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126 The Indian Advocate.
and as they went they were healed. This would seem to con firm the Catholic contention that it is a great and well-established principle of the divine economy, as made known in the Christian system, that men should be saved through the in strumentality of divinely appointed means and agencies; in other words, by the ministry, the sacraments and ordinances of the Church. Among those sacraments one of the most conspicuous and consoling is that of penance. Of this every true penitent of the Catholic Church has had frequent and most blessed experience. That the tribunal is too often approached in a perfunctory manner is no argument against the confessional any more than the perfunctory performance. A Staggering Price. President Kruger's prediction that to subjugate the Boers would cost a price that would stagger humanity has been veri fied over and over again. The war has now been gong on for two and a half years dreary and deadly years for both sides. The officially estimated cost to the British has gone already above a billion dollars, not counting private losses and con tributions. Even if Great Britain should win in the end, and there is not much doubt that the struggle will end that way, where is the profit and the glory of it? The money loss is great; but this is not a main portion of the "price which stag gers humanity." That price has been paid in blood Boer blood and British blood in the ruined and desolated homes and abandoned farms of the unhappy Transvaal, and in the suffering and agony that have come to the bereaved and broken-hearted both there and in England. The price al ready staggers humanity, yet still the price has not been paid.