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PULPIT AND STAGS.
Frothingham on the Ethics of Sabbath Performances. EUROPEAN VS. AMERICAN SUNDAYS. Thft Manager of the Grand Duke's Opera Home on Sinful Amusement*, Mr. Stuart Robson in a Light Comedy Vein. Childlike and Bland Remarks by a Sexegenarian. BOSTONS THEOLOGICAL THAW. TDe sermon and sentiments of the Rev. Mr. Tal mage, made public in last Sunday's Hbkald, are still tne universal theme of discussion. Letters continue to pour in with great rapidity and gener ally adverse to this now famous clergyman. Oc casionally he finds an ardent delenuer, but not in the ranks of the dramatic profession. The Rev. Mr. Frothlngham, the most advanced leader ol liberal thought In the Protestant Church in America, gives weighty reasons for his opinions in the communication printed below. And -T., tne correspondent who berated Mr. Talmage so hard a few days since, now returns to the attack and answers "C.," who made a defence of the Brook lyn divine. Mr. Stuart Robson, a well Known co median, claims Mr. Talmage as a brother actor. And the boy manager of the Grand Duke s Thea tre, who was formerly a bootblack, and whose name Is Mr. Thomas O'Brien, attempts to castigate the pastor who haa succeeded so well In gotting Into hot water. FroUilnfham on Sunday Amusements. To tub Editor of the IIkbvld:? As you have printed some rather incoherent expressions of mine, elicited by one or your re porters, on the Sunday amusement question, yon will, perhaps, be willing to publish a thought or two, better considered, on the same subject. The point presented by your reporter was tne expediency of encouraging or of discouraging Sunday evening concerts of the character recently offered by Mr. Strakosch and other musical di rectors of character and taste, and I had no hesi tation in cordially approving o! such attempts to adorn and Improve what in many cases are Idle, or worse than idle, hours, nut the discussion has already strayed far beyond that Hue, bo far that the wnole subject of Sunday amusements is under consideration. This subject is by no means a simple one. PuttiDg ecclesiastical prepossessions aside, and looking at the matter with absolute candor, as a concern not of the church, but of society, the difficulties it presents are neither few nor light. The questions raised are no other than these What is the best use to make of Suucay? How shall we improve a seventh part or all our time? How shall we rescue from waste or wanton abuse a number of precious hours which are now by nsage, law, common consent and general prac tice set apart from ordinary time and irom secu lar occupations? At present the Sunday is merely secluded?shut off irom the week by a wnli guarded by police. Such human nature as tries to get In clandestinely is regarded with suspicion, and, if practicable, hustled out. Religion claims the day, but docs not. and from the constitution of Uio human mind cannot, U3C t. At most it occupies but lour or five hours. Let It be welcome to all It needs; but what disposition shall be mudo of the rest? In Europe the leisure hours are given up to social recreation, enjoyment in the open air, at place* of entertainment, coffee houses, gardens, theatres; not without abuses and excesses certainly, out with no more of them than may be complaincd or In communities where the dav is kept under severe restriction. Sunday in Paris is probably no worse than Sunday in New York, II It is as bad. But the introduction of the European Sunday here would be open to serious obit"11ions. It l" native there to the soil, and the genius of the people, u?age and tradition favor it. The French, Italians. Germans enjoy simple pleas nres and know how to spend leisure innocently. They recreate themselves on holidays. The only sys tem that is native here Is the Puritan. Our pop* lation is mixed, and the foreign part of It Is largely composed of the passionate, uneducated and loose. We do not enjoy s'.mple pleasures, and leisure time is apt to be vicious time. The adop tion in America of tne French or German Sunday ?would probably be followed by a licenso that re ligious people of every name would deplore. It is the duty, as it seems to me, for thoughtful people to lind a way, if they can, out of his <11 femma. To use the day without abnslng it, eccle siastically or otherwise, sanctimonlonslv or ?lcen tlously, piously or impiously, snpersMtiouslv or recklessly, ia the problem, and a momentous prob lem too. _ . ... jf we could assume the Sunday to be with in the control or the right-minded portion of the community, so that alterations of Its observ ance ntlght be made gradually and innovations adopted one by one as necessity, not as sweeping logic, suggested, the case would not present in suocrable difficulties. Religion need not fear fatal encroachment on her own territory. Thc rell?i(J'ia nortlon or the community will have their full rights to learn and teach. The demand that pn - He libraries be opened for a certain number of hours on Sunday has been safely conceded, a he proposal to open galleries of art had been meted on and without detriment to any good in terest. Now comes the cry for muslc-the finest. subtlest, most cheering and enlivening of all civilizing influences. No harm ran come of a.iow Ing that a place with suitable restrictions as to Us associations and accompaniments. Can the man agers of theatres make their artists and arts available in the work of entertaining their unoc cupied or overworked fellow citizens ? Let per mission be granted them to do It, on condition that the entertainments offered shall be of character to enllveu and amuse, without degrad ing. All this would be consistent with a strict moral and police supervision, even with a Puri tanical determination to suppress rioting, drunk enness and debauchery, cannot the people in struct and cultivate themselves without letting in a horde of savages ? Must they forego innocent recreation and harmless amusements because vli e of every kind will demand permission to make victims If they do not ? Must they 9h"^he ' ??r ," the face of the good angels, because the evil spir its will at the same instant knock loudly to come in? Practically this is absurd. We sowj days. Why caDnot we guard Sunday? Soclcty protects itself on secular days when its mater interests are at stake. Why not on Sunday, w ^en Its intellectual and moral interests are at stake? At present public opinion protects religion ajfaina ftnaault one <lay in trio week. Wny may it no protect culture and decency and intelligence irom assault on the same day, throwing the same de fence around several great concerns in place of one Our Sunday is too precious to be sacrificed either to the "world, the flesh and the devil," on the one side, or to theology and the Church on me other. It belongs to man, to humanity, to culture, intelligence, the refreshment and invigo ration of the rational lacuitles, and to the instrumentalities by which these arc reuchcd. They who reiuse to make any terms be tween the Church and the world, Who hold that tne old war between God and man must bo fought ?ut till one or the other conquers, will naturally insist on the dividing line between th.; first day and the other six, and will strongly repel all in trusion of rational elements npon the consecrated tune devoted by the Lord's appointment to His tooiy battle. BatL,)ftV wUo Miovt tnat God and nan noia irienaiy relations, cnerish a common cause and nave ai Heart the same great interests? that religion baa allies in science, literature, art, cheeriuluess?will let in at least so much of tlie ra tional element as will co-operate with the divine purposed in elevating the condition of mankind, doing what they can, as in other departments, to distinguish helpltu irom harmful things. In con clusion let me express my satisfaction that the Hkrald has opened this discussion and my belief that It will exert a beneficial effect on the popular mind. Faltblully youra, O. B? FKOHlINUilAM. to ?'C.H ' To thx Editor op the Hbiuxd:? In this morning's Hi:e.vld "C.," the champion of brother Tannage, pays his respects to various par ties who have objected to clerical Invective. This much is hi* right, especially If he is wounded; but why his assumption that because he is neither an actor nor a preacher be is tbe only competent Judge in matters relating to either? If not a . builder why does lie build? True, he says he is "very "fond of theatrical performances and spec > tacular exhibitions"?doubtless or tbe latter?and this confession, together with his correct descrip tion of cancanism, makes him in reality what he can only make me by Inference?"a hanger-on of ? second rate theatres," or, it may be, of some sec. >ond rate church, as his misstated excuse lor the Brooklyn divine would seem to Imply. Is he not himself "niiicuioud"' in citintt, as some apology lor the Kev. Talmage's vituperation, that gentleman's "excitement of the moment," for what was really and deliberately planned, in answer to inquiries and which was elaborated In iwo or more consec! utlve sermons ? Is he not himself "absurd" In falsely stating that "T." put "the theatre on equal footing with the Church of Christ," when what "1." did do was to deplore the fact that there was so little of the Christian spirit left in the hearts of many so-called ministers and so great a neglect or ministerial duty. Mr. Talmage and his champions make themselves "ridiculous" when they proiess charity and practise hate. They make war and then wonder at the absence of 8eace. Give us more of that "trood will to men," you wish to reform. The weapons of bigotry and cant are no longer effective. Two preachers went to tbe deserts of Nevada, where they found a wide field for reform. One, a Puritan, abused evervtnlng and challenged tbe hatred of everybody. He sung his long metres to a comiortlcHs lew, and in time, in despair, gave all over to the wicked. The other, a liberal gen tleman, spoke well of everybody, visited the needy, comforted the afflicted, smiled on hu maulty, won the love oi the rude people around him, and had biB reward in their love, attention and ailcgiance. The one repelled; the other con verted. Meeting, one day, the Puritan complained to the other, naying:?"Brother, this is a heathen i country, and I leel the importance of preaching : the Uospel to this people, but I have no success." Said the wiser man, in reply:?"The preaching is easy enough and success easier, 11 you will do as I do. Don't drive them away, but go out and corral 'em." So, Mr. Talmage, if you will exercise good sense, good heart, good words, good method, you will ac complish your purpose and have no quarrel with theatres or with theatrical people. They have never presumed to be perfect nor tree from the stains of tbe world they inhabit. Thev have never wished for more than their due, nor have they ever cooled church practice in decrying all , other institutions save their own. Nor has the bugbear of Sunday amusements any encourage ment from actors. On the contrary, they are directly opposed to tbem and strongly in favor of Sunday for Sunday's sake, and of the sabbath lor the good of the Church. But they rightly prefer to be enlightened by a Hepworth, a Houghton, or any of the great and liberal ministers tuan defiled by a Talmage or denounced by bis cohorts. "C." is just in sayins: that the "people will have amusements" and correct, in his uppeal to moral men "to upheld legitimate drama and encourage honest talent," with a view to elevating the pro- ! lession to its "proper position." Amen, Mr. "C." To maice the best oi what is is better than making ; the worst of what is not, for to suppose the i theatre, more than other resorts, is the cess pool oi vice, or to confound our many respectable establishments with tbe dives and cellars and can can balls, or to denounce the gooa and bad alike, is only to let loose an impure stream or ignorance whicn, If the good people ol tbe amusement world retain one particle of the spirit of self-defence, must be "turned backward to besmear the wretches who poured it lortb." T. The Manager of the Grand Duke Theatre Is Excited. To the Editor of tiik Herald:? I understand tlmt a certain Dominie Tallrage, residing over the river, in the City ol Churches, has seen fit during his last .Sunday's genuflexions to question the morality ol the perlormancea transpiring at this theatre. Let me squelch him, e lie dually and lorcverl We have on our file ot applications an epistle signed "T. D. T? a minister i or tue Gospel, looking for a bald sensation," and asking us whether we were in want of a tlijht rope or trapeze performer; if so, what were our terms 1 Tbe writer ol that epistle al leged that he could ilolT the tights and spangles for the clerical robe and surnllce with the same agility that the harlequin in I the pantomime di.spla.ys when he uettlv trans forms the black prince into a piece of animated uioj.uc. They say, Mr. Kditor, that consistency is a jewel. It this is at ail true how many sensation preachers are there who should even deny them selves the ornament of a plain gold ring, so great should be their abhorrence of Jewelry. It Dominie Tallrage would oniy favor us with a visit during the lorthcumiiiK week we might be able to give him a fe w valuable bints that, practically applied, 1 might have a tendency to revive the droop ing fortunes of his Brooklyn establishment and raise Ins performances to the dignity of legit imate business. He neeu nave no fears that his olfactory nerves will be obnoxiously offended or ' that ins'morally sensitive ear (?) will be assailed wlih immoral or profane epithets, since our estab lishment is a paragon of cleanliness in a moral as well as sanitary sense. We preach the sublimest phlioaopny, and moreover (and this maybe a com paratively new proposition to tue Dominie i we gractise what we preach, nurlng a reccnt Sao ath day visit to the City ol Churches we hap pened into the Dominie's lycoum and was as tounded at the want of discretion and experience ' shown by the manager. The house was dark and gloomy, the audience "a beggarly array of empty benches" and the whole surroundings such as would I impress the stranger that (the Dominie otr tne ; stage) it was a church or placc of worship. I Under these circumstances we ask how does he ever hope to succeed? With the sincerest sym pathy with the Dominie. THOMAS J. O'BUIKN, Manager Grand Duke Theatre. Box OFFICE, GltANl) DI KE THEATRE, I New York, Nov. 19, 1874. J Stuart Robaon Claims Talmagc as a Brother Aetor. New York, Nov. 20, 1874. To tub Editor of the Herald:? Is it not time for the adherents of the theatre to leave off abusing poor Mr. Talmage? If his Intel i lectual equals were simply engaged in replying to the comical charges of this clerical comedian it would afford us all some little interest and no end | of fun; but, to quote the Evening Telegram,, "Why use a big sledge hammer to crack a filbert ?" If good Mr. Beecher, who has often said some of the cleverest things in denunciation of wicked stage i plays, coukl find time to give the drama an elabor ate rap, there would ue some reason for the theatre folks to get mad and bring their best warriors to fight him; lor. > in spite of his misfortunes, heiis a great man, and has yet strength enough to hit the actors some i hearty cracks. As for myself, I c nnot find it in my young heart to say a single unkind word to Brother Talmage?he has long been regarded as a member ot my profession?although an actor of limited abilities. He is rather hasty, I think. In saying Ill-natured things about his brother play-, ers; but eveu tn this he has unconsciously brougnt some advantage to our cause, for the theatres of Brooklyn, which before the performance of the first act oi his Hnroiar farce were comparatively i deserted, are now filled to their utmost capacity, and to Brother Talmago more than any other ac tor is to oe attributed the Improved fortnnea of the rival managers. Truly, b'i'UAKT KOBSON. An Old Man's Complaint* To the Editor of the Herald:? Having read the discussion between the "pul I pit" and the "stage" on Sunday amusements it occurs to mc there is a third side to this question while every man has a right to amnso himself in any way he may think right, provided he does not , interfere with tbe rights of others. In view of I this, I would ask if performers in theatres havo : any rights which Sunday amusement seekers are I bound to respect. What is amusement to them may bo death to the wear* performers. Those | ministers who profe-s Christianity and are so I anxious about the Sunday amusements of the un terrified (lor they speak of the rreqaenters ol bar rooms on Sunday) ought to extend souio of their christian sympathy to the wearers of the "sock and buskin." Are they to be compelled to worn ou sundui like the employes on the city railroads ? These men have no Sunday; they have no choice; they roust do it or starve; the sin of Mabbath breaking is on the corporations, ii thev had any souls. The same law which says, "'i'nou shalt not I B'eai," also says, "Remember the Sabbath Day," Ac., and. while binding their eini lo.vOs not, to j steal, these corporations fly in the lace ol tho Almighty i>y ordering tneir servants to break tho ' Fourth Commandment, t an they expect them to I keep the Eighth? The weary stage horses and their drivers havo one day m sevou to rest; a man I may go to hear a sensational lireacner lor tho same purpose that he goes 10 a theatre; bat no . man or men have any riRht to compel the per I forme; in the pulpit or oo the boarus ol a theatre ) I to break the Sabbath day. one of your correspon dents quotes A miotic about choosing the Jeuft of I t wo evils and ilintoriH tne philosopher's meaning. No man 1h compelled to choose either of them; lie ! can avoid both by choosing neither. We are ciiin , mauded by tlio apostle to avoid t.ho appearance of I evil; tiut per hap* the reverend writer don't be i lleve In the New Testament. Such is the impres sion conveyeo by his tetter. 1 once heard of a I clerical "Don Juan" who rejected Paul's teachings ] oecaose, he said, 1'aui was inimical to women, i But, after all, whether a man goes to church on ' Sunday or stavs away don't amount to mueh if lie neglects those duties which are incumbent on all i men. We are commanded, according to our j means, to leed the huiiKrv, clot tie the naked, ; speak a kind word to tue lallcn and inebriate and succor the helpless. "Go and sin no more, lest a , worse thinir beiall tliee;" "inasmuch as ye did it not to one|of the least of these ye did it not to me," are the words oi Him who "spake as never man spake." I do not condemn theatre-goers; many better men than I am patronize the theatre. I don't go because 1 never acquired the habit; con sequently 1 have no taste for that Kind of amuse ment; but it. la very injurious to a young man to waste his time by constant at tendance at a theatre when he iniirnt em ploy it more profitably in improving his mind and fitting himself to succeed in life, which can only be achieved by sen-denial, perseverance and economy. This 1 know from experience and ob servation. Younir men wno waste their time at theatres never achieve independence, but even tually, in too many lnstauces, become a burden to their Irtends or the city in which they live. Ask any of the self-made men of New York how they attained their present position, and they will not tell you It was ny frequenting the theatre in their youth. Young men should acquire Independence first and go to the theatre afterward when they can afford it. AN OLl) MAN OVER SIXTY, i _____ The Young Man Who Likes "Macbeth." TO THE ElUTOR OP THE HERALD I? In your Issue of yesterday is a letter from Miss , Clara Morris, in which she asks for the name and address of the "young man" referred to by Mr. Talmage last Snnday morning in his denounce ment of the stage. In answer thereto I will say I (with your permission) that I am well ac- \ quamted with tue aioresaid "young man," I and know lila love for theatres is so > great that he will sometimes neglect his business in oruer to eratlly it, and I believe?In deed I know?that nis morals arc not as pure as they were. Bnt I can assure Mish Morris, upon the strength of his acknowledgments to me, that it has not been through seeing "Macbeth" or any like play, and attbough he has seen the former thirty times or thereabouts, it has not neen in one theatre, nor even in one city; and his opinion or it Is such that, if it is put upon the stage of any theatre in New York or Brooklyn this seaon, he will most surely sro and see it in spite of all Dr. Talmage can say or do. 1 say further that, owing to the Met oi his having seen "Macbeth" periormed so often, he has acquired a love of elo cution and oratory, and can no longer stand Dr. Talmapre's blustering, bnt is a regular attendant at II. W. Beeclier's church. I vouch on my honor for the trntii of rhe loregotng. J. T. a November 21, 1874. "Stage and Palplt." To the Editor op the Hrrald:? "Consistency is a jewel," and perhaps It may be justly said there are bnt few who exercise that | attribute to any considerable extent; but we have recently been treated to a rresh illustration or the inconsistency between words and actions by the Rev. De Witt Taluiajre, who invites his audi ence to listen to the sv/eet strains or Arbnckle's cornet on the same evening iu which he so se verely denounces tne evil influence of the stage. W. A. E. SUNDAY CONCERTS. The following programmes have been prepared at some 01 the places or amusement for this (San- I day) evening's recreationGrand Opera Ilouse, Italian Opera, "ll Trovatore;" Terrace Garden Theatre, "La Grande Duchessc;" Geruinnla The atre, "Ultimo;" stadt Theatre. ??Piedermaur:" Bowery Iheatre, sensational dramas; TivoliThea tre, concert. PURITANIC ICE MELTING. Sunday Amusement! for B:>*ton?'The Theatrical Msnageri Watching the Experiment In New York?*Harum Nrarum Virw? of a Sensational Di vine. Boston, Nov. 18,1S74. The Sunday amusement contagion has reached Boston, and it is not among the improbabilities that there will oe full-blown dramatic entertain ments here on the sacred nay before the long winter evenings are over. 1 have been around to see the managers of the different theatres, and 1 find all of them are rather shy of expressing an opinion at present. They seem to be awaiting the result of the experiment now going on in New York before they can gather sufficient courage to introduce the innovation here. Mr. Cheney, the proprietor of the new Globe Theatre, which is to be opened about the 1st of December, frankly admits that he nas given the matter con siderable serious attention, but he is not yet pre pared to express himself definitely. Mr. Field, the manager of the Museum, is also "on the fence," or at least he don't care to say any thing at present. Until within a year or two the Museum was so radically Puritaulcai that it ad hered to the old orthodox creed of closing up Sat urdav evenings. Mr. Kimball, the owner, Anally fell into the line of progress, and the Museum is now open Saturday eveuings the same an the other theatres. The manager and the owners of the Boston Theatre, while they are rctlcenr In ex pressing their opinions, have very quietly und shrewdly 80UNDEI) PUBLIC SENTIMENT by giving Sunday evening conccrts. the sacred na ture of walch is at lenst open to criticism. They were inaugurated last Sunuay evening, and it is given out that they are under the auspices of Mr. Napier Lothian. TI1K IDEAS OF A sensational DIVINE. Among others whom I have talked with on the all-absorbing topic Of the period Is Kev. Henry Morgan, the well Known pastor of the Morgan Chapel. Mr. Morgan, it is well Known, is th'* very essence of pulpit sensationalism, a fact which he does not deny, but rather seems to glory in. The talcing '.itles of some or his lectures?"Fast Voung Men," "The Railroad ol Life," "Speckled Bird," Ac.?are indicative of the fact that he is a man of the period. MORE EARNE3T PREACIIERS NEEDED. "Mv idea ol this matter," said Mr. Morgan, "Is that the preachers are not wide awake enough for the times. If they would be more earnest and hearty in tiielr work Sunday amusements would not be needed." Referring to his own novel style of enforcing the Gospel and attracting the atten tion of tils hearers, he showed me an attack winch had been made upon him by Professor Christheb. when In this country, and also by He v. Dr. Prime, of the New York observer. The attack was made over a year ago, but it had only recently met the eyo ol Mr. Morgan, and when i called upon him lie had jnst prepared a reply. The attack consisted or a letter writ ten by Dr. Prime. In which lie detailed a conversation with Prolcssor Christlieb. He said he asked the Professor to give him his first lm gressions of the New World to wbieh he had come, elieving that among all who were brought here by the Oonierence of the Kvanjjellcal Alliance none possessed more learning and moral worth or stood higher in the esteem of Christian people. The Professor, It seems, r>ad been to Niagara and to Boston, and what pleased lilm most he bad hoard and seen at tne Falls, and what grieved him most he had heard and seen at the Athens of America. The Professor said he spent A SABBATH IN BOSTON, and was there a stranger. Arriving at a hotel on Saturday evening, and having no knowledge oi the churches, he worshipped in one in the morn ing, at another in the aiternoon, and Hearing that a remarkable preacher was to speak in Music Hall he turned his steps tbitner In the evening. A vast crowd thronged the house, thousands ou thousands, one of the largest religious assemblies he evei^ saw within a house. The sub|ect was "Speckled Birds," or something oi that kind, and tne speaker protessed to be aiming at doing good and promoting religion. "But," said the Protessor, "it was a wretched caricature ol religion, the most horrible tirade, disgusting by lis vulgarity; turn ing the most serious things into ridlculo; con vulsing the audience at times with iaughtor, and glvinir them no idea or the serious nature of the great subject to which their thoughts should be dl rooted." Proiessor Chrlsttleb dwelt long and earnestly on this discourse, wnich lie evidently regarued as a type of the sensational pulpit oi the United states, and he frankly declared that the lowest German theatres are not so demoralising as the preaching ho hearu that nigbt in Music Hail, lu the city of Boston. l)r. Prime assured him "that it was not a type of the preaching in Boston or any other city; that the man who thus took a public hall and drew a crowd i>y lus eccentricities did not have the coun tenance ol tire intelligent and judicious Christian people o! any denomination; he was on his own hook entirely, and no just impression of the Ameri can pulpit was to be formed from a performance such as lie had described in Music Ilall." Dr. Prime continues, "The Professor went back to Germany. But when 1 saw in the daily papers of tins city ,tn advertisement that the same man would speak on Sunday evening in cooper insti tute I went to hear bun, and il I give you a brief description ol what 1 saw and heard it must lie in the snape of a confession, tori was never in a place beiore where I was more heartily asnamed ii.an when ! satin the hall oi the Cooper Institute on that *at>:>ath evening, listening to what pro tested lo be a religious discourse. "At tne door I was informed that the price of admission was twenty-live cents. Handing tnreo ten-cent stamps to a man standing inside, he returned me five cents change, and at the same time a lithograph likeness of ihc prcacher; and lo! It was the portrait of the man himself, who took iuv money and gave me the change and pic ture I Thll was a curiouH beginning. The nov elty was certainly amusing; a preacher peddling his portraits lor [my at the door of Inn lecture room on a Babbath evening. It did not promiHc well lor the discourse, bat 1 was now literally'in for it,' and took my seat with ii.toootiiers. "Presently the speaker entered upon the plat form and announced his subject lor the evening, ??Why Bachelors Ought to Marry." Preliminary to the discussion lie gave it history ol bis own cuieer in Boston, where he said he enjoys the confidence of the best and most distinguished pastors of all denominations. No newspaper, secular or reli gious, had ever spoken a word against ms course, which was to reach i he manses with the Uosyel; to bring religion to those who will not go to the churches to get it; to five It to them in a manner that diverts them?makes them laugh now and then?and so induces them to come again and again. Mis audiences advertise him. He had made several thousand dollars by such preaching, and had bought a cnurch, which he should give to the Young Men's christian Association. And when he hatl sufficiently exhibited his object he went at his subject., and gave the reasons, first. why men do not marry, and then why they should. "As I took no notes It Is quite out ol my power to repeat the points he made. Ills manner was bold, blatant, impetuous, and his language coarse, reck less and oiten vev Irreverent. His aim was to raise a luug'i, and in tins he was constantly suc cessful. The stalest anecdotes?especially at the expense of women?were received with | rounds of applause; and, whenever * hit waa made so near to the indclicate that the a'lualon was apprehended, the delight of the assembly was equal to that of the pit in a theatre when the i boxes are compelled to get behind their lans. "As an argument lu favor or marriage It was of no account, llan he been employed! o turn It into > ri< lcule and give young men an idea that they bad better keep out ol it, he would uot have succeeded better; and when, toward the close of his performance, be announced that he I was himself, though fifty veara old, a baci.eior still, he was inord loudlv applauded than ever. 'Iio you ask,' he then cried out, 'Why don't you take your own pill?' Which question Is i precisely the type of his argument? be recom- i mended a pill, something to be taken, although not agreeable, but ou ttie whole necessary and ex pedient under certain circumstances. "Now it is barely possible that such a dis course by a man calling hiinseir a Gospel minister may be salutary and becoming the Sabbath day and ttie cause of religion. But it does not strike me so. It was sprinkled with flings at respectable pulpits, at 1 rich congregations; it was fitted to inflame the 1 laborer against his employer, and uublusUingly i advocated something very like communism of property, and ii there was a word or thought ! likely to reach the conscience oi men as sin- ; ners, or to enforce moral obligation on man j as a creature of God and a subject of His law, 1 have forgotten it. Yet I would not do him any injustice, and It may be that his manner and i his matter are so abhoreut to m.v tastes, and con- I trary to all my ideas or wtiat religion requires in ' its teachers, that 1 may have been disgusted with ! what others approve. Professor Christlieb ex- I .pressed my tinud exactly when ne said tne lowest German theatre was better than such preaching. "Are the musses to be reachcd and saved by such measures? My heart and my flesh cry out, No! a thousand times, No! "liove fun. and laugh as mnch as any other man who has as much serious work to do. But there is a time to iifugh. And a pluce. "Burlesque?Worcester's dictionary defines the word: 'Tending to cxcite laughter by contrast between the subject and the manner oi treating it; comic; sportive; jocular.' This is precisely the description oi the performance 1 attended, and against which 1 have here entered an earnest and sincere protest." MR. MORGAN'S REJOINDER. "This Is my reply," said the sensational divine. 'Progress is the watchword of the hour!' -I will overturn, overturn, overturn, saith the Lord.' The worship that has heart in it need uot tear the assaults of scepticism. Heart less preachers are the moths and grubs to the church hive. Honey bees cannot expel them, but ihey can seek a new hive. Heartless preaching is making uiore infidels than all the scientists com bined. The religion that can meet the wunts of mankind, take the vices out ol a man?the swear ing. the drinking, the licentiousness?and make him honest, noble, upright, tiodnke 1?that re ligion need not tremble at scepticism: it can stand against the combined infidelity ol the world. There is great prejudice against what is called ?sensationalism;'yet live religion must be sensa tional. David was sensational when he danced beiore the Lord. JKSITS CfTRIST WAS SENSATIONAL when He wept over Jerusalem. Angel* are sup posed to be sensational; they rejoice over repent ing sinners. YViien the loundatlons or the world were laid the Inspired poet sayH, 'The morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted lor toy!' I atllrm that the pulpit snould be sen suiioual end not a tombstone. Tombstones preach to dead folks. Want of heart has already killed the Ketorniatton in Germany. Yet you quote, sir, a German tueologian as my censor?;i man know ing nothing ot rhe American idea. Ilia condemna tion ol the applause o( 'thousands upon thou sands' m Boston Music Hall ought to be to my houor rattier than discredit. You say 1 was 'BOLD, lil.ATANT, IMPETUOUSl' the same lmtrht be said of Knox, Luther and \\ hiteiield?greatest of preachers, You speak of 'burlesque in the pulpit.' What can be a greater burlesque than the Insincerity of many men of your proiession? You proiess that the salvation of a soul is worth everything?worth more than a kingdom; that a lost soul is the greatest ol all losses. Yet now indifferent! What I zeal do you exhibit? What agony lor the lost? What groans, signs and bitter tears ? Ah! sir, is not this burlesque indeed? You hint at 'some thing like communism, flings at respectablo pul pits' and rich congregations.' i confess to the charge. Christ was thus charged. We worship not the God ol glory, but ol gold. Not the king of heaven, but the money king. Wealth holds the pew ; it muzzles the pulpit, with a carpenter for its touuder, fishermen lor its discip.es, a tent maker for its chief apostle, gospel preaching has now become aristocratic and exclusive. Where is the cuurch that would welcome the w< rklncman in his blouse? Hear it, oh ye preachers! Unless the laboring man finds 11 gospel that will give him social equality and unloose tne heavy burden, and pronounce lor manhood sovereignty, soul recog nition aud soul equality belore <;od, irrespective oi class, caRte, oiotli or gold, He will stay at home; churches win bo deserted. Now 1 ask, What is your scct or Church doiug tor t,no masses?"hete rogeneous masses," called in dei tst>n? W here are the great congregations of the poo.-? Does your manner 01 preaching reaeh one out or twenty of the population? Where the oucc great revivals? Great anniversary occasions? Where the zeal, the deep conviction, the noble seir-sacrilice, humility and charity? SHADES OF TllE PURITANS! has it come to tins? When a man is found to attract nou-church goers and gather two or three thousand persons on Sunday night in Cooper In stitute, right in sight ol open shooting galleries, dance halls, lager beer concerts, "Black Crooks," and a tuousand drinking saloons, all in lull blast, and constrain that audience to respond, almost to a man, to every noble appeal of moral sentiment for temperance, religion, humanity and God, then, sir, alas I there is not wanting an editor and orthodox divine to stand against tne tide; to throw Himself into the breach and cry, with all the lamentation ot Job, "My heart and my flesh cry out! .saved by such meas ures so abhorrent to my tastes ? No, no I a tuou sand tunes uol Better than such preaching is the lowest German theatre." on ten it not in the streets of New York; pablish It not in tho Bowery, lest the Five i oints rejoice, and the enemy cry 'Ha! hal" You speak of the "indelicate;" of ladles covering their laccs and applause irom the pit. 1 pronounce the insinua tion latse and a slander npou the audience, "EVIL TO HIM WHO EVIL THINKS." You repeat, with seeming surprise, that "no pas tors, no newspapers, secular or religious," had spoken a word against me in Boston, itly answer Is this:?"Ihev know me." You do not know me. and 1 icar you arc incapable of comprehending my motives. Now, sir, I make tnis proposition:?If yon and the ministers ot iho denomination you represent will lor one year curtail your expenses, divide yonr salaries, give up watering places, spend your vacations with the poor and lor the poor, and give the GosDei a hearty trial for one year, then will 1 do It lor a iiietuu !. i will not lecture; I will 5 reach the Gospel?the whole Gospel and notning ut the Gospel?so long as lile and health arc spared me. Furthermore, il you will honestly aud conscientiously promise twelve mouths of faithiul, zealous labor 101 a genuine revival oi God's work in tne hearts of men, then 1 will make a still greater sacrifice. 1 will immediately sell the church ob t lined by my lectures, aud all the property l have, except tne dwelling l live in, aud witn the pro ceeds placc fifty evangelists in tne held lor mis sionary aud revival work. Yea, I will gladly do it at a cost of f&o.ooo. Now let us try the experi ment lor one year. Who will say "Amen?" If 300 preachcrs will do it for one year theu their example will be contagious; tne flock will follow the shepherd. A general awakening will be the result. New hunds will enter the Held; the 300 will increase to more than 3,ooo the ttrst year. It they increase in the same ratio for ten years then the world's population will be met. What fruit irotn the exuuiple and toil of one year! What fruit from the effort! oi ;wo men! uuo year ot laith. ol sacrifice and prnyer! one year oi sowing in tears! one yearoi bluer struggle! One year In threading the lanes and alleys aud treading the thorny paths ot the Saviour! line year?only Just one year I?when He has suffered so much?suffered, bled and died for us. one short year?wnile He stands interceding lorever at the right hand of the Father, one year ot earn est planting, then cometh the harvest. And what a harvest! What blessings on the iaithiul three hundred! What mourners will be comforted; what tears will be dried; what prisons will be opened: what families united; what orphans made glad; what inebriates reclaimed! What a millennial of peace on earth! Every coun tenance shall smile with joy; everv wind whisper peace: every sunbeam sparkle with delight! .Salvation will be In every soug. Ttio tides ol redemption snail sweep into every corner, cleansing every pollution, rising higher and higher with every flood ol ttmo, dashing against the citadels of sin, sweeping them Irom their foundations, and. striking at last upon the Rock of Ages, echo as they tall. ".Not unto us, not unto ns, but unto Thy name, be all the glory, allelujah, allelujah: The Lord God omnipotent reignethl" "These are my sentiments," said Mr. Morgan to yonr correspondent, "(live us more earnest aud hearty preaching and we shall hear nothing more aoout Suudaj amusements." CORONER CROKER'S BAIL ! Application for the Production of the Minutes of Evidence Taken Be fore the Grand Jury. ARGUMENT ON MOTION TO BAIL Opinion by the Court Reserved. It was rather an unexpected move In the tactics of counsel that brought tbe application for toe bailing of Coroner CroKer before Judge Barrett In j tbe Court or Oyer and Terminer yesterday. The sudden adjournment or tbe Court on tbe previous day, when It was intended that the application [ sbonld have been made, and necessary argument bad thereon excited considerable comment in j political and legal circles. It was a surprise, therefore, wlien It was understood aoout tbe City Hall and tbe Court building that Judge Barrett would open the Court at eleven and bear motion of counsel on the question of bal!. At the opening the attendance was very slim, but It being bruited abroad that Mr. Croiter had beeu brought to tbe Court from the Tombs;in a very brief time the Court room was orowdod. Judge Barrett promptly came on the bench. | District Attorney Phelps and Mr. Crokcr's counsel were also in attendance, and as soon as an order was given by the Bench that Ur. Crokcr should be brought in" o Court tue proceedings commenced. , A PRELIMINARY MOTION. Mr. John R. Fellows, addressing tbe Court, said:? Your Bonor, in tbe matter of the application to admit Coroner Croker to bail we desire to submit a preliminary motion for the production of the minutes of the Grand Jury and a list of the wit nesses before tbem at tbe time of finding the in- : dictmeut. We are not aware of what the min utes disclose; they may be unimportant, and tbe list of witnesses may be enough for onr purpose, but it is important that we should have that llpt, , as certain omissions of testimony belore the Grand j Jury?the method in which the indictment was found, and irregularities attending it, will form part of our argument upon the motion. District Attorney?It is not. necessary or proper 1 that the minutes should be made public for any I purpose. I suppose if, for any purpose of liis own | Information, the Court desires it, they will be at ! his service. Mr. Fellows went on to cite a decision of Judge Pratt in The i'eople vs. Lowden, in which a list of witnesses against the accused before the Grand Jury was ordered; and Tbe People vs. Hyler, in j which the principle was laid down that the ac- I cuscd is entitled to sncli list where there was no preliminary examination and when motion to ball j is made. [ District Attorney Phelps said the Court was un doubtedly entitled to tbe minutes, and would con sider nothing else after the indictment. If that is ! sufficient to warrant tbe indictment of course the Conrt proceeds on that assumption, it Ib only where the Court finds the testimony sufficient to warrant the ludictmeut in a serious case like this that the Court will admit to bail. As to the minutes Mr. Phelps said:?I have not examined the minutes. The District Attorneys of this Court do not Keep minutes 01 the testimony taken before them. Mr. Fellows?I suppose the mmntes taken ' merely give the names of the witnesses and the iact that tney appeared and what disposition was made of the case. Judge Barrett?That seems contrary to the statute, which says that the Uranu Jury may ap point a clerk and Keep a record 01 tbe minutes o( evidence beiore them. Mr. Phelps?The practice has been as I suggest, whether proper or not I will not now discuss. it seems now impossible to com ply with the request, or to ask the Grand Jury i I wnar took place beiore them. How these pro ceedings can be dlsolosed by the list ol witnesses j 1 cannot see. 'l'be object ol the application ! st ems to be to make some comparison between | those proceedings and tbi se beiore the Coroner. 1 question whether the proceedings betore the Coroner can be considered by tue Court at all. li I 1 am correctly advised, what purport to be tne depositions taken beiore the Coroner were not re duced to writing or subscribed until tbe jury were discharged and the Coroner's jurisdiction over I them at au end. Mr. leliows?We say the testimony before the Grand Jury was wholly insufficient in law, and did not JUSTIFY TI1K GRAND JDBY IN FINDING AN INDICT MKNT, ana that on such evidence tne Court would be compelled to direct a verdict 01 acquittal, ami we want tno list of witnesses to make tliai lact appa rent. The Grand Juty Have no provision lor a stenographer, and Und it impossible to take down tbe evidence, so that our application is virtually for a lift or witnesses. Mr. Clinton?We want the minutes, such as the? are. 1 entirely agree with Your Honor, that it is the duty ol tne Grand Jury to keep minutes of evidence. Judge Barrett?My present impression is that the piisouer is entitled to a copy ol Hie minutes. The Court mav, of course, of its own motion, in spect ue records oi the Grand Jury, and in the exercise ol its discretion, on proper cause shown, furnish a copy to toe prisoner. Uut. whether it is a matter 01 absolute right in an eases, on de mand, to have a copy ol these minutes, 1 wouul prefer 10 look into before deciding. But 1 con cede you have a rignt to a copy on good cause mown. AKOUMBNT ON THE MOTION TO ADMIT TO BAII. All or some lur'lier discussion It was decided to go on with the motion, the Court to decide on Monday. Mr. Clinton then produced the minutes of evi dence beiore tne Coroner, and Mr. I'nelps objected to theiu us beiore, and alter a long discussion it was decided and admitted that the miuutcs as written out by the stenographer were 1 correct and proper ground for the motion, but the Court had no doubt it was the dutyoi the Coroner to have the minutes reduced to writing and read ; to the witnesses before the proceedings closed, and that the practice of having a stenographer , was not contemplated by tne statute. I Mr. Cliutou then went on to cite authorities. Mr. i'heips said to save time he would concede the inherent right of the Court to admit to bail when the indictment is lor murder. Mr. cliutou?As tuere are thousands of authori ; ties in favor of it and not one against it, we thank the gentleman for his generosity. Mr. Phelps?Not generosity, out humanity, to save the Court lroin a long argument in favor ol a proposition nobody ever denied. i Mr. cituton urgued that the presumption was 1 the prisoner would stand his trial. Ho demands ! au early one. Twenty-seven disinterested wit nesses before the Coroner lestltied tbe prisoner hau no weapon; six, including the O'Briens, said he had. On these lacts he was entitled to ball. In the course ol his argument counsel qnoted the following extract irom an opinion by Judge Pratt, in the case ol The People vs. Naughtou :? ??This body" (tne Grand Jur.v) "was lormerly con sidered to be one oi the bulwarks of liberty. H so, ? its day has surely passed; tor it has come to be regarded as a mere adjunct to public prosecut ors, a cumbersome machine lor the grinding out of questionable indictments, a vast political power, and, in bad or unscrupulous hands, an en gine oi oppression, wrong or outrage. Witness the spectacle, neither impossible nor infrequent, oi a Grand Jury in secre\ session in one room and a petit jury impanelled in another, a public prose cutor hovering over tne two, and perhaps influ encing both; citizens indicted by the one and brought to trial ou short. notice before the other all tins With or without the incident of but a sin gle appeal to tbe judge who tries them. Here Is a spectacle! With such action angeis might per haps be trusted, but with mortals aionc appear ing upon the scene, now iraught with danger to our I liberties and subversive oi our dearest rights!" District Attorney Phelps, in reply, called the at tention of the Court to the well settled rules id such eases and cited the People vs. McQowan, Wendell, 505, and the People vs. Collins, New York Courts. He dwelt on the met that even on coun sel's own showing at least six witnesses testified the prisoner fired the shot or heard the dying dec laration ol tne deceased to that effect. It was not ror the Court to weign tne testimony of the Coro ner's jury, on which they exercised their discre tion and acquitted him on that evidence, which lie (Mr. I'nelps) admitted to be conflicting, though ue had little time to examine it, us he only received n at eleven o'clock thnt morning. Mr. Cliutou said he wished to add, In conclusion, the evidence was that Richard Croker neve knew the prisoner before; that it was a sudden affray, and that His Honor would see, on reading the evidence, that there cou d be a verdict, lor nothing login r than manslaughter, even if the evidence were true, and, moreover, that it would be physi cally impossible lot the prisoner to have fired the pistol behind him. Mr. Phelps?1 have not tne slightest feeling In the matter, but I desire that the orderly course of ustlce be followed in this as in every other case, and whatever, conclusion Your Honor comes to will be, i know. In this, as iu all other cases, one i in winch we shall all acquiesce. Mr. Fellows?The Grand Jury minutes will help Your Honor in considering this testimony before the Coroner. If the proceedings beiore the Grand Jury did not warrant an indictment, the Court may bail the prisoner. 1 submit that the minutes ol tbe Grand Jury, aud the names ol the witnesses before them, will show two extraordinary facts:? one, that the evidence received there tenning to criminate the defendant under no circumstance wvuid pc iidmisaiWv ou ?legal trial; cm iq tuc de claratlons or tne deceased, they wi re not mad? Id presence of Hie defence, ami such do claratlons were excluded on tlio .stokes trial. Again, tne Grand Jury bad no evidence that tliis man was dead, or tliat he came to ins death at the hands of Hichard Crofcer. The <>ur. geons were not examined before the Grand Jurv. Ail authorities agree that the Qrand Jury cannot Indict unless tho evidence, as uncontradicted, WOUl'l CO!)VlCt. Judge Barrett?If on examination of tbc evi dence 1 llnd that the testimony of the witnesses who claim to have aeon the prisoner fire would justify no higher verdict than manslaughter, then it Is a case for hall, but ll the Court of opinion tliat ou the evidence a verdict oi a higher urade, li rendered, would be sustained, then the fact that a host of other witnesses said tiiey did not see (um /Ire would not weigh with the Court, but would be for the Jurv. The proceedings then terminated. THE AflEKICilV ISSTITITE FAIR. Last Day of the Exhibition?'The Clot* Ing Exercises. Yesterday was the closing day of the American Institute Fair, and the announcement attracted a very large concourse ot visitors. It has been noticed during this exhibition that tne school children flocked to it in great crowds on every Saturday In order to gain the amusement and instruction afforded by the sight of every imagin able American product of nature and arc, and yesterday tins merry assemblage of little lolks wus more numerous tban ever, and the vast hall resounded with the peals of iheir merry voices. The children were generally accompanied by their parents or teachers, and they gazed with wonder and delight at the ingenious inventions of modern science and the dainty fabrics of American manu facture. it was tho desire of some ol the exnibit ors and a considerable portion of tho public that the exhibition should be continued another week or two, but the Board of Managers wore unable to comply with the request, owing to tho arrange ments which had already been made for tne close of the fair. THE CLOSING CEKEMONIES yesterday were simple but highly interesting. A band was m attendance and periormed a varied programme, embracing selections from Balfe, Au ber, strauss, (jouuod, Kossiul and Lecooq. Tho leading feature 01 the occasion was, of course, the announcement of the award of prizes, which had been looked lorward to with great anxiety by tu? more ambitious of the competing exhibitors. The list of trio principal prl7.es is a long one, and is * substantial recognition of the enterprise and ability displayed by American producers ami man uiaciurers. Mr. Na1ihan C. Ely, the President of the Board of Managers, delivered a briel and neat address, giwng an admirable rftrum- 01 the re sults accouipushed this season, aud pointing witn pude to the lact that it was a gratifying success from every point oi view (Including tne most im portant, the financial) and an improvement upon every previous exhibition, both in tne character and excellence ol the goods displayed as well as in toe number of visitors. The Board of Managers are to be congratulated upon the growlug use fuiness and interest of these American In stitute fairs, which have now become a pleasant feature oi New York life, and whose absence in tne luture would be missed by mauy lovers or science and industry. As an exponent ot the steady and daily advance in American manulactures they are certainly of especial value. INTERESTING DATA. A few gleanings irom the memoranda of the managers may be mentioned in this connection. The daily average of visitors is estimated at lo,ooo, but on some days It has been as high as 20.w>0. The lair opened ou the oth ol heptsmber. Not a pocket has been picked since the opening (certainly an extraordinary fact, which alone should cause the exhibition to ue grateinlly remembered by all us wealthy patrons), at all events none lias been re ?oncd at the olllca of the superintendent. tie prizes were only announced ye>ierdav, but will uot be delivered lor perhaps sixty days, as the medals have yet to bo engraved, .fcc. The following arc the names ol the Board of Malingers, as divided into their respective de partments:?Pine Arts and Education?Charles E. Ahen and Charles 8. Arthur; Dwellings?Alexan der M. Kagleson and George Whitefleld; Dress aud llaiidicraii?James II. Saokett and James lvuight; Engines and Machinery?Walter Shriver and Kooert Weir; intercommunication?A. J. Hal sey and William Hutter; Agriculture and Horti culture?Nathan C. Ely aud Frank D. car us. FUNERAL OF A BANKER. The funeral or Mr. Joseph Stuart, tlie well-known ? banker ot thlacity, took place yesterday morning lroin bis late residence, No. 11 East Thirty-sixth street. The remiuns were eueloscd tn a baud some black walnut casket. A silver plate bore tbe following inscription i ? JOSEPH STUART, ; J born November 25, isos, \ ; died November IB, 1S74. 5 Rev. Dr. Thomson read the opening prayer of the regular Presbyterian burial service, and de 1 iivered an address eulogistic 01 Mr. Stuart, la which be characterized him as a man of the highest integrity and honor, and spoke of his hue business character, his benevolence in his relations with the community, and nls worth as a member 01 the Fourth Presbyterian church, with wnicli he was connected lor a number 01 years. Rev. I)r. Hull read the closing prayer and pro nouueed the benediction, a simple wreath, lormed oi tuberoses and violets, wus the floral ;tribute with which the casket was decorated. ".Among those present were Mr. A. T. Stewart, Mr. L. P. Morton, Mr. George Bliss, Mr. William Lee, Mr. William 11. Webb, Mr. John Elliott, Mr. F. T. Walker, Mr. O. W. Burnham, Mr. John 1). Jones, Mr. John A. Stewart, Rev. Dr. Oriuiaton, Mr. Allau Hay, Mr. William Scott and others. The following named gentlemen acted as pall , bearers:?Norman White, Philo C. Calhoun, Thomas H. Eidridge. John it. Hall, William Lutti mer, William James yululan. Peter Don"an, Wil liam *. Eakin, Eugene Kelly, David Morrison, W11 , liam Kagle. James Druinmond. The remains were taken to Greenwood Cemetery for Interment. MUNICIPAL NOTES. The Board of Apportionment met In the Comp troller's otllce yesterday. Mayor Havemeyer, Tax Commissioner Wheeler, President Vance and Comptroller Green were present. The only busi ness transacted was the giving 01 authority to the Comptroller to issue $200,000 01' assessment bonds and $luo,ooo of Museums of Art and Natural His tory stock. Tbe new Board of Aldermen have definitely de termined upon their principal officers. The matter was In doubt for the past week, but the candidates may now sleep easy. Mr. Samuel A. Lewis Is to be President ot the Board, Mr. Prank J. Tuomey, C.erk, and Mr. William 11. Maloney Deputy Clerk. Commissioner Van Nort makes the lollowing statement ol public moneys received by the De partment of Public Works during the week ending yesterday (Saturday): ? for Croton wsut rent And penalties. .$20,1*15 For tapping Crotou pipes . lid For sewer permit* For sewer plpu sold to contractors 2:a Total.. $2U,M5 THE EXCISE DEPARTMENT. The records of the Excise Department show that since the 1st of May, 1874, there have been 2,144 licenses to sell liquor applied lor. Twenty-one of these applications have been reiused by the Com missioners and 2,123 granted. For the licenses grunted $150,s02 88 have been received, whicn shows the average price of a license to nave been $71 63. During the past week twelve licenses , nave been applied lor, the same have been granted, and $4m) have been received. The Commissioners have been asked, but b:tve reiused, to license the keepers 01 concert saloons where giris are employed us waiters, all hough the places ui several persons who have called upon them nave never been reported as disorderly. Thej say that they intend to do all in their power to close up such re sorts, and that, after they have iretused to license them, the question whether tlie saloons snail con tinue in existence or be shut up will await the de cision of tne police. THE KEROSENE FIEND. Terrible Burning Accident in Trenton^ A Mother and Child Consigned to an Untimely Grnve. Early yesterday morning tn Trenton another evidence was given of the risk which attends the careless handling of kerosene oil. Tbe wile ol a poor bnt honest laborer named James Riley, wittk her little babe but fourteen months old in her arms, was in the act of pourtng some of that in* flammable liquid from a can upon the Ore, when the can exploded, causing a tremendous noise and scattering its ignited contents over the r>oer vic tims and ail aronnd the room. In an instaut the apartment was transiormed into a blazing fur nace, enveloping the human occupants with sheets 01 tlame. Several workmen rushed to the scene, and, after the most persevering efTorts, succeeded In sutKlntng tne fire, but not until tlie poor crea , tures within were literally roasted alive. They I were taken to a neighboring house, where medi cal aid was summoned, but it proved ol no avail, 1 lor death jianued the iniant in a short time after the occurrence. The mother sustained terrible in juries in all parts of her body, and she lingered but a lew hours aiter the death of her beloved off spring. Through the prompt action of those who hastened to render snccor a dangerous conflagra tion was prevented. . The uniortunate famliv have been in this C0UB j try but a eUvf t tUQft