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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 06, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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Intelligence is necessary for a na
tion's progress.- It is a "great sin
for the Catholic worshipers to read
a book which is on the catalogue of
condemned books censored by church
officials. Nearly all Socialist works
have been barred through command
from an ambitious Catholic. Among
these books condemned by the
church, Victor Hugo's "Les Miser
ables." If few men have the power
to dictate m to millions what they
should think of read, is it not a men
ace to the country?
I am not attacking individuals.
These are statements which I chal
lenge any honest Catholic to dis
prove. The Day Book is fair to all
and if it has the nerve to publish this,
"the truth," in its columns, hats off
to our FREE PRESS. Mark Tap-Ieigh.
TIONS. Those who are advocating
a large standing army in this coun
try and the expenditure of millions
for more battleships and armaments
do not seem to realize that this pol
icy means planting the same weed in
our gardens that is destroying the
countries of Europe. The question
arises, have arms and armaments
saved anything or anybody in Eu
rope? I recently attended a picture show
representing two burglars in one
room while the owner of the house
arose from his bed and, taking a
pistol from under the pillow,, opened
the door very softly, just in time to
be shot dead by one of the burglars
who was preparing to leap out of the
window with $50 worth of silver
ware. The picture story was not intended
to show the folly of a man protecting
his house with a gun, but those of
the audience who were thoughtful
could not escape recognizing the
moral involved, viz., if he had not
attempted to protect his house with
a gun his life would have been saved.
This interpretation is completely
borne out among individuals as Well
as -nations, for the statistics of the
past five years in this country show
that 90 per cent of the thousands
killed by burglars would have been
saved if they had not been armed,
and 100 per cent of the thousands of
accidental shootings by adults and
small children would have been
avoided except for the false notion
that a pistol must be kept in the
house for "protection," though it has
always proven a menace to good peo
ple as well as bad, to nations as well
as individuals.
The idea of furtherannamentinthis
country is ridiculous, as arms do no
protect from war, but invite war. In
creased armies and armaments do
not insure peace, but destroys peace.
The growth of a military caste in any
country that perpetuates military
ideals through the medium of
schools, church and the press is the,
most dangerous policy that confronts
the American people.
Those who know what wars can
,do and will study the temper andj
character of the one now in progress
will be convinced that final peace will
only be reached under conditions,
that will do away with war for cen
turies to come, making any armies,
armaments or preparedness on the
part of America unnecessary and ob
solete, for it is already certain that;
the great battleships named after the ,
various states are destined to tlie
scrap-pile. Parker H. Sercombe. ,
to show how the loop theaters work,
the ticket racket I'm going to relate '
my personal experience with the La
Salle. Previous to this occurrence',
the wife and myself took in a loop .,
show about once a month. Need- '
less to say, since then we have beenj
content with local color. ,
The Saturday night before Christ
mas I stepped up to the La Salle box,
office and asked for two seats, 3d or
4th row, for Christmas night. The1 '
ticket agent informed me the ticket '

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