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The Indian Advocate. 143
sale in Germany. Like "Sister Dolprosa," in which Loretto was sketched, "White Cowl" is accurate only in scenic descrip tion, its supposed facts never having had an existence. It is only a piece of romantic fiction, and was so intended by the author. There is little need to prolong further this record of the Chi;rch in Kentucky. And, thanks to such unselfish, exem plary and nobly apostolic Bishops and priests as Flaget, David, Spalding, Badin, Nerinckx, Abell, Durbin, and hun dreds like- them, it is a record of which Kentucky Catholics need not be ashamed. These went forth into the wilderness and behold the result: In 1785. there were 125 Catholics in the State; in 1893 there were 155,450. In 1785 there was not a Catholic church in Kentucky; in 1893 there were 257 churches and chapels. There was not a priest in the State in 1785: lastyear there were two Bishops and 286 priests. When Maryland gave to Kentucky her' first Catholic settlements in 1785, there were neither colleges nor academies within the limits of the "Dark and Bloody Ground;" last year the Church could show thirty-two institutions, colleges and academies, where education flourished. Aside from this she had, last year, 17,230 children in her parochial schools; five orphan asy lums where 366 orphans are fed, clothed and educated, together with thirteen hospitals and other charitable houses. Who shall say that the Church in Kentucky has loved darkness? Her sons and daughters have gone forth strong, hopeful and vigorous, winning fame and distinction in the arenas of art and toil, and everywhere respectable and respected. More than this, in counting-rooms, council-chambers, courts of justice, halls of legislation, and on the great, wide-spreading farms, golden with harvest and pastoral with herds of kine and flocks of sheep, her children show the fruits of her teaching by Hy ing lives of happy content and sturdy integrity, and the future, we believe, shall surpass the years gone by.