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T - Pae Thirty-Two The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS UNIVERSITY Love .Chooses Death r UNEEDA CLEANERS Cleaning, Dyeing, Alterations Hats Cleaned and Blocked, Also Gloves Drapes & Slip Covers  We Pick Up 250 E. 45th St.ME. 0799 & Deliver (Continued from page 31) who had flocked down to meet the ship. It was a sight to make the bravest spirit shrink. There were men and wo- men without faces, or with faces dis- tortod out of all resemblance to human- ity. Some were blind, with craters of pus where eyes should be. In others the zmse had rotted away, leaving a hide- ous, gaping cavity. Ears had swollen to many times their normal size, or fallen off enUrey. Hands without fiers were held out to him, and arms that were merely BtJmpa. Some llmped (m feet without toes; others, whose-legs Would no longer bear their weight, hob- bled on cnd.ches. As Stevenson said, "It was much a populaUon as only now and then mrrounds us in the horror of a MAXl00-& REIHARD 4728 University Way KEnwood 1331 Specializing In Weddings, Church and Home Photographs Be W for o Merry CM' Am tr.oer'o New Year HARDY'S ASSOCIATED SERVICE m. 4bWH&12THN_ - ]xe 9961 COLLEGE CLEANERS, INC. 4733 University Way VE. 3600 We Operate Our Own Plant Water-Proofing and Moth-Proofing DRAPERIES - BLANKETS Scientific Solvent Synthetic CALL AND DELIVER BURRIS REALTY CO. 5012 ROOSEVELT WAY See Me for North End Homes MATTIE J.'BURRI$, Realtor VErmont 1900 and K]woed 3902 A Merry Cbr/sfmas and Happy New Year RAVENNA CLEANERS AND DYERS 5311 Roosevelt Way ICE. 0033 Serving Roosevelt, Watlingford and Green Lake Distdiet$ Complete Cleaning Service Pick Up and Deliver L G. WILKINS CO. 4228 Urdversity Way "M. 3544 GENERAL JOB PRINTING Wedding Invitations, Dance Program=, Etc. Gold Stamping on. Leather Goods. ACME APPLIANCE CO. i 4547 Roosevelt Way EVergreen 1989 i REFIGERATORS, WASHING MACHINES, VACUUM CLEANERS'SEWING MACHINES, RADIOS You Will Like Our Prompt and " Efficient Service CHERAMI CORNER EL 45th & BROOKLYN AVE. Distinctive Florists DOW MEAT MARKET 802 E. 65TH STREET KENWOOD HILL HOUSE ANTIQUE SHOP "4129 Brooklyn Ave. MElrose 3343 ANTIQUES BOUGHT AND 8OLD NICE SELECTION OF OLD GLASS CHINA AND SILVER 4538 UNIVERSITY WAY EVergreen 040 I TEN WOCKNER PONTIAC Sales and Service 4724 Roosevelt Way VErmont 3100 Your Only Home.owned Dealer, with Complete Automotive Service Immediate and Complete Auto Repairs LEE'S FOOD MARKET 800 E. 45th St. MElrose 2412 Staple Groceries, Fresh Vegetables and FrUits, Frozen Foods, Cold Meats Ice Cream and Soft Drinks Open Evenings and Sundays | CENT DRUG STORE INGERSOLL'S GROCERY MElrose 7887 DOLPH ZUBICK STUDIO Bisfiaclive Phofogtaly 4556 University Way ME. 4664 1} E. 62nd SL KEN. 9774 GROCERIES, COLD MEATS, FROZEN FOODS, ICE CREAM AND BEVERAGES UNIVERSITY BAKERY Full Line of Homemade Bread and Pastries 4727 University Way. KIK 9719 mrgBG, ]0vtor RICELAND CAFE 4144 University Way ME. 1710 CHINESE-AMERICAN Dl8HEI Orders to Take Out Houral 11 A.M. tfl 1 A.M,_ __ ME. 17/0 , J I tGS OF THE SEASON I I DOLLY McASSEY, SPORTS WEAR 4344 UNIVERSITY WAY MElrose 1555 PETE'S BARBECUE CAR 303 Roosevelt Way KE. 9746 BARBECUE DINNERS and SANDWICHES Open 10 A,M, to 10. P.M.--Closed Monday= WE CALL & DELIVER ALICE SHOPPE 902 East 65th  HE. 9632 Full Line of DreSses, Lingerie, Pajamas Housecoats, Slack Suite and Hosiery Aleo Baby and Gift Deparlnent nightmare." And what was even more horrible than lndividua/ disfiguremen was the impact of the mass misery, the monstrous sum of human suffering by which he stood surrounded. With his pitiful children, the priest walked the three rocky miles from the sea to the village. He found a wretched group of huts, made of untrimmed boughs and branches, tJtehsd t.J grass. Here the lepers huddled without distinction of family or x to find ome ant-protection from the inclemency of the weather. From end to end of the village, he tramped on that first day, himself no sight or horror of disease. A leper timidly brought him fruit, and he ate it without a sign of repulsn. For he had resolved to tsJe no measures to protect himself from-the contagion of the disease. This was per- haps a rash resolve, looked upon from a purely natural viewpoint; but in the circumstances, heroic. He fully expected to contract leprosy before his death. He knew nothing of how leprosy was spread, nor does even modern science now know this dread secret. However, he felt that no oUler mode of conduct would avail to break down the lepers' distrust, and make them accept him as one of their own. That first night upon the island, he slept beneath a tree near the ruined chapel, with only his old pipe as a companion and a solace. With the morning, he entered into the work that was to consume his life- time. There was so much to do! He real- ized that in order to improve the lep- ers' spiritual state, he would firSt have to better their living conditions. After having harassed the apathetic govern- ment officials until materials were sent for new dwellings, working with what aid the lepers could give him, he man- aged to erect six hundred "cottages to house his wretched children. Next he tackled the water supp2y. Hitherto water could be procured only at a con- siderable distance from the village. There was scarcely enough for drink- ing, practically none for sanitation. Having procured some pipe, Damien served as both engineer and workman, and before Jong a stream of pure cold water poured into the village. Strug- gling a/ways against arrogant or in- different officials, he improved the hospita/, secured great quantities of food, clothing, and medicine. Before he came, the dead, who averaged one a day, were thrown into a shallow grave without a prayer. Darnien dug the graves six feet deep with his own hands, and even built the coffins. It is eJ- mated that he himself constructed 2,000 coffins during his life among the lepers, He dressed their ugly, repulsive sores each day. The priest was at once car- penter, mason, doctor, nurse, anal un- dertaker for the colony. Nor did he neglect the spiritual care of his lepers. Each morning the Holy Sacrifice of the lIass was offered in the clean- little chapel. He instructed, catechized, heard confessions, visited the sick, and consoled the dying. To bring what color and Joy he could into the drab lives of the lepers, feast days were eelebrRted with all possible solem- nity. A Guild of Perpetual Adoration was established, an d every hour of the day in that abandoned spot some poor leper knelt to adore the Savior hidden in the Eucharist. Gradually, through the years, the r e- ult of his efforts began to appear. He first-won the love and reverence of his people, and then brought faith and hope into their lives. But what lonely years those were for fbe priest! Until almost the end, he had no companions to help him, none with whom to peak, except the lepers. There .was no human con- olaUon save his pipe and an occasional letter from his family in far-off BeN glum. Due to the vere reguons, he could not even get to another priest for confession. Once, indeed, the Bishop came to visit his exiled priest; but the captain would not let him land. Damten put forth from the shore with two lepers, and there, tanding in his mall boat in the lght and bearing of all, made his confession, while the Bishop with tear- filled eyes, pronounced the word of ab- solution. and labor; but God had a still greater vaerifice to ask of him. One day, by acci- dent some boiling water fell upon his bare feet. The scalding liquid seared the flesh. Yet he felt no pain! Long experienced with similar scenes, he' knew at once what this meant. He was a leper! What he had long expected, had not even sought to avoid, had at last befallen him. Still he said nothing, until a few months later, a doctor, visiting the colony, confirmed his diagnosis. "I cannot bear to tell you what you already know," the doctor said. But Damien answered: "It is no shock. For a long time now I have felt sure of this." There were no regrets in his heart. "I am glad. There is no doubt about iny sickness. I am a leper,, were the simple words in which he wrote the news of ds brother. Again he said: "I would not have my health restored to me at the price of having to leave the island and abandon my work here." On the first Sunday in June, 1885, Father Damien began his Mass as usual. Without hurry or any outward sign of emotion he went through the stately cere- monies of the liturgy. Strongly and stead- ily he chanted the sonorous Latin phrases. After the "gospel, having divested him- self of the chasuble, he approac}ed the altar rail to begin his sermon. In the tropic heat of that summer day, some of his congregation may have been drowsy or dozing. But all lethargy left them as Father Damien spoke his first words. A: murmur of excitement, of shocked horror ran through the throng. For, instead of his usual greeting: "Y, ly brethren," he addresed them with the words: 'Ne lepers." It was his way of telling them that he was indeed one of them now, not only by sharing their hardships and way of life, but also by sharing their disease. For three more years he continued his Work without abatement, while the white armor of leprosy encased his body. Dur- ing these last Years. he was given the consolation of knowing hat his work Would go om Two laymen had come to share his labor; two more priests ar- rived; and in 1888 the Franciscan Sis- ters came from New York. Damien could close his eyes in peace. On April 13, 1889, his life .of sacrifice came to an end. He had stated: 'I would like to rest by the side of my church, under the stout old tree where I rested so many nights before I had any other shelter." This last request was granted. He slept in death among the lepers he had loved so much, until, while the whole world watched, his body was borne with SOlemn honors to his beloved Belgium beyond [he sea. ST. ANTHONY SNIDERS' SUNDRIES DRUG SUNDRIES, ICE CREAM, CONFECTIONS, TOBACCOS, " MAGAZINES & BEVERAGES r 11205 Greenwood GR. 9603 NORTH PARK AURORA MARKET 10217 Aurora Ave. KEnwood 9720 GROCERIES . MEATS Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Full Line of Frozen Foods - Ice Cream Open Evenings and rKlaye THE LOCATORS Real Estate 10530 Greenwood GR. 11{}6 Your Listings Appreciated HEADQUARTERS FOR HOMES Located in St. Anthony Parish WATERS GROCERS Over 26 Years in the Game Location SERVICE and QUALITY ALWAYS 11201 Greenwood U. 9940 O e e O T - Pae Thirty-Two The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS UNIVERSITY Love .Chooses Death r UNEEDA CLEANERS Cleaning, Dyeing, Alterations Hats Cleaned and Blocked, Also Gloves Drapes & Slip Covers  We Pick Up 250 E. 45th St.ME. 0799 & Deliver (Continued from page 31) who had flocked down to meet the ship. It was a sight to make the bravest spirit shrink. There were men and wo- men without faces, or with faces dis- tortod out of all resemblance to human- ity. Some were blind, with craters of pus where eyes should be. In others the zmse had rotted away, leaving a hide- ous, gaping cavity. Ears had swollen to many times their normal size, or fallen off enUrey. Hands without fiers were held out to him, and arms that were merely BtJmpa. Some llmped (m feet without toes; others, whose-legs Would no longer bear their weight, hob- bled on cnd.ches. As Stevenson said, "It was much a populaUon as only now and then mrrounds us in the horror of a MAXl00-& REIHARD 4728 University Way KEnwood 1331 Specializing In Weddings, Church and Home Photographs Be W for o Merry CM' Am tr.oer'o New Year HARDY'S ASSOCIATED SERVICE m. 4bWH&12THN_ - ]xe 9961 COLLEGE CLEANERS, INC. 4733 University Way VE. 3600 We Operate Our Own Plant Water-Proofing and Moth-Proofing DRAPERIES - BLANKETS Scientific Solvent Synthetic CALL AND DELIVER BURRIS REALTY CO. 5012 ROOSEVELT WAY See Me for North End Homes MATTIE J.'BURRI$, Realtor VErmont 1900 and K]woed 3902 A Merry Cbr/sfmas and Happy New Year RAVENNA CLEANERS AND DYERS 5311 Roosevelt Way ICE. 0033 Serving Roosevelt, Watlingford and Green Lake Distdiet$ Complete Cleaning Service Pick Up and Deliver L G. WILKINS CO. 4228 Urdversity Way "M. 3544 GENERAL JOB PRINTING Wedding Invitations, Dance Program=, Etc. Gold Stamping on. Leather Goods. ACME APPLIANCE CO. i 4547 Roosevelt Way EVergreen 1989 i REFIGERATORS, WASHING MACHINES, VACUUM CLEANERS'SEWING MACHINES, RADIOS You Will Like Our Prompt and " Efficient Service CHERAMI CORNER EL 45th & BROOKLYN AVE. Distinctive Florists DOW MEAT MARKET 802 E. 65TH STREET KENWOOD HILL HOUSE ANTIQUE SHOP "4129 Brooklyn Ave. MElrose 3343 ANTIQUES BOUGHT AND 8OLD NICE SELECTION OF OLD GLASS CHINA AND SILVER 4538 UNIVERSITY WAY EVergreen 040 I TEN WOCKNER PONTIAC Sales and Service 4724 Roosevelt Way VErmont 3100 Your Only Home.owned Dealer, with Complete Automotive Service Immediate and Complete Auto Repairs LEE'S FOOD MARKET 800 E. 45th St. MElrose 2412 Staple Groceries, Fresh Vegetables and FrUits, Frozen Foods, Cold Meats Ice Cream and Soft Drinks Open Evenings and Sundays | CENT DRUG STORE INGERSOLL'S GROCERY MElrose 7887 DOLPH ZUBICK STUDIO Bisfiaclive Phofogtaly 4556 University Way ME. 4664 1} E. 62nd SL KEN. 9774 GROCERIES, COLD MEATS, FROZEN FOODS, ICE CREAM AND BEVERAGES UNIVERSITY BAKERY Full Line of Homemade Bread and Pastries 4727 University Way. KIK 9719 mrgBG, ]0vtor RICELAND CAFE 4144 University Way ME. 1710 CHINESE-AMERICAN Dl8HEI Orders to Take Out Houral 11 A.M. tfl 1 A.M,_ __ ME. 17/0 , J I tGS OF THE SEASON I I DOLLY McASSEY, SPORTS WEAR 4344 UNIVERSITY WAY MElrose 1555 PETE'S BARBECUE CAR 303 Roosevelt Way KE. 9746 BARBECUE DINNERS and SANDWICHES Open 10 A,M, to 10. P.M.--Closed Monday= WE CALL & DELIVER ALICE SHOPPE 902 East 65th  HE. 9632 Full Line of DreSses, Lingerie, Pajamas Housecoats, Slack Suite and Hosiery Aleo Baby and Gift Deparlnent nightmare." And what was even more horrible than lndividua/ disfiguremen was the impact of the mass misery, the monstrous sum of human suffering by which he stood surrounded. With his pitiful children, the priest walked the three rocky miles from the sea to the village. He found a wretched group of huts, made of untrimmed boughs and branches, tJtehsd t.J grass. Here the lepers huddled without distinction of family or x to find ome ant-protection from the inclemency of the weather. From end to end of the village, he tramped on that first day, himself no sight or horror of disease. A leper timidly brought him fruit, and he ate it without a sign of repulsn. For he had resolved to tsJe no measures to protect himself from-the contagion of the disease. This was per- haps a rash resolve, looked upon from a purely natural viewpoint; but in the circumstances, heroic. He fully expected to contract leprosy before his death. He knew nothing of how leprosy was spread, nor does even modern science now know this dread secret. However, he felt that no oUler mode of conduct would avail to break down the lepers' distrust, and make them accept him as one of their own. That first night upon the island, he slept beneath a tree near the ruined chapel, with only his old pipe as a companion and a solace. With the morning, he entered into the work that was to consume his life- time. There was so much to do! He real- ized that in order to improve the lep- ers' spiritual state, he would firSt have to better their living conditions. After having harassed the apathetic govern- ment officials until materials were sent for new dwellings, working with what aid the lepers could give him, he man- aged to erect six hundred "cottages to house his wretched children. Next he tackled the water supp2y. Hitherto water could be procured only at a con- siderable distance from the village. There was scarcely enough for drink- ing, practically none for sanitation. Having procured some pipe, Damien served as both engineer and workman, and before Jong a stream of pure cold water poured into the village. Strug- gling a/ways against arrogant or in- different officials, he improved the hospita/, secured great quantities of food, clothing, and medicine. Before he came, the dead, who averaged one a day, were thrown into a shallow grave without a prayer. Darnien dug the graves six feet deep with his own hands, and even built the coffins. It is eJ- mated that he himself constructed 2,000 coffins during his life among the lepers, He dressed their ugly, repulsive sores each day. The priest was at once car- penter, mason, doctor, nurse, anal un- dertaker for the colony. Nor did he neglect the spiritual care of his lepers. Each morning the Holy Sacrifice of the lIass was offered in the clean- little chapel. He instructed, catechized, heard confessions, visited the sick, and consoled the dying. To bring what color and Joy he could into the drab lives of the lepers, feast days were eelebrRted with all possible solem- nity. A Guild of Perpetual Adoration was established, an d every hour of the day in that abandoned spot some poor leper knelt to adore the Savior hidden in the Eucharist. Gradually, through the years, the r e- ult of his efforts began to appear. He first-won the love and reverence of his people, and then brought faith and hope into their lives. But what lonely years those were for fbe priest! Until almost the end, he had no companions to help him, none with whom to peak, except the lepers. There .was no human con- olaUon save his pipe and an occasional letter from his family in far-off BeN glum. Due to the vere reguons, he could not even get to another priest for confession. Once, indeed, the Bishop came to visit his exiled priest; but the captain would not let him land. Damten put forth from the shore with two lepers, and there, tanding in his mall boat in the lght and bearing of all, made his confession, while the Bishop with tear- filled eyes, pronounced the word of ab- solution. and labor; but God had a still greater vaerifice to ask of him. One day, by acci- dent some boiling water fell upon his bare feet. The scalding liquid seared the flesh. Yet he felt no pain! Long experienced with similar scenes, he' knew at once what this meant. He was a leper! What he had long expected, had not even sought to avoid, had at last befallen him. Still he said nothing, until a few months later, a doctor, visiting the colony, confirmed his diagnosis. "I cannot bear to tell you what you already know," the doctor said. But Damien answered: "It is no shock. For a long time now I have felt sure of this." There were no regrets in his heart. "I am glad. There is no doubt about iny sickness. I am a leper,, were the simple words in which he wrote the news of ds brother. Again he said: "I would not have my health restored to me at the price of having to leave the island and abandon my work here." On the first Sunday in June, 1885, Father Damien began his Mass as usual. Without hurry or any outward sign of emotion he went through the stately cere- monies of the liturgy. Strongly and stead- ily he chanted the sonorous Latin phrases. After the "gospel, having divested him- self of the chasuble, he approac}ed the altar rail to begin his sermon. In the tropic heat of that summer day, some of his congregation may have been drowsy or dozing. But all lethargy left them as Father Damien spoke his first words. A: murmur of excitement, of shocked horror ran through the throng. For, instead of his usual greeting: "Y, ly brethren," he addresed them with the words: 'Ne lepers." It was his way of telling them that he was indeed one of them now, not only by sharing their hardships and way of life, but also by sharing their disease. For three more years he continued his Work without abatement, while the white armor of leprosy encased his body. Dur- ing these last Years. he was given the consolation of knowing hat his work Would go om Two laymen had come to share his labor; two more priests ar- rived; and in 1888 the Franciscan Sis- ters came from New York. Damien could close his eyes in peace. On April 13, 1889, his life .of sacrifice came to an end. He had stated: 'I would like to rest by the side of my church, under the stout old tree where I rested so many nights before I had any other shelter." This last request was granted. He slept in death among the lepers he had loved so much, until, while the whole world watched, his body was borne with SOlemn honors to his beloved Belgium beyond [he sea. ST. ANTHONY SNIDERS' SUNDRIES DRUG SUNDRIES, ICE CREAM, CONFECTIONS, TOBACCOS, " MAGAZINES & BEVERAGES r 11205 Greenwood GR. 9603 NORTH PARK AURORA MARKET 10217 Aurora Ave. KEnwood 9720 GROCERIES . MEATS Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Full Line of Frozen Foods - Ice Cream Open Evenings and rKlaye THE LOCATORS Real Estate 10530 Greenwood GR. 11{}6 Your Listings Appreciated HEADQUARTERS FOR HOMES Located in St. Anthony Parish WATERS GROCERS Over 26 Years in the Game Location SERVICE and QUALITY ALWAYS 11201 Greenwood U. 9940 O e e O