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Star and Catholic M .esen r. o
O.WAga, 5sAA., JULY . UIt. I
ew Umis that ; but, fter all I hve said. d
es y eursslf will admlIt tl Bally. c
Iso niS. for me. Latehu Htl . Oatv
Yitterses has eoase tbh asweet- 1
has little deserved. My future
Ihamve on a ge deal more than
Sold o eves yet, t s li bhours of
that eve slad snines our lstl oouver- I
F r Mcyh ldhPd, ond only
Alerso been m/ devotion for
is Hibejaýt. Is those wees, I
l ores of uen He Rseema to me I
tait all pervealg darka p
tohe Ike the folds of Hierm I t
I y I can lmset bar them rue,
steeps to Ilten to my whispered words.
aatLht lsbt ; for after a file the agi- I
- t ay iset discovery subsided, and little e
IMl31 peat stele over my soul. Then it d
that the aret part of our oonveresation
beaklate my mid. and with Its tbought
Alled me with delit b. Father. my re-oo
io taken-I am going to Romel" d
Reme, Riohard I' exolaimed the priest,
began to woder wbetbher he wau really
aod awake.
I kaew yon would be atoniabd; and yet,
all, this is no new idea. If It bhad not f
fer my eharge here, I should have joined a
8e$apal armey long ago. If the will of God a
mat detaiued me, do yoq think I would h
rsemaied In comfort hereo while rebels I
rrstealing the patrimony of the Church inloh
Iesh Heaven forbidl Now you, as my tl
epsallg to me with the vpJoe of God, d
e tat I am free. I believe yea; and I tl
therefore offered that freedom to God's N
and He has coepted it."
a it be o, He only knows how bearti- O
I eosgratulate you." orled Father Donovan, b
tlnagie hib hand. "I can imagine no voca- L
m earth more glorious, hardly exoepting
.'pdeatboed, than that of spending noe's jc
Ufe.b Id for our Sovereign Pontiff. Truly
masb have been a glorlone thing to have d
q rgt for the ptsao once sanootified by the a1
JI-us of-our Lwrd on earth; but to me it h
a a privilege far more glorious to fight for t
Christ Himself in the person of His Vt- ri
a . This is of course, a very momentous u
atap. and oan that re quires the very deepest b
eopidderation ; still real y, as far ase I can see w
a- rent, there seems to he no particular inm- n
easOt in your way. We most both pray LI
bout It. At any rarte, your arrangements ci
aIot be, to, oer tin e'et at least, an aftfir f
oftime. Yon will haveA find sur.so one to
isecoed you here -in your practice, for in
stance." o'
td I havethought of that; and a week egol t
aoended Fred on the subject, and feel sure I R
ehall be able to make an arrangement with T
him advantageous to as both." P
Fred! dlMy nephew Fred! My dear fellow, It
Shavepo idea bow poor he is. He could o
ot pay youe what yon ought to.sk for such an a'
old established practice as ybot." t
"Hewe Illay me quite as much auI shall a
erMa reseve ; for I have property besides 5e
that I tbert from my mothEl. Besides, I am b
eare Torill admit that He who has put the ti
t ht lte my mind will be sure to provide a
-the mm and means. I have faith enough to r
beieWthat., You will see that I shall start g
 gest Immediately ; for, to tell you the el
itL, I eame to the point with Fred last night, LI
-~dII ge -half arranged matters with him e
Had' 'will be done!" ejaculated the priest, t
azLsg a hespoke aend walking to the window. t
,ioed' will be done!' y
J.s. he stood sliently looking out into the u
~ bt evening sonnhine; and as be stool, a u
quite as bright, p!ayed .': his rugged
Tre. Tnt from time to time it wan chased a
y by an expres lon alinmot ead. And was
Sh trange? Could it be otherwise ? in
-eIly as Father Donovan r.ej-iced in Richard I
e"ar·'s aLteention of fighting for the IHly
" br' he waI'hnly human altter all, and to a bu- I
-man heart there is no trial more bitter tthan
Severance from a dear and long-tried friend.
CIIPTLIn XxIx.
R' iobardO'HMera was right. Tie arrasi,o
aente for his departure were very soon com
pleted. To one as unosphiaticated as the
priest in business matters, it had seemed al
most Inlredible that so importaut'an iffuir
coald be so soon settled; but two er three let
taer to Rome sad a visit to Dublin arranged
everhiog, and by the middle of September
tde dsctor wua ready to start.
It was with mingled emottona of satisfaction
and regret that O'Mgsra discovered, an his re
taern from Dubli. n, tthie friends at the (licbe
eseb had left home during his absence, and
that nothliig remained but to bid them adieu
througk Pather Donovan. Before he left, a very
Sad sieeealoo of partinga had to be gone
Sthroegh witL the tenantry; out very enthuol
oetl were they withal; for the object of
. YlMearp's jrney had, in some way or other,
ead t, and loth as the people of Bellycrose
S toparswith their 'doctor,' they caese of a
Ssdek that bhad long sinoe learned to give their
." and dearest to God, anod they were not
i y now to begrudge an fferit.g for the deo
Aues of the Churob they loved better than
SIte, however highly that offering was prised.
Dear as Dr. OlMears was to them, if one word
.jald have riteloed him at home, there was
s.p'.t a Catholio-man, woman, or obild-in
alye. I ne thbt would have spoken it. And
s ue n golden autumn morniong, with Father
eiovane' blessing on his head and the bless
lage of all the rest hovering in the air around
. 1Ricehard O'Meara started on his holy mis
Bdlnem connected with his new profession
detained him a day In London; not far from
as. e, he well knew, for be had received the
address from her uncle. When the lamps
'wag lghted, and there was no chabceof has
! 4e14' recognised, he sousht the house, found
it as d for a moment stood Irresolutely before
the door; the next, he passed on his way
with a firmer fcol than ever, and only bade
her farewell in the depths of his owe heart.
7 Tbs nOas evening, joust a the saeting sun wans
bathing tl Landon in a feod of gold and
purple, he left. As he paced the platfrm of
L s railway-atatlon, wal.nug for his train, his
'",-eye enooontered group after group of friends
2-er "rounding departing travellers, sod for tlhe
_L4itime lh his life he longed for a kindly
, to prm his, and for a loving voice to bht
hri God speed. An exquisite sense of loneli.
e seeok poseesloo of bm, that meost dreolate
at el Ieaelinee, tlsolation in a crowd. To.
-- Ioae nup, and for a few minutes the
,.be.tlelnoldeut on its arrival anti the care of
. e is ill-e somewhat distranted him; but no
aYeer did he flud himself tehiring on his
9Iay looked and doubled-looked all alone in a
Si ebsha the same seose of desolation re
and erept throug h every nerve and
d blh heart. As helooked out upon the
buildings of the feat-retreating city,
It. mazy mases of dwelling-houosee and
wharves and workehbope, with
Jl~l~ e eonpola of its cathedral towering
g-ateur the head of a state giant, Loedon
- seemed so him simply the err i.*
ISL bad always been before. It was
what grlm black easket eaeloelug a
-jewlold be to a man who valued
. ea moe than all on earth breeld, yet
. hoet tihe fntest bope of ever aoeeelinalt
the lst few r of oty life h adim
and de bantifol land.
that sr began to ans
ridianoo of
, to that had
S! I d the last
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than t ous ds of others, be called upon to lil
renonnoo the bappineea of his life, sid aori- as
ee friend, fortune, perhaps life elf for the d
defense of the Holy Seet 'od wills itr
cried a voite within him, irresistible as the
war-cry of thb anelent Crusaders; and as be
listeed to it. though bhe folded his arme cad tb
threw b iE heed deL tly, hi etrUl qal- i
vsreIbE st leaved Is" heavy tears ev
re their way thbSet h loesd eyelids,
bitter a3lo.t as those that ad fallen on his int
atbeis coffin. With these tests the conflict a
to gaee.; fer after drying his eyes Sr
lekly. aebamed of his weekee, be drewa tie
beek from his pet sad began to torn over re
the leaves. It a small eqpy of the Spirit
£ Ce--Father Deonovan' parting gitt
d as'is eyes weadered among its beautiful
trths end precepts calmness nod tranquility an
once moe returned. At length e closed It, an
end once more %browing himself back n his
seat e. gan to repat slowly, and with the tb
deepet devotion, the " Ve nintes Spirltue," hi
a prayer that from his earlieest boyhood had d
been bhi unfailing refure in moments of doubt gr
and distress. Nor did He to whom it was ad- tb
dressed faill him in that moment of perpleaity; D
for as the words, Hi
Fleets qoed st rlgiam.,
Rsege qesd emt deuiem." ts
fell from his lips, the glory of bhis vocation, as be
asoldier of the Crose, and tha.daoner of hbis e
affection for a bsretio, seemed to rile before go
him; end as be gased upon the two pictures,
thankfulness, entbhusasm, and even Joy once sit
more quivered in the heart, and beamed over pr
the countenance lately so desolate and cast fri
down. Nor did this brightness pass away; but I s
the next day in Parie, before the altar of fto
Notre Dame des Viotoires. Richbrd O'Meara bi
once again offered himself to the service of me
God In the person of His Vicar and promised, in
by His grace never again to look back from all
the plough on whioh he now laid the most sal
willing of bands, and went on his way re
joicing.
He spent the remainder of that day in wan- I
dering about from one object of interest to in
another with a friend, and at his solicitation ha
had just consented to pass the remainder of tal
the week with him when news suddenly ar- be
rived from Bome which, though vague and lot
uncertain, was more than suffoient to warn lat
him that if ever true hearts and srnrdy arms ate
were needed round the Papal throne they were in
needed then and there. The very next train for
that started for Marseilles bore him to that wa
city. whence he embarked on board a steamer bit
for Civita Vocobia, and two days inter was iu tii
Rome. de
What his sentiments might have been under ed
other circumstances at treattnDg for the first tw
time the hallowed soil of the Eternal City, W
Rchard O'Meara had little leisure to consider. wI
Tire evil tidings that had reached him in tn
Paris had fallen even ebert of the reality, and o0
terror and dismay wfe depicted on every if
countenance he met. Three days before his Hi
arrival, the Garibaldlans had suddenly en- th
tered the Papal 8tatee at four differe points. wi
and had already posseesed themselves of the m
strong town of Bagnorea. On reaching the er
barracks, notwithestanding the excitement Ie
that prevailed there, the doctor was most be
warmly welcomed by the English and Irish wi
recruits, who clustered roound him in the th
guardroom like so many bees. But a very vi
tmall amount of reflection soon convinced him to
that, with his ignorance of military disolpline, bh
enrolment in either the Z oaves or Dragoons I
at such a moment was simply out of the qie- th
tron. It was, however, with no little envy w
that be watched the evolutions of certain fine ti
young fellows. Who formed part of a detsch- I5
oreut that had received orders to start next of
rmorning for Bagnorea with a hundred and ft
fit.y Romans of the line. ruddenly an idea R
struck him. He craved an audience with the ff
commanding officer, and having obtained it, ri
asked permireion to accompany the regiment u
as a civilian, to sasist the stff-unrgeonl in the 5]
amnholarne, a task for which his esrp-rior ser- n
gRcal skitll eminooontly gaalfdled him. His re- II
q.iet was granted; and after a bort but h
sotrud sleep, his first eaperience of sodiiour tI
life. he set out on his holy mission with a j ,y a
in his heart too deetn for words.
But aihough Richard O'Meara's qrand 0
was one of mercy- rather than war, he never
theless saw more aentive service in that one
day than many a hoary rteeran in the English a
army sees in a whole lifetime. For scarcely r
had they gained the high ground that enutri.
e'es Baguorea, from which the Italians retired I
at their approsach, when a shower of bhalls I
rained out upon them from certain vineyard" a
in the vicinity, in which the latter had taken I
refuge. Unfionbhiogly O'Meara passed throuh
the ftiry ordeal, though many a comrade fell I
wounded at his side. Furiously he joined in I
the charge that dislodged the enemy from I
their vantage-ground, and when the cowards I
took shelter in a neighboring convent, he r
joined in the attack on the gate with the butt- I
end of a musket thrown away by ano Italian in I
his Sight, and was one of the first to rush in I
to viotory. By three o'oloek the town was in I
I possession of the Papal troops, the action hay I
toug lasted four hours. That ilg ht the victors
rested from their tolls; some4in the various
convents, others in the hospitable hones of
the grateful townspeople. Not so the doctor,
for though wearied and even slightly wound
I ed, the night that gave rest to others only
s gave him fresh work. Hour after hoar he
passed with the patient sisters, from one
I groaning sufferer to another, tending Zmauve
r and Garibaldian indiscriminately relieving
their sufferings with his skilful toouhob, and
raising their drooping spirits with his cheery
voice. Not once in the proudest and happiest
moments of the last nine months had so bright
a smile beamed on O'Meara's face as the one
n that shoon there that night, nor would he
a have relil quished his poet beside those lowly
s pailets for any other earthly happiness that
d his heart could have imagined.
I CHAPTEtR xXX.
V Interesting as the theme of the Papal vio
e tories of lii7 undoubtedly is to every Catho
Ilc heart, it is not our purpose to pursue thern
any further. More than one of those who,
I during their course, braved the dangers of the
if field, and afterwards waved the sword o: vic
Story, have graphidally portrayed the terrors
5 of the one and the glory of thb other; and to
e attempt, after them, a description of the
i heroio defence of Monte Rotondo or the glni
1 on battle if Mentana with an unsophisti
i- eated pen would be an oact of unpardonable
Srashness.
o The struggle lasted for six long weeks; and
e although stter the first day O'Meara took no
f further part in the actual fighting, wherever
o the battle raged he was to be found untiring
is in his labor of love, and very often risking his
a life in his eagerness to remove the wounded
5- from the eseneof combat. To the intense dtsap
d pointment of Qaribldl and his staff, not a
re single inhabitant of the invaded coulntry
F. Joined tbheir pretended liberators; all stood
d tfirm in their faith and loyualty to the Holy
S8see. and at last the Piedmontese, finding their
I endeavors hopeless, were compelled to evacu
a ato the Papal territories. As hand after band
5' of the dlsotderly rabble sneaked back to their
o native mountains, order and quiet were grad
a oally restored; and when all had departed,
d the fervor of Italian joy and gratiLoude mani
t fasted Itself in every town urd villttage in every
. posliblo species of rejoicing. Then the little
n rmy that had done suah great aod glorious
- thibnle marhobed back to Rome, amid the tears
- and prayers sad sel..s of the reseend people.
if As O'Mear pased with the triumphant pro
d oneele along the road leading from Porte Pia,
it though weary rad worn from over-exertion
Sand long alght-watche, his- cheek kindled
e with bthel s , nr heart thrilled with
, joy, and he thead sate and again for
w she ftore that im, das one of the
A edtea&MsVmsa aa
smiled from oii? 5 ad rained d0w Ie- 3
sings from bsleebl .; the wen that an
adorned the windows, s the gay sage and
draperies that festoooed te .bosis; and
wondered what the world would msy to Snob el
a living refotation-of one of the blackest lies 00
of the toland. He forgot poor fellow, that
the woi bas a habit of deayg.everythlng a
it does not cheboose to believe and ignoring Pr
everything it dose not choose so es.
On remaing tbe barracks a letter was poit us
into his band from Father Deovan thbat had "C
arrived abortly after his dapartre with the
troops. Reopsned it, and wish a sod of emo
tions far esier to Imagine than to describe,
read the account of Mando Neville's oonver
eton. Hie Armt impules was to write to her
grd express his delight at the news; bnt a
Very little reflection made him alter his mind,
and be set bher instead a message of warm
and kind coogratolation through the priest.
The next day be was formally enrolled in
the Papal Zamaves, and with all the ardor of
his Irish temperament threw himself Into the
duties of his new profetion. How he pro
gressed in them may be gathered from a letter
that he wrote three months later to Father 1
Donovan. It sommenoed with a glowing and co
elaborate description of the oeremonies of rm
Holy week, mingled with the tenderest ex- In
preselons of admtration, affection, and devo- I1
tion for the Holy Father, to whom he had just Et
been presented. Then followed a dissertation be
en camp life, barrack life ad Zonave lifste n de
general. After whloh it thn oontdnaed: -You be
ask me it I am happy. How well I can appro- h
oeate the deep and kindly interest that th.
prompts the qoestionI Know then, 0 best of Ir
friends and must revered of ather, I am. As i
I said once before, "oont of the bltter has come let
forth the sweet;" for the path I obese In the an
bitterseesof trial and disappointmenthlaa led sOt
me to a calmness and contentment I shall try
in vain to describe. Then, again, greatly as P
all must deplore toe late war-both for the 1t1
sake of toe wretched invaders and our do
people, many of whom have oenered great- g1
y, both in te loss of friends and property,- 10o
for myself individually it has been a blessing thi
in disguise. For, with a rough but friendly no
hand, it has roused me from a sickly sentimen- We
tal habit of dreaming, which I now see olesaly
bhas been to a great extent my bane all my life o0
long. I have entered a great deal into myself in
lately and have made grand discoveries; siC
amntg other things, I have been startled to ab
find how very little real good we dreamers ef- pe
feet, and how very much time we lose. We an
waste it in the morning of life, among the pe
blossoms of a Future that may be nipped in wi
the bod; we waste it in the evening, over the th
dead leaves of a Past that never can be recall- to
ed. Mty God, on what a narrow isthmus be it
tween the Past and Future our real life lies! km
What an atom of Eternity is that link of time ha
we call the Present! Yet it is all we ever have th
in band to give to God's eternal glory, to our so
own eternal gain. What a blignted, broken th
life mine might have been if the Hand of God re
Himself had not prevented me from following of
the bent of my own morbid inolinationl There ti
was a time when, if I had been ciroomstanced 8
an I now am, I should have wandered away dy
evening after evening to the most dismal ruin Pl
I could have found in all Rome. There I should hi
have seated myself on a fragment of stone and g
watched the clouds chase eaoh other across
the dismal wintry sky, thinking of Mande Ne- ti
ville until the world around me had grown in- at
to a dreary blank. Or else, perhaps, I should ti
have buried my face in my hands and fanoled ri
I heard her name in the dreary rusatle of d
the leaves and the monotonous sighing of the ft
wind, and should have felt the most enerva- a
ting Mgelancholy steal over every nerve with a "c
sort of dismal satisfaction. I should have 8
seen my own life in every ruined arch, my own t
frustrated hopes in every shattered column. a
Well, I am not ashamed to say that I have not C
forgotten &luande Neville, and I never shall. I
remember her at the holy Mass, in holy Com- a
mulmnion, and in my prayers, not dreams, on f
spots sanctified by miracles end hallowed by b
mnirtyrdoms. Bi'-thaLks be to (od--my b
life is neither a blighted nor a brokdi one. He
has changed tho current if the stream; bir %
the tvring is as strong ana vigoro:us ::r ever, l
and I trtst He will direct it, in spite t f all its b
waiderings and meanderings, to the great r
ocean f hIe l-ve.
' My lIte iN a very busy one; for, in addition I
to mny daily duties I am studying Italian bard. f
and every day I visit some spot or other a..cred
for Its Cnrt.,tan uaeinoriesor interesling for ita I
classical aisociationi, , often both. I spenda t
great deal of o)i trie in sketching and copy- .;
uglofrescoee, some rqf which I intend to mount I
and send you. The weather begins to improve, I
and we have already planned many an exeur- I
aion to objects of interest in the country. How t
I wish you were here to act as our guide over
ground so familiar to you! It is sad to be I
parted from everybody dear to me; but I say, I
from the bottom of my heart, God's will be I
done! He alone knows how often I think of I
the " old country " and all I have left behind
me, even down to my poor old Bat. But the I
happiness of the past only sheds a halo over I
the peacefulness of the present; and you may
tell all who care to hear of him or his fortunes I
that Richard O' tears is a happy man.
He wrote the truth; and for three bright
f years this happiness contlnued to gild a life
that seemed to him a succession of glorious
festivals. celebrated on the moeet favored spot
y of earth. Yet be bsoame no gloomy asoetic ;
e for, notwithstanding his aetive duties and
e love of study, he fiund plenty of leisure to
e devote to his companions and their pursuits.
g He became a general favorite, for wherealmost
d all were good, he way one of the best , and be
y soon learned to use the Influence be had gained
it over the bright young spirits around him in
t the cause of rectitude and honoc.
,e One thing, and one thing only, ever ruoed
e the placidity of his life, and that was news
y frunm home. And yet his correspondents were
it only two-Father Darovan and his nephew
Fred, the Ballyoroes doctor. Between the two
little remained untold, for many a slight inci
dent in the village that the prudence of the.
e- one would have suppressed, for fear of giving
unnecessary palo, the volatile pen of the other
SIdescribed often in glowing language. What
o, rainbowy things these lettere were, with
e births, deaths and marriages, sorrow and joy,
n son,hine and shadow cbeckering the'r pages !
re Iliw vividly they carry bim baick to bls old
t boone and his ,ild friends, and what bchanges he
i perceives ill botbl Changes in the village,
i. where he sees traces on all sides of Mande'e
i- wise bead, lovirg heart and bountiful hand.
I Changes in the obhurchyard, where many a
fresh grave has already grown green, and
i whele another name-the name of Edward
i Neville--has been inscribed on the family
ot vault. They tell him with what patience and
g resignation the rector suffered his short but
is nesg illness; bow Catholio and Protestant
Snm4JEoed alike at his grave; bow his children
s still foll to rerlish their lose He has learned,
a too, the surpriling news that Fanny Neville
y has become a Catbdtlc, and is living with
4 Mande and Mrs. Carew at ·Nevillle Court. and
y that, as Harry Neville still prefere the bar to
Ir hbls father's profession, the Glabe Hone will
- pass to a stranger. This mueh from the nole.
d From the nephew be has reoetved lnotelligenooe
r if possible more surprisiaog still--so surprising,
d. indeed, that he very naturally fails to realise
4, it in his vision; for he learns, among other
i- things, that Miss Neville has broken the hearts
y of five squires In suocession, that a sixth Is
Sfasut comstog to grief, and that the writer on
us derdands that be and Mitrs Fanny are gooing
re next week to ride "orces country to the meet
Is. He learns, too, that Tim Morphy bh had his
- bead broken for crying "Long life to the Pope,
a, God bless him I' jest outside an Orangeman's
n house, on the 12th of Jaly; anld that halqg,,
d moreover, reeosntly bnoome a widower, he is
hb "lookinlg fthd the prettiet girl In the plaoe
r with one ea, wbhile he heds torreontm of
to from the other over his fIatlnfi BdId.3
362t wv.k at the Glebs 1s.6 Dye, oagga On
and wife.
It is so dlealt a task to weave the aphew' m
materials into the uneleds pitr of the deer as
old place. that the dotoer risly leaves them of
ot. Besidee, he knowvery wl from e tis
enoe that be moas subtirat al lst balt qn e
any glvees amost of lnt.oillgsee felsbedIy be
Fred. So be laughs e hneaiy over the loter 1. i
as the writer Intendedn,and then, tearing it up, pa
strte out for a stroll, eining su be ges.: b
* Chsges In the lie ef birds, for they mast eemoe and il
Ch In the oeese waves, -or they mut ebb as
flow,
C tal s the forest leave. Sor they muat bad a"
Chemaue la the hearts of mem-the greatest emage of tit
all." al
xIrL . he
*" 'rem brlt lag Bala. of ethe r fir daed,
Cai.d of t aNsu remieat Summer serie.. 6
ea priteg e - yes adf te .ohreh la te Bs dpth.
B. dres. ase ore by Th a ltryl hbea ,
d over faatlag trew·ose. om his way h
Whlale from hie adent look. the tarnale prtng fri
Averts rt blushial fos, atd earth aae e. ep
AlI umllmhlg .o hi holt Idelaa leav e."
Never in the dayes of the poet of the iSe.ws ml
oonld Bummer have stolen forth from his ethe- to
reel realm. more radiant in royal beauty than
in 1810. Beneath " hir hot dominton," oeesiet
ly eung by him, the whole afeo of might I p
Europe burt into a luxuoriance of alie iand d
beauty. Th Emerald Iale grow greener every pe
da, the cIIornfield o England waxred goldein o
beneath his moile, even Boetlndr deoked her be
bhem, rugged old brows with garlade. On tb
the mountain sides of Germany and in the ao
vineyards of Spain the grape. bgan to gather he
into family eluetsra beneath the protecting be
leave; while fruit of varied form and he ed
and fragraner weiogbd down the branhe aneod ll
strewed the groond in the orobarde of bele at
ibes. Ev-en the-ri~ oldd plrnes ofNorway of
pet on a livelier greenl a they cattered their v
last year pines to the merry little breeze that In
fluttered and danced around them. Flowere, ot
growing every bhour more bewithing in their of
iovelineee, twinkled sasily everywhere,-from
the highest points of rooks to the deepest h
nooks of valleys. Vegetation ran riot in its th
wealth. tr
While Nature weloomed thus royally the lei
coming of her lord, the world of men rejoiced pe
in it aeo: the rich in the luxury of the prof.- fi
sion he had brought them ; the poor in the th
absence of pinching and-penury, and the pros- be
peot of a bountiful harvest. They atet, drank to
and were merry; and though politicians whia- w
pered, and financiers shook their heads, what bt
was that to them They tell us that trees bow pt
their heads before a storm, and that beasts flee It
to covert in the ominous bilance that precedes tb
it; but what does the great mass of mankind at
know of the sigrs of the timesI What did tc
half the men, women and children of Europe
think that hollow booming meant that echoed ya
so soddenly from the German frontier? Al1s a
they understood it well enough when the tor- ni
rent of war, after flooding the peaceful valleys w
of the Rhine, ebbed back, like a retributive a
tide, over the length and breadth of France. C
8ho at least nnderstood it, as war and famine b
desoimated her people and piled her smoking t
plains with corpse. Before the autumn winds b
had scattered the red leaves on the still redder ti
I raves of the thousand. who fell in the con- a
filet, mighty changes had ploughed the fae of a a
the countries just before so serene in their co
summer beaouty. The events and horrors of s
the Franco-German war are too recent to need ci
relating ble ; too well we remember that, as l
defeat falbowed defeat, and army after army ih
afell, mowed bow by the pitiless mitraillerse
and chassepot, army after army had to be re- i
a collected out of the peaceful homes of France. ti
e 8-ill the mighty whirlwind rolled on its way, a
till at last it swept into its vortex even the I
scanty force that the eldest daughter of the ci
arCburoh had given to guard the papal throne. tI
Tuen arose another feature in the strife, the ti
most hid one of all. Not only from the once a
o fertile plains of France arose the din of war a
y hbut soon an echo, like a low refrain, bhoa to
y be heard amoug the Italian hills. The storm ti
e muttered awhile then gathered and bur.t. F
t What could stem it ? What were a few loyal a
hearts and a few stalwart arms against the a
Shordes that now poured down under their it
,t robber chief on the defenoeloee city? F
The struggle was s severe a it was brief. t
Early in September an envoy arrived from the f
I, bardinian c.,"iar,, requiriog Hie lHolinese to ad- I
d mit certaino Italian troops iuo Rome, under o .
a preete co uf maintaining in the city sn order o
a that Victor Emmanuel knew as well as the .
S rRomans themselves had never yet been vio- I
it lated. What the answer of Pio eono was to
a, such a mandate may-be well conceived by a
r- thoue who know how unflinchingly he goarded t
w all the rights and privileges of the Holy See t
,r until the power to guard them was wrested by
to force from his sacred bands. Only three days
after the embassy to the Papal court the
,e Italians crossed the frontier, prepared to do
)f their worst. In vain a daring little band I
id did all in its power to bar ther progress; I
es numbers prevailed over heroism, and the foul I
r torrent swept on. The fifth day came, and thbe
,y Italians crossed the Tiber. After forty-eight I
s hours of portentousa quiet, batteries were I
erected in the night by the enemy, and early I
t next morning, eight days after they had cross
fe ed the frontier, the bombatdment of Rome I
as commenced.
t The resistance was worthy of the cause that
i; hallowed it, and the sturdy arms that fought
id on even when it we. evident that all hope of
to ueoee was over. They did their bett-
s. Zsnavee, Swiss and dragoons, merchants and I
at artisans, the dwellers in thecity and the tillers
e of the fields-God knows they did; but He
ad knows- too, that for His own wise end,, and
in until His own good time, it was His holy will
to give His heritage to the spoiler.
ad By noon a terrified whispen gno through
ws Rome that a breech had been effected in the
re walls; but the fact, so far from dispiriting the
Id defenders, only goaded their valor to inry.
we Like stage at bay, they stood before the open
ii. tag, sword in hand, sternly resolved to struggle
he to the last, dreaming of no alteronative b it
ug victory or death. Then i:. was that a low calm
ior voice wem beard from the Vatican; but though
at it spoke amid the roar of cannon, the roll of
rth musketry and the shouts of war, it was heard;
y and though It commanded the winds--and
a! waves of the angoriest of human passions to
ld ease, it weas obeyed. "Ls dorawn ynr arms
he It is enough. Sea eolaifefant ," said Pin Nono;
e, and a few smiuree later evoerysword was in its
a's scabbard, more then one wet with the tears of
Id. diseppootniuent. What but a saperotorral
a anuthority could iave obtained such obedience
tnd satach a morment Never perhaps but once
rd before in the whoe history of the Pontificate
Shad such a ob crifloe been demoanded of her
d hildrn by the Holy the lee. Need wre point to a
tot day, rather more than a hundred years ago,
t when, in a seimilar moment of peril, th ome al
en laut soldiers of the Cunr.h Mlitant, the sons
eeof St. Iguatius, received the same command
lie and yielded a like obedienet
ith That day, and from that day forward. Rome
nd Ieu in the hands of the enemies of God and of
to His Churcb. In no one act of his reitgn bh
till the Holy Father manifested greater wisdom
la othan in the sourrender of Rome, and the moment
Ice ooewen for that surrender. Not to have reels
ao oe at all would have been a tot a a quloeeueos
le in one of tbhe mosrt flagrant eacts or injustice
oer ever perpetrated on earth; to have continued
ne to resist in the face of an army four times or,
is according to some, even eight time u anumer
on-0s a. hi. own, would have been a fruitlee.
lnQ weete of his children'. live. unworthy of the
t. loving heart of Ptc Nono.
his The very next day trnn after train, crowded
pe, almost to suffaation in every compartment
I's with Papal troop, was dirspatcobhed by the
, Italiuan authoritiLes from Pote Olers Olvi
ta Vecohla. One of thbls living freigt war
e Blobseard O'Mear, too moosb arehed by the
overwhelming sorro of the lestwo dare to
bON.eble to the O1f" frts. mlattnd
hie -r hloN M reme, Pm il
a tlhe rieo.,, to se, whers thoy wore oem
pelile to iwait .. frltnuh (a fIeN t
misarble a os 'erows  l
sad easty elosl e d miake it) for means
she On O tai" Stime the arrngeats we re
omp lod_ an t&he itle baud, a nlea mad
harmoloessly were materea Igi
1, asm before ,a *-.Deve w o
gatiessd to . we p5 t1 T
hres In B lad, l,-llad. and 3'i
3iamm some to ito nermay ;
soon to. be e deasnlat still
by sonlem and or four hm
dred Sow to d4 .hde onh
moher; r ease, o otwhim- waeven
tined to minle their Ilf-b wllbp T
night with te htto that
et bosom. At last ate swa I
the gallnt opf o thoP I Z l
no lger. What that peadrting
kows IS was an grief too d ap f tt$as.es.
Bt hand grasped band tol Of aasIgg
sriendship as words died away uoasterd
speeobless lips, as moist eyee spotl a farew n
too trying for even veteran senges to whper
mny hd and every boar pointed upward
to that Heaven where viotory even yet awaits
the seas of the OChroh.
Three weeks later O'Meara stood on the
leafr at a London station, watohing a fast
LPin SDa train that bore to a long ex
psatet moth one of -his Zoonve comnpanion.
Bevers had travelled- with him from Genoa;
bht one by one they had left him, and this,
helast, had Jost waved his adieu from the
arriage window, and he was alone. Slowly
he weaded is way back to his hotel, where o
he stood at a winaow, looking down abstract
edly on the moving crowds below, until the oi
lighte began to twinkle in the shops. A tap
at tbe_ ndeaedunth -aed- him, And-ftsl
of real pleasure overspread his oooptenance n
when two letters were placed in his hand, one w
in the handwriting of Father Donovan, the
other bearing the unmistakable hie:elyphiec
of his nephew Fred. -i
What new life and vigor letters from
bome can infuse into a human heart, even
though is be the sturdy heart of a man I In a
trie half a dosen orders were given, and in
less than a quarter of an hour toe ganudy fire
paper had been replaced by a bright little
fire, the dreary world outside was shut out, c
the gaslights above danced on the tea-things
below, and Richard O'Meara, sinking back in
to a chair(the very realization of comfort, but
which he had never even noticed before), L
broke the seal of the priest's letter. After a
pare or two devoted to the subject of the
Italian aggression, which O'Meara read-as b
the writer oad written it-with flushed cheek i
snd kindling eye, it_changed its strains, and
thus continued :
'And now for a few words with regard to
yourself. "Alone," your letter complains, "in a
a land of strangers, who care nothing for you P
nor yours, and burdened with the weary
weight of a life three times offered to God,
and three times throust back into your arms."
Courage, my dear boy; watch and wait, and,
believe me, God will even yet shape your life -
to a useful and happy end. Meantime remem
ber your own words, written to me ,pbout
three years sinbe: "God has changed the cur
rent of the stream ; but the spring is as strong a
and vigorous as ever." You even lament the
competency God has given you, because, you "
say, it preoludes the necessity for exertion. I
oannot sen it; for you have only to do now as j
you would have done if you had not possessed a
it. There is work for everybody, and every- t
where, even in the dainty West-end quarter
where you now are, and where yon seem to
think that folly, fashior, and finery carry it a
all their own way. Nou.e :eel Look closer.
I will answer for it you will see that poverty
and misfortune role the roost after ail, and
that for one face that flaunts along self-con
tained in its ailaence or Indepenilence, you
will dud three at least that will mutely
whisper, "Come and help as."'
With a few more words of lOving ccunsel,
the letter concluded, and the jctor opened
Fred's. It was a long 'rd vol nions epistle;
sad patiently the reader waded through page
after page of professional news and sportlng
intelligence, longing for the moment when
Fred should descend from the high level of his
two favorite topics to the humbler, but ti him
fir more interesting, theme of domestic news.
IIt reached the bottom of the second sheet.
"NW for astartling piece of news," it con
clud.d. But what was it? Where was itI
was the question. Not on either of the sheets
already read though; he turned and twisted
them a dozen ways, asd read every page over
again at least a dozen times. No. Fred. with
his characterietio carelessness. had left the
third sheet out of the letter, and the doctor,
with a sigh, could only resign himself to his
disappointment, and wonder, with a mixture I
s of curiosity and interest, what the 'startling
piece of news' could possibly be. Once more
he read the two sheets, and was replacing
them in the envelope, as unenlightened as be
fore, when a few lices, written inside it.
arrested hi. attention: 'I have just discovered
that the Order chosen by Miss Neville for her
future retirement is that of the Sisters of
y Mercy.' Had a thunderbolt fallen at his feet,
Richard O'Meara could not possibly have
looked whiter or more dumbfounded.
(Cosnlree v next week.I
MISCELLAI EOUS.
SOUTHERN RELIGIOUS ART.
E. HUMBRECHT,
FRESCO PAINTER,
Having gven entire satifaction to his many patrons,
has been enounraged to open a STUDIO at
Under St. Patrick's Hall, on Lafayette S8,
Next to the corner of Camp.
(Residence-300 Goodohlldren street, Third District)
for the display of his Paintings He is prepared to
execute orders for all kinds f work. IncludiLng
LIFE-SIZE PICTURES FOR CHURCBES;
BSATIONS OF THE WAY OF THE CROSS;
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Prices alapted to the presen' circumstances of our
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- Refers to -
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Clergy of New Orleans; and to his Freseo Paint
ligs in the folio-lng ihnrhest Cathedral.
at. Auguntine's and Holy Trinity.
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Iroens Arishp BSaedAe
PollTLIaD, OnueOx. Aug. 11. 1b.
L. Kehoe. Zrq. :
Deer Sir-Among the meny aervlces which "The
Catholic Publlcation St.ciev" ie renderlnl to our Holy
Church, t bat of having pohllihed a erat of nes ohool
books, entitled "The Young C ~tholio's School Seres,"
il one of the greatet. It. having pered neither labor
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From t. Bishop of ri.
M'. Lawene ebeoe. Eas, uy . 187.
Dear Sir-To e "Young Lad'es' Ieadr." pBblhed a d
the eetablihbment of which you ea the Geeual . Aget
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tse lene Ia etertatg and intrti. Such of
them au treeatglns abJcts av aret soly later.
e ntil bt em while tbhe nenrpl esein letll
as wreIti s vrlgI th be deeircd. eer "Pull
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the aerma of Rev- l . Debhabe . 8... by Rev. JeIb
Peader, I have ealmined a yet eely in a vgmyi, sy.
mannr; but et I have road of It ooIvIln iht
the popunlaite itrha enlored inm Grmaaye It pub.
Ilatlon in 1847 wll deserved I hope th ethetes
are mknltg sily the cathollo comlunity with as
excellent uneoa of thhosl Books will meet with the em
ooorlagomen. eo Well deservee Yours uamu y,
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SMon Bishop roy., Chicago.
I feel aliit eto rl on the judgment of Rev. Dr.
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Thee le liirut ean' please the ehldeunatth
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ST. IO.ATIra' CoLr.Lrou. 413 V. lira Sr.,
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L ebeea. sePaeew York I
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Second Reader. Upon btate prunal. I end thu en.
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Very r.ae ctfolly.
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Sr. ALOyaLss' AOAtI?.
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Deer Sir-The4xIh. F1fth. Fonrth aned ThivrdReif
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Dxox ILL., Zuneo2, 1676
Catholic Publiectlon Society
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Mr L Kehoe:
Dear Slr--&ftler a trial of uu. six mouth, we Sed
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July 17, 1876.
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