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Morning Star and Catholic Messenger.
PUBRIIanzD NYRRY SUNDAY M xORING.
REV. A. J. RYAN,
NWW ORLE.ANS. SNDAY. FEBRUARY I, 1874.
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CALENDAR OF THE WEEW.
Fab e I-Septoagontma Sunday.
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Regulations for Lent for the Diocese of Natches.
During Lent we allow the usne of flesh meat
on all days except Wednesdays and Fridays,
the Ember Days and Holy Saturday.
The law of abstaining from flesh meat is bind
iag on all who are not exempted by reason of
bad health or necessity-even on children,
from the age of seven years; and parents com
fit a mortal sin every time they allow their
okildren to eat meat when it is forbidden.
All persons are bound to fast who have
reached the age of twenty-one years, unless
lawfully exempted on account of hard labor
or bad health-concerning which they ought
to consult their pastor or confessor, and accept
from him some other good work to be per
formed in place of fasting.
Mothers, either bearing children or suckling
them, would do wroog to fast.
The law of fasting requires that a person
should not eat more than one full meal in the
day, and not until midday, or near it.
A collation may be taken in the evening, but
it should not exceed the fourth part of an
ordinary dinner, or at most eight ouncee.
When meat is allowed on week days in Lent,
persons who are bound to fast cannot use meat
except at the one principal meal. On Sundays
it may be used at every meal.
It is not allowed to eat flesh and fish at the
same meal in Lent-not even on Sundays.
In the morning, the drinking of coffee, etc.,
is not forbidden, but there is no permission to
eat, unless it be so little that the law is not
presumed to notice it.
Sometimes, also, persons whose health or
occupations would not allow them to fast
rigorously, may, by eating a small amount, be
enabled to observe the fast in part. In such
cases it is laudable.
By order of the Right Rev. Bishop.
MI. F. GnIc.NoN, V. G.
To Stcnsc itusRS IN MoII.E ANtD rUISTLER.
Mr. George J. Pritchard, for some yearn con
nected with this office, will visit Mobile and
Whistler on the 10th inst., on a collecting and
CANI'LEMAS DAY.-The feast of the Purifica
tion of tbo Blessed Virgin Mary occurs to
morrow. Our readers know of the beautiful
custom prevailing throughout the Church to
bless candles on that day. Multitudes of the
faithfel have the habit of keeping such can
dles in their houses, while they leave many in
the churches as an offering for the use of the
altar. It is to be hoped that all Catholics will
- remember the necessity of illuminating their
altars with a good deal of splendor on many
oecasions and take a pleasure of making an
offering to that end aceording to their means.
RITUALE ROMANIM.-Mr. Gogarty has re
oeived from the publishing house of Murphy &
Co.. Baltimore, an elegant edition of the
" Roman Ritual" in red and black letter. The
typography is clear, large and beautiful, while
the paper and binding are of the finest quality.
When we add that the work is unabridged,
containing the fullest instructions, notations
of mnsic, formulas, etc., we know that the
Rev. clergy will see the propriety of examining
the work for themselves.
THu CIarnDRAL.-To-morrow, Monday, the
Feast of the PuriBeation of the Most Blessed
Virgin, His Grace, the most Rev. Archbishop,
will say Mass at 7 o'olock at the altar of our
Lady of Lonrdes. At 8 o'clock, before High
Mass, His Orace will bless the candles after
having addressed an allooution to the faithful.
ST. PRTER'S CnURCe.-The Very D. Manucy,
of Montgomery, Ala., will preach at High
Mass to-day, at the Church of 88. Peter and
Paul, Third District, Rev. C. Moynihan, pastor.
Father Manucy is one of the most diatingalshed
of the priests of the Catholic churoh Booth,
and in Montgomery, Ala., where he is sta
tioned, be has made many converts from
among the most intelligent Protestants of that
The community of religious of the Sacred
Heart have experienced a severe loss in the
death of their Superior General, Madame Jose
phine Gootz, who died at the mother-house, in
Paris, on the 4th of January.
Father Glesen's Lecture.
Last Monday evening St. Alphonsus'
Hall was thoroughly filled with the crowd
that assembled to hear the lecture an
nounced to be delivered by the Rev. Father
Glesen in favor of the- Sisters of Mercy.
There was not a spare seat in the Hall, and
all available places for standing were filled
with auditors who could not fin8d chairs,
while many left from inability to effect an
entrance. The very high esteem in whichb
lather Glesen is held in this community
and the anticipations based by the public
on his reputation as a speaker were amply
attested by the audience whichb, on this oo.
casiou, greeted him notwithstanding the
dogmatic character of his subject and the
general antipathy of a New Orleans publio
to lectures. Many of our esteemed clergy
were on the platform, among whom could
be observed the Rt. Rev. Bishop Elder, of
Natches, and a namber of our most intelli
gent Protestant fellow*citizens were no.
ticeable in the audience. The endaring
affection of his former parishioners was
plainly manifested by the emotion exhib
ited at the moment of his appearance.
Long as had been the separation, the
memory of his zeal and his affectionate in
terest in all that concerned the spiritual
and temporal welfare of his fleock, was still
vivid, and brought tears of joy to the
eyes of many.
Difficult as was the subject for treat
ment in anything of a popular style, the
Rev. lecturer held his hearers spell-bound
for over an hour and a half by the charm
of his eloquence, while discussing it. He
limited himself in its consideration to three
points, first, the possibility of transubstan
tiation; second, its recognition as a doc
trine in all ages; and third, its relative
It would be rash in us to undertake from
memory, even a synopsis of this learned
and brilliant discourse. Without attempting
it, we merely add that its style was marked
by the varying traits of familiar illusnetra
tion and profound learning, of racy humor
and noble dignity, of amusinog anecdote
and genuine pathos. One illustration used
in the first division of the subject was
drawn from the transmatation of food by
the digestion of animals. It is very pos
sible, said the Rev. lecturer, for God to turn
into flesh and blood the food which we eat,
for this is done through the agency of our
stomachs every day. If thus God can, in
the course of four or five hours, transmate
bread into living human flesh and blood, by
the natural laboratory of the stomach, why
can He not do it instantly and without the
agency of the stomach t And if you every
day see the former operation and do not
wonder at it, though perfectly incompre
hensible, why wonder at the latter and call
The second branch of the subject called
forth many learned and beautiful historical
allusions. Poetry, painting, sculpture,
architecture, music, were in turn called up
to testify how genius had always chosen
for its highest effort the commemoration
of the wonderful mystery of transaubstan
tiation. To doubt its prevalence through
out Christendom as a doctrine, were to
deny the existence of all the master-pieces
of every art in all ages.
The necessity of the doctrine was shown
in the facts that otherwise the Jews would
have been more favored before the coming
of the Messiah than Christians have been
since; that the great anticipations of a
glorious legacy to be left by our Lord
anticipations so often and so pointedly
raised by His own promises-would have
been totally disappointed in getting nothing
but a bit or broad and a sup of wine; and
that the highest and sweetest proof of His
burning, insatiable love of man would have
r We can only regret that it is beyond our
Spower to give something like a condensed
Ssketch of a discourse which most have
made an ineffaceable impression, on all
who had the good fortune to hear it.
CONCERT AT ST.JOHN'S CHURCHr.-Our rend
ers will remember that this evening, at a
o'clock, a Concert will be given in St. John the
Baptist's Church, Dryades street. The pro
gramme, which will be found among the ad
vertisements on our fifth page, promises a
musical entertainment of rare excellence. In
the list of those who are to sing on the oco
sion will be observed the names of esch dis
tinguished amateurs as Misses Lovell and Mer
cier, Mistresses Pierce and Elliot and Messrs
Krebbs and Boremans. The proceeds are to
be devoted to the uses of the church.
We have received from Messrs. L. Soards &
Co., publishers, a copy of "Soards' New Or
leans Directory for 1874," which contains a
large amount of useful and interesting in
formation, besides the mstter usually found in
snch works. We extract the following table
of the population of our city by wards:
Firt - .-........................................ is 134
Tenthd.................. ..... . .... ... .... 23,tS35
Thirde...........................a.e........ sso.... 5
The S oev sbencrntlhopl.........59,31m a 4i
Eighth ...................... 15.577
Tenth .........5.... .......,.... 3.157
nestnly exeented, and should meet with a.... large1
Thireenth-- -- -- e.495
Filth District ........ 0,2............. .31
The work has been carefully· compiled and is
neatly executed, and should meet with a large
Ourcotemporary, the New York Tablet,
has in its last issue a reprint of an article
on " Unequal Education," taken from the
.Evangelist, a Protestant paper of that city.
The Eeangelist argues at considerable
length that edeucation should be addressed
as directly to the soul as to the intellect,
and complains that so great a preponder
ance is given in public schools to the mere
acquisition of leaining. It is strongly
opposed to that system of educeation which
leaves no time, or makes no provision, for
This is certainly a great advasce on the
part ofan inflneatial Protestant organ, and
betrays an awakening sense of the short
comings of the fatal plan of education
which is raining the moral character of the
American people. But we hope that the
Bansgelist will go even further in its ideas.
It claims now that schools ought to be dis
missed early on Wednesdays and pupils
remitted to the instruction of their Sunday
school teachers. Why not recognize the
whole truth at once and be convinced that
spiritual and intellectual training ought to
go hand in hand every moment ofthe school
day ? The whole influence of the teacher, his
allusions, bhis illustrations, bhis manner-all
should tend to All the mind and heart of
his pupils with a reverence for things holy.
This is the real spiritual training without
which a certain amount of cramming with
catechism and Bible history will not
amount to anything.
It is surprising to see how easily a good
many well-meaning Protestants and honest
non-Catholics are galled by the Infidel cry
of compuleory education. We have seen
papers, professedly religious, advocating
this peculiar invention of the Serpent, on
the groand that intelligence was in itself
adverse to crime, and that the education of
its people was a dictate of self-preserva
tion for the nation. We have about three
observations to make on that point at this
1st. There is not a shadow of necessary
I connection between intelligence and inno
cence. The Devil is extremely learned, as
are also many of the most noted Atheists
and reprobates among men. On the other
hand, the greatest innocence and virtue
are often found among an illiterate peasan
Stry. And on principle, there is no goed
reason for nsupposing that an accurate
knowledge of arithmetic, or grammar, or
geography, will incline one to contemn the
things of this world and give his affections
to God. It seems manifest to us that the
greatest illumination of the mind may be
effected without arousing a single good im
pulse of the heart.
2d. If education is a necessary element
of preservation in government, where did
the intelligence come from to organize the
government. If men without any previous
I compulsory education are found sufficiently
instructed to give shape and life to a new
Ination, how can we pretend that suanch a
nation will perish because its citizens are
left to the same accidents of education as
those which surrounded its founders t
3d. Compulsory education means too
much for the good of our Protestant friends
I themselves. It concedes to the government
a power which is virtually the right of con
trolling conscience and dictating religious
belief. If government can enforce educa
tion, it may find it necessary to abolish all
schoole but its own. The other schools
would weaken its own too much, they
would in its opinion be equal to
no schools at all, they would not
give education enough, - or of the right
kind, to save the nation, if education
ois a necessity, the right kind of education
is a necessity, and the government could
suppose that to be attainable in its own
I schools only. Such would be the argument.
How would our Protestant sectariane
I like that And it is not a fancy sketch by
any means. It is exactly what is happen
ing now in Prussia. That nation is break
Sing up all the Catholic schools on one
Ipretext or another, so that compulsory
Seducation may carry the children into the
- Bismarck-Infidel schools.
Now suppose that a government should
say : "Your children must go to school.
You shall close all schools bat mine for
they disarrange my system. Therefore
your children shall all go to my schools.
As I have the right to educate them, I
have the right to say of what that educa
tion shall consist. I say they shall be
taught the noble, free, liberal, enlarged,
untrammeled doctrines of Materialism and
Atheism. I will have no more of that
nonsense among my people which will
warp their judgments and enelave their
souls. Your absurd superstitions and
theological slavery would ruin our coun
try and shall not be taught*"
What would the so-called Christian sects
think of this? Yet concede to govern
meet the right of compulsory education
and you concede the whole control and
construction of that education. If Infidelity
got into control it would not hesitate a
moment at exercising most despotically a
power so improvidently conceded.
ST. JOSRI-Il's PARxISI.-Next SBnday evening,
5th February, the Emmet Dramatic Club will
give a performance in St. Joseph's Hall for the
benefit ef the new church. Tickets fifty cent.
Brownson and the Mirror.
In the last number of the Baltimote
fMirror, one of our most valued Catholio
exchanges-we regret to And an article
upon our venerable reviewer, from the con
clusions of which we are forced to dissent.
Ino the last number of his Beview, Mr.
Browneon notices at some length and in
the most complimentary terms a recently
published biogsaphy of the late Archbishop
Spalding, written by his nephew, the Rev.
J. L. Spalding, of Kentucky.. - In that ar
ticle the reviewer naturally recurs to some
of his own reminiscences of the deceased
prelate, and to his own estimate of his
That estimate may be wrong; but we
know that human judgment is always
prone to error, and honest errors ought not
to be treated with the severity which we
And in this comment of the Mirror. So
far, however, as we can perceive, after a
careful perusal of the article criticised, Mr.
Brownson puts the venerable Archbishop
on one of the highest pinnacles, if not the
very highest one, of the glorious structure
of. fame which the American hierarchy has
reared by its labors. There Is not a pre
late or priest, of those whom he finds wor
thy to place in comparison with him, to
whom we can find that he accords even an
With those who had the honor of know
ing the Archisbop personally, as was the
case with the writer of these remarks, any
suggestion that there could be any offence
which he would not forgive, would be en
tirely inadmissible. The genial, kindly
sweetness of his frank and loving nature
forbids the thought. Mr. Brownson uses
one expression which would seem to em
brace such a charge. He says of him, "he
certainly resented eour criticisms and, we
fear he never pardoned them." This may
refer to the literary aspect of the offence.
If, however, it is meant to indicate a per
sonal uncharitableness, we are forced to
dissent from Mr. Brownson's opinion. In
any other respect, however, we find no com
ment which an honest critic would not be
at liberty to make.
His charge of a Gallican tendency on the
part of early American Catholics, and es
pecially some of their most distinguished
prelates, may be incorrect, but we do not
doubt the reviewer's sincerity in making it
Neither can it be considered a charge of
the greatest gravity, considering the nam
bars of pious, zealous and conscientious
Catholics who in those days were unfortu
nately tainted with that error.
In addition to these things, the Mirror
recalls Mr. Brownson's theological errata,
and his political proclivities durlng the
late war. As to the first, we have forgot
ten them; we remember only the graceful,
humble, Christian manner in which the
venerable reviewer referred to them, only
to condemn them, in his introduction to
the present series of his work. It would
almost be worth while to commit an error
occasionally, if one could do so innocently,
just to have the glory of admitting it.
The passions of the war may have carried
Mr. Brownson far beyond the bounds of
reason and of charity. Circumstances at
that time estranged us from his writings.
But it is as a Catholic, nota politician, that
we suppose him to be a reviewer. If
hereafter we should find him mingling the
baleful glow of sectional hatred with even
the purest iight of orthodoxy in faith, we of
the South should necessarily be obliged to
seek our illumination elsewhere. But we
cannot perceive such an animus in the
article crltidised by the Mirror, though it
is directly charged by that paper. On the
contrary, we find a most kindly and flatter
ing appreciation of the Southern character,
giving it credit, on his part, for noble
qualities which he would regret to see
passing away before the "Yankeeizing"
influences of Northern immigration.
We must confess, however, to great sur
prise on finding In the article in question a
really coarse fling at the Baltimore Mirror,
a paper eminent for its ability and discrimi
nation. And we have no doubt that the
great Review, of which all American Catho
lice have a right to be proud, can remain
truly great and truly Catholic, only by
avoiding sectional issues and local col
CHURcH OF TIHE HOL.v NAME OF MARY,
ALOEzRS.-The friends of the congregation of
this church will be pleased to learn that the
Southern Minstrel Club has kindly volunteered
its services for a performance in aid of the new
church. The performance will take place on
the premises of the presbytery, next Sunday,
Feb. 8th, at 7:30 p. M. The doors will open at
half past six. Admission for grown persons
will be 50 cents; children half price. The
gentlemen of this club have given performances
in other parishes with great satisfaction to all
audiences, and we doubt not that they will, on
this occasion, fully realize the pleasurable
anticipations of the good people of Algiers.
Ovn LADY or LOURDEB.-We have received
from Mr. P. F. Gogarty, 151 Camp street, pub
lisher, a copy of the photograph of the grotto 4
of Lonrdea In our Cathedral. The photograph
was taken by Then. Lilienthal, Esq., and is a 1
good representation of this beautiful grotto, I
which was erected by His Grace in the Cathe- i
dral, and dedicated by him with such magnifi -
cent ceremony on the feast of the Immaculate
When is a clock on the stairs dangeronus
When it runs down.
st. Patriers air.
Last Friday evening this fair, which prom
ises to be one of the most brilliant and sne
cessful of the season, was opened in Odd
Fellows' Hall. For month. past the most
influential ladies eof the parishab, assisted by
many from adjoining parishes, have been en
gaged in preparations for this entertainment,
and that they have met with a flatterlng ano
cess in their labors, will be at once admitted
by even the most Indifferent observer. The
tables are fairly loaded down with beautiful
works of art, jewelry, trinkets, vases, lowers,
etc.; many of the articles exhihbited giving
lnoontestible proof of the industry and skill
of the young ladles of our city. Neither time
nor labor has been spared by these young la
dies in their eforts to equal if noet to eurpass
the works of regular artists; and we think
that simple justice demands of visitors that
they bestow their favors with a liberal hand
in enoouragement of souch well directed seal.
Is the advertisement on the fifth page of
this paper will be seen the names of the several
tables and of the ladies who have assumed the
task of dispensing the hospitalities of each. A
fll list is also contained therein of the oon
tests which form a distinguishing feature at
this Fair. Among these are several which
have already created considerable excitement
in the community and whish bid fair to at
tracot to the hall hundreds of people from all
parts of the city. These are: for the horse
and buggy, Mayor Wilts vs. District Attorney
McPhelin; for the gold watch, Gen. Badger,
Chief of Police, vs. John O'Neil, a leading
member of the Hibernian Asrociation; silver
punch-bowl, contestants, William Conway,
Hugh Cassidy and S. McNamara
The Fair will continue till the 9th inst., and
as it is held for the laudable purpose of paying
off the debt incurred in making the grand old
Church of St. Patrick what it should be, an
honor to our city and a monument to the faith
of our people, we trust that each and everyone
of our citizens will give It an earnest support.
A Matter for the Consideration of Heads of Fam
(From lather McGlynn's Great Lecture in New York.!
" See here, soenny, what is the matter
with yonu 1" "Why, I'm an orphan."
" Where is your father t" "Father's dead."
" How old was your father when he died !"
"'bout forty." About forty! and with his
Irish constitution he should have lived
twenty to forty years more. Only forty;
he's no business to be dead! Do you re
member, my friends, the stupid old song
about the man who was being "waked t"
But before I quote it as an illustration, I
will tell you what I think about a " wake."
What a sacrilege it is-to call it by its
proper name-this outrage upon the sacred
presence of death-this messenger of God!
that shbould teach men more forcibly than
any other preacher, to be better, nobler,
purer. What other preacher can tell, in a
voice so terrible, of the nothingness of
time, of the all-importance of eternity of
the presence of God and of his dreaAful
jsdgment ! There is the Angel of God;
and there are the friends of the dead man
enjoying themselves and in many cases
getting drunk, fighting and rioting, and
talking obscenely, making night hideous,
and making virtue and modesty hide their
faces in the presence of the messenger of
God, of sacred death !
Well in the stupid old ssng, which I use
for an illustration, a man was dead, "stone
dead," and his friends were gathered about
him at the "wake." They had some hot
whiskey-the smell of it was very good
and the story goes on to say, the dead
man eat up, when lie saw what they were
doing. And says he: "When such good
staff as that is going round, do you think
I'd be such a fool as to be dead t" And
so I say now of the father of this imegin
ary boy, he has no business to be dead.
He is worse than a "fool" to be dead. He
is a criminal to be dead. He is a thief for
being dead, and a murderer besides, Ho
has killed himself long before his time
le cocbmitted suicide, a murderer. He
was a thief and a robber ; for he robbed
this boy of what he has a right to. He
had a right to a good training and educa
tion ; he had a right to a good example,
and his father has robbed him of all this
by destroying himself. He ought to be
working for his child, keeping him and
clothing him; by word and example he
should be teaching hin faith and morality.
He should be giving him an education by
keepinog him at school, and sending him to
church. He should be bringing him up
an honest member of the church and of
society ; but in place of that he by being
dead robbed him of all.
That man had perhaps twenty years of
life before him, and- by drinking he has
died by his own hand and left that boy to
be a burden upon society, to prey upon it
-a curse to himself and others. And this
is not unfrequently the crime of the simple
"moderate drinker," who has yet commit
ted suicide, by dying long before his time,
and who perhaps "had never been drunk
in his life." Let us call up another vag
rant-"What is the matter with you t
where is your father 7" "I don't know,"
"Is he dead 7" "I don't know." "Where
il your mother V" "She's in jail," "What
is she in jail for 7" "She is a hard drink
er and she got into a fight with a woman
that lived on the same foor. She, too,
was a hard drinker. She made a com
plaint against my mother." And so she
was sent up for six months. He dosn't
know where his father is. Perhaps he too
was a hard drinker, whose life has gone
out suddenly, far away ; and his mother
in jail !
The St. Alphonsus Total Abstinence Society
and the St. Aloysius Cadet Society, meet to
day. See advertisements on fifth page.
DRATHl OW A SIsTER ow HoLy C 8os&.-The
Order of the Marianite Sisters of Holy Cross
has met with a severe loss in the death of Bis
ter Mary of St. John the Evangelist, which
occurred at St. Mary's Orphan Boys' Asylam,
Third District, Monday last, January 20th,
1874. Sister Mary, in the world, Mibs Anna
Collins, was born on the 13th of November,
1835, at Woodfield, parish of Lisevard, county
Cork, Ireland. She entered the Order in Bel
gium on the 20th of December, 1858, and re
ceived the Holy Habit May 12th, 1860. On the
26th of February, 1863, she made her solemn
SRequciscac in Pace.
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ZDITSOIAL AVD OTIM 1ITE3.
" Does one woman in Afty fill the lower half
of her longe with air "' Is the stern inquiry of
a sanitary exchange.
Clerical neokties for the ladles are the latest.
They are of white mull, and made exactly like
those worn by Episcopal olergymen.
Col. John Forsyth, editor of the Mobile
Register, is spoken of as the probable candidate
of the Conservatives for Governor of Alabama.
The diamonds and point lace won by the
wife of Hon. Ben. Wood at the Orphan Asylam
ball, N. Y., last month, were valued at $140,000.
Tihe $P5,000 presented to the Holy Father on
Christmas by Dr. Chatard was the gift of the
Diocese of Philadelphia, and not, as reported,
of the Catholics of the whole United States.
A Cincinnati paper says that Gen. oScott was
killed by a letter, so was Mr. Clay, and so was
Caleb Cushing, and wants to know if it is not
probable that Jodge Waite has written one
A newspaper imp is responsible for the fol
lowing cure for bed-buge with salt water:
This will make the bugs dry, and while they
are gone after a drink more your bed into an
A bachelor says if you hand a lady a news
paper with a paragraph cut out of it, not a
line of it will be read, but every bit of inter
est felt in the paper by the lady will centre in
finding out what the missing paragraph con
Said a professor in a college to a notorious
slouggard, who was once, for a wonder, prompt.
ly in his place at morning prayers at the ap
pointed time, " I marked you, sir, as punctual
this morning. What is yonr excuse ?" "S-a-sick,
sir, and couldn't sleep," was the reply.
The first canaon ball ever fired in the United
States for the purpose of saving lives was a
24-pound shot, which was fired on the 12th of
January, 1850, over the ship Ayrshire, wrecked
on the Squam Beabch. Having a line attached,
it was the means of saving the lives of 201
pereons. The ball is now -at the Capitol in
Some waggish sonl having stated that the
line, "though lost to sight, to memory dear,"
originated with Rathren Jenkins, and first
appeared in the Gentlenman's Magazinefor Ma
rines, in 1701 and 1702, the London Illustrated
News fell into the trap, and, having published
that statement, subsequently felt constrained
to publish another to the effect that neither
the magazine nor "Ruthren Jenkins" ever
had any existence.
The Ypsilanti Commercial tells this story :
"A few weeks since two of onr prominent citi
zens swore of from drinking. One of them
had occasion to visit Chicago.- Meeting some
friends they urged him to drink. He pleaded
his agreement with B. in Ypsilanti. The
friends of A. in Chicago were not satisfied, and
telegraphed to B. in our city, saying: ' A
is getting awful dry. Can't you let him off
this once ' The noble Spartan's reply tele
graphed back was: 'No! If he must die, let
him die a sober man."'
It is gratifying to know that the Radical
strength in the United States is on the wane.
The recent Senatorial elections fix the number
of Republican Senators at fbrty-six, while the
opposition, reckoning the Liberal Republicans,
will number twenty-eight. This leaves the
Radicals minus the usual two-thirds majority'
even if those claimed as loyal remain true to
the President, which is exceedingly doubtful.
We agree with the New York Herald, that it
takes many years to alter the political charsac
ter of the Senate, but it is evident the pro
cess has commenced.
There will be four eclipses this year and a
transit of Venue. 1st, a total eclipse of the
son April 16th, invisible in North America;
2d, a partial eclipse of the moon May let, in
visible in the United States; an annular eclipse
of the sun October 10th, invisible in America;
a total eclipse of the moon October 24th, in the
evening, and morning of the 25th, visible
throughout America. Begins at New York
12:49 in the morning; New Orleans, 11:42 in
the evening. A transit of Venus over the sun's
dise December 8th, invisible in America; vis
ible in Asia, Australia and the East Indies.
On Thursday last 35,000 young salmon were
turned loose in a small branch of the Shenan
doab river, near Wincbester, Va. These fishwill
soon be in the Potomac, and in the course of a
few years the river will abound with them.
The reason for turning the fish loose in the
extreme head waters are because there are no
black bas in those small tributaries tp destroy
them, and to indouce them to ascend the river
as high as possible when they return from the
sea in after years, it being characteristic of the
salmon, as well as the shad, to return to its
FAIn IN BRASnEAR CITv.-Onr contemporary,
the Brashear Yen-s, gives quite a long and in
teresting account of the Fair recently held in
the thriving town of Brashear for the benefit
of the Catholic church. That the Fair should
have proved a great success is not to be woa
dered at, as the most zealous and influential
ladies and gentlemen of the place gaveit their
heartiest support. Among the ladies who had
tables were Meedames Rone and Lawrence
Macready, William Costello, E. C. McClellan,
Cias. Peterson, O'Donnell, Staples, T. and D.
Shannon, Church, E. Anooin and E. Mulvibill.
The following is the offioial announcement by
Wm. Costello, Esq, chairman of managers, of
the proceeds of the Fair:
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Ripenoes (aeoludisg musts and al artiles e~pr
chesed for vole and mrsffis)----- ··- - - ·------- 45 35
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Dr. Chambers gives In his "Scrap-Book " an
illuetration of the ignorance prevailing in
certain central portions of England: " A cler
eyman heving come to baptise a newly-born
infant, whom be understood to be a boy, he
asked what name he should give the child.
The father, quite at a loss, had no predilec
tions on the subject. * Shall it be a Scripture
name?' Assent. 'Well, what Scripture
name 1' The man agreed, at the minister's
suggestion, that Benjamin would do. As be
was retiring afterward, he heard a great shout
logy and, turning back, met the tather who
exclaimed: '"Sir', wsea do-in mann be
done aa a-re'..'gl 2")