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THE AMERICAN AMERICA FOR AMERICANS. "We hold that all men arc Amcrciann who Swear Allcfciam-f to the I'nittd State without a imnul reservation. I'KICK FIVE CENTS. A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER, OMAHA, NERKASKA, FIJI DAY, JTMK 10, ISttS. NUMltEll 21. Volume VI II. IS THE CLEWETT CASE W 4 Repeated Here? A Reader of The American Wants to Know Whether iiirls are Imprisoned in Roman Catholic Institutions, In This Count), Against Tbeir Will and Contrary to Law. Is this a Case of Kidnapping! Omaha, Neb., June 8 -Editor ( The American: I have just been informed hat the young girl who has been em ployed at the home of Mr. D. N. Brown chief clerk in the paymaster's depart ment of the U. S. army, who live& in the neighborhood of Twenty-eighth and Jackson, has been placed in a Ro man Catholic institution in this county against her will. I understand the girl ie one of three sisters, orphans, and was well satisfied with her home and objected to going into Rome's prison, but accompanied the nuns after they talked to her a long time. I think this case ought to be thoroughly investi gated and if it is J fact that the girl was depi ived of her liberty contrary to law, those Romish institutions should be driven out of the community. I re member reading in your paper of the trial of that St. Paul Hou?e of the Good Shepherd and now wonder if this com munity is later on to be shocked by the recital of the inhuman, the immoral and the unchristian conduct of Roman Catholic nuns. Is it not time that the people of this city Inquired as to how many girls are confined in Romish in stitutions against their will? I am in favor of inspecting all those places, and liberating all girls who are kept pris oners and made to slave day and night for an alien church, and a debauched priesthood. M. S. BISHOP BOSACIM IS OUTWITTED. 1 p..- i m Priest at Colon Proves to Be Hard Man to Eject. The following item was clipped from a local daily paper: Colon, Neb., June 6. (Special.) Bishcp Bonacum of Lincoln, with two priests, a private detective and a wo man to keep house arrived here at 2:55 p. m., Saturday, to take possession of the parsonage. Rev. Turjohn was out of town at the time, no one being at home but his housekeeper. After try ing all the doors and finding them locked the bishop broke a pane of glass, loosened the catch in the window and crawled in, badly frightening the housekeeper. With the assistance of the two priests he at once commenced to carry Rev. Turjohn'e personal effects out to the stable. The woman they brought with them returned to Lincoln on the first train, refusing to have any' thing to do with them. About 0:30 the bishop and bis two priests came down town for supper. Turjohn'e housekeeper refusing to ccok for them when Turjohn executed a flank move ment tl at would have been a credit to Dewey. He had returned to town about 5:30 and knowing they would have to come down town for supper, he waited at a friend's house while a few friends watched for the bishop and his priests All three came down together, leaving the private detective to watch the house, with instructions to shoot any one attempting to enter the premises. This the detective refused to do, want ing higher and better authority than that given by the bishop. As soon as the bishop and his two associa tes en tered the boarding house, Rev. Tur john was Informed and with a few friends went up and took posses sion of the house, the detective offering no resistance, and proceeded to bring his goods back into the house and put the bishop's satchel in the stable. Then the bishop showed up, but too late, 'as the doors and windows were barri caded. About this time it commenced to rain, torrents of water falling for two or three hours, the bishop and his two priests standing on the porch and get- ting what comfort they could out of the situation. About 11 p. m. they came down town and spent the rest of the night in the depot. The entire community is with Rev. Turjohn and admire his pluck and the staBd he has taken. There is a good chance for the matter to get into the civil courts and interesting develop ments are being watched, for. What a blessing it would be to the Roman Catholic church if it would throw off the yoke of the papacy and the bishop and adopt congregational form of church government J. B. ROME IS THE (JIEEVS SAYV. Fishy Doings on Board the Flagship of the Pacific Squadron. A friend in Victoria, B. C, sends us the following account of one move made by ex-Priest Ruthven in his fight with Romanism: As our readers are aware the rendez vous of the British Navy in Pacific waters is at E-.quinaltsome three miles from Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Owing to the many acces sions lately made to the Pacific squad ron there have been, for the past six months, an average of six warships ly ing at anchor. During December last, on the arrival of the "Leander" and other cruisers, with their attendant torpedo-boat destroyers from England no fewer than ten vessels, with aggre gate crews ef nearly 3,000 men were gathered at Equinalt. The good citi zens of Victoria paid many a visit to and had much to say in praise of her majesty's ships. One of them said lit tle but proceeded to "saw wood" on a pretty extensive scale. Father Joseph Nicolaye has tho supervision in matters spiritual of the Romanists in Victoria, and his eagle eye, peering through the three long miles of land and sea which separated him from Esquinalt, saw a chance to rake in the "nimble dime" for "holy mother church." The pay master on board the Flagship is a pa pist of the deepest dye, a pervert I ke the late but not lamented Chief Justice Davie. To him the good priest un folded his little plan. A simple plan It was. Nothing more nor less than to deduct sums of money varying in amount according to their rating, from the monthly pay of the men on board. The crew of the Flagship, the "lmper lense," numbers 600 men, f whom about 15 per cent are papists. These made 90 steady, if not voluntary, sub scribers to the funds of the "thru church." A simple plan, a lovely 'V- j fit ' " !!tj$k 'r; ; : y v-' V iSSk 7?-- -. -J scheme, one which was working beau tifully and spreading to the other ships in harbor, until, unfortunately for the pious fraud, it reached the ears of ex Priest Ruthven, who has been carrying on anti-Romish crusade in Victoria for the past year. Ruthven is a man of deeds as well as words, so he immedi ately laid the ax to the root of the mat ter by sending to the captain of the Flagship a letter, of which the follow ing is an exact copy: Victoria, B. C, Jan. 10th, 1S9H. Capt. C. H. Adair, H. M. S. Imperiense, Esquinalt, B C, Dear Sir:-The minds of the public have, for the past few weiks, been deeply exercised over a persistent and widely spread rumor pointing to a grave irregularity on board your ship; and one which would incur the gravest censure if brought under the notice of the Admiralty. It is asserted that your paymaster, Mr. Moore, deducted certain sums of money from the pay of the Roman Catholics serving on board the Imperiense, such deductions being made in the interests of the Roman Catholic church and its local representative priest, and without consulting the desires or inclinations of the above mentioned men of your ship, some of whom knew tothing of sucb a hitherto unheard of scheme until they counted their money and discovered a shortage. On returning to the pay clerk the shortage was explained as being under orders from the paymaster and for the benefit of the Romau Cath olic church. If this rumor is unfounded I shall be glad to contradict It from my platform. If justified by facts I would beg the favor of a communication stat ing whether the rules cf the service permit such practical blackmail. I am, Yours truly, , V. M. Ruthven. The receipt of this letter caused no small stir on board the Flagship and Mr. Moore was invited to make an ex planation. But Rome is wily and some thing must be done to avoid a court martial, so a document was hastily pre pared, stating that the undersigned had freely and willingly donated all sums of money deducted from their pay to the use and benefit of the Roman Cath olic church. Urged by their fear of the priest and their awe of a superior officer the men signed and Mr. Moore, after swallowing his captain's repri mand, breathed more easily; ytt his troubles were only commencing, for Ruthven wrote a full account of tie whole transaction to the Secretary of the Admiralty at Whitehall, London. ill .j The Lflicial Inquiry is now on foot, not only with Mr. Moore's action, but also into the custom of allowing "sisters" into the naval hospital to levy contri butions from sick and dying seamen. Thj- citizens o! Victoria are looking anxiously for the outcome and Mr. Moore is exnectlng a "hot time." J. M. McD. Roman Catholic Europe Sounded. London, Dec. VI The Dally News' Rome correspondent says that Spain has asked the pope to sound tho Euro pean nations as to whether they could support Spain in a war with the United States. Since which tbe pope has announced his sympathies as being entirely with Spain and has placed his blessing upon Spanish arms. Can any thinking American who is conversant with papal history fail to eee the trend of thought actuating the hidden design for theoverthrow of this nation? Leading Americans cannot fail to comprehend the machinations and intrigues of Rome and the magni tude of consequences involved. Every nation raising an opposing voice against American occupation of the Philippines are Roman Catholic coun tries or under papal domination, which alone should convince Americans that there is a peril soon to be faced. Spain was once tbe banker of the world, whose merchant ship9 were seen upon the high sea in almost countless numbers. She once possessed that por tion of the United States west of the Mississippi river including Florida and a part of Mississippi and Alabama, to gether with Mexico, Central America and all South America (except Brazil) with tributary islands, including Cuba and Peurto Rico, while today her only possessions on the western continent are the two last named. How long? Spain through her religious training has become ignorant and is blinded by superstition so completely that reason has become dethroned. Can it be wondered at that such a na tion, whose religion (?) teaches them to "extirpate all heretics (Protestants) from the face of the earth," would in sult America by firing upon our Hag, destroying our man of war, entailing a heavy loss of life, besides imprisoning our citizens and, clubbing them to death while incarcerated in her dun geons, and all this in time cf peace? No civilized power free, from papal tyrannyhas signified displeasure toward the United States for reeentlrg Span Uh insults und atrocities; yet the pope was asked to st und the Roman Cath olic world in case of war between the United States and Spain. Every Spanish spy captured since war was declared has been a Roman Catholic. Every Spanish sympathizer within the country can be traced to the Church of Rome. Catholic prelates have enjoined good Catholics in case of war with Spain not to forget their mother country, while Catholic leaders assert that "It will be bard to get a Catholic to fire on the cross." Never before in the history of the American people has so grave a ques tion come up for sober consideration. There are disciplined spya throughout our land, guided and directed by a J power dictated to Vy a foreign ruler, whose followers are filling the chap laincies of the army and navy, afford ing opportunity fur the transmission of plans and specifications, through which even the commanding general can eas ily be outwitted. These are some of the facts which are being seriously considered by thinking, patriotic Americans. While the government continues to fill the chaplaincies of the army and navy with friends of an enemy who have decried our free institutions, driven from the schools of the land the guide to morality (the Holy Bible), dc nounced Protectant mothers as prosti tute?, etc., so long may thinking Amer icans wonder with profound amaze ment. May God give us light and reason to be hopeful of a brighter day. Loyal. Liberty of Speech Spreading. Victoria, B. C, June 1. Editor The American: Today saw what we be lieve to be the final triumph of liberty in Victoria. Rome's persecution of ex Priest Ruthven, as you may be aware, culminated some three months ago in an arbitrary commitment for perjury by the late Chief Justice Davie. The committing judge, a pervert to popery and brother-in-law of the notorious Priest Yorke, denied ball to Mr. Ruth ven until forced to grant It by the ac tion of the legislature. The whole question of the malicious prosecatioa of a British subject and the perversion of justice by a British judge was forced upon Parliament by two of its most prominent members. The resultant in quiry was undoubtedly the immediate cause of the death of the chief justice: but though dead his order of commit ment against Mr. Ruthven stood upon the court records. At the Asalzea hich oponed here yesterday, Mr. Justice McColl presiding, it was pre sented to the Grand Jury. Before re tiring for consideration of tho case the jury was warned by the justice against entertaining any charge of a frivolous or malicious nature. The Grand Jury, composed of some of the mo6t influen tial men In Victoria, unanimously agreed that there were no grounds for the charge of perjury and declared "no bill." Thus, for the fifth time within twelve months has Ruthven defeated Rome in the law courts of Victoria and gained a victory for the right of free speech which is not likely again to be challenged by the agents of Rome In British Columbia. Victoria. What Lafayette Favored. Lafayette approved of the expulsion of the Jesuits from France. He came to this country a few months after their expulsion. While here he invar iably attended worship at Protestant churches. We are told by his biogra pher that he refused an invitation from Bishop Fcnwlck to attend Roman Cath olic services "at which refusal the bishop was much hurt." To Mr. Chas. Palmer, Richmond, Va , Lafayette said; "It is my opinion that if the lib erties of this country the United States of America are destroyed, it will bo by the subtlety of the Roman Catholic Jesuit priest, for they art the most crafty, dangerous enemies to civil and religious liberty. They have in stigated most of the wars in Europe." Exchange. Romanism From a Methodist Palnit. What is the matter with Gunnison? The Catholic Standard says: "Father McNamara, missionary of Mississippi, preached Catholic doctrine from the pulpit of the Methodist church at Gun nison, Miss., recently, whence many a time and oft denunciations had been hurled by the disciples of John Wesley against Catholic teaching and prac tice." The disciples of so good a Mason as Brother John Wesley in Mississippi must have back-slidden to have per mitted Roman Catholic doctrine to be preached in the name of Wesley. If this thing is permitted to grow Roman Catholics will soon be claiming Wesley as a pervert to the papacy. Tyler. No man is living up to his political duties who falls to oppose the enemies of national peace, purity and prosperity.