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rugged. Now Kentucky smiles as a garden. Other- schools; other convents, other sisterhoods have come into the field, yet these remain, holy, ancient and of mellow memories. To these fitly may be added, of male schools, St.'Mary's College, St. Joseph's and Cecilian. Here, too, may be mentioned the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemane. As stated previously, the Trappists first came to the State in 1804, remaining only a short time. In 1847 another colony came from Saint Melle ray, near Nantes, France. It had already purchased sixteen hundred acres of desolate, unfruitful land in Nelson county, formerly owned by the Sisters of Loretto, who had builded a house and sought to establish a branch there. Within six years a transformation was wrought. A stately pile of build ings took the place of the plain wooden r.ionastery. Under the skillful manual labor of the monks, the waste land became productive and took on the appearance of a garden. The . Abbey itself is an inspiring object, the one spot, in the midst of nineteenth century rush and restlessness, consecrated to peace and silence. The monks neither know, nor seek to know what is going on in the world outside. They labor in the fields, in the garden, or pray in their cells, or chant before the altar without speaking to each other. Two schools are conducted by the Trappists one a classical and commercial college for young men, the other a day school for the poor children of the neighborhood. In the last, tuition is free, and not only is tuition free but, in many cases, the children of the poor receive board and clothes. The work of these utterly unselfish and wholly devoted men cannot be approximately estimated. It may be of interest to here say that the story, frequently seen in print, to the effect that the late Abbot, Father M. Ed ward de Bourbon, was a near relative to the royal family of France, is wholly untrue. Gethsemane, too, is the scene of James Lane Allen's "White Cowl," which novel has been translated into three living languages, having a tremendous