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t THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1920. PAGE TtIREE Knights o Columbus LITTLE ROCK COUNCIL NO. 812 Official Notes At our last meeting quite a good number of applications were present- e(l and from the general tone it would look as if our meeting next Tuesday will be the one to decide definitely re- garding the closing of the class. It will thercR)re be important to get in touch with any prospect you may have in mind if he is desirous of be- coming a Knight at this time as it will be well on in next winter before another opportunity is offered. If he only knew the good things he will miss between now and that time there wouht be no question as to h, is deci- ,f-n. In this connection it might be well to remind you that two weeks be- fore the date set for initiation, all ap- plications will have to be on file and any received after that (late will not be considered. This will not be the only thing of interest at the meeting as we have hoard in a round about way of some specials that are to come off and from the way the news has traveh, d it looks as if we will have both a full house and a very large time. Have you ever dropped in to the hall on a Sunday afternoon? Well, if not you are passing up some- thing good just try it once. Our thought for the week: If you are inclined to be pessi- mestic just remember that a lemon tree vrows only 800 lemon in a sea- son while an orange tree will produce about 2000. M,P.M. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBIIS Lawrence O. Murray, comptroller of the currency under the administra- tion of Roosevelt. Taft and Wilson, returned yesterday after two years service in Europe, as Overseas Com- missioner for the Knights of Colum- bus. Mr. Murray directed,the finances of the organization's overseas work. "[ am conw'nced." he said. "thai there is a general belief in Europe that America has wilfully accepted the upper hand resulting from the deslberate straits in which the nations] of Europe fiml themselves. Our ma-I terial stock is high over there, sol very high that our mm'al stock has] considerably depreciated. Some of the f, mous French editors have been exceedingly bitter in their attacks on US. "There is no question but that re- lief is needed'badly in certain sections of Europe especially in Austria. There conditions are ten'ible. But I'm convinced that Europeans are spending too much time gambling at what they consider American pros- pel'ity instead of applying themselves to the colossal task of rebuilding their wealth. They are suffering from economic neurasthenia and they ex- pect us to be the doctor when they can cure themselves by hard work." Am Overseas Commissi)ner for the Knights of Columbus Mr. Murray had control of the millions of K. of C. ex- pended overseas. As a result of his experience Mr. Murray said: "The American soldier's dominant trait is his sterling honesty. Out of approxi- nlately three hundred thousand dol- Society Activiti,,i t lars the I(nig!lts of Columbus hmnc(l to more than thirty thousand nlen all but five hundred dollars wm paid back, and l attribute this amazingly small loss to the fact that nlany of tlm boys who received loans were killed in action. "Things in general in Europe are at sixes and severn " he said. "'t - ") I Ill; that is to be expected after five years of war. We are now taking stock and inventories are sometimes a sad business. International trading will not as- sume great volume while exchange is shifting as it is from day to day, aml the value of foreign money ex- pressed in terms of our own dollars is falling to unprecedented figures. That is bound to right itself when the nations are le to get on a pro- ducing instead of as now a borrow- ing basis. That the nations realize, and no matter how much the unthink- ing may blame us for the fall thoughtful men realize that file whole question is econonlic and noth- ing else." Before leaving. France Mr. Murray was honored by the French govern- ment in recognition of his services as a K. C. executive by the bestowal of Instnlction, Cirst class. THERE IS S'rlLL AN A. E. F. The echoes of "Over Thm'c" and the other war ballads ram. leaving our streets and theaters and gradually fading from the diaphragms of vet- eran player pianos. The war is going to the back-ground ahnost as preci- pitately as it came to the :front. But there is still an A. E. F. Consider these excerpts from mes- sages received at the Nmv York head- quarters of the Knights of Columbus: From Port au Prince, Haitii: "Six cases of athletic goods, creature com- forts and motion picture reels re- ceived. Marines operjoyed." From Vladivostok, Siberia: "Men awaiting transports enthusiastic over distri- bution of newspapers from home. Send more." Frmn Paris: "Army of Occupation welcomes unsalvaged ath- lethe, material. Gumdrops plentiful." From Panama: "Classes in K.C. buihting well attended. Some more English text books." From Manila: "Tobacco here plentiful. Cases ef toothpaste arrived." Fronl Juneau, Alaska: "Ice cream and doughnuts still popular." Sounds like carefully planned press agent dope. It is, so :Car as selec- tion goes, because the messages are replete with prosaic data on file ad- ministration of K. of C. affairs with the troops in the places named. They don't contain the numbers of the men served: but in each pPace they are well over ten thousand--excepting at Juneau. Which means that there is still an Anlerican Expeditionary Force---forces in fact, and the name might apply to the boys at the Mexi- can border, for they are on an ex- pedition. It also means that the Caseys are there with the men--and that they'll be there as long as they're needed. , FOR SALE, 1 O,OOO ACRES of' unimproved land in White county, Arkansas. Hardwood Timber, Red Clay Subsoil. This land will produce good crops. Suitable for fruit, general farming or stock growing. Can sell in large tracts for colonization purposes. EUGENE MOSLEY, , 1-10-8t Judsonia, Ark. Training School for Nurses at St.. Joseph's Intirmary Hot.Springs, Arkansas Three Year's Course Sister 4p#y to Scholastica WHAT 1S THE POPE DOING? IDIOTIC QUESTION. Consistent Policy of Pope Benedict. --World Side of Vatican Enhanced (C. P. A.) Rome Feb. 15.--A correspondent writes me fronl England that the egregious ttoratio Bottonfley of John Bull fanle asks in that paper: "What is the Pope Doing?" and suggests the answer: "Minding his own busi- ness." An idiotic question and an apt answer, which a central Catholic press bureau, if one existed, might well circulate and publish simultan- eously all over the world. I wouhl tul the laugh against Mr. Bottomley and other dishonest anti-Papalists, who, one gathers, are not hlcking also in the United States. Nothing could be more apt as a reply, and nothing could be more true. That is just what the Pope is doing: minding his own business. Restoring Kingdom of God While we are unsuccessfully en- deavoring to restore the kingdoms or republics or whatever they may be , of the world, the Pope is setting to work to restore the Kingdonl of God. In which he is doing our work fro' us. if we will only let him. Mr. Bottonl- ley evidently won't. To what measure of success the Pope will attain we do not know, nor need we prophesy. Please God, be will live a long time yet. He shows but little signs of the strenuous work and heart-breaking anxiety of these five and a half years; and t long as he may live, great as his work may be, has been and will be, he better than anyone knows that the work of a Pope is but one piece of the work of tile apacy and tile Church, one stone in the "skyscraper," the buihl- ing founded and from its foundations erected so as to reach the Heaven: Well as he knows this, he must yet see a simple tnth emergring, now that peace, is madc or mostly made on paper--that the one success of the war ires been the Papacy. The Annoying Thing That is wha annoys Mr. Bottom- Icy, though he may thing it is some- thing else. That is what used to m> hey Nathan, that, try as he might, he could not make himself, couhl not make people look on him as the big- gest nmn in Rome. What personage or institution eouht have raised near- ly 400,000 francs in a few weel(s for the suffering chilchn just by a mere appeal? And this ts a personal fund. subscriptions sent to the Pope him- sell'[ No one knows how much of the total offering is due to his appt,: Miss Eglantyne Jebb of the " , Sav( tile Chihlren Fund." came here to thank the IIoly Father because her organization realized that nine-tenths of the success their apl)eal had hat1 was due to His IIoliness' support. Consistent Policy of P(l)e Benedict What, then. is the Pope thinking of doing, telling us and asking of as. now that war is over. Two things, it seemS; and the first is "I'eace." Christian peace, that is, and all that is contained in it, all that follows from it. Not one of his allocutons. addresses, letters that has not this :for its main theme. And the second if there be a second--is the Union of the Churches. But this is really part of tile first. It finds its phlce, if not specifically mentioned, in that great first Encyclical of November, 1914: "Love one auother"Peace, submission to rightful authority, un- ten--Benedict XV's prommncenlent of policy, with which with matwellous consecutiveness all his actions have been consonant; from which, indeed, they have proceeded. The one great entity, person or institution, which founded policy on principle, has gone straight fomvard on that unvarying line, and, even if events seem to show that the world would not listensaid, indeed, that such policy was all wrong yet comes out bigger than any at the end. " World Side of Vatican Enhanced. Scoffers, who said 'that the Papacy would not exist after the war,. have to confess, because they cannot deny facts, that recent world events have enhanced ,the world side of the Vati- can which takes sign in diplomatic representation. A reference was made recently to the crowd of representa- tires at the annual audience and the diplomatic dinner after the Consis- tory, but that list is by no means com- plete. There are the snmll new na- tions to be added such as have not yet bad time to org:ulize, Jugo-shlvia for instance; and there are the old ones returning after an enforced slrt or a voluntary long absence. Bavaria and Prussia The Bavarian and Prussian Minis- ters are back in Rome; anti Msgr. Pacelli. Nuncio to :Munich, has been iu Berlin, where there is a desire fro" and interchange of representatives between Rome and the German State, while Bavaria is not willing, to give up its private rights. That is a )nat- ter for Germany to settle; Ronle will not raise any question of principle, even, I understand, to sending a re- presentative to a non-Catholic State, as Germany must ba regarded. And he has been discussing relations be- tween Rome and the Government, the nomination of bishops, for instance, with regard to which the agreement of the Emperor was customary. France. Finally there is France. There are Frencll people here, who say that it is all arranged. As I understand it. there is agreement in principle, but many details have to be settled satis- factorily to the Vatican before tile understanding can be put into action. It is no use, for instance saying that Rome has withdrawn the opposition to the Associations Cultuelles. These in the form in which they were pros- pected fifteen years ago, were con- demned by Plus X as contrary to the principles on which the Church was founded; and that finishes the mat- ter for the present, as for the late Pope. Doubtless the French Government could find a method of running ec- clesiastical affairs which woud sat- isfy their conception of a "Lay State," while not infringing Catholic principles. That, indeed, is their business ;and, once on a safe foun- dation, they will find nothing but generosity, charity, in Rome. There is nothing, however, so fallacious as such aphorisms as "Oh. Plus X and Merry del Va] wel. hoplessly strict: Benedict XV is large minded." Plus X and his Cardinal Secretary of State were strict, because the principles on which the Church was founded were involved. But that same Cardinal Secretary of State was inundated with letters afterwards, even from such as hoped and struggled most keenly for a mowus vivendi hetween the Chm'ch and the French State in 1904, thanldng the Holy See for the firmness, which had saved the Church in France.. And there ,was charity too, under the last Pontificate. Who will ever forget Plus X kissing the French flag, which was thrust up to the sedia Gestatoria by o2e of the multitude of pilgrims "is Hi., Holiness was being bonle out of St. Peter's after the memorahle Beatification of Joan of Arc? An Absurd Story. 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St. A'I TLE ROCK ARKANSAS Postpaid to Any Address lenged him to submit his statements to ten scientists, well versed in Christianity and ecclesiastical his- tory, five to be choscn by the deputy, and five by the priest. If the scient- ists dlare that the Hen. Prampolini is right, then the priest will pay Lire 10,000 to a local educational institute; while, should the scienitsts declare against tim deputy, lie is to be mulct- ed in only Lire 1,000 for the Artisans Institute. The priest makes his offer public through the press, and points out that, if the deputy does not accept it, he will consider it shows fear of the verdict. So far the deputy has. naturally enough, made no sign. This action by a quiet country priest is signifi- cant of the way in which Italian Catholics are finding their feet. Unrest in Spain In Spain, as elsewhere, the founda- tions of the old parties are cracking, and new regimes are springing up. The Bolshevic peril is great in Spain. where there is no generally accepted social doctrine; and the union of all men of good will ,advocated by the Pope has become anecessity there. The well-wnown paper, El Debate, has an article saying that, thougl Catholics date back twenty centuries. they are everywhere of no conse- quence. A polemic is now going forward between this journal and the Epoca on Abe conditions of the union advocated by the Pope. Both have different ideas as to hmv the union should be effected, while Senors Maura and Buyos y Maze divide the allegiance of the Catholics. Hitherto the actions of the Catho- ic Partly in Spain have not met with the approval of the Holy See, because somehow that party has ahvays man- aged to mix with the malcontents who were out for violence. Another complication is the fact that the Debate has given itself up lately to German influence. Near East Problems The Near East gives many pro- blems to the Church. 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