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In Union Is Strength

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The first of the series of four lectures given in St. Joseph's church, Dexter, under theauspices of Branch 45, C. M. B. A., was a great success. The lecturer was Rev. Louis Cook, C. S. S. R. Prof. Freitag presided over the organ, which is a good one and brought forth sweet tones of music from it. Rev. Fr. Cook spoke in substance as follows: There lived in the olden times a king of Pontus, a king of small ter ritory. At a time when the Roman arms spread themselves well nigh over the whole known world, with a mere handful of men, he resisted the power of the Roman army for thirty years. The greatest Roman generáis were sent against him and returned defeated. At last the old man, exhausted by his labors and successes, laid himself down to die. He had seven bright boys. He wanted to give them the key to his losition. He had prepared for the occasion seven sticks or fagots. They were put in one corner of the ed room, and seven other fagots were put in another corner. "Now," said he, "my boys, I will teil you why I thrived. I was but a handel and they were thousands. Now," aid he to the eldest son, "takL one of those fagots and break it." It was an easy thing to do. Each one of the boys easily broke a fagot. ?hen the father said, "Break those," ointing to the other seven fagots which were bound together. They ouldn't break them. Then he aid, "You couldn't break them beause the one helps the other. Small hings become great by union and great things go to pieces for want of union." Man possesses powers by which ie might live alone. My body develops like that of an animal. To he mind of the philosopher, it is ossible that a man might grow up n the woods and be a man still. At he same time, the Creator did not ntend man to live alone. He made man the most helpless of all animáis. ie created him a social being. He wished him by unión with others to )erfect his nature. Man is created o be a being of society, to live in unión with others. This unión is he starting point of all societies. If here is a unión of many minds, íands, powers, if one man drops off, others sustain him. A patriarch was an oíd man, with sons and daughters who also had children; he was the head of an immense gathering, the born leader or cing of them all. You will find God dealingwith men through thisleader. He made the promises to Abraham as the father of nations. In our own day we find the same unión. The trades are joining together to secure themselves against capital. Capital is joining itself together against labor. By organization, the union of individuals, the individual powers are brought to their greatest perfection. There is nothing individual in the whole of creation. Nothing stands alone. All are parts of a great temple, but one great masterpiece of the Almighty. What's a grain of sand, a companion to the other which lies beside it. In union lies the strength of created things. Take a drop of water. That is not much. Another drop comes trickling down, a hundred drops, a thousand. They make the rivulet, the river, the ocean. It is the union of small things which gives strength. Why does the mighty oak break in a wind which does not harm that clump of a hundred little trees. The oak tumbles because it stands alone. The little ones are not alone. One supports the other. There are more mysteries in creation than all the catechisms the church ever gave. The speaker described the union of monkeys and the monkey chain by which they crossed a stream. Horses in a wild state go in droves and in time of danger, the stronger horses go in the front and rear and the weaklings in the center. This union is instinctive in the animáis. Rev. Mr. Cook then took up the construction of suspension bridges, the cables formed of little wires( (Continued on Eighth Page.) IN UNION IS STRENGTH. (Conoluded froin First Page.) to show how strong union made them. Among human beings the force of union is still greater. There is a union of minds and will power. What has been the cause of Ireland's sorrow? Disunion. What, the cause of her success. Union. When all hope seemed to cease, a few brave men came together to uphold their fatherland. The force of these unions in human beings is something well nigh almighty. What gave the Greeks the power to resist the great Alexander? It was their union. What made Rome so great? The union of her people. What caused the disintegration of so mighty an empire? It is not without reason that the United States adopted the words "In union there is strength." You join together ten minds to-day and you have the intelligence of ages. When Rome was at the heignt or her power, a slave by the name of Spartacus, determined to break loose. He gathered around him his friends and soon had a united army of 60,000 men. For twelve years, he whipped in succession every Roman general sent against him. What are the benefits of organization? What kind of a world would it be with crazy people walking around town. What if a man met you with a shillalah and struck you over the head. You would wish him locked up. Who would lock him up? Organiza tion. A burglar enters my house, points a revolver at my head and says "your money oryourlife." I would say. "Take the money, take the money". But no sooner would he be out the room than up would go the window and I would cry "catch him, catch him." Who would catch him? Grgauization. Where there is no organization there must be disorder. All organization tends to reach an object which, if left to individuals; could not be reached. Speaking of Free Masons, the speaker said: This organization started originally ia the Catholic church. They were originally an order of masons, who worked without pay. They built temples. These men often went in crowds of 20,000 or so from city to city, building temples on the invitations of bishops, who would feed and clothe them. All were organized and so united and obedient that the least infraction of discipline would cause a member to be expelled. Continuing, he said the Catholic church was opposed to taking away a man's free will by an oath, to organizations against the church or an established goverament. What are the great orders of the Catholic church? A unión of individuals. The Jesuits spread out through the whole world. The greatest astronomer of the day was a poorboyeducatedby Jesuits. Among the greatest pdilosophers were those children of poor parents educated by this order. The Catholic Mutual Benefit Association has a twofold object, to bring men together to form, as it were, a nucleus in each parish to promote Catholic sentiment, Catholic union. The other advantages are of a material nature. The association was started so that families might not suffer; so that the old mother might not be thrown on the pity of neighbors; so that the children might not be sent to an orphan asylum, where the brightest boy is simply lost. Fr. Cook gave a number of instances from his own personal observation indicating the great value of life insurance and advised youpg ladies against marrying men who would not take this precaution to secure their future, and' concluded by saying: "I do not see how any reasonuble man who has an opportunity of joining an association like this should refuse to do so." The next lecture in this interesting series of lectures is that of Rev. M. J. Dowling, S. J., on "Faith and Worldliness, " Wednesday evening, January 28.