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CATHOLICS DENY INSINUATION
THEY OPPOSE WILSON
New York, Aug23. Vigorous re
sentment over intimations that the
American federation of Catholic so
cieties holding its annual convention
here this week is partisan was dis
played today by both laymen and
members of clergy.
"We want no Catholic party," the
words of Bishop Hickey of Rochest
er, were repeated frequently today by
delegates who showed their disap
proval of attempts to impute parti
sanship to the societies.
A clash between Col. Patrick Hen
ry Callahan, Louisville, Ky., chair
man of religious prejudice commit
tee of Knight of Columbus, and Jo
seph Brennan of Boston occurred.
j Callahan had praised non-Catholics
of the country for their toler
ance. After the chair had refused Bren
nan permission to reply and he
gained the floor by vote of federation
he characterized Callahan's remarks
as "silly," "ridiculous" and as
"spreading soft soap."
"It is the height of ridiculousness
to describe the road as smootfi', when
it is rough," he said. "It is nonsense
to talk of non-Catholics allowing
Catholics to do this or that Cath
olics are American citizens and have
the same rights as others."
"One purpose of this convention,"
Callahan said, "is to disillusion, minds
of non-Catholics of belief that Cath
olics look only through eyes of cap
italists. . It is very evident that there
is no Catholic unanimity."
Joseph Brennan of Boston, who
made attack upon CoL Callahan
was only onlcer who failed of re
election. After telling German Roman Cath
olic Central Verein that there were
16,000,000 Catholics in the United
States, which meant 3,000,000 vot
ers who could wield tremendous in
fluence, James P. Zipf of St. Louis,
president of the Verein, said.;
"I do not contend for a religious
party. We are too big for partisan- .
ship, but our influence should be' cast
where it will best serve holy princi
ples for which we stand."
Convention voted to change its
name to Catholic Federation of the
United States, to organize by dio-
ceses instead of by states and to hold
next convention in pansas City. ff
EVERY NATION AT WAR FIGHTS
ON ONE BATTLEFIELD
London. Great battle with troops
of nearly every European belligerent
involved is gradually developing in
Balkans as fighting along 150-mile
front increases in fury.
Turkey is sending reinforcements
into Bulgaria. -
Austria will be asked to send a few
detachments to Greek border to join
Bulgars, Germans and Turks in re
sisting combined attacks of French,
English, Russians, Italians, Serbians
. Forced to yield advanced positions
under first Bulgarian attacks, allies
are on the offensive in the Vardar
valley, northwest of Salonika. South
of Demi? Hissar Bulgars progressed
four miles, taking small Greek vil
lages, but were abruptly halted by al
Press dispatches from Roumania
bear evidence of close censorship,
but fighting in Balkans has caused a
profound Impression in Bucharest
Latest news from Berlin indicates a
feeling of uneasiness in German cap
ital Paris. German troops made pow
erful attack on trenches south of
Somme, south of Estrees and west of
Sayocourt, which were captured by
French in Tuesday's fighting and
succeeded in penetrating French line" '
at several points.
' 6 o-
Twelfth street widening work is
no. Razing of first house, 1204 Blue
Island av., begun today.
Aid. Nance wants property own
ers to cut weeds as guard against