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410 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
poem. It is an epic in stone." Watson cordially assented. "Yes, and though to me so familiar, its beauty seems ever to grow more and more upon me, though I am prosaic enough. I did not know you were a Catholic," he added, "till I saw you raise your hat at St. Mary's." "Do you know, Mrs. Watson," said Phil, turning to his hostess, "that humanly speaking, it is to your husband I owe my Catholic faith: for J only entered the Catholic fold some two years ago?" "To me!" ejaculated his host. Norris smiled and went en quietly, but earnestly; "Yes, to you and so you may realize my pleasure at our meeting to day." Then he recalled the little incident of three years ago in the northern town. "The silent homage of the act," he went on, "more telling than words, had made'an impression on me; and when some days later we passed the church as u sual on our way home, Richardson spoke of you, and I found he, too, had been thinking of it. I ruggested we should go in, more for curiosity than anything else, and for the first time we entered a Catholic church. The Little lamp burning there, solitary in the stillness, seemed to suggest permanent and continuous homage to a Presence just as your act was a pas sing one and though the building itself and fittings seemed mean and poor compared with our own, it seemed to have something ours lacked. To make it more than an impression or to put it aside altogether, I determined to go into the Ca tholic question seriously and to be brief after some little trials and difficulties, God was very good to me and gave me the grace of faith. I was received into the Church; and as I said I look gratefully on you as the one who first turned my steps to the right path." There was a pause. Mrs. Watson good little soul was beaming, her eyes a little misty, but glowing with joy. On Watson's face there was a graver look than usual. "What of Richardson?" "He is not a Catholic yet, 1 regret to say, but every day he tends more and more, and as he is engaged to be married to a good Catholic girl, I am convinced it is only a matter of a verv short time now."