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Amount Received on Debt Fund up to November 2nd, 1918 ......$21,096.50 Amount Received for Week Ending November 9th, 1918.. ...... 3,987.15 This It Number 395 Pi I 1 Arill.lttl Total Debt Fund to Nov. 9th . . . Aurora, MltMurl November 23, 1918 TV FY IRISH DOPE SHEET i GETS RAW ON WOMEN V ' omen In Pol'tics Are Very Much Out of Place According 1 to The Tablet To say that The Tablet, of Brooklyn, N. Y., is mad, is putting it very mildly. Not that getting into a frenzy is an uncommon thing with The Tablet, for, like most Catholic papers of. the Irish persuasion, it is characteristic and habitual, though The Tablet, it should be said, is variable m tcm perament, so much so that at times it lapses into spells of monotonous ! goodness and becomes - tame and f commonplace. It has had one of these tame spells lately, but something hap pened to revive its wonted energies 'In fact, the fur of the masculine feline of The Tablet sanctum was ruffled, and it let off a terrific yowl In the number of November 2. ' The occasion was this : Some heretical" women, without fear of . pope, priest, or Catholic vengeance, ; had been, so it is said, making a - quiet canvass requesting voters to ; eliminate the names of vassaLi of 1 the Vatican from their tickets. It was too much to be borne. It I was outrageous, and an attack on the Catholic religion with whicl j politics and graft sterns to bo so i mvsteriouslv confounded in the f minds of the priests, while instruc tions by the priests on how to vote is laudable, and the voting of the Catholic strength enmasse by papal henchmen ib commendable. Objections to packing primaries and loading tickets with enemies of the public school system is not to be allowed if the priesta can help themselves. As the' tirade of The Tablet is rich and racy, if not rare, we give the letter which produced the ex plosion : "Dear Sirr For the past three weeks a group of women have been : visiting a number of homes in Suf folk, urging the people to vote against . certain candidates for pub lic office, on the grounds that they ere Catholics. It U quite useless to areue with any one of them, as they simply pass you' up and go to some one else, who will follow their ad vice. It seems incomprehensible to me that any one should vote against a man simply on account of his re ligion, but the facts are there, so why overlook them? What Is the best thing to do? J. C. H." The Tablet answers thus: For the last month we have heard ; numerous reports that a group of old hens have been strutting around ringing door-bells In certain sections of Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk, do ing this dirty work. Most of them, we learn, are members of an organ . ization known as the "Order of the Eastern Star," which is another name for "She Masons." It is quite un believable that, in this day, when American unity is being exhibited all - over, that women with a one-track ; -mind should go around (eliciting, after the habit of a street-walker. It '" smells to- Heaven. It is infamy in I carnate. It is the apotheosis of im ! Dndence. Such characters are big oted from the longest hair on their ad to the very end of the nail on their big toe. Just think of a skunk coming to lecture on sweet incense, ajnd you have the sister of a woman mo would ring door-bells asking a erson to vote against a candidate cause of his religion. But this is a4 t A- V rA nnw Vora Whaf hah Via seem that a little dose of TNT would not be out of place. Perhaps the most .feasible, humane and best method to pursue is: First, give the Solicitor a solid "piece of your mind" and tongue in preference to Irish confetti; secondly, if you can pro cure the name and address of the nuisance, endeavor to expose and condemn the person in every way possible : thirdly, not only vote for the CRndfdate maligned but get out and "work your head off" for him among your friends, acquaintances, etc., and be sure to protest to the local organization and its candidate whose cause the solicitor has asked you to espouse. Hot off the reel isn't it, and full of tha spirit of Irish Catholic Christianity. "Old hens." "She llason." "One track minds, going krerand soliciting after the habits of street walkars." (Nuns go about soliciting won ey, what about them?) "Bkrniks," "Bigot from tho hair of their heads to their toe nails." Uinta of TNT (tha most powerful xplosive known) and roprisals. Oh, well, It was Just 'an etpres- , ' slon of the Catholic spirit and, call I for Catholic methods, and we up ' fpose that after easing his mind by emptying tho vials of his wrath on ; the heads of the unlucky "old : hens" and "she Masons" the editor r ofv The Tablet felt better if not : more religious., The Catholic church Is not in poli tics, that is, they say it's not. Yet I he Cathedral Calendar of tbe Holy Name cathedral, Chicago, III., in the. September number had twelve pages of advertisements of Catholics run ning: for office, all but one of the democratic ticket. The Pilot of Boston, has a very poor opinion of the intelligence of we great uenerai rocn. it says. mat "jno aouDi ne naa never neara, or uie uibie until a copy was thrust upon him by the New York Bible society." Docs The Pilot speak from a knowledge of the reading habits of Catholics generally, or the exper ience of its editors? And -does the implied Ignorance of the Bible as a book affect the priesthood, as The Pilot imagines it. does military men? A CATHOLIC PRIEST OVERRIDES THE LAW Violates Influenza Closing Law, Arrested and Convicted, Now Ap peals Case to Supreme Court Priest Cassavant, of the Catholic church at Springvale, Maine, whose arrest and conviction for violations of the ruling of the local board of health in maintaining church serv ices during the late epidemic, re cently mentioned in The Menace, has appealed hjs caqe to the su preme court of the state on consti tutional grounds. It seems that the law of the stato of Mafr.o gives the boards of health jurisdiction in Ruch matters, and the priest bases! his appeal on the grounds that it is in violation of the provisions for religions guaranteed by the United States constitution. Catholic papers say that if nec essary the case will be carried to the United States supreme court for .final adjudication, also, that as the Catholic bishop of Portland, Maine, is interested in the case, "The best legal array possible will bo enlisted on the church side of the case." It must be remembered that Car dinal Gibbons protested against closing of Catholic churches during the influenza period, and while, in general, Catholic churches obeyed the orders to close their churches as did their Protestant neighbors, it was an obedience tinder protest. This being the case we must expect them to fight the case to a finish, and if necessary move heaven and earth to get a ruling from the TJ. S. supreme court that interference on the part of the law with the rul ings, regulations and practices of the Catholic chuTch is unconstitu tional and therefore invalid. In other words, the contentitn is that the laws and regulations of the Catholic church are above the civil laws, and, that, if the two conflict, the civil must be set aside in be half of the church, or the consti tutional right to religious liberty will be infringed upon. If the contention of the Catholics is uphold in this matter, it will equally affect end justify their claims as to prohibition, the mar riage laws, support of the public schools and any other matter which the priests and bishops might claim to be a part of their religion. It would be tantamount to a de cision that anything was lawful, and not to be intcrf erred with, which they claimed to be a part of their religion or necessary to their religious' freedom, and would res ognize the Catholic church as an established church or one possess ing superior rights and privileges to the people in general, and that so far as they are concerned tho laws can be set aside at their pleasure. As the National Constitution prohibits congress from passing laws recognizing tha ascendency or any particular sect, it also p eludes any such recognition of the Catholic, church by the supremo court, and if the Catholic church is recognized as having the power to mako its own laws and regula tions irrespective of tho laws of tho land, it follow that other churchc must hare the amo rights, In that case wo would have Cath olio law for Catholics, Jewish laws for Jews, Methodist laws for Methodists, Baptist laws- of Bap tists, etc. Imagine the situation, If you can I It would be a state of logal and social anarchy, If not It actual working in business affairs, The situation will bear watching though we believe the good sense of the people will protect the na tion, and that the Catholic church will ultimately learn that it is sub ject to law and must obey as well as others. Since military forces of democ racy, by constant pressure on all war fronts, caused a political crisis in Germany which compelled the re tirement of that eminent Jesuit, George von Hertling, from the head of the imperial government, a coali tion cabinet has been formed in Ber lin. Daily press reports , which are accepted by Koman Catholic papers I in this country mention the follow ing- papjBts ing- papitsis in mis new camnei oi the kaiser; Adolph Groeber, Math ias Erzberger, and Karl Trimborn. the ka When Tha Saturday Evening Post several months ago stated some pun gent facts which, under the canon jawof the Roman church, it is not; lawful to utter, the papal press de manded that The Post apologize for thus telling the truth. But the great magazine established by Benjamin Franklin was too old' and too wise to be scared by the hoot of a papal night owl. It did not apologize. Then the diocesan organs of Rome threatened to ruin it with libel suits. But The Post is published in Phila delphia, and the proverbial Phila delphia lawyers doubtless advised it that telling the truth is not libel. Now a two-paragraph editorial headed "Biff The Post" is going the rounds of the enraged papal press demanding that the public boycott The Pest. "Peace Hath Her Victories, No Less Renowned Than War HE GREATEST WAR' in the world's history has closed. On the morning of November 11th the sun rose on a new world on a new civilization, in spired with new ideas and new ideals on a people born of a new order, with a new faith in mankind and a steadfast desire to reshape the destinies of .the hu man race more in accord with the spirit of modorn times. Kaisers, kings, emperors potentates of ' all kinds who have hitherto ruled by means of tho magic wand known as Divine Right are abdicat ing their thrones and fleeing from the righteous wrath of an awakened and outraged people. The pope of Rome is the or'y colossal fakir of this type which remains to curse the world, and his throne is trembling. Crowns are going into the ash heap along with the rack, tho wheel and the thumbscrew. The theory that might' makes right is dead and that tyrannical reincarnation of force and murder, the man who lifted the lid off Hell and touched off the conflagration that has consumed the best thero was of all civilization, "has been spared to see tho last vestige of autocracy and militarism perish in the flames of his own lightning. The terms of the armistice which brings this world holocaust to a close include "evacuation, re paration and restitution," insofar as restitution can be made for the wanton sacrifice of human lives by millions and the destruction of property by whole sale. The wreckage is terrible but we should hold back our tears, for our brave dead can 6lecp in peace and the sacrifice they have made for the sal vation of the world and for the welfare of future jenerafions has not been in rain. NOW FOR TIIE RECONSTRUCTION! Let us beat our sworda into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks and rebuild on a grander and more glorious scale than ever. This is the spirit of America, and the spirit of America is now dominant throughout the world. What the United States has suffered is not to he compared with the suffering of bleeding France, of old England or of sunny Italy. Nevertheless tho power, possessions and resources of the'nation have been so completely diverted from the paths of peace that it will take the combined wisdom of a patriotic people to convert them back safely to the ante helium basis. , ' . Many things have been endured as war meas ures that cannot be endured permanently. This statement is not made in tho spirit of complaint, for The Menace has never complained of a single war measure, notwithstanding tho fact that the newspaper industry has probably suffered more sorely than any other by reason of war msasure and the discomfiture they entailed. Under no pretext in tha catalog, eavo war, would the American pooplo submit to the least abridge ment of the freedom of speech and of tho press. Under no other pretoxt would they submit to fed eral control of their most private and personal af fairs. Undor no other pretoxt would tnny entrust .the affairs of state, without question, to tho hands of a ibglo Individual as they have to tho proaldont of tho republic, who, in normal ... tlmoa at least, U nothing more nor loss than tho exoeullvo loloctod by the people to carry.out their mandates. Undor no other protoxt would the people tolerate for a ' moment any law or act that would tend to deprive thorn of full and free criticism of publlo officialdom. But, a said before, and aa wo my again, tha American poopla loved democracy to the extent that they were willing to sacrifice it for a while in order that Ita permanency might bo insured, and, when the president announced that we wera going Into the war for the purpose of giving democracy to tha whole world, they were still willing to sacrifico, EVEN WILLING TO FIGHT AND DIE, that this ideal might be placed before tho peoples of the whole world. When autocracy took the throne for New York's Papal Governor . Al Smith. Just elected governor of New York, is not only an ardent Ro man Catholic, but he believes in state aid for sectarian schools. While a member of the last con stitutional convention of that state he introduced a resolution to. strike out the provision of the state consti tution prohibiting the appropriation of public moneys for sectarian pur poses. , In introducing the resolution Mr. Smith said: "Mr. President, the resolution is really empowering the tion, or authorize a civil division of legislature to make an appropria- the state to make an appropriation, in aid of denomint.tional schools." If this Mr. Smith had had his way, the municipality of New York un der control of the Tammany Hall or ganization as it is, could have sub- i- i . av - il.t fiiaizea every vamouc parocmui school in the city at the expense of the public. What Al Smith failed to do as a member of the state constitutional convention, he will undoubtedly try to do as governor. The Catholic church won a big vic tory in New York by the election of this man. and for the next four years the people of that state will have to watch their chief executive. By MAKVW BROIVN the purpose oi imping out disloyalty to this gov ernment, the people were still patient and they are yet patient but they expect to be able, in the very near future, to not only revert back to the old order but to an order more liberal and more in line with the ideals for which they have fought than they have ever before enjoyed, in consequence whereof we can again acclaim that "peace hath her victories, po less renowned than war." Fortunately most of this restrictive legislation, acceptable in times of war but reprehensible in times of peace, expires automatically with the dec laration of peace. f If, perchance, ft our -Zawinalccri so far lose sight of their obliga tions as to fail to repeal it, or if they should make the ruistake of attempting to make it permanent, 'ft course they will be overtaken by the wrath of the voting public at the proper time and buried for ever in the graveyard of political oblivion. 1 The iniquitous Zone Law which was passed as a revenue producer and a war necessity is absolutely Indefensible in times of peace. If allowed to stand it is destined to finally destroy all publications with national circulations, for many have already gone out of business as a result of it, and as it is grad uated, getting more burdensome from year to year, it is destined to finally ruin the majority and prov incialize the remainder. To allow such a law to "stand on the federal statutes is not only indefensible on the ground that it is a death blow to the great est educational agency in the world, the press, but IT IS PERNICIOUS, IN, THAT IT STRIKES FITALLY AT THE PRINCIPLES OF THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND OF TIIE PRESS. No politician, in the future, can defend his cause cjforo tho American people for the second timo if V shall have had the opportunity to move for the repeal of this un-American measure and failed to mako that move. What can bo said of tho Zone Law can like wise be said of the espionage act; of the print paper .restrictions of the War Industries Board; tho rul ing against the establishment of additional news papers ; the control of tho "news wire" by the gov ernment, giving it control of the best organized function of tho entire telegraph service and making it possible for tho administration in power to ba the news cenRor of tho nation; and tho many other repressive measures of minor import, all of which, ' put together, look like nothing more nor less than a comprehensive plan to reduce the American press io the mere level of a vam, submissive to the whims of tho parties in power and utterly incapable of performing its natural functions and ita duty to "tho public. Nineteen months ago tho president of the Unitod States stood in tho halls of oongrcsa and announced that America had entered tho groat war in the interests of humanity and for tho purposq t making the world safe for democracy. On Monday, .November 11th, ho stood in tho jialls of tho samo congress and announced that our purposes had btcn accomplished and that tho war was over. And what a glorious achievement It Is, If our loader wcro in earnest and if wo are to got what wo fought fori - If wo do not get It, at promised, Is It a far fetched prediction to say that wo will taka it? All glory and honor to the men and movement who have played tha game fair and whose records will bear Investigation when tho censorship lid is Ufted, BUT WOE TO TII01B WHO HAVE BE TRAYED THEIR TRUSTS JF ANY THERE BE AUONO USI ' . v , The next objective! are tha peace treaty and the reconstruction. Ood speed their coming, and may the fruit of it all be a world-wide democracy, rich in ita blessings and such as that of which dreamers have dreamt all down the ages. '. e LONG LITE AMERICA! The Catholic Union and Times of Buffalo, joined the other organs of Rome on October 4 in a column edi torial on "Use of Liquor" wherein it denounced prohibition in true papal style. In Its issue of October 25, The Western Catholio of Quincy states that Rev. Father William Windolph.i rector of St Ludcerns Roman Cath olic church at Creighton, Nebraska, was not convicted in the criminal court there October 10 on the charge of making disloyal statements lor; which he was tried, but that the Jury, after deliberating five hours, was unable to agree on a verdict. The diocesan organ of a Roman cardinal recently complained edi torially that people refuse to read the literature of the Roman charch. More recently, The National Hi' berian, official organ of the papal Irish in this country, nearly precip itated civil war amonir that class of Irish by disappearing from the earth. Now comes The Bulletin of Catholic Federation, official organ of the fiftv or so militant Koman Lath- olic political organizations in the United States, and states that it will now appear only once in two months instead of once a month as in the past. theTe is some that may not. and The pope appoints the cardinals, and the cardinals appoint the pope. No bishop, priest or layman in the Roman church has any more voice in the selection of its supreme autocrat than he has in regulating eclipses of the, moon. When Italy, France, England, and Russia convenanted together to keep the pope out of the peace conference, the Roman Catholic press roared with fury. But the consoling suggestion later gained currency among papal journals that England was going to appoint the pope guardian of rales tine. This ambition has now van ished, however, and The Bulletin of Catholio Federation for October conies from The Church Prooresa a labored editorial Baying that the pope did 'not ask to sit In the peace conierence anyway. "WE CATHOLICS" ARE THE WHOLE CIRCUS On the' Personal Pronouns, "I," "We" and "Me" the Papists Seem to Own the Copyright We note the use with increasing frequency of the terra, "We Cath olics," by the Koman Catholic pa- pers. Tho phrase is a strange one and significant withal. In one sense it is so comic as to border on the ridiculous. The i(lt that nnv sect should so wrap itself up in a vestment of fancied greatness that it should parade its mythical superiority be fore an incredulous world, and that without realizing the absurd ity of its puffing, is laughable in the extreme. Just hear them, "We Catholics," who discovered America, when not one of them had an ancestor among the early voyagers. "We Cath olics," who won the Revolutionary War, when we had only a one hundred and sixtieth of the popu lation, with about the same pro portion of the Colonial forces. "We Catholics," who signed tho Declar ation of Independence with one name, and the National Constitu tion with two or three other names. We 'Catholics, who"" felled the forests, built tho railroads, bridged the rivers (a few of them), and subdued the American wilderness. largely as day laborers at good wages. "We Catholics, who, bv reason.of lenient immigration laws and the demand for labor, now have one-sixth of the population; "We Catholics," of whom one half the number are cither foreign born or tho children of foreign born par ents, with a great per cent unable to read the common language of the country, or, their voters to road the tickets they vote. "We Cath olics," who puff in war times, and try to make tha people believe that we have more men in the army by a draft law than we have sons in our families. "TFfl Catholics." Look at vsl We are the people, and besides us there are no others! It is to laugh. Poor Lo wraps his blankets around him, rtrikes an attitude, and says, "Ugh I Big Injin, me!" ITe has tho best of tho argument, for his ancestors were hero before "We Catholics" were born. Do wo read about We Jews? We Methodists? We Baptists? We Presbyterians? We Lutherans or, We, any other church? Tho egotistical idea of "We" as used by the Catholics has its tragic side, aa well as tho comic feature. That any sect or class of people should become so self conscious that it Imngines itself n superior nnd privileged clius, entitled to es special favors and to be Immune from obligations imposed on oth ers, is a standing menace to tho peaoe of tho nation. . That tho spirit of "We" should io possess any class of people as to causo thorn to assumo a nolior-thon-thott attirudo, with a consequent belief that evervono else is radic ally and fundamentally wrong, with tho nddod presumption that whntswr ihry txy and do is right, and all oho wrong, and that by vlrtuo of tho superiority of the "W Idea thoy have right para mount to those of others, and that this includes the functions of gov crnment and the undisputed right to say what that government shall be and do, as well as to hold the office under the government at their pleasure, is both a positive and present danger to tho republic. rrlde often lead to a fall. "We Catholics" just now are riding a high horse. If they cause the steed to stumble and get a fall It will be their own doings, or, rather, their undoing. DDneriVTiun mniin rilUOLLMIHU MUIUI1U tuc omv uin nvmr mil oiur HHIJ uiutu Roman Catholic Hospitals and Asy lums Are, Great Incubators of ' Propaganda For the Church Catholics always maintain that tlinii lincnifola ara mi-ralu iliainf oViTa and philanthropic institutions free from graft and religio.ua propa ganda. When trying to raise money for ono of these institutions, great stress is nlannd on the allocation that the hospital is non-sectarian, that people of all creeds are wel comed, and no ono s religion is in terfered with. In fact, the "sisters" are alwaya pictured as human angels who) wouldn't for the life of them take advantage of tho weakness caused by disease or the condition of a dying mnn, to whisper Catholio propaganda into his ears, for tho purpose of securing a convert or a bequest in a deathbed will. Such ideas are declared to bo monstrous, and a libel on the va rious sisterhoods. Strange to say, many non-Catholics believe tho specious tales and hand over tho needful to build and maintain theso most insidious of Catholic propa ganda institutions. Tho following write-up or their methods which we clip from The Catholic Standard and Times, of Philadelphia, of the 9th, explains their methods, and shows that the nuns lose no opportunities to make converts, though they com pass land and sea to make them. Non-Catholic influenza patients at Mercy hospital, Denver, have been stifling their prejudices and many of them have willingly accepted spirit ual assistance from the sisters and chaplain, according 'to the Catholio Register. It is alwavs a problem what to do in the Catholic hospital when patients are in danger and do not seek religious consolation from , minister of &nv-4 alOi - ' The good sisters in all Catholio hospitals are the means of making, manv a patient die with a prayer on his lips, when, were it not for them, he would have passed over without the slip-litest repentance or suppli cation for mercy. Some of the pa tients who have been helped during the epidemic at Mercy in this way have admitted that they wished for the visit and ministry of the priest, but had not dared to ask for it. Our simple and beautiful acts of faith, hope, love, and contrition find a re sponse in their souls. "Do these words sound right to you?" was asked a dying non-Catholic at Mercy. "You bet!" was his characteristio American reply, for American can vfi rlang even on their deathbeds. "Won't you repeat them for me?" , Others are pleased to hear for the first time, that baptism would cleanse their souls from sin and secure a plnce for them in heaven. ' "If I ever join a church," re marked one, "it will he the Catholic, because she Is tha only church that can 'deliver the goods,'" The words are the patient's. The fact .that they were delivered in slang in this in stance is an undoubted proof of their sincerity. Everyone concedes that it is tho right of any sect, cult or political party to indulge iu propaganda for their own interests, but to profess die thing and do another is arro gant hypocrisy, and to get money under fnlse pretenses for religious or sectarian purposes is worse than criminal. In view of the revelations of The Standard and Times which we snp poso was intended for Catholio consumption, with no thoujrht of further publicity, we would sug gest that in all fairness Catholics in future appeals for aid for their hospitals and other sectarian schemes should drop oil non-sectarian and other misleading repre sentations, oomo out in the open, like honest peopV and aay: This is a Catholic institution. It is owned by Cotholics, It la operated by Catholic and will bo managed solely for tho benefit of the Catholio church. Then, if with ueh avowals, Protestant givo them thoir money It's their own look out. Honesty in church affair i mow noeossary than in business rela tions and the Catholio manager ought to bo able to see tho point. n , . : The recent election will eause th retirement of Roman Catholio Ben Johnson from the head of the com mlttee on the District of Columbia of tho national house of representa tives, where he sought to fasten on the Juvenile court of the District power to round lip Protestant ' chil dren for papal sweat shops and then denounced Thb Menace cn the floor of the house for defeating his efforts.