Golden Age Goodies

by Leolaia 279 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • dilaceratus

    Also, it seems that the 1938 Fascism or Freedom booklet is still worth quoting, to some. It is odd they fail to mention the damning "proof" found on pages fourteen and fifteen.

    [Box on page 225]

    “Upon the Sun”

    As the “sun” of human rulership has “scorched” mankind during the Lord’s day, the John class, with statements such as the following, has drawn attention to what is happening:

    “Today Hitler and Mussolini, the arbitrary dictators, threaten the peace of the whole world, and they are fully supported in their destruction of freedom by the Roman Catholic Hierarchy.”—Fascism or Freedom, 1939, page 12.

    “Throughout history the policy followed by human dictators has been, Rule or ruin! But the regulation now to be applied to all the earth by God’s installed King, Jesus Christ, is, Be ruled or be ruined.”—When All Nations Unite Under God’s Kingdom, 1961, page 23.

    “Since 1945 more than 25 million persons have been killed in some 150 wars fought around the globe.”—The Watchtower, January 15, 1980, page 6.

    “The nations around the world . . . care little about international responsibility or rules of conduct. To reach their ends, some nations feel fully justified in using any means that they consider necessary—massacres, assassinations, hijackings, bombings, and so on . . . How long will the nations put up with one another in such senseless and irresponsible conduct?”—The Watchtower, February 15, 1985, page 4.

    I have to say, these quotes are amazing to me. Of what are they supposed to convince the reader? That more daring pronouncements are to be found on Starbucks coffee cups?

  • dilaceratus

    Another lead: L'Aurora Italian-American ethnic newspaper, out of Houston, TX. Not held by Center for American History at the University of Texas, publication span not listed.

    Italian Americans
    La Tribuna Italiano not held by CAH (OCLC: 9634301)
    Texas Tribune [Jan 25, 1941-Apr 17, 1948] OR, [Jan 25, 1941-Dec 29, 1945] MF
    Il Messaggiero Italiano [Sep 8, 1906-Dec 27, 1913] MF
    La Stella del Texas not held by CAH (OCLC: 15802452)
    L'Aurora not held by CAH (OCLC: 15798910)

    San Antonio
    La Voce Patria not held by CAH (OCLC: 15788764)

    I don't find any mention of it on OCLC, however.

  • dilaceratus

    Something called L'Aurora was being published around 1976--

    The Borghese article claimed to have a detailed list of conspirators who had penetrated into the Church, together with dates, numbers, and code names. These allegations were answered by a writer in L’Aurora, M. Jacques Ploncard, who asserted that no prelate had been affiliated with a secret society since the time of Charles X, the last of the Bourbons who ascended the throne in 1824, and was driven out by the revolution of 1830.

    I don't know if this Jacques Ploncard is the same as the French Fascist who was affiliated with Le Pen's National Front.

    Edited to add: Cited just to note the journal title's existence and timeframe; the website catholicvoice is yet another Illuminati/Jewish conspiracy/Catholic Heirarchy hate explosion.

  • dilaceratus

    It is definitely not the Houston L'Aurora, which was published between 1917 and 1918:,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=taurora&6,,8

    There was also a Boston L'Aurora, 1928-1930, affiliated somehow with the Paterson, NJ, anarchist L'Aurora which is not the source:,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=taurora&1,,8

  • Leolaia

    That's wonderful finding that other "O'Brien" quote from L'Aurora (December 1950) that is certainly from the same journal and from the same writer. And interesting that it is cited only on anti-Catholic NWO-type websites. Also, some of the websites dependent on the Ian Paisley one go further and eliminate the ellipses altogether. I tried searching on this Father Patrick O'Brien guy, but I have been unable to find any hard data. I'm thinking of checking the 1930 census for Syracuse, NY, to verify that such a person existed and was not a nom de plume for an anti-Catholic writer posing as a Catholic priest.

    Still, it is maddening trying to figure out which L'Aurora this magazine was. There was one from Utica, NY, in the late '20s and early '30s, plus the Baptist journal published in Massachusetts. I could imagine anti-Catholic propaganda in an Italian Protestant publication....

  • dilaceratus

    My frustration at failing to find anything related to L'Aurora leaves me ticklish enough to wonder whether it isn't just an in-joke for Catholic bashers:

    Clark, William L. "Lockhart's Last Journey." Rail Splitter, 3:4, December 1918. C368

    An account of Lockhart's conviction on obscenity charges. According to the author it was because of Lockhart's opposition to Catholicism.

    -------. Reminiscences of a Reformer's Life; or, Twenty-five Years on the Skirmish Line against Political Romanism. [Milan, Ill., The Author]. 1913. 229p. C369

    Includes an account of mobbings for anti-Catholic lectures, also his arrest on an obscenity charge for sale of his book, Hell at Midnight in Springfield [Ill.].

    -------. The Story of My Battle with the Scarlet Beast. [Milan, Ill., The Rail Splitter Press, 1932]. 441p. C370

    The author describes his lifelong and often violent crusade against the Catholic Church and the alleged vices of its clergy. The latter part of the book is largely a reporting of the various efforts to suppress Clark's paper, The Rail Splitter, and other anti-Catholic literature, and his 1911 arrest and trial in Peoria, Ill., for an alleged obscene book--Hell at Midnight in Springfield--an exposé of vice and corruption in Springfield, Ill. Theodore A. Schroeder and the Free Speech League gave Clark legal aid. Clark also reports on the prosecution of B. O. Flower's anti-Catholic paper, The Menace. The fourth edition of Hell at Midnight (1914) gives an account of the Peoria trial.

    303. Rare Menace Newspaper, 1919. Menace was an anti Catholic newspaper from Aurora, Mo. Many vitriolic anto Catholic articles. Menace was a big KKK supporter. Reasonalby good condition, but not mint. $50.00

    Menace Publishing Company seems to have put out a whole range of anti-Catholic books, as well.

    46. Popes of Rome, The
    Long, Robert J

    Format: Hardcover

    Aurora, Ilinois: Menace Publishing Company, 1914. 346 pages, history(?) of the Popes and the Bishops of the first five centuries.. Second Edition. Blue Cloth. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Catholic. Catholic, Popes, Anti-catholic.

    PANT 5/12 Folder : Anti-Catholicism - Menace 1913,1932

    * PANT 5/12 Title : When Knight Meets Knight
    * PANT 5/12 Author : The New Menace
    * PANT 5/12 Title : The Menace 1932
    * PANT 5/12 Author : George Milburn 1932
    * PANT 5/12 Title : Why I Organized Antidote Publishing Company
    * PANT 5/12 Author : J.A. Campbell
    * PANT 5/12 Title : To the Jury of American Peers
    * PANT 5/12 Author : Marvin Brown
    * PANT 5/12 Title : "The Menace" Self-Condemned 1913
    * PANT 5/12 Title : Associated Menace Clubs of America By-Laws
    * PANT 5/12 Title : The Secret Instructions of the Jesuits
    * PANT 5/12 Author : Menace Publishing Company

    From a rather amazing treatise on the Roman Catholic assassination of Abraham Lincoln:
    The Suppressed Truth about the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
    by Burke McCarty, ex-Romanist
    Originally published 1924

    To name one incident in which the ramification of this spy system may be seen, I call to the mind of those of my readers who read the Menace, published at Aurora, Mo., some years ago, when the editor of the Melting Pot, Mr. Tichener, accompanied by Mr. Marvin Brown, editor of the Menace, located fifty thousand cancelled envelopes which the Menace Publishing Company had sold to a junk dealer—as is the custom of publishers—in the offices of the German Catholic Central Verein at St. Louis, Mo.

    The Menace ran a cut made from the snapshots which they had taken of these editors, inside the offices of the SPY headquarters, surrounded by bales of the Menace envelopes which Mr. Brown was about to appropriate, and succeeded in doing so, a fact which demonstrated that the Jesuits have not a corner on the market when it comes to cleverness.

    The Aurora paper had for months been receiving complaints from its subscribers to the effect that they were being persecuted, and if in business, boycotted in their home towns by Roman Catholics, and it had been puzzling the editors as to the avalanche of complaints coming from all directions until the discovery of the big consignment of cancelled envelopes, a large proportion of which had had the return addresses on them. It was by this means that the list was procured. The publicity, which the Menace gave to this matter at the time, put a stop to the inquisition for the most part. This was an attack upon FREE PRESS, which these Leopoldines were pledging to execute.

    This great Spy System penetrates every avenue of social life. The field of journalism has been invaded until a Roman Catholic sits at many important editorial desks of great newspapers, from coast to coast. They fill the reportorial staffs and other departments in the front offices and it goes without saying that the presses, composing rooms and other mechanical departments are dominated by them.
  • dilaceratus

    Letting go of the Paisley "December 1950" citation for the moment (which could be an error-- say, 1930, read as 1950), this makes some sense in terms of the Rutherford quote: Catholic weekly newspaper, in the right time frame, right place for a Syracuse correspondent, and has Aurora in the title.

    Aurora und christliche Woche.
    Published: Buffalo, N.Y. : Das Waisenhaus, [1900]-1943.
    Description: 43 v.
    Publication history: Began publication in 1900.
    -Jahrg. 92, Nr. 28 (11. Feb. 1943).
    Frequency: Weekly.
    Absorbed: Katholische Deutschamerikaner 1914.
    Absorbed by: Ohio Waisenfreund.
    Notes: Has English language edition: Echo (Buffalo, N.Y.), Feb. 4, 1915-Aug. 17, 1939.
    Formed by the union of: Christliche Woche, and: Aurora (Buffalo, N.Y.)
    Call number: Microfilm no. 2444.
    Summary holdings: 1913-1920, 1928-1943.
    Detailed holdings:

    Aurora und christliche Woche.
    Microfilm no. 2444.

    Library has:

    Nov. 7, 1913-July 30, 1920
    Aug. 3, 1928-Oct. 3, 1930
    Aug. 7, 1931-Feb. 11, 1943.

    Given the elaborate devices used in the two O'Brien quotes, turning it into L'Aurora to give it more of an Italian feel...

  • dilaceratus

    Oh, and notice this from the Paisley quote:

    An article in The Union and Echo, official diocesan organ of the Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, in December 1950, declared:

    Both of the Paisley quotes could be from the same source, confused and mangled.

  • dilaceratus

    Oneonta, NY City Historian Mark Simonson's Daily Star column from March 2003:

    ...In the years following World War I, a strong nativist sentiment grew across the country, sparking a return of the Ku Klux Klan. There had been an earlier generation of the Klan in the 1860s, after slavery was abolished, and this so-called "secret society" didn't approve of the rise in social and civil status of the former slaves. That era saw participation mainly in Southern states. But the 1920s resurgence had activities grow into 40 states. This fraternal organization, called the Invisible Empire, preyed upon the fears of the citizens and promoted hatred against most immigrants, especially the black, Catholic and Jewish sections of the population. Eventually, the targets of hatred expanded to all aliens, liberals, trade unionists and striking workers.

    In a July 1923 Oneonta Herald, the first tangible evidence Oneontans had of the Klan presented itself on the Fourth of July. Three crosses were burned, one on a place called Round Top, another on a hill on Southside, and the third on a hill to the north of the city. The blazing outlines, visible for some distance, were first noticed in the evening sky around 9:30. The Klansmen did their work quietly and were not observed.

    A month later, a large group assembled at the Knights of Pythias Hall on Main Street. They came to hear the Rev. N.V. Cossaboom of Buffalo speak on the "Ideals and Principles of the Ku Klux Klan." The Oneonta Herald reported: "Doubtless many in the audience were members of the order, but probably most of the men and women ... attended out of a naturalcuriosity to hear something about the organization whose secrecy has given it an attractive flavor ..." Fearing disorder might arise, police Chief Horton sent several patrolmen to the hall, but their services were not needed, as the meeting was peaceful in every respect. Cossaboom stated that one ideal of the Klan was the preservation of the public school system and the placing of the Bible in the schools. He also stated that the fiery crosses symbolized three things: service, sacrifice and light.

    Binghamton became a center of the Klan's activities in New York state in the '20s. The Klan held its statewide convention there in 1924 and participated in a Binghamton mayoral election. That year, the Klan was at its peak of membership, estimated at 6 million across the nation.

    In March 1925, exploding bombs and burning crosses were seen in the old stone quarry on Mount Moses, across the river from Sidney. In June of that year, the Klan held a meeting on the fairgrounds west of the village, with up to 1,500 Klansmen and spectators in attendance.

    Across our region, while there was the visible presence of the Klan, there were no reported acts of violence. In other parts of the country, however, people were kidnapped, flogged and a few killed. Few prosecutions of Klansmen resulted, and in some communities, local officials helped them....

    In his zeal to combat the 18th Amendment, this outspoken Catholic mayor also drew the attention of powerful adversaries, including the Ku Klux Klan.

    The Klan was on a mission of hate and division, specifically targeting Catholics. This made Schwab a prime target. The Klan sent a hit man to kill him, but failed to get the job done. Politically, Schwab was in a complex position, on one hand he was bound to enforce the law, on the other he had to do what he thought was right by campaigning for the legalization of light wines and beer. The Klan, backed by powerful Protestant leader Littleton E.H. Smith openly attacked Schwab saying he had "winked at lawlessness" and "advised others to become lawless."

    ...Mayor Schwab charged that the Ku Klux Klan was backing the agitation in the churches and announced that he would fire any city employee who joined the organization. "I won't permit the Ku Klux Klan to be organized in this city."...

    ... The Klan began gaining momentum, and Reverend L. E. H. Smith, a Black Rock pastor, preached that the Mayor was a "crook" and said that Buffalo was the most corrupt city in the country. Schwab charged Smith with being a Klansman, which was never denied....

    ...At a Klan parade on the Fourth of July in Binghamton, New York, an effigy of Mayor Schwab was an unusual exhibit....

    Pictures of anti-Klan tactic used in 1924 by Mayor F. X. Schwab:

  • dilaceratus

    Okay, here's a Father O'Brien of Syracuse, courtesy of the Fulton Patriot:

    Wedneday July 30, 1924 p. [?]:

    Rev. Father O'Brien of Syracuse
    who has been named as the head of
    the new Catholic church at Mexico
    was given a farewell at St. Pat-
    rick's church in Syracuse last week
    and presented with a purse of $[3?]

    Thursday December 6, 1936, p. [?]:

    Rev. Arthur O'Brien, his mother,
    Mrs. Catherine O'Brien, and brother,
    Harold O'Brien of Clarkson, were re-
    cent guests of Mr. and Mrs. T. L.
    O'Brien of West Ninth street. Father
    O'Brien celebrated mass at the Holy
    Family church Sunday. He and
    Rev. William J. Tracy, pastor of the
    Holy Family church, were ordained
    to the priesthood at the same time.

    No shortage of Catholic priests named O'Brien in rural New York, however.

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