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NUMBER 39. vs 1 .lVl\^Jl/. I-ER MONTH *" (TENTS
Special Program Will Be Presented
Every Afternoon and Evening, and
Unique Features Are As.
sured Throughout
Overture, Kammermeyer orchestra. .
Kaleidoscopic pageantry of magnifi
cently costumed lady participants of the
Elks' Harvest Festival In grand march.
Address of welcome, M. H. Flint. ,
"The Song of tile Elks" (Nat M.
Wills), l'aul I'ltner.
Costumed rtct, "The Strollers" (violin
and voice), Master Harvey Johnston and
Miss Sibyl Anna .Marie Johnston.
Music, Kendall quartet.
"Ob, Golden land of Peace," George
Cm of B. 1". O. B. No. 1, New York.
Monologue, W. F. King.
Drill, White Squadron drill corps, B.
V. O. K. No. 99, Captain ltobert Atkin
son, commanding. - ■
lAtH Angeles in "Nineteen and Nine,
Walter Goldsmith. Writ-ten by Ira C.
Tlehenor. Chorus by Whir* Squadron
drill corps. Accompanist, Mrs. T. New
""Assembly ball, entered Into by partici
pants, visitors and patrons.
Grand finale.
ALL ready, Bill!
Not Taft. but all the Elks in
Los Angeles and the 1.001 friends
of each Who mak" up tho population of
.Southern California, will find the huge
Harvest Festival of Los Angeles Lodge
No 99, B. P. <>. X.. all ready at 7
•O'clock tonight at thg Shrino audl-
That it will be a festival of the big
gest kind, "by far the higgost thing
yet arranged in Los Angeles," is tho
opinion of those who have seen it in
preparation. The big grocery store
alone will have more than 50.000 arti
cles, yet, large as it is, there are so
many bewildering and beautiful booths
that many housewives will ask to be
directed to it.
One of the many surprising things
about it is the foresight that has been
used in its preparation, a thing so
necessary in the case of a big lair
or festival. Under Motley . Flint s
guidance all plnns wore completed sev
eral months ago, and every detail has
been worked out.
One Hundred Thousand
The object of the Harvest Festival is
to provide funds for the natlotial con
vention of the Klkß in 1909, and those
who atWnd this week will see fore
shadowed the lnamen»lty of the nation
al meeting. It will attract 100,000 of
the most ardent advertisers on earth.
and tho Log Angeles membeni of the
order intend to see to it that tho fame
of Los Angeles' hospitality is spread
for years to come from Honolulu to
The importance of early preparation
for the convention whs felt by the
Flks even before the Lo« Angeles dele
gation secured the event. Motley Flint
hit upon the happy idea of raising
funds by a festival, which, after the.
fashion of Elks, would give more than
value received. Every member of J9
"boosted" at once, and all have been
busy ever since, with a result that
must be seen at the Shrine auditorium
this week to be appreciated.
The street cars will furnish special
service every evening. The Grand
avenue cars and the West Jefferson
street curs of the lnterurhan will ntn
direct to the Coliseum, in addition to
which there will be the Jefferson cars
running out Main street. Extra cars
will b-e put on all three lines.
It will not be necessary 10 eat din
ner before going to the festival, for
the Spanish kitchen, the spa and other
daintily attractive places will serve
ayerythtng good to eat imaginable.
Enchiladas and all other Spanish
dishes will be obtainable at the Span
fth garden. Tea and ice cream will
be served at the Japanese garden.
Everything to be found at a first class
cafe may be secured at the spa.
Buy Tickets at Store
The mammoth country store will
offer a wide selection of provisions
and other articles. Tickets will be
sold at 10 cents each, and a purchaser
will be entitled to some article, accord
ing to the lot number. He may secure
a ham or a sack of flour or a box of
breakfast food or some other equally
good purchase—there will be no blanks.
The stock will be replenished each day,
so that buyers will have an equal op
portunity any time during the week.
At numerous other booths there will
be opportunities to invest in household
furniture, ostrich feathers, toys, an
automobile, any household necessity,
cut glass or china—in fact, almost
every imaginable wish can be supplied.
Even theatrical goods will be supplied
at a daintily equipped booth near the
nostofflee, where letters, special de
livery and ordinary, will be dispensed.
Each afternoon and evening a special
program will be presented, including
music, vaudeville, fancy dances and
other features. Tomorrow will be
"Male Quartet day," and tomorrow
night Is Fraternal night. Other special
occasions are Lodgement night,
Wednesday evening; musical matinee,
Thursday afternoon; Catholic Socle
ties' night, Thursday evening; Wood
men and German nights Friday even
ing- young people's matinee, Saturday
afternoon; Good Fellowship night, Sat
urdny evening.
Crack Corps to Drill
\ special feature tonight is the first
appearance of the crack White Squad
ron drill corps of No. 99, Capt. Robert
Atkinson commanding, which has some
surprisingly good work to present.
The booths take up all the space not
reserved for the business men's ex
hibits on the north balcony and a num
ber of seats for tired visitors at the
east end. When filled with 1000 wo
men, many of them quaintly costumed,
they will make a brilliant spectacle.
Thi^ mon who have shouldered the
greater part of the executive work of
tho big festival are Motley H. Flint,
.'x-irman of the executive committee;
tT J. MeOarry, exalted ruler of No. 99;
Otto H. Sehons, director and general
manager, and Douglas White, press
sontatlve. *
On the rxreutive staff are ai assis
tant manager, franklin R. Pltner:
ur. r, Jacob Bchaeflter; auditor,
Tracy Q. Hull; door manager, A. J.
(Continued on I'ug» Two)
'&'■'■"■■ y '■ ■ '■■ ■■'•'■'■ .■■■ -■ '•■ ' ' "*;
(Now Mrs. Nat C. Goodwin)
I"\UIS, Nov. H.—A special dispatch
from Belgrade says a band of Bosnian
refugees from the mountains on Friday
blew up with dynamite the barracks at
Konll7.it, a town In Herzegovina, situated
about eighty miles from the. • Servian "
frontier, killing 170 German-speaking-
Austrian soldier*.
The dispatch also says that Austrian
papers have suppressed tills news.
For Los Angeles and vicinity:
Cloudy Monday; light north wind,
changing to south. Maximum temper,
ature yesterday, 70 degrees; mini,
mum, 55 degrees.
Belief Is growing that politicians am seek
ing to get control of San Pedro harbor.
Alleged negro burglar tries to hang himself
In Jail.
Once noted doctor Is lying at county hospital,
his mind and body wrecked by disease.
Evangelist Jacoby, Dr. Torrey's assistant,
assists In the arrest of negro who Is accused
of striking street car conductor.
Los Angeles- Elks will begin their harvest
festival tonight at the Shrlners 1 coliseum.
Bank clerks minstrels will repeat Los An
geles performance In Santa Barbara next Sat
urday night.. S « J *_^»— *=,>-.„. *„:,-.* -*«*.«**.
Policeman raid Greek Republican club and
arrest four persons on charge* of gambling. .
Whale whose skeleton will be exhibited at
Shutes park Is largest ever killed, and weighed
160 tons.
Secretary Stoll of Crape Growers" associa
tion is in Los Angeles In Interests of organiza
tion, which alms to raise price of wine fruit.
First white child born in Oklahoma lives
with aunt in Los Angcloa.
L H. Cook Identifies clothing left in bath
house at Long Beach by man supposed to have
drowned as those of son-in-law.
High school pupils in eagerness. to get data
i on Owen river aqueduct have about depleted
the supply of copies of first report on work.
Chinese boy shot by North Alameda' citizen,
who charges burglary; not serious.
Goldfteld woman staggers from home and
drops dead from knife wounds; husband
may- be charged with murder.
Geologist and explorer who accompanied
Mlkkelsen on arctic trip arrives In Ban
Ten thousand dollar fire in Redwood City,
Alameda girl art student who mysteriously
disappeared eludes detectives who search for
her in many states. •
British Columbia steamer and Japanese
vessel in damaging collision in morning fog;
former laid up for repairs. ■
Pacific coast vaudeville actress arrested
In Bait Lake on charge of shop lifting;
much alleged loot found j In paramour a
San Francisco orphans net $25,000 from
"tag day" sales. V
San Diego groceryman ends life by
Nat Goodwin, famous comedian, recently dl
vorced from Maxlne Elliott in Reno, weds Edna
Goodrich, his former leading woman. In Bos
ton and may live in his Ocean Park home,
built for former wit*.
Taft In .Hot Springs, Va,, declares, he Is re
covering from fatigue of campaign.
John W. Kern, defeated Democratic candi
date for vice presidency, announces his can
didacy in Indiana for United States senate.
Three thousand farmers expected to attend
grange of Patrons of Husbandry in Washing
ton, D. C.i next Wednesday.
Former banker of Denver sentenced to ten
years' Imprisonment for accepting deposits
! after Insolvency. . .
President Gompers of A. F. of L. to dorond
his support of Brs'iin at Denver convention,
which meeta today,* und flght will he made by
Ket fe to oust kirn.
Report shows world's cotton crop for year
Just ended was over two million bales in ex
cess of 1907 production.
Anti-saloon conference at Dcs Moines Tues
day to discuss federal leKlslatlun.
President Roosevelt gives out long: letter
replying tb what he calls "outrageous bigotry"
of critics who demanded to know Taft's re
Well known Louisville Iron and steel man
ends his life from despondency over illness.
Convicted N«w York banker, Morse, hopes
for release today and lawyers will make hard
flght to liberate him on ball.
Three mer in blac* perpetrate exceptionally
bold crime, robbing wealthy (rrnnito man 'jf
110,000 worth of Jewelry and holding family at
bay in bed, escaping with loot.
New York boy prisoner, accused of slaying
Fathur Ascensio, drinks poison In cell, but will
Senor Cassesus, probable successor of Am
bassador Creel of Mexico, arrives in Washing
Brazilian budget may be reduced in naval
expenditures to }33,000,000 if commission
report Is adopted, .which seems probable.
France awaiting reply from Berlin; diplo
mats contused, is report; over 100 Austrian
soldiers reported slaughtered by Casa Blanca
refugees; Frani-u declares she is not "bluff
ing" with kaiser.
Toklo diet to convene December 22.
Holland revokes act prohibiting the ex
portation of arms to Venezuela;', will send
battleships to cruise along.Castro's coast.
Vtctorlen Sardou, dean of French drama
tists, and author of - many famous plays,
dies of pulmonary trouble In Paris. -.■■■,
Ten killed In train derailment in France.
King Manuel gats great ovation at Oporto.
Manila- reported entirely rid of cholera. M
Germany pleased at election of Taft, says
Berlin newspaper. /. "■ ■■■ -;
f Seventy-eight. out '. of. „ 200 ' drowned ' and
murdered Chinese taken to Amoy , from
scene of Tung An wreck; live pirates blamed
for many* of fatalities to be beheaded.
Comedian Divorced About Two Months
Ago In Reno from Maxine Elliott.
Los Angeles Friends Pre
dicted Outcome
[By Associated Press.)
BOSTON, Nov. B.—Nat C. Goodwin,
the comedian, and Edna Goodrich,
who formerly starred with Good
win, were married at 1 o'clock today at
the home o£ Mr. Goodwin's mother.
The ceremony was performed by a
Justice of the peaco, who has been a
friend of Mr. Goodwin since boyhood,
but whose name was not made public.
The wedding party arrived here from
New York early today and comprised
Mrs. Nellie Stevens, mother of the
bride; Mlsg Goodrich, Mr. Goodwin and
George Weeden, Mr. Goodwin's man
ager. These, with Mr. Goodwins
mother, were the only ones present at
the ceremony.
The house was decorated with i'okps,
lilips of the valley and ferns. A wed
ding breakfast was served after the
The couple remained In Boston until
late this afternoon, taking a midnight
train for New York.
Goodwin's Fourth Marriage
The wedding today Is the fourth mar
riage nf Mr. Goodwin and the second-of
Miss Goodrich. Tho ceremony was held
In Boston, said Goodwin, that he might
have an opportunity of seeing his
mother before he entered on engage
ments which would prevent his again
coming to Boston for some months.
"No, my marriage will not In the
least affect my stage ambitions," de
clared Mrs. Goodwin. "I hope it will
materially aid them. On account of my
health, 1 shall not return to the stage
this winter, but shall take a good long
Nat Goodwin is well known in Los
Angeles, where he spent considerable
time when united to his former wife,
Maxine Klliott, from whom he was di
vorced About two months ago in Reno.
Mr. Goodwin fitted up an elegant
little home at Ocean Park, which he
still owns, but In which, for some rea
son not ascertained by the public, his
former wife refused to live.
It was claimed here that the famous
comedian was sorely disappointed by
this refusal on the part of Maxine El
liott, and there was much curiosity
everywhere to know ihe reasons of the
rupture between them.
, Both Remain Silent
It was evident at the trial In Reno,
however, that both Air. Goodwin and
Maxine Elliott had agreed not to air
their family difficulties, and unlike the
average theatrical divorce case, there
wer.e no sensations.
Maxine failed to appear at the trial
and Goodwin secured his divorco by
There were many rumors at the time
connecting Mr. Goodwin's name with
that of Miss Goodrich, his former lead
ing actress, and their marriage was
commonly predicted; but Mr. Good
win's Los Angeles and Ocean Park
friends claimed it would not be for at
least a year. Mr. Goodwin evidently
concluded to spring a surprise on his
friends, however.
It was stated in Los Angeles theat
rical circles laßt night that it is ex
tremely probable Mr. Goodwin and his
bride will make their permanent home
In Ocean Park, as Mr. Goodwin is said
to have refused several handsome of
fers for the property within the last
few months, which Indicates his desire
to live there—if not with one wife,
with another.
President of Defunct Rocky Ford In.
stitution Imprisoned for Receiv
ing Deposits After Bank Be.
came Insolvent
DENVER, Nov. B.—John E. Godding,
president of the defunct State Bank of
Rockyford, Colo., was yesterday sen
tenced to serve eight to ten years in
the state penitentiary.
He had been convicted on charges of
making unlawful use of the bank's
funds and receiving deposits after ho
knew the bank to bo insolvent.
He was committed to Jail pending
action on a writ of supersedena.
What Do You Want?
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Sell a sewing machine or a sideboard? Trade
a horse? Exchange something you don't
want for something you need? To find some
thing you hope lost? To sell or buy a home?
Do you want to do any of these or the
thousand other things people are wanting
everyday, and that without cost to you?
If so, fill out this coupon and send it to
The Herald; we will show you how to do it.
Name —
Address -
Attempt Will Be Made to Defeat Re.
election of President Gompers.
Keefe to Lead the
[By Associated Press. 1
DENVER, Nov. B.—Beginning at 10
o'clock tomorrow morning, In the
Auditorium, the twenty-eighth an
nual convention of the American Fed
eration of Labor will, it is predicted,
be the most important gathering of
delegates to a convention of that body
in its history.
The all-Important question to be de
cided is the Indorsement of the politi
cal program carried out by the execu
tive council during the recent political
campaign, and which has generally
been referred to as Gompers' plan.
Opponents of Samuel Gompers, presi
dent of the federation, of more or less
strength within the federation, are
working together in an effort to outline
a plan of battle against his re-election.
They are charging him With perni
cious political activity and using other
arguments to convince delegates that
Gompers has lost his standing as a
leader of worklngmen and that the
working classes need expect nothing
from congress •in the way of legisla
tion If CJompers continues at the head
of the federation.
Kcsfe to Lead/ Fight
Among those who are expected to
lead the tight on the federation's presi
dent is Daniel Keefe of the Longshore
men's union, who was charged with
deserting the federation's executive
committee and coming out for Taft in
consideration of the promise of politli
cal office.
Although it is difficult to get the
temper of the delegates at this time,
local leaders who will participate in the
sessions of tho convention laugh at the
idea of Gompers being turned down,
but declare their certainty of opinion
that not only will he be upheld, but
Keefe will be removed from his place
as a vice president of the federation,
and all his followers will suffer like de
feat for whatever office or preferment
they may seek.
They point to the fact of the defeat
of certain candidates for office known
as enemies of labor as a distinct victory
to the cause and one to be Joyful over
in spite of the federation's unfruitful
support of the Democratic national
In addition to this leading question,
there are a number of matters up for
decision, mostly relating to internal
dissensions of affiliated bodies, quar
rels over Jurisdiction, etc. Half a dozen
cities are after the convention of 1909.
Interurban Motormen Dead and Five
Passengers Have Their Legs
Broken as Result of Al.
leged Negligence f
VANCOUVER, B. C, Nov. B.—Two
rootormen were killed and twenty pas
sengers injured this morning in a col
lision of two cars in the interurban
service between this city and West
minster. The dead men are A. Jamie
son and William Murdock.
The most seriously injured are five
passengers whose legs are broken, and
one woman, a Miss Bennett, who was
badly cut and bruised.
The accident was caused by the al
leged negligence of a switchman, James
Young, who disappeared immediately
after the cars crashed.
WILLEMSTAP, Nov. B.—The act re
voking the decree prohibiting the ex
port of arms and ammunition, pub
lished yesterday, seta forth that the
revocation concerns only Venezuela.
No immediate action is expected to
be taken hy the Dutch government In
tho way of a blockade against Venzue
lan ports, but It is understood the war
ships will now soon proceed to sea and
cruise along the coast, awaiting de
Leader of Many Toilers to
Combat His Foes in Denver
ia^"^^^~~ ' BffiSISB^SSSI
Fastens Suspenders to Bars of Cage
Above Bi|nk and Jumps Off, but
Is Revived at Receiving
Awakened by a burglar who was
trying to force aji entrance through a
window, Mrs. M. E. Stout,, wife of the
night foreman of the Georgia street
car barns, living at 1605 West Twenty
first street, got out of bed and, secur
ing a revolver, went to investigate.
She found a nogro cutting away the
screen of a side window and called
to him to throw up his hands. The
negro ran and she followed, running
out of the rear door and firing leveral
■hots at him as he dodged among some
None of the shots took effect, but
they aroused the entire neighborhood,
and Charles Lovlngworth of 1760 West
Adams street and R. J. Mclntyre ot
1549 West Twenty-first street pursued
and finally captured the negro.
The man was turned over to the
University police and placed In a cell
in the sub-station. He gave his name
as Ben Fischer, but refused to any
anything about his attempt at bur
Ten minutes after he had been
placed in his cell Fischer removed his
suspenders and, tying them to the bars
of the cage above his bunk, fastened
the otnnr end ttgTitly around his neck
and jumped off%the bunk.
Desk Sergeant Jackson, who was on
watch at the time, was attracted by
a gurgling noise, ran back into the
cell house and found Fischer choking
to death.
The cell was hastily opened, and
Fischer taken out. After a half hour's
work by the i>olice he was revived
sufficiently to be removed to the re
ceiving hospital.
While his demeanor at the time of
his arrest was natural Fischer, after
being revived, began acting queerly.
H<> refused to answer questions and
apparently went into covulsions.
The police surgeons who examined
him state that be was shamming, but
gay he is evidently a man of low in
All Efforts to Locate Pretty Seven.
teen-Year.Old Art Student
Prove Futile —Search
I Extended
SAN FRANCISCO. Nov. B.—Mystery
still shrouds the disappearance of Ed
na Clark, the 17-year-old art student
who has been missing from the homo
of her parents in Alameda ever since
October 27.
Every suggestion that has offered the
slightest hope of finding the girl has
been followed out to the end without
results and despite dozens of theories
furnished as to her reasons for leaving
home In which hints of romance and
scondal have been freely given, the
matter is In the same position as win a
it was first reported to the authorities.
The search has led all over the Pa
cific coast, but so far it has been ut
teVly futile.
Bank Cashier Arrested
TRENTON, N. J.. Nov. B.—Charles
H Jones, who was cashier of the First
National bank of Seabright, N. J., was
arrested last Thursday on a charge of
misapplying $16,000 pf the funds of the
bank. The money which the bank
claimed to have lost has been made
good. Jones' arrest did not become
public until today.
Battleship Tries Speed
LONDON, Nov. B.—The British bat
tlesfclp Invincible, at her full power
speed trial Saturday, steamed 28 knots
lor eight hours. At a recent trial,
under seven-tenths speed, the ship
made 25 know, and it was expect.
her full power trial she would reuch 30
< I IVIV 1 I I? IH\ l> I I^VS • DAILY. *c; SCUBA*. So
End Comes to Author of "Cleopatra"
and "La Tosca" in Paris After
Long Pulmonary
PARIS, Nov. r Victorien Sardou,
who has been 111 for a long time, died
today from pulmonary congestion. He
was dean of French dramatists and a
member of the French academy. - .
The man whose first play was hissed,
and who then wanted to go to Ameri
ca to seek his fortune, died rich and
hunured, with the proud title of
France's greatest and most prolific con
temporary dramatist.
Victorien Snrdou was a man pos
sessed of singular character and was
greatly beloved, and there is universal
regret that he left no memoirs.
He was born in Paris, September 7,
1831, the son of Leandre Sardou, an
educationalist, and the compiler of sev
eral publications.
First Studied Medicine
At first he studied medicine but was
obliged in consequence of the embar
rassment of his family to give private
lessons in history, philosophy and
He also made attempts in literature,
writing articles for several reviews, and
for the minor journals.
His first comedy, "La Taverne dcs
Etudients," was produced in .854 in the.
Odeon, then the second state theater,
but It proved :i complete failure. He
then wrote the comedy "Les Pattes de
Mouche," which was produced with
great success in 1860 and subsequently
adapted Tor the English stage under
the title of "A Scrap of Paper."
At the age of 75, Kurdou witnessed
the production of his latest drama,
"L'Affaire dcs Persons," at Porte St.
Martin theater.
This play, which has to do with the
Infamous poisoning camarilla existing
under the reign of Louis XIV, and
which was presented for the first tima
in December last, is still running to
crowded houses.
Carnival of Crime Continues —Both
Whites and Negroes Among
the Victims Severely
CHATTANOOGA, Term., Nov. B.—
During last night four persons were
found unconscious in the »is of this
city, having been knocke! in the head
by thugs.
One of the victims, ( Maries Baggett,
a negro, died. B. L. Owens, a white
farmer, was picked up with his head
cut open.
i When he regained consciousness he
raid that a negro had struck and robbed
An unidentified young white man,
well dressed, was picked up on White-
Side street unconscious.
The last victim was a .iegro woman,
found with a ghastly cut in the center
of her forehead.
King's Birthday Honors
LONDON, Nov. B.—A long list of the
king's birthday honors was issued to
day. These are mainly as rewards for
political and public service at home
and In the colonies.
Sir Edward Clarke, the former soli
citor general. Is made a privy coun
cillor; Alfred Russel Wallace Is given
the Order of Merit, walla George J.
Frampton, the sculptor, is knighted.
Three Killed In Cave.in
B.—The workings of the , Rio Tlnto
mines have caved In several. time* In
the last - two days, resulting: »ln I the
death of ; three miners and ! the Injury
of many others. V., . , t ..
Whether He Is Unitarian, Infidel,
Catholic or Protestant, Says Roose-
velt, Is No Business of the
[By AsaoclßtMl Pr««s.l
11 WASHINGTON, Nov. B.—"Secretary
Vy Taft's religious faith Is purely
* * his own concern and not a mat
ter for general discussion and political
discrimination," nays President Koose
velt In a letter he made public tonight.
In which he answers numerous corres
The president says he deferred tho
publication of the letter until now to
avoid any agitation likely to influence
the election.
The letter follows:
"November 6, 1908.
"My Dear Sir: I have received your
letter running in part as follows:
" 'While It is claimed almost uni
versally that religion should not enter
into politics, yet there is no denying
th.tt it dues, and the maws of the voters
that are not Catholics will not support
a man for any office, especially for
president of the United States, who is
a Roman Catholic.
'• 'Since Taft has been nominated for
president by the Republican party, It Is
being circulated and ia constantly urged
as a reason for not voting for Taft that
he is an infidel (Unitarian) and his wife
and brother Roman Catholics.
" 'If his feelings are in sympathy with
the Roman Catholic church on account
of his wife and brother being Catholics,
that would be objectionable to suffi
cient numbers of voters to defeat him.
On the other hand, If he is an infidel
that would be sure to mean defeat.
" 'I'am writing this letter for the sole
purpose of giving Mr. Taft an oppor
tunity to let the world know what his
religious belief Is."
Some of the Criticisms
"I received such letters as yours
during the campaign, expressing dis
satisfaction with Mr. Taft on religious
grounds; some of them on the ground
that he was suspected to be in sym
pathy with Catholics.
"I did not answer any of these let
ters during the campaign because I
regarded it as an outrage even to agi
tate such a question as a' man's re
ligious convictions with the purpose
of inilueneing a presidential election.
"But now that th* campaign is over,
when there is opportunity for men to
calmly consider whither such proposi
tions as those you make in your letter
would lead, I wish to Invite them to
consider them, and I have selected your
letter to answer because you advance
both the objections commonly urged
against Mr. Taft, namely, that he is a
Unitarian and also that he is suspected
of sympathy with the Catholics.
"You ask that Mr. Taft shall 'let the
world know what his religious be-
His Own Concern
"This is his own private concern and
it is a matter between him and his
Maker, a matter for his own con
science, and to require It to be made
public under penalty of political dis
crimination is to negative the first
principles of our government, which
guarantees complete religious liberty
and the right to each man to act in
religious affairs as his own conscience
"Mr Taft never asked my advice in
the matter, but If he had asked It I
should have emphatically advised him
against thus stating publicly his re
liKi'ms belief, ,
•The demand for a statement of a
candidate's religious belief can have
no meaning except that there may be
discrimination fur or against him be
cause of that belief.
"The inevitable result of entering
upon such a practice would be an
abandonment of our real freedom of
conscience and a reversion to the de
cadal conditions of religious dissension
which in so many lands have proved
fatal to true liberty and true religion
and fatal to advance in civilization.
Calls It an Outrage
"To discriminate against a thorough
ly upright citizen because he belongs
to some particular church, or because,
like Abraham Lincoln, he haa not
avowed his allegiance to any church,
is an outrage against that liberty o£
conscience which is one of the foun
dations of American liberty.
"You are entitled to know whether
a man seeking your suffrage is a man
of (loan and upright life, honorable
in all his dealings with his fellows and
fit by qualification and purpose to rto
well in the great office for which ha
is a candidate; but you are not en
titled to know matters \.-hich lie pure
ly between himself and his Maker.
"If It Is proper or legitimate to op
pose a man for being a Unitarian, as
was John Quincy Adams, for Instance,
as is the Rev. Edward Everett Hale,
at the present moment chaplain of the
senate, and an American whose Ufa
all good Americans aro proud of, then
it would be equally proper to support
or oppose a man because of views on
justification by faith, or the method
of administering- the sacrament, or the
gospel of salvation by works. If you
once enter on such a career there is
absolutely no limit at which you can
legitimately stop.
Wife Not a Catholic
"So much for your object: to Mr.
Taft because he is a Unitarian. Now
for your objections to him because you
think his wife and brother to be Rn
man Catholics.
•'As it happens, they are not; but if
they were, or if he were a Roman
Catholic hereafter, it ought not to
affect in the slightest degree any man's
supporting him for the pqfition ot
"You say that 'the mass of voters
that are not Catholics will not support
a man for any office, especially for
president of the United States, who
Is -a Roman Catholic."
"I believe that when you say this
you foully slander your fellow coun
trymen. I do not for one moment be
lieve that the mass of our fellow citi
zens or that any considerable num
ber of our ft-llow citizens, can be in
fluenced by any such narrow bigotry
as to refuse to vote for any thoroughly
upright and fit man because he hap-
(.Continued on I"a#« Two)

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