Joseph Guinan The Soggarth Aroon

ISBN 13: 9781235663604

The Soggarth Aroon

9781235663604: The Soggarth Aroon
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX. My Removal from Killanure. J BEGAN by describing my feelings when I read my Bishop's letter appointing me curate of the Mountain Parish: I shall bring these random reminiscences of mine to a close by telling of my emotions when, five years later, I received a letter from the same kindly old prelate--God rest him! he went to his reward within a year afterwards--transferring me from Killanure to a curacy in one of the principal towns of the diocese. Of course, the change meant promotion for me, and a decided improvement in my position from the monetary point of view. I can honestly say, however, that I felt more sad than elated by the news; for I had come to love the dear, kindly mountain people, and I think I can say, without being egotistical, that they had come to like me. The bonds of mutual love and esteem had grown stronger and stronger with the pleasant, swift-winged years I had spent among them, and I felt that our parting would bring mutual pain. I confess that, when I read the few lines that announced my transfer, I gazed on the letter with moist eyes, until finally it became a tear-stained page. No doubt, the Mountain Curacy was a poor one--probably the poorest in the whole diocese, as I have more than once mentioned. My parish priest told me as much on the occasion of our first meeting at his hospital house. A Mission in the parish had just concluded on my arrival. As was customary, a small charge was levied for admission to the evening devotions and sermon. However, as the Mission lasted for three weeks, and as the men, women, and children of the parish filled the church to overflowing every evening during that period, of course, needless to say, the mountain people, if spiritually the richer, were pecuniarily something the poorer ...

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