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Editorialana.                       489


the Conference probably could not have been held last year. Miss Cor-

nelius as secretary invited the Executive Committee to meet late in June

at her home in northern Wisconsin, and, under the generous hospitality

of herself and her family, the program for the Conference was drafted.

The letters asking for active and associate memberships were also drawn

up there and on the train which brought the committee back to Chicago.

Now the campaign was on, and the work and the troubles began.

All good things cost trouble and work, but the costs should be forgotten

so far as possible. One very serious loss was suffered during the

summer. Dr. Montezuma withdrew from the Society. There is a great

suspicion of the government in many Indian circles. Dr. Montezuma's

consuming desire was to make the Indian free. If the Society were to

work to that end, it must be independent. Rumors spread over the

country that the government was secretly controlling the Society. It

was even gravely asserted by outside people that the government would

have paid spies at the Conference. So the suspicions and rumors grew

until Dr. Montezuma felt obliged to withdraw. As the Society continues

to demonstrate its complete independence, it is hoped he, one of the

founders of the movement, will feel able to return. The Society is free

and it includes all honest differences of opinion.

At last on the anniversary of the discovery of America, the

Conference was opened to prove the army of pessimists mistaken and

to justify the faith and works of the optimists. Space will not allow

of any summary here of the proceedings of this first national gathering

of American Indians. That may be found in the report of the Con-

ference, a splendid duodecimo volume of 183 pages. Suffice it to say

that nationally and locally the Conference was counted a distinct success.

True it is, of course, that differences developed when attention turned

to organization, and those differences, based upon honest opposing points

of view, continued after the Conference closed, and resulted in January

in a change of principal officers. The persistent fear of government con-

trol led Mr. Dagenett to sacrifice the well-earned distinction of Executive

Secretary. At the same time Mr. Sloan made an equal sacrifice of the

position of chairman. Both men continue to be powers in the Society,

which was extremely fortunate in finding Mr. Parker and Mr. Coolidge,

men who could fill the two positions to the satisfaction of the entire

membership. Harmony reigns. If the Society shall now be given the

moral and financial support which it deserves it will do a great work

for the Indian race and the American nation.




Judge James House Anderson died in the City of Columbus, June

27, 1912.  He had been an invalid for some years, being confined

to his residence, but his mind remained alert to the end. He was a man