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THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 21, 1969 PAGE 9 Country Christian Living Rural Life Director Diocese of Little Rock Rev. Lawrence P. Maus St. Joseph's Parish Center Ridge, Arkansas Rural Life Page ed in cooperation with the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 3801 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, 12, Iowa -the-Land Drive Tenant Farmers Shoeshine Boys Get Land Titles Red China's People. Lerida, Spaln(NC)--Thede-Succeed in Farming livery of the final titles to Church (NC)-- Those who try is a punitive campaign, senior lands ends a long dispute between Won Ju, Korea -- A Columban cept the rags they begged for shine baffling skein of elite groups -- on the whole con- farming families who workedthem missionary has transformed a cloths. have a new threat to sidered immune to these pres- for many years and the cathedral band of destitute shoeshine boys "Columban Father Pete Kelly the "hsia-fang" or sures in the past -- are being canons who traditionally owned into successful farmers, accord- discovered most of these kids --land movement, urged to set an example by send- them since the 15th century, ing to a report from Columban were orphans and he set out to promoted efforts to ing their own children to become More than two years ago some Father Frank Hynes of Dorches- provide a home for them. With out of the cities into "peasants for life." 700 tenant farming families sought tel Mass. the boys helping, he converted an With varying energy, Thus it was a serious predica- to purchase the lands at a price In Korea since 1967, Father old abandoned shed into a dormi- early days. Such drives merit for Wang Chi-chieh, a vice- based on the spirit of the Second Hynes is currently serving in one tory," the Columban missionary useful as policing men- chairman of the Hal Hsiang Rev- Vatican Council and papal encycli- of the area's "povertyparishes." said. "Then Father Kelly bought for example, when un- olutionary Committee of Shensi cals. The dispute arose over the He is also secretary to Bishop some pigs and chickens and con- Guards had to be sent Province, when his intellectual original price of $6-million set by Daniel Tji, and chaplain of the ducted a cram course in animal st to remote places or daughter Wang Chung-Hsia stub- the canons. Acompromiseof$1.26 local U.S. military advisory group, husbandry. controlled by the PRO- bornly refused to go to the coun- million was agreed upon in 1968. "The average family income is "So now the boys have a home, Army. But now tryside, i i only $160 a year in this farming and a 'pork and pullet' business a full head of steam be- The business of reforming her area," Father Hynes said, "but going for them. Doing pretty and emotions "loose thinking" became a daily ing she didn't need re-education the shoeshine boys were even well, too," Father Hynes ad- orer it. "dawn to dusk" struggle, wrote from the poor and lower-middle worse off. They had nothingex- ded happily. of this intensifica- the offical in a letter published in peasants.., and that since she has beenthatin a China newspaper, had finished middle schoolpre-  Carlisle Headquarters FOR the idea that it He explained: "She kept insist- venting her from going on to the university would be a 'was.' 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There have already been re- liable reports of harrowing scenes in Kwangtug when parents have Stuttgart Church G ide .e to bid farewell to their children, often of tender age, de- U parting for the countryside in accordance with the stepped-up campaign to hsia-fang "educated e With WALTON'S youths" and "street-educated H ( youths" for re-education by"poor ometown d lower-middle peasants." h How are these youths settling ants down in the countryside? If a Esso Servicenter report from Fukien Province is Church. Sunday Masses: Holyday Masses: 6:30 ATLAS any indication the answer is: not 6:30 p.m. Tires- Tubes- Batteries very well. Youths sent to that N. Main at Hiway 79 area had become so dissatis- lind Methodlul Church. fled with conditions that they and 10:00 a.m. Holy- 922.1071 had taken to the hills "where they a.m. and 6,00 p.m. Stuttgart Ark. ; formed guerilla bands which I came down to maraud outlying villages by night." seec,At suee-onm TO-7 FLOYD A. 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