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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 16, 1913, Image 14

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away official protest he called his
relatives to the "palace a" brother
from his village" postoffice and two
sisters pimple womeii f roni " their
peasant home:;.
Gltfdly andfankly he 'welcomed
the gondoliers if onuthe lagoons when
they came to visit their patriarch .and
wept tears of joy when listening
On His Throne.
through a long distance telephone he
heard the bells of Venice chiming-
Venice, the- city of -his love -and early
work! .
Pius X was not as great as'Leo XIII
was great. But the.poritificate bf tife
present is" impressive in" an ageof.
Industrial revolt -The- holy father is
great because he saw church govern
ment, from. the, standpoint of the
worker. Hispapai decrees have'been.j
designed to qjieet the needs and the
limitations of the peopie.. He has(
eliminated the elaborate and expen
sive chanting from the religious serv-r-ice,
diminished the cost of building
individual churches, sternly forbade r
entrance offerings aid unnecessary
collections. He relieved laborers uk-j
der the strain of providing for their
families, through the work of the bod
ies from the necessities iof" custom
decreed vfastk
"People who -work; need "food," de
clared the ipeople's Pope.
Whoever; saw the .Pontiff saw .a
MAN. "5hen" I saw him facie -to, face
I knew:f had seeira MAN.' A gentle,
pious, earnest, simple-souled peasant. "
He was not tall, -and age,; ff etting a;
frame that was never robust, left it .
significantly,BlIght. His white crown
ed head was benign in outline! schol
arlyin breadth of brow. 'His eyes
were clear blue, the blue of an- inno
cent child's eyes, but singularly ob
servant. His lined', stern, hand's were
peasant's hands, refined by lack of
manual "though they iyere.,
His manner was fatherly, kind, -'
sometimes a little quizzical, as
though the fripperies .surrounding his
office, viewed from his common
sense, touched his sense of humor.
But his smile was a revelation. To
see it-was to know how much'sterling S
honesty of purpose attuned with no.
matter how great a worldly experi
ence, may preserve a childlike inno
cence.. To look at him gave one a sense
of purity, .of whiteness, the snowy
dress, the pale gently waving hand;
the -rather long whitehair' and the:
fatherly face that seemed, even whiter
than the Pope's rohes. '
. A. determined sincerity of purpose)
a, will to do right in spiteof, all ob
stacles, was shqwh'in the face. Tp
this one adds the ever present look.
qU paternal concern for struggling,
souls' 'that were his to guide anil

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