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THE CATHOLIC PROGRESS. s / - // ) A T # AMONG .........  0 THE I_NDIANS NO MISSIONARY OR TEACHER "EVER EXERTED SO MUCH IN- FLUENCE OVER THE INDIAN AS THE CATHOLIC PRIEST. Interesting Letter by Jesuit Father Which Illustrates the Work of tile Missionaries. ELENA, Mont., April lli.--The Right Reverend John B. B ondel, bishop of Helena, has received a letter from the Rev. Father Peter Paul Prando, S. J., that illustrates well the work of the missionaries among the Indians. The Rev. Father Prando has labored among tile Indians of the N.orthwest for more than twenty years, and no person in tile world has a greater knowledge of certain tribes than him- self. He has lived with the Crows for many years, and he speaks their lan- guge as well as any Indian. In fact, he knows the tongues of tile Flatheads, Blackfeet and Cheyennes, for he has worked among all those tribes. No missionary or teacher among the Crows ever had as much influence as this priest exerts. He has lived among them lived very much like they did and has their confidence. The Crow Indians are difficult to teach, and tile Rev Father Prando made little head- way among them until one night years ago when he was called on a danger- ous mission. It was in the winter and during a heavy storm A messen- ger came with word that an Indian woman was dying in a tepee twenty- five miles away from the agency and that she wanted a priest. It was the first call of that kind that had ever come to the priest sznce his residence on the reservation. He at once set out to tinct a guide, but all the Indians told him it was certahl death to vent- ure out into that blizzard. They told him that he would surely perish if he attempted it, and every one of them refused to go with him. Nothing daunted, the priest saddled his horse and struck out. He had been given the locationrof the tepee but had nev- er been there. The perils of that ride had not been exaggerated by the Indians, but Rev. Father Prando was a Jesuit, and the Jesuits do not give up until actually compelled to do so. He met a band of wolves on the trip but escaped them. After a night of peril and hardsifip he found the tepee for which he had been searcbing. He administered the last sacraments to the dying woman and returned in safety. After that incident the Indians came o know the priest better, and ill time they sought him on many occasions. In his letter to the bishop, the Rev. Father Prando told how he had de- stroyed the "medicines" of the In- dians and had met an Indian "lawyer" who sought to out-argue him before the assembled red men. All uncivil- ized Indlans believe in the potency of charms, which take various forms. These eharms are clled "medicine" and are either bad or good, as may be indicated by their purpose. It is the aim of the priests [to discourage the use of these charms as much as possi- ble. The Rev. Fmher Prando wrote as follows : "The other day an Indian and a po- liceman and another Indian for com- pany brought me their 'medicines'a stuffed snake, a stuffed me/tdow lark and a strip of bear skin, cut all along the back down the spine. The snake was used to tie with "a cloth "on the body of sick persons; tile lark is to dance well, the bear skin is for war. "The three Indians wanted to see me burn these 'medicines' in their presence. I think they wanted to see if I was going to die right there. So I burned them and they left very glad. "The big chief met me on tile road and asked what I did with the 'medi- cines' of such a man. I said I burnt them.. Then I continued: " 'You Crows, you keep these "med- icines" and you are very poor. We whitA men have God tot our medicine and we have everything. But then I burn tile 'medicine of those who wil- lingly give them to me. [ do not force anybody; if they do not wan to give them to me they can keep them.' So tile chief went his way. "A very rough Indian came to me an4 several other Indians were present. He said to me: 'Why do you bqrn our medicines? You burn the meicines aying" devil. "--" Now, I never say 'devil, when I burn the mediclne." 'If we burn the crucifix, and say "dev- il" we are even; that is, we are just the same.' " 'Hold on,' I said to him. 'If I take your uhotograph and I spit on it, you get mad, because you are liwng. If you burn the crucifix God gets mad, because he is living. But if I burn the skin of a weazel or any medicine, nobody gets mad with me, because nothing is living of such things." "All the Indians burst into a joy- ful laugh. I wanted to explain to them better, but they said: 'We un- derstand. ' "The Indian who came as a lawyer did not know what to say and he left." Montana Catholic. RETURNING TO ROME. A piece of intelligence of momen- tous import has just been received from he east. A correspondent in Mossoul sends word that the famous Nestorian sect have accepted the pro- posals sent from Rome and are to be received into communion with the Ho- ly See. The bishops and the principal parti- sans of the union recently assembled at Mossoul to receive absolution ab haerese, and to hear tile instructiou from Rome on the subject. These brave men have been advocating union with Rome during the past four years and have been compelled to face cruel persecution on the part of the enemies of this project. During this time ev- ery possible obstacle has been put in their way; intimidation, pillage, im- prisonment; finally flattery, temporal bribes, and even honorable and advan- tageous marriage alliances with the ruling classes. The Anglicans in par- tioular having offered strenuous resist- ance to the project, proposed as a last resort a marriage between the neice of the Nestorian patriarch,Mar Chinoun, and the son of the principal Meliks, the signatory of the profession of Oatholie faith. By this marriage it was hoped o bring about a rapproche- ment between Mar Chinoun and the 3atholies for the benefit of Anglicism to which soot this partiarch is friendly. To accomplish this Mar Chinoun pretended friendship, made some ad- vances to the Catholic group, and sent his felicitations to the i patriarch Em- manuel on his return to Rome. The purpose of this was to conceal his real designs and to gaiu time. This formal return of tile Nestorians to tile faith is now regarded as certain, and all that is awaited by the chiefs of the movement is tile conditions which will be laid down by and to the Holy See Mgr. Mar Curaha, nephew of the patriarch, his other nephew, Memoud, as well as numerous Meliks, or chiefs of the nation, eontinue to direct tile movement; and everything points to final success, in spite ot the fierce op- position and intrigues of Russians, English and Americans, who are well supplied with money and are able to offer temporal inducements against the proposed conversion. The conditions el the union will be arranged at a meeting whici: will take place shortly at Mossoul between the Chaldean Catllolic patriarch delegated by tile Holy See and the delegates of the Nes torian tribes repersented by the patriarch, Mar Ohinoun, Mgr. Ouraha and Melik Nemroud, accom- panied by other Meiliks whose tribes are lU favor of the umon. Meanwhile the adversaries of the movement towards Catholicism are op- posing it with all the arts of diploma- oy. The Russian consul at Van has called to his aid [two Russian priests whom he has installed at Sarai, the Nestorian village nearest Van--and that to the great displeasure of the governor of tills province, who dis- trusts Russian influence far more than that of tile Catholic church. The An- glicans have heaped presents and mon- ey before the old Nestorian patriarch, Mar CAlhoun, witll a view of gaining his influence to prevent the return of iris nation to Catholicism. The old man receives these presents in silence, listens to and approves all that is said to him, but gives no reply for it is well known that tie has far more rea- sons to fear Russia and England than the Holy See, The English consul, disappointed and disgusted, has betaken himself to Mossoul, under the pretext of visiting tile Yzidiens--worshippers of the devil but in reality to see if it is not pos- sible by new intrigues to prevent at the last moment [the return of the Nestorians an event that as an English. man and a Protestant he would grudge to France and tim Church .--The New Century. It is said that the young woman returned to the eonwult in order to es- cape the, 1)trsistent and unwt4c,)me at- tentions of Scnor C. dc Ponte, a young Ve, nezuelan, at present a cadet at tim Wst Point military academy. One day recently he went to Miss Snort's home by appointment, but was told by Miss Mollie Smart that her sister had left Washington and would nt return' Soon afterwards lie re- ceived a note from Miss [Dorothy in which she said she was going away and would likely never see ldm again. The young woman left all the trap- pings of the world behind her:only re- tainmg her name, Miss Smart was received into the order as a novice, the official being Father John Burke, the young Paulist orator In:two years she will make her final vows, which consecrate her for life service as a null. The decision of this young girl to enter the convent came as a great sur- prise to all who knew ller in society. Beautiful, clever, and accomplished, she was the recognized leader of the younger army and navy set in Wash- ington. Athougil her devotion to the Cath- olin Church was well known, no one believed it would lead her to renounce the world. She seems well content with her choice, ilowever. She don- ned nun's robes and began her new life with every evidence that iler "decision to renounce the world is final. POPE LEO'S ENCYCLICAL TO CUBA. Tile Holy Father has sent an encyc- lical to ArotLbishop Chapelle, the Pa- pal Delegate to Cuba, in which he says: "The change of tile country intoa republic, which was recently accom- plished as an accident of war has ex- ercised influence on the status of reli- gion. On this account and by reason of the cessation of t.le King of Spian in tile island of Cuba we now regard it_our plain duty to consider tad web fare of these regions in aecordanci with the needs of the times. With this object we sent Apostolic Delegate Chapelle who accurately reported the situation. After we had maturely studied the entire matter and after having noted that Cuba possesses cer- tain affinities and mutual relations with other nations of Latin America we in consequence ordained by decree ot Sept. 5, 1901, that Cuba should be subject to the laws ot the Plenary Council of Latm America, held at Rome in 1899. "Nevertheless, on eonsidermg re- cent developments, we again occupy our Apostolic solicitude in adjusting Catholic affairs in that region still more in accordance with the place and time. Wherefore we througil this constitution pronounce on our supreme authority what seems good for safe- guarding the advance of religion m Cuba. Siuco we ascertained that the vastness of the territories in the dio- ceses of Havana and Santiago and the increase in the Catholic 1;opulation render the visitations of the bishops extremely difficult, we have resolved to increase the number of prelates. We have therefore added the dioceses of Pinar del Rio, and Cieniuegos. The diocese of Pinar del Rio comprises tile province of Pinar del Rio. The dio- cese of Cienfuegos comprises the prov- ince of Santa Clara. Santiago willre- main the principal see, to whleb will be ubject the dioceses of Havana, Pinar del Rio aud Cienfuegos. Porto Rico is severed from the see of Santi- ago and becomes immediately subject to Rome for the present. Let everybody in sacred orders whol. ly abstain from interference in politi- cal matters. No man being a soldier of God entangleth himself in secular business." Archbishop Ohappelle is instructed to call a provincial council as soon as the new Bishops are appointed. The encyclical provides for the restoration of the schools and chapters in Havana and Santiago under special care of tile Church. BISHOP SOLO DEAD. A CASE OF ...... SUSPICION [Copyright, 1903, by R. D. Marshall.] At the ago cf twenty-one I was clerk. tng for a dry goods merchant in a stool'. towu in Ohio and stood as high ill the community as any other young man there. There was only one incident In the year past to regret. A young man named Albert White and I had beeo rivals for the affections of a girl named Ida Walter% and on several occasions had had hot words, but when I with. drew from the race we became friends again--at least, there was no enmity between us. One night in midwinter when I had returned to the store to post up the books White rapped at the back door, and I let him iu. He had seen my light through tim shutters and called in a friendly spirit. The door sagged a little, and when White opened it there was resistance, and his nose got a bump. It was bleeding as he entered, l)ut I got a handful of snow and as- sisted him to check the flow. Before noon next day it was known all over town that Albert White was missing. Before night men were look- ing fcr him ill every direction. A citi- zen had remembered seeing him at the store door, and, of comte, I was ques- tioned. I told of his visit, but did not mention the trifling accident at the door. They asked no questions to bring it out. That night I was arrested on s warrant sworn out by his mother as the murderer of Albert White, and cir- cumstantial evidence piled up against me at the examination. A week later satisfied everybody except my employ- er that I was guilty of the crime. Mr and Mrs. J(alters swore that White had told them that he feared me, as had threatened his life. Miss Ida swore to the same thing and added that she had always feared I would shoot him when we met at her house. They found blood on the store floor, and that meant that I had killed White as he sat hy the stove. "This young man, this red handed murderer," shouted the prosecutor, "had asked the girl in marriage and had been refused. Fired with Jealousy and burning with a desire for revenge, be began planning this deed. We know that White feared him, and he would not have gone to the store unless he was lured there." All of which was false---every word The great question, of course, was "what had become of the body. It was supposed that I had carried it to some }d_lng place. Around the town were as l,qny us fifty old coal aud if'on shafts from fifteen to forty feet deep. Scme were-covered up and some open. All about us were huge snowdrifts, and the idea wu that I had buried White under one of hese or flung the body into an open sha't. More than 500 people searched for tl', 0dy for week or more. but no trace of4 could be found. When I told about the pose- bleed, nc one believed ale. The saTii" keeper could have set things right, but he maintained silence, afterward ex- plainlng that he feared White had been overcome by drink and perished ill the storm. Those who came to the store to question me testilled to ull sorts of false thlngs, of which this was typical: "The prisoner hesitated to admit that he had lately seen the missing mall. He wus nervous, and it was very evi- dent that he knew more than he was willing to tell." Three young men swore to having heard me threaten Albert White's life. What had become of Albert White? All the searching had failed to get trace of him. After 1 had been held to the hlgller court eertain incidents oc- curred to me for the first thne. I rr- membered that White carried a basket of groceries as he came into the store. ! remembered that he said he mus go straight home when he left. He lived a mile beyond the saloon where he had stopped, but he could shorten the dis- tarter by cutting across a field. I had never crossed this field, but felt sure there were three or four old shafts scattered about. I thought it all over as I lay on my cot in jail one night, and next day my employer was direct- ing a search. At the bottom of a thirty foot shaft, which was not over 250 feet from Mrs. Whlte's front door and "the mouth of which was almost con- cealed by a snowdrift, they found Al- bert. This was the seventeenth day after my arrest. He had attempted a short cut going home. Blinded by the storm, he had fallen into the pit. The live or six feet of snow at the bottom had broken his fall. Ill his basket were a loaf of bread, two or three pounds of beet', some sugar and a dozen eggs. lie had consumed everything and was a very hungry young man when finally discovered, lie had figured that the saloon keeper would give notice of his leaving there at 10:45, because both had remarked the time, lie reasoned that search would be made and that the old pits would speedily be exam- ined. I was at once restored to liberty, as a matter of course, but I want you to Iote a curlous phase of human nature. Neither the prosecutor nor the town marshal took me by the hand and ut- NEW YOBRK, April 18.--Tim death tered a word of congratulation. Not of Monsignor Sales Solo, of Huarez at one single witness who had testified against me evinced the slightest desire Lima, Peru, is annoaeed in a dispatch to rejoice. So far as I could Judge at to the Herald from that city. Bishop least one-half the population of the ENTERS A CONVENT. A Prominent Society Young Lady of Washington, D C., Beeomse a Nun. New York, April 18.--Leaving the gay world of Iashion behind her, Miss Dorothy Smart, youngest daughter of Col. Cllarles Smart, U. S. A., surgeon general in the Phillipine Islands, made her ;ows today ,as a nun in the Sacred Heart, Kenwood, Albany. Solo was one of the most distinguish, town felt a grudge against me for ied of the Peruvian clergy, spoiling the case. This feeling also ex- tended to White. After he had been murdered and a good case made out IIon. Thomas Coffey, newly elected against me it was doggone mean to senator in the Canadian parliament, come to life and spoil it all! Strangest is owner and manager of the Catholic of all, the girl went back on him with Reooxd, ofLondon, Onlario. Ho is a the crowd and was shortly after mar- tied to a chap who had never taken the member of the (3. M. B, .A trouble to run after her. Circumstantial evidence is good and Dr. Thee. O'Hagan, the well.known Jqst and legal evidence. I repeat, hut It Catholic Canadian lecturer and poet, I must be truthful evidence and without lectured at Dubuque, Ia., last week. bias or the defendant may be terribly He will soon leave for Europe to be wronged. M. QUAD. absent a year. " " CHARLES MELTON Seals and Rubber Slamps Sole Agent for Patent White Enameled Letters and Fit ures for Signs and IIouse Numbers Alumluum Numbers. 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