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THE TIMES: FEBRUARY 1, 1918 ' 'X; ''
CHESTE 3. CLOT : ! . . .. - 1 1 i The Chester Clothes Shops held out to the last! While most Cloth ing scores took advance of wcr ccRdiSicns by raising their prices al the expense ol (he pub ic, we heM steadfast fo our price o3 $11. WKh mm mom mil s cummaiideered by the U. S. Goverum:!.!, vvltli most huge factories row turning oul hhaM soils tor "U. S. so diers, we find that our, $11 Suits and Over coals cost over SIS to mariiifeciire! Think of H! We sell them NOW tor LESS than we can MAKE them. 01 course, we could RAISE ttrcm to SIS, and they would still be wonderful va'ues. lot iintruellons have been received to DISCONLNUE TEE ENTIRE $11 LINE. ! And Here Plan P g.i si.' ti9ffiX ftr-AlL M & - i'4 ' .? "V 7 VsP - CHESTER,, CITHt.Jw. . , - vAT f J - '4 it.i . 'CetiE of tV To,'rii nf rrfw.-fr.. -jf r;. Ma crafiJT. 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IER ClQME' WORN IN ALL CITIES. This Tra1f-M Is Painted on Our Wtndowa. 1198 Main Street HERBERT COREY DEFENDS POPE' NEUTRAL STAN Famous ""Writer Says the Vatican Has Been Mis represented Dur ing War. (Herbert Corey) . Parts, Dec. 18. "One of the great sources cf pro-German propaganda In Italy Is the Vatican." One hears that statement on every either side in the war. "It is a question of politics," one American Catholic told me. "If you believe in the church you fight the Masons. If you are against the church for any reason whatever you nat urally train with the Masons." But after sifting all the evidence th"t came to my hands I believe it may be said that the Pope is a real and earnest neutral. It may be that he would incline somewhat toward Austria, as the one great Catholic power left in Europe, and toward Germany, as the one great Protestant power which has favored the church. And it must be remembered that he thinks of France as the "atheist re public" since France broke off all re lations with the Vatican, and that Great Britain had no representative at the Vatican. Nevertheless I believe the opinion of fair-minded men in Italy is that the Pope has not consciously favored hand. Yet I believe it is wholly un- true, at least in the form outlined above. It is difficult to get at the truth of any matter involving the church in Italy, where the witnesses called are apt to be either devout churchmen or rabidly anti-church. An American finds his standards of value . constantly overturned. With us a Ma on is merely a member- of a secret , orderof perhaps the most Import ant secret order. In Italy the order of Mamon Im avowedly and-- bitterly nctlvaly tntl-clarlcaX But that merely opens the discus sion of the Vatican question. When an Italian speaks of the "Vatican" he does not mean precisely what an American does. To an American the Vatican means the Pope. To an Ital ian the Vatican means the College of Cardinals, the Pope's household the officials and officers. The Pope may mean and do one thing, and yet the influence that exudes irom tnj Vatican may be quite in the other di rection. So, I believe, it baa been in the preeent lnata.no. - Jack Lawton, Mgr. The Pope has been neutral. But among the men surrounding him are many men who have been actively pro-German. It is not likely that statement will be challenged, for it is merely a re petition of a fact as well known as the laws governing solar phenomena. There was the case of Mgr. Gerlach for example. He was the Pope's chamberlain. For years he had been the Pope's warmest friend. They were fellow clerks together in the Vatican year ago, and Gerlach man aged to hold on to the tails of the Pope's vestments ever since. The story goes that when the Pope won his first considerable promotion, years ago, his chum Gerlach sent him a telegram : "I'm the first to tell you that you will be Pope some day. Remember me when that day comes." Gerlach was the first appointment the Pope made after he took posses sion of the holy chair. Yet Gerlach was sentenced by the Italian courts to twenty years' imprisonment for al leged complicity - in a German plot which resulted Jii the torpedoing of three Italian vessels. Even those who do not beleive that Gerlach was guil ty as charged think that "they may have 'had something on him." At all events, Gerlach was permitted to es cape from Italy. Even after one rea lizes the extreme bitterness of Italian politics, one feela that Gerlach's char aater ia sadly in need of renovation. BRIDGEPORT, CONN. f ALL ALTERATIONS FREE COME TOMORROW 10 extra salesmen to wait on you Gerlach had the entire confidence of the Pope, whose friends say that he is a childlike and singularly un worldly man. It is obvious that Ger lach was able to create around him self in his capacity as papal cham berlain an organization of which the potentialities are almost unlimited. Remember that the papal mail comes through uncensored from all coun tries. It would be the easiest thing in the world for a dishonorable man, set close to the Pope's person, to ar range for a system of interchange of information. There is no known plan of getting information to the enemy which quite equals the possibilities of this scheme and it must be re called that Gerlach did not stand. trial, but fled the country. There are many others in the great Vatican organization who are known to be pro-German. This is not to be held as remarkable, when it is re called that the greater part of com mercial and intellectual Itr.ly was actively pro-German shortly before the war. Some of these men, no doubt, have been willing to take ad vantage of their positions as Gerlach was. Others have quite unintention ally "afforded aid and comfort to the enemy" by their actions. The Pope has issued several appeals for peace, or rather suggestions that the bellig erents try to come together and make peace. They have not been calls for peace at any- price. - Yet they have been represented to the ignorant peasant soldiers by priests and sisters who are without doubt transparently sincere as calls for "The Pope's Peace." These poor men have been led to believe that the Holy Father was ask ing for peace, and that in refusing to make peace they were standing out against the-vice-regent of God A pray er chain went the rounds of the church in Italy, too, in which each re cipient was bidden, under threat of some vague penalty to pass it on to seven others who should each pray for peace and pass on the prayer. The Pope himself scotched this snake. He sent out a letter forbidding the people of his church to pass on this prayer, but prayer chains are notor iously hard things to kill. At last accounts it was still clanking on in the recesses of the Italian hills. The Pope has maae it quite clear in Italy that he is a patriot as well as a churchman. He has asked for prayers for the repelling of the invad er and forbidden his clergy to inter fere on behalf of the enemy. The priests who were deceived by the manipulation of the Pope's previous appeal for peace by the pro-German propagandists have, I am assured amended their attitude. But in a country In which politics and reli gion are rather deeply intermingled it is inevitable that certain men and women of the church, being pro German at heart, have made use of their church positions to further the- pqiica tliiw love. That the Pope is a devoted neutral may be, I think, accepted as the ver ity. That the official attitude of the Catholic Church in Italy is entirely patriotic I heartily believe. But there have been men who have prosecuted their treasonable designs under cov er of the church's cloak. N. Y. Globe WATERBURYHAS CUSTOMERS FOR GOLDBRICK MEN Waterbury, Feb. l" Two of the three alleged confidence men arrested in this city, who gave their ' names as Maurice Begler, of 180th street, Bronx, N. Y., Joseph Gordon of Provi dence, and Joseph Rebacki, of 213 East Fourth street, New York, and who are held by the local police on the charge of selling imitation gold to Samuel Cooper, a local clothing merchant, were identified today as having been implicated in similar transaction in other cities. Joseph Baneky, of Naugatuck, identified Beg ler as the man who had sold him $500 worth of counterfeit money in this city about a year ago. George Gison, a Willimantic junk dealer, recognized Gordon as the man who worked the gold, brick game on him for $2,500 about two weeks ago. The three men are held under $5,000 bond each, I ITALIANS MAKE SUDDEN ATTACK; ADVANCELINES Rome, Feb. 1 The Austrians at tacked . yesterday on the Asiago plateau in an attempt fo drive the Italians from their newly won posi tion on Monte di Val, Bella, the war office announced today. The enemy. however, was unable to reach the Italian line. The Italians, by a sudden attack at dawn yesterday, advanced their lines as far ast th tapnrl rf tho Tolo m miia.. . j in this sector. G. O. P. HEADS TO MEET. A meeting of the Republican Town Committee, to be presided over by John T. King, is scheduled for to night. t The committee will discuss probable appointees to the police and fire departments. There are about 30 vacancies to be filled in each de partment and it is expected appoint ments will be made next week. No merchant ever failed if he advertised as WELL and as MUCH as he could.