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The State Catholic Total Atetiiience
Union Convention at. Eochesrter,
Minn,, a Grand Success.
President Oorrigan's Eloquent Address and
Be?. Father' Biordan's Thoughtful
Sermon—A Oold Water Banquet.
The Minnesota State convention of
the Catholic Total Abstinence Union
convened at Rochester, Minnesota, at
8.15 a. m. Tuesday, with J'resideiit
Co vrigari in. the chair. About idO dele
gates were present from the dftferefct
societies of the State. In many in
stances only partial delegations were
present, these coming almost wholly
from the most remote sections of the
state. Quite a number of the societies
in particular those adjacent to Roches
ter, sent, their entire delegations to the
convention. Nearly 2o) votes were
cast in the convention—a large per
centage of. these being cast by proxy.
The names as published in THE IRISH
STANDARD represents only those of the
delegates who were therein person. The
clergy were well represented, and were
unceasing and tireless in their endeav
ors to advance Uie ca'ise they have
so strongly at heart. The first
business was the appointment by the
President of the following- committees:
Committee on. Credentials—M. J.
Kennedy, Hennepin county J.
day, Le Sueur county P. E. Burke,
Washington county ,'ohn McGrause,
Morari, "Ramsey
county Dennis Malarphv, Dakota
county John McGowca, Hennepin
Committee on Address to the Ordi
nary—Bev. Daaehy, Rice county
[Nicholas Clinton, McLcod county J.
0. Collins, Swift county J.. P. Heaiy,
Bice county.
Committee on Address to Young
ple—Rev. James Byrnes, Ramsey
county P. E. Burke, Washington P.
Butler, Ramsey county D. Getchelj^
Hennepin eounty. "3•''•
Committee oa Address to the Peo'Jt'|
—Rev. J. B. Cotter, Winona county
Rev. A. Hurley, Dakota county. Rev.
P. Xiernan, Fillmore county Rev. H.
McDevitt, Meeker county Rev. M.
Connelly, Le Sueur county Rev. A.
McDonnell, Big Stone county.
Committee on Address to Pastors—
J. P. McGuire, Ramsey county J.J.
Corrigan, Dakota county W. Murray,
Washington county Thomas Dunn,
Hennepin county.
Committee on Resolutions—Rev. J.
Shanley, Ramsey county Rev. P.
O'Neill, Waseca county Rev. M. E.
Murphy, Washington county Rev. P.
J. Gallagher, Ramsey county.
Committee oil Constitution and
Amendments—Iiey. P. J, Fox, Winona
county Rev. P. Kiernan. Fillmore
county M. Tracy, Ramsey county
Jiev. J.
Hand, Sibley county Rev.
Li. Ryan, Meeker county.
Auditing Committee —Rev. James
O'Reilly, Hennepin county D. J.
O'Leary, Freeborn county Daniel
Burke, Winona county.
President Corrigan then delivered his
address as follows:
We have assembled once more as the
chosen delegates of that portion of the
Catholic community which has resolved
to reduce the consumption of alcoholic
stimulants by teaching, by example,
and by such other lawful methods as
shall appeal to the common sense of the
majority of the people. Each succeed
ing convention includes men who have
joined the army of Total Abstainers
during the preceding year the history
of the past teaches us that much less
than half those who join societies re
main active members during their whole
lives: it is of great importance, there
fore, it seems to me, that some means
of honorable exit from the ranks of all
the societies in the Union should be
provided for retiring members, to the
end, that members in good standing
could more easily renew their associa
tion with that large body of men who
by reason of the teaching of, and the
fellowship with Total Abstainers in
the past are leavened with the doctrine
of Total Abstinence it is my theory,
that, while you should not abate one
jot or title of your missionary zeal, you
should at the same time, provide for
and encouage the retention of the old
soldiers as an honored portion of your
organization it may be urged with
truth that once an active and sincere
Total Abstainer, a good and true man
should always remain in direct affilia
tion with some society: to the men,who
have thus far during the existence of
this Union,illustrated the possibility of
such a course, let it be said, that you
are our brightest and best, it is the
hope of those who firmly believe in the
-vitality of the movement that all who
join shall remain lifelong workers with
with you. I simply desire to oali your
attention to this oha3e of the practical
workings of Total Abstinence, that you
may discuss and adopt measures and
means if it please you. I wish to call
your attention to another point of vital
importance, viz., the selection of county
presidents let the delegates from each
eounty see to it that such men are
chosen as shall be willing to sacrifice
enough of their time to attend the Board
of Government meetings. I ask your
candidate if he can and will make the
sacrifice before you present his name to
this convention for
he positively pledged himself to do so,
name soiue other candidate. Let no false
modesty stop you, from, doing* your
duty, it is one of the absolute require
ments for a successful campaign the
coming year. At the present moment
it is Impossible for me to give you an
accurate statement of the increase in
membership during the past year, but
that the statistics when completed by
your worthy secretary will show an ad
vance towards the object which we aim
at. as shall encourage you to greater
deads for the year to come, I have not a
doubt. Hundreds have taken the
pledge in different parts of the State at
points where it has been my pleasure to
be personally in attendance. Our
able and eloquent Father Cotter has
touched a responsive chord wherever
he has appealed to the people, while
some of the laymen of the Union have
not only done yeoman service in keeping
alive the spirit and enlarging the mem
bership of their home societies, but
have both singly and iii company with
myself and others sacrificed their busi
ness and labored earnestly in all parts
of the Union. Practical devotion- of
this idnd is more impressive and ef
fectual than, all the pamphlets and
tracts on temperance ever written.
The welcome given Ly pastors to visit
ing Total Abstainers has been cordial
at all times. They can however do
much more for the cause in the future
than they have done in the past. They
have now the unqualified endorsement
of the chief shepherd and the hierar
chy of the Church, and they would be
slow and backward indeed, did they
not perceive that in a sober, enlighten
ed, progressive, and obedient Catholic
laity rests the future welfare of Chris
Gentlemen, to you is entrusted
with the advice and council of your ex
cellent clergy the preparations for an
other year of progress, let your deliber
ations be characterized by a spirit of
Catholicity and charity. Do not let any
feeling of contention and rivalry divert
your attention from the main issue.
Remember that you have received your
credentials for the sole purpose of dif
fusing among the Catholic people of
the Diocesan Union of
Paul the doc­
trine of Total Abstinence. Ask your
selves if for our year last past you have
conscientiously done your duty it you
are satisfied that you have not, begin
now a new departure. All are not ora
tors, all are not writers, but each one
has an influence upon eome one or more
persons in his-immediate acquaintance
which he may or may not use in the in
terest of Total Abstinence. Let
there be no more of luke warmuess
stand upon our side of the line or upon
the other, and when you have taken
your stand upon the side of Total Ab
stinence, give to all men convincing
proof of your convictions. Do nothing
rashly. Do all with deliberation and
decision. Let every man go home from
Rochester resolved to do something in
the year to come which will be our earn-*
est of the sincerity of his pledge. I
thank you for your attention.
The convention then adjourned to
attend solemn high mass at St. John's
church. Rev. Father Riordan deliv
BRETHBE. Be sober and vatcli for your
enemy, the devii, goetti about like a roaring1
lion seeking whom ho may devour, whom resist
ye showing in the faith. St. Peter, 5th chap.
Amongst the safe and saving princi
ples which St. Paul, the great apostle
of the Gentiles desired to embody in
the constitution of doctrine and in the
building of Christ's Church among a
yet uncemented people there was one
principle which he desired should be
the guardian and foundation of many
things. One which enters into the
foundation or all that is truly happy
and truly great in the foundation of
society, good government, good order,
wise law—that is the virtue of society.
So then did the apostle plant his
Church virtues divine in their origin
and without that principle these virtues
could not endure. And where did the
apostle expect to find a generous res
ponse to the appeal that he had often
made—where could the virtues of so
briety find so true a vineyard for their
caxe and cultivation except in the same
vineyard watered by his own blood
For every lesson that he ever preached,
hei gave the enduring wales of his own
blood. He knew that every good and
great work for Christ's sake required a
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The Question of Ways and Means is Play
ing a Very Important Part in the Cam
paign in England and Scotland.
Pamela-Will Speak at a Dozen of the Chief
Centers of Population in England, and
May Extend His Trip to Scotland.
The Gladstone Liberals have finally
decided to contest several of the Ulster
seats held by the mutineers. Thomas
Power O'Connor does not feel sangyine
of their success. In. his dailv cable de
spatch he says the feeling is red hot
against Gladstone in the districts to he
fought. The Nationalists will put up
candidates for seats only where Home
Rulers are strong. To dispute posses
sion of the remaining seats will be
sheer waste of energy so far as the
election of 1888 is concerned. It can
only be justified on the plea of giving
the enemy trouble and with the view of
forming the nucleus of a future Eng
lish Liberal Home .Rule party in the
north. There is absolutely no feeling
in favor of Gladstone in the north, out
side the constituencies where the Na:
tionalists are already organized. The
selection of English and Scotch candi
dates by Gladstone managers has re
ceived a check, consequence of the
want of election funds. Mr. Gladstone
originally intended to
held by the mutineers, and candi
dates for these seats were selected.
When ways and means came to be dis
cussed, however, it was discovered
that some of the nominees must be
dropped, at all events for the present,
and ail these selections remain in abey
ance uutil more money comes in.
Gladstone, Rosebery and all the lead
ing members of the cabinet have shown
a generous example. A few wealthy
Radical manufacturers and mill ion ares
have made themselves responsible for
the expenses of certain candidates se
lected by themselves. Beyond this
little has been-doaiw, The idea of ap
pealing to the public for funds, as the
managers of the American-Irish Home
Rule fund have so successfully done,
seems never to have occured to anyone
until The Pall Mall Gazette suddenly
thought of it at the eleventh hour.
Progress is therefore much slower than
it would have been had cash proved
plentiful in the Gladstone treasury.
Reference has been made to this mat
ter once or twice in THE IRISH STAND
ARD for the reason that the
is playing a more important part in
the campaign in England and Scotland
than outsiders appear to have any idea
of. Unless help is forwarded from
some quarter, Gladstone will have to
make a public appeal for money--rather
an unpleasant situation for the Prime
Minister of Great Britian to find him
self in.
There have been numerous converts
to Gladstone's views of Home Rule re
ported during the week. For some
reason or other the whips have been
silent on the subject. A late recruit is
Lord Greville. This is an important
accession, Greville being an Irish land
lord with family connections in Scot
land and considerable influence at
court. His lordship has served as a
Lord of the Treasury. It was sun
posed that Gladstone's Irish policy had
alienated him beyond recall. Giad
stone lias received further letters irom
offering to support Liberal candidates
against the Tories and mutineers in the
constituencies that the Nationalists
have declined to contest. Mr. McDon
ald, an Irish landlord, has been select
ed to contest the west division of Isling
ton against Richard Chamberlain,
brother of Joseph Chamberlain. Mr.
McDonald, although be has been blind
since the day of his birth, is a finely
educated man. He graduated from
Trinity college, and was for a time a
Protestant minister. He is an eloquent
platform orator.
Mr. Parnell took the field to stump
England for Home Rule yesterday
(Friday.) He will speak at a dozen of
the chief centers of population. He
hopes to have time to extend his trip
into Scotland. He is in great demand
in all parts of the country, but intends
to confine himself to the great towns
in the manufacturing and mining dis
tricts, and constituencies represented
by the mutineer Liberals who have re
solved to come forward for re-election.
Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Shef
field and Glasgow are among the places
he will speak at. Other Irish ^Nation
alist members have already been dis
patched all over the country, and have
commenced holding meetings. In ail
cases the gatherings are attended by
English as well as Irish voters. This
tjme the English and Irish are fighting
shoulder to shoulder. The Liberal
candidates are calling loudly for help
f||m Irish orators, and in no case will
tl$B call pass unheeded if the National
ists have it in their power to respond.
Broadhurst, the representative of
the laboring class 4n Gladstone's gov
ernment. states td-night that the great
tybor organizations and the working
classes of the country generally have
now mastered the details of the Home
Rule question, and are with scarcely
an exception, resolved to side with
Gladstone. Nine-tenths of these men
hadn't the slightest idea six months
back what Home Rule really meant.
The average idea was that the
Who would some day or other be found
in arms against the union. The masses
are now pietty well convinced that
Home Rule means a contented, pros
perous Ireland and strength to the
empire. As the fight approaches more
closely, the passions of partisans be
come fiercer. All the principals are in
the fever of work, and the constituen
cies are catching the contagion, which
is spreading like wild-fire ail along the
line. England and Scotland will be in
a blaze of excitement from oue end to
other within a week. The election
that ushered in the land act was not to
be compared to the one now en
gaged in. The work of chosing candi
dates still goes on with provoking slow
ness. Scores of crotchety associations
are responsible for maddening delays,
is astonishing how1 ignorant leading
men in their own local spheres are on
the subject of Home Rule. Vast num
bers are still pervaded with the fear
that Gladstone's policy is a reckless
leap in the dark over a precipice, and
that the country is going under his
leadership headlong to ruin. It is hard
work convincing them of their error.
Some are not convinced and go back to
their peopie shaking their heads and
half resolved to join the Loyalists.
Others offer all sorts of obstacles.
There are the temperance men, the
women suifragists, the church and
state, thsanti-church-and-state groups,
all fighting for the nomination of their
own particular champions. But the
nevertheless goes steadily on, and
matters are gradually getting into
shape. It is now almost certain that
Justin McCarthy will score a victory
for Derry city. Irish returns show
that the Nationalist majorities in Ire
land are perfectly secure.
Funds are being forwarded daily to
aid Parnell. Yesterday (June 24) he
received the following cablegram from
Parnell, House of Commons, London: The
Irish National League of America transmits
you this day by cable £12,000, and bids you
Tare to the onset." By executive order.
CHAtirjcs O'RBILLV National Treasurer,
recent issue of the Philadelphia
Ledger sreaks thus:—"During the last
fortnight a number of our contempor
aries have been good enough to print
very kind and handsome things of the
proprietor of the Public Ledger, and
have connected them and his name
with the highest executive office
in the country. Of course such
expressions are very gratifying to
Mr. Childs as exhibiting a strength of
personal regard for which he is at a
loss to make adequate acknowledg
ment. That is the one light in which
he prizes them, and he prizes them very
highly. But in so far as they suggest
that he should be nominated for Presi
dent of the United States, that is an
other sort of matter—still gratifying as
a token of warm good-will, but at the
same time looking to an impossibility.
Mr. Childs is quite well aware that the
estimable journals that have made fav
orable mention of the suggestion, and
the numerous influential friends who
have written him on the subject, do
not pretend" to be invested writh the
authorities and powers of National
Conventions,and he is therefore not de
clining an. offer which is not made, and
that it is not likely to be made, by the
Convention of any party organization
still in his view of what he regards as
necessary in this particular instance,he
thinks that not even his silence should
be permitted to give encouragement or
to look like giving encouragement, to a
proposal to make him a nominee for
President. Indeed, if his very partial
friends in the newspaper press and
other vocations who have taken favor
able notice of the proposal were actual
ly invested with full Convention
powers, or could influence and control
a sufficient number of the voters of the
United States to make his election ab
solutely certain—and under those cir
cumstances would make the offer—he
would then only have the stronger
reason to say, and would say with more
emphasis, if that were .possible:. 'This
manifestation of your good-will and
great favor is very welcome to me, but
you propose to do what should not be
done, and what I cannot under any
possible circumstances agree that you
shall do.'
0 IE I !E A
Metaphorically Speaking, He Leaves Judas
Chamberlain Without A Lea: to
Stand On," and Everybody Smiles.
Mr. Sextos Fails to Look Upon .Baroness
Burdett Ooutts' "Kid," Ashmead Bart
iett, as a Tory Leader,
readers with the speech of Mr. Sexton
in the British House of Commons,
Thursday evening, June 3, in an abbre
viated form. United Ireland in com
menting on it says it is one of the high
est tributes to the superb power of Mr.
Sexton's speech on Thursday night
that it raised to exhilaration the spirits
of a party depressed by the spectre of
the corning vote, and depressed, too, by
listening to a bold and trenchant
speech from Mr. Chamberlain, lighted
up by gleams of sinister exultation.
By way of parenthesis we may remark
that Mr. Sexton's speech will live as
one of the greatest orations of the cen
tury. Readers in the far future will
revel in its Milky Way of dazzling epi
grams, its wit, humor, wisdom, argu
ment and perfection of phrase. Mr.
Gladstone himself could not have im
proved upon its language, and could
not at all. essayed its corruscating wit.
Mr. Chamberlain shrivelled up under it
like an adder touched with a keen
sword. His effort to seem to disregard.
Mr. Sexton's thrusts, by burying him
self in the charming converse of Mr.
Caine, was as good a clue to the pigmy
character of the man as his hissing al
lusion to Mr. Kealy's physique. The
following is Mr. Sexton's speech
to the country
It requires an effort of memory to re-
iu requires an enorbui mcuiuijr
eall the fact that the right honorable
gentleman was but lately a Radical
leader. (Hear, hear.) The Radicals of
The right I on. gentleman [Mr.
Chamberlain] has stated that a dissolu
tion has no terrors for him! Why
should it The right hon. gentleman honorable gentleman has no marked re
will go
jSSwSi to maintain the
policy of the Liberal party, aud influ-
rights and to assert the principles of leader of herd of buffaloes, (Loud
the working population of thiscountry
privilege. (Liberal and LORD
lirish cheers.) The workingmen of
England looked to him to mould the If money is to be spent in Hrelandi it i^
K. I
ence the mind of the Prime Minister
and Government to their advantage,
but the right honorable gentlemen,
who might be powerful as a coadjutor
is fated to be impotent as a rebel.
(Irish cheers and laughter.
In what character does the right lion
orable gentleman address the. House to
day? It is as the ally of the Tories, as
the confederate of Whigs, as the rie
serter of his party [Irish cheers], as one
who contrives the downfall of the
Prime Minister [hear, hear], the break
ing up of the Liberal partv. the de
struction of thai party [Liberal and
Irish cheers), the destruction of that,
party as a weapon and an instrument
of progress. He appears as one who,
whatever the purpose of his conduct
may be, the effect of it, if he was suc
cessful, could not be other than this, to
give over the working men of England
to the advocate and champions of class
privilege and monopoly. [Irish cheers.]
He appears to consider the people of
unfortunate Ireland—who have iiati
given to them by the Prime Minister a
bill which affords a glimpse of freedom
—worthy only to be handed over to the.
double policy of Lord Salisbury—viz.,
the enforced emigration of a million of
Irish people, and a firm and unfiinch-,.
ing repression of twenty years' stern
coercion. [Irish cheers.]
I cannot congratulate the right hon.
member upon the cheerfulness of his
manner in speaking to-day (hear, hear.)
His voice had a hollow and sepulchral
sound, as if it came out of a cave (roars
of laughter.) I believe the light hon
orable gentleman does not like to have
it called a cave he prefers it being
called a chasm (laughter.) Well, I ac
cept the amendment, for if you go into
a cave you can come out of it when yon
like, even if you have to crawl out on
your hands and knees—a posture to
which, as far as I can learn, the right
masquerading as pugnance (laughter.) But if you get
a Unionist Liberal, but depending on
the regular Tory vote. (Irish cheers.)
The right hon. gentleman has already
found a good godfather in the shape of chasm, which, is the result, and handi
Lord Brabonrne. (Irish cheers and
laughter.) Lord Brabourne has ap
pealed to the Tory electors of West
Birmingham to save the right hon.
gentleman from political extinction.
(Laughter.) Did ever misfortune
make an ex-Radical Liberal acquainted
with a stranger bedfellow than Lord
Brabourne. (Cheers and laughter.)
The right hon. gentleman has made a
very misleading allusion to the case of
Canada. The analogy between Canada
and Ireland rests not on details but on
principles. (Hear, hear.) The prin
ciples of resemblance was that Canada
was discontented and rebellious until
she got what she wanted, and when
she obtained what she wanted she be
came contented and loyal. The differ
ence between Canada and Ireland is
this—that Canada is 3000 miles away,
whilst Ireland is three hours away.
(Irish cheers.) The substance of what
we want is contained in the pages of
the bill, and' if that bill passed into law
the settlement arrived at in the case of
Canada will be precisely and absolutely
reproduced in the case of Ireland.
The speech of the right hon. gentleman
ha3 cleared away the smoke from the
field of battle. IT has defined the op
posing hosts. It has enabled. Ireland to
see at last, beyond the possibility of a
doubt, who are her enemies and who
are her friends. (Irish cheers.) It has
enabled her to distinguish between the
true friends and. the false ones, and I
promise the right hon. gentleman that
so long as this generation of men lasts
on the face of the earth, Ireland will
never forget this day. (Irish cheers.)
Sir, the right hon. gentleman for weeks
past' has been fighting under cover.
(Laughter.) At last we have got him
in the open, (cheers) and we mean
until this question is finally settled not
to let him get. back into the bush.
(Cheers and laughter.) He has been
fighting under cover by means of a se
ries of mysterious paragraphs and du
bious and suggestive little lists, and he
has been creating a certain effect by se
cret meetings of a small but not homo
geneous body of hon. members of this
House, (laughter), who have produced
excellent stage effects under the guid
ance of an adjutant in the shape of the
hon. member for Barrow (laughter) by
a series of rapid and interesting evolu
tions. (Cheers and laughter.)
into a chasm the chances are that you
will stay there. (Cheers and laugh
ter.) And. I certainty think that the
work of the right hon. gentleman, will
prove to be the last political, resting
place of himself and his ingenuous ad
The motion for the rejection of this
Bill, has proceeded from the noble
lord the member for Eossendale, and
the Prime Minister has justly said, and
the county in the depths of its intelli
gence has felt the truth of it, that the
spirit of class and power'form the main
body of the opposition to this Bill.
(Cheers.) I have treated, aud shall al
ways treat, the noble lord with the res
pect which no Irishman ever fails to
give to a frank and manly enemy. The
noble lord is not to be suspected of
being actuated by sentiments of vanity
spleen. (Cheers.) He is not burning
with secret rage at the preferment of.
another man. Loud. Liberal and Irish
cheers.) He refused to enter the Cabi
net because he would not tolerate Home.
Rule in any shape or form, for Ireland...
Therefore it does not devolve upon
me to argue the principle of the Bill
with him, as he will not accept it on
any terms. (Hear, hear.) The noble,,
lord has offered us some mouldy crumbs
of local self-government—such crumbs •.
as may fall from the table of the..
Dives, and be given to the beggar at
the gate. (Irish ironical cheers.) Ire
land doe3 not stand here as a beggar.
(Irish cheers.) Ireland asks her right,
(Irish and Liberal cheers,) and I have
ueyer heard that the meagre benefac
tion that was given to Lazarus had any
effect upon the rich man's ultimate des
tination. (Loud cheers and laughter.)
is between the Prime Minister and ..
Lord Salisbury. (Irish and Liberal
cheers.) Lord Salisbury is the only al
ternative to the Prime Minister (Irish
and Liberal cheers)—the only alterna
tive to the policy of Home Rule and
conciliation is a policy of forced eini
igration and twenty years' coercion.
(Irish and Liberal cheers, and Tory
cries of
no.") We have not
learned that from what the Tories say
in this House. Here the Tory leaders
are very silent. (Cheers,and cries of
to be condemned to serve under a lead-'
er who just a,t the wrong moment
cheer3''n„ a
inflr. /HnnHnued
w_Y it?
The policy
no.")' I say the Tory leaders, because
I cannot recognise as a Tory leader yet^
the American gentleman. Mr. Ashmead
Bartlett, who addresssed this House as:
an officer of militia. (Loud laughter.)-'•
Indeed I can find some reason for theirM
silence, because it must be distressing
for so astute a gentleman and so very^
of Lord SalisDury is pla*n.
(Continued oir

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