Deed Deplored by Knights of Golden Eagle
THIS FRATERNAL ORDER DEEPLY REGRETS CZOLGOSZ’S
MEMBERSHIP IN IT.
The Knights of the
Golden Eagle order deeply deplore the fact that the murderer of
President McKinley was a member of their organization, which is
of a purely fraternal and beneficent nature. The objects and aims
of the Knight of the Golden Eagle, as set forth in their constitution
and by-laws, are as follows:
“The proclaimed purpose of the founders
and the primary objects of the order are to promote the principles
of true benevolence by associating its members together for the
purpose of mutual relief against the trials and difficulties attending
sickness, distress and death, so far as they may be relieved by
sympathy and financial assistance; to care for and to protect the
widows and orphans, to assist those out of employment, to encourage
each other in business, to better the condition of humanity in every
possible manner, to stimulate moral and mental culture, and by wholesome
instructions, fraternal council and social intercourse to elevate
and advance its membership towards a higher and nobler life, and
to urge the spreading of the principles of benevolence and charity
as taught by the order. The constant aim is to promote the mutual
pleasure and welfare of the members. The meetings are held for the
transaction of business of a moral, benevolent and charitable character.
No other institution is better calculated to promote the well-being
of a man and his happiness. It seeks to elevate mankind generally.
By a solemn obligation every member becomes a champion and defender
of the wife, mother, and sister of his brother knight.
“If a man is a true knight he is also
a faithful friend, an honorable man and a worthy citizen.”
At the meeting of Cleveland City Castle,
No. 23, Knights of the Golden Eagle, last Friday evening, the following
resolutions were unanimously adopted:
“Whereas, Leon Czolgosz, alias Nieman,
the assassin of our President McKisley [sic], being a member
of our order, and as we deem this act an outrage to an order and
its members; therefore, be it
“Resolved, That the members of C.
C. C., No. 23, K. of G. E., a fraternal benevolent association of
law-abiding citizens of the United States, do hereby earnestly and
most emphatically condemn the act and deed of the assailant.
“Resolved, That these resolutions
be spread broadcast and published in the daily papers, so the public
may understand that our order is not in sympathy with such a murderous