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THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 31. 1943 , PAGE FIVE I I II I IIIIII IIIII I IIIII . I I I Drive For Federal ontrol of Education 1944 Is Predicted WASHINGTON LETTER By J. J. Gilbert Washington.--It's an open secret in the National Capital that the 1944 will see a new, and this time an "all-out," attempt to make aid to education a part of the law of the land. Observers judging by many of the straws they see bending in the wind convinced that the pressure exerted in behalf of this so-far un- gislation will outstrip anything done in its behalf to date. of Federal aid were not a little surprised when the Bill, which would have Federal grants of them a very real threat to our ]00,000,000 a year to the States !way of Govermnent. Federal sub- public school aid, was sent to a Senate Committee last They had brought to what was probably the weight till then thrown the proposal, and the was to play up war-time as placing a terrific insupportable burden upon States. They sought to make ,orients of the measure were to appear as though they not care what happened to public school system, faced as is by the breaking tide of war- handicaps. It will be recalled, observers out, that the measure was after an amendment attached to it that would disbarred discrimination be- of race, creed or color. ,ht about incriminations some harsh sayings were sidles, it is pretty generally agreed, undermine State sov- ereignty and State rights and lead, especially in the case of educa- tion, to Federal control. But, observers here contend, that is not the basis on 'which the issue will be put up to the Ameri- Pcan people in 1944. Indications now seem to be that effort will be directed toward making the Ca- tholic Church appear as the great stumbling block in the path of Federal aid legislation. The American people will be told that if it were not for the Catholic Church, Federal aid legislation would have been enacted long ago. They will be told, too, ob- servers add, that if the Catholic Church had not opposed the Thomas Bill, it would have passed. This is extremely risky busi- :hess, of course, but students of ; ' r ',eled against some of those ve y sucta matters in Washington be- !:ators who had supported the lieve that proponents of Federal sure rather strenuously up grants to the States for education ' | it was amended, are willing and ready to risk it. , . . I Of course, t is pointed out, the No longer will coals of fire be l F objection brought to bear heaped on the heads of "South- i Federal aid programs of ern Senators," as they are follow kind is that they contain in ing the recommittal of theThomas: WALTON FLOWER SHOP IllUl FLOWERS FOR ALL OCCASIONS IIIIII North of First Baptist Church Illlll Phone 273 204 West Elm Street [U[ EL DORADO, ARKANSAS Illlll .lllllI i IIIIII LITTLE'S GUN AND CYCLE HOUSE I1[[ GUN AND BICYCLE REPAIRING A SPECIALTY BICYCLES AND BICYCLE ACCESSORIES 111 South Jefferson Ave. Phone 916 Lawn Mowers' Machine GroundKey and Lock Work Hand Saws Filed BABY CHICKS U. S. ApprovedPollorum Tested MILES FEED COMPANY 607 South Washington Phone 494 EL DORADO, ARKANSAS Season's Greetings SIDNEY FELSENTHAL 105 East Cedar Street EL DORADO, ARKANSAS ARMY LIFE--USO STYLE The proof of the cooking is in the eating, believes Sgt. Charles A, Smlth, of Pittsburgh, as he samples the first pie from the oven at the NCCS-USO Club in San Antonio. during a recent "Home on the Range" party there. Club hostesses wore ranch-style clothes and each brought a pie which she made herself. Gloria Yzaguirre refers to the cook hook for directions. (N.C.WC.) Bill in October. On the contrary, it is believed, proponents of Fed- oral aid will implant the idea that it has been the Catholic Church which has consistently opposedand blocked  Federal aid to the States for education. This, quite naturally, will in- volve a religious question, which proponents of Federal grants have no particular desire to stir up. But, observers believe, they have been so taken aback by the set- back handed, the Thomas Bill (which they were very confident would pass), that they are going to put forward a supreme and even reckless effort this time. Actually, besides beclouding the issue, the challenge will be a fine tribute to the Catholic Church. The tactic will becloud the is- sue because, unavoidably, such a line of contention will bring the question of religion to the fore. As every student of public affairs know---or should know--the real reason for opposition to Federal l aid has always been that Federal aid to State schools would in the not too long run prove disastrous to our way of life. If the Ca- tholic Church is set up as the sole opponent to Federal aid, or the chief opponent, it will be made to appear as the sole, or chief champion of American traditions. Washington observers believe that the fight for Federal aid to State schools in 1944 will be made on a number of fronts. In sup- porting the Thomas Bill, pro- ponents contended that the war had raised up new problems for: the schools, teachers could not be retained in the face of higher i Bishop Gunnarsson , Reaches Iceland Safely Washington. ()--The Most Rev. Johannes Gunnarsson, Titular Bishop of Holar and Vicar Apos- tolic of Iceland, who was conse- crated in thSs city last July, has reached Iceland safely, the Bu- reau of Immigration of the Na- tional Catholic Welfare Confer- ence has learned. Bishop Gunnarsson, who is the first native Bishop Iceland has known in almost four'centuries was consecrated in St. Patrick's Church here by His Excellency the Most Rev. Amelto Giovanni Cicognani, Apostolic Delegate to the United States. He left New York in October aboard a boat the name of which could not be divulged. wages being offered in war work, nd the poorer States desperately needed Federal assistance if they were to carry on with the schools. In 1944, it is believed, proponents of Federal aid will strongly back t movement to draw attention to ae hardships which rising prices in war time have worked upon the "white collar" class. It will be pointed out, of course, that school teachers are of the "white collar" class. But, of course, everybody in the white collar class--and there are not a few-- is interested in improving the position of that class. That brings a broader support front up behind the Federal aid proposal. (N.C.W.C. News Service) Season's Greetings The Superior Lumber Company "Home of Superior Building Materials" Champagnolle St. at MoP Tracks Chaplain Insisted He Had No Story To Tell Of Makin Raid-Then Tells Good One Honolulu. ( -- The authorized I . . Army elease dd not dentffy the Catholic Army chaplain who told the story of his impressions gath- ered at the invasion of Makin. In fact, the chaplain stated he had no particular story to tell, but that he had observed: "We take with us when we die what we have given away, and those lads who died took along plenty for they had given away everything." The priest stated: "The chap- lains carried their Mass kit ashore along with their regular pack as they waded from the land- ing boats. This particular chap- lain had a shell burst so close that the wine in his kit burst its con- tainer. He could not have offered Mass on the island anyhow." Once ashore, the chaplain re- lated, tm dispatclmd his assistant to the right while he went to the left, hoping to help as many wounded as possible. That even- ing the assistant came back to camp prodding a Japanese prison- er in front of trim with the blade Iof a bowie kn'il'e. Then the as- zistant found out through an in- terpreter that not only was his: captive a willing prisoner but that he knew where ttaere were 23 other Japanese who were just waiting their chance to surren- der. By nightfall, foxholes were dug and sniping kept nerves taut, the chaplain continued. Next day a soldier came to the chaplain and said he had prayed the night be- fore for the first time. The soldier said he had "always thought men J who prayed were "sissies" .but that his inadequate foxlole and the continual sniping convinced him otherwise, so he had offered a clumsily-worded, conversation- like prayer to God with the prom- ise that if He would protect the soldier overnight, the soldier would learn a better prayer for the following night. The soldier asked the chaplain's help so he could keep that promise. For a considerable time during the battle, there was not water for the men in the front lines. The agony of thirst was sharpest among the wounded, the chaplain said, but when the water finally did come, the wounded refused to drink it, insisting that it be giv- en to the men still able to fight. But between the water and milk from cocoanuts knocked down in the bombardment, the thirst of both well and wounded alike was quenched, the chaplain said. The chaplain said he learned there was a Bishop, two mission- ary priests and two Brothers on Makin, but added they could not be found and apparently had tak- en refuge with natives some dis- tance from the heat of battle. Each day as action began, the Ca- tholic chaplains gave General Absolution, the release stated, and every possible honor was giv- en to the dead as the Gate of Heaven cemetery was set up in a village. The Society For The Propagation Of The Faith "Preservation Of Africa From Mohammedanism" With the invasion of Europe paramount in to-day's headlines, Turkey's role in the present war- fare assumes new importance. This former "sick man" may in- dicate the open door for the A1- lled Balkan invasion or a flank- ing attack by the Axis. There is another signifance, however, in the trend of today's events since it focuses attention upon the problems of Mohammedanism which, to most of us, seems to have its strong-hold in Turkey. It was the sclmitared Turk who epitomized Moslem fanaticism to the majority of us but the danger for the future li#s in his working in a great continent. Hence, the i plea of the Holy See for the prayers of the faithful for the "preservation of Africa from Mo- hammedanism." The Drive Of The Caravan When the hordes of the ex- camel driver swept from the Near East across the Red Sea they launched the full fury of their attacks upon the Christian settle- ments of Northern Africa. The results of their onslaughts may be likened to one of the great sand- storms of the Sahara. When the storm had passed one felt that obliteration had been complete. However,, as in all matters per- taining to the survival of Chris- tianity the Church viewed the Moselmic havoc as a challenge to greater effort. Faithful sons of the vast armies of Her religious of the 19th centurysome 1300 years after the advent of Moham- medanismthe fruits of her tears, I sweat and blood became discern- ible. The Caravan's Return With the reopening of Africa's closed interior in the 19th century mission endeavor received new impetus. Priests, brothers and Brothers' Printing Plant Suffers Fire Damage Montreal. (E)--Fire sweeping the three-story, 33-year old printing establishment of the Christian Brothers in downtown Montreal caused damage of $125,000. The building contained several print- ing presses and machinery as well as thousands of books and relig- ious articles, all of which were destroyed. Eleven. Brothers suc- ceeded in gtilg out ,el the build- ng without injur h ,',The :,Brothers' nal library, the chapel d re'ieltory, in an adjoining section suffered only from smoke and water. climate, the hostility of the na- tives and the difficulties of trans- portation, came in ever increas- ing numbers into the dark con- tinent. By the sweet yoke of charity they succeeded in over- powering some of the Prophet's most ardent followers. Moslem women discovered in the "Lalla Mariama" an ideal to which they might aspire. The hardy sons of the desert with their five daily prayer periods respected th mis- sionaries who knelt day and night before simple altars in the heart of the Sahara. Christ then has been reenthroned in Africa but his Islamic opponents have not de- sisted in their endeavors against Him. They are as numerous seemingly as the sands in the Sahara. Since every follower o the Prophet is his missionary with each caravan goes an apostle for Mohammedanism. Each peddlar i may be his special emissary. Thus the propaganda of Mohammedan- ism is as insidious as the slow creeping tides of the sea. From the north they are pushing down into the very heart of Africa. It is for this reason that The Society for the Propagation of the Faith at the request of the Holy See begs the prayers of the faith- ful during January for the pres- ervation of Africa from Moham- medanism. Right Rev. Msgr. Thomas ft. McDonnell, National Director. ,, : Authors who pretend that art is more important than morality, are usually deficient in both. They are charlatans rather than artists, and they degrade rather than ele- nuns ignoring the hardships of rate. Season's Greetings PARKER MUSIC COMPANY Phone 259 213 North Washington EL DORADO, ARKANSAS Latest Fashions In Coats, Suits, Dresses, Sportswear, Lingerie, Hose 113 N. Jefferson EL DORADO, ARKANSAS III SHERWIN.WILLIAMS PAINT COMPANY Style-Perfect Wallpaper. Gift Shop and Artist's Supplies 203 West Main Street Phone 187 EL DORADO, ARKANSAS I I I I II II SANDRA.LEE featuring ill Phone 65 El Dorado, Arkansas Phone 66 poured forth their best endeavors I Season's Greetings and their very blood to bring the followers of the Prophet in Africa I THE REXALL DRUG STORE Christ. 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EL DORADO LA NDRY AND i our wishes count for Standing on the threshold d 1944 there is COMPANY " ='_ anything, there is a lot reason to believe that the new chapter has CLEANING of health and happiness brighter pages for alL With this thought we Ee0. W. List, President J.R. Wilkins, Mgr. EL DORADO, ARKANSAS :ili i:,NATIoNAL BANK OF COMMERCE of EL DORADO, ARKANSAS Member F. D. I. C. Courteous Banking Service The hum of those Liberators high in the sky is a porterR of progress---a glimpse of the reality that, speed the day! lles beyond the turn of the road. Freedom is on the march! That you may participate in all of the good things hat 1944 may bring is our sincere New Year's wish for you. EBER MARTIN & SON TRUCKING CO. El Dorado, Arkansas in store for you in 1944. El Dorado Foundry, Machine & Supply Co. Incorporated Founders and Machinists Oil Well and Saw Mill Supplies EL DORADO, ARKANSAS extend to all OUR SINCERE NEW YEAR'S GREETINGS T. L. JAMES & CO. Ruston, Louisiana