The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
Credo Quia Absurdum
This weekend saw Downieville transformed by the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
Clampers are well known and deeply cherished in Downieville, and the Dville chapter might well be one of the oldest.
The group is a charitable and beneficent organization dedicated to camaraderie and, well, drink.
Dressed in the classic red and black, the Clampers have been called “the Elks on pure grain alcohol” by some, and “the scourge of the old west” by others, mostly party poopers. The Clampers did take care of miner’s widders and orphans, and continue to have a bond of trust rivaling that of the Skull and Bones.
“…all members are officers and all offices are of equal indignity.”
Local worthy Don Russell, editor of The Mountain Messenger Newspaper, is a Clamper, and as a result, all Prospect reporters had to be out of Downieville before dark on Friday, so we don’t have photos of the actual festivities. We do have these photos, which were taken just before we were run out of town for printing lies and prevarications and insults on the truth and taking market share from the Messenger.
“I believe it because it’s absurd.”
Downieville Clamper Website is HERE