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rag, ro.t THE SOUTHERN GUARDIAN I The Southern Guardian I[NDEPENDENCE DAY. RIGHT HANDS OF CHURCH The Catholic Press of the United With tile uninterrupted parts of Natural gas carried from the Viv- Published Weekly by THE CATHOLIC PUBLICATION SOCIETY of the Diocese of Little Rock Business Office: 315 W. Markham St. Little Rock, Ark. Rt. Rev. J. M. Lueey, V. G., Editor A. B. Waterman, Business Manager l SUBSCRIPTION $x.$o THE YEAR OFFICIAL APPROVAL. Tile Southern Guardian is the offic- ial organ of the diocese of Little Rock, and I pray God that it may be an earnest champion in the cause of right, justice and trnth and an ardent defender of the religion which we all love so well. I extend to it :ny lfless- ing with tile sincere hope that its car- eer may he long and prosperous.-- John B. Morris, Bishop of Little Rock. SATURDAY, JULY 8, xpxx. THE CATHOLIC PAPER, ITS MISSION. In October, 19o8, the Boston Pilot, which has become one of the most influential Catholic journals in the United States began its career. At that time, as did our Right Reverend Bishop in behalf of the Southern Guardian, Archbishop O'Connell, of Boston, made .a statement to the Catholic laity as to the need of such an organ and an appeal to them to as- sist it to the end that its work might be felt. With the hope that from it the Catholics of this diocese may find some food for thought and that it may imbue them with a greater zeal in furthering the influences of this paper we publish that appeal: "No need to specify that this pa- per will be neither infallible nor fault- less; but it will, we feel assured, be truly and loyally Catholic in spirit and in tone, and truly and loyally American in civil allegiance, two char acteristics requisite for a Catholic pa- per intended for those Catholics who are also American citizens. In its pages we trust that every child of the Church will find edifi- cation and instruction, and that the general public will find there useful information. "The Catholic citizen is found in every avocation. The public official, the lawyer, the doctor, the merchant, the laborer, all have need to know what is the Catholic viewpoint in all great moral questions, in the social order and in his local environment. The short sermon on Sunday is all too brief to permit of detailed argu- ment and lengthy application. Be- sides, the good old custom of the family pew at the High Mass is un- happily apparently passing. "Unless we be willing to sit by in- active and indifferent spectators while the Faith is threatened with weakness from a thousand influences ahout us, we must bestir ourselves and do something more than praising the past, which, however, good and ex- cellent it was, i past: and which after all was the :achievement not of our- selves, but of our fathers and moth- ers. "I appeal to every head of a Cath- olic family in this Diocese to see to it that The Pilot is welcomed into his home, to be there a reliable and potent force in maintaining the sac- red influences of the Faith. The Pilot makes its advent modestly and without boast. Under Diocesan con- trol, however, it will be no uncertain voice, and no unsteady force for Catholic life and action. It hopes by support and experience to grow in usefnlness and anthority, so that the great principles of the spiritual life of the Church and the foundations of good governntent nlay be come better known and more strongly safeguard- ed. "Whoever, therefore, in tile small- est way assists The Pilot to this end is doing a work for God, for home and for country." In this materialistic age there is much of the carping spirit of hereti- cal individualism abroad, and some so-called Catholics are not free from its insufficient egotism. It is the duty of every Catholic to be a staff to his pastor in all the good work pertain- ing to the parish, to uphold his hands freely of his means and of his time as in his delicate labors by' giving as the other pressing and proper de- nlands upon his resources will per- mit, and to do this not grudgingly and under selfish protest, but as a man's free and heartfelt offering to his Creator, Whose love surpasses human understanding and Who alone can satisfy when the material things upon which we pride ourselves are found perishable and useless.The Pilot, A great thought or a noble love, like a beautiful object, bears us away from the hard and narrow world of our selfish interests, dips us in the clear waters of pure delight, and makes us glad as children who lie in the shade and catch the snowy blos- soms.The Morning Star. Independence Day was fittingly celebrated throughout Arkansas. On that day we are ntore than ordiuarily impressed with the devotion we feel to the State and its free institutions. Every nation feels it. How the Es- quimaux clings to the land of his na- tivity although tie lives in perpetml snow. Tile hardy Swiss would not exchange his bleaky land for our richest valleys. In fact, it is a conl- mendable characteristric of every nation. A pholosopher once said that "The sentiment from which it springs de- ternlines the greatness of any deed." Independence celebrations interpret history, rims mark epochs of hunlan progress and advancement. It blends the heroism, the religious faith, the noble purpose and the purest senti- ments of the country in honor of which its birth is celebrated. Print- ed in those epochs is the history of man, honoring the priest, the citizen and the soldier whose courage and sacrifice made the day possible. Every government, of whatever fornt, is not unlike the individual to whom it owes its birth and growth. A man without religious life and sentintent is a man without hope, without ideals, and hlind to the tligh- er and better entotions which dis- tinguish those of a low degree from those of a higher rank and purpose. So with nations. Those gatherings throughout our common country on July 4th, molded acquaintances into friendships. We need to mingle ill that manner oftener. JEFFERSON DAVIS' LAST PUB- LIC SPEECH. This State's recent prominence by reason of it it's succesful reunion and the interesting southern history that has appeared in our State papers leads us to believe that the following, the last public speech of Jefferson Davis will be of interest to our read- ers: "Mr. Chairman and Fellow-citizens: Ah, pardon ule. he laws of the Unit- ed States no longer permit me to designate you as fellow citizens but Iatn thankful that I may address you as my friends. I feel no regret that I stand before you this after- noon a man without a country, for nay ambition lies buried in the grave of the Confederacy. here has been consigned not only my ambition, but the domas upon which that govern- ment was based. The faces I see be- fore me are those of young men. Had 1 not known this I would not have appeared before you. Men in whose hands the destinies of our Southland lie, for love of her I break nty sil- ence to speak to you a few words of respectful admonition. The past is dead--let it bury its dead, its hopes and its aspirations; before you lies the futurea future full of golden promise, a future of exanding na- tional glory, before which all the world shall stand amazed. Let me beseech you to lay aside all rancor, all bitter sectional feelings, and to take your places in the ranks of those who will hring about a consummation devoutly to be destineda reunited country." CHURCH WAS EDUCATOR. The Right Rev. Father J. M. Lucey, V.G., of Little Rock, Ark., editor of the Southern Guardian, in his issue of June 17 published a very able editorial on the origin and his- tory of Christian schools. It is worth reading, heeding and remembering. It is seldom that a matter of this kind is so lucidly explained, and for that reason the Kentucky Irish American publishes the article in its entirety and as a ntatter of news. Sunday's epistle strikes one of the finest notes of Christian optimism "I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that shall be revealed in us." he lot of the average uaan in life, viewed from purely ma- terial light, does not contain much that justifies existence. The youth of most people is a pe/'iod of fretful inlpatience, and the period that suc- ceeds youth is one of increaging dis- nlay over disillusion. The religious ideal conies in to tell the youth ttmt God made him for Himself, that the moral of the parable of the talents had to be constantly applied, that the growth of man's perfection, so to speak, enhances the divine complac- ency, that, as in the life that hopes for Heaven that, though such pain is disagreeable, the life that shirks it is more disagreeable still. Life, there- fore, that is animated by Christian hope, has here its passing great re- wards and hereafter has every pain removed, and every positive joy in measure inconceivable. Christian hope therefore, even if the grave were not the gateway to fruition, is the only alchemy that can change life's mani- fest and abounding dross into gold. Denver Catholic Register. August 16th, will be the forty- third anniversary of the Episcopal consecration of His Eminence James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Bal- timore. Unique Organization of Catholic Laymen in Ark.First of Kind in the World "The first organization of its kind in the world" is tile nnique distinction enjoyed by the Catholic Laynten's Association of Arkansas, which re- cently held its second annual conven- tion in the city of Little Rock. Cath- olic laymen throughout the United States have heen the past few years forming associations so that the laity might take part in church work. Some of these associations make Catholic organization their chief fea- ture, while others devote their en- ergies to the defense of the faith and thedissenfination of Catholic truth. The Arkansas Catholic Laymen's As- sociation was formed oil the lines of general co-operation with the clergy in extending the kingdom of God on earth. The executive committee is represented by a member in each of the six deaneries or districts into which the diocese has been divided by tile Bishop so that any attack on the Church may be immediately in- vestigated and attended to. The Bishop of the diocese has in this way a reliable lay.man in every part of the State whom he may consult as necessity requires. The Laymen's convention, presid- ed over by Bishop Morris, was an in- teresting event, and brought out many points of lay service and ac- tivity. Bishop Morris, preaching at the Mass which opened the conven- tion, told how the layman ulay do his part in carrying on the work of God. "The support of the layman contributes in large part to the strength and stability of the Church," said he; "and the layman cannot do his duty by remaining passive; he must be actively engaged in promot- ing the welfare of religion. The pas- Sive attitude is generally proof pos- itive that the gospel, to make money and get on in the world, which the world has set up for itself, has taken hold of that naan's heart. To have true progress the layman must take an active part in religion. The hu- mility of him who leaves every- thing to tbe priest is of a very world- ly kind and has no merit in the eyes of God; in fact, such humility is real indifference to the salvation of souls." There are various ways, Bishop Morris said, in which the layman can be useful without intruding on the sanctuary or on the pulpit. He can be useful to the priest by taking his part against the ill-disposed, grumb- ling, ever-complaining, fault-finding elentent of the congregation, by making allowance for the seeming shortcomings of the priests when his general attitude is to sacrifice him- self for the interests of religion; that the highest manifestation of the lay Catholic's virtue consists in over- looking the crochets of tile priests and hravely putting his shoulder to the wheel to do what a layman can in the interest of religion. He urged the Catholic layman to live an earnest upright life, to set a good exant- pie and this way he would be an im- mense help to the priests and to his Church. In civic affairs also he should ahvays do his part and at all times see that his Church is not slighted. Hecan always do this without being offensive or pugnaci- ous, and reminded his hearers that the prudent Catholic wins far more for his.religion than the litigious one, -and this did not mean that he should be a coward, hut that he should fairlypresent his cause and champion it in the language and with the a'ctions of a gentleman. With reference to" the financial aid that should be accorded, he said: "The good Catholic layman is not the one who spends all he makes on his family and on himself personally, but the one who is willing togive a just and adequate share to the works of religion There is somehting wrong with th Catholic who is constantly with the Catholic who is constantly anxious that the priest may get too much and is an indication that he is not doing the duty." One of the chief works already ac- complished by the Arkansas Associa- tion is the founding of a Catholic paper, the "Southern Guardian", which under tile editorship of Msgr. Lucey, is proving a success. Pope Plus X cabled his blessing to the laymen's convention. At tile business meetings some timely pa- pers were read and discussed hy prominent laymen of the State. Said Mr. Fred A. Snodgrass of Little Rock: "The non-Catholic accepts our lives as negotiable notes, prima facie evi- dence of the value of our religion, so in the end onr creed is judged largely by the men in it. If, then, the very cleanliness of our lives intensifies their usefulness they serve either to edify or injure our separated hreth- ten, and thus by correct living pre- jud;ce, our worst foe, may he over- come. If the nearer we get to the centers of culture and refinement we do not find the Catholics among the most favored and honored the fault is in part of our own making."The Monitor, San Francisco. States will meet in convention at Columlms, Ohio, August 24 and 25th. Extensive preparations are being made for the convention, at which many noted churchmen and writers will be present. The Church is re- lying upon the Catholic press to render great service nl combating --file evils of the age, This will be upon the occasion of the convening of the United Catholic Societies in that city and is expected to be the largest nteetmg in their history. You can greatly aid your Catholic paper by sending fronl tile different parishes of the state items of inter- est to its readers. It is the desire of those who are promoting the Southern Guardian to have it reach every Catholic home in Arkansas. They have done a vast work with- out thought of pay and this is to urge you to feel that your standing oloof and announcing as to how you would run the paper is wholly with- out value to you and equally as use- less to the paper. Be a lifter, not a leaner. Tile view from Little Rock to St Joseph's Orphanage is one. ,',t the most beautiful to be seen m the south. It is to be hoped a. that institution becomes more wich..l y known it will be more fully alq)re. elated Since it ..as bllil.L by the Right Reverend tishop of this Diocese, as a home for the home- less, both Catholic and non.Cath,Al.. it would seem as u a generous pubhc would maintain it with a hea'ly good will.. The Lorimer investigation must- convince the nation how badly we need some practical honesty in the management of tile affairs of the state. A school to be wh at it should must be managed like an honest man manages his honte. The same as to county, state and national govern- ment, requiring the same care, the same honesty, and should be imbued with the same zeal for the good of the governed. Heat prostrations mingled sadness with Indepndence Day. In Chicago alone there were nine deaths and twenty prostrations from heat. In many sections a smililar report was nlade. With two exceptions it was tile hottest day recorded since the Chicago Weather Bureau was estab- lished. Why does not some parishoner in every parish get in the habit of sending to the Southern Guardian the items of Catholic news there? In the dear old Record of Louis- ville, Ky. that has been a habit for more than a generation and what fine Catholic life it indicates[ Bishop Tihen was consecrated at Wichita, Kansas, oll Thnrsday of this week. Many thousand of vis- itors were ill the city. It was, in- deed, a great day for Catholics in the Sunflower State, in which state iio converts were contirmed during the past sixty days. Dr. J. Vincent Falisi left Tuesday Louisville, Ky., to spend two weeks with his parents. Dr. Falisi is ap- plying himself with great zeal in the line of his profession. He is a grau- ate of St. Mary's College, Kentucky and of the Louisville Medical Col- lege. It should be the source of much pleasureandgreatvaluc to us to know that every right thought strengthens the mind and as great a precaution to realize the undeniable truth that every low thought debases and de- grades the mind. If we ever forget that the future of this conmmnity and of each individu- al in it, is based upon a broader plane than petty differences we lose sight of all that will ever result in good to any of us. It has ben suggested since Nat Goodwin's marriage mistakes that he revive his old play, "A Gilded 1:oo1," and act himself as leading inan. it is a widened and extensive edu- cation which is bringing about the great exanlples of liberality which we see ahnost daily in the press of this country. The national meeting of our Feder- ated Catholic societies sends broad- cast over the nation the thoughts of tlle best Catholic minds ill the Church. Senator Lorimer has had occasion of late to reflect over the saying of Soloman: "When the wicked are in authority the people mourn " One of the first elements of good citizenship is respect for law and or- der, because freedom comes through obeying tile law. Character might be defined as that which would scorn to do a mean thing and rejoice to do that which is right. three days to burry out with the Southern Guardian that our good Msg. Lucey may take a much needed rest, and our veteran editor friend. Mr. Thos. Mattingly upon whom we were relying for the nlajor part of the work, at honte sick, we feel very much like a little boy of a lawyer friend of ours on tbe occasion of his first steam boat ride. The little fellow was mightly in- terested in everything about tile boat, and at last said to his papa: "Papa, when 1 am a man, I ant going to be a steanlboat captain." "Well, said his father, "You will have to study a great deal, and learn about matlematics, and geography and nav- igation and a great many other things before you can l)ecome a good steam boat captant." If that is the case, said tile little fellow, "I guess I'll be a lawyer, 'cause they don't have to know anything." Our venerable editor,, Msgr. Lucey, in referring to those wuo arc assist- mg wltll tne paper during Ills absence as veteran e(altors, did so ill his houl- orous vein. J:le well Knew tile one wno is acnng as suostltute t/us week renred Ironl the editorial tleld al- most a llalI a score years ago and tliat ne is too old to "conic back." l-he uitnnate good tne Southern Guardian Wli accolnplisll does not (aepend upon any one priest nor upon any one nlan or set ot nlen but upon ule united effort of the Latholics of the tate of Arkansas. Remember the Southern Guardian IS .appealing to you to llelp promote It in me tleld It holds. Our tate is improving, its vacant land is al- nlost au occupied. Its cities and towns are ulcreasing and new ones are springing up. Bear in mind that It will only succeed It actively sup- ported 0y 0ott priest and laity, l.lie paper desires to be a foe to wrong, and to 0e instrmuental in htting its readers to a higher plane of manhood and woman hood, and chiefest of all to t>e a defender of youm faith. Little Rock is carrying on a clean- up campaign. In order to inake tile work systematic and complete, a gov- ernlnent expert has been sent for to counsel witla the Board of Health. ].'his expert from the United States Marine ospltat Corps will make a personal survey of the city, and fol- lowing his advise a clean-up cant- paign can be carried on along scien- tific lines. Arkansas is awakening to the fact that it is not longer necessary to send its cotton from the fields of the state to the middle of Massachus- etts and then back again. It looks tan. Louisiana. wells is a reality in Little Rock. Texarkana will also be supplied from this field. The rates are nmch cheaper than the artificial gas. To the promoters it represents an ex- penditure of nlore than $4,5oo,oo.oo, attd the field from which it is being l)iped is the largest in the world. The educational supplement of the Morning Star, a Catholic weekly pub- lished at New Orleans gives a full re- port of the closing exercises of more than twenty-five parochial and Cath- olic High Schools in that city. What an inspiring recital of the onward march of Catholic education it con- tains. The Catholic young men of Can- ton, Ohio, have secured the sum of $I9,ooo.oo with which to build a club house. This sum was raised in one week. Little Rock needs a Catholic Cluh house or institute and an effort in that direction should meet with fruitful results. In this age of the abnormal concen- tration of wealth amidst influences which actually degenerate humanity, our Catholic laymen living the clean, healthful life upon their farms, earn- ing what they get honestly should feel their lot to be all but unhappy. The Catholic Tribune, of St. Jos- eph, Mo., chronicled last week the visit of Rev. Dr. Stoeckler, O.S.B., of the Benedictine monastery at Sub- iaco, Ark., with Rev. A. Newman of the cathedral parish in that city . The Southern Guardian desires to become engendered in the home life of the Catholics of the state. It is asking so little of you in return, merely that you read it each week and that you become interested in its growth. Think this over. At Conway the Catholics and non- ('atholics nlixed chairity with their 4th of July Celebration and raised a fund for the St. Joseph Orphanage, at Little Rock. A feeling like that bodes much for good government and good citizenship. Don't think about the weather when it is hot. \\;Vhen the mind is fully occupied with other ideas, the heat will be forgotten, and will cause less annoyance. Let us all give it "absent treatment."Catholie Colum- bian, Columbus. Whenever public sentiment is strong enough in demanding reforms to make the edmand for its best men, that character of men will be found to accept and carry out those de- mands. Public indifference is re- sponsible for many civic ills. as if the possibilities of our state are The Southern Guardian aeknowl- t>ecomlng known. The granite, the edeges receipt of an invitation to at- minerals and the raw materials of tend the sessions of the tenth Nation- Arkansas are looming up to the al Convention of the American Fed- world, eration of Catholic Societies at Col- Little Rock College should appeal to any one who expects to send his son to school this year. By the proper investigation you will find that Right Reverend Bishop Mor- ris has in that institution one of the strongest faculties in the South. 1"he new $8o,ooo dornfitory will be completed for the term beginning in September. The following was the first res- olution relating to our flag and was adopted by the Continental Congress on Junue 14th, I777: "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteeu United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation." Circuit Judge, John Gibbons,, of Chicago, announced some days ago that he did not intend to perform any more marriages, assigning as his reason that lie felt incompetent to give the occasion the solemnity it de- served. If some justices of the peace could be made to measure in that serious light, the divorce evil might be checked Let us hope and pray that the Southern Guardian will do much in the direction of bringing together in closer union the faithful of the Church, that it will assist in breaking any chain of indifference, and that it will all in all make "Our lives less like a narrow bark, Afloat upon the hungry sea." Rev. P.- F. Brannan, the well known Texas missionary, was a guest of Monsignor Lucey at the Confed- erate reunion in Little Rock recently. He went out as a drunnuer boy in 1861 with Robert E. Lee, and sur- rendered with him at Appomatox in I865.Western World. The Board of Trade of Little Rock is reaching out for business. Moves are being made which will place the city in line for big things. The Southern Guardian is pleased to see its advertisers extending their trade. umbus, Ohio, on August 2oth to 24th. The article in this issue of the Southern Guardian concerning Rev. Father Bernard Vaughan will make it nlore interesting to Catholics to know that that noted Jesuit will lec- ture in this country in September. When we read of crop conditions to the west of Arkansas, we have reason to be grateful, as Nature has been kind and bounteous in her gifts. Not only that, cotton mills, factories and oil mills are dotting the State. t[ow to reduce the cost of living is a favorite topic with the popular magazines and in this connection, it might be well to recall that Russell Sage wore a seventy-five cent straw hat and a ten dollar suit of clothes. , Rev \\;Vinand Hubert Aretz took out his final naturalization papers be- fore Federal Judge, Jacob Trieber, on Tuesday of this week. Father Aretz is chancellor of the Diocese of Little Rock. The Siters of Charity of the Pre- seration Academy, Louisville, Ky., are making their Retreat at St. Vin- cent's in Union county, that state. This is one of the most famous in- etitutions of that order in the south. About one hundred corporations surrendered their .charters in this State last week, due largely, it is claimed, to legislative changes regu- lating their management. Picture shows not only do our young people no good, they posi- tively do harnl. It is a shallow sub- ject and if allowed continuously will produce a shallow mind. After September tst, it will be un- lawful in New York for theaters to show in any of their performances anything "of a living character repre- senting the Divine Person." Ill Already extensive preparations are being made for the Eucharistic Con- gress which will convene on the 28th, of September in the City of Cincin- nati.