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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
Harry smiled: "You would not understand."
"Too deep for us, eh? Well, let us have the opportunity of
trying. But," he hesitated, "of course, if you have any reason
don't let our chaff worry you."
"Lest you imagine all kinds of mysteries," said Harry, "it
was simply because we passed the church. Naturally I raised'
my hat. That was all."
Norris looked hard at him. "Didn't know you were a Catho
lic", Watson; and, besides, you have only been here three
days, and how " He1 stoped
"Oh, there is nothing1 strange in that," skid Harry. "You
can generally tell a Catholic church, and besides, 1 enquired
when I came here."
"But, anyway, even if you did pass your church, why did
you lift your hat?" quieried Richardson, inquisitively. "I
know I pass the church of England every day as I go to the
office and never dream of lifting my hat. And I've never seen
anyone else do it."
'-''' Watson," said Norris, with mock solemnity;"you have been
found1 guilty of deliberately inflaming our curiosity; and sen
tence of the-court is that you explain forthwith and without
.the option."
"I hardly think you will understand," repeated Harry,
slightly embarrassed-; "but if you wish it, 1 will give you the
reason It is very simple, at least to a Catholic. In our
churches we reserve the Blessed Sacrament or Holy Eucharist;
that is to say, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus
Christ is there present' under the form of bread. The Blessed
Sacrament is kept in a little tabernacle on our altars, and as
is only fitting, when a Catholic passes the church he raises
his hat in reverence td the God made Man, present through
-love on thealtar." He stopped and exclaimed: "But I seem
to be preaching as though 1 were all I should be."
-"'' Norris seemed thoughtful and Harry spoke a few more words
on the Blessed Sacrament, in response to a remark of Rich
- ardson's. Then there was a lull and the conversation flagged,
all being more or less occupied with their own thoughts. Soon
they separated, going their various ways. A few days after
Harry Watson, in response to a telegram, returned to his own

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