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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE Society, 407 Bergen street, Brooklyn; Thomas J. Flynn & Co., 64 Essex street, Boston; Matthew F. Sheehan Company, 17 Beach street, Boston. A Cry from the Philippines. Bishop's House NUEVA SEGOVIA VIGAN, P. I. January 3rd, 1909 Rt. Rev. Joseph Freri, Gen'l Dir. ; " Society for the Propagation of the Faith. ' "" Rt. Rev. and Dear Monsignor: During the late insurrection in the Philippines, and espe cially upon the outbreak of the Aglipayan schism, many Ca tholic churches, parochial residences, cemeteries, sacred ves sels and vestments, together with various other ecclesiastical properties, movable and immovable, were usurped by munici palities and by the schismatics. To recover them, the Church was obliged to have recourse to the courts. After five or six years of anxious exertion, and at an enormous expense, the Bishops obtained a favorable decision from the Supreme Court of the Philippine Islands. Then, at length, there was a well grounded hope that the mass of the schismatics would gradually return to their alle giance; for, they are attached to the sacred edifices in which they were baptized and in which they and their forefathers were accustomed to worship. In fact, many fell away simply because the old ecclesiastical edifices were in the actual pos session of Aglipay. In their ignorance they associated the true Religion with the ancient church buildings. But, hardly had we recovered our properties, the pride and glory of the Philippines, when on October 13, 1908, a torna do and inundation, unprecedented even in this tropical coun try, converted the diocese of Nueva Segovia into a mass of ruins.