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The Boss

By David Dayton McKean
This Web version, edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Not all of the clergymen in Hudson County, however, have been either intimidated or bought off with jobs. Some, perhaps, have remained silent because they have honestly if naively accepted the slogan of the administration, `No vice, no crime, no racketeering.' The ministerial association has been as innocuous as the Kiwanis Club. Although Jersey City has produced no flaming reformer among the clergy to smite the political organization, as the Reverend Charles Henry Parkhurst smote Tammany, there have been two notable preacher opponents. The Reverend George C. Hollingshead, pastor of Saint Paul's Methodist Church, opened his church to Norman Thomas when no other meeting-place could be obtained. The Reverend William C. Kernan, rector of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Bayonne, not only attacked the Hague regime in radio speeches, but over the protest of seven of his vestrymen allowed Roger Baldwin to speak in his parish house. `I told them,' said he, `that the church can never be made to appear on the side of oppression and reaction.' Outside of Hudson County many New Jersey Protestant clergymen have denounced the Hague machine very vigorously.

Mayor Hague seems to have become a permanent honorary chairman of various religious and charitable organizations in his domain. For a number of years he has been honorary chairman of the Mount Carmel Guild, a charitable organ- ization of the twenty-eight Roman Catholic churches of Jersey City. In 1938 he gave a luncheon for the Committee of One Hundred of the Mount Carmel Guild when it began its annual drive; on that occasion the Reverend Mark J. Duffy of Saint Aloysius' Church announced that in ten years the guild had raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in Jersey City. As if to show his impartiality, the Mayor is also chairman of the Community Chest, and recently he was chairman of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Salvation Army in Jersey City.


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