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Saturday, January 25, 1919
Minneapolis should not be too puffed
up over the recent discovery that she
has the second lowest death-rate of
all cities in the country. The small
number of ^deaths, averaging 14 per
1,000, is largely due to the favorable
geographical location of the city, and
the fact that it is newly developed
and settled by a young generation. As
Assistant Surgeon-general Young re
marked three years ago, we have here
a larger proportion of young people
between 20 and 40 than any other city
in the country but one, the exception
being, Portland, Ore. This is what
Krank J. Bruno, general secretary of
the Associated Charities, told the wo
man's auxiliary, Hennepin County
Medical Society, last week. Mr.
Bruno was explaining the provisions
of the new tiill which propeses to
create a board of public welfare to
have supervision of all health, cor
rectional, and charitable work. He
declared that our present health or
ganization was far from ideal, as the
contagious-disease death-rate showed
and that to demonstrate the urgent
need for more adequate welfare facili
ties, it should only be necessary to
mention the fact that there is in this
city no institution in which an aged
and proverty-stricken husband and
wife may spend the remainder of their
days together.
The new bill is an attempt to put
our civic house in order, he said. It
would consist of two ex-officio mem
bers, the mayor and the president of
the city council, and five other mem
bers to be appointed by the mayor
with the approval of the council. It
is felt that the centering of all respon
sibility in this small group would make
for more efficient administration. The
work of the board would be divided
into four departments, health, hospi
tals, charities, and corrections. All
members of the board would serve
without pay.
Irish Literary
Club Meets With
Division No. 7,
The first assemblage of the Irish
Literary Club of the year 1919 was
held at the hall of Division No. 7, L.
A., A. O. H., at 22nd and Central Ave.
N. E., on Friday evening, Jan. 17. 'The
ladies, of Division No. 7 had arranged
a highly enjoyable program for the
occasion, nearly every member of the
Division being present. There was
also a liberal attendance from the
other Divisions of the city, as is usual
when the Literary Club holds its ses
sions jointly with the local organiza
tion. Officers of the Club were elected
for the current year, after which the
evening was devoted to the literary
and musical features of the program.
Officers Elected for the Year, and an
Excellent Literary and Musical Pro
gram Given at Well-attended Ses
Star Spangled Banner" sung
by the entire assemblage, was the
initial number, with Grace Fitzgerald
at the piano. State President, Mrs.
Mary B. Daley, who is also president
of the Literary Club, then addressed
the meeting. She warmly expressed
her gratitude for the valuable co-op
eration of the ladies of the Club in
the work of the past year, but an
nounced that she would be unable to
assume the presidency again by rea
son of the pressure of her other official
The following club officers were then
President, Mrs. Catherine Connolly
"First Vice-president, Mrs. Mary B. Da
ley Second Vice-president, Mrs. Anna
K. Bryant Secretary, Miss Marie Mur
phy Musician, Miss Eliza McGrath.
The monthly meeting of February
will be held with Division No. 8.
The program of exercises was as
Vocal Solo—Miss Nora Ferguson.
Accompanist-rMiss Mary Horne.
Recitatitin—Miss Veronica Gould.
Instrumental Solo—Miss Helen Fitz
Accompanist—Miss Margaret Utter.
Recitation—Miss Anastasia Barber
cM Fancy Dancing—Miss Fitzgerald..
luncheon was served at the close
pf the entertainment.
Death of Est
imable Lady
The death of Mrs. Margaret A. Buck
ley at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Edward R. Walker, 528 No. Girard
Ave., on Jan. 16. 1919, due to Bright's
disease, came as a shock to the many
friends of this estimable woman. She
bore her illness with the same cheer
fulness and fortitude which marked
her long life.
Mrs. Buckley was the widow of the
late Denis J. Buckley of Oconomowoc,
Wisconsin, who came to this city sev
eral years ago, and who also came
from Ireland at an early age.
Those left to mourn her loss are her
sister, Mrs. Thomas Crogan of Ett
wick, Wisconsin, and four sons and
four daughters. William and George
Buckley, D. J. Buckley of Harlin, Mon
tana, W. E. Cochran of Sioux City,
Iowa, E. R. Buckley of Sioux Falls, S.
Dakota, Mrs. George Robbins of St.
Paul, Minn., Mrs. Edward R. Walker,
528 No. Girard Ave., and Mrs, J. Mor
ris, also of this city.
The funeral was held from the Pro
Cathedral on Saturday, January 18,
1919. Interment at St. Mary's Ceme
May her soul rest in peace.
Seton Guild
Hold Card Socials
Seton Guild is to have a series of
afternoon card socials, Americaniza
tion program, musical evenings, and
evening lectures.
The first of a series of afternoon
card socials will be given in the Guild
rooms, Tuesday afternoon next, at
2:30. Mrs. Neil Kennedy will give a
group of songs during the afternoon.
Miss Katherine Kelly, Mrs. Susie A.
Cleary, Mrs. Grant Evans, Mrs. H. R.
O'Connell are on the committee of
Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock, an
Americanization program will be given
in the Guild rooms. Rev. Father Dris
coll will speak on Woman's Work in
the Reconstruction Period. Miss Sa
rah Margaret Foley will render a
Dramatic Reading of Zangwell's Mas
termece "The Melting Pot."
The ushers for this program will be
Miss Rose Shannon, Miss Bernice Mar
solais, Miss Cherry Morris and Miss
Bernice Campbell.
Monday evening next, Jan. 27th, Dr.
Anna Morris, Physical Director at the
State University, will Speak. Buffet
dinner will be served at 6:30, preced
ing the lecture. After the lecture there
will be dancing, and the Medical offi
cers from the Fort will be quests of
the evening.
Miss Sarah Margaret Foley, was
elected by the Executive Board, Chair
man of the Girls' Membership. As
sociated with Miss Foley and acting
as sub-chairmen are the Misses Ber
nice Marsplias, Beatrice H. McNulty,
Anna Irwin, Mary Martin, Katharine
Loftus, Ednah O'Brien, Evelyn Newell,
Lucy Sontag, Grace Shannon, Eliza
beth Bacon, Nellie Daly, Rose Dan
lake, Mary Flaherty, E. L. Gardner,
Hattier Wright, Mary Griffin, M. Gray,
Ruth Huxtable, Beatrice Dolan, Elsie*
Evans, Angelina Multrasio, Julia
O'Keefe, Grace O'Reilly, Mabel Nhey,
Esther Bauman.
Ladies' Auxiliary Will
Hold Dancing Party
Hennepin Division No. 4 will Start the
Ball Rolling January 28, With a
Series of Dancing Parties., Mrs.
Dickinson Heads Committee of
Prominent Young Ladies and Ma
trons, Assuring All a Happy Time.
With a plan outlined by Mrs. J. W.
Dickinson, a very busy committee is
out boosting for a dancing party,
which /will be given under the aus
pices of Division No. 4, Ladies' Aux
iliary, at Halmrast Hall, Lake Street
and Bloomington Avenue south, on
Tuesday evening, January 28. As this
is the first series of socials planned
by the Division, those who love to
trip the light fantastic can feel as
sured that this dance will be a hug9
success, and especially as a special
invitation has been issued to all the
A. O. H. eligibles in Minneapolis ,to
be present (whom there are too many
—and said invitation is timely) a big
crowd will be there and a good time is
in store for all who attend. The very
best of music will be provided and old
and up-to-date dances will be featured.
Division No. 7,
Hennepin County
Through the efforts of a spirited
committee, recently appointed, Division
No. 7, Hennepin County, A. O. H., is
planning a series of entertainments
for the season, and will start off with
a "stag" party on the evening of Feb
ruary 5. The party will no doubt
be the means of reviving the member
ship towards doing things in the old
spirit the next year. Col. W. H. Dona
hue will be present' and give a talk
on the fight "over there," and this
alone should draw a big crowd, for the
Colonel is an able and interesting
talker, and gives many sidelights' on
the qualities of our American boys
when in action. Besides his intelli
gent explanation of modern warfare is
a revelation to those who have not
been able to follow the advancement
of our army.
At the last meeting Lieut. James
Cogwin gave a very interesting and
instructive talk on "Our Army," which
was enjoyed and appreciated by ev
eryone present. Good smokes are al
ways provided for the members dur
ing the social session.
Ramsey County Div.
Mo. 4, A. 0. N. Will
Install Officers
President Phil Byrnes and Secretary
Tom Donohue of Ramsey County Di
vision No. 4. are out to make things
hum in their division, judging from
the letters they have sent out' to the
members of their Division. After
reading the letter no member will
wait to be roped and dragged to a
meeting for the spirit of enthusiasm
sparkles like a shining star of suc
cess in every line of their letter. The
letter reads as follows:
Fraternally yours,
St. Paul, Minn.,
January 24,1919.
January 27th, will be our annual
installation of officers—the most im
portant meeting of the year. Reports
of the doings of our Division during
1918 will be submitted. You will be
surprised with the progress made—a
bulging treasury, substantial increase
in membership, and 46 of our brothers,
the flower of our American manhood,
on the battle fronts of France. Prepara
tions will be made for their homecom
ing readjustment of our country's in
dustries will be boosted, and other
subjects of vital importance will be
discussed. Commissions will be paid
to the brothers who secured new mem
bers in the year juBt. closed.
A short, snappy program is arranged
to be given after the business meet
ing and, needless to say, the brand
of cigars on tap is par excellence.
Come! and see for yourself and "in
the future years" when you squint into
the "20-year-ago-today" column you'll
be able to explain to your grandchil
dren (or inquisitors) just' exactly the
kind of meeting held by Division No.
4 on the date of January 27, 1919.
Dakota County 0. W.
No. 3, Installed Officers
At a well attended meeting
1th, Division No. 3, Dakota County,
A. O. H„ South St. Paul, Minn., in
stalled the following officers:
President—John McDonald.
Vice Pres.—Patrick Shannon,
Treasurer—M. O'Toole.
Recording Sec'y—John T. Sweeney.
Financial Sec'y—James Cosgrove.
Chaplain—Rev. H. G. McCal.
Chairman Standg. Com.—F. J.
Sergeant at Arms—Peter ,0'Malley.
Sentinel—M. L. Tracy.
Various reports showed the Division
to be in excelent condition with a fly
ing start for an active and prosperous
year. The state-wide campaign for
new members was auspiciously opened
by the reading and approval of several
applications for membership.
Soldiers Attend
Christmas Masses
American soldiers to the number of
2,000 attended Christmas Masses in
the Cathedral of Coblenz on the
Rhine. The high Mass was celebrat
ed by Chaplain Dunningan, formerly
pastor at Lapeer, Mich., who went
into the war as chaplain of a Michi
gan regiment.
(From The New Statesman, London,
Nov. 1918.)
Ireland's record in the war has
been, from the point of view of the
Allies, magnificent. The magnificence
of the Irish contribution to the cause
of freedom has been only less amaz
ing than the flood of calumny and be
littlement that has been consistently
poured on it ever since August, 1914.
Ireland has made a greater voluntary
contribution of men to the Allied
forces than any other unfree nation in
the world. That is the leading fact of
the situation. Sir Charles Russell,
speaking at a Red Cross meeting' at
Dublin a few weeks ago, declared
that Ireland had given 250,000 men to
th.e British Army and Navy and this
leaves altogether out of account the
equally large number of Irishmen
who have taken part in the war in
the Australian, Canadian, and Amer
ican armies. If these are\ added in,
we need not hesitate to accept Mr.
John Redmond's estimate that 500,000
Irishmen have fought in the ranks of
the Allies for the liberty of the world.
At the same time, as was shown, in
the New Statesman some time ago,
Ireland has been second only to Amer
ica itself in the supplies of food she
has sent to England during the peril
ous year of the war. Had it not been
for the assistance rendered by Ire
land, both in men and foodstuffs, it is
doubtful whether the Allies, would yet
have been able to force Germany to
submission. This is not to claim that
Ireland has done more than any oth
er country. It is to claim merely that
she was a necessary link in the great
chain of the Allied success. He would
be a knave and a fool who would at
tempt to disparage the sacrifices of
'France and England, of tortured Bel
gium and tortured Serbia. He would
be equally a knave and fool, however,
who, having accepted the services of
half a million Irish soldiers and sail
ors, would pretend that Ireland has
not made an immense and forcible
contribution to the victory of the Al
lies, and who would reward the Irish
dead with a weak sneer about the
abundance of butter in Ireland in War
It may be asked why, these things
being so, has the average Englishman
been allowed to get the idea that Ire
land has stood aside and sulked dur
ing the war. Some people think the
insurrection of 1916 is chiefly to
blame. Well, there, were not enough
Irishmen in the Dublin insurrection
of 1916 to make up even one battal
ion of the Irish Guards. One was told
at the time that the Dublin insurgents
numbered about a thousand. One has
learned since then that they were
hardly more than six hundred. Clear
ly if Ireland's freedom is to depend
upon whether her services to the Al
lies have outweighed her disservices,
she has earned her freedom about a
thousand times over. For every Irish
man who shouldered a rifle on the in
surgent side, a thousand Irishmen
have borne weapons on the side of the
Allies. I doubt if one Englishman in
a hundred thousand realizes this. If
•they did, they would insist on seeing
that their/Irish allies had a free Par
liament restored to them before the
Peace Conference sits. Never waB thei
need of a national government proved
more completely. Had Ireland pos
sessed a national government during
the. war, she would have had an or
gan for leaking known her services
to the civilized world. Canada, Aus
tralia, and South Africa have but to
speak of what they have done, and all
the world listens. The Times, and the
press in general pay deference to
them as ?ree nations that command
respect. South Africa has not contrib
uted nearly so many men to the Al
lied armies as Ireland has done, but,
luckily for herself, South Africa is
free, and even her most malignant en
emy of the old days dares not critize
her gift. She too, like Ireland, had a
small insurrection but, even after
this, she escaped calumny. She, too,
has been divided in opinion as to the
war, far more, so, indeed, than Ireland
was before the malevolence of the
anti-Irish authorities had had time to
destroy the people's enthusiasm for
Belgium. "It is aiv7 unfortunate fact,"
said Mr. Merriman in the early part
of the present year, "that we in South
Africa are for our sins rived into two
factions of almost equal strength. Al
most one-half of the European popu
lation is coldly, neutral towards the
issue which we look upon as vital, if
indeed, they are not positively hostile
to the cause of the Allies." And yet
South Africa is free. If there is any
coldness towards the Allies, it is on
account of past wrongs. In Ireland,
on the otlfer hand, jf there is any
coldness towards the Allies, it is on
account of 1 present wrongs. Some
months ago, when a, dinner was given
in honor of Mr. Burton, the minister
of mines in South Africa, Mr. As
quith in f. speech mentioned the num
ber of the South African forces who
had served in the war. The Times, for
some reason or other, omitted the fig­
ures in its report. I wondered at the
time whether it was because they
made Ireland's contribution seem so
immense by comparison. The Times
was content to give the report of the
dinner some general appreciative
heading such as "Loyal South Africa."
It is more exigent in regard to Ire
land. English statesmen, it is clear,
have also one standard for South Af
rica and another for Ireland. Mr. Bur
ton, we are told, related to the as
sembled guests the story of a wound
ed Boer soldier who said1 that he
wished to get to France in order to
repay the gift of free institution to
his country. He went on to say that
the soldier's eye brightened as he ad
ded: "I would not have raised one
single hand for the Empire^ if the Em
pire had refused to establish in my
country that freedom which South Af
rica now enjoys." It is said that
Mr. Austen Chamberlain and other
representative statesmen who, were
present cheered this remarkable say
ing of the Boer soldier. By what fatal
ity is it that they are unable to see
that Irishmen are human beings, with
the same passions as Boers? General
Botha wrote to Mr. Redmond to say
that he agreed with him that South
Africa's services to the Allies were
simply the fruit of the concession of
national freedom. Yet, even without
national freedom, and as a pure act
of faith, Ireland poured her sons in
to the trenches in the most critical
days of the war and helped to hold
the line at its weakest for the world's
Le.t me say again that I do not
make these comparisons in order to
belittle the services of any other na
tion, but only to show up Ireland's
services in the war in a true light.
Most of the free nations have pub
lished a list of their dead and wound
ed soldiers during the last week or
two. Let us have a full list of the
dead and wounded Irish soldiers, so
that we may judge how great have
been the sacrifices madei by Ireland.
Has Japan contributed as many dead
as Ireland? She has not. Yet Japan
Is praised. Has New Zealand contrib
uted as many?-She has not. Yet New
Zealand is praised. Has South Africa?
Has Canada? Canada has a greater
.population than Ireland. Yet, if figures
were to be had, I am confident it could
be shown that far fewer Canadian
born men than Irish-born men have
fallen in the war, Captain Esmonde,
M. P., said in the House of Commons
the other day: "I have seen -myself,
buried in one grave, 400 Nationalist
soldiers killed in one fight"—two
thirds as many as the total number of
the Dublin insurgents of Easter Week.
And that mournful spectacle has been
repeated not after one fight, but after
fifty during the war. In the most de
perate days of the war—at Mons and
at the) Marne—Irishmen were present
at the thickest of the fighting, and
battalion after battalion gave itself up
to the slaughter, singing "The Bold
Felner Men," "A Nation Once Again,"
and other songs of the kind that the
police nowadays suppress with baton
charges in Ireland. At thej beginning
of the war a battalion of the Irish
Guards mutinied. It was because it
had been rumored that they were not
being sent to the front? The Irish
Guards, it will be remembered, had
been reprimanded at the time of the
Buckingham palace conference for
cheering Mr. Redmond on his way
down Birdcage Walk. I knew a sol
dier in thej Irish Guards, now dead,
who declared that his battalion called
themselves "Redmond's Own." Well,
they are dead, and so are the Red
monds, and Sir Edward Carson and
Mr. Bonar Law have made the glor
ious sacrifice of surviving to perpet
uate the subjection of Ireland. One is
not surprised to hear of the National
ist soldier back from the front who
said to Mr. Dillon "Mr. Dillon, the
worst of It is I know that we are not
fighting for liberty, for England is go
ing to betray us." England, please
God, with the help of Labor, is going
to do nothing of the sort but Mr.
Bonar Law and Mr. Shott, so far as
they are able, have already made the
great betrayal. Anti-Irish influences
have for the moment triumphed, and
Ireland is held up to contempt as a
sullen shirker to all the free nations
of Europe.
Mr. Lloyd George admitted, in the
days following the insurrection, the
malignity of the anti-Irish influences
that had been at work among the Eng
lish official classes in the early days
of the war. This malignity has been
shown by nothing, more clearly than
I by the nature of the anti-Irish prop
aganda carried on by propagandists
in the United States. The misrepre
sentation of Ireland to the United
States could not have been more ve
hement if Ireland had been fighting
for the Germans Instead of for the Al
lies. If an American soldier, going
ashore in Ireland, got Into a drunken
row that ended in a fight, the incident
was telegraphed to America as if it
were an unprovoked assault on the
American flag by Irish Nationalists.
And what can be said of the egregious
statements about Ireland made in Mr.
Ian Hay's propaganda book publish
ed in America and exposed by Mr.
Devlin in the House of Commons?
Irishmen ask themselves whether an
English Government that meant to
deal honestly by Ireland would actual
ly pay for the spread of anti-Irish
feeling in America. It seemed to "me
at the beginning of the war that Eng
land was now about to take the atti
tude before the world: "Weill, we have
done wrong in the past but we are
now going-to liberate the small na
tions of the world—Ireland among
them." Instead of that, English prop
aganda, so far as it has related to
Ireland, has largely bean occupied
with an attempt to show, not that
England has at last admitted the jus
tice of the cause of Ireland, but that,
comparatively speaking, England's at
titude to Ireland is satisfactory and
just. Every other Allied country ex
cept Ireland has be,en glorified in pam
phlet after pamphlet. Ireland alone
has been maligned. One egregious
pamphlet has been published to show
that the English do not behave as
badly in Ireland as the Germans in
Poland. On grounds of this kind
nearly any country might be denied
its freedom. One can usually find
some other country which, in some
respect or other, has suffered still
Here, then, is the plain truth about
Ireland. Some powerful influences,
which have always hated the thought
of Irish freedom, have devoted them
selves resolutely to the abnegation of
Ireland since the beginning of the
war. Why, the story of the heroic
deeds of the Irish regiments at Galli
poli was suppressed until Mr. Red
mond raised a storm about them, af
ter the troops of every other nation
had been given full credit. And today
peoplei are praising the Czecho
slovaks and the Poles—both of whom
ifought (under compulsion) against
the Allies by the fifty thousand—are
to be found denouncing the Irish,
who contributed an immense and vit
ally necessary army to the cause of
'the Allies. I thank God for the\ free
dom that is coming to the Poles and
the Bohemians. But Ireland, too, has
some little claim on the attention of
the statesmen of these years of liber
ation. As she thinks of her dead, lying
in a world of graves in Flanders, Gal
Jipoli, and Mesopotamia, she may well
(adapting lines of Mr. Kipling's,) cry
out, In the agony of her soul:
"If blood be the price of nationality,
Good God, we ha' paid in full."
In this hour of the triumph of Jus
tice, let not the great deeds of this
little nation be forgotten.
Honor Joan of Aro
United States Navy Marks Birthday
of the 8ainted Peasant Maid
of Orleans.
For the first time in American his
tory the birthday of Blessed Jeanne
d'Arc was observed by the American
navy on Monday, January 6, the teast
of the Epiphany.
"By directions of Secretary of the
Navy Daniels a naval salute was di
rected to be given in her honor at
12 o'clock noon at the Philadelphia
Navy Yard at League Island twenty
one guns were fired and the flag of
France saluted. This is known as
the Presidential salute., and has here
tofore only been made on Independ
ence Day or in honor of the Presi
dent of the United States. The mode
of honoring of Joan of Arc was sug
gested by Michael Francis Doyle.
In New York harbor the battleships
of the American navy, just returned
from European waters, also fired a
salute of twenty-one guns in. honor of
the anniversary.
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