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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
That Religious Issue. I have two
letters that may interest both Cath
olics and Guardians of Liberty. One
is from a Socialist, the other from a
The following letter from Girard,
Kansas, is from Fred J). Warren of
The Appeal to Reason, the leading
organ of the Socialist party in this
"I have just finished reading your
comments on my editorial on what
happened in Toledo. I thank you for
the additional information contained
in your editorial. I knew that Chit
tenden was a .Mason, but my informa
tion was to the effect that when the
Catholic politicians saw the tide set
ting in against them they dropped
their plan of nominating a strictly
Catholic candidate and picked up a
man whom they could depend upon.
However, this is a minor matter. The
big fact that I tried to bring out, and
the fact which you emphasize, is that
the working class allowed itself to
be divided on the question of re
ligion. And where .this happens the
capitalist always wins.
"You are getting out a fine paper.
I believe you are blazing the trail for
a new era for American daily journal
ism. More power to you.
"Sincerely yours, ,
"Fred D. Wdrren."
Before commenting on Friend
Warren's letter, I will publish the fol
lowing letter from Friend P. K.
O'Connor of Gary, Indiana: "
"I have been very pleased to find
that you have finally broached on a
subject of the most vital importance
to the working class of this country
and the world, viz: Religious contro
versy between Protestants and Cath
olics. "I am a Catholic and am also a
worker with enough common Sense
to see through the no'nsensical and
"absurd accusations made against
Catholics by such papers as The
Menace, urgedon by such peqple as
pulled off- that little fiasco on the
workers of Toledo. .
l'When we' all keep our religious
ideas Where they belong in the
church and wake up to the fact that
in political organization depends the
earthly salvation of the working
class, then we may accomplish some
thing for our temporal welfare, and
not be a lot of puppets in the. hands'
of a. few capitalists who really serve
no God or believe in none.
"I had a man whom I always class
ed as a broad-minded individual re
cently tejl me that the Hibernians
and the Knights of Columbus were
all armed to the teeth and sworn and
ready at a moment's notice to over
throw the government of thi3 coun
try at a word from Rome, and. he
actually believed it and expected me
to do likewise.
"Religious controversy killed one
of Ireland's greatest leaders and a
Protestant, Charles Stewart ParnelL
and will) cut off the flower of our
American liberty if continued. (
"I have given this subject much
thought, and think it is high time
that the working class would tire of
having the star-spangled banner
flaunted in their faces and listening
to men who are suffering from wild
imaginations, or the paid orators of
a corrupt organization of politicians,
trying to kindle the fire of disiinion
"For my part, if it should under
any condition happen that Rome
would ask me to renounce my flag or
what it represents, I would tell Rome
to go to hell, and 99 per cent of my
co-religionists would do likewise.
"P. K. O'Connor."
I have discussed the Toledo situa
tion because I was thoroughly famil
iar with it; and I believe the truth
will help both Catholics and Protest
ants among the working Glass to see
through the efforts to divide the
ranks of labor. I don't need to make
1 it clear to Catholics and Protestants