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April 30, 1927     Arkansas Catholic
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Page Four -T , T t GUARDIAN, APRIL 30, 1927 Text of Gov. Smith's Reply to Marshall's Challenge (By N. C. W. C News Service. t !I have been a communicant of the1 New York, April 18. Following is Roman Catholic Church. If there l the official text of Governor Smith's were conflict, I of all men, could notI reply to Charles C. Marshall, the New have escaped it, because I have notI York attorney, who in an open letter been a silent man, but a battler forI to the governor m the April issue of somal and pohtlcal relorm. TheseI the Atlantic, Monthly questioned his battles would in their very nature dis-I ability to give undivided allegiance close this conflict if there were any. to this country because of his relig-1 His Support of Education. ' ] ious faith: "I regard public education as one "Charles C. Marshall, Esq. of the foremost functions of govern- "Dear Sir--In your open letter to merit, and l have st~pported to the me in the April Atlantic Monthly,~ last degree the State Department of you 'impute' to American Catholics Education in every effort to promote I our pubhc school system.The larg- views which, if held by them, wuld'esti leave open to question the loyalty single item of increased appropri- and devotion to this country and its ations under my administration ap-[ Constitution of more than twen,ty mil- pears in the educational group for the lion American Catholic citizens. I support of common schools. Since am grateful to you for defining this issue in the open and for your courte- ous expre~-sion of the satisfaction it witl bring to my fellow citizens for me to give 'a disclaimer of .Vhe con- victions' thus imputed. Without men- tal reservation I can and do make that disclaimer. These convictions are held neither by me nor by any other American Catholic as far as I know. "B f e ore answering the argument of your letter, however, I must dis- pose of one of its implications You put your questions to me in connec- tion withmy candidacy for the office of president of the United States. My attitude with respect to that candi- 1919, when I first became governor, 'this item has grown from $9,000,000 ]words show that Catholics are taught to $82,500,000.Ire be politically, socially and intellec- .'Iy mm and I may say I haveFtually intolerant of all other people. succeeded in achieving it has been]If you had read the whole of that art- ]legisl~ation for child welfare, the pro-licle in the C'Atholic Encyclopedia, you itection of working men, women andlwoud know that the real meaning of children, the modernization of the these words is that for Catholics alone ~statCs institutions for the care of'the church recbgnizes no deviation {helpless or unfortunate wards, the from complete acceptance of its dog- I preservation of freedom of speech and I ma. These words are used in a chap- opinion against the attack of wartime ter dealing with that subject only. hysteria and the complete reorganiza- ' The very same article, in another i tion of the structure of the govern- chapter dealing with toleration toward iment of the state, non-Catholics, contains these words: "I did not struggle for these things 'The intolerant man is avoided as for any single element but in the in- much as possible by every high-mind- dacy was fully stated in my last inau- terest of all of the 11,000,000 people gural ad