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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, December 01, 1905, Image 10

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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
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When more limn sixty years ago the Flatheads sent four
separate embassies, two of which were destroyed, one by dis
ease, the other by massacre, from the distant Rocky Moun
tains to St. Louis, through a trackless country, ambuscaded
by deadly enemies, fording swollen streams and swimming
treacherous rivers; urged by one impelling motive, to secure
the ministration of a Blackrobe: when the dreaded Sioux na
tion, still steeped in paganism, sent forth its eight most illu
strious warriors and medicinemen to welcome Father de Smet
and with every manifestation of reverence placed him on a
richly adorned Buffalo robe and then, mid joyous acclamations
and gorgeous ceremonial, carried him in triumph to thecrow
ded council chamber; when Hole-in-the-Day, a name that
does not pale bv the side of a King Philip, a Pontiac, a Te
cumseh or a Blackhawk, besought the Chippewas to unite
with the 'French Religion" as bring the only one that would
bring tln-m happiness hen and lead them to Great Spirit;
when the dying Spotted Tail, "King of the Sioux," gave his
pipe to his tribal successor with the sacred injunction to hand
it to the first Blackrobe whom he should encounter and beg
him to remain with his people: when only a few days ago a
Seneca chief knocked at the portals of the Apostolic Delega
tion in Washington, pleading with the Great Blackrobe Chief's
representative, to send his poeple a missionary in all these
spontaneous exhibitons of a thirst for divine knowledge we
have but the reflex sentiment of the entire Indian nation,
that its desire and hope is to be Catholic, that the Catholic
Church alone can satisfy the yearnings of its soul and silence
the clamors of its conscience and lead it to the footstool of
the Great Spirit.
In the litfht of the past history as well as under the
pressure of existing conditions, it cannot be accentuated
with too much stress and insistence, that it is the imperious
dutv, the divinely mapped destiny of the Church in the Uni
ted States to grapple and complete this work. The psycho
logical moment, or rather the heaven-appointed hour, was

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