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-- r U that nothing is m that Catholic papers should have so that every every day good read- and warns, and and Promotea the Chris. S, PP. XV. t A Catholic Paper is a Pervetuai Mission.--- Pope Leo XIII. 'rhe Guardian" in overy home--our Motto. The Official Organ of the Diocese of Little Rock Arkansas ' ST. JOSEPH'S ORPHANAGE SPECIAl, ,ow00 iS t Joseph s Orphanage l OF SAN ANTONIO By Rev. Alb-e Biever, S.J. O thirty years I have paid visits to San Antonio, once old Spanish Mexican town, pride and metropolis of .of my recent visit to c and picturesque town was of the diocesan clergy. exercises were given in the Seminary contiguous to of the Purissima, and with notable earnest- Over one hundred priests. sympathetic reverence past the priests re- ,norning office in the old to reawaken, as the it, the slumbering the divine praises sung by Friars, more than ago. I impressed with the  development and progress city of St. Anthony. decades its civil population from 52 thousand to 162 These figures do not in-' POpulation of the military Annual Charity Call of an Institution of Surpassing Merit For Its Great Christian Community Welfare Work In Providing Motherly Home Care, Education and Sustenance for Homeless Children. Non-Sectarian in Service--State-Wide in Charitable Response--Ministers to Over One Thousand Destitutes Each Year--Sisters Enabled to Accomplish All This With the Ever Generous Help of the Charity Dispensers of Little Rock and Arkansas--The Managemen Appl'eei:tes',.the Generous Advertis- ing Offerings of Our Business Firms in "The Guardian's" Orphanage Number. They Will Relieve the Stress of Worry in the Management of This Deserving Charitable Institution. of religion is equally I don't know of any city Where Catholics can imposing religious in- in San Antonio. Even buildings representing an than a million dollars, of construction. however, of San Antonio Metropolis of the South- a center of intense religi- that I am writing; my Was attracted to another and its immediate w- a veritable Eden for the iht. There he finds God's most inter- ' One can see the honey ants harvesting of the flowers be- trees. Once filled they become the living and honey vats of the during the dreary win- Again we come before the good The leaf-cutting ant lpeople of Arkansas with our eleventh the orchards carry-I anniversary number of 2he Guardian, leaf parasol, as if afraid land this year we publish this edition COmplexion beneath the in behalf of SO.Joseph's Orphanage, rays of a Texan sun. (Atta one of the most worthy institutions in the South and one Whose influence for astute observer the stones and fungus ant (Cypho- collecting caterpil- manure its plantation of centipedes, and scorpi- Prevalent. Only unwary need fear their or sting. I wonder variety of flies pompously and flitting gayly through - Elegant little tree- Pted by the bright light at night, came in goodly look at me with their and gave me a chance odd head-gears, the modern me was the ab- Many causes this blessed im- the mosquito nuisance, but surmise that the Prevalence of the lit- which are protected COncentrated in large tow- different parts of the A. R. Campbell. rage on grepuscular and Insects is a well known functions which the day, the good extends far and wide. These an- niversary numbers serve several good purposes. Perusal of St. Joseph's Orphanage issue of The Guardian ,will show to] our readers those who are instrumen- tal in helping the progress 6f this great "work. This annual issue goes to each member of this charitable body of our state as a precious souvenir of[ the storied activities ,of those, through ] whom and by whom such an institu- tion as St. Joseph's Orphanage ,has been made possible. In this form rhe Guardian becomes a link in that chain of generous men and somen,. ,associa- tions and corporations ,attached most intimately to a most charitable insti- tuAon. Helps the Orphans The financial returns over and above the actual Guardian compliment of publication of the issue are passed along to the Sisters of the Orphanage, and by them are held for the dispen- sation of the creature comforts to our orphaned and indigent children. These creature comforts are dispensed by those who have put away earthly things and consecrated their lives wholly to God's work. "I was hungry and you took me i and fed me and gave me shelter." Inasmuch as ye did it to the least of these ,ye did it unto Me," are Scriptural words, the Christ promise of reward for our charity. Orphanage Foundation When Bishop Morris succeeded, ipso facto, to the .See of Little Rock in 1907, he had practically been in charge of the Diocese a considerable time, owing to the illness of his predecessor, the late Bishop Fitzgerald. His efforts t entailed the immediate administration of ordinary diocesan affairs. Oppor- tunity soon followed for a mo thor- ough examination into diocesan needs. His first cae as a good shepherd, was for the flock ,particullarly for those needing immediate succor. His chari- tably directed heart and mind encom- passed the large number of children scattered over the state, who were actually homeless, or if they did have however, belongs established the that the bat is the of the mosquito, and exterminator bf the physician, whose international at- to Bishop Dros- s cordial invitation his most populous Lake Mitchell, about San Antonio. We eag- invitation and reach- sundown. One aft- climbed into the tow- POpulation estimated inmates. on page 13). t A GROUP OF THE ST. JOSEPH'S ORPHANAGE FAMILY #' / f a semblance of one ,their care and ed- Bisbop placed the Orphanage in having to leave their beauty spot upon charge of the Benedictine Sisters of the hills will never be forgotten by ucation, f(: one cause or another were either indifferently or begrudgingly dispensed, to the great loss of health, educatio and h.ppiness, and with great danger of the loss of their Christian faith. A home for the homeless became therefore the Bishop's first diocesan inaugural, and it soon .began to take form out on the high tract of land above the town of Levy, now popular- ly known as Belmont Hill. Beauty of Site As is wet knox the Bishop has always been partial to rural beauty, but with it ever goes an eye for the prattle.el. A site not too far from the city with plenty of tillable soil and pasture for grazing cattle was his idea. Fie planned to have plenty of room an(i a healthy and comfortable pot for the children. A phtce here- nature would do its part in keeping his big family of little ones halthy and happy and at the same time to have enough cultivated soil to make the place partly self-sustaining through agricultural pursuits. Noth- ing s more conducive to health than outdoor life and plenty of fresh air. The young need abundance of room for exercise that will help develop the body. The beautiful rustic surround- ings are restful to the brain, the pure fresh air is strengthening to the lungs. The children that grow under these advantageous and healthy en- vironments usually grow to be strong and healthy in body ,and for spiritual growth their reliance was to be upon the self-sacrificing efforts of a Catho- lic Sisterhood. 720 Acre Plot Bishop Morris selected this most ideal site of 720 acres seven miles north of Little Rock. Many locations for an orphanage presented them- selves to Bishop Morris, but there was no question in his mind of the best and when he secured this large plot of land the people at large appreci- ated the fact that the best location in Pulaski county was his, and upon it he started his charitable work for the children. Accommodations There'were some builidngs on the place ,to which he added a magnifi- cent 82-room ;fire-proof building with accommodations for 250 children. The Shoal Creek. Ark. For ten years the happy family un- der the care of the Sisters at the Or- phanage enjoyed and appreciated this beauty spot. The Bislmp had equipp,qd the farm with fine barns ,stables' ,a s,lo, modern implements and some of] the finest registered stock in the State. The farm had taken on a pros- porous look and its production was all hat could be e.xpected, The place was well fenced and  besides the develop- ment for betterments that was an an- the present generation of Sisters and children ,new provisions made by the Bishop had placed in as good a PoM- lion ,if not so convenient. He knew that the Sisters and children longed for. the fresh home-grown vegetables, the milk and butter and the fruit that only the farm could supply ,and soon he purchased 57 acres of low land a few miles front Little Rock, on the Jacksonville Pike, near Fairmont sta- tion of the Me. Pac. R. R., and erected a modern house, barn and the neces- nual occurrence, the Bishop furtheld that development ahmg vocational and educational flues that are bound in the. future to make St. Joseph's Orphan-I age one of tim leading institutions of 4 its kind in this section of the country, i Now that St. Joseph's has come into t l:he perpmnent occupancy of its model t home, the future will find its readi- I ness to progress with the demands of charity unto our homeless children. U. S. Government Covets Sometimes our most cherished de- sires are doomed to disappointment, and it was true in this case. The Gov- ernment coveted the Bishop's beauty spot and in their greatest need ap- pealed to him fox' this land to become part of the cantonment at Camp Pike. The story of its transfer to the Gov- ernment and its return fOr charitable wot*k will be told below. When Bishop Morris completed the new college buildings and campus on Pulaski lleights and nmved that im- portant educational institution into its new quarters, it left the former build- ings occupied hy the College at Twen- ty-fourth and Gaines street vacant. This was. a most provident thing for the Orphanage, because it meant a house of refuge for the Sisters and the children when they had to leave their own establishment. The old col- lege buildings ,three in number, did not have the favorab.le features of St. Joseph's on .the Hills, at Levy, but they were'a good substitute in time of need, and as they were improved frOm time to time, and the inmates become morh familiar with the surroundings, the old-time contentment returned and happiness prevailed in its fullest ex- tent at the new Orphanage. Orphanage Supply Farm Although the disappointment of sary outbuildings. ORPHANS DID THEIR BYP WHEN WAR WAS UPON US Gave Up Splendid Home to Secure Camp Pike for Arkansas--Moved Back When Peace Was Declared The Great War disturbed many homes in many ways. Few there were that did no in some measure make their sacrifices on the altars of pa- triotism and loyalty. One home here in our midst certainly did its part, St. Joseph's Orphanage, with its commu- nity of Benedictine Sisters and their family of over 160 little orphans. Helped Preparedness Preparedness was the great nation- al issue in 1914-15-16. While Europe was on fire America was fearful of at least a scorching ,and preparation was the call of the hour. It was a national call and reached every section of the country. Certain sections were selected for specific big offerings and among them, Arkansas, as a camp center for the mobilized forces of the Southwest. But this selection depend- ed upon the acquisition of a suitable site and the financing of its prelimi- nary preparation for the reception of army recruits. For many reasons the hill-ridge up back of Levy, six miles out from Littl Rock, latterly to be knoa as Belmont Hill, presented to the government officials the requisites of an ideal camp. There was just one block to its adoption and adaption, St. Joseph's Orphanage, with its well equipped home for our orphaned chil- dren ,and its hundreds of contingent acres of farm and fruit lands. Even the war visaged and visioning officials [ (Continued on page 16). THE GRAND PILLAGE Alexander J. Cody, S.J. Uncle Pliny is under instruction to enter the Church. He came foe his iirst catechism lesson the evening be- fore last. Surely the ways of God are inscrut- able. Snmll things that we se little or no wdue upon, He uses as stepping- stones into the kingdom of Heaven. We perform the deed and it sinks down into the waters of life wholly forgotten aad lies on the ocean-floor of oblivion, until joined by another lit- tle deed, and still another, until there rises from the briny surface a slender reef, joining the' smaller continent of Time with the larger continent of Eternity, along which some brother journeys to God. Uncle Iiny was telling me some of these footholds by which he came to the portals of the Catholic Church. The first thing which he could dis- tinctly remember .and whiCh set his thoughts lh)mewards, was a little kindly act of a Jesuit priest. Maisie, his daughter-in-law was working in the five-and-ten-cent store. He himself was sick, and herlittle boy " was sick and she had to go to work to get the wherewithal for doctors' bills and for support. Late one after- noon this priest came in to buy some trinkets for his Italian Mission. Maisie waited )n him, and it so hap- pened that a|most every item he or- dered was in some distant part. of the store. She was wearied by long standing, but nevertheless set out bravely on a clerk's tired rounds. The priest: noticed her weariness and as his parcels accumulated, he carried them himself. "When she told me that," Uncle Pliny wound up, " 'Maisie,' I answered her, 'he didthat not because he was,a priest, but in spite of his being a priest.' "It was a rancid thought of my own, and delivered as such. But Maisie had he" own thoughts, too, and far better. With head up and chin out', and flts clenched she spoke her scorn to me, 'Sir Oracle!' " A whiff of smok e fro Uncle Pliny's pipe obliterated the incident as a cut- back is obliterated on the moving- picture scr@en. It was nbt long though until the same priest came nto Uncle Pliny'a life a second time. It was Maisi again and her little boy. Somehow, quite unknown to Uncle Pliny, she had gone to a Catlmlic meing, a Sodal- ity Bazaar, he thought it was called. He never would have let her go, if he had known beforehand. But he didn't, and so she went with little Kitty Flanagan, the postcard-counter girl. * For Kitty had promised a delightful time with lots of nice people, and plenty of booths and movies, and you didn't have to buy anything unless you wanted to, and her own big WiN liam was going to be at the door and Maisie could see what a fine fellow he was (only Kitty has1 used the word "sweet William": it was Uncle Pliny who substituted the masculine adjec- tive of size), and at the end one of the Jesuit Fathers was to speak on "The Home." It turned out to be the priest o the Christmas counter. Maisie me him as he passed through the crowdd and she found him very agreeable. Her little boy met him, too, and made friends-inhnediately with that instinct; childhockd has for picking out its true lovers. The evemng passed quickly, Maisie chatting with her new acquaintances and her little boy romping with some children at the front of the hail. Shl never realized he was so far away un- til the priest began to talk, when, in the hush following the opening sen. tence; the little lad suddenly discov- ered he was lost. "Muzzer l" With one word speech failed, and the cry of abandonment held undis- puted sway. Maisie, flushed with humiliation, rose and started down the long hall. Butsome one was before her, Kitty' big William. "Speak up, little " man, he W y- ing courageously. "Come on; hOWl Don't cry! Where did you see Mother. last?" it" ' " The little lad looked 'a him Ith large puzzled black eyes, and one Ht  tle hand kept. pulling uneasily at th other. "I st ' " e her o froo the door'  8 trembHhg 'tndext  finger Pointed to s (Continued on Page 16 @ t i , f( ,r