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Chapter 13: the Jesuits.

“their task is done, and they are gone,” says Padre Varsi, Principal of the Jesuit College in Santa Clara, and an eminent member of his company.

A tall, dark figure, with a face of antique mould, in which the natural force seems tamed by fasting, prayer, and self-control, the reverend Father has lived in many cloisters, travelled in many countries, and is well acquainted with the world. He seems to live in his retreat, taking no thought of the world beyond his college gates; yet he is quick with news, and has a perfect knowledge of what is passing in the courts of London and Berlin, Paris and Rome.

He need to have his eyes and. ears alive. A great and arduous labour lies before him and the other Jesuits in California, for their Church has lost her ancient empire on the coast, and they are

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