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MAJORITY KICK ON'OUSTINjG? FUNERAXm?DWERS '
Danbury, Conn., Sept. 23. The Rev. Dr. Walter J. Shanley, pas j tor of St. Peters' Roman Catholic i . church, has placed a han on the , use of flowers at funeralsvheld in i i the church or at the two Catho lic cemeteries. "I have found that many peo ple who could not afford to buy flowers, did so, and denied them selves the necessities of life, and went into debt in order to do it," he said. "The church always has oppos ed a profusion of flowers at fu nerals, said Father F. M. P'Brien, of Holy Name cathedral, when he heard of Father Shan--,ley's ban. "The flower custom is but a relic of the pagan age, but I feel that people should be allowed to use their own discretion. If they , see fit to deny themselves the ne cessities of life in order to 'com memorate the memory of the de parted with flowers, all well and good." New York, Sept. 23. "The flower custom at funerals has de- ' generated from an expression of love into a badge of extrava- . gance and display," said the Rev. Dr. C T. Reisner, Methodist, '"But at the same time," he added, "I would not do away with the custom. I would rather en courage it, because when people learn the true meaning of flowers 1 they will stop the extravagance," Indianapolis, Sept, 23, "I sel dom find a case where people buy flowers when they deprive them-1 selves of necessities. I think that friendship and feeling can be ex pressed by flowers where it could not be expressed in wordssaid Rev. Albert Hurlstone of Robert Park M. E. church. ' ' Milwaukee, Sept. 23. "Arch bishop Messmer ordered a ban on lavish displays of flowers at fun erals in the Roman Catholic churches of the diocese of Mil waukee three years ago," said the Rev. J. F. Ryan, head of St. Fran cis seminary today. "The order was issued because flowers at funerals had reached the stage of extravagance instead of being used for their true mean ing." Cleveland, 0 Sept. 23. Flow ers have been barred from churches of the Cleveland Cath-' olic diocese for many years. Most Cleveland ministers agree that ' the extravagant use of flowers at funerals should be discouraged. "The use of flowers at funerals is overdone," said the Rev. T. S. McWilliams, pastor of the Cal vary Presbyterian church, today. "This works a hardship in many instances." Detroit, Sept 23 "1 would not urge the doing away with the flower custom at funerals," said the Rev. T. W. Young, pastor of the Nprth Baptist church. "I would rather urge people to be tnore moderate. There is no more ' beautiful way of expressing grief or sympathy than by giving flow ers, but many people abuse the custom at funerals," , ll'U'l llt irm geg-ig . A; -A