Rathke, Fred, religious scruples against Liberty Bonds, 1 July 1918, p 3, forced to purchase

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Rathke, Fred, religious scruples against Liberty Bonds, 1 July 1918, p 3, forced to purchase - ap- allowed type one par- dirac-i membeiship...
ap- allowed type one par- dirac-i membeiship the sellj quunti- . no the to of souice i time! l C(>al> work- tho'] fully, 'ahvays call whatsoever. will many dressings b to do Bon ds. pra- has no work uuy bon(!s w quotas ability of conscience." •The Hoarder Changes His .Mind. Fred Rathke, of- OIpe, on whose farm nine sacks of hoarded flout was fouud last week bj tho Council of Delense, this morning subscubed ?GO (o tlie iRed Crobb, ¡took out a membeiship in tlie I yon County chapter and bought J175 woi th of Baby Bonds Mr. Rathke made those biibscriptions and pui chases, after a conference with the members of the Council ot Defense. '¡Mi. Rathke a!so made the- following statement lo the Gazette, which he said he was asking to have published on the advice of the Council of Defense In this statement, winch follows, Mr. Rnthke takes exception to certain statements made in the Oazette'ij story of his case, published Fridaj : To the'Editor of the Gnzette, Sir. Regarding the statement in a recent ishue of your paper, regaiding me, t wish lo make the following statement- I had not subscribed to any of the Liberty Loans or to tho Rod Cross for the reason that I had conscientious scruples against war However, n number of my friends con- suited with me regarding these .'matters, and presented them in a different and better light, and I have, alter consideration, reached, Die conclusion that subscriptions to Liberty Loans and to the Red Cross are not religious" questions, but' questions of morality and patiiotism. 1 ha\e a bincere regard for the government of the United States and believe it to be the best government on. earth, and 1 am willing to assist and uphold it to the extent of my ability and have subscribed ?'0 to the »Red Cross and have subsciibed for ?17o wortn of Baby Bonds, and will assist in these matters in the future to the o\tent of my abilit} in a financial way as well as giving my moral support Your recent article' was lt not entirely accurate, in stating that I tried to conceal the fact that 1 liad flour in, excess of the amount 1 should have and that 1 had no substitutes 1 f.old the food administrator whore tlie flour was^kept, and while I said nothing /about the substitutes, I had substitutes of rice and corn meal and had whole wheat flour, which C supposed was a substitute. Respectfully, Fred Rathke: Olpe, Kan. Mr. Rathke also cited : the following passage from the June 1, issue of tho Watchtower, the official organ of the Pas'tor 'Russell sect, of which Jlr. Rathke. is a. member "The International- Bible Students' Association is not against tho Liberty Loan. Many of its members have bought and hold Liberty Bonds. * * » 'The. Association': has no power to ^direct members thereof wiUi reference to buying Liberty Bonds. It certainly will not and has not advised anyone to refuse to buy bonds That is an individual matter which each person must determine for himself according to his ability. The Association believes In supporting the government in every way it can, and each one should do so according to his ability and liis conscience." v Thc Bethel Community Club has K fioin June at poria The Rev Rev pall-bearers Evans, West was and Tlie from Holy the sooa to the From uh most upright wajs cause kingdom. as a popular ready cause of period Holy never called or effort manners, liberal cause greatest in sincere who Christian sympathy the Mrs. Kansas Hospital, body held vGT*J', Mary Ohio A. where

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  1. The Emporia Gazette,
  2. 01 Jul 1918, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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