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And, as faded in the frozen air their last convulsive


Lo! of all that noble Company, Dufour was left alone! 10. Did he falter? No! He lifted in his arms the wounded man,

And with wild and desperate shouting towards the nearest outpost ran;

And the pickets came with succor, and the sun had just gone down

When they bore the Sergeant and his charge in safety to the town.

11. Then Dufour sent up a message to headquarters, quaint and short,

That "the Company of Grenadiers desired to report." "Granted," said the bluff old Marshal," let them do it here and now."

And Jacques Dufour came marching in and made his stiffest bow.

"Where is the wounded Colonel?" "Safe in the hospital,

Where you ordered us to place him, Monsieur le Maréchal."

"Where is the Company? They too have come in safety all?"

"The Company is present, Monsieur le Maréchal."

12. "Where is the Company, I repeat, the Company?"

once more.

"The Company is present," said Sergeant Jacques Dufour.

"But your comrades-there were ninety or a hundred men, you know."

"Ah, mon Maréchal, my comrades lie buried in the

Then up rose the stout old Marshal, with his eyes
brimful of tears,

Dashed aside the barriers of rank, the cold reserve of


Caught the stripling to his bosom, gave him a reverent

And the ribbon which Dufour has worn from that far
day to this.

Explain the expressions: "cool of evening" (1); "drinking in the balmy air" (1); "Eighty years had left their footprints" (1); "kindled with a misty glow. . . like a crater in the snow (1); "the Russ 99 (3); "As they watch the glory, against those golden skies" (9); "too swift the refluent flood of hope that swelled their hearts again" (9) ; "dashed aside the barriers of rank, the cold reserve of years" (12).

The expression "Monsieur le Maréchal,” though it literally means Mister the Marshal, really means Marshal, just as we say General in addressing an officer of that rank.


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5. erypt; n. a vault under a
church, used for burial pur-

2. Ŏs těn sō'ries; n. remonstrances; the vessels in which the Blessed Sacrament is placed when held up for the adoration of the faithful.


6. re table; n. an altar-screen.
bȧ şil' I eȧ; n. cathedral.
self-ăb' ne gā' tion; n.

3. ǎs çěť ĭe; a. severely reli- | 7.


5. gôr' ģèqŭs; a. showy; mag- 7. pä' ti o; n. a Spanish word meaning court-yard.


The Cathedral of Seville and the Tomb of St.

1. To understand the Cathedral at Seville, you must know it; you must feel it; you must live in it; you must

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see it at the moment of the setting sun, when the light streams in golden showers through those wonderful painted glass windows (those masterpieces of Arnold of Flanders), jeweling the curling smoke of the incense still hanging around the choir; or else go there in the dim twilight, when the aisles seem to lengthen out into infinite space, and the only bright spot is from the ever-burning silver lamps which hang before the tabernacle.

2. One of our party, certainly not given to admiration of either churches or Catholicity, exclaimed on leaving it: "It is a place where I could not help saying my prayers." . . . Among the treasures is the cross made from the gold which Christopher Columbus brought home from America and presented to the king; the keys of the town given up to Ferdinand by the Moorish king at the conquest of Seville; two beautiful ostensories of the fifteenth century, covered with precious stones and magnificent pearls; beautiful reliquaries presented by different Popes; finely illuminated missals in admirable preservation; an exquisitely carved ivory crucifix; wonderful vestments, heavy with embroidery and seed-pearls; the crown of King Ferdinand; and last, not least, a magnificent tabernacle, altarfront, angels, and candlesticks, all in solid silver, beautiful in workmanship and design, used for Corpus Christi and other solemn feasts of the Blessed Sacrament.

3. The Royal Chapel contains the body of Ferdinand, the pious conqueror of Seville, which town, as well as Cordova, he rescued from the hands of the Moors after it had been in their possession 524 years. This pious King, son of Alfonso, King of Leon, bore witness by his conduct to the truth of his words on going into battle: "Thou, O Lord, who searchest the hearts of men, knowest that I desire but Thy glory and not mine!" To his saint-like

mother, Berangera, he owed all the good and holy impressions of his life. He helped to build the Cathedral of Toledo, of which he laid the first stone, and, in the midst of the splendors of the court, led a most ascetic and penitential life.

4. Seville surrendered to him in 1249, after a siege of sixteen months, on which occasion the Moorish general exclaimed that "only a saint, who, by his justice and piety, had won Heaven over to his interest, could have taken so strong a city with so small an army." By the Archbishop's permission, the body of the saint was exposed for our travelers. It is in a magnificent silver shrine; and the features still retain a remarkable resemblance to his portraits. His banner, crown, and sword were likewise shown to them, and the little ivory Virgin which he always fastened to the front of his saddle when going to battle.

5. The cedar coffin still remains in which his body rested previous to its removal to this more gorgeous shrine. On the three days in the year when his body is exposed, the troops all attend Mass, and lower their arms and colors to the great Christian conqueror. A little staircase at the back of the tomb brings you down into a tiny crypt, where, arranged on shelves, are the coffins of the beautiful Maria Padilla, of Pedro the Cruel, and of their two sons; latterly those of the children of the Duke and Duchess de Montpensier have been added.

6. Over the altar of the chapel above hangs a very curious wooden statue of the Virgin, given to St. Ferdinand by the good King Louis of France. Louis of France. King Ferdinand adorned it with the crown of emeralds and stomacher of diamonds belonging to his mother, on condition that they should never be removed from the image. The organs are among the wonders of this Cathedral, with their thou

sands of pipes, placed horizontally in a fan-like shape. The retable at the back of the high altar is a marvel of wood-carving; and the hundreds of lamps which burn before the different shrines are all of pure and massive silver. One is tempted to ask: "Was it by men and women like ourselves that cathedrals such as this were planned and built and furnished?"

7. The Chapter who undertook it are said to have deprived themselves even of the necessaries of life to erect a basilica worthy of the name; and in this spirit of voluntary poverty and self-abnegation was it begun and completed. At the west end lies Fernando, son of the great Christopher Columbus, who himself died at Valladolid, and is said to rest in Havana. Passing at last under the Moorish arch toward the northeast end of the Cathedral, our travelers found themselves in a beautiful cloistered "patio" full of orange-trees in full blossom, with a magnificent fountain in the centre. In one corner is the old stone pulpit from which St. Vincent Ferrer, Venerable John of Avila, and other saints preached to the people; an inscription records the fact.


Seville (1), Cordova (3), Toledo (3), and Valladolid (7) are cities of Spain.

The "Chapter" referred to in paragraph 7 was a body of Religious.

Explain the expression "jeweling the curling smoke" (1).

"To thine own self be true; And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."


"Blessed are those who die for God,

And earn the martyr's crown of light;
Yet he who lives for God may be

A greater conqueror in His sight.”


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