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BROADWAY AMU AM* STUEET. JAMES GORDON BENNETT. fBOFK IETOR. THE DAILY HERALD, published tvtry day in the pur. Four cents per copy. An no*] subscription price $12. NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS.?On and after January' 1, 1875, the daily and weekly editions of the New York Herald will be sent free of postage. All business or news letters and telegraphic despatches must be addressed New York Bxbud. Rejected communications will not be re turned. Letters and packages should be properly sealed. LONDON OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK HERAID?KO. 46 FLEET STREET. Subscriptions nnd Advertisements will be .received and forwarded on the same terms as in New York. Volame XXXII No. 3*8 1IVIE1EIV T8 TO-XIGHT. I'ARK THEATRE. Broadway, between Twenty.flrnc ana Twenty-tecond ?treat*.?UILUED AG t, at HP. M.; clou** at 1U:30 P. M. Mr. John r. Raymond. THEATRE COMIQCE, Mo. 514 Broadway.-variety. at 8 P. M.; oloMi at 10 X r. m. BOOTH'S THEATRE. coraar o! Twanty-thlrd uratt and sixth avanua ?TUB Hi.Hu or I kit HotR, at Sf>. M. ?, eUlMi at 10M0P. M. Mr. Heart Stuart. ROMaN HIPPODROME, uraut and Fourth tvtiiL. aitarnoon and avanlnir, at 2 and E WALLACE'S THEATRE IE SHaL'UHI lu tiO P. Jt. Mr. Boucicauit Twfnty-tUtth tuaut and Fourth arei'iu*.?FETB AT ?road wa^. ? TH KSHa L' O U It A L' .V, at V P.M.; eloMa at terrace garden theatre. Fifty-aifhtM ?:reet and Laxinjrton avenue?YABIBTY, at 8 P. a.; cloaa* at 10 -30 P. H. FIFTH AVENUE THEATRE, Twenty-eighth (treat and Broadway SHE STOOP? TO CONQUER, at 8 P. M.; cloaa* at 10 JO P. M. M1m Fanny OaTanport. BRYANT'S OPERA HOUSE, W?t Twenty.Third mreet, naar Sixth avenue.?NEGRO MINSTRELiY, *c.. at ? P. M.; cloaea at 10 P. M. Dan Bryant _ BROOKLYN THEATRE, Waahlngtoo ?tra?t?JANE EYRE, at 8 r. M. Ulm Char. lotta Thomptoo. SAN VRANCISCO minstrels, Jroadwty corner of Twenty-ninth I treat?NEGRO MiMSrRaLSY, at 8 P. M.: clow* at lu P. M. robimson hall, Sixteenth ?treat.?begone dull CASE. Mr. Mao. _ _ GLOBE theatre, Broad w*t.-YaRIE cy. at 8 P. M.; cloaa* at 10 JO P. M. MUa Jannla Hugh**. LYCEUM THEATEE. Fourteenth (treat and Sixth avenue.? CHIlPEEIC, at 4 P. M.; cioae* at lu :4J P. M. Mlu Emily Soideue. new pare theatee. Pulton itraat, Brooxlyn.-i'HE ORPHANj. R. it Car reU aad Son*. GEBMANIA THEATRE, Poartaeatb itraat?DEM YETTER. at 8 P. M. _ _ WOOD'S MUSEUM, a ?r^way, cornar TUirtiath *traet.?OUTEX TWIST. QUTi, at 8 P. M.; clo*a? at 10M?. M. J. H. ? __ METROPOLITAN THEaTBE, Broadway.?YaBIKIY, at 8 P. M.; eloaea at 10:*) w ? . OLYMPIC THEATRE. P^jf* Broa4w*y-"VARIETY, at 8 P. M. s oloaat at 10:4S GRAND OPERA IIOC3B, Twenty third street and fcighth avenue.?THE BLACK CROOK, at 8 P. M. ; cloto* at U P. M. WITH SUPPLEMENTS S#w Twk, Monday, Dae. 14, 187*. From our reports this morning the probabilities ; art that the weather to-day will be cold and cloudy, itUh rain or snow. Tux Aimw of a member of the German Beichstag haa caused an unusual actuation, and the Deputies hare unanimously united in j demanding hit releaae beoause of the invasion : of privilege. Even Bismarck may find that it j la eaiy to go too far. - Rata Kalakava was 00 ill yesterday that ' the reception at the White House haa been postponed. It is to be hoped the Hawaiian King may soon recover from the fatigues of what to him was a severe jonrney and be able to enjoy his visit to this country. M. Oscui ?>x Lajayxttx was congratulated yesterday by tbe Deputies of the Left on the good feeling displayed toward him by tbe eitiisns of ths United States. The return of tba Washington watoh to the Lafayette family is acoepted in republican France as a sign of national and political brotherhood. In this action, so slight in itself, there is a good omen for the future and a trust that the two countries will continue the friendly relations begun nearly a century ago and go on in ths main* tsnaucs of republican liberty. Txx Lopzsuxa Trouble.?The excitement In New Orleans continues, but no attack upon ths Us turning Board has yet been mads, nor has ths Board yet given any pretext for vio lanes. It has done nothing, and ths outrsgs upon justice which it is said it contemplatee remains unexecuted. The conservativee can do nothing that will injure their cause more than to appeal to arms, for in that case the decision will certainly be against them, and ws are glad to hear that Governor MoSuery and tbe Whits League aro opposed to any vioienoe. Congress oan this sesaion be com* pelled to rodeem Louisiana from misrule, unless the democracy blundsr in making a party measure out of what should be a na? tional duty. What Is Fams??-The French journals are disputing over tho proposition to place the stutue of Mirubeau in the Court of J antic? of Aix. The republicans insist that this honor is due to the eloquent champion of the Revolution. The conserve tires argue that as Mirab?*au had been im prisoned in this town tor heinous offences, and condemned to imprisonment in the very -oourt where it is now proposed to erect his statue, the honor would be a bad prec edent Among the statues already erected is that of Portslis, who, in passing judgment on Xirabesu, stigmatized him as "a bad son and ? bad oitiaen." It wootd be a singular ilius. tfstton of the irony of ferns if the prisouer whs was there condemned and ths judge who smlwisl him ifcoiM tfftnA side hv side in Th? R?llglo?i Strife In Urrmanjr-Uli naarek, Arnim aaa the H?r?ld. Those who look ut national events in their in ternational aspects cannot fail to note the rela tion hot wet m the ultramontane contest in Ger many and the extraordinary excitement now pervading England as to whether allegiance to the Pope is to govern the allegiance of the Catholic to his sovereign. The coincidence in the two controversies only indicates that Ger many and England are controlled by similar emotions. We see what we have seen so otten, ; that between the two systems, civil govern l inent as seen in the Teutonic and Anglo-Saxon j countries and religious government as seen in the Papacy, there is an irrepressible and i constantly recurring conflict The war of Luther against the indulgences and of Henry VIEL against the Papal supremacy were early I phases of the present strife. Those who study the career of Luther will see that his success came, not from any sense of an outraged religious sentiment on the part of the German Catholics, but from a patriotic opposition to Italians aud the rule of Italian prelates over the Catholic world. Henry VIIL became the defender of the faith by appealing to that sturdy English patriotism which was as strong then as it is now. The contest in Germany, the earnest effort to convict Count Arnim, the bitterness that marks the relations between Bismarck and the Pope, the efforts of Disraeli and Gladstone to vie with each other in their appeal to the Protestant sentiment of Eng land, show that we are in a new phase of the religious movement known in history as the Protestant Reformation. Therefore every phase of this contest, no matter how minute, becomes of the utmost importance. The conviction or the acquittal of Count Arnim is a small matter, so far as that nobleman is concerned. He can have no more punishment than what be has already undergone. The world well understands that there is no crime in what he has done. There may be infractions of the Prussian civil ser vice law. The averment that the publication of the questionable documents will be re garded as high treason shows the anxiety of the government as to the moral results of the controversy. It is possible, and no donbt very probable, that in his efforts to protect himself against Bismarck Count Arnim has violated the technical regula tions of the Prussian Foreign Office. But no one believes that he has done anything inconsistent with his honor and his duty as a nobleman of the German Empire. There fore the harshness of his punishment doea not mean the vindication of German law, but satisfying the policy of Bismarck. It is another phase of the strife for power. Prussia is governed by a capricious king?one who is as absolutely master as the Tudors. He selects ministers, -commands armies, makes war or peace, as he pleases, and accepts the advioe of a cabinet only when the advioe pleases him. Perhaps the protest of the Reichstag against the sum mary arrest of one of its members may have some effect in changing the royal decision, but we do not so anticipate. To be the Minister of an absolute monarch haa its advantages. There are no parliaments to dread?unless the Reichstag shall really be come a parliament, jealous of its dignity, as now seems probable?no budgets to discuss, no ultimate legislation to punish or reward. When it is necessary to wield the resources of a great empire, to make sodden, swift, unp*using and unexpected war, when it is deemed best to suddenly sum ap all the resources of an empire for an instant purpose, then this relation of a favored minister to an irresponsible king has its advantages. Without such a relation it is a question whether Prussia coald have won Sadowa or Sedan. On the other hand, there are disadvantages. A statesman may rise iike Wolsey, resting on the affections of his prinoe, only to fall like Wolsey when those affections grow cold. It may be a question of grave State policy, or it may be a simple bodily distemper wearing upon the nerves, this royal power to build up and tear down is unquestioned and from it there is no appeal. With such a power Bismarck has to deal. He serves a master who may dis robe him to-morrow and no one to dispute the act. So when he fights it is for power and not a principle. He is strong when Germany is behind him, for Germany will always be re spected, even by the Prince who rules it Therefore he summons up the same old feeling for the Fatherland against the foreign priest and the foreign prinoe which nerved Luther in his joaruey to Worms and which led Prussia from Jena to Waterloo. Bismarck sees that in this struggle there is against him a power he oannot bat fear. He is the Minister of a very old man. la the course of nature this Kaiser must soon go and "rent with God." In his place a new prince will ooine, a young man who will be as anxious to emulate his ancestral glory as was Frederick when he sent his father's veteran generals home from the wars, saying that a king of Prussia could not i "inarch with a tutor in the Held." All the : tokeus that come from Germany show that the new Kaiser will not rule with his father's ministers as his military or civil tutors. Be tween Bismarck and this Prinoe there have not been the most cordial relations. A prince by tho force of intellect, like B'smarck, is not apt always to be patient with a prince by the gracf of God, like Frederiok WiBiam. We saw this in the dealings of Wellington with George IV. Considering the Crown Prinoe or the imperial family as supporters of Arnim this proceeding beoomee very plain. Upon any other hypothesis it is altogether a mystery. Everything that Bismarck has thus far done shows that he is aimply making a desperate contest for power against high royal influ ences, Arnim is nothing to him. He invokes the Protestant sentiment of Germany against the reactionary power that waits expectant for the throne, and the effect of which may be ill to German unity and freedom. Else why this impatient nervous scrutiny of what is called "the relations between the He&4U> and Count ArnUn ?" As our speuial cable despatch shows, the guilt or innocence ot' this accused Minister is practically a question of the enterprise of the Nsw Yon* Huulo. We learn that on the trial intercepted | oopies of the telegrams Mat irom our Berlin correspondent to our Lon ( den bureau have been yead. One of our correspondents has bees placed under po lice surveillance. Petcctiree have followed \ ha movements from day to day end *? his going and coming. A letter addressed ! to the Hr.iui.n is read in court. This letter must have been taken from the Post Office, as it never came to us. Detectives have prowled about our Lon don office, as we learn from a prominent Lon | don newspaper. For all we know our office ; ! in New York has been similarly honored; for, as our correspondent says, "Prince Bis marck has spared no trouble or expense to know the relations existing between the Hjould and Count Arnica." We cannot refrain from acknowledging these attentions on the part of the Princa Chancellor. The Herald has only the kind est feelings toward Princa Bismarck. We have received many courtesies from him, and not many months have passed since be asked us to become the medium for the republica tion in America nf the Falk laws. We should gladly do him any service that an independent journal can render to a great minister and prince. It may, therefore, be a service for him to know that ihe exact "relations be tween the Htiui.n and Count Arnim" are the relations between a cosmopolitan journal looking for news and a nobleman whose movements and late interest mankind. We have the same interest in Prince Bismarck that we have in Count Arnim. It is a mystery that so shrewd and gifted a minister, who has been a strenuous journalist in his day, should not understand this independent attitude, and that the fact that such a relation is possible is the best evidence that America enjoys a free dom that Germany with all of her glory does not yet possess. TIm Bofu Correspondent. About this time, when the Christmas holi days unbend the hearts of hotel keepers and the Legislatures and Congress assemble, the I bogus correspondent of the r> resumes his wild career. We heard of him frequently during the summer, when the various water ing places were open, and Long Branch, Saratoga, Newport, Atlantic City, Cape May and the Whits Sulphur Springs were central points oyer a large field upon whioh he gayly dispofted. When the summer season of dissipation ends he generally disappears fop a short time, leaving a trail of unpaid bills behind and a vista of dis appointed hotel keepers in the distance; but he only goes "to come again," like Monsieur Tonson. The winter opens a new sphere for his impudence, his invention and his indus try. When fashion ceases to furnish an op portunity it is afforded amply by politics. Hotel keepers are to blame if they are victim ized by the bogus correspondent who repeats himself so often. They can detect him by several signs. In the first place he is always impecunious, always extremely important in his own person and always expecting remit tances. He is very apt to confuse the newspaper profession with that of the mendicant, and to play the rdles of King Cophetua and the beggar at the same time. Clothed in the grandeur of his confidential connection with the HmuTiD and its "mysterious influ ence," he believes, with Pistol, that "base is the slave who pays." He will board with the cheerlul hotel keeper for weeks, and promise him enormous compliments when his letters are published. But the letters of the bogus correspondent are never published, and some incredulous persons suppose they are never j written. These are sure signs by which this peculiar baisg may be detected; but in justice to ourselves and to the army of regu lar and occasional correspondents, who are solvent and responsible gentlemen, we would say to bankers, hotel keepers and other confiding persons whom he may ap proach, that whenever there is any question of the authenticity of a correspondent they have simply to telegraph an inquiry to New York. It will cost them nothing?indeed it may save them something?and we shall be obliged for the chanoe of exposing some of the numer* ons frauds and adventurers who trade upon the reputation of this paper, not having in their own names any oapital of the kind. We have heard of the bogus correspondent re oently, and we would like to do to him as Mr. Tackletou did to the crickets?"I sorunoh them," said Mr. Tackleton. JolUk Stuart Mill and Hie Oppoaente. The late Mr. Mill advanced in his posthu mous essaye singular opinions concerning the usefulness of religion. He did not consider either faith in Qod or in the immortality of human li?e necessary to the noblest interests of man. The consciousness that our influ ence is for the good of ths generations which follow, he argued, should give mors satisfac tion than ths selfish hope of continuing in definitely our merely individusl existence. It was an humble belief, but as it oarried the doctrine of renunciation to its extreme there is no probability that it will become popular. Men cling to the idea of their immortality with indestructible fervor, and what has given Christianity its wonderful power over all races is the promise, the revelation, the di vine pledge that what is sown in corruption shsll be raised in inoorruption, and that ths miraole of Christ's resurreotion shall become ths natural law of ths world, Mr. Mill's oontsntment with the extinction of personality in death may be accepted by philosophers of his own kind, but it oan never replaoe Chris tianity in ths estimation of mankind. This fundamental doctrine of the Christian xsligion had several expositions yesterday from the pulpits of New York, one of the most notable being the sermon of the Rev. Dr. Hepworth upon "The Viotory in Christ." Jesus, he said, wa? "the matter and substanoe of life," aud this seems to resemble the idea of Thomas De Quincey, that immortality is not the natural inheritance of man, but the pre cious giit of the Saviour of the world. Whether Dr. Hepworth agreee with this idea we are not certain, but surely the argument of Plato, which Addison has made familiar to the Eag'. Ush reader by his iamous soliloquy in the tragedy of "Cato," is strengthened by the .etchings of St. Paul. The natural argument of the Greek phUosopher in favor ol immor tality has, in the example and the words of Christ, supernatural indorsement. If the longings of ths soul itself are evidenos of a Mure lils, ths promises of Christianity be gome a double assurance to the believer, Deems also touched upon this subject, but directed his sttenUon more Imme diately to the ptaotical question oi the amuse, menu whioh are proper lor religious people the Rev. Dr. Rylauce of Christian duty toward the poor. Mr. Beecher chose for bin subject the slow development of Cbristiuu character, and the Itev. Mr. Van Dunkirk more closely considered the subject to which we have reterred. "There is a scene in which we shall live after the grave has closed over us," he suid, and he also dwelt upon Mr. Mill's the ory of the value of one life's influence upon other lives. Mr. Frothinghtim, who is, per haps, nearer to Mr. Mill's ideas thun any other of our clergymen, spoke of the coming dawn, and beautifully used the transit of Venus to illustrate his argument. Altogether the ser mons of yesterday are full of interest, espe cially as they show the Christian side of the great discussion now carried on by the ad vanced thinkers of our time. A Threatened Raid on tile City Charitable Institutions. It is evident that an attempt is to be made after January 1 to obstruct the payment to the city charitable institutions of the excise and other moneys appropriated to their use under existing laws. The amendments to the State constitution adopted at the laBt election are interpreted as prohibiting "the application of the excise moneys to any of the charities heretofore benefited by them," and also aa affecting "the right of disposing of the eight hundred thousand dollars or so, included in next year's tax levy, for charitable institu tions. " It is argued, in regard to the excise moneys, that, if paid into the city treasury before the 1st day of January, 1875, they may be distributed among the charitable institu tions, but that alter that date "there can be no question that the constitutional amend ments authoritatively prohibit the application of the excise moneys to any of the charities heretofore benefited by them." It is also held, in reference to the appropriations to charita ble institutions included in the city estimate ?for next year, that as the tax levy for 1875 must be finally closed before the end of this year, the Board of Apportionment, under ex isting laws, "will have no choice but to incor porate the sum named in their appropria tions; but after it has been inserted it is very questionable whether taxes can be raised for any such purpose, and after they have been received it is tolerably certain that payments under such appropriations will be illegal" The fallacy of this is apparent. The amend ments to the constitution adopted at the last eleotion are in force from the moment the vote adopting them is officially declared by the State Canvassers. They do not take effect on the 1st day of January next The consti tution as it existed before the last elec tion simply provided that amendments, after undergoing the requisite legislative action, should, upon receiving the approval and ratification of a majority of the qualified voters, "become part of the constitution." This, of oourse, incorporated the amendment! in the constitution from the moment the offi cial declaration of their adoption was pub lished. That this was the intention of the con stitution is shown by the fact that amendments might be submitted to the people "in such manner end at such time as the Legislature shall prescribe," and were not required to be submitted only at a general election. The new article 16, adopted at the last election, provides that "all amendments to the consti tution shall be in force from and including the 1st day of January succeeding the eleo tion at which the same were adopted, except when otherwise provided by such amend ments. '' But as this article could not become a part of the constitution until after its adop tion and incorporation in the consti tution it applies only to ftiture amend ments. If, therefore, the appropriations to charitable institutions in the oity estimate for 1875 will be unconstitutional after the 1st of January they are unconstitutional now. In like manner, if the excise moneys cannot be applied to charitable purposes under the amendments to the constitution after January 1, they cannot be so applied subsequent to the announcement of the result of the State canvass. But the only restriction to the appropriation of county and city moneys contained in the amendments is to be found in the new section added to article 8 of the constitution as section 11. This provides as follows: "No county, city, town or village ">><*11 here after give any money or property or loan its money or credit to or in aid of any individual, association or corporation. ? ? ? This section shall not prevent- such county, city, town or village from making suoh provision for the aid or support of its poor as may be authorized by law.' * Chapter 649 of the Laws of 1874 provides thatall moneys recsi ved for liquor licenses, after payment of the expenses of the Commission, shell be appropriated by a ma jority of the Board of Apportionment to whatever charitable institutions may seem to such Board deserving and proper. The Comptroller is required to pay the money as thus directed. In like manner, various State laws authorize the levy of a tax for the sev eral amounts appropriated in the oity estimate "for the aid and support" of the city poor. All these laws remain in force, and are not in validated by the adoption of the constitutional amendments. For these reasons we believe that the attempt to divert from the charitable institutions the moneys derived from lioenses or appropriated by the city estimate will fail. It will be unfortunate if the City Comptroller should insist upon withholding these moneys from the city oharitiss. Suoh a policy will only lead to litigation, and in the end entail loss upon the taxpayers, besidee oausing muoh unnecessary suffering, Mr, Sunday Logic. Evidently the B-JV. Mr. Talmage believe* that, in opposition to the theatres, he has found a fruitful theme, and as he promises to discus* the subject still further there is no prekeot hope of his yielding it up. His sermon yesterday was a plea for the American Sab> bath brought over on the Mayflower and tashioaed in severity upon tho Jewish model. So iar as bis discourse related to the theatres it was not so marked as bis previous efforts, j but both as it related to the stage and the ob? > servanoe of the day it was suggestive j of a fsw thoughts, The first of these is that in either aase the laws of the State regulate the duties of the citizens. If any manager violates or has violated the statute forbidding theatrical or other entertainments ? on Sunday it was only necessary to Invoke the ' oourts to stop that which the law forbade, Ko vlnUeat sermon against the stag* eould eflbet i any g?o4 ia the matter, Neither U a pie* lot the American Sabbath, as Mr. Talmage calls our Sunday, likely to have any better rexulu. The law regulates the duty of the oitizen on Sunday, and, so far as the law goes, the courts will enforce it. Beyond this neither Mr. Talmage nor the law cau go. Under a gov* ernmeut which prescribes no creed and no religion for the people it is impossible to en force the Sabbath brought over in the Mayflower. The law cannot command it as part of the citizen's duty that he shall go to church on Sunday. It may pre scribe that he shall follow no business avoca tion on a particular day of the week, but it cannot make a Jewish or a Puritan Sabbath. Mr. Talmage insists upon too much. Most people will sustain him in enforcing the Sun day laws but very few liberal-minded men will go with him in framing an American Sabbath. We may not want the hilarity of a European Sunday, but that is no reason why Mr. Tal mage and the class to which he belongs should limit the liberty of the citizen to an extent to make the interference a tyranny. Char lea Rom One* Mor?< It is hardly to be wondered at that the lapse of time since his disappearance, now more than five months, should have driven the story of the stolen Ross child almost out of notice. Now and then ? report creeps into circulation that he is found, but is re ceived incredulously. The public has made up its mind either that the child has been murdered or that the thieves will not dare to risk the exposure of returning him. Bis parents, according to popular opinion, may as well lace their inevitable loss and bear it as they can. Now we have good reason to believe that Charles Ross is not murdered, but that his captors still hold him ready to give up bo soon as the ransom is paid. It would serve a good purpose at this precise juncture if every newspaper in the country would reoall the faots of the child's abduc tion to its readers, and utge them to fresh efforts to solve the mystery. During the first few weeks after it occurred, in the general alarm and horror, a dozen dif ferent hypotheses were offered. Suspicion was thrown first on one side and then an other; the Ross family, being unknown, were dragged before the bar of public opinion, in dioted for prevarication, then licentiousness, and finally for a deliberate scheme of swin dling. The people caught at any theory which would disprove the lrightfol possibility of the presence among us ot an organized band of kidnappers?the advent of a new crime more terrible than murder. While press and people were following these false scents the thieves disappeared. Sufficient time has, however, now passed to dispel all these groundless theories. The character of the -Ross family, and of every one connected, even remotely, with them, has been brought to the glaring light, and tested by a strict judicial investigation, and by the yet sterner tribunal of a suspicious public with its myriad watch* ful eyes. The ?acts of the case now remain, clear and indisputable, ready for our action, and as such we offer them to our readers. Firtt?Christian K. Ross, the father of the stolen child, is a man of unimpeachable in tegrity and honor. The theory once advo cated that the boy was secreted by his con nivance that he might obtain the ransom money was met by an indignant and over whelming refutation from all of his business associates, representing the largest commer cial interests of Philadelphia. It is worth mentioning in this connection that neither the oommittee holding in trust the twenty thousand dollars offered for the boy and his captors, nor any one of the various cor?s of detectives, public and private, employed in the ease, whose interest it naturally would be to find Mr. Ross guilty, entertain the slightest suspioion of him, but all have a profound and thorough belief in his uprightness and re spect for his sorrow. Stoond?The allegation that Mr. Ross was a debauchee, and that his disoarded wife was really the kidnapper, was the fabrication of a Reading newspaper, for which its publishers have been found guilty in a criminal suit for libel Mr. Ross' affidavit in this case, deny ing one by one all the allegations in the Read ing article, was proved at every point. The brothers and near friends of Mrs. Ross, and the poor, broken-hearted woman herself ap peared upon the witness stand to testify to the exceptional purity and fidelity of his life as a husband and father. "Christian Ross," said his brother-in-law, with a natural touch of bitterness, "has but one fault to excuse this attack?he is poor." The Ross family led a quiet, reserved life, and this very reserve, this distaste tor playing any melodramatic roll before the publio, irritated the press and was the chief cause of the unjust aspersions cast upon them. We feel it is but proper in this connec tion, as a ooncetsion largely due to the bereaved family of the stolen child, that the n should say that while its investigations of the matter carried on at a distance were meant simply to serve the publio, they were in certain particulars erroneous in theory aud facts. Oar correspondent, acting upou false information, believed by him to be true, did the character of Mr. Ross gross injustice, and we would be wanting in the commoner feel ings of humanity wers we not thus to dis tinctly disavow his erroneous accusations and express our sincero sympathy for the afflicted family of the gentleman whom they afiected. Third?It is now reduced to a certainty that the ohild was stolen from no motive of revenge, or for other ill purpose than simply to com mand the ransom. It has beoome customary of late years to bargain with burglars for the return of stolen bonds and jewels; this is but a new branch of the same business. The oase, then, stands thus:?The child stolen on the first day of last July, it is be lieved, still lives; his abductors bold him tri umphant, defying the law and outraged domestic life of the nation. The sum of twenty thousand dollars offered by the citi zens of Philadelphia is not, let it be under stood, to be paid for the ohild alone, but tor the child and its captors. Meanwhile help, if there be any under God, must come from the people. It is not possible in these days of close communication that the ohild can be always hidden. If he be in the country some human eye must see him. The more remote or isolated tho village or hamlet the more chance that he is secreted there. It is not for poor Charlvy Ross* help alone that we would have every man and woman in the land ievve as a deteotire, but f?tr their own child's take; that thei* own baby Mid that ?I every aethek may sleep henceforth securely in its cradle, and not become a subject of barter for men more cruel than death. ?'Alas I Poor Yoriek." Our irrepressible and benevolent friead Bergh makes his appearance in a new charac ter. Having fulfilled his mission as the cham pion of the animal kingdom he now becomes the champiou of the plays and the players. It is perhaps thj most natural transition, for alter his crusade of benevolence what remains to a philanthropist of an active nature but to try his skill on the comediuns. A few days i^C0-c<^r the enterprising manager of e Avenue Theatre, having exhausted e iterarj resources of France, made an ad> venture into Spain. He discovered the play o orick. It is a good play of the sombre, gruesome school, with touches of sadness that evidently suit the tastes of a Madrid ftudienc<J fresh from the bull fight. Somehow our American taste does not welcome "Yoriek." We have our merry moods, and shrink from entertainments that strain the nerves and keep us awake at night. Then Mr Duly invoked the saored fi^n, 0| Shakespeare, dragging it from the Olympian heights of an almost holy fame to walk up and down the stage as a mere play oppressed more than it amused, and wa presumed it would gently sink into the well filled sepulchre of unappreciated dramas. Mr. Bergh insists that it shall not die; that no such play was ever written or acted, and thai we must all hasten and see it. For Mr. Daly's sake we should like to sea Mr. Bergh's advice accepted, for he is an in. genious, original man, who has labored hard to elevate the stage and has won goldea opinions. It is not pleasant, especially in these mellow, gracious, Christmas times, to see a manager with so many natural resource* and so high a purpose buffeting the cruel waves of a receding sea. He has a fine thea tre and a splendid company. But who can rule the uncertain chances of popular taste ? We can imagine that, for a bull-fighting com munity, "Yoriek" would be an attraction. Bat we have no bull-fighting fancies, as Mr. Bergh must be happy to feel, and Mr. Daly cannot even get up a newspaper controversy as to the merits of his play. Just now our theatrical people are under the spell of a great geniua of one who can write a masterpiece and act it, Boucicault dwarfs everybody else, and all the world is concerned about the "Shaughraun." If there is one thing the people know, it ia what pleases them. Mr. Boucioault has suo. ceeded in pleasing. He has written one of the best comedies that has appeared since the "School for Ssandal." Envious critics may say it is all stolen ; that it contains effects taken from Byron, Shakespeare and Hugo; that the dog is only a copy of the dog Schneider; that there is the same old priest, the same hand some officer, the same forward Irish girl an^ ious to be kissed, the same police spy and informer; that the fox hunt is repeated from "London Assurance," and that Conn, the Shaughraun, is a kind of Irish Rip Van Winkle, who drinks, idles, poaches, sings a song, plays on the fiddle and dances with the lasses. But a genius for stealing is genius after all. If Boucioault con steal so well why can not his critics do tha same ? The field is open to them 'juat as it was open to the rivals of Shakespeare, who proved that he stole his plots from Plutarch and Boccaccio, old jest books and wherevei he found anything worth taking. If the dra. matists cannot write as well as Bouoioault let them steal as well, and the people will be satisfied. We welcome Mr. Bergh into the gqild at dramatic criticism. He makes a brave battle for "Yoriek." We wish it were a winning fight But the misfortune with Mr. Bsrgh is that, like his immortal prototype, the last of Spanish chivalry, he always puts on his armor in a hqpe less cause. He cannot fight public opfaion any more than Don Quixote could fight the windmills of La Mancha. The mil la turn when the wind blows. Just now the wind blows in the direction of the "Shaughraaa." Good Mr. Bergh may shoulder his lanoe and go home. As for Mr. Daly he has won so many fights with his splendid ooopanyand his own unsurpassed taste that he can enter with courage and the assurancs of renewed success upon brighter campaigns. PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE, Rev. Dr. Coltou, of Philadelphia, la ataylnf il the St. Denis Hotel. Loita, the actress, arrived la ttila city yesterday, and la at the Firth Avenue Hotel. Rer. Dr. Harrow, or Waabiagton, la among tki latest arrival* at the Westmlnater Hotel. Lieutenant b. T. Stewart, or the Royal Artillery, Britian Arm/, la quartered at the Graarf Central Hotel Mr. James F. Jo/, President of the Michigan Central Railroad Company, baa apartment! at the Windsor Hotel. Mr. A. B. Mallet, of architectural fame, la a* Journlng at the Astor House, whenoe he aurveya the new Post Offlce. Lleutsnaut Governor John c. Robinson, whose home is at iilngbamton, la residing temporarily at the St. Denia Hotel. Mr. cuariea P. Kimball, of Portland, formerly a favorite, though unaucoeaafnl, democratic caadt. date lor Governor of Maine, la si the Fifth A venue Hotel. A deputation of Knights Templars from the United States have been visiting Havana and the Interior or Cuba. They will return to New Orleani to-day on the steamer Wilmington. And now here la the Emperor of Auatria up Hot economy. A snort time ago one ot hia imperial Majesty's ships arrived at Stamooul, and tbe A as. trian Internuncio, Count Ziohy, at obm chose bet lor a gat* pleasure trip up and dowa the Boa pborua. An official and grandiloquent report to headquarters seems to have been drawn up aboat the event, whioh waa even submitted to the Em peror. On tne return ot the diplomatic dooumeat tbe following pencil quary, written by tbe Bm* peror, was lound ou ilte margin:?"Who pays lor the coal t" It le reported In London that tne rumor about tbe queen's alarming Illness had Its origin In tbe following circumstances:?M]n a certain Loadoa newspaper offlce tuere la a biography ot the Sov ereign. which was written ten years ago, aad the editor, with the provident ioretbougbt of bla close, deemed It desirable ttut it should ba revised aad brought down to date. It wss given out to one of the atao and duly 'revised and correoted.' The editor thought it would be well to see the artlolo in type, and ho consequently gave It out to be tet np. A compositor happened to see the aotlot when it wa< in type, read me solemn and aiftotlag announcement with which it opened and name* dlateiy proceeded to aiasemiaare the melaauUoiy intelligence. As soon as the story was iai<iy aet a-going it travelled la all dlreotlons and auder> went ail a?na of modifications, la oat at lit format! reached a'Loadoa correspondent.'aad thus obtained ? widi si>o?lati?a mi over tae ?VttOlf#."