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rrpllinl In ft low Htiil iiiih1ii1Ij'i1 voli'o,
m tliou'li ilri'itinlng:
"H Im my Inrnt work, In which my
wliolu win utul Im'Iiiu: Iiivm cnti-rcil, hut,
MInm .limlyn, It fulU far Hh.ot't of my
lilciil; fur Hhoi't, uvcn, of tho tvitl."
"Vou IhitMr," rcHpomlcil Zolilii, tlio
falnU'Ht IiIiihIi coinltiK to her cIiccUh,
'Vou hitVM lilcntl.fd mo, ninl imltitcd
my exp.uHHlon mthcr thim my jxKir
"Vou linvo iflvi'ii mo, MImw Jiwlyn,
tho hlKhoHt prnlno nn nrliHt run rcoolvo.
To roprcwut tho mml, riot tho ilcml
form: tho Hplrlt, tho very thought, that
1h Rrt", that U tho olllco of tho trim
nrtlnt, tho (rcniilncj jiiH't, It U not dlf
flmtlt to paint tho external. A kitchen
Mct no may Ni (ImIhIiciI cxqiilf lt ly, with
tho (flint of light on ovury tin cup and
pun, and yet not 1m u work of art. Tho
camera can do IwtUT. Tho triuiHfct
ctico of tho mihtllo Kplrlt to ciimvhm,
that 1m trim art. Hut 1 Hhoiild notice
turoyoii. It Im tny wcakncM," ho con
tinued, with ft faint laugh; it though In
rt'priKif of hltiiNolf,
"I thank you for your locturo, ynt my
crltlelxm In not worthy of It." nIio ru
plli'd. "I would not nit for tho jiortralt
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jJ'IIIT III FII'BIHI I HI Mil- illHVIHU llllt" IIHJ-
turo In ft work of cgotlMin. What think
you, would lioijotnoof tho photigraiihorM,
wtiro It not for vanity?"
"I ank your pardon for dllTurlng from
you m Ut tho motived of ultU-w, Id'tiUy,
ro you not too mivcro, MImm Jiwlyn? It
1m riot only our vanity, hut wo ro con
forrlng ft favor on our frloiidM to luavo
them our nhudow, Noxt t having
thorn, Im to httvo their pIctureM, I Iiomi
the day you Iibvc crit In my humhln
uttidlo havo riot hoen altogether irk
Homo." "On the eontrary, they havo hoen
among tho ni"nt plciumnt. I am Miiro,
nft4'r all you hnvo dotm U iimiino mo
whllo waiting, It would ho iingrauul
for im to feel otherwise,"
"Vou riinettilifr the fipt leMnon I gave
you', It waM two yenrM ago today?"
lni," Mho laughed. "ItememlMT?
Bhitll I over forget? It wan a poor cow,
and after my dketeh I nuked you what
wo ithould cull It, ami you mild wo would
havo to Invent ft name, for It wm a
now animal, unlike Anything lieforo
"That wbm vlllanoiiH!" replied Ken
Mitt. "I ought U have Wn nMhamed
of ftuoli rudeneMM, Vou would not lie
mihjma to mich rrltlolMtn now."
"Dh! no. I do riot have to wrlki under
my drawlngM to tell pcojilo what they
are Intended for,"
"I dm'ply regret," ho henltntod, ftnd
with forced C'oriiMwuro ho fjontinued,
"your choice of mcIumiIm, I ought riot to
mention It, for my opinion aro nothing
to you; hut I rmmt ftjieak an I think, and
tho nehrMiI you projMwo to att nd Im not
of my choice."
"Ah! you too are prejudiced? Vou
have tho feeling educated Into tho
Protentantb Well, mo havo I I feel a
horror for CatholicM, and only tho jcc
uanlon of our warm friend, MrM, Ia
Farge, hiw overcomo It. Him iay her
daughter Im delighted and tnat tho mo
clety 1m refined."
"ThlM all niBy Ui true, but my preju
dl!, um you pleawj to call them, aro
unconquerable. When I think of your
bcomlng an Inrnato of that Memlnary, a
eonHatlon of danger comes ovo io."
Am he MjKiko ho approHrbed Zolda, trann
furred tho brunh from hlM rlgtit hand to
tho left, which held tho palotto, and
taking her hand, an id Mlowly; Wo havo
Ixien near U) entih other thcao two year.
Vou wero then ft chojglr; I your
teacher. Now, you are on tho threw
hold of womanhood. That I havo taken
tho dcejieBt lntercMt in you, I ncod not
tell you; that I am your friend, and you
" glvo mo your confidence, I am proud to
know. Now, our detttinlcu aro drifting
us apart, Into ahadowa, into cloud. J.
tromblo for fear! I might not to apeak,
but this may bo an opportunity, which
lt, may never return. I know 4ie
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1U)MH, April 3.-Now Vork Herald
Cabin-Hjieclal to 77c re, "Khull ed
ucatlon In tho United KtatoM concern
tho church or tho tato?" On that
point Itomii Im now divided Into two
great camjw, Tl'it II rut wiy It Im wrong
U lako taxoM from Koman CatholicM,
which religion Im not taught', that tho
atato ha no right, cormhlerod merely
iim ft atato, ti coinnd parcnta to Hetid
their children toachtNila; that tho mat
ter of education Im ono that concern
tho parentM alone; that the Iridlnerlmln-
ate aMwoclatlon of I toman Catholto chil
dren in tho public achool with atholMlH,
InfldolM and I'roUtMtuntM deMtroyM the
foundation of their faith, tho i'obmoiim
whereforo lncludo 2'l,tXMl,000 CatholicM;
In tho MtittoM In whleii emigration from
Catholic countrloM, and tho natural bi
llow ImpiiMMlvo ho apjM'ared, meet
ing that tldo of glowing aontlment; and
KellMt'tt felt chilled, OM though a Cold
and movclcMM rock hod interpoaod, 1 bid
ho known tho trim nature of woman;
that their deejMwt feolingM aro often
conceuled by a calm and puMHlonlcBM ex
terior, hor worda would havo been re
ceived bm tho miwt perfoct rcMponNohe
could havo received.
Ho ruined her band to hlMllpH and
Bald: "Hy thlM pledge, If I learn that
you aro In trouble, and need alHtitne!,
I havo tho right to glvo It, oven to
death, if it bo required of mo,"
Oh! apeak not thim! Why, you
frighten mo! You iqicuk and look a
though a terrlblo calamity wom at my
door, Let ua not Ixirrow trouble Lit
iim laugh whllo wo may, and forget there
aro cloudM in tho Muntthlno of today,
It-ally, Mr. Kennett, I muat go. A long
alttidg, and a too long and wearisome
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ii't' iiii iinin t'Hi' t nn-niin I-, nii.l in a
luiteiiii' t!n ii It tniili rliiiiil
I'tttii ntiy they w i-Ari'liitr ap titlur, lluj ptoi.tl ntli( nf t!n
pitmchlitg diawnb b iiutifiil Inn , , , n wiir.ni which wnnltl lull In-
creano would aoorn to warrant tho main
tenance of McfMirate mcIiooIm, thoro aro
That tho children In American
mcIiooIm aro compelled to learn their
Iomhoiim In Kngllnh Im another grievance.
When tho child forgota its binguago It
Im apt to forget Ua faith. They urge
tho BppoIntmcntN of I till Inn, French
and fioruian ptvlatea iim blHhopa in
Ainorlonn dlm'oaea, when their nutlon
alltlcMtiro atrongly t'oproaontod, Thia
view Im aupporlod hero by powerful ier
HonugeM, Tho JcMiiltM aro lta frlendH,
tho (Jermiin wing Km advocate, and
Momo of tho boHt known diplomntlHta ac
credited hero favor it, Dcputlea of tho
German relcliMtug havo la-en here In ita
IntereatM, and tho powerful propagand
ist iiHHiH'lai.loii of Kan Kaphud propiiHcd
Itcamo alowly and al moat halted. It
contained two men In tho garb of
prieatM. Ono of them gazed admiringly
at Zolda and uttered an audible ex
clamation to tho other, who now
directed 1i1m attention In tho aamo
direction. ITIm Minllo woh tho hyena',
and Mm nlnlater eyoa devoured what
they behold. Tho carriage panMcd ho
Miiddctily that tho hot wordM of wrath
hurled at tho rude oecupnnta by Konaott
wu not overboard by thorn.
"Ilrutea!" ho exclaimed. "There In
your prloat! Ono moment more and I
would havo hurled him from bin Beat
and taught him a loaaon in decency."
"Do you know them?" attked Ztsldu.
"I know no prloat in tho city, and
lettut of all wlidi I to know such ua thono,
who arc not even gentlemen."
"Ah, Mr. Konaott, havo reapect for
tho sacred cloth," she aaid laughingly,
"That brute woa tho nowbiahop, Ixijicz,
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by diitfi Injf Iiniti that j;i-h
I't (; iii(,' it ! nil i,v a inniin tiim
Jin 'I'liiik' "I lift il which ,nii in d ciit'h
that each branch of a Catholic commun
ity In tho utateH ithould lie counted. In
parlahoa, whenovor ntirnlaira admit,
each divlalon Im to have aachool of 11m
own, whero both roliglotm and aectilar
lriMtruclion will Ixi given tho children
In their own language.
Tho Booluty of Han Ilaphicl wiim
founded for tho protection of emlgriititM
to North and Houth A morion, and Im
Tho holy father, however, takea a
modern and lllieral view of thoquimtlon,
Cardinal Kiiiiipolln and all Inclined to
think tiikothe wimo view, am do tho
lorgeat portion of tho American clergy,
that tho Ibtman Catholic church in
America Im an American Inntitutlon and
would benefit tho church at largo by mo
tween them lieforo they again mot, if
over they should moot.
Tho aemlniiry of tho Hiwrod Heart
waa located in ono of tho moat, attrac
tive and fuHhlonnhlo quartern of tho
city. It waa an adjunct to tho convent,
a Hllll larger und more imposing build
ing. You may travel from Now York
to San Franclaco, north and aouth to all
tho great towna and cltloa, and you will
find without exception that tho Catho
lic church, cathedral, convent and
Bchool aro In tho moat conaplcuoua and
deuhablo location. With far-aeolng
tact, tho holy fathers have taken tho
lota whllo tho towns wero now, and re
tained piwaesHlon until tho altea wero
wonted by tho church for Its uses. The
wide grounds wero aurroundod with a
mawalvo wall, concealing tho vlow from
the outside. Thero was a heavy iron
gate, at which a watohman stood and
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and throw the glniitotir f nit. iy ainl
nn't-ccv ile I ho ml lid.
On tho right wn the n h toiy w lib
the fi-Ceptlun ItHiilt fur Mcltttr, Iho
nn-t elegant atnl nltrtu-tlvc riim In tin
building. On the left were the rcciva
tlmt room. The fnmt one wasdovitted
to the young linllc of I he world and
more wealthy t'lilhollc, for although
ierfcet iiiuillty was liietihitcd, the ills
tlnctliiii was made to attract the put run
iii.il of Protestants. It hud U-eotne
fashionable for wealthy parents to send
their daughters to the convent schisd.
It Is so now to on alarming extent lit
cities. Tho Idea prevails that within
tho walls tif such a school tho young
girl Is safe from temptation and will,
under the instruction of holy nuns, lie
coino a model of wweet womanly grace.
It Is also a prevalent Idea that tho
course of Instruction Is more thorough
and complete, and that more attent ion
1h licHtowod on manners and doimrt inc-nt,
Tho young lady thus "llnlshed" at tho
convent academy, when she enters so
ciety has tho oiul vantage over others
who have boon educated with tho com
mon people at tho public school. A
more deplorable mistake could not bo
made by 1'rotestant parents, one fraught
with more destructive influences to all
they hold right and true. Seclusion, In
tho first place, is not the correct method
to guard against tempt ation, Tho grad
uate from tho convent Behead goes out
Into tho world ignorant of its tempta
tions and weak as a child to resist them.
Tho ceiurso of Instruction is subet
llclal. Tho needlo-work Is Incompar
able, and Ih tho ono art that Is tiiiight
with the most assiduity and ability. Ah
mutter of French and Italian, reading,
music, drawing and painting, such wua
tho course at 'the time our narrative
begins, and Catholic forma do not
Forspeedal reuisoim, Zelda saw little
of tho arbitrary and exacting rules,
She had laion brought thero for the
purpose of conversion, and tho path
must ki cleared of thorns and atrewn
with roHOH, Her teaediors wore Molected
with euro, and they were the best such
an Institution could furnish.
Tho aiijMtrlor had received oreh-rs
freiin the bishop to retain Zelda- If every
ulo were act aside, and threuitonod with
dire esoiiseKjuenijeM if alio did not, Zelda
was fond eif painting, and a teacher
gave heir instructions, widely known by
tho works of her brush In Ktiropo. She
was fond of languages, and French and
Italian wero taught her by converaa
tlon, which made their study delightful.
Her harp was not neglected, and her
voice was cultivated, and all these
Mtudlea were not pursued with tho
energy that made them tasks, but with
that ease and negligence which rnado
thorn play-spells, Needlework won the
recreation of all hours,
Hlio Is'caino so e-ngaged that alio did
not feel homesick, nor the anxiety to go
homo that Mho anticipated. It wasan
indexible rule of the Institution that
the pupils must remain within its walls.
They could not visit their homes ex
cept at the conclusion of tho term. The
raaon assigned was that the atudloa
wero Interrupted ami mind diverted,
Whllo Jn tho school every effort should
Im devoted to the acquisition of knowl
edge, The home life grow dim. An
other force wiim silently Influencing" her
which she did not recognize. Thereat
first was no direct appeal to her, on ac
count of rediglon. There wero a few
forma to po compiled with, which tho
superior told her were at her option,
but that If not repugnant, she wished
she would conform to, as a uniform be
havior of tho pupils was desirable. Ono
of them was to dip the fingers In a basin
of holy water standing by tho door of
tho schoolroom, and make tho sign of
the cross, and she was to kneel ot
prayers. At first Zelda did not eon
form, but as aho was tho only one who
did not, and It was a hnrmloaa form, alio
at length grew as punctual as tho others,
Of course her companions would talk,
and as tlu-y were nearly all Catholics,
they parlsod continually that rediglon,
and related aterles of Its long lino of
heroes, martyr and tuilnts, What at
first was repulsive from prejudice be
came tolerated, and at length interest
ing. Tho stories of tho saints who had
given their Uvea for the good of others
appealed to tho ardent Imagination of
Zelda, and her ambition became fixed
to bo llkej thorn in dispensing charity
and kindness; not In tlu-ir austere way,
for tho way of martyrdom had passed,
but In the way marked out by tho needa
of tho present. She would havo wealth,
and would use it In assisting tho poor
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lie in, It al-let by i ly ti Mioil'g
and In istl limy Mn, nidi wnr-tNn,'nt il
a Itiillcwtlie of pli ty. To Vlila ll wb
nn tinfiithnitiiilile f.t linjj, which weintMl
to grasp and hold her In tvntralttt,
W h It'll "lie timid Hot dheat llerwelf of for
a timtiu nt. After nil, wn ln r old Idea,
Hint soulless IlitlltTct'etKN' rImiiiI the con
duct of lift' Btitl the fate awaiting the
pirit afte r elcnlli, rlghl? If life Is so
short, and eternity so long, what Is Its
moment, cotumivd with Immortal wel
fare? She thought am! thought, and
grew wretched with the; doubts that
l'sot Iter, turn which way tho would.
The old landmarks failed, and tho
ground which had opiiettrod no solid In
come a yielding marshland.
At this critical moment It was an
nounced that the bishop would preach
In tho chnpol, and on that Sunday
morning every member of tho school
was In attendance. The bishop, Lopez,
after tho long ceremonies, whlct it ia
useless to doscrlla', which lire Intended
to impress the mind and hold tho at
tention of the young, began his dis
course. Directly behind him, on a high
panel, was painted with lifelike color
ing tho crucifixion. On tho face of tho
dying Christ was a look of unutterable
agony and forgiveness. Tho bishop
stood in front and lower, and tho light
Btronming from above made tho living
man and dying God as one scene. Tho
light In tho chapid wus toned by tho
colored glass windows, and tho air was
heavy with incenao. Lopez as a preacher
and ua a man was two distinct beings.
ThlM may bo said of many preachers;
but most pronounced was it true of him.
Ho had lioon trained by tho best in
structors of Europe in tho arts of rhet
oric, and his ardent, fiery nature gavo
him the gift of eloquence, He also had
In a largo moasuro what has boon called,
for wa it of a bettor term, lnognotlsm,
to chain and hold ols hears' attention
and compel them to accept his conclu
sions. Such eloquence Ih nn outgrowth
of, and appeals to and influences tho
passions, It In tho child of feeling, ap
peals to feeling, and not to tho Intellect
and reason, unless these aro first made
helpless slaves by tho dominant and
In i tho sacred desk he was as ono In
spired with tho sacrodness of tho placo
and theme, 1 1 Is voice wus low, soft and
winsome. Ho apoko of tho sins of hu
manity. How weak the strongest were;
how little able to support ourselves.
Ho proved this to tho impressible, from
premises ho assumed: Then turning to
tho Jesus suspended on tho cross, tho
blood dripping from bis wounds, ho
cried In tones eif rejoicing, "Eureka!
wo have found It!"
"Heboid the man! Heboid the God!
whet by mortal agoni? hns redeemed tho
world!" The effect was wonderful; tho
CatholliiM wept for Joy, and a strange
thrill ran through the nervea of Zelda,
When she first saw the dying Christ,
tho blood flowing from bis side and tho
nails which pierced his hands, It was too
terrlblo to look upon, Now It glowed
with warm light, atidasmllo ployed
over tho feufnre's. I 'readier and Christ .
were as ono, and the bold assertion of
his redeeming power and love, and the
necessity of salvation through him, was
accepted without question.
At length tho bishop directed his at
tention to hor, His eyes seemed to
transfix hor, and look Into her very soul.
Hho could not avert hor gaze, or toko
her eyoa away from him and tho dead
Christ behind him. He preached
directly to her, and appealed to tho
crucifix for her solvation. Hho was tho
ono lost lamb, more cored for by tho
heavenly Master than all tho flock
within the fold, What rejoicing with
the angel host when she bod lnado her
There was no threat, no persuasion,
no denunciation. It was a fervent ap
peal of love, charity, of disinterested
kindness tei promote the welfare of ono
In great (lunger. Tho services closed
as usual, but tho audience, ao though
dazed or charmed by some nioglo power,
lingered and reluctantly departed.
After dinner Zelda received an in
vitation to attend tho mother suiM-rlor
In her room. It was tho first time sho
hod thus been Invited, and it wos tho
more grateful to hor because she felt
tho need of advice, and some ono In
whom sho could confide. Tho superior
advanced to moot boras she entered tho
room, and taking her by the bond bade
her welcomes with tho affection of a
mother. Sho led hor to a sofa, and uat
by her side.
"You aro surprised at my asking your
attention, and I will tell you why. I
havo a mother's care over those under
(To bo Continued.)
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