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498 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
"Yes,, if heonly.knew," murmured the nun compassionately;
and she held a restorative to the white lips of the patient,
smoothed her pillows and bached her forehead and wrists.
"Sister," said Bessie, "I suffered this way nearly all night,
and something seemed to say, 'Take courage; God will not
forsake your poor brother,' and I bore it all, and offered it
all to my Savior on the Cross for poor Charlie."
"Blessed are they who suffer and hope, Bessie," said the
Sister softly. "You have been with us forfifteen years, and your
one thought has been of that unworthy, reckless brother. His
conversion will surely be your reward. God will not let such
faith and patience go unrewarded."
"Don't call him unworthy and reckless, Sister He never
meant to be either. When he was a little curly-headed fellow
he used to get into every kind of mischief, but he always came
to me, and 1 can see his black eyes yet flashing with temper,
and hear him saying: 'Bess, you're the only friend a poor kid.
has. If they don't stop naggin' me I'll run off, but I'll never
forget you, Bessie.' They were hard on him, Sister father
and mother "were and he did run off, and once in a while he'd
write a letter on the sly and tell me where to answer, and I
used to beg him not to forget his night prayers at least, and
to go to Mass, but then 1 got this fall and was crippled, and
he never wrote but once after only once in these fifteen years
and he said he did'nt believe in religion any more; that
church and praying were for women, and he'd leave me to do
his share, and then, Sister, I promised God 1 would suffer all
the .agony of this awful back and never murmur if He would
bring Charlie around; and since I have been in this blessed
place it has been easier: and he is never a minute out of my
"How many rosaries do you say a day for him, Bessie, be
sides.all the suffering?"
..MWell, Sister, as I have nothing else to do I say the fifteen
decades twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon, and
a-few other little prayers between the pains."
."Go'd bless you, dear," said the nun; "keep on suffering
and praying, and put me in your prayers, too, Bessie; for I