Still, I must give credit for help to the Rev. James Ryan, Eugene Crane, Edwin Drury, William Hogarty, John Abell, Michael Melody, and Engelbert Bachmann, and to Bishop Tierney and Msgr. Murray for special encouragement.
These remarks have led me ahead of my narrative for, in 1903, Boship Matz took me from the little home in Colorado City and transferred me to St. Ignatius in Pueblo. This was the scene of my labors thirteen years before, but the building of a pastoral residence had put it again in debt, and the present pastor was unable to cope with the conditions. It was not an easy place, but things righted themselves and the debt disappeared and the church given a needed renovation with improvements.
When the History of St. Thomas was published, or as Bishop Matz said; “This bantam was hatched,” he asked me to continue with the life of his saintly predecessor, Bishop Machebeuf. This volume was published in 1908, and all unsold copies of it, as well as those of the history of St. Thomas, are now at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver. From the life of Bishop Machebeuf, Cather says she got her inspiration for her novel, “Death Comes for the Archbishop,” but anyone who reads the two volumes will know that she got far more than an inspiration.
The clearing of the debt of St. Ignatius did not end the need of improvements there. As a new church was necessary, for the old one was but a temporary structure from the beginning and had served its time, I did not contemplate this work with any sort of delight. I was not as young as formerly, and money raising had grown tedius and distaste-
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