"Classic." A book which people praise and don't read.
-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.
O N the rail again--bound for Bendigo. From diary:
October 23. Got up at six, left at seven-thirty; soon reached Castlemaine, one of the rich gold-fields of the early days; waited several hours for a train; left at three-forty and reached Bendigo in an hour. For comrade, a Catholic priest who was better than I was, but didn't seem to know it--a man full of graces of the heart, the mind, and the spirit; a lovable man. He will rise. He will be a Bishop some day. Later an Archbishop. Later a Cardinal. Finally an Archangel, I hope. And then he will recall me when I say, "Do you remember that trip we made from Ballarat to Bendigo, when you were nothing but Father C., and I was nothing to what I am now?" It has actually taken nine hours to come from Ballarat to Bendigo. We could have saved seven by walking. However, there was no hurry.
Bendigo was another of the rich strikes of the early days. It does a great quartz-mining business now--that business which, more than any other that I know of, teaches patience, and requires grit