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PAGE EIGHT THE GUARDIAN, APRIL 9, 1943 (haplain Tells Of Natives' Faith Firm Belief Rooted In Pacific Isle Natives By Missionaries (By N.C.W.C. News Service) Brooklyn.---An amazing story of firm faith implanted in the natives of a South Pacific island by missionaries and the regal welcome accorded a priest who visits them was detailed in a letter received from the Rev. John E. Leonard, formerly an assistant pastor at Nativity Church, here, and now an Army chaplain. The letter was received by the Very Rev. Msgr. James H. Griffith, Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Need Personnel, Finances For South Rural Areas Philadelphia. (E)--The Most Rev. Eugene J. McGuinness, Bishop of Raleigh, writing in The Eccles- iastical Review on the condition of the Church in the South, partico ularly in the State of North Caro- lina, asserts the principal "dif- ficulty in our work arises from lack of personnel and equipment." "Had we additional priests, Sis= ters and Brothers, to establish schools and chapels in every sec- tion of this great State, there is no telling the good that could be ac- complished for God and country." Bishop McGuinness writes, "We are not here to proselytize churchgo- ers, but very definitely we are here to bring to His Tabernacle those who by neglect or distance fail Him." ' i The Bishop's article, titled "The South--A Neglected Opportunity," states there re 50 countries in the State in which there is not a Ca- tholic chapel or a priest and adds "hence it is natural to conclude that the twins of ignorance---prej- udice and bigotry -- abound in these parts." Bishop McGuinness stresses the importance of the race question in the South, which he termed "an overwhelming one" from a pa- triotic as well as a religious stand- point. He estimated there are 13,000,000 colored persons in the South and of this number only 300,000 Catholics. The Bishop in- quires: "Did you ever consider what an easy prey these people could be for the subtle, specious doctrines Commumsm? Of " " Advocating assistance both in personnel and finances from the cities and larger parishes not only in the South, but throughout the country, to. spread Catholicism in the rural districts, Bishop Mc= Guinness declares: "Mother Church has long since come to the realization that a dense urban following and a lit- tie rural backing are the seeds of discord in any vital organization, unless the urban financially adopt their less favored brethren. The feeders of our cities are the rural population and if we send unbe- lieving, indifferent men and wo- men to the cities, soon their churches will be emptied." Language And Pilgrimages New York. ()--Re]igious pil- grimages in Alsace-Lorraine have been forbidden by the Nazis, who also have prohibited use of the French language in the sector and have destroyed all memorials, ac- cording to a Radio Marco broad- cast recorded by Federal Com- munications Commission monitors. The broadcast quoted Jacques Dal- sace, a French resistance leader as saying almost 2,000,000 resi- dents of Alsace-Lorraine have gone into exile rather than live under German domination while many others have been deported to Germany. Meanwhile a British Broadcast- ng Company broadcast stated it had been learned that the Nazis have threatened to execute ten hostages for every German killed in Alsace-Lorraine, as a result of widespread opposition to the Ger- man labor mobilization policy. Hundreds At Army Air Field Participate In 40 Hours' Devotion Sumter, S.C. (E)--Hundreds of officers and men stationed at Shaw Field, Army Air Forces Basic Fly- ing School here, participated at Forty Hours' Devotion held in the chapel with both army chaplains and members of the local clergy officiating at the services. The services and congregational singing were arranged by Chap- lain A. W. Calner, who stated that many of the men had advised him that they had dedicated their pray- ers victory with justice and to last- ing peace. The devotions were opened with Mass on Sunday morning, at which the Roy. Hubert Morris, O.M.I., of St. Jude's Church, Sumter, was both celebrant and preacher. Most of the men who attended the Mass received Holy Communion. The closing services included Bene- diction of the Most Blessed Sacra- ment, recitation of the Act of Re- paration and Consecration to the Sacred Heart, the Litany of the Saints and prayers for peace. At " this service the Roy. John P. Clan- cy, pastor of St. Ann's Cburch, Sumter, officiated. He was as- sisted by the Roy. Philip Reed, O.M.I., of St, Jude's Church. Celebrants of evening Masses on Monday and Tuesday were Chap- lan Ralph Neagle, Father Reed, Father Herbert Morris and Chap- lain Calner. locations visited by Father Leonard obviously are un- named. "A few days ago," Father Leonard wrote, "a platoon of armed soldiers was sent to scout a nearby island. I was for- tunate in being allowed to ac- company them. When we arrived at the island we were met by a native who volunteered to act as guide. We marched for about an hour. Our journey took us through the heart of the native village. No one was in sight. It looked deserted. When we reach- ed a point about one-quarter of a mile outside the village we stop- ped for a rest. During the rest period 1 went up to our guide and asked him if any of the natives were Catholics. He answered very proudly: 'We are all Ca- tholics.' I then told him I was a Catholic priest. When he realized what I had said, he immediately put down his gun, grabbed my hand and covered it with kisses. Then he ordered an 'about face' and we all went back to the vil- lage. When we arrived there, he shouted at the top of his voice: 'Priest, priest! ' Out of nowhere, it seemed, appeared hundreds of natives. They formed a long line, each one awaiting his turn to kiss the hand of the priest and receive his blessing. They wanted to know when I would be able to say Mass in their village would I be able to bring them medals and rosaries and prayerbooks. It had been six months since a priest had last visited them. Canadian Missionary "That priest had been Father McMahon from somewhere in Canada. It was he who had taught them the English language, rehearsed them in their prayers in Latin, designed one of the men to baptize infants as soon as they were born. Six months ago he was on one of these islands with our native guide when the Jap- anese arrived. Both the priests and native were immediately tak- en captive. One night Ft. Mc- Mahon arranged for the native's escape through the jungle---but re- fused to go himself. The native finally managed to arrive at his present destination. He has heard since that Fr. McMahon was killed'. "Two days later I received the opportunity to return to the is- land, alone. They had posted a sentry to await my arrival and announce my coming. Within an hour all the people had been sum- moned from all corners of the is- land. The youngest were infants; the oldest were ageless. As a mat- ter of fact it has been five years since they have had a death on the island. This time I was much bet- ter prepared than I was the first time. I was able to enroll one in the Miraculous Medal. Visit To Their Church "After that ceremony was com- fleted on the beach, they took me to their church. Considering the circumstances, their edifice is a work of art. Even though they had not had Mass there for so many months, the altar had been kept spotlessly clean. Freshly cut flowers had been placed on the altar every day. A huge picture of the Sacred Heart hung over the altar..That picture is their pride and joy. "They set up a place for me to hear confessions. In their every- day life these natives wear only loin clothes as their dress. But before they entered the church to go to confession everyone of them scurried around for some cloth to cover their entire body. Every: one of them who had reached the age of reason went to confession --and seemed so grateful for the opportunity. Luckily I was able to combine my English, Latin, and smattering of French to make con- fession possible. "When Mass began the church was crowded to capacity--- the men on one side, women and chil- dren on the other: When I reach- ed the Gloria, the whole congre- gation joined in the singing of it without benefit of musical ac- companiment. It was really beautiful-- and so unexpected. Their pronunciation was perfect. The same also applied to the na- tiv who served my Mass. Throughout the whole service they joined in public prayers and sing- ing. Before tlm prayers after Mass they listened attentively to a short sermon. It was like preaching to a group of saints. Af- ter Mass they recited' post-con= reunion prayers publicly for twenty minutes. Not one left the building until those prayers were completed. Visitation Of The Sick ".4. visitation of the sick was next on the schedule. One wo- man, ninety-one years of age, was crippled in both legs. She felt that now she would be 'O.K.' be- cause Mass had finally been said on the island. 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The more these men of the press froth at the mouth in their attempt to calumniate the Spanish leder, the more it becomes evident they hitve been determined all the time to misrepresent the Spanish situa- tion and to lead as many of their reders as possible into error. The Spanish people under the leader- ship of Gen. Franco overcsme the attempt of the Communists to take over Spain and root out the Ca= tholic religion. The so-called democracy was a gigantic hoax which did not fool intelligent peo- ple but did deceive son stupid newspaper commentstors who ac- cept terms rather than facts and principles. It Is not nes tlt there is a shortage of school teachers, but a further bal feature of this sitna= tion is the fact that there is also a shortage of candidates for the teaching profession. This is not surprising, considering the fat that opportunities for employment are now so numerous that young women coming out of high schools are lured into war jobs or profes- sions that are germane to war. There is a grest danger that when the war is over and peace comes, large numbers of our citizens will be unprepared for the transition. At the present time, work is plenti- ful and money is so abundant that many people are forgetting to pre- pare for the lean years that are sure to come. The spirit of ad- venture is abroad and few young women have any notion of pre- paring for such a prosMc existence as that of a school teacher. And yet Americans need education and need it badly. From present in- dications, as a nation, we are in grave danger of becoming a race of moronic technicians. The ac- cent is upon training a generation of mechanics. Trades are useful, but every one should have a fun- damental training in school. Half of the adults in this country lutve never finished elementary school. Perhaps half of this number have never completed grade school and a large number are actually Il- literate. Our schools, at best, have not been much to boast about. If we are going to have a successful democracy, we should have an intelligent citizenry. In a democ- racy the people rule. If they are not educated to understand sound principles we have only what is culled a democracy. It might be like the democracy in Russia or the one that used to be in Spa/n. So while we are busy at war on the far-flung fronts let us not for- get to provide good education for the children at home. We must have good teachers and we must encourage young people to enter the teadhing profession or we can not win the peace. 'Fundamentals Of Industry' Course For State Schools Buffalo. (E) -- Establishment in the high schools of the State of a course in "fundamentals of indus- try" as a part of the third and fourth year curricula has been proposed by the Roy. William J. Kelley, of Buffalo, a member of the New York State Labor Rela- tions Board. Father Kelley, who recently was appointed to the Board, succeeded the Roy. Dr. John P. Boland, who resigned as its chairman at the end of last year to resume parish duties [ in this city. ] "By grounding boys and girls in I the fundamental principles o our[ industrial economy," Father Kel-[ ley said, " we will have equipped I them to evaluate the declarations 1 coming from either side--industry or labor. These fundamental prin- ciples should be ingrained in youngsters before they inherit the prejudices of either side." i One of the greatest needs today, he said, is intelligent public opin- ion based on calm and judicious assaying of facts. "Judgment," Father Kelley added, "means the possession of certain facts as the basis for a conclusion. It is my conviction that there are plenty of men of good will both in in- dustry and labor. However, one of the greatest weaknesses both sides must endeavor to correct is the pro-conceived opinion that those on the opposite side must of neces- sity be enemies. Mere tolerance of each other does not equal in- telligent industrial relations based on intelligent cooperation." nuts, oranges:and bananas. Each one tried to outdo the other in his generosity. "The rest of that day was de- clared a holiday. Back on the beach the women formed a large circle. They entertained for the next two hours by singing their native songs. While this was going on, the men formed another circle and asked all kinds of questions about America. They were amaz- ed when they heard there were so many priests in that 'foreign' country, They could not believe that the people there had so many opportunities of attending Mass every day of their lives." LABOR (Continued from page 1) clear and that if these responsibil- ities are not exercised by the la- bor leaders, the Government will eventually step in. On the other hand, an equal responsibility rests upon the Government. If it takes away from labor the right to strike--the only weapon it has to protect itself -- the Government must see to it that wages are ade- quate under the war conditions now prevailing. The piecemeal policy of dealing with particular situations as they arise, instead of prescribing a general remedy, has not worked out. This does not mean that the rank and file of labor have not done a conscientious job. Strikes have been relatively few and the :volume of production has been well maintained. But the threat of strikes and wage demands has not been lifted. The overhauling of the machinery for dealing with labor controversies and the set- ting of more definite standards is regarded as a possibility. By some it is even regarded as a neces- sity, despite the fact that the right to work when and how one chooses is fundamental. The trouble is that war policies and problems cannot be segregated and set apart. Wages cannot be dissociated from prices nor can either wages or prices be dis- sociated from inflation. They are all tied together. Each has a bear- ing on the war and the readjust- ments necessitated by the war and must be viewed in common per- spective. In the end it may be the Director of Economic Stabiliza- tion who will have the final word, or a composite coordinating com- mittee will be set up as a court of last resort. (N.C.W.C. News Service,) - .":..:J'':::::?-3:;::::: '".: :?'::: .'8 F :::: :)." :" >.f:.\>. ".>..\>:,:...:. :>,;:: :.:... ::.: i .  i . :. :. ::::::::::::::::::::: These Maryknoll Sisters, bound for Bolivia nd the Canal Zone, comprise the first group to leave the United States for new fields in Latin America. They are, left to right: Sisters Socorro Maria, of "Manila; Mary Kateri. Milwaukee; Marie Eugenic, Manila; Concepts Marie, Philadelphia; Mary Mercy. M. D., Milwaukee; Mary Paula, R. N., Burlington. Vt.. and, below, Sisters(Maria Natalis (left), Somerville, Mass.: Mgr, T r"'| Cleveland. (N.C.W.C.) Report Arrest Of Priests By Nazis In Holland New York. (E) -- German Nazi authorities in the Netherlands have begun a series of arrests of Ca- tholic clergymen accused of urg- ing their congregations to oppose the invaders' forced labo'r draft, according to a dispatch from the Soviet News Agency in Moscow received here by the Netherlands Information Bureau. Twelve priests have been at-' rested in The Hague and five have been-interned in a concentration camp at Utrecht since the Hier- archy of Holland issued a Joint Pastoral assailing oppressive Nazi measures, the dispatch stated. , Our work has just begun You think electricity is a wonderful thing--and it is. It lights our homes It turns the wheels in our factories. Lifts the burden of housework Helps make the good things of life cost less. Really, there doesn't seem much keft for electric service to do, does there? Yet we 1,200 men and women who make up the Arkansas Power & Light Company family believe that every service and comfort electricity now gives you is but a beginning of what's to come! Today electric power is the most vital factor in America's war production miracles. We are proud that our com- pany is one of America's group of/ business-managed electric utilities that planned ahead, and was ready to meet the tremendous wartime demand for power.., power that is producing war equipment that is daily licking the Axis ! Tomorrow... after this war is won... hundreds of new and amazing kinds of electrical equipment will come forth to make American life still more comfortable and pleasurable. We are planning ahead to meet these needs .. to provide constantly better elec- tric service at lower and lower cost! HELPI B KANSAS , . Navy Chaplain Cited For Brav In Rescue Effort New York. (E)--The Rev. Coffey, assistant pastor years at Holy Family Rochelle, and now a chaplain in the Navy the Great Lakes Training was cited by his ricer, Commander R. L. U. S. Coast Guard, for lantry in the rescue of a a plane, which crashed' beth City, N. C., where was on temporary duty training. In his citation, Burke said darkness inaccessible swamp cold wind, made rescue ficult and that the into flames and burned adding to the tion continued: a member of the rescue withbut thought of comfort, wholeheartedl pably assisted in ligent and excellent effecting relief and badly injured." Seek To Repeal State Preventing Hasty Sacramento. been introduced to California law which mandatory that there be s day interval between the marriage licenses are and issued. Assemblyman Gardiner son, author of the cated that more recent make premarital medical nations necessary ly care for evils of riages which the val had been designed The Assembly judiciary tee has already sent the to the lower house with pass" mdation.