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Pilgrims' Pride" DOES mean Massa
chusetts. You "will notice that the
Monitor takes pride in the "Star
Spangled Banner" and the conditions
under which it was written, while it
objects to "America" for two very
good reasons, viz.: It has the tune
of "God Save the King" and -it was
written by a Protestant minister for
a Protestant Sunday school.
Now no one can claim me unpa
thiotic because J want an American
tune to. an American hymn instead
of copying England's national air.
Then, secondly, why should I ap
prove of singing "Land of the Pil
grims' Pride"? As a Catholic the
Pilgrims mean nothing to me. They
were simply some English Protest
ants who left their own country to
secure religious freedom,; and then,
when they came here, they refused
to grant the very same freedom of
worship to anyone outside them
selves. I might add here that re
ligious freedom was first granted in
this country in Catholic Maryland by
Lord T3altimore, himself a Catholic.
So why then should I take any pleas
ure shouting "Land of the Pilgrims'
J, who was horn and raised in it, or
McGee, who mostlikely gets his "in
side" dope from black, narrow-minded,
filthy sheets like the Menace and
So don't worry, McGee. We laity
hav no desire to force anything on
Rome. Some of ybur narrow-minded
ancestors tried that same thing,
using the axe, rack, etc., to malte it
more forceful, but today the Catholiq
church is stronger than ever, stretch
ing to the four corners of the earth
and ignoring insignificant calamity
howlers like the Guardians. Jack ,
Doyle, 1953 Leland av.
and -sure, there is no longer any
Pride"? When those very same Pil- f dafr of imperfect result
grims, if I had been in Massachusetts
in 1620, would have kicked me out
along with Roger Williams?
" No, my dear G. of L., you can-find
nothing unpatriotic about that ar
ticle. It simply shows that Catholics,
who have given the subject a
thought, prefer to have the good old
American "Star Spangled Banner,'"
written by Francis Scott Keys In pris
on on a British battleship, to "Amer
ica," written by a Protestant min
ister for a Protestant Sunday school.
In conclusion, W. P. McGee says:
"The" Catholic laity has the right and"
power to enforce their wishes,, right
or wrong, upon the church, but the
hierarchy sees to it that this knowl
edge is kept from them." More
cheap prattle of the usual. Guardian
type. Who do you think has a better
knowledge of the Catholic phurch
CREMATION OF THE DEAD. Is
a subject of more vital importanceto
the'livingNthan is generally realized,
and must, in time, as the population
of'the earth increases, become ne
cessary a"nd universal.
Objections to cremation are either
sentimental or religious. Prejudice
is dispelled by witnessing the process,
whereby the terrors of being buried
aliveace avoided. Under the Improv
ed modern methods, which are swift
When Napoledn at St Helena ex
pressed the wish that ills body might
be burned., he remarked that, with
the Creator, resurrection was as easy
from, the ashes as from the dust of a
skeleton. This seems reasonable
enough to satisfy the small minority
of ignorant and superstitious people
who believe in a literal resurrection.
Cremation is a sanitary necessity
that should be accepted by alL In
quiry always has and ever must re
sult from the unhealthy, loathsome
and indecent practice of polluting
the earth, air and water by interring
the dead in the midst of the living.
When the necessity "for it has once
become a settled conviction with a
people, nothing but the pressure of a
conquering race or religion, inimical
to the practice, will ever eradicate It.
The growth of population will
force discussion upon the thoughtful