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A Hero' Last Hours.

On March 28 Father Damien look to his bed, and on March 30 began his direct preparation for death by a general confession and renewal of his vow s. Nest day (gays the ‘ Tablet’s’correspondent) he received the Holy Viaticum. On April 2 Father Conrady gave him Extreme Unction. “ How good God is,” he said during the day, “ to have preserved me long enough to have two priests by my side at my last moments, and also to have the good Sisters of Charity at the Leproacrie. That has been my ‘Nunc Dimittis.’ The work of the lepers is assured, and so I’m no longer necessary, and will soon go ‘up yonder.’” “ When you are up above, Father, yon will net forgot those you leave orphans ? ” “Oh, no ! if I have any credit with God, I will intercede for all in the Leproserie.” I then begged him to leave me his mantle, like Elias, in order that I might have his great heart. “ Why, what wmuld you do with it?” he asked, “it is all fall of leprosy ’. ” A few days of respite, even of rallying and hope, followed. The good Sisters of Charity often visited him. Every body admired hia wonderful patience. On April 13 he had a bad relapse, and all hope was at an end. A little after midnight he received Holy Communion for the last time, and began occasionally to lose consciousness. The next day ho still recognised 'his comrades, but could not speak, though from time to time he affectionately pressed their hands. On April 15 his agony began, and soon all was over. He died without any effort, as if going to sleep. After death all marks of leprosy disappeared from his face, and the wounds in his hands were quite dried. At his own request ho was buried under a largo pandanua tree. When ho first landed at Molokai he had no dwelling, and was obliged to sleep lor several nights under the shade of this tree, and for this reason he desired to be buried there. The spirit of Father Damien is by no means extinct in his brethren. Last year, by the generosity of a Protestant banker, Mr Bishop, and with the cc-ope ration of the Hawaiian Government, an asylum for leprous girls was opened at Kulaupapa, in Molokai, under the cs.ro of the Franciscan nuns. The "Bishop (Monsignor Hermann) desired to appoint a chaplaiu, and appealed for a volunteer. The result was that, with the exception of some who felt quite hurt that any doubt should be cast or implied upon their obedience, all the fathers answered with a veritable enthusiasm. The answer of the one who was chosen was worthy of his institute and of hia great model: “My answer is in the rule !"

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A Hero' Last Hours., Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement

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A Hero' Last Hours. Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement

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