The Indian Advocate. (Sacred Heart Mission, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 9, No. 1, Ed. 1, Friday, January 1, 1897 Page: 3 of 32
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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
the warmest. Wo had said night
prayers in the tiny oratory at which
the solitary domestic a nice old Irish
woman Bridget McCarthy had assist-
ed and now my friend only lingered to
see that I had all I wanted and fancied
with a half desire to say something
particular but at last he contented
himself with reminding me that my
room was over the kitchen and that
therefore I must not be surprised if I
heard knocking for a 'sick call' during
the night and with an earnest 'God
bless you' he left me to repose.
"I watched the slow dying of the em-
bers of the fire kindled in honor of my
'first night' and fell asleep about 11
o'clock. Always a light sleeper I was
sure to be specially so in a new place ;
but it seemed a very short time before I
started up quite awake with the impres-
sion of hearing some noise out3ide. I
listened and distinctly heard a knocking
at the kitchen door just below me. I
lay back with the ejaculation: 'A sick-
call; poor Cyril! what a night for him
to go out into!' for it had begun to sleet
disagreeably before we went to bed. I
knew he would not let me go so thought
it was no use to stir. I was very tired
with my journey. The knocking con-
tinued and I shortly heard a woman's
step come out of the opposite room de-
scend the stairs and open the kitchen
door. A short parley followed and
then Bridget as I supposed mounted
the stairs again and spoke to her mas-
ter. I heard him go down and cross
the yard to the little stable bring out
the sledge and evidently put to the
horse as I heard the soft jingle of the
little bells with which the harness of a
sledge is always provided in Newfound-
land. Then the sledge ground a min-
ute on the stone-paved yard and the
bells chimed merrily as it glided over
the snow. I listened till all was per-
fectly still again and then dropped into
a deep sleep that lasted till Bridget's
tap at the door.
"It had been arranged the night be-
fore that I should say Mass in the Ora-
tory so Cyril and I did not meet until
breakfast; then ho inquired anxiously
if I had slept well.
" 'Yes; but of course your sick-call
woke me' I replied.
" ' My sick-call?' " he said slowly
" 'Yes; what was the matter? I heard
you harness the sledge and never heard
the bells sound so sweet.'
A look of the deepest sorrow came
across his face as he said hesitatingly:
" 'I had no sick-call last night ; you
must have heard the ghost as the peo-
ple about here call it; whenever afresh
priest sleeps in the house he hears the
sounds. Alas! for the poor souls by
reason of whom they are heard.'
" 'You think it then' I said some-
what awed by his manner 'a mode in
which some poor souls are begging our
prayers to aid them in their sufferings
for a fault committed here.'
"'Some sick-call neglected while on
earth' he said quickly his eyes shining
with compassion. 'I have said Masses
prayed and as yet in vain but' he
added with a bright smile 'I think our
Blessed Lady will obtain for me that I
may help them at last I have tried to
find out any story or tradition that could
possibly throw a light on the matter
but as yet have discovered nothing. You
will give them an Intention won't you
-'-I promised I would do so and going
out into the village with him tried to
get over the weird uncomfortable feel-
ings which the events of the night had
left in my mind but was constantly re-
minded of them by the questions of the
people who were most anxious to know
whether or no I had hoard of the
"The week passed quickly in parish
visiting devotions composition of sor-
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