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"C SAX INTRANTIBUS;"- j' '"Peace to all who enter." These are the words, written in white letters above the gate of the porter's lodge, which greet the eye of the visitor to the Abbey of Gethsemani. On the 26th of October, i848, a band of monks of the Order of Our Lady of La Trappe, left the Abbey of Melleray, near Nantes, on the Lower Loire, France, and turned their faces towards the new world. This band was coin- posed of forty religious, sixteen choir fathers, and twenty-four lay brothers. The crowded condition of the French Abbey necessitated this movement, for room was so scarce that postulants could not be received. On May 26th of the same year, Rev. Father D. Maxime, Abbot of Melleray, had com- missioned two of his flock to go to the United States for the purpose of selecting 'a site for a new mon- astery. With the as- sistance of Mgr. Flaget, then Bishop of Louisville, these men contracted for ,i ,zoo acres of land belonging to the Sis- ters of Loretto, in Nelson County, the price paild being 20,000 francs (5,0oo). Father Maria Eutropius, Prior of the Abbey of Melleray, was given charge over the bandl of pioneers. A detailed account of their eventful jour- ney wolul make a small volume. They set sail from Havre on the second day of November, i848,and arrived in New Orleans on the sixteenth of December. Proceeding by steamboat, they came to Louisville ten days later, and the fifty miles which yet lay before them were accomplished in three dray wagons. When their new home was reached, they found nothing but a few cabins gathered together on the de- clivity of a hill. These they occupied with grateful hearts, and Gethseniani was founded. The growth of the order in America was steady and rapid. One by one the old buildings were torn down and re- THE CIIAI'I'ER ROOM. 16