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AN APPEAL FOR INDIAN SCHOOLS.
"5 American Federation of Catholic Societies, we do so in the interest of an object so dear to the faith of every Catholic, a cause so imperative to the successful mission of Holy Church, that we feel confident it will evoke a responsive, even an en thusiastic echo in every Catholic heart. It is needless to state that the last three years have been precarious ones in the history of our Catholic Indian schools and missions. The repeated appeals of our Bishops and Archbishops, the pa thetic pleadings of our missionaries in pulpit and press, through private and official channels to sustain the work, are so well known that further explanation is needless. At one time a crisis, which at no period "of the Catholic Church's history in the United States ever seemed possible, even as a remote contingency, almost became a humiliating fact. A crisis that involved not the mere impairment, but threatened abandonment of the missionary and educational work, begun four centuries ago by the Catholic discov erers and their apostolic associates. Ever since the withdrawal of the Government appropri ations, our Indian schools have been in a most precarious condition. They were erected by the Church at the invita tion of the United States Government, at an expense of one million and a half dollars, with the promised support of the administration. The refusal to continue this support left the Church in a dire dilemma. Some schools had to be aband oned, others had to cut down their enrollment. Sixteen hundred Indian children had to be relinquished to a fate that occasioned alarm and sorrow. Had it not been for the timely and providential help of a most heroic type of Catholic wom anhood, who gave her wealth and consecrated her life to the uplifting of the downtrodden races, the Church would, have been coafronted with a condition that we shrink from contem plating. Honor, justice, duty, impel us to come to the aid of Holy Church in her hour of sore need, to lighten the weight of this holy woman, who alone carries the Red Man's burden, to