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O ti AT. MAB-RC I i s la UUV ORLEA.M ". ' me tbc MOBILE'S TRIBUTE TO POPE PIUS IX. lif Tn A OGRAND I'ROCEiSiO OF ALL CREEDS ANltD we i',AR1E did The Greatest Display Mobile Has Ever a Witnessed. on Ctondenserl in the MobLile Rei,.ter. son On Snnday trot, February 2itl, as tihe ge hour appoipinll for the tentdt.viouI oif all a c the societies anl orgntizLationsl which wore b to partlicipate in t1.' nietntrlll l'ra1e|i iio t 111 of the great PontliI i'i iIX. , apt`l/arhied, Iv, the whole town was lv., wtitl eixcitemllelnt In and suspense ; ete*r oinl as upon titi tip- pa. top of expct'atolllun, to " 'tltes tie grand olle pageant. 'I'e people clas fronm all direc- an tions, from w'histllrr, and Irioml all the ur- pih rounding settiletinta l i i sii in the ui i- lut versal demonletraRthlo. People. Wetreen eair to be movilli ill strleais Iiii all directions, tos: to the comrloun cot n'i I anttractlon--th t Lo Cathedral, fromn wa ;ell ithe procl s-on b moved in the following order: rPlu Col. iRobertM lHsudt. tIlid Marslh.l ilno Mounted Aids. ith Plateon of Police, under command of Snearg' t Iter- of FIRtbI' IV)IISION. ki Col. liehos. 1i. Ifelndrn. Mar,il. M First Regimenit of A. M. T. C'ol T. . she Irwin, (Ci.'laiiaL.IlI . ui' L 15 . Ith IDrawn lyeight while horeo. t' wtlin, uanepied in thil blahk velveL t.trimud wiihail', r re s tal s ls, m. and draped wlthotop. and lotiOy Miia' plumes, Wt was nurmounted by the Iiipie.rItative e as fea .nest na scarlet, upon which rli ed the be Pap·al tiara and oros khte,, nld waae be undolltlurliy the atiractive feot. are of the funeral cort,'ge aPI Guard of Honor-the Alabama State Artillery with sor sabres. alo Itallian enevolent Asoclatlion. dif Catholio Total Abstinel ie Society. of Acolytes--Rev. Clergy. gyl Right Rev. tlihopt. mri lHi Orasethe Most Rev. Archbishop of New Or'eans. a p Orator if the Day,. asI Committee of Arrangements in Carriages. tor, SECONID DIVISION. 1 Col. L- H. Keulorly. Marshal. eot Mobile Fite Deps tmuent. Chief Englteer, M. the F. Tuoker, Commanding. be French Benevolent Association. of Hpaishe Benevolent Association. tni R. E. Lee Aesoiiatsoia the t tarUloes tontaining Lty. I'ounty. State and United In I Stois Ofticlals, Jdgls, Poreig on Cioululs, Bank and Insurance c(icers Menmbere det of the Board of Trade ant Cotton leol Exchange, Mobile Medl- reg cal Society. tidi THIRD DIVIty ON. I. Peter Burke. Marshal. nov St. Patriekal Benevolent Association. son St. Patrick's I. it. adl L. Association, Moi Delegation from St. Patrick's Benevolent Asacelation was of Whistler. col DIelegation of Citilson from Whistler. the St. Vincent'a L. and Iienevolont Assooliaton. hat German Penevolent Association. vio Mobile Tnrnverelo. lit FOURTHI DIVISION. not Major D. T. Webster. Marshal. T Baymen's Benevolent Asociation. . de Brothers of the iscred Heart. the Orphans. the St Joseph's Fodality. thil t iirldren of St. Joseph's bLhool. Itudente of Spring hill College. forl Citisens Genes ally. i In this splendid and mournful pageant thi were gathered together representations of rat, every nationality, creed and race, of every dot organization, religious, mercantile, medi- no cat and bonevolent. All the true children ins of the Catholic Church werie gathered to- 'C gether to render the holagen ' their hearts htitl- I , eve upon whom they linokeld as the head of the Sa Christian world, andl to wihoin they bore to the tenderest atiection which the heart can lar ever render t, ,ino who was a stranger in a at foreign land. The men of the world were ret there with tile ilmembers of all the Christian hir creeds, to atti at by their presence their ro t apect and hounge to the IneinoTry t.f one ha whom they recognized :a the possesser of to the noblest tualities ef the soul, briglit end by thl lIntre of blmlitod atid cultured wi Intelligence ins But nothiiig in the iproctession was more he solemn or imipoittig thal the presence. of to the venerable Archbishop of New Orleanes, o who, as lie passed along, gave his blesaetg be to all who lined his way. A grander or he more benevolent countenance than his is seldom bestowed upon one of the children eo of man. be After marching thronugh itre principal streets at which were densely oruwled with people, the ti procession returned to the Cathedral, in whioh b every a·ailable inch of ground was soon o.- ti, copied. After the singing of the " Itlan.m of maton" aid other appropriate pieces, Mr. Thos, he Henry, President, introduced Dr. Thomas Lay. It ton, of New Orleans, as the Orator of the day, who spoke as folloer: at tiR. TllUMAn L.AYTON'a AI,IaRT.Rae. My Lords, Reverend Fatheis. Ladles and Gentlemen : e The Catholic universe is jubilant. Some tl days ago we Ict him who, for nearly thirt.- n two years, was the guide anti the father of so b many millions cif nten scattered over the sur- n face of the earth. But, no, I ani mistaken; we tI have not lost Pius IX. After having foKught the good fight, hie has e gone to receive his reward. After so lotie a life, c and a life so full of merits, we must rejoice to i koow that he bhn entered intu g;ory. And I repeat, we have not lost our fathlr: we are oounlncI d that t in Ileven he contoiune 1to pro- t tect the, Chircli which hlie loved with a hvi. ni strong and so tentler. We ht've alreadLy re ceived a poseitlve iproof of that lovo. In i: tot he who has obtaiund fir ise, by Lie pra)ers, the signal favor which at this liotmeilt causea the Catholic unlvereO to rcjuitc. Yee', we ari Jo bilant beoause a euooctsor to PI'lus IX is already I seated upon the throne be lett vacant. Only a few mionthe ago the greatest obstacles were foreseen cnocernlng the omeeting of the Conelave: the general unnsinesee which prr vails throughout Europe, the violent commo tions which agitate it, all conspired to excite femars of great complications; and still, what do we see? Every difficulty hba been sur moented; the interregnum has been shorter than eusual. Is there a single Catholic heart which does not perceive the HIand of God in all this? I there ,t*e one Catholic who doe. not say, at least is the d epthe of hi heart,. with a profound feeling ofgratitude: " It is oeer father who continues to protect ns, to love as; it is Pine IX who, by hisl prayers, has ob tained for us this signal favor; and he will also obtain for Leo XIII that abundant mena sure of graces whioh was lavished upon him. elf. nah ram theleelingwhich are to be found In the hearts of Catholics. They are all con vinced that the Lord, iu removing from their midst the visible presence of him whom they loved, and whom they continue to love so ten daly ; they are oonvinced, I say, that the Al mighty has granted them a powerful interces ear in Heaven. Nothing Is sweeter to the heart or man i a. - to speak of what it loves; whene the coo|ol- bit sion is easily drawn-nothing is sweeter for I me than to speak of Pios IX. Beautifol str thoughts might be indolged in touobhing his bo life which was so remarkable in every respect. This portraiture, however, would require a A more skillful pen than wine; more time, too. ohi would be uecessars, than that which has bets ree allotted to me. Ousy tao or three days since dim did I receive the exoeedingly courteous and wh cordial itnvitatin extendeld lto me by the Clergy teal and the lay Catholice of Mbobile. felt You will readily nndertaand that if. on the ed one hand, I felt honored, on the other, I ex- the perienced great a-prehension; and if I had the whi courage of endeavoring to surmount my hesi- dpi tations, it was partly because the thonght pre- vid sented itself that you would be kindly indul- ten gent, and also on accountof the pleasure which I a ohild experiences in epoeking of a dearly- all beloved father. Hlowiever, even under such circmeistances. I wil i:r'nno)t fireet Ithe *ay'ig i f at.. ert:rard. lie the loved the it eased Virgin telderl), as all kunw. 1 In oine of I1=i erlit., a thure is to be found a Pr' piass,.age of such a naturle as to discourage every sto one, iperhap, but a lan an especially. With thu an extraordinaiy ,llit-lolt of love he spostr:- pli phizou the liltesed Virgil, and he tells htr I that hiy groettest happi ices is to speak of her: gre Ibut he h.uiters to add Ihlt Iei treitibli, at the pro sallle time, for hie i ovetrwhlelmtod at Itre not Ilniugi.t if hIer grandon. lHow, then, could ti Lohepeu:k wo;thily ,f her F My m.eant.g isn amily underatood. I)oubtless reli Piun IX is not yet placid ipmon our altars, and dill no ouel has the pzutension to anticipate the the judgment of thli Church I Sapposiig even, owe that the hope which is tmulanted in the hearts edn of all Cathllicn shouldl one day be realio,ld, ie wh know well that Pins IX will never bes exalted to as the Blessed Virgin. livine maternity gives I1 Mary a distinctive pro eminence in Heaven- fy she is Queen of angels and of men. Therefore roll it t. mo.r. lifh,.,nit rn o.ntr if he.r gr'e.nenr wt than of the grandeur of any other saint. All abj this is true. Still the language of St. Bernard Lou may well discourage us. If that great doctor the feared to speak of the Blessed Virgin, because the he feared that he might speak of her in an on- 1 worthy manner, it will not Ie sitouebhing if I con approach my subjoct with Awe. It will not be his surprising if a man who is a mere stammerer I alongside of St. Bernard undertake a task less of I diflicult., doubtless, than would be a panegyric I of the Mother ,f (God ; nevertheless, the panue doc gyric of Pins IX otters ditllolties which are of fati such a nature as to appal even a consenumate I writer. Who, forsooth, can speak wirttily of pi; a pont ticate whicb, by its duration as well as sar as by its lustre, will till a special page in his- pea tory 1i It is not to be expected tlat I should even wis enumerate the great eveuts whose fulfillment mu the reign of Pins IX has witnessed. It cannot free be asked that I should particularize the detai's am of that grand career which has astonished the as universe. Besides, it would be time lost; the roll present generation are well acquainted with uwnl the principal events of this reign, unparalleled so, in history; and the memory of so much gran- mo deur was so indelibly stamped upon the recol- T leotlors of all, that a universal outburst f bro regrets was heard at the reception c-f the am tidings : " Tle l'ope is no more!" The Never, as it has already been remarked, tur never has the death of a man produced sueach a T sensation. I do not speak of the Sacrifice on stec Mount Calvary. lie who died upon the cross the was God and man together. Similar features. 1 common to the death of Pins IX and to that of the the Redeemer, whom he represented on earth, par have been noticed before. Our Divine Sa- reel viour was loaded with chains; the hands of feal inus IX were not manacled, it is true, in the it r literal sense of the word, but in reality, did to crei not die a prisoner I The Saviour of men was subjected to every gnt description of outrages, especially throughout Uni the three years of his public life. What was tur the fate reserved for our Pontitf during nearly forl thirty-two years f 1 We might push the parallel further, never var forgetting, however, that on the one side it is of a question of a God-man, whilst on the other, nat we refer to a simple mortal; however great ma this last may be, the infinite will always sepa- one rate the one from the other. After having laid me down this principle, which will be denied by phi no one, let us continue the comparison already instituted. list The Divine crucified One, before dying on age Calvary, had said : "And 1, if I be lifted up from bil . the m ,twill d n 11 i thing to mym f thu ' event proved the truth of the words of the len Saviour : the pagan world saw its idols crumble set to duet in presence of a crois. Perhaps a simi- aol lar miracle will not occur to the same extent ter at the present time, but we may nevertheless rel remark a certain analogy. Pins IX breathes the his last: all of a sndden the universe is at- I tracted unto him. What age has ever wineca ms ndi such admiration for a man 1 What cotntrry has over beheli such an attraoction towards a rue tomb, as yet hardly closed? at This, our Nineteenth Century, has been the pa witness and the vietitt oif a great number of t intellectual and moral aberratiions; it must, an however, he admitted, with rnpulrous giali- Cs toude, this century has not lost toe perception ci of human dignity. One tian, at 'east, has vo been found able, by his lainguae ansd by his actions, to evoke such perception, wh:ch might wi have been considered extinct. in liere it is that we behold the salutary inia- th ence which the great Pontitt has brounht to at bear upon the age in which he lived. IHe has arrested or, at least, lessened the progress of so that evil which undermines modern sooieties. th What is the cause of this malady ? It is ra- fu tionialism, which, in its torn, is the conseqoence w of that which is called the emancipation of thi at hehwan tind. The principle of authority is looked upon in the light of a chimera. p " The middle ages may have adopted It," ai cries out the freethinker, " but we are no longer a people in childhood; the shadows of a ignorance and superstition have been dispelled; ft everything, as well in the religious order as in ri e the civil order, as in the social order, as in the fi - moral and intelleotnal orders, everything most n o be submitted to the tribunal of reason; anl nothing can be approveJ, until'the decision of d e that supreate judge be made known." t Such is the inevitable conclusion to which i s modern rationalism is fatally driven ;antd this , conclusion is logical, from the moment that the t principal of autiiority iv abandoned. 1 Who does not see the dire consequences t e which spring frotm these ideas, t a expressed by I Sthe tree ithinker I o In tLie tirat place, complete anarchy will - reign in the religious order, or rather, there 1 i will be absolute niegation of all rligiou. -e hre, 1 heuatou to say. my intentiotn is to give io mltince to none : I waould be fatling n theobser i- vauce of that tiret of all comimandments, for ly love of God is inseparable from love of our neighbor. es lIesides. I must imitate the Church of Jesus ie Christ: She is orertlorin, usth charityrfor prnots, c- but, Shrmuet beinrftriziblrtrth regard to dictrine o- After the foregoing preliminary remarks, lot te uos cast a glanoe at the system of those, who, iu at the Sixteenth Century, separated themselves ir- from the CatbolioChuroh: they have cast aside er the yoke of authority; therefore, if they are irt logical, they must Anally drift into the same in coosequenots as do modern rationaliste. 3ee "For, what is Protestantism disengaged from rt, all that is not itselft What is the leading Sis article of its symbol, I will say even, the only uve article, for those who wish to reason and avoid ub- inuonsistenc) ? ril That article is this: I do not believe in the ea- existence of a Church divinely commissioned im- to instruct me in religion. I have the right to reject every religions law wd whihob will be eontrury o-trbeligbteo my rea on- son and of my conscience: the obligation of teir reading the Bible, and of seeking therein the hey elements of my religious belief will exist for en- me, only in as much as I will be certain tfirst, Al- that there is aGod, the Creator and the Legis mee- lator of the human race, and, secondly, that that God has desired to manifeet His will to men through the iaeruamentalty of th pea of the biblleoal writers. ci' 8o long a these facts will not be demon- gnli strated to me, the Bible will remain for me a g0t book wurthy of respeot, but of doubtful autho- to As to the confessions of faith, as to the cate- age. obisms, as to the books of prayer and liturgy for received by my ancestors, as to the offic!al or firm dissident obhurobee, and as to the ministries, of a which I find therein established, the true Pro- himi testant sees in all of them merely thecounter- asto felts of papistry; these counterfeits are accept- er a ed in order to please the masses and to prepare out them to profess, one day, pure Protestantism; of ti which consists entirely in the complete eman- lead cipation, in the absolute independence of indi- snce vidual reason, with regard to religionus mat- comI ters. I I,,litc i s rtself only, u01l( 1 protit against cont o ll hi lif ehcl, ichs not the eo6rk of my ruxeon. tinn linless he wish to contradict hiwelf, a ich ence will be the entire Credo of whons>ever rejeots Cate the priciple of authority. him T"e fatal conseuencees which derive from the piow Proteatant system will be immediatly nuder- Le stood: here again, however, I hasten to say, Pin. that individuals are better than their prince- ao pl. to-di In all the Protestant Communions there are bore great numbers of met who, in difreunt degreee, Hl prattcally remain Christians, because they do no'; not pter+iive the logical consetquence which dren ttiw frot their system. ere t From their i fancy they have adopted the fall I religion which they found in their family tra- Mr ditto:s, in the t:aching' of their ministers, in the Catehistsns of their Churohes, and they owe to, that catholic and natural method of education, the Christian lights and virtues, 1. which they iposees, and witich they endeavor cowr to transmit to their offspring. murfs Even among those who theoretically glori- n.de fy themselves, the most, on account of their Prov religious independence, not one will be found 2. who. in tractce, does cot, twenty times a day. d abjure his lofty speuolations, not one will e a fai found who will allow his snbordinates to apply Pete the famous principle: " in rerr!thiny follow unly Chri the lights of thy reason, and of thy conscience. fell t Thus it is, that every protestant father be- the e comes a Catholic in the religious teaching of 3. his family. mom Each minister becomes a pope in the midst gent of his tluck. whot Every incorrupt child believes, with the same docility of the Catholic, in the words of his earn father and of his minister. mire It is owing to the practical abjuration of their 4 p-icciple, thbt Protestant nations have pre- that earveid, along with the family spirit, some ap- watt pearances of a Church. deat But it is not the less true that a mind which pent wishes to reason, and has the ability to do so, ral a most finally come to the same conclusion as the side free thiuker, and free thinkersare to be fountd ooge amnong those, who are Catholics in name only, mate as well as among those who follow another 5. religions system : "believ' in self only, adore selj they only," this is their practical motto. iact is the Catt sole principle which logic can point out to the peop modern rationalist. port These are the considerations which have solet brought about, in our time, a salotary reaction beat among the members of the Anglican clergy emb The leading spirits in their number have re- they turned into the bosom of Catbolicism. mar( They were straightforward men who under- this stood that their religious system led them to folly the abyss of fllidelity. Rell They sooght, at first, to defend that which frel they considered to be the positive and vital to t part of Protestantism; they were not long in bete recognizing that their religious system has no neve feature of its own save negation, and that it remains powerless against the brseath of in credulity. lHence that admirable return movement be gun more than forty years ago, in that same University of Oxford whence,. over five cen- A turies before the signal of anti-Christiso re form had been given res This movement has borne onwards to the Qul van of the Universities, and to the front rankr ove! of the Catholic Hierarchy, the most illsetrious beel names aumong the Anglican Clergy : it is this voit movement which makes as hope that we will,as one day, witness the fulfillment of the ceuti- aCk meat expressed by a great Christian philoso- oral pher cf modern times : "*f ever the same F'aith could speak Erg- biet lish and Fretch, in an instant, obstinacy 'boi against this F'a th, would become an impoebi- fror hility." gral T remarks I have inet made are very jt lengthy, but they were necessary in order to spit sat forth clearly that rationalism is the conse- hoe ,loenceof free scrutiny with regard to mat- eve tera pertaining to faith : It is anarohy, in the the religious order, or rather, it is the negation of that samte order. 1 bare also said that it is anarchy, in the mal moral order. It t And, in fact, is not the one who adores his saw reoason, his ideas, drawn logically to tb' aodor- pay ation of his pleasures, or his destiee, of his B Ipassniii ant Carn li Indeed, aithout contradiction, love anything as mnruc, and miore than ht:nselt I Can he not but hate whateter offers an obeta- ant cte to the worship of tLat to which he has Otion vowed himself cou Aud, above all, can he not but hate a teligion ly which preaohes naught but submitsion of the rea intellect and abnegation of one's will, beneath eve the yoke of faith, and of a morality hostile to ree all the weakness of the heart Let Therefore do we daily see that hatred and f scorn of the Catholic Church are inscribed at gu8 the head of the decalogue of pretended re- it foamers. In order to rally thousands of seats, the e who agree upon no two points, this cry alone I suffices : "Death to Papistry !" en It from the religions and moral order we tio psas to that of the intellect, we find the same ho anarchy there also. o True science, the free thinker tells us, should if admit aus realities, only the phenomena which 1; fall under the senses; all the rest must be it n ranked among those fictions whose destiny, ne e from all time, has been to cajole the ignorant at it multitudes. to t If at times these pretended philosophers on- th ,f dertake to reason concerning the origin of j things, they are compelled to repeat the inan- ON bh ities of their predecessors with regard to the i occult forces of nature, to spontaneous geuera 1 tion. lint, be cart t'l how you ask them what they s s think of the origiu of the human race: per- W .y haps they might be bold enough to tell you of that ur wthole civilization is the pirogressive co ii evolution of aper a:nd their mates, whoso social it re friction has perftctod the organism and caused fe tho hairs to shed. l oe The foregoing is a summary of the disrders r- which reign iu the reltgious, moral, anid intel- w ar lectual orders of our day. Did time allow, we i or might discovcr the same anarchy in the polit- w ical and social orders as well. I1 us What is the cause of this universal dsorderl e' s, It ts modern rationalism. Man will not e admit any othe tret-hs than those whibh his b let natural powers enable him to comprehend, A in and, as his powers are very limited, it is not res surprising that he should fall a victim to the a de most fatal illusione. lie will never be able, t' are unaided, to enter into possession of that truth n me which is the most important for him: What is E his destiny t what is his end and if he have a cm an end, what are the meats of attaining it o lg which lie at him disposal i Here are the great a nly problems which the human mind, left to aid itself, will never be able to solve. The great and holy Pontiff whom we have the jost lost, struggled for nearly thirty-two years ned a eainst the intellectual and moral aberrations I which I have imperfectly pointed ont. lle has i aw been the pirovidential man of the inmeteenth I tea Contnry. God, who uncessingly wathts over1 u of human destoiem, always proportions the rem the edy to the evil. In the present age the world for in genera'. Europe in particular, has been the rmt, theatre at the greatest commotions, civil and is- social. In the midst of this tempest the bark at f Peter has been constantly exposed to the to fury of wind and wave; she has resisted the violence of the storm. " "lseme sue mer guer." God had oboeen a pilot espable of ad guiding her in the midst of the greatest dan- tb Pion I. has been truly the man accooording al to God's heart. He has been the man of this lei age. To an inoomparable sweetness that won for him all hearts, he has added immoveable sP Armnees. In the midst of all the weaknesse rll of modern governments he has always shown or himself the true monaroL, who despises their Be astuteness and their threats. Universal teaob- ye or of the great human family, he has pointed mi out all contemporary errors; guide and pastor of the world be has shown, t - all the path that leads to Heaven, whither he himself has finally y ascended, after a prolonged and desperate Al combat. We It is there that, to-day. we in sp~rit love to to contemplate him; from heaven he will con- Pt tinue to protest us. We have already experi euced the effects of his intercession. All ed Catholic hearts, I repeat, are convitoed that o, his prayers have obtained a successor so re promptly. Leo XIII. already occupies the throne of t PinusX.; true, this throne is in a prioon. The as crown which has been placed upon his brow, pr to-day, is the crown of thorns which Iius IX of bore for nearly thirty-two dears. fri Iow long will the trial lastt We knorw t no'; but we do know that his numerous ebil- t' dren throughout the world well offer up pray ers to the Lard, in order tlat the fetters may fall from the hands of the successor of Peter. At Major Henry St. Paul then read a most elo- th quent preamble and the following de RESOLUTION8. 1. The Catholics of the Diocese of Mobile, in communinn with their brothers over the broad surface if the earth, bow in silent submission bi under the dire affliction which an all-wise oh Providence has visited upon His Church. an 2. They reassert, proclaim and profess their or undyinr allegiace to faith of their father. a faith sealed by the blood of martyrs, from an Peter, the fisherman, in the dawn of the to Christian era, to the eonsecrated victims who fell under the shot of the Commune, in these, to the closing years of the Nineteenth Century. gr 3. They ever will cherish in Pinus IX the m memory of one strong in faith, great in virtue, de gentle in prosperity, firm in adversity, and whose truly Catholio heart embraced within the same burning love, all those who sincerely and earnestly lift up their souls toward the God of en mercy and forgiveness. 4 They never will, they never shall forget o that while the Potentates of the world were fa watching with cold, solfish eyes the life and m death struggle of the South for national inde- ci pendence, the Holy Father was the only tempo- of ral sovereign whose voice was heard on the th side of peace, and the only one who openly re- re cognized her flag at that of one of the legiti mate powers of the earth. 5. And lastily, with hearts full of gratitude, they tt a-k, in the name of the twelve thousand er Catholics of Mobile, her whole-sooled, generous pt people for the broad, liberal, and willing sup- "j port they have extended to them on this oj solemn day; they thank her noble women whose in beauty, purity and charity have made them the hb emblems of the highest type of female virtue ; they thank her gallant sons, whose brilliant, t martial array has added so much splendor to T this sad and solemn occasion; andno less grate- CC fully do they thank those noble ministers of el Religion whose eloquent lips, forgetful of-dif w forenots of creeds, have from the pulpit paid er to the illostionus deceased, Pio None, that tri- fir bute which virtue, fortitude and meeknesse never fail to exaet from pure, generous heartse HENRY ST. PAUL, Chairman, JNo. H. GLzxoNoN, a E. IH. FouCRNIe , Committee. Tuos. MANBER, E. P. Baunu,l I to After the reading and adoption of the 'e resolutions, the Right Reverend Bishop Quinlan rose, his majestic form towering over the platform whence the oration had W' been delivered, and in that sweet, sonorous voice which never fails to charm as well as to convince, be said it would be a poor we acknowledgement of the kindness and lib erality of the people of Mobile if he-the bishop-in his own church, should allow them to be dismissed without expressing 'd from the bottom of his heart, his undying a' gratitude for their kindness and liberality. i L was a bright llnatrtin of that rad spirit of true Christianity which, while honestly striving in search of truth and de even ready to die for it, knew, however, that tie foundation of all religion is that " Divine Charity on which the common master of all of us has built His Church. It was with feelings of tender pride that he saw amongst the multitude which were is paying homage to a great and good man, in, so uansy distinguished members of differ- as ent faithl-tl:ose with whom it had often sti been hia hnor to cross a willing lance, til and who had with e qually courteous weap- m ons, challenged tIur to the friendly lists of is controversy. In the just tribute paid them m ty MJjoir St. Paul, ,n the resolutions just pa read, he folly concurred, and he would ever cherish among the most precious it reminiscenoces of this day the eloquent and heartfelt tribute which so many distin guished divines of the Protestant Church , . have paid to the pure and Christian life of b the deceased Pontiff. o a In the present days of infidelity, in pres- a, ente of the bold advancing hosts of ra-| tionalism, it was a sweet consolation to see how many of our brethren were making | common head against the common enemy. ~ His heart was too fall to express his feel- - ings, and he could only repeat that he t never would forget their generous co-oper ation. In those feelinge,he was authorized to say, his venerable superior, His Grace, I- the Archbishop of New Orleans, fully t joined him, and here stood the old man, ' over whose head have swept the storms of Sthree-quarters of a century, and who had come to witness and to honor this great , y solemnity. And here the worthy prelate, r- with that peculiar smile, which, on the lips u of every esn of Erin, is the unfailing pro e curtor ot some quaint device, said that, 1 I however inappruopriate in appearance, he I felt tenmpted to relate a little anecdote of the late Ilo;y Fathter, It was in those days when Rome was still the seat of the Catho r lic empire-when no ''Shirri" and jailors t. watched the gates of the Vattcan. The itoly Father was receiving visitors fromi rY every quarter of the globe, and as he passe c ed them, they knelt to secure his apostolic *' blessing, till he came to a proud, beautiful d, American girl-they are all justly proud and supremely beautiful-and the daugh e. ter or the American Republic stood up th modestly-but unbendingly-before the is Holy Father; he stopped; he smiled and ve said : "My daughter-you are not a Cath it olic-I think-and you do not believe in tat my delegated powers." "No--IIoly Fa to ther," answered the beautiful girl, "in my conotry we never bow to any earthly ruler." "Well, my daughter, mildly ins retorted the Holy Father, "I shall not tee force on you the blessings of the Pope of eth Rome; but if you have an aged father at re_ onmwhlmoo loveanderryete. will yon Im not receive the blessing of an old man 7" rid and the beautiful American girl, suffused the with tears, fell on her knees, and the chief k prelate of two hundred million Catholics, the poured on her, in most touching words, the ted blessings of his heart. And now, my friends, here stands the aged spiritual father of all the Cathohes of the South, one who has spent amongst you forty-five years of humble, patient, mis sionary labors-the Most Reverend Napo- 01 leon Joseph Perche-whese heart has re eponded to every appeal of the South for n' right or mercy-whose hands have blessed w every flag that went from Louisiana to the Ci fields of battle. He is now seventy-five t years of age and-I ask it of you, Southern w men, Southern women, soldiers or citizenos t -who do not, in the honest convictions of " your conscience, believe in the vittae of a Apostolic blessing-I ask-noble men and Ci women of Mobile-will you not kneel down te to receive, not the blessing of the Catholic i Prelate, but the blessing of an old man. As the Right Reverend Bishop pronounc ed these words, a tremor ran through the m crowded Church and, as if moved by the t: respect and veneration which age, coupled with virtue, never fails to arouse, the whole It assemblage humbly knelt down-from the proud soldier, whom the graceful Colonel m of our regiment so worthily personifies, a from the most haughty of the civil func- as tionarits, to the humblest and the poorest of tl t'e large assemblage. And then, slowly d mlov;ng up to the front, the old, venerable tt Archbishop pronounced, in the consecrated ai Latin formula, the blessing which the God of ti the universe has, since the days of their re- ai demption, vouchsafed to the eons of man. h THE CLOSE. After the blessing of His Grace, tle Arch bishop of New Orleans, had been given, the choir intoned the Gloria in Excelcis Deo, and the spell-bound multitude, hanging tc on to the bewitching harmony till the last antly left the sacred building, and seattered to their several homes, each of them taking io to his heart the sweet conviction that the great and noble city of Mobile had once more done her duty-her whole duty-to , departed worth. it hi It seems that in London the steam fire ii engine, though so recently perfected, is , seeing its last days. A select committee 6 of the House of Commons has reported in , favor of doing away with this remarkable ri machine, and substituting hydrants. The a city of London has adopted the suggestion k of the committee, thus sealing the fate of n the fire engine, which a few years ago was b regarded as a very satisfactory machine. it The plan is to supply London with a it large number of hydrants, fed from a res ervoir suenciently elevated to give a high 0 pressure of water. The men stationed at "fire escapes" and the policemen placed at "fixed points" will thus be enabled to give o instant aid in case of fire; the adjacent , hydrants can at once be turned on, and d streams of water poured upon the flames. n The value of a few minutes saved at the , commencement of a conflagration, as t everybody knows, cannot be overrated. If 1 water can at-once be thrown an the incpi- t ent flames, the chances of putting out the a fire are vastly increased; while even a very brief delay may allow the flames to tI get such a headway that they cannot be b successfully resisted. d PAYIER HANGING AND WALL PAPER.-Visitors i to the city would do well to call on our merchantsand c personally attend to making the purchases and trans. c acting lIa business that they know will be indispen. f sable in the text few months. Among those whom it would pay them in an espeoial manner to visit, is our well known friend Theos. J. Brown, Esq., paper hanger, s 263 Camp street. He has a large and varied stock of wall paper, cornices, s indow shades, etc., which he is selling at from 20 to 25 per cent lower than the big O down-town merchants. This is partially owing to the fact that , being just outside busainess limits, his rent is t very low and his expenses bmalL Still he is not far e away, as the Magazine and Prytania cars will take a person from Canal street to hisatore, about 01(0 yards, r in live minutes. Mr. Brown will send samples to the country fiee on application, and will also perasnaUy n till orders outside the city fcr paper hanging when desired. Having known elm long and seen his work, we strongly recommend him to our readers as oae of a small clas,-a thorooghly-reliable dealer. PLEASURE AND BUSINESS COMBINED.-ThisB is the heading of an important advertisement, occuipy. t ing a moll column of to-day's STAR, in which the wide. i awake house of E. H. Adams & Bro. publish some it. structlve facts and toll of a few of the many bean. c tiful, excellent and seasonable articles that go to make up thesplendid stock of dry goods that fil!s their I large store, 594 Magazine street. Lead the advertise. C ment, refl.ct h it many of the most knowing shoppers t purchase their goods regularly at this house, and that it i is a prime favorite with all classes of our people, and I then call and make your purchases. The great dry goods house of Levy Brothers', O85 and 587 Magazine street, corner St. Andrew, white beuilding, have made enormous reductions in the prices of all their winter stock, being anxious to close it out at once. They have also, in view of Ote hard times, marked the prices of all their new stock of fresh seasonable goods down to the lowest figures. Anything, from a paper of pins up to the finest of silk dresses, can be secured at their store, and every one is always assured of polite treatment and a full and free chance to inspect all goods. Tux STRISBURO CLOCK.-A large number of our citizens have visited this wonderful piece of me. ehanilm, which has been on exhibition at Odd Fellows' Hallsince Wednesday, the 27th of February. It is a perlcct model, conmloing every feature ef the world rezowned orieiual. Adno'sslon, i5 oents for adults and 10 cents icr chlldreu. Olien from 10 A. M. to i. . We are pleased to hear that several visitors to the city have seti:d the goi~ro opporturnity now presented them of vt. ting thae carriage antid wagon Sfactory of Mters. J. "lhompson &Bros.. to and 70 itampartetreet, and of iupecting their stock and order B Ingutih vehicles as they reoloire. No factory North or South can do work choaper or more satisfactorily. SPorz Pius IX.--The Atlantic Art Union of New York, distinguished for its excellent productiors, offer to the public a beautiful, life-size, fine steel en graving of the deceased I'ontiT, at the extremely low price of 35 cents. This isa superior work of art. and should adorn the hoome of every Catholic household. P Our zealous friend, Philip Antoni, Esq., has Sjust receivedl a large Mesortmentof prayer books, beads, scapulars, etc. lligious articles, especially such as - are desirable particularly during missions and Lent, he will tell very low. y D. H. Holmes, Eeq., has just opened a ful ly and complete line of spring and summer dlks., with a y great variety of new tissuse, at his immense establIsh Ot ment, 1l Canal and 15 Bourbon streets. of -- - at Mr. John S. Twomey, 572 and 574 Magazine r1srtoe, lup oslte the market, has ·aplendid etkIof _the ' freshest and bloet fancy and staple groceries. Prices ad very low. of :s, HIeale's celebrated Hibernian rminstrels be open at the St. Charles Theatre to nIght. Mat;nees Wednesday and Saturday, See advertisement. rEs 5IGNIFIO4JTfCZ O F Bitl 0 N.=l Henry Besstwer In the Ledes Times. It would be curious to know how man of your readers have brought fully to their inner consciousness the real nificance of that little word "billion,"n w we have seen of late so glibly used in eeti columns. There are, indeed, few ilntelleets that can fairly grasp it and digest it as. whole; and there are, doubtless, many thousands who cannot appreciate its true work, even when reduced to fragments for more easy assimilation. Its arithmetical symbol is simple and without much pre. tention; there are no large fgare--Just a " modest 1 followed by a dosen ciphers, and that is all. (The French system makes a thousand millions equal to a billion; according to . the English a million of millions is a billion. In this article the latter system is followed.] Let us briefly take a glance at it as a measure of time, distance and weight. As a measure of time I would take one second as the unit, and carry myself in thought through the lapse of ages back to the first day of the year 1 of our era, remembering that in all of those years we have 365 days, and in every day just 86,400 seconds of time. Hence, in returning in thought back again to this year of grace, 1878, one might have supposed that a billion of seconds had long since elapsed; but this is not so. We have not even passed one-sixteenth of that number in all these long eventful years, for it takes just 31,687 years, 17 days, 22 hours, 45 minutes, and 5 seconds to constitute a billion of seconds of time. It is no easy matter to bring under the cognizance or the human eye a biion objects of any kind. Let us try in imag ination to arrange this number for in spection, and for this purpose I would se lect a sovereign as a familiar object. Let us put one on the ground and pile upon it as many as will reach twenty feet in height; then let as place numbers of sim ilar columns in close contact, forming a straight line, and making a sort of wall twenty feet high, showing only the thin edges of the coin. Imagine two such walls running parallel to each other and forming as it were a long street. We must then keep on extending these walls for mile- nay, hundreds of miles-and still we shall be far short of the required number. And it is not until we have extended our imag inary street to a distance of 23861 miles that we shall have presented for inspection our one billion of coins. Or, in lieu of this arrangement we may place them flat upon the ground, forming one continuous line like a golden chain, with every link in close contact. But to do this we must pass over land and sea, mountain and valley, desert and plain crossing the equator, and returning around the southern hemisphere through the trask less ocean, retrace our way again sacross the equator, then still on and on, until we again arrive at our starting point; and when we have thus passed a golden chain aronnd the huge bulk of the earth, we shall be but at the beginning of our task. We must drag this imaginary chain no less than 763 times around the globe. If we can further imagine all these rows of links laid closely side by side, and every one in contact with its neighbor, we shall have formed a golden band around the globe just fifty-two feet 6 inches wide; and this will represent our one billion of coins. Such, a chain, if laid. in a straight line would reach a fraction over 18,328,44 miles,-the weight of whicb, if estimated at one quarter ounce each sovereign, would be 6,975,446 tons, and would require for their transport no lose than 2,325 ships, each with a full cargo of 3,000 tons. Even then there would be a residue of 447 tons representing 64 081,920 sovereigns. Pr a manure of height let as take a much smaller unit as our measuring rod. The thin sheets of paper on which these lines are printed, if laid out flat and firmly pressed together as in a well-bound book, would represent a measure of about 1.333d. of an inch in thickness. Let us see how high a dense pile formed by a billion of these thin papers would reach. We maust, in imagination, pile them virtically up ward, by degrees reaching to the height of our tallest spires; and, passing these, the pile must still grow higher, topping the Alps and the Andes and the highest peaks of the Himalayas, and shooting up from thence through the fleecy clouds, pass beyond the confines of our attenuated at mosphere, and leap up into the blue ether with which the universe is filled, standing proudly up far beyond the reach of terres trial things; still pile on your thousands and millions of thin leaves, for we are eonly beginning to rear the mighty mass. Add millions on millions of sheets, and thou sands of miles on these, and still the num ber will lack its due amount. Let us pause to look at the neat ploughed edges of the book before nus. See how closely lie those thin flakes of paper, how many there are in the mere width of a span, and then turn our eyes in imgination upward to our mighty column of accumulated sheets. It now contains its appointed number, and our one billion sheets of the Times saper imposed upon each other, and pressed into a compact mass, has reached an altitude of 47 348 miles ! Look not mournfully into the past, it returns no more; wisely improve the present, and go forth into the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart. THiE LOTTErRY OF LIFE.-Ag will be seen by tie advertisement in another column, this beautiful r play of Brongham's will be presented at the St. Charles Theatre next aunday evening, O10th inst..by a number of our leading smateurs. The proceeds of theentert tainlment are to be devoted to the relief of the widows . and orphans of the crew of the MeAlllater, twenty 4v* or thirty in number, who were lost in the Gulf two Smonths ago. This appeal cannot fall to recei ve a ret dI generouas response from all our cltlzers, orresrectlveof creed or rationslity. SBranch 3, H. B. & M. A: Assocation, will . meet next Wednesay night instead of on its rlglasr h meeting night. ADVERTISING RATES OF THE "STANB" SQAS. Ono Two Three SI O__ S M'th. Y 'Mte 'h Mie TOn o ................." 0 I , I, 10,o 10_ ,wo .................. • i I ue I i throe................ I S I 55|5I n Toure................... II 8 4 4 Is _ive.............. I... 3 !r 60 I 110 Thirty................ 130 . 10 00 Transient Advetisements $1 per quar LL pertion. Oute inerted at speolal ret.. Wants and Pereoal Informsac A etiUS 0 caner per Sue eech tneertion Uitorai ..trio aO 9S a a Ine.