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The Indian Advocate.
102 We arrive at last in San Francisco, the great metropo lis of California, the Queen of the Pacific. Her population surpasses 300,000 inhabitants, about half of which are Catholics. You find all nationalities well represented. Whilst the majority oi the population is composed of Americans and Irish; the Germans, the French, the Ital ians, the Mexicans, the Chinese, etc., come in for a larg-e share. There are twenty-eight parish churches in the city, and althoug-h the English lang-uage is used in most of tnem, other nationalities are well attended to also. The Germans have two churches where the sermons are given in their mother tongue. The French have reasons to be proud of the elegant little church of "Notre Dame des Victoires," attended by the Marist Fathers, who preach in French. I must make a special mention of the church of "Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe," or the Spanish church, for it is in this church that we exercised the holy ministry. A respectable gathering- of Basques were most happy to hear the word of God announced to them in their own lan guage. There is a devotion, practised in this church, very sweet to a- Catholic heart. On Christmas' and following" days the Priest advances to the communion railing-, hold ing a statue of the Divine Infant in his hands, and the people come to venerate the Loving Child of Bethlehem, whilst the choir sings a hymn adapted to the occasion,' As the writer of these lines had the honor of sing-ing- the High Mass of the Day, it was really a touching sight for him to behold, at the offertory of the mass the faithful come forward to venerate at his hands, the New-born Savior, the old as well as the young-, and the little ones that were carried in their mother's arms. It was a special pleasure to notice, in that pious crowd, a number of coun tr3Tmen, robust young men, whose profession is to herd sheep on the mountains, devout imitatois of the Shepherds of Bethlehem. Batun.iu.ww