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Week February 15-22.
Feb. 15, Saturday—St. Faustin.
Feb. 16," Sunday—St. Juliana.
Feb. 17, Monday—St. Fintan.
Feb. 18, Tuesday—Holy Simeon.
Feb. 19, Wednesday—St. Conrad.
Feb. 20, Thursday—St. Mildred.
Feb. 21, Friday—St. Maximan.
Surprises are the rule rather than the exception in
the distribution of honors from the Vatican. This
has been the case in the filling of the vacancy in the
headship of the St. Paul archdiocese left after the
death of the late lamented Archbishop Ireland of
happy memory. Few even of those who are inti
mately familiar with the probabilities in such mat
ters would have prophesied that the choice of Rome
in this instance would fall upon the modest but
capable leader in the diocese of Des Moines, Rt. Rev.
Austin Dowling. No one was taken with greater
surprise by the appointment that the honored pre
late himself, who was constrained to say regarding
it: "I don't know how I feel. I appreciate the
honor conferred upon me, but I don't like to leave
Des Moines. I have my \^prk planned and it is
not done."
For seven years Bishop Dowling has administered
the Diocese of Des Moines, which is one of the
smallest in the country. Its Catholic population is
only about 35,000 which is sparsely scattered over
one-fourth of the area of the state. It was a not
over-fruitful vineyard in which he took up his epis
copal labors, and yet he entered Hito the task with
vigorous zeal and energy. During the brief period
of his administration he has succeded in strengthen
ing many of the struggling parishes and infused new
energies into both pastors and people. He has es
tablished a Diocesan College which is entirely clear
.of debt, and provided it with a substantial nucleus
of an endowment fund. From this excellent insti-
tution he hoped to provide a sufficient number of.
priests for his Diocese, the lack of whom was
The Twin Cities, with a population of about three
quarters of a million population constitute one of
the greatest and most important civic centers of
the country and of the world, and in the future they
are destined to become increasingly populous, and
influential. In this vast metropolis of the North
west the Catholic church and the Catholic people
•are strongly intrenched, and are a powerful factor
in public life and institutions. There exists between
pastors and people a strong mutual attachment and
a splendid unity of purpose, as is often attested
when appeal is made from the pulpit to the pew.
Both the Archbishop and the people of the Arch
diocese may well be felicitated upon the new ap
pointment. The prelate-elect combines in his life
and experience the culture of the east and the broad
ness and fellowship of the west. He is a scholar
of rare attainments. He has labored strenuously
in a^ difficult field and has well merited by r.eason
of his executive ability, the high seat in which he
is now to be placed. He comes to a people who
will appreciate his past labors in the vineyard, and
will be eagerly receptive of his counsel and mes
sages in relation to their common objective, the ad
vancement of the holy cause of religion and the
sedulous care of the universal fold.
Welcome, Archbishop Dowling!
The Historic Ties of Friendship Between Ireland
and America.
Preparations are rapidly going forward in every
part of the country for the great Irish race conven
tion to be held at Philadelphia beginning on Wash
ington's birthday, Saturday, Feb. 22. That it will
be a memorable and historic occasion is a foregone
conclusion, judging from the profound interest that
is being taken in it by all friends of the Irish cause,
crystallize and give adequate expression of Irish
American sentiment on the question of Ireland's
grievances at this psychological hour of world des
tiny while the principal nations of the globe
through their representatives at Paris are discuss
ing the wavs and means of adjusting on a basis of
justice and fairness the relations existing among
tiie several peoples of the world.
The transactions and conclusions of the conven
tion will command world wide attention, despite the
apparent conspiracy of silence, that seems to prevail
among many of our great American newspapers
when anything is done to arouse public interest in
your grievances.
of the greatest difficulties he was forced to en-1 distress, and are pleased to find that the design oi
counter. He has been specially active in promot- subjugating us has persuaded the English govern
ing the educational work of the parishes, and in ment to dispense to Ireland some vagrant rays of
this respect has attained very noteworthy success. I ministerial sunshine. The tender mercies of the
In his capacity as the metropolitan of St. Paul the British government have long been cruel towarc
new Archbishop comes into an entirely differentyou. God grant that the iniquitous schemes of ex
condition of affairs, as viewed from the standpoint tirpating liberty may soon be defeated."
of population and material resources. In a general to the friendliness in which the Irish people
way it may be said that the scope of his jurisdic- received the address we have the testimony of
tion has been multiplied tenfold. The Catholic Benjamin Franklin who after visiting Dublin wrote:
population of the Archdiocese is approximately, I found them disposed to be friends of America,
350,000 and the number of religious institutions, 'n which I endeavored to confirm them, with the
orders and communities is correspondingly large. expectation that our growing weight might be
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It is one of the most prosperous and progressive sec
tions of the whole country, and its Catholic mem
bership is devotedly attached to the welfare and ad
vancement of the interests of the church. The seed
that was sown by Archbishop Ireland has yielded
an abundant and glorious harvest, for in no part of
the country can there be found a more enterprising
and alert body of clergy or a more sincere and de
voted laity.
regardless of all former difference of opinion as to the defeated candidates and upon these will depend
Society affiliations or policies. It is designed to the winning of the eoming election.
the promotion of Ireland's welfare. By reason of
the eminence and distinction of those who are to
take an active part in its deliberations, its voice
and influence cannot possibly be ignored or slighted
either in America or in Europe. Both of the Ameri
can Cardinals—Cardinal Gibbons, of Baltimore, and
Cardinal O'Connell, of Boston, are to make ad
dresses. Cardinal Gibbons will himself, it is an
nounced, offer the principal resolution, while Arch
bishop Dougherty, of Philadelphia, will make the
opening prayer. Thus the very highest authorities
of the Catholic church in America are giving the
hearty indorsement to the objectives of the great
demonstration, which it is predicted, will vastly
surpass in numbers and importance any previous
assemblage of the kind. The participation of these
great prelates in the proceedings is of itself con
clusive evidence of the justice and nobility of the
cause which it is sought to advance to a final ant
fair settlement for the sympathy and co-operation
of men of this type is not given to any movement o:
this nature without a thorough sifting and analysis
of its inherent merits.
The call of the Motherland for help and counse
was never more pressing than at this embarrassing
crisis in her history. She is surrounded by enemies
who seek to throttle her appeals to the world and
thwart every effort she is making to place her ii
the sunlight of democracy and liberty. We are, o:
course, not surprised to see this bitter opposition
to her displayed by the British leaders and many o:
the British newspapers, but it is sad to see so many
of the great public newspapers and periodicals
America "hog-tied" in their indifference or hostility
to her, forgetful of and ungrateful for the tremen
dous service she has rendered to America at everv
crisis in our history
It is not our purpose in this article to enumerate
the numerous instances in which Ireland and the
Irish race have contributed their services to the
cause of the Republic. But it seems opportune at
this particular time to recall the fact that when
the founders of our government were engaged in
their struggle for freedom they formulated an "Ad
dress of the American Congress to the Irish Peo
ple. This was in 1775, immediately after the clashes
at Concord and Bunker Hill, when the fate of the
colonies was trembling in the balance. This ad
dress was made to the Irish Parliament and con
tained these passages:
"Your Parliament had done us no wrong. You
have been friendly to the rights of mankind, and we
acknowledge with pleasure and gratitude that the
Irish Nation has produced patriots who have highly
distinguished themselves in the cause of humanity
and America. On the other hand, we are not ignor
ant that the labors and manufactures of Ireland, like
those of the silkworm, were of little moment to her
self, but served only to give luxury to those who
neither toil nor spin.
"Accept our most grateful acknowledgments for
the friendly disposition you have already shown
towards us. We know that you are not withoui
We sympathize with you in your
mpdunic wmi
thrown into their scale. There are many brave
spirits among them."
One of the great material fruits of the Irish friend
liness to the Americans was the recruiting of 3,000
troops, who under Count Arthur Dillon, sailed from
Brest to help in the rescue of America from the
domination of England. To this instance of sub
stantial and effective friendliness could be added
hundreds of others in attestation of the 'proof of
Irish sympathy and co-operation with the struggling
In the course of history it has now become Ire
land's time and opportunity to appeal in turn to
America for the same help and co-operation which
she has so freely extended to us at all times in the
critical periods of our national life.
When our General Pershing, standing at the tomb
of LaFayette in grateful acknowledgment of the aid
extended to us by France in the Revolutionary war
proudly declared, "LaFayette1, we are here!" the
American heart was thrilled with the thought that
we were at last enabled to repay an ancient debt of
friendship and service. Let us now discharge our
equally binding obligation to Ireland. Let us make
good the promise of our Franklin that "our weight
might be thrown into their scale
The total cost of the world war is estimated to be
$450,000,000,000. The direct cost was $200,000,
000,000 and the indirect $250,000,000,000. And yet
some of our editors and statesmen are carping and
haggling about the expense of President Wilson's
trip to Europe in the interest of the future perma
nent peace of the world. Billions for cure but not
a dollar for prevention would seem to be the policy
of these penny-wise and pound foolish gentry of
At Tuesday's primaries Colonel William H. Dona
hue made an excellent showing before the electorate
of the 34th senatorial district, winning a place on
the ticket as a candidate for senator at the election
which is to be held next Tuesday. In a poll of
about three thousand he came off with 745 votes
to his credit. About 1,300 votes were cast in all for
in. ii\un ginni/Aiiu
rj*^e as
vuu vou'
-0 In this situa­
tion we see strong hopes for a victory for the gal
lant colonel.
These voters are now brought face to face with
the question qf voting for or against a soldier wl\o
has made great sacrifices for the common good of
all, and who has won distinguished military honors
on the battle fields of France. His record is one
that redounds to the special credit apd patriotism
of this community—one in which
pardonable pride. It would be no small honor for
this metropolis to be among
may all taW
very first to
the approving seals of the election ballots upon a
soldier aspirant for public office. It would fittingly
crown the splendid work of our war achievements—
in Liberty Bonds, Red Cross contributions and the
other welfare activities.
It would be inspiring to the home coming fighting
forces to find that one of their number had been
thus signally honored, and we dislike to think of
their feelings if such a worthy and deserving com-
Colonel Donahue suffered at the civic polls
that which neither he nor his fellows ever met on
the battle field—defeat. From all standpoints, it
is desirable to have at least one senator in the legis
lature who knows at first hand and from personal
experience the needs of the soldiers and sailors in
the period of readjustment that is now in full prog
ress. The opportunity to place in that body a man
eminently qualified to stand as such a representative
is now before the voters of the 34th senatorial dis
trict. Will they set aside for the time being all
petty differences of politics and rise to the level of
the splendid occasion that confronts them? With
the memory of the great victory of America still
fresh in their minds we believe that they will not
fail to show by their ballot marks their appreciation
of one who has spared no sacrifice to make that
victory possible.
Put Colonel Donahue "over the top!"
Chanting in unison "To hell with America" a
consignment of fifty-four aliens who had been ad
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country, was marched
to Ellis Island, New York, for transportation back
to the lands whence they came. In addition to the
delicate mention of America they cheered for the
Bolsheviki and the I. W. W. as they took their
compulsory leave from these shores. There are
other groups of these nondescript mischief-makers
rounded up -in various parts of the country now
on their way to the Atlantic ports, provided with
only one-way tickets of transportation—the slag
of the great American melting-pot.
Several thousands in all of these npn-meltable
gentry are ready for ejection from the great Ameri
can crucible of purification and civilization, which
although heated to its full capacity with the fires
of liberty and toleration has yet not sufficed to pene
trate and reduce this sub-standard ore to anything
useful or beneficial to mankind. At last the at
tempts have palled upon us and the task is to be
permanently abandoned. The slag is to be dumped
out of the crucible and provision is to be made to
guard against the entry of this quality of material
in the future. Damage has ben done to the smelting
vessel during the periods of our attempts to do the
impossible, believing that it was so strong and so
well lined within with protecting matter that it
could withstand any process of scorification.
Our altruistic efforts to fuse this worthless ma
terial are answered by "To hell -with America!"
from the recrement of the fusion. The forcible but
inelegant expression may serve a good purpose for
us in the future if we are to take adequate precau
tions against going to the destination wished upon
us by our former transient guests, who are good
authorities on the route to perdition. We can more
than square accounts with the piquantly audacious
sojourners by in turn bidding them to "Go to the
Among the notable public men who are to ad
dress the Irish Race Convention at Philadelphia is
Sir Horace Plunkett, the chairman of the Irish Con
vention of 1916-17, who is ncAv on a business visit
to America. It is a gracious act on the part of the
management of the Race Convention to give this
kindly recognition to one who has labored so long
and assiduously to promote the material and com
mercial interests of Ireland. Sir Horace has, during
his long and busy career, concerned himself pri
marily with the improvement of the industrial and
social welfare of his fellow countrymen rather than
with their political relations and ambitions. As a
result of his careful and analytical study of the va
rious agricultural, industrial and commercial prob
lems of the country, much advancemnt has been
made. He has laid down systematic and broad
gauged plans for the development of Irish farming,
industries and commerce that are of permanent
value to the people, regardless of what may be
eventually the form of government that shall pre
vail. These plans, it is probable, will constitute the
foundation of the future material progress of the
land and the industrial prosperity of the people,
whether carried out under the benign auspices of
a republican form of government or otherwise.
What Edison is to American manufacturing indus
try, Sir Horace stands for to Irish agriculture and
trade. In neither case are these men thought of in
respect to their political views, but rather as the
universal benefactors of their fellows.
It is indicative of the broadness of spirit in which
the Race Convention is to make its deliberations
that it is to be addressed and counseled by men of
this excellent type. Sir Horace has earned the
everlasting gratitude of all friends of Ireland by
reason of his patient and painstaking labors to
reach an adjustment of the political problems of
his country, notwithstanding its failure because
of the faithlessness and chicanery of the Georges
and the Carsons. It was not due to any act of com
mission or omission on the part of its able and
faithful chairman that the Irish Convention failed
of its objective, whatever differences of opinion
may have existed or still exist in respect to that
objective. The people of America and indeed of the
whole world will be eager to hear what this dis
tinguished publicist has to say at this critical junc
ture of the affairs of Ireland.
One of the first great breaks in the forces of the
Central Powers was the withdrawal of the Bul
garians arid their unconditional acceptance of the
Allied peace terms. This was the entering wedge
which eventually split up the enemy nations into
comparatively impotent fragments, and the man
who wielded the^ sledge hammer that drove that
wedge is Dominick I. Murphy, American consul
general to Bulgaria. In appreciation of his good
offices the Municipal Council of Sofia has named
one of its principal street Murphy Street, and the
Bulgarian Parliament has passed a resolution thank
ing him for his efficient handling of the situation
in their country.
Saturday. Feb
Fear had been expressed at Washington during the
period of Bulgarian disturbance that Mr. Murphy
was going beyon^ the scope of his authority in ten
dering his services to the Bulgarian people, but the
outcome of events has proved'that the clever Ameri
can representative Jiad correctly sized up the situa
tion when he came to the conclusion that the time
was ripe for a bold stroke of policy. He strongly
urged the Bulgarians to sever relations with Ger
many, Austria g.nd Turkey and sue for a separate
peace, and his counsel was followed by the distract
ed people. This step was the beginning of the dis
integration of the Kaiser's league of nations, and
it was engineered by the indefatigable labors of
Mr. Murphy, who was too busy at the time to keep
in close touch with orders from headquarters.
Mr. Murphy was formerly editor of "The New
Century," a Catholic weekly of Washington, D. C.t
and by his sound judgment and promptness of ac
tion he has added another brilliant chapter to the
record of Catholics' participation in the great war.
In all the great centers of America preparations
are actively going forward for a beat-all-records'
celebration of St. Patrick's Day of this year. It is
high time for action in this direction in the Twin
Cities. We cannot afford to let this momentous
period in the history of Erin pass without due and
fitting observance of the anniversary of the great
Irish apostle who has indeed become the patron
saint of nearly all mankind, so universal are the
tributes paid to him.
We quote from the Butte Independent an appeal
to the people of that city in behalf of the demonstra
tion that is to take place there which equally applies
to the situation here:
Owing to the crisis which the election and assem
bling of the Sinn Fein Parliament in Ireland has
brought about, every possible effort of the committee
in charge of the arrangements is being put forth
with the idea and the determination of eclipsing
all previous observances of the national holiday.
It is hoped that whatever the differences of Irish
men in the past might have been, that now when
the Motherland is emerging to the Liberty and the
independence for which she has sacrificed so much
during the terrible ordeal of her enforced connec
tion with England, that these differences, always
trivial and never fundamental, may be forgotten in
face of that better day, which under the guiding
Providence of God and the magnificent courage of
our people at home seems to be now happily dawn
mg for the Old Land. All-over the country Irish
men are closing their ranks and working harmon
iously for the greatest St. Patrick's Day celebration
which ever took place in America. It surely is not
too much to hope that the Irish people here will do
likewise, and thus convince the enemies of Ireland
by the strength and the orderliness of our demon
stration that we are capable of rising above the
squalid petty factionism which is at once the bane
and the curse of the Irish character. "Shame on us
countrymen, shame on us all," if in this glorious
hour of our country's career, it will be said- of us
that we Irishmen and women could not subordinate
our little petty personal quarrels and vanities to
the entrancing vision of freedom which now unfolds
itself before our Motherhood, and in the realization
of which we should all deem it a privilege and an
honor to participate no matter in how humble a
By Legionnaire Bowe, John Bowe of Canby, Minn.
We are pleased to acknowledge receipt of a copy
r-f "%Siers
15. 1919
Region (Peterson Linotyping
Chicago, Publishers) by Private Jack Bowe,
soldier of the Legion of France, Minnesota mayor,
produce commission merchant, and farmer of Canby,
Minnesota, which is a war book of unusual type
and of genuine interest and value. It is beauti
fully printed and bound, and is a typographical gem
in appearance. It contains about 300 pages of the
war experience of Jack Bowe, the author, who
served in the Fore gn Legion of France for about
two years up to the fall of 1917.
In its twenty-one chapters is comprised a racy,
breezy^ and vivid portrayal of the adventures of
the writer in the campaign in which the Legion took
part. The strong and unique personality of the
into almost every line of the
thrilling and dramatic narrative, which grips the
reader with the facility and instantaneousness of a
good moving picture. Indeed, it would not be a
difficult task to transform the incidents of the story
mto a first class scenario. But we would not have
it so, because no movie production could fully do
justice to the chunks of homely philosophy and
humor with which the pages bristle.
But the "Soldiers of the Legion" has also its
more serious and contemplative features. The re
action that takes place in the mind and soul of the
soldier, who has perhaps never before thought ser
iously of the things of eternity, he looks upon the
lifeless, torn bodies of his comrade is presented
with cogency and vividness. In the strong days of
his youth he remembers now his Creator. He knows
his absent comrade spirit lives—as does his own,
responding to that urge to victory! And he knows
that they shall both return unto God who grave
The soldiers wtfo have traversed the scenes of
the events of the world war will be particularly
to run over the pages of Legionnaire Bowe's
book. The story of his various adventures will
serve to recall and re-impress upon their minds their
?wn experiences, since everything that is recounted
is viewed from the standpoint of the man in the
trenches and its genuine vernacular.
The little volume has already run into the second
edition and bids fair to rank as a "best seller" in
the literature of the war.
It is stated that it is costing the Germans more
than a million dollars a day for the maintenance
the American army in German territoiy. It
pleasant to note that entries have now been begun
on the other side of the ledger column. Germans
of two or three generations hence will still be
puzzling over the balance sheets of the Fatherland,
and cursing the "kultur" of the Kaiser and their
ruthless prf-progenitors.

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