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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 without having stopped his slow shuffling motion presents his left hand of which we give the fingers a slight pressure, bow respectfully and – – all is over as far as we are concerned, for he is among our next neighbors, who being catholics are excited, on their knees, clinging to and kissing his fingers. The little blue dress girl had her head rubbed by the holy hand, and all of us thought “why could’nt Allie have come”- The ladies all knelt, and generally kissed his hand- which he kindly permitted.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 No names were noticed or asked, we might as well have been Jno Smith and Jno Brown as Mr. B Castle and R P Wade.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Down our line and up the other occupied perhaps ten or fifteen minutes, then he was assisted on to his rostrum where, standing before his chair, he delivered a short speech in french, full of broad hints and pontifical anathemas against the ungodly usurpers who have imprisoned him and are rioting with theatrical plays and public balls during Lent, ending with a wholesale blessing and benediction to all nations, given with both hands extended and palms down, and which we all received on bended knee- No one in that solemn closing moment felt like standing indifferently, an odd sheep in the flock. The old mans [sic] blessing could’nt do us more harm than any other preacher.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The priestly crown then slid out unceremoniously and left us to depart at leisure- The Pope is fat and heavy, a little unwieldy dressed in plain white board cloth over coat or sack reaching to his ankles, white short cape, and loosely belted with a wide white sash and long tassels, scull cap white- No ornaments or insignia as shown in his photographs. Wears a heavy seal ring-

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