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House of Deputies Devotes Entire Day
to the Diseussion of the
Divoree Law.
• bers of the House of: Deputies
of the Episcopal Church General Conven
tion discussed the momentous subject of
marriage and divorce.
Despite the warm weather the galleries
of the church were filled with ladles and
NO more brilliant debate has
ever taken place in the State
of California than the one that
was heard yesterday in Trin
ity Church, when the mem-
The Chairman Admon
ishes Visitors to Keep
The Rev. Dr. 'McKlram of Washington
joined forces with th'e distinguished cleric
from New York; and delivered*a^ .brilliant
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' Total; prohibition {" of -, remarriage of i di
vorced persons found an able advocate in
Church, i New York- City, made a»master
ly » plea to amend : the' canon and -.argued
that it should not "apply to the; innocent
party of a divorce granted for infidelity.
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every seat on the floor, of the edifice was
taken'by the. clerical "and lay deputies of
the convention.
j The ironclad . prohibition of the remar
riage of divorced persons as passed by the'
House of . Bishops f,ound many, strong op
ponents and supporters in the lower
house. . \u25a0'...:'* \u25a0
; The Rev.- Dr. Huntington of. Grace
the Rev. Dr. Green, of, New .York City, and
he was.j aided" by. Judge Bradford .of < the
United States, Court 7 of Delaware. '.'.'\u25a0' u , .'•
'The speakers in the' debate were^ equally
divided in i point ', of ' number and '\u25a0 It -'is ipre
dlcted, that , the ; final '- vote ; on. the .canon
will ! be a very close "one. : r .
T/fs ITH to-day's sessions the second' ivcck{of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church
yy will end. This j morning will }e'jdevpted;by the visitors to business, and in the afternoon
an outing on the bay will be: enjoyed, the Pacific Railroad Company having ar
ranged to take, the distinguished guests of jhe city 'for a trip on a steamer.
Special excursion parties zvill leave •'•' 'to-day, for 'Monterey, the Big frees at Felton and other
famous points easy of access, the, return to be '•\u25a0\u25a0made on Monday morning, zuhen the convention will
resume its sittings. The House of Bishopi :-gnd 'the 'House of Deputies will meet. : this morning in
Trinity Church.
The Woman's Auxiliary is to hold informal sessions \u25a0 this morning" 1 at the 'headquarters,
1609 Suttcr street. . • , v , .
The Brotherhood of St. Andrezv meets tliismorning-atg[ o'clock in the Young Men's Chris
tian Association Auditorium. This afternoon the: [brotherhood holds " an- open-air 'session on the
Berkeley hills. An evening, session zvill -be 'held 1 - at; Shattuck Hall, Berkeley.
Continued on Page Three.
There are two types of financiers, gentlemen.
Ab a layman In such matters I may. have an
opinion about financiers. There Is the destruc
tive financier and there is the constructive
financier, whom we have here with us to-day,
and I count myself privileged to speak In his
behalf of one who has touched nothing that he
has not re-created, enlarged, made strong and
beneficent, and whose relations, in the ruture
history of finance in the whole world, and I
venture to say the supreme characteristic, are
theee things which belong to the foundations of
a 'great estate and a great civilization. And I
am sure that you will Join with me in appre-
Gentlemen: I wish it was In my power to
tell you half of what I feel. I said to Mr.
Crocker, my host this evening, when he epoke
about the dinner, J'l will dine with the gen
tlemen with great pleasure provided there is no
epeechmaking." I never was known to make
a speech in my life. I do not know what to
say except that I feel that I must tell you
how much I appreciate all that he has said.
The General Convention to which he has
alluded is not composed solely of laymen.
(Laughter.) We have got Borne clergymen
and what is more we have got eome Bishops,
and at the last moment when I thoueht all
hope was removed I saw the Bishop of New,
York enter the door. He will attend to th*
speechmaklnr for me, and consequently you
can iroajrlne all that I would say. but you
cannot Imagine all that I feel, and I call upon
the Bishop of New York to say what probably
I would say if I had the ability.
Bishop Potter accepted the responsibil
ity thus placed upon him. He said:
Mr. Host and Gentlemen: So far as I know
I cee no reason why I ahould preach for Mr.
Morgan. Nothing could be more unnecessary,
.gentlemen. I am sure, than that either he or
I should make any extensive remarks in re
uponne to the toast which has been offered by
my host. Mr. Crocker. I am sure I may ven
ture to i>ay for him, as I may venture to say
for my episcopal brethren who are here to
night, how we have been touched by the wel
come whlcM San Francisco has given us. I do,
not think that In the history or the General
Conventions of the Episcopal church there has
ever been anything like It. Never. has there
been such a missionary meeting as was held
the other evening at the great Mechanics' Pa
"William H. Crocker In a few appropri
ate words epitomized the reason, of the
banquet and called upon J.; Pierpont Mor
gan for a few remarks. A short response
followed by the great financier, who Im
mediately switched the burden of speech
upon Bishop Potter of New York. Mr.
Morgan said:
ments In the realm of finance tand his
work in the fields of charity.
Xot one of the guests could help re
marking the beauty_ of the decorations.
As they sat down to' the dinner the first
thought in the minds of all was the ar
tistic and decorative effects of the table.
Two horseshoes with ends joined together
was the shape of the table and all the
central portion was solid. But for the line
of plates all- was flowers, grapevines and
fruit— the choicest of chrysanthemums
and the finest quality of the fruit that
California could produce: Depending and
radiating from the central chandelier was
a preen bamboo plant. On the walls were
Indian maize, vines and flowers of every
description. The room was a bower.
The dinner hour had been set for 7, but
it was some time later before, the guests
filed Into the banquet hall to take their
appointed places. With a hearty and a
courteous welcome the host of the even
ir.g bade his friends be- seated. Then
tame course after course and the merry
click of glasses and the conversational
rallies that make sauce and condiment to
the best of dinners. And then the speeches
Jind the parting handshakes.
J. Pierpont Morgan did not pay much,
lie simply thanked one and everybody
nnd then dr legated Bishop Potter to play
the eloquent for him. The Bishop re
rponded with sentiment, eulogy and
\u25a0tOTT. Both college presidents. had their
Ting at the came of speech. President
.Wheeler talked of the wonderful possi
bilities of development along Pacific
Khorts: President Jordan on California
climate, hospitality end greatness. The
nishops of Massachusetts, Kentucky and
South Carolina departed from the
strained seriousness and entertained all
with genuine after-dinner speeches. -Gen
eral Barnes, eloquent and grave, spoke of
the greatness of financiers and how their
charity toward men Is the charity which
makes men self-dependent. Irving M.
Scott dwelt upon the "Iron girders
that hold up nations and make brothers
of us all." And so they went on, now
nnd then paying a compliment to State
end nation and a laudation to the guest
cf the evening for his wonderful achieve-
been socially entertained In
San Francisco. He was the
guest of honor at a banyuet
9 in the Paclflc-TTnlon Club last
nigrht. TVUllasx: H. Crocker^
was the host Bishops and
clergymen. Eastern visitors and promi
nent local citizens, men on the higher
rungs of professional, commercial and in
dustrial life made up the gathering.
ICo fault could be found with the menu.
The decorations reached the limit of
artistic excellence, the appointments were
perfect and the speeches that shortened
tiro hours ran a gamut from light witti
cisms to the heavy problems of religion,
education and finance.
Gathered round the fruit and flower
bestrewn table were some of the biggest
men in America to-day. First there was
the guest of the evening, J. Pierpont Mor
gan, and his personality furnished the
theme' of every speech and dominated the
tone of the entire banquet. Then there
v.ere College Presidents Benjamin Ide
Wheeler and David Starr Jordan; Bishops
of New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky
and South Carolina; distinguished law
yers from many Eastern States, and our
own big men. Many of them had their
cay. and they spoke well, some eloquent
ly. Over the coffee and through the
wreaths of cigar smoke the flow of rea
son mounted higher and higher. And it
was a social feast, too, and will mark a
high place in Pacific-TJnion affairs for
many a day to come.
Continued on Page'sTwo.
Continued oh' Page Two."
ed ' to vote upon the men whose qualities
and fitness i for ihe^offices named had been
discussed at length 'on the preceding, day.
As a result of 'the vote taken the follow
ing nominations '.were, sent to : the? House'
of Deputies to' be elected:
. Rev. James \u25a0 Addison", Ingalls, \u25a0 a presbyter
Continued on Page Two.
Prelates Are vNominated
to Serve at (Home^
and Abroad.
BEFORE beginning yesterday's
/session the House of Bishops
attended holy communion in a
body in the chapel adjoining
their meeting room. This sol
• ~- emn .' service . was to prepare
august officers of the Episcopal church to
nominate five' worthy men to be mission
ary Bishops. At the close of the service
the prelates filed into their hall and im
mediately and without argument proceed-
Deputy Lewis of Pennsylvania then
moved that • the house go into committee
of ' the whole to consider the canon on
marriage and divorcei
The .house .approved ; the- motion, and
Deputy Joseph Packard of Maryland took
The Rev. , Dr. Foute of . San Francisco
presented an Invitation to the deputies to
visit the Maria Kip Orphanage next Tues
day; afternoon, which was accepted by
the house.
The Rev. Dr. Reese of Georgia drew at
tention to the confusion caused the pre
vious evening when visitors were allowed
to alt with the deputies at the meeting of
the Board of Missions. " He severely criti
cized the, methods of the board.' and pre
sented a resolution! which was sent to a
committee, but which was subsequent!/
withdrawn by the proposer.
' Resolutions on the representation of dio
ceses at the convention arid on the spir
itual oversight by Bishops of differing
congregations " were presented rand re
ferred to committees.
Deputy Mallory of Milwaukee presented
a resolution that all amendments to the
constitution lake effect on' January 1.'
This resolution was sent to the committee
on constitution. ' .
on canons.
Men of brilliant attainments took part
in the debate, arguing for and against the
proposition that the Episcopal church
should forbid Its clergy to remarry di
vorced persons.
At the close of the afternoon session
the subject had not been voted upon, and
it will come up for further discussion
next Monday morning.
The House of Deputies was called to
order J promptly at 10 o'clock yesterday
After the reading of the minutes for the
previous day Chairman Lindsay called for
resolutions and reports from various com
Deputy Lewis of Pennsylvania offered
a resolution that certificates of election
be presented on a uniform system. The
resolution was referred to the committee
the Episcopal General Conven
tion entered on the second day's debate
on the subject. Every seat on the floor
of the church was taken and the galleries
were filled with hundreds of women—rela
tives of the deputies and visitors.
THE all important question of
marriage and divorce served to_
crowd Trinity Church yester
day , morning » and afternoon,
. when the House of Deputies of
"Mr. Chairman, I desire to offer the
following amendment: To strike out all
In the clause after the words 'persona
then living' and substitute as follows:
'But this shall not apply to any one pro
ducing a certified copy of a decree of di
vorce on the ground of aduUery in which
he or she is found to be the Innocent par
ty by a court of competent jurisdiction,
or, to a case where the former marriage
has been annulled by such court* for cause
existing before said former marriage."
The Rev. Dr. Huntington of New York
then addressed the convention. In part
he said:
the chair In place of the Rev. Dr. Lind
say, who presides, over the House of Dep
Deputy Lswis of Pennsylvania, the lead*
er of the debate, then read the section of
the canon requiring the officiating cler
gyman at a marriage to record the aga
of the contracting parties.
The Rev. Mr. Martin of Texas convulsed
the committee and the well filled galleries
by. making an earnest plea against the*
section, on the ground that it was not
fair to ask a woman her age and that to
do so provoked falsehood. The speaker
offered an amendment, which was defeat
ed amid much laughter.
The Rev. Dr. Moore of West Virginia
offered an amendment " to the section re
quiring that the signatures of the con
tracting parties to a marriage be placed
on the church record. After many depu
ties had spoken on the subject the amend
ment, was. put to a vote and defeated by
217 noes .to 106 ayes.
Paragraph 3 of section 3 of the canon
was then carried by a. vote of 270 ayes to
41 noes.-. The paragraph is as follows:
"No minister shall solemnize a marriage
except in the presence of at . least two
witnesses, nor,* in case the parties are un
known to the "minister, without the pres
ence of witnesses to whom the parties ara
personally known, unless in the judgment
of the minister it shall be impracticable
to obtain such witnesses."
Deputy Lewis of Pennsylvania read sec
tion 4 of the canon, which particularly
prohibits the remarrfage of divorced per»
sons, and asked for Its acceptance.
The much talked of section is as fol
a ."No minister shall solemnize a mar
riage between any two persons unless, nor
until, 1 by inquiry he shall have satisfied
himself that neither person is the hus
, band or the wife of any other person then
alive or has been the husband or the wife
of any other person then living, unless
the former marriage was annulled by the
decree of some civil court of competent
jurisdiction for cause existing before tae
former marriage." •
In explaining the section Deputy Lewis
* Mr.' Chairman, the provision speaks for
itself. At a proper stage of the debate I
may have something to say upon It. but
I only desire to make one statement In
response to numerous questions which
have been asked me as to the purport of
this amendment, and I simply wish to
say that it Is not a proposition to stop or
forbid the marriages of anybody.
"That is a matter over which we have
no control whatsoever. It Is a matter for
the state and any action that may bo
taken In that regard would be entirely
ultra vires and void. It is a proposition
only to forbid >the ministers of this church
from solemnizing a certain class of mar
riages. That's all there Is to It and let it
not be misunderstood."
RIO minister shall solemnize a marriage between any two persons unless
iff nor until, by inquiry, he shall have satisfied himself that neither per
son is the husband or wife of any other person then living, or has been the
husband or the wife of. any other person then living; unless the former
marriage was annulled by a decree of some civil court of competent juris
diction for cause existing before such former marriage. — Section of Canon
on Divorce 1h.it is the subject of deb lie in the convention.
rHEH what is the great charity ? The great charity for the coming cen
tury is that which shall make it possible for a man io live, to support
his wife and educate his children without reliance upon anything else but
God and himself. That time is coming and wa shall make it. We have
75,000,000 of people in this country to-day. They cannot all be manufac
turers. 7 he bulk of thejn must live by the land and on the land. — Excerpt
from General IV. H. L. Bir ties' Speech.
VOLU3I,. XC~--.>O. 134.
William H. Croeker Acts as Host and
Entertains Friends at Pacific
Union Club.
The San Francisco Call.

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