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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
401 uncles took hold of things and gave a helping hand to the children. They were to be adopted, so to speak, by differ ent relatives until they were older. There was one aunt, living in New York, who asked f :r Margaret. She was a brilliant literary woman, finely educated, a charming con versationist, and full of the gentle, delightful qualities, that make a superior character fascinating. But she was an aggressive Catholic. She was a convert and was full of love for her new-found faith. Her husband was an artist, with no religion but his art. The family had bepn too fond of her and too proud of her to ignore her after her conver sion; but Aunt Elisa was considered a dangei jus persuasive person, and her gifts made her all the more dangerous, es pecially as her conversion had been an extremely marvelous revulsion from absolute agnosticism, and a miracle of grace. Margaret loved her Aunt Elisa and expressed a desire to go to her. There was something congenial in her aunt's manner and character, and the sensitive girl felt its charm. But the family council at first negatived her proposal and Margaret's heart was broken. Then the council of relatives hesitated. It would be dreadful, indeed, if Margaret should go over to Rome! And yet a home with Aunt Elisa would be very advantageous to the young girl, who would be a mong the better class of educated people in New York, and amidst an environment most suitable to her ardent nature. At last they consented. The great obstacle being religion, they warned Margaret of the awfulness of Popery, of the only sad fault of her accomplished aunt, the insidious arts of Rome. They appealed to the young girl, reminding her of her devotion to her Sunday-school class, her pure wor ship of her Heavenly Father no Virgin Mary to tempt her to idolatry! They bade her beware of the gorgeous ceremo nial of Rome; the pomp of its ritual, so attractive, and so fatal, to an unsophisticated heart. Margaret listened with awe and was deeply impressed; but she felt herself immune in her simple faith and practice, and promised that no art, no diplomacy, should ever move her from her loved Pres byterian faith.