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f,,., f ' ,, THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, MAY 22, 1920. JOHN LIND'S TESTIMONY .... SUBJECT TO ANALYSIS i By a Layman. icational institutions in those states CB "" " W C News Service ) and operate to increase greatly ignor- sYh:gton, May 10.--Thele has lance and flhteracy been much speculation as to why Lind False in Statements. President Wilson did not see lit to make public Mr. Lind's report on Mex- ican conditions. There will be less wonder over the concealment now that Mr. Lind has testified before the Sen- ate Committee and has exposed the ex- tent of his knowledge and the char- acter of his opinions. Mr. Lind's knowledge of Mexican conditions was disclosed to be aston- ishingly defective and his opiniens-- based as they were on wrong informa- lw,__ CHURCH Catholics, then the fight is won and AT HARRISON wc arc numbered in the ranks of men, men of principles, of intdlligence, men of truth, of worth and of power. (Continued from Page 1.) Be good Ctaholic men and women, nishing a chapel, which his Lordship and your Catholic lives will make a described as "very pretty, cosey and light shine forth from this church hill most devotional." t of Harrison, such as will dispel any Harrison Hospitality. ignorance or misgivings on the part The Bishop and the clergy were the of your non-Catholic neighbors. dinner guests in (he home of Mr. and The foundation o your religious Because there are more Catholics in Mrs. Arthur Atchison on Saturday principles are so strongly built. You Mexico than members of any Protest- evening. Mr. Atchison, the superin- have such a reliance. Your religion does not all come from the inide. It ]ant denomination, Mr. Lind would seek I n f a o a i comes, too, from that outside worhl of to create the impression that the Ca(h- ' .^  .......4" ,,,, , oo intelligent thought, deeds, words and olic Church is responsible for the low Catl':dr'-'-':-'-':r--"-;s e umess. of e;;n me works, that have been the craftman- state of education in Mexico If that meir. gucs." tn: . f , os ' lls a good argument hy not apply it ., . ship of the great Catholic Church , " hOSplEHIILV, anti In no poln as n .'l:; as 1 " [were vney amiss we have it today. Centuries have to the Umted States The Church cen- " " Isus recently published by United Returning to the hotel, a later hour passed, and each one has brought its States Government shos that the was spent in the hotel parlor, where impress and attached it to the old the Bishop MO1TiS, in pleasant chat with church. Millions, yes billions, of men Catholic Church has its greatest mere- the priests and a few parishoners, was and women, the brightest minds of ibership Jn the most populous and pro- very interestingly reminiscent of his their days have hehl pious allegiance ]Arkansas journeys and experiences, with the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Dedication and Conflrmatio. These associations are indeed the very The memorable (lay for the Ca(h- prop of our religious entity as a olios of Harrison, began with a Mass church, and we know how insignificant at. 6 o'clock, celebrated by Fr. Wernke, will be the effect when one mite of a at which almost the entire centre- mere man, or a few mites of men, gation received Holy Communion. from within that body would set him- His I, ordship celebrated the 7:30 self or themselves up as the dictator Mass assisted by Fathers Wernke and of a new religion, as the God-sent Metz. Brealcfast was selh'c(t to the director of the intelligence, which now clergy after the Masses in the home of and since the first Pentecost, has al- Mr. and Mrs. Dunn, just opposite the ligned itself to the Church of Rome. church, and again was in evidence the No, indeed, our religion does not all ]come from within, the traditions of fine Harrison hospitality. [the centuries give to our church an Dedication. exterior foundation beyond the power Despite the heavy downpour of rain (luring the early mming hours, the of worht weaklings to shake or de- church was filled by 9 o'clock, when stroy. the dedicatory exercises took place. Your place as Catholics in this or The heavy rain held off while tim any other community depends so Bishop in mitre and cope, assisted by much upon your homes, depends so the clergy and acolytes, pelqormed much upon w.hat thi home and parents the ritualistic ceremony of blessing offer to the cifildrea as they grow up. the exterior walls, the congregation llesides the Church, with the priest, witnessing the same from the lawn of the Mass, the devotions, the Sacra- church, ments, the prayers, we must have the The people then reassembled in the true Catholic home with its marks of church, followed by the clergy and fervent, active faith. The instruction Bishop and with the chant of psalms, .of children, by bdtter shucted litanies anti prayers, and the sprink- parents, conformance to all Catholic ling of holy water, the Church of St. practices at home and abroad, aspira- Blase at Harrison was dedicated to tions to educate the children in Cath- the Service and made the House ol  olic schools and colleges, watchful- God. ness over their studies, companions Festival Mass. anti associations, these are the real .ome points, which are of the good The last Mass of the day was cele- Catholic household. brated by Father McDermott "aith His Lordship insisted on Catholic Bishop Morris on the throne, assisted literature and especially that the by Fathers Wernke and Metz as chap- Guardian, the diocesan paper, be a lains. The church is small, so, too, is weekly visitor in every home in Har- t,he congregation, but with the pres- risen. ence of many of their non-Catholic The faithful departed were not for- neighbors, the capacity limits of the church were taxed on Sunday last. gotten on this joyful occasion. The The choir with organ was restricted Bishop reminded them of the Church's to one corner, but the rendition of the doctrine of Purgatory and what a sat- isfactory and pleasing doctrine it was musical numbers of the program was for the living, and how profitable most adequate and appropriate for the were our prayers when offered for the solemn devotions, release of the souls of our dear de- Confirmation. ,arted ones. humediately after the Mass His Confirmaliont Class. Lordship began the administration The following were confirnaed: Rich- of the Sacrament of Conii-mation by trd E. Stephen Dunn, Charles Albert an earnest exhortation to the parents Phelan, .George A%hur Farrell, Rose and children concerning their obli:a- Mary Koenig, Bertha Mary Brinkman, tions as Catholics, as soldiers of Jesu. Thomas William FaTell, John Rich- Christ and as stronp: and perfect ard Dougherty, John Lawrence Swce- Christians. ney, James Francis Dobbins, Emma Bishop Calls for Manifestation and Berna(line Pund, Alfred Joseph Koe- Steadfastness in Faith. nit, Mary Jane Phelan, Mary Cath- His Lordship, seated in the center rine Dobbins, Catherine Farry, John of the sanctuary, in mitre and cope, Robert Dougherty, James Joseph De- with the crozier in hand, very in(i- laney. mately and fatherly addressed those Farewell" Dinner. present. After the church ceremonies, autos He congratulated Father Metz and were in serwcc to take Bishop Morris the people of Harrison for the erec- and the clergy to the home of Mr. then of such a devotional little chapel, and Mrs. J. C. Phelan, where a splen- He commended highly their religrous did repast was offered, accepted and spirit and the accompanying spirit of at its conclusion thoroughly appre- self-sacrifice that gave to Harrison its elated. beautiful church, and to the diocese The Phelan home, with its four another center of Catholic activity, boys--all 100 per cent boys--and its He told of what a Catholic church fair daughter, Jane, was in a way a meant m any community, but espe- distraction for His Lordship. Time cially in one so featured as will be was short, the menu was excellent, but the parish of St. Blase among the the children received the greatest con- civic communities of Northrn Ark- sideration. It was truly the ideal ansas. Catholic home, and more than once Their standing as a body of Chris- the remark was made that the Parish tian people depended upon their mar, i- of St. Blase at Harrison was indeed festation of Eeir Catholicity in knowl- blessed in the personnel of its mem- edge and practice. Knom as Cath- bers. of final act, which forever must dead- olios, if they were not true and good Bishop's Return. en the thrill of life, must align them Catholics, then they lost the respect The report of the return trip will with the solemn ranks of those who and the confidence of their neighbors, not be spread upon the pages of the ptiently await the dread summons. The intelligent non-Caolic knows Guardian. We shall just remark that Therefore they put off making their and appreciates the non-compromising His Lordship and Frs. Wernke and ;ills. They may be examples of good principles of the Catholic church, and McDermott left Harrison Sunday Order in tbeir business life, and me- when he or she observes in a so-called afternoon at 2 o'clock, and while un- tieulously exact in all other relations. Catholic a wishy-washy disposition to der the solicitous orders of General but they cannot bring themselves to forego in the least the tenets and Manager Phelan, had fine success in put their affairs in proper shape practices of the Catholic religion, then reaching Kensett. Thirty miles above gainst that uncertain moment when and there is such a man or woman ac- near Newport, on the Missouri / their life on earth shall cease, credited with the mark of cowardice, Pacific, a little switch point trew| Hence the confusion which so fre- and is branded, if not as a traitor, then an entire local passenger train e quently attends the settling of affairs, as one of a mighty suspicious char- off the rails. The Missouri Pacific Hence the frequent disposal of prop- acter.' After all it is only the dense railroad had to get that train again erty which is directly opposed to thatlignoranti non-Catholics who prove on the irons, so everything else and which one would have ordered by will. t themselves to be the mean and zealous everybody else along the eighy miles It is the part o fwisdom to think ollfanatics, who hurl their diy asper- of road to Little Rock had to wait. death, fro mtime to time. The spirit-'sions against the Cabholic church and No official had the right, we presume, ual value of such meditation is hlghlylall persons and things pertaining to to order equipment for delivery of praied by holy and wise men. One her. The true, staunch steadfast, red- hundreds of passengers at Little Rock who thus faces the thought of death Iblooded Catholic, knowing and acting' on Sunday night, so they just had to as it aect, s his eternal destiny, will his faith, is the.object of the esteem wait all night and at length reach not be fearful of making a will. and the confidence of every clean- Little Rock at 6:30 Monday morning. Neither will that person forget God minded and intelligent neighbor and The crowd blamed the switch and said vnd the xTorks of God in framing' that.fellow citizen. We do not have to other things about "bone-head" and ln " " I .trument which is to be known as go abou fighting for our religion; no, ,,p. B. D." policy of the Me. Pac. tion--to be somewhat ridiculous, gressive states of the Union It is weakest in those states in which the land Ignorant. greatest illiteracy prevails. Would it Mr. Lind charged the Catholic not be as fair to charge Methodism Church with responsibility fox" the lack with responsibility for the lack of edu- of education of the Mexican masses. Seemingly he was ignorant of thelcatin of the masses in the South as fact that, since the adoption of the[ t charge the Catholic Church with (onstitution of 1857, the Church has responsibility for the lack of educa- had no power to direct education in tion of the masses in Mexico? Lind Annoyed. Mexico. He declared the reports byf the treatment of nuns and priests Mr. Lind was patently annoyed dur- the revolutionists were "some false ing the hearing by Judge Kearful's reference to Mhgr. Francis C. Kelley's and very many greatly exaggerated," although, as is well established by sworn testimony and geneally known, outrages committed against priests and'nuns were of such extent and character that large numbers of them were forced to seek refuge in the United States and many of them are still in this country afraid to return. Lind Thinks. Tl) Judgci Kearful's query as to where he got his information that the Catholic Church had not performed its proper function in respect to educa- tion in Mexico, Mr. Lind said: "I did not say it had not performed i its proper function, but I say now that ] I think it very unfortunate that a larg- ] er effort by those in a position to ex- I ercise power has not been made tel establish and maintain popular educa-] (ion." The inference is that the Catholic Church was in a position to exercise such power. The fact is that the Cath- olic Church in Mexico was stripped of its power by the Constitution of 1857 and since the revolution its priests and nuns have suffered persecution and outrage and its churches and other buildings blare been seized and dese- crated. Lind Shows His Bias. "I do not agree with the opposition in the United States to our public schpl system," said Mr. Lind. Again an reference that the Catholic Church is fostering such opposition. The Catholic Church has no more opposed the public schools in bhis coun- try than it has opposed the "educa- tion of the masses" in Mexico. Mr. Lind ought to know that to be true and probably does. Where can he find an act or an utterance of a Catholic against the public schools? Let him produce it. CathOlics in the United States not only don't oppose bite pub- lic schools, but they suppor those schools with their taxes. In addition, these Catholics, whom Mr. Lind Would picture as the foes of "popular educa- tion," maintain more than 5,000 schools for above 1,700,000 of their own chil- dren; all of which schools are kept up to the standard of public educa- tion in the localities where they are maintained. If Catholics did not bear this double taxation the States would be unable to give education to hun- dreds of thousands and the number of illiterates would be threateningly in- creased. And besides primary schools, American Catholics are operating academies, colleges and universities without a cent of expense to the state. Catholic parents and educators be- lieve that religious training is a vital part of edtlcation, and since, in all the circumstandes, such spiritual culture cannot be given in the public schools, Catholic schools are conducted for Catholic children. But because they prefer to send their children to schools in which they can be aught the pre- cept of their religion, at the same time that they bear their burden of public secular education, can Catholics truthfully be charged with opposing public schools ? Lind Tries to Inflame. The simple truth is that all the op- position there is to popular education in the United .States is on the other side--the side of bigotry which Mr. Lind, seemingly, is seeking to inflame by false statements. At a time when 18,000 public schools in the United States have been closed down for lack of teachers, the Catholic Church has been doing educational work in the United States of great extent and of the highest; benefit to the nation's citi- zenship. The liberal minded of what- ever religious permmsion recognize the value of this educational work of the Ghurch and have only appreciation of it. But the bigots, who are more con- cerned about the possible spread of the Catholic Church's influence than they are about "the education of'the masses," have had bills introduced in several State Legislatures'which, if enacted, would close all Catholic edu- "Book of Red and Yellow." When asked a question about this book, Mr. Lind said he did not "want any con- troversy with any Jesuit." land vs. Msgr. Kelley. There is no doubt that Mr. Lind was sincere in his declaration that he did not want any controversy with Msgr. Kelley who, incidentally it may be stated as another evidence of Mr. Lind's looseness of statement, is not a Jesuit. The reason Mr. Lind did not want any controversy with Msgr. Kelley dates back to an article which Mr. Lind, on his return to the United States, published in The Bellman of Minneapolis Among other highly original but utterly baseless assertions t,bat Mr. Lind wove into his article for The Bellman was one that a Papal bull had prevented education of the Mexican people for two hundred years. Father Kelley demanded of Mr. Lind that he produce the "bull" or at least indicate where it could be found. Mr. JAn(l, of course, wa unable to exhibi the "bull," since it was wholly of his own invention. His activity along that line apparently has been unsubdued by the embarrassing exposure of falsity to which Msgr. Kelley subjected him. MAKING A WILL. People do not like to be reminded that in the midst of life they are m death. Not even the terrible events of the last five years with their frightful climax in last year's scourge of epl- demic, have served to remind us in(i- am(ely and personally that our tenure of life is uncertain. We think of death a:, it affects those of our friend. who die. We do not like to think of it se- riously as a reality which will one day touch us. People are dying around us, friends. acquaintances, strangers make up a constant procession to the cemetery-. I,vcn so. death is not for us--yet. V e seem to have the conviction that what- ever may happen" to others, we are in some special way to be preserved to a fine old age. Thus we keep up the self delusion and we are exceedingly careful to give no thought to death or to anythin connected with it---lest such meditations might bring death nearer. There are, for instance, many Catho- lic faminlies wh oare sorely tried if one of their members is to receive the Sacrament of Extreme Unction s if this healing rite were a sort of pact with death. Not until there is no hope of recovery, will they voluntarily ask for its administration. So with wills. To make a will seems to many as if they were resigning from life. They look upon it as a sort his last testament. The will of a Catholic made without some bequest to God's workfor reli- gion or educational or charitable pur- pose, is an eternal disgrace.--Provi- &nee Visitor. I the only fight we have is with our own individual inclinations not to respond Ire t;he many graces which we as Cath- olics have showered upon us to make us loving and fearing children of God, good Catholics If we are good ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY. Jesuit Father Addresses Nurses. On the evening of May 6th Ray. William H, Agnew, S. J., addressed the graduating class of nurses from HELLO CENTRALI St. John's Hospital, St. Louis, at the Give Me 1926 or 1927 St. Louis University Auditorium. He spoke of the splendid self-sacrifice re- vealed in the lives of scores of nurses YOUNG'S DRUG ho had come before his notice. "Women of a superior mold" were the The Store of Quality words he used in lauding their noble 'ork. On the following Sunday, May 9th, Father Agnew addressed the Federa- tion of Catholic Societies and Parishes of St. Clair County, Illinois ,at Leb- anon, Ill. At the morning Mass the subject was "The Church, the World's Greatest Social Agency," while at the first meeting of the convention in the afternoon, he spoke on "The Church and Present Industrial Problems." Father Agnew is a member of the faculty of St. Louis University. Ninth and Rector Made by ROSE CITY 'The Most Sanitary Joe Jung Proprietor. lmtmau Developing and Fiisbing HEGAR TY DR UG 501 MAIN ST. Haley & Hornibrook Venfilatin00 and All Kinds of Roofin00 CENTRAL Capital Stock ........... $100,000 Surplus .. ............. 10,000 We are constantly adding new accounts and business is increasing at a very satisfactory However, we shall be glad fo have you with us. is our inflexible rule not to impart information cerning the deposits of others. 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