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How the Day Was Observed in the Ciiy and Vicinity. IMPRESSIVE RELIGIOUS SERVICES In the Cha-itable Institutions, Homes, Asylums and Prisons. "CHIEF AMONG THE BLESSED THREE." The Generous Rich Make the Poor Happy for One Day. The festival of Christmas was observed yesterday In this city everywhere as a holiday; 111 luct, It was more generally observed than It has been for many years. Everybody seemed to color into the spirit of tbe occasion, which appeared to bo oue of merrymaking mid Joyou.ness. All tbe public buildings were closed aud business of all kinds wus suspended?even tbe sidewalk merchants, as a general rule, taking a "day off." In all the Catholic and Episcopal and in many churches of other donomloatlons Impressive services were held, which were atteudod by largo congregations, the ceremonies in the Catholic churches especially being more than usuully Imposing. In the afternoon tho streets were ? livo with people on their way to the Park pouds, whore thousands went to enjoy the skating. The roadi?v and avenues resounded to tho music or slelgltoclis until lalo into tbe night, the sleighing being excellent in the city as well as beyond tho Park limits. The weather, though at tluios threatening, was Just cold enough to make overy one in sleighs, on skates or on foot feci, ufler a good turkey dinner, llko enjoying himself in tho bracing air and glad to see everybody else feeling happy. GKACfc CHURCH. Kelying possibly on tho beuMiful proportions and architectural ornamentation of the building and tho music and oratory which characterize its special ser vices, little had been done In decorating Grace church Tor tho commomoratioii of tho birth of the Bubo of Bethlehem. On the broad sills nndcr the lower windows were strewn branches ol laurel and sprays ol fir; about the pillars were wreathed spirals of evergreens. Tho niurul supports of tbo grouud arches were each brought Into relief by strips ol woven fir, and coronuls had bound ovor thorn fillets of dark green loaves. In tho chancel there wore lull Ur trees tiItemed into conical form und evergreens wore placed about the communion table. Ju the centre or tho rear of tho chancel, a live poiuied star ol gas Jets twinkled with soli briilmucy but beyond these Uiero were no oihcr decorations. ' 1 hr lentures ol the services wero printed lu black and gold, with rauducval initial letters, wnbiu a hand tome brouzed border ou unexceptiouaoiu paper. Tbe light strcumiug in through the richly stained windows tinging whatever It loll on wi:lt the hues of the glass the aroma ol choice pcriuinoa from tho ratuient ol ?lately ladies end pretty girls, tho rustling ol costly (Iiesses, the grandeur oi tho organ's tones in the open ing strains of the processional hymn it cumo upon the midnight clear lust glorious soug ot old, ?wore strangely in contrast with the sccno comment orated?the scene so peculiarly destitute of those fash ionable accessories. Pondering ttio contrast oue could not help thlnkiug that in the whole chuich there was not oue lashiunabie dress that would not have purchased, real estate and all, the stublc in which tho Judeau maiden mother gave birth to tbo Saviour of the world. A -Gloria Patrt," the "To Bourn," Mozart s Jubilalo Deo," the hymn "Calm ou the Llstontng Ear of Night," tho "Kyrio Eleisou," GUniuilbi and ?'Ade?tc Ftdcles" accompanied tho Service, touductedbv me rector, Br. Potter, and Revs. Messrs. Osgood and Bebbclts, und at thouonciusi n ol Ibo last named hymn Br. Potter preached the sermon It was vory shnri, occupying barely ton minutes and hud .or its subject tho divinity of tho miaul born at Lotbielietn us upparent lu the phenomenal ctrcuui ? iiiiiccs unending His birth. A plea was tnado that the orphans should be dealt liberally with in tho colloc lion, uud then Gounod's offertory anthem. "Oh Sing to God lour Hymn of Gladness," with sopruuoand tenor (oios, was sung. ST. ALIIANS CHURCH. At St. Alban's church, In Forty-seventh street, be tween Lexington aud Fourth avenues, tho music was rendered by a la'ge band of men aud boy choristers, and was ni.usually grand and.impressive. This part of the programme was as follows:?The processional hymn, "Adesto Fideles;" luiroii. Psalm 98, Gre* goriau tone; a part ol Bcrtholu Tours' muss in K- the hytun, "Hark I the Herald Angels Sing," arranged ex pressly for the choir; un untnem from Monk "Halle lujah, lor L uto Lu u Child is Born;" the communion hymn No. 345, lrout "Hymns, Ancient und Modern " and "Agnus Dei," Irom IVobbe. The Rev. C. N. Morrill preached the laal of a series of tbreo sermons, entitled ?Iho Gospel in Epitome," and which was appropriate to the day. *" 1 ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL. Christmas was observed at ihe Roman Catbolio Cathedral yesterday with ail mc pomp and bounty 0f tho ceremonials of tho Church. Masses wero said at five, seven, hali-pasi sof-eu, eight, half-past eight and nine, and at bull-past ten a solemn pontifical high mass was celebrated. Contrary to general expectation His Eminence the Cardinal Archbishop was the celebrant, tho assistant priest being tho Very Reverend Vleur General Quinn; deacon, Rev. U. Mom; sub-deucon, heminuriun Philip Heurn; deucons ol honor, Fathers ?Kane and Hogau, of the Cathedral; masters of cer emonies, Fathers Kearney and Farley; cross bearor, Father Body. His Eminence was apparently in belter health lliun he bus been for some lime, his voice being Bleurcr and his movements indicating renew od physical Strength. Ibo ultar was not prolitsely decorated with ?lowers, as is tho usual custom, hut what was lacking In tms respect was more than made up for in the mauuitlceni arrangement ol k?k Jets and hundreds of tapers which shed their relulgeut rays oo every side. The ofilciailog clergy wero clad In gorgeous robes of golden elotii, which contrasted grandly with tbe searlst and while attire of the acolytes. The music was of the highest order. The quartoite choir, which consisted ol Mmo. B rede ill, soprano M. Bersyn, tenor; Mine. Uugor. alto, und Mr. L't.eks! were ouder the leadership*;! tho composer's brother and wero assisted by no ample chorus. The solooflor lory, "Quam BI tec to," by Mercadante, was superbly rendered by M. Brcuelli. y Rev. Father Goorgo Kcnney, of Fordham College preached a brief but eloquent discourse, tuking lor his text tho gospel of tbe day, in which is related the blhh of tho child-riaviour at Bcthloheui. He dwelt on the glory of that event at.U us sublime importance to fallen man He dwelt particularly on tbe surround ings of the Redeemer's birthplace, and said mat tbe poverty, tho destitution, the trials nnd sufferings of the Man-God were intended to toach a lesson ol huratl Hy to his lollowers throughout ail unto. 8T. AUMs' CtlUltfil. Tho Church of St. Agnes, East Forty-third street, Bear Lexington avenne, was crowded yesterday at all tbe masses. The interior presented a brilliant uppear ?nce, being draped with lines and wreaths of ever green and tbe decorations of the altar showing great earo and taste In the magnificent display made of tbo choicest flowers with which it was fairly surrounded. The solemn high mass wus attended by a largo and fasntonable congregation. The choir was orchestraed by Siguor Marzo, who presided at the organ, tbe prin cipal soloiats being?soprauos, Miss Louie Simpson, Mrs. Robinson nnd Miss Wallace; contralto. Miss Bay res; tenor, Mr. Rcidcl, end bass, Mr. Snlmson. Biorza's grand mass was sung ic a auperb manner llio principal solos liuoly rendered by Miss Simpson' aided by the other soloists. lu tho "Jesu Redemptor" the pure voice of Miss Simpson ? ml mat of ihe baritone, Mr. Saltnson, were beard to great advantage. Alter tho gospel had been read the pastor, Rev. Houryr C. Macdowall, preached (Tout the text In the second cbap'cr of 31. Luke, sevcute-nth Verse. Tho reverend gentleman relurieu to the grand ' mystery oi ths birth ot the Saviour in a manger, allow- ' lug what sublime lessons wero taught by the (act to Christians. It had oiton been suggested that the grand ceremonials and practices ol tho great lesttvafa of Cnriuluias should be abolished; but why should thoy be abolished when they ?ro known to represent tho holy rejoicings ol man at tho fact that on thnt day was born u Saviour who was to redeem ns Irom sin f We Should imituis tho snepnerds who ware led by tbe star lu the east to Bethlehem to maku their bumble offerings, and by a practice ol Die great virtues an sublimely exempllff.-d in tbe life of tho Son ot God, make ourselvoa worthy of God's love. Wo abouId be iorgiving and charitable u> our neighbor and renew in ourselves the faith which comes only from the trace oi God. Father Muc.iowall concluded by wlsh.ng his congregation a merry Christmas and a happy New Year on behall ol bimsell and his assist, ants. The celebrant of the high mass was Rev H Pratt assisted by deacon, Father Macdowall. anbdea' eon, Father P. J. McCluskey. It may be mentioned that Father Macdowall baa been presented with an elaborato communion service Which was on exhibition at tbe Centennial Exposition! ST. FRANCIS XAVIKK'S CHIHlH. Surrounded oy all the element* thai could possibly Umpire a hcurtlelt appreciation of this solemn festi val of tho nativity of tbo Saviour, lb* services at St, I'ranols Xarler's yesterday wars well calculated to at tract a Urge and devout corgregatlon ? and had Hie cdthce been twice a? largo th'-re la uo doubt there would bare been but little rooiu to tjure, id many wore eager to gain admittance. At the last mues the church waa crowded to the doors, every acat being occupied long before the golemu procession Issued Irom the veatry. The decorations wero chaate and appropriate. Tno aplcnutd programme ol sacred music lormed a leature that leut additional solemnity to ibo occasiou. 1'he celebrant ol :he mass was the Hie Kev. Valuer Charaux, Kev. father i'ellelier offici ating as sub deacou and He v. father Jung as sub-dea con. At the conclusion ol the lirst gospel the Kev. father i.augcako preached a serin..u, the subject being on the nativity, lu the course ol a very eloquent anu i log.cat discourse the revereud geutteiuun dwelt at 1 1. ugtti upon the greatness and goouuess of liou the . father in sending his oaly Sou to redeem mankind. The choral arrangements were superb and in complete harmony with the high standard that St. francta Xuvier'a has long since attained in this re-peck I?r. William iierge, the organist, certainly real ised the grandest anticipations ol those who were prepared lor a perlecl Interpretation ol church musto in its most insjistlc lorm. Augmented by the addition of Thomas' orchestra aud i a chorus ol nearly thirty well trained voices tne | '?Messe .-olcncello," by Gounod, wms performed with grand elloct, Miss Teresa Woruecke, soprano; Miss Marie Wernicke, contralto; Siguor Taiuaro, tenor, and M. Duplu, basso, contrlbuiiog ibeir artuuo ill oris towaru Hio succeaslui reuuition of tho mim*. Ai ibe olleriory, "Aueste Fidoles," one ol Dr. lu-rgu's most able and impressive arrangements, was happily Intro duced. fhu iniroduonou oI the string instruments Was very appropriate, the noticeable feature, however, being tu.it tne last verse wua sung lully lour tones higher than tho lirst, the elleci being very line. st. sTxrinss's oneacu. The ceremonies at this church wore of the most Im posing character, father McCroady colehrated the mass and was assisted by Fuihcr McCanley, deacon; father Byron, aub-doacon, und father Colton, master ol ceremonies. The attendance was very large and the music, as usual, was superb, father McOlynn deliv ered the sermon. Uo said that Christmas Day recalled how our Lord cauio among men to bo one ol them?to teach them the way to win bcavcu. Though born in a stable ibe .Mtvlour was suit the King ol Kings and ibe Lord ol Lords. In being incar nate Ue wished to soften our hearts, which were so much given to worldly things, by showing that lie despised ihetu aud that Uo lived ouly to do Uis father's will. The church was bonulil'ully decorated with lloral de vices. At ihe lelt ol the altar aloud a little lhatchod crib representing the stable ol Uethlebem. The musical purl of tho services was us follows:? 1'rooessioiial march, Verdi; Spallino's great mass in K; "Vent Creator," Dsuiortu; Olleriory, Adesto fidoles. At vespers the Dixot Uitinnus, "AhiuIi ?" tno magnificat "Mini," H.u Christmas hymn, * Mu gaguiui," tcuof solo and vioiiu obilgato, with the " f.in turn Ergo," Dan forth, soprano solo and chorus wcro very sweetly rendered. the soloists were-? Soprano, Mile. Uoaelli; Alto, Mile. Munier; lenor, Mr. Bernard; Baritone, Mr. Telle; Basso, Mr. UiganL There was a strong chorus aud lull orchestra, all uuder the leadership ol Mr. Jl. H. Danlorth. st. ass's ciu-rch. Tho great Christian lestival was celebrated yester day at St. Ann's church, Twoitth strool, with coremo. nics commensurate with tho solomnily ol the occa j Bion. Tho beautiful church was decorutod in the most artistic and lastolul manner, ana Itev. Fatbift- Shea, S J., preached a sermon on the eubject of the nativity, deducing irom it rnauy valuable lessons as to tho ne cessity ol every Christian living in uccorduuco with tho precepts laid down by tho divine Saviour. The music was particularly grand. M. Louis Ducbauer, Ibo organ. 1st, being tho direclor on the occasion. Tho soloists wcro Mile. Hourieite Corradl, sopruuo; Mile. Uciavio Goinleu, alto; Mr. Fritsch, tenor; Mr. Blum bass. Mr. Binila played the piano part ol the muss, which was by Mine. Do Grandvai, u lady who occupies a foremost poHiiiou among f rcnch composers. There wus a woll truiucd cnorus in uddiiiou to the solo quartette. The mass is a very ambitious work, lull of inteu.soiy dra malic phrases, which illustrate in tho most vivid man ner the glorious themes ol ihe Kyrie, Gloria, Credo Snnctns and Agnus Dei. It was sung by artists who seemed to appreciuto the magnitude of the work and Ibe bkill and experience ol tho director and i reamst supplemented tho talents ol tbo choir so as to produce au harmonious aud ellectivo interpretation. Beloro the sennon Gounod's "Cantique do Noel" was given aud at the Ollertorv Daehaucr's magnificent "Avd Maria," one ol those compositions that seem to spring Into life at an Inspired moment ol n musician made an eilect of au electric kiud. lho "Adeste Fldeles" was another noiablo leature of tho musical programme. Kev, Father Lynch wus tho celebrant at high muss. OTIIKR CATUOUO C'Ul'RcIIKS. Tho day was celebrated in a lilting manner at the Church ol St. Vincent, the Church of the Holy Kq. deemor, tho 1'uulisichurch andiho Dominican church Musses were said or sung and sermons preached' wuiio the musical selections were very line. ' IS TUB UAKBOK. A few flags wcro flying at lho mastheads or tbo ves sols lying at tbo deserted wharves, but that was tne only gala sign which they presented. Their decks wore covered generally with rusty looking tarpaulins aud nowhere was ttiere a bright bit ol color or an indi cation of active lite to be seen. Here and there a few suilms were to be seen perched upon the bottoms ol tnr buckus or leaning stolidly over a ship s side ? but the great inuly of lho crews wero taking 'tholr easo in mere coacy Christmas quarters far awav A greater coulrast it is diflicull to imagine than these vessels presented in contradisilnoiion to the usual ordinary day bustling life on their decks. At some points along the river front a thin curl of sinoke rose Irom some cook's galley ont ol sight, the only visible evidence to the possible Cbrietmas dinner in prospect below decks. Nothing, in fact, near tho docks wore a cheoridl look except an imputient sailor or two, who had just been relieved irom duty on waieb, and wero rolling post haste up the w harves to gain tho inviting shelter ol iomc friendly saloon It was a positive roller to turn swny Irom ttie sombro and desertlike sight at the wharves to lho light and bustle of tho crowded streets distant irom ibe river lronis. o? tub scuooi.siiir. At ihe New York Schoolsfilp St. Murys, moored lor tho winter months on tho south side ol the pier foot o! Tweuty-third street, Kirsl Klvcr, Captain Pythias waa found making the boys who were lelt on tho ship leel as cotnlortablo as could be. This Institution is under tho care ol the Board of Education, and to il are sent such youlOB as have a desire lo be educated in seumunahip. It is not, as has olicn been supposed a ship on which boys are taken because they are unruly at borne, ier only boys who have a perfectly clean rcc ord are admitted at all; audi! they, when admitted, show bad iraits ol character, they aro sen. away. At present lluro are, in ail, within the school about eighty scholars, sixty ol tho initiatory class and twenty of the advanced pupils. During the holidays tho minority ol the pupils sro allowed to go home und do not return until tho 2d ol Jnnunry. Yesterday there were only twenty of the eighty remaining on tho ship the others baviug gone to their homes. Those w ho remained bad a dinner of turkey, with nnis, raisins And lomonado, and they were exceedingly happy. BBbLKVl-B HOSPITAL Mr. James F. O.'Kourko, waraen ol Bellevue hos pttal, had that Institution fitted up in good style. Tbo thirty-six wards wore- nicely dressed nnd hung with drapory and the American flag. In the middlo of each wus a beautiful Christmas tree, and these were all un der the direction ol the worthy Warden, who snperin tended tho dressing ol ouou ward. In this be was well assisted by Mr. Jonn Conway aud Mr. P. T. Standlsh The most pleas ng allair ol all was tho dinner of turkoys and chickens, which were served out at the cook house. Every ward wae suppllou with abundance as also cranberry sauce, celery, oranges, apples, Ac.' ltlce and other puddings wero also in abundance a very hearty dinner was taken and nil fell that It'waa indeed a "Merry Christmas," - CHARITY HOSPITAL This Institution, on Biackwell's Island, is under the immediate control of Mr. Daniol H. Kitchen, tho chtet ol the medical staft At present there are con tallied in Its walls 1,060 patterns, who sal down to a dinner at twelve o'clock yesterday, consisting ol roast turkey, clilckcn fricassee and the usual accompani ments. Tourteon hundred pounds of poultry bud becu provided, of which 115 trirkeys were rousted. Each patient was given in addition two apples, and an oxira supper ol apple snuce and enke was served up at six P. M. In the evoulng an entertainment, consisting of songs, dauces and the three dramas, ??Llvo Injun" "VS ho Died tirst" and "landlord in a Fix," wus given Tho pcriorniers at this entertainment wero all proles sionais, who hnvo at limos been connected wlih tho various New York tliestros, ?some having volunteered for tho occaalou and others beiug now inmates ol tho Aogpuai. XXIGKAMT BOX PITA L. The recipients of the city's chanty on the Islands were not allowed to lorget that yesterday was Christ mas day. In tne morning religious service took place at the cbspel ol the Stale Emigrant lloapttal. Father Dursnquei, S J., singing a high mass for theCuiholics present, and Kev, Dr. \V illett officiating lor lbs Prot ? cataniv. The Emigrant Hospital on Ward's Island eon tains at present 273 patients. All ol them had u stand Christmas diuoer, consisting of turkey, pies, fruit Ac. Although tho Commissioners of Emigration are greatly Incouvcnienced by the withdrawal ol the usual head tax, they still did all in their power to tnako their prolrgto as happy as possible. IlOMfKOPATKIO HOSPITAL. There are over 6uO patten is In the Homoeopathic Hos pital, and they, too, were amply supplied with ths goods of the taolo. Tho largo dlatng ball was hung with evergreens and Christmas greens and presented a very clu crlul nod leslire appearance. HURHSRr HOSPITAL On Kendall's Island aro tho idiot asylums and bospl. tnls for children, a hospital which lias been recently proparcd for the accommodation ol sumo of the pa. Hems of the Charity Hospital, which ol late boa be come excessively crowded, and tne House ol Kolugo on the lower pari or the Island. Yesterday morning Mrs. A. Gibbons, a beneficent lady who lor the last twenty-nine years has cvory year visited the island, Mrs. Wick ham and a number ol other ladles camo over supp led with a large amount of candy aim u whole ciso ol dolls lor lho girls Tho Society ol St. Vincent de l'aul had also scat Irutt and candies to the Island. About Out) pounds oi turkey had been bought by the Commisalonara Of Charities and Correction for this and the other Insti tutions uncer tlieir charge on the lel.tuu. the little patients, most of whom are Idiots, look to the meats uud candies which wero proviood lor them with auiaz '"I I Tl?ur. ^ caudle- und cakes especially seemed I to fill ihem with delight, and ihoy laughed and chulte i I continually, th it is to say, those wh* were wclteuougn I lo be out of their beds. There are 214 children wooer the c.iro of the institution, and Jul ol the-e are j orphuus. a number ol these children aro uttrnded by ! their mothers, which is a think greatly encouraged by ' tue Commissioners, at tne children lare much belter when thus attended. Nl'RSRKT Mi'UOOI. The pupils ol thia school aro all children of emi grants. At twelve o'clock thoy had their dinner, and at three they gave a little entertainment lu th# chapol. Several of the managers ol this lustitutloo and a con aideruble number ol ladles and gentlemen were preseuL ? '1 he exercises, consisting ol piano recitals by some of the teacher* and declamations and rci Itatlona by the children, were highly luleroatiug; one little girl, who recited u poem ou "Mania Claue," was especially ro mark.tblo lor the correctness and coolnesa with which she gave her little .-election. In a corner ol the room stood.a large Christmas tree loaded with candles uud toys which were distributed alter tho entertainment, and this formed the climax ol tho little onos' enjoy manL TUE NKWSBOYk' LODGING UOl'NR. Fully 400 toys assembled last evening in the msiu ball of the Nowabovs' Lodging House, in New Cham bers street, to celebrate the day. Tne boys wero all clean and neat In their attire, but they were quite democratic in their tastea, lor many were in shirt sleeves aud a lew wore no shoos. The lore part ol the proceedings consistod ol singing glees and hymns lu one grand chorus. Tho boys sang very well considering, despite iho fact that each singer considered himself hound to roar away at tho top ol his voico. Mpcoches were made by several gentlemen present, and the lestivitlea con eluded by the boys marching down stairs to the diniug room in Joyful procession to enjoy their diuner, wbicu had been provided by the kind gonerosity of Mr. William M. Flicss, a merchant of this city, who has lor some years evinced a warm interest in tho wellnro and progress ol the newsboys. Among tue visitors present were Mr. Jackson S. Shultx and Major Dundy ol the Krrmng Mail und a number ol ladies. The aflair was a genuine success. TH* K1VINUTON 8TKJCKT LODGING ltol'SH. Christmas dinner ol turkey aud pfum pudding was given to about 160 boys in tho Kiviugton street Lodg ing House. Uelorc entering the reception room each boy was given a card, which entitled him to a rod flan nel shirt, supplied at the expense ol' Maior Philip Schuyler, of Washington square, and Messrs. W. L. A. L? ami G. Smith, of West Forty-sixth street. Tho expenso ol the dinner was also paid by Major Scbuvler Songs and dancing followed alter dinner. Tho lodgers are mostly all bootblacks und newsboys, and seem lo liltv their hou-e. One ol them, who has been In the Institution about lour years, says that wheu lie went thero he did not know tho alphabet, but he can now road and write, although ho has earned bis living In the meantime. TH* HT. VINCENT'S BOSK FOK BOTH. A* early as lour A. 1L yesterday High Mass was celebrated in tho little chapol ol Mt Vincent's Homo for Boys, by Father J. C. Drumgoolc, the children s'nging Webbo's Mass, and a boy ol seven years of ago tho Christmas hymn "Adosie Fidoles." Tho chanoi wca Ustelully decorated and 111 up by many tapers and gnsilgbts, and a lifo like representation ol tne stable a' Bethlehem was constructed at tho side of tho ulinr At hall-past sewn a substantial breakinsl was terved and tboae needing clothing were supplied. 4i two o'clock dinner was served, and aitor grace had hoen ?aid by Father Drumgoolo 200 boys attacked their Christmas turkey, lleiore dismissing them Fatner DrutugooU niudo a short address. TUB JUVKNILB GUARDIAN SOCIKTT. The Juvenile Guardian Society celebrated its twonty nlnth Christmas Day at its house, No. 1U1 St. Mark's place, yesterday. A towering Christmas tree, brilliant with lights and loaded plenliiully with things useful, ornameutal and entertaining attracted not only the attention of a large gathering of children but also of interested spectators. Some very lino singing and rccltutious were given by the chilBren, noiably a duel by two sisters, "Now, I Lav Mo Down lo Sleep " aud the recitatiou. "Nobody's Child." Dr. Hviunco rector ol St. Mark's church, In closing his address referred to that immortal character ol Dickons, "Tiny Tim" and Ins Christinas blessing over the plum pudding, "God bless us every ono." The Her. D F Kobertson und others interested in the institution also delivered short addresses ol a practical nature suited to tho season nnd to the hearers. At tbe close of tbe exercises presents were distributed of not only toys and candy, but mbre practical gilts ot dresses, hats, 4c. TIIK IIOMK FOR TU* FRIENDLESS The House of Industry aud Home lor the Friendless, under tho dircctlou ol tho American Female Guardian Society, is ut No. 32 East Thirtieth stroet, and extends through to East Twonty-nlnth street. The President ol tho institution is Mrs Charles C. North, ot No. T West 129th stroet; tho Trensuror, Mrs. C. A. Mtono and the Matron, Miss Sarah C. Wilcox. It baa been in existence a number or years nnd has ac complished an immouso amount of real good lor those lor whose benollt it was osinb lisbed. Yesterday thero were a large nuuibor of visitors calling at tho Institution, and tbey were shown through the house by Miss Wilcox and her as sistant. Miss Hurley. A plentiful mid bounteous din ner was supplied lo tbe 140 inmates, and In the evening thero was au euiortaiumont conslstlu ol singing and music, provided by the Inmates Ibeinselvefe lor tho amusomcnl ol their visitors. Throo largo Christmas trees, bung with tovs, furnished by the patrons ol the institution, wore "displayed before the young children, who enjoyed themselves heartily in their childish way In tbe large hall of tbe bciidlug till called upon by the directress to retire. Tits SHELTERING ARMS. A Herald reporter was yesterday shown through this building in 129th street by the matron. Outside tbe older orphans wero playing with sleda, while within the younger onee were amusing themselves with their presents. Tliey had becu given a utnucr. Inihedif lercm play rooms greens were plentiful. The store room was tilled with prosonts In the shape oi lood Irom outsiders. Tho roul treat Is put ofT until Thurs day, tho 2Xth, the least ol ihe Holy Innocents when lour Christmas trees are to be loaded with pros'ents to gladden the orphans' hearts. Tint SOLDIER* AND HAlhOR*' ORPHANS' ROM*. Two days wero dovolod by this Institution to giving pleasure to thoir youtlilul charges. Saturduy afternoon interesting songs, orations and dialogues took dIsco id the chapel: alter which iho lady managers and visitors with the children, adjourned to the apacloua parlors' urliarA n larun Iron f t n 11 ?_ . * where a largo tree, funcilully decked, and long tables' Oiled with presents, gladdened the hearts or 200 lit Ho ones. Yesterday a Christinas dinner ol poultry, pioa fruit, 4c., was speedily made away with, and a'grand frolic in the altornoon terminated the Christmas fes tivities. THE FIVH POINTS norSR OF INDCSTRT. At throe o'clock yesterday about BOO children ut down to an excellent dinner at the Five Points House oi Inaustry. Previous to the entertainment they aa semblcd In the chapel of the Institution and sang sev eral hymns appropriate to tbo great festival or tho day. Tho chapel was decorated with evergreens and flags. Turkeys in nbuoiianco, with the usual uccompanl ntoBta, were provided, and the merry little ones did antplo Justice lo the good things set before tbom. Alter the edibles had beoo disposed of each child wait provided with a handsome toy givon by aome of our prominent city establishments. It was a Joyous oc casion for all who participated. THE FIVE POINTS MISSION. About 800 children were ycaterdajr provided with toye nnd other articles at tho Five Points Mission. These toys were principally gilts from lead Ing llrmn. Some 320 pickages of lloar were also dis tributed among tho children to be givou llielr needy parents. A barrol of goods was received from (Irotoo Conn., in which was contained a number of quilts worked by Ave children ol that locality. THE BIGHTII STREET INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL. About 150 children were present yesterday at the Christmas celebration of tho abore school. An lm menso Christmas tree laden with good things stood In the centre of the room. The exerrisea cousin led of singing and reoiiations, which reflect credit on the scholars Articles of clothing wore distributed Ju diciously among them, and were of substantial assist ance, if not as enjoyable as Christmas toys. TH* ST. HAKNABaS' HUM*. As a Uikald reporter colored tho hall of St. Bar nabas' Houio yesterday n long lino ol bright and tidy little girls wero passing to the dining room, singing with sweet voices, "Merry, merry Chrl.-.tmas," and their Bparkliug cyos and happy laoes gave proof tbelr hearts were in the song. These wore the little orphans confided to the euro ol tho good ladies In churiro ol the institution. Hp stairs, the playroom they had Just deserted was well stocked with lots und candles which gave evidence ihut Mania Chios had dealt very generously with thou. Tbe ohlldren ol the Industrial School attached to the Home were also feasted and the Sunday school children joined with them In the disposal ot tne good things. Tbo day was a happy one and will ho remembored with pleasure by all who were present to enjoy It. THE CATHOLIC FHOTNCTORT. The day was celebrated at the Catholic Protectory In Wostchester county in tne usual manner. On Cnrist mas Evo au entertainment was given lor the young folks, consisting of muslo and singing. Christmas trees wero placed in the class rooms, dining room aud in other parts of the building. The?e were loaded with candies, prayer books and devotional pictures, which were distributed lo the children yesterday. In tho morning a solemn high mass was celebrated by Father M-.honey, the chaplain. The cnoir was computed ex clusively of boys who belong to tho Protec tory. Another mass was celebrated by Father Maltoncy ut hall-puat eight for tbe vounger ohlldren. who were not able lo attend tbo early services. The marble altar In tho chapel was appropriately decorated. The day was kepi aa a general holiday, the boys being allowed lo mum over tbe grounds with their sleds A bountliul Chrialinus dinucr wns provid< d by il,e man ager-, winch was lieurilly pariuk< ii ol by ibu children. About sixty of the boys .isatsled In getting ready the dinner and showed themselves experts in the culinary art. There will bo a nam from school uutU after Sow Year'? Dajr. Thar# ara 1,672 and 7*0 flrlt now tn itio msUtuliou?scvi rai huoditnt moro tUan ever bclore. TtIK FuUKPLIXO ASYLUM. Foundlings are, alter all, uot such unlortunate crea tures. a- all mukt know wuo have scon them iu Hie asylum, In Yorkville. About 1,730 bouncing, rosy laced '"young ones" were yesterday informed, by pres ent Ot otherwise, lh.it tho day was uu extraordinary one. Children, as tlio world goes, arc considered lor tuuatc w bo can celebrate one Curiatmus each year, but what word shall clisracterno iho luck ol these ??unlucky" foundlings wbo celebrate two Christmescs Iu one week 1 Yos'erday lliuse of the in whose "deu tlculatlon" w is sufficiently progressed to apprcclalo it wore regaled with cb ukon fricassee. During the alter noon toys were distributed among the little ones, and a regular Christmas day was enjoyed. These Joily little buys and girls aru to have a Christmas tree on Thurs day next, when more toys and candies are to be dis tributed. Yesterday's lesst and liberality will bo us uoihiug when uomparud with tlio good things Thurs day holds in trust. TIIK rSOTKflTAUT HALF ORrUAS ASTLUM. At the aliovo institution lit'.tng preparation was made for the reception of Santa Clans, and of IliO stockings hung up lu auticipaiiou ol his visit every one was lound llilcd lo overllowtug with a variety of good things yesterday morning. I he moro latnillar iricnds ol tlio orphans did uot forgot them either, lor shortly alter one o'clock thoy all aat down lo a boiintl lul least of turkey. Boaidcs, each child was presented with n piece ol money. TUB COLORKn OK I'll .IX ASYLUM. At this asylum. West 143d stroel, near iho Boule vard, about 386 children wore made bappy bv a repas1 of turkey and sweets. Tbo hoys wore sent out doors to play alter their dinner, where they sported in tlio snow io their hearis' conicut. The presents are lo bo given to-morrow, lu?lc-ud ol to-duy, and the orphans are lo liavo by this mesne moro than one day'B pleasure. CITT 1XSAXR ASYLUM, i Santa Clans also thought or ihe unfortunuto Inmates of this nsYluiu and provided them with his bounty iu I the shape ol a splendid dinner. As lur as their inlelli genco went they enjoyed themselves very well. INKBIllATX ASYLl'M. In this asylum s Oral class Christmas dinner wna given to tlio occupants of the houso. 1'ies, truil, See., wore in abundance, but uotbiug stronger than tea and collee was allowed for drinks. MIOT ASYLUM. It was a straugo sight to see 188 idiot children at dinner. Soiuo wore so overcome by the plenlifuluess ol turkey, pics and candies that they could not cat at all at tlrsl, but looked Irom their plates to their nurses, grinning uud chattering ull tho time. Allor uinuor they worn taken to the turgo school room, where tliey saug several Utile Christmas sot.gs remarkably well. The manner in which they sang is a sploudia lesliino umi to the patience ami energy ol their teachers. Most ol the patients in this asvluiu aro capable ol Improve menu Thuro are, however, a number ot incurables. Among these is one by the name of Jniin ltous, who, though thirty-four years ol age, is no larger tbau a boy of sixteen. TIIK ORI'IIAX ASYLUM. At the Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum tbo pro visions lor Chrietmua cheer wore about tbo same as usuaL Tho 460 orphaus who are uow in tbo instllu Hon were regaled with a geucrous dniner or turkey, chicken and mliico pica. The doors of the house w ore open ull day long to recuivo tho visitors and Iriunds ol the children. Sister Borrotneo, who has ehargo of tbo Fllllelh street asylum, received all callers in her usuul genoruus manner und gladly sont nuy little proscnts to those lor whom lliov were destined. On Sunday uight two large Christinas trees wero dressed with candies, toys umt Hags, aud the younger olnldreu were ushered into the rooms whero the trees were placed about leu o'clock iu the morning. The shoui ol uclight with which these little walls gathered arouud lno trees, hung as they were with all sorts ol things to please tbo Juvenile nnnd, lully repaid the donors lor what ever had been expended for the purpose. There were thrco masses celebrated in the chapel ol the usyluin during tho morning, at which the t-istore and the chil dren under ihcir care attended. LUXATIC ASYLUM (WARD'S ISLAXD). The unfortunate inraitos of tho Lunatic Asylum on this Island, numbering souio 144 porsons, were llkewlso supplied with u good dinner, which tliey en joyed Immensely. A largo number lully understood that yesterday was Christ mas aud at times gossipped wilh euch other ou tho lestlval. Tho majority, bow ever w;re completely ignorant of It or even tbo laet that'the v hail a belter dinner that usuul. During tho past week muuy of their triouds called und left souio little pre.-euts lor iht-m; yesterday, however, hardly any one culled. In tbo evening tno officers of the In stitution had a reception and a ball, at which quite a large number ot thoir lriends were present THK LUXATIC ASYLUM (BLACKWXLL'a I8LAXD). Tho Lunatic Asylum, which conaiatB of the main building, the Lodge, tho Kotreal and sevoral pavilions, contained yesterday 1,431 putients, Including 65 epileptics. Thore were devoured at tho dinner yester day 2,000 pounds of poultry and six barrels ol apples. It Is customary tn the asylum to have frequent enter tainments, and ouo ot the pavilions, which has become vacant by the transfer ol tbo male epileptics to tno Charity Hospital, has been titled up with a stage and sceuery, and a very pretty Ui op euriuiu wus painted lor It by Mall Morguu. Froqueut drauulio per formances aro given in this pavilion, and yos terduy afternoon a ball was given, Willi uu orchestra consisting of a piano aud violin. The lunatics danced with a grace and abandon uot sur n isseu by some ol the fashionable balls at the Academy aud Irving Hall. Dr. Parson, the resident physician, and Mr. Joralonion, the steward ol tno asylum, bc lievo in tbo beating influences of mirth anu amuse ment fully aa much as In medicine. Commissioners Brennan, Cox nnd Bailey visited tho Charity Hospital and Penitentiary during iho usy, and His Honor Mayor Wickbatn also dropped serosa lha river lor a short time, iho Commissioners and the Mayor expressed themselves an entirely satisfied with the arrangements made by the diUoreut wardens and physicians. TIIK LITTLK BISTRES' IIOMB. At tbo Homo lor the Aged, under tho charge of the Ltulo Sisters ol the Poor, a grand dinner was given to sixty-Ave old gentlemen aud eighty-eight old ladies. Turkey, with cranborry sauce, plum pudding, apples and orungos went to mako up tbo feast provided by the charity of Mmo. Monto and Mr. Michael Connelly. Venerable, even among the ofowd ol anclonts In tho ??Horns," are Mrs. Ccsgrovo. aged 103 years; Mrs. MoCluskey, 102; Mrs. Scully, 100, and Mrs. Shsndan, 08 and they all sat down to table with tlio "young loiks" to dinner. Mine. Monie's charity did not allow hor to slop at tbo purchase of solids lor she also provided a portion o! whiskey punch lor Hie old folks. Alter dinner csch old gen llernan and lady had a bowl ol hot punch, nnd the afternoon was passed in merry making. Mr. Carrock, the Die Bull ol tho institution, produced bis violin alter dinner, and the old lolks danced Jigs and break downs ull tbo afternoon. Many ol tho marry makers are In second childhood, anu they enjoyed the aport and laughed us heartily as though lile wore In its morning. In the old ladlea' reioctory a Christmas tree was decorated, and a monitor bad to bo placed to mind It or.t tho old Indies should slyly purioiu the candles. About twenty ol them sat arouud the tree and regarded it with us much interest aud Impatience as little ohlldren. IIOUBK or HsrooE. Here a lull holiday was ullowod to the pupils, comprising In nil 987 children. A first cIbsh dinner was given to both boys and girls. Tho girls also had two Christmas trees literally loadod with useful arti cles which were distributed in the aitornAn. At lour o'clock they gave an entertainment, which was largely attended by the managers as well us lriends ol the in stitution. lu Uct during the whole afternoon tbo lillto tug Kelugo. Captain Grace, which belongs lo tho insti tution was plying up and down the river, slopping at every 'point to carry visitors ovor to tho institution. The program me eAisisted ol dialogues, songs and recita tions by the girls, most ol whom were dressed in while and honcc looked very neai. Alter the exercises were over Mr. Kdgsr P. Kctchnm, the President of tho House of Holugc, made an address appropriate to tho occasion, and tbe day closed with a splendid supper, at whhb cakes and oranges woro distributed In unlimited quantities. TUB BAFTIHT HOMM FOE THE AO*t>. At the Baptist Homo lor lbs Aged the ninety inmates wero treated to a good dinner. All the delicacies of tho season wero provided for ihom, and tlio fooblo old souls spent a very happy day ol It. Thoy had plcussnt ltulo parlies arooug themselves. Tho youngest lumalc ol the homo Is u crippled woman, lorty-clglit years of ago, and tbe oldest ninety-three. TEE TOM 118. Tlio inmates ol tbo Tombs were yesterday not forgotten In the general jubilation and (casting At one o'clock they wore served, etch in bis coll, with- a thoroughly substantial dinner of Stewed turkey and chtckon, with tbe usual ac companiments Of vegetables, Ac. Tbo culinary o|>cr alinns wero superintended by Deputy Warden Mark Fin ley, and tlic mms was tbe ibemo ot general praise 1 among the prisoners. At six P. M. they were regaled with iresh oread and tea. Yesterday was by no means a gloomy oay in tbs Tombs. THE PBXITl.YTIAET. Warden Fox bad provided, uuder tbo direction ol tbe Coinmlssionera, a dinner ol chickens sod turkeys made into a Blew. Tlic prisoners and officers connected with the Penitontisry together number over one thou sand, ana for at least once In the year they are relieved from all duly except that which is unavoidable. Hers, loo, 1,400 pounds ol turkey had been cooked, which, together with tno othor articles, male a dinner wnich was eaton witn relish and seat by the uniortunato crim inals. Alter tbe meal Jollity and roirtli provailed, and many litlis excesses which under ordinary occasions would b?ve heou severely punished were pardoned on account of the Jay. THE ALMSnOCSRS. The malo and fomals Almshouses together with tbe male and lemale Hospitals lor Incurables, under ihe charge ol Warden Vought, partook also ol tho genera, enjoyment. Here, too the main icaturn ol the dny was the dinner, which w.ts served at one o'clock and consisted ol turkeys and chickens made into a trices see Tho 1,470 aged, blind and dccrepld Inmatea of base buildings lorsot lor Uit Umt their UkUmuUoa ami misfortunes, and ate with f.< ?t and thankfulness the good iuiuc* which hud t>uan jiroviucd lor ipem tho thoUKhllutoc?? ol 111? Cottinin**b.n* r* mid the car? ol their Wardcu. Tho-o wbo.e disabilities were sui b that tbey could 1101 go 10 tbe general table* wero not lell mieared tor, hut served in their respective warus. TUB WOSKHOCSS. In the Workhouse, which la mainly filled with the moat abandoned women who are sent to the Island, the Christmas diuner of turkeys and chickens wua served about one o'clock. Warden Allaire had taken care that there should ho ample provisions provided for the l.Otfo inmates, and the correctional influence good liv ing was exerted, it ts to to hoped, with bene ticial oitecia. 8ouie little degree ol la*!e., u-' rk shown in tho decoration ol tho chapel and the work huuso by the women, and the rellmng influence ul religion was also brought to hear upon tlicae uulor tunate creatures. AMOXO Tilt I'NKkl'LOVKU. At a season when every body with any resources for happiness avails himself of theinlo leol in hartnouy with the general cheer which the scasou Is by common consent supposoU lo bring with It, a roiro>poct ol tlio workiugtuen's condition lu tbis city lor tbo past lour or live mouth* would show how dilllcull it uittat liavo heen for Iheso roeu to enter iulo the epiril ol a tnno which means universal good will and rtjoiciug. Tho long weary months ol Idleness which tho workingmi n endured hnvo not been calculated to Inspire lee,lugs ol the kindliest sort in minds beginning to think tho pros pect lor the wiuter a desperate one. It may bo easily Imagined, then, how, as the Christmas approached, those tiion looked upou it only as a season when would uioro lurcibly come home to ibom tlio poverty iroui which themselves and their families wore suffering aud which, so far as they could sec, was becoming uioro ami more severe us each week passed b.v. It was lortunuto that the day w is brisk nud pleasant, as the lino weather roliovod the poor ol many of the I tangs they would otherwise have Had to hoar, As it was, heuven only knows how many hundreds, and prob ahlv thousauds, ot lain dies were sulluriug yesterday trout want ol fuel. In cold and cheerless rooms there could he no lestivity, una so the poor wuuderer in tlio streets could not escape Iroui tho terriblo load ol de pression Which 111- position uooossarily lorced upou him. That there wero numbers ol homeless men pa rading the streets yestorduv. cold. hun;ry aud miser able was apparent. Tho prisouor in his cell was Inuotlciy honor olf lliun these idle men trying , to live somehow or anyhow until a hotter '"no couies. Among iho lamilios ol the unemployed Christmas must huvo heeu lor the m'\|or" I tty or them a very comfortless day. I hat , these poor people were Iruugry and without , the plea-nut homo nssociutloDR which go to make up even uuroug iho humblest classes a merry time, is niHUiiesi Irotn uil the tacts which have come to light during the pisl lew weeks. Furtho loo.oco clnlurcn ol tlio idle uiectianics there was uo Christmas joy, no cho r ol nuy sort. I'ho rellections occasioned by the | hard limes could not but havo mado tuoso (amines | wretched tlirougbout tbo day. It is tt luct iliut i mas lor the great majority ol the idle workiugmon was a day ol hsurtsures aud saddeningsurroiiudiugs. 1 heso people have Bold or pawned everything they nave that was worth anything, and they know not yesterday any of tho comforts of homo, bright with hope and plenty, i It was the dreariest day for thorn in ull ti e year, tho j contrast marking oach )iarnciilar want all the moro , It i8 expected that much o! tho distress which has been furnishing the poor lor weeks psst will next month bo partially relieved. It is said thai the Hoard ot Apportionment has at the present time control ol nunc u large amount 01 money received from tines un der the Excise law wliicu will he distributed among the poor This suin will he given to the Ullereui chari table societies in the city in uccordauce with rules established in lormor years, and it Is the only money upon which the distressed count with any degreo ot certainty to tido them over tho severe winter months. Tho societies which will secure tins money will ulso become tho distributors of tho coal which the Couiinl'siouers ot Charitios and Cor root Ion have alreudy mado arrangements to purchase in January- Karly next month, then, tho poverty stricken will be much bottor relieved than they l ave been so lar tbis winter. Those who ought to know most rolativo to the condition ol tlio poor in tho city ut tlio present time continue to alllrin that the uutni or ol men uow unem|>loyed will render it an absolute necessity tocnll in the aid of tho wealthy as the sea son advances. They say that this winter being an ex ceptional one lor the worklug classes the ordtnury churilv will not bo Bufflcicnt to moot tho distress which' exists. Next week, also, the loaders ol the workingmon propose submitting to the puhuc a state ment of tho condition ol the men and how best relief can bo afforded in this crisis. cnnisTMAs in uonovan'h lank. At no tlmo Is tho truth of tho adage, "One-half tho world know not how the other half lives," moro pul pablo than during the ChriBtmas holidays, and to none is It moro forcibly brought homo than to tbo man whose duty brings him In contact with socioty lu all Its phasca The man engaged upon tho dully press, thrown us ho is into communion with tho hlghoit and lowest ot God's creatures, has means ol observation accordod only lo his privileged cralt. In bis Christmas "do tall" ho has seen the oocupauts ol tbo Homo lor tlio Aged made joylui at sn expense which many a grand lady would consider cheap for a day's -shopping;" he has scon tho unknown foundling happy w ith lis single, cheap toy. and foil of gratitude lo tho unknowu Santa Cluus; lie has seen a galaxy of bright oxpcctaut oyes upturned to tho well freighted Christmas tree, brilllnut w,'h a bun dred tapers and rich with eclectic gills Iroui tho hamper of tlio fablod <dd man, aud ho has si?n, down where poverty shrinks to bido Itsoll, neglected by the world, g ouim ami sad neHS, and hunger and misery. Well might Toungs linos to Sleet) ho repealed ol Santa Clans:? He. like tho world, his ready vlalt pays Where Kortune smiles. The wretenod be forsakes. The fortunate thousands, drowsy in the gastronomle felicity ot roast turkey and plain pudding, never dreamed yesterday, as they mado merry tn comfort and plenty, ihat witbtu tho sound ot the same church bell thoro shivered nnd hungered hundreds, old and voting It would be usoloss lo seloot any one party among the thousand lortunatos lor descrip tion upou snch an occasion as Christinas, lor each was In itseir tuflloiont to itself, and oach had that element of "hoinc" that inade it unlike all others. Tho hrignt and happy rocollecltons of tho day may lw selected as iaycy dictates, hut thoro is a ph"to ol Christinas that may servo to tnnko permanent thoso trnasuros ol memory aud heighten by contrast tho pleasure Ibey ((live. In Donovan's hino, Ininous In story and record as tho ahoda of povorty, romunlto and prosy, Christmas camo and went, undignified by a visit from Santa Claua Here, wucro tlio wretched rag jilckor, the jaded organ-grinder and tlio dreamy, opiuio-puisonod Celes tial ilnd a common home, the daluty myth stopped not to bless. True, many a hearth ol nnstiakon lanh looked back to tho grand evont commem orated, and saw boyond tbetr firoscnt late a britliaut and unending promise. Many moro without tho light ol faith felt keenly tho discrimination mado against tocm is the distribution of blessings, and grumbled loudlv or sought oblivion In tho cup. More than one house visited hy tho writer in tho wretched quarters near tho Five Points hod addod to Its travail the mortification of a drunken master. In some of tbo hovels visited there was evidence of a taste be yond tho Held of lis display, and many an tiumblo effort was successful In Imparting to room so and cheery appearance, lu a room ou the ftllh lloor of n wretched tenement in Donovan's lane a Hkkald reporior found a woman, happy in the company o! her four little ones, silting close to the Are. flio woman bad in ber hand a linen mounted copy of tho hisior) ol Mother Goose and was reading the wonderful tale to tho delighted young folks when tno roporier entered I'pon a labia In the middle of the room was a little, a very little, troo. scantily, very scantliy dec orated Tho littlo ones and the woman wore as happy as though thev had boon the recipients of the saint s 'est and choicest gills, lnlo the room next this hule psrtv tho reporter was conducted hv tbo detective who sccompanlod htm. The sole occupant of tho room was a dark laced Italian, who sat hcioro n table on which a tallow candle, stuck la Hie neck ol a bottle, threw a laint, uncertain light. The man was eating a crust of broad, and as the party entered uublddoii be stopped In his frugal meal, but recognizing tho lamlllar face of the deieclivu be weut on with his eating, lu a corner ol tho room Stood s hand organ, and on II perched a loan, cadaverous monkey. Tho detective called him by name, aDd he opened bis eyes for a mo niont and then resumed bis dream ol the land wtaers there are no pennies and no cruel masters. THI DAT IN BROOKLYN. The great festival was very generally observod In Brooklyn. At midnight chimes wore rung hy the bells or scvorsi churches nnd fironrms wero dlscnarged by many people in the desire to give vent to thotr enthu siasm. The services at tho HrotesUnt Episcopal snd Human Catnolio churches ss well as tho places ot worship of other denominations wore well attended. Evergreens end bright lights and flowers wero goner ouslv used In the embellishment of the altars, aud pas tors and lfook united in lending a holiday garb to the didoes. At 81. Ann's Protestant Episcopal on the Heights 8t. Peter's, Christ churcb. Church ol tbe Deformation and 81. Mark's, there were special musical service*. At the Convent chapel ol the Sisters of Mercy, on WHlougl.by avenue, mass was oelet) rated at midnight ol Sunday. At St Mnrv's Itomsn Catholic, Court street, tbe flrsl mass was celebrated . at lour o'clock in the Sorntng Ak St. Peter's, SL Paul's, St- Joseph's, St Charles Borrnmeo, St. Patrick s, 8U James, Our 1 ndv of Mercy ami St. Stephen'* high mass was offered un at Ave o'clock, lu all the embolic eburclies of Brook |Jii collections were taken at each ol the masses aud at vespers in aid ol tho orphan asy ums THf. STRKXT SOYS' ROMS. The Superintendent ol the Brooklyn Children s Aid Society sent through the mails a circular soliciting as sistance for thetr lodging bouso tor boys. In Poplar street. From bis statement It appears that daring the post ten years over $40,000 bavo boon paid into the ireasury hy the boys toward their own support. In return th? institution has given 376.J4H lod.mgs and pub 034 tneiiis and A'Jt>4 garments In tho i worn lua irist school* 6.41X1 girls have i.eeu taught on tbe sewing machine and 5.6SO homes have been found tor boys and girls in ctty aud country. Only $PJ,on? per year is used In addition t" what the children pay. The treas ury is now empty, and heuce tbe nppeai. tiik rt'BUC and raivATS i hahitiks. The onlortunate and overcrowded occupants of the Kings County Almshouse, flaioinh. were gladdened v. sterday by a good dinner provided lor ibeni through iho Board of Supervisors. Tho poultry devoured oon i staled of 1 '21)0 pounds of chlckeus sud seventy pounds I ol turkv, Thoy wero supplied wltfl cranberry sauce sod potatoes in abundance. Tlio inmates of lb? Ltnitl" Asylum n va partook ol u bailor bill of fart II. in is ordiourily pnnM i<>r their outertaininoiil. Eight hundred and thirty pounds ol ctnaken* and turkey* uer-i eookeu (or tne asylum dinner. Th? p ikirnu In Ilia County Hospital wore also liaalcd to uii excellent dinner. The boy* in the Triiunt Home were unusually In dulged. i'hey were well supplied with turkey and iniuco pie*. At llic IVnitenlliry K?epnr Klieviin nud Ills deputy, Mr Crummir. superintended the Issuo ol a good aud liiierai ration ol lowl aud voce! ibles lo tne convict*. -Sliorid Daggett caused a bt-tier dinner than ibo rules of tlio Kayinoud >treei .f.ail dem ind lo be eervod lo tbe prisoners ibere at noon. TIIK .41.KM.lit Mi AMI SKATISO. The lavorilo routes lor sloigiilug In the City ol Churches and viciniiy were alive yesterday witn merry pnrilct out in quest ol the iiivtgornilng drive. Livery Miablo keeper* who hud the good lurlunu lo possess a slock 01 sleighs reaped enormous prut)is. The ice ou the lake at Prospect Park was lb fine con dition, aud the people, especially the young, did ample Justice to the iipiKirtunlly ulTorded lor spurt. There were soreral ibousnud people on Hie lano. At tlio Capiloliue, which, being a private pond, is necessarily more select Ibau tlio public luko, tbo vn. tariea ol the-Heel-shod sport were numerous during the afternoon and evening. THE DAT ON I-ONO ISLAND. Christmas was very generally observed throughout Long Island, there being, in addition to tbo several church services, reunions, fairs, festivals and onter. tainmcnls for chnrcli and Sundav school benefit. Tbe sleighing being excellent on ail l be country roud^ there was a constant Jingling ol the merry bells throughout tho day in all directions. THE DAT ON HTATEN ISLAND. Tho observance of Christmas Day on Platen Island was hearty aud general, mure extensive preparations having been made for it than ou any previous year. The bells ol li.o various Catholic churches were rung at daylight, aud bundrcda ol people wore at that timo in the streets going to and from the places of worship. Sleuth riding was kept up throughout the day and even, tng, apparently by all who wero able to raiso money cnougn to pay lor a "turn out," and the livery blablci consequently did a thriving business. Tne Americas colors were flying Irotn most of tho public institutions. There were services at St. John's Episcopal church, T otnpkinsville, ut eleven o'clock A. M. ; at St. Paul's Memorial church, Tonipktotvillo, with s choir ol twenty-live wlnto-robed choristers, who sang a choral mass; at Christ church. West Brighton, with u rnuglc lantern exhibition tu the evening; at Dr. Rockwell's l'rcsbytertau ? burcb, Sluplotou; ut the Calvary Pres byterian church, West Brighton; ut Trinity Meiho<llsl Episcopal church, Wont Brighton; at the Church ol tbe Asceusion, West Brighton, and oiuors. Dr. Henry King, physicmu-ln-cblef ol the Seamen's Roiroal at Staple ton, luruished about forty turkeys lor the institution, uud gttVO the iiiniiitos a graml dinner, besides furnish lug tbo sick nml d sitbleil with suitable delicacies. There were appropriate services, conducted by the chaplain, in tho eveniug. Mr. Thomas McC'ormlck, Superintendent of the County I'oor House, says he has 116 itieu, women and child ou tu the institution, and tnade ib<>m uil nappy w.th a good roost turkey dinner, besides an extra supper of cukes, pies and sweetmeats. Mrs. Dubois, matron ot the Child's Nursery, ut Kout Corn- rs, gave tier little army ot children, numbering between 300 and -tuo, a roast turkey dinner, bosldo giving to a number of poor luniilios about the Island turkeys for their Christmas (tinner. The suncrinton dents of the poor in tho various li wnsOlps were very considerate to tho uulortunatos in their charge, aud ntuny poor latnilies received supplies of coal from them. THE DAY IN JERSEY CITY. The Christmas festival was opened In Jersey City by midnight masses in all the embolic churches. In St. Peter's church two masses were celebrated by Rev. Father Marochal, S. J., and at half-past ton o'clock a solemu high muss was celcbratod, lu which tho newly ordained priest, Rev. John Crownoy, was celebrant, Rev. Father Marechal, 8. J., deacon, nud Rev. Mr. Plant sub-deacon, lho unnouucsiuent that a newly ordained priest was to celebrate muss uitruclod a largo congre gation. In St. Mdltbew's Episcopal church the musical service was as follows:? Morulas service, commencing at half-past ton?In troductory, "Heboid tlio Ijumb," J. M. North; "Vc nito,'' H. Millard; "Gloria Patrl," T. S. Lloyd and Dudley Buck; "Gloria" in C, J. K. Soaley; "fs Deum" In K flat, festival, D. Ruck; "Jubilate Doo," in E flat, festival, Dr. William Merge; H.vniu 18, H. P. Dunks; "Kyrte Elomon" in O, Cb. Guuoud; "Gloria Tloi," 3. J. Andorsou; Hymn 19, Adestes Ft deles; ofTertory, "And thero were shepherds," U. P. Dauks. The choir was composed of Mrs. J. B Barker, su pra uo; Miss Marie Barker, contralto; Mr. Richard Kouso, tenor, Mr. H. P. Dnnks, basso; Mr. k. J. An derson, organist. . Tho Chris ^tas celebration In St Boniface's church (German) w..s most Imposing. A mnlnidhi mass was ccletiraied by the pastor, Rev. Father Kraus, and at tho conclusion ot Ike mass tho enure congregation arose and chanted the "To Ileum," making tho scene In Ida church quite Impressive. In the charitable InstHuiions tbe hearts of the In mates wero gladdened. A sheep, a hog and a quartet of boef wero furnished by Mr. Fowler, superintendent of thuabbatoir, loeueb ol tho lollowmg institutions:-. ?St. Mary's Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Old Ladles' Home, Mercer street; St. Michael's 1 irpnuaage, corner of Erie street uod Pnvonla HVeuuo; Culldrcu's Homo and Orphan Asylum, in charge of the Sisters ol Charity on Jersey avenue. CbrlRluins dinners were given to tho poor inmates of the Huison County Almshouse at Snake Hill, th< prisoners In tbo Penitentiary und the County Jail, and the unlortunaio tenants of tun Lunatic Asylum. THE DAY IN HOBOKEX. Christmas Dsy wus observed In llobokon the tame as usuaL Services were celebrated In ail tbe < burcbes. The Lyra-Singing Society bad an tmutenso Christmas tree at Odd Fellows' Hall and rallied for prlzos; also the Hoboken Quartet Club at Hutnmoula Hall, and both had singing and dancing till daylight. Tbe streets lb and around Hoboken were crowded with sleighs. The great leaturo of tbe day among tho Ger mans, however, was a big bowling mulch at the Otto Cottage Hotel howling alloy, (or a large silver goblet weighing fourteen ounces, open to Now York and Hudson couuly bowling clubs, and a gold medal lor tbe bowler tnaktng tho highest score during tho tournament. The lollowmg are the scores m*do:?The Atlantic, of Hobokon, 44U, being tue winning score; Young Men's Social Club, ol Hoboken, 416; Hudson Howling Club, Uohoken, 298; Castle Point, Hohokeu, 366; and tho following Now York clubs:?Atlantic, 314; Growlers, 346; Gramorcy, 340; Torpsichore, 329, Gotham 300; Wednesday Evening Club, 272: Sat urday Night Club, 333. Tne gold medal for the highest score was awurded to Nathan lot W. Hicks, who scored 106 out of a possible i20. There were members repre sented in cacb club. Twelve clubs contested. No snots were counted unless the head pin was struck. Eucb man twelve shoia. THE DAT IN NEWARK. In the observance' of Christmas In Xcwsrk thers wero no features materially different from w bat ha* been tbe custom for many years. Thcro was an entire suspension ol business nod a general abandonment to lho usual round ol Cbrtstinaa festivities. In the forenoon tho dovoutly and religiously, as well as tho l.isblooably disposed people crowded the churches, and In the evotnnft theatres, muklc halls and ball rooms wore equally well attended. Thousands ol persons who could aflord It enjoyed tbe splendid sleighing. At the various pnbllc and charitable institutions the Inmate* wero provided with good cbecr, showing that those who are pleiiteoualy supplied with the world's goods did not forget tho poor end needy. Tho best ol order prevailed through out the day, the number of porsous having an over load ol "Christmas" on board being remarkably small, so far ae the arrests made by tbo police indicated. THE DAY AT TRENTON. In the elty of Trenton the day was celebrated In a manner fully in keeping with tbe Importance of tb* event Business was cntlroly suspended, and the streets were thronged from morning till night by peo ple dressed In their best holiday attire. In nearly all thechurchos special services were held, and sermons appropriate to the occasion were preached by tbe pis torn Tbe Catholic churches. In particular, wore the pivots ol attraction. Miduigftl messes were celebrated In the bnautilal little chspel of "Our Lndy of Lourdee," attached lo the Frauoiscau college," on tbo out skirts of the city, Father I'eter Jacchett, coiebrunt: In St. Mary's church, Father Smith, celebrant, and in bL Francis' cbureb, Father Avoilnt, celebrant. Tuo decorations woro unusually fine, particularly those on the altar* which were elegantly Illuminated; and "Tho Manger at Bethlehem" la the Francises* chapel was exceedingly unique anu Impressive. Tb? various choirs displayed excellent skill sad taste ll their selections, that of 81. Mary's taking the lead. Tbe poor received the attention of ktnd hearted olU MM. In Taylor's batldtng on State street 1,600 loevet of broad wore distributed; Police Justice Swing gavi out WO loaves; Kimball, on the AseanptnE block, (MM loaves end a ton of mush; K. K. Freese gave a turkej to each driver on tbo city railroad, anil otbor charita ble citizens dispensed relief in a liberal manner. The ionvtcts in the Stale Prison, numbering 850 were providod each with a dinner of roast beef ant apple dumplings by tbe keopor, General Mou Tbe la mate* of the charitable Institutions of the City, pua> Ho and private, were liberally regaled. MASONIC ELECTION. The annual election for offl :or* of Aroi nt Lodj-a, Na 246, F. and A. M., ho* resulted in ihi oh nice o. Ibc following officer*:?Charles De F. Burnt, M. ; K. W. Fisher, 8. W.; J. W. Stonebridgn, J. W. | Q -orgs W. Douglas, Treasurer; J. K Banks, Secretary; W. J.| Sleight, 3. D.; P. Laparle, Jr., J. I).; J. J. Goodwin, J. H. Decker. M. ol C.; 0. H. rilliuglinste, M. K Dt Aguoro. stewards; Rev*. Martin Mimmnrbell, K A. Luveil, Ch..plains; tVillisin lioartl. Mnrnlial; Gcorgs T ii tlx 111, H. T. HiiietiinsoD, J IT. Marshal, trustees William H. Small, Tyler. They have been installed b) Wor. B. George TuthiU, Grand Marshal, R. War. A Juun PuUitus.