They saw a little hamlet and started to knock on the doors of the houses. The households were hesitant to let these strangers in because some criminals were being hunted by the police. It took them some time before they were able to convince them that they were good people.
Don Bosco and his companion were soaked because of the rain. And the people excused themselves to provide them with clean and dry clothes because of their miserable condition. They, however, pointed a castle in which they could find refuge.
When Don Bosco was about to leave, he asked for a souvenir of such cordial hospitality and chose a book entitled “Compendio di storia ecclesiastica” (Compendium of the Church History), with which Mr. Moioglio readily parted.