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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 373
"Dr. James O'Connor instructed and baptized her, and she
j made her First Communion in the hospital chapel.
"Her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament was intense, and
as she grew stronger she remained for hours before the altar,
, 'loving and talking to our Lord.'
"She had a married sister in New York, but she did not
wish her to be informed of her condition at first. Now she
wrote to her and asked her to come and visit her. She did so.
She was a tall, handsome woman, a little older than the ac
tress, but extremely bigoted. Her manner was perfectly
courteous, but very frigid. We gave her every attention,
offered her a room near her sister, and, ere long, her coldness
wore off. Her sister could not keep to herself her new-found
happiness and they had many talks together at which I was
afterwards present by their request. Dr. O'Connor whose
gracious manners were very attractive, did much to smooth
away prejudice. All of them had traveled abroad extensively
and their conversation, beginning on something they had seen
in Europe, generally ended on religious subjects. Finally he
iuvited both ladies to take a drive and visit the cathedral, a
handsome Gothic structure, the pride of the city. The car
riage came, they went several places, and finally, the great
solemn basilica was shown to them. The sanctuary lamp,
ever burning, and the confessionals greatly impressed the la
dies, and when these latter were thrown open and the Protes
tant lady invited to examine them, the Doctor unconsciously
overturned her last prejudice. On their return to the hospital
the married lady told me she had always had a horror of con
fessionals, and could not reconcile the idea of a Sacrament
being connected with the stories she had heard of priest?.
From that day she began to read books of instruction, and
before her return to New York asked to be baptized and was
received into the church. Both ladies left the hospital with
grateful tears in their eyes and a warm love for the Sisters.
"I have had many letters from them since. The actress
never went back to the stage, but married a good Catholic
gentleman. Her sister was the instrument of her husband's
conversion and their children's also. All led most beautiful
Christian lives. I have not heard from Aimee, my first pro-
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