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     There has been no new councils instituted in this district since the last report made a year ago. There are five councils in this district. The members of the various councils on the 30th day of April, 1908, is as follows:

Charles Carroll of
Carrollton Council, No. 701
Alliance Council, No. 975
Chadron Council, No. 1128
Hartington Council, No. 1233
Count Creighton Council, No. 1238

     Since the last report the following is a record or those who have been droped (sic), transferred and died in the various councils:
     Charles Carroll of Carrollton Council, No. 701, two associate members dropped; one insurance member transferred, eight associate members transferred. Of those dropped from membership both were suspended. Total number transferred and dropped, eleven.
     Alliance Council, No 975, two insurance members dropped, four associate members transferred. Total transfers and members dropped, thirteen, three suspensions.
     Chadron Council, No. 1125, two insurance members transferred, one death, insurance member. Total transfers and deaths, three.
     Hartington Council, No 1233, one death, insurance member. Total, one.
     Total for the district. Insurance members dropped two. Total associate members dropped, six. Total insurance members transferred, six. Total associate members transferred, twelve. Total deaths, three, one associate member and two insurance members Total for the district, twenty-nine.

     The deaths were as follows:
     Timothy Morrissey, insurance member of Chadron Council. James B. McCabe, associate member of Hartington Council. John S. Green, insurance member of Count Creighton Council.

     On the 30th of April, 1907, the total membership in this district was 469 in three Councils. At the present time the total membership less the transfers, is 686, distributed in five councils, making a net increase of 217 members during the year.

     On the 3rd of May 44 additional candidates were initiated at Hartington, these are not included in the footings heretofore given. A class of over fifty candidates will be initiated in the County Creighton Council, No. 1238, on next Sunday. All the councils in this district have a complete set of robes and paraphernalia except the Hartington Council. The minor degrees have all been given by the local officers except at Hartington. All of the councils meet twice a month except Alliance Council. That council meets every week.

     The amount of annual dues, so far as reported, are $5.00 per member. The reports show that all of the councils are in a flourishing condition financially.

     Charles Carroll of Carrollton Council at O'Neill has erected a Knights of Columbus Hall at a cost of $1,800.00. In this they have a lodge room, club rooms, anti-rooms and paraphernalia rooms. This


was built by the council and the members of the council. All the funds have been raised, except the sum of $5,000.00, for which a mortgage has been given on the building.

     Applications have been made for new councils in this district, but with the information we have, we do not think it wise to organize any new councils in this territory for the reason that we do not think, under the present conditions, that there is sufficient material to support these councils properly. Our view is that it is better to have a few strong councils than to have councils more numerous and in a weak condition.

Respectfully submitted,
District Deputy.

     The committee on resolutions then submitted the following:

     1. Be is (sic) resolved by the State Council of the Knights of Columbus for the State of Nebraska, that in the judgment of this council, it would he unwise for the Knights of Columbus to affiliate with the Federation of Catholic Societies.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Nebraska Delegates to the National Council be and thereby are instructed to use all honorable means to defeat any such proposed affiliation.

     2. Resolved that we, the State Council of Nebraska, Knights of Columbus, favor and recommend that the National Officers be authorized to make a special annual per-capita tax amounting of fifty cents per member, until the amount of $500,000.00 be raised. The same to be donated to the Catholic University of Washington, D. C., to be used as a part of the permanent endowment fund of the said institution.

     3. Resolved that we recommend the re-affirmation of the resolution on what is a practical Catholic, as adopted at our State Council of last year, and that we request our representatives to the National Assembly.

     4. Be it resolved that we adopt as the by-laws of this State Council, those adopted in May, 1906, and re-adopted in May, 1907.

     5. Whereas that past experience has shown that it is dangerous, and detrimental to any order such as this to elect National officers, term after term.

     THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the delegates from this State be instructed to introduce and support an amendment to the by-laws of this order, limiting the number of consecutive terms to be held by the National Officers.

     6. Whereas the Omaha Council has kindly granted the State Council the use of their beautiful club rooms, and is proposes still further entertainment in behalf of the members of the State Council, and visiting Knights.

     THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we, the State Council, extend our hearty thanks to the first council instituted in the State of Nebraska, The Omaha Council.

     7. Resolved that we express our appreciation of the very able, unselfish and successful labors in behalf of our order, made by our worthy State Deptuy (sic) C. J. Smyth.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in his elevation to the high


position of National Director, every member of the order in the State is pleased and edified.


     Moved and second that the resolution as read be adopted.--Carried. The next in order was the election of officers.

     Moved and second that the rules be suspended and the secretary cast the entire ballot of this convention for Brother C. J. Smyth for State Deputy. So ordered.

     Moved and second that the rules be suspended and the secretary be instructed to cast the entire vote of this convention for Brother J. H. Schmidt for State Treasurer. So ordered.

     State Secretary: The names placed before the convention were Brother D. A. Jones, of Hastings Council, and Mark Burke, of Columbus Council. Ballot taken and Jones received 13 and Burke 20. Burke elected.

     Warden: Moved and second that the rules be suspended and the secretary be instructed to cast the entire vote of this convention for Brother M. E. Reardon, of Alliance Council, for State Warden, So ordered.

     State Advoate (sic): Moved and second that the rules be suspended the and the secretary be instructed to cast the entire vote of this convention for Brother W. N. Whelan, of Lincoln Council, for State Advocate. So ordered.

     Delegrate (sic): Moved and second that the rules be suspended and the secretary be instructed to cast the entire vote of this convention for Brother W. E. Straub, of Lincoln Council, for Alernate (sic) to the State Deputy.

     Moved and second that the rules be suspended and the secretary be instructed to cast the entire vote of this convntion (sic) for Brother J. F. Mathews of Grand Island, for Alternate to the Past State Deputy. So ordered.

     The city placed before the convention for the next meeting place of the State Convention, in 1909, were Omaha, O'Neill, Lincoln, and Alliance. Ballot taken and Omaha received 16, O'Neill 12, Lincoln 6, Alliance 0, and Omaha was selected for meeting place of the Convention.

     The worthy State Deputy then appointed the following Brothers as a committee for a State Lecture course: W. N. Whelan, of Lincoln; F. L. Tobin, of North Platte; E. B. Hirschmann, of Hartington.

     The newly elected State officers then met and elected Rev. W. G. McNamara as State Chaplain.

Fraternally yours,
State Secretary.

Proceedings of Fifth Annual State Council,
Held at Omaha, May 11, 1909

State Officers

     C. J. Smyth, National Director, Omaha.
     John E. O'Hern, Master Fourth Degree for Nebraska and South Dakota, South Omaha.
     Arthur F. Mullen, State Deputy, O'Neill.
     Mark Burke, State Secretary, Columbus,
     J. H. Schmidt, State Treasurer. Omaha.
     Jas. F. McNulty, State Warden, Wymore.
     Frank Real, State Advocate, North Platte.
     Rev. Wm. Windolf, State Chaplain, Creighton.
     Paul L. Martin, District Deputy, O'Neill.
     W. B. Straub, District Deputy, Lincoln.
     D. A. Jones, District Deputy, Hastings.
     J. B. Kennedy, District Deputy, Alliance.

     There are now sixteen Councils in the State with a membership of 2,965 members.

The State Organization

     The first Council of the Knights of Columbus in Nebraska was instituted at Omaha on the 16th day of March, 1902.

     The second Council instituted at O'Neill in April, 1903. The third Council instituted at Lincoln in February, 1904, and the fourth Council instituted at Columbus on January 8, 1905.

     When three or more subordinate Councils exist with an aggregate membership of four hundred in a state, a State Council can be organized.

     Brother T. J. Mahoney, our first Territorial Deputy in the state, called a meeting of the officers of the above four Councils, at Omaha, on March 4, 1905, to organize a State Council.

     It was voted at this meeting to hold the first State Council, at Lincoln, on May 2, 1905, at which the following state officers were elected: State Deputy, T. J. Mahoney; State Secretary, E. D. Fitzpatrick; State Treasurer, P. J. O'Donnell; State Advocate, A. V. Johnson; State Warden, W. P. McDeavitt; State Chaplain, Rev. Thomas Walsh. J. A. C. Kennedy was elected alternate delegate to the State Deputy, to the National convention at Los Angeles, California,

     The membership in the State at this time was 610 members.

Five State Districts

     The State is now divided into five districts, comprising the following counties:


     Garfield, Valley, Wheeler, Greeley, Boone, Nance, East one-half Merrick, Platte Polk, Butler, Colfax, Dodge, Saunders, Sarpy, Douglas and Washington.

     The following Councils are located in this District: Omaha, No. 652; Columbus, No. 938; Bishop O'Connor, No. 1312, at Greeley.



     Keya Paha, Boyd, Rock, Holt, Knox, Antelope, Pierce, Madison, Cedar, Wayne, Stanton, Dixon, Dakota, Thurston, Cuming and Burt counties.

     The following Councils are located in the O'Neill District: Charles Carroll of Carrollton, No. 701, at O'Neill; Count Creighton, No. 1238, at Creighton; Hartington, No. 1233; Emerson, No. 1309.


     York, Seward, Lancaster, Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Richardson, Pawnee, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, Fillmore and Thayer counties.

     With the following Councils: Fitzgerald, No. 833, at Lincoln; Wymore, No. 1295; Falls City, No. 1336.


     Blaine, Loup, Custer, Sherman, Merrick west half, Buffalo, Hall, Hamilton, Clay, Nuckolls, Webster, Kearney, Franklin, Phelps, Harlan, Gosper, Furnas, Frontier, Red Willow, Hayes, Hitchcock, Chase and Dundy counties.

     This District contains the following Councils: Hastings, No. 1123; McCook, No. 1126; St. Mary's, No. 1159, at Grand Island.


     Sioux, Dawes, Box Butte, Sheridan, Cherry, Thomas, Hooker, Grant, McPherson, Logan, Dawson, Perkins, Keith, Deuel, Cheyenne, Merrill, Kimball, Banner and Scotts Bluff counties.

     With the following Councils: Chadron, No. 1128; Alliance, No. 1175; St. Patrick's, No. 1211, at North Platte.

Proceedings of the Fifth Annual State Convention

Knights of Columbus Hall,
Omaha, Nebraska, May 11, 1909.

     The State Council of the Knights of Columbus of Nebraska convened in accordance with the action of the last State convention, at Omaha.

     The Council was called to order by State Deputy C. J. Smyth and was opened in due form at 10 a. m.

     The following State officers were present: State Deputy C. J. Smyth, State Secretary Mark Burke, Treasurer J. H. Schmidt, and Chaplain Rev. W. G. McNamara.

     The State Deputy appointed the following brothers as a Committee on Credentials: W. H. Green, of Creighton; C. J. Ryan, of McCook, and A. P. Mentgen, of Wymore.

     It was moved and seconded that the Chair proceed with the appointing of any other committees necessary while waiting for the report of the Committee on Credentials.

     The following committees were then appointed by the State Deputy:

     Committee on Resolutions--E. W. Simeral, A. F. Mullen, W. C. Ryan, John J. Ledwith and Frank J. Gerharz.

     Audit and Mileage--F. P. Werling, of Hastings; Jas. P. Bolen, of Greeley, and John F. Mathews, of Grand Island.


     Moved and seconded that the State Deputy wire answers to all greetings received from other State Councils.

     The Committee on Credentials submitted the following report:

     We, the committee appointed on Credentials, upon examination of credentials presented to the committee, find the following delegates entitled to a seat in the State Council:

Omaha E. W. Simeral
Omaha T. P. Redmond
Charles Carroll of Carroll-
O'Neil F. J. Biglin
O'Neil A. F. Mullen
Columbus F. J. Gerharz
Columbus P. J. Hart
Lincoln A. E. Evans
Lincoln J. J. Ledwith
Alliance J. B. Kennedy
Alliance H. A. Copsey
Hastings F. P. Werling
Hastings Chas. Vastine
McCook C. J. Ryan
McCook Frank Real
Chadron J. M. Cain
St. Mary's
Grand Island J. H. O'Hare
St. Mary's
Grand Island J. F. Mathews
St. Patrick's
North Platte F. L. Tobin
St. Patrick's
North Platte Chas. E. Ell
Hartington E. B. Hurchman
Hartington Frank F. Dendinger
Count Creighton
Creighton W. H. Green
Count Creighton
Creighton J. P. Ryan
Wymore Daniel Delehant
Wymore A. P. Mentgen
Emerson W. C. Ryan
Emerson James Bannon
Bishop O'Connor
Greely James P. Bolan
Bishop O'Connor
Greely Rev. P. Flannigan
Fails City
Falls City H. A. Coupe
Falls City
Falls City L. P. Werth

     Moved and seconded that the State officers be included in the above report.

     The Committee on Audit and Mileage reported as follows:

     We, your Auditing and Mileage Committee, recommend that all bills be allowed as presented. We have examined the accounts of the State Treasurer and all vouchers compared with disbursements and they correspond in every respect. We find that the State Secretary has collected the per capita tax for 1909, amounting to $560.00 and holds a Treasurer's receipt for same.
     We further recommend that a per capita tax of 20 cents per member be levied for the expenses of the State Council for the coming year.

     State Deputy C. J. Smyth then read his annual address as follows;


     Brothers of the State Council:
     Another year has been added to the life of our order. It has been a very satisfactory one. In it there is much which justifies a firm faith in the continued progress and prosperity of the Knights of Columbus.
     We have a total membership of 219,084; seventy thousand three hundred sixty-nine of whom are in the insurance class, and one hundred forty-eight thousand seven hundred fifteen in the associate class. This is an increase in both classes of seventeen thousand four hundred ten over last year.
     During the year ending December 31st, 1908, the order's income was about $1,000,000 and its expenditure a little over $600,000. Four hundred and fifty-odd thousand of this was for death claims. This, you will concede, is a considerable sum, and the benefits flowing from its distribution must have been very great, indeed. In the life of the organization there has been collected through the insurance department nearly $4,000,000, of which there is on hand today upwards of $2,500,000, every cent of which is well invested in interest-bearing securities. This sum is for the protection of our insurance members, and makes our insurance as good as any that is written.
     In determining what shall be the premium for a thousand dollars of insurance at a given age, three elements are considered: the actual cost, the reserve, and the loading. As to the amount of the actual cost and the reserve, actuaries are substantially agreed, and it is the same in the Knights of Columbus as in the New York Life or any other sound insurance company. Any organization which sells insurance for less is selling it below cost and is bound to fail. So that in this respect there is no difference between our order and any first-class insurance company. The difference appears with respect to the third element, i. e., the loading. Under this head is calculated the expense of doing business. Now it needs no argument to show that it costs the New York Life or the Mutual Reserve, or any other old-line companies, a great deal more to do business than it does the Knights of Columbus. The policy-holders must pay this difference. Our actuaries assure us that if we did not receive another member into the insurance class, we have enough money today, with the assessments which are bound to be received from those already in the class, to pay every dollar of the risks carried by us. This is an excellent showing. None better could be made by any Insurance company doing business in the United States. Why, then, should not our members patronize the insurance department more? By doing so, they save themselves money and aid materially the progress and permanency of the order.
      It has been decided, after very mature consideration, not to extend the Knights of Columbus into any part of Europe at the present. But we have invaded South America. A council was instituted a few weeks ago in Havana, and another in the Panama Canal Zone. The latter council started out with a membership of sixty-five. From these outposts it is intended to press into Venezuela, Brazil, Chili and other South American countries. It was thought that there was much important work in that territory for the order, and work which it could do better, perhaps, than any other lay organization.
     Whether a society will survive, grow and prosper as its years increase depends largely, if not entirely, on the soundness of the princi-


ples on which it rests and the adherence of its members thereto. That our principles are sound no one who has studied them will deny. But do we keep them always in mind when we act in matters that should be governed by them, or do we forget them and proceed as if we had never heard of them? What influence have they in our daily life-in our intercourse with our brothers? Are we better citizens better members of society, better Catholics, than if we had not joined the order? Do we find more Catholics participating in the great moral movements of the day than formerly? If so, then let us rejoice. If not so, let us resolve that there shall be a change.
     From the laws and ritual of the order there should be no intentional departure--not even in the least. This addresses itself especially to the officers. Every form prescribed should be followed to the letter. A minor departure today becomes a major one tomorrow. All will admit that a strict observance of the rules adds to the dignity and attractiveness of our meetings and tends strongly to keep alive the proper spirit. If any of us have been guilty of carelessness in the work entrusted to us, let us here and now resolve that we will reform.
      For one reason or another, the Committee which was to bring to your attention on behalf of the National body the project of raising $500,000 for the Catholic University did not act until recently. You all, I assume, have received the literature which that committee has prepared on the subject. It appears that the original plan has been changed somewhat so that the amount to be accumulated each year is $1.00 instead of 50 cents per capita. In this way, the $500,000 would be gathered in about two and one-half years, whereas under the first scheme it would take five years. This, I imagine, will not make any material difference. A person willing to contribute 50 cents a year would find no difficulty in giving $1.00 and thus get rid of the obligation in one-half the time.
     But there is another change which I regard as very important. In the first scheme, there was no mention of free scholarships. In the plan now outlined, the University consents to give us fifty free scholarships, to be filled from time to time by our Board of Directors. That is, this order will have the right while the University lasts to have fifty students in attendance who will receive their education without charge. This cannot fail to be of great value to the order. Even at this early day, we can catch a glimpse of the intense interest that will be taken throughout the organization in the selection of these students. When they have received their education, they will go forth from their alma mater firm friends of our order, splendidly equipped to propagate its principles, and to brilliantly defend in any presence the cause for which it exists.
     There is, I regret to say, some opposition to the order undertaking the collection of this fund. It comes for the most part from very unexpected quarters. The wisdom of establishing the University is not open to debate. His Holiness, the Pope, has taken it under his special care. Rome has spoken upon a subject with respect to which it has a right to speak. The archbishops of the United States are in charge of the institution. They say the $500,000 are necessary. A little investigation will show they are right. They ask us laymen to raise this sum. We can do it without much sacrifice. Shall we refuse? I am sure


that from the great body of the order everywhere will come the answer, no! But there is an additional reason why we should not refuse: This is undoubtedly an age of education, some of which is good, some of which is bad--very bad.
     Prof. Earp, of Syracuse University, a religious institution, ridicules the story of the Ten Commandments and says it is "unscientific and absurd to imagine that God ever turned stone mason and chiseled commandments on a rock." From Prof. Zeublin, of the Chicago University, we learn that "there can be and are holier alliances without the marriage bond than within it. Like politics and religion, we have taken it for granted that the marriage relationship is right and have not questioned it." This implies that it may not be right, or is at most a useless ceremony. "The notion," says Prof. Sumner, of Yale, "that there is anything fundamentally correct implies the existence of a standard outside and above usage, and no such standard exists." Therefore, there is no such thing as truth. The same learned author talks about "nakedness without indecency" and "adultery without lewdness." "Wide stairways are open," says Prof. Ross, of the University of Wisconsin, "between the social levels and men are expected to climb if they can, but to the climber children are encumbrances." This same teacher of youth vouches the advice that "changes in our standards are so swift and sweeping that there should be an annual supplement to the decalogue."
     We learn from one who has made a thorough study of the matter that "these professors teach young men and women plainly that an immoral act is merely one contrary to the prevailing conceptions of society and that the daring who defy the code do not offend any Diety, but simply arouse the venom of the majority--the majority that has not yet grasped the new idea." Out of Harvard comes the teaching that there are no absolute evils; everything tolerated by the world is right. Prof. Cooley, of Michigan University, says that the "Standards of right perpetually change in social life."
      Thus runs the story as we get it from men occuppying (sic) professorial chairs in the Universities of Chicago, Syracuse, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Yale, Kansas, Cornell, Wisconsin, George Washington, Princeton, Nebraska, Harvard and New York. After a careful study of the principles of these learned framers of thought and builders of character of the young men and women who are to constitute the future citizenship of this nation, a recent magazine writer concludes thus:
     "There is scholarly repudiation of all solemn authority. The decalogue is no more sacred than a syllabus. Everything is subjected to a scorching analysis. The past has lost its grip on the professor. The ancient prophet is less potent than the new political economy. Nothing is accepted on the 'ipse dixit' of tradition. From the college standpoint there are no God-established covenants. What happens at the primaries is more to the point than what took place in Palestine."
     This presents an alarming situation in the world of education. What shall be the end if matters are permitted to take their course without opposition? Does it not mean that the religion of the people, the fundamentals of our civilization, even Christianity itself, must disappear? How can it be otherwise unless something is done to counteract the evil consequences of such heathenish teaching--a teaching


which eliminates morality, religion and God from the life of our people? What shall be done and who shall do it? Clearly, the Catholic church is the one to undertake the work. But how shall she do it? By asserting her divine authority? The champions of the opposition would laugh at her. No. To be effective she must meet them on their own ground and with their own weapons. She must raise up a corps of men thoroughly trained in every department of human knowledge--men capable of entering the field of controversy and of sustaining therein against all comers, the cause of Christian morality, Christian civilization; aye, the cause of Christ Himself. But how shall these men be trained? Manifestly, there is at present but one place for such work, and that is the University. To be permitted to assist in the upbuilding and maintaining of such an institution should be regarded as a distinguished privilege. Hence let us take off our coats and go to work for the University endowment fund.
      Under the laws of our order, each state is entitled to be represented, in the National convention by the State Deputy and last Past State Deputy, and in addition thereto, by one representative for each 2,000 associate members, and one for each 2,000 insurance members. The report of the National Secretary shows that Nebraska had on the first of April, 2,104 associate members and 787 insurance members. Therefore, we are entitled to a representative on account of the associate members so that Nebraska's delegation on this occasion to the National convention will be three instead of two, as formerly.

     During the last year, each Council in the state added to its membership. The progress of the order has been steady and the spirit displayed everywhere most commendable. The District Deputies and their teams, as well as the council officers, are entitled to the thanks of the order for their painstaking work and great zeal in behalf of our cause. Personally, I beg to thank my brother knights for the many courtesies and favors which they have extended to me. They have honored me beyond my deserts. I am conscious that I can make no adequate return therefor. In stepping down from my position as State Deputy, I do so with unabated interest in the cause which lies so close to our hearts. Call me whenever I can be of service to you and I will respond with pleasure.

     Moved and seconded that the report of the State Deputy be given to the local papers for publication.

     Moved and seconded that the report of the convention be printed and distributed as the State officers see fit.

     The annual reports of the State chaplain, State Treasurer and State Secretary were read, accepted and placed on file.

     Moved and seconded that we hear the reports of the various Grand Knights on the University endowment fund.

     Columbus, North Platte, Omaha, Grand Island and Alliance reported favorable. Wymore, Creighton, Greeley, McCook, Hastings, Lincoln and O'Neill reported that they had not acted on same.

     Moved and seconded that the resolution of the $500,000 endowment for the University of Washington, D. C., be presented to the Committee on Resolutions for adoption.

     Moved and seconded that we adjourn until 1:30 p. m.


     The Council was called to order at 2:00 p. m. by State Deputy C. J. Smyth, and letters read from the Archbishop of St. Louis, the State Deputies of Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri, in regard to the University of Washington, D. C.

     The Committee on Resolutions now stated that they were ready to report.

     Moved and seconded that if no objections be raised to each resolution as read, that it stand adopted.



     Resolved, That we again indorse and recommend that the National officers be authorized to levy a special annual per capita tax until the amount of $500,000 be raised and same to be donated to the Catholic University of Washington, D. C., to be used as a part of a permanent endowment fund of said institution, and we indorse the plan to raise said fund proposed by the committee recently appointed by the Supreme Knight; be it


     Resolved, That the delegates from this State be instructed to introduce and support an amendment to the By-Laws of this order limiting the number of consecutive terms to be held by the National officers; be it


     Resolved, That we instruct our delegates to the National convention to introduce and support such amendments to the By-Laws of the order as shall require all members of the order to furnish each year satisfactory proof of their practical Catholicity.


     Wheares (sic), It is one of the duties of the Knights of Columbus to offer Requiem Masses for our departed brothers, and to the end that there may be uniformity in the observance thereof by all the Councils throughout the State of Nebraska; therefore, be it
     Resolved, By the Nebraska State. Council, Knights of Columbus, that each and every Council within this jurisdiction make the necessary arrangements to have an annual Requiem Mass celebrated on February 22.


     Whereas, The Omaha Council has kindly granted the State Council the use of their beautiful rooms, and it proposes still further entertainment in behalf of the members of the State Council and visiting Knights; therefore, be it
     Resolved, That we, the State Council, extend our hearty thanks to the first Council instituted in the State of Nebraska.


     Resolved, That we express our appreciation of the very able and unselfish labors in behalf of our order, made by our worthy State Deputy, C. J. Smyth; be it further
     Resolved, That in his elevation to the high position of National Director every member of the order in the State has a personal pride: be it


     Resolved, That the State Council, Knights of Columbus of Nebraska, hereby declares itself as being unalterably opposed to the maintaining of a bar, or any means for serving intoxicating liquors, in any building erected or maintained by "Columbus Clubs" or other similiar organizations; and be it

     Resolved, That the delegates from Nebraska to the National Council be requested to present such a resolution at the coming National Council, to be held in Mobile, Alabama, in August, 1909.

     Moved and seconded that the State assessment for the next year be 15 cents per capita instead of 20 cents.

     Moved and seconded that 3,000 copies of the proceedings of the State convention be printed.

     Moved and seconded that a committee of three be appointed to investigate as to whether our ritual is being used by any other organization.

     The State Deputy appointed the following members on the above committee: J. B. Kennedy, of Alliance; W. H. Green, of Creighton; F. L. Tobin, of North Platte.

     Moved and seconded that the State Secretary be instructed to purchase a receptacle for the records of the State Council.

Election of State Officers

     Brothers Gerharz and Green were appointed as Tellers.

     State Deputy: T. P. Redmond received 14; A. F. Mullen received 18 votes.

     Moved and seconded that the election of Arthur F. Mullen be made unanimous. There being no contests the following officers were elected by acclamation: State Secretary, Mark Burke; State Treasurer, J. H. Schmidt; State Warden, Jas. F. McNulty; State Advocate, Frank Real.

     Representative for the Associate members at the National convention--John F. Mathews, of Grand Island.

     Alternate--J. B. Kennedy, of Alliance.

     Alternate to State Deputy--W. H. Green, of Creighton.

     Alternate to Past State Deputy--T. P. Redmond, of Omaha.

     Moved and seconded that the next State convention be held in Omaha.

     The State officers then met and elected Rev. Wm. Windolf, of Creighton, as State Chaplain.

State Secretary.

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