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time as a temporary kitchen and refectory could be erected. This building was erected about twelve years ago, for the occupancy of the Benedictine Sisters. These latter came here at different periods, ranging from five to twelve years previous, and some of them rounded out their life's work and have gone to their heavenly reward. There are now located here eight of the Sisterhood. They are a valuable adjunct to the community, as by them are performed all of the cook ing, laundry work and sewing and mending, not only for the community, but also for the pupils of the Indian School, as well as the novitiate. When it is taken into consideration that the occupants of the Mission and schools average over a hundred souls, the magnitude of their daily task can be ap preciated. But they are faithful and uncomplaining and cheerful, and God, in His infinite mercy and wisdom, will re quite them for their life of toil in His own good time. Thk hottest place in America, according to official records', is the famous Death Valley in Southern California. The val ley is narrow, only a few miles in width, but about 130 in length. It lies 400 feet below the bottom of the sea, and its bottom is covered with a sheet of salt, white and glittering in the sun. The valley closely resembles that of the Dead Sea, Great Salt lake and other inland bodies of water having no outlet. The California Valley of Death owes its torrid cli mate to the fact that for hundreds- of miles in every direc tion it is surrounded by an area of desert sand, the occasiorial water courses marked on the map being, for the moKt- part, what in western Asia are called "wadies," dry gorges,-through which perhaps only once or twice in the year does any water (low. In the month of July, 1S91, the temperature, as ascer tained by a scientific expedition, averaged during the day 122 degrees, while during the night it never fell below 102 de grees. ' '"