Philadelphia (Jul. 23)
An acrimonious discussion concerning remuneration for their Grand Master, featured today’s session of the 26th convention of the Progressive Order of the West, now in session here. Apparent factionalism made itself felt when it was sought to amend the by-laws of the Order so that a Grand Master may receive a substantial monetary gift at the close of his term, as was the case before the present Grand Master, Joseph Schiller, of Chicago, took office. Mr. Schiller today protested against the reinstatement of this procedure and urged the defeat of the amendment. Acrimony developed when it was sought to amend the pending motion to the effect that at no time should the remuneration be more than $500. This proviso, however, as well as the original motion, was defeated.
Mr. Schiller was renominated without opposition for his present office, thus virtually assuring his re-election for a second and final term as Grand Master. Among other renominated without opposition were Morris Shapiro, of St. Louis, Grand Secretary; Sol Goldman, of the same city, Grand Treasurer; and Wm. H. Goldman, Grand Beneficiary Treasurer.
A new constitutional proviso voted on yesterday creates two new classes of insurance-$100 and $250. This was in response to a demand on the part of many of the delegates who claimed it will meet with the request of younger people who desire to join the Order, more for its fraternity than for the insurance feature.
Funeral services were held yesterday for Leopold Freudenthal, cigar manufacturer, who died on Sunday at the age of 76 at his home, 37 Coir Street. Irvington N. J. He is survived by a widow and a daughter. He belonged to the Masons and other fraternal societies.