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0. DBUTSCH. IN the July issue of Vcssillo Israelitico, a Jewish monthly, published in Casale Monferrato, I find the following fact relateel which deserves the widest publicity : In a town of the province of Brescia a fact hap pened which is due to the fanaticism eif the nuns at tached to the local hospital, and it is the sacred duty e>f the liberal press to expose this action. A Jew, one G. 8., who happened to be in that town on business, had the misfortune,st) to speak, to fall sick, and it became necessary for him to apply for admission in that hospital. When he entered, he, in reply to the question asked of him by the sisters, stated that he was a Jew, and when his sickness took a more serious character, the sisters made up their minds to convert him. All their efforts to make him abjure his faith preived futile. The poor patient, who was a great sufferer, always replied: I am a Jew, my people have died as Jews, my children are Jews, and I wish to die in the religion in which I was born. So there remained only one hope in the hearts of the nuns for the salvation of that soul, and they waited until poor G. B. became unconscious, to ad minister to him baptism and the last sacraments. Happy to have accomplished this holy object, the nuns gave it out that the Jew had elieel a Chris tian. A son of the deceased wdio lives in a neighbor ing town arrived, and as the law does not recognize conversions forced upon a dying and unconscious man. the burial did not take place according to the Catholic ritual. I shall omit the remarks < f Rabbi Flammie) Servi, the editor of 11 Vcssillo, who praises the dead mar tyr of his faith .as a hero who had fought under Gar ibaldi for the independence of Italy, and I will pro ceed to give the translation of a letter addressed to the editor of // Vcssillo by Mr. Heizcr, of C liro, who Occupies the respectable position of superintendent of the archives of the administration of the Egyptian State railway system. The letter is published in the August issue of II Vcssillo : Cairo, July 27, 1897. In the Vcssillo Israelitico of this month I read of a fact which happened in a town of the Province of Brescia, and which is almost identical with the fact Which happened in this city a short time ago, but fortunately had a different result. One C. R., a Jew and a member of the German congregation, who was very seriously sick, was sent for treatment to the European Hospital, the expenses being paid by the congregation of German Jews in this city. A few clays later he grew worse and the sisters, perceiving that he had but a few days to live, tried all possible means to induce him to become a on vert to Christianity. Neither entreaties nor threats to publish the affair had any influence on the sisters who insisted on their fanatical scheme. A patient who lay in the same ward with C. R., although he was of a different religion, was so moved by the rare perseverance of the poor invalid, that, although he knew it to be against the rules of the house, he rushed to the telephone in a moment when thesuperintendent was absent and summoned a mem ber of our congregation to come at once to the heis pital, as there was a case of urgent necessity. We arrived at the hospital and found C. R. in agony ; we could not make him pronounce once one syllable. The room mate of the dying man told us the reason which had prompted him to call us, and we were still more surprised when the sisters informed us that the dying man had been baptized a day be fore and that we should let him die in the peace of a true and. good Christian. In vain elid we attempt to make the sisters comprehend that they had been guilty of a criminal abuse, but they would not listen to any argument, and told us that C. R. would after his death be given a Christian funeral. On the strength of the testimony of the late room mate of the dying man we went at once to see the chief rabbi to ask his intervention in this affair, but he indifferently replied that the case did not concern him, and that consequently he could not interfere. Prom the president of the congregation, Mr. Cat taemi, we received the same reply. So finally we invoked the aid of the royal Italian consul.- We were courteously received and our noble consul charged the vice-consul right away to accom pany us to the hospital to redress the outrage. On our arrival the sisters, scared by the appear ance of the official, dared offer no further resistance and permitted one of our co religionists to pass the night by the bedside of the dying man. At daybreak, just before breathing his last, C. R. collected all his force, sat up on his bed, and with eyes wile 'open, exclaimed desperately: "Let me alone. I am born a Jew and a Jew I wish to die." With these words he fell back and closed his eyes for ever. He was buried in the Jewish cemetery. Quite HMffcrcnt. Joseph Kutner, the millionaire Jew merchant of Fresno, has returned from Europe without being able to see his relatives in Russia. Although this government gave him a passport and did everything in its power to obtain recognition for him, the Rus sian government ignored him, simply because he was a Jew. When famine strikes Russia she is always ready and anxious to receive that aid which the United States so freely gives, but in case the favor is coming the other way it is quite different. — Watson vilic (Cnl.) Transcript. Send tis your Printing.