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:r UA&apos;I'ttUIAU IUK'I'ti Wtf'l" YIU(I.' Fage Thirty-One t l e e Love Chooses Death EAR the center of the blue Pacific, the bleak, desolate island of Molokai lifts its head from the sea. Beneath the towering cliffs upon its northern edge, dwells-one of the strangest, sad- dest colonies ever established in the long history of human suffering -- the lepers , banished from country and kindred, sentenced to a life of lingering horror, while the slow White tide of leprosy rises in their bodies, until death mercifully relieves them from their misery and their pain. As the grey light of dawn was break tug across the sea, on the morning of May 10, 1873, Joseph de Veuster, known throughout the world as "Father ST. CATHERINE Cordlal Holiday Greetings CUSTOM BUILT FURNITURE AT FACTORY PRICES Also Furniture Re-Upholstering Free Estimates in Your Home Lovely Selection of Fabrics LLOY'S & CO. FURNITURE 510 E. 65th St. 'KE. 0878 MAPLELEAF SERVICE 8623 Roosevelt Way AUTO REPAIRING LUBRICATION KEnwood 9845 HEIDER'S HOME GROCERY 9414 Roosevelt Way KE. 8320 Groceries, Fresh Frdit and Vegetables Frozen Foods, Horlucks Ice Cream FRESH MEATS SAVIN'S FOOD SHOP 8416 Fifth N.E. KE. 9709 "CANDY, ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINKS Complete Line of GROCERIES BEST WISHES FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR OLYMPIC VIEW GREENHOUSE 823 E. 90th St. KEN. 1654 DARBY'S BEAUTY SALON 8315 5th Ave. N.E. -VErmont 2442 COMPLETE BEAUTY SERVICE FRANCES DARBY, Proprietor ACME PLIS00IBING AND HEATING CO. 7201 5th AVE. N.E. Repairing and Modernizing Estimates Without Obligation LOAN'S PHARMACY PRESCRIPTION DRUGGISTS 8501 5th Ave. N.E. VE. 4662 O'Brien's Fountain Lunch 8917 Roosevelt Way KE. 9780 We Make Our Own Ice Cream, Featuring Soft Ice Cream Open 1 A.M. to 12 P.]tL The familiar but awe-inspiring story of Damien's choice --- imprisonment, disease and death---for love of his fellow-man. By REV. H. J. 0'CONNELL A series of three semi- postal stamps honoring Father Damien, the leper-priest,, were re- cently issued by the Belgian Government, and part of the pro- ceeds from their sale was used tb recon- struct leper institutions of the Fathers of the Sacred Hearts destroy. ed during the war. The designs pictured show (left), profile of Father Damien from a sketch made by the English artist, Edward Clifford, w h o visited. Melokai Island shortly before the leper Apos- tle's death. (Center) panorama view of the Molokai leper oolony as it appeared at the time.of"Fr. Damien's death in 1889. 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Ten years before, at the age of twenty-three, he had left his beautiful Belum, with its simple, pious people, its neat little fields, its windmills stand- ing stark against the sky, in order to bring the knowledge and love of God to the pagans of the Hawaiian Islands. Ordained soon after his arrival, he labored for nine years among the is- lands, learning to love the gentle, pleasant-mannered" hospitable, natives, and being loved by them in return. He was busy all the time during those years, traveling from end to end of his huge parish, building chapels, preach- ing, baptizing, and earing for the sick. However, all these years of labor were only the preparation for his life's great- est work. The dread scourge of leprosy had, after the advent of the Europeans, struck with devastating swiftness through the islands. Fostered by the unsanitary living conditions, the disease made ever more rapid headway. Alarmed" the government resolved on stringent measures to halt its spread. A decree was issued, ordering all those affected with the disease to go at once to Molokai. Boatload after boatload of miserable human beings were dumped on the shore of the inhospitable island, without shelter, without sufficient cloth- ing or food, without even an adequate water supply, and left for the most part to shift for themselves. Abandoned and hopeless, these poor outcasts felt them- selves beyond the pale of society and its laws. "Here reigns no law, human or divine," theq said of Molokal, and sought to drown their despair in orgie of intoxication and lust. Such was the terrible state of af- fairs on Molokai, when Bishol Maigret called his priests to a meeting on the island of Maul. After other matters had been discussed, the Bishop brought up the subject of the spiritual care of the lepers. Hitherto, he explained, priests had visited the colony from time to time, as opportunity presented itself. However, due to stricter government regulations, this could no longer be done The priest who went there must be prepared to stay and spend his life among the lepers. With faltering voice, the Bishop spoke this last sentence. He knew that he could not impose such a sacrifice on any man. But there was no need of a command. Scarcely had his Superior ended, when Damien leaped to his feet, and begged to be allowed to g Looking at the young priest's eager face, his strong, rugged body, and recalling him record of Courage and labor, the Bishop made a quick decision. Damien was the man for MolokaL Once the decision was made, there was no dela in carrying it out. Withln the hour he was on a ship departing for Honolulu.  On arrival there, he found that another ship, with a load of lepers, was leaving at once for Molokal. Without time for preparation or fare- well, carrying only hie breviary and an extra shlrt Damien stepped on board. In the chili, grey dawn, the desolate coast of the leper island-came into view. A boat was lowered. Damien and the wretched lepers were rowed ashore, ary world of men was cut. Damien was With the haste of fear, the oarsmen re- left alone on. that island of the living turned ' to the ship; anchors were dead. weighed; and the vessel set out for the Turning, he beheld his parishioners open sea. The last tie with the ordin- (Continued on page 32) ST. BENEDICT SHEAR-LANE BEAUTY SALON /03 FREMONT AVB. " ME. 4402 8pecializln in Cold Waves and Scalp Treatments Full Line of Dermetics ERNA M. SITH, Owner (Evenings by Appointment) KRENZ GROCERY 4130 Fremont Ave. ME. 9936 STAPLE GROCERIES (Evenings by Appc, intment) MEI. 4402 Happy Home, Hunt's and Reliance Canned Goods FROZEN FOODS, FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLTS Soft Drinks R. Alpine Bulk Ice Cream WILSON & HART RADIO CO. 2226 NORTH 56th STREET Auto, Home, Radio & Electric Phonograph Repairing WALLINGFORD PAINT STORE PITTSBURGPAINTS, VOGUE WALL PAPER and RENTAL EQUIPMENT mali Electrlo Appllances and Service 1728 N. 45th St. ME. 8675 I I ALL-WAYS BETTER CLEANERS t CLEANING - DYEING - REPAIRS I and ALTERATIONS I HATS RE-BLOCKED "AI-Ways Better Ceaners All-Ways Two Locations to Serve You Green Lake -- University- Wallingford Fremont District: Corner Cleaners, 2515 N'. I 50th St., corner of 1st N. E., ME. 5777 Also at Laundre-mat, 4415 Wallingford Ave. EVergreen 0066 CORBETT'S FOUNTAIN LUNCH ICE CREAM - CANDLES - TOBACCOS - MAGAZINES 6414 Latona Ave. VErmont 2734 Best Wishes For A Merry Christmas and Prosperity in '48 MOORE'S BAKERY & DELICATESSEN (UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT) For Fine Bakery and Delicatessen Goods 1724 N. 45th St. MElrose 9950 A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR ELITE SHADE & LINOLEUM CO. 4411 Wallingford Ave. ME. 0986 V. E. POTTER QUALITY MEATS 3936 Wallingford Ave. MElrose 0234 We Wish All a Merry Christmas I I , LINCOLN PHARMACY I 1715 N. 45th St. ME. 1266 l Prescriptions - Drugs - Sundries I Toiletries- Fountain - Magazines ] Tobacco, Etc. I THOMAS GROCERY AND MARKET I RED arid WHiTE--Staple and Fancy Groceries, Fresh and Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Soft Drinks 450 STONE WAY MElrose 1260 GREEN LAKE BAKERY 711(I Woodland Ave. KE. 474 Home of the Danish & French Pastries We Have Also Home Made Bread and Fine Quality Cakes WALLiNGFORD PHAR00IACY PRESCRIPTION PHARMACIST 4000 Wallingford Ave. ME. 0708 RALPH PROSCENO FRESH ,FRUITS, PRODUCE and VEGETABLES 1912 N. 45th St. MElrose 4840 I Woodlawn Beauty Nook I Complete Beauty Ser,ice I (Open Evenings by Appointment) I 5018 Meridian Ave. EV. 0133 BETTY KEABLES, Proprietor t J :r UA'I'ttUIAU IUK'I'ti Wtf'l" YIU(I.' Fage Thirty-One t l e e Love Chooses Death EAR the center of the blue Pacific, the bleak, desolate island of Molokai lifts its head from the sea. Beneath the towering cliffs upon its northern edge, dwells-one of the strangest, sad- dest colonies ever established in the long history of human suffering -- the lepers , banished from country and kindred, sentenced to a life of lingering horror, while the slow White tide of leprosy rises in their bodies, until death mercifully relieves them from their misery and their pain. As the grey light of dawn was break tug across the sea, on the morning of May 10, 1873, Joseph de Veuster, known throughout the world as "Father ST. CATHERINE Cordlal Holiday Greetings CUSTOM BUILT FURNITURE AT FACTORY PRICES Also Furniture Re-Upholstering Free Estimates in Your Home Lovely Selection of Fabrics LLOY'S & CO. FURNITURE 510 E. 65th St. 'KE. 0878 MAPLELEAF SERVICE 8623 Roosevelt Way AUTO REPAIRING LUBRICATION KEnwood 9845 HEIDER'S HOME GROCERY 9414 Roosevelt Way KE. 8320 Groceries, Fresh Frdit and Vegetables Frozen Foods, Horlucks Ice Cream FRESH MEATS SAVIN'S FOOD SHOP 8416 Fifth N.E. KE. 9709 "CANDY, ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINKS Complete Line of GROCERIES BEST WISHES FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR OLYMPIC VIEW GREENHOUSE 823 E. 90th St. KEN. 1654 DARBY'S BEAUTY SALON 8315 5th Ave. N.E. -VErmont 2442 COMPLETE BEAUTY SERVICE FRANCES DARBY, Proprietor ACME PLIS00IBING AND HEATING CO. 7201 5th AVE. N.E. Repairing and Modernizing Estimates Without Obligation LOAN'S PHARMACY PRESCRIPTION DRUGGISTS 8501 5th Ave. N.E. VE. 4662 O'Brien's Fountain Lunch 8917 Roosevelt Way KE. 9780 We Make Our Own Ice Cream, Featuring Soft Ice Cream Open 1 A.M. to 12 P.]tL The familiar but awe-inspiring story of Damien's choice --- imprisonment, disease and death---for love of his fellow-man. By REV. H. J. 0'CONNELL A series of three semi- postal stamps honoring Father Damien, the leper-priest,, were re- cently issued by the Belgian Government, and part of the pro- ceeds from their sale was used tb recon- struct leper institutions of the Fathers of the Sacred Hearts destroy. ed during the war. The designs pictured show (left), profile of Father Damien from a sketch made by the English artist, Edward Clifford, w h o visited. Melokai Island shortly before the leper Apos- tle's death. (Center) panorama view of the Molokai leper oolony as it appeared at the time.of"Fr. Damien's death in 1889. 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Ten years before, at the age of twenty-three, he had left his beautiful Belum, with its simple, pious people, its neat little fields, its windmills stand- ing stark against the sky, in order to bring the knowledge and love of God to the pagans of the Hawaiian Islands. Ordained soon after his arrival, he labored for nine years among the is- lands, learning to love the gentle, pleasant-mannered" hospitable, natives, and being loved by them in return. He was busy all the time during those years, traveling from end to end of his huge parish, building chapels, preach- ing, baptizing, and earing for the sick. However, all these years of labor were only the preparation for his life's great- est work. The dread scourge of leprosy had, after the advent of the Europeans, struck with devastating swiftness through the islands. Fostered by the unsanitary living conditions, the disease made ever more rapid headway. Alarmed" the government resolved on stringent measures to halt its spread. A decree was issued, ordering all those affected with the disease to go at once to Molokai. Boatload after boatload of miserable human beings were dumped on the shore of the inhospitable island, without shelter, without sufficient cloth- ing or food, without even an adequate water supply, and left for the most part to shift for themselves. Abandoned and hopeless, these poor outcasts felt them- selves beyond the pale of society and its laws. "Here reigns no law, human or divine," theq said of Molokal, and sought to drown their despair in orgie of intoxication and lust. Such was the terrible state of af- fairs on Molokai, when Bishol Maigret called his priests to a meeting on the island of Maul. After other matters had been discussed, the Bishop brought up the subject of the spiritual care of the lepers. Hitherto, he explained, priests had visited the colony from time to time, as opportunity presented itself. However, due to stricter government regulations, this could no longer be done The priest who went there must be prepared to stay and spend his life among the lepers. With faltering voice, the Bishop spoke this last sentence. He knew that he could not impose such a sacrifice on any man. But there was no need of a command. Scarcely had his Superior ended, when Damien leaped to his feet, and begged to be allowed to g Looking at the young priest's eager face, his strong, rugged body, and recalling him record of Courage and labor, the Bishop made a quick decision. Damien was the man for MolokaL Once the decision was made, there was no dela in carrying it out. Withln the hour he was on a ship departing for Honolulu.  On arrival there, he found that another ship, with a load of lepers, was leaving at once for Molokal. Without time for preparation or fare- well, carrying only hie breviary and an extra shlrt Damien stepped on board. In the chili, grey dawn, the desolate coast of the leper island-came into view. A boat was lowered. Damien and the wretched lepers were rowed ashore, ary world of men was cut. Damien was With the haste of fear, the oarsmen re- left alone on. that island of the living turned ' to the ship; anchors were dead. weighed; and the vessel set out for the Turning, he beheld his parishioners open sea. The last tie with the ordin- (Continued on page 32) ST. BENEDICT SHEAR-LANE BEAUTY SALON /03 FREMONT AVB. " ME. 4402 8pecializln in Cold Waves and Scalp Treatments Full Line of Dermetics ERNA M. SITH, Owner (Evenings by Appointment) KRENZ GROCERY 4130 Fremont Ave. ME. 9936 STAPLE GROCERIES (Evenings by Appc, intment) MEI. 4402 Happy Home, Hunt's and Reliance Canned Goods FROZEN FOODS, FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLTS Soft Drinks R. Alpine Bulk Ice Cream WILSON & HART RADIO CO. 2226 NORTH 56th STREET Auto, Home, Radio & Electric Phonograph Repairing WALLINGFORD PAINT STORE PITTSBURGPAINTS, VOGUE WALL PAPER and RENTAL EQUIPMENT mali Electrlo Appllances and Service 1728 N. 45th St. ME. 8675 I I ALL-WAYS BETTER CLEANERS t CLEANING - DYEING - REPAIRS I and ALTERATIONS I HATS RE-BLOCKED "AI-Ways Better Ceaners All-Ways Two Locations to Serve You Green Lake -- University- Wallingford Fremont District: Corner Cleaners, 2515 N'. I 50th St., corner of 1st N. E., ME. 5777 Also at Laundre-mat, 4415 Wallingford Ave. EVergreen 0066 CORBETT'S FOUNTAIN LUNCH ICE CREAM - CANDLES - TOBACCOS - MAGAZINES 6414 Latona Ave. VErmont 2734 Best Wishes For A Merry Christmas and Prosperity in '48 MOORE'S BAKERY & DELICATESSEN (UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT) For Fine Bakery and Delicatessen Goods 1724 N. 45th St. MElrose 9950 A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR ELITE SHADE & LINOLEUM CO. 4411 Wallingford Ave. ME. 0986 V. E. POTTER QUALITY MEATS 3936 Wallingford Ave. MElrose 0234 We Wish All a Merry Christmas I I , LINCOLN PHARMACY I 1715 N. 45th St. ME. 1266 l Prescriptions - Drugs - Sundries I Toiletries- Fountain - Magazines ] Tobacco, Etc. I THOMAS GROCERY AND MARKET I RED arid WHiTE--Staple and Fancy Groceries, Fresh and Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Soft Drinks 450 STONE WAY MElrose 1260 GREEN LAKE BAKERY 711(I Woodland Ave. KE. 474 Home of the Danish & French Pastries We Have Also Home Made Bread and Fine Quality Cakes WALLiNGFORD PHAR00IACY PRESCRIPTION PHARMACIST 4000 Wallingford Ave. ME. 0708 RALPH PROSCENO FRESH ,FRUITS, PRODUCE and VEGETABLES 1912 N. 45th St. MElrose 4840 I Woodlawn Beauty Nook I Complete Beauty Ser,ice I (Open Evenings by Appointment) I 5018 Meridian Ave. EV. 0133 BETTY KEABLES, Proprietor t J