Stephen bent down towards Davin who, intent on the game, had paid no heed to the talk of the others. The preservation of the public credit and the resumption of specie payments, so successfully attained by the Administration of my predecessors, have enabled our people to secure the blessings which the seasons brought. If they took a fool's advice they would confine their attention to religion. The priest waited for the answer and added: --I mean, have you ever felt within yourself, in your soul, a desire to join the order? Think.