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Henry Smith if the zealous advocates of Christ ian tolerance and charity and forbearance could have their way? The true and perfect representative, among the nations ofthe earth, of Christian civilization is Russia. It was some four or five years ago, in 1888 or 1889, I forget which ,that Russia celebrated her 900 th anniversary as a Christian country. It is essentially a Christian country and of most pronounced Christianity. The Czar is high-priest as well as ruler. He is the head of the church as well as of the state. He is the ruler in spiritual as well as in temporal affairs. And now to-day after nine hundred years of existence as a Christian country, let Russia speak of Christian civilization ! But let us say that there are somethings which we owe to the influence, to patronage, or even inspiration of the church. There are the magnificent cathedrals of the old world, and the imposing structures in some of the large cities of the new. But the temples of the gods of Greece and Rome, were confessedly more beautiful and magnificent than the best of the cathedrals, and they were bnilt to heathen idols and by heathen genius and with heathen skill! In literature, Milton's " Paradise Lost" and Dante's " Divine Comedy " are the most im portant works, due, let us say, to the inspira tion of the church. But as literary produc tions they do not surpass the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer or the Aeneaid of Virgil, (not to speak ofthe Psalms of David and the burning eloquence of Isaiah) and these were all pro duced before Christianity was born. It is very doubtful if Shakespeare was a Christian, He may have been born of Christ, ian parents, and christened by a priest but I have never seen it claimed that he was a de vout churchman. He was an actor and it is hardly to be presumed that he was prominently identified with the church. Yet granting that he was, does any one imagine he would not have produced bis master-pieces had he not been a Christian, or that his writings are the result of Christian culture? Does astronomy owe aught to the church? There is hot a saint in the studded vault in heaven. There is not a star, nor a planet that has been named in honor of any name dear to the church, for astronomy remembers what she has suffered at the hands of the representa tives of Christian love. History places the stamp of its emphatic de nial upon the assumptions of the church, and declares, if it declares anything, tbat the pro gress of man has been retarded rather than ad vanced by the boon of Christian forbearance. Nor yet does Judaism claim the credit though she has greater right thereto, but man has ad vanced because he is man, created in the image of God, urged by the restless and resistless yearnings within himself ever to rise higher and higher, to mount from one height to an other, to reach one pinnacle and leave it to be gin the toilsome ascent to a higher and more glorious, to climb and climb till he attain that perfection which God planned him to inherit when He created him " little less than angels." The progress of human civilization is the un folding of the omniscient plan. The evolution of man's nobler self is the fulfillment of his destiny. He who stands by the bank of a stream sees only the bits and fragments floating by him with the floating of the current. He who stands on the hilltop sees the stream as a si 1 v crt h read winding over the free of the valley. We who live to day see only the fragmentary episodes that sweep by within the narrow com pass of oar inch of time, but he who will stand on the shoulders of the future and gaze o'er the past will ace the unbroken thread ofthe Divine plan, winding through all the years of human endeavor.* And not to one or the other of the children of men will be the credit and the glory of its achievement but to universal man, world-possessing and world-conquering, by the grace and the gift of the God, that made him so to be. i Amen. , OUR SENATOR'S SPEECH. \ What Mr. Lovenstein Said at the Jubilee Banquet. . i [From the November Menorah.] The text toast "Oar District Grand Lodges," wss responded to by Bro. William Lovenstein, a Senator of the State of Virginia. He took the place of Judge Philip Stein of Chicago, who was compelled by sickness to return to his home. Bro. Lovenstein, said : If there is any one present who has been taken advantage of, it is myself, (Laughter) I wss asked by the Chairman of this meeting to occupy the seat of the Mayor of New York. I didn't know for what purpose, except that I could fill the seat well. (Laughter.) But I i had sat here for awhile and just before Gover . nor Flower rose to speak, he said to ms that !he wanted me to respond to the sentiment or toast of " District Grand Lodges." Well, like each one of you present I was so interested in what Governor Flower had to say, and there fore I could not collect my thoughts to make a speech when listening to his eloquence, and when I heard his closing remarks and beard of the great glory of the American people, I felt that if they ever did anything right, and I speak as a rebel at that time, if they ever did anything right I Ba y, it was when, by tbe decree of the great Arbiter of human destinies, ' they brought us back into the Union, to work i for the greater glory and greater grandeur of the grandest and most glorious country on the face of the earth. (Enthusiastic applause, in - the coarse of which Governor Flower shook . the hand of Senator Lovenstein cordially, in voking greater applause.) There were brave ■ men in the South and there are brave men there now. There are no truer men, no men i more devoted to the flag of our nation than • those men who followed Lee in the war. t (Applause.) And come what may, weal or ) woe, they stand by you people, ready to defend • this nation against all things. (Applause.) But I am afraid I am betrayed into a speech - about the Southern people. lam called upon >to respond to District Grand Lodges. : I want to say that to go through tho District , Grand Lodges, composed as you know of nine ' districts, which form this great Order of ours, •to go through each district would take a longer i time than I have at my command. Commenc i ing with your own District Grand Lodge No. 1, • when I felt the outpouring of tho people last : Thursday night I felt that tho B'nai B nth was safe in the hands of the people of this Dis -1 trict And, I say, from the facts, because I visited your beautiful home to-day and I will visit another to-morrow, I feel that in charities and benevolence the brethren of this District aro always in the right and when I go to District No. 2. and find such men ss our honored snd benevolent Brothers Isidor Bash, and Jacob Furth, ready to defend and point to their great borne, which has been erected for the orphans, and then when I get to our District No. 3, when we find Josiah Cohen and Mr. Singer, to know they are always foremost in great deeds of love and charity ; when we stretch across to the Pacific Coast, and find there brethren who have erected their homes and doing great good, and when I come to our home, and we point with pride at our Atlanta Home; when Igo to No. 6 and find the District composed of men beloved for their deeds; when Igo to District No. 7, I find them engaged in great works of chayty and benevolence. And across the waters, we find great work has been done there, inculcating the principles of the Order through out the continent and by their cablegram thoy assure us they are united in one bond of brother hood, intending to stand by the B'ne B'rith, working together to see what is best to be done in pushing forward the great work of the Order. My brethren, it was a proud satisfaction for me to be President; through the kindness of the Grand Lodges and their representative-, I was honored three years ago by being elected at the finest convention that ever assembled in the American continent. (Applause.) It con tained men of influence, intellect men who • were honored in this country of ours, snd it wss great pride to know I had the honor to ap point the committee which has carried out the Jubilee in such a magnificent way and made such preparations, and did so much good to build up the Order, and I am sure it wss appre ciated by every member in the country to night, that in the grand State of Virginia, noted for her statesmen and noted for what has been 1 done in the post to know that in her Assembly Chamber the convention of the Order B'ne • B'rith met, which was the only one ever assem f bled in that building of the kind, and it is a > matter of pride for me to say, that the Gover -1 nor of Virginia tendered the invitation to be I there, and I am sure all will go forth as each - year goes around to see who can do the best ' work for this great institution of ours." ! THE STATE, t HAS •Telegraph ■ * News , FROM ALL THEJWORLD.