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A Catholic Paper Is A Perpetual Message-- Pope Leo XIII. 'he Guardian in Every Catholic Home"---Our Motto. XXVII THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE DIOC_-ESE OF LITrLE ROCK LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, FEBRUARY 12, 1938 It means to us that nothins is more desirable than that Catholic papers and Catholic li*erat ure should have a large €Irculatlcm, that every one my have evm'y day good reading which Instruct and Warns, an4 strengthens and promotes the Christian virtues. BENEDICTUS, p. p., XV. No. 10 CONc3RESS, SIGN ...... LOYALIST NOTE -,]F"Lettet°rs"T  this ' advocates of euthanasia areaain.o,, countrYaManYnew prominentsocietyare amongforClti-thethe For Sacred Heart, Directors ....... OLE FAMILY ENTERS CONVENT ](:a nvass 00kse Message N.C.C.W. Have Boomeran9 to Promoters [e Safeguards- incurable suf- Meetin9 Here ::Gr rs should be allowed "to choose llat death rather than await eeg" To By Burke Walsh,  P4rony." This Staff Correspondent, N. C. W. C. statement takes tt zny things for granted, ucs disposing of God and the laW ill a rather preemptory am. Even considering the mat- hnt a purely materialistic ! Point, it leaves much to be Skilled as our physicians' Y are subject to error and • Many a person e days were numbered by the [i! Profession has lived to F ]S doctors. A famous phy- once said that the best pre- P//e for a long life was for a  to acquire an incurable dis- ! While yet young and then take  hlrmelf. The role of a legal {/Oner is never popular and doctors would not relish it. would seem that it is well hUPosSlble to provide "ade- S ' Safeguards.,, It is a sad lttary upon our vaunted ti r civilization that there are ! Promlrient in the affairs of The Rev. Matheo Crawley, SS. tto who cannot distinguish CC., known as the "Apostle of i 11 the attitude that should the Sacred Heart", who has aban- en toward a beast and to- doned his work of preaching reo ' ltn. God created man "a treats to the missionaries of the Orient, because of the hostilities e le than the angels." He is there. For years, Father Matheo 0Wed with an intellect by has traveled extensively, propa- ._of Which he cannot help gating the work of the Enthrone- 1€._ w God. Man feels a per- meat of the Sacred Heart in the Family, a project organized by l'_rtSlmsibillty and realizes him lit 1907. He is now Ln Indo. , (1 has supreme dominion  " Chil. :M e. When the dumb de00th may be the Diocesan Director ' lUtion Man can make cap- his sufferings. He may by Of International of them propitiate for his d PUrchase heaven and eter-' Congress Selected Zldent Ford Frick of the Na- il Baseball League recently , aUch deserved tribute to all respires. In speaking be- ,me Rotary Club, he praised "Ys in blue," who call them Y see them Many, who are to eommii mayhem, when Pire Calls one against their te club. 1 of what  _ know lltt e ' r arbiter has meant for cat American game. He a lonely life. During the he may not associa#e with off the field. In most , he may not stop at the hotel, nor ride the same train 'Players. He is the cynosure eyes on the field and the a constant flow of abusive i -g from players and spec- I ' Yet no umpire has ever ge kOWn to betray his trust. e have brought ignominy the game that paid them have --I-L?at as their name implies, t;h It all, the umpire has Mthtul and true. He seems of the few American in- i, -' that has retained his ', in this topsy-turvy mod- tttatton. The umpire ex- ocrta amount of abuse imaal stormy encoun- t to the ball game. hen' the fans so far for- ,lrit of the game as to .erons missiles at the t  it ocases to be sport• Probably engage in qtt than any other nation 1 les real sporting instinct t nations. The desire to )s ..tllral, but the attempt to f fair means or foul is cer- to our national discredit.  time you are tempted alr in a game, remember  mlbe. He stands square he stands alone. lean - e on o ,.,, Colleges, had this to  any students leave col- .  u the feeling that politics ath them ,, If this be true, st [  the credit of the intel- L 'ontinued on Page 8) Little Rock, Feb. 7.His Ex- cellency, the Most Reverend Bish- op, in a letter to the clergy and laity of the diocese, apopinted the Very Rev. Msgr. John J. Healy Diocesan Director of the 34th In- ternational Eucharistic Congress,] to be held in Budapest, Hungary, May 25 to 30, 1938. The Bishop said that his earnest hope that the Diocese of Little Rock will be represented at the Congress. Catholics from all over the world, he said, will gather there to pay homage to Christ, our Eucharistic King, to gain the many spiritual benefits. In connection with the Eucha- ristic Congress the Cunard White Star Limited and the American Express Company have been ap- pointed official transportation agents for the Diocese of Little Rock. National Defense Week Will Be Observed Here Little Rock, Feb. 8.National Dfense Week, it is announced by Captain Bernard T. Heinze, chair-i man of the Publicity Committee, will be observed throughout the United States during the week be- ginning with Lincoln's Birthday, February 12, and ending on Wash- ington's Birthday, February 22, and is sponsored by the National Association of the Reserve Officers Association of the Uhited States. The program locally will be sponsored by the Army Mess, lo- cal luncheon club, and the Little Rock Chapter. of the Reserve Of- ricers Association. Colonel Fredrick E. Whitten of Kansas City, Mo., commander of the 408th Infantry will come here to make the principal address furthering National Defense Week, which will he given at noonday luncheon Thursday, February 17, at the Hotel Marion. Speeches will be made before all the local lunch- eon clubs over the radio and in the schools. Little Rock, Feb. 7.--Under the direction of the Very Rev. Msgr. John J. Healy, the first quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Little Rock Diocesan Coun- cil of the National Council of Ca- tholic Women was held at the Hotel Marion at 10 o'clock Mon- day morning, January 31. Mrs. J. G. Blaschke of Hot Springs, president, was in the chair. The business of the meeting in- cluded the formulation of plans for the diocese, which will move in harmony with the National Com- mittee System of the NCCW. Committee chairmen were ap- pointed as follows: Mrs. Paul Heady of Hot Springs missions; Mrs. J. J. McGrath of Little Rock, study clubs; Mrs. Medora Silaz of Conway, parent-teachers; Mrs. Ed O'Brien of Little Rock, welfare work, and Miss Aline Murray of Jonesboro, legislation. Other ap- pointments were Miss Aline Mur- ray, parliamentarian, and Miss Mary Kelley of Fort Smith, audi- tor. Time was'set for the district meeting which will be bi-annual, with one during the first of the year and the other following the annual diocesan convention in the fall. Discussions included inter- parochial affiliations; small dis- cussion groups under the Arch- Confraternity of Christian Doc- trine, and the Catholic Youth movement. Monsignor Healy urged a con- structive program of the 'Youth Movement' and is planning on a trip to the Milwaukee diocese in the near future to attend a meet- ing of the youth group. He point- ed out the need for youth along recreational, vocational, spiritual and cultural lines. In cooperation with this appeal the women will sponsor listening- m groups on radio programs on 'Youth,' the first of a series to be given by Miss Anne Sarachon Hooley, national chairman of youth of the NCCW, on Saturday, February 5, and continuing throug h March 5, from 12 to 12:15 over national broadcasting sta- tlons. The information received from these broadcasts will be usec in discussions on youth for study clubs and other assemblies. The Very Rev. Gregory H. Ke.l- ler, spiritual director of District No. 7, Pine Bluff, and the Rev. Richard Eveld, O. S. B., spiritual director of District No. 3, Scran- ton, addressed the assembly, stres- sing the expression of Christian ideals by Catholic organizations of women. Mrs. Blaschke in her ad- dress asked for unity in Catholic work and unity among Catholic women. Officers present were Mrs. J. G. Blaschke, Hot Springs, president Mrs. John Pruniski, North Little Rock; Mrs. Burley C. Johnston, Fort Smith; Mrs. Frank Steele, Pine Bluff; Mrs. P. J. Ahern, Tex- arkana; Mrs. Margaret Fairhead, Jonesboro; Mrs. G. M'. Zeller, Paris; Miss L. M. Caraher, Con- way, vice president; Mrs. E .P. Bordan, Little Rock, recording sec- retary; Mrs. George Porbeck, Lit- tle Rock, treasurer; Miss Mary Kelley, Fort Smith, auditor, and Miss Aline Murray, Jonesboro, parliamentarian. 40 Commht Papers Published in Britain London, Jan. 31. (E).About 40 newspapers published in Great I Britain are under communist con- trol, according to a statement made by J. J. Campbell, secretary of the I Glasgow advisory bureau, at a meeting in Glasgow. These four daughters and. their widowed mother, of St. Mary's par: ish, San Antdnio, were recently admitted as postulants into thd Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Convent there. Originally from Minnesota, the four sisters were members of the "Texas Ranger° cttes", an all-girl dance orchestra which has toured the United States. Miss Willeen Gray, the only other member of the musical group, has Joined them in the convent. Pictured are: Mrs. Mary r " Jomes_ and the_ Misses Dorothy. Evelyn, Hazel and Gladys Jones. i Arkansas State Last Rites Dental Assn. To Sponsor Contest Little Rock, Feb. 9.--The Ar- kansas State Dental Association is offering $120.00 in cash prizes to the parochial and public school children in the fourth to twelfth grades inclusive in a state wide Dental Health Poster Contest. The prize money will be divided between three groups; the fourth through the sixth, the seventh through the ninth and the tenth through the twelfth will be the division. There will be. a $25.00 first prize and a $15.00 second prize for each group. This contest is part of a Na- tional contest sponsored by the American Dental Association. In addition to the above, there will be handsome cups awarded by the American Dental Association as first, second and third prizes in eaci group to the best posters in the United States. A letter to all the parochial schools from the Very Rez. Msgr. John J. Healy, Diocesan Super- intendent of Schools, announces the contest. Full partciulars for entry in the contest can be supplied by any dentist in the State of Arkansas. Campaign For Guardian Meets Large Response Little Rock, Feb. 9.Activtty in the nation-wide observance of Catholic Press Month open- ed in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Little Rock last Sunday with the announce- ment of a subscription eam- paign that is to reach its climax on "Guardian Sunday," Feb- ruary 20. His Excellency, the Most Rev- erend Bishop, in a letter to the clergy and laity o2 the Dio- cese of Little Rock in last week's issue of The. Guardian outlined the purpose and im- portance of the campaign. The immediate response of many pastors in taking on the work of securing the few pos- sible new subscribers and urg- ing the faithful to renew their subscriptions promptly gives evidence of assured success of the campaign. See page six of this issue of The Guardian. Held For John Kordsmeier Spanish Leftists Is Unfortunate Washington, Feb. 4. 00.--The declaration of his belief that a number of the members of Con- gress who signed the message of "greeting" to the Leftist members of the Spanish Cortes were "en- tirely unaware of its hidden objec- tive" and "unacquainted with the real political situation in Spain" was voiced by United States Sen- ator David I. Walsh of Massach- usetts in a statement issued here. "The message of 'good wishes' to the Parliament of the Barce- lona Government in Spain, to which a member of Senators and members of the House of Repre- sentatives attached their signa- tures, is a very unfortunate affair which is to be deeply deplored," Senator Walsh said. "It was per- haps so designed by its authors and in any case has been con- strued, as to put a seal of approval upon the suppression of freedom of the press, the desecration and destruction of churches, and re- ligious institutions, torture and Morrilton, Feb. 7Funeral se.rv- ices for the late John W. Kords- murder of religious men and wo- men, and the complete demal of meier, prominent businessman and member of the Sacred Heart parish I religious freedom by the Barce- lona Government, which govern here, were held Monday morntn= [ ,  °' ment is described in this docu January 31, at 9 o clock at Sacre, [ Heart church. The Rev. William F. Kordsmeier pastor of the Blessed Sacrament church of Jonesboro and brother of the deceased, sang the solemn Requiem High Mass. The Rev. F. A. Schwab, C. S. Sp., pastor of Sacred Heart church, was deacon and delivered the eulogy, with the Rev. John B. Scheper, S. T. D. of St. John's Seminary, Little Rock, as subdeacon, and the Rev. J. C. Feldkamp, pastor of the As- sumption church at Atkins, as master of ceremonies. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Albert L. Fletcher, V. G., Ph, D., was pre- sent in the sanctuary and per- formed the obsequies at the grave. Interment was in Sacred Heart cemetery where the attending clergy sang the 'Benedictus.' Both the senior and the junior choirs combined to sing the requiem Mass in honor of the deceased who was a member of the senior choir. Mr. Kordsmeier was born in Morrilton in September of 1886, the son of the late Henry I. and Mary Kordsmeier, being the third of eleven children. He had been in the hardware and furnitur business for 35 years and ha operated a business of his own for the past 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Teresa Kordsmeier; six sons, Nor- bert, Victor, Raymond, Herman, Johnny and Alfred Kordsmeier; two daughters, the Misses Chris- tina and Clara Kordsmeier, all of Morrilton; seven brothers, the Rev. Win. F. Kordsmeier of Jonesboro; Joe, George, Louis, Carl and Ben of Morrilton, and Frank of North Little Rock, and a sister, Miss Marie Kordsmeier of Morriiton. PaUbearers were: Active, S. J. Laux, A. L. Hoelzeman, Alex Wel- ter, H. B. Drilling, Bruno Lien- hart, Peter Moll; honoraryE. E. Mitchell, W. O. Massey, Peter Pin- ter, B. A. Rohlman, Frank Os- wald, Sr., and Henry Mitchell. 'Nicodemm' of Passion Play Dies While Skiing Munich, Jan. 31. (E).----Joseph Mayr who enacted the role Of Nicodemus in the last Oberam- mergau Passion Play was killed in a skiing accident in the Bavarian mountains. ment as a 'Democracy.' Unaware of Objective "I am satisfied that .most of the Congressional signers were en- tirely unaware of its hidden ob- jective and were unacquainted with the real political situation in Spain, and had no realization of the construction which would ,be put upon their action. Indeed, several Senators, whose signa- tures were obtained to this docu- ment have personally informed me, they signed under a complete misapprehension, -- and regret their mistake. Some signers'have already publicly repudiated their endorsement, and I believe there are others who will do so. "The word 'Democracy'the )reservation of Democracy in Spainwas evidently the catch- word that obtained these signa- tures. It is difficult to believe that the use of the word' demo- cratic' in describing a governmew is sufficient reason for obtainin the 'good wishes' and 'moral sup- port' of people without any knowl- edge of the purposes and objec- tives of the government. Many Refused To Sign . i "It is to be noted that many Senators who were asked to sign this message refused to do so, and it is also significant that a large number of Senators were not in- vited to sign the message, for it was obvious to whoever promoted the plan, that Senators of the Ca- tholic faith and other well-in- formed Senators would consider such a document as indirectly acquiescing in and approving the 'Nero' methods that have been invoked by the Barcelona Gov- ernment to destroy religion in Spain. "One wonders how many signa- tures could be obtained among public officials to send greetings to Stalin, or Hitler? The answer is,very few. Is the reason in this case lack of information of the communistic methods of the so-called democracy in Spain, or (which I am reluctant to feel) is it that the Catholic group in this country is believed to be so di- I vided, unorganized and indifferent that they are incapable of recog- [nizing an insult or resenting vig- orously attacks upon their core- ligionists in other parts of the world ?" News Service) (Copyright, 1938, N. C. W. C. News Service) Washington, Feb. 4. 00.A com- plete canvass, by individual con- sultation, of the 60 United States Senators and Representatives who signed the now celebrated greet- ling to the parliament of the Left- ists in Spain, goes far to deflate the entire document and makes of it something of a boomerang to those who promoted it. On Monday, the "message" was given out in such a manner as to indicate that 60 members of the United States Congress had, seem- ingly, on their own initiative, sent their praise and support of Leftist Spain. Deflating Aftermath Investigation by the N. C. W. C. News Service has shown the fol- lowing: I. That the "message" was not in the slightest degree spontaneous with the Congressmen, but ap- parently was promoted by outsid- ers sympathetic to Leftist Spain. • That four Senators already have .rtraeted their signatures. 3. That half of the signers did not mean by their sigmttures to favor the Barcelona Government. 4. That less than a third of the signers, were willing definitely to say they meant their signatures to express sympathy with the "Loyal- /st" reghne. 5. That some Of th signers charged trickery was used to ob- tain their signatures. Interpreted as Praise of Leftists When the news stories appeared on Monday, the headlines made it appear that the three-score members of the 75th Congress had of their own initiative joined in a whole-hearted indorsement of the Spanish Leftists. Some of the headlines read: '"60 Congressmen Praise Loyalists for 'Heroic Fight'"; "U. S. Congressmen Praise Loyalist Parliament Ses- sion," "Praise 'Fight for Demo- cratic Institutions,'" "80 in Con- gress Hail 'Heroic Fight to Save Democracy.'" RETRACT SIGNATURES Senators Gibson, Vt.; Brown, Mich.; Her- ring, Ia. Repersentatives Allen, Pa.Total four. Did not Mean to Favor Barcelomt Government Senators Byrd, Vs.; McKeller, Tenn.; Holt, W. Vs.; Townsend, Del.; Thomas, Okla.; Johnson, Colo.; Bulow, S. Dak.; Donahey, O.; Me- Gill, Kans.; Logan, Ky.; Minton, Ind.; Connally, Tex.; Pepper, Fla. Repr¢mtativea Hlldebrandt, South Dakota; Mahon, Tex.; Voorhis, Calif.; Kop- plemann, Conn.; Fries, Ill.; Cole, N. Y.; Pearson, Tenn.; Wlthrow, Wis.; Randolph, W. Va.; Etcher, Ia.; Johnson, Minn.; Transue, Mich.; Cooley, N. C.--Total 26. MEANT MESSAGE ONLY AS "GREETING TO DEMOCRACY" ltepresentat/ves Luckey, Nebr.; Scott, Calif.; Martin, Colo.; O'Day, N. Y. Total four. MEANT TO EXPRESS SYMPA- THY WITH BARCELONA GOVERNMENT Senators Frazier, N. Dak.; Thomas, Utah; La Follette, Wis.; Nye, N. Dak.; Ellender, La. Representatives Pierce, Ore.; Poage, Tex.; Lea, Calif.; Bernard, Minn.; Tiegan, Minn.; Gehrmann, Wis.; Blnderup, Nebr.; Boileau, Wis.; O'Connell, Mont.; Amlie, Wis.; Coffee, Wash.; Burdick, N. Dak. Total 17. Illuminating R4mpomms As a matter of fact, investiga- (Continued on Page 5)