ladies of the G. A. It. wear white shoes. Rules Made to Be Broken. The Itegistration Committee, of which Cuptain H. W. Morse is chairman, is very Mrict in enforcing the rule that the comrades imett take their turn in rcgi'lt ring. About the midille of the afternoon an elderly woman, who km not as snry as formerly, ap proached the rvglalrution table, leading her husband, who was quite feeble, and asked if she might register. She w is told it would be ecesuiy for her to get in line. "Neither niy husband nor I can stand it," she sail. "We are not strong enough." Captain Morse said rules were made to be broken, and she registered immediately. lint the ninxt interesting event oc curred n'.KiUt 4 o'clock. Private John McDotnbl, of one of the lMuioi regiments, win) lives ill Chicago, stwd talking with a reporter when another man joined the group and fcpoke to Mellon. i Id. "Well, John, you look about, as you always did," the newcomer sail, "ouly perhaps a little older." McDonnld bxkeil nt him cloely. "Jim Mather!" be almost idiouted. and they claoped bunds. "I'm glu 1, I'm glad to nt you " Mather was smiling. First Meeting Since '65. "I'm g'ad to see you, John," he ssbl. "This is the first time we've met since the day we were mustered out, li fhiri-(V in .Tune. 'Co" "By f surge! it is." McDonald replied. Where liuve yon been, where do you live?" "Went, and I livo down near Pan FHcgo. I went West just as soon aa I was mustered out Mothe died before 1 went to the war, and father waa FIVE MINUTES FOR MEMORIES. BY HICHARD J. BEAMISH. On a thousand baseball fields to-day, they celebrate a war That made the land a enamel place and lert a livid scar. On race track and in picnic, they bet and feast and shout. And only you, old man in tilue, recall what It's about. To only you, old man In blue, the vivid vision conies Of battle-cloud and blasted men. Y'ou hear the long-dumb drums. And as to-day you feebly march to where your messmates sleep Your faded eye marks where you'll lie, a scant three pacea deep. Come, spare five minutes from your sport to toast the nation's brave. , list's give a hand-clasp to the man who stands beside his grave. Let shop and field be silent a little while to-day. Then, here's to you, old man in blue kid speed you on your w ay. The above poem was printed In the Philadelphia Press on the morning of last Memorial Day. Mayor Reyburn gave immediate and hearty approval to the suggestion embodied in it and, by his order, the huge bell In historic Independence Hall was tolled from 12 noon until 12:05 on that day, while numbers of workers and pedestrians stood -with bared heads In honor of the nation's heroes. It Is now proposed that there shall-be nationwide obHervance of this silent tribute. The Pennsylvania Department of the Grand Army of the Republic, at Its annual encampment In Scranton, unanimously adopted a resolution approving the Idea and transmitted the resolution to the Commander-in-Chief for instruction and action In this national encampment. To make effective the reaolution, after It shall be adopted, It Is suggested that posts of the Grand Army of the Republic everywhere appoint committees before next Memorial Day totseek the co-operation of newspapers and to Induce municipal and town authorities to have bells tolled and flags half-masted during the period suggested In the -resolutions. TAFT WILL BE HERE TO-MORROW Washington, An?. 21. Within five hours after tho adjournment of Congress to-morrow afternoon President Taft will depart for Rochester nnd Beverly, with plans already outlined that will keep him away from the capital unlil November 1st. At Rochester killed nt Gettysburg, you remember. I joined the regulars at Fort Omaha, and fought Indian for ten years. Then I went, to California and have lived tliere ever since. Married out there, ami my wife is wilh me here. How about you?" "Stayed in Chi-ago, married and raised a family," McDonald replied. "My wife died lice years ago, Just after I retired from business." McDonald tinted to the reporter. "This man." lie said, Indicating Mather, "cnlisti-d with me tn Chicago, and' was my corporal. Wo marched side by side for three years, and this Is the first time we have wra each other in forty-live years. I'm glad I came to .Rochester." LIVED INTlTY YEARS AGO Captain John McVicar, of Detroit, Attending National Encampment. One of the notable visitors to the National Encampment is Captain John McVicar, a native and for many years a resident of Rochester. Captain Mo-War now lives in Detroit, where he has sat in the seats of the mighty, lie is visiting his niece, Mrs. William Napier, of No. IS Crawford street. Mrs. Henry H. More. of No. '.".) Benton street, is his youngest sister. Mrs. David II. Klliott, of Chicago, who is nlso visiting in this city, is another sister. Captain McVicar was a printer in this city when be enlisted in the Sixth New York Cavalry, of which his father, Duncan McVicar, was colonel. The regiment went to the front in 1MJ, but did not see very active service until the spring of 1S03. At that time the cani-paigu that culminated at the battle of ChancellorsviUe was 'begun. General Pleasauton, commanding the Union army, sent Colonel McVicar forward to feel the enemy, ascertain their position and. if possible, learn something concerning the number of Confederates immediately in front of the Union forces. On April 30th, late in the day, the Sixth New York engaged some of the enemy in what is said to have been the tirst real cavalry battle of the war. Colonel McVicar was killed. The colonel's body was -removed to a farmhouse near "by, and General Fitz-hugh Lee, commanding the Confederates, seut his headquarters chaplain to the farmhouse to hold funeral services over the colonel's body. Ten days or to weeks later, the body was brought to Rochester, and was Interred, with military honors befitting Colonel MeVicar's rank, in Mount Hope cemetery . While living iu this city Captain McVicar was a compositor on the Rochester Kveuiug Post and on the Rochester Democrat. The former was the predecessor of the Post-Express, and the latter one of the predecessors of the Democrat and Chronicle. Captain McVicar beenme connected with the Detroit Daily News, and for eleven years was managing editor of that newspaper. Later, for eight years, he was commissioner of public works, lu Detroit, and for two years was manager of the Michigan state printing department. Captain McVicar retired from biisi-neas a few years ago. but retains tiie chairmauship of the Detroit Citizens' Committee on Municipal Ownership of Street Railways. "I began that fight twenty years ao," the captain said, speaking c.f municipal ownership, "and am still nt it. We are going to wiu, don't forget thai." Notice to Color Bearers. J. Ptiyson Bradley, chief of staff of the Grand Army of the Republic, requests that the commanders of posts of the Department of New York to see that their colors are at Convention Hall this evening before 7 o'clock sharp. Color bearers will report to Comrade Bradley with colors at the Clinton avenue entrance of Convention Hall Annex. Color bearers will tag their colors with their uaiue, also name and number of post. SIX BROTHERS, ALL No reunion of G. A. H. week will be enjoyed more thoroughly by its participants than was that of the six Peiu brothers, who met yesterday afternoon at the home of John W. Deiti. No. IS Dover street, for the first time in thirty years. The six brothers all saw active serv ice in the Jar. A few years after ils close they parted and Iwid not eea one another again until yesterday. They all enlisted at the village of Scottsville, two in 1HU1 and three in l'!-. All six of the brothers are comparatively tall and are in almost1 perfect on Wednesday ho will address the National Kncampuient of the G. A. K. Ho expects to leave Rochester Wednesday night for Beverly, arriving there early Thursday morning. Mr. Taft will spend nt least three weeks along the North Shore and then will start on his long Wetern trip. , FOR COMMANDER OF SONS OF VETERANS Indianapolis Man Seems to Be Certain of Election. NKWTON J. M'tll'IRK, Imlianuiiolls. Newton J. McGuire seems to be the only candidate for conunander-in chief of the Sons of V et era lis and the :ros-pects are that the thirtieth annual encampment will place him at the head of the orgaiiiMtion. .Mr. McGuire has twice been commander of the Division of Iiidiiina. twice a member of the Council-in-Chiof, national secretary nnd national counselor, ami is now presi dent of the United Patriotic SocietioH and secretary of the General Memor ial Committee of In lianaiwlis. chairman of the Speakers' Bureau of the Indiana Division, Sous of Veterans, and secTetary-tre:isuier of Ben Harrison Camp, No. iioO, Division of Indiana, At the annual encampment of the Indiana Division, held In May, the ol-ficers and members of Ben Harrison Camp sent a petition requesting that Paist-Commiinder McGuire lie the choice of that encampment for commander In-chief. Tho delegates from the Indiana Division are eager to obtain his election. In a leaflet that they hnve distributed, the Indiana delegates say. "Ho is worthy and well qualified, possesses great force of character, is honest In principle, clean iu his methods, m a good speaker, ranks high as a lawyer, always a gentletnnn iid from every standpoint is fitted to be the beol of this great order." The Ben Harrison Camp members say that past-Commander McGuire has been largely instrumental in doubling tho membership and that "he sacrificed twu of the best yearn of bis life to save the Indiana division from financial ruin." Mr. McGuire has devoted his time largely to patriotic efforts. Washington Veteran Taken 111, While en route to Rochester last night, to attend the Grand Army Kn-campment. Dr. L. B. Toohy, 77 years old, of Washington, D. (.'., was taken ill on the train, and on its arrival at the New York Central station Dr. Tooley was removed to the Homeopathic. Hospital. He will recover. Caught Stealing Candy. John Mesora. aged 10 years old, of No. 4Ki State street, was arrrOcrt yesterday afternoon on 1 charge ef Juvenile delinquency iiml taken In the Shelter. The hoy Is charged n'lh breaking Into the Iloebester Candy Company factory and taking Komu lioxej of cu'iiljr. VETERANS, MEET health despite the fact that they are considerably advanced ;in years. The brothers are John Deita, of No. lil Dover street, Rochester, who served In Battery L, of the First New York Llcht Artillery; Lieutenant Frederick Dicta, of Hood River. Ore., whv served in the eiime battery: William l.'itz, of Clinton, 111., who served in the Third New York Cavalry; George Deiti, of Buffalo, who nerved in the Fourth New York Heavy Artillery; Alonzo Delis, of North wood, N. D., who served In Battery L, of the First New York Light Artillery, and AlphotiM Deitz, of Behleu, Mich. h - iiwmiafMtii.w. wrowa" SI Up t Y" OKOR.GF, It. DOWNS, Candidate for commander of Army and Navy Union. LEADER IN W. R. C. WORK Native of Brockport Has Notable Record for Efficient Service. Emma Stark Hampton, one of the most influential members of the Woman's Relief Crops, is a native of Brockport, N. Y., and was educated at Brockport Collegiate Iimtitute, now the celebrated State Normal School. She afterward became a teacher in public schools. Her parents were Israel Stark and Caroline Fellows, natives of Rome, N. Y. The family was more or less literary. Her father wss prominent in his community as a fearless temperance and anti-slavery advocate In the days wh'in that meant great personal saeriiice end sometimes personal injury. He served in the Christian Commission during the war and had a special order permitting his entry to any Federal hospital, camp or battlefield at wiil, signed "A. Lincoln." Her brother, Milo L. Stark, widle recovering from a long and aeridtit fev. r, raised Company A of the 140th New York, one of those splendid regiments which did vnlinnt service on Little K utnd Top at the battle of Gettysburg. He received five wounds, recovered, was promoted to the rnnk of major, and wns killed at the battle of tho Wilderness. Ten thousand people nttendedhis funeral, the large-rt ever known thereabouts. Mrs. Hampton was actively concerned In all that pertained to the w-ar. t'i JStiS she was married to Captain Oharles Hampton, whose record as a cavalry captain Is a, matter of history, and in 1S73 they removed to Detroit, where they have resided ever since. Mrs. Hampton eotssented reluctantly to be the first president of Fairbanks Corps when it was organized in 14 She was re-elected at the end of that year and in February, 18S.1, was elected president of the Department of Michigan While department president she organized fifty-one corps, bora being ino banner year and having the highest known record. It wa during hU year "he earned the enviable reputation for her state of being the "business department of the W. R. C." At the fifth national convention in St Louis nlie was elected national president, and she Is tho ouly officer who has never misled a national convention She was the first president to send flags and tliwers to decorate a" known graves on Southern battlefields, a custom ever since respected. Being a natural financier Mm. Hampton established a system of finance that put the W. R. C. on a firm lousiness basis. Having a gift in that direction, the work of revising, rewriting and reprinting the Ritual and printed matter pertaining to the order was placed in her hands, siie formulated the quarterly report blanks and all, diagram work now used in ritual and other service. Mrs. Hampton is now serving her fifth term as national counneIor and represents the order of the W. R. C. ia the National Council of Women, CLEAR STREETS FOR PARADE Police Receive Orders From Commissioner of Public Safety. Commissioner Owen of tho Department of Public Safety, issued detail orders to the police last eveuing regarding the policing of the lino of march during the veterans' parade to-morrow. Commissioner Owen has instructed the Police Department to use the greatest courtesy toward the members of the Grand Army. He has told the trattic men to look out for the voteruns while crossing the streets and ask the cooperation of drivers of vehicles In the main streets to the end that the veterans may not be run down. The Commissioner asks the oulookers to keep back of the ropes which will line off the streets during the parade so that force will necessary to keep the street clear. The order issued last evening follows: Ordered: 1. The time net for the column to move Is 10 A. M. Wednesday. August i;m. -. At U A. M. all Inixi-s, movatile rase a'!d other oosLnicticiin will be removed from siiletialks uu the line of maicli. .'1. At t:3o A. M. sharp the iiolice will ci'iiiuicmc to clear I lie streets. 4. At IHo A .M. slrp the street cars mil Is- kloppeil. uini arter that tune tan si I'M s on tiie line of march u , c(,w,i to general truffle. f lUUemn will not permit anv ciirriiiuis wagons, iiiitomohlles, bicycles, uiotorcveles' tileyiles or other vehicles to come iin' the streets 011 Hie Hue nf march after Ii .HI A 11., eveopt on an emergency, un ambulance, or part of the tire aipur,itus, r mall nngoii. ' il. No vehicle will lie permitted to Hand within twolmedred feet of the line of niHrrn on any ereis street, and no obstruction of titch streets tv i t ti ilrsjs, Poxes, or stands will be allowed. 7. Outside of the twe-liiiiirlred foot limit nil vehicle inut stand close to ami Jni:tli-wlse ef the su-li. nnd headed In the dire", tlon of the trattic ou that side of the street. N. Until so ordered by a police captain, no atieeis closed will he opened, except on an rin-.-rseiicy, and when so ordered, no vehlc e ,,f nny sort, except street ears wilt io admitted until the street I, el ween the e-irbs Is clear of pedestrian and an order (riven to wl'hdjaw I lie pill lee. 0. IVice o'lr-ors will lellieiober that tha llrst consideration Is the safety, and the io-t Ik the com enleitcp of the people ftho either as a part nf the parade or ns tillers participate In the demonstration, and tbev are ejected tn glu? their undiilded tiuui " '-- -"" ARMY AND NAVY UHION EXPANDS Searnens' Gunners' League Becomes Part of It. CONTEST FOR COMMANDER Candidates from Pennsylvania and Ohio in Lively Canvass lor Chiel Office of Organization Interesting Meeting This Mornine By the adoption of a resolution ' the Army and Navy Union of the United States added ten thousand men to its membership at yesterday afternoon's session in the Municipal Building. By this resolution the Seamen's Gunners' League becomes a part of the organization. George G. Ham and George Buetiti, both of Brooklyn, were the accredited delegates from the gunners. They were instructed to use all honorable means to Induce the union to take them iu. . This means that the A. and N. U. has 1 practically doubled Us membership and has decided to expand In directions and go into fields not conte-iiplated when tha organization was created. "We are very glnd to welcome this addition to our numbers," said National Commander J. Fdwin Browne. "It means that our organization has not only practically doubled iu numbers, but will vastly increase iu influence and power throughout the country. This will ad- ( 111 it. all honorable discharged seamen and do good service in eliminating the prejudice that has hitherto existed between tho 'land-lubber' and the fellow who braves the perils nf the deep." Pennsylvania nnd Ohio are fighting hard for the honor of the giving to the organization a national commander to succeed General Browne, who says he will not be a candidate for re-election under any circumstances. The Quaker state offers George Russell Downs, while the Buckeyes say they want former Senator Charles Dick. The battle Is waxing hot, but the wearers of Downs buttons appear to be more numerous than those who display Dick emblems. Knch one of the seventy live delegates had been button-holed ami importuned by friends of the candidates, and the supporters of each declare that they have full confidence in the outcome. Captain Downs, said Inst evening that ho waB not afraid of his opponent and he was quite sure the fact that Mr. Dick once wore the toga wild not intiu-ence the delegates. One of the chief supporters of Captain Downs is John Kalletihaeh, of Krie. Mr. Kallenhach weighs 340 pounds and Is declared to be the heaviest man among the various military and semi-military organizations that are attending the festivities. Mr. Kallenhach said he had pondered the subject for a long while and had decided to throw his "weiuht" to Downs. But Senator Dick has a number of ardent supporters and his friends say the final ballot will disclose that he is elected by a good majority. There was considerable excitement during the progress of the afternoon session. But the meeting was held behind closed doors and the members showed a decided disinclination to discuss the do-' tails. It was admitted, however, that there was not perfect unanimity in tho body and tha tcertain reforms had been suggested which raised a storm of pro-, . test. The morning session was devoted to the consideration of credentials and organization. It was fouud that all the delegates reporting were entitltid to seats. No protests were filed. Some suggested changes will be considered at the session this morning. Among these, it is said, will be the question of exteudiug the scope of the organization so as to take iu members of the various state militias, who have not seen actual service, but have been connected with the militia at least ten years. This has been discussed nt previous conventions, but never acted upon. About twenty states are represented. Whether or not the bars should be lei down and any loyal woiimn iu America be admitted to niembership"in the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Army and Navy Union, was the chief topic discussed at the first session of the convention in Municipal Hall yesterday. Although the discussion became spirited, the matter was not decided. It is the intention of the women, however,. to take the matter up at tha meetings to day and it is possible that the present rigid rules will be modified. All the proceedings were behind closed doors. Kuoiigh was learned, however, to show that tliero is a disagreement in the organization as to tiifl class of women who should be admitted. Mrs. Kiln Watkitis, of Braddock, the treasurer, said the sentiment appeared to supjiorr the policy of admitting to membership only women who are blood relatives of saldiers or sailors w ho have seen active service. "There has been some agitation of the auestion of admitting all loyal women," said Mrs. Watkius, "but wnmil n i. n nnnmia . Mrs. Catherine M. Hulbert, of Krie, the national commander, arrived early on ftie scene ami spent some hours with her adjutant-general, Mrs. Mary Do Marzo, of Washington, D. C. Tho commander said thnt niatters of tho utmost importance to the organization were discussed, but she did not desire to take the public Into her confidence. So far nf delegate ba announced herself as a candidate for commander In opposition to the incumbent, and It is believed Mrs. Hulbert will be returned to ollice unopposed. Good Progress on Tunnel Work. Assistant City Engineer C. A. Boole ha filed a rrort of the progress made on the tunnels for the sewage dispooal system up to Inst Friday nidi!. T'p to that timo 2.IW0 feet of the r.Mrt feet. o tunnel under the river and Central avenue had been completed. Karly next wef k the work of putting la the brick Invert will be commenced from the abaft In Furnace street. Tho tunnel I to N lined with brick. Shaft No. 7 will soon be etartcd on the Rome, Wntertown & Ogdeiishiirg property near Smith street. Attention. G. A. R. Boys, llon't miss the elecant lake shore trolley ride to beautiful Manitou Beach. Trnin from Charlotte every few minutes (lll '.'M1 IWU-J '"'T"

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