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The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS Page Eighty.One Great Man Chung By DOM THADDEUS TANG, O.S.B. The Chinese and Western Research Institute7 Chengtu ,CENTRALIA STEPHENS' QUALITY CLEANERS Service That Will Please ]lO WEST MAIN STREET PHONE 876 e e OT long ago a seventy-five year old man passed away in a se- cluded hamlet in southern Szechwan province. In his younger days he was feared and respected for his righteous- ness and wealth. His own village look- ed upon him as its arbiter. Whenever difficulties arose among the villagers he was consulted in preference to local magistrates. His Judgment was final, 'and his opinions were given the value of a law that nobody would dare violate without deeming himself guilty of treason. In a radius of fifty miles and more, the name of Chung Ta-yeh--"The Great Man"--was pronounced with af- fection mingled with awe. In spite of this exalted position, he would never al- low pride or selfishness to invade his heart. He was humble and just. Chung Ta-yeh was rewarded in a way that defies purely human understanding. ]t was on a market day forty years ago, that the village was crammed with peasants from the surrounding hi, inlets, when Father Dubois began his final in- structions to a group of catechumens. The market place was crowded with on- lookers and Father could not tell the catechumens from the curious. "How many GOds are there?" Father Dubois asked of everyone present. CENTRALIA J. I. Case Farm Machinery PIONEER FEED & SEED CO. : FEEDS - SEEDS - FERTILIZER 111 N. Pearl, centralia - Phone 72 TAUSCHER AUTO PARTS Auto Glass- Auto Wrecking Wrecked Cars Bought and Sold 501 W. Main Street, Centralia Good Furniture at Low Prices THE GESLER • McNIVEN CO.. Centralia I REDA HARDWARE & ELECTRICAL CO. I I "The Friendly SCore i 'Home of Hot Poinf' Appliances I 201 W. Main St.; Centralia Phone 1240 SEASON'S GREETINGS MONTGOMERY WARD & CO. C. B. KNUTSON, Manager Centralla Season's Greetings I MABINASS "The Houle of Cheer{o Setvloe" I Feminine •.Apparel I 809 N. Tower Ave. Centralia I e "There is only one!" anSvered the catechumens one after another. -- "And how many persons?" he asked. "Three!" came the eager answer. Thereupon baptism was administered to those who had replied correctly. Dur- ing this operation the onlookers dis- persed. Only two remained, dreamy and speechless. "How many Gods are there?" they were asked after the cat- echumens had been baptized. Chung Ta- yeh gaze(] into space. "There is only one," his companion whispered into his ear. "There is only one!" Chung Ta-yeh shouted out. "And how many persons?" Chung Ta-yeh turned to" his companion, who gave him the right answer. "Three!" he repeated. And he, too, was baptized, even though he did not know actually what baptism meant. Each of the new converts was then presented with a little holy picture, but for some reason Father Dubois gave three large pictures in color to Chung Ta-yeh. The pictures represented the Sa- cred Heart, the Blessed Virgin, and St. Joseph. The "Great Man" was overjoyed. He rushed home, and, to the scandal of his whole family,, smashed up the idols in the house and tore all the superstitious pictures to pieces. Everybody was too be- wildered to interjere. But when he climb- ed up on the family altar to install his three holy pictures in the niche just left vacant, the whole family rose like one man, yelling savagely and pulling him down again. In his helplessness he con- tented himself with pinning up the pic- tures in his room. From then on, for forty years, he had to bear the most vexatious treatment of his own children. His eldest son was par- ticularly ruthless in his attempt to force him to abandon the new faith. Chung re- mained firm in his determination, and prayed and meditated daily before the revered pictures which he thought were the material representation of the "three Persons" of "the "only one God." After that memorable market day he never again saw a Catholic priest. Per-" secuted by kindred and friends alike, he lived a secluded life, with the Sacred Heart, the Blessed V!rgin, and St. Joseph as his l spiritual guides and comforters. None of the Catholics in the district knew him, and he knew none of them. It was purely by accident that Father Jpseph Panguad, the present pastor of the district, heard of Chung Ta-yeh. A few months ago, while passing through a village, he overheard an old man ex- claim, "Oh, there is a minister of Chung Ta-yeh's religion !'" Upon his return to his mission Father Pangaud carefully ran through the bap- tismal records to find out who Chung Ta- yeh could be, but his efforts were fruit- less. He questioned his Christians, with no better results. Then one day, stroll!ng • aimlessly along a country road, he met a lone little boy. "Do you know Chung Ta-yeh?" he asked casually. "Who doesn't?" retorted the youngster. "He is old and very sick," he added, "and lives in that hamlet yonder." : At the sight of Father Pangaud the Churigs ran away. The intrepid mission- ary was not discouraged, however. He went deliberately into the house, opened all the doors, peered into every room, until, he" found one with holy pictures hanging on the wall. Chung Ta-yeh was lying on his bed, motionless, both eyes closed. "There is only one God in three Persons," Father Pangaud whispered near the dying man. Chung opened his eyes and smiled for the first time in forty years. He" died the next day, still smiling, in the presence of some fifty Christians. Shortly after the funeral --- the grand- eat the district had ever witnessed the whole Chung family, men, women, and children, embraced the Faith of their de- parted leader. Today Chung Ta-yeh's eldest son is the most zealous and fear- l less apostle In the whole mission, preach- lng and defending his new religion wher- ever and whenever he finds an occasion. Greetings GARRISON'S REXALL STORE A 'Drug Store That Delights in Serving You DAVISCOURT BAKERIES Finest Quality in Bakery Goods For better eating buy DAVISCOURT BREADS, ROLLS, PIES, PASTRY and CAKES GREETINGS Linscoff Manufacturing Co. CENTRALIA, WASH. They Profit Most Who Trade at PROFFITT'S Southwest Washington's Modern Department Store = DAVIS FUEL CO. A • Deal the Year O Season's Greetings Monarch Coal Mining Co. CENTRALIA GIPSON'S DAIRY PHONE 507 219 South Tower Ave. Charlef's Furniture Co. QUALITY FURNITURE- for Less Phone 88 Centralla. Wash. BARNER-SWENSON • FUEL 207J/ W. MAIN STREET PHONES: Chehalis 9966 CO. Centralia 126 ANDERSON ELECTRIC COMPANY, I EXPERT INSTALLATI()N AND SERVICE Appliances of All Kinds 211C . No. Tower Centralla Phone 56 • ; . • ROWLAND LUMBER CO. Millwork a' Sash and Doors CENTRALIA.. 213 E. Maple Phone 15 Olympia , . Harrison Ave., Phone 7118 Complete Stock of Building Materials LEVIS - CLARK HOTEL Midway Between Seattle and Portland CENTRALIA, WASHINGTON RILEY MOTORS DE SOTO-PLYMOUTH SALES and SERVICE Phone 663 .. 800 West Main, Centralia Golf's Apparel "Where Corsehy 'is on Ad" 216 N. TOWER CENTRALIA LEWIS COUNTY LUMBER COMPANY Distributor and Retail Vard 916 B STREET PHONE 498 Cenfralia Knitting ` Mills Sk0okum Sport wear 100% /IRGIN WOOL Sweaters for All the Family $17 So. TOWER ]PHONE 858 ' ,, PACIFIC FRUIT, & PRODUCE CO. WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTOR8 Centralia 605 NORTH TOWER AVENUE PHONE 98 MODEL LAUNDRY AND CLEANERS PHONE 69 , SEASON'S GREETINGS MOUNTAINVIEW CEMETERY Cavlness Drive, Centralia" - Phone. 540 • COOLIDGE & SONS BLACKSMITH AND WELDING :8HEF.T METAL AND FURNACES Phone 1190-W 112 E. First St. Centralla The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS Page Eighty.One Great Man Chung By DOM THADDEUS TANG, O.S.B. The Chinese and Western Research Institute7 Chengtu ,CENTRALIA STEPHENS' QUALITY CLEANERS Service That Will Please ]lO WEST MAIN STREET PHONE 876 e e OT long ago a seventy-five year old man passed away in a se- cluded hamlet in southern Szechwan province. In his younger days he was feared and respected for his righteous- ness and wealth. His own village look- ed upon him as its arbiter. Whenever difficulties arose among the villagers he was consulted in preference to local magistrates. His Judgment was final, 'and his opinions were given the value of a law that nobody would dare violate without deeming himself guilty of treason. In a radius of fifty miles and more, the name of Chung Ta-yeh--"The Great Man"--was pronounced with af- fection mingled with awe. In spite of this exalted position, he would never al- low pride or selfishness to invade his heart. He was humble and just. Chung Ta-yeh was rewarded in a way that defies purely human understanding. ]t was on a market day forty years ago, that the village was crammed with peasants from the surrounding hi, inlets, when Father Dubois began his final in- structions to a group of catechumens. The market place was crowded with on- lookers and Father could not tell the catechumens from the curious. "How many GOds are there?" Father Dubois asked of everyone present. CENTRALIA J. I. Case Farm Machinery PIONEER FEED & SEED CO. : FEEDS - SEEDS - FERTILIZER 111 N. Pearl, centralia - Phone 72 TAUSCHER AUTO PARTS Auto Glass- Auto Wrecking Wrecked Cars Bought and Sold 501 W. Main Street, Centralia Good Furniture at Low Prices THE GESLER • McNIVEN CO.. Centralia I REDA HARDWARE & ELECTRICAL CO. I I "The Friendly SCore i 'Home of Hot Poinf' Appliances I 201 W. Main St.; Centralia Phone 1240 SEASON'S GREETINGS MONTGOMERY WARD & CO. C. B. KNUTSON, Manager Centralla Season's Greetings I MABINASS "The Houle of Cheer{o Setvloe" I Feminine •.Apparel I 809 N. Tower Ave. Centralia I e "There is only one!" anSvered the catechumens one after another. -- "And how many persons?" he asked. "Three!" came the eager answer. Thereupon baptism was administered to those who had replied correctly. Dur- ing this operation the onlookers dis- persed. Only two remained, dreamy and speechless. "How many Gods are there?" they were asked after the cat- echumens had been baptized. Chung Ta- yeh gaze(] into space. "There is only one," his companion whispered into his ear. "There is only one!" Chung Ta-yeh shouted out. "And how many persons?" Chung Ta-yeh turned to" his companion, who gave him the right answer. "Three!" he repeated. And he, too, was baptized, even though he did not know actually what baptism meant. Each of the new converts was then presented with a little holy picture, but for some reason Father Dubois gave three large pictures in color to Chung Ta-yeh. The pictures represented the Sa- cred Heart, the Blessed Virgin, and St. Joseph. The "Great Man" was overjoyed. He rushed home, and, to the scandal of his whole family,, smashed up the idols in the house and tore all the superstitious pictures to pieces. Everybody was too be- wildered to interjere. But when he climb- ed up on the family altar to install his three holy pictures in the niche just left vacant, the whole family rose like one man, yelling savagely and pulling him down again. In his helplessness he con- tented himself with pinning up the pic- tures in his room. From then on, for forty years, he had to bear the most vexatious treatment of his own children. His eldest son was par- ticularly ruthless in his attempt to force him to abandon the new faith. Chung re- mained firm in his determination, and prayed and meditated daily before the revered pictures which he thought were the material representation of the "three Persons" of "the "only one God." After that memorable market day he never again saw a Catholic priest. Per-" secuted by kindred and friends alike, he lived a secluded life, with the Sacred Heart, the Blessed V!rgin, and St. Joseph as his l spiritual guides and comforters. None of the Catholics in the district knew him, and he knew none of them. It was purely by accident that Father Jpseph Panguad, the present pastor of the district, heard of Chung Ta-yeh. A few months ago, while passing through a village, he overheard an old man ex- claim, "Oh, there is a minister of Chung Ta-yeh's religion !'" Upon his return to his mission Father Pangaud carefully ran through the bap- tismal records to find out who Chung Ta- yeh could be, but his efforts were fruit- less. He questioned his Christians, with no better results. Then one day, stroll!ng • aimlessly along a country road, he met a lone little boy. "Do you know Chung Ta-yeh?" he asked casually. "Who doesn't?" retorted the youngster. "He is old and very sick," he added, "and lives in that hamlet yonder." : At the sight of Father Pangaud the Churigs ran away. The intrepid mission- ary was not discouraged, however. He went deliberately into the house, opened all the doors, peered into every room, until, he" found one with holy pictures hanging on the wall. Chung Ta-yeh was lying on his bed, motionless, both eyes closed. "There is only one God in three Persons," Father Pangaud whispered near the dying man. Chung opened his eyes and smiled for the first time in forty years. He" died the next day, still smiling, in the presence of some fifty Christians. Shortly after the funeral --- the grand- eat the district had ever witnessed the whole Chung family, men, women, and children, embraced the Faith of their de- parted leader. Today Chung Ta-yeh's eldest son is the most zealous and fear- l less apostle In the whole mission, preach- lng and defending his new religion wher- ever and whenever he finds an occasion. Greetings GARRISON'S REXALL STORE A 'Drug Store That Delights in Serving You DAVISCOURT BAKERIES Finest Quality in Bakery Goods For better eating buy DAVISCOURT BREADS, ROLLS, PIES, PASTRY and CAKES GREETINGS Linscoff Manufacturing Co. CENTRALIA, WASH. They Profit Most Who Trade at PROFFITT'S Southwest Washington's Modern Department Store = DAVIS FUEL CO. A • Deal the Year O Season's Greetings Monarch Coal Mining Co. CENTRALIA GIPSON'S DAIRY PHONE 507 219 South Tower Ave. Charlef's Furniture Co. QUALITY FURNITURE- for Less Phone 88 Centralla. Wash. BARNER-SWENSON • FUEL 207J/ W. MAIN STREET PHONES: Chehalis 9966 CO. Centralia 126 ANDERSON ELECTRIC COMPANY, I EXPERT INSTALLATI()N AND SERVICE Appliances of All Kinds 211C . No. Tower Centralla Phone 56 • ; . • ROWLAND LUMBER CO. Millwork a' Sash and Doors CENTRALIA.. 213 E. Maple Phone 15 Olympia , . Harrison Ave., Phone 7118 Complete Stock of Building Materials LEVIS - CLARK HOTEL Midway Between Seattle and Portland CENTRALIA, WASHINGTON RILEY MOTORS DE SOTO-PLYMOUTH SALES and SERVICE Phone 663 .. 800 West Main, Centralia Golf's Apparel "Where Corsehy 'is on Ad" 216 N. TOWER CENTRALIA LEWIS COUNTY LUMBER COMPANY Distributor and Retail Vard 916 B STREET PHONE 498 Cenfralia Knitting ` Mills Sk0okum Sport wear 100% /IRGIN WOOL Sweaters for All the Family $17 So. TOWER ]PHONE 858 ' ,, PACIFIC FRUIT, & PRODUCE CO. WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTOR8 Centralia 605 NORTH TOWER AVENUE PHONE 98 MODEL LAUNDRY AND CLEANERS PHONE 69 , SEASON'S GREETINGS MOUNTAINVIEW CEMETERY Cavlness Drive, Centralia" - Phone. 540 • COOLIDGE & SONS BLACKSMITH AND WELDING :8HEF.T METAL AND FURNACES Phone 1190-W 112 E. First St. Centralla