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D. ae B ,cEr. - ' " *ý .lsroara All commuaeattoaan to beaddreesed to the tekng, ud commend it to the ltlleetrleYxeMnmaerendasoet eene -S of our Dieee.. lenlthieni onee->o. 1$4 caraadelet rtrut* -----W BE ------r'S woora -"HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THEE THAT BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGSI" VOLUME CVI. NEW ORLEANS, SUNDAY MORNIG. AUGUST 10, 187. Mernln h__r and Catholic Messengermay be eneofi hits .n. t., O--e--ar Ad inam ttarou which may be beneficial in its I nr . aý..J t "C ar' i , h. ta ~o,... . ,...._. _., I..." - --. = Merning Stir and Catholic Messenger. raw esRLAuJs, vIwru . AUGUST 10,. 1n8. --,--------0 ---------L lLSBAPrEC SLUMMART on- soa . Ewaorsaw..-Parliaupeetwas prorogued on the 5th inet. The resent elections would indioate that on reassembldig, the Liberal party will fiAnd itself in a hopeless minority. Even Green wich, which, since 1852, has always elested a Liberal, at the last election gave a majority to the Conservative candidate. It is already stated, on good authority, that Gladstone will not seek re-election at the hands of his Green. ~wich constituents, and that he contemplates Sglng from paoliamentary life. cw.-Nancy and Belfort were evacuated eatbe 1st, by the Germans who burned all the goods which oohld not be carried off. On the 6th, the French troops entered Nancy amidst the wildest enthusiasm of the people. An event of the greatest importance to France took place last week. This was the reconcil lation of the two branches of the Bourbon familyftwbch was effected at Vienna, where the Count of Paris visited the Count de Cham boritfa acknowledged him as the head of the Ho w dBourbon and of the Royal line of Franle. The Conservatives have elected the majority of the members of the General Coun cils in the Department of Sevres, Enre and Otne, and the Radicals have carried the elea tions in Drome and the Lower Loire. Gxa-nn r.-The German Government has instracted its representatives in Spain to co operate with the English and French repre sentatives for the proteotioen of foreigners and their property, even if force is to be employed. ITALT,.-A etatement made by the Ministerof Finance shows a great increase in the number of veasels engaged in commerce between Italy and the United States. The duty on raw ma terial is officially abrogated. Difficulties have arisen in the execution of the law for the reor ganization of the army. SBrA.-Many persons who joined the insur rection in the South, in favor of the indepen dence of the Cantons, have abandoned that cause, in consequences of the excesses commit ted by the insurgents. During the occupation of Seville by the insurrectionists, many bnild legs in various quarters of the city were set Sre to. The bombardment of Valencia has beet suspended, the insurgents having sent a flag of truce to the government forces. Much damage was done to the buildings and many inhabitants were killed and wounded. The Carlists claim a victory at Elegnetoro, in Gaip uzcoa, ten miles from San Sebastian. They state that they captured one Republican gen eral and six hundred prisoners. The Carlists are inoreasing in number in the Basque pro vinses, Navarre and Catalonia. JAPA.--Japan correspondence states that a serlbhs ontbreak bad taken place at Fokn ko, in the province of Taikusin. On the 21st of June 10,000 men arrived with bamboo spears, assisted by former Daimo retainers, and attacked the Government castle at Fuku koo; they readily effected an entrance and set fire to the building and destroyed all the offi cial bodka and pspers &x-officers were killed, and four ate sad to have died by their own hands. Two osaers only escaped and fled to Lags, six miles from Nagasaki. The houses of all the inhabitana of Ieokota, who refused to join the insurgents, were burned on the let of June. But little blood had been shed so fart The rich merhobants and native banks are plun dered of all the money that can be found. Some 30,000 men ace reported at Ruemeri Ken, and another force at Me.tesmai. The cause of the risings is said to be the heavy taxation. Mrzxco.-Cify of Merico, August 1.-Lozada, chief of Topic rebellion, was pursued and cap tured by Prosales, who formerly fought under him. liHe was tried by a court martial on the 18th nit., and shoton the morning of the 19th. He refused to have his eyesba daged, and kneeling with his face to the S party, died with great courage. The Jesuits having ap pealed to the courts against the decree for their expulsion, the Ch'ef Justice of the Sn preme Court has pronounced a decisionin their favor, granting them the protection of the laws. UNITED STATES. PoLrTICAL.-The Democratic Convention at Columbus, Ohio, was attended by more of the leaders of the party-than any Convention held in years. The reedltion adopted state that they intend to revive no dead issues, but in sist on a strict cons o n of the constitn tion. They oppose terference by law with the private ffa ' business of men not required by the public peace or safety, and ad vocate the greatest Individual liberty con sistent with public order. They state that the present danger to free institutlons is the wide sppread *ogption that threatens the utter de traetls btlis virtue. .Wiih regard to the they resolved. that the act of tbRnL.ttng up, by the bayont, a go A lislana not chosen by her peop and lavl g no title whatever to role over hem, was a flagrant violation of her rights and of the Federal onstitntion. Wai. Allen was unanimously nominated for Gover nor. In Virginia the Conservatives have held a great oonvention at which were assembled the most distiguished men of the State. Gen. J. L. Kemper was unanimously nominated for Governor and Col. R. E. Withers for Lieuten ant Governor. Among the resolutions adopted was the following: That the Conservative my of V llia, dieisaimin all purpose of captious k5gtity to Gen. Grant, will Judge him impartlially by his offcicl action, and will cordially co-operate in every measure of his Administration which may be beneficial in its design,.and calculated to promote the welfare of the people, and to cultivate sentiments of good rill between the different sections of the Union. Gaanum STATE COHVENro.x.-Mil.mk.,. Aug. 7.-The German State-Convention ia sea sion here have adopted resolutions denoaniug all sumptuary laws, advocating free trade and deprecating corrnption in Government ofi cials. Whiile they deolore the habit of exces sive drinking, they oppose all laws interfering with the inherent rightsguargtnteed by the constitution of the United States. English Newspaper. (Mr. Henry Watterson' Lonadon Letter in the Conrier. Journal. The Times is losing, slowly but surely, its influence with its circulation. It is al ready exceeded in the latter by the Tele. graph, and will presently be equalled by the News. That it feels this, and chafes under it, is shown by the pendieg contro versy it hfis with the Telegraph, in the course of which, having the Telegraph at a disadvantage, it has giggled and snickered rather like a fille de hambre than a fat but ler or a Jupiter Tonans. Its competitors, the Telegraph and the News, are brighter, but they are miserably behind the American journals in every thing except their moderation and culture, and a certain good faith in the matter of advertising, which they have found profit able, and which every newspaper which adopts it will find equally so. The Tele graph is certainly better written than the New York Herald, but it is neither so bril liant nor so enterprising as the New York Tribune. I do not hesitate to say that the Chicago Tribuns and the Cincinnati Com mercial are inferior to -the London News only in typography, or rather in the quali ty of the paper on which they are printed. The London press is obliged to move within a circle of English common-places. These are little less than prejudices which have hedged society round with a narrow strip of red tape, the overleaping of which is so cial death. There is no nerve, and very little vigor; and if there should be it would go for naught, or prove ruinous. Punch, which is still read in England, is but a dull ass, and if the Americans had not demonstrated Martin Farquhar Tepper to be the same sort of an animal, he would be accepted at this moment in London as a miracle of wisdom and philosophy. Even the Pall Mall Gazetle, which started out with the purpose of being bright and read able, is good for an after-dinner nap three days in the week. On the whole I see no reason to modify, but rather to re emphasize some observa tions I had occasiae to make touching the English press not long ago, and which ob servations some of the English critics have been good enough to honor with their dis approval. The press of London is cer tainly much behind the press of New York, Chicago and Cincinnati in enterprise and in power. It is decent but dull, and strong only as it represents and illustrates the conventional weakness of the English character. OvU Boys.-Dio Lewis has written a work for " Our Girls," and numerous. others have criticised the " Girl of tub Pe riod ;" but no one, to my knowledge, has yet told as what to do with our boys. All t',e way from the cradle up to womanhood, a girl seems to fall naturally into the place assigned her, and never appears to fall awkward or in the way. But there is a period i; the life of a boy, when neither he, his guardian, nor his friends know where be belongs, nor how lie should be treated. A girl glides naturally along from childhood to womanhood ; and some times in this fast age so rapidly, that you almost conclude that the period of girl hood is left out entirely. With boys it is very different. There is a time in a boy's life when he seems to feel that he is out of place everywhere: And at this very time, when he needs sympathy the most, as a general role he gets the least of it. lie is too big to be petted like a baby, and not large enough to be treated like a man. lie is too boisterous to be in the parlor ; the cook sends him out of the kitchen, because he asks too many questions; the father is too much engrossed in business to notice him, or give employment or direction to active, enquiring mind ; the mother is busy preparing dainties for his stom r flounces for his sistoe-' dress, to .much attention to her son's brain or Sand as a natural consequence, he goes ito the street. The education he re ceives there, is soon made manifest. An exchange says that the man who never told an editor how he could better his paper was in town the other day search ing for the woman who never looked into a looking glaes. *re n0 OuOwn Corrsspondent. OUR IRISH L>IZR. IDuaLne, July 24, 1873. This week has not been distinguished by any political event worth talking of, but there are a few items of social and religious interest, and these I proceed to notice. And first oPall, we have had the consecra tion of the new bishop of Waterford and Lis more-the Most Rev. Dr. John Power, lately parish priest of Clonmel. It was an imposiog ceremony, carried oat as it was with more than usual solemnity and in the presence of no less than five prelates, not including his Grace, the Archbishop of Cashel, who was, of course, the consecratipg prelate. One of your Ameriean bishops--the BRght Rev. Dr. Hendricken, was amongst the number, and here I may say-en praentheee-that I have heard within the last few months, of several Catholic bishops of the Uuite States being in Ireland, at route for Romb. The clergy of the diocese were pres. eut in Waterford Cathedral in large num bers, and so, of course, were the laity. Conspicnoes amongst the lather were the May or and members of the Town Council of Ktl kenny, in their official robes, the Mayor and members of the Towtn Council of Cloumel in their official robes, and the Cato lio members of the Waterford Town Council in similar garb. The present Mayor of Waterford bei-g a Protostant, was, of course, absent. This habit of Catholic corporations going in the disguise of their oflbfes to such ceremonies, is steadily growing. It is a matter for congrat ulation. I need hardly tell the reader that before 1i29 it did notL exist at all in this Cath olic land. oBt since emancipation, we have been gradually getting rid of the social bonds in which a Protestant power kept us enslaved and have been gradually making a mnore and more public profession of our faith as a thing of which we should be proud. Thus every year we have a Catholic Lord Mayor in Dub lin, his Lordship and his Catholic brethren of the Town Council go, on the first Sunday ir. January, in foll civic state to the Cathedral, and next month I observe that the Mayor and corporation of Limerick, ate to attend in their official robes at the dedication of the new church of Rathkeale, when the Archbishop of I Westminster will preaob. The Mayor of Clon- 1 mel did not go empty-handed to Waterford. He bore as a gift to Dr. Power from his late parishioners, the sum of £800 sterling. Usu ally, the sermon at the consecration in this country is preached by a bishop. On this occasion, the preacher was the very Rev. Dr. 1 J. V. Cleary, President of the Diocesan Col- t lege in Waterford. No better selection could hfve been made. Dr. Cleary is a very learned man and is ver loquent, and if his manner e is at all worthyof the matter of his discourses, it moat be delightful to listen to hin. On the I whole, it was, as I have already Intimated, a very imposing spectacle. The new bishop is not unlikely to prove a distinguished meanber t of the hierarchy. He comes of a family which I has given several distinguished ornaments to c the Church. lie has two brothers parish priests in his diocese, and cousins of his are also in the sacred ministry. Let us hope that t his lordships' reign may be longer than that e of sqme of his immediate predecessors. tWa- 1 terford diocese alone, I believe, of Irish dio- b ceses has had no less ihin seven chiefpas c tors since the commencement of the century. t Montgomery, the sub-Inspwoector of Police, haf been put on his trial for the third time t this week in O'Magb for the murder of the 1 bank clerk in ewtown--stewart some two sw years ago. As I fully detailed for the readers S of the TAR tlhe circlnlnstlcuee of this horrible critme at the timie of the tirbt trial about this timitwolve months, I nerd nrot eter into them now beyond mentioning that in the very middle of-a bummer's day the unifortunate clerk who was alone in the bank at the time arranging his casb, was suddenly knocked down dean at a single blow of a bill-hook, by a man who mast have been well known to him, who rmnst have bieen conversing in the ofice with lini, and who, when he had made h sure by four other mortal wounds and driving a file through his head, that his victim was quite dead, q tietly took all the notes he could get-he took no gold at all, strange to say and walked cooly ooý of the office, shutting t the door after him, ino the open street. The caPe against Montgomery is very strong. It has irst been shown ti'as he was in want of nioney. Then it has been proved that lie was 1 seen leaving the bank at about the time the murder mest have been committed; that lie owas late that night near the wood where the money and the weapon were subsequently dis covered; that ho bought lead sometime pre viously such as was on the bill-hook; and that he said and did things on the day of the murder which are quite consistent with the supposition that he is the siurderer. Other damaging circumstances too, have been proved and against this body of testimony I cannot 1 remember that p e has set up anything posi tivre Nevertheles, two juries have disagreed on the question whether he is guilty or not, and the tendency is, when two janries have not agreed for the third not to agree either; in whichs, the prisoner is generally sent out of the untry without being tried anymore. It is not iý aible that this may be the result of the presblrial. The crown, however, are pressing the prosecution with great vigor it greater vigor than ausual, I imagine be cause Montgomery belongs to the force which is supposed to be at least the protectors of our liles and property. On one of the for mer oecasi6ns the crown was represented by the Attorney-General (Mr. Pall.s), and on an other by ergeant Armstrong. New-baoth of these able scansel appear for the prosecution. No man at the Irish bar sie surpass the At torneyGeneral In subtlety of rssoniug; and few men at any bar can equal the Primoe fer geant of Ireland in rough efeotlveness when alking to a jury. The ojudge is Judge Barry Y-aI very able lawyer ahivery impartial judge. e he prisoner is defended, as before, by dr. Maodonough. Q. C., who is, on this occasion, fed by the crown, as Montgomery has exhaust ed his funds, f cours e erson for whom -the greatest sympathy is felt is Montgomery's young wife, to whom he had been married but a few months when he was arrested on this Sterrible charge. In my next letter I shall doubtless be able to announce the result of the trial. I cannot help addtng one more word in regard to the prisoner's demeanor in the dock. lie hs preserved since he was arrested the most singular coolness and even impas Ssiveos. Nothing seems to unman or disturb him. At the last trial Sergeant Armstrong in his ddress to the jury, describing the manner in which the murder must have been commit ted, struck the table near him a terrible blow. I have no doubt he did this to see if the pris er would start or become uneasy, but if so, e dlid not achieve hil object. Montgomery was probably th only man in tire court who did not manifest any emotion or surprise. I htive already, I believe, told yon of the gratifying fact that the present oasizes in Ire land have discovered an almost total immu nity from scrions crime or indeed from crime of any sort. uo light have been the criminal calendars everywhere that the London .Times of yesterday which is ever most ready to de non ace Irish crime to all the world, in all the moods and tenses, while leaving utterly un notioedthe hideous moral state of England, falls into an ecstacy of wonder at the tranquil state of Ireland. There have, however, been two or three serious crimes committed during the last half year-amongst them more than one murder; l,ut these are in every ease trace-I able to the influence of the public house and would in all probability never have occurred I,ut for indulgence in intoxicating drinks. Thus-the mostr lamentable of all-Edward o Walsh, a Castlebar publican, has been found F guilty, at the Mayo Assizes, of having murder ed his wife under circumstances of reoss brutal ity. lie had been several years married, had r had five children bern to him, and had good I business prospects. But he became an habit atl drunkard, and one say in oneof his drunk en fits beat his wife to death. The Judge in in passing sentence took occasion to point out, in very impressive terms, what it was that e Walth owed his unfortunate position to, and his remarks are not likely soon to fade out of p the memory of those who heard or read them. a The tenant-farmers-at least in Dublin and a *Wicklow counties-are at last taking some steps to assert their political rights ; and er tainly in noother county or counties in Ire-tl land have that clam suffered greater political oplpressions. They all to a man hold liberal ned popular views, if not natiens)views; yet their representatives have been of the extreme tI Tory type. They are now taking into practi cal consideration the necessity anrid expediency of putting forward at the next election men of a their own class as candidates for the represen- L tation of their respective counties. They are even thinking of paying their members. This would be creating a revolution in ae our political system atnd no mistake, if it were h. carried out' and there is every probability cr that it will be. Father Burke has just been conducting a re treat foi the clergy of the archdioceiqe of f Tuanm-the diocese of Dr. Macllale. He o prechitd a great sermon last Sunday in the Caltedral there, amongsil' his listeners being lthe great Archlbishop himself. Subsequently, it the pe-n'le of the town presented himn with a f ur,r, littering addresis, the sentiments of which were echoed in eloqnent terms by Dr. Ma- Il.e, who entirtained the Dominican ora tr aui thie deputatioe n it a dajeuncr. tl JJ C. T'ie "rights of women" Iave had their advo Stea urmon us for a good many years, and id the " rights of children" have found an q adrocatr who, mirabilr diclu, is a schoolch- her. pi At a convention of the school', held recently id at RVomcester, Massachusetts, Superintendeut Marble read a papet,'tn winch he maiutained ti that every child in school, however young, in " has the samo right to his opinion, his judg- re ment, his will, and his way, which a full-grown man would have if lie sat in the saute seat. The fact," said le, "that he is weak and i gor- ti ant -acs not alter the ecse. If tho child's al olsinioin or judgment be at fault, we tshoul correct himn in the same rational way as we would an adult. If his will be obstinate, and 5 his way be productive of harm to lilms or others, we hould first point him out the ght way; and if le didl not desist fritd his eril way, we should enforce both adult and child iu the same manner. The qualities of reason m and intelligence should always bo recognized a both in the child and in the adult. The e0 first right of every child, then, as of every t( human being, is to he treated as an equal and g not as an inferior. It seems to be the opinion a of some people that to teach is to stamp one's b own image upon the child; that what I know c the child musat learn; tlat what I think he must be taught. We have no bnsiness to do 0 any such thatg. A child is weak, but we have no rigbt to bully him. He is undeveloped in- r telloctually; no more have we a right to d imposeonr opinions upon him without his choice." t The following advertisement appeared re cently is an English paper: "il James' Churh--On Sndsy nexat, the afternoon ser- I viee will eommeaee at half past 3, and eon taue until further notiee."1 !T PROM Y -g July 31, 1873. e. The annual examination of the Cathedral er. School for boys, under the management of the ", Christian Brothers of D'Evereauz Tall, took m place last week. The attendance of parents 's and friends of thi pupils was quite large, and t we had also the pleasure and honor of the 11 presence of our Right Rev. Bishop, Dr. Elder. ,f The boys in the school number over one hea 'd dred, and are divided.into three classes. The 4 exercises of the third class were held on Tues. s. day. When the little fellows were questioned b they seemed to vie with each other as to who I should answer the most questions. They p. passed a most excellent examination, and re flected great credit on their teacher. The second class was then examined, and y the way they disposed of numerous questions o and problems given them was truly gratifyling. Their exercises on the blackboard deserve special mention-Masters Owens and John t -Roaf t.kling the honors. The first class were subjected to a rigid cx a amination, and proved themselves very worthy, I - showing close study and excellent teaching. i Masters Walter Duoie and John Dix deserve t special mention, and carried off the first honors. U On Thursday evening the exercises closed ii with an exhibition; the plays chosen for re- b presentation being a farce entitled "Now f Brooms Sweep Clean," andp four act drama, [, ' The Fanamily of Martyrs." , Immediately after the performance of the , drama, the Bishop and the worthy teachers tI proceeded with the distribution of premiums v and awards; the pupils stepping forward and bi receiving the premiulln rom the hands of the Bishop. After all the awards had been made, Bishop , Elder delivered on address replete with prac. tieal advice to parents and children, oompli, is menting them on the ascessee of the past and predicting greater ones in the future. In con. fo elusion, I would say that the highest praise is lit accorded by every one to the Brothers for the as excellent manner in which they have managed q the school. r. ye S8. TnlERisA'8 AsvocIATIro. -Sunday last, at Hi their Hall on Erato stres the young gentle- tic men of this Society entertained their friends with the performance of the drama "St. of Louis in Chains," and the farce, " ~5gs of hi Windsor." The acting, on the whole, was ex- lest cellent. But some of the participants might go have spoken louder, anld thereby greatly in- fo creased any favorable impression otherwise be made. Besides, a little more attention to the th forming of tableanx would not have been out be out of place. Probably all this would not have te been noticed by us, had we liked the play ca itself. We have never felt any special liking an for tbhe drama, " St. Louis in Chains.' There of is not suflicient acti,n in it, The dialogue, Os with but very few exceptions, is tame, while In the plot is one that can be met with in every an plany hlle sixteenth order. The farce was teo received much better. At least, we thought ho so. Here rho acting was more natural, conse- pa qucntly a person could look on and feel lat pleased. And it should be the same in alt Ch plays, whether comedy or tragedy : no affecta- by tion of step, voiceor gestaro--a distinct read- en. ing, natural pauses, proper emphasis, and cor- mm rect conceptions. We are unwilling to be mis. ws understood here. We do not intimate that de this Society is wanting in all thdparticulars wl above mentioned. lint, really, we think they ho can take to themselves a little of it in the tal same way in which it is given-in good part. A CONTRAST.-In Mexico there are four th million Indianu ; in Central America there b are one and a half millions; in South Am- of erica there are seven millions -making a Mi total of 12,500,000 Excepting the Pata- cii gonians and one or two animportant tribes, do all these Indians have been reclaimed from barbarism. They have been converted to oh Christianity-civilized by the cross, not extirpated by the sword. Inai the terri cr tory comprised by the United States there remain some three hundred thousand In dians. Of these, 97,000 are designated th "civilized," 125,000 "semi eidlized, and Th the rest (78,000) "wholly savage." A com* ft parison of the two. results is very sugges- t tivre. JP Central and South *merica Ca- 8f tholio tllneaees were always predominant. In Nortb America, on the other hand, the lee .ctwvismng of the red man was eonducted le under Anglo-Protestant inspiration. wE -LiTe IlOW ROmUTN, Ts. The first Catholi pri who ever came to i this part of the atae as permanet msaionere '0 were the late Bisehop Timan of Buffalo and the' k late Arobbishop of New Orlens, Mgr. Odin, Swho was at that time YIoar-ApoetollrofrTexas l They arrived In Ioneton in the year 1840 Houston was then the capital of the Republic of Texas, and Father .Timon, by request, de - liverel an address to th! Legislature of the Republio. The present churoh et t.. Vincent de Paul was not completed until the year 1542, I bnt mass had been celebrated for the prece. ding two years in a private dwelling house which was torn down only a few days since. When the present energetio pastor of the Annunciation, Father Querat, arrived here in I 1860, he found the church very dilapidate. ' and in need of most of the articles Lecessary for a proper administration of the Saorasaents. The congregation was also small in numbers Sand very poor. During the time he has been in charge, which is only seven years, be has built oneofthe finest brick churches in the State. It is 130 foot in length by 60 feet in width,-45 feet from the floor to the coiling, and willshortly have two towers 10t) feet in height. le is now engaged in building a fine brick convent which is to be completed in October; it will be 112 feet front by 70 feet in depth-will be three stories in height and is intended for the Sistersof the "First Order of the Incarnate Word," who will devote their time to the education of the the girls of the two parishes. When the con vent is completed, Father Qaerat intends to build a fine brick school house for the boys, and.hen all contemplated improvements are completed the church property of his parish will occupy a square and a half of ground which has long been paid for. I doubt if there is a parish in the entire State that can make a more favorable showing-and it speaks well for the energy of the pastor as wall as for the liberality of his congregation who, with a few exceptions, are poor in worldly means. Father Querat has been in Togas for over twenty years, and daring that time this is only the second parish that he has had under hise ars. His Ipresent church is named " The Annunnoia-. tion." The Conference of the Annunciation, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which Is attached to his parish, although hout a few months in ex istence, has accomplished a vast amount of good. Through its exertions many needed re forms in the city hospital and prison have been introduced. I am also pleased to note that since my last visit to HIIonston, there has been organized another Conference, that of St. Vincent de Paul. It is attashed to Bt. Vin: cent de Paul's church, is exclusively German, and is itn a Ilourishing condition. The Feast of St. Vincent de Paul was celebrated both in Galveston and Houston with due solemnity. In Gjlvesto:t the Conferonce attended Mass and went to IHoly Communion in a body. At ten o'clock Mass the Very Rev Phther Cham bodut declivered the panegyric of St. Vincent, paying a glowing tribute to the self-anrsriflog. labore of the Laza*ts and the Sisters of Charity, both of which orders were founddd by St. Vincent. In IIouston the two Confer ences went in a body to Mass and Holy Com munion. In the evening a general meeting was held, and at seven o'clock, Father Blam delivered a lecture on St. Vincent dit Paul which was attentively listened to by several hundred persons. Afterwards a collection was taken up for the benefit of the poor. J. P. Our readers are requested to bear in mind that next Sunday evening, 17th last., there will be a musical entertainment in the old church of St. John the Baptist, for the St. Vineent's Home and Model Warm. Those who appre ciate the immense good this institution has done and is doing by given a Chriatian edu cation to over one hundred boys, will no doubt eheerfully assist in raising funds, at this crisis, for its maintenance. A great fire oocared In Portland, Oregon, on the 3rd, and only ceased for want of material. The lose are two engine bouses, two sash factories, three foundries, four mills, Are ho tels, one hundred stores and two hundred and ifty dwellings. One hundred and efty home less families are now encamped in the open .elds. The o ls l estimatd at 1 00.00,0 on whleh there was an Insurance of X900,000.