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PREFACE. Viewed in certain lights, time and space are small matters. Nearly forty years have gone by since the last student passed out from Old St. Thomas' Semin- ary, and yet its form, shape, spirit and life have not dimmed perceptibly in the recollection of those who were its inmates, and the home-like grasp that it took upon their nature has not loosened in the jar of the rolling wheels of time. Far and near, the oldstudents share the same more than kindly feelings for the old place, and each one of them could voice his tribute from his distance with the same force as if he were pre- sent at the gates. So, at this distant day and place, it is mine to say what all have felt at every moment since Old St. Thomas' bade them adieu and blessed them for higher labors. I first saw St. Thomas' Seminary in its active, busy days, while its glory was still around it like a halo, and its hope for a long and vigorous life was strong and bright. I last saw it less than a ruin, but its honor was unstained, and its memory was held in benediction. Desolation reigned around it, and si- lence and sadness brooded over it, yet the echo of the old-time free and happy life came from it, and the per- fume of a thousand loves was wafted back to it from as many hearts that beat with pleasant and grateful remembrance. In that moment came the thought and inspiration to write something, and this tribute is the fruit of that visit.