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369 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE and chapels. These missions are found in 17 Statesand Ter ritories, and necessitate a speaking knowledue of more than fifty different languages and dialects. The tenitory that some of these missionaries cover and the duties that devolve upon them, may be fairly illustrated bv taking one as a standard which in greater or less degree, may be applied to all. St. Francis Mission, South Dakota, has two Jesuit missionaries, who, besides attending the nourishing school ot 270 children and thecommunityof'17 sisters attached to it, have a paro chial domain of six thousand square miles of prairie. land. Of course the whistle of a locomotive never disturbs the , se rine tranquility or banishes the idyllic charm of their isolated lives. A siek'cull one' hundred and fifty milts on horse back or in a buckboard, equipped with tjnt, folding sleeping cot, cooking utensils, "jerked beef," horse feed, vestments, tetc is an incident npt -unknown to the dauntless missionary, and a sight not unfamilfaf to the venturesome tourist. More frequently he shares the sybaritic comfort of the Indian te pee, sleeping on the ground, "and appeases his hunger with the traditional culinary creations, not the most apj)etix,itig at times, of the hospitable j sqUaw. ' , . In addition to this arduous work, they, tn conunou with the secular priests adjacent to Government schools, must pro vjde.for the spiritual wants of 3,118 children attending tleni -nrwants mpre urgent and imperative than those of their own schools. - These, owing to the lack of means and accomoda tion ontthe part 'of our schools, are obliged to attend the Government'schools. Living in an atmosphere that at best makes the. spiritual subsidiary to the intellectual, surrounded by s.ubtle and iiisidious influences calculated to impair,, even destroy, the faith, frequently under the thraldom of superin tendents whose anti-Catholic bias is ill-concealed, with the public nonsectarian servicesconducted by a minister of some deho'mina.tional church"- the chance o"f a faith surviving such an ordeal, without: the aid of counselling help and the grape, oltheSacraments, is not hopeful. Fortunately, in some of.