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Page 67 - With Fr. John Angus Rankin, Glendale

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1987/6/1 (186 reads)

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And I turned my eyes off him, because I was get? ting ready to ask questions about the oth? er world, I put the book down on the table, and turned. There was nothing there. (Oh, he didn't stay and talk to you.) No, As soon as he got the message across, he dis? appeared. Well, I didn't sleep all night, I just sat there and smoked cigarettes. Dawn came, I went out and said Mass. So then I went to see MacLellan, and I told MacLellan, And I said, "I had an awful experience last night," I said, "I don't believe in this," I said, "There's only one other case quite similar. I'm going to go to Inverness and," I said, "if there's a bill in Inverness, then I've got to believe it. If not," I said, "I'm going on to Halifax to see a psychiatrist." So it was a Saturday morn? ing. He said, "Go ahead." So I came home, and I went over to the mer? chant. And I called him aside. And I told him what happened. "No, no, no," he said, "no, no. Your father is even," "Well," I said, "there's something, I'd like to-- have you got old bills?" "Oh," he said, "well, yeah, yeah, yeah," "Well," I said, "I want to go through them," He said, "Wait a minute. I'm kind of busy now. But at dinnertime there'll be a lull, I'll go with you," So he took me upstairs to an old office he had, and we went through every bloody bill--no, nothing. So he said, "Look at that!" He said, "Your father would come up Suppliers of Conmercial Recreational Fencing 0. Box 98, King St., North Sydney, N. S. B2A 3M1 794-4773 "Have our auger truck dig your holes." (6 7
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