That M. W. A. Mystery Entertainment

A little mystery usually generates interest, as the Skidmore Modern Woodmen camp knew in 1900. From the September 14, 1900 edition of the Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri):

That M. W. A. Entertainment.

Last week, a committee appointed by the Skidmore Modern Woodmen camp had a large number of invitation sprinted which they mailed at the post office. The invitations read like this: “Yourself and lady are respectfully requested to be present at an entertainment to be given in Cook’s opera house Monday evening, September 10, 1900.”

The recipients of the invitations naturally wondered what kind of an entertainment would be given; and some asked members of the lodge to enlighten them. In every instance they were told that they – the members – were just as much in the dark about the nature of the entertainment as anybody outside; that it had all been left to the committee.

The whole thing was so clothed in mystery that everyone naturally had a curiosity to know what would happen, and a large number of persons went to the hall Monday evening regardless of the threatening weather. They knew it all before eleven o’clock.

The Skidmore Mandolin Club played three selections and the Skidmore Male Quartette sang two selections. Neighbor William Howden made a flowery little speech and introduced M. C. Ratcliff, of Albany, who delivered an address on woodcraft. Mr. Ratcliff is District Deputy organizer for the nineteen counties in northwest Missouri.

The Skidmore Modern Woodmen camp is one of the most active in the state and the object of the entertainment was to get more people interested in the order.

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