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, T H E G U A R D I A N Thirty-one Priests of France Suing Deputy For Libel -....____ BY M. Massiani Correspondent, N C. W. C. Nesw Service) stated in a cable to the , the priests o the diocese have decided to bring the priesthood against r Minister of Wa of France for several 1917. As M. Painleve is Chamber had to be lift the parliamentary Which now protects him, could be taken to bring sent to the Cham- the signatm'es of 276 fil former soldiers, the ma- them decorated for valor "War. for this action are as e absence of M. Callaux, ban- Paris by a decision of the M. Painleve is President de la Republique," a organization which is amlaign to control Parlia- 924. Every Sunday the Ligue speak in some town Not long ago, M. Was at Montpelicr. During a by the radicals and the district, M. Painleve necessity of "defend- Schools against the The local radical Petit Meridional," co- the speech, attributed the to M. Painleve. 0,t the public school teach- slackers during the war, en in black cassocks." Protest of Press as this statement became of papers made One of the Catholic "M. Painleve lies. And be nade known every- so that everywhere by all those who con duct ,of our sons, copatti- all those who weep all those who admire editor of "L!Intransigeant," a likewise denounces action, much more dis- . Painleve than for he referred." Vallat, a young a leg and an eye in n open letter to M. he calls the state- to M: Painleve by "Le "an odious infamy." his colleague M. de. deputy of the Ard- one son, a priest, kill- another son, also disabled; and in the M. Ruel- whose died on the field of own name, as the of a novice of Who gave his life for Xavier Vallat asks whether he is back has words or full responsibility trays Lt answer revealed em- ,tared first that the had misquoted him. Violent, the words spoken are no This is what he said: conrning the show that the pe- Schools (one dead Our mobilized) has a Why do not those who attack them so bitterly publish similar statistics concerning the num- ber of priests mobilized? Is it be- cause despite the numerous examples of heroes who abandoned their cas- socks to run to the battlefield , it is feared that the difference between the two sets of statistics would be too great?" And in conclusion M. Pain-' (eve stated that doubtless the Church "used its influence" to keep its priests away from tim firing line. M. Vallat's Reply M. Vallat answered the ab(ve 1.etter in the following terms: "It is no longer a question of a clear and characteristic libel as in the sen- tence attributed to you by 'I,e Petit Meridional,' and for which this paper will have to assume full responsibility before the courts; it is no longer a question of affirming that the priests were slackers; you content yourself with declaring that doubtless the Hierarchy made every effort to pro- tect the priests. "When insinuations m this kind and of this gravity are made, they should be backed at least by the beginnings of proofs. Where are yours? You were President of the Council and Minister of War in 1917 for eight months; if you had been convinced at that time that the priests were or had been slackers, why did you not chase them out of their places of safety? It would have been Fyour strict duty, and you had full authority to do so. "I will not remind you of the sta- tistics concerning the losses suffered by the clergy during the war. They have been published for a long time, and you have no excuse for ignoring then, since you have such a passionate interest in this subject. "They are as honorable as those of any national body, you cafinot deny it. "I may add that it would never have occurred to me to oppose them to the statistics concerning the public school teachers. "The son of a public school teacher and brother of a Jesuit who died for France, I unite all my broth.ers in arms, priests or lay teachers, in the the first sentence spoken by me in this Parliament where I have the honor to be, was a tribute to the hero- ism of both. "1 can but assure you, Monsieur, of my most perfect scorn for your in- ability to understand the lessons of the war. "Xavier Vallat.", This scathing tply had just been read in Paris when news was received from Montpellier that the clergy of the diocese had decided to bring suit against "Le Petit Meridional" and M. Painleve. 4 MEALS FOR POOR BONN STUDENTS AT HOUSE CONDUCTEI) BY NUNS (By N. C. W. C. News Service) Cologne, Dec .--A "M.ensa Acade- mics )' has been established a the University of Bonn for the purpose of aiding the impoverished students in their struggle for higher education. Those students who are in straighten- cd financial circmnstances are provid- ed with meals at his house, which is conducted by Catholic nuns. The University authorities have is: sued an appeal to alumni, friends, and former students, for contributions to a fund for the maintenance of this house. It is proposed to make the in- stitution a memorial in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University. It has been announced that the Central Relief Committee of New York plans to resunle its relief activ- ities in Germany during the winter. FIRE DESTROYS OKA CtlURCH AND SEMINARY OF THE SULPICIANS (By N. C. W. C. News Service) Oka, Quebec, Dec .--Fire destroy- ed the Sulpician church, seminary and rectory here yesterday, making the fifth serious fire in Catholic institu- tions in Canada (luring the past few weeks. The fire here started in the furance room of the rectory and sparks from this building spread the flames to the church and seminary. The church was built on the site of an early colonial mission which had also been destroyed by fire. St. Boniface College near Winni- same memory, and it is my boast that Phone 4-3650 DE LUXE CAFE "The Most Up-to-date Care in the Southwest" 409 Main Street CHAS. POULETTS, Manager LITTLE ROCK, ARK. MAKE YOUR HEADQUARTERS AT Merchants Gleason a' HOTELS On Second, Between Lod|Mana and Center S:reets LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS Rates With Bath, 2.00 and $2.50 Rates Without Bath, $1.00 an.d $1.50 J. R. FRAZIER, SR., Proprietor J. R. FRAZIER, JR., Manager m r" r Tom C. Adair Furniture Compan Furniture BOUGHT, SOLD AND EXCHANGED 115 WEST SIXTH STREET Y Telephone 44923 peg was destroyed by fire November 25, with the loss of ten lives, the Den- tal School of Montreal University was twice damaged by fire last month, and Juvenant College at Terrebonne suf- fered severe losses in a fire Decembr 1. Officials of various Catholic orders in Montreal today announced elabor- ate plans for guarding church prop- erty against' incendiaries believed to be responsible for fires which have destroyed or damaged several Catho- lic institutions in Canada within the last few weeks. Father Louis Lalonde, of St. Mary's Jesuit church, said armed guards and trained watchdogs will be used to pro- tect his church and that sacred ves- sels and historm records will be placed in cement vaults with iron (tarred windows. Sulpician fathers, guarding the historical I;'abrique Notre Dame, added that they will take similar pre- cautions. Let us bear in mind this truth-- that on the bed of death, and on the day of judgment, to have saved one soul will be not only better than to have won a ldngdom but will overpay by an exceeding great reward all the pains and toils of the longcst,, and most painful life.--Cardinal Manning. PATRONIZE OUR AI)VERTISERS. Teachers! UY or rent a Corona typewriter on easy payments. Carry it to school every day in its neat case. Make extra money writing articles or doing typing for others ! Call today at the nearest Corona store--or tele- phone for a demonstra- tion at your home. FINOS PHILLIPS 102 Louisiana Street CoRoNA BELGIAN SISTERS ARIIVE TO ASSIST CHOCTAW INDIANS (By N. C. W. C. News Service) Philadelphia, Miss., Dec.. --Three Belgmn missionary Sisters have ar- rived to engage in field and hospital work among the distressed and pover- ty-stricken Indians of the Choctaw Indian mission of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary here. Just one year ago, the late Director of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Mis- sions, Monsignor William H. Ketcham, on a missionary visitation, found much sickness there, and while discussing with Rev. E. J. Phillippe, the pastor, the possibility of establishing a hospi- tal where the Indians could receive the necessary medical care, Monsignor was suddenly called to his reward. The coming of the Belgian Sisters to the mission is the first definite step toward the establishment of the hospi- tal. The Sisters will introduce many improvements in the homes of the In- dians, by which the younger genera- tion will benefit greatly. The Indians on the mission land are Catholics, are greatly attached to the pastor and are industrious. But many are destitute, and come to the priest for everything food, clothing, medicine. They never expect to be disappointed by their faith. The Indians have received with great joy the sisters and the newly ordained ,priest, Father A. Proost, who accompanied them. 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