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160 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE hat most dreadful plague, Asiatic cholera. The poor Belgian missioners, who had just settled down in four pro vinces, that for ten years had been without a priest, have made piteous appeals for assistance. No sooner had they expended all their means on the repairs of crumbling church es and ruinous parish houses than the tornado wrought such havoc as to leave them "worse off than when they began. Jn 78 towns of this diocese the Church properties were either wholly or partially destroyed, and according to a con servative estimate, it will require at least $250,000, to repair or rebuild them. But some may be saved, at least from ut ter ruin by an outlay of small amounts. Every dollar spent now will save hundreds of dollars hereafter; for so heavy are the rains and so violent the winds in this country that the slightest opening to the weather is fatal to a building. If the Catholic Religion, implanted here by the heroism of Spanish missioners, is to survive the onslaughts of Aglipay's schism and the Protestant propaganda, it is necessary that our church structures be saved. During three centuries Spani ards labored to make this a Catholic country; Americans should not permit the fruit of such sacrifice to perish. May I then, Rt. Rev. Monsignor, beg of you to appeal to the generosity of American Catholics to aid us in saving to our Holy Faith seven million Filipinos, chastised by plague and famine and rent by religious strife? Financial support is need ed at once. Will you please to make a special plea for us, notwithstanding all that you have done for us in the past? I remain, dear Monsignor, Sincerely and devotedly yours, D. J. Dougiiertv, Bishop Nueva of Segovia. Alms for this most worthy charity may be addressed to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith 627 Lexington Avenue, New York City; they will be gratefully received and acknowledged and promptly forwarded.