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RELIGIOUS NEWS. Labors of Dr. Thomas, of tho Pirst M. E. Church. Facts About tho Philosophical So ciety of Chicago. The Eoligious Press on Dr. Cum- mins and Cuba. Progress of "Work on tlie New Church Edifices. The Rev. Robert Laird Collier’s Winter Lecture Course. Programme of Services In the Churches To-Dny. Now that tbo downtown church enterprises are becoming moio popular, so much so that several denominations aro at present engaged in Christian labors in ibis department, it may bo well to note moro particularly tbo labors of tho Bov. Dr. Thomas, who has ohargo of tho First Methodist Episcopal Church, In the Moth odist Block. Quito recently, and which is already dedicated, thoro has been completed in. this block a vory neat and commodious church room capablo of seating 1,000 persons. It is rectangular in shape, 06x00 foot, located on tho second floor, with aisles tunning north aud south, and a gallery that extends around tho oast, west, and north walls. It Is, therefore, moro spacious and much moro convenient than tho old room, which was on tho amphl thoatrioal plan. Tho west wall, noxt to Clark street, is pierced by six largo windows, sot In clear glass. Tho cast walls contain fivo of a similar kind, all which give abundance of pnro light, which is no small desideratum in Chicago churches. Tho pulpit is in tho south end, and is of tho platform style, with reading and preach ing desks, and choir accommodations in tho roar. Tho grand organ, which cost SO,OOO, Is in the roar of tho pulpit-platform, and Is mado to show all iho pipes, of which thoro is a groat number, tho effect of which is vory fine. On either side of tho organ aro largo, doublo-fluted columns, between which, in ornamental letters, aro tho words, “ Glory to God on High” (on tho east sido) and “ On Earth Peace and Good Will to Mon ”on tbo other. Tho columns tost on pedestals and arches, beneath which aro doors entering tho gallery. Surrounding tho pulpit at somodistauco in front, is iho altar, always a prominent feature iu a Methodist church, which is vory no&t, and which odds much to iho archi tectural effect of that ond of tho room. Tho building is lighted by cluster burners arranged around tbo walls and in front of tbo gallery, with a reflector over tho altar. Tho heating is by moans of stoves placed in different parts of tho room. Tho entrances are through two double doors at tho north ond and ono door in each corner of tho house, with also several doors into tbo galleries, opening off from tho third floor. Tho main floor and pul pit-platform are richly carpeted, which, with the chair sittings, give a neat aud homelike appear ance to tho whole. Thus it will bo soon tbat Dr. Thomas has, iu all respects, a complete, spacious, and very convenient church-room. Along with those now material arrangements, there has come several new things moro imma terial, among which should bo noted tbo rniLosopnicAii society of oiiicaoo. This is already proving a success, and will no doubt become a groat adjunct to tho Church. It was projected by Dr. Thomas himself, who finds in tho work a very general co operation on the part of the city divines and othoro. The meetings take place every Saturday evening at which papers are read and submitted, followed by a free discussion and criticism thereon. There aro five points especially aimed at, in tho dHTusioosof truth iutbis depart ment. These are, tho discussion of questions of moral philosophy, social science, national science, speculative philosophy, and tho more important events in current history. ‘ A lecture course has been introduced under tho auspices of the Society, tho first lecture of which was given last evening by Miss Erank Willard, Presi dent of tho Woman’s College at Evanston, on “MyStory of tho Pyramids.” Thoso lectures aro to occur once a month, and will be given by able and popular speakers. Dr. Thomas is also making special efforts to iuduco many .persons iu tho vicinity of his church to attend religious exorcises who are nob regular church goers. Thus far bis efforts in this direction are proving successful. His con gregations are increasing, especially that attend ing tho evening service. It will bo remembered that Dr. Thomas labored for throe years in tho Park Avenue M. E. Church of this city previous to taking charge of tho present Society, a year ago. Ho is a scholarly, practical, and earnest working minister of tho Gospel. Among tho eminent members of his Church aro J. K. Bota ford, Aid. Dixon, Dr. Banks, J. H. Thompson, Judge Goodrich, Dr. Trip, R. P. Queal, and others. GIFT ENTERPRISES. From time immemorial almost it has boon tho custom of tho wealthy and moro easy churches of tho various denominations in largo cities over the land to look uomowhat alter tho temporal welfare of ministers whose support is known to bo limited. It is now woll known that tbis watchful caro has boon productive of groat good. In fact, tins has been so tmo generally that, outside of nil assistance from the various “Boards," o(o., (his class of -ministers confi dently expect, in many instances, a sup plement to their salaries in this way. One of tbo most popular channels' in which tills kind of work expresses itself is the sending of what aro called “ mis sionary boxes ” to tins or that minister or Socie ty hero aud there, on tho frontier aud elsewhere. Xt is genei&lly the work of tho ladies, and it should bo frankly confessed that it is a glorious work. In this way tho Connecticut churches alone sent to Western ministers last year boxes valued at $15,000. Tho good ladies of tho Chi cago churches have not boon wanting in earnest labors in this department. Nor is a single word now necessary to enlarge their bene factions. Tho oold winter is coming, the min isters are at work, and at tho proper time the Chicago ladies will no doubt look after tho mut ter. It is, however, very true, that much good can bo done by making up these “boxes” and Bonding them to ministers, who, perhaps,. can not bo very well supported under all the circum stances. Tho following, from a Chicago re ligious paper, on tho point is quite apropos: Tho "missionary-boxes” will bo moro heartening and helpful than usual. It Is time to be fllllug them, —time they wero already on tbolr way. Put in gar ments that will do porvico, with a margin of new cloth (thread, buttous, aud “ linings," too) for tho parsonage mistress to mako up as wanted. It will do no harm if you slip into tho pocket of tho warm coat a doll for tho baby, or pin a tasteful collar upon (ho cloak for tho dommlo’B wife. Blip in somo good magazine and a choice hook or two: these litllu things aro excellent for Havering. All this is no alms-giving; it la only duo of tho ways ladies have of making up to a XJttlo fairer figure the salary of tho missionary. No history nf homo missions would bo complcto which did not make an account of thcoo helpful** boxes.” Those scut West by tho Connecticut churches Inst year wero vol ned at over 515,0001 Whether tho homo churches of the interior might do moro in this way than formerly their own thoughtful love will determine. THE FOUR SEMINARIES. Tho four theological seminaries of Chicago, which represent tho four groat evangelical de nominations, are all open again, atm well Into tho winter session. The attendance is greater than over before, and tho accommodations for the students aro much bettor. The Methodist Seminary, which is ac Evanston, and in connec tion with the Northwestern University, has in attendance about ono hundred students, and in all respects is doing very well. Tho Chicago Theological Seminary, at Union Park, which is connected with tho Congregational Society, has In attendance this year forty-six students, thir teen of whom aro in tho senior class. Last year this institution hod fifty-four students. The Faculty, with ono exception, aro all in their placoo, and everything Is moving on prosperously. The Presbyterian Seminary, located at tho cor ner of North Ilalstod street and Fullerton ave nue, opened Sept. 4, and now has in attendance twenty-nine students, sir of whom are in tho senior, cloven In tho middle, and twelve in tho Junior classes. The Fac ulty, consisting of Drs. Patton, Halsey, El liott, and Blackburn, are all present. The Rev, Pr. PoUiirann will be added to tho corps of Pro fossorn noxt January, It in gratifying to know that while tbln in tbo youngest seminary In ilio Proabytorflm Church, its uumbor of students in utoadlly increasing, ami ita financial slalua becoming more and moro Arm. Tho so consion of Dr. Patterson to tho Faculty will bo hailed with dollght thvomrhout tho I’ronbylorlan West. Tho Baptist Seminary, located near tho Chicago University Building, ban about fifty etu dents in altomlnnco, which is an Inoronno over tho past. Tho Faculty arc all present, nud tho good work of this institution in marching*on. BISHOP CUMMINS AND OUJIA, Tho silver thread which runs through tho city religious press for tho ourrout week la tho cele brated loiter of Binhop Cummins, Noxt to this oomos tho Cuban question, and ibo winter’s work in tho churches. Tho sonson for protracted mootings is near at hand, and there is much to onoourago tho laborers iu tbo preliminary efforts now being mado. Tho Standard rejoices to know that in soroo places tbo spirit of prayor in behalf of souls and of Christ’s precious cause is beginning to de scend. It regards this as tho first Joyful sign of & harvest ripening on tho fields where during preceding months tho sowers havo gone forth weeping. Tbo paper : has something to say about tho way in which tho Jowsworo treated by tho Alliance. But vory little was said, it sooms, about this class at.tho groat meeting, which fact tho editor regards ns a natural but perhaps unfortunate oversight. Concerning tho Bishop’s letter, after a statement of tho foots, tbo following surmise is glvou : The outcome of this, with other somewhat Rlmtlar occurrences among iho clergy of tho Episcopal Church, Boeras likely to bo a new ecclesiastical organi sation, Episcopal In form, yet modified In tho direction of a wider recognition of other church-forms, and a material modification of the X’rayer-Uook. That this wilt prove “ a basis for tho union of all evangelical Christendom,” os Bishop Cummins hopee, la not In tho least likely. . . • Dr. Cummins, however, will have tho sympathy of very many in his present course. Do Is a min of intellect, of unblemished name, of sincere and strong convictions, and even those who think him wrong will respect bla sincerity. Thousands, also, will bo glad to boo him come even ' thus far toward the 1 true ground, ’and will try to hope that tho same fidelity to conscience will bring him at last to where he will find the “ primitive episcopacy,” and a form of worship, which dispenses with tbo 11 liturgy,” and still la " BcripluraL” The Advance speaks unequivocally on the great " Cuba Question,?. pronouncing- in the most su perlative terms upon tbo 11 savagery” shown in the oxooution or . the Virginius prisoners. It adopts tho peace policy, assorting that if Spain cannot give 'satisfactory: guarantee against the repetition of such outrages, it does not follow that tbo situation demands our armed intorvon- ■ tion in the affairs .of iho island, or our recognition of tho insurgents aa bel ligerents. ■ Filibustorors must take their chances, and, whatever may bo their clear ance papers, they have no right to fly the Ameri can flag and claim its protection. It will bo time enough, says tho editor, to plant our garrisons in Cuba when American citizens aro interfered with in their legitimate business and tho Ameri can flag is not allowed to protect legitimate en terprises. The paper is equally opposed to the annexation of tho Bunny Island, aa will be seen from the following extract: Still less can wo afford to take any. conns (bat might result iu the annexation of Ouba to this country. What with our un-Amorioaulzod foreign element, our unre constructed Southerners, our uneducated negroes, our uneasy Indians,, our disloyal Romanists, onr office-' socking Yankees, we have w-jrk enough on hand with out trying to mould a million and a naif of Cubans into good American citizens. To got this country into a war with Spain would-be tbo fruition of filibustering hopes and tbs Joy of shoddy contractors and bounty jumpers. It would find favor in tho uneasy South. It would havo moro temptations than wo appreciate for an-ambitious political party. But this country has had enough of bloodshed, aud to talk of war for any reasons less than those that concern tho national exis tence, Is to deny our professions aa a Christian people, and to cruelly forgot the hearts all around, us that aro still bleeding from tho wounds of our own civil war. To fan tho war spirit even by our talk ia wickod. Tbo current number of the Interior is out with a long editorial on “The Withdrawal of Bishop Cummins.” The. editor is of the opinion that tbo Episcopal Church has two systems of theolo gy and two religions,; represented by the High and Low Church. Ilb declares bo has no sym pathy with High Ohurchiem, though ho dooms it preferable to tbo infidelity which goes by the name uf Broad Churohism in England. His concluding remarks on the general subject aro os follows: Tbo withdrawal of Bishop Cummins offers the Low. Churchmen a fine opportunity for manifesting their devotion to evangelical truth, With & Bishop ut their head, they run no risk of parting with “apostolical succession ” in separating from the High Church par ty. In England, the Evangelicals have shown a timidly which is a reproach to them. They ought to have abandoned the establishment long ago. But they hold on .to their endowments end grow Irate over High Church encroachments. In this country they have no Inducement of that sort to hold them lu fellowship with a theology which they own to ho subversive of the piiuelplcs of tho principles of the Reformation. We shall see whether they will move. Tho Western Catholic, os usual, is again pro lific in nows and editorials. Tho topics which pass under view are: “ Theological Correctness,” ** Tho Expulsion of tho Jesuits from Romo,” “ Mrs. Surratt,” “Ireland’s Waut,” end a “ Foul Bird,” tho latter referring to a Chicago daily. Concerning tbo expulsion of tho Jesuits from Romo, tho editor says : •• It is not tho first time .(ho Jesuits have boon ex pelled from Rome, and it may not ha the lost. When wickedness shall bo driven out, they will return, as they have douo before. Tbulr expulsion has always been tbo prelude to groat troubles and misfortunes. Wo may expect them in Romo. The bitter chalice will have to bo all drunk. For this la tho hour of dark ness. Buffering is probably ut hand. But when the evils aro fully endured,' then will cozno tho restoration, and the glorious triumph of righteousness and truth. This Is our unshaken belief. These scandals aro acces sory, that they may bo removed. Peace for tho Ohurch in this world Is never of very long duration. For scandals and defections must sriso as long as . this world lasts. It la ior us to bo on tho side of faith, truth, and Justice, and lot tho children of perdition take their own places. They will certainly meet their reword. Tho Advocate ventures to investigate quite folly a question sprung by an Eastern paper, “ Whether or not tho women harm our mission collections ?" Tho Eastern contributor is in clined to believe they do, but Chicago thinks that writer is very easily alarmed, and proceeds to show conolualvoly that tho ladies, In this de partment, also, aro a groat.blessing. Ho says: Wo do not boliovo that, OS' a rule, • tho .Woman’s Society does interfere with-tho-general collection. Benevolence Is a current, and If-you want large suras for a given object, tho very best-plan is to get. money in motion toward all benevolent .causes. Our slaters are busy everywhere, and every one of- their- appeals,' everyone of their public meeting*- and every, fresh Jiioce of information brings tho people more and moro nto sympathy with tbo general -cause •of missions. Give them, therefore, room,-a hearing, and a God speed. If in specific, rare cases, a lady rails at men’s ways of doing things, if aho severely arraigns the parent society, if when once on her sacred. fcot sho says rather moro than she intended—in keeping with the law ruling nervous speakers—why, that fs just what wo men sometimes do, aud Just what she will cease to do, when bettor informed, moro experienced, and more perfectly seasoned to her new work.' We will remember that while a few of the ladies aro adopt, tho race is now to this public business. Just like tho men, they will soon eschew metaphor and'rhetorical' sky rockets, and get down to practical facts. We aro all loarnlug. There will bo less of divorce, by and by, In a good many things, mission work Included. PROGRESS OF TUB NEW OJIUHCIHEB, . Thowalls’of Mr. Moody’s Tabernacle on Chi cago avonuo aro completed up to the base of tho upper windows. A temporary roof has been constructed over the basement, wbicb la being. rapidly finished. It is now expected tho base ment will bo ready for occupancy by tbo middle of 1 next month. It will accofamodato about 1,000 persons. Mr. Moody’s return from Europe io very indefinite.' Meantime his pulpit is being supplied by resident clergymen and laymen. Major Whittle will preach in the old Tahornoolo Church, on North Wells street, this ovonlug. Tho chapel of tho Church of tho Ascension, located near Washington Park on the North Side, is just now receiving the rafters for the roof. Tho work is being pushed with much vigor in order to got tho house enclosed. It Is said thero will bo no cessation of labor until tbo chapel is completed. The Itov. O. T. Dorset is tho Kootor of this enterprising Society. Tho chapel of Trinity Episcopal Church, cor ner of Michigan avenue and Twenty-sixth street, is completed, and the dedication set for next Sunday. Work on the main audience-room is going forward very rapidly, and it will not bo very long before tno walla will bo roady for tho roof. A large forco of workmen is employed and rapid progress will be made. tit. Anthony's Church (Catholic), corner of McQrogor and Hanovor streets, is completed so far that tho basement is ready for occupancy. The main room will not bo finished for some time to corao. It will bo a largo brick odifico with stouo basement. Tho Church of tho Holy Name, tho Rev. Hr. MoMulloa pastor, on tho North Bldo, is to bo built next season. This will bo ono of tho largest churches, when completed, in the city. ASHLAND AVKNUK BAPTIST onUBOIT. As announced In last Sunday’s Tkidunb. a council convened on Thursday afternoon at the United Presbyterian Church, corner of Monroo and Paulina streets, to recognize the Ashlaud avenue Baptist Church. Tho Baptist churches of tho city, and also of the suburban towns, wore generally represented by delegates. Hr. North rup, of too Theological Seminary, was called to tho chair, and by a unanimous vote tho church was duly recognized. • The sermon was preached by tbo Itev. A. J. Frost, of tho University Place Baptist Church : the right baud of fellowship by tho Rev. J. M. Whitehead, of the North Btar Church, and tho charge to tuo church by the Rev, Hr. Everts. Tho exercises were of a deep ly Interesting character. At a meeting of the ohttroh hold somo ton days ago, tho Rer* Hr, CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1873. Norlbrup won invited to become tho pormanbnfc pulpit supply until a pastor la noourod. It will bo noticed in another column that tho Bov. T. w. Qpodnpood will proaoh to tho ohnroh this morning at tho usual hour. Tho plaoo of wor ship for tho present will bo in tho United Pres byterian Church, corner ot Monroo and Paulina streets. DEPOT READING-ROOM. Tho railway tc:<dlug-romn which was ononod in tho Michigan Southern & Book Island Pas- Hongor Depot by Iho Young Mon** Christian Association, last July, is steadily growing iu favor with tho railway men and tho traveling public. On last Friday, by actual count. 271 different persons visited tho room, which is situated immediately over iho waiting-rooms, on tho Sherman street side of tho building. From tho, register which is kept by tho door, wo notice employes from tho fol lowing roads visited tho room dur ing tho past wook: Ohio & Mississippi, Chicago & Alton, Michigan Central, Northern Pacific, Michigan Southern, Illinois Central, Pittsburgh A Fort Wayuo, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, Northwestern, Erie, Kook Island, Pullman Oar Company, If railway men wish a pleasant place to spend a portion oftholr ilmo they will not find a moro comfortable ono for tho nurposo than this room, tho second ono of the kind in this country. They hold meetings every Sabbath afternoon at half past 4 o’clock, and have an attendance of ovor lUO, principally railway men from tho different roads. J. 11. Colo, an old railway-man, formerly of tho Michi 6an Bouthomßoad, will havo charge of thomoot ig to-day. TUB REV. LAIRD COLLIER'S LEOTORE-COURBB. It is quits tbo custom now for Individual churches to institute a course of lectures. Sev eral of our prominout city churches havo adopted tho plan, aud thus far are finding good success. The Bov. Laird Oolller announces a course to bo glvou in tbo Oburch of iho Messiah, which will be among tho most interesting of tho season. Tho general subjootwill be BolJglon and Modem Culture, treated iu tou lectures, as follows : 1. Religion and Modern Culture. 3. Sciouco and Olirlßlianity. 3, Natural Sclcnco and Traditional Religion, 4. Evolution In Nature aud Mind, 0. Evolution in Christianity. 6. Spiritual and Physical Sciouco,. 7. Christianity and Moral Philosophy* ■ 8. Fatalism aud Froo-Will. 0. Transcendentalism, 10. Philosophy of Religion. SUNDAY-SCHOOL CONVENTION, A mooting iu tho interests of tho Sunday sohoola of Ohicagoi hud vicinity waa hold ' yes terday in tho Methodist Ohnroh Blook, Prof. p. P. Bliss presiding, at which tho coming Cook County Sunday-School- Convention and the First District Convention wore fully discussed. It waa finally agreed to invito tho County Conven tion to convene in Chicago ; and to this ond n preliminary mooting of tho delegates from iho Sunday-schools (each school to send throe delegates) of tho city and county will bo bold in tho lootnro-room of tho Methodist Church Block, corner of Clark and-Washington streets, noxt Saturday, at 11 a. m. Tho object of tbiameot ing is to make arrangements for tbo Cook County Sunday-School Convention, to bo held in Old-, oago next December. Also to mako arrange ments for tho Sunday-School Convention of tho First District of Illinois. - Tho district is com £osod of tho following . seventeen counties, iako, McHenry, Boone,Winnebago, Stephenson, JoDavicee, Carroll,Whiteside, Lee, Ogle, DoKalb, Kane, DuP&go. Cook, Will, Grundy, and Ken dall. It was shown at tbo meeting that thoro wero in those seventeen counties. 1,182 Sunday schools, 110 of which wore organized last year. Thoro aro 19,607 teachers and officers, 122.685 Suaday-Bchool scholars, making a total member ship of 142,042. In tho same counties thoro aro 166,662 scholars in tho public schools. It will bo . scon that about 85 per cent of the children iu Northern Diinolsare in*ho Sunday-schools. From those Snuday-scllools thoro wow received into tho various churches last year 2*727 members. The report of tbo State Statistical Secretary, E. Payson Porter, show that tho First District expended last year $85,000 iu this great cause. At tbo meeting noxt Saturday each school in tho county, it is hoped, will bo represented. ANOTHER NEW DEPARTURE. Tbo idea of changing tbo Jewish Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday has for years bothered tho Jewish Babble of tho varions Reform congrega tions of tho larger cities of both America and Europe. Tho last time that it came up in Chi cago was a little over two years ago, just before tho fire. Thou some of tho most prominent Jews in Chicago, in conjunction with tho Rev. Dr. Chronik, then of tho Sinai Congregation, but at present of Berlin, wore trying to abolish Saturday services altogether, and have them on Sunday. But the fire came, and Dr. Chronik loft Chicago for Berlin, audit all felt through in 'consequence. Tho matter was never thought of again until a few mouths ago tho Jewish Union attempted to hold service in the Pock Court Synagogue, to consist ouly of singing hy tho choir and sermons by tbo four Jewish Rabbis, they alternating every week. Only one mooting was hold, which was largely attended. Tbo question came up agoiu a few weeks ago in the Sinai congregation, when it was decided to hold Sunday service by way of experiment, besides tbo Saturday service. Tho first Sunday mooting will bo held iu a few weeks. BOMETHINO HEW. Tho Proabytcriana aro becoming aronscdto tbo importance of tho Sunday-school work. A committee, consisting of Messrs. 0. L. Thomp eon, J. H. Walker, O. Wiaucr, aud W. it. Pose, has been appointed by tbo Chicago Presbytery to mako arrangeraouts fora Sunday-School Associ ation that shall bind together tho aotivo workers in tho city and vicinity, A mooting is announced at 7:30 to-morrow ovonlug, in the Methodist Church Block, corner of Clark and Washington streets, at which tho Pastors, Superintendents, teachers, and all Sunday-school workers aro ex pected to bo present, Tho object of tho mooting Is tho organization of tho now Association. Those associations have proven .very successful in Phil adelphia, Cincinnati, and other placoa, and there is no reason why they may not ho a source of much good in Chicago. Lot every Sunday-school worker go to tho moot ing in the Mothodlat Church Block to-morrow ovonlug, J. Bennett Tyler, of Philadelphia, Su perintendent of. tho Sunday-school work in tho Presbyterian Church of America, will bo present and address tho audience on “ How.to Utilize tho Sunday-School.” Tho announcement will bo made in tho churches to-day. - Protestant sisters op charity. . All honor, always, to whom' honor is duo. While Catholic Sisters of Charity have a name that cau never die, and have been faithful through tho Southern cities daring the late epidemic, it is not taking away any credit duo them to quote tho following respecting tho Sis ters of another faith,.taken from the Memphis Appeal: . The good Sisters were among tho best, most con stant, and moat successful of our yellow-fever nurses, and wero tho moans, under God. of a great deal of good. When the roll fchall bo called in the day wheu •U mankind must face the iuovitable, tho names of these Christian wouou will bo found high up among those who preferred tbolr Master’s work rather than tho world, upon "which they have turned tbolr backs. Bisters Constance, Amelia, Thech, and Hughotla will never bo forgottcu by the people of Memphis, and wo feel assured wilt bo as thoroughly sustained in thoir tasks as school-teachers as they have boon as minister ing angels of mercy. Unaccllraaled and without ex perience with yellow fovor, they volunteered without mouoy and without price, and served with a fortitude that know no deviation until the close of tbo suddost and most heart-rending period of our history as a city. God bless them ; and 110 will I Ho has blessed them already in tho success which has crowned thoir efforts, and will continue to bless thorn in all else that they undertake. . TUB OENZBAL MISSIONARY OOIQnTTEB of the Methodist Conference have just com pleted tho apportionments for 1871. The grand total is $852,700. Of this amount, Bock iUver Conference is put down for $18.000; Central Illi nois, - $16.000; Illinois, $23,000. and Chicago Gorman, $3,000. The appropriations last year wore $885,026.76. Tho comparative statement is as follows t APPROPRIATIONS, 1874. 1. Foreign missions and exchange $337,189.90 $373,625.75 9. Domestic missions, for eign populations 70,300,00 70,650,00 8. Domestic missions, In dian..; 4,160.00 0,050.00 4. Domestic missions, American 831,600.00 831,000,00 6. Missions in Territories., 11,000,00 13,000.00 0. Miscellaneous 83,000.00 80,000.00 MDTATIS MDTANUID, Tho Crosby Opera-House site, on which there now stands a largo now building, will hereafter be' a radiotiug-nolnt for religious literature. It has become the headquarters of tho Baptist Bible and Publication Society and the Western Methodist Book Concern, both of which institu tions havo-Just removed from up the avenues. At tho very point, geographically speaking, whore the •»star performers" stood in the old building, there now stands a bevy of clerks, dis tributing tho Bibles. Such is life. TUB JKWB AND TUB BIOLB. Tho Jewish Messenger gives tho following as tho position of tho Jews on tbo groat question of tbo Bible in the Public Schools : The Jews, ta a class, demand a right that our com mon schools should not bo turned into Incipient mis sions, with over-zealous teachers playing the part of conversioubiiß; and, further, they claim that secta rian hymns uud prayers should Lo omitted, or else that Jewish children should bo excused from repeat ing them. bt. peter’s guild. A branch of the “Chicago Church Guild" (Episcopal) has been formed for Wards Quo and Two of the city. This branch u called Bt. Peter’s Guild, and ha* already more lay mem bers than poßooßsod by iho parent Guild. Tho Bt. Peter’s Guild will conduct Sunday-schools, night-schools, free reading-rooms, district vis iting, an employment aid bureau, a lending li brary. and free mission services on Btalo street. The district occupied Is bounded on tho oast by the lake, on the .west by the south branch of Iho i ivov, ou tho south by Harrison street, aud on tho north by tho main river. JUDIIOP CUMMINS. To the Editor of The Chicago Tribune: • Bm : Inasmuch as several correspondents have thought proper to throw.doubts upou tho schol arship aud learning of Bishop Cummins, I hog leave to call attention to his biographical record, aa given in iho Churchman's Calendar for 1608, edited by Bishop Arthur Cleveland Ooxo, of Western Now York • Tbo Rt. Rov, Qsorgs David Cummins, D. D. Dorn in tho Stale of Delaware, Deo. 11, 1833: educated at Dickinson College, Pa.: graduated iu 1811; ordained Deacon by Bishop Loo, of Delaware, In October, IBIS, and Priest by tbs same Prolate, in July, 1817; received tbo degree of D. D. from Princeton College in 1850. Ula first parish was Christ Church, Norfolk, Vo, s tho next. St.James* Church, Richmond Va.; the next. Trin ity Church, Washington, D. O.; the next. Bt. Peter's Church, Baltimore, Md.; and the last, Trinity Church, Chicago, 111.; while iu charge of this parish ho was elected Assistant Bishop of Kentucky; consecrated In Christ Church, LoulsviUo, Ky., Thursday, Nov. IS, 1808, by the Bishop oflVormont, assisted by the Bishops of Kentucky (Smith), lowa <Loe, 11. W., who also preached too sermon), Asristaut Bishop of Indiana (Talbot), Tennessee (Qututald), Missionary Bishop of Nebraska (Clarkson), ond iho Bishop of Pittsburgh (Kerfool), , .. ■lt appears, therefore, that he has boon twenty eight y oars in the Episcopalian ministry; had re ceived a complete coliogiata education: baa re ceived tho Dootorato of Princeton, which ia as cautious as tho best of Eastern universities iu conferring its degrees;. and was consecrated by seven Bishops, who wore fully qualiflod to confer upon-hlm ail the mysterious powers which, ac cording to some theologians, aro "Inherent ” in tho'Episcopal oflico, 'As some others have hinted that Bishop Cum mins is not effective in tho pulpit, I subjoin a short extract from the letter of a correspondent to tho Now York Tribune, written after hearing a sermon from this divine: It was my good fortune, ou Sunday morning last, to listen to tho most wonderful pulpit-orator, In Trimly Ohilrch, that ovor hold a congregation spell-bound with tho power of ids thought. Tucxe is a swoot and solemn pathos in tho liturgical service of tho Episcopal Church, which is often In unhappy contrast with tho sermon that succeeds it. Ho who can, without interrupting tho spirit of tbo service, gather up the hsarts and mlridsof those who have been Intent upon this uoblo prelude to s discourse, aud worthily and powerfully sot forth tho truth of tho Gospel of Christ, is rarely heard. Buch a man I heard in Bishop Cummins. There is a certain degrooof impeded articulation in his natural uttorauco, against which ho ia compelled to labor; aud tho victory which ho obtains over this la so complete as to Increase tho slTocUvouoes of his diction. Uis eye beams with tho impassioued fervor of ids soul. Ills words, in tho most fervent passages of his oratory, aro ever an obedient and beautlfully-transparont me dium for tho passage of noblo Ideas. Ills - band, up raised to Heaven in warning or appeal, frequently trembles with emotion during tho enunciation of his thought, but remains-poised in tho sir whllo'ho pauses ss if to leave an instant during which his lesson might sluk deeper in tho heart. Ula toxt was from one of tho chapters of tbo “ Acts of tho Apostles*• The disciples were first called Ohristlaus at Antioch.” Tew who heard Idm will ever forget tbo manner lu which ho uttered tho following soutoucoa: 4 ‘ Wbat, then, was tbo name by which they were call ed In that crowded, busy, wealthy, aud imperial me tropolis, whore the rich regaled themselves iu hanging gardens that were tho woudor of tho world; where perpetual fountains sparkled amid perpetual verdure; where oven tho poor floated through lifo ' surfeited with amusements and engrossed In.solf; whoro gilded crime was brazen In tho thoroughfares; where, iu such deeds as it wero a shame to mention," vice wan upreared like a hooded adder .of most brilliant dyes, aud untwined itself around tho hearts aud homes of men 7 What wore tho names of those who preached tho Gospel there 7 Not Papists, Bishops; Priests. Not even Churchmen. They called themselves Christians.” Tho rays of a olear Sunday morning's sun struggled noiselessly through the stained glass of' tho windows. They who listened wore equally hushed with suspend ed breath and qulckoucd pulse as they hung ou tho lips of this Chrysostom of a Now Church.' But &uch words aro too powerful to bo luultcd by tlolnod .glass and Gothic archcti of stone. They rend all barriers between tbo Gospel and all Churches, Yours respectfully, Bt. James, TUB CLERGY AND TUB RAILROADS. To the Edxtor of The Chicago Tnbune: Hm: In Tub Tiuim.NU of Aug. 14 and 15 tho subject of clerical privileges on our railroads was considered in two antagonistic communications; tho ono of the 14th, by tho Eov. Mv. Eoy, favor ing tho contiunanco of tho existing privileges ; and tho ouo of tho 15th, by tho Eov. lioberc Uoll yor, opposing such contiunanco. Attho timo of tho appearanuo of these articles, I confess my own sympathies woro entirely with Air. Eoy; and tuore they still remain. Mr. Colivor’s posi tion and circumstances prompt him £o a certain view which I am quite suro ho would not enter tain woro that position and those circumstances changed. . Mr. Eoy is a Missionary-Superintend ent, overseeing min Inters who havo small sti pends, and cognizant of tho fact that mnch traveling is done by many of theso min isters in performing their missionary labors. lie foresees that those labors will ho unfavorably atfccted by tho requirement of full faro on the railroads. Tho almost sure effect will be thoir diminution to a serious extent. It cannot be doubted that tho favor shown to tho clorgy generally by railroad-corporations has decidedly promoted tho growth of morality and religion in tho Wost, and has thus bouolited the wholo community, and helped to build up oar olties, towns, and villages. When Bishop Leo, of lowo, was on bis way to his diocese, in 1854, ho traveled from Chicago to Davenport with Homy Farnh&m, Esq., then President of tho Chicago & Eook Island Eailroad, who passed the Bishop over tho road on that occasion, and re marked to him that, engaged ns ho (tho Bishop) would bo in organizing and building up churches, especially on tho lines of railroads, ho ought never to pay a railroad-faro ; ho would bo doing bo much for Iho benefit of tho rends in tho work to which his Ufo was thenceforward. to bo dovotod. Evor sinco about that timo, that road and moat others in tho Wost havo passed all Bishops free, and tho clorgy generally at half fate. Why should tho plan bo now changed f Ministers generally aro poorly paid, and, os a class, they aro public benefactors. Bach a favor does not placo them in tho position of mendi cants at ail. It,only recognizes their peculiar office, and it Is simply and only ns ministers that tho favor is received. Tho samo persons, in other callings, would not havo such privileges conferred upon them.- The saorodnoss of tho office, and, its groat benefits to the community, prompt tho bostowmout of such favors, and they aro received' by tho clorgy accordingly. The office is so far from being lowered by such privi leges to its incumbents, that it is aotuallv hon ored thereby, and raised, in the general estima tion. Should tbo present practice bo continue!], those minister* who so desired might undoubtedly have tho privilege of paying full faro. Mr. Coll yor would probably have such a desire, especial ly with his good salary } and others might havo such foollugd as Mr. C, expresses on this sub ject. and in regard to purchases made at minis ters* reduced prices; but tho great body of tbo clergy, of &U denominations, do not fool that tbe favor in question impairs the dignity of their ofilco, or their own; and they &ro fully prepared to welcome a renewal of their privileges, if the various railroad-corporations shall see fit to grant tho same. I will ouly add that, in a recent conversation with Bishop Vail, of the Diocese of Kansas, ho remarked, with m\ioh feeling, that, if the half fare passes should be withheld from the clergy of tho West, a most serious and unfortunate blow would bo given to tbo general missionary work throughout this wide, and needy, ahd wait ing missionary-field. It is tho earnest hope of multitudes that such a blow may be averted by the kind and considerate decision of those who have the power to continue and perpetuate tho good custom which thus for has distinguished our Western railroads, and made thorn important helpers iu the best of causes. An Episcopalian. PEBHONAL. The Standard nays, •* In losing Dr. Thomas, Chicago loses one of its ablest preachers." It Ib expected the Key. A, B. Earle, tbo groat Evangelist, will soon vißit Chicago. Prof. Hyde, of tbo Chicago Theological Seminary, supplies the Oakland Church to-day. Tho llev. Moses Smith proachoa at the Taber naolo Congregational Church this morning and evening. Prof. Pish, of the Chicago Theological Semi nary, will supply the Congregational, Church at Jackson, Mich., to-day. Tho Hoy. A. P. Graven, the celebrated Now York Evangelist. Is holding meetings every day and evening in the Union Park Baptist Church. Tho Bov. J. M. Sturtevant, of Ottawa, has ac cepted a call to the Congregational Church at Denver, Col. lie will take charge of the now field next month. Tho Bov. G. H. Pool, of Now York, is in tbo olty. Ho has just been olootod President of Union College, Missouri, and is looking aftor tho interests of that institution. Tho Bev. E. M. Boring is off on a short busi ness tour for tho benefit of tho “ Homo of tho Priendlosu" institution, which ho reports in a prosperous condition. Tho Bov. B. W, Ooggesb&ll, D. D,, who Is thoroughly versod In the early history of Chicago, and especially of its church-work, will proaoh In tbo Methodist Church Blook this morning, on <• The Early Beoolleotlons of Chicago." The Bov. Dr. Wm, 11. Cooper, connected with the Methodist mission in New Mexico, is now YkUiux his family la this city. Ha tweaks quite hopefully of his causo in that country, and will return lu Docombor. Tho Rov. Albert Btifibnoll, who bus boon preaching In tbo Leavitt Street Congregational Church, bon accepted a cull from that Society. Mr. Bualmoll is rapidly enlarging the eongrega lion, and otherwise building up the church. The Rov. M.BarmiU, the Sunday-Mjhool floe rotary of iho American Bible Union, of Now York, in in tho city, with a view of mlnrouting the public in lila work, aud uncaring aid to Bond tho '* Bible Primer ” and other bocks to tho ig norant of tho South. He will vluit tho Ashland Grove, Union Park Baptist, Tomplo Baptist, Wooteni Avonuo, and Coventry Sunday-schools to-day. The Rov. W. 0. Young,* whoao marriage to Mims Lucy A. Waller has already boon noticed In The Tribune, loaves to-morrow for Now York City on his bridal tour. During bln absence of sovorol wookn tho Fullerton Avonuo Presby terian Church, ovor which ho presides, will bo supplied by tho Professors in the Seminary and others. To-day, tho Rov. E. H. Rutherford, of St. Louis, officiates, morning and evening. Miss E. Dryer, of Chicago, baa boon holding very successful Bible readings for tho ladles of tho First and Union Park Congregational Churches in the Icoturo-room of the Union Park Ohuroh. Bho is reprosoutod as a very excellent worker in tho now field. Her readings havo beon qulto well attended. GENERAL NOTES. Every available olttlug at MoVlokor’s Tlioatro was ocoupiod last Sunday at Prof. Swing’s ser vices. Tbo now quarters of iho Baptist Diblo and Publication Booloty will ho formally opened to morrow. Interesting revival meetings are held every evening in tho Grant Place Methodist Church, in obargo of tho Rov. Mr. Gorman. Considera ble religious Interest Is reported. Tho Tabernacle Congregational Church, which Is now vacant, is being supplied by Maj. Whittle and various clergymen, in mo morning. Tho Heavenly Tidings, published by tbo Y. M, 0. A. of Chicago, has boon sold out to John Fairbanks. Its headquarters hereafter will bo at N 3. 107 Fifth avonuo. A Rector of ono of the Chicago Episcopal churches was hoard to say that tho recent move ment of Bishop Cummins would he tho moans of bringing 00,000'pcoplo into tho regular Episcopal Church. . The new Y. M. 0. A. building, oh tho old Far well Hall site, is about to bo inclosed. The work will bo rapidly pushed, and it Is expected tbo rooms will bo ready for occupancy in about two mouths. Tho Chicago Congregational Association hold a successful two-day fellowship mooting at Waukegan last woek. Hormone wore preached by tho Bovs. Eoy, Chamberlain, Williams, Hunt* iugton, and Packard. “Tho Tests and Proof of Piety,” tho “Re sponsibility for tho Astounding Spiritual Desti tution,” tho “ Eolation of tho Ouurch to the Spiritual Wants of tho Ago," tho “ Normal Eo lation of the Children of Unbelievers to tho Church,” “ Deaconesses," tho “ Function of Prayer-Mooting.” etc., aro some .of the topics discussed in recont church conferences. Tho V. M. 0. A. of Chicago aro organizing a company of “minuto men,” who will stand ready and pledged to visit any point in tho city or suburbs for tho purpose of assisting revival work, prayer mootings, etc. Tho number of volunteers is unlimited, hut tho organization will he perfected within a week. Tho Oakland Congregational Church, it is said, aro perfecting arrangements with Prof. Hydo, of tho Congregational Seminary, to supply their pulpit regularly. Tho Lombard Church of tho same denomination avo endeavoring to so onro tho sorviooa of Prof. Havou in tho same in stitution for ouo yoar. Tho Episcopal Church Guild, which is now so actively engaged in defining and executing tho down-town Episcopal Church work, will moot to-morrow evening at No. 46 Clark stroot. Eishop Whitehoiißo is oxpoctod to bo prosout, and sev eral committee reports will be road. It is hoped all who are interested will attend tho meeting. SERVICES TO DAY. JIAI’XIST, The New York Evangelist, the Itov. A. P. Graves, will preach this morning and evening at tho Union Park Church. Tho Eov. Jcsso B. Thomas will preach bs usual at tho Michigan Avonuo Church. —Tho Eov. T, W, Qoodspecd will preach this morn ing for the Ashland Avonuo Church, at tho comer of Monroo ami Paulin* slrcsls. The Bov. G. W. Nor thrup, D. D., will preach in the evening. — l Tho Bov. J. Malvern-will preach this morning and evening at the Free Church. Tho morning subject is “ Tho Man Who Looked tho Wrong Way,” —Tho llov. W. W, Everts preaches tola morning In tho First Church. B. F. Jacobs loads tho Gospel mooting in the evening. —W. W. Everts, Jr., will preach this morning, and Dr. Everts this evening, at tho Indiana Avonuo Chapel. —Thoro will bo preaching as usual at tbo Tomplo Church. —Tho Rov. A. J. Frost preaches this morning at tbs University Phco Church on “Tbo Cleansing of the Ten liopors,” and thin evening on “ TLo Dying Words of Christ,” —Tbo Iter. L. T. Bush will preach as usual at tbo Twenty-fifth Street Church. —Tho Rov. R. J.Emgrldgo will preach as usual at tbo Laeko Street Church. Tho evening subject la “ Soul Trial,” —Tho Rov. Dr. Northrup will preach tbia morning, and tbo llor. T, W. Goodspood this evening, at tbo Second Church. —Tbo Rov. John Gordon will preach morning and evening In tbo Western Avenue Ohoteb. ' EVXBCOPAL, There will be services as usual at tbo Church of tbo Holy Communion, In tbo morning tbe Rov. H. 0. Klutioy will olbclnto. —Tbo Rev. J. F. Walker officiates as usual at Calvary Church. Tbo subject In tbo evening ia “ A Now Attempt to Adjust an Old Matter.” —Tbo Rev, B. O. Allen, of Boaton, will ofllclnto this morning, and tho Rov. H. C. Kluuoy this evening, at tbe Church of tbo Atonement. —Tbo Rov. Dr. Stocking wilt officiate to-day at (ho Church of tho Epiphany. Tho subject of Iho morning sonnou la ** Agitation the Essential Condition of tho Ohurch’a Woll-Boing.” —Tbo Rev. Henry G. Perry will oiDciato as usual at All Salute’ Church. —There will be full Cathedral services this morning and evening at tho Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. —Tho Rov. Charles Edward Cheney will preach this morning in Christ Church on “ Tho Family of Christ,” and this evening on “ Getting Nearer.” —The Rov. Dr. Warren officiates in Bt. Mark’s Church this morning and evening. — l Tho Rev. E. Sullivan, Rector of Trinity Church, proachoa this rooming and evening In Marline’s Hall. —Tue Rev. H. N. Powers will officiate as usual at St. John’s Church. Tho Rov. Dr. Felton will preach this morning and evening at Grace Church. —Ths Rov. James Hill will preach this morning and evening at Smith’s Hail, at Englewood. —The Rev. A. Youkcr will preach as usual at the Western Avenue Church. Tho evening subject is “Either,” —The Rov. Dr. Niml, of Evanston, will preach this morning and evening iu tho Centenary Church,. ■ —The Rev. J. L. G, MoKown will preach as usual at tbo Wabash Avenue Church. Tho morning subject is “ What la Mon, that Thou Art Mindful of Him?” —The Rev. S. UcOhosucy will preach this morning at Trinity Church. —The Rev. Dr. Dandy will preach as usual at the Ada Street Church. The evening subject is “Prayer, Work, and Broad.” —There will bo preaching iu English this afternoon at tbo Gorman Church, corner of Portland avenue and Twtmly-oigUlU street. —Tho Rav. S. W. Ooggcshall will preach this morn ing on “ Early Recollections of Chicago,” and the Rov. Dr. Thomas in tho ovoulng on “Religion and Common Bcuso,” in the Clark Street Church, comer of WaoL inglon. coNomicuTjo.vAn, Tbo Rev. 0. D. Holmur will preach as usual at tbo Union Park Church. Tbo evening subject ia “ Koveugo and Modern Civilization.” —The Roy. E. X’. Goodwin will preach as usual at the First Church. —Tho Rov. 'William Alvin Bartlett will preach this morning and evening at Plymouth Church, —Tho Rev. L. T. Ohamborlain will preach as usual at the New England Church, —The Rov. W. F. Wood, of Pcolono, will preach to day at the Lincoln Park Church, —The Rov, Albert Diißhuell will preach this morning and evening at the Leavitt Street Church. —The Rev. Jumea T. Hyde will preach this morning ami evening ut Oakland Church. —Theßov, Dr, Stowoll will preach this morning in the church corner of Paulina and Becond Birecta. —TUe Rev. David Williams will preach this morning and evening in the Welsh Church. rnr.snrrkuuN. The Rev. 0. L. Thompson will preach this morning only at the Fifth Ohurcu. —Tho Rov. J. 11. Walker will preach as usual at Re union Church. —Thu Rov. I*, n. Rutherford, of St. Louis, ofilclateu to-day In the Fullerton Avenue Church, —The Rev. Arthur Swazoy will preach this morning to the Ashland avenue congregation lu (ho Sweden borglau Church. —lho Rov. James Macmughlnu will preach this morning at tho First Scotch Church, on “ What Is a Christian?!' and in tho evening on “ Lessons from Patinos.” —Tho Rev. Abbott E. Klttrodgo preaches this morn ing at the Tnlrd Church, on •' Tho Crucifixion,” uml this evening on “ Puritanism with Relation to the Fu ture of Our Country," —Prof. Swing will preach this morning at McVlckor’o. —Tho Rov. Dr, Oiilick will preach ut tho American Reformed Church morning and ovenhfg, Evening subject: “ Joseph In Power.” J. Dennett Tyler, of Philadelphia, will deliver an address to Sunday-school teachers and workers, at the Second Presbyterian Church, (Ida evening, on “ The Relation of the Spiritual to tho lulellootual in Teach ing." All aro invited to attend. UNITAUUN, This morning tho Rev. Laird Collier will preach at tho Church of tho Mcuelah. on "Unitarian Creden tials,” and In tho evening deliver the llrut of a series of lectures uu " Modern Culture and Religion.” —The Rev. Robert Collyor will preach at Unity Church. —The Rav. Minot J. Savage will preach this morning at the Third Church, on " Uod tbo Answer of Human Want," and lecture iuU ovouiug on "Amusement." UMIVSIUUUtiT. Theßev, 0, B. Gardner, of Galesburg, will preach thin afternoon in Murray Chapel. The Rev. W. A. Stark, of North Cambridge, Sloes., preaches this even ing. —Sr. Sydor will preach tills morning at Alton's Nhealro. —The Sor. J. E. Forrester,!), D., will proaoh this morion at tlio Ohuroh of tho itideonicr ou 44 Demand for Liberal GUrisllMilly,” and tills evening on 44 Wom an—Uor SeapoualUlUfiM nml Opportunities,” MI B CfiLLAN.(Ui;e. Prof. Taylor lecturer at 3 o’oloivk this afternoon in tho Ololvo Tiiratro to iheFroe Religious RfKiltly. His subject Is “lUsllalous Feists and lusts: Their Origin, History, and Influence.” —Samuel Maxwell, (Uo Quaker medium, will spank to tho First Society of Spiritualists, at Ho. 187 South Clark street, this morulug and evening. —Elder 0. (J. Mullins will preach tuts morning at tho Contra! Christian Ohuroh on "The Inter-World Partnership,” and this evening on 11 Israel Passing Through the Sea.” —The Rev. 0. Hay Noble preaches this morning In Murray Chapel to the Second Swedenborglan congro grcgaliou ou 44 Political Puritanism. 1 ’ —Tho Progressive Lyceum meets at noon in Good Templars’ Hall, corner of Washington and Hesplslncs streets. —The Rev. 11. Roak, will preach this morning in' tho English Evangelical Lutheran Church. —The Adventists will meet this morning and even ing at No. ICfl West Madison street. —Tho Ohristaclelphlons meet this morning In tho bsll over No. HU Randolph street, —Tbs Rev. E, U. Poole will preach this evening at tho Oampboll Park Chapel. CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK. episcopal. ATop. S3—Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity. souan OATUOUO, JS'ov. 23—Twenty-fifth audlast Sunday after Pentecosts St. Clement, P. M. Nov, 24—St, John of tho Grose, 0. Nov. 25—St. Catharine, V. M. A’op. 25—Dedication of St. John Latoran (from Nov. 0); St. I’olor of Alexandria, B. M. -Vor, 27—Votlvo of tbo Blessed Sacrament, Ncv. 28—St. Baturnlnus, M. No p. 29—Votlvo of tho ImmaonlaU Conception. REVIEW OF AMUSEMENTS. THE DRAMA. There Is not much to say about tho drama for tho weolc that has just closed. Marotzck's fail ure, and tho consequent unfortunate temporary closing of MoViokor's Theatre, havo not im proved publlo fooling. This single untoward circumstance did moro to hurt dramatic affairs in Obie&go than any other event since tho panic commenced. MoVlokor is the loser by thousands of dollars, and Is. of course, tho principal sufferer, but is not the only victim of Maretzok's want of wisdom and courage. The impression gained ground that tho loading theatre in tho city was closed and silent, and tho others suffered in eon soquonco. TOE ACADEME 07 MUSIO. For tbo past fortnight this pleasant and do corredly-popular place of amusement has been gratifying theatre-goers with Mrs. F. 8. Chan frau in somo of Mr. Taylonro’a adaptations of modern plays. Theso wore not of a character to bring out tho lady’s strong points, and it is rather upon her performance in tho past than tho present that tho Chicago public will think of Mrs. Obanfrau as tho conscientious, capable actress that sho is. Tho first piece in which sho appeared was an original drama written by hor agent, and entitled 11 A Woman's Wrong." Although founded npon a nearly, if not quite, obaoleto English law, it pos sessed certain very strong dramatic points, which, with a little oaro and thought, might have been wrought iuto an oxcellont drama. But tho 'acts wore little more than tableaux, haying scarcely any connection with ono another.' Hence “A Woman's Wrong" was a difficult piece to follow, and consequently not a Tory ad vantageous plcco for a star. " Jealousy,” nhich opened tho second woek, was merely a shabby revamping of “East Lynne," tho author toning .it down in such a manner as to mutilate tho strong features and leave a very unmeaning drama in placo of thoorigmal. There wore, more over, some very silly features in his adaptation, ono of which will servo to illustrate, beluga fair specimen of tho author’s efforts at ofiginolity. A groat hulking youth of 15 and his sister, aged 16 (the ages ore distinctly emphasized), aro engaged in discussion with their tutor (a person age, by tho way, whom it was impossible to con ooivo of), and mildly ask him why brothers and sisters may not marry ono another. Tho tutor evades tho question, and tolls tho audionco that “ theso littlo rascals " aro always propounding some questions which their seniors cannot rationally answer, thereby glvlug tho andlonce to understand that ho (the tutor) is himself ignorant of auy impediment to tho joining in matrimony of such near relations. There is plenty of such rabid nonsense m “ Jealousy," which is also open to tho charge of disjointbd nesa and incohorouoy. "Aurora Floyd" is a senes of criminal incidents also disconnected and improbable. Thus tho most important element < f each performance, excellence of tho drama, was wanting. Against this may bo placed Mrs. Cliaufrau's caroful acting whenever opportunity offered, hor graceful appoarauco and manner, and oxporlonce in stage business; tho rich and appropriate mounting of every piece by Mr. Gardinor, and the support of a company which, though not always superlatively good, is always fair, and all that can ho said of Mrs, Ohanfrau'a engagement is told. It is unfortnnato that eho should not have appoarod in more deserving dramas. Mrs. Chaufiuu will always receive a warm welcome from Chicago audiences, and will ho successful in proportion to tho excellence of hor ropertoire. To-morrow, tho Academy will be crowded. Tho Lydia Thompson blondes take possession of the ihoutro for a long season, and will probably carry away nlenty of money. The company has boon greatly increased, and fresh vocalists havo boon added to It. The initial per formance will ho tho rather trite burlesque " Blue Board," with now songs and dances, now sceucry, and new costumes. Tho "Heathen Ohiuoo" act, and a "skatonol act," by Maj. Nowell, with song and dance, on parlor skates. Tho piece will bo mounted with the elegance characteristic of the Academy: and, if Mr. Gardiner's orchestra remains, tho blondes will sing and dauco to far better musio than has been their wont. On Friday and Saturday nights, and the Saturday matinee, "Bobin Hood" will bo played. hoolkt’s theatre. Tho Parlor Homo of Comody has boon making strong efforts tho past' week to'vindicate its claim to this title, tho management having en deavored by the presentation of a series of com edies and farces to frighten away with hearty merriment the bluo demon supposed to accom- Eany ovory financial cloud. Tbo experiment has eon vdry successful, tho audiences being, under the circumstances, largo' and appreciative, and abandoning themselves to tho jollity of the occa sion completely. Tho comedies “ Kind to a Fault,” “Paul Pry,”aud “Tho Hoir-at-Law," followed by roaring farces at every performance, liavo given tbo public all the laughing tboy wanted. For tbo present week an entire change is announced. Comedy - disap pears, and in place of tho “ Heir-at-Law ” and its fellows, wo are to have “Leah,” with Susan Douin in tho title role, Tho costwill bo as follows: Father Lorenz,... ...... Russell Soggu Rudolph J. J. Sullivan Father Herman ...,W. R. Arnold Ludwig 0. R. Bishop Qrophon 8, Reed Johau.. W. Robbins Fritz, .A. Dunbar Jacob. ~G, Fitzgerald Leah Susan Benin Uuunuh... Kate Mook Dame Gertrude ; Fanny Mathias Mother Qrochen. ..8. Jackson H0te1.... Leah Nathan... Abraham. Sarah.... THE GLOBE TUEATHE. The past week at tbo Qlobo Theatre baa been noticeable for the engagement of the smallest star lu the dramatic uky. ana a naval drama of sanguinary oharacler. This week star will ho an old Chicago favorite, —Mr. Harry Linden, —ln a role which baa elicited groat praise from the ureas. WWcina Micaxober , us played by Mr. Linden, is a far more rational conception than that or more ambitious comedians who have starred lu it. “Little Lm’ly," by which title the dramatic version of Dickons' moat popular story iu known, has brought Mr. Lawlor upon the stage again in bis specialty, Daniel Vcmolty, The oast ia a strong one, and the piece wililu all urohabllity bo bolter played than any that has been given at tbo Qlobo for a long time. HYSns* OI’EIU-HOUHE, The success of tho latest burlesque of Ar lington, Kemble, nud Cotton, “Acting on the Drain," has induced the management to retain it for the proaout week, and those who remained away will have an opportunity to enjoy it. Tho mure popular features of tho first part have also been preserved, while been sub stituted for tho others. Tiro new mid most ab surd sketches have boon introduced, entitled. “Tho Arrival of Lucca," with Lilly Dice as tho prima donna \ and “ Foots of Mogio," porfonued by tho two groat exponents of nccromaucy, Messrs, Cotton and Arlington. Tho bill is stronger than over, and deserves full patronage. ira. u’viqkbu’h affaxuh, In eplto of tho shabby treatment by MaroUok, Mr. MoVlokor hna boon doing on immense bual nocß in tho provinces, and promises to raako out of blfl fortnight'll tour moro than ho expected U is hot Burpiining that, with Charlotte CJnchraan an tho nlar, supported by Mr. HoVicker'a Com pany. Giving hucli performances aa tho Chicago publlo imbuiantlnlly approved, ho should do well. Tho thoalrn will bo open r week from to-morrow with the olforvorjaut Lotfa In her duuMo role of Little Well and tho Marchioncej, In **Tho Old Ouriouity Shop/* Chicago Is promised, on Tnoudoy evening next, an uuunual oratorical ami literary treat, in the Icoturo to bo given under the auspices of tho Star Course in Musio llaii, by tho lion. Han Dougherty, na orator who, it is .claimed, since Webster's time, haa bad no superior in America. Though bom in this country, Mr. Dougherty, by antecedents, is an Irishman, and has what Hen Perloy Poore calls, in speaking of him, “ tho Irish gift of oratory." For years, Mr. Dougherty was recognized in tho Fast as tho most eloquent speaker of tho American Bar; but tho groat wealth gained by him in his praclco of law, and his love for scholastic pursuits, caused him, shortly before tho closo of the war, to retire from public life, and hence ho has boon some what lost sight of daring those later years. Tho announcement, however, that ho has boon induced to again como forth frum his se clusion will recall tho many incidents of his remarkable career and brilliant displays of genius, so that undoubtedly his appearance hero will he almoht an ovation, —particularly as his famo has made his namo and oratorical powers familiar to the members of his profession hero, as elsewhere In America. Tho lootaro selected for his dobut boro as a publlo speaker is said to be one of tho most polished ana brilliant efforts of his life. Tho tbomo, “ Orators and Oratory," Is ono that enables him to display tbo full extent of his groat powers. From a report of tho lec ture, when given in New York a long time ago, vro are able to gat a glimpse not only of what may bo expected In tho lecture, bnt from the lecturer, for tbo Tribune, describing it, says: No man understands better the power of tho human ▼otco, or holds that admirable instrument bettor 41 in hand.” Action, graceful, expressive, and appropriate, Is not wanting, out the vocal power possessed by Mr. Houghorty la His grand strength. Tho opening passage of hia lecture was an elegant and polished dlduotlo dis course on tbo naturo of oratory, and during its de livery he stood at first in a somewhat constrained atti tude, bit hands clasped in front, but riveting atten tion not more by tbo force and dignity of bis diction than by tho exquisite modulation of his volco. As ho advanced In hie subject to speak of the power of eloquence . and its wonderful achievements when wielded by such mas ters of the art ns Dsmosthoneo, Cicero, Chatham, Mlraboou, and Patrick Henry, tho appear ance of constraint wore off, and with easy and grace ful gestures ho emphasized his faultless periods. Sud denly ptudging Into tho humorous oapaotof bis sub ject, he showed himself at onco a masterly delineate* of comedy, and overwhelmed tho andlenoo with irre pressible, laughter, Tho broader comedy of bis etc rtsa was followed by olovordmitatlons of tho loaders of the English Parliament, showing tho samo marvelous control of tho volco and unsurpassed imitative power; but tho most, admirable performance of all was that which followed, wherein, after rebuking sensational ism and affectation in tho pulpit, ho showed tho wide, legitimate field afforded by tbo ohuroh for tho orator. Tho pathos of his word-ploture of bereavement, tho subdued terror of a death-scene, and tho Joyous rap ture of a triumphant entry Into Paradise ta bo deplet ed them; abovo all. tho vivid accumulated horrors of his denunciation or divtuo “ wrath,” a word which ho struck out like a thunder crash, wero to most of bis hearers now revelations of the power of the human voice. His description of platform oratory was not loss felicitous, and the illustrations ho gave from Shakapcaro showed that at least ono eminent tragedian had mistaken his calling. THE UNION FARR COURSE. This course was opened by tho appearance of Mr. Be Cordova last week, who lectured in the Union Park Congregational Church. Tho sec ond lecture in the course will bo by Br. J. G, Holland, a lecturer well known by bis efforts in Chicago. Tho thomo of his discourse is " Tho Elements of Personal Power." The Sun scarifies tho “ Now Magdalen." A Persian actress named Zuleika is soon to appear in Loudou. Three “ New York society ladioo” aro to make thoir debut at Baly's this season, Cavlotta Lo Clorcq succeeds Clara Morris an leading lady at Baly f a Theatre, Now York. A now tragedy, by Princo George of Prussia, entitled " Christine," has boon successfully per formed at Maohlhauson. Bistori may spend tho winter in tho United Staton and Mexico, on her way to India and Australia in tho spring. Mrs. Amelia Bannister, who znado hor debut in Pittsburgh half a century ago, died at Jersey City last week, aged 76 years. " Tho Babes in tbo Woods ” is to ho the name of tho now spectacular pantomime which is to follow "Tho Black Crook" at Niblo’s. “ What ip lo bo tbo next play in which Mr, J. Lostcr Wallack ia to appear as Lestev Waltack has not boon announced.' This is the way tha Graphic puts it. f‘ Mias Ford, daughter of John T. Ford, of Bal timore, the manager, is the author of the play of: “ Daniel Boouo.” produced lately at the Bow ery Theatre, Now York. In Beccmbor Mr. Lawrenco Barrett will stai with a traveling company, and fill out two woeka iu Worcester, iSnriugUolo, Hartford, Now Haven, and other New England cities. Mr. 0010, tho Quincy oirous man, is the owner of a boy aged 18, and a girl aged IG, whom ho purchased lor §2O of a Dubuque father, seven years' ago, under a promise of caring for ond educating them, Ho has kept bis promise aftor a fashion, for tho boy is an export baro-hack rider, and tho girl a graceful slack-ropo per former. Last month tho professional drama was per mitted, for tho first time within remembrance, to bo represented in Oxford, Eng., during tho University term. Tho students attended, most of them smoking cigars. Hitherto the inhabitants of Oxford have had theatricals only during* tho vacation, the doors of tho theatre being closed as tboßO of tho college opened. Tho reform ia duo to Dean Liddell. Strangely enough, while tho theatres woro silenced the music halls wore unmolested. Tho Now York Ecening Mail says: “Dos porato efforts are being made by the manage ment of tho Olympic T'hoatro to aoonro audi ences for Mr, MoWado. Freo tickets have boon lavishly scattered, but it is questionable whether those who availed themselves of tho gratuitous privilege did not regrot thoir wasted timo. Mr. McWade is an notor of fair capacities, but Ua Jiip Van Winkle is a palpable plagiarism, and playing to freo audiences is not the way to in oreasolua reputation. Mr. George Jordan, tbo actor, who died abroad last week, was bom in Baltimore about 1828, and was originally a pciuter. lie made his dohut at tbo Baltimore Museum, under tho man agement of John E. Owens. In 1819 ho appeared In Now York at Burton’s Theatre, and was for several years a great favorito, being considered the handsomest man on tho American stage. His first wifo was Miss Annio Walters, who was divorced from him in 1858. Tho second-Mrs. Jordan was Miss Emily Thomo, daughter of tho comedian, Charles Thorne. A few authors monopolize the stage of Lon don and Paris. Throe dramatists, Tom Taylor, .Byron, aud W. 6. Gilbert supply seven theatres at present,—tho Princera, Globe, Olympic, Strand, Vaudeville, Royalty, and Court. Tho Haymavkot will bo added to the list in a day or two. Tho kings of the Parisian stage aro Du mas, fiardou, Moilhab, H&lovy, Offenbach, Horvo, Vassour, and Lccoq; and those eight gentlemen—four writers and four composers— divide pretty equally between them the gigsntio receipts. drawn from sixteen Parisian theatres widen dovoto tbomsolvos to light productions. The New York Tribune says: Mies CarlotU Loolercn. tbo actress, baa been greatly annoyed during tho past fortnight by receiving letters from proprietors of various fashionable hoard ing-houses, requesting her to fulfill certain engagements assumed to have boon made by her agout to occupy rooms In their bouses, upon inquiry it was found that a woU-droseed woman had acted as tho pretended agent, and that in several of tho houucs visited by her, costly jewels had afterward been missed from tbo rooms sbo Inspected. The detectives at tbo Central Office woro Informed of tbo woman’s depredations, and aro uow making ovory effort to arrest her. Aftor Mr. Joseph Jefferson has finished his engagements iu Philadelphia. Baltimore, aud Washington, he will retire to his beautiful es tate iu Louisiana, which ho purchased five years ago, on tho Bayou Tooho. It is situated in a re gion of marvelous beauty and luxuriauco, es pecially famous for its fishing, hunting, oranges, pecan nuts, lovolv foliage, and primitive pooplo, descendants of tuo old Breton French, who re tain all of tho original peculiarities of dress, domestic habits, language, and religion. Thera aro 2,G00 acres iu Mr. J elforsou’s property, which js distant by rail and steamer eight hours from Now Orleans, Here ho enjoys quiet, aud re ceives bis friends. Mary Rivera ~,,Annie Hamilton J. W. Dklmloll W. Eytlnge ......Mizu Howard A burloaquo by Mr, 11, ttoooo line been pro* duced at tlio Olympic Theatre in Loudon, with tho lUlo of “ llioholicu llodreawod." Jtichclleu la dveaoed as Mr. Gladstone, oud tho Duke of Or• I 'cina aa Mr. Disraeli, tho conspiracy being tho struggle for tho mipromnoy and tho missing pa per, which restored tho Minister to power, tho famous letter to Lord Qrej. Ao much amuwt BXAB J.ECTUHE COUItBR. DBA3IATIO NOTES.