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FROM THE CRUCIFIX

TO THE CROSS

AND

THE HERETICS

STORIES OF WESTERN MEXICO

BY

HARRIET CRAWFORD

F. L. ROWE, PUBLISHER, CINCINNATI, Ohio

ALTICAN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

FOR
FOREIGN MISSIONS LIBRARY

PUBLISHER'S INTRODUCTION.

The two stories comprising this volume are true delineations of life in Old Mexico.

The writer of these stories has been quite

a part of the incidents of the stories.

They deal in a mild spirit with the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church, and show the gradual leading out, by Protestant teaching, from the errors

of the former to the clearer light as taught

by the latter.

We are hopeful that the circulation of

these stories may be encouraged by all love

ers of the truth, and that the impressions

made may lead others from darkness into

the glorious light of God's truth.

FROM THE CRUCIFIX TO

THE CROSS.

CHAPTER I.

"THE CRAZY OLD MONK."

Brother Leonardo, the old priest of the Calistro School, was kneeling on the cold, earth floor of his cell. The cell was his own little room, and he was his own willing prisoner. The room was bare of furnishings, save a narrow iron bedstead and a low wooden stand. A “petate" (native mat) served as mattress, and across this lay a coarse woolen blanket, the only covering. The walls were of adobe, the plastering still clinging in places. On these walls hung a few brightly-colored prints of some of the saints, most conspicuous that of St. Peter, with keys suspended from his girdle.

In a niche in the wall stood a clay figure of the Virgin Mary, bright in blue and gold, with the infant Jesus in her

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