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The Indian Advocate, 117,
who, against the advice of pastors and parents, attend ques tionable dances, take a step downwards which too often proves disastrous. They deliberately go forth to seek a dan ger, and it is very often probable that they will perish in it. France exhibits at present a strange spectacle, says the Messenger. The religious must either go into voluntary exile or submit to the dictates of a Freemason Government. As the law strikes in an especial manner at the orders of men, it is natural that most of these orders have left, whereas the majority of the orders of women (1,151 orders or congrega tions) may stay where they are. France has taken rup the fight against the religious. She has begun the fight, against the schools where religion is taught. France has,, virtually thrown the gauntlet against the Church pf which she claims to be the oldest daughter. Shall we mourn and be discouraged? No. Go on, Mr. Waldeck-Rousseau! Persecutions will awaken the sleeping Church. Ecclesia dormiens! There will be less religious in France, but there will.be more champions of the Church in theii places. Laws can be easily made. Persecutions will bring about a reaction. Fajke and Bis marck made laws against the Church; what did they accom plish? Bismarck exclaimed: "We shall not go to Canossa," and a few years afterward he did go to Canossa by asking the Supreme Pontiff to help him out of his dilemna. The most obnoxious of the May laws went the way of perdition. Bis marck failed, became a fallen star, and the present Emperor respects the Church and the fatherland is prosperous.. Cer tainly the clergy and people of France need a little shaking up. There will be found heroes and martyrs for religion, and when Freemason Waldeck-Rousseau is dead, the Church will exist in the republic which is called the oldest daughter of the Church. "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it." We are, and will be, the Church miljtant on earth!