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305 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE. Disinterested Charity The refined wit of the cultured Frenchman is always enjoy able; when it embodies in addition the delicacy of truest Christian character it is admirable as well. A little incident in the life of a former Bishop of Chalons, Mgr, de Prilly, merits narration as a case in point. This good prelate, who died in i860, was not less noted for his charity than for his undaunted heroism, displayed particu larly during a cholera-epidemic. A citizen of Chalons, the father of a large family, was on one occasion reduced to the very extremity of misery. He had experienced business re verses, and these losses had been followed by a prolonged illness which had completely exhausted his resources. Anx ious to procure food for his starving children, he consulted an acquaintance, who advised him to solicit the help of the holy Bishop. Acting on the advice, he proceeded to the episcopal residence and was admitted into the presence of Mgr. de Prilly. The destitute father with some hesitation exposed the indigence to which he had been reduced. The Bishop listened with his usual kindness; then, opening his purse, handed his visi tor fifteen francs. The latter took the .sum, but in doing so it appeared to him that he was guilty of a sort of sacrilege. With a scruple of conscience which did him honor, and think ing that the prelate had aided him as a Christian, he declared that he was a Jew. Mgr. de Prilly reopened his purse. "My good friend," said he, "all men are children of God. I have just given you fifteen francs in the name of the Son; here are fifteen more in the name of the Father." The words and the act were as graceful as they were charit able. As a model of good form and of good morals they are worthy of remembrance.