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IUW OsUtAWS. sUtNAT, JANUARY ois 1tc. UAZ.LDAi O TS= WW.. eaday..Jan. -IS-aunday within the 0etav et the ssday-. Jan. 13 psLay. . Areado, YeMartr. Mssday.». Jan. 13-Otave of the Epiphany. L 0, pbyra. Yirllin Tmseday....Jan 14--b. HLary BLshop and celtor of the Churon. Wedaesday.J a. i-et liPal, First Hermlt. Thseueday...J an. 16-. Blareillls 1., Pop sad Martyr. >IM d..u.Jan. Il-8t. Anthony Abbot. mslrIy»..Jan, I -C-hair uof St. tPetr at Rome. Christmas Colleetion. C(IT cnu5CMs- . St. Theresa.... ................ ......... ..... ) 00 Cathedral ......................--........ 10 00 Immaculate Conreltioa ............... ... : 73 t MHary's (Archbihop') ... . ... 14- 50 ist. Patrick ......... .. ... .......... I'll :. . Apho ................................ . 9 St. Joseph .......................... .. 101 IU 86. Joba the Baptist ..................... .0.. .. . 97 75 8t. Auguotte ...... ........................... .. 90 00 St. Peter .............. ........... 7 9 it.. M chael. ....................... 67 e5 Lt. Mary (German) ............. ......... 0 45 at Vlseent de Paul ........... 45 s0 St BRoe ofi ................................ 1 4 ) Holy Trinity n...... ... ...................... 3 t41 Holy me of Mar (A er) .................. 5 70 ESt. Nrab o de riaee in o............... id.. . 3 St. .Anne ....................................... 3 65 t. Marsy (Carroltoa) ........................... 30 t Heanry ............... . . 00 i Our Lady of even l)olors (mrollton).......... i 30 S. lontlaces ............ ........................ ".t 60 Am unela t i o . . ................................. 3 St. Mauri. ...................................... I Our Lady of the Sacred Heart .................. J. S5 Notre eMoe de Bon koo s.... ...... .......... 65 Urs 'loon Conveo .nt0......... .. ...... ......... 16 It ( uvent of B imca'ced Carmeiltee ....... ..... 15 oUo Convent cf Dshiter of Joseph ............... o 30 i.o. Anthoy of P ta. ........................... 00 COL'NiTr COLOCM. -S tn R o g .......... .......................... 5 00 iSt. erMarn.t i .o... n.......... 1i"e "Pi 0 ireaunz Br;dge................................... 2 u '0 organ City .................................... 3 PIluelne. lbervilo Per'b... ....... 0 .c port ...................................... 11 W1astngtocl i.0.J..... 0 , St Gabriel. Iberville 6.. ........... ......... 50 C eto . . . ....... . . . . . . ........ .. .._ .. 6 00 r taenrtr.. ti. Jan- Parish ............. . 15 0 St. Michoasl, t. James Parlsh ................ I : Sit. J nopb. Pastereoonllle....................... 1 i2 t npolnte.s- .ate. bt he........... . . ............. It :'., 0 Abbevils................................. . II: Y ale. Itlver ... ................................. 0 4-:, PradOk n .. ............................ ......... I' it OBantu de L oarg ............ .. ............ . . h Verm lllonv rtle...................... . . . o 2h -_S t. Phipitp.- JameerP'rtsl _.: ....... ... ....... 4 03 Arn advulll. .... ................................ . j lae anus Jenites .............................. 2 3 Total for oity and country .....................5··u 68 b The Right Rev. F. X. Leray, B!eshop ofI atohitochee, arrived In our city last Friday. The Seoretary of the Memphis Howard Aseo elation has completed his report, which shows t the receipts during the epidemic to have been $417,536 66 and the disbursements $415,790 53. We regret to learn of the dueat of M. J. t Kelly, seniot member of the well-known Catho. lie book and prnblihiug house of Kelly, Piel 1& Co., Baltimore. - e died last Thursday morn lug. d Hon. E. D. White, of Now Orleans, hae been ti appointed Aseociata Jueioce of the Supremes t Court, of this 8tate, vice Judge Egoan, de- t oeased. This appointment will give nniverass!! i tatisfaction. o His Grace, the Most Rev. N. J. Perohe, hrob bishop of Now Orleans, last Friday, 10th a lost, celebrated the 75th anniversary b of his birthday. Os the 19th of Septem- a ber nest be will celebrate the 50th anniversary z of his ordination. d ]lis Grace, the Most Rev. James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, arrived in our city a Satuorday morning, 4th i st., on a briof visit to a his relatives. Thonugh looking rather care- it worn, His Grace is in good health. He will prTeah to-day at High Mass in St. JJseph's t Church and will leave for his episcopal city b Monday evening. On the 5th of December, a sister of the gentle and gifted Gerald Gritlin, she who was I the subject of his world-famed poem, "The SIster of Charity," died at the Convent of the Sisters of Charity, Clarenbridge, County Gal- t way, of which she had been Saperiorees for c the past thirty-three year. She had attained 1 the age of seventy-three, and was able, up to r a few months ago, to discharge her duties as reotorees of the convent and sohoole. If there is any one cause which should make French Republicans doubtful of the effect which their succeese will have upon the future of their country, it is the great joy witht which the intelligence of their e;ectoral vic- - tprle is invariably received in Germany. By 1 telegraph we ear that the German prosen shows t great satisfaction with the renmlt of the recent c Soentorial elections in France, whereby the i Republicans secure a mzsjrity in the Upper C Chamber and become masters of the country. The North Grmaat Ga:rre intimates'thet the Republic an always reckon on the sympathy of Germany so long as its policies rfleet the suoderale and recso,eabls views of Gambette. Iu 17, there were 19 establishmenta of re- l ligions men and women in Prussia. The reli gious men were chietly Francisucas, Capnohins, I Dominicans and some Christian Brothers. There wes one Benedictione hoose, which had actually been founded in the last century by a c pious member of the Hober zollern family. The religions establiebments of women were almost i exclusively BlSters of Charity, or other nursing o oongrRainn ar,-'t-bliahmente for educa- p ties. By the law of IS75, all were to be abolish- u ed by the end of 1879. An exueption was ,ade t in favor of the Sisters of Charity or similar e communltiee, in so far as they were connected b with hospitals, and not otherwise. Even they I were forbidden to receive any novice. without e permission from the Minister. Ont of the 679, t only t) now remain in existence. The Govern- g ment were asked to sospend the law in favor u of those 52, and they refased cn the ground t that they have almost completed arrangements o for dispetalng with the services of the religi- b one, either as teachers or as nurse.. Already it wa seen that the 8inter8 of Charity were u doomed to extinction by the practioal impoesi- t bility of receiving permlselon to have novice.. , What base ingratitude for the splendid eer- 1 -icee of the poor nuns in the campaigns of 1866 t •nd167i' P Sometime ago the Catholies and Protest. ante of the town of New Haven, Connec ticut, united their votes on an issue of restoring religious exercises to the common schools. By the means of this coalition they managed to defeat the opposition, and now they have time to ruminate over the results. Of course, the impression prevailing among Catholic voters was that the religions exercises or instructions should be in accordance with the religion of the pupil. Imagine then their conster nation when they found their allies to have been acting in bad faith. No sooner did religions instruction become a fixed ele ment of the public school than Protestant bigotry took free and exclusive possession of it. In other words Catholic children were to be taught anti-Catholic religion. It would be impossible at this distance from the scene to calculate how many jokes were gotten off on the Catholics for being so cheaply caught by the old fox of Pro testantism. Their quondam opponents of the late popular contest must have enjoyed their predicament greatly and made it the occasion of abundant raillery. It was truly an instance of the lamb putting his head trustingly into the month of the lion. How in the world reasonable men who had lived for years face to face with bigotry could have been so strangely Ignorant of its character is a puzzle. Bigots may be very good men-they often are-but bigo try itself is a devil. It keeps no terms, regards no pledges, respects no etiquette, knows no obligation. It has no conscience and ignores all gratitude. It has-but one maxim: Everything is fair in war. In other matters a bigot may be a man of high honor and scrupulous good faith ; in re ligion he convinces himself that the end justifies the means. He feels that they who differ with him in religion are lost, and that the glory of God requires them to be saved by any kind of ungentlemanly trickery if necessary. So the bigotry of New Haven permitted a body of citizens otherwise very worthy people, no doubt, to treat their allies with the shabbiest kind of Greek faith and de prive them of all advantage from a victory which would have been impossible without their co-operation. These devotees do not hesitate to collect Catholic taxes and apply them to the support of schools the doors of which are virtually shut to Catholic chil dren. They seem to think it quite fair to plunder the Philistines for the profit of the Lord's chosen. Certainly many of these citisens would not think of defraud ing a Catholic, more than any other, in an ordinary business transaction. They would not make him pay a cent uore than a Protestant for a bill of goods, but to put him under tribute to the work of the Lord and extort his substance for the use of the Temple, is, they hold, a good and a holy deed. The sting of the treatment in this New Haven case, however, was in the cool assurance with which the Catholic public was bamboozled at tying the rope arounp its own neck. "Serves 'em right," is the only comment that can be made anywhere on this one aided transaction. There are two kinds of Protestant public in this country-the Protestant public, s3-calltd, and the genu ine Protestant public. The former com prises thousands of people who are not Catholics but who have no special bigotry towards the Catholic Church, although classed nominally as Protestants; the latter are Simon-pure heretics, zealots in religion, Protestants in earnest. With the public at large, Catholics may sometimes hope to make a reasonable arrangement for the use of their own school money, but it is a folly to expect any such thing at the hands of the zealots or professing Chris tians. There can be no bona fide alliance with them. They would, true enough, like to see their own doctrines taught in the public schools, but never if it could only be on condition of a similar recogni tion for the Catholic religion. In that case they would prefer to see the school left entirely Godless. The First Cross Planted on an Anglican Altar lunce the Reformation. About fifty-six years ago, in one of England's loveliest country seats, Garendon Park, Coun ty Leicester, a young boy-a mere child of thirteen-might have been seen wending his way from his own ancestral grounds to the neighboring village of Shbepehed. He was a college youth, home for a brief holiday; but no thought of foun or frolio ocuopled his thoughts that day. With a sweet gravity, singular in one so young, he hastened on to join a rural processton being formed in the churchyard under the direction of the Anglioan Vioar of that village. As the concourse of people form ed into line, the boy took his place at its head, bearing in his arms a large wooden cross. This was a somewhat unusual spectacle for worship ere in the Established Choroh of England-but the young cross-bearer, with head erect and glowing cheek, walked bravely on with the unfamiliar emblem in his arms, until, within the village bchurch, he saw it placed, with muooh ceremony, upon an altar that had evidently been hastily prepared to reoeive it. That Cross was the first one ever planted upon an Anglican altar since the days of the Reformation-and its being there was not the work of the Anglican Vicar of Shepehed, but of the bo--the child-who had headed the procession and had borne it to its destined place. Ambees D.e Li. was tb iedest e0 1 Charles Philips De LIse, Esq, OGaedon Park, and at this time war ender the tutorship of Rev. Mr. Hedon, Maiaemore Court, near Oloo ceaster. The boy was motherless, but a father's na love watohed over him and provided him with 0n everything neoessary for his mental and moral o, celture. His Anglioan tutor was thorough and cr careful in his trainlug, and the Churoh of Eng ,a land had no nobler or more promislog mem ber than this young beir of the Garendon Sestates. And yet, as his hand was the Brst to raise the long forgotten oross upon the Angli can altars of his native lands so he was to be u nder divine Providence, one of the fBrst in that e grand uprising of Faith and Reason whibob d drew so many souls to the shelter of the One True Church. it But what is most beautiful in the life of this n illustrious man, who left to England the leg n say of his virtues and his prayers, last Marchb, 1878, is the singular way in whioh divine e Meroy led him to know and to embrace the truth. When only twelve years old-while in Rev. I Mr. Hodson's sohool, he met an old French - exile, Abbe Girand, who was his tezoher in f French. The quiet holiness of this venerable I priest impressed him favorably, and young as he was, he felt convinced that the good Abbe, and those who were like him-could not be (idil tors nor deceivers. A few timid questions asked of the priest and kindly answered, were the first steps in that wonderful conversion which made Am brose Do Lisle, in 1e53, at the age of fifteen, leave the church of his fathers for that of his early anoestors. We are amazed when we read of the youth fal heroism which made him take a step fraught with enoh grave responsibilities, and the youthfol perseverance which made him cling to the religion whioh his heart elected and his reason approved. The little work-a memorial tribute to Mr. De Lisle's worth and virtues-from which we gather ou information, was sent from Eng land by his widow to a schoolmate of hers in St. Louis, by whom we have been kindly loan ed the volume. From its pages we learn that in 1830, the Hon. and Rev. George Spencer (since known as the saintly Father Iguatins of St. Paul), then an Anglican clergyman, came to stay at Garendon in the hopes of bringing back to the Chbroh of England the youthful heir of that anoient seat; but after a week's disoussion, Ambrose alone on one side, and several clergy men and one bishop of the Established Church on the other, Mr. Spenoer was soovinced of the truth of Catholicity and entered into the Fold of which he has since proved himself so zeal ous a shepherd of souls. " It was also while Montalembert was visiting Mr. De Lisle at Gracedien that the plan of "Fhe Monks of the West" was conceived, for in company with his host, he rambled over all the rains of the Cistercian Abbeys founded in England daring thb time of St. Bernard, and thus the beautiful tribute to the noble monks took form and color in his mind. " The first of the heroic band of clergyman who made such noble sacrifloes for conscience, sake, Rev. Waldo Sibthorpe and the Rev. A., Wackerboth, were both received into the Ohurch at Gracedice and owe their conversion to the Faith to the generous exertions of Mr. De Lisle in establis'ing a mission church in his immediate neighborhood. " - In 18l1, Mr. De Lisle travelled on the conti nent with a portion of his family, and the fol lowing extract from his Journal dated B:aoeels, July 10th, will prove interesting to every Catholic who reads these lines: "We went with Abbe Donet, one of the Canons of the Cathedral, to visit the Pope's Nuncio, Monagg nor Pecci. Archbishop of Damietta. I never saw a holier looking man. His countenance was most beautiful. He talked with the deep. eat interest of the Oxford divines. " The thoughtful and deeply analytioal mind of Mr. DeLisle, whioh had led him, as a boy of twelve, to question his French tesoher con cerning the doctrines of the Churob, and at thirteen to persuade his Anglican friend, the Vioar of Shepshed, to place a croas within his church; and at fifteen to embrace a creed held in discredit throughout the whole of England; also inspired him to use his pen in defence of the cause be loved and prized so dearly. Among his works, we may mention a remarkable book entitled " Mahometanism in its Relation to Prophecy." He also translated into English, Montalembert's "Life of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary" and Manzrni's "Vindication of Ca tholic Morality," besides publishing a little book of devotion to the Blessed Virgin, called a "Manual of Devotion," and also bookson the Gregorian chant; while the last work from his pen was a series of articles in the Weastminst:r Gae: He on the "Reunion of Christendom." All of thts shbow the pious bent of bhis mind anod his eager desire to do some amkll part in the noble tiak of enlightening the minds of those who 'sit in darkness," unconscious that over them bhangs "the shadow of death." And we have Cardinal Msnning's own high author ity for the assurance that " he has been a means used by Divine Providence towards the conversion of a large number of souls." In England-that England which Mr. De Lisle confidently predicted "would one day return to Cathol;o Unity and the See of St. Peter"-his name is held in loving, graterul remembranceby the poor whom he befriended, and by the rich to whom his life has been a beautiful example of every Christian virtue. In 1835 Dr. DeLisle gave landsin Charn wood Forest to foond the Cistercian Abbey of Mount St. Bernard, thus restoring to England those noble monks who for three hundred yeats had been proeoribed and banished from her soil. This geeereus work alone entitles him to the reverence of every Catholic and to the endless gratitude of Englishmen, for the monks of St. Bernard have ever proved them selves the truest friends to civilization and the noblest :benefactors of their fellow-men. In the Abbey Church which Mr. DeLisle's gener ous hand built for the restored Order of St. Bernard, his body was laid to rest last March --In front of an altar dedicated to St. Stephen f Weelalg aa egaaslaman, fonder of the Cl-. Sterelan Order-and it seems slnlgularly appro Sprate that the restorer of the same Order, also an oEnglishman, should sleep within the walls i whence daily rise the shant of God's praises, i brought back to England by his seal, piety and generosity. We deem it a high privilege to baysve been permitted to learn something of the life, the labor and the virtues of this illustrious lay men - whose wealth, infloence and talent were all used for the glory of God sand His Church and the servioe of his fellow mec. We are all familiar with the history of Manniog, Faber, Spencer and other illustrious olergy men who gave up all for truth ; but it is sel dom we hear of a layman whose life is so noble an example to the youth of every coun try, in its loyalty to the Faith, in its grand charities to the poor, in its gentle conaliders. tion for his separated brethren, in its pore and holy influenes and in its simplo, childlPke trust in God. We wish we had space to describe the final sceone-the heroic close of this noble life; but the ploture ie too beautiful to be marred by hasty tonouti on our part. We cannot, however, resaist the desire of giving to our readers the last glimpse of this heroic Catholio whom we first saw as a mere boy oarrying to an Anglioan alter the very first cross whiobh, for three hundred years, had ever been planted there. Two hours before his death, he asked the attendant priest to pro nounce loudly and distinctly the prayers for the dying, in order that he might follow them in his mind; and when the sad commendation was over, he exolaimed in earnest rapture: "How beautiful I" No wonder Father Tondini records thi assurance "that a man must be very near to God who in his very agony bursts out in snob a cry I" And as we lay aside our pen, which has not touched upon one-half of his many good works, which scaroe commenced to enumerate his many writings, nor even named the ohurches, sohools, asylums, reformatories founded by'his obarity, we also must exolaim: How beautiful is this life of a simple layman in the Church, but who within his proper sphere won so many souls to God, and with a noble'aim before him, followed it with knight ly courage and heroio pride to the last moment of his life i His influence upon the Oxford movement and his earnest aspirations after the unity of Christendom will,of course, preserve his name upon the annals of Catholicity; but as an ex ample of boyish zeal and manly oourage in the cause of conscience, of talents used for God and wealth devoted to His service, of unselfish aims and unbounded charity, of all the virtues which mark the true patriot and Christian, Ambrose DeLisle will also live in humble hearts, while thoughtful minds will ever see in him the wondrous link between the ages of Faith belonging to the past and those which I wait upon England's glorious future, 1 Ten LxorsLaTURa .-Last Monday the Leg islature met in the State House and completed iti organization without trouble or excite- I ment. John C. Mononre was elected Speaker of the House; C. M. Pegues, of Red River, chief olerk, and Thomas MoIntyre, cf this city, sergeant-at-arms. The Senate elected John I Clegg chief clerk, and Thors. H. Farris, ser geant at arms. On the 6:b. the Governor's message, a very able document, was read in both houses. His Ercelienoy touches on all soujects connected with the welfare of the State, denoonc,, vie I latione of law which have taket pisoe in cer tain sections, diecanssee the present deplorable fioancial condition (f the State, and pro nounces in favor of calling a Constitutional 1 Convention. His recommendation with reference to the calling of a Convention will, beyond all doubt, be adopted by the Legislature, bills for that purpose having already been introducoed in both Houses. They are identical and provide for the election by each parish and ward of as many delegates to the Convention as It has representatives in the House, leaving thirty-six I to be elected by the State at large. This would make the Convention consist of one hundred and thirty-four members. $40,000 is appropri ated to meet the expanses, the delegates to re ceive $4 a day; and the State House in this city is designated as the plasoe for the Conven tion to meet on the 21st of April. From the votes taken on propositions to suspend the rules it is evident that the bill will pass by an overwhelming majority. The following joint resolution has been adopted unanimously : Whereas, daring many months of the past year an epidemic pestilence of the most viro lent character prevailed at the capital and throughout s large portion of the State of Louilsna, carrying sorrow, distres and death into thousands of homes, anad Wheress, in the days of our mourning and sore trouble, mtensnimous strangers in sall seootions of the United States and In many foreign lands, voluntarily aesme to the relief of our afilicted people, with contributions aggre gating $1,100 000; therefore be it ReBsolrsed by the Senate and House of epresenlta tires of the State of Louisiana in General Assembly corented, That the earnest, heartfelt thanks of the people of this oommonweslth be and are hereby tendered to all those large hearted philanthropists who contributed so spontane ously and munifoently to the relief of the Louisiana sufferers by the yellow fever epi demio of lt78. Be itfurterrersaelred, etc., That we, the repre sentatives of the People of Louisiana, deem it right and proper thus to acknowledge and oommend this unsurpssed philanthropy, and to place upon our statute books this teeot monial of gratitude, so that, in all time to some, those who follow us, while re membering the calamity that fell upon their anoestors, may be reminded of the noble gen eroesity of the men. women and ohildren of other Statee of the Union, and of distant lands who came to their relief in the days ef their sNllotion. (Communicated) BBS 3IEPTION. The cause to whioh the successof resumption are most commonly attributed, sppear to me inadequste. There is, however, an explanation which is generslly overlooked, but which, to my mind, ssems entirely sromlent. It is that which !s derived from the fact that the " Bal sees of Trader has been ageoo 1870 in favorm the United States. The amount of this 1Bal anoe, notwithstandiog a momentary obheck in 1873, has been continually inoreasing. It il now very large. Doring the same period the price of gold has gradually decreased from fifty per centmi premium to par, in paper currenoy; and this airoametaope bhs followed the pro. geese of the other, with the regularity of effect from cause. Everybody knows that the diffdrence be tween the exports and imports must be paid in colo; and that gold must therefore flow into the oountry of which the exports exceeds the imports of oonsumable values. There is no other way of settling the balance; and enob balanoe is being so settled year by year-nay, I should say, daily. In this state of things, ii a merchant, wishing to import anything or pay a foreign debt, should send gold instead of merobandisz, he would, so far athe volume of gold coin in thissonutry is ooncerned, bedoing a vain ast; for that same gold, or the same amount of gold, would flow back to settle balanoes on the goods he did not choose to send himself and left other parties to export. There could not be, nor is there now, In this country, any demand for gold for exportation. No one'would need it for that purpose; and it would have to stay here-become abundant here. Nor would this have the effect of driv ing paper money out of ciroulation; for paper currency has certain advantages over gold; and so long as the paper is not in excess of what the oonvenience of business requires, it will always be at least on par with gold. If there Is danger of at over issue of paper, there is, on the other hand, also, danger of a soperabundance of gold. Should the favorable Balance continue to occur -or perhaps it might become greater and greater-then there would of course be extra ordinary amounts of imported and native gold, within the national limits, and in the hands of persons anxious to find some way of using it profitably. There would be great competition, not to accumulate gold but to dispose of it in loans or safe enterprises. But safe and paying enterprises are not common-not easy to discover, devise, and carry into sure execution. They will be comparatively soarce, while the holders of gold would be competing for them. One thing appears pretty clear, manufacturers and importers will, in suob a state of things, prefer to pay taxes and duties in gold, and which must therefore accumulate in the treasury. The government will be put to great inoonvenience by its not getting back enough of its own paper issue for its own uses -its payments, its transfers, etc. It will have to force its creditors to take gold, though they ask for greenbsoks. It seems impossible to foresee how far this tendenoy may progress. I am astonished that Secretary Sherman did not foresee the natural effect of the favorable Balance of Trade. He and Hayes, and Grant before them, spoke several times of the "pros perity" and economy the excess of exports over imports ndicoated; but did not seem even to see the effect it would have in making re sumption a success. On the contrary Sherman gave material aid to the gold dealers, and kept op the gold premium, by hoarding more than one hundred and fifty millions of gold coin which he got not only for duties, but also by purchase. Clearly he believed that there would be a run on the treasury to demand gold ror greenbacks. Clearly, also, that not having foreseen the very contrary which took place, te is not entitled to any credit for the result; end makes now a sorry gare a financier. [t is now plain that Resumption was possible only by the mere effect of the laws of trade, which turned the balance in favor of this coun try; and that Sherman's manipulations in the bond and gold market had no influence on the final event except to delay it till the time came when by act of Congress he could interfere no more. A new fact is added to the many which pre viously proved that gold and silver are, in spite of all legislation for coining and giving them currency as money, really and above all, merchandise, having an exohangeable value de pendant on supply and demand, and on oircum stances which no measures of finance can con trol. T. W. C. The Euryer Posnanzki publishes its annual statistical report of the effects of the Cultur kampf In the united dioceses of Gnesen and Posen. At the beginning of the year 1874 there were 818 clergymen, of whom only 019 remained at the close of last year, being a loss of over 24 per cent in four years. IDuring this time E5 clergymen died, 91 were driven away through the action of the May Laws, and un fortunately 23 either proved themselves open ly unfaithful, or so acted as to give good rea son for snuspeoting their fidelity. Durinog the present year the two dioceses have lost 10 priests, one of whom was acanonof the Cathe dral and 10 were parish priests, so that at pre sent there are only 600 clergymen in the two dioceses. The number of vacant parishes is 80, inoluding, of course, those whloh are occuplied by sohismatioal intruders. The total number of parishes in the united dioceses is 553, so that one-sixth of the whole number is deprir ed:of legitimate pastors. The number of sounis in the vacant parishes amounts to 169,740. Of these C5,139 bave the bleasing of still having the services of vioars or assistant priests, who, having been appointed previous to the May Laws, are regarded as "legally qualified," while 104.601 are wholly destitute of spiritual assliatsnoe. In the northern portion of the provinee there is a distriot over forty miles long, and in some places fifteen miles broad, which is wholly destitute of priests. Similar destitution exists on the Brandenbnrg border, and in the southeast there are distriots over 300 miles square without a priest. In the neighborhood of Kosten (itself in the hands of a sohismatical intruder, Brenk) there are three parishee vacant, three others have parish priests too inirm for active work, the parish priest of another is in prison, and those of two others are under sentenoe of imprisonment. We must remember that this is the story of only a slngle diocese out of twelve in Prumia. LOCAL *0Th'8. The annual cost of running our Pok ffis averages $60,000. Daring Deoember, there were 1650 arswrsi this city ; and, for the same time, 6 robbis and 6 murders are ported. Archbishop Gibbons will presoh (8unday), at High Maes, in St. J CiMorh, Common Street. Mass oommnes 10 o'olook. The annual election o( Directors of Homestead Association Will be held at offiee, 116 Poydras corner Camp street, Mo evening at 7 o'olock. The New Orleans Catholic Total Abetin Society meets this evening at 6:30 o'cloek the Morning 8tar Hall, and St. heresa's ~ Siety holds a meeting at 7 o'clock in its on Erato street. From the Custom House we learn that dat. uing last month 148 vessels entered this port from foreign ports, and 33 from dommtigc ports; 81 cleared for foreign ports and 43fr domestic ports. A large number of enterprising busineusasa from the Western States passed through this city last week on their way to Mexico, whisk they visit with the intention of forming mae. oantile connections. The City has entered into a contract with Mr. Chandler, who has undertaken for $8000to place automatio fire alarm boxes where crank boxes are now used and to put the entire fis alarm telegraph in good working order. There were only 67 deaths during the week ending last Sunday, January 5th, of whicht were caused by intermittent fever, 7 by con. sumption, 8 by debility, etc. An xiellent re cord this for a city with a population of frome 200,000 to 210.000 inhabitants. Next Sunday morning the members of all th9 Total Abstinenoe Solieties of this city will re ceive Holy Communion, in a body, in 81 Theresa's Church. The same day, at 7 p. i., Rev. D. MoKiniry, 8.J., will deliver a lecture on Total Abstinence. Admission free. Rev. J. Moynlhan, Jr., will deliver a Charity Sermon this Sunday evening at 7 o'clock, in the Churoh of St. John the Baptist, Rev. T. J. Kenny, Pastor. A collection will be taken up for the beneit of the Poor. The prooeeds will be distributed by the members of the local Conference of the St. Vincent dePaul Society. At the annual election for cffiers of the Boiler Maker's Association, held in the Morning Star Hall, the following gentlemen were chosen: John Lethem. Prelsident. F. A. Bnis Vice President. A. 0. eeffe. Treasurer. P. . Kelly. Becordieg seostar. Wm. J. Gflithorpe, Ftneoftl Secretsry. Patrick Maloney, Doorkeeper. The private market war has brokhn out again. Having once obtained the privilege, the butchers who opened private markets re fuose to shut up at the diotation of the oity anthoritles and the machinery of the law does not seem to work smoothly towards depriving the publico of the convenience of buying their meats within a stne'as throw of their retil dences. Last Weinasedy Archblshop Gibbons visit ed the splendid institution of the Little 1Sis ters of the Poor, oorner Johnson and Laharpe streets, and spent a half hour very pleasantly. in chatting with the old folks. His Grace was much pleased with the order and oleanli. nees that reigned throughout the immense e tablishment, and the excellent provisiors made for the comfort of the large number of aged men and women who .Aud a safe refuge within its walls. The oldest baby in theHome, an English sailor 102 years of age, was specid ally honored by His Grace, who seemed to,take a great interest in listening to the old man's recital of the history of his life. Last Tuesday our Democratio City Council unanimously elected W. L. Evans, assistant recorder of the First District. The wonderful magnanimity of this set can only be appreci' ated by those who remember Mr.Evans' stead fast adhesion to the Radical party of this State for years past, a party which nominated him for Recorder at the last election and of whichb, nuder its new name of National, he is yet a member for aught the public knows. The Democrat says of this action of the Connoil: "We doubt if a more insolent defiance was ever thrown into the face of the Democratio party of New Orleans or of any other city." The Picayune and Times, asy-i othing. The most remarkable spell of cold weather that New Orleans has seen in years, coommeno a Saturday noon and ended Toesday morning. At Intervals on Saturday we had sleet and slight showers of rain, and towards dark the thermometer fell below freering point--3S2 de grees. Sunday morning the trees and shrub bery, sidewalks, roofs of buildings, in fasot al1 things out of doors, were covered with ice, presenting a most beautiful and unusual spen taole. Thestreet oars were not run till late in the day, as the mules had no caps or heels to their shoes and slipped on the le at every step. The lowest point reahobed by the mer oury in the thermometer was 19 degrees above zero, Monday morning: The inspecotors of sidewallks have reoently made affidavits against a number of parties for falling to comply with the ordinance requir" ing them to repair their sidewalks after r* oeiving notifioation from the Department of Improvements. It is very desirable that this ordinance should be strictly enforced, as our sidewalks, through long years of neglect, have beoome almost impassilble. In oertain cases, however, it strikes us that some lenieny should be displayed by our offolals, as, for in stanoe, in that of thesuBperloreiofthe Convest of the Holy Family, on St. Bernard Avenes, Third Distriot This institution isa refuge for aged and deerepid olored persons. It isso veryl poor that thealtrs in obl erge And i ast to ~,.~i. ~··~~ luhd;; l~b~u~sjs~,Al-