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,mr THE SOUTHERN GUARDIAN I I REV. FATHER TOBIN BIG CELEBRATION ON NOW AT CATHEDRAL. COLUMBUS DAY. (Continued from palle 1) (Continued from pate l) nations unto the end of time." Upon ---TfiT-iT-ETiiT-iii-Ui-'rF; the altar of our Church it has been your sacred privilege to daily offer that holy sacrifice which is ever a me- nlorial of Calvary, a clean oblation to the God of Hosts. "'At the hal)'tisnlal font you have l)oured the waters that have made our little ones "children of God and heirs of heaven." To the soul of the pimitent you have given the bread of eternal life, that those who ate and drauk worthily nlight live forever. You have adufinistered to us, from the radle to the grave, and all that is nohlest aud hest in out' liws is asso- ciated with your mmlstrations. '" 'Such, .theu are the tender asso- ciations which after tonight must be nlemories. "Seventeen years of the best days of yonr manhood have heen given us. This is indeed much but 1 know it has been gladly given hy you in honor of Him who ouce gave more. " 'ln its beginning you found a par- isll disorganized, demoralized, torn with strife, financially baukrupt, with the Sheriff at tlae Clmrch door. To- day, in looking backward, you can re- view a period of constant and marked reconstruction and growth. Tonight you leave a congregation united attd enjoying the blessings of peace and good will and giving to its pastor its fnllest respect, its confidence, its love. "'But your influence has extended beyond tile limits l have described. It has extended to the comtnunity at large: htdeed, we feel, atad with pride and deep apl)reciation, that our non- Little Rock. on his right and His Ex- cellency, tilt Govet'nor of Arkansas on his left. the toastmaster eongr:atu- lated the Ktfights on being honoretl by tile head of the Chttrch in tile dio- cese and the head of the State After p.'tying a high COml)limetlt to Bishop Morris and reciting a few of the tnany things he has dotte for tile Church in Arkausas, tile toastntaster 1)resented His Lordship, who, in an informal and impronlptu way, spoke briefly on the character and achieventents of Cohnn- hus. "Colutnbus will live in history as the discoverer of a new lanlt, fnlly one- fifth of the world's area, which one- fiftl is most notahle because it is the shrine where a pilgrimage has heen ntade for constitutional liberty," said the I]ishol). "It is lny particuhtr l)leasttre that Arkansas has shown her- self proud to pay honor to the great discoverer" Bishop Morris regretted that the writings of ('olutnbus have not 1)ecn translated into English. He enlpha- sized the fact that the Governor of Arkausas and the Legislature are to be congratulated for haviug seen tit to tnake the anniversary of his discov- ery a State holiday. "Coluntl)us opened the way for all of us to enjoy tile spiritnal and civil ]iherty we now enjoy in this laud of the free," he declared. "Onr fore- fathers sought this land in order to worshil) God according to their own conscience, and we Atnericans love to en)6y this indel)endence of Church "Four htntdred years after the dis- covery of America the new world paid it great tribute to tile tnenaory of the discoverer in the great Cohnnbiatl F.x- position at Cllicago. Today nulnl)ers of nmnuments are being erected to his tnenlory, chief of which arc at (.;enoa, Italy, and at the Ihtion Station. \\;Vash- Gov. Geo. W. Donaghey iugton, l). ('. Today one cape, two rivers, three provinces, seventy-nine towns and cities aud eighty-two coun- ties arc named after Cohnnhus in the discovery of Atnerica. "The X-ray, the airship, thtnodern warship, the telegraph, tile steatn gin and hundreds of other things tnay all he said to owe their discovery and in- vention to tile object lesson in discov- ery and invention tatlgllt thent l)y Co- htmbtts way /lack in t492" The toast. "Tile Influence of Cath- ()licity on American Progress." was outlines of the nlost iulportant results as 1 see tllem of the nlonlentous eveut f four httndred and ni,teteen years ago which today we celebrate. "The lirst effects to be noticed was tilt rettex actiolt of Coluntbus' success upon the Ohl \\;Vorhl. "One WitS the great awakeuing of the Chttrch itself, the quickeniug of its zeal for the salvatiott of ulankittd; iu other words, a new, tnore peaceful crusatle, having for its ohject the res- cue of souls in Anlerica from the se- pulchral darkuess ()f heathenisnL was I)rottght abottt. "Auother effect was the courage given to othrr adventttt'ous spirits to lind olher lands attd other peoples, ant[ was a l)owerful stimulus to the ntaking of further voyages. They are too Inauy for nle tO attenlpt to enu- nterate here. Among the more nota- ble of these, however, was that of Vicents Yanez Pinzon and the discov- ery hy hitn of Brazil. Another was the linding by the Portnguese, Vasco de Gatna, in the year 497, of the long sought-for water route to India around the Cape of Good I-Iope. Still another was the lirst circutnnaviga- tion of the glol)e by Magellan in 1522. :ks said hy at tnodern historian: "'Tile resttlts of this acrievenaent t the circlnnnavigation) were the greatest in the intellectual reahn. It revolutionized whole systems of me- llieval theory and belief; it t)ushed aside o11 narrow geographical ideas; it settled forever and for all men the qucsut)n its to the shape and size of the earth. It hrottght to an end the schol;istic controversy coneeruing the antil)odes--that is. whether there were men living on the 'under' side of Catholic fellow citizens share with us our deep regret, if not our sorrow, at your going. "'If the retrospect briugs to your ntind hours of dottbt, of anguish or disnlay it ntust he the source of joy to y%ur heart to realize now that your labors were not in vain. "'We pray that the people of Little Rock will give you a cordial welcotne. We promise thenl that you will be a good shepherd, a noble priest attd a citizen of their State that will truly "render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's." " 'And rtow. father, in eonehtsion, l' have a pleasant task to perform Of the nlany exalted ideals that the Church holds out to her llriesthood, there is one expressed in these words: "He should live without property and die without debts." "When you catne to us you were without property, attd you are now ahont to depart as yon came. But we beg that you accel)t this sntall gift, if not as sontethitig you want, at least as a simltle testiutonial of the affec- tions of those you leave behind." YOU MUST SUFFER. If you see that you have not yet suffered tribltlations consider it cer- tain thal you have not begun to he a true servant of God, for the apostle says plaiuly that all who choose to live piously in Christ shall suffer per- secutions.--St. Attgusti he. ARCHBISHOP SPRATT TO BE CONSECRATED. ]t is probahlc that the eonsecration of Rt. Rev. M. J. Spratt, D. D., the BISHOP JOHN B. MORRIS. State Chaplain, Knights of Columbus. new Archbishop of Kingston, Canada, - ........................................................................................................ will take place in St. Mary's Cthedral on Wednesday, October 8, at which Most Rev Paul Brushesi, D. D., of Montreal; Most Rev Charles H. Gau- thief, D. D., of Ottawa; Bishops O'Connor of Peterboro, Fallon of London, Dawling of Hamilton, Casey of St. John N. ]3, aud a large ttuulher of the priesthood from all parts of Can- ada and the United States will attend. Hon. Charles Murphy, Secretary of State, will represent ttte Dominion governnlent attll Hon. J. J. Foy, At- torney General, will represent tile Ontario Legislature. THE CLERGY HELPED MANY FLOOD VICTIMS, C. J. Bucldey, who was an eye wit- ness of the terrihle flood that over- whehned the town of Austin, Pa., wheu a tlaut broke there recently, and who rode nine miles to report the dis- aster, said : "As I sped away from Austin I turned to look back on the scerte and then dashed away iu horror, for every- thing was doneheautiful hotnes, big brick huildings, the churches, the opera house, all in a heap at the mouth of the gully, piled several feet high. "Out o[ this gigantic pile the flames were creeping, "'1 could see wonlen screaming aud tearing their hair as they crept through the heaps of dead and dying. Already the priests and clergynten were husy. The Rev. Father O'Brien and the Rev. Mr. Harter were doing heroic work. They adntinistered the last rites." Father O'Brien has been pastor of St. Augustine's Church at Austin for many years. He is familiar with bfisi- ness connditions there, He estimates the property loss at about $6,ooo,ooo. and State. and without interference one with ttle other to work hand in hand for the uphuilding of otn" coun- try in a way no ()tiler nation ltas done. VVe are t)t'oud of our Governor. who is a great credit to our State. and I owe it to the State to say that Ar- kansas has uever had a hetter Gov- ernor than Governor Donaghey." Goveruor l)onaghcy, the ntan who signed the bill ntaking Colunthus Day a State holiday, was next l)resented by the toastntaster, who ch:tr;lcterized the Governor as a lnan Wilt) does thiugs. liis Excellency declared he was prottd of the fact that tile State had joined the thirty-four other States in hou- oring the great discoverer hy dedicat- iug one day to his nalne and ulent(ry. The (ovel'laor paid a high tril)nte to the true worth of (.'olnulhus. bt[t de- clared that history shows hitu to have I)eeu a poorl)olitician. He said: "'Co- luntbus did grand and tohle things that eattsed the world to admire and revere hitn, bnt just when he was about to reap the reward due hint he failed to lantl the phnn. In c,-,inuton political l/arlance, it seems that Co- lulubUs got tile votes, 1)lit was count- ed out." Growin/a tnore serions, the Governor said : "Toady marks the four hnrldred and uiueteentll anniversary of ('ohlulbus' discovery of Anlcrica. 'Tis u'agic to think that the nlan who had lifted the veil that had hidden half the world from the eyes :tnd kltowledge of hum for over forly centuries! that the ntau who 'gave auew world to Castile and Leon;' tltft he who had made it possi- hle for our own Jcffersou to pelt the immortal docutnent chantpiouing hu- man liberty, was not even to have the country that he had discovered named in his honor, and, furthermore, that he had to die not knowing that he had discovered a new world. responded to hy Rev. Herl)crt A. lleag- uey,rector of Little Rock College, who gave a detailed history (}f the activity of the Church in the United States. in which he drew a vivid pictnre of the intrepid Catholic exldorers and priests who bore the cross throttgh lhc track- less wilderness into unktowu htnds. Hc tohl also of the zeal and enthnsi- asnl of the Catholics in hcll)ing to wrest the thirteen colonies froth the hands of the English tyrant aud set- fiug up a free land on the "vVcstern Continent. He theu told of the mis- sion of the Catholic Church toward the upbttilding of the nation and the estat)lishing of all that is good aull rloble antong Itlen. Thtts hc recottutcd the past attd conchldetl :t most brilliant toast by l)ictnring ever brighter things for the future. One of the pleasing featnres of the eveuing was the well-rendered song, "A l)reatt." 1)y Ml'. I,alph 1). O'Dowd. son of Mr. and Mrs. M. ()'Dowd. 1-'rofcssor J. J. Keller wlts the accotn- panisl Speakiug to the subject "Poster- ity's I)eh! to ('ohttulms," Mr John A. Vick, lqnancial Secretary of Little Rock Council. and one of thc promi- nent young attorneys of the State, said : "Mr. Toastnlaster, Ladies and Gett- tlenlen: 1 wish tirst to thank yore Mr. Toastmaster, for calling upon nte so early iu the eveuing, hecausc my agony will soon he over and "1 shall enjoy the misery of the rest of you. "The text. 'Results of the Discov- ery of America,' which it is nay privi- lege to speak to, is a hroad one, attd ] shall only, in the brief time at nty disposaIbrief only in its colnputa- tion, and not in the length of your agonyattentpt to roughly sketch the the earth.' "Another effect, in later times, was and is in the working, in Europe and Asia, of the law of leavett of self- government so strougly cstahlished and cxenlplilied in the New World. "Then. as to the results which grad- ually shaped thentselves in America itself. "The lnOt nltportant result ill the New \\;\'orld was the hrittging of the light of faith to the inhabitants of a new contineut, conlprising three- tenth> tf tl.e sttrfaee of the earth, lu its tain followed the innutnerable benefit of Chrisuan civilization. Ac- cording to :t nlodern [:rettch natnral- isl. \\;lcide d'()rbigty, who perslmally 5'is/t,(I thirty-trine n'ttions of pure .\\;mexican race m Sottth America and ;zathered aeettrate stalistics concern- illg them, he found atnong all these natious or trihes only 94,o00 pagans. while in the samc /listvict the native thristians ututthered 1,6oo,ooo. In 89 the tt)tal ltttlian l)Ol)ulation of the United States was z49,273, of which one-tllird were Catholics. while uo doubt ;t great ntany (if them were mentl)ers ()f other ('hristiatt denotni- uatloll,. "Two of the greatest agencies of I)rogrcss which the Old World gave to the New were the horse and ox. withottt which contpanions of than- kind the missmnaries could not so successfully have been, as they were. the pioneers of the vast interior. "Next in ilnportance to the Chris- tianizing of the peol)les of the New World was the establishtnent for the first tinte of true religious freedom Lord 13altitnore was the tirst to in- augurate it on thesse shores. That was but the foreru,uter of the eman- cipation of the Catholics in the New World at the commencement of the colonists' light for liberty. After the successful otttcome of that struggle. the adoption of thc Constitution of the U'nited States ratilied and tnadc l)erpctual the right of every than to worship according to the dictates of his conscience, l:rotn that time the ('ahtolic and Apostolic Chnrch has ttourished atnazingly within our North Atnerican borders. It wlts a good thing that all the sects found outlet here and were enabled to carry on their battle to the fullest extent. As history has resulted, the Church at last found her surest foothold in this country n,lder the attti-Catholic dom- inatiou of England, which tried so hard to suppress her, attd the Church has sittce attained lere in a single cetttury of freedom a growth uever paralleled in modern history. True liberty is what the Church most incul- cates and wllat is ntost needs. It has found it at last in this country. The cotnplete separation of Church from State which exists here has been au mntense advantage to religion and will continue to be so by assuring it entire independence iu the pursuit of its spiritual aitns. "Next in importance is the estab- lishntent on these shores of political liherty as well as religious freedoln. where the oppressed of all nations nlay find a haven of refuge, where self-government hloonts iu its fullest glory. "Owittg to the necessary litnit of tinte on an occasion of this kind 1 have on/y attelnpted to call attention to those results which seemed to me most important to civilization. There tnight be tnentioned,' however, the fact that the western hemisphere has be- cotne, not only the granary of the world, but a market for the ,,rlus prodttcts of the Old. May the results of Colulnhus' ctis- covery in the future far surpass the magnilicettt results of the past. Loyalty is indeed a eomntendable trait, and Colutnbus' loyalty to an idea crowncd his efforts with success, mak- ing him a hero of the first rank, Speaking to the subject "His Loyalty to an Idea," Mr. l:rcd A Snodgrass said : "It is well for the nation and the individual to stop for a Ulotnent fipon an occasion like this in the lierce rush of our country's progress to give a thought to the memoral)le event we have cotne here to eclebrate, to pay a trihnte of respeet to one whose grit carried him on in spite of every ob- stacle, and whose courage crowned us with sovercignty. "Colutnbtts' early struggles aud tri- utnphs are a fatniliar story. He was the target of much scorn. It has beett said that 'when one man has a great new idea he is a lunatic or a criminal; when a few people see his idea he is a ctank and a fanatic: when every- body sees his idea he is a hero.' We know an idea to he a primal eletncnt of thought, attd that in order to be of vahte it must be followed by other like active processes, all in associa- tion. Wc know. too, that an inlinite ntttnber of ideas of the best quality retnaiu undeveloped and worthless he- cause of failure to assutne definite action. "Not so do we lind the workings of great tninds like that of Colutnlms. in which the idea broadens into a plan, the l)lan e,ystallizes into a purpose. This lack of crystallization marks the difference in value of earhon as found ill lalnp black, it soft powder without form. and that of the diatnond in its defiltite, solid state, held by chem- ists to he the only pure form of car- bou. "]:qtlally great is tllc difference be- tween confusd thought and that of a ((,lumbus--condnsed and well direct- cd. Possessed with faith in his pur- pose, note the years of frttitless effort altd tlisappointuent. Contact with the stern realities of life wrestliug with great ideas and grasptng the best attoat evolved the Geonese boy into a tuan capable of meeting every exigen- cy of life. His persistence that anni- hilated all obstacles was the keynote of his character and an example for all ages to vaciltatiug, irresolute man- hood. "('ohltnl)ns. in the journal kept upon his tnetnorahle voyage, wrote day after day these simple hut suhlinte words: 'This dwy we sailed west- ward, which was our coltrse.' "The tnysterious variations of the compass at times terrorized hi,crew, hut greater than this material guide vas thc will of Colunthus--a cotnpass that ever pointed to the north star of his pnrlmse. His inviucible courage havingoverconle adverse c/'iticism and battled with the forlnidable elentents of wind aud water, he showed hinlself even greater in meeting in death's hottr with heroic. Christiau fortitude the unjttst poverty and disgrace thrust upon him. "He was of tender conscience, yet his face never turned pale at the worldly jest made of him. He stood loyal to his idea, and though suffering, was never subdued. He was truly a hero of high aim and noble purpose, with a determination which refused to acknowledge defeat, a decision from which he would not waver and a cour- age which never forsook hint. "The service he rendered to man- kind is a story too often told to need repeating, yet the lesson' is ever in- spiring. We gather hope front that deed of valor. The strongest, hest wood is not found iu the sapling which has grown in the shade but iu those rugged oaks which to live have had to light the chilling frosts of win- ter: so it is with character: the rough seas of life often bttil(1 the alan. an,. its history shows, of all men who wer realty great, they were nloved by that faith as exemplified in a Christian life. The lirst act of this great discoverer after stel)l)ing upon the new worltl was to grace the shores of Anterica with the beautifnl embletn of the cross. "Coluntluls rose againsl troubles as the eagle breasts the storm; we find hint match/ess in courage, loyal to his idea attd by colossal sttength of character win the plaudits of the world, yet after all we see the surest sign of his greatness in his bowittg in hu/nble acknowledgntent to Hinl who directs all voyages. "Let us. thett, at this banqnet, re- consecrate ourselves to that patriotic sentinent inspired hy the occasion and reutentber that such are the prin- ciples that hold civilized nations to- gether. In the words of the Athenian philosopher, 'The character of a State is determined by the character of nten it crowns.' " Half itt jest and half in truth, the toastnlaster told of the experiences of his friend, Jack Maloney, who re- sponded to the toast. "Ladies." In the course of a brief, though eloquent, discussion Mr. Maloney said: "Though I have been unfortunate in not having won the heart and hand of one of the fair ones. yet l love thent still." After paying a high trihute to womanhood the speaker sat down, anaid great applause, only to surren- der, shortly, many of his oratorical laurels when the toastmaster took everyone by surprise by introducing Miss Edith Stel)hens, who respondcd to the toast, "Bachelors," in a most pleasing way. She told how Jack Ma- loney, at the anttual hanquets, praised and eulogized the ladies most highly, but during the other three hundred attd sixty-four days of the year he, like the other bachelors and "old" bachelors of Little Rock Council. fail- ed to press their own suits. Father Tobin, the new rector of St. .\\;ndrew's Cathedral. late of Chatta- nooga, Tenn.. was called, but owing to the lateness of the hour he declin- ed, promising to respond at some fit- lure tinte. Led by Schulnacher's Orchestra, the audience joined in singing "Amer- ica." after which they were dismissed by tits Lordship, Rt. Rev. John B. Morris. A DRY OUTLOOK. rl'lle United States is going dry this fall. Such is the l)rediction of Irl Hicks, weather prognosttcator, who bases his statement on astronomical ohservations. According to Mr. Hicks the country will have a drought such as it experiettced in X9Ol, when it was necessary to give the live stock hay to feed. This prognostication will probahly disturb farmers throughout the country, attd if verified will mean untold suffering in the entire couutry. --Exchange. EXTENSION WORK IN THE SOUTHERN STATES. Under the head of "Some Letters," a coluntn edited by Julian R. Doyle, the October number of Extension prints the followiug letters from the Southern States : In the Southern Field. My Dear Father--I beg to ac- knowledge the receipt of your check for $1,ooo for the church at Etowa. It was forwarded to me here, and I have endorsed it and sent it to the Rev. E. 1". Callahan. I beg to thank you for this one of the many kind- nesses to the East Tennessee ntis- sions. Very cordially, THOMAS S. BYRNE. Bishop of Nashville. A Chapel for Louisiana My Dear Vather--I just received check for $25o. I will forward it at ouce to Father Latnbertz at Colfax for his poor mission of Aloha. I thank you attd the society frotn the hottont of my heart for this gener- ous and timely gift. May God bless your nohle work and inspire ntany generous souls to help you. With kindest regards I remain, dear father, most sincerely yours in Christ, C. VAN DE VEN, Bishop of Alexandria. A New Church for Alabama. Dear Revcrend Father--Your favor is at hand, with two checks for $250 each, heing the third and fourth in- stallments of the grant voted by the Executive Committee of the Exten2 sion Society to the diocese of Mobile. Both amounts will be applied to the erection of a church in Summerdale. I atn very grateful indeed for this help, for it will euable me to push on the erection of a church in a plate where it is very much needed. Wishing your society every blessing in its nohle and generous work, I am sincerely yours in Christ, EDW. P. ALLEN, Bishop of Mobile.