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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 487
Statement of tfje Society foe tfje Pretfevbation of tfje
;ffaitfj &mons 5noian Cfjtlbren for 1909.
The returns from the Society for the Preservation
op the Faith among Indian Children for 1909 show a gain
of $6,670.88 over the receipts of the preceding year. The
returns have been as follows:
From membership fees $10,974 02
From special appeal of the Bureau. 7,376 61
From the Marquette League 3,132 00
Total $21,482 63
This gain to the Indian schools has been realized at a loss
to no individual, parish or diocese; indeed, it is safe to say
that each individual, parish and diocese having contributed
to the good work is richer by far because of the "bread"
cast "upon the running waters," for "the potof meal shall
not waste nor the cruse of oil be diminished," when there
is question of almsgiving for the maintenance of the works
of the Lord- The good record of the year has lit up a ray
of hope in the hearts of the desponding missionaries and
their friends; yet how dark and heavy are the clouds that
hang above the Indian Missions! The indebtedness of the
Bureau to the Schools at this moment is $33,000.
Why should not the year 1910 see the returns of the Pre
servation Society increased to $40, 000 or even $50,000? The
day the fifty-thousand-dollar mark is reached and main
tained, the future of the Indian missions may be considered
as assured. We appeal to all, to bishops, priests and people,
for such assistance and encouragement as will place the
success of the Preservation Society and of the missions be
yond perad venture!
Win. H. Ketcham.
Director Bureau Catholic Indian Missions
and President Preservation Society.
N. B. The Association of the Holy Childhood, in 1908,
very generously contributed for the support of the Catholic
Indian Schools, the sum of $1,000, and, in 1909, $1,600.
These amounts were not noted among the receipts of the