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Frothingham on the Ethics of Sabbath
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
Sunday Amusement! for B:>*ton?'The
Theatrical Msnageri Watching the
Experiment In New York?*Harum
Nrarum Virw? of a Sensational Di
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
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.
"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
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
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."
"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.
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
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?
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,
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
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."
Application for the Production of the
Minutes of Evidence Taken Be
fore the Grand Jury.
Opinion by the Court
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. ,
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
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
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
All or some lur'lier discussion It was decided to
go on with the motion, the Court to decide on
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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

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