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ered. It is not only the economic, but
the civil and religious liberty of the
entire people that is involved.
Whether the American institutions
established at the cost of lives-of our
forefathers shall be maintained, or
shall be destroyedvand institutions
discarded by foreign nations set up
in their places? Whether the Amer
ican people shall turn their munici
pal, state and national treasuries over
to Romanist politicians to loot and
plunder, as there is ample evidence
of their doing in Chicago and all
other large cities, or 'whether we
should 'put none but Americans on
guard' as ''Washington warned the
people long ago?
"The question is, 'Is there any real
justification for the existence of "The
Menaceand "Guardians of Liberty,"
or not?' If the things 'The Menace'
says of the Roman Catholic Church
are true, the answer "must be in the
affirmative, and we need a very large
body of real American men and wo
men not only to guard our own lib
erties, but to open up the religious
prisons where, unquestionably, thou
sands of unwilling girls and women
are imprisoned against their will, and
whose rights and liberties should be
as dear to us as our own.
"Only by throwing open the doors
of the convents and 'Houses of Good
Shepherd' to honest investigation can
the Catholic Church put an end to
the suspicions and open charges of
illegal detention of girls and women.
By refusing to open the doors of
these institutions so that duly au
thorized public officials may investi
gate them thoroughly, they assume
authority of the Catholic Church over
and above the state, which is con
trary to all traditional American sen
timent and constitutional law.
, "Another thing you did not men
tion: If Emperor William or the
Czar of Russia or the Mikado of
Japan should assemble any consid
erable armed force on American soil,
we should have something more than
our suspicions aroused as to the in
tentions of our foreign friends. Do
you not think it would arouse some
American indignation and, if there is
any American spirit left, do you not
think there would be some organized
action, and some paper voicing a cry
"Strange as it may seem to some
people, there are quite a number of
Americans left who possess the spirit
of the 'old guard' who view the as
sembling of Catholic military forces
under Ihe title 'The Militia of Christ'
in our midst, in this same light.
Hence 'The Menace' with its 1,372,
170 list of subscribers, and the rap
idly increasing numbers of 'Guar
dians of Liberty' under the leader
ship of that grand old war chief, '
Major General Nelson A. Miles.
"Huldah Potter Loomis."
"831 Graceland Ave."
You and I. I ask YOU to under
stand my attitude as I toward YOU.
I am no more, no less than YOU. I
want to be free, to do my own think
ing, to reason things out for myself,
to hve my own life. I believe YOU
feel about YOU as I feel about me.
Why, then, should we be at war?
I have my opinion, YOU have
yours. They may differ. What of
that? You may be right. I may he
wrong. Very well, then, let me be
wrong. I am willing that YOU be
right. I am willing that YOU be
I want YOU to be YOU.
It is certain that I will make mis
takes, and that YOU will make mis
takes. Let it be so. Perhaps we will
profit by our mistakes. We may
know better next time. Experience
is rich in mistakes.
Say two men differed two hundred
years ago and fought a duel. Neither
was killed. Happy" ending then.
But what difference now. Both are
One hundred years hence YOU and
I will both be dead. Let us be
Do YOU see my faults? I am sorry.