The American. (Omaha, Nebraska) 1891-1899, April 15, 1892, Image 1

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A SM forth b Rsv. Joifph Cook
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A largv audieittv oonvcnml in the
first MethodWt thutvh Thursday cwn
liitf, April th, to llt.n to a lecture,
under tho auspice of university cadets,
Lincoln, on the altovo iinmtHi subject
by Kev. Joseph Cook, of Boston, whose
gonial face and pleasing address give
dignity U hi masterly lecture. In
tho alwenoo of Bishop Newman, who
was unavoidably detained from tho
early jmrt of tho meeting, the chair
wit occupied by Rev. Dr. Morrill,
pastor of tho First M. Ii. church. A
little after 8 o'clock, at which time tho
auditorium and gallery were filled, Dr.
Morrill camo forward, and said that
they would not delay any longer for
tho people. Tho lecturer was prerent.
IIo "regretted tho absence of Bishop
Newman, who was to preside, but ho
may bo in later. He would not under
take to make the speech which tho
bishop would have made if he was
present. It was his pleasure to intro
duce a man whoso name is know wher
ever American liberties, institutions
and tho American flag needed a do
fender, who will addrens you on tho
subject announced, Rev. Joseph Cook,
of Boston."
The lecturor spoke as follows:
I congratulate you on local triumphs
in your endeavor to protect American
institutions. The inhabitants of the
Mississippi are setting the fashions for
our population. The child of twelve
years of age will see two hundrod mill
ion people within the borders of our
republic one hundred million between
the two great ranges, fifty million on
&ie Atlantic slope, and fifty million on
the Paclfio shore. It Is safe to say that
if we want American prosperity, there
must be maintained intact the thnse
pillows free schools, free churches and
free states. The schools are supported
by public taxation, for all classes of
our citizens especially the poorest
without personal expense, for tho edu
nation of their children. Over them
the state exercises supervision. No
one is accorded privileges greater than
IhO'OthOT. .- "-"' -
A free church is not connected with
the state. It is not dependent upon it
for political patronage. It is not bound
with chains by any political authority
whatever. We own no king or aristoc
racy. We demand the education of
our children by a free school and free
church. We reach high successes by
a widely dlfused system of education.
If we break ono support, tho whole
fabric tumbles, Tho Germans have a
proverb which is sometimes called the
eleventh commandment: "Thou shalt
not suffer thyself to bo hoodwinked."
Above this oommandmont may bo soon
clearly a inost powerful organization
known to history, who aim at tho de
struction of tho American form of gov
ernment. lie boggod them to make a dlstlnc
tlon between Catholicism and Roman
Ism as a polity. He did not assail
American Roman Catholic laymen. He
believed multitudes of them preferred
tho public schools to the parochial
schools. Tho clerical party leads tho
attack on tho public schools. The
Jesuits have their responsibility. They
were not to shut their eyes to tho
danger of this attack. A lady in tho
east said to a Jesuit, that she was un
able of late years to see tho influence of
tho Jesuits, "Gitod madam," said lio,
"Are there yet Jesuits? ' It Is their
policy to work sucretly," A no less
cold authority than tho encyclopaedia
Drltanica says: "They aro likened
unto a sword whose hilt is in Rome and
whoso point is everywhere." Tho
best scholarship of Europe up to recent
dates unite in saying that thoro is no
country in tho world, unless it bo Que
bec or Ecuador, where the Jesuits are
more numerous in proportion to tho
population, than they aro in our own
country. Their policy brings about a
union between church and state'.
Their policy may change their prin
ciples, neverl Jesuitism is precisely
what it was in the past.
Thoro is said to bo a white pope and
a black pope. Tho white poiw is tho
head of tho Vatican; tho black popo Is
the head of tho order of Jesuits. When
they agree, they rule the world. Tho
Jesuits have been criticised, and even
anathematized by many popes. At the
present tlmo the white and black popes
agreo fairly together. Tho pope criti
cised lately the Jesuits In France, but
there is such agreement between them
that the hands of each add to tho influ
ence of the other. Roman Catholicism is
constantly attacking tho American
common school system. They wish to
turn out all secular Instruction. From
what do Amoricans receive more in
spiring draught than the bible, the
church and our public schools? They
may bo likened to a costly crystal gob-
!! n aWtluh-ly jHetl- iMt,
from which th Roman rhorrh would
Mr U lh spit it if Inspiration and
learning, HtHii.l W fH in Oil, thi n
h wU' uVtvy the t"n!(!i.t, Jf Jen tv-
turnip one ttf the tipivrU, fre" slate,
ffv' rtittivh. or fiv o'htU. tht fftthM
winiUI tttppit over and tttivyitl. 1 1
I time Hint Roman Cntholie lnvnieit
rail a halt, and not allow tho rlerlea
pat ty to doMroy our American m hool
The ower of Catholicism had Unn
broken by Martin Luther, It U !
most incredible tho power that l exer
cised by the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
He holds in hU hand a handkerchief.
It U subject to the laws governing his
fingers, Such is the powers of the
Jesuits over the Roman Catholic laity.
They are a merct religious order. They
believe in the Infallibility of tho popo,
which gives unity to tho whole organi
zation. Tho Jesuitical orders come
from authorities on the other side of
the sea. They aro seeking for a divi
sion of tho school fund for their mis
sionary and educational work. What
would be thought if the Methodists and
other religious bodios asked for a
division of the school fund for church
and school purposes? Methodist preach
ers are generally Americans. Friosts
almost to a man are of foreign birth,
dominated by ideas brought out of tho
secrot councils of the old. world, hold
by ecclesiastical organizations, sup
posed to be infallible. This infallibility
extends to civil morals, education and
politics. When we see Methodists en
deavoring to be courteous to their
neighbors, and speaking with all pos
sible gentleness to every man, we can
not take exceptions. But should we
see them dictating religious convictions
and going Into politics, we would think
Methodism needed watching. Change
names from "Methodist" to "Church
of Rome." We at once deprecate any
such assumption of authority. Any
Protestant denomination at all would
have Indignation toward the clerical
party Catholio or Protestant which
would seek to exercise forbidding in
fluence over conscience, or In the polit
ical world. We rightly demand that
the leaders in this mischief be ox polled
from all places of influence -in political
elections. In South America, Jesuits
httvo boon expelled from the republic
of Columbia. In recent times, in Mex
ico, Catholic parochial schools have
boon abolished. In tho stato of Chill
tho pooplo cannot send their children
to tho schools taught by the nuns, with
out paying a fine to tho stato. In the
Argentine Republic, tho same stato of
things exists.
A commission was sent by tho presi
dent to South America to Inquire into
tho state of education and trade in that
part of the American continent, Mr.
W. L. Curtis was the secretary of the
There was a book published entitled,
"Travels in Houth America," from
which he modo tho following quota
"WhitliivM tho Hmil.h AtiicrlcHri rciiiilill'.
ditvu Mhown real vlor in their ir)i't'N to
ItidiiHtrlul Ntntilllty, they Iimvo Nhiikmi oir
tlm cIitIchI purty In politico and cxlm-nllon.
In ninny tmrtM or th contliiKiit, tliH xplrlt of
Iridi'lX'iMli'nro IihkhIi'iI ovi'r Urn i'Iihim fiirm.
wly tixlHt.liiK, mid broiitclit It Intoordiic The
p(iiiiliil lori of tint Arifi'Mlmi Ib'iiuhllt! It ln
critiiHliiK. I'atKKonlR him bimi nliollNli-d from
I hi) map, thn A rifo lit I fix Kiiuhlli! now I'X
tundliiK to Hie ulnilU of MukhIIiiii. H Id
Kfa.ltiK ri'Klon, mid elirrli'H on an Iiiiiiiihim!
tradu Willi KuroiiH. Uraituav In tlm Im-mI
itiiNtonifir of (Jrnil, llrltiiln, Tlm I,a 'latu
rl ror (Iih'h thu (ioiiiinandlriK cutllo trudu of all
tho world.
"Thoiwi fount rli'ii of South America, diiml.
nalMl by tlm Uomiui Catholic church, aro In
backward condition, whllo thowi who ant
not subject to thn ower or Itomn urn ad
vancing with ureal speed, I' lve Houth Amer
ican slutes were unllcd, forinltiK the. I'liltod
Htiitesof Colombia, They enjoy thn liberties
peculiar to Home, They am under .lenult
Inlluniice, U Is ono of (hit most btmlithtud
countries on the continent.
"Kcuudor Is another of thn Houth Ameri
can countries under thu Influence of thu
church of IIoiikv Ten H rcent. of tho popu
lation lire priests, monks anil nuns. There
aro two hundred and seventy-two fcftst and
feast days during tlm year, Thn clerical
party control the country, Hevcnty-tl vo sir
cent, of tlm children born aro Illegitimate,
There Is not a railroad In the entire couni n
There are base xhlhllloii of cock
hkiiis. J nnrn aro nownere ui bii seen ex
hibits of InlltlTlliI linmucrll v or Indimlrlul
advancement, alt IhmiuIi tho country Is one
of t he richest on the globe.
"Next U Kcuudor stands Quebec, In thn
Dominion of Canitilii, It Is a region of won
derful uiiturtil advantages. It stands In
broad contrast with the Kngllsh-Hpciiklng
provliico of Ontario, The former province
had been known up to tin) time of the con
federation of tlm provinces In IWI7, under the
name of Lower t'anada, while tlm latter was
known under tlm nanm of tipper Canada,
"In Chill tint law declares civil the only
lewil marriage. Th are no sectarian
scliooU. If tho send their children
to tho priests or nuns to lie educated, they are
obliged to pay taxes to the state. The Jesuits
have liecn exisdled. A civil marriage law
has liecii passed. The registration of births
and deaths Is placed In the bauds of civil
official. Secret religious orders aro pro
hibited. "In Uracil the liberal are making war
against the Catholic clerical party. Tliero
wero proceedings in 170 to alsiflNh ecclesias
tical Institutions, Congress passed u law
directed against tlmm, and Imposed taxation
on property owned by religious orders, ami
providing for salo of such property on the
event of no payment being made,
"In Mexico, for four hundred year there
bus been a contention between the clerical
and liberal parties. Muxlmallan was not In
clined to grant all that tho clerical party
demanded. There was a total collapse of the
enterprise. The scheme of NhimiIcoii waste
push the Interest of the Latin race. It Is
generally granted that If Maxlmallan win
not withdrawn, we would have sent an army,
after the conclusion of the civil war. to effect
his removal. No priest, bishop or nun Is al
lowed to hold real estate. Free schisils have
ten organized tinder the saVne law. The
public mind has been Inflamed to Indignation
by the persistncy of Jesuit aggression."
There is a rising in Catholic countries
against Jesuit aggression. In hundreds
atul thtitl tin ) ba U'H 11vm
f nw rrpw W ie
ll Winld s-V f hi own city -the
Ity of tt-wtou.
What bi'imt at R.stw 1-ot
yvars fwlnt.n' UUtty m uhI In
the public M'litml. They had the mhh
volume hero. The hook a very jfvir
c rally approvisl by skillful teacher.
One day a pupil went and told a priest
that thin lok should thrown twt i-l
the ltiton mbools. For what n-astm
There w a nolo on a certain jge,
not over one-fourth of a page In length,
which contained a reference to Indul
gence as one of the topic of interest,
Tho foot-note Indicated that indul
gences wore abused. Ho would not
undertake ti say that In every wonl
and detail of meaning it was ahNolutely
oonvct. "Shorn was nothing about it
horrible to any one. It was a harmless
reference. There wan no need for any
ono to go Into histories about It. We
like to see tho hinges of history. When
it was seen that the text-book con
tained a reference to indulgences, a
prlost protested, and a demand was
made for a change in tho toxt-bx)k on
history. A change was rocommonded,
which received the sanction of the
school board.
When the action of tho school board
became known, an indignation meeting
was called a merited rebuke upon the
action of the school board in Faunoll
hall. Since tho American war of inde
pendence, tho liberty cry was not so
resonant as it was that night. The
convention hall was densely crowded
auditorium and gallory. At this moot
ing a committee of ono hundred was
appointed to protect tho schools. At
three heated elections in Boston the
school question had been discussed.
Swinton's history was not put back.
Other books took tho place it occupied.
Protestants do not insist that any
thing sectarian shall be taught in the
publlo school.
Tho Catholio clerical party have
asked that all teaching of history bo
excluded from tho schools. That is
going back to tho days of tho dark ages.
BlHinarck said that "One of the saddest
things he saw in France was not battle
fields covered with mutilated bodies,
buit.set of mutilated text books,"
Tm found in the schools are so
tutored liy the Jesuits as to mlslood tho
minds of youth.
Tho Jesuits want a division 6f the
school fund. In taking a position
against Jesuit aggression, ho desired
to add a word of caution. This is a
IKilnt of most importance, Wo need
to stand erect on this question. It will
not do to go so far as to tumble Into the
ditch. I do not make a plea for secular
education. Tho Bible should not bo
excluded. If Roman Catholics attend,
thoy may road their vorslon of tho
Bible. It is a good book. I hope I am
not a fanatic about tho Blblo in tho
schools. Its uso In our schools was ap
proved by the oxiierleneo of 200 years.
It has boon thrust out of a fow cities
and ono or two states to suit the leader
ship of cities In tho slum. To follow In
their wake would lie to go far towards
paganism. It will glvo occasion to tho
Roman Catholics to vindicate their ob
jection that "our schools are heartless,
Godless schools," No small influence
may proceed from reading tho Blblo in
the public schools, In tho oars of one
fourth of tho school population, who
aro shut out from tho church and the
Sabbath school. The education in the
church and Sabbath school is efficient
but not sufficient.
Very unhappy and humiliating re
sults have come from countries in
which tho Bible Is excluded from tho
public schools. Crimes have Increased
beyond precedent. Mischievous tend
encies of revolting character have boon
engrafted on the body politic, The
soul needs the light of illumination.
Through tho sacred volume it receives
such holy touches as it nowhere else
receives, Germany rocognlzes tho
Blblo in tho publlo schools. It was
connected with them on tho basis of
exjterlinont, in scienoo, Sho requires
common school instruction of all pupils
In tho Bible. It is a great text-book.
It contains tho loftlust idoas known to
In revolutionary times tho cry was
raised, "No taxation without repre
sentation." If a person does not believe
In God, his children may bo excused
from scripture reading. The child of
Jewish parents should not bo required to
read in tho New Testament. A Catho
lic may bo excused from religious exer
cises in the schools at tho request of
the parents. No ono should bo forced
to read the Bible.
Thero should bo no connection be
twoen church and state. It is very im
portant that wo should bo clear on this
point. Multitudes of writers of con
siderable rank take the opposite posi
tion. There exists in the United
States no separation of Christianity. A
total separation of church and state is
impossible. ,
lie a trivH.I 4 the hiovh, Hi'
SVjJitHrtl theiil a i-fhe't-nt but tint uf
fieU lit tn ttiUfi thn jn .Uii-sti of i'htl,
tUr el,
Tlo -tv iiiit t taxation without
tvpivMitttin, Will you alktlWh chap
lain In the army and navy? Will you
al H)t the Thatikulx lug proclama
tion? Will you rvv m tlm motto, "In
ttl w trust ?" Hiititi tlnii' the dollar
I not W'ortlt it face value. In (led we
trut for the remainder. l4ught-r.J
We arv willing to maintain scvcinnce
U'ttviH ii church and state. The right
of minorities are not wrong tf ma
jorlliow. Multitude uf religionist will object
to (tending their children where no
reference I tnado to tho Bible. Tho
Jesuits would have our tcxt-lstnk re
vised so that religious references would
lie excluded. It Is hard to teach his
tory with clearness without saying
something of religion. Let denomina
tions havo their schools for their re
spective denominations. They pay for
them and likewise for tho support of
our publlo schools. Thero Is no objec
tion to parochial schools, provided thoy
teach nothing treasonable! If tho
Roman church demand a division of
tho school fund for tho malntenanoo of
their parochial schools, other denomi
nations would have a perfect right to
ask similar concessions. Tho Metho
dists, Baptists, Presbyter inns, Epis
copalians, Lutherans, etc., would natur
ally seek tho privileges which had
boon granted ono section of the religious
What power may be exorcised by tho
priesthood through their sectarian
wheel. - They control a great Roman
Catholio population, no loss horo than
in Europe. Put tho parochial annex to
our educational system, and presently
tho Roman Catholio clerical lash will
mutilate our children. Lot us koop a
complete separation between our public
school system and priestly fingers.
lite prnver of politician is trembling
As wt'er before. The Catholio popula
tion now is some ten million. Soon
thoy will havo twenty million. They
aro seeking for the balance of power,
and with it in their grasp, thoy will
keep it for life. Mexico, Chill, Uruguay
and Brazil have shaken off Jesuitical
yfnterferenoe. Let us assert ou"z'' '
lean liberties! We stand In jierl, .om
Jesuitical ordors and priestly influence!
They boast of tho largo per contago of
their children that are drawn out of
tho public schools. Under the shadows
of Bunker Hill and Harvard University,
that is being done, There a boy was
stretched on a table with his back buro.
In this position he was lashed by a
prlost until tho poor youth was unable
to He on his' back! Yet this priest was
never reprimanded. For what reason
was ho so brutally treated by tho priest?
For no other reason than that he In
sisted on going to tho public Instead of
tho parochial school, These are not
exaggerated facts.
One evening ho had been delivering
a lecture In Kansas, when ho was ac
costed by a school superintendent, who
was a Roman Catholic layman, who
called his attention to tho foot that
Roman Catholic families in Boston had
drawn out twenty or twenty-five per
cent, of their children from tho Boston
schools, whllo only three per cent, hod
been taken from tho publlo schools out
thoro. Wo must Insist on South Amer
ican liberties for North American
Catholics. Resist clerical dictation!
In a city of Massachusetts, a priest
from his pulpit addressed his congre
gation to boycott a certain fellow
Catholio who refused to take his child
ren out of tho publlo school. Tho priest
was arrested, tried, convicted and fined
for conspiracy against his neighbor's
business. Applause. Tho pulpit Is a
power which dominates the Roman
Catholio during exciting political con
tests. In tho confessional Catholics
aro asked If they voted as thoy were
advisod. Four or five fimes Protestant
minorities havo declared elections held
In Quelx'c null and void, owing to the
extent of clerical interference. A
Catholic priest does not dare glvo ad
vice from tho pulpit. A converted
Catholic priest came to him, (Mr. Cook),
and said: "Wo never said anything
publicly as to how our j-eoplo should
vote, but we went privately to tho
leaders In tho various wards of largo
cities, indicated tho men of our choice,
ujion whom tho Catholic vote was to bo
concentrated, and they passed tho word
along the lino. It is mode known who
and what tho church wants. Their
veneration for tho church of them
selves and their fathers influences them
to take the advlco given. They dictate
tho elections in great towns."
At Boston, tho committee of ono
hundred chosen to foster and protect
American interests, wont to Washing
ton to investigate tho extent to which
Jesuitical aggression was there carried.
They report that the Roman Catholic
clerical and Jesuitical Interference
did obtain to a great extent. He had
ItefMil a tiltit-rv-td in. i'iW r if tl,
cotntiilM. Mty tbewiute tlilntf pt!Uiy,
tine ttf thtil itunmltte'v, In nmliltig
ivtiU id: "They hn asH itii,.st
that no tUaUbe t'i wired by the
Asstslnleil I'lfs on rathiillc teple.
tltftt Wel-e nut submitted to tlo tv Uinil
ittHiniltlic.M 11 " P continually
in mind the Herman proverb, "MuftYr
not thyself to he hoodwlnkc)." The
work of the Jesuits U done silently atul
without ado. tt I almost tmpttsMhlc
to get anything prejudicial to Catholic
Interest through tho columns of the
Home of the best Journals hail treated
him kindly; others had criticized and
ndvcrtlmt him without any hoo of
reward In this world. Ijtughtor.l
There are many Jesuits on leading
dallies. They will see to tho utmost
of their power that the name, fame and
reputation of tho Catholic church Is not
What kind of Instruction Is given by
the Jesuit In tho parochial schools?
We should ascertain as to tho nature
of such Instruction. You could see
whether you would bo willing to have
for publlo text-books such as aro pro
vided by tho Church of Rome. See the
principles outlined in their book.
Compare tho American and Roman
systems of publlo instruction. It is an
error to hold that publlo schools in
which youth aro taught, should bo
sealed against tho Blblo. It is an
error to hold that when the civil and
ecclesiastical power come into collision,
that tho latter is supremo and tho
former must bond in submission to
threats, that president and governor
must bow in reverence to the power on
the Tiber. Tho fundamental constitu
tion Is tho highest authority in the
nation, even higher than president or
pope. Tho entire church should be
separate from the state, and the state
from tho church.
(To be concluded next week,)
The Church Overrides the Civil Law.
Bishop McMahon has just received a
brief from the Propaganda, Rome, by
ylrtuo of which all priests are forbidden
to administer tho sacraments of tho
Catholio church to William Grant of
.7. idfc-oiwrt, until ha accepts the verdict
of "last July, and separates from tho
woman whom he claims as his second
wife, although the privilege will not bo
denied him at Romo of presenting fresh
proof of tho nullity of his first marriage,
if any such be In n is possession.
This dispatch from Bridgeport,
which tho papers have published with
out note or comment, furnishes another
proof of tho iwjie's claim of supremacy
over tho state, and Is in entire accord
with tho teachings of tho encyclical
which ho Issued at Romo, January 10,
1HIK), In order, as he says, "to describe
more exactly tho duties of tho Catho
lics." Speaking of tho duties they owe
tho state ho says:
Cases hapiien In which the state de
mands ono thing from tho citizen, and
religion the opjKisite from christians,
and this undoubtedly for no other rea
son than that the heads of tho state pay
no regard to tho sacred power of the
church, or deslro to mako it subject to
them. No ono. however, can doubt
which Is to receive their preference.
Again ho says:
If the laws of the state are in open
contradiction with tho divine law, if
they command anything prejudicial to
tho church, or aro hostile to duties im
posed by religion, or violate in tho ier
son of the supremo pontiff the authority
of Jesus Christ, then Indeed It Is a duty
to resist them and a crime to obey them
a crime fraught with injury to tho
stato itself. ,
This means, In plain Anglo-Saxon,
that whenever the pojo may deem a
civil law or action of tho stato to be
"prejudiced" to tho Interest of tho
ohurch of Rome, and not in harmony
with the teachings of tho church, then
it is tho duty of tho citizen to disobey
tho civil law. Olndifwe to it in a
crime. And this, let it Is) borno In
mind, is not tho teaching of Hlldebrand
and of tho Middle Ages, but of Loo XIII.
and tho 10th century. Yet tho jiopo of
Rome claims to bo the friend of Ameri
ca, her laws and her institutions, and
there aro multitudes who believe him.
Take this case of Mr. Grant. Years
ago Mr. Grant, before ho was a Catho
lic, was married to a Roman Catholic
woman by a Methodist clergyman.
Subsequently Mr. Grant joined tho
Roman Catholio church, and still later,
under the laws and in accordance with
tho laws of Connecticut, ho secured a
divorce, and afterward was legally
married. This divorce the Roman
Catholic church of Bridgeport would
not recognize, and Mr. Grant applied
for an ecclesiastical divorco, on tho
ground that a Methodist church was not
recognized by tho church. For four
years the case dragged along In the
courts of tho church, w hen last summer
tho case was decided by the Hartford
diocese against Mr. Grant. The latter
appealed to the archl-cpiscopal tribunal
In Boston, which reversed the Hartford
decision. Tho question was then taken
to Rome, and the decision is given In
t( tWjtftu It si tin I,, h.1 4 thl !! U.
Ami whstU tlist tbs l.t Ttott the
fimt mart mv t a!M, ami Mr, tirant
most b-sve the Wife, to W Itoin l) liM
K-en lejsnily mart ltt, atul t-omw the
husitnnd tf a woman from whn ht m
lt-n legally tlivorotst, and to compel!
him tttdlwils'y the law ttf the lU,
He I threatened wltll severe Hele
lat leal punishment. And who Uthl
thst claim tho light to ileflnii tint
limit nf a rtt Wort's ols' to tho
laws of the country, ami requ're, under
the threat of heavy penalties, nf that
citizen olsillonoe, to hi mandate, and
dlstilsHllenee to the state? An old Hal
Inn monk, who lives In his palnee on the
Tiber, In distant Itely, How long tlo
the American js-opleniean to stand such
high-handed Interference with their
civil Institutions? if the American
pimple do not proviso to surrender to
the pupal church their sovereignity,
their honor and their rights, and undo
what their fathers secured through tho
sacrifices of tho revolution, then some
thing will have to lie done, and that
eodlly. Motion Tnmhr.
A Bold Attempt to Abridge the Right
to Petition.
A few weeks ago a petition was sont
from Detroit to Washington, signed by
a largo number of Michigan Central
employees, asking for an amendment to .
tho constitution prohibiting the dona
tions of public money to sectarian in
stitutions. Therefore a coterlo of Roman Catho
lics evolved tho following:
Dbtkoit, March Z 1892.
Henry B. Lodyard, President Michigan
Central Railroad.
Dear Sir. Considerable" uneasiness
and apprehension have been caused
among Catholics In this city by some
published evidences that tht olfloors of
the Michigan Central railroad have used
the influence of the corporation in sup
port of a measure which though not
antt-Cathollo In Itself, has been avowed
ly and insultingly aimed at that re
ligious body, and by current rumors of
discrimination on account of religion in
its business management.
Convinced, by recent reliable Informa
tion, that you, like myself, would de
plore and condemn the Introduction of
religious discord in our midst, that over
zealous partisans have been acting with
out, join" .sanction, and vhat mv,v of
these are perhaps unfounded and exag
gerated. I, as tho representative of a
largo number of Catholio gontlemen of
this city, beg to request you, as presi
dent of tho Michigan Central railroad,
to give for publication such assurances
as will restore confidence and allay theso
Permit mo to avail myself of this oc
casion to thank you for many courtesies
received at your hands by our clogy and
Institutions, I am,
Very truly yours,
M, P. Dowlino,
Presldout Detroit College.
President Lodyard, In his reply to
this attempt to abridge tho right of
petition, said:
I would state that over tho Individual
action, as such, of any offlcer or em
ployee of this company, growing out of
Ills religious belief, tho management of
this company has never doomed it prop
er to exercise, or to seek to exercise,
tho slightest control, deeming that to
be a matter of personal right, to bo de
termined only by tho dictates of each
man's conscience.
The signing, by certain jiorsons who
are connected with this company, of tho
jielition for tho passage of the sixteenth
amendment to tho constitution of tho
United States, to which you presumably
refer, should only lie construed as the
Individual action of tho persons signing
that petition, and must not in any way
Is) considered as an expression of tho
views of the management of this com
pany. And that it might bo understood no
jierson would bo Interfered with for
signing such a petition. President Lod
yard said:
Every head of department, and every
foreman and sub-foreman to. whom is
Intrusted tho duty of employing, pro
motlng or discharging men understands
fully and clearly the position of the
management in this matter that any
question of religious belief must under
no circumstances be allowed to affect
their action in the employing, promot
ing or discharging of any person; that
merit and fitness must alone be tho
tests. And It is further understood
that any violation of this prlnclplo on
tho part of any officer, or employee of
this company upon whom devolves the
authority to employ, promote or dis
charge others, will fw promptly follow
ed by dismissal from tho company's
Ben Buti.ek's advocacy of a flag upon
every school house and a largo ono on
tb north pole Is notice to the world
that he is still In tho bunting business.
Onutha Ike, April 9th, 1892.
And the Bw's opjxwltlon Is notice to
the world of its lack of patriotism and
Its truckling to Romanism.
For further proof, see editorial in
Ike of Sunday, April 3, 1892.
Thue Blue.
Tue existence of a club whose mem
bers were pledged to commit suicide
among the cadets of the Roumania mili
tary school, has lately been discovered.
Five young men are said to have taken
their own lives. Tho remaining mem
bers of the club havo been arrested for
aiding and abetting murder.