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lathpameaant emmemee to eoder the tries
'.S Washuhatoe. ]uer batterles have airedy
to besealk. r
Mataey, of Browneville, Texas, will
a ebtt mea thi evesing at 7 30 e'cloek.
-b-e  fit. is the iptist. eRe. T. J·.
. teate,. bttt eth t pf the pe e parish
1w,- IS. mVoset do Paut Sleoity.
or or. VanianMr D Po~-.-The o
d al quartorly esmunoal of the members of n
will b plane io St. Theresa's Church at
Su to belebratsd at 7:30 o'eleok, Sunday.
. The geseal meeting will be held the saeme l
Se'elsok . a. to the Uorniaeg tar Hall. 14
thil. a1ft the Meb oa Minister waited
Wi. - sad beaded bin a slt aback of the
Sabk of eow Orleene em Now York for three e1
the- dllar' betet psymeat of the flst d
de the L ated Slate. unade the Mozeian
Commteslsl. The underatanding was that this
eammit te Uatted States to reognlze the Dies v
BAlE.-We call speolal attention el
Setternag statement on another page of the aS
MLk. use osu eldest nad most solid oean. as
I bas bravely sad sucoesfally
u t meletl stems sad ditasters of the last
Sa aund the excelloet namagement of m
s.ene.:l Predent. ably sutated by Mr.
enabler. Is fee extending its operations De
e.teMbelaum propertione
Vmrarons-Daring the past tb
elty hsbeum honored with the presence of ra
lshlps of the Province of feow Orleans :
*W. . Bider. Bishop of Natchez: Right
Qaltle, Bishop of Mobile; Right Rev. o. mi
i Lhp of Galveston; Bight Rev. N. Fitz- bu
eO Litte Back; Right Rev. A. D. Pelli 00C
Of lat Antono, andRight. Rev. D Manrey
e of Brownsvills. It is understood that
ed prelates metast Thursday in Couno to
important business connected with the
S _ ~ De
Thursday we will probably know em
woe is to be the next President of the United sell
the Orand Commission is expected to give Its
ShMe Pierida case on Wednesday. If it gives
-.-.4-1ea, which is very likely, be will have ore
twesore than the a neoesary majority. It i the
4et the veto of the state. Tilden wll be certain and
either by a decision In his favor in the Lou.
oregoa ase er by the obloeiofthe House. If
o the Commisaon in the Florida case Is in its
es, wewill have to wait several weeks more,
Wthe Losiaens and Oregon cases are decided,
aem know whether he or Tilden wi;l be our Mr.
Magistrate. Jori
hans' Fair in Natabhez will open
sited States debt statement for Janu- tecl
ws a reduction of $2069,669 for the eact
41ser Bollig, recently appointed Guardian fait
Vatican Basilica, is able to converse in II
twd langusge. be i
ht Rev. James Gibbons, Bishop of Rioh- pea
,Va., will preach at the Jesuits' Church will
Maw to-day. Stal
country friends, to whom bills are now moi
forwarded by mail, will greatly oblige viva
giving them their earliest attention. the
Vm~ axT's Homu.-There will be a meet- mat
the Board of Directors this (Sunday) me[
, the 4th inst., at 4 q'clook, at the Home, met
h Preesidents of Conferences are invited. tion
Wednesday evening, January 31st, at eom
, of consumption, at the Female Or- thee
ylum, on Conti street, Mobile, Ala..
Juliana Barke, in the twenty-fourth L
her age. hort
t. Louis Watchman, of the 27th of Jann- as
._ one
Father Bonlgn. 8. J., who lately came the
ew Orleana, La., to the St. Louis Uni
for the benefit of his health, has re- eitb
snuf ilently to be sent by his superiors non
v. Father Damon, S. J., in his mission
New York. ong
Augur's instruotions with regard to for
ning the stalu quo in the parishes are as snm
both claimants to be Governor com- foli
the same man, that man sbould assume
of the office. When but one com. berm
is tieued and no contest is raised by deli
mbent, and no intimidation is resorted
man should take office. When the
eruorn commiussion different peraonsne, wo
inonmbent should hold on to the oftie
a questions at issue are settled. ther
late Gen. John C. Breckinridge wa,s oug
g to the Hen. E. C. Marasbhall, a sort of the
vian sa-king-he habd " the same sum
lion-hearted regard, the same ohival-. to b
of the head, the same sea light in the can
eyes, whbloh could sparkle with genial witi
or Ar and darken with immutable re- who
profonnd meditatlon; the same mac- and
head, strong as a fortres; the same thou
so firm, yet as mobile in the singular a
line; the same grand chin, powerful as
in bronzose or ocut in marble." M
oaew proposed to dig a ship canal acres thou
f-om the Eoglish Channel to Lyone, so from
Sfrom India to Englanod and rice with
not go around the Spanislh peninsula citia
but can pass through this canal intel
terranean and thence to India via here
al. The proposeltlon is that the us a
pad French Governments share the the
between them. It is thought that by
. a connecting some of the French n
worek oould be done for $13,000,000 butI
pledtnaelde of xi- ears. Thisoanel of d
thing fot Frac . She could lug 1
gag then Impose a tongage aud i
tIte*wesoostuary. ea
The Situation.
Blane out last lser, the prospect for s
equitable, issue In the Electoral oentee
has materially improved. This resuli
from the choice of Justice Bradley as tt
Sh Judge. In this sation the faet is pa
teot that tbh Republican Judges originall
on the Commiaslon are not acting, and ar
not going to act, as partisans.
Such being the case, we are justified i
exeetiag a fair and honest investigs
lion of the essues of fact and law thbat wil
be presented to them. In that event the
result will be willingly accepted by the
people at large, whatever It may be. Thi
is an important consideration, because i
will necessarily be a leading factor in the
problem of general prosperity. If a con
clusion should have been reached by the
open endorsement, on the part of the Com*
mission, of manifest fraud and trickery, the
party thereby defrauded would no doubt
submit to the decision; but it would be a sol
len dissatisfied submission. It would be a
superficial calm fraught with the dread of a
comingtempest. Under such circumstances
energy would be discouraged and confl
dence only half restored.
Let the whole people, however, be con
vinced that the best has been done of which
the circumstances were susceptible, consid
ering defects in the laws, and they will be
satisfied. A defective constitution can be
amended; a broken constitution is destroy
ad. rrar.a r.. Ian rn- en- i. .al-TO----
ment; usurpation is the end of it.
In view, then, of the disposition to fair
ness already so unequivocally manifested by
thejudicial branch of the Commission, we
think it safe to calculate on a prompt and
rational solution of all issnes put before that
body. Mr. Morton and others of his type may
make effcrts to impede and prevent action,
but, in the face of such disapproval as that
course will be apt to evoke, even those un
scrupulous politicians will find it hardq
to persevere.
With the splendid talents enlisted on the
Democratic side of the contest, and the very
eminent ability embodied in the Board it
self, we cannot well doubt that substantial
justice will be done by the august tribunal
created for the emergency, notwithstanding
the quibbling and chicanery, the perjury
and fraud, everywhere surrounding the
facts and questions that will be brought to
its notice.
We, therefore, entertain strong hope that
hr. Tilden's election by a handsome ma
lority will be fully and speedily recognized.
But many contingencies may arise to disap
point this expectation, and should Mr.
Hayes be awarded the seat by reason of
technical conditions which could not be
scaped, the Democratic party may now
submit with honor, and will do so in good
In either event an era of prosperity can
be confidently expected. With Mr. Tilden
peacefully in the chair, absolute confidence
will berestored, the chains of the Southern
States will be finally stricken off and
friendly sectional relations re-established,
money will seek investment and credit re
vive. Even with Mr. Hayes as President,
the same results, though in a degree less
marked, may be expected. The free invest
ment of money implies work, the employ
ment of labor, and the comfortable condi
tion of the laboring population. We do
not believe it rash to reckon now with
some confidence on a speedy realization of
these results.
Last week, in referring to the Carpet bag
horde that have been plundering this State
for a number of years, we designated them
as "gentlemen from abroad.". Probably not
one person in a hundred could guess how
the Republican understood the phrase. It
either did, or pretended to, take it as se-.
riously used. Certainly anyone half awake
ought to see that such parties could only be
spoken of jocularly as "gentlemen," and
for the Republican to proceed on the as
sumption that it was meant in earnest must
be attributed to a lingering drowsiness
following one of its half-week slum
bers. We should hate to set it down as
deliberate impudence.
" The gentlemen from abroad !" Charity
would not permit us to speak right out of
them as thieves and vagabonds, and so we
said "gentlemen," never supposing that we
ought to make a foot note explaining that
the word was used in irony. By coolly as
suming that we had admitted these parties
to be sure-enough gentlemen, the Republi
can makes an opportunity to class them i
with others who really are gentlemen, upon t
whom a shadow of reproach does not rest, t
and whom it designates by their names,
though violating every rule of good taste 1
and journalistic etiquette in doing so.
Moreover the gentlemen named by the
Republican as connected with this paper,
though " from abroad" originally, are not
from abroad now, so far as identification
with their State is concerned. They are I
citizens as fully and thoroughly in all their I
interests and affiliations as thoggh born I
here. They have cast their lot among l
as and contributed to the common weal all I
the fruits of their energy and of their busi
uses or professional capacity. It is nothing F
buat had faith which, by qulbbling over a word
of double meaning can put them on a foot
ing with men "from abroad" whose hearts y
and fortunes and hopes and Intended homes a
ae all in Maine or Illinois-men who have I
t,ýar`1ý",~e( t a n , Vrihý "'ýY
never contributed an'bour's liones indm-.
try to Louisiara's welfare, but have batten
j ed like vampyres on the fortunes of gen
ninaloe citizens whether native or "from
The Three Priests.
Apropos of a notice which recently appeared
in the Baltimore Mirror registering the return,
to that city, of Rev. Father McCoy, we will
take the liberty of putting in type an anecdote
recently told us at the expense of Rev. Father
Kenny, of oar own city. The notice referred to
contains the following passsges:
Rev. Father Peter McCoy, pastor of the
Church of St. Mary Starof the Sea, corner
Johnson and Clemente streets, after a three I
months' sojourn in Europe for the benefit of t
his health, returned home on Christmas Eve.
" " " A private telegram had been sentg
to Rev. Father Device, the assistant pastor of I
the church, stating that Father MoOoy would t
reach this city atimidnight. The secretleaked
out, and when the train reached the station
Father Motoy was surprised to find nearly a I
dozen well filled carriagee in waitng for him. u
The procession-followed him to his house, s
where the warmest congratulations were ex
This reception, asecording to our information,
was considerably different from one of which I
Father McCoy had been the victim while in w
Ireland, on his recent trip, and with whichBev. I
Father Thou. J. Kenny, pastor of St. John the t
Bsptist's Church in this city, is not entirely
unconnected. 01
It seems that Father McCoy has a cousin in hi
Ireland, a very aged and veserable gentleman, lo
who is the parish priest of a little place called lo
Derrymacash. This aed clergyman-D-r. Mar. ti
gan-has fallen into some of the inflrmities of
health, (with resulting oddities of opinion)
which generally cloud or crown the latter days
of a long life generously and faithfully spent
in the service of God and Man. Among other
peculiar notions, the venerable doctor has an
idea that American priests are not to be trneted
on revolutionary questiens, and in consequence
of these fears, he would not permit his cousin,
Father McCoy. to officiate in his church while
-recently on a visit to him at Derrymacash.
It appears that Father Kenny, innocentlyon
his part, was the immediate occasion ofthiscau
tious policy. While last in Ireland he was
treated with princely hospitality by Rev.
Father McKenna and his whole parish, being
detained autong them long enough to witness
the admirable details of perfection to which the
paroohial administration had been reduced by
that reverend gentleman, who Is, Indeed, well
known here in New Orleans. One item of his
organization was a society embracing hun
dreds of men, in facot nearly all the male adults
of the parish. It happened that Rev. Dr. Mor
gan's parish of Derrymaoseh was adjoining,
and that Father Kenny, by arrangement, went
there one Sunday to say Mass and officiate
for the venerable paster, who was sick in bed.
'Father Kenny took the occadion to address a
few remarks to the fock, in which he spoke
with enthusiasm of Father McKenna's society
of men, and even volunteered, Dr. Morgan
being sick, to head the men of Derrymaoash if
they would go over in a body and participate
in some festival about to be celebrated by that
These remarks reached the Rev. Doctor's
ears through a channel whioh was more dis
tinguished for imagination and amplification I
that for tame accuracy. He was thoroughly
convinced that Father Kenny had volunteer
ed to head his parish, with the largest
shillelah in his hand that could be found, in a
foray upon the Orangemen of the County.
Now Dr. Morgan had doubtless read of Texas I
in its earlier days and of our general Western
frontier, with their questionable doctrines of
Lynch law, bowie knife rule and revolver arbi
tration. He didn't like all this and he didn't
think his parish was the proper place to intro
doce it into Ireland, even in the modified
form it might recoive while passing through
a clerical channel.
Hence it was, that Father McCoy, who was
heartily welcome as a cousin, got the cold
shoulder as a clergyman, and hence it is that
Father Kenny's name will go down to pos
terity in Derrymscash as that of a fire eating,
)t free-fighting, lawless, revolutionary American
w priest.
it P
,- Right Eev. F. X. Leray, Bishop of Natchitoches. t
The Right Rev. F. X. Lersy, just appointed
to the See of Natchitoches. was born in 1825 at '
Cbateaujion, Brittany, Franoe. This little t
t- town is remarkable for having given to the a
it Church the founder of the Little Sisters of the a
is Poor, an Order which has done so muhob for d
i. the aged poor of all countries in our century.
When Father Leray bade adieu to devoted t
parents and many friends, be was the first '
missionary who left his native place ; botsince 0
then many of his townsmen have sacrificed a
their lives for religion in China, or found their
way to the forests of the New World, their
devoted zeal making " the wilderness blossom a
as the rose," and they everywhere proving a
themselves like their immortal countryman, a
" without fear and without reproach." a
At eight years of age Francis Xavier Leray
n was placed at college, where he remained till a
n the age of seventeen, when, being invited to ci
this country by the present Bishop of Vin- ti
ceunes, and, fall of ardent desire to devote a
himself to God, he came to this country and L
continued his studies at a college in the same
diocese, where he also taught. After some time ei
spent there, he went to finish his theological b
course at the SBlpician Seminary, Baltimore,
it and was appointed prefect in St. Mary's Col
n lege, then presided over by the venerable and
e beloved Father Delnrf. He accompanied a
r Bishop Charbce to Natchez, and was ordained I
n by him when about twenty-seven years of age, at
his sense of the solemn responsibility of the n0
I priesthood having made him decline at an l
earlier period. He was subsequently appointed
pastor of Jackson, where his zealous labors
and unobtrusive life won the esteem even of the
" Know-Nothings" of that period, to whom he
was always ready to give a "reason for the faith
that was in him " in a comprehensive, conclu.
Ssalve and naaaswerable way peculiarly his own. t
In the ears '58 sad 'a , when the jelow fever a
· ' -
- raged fearfoly, helabsedi mnesestay, visitgl
. alaso Canton, Vicksberg and the nighbberla
. places, as one priesly violis after another
msak under the labor and infestion, and often
when friends and relatives abandoned the
plguOe stricken enserer, he remained to per
form the humblest office, often seeking by
earneet entreatiee to win the impenitent to
repentanoe. On one oeoselon a Catholio who
had long resisted grace replied to his exhorts
tations by taking a handful of "black vomit"
and throwing it in his faee, but Father ILray,
calming wiping his fasoe, sald, "will you now
reoeive the 8acraments and return to God."
In 1860 he brought the Sisters of Meroy from
Baltimore, and established them in Vicksburg.
When the war broke out he aooompanied them
to the hospitals of "Misiasippi Springs," Jenk
son, and "Shelby Springs," in his office of Chap
lain to the army, and proved himself, during
the rying scenes and violsitodes of those four
ye2, s father and friend, administering conso
lation to the sick and dying and inspiring all 1
with whom he came in contact with courage I
and patriotism. Though unobtrusive and
shrinking from distinction like all men of i
merit, yet when he applied to the Federal an- I
thorities for leave to visit Vicksburg during the
war, the general in charge replied : "What I r
let in Father LMery ? I would as soon admit a t
troop of the enemies horse."
Eighteen of the twenty.five years since his
ordination have been spent as pastor of Viks- a
burg, where he completely won the esteem and 1
love of his congregation, who implicitly fol. I
lowed his advice and referred to hie arbitra-.
tion all matters of doubt or dispute even in f
worldly concerns. be being remarkable for his te
clearness of judgment and unbiased views. w
His senavity of manner, refinement and learn- of
ing attracted to his sooiety men of all creeds,
but every individual taste was sacrificed to his oi
duty as a priest and pastor. No private in- a
terest ever drew his attentions from the one
great end-the work of God; and be heeded a
not human praise or blame in the diseharge of P
his dntye. He nnh t t. s_.. . I._ r.
high place it deserved in the hearts and minds
of men, and works were accomplished and
noble institutions erected to attest his zeal for
the good of his people. Through his financial
prndence, the chnroh is now out of debt. The
love of his people with whom he seemed identi
fied, the sense of their great lose, their bless.
iogs and prayers must accompany him to the
scene of his new labors.
The French Minister of Public Works has
authorized an expenditure of £80,000 upon the
restoration of Rheims Cathedral, which is
classed among the historical monuments of
France. The roof was burned in 1421, and
though it was replaced by another roof shortly
afterward, the building has since been mutila
ted in several parts, and it will be noeasy mat
ter to restore it to its primitive splendor. The
stained glass windows, dating from the thir
teenth century, are still in a perfect state of
preservation. The windows in the choir each
contain portraits of two French kings and two
Archbishops of Rheims, while the rose window
in the southern transept represents the Twelve
Apostles. The restoration of the woodwork
and carving of the interior will cost a large
sum; the organ, placed in the cathedral in
1481, is still in an excellent state of preserva
tion, Rheims Cathedral possesses, next to
Paris, the richest collection of gold and silver
ornaments in France. Charles X. was the last
French sovereign crowned there, Louis Philippe
not having been crowned at all, while the
Emperor Napoleon III. was crowned at Notre
In the United States Senate last Thursday
Mr. Baulsbury, of Delaware, presented a very
lenethv nrintcrd nutitinn .......a i.. s.__w-
merchants, clergymen and others of New Or
leans, in regard to the condition of affairs in
Louisiana, in which the Kellogg Government
is charged with incompetency; and they ap
peal to the country not to believe the state
ments of fraud and violence charged against
the people of Lonuisiana.
Mr. Howe, of Wisconsin, moved that the
petition be referred to the Committee on Privi
leges and Elections. and that the Committee
be instructed to summon such signers of the
petition as they may deem advisable to prove
the charge they make. After disoncussion, the
motion was agreed to.
Mrs. Jameson thus speaks of the monks:
"But for t'e monks of the Middle Ages,
tie light of liberty, and literature, and
science, had been forever extinguished
and for six centuries, there existed for tbhe
thoughtful, the gentle, the inquiring, the
devout spirit, no peace, no security, no
tome, but the cloister. There, learning
trimmed her lamp ; there, contemplation
'preened her wings;' there, the tradit'ons
of art, preserved from age to age by lonely
studious men, kept alive, in form and
color, the idea of a beauty beyond that of
es-th---of a might beyond that of the spear
and the shield-of a Divine sympathy with
seffering humanity. To this we may add
another and a stronger claim to our respect
and moral sympathies. The protection
and the better education given to women
in these early communities; the venerable
and distinguished rank assigned to them,
when, as governers in their order, they t 3
came in a mannerdignitaries of the Church,
the introduction of their beautiful and
saintly effgies, clothed with all the insig
Lia of sanctity and authority, into the doco
ration of places of worship and books of
devotion-did more, perhaps, for the gen
eral cause of womanhood than all the
boasted institutions of chivalry."
" One thing," says the Boston Transcriot
commenting on an ancient record just puo
lished, "is quite unexpected, that is, the
occurrence of so many names still repre
sented among us. Nearly all the names
are English-very few Scotch or Irish
namesare found." Well, we've got brave
ly over that, friend Transcript. More then
half the names in the Boston Directory this
year are Irish. if any one takes the trouble
to count.--Pilot
" It's a proof of the singular operation of
the human' mind," says a mental philoso
pher, " that when two men accidentally
exchange hate, the one who gete the worst
tile is always the first to discover the mis
W5tE Btesl. By John (Otane Murray, D 8.
New York F D. J. Sadlier & Co. New Or
"-"as P. F. Gogoarty.
This work is a mine of useful information
-oneerusig all events or personages connected
with the bhistory of the Catholle Churoh in the
United Sthtee. Its scope is large, and com
prises the early days of Catholle discoveries as
well as the later ones of Catholic growth and
The author says in his peeface that, as a hobild
rIthat "anoient, rook-built Church, it was but
natural that the heart tarmed to its subject," etc.;
and this remark gives us occasion to express
our wish that he had written with more dig
uity and loes enthusiasm upon the cause of
truth, so that his really excellent work might
become truly popular both with friend and
uhob expressions as the following are not
aloulated to aoomplislP the desired object,
i are not consistent with the gravity of an
apartial historian : "Cruel and satanio en
ines of destruction," "debased and intrigning
olicy," infamous trickh of a worn-out bigot,"
like vipers they turned and bit," etc., "the
emainder is a tissue of lies," " We have yet
olearn that the fools who made the above a
laws) were ever sent to the Insane asylmr ."
I We do not propose Lingard as the model for
. all historians, because, as a distinguished
writer once said, " be wrote for the minds of
Protestants at the expense of the hearts of Ca.
tholics," but we do not think it is wise to write
for the hearts of one party at the expense of
the minds of another, and Mr. Murray's work
will certainly please only the fervent Catholicsa
of our day.
Moreover, the naique grouping of facts, fan.
i ees, legends and verse, is pecnliar and net
always satisfactory.
We also noticed some errors in French ao
oentuation and English grammar, which sur
prised as in a work of the kind. Poace de
Leon should have no acoent on the eof the firsat I
name, and the same remark applies to the ex- I
preesion crere coevr, which is meaningless with
the accented final e. The erroneous usne of the
anxiliary shall for will in several cases, is a
singular oversight for a scholar like Prof. Mur
But now we must commence to praise the re
search, the seal, the loving earnestness with a
which the author has accomplished his task,
and we hope that with Catholics, at least, the
book will become a popular friend and a wel.
come visitor.
The biographical sketches are very valuable,
including, as they do, fifty-seven names of
eminent Catholics from among the clergy and
the laity. This feature of the work makes it
of great interest to the reader. ,
The chapter on Catholic Art, Science and b
Philosophy in the United States, is replete with n
important details, and should be carefully read
by all students. In regard to names distin- p
guished in Catholic literature, the author ad- o
mits that he has not space to do full justied to a
all-but we regret that he only included in
"a list" of persons, a name so bright with 5
genius as that of Eleanor C. Donnelly-without v
one word of homage to her fame. b
It is a pity that the present always reserves C
to the future the glory of crowning true genius
with a laurel wreath. A day will come when v
America will be proud of her "Catholic poet," m
but then alas the cypress will mingle with al
the palm. Here, in poor benighted Louisiana, vi
we recognize the genius of Eleanor C. Don- hi
nelly, and dare to anticipate the day when all oi
lips shall acknowledge her as the Adelaide w
Procter of America I 0l
or BALTIMORE.-FOr several months past, sixty a
boys have been rehearsing the Vespers under
the direction of Prof. Piron, at Calvert Hall, on ci
Saratoga street, for the purpose of singing in tr
the Cathedral. The rehearsals have been held Ci
three times a week, and the youthful choristers m
have made such rapid and efficient prqgress, th
that Rev. Thomas Lee, who is one of the prime
movers of the undertaking, contemplates to in~
troduoe this new feature in the Cathedral at
an early day. The boys, most of whom are al- t
ready assistants in the Sanctuary, willocoopy is
seats within the altar railing, and vested in at
surplice and cassock. It is the intention to tr
have the verses of the psalms sung alternately in
by the regularly organized choir and choris- fa
ters. This new movement, organized at the al
Cathedral, is full of significance, and will have m
the tendency to further the establishment of
choristers in other churches of the city and q
States. Many of the prelates of the Church, hi
:pecially of late years, have deprecated the ot
music which is sung in many churches as being ch
too worldly and inconsistent with the spirit of fo
the Church. For this reason, choristers or boy er
choirs have been established in many places, re
for the purpose of singing the Gregorian and en
Palestrina music.-Baltimore Mirror.
A WONDERFUL Gus.-Gen. Franz Sigel sa
and other officers experimented with a new Hi
gun in the Broadway tunnel, at Broadway ha
and Warren street. It is the invention of nal
br. Hog. a machinist. Compressed air lic
furnishes the power. One of the guns used thi
was a muzzle-loader and the other a breech
loader, differing but little from an ordinary bli
gun. The ait chamber extends from the rid
rear of the barrel to the small of the stock, t
o_ which it forms a part. It is four inches in de
length and I1 inch in diameter inside. Into all
this chamber air 3s compreused by a pump W
run.log alone the stock like a ramrod pipe. an
Air is compressed into this chamber until it
there is a pressure of 2,000 pounds to to the ch
square inch. A screw regulates the power It
of the discharge of air, and a dial shows in
the exact force used.: Both guns were mc
fired thirty times each, thus beating by far its
any magazine gun. A bullet is put in after reu
each discharge, and pulling the trigger foi
opens a valve which furnishes the air and fin
closes after each discharge. Mr. Hag says thi
that 100 shots can be fired with these guns
without reloading. There is no recoil.
They can be made to carry 1,500 yards. of
A grave robber has just been tried in St erq
Louis. The legal accusation was grand lar- ne
cony, and that is the crime of which he was Je
convicted, the coffin being the article men- Je
tioned in the indictment as stolen. The body Lo
has no value in law, and in Missouri the statute At
against " body snatching" inflicts only an in- la
sIgnifcant penalty. The defence was that a all
ooffin after being put in a grave is abandoned, mis
has no owner, and therefore cannot be stolen, a
be that ta t e was t svemm I
eke GIvasvroA
Z. $ dltor Morsin ltars
Or- I am Indebted for the lo~i eas
ion report to a member of 8i: lsry' Teapot
ted ance Association, D. MeCaleb, * -.:
the On last Sunday St. MKaW'sOatholieo T
)m- Abstinence Society of thisn eity e
as its second annual parade,w-bfleh d,
grand affair, and reflected great eredit:.
md the martial spirit and uaewerving :do
tion of its members. The Socljly Ts is I
lid third ye..- and numbers oonldslrsily ev
but one hundred in its membership, many of
.; them being living evidences of the reforrs.
tory influences exerted by the Cathbole
method of suppressing the vicious habitof
Ig- intoxication. Capt. E O'C. Maeslnersy,
of ore of the original foundlers of the Socieay
eht and its first President, still presides over Its
ad delibera ions, aided and assisted in his du
ties by ri able and earnest corps of oMcers,
who are unremitting in their efforts to
furt'er its interests.
ot, The soc'ety has recently received from
an Toew York its regalia, which is a sur
in- ri nmed with gold in a green ground, over
w hiehshamrock leaves, crosses and stare
in gilt are scattered in tasteful order. All
classes of Catholics, from lawyers down to
he laborers of the humblest kind, are fonae
et on its rolls, and all unite with that Indivi.
re sible unity in their work which the true
spirit of Catholicity imparts to every en.
)r terprise over which it extends its fostering
d care. Very Rev. Father Cbambodut,
Vicar-General of the D!oeese, is the
Spiritual Director of the Society and head
a ed its procession in a splendid earriage
se that had been provided for him. By his
)f side Father Glynn, Spiritual Director of St.'
k Patrick's Society, which was also in the
line of the parade, was seated. Two visiting
priests also occupied seats in the carriage.
Mr. M. Costello, the Marshal of the osod
'- ety, was appropriately surrounded by his
It mounted aids and led the procession with
the air of one accustomed to command.
This Society is beneficial in its works, as
wellas holy in its objects. It now has nearly
81,000 in its treasury, from which benefits
e are paid as demands for them are made by
t its members. In ease of sickness $7 a wee
is allowed to its members and in the event
h of death $50 is appropriated for funeral ex
penses. So far it has never lost a member
by death. HARRY.
The above report, with a long and very
interesting letter from our correspondent
" Harry," reached us just as we were about
i going to press. As the report is only one
third the length of the letter, and its publi
cation cannot well be postponed, we give it
to-day, holding over the letter till next
The Catholic World for February has the
following excellent notice of Bishop Gib
bons' last work, published a few weeks ago,
under the above title ?
We have rarely met with a book which
pleased us so thoroughly as this little volume
of the Bishop of Richmond. It is popular,
and is therefore not addressed to the few
who are interested in the philseophieal and
scientific controversies of the age, but to
the people, to the multitudes, as were the
words of Christ. It is a thoroughly honest *
book, written by a man who loves the
church and his country and who is deeply
interested in whatever concerns the welfare
of mankind. From the start we are con
vinced of his perfect sincerity. Not to
make a book has he written; but be believes,
and therefore speaks. It is this that gives
value to literature-the human life. the
human experience, which it contains. Bish
op Gibbons has labored for several years
with zeal in North Carolina and Virginia,
where there are few Catholics, where the
opportunities of dispelling Protestant pre
judice are rare, but the people are gener
ally not unwilling to be enlightened.
Learned arguments are less needed than
clear and accurate statements of the doc
trines, practices, and aims of the church.
Catholic truth is its own best evidence ; is
mote pursuasive than any logic with which
the human mind is able to reinforce it.
To the right mind and pure heart it ap
peals with irresistible force; and therefore
the great work of those who labor for God
is to put away the mental and moral ob
structions which shut out the view of the
truth as it is in Christ. In setting forth
in clear and simple style " the faith of our
fathers "Bishop Gibbons is careful to meet
all the objections which are -likely to be
made to the church. He is thoroughly ac
quainted with the American people; is
himself an American; and his book is an
other proof that the purest devotion to the
church is compatible with tke deepest love
for the freest and most democratic of gov
ernments. Sympathy gives him insight,
reveals the matter and the manner that
suit his purposes best. The skill with
which he has compressed into a small vol
ume such a variety of topics, giving to each
satisfactory treatment, is truly admirable.
He seems to have forgotten nothing, and
has consequently produced a complete pop
nlar explanation and vindication of Catho
lie doctrine. We cannot praise too highly
the tone and temper of this book.
The author is not aggreslsive; is never
bitter, never sneers nor deals in sarcasm cr
ridicule; does not treat his reader as a foe
to be beaten, but as a brother to be persla
dled. His sense of religion Is too deep to
allow him to make light of any honet 'sith.
We perceive on every page the reverend
and Christian bishop who kn wa that cbar
ity and not hate is the divine power of the
church; the fire that sets the whole ablase.
It,is not necessary that we should say more
in commendation of this treatise. It will
most certainly have a wide circolation, and
its merits will be advertised by every
reader. Bishop Gibbons has written chiefy
for Protestants, but we hope his book wu
find entrance ainto every Catholic familys
the land.
of the earliest repeal meetings in '843, at Lib
eriek, 110,000 persons were present; sobe*n
quently 150,000 assembled at Kells. A slsgr
number assembled at Athlone on the 18ith
June; 200,000 esembled at Enulsoorthy in
Jouly. But at the great Tars meeting of
gust 15th. 700,000 peronas ssembled, Int
London lmass plaoLtheo figure at a 5a. he
At Waterford 600,000 were present, and an
slast meeting, at Mellaghmeet, 400,.0..
wards ef thirty peal meetings wer -
iani, the aumbers sssemsm I.el '. -.

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