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Some members of Congress who
have given this matter serious atten
tion, question the wisdom of institut
ing action against such vl'e sheets
going through the U. S. mails, taking
the stand that the net result would be
to largely increase their' circulation
VERY REV. FRANCIS C. KELLY IN
Very Rev. Francis €. Kelley, of the
Catholic Church Extension Society, of
Chicago, 111., who was in Washington
last week, called on President Wilson,
Secretary of State Bryan and Secre
tary of War, Garrison, and discussed
with them the conditions in Mexico as
affecting the Catholic clergy.
Father .Kelley told the President
that General Villa is showing more
consideration for Catholic nuns and
priests in Mexico than formerly, but
General Carranza continues to harm
them. General Zapata has never
harmed the religious.
Father Kelley also said that condi
tions In Mexico were extremely cha
otic that there were ten Mexican
Bishops, two hundred priests and one
hundred and fifty nuns in the United
States, and about the same number
In Cuba, adding that many more in
hiding in Mexico.
Father Kelley's Society was most
active in securing relief for persecut
ed priests and nuns in Mexico.
WOULD PROTECT AMERICAN8.
A bill to prohibit the importation of
any property of Americans or any
other foreigners in Mexico, which has
been "confiscated by the Mexican au
thorities" has been introduced in the
House of Representatives by Repre
sentative Kahn of California, follow
inga visit to the State Department. A
hearing before the ways and means
committee will be sought.
"Villa, Carranza, and other Mexi
cans," said Representative Kahn, "are
deliberately confiscating property of
Americans In Mexico, sending it to
the American side through El Paso,
and selling It for the profits of the
The bill declares there seems to be
no law to prohibit these importations
and would provide that custom col
lectors must be satisfied as to the
ownership of such property before it
WRITES OF CHRISTMAS SHIP.
Monsignor Lulgl Sartorl, for many
yean a pastor of churches In Balti
more and other places in Maryland, but
since March, 1907, a member of the
papal household at the Vatican, has
written of the coming of the Christmas
ship Jason to Europe, and its arrival
at Genoa, Italy, whete gifts destined
from the National Capitol
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Uuiibu sunes Army, iiaa uttn utuitt
i«nba iiuiu u»e 4auu luiauiry, uuW
siauoueu at Naco, Aiiuuua, 10 tne
aeveutu cavairy, iu tue i'uiiipvtne is
feather Kennedy was bom in Mi^
has se*vea continuously wun uie ttud
lmauuy, wnicn has tne reputation in
tne army as naving a "roviug com
mission," as it is continuauy chang
feather Kennedy's new assignment,
the Seventh Cavalry, is a famous or
ganization, and is known as "Custer's
oid regiment'—and the inspiring Ir
ish air, "Garry Owen" is its popular
This assignment is very gratifying to
Most Rev. Jeremiah J. Harty, D. D.,
souii, on Aiuu 4, kwu, anu appoimed present terrible war, has arrived at
a i/biipiaiu oil iNovtiwuei' io,
Archbishop of Manila, as Father Ken
nedy is especially fitted for this line universal and horrible war."
of work, having spent much time in
the Latin speaking countries.
C0NGRES8 FLOODED WITH LET
Hundreds of letters have been pour
ing into Washington the past few
weeks, from Catholics in every sec
tion of the United States, addressed
to their representatives and senators
in Congress, and protesting against
the use of the United States mails for
carrying the Menace and other simi
The communications are a source of
curiosity at the Capitol, and you hear
the question quite frequently asked,
"Have you seen the letters in Sena'
tor room, or in Representative
room if not, just go in and
have a look."
These protests have been coming
so fast of late, that it is absolutely
impossible to reply to each one sepa
rately, and members of Congress are
sending an answer in the shape of a
It's a well known fact that litera
ture of this kind is carried at a SOBS
to the government, therefore, every
tax payer in the United States really
contributes to the transfer of these
The pity of the whole situation is
that these letters cannot be brought
directly to the immediate attention of
the authorities, for under the present
system it's impossible, as all com
munications addressed to the Post
master General and others, are Invari
ably handled by their secretaries, and
never reach them personally.
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lor Austrian war orphans were trans
shipped. Monsignor Sartorl's letter,
which was written Christmas Day,
reads aB follows:
"The large steamer Jason of the
United States fleet, carrying 200 tons of
toys as a Christmas gift of the chil
dren of the United States to the Euro
pean children made orphans by the
ami Genoa, Italy, and the Consorzio Italian
dol porto, without charge, unloaded
thirty wagons destined to the Austrian
and Germato orphan children.
"The Austrian and German nations
are enthusiastically grateful to Presi
dent Wilson, to the Captain of the Ja
san and to all, the people of the United
States for this great neutral and gen
uinely charitable act, which only the
kind, warm-hearted and generous
mighty western republic in her burn
ing love for humanity in desolation ex
tends to all belligerents and their
broken-hearted people, victims of this
ANOTHER CHAPLAIN CONGRE88
Rev. Lewis J. O'Hern, C. S. P., who
represents the Catholic Archbishops of
the United States, in the appointment
of Army and Navy Chaplains, is now
considering the question of calling a
Congress of Catholic Army and Navy
Chaplains, stationed within the United
Two years have elapsed since the
first Congress of Catholic Chaplains
convened at the Catholic University of
America, which conference was a grand
success from Its opening to its closing.
When the Confess adjourned it was
with the understanding that Father
O'Hern could re-convene it at any time
he thought proper.
EXPORT8 GAIN SIXFOLD
Five times as much wheat and six
time? as much corn were exported
from the United States in December as
In the same month in 1913 flour ex
ports Increased more than 68 per cent
for the Bame period fresh beef In
creased more than twelve fold and,
generally, the exports of breadetuffs,
which includes practically all the staple
grains, increased five times.
These figures were disclosed last
week in a preliminary statement from
the Department of Commerce, issued
in response to many inquiries as to
what extent foodstuifB were going
abroad, with resulting abnormal prices
CARDINAL GIBBONS IN WASHING
Cardinal Gibbons came to Washing
ton last week to attend the annual
dinner given In his honor by Mrs. Wil
liam F. Draper.
The dinner was served in the beauti
ful tapestry-hung ballrom at a long
oval table, which was laid with the
famous gold service and, In honor of
His Eminence, decorated in red roses
and lilies of the valley. The Cardi
nal's flag and baretta formed a part of
the decorations In the dining room. A
number of prominent guests were In
vited to meet him.
During his stay in the ctiy, the
Cardinal visited the Capitol, where he
was the center of much attention. He
spent some time listening to debates
in the Senate and House, and was es
corted about the building by Senator
Ransdell and Representative Lazaro,
both of Louisiana.
For the first time in a number of
years. Speaker Champ Clark went to
the reserved gallery and personally
explained the business before the
House to our noted churchman.
OPPOSE ENVOY TO THE VATICAN.
A special cable to the "Washington
Post," under date of Jan. 20th, says:
"The London Council of Protestant
Societies, representing sixteeen differ
ent organizations and other bodies in
sympathy with It, though not affiliated
with the council, have sent to the
prime minister, Sir Edward Grey, and
the leaders of the opposition, a resolu
tion, unanimously agreed to, which
reads In part: 'We strongly con
demn the action of the government in
advising his majesty, the King, to ap
point and dispatch a special envoy to
Pope Benedict XV.' They condemn
and reject the spacious and unsatis
factory excuse set forth In the White
Paper as reasons for the dispatch of
the envoy, and they hereby declare
their intention publicly to oppose to
the utmost of their power in such
manner as time and circumstances
may require, the continuance of this
MAY TAKE TRIP ON OREGON.
All honorably discharged sailors
who made the historic trip around
Cape Horn with Capt. Clark on the
Oregon In the early days of the Span
ish War, will have an opportunity to
pass through the Panama Canal on
the famous old battleship at the for
mal opening of the canal In March.
Secretary Daniels has authorized
the present commander of tMte Oregon
to enlist all who made the former trip,
who wish to form part of the crew,
In the trip the Oregon soon will make
through the Panama Canal and re
turn, to San Francisco.
While th« old sailors to make this
trip will have to present themselves
at Puget 3ound or San Diego and en
list for a 4-year term, arrangements
will be made for the discharge Of all
who wish to quit when the Oregon
gets back to the coast of California.
They will have to pay their own trav
eling expenses to and from the Bhlp.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Nolan, '128
West Fourth street were honor guests
at a surprise masquerade party Tues
day evening. The guests were 40 em
ployes of the Glass Block store.
The Weekly Sewing club of the
Catholic LadieB' Aid society met at
the home of Mrs. C. Virden, Allen
dale avenue, Wednesday afternoon at
&: 30 .o'clock.
A,.card party was given by the Cath
olic Ladies' Aid society at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Mullen, 146 West
Winona street, last Thursday evening
at 8 .o'clock.
Five hundred people were present
last Thursday evening at the installa
tion of officers of Division No.' 2, La
dies' auxiliary of A. O. H. that took
place jointly with Division No. 4, A.
O. H. in Gilley's hall, Central avenue.
Rev. D. W. Lynch and Father Bagley
were honor guests at the meeting and
delegations were present from all the
divisions in the city and Superior.
Miss May Hammill, state vice presi
dent of the Ladies' auxiliary, was also
Mrs. Sara A. Murphy, county presi
dent, Installed the officers of Division
No. 1 and Archie Powera, state vice
president of the A. O. H., Installed
for the men's order. The meeting was
opened by the retiring president of
Division No. 1, Mrs. A. Brotherton.
Archie Powers introduced the speak
ers and announced the program.
A pleasant feature of the evening
was the presentation to Mrs. A. Broth
erton, who has served as president of
the Ladies' auxiliary for 10 years, and
a handsome gift by Father Lynch, in
behalf of the members, in recognition
of her services. Father Lynch and
Father Bagley were both presented
with gifts, Mrs. Brotherton and Mr.
Powers making the presentation.
The principal speakers of the even
ing were Rev. Father Lynch, Father
Bagley, P. H. Martin, Archie Powers,
James Keeban, Miss May Hammill and
Mrs. Sara A. Murphy. The following
program was given: Violin solo Geo.
O'Brien, with piano accompaniment by
Miss Bessie O'Brien vocal number,
Young Ladies' quartet, Miss Bessie
O'Brien, Miss Bessie McKinnon, Miss
Mary Glum and Miss Catherine Calla
han. Miss Lillian Flaherty was ac
companist violin solo, Lester Whelan,
with piano accompaniment by Mrs.
Edward Lyons reading, John Allen,
vocal solo, James Wade, with Miss
Wade at the piano vocal solo, Jesse
Hawley of Superior, Mrs. LyonB ac
companist. Robert O'Brien, a little
youngster of five years, sang two Irish
songs, receiving hearty applause.
An informal reception followed the
nrogram. The officers installed were:
Mrs. E. W. Funk, president Mrs. A.
Brotherton, past president Mrs.
James Regan, vice president Miss
Brotherton. recorded Mrs. Rol
lins, financier Mrs. Edward Madden,
treasurer Mrs. M. Collins, sergeant
at arms Mrs. Thomas Brett, sentinel.
The officers of Division No. 4 are:
John Cullen, president John Keenan.
vice president James Bothwell, rec
ording secretary James Conley, fln
inclal secretary P. H. McGraw, treas
urer J. McNeills, sergeant at arms
Murphy, sentinel Rev. D. W. Lynch,
chaplain W. Dwyer, marshal. The
members of the standing committee
are James Bothwell, chairman J.
Tilaherty, Clifton Holmes and Lester
BISHOP M'GOLRICK AND ARCH
BISHOP IRELAND MAKING
In company with Archbishop John
Ireland of St. Paul, whom he joined
in Chicago, Bishop James McGolrick
Is in the east, where the prelates will
visit many of the larger cities.
The bishop, who makes such a trip
annually, left Duluth Sunday night.
He will return in about two weeks.
St. Michael's Catholic church, Fif
tieth avenue East and Pitt street, was
formally opened at 10:30 o'clock Sun
day morning with special music by
the cathedral choir. Rev. Fr. Michael
Boland will be the priest of the new
"Modern Inventions" was the sub
ject of an interesting meeting of the
Bishop's club last Tuesday night,
which took place In the Bishop's club
rooms, under the leadership of Mrs.
F. L. Tambornina. Mrs. L. H. Corcor
an presided. Miss Jean Polrler gave a
delightful talk on Marconi, dealln?
with the beginning of his work and
his accomplishments. Mrs. Tambor-4
nino's paper on Edison was another
enjoyable feature of the program.
Mrs. George E. Lynott gave a brief
account of current events, touching
upon the present European war, Mex
ico and the municipal ownership ques
Mrs. George Harkness gave a re
port of the work of the Orphanage
Sewing guilt}, which held its flr*t
meeting Oct. 6th, 1914, showing that
the following garments had been fin
ished in 13 meetings: Twenty-five
boys waists, 74 rompers, 10 aprons,
making a total of 104 finished gar-
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.. 8ATURDAV. JANUARY 30, 'IMS.
ments. There are 28 active members
of the Sewing guild and two associate
members. The treasurer's report was
The Bible reading was given by
Miss Louise Lyons.
Mis Mabel Fix gave a delightful
piano solo, "Witches Dance," by Mac
Dowell. Shores ponded to an encore,
giving a "Berceuse," by Illinsky.
Clutsam's "Eastern Cradle Song"
was sung by Miss Mildred Downie,
who was accompanied by Miss Thrana
at the piano. Miss Dowhie gave as an
encore "From the Land of the Sky
Blue Water." Mrs. Craig was hostess.
Miss Rose Sullivan, daughter of
Mrs. Anna J. Sullivan, 131 East Sec
ond street, and Frederick William
Hansen were married Wednesday af
ternoon at 5 o'clock at the bishop's
house by Rev. Fr. Boland. Miss Fern
Reilly attended the bride and Edward
Hansen, brother of the bridegroom,
was the best man.
The bride wore her gray chiffon
broadcloth travelling gown and a cor
sage bouquet of bride roses and llllles
of the valley.
Mr. and Mrs. Hansen left immedi
ately for a two weeks' trip to Chicago.
Milwaukee and eastern points. They
will make their home in this city after
F. S. Kelly and K. H. Whelan of the
F. S. Kelly Furniture company left
Wednesday for Chicago to attend the
National Furniture exposition. From
there they will visit the furniture fac
tories at Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Catholic Ladies' Aid society of
Woodland will meet ait the home of
Mrs. M. Arlmond of East Winona
street. Woodland, this afternoon at
2:30 o'clock. A large attendance is
The Guild of'St. James has decided
hold bi-monthly meetings in the
Bishop's clubrooms, the first to take
niace Friday afternon at 2:30 o'clock.
Catholic Boys Win by a Count of 20
to 13 on the Central Floor.
Cathedral high five beat the Central
high school basket ball team Friday
night by the score of 20 to 13 on Cen
tral's floor. f.
Another meeting between the two
teams will be .held later in the season
at the Catholic gymnasium.
The lineup for the cathedral team
was Monohan, McNamara, Hart,
Under the auspices of St. Francis
narlsh, Rev. Father A. B. C. Dunn of
Eau Claire delivered a lecture in the
basement of the church, Stinson ave
nue and West Fourth street, Thurs
day night, January 28.
Father Dunn is known as one' of
the most eloquent speakers in the
northwest. The. title of his address
has not yet boqfy..-announced.
SAINT CLARA COLLEGE, SINSIN
Mr. S. A. Baldus, managing editor
of the Catholic Church Extension Mag
azine, lectured on the afternoon of
January 19 on "How to Write a Short
Story." Aside from the fact that the
subject in itself was attractive,1the
'.ecturer's treatment of it from the
oolnt of view of an editor lent addi
tional interest and driving force to his
remarks on the technique of the short
itory and the requirements which It
must meet in order to gain accept
ance from the editor of a Catholic or
Among the most pleasing and profit
able musical treats of the school year
was the violin recital given on Satur
day evening, January 23. bv Mr. Hugh
Kortschak, assisted by Mr. Isaac Van
On January 19, the students of the
Department of Home Economics pre
pared and served a four-course lunch
eon to the students *t-~ college, thus
practically demonstrating the excel
lence of their work and training.
Cotton Ball Planned by 8aered Heart
Cotton gowns for the women and
cotton neckties for the men will be
worn at the cotton ball to be given
by the Sixth ward women of the Sa
cred Heart Church at their auditorium
Friday evening. Arrangements are
now complete and the affair promises
to be a great success. Sauter's or
chestra will play ahd on the program
will be several old Irish tunes. Old
fashion dances, such as quadrilles and
two-steps will also be numerous. A
large floor committee has been ap
pointed to assure an enjoyable eve
ning to all who attend. Those In
charge are Mrs. H. Kruse, Mrs. G.
Clare, Mrs. A. LeSage, Mrs F. Marx,
Mrs. P. Lawler, Mrs. W. Eno, Mrs. P.
Cadlgan, Mrs. W. Russell, Mrs. M.
Moran and Mrs. J. Wright.
Miss Marion Russell, 1327 Hammond
avenue, entertained the members of
the Sacred Heart parish and their
friends Wednesday afternoon. Cards
were played at six tables.
Mr. and Mrs. A. P. LeSage enter
tained at dinner Tuesday evening at
their home, 1023 Hughitt avenue, In
honor of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Longfleld
of Minneapolis. Covers were laid for
Mr. and Mrs. D. F. McDonald en
tertained at their home, 1905 John av
enue, In compliment to their guest,
Mrs. William J. O'Connor of Minne
apolis. Covers wore laid (or 12.
PRIEST8 FEAST AND FORM CLUB.
College days were discussed and
reminiscences Exchanged at a ban
quet of 12 Catholic clergymen from
points in Minnesota and Wisconsin
held Tuesday night at the Hotel Super
ior. All were graduates of the All
Hallows college, Dublin, Ireland, and
following the banquet an alumni as
sociation was formed.
Of the number present, Rev. P.
O'Riordan of the Sacred Heart cathe
dral was the only Superior representa
tive. ^Following the banquet, he was
honored by being chosen president of
the new alumni association. Rev. T.
Culligan of Eveleth was elected secre
The banquet .of 12 Dublin colleee
graduates is an annual affair. It was
decidied to organize an official alumni
association. Other graduates of the
famous college will be located and
communicated with by the local
Those present at the banquet be
sides Father O'Riordan were Rev. P.
Kill en, International Falls Rev. T.
Culligan, Eveleth Rev. J. Crean,
Brainerd Rev. J. Begley, West Du
luth Rev. J. Hogan, Hibbing Rev. J.
Larrigan, Bovey Rev. P. Ryan, Carl
ton Rev. R. O'Gorman, Biwabik Rev.
Hugh Floyd and Rev. M. Boland, Du
luth cathedral and Rev. E. Walsh,
Mr. Francis Jackman and Miss Eva
Cecilia Murphy were united in mar
riage at the Assumption church Tues
day, Jan. 19. Very Rev. P. F. Farrelly
officiating. The bride was attended
by Miss Alice Jackman and the groom
by Mr. Eugene Murphy.
Mrs. Mary Weldon, widow of the
late Thomas Weldon of Belle Plaine,
died at the home of her daughter
Mrs. Rose Rank in St. Paul on Sun
day, Jan. 17, 1915. She was 64 years
Mrs. Weldon was a native of Ire
land, and was born in Naase, County
Kildare. There she was married to
She is survived by four sons and
three daughters: namely, M. J. of
Hopkins, James of Duluth, Mrs. W.
F. Gritzmacher of Bald Eagle, Peter,
Elizabeth, Christ, and Mrs. Chas.
Rank of St. Paul. Her husband died
two years ago.
The remains were brought from St.
Paul, Tuesday, Jan. 19, and services
were held at the church of the Sa
cred Heart by Rev. Thos. Minogue.
The marriage of Miss Elizabeth
Dolan, daughter of Mr. and Mra. Wni.
Dolan, of Clyde, N. D., to Mr. Edward
J. Conlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. James
Conlin, of Monticello, was solemnized
at St. Malachy's Church Tuesday, Jan.
11. Rev. Father Kenney officiated at
the Nuptial High Mass.
Th'fe young couple were attended
by Miss Agnes Conlin, of Monticello,
sister of the groom, and James Dolan,
brother of the bride.
A pretty wedding occurred Tuesday
Jan. 19, when Father Benlgnus solem
nized the marriage of Miss Annie Rup
pert and Jos. Maerz. Misses Helen
and Miary Ruppert were bridesmaids,
and Miss Ella Krai maid of honor.
Frank Ruppert, Jr., was groomsman.
Miss Marie Shiles and Frank Mixa
were united in marriage by Rev. Fa
ther Polasek, Jan. 12.
NEW RICHMOND, WIS.
"The Human Voice" was the sub
ject upon which the Rev. Father A.
B. C. Dunne chose to lecture in filling
the fourth number of the Lyceum Lec
ture Course at the high school Tues
day evening, Jan. 19.
The C. O. F. held their first annual
banquet, Monday evening, Jan. 25.
An elaborate program was arranged
and there was a record crowd on
William Lundy, of New Richmond
died at his home Tuesday evening,
The funeral took place Friday
morning, Jan. 22, from the home to
the Church of the Immaculate Concep
Knights of Columbus Plan Initiation.
Faribault Council 889, Knights of
Columbus, are planning to initiate a
class in the near future. A large
number of applications are under con
sideration at prfpnt.
A wedding was solemnized at St.
Felix church Tuesday morning, Jan
uary 18, when Mr. Edward J. Goggin
and Miss Julia Moriarty were Joined in
marriage by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Wurst.
The A. O. installation, entertain
ment and oyster supper at Kellogg
attracted a large number of people
from Kellogg and neighboring towns
Friday night, January 15. The St
One hundred years have passed
since that memorable day, January 8,
1816, says the Morning Star, New
Orleans, when the old France-Spanish
Province of Louisiana, marching in
its newly acquired Statehood, under
the glorious flag of this immortal
Union of States, sealed with the
blood of the best soldiers of her bo
som and those of Kentucky and Ten
nessee, the compact of peace which
has existed for a century between this
country and her erstwhile active foe,
Great Britain. On that day was
achieved on the plains of Chalmette
a victory so far-reaching in its effect
that it ranks amid the greatest events
ct ancient or modern times.
The hero of that day was General
Andrew Jackson, whom the historian,
Gayarre, designates as emphatically
the man for the times, not only pos
sessing military talent of the highest,
order, but whose love of country wa
intense. He was rough hewn fror
the rock, but rock he was, and tha
kind of rock which,Providence chooserj
to select as a fit material to use in*
its structure of human greatness.
It is a matter of historical record
that Gen. Jackson, realizing that, with
the superior forces before him, only
the intervention of the God of Bat
tles could bring him victory, sent to
the Abbe Dubourgh and Ursuline Nuns
the urgent request that prayers would
be offered that God would bless his
efforts and give the victory to the
Agnes parish hall was filled to over
flowing, the crowd numbering about
275 people. The following program
was carried out:
Address of welcome, Rev A. P.
Piano Solo—"Come Back to Erin,"
"German Song, Duet—Gottlieb Wag
ner and P. L. Weimerskirsch.
*Song by Vincenza Costello.
Installation of officers and address
by T. J. Doyle, St. Paul.
Jig dancing, Edward Qulnn.
Four hand reel—Frank O'Moore,
Edw. Quinn, Vincenza Lydon, Marion
Duet Vincenza Costello, Lillian
Irish jig time dancing—Frank
Song, Duet—Gottlieb Wagner, Lil
Irish jig dancing—Michael Feehan.
Speech—John R. Foley.
Double jig—Mrs. McGinn, Ed. Qulnn.
Irish and Scotch dancing—John A.
Jig dance—James Quinn.
Irish reel-time dancing Bernard
AddresB—E. J. McDonaugh.
After the program, which was an
enjoyable one, an oyster supper was
served by the Ladies Auxiliary. At
the joint Installation in the course of
the program, the following were in
ducted into office:
Noted General Requested Prayers of Ursuline Sisters
Before the Battle of New Orleans.
The centennial of the battle was
celebrated with fitting demonstrations.
A civic display was held in Jackson
Square, where the hero's statue, erect
ed by the people of New Orleans was
crowned a procession then formed
and marched to the Cathedral where a
Solemn Pontifical Mass was offered
and a "Te Deum" chanted, Just as the
Mass was offered and the "Te Deum"
chanted one hundred years ago, at the
request of Gen. Jackson, to the Abbe
Dubourg, in gratitude to God that vic
tory had rested upon the American
At the famous old Archbishopric in
Chartres street, which was the Ur
suline Convent in 1815, a tablet was
unveiled commemorative of the part
this historic shrine and venerable Or
der of Nuns played in the stirring
drama of 1814-1815, when anew and
most glorious page of American his
tory was written. For the sake of
history truth, we recall the memories
of that day and or this ancient build
ing, which the Abbe Dobourgh de
clared to be the cradle of religion in
Within those convent walls were
gathered in that memorable December,
1814, and January, 1815, the aged and
infirm men and women and children
refugees from St. Bernard and the
Lower Coast, for the Ursulines, true
to their calling, as Grace King says in
her historic "New Orleans," had open
ed their doors wide and turned their
school rooms into infirmaries for sick
and wounded of both armies, upon
whom they lavished every care.
County President, E. R. Lee.
President, Timothy McDonough.
Vice-President, Bernard McCormac.
Recording Secretary, E. R. Lydon.
Financial Secretary, E. J. McDon
Treasurer, Michael Blee.
Sentinel, T. L. Costello.
Sergeant-at-arms, Bartley McDon
President, Margaret Weimerskirsch.
From the convent windows, the
UrsUline Sisters saw the clouds of
smoke rising from the battlefield and
heard the deep roar of the cannon
and the shrill notes of musketry.
They knew and felt that the crisis
had come. All night they had passed
a sleepless vigil in prayer before the
Most Blessed Sacrament. They knew
that Gen. Jackson, with only 6,000
men, was opposing 15,000 infantry,
and that the disproportion of the
forces would assure victory to the
British. And what a victory. Accom
panied with the horrors of pillage, fire
and devastation, the brutal soldiery
would follow 'the order of Packenham,
'booty and beauty." The Sisters knew
that Jackson had sworn that, if van
luished, the enemy would only find
he city in ashes. Then the Sisters
had recourse to Our Lady of Prompt
Succor. The statue was placed on the
*nain altar. All the nuns were pros
'rate at the feet of the Blessed Virgin,
Mid with tears and prayers, they be
ieeched her to save the city from the
inemy, promising that every year at
her shrine a Solemn Mass would be
offered in thanksgiving and a "Te
The pastor of the Cathedral, Mgr.
Dubourgh, offered the sacrifice of Mass
Jn the altar of Our Lady of Prompt
3uccor while the noise of the battle
was being heard and the whole com
munity was suffering the direst of
mental tortures in doubt of the final
At the consecration a courier from
Gen. Jackson, out of breath, dusty,
jegrimed with powder, rushed into
che chapel, crying: "Victory is ours!
The English are completely'vanquish
The Mass concluded and .immedi
ately the solemn "Te Deum" succeed
ed the supplications, rising in touch
ing paeans of joyfulness to the throne
The Ursulines have kept their pro
mise from that day to this.
Jackson himself did not hesitate to
believe in the miraculous intercession.
Afterwards the General called at the
Ursuline Convent and warmly thanked
the Sisters for their prayere in his be
half |nd in the behalf of the Amer
ican people. He had requested Dr.
Dubourgh to offer a Solemn Mass of
Thanksgiving to God for the signal
victory he had gained.
Thus the devotion to the Blessed
Virgin, under the appellation of Our
Lady of Prompt Succor, obtained a
strong foothold in New Orleans. In
1851, at the request of Bishop Antoine
Blanc, Pope Pius IX granted permis
sion to celebrate every year on the
January a special Mass of
thanksgiving in honor of the great
victory obtained through the interces-'
sion of Our Lady of Prompt Succor.
In 1895, the statue was solemnly
crowned, the women of Louisiana giv
ing their rarest jewels to adorn the
brow of their Queen and Mother.—
From the "Morning Star" New Or
Vice-President, Mary McGinn.
Recording Secretary, Maude DeZell.
Financial Secretary, Mary Gorman.
Treasurer, Maria Ryan.
Mistress-at-Arms, Mary Lydon.
Sentinel, Annie Lee.
ORIGIN OF MILITARY FIELD
Everywhere the enlightened and
charitable care given to the wounded
tn the great European war is highly
praiBed, remarks the "Catholic News".
But the origin of the system of mili
tary hospitals and ambulances is not
generally known. This useful form of
Christian devotion is due to the Pa
pacy. In the course of the war with
the Turks made illustrious by the
Polish hero, John Sobieskl, in the sec
ond half of the seventeenth century,
Pope Innocent XI. was struck by the
sad fate of the sick and wounded suf
fering from insufficiency of sanitary
aid. He had the idea of establishing
at his own expense in Hungary a fly
ing hospital provided with an abund
ant staff of doctors and surgeons, who
followed the Christian army every*
where. Thus was the foundation ot
the Sanitary and Red Cross service
of today laid by a Pope, just as our
nuns laid the foundations of nursing
service before the days of the noble
and devoted Florence Nightingale,
who herself paid tributes to Catholic
The National Order of the Daugh
ters of Isabella, founded at Utica, N.
T„ eleven years ago, has now about
25,000 members. They are doing for
women what the Knights of Columbus
are doing for men they look, too,
after the needy poor.
Cardinal' Bourne has granted dis
pensation ^o the Catholics of England
to eat meM on Fridays and fast days.
In a pasteml letter he says this step
is necessaty because of the high price
of fish and the usual substitutes for