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384 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE great pain and sorrow to his devoted wife and daughters. Once the pastor of his parish called to see him, and Mr. C , acutely conscious that he was not living according to his convictions, nor in acknowledgement of the faith of his childhood, in a sort of nervous bravado, told the priest he did not mean to bother about religion, as long as he was honest and humane, a kind husband and parent. He inti mated to the pastor that he would be thankful to be "let alone!" His poor wife, mortified and ashamed, tried to excuse him to the pastor, but her excuses were cut short by Mr. C , who told her not to meddle, that he meant every word he said. The pastor took his leave. "Nothing can be done, except by prayer," he said. From thenceforth, mother and daughters besieged heaven with prayers for the father's conversion. Especially did they have recourse to the Sacred Heart. But as the months passed by, no effect was visible; the father was more obsti nate than ever, and even found fault when the family went to church at any other time than to Mass on Sundays. One autumn an unusual "cold snap" occurred. Many persons were unprepared for cold weather and were taken ill. Among them was Mr. C . Although he fought desperately against his illness he was obliged to go to bed, and pneumonia set in. When he was prostrate and the physician had announced the gravity of the case, his fa vorite little daughter with tears besought him to allow her teacher, who was a Sister in the parish school, to visit him and pray for his recovery. To please his little girl the man consented, and when the two Sisters of Mercy entered the room Mr. C received them kindly, but commanded they should not talk to him about religion. He said he would die as he had lived; but they could pray all they liked ! The Sisters saw he was not going to recover, and one of them begged him to allow her, as a favor, to pin a Sacred Heart Badge on his breast. He made no objection, and then the Sisters knelt down, and, surrounded by the broken-