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106 CHURCH HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF.
spots they have consecrated for ages by their self-sacrificing toil and prayer; from the soil they have enriched by their sweat, their tears, and their blood. Sacrilegious hands may level the convent-belrfy to the dust, and pluck out the metal tongue that has long and lovingly invited the favored abo rigine to the true worship of his God, yet the music of the ancient mission-bell will ever continue to echo through the corridors of romantic history, bearing melodious witness against the vandals who conspired to rob a happy people of that angel summoner to the blessed realms of prayer and peace. Ruthless bigots or crafty diplomats may succeed in de molishing or purloining theantique mission-houses and schools; but the picturesque phantoms of the old-time Padres and their gentle neophytes will never cease to flit through their primi tive haunts, wliispering constantly to all godless intruders the names of the patrons of their shadowy shrine titles as im mortal as are the holy ones who bore them, and whose mem ory is held in benediction by angels and men. Full tenderly and loyally then may each one of us unite in conclusion with the gifted author who has been privileged to wander and muse "in the footprints of the Padres," when he thus apostrophizes the genius of the departed mission- bell: "Ring, gentle Angelus! ring in my dream, But wake me not, for I would rather seem To live the life they lived who've slumbered long Beneath their fallen altars, than to waken And find their sanctuaries thus forsaken: God grant their memory may survive in song!" Eleanor C. Donnelly in Jlfoslier's Magazine.