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1 16 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
save the jeopardized souls of our Indians. Shall we allow the repeated appeals of our Archbishops to go unheeded? Shall we let this devoted woman stand alone between a just God and His avenging wrath to atone for a "Century of Dis honor? Shall she alone offer her life as a vicarious reparation for the national crime, which makes the Indian an alien, an exile, a pauper in the land which God gave'him by the most sacred of titles? Shall we contribute to this catalogue of in iquities by our sinful indifference, which allows our Catholic brethren among the Indians to be forced into apostasy, and screen ourselves under the cowardly plea, "Am I my brother's keeper?" The unaccountable apathy on the part of American Cath olics to maintain and perpetuate this Christian work, inaug urated four centuries ago by "men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed;" by apostles who "sowed in tear.s" that we might "reap in joy;" by labors sanctified by more than thirty martyrs whose blood crimsoned the American soil seems almost inexplicable, especially when we view the un flagging zeal, tireless activity, vast expenditure of money and increasing resourcefulness of the Protestant churches. When we are confronted by such startling figures that the Methodist Church, in 1901, devoted $1,477,306 to Home and Foreign Missions, and in the year just elapsed raised twenty millions of dollars; thac the Baptist Church collected for its missions $1,220,603; that the Presbyterian Church raised for the same purpose $2,304,593 what could not, what should not, the mighty membership of the Catholic Church do in the same direction? There is no secret divulged in proclaiming the melan choly and humiliating fact, that many of our missionaries, who will not abandon their destitute flocks, are compelled to eke out a most wretched existence, reduced to the barest necessities of life! Harrowing tales of privation, verging at times on literal starvation, are on record during the year just passed. This almost in the heart of the most prosperous