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1PW it.D n T SUNDAT MORcWl. . --_-_ ---'------~~ ` ýar.rans o Ur a w Las. 4 bDA3 @1 A 11 W .e .....AprilU-Thlrds esy ateruast. lreast of te Patreusis of St. Joseph. Ap* t l. -St zo.s. Martyr. SApr.... il 514--a ldo1 of 15maUSrlnen, iaydqo.April 8e-st. Mark. Uvalellet. A, prl s-a. Olete mad Mareellis, M'tyrs. ....pril r7-et. Anaetslue I. Pep. .... April -t YValrle, Martyr, wife of St. Itaie, Martyr. I ster OCleetle for the Seminary-Third List. 0150 40 eelof two ast lists ........l... .............. 84 se50 , . # r... ....................................34 0 Contraband Children, Varieties Theatre, aezt Saturday. The President bas ordered the withdrawal of the United States troope from the immediate Vienity of the State Honse, and the War Of _ ee has given instruootions that the transfer be made at 12 u on Taueday next. In honor of the Very Rev. President of Jefereuon College, St. James Parish, there will be a literary and mesleal entertainment to-day is the college ball. The play of "Sebastian, the Roman Martyr," will be presented. The members of our Total Abstinence Bo eletles are reminded that the emi-.annual Communion of St. Joseph's Society, Algiers, will take place this morning at the 7 o'clock Mass in the church of the Holy Name of Mary, Algiers. CON'iRMaTIOas.-Last SBonday His Grace, the Most Rev. Archbishop, confirmed 100 per sons at the Church of the Annunciation, Third District, Rev. A. Durier, pastor, and on Monday he administered the Sacrament to 27 candidates at the Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph, oorner Galver and St. Philip streets. Last Sunday Father O'lhanahan, S J., deliv ered a lecture in Mobile under the supices of St. Joseeph's Total Abstinence Society. His t subject was, "The Neceseity of Religions Edoeation." We regret that an excellent a synopsis of his remarks sent as by "Adienu" was mislaid, and was only found too late for i se ia thie issue of the STAR. As we expect a letter with reference to the General Comma- t nlon of the members of St. Joseph's Society which takes place to-day, we shall probably publish both in our next issue. CI.aRcAIL SocItrrlae-The Bishop of Mar- t sellles states in a recent Pastoral that he is happy to be able to testify to the existence of a fact in his own diocese, which is by no means singular in that respect, namely, the tendenoy of many good priests to form them selves into clerical societies, varying indeed in the details of their organization, but all having similar objects in view; namely, fraternal union with one another under a superior, and the adoption of a rule relating to the interior life, and-a perfeot practice of the virtues and d duties of the ecolesiastical state. In view of a the fruits of benediction that hawve flowed from a those holy associatious, the Bishop comuend t, them to the attention and piety of his clergy. t TIIc ExcuastION 1o TlI(tSDAItX.-)Our read- a oer will remember that the excursion to Toibo- Y daux takes place to-day (Sunday). The ferry will leave the foot of St. Aun street precisely v at aavxN o'clock, and the special train will " leave the depot in Algiers at 7:30 o'clock. Low E SMan will beeslebrated in St. Joseph's Church, Thibodaux, fifteen minutes after the arrival of the excursionists. Then all can adjourn to the Fair, which will be held In the rear of the church, or visit the neighboring country, which is said to be the most beautitul in the Union. Returning, the train will start at it. r ii. Fare for the round trip $1.,0 Fo,r further o details we refer to the advertisement on our Affth page, and in conclusion would state that c we have a few tickets at this office for sale. PASTORAL VISITATI(N --O Wednesday, the 4th lost., His Grace, Archbishop Perche, left the city on a pastcral visit to two of the churches of the Parish of Plaquemines. lie was accompanied by his Secretary the Rev. Father Austaett. The first of the churohes was that of the Jesuit's Bend, Asse aer Jeseites, I of which Rev. Father Chabrier is pastor. t After having administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to twenty-two persons, His E Grace was hospitably entertained at the residence of Maunsell White, Erq. Other geu Slemen of the parish, notably Mr. Fernandez. extended very acceptable courtesies to him. ii His next visit was to the church of St. Thomas at Point a-la-Hahobe, under the pasto rateof Rev. Abbe Langlois. In orossing the river at this point, Hills Grace was subjected to mminoent peril by reason of a sudden storm, but providentially arrived safely on shore. Here he administered Confirmation to 121 can didate. t Throughout the trip Ies Orace was greatly ii edled by the piety of the male Catholion who t were not restrained by human respect in open tl manifestetions of their faith. Alexander H. Stephena' health is improving, and he expects to take an active part in the proeeodings of the extra seseion. He will ad- Ci voete Government sobeidy to the Texas Paci- u fic Railroad. lie thinks that it is the grandest project now before the country, and that it a bshould receive aid from Congress. The Booth ig is especlally interested in the construction of , this road, and the whole conntry will be bene- i Ated by it. It is not a party but a national measure, and shoold be built as a work of vital importance to the interest of the whole coun try. TheSouth will bemateriallybenefitedby t it. Mr. Stepbens speakeL hopefully of the future of the country. Personally he thinks well of lpoJdent Hayes. He likes hise record. He be Ieves that the President will carry out his ti g llieq of peace and good will to the Bouth. a I. r. Sly Dean Stanley. In the London Tines, weekly edition of ' March 23rd ulnt., we find a long and very elaborate diasourse of Dean Stanley, evi dently prepared by him and accepted by it the public as final and unanswerable upon the topies therein discussed. It was in form a valedictory address delivered as Lord 'ector of the Scotch University of St. Ao drew's to the students of that institution. Mr. Stanley's central proposition is that Religion is essentially progressive. He takes immediate issue upon this point with Macaulay. That writer, says a the Dean, in hie review of Ranke's History of the Popes maintains that theology dif fers from all other aciences in being comn plete. Such as it was in the days of Job, such it is now and muost be forever. The distinction between prophecy and fact, is one of date only, not of principle. But to Sthis the Dean says : No. Doubtless there is an element of permanence in religion, "but in everything which relates to its form and in much which relates to its sub stance" the proposition of Macaulay in its regard is false. In proof of this, Mr. Stanley adduces the following startling announcement : - Look in the face the fact that the faitb of eaoh suecessive epooh of Christendom has varied enormously from the faith of its predecessors. The variations of the Catholio Church, both past and present, have been almost if not quite as deep and wide as the variations of Protestantism, and these variations while they show that eaoh form of belief is but an ap proximation to the truth, and not the whole truth itself, contain the surest indications of vitality. Now the Dean associates with royalty and hob-nobs with othernobs. Itisthere fore with great diffidence that we find our selves obliged to charge his Lord-Rector ship with acting, in this instance, the charlatan and pettifogger. His Eminence has actually made of himself a theological shyster. His Eminence, or reverence, was under the most solemn and impressive circum stances lecturing a concourse of theological students. lie was boand to give them a fair statement, at least, of the question. Now it will be known that if his statement as found in the above extract be correct, then the Catholic Church is a fraud. There would no longer be a Catholic Church for its very basis is its infallibility. If it were true that the "faith " of the Church had varied " enormously" or in the slightest particular in any two epochs, then all pre tense to infallibility would be gone from it forever. It would be idle in us to discuss such a question. The Church simply says as its whole argument, "point me to one single doctrine which I have ever taught that I do not now teach, and I shall cease to teach." The attempt to specify such a dogma would be an absurdity or worse, and for the lion. (or perhaps, Right lion.) and reverend Dean to assnme the proposi tion as an: ordinary historicl1 truth, and to assnume it in his capacity of contidentlal and trusted instructor of guileless Scotch youth, was quite a low trick. - In exemphllication of these "enormous" variations, the Dean refers to what he calls " the terrible conflict between the Burghers and anti-Burghers, the now United Presbyterians." We are not post *3 as to that great episode, but we are confident the Presbyterians can split up more in one year than they can unite in ten 3 years. Then the Dean, for another "enormous" variation, wants to know what has become of tire once universal belief "that the waters of baptism were an indispensable condition of salvation." We have yet to learn that baptism, in one of its forms, is not indispensable to salvation, and tointi mate that the Catholic Cl:urclh has drifted away from that doctrine is an outrage. But the pious Dean had asserted enormous changes or "variations" in the Catholic Church and the doctrine of baptism was perhaps the only one he could think of at the moment. Speaking of past religious issues, Mr. Stanley says: They are now dead and buried, and for nus. standing on their graves, it is idle to say that theology has not changed. It has changed. Religion has survived those changes, and this Is the historical pledge it gives, that it will survive a thousand more. The graves of all dead heresies were dog by the Catholic Church, and in standing over them Mr. Staoley is but visiting the ashes of his fathers. In every solitary is soe that has been formed in the history of the Christian religion and has passed away it will be found that the side esponsed by thie Catholic Church triumphed, and that the question has passed out of agitation simply because Catholic truth triumphed. That truth has not changed, and there fore it is false to say that theology has changed. It is merely the point of attack upon itby heresy which has changed. The religion which has suarvived every assault and "will survive thousands more" is identified with that Church against which, it has been said, the gates of hell shall never prevail. ThatChurch was created complete, perfect; it knows no development, no "progress." It sees no new meaning in the Bible. It teaches now all that it ever taught and teachee nothing now that it did not always teach. On the morn of that day when the Archangel shall sound his trump the Church will afford'men no more light nor development of truth than on the day 4a when the sales fell from Saul's eyes or on that when Peter's words converted five thousand hearers. Repressing Free Speech. One of the strongest passages in the great a papal allocation, published in our columns Slast Sunday, is that in reference to the pro d posed Italian law by which the teachings of the clergy will be placed under police con trol. Under this law of Clerical Abuses the disturbing of the public conscience or the peace of families by bishops and priests is made a criminal offence. Thus it is pro vided that any teaching, oral or written, by which the faithful shall be warned that any decree, law or act of the government is against the law of God, will b1 punishable by the civil tribunals. Christ said to his Church: "Go, teach all nations." Victor Emmanuel adds: "Except Italy." On the contrary, the clergy are, in that country, to be required to preach the gospel of Parliament, not of Christ. Not a word is to be allowed in favor of the Gospel of Christ, wherein it may differ from the laws of the land. "I," says the civil power, "I am master here. God must subject his pretentious to the judgment of the tribunals, and if he does not like the result, I do not see how he can help himself. I have the army and the treasury." The Bishops and priests are clearly told that their teachings by virtue of the com mission given them as ministers of:God must be subject to revision by lay dtibu nals. The Courts, not the Church, must be judge of what is public conscience, though it is difficult to say whence the State got that spiritual jurisdiction in order to give it to the courts. It is plain that such a regu lation includes within itself the power to destroy the Church absolutely. It is vir tually her destruction. Her anthority isun longer divine, but derived from the State; her doctrine is whatever the State shall choose to sanction. This is manifestly a declaration of war upon the Christian religion. It is a refusal to recognize the authority and dominion of the Church in spiritual matters-the right to teaoh. It is, therefore, a persecution, and its success would be as completely the annihilation of the Church as though its members had all been put to the sword. We do not say that a government must decide which is the true religion and which are false religions. But we do say that it has no right per as to revise the religious belief or teaching of any man ex cept in so far as it may be contrary to the law of nature. And even in doing that it must take the risk of opposing God's au thority if it make a mistake. Russia-Turkey. It seemsul that the great war of modern times has at last commenced. As to when or how it shall end no man can even form a plausi ble gue.s. It iasuot as in thecaseof asingle handed coinflict when the elements of snc cwss can be to seme extent estimated. You know the population, the preparation, the resources, the prowess of each side and can calculate on results from data to justify financial measures. But in such a contin gency as the one apparantly imminent there is no estimating the nature or ex tent of the agencies on either side. Russia would, according to natural laws, inevitably overwhelm Turkey single handed, though not as soon as appears to be by some persons imagined. The Rus-' sians are not nearly as good soldiers as the Turks-neither as brave, nor as well dis ciplined, nor as well armed. Bat the mere force of weight and numbers would finally prevail, especially when we consider the unutterably bankrupt condition of the Turkish exchequer. What then T Constantinople would fall into the Czar's hands; the grand dream of the Muscovite would be realized. With Constantinople would come the empire of the Mediterranean. The Russian navy could be expanded so as to cAntrol all the seas, and Russian merchantmen would displace English commerce from the high way of the ocean. The Suez Canal would belong to Russia, and without striking a hostile blow, the Czar would soon fall heir to British dominion in the East. TI e slender cord which binds England to India would shrivel and waste, until its own de cay would destroy it forever. Lord Derby talks of permitting this. He says Turkey " must not rely on material aid from England." What driveling! Turkey is but fighting England's battle. For centuries England has been champion of the "ring." The old buffer is getting short-winded now, and does not at all fancy the idea of stripping for another boot. But fate decrees-it. England must fight, and fight not only for the belt, but for the purse. It is quite possible that British pluck will toe the mark as sqarely as ever. We would even venture to predict that it will come out ahead on the mere question of hard fighing and hold the belt-that is save Constantinople. But what of the parse 7 Ah, those Cossacks aregreat thieves. While the big fight is going on in Europe, who shall say that they will not slip into India through the back door and grab the BExcellent dry goods at very few prices at Levy Bretherq 50O Magtae. At Last. It seems that the day, and even the hboar is fixed at last when Louisiana is to be restored to the Union as one of the sov ereign States. The fight for it has been so bitter, the delay so ruinous, the impedi ments so discouraging, that now, in the moment of assured success, there is hardly life enough left in our people to rejoice. The patient just released from the grip of a fever that had sustained him with its fictitious strength, feels for the first time his real prostration; the ship-wrecked sailor rescued from starvation, as he sinks half fainting on the friendly deck, wonders how he was but a few moments before able to sit grimly up to his oar. They say we are out of the woods. Well I Let us rest and revive a little before we hurrah. [Communncated.] Cathohlics and Book Agents. Catholics ought not to conclude that a book is safe reading because it is subscribed for by some other good Catholio, even by some of the clergy or the religious oommunitieq. These may sometimes have reasons for gettink an un sound book, or may themselves be mistaken in its character. Very recently I was asked to subscribe to an Encyclopedia, and high Catholic names were stated to be on the subscription list. Yet it is a work in which the teachings of religion are clearly contradicted and the Catholic Church grossly insulted. The infidel notions of some of the articles are spoken of in the Catholic tWorld for April, 1877, under the heading of " Presbyterian In ddelity in Scotland." In the volume that I saw, the article on Abraham ignores all that is supernatural in the life of that Patriarch, and assumes that there are contradictions and falsehoods in the sacred writings concerning him. lire article on A Becket, while in some re speels it treats St. Thomas A-Becket more fairly than the most of non-Catholic articles do, yet insults the English Catholics of his day with a nonsensical charge of venerating St. Thomas more highly than the Blessed Vir gin, and the Blessed Virgin more highly than God. Perhaps this notice may help the publishers as an advertisement; but without regard to them, I write for the benefit of your readers, that they may not receive the book under a false impression. N. St. Michael's Fair. This Fair has not been well attended during the past week. The uncertainty of the po litical situation and its consequent stringency were undoubtedly the cause. But at the pre sent writing this despondency has given way to unlimited hope based upon those favorable changes which took place Thursday and Friday last. Good government and its attendant prosperity are now at our threshold, and we rejoice. In our happiness and success, lot us not forget Father Heslin, who is burdened with a heavy debt contracted in the educational interests of the children of his parish. Oar troubles have disappeared ; his still remain. Sympathize with him, and in a tangible man ner. Visit his Fair, and upend whatever can be spared. After to-night (Sundla) the Fair will close until Friday evening, '27th inst.. when it will be reopened and continue until Monday evening, t'e 30th, inclusive. Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday 'evening, '27th, 28th and 29th, there will be dramatic perform ances in conjunction with the usual attraco tions. Saturday, 2bJth inst., will be a day for the children. The admission to this matinee is fixed at 10 cents. Monday, :10th, will con clude the Fair, with the customary auction. All know the amusement to be derived from attending the last night of a Fair. We were requested to remind the friends of Misses Mary Genevein and Mollie McLaughlin that they are expected to come forward and help those young ladies, who are engaged in a spirited contests. Contests for gold watches seem to be popular, for Misses Amelia Carry and Mag gie Lawlor, and Messrs. Coakley, Egan and 0 Brien are enlisted in enterprises of this kind. At St. Alphonsus' table Mrs. Thos. Walsh dis penses the choicest of refreshments at most reasonable rates. The parishioners should not fail to buy at least one ticket in the ralle of a beautiful oil painting of their pastor. TuH CONTRAnAND CIHILDREN.-The next grand entertainment by this renowned organ izttion will be given in the Varieties Theatre, next Saturday evening. 28th inst., for the benefit of St. Mary's Orphan Boys' Asylum. Since the Martha Washington Tea Party last year jat the Opera House, no entertainment has drawn anything like the crowd that thronged the Varieties ten days ago at the first appearance of the Contrabands, and we have no doubt that next Saturday they will be greeted by fully as numerous an audience. On the 27th and 2rtth, from 10 to 4 o'olock, the boxofoe of the Theatre will be open for the aeoommodation of those who wish to secuore seats. Tickets $1 00. The following is a list of the Proasian Bish ops now in exile: 1. The Archbishop of Oneeen and Posen, His EPninence Cardinal Ledoehowasky; 2. The Archblshop of Cologne, Most Rev. Paulus Melchers; 3 The Bishop of Paderborn, Right Rev. Conrad Martin; 4. The Prince Bishop of Breslso, Right Rev. Henry Foerster; 5. The Bishop of Monster, Right Rev. Bernard Brinkman; S. The Bishop of Limburg, Right Rev. Peter Joseph Blum. Iwo other Metropolitan Sees Folds and Triers are vacant by the death of their incumbents and only four, Ermeland, Culm, Osnabnrg sand Hildeshiem, are still in possession of their rightful incumbents. St. Bernard Steam Fire Company No. 1 and Pelican Hook and Ladder No. 4 will ele a grand feg. Lrval st the Fair Grounds to day. Tickets. dfty oents; adies and children free. Holders of tickets will be 6sitlsd to chasces of winning one of three handsoms prises. i WWW r .3L18AtlaW8. Americas Catholic Quarterly Raefle. April, 1877. Ponildelpbia: Hardy and Mabony. New Orleans : C. D. Elder. The April number of our grand Quarterly contains only seven artioles, but each one is rich in thought and rpplete with suggestions B Father Theband'fs r on "The Church ao-d the Princes of Eirope," is, as usual, a calm, clear picture, in whioh the cause of the present condition of Europe and the Church in their Smtoal relations isoutlined with telling effect. It is a peculiarity of Father Theband's writings that he only sketches the design of his work, but all the necessary points are there, so that even a tyro can fill in the lights and shadows. Every paragraph from his pen contains innu merable suggestions and leads the reader's mind irresistibly onward in the pursuit of forther researches. " What the Church Owes to James II." is an article for which we earnestly thank Mr. J. 0. Shea. It is a noble tribute to a long and often abused man, whose greatness and good ness most eventually burst through the clouds which Protestant hatred and Catholic preju dice have thrown around his name. We glory in the facts revealed by this able paper, and as American Catholics we rejoice that our young Republic owes to James II. her proud charao teristio of "a union of States and a land of liberty." How many of our cotemporary writers will acknowledge the facts thus laid bare, is a question prompted by curiosity. We are almost willing to wager that a hundred years from to-day there will still be found Protestants who will call this truly royal king " a bigot and a tyrant," while Catholics will assert that he was cowardly and unjust. To us, James II. has always been the noblest igure in English history since the time of Edward the Saint. His noble efforts to pro claim and enforce perfect liberty of conscience would have made him a hero had be been a Protestant; but as his whole life was a bril liant proof that he valued his soul more than his crown, and that he desired nothing more than liberty of wership for all his subjects, the world could ill afford to leave such laurels on the brow of a Catholic, and hence he has been defamed and slandered until his name has become a synonyme for tyranuy and cow ardice. "The Public School Question" is again splendidly handled by Father Bayma, S.J., and is an article to be read by fathers and guardians with earnest attention and careful meditation; "Last Summer's Expedition Against the Sioux," by Gen..Gibbon will prove interesting to some of our readers, but it convinces us that the Indian is by far the greater sufferer by our American policy than is the white man by his red brother's just indignation at that same inhuman policy. No doubt Gen. Gibbon is a good soldier, but there seems to be very little human feeling in his heart, and his de tails of the Custer massacre should read as " the particulars of Gen. Terry's failure to burn, slay and exterminate a tribe supposed to be under the fatherly projection of the United States." We monrn over the brave men who fell on what they thought was a field of glory, but as to anu massacre business about it, we think that intention was confined to the three or four strong columns who tried to draw their ret around the silent Sioux, but failed in their well arranged platn, because of another plan which overruoles all the designs of men. Father Jacker'a learned paper on "The Red Man Gauged by his Speech " is well deserving of study. This friend of the Indian is doing a noble work in behalf of his protegees, and we I are edified, as well as instructed, by his re searches and his seal. The two concluding articles are by Dr. Con- I coran-which means that they are a treat to i the scholar and of rare value to the searcher after truth. The first is a scathing no tice of the Apostate Schulte, " Roman Catho- I licism." The second is a reply to some t one who found objections to Father Hill's 1 paper, "The Immortality of the Soul," pub- I lished in the last number of the Review. The first pleasure we derive from Dr. Corcoran's writings is the beauty and elegance of his c style, and then follows the deep enjoyment of c his clear and logical reasoning. The Book Notices are particularly full. The writings of friend or foe are treated with I equal fairness and courtesy, and no one can complain of the gentle yet firm spirit brought to these literary examinations. The April number of the American Catholic c Quarterly is indeed a welcome visitor, and while we admire every article in its pages, we have, of course, our preference for such ripe scholarship as displayed by Father Theband c and Dr. Corcoran. The military article is t hardly up to the standard of the book; but r the information and views it unfolds no doubt oompensates for what it lacks in depth and elegance; but as American Catholhes, we i repeat our thanks for that one article on James II. which makes us understand still more the I strange and beantiful significanoe of the motto " Time unveils truths," which was adopted by one no less maligned and misunderstood than has been James II., the first English King who ever tried to establish liberty of conscienoe, and who nobly lived up to aliUhe ever sought to inoculcate upon others. There is a grand field in the thoughts and deeds of this King for -ome futoure poet to win immortality upon, and had Shakespeare lived in his time, he would have taught us to honor a memory which has been left in darkness on- d til the dawn of our second centennial of American freedom-a boon for which we are no little nlodebted to this enlightened King and heroic Catholic. Seventy-five trains an hour pass Clapham o Junation,about four miles from London, during the busiest part of the day, while taking the whole twenty-four hours, 912 plass. Thirteen 01 lines there converge, and the Boothwestern Railroad alone has thirty-fifty sets of points s ad thirty signals worked from one signal-box, from which four distinct msts of tramo are con trolled. -~jib~~ r. Woopsnzw, Mas, Apefl 14, 1a . r Miter Meralag Iser As you hare invited brief-ooemiassaye·t y from the eountry in your olumnas. I hope ya a will fad room for a remisnleesneoo f our eatE 1 oslebration. Being only visited peoadoma I by a priest, in the abenoe of a paeter, we am i, in the habit of amembliog in 81. Jossphi t Church on Sundays, also performing the asst r Lenten devotions, and thnas prepared to ean ! into the spirit of the Church when shelnvrlti B us to rejoioe on "the day the Lord hath tsd0so The exultant etralin o ie Dist were well t rendered by the children's choir, whose Allia lius rang out with no dread of a darkoer, day. After the Litany of the Resorree.ie eta, the adult oboir sang a joyous Glokrt f Eeseu in admirable style, and Lambillotte Begisa Coti, conoluding with a Glorta Pai We missed one rare soprano voice, that mingled with theirs last Easter. "Ohl fer the teoh of a vanished hend, and the sound of a voles that is sttiL" Not yet, indeed, translated to the choir of th blessed, only removed to a wider sphere of si folness on earth. After the Mass prayers, and the Epistle ant I spel had been read by the oldest gentlemam in the congregation, its benefactor for thirty years, the children made a procession roumnd the church, preceded by one bearing the oroel. fi, all the others carrying oritammes, with various tasteful devices pnd mottoes, most of them the delicate work of a venerable patti arch who passed away from as in Holy Week, 1876. The children of the Sunday school then recited several pieoes appropriate to the feeti. val. The decorations of the altar and shrines were much admired; there was something in them that seemed to typify various statesof life, all harmoniously blending their rainbow tints in the Communion of Saints. The oentral altar reminded as of life, in its beautifulprime, with its clustering buds, still gemmed with the dew of youth, not a sere leaf nor a faded gsar land among its varied profusion of lowers.' The shrines of the Blessed Virgin and SC Joseph bore the impress of pure maidenhood, with its hidden bepnties only half revealed the mimosa shrinking from the touch, the violets and lilies of the valley made diseera. able by the exquisite perfume they exhaled. The Easter Cross seemed to have been is. spired by a little article from the Moamne STAR, which has been alitribated to Pather Ryan, and was recited by Master Jobe Chiaholm, with emphasis and gesture that tell he felt its meaning. The eross was draped with the funereal gray mos, and not all il garlands could coneeal its sombre aspect, ar hide entirely its elustering thorns. It told of the decline of life, and of tl shadow which awaits all, and by some ea chain of association it recalled another we had seen, gleaming it the morning light, casting its protecting shadow over futust graves, and consoling mourners with the w on its base; "Soursum corda," to which theCa. tholio heart must ever respond, " Hebeas aid Dominum." Roariar. The Liberals of Belgium, that is to say t enemies of the Church, are in an awful wa They are fretting and fuming like anything Whence this wrath I The reason is not fitr seek. Of late these gentlemen have been go ting up a subscription called the derater is ecoles, for the promotion of undenomination schools, which in Belgium means schools is which infidelity is taught instead of religios. They called among others on the heir-presump tive of the Belgian thrdne, the Douke of Flan ders, who, being a thorough Catholic, asd married to the daughter of Prince Antony, the head of the Catholic branch-of the Hohensol lerns, refused to have his name associated with sech a cause. Thereupon an immense "row.' The Legislature must be moved to have the law of succession altered so as to get rid of this " emissary of the Jesuits." The Water beggAs are active in holding meetings aad hatching treason, but all their rage will be spent in . ain, for the people are Catholic and so is the Legislature, and there is very little chance of either changing for a long time to come. "The Catholics of Ameries," says the Cath lieo Reiewo, " will be glad to learn that the con mercial capital of America, the Empire City, will not be unrepresented in Rome on thees casion of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Pio Nono. A number of prominent lay Catholics, their families, and a suitable clerial. representation of the diocese of New York, including, we understand, Rev. Dr. McGlynIaS of St. Stephen's, and Rev. Father earney, d the Cathedral, will sail in time to take part Is the Papal celebration." Three of the steamers which left New YIork for Europe on the Ibth carried an extra qsm tity of fresh beef. The city of Richmoond, or Liverpool, had two hundred thoultir poead the Celtic, for Liverpool, over ninety thomsl pounds, and the California, for Glasgow, abot ninety-five thousand pounds, besides two thoe sand quarters of fresh beef and many I sheep. All carried aIsrge quantities of behI pork and lard. These three vessels sad t Nectar, for Bremen, took about one huandi thousand bushels of grain. Referring to the pilgrimage of Irish-* diana to Rome, a dispatch from Monturel the NewYork papers says: The Irish-Canadian pilgrims are to leave a April 19th, Father Dowd, of St Patrtic's L - oompasying them as chaplain. There will b 100 in the party, fifty from this city. TheA sa to sail on the Inman steamship City of s,' sels, and to be personally condoctd on. other side by Cook, Bon d Jinkinson. Tik good for a year, $3)00. Tnese cover all ra and hotel expenses up to May 2Lst. The part will visit London. Father Dowd has 3t crossed the ocean in twenty-nine years. E carries a magnifioent box containing more the 75.000. the gift of Roman Catholis, to t Holy Father. Geeat bargains in dry goods at Levy Bro thers, OSO rAgalae street.