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Volume 10 APOSTOLIC DELEGATE SANG SOL- tne lirst time that tiie papal Utiegate has pontificated at a K. C. conven tion in York. Monsignor Bonzano de 1, v.•,, .I !., the Knights a message from t! i welcoming the tourists who uuii- .i !.•• the Vatican and France 011 Augu Tue 1 1 .•«! only behold for your ives iiie uiuusand miseries whiten overwhelm the professional classes in Germany, we know your hearts would keenly touched, and your svm would flow towards us. Our •u 1 it,*" v.-011 Ul work with fervent zeal if they v-ere only given the opportu nity. V. il you help these Christian artists who are knocking at your hearts and church doors?" THE K. OF C. CONVENTION TMN MASS—EXHIBIT OF RE CONSTRUCTION WORK HELD IN INirW YORK. _\ i clibishop Patrick J. Ilayes direct ed that the solemn Mass with which atl rupreme conventions of the Knights of Columbus are opened, be held in St. Patrick's Cathedral when i!:« thirty-eighth annual K. C. eon lion opened in Now Yon The Most Reverend John lionzano, apostolic delegate to the United States, went to Xew York to ceie .Mass. which all K. of C. i.:i tit 1 gations attended. 1' was The Mass was held on August 3, and was followed r.f•! OGNE ARTISTS ASK AMERI CANS FOR COMMISSIONS—MU TUAL PROFIT IN NEW ORGAN ISATION. ,r,•'! uni 1 ii'S tcr American atlio churches, religious communities individuals to obtain some of the products of lea dim* German paint sculpt•!•.-. engravers, goldsmiths, •., vers am. decorators. are offered by the new Institute for Ecclesiastical Art, recently organized in Cologne with the approval of Archbishop Schui1 At ihe sann- time, it is point- oi:\ American patronage of these artists will help them recuver lrom the detriment which they and their professions have suffered as a oh Oi' the w .r. i ,.v. Frederick W'fue. head of the Institute, who lias appealed to the episcopacy and clergy of the Tiiiled States lor their support, says: i! :. lie men and women of N This new Institute has enlisted in IRISH CATHOLIC POLICE RESIGN LICE COMMISSIONER. Commissioner Smyth of the Royal i,i ii Constabulary, whose speech to !,i i policemen counseling violence :M:i murder caused several of the con •:.Mes to resign, as related in the 1 :towing correspondence, was killed lie County Club of Cork, July 17. 1 i»\v of Commissioner Smyth's as v ination the full text of his speech to the policemen as published by the organ of (he Sinn Fein will be read with interest. Resignations oi Catholics from the ice force in Ireland were an easily 1 :«'seen result of the astounding pub lication made by the Sinn Fein Gov ernment regarding what transpired on Jane 17, at Listowel police bar racks, County of Kerry. Ireland is now divided into four police areas by the British authorities. The area in ch Listowel is situated is com manded bv one Commissioner Smyth. Accompanied by the head of the po lice and military forces of Ireland, Mr. Smyth visited Listowel barracks on !h- date mentioned, assembled the po lio in the day room, and addressed hem. Part of his address, according tu i,he divulged account, ran: The Speech. "I have something of interest to tell you, something that I am sure you would not wish your wives to hear. Sinn Fein has had all the sport up to the present. We are going to have the sport now. We must take the of fensive. Martial law covering all Ire land is to come into operation imme diately. I am promised as many troops from England as I require. Thousands are coming daily. If a po lice barracks is burned, or if the bar racks already occupied is not suitable, then the best house in the locality is to be commandeered, the occupants thrown out in the gutter. Let them die there—the more the merrier. Po^ lice are to lie in ambush and when civilians are seen approaching shout. •Hands up!' Should the order be not immediately obeyed, shoot and shoot •with effect. If the persons carry their hands in their pockets, or are in any way suspicious looking, shoot them down. You may make mistakes occasionally and innocent people may be shot. That cannot be helped. You are bound to get the right parties jtome time. The more you shoot the Ii. by the opening of the first executive session of the convention. Board and committee meetings began August 1. O11 Monday, August 2, the K. C. opened a public exhibition of their re construction work which was held in the grand ball room lobby at the Com modore Hotel. A reduced facsimile of the Lafay ette statue and the bas-reliefs which they will present to France formed the center of the exhibit. The costly baton to be given to Marshal Foch also was on view, with the giant flag with which Foch will unveil the La fayette statue on August 21, when 250 Knights from all the States will at tend the ceremony in Metz. The exhibits included work from all K. C. free night schools for former service men and from the K. C. toy 'shop for shell-shocked soldiers in Washington. Some of the 40,000 serv ice men graduates of the schools were present also to demonstrate their training. ECCLESIASTICAL ART its membership and effort most of the noteworthy artists of Cologne, has es tablished its own workshops and mu seum, and is endeavoring to procure commissions for the execution of or ders. The Institute is enabled to produce monumental and mural paint ing, glass painting, mosaics, weaving, vestments, embroideries, engravings, metal work and the like. Those at the head of the Institute have guar anteed that not only the true artistic quality, but also the real religious spirit shall be expressed in the work undertaken. Prices also are fixed by the Insti tute. No overcharging is tolerated, and there is no need to deal through a middleman, Dr. Witte announces. At the rates of exchange now pre vailing, Americans can profit by the decline of value in the German mark in buying works of art from the In stitute. It is the hope of the artists in the Institute that they will be able to execute orders and forward their work to the United States at great advantage both -to?- themselves and their American patrons. Cologne has for centuries been a center of ecclesiastical art, and be fore the war was renowned every where for the number of its artists and the excellence of their work. Many of these artists and craftsmen were killed or scattered by the war. The rest have been reduced to the most painful straits. WHY IRISH POLICE QUIT 7/HEN INCITED TO MURDER— STARTLING STATEMENT BY PO better I will like you. No policemen will get into trouble for shooting any man. An emigrant ship left an Irish port lately with lots of Sinn Feiners on board. I assure you, men, they will never land.'' This extraordinary oration is stated to have led to a scene of indignant protest by the policemen present, whereupon Mr. Smyth and his com panion officers decamped. The police men have made a vouched declara tion of the facts, on the strength of which the Sinn Fein executive has given them to the world. The publi cation is the sensation of the hour in this countrv. Still OF BISHOPS WELFARE COUNCIL'S WORK IS REVIEWED BY THE BISHOPS. The work of the National Catholic Welfare Council was reviewed and plans were made for new progress dur ing the coming year at a meeting of the Administrative Committee of the Council in Chicago on July 28-9. Attending the sessions, which were held in the Loyola University School of Sociology in the Ashland block, were the chairman, Most Rev. Arch bishop Hanna, the vice-chairman, Right Rev. Bishop Muldoon, Most Rev. Archbishop Dowling, Right Rev. Bish op Schrembs and Rev. Father John Burke, C. S. P., the general secretary. "We have just planned and sent out some things for the coming year," said Father Burke. "These we will re port to the meeting of the Hierarchy in Washington September 22 to 24. We also reviewed the work done so far." SEHRYJIWE ROCHESTER INSTITUTION TO OB SERVE ANNIVERSARY. The fiftieth anniversary of the found ing of St. Andrew's Preparatory Semi nary of Rochester, N. Y., will be com memorated in September. The sem inary was established by Bishop Mc Quaid after his return from the Vati can Council and was opened on Sep tember 15, 1870, with a small regis tration of students. Bishop Hiekey has appointed a com mittee of priests to make the arrange menttf for the jubilee celebration. 1 LAYMEN'S HOLD COUNCIL SOON TO TS FIRST CONVEN TION. The call for the first convention of the National Laymen's Council, to be held in Washington the last week in September, will be sent out this month by the Board of Directors of that or ganization and promises to bring to gether delegates from all national Catholic men's societies as well as representative laymen appointed by the spiritual heads of every archdio cese in the United States. The board of directors will meet early next month to outline the complete pro gram for the convention. Edward .T. Tobin, of San Francisco, who was recently appointed a mem ber of the board of directors, has ex pressed his conviction that the Lay men's Council will bring about the liv ing results so much desii-ed by active Catholic laymen. "In fact," said Mr. Tobin. "such an organization has been a dream of mine for years and I am pleased to know that that dream is about lo be realized." Richmond Dean, chairman of the board, has announced that John D. Ryan, of New York, and George T. Slade, of St. Paul, have accepted ap pointments as members of the board of directors of the organization. A CATHOLIC DESCENDANT OF LUTHER APPOINTED PASTOR IN COLORADO. Rev. Alovsius Luther, O. S. B.. a de scendant of Martin Luther, founder of Protestantism, has been appointed pastor of St. John the Baptist's Church at Longmont. Colo., to succeed Rev. Father Leo Eichenlaub, O. S. B., who has been transferred to Boulder. The appointment of Father Luther was made by the Right Rev. Abbot Aurelius Stehle, O. S. B., of St. Vin cent's arch-abbey, Beatty, Pa. In various parts of Pennsylvania there are many descendants o£ Luther. Like Father Aloysius, they are Catho lics. POWER OF CATHOLIC DEPUTIES IN NEW GERMAN REICHSTAG TWO NEW GROUPS FORMED. The power of the Catholic deputies in the new German Reichstag is com mented upon by Les Nouvelles Re ligieuses in a recent article which surveys the late elections from a Catholic point of view and points out that to the Center party's force of sixty-eight votes must be added the eighteen deputies of the Bavarian Popular Party and five Hanovarians, all of whom, in all great questions vi tally affecting Catholics, would very likely vote as one. With this strength, it points out, the Catholic elements form a compact force of 93 out of 460 votes, which no party can afford to ignore. In the old parliament the Centrists had 86 members, but the Bavarians, who openly seceded as a protest against tlit Socialist-Center coalition policy of Former Minister of Finance Mathias Erzberger, have recently proved their strength by again gain ing control of the Bavarian govern ment, which the Socialists had dom inated since the revolution. Herr von Kahr, a Catholic and prominent mem ber of the Bavarian Center, has been made premier. A pledge of unity of action was adopted at a recent conference of the Center party in Berlin, but despite this, there have already been formed two new groups, with policies of their own—the Christian Middle Class Union and the Catholic Nobility As sociations. SWISS CATHOLICS PROGRESS IS NOTABLE IN PROT ESTANT COUNTRY. In 1873 the Church of the Augustin ians, which was the only one pos sessed by the Catholics of Zurich, was taken away from them. Hardly half a century has slipped away and Zu rich can now boast of four Catholic parishes the number of Catholics has increased to such an extent that the building of a fifth parochial Church appears necessary. In 1860 the Catholics in Zurich numbered 2,547 in 1870, they were 3,377 and in 1880, they stood 4,771 Nowadays, out of the 208,000 in habitants of the town, 70,000 are Cath olics. During the year 1919, the number of Catholic Workers' unions jumped to 205, which shows an increase of 43 over the year 1918. The number of the members rose at the same time from 2,257 to 13,538. On December 31, the Federation of Catholic Workers' unions grouped to gether 149 sections and 21,099 mem bers, thereby showing as y*ue*se of 1,730 members. 1 ST. PAUL, MINN., AUGUST 7, 1920 WESTERN PRELATE BUSY MONTH. SPENDS Right Rev. Bishop M. C. Lenihan, Great Falls, Mont., has returned from a trip to the southern part of his di ocese. During his absence. Bishop Lenihan dedicated ten new churches, and rededicated two churches at Liv ingston and Glendive that had been enlarged. lie also blessed the Kather ine Sheehan Fratt Memorial School at Billings, erected two years ago at a cost of $80,000. The bishop attended the Catholic Indian Congress at Pop lar, July 10, 11 and 12. He officiated on Sunday, July 11, and administered the sacracent of Confirmation to over 100 Indians. During his visit to St. Xavier Mission, Piior agency, Bishop Lenihan confirmed 172 Crow Indians. WOMEN OPPOSE DIVORCE CATHOLIC WOMEN OF ITALY FACTOR IN FIGHT ON DIVORCE. Catholic women of Italy proved im portant factors in the opposition to the Marangoni divorce bill, which led by the Italian Popular party has forced the proponents of that measure to admit the futility of attempting to put it through the Chamber of Depu ties at the present sessions and has caused the postponement of further action until the fall sessions. The campaign waged by the League of Catholic Women was founded on the principle of pitiless publicity for the measure. Every town and hamlet of the country wras included in the campaign, which was educational in character and carried out by means of posters published broadcast. II MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR DR. MAGRUDER IN NATIONAL CAPITAL. Services were held in Washington, D. C„ July 29, in St. Paul's Church for the repose ofKhe soul of the late Dr. Eriiest A. Magruder, former asso ciate surgeon and professor of clinical medicine at Georgetown University hospital, whose remains were recently brought back from Serbia, where he died while laboring heroically in 1915. Dr. Magruder was one of the first American physicians to volunteer for overseas work with the American Red Cross. He was put in charge of thir teen hundred patients in a Red Cross hospital in Serbia. The hospital was a huge tobacco factory, where the pa ients had lain for months without medical attention or sanitary arrange ments and in the resultant typhus epi demic Dr. Magruder wras stricken down. Charged with the duty of send ing supplies to Belgrade, he stood by his post despite the illness, and when finally induced to go to the city the disease had advanced so far that he soon died. The Right Rev. Monsignor James F. Mackin celebrated the Mass and the Rev. John B. Creedon, president of Georgetown University, preached the sermon. ST. CHRISTOPHER AUTOISTS URGED TO ASK PRO TECTION OF ANCIENT SAINT. Devotion to St. Christopher, patron of travelers, and now regarded as a particular patron of automobilists, wras urged upon the parishioners of St. Philip and James' Catholic Church, Baltimore, by the Rev. John E. Wade, the pastor, on the occasion of the Saint's feast day. Father Wade urged the wearing of medals of St. Christopher and the placing of them in automobiles when journeys were to be taken, and spe cial intercession to the Saint, partic ularly in times of danger on the road. St. Christopher, according to a leg end, was one day standing by a stream when he saw a small boy anxious to cross. Placing the lad on his hack he bore him through the stream. The boy proved to be the Christ Child, whence came the name Christopher, or Christ-bearer. Mem bers of Father Wade's parish who were aviators in the war carried St. Christopher medals with them. Re cently Our Lady of Loretto was des ignated patroness of aviators. CUT OFF jSUIT SON The late Sir Henry Burdett, founder of a medical journal, The Hospital, whose will has just been proved, cut off his son with 100 pounds on the ground that he is a Jesuit. Father Francis Heathcote Burdette, S. J., who is stationed at Wardour Castle, Eng land, is left 100 pounds and no more, for, as his father's will says, "I have not given him a share in my residu ary estate by reason of his having be come a member of the Roman Catho lic society known as the Society of Jesus, and knowing that such society would claim mj sbare given to my son," CATHOLIC YOUNG MEN'S NA TIONAL UNION TO MEET. Inspired by the thought that the ideals toward which the organization has been striving in the forty-five years of its existence are bearing fruit in the establishment of the Na tional Catholic Laymen's Council, the representatives of the 200,000 mem bers of the Catholic Young Men's Na tional Union will meet for their forty sixth annual convention in New York on August 28 and 29. The sessions will be held at Hotel Vanderbilt. Plans and details of the manner in which the annual Catholic Laymen's Council hopes shortly to establish Catholic civic centers for young men, and a training school wherein young men may be equipped for social serv ice work, will be discussed at the meeting. Twenty-two states, in which the or ganization has 693 branches, will be represented at the convention. The officers of the Young Men's Catholic Union include the Most Rev. P. J. Hayes, New York, spiritual director Michael J. Slattery, LL.D., president Edward R. Reagon, vice-president Charles L. Euart, second vice-presi dent, and Thomas J. Thornton, secre tary-treasurer. VENESABLE_PR!EST DEAD DEATH OF CHINESE PRIEST AN NOUNCED. The Bishop of Hong Kong has an nounced to the American Foreign Missions of Maryknoll the death of a venerable Chinese priest—Father An drew Leong. Father Leong was S3 years old and had been a priest for fifty-eight years. The greater portion of his life was spent in the evangelization of South ern China, and he became familiar with many dialects during his years of travel. Father Leong was much loved by the residents of Hong Kong, where he has recently lived. He was buried in the Happy Valley cemetery, close to the grave of America's first Apostle to China—Reverend Thomas F. Price of Maryknoll. MOTHER GENERAL ELECTED Rt. Rev. Joseph Chartrand, Bishop of Indianapolis, presided on July 21, at Terre Haute, Ind., at the installa tion of Mother Mary Cleophas, who was re-elected Mother-General of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of the-Woods, Ind. A GENEROUSJENEFACTOR LEFT $8,000 FOR ERECTION OF STATUES IN CATHOLIC CHURCHES. Executors of the will of the late Bernard Conroy, of Washington, D. C. have been directed to spend $8,000 for the erection of statues in three Wash ington Catholic churches, according to the provisions of the will, recently filed for probate, and they are empow ered to select the churches in which the statues will be erected. Bequests are made in favor of several relatives of the deceased and a sum of money is set aside for the celebration of Masses for the repose of his soul and the souls of deceased relatives. After all bequests are paid the remainder of the estate is to be divided between the Little Sisters of the Poor and St Joseph's Asylum of Washington, V&J lullefin. ING HERE MANY ARE EXPECTED IN U. S. IN NEAR FUTURE. Heavy immigration of Belgians may be expected within the next few years, according to Monsignor J. F. Stillemans, director of the Belgian Bureau, which cares for Catholic im migrants from Belgium and Holland. "At present,'' said Father Stille mans, "not many Belgians are arriv ing in this country, owing to the dif ficulties of obtaining passpoi'ts, and the vise of the American consuls abroad. Very few of the Belgian girls now coming here are of the type that will engage in housework. Most of them are of the better educated class and are admitably suited for govern esses. "But heavy immigration must be ex pected in the future. So many people in Belgium are so upset that they nat urally look elsewhere for a new start in life, and America's participation in the war, as well as its splendid relief work in Belgium, has caused them to turn their eyes more and more to this country. "Another factor is that many Bel ians who were in England during the war learned the English language, and therefore are better fitted to make their way in this country." THE CHURCH IN BOHEMIA SLOVAKIA SCHISM HAS BEEN QUELLED BY AUTHORITIES— DR. VANCE, WHO AIDED ^SUP PRESSION, ACCORDED HONORS —PRIESTS ARE IN DIRE DIS- TRESS. One incident in the stormy career of the Catholic Church in Czecho-Slo vakia has been closed by the depart ure of the Rev. Dr. Vance, of the arch diocese of Westminster in England, who is leaving Prague after a resi dence in the city of more than a year. During his stay in the Republic, Dr. Vance incurred the wrath of the anti Catliolic faction by his stirring de fense of the Church, both in the press and in the pulpit, and his call to loyal Catholics to rally to the defense of their Church at a time when it was sought to undermine their allegiance, and to lead them away to the schis matic faction, which has now been ex-communicated by the Holy Office. Honors to Dr. Vance. On the eve of Dr. Vance's depart ure for England, where he has been recalled by his Ordinary, a banquet was given in his honor. The chair was taken by Prince Adolf Schwarzen berg, and among the guests were the Papal Nuncio, Mgr. Micara, and mem bers of the British colony in Prague. The Archbishop of Prague, Mgr. Kor dac, had hoped to be present at the function, but was prevented at the last moment by sickness. In recognition of the services to the Catholic Church in Bohemia, Arch bishop Kordac has conferred on Dr. Vance the title of Counsellor of the Consistory of Prague, which is the highest honor at the disposal of the Archbishop. The Faculty of Theology of the University of Prague is also de sirous of conferring some honor on Dr. Vance, while a lengthy document, signed by hundreds of Czech and Ger man-Bohemian Catholics, has been sent to the Holy Father, testifying to the important work done by the Doc tor during his stay in the Republic. What the Catholic Church had to contend with in Czecho-Slovakia is well known now" to Catholics in every part of the world. An insidious movement was started that aimed at Catholic Home-Finding Society GIRL BABIES MOST SOUGHT SAY HEADS OF CATHOLIC HOME GREAT WORK BEING DONE BY ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION FOUND ED BY BISHOP MULDOON. "Why is it that nobody wants the boy babies, while the little girls are at premium?" The question was asked by Miss Clara C. Hellman, of Chicago, assist ant to Superintendent Edward Houli an of the Catholic Home Finding Association of Illinois, after three women had left the association's of fices, because they could not get the sort of little girl children they sought. Superintendant Houlihan, who is state deputy of the Knights of Colum bus, which order maintains the Home Finding Association, is equally anxious about the future of the boy babies. "We have applications on hand from very fine Catholic family homes for irl children, more applications than we can find children in the institu tions to supply, but the boy problem is very trying at times. Sometimes wre are able to convince a family that applies for a girl that a boy is just as good, but not always. Once in a a while a man or woman looking for a girl will be taken to some cunning little lad in the orphanage, and that settles the future of the boy. He will have a good home. "But I have often thought as I look at the lonesome little chaps in the orphanage that some family may be missing a chance to give the world a great man, by not taking them into the family home where the oppor tunity to expand mentally and spirit ually, and to become independent forceful citizens is present. However, I am not a critic, for even during the stress of the industrial unrest and the high cost of living, 138 homes were open last year to the homeless little ones of our institutions." The Catholic Home Finding Asso ciation of Illinois, is a realization of a vision of Rt. Rev. P. J. Muldoon, bishop of Rockford, and chairman of the board of administration of the National Catholic War Council. Bishop Muldoon is state chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, and so when he went into the state council of the order about ten years ago and related his vision he received prompt support. The state council began the founda tion of the association by im posing a small per capita tax on the members of the order. Late in the year 1914 this fund had reached a size so as to insure the financial support of the work, and the organization plans were so far per fected as to warrant the completion of the association. A directorate repre senting the Chicago Archdiocese, and the dioceses of Alton, Rockford, Peo ria and Belleville was selected and U **l$Tr^S°rA Number 31 the establishment of a Czech National Church, whose object was separation from Rome. The movement would have been serious enough had it been confined entirely within ecclesiastical limits. But when it became secretly fostered by the social Democrats, who managed to place themselves secure ly within the government, the move ment assumed proportions that, were alarming for the Church. It was dur ing these troublous times that Dr. Vance, with the permission of Cardi nal Bourne, went to Prague and placed himself at the disposal of Arch bishop Kordac, who was then newly appointed to fill the archdiocese va cated by Archbishop von I-Iuyn. The troubles of the Church in this Republic are far from ended. But the air is cleared the Bull of Ex-commu nication issued by the Holy O i e showed exactly where the loyal Cath olics and the schismatics stood, :u in that direction there is now no lon er any uncertainty. But the sot hi 1 Democrats are still strong, and tho Czech Catholic Popular Party, al though it won a decisive victory i n the recent elections, has to bring i its forces to bear on the anti-cleri a and spoliatory measure which the So cial Democrats, allied with the Radi cals, are trying to force on the coun try, to the e v i e n e i e n of e Church. Suffering of Bohemian Priests. In Bohemia the Church is suffering a great deal from poverty. The patri mony of the Church has shrunk con siderably on account of the fall in ex change, and also by the confiscation of much church property, which ha been handed over to the ex-communi cated schismatics. So that, the loyal priests are suffering a great deal from lack of food and clothing. Their an nual stipend is now worth practically nothing, and the prices of the necessi ties of life have risen appallingly. For example, if a needy priest desir-s to provide himself with a new cassock it would be necessary for him to de vote every cent of his stipend for two years to get the price of a cassoek. In the meantime he would have noth ing whatever to live on. So in order to live—and bis living is of the scan tiest—the unfortunate priest has to wear rags. Such is the poverty of the Czech Catholic clergy. officers elected. A superintendent was chosen and offices opened in Chi cago. The association was a going concern by March 1, 1915. The number of placements went to 92 before March 1, 1919, and the to a o 1 3 8 e a e a s y e a a v e e promise of the great, future of the work, which is supported wholly by the Knights of Columbus, and in real* ity costs but a pittance compared with the great good accomplished and the saving to the state. BISHOP GIVES RETREAT Rt. Rev. D. M. Gorman, Bishop of Poise, Idaho, will conduct the annual retreat of the clergy of the Portland, Oregon, diocese, which will be held this year at Columbia University, Portland, beginning Monday, August 16, and closing Friday, August 20. MJLiliCS SANER ELEMENTS NOMINATE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. The announcement from Mexico City, received through official chan nels, that Alfredo Roblez Dominguez has been nominated by the recently organized Republican Party, intro duces a new speculative element in the Mexican political situation. The Republican Party, which is made up of various scattered conservative groups, gives promise of constituting in Mex ico what the Catholic "Center" is in Germany. It represents the first ef fort of the Catholic element of the population to formulate a civic pro gram, and to counteract the political activities of the radicals who flocked to Mexico during the war and still ex ercise a pronounced influence. FOCH In order to give the Catholic Athletic Society a new testimonial of his great sympathy, Marshal Foch promised to preside over the Annual Celebrations of the Sporting Societies of the Seine. The Sporting Federation of Catholic Societies, which group together near ly 1,800 societies and 150,000 mem bers, sent to the war 70,000 of its ad herents, the greater part of them be ing rewarded for their valor. A num ber who started out as privates won a commission on the battlefield. At least 20,000 lost their lives on the field of honor, following the example of their general secretary, Charles Si mon, who, although free from all mil itary obligations on the front on ac count of his age, enlisted in the in fantry and died a hero at Neuvilta Saint-Vast in 1915, -i..