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Chapter 70: D. L. Moody on board the Spree; Spanish War, 1898; Lincoln Memorial University; conclusion

While writing the life of Isabella, I felt the lack of local knowledge, and so determined, if I could get a leave of absence, to visit Spain. General Schofield, commanding the army, gave me permission to be absent from my headquarters from October 15th for two months. At that time I had on my personal staff Lieutenant Charles G. Treat1 as aid-de-camp, and he accompanied me, leaving New York October 15th, on the steamer Fulda, North German Lloyd. I enjoyed the passage from New York to Gibraltar exceedingly.

On Sunday morning we had a public religious service at which I read selections from the sermons of Bishop Brooks. Noticing that an Italian Catholic priest, on his way from Kansas to Italy, did not participate in the service, I rallied him pleasantly on the subject. lie said that he had had a headache and that was the reason he did not come out. I then said to him: “Father, why don't you preach the Gospel?” He answered: “What do you mean, General Howard? I do preach the Gospel.”

I replied, “I do not think you do, for here are 300 Italians on board, who are going from the United

1 Since Lieutenant-Colonel and Commandant of Cadets, United States Military Academy.

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