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The' Abbey of La tr,tppe, in Fr:tace' war
fin tled in 11440 anrd six ye.air later en
tered into the general eh;,pter. Thii.
chapter iy nmetnsr::Ile in the anal.s of the
order for having been, presidtd otver by
P'ope Eugene III, who had been a monk
at Ceteaux, before his elevati 'n to the
Pontiicial SH:e. Thet Cistercians became
nlunelroll and powerful. anti again abut
a s mnaaifeted themselves. A thor ugh
reform way institute l by Abbi't Hance, a
Parisi in nobleman, at the Abbey of La
Trappe, in 17'1S, His effrts to restore
the original amlmters nil's of St. Benedict
was succesful. As the C'isterclan4 are a
Branch of the Benedictines, so are the
Trappists of the Cistercians. Though
tldeiglatetl as Trappists, they observe
the original rule of St Benedict. They
are a body of men, who, by their own
free will, are empletely cut off from
communication and intercourse with the
outinde world. They devote themselves
to a life of prayer. penance, fasting con
templation, solitude, silenceb manual
labor, and live subject to the will of
their Superior, and are members of the
Catholic Church. Notwithstanding the
various politieal changes, the Trappists
have survived al.
Only two monasteries are to be found
in the Itnited States-New M lerary,
near lunbuque Iowa, foun letl by a Trap
pist, who came from the Emerald Isle
in 1467, and Getheemane, where The
Post's lonely youth is penning th:s ar
This Abbey was founded in 1844 by
monks from Mellerary France. It is si
tuated in the southern portion of Nelson
county, on the New Hope a Bardstown
turnpike. Getheemane forms a station
on the Knoxville branch of the L. & N.
railroad, and the abbey is one mile from
We enter the monks church, where I
obtained a better view. Encircling the
main altar are pietures of the "Way of
the Crses," and there are some other pie
tures in the brothers choir, which were
painted by the old masters, that have
been in the order for hundreds of years.
All the wood work in the church is ex
quieitely carved, and its high ceiling
and stained windows help make it a
very handsome structure. intering the
sacristy, I was shown the "Abbot's Cro
sler," or "Shepherl's Crook." It is a
piece of inlaid work or mosdlln wood.
It is composed of nothing but different
pieces of wood bearing portraits of Jesus
Mary, St Benedict and St. Entropius, with
birds and flowers and other faney cuts.
I doubt if there is a piece of workman
ship in America to compare with it.
Father Timothy devoted seven yearn of
bhis life to it. The work of this rare
genis oernaemnta every altar in the
We next entered the graveyard. In a
niche back of the monk's church is a
large and picturesque shrine of the
Grotto of Lourds, with a statue of little
,enedict kneeling at the feet of the
Blessed Virgin, as she says : "I am the
Immaculate (aeeption." To your left
is the grave dt Mrs.Nancy Miles, and by
her side rest the remains of Mrs, Mrs
Bradford,the only bsterof Hoon. Jefferson
Davis, late President of the SoLther
Confederacy. They were great *tac
tors of the order and on that t aount
they were permitted to be buried in the
Each monk's grave is covered wgh
myrthe, and his name in relgnlon
ij p:itsit, inw vwlit,* letters, on a
,lack e·-ri . ,At the foot ou elrh grave
i a small stoo.l, where the monks often
ga to pray for their departed brethren.
When t!;e monk dies, "ao coffin enelo
sos hisu breast;" but wrapped in his
.circular with the cowl drawn over his
face, as lie lived, buried to the world, so
Is he placed under the sod. The monks
do not dig their own graves, as is gener
ally believed. When a monk dies, the
sexton immediately opens another grave
to constantly remind them of death. To
your left is the shrine in which is inter
red the remains of Baron de Hodimout,
a Belgian, who spent the latter part of
his life at the home of the Trappist.
His only surviving heir was Emma, a
bright-eyed little miss that recalls ten
der recollections of boyhood days. She
went West, and I lost sight of her.
Among the handsome donations of this
gentleman to the Trappists is the grist
and saw-mills and carding machine
which he rebuilt some years since when
The next wds the dormitory, where
each monk has an iron cot, and is parti
tioned of from his fellows by some
heavy fre-brick. As in death the meek
always sleeps with his clothes on, and in
three minutes time from the tap of the
bell whether it strikes I or 2 oclock in
the morning he is expected to be in the
church. Their regular time to arise is
2 oeclock, and on feast days from one to
two hours sooner but never later. It is
to these apartments, on every Friday
evening, they retire and scourge them
selves with a cat-c-nine-tail (a rope with
nia knotty strings hanging from it,) in
hboer of the seurgio g f ourdivine Sn
visor. I then followed the Holy Father
to the kitchen, where four large bollers
are used to cook their meal, which con
slm of a vegetable diet. Exeept by a
physician's prescription, a monk never
tastes meet of any kind. No fish, eggs,
butter or lard is used in cooking. No
stimulants, not even tea, coffee or tobac
co in any shape, are used.
Next was the dining-room. For each
monk is a tin-plate a wooden fork and
spoon. From September 14 to Ash Wed
nesday, the Trappist only eats one meal
aday,at 2:30 pm. During Lent, this
meal is two hours later. From Easter
Sunday to September 2t, they eat two
meals, the Arst at ll and the second at
6 oeloek. They are free from all disea
ses of the stomaeh, and It is elaimed that
they live from ten to iftee years longer
than the people in the outside world.
The number of very ol me in this order
bears testimony to this fet.
There are sixty monks in this monas
The habit worn by the monk was the
ordinary drew of the people of the flth
The TTppisteebmowperpetual silence
They never speak ti egh other ulenm in
presence of the abbot.
One of the inmates was t one time a
reporter on a Paris daily, so I was In
formed. The monks own 1,800 acres of
land, 800 of whh aren a hlgh stat of
cultivation. The cheese manufactured
by the monks is maid to be very bse.
Large quantities of it is shipped to your
city. Only two Americans belong to the
order. One is from Selma Ala., and the
other from Philadelphia.
The members of this community are
of various nationalities: French, German
Swim, Italian, Irish and Belgans.
Li the center of the inner cA.urt is a
eistern and wII together. Yrom one
pump you can draw rain water, and from
the other well water.
Their library is well filled with Latin
French and English books. In it I
found an old Bible printed in Lyons in
1532. The type is very clear, and the
pper on which it is printed is very
By aneient rule of the order, the wife
of the ruler of the naih is the only wo
man who will be permitted to go through
the abbey. The Trappists pay much at
tention to raising ane stock. Their
barn is one of the most novel in the
State. They ham a small engine that
cute up all the feed, and mall car that
carry it to the proper places,
The Trappiste have a sboo, at which
young men living in this section can ob
tain a first-class education, free of charge
or a person can go there and work to pay
his board, and beeducated free, or by pay
ing a small sum for his board he can
receive a free education. It was the ab
bot's desire to have a similar school for
girls, and he erected the academy of
Mount of Olives, but the sister who took
charge of it for some camse or other
gave it up.
B. B. DYER,
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of the State of Loisiaa for the passage
at a reli bill for amount due him for
making a duplicate assessment Boil f
theparish l S Martin for the year 188$,
the original of which was destroyed by
re in the Sherlf ooe during the
meath eo May 1884.
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