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Administration in Frankfort and
Louisville is Xow GqinR on
tho Bocks.
Colored Voters Desert tlio Searcy
Cliillon Machine nnd Klnvnn
Opens Fight.
Everybody Laughs at the Police le
partiiient Clnlni of Xcw Rcc-
oril Sjbtcnt.
Sometime ago It was predicted1 in
these columns that ithe good Repub
lican Bhlp "Reform" was listing
badly and had been running into
squall after squall. Time was when
everything broke well for tho Repub
lican machine in Louisville and Ken
tucky and any time tho bosses were
fnatangleor faclnga hard proposi
tion up would go .the flag of reform
and ministers, deacons, elders, church
trustees and members of the Men's
Federation would fall In blindly be
hind the Searcy-Chilton crowd and
help to pull the Republican machine
chestnuts out of the Are. All of
those good people really believed
that "Howdy Ed" Morrow was sin
cere when he delivered those bally
hoo addresses about reform and they
were unanimous in Ms support for
Governor, One year of Morrow was
nn eye opener, Gov. Cox carrying
the State in 1920, and thnt was be
fore Uio infamous John Poo pardon.
What a rebukfe there will be for
Morrow and the Republican "re
form" crowd In Kentucky this fall!
Here in Louisville the good peo
ple fell for near Mayor Smith's
promises for lower taxes, economy
and reform, that being his plaitform
In 1917. The Searcy-Chilton ma
chine bosses spread that bunk prop
aganda among the Men's Church
Federation and the preachers, dea
cons and elders were easy prey for
the Republican "reform" politicians
Secretary Lockhart, of tho Men's
Federation, was an active worker
and after the election 6ome of tho
army of crooks in our midst blew
his safe In the Inter-Southern build
ins. Just one square from the police
station, and cleaned him out. That
Is Just one instance of many.- The
good men who were beguiled into
voting for our near Mayor have seen
the worst administration in the his
tory of Louisville. Instead of that
reform" and spotless government
they hoped for they havo seen Louis
villo lending tho country in automo
bile thefts, they have wen a county
official quit under tho charge of
padded payrolls, police lieutenants
and captains indlctod for conniving
with bootleggers and gamblers, and
in fact they have seen an orgy of
Crime nnd corruption during tlio en
tire "reform" administration.
But as we said at the outset, tho
old shin "Reform" is fast going on
the rocks and things aro breaking
very badly for the Seancy-cmuon
machine. As old Abe Lincoln said,
"You can fool all of the people some
of the time, and some of the people
all of the time, but you can't rooi
all of the people alii of the time."
The Republican1 bosses have trie'
desperately to stem tho tide, but
trouble after trouble has iplled up
until Bosses Searcy and Matt Chil
ton aro ready to throw up both
hands and quit. Tho first real
trouble was the dissatisfaction
among .the negro voters, the class
that Searcy and Chilton always
counted as being tho biggest asset.
This vote was no trouble at nil,
wanting no offices and receiving
none. The 0)01106. city and, county
employes rounded them up on reg
istration and election day ana never
had to waste campaign arguments,
as the negroes voted the Republican
ticket blindly. But a change has
come this year to add to the bosses'
troubles and despite tho attempt and
sneer of tho poor old macliino or
gan, tho Herald, the insurgents re
fuse to be bluffed or coaxed. Ches.
Searcy has used every means pos
sible to stay the revolt. Prominent
olored preachers, leaders and busi
ness men have been beat for and
promised anything or everything If
the colored voter will only Just bo
good this year of all years.
There are two causes for the dis
satisfaction of tho colored Repub
licans, and the first can be charged
to the mistake of tho Searcy-Chilton
machine bosses. The bosses scorned
the peaceable or law abiding colored
.voter and Harvey Burns, tlio colored
official city undertaker, was made
King of the negro KcpuDicans, anu
It is said that no gambling gamp
vas allowed, no soft (7) drink stand
k.'d unless King Harvey granieu
Kg royal permission. To add insult
Injury it was given put tnat wo
aMrv-CMltani bosses said they
luldn't give a. rap for all the ed
ited, or peaceable colored voters
lioul&villei, and they only cared to
business with the Km"K an1
I negro who would wHHngly ro-
ibn election uay. tdis seuxr-
has rapidly spread among the
ldmg colored people una they
it. The bringing out of a
candidates' ticket has bee
salt, end that spetos defeat for
lircy-UUMiiton uctsei in jvorem-
Mthout the unitea coioceu
feo Republican ticket is bepe-
Bcieated ana. the two reeeone
above King Hrvey Brn
insult, to the ww-iiuia
l 'with the dWeaiktaetton of
toes come UM faetiowU
the VtybUJ.
that Joe Krtww, PrweMent;
of (tho Board of Aldermen, never ad
mired near Mayor Smith's attitude
in allowing Ches Searcy, Mtt CAnf
to a and "Governor" Burlibgatrie-to
dictate the affairs of the MftaJMfc
tratlon. When Smithy stood $ Mfcy
by and allowed the Republic, 4i,
chine to handle the streetyewc. Hare
question, tho phone gouge, end sim
ilar matters Alderman "KJfiwwn's
blood boiled at the lack of backbone
In the Mayor. It will .beOrmera-
bered that City Attorney Je' Law-
ton was asked by 'Mr. Kjrwwi in
was representing the taxpnyens or
the Home Telephone- Company. In
every Instance the Searcy-Chilton
machine ran roughshod over the
near Mayor, but received .opposition
from Alderman Klnvnn iii somoifo
Its schemes and for this 'opposition
ho was marked for punishment;
When the primary came aong the
machine slaughtered Mr. Kirwan's
candidacy for Sheriff and boasted
that he had been squelched forever.
But Tuesday night's meeting of tho
Board of Aldermen dispelled that
notion. Alderman Klrwan carried
the fight to the machine by ordering
"Governor" lliirlingame to stop lob
bying on tho floor nnd showed tip
tho poor old weak Mayor for having
cleaned out tho Major's focrot; serv
ice fund to tho amount of $10,180,
not even leaving a penny there for
tho blind man. The fight of Mr.
Klrwan on the machine means
trouble irr November for the ma
chine. About the most amusing thing
this week was the glaring announce
ment that Col. Lud Potty and Chief
Statistician James Carroll had de
vised a. plan to keep track of stolen
automobiles nnd thnt Louisville's
plan was second to nono in tho
country. . Wouldn't that make you
laugh? Hore after tho police de
partment has been convicted of
stealing automobiles, destroying rec
ords of 1920 and mixed up in every
automobile scandal possible, along
comes Messrs, Petty and Carroll to
bamboozle the public with a lot of
bunk about the splendid system
they have now for keeping track of
stolen automobiles. It Is .to laugh.
They might add that they Intend to
keep these complete records at the
Rex Garage. That the public is not
gulled with stories like these and
Is especially wise to the Keystone
police and auto scandals was evi
denced at the boxing contest Mon
day night. "When Heywood Allen,
the announcer, said that there was
a car parked too near a fire plug
from over 1,000 people in the audi
ence came tho cry: "Take it to tlio
Rev Garage." That is Just an in
dication that the public as a whole
Is next to the "reform," administra
tion with all Its weaknesses and it
Is amusing to see Col. Laid and
Statistician Jimmy trying to cam
ouflage now. , ,
Speaklntp-of- the-ICeystone- nollceJ
consider Max Grossman, the kdud
Hcan Councilmanic nominee. Max
was an enthusiastic supporter of the
Searcy-Chilton machine and the near
Mayor Smith administration. Wher
ever ho went Max wias always ready
to defend the much criticised Key
stone cops and said that they were
dandy protectors, etc. Then comes
the sad story. Saturday midnight
Max was hold up while sitting in a
coupe in front of the brilliantly
lighted Cortland Hotel on Fourth
avenue and cleaned out to his last
dime. It is also told thnt tlio bold
bandit forced a lady companion to
surrender lier rings, which shono
brightly wliilo they were playing
"Iiamlt up, you lose." Max went
post haste to the Keystone police to
report 'his losses, and he was told
the usual old bunk: "Xow, don't jou
tell tho newspapers nnd we'll get
everything bnck." Of course they
didn't say when they would get them
back, and will have a good alibi
after the November election (not
having the power of arrest), but we
are sorry to say this Republican
nominee Is not so loud in his praise
of the Keystoncrs as before.
Mpre police department bunk ex
posed. Three long years ago Col.
Lud Petty announced with much
gusto and flourish that he was or
ganizing a Keystone police band and
that rehearsals would begin immedi
ately. From time to time during
these three lonjr years wx have been
regaled with a lot of .gush in the
machine Herald all about how the
police band was practicing regular
ly in tho General council cnamDer.
Last Sundav we were told that the
police band would lead the Labor
day parade and this aroused much
interest. But what a disappoint
ment. The much advertised police
band was composed of six police,-five
firemen and a few real musicians,
and the music, like the band, seemed
sort of mixed, most of the Keystone
musicians being handicapped by not
being able to stop and pat their fefct
to keep time as they did at tho old
country dances back hum. The old
boys will be in their glory this com
ing week, however. The Stato Fair
is on, conducted by the Republican
Secretary and opened by Neutzel, the
Republican County Clerk, tomorrow.
Pink lemonade, bananora and some
golderned good shows on the Mid
way. Oh, you Keystoner.
The Right Rov. Msgr. John J.
Dunn, tho new Auxiliary Bishop of
New" York, Is a native of New 'York
City. He was born in St, Gabriel
parish and received his primary ed
ucation in the parish school and
St. Francis Collgge. He also at
tended St. Charles College, Elliott
City. "Mo prepared for the priest
hood at St. Joseph. Seminary, Troy,
N. Y., where he was ordained' by
ArrhhlRhnn Corrlsran .in 1895. It
was through the Influence of th
late Cardinal Farley that ne en
tered the priesthood and h has al
ways .been called one of "the Car
dinal's boys." Btahop Dunn is flfty--Dne
vears old'and has bro Chan
cellor of the Archajocette of New
York ror evn. yr. i n
been for tOi past ftfHwa year New
York director of the Society for the
PwPMHon of th ITaHh, and ta;
credited TrtttriMtYtar ndeed more
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Gov. Morrow's bed In Seelbach Jlotel catches
and he is rescued bv Patrick FIvniti head norter.
3.v,ouner-jourpai, ueptcmDe
than fil.000,000 for Catholic for
eign, missions. His first and only
parochial assignment was to ,the
Church of St. John the Evangelist,
where he has been assistant for
twenty-five years of hist priesthood.
Msgr. James J. Flood is tho rector.
The new Bishop is a robust looking
man and a man of great activity,
and he la expected to relieve Arch
bishop Hayes of a considerable bur
den of the episcopate. Ho is vry
popular with all of the clergy, and1
his appointment has been received
with general salisfc.tlon-apd-"many-
expresslons or Joy. Just when the
new Bishop is. to be consecrated has
not yet been decided, nor has his
residence after consecration been
fixed. The consecration, of course,
will be In St. Patrick's Cathedral,
and It is going to be a great event
for New York Catholics.
The celebration of Labor day in
Louisville was perhaps the largest
and most enthusiastic ever seen
here and reflects .credit upon the
uentrai Labor Assembly and the
local trades unions. The parade
was- an imposing one. pervaded only
by the American spirit, and showed
that this city is tree from the in
fluence of the "ists and isms" that
are antagonistic to American ideas
and trades unions. Phoenix Hill
Park was thronged and the picnic
proved a happy and decided suc
cess. Frank Morrison's address was
a feature, and press and public ex
pressed approval of his utterances.
A -pleasing feature of this year's
celebration was tho printers' ban
quet Sunday evening at the Tyler
Hotel in honor of Secretary Franks
Morrison, of the American Federa
tion of Labor, who Is a member of
the Typographical Union, Don
Viaaice presided as toastmaster, and
the addresses of the guest of honor
and Wood Axton struck home. They
were friendly to the employers and
workers and abounded la ideas that
would promote harmony and "good
will among all peoples.
Next Tuesday night at Holy
Rosary Auditorium, Fourth and
PaTk, there will be an open meeting
of Robert Emmet Council of the
American Association for the Rec
ognition of the Irish Republic, to
which everyone interested in the
Irish situation is Invited. There will
be some spirited talks by able speak
ers and a pleasing entertainment
programme. Rev. John. O Connor,
the President, has received the lat
est reliable news from Ireland,
which will, be given out at this me-
A11 arrangements have been made
for the monster rally and picnic to
be given ihis evening by the Demo
cratic Federation at Phoenix Hill
Park. Every Democrat In the city
and county should attend this gath
ering. A parade will precede the
picnic. Tt will form at 2 o'clock at
Eighth and Jefferson streets and
the line of march will be: South on
Eighth, to Broadwaj, (o First, to
Jefferson, tc Sixth, to Market, to
Clay, to Jeffcrsos, and to Phoenix
Hill Tirk x
Bishop Gannon has acquired ten
acres in Khakwa Park, west tit the
city Of Erie, an the tit for a
girlg' seminary. ' The pure bam price
of the tiwet w $23,000. and the
cost of the rt ffaoup of buildings
,to be erected will approximate
$6,69, The its' is aa ideml one.
and a toetltutlon eeeona to Bene
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Lloyd George's Reply Xot Expected-
Before tlio End of This
The London Daily Mall's political
correspondent at Inverness learns
from a person in close touch with
Premier Lloyd George that tho Sinn
Fein, leaders will be given a-short
time limit in which to say definitely
whether they will enter a confer
ence on. the basis lalddown in tho
Government's offer.
On the eve of a meeting of tho
British Cabinet at Inverness to take
action on the Irish problem, Eamonn
de Valera, the Irish Republican lead
er, issued a statement to the press
In which, after reiterating Trfl1n.nd'
raiment destro fvr neafft. rfwMarod I
that peace never could bo founded
on make-believe
The newspapers' suggestion of im
position by Lloyd George of a time
limit has been received badly. Ar
thur Griffith and others resent any
attempt to force the pace. There
is no sign, however, that the Sinn
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Fein leadera regard the position as British Cabinet had appointed a
critical. The text of President do committee to deal with Eamonn de
Valera's Btaetment follows: 1 Valera's .Teply lends strength to the
"It seems that it Is a grevious po-'optimism in Dublin that the nefeo
litlcal sin these days to keep one's tiations will not be broken. Mem-
eves open. Plain common sense is
sneered at as rhetoric and logic. Tho
British imperial statesmen aro trying
to sell Ireland second-rate political eyi- '' i " niuu"t'
margarine and are very angry be-' Dispatches fron) Dublin Wednes
cause we do not acceDt the butter yday busied themselves explaining
label they put oa 4t and believe all
Uh advertising stun they have had
printed about tt. If it were Teal
butter it would not need all this
adveatleement. The Irish people
know that the article pointed out'in
the shop as tho article being sold is 1
very unlikely to be the arttclo that
will finally reach them. Ireaand
wants butter and the Irish people
will not be deiceived into thinking
they have ot it until they see it
actually delivered. TtH English
press asks, 'Have we a will to
peace?' Yes, we have and an ar
dent desire. It is for that very rea
son that we refuse to see things
as other than they are. Peace will
never be founded on nwke-beilove.
Let "us tear eelde th caimouflage
and put away th hypocrisy,
'If England Is issuing an ultima
tum, let le be an ultimatum. Brute
force, Mtked and Himbaetted, has
been used aglit snwW nations be
fore. Our nation he known it for
long, Even our little children have
experienced (It and no pretense will
fckte the threat of force. It fe beet
reeogalaed for whet It ic England
hes no beei in right for a (tingle
one of the demands she is making
on Ireland. Mte would not dare
make them to a Bower even erly
as strong as herself. They ers-mede
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successfully!; That Is lho nakpd
truth, andyt is useless attempting to
hide it. Fo peace obtained in these
loircu instances no one would have
iuo atiguiTXkb Kjcui, vuruiiuiy uu
Irishman iwould feel bound by any
arrangement thus arrived at -
"Withithls background of im
position oy force war, not peace,
would surely be the outcome. Ire
land and Great Britain are neigh
bors. The natural forces of mutual
interests ana common purposes
Jrt2r mi.
together longWTfsfeaT-frteSTrsOT
vountory co-oneratlon had not the
rulers and statesmen, with their
cursed meddling and artificial con
trivances, interposed insuperable
barriers, which the British Govern
ment's proposals seek .to continue
and perpetuate. Had th repre
sentatlves of the British dominions,
at their recent conference, sought to
bind by formula and centralize by
machinery the union that now exists
between these States and Great Brit
ain they would have disrupted their
(empire. Wisely for the empire they
let very well be,
"If Pitt had been as wise there
would be no Irish problem today and
Ireland would have been tmved a
century and a quarter of misery and
Great Britain a. century and a quar
ter of shame. Pitt's work must be
scrapped and the debris cleared
away to find a foundation for a real
and natural union between Ireland
and Great Britain. Wo are strug
gling to get to that foundation. Wo
know exactly what we are doing,
and all who desire to see Great
Britain and (Ireland friends and at
peace will lend a helping hand."
The British Cabinet has invited
Eamonn de Vdlera, Irish' Republican
leader, to send delegates to a eon
forence with tho Cabinet Ministers
mi Inverness September 20, accord
ing to the Dally Mail's Inverness
correspondent, who adds: "Only one
condition is Imposed namely, the
understanding that Ireland must re
main Within the empire."
Word from Inverness that the
uo Vl " f "" """ vuuwuu.
Profess confidence In the ultimate
res,yx. and declare that they do not
that Eamonn do vaiera's staxemenu
to tne press luesaay was imenueu
to remove tho Idea from the minds
of British Government officials that
he was Insisting on recognition of
an, Irish republic as a preliminary
to a conference. According to uie
Westminster Gazette's Dublin, cor
respondent the real meaning of
President de Valera's statement was
that if the Irish, delegates were al
lowed to enter the conference un-
trammejed they were prepared to
give evory guarantee to the British
represen fcatl ves.
"A free gift from a free people,"
assorts the correspondent, "is really
what President de Valera. Is aiming
Other Dublin dispatches record a
feeling' of optimism and a disposi
tion! to Interpret Do Valera's state
ment, which caueed much perplex
ity, as a peace signal.
It apparently 1 believed in Sinn
Fein4 quarters tht it the British
Cabtaet invites the Sinn Fein to a,
conference ttoe iavltation. will be
accepted. Moreover, it is tboHght
that a few hours' frank discussion
in. conference, letd of exchange
of letter, would serve to clear the
whole, atmosphere. a
N. C. OF C. M.
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aano, Apostolic Delegate, In St.
Matthew's church In Washington, at
the opening of tho annual conven
tion of the National Council of Cath
olic Men, September 20, 21 and 22.
The Right. Rev. Joseph Schrembs,
Chairman of the Department of -Lay
Organizations of the National Cath
ollc'Welfare Council, will deliver the
opening address to the delegates.
Catholic laymen from all parts of
the United States will attend the
Right Rev. Msgr. Michael J,
Crane, Vicar General of the Arcb
dlocesoaOf Philadelphia and for sev
enteenyeara pastor of St. Francis
de Sales churqh, there, has been ap
pointed Auxiliary Bishop of the
archdiocese: Msgr. Crane, who has
always been a close personal friend
of Cardinal Dougherty; was one of
the party which accompanied His
Eminence to Rome, early this year,
for his elevation to the Sacred Col
lege. The newly appointed Bishop
was born In Ashland, Schuylkill
county, on September 8, 18G2, the
parish.1 In which he was born ad
joining that of Girardville, where
Cardinal Dougherty was born. He
studied in the public schools of Ash
land until he was sixteen and then
entered St. Charles Borromeo Sem
inary at Qverbrook, Ho was or
dained priest by Archbishop Ryan
on Jnue 15, 1S89. Ho served tem
porarily at the Church of tho Vis
itation In Philadelphia, and then en
tered the Catholic University for a
special course of one year, being a
member of the first class to be en
rolled In that Institution. Later he
served for three 'months at St. Pe-
ters church, Reading, and for thir
teen years at St. Malachy's church
In Philadelphia. Father Crane was
appointed pastor of St. Francis de
Sales church In October, 1903. Dur
ing his pastorate ho has built a new
church at a cost of 300,000, pur
chased a convent and equipped and
paid for a parochial school. Tho
church was dedicated November 11,
1911, and consecrated November
13, 1920. He was made Papal
Chamberlain on September 23, 1915,
and was named Junior Vicar Gen
eral of th9 Archdiocese In January,
1919. As Bishop he will have the
Titular See of Corlum. In the Isle of
Cyprus. It Is expected that his con
secration will take place in the
Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in
the fall.
With the opening this week of
the new school year of the thirty
nine parochial schools and tho six
academies or high schools of this
city came some very pleasing sur
prises to both pupils and parents.
sss s n TtK:
tT rafiinViSTM Vml
enlarged to such an exlent that tt
Is looked upon as a model for others
to be erected for years to come. At
St. Philip Neri's the Rev. Father
Ackerman has had a new building
added to the school, with tho best
sanitary system known put in for
the protection of the children. At
St. John's the exhibition hall has
been made into class rooms and
other improvements iriado that will
servo until a new building may bo
erected. St. Boniface's new school
house will not bo ready for a few
weeks yet. St. Vincent de Paul's
has erected a new entrance from the
street floor, and many others have
made changes to care for the in
creased attendance expected, and a
number will have added iteachers.
The magnificent pipe organ just
installed in tho Church of the Holy
Name, Third and O streets, wJll be
dedicated tomorrow evening with -a
sacred concert, in which some of the
best musicians of the city will take
part. Tho Rev. John T. O'Connor,
pastor of this church, has been beau
tifying the interior, which is now
almost finished, and a handsome in
terior is the result. The new organ
is said to be the equal of any in
this section.
Philjp Stark will be tho director,
with Miss Alice Everin at the organ.
Two organ solos will be rendered
by Mrs. Fred Harig. The soloists
will be Mrs. Frank Ryan, Miss Nell
McBride, Mrs. Charles Edelen, Miss
Lucy Mudd and Messrs. Edward
Wolfe, John Richards and Willim
Barry, with the choir taking the
chorus parts. Very Rev. James P.
Cronin, V. G pastor of St. Patrick's
will deliver the address, and the
recital wilt close with" benediction
of the Blessed Sacrament.
Returns provided by tho pastors
of the thirty-nine Catholic parochial
schools of Louisville show that thero
is a marked increase in attendance
over lajt year. St, XavJer's College
reports the largest initial enrollment
in its history. There wore 550 pu
pils in attendance at the opening
session, and this indicates, it is said
by members of tho faculty, that
there will be on attendonco of more
than 600 during tho coming year.
Delegates from every State in the
Union are expected to, attend the
forthcoming national convention of
the National Conucll of Catholic
Women, which will be heldi in
Washington October 12, 13 aud 14.
Headquarters for the convention
according to Miss 'Agnes Regan, ex
ecutive secretary, will be estab
lished in the-CTillard Hotel, and the
sessions win qe uem in mo assem
bly rpom. of that hlstorlo hostelry.
Got- MdCray, of the Hoosler State,
Is to be commended for his denun
ciation of the Kh Klux Kla. The
Governor openly says no sueh or
ganisation ought ta be permitted to
exist in Indian. It belongs dews
ia Georgia, and similar highly de
veloped eedliou.
Appeal of President Korz of Central
Bureau of the Central
Calls Upon All Members to Support
Their Leader Faithfully and "
Courageously. '
Society Must Return to Immutablo
ITincipIcs of Christianity for v
Health. "
The following letter, Just issued
by Charles Korz, of Butler, N. J.,
the newly elected President of tho
Central Society, which in tho past
has done excellent work in promot
ing our country's' weal, will be of
much Interest to our readers and the
general public. It is addressed 'to
the clergy and members of the Cent,
tral Bureau and Is follows:
Fully appreciating Uio honor con
ferred upon mo by the sixty-fifth,
general convention of the Central
vereln, I desire to exDress mv ul
cere thanks to tho members of tho
Central Vereln for tho confidence
reposed In me. I am deeply con
scious of tho grave responsibility
attached to ho office of a chosen na
tional leader of the American Cath
olics of German descent. In placing
my ability, such as it Is, at the serv
ice of the Central Vereln, I realize
fully that our activities can not be
carried on successfully unless all
the members of tlhte organization
support their leader faithfully and
The war arfU its deplorable after
math have handicapped us In tho
performance or certain tasks, under
taken but not completed when tho
storm broke. During the past few
years wo havo thorefore made but
slight progress in carrying out" our
programme. Henco it te imperative
that the members of the Central
Verein consider seriously the needs
obtaining in our country nnd the de
mands they placo on us. For right
hero at homo social, political and
economic conditions have, during1
the past few years, grown more com
plex, and therefore demand our at
tention in a greater degree tham ever
before- in the" hlatory-of Uie-United-Statcs.
Efforts are being made on
various sides to solve our difficulties,
especlal'y by those who believe that
tho evil can bo removed by a variety
of beneficent measures ordalne'd by
legislation'. Wo are, however, con
vinced that such measures alone do
not offer a real remedy for evils
existing and that by such frequent
appeals to the power of the Stato
the paths are leveled for the ap
proach of a dangerous State pater-
In Its efforts at reconstruction the
Central Verein looks farther and sots
Its plowsharo deeper than, does a.
superficial world. It alms 4o attack
the evil at the root, and points out,
In its programmo that society can
not be restored to health except by
returning to the immutable princi
ples of Christianity. The material
istic spirit of ,tfoe ago, itself tho fruit
of .society's denial of these principles
along with its own dangerous off
spring, capitalism and soejalism
must yield Its reign to another
spirit. Man, not profit and capital,
must again be made the. center of
social Interest. By accepting .these
principles, by accepting the system
of solidarism wo profess, society will
once more be able to gain health,
strength and stability.
The .promulgation of this pro
gramme of reconstruction! has been
entrusted to our Central Bureau.
But the bureau lacks the means nec
essary to secure wider recognition
for our programme. A fine resolu
tion was adopted in San Antonio in
1920 to endow the bureau- by cre
ating a fund of .$250,000. Since
then a year has passed and but lit
tle nas been done toward the realiza
tion of the plan. Wo fear further
delay may result disastrously for
the Central' Bureau and the Central
Vereln. Hence we must strain jevery
effort during tho present fiscal year
to accomplish tho task entrusted 'to
us by the general conventions of the
Central Vereini, the one held at San
Antonio as well as the one recently
held at Fort Wnyno. Our endeavors
and their fruite will provo whethp'r
or not the members of tiie Central
Verein fully appreciate their Central
Bureau. The raising; of funds w;Ill
bo begun In the near future. Let
us remember that the Central Ver
eln has assisted in securing the ex
istence of a Saloslanunirf a Leo
House, a Josophinum and Blmilar
institutions. Realizing thjs fact, we
are all the more convinced that 'it
wjll live up to itB traditions in as
suring the permanence of its own
Central Bureau.
This year 1921 'to 1922--wlll
test the mettle of oUr members',
And as I know our members, both,
men, and women, they will etaad
the test. This trial will prove, aaew
that the American Catholics of Ger
man descenb are ser lonely seekis
io do their share In promoting ow
country's weal. Knowip'r ehtJn he,
true, and confident tht' 1' mayi aV
pend on the men and women'' of the.
Oeatral Verei, I see uie the, effte.
entrusted' Ao me wih: oorjie. d
hope ta ,God Thu cen vie foil, will
enabloTne -N strive ,o tk "justice to
my ofee. ' ' "-'
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' oxb mrmw day,- , . .
.The Hit ofaetrre deetroer?f
the United KutUuif; teiale "
eae lor every 7 ia e
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