As I have already said what happened on this day, I will not delay over here, but pass on the apparition which, in my opinion, took place on the 15th in the afternoon. (Lucia mentions here and also elsewhere, that the apparition occurred at Valinhos on August 15, that is, on the day of her return from Qurem was certainly August 15, but the apparition occurred on the following Sunday, August 19, 1917). As at the time I did not yet know how to reckon the days of the month, it could be that I am mistaken. But I still have an idea that it took place on the very day that we arrived back from Vila de Ourem.
I was accomapanied by Francisco and his brother John. We were with the sheep in a place called Valinhos, where we felt something supernatural approaching and enveloping us. Suspecting that Our Lady was about to appear to us, and feeling sorry lest Jacinta might miss seeing her, we asked her brother to go and call her. As he was unwilling to go, I offered him two small coins, and off he ran.
Meanwhile, Francisco and I saw the flash of light, which we called lightning. Jacinta arrived, and a moment later, we saw Our Lady on holmoak tree.
"What do you want of me?"
"I want you to continue going to the Cova da Ira on the 13th, and to continue to praying the Rosary every day. In the last month, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe."
"What do you want done with the money that the people leave in the Cova da Iria?"
"Have two litters made. One is to be carried by you and Jacinta and to other girls dressed in white; the other is to be carried by Francisco adn three other boys. The money from the litters is for the "festa" (feast) of Our Lady of the Rosary, and what is left over will help towards the construction of a chapel that is to be built here."
"I would like to ask you to cure some sick persons."
"Yes, I will cure some of them during the year."
Then looking very sad, Our Lady said:
"Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them."
And she began to ascend as usual towards the east.