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f j, Sixteen Pages ST. EDWARD'S INFIRMARY BENEFIT EDITION [ Second Section I The Southern :uardian should be in every Catholic home in d rteansas. ] THE SOUTHERN GUARDIA N petualPaper"A iSmission.,,CathliCa per- II:- - :==  ...... - ...............  ...... Th;-0fli;iai---0;gan--;-i-the-;i;-;es;-;i--Li-tfl;-Ro;kl-A;k;n "S ........  . . :-: v r: ::=x=-:-:-=r=-_v-_ - , pope Leo XIII. S Little Rock, Arkansas, Saturday, February 7, 1914 Number 48 PAULIST MISSION AT ST. JOHN'S CHURCH WEEKS' WORK OF 'HER ALLARD IS AROUS. ING GREAT INTEREST AT BRINKLEY. :IAL MISSION IS GIVEN FOR CHILDREN aestion Box Generously Used and With Good Results. Missionary Is Pleased With Attendance and Interest. Brinkley, Irel)ruary 4.--(Special)- than ordinary interest has al- eady been aroused I)y the two leeks Mission which Father Allard at present conducting in St. )hn's Church, P, rinkely. The Mis- ion was opened at the High Mass Sunday. Large congregations in attendance at lmtb the morn- lg and evening exercises. Interest steadily growing, and the crowds ach night grow larger, already tax- ag the seating capacity of the ihurch. FATHER ALLARD. The lirst weeks lectu,'es are devot- to doctrinal subjects, whilst the during the second week will on moral topics, calculated to the hearers to a more exact of their religious duties. The question box placed in the of the church is generously and altlmngh the ques- deposited are at times rather the answers given to them before the lecture proper of evening are very instructive. The majority of questions, howev.er, their intelligent sincerity, speak for mental and moral attitude the community. the Mission for the grown ople, a special Misson is given for children in the afternoons. It close next Saturday with, Mass, connnuniou and the Papal lessing. Nothing but the llighest praise is ard on all sides for the choir of John's parish. Their finished and stirring singing at the High ass Sunday and their beautiful tMition of tile Benediction and her hymns during the Mission ser- ces has well merited the hearty mgratulations extended tbem. The Rev. Paullst Father expresses as being well pleased with ' generous and responsive spirit }wn by tbe peol)le of this parish predicts that this will be one of most successful missions ever at Brinkley. DE THOMPSON ONE OF SEBASTIAN COUNTY'S BEST MEN Known and Popular Chief beputy Wants to Be Sheriff of Sebastian County. the campaign opened up, fall, one of the most formable to enter the race was Chief Sheriff Claude Thompson, has entered the race for sheriff. is without doubt one of the hest known, and liked men in county and his record as tlblic official is so well known that eguld say but little that is not known. During his service f.r several years as Chief Deputy under Norris he has n|adc an ideal officer and gained a thorough knowl- edge of tbe details of }.hat most im- portant position, and the affairs of his oftiec have been kept right up to the minute, and every one who has had dcalings with his office has re- ceived the most polite and courteous attcntiou. lie is large in statute aud his heart is large in prol)ortion for lie never forgets a frield, llis strict attention to the duties of his office has made for hint thous- and of friends all over this county, and he is one public official of whom is heard no word of criticism, and while he is lirm in the discllarge of ihis duties yet tie is very sympathetic and kind hearted and never fails to try and uplift his less fortunate fel- lownlan. Wllile lie has a number of op- ponents in the race he has made the race in that good straightforward way without any personalities or mud sliuging, which is foreign to Iris nature, by that means making a lot of friends out of those who may be, fo," his opponents. He has made! Sebastian one of the best oflicials the: county has ever had and if elected i sheriff will continue to give the peo- ple of this county the same good service, lie has given in the past. Mr. Thompson is and always has: been a friend to St. Edwa,d's Infirm- ary, aud was largely instrumental in! getting the conntry to make the in- I creased appropriation for this in-I stituli(m that it did. \\;Vhilc Mr. Thoml)son is. not al Catholic, lie is {}he of those I)ig i hearted, liberal minded, men who are l ahvays ready, and willing to help any charitable institutio,1 needing liis help, as far as his means will allow, Mr. Thompson with his hearty hand shake, aud his warm welcome is one of natures noble men whom it is i ahvays a pleasure to meet, and he i is one of the few men that always l has time to speak a kind word to every one, be lie black or white, rich or poor. UNFORTUNATE MAN DIES AT MORRILTON Stranger Who Had Been "Passed Along" Finds Real Friends In Catholics of Conway Coun- ty Capital Morrilton, Feb., 3.(Special) Rich in name though poor in reality, lI. M. Fortune, a stranger, died at the Med- lock hotel this city, on Monday Feb- ' I rnary 2. Unknown, without money] and without friends the poor man for I days previous to his death was iu all helpless condition. A few days ago, it is said, he wen't to Little Rock and tried to enter a county or state institution but instead of being received was given a ticket to Conway, Faulkner county There if reports are true he fared as he had at Little Rock and at Conway he was given a ticket to Morrilton. On reaclfing this city he went to the hotel where lie grew rapidly worse and died a few hours after reaching the hotel. Before lie died and while in complete l)ossession of his faculties he asked for the priest and inuncdiately the Vcry Rev. J. A. II. Haas was called and arrived in ample time to gee the poor man the benelit and consolation of the last rites of the Holy Catholic Church. :\\; stranger in a strauge land it ap- peared that the Potters field was to be the last resting place of the un- fortunate man but the diviue hand of providence seemed to hold out better things for the stranger who had died without the comforting presence of friends and without me,ns. The Catholics of this city, under and by the direction of the Very Rev. i Pastor, following the teaching of tlae Master Who said: "\\;Vhosocver you have done to the least of miue you have done it unto Me." gave the poor stranger a decent Christian burial l with all the rites of thc church and with a big congregation present at  the funeral and at the cemetery. Not only did the good Catholics 9f Morrilton show the christian spirit in caring for the loncly man in his last illness and in assisting at his fun- eral but they did more. They did! what those outside the one true: church that gives aid.to the living and reccomntends help for the dead, can- uot do. They ordered several masses to be said for the repose of the soul of the poor man who died among strangersand yet anmng friends. A Practical Endorsement of Catholic Church's Stand On the Divorce Question Non- Catholics Organize "Anti-Divorce League of America" at Muskogee, Oklahoma. Their Slogan is "No More Divorces." Just across the border in what was once the 'Indian Territory' and wllat is now ()klahonla is to be found all organization which in l)urpose aud action is a practical endorsement of the Catlmlic Church's stan(l on the divorce (luestion. The organizatiou recently formed in Muskogee is known is the "Anti-Divorce League of America" and the organizers are non-Catholics." "No more diw)rces" is the slogan of the league which is engaged in launching a campaign for a national law prohibiting the severance of the marriage bond. Rev. F.. D. Cameron, noted I,aptist minister and former State Superintendent of Public ln- strnction of Oklahoma, is at the head of the organization. The anti-divorce league has secured a charter frm the Secretary of State and is duly recognized ;IS a. CO1 . I)oralion. The incorporators ,tre Rev. E. l). Cameron, Rev. D. Roland Mar- tin, Rev. J. K. Thonq)son, Rev. 1I. C. Shiftier and Mrs. Josephine Sl)aultling, all of Mnskogee. These ministers will start imme- diately the work of organizing the league iu the state with branches in all principal cities and towns, and later spread the movement to other states. The phms of organizing the Anti-Divorce League of America, will be followed by tle leaders of tile anti'-divorce movement. The county or city will be the unit and at the head of the whole will be the ceutral board of directors already organized. To Work on Congress. As soon as the league is well under way the members will attempt to elect only Congressmen and Represeutatives to govern the country who are lirm believers in the anti-divorce movement and will up- hohl all the principles set forth by the league. In this manner it is hop- ed that a law prohibiting divorces all over the United States may be pass- ed. At the same time they hope to have a law passed providing for the pensioniug of all destitute mothers. The meml)ers of the anti-divorce league all believe that a mother should be pensioned in preference to a sohlier. Their line of argument for this cause is that a soldier has hell)- .d to decrease the population of the worhl while the mother increases it. For this reason they say that ,of the two the mother is more deserving than the soldier. "While the Protestant preachers do not believe iu many of the Catho- lic rites and ceremonies, there is one thing in the Catholic Church that all well-balanced men do helicve in and that is the attitude of the Catholics in regard to divorce," declared the Reverend Cameron yesterday. "They believe that the government should have nothing whatever to do with marriage aml that they sllould be performed only by an accredited minister of the gospel. This belief is shared by the ministers who are: the most active hi the organization of the anti-divorce league. They tllink that tile sooner all people Catholics and P,'otcstants alike-- share in this belief, the sooner will the moral standard of the country be raisetl to a high plane. Nations' Fall Due to Divorce. "The downfall of Greece, Rome and other great empires were due to the divorce cvil. Nero, probably the most crnel of Roman rulers, was started on his l)ath of destruction and debauchery .by the divorce evil. ltenry VIII of England, accredited as one of the greatest criminals in the history of the world, was aetuat- e(l in his lirst crime 1)y the desire of (livorce. Napoleon Bonaparte, 1)rob- al)ty the greatest military genius the world has even secll, nlet nothing 1)ut defeat and ealamitics after he had divorced his wife, Josel)hine. "lust as the Catholics believe, the Protestant ministers of the United origin of the marriage ceremony and to do away with 'commercial' mar- riages, hey hol)c to take the power of performing marriage ceremonies out of the hands of civil and federal authorities and to vest it wholly in the clcrgy of the country. Portion of Ceremony Disregarded. "The marriage ceremony says that "VVhat God hath joined together, let no man put asuuder.' This portion of the ceremony is regarded no more than if it had never been beard of. "In the state of Oklahoma there are nine grounds for divorce, every one of whiclt do nothing more nor less than encourage divorces. The Bible nowhere teaches polygamy and under the present circunlstanees mar- t iage in a large portion of the cases is nothing more than polygamy and aduhcry. "If polygamy is to be practiced, the method established by Brigham Young is far the more honorable. According to his teachings a man may have as mauy wives as lie chooses, but he at least must support them. This is more than is done by people who say that they do not practice polygamy but who have sev- eral divorced wives, making their own living as best they can. This method of practicing polygamy is nothing but the practice of adultery." Fond Recollections of Days that are Gone ()n l:ebuary 3, 1892, a souvenir of the silver jubilee of the late Rt. Rev. Edward Fitzgerald, former bishop of the diocese of Little Rock, was pub- lished. Rt. Rev. J. M. Lucey, V. G., pastor of St. Joseph's Church, Pine Immaculate Conception Church, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Bluff, was thc author of the excellent historical booklet 'from wlfich follow- ing is taken: Bishol) Byrne arrived ou a steam- boat in the spring of 1851 at Fort Smith with live Sisters of Mercy. He had Irought from Ireland an /rish jaunting-car, and rode in it from the boat to the convent with the Sisters. The wonder of the natives was great, and when the good Bishop would take the Sisters out for an airing on the neighboring praMe the wonder grew. The quarters formerly occu- pied by Gen. Zachary Taylor be- came their abode. After some years the Bislmp donated t. them the place and twenty acres of land surround- ing it. It has been gradualy improv- ed and is now one of the finest sites in the state. During the war Quautrel's band camped on the op- posite side of the road, and one of his men walked "into the school- room during school time to get a few coals to start a camp fire. His two revolvers, rile0 sabre ,and bold stride gave him such a frightening al)pearance that the children jumped through the windows and ran home through the woods. Quantrcll, on being informed that his men were phmdcring the convent, dispatched an officer huriedly to learn the facts, saying that such a thing was not in his line of business. He was a mild- featured man of nle(litnn height aud weight, with sandy llair and eyes that pierced tllrough and tllrough, For a fcw nights a man and a youth were given beds 1,1 the school-rt,on for the protection of the Sisters, but I)eyond a good sleep and two, squarc meals they were unaware of any- thing nnusual happening. St. Andrew's College. It was Bishol Byrne's ardent de- sire to establish a college for boys ss well ;ts an academy for girls at Ft. Smith. he Rev. P. W. Walsh, an e.- Jesuit from Albany, had foUowed Bishop Byrne to Arkansas, an! in 1845 his name is found alnollg the priests of St. l{;.I/y'S. He was a ine scholar, and in I 851 the new c;ll,'le was opened at ]:ort Smith un-ler his prcsulency. It was named after St. ,.\\;ndrew. The principal building was the cruciform structure at the south end of the parade ground. The east rom, made double, was occupied by l;ather Walsh. The assistant teach- ers, three ecclesiastical students, Shanahan, Fagle and Krakle, used the south room, the boarders the west room, while the. north room was for file school. An ohl widow, Mrs. Godfrey, whose husband and herself were said to have received a miraculous conversion, was the housekeeper. Her rtmm was ihe old commissary building directly west of the school. The dining.-rooni and kitchen were formed out of the soldicr's quarters a few yards north of her room. There wits a fine peach orchard, a g:lrden aud farm, and a man-of-all-work, a genial and hunlor- ous Irish soul, provd of Iris yoke of steers, Buck and Bright. When- ever the mau-of-all-wo,'k, in his dignity, refused to answer calls, doughnuts would bring a dozen hoys tlying to wait on the old lady. Being the priest's housekeeper, she considered that it was her place by right to go to Holy Communion be- fore the people and after the Sisters. But the Sisters of Mercy had a man- of-all-work who considered bimself a Christian brother from' the fact of I his living with the Sisters. Being thtts elevated, he contended for the right to go to Holy Communion first of ;ill. Like the primate of Ireland and the primate of all Ireland, there was frequently a tug of war. But beyond thinges of this kind, and botherations of the rosary, and trouble witb "that man" Mike l larring[on, the old lady led a happy life...-- --' The 'school had a good local pat- ronage and received a few boarders from a distance. Several boys from the Indian Territory boarded in town and attended the school. In its earliest years ther were from the town Dr. E. R, Dural, Judge Ruther- ford, Capt Ed Nowland, Capt, Eugene Smith and Gen..B. M Arm- istead. In 1855 there were Ed, Charles and Will Fleming, Henry and Conrad Treish, Carl and John Single, J. M. Lucey, Henry Mayer, William Breen, Ed Lanigau and all the Catholic boys going to school anywhere. W. L. Browning and Jolm McCabe, from New Orleans, were there in t858, about the time that it closed. 13ishop Byrne had visited New York and other places to collect money for the erection of an impos- ing college building. It was a priuciple with Ifim in the erection of schools and churches not to begin work until two-thirds of the money was iu band. Large stacks of fine cypress lumher had been accumulated on the ground, and were objects of proud anticipation to the good Bishop. In November, 1853, a forest fire started from the dry leaves, and before anything could be done the entire mass of lnmler was in flames. Bishop Byrne came upon the scene and many people, but to no avail. Fathcr Walsh, having been ,cen- sured by the Bishop for want of precaution, returned to Albany aud .the college was never reallzed. Bishop Byrne felt the blow severely. The school was however kept up at the old stand under the old name. the regular pastor being the teactter. Besides directing school, congrega- tion and Sisters he run a farm. sold (Continued on Page Twelve.) BRIEF HISTORY OF FORT SMITH COUNCIL K.'OF C. PAST STATE DEPUTY TELLS OF ORIGIN AND GROWTH OF HIS HOME COUNCIL. MANY MEMBERS TO TAKE COMING FOURTH DEGREE Council No. 996 Is Nine Years Old and Has 237 Members. P'res. sent Prospects Are Good, (By Jolnl 11. Vaughn) The Knights of Columbus was tirst organized in thc city of Fort Smith on Sunday, May 7th, 19o5. There had been considerable talk about orgauizing a cotmcil prior to that time, hut it was duc to the untiring efforts of W. J. Carter that the Council was tinally in- stituted. Bro. Carter had beconlc JOHN H. VAUGHN, a melnl)cr Past State Deputy. of the I.ittlc Rock council some tiine before the institntion ,f I:m't Smith council N(). I)90. The omncil was org'anizcd, with lifty-tw charter members. The lit'st and seemM degree was exempli- fied by l.ittle Rock council and the third degree was under the auspiccs of F. I". Kuhn, State Deputy for Tennessee. The tirst officers of Fort Smit'h Council No. 996, were \\;V. J. Carter, grand knight; John H. Vauglln, deputy grand knight; M P. Boyd, chancellor; J. W. Murphy, Jr., re- cording secretary; J. W. Breeu, linancial secretary and E. M. Allen, treasurer. It was not long after the institu- ion of the council nntil auother class was secured, and in November, 19o5, a large class was initiated, and since then we have had iuitiations about once a year; until 93, when we had two initiations. From the institution of the couucil to the present time it has grown and prospered, and we have today a nleml)ershi 1) of 237. During the past year and a half the council has maul- rested more enthusiasm, under the leadership of our Worthy Grand Knight, Jas. A. Burke, than ever be- fore in its history, and from pres- ent indications before the end of 94 we' will have a membership of over 3co. The Knights of Columbus have one of the finest halls n the city and very neatly arranged club rooms, where the members can go at any time and find plenty of harmless anlusentent and recreation. It is the intenton of Council No. 996 to have its own home in a short time, and at the last meeting of the Council a committee was appointed to investigate available locations witlt a view of purchasing a per- manent home. Tllere are not enough Fort Degree Knights of Cohunbus iu Fort Sutith' to form au assembly, but on Ferbu- ary aa at least twenty-five of the. Knigltts wll go to Muskogee, Okla., to take the Fourth Degree, after' Itich we intend to organize a Fourth Degree Assembly. The Knights have always taken an active interest in church affairs and charitable work geuerally, and it is the inteution of Grand Knight Burke to select a committee in the hear future, whose duties will be tb see that every Catholic child in the city is attending the parochial school. and if for any reason the parents are unable to send them, arrangements will be made through tke Knghts of Columbus of Fort Smith to pay their tuition and properly equip such chihlren so that they may attend the parochial school. Rattlers Are A Hazard. Olymphia. Wash.. January 27.--The State Industrial hlsurance Commis- sion has ruled that a worker entployed on road work and who was hitten by a rattlesnake is entitled to eompensa- { I