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253 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
energy, have made the present pastor, Father M. Dhaenens, master of the situation. Hehas thrown his whole soul into the work, has won the esteem and good will of both Indians and whites, and accomplished much toward familiarizing the old full-bloods with Catholic doctrine and practice. The day school, taught by a lay teacher who is supported by the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, is in a flourishing con dition. The Quapaws have donated a building which will provide accommodation for a number of boarding pupils, and efforts are being made to induce the Sisters of Divine Provi dence, of San Antonio, Texas, to take charge of the institu tion which promises much good for the future. The Quapaws have some of the most fertile land in the Indian Territory. Of recent yenrs they have manifested a disposition to take up the ways nf their white neighbors. As they are a kindly, docile people who, through every vicis situde, have remnined loyal 10 the Catholic traditions of their fathers, we venture to hope that they may become a respected and influential factor in the community which is fast springing up around them, and we feel no temerity in prophesying that the little church of "St. Mary of the Quapaws" will be the center from which grace will radiate into every Quapaw heart, carrying with it the inspiration of -peace, happiness and plenty to every Quapaw fireside. While on a visit to a mining town, not many miles from Sunnderland England, which boasts of no professional bar ber, a gentleman had perforce to submit his noble counten ance to the tender and amateur mercies of an Irishman from Cork, by the name of Murphy. As the tears rolled down his cheeks and the sk:i and hair literally flew, he ventured to ask, in a meant-to-be-sarcastic way, "Murphy did you ever scrape pigs?" Back came the reply, like a stone from a catapult: "Never until today sir."