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Kansas Sprung A Big Surprise

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Parent Issue
Day
15
Month
December
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Aun Arbor Commander}', No. 13, was giveu the greatest surprise of its existence on Saturday evening. Iu order to appreciate its nature, a recounting of a very recent event is necessary. When the death of the late Charles M. Jones ocourredat Wichita, Kansas, and it was deoided to have the burial take place in this city, the Grand' Coniniandery of Kansas (of which Mr. Jones was the second ranking ofticer) sent on a request here that Aim Arbor Commandery make the preliminary arrangements. The deceased Sir Knight was once a rnemher of Ann Arbor Commandery and the members here did not stop short of rnaking complete preparations f or every detail, leaving nothing for the Grand Commandery of Kansas to do btit to assume the perfunctory charge of depositing the reuiains in their last resting place. The great Templar funeral prooession, in which the two Detroit Commanderies participated.is well remembered. When the Knights had performed their sad duty and had marched to the armory, the eminent men from Kansas were profuse in their thauks, and aeclared that it meant that they would always turn to Michigan with a kindlier feeling. They departed for their homes, and it was commonly supposed here that no chapter could be added. But soon after, tliere carne word that the Grand Commandery of Kansas had decided to send Eminent Sir Bnster Brown, the Grand Sword Bearer of that state, as a special envoy to more formally èxtend tho thanks for what had been done for one of its departed offlcers. Notice was sent to the Sir Knights, and the common expression was heard amoug them that they could not see the necessity of sending a man a thousand miles to make known that the Grand Commandery of Kansas was grateful at what had been done. They had alreaiy given the Ann Arbor Knights to nuderstand that at the armory after the funeral. It seemed rather senseless to many. However a distinguished guesi was to be here and therefore a smoker was provided. When Sir Knight Brown arrived in the city it was found that accompnying him was Eminent ' Sir Charles Webb, the Grand Jtinior Warden of Kansas. It was given out by Sir Brown that Sir Webb was on his way to Washington, and he thought he would stop off here also. The Commandery was opened up in the'usual form Saturday evenin;, and the two distinguished gentlemen from Kansas were announced. They were an imposing pair as, in the full dress uniform and wearing the badges of their office, they marched to the center of the asylum and saluted the Eminent Commander. Sir Brown then gave a masterful address of thanks, and as he was nearing its conclusión his companion, Sir Webb, interrupted him and seemed to whisptr something. Sir Brown explained that his companion wished to be excused for a short time, and permission was granted and Sir Brown continued. Much to the surprise of all present, except Sir Knight Goodrich, who was the only one in Ann Arbor Commandery who had a knowledge of what was coming, Sir Webb marched in at the proper cue from Sir Brown. He carried a handsome silken beausaut, the battle flag of the Ancient Knights Templar and on behalf of the Grand Commandery of Kansas, he presented to Ann Arbor Commandery. It was a most gracious gift, extraordinary in that it comes from a Grand to a subordínate body. It is one of the most artistic and expensive beausants that could be procured. On the pole is a silver píate upon which is engraved the following: It was duly accepted by Eminent Sir W. G. Doty on behalf of Ann Arbor Commandery. The two eminent Knights were theu voted in as honorary members of Ann Arbor Commandery. The ceremonies elosed, and the Knights adjourned to the drill room, where a smoker was giveu mider the auspices of the Social Club of the Commandery. Everybody was provided with a corneob pipe and tobacco, cigars or cigarettes. Claret lemonade and sandwiches were served. A fine entertaining program was ranged and given by an orohestra, the Ana Arbor Music Co. 's Qtiartet, Mr. Orowley in recitation, and Mr. Harkins in negro songs. Speeches were made by Sir Knights Brown and Webb, of Kansas, and A. J. Sawyer aüd Wm. Guerin, of Ann Commandery. It was midnight before the happy party broke up. .ii #& If Kansas has any more Browns and "Webbs, the oftener they visit Ann Arbor Cominandery in a social way, the better the Sir Kights of this city will be pleased. m w # # From the Grand Commandery, i& W Knights Templar of Kansas, $1 Tn Gratef ui Acknowledge:nTit of the O Generous Hospltality and Unbounded ö Courtesies Extended its Officers by j(j Ann Arbor Commandery, j No. 13, Knights Templar, ÍÍ S On the Occasion of the Funeral Cere jj monies of W Very Eminent Sir tjüj Charles M. Jones. Ají Deputy Grand Commander of Kansas, At Ann Arbor, Michigan, m Oct.15, 189. M 'é ö