To-day is Shrove Tuesday, or "pancake day." and among Catholics and a certain nutu- l-er of High Church Episcopalians is regarded as the last day upon which the enjoyments of the Mesh can be tolerated until F-aster to morrow being Ash Wednesday, the tirst of the forty days of Lent. In the towns and cities of Catholic Europe it is customary to hold high carnival throughout the day and night of Shrove Tuesday, anl even in this country the .'ifardi iras festival is a great i.icnisiun among tne Catholics 01 the .,vittjern sparest. int.s year Ash Wediuwday falls on the 14th of Fel-tuary, which is also St. Valentine's Day, when i upid holds swav. The 1- east of Ijent is one of the oldest obst-rvancx-s of the Catholic hurch. as it dates back to the very earliest days of Christianity. The Initio and Greek names of this fast signify "Forty days." The Kiiglish Word Cist means ' Spring fast," Lenten tide in the Saxon language signifying "The - pjiug season." f late years there has been a very marked falling off in the strict observance with which the season was formerly kept.