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11111111111111 I II11 1 I till t  .. _"411ili" '  i,l ' Page Eighteen THE GUARDIAN . /,, ./ / THE USELESS MONKS Some Things, However, They Accom- plished in Arts, Litcrature and Sct- ences, There was once a professor who used to close his lectures with the pa-I thetic words: "Priests and monks are I good for nothing; they always hated l science art and progress; their schools are poor and all the books published by Catholics are of no value and when a young man cannot become anything else, he studies for the priesthood." One day, after school, a student by the name of Sepp called on the pro- fessor. Sepp was a [fright and intel- ligent young fellow attd could not be easily bluffed. He went to the pro- #essor's room and said gently: "Pro- lessor, I liave some difficulties that worry me ever since ] attended your. lectures Will you kindly help me to remove them ?" [ "Why not, dear f r)end, .with the] greatest pleasure. Cert[ainJy I will" I Writings Preserved I "Only some questions professor:l Who preserved for us the classics? ' 'How is it possible that those valuable writings of the Greeks and Romans (lid not get lost durinfg the barbarosm of the Dark Ages? "Monks copied them, and thus they have been saved." "What, professor? Monks, you say, copied them ?" "Yes, my friend, and especially the the Benedictines." "So, Mongs copied the ohl codes and saved them for us. Indeed, that must have been a very troublesome work. Was it not? And probably many a monk caught consumption from the li- brary dust? Well, I am surprised. Strange times and courious Monks to spend their Iives copyhlg letter ufter after letter from Livy, Cicero, Virgil, l Ovid, Itomer, Desmosthenes, etc. And I how these codes look- Certainly writ- I ten just like painted and the initials I are in fact a fine piece of art. Oh, J these monks. Wait professor, is it true that without priests we would not have a Columbus and a Vasco de Gama ? A monk, Fra Mauro, history tells us, made that costly man which gave Columbus tbe first impulse to the discovery of the New World- "It is true, but, somebody else could have drawn such a man, too." Arabic Figures "Of coures, why should the Monks and priests alone have those great ideas? Listen, professor. I also read that a Pope introduced the graceful Arabic figures in arithemetlc and abol- ished those clumsy Roman characters."] Popes were not always so ambitious." "Again history teaches tha a monk[ invented the telescope and the micro- scope, but this hardly can be true? _ghe monks want to claim all inven- tions." "Well, my boy, it is believed by many authorities that the theory of both the telescope and microscopo was known to the Franciscan, Roger Bac- on but remember, he was an excep- tion and what we style a 'modern' Planetary Revolution I (505) but his invention was improv-I "No, sir. Copernicus was not the ed upon by Sylvester II whom I men-I first one. Before him the Bishop of tinned before. The first astronomi- 1 Ratisbon, Regimontanus, was teaching cal clock was made by the Abbot Wal- l that theory of planetary revolution.." lingford in 1316. Now I'll go. I see "That may be possible." you're hot, professor, anti the gas "Execuse me professor, why d0 we lights downtown are turned on." call the age in which literature, arts "Oh, yes, professor, I almost forgot and science flourished the gohlen age to tell you that the Jesuits invented of Leo X?" i the gas light, the 'Jesuits this 'nacio "Why? because Leo X was an lucifuga.' Without any doubt the Jes- ardent admirer of classic literature uits invented and introduced it in 1794 and a magnanimous patron of the arts at Stonyhurst, England, and the Jes- and sciences." uit Dumin established tile first gig "You don't say- Leo, a Pope, and company in 1815 in Preston." [ at the salne time took a great interest z "Now, good-bye, professor Kindly.I in fire arts. Well, I declare-" ' excuse. Oh, I see you bought a new "It seems to me, fellow, you are a bicycle? By tile way, the first bicycle! fooling me?" was built by the priest Pianton in "Not at all- Those are only doubts, 1845. Good night, professor." intolerable doubts and I would kick against the monks iY [ had reasons, do ,et me re00t SELFISH PARF00TS but these doubts Now, professor, is it true that the first free schools were opened by De la Salle ?" "Yes, by the Frenchman De la Sal- Punish Children Aocording to Moods l le?" Last evening I saw a six-year-old rush down the walk, to throw both l "I understand you mean to say by arms about his mother, who wa6 re-I the Catholic Pries De la Salle. And' the first monk who cared for the deaf l turning from a shopping trip; his face mutes was not the Spaniar, L Pedro was aglow, his eyes shining with Jti de Ionce and after him um Priest Then I was dismayed to hear L'Epee ?" "Yes, and now stop, you blockhead-" "Don't get hot, professor. It is not our fault that history is full of these 'black devils.' Moreover, I read that a monk by the name of Schwarz in- vented gunpowder; the monk Guido d'Arezzo the gamut and laid down the foundation for harmony; a monk from Bavaria the pl'ocess for glass paint- ing; the Jesuit Sechi is especially dis- tinguished for his discovery in spec- troscopic analysis and in solar and stellar physics; the Jesuit--" The Lightning Rod '!'Shut up! You are guying me. Do not take me for a lightning rod." "You're Hght, you're right, profes- sor. The first lightning rod was not made by Franklin, but it was invented by the Premonstratensian monk Di- visch. You can read that in any up-! to-date cyclopedia." "For heaven's sake hnld your mother say pettishly, as she pushed him aside, "For goodness' sake, leave em alone. Can't you see that I'm tired, and have my arms full?" No, a six-year-old doesn't often no- tice such things unle. his attention is called to them. I watched his boy and girl, and had seen her end the game by gathering then] both into her arms witb almost affection. I know she really loves her cllildren, but she is a "blow hot, blow cold," mother, who when tired or nervous, treats her children with what looks to an outsider almost like dislike; then perbaps the next day she bestows ex- travagant caresses upon them. Poor tongue. You are too talkative." "Ah, the greatest polygot o rood- ern times was Cardinal. Mezzofanti He was a talker! He knew omy sev- enty-eight languages anti dialects, an'J talked fifty-six." "That'll do, you silly goose. Get out of here." "In what direction? The deacon WITH GOD What sweet ad strengthening words ? "These are two little words," said a Christian master ':, "ms pupil, "which, graver] in your heart, lill give you peace, strength, consolation and hope." Rise with God, and your day will be inscribed in tile book of life. Go to rest with God, and your knowledge will be an antidote to pre- serve you against vice. Journey with God, and you will re- from that perpetual, movenlent and turmoil which hardly leaves the soul a moment's leisure.--Selected. NIGHTFALL Maria! When the shadows fall. At twilight, when tile winds are still, When, from the wood the nightbirds call, And dusk is heavy ol] the hill; Wben stars their trembling tapers light, turn to your fanlily with a serene The white ninon floats in heaven free, brow and a pure heart. The whole world glimmers on the Begin your labors with God, and sight-- they will contribute to your: welfare; Maria! Then I call to Thee! end them with God, and your works -' will accompany you at your last hour Life hath its evening as the day, Joy with God is multiplied; suffer- Slowly the quiet shadows creep, ing with God is endurable and inert- Familiar outlines faint away, , torious. The weary heart is lulled to sleep! "Scientific American." ro (m wltt] God is to prepare one. . , ,. I work in the principle self a sweet entrance mo  araulse ' -'^' "e"" ui-' "" . , [v ucal :51, tj tie, tnrougll all the bands working for gra But one cannot )ive \\;ytth God, l'est dark, , . . I anti the remaining one wth God, one cannot leel tlmt he ;SlBe with me = ....... till the shadows flee, 'for each stop. t l L HiIIHH[[]HW]]]]]II[HHHH]HHIIHHH]]HHHHI$HItHHIHII]H HIIIIIIIIIIIIItlIlllllIHI]HHIIIIIHIII]]IlttIIIIIiHIlllIIIII [HHH]U]]IHI HIiIIIIIIIfllflllHIIIHHIItlHHfll]II]H % bright face change, his lips quivering, and his eyes filling with tears, l could scay keep from picking llim up and comforting him. __Now, as it happened, a i'd ,,'L's be- fore I had watched that same ymngI mother romping on the lawn with l]er i N I children, they never know what they are going to receive at the hands of their mother. Yet she would emphat- ically resent any imputation of unfair- hess in her conduct toward them! I heard another mother of this same general type scolding her little daugh- ter unsparingly for what--a tear in Unto my patient prayer, Maria! When I call to --Edward GaresM Secretary Hughes says duty of the American inculcate the desire for $1ection, reason and calm Now we understand whY: sities encourage Free Press. Life is real, life is earnsSt, And the grave is not its "Dust thou art, to dust (Was not spoken of the Yours trulyWln' An underground moving for Paris is the subjeC tion in that city. were submitted and five ed for further her glove! I wondere(t at nerharsh- Flavia Gioja, who improved the com- pass about the year 1300, could cer-hess, myself, and was amused when tainly tell me." l the child looked up at her, and asked _- "What's the matter? You're get- respectfully, "Mama, what woukl you have left to say if I stole something?" ting the brain fever, fellow" ............... " . ! I wondered too what, lI I nave ne uraln lever, go ............ and ~et the fire en2nes 'which w re I 2, week laer ne same Cnlll ols- s g e " ' 's first introduced " ., .... [ obeyed a strict order of her m'ther :, ay rne stercmn ' . monks and the a u "" , I and came tremblingiy to tell me , 5 p cnlns were aown . . to the seventeenth centur t .... [about it. I advised her to go to her y, ne lrs . firemen of Paris" ' mother at once, and have it over "If ou don't "s" t ,,  with She finally promised to, though y " nu up now, you 11 ] . , ,, ....... fl .... "  " I sne salt[, 1 Know mama wilt wnlp me. y ou ne winnow, you inzernal ras-I ....... , cal." !ior sne sala sne WOUla." I A few days later I had an opportu- The First Baloon nity to question her as to the out- = "In aerial heights. Oh, truly. Tile come. She laughed, and said, "Oh, - first balloon was made by the monk mama was busy sewing and she just I -_- Berthold Gusmas sixty years before said, 'Well, you've been very naughty,,_-- Montgolfieri, and in 1720 this nmnk and I'll certainly punish you if :-ou ascended with his balloon in the pres- do it again!" ence of all the lords and courtiers of That is the mother who at o.,e time Harry Lesser, Vice President Alvin D. Goldman, Treasurer Milton A. Holhnan, Secretary Agency Lesser-Goldman Cotton Co. Main Office, St. Louis, Mo. H. M. Bennett, Manager J.B. Hilzheim, Asst. Manager [11l[uliuIH11W.iWiuuBuuHi[uiHl[ui Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIItlllll II IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII.HIIIIIIIIlIIIII IIIIIIIIIlilllilll IIIIIIII MAX MAYER, President J.B. STONE, Vice-President CLAUDE SttARPE, Vice-President S.P. SCOTT, Secretary-Treasurer Scott-Mayer Commission Co. 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"[ P . mother whose children never know = ary and that the earth revolves t "Are you in a hurry, that you look what to expect, or are you by your =_ about the sun, and even you, professor, t at your watch ? You shouldn't do that, own poise, fairness, and self-control --- do not know whom I mean." [because. it is an invention of the cultivating the same desirable quali- ---- "Copernicus, I suppose." priests. The first clock is. from the ties in them ?--Echo.  = 'i,.-2 ........ .............. .,. ,I I ' "  1lIII EIIi[Ii$IIIIi;IiIi[iII[IIiII[[ i[ Th Egl dN , Iii' e n an atlona t l . ,_ i l i Central l i Dank I o , !i . I]i 00upp,y 00ompany ,.. . . I | MILL AND MACHINERY SUPPLIES i i H' ds Fr,ends I[ i ALS0 MECHANICS' TOOLS ]i i A Veto Merru Christmas and a I t " ' 201 EAST MARKHAM STREET f:I - "" | i LITTLE ROCK, ARK. .;,.- -,-,-o,,,o,om--o ......  ..... ,...-,--,, ,mom,o,.@ [Ill[[[I}[[[[] IIl[]HWHIlillllllllllIll k . :