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THE AMERICAN THE AMERICAN rVBUSmiD WEEKLY. SUBSCRIPTION RATES. Br ssail, Pr Annum. - - ?2 00 Rorall by P. O. or Einnn Mon Onlr, or pfnTlVriftwU.. AmVkU'AN PUHUSH- INU IV rimumer, ou, Omaha. Nob. JOHN C. THOMPSON, W. C. XKLLEY, - . . Editor. Bumnem Manager OMAHA, NEB., JUNE 10, 188. The Irish are always jrelllng for home rule for Irelasd. Thoj never peep fur home rule in their churches. How consistent. St. Louis, Mo., church clrcloi were agitated again last week. A Protec tant girl married a Roman Catbollo man. She will repent at lelture. The war department should prohibit the carrying of any flag other than the national colon. Our reason for making thlt suggestion la that other flag could be used as signals. This Is a religious war and at the proper time all Romanists will openly aid Spain; and Romanists are the only ones who want to carry any other flag. The Information from Vlotorla, D. C, that reaches us Is to the effect that x Priest Ruth ren has the Roman Catho lics completely whipped. We have heard 0 Mr. Ruthven ' before and al ways In very favorable terms. lie has the reputation of being both an orator of more than ordinary ability and a darlug, fearless fighter. We wish him continued success in his contest with Old 8, the Man of Sin, the pope of Romo. A dispatch from Manila to the Lon don Times says "Agulnaldo's treat ment of tho Spanish prisoners Is exem plary. Few excesses are reported ex cept where priests were mutilated be fore being killed. Foreigners, with the exception of the French nuns, remain In Manila." The laity ought to mutil ate the priests in this country and there would be fewer girls ruined. B.sides, there is no necessity for a priest being a perfect man. Elder Stebbeds, who has delivered a number of lectures on the Signs of the Times in the Advent church on Twenty-fifth Btreet, near Indiana street, during the past week, will lecture at the same place next Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, and evening at 8 o'clock, on "What Do These' Things Mean?" We have heard Elder Stebbeds and he puts more of the Bible in his lectures than any man we ever listened to. It will pay you to spend the morning and evening with him The many friends of C. E. Atterbury whe have not already heard of his death will be grieved to learn that he died last Friday, June 3rd, of Bright disease. Mr. Atterbury had been a resident of Omaha for about 11 years, and was manager of the Frontier Steam Laundry for 6 years. He was an ar dent and consistent American, and was an active and enthuslastio member of the A. P. A., the Jr. O. U. A. M. and the A. O. V. W. His remains, were In terred in Forest Lawn. DOLLARS NOT HUMANITY IN FLUENCES THE POPE. The cat is out. The reason John Ireland was willing to betray this coun try Into the hands of the Spanish bond holders, was because the Vatican was a heavy bolder of Spanish securities. This is a serious charge, but it Is amply borne out by facts that have since come to light, and no amount of gloss can now hide from the American peo pie the hideous form of treason- that lurks beneath the lying cloak of mod ern Romacism. The Review of Reviews for May, 1898, ' commenting on the indebtedness of Spain, which now amounts to about 12,000,000,000, says: , "IV next becomes important, if we would really know what was going on at Washington, for us to understand something of the distribution of this Spanish debt. In the early part of the present century, the property of the church in Spain had so accumulated that it might be said almost without exag geration that the ecclesiastical estab lishment had absorbed the wealth of the country. Whereas there are now perhaps thirty-five thousand priests and monks In Spain, there were in 1S20 not less than one hundred and fifty t housand of these Spanish clergymen, not to mention the scores of thousands of nuns (of whom there are now only about fifleea thousand) Clericalism has played a very large part In the struggles of dynasties, factions, and parties in Spain throughout the entire century. The success of a particular dynastlo faction ia IMS meant the de feat of the clerical party; and this was followed by sweeping confiscatory de crees, which led to a protracted quar rel between the Vatican and the Spanish government. This quarrel was kept up for near! a quarter of a century, and was finally compromised in 1859 by a new Concordat between the Spanish government and the Pope, In accord ance with which a large amount tf church property was sold off, and there was Issued to the church several hun dred millions of dollars of Interest- bearing Spanish bonds. This huge block of securities held by the Roman Catholic church to day must of neces sity make that ecclesiastical organiza tion especially anxious for the main tenance of Spanish credit. A war with the United States means Spanish bank ruptcy almost beyond a peradventure; and It Is hard to see how the holdings of'Spanlsh bonds by the Catholic church could be protected In the general break up of Madrid finances. The particular plan by which the church cane Into possession of the chief part of the Spanish internal debt was arranged with the Vatican Itself, and It would be strange Indeed If the Vatican should not now, In this critical time, have felt very keenly its responsibility for doing everything in its power to protect what it had been able forty years ago to save out of the far greater posses sions formerly held by the church in Spain. All this was reasonable enough. Pope Leo, that venerable figure the loftiness of whose personal character has won for him the esteem of good men of all communions, is not for a moment to be charged with any sordid or improper motives In what has been on his part a commendable efiort to secure a solution of the Cuban ques tion without a war between Spain and the United States. The only unan swered question Is, why the Pope had not Intervened on behalf of his suffer ing Catholic subjects in Cuba. The Vatican has had no lack of wise advis ers in this country, and has clearly perceived, if we mistake not, that Spain must inevitably give up her hold on the Island. It seems to have become the cherished hope of Leo that Spain might be pemiaded to withdraw under some terms that would not sacrifice Spanish pride at eveny point, while the essential feat ires of the demands of American public opinion should hive been granted. It was to this end that the Pope offered his services as a mediator; but there were ample rea sons why from the point of view of the Oovernmintat Washington this was Impossible. And the Spaniards on their part declined the Pope's urgent re quest that we should at least abstain from armed intervention until we had allowed a certain number of days to elaps in which the Vatican, with the co-operation of certain European gov ernments, should bring moral pressure upon Spain to see what concessions might be seoured at Madrid in the in terest of peace. It was this effort of the Pope, undoubtedly, that led to the postponement of. President McKIn ley's message from Wednesday to Mon- day. ,. ' , . It is simply to be remarked here that it would have been safe enough to have allowed the coun try to know the facta. It was a mistake to counten ance the news reports that the me- s sage was withheld on account of some possible danger that its delivery to Congress might inflict upon Americans in Cuba. The European governments are adepts at the game of diplomatic mystery; but our government at Wash ington is not organized for that kind of business. With us, nothing suc ceeds half so well as downright frank ness, and the influence of Mr. McKln- ley during the month of April was on more than one occasion sadly Imperiled by the secrecy surrounding highly honorable efforts which required no mystery. The efforts that his holiness Leo XIII. was ma king were wholly creditable to him. They furnished a good and sufficient reason for the post ponement of President McKlnley's message. It would have been decided ly better, therefore, it the real reason had been known and the sham reason the absurdity of which was bound to be exposed bad not been sectationally foUted upon the country. Archbishop Ireland, who is understood te have been the mtn whose explanations to the President had secured the post ponement of the message, is an Amer ican of the highest quality of patriot Urn." The above article will demonstrate to any thoughtful American that the pope, through John Ireland, attempted and Is now attempting through other channels, to It Hue nee the policy of this nation, tn the end that the Vatican be able to realize the full amount of money represented by the Spanish bonds run ning in its favor, and very often it ap pears that they are making progress, yet Immediately afterward something transpires that shows that the work of the agents of the pope has been off set by the common, horse sense of our chief executive and his advisers, or by agencies loyal to the government and heartily opposed to ALL foreign Inter ference, whether it Is ecclesiastical or political. That Is a sentiment which Is ecdorsed by ALL truly loyal men, and one which the government will do well to remem ber whenever there Is an attempt at in tervention by the United States of Europe. And that there is hope in Roman Cathollo circles that mediation or Intervention will finally be deter mined upon we quote a portion of a Mad rid dispatch to the New York World. That dispatch says "there are strong rumors again of INTRIGUES BE TWEEN THE VATICAN AND THE AUSTRIAN COURT TO BRING ABOUT A CONCERT OF MEDIA TION THIS SUMMER." This country should be Its own medi ator. When it has accomplished the work which it was called to do, though victorious at every point, It Bhould say "let there be peace." This country has no desire to extend its boundaries, and should acquire In the captured provinces only treaty rights in consideration of and exchange for the assistance afforded . the insurgents in establishing Independent governments. ' To do more would be to stand before the world in a false posi tion, for this nation began this war in the interest of humanity, and was actu ated by the highest, most noble and gen erous Impulses and 1 ot by a single sor did or mercenary motive; and because of this fact which might be consid ered a covenant with God in case He permitted our arms to win victory from those blessed by anti-Christ, the pope of Rome we believe the people will favor living up to the declaration of war. The statement in the above article that John Ireland is "an American of the highest quality of patriotism," is as false as sin. NO man who is a con sistent Roman Catholic can be "an American of the Highest quality of patriotism." John Ireland is no ex ception to the general rule. Either he Is true to Rome and a traitor to the United States, or he is loyal to this country and disloyal to the Roman Catholic church. He can choose which ever horn of the dilemma he wishes. And what is true of John Ireland is true of every other Romanist in the country. There can be no such thing as loyalty to or patriotism for country among men who accept as binding the laws and dogmas of the Roman Cathollo church. They breed disloyalty and encourage treason, " No Romanist should be trusted in time of war. They should never be trusted when the Roman church la in terested on the opposite side. ? Early this week we received an anon ymous letter written partly in red and partly in black ink in which we are referred to as "the dambdest rober in not only that but a rog and theef." It then asks who freed this country, and answers It with the assertion that Washington said that "out of twelve, seven were cathoilcks." The writer does not say that out of every twelve men who fought for national independ ence seven were Roman Catholics but that "out of twelve, seven were catho ilcks,'' which would leave the casual reader to infer that he claimed Wash ington had credited the Roman church with furnishing seven-twelfths of the fighting men in the war for independ ence. The writer also Informs us that Washington also said all religions were equal. And we will say that is some thing the author of the letter and his ecclesiastical superiors never have and la all probability never will admit, as they claim the Roman Catholic to be the only true church. Following the "equality1 declaration cames the ques tion: ' Who is doing all the fitlng now but catbollcks now. You amerlcaa protect society are the darnedest lot of cowards out of hell that was ever cre ated the catholic are doing all the filing jjtt at present Eaven commodore Dewey Is a catholic eaven Sampson is catholic eaven dark is a catholic and whear Is your great amerlcan protec tive soclet at tbay are in the Hole." The writer is a little premature in his statement that the catholics are doing all the fighting, unless he acknowledges that the Episcopalian and other Prot estant churches are more Cathollo than the Church of Rome, as Dewey I ad Episcopalian as was also Ensign Bagley who was killed In an engagement in Cuban waters. As to the charge of the writer that the members of the Amerl can Protective Association are cowards we will say that the Roman church would do well not to blind itself with such assertions lest it be surprised at their valor In defending their country against the as-aults of traitors who are guided and directed by Roman Catholic priests in an effort to subjugate It and establish the law and government of the papacy in lieu of the liberal and enlightened form now in force. When you get ready to striae, Mr. Roman, "lay on, and damned be he who first cries, 'hold, enough!' " Anti-Catholicism In Italy. Private advices from Italy confirm the published information that Rudinl's new cabinet is contemplating severe measures against the pope and the Cathollo church. If It carries them out its policy will be suicidal. Indeed, the persecution of the church on such Imperfect and biased evidence as the government now has at Us disposal could have but one result. It would rouse moderate men to anger and des troy not only the makeshift cabinet now in power but endanger the stability of the throne itself. There Is, indeed, no sober proof that the pope himself or his advisers, or any body of men whom he immediately controls, have joined the late forces of the revolution direct ly or indirectly. The most that can be said Is that there have been isolated cases in which over-zealous priests have patted revolutionary agents on the back and preached the doctrine of ' Down with Humbert, the Jailer of the Vatican!" It is hoped here that for the sake of common sense the Ital ian government will limit its campaign to take proceedings in such isolated cases, and will not call on itself the curses of moderate and thoughtful Italy by any wholesale attack on the pontiff or his church. London dispatch to the Chicago Sunday Tribune. Shot Insulters of the Flag. Altoona, Pa., June 2. Word reached this city late tonight of a riot which occurred at Scalp Level, a little min ing town in Cambria County, between anti-American foreign and American laborers. The provocation was an in sult to the flag by some Huns. So far as can be learned, six Huns were shot, but none fatally. A dozen or more Americans and Austrian Huns were in jured by stones. The insult was offered during a flag- raising in the town. A group of about twenty-five Huns, Italians, and Poles stood on the outskirts of the crowd and jeered at the flag as it was raised on the staff. A dozen Americans, angered by the outbreak charged the anti American foreigners with sticks and stoaee and a battle resulted. The citi zens were outnumbered and were grad ually driven back through the town, followed by the frenzied foreigners. The cause of the riot came to the ears of a number of veterans. They pro cured rifles and revolvers and charged the foreigners from the rear. They sent several volleys into the rioters and several were seen to fall. The injured were quickly hustled away by their compatriots and the foreigners re treated to their shanties. An Italian who speaks English is said to have given out that six foreign ers, all told, were wounded by the fire from the guns. None of them, he said, was in a serious condition. The Amer ican laborers followed up their advant age by posting a notice giving all for eigners In the town twenty-four hours to leave. New York Sun. A Typical Amerlcaa Beglmeat. It is both interesting and instructive to examine the table of data in yester day's Tribune relative to the makeup of the Second Regiment of Illinois Vol unteers. It shows just what a typical American regiment is, and indicates the cosmopolitan character of the great American army cow united in the love of a common country and in the attack upon a common enemy. The average aee of the 1,008 privates in the Second Illinois Is 24 years, and the average height 5 feet 9 Inches. The average ttiture of the twenty-two officers Is the same, though the average age Is 37 years. Most significant is the analysis of the nationality of the regiment Its members were born in no less than twenty-four d fferent countries, though all are now naturalized American cltl zees. The United States is the birth place of 773 of the men and 19 of the of ficers; Germany comes next with 71 of the men; Canada follows with 23 and Norway with 27; England and Sweden each give 24; Ireland, 15; Scotland and Denmark, 8 each; while smaller quotas ball from Russia, Austria, Hungary, Swl'z rland, Italy, Mexico,' Bohemia, Palestine, India, South Africa, Poland, Belgium, Servla and Cuba. Three -ot the officers of the regiment come from Scotland, Canada, and Servla, respec tively. The whole It a remarkable and noteworthy example of true American ism. It is not in the narrow sense a United States regiment, or even an Anglo-Saxon regiment. It Is something of larger meaning still an American regiment No more striking otject lesson could anywhere be found to show the fusing and unifying effect of American citizenship and ot the ideas and institutions for which the Stars and Stripes stand. The Second Illinois typifies the army, and the army typi fies the nation, both in cosmopolitan origin and in American patriotism. Chicago Tribune, June 5th. And Halligan Wou. A case is In the courts at Rochester, N. Y., which will establish a precedent and also determine whether It is within the power of a priest to decide that a man is not a practical Catholic who send his children to the public schools. One James C. Halligan was recently expelled from the C. M. B. A. because he continued to send his child to the public schools a'tar he had been noti fied to withdraw her therefrom. Halli gan claims that he did not fail in his duty as a practical Catholic, while Priest O'Hare holds otherwise. It Is about time that the government of this country took notice of the un-American action of the Roman Catholic clericals. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happi ness is a farce where a church can ex communicate and persecute one of its members for sending his children to the public schools of the nation, American Tyler. The court issued, in the above case, a writ of mandamus requiring that Mr. Halligan be reinstated or that cau9e be given for refusal to relnst ite him. Be fore the hour set for hearing the case Mr. Halligan was restored to full mem bership in the C. M. B. A., which paid all the costs and asked that the case be dismissed, thus admitting that a man can send his children to the public schools and at the same time remain a consistent Catholic Editor Ameri can.! Undo Sam Says This Is America's Greatest Medicine. 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