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front of this censer three ropes hang
down nearly to the floor. These ropes
are connected with sweet-toned bells
far overhead, which are rung during
services. The lower part of the cross
forms the monks' choir, where the
brotherhood gather seven times a
day to perform their religious rites.
These seven services are, respectively:
Lauds, Prime, Tierce, Sext, None,
Vespers and Compline.  Two of these
are often sung together. The arms
of the cross are supplied with plain
wooden benches, where visitors may
sit. The church is built in the Gothic
style, and is very beautiful and impos-
ing. It is so arranged as to form two
chapels; one for the community and
one for the laity.  It has fourteen
altars, all of which are of stone, but
two, which are of wood.
  From the church we come to the
chapter room, which adjoins it. Here
the holy Rule-by which the monks
live-is explained by the Superior
every  morning.   Here, also   the
"Culpa," or public accusation of
faults is made, and due penance
imposed. At one end of the room
is a kind of dais, with the seats
of the Abbot, Prior and Sub-



Prior. At the other end are the con-
fessionals. Here, too, we are shown
the wooden cross which came over
with the first band of Trappists from
France. It is in this room that the
monk spends all of his time not em-
ployed in manual labor, or prayer or
sleep. A narrow stairway conducts us
to the common dormitory of the
monks. The beds are separated by
partitions, forming cells six feet four
inches long, five feet nine inches wide,
and six feet high. The bed is a straw
mattress placed on a few boards, with
one comfort for covering. This room
is not heated even in the most rigor-
ous weather.
  On this same floor are the library,
tailor shop and infirmary. In this in-
firmary the old, the feeble and the sick
are quartered, and for their benefit
mass is celebrated here every morn-
ing at four o'clock. The refectory is
on the ground floor of the east wing of
the building, and is a room seventy.
three feet long and twenty-nine feet
wide. In it are five wooden tables.
Four of these are for the choir relig-
ious and lay brothers, while the fifth
is placed upon a platform at one end



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