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THE SOUTHERN GUARDIAN. Page Thirty-Thrce. Brief Histc,ry of A Gr:tnd Order The Knights of Columbils In General cma&apos; In Arl00ansas and This Fourth Degree District In Particular. It was on the 24th , day of April that Ferd F . 9o4 -" Kuhn, of Na,';hville, the State Deputy of the" Knights of Columbus of Tennessee, came to Little Rock, and with his characteristic energy instituted I.ittle Rock Council No. 812. At that time there were Only a few Knights of ('oltmfl)ns in Little l;h)el, there- fore, it was necessary that degree officers should come from Nashville and Memphis. To the degree team, especially to State Deputy Kulm, who has long since been called the "Father of the ()rder in Ark- ansas," and the oht men> hers here who helped in the work of ol'ganization i) is due the thanks of the :!, Knights of this State for their fraternal existence. ( )nee organized the new cmncil began to show tm,gress and soon other councils were organized Q LOUIo ,-- aim today there are three  Litt, s, " ouncil. . counmls in the State, o, Cated at Little Rock, Fort Smith aim Pine Bluff. *exarkana council though in Texas jurisdiction, has as inany Arkansas Knights in it as it has Knights from the Lone Star State These COUncils are in prosperous circumstances though neither of them owns a home. Tim present lUarters of each of these councils are splendid, mak- ing a home like place for the members to meet. The day is not far distant when these councils will each own its own holne, in fact Little Rock council is at present eonteml)lating buying permanent quarters. At the present time there are about 6oo Knights of Columbus in Ark- ansas and throu h the,. I g their 'organized efforts s aave COme to be a factor i11 the com- mOnWealth. Throu h Columbus l . , , g their influence da- ay has oeen made a State holl- Y m Arkansas. the }on. ;.!ames A Gray of this city was Ier..1. TM lerritorial 1)eputy, Hon. F.. i. win, of Pine Bluff, the first State Deputy and Hon. John H. Vaughn, of Fort Snfith, is the 1)resent State Delmty. Tim lnetnbers of I the present State Council are: Chap- lain, Rt. Rev. John . Jo. . Too B. Morris, Little hi, Little ..... HEy, Rock" state deputy "x*'K ".Ssembly Fort . .. John tq. Vaughla, onllth ; st , GUaOech; .... ate seeretar), F. J. Frant. "'" Little Rock; state treasurer, ]. J. I)o,[laneeY, Pine Bluff i state warden, I. C. t-I I , Little Rock; state advocate, Vers, Fort SInith. . . .t;In.braelng the one religion, striving fOl. Objects Worthy and more lasting than Pllheal advanta e " " 'lllltx, " g, social eulovnlent or t(ni2,  good fellowshin six lmndred gilts of Columb ,' hon s , . , us haxe reached a Dos- )t "t:COllfl to r - - " - ,, one in the fraternal circles ";g2'l',z state. Certain it is that no other zation of like SlZ known T' ." .e is as favorably atlVltles'' '' ofnrughut the state the various cVztabl,, Cathohc laymen are in- associated with the Knights of EDWARD J. DELANEY, Master Fourth Degree. Columbus until, we may say, the two have becolne synonymous. The above cut is a good likeness of Louis Koers and also bears a close re- semblance to the late Prince Bismarck. Mr. Koers is, at present, Grand Knight of lAttle Rock Council, No. 812 Knights of ('olulnhus, and is one of the city's oldest aim most prominent citizens and substan- tial husiness inch. "Uncle Louis" as solne of the "younger set" affectiolmtely call hiln is a faithful Knight. Always on hand at the meetings ready to lend his best ef- forts toward the good of the order. Under his administration lAttle Rocl< Cotincil has made great adwmcement fra- ternally and otherwise. He attended the Colulnbus melnorial unveiling in \\;Vashillg- ton, Jtme 8, and returned a wiser and bet- ter Knight. Mr. Koers has not only seen the origin and growth of the order in Little Rock, hut he has witnessed the development of. a pioneer city of half a century ago into a inodern day city, and he has profited by his experience and is today one of the state's most prosperous capitalists. The Fourth Degree District, compris- ing Arkansas and Oklahoma and known as the t rovince of DeSoto was estahlish- ed in October 191o. The National officers who created this district al)pointed EdwardCA j. Delaney, of ()klahoma City, Master of the Fourth Degree. Immediately after his appoint- ment Mr. Delaney notified every Council in the District that all Fourth Degree mere- bers wouhl meet in February for the pur- pose of adopting by-laws for the District and perfecting the organization. This lneeting was held at Oklahoma City on February o_2, 191t on which date the Fourth Degree was exemplified to a class of 14o candidates. I)uring the fall of 911 Mr. Delaney was notified hy the suprenae officers that a lneeting shouhl he hehl in February 912 for the purpose of transacting any busi- ness that might properly come before the assemhly and at tim salne time select three nalnes to be sublnitted for the office of master for the term of two years froln J une 3 o, 1910.L. It was decided when nmking the call for the assembly meeting that a successful exelnplification could he held in the dis- trict, and, in order to allow time to naake preparation a dispensation was granted,' upon request of the Master, to have tim Asselnbly com;ene in Marcia instead of February and the date and place was set for March 17, ' 192 at Little Rock, Ark. ()n this date, St. Patrick's Day, a class of more than It'x) received the Fourth Degree and Ed. J. Delanev was reappointed as Master The District now has 350 Fourth Degree nmmbers and eight assemblies as follows: lAttle Rock, Ark., Muskogee, 13artelsville, ]'onca City, El Reno, Lawton, Guthrie and Oklahoma City, Okla. The l)istrict is in a fhmrishing financial condi- lion. There is money in the treasury to the credit of the District. In all probability another exemplifica- tion will be given in the l)istrict within the next year. Hon. John I I. \\;:auglm, of Fort SInith, State 1)eputy of the l(nights of Colulnbus in Arkansas, is one of the prominent attornevs of this state tie was born in Iowa and moved, in his early lnanhood, to \\;\:isconsin, coming to Arkansas and locating in Fort Smith nine years ago. tie was elected to the exalted position in May gll, and re-elected in 92. }Je has held every office in the local council at Fort Smith. Mr. Vaughn is a great commoner, believes in the vernacuhtr of the progressives "has nmde good." }te is tlm attorney for SOlne of the JOHN n. VAUGHN, largest corporations in the State Deputy State, and is a stockholder aim director in some of the largest industrial organizations at Fort Smith. \\;Vishing to organize the laylnen of his parish, l"ather Michael McGivney of New Haven, Colmecti- cut, forlned the first council of Knights of Columbus in Marcia 188-.2. This council was called San Salva- dor. Its purpose, as well as the conditions which prolnpted its institution, were purely local. Its meln- bers had no thonght or intention that within thirty years there would be a council of their order in every city of any size in the United States; that there would be councils throughout Canada in Mexico, the Plfillippines, Cuba, Palmma, South America, 'and that its membership would ntnnber 280,00o. The objects of the Knights of Colum- hus are the practice of Clmrity in our re- lations with one another, promoting always the worthy undertakings and general wel- fare of our membershit) ; the preservation of Unity in our ranks, not for the strength of the order alone, but as well for the ptnver it gives us t, be of lnutual benefit in health or sickness and in our social, nloral and civic develop- ment the exempli- fication of frater- nity by the force of those in need, in distriss or left JAMES A. GRAY, First Territorial Deputy. dependent by death For the accomplishmeut of these ob- jects, the order is divided iuto two classes of naembership, natnely, associate and in- surance. A commoll requisite for naember- ship in either class is tlmt the applicant be a practical Roman Catholic. This, to- gether with the performance of his last Easter duty, nmst be affirmatively stated in his application. Other requisites, com- lnon to both classes of uaembership, are that tlle applicant be riot engaged direct- ly or indirectly in the manufacture or sale of intoxicating liquors, and that he be not affiliated with "any organization or society forbidden by the Catholic Church. Any one with these qualifications, between the