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Page 105 of Historical tribute to St. Thomas' Seminary at Poplar Neck : near Bardstown, Kentucky / by Rev. Wm. J. Howlett.

ST. THOMAS' SEMINARY. a considerable extent still among the clergy, but, un- fortunately, we are not all Hutchinses, and the end generally shows the opposite of a surplus. Bishop Spalding must have had great confidence in Father Hutchins, notwithstanding his manner of keeping ac- counts, for he afterwards sent him to lighten the burden of debt on St. Mary's College, which he did in 1851, and again in 1856, when he succeeded in putting that institution upon a sound financial basis. Father Hutchins was not a specially learned man, and was more at home in the material management of an institution than among its books, yet he was not deficient in education, and was very successful as a teacher at Mount Merino and at St. Joseph's. He was an earnest and hard worker, and what he did was done with all his strength. He had a horror of debt, and practiced every economy in order to keep out of it. In after years when he visited the Seminary, he would lament that so much ground was devoted by Father Chambige to the culture of flowers, and remark how much more profitable it would be if planted with po- tatoes and cabbages. Financially, the administration of Father Hutchins was a success, and as a preparation for the new era of St. Thomas', it was not a failure. It made possible the bringing together of all the ecclesiastical students un- der one roof, and converted into a blessing the apparent misfortune of the closing of St. Joseph's to students of theology. The division of the students for the past thirty years had been a benefit to the colleges where they were called upon to teach, but it was well-nigh fatal to the recruitment of the diocesan clergy. The way was now opened for new students in the prepara- 105

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