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Themes Expounds! in Our
Churches Yesterday.
Opening Services in the Grace
Baptist Church.
Rev. Father Farrelly at the
Mr. Chadwick on the Good There
Is in Evil.
Mr. Hepvrorth preached to hi* Cock yesterday
morning iroia tlio test?Matthew, xlh, -u?"A bruised
rood shall ho not break, and smoking flax slia.l ho
tint quench till hn suud lorth judgment unto victory."
Mr. Uepworlh began his diicoiuso b/ saying that
i vory passage which discovers some new trail In the
character ol Uu.1 to our couselousuoss is valuable; that
the more wo can know ot Hod's relations to us the
more wo th ill adore and love. l'o know nothing ol
Jliiu is to livo in a starless night; to know ull uboul
linn that miml and heart can grasp Is to live under
the vertical sun or noonday. The expression u.od
in the text is very intense; it is not satisfied
with a simple assertion ol Hod's cure, but expresses
u vast dial more. N'oihiug Seems more worthless or
more uuworthy ol any special earc than a bruised
reed. 11,ere la nothing in the uuivcr.-o uboul which
we can uilord to bo more careless, apparently, as to
w uothor it noes out or not than the spark of lire in
smoking flax. And yet tho people iu the olden lime.,
and iu the gulden ago Christ Hansel!, asserted ihul Cud
would not break the bruised rued, Ue wou.d not
qinuh tho smoking hax, but would neqi tlio one and
t'ueourago tho other. Aud II we look through the
lens o( tho Father's character wo see with most vivid
light what wo never discovered beloic, that ills lovo
lor us is inteiisu und all puWorlui, and that His
rtyu.-d is not scattered in u general way
over the crowd, but is directed on the lile
an,l consciousness of each individual. Cod nevergcu
erulues. Ho ulwuys particularizes. Ho never scal
ier., hut always suns tin- gilt to tho peculiar want
i.nd couulliou of the individual who is to rtceivo IL
'llie picachor ihen requested the close aUcullou ol tho
congregation while t o tried to llud iu tue text some*
In log ol spiritual lulcrcsi lor thorn, udJ also or spirit,
ual encouragement. He said that, in llie ttrst place,
llie text taught us our entire and continual depouueme
upou a higher power; tbul wu are spoitcu ol not us
trees, robust auu mig.ny, nolo in resistance, strung in
enuuruuec. but rattier as reeus. that may be broken
by any uuusu.il wind, that may be bruised it not
broken by any ot the ten thousuiiu contingent-its
winch mako up the sum of human lile. He wuut on to
ray that the Crst element ol true rcngion Was a con
eciousness ol u.ler dependence upon Uod;
that wu cauuol undcrsliind tlio ctvlue scueine
ol salvation or Hod's mscipliuing piovidcnco un
less wu nuiig like a thread trout Hod's throne.
No man ran go through lile independently; then Why
Hot ask b. ip irotn tho only one who can give it, the
King ubovu kings and the Lord above lords!' He
asked why wu did not go to liio source ol a.l power
when wu needed strength; why not look beyond tho
stars, Willi liieir Ice bit- light, to the sun ol righteous
ness, which tilled the world with tho bluze ot H is glory,
when we stand in need el pouce und eoinlort. J he
preacher remarked Ihul some men were saiisUod With
unit physical gralilic.ilion; that they seemed to need
nothing also; that tueir principle ol iitu wi s tho iuw ol
cause aud ellcci?so muuU labor mingled with so much
sagacity will bo so much gain; that such men could
not understand tlio signihcuucu ol u religious
lile, aud ih it they could not bo tnaue to
It-i the necessity ot preparing in the present lor
that great change which is so iar oil to them, iiul
that, ou ihoolher hand, ll u muu was ihuugnttul in
Its best He-Use, it his miml seemed to wing its wuy
* lib eagle Might to tile heights Above the Qarlli, ho
would usk the questions. What is to bo wheu what
F nu? collie to naughl, aud what is the mtatiing ol j
joverty und tint eternal struggle to wrtiicu human ou
nce is uoomeu ? l'ho speaker said that tiicso wore
luiidamc-ut.il questions; Hint if you asked them in iho
bu.-y tin.rt or in tpe llclJs it nature, or iu the iibiurns
wnoso shelves are tilled with the wisdom ol uges. or of
tie grandest intellects < >1 the age, they ull givo the
t ,mu answer, Ilia I they know r. tilling about it; that it
is .> pbiXle and enigma to nil. tiut he cumo to Hie
Ihiok auu loumi that it treated ot nuthing e.ao but that
pron em .1 live that ihcro is in us an element that can be
s tisue.t l>y uothlug hut the supuinatural, by tho
turnui, by Hod Hliiisell, uUd mat religion cousislcil iu
Mousing and educating th.s pari ol a man's naiurec '
Mi. ii-pwurth uero cnlaicc. at length upon our utter
uepeiiuriicv upon ome oue or sumoltnng, whethei we
t> a ni w icd. cu it or not. anu upon me conviction that
-i i r. nes lorocs tisell in upon our consciousness ol
ns umil. und uiged Ins people lo turn to linn who |
u guaiuiliCO us safety lor mo presi-nt time aud tlie I
i u in ii In., and lie said that religion consisted in con
it i.i_ tin- upptcciuiiou ol our utter dependence, uuJ
i.i*i ihe text bote
llnti God sometimes bruised us, and for a good pur
(.n-i.oat nte was uot happiness, hut discipline; that
wo t u. hi not lo took tor happiness in I Ins lile but iu tho
n.e ? i unto; that ii was ticct-ssury to bruise the soul to
i i: I sweetness out ol it; mat a soul utibruiscn
w mi. a careless and thoughtless, and I hat n wo
i. d only let-i .sure It Was l>ud who bruised wo could
n ? it mi l bo patient, because it is all tor our good;
t.i.it the names by wrUicn Christ was called wore not
I, . i s ol despolisUi aini cruelty?llie HuinO ol UOd
n . .. while dove; and that Ho who wept uv -r talli-n
J r, com is weeping over lalleti New York; tout
ti.-.; "niy rinsed ns lo make us better; that lew could
en .urn inosperuy wni.out a decrease oi spiritual
rilingiu, iliat success is the
11AXK OF TtlK f.MVKtlsK;
.h it lo succeed Was io die?ilml is ibe paradox of tho
u .ivtr.se; lii.it i.od's wis.iotu luroi.iics throu.il llie
w..c|.'i.i iiie and sees the end from the bcgiuinUa, and
Una we ought to su), "<) Hod. thou urt my Uod!
J Father, thou shun loud ine, Toy win be douel"
iii.it il wo can do thai, tliuu.h we may sin.: u. a
in . or k V, and there might be matij a sad mite in the
|T -loiigtu at mpliouy. vet wheu wo puss ihroutii the
valley our Voices shall break lorth into praise, and to
our sarpr.se wo basil Qti.1 we have been singing un
fuith in the same key llial the angels wore slllging,
nnd that we shun say with them, -'Holy, holy, ho y
Herd Hod ot Israel, Thy vvrl lie d lie.''
Not witl? lauding tho si< rm yesterday morula?
Musoate Temple was unusually well flllcd. Mr. Froih
iBghwm, without huv text whatever, announced his
lit me us the "Advantages of I'npopumrity," and pro
tended as follows;?That unpopular? ly has its dtsod.
vanl.igcs will nut bo considered. Wo all reel that it
lot", but at | resent ttie lur.e advantages ol unpopu
larity claim our attention. Christ is described as soy*
Hi?, In the Sermon on tho Mount, "Blessed arc ye
when men shall revile ye and snv all manner of evil
lluu.s in :ely of you Icr my sake; rejoice and ho ex
ceeding glad, lor to persecuted they tho prophets
w..icl? were beforo you." I he assumption Is that the
dtt .ph - I Jesus wore tbel/iteof the world; that they
k pt uloot iroai tho inultitude. \\ by attempt to purity
(bu world that is a.ready c.canr Why relorm tlio
generation II It needs no lurthcr rctoriuaiion t
The very altitude ol the disttp.es supposes that the
world needs their otllce. Paal lays down lor himself tho
prwtipio which seems en tho fate# of it to run counter
to the rules ot Jesus. Maul's policy was not needlessly
to ofio. d to no purpo c. When tiring Willi the .lews
ho conducted iilmscli as a Jew. \t hen among ibo
(ieMiles ho would appeal to their roaaoB and philoso
phy, but he apptrtatly never yielded u single jot when
It cam* 10 a i|dusllou that ( ached his own heart.
Now, against this principle, tliat theriu 1 ti tun c need no
enlightenment or guidu.ee, there stands an od-et
proverb, which writes ??!'?* /ootidi, MB On'?"The
\oico of the people is tile voice - : God," It
texebes the oppos ite doctrlui. One proyerb say?
"I .mow in the multitude;'' the other says "Me very
tare ui to avoid them." \V hence the Baying, "Vomp'tp
? ?, vox />?,'' tamo it tstmpiiMibio to say. it in y
b.ivc liecii uie echo ol sotuu pcriou of anarch), ol am ...
dimwilut on. whop sanctitn- were limnbkd in the dun.
Whervaccvsr it originated tho proverb cmisst ho tine.
The vo.ee nl tie peomu cannot bo the Voice
ol God. It Is simply Impossible, except en
the ground that humanity > droll inspired.
The hiuiiAude are the BnuctKatBtf. 1'ney are tho
b uid, tho sett-seek.iig, the prejudiced?inn people
Who lake their belie. olitfBrh lueyklluW Mtblllg
Bbont liietory. The experiences of mankind nru
iiuughi to ilium. ln-.r relation- 10 mankind aro
boinlBg to thvru. They aru superficial. They simply
live ID the in.mienl; live bv the moment; live or
themselves, and Iwr tkcfr lower self*-* iota Can the
voi< coi the people no the voice ol GodY Why, the
history of the world la the biaiory ot crucihodtaviouis,
i of persecuted laiaU, or teacher* to wonm a dear enr
I li us been turned lu proportion to their wisdom. And
it sometimes bani that republican v-in rests ouiii.it
I proverb?'Vox fopuli, vox Dei." Tb.it is a mistake,
i Kvpubllcanii-m H.iiipiy rest- on the iinpre?siou lU.it
{ every class of people Is eniiilod to have a voice in ttie
i couomoii ol ulluirs, iusoiiiucU si all have u aiulte in tbo
j constitution ol society. Kvery class bin an equal right,
i ,aal title lo nay bow tbe laws .-bull be
| irawed, bow tLu couatitutiou ol society abull
] bo preserved. Republican.sua says, "No one
I clu-? is eutilled to rule the world." Nut
I tbe noblest, not tbe best born, not tbe most intelli
gent; uy. not tuo best. Tbe saints, il tMy could be
foun.i, have no authority to govern the ?inner. The
sinners must bavu voice in tbe administration ol ai
lairs. Itepublican.sin says, "It Is not lor us to say
ibai tbe accptre is iu tbe bauds ol any single class ol
dynasties; sit i.uv ibeir Ideas and must bave leave lo
cipress them." Tbe republican does not say, 11 Vox
]>< I'uii, vox Pri," He may ollt u feel tbul the voice of
tbe people is tbo voice ot tbo Evil One. No matter,
ibe majority speaks. I is voice is uot tbo voice of
God. null it must bo listened to and board. Suppuso,
It sucb u supposition were possible, thai every single
voter roteu precisely tlio sime ticket, would tbe voico
ol the people be the voice 01 God ? li would certainly
Indicate a most extraordinary uuaoimiiy in the voice
01 the people?that pronii-ed all ibat could be hoped
lor; but tno voice ol God, tbul governs not tbe
moment nut in any moments, not tno year but all
years, thai voice is eternal. And tno voice lu any
single generation is temporal. Tbe democrat may
bebave in total depravity, way believe that
tbe majority are under the protection of
au evil spirit. No matter. He must take the majority
lor wnat it is and wait. The majority liavo a right lo
speak, nun lliou*h it be tbe voice ol ignorance and
prejudice it must bo li-tened to patiently until wisdom
can bo justified by her children, lu enumerating the
advantages ol unpopularity the speaker said:?"In tbo
lirst place, to be unpopular is to bt- released from much
oppression ol ibe burnous ol care; from tbo rospousl
biliiy that comes with tin administration of udairs.
To be popular is it be responsible; la to be prudent
and tvuicblui. It is to cas: ibe eye round about and
sat w bat other men would bave us sac. The agitator
always bus to be in the minority from the very fast of
bis being an agitator. The abolitionism a generation
ago incurred a great deal ol severe criticism because
they kept tbeiiiM Ives aloof from politics. Tbry would
not speak from party platforms; iboy mo.lied no
party out .ug ementi, would not identity mem
selves w.tb party advocacies, 'lboy planted them
selves uj.uu their disinterestedness. They were
right. I heir business was to leaven tbe
mural sense of the community. It is tbe la-biou to
pity ihosn who arc unpopular. Sp >re your pity. Tnvy
aic tbo happiest people in tlio woild. Respect a nmu,
and it is the best compliment you can pay him. The
joy ol soli-respect is greater than that of sell-esteem.
To be able to live alone; to baesreleaa of the wor.u's
applause; to bo able to sit In darkness and silently to
press the gieat invisible Hand that reaches dawn out
ef light?that la ecstasy. The ud vantage of unpopularity
Is ibai we urc standing upon our leet?that we work
with our own bunds?vindicate our own characters us
ineu ami women, au immense advantage. Another
is (hat unpopularity couu eis us to dcilno our own
beliels.-Tbo popular in .ncin lake his i.nth upon trust.
Tbe unpopular in.in cannot do so. Tbe popular laiili?is
it deserving ol the name of eonvletluu, truth or beiiei ?
It is bused on phraseology. Take the A poetics' CrocU.
which is recited in every Episcopalian church. Wbut
u tremendous row ol statements it is 1 Weigh the in
one by one, bow porteutous lboy urc! Thcic la uiyt
u luiud in Christendom lo-duy capacious enough lo
lake a single one of these statements, and yet school
girls sixteen years old lull iu crowds upon their knees
in cuuroii uud whisper the words ol this high and
grand -laleineut us though it wero n 11 it lo thing to
say, Xbcy arc only words to tbcui. The belieis ol
those young hearts it is not for iuo to describe except
In tbe way of describing the Apostles'Creed. The de
pravity of humanity Is preached in nearly every
church to-day in New York. Is there a man irno be
lieves it? Do we net trust our neighbor without le
g' trd to Ins creed ? Via ask, "Is lie a man of bis word?
will lie pay hi.- debts? Can wo trust linn ?" We know
we can. oiborwise tbe world would bo paralyzed.
Let us stand upon our Detiefs, not upon
u pretended one. A uiun said to mu tbe other i.uy,
"Why do you not liavo a creed f Why do you uot or
ganize?" 1 answered, "It is the aim uud purpesu ol
my lilo not to have a creed?uot to have an organiza
tion." It will bo iiu evil day torAho new luitb when it
begins to muko delluliiuns to exclude any oil account
of their persuasion-. It will be tbo day ol ita death,
'ibe new laub will no new no longer; it will bo thrown
aside us u useless thing. The new isitb, always com
ing out ol : be region ol faith, will spread a new eurib
over urcb humanity, with a now heaven whoso slurs
shall uovor seL
The collectlou tuken at Plymouth church yestorday
was for the American Board ol' Foreign Missions. Mr.
Ileccber stated that there would l>e service in his
church ou Thursday next, and invited nil the young
pooplo of the.congregation to join a sluging ciass to be
organized to-nigut in the lccluro room by Mr. Houry
Camp, director of the choir.
'?Provo all things, hold lost to that which is good,"
was selected by Mr. Beecher as tbo text of his sermon.
The word "prove," be said, Is so generally used among
English speaking people In rotation to argument or to
a purely Intellectual process by which cvidcuce is ar
ranged so as to produce a conviction that the passage in
question has boon mainly used to induce ineu to listen
reudily to new truths or to unjialulnblo ones. Hun
dreds of thousands of solitaries go up and down
through the lund, every one with some new light
upon an ordlnuncc, some new notion about prophecy,
tune picture with now meanings out ol the
Apocalypse or Dunicl or E/.ckiel or otherwhere. Men
rcluse to discuss them, and thou is quoted the text
"Prove all tilings." The Mcsmers and the Spiritual
ists i.nd the upholders ol all sorts of theories dole upon
tho passage iu question. They would have the human
mind a sort ol riddle, and have men silting continually
to "provo alt things." Mr. Beechor contended ihut
tho words of the apostle had iioiblug whatever to do
with intellectual processus. They were spoken to people
not well lilted lor such processes, and by ono who dis
carded hitiuulf those who propounded such theories in
his tunc. The text was uu exhortation to put to a
practical test cwry ouo ol tho great iuleilcctual truths
or practices winch go to build up a loan toward tho
siutuiw ol ti.u Lorn Jesus Christ. Mr. Beecher held,
however, ibui men t hnuld he willing to ruccivo new
llgui on all subjects that it was in their power to get;
ni.4 so lur u- man liuvo an opportuuty of gaining
knowledge and are averse to lurgtror better views, or
even 10 entirely changed views, so lar tho spirit ol tho
text was adverse to them; hut u slu-uld he borne iu laind
that Willi respect to the principles winch ate applied
to the I),vuic nature and to the universal murai govern
ment ol Uou the exhortation was uol lo everybody to
prove all these things, and to hold last that winch w as
good For bleu were not qualltled lo enter upon the
exploration ol many of these themes without a special
inti ileciu il, and, in many insiuiiues, a proiersional
training, and to exhort ilieiii lo enter into sucu the
ories 11 rather to gall them into clonus ami inisis tliuu
luto li, lit. Tuis discussion requires a critical Judcmeut
fused upon lunch previous knowledge and with
scocrst" methods; and when men Without cul
ture, without experience, enter Upou these Ilelds of
exploration, they, so .ur iroui reaching lue truth, very
soon go |usl lar euougli to uu-oillc llieir old nollels
without sell.lug any new ones. I here is, said Mr.
Ueeclivr, iu inoderii limes and among oarovu | eo
ple just exactly th.s danger. Wo arc uu Intelligent
people, and we always have a suspicion Of It. We are
brought up m schooiliouses, ana we read the iiewspu
pcrs, and w e quite scout tne idea that i here IS'-uytiling
) tins side of the crown of *iod 111 it a Yankee may nut
i pui his hand upou. And so It happens that iiiionu
1 vuicd mill and very young ineu ruth into ui-cusmuum
upon Hobjtcu that | uzzle iho ursine ol the must lui
| cuied and erudite philosophers, who have vecu uiaoo
i a single one 01 the subjects too study ol a llletltne;
; aiid they argue, or "urgu|y,w as the lariuers ?av, *0
i that the Whole land is ulie.', or is likely to lie tilled,
| with the'ciasn ot llwso sunenlcial icvistiguiors who
i are as lit to enter ime Ihetu as a lobster is to run a
i race with llextcr. And we tr quently liud men who
have rend a paragraph or two lit a newspaper on a oer
i lam subject and lllti announce authoritatively Ihut
. ibry have come to the conclusion that so and to is
| true, when men who have given the subject deep
thought are modest una .cur to v> mure an opinion. If
I tney are reinou?trat?ii with they reply, ??Weil, what
' would you havet Are w e mu enjoined to prove all
; tmugsf Are we i.ol lo know more than
our fathers did?" Oh, if your lathers
knew less titan -.on what could they have been!
(Smiles.) fbe presumption favors Durw.msni Many
? w ill pi roups Ini surprised that 1 ?h? >uIU g.eui to give a
I back-iiiiudod blow at an honest spirit ot inquiry. 1 do
1 not. t wfuiiitt that every man ot you were tar more
proiouud in .ii you are and that the talent you have
i.au been trained t i tic investigation ol truth. It is
in the interest ol troth that i attempt to dissuade ineu
; (rum hasty, lutiie and utterly ineoutpttont intellectual
: parimu I he notion mat every mm, should read and
j lorm some Judgment lor mmseif is m contradiction oi
l the experience of mu whole rice.
fbM'i who ihiuk t untn iniy to lake anybody elic's
notiou?who say ihev Will nut opcu ihoir mouths and
no led with a spotlit "> any m,Ulster? word lui.vuivd ny
the pr? acln-r. i here w a-, sa. i, tm e lent am, histori
cal, Bhioaci g.cat or muicoiolngh.-al, which tuey were
not obliged to tnkv at secoud liaud. Men Who tiad do
vi,led their uvea to t:ug out truih in any depart
mint o:, aim who i ased their stud.i s upon, the
n.i.gOK'Ut i I generations gone beiOfs them, presumably
would know bviu r than Ihuau sciolists who start
up in a moment and ure over in a inomont Mr.
iici clicr r.d.cuicd the idea ol ?uy uian speaking nine
or i< ?? i anf u.i. os. ink i lie spoke I hat wnlch it
would have made no diBsrcnus wnat ianguago u was
said ;ii. there wi-ro many who advanced propositions
to mutt tbu-o wi.ich a, r.- submitted to litem with "ft
Stan .- to reason mat su< n things must he or must not
be." il l sphere ii. which >uou a prufiosition could he
made w as very limited mucod. Ouo uuglii say to an
experienced iMcToscoptat who cxnlbiud a drop ol
waii r. -it stain - to reason that Micro cannot bo
sueti die as you-peak ol ii. that water; lor I can sec
n is noi so." Tiiero might stand lo a wee* ui.trained
reu . ii ni.tuy things whicu would not st,.ud to others'
1 reason There ??> a.so. .dr. Beer her said, a very
lam nur u !? ol MM term "common sense." MHi
ti.nv- wore rejected or JtiUlcd on the ground
ol common huso. No one bad a very accurate
ulna ol wUuv common some .i,,, nut the phrase itsoli
lodicalod il. It Was so uiitcU ol know led go as was
< on:,in it lo uuivcr.sai hMOkiud futre was Very litlie
knowledge uiiiVer?ai tenia.* ml. I he moment oue
began lo examine into the silhdivisioi.* ol society ho
would Hud Ihut c.'.cli lias a avi.su which is Common to
that pioiossiou hut hot to any other. A inoiiivr could
uol appeal to the common aeuse ol a rough soldier
about the car* of bar children, lor they bad no acaao
in common on tbat subject.
Mr. Meccber in conclusion reiterated tbat the proa
ing nn.ntior.cd in the text bad not reference to intel
lectual procetaea. He exhorted bis hearers. Instead of
going luto tract* and dlscusaluns on thoao subjects
nicotlouod, to come to Cbriat by living up to Him truths
and prove tbeir ctlcots upon tbclr souls.
Tbe services at 8t. Stephen's cbureb yesterday
morning began the fourth and last week of tbe mission
by tbo Duminlcau Fathers. An Immense congregation
attended the high mass, ot which the Rev. Father Colion
was the celebrant. The mission sermon was preached
by tbo Kev. Father Dinaban, who made tbe subject
ol his discourse '?Fraternal Charity," taKing hla text
irum the twenty-second chapter ol Matthew. Upon
tbe two uiandatea ol charily, be said, dependeth tbe
whole law aud the prophets. There are teu precepts
in the moral code, tbe Decalogue, and these precepts
flow irom tbe two great mandates of charity as de
ductions irom principles. They are contained in and
aro fulfilled in fuitllliug tbe two groat mandates of
charity?love God and love y,our noigbbor. They aro
involved In one another. You cannot fulQl tbe one
without fuiillliug tbe other. For instance, you cauuol
love God unless you keep Ilia commandments,
and His principal commandment is, "Love thy
neighbor as thyself," And, again, you cannot love tbo
neighbor in cbarity unless you love him on account of
God, and thus love God. There is a multiplicity and a
unity in the Godhead. There are three distinct per
sons?this is the multinlicity. These throe distinct
persons constitute one grand whole?here is unity?
the unity of the Godhead. The Trinity is a society?
three distinct, social beings, united by an essential
social bond in unity. Cuuacg produce effects similar
to thcmsolvef, and God in cresting man only said?
"Let us make man In our own imago aud likeness."
Now the Trinity producing an effect similar to Itself,
God creatiug man in his imago and likeness must
have constituted man with his distinct indi
viduality, yet u constituent member of some grand
whole. And such was the case. For man was created
with his distinct individuality, similar to the persona
ol the Godhead, yet u constituent ol u grand whole
liko to the society "ol the Trinity?namely, the society
of mankind. Aua* hence man m, '-routed a social being
and heucc for nun society is necessary, liui no society
can uxist without unity. Look again at the Trinity?
thero aro three distinct persons united by .m essonual
social bond in unity; now w hat is ilial boudY It is
mutual love; it is toe Hoiy Gliost, the spirit of
love, proceeding Irom tho mutual loves of the Father
ami tho Son. .-o the love iu human society is tho
mutual charily perpetually ltowmg between tho mem
bers ol wuich it is composed. Lot a man suppress this
Inclination to cliarny and bo sins again a nature; be
cousplres against tho legitimate workings oi his own
being; lor while ho suppresses mutual charity in Ida
social relations from a social being who loves ha be
comes ? misanthrope. who hates his fellow inau.
Suppress this inuinn! charity in yuor social
relations, and that moment the seeds of disintegration
are sown, dissension, strife and enmity will leigu, dis
union will spread with the rapidity ol a contagion ; lor
then charily, tlm principle which sustains society,
being ignored, tbe lilc winch uutmules it being de
stroyed, the bond which unites it being severed, neces
sarily tbo social eoil.ee must topple to the dUsL Hut
society is necessary, and therefore mutual charity is
necessary. It is generally more easy to say w nut a
tiling is not Uiau what it is, and then lore icl us see
what is not charity. Tho love manifested
among relatives is not charity; it is nuiural
love. A man is bcneilucnt; he lavishes
the superabundance of hlR wealth upon his destituto
fellows, simply because he notices the eve of the world
gazlug upon him; ho is generous, because he knows
thai his acilou will bo published to tho world on tbe
wings ol ihe press, and so forth, and thus that ma
name will bo associated with the generous, the noble
aud the good. This is uul charity. This is our mucu
boasted ol, highly lauded modern philanthropy, mo
grand fruits Oi our refined modern civilization. It
boars uo alUnity to churl y. It is interested, merely
llumau ID lU motive, uud hence totally exclu
sive in its exorcise. Thou wuut is ehurity 1
Ji is tliut which is not uulurui in its niottvo nor human
in lis enil. It is that which makes no distinction in us
choice, knows no exulu.tivvuess in its exercise, ilia
toiovo niHti purely <>n account ol God. it is to love
the image, the reproaoululve, purely on account ol
tho God whom ho represents, i ins is true Christian
charity, upcii which Uepondetli tho who.e law ?which
is the louiidution ol the Christiuu Church and
tlio essence ol Itie Christian religion. Cod said,
"Love ono another as I have luvod you."
The criterion ol our charity must ho the
lore svh.oi. Cod hus muiiilestod toward us.
Our charity should oxieud to til without distinction;
to those who are ant ol li e bou-a hold ol lailti as well
aa to those who nre; t" ihose who uro not rouuorted
wuh ns by relationship or friendship as woli un ip
those who are; to the cuemy us well us to tho iriciul. '
The nvigulior whom wo are Coinmuuded It love must
bo cootilcred uoi from tho nearness ol relationship or
Irieiidship, hut iroru the t .iwu ou origiu and common
destiny by which we ?r. ?d mothers, members 01 tho
ous great lumily. s't. I'eier ?.tnoria us to this cuarltv
try saying, "Above u>J lUli ?s liuVo universal charity "
Lave your neighbor is He inundata; b?i ivc are mid
that i ne neighbor ia mankind ol uvcry description,
coiii1it.cn mid nation. Hero we bell. <i .he character
istic that diaiingon-hes truu charity irom modem |.bi
iiuuliiory. Charily kuows no distill< liou, and bcuce no
exclusiii'iiess. Uul phlluuthropy, interested in us
motive. Is cxoiusivo in lu exercise. It bus
worked Itself out inio ??a.<Hnal.zed organizations*
lratcrultlcs, r ngs, outside U which It acknowledges no
brother and tlilluses no sympathy. Uul charity?
i noble. Christian charity, unconstrained, uticouQued?
| Is universal ill its action ; 'u its exercise it is as wide
as the earth, und us sympathy is as deep and ?s uni
versal as the weaknesses and the woes ol mankiud.
Tho i'narlsee* ol old rcud ilic law of Moses?lovo vuur
Iriends out Iiute your cncuuos. Modern society secuis
to nave assumed tho eyo-glars ot the Pharisee, lor tl
seems to read the luw ol the t'uviour?low vour
fricudsand liuio your cncnues and revenge every
insult intttc.eo. Love your enemies, lorgive
your e eiuios seem to t.avo no pluce In the
moral code which rules our modern society, llcvouge
s cms to he totally ellai ou trout tho caialoguc ol
crimes. A man who resenis an injury and repays it
with diro revenge is acknowledged as the conscien
tious observer ol the cuuo 01 uoucr, uud Ins bruvcry
merlin lor him iliu praise and Immune ol tho world.
Hut ho who, In Imitation ol the (frost teacher ot ineii,
roiurns good lor evil irevived, extends the hand of
lorgiYOUcss to the enemy, is siigmaiiXcd as u dastardly
coward, und bis virtuous action excludes Mm irom tho
society as well ns iliu sympathy of tho liouorahlo tho
br.ive and tho tiublc o. ill s world.
The Cathedral was well attended yesterday. Tbo
olllcUtlug clergyman was tho llov. Lather Kearney,
and ul tho conclusion ol tho first gospel tho Lev.
Lather Larreily preached a sermon, taking hit text
IrouiSt. Matthew, xxiV , l5-3o?"Wbcntyuu shall see
tho ahominjltou o! drsolulion standing ill tho holy
place llico iliey that arc in Judoa let them lloo to tho
tiiuuntulus." Thu reverend gciiilemau said it was tho
last Sunday of tho church's year and it was titling that
tho iittcnlion ol thu taitlilul should bo called lo tho
day ol Una) judgment, lu i.o:ug this tho Church de
sired lo bring beloro our minds the solemn event In
orJer that wo unghi enter into an examination ol our
selves and pui-s juigmuut on our own souls and com
puru that judgmeni with thu oue wo Iouk forward to on
tlio day ol resurrection. This subject formed thu most
solemn truth and mystery ol all that tho Church
proteoses. It was iho one wbico struck
the deepest root In our souls. iseurly all
the other mysteries wore ol th? past; they were ac
complished facts, and ineir blessings and graces had
been t-uioyed. 1 he myslory ol the last juUguieui was
one through winch we must pass, undone in which we
all are lo be actors. We stood by our blessed Lord in
spirit uud lu luf111 ut Hulhlehcm, but wo shall ono day
personally stand bclore 11 un ai the judgment tribunal.
W o stood 111 Spirit uud in I iitn Willi tne apostles, but
I we shall si and la body bclore Christ on the lust day,
| WliCD Ho wot appear in uli 11 s power and majesty to
' judge the worid. ibis was u mosi solemn tiuth worthy
i the mo-i curi.csi consideration. It was as certain as
I death and the grave, uui wo ttierolorc should pause lo
, re.irei oti the >c.-utsiliai are tidbe wunersod ou the day
I of liua. Judgment, on the sceu< s that wouid accompany
; and lot tow that great day, m w .oh we should tako
j such an active p.tru fho reverend gentleman theu
, proceeded lo give a lucid explanation ol inotfospel iu
conuei tion w ill bis diicoor-e, eattiug lorth the various
' prophesies ol the - aviour and their luiinmuiii. Every
: thing thui Christ bid foretold hid becu accomplished;
I among Hi em being the destruction oi Jorusiueoi, not
i oue stone having been loll upon Hie other. The
prophecy which related in Hie destruction of thu world
an.i the litis, judgment had yet to hi accomplished.
11 siory would never tell us ot mat nwlui event. We
; should therefore avail oOraelves o! the mercy exteuded
! to us by the A.mighty in knowing the signs thai would
accompany the groat event, uno iu order (hat we
might be prepared we sliouid meditate upou the signs
j that have book Ifwtudd. The reverend preacher drew
1 a vivid and eloquent picture of the sci no ot resurrec
tion, when tlio good would i>n rewarded and the
wicked punished, und he urged tho congregation to en
, tcT into judgment Wl themselves. III tho hope that by
i meditation Hie terrible orde.u Wuuid ho fully realized
1 and pro It ted by. i he choral arrangeOlaBls were, us
u-uai, cxcolieni, Conconi's bus urnm selected by Mr.
| T. I'. Malany, Who, '? the absence ol l'roictsor
i scumiu, presided at iho organ.
Vesterday inornirg Kov. J. W. Cbadwirk, of Brook
lyn, preachc 1 a sermon at the above churb, In place
j ol Kev. H. W. Bellows, who was eluwtiere engaged.
lie coiunii'in ed with tne scriptural dec urutton of iho
j "wood inero is in ovll" by saying:?"1 bough I m?lto
: my bed lu hell," us David said, Thou art thero. At
! least, he,aaid, this is w hat we thought bo said until
: thu iiansator< cam* and loid us il.ut for hcli wo should
I read "underworld." liut, ?????ia. n ii.voi had written
ii, u would bare been greatly. nobly, gloriously true
"If 1 make my bod in bell, Tbou art there." l.et tt be
David or any other man, or tbe great whole ot human
ity th.it la speaking, and let hell aland tor any sort of
suffering, sorrow or sin, And these words are greatly
and forever true. God, or, if you choose, the good, Is
implied In every form of hell, tc every form of suffer
ing and sin. That, said he, Is tbo gospel which 1
preach to you this morning; tbe gospel, the glad
tidings. I know that heretofore, In general, men have
not accounted glad the tidings. I know that hereto
fore, In general, men have not accounted glad tbe tid
ings that 1 bring. The glad tidings have been any
theory or speculation that has seemed to aliow that
God was not responsible for any hell whatever, lor
suffering or sin. Of these theories and speculations
tbe most prominent, I need hardly tell you, Is the
theory or speculation which seta a dovtl over against
God and makes Hint responsible for all the suffering
und ull tbe sin there Isauywbero In this world or any
other. This theory of a devil, he bald, had played a
very interesting part In the bisto y of the doctrine,
declaration una tbe power of tbe devil, though tt was
not ot tbe Christian cor even of Jewish origin. H
tuuie into Christianity through Judaism Iroin the
Zoroustrian doctrines of the Torsions, 'tho Christian
devil, he suid, was the Persian spirit ol evil under
auoihar name. Before the Persian influence made
itself lelt ou Judaism ihcre was no devil in the Jewish
scheme of thought. It was an aiierihougbl to ideutlfy
the serpeut in i den with the devil li was uu alter
thought to identity with him satan in the book of
Job, who is a servant of the Almighty, u sort of
iiiiurnier or attorney, who went around prying into
people's thoughts und actions and reportiug them Irom
time to tune to his superior. In all iho earlier phases
ol the development oi the Christian theology tho devil
had much greater prominence than he has had in the
| later lie has been obliged to lake a back seat in Ibu
work ol theological reconstruction. Alter various Il
lustrations ol this point bo came to the declaration
thai the dccepliou touching the devil was juntitled by
bis sbamelui treatment oi our first parents in the
Gardcu oi k.uen. But, as might bo supposed, tbe devil
was made malicious by being thus outwitted. il ho
I could not bave tho souls of the clocl be would suffi
ciently torment tbeir bodies. "No malady conies to us
Iroin God, who is good and wisbes us woll," said Lu
ther. "They ull emanate from the devil, who is the
cause of plagues, levers and oiber troubles." Passing
on, then, in additional illustration of the truth of the
point he was making, ho cume to say that there was
ho theory ol evil so simple and taking as was that of a
personal devil. John oldart Mill expressed Ilia aston
ishment thai It had not been more popular. But it
had been vastly popular, and was so to this day.
Wbon,. .
It relieved God ol ail responsibility in the matter of
railway uccidctiis ami shipwrecks and collisions ol
ocean steamships with Icebergs and similar calamities,
lis inihtenco may bo kuowu. But, iu iuct, this theory
ot a personal devil helped us uot u w hit. Il It saved
us tbe omnipotence oi God it was at the expenso of Ilia
gooduess. Kit her God wbb not lulluiie or the uevil was
a part ol Hint. Alter further illustration of his argu
ineut ho sum:?But let Kraukliu inveut tbe ligbtnlug
rou und ho is harmless, uud let 41 orso invent the tele
graph and it posts anew I he laud and ocean without
rest, preventing with una timely message, it might be,
tt war that would destroy min e men's liven than tho
untutored lightning had destroyed in twenty centurion
We might mil dfctiy the posslb e evil; but, aguiu. It wus
rooted in good anu good cuaio oat ol it?oat ot tho eviL
Aud steam, too; what a power ol ovit there
might bo lu It! Yes, but if It didn't
burst the weak boiler or telescope tho
iruin it wouldn't carry thu machinery or move the
train us uow it did. lie then passed to a consideration
ut tho condition ol ibu vegetable und unimul worlds,
with a view to showing the relations ot good aud evil
thereto, and, coming to the consideration o: man iu
bis relations with his Icllow men, ho declared that
mere wus uot a stigie evil that had involved society to
a considerable extent which had uot been the si.-n of
some advance, il not u means to still turiher udvuuce.
In conclusion, bo said:?Granted thai evil, so lar us
mankind is concoinod, is uuiy inalajusimeut. Then it
do solves upon us to t educe this malajiisiuiout to the
nurrott est posaib'u limits, and to this eud tbat wo seek
diligently to legru wherein it consists and then strouu
ousiy una patiently endeavor to correct it, in so lur us u e
are able, aud to cuh.st other rich aud women with us
In the shiiio great undertaking to make reason and tho
will of God, whicn is no other than the law of God,
The Kev. J. Spouccr Leonard buying resigned tbo
pastorale ol tbo l'Ugriln Baptist church, on Thirty -
third street, one hundred or more members ol vho con
gregation, under tho leadership of Mr. Landed and
Itev. H. S. Duy, also severed tboir conuocuon with that
place of worship, at the s.uno time asking tbeir old
miuisttr to loru a new church further up town. The
invituiiou was accepted by Mr. Keunurd, and tho
baudsomo structure on Lilly-third street, near Seventh
arouuo, hcreafior to be known as tho Giace Hapltst
church, was purchased for the use of the uew congre
gation. Tho opening services wore held yesterday
tnoruiug under tbo most encouraging auspices.
Notwithstanding tho forbidding character of
tho wouther thero was hardly a soat vacant,
and upon every lace seemed to rest the
smile of sutistaction and commitment. Tho pulpit
was handsomely decked with Rowers, and tho rever
end gcutlemun was visibly uilcciod by the signs or
eucourageinenl upon every band. His text was
Psalms, x.\., 5?"In tuo name of our God wo will set
up our banners." The Church of Christ, said Mr.
Keiinurd, is distinctly a church militant. Its lite is
one long campaign ol couqucsl and dolciice. Tho sub
Jugatiou ol a i el.el world and llie universal establish
r:eut ol the kingdom of Christ aro essential points of
tls work. To lake uuvuuced positions and hold thein,
to go from strength to slrengh, to add victory to vic
tory, should bo us current history. I hero is vory much
laud to bo possessed, and tho Church Is able to* go up
ami Inkc it. Now hero does tho usurper hold u uioro
uctiani front lliuu hero In Now York. Here is his scat.
Here, hv many a deadly liisuiuatloo, he holds captlvo
a multitude oi souih lor whom Christ died. Hut here
ul?u ilia church is slid ilic Gospel. And the light is
goiug an with varying success. Wo uro liore this
iiioruiug to inuugurato u now movement in the great
Our watchword is:?"In the nnine ol our God will
we fit up our biuiiiure." And, lirst ol nil, what are
the banners? Well, we read the song ol the Church
in the oideii lime:?"Ho brought tnc into his buuquet
iug hnll itud his banner over me was Love." so it is
God lias led lis luto this house, where He spreads tho
festival 01 gruce, and bore above us shall Ileal the ban
ner ol divine love. Here will we sit dowu unucr His
shadow and His Iruil shall be sweet to our tsslu. It
shall bo our joy 10 proclaim His love, and to lusio and
seo thai the Lord is good. Hut Ibis is the banner tor tho
| tent; we also and cbiclly set up banners lor tho Hold.
We set up the banner u( Gospel and Truth. Wo spread
; lorth ttio Word ol tho Lord, the supreme power of
j conquest over inon's hearts tiud lor exiclidiug the Ko
; decider's kingdom, bays David, the warrior:?"Thou
hast given a banner to llicui that tear 1 bee, that It may
bo displayed hecauso oi the truth."
The banner oi the Gospel It is inscribed with the
name ol lmmunuul. It is ndorned with the image ol
tbe Crueitlcd. Here the Gospel Is to be proclaimed;
oh, blessed, inspired Word! Here llio trumpet is lo
sound, proclaiming pardon lo each rebel sinner. This
place will soon ho riled with expectant and happy
worshippers, and we humbly beltovo tlmt, while we
in luithliilncas shall minister llio words, unending
Huge is shail boor the tocordx thai hearts have sub
Ui.tled lo the autiiorny ol the truth aud heon con
quered by llio Cross, which is siiii as ever the wis
dom mid the power ol God lo every one ili.it believeth.
The luinlf.er then glanced on at the doctrines to be
preached and maintained in the new church, tbe dis
tinguishing ductriaes, ho said, ol the Baptist lailh, a
l ilib uoit received Ik 1,S00,uuU ol the best people of
this laud.
The setting up the iiitnners is the s gnal or battle.
Where v. r the siaudards oi Johovab uro displayed, and
the sword ol the sp'ril uuthealhnd, there is Uic valley
ol decision. Tbe dark legions ol tbe pit aud llie illus
trious armies ol heaven du w near, not us idlo t|re
lators, but as tympauietic allies with one or the other
parties to Iho contest. Here uro (lie demands ol God's
law, and tbe claims ol His Gospel, both displayed ..Ud
brought io hear on man's conscience, will ami heart,
and uu the oi nor s do tnc price aud world uuess, the
uubaiiefnnd rebellion or the -otis ol men. There is no
clash oi arms, no roil ol artillery, but node the h ss is
there a siern and bitter struggle be uuse It is to silent.
Aud ah ! how momentous the issues ol thul battle.
Not tbo lata of empires. Put the destiny of
Intmorlal spirits hang suspend, d ou tho success or
laiiure ol our banners, lu soiling up our lauiisrs wo
erect a standard ol social morals which is immutable,
luminous and d.vinc, and wo challenge men to advance
to ih.it standard and larige inem-eiv.s benealh its
battalions of the virtuous, us champions nl the Li. ri.al
Kigni A gospel church i* like Gtnraliar. Nowhere
cab tho banners <>l 1,oil's truth ut uulufled hut they
uplift with tuetr. the wholo life ol a cotiiinuimy, and
become also a warning check to the lawlessoe s and
socuiarity or tnc ungodly. It is joy in salvation which
nils us w ith iho determination to set up iheso stand
ards or banners. Whorcver these ensigns move for
ward they curry iho peaceful victories ol grace with
them. The standard of tho rross carries Joy with iL
Tire upline! voice ol Us trumpets is sa.va:ion. the war
cry winch attacks the lorcu ot man's enemy and God's
IS salvullou.
A most eddying spectacle was witnessed yesterday
si the half-put ton o'clock mans In the Church or Hi,
Bonilacc (German), Jersey City, ol which Kov. Lather
Kraus Is pastor Tue religious exercises known ns tne
forty hours' adoraiiou were commenced by a proves
s.on. in w hich iho children and tho dilluicnl societies
oi the parish took purl A solemn miss was eoie
brated by Luther Kraus, and all tne mule members ol
the congregation received communion. The blessed
sacrament was exposed iti the tabernacle during the
day und tho ullur w is decorated with choice flowers.
Tbe church w as vislteu by a crowu ol pious people
dunna the day. Tbe devotion wiU be continued to-day.
Hartford, Cods., Not. 26,1876.
EL Patrick'* now and splendid church waa do J lea ted
to religious services to-day, the ceremonial being in
all rcapecte nnaurpaaaed liy any ever wlmeaaed here,
not excepting that of the conaeoration ol Biabop Gal
berry, laat spring.
The ceremony or tho dedication waa performed by
Bishop Galbvrry, ol the Hartford diocese, and the olfl
elating clergymen in the grand mass were:?Celebrant,
Archbishop Williame, of Hoatoa; high prieat, Presi
dent Uokeln of Fordbam College, N. Y.; masters of
ceremonies, Revs. McCabe and Cremena, ot Hartford;
deacon of honor, Rev. Luke Daily, ol New Britain;
deacon of masa, Fra Leo, ol Winated, with the usual
subordinate officials. In addition to the bishops be
fore named as preeont, there were In attendance from
New York and vicinity Fathers Adams and Keegan,
ot Brooklyn; Merrick and Edwards, ot New York, and
Malonc, ot Williamsburg.
waa very Urge, being nearly 3,000, and drawn not only
from the Hartlord parishes, bat from New Britain,
Manchester and intermediate points, special trains
having been arranged lor.
began at half-past ten o'clock, and were In the cus
tomary (crm Solemn high mass was then celebrated
with imposing ceremonies. Beautitul and grand as is
this mass at all times, its effocts on this occasion were
heigbienod by tho ltapes ng gathering of high dignita
ries o! the Churcd, clad in ihoir richest vestments.
The grout church, softly illumined with light lrom
tue winuows ot cathedral glass; the splendid altur,
brilliant in us white uud gold; the beautiful statuettes,
lighted up by a myriad o: gusjeis, njt the grand music
by orguud orchestra, with chorus of hfiy voices,
all combined to make up a scene ol solemn grandeur
uot often witnessed.
was preached by Bishop ttcQuaid, ot Rochester, who
read the e ghiy-tbird psalm?"How lovoly are thy
tabernacles. U Lord of hosts," &C., and introduced his
uiscoursu by reierring to tho light iu which the
Cutholic Church is regarded by those outside lis pale.
They regard it as a groat human power, uud in this la
their error, lor it comes of Divine power alone. Is
guided by Divmo power und has been preserved
through all time by the gr.ico of Cod.
Macaulay, in reviewing Range's "History of tbo
l'opea.'' speaks of tho papal power, und how
wonderfully it lias lieeu preserved through
centuries, it has soeu empires riso und fall and pass
away and yet aim s tlrui us ever, and centuries hence,
when tho Now Zealauder shall stuud upoii London
Bridge uud speculate over tho ruins uf the great city,
papacy shall then be in existence. The llivtue faith ol
the Catholics was inferred to, that faith that is superior
to reason, that allows nothing to put it aside. Sumo
ol the poorer aud loss intellectual members of tho
Church may not understand all us doctrines, yet they
buve pcriect faith in them. This perfect ialth is the
strong power of tho Church, for it unites its peoplo to
staud by it to too last ?nd protect their religion eveu
with their lives. l'he. Church is what it is through this
faith, and this faith Is Divine. In attributing the suc
cess of the Church to natural means, those who do
not understand it, are, therefore, in error, uud in thus
arguing they goagauist all their know ledge of the pus!;
for uullwug iu the history ot the wo' Id is to be com
pared with the hi.-tory of the C ithollc Cnurch, wmch
has stood while all nations ot men have fallen to the
ground. I lie speaker dwelt upon the omnipresence of
Cod iu the Church, exercising His Divine influence and
watchful cure over it and its people, anu then, alter
rclerrmg briefly to the Donor uud obedience due tho
head ol the Church ?a the representative of God on
earth, and to the clergy in their great work of spread
ing the teachings of tbo Divine laiib, he congratulated
the people of the parish ou the cood work they bad ac
complished. The sermon, ot which tbo above is only a
brief sketch, was an able eilori, and occupied three
quarters of an hour in delivery.
was fine, its principal leuture being the rendition of
Haydn's imperial moss, whicn was given entire.
A Her the ceremony, which occupied lour hours, the
visiting clergy were eutortulncil at the convent on
Karmiiigton avenue. Vesper services were held this
evening, at which Bishop O'Reilly, ol Sprmgtlcld,
preached a sermon of raro excellence.
Very Rev. James ilughes, of Si. Patrick's, baa
been tho recipient ol numerous congratulations from
visiting clergy on the architectural beauty uad the
splendid interior of bis cdillco, which is second to none
in New England. Although costing nearly $160,000,
the liberality of bis puriBUioners has been sucu that,
with the insurance money received on account of tho
burned edlttco which this replaces, only a coraparu.
lively small part, a lew thousand dollars, of the build,
ing expenses remains to be met by futuru subscription.
[From tbe Loudon Eta]
Id opening the Greek data In Edinburgh University
on Tuesday Professor Blackle took occasion to make
the following remarks on the rclutions ot the Church
and tbe theatre:?
The special raso ot Aristophanes and the Greek
comedy, with ibu revel 01 wanton license winch char
uuierized It, leads me to say a word or two generally
ou iho coueclion betwixt morality and stage plays, or
the Church und theatre?a ihoino on which, since the
days ol iho I'uriiuus downward, u certain class ol
clcrgyn.cn in this country have been ever
lor ward to invite public discussion. I wilt
commence by stating a lack latai Saturday,
Irom u concatenation of causes, which It concerns
no man to know, I loutid myself in the
singular position ol uuviug been twico at the theatre
in the same day; and on reviewing my conduct at
uigbl, according to tbe pious 1'yti.uguroiiu precept, bo
lero 1 said my prayers, 1 loutid that I bud done nothing
ol which 1 had any cause to repent, hut something
rather on w hich 1 .-liould look back with ibougUUul
satisfaction nil the days of my luo; and when I .suite
Unit tlio two plays winch 1 witnessed on that day were
"Haitilet" and "1'he Hells," in both of which the
principal Parts were sustained by that singularly
chaste, pure nud Uuely Icellug tragedian Mr. Irviug,
no person, 1 am convinced, who ever witnessed
his perlormuucus will itavo the least dllUculty
in comprehending iho causo ol my satisluction. Hut
whether assisted oy the chastely suggestive action of
Mr. living or not, what 1 wish to call
nucnitou to at present is, that theso two
pieces are both ot a highly moral char
acter und a proouudly religious signiticanse, and they
Were listeneJ to by large und crowdod bouses with a
breathless uUeulton uud u devout sympathy that 1
have seldom seen surpassed in any cougregaliou of
Christians listening to mo most el<M|ueut discourse. It
Is plain, lUcrmore, that the modem stage, ui whose
deterioration and degradation we have heard so
much, is still, ou some occasions at least, and
in the hands ol certain persona, pei forming
nobly Its proi cr fuuitiuu?exhibited so grandly
in the ancient Greek tragedy?us practically a pulpit
Irom which lite most profound moral truths are
taught, in a manner ui once too most natural, the
most attractive uuil tlio most effective; and uuiess It
cuu he shown that the eagerness with whicd Iho peor
pie run utter such rvpresental.uus us iboso 1 have men
tioned Is altogether exceptive, 1 reauy do not see how
Clergy men or any other pcraous cau be justified in con
demning wholesale, as lUey sometimes do, tho proseut
state aud condition ol the uobletl lortu of lutelioclual
recreation over invented by tuau.
"IIAlll.kT" ASO "THk IIKLI.S."
And. so lar us my experience goes, 1 consider my
soil, injustice to u body of men who do not always re
ceive, eituer Iroui the clergy or from iho general pub
lic, such giuielul acknowledgment as tneir services
deserve?In Justice to ItMatncul artists, 1 feel bottud
to give my evidence that there is uol the slightest
reason to believe that the uci eptuhlencsa ol "Hamlet"
and "fbu Hails" to a theatrical audience, through
the tin passioned Impersonations ol Mr. Irving.
Is un cxcepuoLul phenomenon. i am no great
tueuire goer; but whenever 1 did happen?olsewhere
or speriu.ly in London?to see the piece wuich
bad enjoyed the popular run ol the season, 1 did not
lind mat it was .i particularly luimurui place, or an
| imuiotei piece at all, but sometimes rather u It ghly
; moial and extremely evangelical piece, us this vary
' pl.iy of "I'lie Hens' nud another called "Leah," ol
w inch the dramatic motive lies ill the characteristi
cally gospel virtue ul the lorgiv ciiess ol injuries. Hut
I net only ou these occasions, hut through my whole
, I lie, as uu occasional Wiluv.-ser of theatrical reprv
| seututlous, I can slate witn the moat suieiuu nssunuco
i that 1 have rufeiy met with even in.moral in
? siuuuitMu in poj.cl ir piays, much le-a with
1 cssehtialij Immoral plot*. uu the cuutrnry, I have
i generally lound the hour oi tho stage occupied
| eilln r by innocent and mousing pictures of popular
manbote, such a- i.u ibo pages ot iliocKeray uuJ that
j groat piitlnsopber Mr. t'uncu (the true Uruish Arlsto
, pn .ho-,, or p .iheiic stories oi human sultering, gen
| t rails springing out ot banian lolly or sin, tha cun
tentplatiuu ol which wobld scarcely I ul to liaveagood
moral eflfbet on evory soau.i-bearted spectator. Ana 1
wish to -ay here, uotu this chair pnoucly, what 1
' have often snttl pnvaiui.v to disuugu.-licd in. moors Of
i the clerical prole-s.ud, tu.il I have in uob ul loner tell
the gracious tcar-diop-oi numau sympathy uud devout
ptiy drawn Iroui my eyes by the vivni impersonations
ol the stage than liy the must fervid u| peals ol elo
(|MtiiO ever delivered Jt-oiu a ZColltMi pulpit. ?o lar,
tliorelore, as my a, erttntw goes?and I nave uo rea
son to imagine that 1 am singular?Unit class ol per
sons, whether clergy or luymun, who are loou to
indulge in declamations against the modern stage, are
{ very lar from being altogether in the right; lather,
according to ray iceliug, so lur in tho wrong thai, it I
were to nso the language which flows with such fainil
inr denunciation irom tnoir lips, 1 should coosidor tny
MH guilty ol a great slaiidor against the public and a
gross libel against a most respectablo elites ol my fel
low Citizens, lor which, us a c.liriaiiau and a gentle
man, 1 mould consider tnyseif bound to make au am
ple apology.
Tim tkstimos'v or strsktsNt.'E
Hut tbcro are uot a few auioug tb" clergy witn
more sense and gentlemanly leoliog than the e ol
whom 1 nave lioen speaking, wiio content themselves
with saying that in general there ta nothing particu
larly had or Humeral In stage plays? nar. that tbav
are generally good In their tendency, at least innocent,
but ib it lint modern stage, through iu unbeaitby tra
OiliuD, I.as become the nucleus round which all mural
corruption naturally gather*; and they solo run.y a i viae
\ outg men (and old tu-.n, too, 1 .-uppose) never to en
ter a piaeo where it i* impossible to avoid tbe
contagion of bad company. Now. In relerenoo to tbil
charge, also. 1 wish to Rite my to.->timony m >?t em
phatically that noltber in Kdtnboigb, nor in London,
nor in Berlin, nor In Weimar, nor in Vienna, nur in
itome, nor in Nuplea?in ail wbtcu places, and a score
oi oiuera, I have at diUorent periods of my life wit
nessed theatrical exhibitions?did 1 ever meet with
bad company In any peculiar aanae, either wnen sitting
wuhiu the theatre or when going out ot it. 1 say m
any peculiar sense, because a man who moves in tho
world must meet with bad company, in tbe general
sense, everywhere. 1 have met with bad company
and what 1 call low company?that is, the com
pany oi parsons with low and sordid Ideas and eentt
rneuis that stunk in my noslrila?at tne tables some
time-. of purse pruud eitixeus making an ambitious
display ot unintellectual gullet luxuries aud belly
daititle*, or even on tbe more elevated platform ot big
dinners given by tne would-be geutililtes and tbe gun
teul vulgarities of the West Kud. 1 have also been
more tban once, unhappily, side by ilde with the m?at
low and coarse and beastly companions in the
saloon of tbe Ions steamboat during the week
of the Glasgow fair. I have not seldom
likewise had to resist the seductive solicitations ol had
company In female guise, sumo thirty years sue, when
my hair was not white, returning from a dinner party
or other social meeting, and w alking quidtly along the
street in search ol iny own respectable domicile, at an
hoar considerably be lore midnight; but 1 never did
meet with bad company in any sense when seatod
either in the pit rows or the boxes of any tUuaird in
Kurope. ?
thb cuckch near cuxbgb.
"My opinion, iliereiora, is that If person* witnessing
a play Ian in with bad company who lead ih*m to their
ruin the theatre t* not to hi .mo lor this, but their own
uuregenerate nature and their want ol manly ?ell
control?a de eel ot character which makes them lit*
roaay prey, wbcrover they go, of ail torts oi carnal
seductions, whether in the iheutre or out uf it, or even
witbiu the sacred ruur walls ol the church. '1'ho
tact of 'the matter is, gentlemen, that not ouly
with regurd to the theatre, hut with regwd
to the matter of public amusements gen
erally, the clergy ol this country have put them
selves in a lalse position, aud they must wheel right
aoout if they mean to do uuy good. The idea ol
siumpiug out amusements?and especially bucU sn in
tellectual and morally uoble amusement as the thea
tre?is ridiculous. If we are to act on tbe principle
that because certain evils or certaiu temptations may
lu certain circumstances hang by the skirts ol certain
amusements, w.e ure therefore despotically to tntordict
such amusements, I cannot soo whore we are to stop,
unless hy stamping out all enjoyment ol whatsoever
description iruui the world, lho clergy, therelore,
ought to understand, if they are not pre
pared to drill hack into the mouldluess aud
the stupidity of uioukisa asceticism, that It M
their duty as ministers ot u reasonable service to con
secrate all ualurul, healthy entertainments, and not to
frowu on them or madly to attempt thulr extirpation.
And I say now, in all seriousness, lot tne clergy, as in
dividuals and collectively us a Church, c..iue lorwarti
aud publicly patron me ail iuuoeeni amusements, es
pecially theatres. Unless tbe God ot Nutuie ?nu the
Cod ol' the Bible be two diOurent denies?which, I
thmk. Bishop Butler proved iriuinphnnily they are
uoi?then the drama is lundainentallv lrom Cod as
much us the sermon, and the stage is a divine institu
tion no loss tuau the pulpit.
"II so, the Christian churches are bound olther to
get up a separate sacred drama lor themselves, alter
the muuner ol some well known pieces ot Metustasio,
acted at Vieuua during the Passion Week, or, what [
think in every view preicrable, to break down boldly
at once that middle wall ot puruitou tbat has been
artihcially raised m tins country between the pulpit
and tbe stage, and to enter generously into
an agrcotneul with' those most respectable per
sons who preside over dramatic cntertammenis in tbis
eity that tuey will givo their moral aud personal sup
port to all stago representations which oiiber provide
innocent amu-cmeui or turmsh salutary moral stimu
lant to the poopic. Such sensible, manly and generous
conduct would at once secure to tuem, and to the large
section ol tne puulic who tollow tnom, such an mllu
euce with stage managers and actors as would infallibly
extrude irotu the the.ure any improper elements with
which It may accidentally have become associated.
But if they do not adopt eiibor of these measures lot
the consecration of dramatic performances, aud con
tinue tu Indulge tn those recurrent skits of nariow
and unreasonable sacerdotal slang which ever and
anon disport themselves in our Presbyterian Church
Courts, inysell and a large number oi reasonable per
sons who read our Uioles, .nn -re well moilned to the
Scottish churches, will take tbe liberty ol setting down
not at a very high llgure either the tonal wtsuom, the
cultivated luteliigeuue. or the moral coumge of ihd
local elergy
[From the Albany Evening Journal, Nov. 25.]
One of the most shocking cases of erueltv It has
ever fallen to the lot of a newspaper to rocord was
brought to the notice nf Chief Maloy this afternoon.
The circumstances thereof, as far as have yet been
learned, are as lollows:?Residing on the road loading
from West Albany to the Shaker road, and about half
way between those points, is a family named Melsncr,
consisting of a man, his wife and a little girl seven
years of age. The neighbors In the vicinity havf
noticed that the child was not well treated byitspai
rents, and, therefore, wnen nothing was seen of the
lttllo girl all day yesterday and Thursday, susplcloni
that something wrong had taken place entered thoii
in id as. This tnorning a delegation of the aeigbbori
wmted upon the parents arid inquired alter the Child.
Receiving but small satisfaction iroin tho surly
bead or tne tamily lbs Inquirers became
more and more convinced tbat soinotnlng wad
wroug and forthwith instituted a search In thf
vicinity of tho premises. About titty or sixty tool
Iront tue house there is a swamp, abounding in under*
growth and rauk vegetation, and on ttiu searchcif
penetrating thia they uuud the poor, little, tmnlr*
clad creature cuddlou up behind souto bushes, nearly
dead from exhaustion and exposure. Sho was cars
iutly taken up and couveyed to tho house of a neigh,
bor, wneu Dr. Benjamin was summoned. He ux*
ainined the child aud louud both her legs and arms
frozen. The Doctor at once ordered her removal to the
Homoeopathic llospitcl, on North i'earl street, aud eha
was couveyed thither. It was believed that the limb!
ol tho child would huvo lo bo amputated to save hoF
lite. It appears that tne parents on Wednesday
aftcrnoou took exceptions at some trilling act
the child had done and drove her Irom the house,
sno wuudered into the swamp und lay down to dio
rather than return. The unnatural couplo, it seems,
nutwiihsiaudiug the child's prolonged absence, made
no effort to ascertain what had become of bor. Mean*
time the poor iunocout, In the gleam ol day and thl
gloom ol uigbt, prostrated by the cold, awaited the ap
proach of ucalb, while her" heartless parents, scare!
Ilfty fuel away, went about their usual vocations un
caring und unheeding what had befallen her. Dr.
Benjamiu, on being made acquainted with the facts,
lutcrestcd bimseli in the mutter, und calling on Cbiel
Maloy intornu-d htm of the case, with a view to secur
lug tho puuishment of the inhuman parent*. Special
uilicer h ray tun will undoubtedly prosecute them undei
tbo new law, aud Captain Hagadorn has been In
structed by the Chief to make a lull Inquiry into the
tacts. Tho case lies in the town of Watorvliet.
[From the Ran Francisco Call.]
Sackamkxto, Nov. 18. 1878.
A littlo after eight o'clock to-nlgbt Moore'a Opera
House, on Second street, between K and L, In this city,
was tbo scene of u most frightful accident, rcsalting la
the death aud injury of nearly 100 persons. The occa*
smn was the opening night, the place having been
opened lor the first time. Tne Peake Family and a
vaudeville troupe occupied tne boards, the place having
boeu fitted up lor thorn. Mrs. Peake is proprietress.
The place lias been known as the Olympic Hall, and
was at one time used as a State armory. It is over the
large livery stublo ol J. W. Wilson, whloh was cou
vorted into a theatre by seating the floor wlih cbaira
aud erecting a hallway, and betwoen the colling and the
floor a dress circle aud boxes. Tho hall is 40 by 85 feol
inside tbo walls, and tho floor was sell-supporting,
being without columns or pillars. When In ose as tb<
Stale armory It supported loo tons, and was considered
sale. Tho dress circle and boxos were erected upol
the floor. The place would seat 1,200 people, an tm
inouso crowd tilled the hall wbllo tbo performance wai
in progress, when simultaneously tho entire floor fell,
carrying down tho stage, dross circlo and boxes.
1 be wali* stood unharmod, and the floor back
ol tho hall being held up, pitchod tho audience to
ward the stage. All lights wore immediately extlu
guishod, leav.iig the struggling, shrieking mass in
darkness. Tue news spread, creating tbu utmost con
sternation lu Hie city, buigtiiuucd by tbo anxiety of
Irieud* ac to tbo safety ol perilous supposed to be ID
the laben bmlding. The Arc alarm suuuded, and the
Fire Department. at odce on the ground, took cbarg!
lu couneciiou with the poiico ol the wreck. Hun
dreds, unhurt, crawled irom the lallun limbers, and at
once tho removal ol the debris comiueuccd. By this
time many thousand people had assembled anxious fo!
tuiormutiun as to their Ulead*.
Tho tallowing is a list ol tbo killed and woundod:?
Arthur Wilson, sou of J. W. Wilson, badly
hurt; Mrs. ?V iisou, nctross, serious bruises on
the legs; Lulu W.lsou, ono leg Injured; Ed
Uio Peak, bruised, not seriously; Smith, leader of or
chestra, injured. Alter luo accident an unknown
?nan was badly injured, but was unable to give his
name; Oscar liilmnu. badly cut on tho head and
legs; J. Joseph, Eighth sutot, between K and L
streets, badly hurt ubont the legs; it. Heltman, right
ankle brokcu; fhbeon. bruised; Ku. Harber, composi
tor of tne Ilrcortl-Union, badly hurt, but will mcovorj
O. H. Jackson, hurt by prn-snrc about the hips; J.
(frees, generally bruised; O. N. tllauch.ird, reglsteroU
at the Western Hotel, badly hurt; 11. O. Humphrey,
internally and seriously lujnrod; Charles Baruos, cut
About the head ; a boy n lined Scum tier, cut about the
head and shoublor; (?. Froy, arm broken; Willie anil
Door go Myers, bruised; B. W. Cage, shoulder blade

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