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By-Paths of History: Old Time in the Colonies. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society o...
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By-Paths of History: Old Time in the Colonies. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XII. Pages 218-236.
Henry, H. T.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
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BY-PATHS or HISTORY. OLD TIMES IN THE COLONIES (CONTINUED). THE present paper is not meant as a refutation of Mr. Cof- iin’s vagaries. These are so typical, however, of a large class of writers, that I find it convenient to make his book a text for some observations which may serve to point a moral. IV. JESUITS ! John Oliver Hobbes, in her “ School for Saints,” gives (p. 176) an interesting picture of an election scene in England. Robert Orange, a convert to Catholicity, is addressing the elec- tors, who are divided into factions,-the “ blue doves” for the Liberals; the “ yellow doves” for Mr. Vandeleur, the Conser- vative candidate. Robert Orange is also a candidate, unknown as a politician until he appears on the hustings: “ His fine athletic figure, his plain dress, his whole appearance was that of an English gentleman of the true school. They waited anxiously for the sound of his voice. Vegetables and eggs were held in readiness for the first imperfection in language. [He had been described in the local prints of his opponents as a foreigner.] He came forward. His countenance was eminently pleasing, and his manner was unaffected. He spoke with some nervousness, but in language as clear and simple as though, to quote a contemporary, he had been addressing the very flower of Europe, or a Vatican council. He was allowed to continue for some minutes without interruption, till one of the ‘yellow doves,’ at a glance from Mr. Vandeleur, raised the cry of ‘Jesuit!’ This was enough. The groans, hisses, and hoots-for the temporary lull-recom- menced with double vigor. Heads were smashed. Robert himself was pelted with garbage. Gross things were said of the papacy and the priesthood. The note of blasphemy was not wanting. That fatal cry of ‘Jesuit 1’ had worked, so it seemed, irretrievable harm. ‘ Blue’ at- tacked ‘blue’ and ‘yellow’ turned against ‘yellow.’ Bruised ears, bat- tered noses, blackened eyes, swollen cheeks, and cracked teeth were perhaps the worst outward signs of the struggle. A constable had his arm broken, and a priest-who had rashly ventured into the crowd- 218 ‘