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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, April 01, 1909, Image 20

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guarded, vice to be routed, charity to be dealt out with
gentle kindness, yes, and as is made evident by a glance
at this fair array of ladies whose gracious presence lends
a distinctive and delightful charm to your banquet-hall this
evening, you can find, too, in your own wives and daugh
ters and sweethearts, queens of beauty as lovely and as
loving as ever smiled approval on valiant champions in
days gone by. They, I am confident, will encourage your
onslaught on all the forces than make for corruption and
uncleanness in public and private life, on graft and bri
bery, and the unspeakable white slave traffic; on immoral
books and the lewd in art and the immodest in fashions;
on the yellow journal, the indecent poster, and the sug
gestive post-card; on the vicious drama, the degenerate
nickel theatre, and the erotic moving picture, or any and
all influences antagonistic to the true and pure and sweet
in American life and conduct.
Just one word in conclusion. The most devoted patrio
tism need not adopt as its maxim: "My country, right or
wrong." Its better profession is: "My country i with all
thy faults, I love thee still," or that old time knightly de
claration, "I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I
not honor more. " Even the sun has its spots, and we
must needs confess that, as to certain matters, it is only in
a Pickwickian sense that this can be called the land of the
square deal. Personally, I have both an abiding faith in
the victorious permanence of American democracy and a
strong confidence in the essential fair-mindedness of the
non-Catholic American public, so strong a confidence that
I look forward not only to the day when our co-religionists
in this country will be freed from the oppressive bur
den of an unfair double educational tax, a burden which
so good an American as Archbishop O'Connell of Boston
publicly styles "nothing short of outrageous tyranny,"
but to that possibly later, but surely coming, day when his
Catholic faith will bar no worthy American from receiving
the highest honor in the gift of his fellow citizens, a seat
in the White House. As one means of hastening tha

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