This city is greatly exercised over the trouble at Notre Dame Church, which is attended by French Canadian Roman Catholics. The cause of the difficulty is the appointment of a Pastor by the Bishop who is an Irishman. Although the trouble has existed for several weeks, it was thought it would be settled without becoming anything serious. On the contrary, it is rapidly becoming a decidedly serious quarrel. On Sunday when the Pastor Father SAMUEL P. MAGEE [McGee] visited the church he was unable to open the door. The door and the windows were nailed up. The doors were, however, forced open by some of the parishioners, and the priest was making preparations to celebrate Mass. Before he had finished putting on his robes he was seized by several men and held a prisoner in the church vestry for about an hour and a half. In the meantime there was much excitement in the church, where the women were insulted and driven from the building. The priest was finally rescued from the vestry and escorted to his home. Later in the day the Frenchmen determined to kidnap him at night. The priest, hearing of this, had his house guarded by police during the night, and the designs of his persecutors were frustrated. The English-speaking Catholics are greatly angered at the conduct of the Frenchmen, and at a secret meeting determined to be present at the church next Sunday, when trouble is expected. There have been several rows already and several persons, principally Frenchmen, have been severely beaten. Father Magee [McGee] has been forced to leave the pastoral residence and obtain lodgings in other quarters. The Frenchmen has subscribed $750 to defray the expenses of a delegation to Rome, which will present the matter to and seek redress from the Pope, [the] Bishop having refused to put a French priest in place of the objectionable Irish priest. . .
Fall River Monitor, December 16, 1884.