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Bishop England was the reviver of classical learning in South Carolina. With the object of providing a clergy of his own for the diocese he opened at Charleston a classical school, in which aspirants to the ministıy were made teachers while they pursued their theological studies. This school received numerous scholars from the best families in the city, and yielded a sufficient income to support the theological students while preparing for the priesthood. His great aim was to present the Catholic Church, her doctrines and practices, in all their truth and beauty and grandeur, before the American people. In his efforts to do this his labors, perhaps, have never been equalled by any other man. It was with this object he established the United States Catholic Miscellany, in 1822.

On his arrival in America he found the Church comparatively defenseless; but he soon rendered it a dangerous task to attack or villify the faith of his fathers. Many who ventured on this mode of warfare were glad to retreat from the field before the crushing weapons of logic, erudition, ar.d eloquence with which he battled for his Church, his creed, and bis people. He was the real founder of Catholic journalism in the United States. He saw that the Catholic religion was regarded with contempt; and to him fell the splendid work of changing the current of public opinion and of giving the Church a status in the Republic. He perceived at a glance the value of the press, and set about employing it.

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Among the Southern poets of the Civil War period two are entitled to enduring fame. One was the Rev. A. J. Ryan; the other was James R. Randall. The death of Mr. Randall, which occurred January 14, will cause deep sorrow. He was imbued fully with the spirit of the old South. He was in absolute accord with all its aspirations. He had been in touch with the men-soldiers and statesmen—who molded its destinies in the days that tried the souls of the strongest and most resolute. In the period following the civil strife Mr. Randall's pen was devoted to the advancement of the South. He was loyal to the last-ever ready, and even eager, to render service to the people among whom his lot was cast.

Mr. Randall was born in Baltimore, January 1, 1839. On his mother's side he was descended from Rene Leblanc, the gentle notary in Longfellow's Evangeline. He was educated at Georgetown University, traveled in South America, settled in New Orleans, and became a contributor to the Sunday Delta and professor of English literature at Poydras College.

The account given in the Delta of the invasion of Maryland by the Massachusetts troops as they passed through Baltimore, April 19, 1861, so excited Mr. Randall's feelings that he could not sleep. He was anxious to do something that might cause his native State to join the Confederacy, and at midnight left his bed, and by candle light wrote Maryland, My Maryland. The metre is similar to James Clarence Mangan's Karaman, o Karaman. He read it to his students next day and they praised it so highly that he sent it to the New Orleans Delta. It was widely copied throughout America and Europe. Oliver Wendell Holmes said: My only regret is that I could not do for Massachusetts what Randall did for Maryland.

A few days after the poem was written Miss Hetty Cary, of Baltimore, heard it declaimed by a friend and began singing it to the classic melody of Lauriger Horatius. Words and music were thus united in Mr. Randall's native city, and from that time on it was sung in every Southern camp and in thousands of Southern homes.

Mr. Randall wrote other poems and war ballads, among them The Lone Sentry, There's Life in the Old Land Yet, and The Battle-Cry of the South. He never collected his poems in book form. In 1866 he married Miss Katherine Hammond, of Summer Hill, S. C. After the close of the Civil War Mr. Randall engaged in newspaper work, and for twenty years was editorial writer on the Augusta Chronicle, and later Editor-in-Chief of the New Orleans






Author of “The Gray House of the Quarries”;
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We develop gooseflesh and chattering teeth in perfect sympathy with the character honored by the ghostly visitation, even though we positively refuse to believe in the class of ghosts described, which is certainly a tribute, voluntary and involuntary, to the writer.-Catholic Mirror.

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