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THE SOUTHERN GUARDIAN IZATI4[I00 TnBIH 00mber of Commerce go on record As,--,,v. ,m. ,,J.A,n,,Av. v AA as 'ppreciating the faithful service AT PATglITBRAI in all l,hascs of Chattanooga life per- z"lt a t.,'iaaaa.,a.aaaJ formed by the Rev. Father Tohin for Christianity or paganism, nor even with absolute atheism, and conse- quently does not care about God in any other way, yet at court it needs God, who is good enough then to act as witness and probable helper to se- cure justice when there is a question about deciding some Worthless, de- spicable affair; nay, the most trivial little offense domnfitted against man. Since the solenm oath is thus made universal in its application at every judicial proceeding in a very unrea- sonable and unchristian way, its holi- ness is depreciated in the eyes of the great nlasses and has become equiva- lent to an ordinary assertion, some- times of no importance in itself. We may see men holding up their' hands in presence of a judicial deputy, who is mur,nuring some oath formula to which no one seems to pay great at- tention. Men grownwanfon and self- ish finally consider no longer the sanctity of an oath, and are prone to swear falsely if it appears to be in their own interest, and may likely not I)ecome apparent to others as per- jury. The number of perjuries is alarm- italy increasing, alas, every day, as the proceedings of the courts all over the States will confirm. And, besides, who knows all the willful false statements made under oath in a judicial proceed- ing that never come"to theknowledge of the proper officers or courts? This daily frequency of taking an oath in our courts or before any jus- tice of the peace or county judge, etc., must never become an occasion or a pretext to any Catholic to keep less holy the august sanctity of an oath. We Catholics are taught by our holy religion that taking an oath means to call,Almighty God to witness that we speak the truth. If, therefore, Om- niscient God shall be witness to our assertion we dare not and cannot say but tile whole truth, whatsoever may be the consequences of out" affirma- tion. Not infrequently Ahnighty and Om- niscient God did punish in a sudden and dreadful way the audacious per- jurer and contemner of His law. Let us always bear in mind the words of our Lord in Holy Writ, "Fear not them that kill the body and are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matt., x, 28). THE SOLEMN OCTOBER PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH. To be said at Mass or at the bene- diction of the Blessed Sacrament until Novenfl)er 2, inclusive, anti aoprovcd by the Bishops of the Province of Cin- cinnati. "To thee, oh, blessed Joseph, we fly in our tribulations, and, having ina- plored the help of your most holy Spouse, we also confidently beg .thy patronage. By that holy love which united thee with the Immaculate Vir- gin Mother of God, and hy the fath- erly affection with which thou didst embrace tile child .Jesus, we hunfl)ly implore that you look graciously on tile inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased with His own blood anti help us in our necessities by thy powerful aid. "Oh, most provident guardian of the Divine Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; ward c?ff from us, most loving father, every plague of error and corruption. Aid us gra- ciously from heaven, oh, most pow- erful protector, in this conflict with the powers of darkness, and as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from imnlinent danger of death, so now defend the Holy Church of God from the snares of her enemies arid from all adversity and shield each one of us by they never-failing pat- ronage; that following thine example and strengthened by thy aid, we may live a holy life, die a pious death and attain eternal happiness in heaven. mnaen." WILL COST MUCH. Rt. Rev. 13ishop McSherry, of Port Elizabeth. South Africa, who atteRd- ed the Eucharistic Congress, said that Italy will gain nothing in its war with Turkey. The Bishop is thor- oughly familiar with the war zone, though his diocese is in the extreme southeastern section of Africa. "The country being contested for is nothing by a desert," he said, "as arid as the Sahara. Not only will it be a great expense for Italy, but it will also cost thousands of lives, since the Turk will carry on a guerrilla warfare in- definitely. Ultimately Italy will have to carry on the war for years, and in will " Little Rock, Arkansas, October 14, 1911 Number 30 Z, New Rector of St. Andrew's Is Old Friend of His Lordship, Bishop Morris CHATTANOOGA IS LOSER Touching Farewell Tendered Depart- ing Priest. To Preach First Sermon Here Tomorrow Father Tobin, who has recently been appointed rector of the Cathe- dral. does not feel that he is a stranger in Little Rock He has twice visited Bishop Morris, who has known him for nearly twenty years. The new rector comes immediately from Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was in charge of the largest church of away denomination in the State. Fie is a hard worker and expects, with the co- operation of the people of iLttle Rock, qxteen years past, and in heartily wishing hint Godspeed and success in his future endeavors, wherever they 1nay be. "\\;V. E. BROCK, President." ]n the same issue of the Times is found another lengthy article, part of which is reproduced here, telling of the "farewell" extended to the distin- guished priest who is to have charge of the Cathedral in Little Rock: "Deeply touched by evidences and oral expressions of loyalty, love and friendship, Father T. V. Tobin last night bade farewell to naenlbers of his congregation and friends in Chatta- nooga at the City Auditorium, only a few ntinutes I)efore he hoarded the Memphis special for a new field of en- deavor. Fully n,ooo people were pres- ent to bid the heloved priest gooy-hye and to present to him a substantial purse as a token of appreciation f9r the patient and intelligent efforts put forth in behalf of his congregation REV. THOS. V. TOBIN, New Rector at St. Andrew's Cathedral to do great things for the improve- ment of the conlmunity. Father Tobin would he pleased to have as many as possible of the people of St. Andrew's at the late Mass to- morrow in order to Itear Iris lirst mes- sage in the Cathedral. He also de- sires to have tile evening devotions well attended, especially during Oc- tober, to pray for the Holy Vather and to hear the conference, which, as may be noticed in the calendar, will be given each Sunday evening. As evidenc of the high estee:a in which Father Tobin is held by the people of Chattanooga, among whom he had lived so long and lahored so faithfully, we reproditce the follow- ing from the Chattanooga Daily Times of October 5: About thirty men, officers and di- rectors of tile Chamber of Conlmerce, and some intimate friends of the Rev. Fixther T. V. Tobin, gathered at lunch- con at the Commercial Club yesterday at 12:30 o'clock, with the departing clergyman as the guest of honc)r. Tile affair was given by the Chamber of Commerce as a farewell to Father To- bin. who has heen a member of the t organization for some time, always in- terested in its affairs and the welfare of the city in general and active along the lines of the organization's efforts as far as compatihle with his profes- sion. The affair was a very pleasing one, but, of course, permeated with a feeling of genuine regret at the de- parture of Father Tobin. The follow- ing resulution was adopted unani- monsly : "The Chattanooga Chamher of Commerce and, we believe, all citizens i,ff the comnmnity, would like to see Rev. Father T V. Tobin remain in city as pastor of SS. Peter and Paul's Church. and we realize that both within that Church and in other walks of life here he has wielded a wonderful influence for moral and civic uplift, and has been, io far as eonsistent with his high ealling, an active and effective worker in other phases of Chattanooga life, including the Ctramber of Commerce. We know him as a polished geutleman, profotmd scholar, "keenly alive to the best interests of the eity. "Inasmuch as circumstances which during a service of sixteen years and fonr months in this city. "Father Tobin was most deeply im- pressed hy the significance of tile meeting and the tender sentiments ut- tered. After th address of George D. Lancaster and the presentation of the purse he arose and for several min- utes attempted to address those pres- ent. " 'If it be through any fault of mine tbat I a,n forced to leave,' declared Father Tobin earnestly, 'then well am I punished tonight.' His emotion was so great as to cripple Iris ordinary ex- pression, and he was utterly unable to express his appreciation of the intent of tile meeting, which, however, was recognized by every nlember of the audience and needed no oral xpres- sion. "Despite the warmness of tile night and the closeness of tile atmosphere within the Anditorium, there was an andience that conlfortalfly filled this specious building. John Stagmaier acted as chairnlan, and, after briefly outlining the purpose of the meting, he introduced Mr. Lancaster, who said : .... Yhe Rev. Father Tolfin--Tonigllt you are to sever the ties that bind you here and leave for a new home in a strange land, it becomes nay sad privi- lge to speak for your people and in their behalf to say a word at parting. " 'If it be true that "'we never miss the sweet voice of the songster until it has flown from the cage," l think it can be said we never realize the depth of our affections uutil we are brought to the parting of the ways. "'In a special sense we are now made conscious of this fact, for we are to say good-bye to you, who have been, not only what the world 'is pleased to call our friend, but an hun- dred fold more--our pastor and our priest. " 'You were "sent" to us, not only as a man anlong men, btwt wnoreas one called by God unto his service and consecrated forever to that divine call. As such, giving up the world, its pleasures, its hopes and its ambitions, you came as the lawful successor of the apostles of old and the heir to their divine commission "to teach all Contiued on Palle 6 IMPRESSIVE CEREMONIES WITNESSED AT SAINT SCHOLASTICA'S CONVENT Nineteen Young Ladies Take Solemn Vows and Don the Veil of Beni- dictine Order. His Lordship Rt. Rev. John B. Morris, Super- intended Notable Function, Assisted by Vicar General and Others. By Dr. A. Stocker, O. ,9. B. Shoal Creek, Ark., Oct. 6, 1911. If important happenings in our dio- cese of Little Rock arc to be chroni- cled in our Catholic press the event which transpired at St. Scholastica's Convent yesterday may not be con- signed to oblivion. Out of a class of twenty-three young ladies who two years ago had entered the novitiate of the Benedic- tine Siste/'s nineteen were ready to take their vows. Of the original num- ber one had gone back to the world; another had been taken to her heaven- ly home and two are not yet quite de- cided as to their vocation However. the acual harvest was satisfactory. On the eve of the feast His Lord- ship, the Bishop of Little Rock, ac- companied by Very Rev. P. Enright, V. G., arrived in person to superin- tend the solemn function. On the day itself the sonorous bells of the con- vent, which often break the stillness of night to summon the holy nuns to prayers, sounded an early note of joy. At 8:30 o'clock the Rt. Rev. Bishop re- paired to the chapel, which was beau- tifully decorated for the occasion and thronged with both Sisters and rela- tives who had come to attend the mystic nuptials of their kin. His Lordship was assisted by Very Rev. P. Enright, Very Rev. Augustine Stocker, O. S. B., who had given the preparatory retreat, and R.evs. Leo and Stephen, O. S. B. The ceremony took place after the Gospel of the Mass. The Rt. Rev. Bishop, vested in full pontificals, pref- aced it with a most eloquent and im- pressive sermon, commenting on flae sacrifice involved in the three religious vows and insisting on an intense per- sonal love for Jesus as the secret of perseverence. The fact, he said, that lesus, throughout the nineteen cen- turies, has proved the mighty mag- nate of nohle souls, would be a suffi- cient demonstration of his divinity, even though he had no other proofs. After the sermon three young la- dies in secular dress, led by Mother Agatha, came up to the Bishop and with cheerful countenances asked for the habit of St. Benedict A few CARDINAL GIBBONS RELATES SOME FACTS questions and answers made sure their sincerity, and their wish was granted. The Bishop placed the blessed habit in their hands and while the Psahn Miserere was chanted a transformation took place in adjoin- ing room. Radiant with joy, the three young ladies, now in the garb of Ben- edictine nuns, with white veils on their heads, entered the sanctuary again. A prayer was recited over them and a new name given to each. Henceforth they will be known as Sister M. Innocentia, Sister M. Cuni- gunda and Sister M. Serapha We second the Bishop's prayer that God may confirm their good resolution. Two of the young novices are of Polish nationahty, a prospective bless- ing, we may hope, to many Polish elfil- dren who are to be brought up in the faith of their fathers. After this pleasing prelude the main function of the day commenced. The sanctuary was scarcely large enough to accommodate the throng of white- veiled virgins that marched up frown the aisles of the chapel. Let me try to call them by their names: Sisters Fideles, Fintana, Crescentia, Renalda, Hermana, Zita, Bernadina, Bonifacia, Eugenia, Albertina, Angelina, Ar- mella, hnelda, Modesta, Willibrorda, Ferndinanda, Carolina, Petronilla, Cosma, a large nunaher, but not too many for the needs of-the Church. Each held in her hand the written contract of espousals, and keeling be- tore the Pontiff, read it aloud Was it the heart's enmtion that made some voices tremble? At all events sincerity was noticeable throughout in the determined accents. To add to the hinding force of the spoken word each novice, after reading it, signed her formula of profession on the very table of the altar. In itself this part of the function was lengthy, but the joy at witnessing such a spirit of sacrifice kept all impatience at bay. With the bestowing of the black veil and the placing of the laurel wreaths, an emblem if victory already won, and a synlbol of the final crown to be gained, on each head, the touch- big ceremony came to a dose. ALARMING DISREGARD FOR SANCTITY OF OATH His Eminence Reviews the Growth of Cause of Countless Perjuries in the the Church During Past Half Courts of our country--Catholics Century--Warns Against Should Realize Importance Political Fads. of Oath, In the course of his sermon, de- livered at the Cathedral in Baltimore a few Sundays ago, Cardinal Gibbons grew reminiscent and recited teresting church history. Among other things he said: "IM'very natural that on an occa- sion like the present I should indulge in some reminiscences. This is the privilege of the old in which the young cannot share. "All the priests that were ordained for this diocese with me, or.before my time have long since passed away, and all my Episcopal brethren with whom I l)egan to labor after my con- secration, forty-three years ago, have gone to their reward, with one solitary exception, and that exception is the venerable Bishop of Kansas City. Though I value the friendship of my junior colleagues, I fel a sense of loneliness in the absence of nay old companions with whom l sat so often in council and with whom I labored so long in the vineyard of the Lord. Of tile seventy-two prelates who attend- ed the council in I884 all but nine have paid the debt of nature." The Cardinal here drew an inter- esting comparison between the Cath- olic Church in I86I and its present situation, after half a century, during all of which time he has labored in its ministry. "In z86L" he said "the Archbishops and Bishops of the United States numbered forty-eight. The priests were 2,o64 . The rmmber of churches with priests attached Was 2,o42, and the Catholic population was estimated at 1,86o,ooo. The number of Archbishops and Bishops today in charge of sees amounts to ninety-six, just twice as Pale 3 (By Morrilton Correspondent.) Last week being the first week of October, the regular semi-annual ses- sions of the courts were held here. as usual. A great many, if not the plur- ality of the eases brought before the courts were of little importance, minor offenses against the law, hut proved, nevertheless, in their totality, to be a pretty rich gold mine to the lawyers and officers--and to some witnesses of profession, as they may be called men who try to get early information in all cases possibly to be brought before the courts and to be called upon as witnesses for or against the defendant. That in all such trials the truth is not always strictly observed nor the holiness of the oath kept intance is. unfortunately, a fact too well known. It" is an undeniable' and deplorable fact that nowadays, espectally at the court sessions, even on account of the most insignificant and foolish affairs solemn oath ts required and sworn to in corfirmation of the oath, and is vio- lated, too. Must, really, then, Almighty God, tile supreme Witness of all things and beings, be called upon in the most solemn manner in confirmation of the truth, even in a very trifling affair, in the slightest and most ordinary of- fenes or slander of a poor mortal? And have we not, maced, a more pro- found reverence and a greater respect of the Living God, the Most High in heaven and on earth? But it is true the State needs the swearing of oaths in its administration and its judicial proceedings. Al- though the State does not interfere any ious creed her BIG CELEBRATION ON COLUMBUS DAY Two Hundred Knights and Ladies Enjoy Great Annual Banquet at New Capital Hotel KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Observe State Holiday by Attending Mass and Keeping Open House. Distinguished Speakers. In tiffs fair country we call Amer- ica, the land of the 'free and tile home of the brave, there are many events recorded in the nation's history that are worthy to be commenlorated. As the streanl never rises higher than its source, so a State or nation must look to its origin for at least a part of its grandeur and its achieve, ments. During the centuries that have come and gone, hanging their years like beads upon the rosary of time, since that memorable day when Columbus first planted the cross of Christ on the shores of a new world, many and great are the things that have been accomplished. Few things, if any, worth while happen or come to pass without effort. This country has not grown to its present propor- tions, to where it takes first rank among the powers of the earth, with- out the guiding influence of great and noble men. Unlike Topsy, it never "jus' grew tip," bnt it was built and guided by men of courage and eonvtc- tion who at all stages of its develop- ment were zealous for its progress and welfare. If this be true of its growth and de- velopment, what of its discovery and exploration? If the progress of the nation is due to the energy attd zeal of the meu who controlled it, what of him who discovered the country? Are we to eouclude that a continent was accidentally fouml by a joy rider who sailed on tranquil waters for the sake of adventure and. pleasure, or nmst we know that discoverers, like developments, are the result of study unceasing and toil without end. History relates the struggles of Columbus as it does of Washington, and their life story is fanfiliar to every schoolboy and girl of this coun- try. If one is to be known as the "father of his country" and first in the hearts of his countrymen, so the other deserves a place in the nation aml in the hearts of the citizens thereof. Crowns of thorns endure, while wreaths of brightest flowers fade, so the sacrifices of Coluntbus have lived and the faith he planted here has grown, and today those of that faith are rising up to call him blessed. Amotag the several States of the Union thirty-five now recognize Co- lumbus Day as a State holiday. In- eluded in the list of Commonwealth that have thus honored the discoverer and heeded the requests of the hon- ored order that bears his name Ar- kansas is pronlinent, and the present Governor is the man who signed the bill passed by the last Legislature. This being a new holiday for thi-  State, Thursday, October t2 witness- ed the first ohservance in Arkansas of Columbus Day. Believing, as the discoverer did, that faith and works both are essential to real success, the local council began tlte observance of the day by going lO Mass. At 9 the Knights gathered at St. Andrew's Ca- thedral, where Rev. Father P. En- right, V. G., chaplain if Little R0ck council, celebrated nlass. During the day Morris Hall, the new home of the local council, was visited by many Knights and their ladies. The club rooms were decor- ated with the national colors and the colors of the order. Delightful re- freshments were served throughout the day hy the ladies, and everyone who visited Morris Hall on Columbus Day had a real good time. The principal event of the celebra- tion was saved for the evening, when tvo hundred Knights and ladies, gathered around the festal board at the New Capital Hotel and enjoyed to the fulls't a splendid banquet. The banqnet hall was beautifully decor~ ated for the occasion. The spread was title, the nlusie grand, the toasts eloquentin fact, everything was of a high order. As toastmaster Little Jimmy Gray In his own happy way ..... Had some nice things to say About everybody. {