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dola ride in the lagoons and thought
it would be a fine thing to buy some
gondolas forvCentral Park. So he in
troduced a resolution to buy a dozen
or more. I forget the number.
There isJn every legislative body a
watchdog of the treasury, who kicks
on all expenditures of money and
tries to build himself up as a public
The story runs that this alder
manic watchdog in New York was an
Irishman, and it harrowed his eco
nomic soul to think of spending all
that money for gondolas. He couldn't
see the wisdom of buying a dozen or
more, and made a strong argument
against it, winding up as follows:
"It isn't that I have any prejudice
against gondolas at all, but there is
no sense in buying a whole flock of
'em. Let us go about the matter in
an economical and businesslike way.
I suggest that we buy two gondolas,
a male and a female, and let nature
take its course."
LETTERS TO EDITOR
THAT DAY OF PRAYER
Editor Day Book: Apropos of the
" Day of Prayer, set apart by our well
meaning president, may I ask any
worthy fellow a few random ques
tions, followed by about the same
number of random thoughts?
First of all, I am neither an atheist
nor a religious fanatic. I strike a
happy medium between the religious
blind and the intensely educated non
believer. I am trying to prove all
things and hold fast to that which
Now somewhere in Habakkuk,
about the 13th verse of the first chap
ter, appear these words: "Thou are
of purer eyes than to behold evil, and
can'st not look upon iniquity."
Following this text (if any dare) it
might be well to ask, as a purely
physical and scientific fact, how can
Omnipotent God behold something
which is not perfect, and at the same
time be perfect Himself?.
Or, does it follow that if God sees
imperfection, he must be in that
measure imperfect Himself in order
to be able to view it?
In that event, who wants to attack
the Omniscience of Diety. I don't.
Therefore, let me conclude that
God knows nothing of this war or
else there is no God.
Let us presume, for argument's
sake, that God does behold this war
of nations. Who is there, among pro
fessed mortals, wise enough to advise
Omniscience what to do?
And if by weight of prayer, God
is "to become wearied" of this war,
whose side is he going to listen to?
Or, isn't it more likely that this
war being man's affair, man will have
to settle it, since no one can safely
pretend td know where to place the
blame? Why blame God" with this
With deepest love for the religion
ist, let it be said in fairness to the
deep-thinking atheist that he has
rooted out the old clogged-thought
that God makes or unmakes any
thing like a war. Why do they per
sist in refuting their own theories by
first declaring mair had the right to
choose between good and evil, and
then since (in this instance) chosen
evil, ask God to extricate him?
"God made man in his image and
likeness" and if any man can find
anything like this likeness at war
with his fellow-image, he's got a
Is God a German, Jap or Indian,
that he can be appealed to like an
anthropomorphic being? Our trou
ble is courting ecclesiastics who in
sist on setting up God as corporeal,
tribal, to be swayed by the supplica
tions of a mortal mind.
Jesus the Christ asked us to pray
unceasingly. He meant, of course, to
live on unceasing prayer. He asked
us, also, to enter into the closet (our
innermost heart) and pray in secret,
and God, who saw secretly, would re
ward openly.- I shall not pray any
more on the fourth of next month.