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Established 1899
Established 1884
i Consolidated October 2 1899
Published Every Saturday by The Intermountain
Catholic Publishing Company 249 Main Street Salt
Lake City Utah Telephone 5G7
I Remittances should be made by poslofliqe or ex
press money orders drafts or registered ICttfcrs x
Subscriber removing from one place to another
and desiring papers changed fchould always give for
mer as well as present address
The Reverend Clergy are requested to send to THE
INT13RMOUXTAIX CATHOLIC new contributions
II of interest to their respective parishes
tlntered in the Postoilicc at Salt Lake as Second
1 clist Matter
Editor Intermountain Catholic
T My Dear Sn Replying to your layer asking my
approval of The liuermountam Catholic since its es
tablishment in this diocese 1 will state that 1 consider
the founding of a Catholic paper in Salt Lake not the
least of the many blessings bestowed by Providence
on thf Church here during the past two rears Its
birth occurred at an opportune tune Its sseal in prop
igating Catholic truth has had since its inception
nr hejirty though silent approval I believe with
Our Holy Father that a good Catholic journal is a
perpetual mission in a parish and that it nill serve
as a question box at all times for anxious inquirers
In my visitations 1 shall hope to find The Intermoun
f tain Catholic in the home of every Catholic family
liS mission Is to espouse truth justice and morality
and all devoted priests will find it an able coopera I
tor in their missionary work It is my wish that all
ny priests and the laity entrusted to my charge I I
hould encourage your noble effort and that of the
nerous founder of The Intermountain Catholic I I
Yours sincerely L SCANLAN
Bishop of Salt Lake i i
Salt Lake City Oct 2 1000
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n I I
I Gel it my duty to protect Catholics and the pub
11 I generally from fraud and imposition by notifying
them from time to time that no person bearing the
name and garb of a priest or sister or anyone else
is authorized or permitted to solicit or collect in this I
Diocese for any purpose whatever connected with the
Catholic Church without having from me permission
in writing bearing my seal and signature Should I
anyone be found engaged in doing this unlawful work
or collecting without such a document he or she as
the case may be should be regarded by all as a fraud
and an imposter L SCANLAN
Bishop of Salt Lake
Nov 20 1S09
After ail if Shamrock fails
to lift the cup
I iWc is Lou Dillon who trotted a mile the other
carOi day iu two minutes The Irish dont want the
Premier Combes did not get j
A Picolo obhgato
i His optic we arc told but met 4 r
A disconsolate tomato
Chicago Tribune
A town in Indiana called Windfall bears out
its name an the notoriety it achieves through Alex
ndcr IFergusOn a County Tyro e Irishman who
ha s passedhis one hundred and twelfth milestone
jnd l sees better now than he could fifty years ago
j LMig life to you Mr Ferguson and the glory you
cive to Windfall and Tyrone I
The report comes from Washington that thc
secretary of the interior has approved The award
of the contract for the
construction of an irri
a1ing ctmsl connecting the Truckee and Carson
rhers in Nevada This is the first definit action
fikon by the department looking to actualcon
struction under the reclamation act Ultimately
tliis project is expected to reclaim about 300000
axes of arid land in Nevada and California
A pcnnine feeling of regret is felt over the bad
luck which Sir Thomas Lipton has had with his
throe Shamrocks Two races have already been
111ot l to him and the third attempt which came off
Thursday was declared off because of a dead wind
rn i good wind the Reliance would have certainly
IJ > wn licr Jicel J to the challenger as she did before
r the Shamrock was far behind when the race
vi N t declared off No American would deny the
Jitty 1 Sir Tom One race out of the three and no
lii 1 Iy 1 would
grieve much should he lift the cUP
A Mrs Zicklpr of iMlan Ida
r < ued l before a district court of that state to
JIIIte i an action for divorce Just as her
case was
flckte a younger woman presented
present a similar
inplaint Till latter was Mrs Zicklers daugh
r Heres an instance of the divorce
lvorce disease
inning through a family like the measles Sup
1 c we drop academic discussions
on bacilli shake I
T our alarm over the discovery of typhoid germs 1
1 drinking water and apply ourselves toward sug I
c ting some kind of quarantine on divorce
The front page of urn T Fcssenger Worcester
Af r last we > k bore a fine illustration of the new
si 1 Marys church at Spencer Mass the rectory
j 1 1 convent To the right is the little church
1I1ih 1 in 1S5S In 1S30 not one Catholic lived in I
I vppn < er today Catholics exceed all the sects
i 1 nchCauadians and Irish embrace tha bulk of
Il I Catholic population and no doubt intermar
i uro is frequent Latin and Celt produce a splen
id njM of oak alongside the decaying Bt efilf of
AndoSaxon Puritanism
In > Monday the Feast of St Bartholomew two
TI < is were consecrated hi in
bishops ill sections of our
t ui t irv wide apart Rev C 7 OReilly was clc
I itd 1 to the heirarcjiy by Archbishop Christie at
I irt land Ore for the new diocese oj EakcrCty
Ore Al New York in St Patricks cathedral
rilher Colton formerly pastor of St Stephens
hurch wit consecrated bishop of Buffalo thus
rssumins the place made vacant by Bishop Quig
Ifv l whr he was elevated to the archepiscopal
of Chicago Nut a word regarding either event
ached this city by Associated Press
i < nor did we
find ay nn ntion Ill Chicago or Denver papers
usually irplr with unimportant paragraphs from
U all n4r the country Evidently the Associated
Press ib determined to Iced the reading public
I j
on nothing butthc sensational which turns up in
I Rome
It is possible that the cure of n toothache should
be as truly miraculous as the instantaneous cure
of caries but to record the toothache cure in
print as a favor for which public thanjvtgiving is
o be returned is to afflict the good taste of the
Catholic body and to invite the derision of the
ungodly withput any show of reason says Ave
Haria Ainong the thanksgivings recorded in a
pious periodical for July we find the following
Cure of a severe earache increase of salary
speedy cure of a swollen neck cure of a weak back
belief from toothache the finding of a good private
boarding house relief from pain in the head IIII I
allthese cases thebencficiaricb do well to be grate
ful if they believe that these favors have come to
them through the pious use of a sacred badge or
the agency of blessed water but it is morally
impossible for others to share their belief and
hence we question the wisdom of the publication
4 I
Tha fruit of one priests mission is given in a
private letter from a subscriber in Montpelier
The Ecv Father Hendrickx of Montpelier
Ida has up to the present time enrolled sixty
seven nonCatholics in the true church These
converts were taken from the Lutheran loth
I oclist Presbyterian Episcopal and Mormon denom
inations All arc very sincere converts and their
only deire is that God in his infinite mercy may
bring their relatives from the darkness of false
belief into the admirable light of the children of
the only true ark of salvation
The field in which the reverend gentleman
works is an extensive one It embraces the fol
lowing places Fontpelicr Bailey Creek Lago
Soda Springs Bench Bancroft Lava Dcmpscy
JfcCammon American Falls Garden Valley
fountain Home Hotspring and other localities
far away from the railroad May God continue
to bless the efforts of the missionary
Rev W S Ivress also a member of the
apostolate for Ohio came to help Father Hen
drickx and the future will declare that the seed
sown by Father Kress will not have fallen upon
barren soil 1 I
Very few readers kept themselves posted on a
war which has been going on at varying periods
since 1S70 between the government of The Nether I
lands and the country of the Acliins in the In
dies over which the Dutch lay 1 1 claim to suzerainty I
It is saia now that the two cnici rebel leaders have
formally submitted to the Dutch and the war is
ended But at what sacrifice has peace been ob
tained JJc ling out the los oflives wliich is
the sipjtllcst asset in the European conscience
the Dutch government has expended J000000 to
attain its > end S
Is the game worth the candle Do nations
ever get back thq cost f foreign conquest except
by squeezing the life out of the conquered people
and taxing to death their i o7ii at home A few
Dutch traders may benefit through a treaty be
tween the Sultan of Achins and their own gov
ernment but what of the common people of The
Netherlands who have borne the exactions of a
foreign war
Two hundred million dollars would 1 buy fo >
every family in The Netherlands a little spot to
raise cabbage a cow and a few chickens We j
heard very little of this war just concluded hut j
sometimes we read about the bpread of Socialism
in The NctJietlands Pouringour treasure to sup
press an insurrection abroad is not the chief rea
son given TGr supporting Socialistic theory
but it helps to win the discontented to its side i
An argument for European Socialism stands so
long government is conducted for one class and
leaves the other to live from hand to mouth
Thewditor of the Catholic Register published
at Kansas City Mo was one of the delegates to
I I the recent convention of the Catholic Total Ab
stinence union Like all conventions religious or
I political this one was long on resolutions mid
short on consistency For example one resolution
was adopted pledging support to the Catholic
press Apparently this had a string to it for an
other was adopted according to the Register dep
recating the fact thnt some Catholic papers pub
lish liquor advertisements
What the editor said on the floor of the con
vention while these resolutions or resolution was
up for debate is not given in his paper What
he wrote after he got home and tackled the pr po
sition in his sanctum is a corker for the resolu
tion promoter and the whereas composer The
editor knows whereof he writes and it has been
along the thorny path of newspaper experience
He said
We doubt if there was a stronger advocate of
temperance in that convention than is the editor of
the Catholic Register yet knowirg the inadequate
and halfhearted support given the Catholic press
by Catholic total abstainers generally we are in
clined to excuse the grasping of a few dollars from
the liquor dealer by the flnancijillly embarrassed
Catholic editor We have atteidcd hundreds of conventions
entions of Catholic societies and listened to the
stereotyped resolutions always passed unanimously to
support the Catholic press Perhaps not onefourth
of the members present subscribe to a Catholic paper
not even the member who introduces the resolution
Year after year this farce is kept up by Catholics
who could not tell the name of the Catholic paper
published in their diocese
A And Catholic total abstinence socletlQs are no bet
ter supporters of the Catholic press than are other
Catholicsocieties The Catholic Register in its early
career was obliged to accept advertising condemned
by the Union in order to make up for the lack of
support that it should receIve
from temperance
ple We will admit that
this class of advertising was
distasteful and its publication troubled our conscience
Finally we excluded it thus turning away a very
convenient revenue We wish we could say that our
temperance friends had given us their substantial
approval < but whether they do or not the Catholic
paper is no place for a liquor advertisement and the
Catholic Register will be added to the long list of
defunct Catholic papers before it again prints one
If we read him aright the editors resolve to
exclude the liquor advertisements proceeds from
conscience rather than frojui zeal tospread HIP I I
I i pressed displeasure of the Catholic Total Absti
nonce union although on this point he is not al
I together clear However jf he I has the courage of
I his convictions and his criticism along other lines
is timely and not unjustly severe The newspapci
I which places its hopes of expansion in the bosom
of Catholic societies is sure to be frostbitten The
w > wspaper that thrhes is the one which deserves
support goes out for business and cares nothing
for hot l air from this or that society A liquor
advertisement does less harm than the one dis
playing the merits of a patent medicine onethird
drugs and twothirds gin and impure cheap gin
at that
Both sides of the controversy alient Holy ITill
shrine in Wisconsin arc presented in the last issue
of the Catholic Citizen of Milwaukee Rev Joseph
Kecnan of Fond du Lac returns to the attack and
Fathcr Bertram who iithmds Hob Hill is out in
I its defense
Father Keenan declares that lie will pay no at
tention I to tale told about miracles unions they
are accompanied with proof Let them furnish
the 1 proof if they t would he believed he says
We take some things on faith bill not of this
kind 1 have known of some wonders myself
where people have beon cured in their own homes
and churches but that is another thing The
Vi1y Father Keenan scourges the money changers
in the temple ought to be applauded by every
clergyman with a conscience opposed to the spirit
of t graft That word graft may sound harsh it
may even be shiner hut it ib simply calling a spade
apndc 1 Anent this Father Keenan says
I have seen all the famous shrines in the world and
have found one bad thing about most of them the
cotnjnercial element which trades on the woes of the
afflicted I was at Lourdes when there were 15000
pilgrims there I was trying to say mars in one of
the chapels and was disturbed all the time by the
sound of coins falling like rain into the various boxes
placed there to receive them It is natural for those
afflicted to contribute at every turn thinking that the
show of piety will be in their favor
In fact I found but one locality where there was
no money changing at the holy shrines This was in
Palestine at the sepulcher of our Lord in Jerusalem
in Bethlehem and in other places These holy spots
arc under the charge of the church and the pilgrims
arc not asked nor permitted to make offerings Tak I
ing away the mercantile element is certainly a valu
able feature of such a place
Father Iveonan said much more along the same
linos Concluding he said
If this were a matter of serious importance Holy
Hill and had the approbation of the church au
thorities they would write to me and give me coun
sel not to say anything that might detract from the
reputation of the place but that has not been done
Rev J A Bertram of Holy Hill resents the
strong language of the other in denunciation of
the I commercial spirit surrounding shrines especial
ly I UN one over which he exercises control as pas
tor He disclaims spreading reports about mir
acles yet cannot forbear mentioning twoone authenticated
thenticated by a doctor and another hJ an eye
I witness who swore to theact Father Bertram was
assigned to Holy Hill by Archbishop Katzer in
1S1H without any salary i The strong point he
urges in favor of the reputation of Holy Hill is
the granting of the Porfiuncula indulgence by Leo
XTJI twq weeks before his death without any so
licitation on the part of the priest
I The granting of this indulgence however is
not tantamount to declaring Holy Hill a shrine
where 1 miracles may be wrought It is an in
dulgence generally awarded to the faithful en
rolled in the Franciscan order lay and clerical
and is obtained by the penitent after reception
Holy Communion on the 2d 1 of August and of
fering a prayer for the Supreme Pontiff Churches
other than those conducted by Franciscans have
received this grant of Portiuncula indulgence so
the claims of Holy Hill arc not especially strength
ened by the pastors mention
This discussion over Holy Hill between two
clergymen servos to clarify Catholic opinion and
probably it was needed We arc inclined to adont
I the view which the Catholic Citizen takes regard
ing it While skepticism is the besetting evil of
I the day sayVtlfe Citizen there is also a good
deal of the opposite extreme credulity We max
believe a little more in religion than the church
requires us to believe but
not a great deal more
There arc souls who wish to take a great deal on
credit they arc not exclusively Catholic souls
Spiritualists and Christian Scientists illustrate
excessive or a perverted faith Something of those
mental attitudes may be found among Catholics
Happily the guardians of the faith know how to
deal with concrete cases if detrimental
Another English statesman full of years de
voted to the service of
his country has yielded to
the demand nature makes upon all mankind The
Marquis of Salisbury died on the evening of Satur
day last
The men who speak of Salisbury as a great
political leader and a patriotic Englishman in the
same breath are men of his own party in British
politics Patriotic he could not help but be for
it is born in the Englishman to uphold his
try right or wrong It was so even with Cardinal
Ysuighnn during the Boer war The leaders of
opposite politics will naturally reject Salisburys
attributes individual greatness and point out
his errors of statesmanship but of
none them will
echo the sneering remark made by Bismarck after
the Berlin conference that Salisbury was a lath
painted to resemble iron This remark was just
as offensive to balisburys opponents at home as
it was to his political allies It was an offense
dealt to an Englishman from a foreigner and this
is enough to arouse British wrath in every con
dition of political and social life
Tim younger men of this day see nothing re
markable in the long career of the old premier
unless the disaster to British prestige through
the Boer war might be tallied up to Salisbury He
r < jircd from ofliccat the end of that war Per
haps he was no more able to avert it if he de
sired to do so than President McKinley
was to
avert war with Spain The utter defeat of the
Boers has not settled matters in South Africa
There is beneath the ashes much fire which may
break out < again Tue verdict of Salisburys
biographer shcmTd
one appear to put in print the
Vents of his
life will be that he would 1mVP
I died a great man if he had died before the Boer
S Gladstone is dead Disraeli is dead Salisbury
is dead Of the three the least is Salisbury
Under the caption Pius X the Vatican and
the QuirinaV a writer in a recent number of
the Independent produces some new facts which
I strengths the claim that Pius X will turn out to
be even more of a democratic pope than his prede
cessor Regarding one incident in CardinaJ Sar
tos administration of the patriarchate of Venice
which the writer avows is a true version some
doubt has been cast 011 its authenticity This is
the reporied disobedience of the order of the pon I
tiff 10 the cardinal to absent himself from Venice
at the timeof t King Humberts visit Writing of I
the cardinal while patriarch of Venice the author
of the sketch in the Independent says
TTo was annointcd cardinal in June 130 and
was sent soon after as patriarch to Venice It
mistake in all the jour
is a lll tnkca mistake repeated
nulsto say that Cardinal Sarto was the choice
of Pope Leo for the Venetian patriarchate The
candidate at first selected by the Vatican for the
post was the general of ono of the religious orders
As he was not an Italian however the Italian gov
ernment declared that no exequatur should be
granted to him under any condition Another
name was substituted by the Pope but the new
nominee met with no favor either from the peo
ple or from the government Then rccoure was
had to Sarto who had given proof of great tact
politic temper and 1 savor faire generally at Man
tua especially in his intercourse with members of
the royal family who possessed an estate close
to the city There was no opposition at the out
set on the part of the government But an im
portant question arose as to the right of patron
age The King claimed that as heir to the TCT
public of Venice he was privileged to nominate
a candidate to the Holy See The Pope insisted
that this right had lapsed when Venice lost its
independence Commissions were sent to Vienna
to investigate the archives but the question was
never solved Ii was a pretty quarrel although
the matter had 1 no real importance as the royal
patronage had by this timo been reduced to a mere
fiction over nearly all of Italy Cardinal Sarto got
his exequatur and the storm that set the quiet
waters around the Lido raging for a while is now
chiefly remarkable because it brought him for the
first time into prominent notice at Rome He
I showed immense ability and energy in safeguard
ing the rights of the Holy Sec and repelling the
assaults of the Italian ministry He proved also
that he could be as independent of the Vatican as
of the Quirinal with respect to questions which
had to be decided by his own conscience as the
ultimate tribunal When it was known that ling
Humbert was about to visit Venice Pope Leo inti i
mated to him forcibly that he should absent him
self from his episcopal city on the dccasion The
Venetian patriarch though comprehending tho del
icacy of the situation determined ilot to obey He
took the first opportunity to pay a formal visit
to the Italian monarch and explained his posi
tion frankly and the instructions he had received
Some portion of the dialogue between prince and
I prelate leaked out and were much discussed The
Vatican was discontented and Sarto went to Rome
to justify himself His vindication of his loyalty
as a churchman must have been eminently satis
factory to Leo for it is believed that after that
interview the late Pope first entertained the con
viction that Cardinal Sarto would be his suc
Tho present King of Italy seems to have in
herited his fathers esteem and affection for the
Patriarch of Venice On his visits to the city he
has issued orders that no matter to whom 110 was
giving audience Cardinal Sarto should be at once
ushered l into his presence on his arrival But the
Cardinal with equal good sense and good taste
has always disregarded the entreaties of the court
ushers and remained in the anteroom until the
Kings visitor had taken his leave a mere affair I
ofdeportment but perhaps supplying the key to a
character whose elemental basis is simplicity and
veracity His dislike to display of every sort was
exhibited immediately on his accession He refused
flatly to be carried to the Sistine chapel in the
sedia gcstatoria a breach of ancient custom so
portentous that to some venerable chamberlains
of the Vatican it must have foreshadowed the
downfall of the Papacy or the coming of the last
judgment Ho took his first walk in the Vatican
gardens entirely alone and unattended creating
it j is reported a fueling almost of consternation
in the gardeners and workmen
accustomed to see
the Pontiff accompanied by a lonir file of attend
ants Swiss guards and Noble guards a cortege
one must fancy better adapted to the stat than
to the comfort of the central
figure Evidently a
democratic Pope not only in sentiment but in
every turn and twist of his mind and above all
in lis Jiabitk From some anecdotes recorded of
him he would like his
seem namesake to possess
the saving grace of humor a priceless gift to
every one but especially so to one who will of
necessity have to meet a great many wearisome
people S
We have said little of his administration in
Venice but all acquainted with it appear to agree
in regarding it as faultless lIe has made Venice
the rose garden of the church says one cardinal
He fouiid the city a seething hotbed of anarchy
I and anticlericalism before his patriarchate had
lasted a year the bridges aud
quays would be cov
ered with cheering crowds whenever he appeared
in his gondola Tile liberals werp as enthusiastic
in his favor as the blackest of the blacks proving
perhaps that whatever irrcligjon there is in Italy
it but skindeep and due to the faults of many of
tho upper clergy in the past rather than to the
people It would take pages to enumerate all the
changes he introduced into tho organizations for
the care of tlie poor and for the education of the
people The modern and progressive spirit he in
fused into the
numerous institutions
of his own
creation was at first rather startling to the wor
shipers of routine even they had in the end how
ever to acknowledge its beneficial results A more
daring adventure of Cardinal Sarto was his inter
ference with some of the pet superstitions of his
people but the destruction by his orders of several
dubious relics did not shake his popularity in thb
loaSt l
With all his amenity of
manner and perfect
goodness of heart it has already become evident
that Phi X will be as intractable on questions
of principle cither of his two prodo
refusal to give the blessing ubi ot orb f TIt
tri t
Loggia i of Raphael the refusal to i rlll th P
Quirinal of his accession and tho tllP
fusal of the I Italian 1 government to 111 lUfnt rs I
dais I i to take any part in celebrating I the Ik II
accession all foreshadow the attitni i f II i T I
at least for time Jf at
can or some to conn > 1
QhiUiuIat I
Vatican will still remain antagonists 1 I and
n I
antagonists but antagonists all tlir 11m aty
have got into an imasse from whirl tIfro P Mfij
to be no issue for cither A clting < > Pni3
M I ri
sonality the throne of J1t
on Italy or
n th h
Peter t may result in an armistice lrf
11 Irlll rar
commodation but will not prr du a aI
n io
i tion The successors of Humbert and l 1 in fin Ila
of all their good will and In PI 1
persona I tFfrti
not forget the quarrels of their pnI i r Ir 11 < dn
not even find the terms of a comprom < si fj
f v
to both the hostile forces Between Ir Pa b I
n < 1lurth
I h
state there would seem to br onl and
II 0
1 1 L f I IKXlha I
modus Vivendi respect for religion il j I
part of the state and a tacit accept ton Ih
ni t
which Providence for some dark mi UN apI
purpose has allowed to be accompli I i I e
part of the church The pontitican f I
I 1
tainly demonstrated how very r aih fn l
n i
can accommodate itself to atcoinpli dn
derive the utmost possible advantdi and
I Ii0n
Ihe t
while at the same time resisting tin tn
in m olrntly
and protesting with horror at thl
I iniquity + JIIIIJtakable
I Our iterary table l
Records of the American athl Ih
11 j Sil
cicty of Philadelphia The number OJt thi 1 1 > i
quarterly dated June is
u Tim T ii hi of In
tents treat of two subjects particularK
inf < ips in
One is i the
Letters Concerning Some Minion f th
Mississippi Valley 1S181S27 The IJth is 1 fnw
< j
ByPaths of History The Churth ad > rnP m
the Dark Ages by James J Vateh Ih r LL D
The letters concerning missions in th < M
I valley were written by Rt Rev Louis vm dm v ti
entine Du Bourg Sulpitian Bishop of Nn Orhan
from 1S15 to 1826 to a friend in Europ
ii l n
In these letters are gathered the exprjIc
cxp i < pf mi3
sionary priests in his charge in spreading tv gosp i
and bringing savage Indian tribes to th < true faith
One in particular attracts us after a hI1
glan a
through the pages devoted to missions it is an ex
tract from a letter of Bishop Flaget who = f dior n
seat was at Bardstown Ka spot en rablc m j the t
annals of church history of this country HP irites
from Baltimore to the vicar general < it Baid town
In those days there
was no traveling
except by stage and the person walked who had no i
Make special note of the fact that f rsevn m
eight people AVC have one house I intend that Father
David shall have that as he is the poorer walker
As for myself and the others we will hrfuiIv so
on foot if there is the least difficulty about piwarini
< ther means of
transport The pilCTimaK would be
greatly to my taste and I do not think that my dir
nity will suffer by it I leave
everything to < a
judgment I would be very happy if I had enough
money tojoin you in Louisville The
ret of the jour
ney will be at your expense May Gods will be dm
I would a thousand times rather walk than sue roe
to the lease murmur and you did quite right to stop
the subscription which had been started for me since
it would only have had the effect of ailenating people
from me At the same time it is but just did rt ason
able to expect that the people who
are anxious tn
have a bishop should furnish him with thf means of
reaching them I would shrink from nothing to at
tain the sanctification of my flock My time mj ef
forts my life are consecrated to them and Hen then
I can only say I am but a poor servant having done
only that which I was obliged to do
Reading the above one is reminded of the jour
neys horseback made by Bishop Scanlan cuer this
diocese the largest in area of this country
Before us is a scathing arraignment of a book re
cently issued by the Appleton company entitled the
Sins of a Saint The authoris J R Aitken At the
request of the International Truth society the book
was carefully examined by Mr Lucian Johnson of
Baltimore and he submitted the result to the sonctv
It consumes much necessary space in detail and ran
be summarized here only in the introduction offered
by Mr Johnson
I The book deals with the character of St Pun tan
Archbishop of Canterbury According to our autiT
he is worsethan a criminal He is a liar a sir diplo
mat who would not scruple to employ any mean
however base which would further his end a tyrant
when in power revengeful satanic denrmiacal 1n
disposition capable even of coungelimrji ynutifrmmrt
to break his vow of chastity in order to further hiS
own political purposes a disturber of thp roan
treacherous to his king prosecutor and murderer fan f
an innocent maidenin a word an incarnation of po
litical ambition unchecked by any conjuration nf
honor virtue or even humanity So muh for Dun
The Papacy is also the target for th U1Ot f < l r
age abuse of the tone to which we ar arustomed
in the reading of such books as the alleged Confes
sions of Maria Monk et al The monk are painted
in colors which would make even Friar Turk a hamel
They are drunken revengeful cruel murderous
etc and so on Every person and every thing dear
to Catholic rremory is held up to scorn > rfl abused
in language which at times is so foul so intemperate
as to excite our pity for the writer
Now what justification in history n i tbr for
such awful charges against Eglish Catholu isu in the
tenth century None
Before the time of Lingard Dun tan1 < Barter
had it 4s true been a favorite them for th a at
tacks of antiCatholic writers like Hal nn Hum
Turner Southey Henry Rapin and Carte The chan
of these men were fearlessly and suctIlfull1r mf or
Lingard chiefly in chapter xiii of his History and
< th3t <
Antiquities of the AngloSaxon Church Since
time the tide has almost completelly turned in farnr
of Dunstan of style n 1
Anyhow the old virulence
entirely given place to moderate crltu um CIOS In
quarters most antiCatholic
Over a year ago the Appletons published an pn <
clopedia so offensive to Catholics in the ti tl11pnt t nl
for C Ir
Catholic subjects that a demand was mid
rectlon volosized a n
and revision The publisher
complied with this appeal in order to placate ratil J I
sentiment and patronage Strange that so soon thP1
the l 10
should forget the encyclopedia blunder anrt
dignation it Aroused
The Sheriff of V
of the Beech Fork a storj
tucky In it the author Henry S Spalding S J
describes life in the Blue Grass state in a manner
Interest youth certain exten t
boys especially To a
the Kentucky dialect is preserved in dialogue ana
narrative is devoid of sensation One closes
book with the refreshing thought that CathOliC < lU
thors of fiction are awake to the need of presentln
something moral to youthful readers at the sal11
time winning their Interest through fascinating
scription The book is from the press of Be 53
Bros New York Cincinnati and Chicago PrIce
Do not think because your nfigh or i plit1g
criticised you have no faults

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