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THE CATHOLIC PROGRESS. lion subversive of all constituted au- JAPANESE and incompatible alike with! AS CONVERTS. [love of country and with tne respect  / due tile Sovereign. "The Catholic missionaries preach THE JAPANESE, THOUGH PA- GANS AND CLINGING TO THEIR TIADITIONS, ARE READY TO YIELD TO CONVICTION. Hospitals and Dispensaries Are the Practical Means of Contrasting Cilristianity with Paganism. A DISCUSSION oi ways nnd means in nny branch of activ- ity is always interesting. When that branch of activity is one which greatly appeals to us the discussion becomes doubly interesting• Those who take a share, at least in sympathy, with the work of the for- eign missions have been attracted late- ly to a controversy, of no very great extent, it is true, but of much practi- cal importance, concerning the most efficient means to be adopted in order to convert the Japanese nation to the Ciristian Faith. The Japanese have become, within a comparatively short time, a highly oivilzed people, measured according to thA standards of western nations. They have received with enthusiasm modern inventions and have adapted them to tile needs of their couutry; they have developed marvelously along the lines of commerce and in- dustry, and, m(mt noteworthy of all, perhaps, they have achieved great suc- cess in all branches of knowledge; they value learning so higMy that they will spare no expense to'acquire a finished education, iu fact, not being satisfied with their own very excellent schools, their young men are to be found in all tile great universities of this country and Europe. The Japan- ese are pagans, certainlv but they are not by any means the simple heathens of the days of St. Francis Xavier. To convert these people; to bring them to a knowledge oi Christianity in the way that will most appeal to them; how is it to be done'., Some hold, in view of the fact that they have become so modernized, hat many of them lead such an active mental life, that they are still making such ra pid strides in pr gress, that they should be approached in a purely in- tellectual manner. The doctrines of Christiauity should be sot forth and carefully expounded, they should be compared with the tenets of the native religion--Buddhism--ann their supe- riority shown ; oontoversaries should be started and threshed out to a suc- cessful conclusion; argument sbould be piled upon argument until Bud- dhism becomes overtopped and crush- ed beneath their weight. To accom- plish this, an occasional sermon or con- ference or debate by a missionary is not sufficient; reviews ought to be es- tablished in which religious questions under debate can be argued lengthily and learnedly, and the warfare can be carried on as it uesd to be in England in Cardinal Wiseman's day between the Dublin Review and the High Church party. This method of procedure for the conversion oI Japan would seem, at first sight, to have many things in its favor. And yet those who are iu a position to know whereof they speak, combat t strongly. Argument alone they say is useless. Touch the hearts of the people. Chriitaulty, coming in the guise of the friend of humanity devoted to good works and tile relief of tile suffering, will gain the good will ot the nation, while controversy will leave it cold and skeptical. A letter which has been sent to the Society for the Propagation of the Froth by Fathre Sua:et, missionary at Kurume, Japan, speaks strongly in fa- vor of approaching the Japanese by showing them the charitable work of the Christian religion. Father Suaret writes : "Whence comes the difference be. tween the material progress of Japan, • I the marvelous rapidity of winch has surprised the world, and the religious progress, which, without remaining actually stationary, proceeded with such slowness? It can not be on no- count of the incapacity of the Japanese people to co.nprehend the sublime truths of Christianity; their history plainly proves the contrary. The rea- son is that the Gospel is not presented to them, chining forth in the light of good works. It is a pity to see the great cities of this country filled with Buddhist pagodas in which the bronzes continully repeat that the first and greatest emeny of Japan is Christlani. ty., These men paint the ministers of the only God of peace and truth in the blackest criers. According to them Christianity is a wicked religion, au- thorized by the Government, it is true, bat unwillingly, and nnder pressure from powerful strangers; it is a relig- and combat error as well as they are able, but they can reach only a very small number of people. They have fixed their residences in the principal cities, whence they make excursions into the country, there sowing the good seed by means of conferences, but they are unable, owing to lack of time, to follow up tile work except here ad there. Under these condi- tions preaching of the Word will not alone suffice for the conversion of the Japanese people; there is needed work ot a lasting character which will be to them a continual sermon of great elo- quence,showing them plainly the ben- efits of our holy religion. The pagans of Japan shall see the dar, God will- ing, when they will come to know the good tree by its fruits, i. e., works of charity, such as schools, orphanages, hospitals for. lepers, dispensaries, etc. Some ot these works exist already, but they arc very few and in great need of resources. Such as they are, however, they preach to the pagans the true wr- tue of charity, which is found only in (hristianity." This letter speaks for itself; it is the testimony of a man on the spot, who ,is thoroughly conversant with the affairs about which he writes, and who is not airing a theory for its own sake alone, but who s speaking item tile point of view of a practical man. Father Suaret, firmly believing that he is right, Wishes to give his method a fair trial. He is trying to found a hospital at Kurame. With tile aid ot a Christian physician and some nuns --it will be noticed that wherever the most heroic charity is demanded,wher- ever the sacrifices to be borne are the greatest,at that place are always to be Iund Sisters of some religious order or other--Father Suaret has already established a dispensary where he does what he cn. But, that, at present, is tar too little. He is sorely in need of money. He appeals tc the charita- bly inclined of tile Christian world for help in order that he may realize to the full of his plan. The attitude of the rich and influ- ential pagans of Kuxumo, in Iegard to the proposed hospital, is friendly. They have urged Father Suaret to keep on with his work,and have assur- ed tam of their sympathy and good will. The results to be obtained from the foundation are, in tile words of the missionary himself, "First, the eter- nal salvation of n great number of tit- tle children and of the tying, baptized in the hour of death whose grateful souls will mount to heaven, there to pray for their benefactors. Secondly, in this industrial city a great many will be attracted by the g9odness and devotion of the Sisters and so will cme ,to look with favor upon a relig- ion so beneficent and,as it wore. cloth- ed with love. It was thus that in oth- er ames Our Lord and His Apostles acted when they entered the cities and towns of Judea to perach the Gospel. They first healed the bodies oI those whose souls they wished to save. We,following in their footsteps, wish to set' in a similar manner." Father Suaret's letter concludes with this touching appeal: "Christian souls, blest by God with the goods of the world, do not fail to respond to the appeal of poor a missionary who asks your aid. Give generously for the suffering members of Our Lord Jesus Christ: He will reward you for your pity up- on the last day by showing you mr. cy throughout eternity•" Charitable Christians wishing to as- sist in the estabhshment of the hos- pital at Kurume may send their offer- ings to the Society for the Propaga- tion of the Faith, Baltimore, Md.-- Exchange. FROM THE PHILIPPINES. The Centre Catolico Society of tile Philippines Asks the American Fed. eration of Catholic Societies for Assistance. CINCINNATI, May 5--Tho Amer- ican Federation of Cathotic Societies has received from the Centre Catolico di Filipinas, a Roman Catholic body in the Philippine Ishnds, a communi- cation in reply to the resolutions of sym pathy extended the friars at a recent Chicago convention of Roman Catho- lics. The letter quotes resolutions adopted by the Centre Catolioo in part as follows: That the American Federation of Catholic Societies tie requested to use in our behal! its efficacious influence that for the time to come the complete separation of Church and State,as pro- vided by the Constitution of your country and practiced thereinmay be made effective here, thus avoiding the I common occurrences of the insular] provincial or municipal authorities in- I terferiug in matters which are of the I particular incumbency oi the (hurch. That the Catolico de Filipinas beseech the American Federation that it aid us with its efficacious co-operation in our labors on. behali of our atholic schools, to the end that the offiocial school system may not be an oppressor of pul Cattlolio school system, and oi the legitimate rights which the law and justice have conceded us. That we bog especmlly of the Amer- ican Federation that it laboraccording to its discretion and zeal to the end that the existing worthy religious cor- porations, more especially those of the Augustinians, the Francisoans, the Do- minicans and Revellers, shall continue their work m the Philippines. An application of the Plilippine body to beoome affiliated with the Amerioan Federation will be laid be. fore the next national convention ot the latter body. GERMAN CATHOLIC GAINS. BLOOMINGTON, I11., May 25.-- Many matters of interest were discuss- ed today at the eleventh annual con- vention of the State Federation of German Catholic Societies. Solemn high mass opened the day's program. The annual report oI President J. P. Lauth of Chicago showed the improv- ed condition of the organization. Treasurer H. G. Reis of East St. Louis read a statement of the. receipts and expenditures. A resolution was introduced by Dr. Latz of Chicago ex- pressing thanks to Emperor William for his courtesy in calling upou the Pope and approving his course in rec- ognizing the freedom of time, Roman Catholic church in Germany. There was a long discussion of the question of consolidating with the national fed- oration, which was organized at Cin- cinnati two years ago. No definite ac- tion was taken. Blmhop Stnnley, Cardinal Vaughan's new bishop aux- iliary, the Hen. and Right Rev. Alger- non Stanley, is oven more prominently connected with old English families than the cardinal himself. The new bishop is the brother of the Countess of Carlisle, who is noteworthy in the sphere of English philanthropy, His elder brother, is Lord Stanley of Alder- lcy. Lady Joune, wife of Justice Jeune. Is his sister-in-law. His nephew is Earl Russell and his brother is Lyulph Stanley. Cardinal Oreglla. Cardinal Luigi Oreglia, the dean of the sacred college, occupies the post of camerlingo, by virtue of which he will be temporary head of the church in the interim between the death of the pope and the selection of a successor, He is bishop of Ostia, is seventy-five years old and was made a cardinal Just thirty years ago. Next to the pope, he Is the highest official of the church. SHORT SERMONS, It is impossible to be Just If one Is not generous. We arc always more profitably em- ployed in praising God than even in despising ourselves. Believe in the Will that with a thought can turn the shadow of death in'to the morning. Nothing makes strictness more at- tractive or more imperative than the Svidences of God's love. In proportion 'as we love him we appreciate his sanc- tity.. A man of noble character is a bless- ing to his fellows. He is courage for the timid, strength for the weak. pur- pose for the irresolute and example for the good. Whatsoever things are true. whutsc ever things are honest, whatsoever things 're pure, whatsoever things are of good report, think on these things. At first we hope too much; later on, too little. The varying seasons of the year and the vicissitudes of mortal life make little difference to him who has God's sunshine in his heart. Sorrow is no given to us alone that we may mourn, It is glvento us that, having felt. suffered, wept, we may be able to understand, love. bless, We make fanciful distinction be- tween eternity and time. There is no real distinction. We are in eternity nt this moment. That has begun to be with us which never began with God. Seek to mingle gentleness in all your rebukes; make allowances for consti- tutional frailties; never say harsh things If kind things will do as w4fll. Music sad Sons. The sweet companions of labor, mu- sic and song, keep pace with the strides and advancements of man. Tile rude chant of the boatman floats upon the water, the shepherd ,sings upon the hill. the milkmaid in the valley, the plowman at the plow. The very mo- notony of life would be a pang to so- ciety If it were not Interspersed witb pleasures and recreations. What more exalts the mind and makes it forget the misery and trouhles of this vale of woe't What more charms our friends? Wlmt more (,hoers out" sph'lts and makes us enjoy tile beauties of both nature and art thau the harnlonlous m,ls of mush., thrilling our ears. 1t11. iIU; our souls with gladness. avs St. .ugustine, "As the'voices flowe into my ears truth was instilled into my heart, while the affections of piety overflowed into tears of Joy." A BIt of the Pope's Humor. It is said that when Pope• Leo read how Cardinal Gibbons was showered with congratulations at the time of the Baltimore prelate's Jubilee his holines remarked jocosely, )'I should have liked to see him, but the poor man is getting old and must now have ret." Tile humor of the remark will be ap- parent when it is remembered that Cardinal Gibbons is now but a year older than his holines was when he was elected pope. at. Patrick In Demand. St. Patrick has developed into a very fickle minded individual. At least he Is so reputed. Last year we were told ,he had been a stanch Episcopalian. This year a New Jersey idiot declares he was a Baptist. Next year we may expect to find him a full fiedged Uni- tarian. The crop of St. Patrick yarns seems to be ripe. Because he was a bishop the Episcopalians claimed him. Now because' he baptized by lmmer- siou the Baptist brohren want him. He preached in the open air, and we are surprised tlmt owing to that fact the Salvation Army has not long since claimed him, but if tile Unitarians let him slip the army may rise to the occa- sion next year. Notwithstanding all this, St. Patrick received his commis- sion from the pope and was a Catholic bishop and a Roman Catholic saint.- Wheeling (W. Vs.) Church Calendar. No Such Men. La Bruyere said, "I would fain see a man who is sober, moderate, chaste. equitable, declare that there is no GOd, but such a man is not to be found." For my purl I would fain see a young man who is chaste, modest, humble, seriously instructed in Chris- tiau doctrine, declare that the faith which he received from his mother, the Catholic church, is without foundation. Hitherto I have never met with such a young man.--Laforet. OVER A fiRAVE [Original.] '! EDITH IDA WHITMARSH. / / Born May 10, 1880, Died Feb. 25. 1900. A girl carrying some plants entered the cemetery and passing over the Walks to the grave thus marked Stopped before it. She was surprised to see that some one had placed fresh flowers on the rounded earth. Drop- ping the plants, she bent over the flow- ers to see if there was anything to iden- tify the person who had placed thep there. She was disappointed. There was not even so much as a bit of rib- .ben to bind them together. She had come on the ))lrthday of the (lead to plant some shoots and knew that he or she who had been there before her had known of the anniversary, for there were J ust twenty roses. Between Edith Wifltmarsh and Ger- aldine Sheldon had been one of those rare attachments in which two girls became absorbed in one another to the exclusion of all others. At least this wits the construction Geraldine Sheldon had put upon their intimaey, supposing that stm was Edith's only friend. Yet here Was evidence that some one had been sufficiently intimate with her to love her and had loved her sufficiently to place flowers on her grave on the an- niversary of her birth. Leaving the plants where she had dropped them, she turned and left the cemetery. Was it dissatisfaction with her friend that she had deceived her, or was it Jealousy? She did not know herself. She did not visit the grave again for a month, when what was her surprise to see the plants she had left growing on the mound and bearing buds Just ready to bloom. This was too much. This monster with whom she had been forced unknowingly to divide her friend's love had had the assurance to plant the shoots she had In a fit of Jealousy left unplanted. Besides, there was a vine creeping up the headstone. For a year Edith continued to visit the graves of her friend, noticing that some one had from time to time added little decorations. She herself had re- fused to divide the care of tile sacred spot with another, but when the next anniversary came round she had so far softened as to take t 9 the cemetery a pet azalla which she had-been long training. There was no new trace of her rival. Breathing a sigh of relief, she Imbedded tile roots of the azalia and was smoothing the earth about it when she heard a step. Looking up, she saw a man of perhaps thirty ad- vancing toward her. He paused be- fore the gate shutting off the lot. "You are?" she ssked. "Earle Gardner." "My mysterious rival?" "No. You had no rival in Edith's fem- Inine love." "But you loved her?" "As my wife." "As your wife?" The voice and the manner bespoke an overpowering won- der. "And the mother of my child." "The mother of your child?" "Edith was forbidden by me to tell you of our love and marriage. My mother was for a year on the brink of the grave, and for reasons which for the present I will pass over 1 could not acknowledge a wife so long a she lived. You remember Edith's visit to Wash|ngton a year ago last winter and her death there. She died in child- birth." Like a ray of light struggling through gloom a bit of forgiveness entered Ger- aldine's soul. "The child ?" COMFORT AND WEAR ! i i i W AOONSI'IAINSS" ; 914=916 Western Avenue $ 4. SEATTL E? THEO. HABERNAL ' MERCHANT TAILOR 116 YESLEI; WAY ' COMMERCIAL STREET BOILER* WORKS. H. W. 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Edith only arranged for a few years." "But why did she not leave the babe to me from the first?" "Because at the time my marriage must still be kept a secret. Besides"-- "Well ?" The man looked embarrassed. "Come, I am impatient. You said. I believe, that Edith left her instructions for the child wimn it should be a year old." "Yes, when Edith would have been dead a year." "What had that to do with it?" "A husband may marry again at the end of a year." "Mirry again? If you loved Edith as I loved her--as I love her today--you would never marry another." "She left her instructions to me to marry at the expiration of the year." "She did 7" "Yes; conditionally on the consent of the woman of her choice." "Her choice? You mean your choice." "They may be one." . "Explain." "You are the woman she chose to for her bereaved husband aud care child." Geraldine's eyes turned and looked out on vacancy. Then they were low- ered to the grave. Tears began to course down her cheeks. 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