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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, January 01, 1893, Image 3

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older said: "Well, my friends, T met
the Bishop last evening; he seems to bo
a very nice man; I don't think it will
hurt us to go to the Catholic church to
day." So they all went to the Catholic
church.
From Bjiifttula tfhe Bishop visited the
Senecas aid Quapaws, for whom he
said Mass and lectured nt different
places; at one of which he waited till
after tweTve for the Indians who were
coming in great numbers. His patience
was awarded by seeing two hundred
children off the forest assembled to assist
at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and
to listen with pleasure to a forcible in
struction, "which ho gave them on "The
Necessity of Religion." To several of
these he administered the Sacrament
of Confirmation!
Then the "Bishop lectured several
nights at Muscogee, Lehigh, Conlgate,
and Krebs,- mining towns in Creek na
tion and Choctaw nation; everywhere
he was honored by large attendances
who attentively listened to the words
of salvation.
He left Boggy depot on Thursday
morning with his traveling companion,
Father Hippolite, en route for Tisho
mingo, the capital of Chickasaw nation,
where ho -was expected to lecture the
same night. The first twenty of the
forty miles drive was very dusty, the
last, howevqr, was just favorable.
A storm of the previous night had
swollen the creeks, and the Big Blue
was booming. The travelers with many
others had to wait on the banks for
several houi3;"some Indians wont back
with their wagons, leaving them alone
with a chicken peddler and his high
wagon. Meanwhile they said their
office, took their little luncheon, fed
their ponies, and strove to possess their
souls in peace. About half past one
the waters liad receded sufficiently to
cross without ganger, but not enough
to keep the water out of the buggy, and
wetting everything. This was pre-
vented by the Bishop climbing upon
the top of the chicken wagon with va
lises and bundles; the turnout was safe.
The little ponies followed the wagon,
and a big "Thank God" told soon that
wo wore on the other side.
They arrived at Tishomingo at 5.30
p. m., where they were welcomed and
most kindly received by Mr. Fischer,
the great friend of the Chickasaws,
himself an Indian, and by the right
hand-man of the full blood, Gov. Wolf.
The Chickasaw legislature was in ses
sion, and after supper the legislators
with their friends, and the numerous
Indians wore honored with a lecture on
"Religion and its necessity: Redemp
tion and its consequences." Very few
in that large audience had over seen a
Bishop, or even heard the words of a
priest. Their curiosity was great, anil
their attention most respectful. For
an hour they listened attentively, and
would have gladly heard more.
Let us hope that this first seed fell
on good ground, and give fruit in due
time. The next morning, Friday, the
Bishop said Mass at Mr. Fischer's, and
about 9 o'clock departed for Stonewall,
unothor stopping place before reaching
Sacred Heart. After ten miles traveling
they reached the Little Blue, and found
the little fellow more stormy than his
big brother. After waiting an hour
they concluded "to try it; so dividing
the baggage to make two trips for more
security, with feet on the dash-board,
the valises on their knees, they took to
the water, which hardly respected their
seats. On making the second trip, a
bolt broke in front of tho buggy, how
ever they succeeded in landing safely.
Later on the last little tie broke loose,
and they had to have recourse to ropes,
to secure safety. The delapidated buggy
caused some apprehensiveness when
they had to cross another creek towards
dark, and just in view of Stonewall,
but they made it all right.
There are no Catholics residing
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