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PAGI' FOUR THE GUARDIAN, SATUR DAY, JANUARY 6, 1923. | Publiohed Weedy by THi CATHOLIC PUBLICATION BOCImTY o| the Diocese ot Little Rock , j WEST SECOND STRE, ZT ][ttered u amnd-ciase mattez M&reh ss, opts, al tlm  at Rock, Ark., trader the Act oi Co.sooN el MarcM ,1. n4W. SUBSCRIPTION' PRICE, $.oo THE YEAR CHANGE OF ADDRESS When g change of addres| is desired the mlbicribm" slum if/re hetk' lld and the new address. CORRESPONDENCE lKattzf istteadecl for publication in The Guardian should reach us nml him" than Wedne4dsy morning, Briel news correeoendenee . -tw&y| wt/me, The l:hsdne&s of the clergy in this matter ie cordis, lly sPAre. stmL b@W.  H. LfcDexmott ........................ M&'LnI[ J,,dito All omaxmunications about "The Guardian" should be tdrcel to /v. Gee. tI. McDermott, 3o9 West Second Street. OFFICIAL APPROVAL The Guardian is tke official organ of the Diocese o/ Little Rock, and I pray God stoat it may be, an earnest champ,on in the cause of right, utticc tad truth mud an ardemt defender of the religion' which we a;ll e  welL I extend to it my bLetLsxg with th sincere hope that its fat's." may im i*ng and prosperou& X4 JOHN B, MORRIS, Bishop of IAttl Rock. Little Rock. Ark., January 6, 1923. Epiphany: May the Star of Bethlehem guide us, a it did the Three Wise Men--to Christ, the Lord, the King of Peace. o-o Flander's Field had no attraction for the Klux- erso They feared the sector calling for red-blood- eel Americans. But now, when the call comes from the red-light district of Paris, off they go on orders of Cyclopsissimo Simmons, with Mrs. Tyler furnishing the equipment at "cost plus" prices, f. o. b. Atlanta, Ga. 0-0 We take it that the "kops" at klan korner, Fourth and Main, were masked on Christmas afternoon when the hooded autoists speeded about, minus the required license tags. Down in Mer Rouge was the same "upholding (?) of the law and the courts" which at length placed a klan sheriff behind the bars. 0-O "Why does no everybody talk right?" says a New York paper, in connection with conversation over the phone, and thequestion has a moral as well as a commercial bearing, for much irritation and loss of temper might be avoided if all who se the phone would aim at the distinctness of utterance which would secure the highest intelli- gibility. O-O The library of Cardinal Gibobns is to be trans- ferred to the Catholic University, and there is both wisdom in the transfer, for His Eminence was the first Chancellor of the University, and his books will be of great use to the professors who are engaged in studying Church history. O-O- Did 1922 find you slipping? Are you less the man or woman than you were a year ago? If so, do not allow of a handicap lest 1923 puts you down and out entirely. Just a little sand will save you. Keep from slipping. Watch your steps. Avoid--well! avoid the slippery, no mat- ter where, when or who. O-O It is not easy for ,Catholics to get into public life, and when one does succeed in gaining rcog- ition the Catholicity is too often kept out of 'sight. We have just read a review of "Charles t ,Joseph Bonaparte, His Life and Public Services," and although it occupies almost a whole page in the Literary Suplement to The New York Times," there is /m reference in the entire article to the religion of a prominent American Bonaparte. ----O-O Of the many nice things said of the late Nicho- las E. Gonner, the distinguished layman who re- cently met a tragic death, we like to refer to his ]humility and broad-mindedness in regard to the Uights of Columbus. For a time, it seems, he ws opposed to the Knights, but he afterwards :oined them and in the presence of 1,000 Knights who, we may be sure, gave him a rousing recep- tion, pullicly acknowledged that he tiad been in error in his estimate of that fine body of Cath- olic laymen. Too bad that other ?ditors cannot be induced to join, so that they, rod, might after-  ',.wards admit that they, too, were in error. masked organization is operating in that section, its members wearing gowns similar to ours ;" that his klan is not in politics; that the imperial officers stand ready to revoke the charter of any klan chapter that enters politics as an organization; that "the impression that we are anti-Catholic must be erased;'; that "if some of our members fought Catholicism in the past, we want them to know that we are hands off now and that we l want them to join us inmaintaining the suprem- acy of the white race." Is it a Komer or a Klarke Klan in Little Rock? We presume the answer will depend upon the reaches of the Federal agents. Hedge! Ye Klux- ers, hedge ? ? o-o- TIM HEALY. Those whose memories carry them back to the early days of the Parnell movement, and who re- call the name of Tim Healy, who has been prop- erly styled the "Ishmael of Irish Politics," must be surprised and gratified to find the same re- doubtable Tim now occupying the Viceregal Lodge which used to be the home of the Lord- Lieutenant of Ireland; surprised, that he of all others should be in the position of Governor-Gen- eral, and gratified that so great an advance should be made in solving the perpetual problem of Ire- land. Writers of leading articles are now filling col- umns about Tim Healy ,and pointing out the fit- ness of the man who: is the choice of the Irish Government to which he has been so helpful dur- ing the trying days of the immediate past, and no doubt many of them will go back to his parlia- mentaT record which has been brillian and storny. But right now we prefer to emphasize an excellence which is always looked for in an Irishman and which is particularly demanded in the crisis through /bich Ireland is now passing, and that is loyalty to the faith and to the Church which is the custodian of the faith. Whenever the Bishops of Ireland' needed advice or defense, Tim Healy was ever ready to supply both in abundance, for he is an excellent lawyer and sharp defender; and whenever anything Catholic was to be championed in the English House of Com- mons, it could always count upon him who has now reaped the reward of his loyalty. Although it is now many years ago since Mr. Birrell's Education Bill was introduced in Par- liament, we still recall with a thrill of joy that a Catholic layman was to be found able and will- ing to present the claims of the Church in these words which should be brought to the attention of every generation of Catholics:. "I would rather," said he, "have my children learn to say, 'Our Father than learn the use of the globes. I would rather that they understood their religion in the provision for the eternity which is to come than that they should become rich and prosperous and educated in the things of this world. I would give very little for your education. I cannot spell myself. I cannot parse an English sentence. I cannot do the rule of three. I am supposed to know a little law, but I think that is a mistake. But if there is one thing which I and mine have a grip on, it is the belief in the Infinite Christ to come, the conviction that our children, whatever be their distresses, whatever be their misfortunes, whatever be their poverty, in this world, if they have listened to the teachina" of the Church, will reap a rich reward in putting into practice the lessons of Christianity which they receive in the Catholic schools." T. 0-0 ENGLAND AND FRANCE. We have always contended that, if any human agency could secure peace and harmony between England and France the United States could do so, for war demands money, and both these coun- tries control the money market.. We feel equally confident that if England and France do not maintain friendly relations, espe- cially during these trying days of reconstruction, war is almost inevitable. For this reason we are filled with apprehension over the strained rela- tions with which the dispatches in the papers make us acquainted. There is too much friction 0 ] o -o. now between countries which were so closely al- W'hat a blui greeting when a klansman wishes I lied. There was friction over the appointment of oth than brotheraH PY , -i - " " a New Year l Yet Foch as commander n chmf, and there has beeD :  we erknow a some so-calledP"good citizens" who more orless friction ever since. Onedayitis passed the bluff along this week as a relic of the t caused by the actions or utterances of the Eng- days of yore, when they were not animated with t fish, another day by those of the French, but it is e "gospel of hate," recently infused under the always there, and it does not augur well for the ,ery cross and behind the hood and mask of' future. bigotry and intolerance. Rather would the Jew or the Catholic have his former friend, his near-neighbor, perhaps,  come up andsay, "I am of the klan, and man to man, I'm out to get you if I can--see you later." Such a greeting would be on the square. It might : : gtve a thought, but it would be worth a smile, an lhOnest smile, on the part of both, even of the kmy man. - 0-4) We are wondering what the Komer Ku Klux LttlRbek is affiliated with. Imperial now comes out his klan had nothing to 5oulsiana murders; that "another Phrases like these: "French anger British," "The B:itish disappoint the French," are not re- assuring where interests are at stake, and tra- ditional distrust is never entirely out of mind, and for this reason we hark back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the rstoration of real and last- ing peace. As long as the English remember their defeat at Orleans and Rouen, and the French grow restive over the scornful allusions of men like Lloyd George; as long as one nation is not only willing but eager to indulge in sharp practice and to snatch at technicalities in order to score a vie- tory over the other, peace is always in danger, and avpeals to the United States to interfere in the affairs of Europe cannot prevent war, T., ).F 0 .fI DECEA ,ED EDI TO J I Gathered from several of our exchanges, we present the following tributes from the fraternal brethren of the late Very Rev. Doctor Augustine Stocker, 0. S. B., for eleven years Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, who died Nov. 22, 1922: Western Watchman, St. Louis, Mo.: The editors of three of our Catholic papers have lately passed to their reward. The Dedly American Tribune, The Guardian and The Southern Messenger mourn the leaders who had directed them so ably in their work of disseminating God's saving truths May theirs be the reward of the just and the shining recompense of those who instruct others unto justice. Catholic Citizen. Milwaukee, Wis.: Very Rev. Augustine Stocker, O. S. B., editor-in-chief of The Guardian, the official organ of the diocese of Lit- tle Rock, died last Wednesday at Fort Smith, Ark., and was buried at Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco, Ark. Dr. Stocker was for many years a prominent figure in Catholic journalism and was known as one of the most direct and orthodox writers on Catholic questions, whether from an ecclesiastical or social viewpoint. He was director of the edi- torial columns of The Guardian for more than eleven years, during which time he contributed more than one thousand articles to its columns. Souther Messenger, San Antonio, Tex.: That the funerals of two brilliant Catholic editors should be held simultaneously is a very rare oc- currence. Yet this was the case last Tuesday morning when the Very Rev. Dr. Stocker, O. S. B., editor of The Guardian, official organ of the dio- cese of Little Rock, and Mr. Wm. Campbell, edi- tor of the Southern Messenger, the official Cath- olic newspaper of Texas, were laid to restthe former at Subiaco, Arkansas, and the latter in San Antonio. Catholic Columbian, Columbus, 0.: The recent death of the editor of the Catholic Guardian, of Little Rock, Ark.,' gave occasion to that paper to t republish some words, written by the former edi- I tor, anent his experience as a writer for the Cath-] olic press, and we are going to adopt them for ourselves with a change of a word or two--instead of ten years, put 35 there-- "Add to this that writers for weekly papers are often obliged to do their work in scraps of time left over from other more urgent duties. Could they choose their time for writing, or would they at least know what time is available, it would not be so bad. But whether they have time r not, whether an inspiration strikes their mind or not, whether they are at home or traveling, the paper is to be issued on its fixed day with the copy duly supplied. Let the one who is inclined to cry out, 'Much ado about nothing!' try it for only 35 years. He will soon find out that this in- exorable task becomes the haunting ghost of his life." How .that strikes true--the old scribe only will appreciate. Catholic Home, Oklahoma City: The Catholic press of the country has lost four distinguished leaders wthin the period of a month. Samuel Byrne, editor of the Pittsburgh Observer, was the first to be called to his reward. The Very Rever- end Dr. Stocker, O. S. B., editor of the Little RoCk G.uardian, was the next to f611ow. Last week William Campbell, editor of The Sotthern Mes- senger, died at his home in San Antonio, while last Saturday, Nicholas E. Gonner, editor of the Daily American Tribune of Dubuque, Iowa, was killed in an auto accident. All four stood for what is best in tle Catholic press. All were fearless and spoke their minds to unseeing readers who returned confidence for enlightenment. They were moulders of Catholic' opinion and it would be presumptuous 'to name one as outstanding. The Catholic world has lost men whom it will be difficult to replace; it has lost leaders whose successors must scale great heights to emulate. To stand for Truth in a world of misrepresenta- tion and fabrics, ran, to pour out one's soul in writing and lift readers to heights of patriotism, and religious feeling, to inspire, enlighten, direct and console from the editorial column is a noble mission. All have written words melted down by livine love. All have spoken with Christ-like chari. But at times they have driven profaners from the temple. May they rest in peace. City Item, Ft. Smith, Ark.: Dr. Stocker' beautiful character was as high and noble as the great mountains that guarded the home of his boyhood in Switzerland. He began his studies for the proesthood in, the city of his birth, con- tinued them at Subiaco, where he was ordained, and obtained his degree as Doctor of Theology after added years  study in Rome, Italy. Ha was a lawyer and held the position of Chancellor of the diocese. Music was his delight and he spent his recreation hours with Mendelssohn ,and Beethoven. He had mastered eight languages. His reading was phenomenal and he hods derful fund of information. No question you asked him he was a helpful, illuminating answer. As of the Little Rock Guardian, the his editorials were written in clear lish. They were word pictures of the dsy the times, a vein of kindness and ChriStian ity always pervading them. Dr. Stocker wrote as though always hearing the his Savior on the eve of His little children I give you a new That you love one another as I have Great and good he was. but he had the of a little child. Essentially a man of countenance radiated kindness. Many the genial host of Subiaco, with his hospitality, who was ever the good and rare gentleman. CathoIic 'ribune, St. Joseph, Mo.: ceived word of the death of our much friend, Very Rev. Dr. Augustine Prior of New Subiaco Abbey, and editor Guardian, the official organ of the Diocese tle Rock, Ark., which occured at 1 et".. Ark., Wednesday night, Nov. 22. Dr. some few weeks ago was forced to formance of his routine duties and Hot Springs. While his condition frora was known to be serious, his death unexpectedly. Dr. Stocker was transferred from many years ago, but his memory still the hearts of many residents of St. Josoph. ly after his ordination to the priesthOOd, occurred about thirty years ago, he was a an assistant at St. Joseph's Cathedral, and for some time thereafter was Sacred Heart Convent. Gifted with ent, the young priest soon gave evidence ing his nfluence felt no matter where duty call him. A musician in the true word, a linguist, for the spoke languages, and possessed of unusual it was not surprising that his order nize his ability and make him Prior of Abbey after a few years of service in the hood. It was the privilege and pleasure of I lisher of The Tribune to enjoy the ship of Dr. Stocker throughout his , and to be the recipient of many sies through him. He had been in St. a few years when the opportunity waS to take a course of study abroad, at sion of which he toured=Europe. Dur time that he was on the continent he The Tribune, writing regularly for it. many of its readers may still recall that Roman Correspondent," he was esting. Quite enjoyable, too, were letters us from other countries, especially frot where he was for a time "Confessor for ers." When the young priest returned ca, he carried with him the title of DoctOr vinity. That he should be called a 'sy prime of life is regretted, but such as he plished far more in a decade or two who live to attain a ripe old age. er and scholar he was the ideal we feel we echo the sentiment friends throughout this diocese God may give to our devoted friend, I)r, fine Stocker, eternal rest. Catholic Bulletin, Cleveland, 0.: flicting emotions, unusual to the steeled hard working journalist--that we big harvest recently garnered by the from the ranks of our fellow workers on olic press. Conflicting, we say, becaUSe have read and what we know by makes us with that the deceased had little more encouragement and their good work in their on this old planet. On last week, Tuesday, was buried in-chief of The Guardian, official organ ( tle Rock, Ark,, diocese, and William editor of the Southern Messenger, Sa official organ of the dioceses in Texas. was editor there for twenty-one reached the ripe old age of Very Rev. Father Stocker, O. S. B., at was over sixty and held the editorship years, They were booked for a place of better world, but the third editor to was buried this week at Dubuque, the best years of an active life and height of his career--Nicholas E. in-chief of the Daily American rribun, Catholic daily in the U. S., and also manager of The Catholic Herald, which was to become the Sunday D. A. T. as soon as the Wisconsin pledges would warrant the transfer T. to Milwaukee. Campbell, Stocker, Gonner! who Everyone of ts left behind feels our growing at eaeh such demise, be looked to for leadership? How ership be accepted? . . : \