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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 51
WHO GETS TIER MULE?
(Conlinucd from Pago 12)
fact that tho republican party can
not bo induced to publish tho amount
and from whom obtained before tho
oloctlon It would bo better If there
could bo some legislation to the offect
that tho government should pay tho
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people and both parties would have
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Address, THE COMMONER, Lmook Nebraska."
J. C. Martin of Dayton, Ohio, the
gentleman to whom Mr. Roosevelt
addressed his letter of November 2
in which he said the religious views
of a president were of no public con
corn, has replied. Mr. Martin's let
ter was given to the Associated Press
December 20 The Commoner hav
ing printed Mr. Roosevelt's letter in
full gives Mr. Martin's letter. Here
"To his Excellency, Theodoro
Roosevelt, President of the United
States, Washington, D. C. Dear Sir:
Before replying to your letter of No
vember 6, I desire to call your at
tention to my letter of October 20,
and the reply made by William Loeb,
Jr., secretary to yourself, that in the
event my reply should find its way
to the general public, they will have
the entire correspondence and be bet-,
ter able to view the matter from an
"Tho following is a' true copy of
my letter to you which you referred
to in your answer of November 6,
1908. Following this is a true copy
of the answer given by your secre
tary, William Loeb, Jr.
Tho Previous Letter
" 'Dayton, O., October 20, 1908.
Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, President of
the United States, Washington, D. C.
Dear Sir: While it is claimed al
most universally that religion should
not enter into politics, yet there is
no denying that it does, and the
mass of the voters that are not Cath
olics will not support a man for any
office, especially for president of the
United States, who is a Roman Cath
olic. " 'Since Taft has been nominated
for president by tho republican n.irtv.
it is being circulated and is con
stantly being urged as the reason for.
not voting for Taft that he is an in
fidel and his wife and brother Ttoman
Catholics. While it is not an easy
matter to correct a thing of this
kind without perhaps making ene
mies, we are granted the right' to
worship God according to the dic
tates of our own conscience. But if
a" man' does not believe in God it
would be a difficult thing for him
to have a conscience. If his feelings
are in sympathy with the Roman
Catholic church on account of his
wife and brother being Catholics,
that would be objectionable to a suffi
cient number of voters to defeat him.
On the other hand, if he is an In
fidel, that would be sure to mean
" 'It strikes me that anv man wlm
is deserving of the highest and most
responsible office in the world should
not hesitate to let the world know
his views on so important a ques
tion. If your excellency knows his
belief it should be made known by
you or by Mr. Taft himself, that such
questions as these should not lead
any voter astray or cause him to vote
differently than he would if ho knew
the facts. No man should lose or
gain a vote by being misrepresented.
" 'I am writing this letter for tho
sole purpose of giving Mr. Taft an
opportunity to let the world know
what his religious belief is.
" 'In a conversation with about
fifty gentlemen last evening; it was
claimed by at least half of them that
his sympathy was all with tho Roman
Catholic church and that more than
twenty millions of dollars had been
used in purchasing property in the
Philippines which , through the influ
ence of Mr. Taft, was turned over
to tho pope.
" 'If your honor feels that this
is a -matter of sufficient weight to
demand a' public declaration and that
it would be a consistent thing to do,
I would bb very glad, indeed, with
thousands of others, to know the
facts relative to the subject matters
mentioned in this short article. If,
on the other liand, it Is not consid
ered wise or prudent to touch on this
subject, let this letter follow thou
sands of others, to the waste basket.
" 'Very respectfully,
" 'J. C. MARTIN.' "
Tho President's Response
"The White House, Washington,
October 22, 1908. My Dear Sir:
Your letter of the 20th instant has
been received. The statement that
Mr. Taft's wife and brothers aro
Catholics is a ridiculous falsehood,
which every man making or repeat
ing it either knows or ought to know
to be a falsehood.
"I enclose for your information
copy of a letter addressed by Bishop
Hartzell of the Methodist Episcopal
church, to an official of that church,
which explains Itself.
"Very truly yours.
"WILLIAM LOEB, JR.
"Secretary to the President.
"Mr. J. C. Martin, corner Fourth and
Jefferson Streets, Dayton, O.
Mr. Max-tin Comments
"Now, Mr. President, the public Is
already familiar with the more ex
tended reply which you saw fit to
make under date of November 6.
The statements of that letter seem
to me to demand some further recog
nition. Allow me, therefore, to call
your attention to the following, in
answer to your accusation of slander
and bigotry; also to your assertion,
Taft's religion is purely his own pri
vate concern, a matter between him
and his Maker, a matter for his own
conscience. Let us see about this.
"You begin your letter saying you
received many such letters during
the campaign expressing dissatisfac
tion with Mr. Taft on religious
grounds then go on to say that you
postponed answering during the cam
paign as you regarded it an outrage
even to agitate such a question as
a man's religion during a political
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