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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 28, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1918 THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD PAGE SEVEN A JUDICIAL DEFINITION OF ALLEGIANCE � (From -the Now York Outlook), i-'s^jj^^ The,'Rev, J.-Fontaila, pastor ot the German Evangelical church, Now Salem, North Dakota, was recently trferl at Bismarck, in ^thot , State. He was charged with having uttereil from time to, time seditions language for tho purpose of interfering xwith the military activities of the Government. The presiding judge wns1 Charles F. Amidon. of the United States District Court, .^District of North1 Dakota. ThtTjury rctiirnocl a verdict of guilty against Mr. Pontana on August .15. United States Attorney Hlldreth moved for sentence on August 19. In--.missing sentence Judge Amidon said in part what follows: You received your final papers aB a citizen in 1898. By the oath which you then took you renounced and abjured all allegiance to Germany^ and to the Emperor of Germany, and swore that you would bear true faith and allegiance to the United States. JVhat did that mean? That you would set about earnestly growing an American soul and put away your German soul; � That is what your oath of allegiance meant. Have you done that? I do not think you have. You have cherished everything Gorman, prayed Gorman, read Gerthan, sung German: Every thought of your mind and every emotion of your heart through all these years has been German. Your body has been in America, but your life has been In Germany. ft you were sat down in Prussia today, you would bo in harmony with your environment. It would fit you just as a flower fits the leaf and stem of the plant on which it grows. You have influenced others who,have been un- BUY YOUR BOYS' BOOTS AT THE HUDSON'S BAY SHOE SALE mm .der^your minl^r^4^^Si4)0 9ame thing. You said you wbuld^ctiascBto cherish your : CWr^jian s6tili,v.�TIfii't meant that you wouM'^ginitft&Btuay of American lifev,i�My hlstp>y, rthjit you would opetj your ftilnd arid: heart to all of its ini)uetfces/;tnat ybu;''tjb>VURit' ed States the safflp^.S'^O^felt.tSward's the fatherland ^M^"^^^'.--' Germany. There hav6'beo'hpa?g*^vnianv Germans before me iiVtjiei'ast'ntonth. It has been an Impressive part, of, the trial. They have lived ifn this country, like yourself,,; fen,' twenty, thirty, forty yearn; and tlioy had to give their evidence through an interpreter. And as I looked at them and tried as best I could to understand them, there was written all over ever/ one of them, "Made in Germany." American li^e had not dimmed that mark In tho least. It stood there as bright and fresh as the inscription upon a new coin. I do not blame you and these men alone. I blame myself. 1 blame my country. We urged .v->ii to come. We welcomed you; we gave you opportunity; we gave you land; we conferred upon you the diadem of American citizenship-and then we left, you. We paid no attention ta what you have been doing. And now the world war. has thrown a searchlight upon our National life, and what have we discovered? We find all over these United States, in groups, little Germanies, little Italies, little Austrias, little Norways, little Husslas. These foreign- people have thrown a circle about themselves, and, Instead of keeping the oath they took that they would try to grow American souls inside of them, they have studiously striven to exclude everything American and to cherish e^ery-' thing foreign. A clever gentleman' wrote a romance called "America, the Molting Pot." It appealed to our vanity, and through all these years we have been seeing romance instead of HEME Of JK We Are As Full of Dei Poisons A� A Gefm' Laboratory. AUTO-INTOXICATION OR SELF-POISONING ^FRUIT-A-TIVES" Afeaolutel* ;.ijjftfc-. venti This Dangerous Condition*-' .' The chief cause of poor /teallk'ls-our neglect of the bowels. "Waste master,, instead, of passing from tho lower intestine regularly every clay, is allowed to remain there, generating poisons which arc absorbed by tho blood. " , In other words, a person who is habitually constipated, is poisoning himself. We know now that Auto-intoxication, due to non-action of {lie bowels, is directly responsible imited,Ottawa. Against Vigorous' German Op-position 'Crossed the Canal jtliu'Nord FORD TRUCKS A SAVING TO FARMERS The motor driven truck can work constantly at maximum load under the burning summer sun; or in the coldest weather. Unlike tho horse it needs no rests while working, it -eats only when in actual use, and when th,e day's work is done it requires very little attention, and leaves you free for-other "Chores" about the "place. TITen, It can bp housed in one-quarter the space of the horses, wagon and harness it replaces. ~ ...... -. � It is a mistaken idea that a truck is useful onlyvfor driving upon paved roads; The Ford can be driven all over the farm, and usod for hauling grain, pbtatoes, fruit, roots, fertilizer, wood, stock, milk, or any other product. The speed it travels,.the time it saves,, and its low upkeep cost appeal very strongly toall users of the Ford' Truck. FORDSON TRACTORS -This is the tractor the provincial government distributed' over, the province this spring. It is giving good satisfaction, its.'ifeii'a: tillty has been proven. We have a full line of repairs"for "tills tractor on hand. ' --. - ;y:.';? ; Ford Garage C. C. McGREERY, Manager H. E. M ElBACHj-Proprletor nnnnitnitnnnnnniiHnnnnnnnnn mm f 4 �y _^ ; Offica and ,Warka,'Waat Toronto,Ontarib:' Iff f fTi^'i ~\ ' Branches. Montreal, Qui., Winnipeg, Man.. Retina.Sask If  41 4 4 4^ V -+'4 4 fact. That is the awful truthr The figure of my country stands beside you today. It says to me: Do not blame this man alone. I am partly to blame. Punish him for his offense, but let him know that I see things in a new light, that- a new era has come here. Punish him to teach him, and the like of him, and all those who have been misled by him and his like, that a change has come; that there must be an interpretation anew of the oath of allegiance. It has been in the past nothing but a formula of words. From this time on it must be translated into living characters incarnate in the life of every foreigner, who has his dwell-irig-place in our midst. If they have been cherishing foreign history, foreign ideals, foreign jloyalty, -it must be stopped, and they must begin at once, all over again, to cherish American thought, American history, American .ideals. That means something thaTls, to(,be. done in', your, daily life. a It does not mean simply,that you wUT' not take up arms against tire United' States. It goes deeper far than that.. It means that you will live for the United States, and that you will cherish and grow American souls insicje of you. It means that you will take down from the .walls of your homes, the picture of the Kaiser and put up the picture of Washington; that you. will take down the picture of Bis-' marck' and hang up the picture of Lincoln. It means that you Will begin to sing American songs; that you will begin oarnestly to study American history; that, you will begin to open your lives through every avenue to the influence of American life. It means that you will begin first of all to learn English, tl>e language of this country, so that there may be a door into your, souls through whicli American lite' may enter. ' I am not,so simple as to entartaiu the idea that racial habits and qualities can be put aside by the will in a day, in a year, in a generation; but because that is difficult is all tlie nioreV reason why you should get about "it and, quit cherishing, a foreign life., If half the effort had been put,forth.In these foreign Communities to build up an American life in these foreign-', born citizens that has been put forth to perpetuate a foreign life, our. situation'-Vould have, been entirely differ-, ent from what it Is today. You have Tiolated your oath of allegiance in this; You have cherished foreign ideals and tried to make, thim' everlasting. That'is the basic wrong of theBo thousands of little islands; fof. foreigners that have been formed through our whole limits, that, Instead Of; remoye'tha foreign life out .of their ;;souls _a^d to build up* an American life lh them, they have striven studiously from year to year to stifle American life and to make forelgnness perpetual. That is-disloyalty. And the object, one of the big objects, of this serious proceeding-In this court, and-other like proceedings in other courts, is to give notice that that must be stopped. I have seen before my eyes another "day of judgment. When- we get through with this war, and civil liberty is made safe once more upon thiB earth, there Is going'to be a day of Judgment in these United- States. Foreign-born-citizens and the" institutions which have cherished forelgnness are going-to be brought to the judgment bar of this Republic That^ dny of judgment looks more to me today like the great Day of Judgment than anything that I have thought of for many years. There is going to be a separation on that day of the sheep^froih the BQats. i Every institution that liaB-been etagaged in this business of making' JCpreignn&m perpetual*in the� United! Spates Vl'l have to change or cease* ijhat is going to cut deep, but It is-cpmlpg. . ^1 recognize the right of>foreign-born CjtizeDa toear their religion,.if they' cannot understand,iti In English, spok--en to them ,in the tongue that they^ cjan understand: If they- have not yet" acquired enough English to read; they are entitled to:have a paper that shall, speak to them Uw. language that they i cani understa*?. i tinnot go further i London, Sept. 2S.-rJSngliKh and Can-;a;dj^ip:-troops faced ftmoM -formidable i'pi;oT)l.env at the firstvstep of their as-%aifc-^ls mornlng.^kays the. correspondent-of the .Daily, Mail, telegraph-ingjSronv the front aiid describing the passage of the Canal du Nord. west-of Cambrai. On the north tho canal lay between tho British and the enemy. It is waist-deep with mud. Kurlhor south the canal is 100 foot in width. Only between Iiichy aud Moeuvres was it possible to cross the canal. Even In this restricted sector there was only a small frontage over which_ the British could fling their columns to reach the wider battlefield and come in direct touch,with the enemy. A great part of the British troops participating in the attack had to pass through this narrow doorway, the limits of which were as well known to than that. And this is the capital thing that Is going to ho settled on that day of judgment, namely, that the right to those things is temporary, and It cannot be enjoyed by anybody who is not willing to regard it as temporary and to set about earnestly making the time of that enjoyment as short as possible. Tbat means a fundamental revision of these foreign churches. No freedom of the press will protect a perpetual foreign press in these United States. It won't protect any press or any church which', while it is trying to meet a temporary need, does not 'set itself earnestly about the business of making that temporary situation just as temporary as possible, and not making it, as has been true In the past, just as near perpetual as possible. jVIen who are not willing to do that will have to choose. If they prefer to cherish foreign ideals, they will have to go to their own. If it is necessary, we will cancel every certificate of citizenship in the'so United States. The Federal Government has power to deal with that subject and it is going to deal with it. Nothing else than that surely can ,bL> possible. And the object of the sentence which I pronounce upon you today is not alone to punish you for the disloyalty ot which you have been guilty, but to serve notice upon you, and the like of you, and all of the groups of people in this district who have been cherishing foreign-ness, that the end, pf tha* regime has come. It is a,call to every one of you to set about earnestly the growing Of an American squlH.iuside of,y,pu. The i courtv finds J1 raw gasoline."  Come in and - test these claims for yourself. _.__ �,* _v Drive the car. A. demonstration' will be arraagfd,�lad-1 ly, at any time. / MADE IN CANADA CHALMERS MOTOR CAR COMPANY OF CANADA,' LIMITED; W^LKERVILLE; ONT. D. S. WILLIAMSON & CO. 7-pajstnger S-pMsengrr f2,025.0O >flfi35.00 LETHBRIOGE i-pusengtr ... $lfi35.O0 Roadster Sedan  $3,040.00 , . PHONE 184� Coupe,3-pariengtr- \$2,6$0.00 Lmousine Town Car 1 " ?*�85.Q0>, limousine Landaulct,}'436540