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204 The Indian Advocate.
just come in right. Sheridan, come here. How would you like to go to college, Sheridan?" queried Mentz. "Why, I'd like it, you know, father." "And I'm going to start you inside of a week. We'll de cide what school to-night." "Where's the money to come from?" demanded the youth. "That's my part of the bargain," said the old man, grimly. Mentz did not wait until night to study over his plans. While he sat there on the step he thought of all the colleges and institutions in the State, and found himself mentally dis satisfied with either the location or influences. He did not intend his son should become dissipated; he must think of his future, and the old man went on toiling up height after height where he had in fancy already placed the youth. However, Sheridan seemed inclined to arrange about the college for himself. "You know John Dillon, father. He's going to St. Joseph's. He's the only boy in Caxton who treated me as if I were a human when you sent me to school there last winter. I'd like to go where John's going." "But but it's a Catholic school," said Mentz. Sheridan looked his astonishment. It was the first relig ious prejudice that his father had ever shown. "I didn't know that being a Catholic school made it worse than others, sir. You are friends with the Dillons, and they are staunch Catho lics, and who was it helped to elect you sheriff?" "Oh, I don't mean it that way but I am afraid your mother don't like it." "It has so many good points," urged Sheridan. "John says the monks are very watchful even over the play ground, while everything that can interest and amuse the students is provided." "Well, let it be St. Joseph's," said Mentz, "but mind you don't turn a Catholic." "Now, father, that's looking too much ahead," laughed Sheridan. s