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ago In general, has succeeded in un
dermining the ecclesiastical dogma
of tho trinity and of the deity1 of
Christ." P. 189.
"Jesus, of whom the scholars only
really know that He was not what
He was said to have been by the
writers of the Bible, that He did
not say and do what the gospels nar
rate that He said and did; Jesus, of
whom we honestly know very little,
almost nothing with indubitable cer
tainty; Jesus, who, as a child of His
time, thought and believed and said
such which we today can not truth
fully think and believe and say."
"May not one afilrm that Jesus
lived, and yet oneself not be well
pleasing to God, and may not one
deny that Jesus lived, and yet be
well pleasing to God? To hold
that belief in the existence of Jesus
is an inalienable constituent of our
religion is to adopt a position which,
from the standpoints of Jesus and
of Paul themselves, is in principle
subversive of religious faith. In
deed, whether one sees or not that
his innermost religious possession
would suffer no vital injury were
historic science to force one to the
position that Jesus never lived, may
very well be a touchstone of the ma
turity of one's, religious conviction."
Pp. 203, 204. .
'"A billion years hence the spirit
ual condition of our race maybe con
ceivably as far above ours as ours
is above the status of the savages
that roamed the primeval forests.,
And Jesus of Nazareth? Is it
inconceivable that a- billion years or
so hence the human being then
alive will know as little about him
and our specific form of religion as
we know about the religion of' the
dwellers In Atlantis, or any other
submerged land? Is it inconceiv
able that the very name of Chris
tianity shall have. pasBeJ away?.; And
yet may .not the world be more
Christian then than now, have more
faith, hope and loye, "be. more. ,'s.ure
of the fatherly God, of brotherly
man, of an eternal life, of a pur
poseful world?" Pp. 207, 20$.
"Even now we may not- see in
Jesus an absolutely perfect model
without jeopardizing the .freedom
and the progress of humanity One
should know, as Schmiedel has- said,
that Jesus was a man,' and that if
the unknown future shall bring us
fuller life, this, too, will be the gift
of the grace of God." Pp. 208, 209.
IMPORTANT IF TRUE
The torch of truth sometimes
drops a cinder or Jets fall a splash
of coal oil. In one of our editorials
in the Issne of February 20 we said
that in the Ruef case the public
would be alert to see whether the
upper court decided upon the merits
or whether all points would be vio
lently strained to reach a verdict
satisfactory to Mr. Herrin, general
counsel of the Southern Pacific Rail
road company.. This brought a rather
sharp rejoinder from Mr. i. J-.,wn-liams,
whose letter waB dated New
York. We were informed in lan
guage somewhat glowing that our
characterization of the supreme court
of California was all wrong; that
there "was' not a man ori. the su
preme bench of California, against
whom distrust or suspicion had ever
been directed." Mr. Williams 'de
fended Judge-W. H. Beatty,-the chief
justice,- and Judge Prank- Angelotte
by name. WeJwere asked pointedly
to retract, else our "boast of justice.
and- truth-seeking" were, enw
braggadocio and nothing more. Mr.
Williams, it happens, is the business
manager of the New York 'Evening
Journal, and; for. years has 'been, Mr.
Hearst's newspaper manager, Mr.
Hearst recently established cl6se- re
lations with ,Mr(. -Harrimans, ,p,urse.
Mr. Williams himself is ..the' close
and intimate' friend qtf W. HJ Herrin.
.IU i.iOljU .) ;.A lf
When Francis J. Honey was shot
down in the San Francisco court
'room, Mr. Hearst's San Francisco
Examiner office had to have police
protection. Tho Examiner's circula
tion fell off so enormously that Mr.
Williams and a Now York staff were
rushed to San Francisco to attempt
a rehabilitation. Thero Is no judge
on tho supreme bench of California
who may defy tho Southern Pacific
political machine and hold tho same
office a second time. Collier's does
not retract any of tho language ot
its editorial of February 20. In
stead, we repeat the beJiof that If"
Calhoun is convicted the supremo
court of California will go any
length to upset the conviction, and
that for Ruef, whom it holdB less
dear, it will go far; although not
quite so far as for Calhoun. Col
SENATOR LODGE ON THE FLAT
FORM Senator Lodge interprets his party
platform as a strict constructionist
and says: "Nobody ever pledged me
to revise the tariff downward or to
revise it upward. What we are
pledged to is a revision, and I sup
pose we are here to revise in view
of the interests of tho whole coun-J
try. If it is wise to reduce rates,
then reduce them; if it is wiser to
give greater protection we should do
that, and if it is wise to keep them
as. they are then that should bo
This has a .fine, frank, manly
sound, .but we are forced by it to
tho conclusion that the statesman
and sqholar from Massachusetts, is
disingenuous. Not only was tho
tariff plank in the republican plat
form adopted because of the pressure
for a revision downward, but the
agitation for. a downward change In
certain schedules ' was particularly
loud in the senator's own state. Not
a person in the entire country could
have believed last June that the
plank ,was the result of a demand for
increased protection. The standpat
ters were willing to stand right
where they were, to let well enough
alone, as some of them expressed it.
That was the state of affairs when
the convention said: "The republi
can party declares unequivocally fori
a' revision of the tariff by a special
session of congress immediately fol
lowing the inauguration of the next
president, and commends the steps
already taken to this end in the
work assigned to the appropriate
committees of congress." There was
to be a special session not to re-enact
the Dingley law, but to make mod
ifications in that law owing to public
dissatisfaction over its schedules,
and the complaints were practically
all of one kind and were directed
against excessive rates.
It is true that a principle of revi
sion was announced and that under
it increases might be made, but the
tariff plank itself speaks of preserv
ing "without excessive duties" a ser
curity against foreign competition,
and it has been interpreted as the
neoDle understand it by the man who
was tho party's candidate for presi
dent and who won the election.
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