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NUMBER 4 aerning Star and Catholic Messenger. saW OLEANrs, 5sUUAT. DZCRMBNE 53, 1577. !TLIORAPRIC SUIWARY. [COndensed from Associated Press Telegrams. Ros -The latest telegrams report thel ealth of the Holy Father as steadily inproving. The Appeal Court has sentenced the Editor f the Oserratore Bomawe to six months im risonment for libelling the so-oalled Ministers f the Itallian Free Church. The Depretis ministry wees defeated on the nestion of Ministers violating the freedom 4 secrecy of telegrams. He will try to reor e the Ministry by bringing in the leaders f disaffected soetions. Pawrca-The appointment by MoMahon of Ministry acceptable to the Republicans has impated all fears of trouble and the country now remarkably quiet. ChObanges in the I ee offies in all the Departments have been i in great numbers already and in a few eks none. but friends of the Republican ma rity will be in any office of importance. Gen. D'Anrelles de Paladines, Life Senator, ed on the 16 b. Emile de Girardin has been eleoted to the bamber of Deputies. GsmasYr.-Tbere seems to be some misun erstanding between Bismarok, the King and cae members of the Oablnet, in relation to the aternal affairs of Germany, though exactly hat the trouble is the telegraph does not form us. However, from the vague wording f the telegrams, it appears that the difloulties late to the eccleslsetical laws which have sn so stringently enforced against the hurob, and whicbh t is proposed to abolssh or odify. Bismarok is now working to remove me courtiers of high rank, whom be charges ith eonspiracy against him. According to e latest intelligence he has, up to this time, n unsuooessful, but there are indications at those courtiers most this time yield to e ChOanoellor. EGLoLuID -The Cabinet is divided in opin a as to what steps should be taken in view of he recent successes of Russia. The London sca sys that the English people are not oun y because of the Russian victory, but because the now evident intention of the Conti ntal powers to let Rossia use her victory as e desires. England does not oppose a settle t of the Eastern Question, but she most be nalted when that settlement is made. In ew of the critical condition of affairs, Par iment has been soummoned to meet on the 'th of January. THE WAn.-Immediately after the fall of evna the Russians are said to have commenc a forward movement. Their progress must, wever, be very slow, as winter has set in th great severity. aesi bhas ordered 60,000 fresh men to the at. he Sultan bhs appealed to the Great Powers ot as mediators for peace, but so far with suooess, Germany advising him to treat tly with Russia. be total Rassian loss, up to Dec. 13th, so ding to oficial reports, was 77,658 men. UNITED STATES. ASeHIGTON -General Thuos. M. Vincent. istant-Adjotant General bse been ordered be department of Texas, affairs there being nob a crit cal condition as to necessitate presence of an Adjutant-General of cool ment and great experience. arswer to an earnest application from zeus of Texas for a force to protect them Mexioan raiders, the war department is already known, ordered an imposing of cavalry, artillery and infantry to the or. This is a peace measure altogether. is no doubt that raiding is becoming frequent along the frontier. e Committee on the Mississippi Levees, of h Mr. Robertson, of Louisian-a, is chair will probably report early in January a appropriating four millions of dollars to ir the most important points and crevasses. bill will aleo provide for a commission of rts to consider and report upon the best for a general system of levees for the the Senate Committee to examine into praoticability of promoting commercial in urse with Mexico, and to establish a just peaceful condition of affairs on the border is conntry'and Mexico, and also to asoer and report the facts touching the present sment of Mexico, the Vice-President has inted Coakling Hamlio, Howe, Jones of a, Cameron oi Pennsylvania, Eaton and e Committee has already held a meeting, will continue its investigations during the sub-committee, consisting of Wood, w York, Gibson of Louislana, Tucker of - Banks of Masachusetts, and Bur of Illinois, appointed by the Ways and Committee to consider the subject of work during the recess and will probably early in January. They have had be them a number of representatives of t interests, such as silk, wool, sugar, medicine, etc. They deoline to give out s f their conolusions at this time, but it is g ble that their report will be in favor of go reduction of articles liable to duty, a moderate rednotion of duties on the ug articles of consumption. Tucker and ard have the internal revenue taxes un. nsideration. It is believed that they vise a reduction of the taxes on whisky and tobacco, and the reimposition of the in come tax, so that the Eastern States may bear their share of the burden of taxation. The bill will probably be moderate in scope, as no extreme radical changes could pass .the ga intlet of the Senate or the Presidential veto. On the 14th there was a sharp altercation in the Executive session of the Senate between Messrs. Gordon and Con ling.-owing to the overbea-ing conduct of the latter. The mat ter was finally adjusted in Secret Session through the instromentality of Ransom and McDonald acting for Gordon and Hamlin and Howe for Conkling. AnorTHr INDIAN WAR IMMxNxx T,-Father Genin arrived at Marian River Sunday, and re ported to Fort Benton, by messenger that Sit ting Bill croesed the line and camped at Bsar Paw Mountains with 'a large force of Sioux and Nez Peroee. This is confirmed from other sources. It is stated the Indians are burning the prairies south of Bear Paw, and that Sit ting Bull is on Miles' battle ground, and has been joined by Lam m Deer's band of seventy five lodges. Tan TROUBLE AT SAw ELIzAnIo.-Lecal an imosity against Judge Howard, agent of the Salt Mines in E1 Paso county, Texas, culminated recently in the assemblage of from 200 to 300 persons who beselged him and a company of Rangers that had assembled to protect him in his rights. After standing a seige of several days the Rangers surrendered and two of their number. Athkins and MeBride together with Judge Howard were shot by the mob, which immediately dispersed. United States troops soon afterwards arrived but ton late to do any good, other than to prevent a further breaoch of the peace. There is much doubtas to whether the mob was composed of Mexicans or of citi zens of El Paso oeunty. MISCrLLANrOU8. A Tucson Arizona dispatch states: Hermos illo papers received here say that General Huarta, former Governor of Sonora, is re ported in Mexico with 2 000 American filibus ters, e:atiosed near the Sonora line, preparing for invasion. St. Mary's new Cathedral, Boston, was con secreted on the 16th. It cost $225.000' A large party of C ;lonists from Deckertown, N. J, left New York on the 18th for Southern Texas. Two thousand machine and canal laborers at Montreal struck for $1 a day. They were getting only 90 cente. J. W. Farley has been elected United States Senator from California to succeed Sargent in 1879. Farley is a Democrat and Sargent a Re publican. A correspondent of the St. Louis Globe-Dess ecrat writing from Texas recently, says that Bishop Pellicer, of San Antonio, has sold to a Mr. Grenet the most valuable portion of the Alamo property which became so celebrated immediately before the Mexican war, as the place where the brave Travis and hie gallant 140 men withstood 4,000 Mexicans for a month but were finally overpowered after a terrible hand to hand fight, and all, without exception, killed. Mr. Grenet, it is learned, will apply his new purchase to purposes of trade and traflic. A movement will be made in the next Legislature of Texas to buy up the whole, if it can be had, and thereupon erect a magnificent monument to the memory of the heroes who fell there over 40 years ago. The correspondent gives the following ac count of the origin, construction, and dimen sions cf the place : In the year 1703 some pious Franciscan monks of the Apostolic College of Queretaro, smitten with a desire of converting the Indi ane, founded a "mission" in the valley of the Rio Grande, under the invocation of San Francisco Salano. In 1718 the friars moved their mission, on account of the scarcity of water, to this day prevalent in Western Texas, to the west bank of San Pedro Creek, about three-quarters of a mile from the site of the present City of San Antonio. Here, as the savages and especially the Comanches, had be come troublesome, it was put under the pro teotion of the Spaniseh military post of San Antonio de Valero. In 1744 the foundations of the "Church of the Alamo" were laid, and from the time of its building to 1763 it was known and conducted as the Mission of San Antonio de Valero. On the 2od of January, 1793, the Bishop of Monterey directed the good Franoiscan Father Lopez, then in charge of the mission, and who had labored in the Alamo, to turn over its records and papers to the Corate of San Antonio de Bexar. The fol lowing year, Texas being a portion of Mexican Territory, Don Pedro de Nava, Governor of Chihuahua, ordered the secularization of all the missions under his jurisdiction, which ex tended likewise over the Province of Texas. In 1825 the Alamo ceased to be a place of wor ship altogether. Built for defense, as well as Church purpo ses, the Alamo is of stone. The walls are 3 feet thick, and the principal building, inclos ing a court or Equare, is 60 yards long and 40 wide. On the southeast corner of this fort is the church of the Mission proper, built like wise of stone, the whole reminding the speo tator of the broad castles of European fedual ages. Oa the west and east of the structures were two aceuisa, or ditches, emptynlog into the San Pedro. Mince meat and sweet older at Twomes'e. LINES. I was kneeling is a temple. With my angel by my side, When I seemed to hear a music Floating by on golden tide, For my heart was near an ocean. Whence these watere seemed to glide. And I felt a sudden gladness, Swiftly wake my slumbering heart, And from out its frozen portals, Gently love send forth her dart, As from out their ioe.b~uud fetters, E'en did frosty tnar.drops start. Then my angel whispered softly, " See an altar rises fair, And there're rays of twlaklirg tapees And there're beauteous florets rare, And a court of golden angels, Daily, nightly hover there. " See from out the golden glory Of the oestensorinm' rays, See your loving Jesus watching, Through theselong and lonely days. His. the face that beams so brightly. His that voice you love to pla'ee." And I listened for a moment When my angel seemed to cease, And I heard my Jesus whliper, And I saw his face of peace. And I felt my heatt grow warmer, And my burning love increase. And he spoke so sweetly, softly, " Peace, I give. my child, to thee, Come and kneel beside my altar, Learn from me to humble be, And I'll send thee Joy and sadness, But Ill keep thy lenrt for me." IGoNosntTTr. New Orlaons, Dec. 18th, 1877. Pearl card cases, pearl paper cutters, fanoa ink stands atKirkpatrick's, 610 Magazine street Preserves and jellies at Twomey'e. SISTERS OF CHARITY IN MOBILE.--W learn that some three weeks since Sistei Mary Francis, lately in charge of the Cath. olio Asylum for Girls in Mobile, was recalled to the Mother House at Emmette burg, and that, to the regret of all connect ed with the Providence Infirmary, Siste, M. Cornelia, who bas been in charge of that noble institution since the death of Sister Regina, was transferred to the charge ol the Asylum. Later, however, the Mothet Superior at Emmettsburg bas concluded to place both the Asylum and the Inffrmary under Sister Cornelia's charge. This large trust placed entirely upon one person shows bow highly Sister Cornelia is es teemed in the pious sisterhood to which she belongs. It is no new trust to her, however, for she was at one time in charge of the Orphan Asylum in Philadelphia, and consequently most be a lady of great ad ministrative ability. Sister Theresa, as Sister Cornelia's assistant, remains at the Infirmary.-Mfobile Begisler. For Christmas presents, go to Kirkpatriok'o, 61C Magazine street. In the Mobile election which was held last Tuesday, Mr. Pillans, the regular Democratic nominee received 2.024 votes, Mr. Duffee, Inde pendent, 2 065, and Mr. Ravesies, regular R~ publican, 232. The total number of voters re gistered was 5,455, 1,134 of whom did not vote. The Democrats have a large majority in the City Council. Send your orders to Twomey's. The Natches Democrat says that the Catholic congregation of Vicksburg have now folly de termined to erect a school building and new ohurob, and have already commenced negoeia tions for the purchase of the ground on First, North and Grove streets. For Christmas gifts go to Kirkpatrick's, 610 Magazine street. Tne Duke of Norfolk's wedding Is said to have coat him $100,000. Quite a large sum in itself, no doubt, but comparatively a small amount to him, being a trifle lees than his in come for one month. The lady friends of the Catholio orphan asylums of the diocese of Natohcz, whloh are located in the town of Natobez, have com menced preparations for the annual Fair, which will open on the 28th of January. Levy Brothers, corner Mayazine and St. An drew tell French corsets at 1S; all wool white flannel, 25 cents; all wool red and blue twilled lannel at a2 cents; and tverything else as proeprtionately low prioes. Choice fancy and staple grocerles at Twome,'s. "2HE ARMEN'IAN QUESTION,." Under this heading the Pall Mall Gazette prints the following extract from a recent despatch of Mr. Laysad, British Ambassa dor at Constantinople, to Lord Derby, rel ative to the dangers to England from the Russian conquest of Armenia: I may be excused for pointing out the dan gers to England of a prolongatton of the war, and of a complete subjugation of a large part of the empire by Russia.- Should Russia de sire to annex at this time any of the European provinces of Turkey, European Interests would probably be called into play, and she would be prevented from carrying out her intention. The influence, however which she wou!d Ine vitably establish over these populations would be almost tantamount to absolute possession, and would enable her to annex them sooner o later, when she could do so with impunity; but as regards the acquisition by her of territory in Asia Minor the case is different. The Inter ests of England would then be alone con cearned. It would probably signify little to the rest of Europe whether Russia retained Armenia or not. But England has to consider the affect of the annexation to Russia of this important province upon the British posses sions in India. Russia would then command the whole of Asia Minor and the great vallej of the Euphrates and Tigris, which could inoe vitably fall into her hands in the course o1 time. Persia, moreover, would be placed eon tirely at heraeroy. The suspioion that Eosasi has already 6tade secret offers to Persia to as sist her in acquiring the rovince of Bagdad in exchange for Ghilsn and Mazanderan may be unfounded, but the fact that It exists, and has been entertained by persons not generally ill-informed, proves that this consideration is one not to be altogether lost sight of. In most cases, when the evident interests of two par ties are concerned in effecting an exchange, the exchange is sooner or later effected. The de sire of Persia to possess the province of Bag dad and the holy shrines of their prophets and martyrs is of very ancient date, and Is shared by the whole Persian nation. On the other hand, the possession of tie entire coast of the Caspian Sea. and the direct road through Heratand Afgbhanistan, and ultimately to In dia, is a matter of vast political importance to Russia. Such being the ocra, there is every reason to believe that when Perasa finds that the Turk'sa Empire is threatened with d's memberment, her own intert a's will get the better of any sympathy for it founded upon community of faith. and that, completely un der the control of Rossia, she will notbe in d'spa nsd to agree to an arrangement whioh would be acceptable to the religious feelings and to the ambition of the Peesian people. The pres aston by Peesas of the Province of Bagdad would be, rs far s s England is con cerned, I a peas ssion by Russia. It mes, not be forgotten that the pc ssteion of Armenia by Resets as regards any desagns that she may have upon India, supposlng her to entertain them, would be very different from that of any part of Turksstan or Central Asia. In Armenia and the north of Pets's she would have a hardy and abundant population, affording her excellent material for a large army, ready at any time to advance upon our Indian frontier, and resting upon a conve nient and sure base of operations, in direct communication, by the Caspian Sea and by Batoum, with the heart of the Resioan empire. The moral effect of the conquest of Armenia and the annexation of Ghilan and Msrsnderan .y Russia upon our Mahommedan subjects, and upon the population of Central Asia, can not be overlooked by a statesman who attaches any value to the retention of India as part of the British Empire. The Cologne Gazette says on this subject: Field-Marshal Moltke, who knows Asla Mincr from personal experience, le reported to have said recently that the Rosalan conquest of Armenia would be a very serious aftsir for England. With Armenia Ruosia advances to the Euphrates, and once she possesses the Eu phrates the way to India would for the greater part be already closed to England. The ques tion now is whether the conquest of Kare, as formerly the burning of the Toiklsh fleet be. fore Sinope, will at last incite England to man ly action. Here (at Berlin) the opinion of England's power of action has sunk so low that it is doubted whether we shall see her rise from her lethargy. These remarks are made in reference to the explanation now given from the Russian side of the Emperor Alexander's word of honor that he spoke only of Europe, and not of Asia, and in reference to the cry of the Russian journals that Ar menia should be kept as a "war indemnity." CARRIAOKs , WAoons. CArTP, ErC -We direct special attention to the card of our highly esteemed fellow-citizen. Josephchwartz. asq. wh!:ch is plished on the eighth page. Back an establishment as that of Mr. Schwartz is at once both a credit and a beneSt to a community, placing withil the reach of all artloles that would ctherwise have to be sent North for and giving employment to large numbers of moat deserving citizens. At his immense salearoom and factory. 43. 43 and 47 Perdido street, near Caroadelet, Mr. Schwartz has an extensive stock of earrings., carts, wagons, the clebrated Blacksmiths' lan Blower for which he is the agent, etc., besides materials of all kinds used for repairing or manulacturiag. Ite is prepared also to manofacture any article la his line at ashort notice and at prices which will compare favorably with thbse charged by Northern makers. Mr. Schwarts is to be congratulated upon having the assistance n hbls office and salesroom of so efficient a business man as our well-known and popular young friend, 0. E. Ballivaa, Esq. THE BISHOP OF WA TERFOBR ON THE SPOLIATION OF THE BOLTr sE. We make the following extract from a pastoral letter read last Sunday from the Bishop of Waterford in the churches and chapels in the diocese, and calling for a jubilee celebration for the Holy Father : You will recall to the minds of your fock how his Holiness has been made the victim of an anti-Christian conspiracy, composed of the enemies of the Church tiiroughout the Conti nental States of Europe, and bound by secret or th to leave no means untried, however wicked, to subvert religion, and accomplish their impious ends. Actively encouraged and aided by imperial and royal despots, and em ployed to execute the beheets of statesmen, relentless In their hostility against the Church of God, those emissaries of impiety, as might be expected, have directed their combined fury against the Vicar of Ohrist-thse literally fol filling the words of the Psalmist: "Why have the Gentiles raged and the people devised vain thingst The kings of the earth stood up. and the princes met together. against the Lord, and against Ilia anointed." As the result of this Godless conspiracy, Rome-the' City of Martyre, the fruitful nur sery of esaint, and hallowed by the sacred traditions of eighteen centuries-the head and centre of Catholicity, presenting an unbroken chain of the Rulers of the Church of God, from the Prince of the Apostles down to the glorious Pontiff who, by his firm and defiant attitude, amid unparalleled tribulations, commands un reserved and universal admiration-Rome, thus consecrated by countless memories, offers to-day a spectacle at which every Catholio heart sickens, every feeling of humanity shuad ders, and from which every instinct of man bood recoils. Not to enter into details too te dious to enumerate, we need but point to the various religions establishments, wherein the voice of prayer and the oanticles of Divine praise daily resounded, now made to serve vari one profane and vile purposes. Churches en riched with the most costly and sacred em blems of religion, farnished with the richest treasures of genlus, and displaying In life-like marble and glowing canvas the undying tri umphs of high'est artistic conception, now de spoiled, profaned, and desecrated; convents of holy virgins, consecrated to God by the sol emn vows of religion, sacrilegiously seteod on. In violation of every principle of justice sad feeling of humanity, their properties and poses alons confiscated, It order to replenish the fail ing treasury of a base nuerper, and the pious inmates expelled from their nomes, as d caston the world, to inod shelter and subsistence as best they may. Foally, the culminstlrg aotof this unparalleled serious of outrages, is the sad spectacle of beholding a ruthles despoiler, clad in the rbbes of degraded royalty, co throned in the palace of tne Vicar of Christ I Were it not that the Holy Father is sustained by an invisible and all-ruling Power, a tender and sensitive heart such as bhi could not be tex pected to bear the crushing weight of snoh on proedented tribulations. From those revolting ascenes of sacrilege and impiety, we invite, beloved brethren, your special attention to the dependent condition of the august and venerated prisoner of the Vatican, and we desire that you would Im press on your flocks, with all the earnestness at your command, the obligation which the help less condition to which the Holy Father has been redouced imposes on all his spiritual chil dren without exception. Having been robbed of all his temporal posseertons. in violation of every principle of lntoroatioral law and moral right, and deprived of the means of maintain ing the dignity of his exalted state and admin istering the affairs of the universal Churob, the Holy Father bhad naturally to turn to his faithful children to supply his pressing wants. Nobly, and with willing and loving hearts, bavetbey more than realized his expectations, and thou have saved his Holiness from the de gradation of becoming the pensioner of his oppressors. A DDRESS or Tiie COhrVL TION OF TlIi " CATHOLIC TOTAL ABISTI NENCE UNIO.N," o THE DIOCESE OF MOBILE TO TIIE CATHOLICS OF THE DIOCES. Man, who was created in the beginning "to the image and likeness of God," was taught to spurn the earth, and with face erect to look towards Heaven, the Kingdom of God his Father. In accordance with the diflereuce of his origin and destiny from that of all other creaturer, it was necessary that he should be governed differently from the rest of creation. The brute ereation was subject to him because be was the child of God, and be was placed oa probation in the world, that by training and discipline he might be fitted to share his Father's bones and his Fathera' Kingdom in Heaven. Now the special test of man's filial obedience was a law of abstinence "Thoo shalt not eat." This precept, though seeming ly an arbitary one, is yet the symbol of a law based on the nature of every man,-a law of self-restraint and abetinene,-a law made necessary by his rational nature and free-will on the one hand, and his animal nature o0 the other. Man disobeyed and eat what be was forbid de6 to eat, and Immediately all animal nature, including his own, necessarily roes up against him in rebellion, and refosed longer to obey him; and It Is only by the reparation of self denial that man eon obtain the true conquest I over his own baser nature, which God intended bhe should enjoy from the beginning. Tbhis was not enough, with the best wishes and the mot earnest desire on the part of man to repair bis fouol, 1t was not in his power ea tirely to repair It. The offeose against Go was of such a nature, that it requiesl am atonement for which man himself was utterly insoaltlent. The Father was not nomluaol of meroy, and at the moment of ldiietag t!e punishment, He promised of Hila ad ne.s, the copious redemption whIch web as reoolved through the sufferings and deIth of Jesus Christ. Here then is the prineiple that underlies total abetinenooe sooletes. We could write many emphatio tbinge of the peouniary, social and olvil dvantages of Total Abstinence-of pesoe and comfort restored to families-a consideration that mset come honse to every man's better nature and finer feellngs. But we desslet. We appeal to you as Cathous --obildren of the Churoh of Christ-followers -brothers of thrm an-God, who has core to teach us the nature of the strange pig i p g on within us, and to show us that the solu tion of the problem conslets In degleg ad restrainlg the baser part after His suimple and for His sake, in order to bring our noble and immortal part into perfect sommuloes with Him. We do not say that our Saviser commanded the precise praotile, promiaeid l the formula of the Total Abstinonee plodg but we do say that He has taught and mlit strenuously counselled theprluolple that uoder lies it-the principle of abstinence and self denial-the denying ourselves the gratlfioatioe of our passlons, in order to draw nearer the Divine model. When the Cathollo Chareb teaches na as She does every day, to deny our selves, She but sale upon the prineiple taught by Christ when He said, 'If anw man will h my disciple let him take up ble crous dnay himself and follow me," as if He would say, " It is but a mockery for you to say you are m dislciples, if yo refuse to take up the erow ad deny yoursolvee." The principle of total abstinence appeals to Catholics with specall force, sanctiied as it 1s by the teaoching and example of Almighty God. If it be a ood thing to deny ourselves for the love of virtue anod reIion, and if it be espeoially a good thing to practice that kind of self-denial which helps as to subdue our animal nature and make it more prompt Is obedience to the behests of our spiritual nature, then it must be a good, virtuous, and religions thing that is promised in the pledgs of tle Catholic Total Abstinence Union I s., the practlie of total abstinence from all in toxicating drinks. If it be a good thing to deny ourselves in other respeots; if it be a pions thing for the Chureb to require us to fast, are assert that for tbo very amse reasons, bearing with special force, and for othermoes mighty reasons that are peoollar to thiep s* tloe, that It s a Catholic thing to deny our selves by abstaining from all lntoxicating drinks. There is another reseon whleb is the oorsoration of Charity-the law of Cbristian edifaction. We are all tolether, builders of the mighty temple of the ilving God. We are one and all, eoah with sash, members of the mystleal body of Jesus Christ. Not one f ons stands or works alone. No, we each must help the other,-our brother workers, as we ourselves by them are helped. On this princijile to deny ourselves tbhat whib is not an evil to oneself, fir the sake of giving an example to others to deny thb netves the same thing which has become an evil to them, is a charity thbrilling with Divine energy and a personal religion which stands guard at the gates C f the coonsels cf Cbrist. The Benediction which comes ttom the heart cf Christ and the hands cif His Vicar, con secrates with most solemn eanotion all the reasons which we have given and all the ra sons which we hold ip reserve in our advoasey cf total abstinence. The words I, the Pope lift our humble appeal into a It y argument, and the evils ct intoxication exalt the args ment into a moral acecessity for the many and a glorious charity I ,r all. We thertfore cordially iovite the Catholios throughout the diocese to unite with nu or Iam new sooleties noder the patronage oi their respective pastors in their eft'irs to colt'root end conquer the evil t f intemperance. Eli. KiawAN, Vioe Presdent, JOuxN Ii. Fox, ecroetary, P. J. Moo.ay. I'. b ucNI&Zrt, Committee. M,..ile. Ocbdtr 10th, 1M7. cCMomb City. Mdisor Morning Star: I write to give you a few items In coonee tion with a pleassan trip to the thriving and busy town of McComb City. Leaving this falr oIty a few days since on the 3:30 evening train. I found the road in a greatly improved eondi tion as regards speed and smoothness of travel. On reaching my destination, I was kindly and hospitably received by the genial prprietor and aooommodaUong cle of the s SoCto Hotel. Toe eye is immediately attracted to the regular and handsome appearance of the buildings and surroundings of McComb City. A very pretty and attractive little hureh orna ments the town and to well attended by the Catholic residents. There is in project the building of a sohoolhboes in connescton with the church. The school is very moob needed as there is quite a little population of obhldren in the parish. The good pricet, with the soo operation of the members -f his oengregation, is usoing every exertion in preparing bthehil dren for First Communion on Christmas Day, on whiob ocoasion there will evidently be a merry Christmas in MoComb City. The reesi dents are thriving and industrious, and are composed in a good measure of the employees of the Chicago, St. Louls and New Orleans Railroad. I am indebted esoially to Mr.P. J. Lyons, of MeComb City, for many courtesies entended during my brief visit. J, . T.