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iv                 THE ECCLESIA AND PNEUMATIC THERAPY              l6l
' She has the appearance of a young girl of sixteen or seventeen. She is dressed in a white robe, girdled at the waist with a blue ribbon which flows down all along her robe. She wears upon her head a veil which is also white ; this veil gives just a glimpse of her hair and then falls down at the back below her waist. Her feet are bare but covered by the last folds of her robe except at the point where a yellow rose shines upon each of them. She holds on her right arm a rosary of white beads with a chain of gold shining like the two roses on her feet/
Some months before, the Guild of the Enfants de Marie at Lourdes had lost its good and well-beloved president, Mademoiselle Elisa Latapie, and the Guild was mourning her then and for a long time afterwards. Although young, Mademoiselle Latapie had obtained the confidence and respect of all. Her good character drew all hearts spontaneously to her, ' and to the young Guild members she was a friend, an adviser, a second mother \ When she went along the streets every one saluted her with respect and veneration. There was universal mourning for her death. On the day of her funeral the whole town of Lourdes accompanied the coffin, and the tears of the poor, more eloquently even than their words, told how great had been her kindliness. Now among the Enfants de Marie most closely attached to Mademoiselle Latapie, Antoinette Peyret had occupied the first place. She was struck by the likeness between the description of the dress of the Lady of the rock and that of the dress worn by the Enfants de Marie on the days of their religious ceremonies. I nstantly her thoughts flew to Mademoiselle Latapie, and she wondered with emotion whether the Lady who was showing herself at Massabieille was not their former president who had come to ask for their prayers. Antoinette Peyret and a