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Mail Tribune 100

August 4, 1917


All arrangements have been completed for the big conclave of the Knights of the Pythias, which will be at Crater Lake, August, 14, 15 and 16, and indications point to a very large attendance of knights from all over the state. The conclave will be held under the auspices of Talisman Lodge, No. 31, of Medford.

All the grand officers of the state will be in attendance and will put on the knight rank on Wizard Island, August 15. Members of the order are coming to the conclave from all over Oregon by auto and train. The railroads have made a special rate.

A big feature of the occasion will be presence at the conclave of the battle flag that flew on the bridge of the Olympia in the battle of Manila bay, and of William Speaker, the color sergeant under Admiral Dewey, who was on the bridge with the admiral during the battle and handled the flag.

Speaker is a member of Muir Lodge, No. 136, of Sausalito, Cal., and the flag is the property of this lodge. It is sacredly guarded and has never been used or taken out of the lodge room but on one previous occasion. The lodge carries $500 insurance on the flag, and it is kept locked in a special receptacle made for it and is never to be out of the possession of some special deputized member whose duty is to guard it.

The information that the flag and Mr. Speaker will attend the conclave has just been received in the city in a letter from J. E. Stinson, special deputy grand commander of Sausalito, who also writes that himself and a number of other members of the lodge will attend the conclave.

Talisman lodge will maintain a commissary department during the conclave, and all meals will be served at a huge triangular table. The knights will sleep out in the open and all visiting knights attending the conclave should bring along blankets.

All members of Talisman lodge are requested to attend the meeting of the lodge Monday night, when matters in connection with the coming conclave will be further considered.