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236 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
causes and especially from mixed marriages, and see then, dear reader, on which side the balance of loss or gain will be struck. Let us glorify ourselves no more. Let us hum ble ourselves rather before God and strain every nerve to promote the saving of the orphan, the extention of our parish-schools and the endowment of new missions where and wherever they are wanted most. And let this be a gentle reminder to our sparsely settled Catholics of their terrible responsibility with regard to the Christian training of their children. Our Holy Father, Pope Pius X., has frequently deigned to encourage the work of the Catholic press by his blessing and approbation: but seldom has this favor been more worthily bestowed than on its latest recipient, the "Sou thern Messenger" of San Antonio and its accomplished e ditor, Mr. W. Campbell. The Holy Father has taken all Catholic missionary endeavors under the protection of his great heart, and the work of the "Southern Messenger" is a missionary effort of the most noble kind. The present writer was in a position to realize this when acting as a missionary in Texas. Everywhere on the vast plains where human habitations are often miles apart, where the visits of the priest are few and far between, he found the Mes senger doing its silent work as missionary in Catholic homes. No one today can estimate the good done by the Messen ger in the great South-West. How many weary souls have found comfort and enlightment in its devotional pages! How many doubtful hearts have been strengthened by its words of hope and encouragement! To how many has it brought knowledge of the saving truths of our holy religion! Only the records of the last day can tell. The Indian Advocate extends a fraternal hand of congra tulation to the "Southern Messenger," wishing it many years of prosperity under the able guidance of its kindly editor.