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RELIGIOUS.
Prof. Swing on tho More Thought*
ful Christianity of To
day,
Tlio Oloslnjf Services nt tlio Pan*
HloMimllst Conference
in I.omlon.
No Prospect of a Union—Tho Garfield
Services—Resolutions
Adapted.
pnov. SWING.
A MOM-: THOUGHTFUL CHRISTIANITY.
Prof. Swing preached yesterday morning nt
tho Central Music-Hall, inking ns his text:
When I became u man I put away childish
things.—L Cor., Till., It.
It U conceded that nations, nnd races, and
systems of thought follow tho typo of tbo
physical man, nml pass through mi Infancy and
a childhood. Paul compares ttaoologlcnl thought
to tho human creature, nod says that ns ho was
once n child, nnd spoko ns a chib), and thought
as a child, but hod come to an ago which puts
away childish things, so Uls religion Is In Its in
fancy mid sees through a dim glass, but In some
other world or time It will put away thoso
childish things, mid In n fullness of power sea
truth face to face. In our day, removed from
tho period of Paul by eighteen centuries, wo
onn see a partial continuation of tlm apostle's
statement. As tbo generations pass Christ (nutty
becomes loss childish, more aim more manly In
Us doctrines nnd life. If tho rational and
deeply thoughtful quality of tho modern
mind Is on tho one hand Inducing skepticism or
unrest. It Is on tbo other suln fitting tho church
for meeting tbo new wants of tbo present mid
of tiio future Imiocdlfitn nnd remote. If tho
race passes away from nn Infancy nnd childhood
Christianity must confess tbo snmo mutations
of nature, and bo proud uf amniilfest growth.
When wo note nud measure tho skepticism
which Is now nourishing, weave glad to notoand
measure ns a compensation tbo moro thought
ful and moro practical and valuable quality of
the faith that exists. There mny huvo been
times wbon tbo profession nnd hourly espousal
of religion were more universal than tboy now
arc. but that fact will not prove that thoso times
of faith were better than our period for a par
tial espousal of a sound mid true religion may
be bettor for uit ago than n unanimous es
pousal of a superstitious creed. Mohammed
anism Is In sumo countries espoused with
perfect unanimity, but that country mny bu
surpassed in morals nmi piety by a land where
only one-third part uf too population may bo
tbe advocates of a religion, but of a fur butter
religion. Thu haif-bcllor of tho nineteenth
century may bu belter than the unanimous
faith of tho Uftemith. Wo arc consoled by tbo
admission that li belief Is nut as universal lu
our times as It was lu snmo former period It Is a
belief of better Ideas Hum tho Ideas of earlier
dates. What Christianity may have lost In
quantity U has made up In quality. Thu fif
teenth century would perhaps have assembled
unanimously to burn a wtteh or a heretic. If
our era will not attend n religious meeting with
the same tumuUmmsness, we at least have tho
satisfaction of knowing that tlm meeting was
called fora nobler purpose. History shows us
that believing very much has been quite ua
harmful as believing but Httle.
There has been ns much danger always of an
Intemperance of Hie mind ns of the body. It
has been us easy for falih in develop Into
fanaticism us for tho appetite for drink to ad
vance to tho vice of drunkenness. In Ignorant
ages tbo religious sentiments found tholr ex
cesses Just ns tho love of money or of fame has
found Us Injurious extreme. Tho history of tho
church is stained by deeds of blood which
sprang out of not too little belief, but out of
too much. Everything told tho multltudo lu
men lu power was quickly absorbed by tho
crowd, and such was tho credulity of thn pop
ulace that it could not Und stories ami legends
enough to satisfy Us cravings for the amazing.
Literature became nothing but tho Uvea of cer
tain saints, nud each biographer seems to have
attempted to make the subject of his
memoir surpass nil the salute lu tho
former calendar, and when llturqturo und
learning began to advance n little away
from tho miracles oud exploits uf holy men
and women, it was still so imbued by mi ex
cessive religious sentiment that lldealtonly In
tbo abstruse questions of theology. It lu such
ages tho entire community attended church wo
must remember It was a pour church they at
tended, and that ail tho vices known to man
nourished Inside tho sanctuary. It Is possible
that In our more thoughtful ago thorn Is more
piety outside of tho Gimrch than tboro once was
inside of it. It is possible that u modern village
whuro uno-balf tho population is skeptical may
possess mure truo Christianity than existed In
past years hi sumo village In which u skeptic
would huvo been a dreadful curiosity. We must
measure religion not by tut quantity or univer
sality, but by its truthfulness und adaptation lu
tho wants of society, and when one-third part
of a city or a Slate espouse n simple, and true,
and practical form of doctrine it Is bolter than
though tho population, with not a single soul
omitted, went loan altar which taught n low
viewer Ood and mnu. If tho modern Church
may bo suffering a numerical decline It
seems probable Unit this form of loss
llnds more Hum a compensation In tbo modern
form of Christian doctrine and character. Tho
medieval or more recent Church was more pow
erful In Its belief than hi Its wisdom or cdmrit.v.
and could arraign und UurniiheruHe much mure
cosily than It could educate children or free
slaves, und could point to more words over the
Trinity, and baptism, and tbo sacraments than
It could point to deeds bused upon the Sermon
on tbo Mount. Thu desirable Hung Is not u uni
versal profession of religion, but the universal
profession of a good religion. While It Is to bo
regretted that tho Christian host of today Is
small compared with tho entire millions that III!
our land, yet It Is ovldqpt that out of tho modern
churches there has gouo forth a large amount of
virtue, and truth, and charity. It has been tho
valuable (rluud of politics, and education, and
benevolence, und all tho tonus of human wel
fare. Gold Is not as abundant as dust and ashes,
but it Is moro valuable. Gut of tho sanctuary
of today what does como forth la of unusual
richness.
That tho existing typo of Christianity is more
thoughtful and mure truthful may bo learned by
marking how uenoralty tho old noisy and almost
paganish excitements have disappeared from tho
revival seasons ot tho mure demonstrative seels.
This annual tumult died away from mo Crosby*
lertuns mure lhan a half-century ago, aim for
tweniy-llvo years this kind of uproar ha* burnt
dying away from tho llapthi and Methodist do*
mnulnatiODs. Thocongregutlans Increase in size
euustapily, thousands are received each year into
these many folds, but they aru reoelved In more
of that simplicity ami silence which belong to
tho temple of God. Thu tumultuous revival
never was a necessity, nut oven a barbarous time
demands the shouting auddmiulngaml "falling"
of tho old midwinter meetings, for a lllslmp
Whluplo can liy tho slinplo mul ipilet method of
tho Episcopal Church make tho Indians of tho
Northwest rally under (bo name of .Jesus Christ.
And Christ Himself, In a seml-harlmnms era,,
was tbo verv I’rlncoof Peace. No more quiet
mid thoughtful tofieher ever lived and no mm
ever had a grander following. Thuru was no de
mand for tho old methods ot tho avowed revi
valists; but, on tho opposlt, (hose mothoitfwero
a part of tho mistakes which have attended all
ttm labors of man in anv department ot his great
fife. Those errors which nave attended man a*
u lawmaker, man as n builder, man as an In
ventor, man as a scientist, man ns a surgeon,
have boon near him as an evangelist ami tnenlo-
Rian, and thoy limit die, not as faded llowers
(hut once had beauty, but ns exposed follies, if
on/of us have over Justified such periods of
frenzy. It ougut to bo tho pleasure and privilege
oi our older years lo recall such Indorsement
and to confess that we were included in tho
blunder of (ho older lime, it is onu of tho
blessings of later llfu that it can recall tho opin
ions of youth.
Hven if the accessions (a (ha church rolls wore
less in theso quiet days than itioy wore when (ho
loud, physical convulsion and conversions were
popular, It would remain a consoling thought
that itio.spreud of tbo Gospel cannot bn read In
numbers so nuioh as In tho quality and perma*
coney or tho now life. A religion quickly Rot
ten Is most easily lost. A* a sudden fortune
generally llnds Its owner untitled lo usu money
wisely uud disappears rapidly a* It name, so a
religion which cornea without any study ami any
morals of early years, comes In n night with a
loud hymn and u shout, makes a short stay, for
In (ho absence of teaching and reflection tlio
spiritual house that rises by magic l# founded
upon sand. Thinking on theso things ono can
one but congratulate those denomination*
which oneo trusted so much to temporary ex
citement that they uru transforming thulr old
tump-mcoluig.* Into summer-schools of mingled
religion, ami science, uud philosophy, Thuru
was much that was good and impressive in that
rump-meeting which is now almost a thing of
tho past. Coming In midsummer, whoa Iliu ex*
lernal world hud become perfect In Its morning
and evening loveliness, when the unseen hands
bud mgod forward all thu sketches of spring
lino tbo ilnlidied pictures of July or August,
when the wind was a zephyr on tho cheek aim
each breath a perfume, when tho tuornlug song
n( unnumbered birds could mingle well with the
nviiiiH of worshiping man, those meeting* In me
forest seemed to invite us to scenes greater
than Urn l.uuvru or streets of palaces, scorned
lu invite u* to pas* some days In tho nrl-galiery
of God. I) what'lruiwork of leaves and vdiesl
»* but whispers and what sUuncos 1 What effects
of tbo blue atmosphere and what instances so
lullofrepojo! Ves.uit this is of happy mem
ory, but when onu recalls tho fanaticism of tho
heart, tho perversion* ol prayer, and of song,
uud of Scripture and senium, which often
marked tho*.; aeiembbigvs in Urn wood* ouu
inurd almost Imagine iho solemn beauty of tho
forest to cuter u* protest uxilnu tho dls
(rnitUof tbo Christian. Thus 1 ! dKcord* socm to
ecu*'! In (hat new dispensation which transtorm*
•tbo old e-imp-iu.’oMug Into a summer school sa
wed u ail learning uud philanthropy and re-
liglon. Thorn may Bo objection* to such nnom
ollul* as those ureal outdoor institutes which tin*
semblcby tiuit lake lu Nimv York, nr l>v tbo Mi
ami in Ohio, or iiy our own lake, but we mny
put Hus down ii 4 a fact: that every human Instl
tnln Is objectionable, bn tl n college, nr a State,
or u volume of laws, or n denomination In re
ligion, or « practice In medicine. Thorn is only
one good nud that Is Hod. Ik* their defects many
or few, the summer encathpmonts of learning
and religion tire nothing die than the old eainp
moctlmr transformed tty the calm nnd deeper
thought id a wise age. Thov retain tho Inspira
tion of nnturnl scenery and make It comulue in
tunny wnyt> with the written Inspiration of Hod.
Whitt meetings nf the old type itro to bo found
by stream or bike are not places where n good Is
coming to society, but places where tut error is
inking its Right. Tito child Is rapidly making
room for Htn man, nnd is uniting away childish
thin#* In anticipation of the event.
fit tho childish days of onr country tho Meth
odist clergy, nnd nlsn clergymen of some oibor
denominations, did nut perceive any valnub'o
relations between learning and Christianity, but
ratltcr they inclined to tbo belief that worldly
learning wusoniya form nf vanity mid liable to
ruin tho soul that touched It. Many clergymen
were thoroforo guiltless of any contact with In
formation. Tho oldest of you remember how
the preachers selected a text by divine direction,
amt thou spoke by means of tho "power." What
a childish battle was all that against tho world's
light! It was not tho •• tree or knowledge” that
was denied man In Ednn. bin tbo tree of knowl
edge of uvll. God did not wish man over to know
that there was Audi a tiling us vice and crime.
Would that our race had never known that a lie
Br a murder was posslblol Hut of tho tree of
knowledge man could eat, and from that ft-nll
have uume civilization, and pletv, nnd happi
ness. Home of tho middle centuries
of church power passed decrees lor-*
bidding Dio clergy of nil grades from studying
the Greek ami Human classics: nnd. as thorn
was tm other form of human thought and learn
ing mid stimulating poetry, those decrees would
Imvo hurled society Intn a hopeless night hsd it
not been foi* tbo fact that the mind cannot otter
such niandaios of canh. In secret rho heart
pored over nil that was wise In classic philos
ophy and all that was beautiful lulu notary,
mid nut of this secret running lothotroo of
knowledge came «l last Dio religion of bother,
the philosophy of Hacoti, and tbo sciences of
Newton, and Paracelsus, and Priestly. Eipmlly
vain was it (n our epoch for tho clergy of any
denomination to attempt tbo exclusion of light.
Toward this beam the soul struggle* as the age
labors In tho nark to -cc some path or some ob
ject that may keep up Its relations lu tbo world.
Milton bewailed Hie loss of bis physical sight In
lines of great tenderness:
Thu«. with the year,
Kcnsims return, but not to me returns
Hay. or the sweet nuiiroacli of ere or morn,
Or slant ot venml iilouru u- sum a j.-'s rout
but Imd nil light been denied that ambition*
tnlml no poetry could hare conveyed any Idea cf
his wretchedness. God is de.lued a* being Light,
und therefore It bus always been truo that all
exclusion of truth Im* been the separation of
man from his Maher, ami all Dm advances made
by human learning have been nn advance in
quality of Hie worship of Him who is Light.
This Is conceded, ami the pulpit no longer boasts
of any bram-h of Ignorance, but struggle* as
best it can with the many emblem* of thu age.
When geology came trlDf Its new proposition*
regarding thu age of thu earth tho pulpit wits
ready to hear nnd reason and accept or dour, and
when Hie theory of evolution followed once
more Hie teachers of the Gmpel wore remlv to
point out tho weak places in thu new hypothesis,
and ready to adtaft what It .-eemed to possess of
tho true. He tho new voice uelstlc. or utbo
istle, or neutral, tho voice of Christian
ity lias Joined In the argument not with the as-'
purity ot modern times, but with the spirit of
true learning und brotherly love. Tho enemies
of revealed religion cannot deny that they Ifavo
been met In Hie present not by mi intolerant
fanaticism but by im intellectual religion us full
uf kindness us of Inquiry,
As a result of the new mental qnnllfyof the
prevalent worship It Im* gathered around itself
new friends, and stands no longer alone, sullen
and silent. but stand* amid a group of new ac
quaintances unit companions. HoiLunlonalway*
unites those whom mere passion divides. Child
dren quarrel, but old mm makes nothing but
friends: so thu childish days of religion aomiad
In bickerings, but when its mauhool and riper
times appear It begins io study concilia iloo, nud
lo change enemies into admirers. It bus thus come
to pas* Hint thu theulogyof today lias become In
terwoven with I lie poiitles.mid reforms, luidchar-
JDcs. aiid tho sciences. »tid arts, and literature
of tho period, entangled with all tho forms of
truth, not lu associations which Injure tho
divine faith, but with a setting which add*
beauty to that central gem—tbe philosophy of
God. There are still narrow phases of Chris
tianity preached by .men who still rank science
with atheism: hut tho Christianity wnleh repre
sents England, am) America, and Gorumiiv—Hie
three leader.* lu earthly oxeelkqice—now reaches
out Its arms and embraces science-', and philoso
phies. imd literature that would have frightened
to death a Pope or H s.'iop of the Dark Ages, Tho
theological dellnltlon* are bueonungso few nud
Hihroadlhut mind* once hostile meet in those
Idea* us friends. All truo learning und mm
greatness is generous, und therefore the greater
learning and mental power of today Is mure
manly than when any of the old creeds wero
fashioned out of tho word.
Tito manliness of tho current theology Is host
boom in tiio fnet Unit It Hooks such great ends ns
righteousness ami real liappliie J s. OH theology
wmght merely answers to Ui<|i)lr(os. regardless
oftho value of the Inquiry nr answer. Tim tip
lillontton of a ducinne to the wolliiro of mm)
was tho last thing to ho considered. This was
man stratum faet, far what politics thorn was
always overlooked tliu people, In tho glory of
tho old systems, Irotn Halo to Calvin and
Hobbes, it was most certain that tho people
would go huiurr.v and barefoot, mid ignorant
and enslaved. Amid such formsnt intellectual
work thoqlogy pui-fnrmod its task, and did not
often troilblo Itself about man mi this side of
tho grave. A groat change has come, am) that
oomtmm people which once Blood In rags and
ignorance walling lor death to usher thorn into
an eternal stale has gradually eUtnhed upward
imtll tholr elegant hunms till tlm cities, tho vll-
Imres, and tho holds; I heir children tilt tho learned
professions, and reach manhood to bcuiimo
lawmakers. IToddtmH. What made the com
mon people meet with such a transformation
was a philosophy which gradually lamrht the
greatness of this life, tho greatness of Hh pur
suits amt happiness, mat thus the greatness of
Itio possible earner of every man and woman
and little child. Ktuniliydid not fade but earth
became the massive vescimilo of the dual turn-
Dio. In the old philosophy lloaveu was to be
approached through htmdago mid rags. Man
was In dlo as a worm that he mlithr wake jh im
angel; but tho new thonirht made this world thu
toveet springtime of the amazing summer be
yoml. amt umler this new touching society bo-
Iran to JJlpg away Us irarks of degradation and
to combine the grandeur id eternity with the
grandeur of earth. Theology was compelled to
kiss iho extended .Hcepiie ol tho now troth and
to exalt tho doctrines which should lead
tho multitude toward tho most of light and
of virtue. Jo tho prosecution of this m>w sym
pathy for tbo people It has been pimcetutly led
to widen Its dellimloiu and say any dehnliUiu of
tho monument will do that Khali make the heart
feel that it has a powerful friend aide and wtll
tmr ti> lead it tolled; any dctlnillon of Inspira
tion will answer that will lead man to say id thu
lilliie. This Is thu Indies! of all volumes; any
detlaition of Jesus will answer that slmll cmis-j
tliu mulhiiide to low Him more man tho great
ones of earth, ami In f. U In gratitude ami lovn
ai Ills feet; amt any conception of llto eternal
world will bu adequate that shall leave active
thu Judtraieal-bnr of a (led who hales win and
loves righteousaesr. As In tho higher polities of
today all men tiro drawn nearer by a study of
tho welfare of all, from tho hltraust to tho low
est. and out of this common interest are
evolved principles of vast breadth, so
out of the common wants of soelutv men of
thought are pressed nearer together, uml liter.)
arise Christian iliiotrbuM as great as tho conti
nent or thu world. Ami If In these days of
transition tho multitude of Christian* is declin
ing, It Is pmsllde that tiio ehurcti is laying Hie
deep fimiidailoiH of a 7.1. m to conns upon whteh
monmaln will bu seen as never beforu In such
beauty u trandlgnred Cnrld.
Tho greater thonghtfnlueM of tho modern
Christianity is not ehdllmr Its heart. Thu death
of fanaticism docs mu resolve worship into tec,
Fanaticism is a lalsuuunniou. a disease, and not a
normal uution of tho heart. Wltensiieh a mania
illos irno finollnn springs Into life, mid there
faro In this age uf a most (hcnghtrul iaith
wo see that religion has bt’cman mom than ever
associated with the richest sentiments. Tho al
tars are bedecked with (lowers, the most Impress
ive mnslo is sought, thu pulpit has asked litem*
turn and puulry to help It away from tliodry
argumentation of yesterday, tho tears of char
ity and friendship, ami of love of thu living am)
memory of tho dead, fall in tho sanutn.iry; and
could tlmt imiichluss mm called Christ live and
dm In this era. not a few, but millions, would
weep around His cross; not mm only would emtio
with sulcus Mr Ills cmbulmmom. but u lovltur
church of many names am) forming a great
iiiimiimlo would comeio His burial with tho
grandor olfcrmus of gratitude uml luvuimdu
Ufo-long Imitation.
PAK-MIST lioni SM.
Tin: KctiMuxir.vi. cusmiKsn: in i.oniion.
epfflul (Vrrripoiiilmce «/ TJk (Vdrayo 7‘rlimnr.
London, tfupt, -I.—the Lcunmnlcul Con
ference neared its close the shadow *tf a double
sorrow fell upon 11. Ono of Its own members, u
dlugato from tho Now Connection Church of
tlreui Britain, was announced dead, and, what
was still worse, tho Inst morning, iho over mum- '
oniblo tfiib, brought to <bo Old World Urn sad in
telligence of thu death ibo night buforo of
President (Jmilold. These two events, iho Jailer
mure especially, guvo to tho opening exercises
of Monday's session the character of a funeral
aervleu. Lamest prayer wan altered for the
family of the dead President, urn) for mir be
reaved ami stricken Nation. President Arthur
was also remembered in prayer, unit when re
marks were In order, pending Ibo passage of a
resolution of euudoliMiee to Mrs. Uarheld. Dr.
John P> Nuwnmu referred to Mr. Arthur as bis
personal friend, ami ns one eminently qualltleu
Loth by statesmanship mul personal eharuotur
fur tbo high otlleo to which ibo Constitution now
culled him. The resolutions of sympathy was
moveil by tbo llev. H, K. Jenkins, of ibo llritish
Wesleyan Church, wuo reminded iho delegates
that whereas, on the opening day they had been
called to express formally their sympathy In
tJen. (iarlleld, coupled with hopes of his dual
recovery, they were now, ulus, at their closing
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session, oiimmoued to the sad dutyof Inking ac
tion in regard to tils denth. The resolution was
spoken to by Dm. Tiffany, Newman. Douglas
(Canada), nnd Mcl'errlo of Nashville, Tenn.,
ami was adopted with much reeling by
n rising vote. Later in tho day
tho Hov. William Arthur referred to
President Gnrhehl, emphasizing pnrileuiarly tho
deep interest taken in Dm distinguished sufferer
by tho people uf England, and the deep and uni
versal sorrow his death would occasion in that
country, .still Inter, Hilltop Simpson paid a
tribute to tho dead President, and when, turn
ing to tho Hrltlsh side of tno house, tho Hlshop
touchingly observed that hn and bis brethren
were going back to tho United Status to tell tholr
sorrowing countrymen that thn heart of tho
great English nation throbbed in svmpatiiy with
mom In litis dark hour, tho loudest applause
broke out that had been elicited-at any time
since tbo conference began.
For n few days tallowing that on which the
conference opened, there was a perceptible fall
ing-offln tho Interest taken in Dio proceedings.
Many of tbo delegates were absent tor long In
tervals mid tho galleries were less crowded with
spectators. As tho end approached, however,
Interest gradually revived, until, on this closing
day. every part of tho nudicnen room of City
Hum] GQnpel was packed to ropluilnn with n con
gregation which, to numbers, lu culture, and fit
tbo enthusiasm it displayed, could scarcely Imvu
bean surpassed. One reason for tho Increasing
micron felt In tho discussions of tho last few
days was that the thoines sot for consideration
on those days wero mostly of n practical nature.
Gu Thursday tho general thomo was “The
Use of tho Press for tho Advance
ment of Christianity." In tho debate
on this subject tho periodicals Issued In- Dio
publishing houses of tho Church came under
notice, ami were treated to many compliments,
with occasional allusions, too, by way of variety,
that smacked of n spirit of complaint. It
seemed to be tho general sense of tho confer
ence. however, that more money should be spent
hi securing tho best talent for those Journals,
mid that those having tho papers In charge
should be equally us careful mu to make them
•* righteous overmuch" ns In guarding them
against becoming "overmuch wicked." In
other words, these papers, It wusthmight.should
be nmdo lively and readable, ns well as solid mid
orthodox, due regard being shown by tholr edit
ors to tho trim axiom that
A little naiHnnso miw and then
I* roiuiiod by die bust of tiam.
Tho secular press was ahu di*eus*od at this
Region, and received, of course, with the do
noinitmtlon.il press. Its duo proportion of praise
and blame. Some scorned to look upon (ho edi
torial sanctums of tho grunt dailies ns Hie work
shop.* of his Satanic malesty. whence only pro
eeedeth evil, and that eotitiuuallv. Others
again, who had frequently crossed the thresh
olds of these mysterious places, eamo forward
manfully to refute this superstitious no
tion, and some even went so far
as to give tholr favorlt Journal
a eertltleato of good standing, mu only us to re
sueciablljty, but for genuine evangelical ortho
doxy as well. On some point* touching this
mighty motor in the world's affairs, the secular
press, the delegates were lu perfect mid even
eiithiisfiHtlu agreement. One of iho*e was that
it had great power to help or hinder In tho work
of spreading Die Gospel: another. that it had
latterly shown a disposition to eater more to its
regions patrons In tho public,utou uf church
news, etc.: a third. Hint no effort should bo
spared In encouraging It to this Wholesome re
form ami in seeking to convert It llnally to
Christianity. As an Jnstam-o of iho growing re-
Iluiuusiie-M of tho dally press grateful allusion
was undo to the fact that, at very great ex
pense, Tii« Tuim.'Ni:, had recently printed tho
entire Hevised Testament as an extra to Its reg
ular edition. This debate brought out one sug
gestion which was rather startling—viz; that
tho Christian Cliuruh should strike mu boldly In
tbo direction of Christianizing the secular press
by at once buying up the London Tones nud
New York J/iT-i/d and running them on strict
religious principles. This will hardly be
tlutio immediately, but If it is ever
undertaken tbo proprietors of Iho-e papers will
have a splendid eiiauee to turn an Inmost penny,
lor unless human nature undergoes n great
change, simultaneously with tho transfer of
tho papers, tho demand for such publications as
these now are will. Mill rtmllmie, so that Mr.
Walter nnd James Gordon Heuuelt could sell
out om* day mid start In business tho next, with
u certainty of having n full line of customers.
Friday brought Hie subject of home mlsiloa*
to the front, One or tho special themes wa*.
*• How to Reach tho Most Degraded Copulations,"
und tho essayist on this theme ruihcr astonished
the conference by indicating perplexity as to
where the most degraded people wero to be
found. He bad frequently thought, ho said,
ttmt the wickedest people ware to bo met. with
among tho well-to-do In life, who had the means
with which to Puudcr to their appetites uml
passions, und ho still believed this. Hut the
program-makers expected him, he supposed, to
treat of evangelism among tho poor und out
cast, and, not wishing to spoil thoir
calculations, he would do that. Here, It
may be remarked, was food for retloi
tion, and many slgullleaul locks wore
exchanged among the delegate*, us though they
were saying one to another. "ThH is a now Idea,
ami there is uomcHilugJu It that will bear think
ing upon."
Later hi the day tbo question of “How to
reach the unconverted sections of tho richer
classes" eamo up In regular order, and perhaps
the best suggestion It culled out was one from
Hlsliop Simpson, who said that If Methodism
were ever lo accomplish much among Gils class
she must seek to got them interested In large
enterprises of a benevolent und philanthrope
character. She could not preach to them, for
they would not come, except In rare Instances,
to her churches: but hi this way he believed
they could bo reached und dually saved. On tbo
general ami threadbare question uf "How to
reuoti the masse*,” tbo only thing said that
Hounded at ail new orsirnngu was the remark of
a delegate Hint ministers, to labor successfully
among working people, must show uu active
sympathy with those tollers in tholr struggles
socially nud politically, mid especially in Hie
constant warfare ihoy had to wage against
the opprcs-toiH nf capitalists. This speaker
would seem to have hud In mind tho conversion
of the preacher of tho Gospel into a sort of
Charles Hradlaughor Dennis Kearney, indeed,
ho Instanced Hradlaugh as n man who. by
champion.ug tho cause of the laboring clause*
and showing an active sympathy with them, had
secured for himself, ho said, u greater iuiloem.-o
with such people than was pos-msued by any
minister hi the land. It not by all of Huun put
logethor. Thu better Judgment of Hm comer
once. It should bu suited, seemed to disfavor
this view uml to buhl that tho true course fur thu
ministry to pursue was to preach Giu Gospel
rather than deliver demagogic haraugs—to
souk to win those masm.t of ihu unevmigelised,
as Hielr great Exemplar did, by unices oi mercy,
by kind words, ami by holding om to them the
bread ol life. These methods. It was eonieiidud,
could not Dually fall, though they might nut
yield limited ato trull or boat all limes as pop.
ularnHsouio others.
Saturday morning the subjoctof foreign mis
sion* came up, continuing before tlio eonier
oneo thruugn tlio two sessions of MotiiUy.
i’eciillar Interest attached to mis part uMno
program, owing to tlio expectation thut pre
vailed uut lit Mils point. If ut nil, somidlilng
practical would ho reached In tlio way of u uulo.i
of loi-i.vs. Tlio result jusikiiud iliu ani.eipatUm,
fortho debate abounded In valuable angges*
lions, uml, ir tho passage of a set or advisory
resolutions inny bo so denominated, It bud a
practical Issuu. Tlio resolutions, which weru
passed, recommended that wbmo iwotv niuro
Methodist bodies iivu operating nldct tiy side In
tho same Hold, they nut In nnnmnw, not us
rival*, but ns brethren mul copartners, ami that
where onu body oceuplosi u Held uud another
coiiimnplaios eniormg It* thoro liu tlio freest
conforeneu between mo parties Interested. Unit
course to bo llnally pursued which shall seem to
promise tho Pest results, not to any one branch
ol' Methodism, hut to tho general cause. Aiming
tho many vaiuaidu suggosilons widen thisdebate
ended out were two most excellent ones from
tlio editor of ttio New Vork b'/iWs'Mu Adi’nc tie,
l)r. Ilueltluy. Tlio llrst was that tuoso specially
employed by lUe t.'hureb to represent tho cause
of mission* should try and use the facts at
thulrcommand ton llttio better advantage, and
should Infuse a little mnrospirit Into Hum*labors.
A lawyer, he said, would never fad to win a easo
on such evidence as those men had at hand, and
lm eunld uni sou why thuru should b» attv failure
mi their Part to awake enthusiasm wherever
they spoke and wherever thoy went. The oihor
suggestion of Uio Ituulur was In favor of using
Heii laymen nmro generally a* speakers In Hm
inlsiloimry imuresi. Thoiu could plead, lm
said, more etfeeinudy limn either tho local pas.
tor or a missionary secretary, slneu limy could
hack their words with their deeds. Tho Doctor
explained afterwards that he hud reference only
to rich laymen of liberal tendencies, Tho best
pleader, ho said, will be a liberal rich mans (ho
next best a liberal poor mans the worst and
meanest a rich man who is stingy, Another
suggestion mnrto In this debate was lor tho start*
lug of a great Christian nuwspuper at Peking,
China. An enterprising, Methodist layman,
with Journullstlo tastes, would Hud a gram!
opening thorn, it was said, ami by rushing In
ami supplying tho long felt want would
greatly help tho cause of mission*. Hut
mo suggestion which made tho greatest
stir, and widen seemed to meet the most Remind
favor, was one which had in vlow Hm Christian*
l/atloii of Africa bv African missionaries from
(ho United Hlates. This, it wiisulaltnvd, was not
only feasible, but emmeuily proper, ami tho
point was well made that American negroes in
rolur to Africa would jhisscss a double advan*
liiro over whlio missionaries—first In their hot*
ter physical adaptation lo tho climate, uml see*
ondly in tho tangible illustrations they would
themselves pruseat to tho natives of what Chris*
thndty had already donn for representatives of
their own race, ‘the proposition was.not to col
onize tho American negroes In Afrlmi, but to
sand over u largo number of educated and
lialnetl men to labor tboro In teaching and
preaching us mbor missionaries do.
Now bad arrived the evor-momoruhle lath day
of tbo conference. Following tho memorial
services held over tbo death of President Clap
hold, tbo llrst thing dune on that day was the
nuhmlssUm by Bishop Peck of an address which
It was proposed to send lurlh. This address Is a
son tit pastoral letter to all Methodists, regard*
lessof denomination, and Is supposed to contain
the highest wisdom of tho combined Methodism
of tho world, as well on all great mural and
social questions M In regard to church matters
and tho thlugs necessary to thu well-being of
ibu Individual Christum. The address was os
tensibly produced by n eoiuniltlco composed of
out? representative front each of tho twcoty-flvo
churches lukiug ourt In the conference, but It
was written by Bishop Peek, and Is In tho
Blabop's best style. Thu committee Indorsed it,
however, and afterwords, with a few Might al
terations- It received tho übuulmuus oobrovulof
tho whole eonlercnce—a fact, by tho way. which,
considering tho talent thorn was In Hint body,
nnd tho high estimate which such groat men
limn each huvo put upon tholr own pet views
and Ideas, ought to give tho document pannage
current wherever llelreulnte*. nml should lead
every one who roads to accept It without con
troversy.
Tho address opens by congratulating Meth
odists everywhere that on all essential points
Iho conference imd reached substantial agree
ment, and It than calls ilium them to bo known
henceforth, In spirit und work If nut In name, as
one church. Tho importance of maintaining
tholr peculiar means of grace Is next insisted
upon, ami they are particularly urged to resur
rect and vivify tho class-meeting, lu the mat
ter of church building*, extravagance imd dis
play, with tholr accompanying evil of debt, are
to be avoided, and everything possible in recom
mended to lie done to attract and save Iho poor.
Thu church is also lo lie tnmlo an attractive
place for young people nml children, nnd its
Increased ellleleuoy In reaching those Is to bu
secured by a closer union between tbo Church
proper nnd tho Sabbath-school, the nursery of
tho Church. Methodists, it Is further urged,
must throw tho weight of tholr Intlueueu on the
right sjde of moral questions, Thoy must con
tend earnestly for thu perpetuity nf tho Chris
tian Pnbbath. and must Imttlu manfully against
Intemperance. Uu tho last-named point the
address Is very strong. This giant evil, it de
clares, will not yield to mild remedies, nml
Methodists, ft continues, "owe it to tho
memory of tholr great founder, to their own
history, nnd to tho truth of tlm religion they
profe.**, to (dam! In tho front rank of Uk>«o who
are sworn to crush It Gw Iho earth." Wlmt Is
meant by standing In tbo front rank in this
cause Is explained, in part, in that portion of
tho address which announces total abstinence
ns tho only proper standard for Individuals, and,
sDII further, by expression* lu It which clearly
Indicates that tbo mini end to be sought la tho
political one known as euusiiluUomil prohibi
tion.
The subject for discussion on thfs closing day 1
wits ••Christian Unity.” with Ur. George, or Chi
cago, to present the opening paper. Ur. (iconic
Is tho gentleman through whose elTorts mainly
tho eoulcreneo was held. It Is claimed that itu
threw out tlio tint suggestion of such a gath
ering. but he certainty furnished tho force
(hut vitalized the Idea and made it u
practical reality. Tito correspondent of Tub
TittmrNk Ims no very Intimate acquaint
mice with Br. George, but he will
venture to assort on general principles that a
limn who could do all that was necessary in
bringing about a friepdly eonfbrenee of all tho
bodies into which Methodism tins split was tt
nmn in whose soul dwelt a desire to see ail these
bodies united, and who was not without hope
that (he gathering thus invoked would do some
itmtg practical in tho way of bringing about
stiuh a desideratum. Bow lining, therefore,
(hat Br. George should open out on this subject
of "Christian Unity," and what a wlso stroke of
pulley In tho Executive Committee to assign
tills theme to Iho closing day, when, as many
doubtless anticipated, feeling would beat fuvor
heat, and the long-separated elements wall only
a favorable signal to blend uml become onul
But matters mid things In this uncurtain world
do not always turn out as they am expected to,
and so with this eotitcrenee. very uarly In Iho
proceedings It became evident that the dele
gates from tfie dllforcnl bodies were under tho
dmniuUm largely of two sentiments; prldo in
their own peculiarities, uml a mortal drerni
of Interference nml criticism trom those
mil agreeing with thorn. Tills led to
to Bio establishment of tt law.'unwritten mid
nnnnnnimeed. (nit perfectly understood by ail,
that whenever In debate noy reference was
made to anything peculiar in any of the bodies
It should bo done with tlio utmost respect and
never in a censorious spirit. Much was tho law,
am! so Jealously was this law malntalnod that
when a delegate from America ventured oa a
certain occasion to speak with levity of tho use
in some of tho British Wesleyan churches of tho
pravtr-book of tho Church of England ho al
most. Hguraifvely speaking, had his nose
snapped elf. and was admonished that ho needed
more Christian charity.
Tims mailers went mi for eleven days; mi real
quarrel nor any marked unpleasantness, but
each day ottering some fresh discouragement to
believers In organic union, until when, on (ho
twelfth mul last day, Br. George stood up to
treat of tito special (homo, "How Christian
unity may bu maintained and Increased among
ourselves and made manifest, to tho
world." lie must have fell like a bird that was
expected to liy after its wings iiad been cut oir.
Under tho circumstances, however, tho Bnctor
tlPi admirably. Tho different bodies ut Method
ism. ho said, must Reek to make themselves
bright and shitting examples of the virtue of
ehurehly unity by Keeping out of each others’
way, by acting towards 000 another, not ns
rivals, but as brethren working in the same
cause mid for tbo same end; by frequent ex
changes nf puiuits on iho part of ministers; by
having, if possible,;a common hymn-book and
ritual; by cohperatlon In foreign missionary
work, and by being banded together in u Holy
League for combined warfare against a common
enemy. Tlio multiplication of sects wits, ho uf
tinned, tbo weak point in Protestantism, and
especially in .Methodism. There was need, ho
said, for union at home as well ns In foreign
tletdsuf labor, and. In support of this proposi
tion, lie cited thn ease of a city in the United
bintos having not more than 10,000 inhabitants
which itlrcudy hud live churches belonging
to different branches of cho Methodist
fam'ly, with it movement now on foot
to establish n sixth. These churches, Br. George
explained, belonged respectively to tho M. U.
Church, the M. I). Church Mouth, the Methodist
Protestants, tho American Wesioyans. tho Free
Methodists, and tlio United Brethren. In the
discussion which ensued on this subject nit con
tiicts and controversies between different
branches of tho Church were deprecated, ns u
matter of course, but tho predominant opinion
seemed to be. nevertheless, Unit Methodism,
divided ns she now is into many sects and opor
ntlng under many forms, was really stronger
limn she could possibly bo if united and operat
ing under one form, mid that, Indeed, as Br.
Bigg expressed It, "organic union was neither
practicable nor desirable."
Tho farewell services began immediately after
the reading of tho Itrst paper at tho afternoon
Hussion, ami they were very Impressive. It was
no ordinary gathering that was breaking up,
considered euhor la tlio objects that milled it
together, tlio rank and character of too men
constituting it, or tho number of Ullfereat
and distant nationalities from which
they bad been drawn. U was a world's assen.-
hlmie. convened to deliberate on thn welfare
and destiny of one of the largest bodies of Prot
estants and composed uf men who were tbo
peers, as scholars and theologians o( any equal
number that the Curistlan religion emtid have
called to Its service. In the exercises heralding
the dual adjournment of such a body. Impress
iveness amt solemnity were Inevitable, and it
Is perfectly natural that tbo world of Methodism
represented there should want to bo Informed
: what was said and done at this interesting crisis.
There were prayers otiered by tt number uf dis
tinguished delegates—lay and ministerial, blaek
and white—and one of these touched on a very
delleatu theme, and provoked a ripple of ex
cusable merriment, by beseeching God not to bo
angry with the brethren tur their much speak
ing, but to imweirully forgive them. Thin was
| pious irony with a vengeance.
After Urn prayers came tho farewell address.
Dr. (Xborn. President of tho llrltisb Wesleyan
Conference, spoke first, and was followed by
Ittshop Simpson. The latlergciitleimni summed
up the results of the gathering. " What good
has tho conference iloneV" was (ho quostluit,
he said, which every one would ask, and ho
was glad to be able to say that It bud
done imiuU good, Ithadbadabromlealngelfeut
mi those participating m it. It hud taugat them
bow muoh more Important were tho essentials.,
lu whiuh they agreed than tho non-essentials ill
which they differed. It had removed whatever
of prejudice (hodifferent bodies feltoite toward
another. His brethren nf tho Hplscopal persua
sion had learned that there could be well-organ
ized churches and largo success without episco
pacy, while the others had doubtless observed
that there was much of good mid no harm in a
form ot church government which made lllslioiis
n necessity. Tito speaker referred also Ui the
resolutions the emtfermteo had passed on tbo
grunt moral questions of tho tiny, and said that
those, voicing the sentiments of tho united
Methodism of the world, would necessarily have
great iullucuco In balls of legislation ami else
where, Oao of (he most practical of the results
which tho Ibshop pointed out us ilkelv to ensuo
Hum this gathering, in which the whole world
of Methodism hud taken part, was that It would
piep.iro the way for the holding, in the two
countries respectively, of eonteronevs of all
Ahuricatt and alt Hugllsh Methodists,
a consummation gveutly to be desired, be said,
but, up to the present, not possible. These re
marks of our great American Ifishop had been
anticipated by Humewhnt similar tiiteniticoa,
made at tho morning session of this Inst day
by that greatest of uimrdalmtd Riivllsli ilisbops,
tbo Ucv. William Arthur, who had said lit sub-
Hiitnco that this Roumetileul Conference would
bo (o Methodism what tbu engine-room was to a
great factory—tbo place In which power was
generated which would muko tho wheels turn
mid tim spindles hum, and tbo machinery gen
erally mightier than ever In ilm fulfillment of
Its divinely appointed mission.
That the conference was- not more prullllo of
resolutions Is a little surprising. It had no legis
lative power; all It could do was itmko recom
mendations and give advice, mid one would
have thought It would bavo exercised these pre
rogatives quite treely. Hut It did not. Prob
ably tbu consurvutlv* atnmspboro of Great-
Hritulu bud a reslrnintng lalluctiee upon
It, Clrtainly no conference of (siual
dignity, meeting In tbo United Htutes,
would have been so backward in (citing Its voice
be heard. Thu resolutions tbo conturuneo did
pass were as follows: due declaring In favor of
international peace? one condemning tho opium
t radio us carried on by the Urttlsh Government
lut’iilim: ono recommending tho women of tbu
Church to give uieroumiiK attention to tbo fos
tering of missions; met deprecating Stale regu
lation of thu social evil: one advising friendly
conference and cooperation between Methodist
bodies laboring side bjfsldu in foreign mission
Helds; mm mm demanding for England a law for
the plosmg of saloons Muring tbo whdie of Sun
day. Of tho resolutions proposed nud discussed
but nut adopted tbo most Important woru those
recommending tbo use by all tbo Methodist
bodies of a common hymnal, liturgy, and cato
eblsm, and ouo on prohibition. Ono objection to
u common hymn-book was tlutt each country
must necessarily have poetic productions of its
own which It would be desirable to use tboro In
worship, and also national hymns adapted
to Us own peculiar form of government.
Another dllflculty was h Ilnuticlal mio, tauim of
tho leading churches having recently expended
large sums of money In bringing out revised
editions of tbuir own hymn books, lu fulling to
pass ringing resolutions on ths subiuct nl turn-
permit, the conference, In tho judgment nf
many, was guilty of n grave nml utterly in
excusable omission. Besolnthmß on this sub
ject wont at an early day. ns ail resolutions hail
lit go. to ibo Business Committee. anil quietly
reposed In the anus of that body tilt the last
session, when they wpm doubled before (ho enn
ference Just lung enough Tor (ho nmumimmiont
In l*o nmilo that Iho committee «tttl not think It
necessary any such resolniloiHßhonbl bu passed,
Urn reafon assigned lining that enough has boon
said and done on this subject already. This
looked to many llko a Hoar Imok-ilown on a
square moral issue, ami tho Rusplelnn was that
It had boon perpetrated nut of delerenco to an
Inllnonlial branch of English Methodism, which,
an shown In previous loiters to Tiih TnniPNK,
has hitherto occupied a rather equivocal posi
tion on thlmpioMlon.
The chair of mo Conference was occupied on
thn successive twelve days as follows: First
day, the liev. George Osborn, I). I).« British Wes*
leyan Church; second, lllsliop Peek, M. H,
Church: third, tho Hcv. .lames Htaccy, I). 1)..
Methodist New Connection or (treat Britain;
fourth, tho Hov. M. It. Bmithorlmid, I). I)., Meth
odist Protestant Church: tlftli, tho Hov. F,. F„
.lenklns, British Wesleyan Church; sixth. Bishop
M.Tyelre, M. K, Church Month: seventh, tho
Bov. Charles Kendall, Primitive Methodist
Church of 0 rent Britain: eighth. tho Hev. George
Bought**, l>. B„ Methodist Cliurch of Canada;
ninth, tho Bev. William Arthur, British Wes
leyan Church: tenth. Bishop l». A. Payne. Af
rican M. H, Church; eleventh, the Hcv. It. Chew,
Methodist Free Church of I treat Britain;
twelfth, tho llev, Henry Pope, T). 8., Methodist
Church of Canada.
Thu next Methodist Ecumenical Conference
will be held summvhero in thn United States six
years lienee. The honor of entertaining It has
neon nnrently asked far by Louisville, Ky. Sim
ilar reiptests are likely to no made by Now York,
Phlhtdelphhu Baltimore, Cincinnati, anti Chica
go. Tho lattyr city is likely to get it If It poos
any instance from tho sea coast, but tho proba
bilities tiro it will meet In New York City.
Amkiiican Mbtkopist.
SVGA MO lUS.
vi:sTi:i:nAV.
Sp«ti( Ddjxitrft to The Vhteago TrfMow.
Bvr.tMOHK. 81.. Get. P.—All tho churches were
densely crowded at the different services held
during tlio day. In mnstnf the pulpits the serv
ices were conducted by members nf tho confer
ence. At thu forenoon service In tlio Methodist
Church Bishop Wiley preached, and nt the con
clusion of ttia sermon ordained to deacon's or
ders Brothers Bell, Darkness, Men'll, Lee,
McLaughlin, Hundcrlln, Merritt, Green, Pickle,
Mazalmo. .Ineobs, Fournier, Dickens, Jones, mid
I'onnolley. In the afternoon Br. Miller preached
in tho same church, and tlio Bishop ordained to
Elder's orders Brothers Chase. Bristol, Swartz,
Pomeroy, and Wilcox. The last named will
shortly sail fur China to enter upon missionary
work.
THE HERESY COURT
will meet early In the morning. and tlion ad
journ tu tho conference-room Tor Uio purpose
of participating in tlio appointment of tho (dan
der court, which Is to try tho couiplnlut pre
ferred hy Dr. Thomas against Dr. Parichurst.
At tho conclusion of this interesting ceremony
tho heresy-triors will reassemble at tho
Congregational Church to hoar tho closing
argument for mo prosecution* which
will ho delivered by Dr. Hatfield, who. It Is un
derstood, has boon nil clay engaged in preparing
It. lie was to havo preached this afternoon, hut
Dr. Miller, the opposing counsel, kindly acted as
Jjissitlwiituio.
Dr. Thomas has not yet formulated his
CKAtIOKH AGAINST PAIIKUL’IIST,
and will not untUaftortho close of his own trial,
and probably not then unless ordered by tho
conference. Should he refuse to do so, he bus
no alternative hut tu withdraw tho complaint,
because tho conference will not tako upon Itself
tho Kilo of prosecutor unless it has charges
whereon to order tho appointment of counsel
to look after its interests. Kfioutd tho
clmrires ho preferred, conference cannot
adjourn until after tho trial, and tho appoint
ment of tho commlttco by tho eonforenoo to
morrow Is to expedite mutters us mueh ns pos
sible, as tho preachers are anxious to know tholr
assignments ami leave for their (minus at iho
curliest opportunity. It Is understood that tho
appointments for tho coming year arc about
completed, and will bo ready fur unuouncomont
nt an early date.
IN ISIUISF.
THE REV. .1. It. VINCENT
preached a sermon at tho Grant Place Methodist
Church yesterday morning. Ho said that
It sometimes scorned to men as if blind
chance ruled lu human affairs, and they
doubted If any all-pervading and beneficent
Doing overlooked tho earth. Tho lUblo con
tained many terrible stories ot disaster and out
rage, but that was because it rebooted llko a
mirror tho truth in regard to human life. Hut it
laid down Ibniaw. ** luad waysuoknowledgoGod
and Ho will direct tby paths," and by following
this decree mon were safe. Nine-tenths of tho
sorrows of lira could bo traced to tho perversion
of liberty. Kvou Christian mon sometimes ren
dered themselves disagreeable by trying to do
good iu (he wrong way. Prayer was a blessing,
but it did nut follow lhatOod would answer
prayer in tho manner desired hythusu who of
fered it. Omntpotenou worked upon a plan, and
God knew best whoihor It was belter for tho
enuatry nr President (Jarlleld that the President
should live or die. Vet prnporwas good, for It'
gloriilet) God, mid man never put forth uu eifort
fur a worthier lifo without piousmg Him.
DR. .1. M. 3VOUUALL
irenehcd to his people of tho Right!] Presby
.urlan Church yesterday morning a very earnest
sermon, urging to inuro outspoken Christian
zcul nml living. His text was Titus, 11., U:
“ Wbo gave Himself for ns that lie might re
deem us from nil Iniquity and purify
unto Himself a people lor Ills own pos
sesion, zealous of good works." Dr. Wor
rall condemned tbo popular lunching of tho
present time, that doctrines wore noth
lug, while tho formation of charac
ter was everything. Hu hold that sound
doctrines were essential to tbo building-up of
sound character. Attempting to cultivate good
clmrauter without llrst having Instilled sound
principles was likened to surfaco culti
vation of n crop. It would not succeed like sub
soiling and getting tho room deop act lu tho
earth. Tho old Huguenots, Covenanters, Scotch
Presbyterians, Hollanders, and euny Puritans
of this country worn pointed out ns noble ex
amples of people whose characters were built
upon well-grounded doctrines. Christianity was
u falluro If It was mu so built upon sound early
leaching; It was a failure If It did not bring
forth fruit making bettor men and women of
Us professors; If It did not stop a man from put
ting sand In his sugar or a wrong weight upon
his scales.'" Tho Indumice of a truly godly life
upon tbo unconverted was pointed out. Church
people and professing Christians were oxpccied
to bo better people, am! they should be butter
lu ail tho mlmitau of life (ban their non-pro
fesalng fellows.
UNITV
At Unity Church yesterday morning was bold
n “Harvest Home'’ service fur tbo Htmday
school children. Tbo service consisted of chants,
responsive readings, hymns, and nu address by
Mr. Milu. Tbu church had boon most buuutl
fully ami tastefully decorated for Uto occasion
with festoons of icorn-stnlkH with ears partly
husked, which adorned tho whole frnnt of tho
galleries; and, on tbo platform, n gorgeous ar
ray of sheaves of grain, piles of fruit and vege
tables, mid baskets nf (lowers. Tho eelehratum
closed with a distribution of baskets of peaches
and gropes among tho yuuug folks.
Till? ItKV. P. .1. COXWAV, •
who bus received tbo responsible and lion
ontb'o appointment of Vleur-Uenorul of tho
Diocese of Chicago, preached (its farewell ser
mon yesterday morning hi tit. Patrick's Church
to n very largo congregation. The reverend
gentleman referred In fcol.ng terms to his lung
connection with tho parish and tbn history of
its early trials and lator successes. Tho assem
bled imtltfiudo weru greatly moved by thu
earnestness and eloquence of tholr beloved pas
tor, who bade thorn an alfeuiloimto farewell In
language fitting »ho occasion. Father Conway’s
lasi act in leaving at. Patrick's was to present to
tbo ebureb tbe sum of fIu,(MW.
MISCBft&ANKOUS..
(iOlKfi TO A NKW Pil'd.U.
Sptetal VUvoleh to Chtenoo ITituni.
DUHL’gUK, In., Out. B.—Tbo itov. C*. il. Sey
mour, for *tio past fourteen yuan* jmslor of tbo
P.pMoopnl Church lit this city, baa resigned bln
charge bore aud will leave In a week fur Obey*
cunu. lie bus worked very faithfully for tbo
church bare, and baa. been luatruimmtnl In
i’rcctlntr buro one of tbo linosl eburub odlilue# in
tbo West, Ilia people and tbo citizen# of Du*
buquu part from blm wltb regret.
riIK'AOO CIKIIMAN CONKKIIKNCK,
flprciai Dlipatrh lu Th* Ch (moo IVl*un*.
Oshkosh, Wl«., Out. H.— Tbo Chicago German
Conference closed Its business this forenoon,
and tomorrow ibu appointment# will bo nmdo
known by Uiabop Morrill. A permanent Cute
turonco lllblo Society was organized, wltb the
Itov. [.oobur, of Watertown, na President, J, J
Keller a# Vice-President, and ft. Fmkouseber, of
Milwaukee, ns Secretary. Tbo conference will
adjourn to meot next year at Milwaukee.
TIIK PifKK MK'IIIUIHATH.
flptctal XUnuicii ti 'pi* CMcaw TYltmnt.
Ki-niN, 111., Out, M.—At today'# session of tbo
State fonforenco of Free Methodist# routine
business w«s continued. T. A. Miller and 15. A.
Kimball were elected to Kidor’# order#/ Tbo
latter was rend ml tied to tbo conference. P. O.
Ilaniiu, A. It. Scovllle, C. 11. Loomis, (1. W.
WbitUur, .1. F. Hill, F. 1). ilrooks, David Hoy*
mour, P. Nouummer, and E. K. Ward w oro con
tinued on trial. Tbo Uev. P. P. Uakor conduct
ed devotional services, and the Itov*. Clmrlos
a, colored. of Kansas, and Hi. flair, of W]«-
n, addressed the confcrcuco. Tbo appoint
moots will be read Monday.
IMXAf Pit, H I
KD*r(al PlfmKfc to 'ifi* c’JUraoo Trtbun*.
Dcu.tTim. 111.. Oct. H.—At a session of the
Illinois Statu Cldcrshlp hero today a proposition
was ureaoutud from tuo citizens of Findlay. <)..
with rcfornnco to it riuireh ot God (’nllcgo to Im
built nt Hint place, at, n coat of f.V),UOO. Thu
cltl/ons will ilomtio llio silo, valued nt fT.ixri,
and Imvu subscribed f;*r,,ood toward tho project.
The following persons Iml their licenses ns
mlnlstoM rormweds Elders .1. S. Schoch, A. X.
Soaenmker, T. Harris, unit A. Huston.
THE MICHIGAN SUFFERERS.
linen Chicago Meet Her Debt* of Hon-
or t
Ta the UKfdf of The Chicago Trifauw.
Cmc.Mio, Out. » in.—On this the tenth anni
versary or tho moat momurnblo oonlliißmtlon
which has ever been recorded upon tho pages of
tho history of this continent, and In tunny ro
sneetstho history of tho world, It Is moot and
proper that wo take a retrospective view, mid In
tho light of tho history there made determine
tint only tho recuperative powers of Chicago ns
a city* but as well tho obligation she Is under to
tho world, whose sympathy was bo liberally
drawn upon In aid of thnso who wore plnmrod
In distress and poverty, by no fault of their own
truly, but, from that find, a dlaim>H not less ho*
vnre. Von will no doubt call tho atiomion of
your mailers to all tho vital reminiscences of
those memorable days' of sulforlng ami sorrow,
and I need tint dwell upon thorn. It Is more
with n'lrard to llto charities of (ho world nt that
time that I wish to deal, in their bear
ing upon (ho duty of Chicago when
appealed to by others similarly alllletod.
i have before mo tho olllelal report
of tho Chicago Itcllef fc Aid Society, from which
I learn that In re.-monso to tho cry for «Id tho
rum or ft.tUd.HN was contributed by liberal
hearts all over tho world to help tho stiifcrlug
city again to get upon Its feel. Was this to bo
considered an oui*uud*nut gift of charity, or
was It simply lout by the generous donors to bo
returned avulii to suffering ones when tho ery
for help falls upon tho oar V I assume tho lat
ter, for Chicago and her citizens aro tint mendi
cants, and would receive help only os a tempo
rary loan duruigj a poilod of hulplesnesn. Iff
am right In this assumption, the mnnillecnco of
iho world Is only to be looked upon ns a loan,
tho Interest upon which should ho promptly
met. AMI per emit per annum the yearly Inter
est ilium or for ion years
without compounding, It Is said that
whenever a case of distress has arisen during
tho past ten years Chicago has Ur,si been looked
to lor liberal aid. Thai may Cm granted,
but ban there been a year of tbo tun when she
could be properly credited with tbo puymentof
ouc-tbirii tho Interest she was Ilnblo lor in this
debtof honor? I may be mlatnKen, but I be
lieve tbo answer must bo In the negative.
Allowing, heuvover, that she has oauh year
paid onc-thlrd of her yearly obligation. Is she
not today in arrears of interest to the extent of
On tho sumo day when Chicago was In Haines a
vast expanse of territory In Eastern Michigan
was also devastated by lire, und,whllo Individ*
mil losses were smaller, thousands of people
were left as badly nit as worn their fcllow-suf*
ferers hi Chicago, and 4Oil human bolugs per
ished in the holocaust of Unities. Had (t nut
been for the terrible calamity which bad wiped
out a city, and that city tho pride ot the West*
urn World, tho people of Michigan would have
felt that their burden in earing lor (Uolr sulfur
lug ones was greater than they could bear, and
that they must appeal to tbo neighboring States
for aid. Hut scorning to detract from tho aid
which Chicago's need Imperatively demanded,
tho people of Michigan took care of their own
miilering locality, aud, In addition, Hunt aid to
Chicago to tho extent uf $W.414, not ns
to mendicants and beggars, but us a loan
to bo repaid to themselves should they
need it, or to other parts in nHlletlon should
such bo known. Thu simple Interest on thin
amount would he sU,:wi pur atmnm, not one dol
lar of which has been needed for distress in
Michigan until tho present time, and Chicago
owes that Interest to tho extent of f£l,OP*.
Now, again, the hot blast of a sirocco of Humo
has passed over tho hiiiiio district of Michigan
whlub had before suffered ho terribly, increas
ing tho area of destruction, and leaving bI.DUJ
people destitute, hungry, nuked, and homeless.
Tholrery has gone to the world: “Wo are In
vastly greater straits titan before: help speedily,
or wo perish.” Tho cry reached tho Atlantic
coast, and iloston aunds )in an hour. Now
York is not behind, although she has no over
due Interest as an Incentive to liberality. Tho
towns and villages of Michigan rise at once to
the emergency, and Ilomoo, with -’.Old Inhab
itants, raises fd.WWlii an evening. Too wall of
distress roaches the cities of tho St. Clair Itlvor
and Lako Huron shore, and tho ,Saginaw Hay
while tho church congregations arc wor
shiping on tho Hulibiith. The steam
whistle 'and the fire-bell call tbo people
I nun worship to work, and tho (inlotnoss of the
Babbath Is disturbed by tuo earnest labor of
love, which is preparing Hteiiinboat-londs of
cooked provisions to be forwarded tbnt (tamo
night to the homeless, nuked, and starving peo
ple who have crowded to tho shores of tho lake
for safety, many of them traveling twonty-llvo
and thirty miles to escape tho devouring Humo
ami tho stilting smoke.
The cry reached Chicago. It told of tho terror
and sorrower a country ”00 times larger than tho
burnt district of Chicago. It appealed fur that
Intorcst-immoy now for the Hrst time needed,
and needed now at once. Of course tho response
could only be one of hearty good will, comfort
and cheer, “ Hung on till wo can reach you.”
Alaal alasl lot us blush us citizens of Chicago
when wo are forced to acknowledge that thoro
fa too much truth fit tho sarcasms with which
tho Michigan press is speaking uf us. 1 have
before tuo a Michigan paper from which 'I copy
(ho following:
“Tho Michigan people who sent ftWO.OOO ls.lV
4111 to Chicago In 1.H71 thought that In giving It
tothopour they wore ‘lending to tho Lord/
They were mistaken—they wore making a per
manent Investment In Chicago.”
1 wns shown but it day or two ngo a letter re*
coivuil by a gentleman of this city from u friend
In Michigan in wtilch occurs the statement: “ U
Is honed that Chicago will not soon be In u po
sition to need aid from Michigan, for the tem
per of our people at present u not favorable for
n warm response." I? this feeling warranted by
tno facts m tho case? When In looking over tho
reports of collections made by the Secretary of
tho Chicago Helicf I have' found large whole
sale, and retail, or matmfautnrlng establish
ments credited with subscriptions of sl, con
cerns claiming to be true representatives
of Chicago's business enterprise and thrift
contributing £l. and when I llnd
a dozen lines representing an Industry Justly
considered one of tho most extensive in tho
city, both In the extent of capital employed and
and value of Its manufactures, whoso aggregate
contribution* do not exceed tflOU. I cannot help
feeling that tho prospect of paying that Interest
money U Indeed small, uni 1 I cel like saying to
certain of these referred to above, "(led bless
your stingy souls, and give you a proper concep
tion ;of veur duties as citizens nt Chicago in
responding to the cry of distress mid eutrenug."
All honor to those who imvo given as tho Lord
has prospered them, and let all. others ponder
tho facts, and with an earnest effort redeem tho
fraud name of our city, and of the trade or call- ;
ng they represent, uy recalling their grudgingly
given pennies to bo substituted by more
generous gifts, or If they have not yet given,
seek mil mo proper channel or committee, ami
each man build faithfully upon tho wall In front
of tils own dwelling. Citizen.
NEBRASKA NOTES.
Tho Volltlcnl niowlngOlnchlno —A.
Vomitf JTlnn tit Trouble—.tllscollnno
oit* ami Ueucrnl Nolcw,
Special CV)rrr»pondr»i« oj The Chicago Tribune.
Lincoln’, Neb., Get. 7.—Tbo mate and County
Convention bomg over, nil good itopublicuua
have decided to vote tho rcgulartlckct, and nut
bo hoodwinked Into tbo bulluf that mi independ
ent ticket would bo Just tho thing to veto in
this oil year of politics. Tho Stato nominations
give genera) satisfaction, and so do a)] iho nom
inations for this county, uxcopt that of County
Judge, The present Incumbent tried hard fur u
remmtitiiKfon, but railed, and in tbo contest u
man unknown to fame, and some say an incom
petent man. slipped in and secured iho prize.
A goad share ot tno line of tbo county loci aw
ful sort) over It, but there is no use of kicking;
tho man secured tho nomination fairly, and is
therefore entitled to tbo votes o( nil good lie
publicans. This Is consolation with n vengeance,
but It will have to do.
A youiiff (linn from ttio country was in ton’d
yeatonluy, uml npidlod to ono of our lawyers tor
n soared mirrunt to Uml bU runaway wlro. Sbo
lm<l initio vbdiiiur with tbo hired man about a
week before, anil, failldir to return, tbo discon
solate busbnnd will In soured of bur.
A bi» Hunt la nxpcvted in tbo Towns of Ito
nicmtanrt iVnboa t««*t Monday, over tbo bonds
lor tbo Lincoln & Fremont Uiillroml. Strikers
from Lincoln, lavorinu both sides, uro now mi
tbo wound, and money iviit bo used freely to
dufout or curry tbo proposition.
Tbopricoui' bay bus homo up considerably of
Into, and that of potatoes bus «imodown. Tills
rise urn) full of in-ovoiuler for nnin ami beast
will bo noted wllb Interest by tboso wbo watcb
tbo timrltets.
MINISTER ANGELI.
Bptflal IJttwicA to Tht L'Hitaoo Tribune.
Ann Aitimn, Mich., Oct. A letter Just re
ceived from Minister Angell nnnonncea that bo
will cull from Shanghai with his family Oct. ID,
and will be due at Naples Nov. IM. They Will
reach homo In February next.
No Huro|iu»u Siirgiiuiii.
Newspapers In Qormnny bavu culled uttoiiiloa
to the fact that mi European surgeons were
culled lu coiisulttitioii hi Frosldont Qarllold'a
ease. Tho llurlhi T«u/eWuUsay«J
••Wu may mention In this utmnceUon (bat ft
has exulted some gurprlse Its medical circles that
the American surgeons did not avail themselves
of tuu opportunity to consult European author
ities. Frof. Schfloborn, of KOnlgsbonr, In Prus
sia. has been In the United ritales for tbo last
live weeks studying the American hospitals.
Frof. bcbilnborn, who, U may bo observed, en
joys tbo bitch esteem of our Empress, was one of
tbo chief pupils aud assistants of Eangenbook.
lie has been (be regular Frofussur of Surgery at
KOnlirsborir for tblriy years.
“Ono wmiM suppose that lit the midst of the
muny unexpected alternations that look pluoo lu
the sickness of tbe President, mid tbo painful
disillusions which tbe pbyslolaas experienced so
otten, it would not bavo burt tbo altogether
justloablo National pride of tbo Americans If
only fur their own satisfaction they had coiled
lusueb uu authority."
COTTON EXPOSITION.
Tho Opening of the Intornational
Show at Atlanta, Ca.
Buildings Not Yot Completed, and
Goods Not Yot in Flaoe.
Uvcrjlliliiß to Ho In (iooil Onlor lijr (lie
16111 lusl.
Special Comspantirnte of The Chicago Tribune.
Ati.anta, On., Oct. 7.—Although tho Interns
tloiml Colton exposition opened on tho fith,
little enn bo found to write about It of Interest
to tbo renders of Tun Tin mm:, owing to the
fact that tho opening was premature, occurlng
boforo everything was In readiness. Tho grounds
upon the day of the opening were crowded inn]
tho program fur tho day was carried out must
happily.
TUB ADnilBSSBfl
of Senator Zcb Vance, of North Carolina, and
Senator Han \V, Voorhces, of Indiana, were In
every respect appropriate. Vmice, In tho
language of a frloml, "opened Hid* book, and
Vouchees did tho reading." Tho former made a
sharp skimming speech Hint formed tho outlines
for iho admirable elfort of Senator Voorhces,
which followed.
INCIDENTS.
Quo of (ho Incidents noted by tho newspaper
reporters who have been seated In front ol tbo
platform while tho program was being gouo
through with was tho treating of Senator Voor
hces by Senator Vance to tv cbow of tobacco,
Tho weed was la rho shape of a largo plug, which
tho North Carolina Senator pulled from an in
side pocket. Another Inuldeiit that was tho
cause of some merriment occurred about the
middle of Senator Voorhces' speech, when a
workman who was on tho shod above, thinking
that tho Senator from Indiana had concluded,
when in fact no was only moistening his Ups,
orled out. “Lot's go to dinner I" Tho occu
pants of tbo stand ijnlJWcd tho speaker by telling
him that his speech was too long for tbo oudlenee
on tho top of tho building.
TUUM.SU ON* STEAM.
As Boon ns tho Exposition was announced For*
tnnlly opened the booming ot Uio guns of tbo
FifthArtllory was heard In too roar of tbo pa.
vlliuii-sliind. The crowd nt once tools posses*
slon of Uio building. Senators Vnneo and Voer*
bees, cx-Uov. Mishap, mid Mr. Oosborn as
sisted tho Dlreclor-tlencrul and President of the
Exposition In turning on tbo Hteam and starting
tho machinery in motion. Nothing was dono
with tbo machinery, however, owing to tbo fact
that belts bud not been adjusted.
THE MAIN WILDING,
tho contro of attraction. Is still a scono ot
grout disorder, owing to tho fact tbnt exhibit*
urs huve not succeeded as yet In getting tbolr
goods In position. Not more than two dozen
exhibitors, if even that number, are ready to
mnUu u show, tbolr goods being yet unpacked,
(Iradnully, however, they are getting them out
and In place, and by tbo 15tb ortAHh of tbo pres*
out moiiih everything will be arranged ana la
order. Thorn Is no denying tho faot that tbs
display will be superb in every particular, as
enough can now bo seen to guarantee this,
while as yet all of tho goods have not arrived.
THE GREAT THOUIILB
about the whole affair is that the management
when It decided to enlarge did not put utT the
opening so as to allow adttlUonnl time for tbo ml*
ditluimlworktubedoncln. Tho Directors under
took more work without giving themselves were
time lu which to do It. and In tho same shoo they
tried to got a No. & foot lu at Hrsc they later at*
tempted to get lu a No. H. When It was decided
to enlarge, the day for tho opening should have
been postponed so us to give the necessary time
In which to do tho additional work. As tbo mut
ter now stands tho exposition Is opou, and the
exhibitors
AHB NOT HEADY,
and will not bo for a week or ten days yet. By
that tlmo. however, It (a to bo ba(>ed and be
lieved time too exposition will be in full bloom.
In going through tbo hulls everything that enu
bo Imagined ft Is found, will be represented.
The past, present, and future of the country are
seen on all sides, of every quality and every
quantity. One of tho exhibitors, speaking of tho
chances for a tine display uf all characters uf
goods, said to mo: “1 attended five fairs and
expositions last your and three (his year, and
none of thorn will eomo within a hundred miles
of this one. t behove that thoro will ho more
goods exhibited hero than wore exhibited at all
of tbo exhibitions and fairs 1 attended hist
year."
THE OTHER WILDINGS
about tho grounds aro being gotten in order and
made ready for occupation. Tho railroad build
ing Is completed, and peeked with lino exhibits,
which have not, however, been placed in po
sition yet; white tho annexes, two In number,
nro nearly completed. Tho press-pavilion ami
other buildings about tho grounds aro being
completed rapidly, and will soon bo ready for
occupation. Ample arrangements have bora
maui* for visiting the grounds, and visitors can
exercise their choice of going thoro olthor by
street-ears or steam-power. The hotel-accom
modations, both nt and about tho grounds, nro
ampin lu every respect to aecommodulu a large
crowd: while lu tho city any quantity of eligible
accommodations can bo found. At some of
those places tho rates are pretty exorbitant,
while ar others a reasonable sum Is asked fur
board and lodging.
THE METROPOLITAN PRESS
was woll represented at tbo opening, and n good
many of tbo boys are still bore—doing little,
however, as there is not much to be said about
tho exposition ns you Several of thorn have
gone home for a few days, and will return ugulti
as hooii ns tho exposition gets thoroughly under
headway. My udvicu to tho renders of Tub
Tiuiiunk Is. not to come to tho exposition mull
after the JJith Inst. Como then, and n visit will
ho quite satisfactory. Until tncu I cannot see
how anything can ho gotten in eUlp-ebnpo. Tho
affair will, In point of extent, come nearer tbo
Centennial than any simitar enterprise over
seen in this country. On tho !slb of tuo present
month tho Hrst mammoth excursion will roach
Atlanta, and from that data tho crowds are ex
pected, us thou they will bo able to sou a satis
factory exhibition of tho wealth of tho world.
Kidney Complaint*
of nil descriptions are relieved nt once, and
speedily mired by Kidney-Wort. It seems In
tended by nature for tbo euro of all diseases of
tho kidneys caused by weakness and debility.
Us grout tanlo powers are especially directed to
tho removal of this class of discuses. Wo know
of portions that ntivo suffered for thirty years
that Imvo been permanently cured by taking
Kinney-Wort u short time. Try It, either liquid
or dry.—. Sim,
¥UUmAltLli COMPOUND,
BHS.LML PIHKU&H. OF LYKN, HitSS n
LYDIA E. PINKHAM’S
VEGETABLE COMPOUND.
Is ft Foaltlvo Cure
for ell tho*o Painful Complaint* and Wislnwm*
itconuan to ear best female population.
ItwUlcura entirely tba wont form ot Female Com*
plaint*, all ovarian t roubles, Inflammation aud Ulcer*
tlon, Falling and DUplarewcnt*, andtbo eooaoqueot
Spinal Weakness, and la particularly adapted to lb*
Clung* of Ufa,
It will dUiolv* andaxpeltQiDonfromtbaQterusla
an aatly Magaof d*r«lopm*nt. Tbo trodencyCoreri'
ceroui burner*Uwrail chocked ttry epeedlly by It* uta.
It itmoTM faintneaa, flaluloucy, destroy* all or*Tin*
forstlmobute. and rclleroawaakncu oftbeatomarb.
It euro* Bloating, neadaches, Nervous FrmlratloD,
Qaoaral DaUUlty, BleepleatneM, Bsptnslea and I mil*
gesttoa.
That feeling ot bearing down, causing pain, weight
and backache, la al way# permanently cored hyitatua.
UwiUataUUmeaand under all circumeUno** eel io
. harmony with the law* that gorern tbo female system.
... -For the cure of Kidney Complaints of either eealbls
Compound U uosurpeaeed.
LTMA E. FINKUASTB TEOETAiItB COM
VOUKUU prepared at S 3» and MS Waetora Avenue*
Lynn, Hast PricafL BlxbottUifor #4. B*ntbym*H
InUwfona of pUla, also lathe fora of lounges, oa
receipt of price, gt par bos for either, Mrs. nnlcbom
freely answer* al) I utter* of Inquiry, fiend for pamph*
let. Address aa above. Mretton UUe JViW.
Mo family should to without LTDIAK. PIMKHiM’*
uvsn ruxa They cure couattpaUoa,
and torpidity of (h* Over. *4 wots par boa.
Ma> SnUAs all JlmaaUu. -gg

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