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among the capitalist class, because
they don't permit religion to interfere
with their business.
I have no intention of attempting
any defense of the Catholic church
or any other church. In the first
place I am not. interested, and in the
second I don't knajsr enough about
that church. Besides that, it is pow
erful enough to take care of itself.
My interest is in keeping workers
together for their well-being as my
brothers, without regard to how or
where they worship .God.
To me there is no difference be
tween my brother who is a Catholic
and my other brother who is a Guar-
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mass of both Catholics and Guar
dians of Liberty are sincere and
honest in their beliefs, and- it is not
for me to determine which is right.
Anyhow, I don't know which is right.
- This, however, I do know. I know
that since the election in Toledo last
fall, organized labor is in worse posi
tion there than it has been for many
I also know that the present ad
ministration is now negotiating with
the Ptreet railway company for a 25
year franchise, and there is the pos
sibility that the long fight for muni
cipal ownership started by Golden
Rule Jones and kept up by Brand
Whitlock and others may be lost be
cause of the division of the ranks of
labor in Toledo by the religious con
troversy. As the Toledo situation may be
much discussed and may have a
bearing elsewhere in the future, it
may be interesting to throw more
light on that situation.
And whatever our beliefs may be,
certainly we want the truth.
This then in reply to Friend War
ren: 'At no time during the cam
paign did the Catholic politicians
have a candidate for mayor. At no
time were they together. The most
bitter political feeling during the :
campaign was between a few men
active-in politics who happened to be
.Catholics, but who were political
Judge Chittenden wps not the can
didate of the Catholics. They did not
bring him out. I had much to do
with inducing him to resign from .the
bench and run. as an independent,
and out of all who interested them- (ft
selves in inducing him to make a pri-vate-sacrifice
for the public good I
remember only one Catholic. All the
rest of us were Protestants.
The great majority of the office
holders who happened to be Catho
lics were opposed to Judge Chitten
den, yet I believe fully 75 per cent of
the Catholic voters supported Chit
tenden and the remainder supported
Schreiber, who is a Jew.
Judge Chittenden was on the Court
of Appeals bench at a salary of $6,000
a year and had about five years to
serve. He loved ms worK on tne.
bench and didn't love partisan poli
tics. The only argument that appeal
ed ttfliim was that his candidacy was
needed to prevent the division of the
ranks of the people and the breaking
up of the independent movement In
Judge Chittenden is (me of the
most likeable men I ever knew. He
is one of the most popular men in
Toledo. He was elected to the bench
by a non-partisan vote. He was re
spected by every honest lawyer and
feared by every legal crook.
He is a Mason, an Elk, a Knight of
Pythias and, I think, an Odd 'Fellow.
I think he was a joiner because' he
loves his fellow men. And he stood
as high in the esteem of Catholics as
Yet the poison had got in its work,
rehgious animosity had robbed hon
est men of their reason; and the big
interests who framed the spark of
prejudice, into ablazel of hatred
knocked down practically all $hat
Jones, Whitlock and their associates
had built up.
During a recent visit to Toledo I
learned that the president, of a large
manufacturing concern that oper-
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