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Fory THE GUARDIAN :' i j AUSTRIAN EMPEROR DECLARED VICTIM OF PRESS SLANDER Relationship of Late Francii Joseph With Katharina Schratt Asserted to Have Been Purely Paternal. By Dr. Frederick Funder (By N. C. W. C. News Service) -- Vienna -- Sensational anti false stories in the American press vilify- ing the memory of the late Em- peror Irancis Joseph have aroused great indignation in the former Aus- trian Empire. The Emperor, who died in 1916, remains in the grateful mem- ory of millions of Catholics forming the population of the former Austro- Hungarian monarchy. Thanks to his solicitude, churches were built in the populous districts of Vienna; he pro- tected and supported the Catholic Chruches in those parts of the Near East immediately belonging to the sphere of influence of Austro-Hun- gary; he bestowed benefits on the Catholic Albanians, Armenians, and Georgians. On the occasion of the annual festivals of Corpus Christi and at the great Eudharistic Congress in 1912 he set a splendid Christian ex- ample to the whole world. All that ensures to him the name and memory of,,a Catholic prince. It, therefore, is not a matter of indifference when at his tomb historical lies are being propagated, making the former, mon- arch appear as lacking in the per- formance of his moral duties. At- tempts are made to sneer at the ven- eration his memory enjoys among the Austrian Catholics. The American Newspaper Slander Under the heading "Emperor's Sweetheart and Now in the Bread Line," the Sunday supplement of an American newspaper syndicate pub- lished October 1, carried a sensation al story purporting to come from Vi- enna according to which "the former theatrical star, Katharina Schratt, the inorganic wife of Francis Joseph, last Emperor of the Austrians," is forced today "to take her place in the bread line, suffering from the pangs of deepest misery." A sentimental story follows, relating how the great artist understood how "to console the im- perial grass widower" at a time when the Empress Elizabeth, the Emperor's consert, was still alive and forced to travel a great deal in attempts to re- gain her health. This strange story, the author of whicli apparently does not know 1xat Emperor Francis Jo- seph was not "the last Emperor" of Austria--having been succeeded by .the Emperor Charles--is not lacking in certain piquant allusions made to justify the title of the sensational tale. One could keep silence on these . sensational fabrications, however, were they not a part of the system adopted by certain authors to dispar- age distinguished personalities known to be Catholics. All Catholics and the pestige of the Catholic Church are to be attacked by this system. It therefore is necessary to expose these slanderous methods wherever found. For many years, up to the Emperor Francis Joseph's death, Katharlna Sehratt's position at the Vienna court was quite unique. Supporting all the arts with great open handedness, the Emperor was fond of consulting width the clever, highly intellectual woman about ,Vienna life of all classes and about the disposition of the people, as well as concerning happenings in the world of art. He was fond of play- ing piquet which she played to per- fection. He was already in the six- ties when he began to call upon her Trequently, and all those who were initiated into the intimate court life can testify as to how friendly and at the same time low pure and unob- jectionable was the relationship be- tween the old Emperor and this dis- tinguished lady. Relationship With Actress Paternal The Emperor was a lonely man, vis- ited by grave misfortunes in his fam- ily. The assassination of his wife by av anarchist in Geneva in 1898 cut him to the heart. The hours spent away from the strict etiquette of the Hapsburg Court in the company of the artist and--always--of some of the older court dignitaries with whom the emperor was on terms of intimacy, were probably the brightest in a cheerless life full of vexations and worries. The consort of Paul, Duke of Mecklenburg, by birth an Austrian Duchess of Winischgraetz, who was closely connected with the court, often told one of the touching paternal re- lationship entirely above all le sus- picion, which existed between the Em- peror and the artist who was many years younger than himself. During the summer, the Emperor used to stay for several months in the famous castle of Sehoenbrunn. The grit actresS owns a house nearby and both the castle and Katharlna Sehratt's house are in the parish of Hietzing. The parish priest of Hietzing, Father Golda, was a frequent visitor at the home of the .actress and frequently met the Emperor there. Father Gol- da speaks highly of the noble and beautiful relationship existing be- tween the Emperor and the artist. He mot emphatically rejects all slan- derous allusions to this relationship. No justification whatever ever ex- isted for calling Katharina Schratt Emperor Francis Joseph's "sweet- heart," and it is nonsense to refer to her as having been his "morganatic wife." After the death of his con- sort, when Emperor FraKcis Joseph would have been in a position to con- tract a "morganatic marriage," he was sixty-nine years old. It stands 'to reason that i would have been im- possible for him--had he contracted a morganatic marriage himself--to have raised so many objections on the ground of the Hpsburg family laws, when the Archduke Ferdinand, the heir to the throne, contracted a mor- ganatic re=triage with Countess Cho- tek, later Duchess of Hohenberg, who was not of equal rank. Katharina Schratt Not' Destitute Another proof that the American l press sensation is a pure invention is found in the fact that Katharina Schratt has not become destitute and never was in a "bread line." She is still "the owner of the Heinrichshof. one of the finest and most modern buildings in Vienna and of'two beau- tiful country houses; at Ischl!and at Hietzing. This latter lroperty alone is of great value and is a guaranty l against every want. When last spring she was invited to deliver a course of lectures in America, she declined a most advantageous offer. She was not in need of money. One of the first stars of the Vienna Hofburg theater, she always led a simple and domestic life and can now enjoy the fruits oJ' her long artistic career in peace and free from care. It is repugnant to the feelings of every Catholic in Austria to see the name and memory of a prince whose Catholic virtues won him the esteem of several Popes and who bore the ti- tle of "Apostolic King of Hungary" with a :full consciousness of the dt- ties implied by it, defiled by slander. BE HAPPY WHILE YOU MAY When temptitions bid you waver, And the walks of life em bare, Why not strive to serve God better, Who heareth every prayer. Why not strive to make things greater Every minute of the day, Faithfully each task completing, Though weariness should end the day. Our fondness for things and per- sons is not wholly determined by their qualities. EXCLUSIVE MILLINERY GLOBE ENCIRCLING MISSIONARIES IN JAPANFather- Michael Mathis, C. S. C., who is writing his experiences of a tour of the world's missions, took this picture of his companions in Nikko Father Delauney (who leaves the party in India) is on the left, and Msgr. Jos. McGlinchey on the right. Between them is Brother Walter, of Dayton, O., who acted as guide. UNIQUE IiISSION WORK of san(lls depositcd at the door'; of TO INFLUENCE JAPANESE the churches whet,e the worshippers BECAUSE OF TRADITIONS (Continued from page 33) our mass the i'irst morning we were there were grandsons of martyrs for the faith. We felt very close to the heart of Catholicity in Japan when we were informed of this fact. Catholic University The Catholic University of Japan has accommodations for five hundred students and there are eight Jesuit professors and twenty Japaneise on its THIRD FLO0], J . i staff, as'well as exchange professors even for a visit. They were content from the Imperial University. Grad-] uates of the catholic University are j t stay with their Japanese converts. rated on a par with those of the Im- We spent a very pleasant day at perial University and are demanded for positions of trust by the govern- ment as well as by powerful corpora- tions. Japane Catholics look to the University, which was opened in April 1913, to demonstrate the intellectual prestige of the Church, to forn their lay leaders and defenders and to pre- pare learned candidates for the semi- naries of the native clergy. There are six Catholic churches in Tokio. To Monsignor McGlinchey and Father Deluney and myself it was in- deed ' curious to e hundreds of pairs I MODERATE PRICES AUTUMN HATS $7.50 and up Phone 4-2658 i i had left them before they entered the] church in their stocking feet. The I Japanese people impressed us as very I gentle and very respectful. " [ In Japan's 51 Years The Archbishop of Tokio has just assembled his missionaries for a re-- treat and we bad a rare opportunity of meeting many of the valiant men who have carried on the work of Chris- tianity for decades. One had been in Japan fifty-one years, and another forty-three years, but neither of these two had any desire to return home, "l 206 MAIN STREET i COMPLIMENTS OF " SIEGEL-KING & COMPANY LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS "Largest Distributors of Army Goods in Arkansas" | I i i I f i i Nikko, which is to the Japanese what Rome is to the Christians. On our re-] turn to Tokio we were the guests of I Captain Yamamoto, the preceptor of] the Prince Regent and one of the most I . THOMAS ADAMS, Business Manager distinguished Catholic laymen of Ja-Ijestic abbey, which pan 'he dinner was in true Japanese I ished traditions contributes fashion and we ate unshod and cross- wards making the legged, with chop-sticks. Father De- lier part in the litul launey had a hard time of it. He had of the Church. to do everything but stand on his head A monastery of to maneuver the mysterious Japanee at Mare(h,et, near foods. /the series of notable I by Dom Hildebrand. This able man was in his youth a MARE1)SOUS ABBEY, A RESTORATION OF MII)I)LE AGES ART (Continued from page 33) tine. The architect becam.e its first I fought as a zouave for the nance of the Pontifical lost. He then sheathed I take up the Cross andW0n' Abbot, later the first Primate of all the Benedictine communities through- out the world and the superior of the Greek Colleg, e foullded by" the same Pontiff for the formation of a clerical elite destined to work among the Ori-] .ntal churches. I Abbey in Brazil Under the Pope's impulse, he un- tertook also to reorganize ah(t re- people the tottering Benedictine Ab- beys of Brazil, charging witb the ex- ecution of his plans Dora Gerard Van Caleon, his compatriot. 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