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'AMEKICA FOK AMERICANS." We hold that all mm are Amercians vUio Swear Allegiance to the I'nit-d State without a mental rewrvution.
PRICK FIVE CENTS.
A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER,
OMAHA, NEBRASKA, FRIDAY, JUMB 3, lSiS.
It Has Not Always Been the
AIM), In Excellent Article Retarding
The Roman Catholic Church
f ' '
Facts and Fancies of Old (ilory.
As a nation we are the most plctoral
in the world, and we began early to
read from symbols, our first standard
or independent ruie oem? lueuewKo
of a rattlesnake cut in ttlrteen tiecer,
representing the thirteen colonies,
bearing first the motto ' Unite or Die,"
and later the significant warning,
'Don't Tread on Me," the rattlesnake
being typified in an attitude prepared
to strike. Rude as the device was, it
had a terrible significance, but one in
which science,Ihlstory and power held
formidable parts, and it was a motive
of wise statesmanship that gave it as a
warning to foreign pressure, when that
pressurefdeveloped into tyranny.
Dr. Franklin, seeing the emblem one
day, wrote of it in this admirable ex
planation: " On inquiry and from study I learn
that the ancients considered the ser
pent an emblem of wisdom, and in some
attitudes of endless duration. Also
that countries are often represented by
an imals peculiar to that country. The
rattlesnake is found nowhere but in
America. , Her eye is exceedingly
brightiand without eyelids emblem of
vigilance J She never begins an attack
and she never surrenders emblem of
mag nanlmity and courage. She never
wounds even her enemies until she
generously gives tbtm warning not to
tread on her, which is emblematical of
the spirit of the people who inhabit
her country. She appears apparently
weak andjdefecselefs, tut her weapons
ere nevertheless formidable. Her pois
on is the. necessary means for the di
gestion of her food, hut certain death to
her enemies showing the power of
American resources. Her thirteen
rattles, the only part which increases
in number, are distinct frcm each ether,
and yet so united that they cannot be
disconnected without breaking them
to pieces, showing the impossibility of
an A mericad republic without a union
of states. A single rattle will give no
sound alone, but the ringing of the
thirteen together is sufficient to startle
the boldest rro alive. She is beautl
ful in youth and her beauty increases
with age. Her tongue is forked as the
lightning, and her abode is among the
This magnificent apostrophe to a rat
tlesnake reads like an improvisation
from the Book of Job or the Psalms of
David, and, connected as it is with
every epoch of American liberty, it
tshoald be as immortal in its sentiments
as the Declaration of Independence
It will soon be the one hundred and
twenty-first anniversary of the Ameri
can flag, or rather its adoption by Con
gress, George Washington being chair
man of the committee which gave the
order for the thirteen stars and stripes,
The patriotic women of that day did
cot immortalize themselves by making
the flag with their own hands, but the
expert needlewoman who drew the
threads and did the fine stitching on
George Washington's shirts made our
first national banner, and within late
years her house, which is still stand'
ing, has become a resort for the patrl
otic. It has long been designated "the
Betsey Ross flag," so it goes down to
posterity with a waman's name attached
as a factor in its being.
It was succeeded by the flag of fifteen
stars, which will come to be kcown as
the "Francis Key Flag," our national
anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner,"
having been written under its folds, or
rather it was the flag which Key saw
while inditing bis poem.
All persons who have not paid their,
1898, and previous years are hereby notified
tion accounts will be
anything save yourself and us trouble by paying up immediately, as this is positively the
last request we shall make to delinquent subscribers. Remember the date July 1st,
1898 We will not wait on you after, that date. We have treated you right, and you must
treat us in the same manner. It is right that you pay us what you owe us.
I have had the p'easure of hearing
from the lips of one who knew the his
tory of the name given to our flaj in
recent years, "Old Glory," the inci
dents of the occasion. The narrator,
George W. Bates of Detroit, Mich., a
gentleman of unutual information on
all topics, and an ardent patriot, ssys
that it was applied to the flag of the
United States for the first time by Cap
lain Stephen Driver, an old sea captain
who was living in Nashville, Tenn., in
1862. In order to keep the flag, which
had been presented to him while abroad
by American friends, he hid it in a
quilt and slep under its folds without
its enemies being any the wiser. On
awaking in the morning he would as
cribe his gcod sleep to the concealed
flag, which be called by the pet. name
"Old Glory," and when the federals
entered Nashville he flung' Old Glory"
to the breeze and told the story tvery-
where. The name is now as national
as the flag.
The respect which is accorded to the
American flag abroad may be exempli
fied by a conversation held a few years
ago between a daughter of President
Tyler, an aged lady now living in re
tirement, and a Chicago woman who is
bluntly patriotic and doesn't care who
knows it. The Chicago woman was
calling on her southern friend when in
Washington, and noticing a small flag
framed and given a place of honor
asked what flag it was.
"That is the flag of my country,"
said the proud gentlewoman, who at 15
years of age had presided at the White
The Chicago woman had intuition
and wisely kept silent, and soon forgot
the incident in listening to her friend's
brilliant recital of a foreign tour which
she had made while the country was
disturbed by war. She particularly al
luded to the kindness which was shown
to her as a daughter of a former Presi
dent of the United States, and to the
courtesy of officials who forwarded her
trunks without disturbing their con
tents because the first one they opened
had an American flag spread over the
"As soon as they saw the stars and
stripes they closed the trunk and hand
ed me the keyB," Mrs. Semple remarked
Then the overburdened feelings of
her friend gave way. She rose in se'
vere dignity and pointing to the "Bon'
nie Blue Flag" framed on the mantel
"And yet you call that the flag of
For a moment there was danger of
another war, but the two women oom-
promised by a flood of tiara, and a rec
onciliation with their arms about each
other, but there was almost a national
significance in the incident. M. L,
Payne in Chicago Times-Herald.
To Cure on.i iputlon f orever.
Tskk t'ltxfiii'CtD l uiidv Catlmrlic 10c crCTo.
v. v. v. iiti wvuiv, urugKok rtiuuu uiuut'y.
placed in the hands
Mexico and the Papal Church.
The following article was contributed
to the April number of the Altruist by
L. K. Washburn:
Less than forty years ago the Rom
ish church was all-powerful in Mexico.
It bad acquired vast possessions until
two-thirds of all the property in the
republic was held by her bishops. Ca
thedrals, churches, monasteries, nun
neries filled the land. Did this wealtby
power establish schools and educate
her children? No! A more Ignorant,
degraded people could not be found
outside of another Romish country.
The priest was supreme.
But the hour came when the greed
of the church could no longer be toler
ated. The church was stripped of its
propel ty, and the idle, lazy drones,
who had lived upon the Industry of the
people, were driven from the land. In
Mexico today no religious institution
can acquire real estate; the law does
not recognize monastic orders, nor does
it permit the sister of charity to wear
her robes and beg for the church on
Mexican soil. It is a fact that the peo
ple of Mexico after 300 years of Ro
manism are chiefly distinguished for il
literacy, superstition, and moral degra
dation. This is the legacy of Roman
Catholicism to every nation.
Dr. McGlynn said a few years ago:
"It is not risking too much to say that,
if there were no public schools there
would be very few parochial schools,
and the children, for all the church
men would do for them, would grow up
in brutish ignorance of letters."
It might be queried whether this
priest would tell the truth about Ro
manism, but it Is safe to say that be
would before he went back to the
The state should say to every cit'zen
within her borders: If youcannotsup
port our public institutions you had
better emigrate. I do not believe that
this government was founded to give
aid and comfort to. enemies of political
or religious freedom. I do not believe
that any organization thst is opposed
to the education received in our pub
lic schools has any business in this
We do not need and we do not want
people here who demand the liberty to
establish a despotism. We have no
room for a church that is afraid of
knowledge, that declares that the sec
ular schools of the United States "can
not be frequented with a safe con
science," that they are full of "deadly
I agree fully with the late Mr. Corri
gan of the Massachusetts state board of
education, who said: "Our institutions
are purely American, and those who
object to them we can well afford to
lose." But the difficulty is, you can
not get rid of them.
Archbishop Williams, in an address
to the clergy of his diocese a short time
ago, urged then, to establish Catholic
subscriptions to THE AMERICAN for
that on July 1st, 1898, all unpaid subscrip
of our attorney for collection. If you owe
schools in every parish. He should
have urged t'aem to see that their par
ishioners sent their children to some
school and tave the state of Massachus
etts from the disgrace of having one
hundred and twenty-one thousand per
sons ten years of age and over who are
unable to read and write.
Il is a fact that nearly the whole
nine thousand persons in Fall River
who are unable to read and write in
any language are Roman Cat holies or
children of Roman Catholic parents.
The Romish church knows that the
fleet of right education is to make
man independent of priestly control.
For this church to educate her sub
joctsIn any fair sense of the word,
would be to commit suicide.
Roman Catholicism has confessed its
fear of popular education and popular
knowledge. It bad confessed that if it
keeps up with civilization it must leave
behind Its theology. It knows that
science is its executioter. Every nat
ural fact is a witness against it. It has
to hope only in prolonged darkness.
It dies at the sunrise of truth in the
The whole stock in trade of Roman
ism is superstition. It has nothing
else to preach, nothing else to teach.
It Is a dead religion, and fitly reads its
prayers in a dead language. Instead
of letting in the light of the future it
shuts out the light of the present.
None of its products are worthy of
this age. Its dogmas, instead of being
guide-beards on the road of life, are
only scarecrows. One teacher is worth
a thousand priests; one wife and moth
er a thousand nuns; one husband and
father a thousand monks, and one man
a thousand Roman Catholics.
The Romish priest makea a preten
tious use of the word morality today,
and lays particular emphasis upon the
necessity of moral education for the
young. The moral trimming on the
religious gown of the Roman Catholic
church is very scant and narrow.
There are nine parts of theology to one
party of morality in its creed. The
noblest life that ever left its splendor
in the memory of man, unless it were
united with faith In the empty super
stition of the church, would not receive
one word of praise from the consecrated
lips of bigotry that speak for Roman
THE NEW AMERICA.
We here give a notice of the New
National Ode as sung for the first time
at a patriotic meeting in San Francisco
about a year age, as reported in Light
of that city:
"Last Sundsy 's meeting at Metropoli
tan Temple was one of the most suc
cessful of the scries commenced and
carried on by Ex-Prlett Ruthven. A
large audience began to gather as early
as 2 o'clock. At 3 o'clock the large
auditorium was well filled, as Prof.
Werner, the eminent and popular mu
slclan, stepped on the platform to open
proceedings with a grand organ volun
tary. As the laBt chord died out Mr.
Ruthven Introduced Mrs. Plttslnger,
the talented and well-known poetess,
who recited her latest literary produc
tion, "New America." This is a poem
of great merit, and Mrs. Pittslnger'i
effort met with a hearty burst of ap
plause. New America is set to the
music of a popular German air, entitled
"Andreas Hafer" and it was magnifi
cently sung by Prof. Dubois, a baritone
of rich timbre and great compass, who
was again and again encored."
The copy of the poem as furnished to
us by Mrs. Plttslnger Is as follows:
Speed on, ye Sons of Freedom!
Gird on your mighty shield!
There is no time for halting;
Your foe is in the field!
Our watchmen stand upon the wall,
To arms, to arms! their bugle call;
Speed on, ye brave and free,
Our fleets are on the sea!
Beware, ye valiant Freemen,
Your foe is ever near!
He sounds bis brazen trumpet,
That all the land msy hear!
He sounds his trumpet, as he stands
Behind the heathen Romish clans,
Whose trail is like a brand
Of terror in the laid!
B gone, ye meddling trait jrs;
Your pledges are in vain!
Your criminals acd paupers
Should breed beyond the main
They are a but den and a curse,
A deadly stench, and what is worse
Their hungry maws are fed
Upon our children's bread!
To arms, to arms, ye soldiers!
March on, ye loyal braves!
Ye never shall be conquered
While our Starry Banner waves!
Ye never shall be conquered while
Its welcome hues upon us smile,
Whose charms shall crown the dawn
Of Freedom's golden morn!
O, Freedom, golden Freedom,
Thou art our crown of light!
Through all the coming ages
Thy glory shall be might!
Thou art our helmet and our shield,
Our hope upon the tented field;
The Star in whose bright ray
Our heroes fiud their way.
Protection is thv watchword,
It is the magic charm!
It nerves us for the battle,
Prepares us for the storm'
It is our Nation's bugle-call!
Speed on, ye Freemen, 'tis her call!
O, gird your armor onl
The vlct'ry shall be won!
Orangemen Endorse Offer of Troops.
Minneapolis, Minn., May 30. The
State Loyal Orange Lodge completed
its annual meeting last week. A resolu
tion was paseed endorsing the action of
the Supreme Grand Mas-tor In offering
to President MuKlnley 200 O00 Orange
men to help maintain the botoe of tho
The annual report show that there
are at present seventy-two ledges la
Minnesota with a merubornhlp of 6,792.
The caul) balance on band Is 11,275.67.
The Orangemen are in favor of free
Cuba and endorse "Dewey's Pills" to
bring it about. Major General Leo
sounds well to them and so does the
same title for Joe Wheelur. Many Or
angemen are already enlisted.
Anti-Koiusn Works by iilrtdstune.
Following Is a lUt of the books
which the Kt. Hon. William K. Glad
stone wrote In contravention of the ar
rogant and prepoxterous pretensions of
the Roniinh churcb: "The Vatican
Decrees in their Bearing on Political
"Speeches of the Pope" (1875)-whlch
three works were published together,
with a preface, in 1875, under the title
"Rome: and the Newest Fashions In
Religion." Mr. Glad .tone committed
to writing powerful and unanswerable
arguments against the extraordinary
claims of the Church of Rome and
against any union of church and state,
demonstrating himself to be a pract ical
and able antagonist of political Roman
Ism. A. B.
Knowledge kills many papal myth.
no matter bow old they may be.
Bigotry is the mirror of credulity.
True religion is out of place la
Truth may be put In the grave, hut
it won't stay there.
When the forces of patriotism are
divided treason cornea out ahead.
If Rome does a charitable act It la
to gain favor with those she can after
Remember that bruising the aer-
pent'a head la safer than pinching his
Give Rome use of our politician
and she will soon control our fOTern-
There can be no real love for Amer
ica when the pope is the ruler.
All papists are bigoted no matter
how liberal they may make out to be.
Rome makes it a religious duty to
oppose the publio rchools.
Rome finds slander a better weapon
than a bowle knife.
Those who would lead men to oppose
Rome must look up her record.
Take up any of your great world
problems today and you will find the
pope has his finger in the pie.
There isn't much patriotism in the
heart xf the man who aids Rome in
gaining power in this country.
The best remedy for national apathy
is to let Rome introduce some of her
old methods of persecution.
The papal praising college profesaor
is one of the pope's best workers in this
It is much easier to be contented with
party pandering to Romanism than to
steadfastly oppose it.
A narrow headed bigot is the popes'
idea ofa first class man. Thinkers al
ways give the popes trouble.
The man who lives only for himself
is always opposed to reform measures.
When a man has a heart big enough
to love all mankind without respect to
creed, be is too good for the pope.
The politician who is always on the
hunt for votes instead of feeling the pa
triotlc pulse will never fight political
No man is living up to his political
duties who falls to oppose the enemies
of national peace, purity and prosper
The Northwestern Line Daylight
Special now leaves the U. P. Depot at
6:40 A. M , arrives at Chicago 8:45 same
evening. No change in the other
trains. Overland Limited 4:45 p. M.,
and the Omaha Chicago Special at
6:45 A. M., arrives at Chicago 7:45 and
9:30 respectively, next morning. The
most advanced Vestibuled Sleepers,
Diners and Free Parlor Chair cars of
course-Whatelse would the "NORTH
WESTERN " have? 1401-Farnam st.
Miss Florence Nathan, one of the
handsomest young ladies in San Fran
Cisco was on Sunday last chosen as
the "Daughter of the Regiment" by the
Nebraska boys now at Camp Richmond
waiting to go to the Phillippiues.
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