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On their breasts and on their banners The gleaming hoe was seenn: And the proudet foes went iown before The men who bore the Green. So we wear it.nd will wear it, The .rean tdthostrove and died ~Outnation 'sAbp to q5 Of thse whonoeb erinehe t Who mote p sion keen; Of te.. who sie in prias For thvelove they bear te Osen. -Dub-- Iri•sasos. (Written for the Meaning Star.) LOST FAITH; THiE TWO SISTRER. NY JAOQUEiIE.t CHAPTER III. I A jburney from New Orleans to C--, in I those days, even by-steam, doubled th.peod . now noemesary, d gave all who wet in. I timtely associated ample time to form a close j and correct acquaintance with each-other's t characters and dispositions. Uninterrupted communication of more than a week, .when t people feel sufficiently at home to be nat ral, r is an admirable school wherein to stdy-our c neighbor's virtues and failings. Thus, little a nothings in themselves, made manifest to our young bride other deeps in her husband'sJ nature than those which appeared in his exter- t nal manner and on the unvarying placidity of his countenance. Upon their arrival, Mr. Stew- " art took his wife to a hotel, where she was pro- ii vided with a handsome suite.of rooms, though y they took their meals at the table d'kote, in order a to give Kate more diversion. A large number of r. Stewart's friends recexed-her very.. or- b dially, as ouga ue was somewhat ditreed t notto fnd a single member of her own Church s among them, he was more surprised on several ti oceasions by the undisguised amasement with a which many of them received the information I ofher Catholity; one old lady, in particular b going sofr asto s y: "Of oorse, tht was ali tI very wenl While she lived with her parents, and I ameong thoaserench people down in New Or- o leans; but now it was her duty to believe as o herhbaband did, and go with him to church." t] -Poor Kate received the homily with cold polite- it nes, and evaded a direct answer with some oa geasaality that a momentary interruption of- it tfeed. 8he had neither talent for argument, oc nor courage or individuality enoughl to dissent tl from any expressed opinion; butt she hd suf- ti ficient discerunent to uudcrietand that she was it in the midest of breakers, that her husband ft stood at the helm, and would tissitredly wreck w her doul, unless a stronger A*rI would arise to w save her. The gotd bishop, with two of his clergymen, had 'aHir l to see her, and hadi re- al quested severt of the better class of his con- p gregation to do likewise. The first iSulday af- w ter her arrival, Kate arose early, and was dress- in lug herself for the first mass. when her htshban iat Sawakening, exclainmed, with much astonish- w ment: :l "Why, Kate, what gets you up so early this ai morningl the very one of' all other days to B sleep late." t " I am going," she replied "to early mass." oi "Then, of course," said Mr. Sitowart in a in changed tone of voice, "I must go with you m for you could .never get up our Broadway hil al without the assistance of my ari." tc Kate gladly assented to his escort, and argued at tavorably from the concession; but his manner le was so reticent and cold on their way to ti church, that she was forced more than once to w wish himn sa'd sleep again in lied. Arrived at the w 'hurch-door, he naked Iher how long the service it would last. sayingie he had n taste ftr " such yt tII1Inuer," hit would take a walk, and meet ti iit.r when it was ove.r. It w,,lld be halllrd to tll ai whethlier herI tears et' playeris were most r cl- tit luent, as shet; knelt for the i'rst tine: :itnonll , p strangers; but, though this 'feeling opirtssIc t her. she felt, as she raliedl her eyes to them alt-tr, ti that there, at Tlesnt, .sle In:1 lindl her hIolon : tfr. to thus Catholi. theI l great ipuIe I' tlhei ll mighty Motlher's heart hn,:is in unity with iall h,,r ehihlheu wh,,n! th,..v are athll,.red in her 1 :heat w heiilI rve1t" tl i t, ,. . ill , i' I t I e l'relal la ra . 1I 'That d,:y w it-u a ""I ,'i' liii lf .it ;. inul 1t hrlt to her hn :" ti.u ..t ,'f ho , ,"ii :-i r.-s i . \\hliwn t, chie next satI . :' 1,]. .he hail, reat ih strll eh be %¥tw 'l'ln f,':tr:,-ld dltv. It|ut tillt ] l afrl' it| coqtlllucl'eV ;lad . o --, wrth ii trembling ! -s ep tr qade he rwith di hr tii'jhet, UdWtaboutgb nh " , la it an awtatedli eheerfi " I qait8 admire your taste kne s r for early rising, for this isea lovely morning f walking, and just the kind of air to freshe your roses and your strength." When, however, they reached Third stree Mr. Stewart turned to'the tight, talking vole bly all the time, and patting affectionately th little hand that rested upon his arm. "-But, Oharles,"said Kate, as soon as he Iav her a chalee to speak, " this is ppt the rng way to church. -. "Well no, not exactly; 'but we will no mind church, dear, this morning. I want t ow"' " antithll gardens that' lit1h this direetior, as well as a splendid view'of ti river from the top of --s hilL If you stil esire-to-go to church after our return, you ca_ xo later with me, and hear our great preacher Dr. Beedhwood." Nothing now seemed, possible to Kate but submiasion to this impjriions overruling will Conten~ d with him, or any -one else, she crpld not; so, by degrees, after a few more f-tile ec forts, all of which were met with his usua watchfulness and ready strategy, Kate war conquered, and allowed herself to lapse into t state of indifference to.the most important af fair of her life. Her imotto was not " What will a man not do to save hisIoqulr' but " Whal will a woman not do .to please her husband ? Among her acquainlances made at the hotel was a Mrse Field, also a young married ld3,,t whom Rate became very ma attached..Thti lady was also a Catholic, and was not slow to peroeivd the state of affairs on this point, that for some time agitated and' deped-f the youngwife's hr She.had aidea her all she conld by carrying her off, sos, tula, on sev se eral occasions tolate mass, having abundance of nerve to run the gauntlet of Mr. Stewart's frowns, and fluency of words-and arguments sufficient to meet and ignore all his objections. As the intimacy inereased, Mrs. Field saw with pain the total indifference into which Kate was falling, and upon one of her morning visits to her room, she so turned the conversation as to point out to her the danger to her present and future, and th necessity of more self-reliance au auo ae. nsa, ta. leWes. oflitii "Ah," i. iKate, "it is easy for thole who are not so tried, and whose way is smooth, to say what they would or wouldn't do; but lov ing ahusband as I'do mine, desirous of pleasing -, in him in all things, and dreading as the greatest lod ofemalaaities, a omre looker angry word from a in- him; if they were so placed they could better jose judge and excuse the diiculties of my posi her's tion." pted "Suppose I should tell you, Mrs. Stewart, Then that I have been tried- precisely as you are; aral, nay, that I have had even greater trials to en -oer counter for my faith, and yet I have conquered ittle all Suppose, then, all this be true, what will your on say as to the uselessness of a wife fighting nd's for her-couWl1faiei against even a husband's an ter- thority f" iy of " I should say," answered Kate, laughing, low- "that you are a tealopa little woman, who is pr inventin a tale to try to win me to be what g you thik you could be under the same circum stances,-a brave defender of your rights." aber "Behold, then, the valiant woman! for I cor- have not invented a story, but tell you truly Ised that I have passed through all and more of irch such a contest than yourself. I say more," con eral tinned Mrs. Field, with animation, "because with my husband is not only a rigid member of the tion Presbyterian Church,-which-be . Stewart itmot, but is also a veritpble acting deacon, and, sl therefore, is doubly responsible,' and held rep and rehensible by the Assembly, to altow the wife Or- of his bosom to remain thus under the dominion s as of the Scarlet Woman. Strange to say, up to ch." the time of my marriage I had beeit rather an lite- indifferent Catholic; therefore, I had no fears ome of linking mynfate with a Protestant; and hav of- ing no immediate Catholio relatives living, I re ent, oeived neither advice nor warning, except from sent the lips of my confessor for whose solemn, eu- timely, and paternal words I shall forever re was mlniicl ' eand bless him. Well, I was treated and firom time to time, by my zealous husband, eck with awful revelations on the horrors of the e to whole papal system, from Maria Monk, the his "Modern liabylon," "Errors of Popery," etc.; re- all of which mIy poor husband received as Goe :on- pel truths. Every obstacle'was thrown in the at- way of my going to church, and to win me ess- more arffectuallv, I was reghied-by conatant vi- and sitations froun the dvineasiand-edes who al iwh- ways by accident, fell int a disenussion of'the evangelical works and ways of Protestantism, this and the superstition and idolatry of the modern a to Babylon. I don't know how it was perhaps through natural perversenesse but thie regime as." only serred to give me more lest and love for na my own Church, and the study and practice of rou my religion became the ilnast interesting and hill absorbing subject iu the world to me. I turned to the Father, and went to reading the Bible con ned emore; for I soon learned that it was the mighty ler lever, the sole dept~edencc, horse. foot, and ar to tillery of these ne*ly-created soldiers with Sto which to -alsail tie grlnlld old citadel,; and-so the well did I ilarslmil my forcl-s, andtl use my time ;ice tried batteerie-. thact it wasi nt long, I aasurei iich you, ero MIi. Field's clerical soirces werel \very tect thinly attelctd; nld, as to hinmself, Maria tell Monk & Co. disappellcared entirely fromi thel tieldl el-- of action. cold hc left ile ill silent landl peafcli 'cn prs'cssion of "n Dionny, ,rite con iced,. I c cthccsIlct, of tlhicmntilit cf f ,icinc a tats ticne-onorcril al vineicic- cothlrt''." I cc' ll . he,-" intri iptdri Kh t. " lie ccas-e-l ! tilc-, icc ther opposioni." till Not yet awh ile, Iy c nille 1IC- ywalllleiicnl het. \.:L" to t-fhcithcl to bin triusit in gr1V c1p .a mco li 1( cIcnt cl aci charlilge nso eailyi. 11, il c e timill c,. - 1cV. I 1 cl-ought s lil ll c oii ll0icici ilcy iwcl cl, ilo rtunl tiec gill cctat' nt chi c rc4 h usiic l a inty r, iaLc ,dctliies, with hen c ,t colcing icnto ounflir.t with his I1ne.licli,. ..it, itciic. I w., still .,i c ti. l tcc cccicl lcccc._. - Ilir !icci'i, thnlt I i--lt nmust inevitllcll , ic tli-c ccin. cing mijakc aktad work antid altimat wrec-- b-t.r-' a- t ioeartstl't ptoodi3n of r aid' wife; fe~t, helte me, I T· t a' e yd earl ,'d"do y 16t 'bout ozt, e -_ Sbeing the eve 6 Crs Christi, LdeLed to goto holy ommu on.-.I etualysmm.med ,, np the courage to ask him to lt me out at the lchurch door. Indeed, I had long felt hat, a sooner ,g later, there must be an end to this tacit deception; and that he must either con clude to accept me, principles and all, ps I was, or give me up altogether. There was a alight a hesitation in his manner, but he ended b driving me to the church. .When, however, I ialighted, and he took my hand to assist me up t the steps, I felt that 1S. was very cold and trembled visibly and I knew that the turning t point in my fate had come-Cthat the, choice of a human or divine love,'earthly bliss or eternil 1o0,ay before me-and I prayed to our Blessed LoW to stand by me in the conflict, and direct r mein the right way. When we reached the top of the steps, and I stood upon the threshold of the vestibule, Mr. Field, still holding -my hand; and now looking earnestly into my face, with a world of sad, pitying lovb in his eyes, 'broke the silence by saying: "'Tell me, Ella, for what purpose you some here at-this-honrtfor see no- evidence of ser vice.' '"'I come," I calnily though tremulously re plied ' to go to confession, by way of prepara tion or my communion to-morrow.' No wa1ds, Mrs. Stewart, can paint th horror depic te in myrhusbaad's face so I said this.. He clutEched my hand until I almost crid ouat .with pain, andsaid; ipcrwappressed ltone of voiot, whish denoted the extreme of agit timo :. .. "' Never, never; I had no idea that you wre .henighted--so priest-ridaden--as to practice this devish devie for the ruinof all that id pure and holyin womanhood. As m wife-m "Here I broke in: ' you have enough, Howard; thisheur must prove the ulmi moment of our two lives. It is not-a time fr argument-that is past-but for action;. When yon let go of my hand, it will be either with your full and free consent to allow me the un molested practice of my religious duties, or it will be to bid farewell to ne as your wife for ever. Choose between the two. Yo well know how inflexible I am when ma mind is once inade up. And it were better for us to part now, when love and happy memories yet 811 our feelings that imat inevitably grow out of this persecution on your part and the rebellion on mine.' There wa sra ea l struggle manife6ted in his every ieature; his eyes were still fixed on my face; mine were averted; and I prayed as I never prayed before-prayed that I might h keep. my (d, aye, and my husband, too. I lived an eternity in those moments. But my prayer was heard; love and' generosity tri- v umphed. His pressure upon my hand relaxed, a and he said, in a low, subdued tone: t "' lie it so.-Elll. I cannot give you up; so, f have y-olr own wvly. Henceforth, our roud to 2 heaven must be by different paths; Ihad fondly 1 hoped that they-would he the same.' ' And so they will,'" I replied, as well as I could, for my tears; " God will reward you,; love, for" this hour of self-sacrifice. Have no ' fes* for me; I shall return home safe from it Sngeon, rack, and thnumb-screw, and be -all A theetterforthis act;' laughingly saying which, v I kissed my hand to him, and entered the d church. Unfortunately-, ithappened that there t were many waiting around the coneesionals; so, when my turn came, it had grown quite a1 late, and was nearly dark whenI reached home. tl I met Mr. Field, pacing rapidly up and down al the pavement, and pulling hard at his eye- t brows-an unfailing evidence with lim of un- p1 wonted anxiety or agitation. But my presence r, and cheorfulnets soon reassured him. And, ,r though serious, he was too imnuly to vent an di ihig like spleen uponi mue. Of ohirire, I kc an opportunity before the evening cold, of ng him a history of the confess l, cing my argument with meriptur and the ni custom of the early Church. .He listened Cl gravely, but when I had finished said: Cl "' Now, El, I am goingt[ ask you a ues- dt tion and you must-aneswe truthfully.' n " If I answer you s l, you know, Howard, m that It will be thus.' "' Forgive me "'lo said, 'for this implied in- m justice. But I/ave heard so nimany strange things to-night, that I really don't know what fC I believe, or what I doubt. But in your account as of confession, I observe that you have made no mentelt of the terriblelpenanees that are within we the/arbitrary power of the priest t 4inlict. tit bTow, tell me Ella, whether has he enjoined on wl you to swallow a modicum of gronua glase, ba pounded nails, or, still worse, required, you to pinch or otherwise torment your delicate N " I received this question with such a look of amazement and burst of laughter, that lihe at tit once saw the absurdity and falsehood of the - charge; and when I explained to him that my ep penance was simply the repetition of the Lord's to prayer and an alms for the poor, he expressedl himself quite satisfied with the termination of dr my fiery ordeal and was convinced that neither y purity nor honor was endangered thereby." th SOh, what could I not give " exclaimed Kate, as "'forr your courage and iadependence! But, hi nvee' if I possessed it, it weould be useless ill my co 5sei." in " Don't thinck or :Ii upoin that sunpposititna, 1e ['rs. Stewart. Eve r} ma adiit ines nal respIrto an his wiife all tihe ullire t"r" mlailntailiig the iiode- lie hentll-iee of he"r col, ijnltiolls prlill'nillles. 'eveni t though he mtay, for a tilia' thereatet-r, continue to opi.j,o thlllli." ." "It lwould niot bhe ý- with ifr. iaStew i lt. He i thinks that n wife, "-h,,l have,. ll, irilii-i,l,ility w ,pa'rt frol'll her lllind:lll ; that sie musIllt se'i. A I -" see(, think his hie lhilks. nd i11 el ashe feels.. li llAnd to prus alt1 oloilte courslll. wolld onlyal I,, source of ill"n liat waVI'hre, and invols a s ty whole life in mt er's :;. and I ,en,, illy :c , knowledge that Lh ' have neitheLr Ithl nerve1" t'" Inlr " Io r l l I ' n u agl l el i l I c t l | 'I P f iory l l ° t . ' c o m fl ie t . " "\'ll, if he wre my h shb ndl." s;aid Mr-. t, ssy " Li rat Sir Thorns t 1 the k fl the I know, I feel at, that yh d t oves me all th, his more for it; and though I ma t live to se nm- all of ·re ob removed yet, its t , me now, the sees our faith with' differ ent andlaghs at may of hi ear bsurd p edices. sand I, r war, Smamany allowanoes for our husbands-,ie up who nder the inluenceof euch a werf .nd andpP ai ) pr. Beechw0o ''. Hi ng flimsy .sophistry and ignorant assurance arn of pa nough to us; but to those who have a drank 'i c'prjudides with their mother's ed milk, his idea. .-ni teachings seem ~Ike the lt oriiolatr voiee of a od. That an possesses he an thapesuting sPlit of Calvin, and. would d I verily believe,, i the opportaunity offered, y kindle the fe fo. a second Servetus. Have se,you ever hea.dhnp peach " is, "Yes, rpied Mrs. Stewart, ".I went one evening,to p asem husband; but I was forced a0 to listen to suohs tirade against my own reli r- gion, that even Mr. Stewart was mortified, and never had the faee"o ask me to go again. The e- subject grew out of the recent consecration of a- the new German church;l and as it wEa lan Is, event, it som that many of the congretion in went out of curiosity. For this, he terdte themn roundly, tellng them that they were n, consorting with Belia], and that even'to coun .h tenanoe such idolatry and superstition, wbuld rank them with the sons of perditin. But how r4 he reconciles much an ent with his doe is trine of election, I don't know. Surely, those In who e predetinedfeor heaven or hell, may go "' whe they will, and think as they please.' I, Juttea, Mr. Stewart enteredteroom; and g Mrs. Field, after w ourteies, bade her rr friend good ornn, er way, fllfull of a thought Ad anie tiembhlg, vas h cillati ng soul, to herow ,. is [To le on On the 25th February 1758, Voltaire penned the following blasphemy : " Twenty more, and God wl be in a prItty a plight." )Let us see what was taking place precisely at the time indicated. On the 25th February, 1778, Voltaire was lying, as .was thought, on his bed of death. Racked and tortured by remorse for past misdeeds, he was most anxious to propitiate the God whom he had insulted and the Church which he and his had sworn to destroy; and hence he resolved on addressing himself to a minister of religion, in order to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. On the 26th, then, he wrote the following letter to the Abbe Gaultier : " You promised gpc, sir, to come and hear me. I entreat you to take the trouble to call as soon as'possible." The abbe went at once. A f days after, in the presence of thesae' Gaultier, the Abbe Mignot, and theMarquis de Ville vieille, the dying mn made the following declaration: "I, the undersigned, declare, that for these foar days past having been afflicted wita' vomiting of blood at theage of vighty-four, and not having been able to 4drg myself to church, the Reverend the lleator of St. Sulpice, having lieen plesdl to add to his good works that of I sedding to me the Abbe Gaultier, a priest, I confessed to him, and if it pleases God to dispose of me, I die in the Holy Catholic Church, in which I was born; hoping that the Divine mercy will deign to pardon all my faults. If "ever I have scanlized the Church, I ask pardon of God_and 'bf the Church. 2d March, 1778.--Voltaire." This document was deposited with Mona. Momet, notary at Paris. It was also with the per mission of Voltaire, carried to the rector of St. Sulpice, and to the Archbishop of Paris, in order that they might say whethet or not the declaration was sufficiently explicit and satisfactory. _ Twiqe before, when dangeroesly ill, the wretched man had made abject retracts tions. But these he not only retracted when restored to health, but, passing from bad to worse, he poured out fuller vials of < wrath against God and Christianity. It ' was then of necessity to receive the most a solemn and full abjuration of past infideli- f ties. When .anltier returned with the archi- s episcopal answer he was . refused admission to the dying man. The arch-conspirators i trembled at the apostacy of their hero ; and, dreading the ridicule which would fall upon themselves, it was determined not to allow t any minister of religion thenceforth to visit him. Finding himself thus cut off from the I consolations of religion, Voltaire became I infuriated-no replroach, no curse being a deemed bad enollugh for the D'Alemberts r and Diderots who guarded him. " Begone," t lie said ; " it is you who have brought mle to my present state. hegone ! I could have t done without you all; but you could not c have existed without me--and what a f wretched glory lutvo you procured ileo !" a And then praying, and.next ih lapheumitig-- t now saying. " O Christ," and next, "' ant t aland,ned by God and man," he wauted c away his life, ceasing to curse and llas lpheme and live on the :Guth of May, 1778. t These facts were m;ade public by Mona. Tronchin, a lroitestant physician from Geneva, who attolced himn almost to the s last. Ilorriliuld at wheat 1(e had witnessd, t he declired that '" to see all the furies of y Sthe was so terrified at what he saw, thatlie see the bedside of VoltaJe declaring that as. ag to eight was too awful for endurance." Villette, the friend of tiV i an : course/__, hisce lr, Moks o i ments, Just asth6rend e of Cresar dea doe:. - resurrection of our divine Lord; but the His.r hiosopher, LMon. de Lueo,-whose are ea tegty,and position were of the v highest, I tly rperted rad eonfirmld or'swat_ had be publicly and" the stated about the rrors of death " had haunted Voltair I will transcribe a portion of his letter, da Windsor Oct ae ber23, 1797 : "BealngatP Ini178'"-D Lpe.wastthen inhis fity t -I Ias one often in cbahppy with Mona. cEd was an old. aua c of at eli- Geneva, whiien eae to Pailsin q and of first physician to the father of the late P'he Duke of Orleans. He was cald In daring Voltaire's last illness, and I have heard him ion repeat all those ciiuumstances abdnt whio ta Paris and the whole world were at that are time speaking, respecting the horrid state. on- of this impious man' soul at the approach old of death. Mons. Tronchin did everthn ow in his power to calm him ; for the agttion 00- he was in was so violent that no remedie e could take effect. ButhecouldAnt ste go and unable to endurethe horror he felt at und the peculiar nature of his frlt te ae, he her abandoned him. Mons. Tropubedl imnt of diately published in all compesthe real se- facts. This he did to f a dreadflt lesson-to those whp calculate on b in a death-bed to minve pateIthe Stna tq nt. proper toe. ii a the only the state of the body, but cad Ire of the soul, may frustrate tir hopes of ity making so awful an investigoe, for jissu. y anMd eanctty, as well asAeodnese, are attr. ce tbntes of God; and .ass. ,,es., as a whole he some admonitiont saankind, permits li' as iputrnlmensta nlenpWt.oed acainst the impiog. od aant to beein erne in is life, 1 e tor of c!reeorec."/' Md Such are the fasts relative to the wretched eh end of Voltaire-facts evidenced by Tron ;' chinn hd Richelieu, and believed in, as De :lf Luc assures us, by the whole of Paris. and re spoken throughout te'entire world.--Lon ie don Popular Journal. to GERMAN CATIIOLIC CONGRESa.-We had a paragraph in our paper some time ago an r, nouncing the assembling of a congress of e German Catholics in New York. In the New York Daily News of the first instant g we find the following notice of this meet an .Te congress of the German Catholic t delegates convened this morning at eight n o'cloek at the Germania Rooms, Bowery. d Mr. Amend, of St. Louis, was appointed n chairman, the Rev. N. Stoller, recording ,f secretary, and Mr. F. Buner, corresponding s, ecretary. The forenoon session was de o voted exclusively to addresses, which were . delivered by Father Seimer, of St. Peter's t Father Mailer, of Jefferson City, Mo., and 1 some of the delegates. During the after noon the session was occupied examinin& the credentials of the various delegae. The more special business of the convea vention will be commenced to-morrow, and will continue for three days. , Sr. PETER'S IN ROME.--St. Peter's, for its r erection, required one hundred and seventy Ssisx years, and, to perfect the structure, de manded an additional one hundred and e seventy-four years. Its cost was-fifty mil lion dollars in gold, anal, to keep it in repair, requires an annual exrenditure of twenty thousand dollars. Of its vast f dimensions, perhaps the best idea is con t veyed by the statement that it covers eight t acrs of ground. To the top of the dome is four hundred and forty-eight feet, and in approaching Rome, long before any other structure about the city strikes the eye, this dome, like a great ball, is seen towerin in the air. The Bishop of Liverpool has addressed the following letter to the COourt Journal: i In your issue of April 25 you state that lishoIp fGoss, of Liverpool, has directed e prayers to be offered up for the disendow ment of the Church of Ireland; he hasdone r ito such thing, nor has he directed prayers ' to b.e offered up for any purpose. 2. You allege hint to have stated that the Popeand the Irish prelates would afterwardonsider I of the establishing of the bRoan Catholic t faith there as a national religion; he never stated anything of the sort. lie knows that the Roman -atthtiC t is already the na Stional religion in Ireland; but he knows I equally well that to establisk it as such is a work fur the British Parliament and not for the 'ope and the Irish prelates. Let your recreations be manly, moderate, seasonatble, and lawful. The use of recrea tions is to strengthen your labor and sweeten I your lest.