|The stories are coming just as fast as our one finger can type.
It occurred to me that Bills story did not really tell of some of the more interesting things that Father Pat did. So I would like to share a few with you.
|The hallway was yellow lit by oil lamps along the wall. Chewing tobacco stained spots along the floor. The smoke and smell of cigars hung heavy in the air.
This was what greeted the eyes of Father Pat.
It was brought to his attention earlier in the day that a young wife had been abandoned and penniless at the International Hotel in Rossland.
Pat was here to see if he could help! At the end of the hall he could see a large man pulling at the elbow of a young woman. This man was attempting to force this girl into a line of employment she was clearly not inclined to do.
Father Pat pulled the man away from her and had to quickly duck as the big manís fist hit the wall behind the spot Pats head had just occupied.
With that Father Pat answered the challenge with a series of short jabs and the man went down .
Patís hand went out to help the man to his feet and told him best to leave my son. Which he did.
Turning his attention to the Girl he said come with me child and guided her to a room where he said she could stay till she was on her feet.
He quickly went to the bar and passed his hat. Both losers and winners made generous deposits to the hat, for never had the Good Father ever asked for anything . He must have had a good reason to put his hat out.
With the money he set the Girl up with rent and a brand new sewing machine.
Such was Father Patís way.
|This ambulance was purchased to honor Father Pat!
|From a past Boundry History Society's Publication
came this story of Father Pat.
On one of the rare times Pat hitched a ride with a mule freight wagon.
Now these teamsters are famous for their colourfull use of the English language. On this occasion going up a long hill, one of the Mules was acting up something fierce. Looking at the frustration on the Teamster's face, Pat leaned over and said in his thick Irish accent "Listen Laddy, if you have to tell that mule what you think of him, don't you mind me be'in here!"
This is why Father Pat was such a hit, he liked and understood the men around him...
|How you love your Spouse or Children,
is how this man felt for all he met...