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Astoria, Oregon, Wednesday Morning, July 11, 1883.
THE SONS OP MALTA.
Recollections of a Secret Order
That Forced Good Men to ''Give
Just a quarter of a century ago
ji secret society, known as the
Sons of Malta, sprang suddenly
into existence in the city of New
Orleans. The original object of
the organization was the capture
of Cuba, and many prominent
military men of the South were
the leading spirits in the move
ment. For reasons which the
writer is not at liberty to divulge,
the filibustering plans of the Or
der were abruptly squelched, and
soon thereafter a well-known
newspaper-man, who had been
initiated, conceived the idea of
making "some fun for the boys."
The whole business of initiation,
etc., was transformed into a series
of the most stupendous sells, prac
tical jokes and outrageously comi
cal proceedings ever dreamed of.
The Order spread rapidly all over
the Union. It was generally be
lieved by the outside public that
the Sons of Malta was a benevo
lent society, and to foster this be
lief frequent lengthy notices of
charitable deeds performed by the
Order were published in the news
papers all over the land. Mept
ings were held weekly, and there
was so much solid lun to oe en
joyed that nothing short of a death
in the family would deter a mem
ber froin attending; therefore, in
many places, the membership! was
so great that the utmost difficulty
was experienced in obtai nine-
lodge rooms of sufficient capacity
Uanaidates lor initiation were
ushered into the hall where those
who were already members were
arranged in rows, each covered
from head to foot with a white or
black gown, m which was cut
small holes -for the eves and
mouth. With this garment on
the identity ot the wearer was
perfectly concealed and the candi
dates wno were initiated at one
time did not know whether they
were in the hands of friends or
. To each candidate the "Master
of Ceremonies" in a most im
pressive and pleasing manner,
stated the- objects of the Order
and told how the brotherhood came
together with one aim and one un
derstanding. ""We.are bound to
gether," he said, "by - the ties of
love, confidence and charity for
one another, strengthened and
solidified by the cement of con
fession. "We open up the secrets
of our hearts in the hearing and
presence of each other. "We are
all sinful creatures and confession
is good for the soul. Our good
deeds speak for themselves, and
our bad deeds are recorded, arid in
due time these records are burned
and the ashes are all that remain
of a dead and forgotten past."
Then the candidate was asked
if he was willing to leave the sin
ful world behind, and enter upon
the new life. An affirmative an
swer, and the initiation began.
Ho was immediately blindfolded,
led -to a step-ladder, and. told to
ascend and seat himself on the top
stair with arms folded. This was
the position each had to occupy
while undergoing the ordeal of a
"confession" of his misdeeds. He
would be led along by adroit
questioning until he made what
was regarded as a "clean breast"
of his moral shortcomings. When
a particularly rieh or unexpeoted
admission was pumped out of him
& dead, sepulchral voice solemnly
And immediately a heavy blow
was struck upon a big- drum to
drown the irrepressible laughter.
If a candidate gave evidence of
a desire to conceal anything, he
was given to understand that the
inner secrets of his soul wore
known to the Order, and to hesi
t&te in giving them would be an
unpardonable crime in the eyes of
the brotherhood. This would suf
fice for many, but the majority
would, of course, hold out and re
fuse to answer some indelicate
question, liable to lead into
channel that might involve him in
a disagreeable confession. And all
through this was e.xacth what was
In such cases an intimate friend
of the candidates would pass up
to the Master of Ceremonies on a
slip of paper a point or two in
some questionable transaction of
the applicant's life, and this would
prove the key to unlock the secret
recesses of his hear!. Then would
the master sav, in a tone of re
"The records of the Order show
that upon such a day, in such a
i-t ii . ri.. .
year, wane you were in mo cay oi
Cincinnati you did thus and so'
Then in a tone mildly expostulato-
ry he continued:
"My friend would 1 could call
you brother as l nave sam c-
fore, all your misdeeds are knowu !
to the Order to which you are
seeking admission. While cross
ing the portals which separate our
brotherhood from a wicked and
sinful world, and while about en
tering upon a new life, and breath
ing a purer atmosphere, you have
ungratefully tried to deceive us.
For this you are to be punished
and thrust back into the wicked
ness you are so loath to leave be
hind. "Sir Knight, summon the Coun
cil of Ten and take the recreant
before that tribunal for punish
Then to the candidate,
saddened tone of voice:
Sir, there is but one way in-
which you can redeem yourself
in the eyes of the brotherhood
make a full and complete confes
sion." The feeling that iheir secrets
might actually be in pos
session of the brotherhood, and an
indefinable dread of what that
council of ten might do in the way
of punishment, invariably unlocked
the mouth, and some of the most
sedate citizens men of good
character and standing were
forced to own up to more trans
gressions than they would care
to have put in print.
The candidate was then asked
if he could swim. If he answered I
in the affirmative the reply was:
"Let us see you. If in the nega
tive the answer was: "We will
teach you." Still blindfolded, he
was marched to a lar corner oi
the room where a stream of water
from a faucet kept up the delusion
of a prospective bath and com
manded to disrobe for the plunge.
Four strong brothers then seized
him, and with a toss placed him
with his stomach resting on the
top of a high stool and told him to
"strike out." The delusion was'
so great that the poor victim would
kick and paw the air, and make
the most ridiculous exertions
Although it was a dry bath, the
new-fledged brother had to be put
through the drving-machine. This
was a high, narrow box just high
enough and wide enough for a
man to stand upright in. When
he was in there slats were inserted
to keep him in position while he
was going through the drying pro
cess, the box was hung on
pivots between two upright bars,
and had attached to the side a
crank, by which it could be readi
ly and quite rapidly revolved.
And this was only one of the little
trials which the ambitious seeker
after the mysteries of Malta had to
undergo. He was whirled round
and round perpendicularly, head
over heels and heels over head,
first quite slow and then with
gradually increasing speed, until
the breath of the human propeller
gave out. The frightened fellow
was then removed to an easy chair
to take a rest, while further ques
tions were propounded to him,
and the sonorous "Ke-c-o-r-d it!"
resounded throughout the hall
after each of his answers. He was
then told to prepare for the
"rough and rugged road." lie
was then placed on all fours, and,
by prodding from the rear, forced
to crawl through a long iron boiler
on which the men were hammer
ing; thence up a rough incline to
the top of a pedestal twelve or
fifteen feet high, from which he
was shoved into a large blauket
made of sail-cloth, with hand-holes
for ten men on a side. Then he
was sent flying to the ceiling.
Down lie would come and up he
would go at the rate of thirty
times in sixty seconds, and such a
sliaking up as the poor fellow ex
perienced can not be realized by
those who have not been similarly
And thus the ''initiation'' on- i
tinned until the resources of the
lodge were exhausted, one grand
sell following another in rapid
succession, each one more stupen
dous than the one preceding.
Finally as a grand wind-up, the
candidate was informed that in
view of the fact that he had suf
fered so many indignities and
passed through such a trying
ordeal, the lodge ha d decided to
confer upon him the honorary
title of G. R. J. A. Judge, or Colo
nel, or General So-and-so having
resigned the position in his fayor.
With a lengthy and florid speech
from the master of ceremonies,
and a deal of adulation and mock
tokens of respect from the now
unmasked members of the Order,
the candidate was presented with
his credentials, which it wsis made
obligator upon him should be
immediately opened and examined.
Hastily the "great seal" of the
Order would be broken, the
certificate taken from the envelope
and opened, and !he victim would
discover the picture of a jackass
in bold relief, with .various ac
coutrements and accomplish
ments, and would pocket his cre
dentials and his chagrin amid the
roitr of the frolicsome .gang that
This expose could be greatly
extended, but enough has been
given to let those in Louisville,
who were members of the "noble
Order," know that one of the G.
It. J. A's has been "giving away"
their cussedness . Louisville
j ins powder iiewr varies. A marvel o
purity. strength and wh jlesomcne More
economical than tha nnllnnrv kiniU :mri
cannot be sold in competition with the mul
titude of low test snort weight, alum or
phosphate powders. Sohlimluin earn. Rov-
AI. llAKINO TOWPKIt Co.. 10rt Wall-st. X. Y,
Is not n "cure alt," it Is a blood-purifier and
tonic Iinimntvof tlieltlooil nnUniw tlicsvi.
tern, deranges the circulation, and thus In
duces many disorders. Known ov tlitierent
names to distinguish them nccordlui: to ef
fects, but beiiiK really branches or phases of
that great generic disorder. Imnnrlty or
Illood. Such arc Dwpeptla, IHUIoilsucks,
JArcrxrompiaim, vonsniuutnn. i crniw
order. Hliitlachc. Backache. General Weak-
Heart DUcaxc, Dropsy. Kidncu Dtteabc,
Pile, libcumatitm. Catarrh, Scrofula, Skin
uMtnien; l'tmpic. nicer, iuxiunu, &c.
S-c. Kintr of the Blood, prevents ami
cures these by attacking the cautc. Impurity
of the blood. Chemists and physicians agree
in calling it "the most genuine and efficient
preparation lor me purpose." bold uyunig
tlons, &e In pamphlet, "Treatise on Diseases
oi tne wood." wrapwd around each bottle.
D. KAXSOM, SOX & Co.. Props
Buffalo, X. Y.
THE LATEST STYLES
B. 3. FRANKLIN'S,
XEXT DOOIITO ASTOIJIAX OFFICE.
A very large Stock from which to select.
Window curtains made to order.
BMy patent Trlmmor to cut Wall Paper
nm uu iuuuu convenient 10 my patrons.
ALDERBROOK PR'OPEISTY FOR SALE,
UUAS. Ji. WILLI AMSOX &CO.
& 8ss& safes
Neuralgia, Sciatica, Lumbago,
Backache, Soreness of iho Chest,
Gout, Quinsy, Sore Throat, Swell
ings and Sprains, Burns and
Scalds, General Bodily
Tooth, Ear and Headache, Frosted
Feet and Ears, and all other
Pains and Aches.
No Fri'iAratlon on earth eqnslj Sr. J.'. com Oil
ts a safe, sure, simple and cheap External
IJraeJv. A trial entails tut the para lively
trifling outlay of 50 Cents, and every one tuffer
ing with pain can havo cheap and potdtire proof
Iirections in Eleven Language.
SOLD BT ALL DRUGGISTS AHD DEALERS
A. VOGELER & CO., '
lialtimore, 2ZJ., C. S. A.
Last December the Oregon Im
provement company determined
tn lectin nnn nnn no. ...ntoi
' 5 1 '
S1UU.UUU to be used to extinguish
the floating debt of the company ;
and 8500,000 to retain assets in !
the treasury. The bondholders j
I did not avail themselves of the
subscription privileges and the
company JiaveJ vre understand, re-;
ccntly sold the entire amount.
SYMPTOMS OF A DISEASED LIVES.
Pain in tho right side, tinder edge of ;
ribs, increasing on presurc; soinetiims
tho pain is on the left side; the patient h
mroly able fo lie on the left side; some
times the pain Is felt under the tOiouMcr
and is sometimes taken for Rheumatism :
in the nnn. The stomach is affected with i
loss of npiwtite and sickness; the liowels
in general are costive, sometimes alter
nating with laxity; the head Is troubled
with naln. accompanied with a dull, heavy
sensation in the back part. There Is Kencr
ally a considerable loss of memory, accom-
Kiuieu wun a patniui sensation oi Having
eft undonw something which ought to
have been done. A slight, dry couch is
sometimes attendant. The patient com
plains of weariness and debility; ho Is
easily startled ; his feet are cold or burn
ing, and he complains cf a prickly sensa
tion of the skin; his spirits arc low, and,
ulthnuch he is satisfied that exercise would
be bencucinl to nun, yet tie can scarcely
summon up fortitude enough to try it.
If vott have any of the above symptoms.
you can certainly be cured by the use of
tnc Keinune in. v. 3icuiisi uuc
When you buyXcXane's IMII, insist
on liaviim wit. c. aici.i2it?s vkjac
TIUATKI) I.1VKK TILTS, made by Prcm
inj: llro:.., Pittsburgh, Pa. .
If you can not cct tho genuine i'K.
C. SlcLANK'S LIVKK IMLI.S, send us
eents by mall, and we will send them
FLEMISH BllOS.. PiiislHirgli, Ta.
A.M. Johnson &Co,
A FULL LINE OF
NBYILLB & 00.
Pacific Net and Twine Co.
San KKANt'i'.eo, -April ntli. iks:;.
For general convenience,
we have sent a supply of. Hio. JlO. T
ply Jciiuiiie Scotch Salmon Xv.t
Twine, to the care of A. M. JOHNSON
& CO., Astoria, which will he sold at
low enough figures to make it an object
for all net menders to use it for repairs,
in place of the more costly Xo. -10, 12
ply. Fishermen who have heretofore used
this grade of twine for repairs, claim
that the durability of the patch is equal
to the balance of the net. after the latter
has had a few weeks use. We think it
will be money in your pocket to Iry it.
For prices and samples apply to
A.M. JOHNSON & CO.,
Neville & Co. Sole Agents, j I Francisco
3i and 33Calironiia St. f &an Rmt,,,co-
liabjliuciu.nt itwiniK .urn nil
grant perfume. Price 25 and 50 cents.
Ullnil'niiifnnl.)) o lofinT ntiil fVn.
Bold by W.E. Dement.
:( -TSLS AND RESTAURANTS.
11. It. t'ARKEU, Prop..
RST CLASS HOTEL.
AM. MODERN IMPROVEMENTS.
iH:T A.! ;oS.l BATHS.
Good Billiard Table, and First Class Sa
loon stocked with Fine Liquors.
ca-FKEE COACH TO HIE II0USK.-S
IT IS A PACT
JEFF'S CHOP HOUSE
Concomly Street is the Best in
lit- lin Always on Haml FRESH
Slxonl "Water Ilnjr and East
cm Oj-.s I TM.
;JEFF ? IS THE BOSS CATERER.
Hi- hut lip.cn Proprietor of Hie "Aurora
IlMtvl" In Knappton neven years.
i OPEN DAY AND NIGHT.
IROSCOPS FIRST "CLASS
CHEN AMI'S STREET. ASTORIA.
mHE I'NDKRSIftNED IS PLEASEDJTO
; JL announce to the public that he has op-
I FiKST V'LASS
3Sati-ng TTouse ,
Anil famishes In first-class stylo
oysters, hot coffee tea, etc
Ladies" and Gent's Oyster Saloon,
Plnw give me a call.
UOSCOE DIXOX, Proprietor
Chop House and Restaurant.
! OPEX DAY AXD XIGUT.
, DIralH 25 routs and upwards.
Ii. AV1S.IJKOX & G. XiOITIiARD,
31 A IX STKEI7T. ASTORIA.
Refitted throttshout: theUable supplied
wun ine oisi :iue neds clean and conuort
Board by the weM
Meals to order.
- - 3.00
.1. G, ROSS. Proprietor,
Hardware ai Ship Ctoilery.
A. VAN DUSEH & CO..
Hardware and Ship Ghandlery,
Pure Oil, Bright Varnish,
Binnacle Oil, Cotton Canvas,
Hemp Sail Twine.
Cotton Sail Twine,
Wrought Iron Spikes.
Galvanized Cut Nails.
Paints and Oils. Groceries, ele.
Cigars, Tobacco and Cigarettes
Meerschaum and Brier Pipes,
GENUINE ENGLISH CUTLERY
Revolvers and Cartridges.
W. S. DEMENT & CO.
ASTOKIA. - - - OREGON
Carry in Stock,
DRUGS, CHEMICALS, TOILET
Prescriptions carefully Compounded
No. 40 I2-Ply
SALMON TWINE !
COHK MB LEAD LINES,
A Full Stock Now on Hand
HENRY DOYLE' & CO.,
511 Market Street, San Franelsc.
Sole Agents for the Pacific Coast.
Doors, Windows, Blinds, Transoms, Liaaber.
Ail kinds of
Boat Material, Etc.
1 Boats of all Kinds Made to Order. :
Ey-Orders from a distance promptly attended
S. ARNDT & JFERCHEN.
ASTOKIA. - OREGON.
The Pioneer Machine Shop
All kinds of
Promptly attended to.
A specialty made of repairing
FOOT OF LAFAYETTE STREET.
ASTORIA IRON WORKS.
BlOTTOX STKKKT, NRAK PAllKKH HOUSE,
ASTORIA. - OREGON.
GENERAL MACHINISTS AND
BoilerWork, Steamboat Work
and Cannery Work a spe
cialty. OTall DescriptionH made to Order
at Short Xotlce.
A. D. "Wass, Prosedent.
J. G. Hustlkk, Secretary,
I. V. Case, Treasurer.
A. V. Allen,
(SUCCESSOR TO PAQB & ALLEN.)
Wholesale and retail dealer lu
Glass and Plated Ware,
TROPICAL AND DOMESTIC
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
LOEB & CO.,
AGENTS FOR TIIE
Best San Francisco Houses and
Tumblers Decanters, and All
Kinds of Saloon Supplies.
JSAU goods sold at San Francisco Prices.
Opposite Parker House, Astoria. .Oregon
TO THE PUBLIC.
Tie 0. E, & I Co.
Will Transact iheir Business at the
MAIN STREET WHARF, '
Which has been Leased,
Until Further Notice
E. A.N0YES, Agent,
to. and satisfaction guaranteed In allcasea
AUCTIONEER, COMMISSION AND IN
JAY TUTTIiE, M. J.
I PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON
I Office Rooms 1,2, and S.PythlaaBulld
Rftdkxck Over J. E. Thomas' Draz
j ClatMop counts, and City efAslarta
I gLLe. r-Clienamus street, Y. M. 0. A. hall
' ' .
p P. IIIUKS,
ASTORIA, - - OREGON
Rooms In Allen's building up stalls, corner
of Cass and Sqemocqhestret .
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
ChenamusS treet, - - ASTORIA, OREGON
J J. .JOKS,
Ship and Steamboat Joiner,
jyu. .r. e. XiaFOiice,
Room ll. Odd Fellows Building:, Astoria, Oc
Gas administered for painless extraeUoa
WM. B. GRENELL,
REAL ESTATE AGEKCY.
CITY AND SUBURBAN PROMBTY', TIM
BER AND FARM LAND.
EOfflce next to F. L. Parker's Store, Cos.
Chenamus and Benton Sts.
General Commission Broken.
Ofllce on Generieve street, In the .re ot
E, R. Hnwes' building.
A General Agency business transacted.
GENERAL STEAMSHIP AGENCY.
Bills of Exchange on thy
Part oi Europe.
1AM AGENT FOR TIE FOLLOWING
well known and commodious ateamiolp
STATE LINE, RED STAR,
NATIONAL, and AMERICANXIHE.
Prepaid tickets to or from any European
For full information as to rates of .!arJ,
sailing days, etc, apply to
I. n . CASE,
BOZOBTH & JOHNS.
Real Estate and General Insurance
ASTORIA, - Oregon.
WE YRITE POLICIES IN THE "WBST
crn. State Investment, Hamburg, Bre
men and North German Fire Insurance Com
panies, and represent the Travellers Ufa
and Accident ot Hartford, and tha New
York Life, of X. Y.
We have the only complete set of township
maps in the county, and nave, made arrange
ments to receive applications, filings, and.
fiiil proofs on Homesteads, Preemptions.
Timber 1-ands, etc.. having all tha official
blanks therefor. Our maps can be exam
ined in the ofllco, upon the payment of a
Vre also have for sale city property in As
toria and additions, and farms and tide land
Rents, and other collections made, and
BOZOBTH. & JOHNS,
. EL PAR
Hay, Oats,' Straw.
Lime, Brick, Gement and Santf
Woail Delivered ta Orr,
Draying, Teaming and Express Busine,
Horses ana Carriages for Hire.
WINES, LIQUORS AND CIQARS.