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The Indian Advocate.
men, as any two right-minded men can enter upon. He told them: "You go out West, build your schools, equip them; send there your teachers, and I pledge the word of the United States Government that we will support those schools; that we will give you a pro rata payment for each child you edu cate." On the strength of that promise we went out West. We erected our schools. We sent there our most zealous men and our most devoted workers and consecrated nuns. The results of that work, gentlemen, are apparent in the records of the nation, and especially in the reports of the Commis sioners of Indian Affairs. The work progressed successfully and triumphantly. Our success, gentlemen, was our crime. When other denomina tions saw that they could not compete with Catholic zeal and where can competition enter with Catholic endeavor, where we have the monk and the friar and the priest vowed to a life of celibacy, vowed to a life of poverty, vowed to a life of self denial and self-abnegation; where we have consecrated nuns espousing the cause of fallen humanity and laboring con stantly to uplift it? where, I say, can we find men or women who would dare for one moment to stand in the rank of riv alry with such heroes and heroines? We worked until 1895. There was an epidemic that swept over the country then. I don't know whether you felt it in the West or the Northwest, but I know we felt it keenly in the Middle States. An epidemic of devilish malignity and insane bigotry and Satanic hatred. This undemocratic organ ization saw that it could no longer antagonize you, gentle men, because the. Catholic Church was no longer a disinte grated mass, an unimportant factor. The Catholic Church was one of, the most potent and one of the most potential fac tors, and it had to be reckoned with in this great Republic. (Applause.) But on the frontier they saw the poor Indian ready tore-