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The Indian Advocate.
GLEANINGS OF TWO BENEDICTINE MISSIONARIES THROUGH CALIFORNIA. 101 Returning- to the main railroad line, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, you find Catholics of all nationalities scat tered on the way. Upcn the heights of Tehachapra, a num ber of Basques cluster around "Mauech Kaskozueria" and Juan Martiutto. They celebrated a glorious Christmas, having- two Priests to administer to them, Rev. J. Rey nolds, their ordinary pastor and Rev, Gracian Ardans, O. S. B. The Basque shepherds spend the summer on the moun tains and they come to the valleys of Kern City, Bakers field, Fresno, Friebaugh'etc, for the winter. Many of them have become lukewarm to the church and their re ligion, after spending many years with their herds of sheep on the mountains, and not having with them a Priest who understands and speaks their-language. But, thank God, we can say that they are not wicked or cor rupted and that they still have the fundamental principles of their religion in their hearts. They may be compared to the tools which are left exposed to the elements and be come rusty and tarnished. As the farmer takes the tool, instead of throwing it away, and cleanses it for further use, so can a Priest approach these men and bring them, with a little work, to their religious duties. Those we met were delighted to entertain a Priest of their own nation ality, they came faithfully to the instructions and ap proached the sacraments, which most of them had not done for many years. To our great joy, we discovered that most of these men still wear the scapular and the rosary which they brought from home, or that were sent to them by a dear mother or sister. We extend heartfelt thanks to Rev. P. Lennon, of Bakersfield, and J. McCarthy, of Fres no, for every hospitality rendered to us.