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be the hear Advent Sermons to be preached to the Papal Zouaves were to be


character of the Sacrament, which the tide of Protestantismmation regarding it? Probably, if it does exist, it is unique, as regards has been unable as yet to destroy.

this country, and it would be interesting to know its history. The Pall Mall Gazette's way of stating the case is that

Yours, &c., P. H. “ there is, in fact, no meaning or reason in maintaining the

P.S.--I see that Isleworth is stated in the Clergy List to be united

with Chalton, so it is probably one of those old places which have been indelibility of the orders of any Christian Church, which does deserted by the population, and have thus escaped destructive Restoration. not hold the doctrine of Transubstantiation in the fullest Roman sense. The act of magic which the transmutation of the elements requires is of so astounding a nature that the REPORTS AND ANECDOTES OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL. power to perform it, once gained, may well be permanent.

(From the Vatican.) Setting aside the inaccuracy of our contemporary's theological additions. m Canon Molitor, of Spire

, has been summoned to Rome, and

The number of the Fathers present at the Council continues to receive language, he is perfectly right in the main. It used to be

. once believed among Churchmen that there was a “some- lately appointed Bishop of Rottenburg, has also arrived.

will sit in the Council as one of the Pope's Theologians. Mgr. Hefele, thing ” about preaching and reading prayers in public which

It is noticed as an indication that the repentance of Victor Emanuel it was unlawful for a layman to attempt, and that in some is probably sincere, that the prefects and other magistrates of his way there would be a virtue about the one that was not to be kingdom were instructed to prohibit any public manifestations against found in the other. Now we have learned that the saying of the Vatican Council. Mass and absolving the penitent are the only essential functione A telegram from Rome says that all the Prelates of the Curia of the Priesthood, but that the power to perform these is of Romana, the officers of the Council of State, and a number of the so high a nature that nothing but a special supernatural gift have resolved to protest against the dogma of Papal infallibility.

officials of Chancery, the Court of Canonical Law, and the Treasury, could make the words uttered anything but a blasphemous

A Roman correspondent notes the exploit of two English “misses," mockery. This, the Protestant when he is honest and unwarped who, mounted on the benches above the kneeling multitude, surveyed by education and prejudice, admits, and conscientioualy objects with their opera-glasses the Pope as he pronounced the benediction in to use the words and perform the functions in question. The the Council. The Pope, with a mild smile, pointed them out to some of one Sacrament he never administers at all, and the other he

Cardinals. divests of all its sacrificial character, and brings it down as nearly as he can to the initiative rite in vogue among those who Stefano, near the Roman College. He was to be followed by the Bishop

commenced by Mgr. Mermillod, Bishop of Hebron, in the Church of S. are not in the Church at all. Modern interpreters of the law, of Tulle and other Prelates. During the Octave of the Epiphany, hopelessly imbued with the same heresy, give him all the Sermons in various languages are to be preached in St. Andrea delle assistance they can in reading Catholic words in a Protestant Valle by the most eloquent Bishops of the different Catholic nations. sense, and so the mischief goes on.

When M. Veuillot was admitted to an audience by the Holy Father, Every now and then there arise men (all honour to them) from whom the illustrious journalist has so often heard words of too logical or too honest to endure the unreality any longer, content with you, both with what you have said and the manner in which

encouragement, he is said to have been addressed as follows: “I am either for position or for gain, and who, like the late Orator at you have said it--et pour le jond et pour lu forme - I give my blessing Cambridge, abandon the life they entered under a mistaken view to you, to your family, and to all your readers." of its requirements and obligations. They feel it very hard Mgr. Grimardias, Bishop of Cahors writes to the Univers to disclaim that the profession they were allowed to enter with only the opposition" of which he had been represented as one of the chief a Protestant belief in it, should be erected into a barrier for instigators. Whatever private discussions have taken place, he says,

had no other object but a legitimate and common agreement between life on principles which presupposes the faith of a Catholic; the members of the Episcopate." As to the supposed intention of and they are right. The evil lies of course in the fact that protesting against acts of the Sovereign Pontiff," the Bishop observes unbelievers in the Sacrament of Order should be allowed to that he knows of nothing more than “ humble supplications respectfully receive it, not that those who have once received its awful addressed to him whom we venerate as a chief and a father.” gifts, should be forbidden to imagine themselves ordinary men

The throne of the Holy Father in the Council Hall, which it will be again.

remembered is in the right transept of the Basilica, almost touches the

altar of SS. Processus and Martinian, who were the guards of S. Peter Meantime, where, in a country like this, any grievance can in the Mamertine prison. When they received their prisoner, they did lie, is very incomprehensible. We have seen dozens of men not foresee what Divine grace was preparing for them, nor suspect that, of late years seceding to Rome, denying their orders, and after the lapse of eighteen centuries, the successor of the same St. Peter,

surrounded by the Catholic Episcopate, would assist at the Christian taking to any secular profession that suits them even, as Mr.

Sacrifice offered upon an altar dedicated to themselves. Ffoulkes has told us, to getting their living on the stage. What hinders them, if their own consciences do not? Or is collected by the Unita Cattolica of Turin, and lately presented to the

The Correspondance de Rome, noticing the offering of 167,000 francs, it after all, that conscience cannot be completely deadened, or Holy Father by the Chevalier Margotti, observes: "Wherever an altar the sacred fire wholly be stamped out ? and so they call for a exists, wherever the Pure Oblation is daily offered to God, similar legal support, which being the highest authority they testimonies of the piety of the faithful are offered to the Pope. The

collection of such addresses, from all parts of the world, now forming acknowledge to exist upon earth, may persuade conscience to see

several hundred volumes, preserved in the Archives of the Holy See, and dispute no longer the conclusions at which their reason has the hundred million of francs which the Pontifical Treasury has arrived.

received since the end of 1859, will be an evidence for all time of what

his loving children could say and do to console and succuur their Father." Correspondence.

A general assembly of the Council, the fourth, was to be held on the 28th, when the meinbers of the important Commission de Rebus ordinum

Regularium were to be elected. After the scrutiny, the deliberations on (The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of his Correspondents.)

the dogmatic questions submitted a fortnight ago to the examination of THE USE OF THE MAGNIFICAT.

all the Fathers of the Council will commence. Each proposition will SIR,—Will some learned in ancient Ritual tell me why some Priests become the subject of a resolution, which will take the form of a decree, who profess accuracy of Ritual do not use the Mognificat in Advent or

and be binding on the consciences of Catholics. As the Bishops aro Lent? I observe that they are also much given to the omission of the already fully acquainted with the matters to be submitted to them, it is Benedictus at Matins. Is it a tinge of Modern Romanism which leads hoped that several decrees will be promulgated in the next public one to view the Benedictus and the Magnificat as being, so to speak, the Session, which will take place under the presidence of the Sovereigu key note of Matins and Evensong? I hope not. Surely Our Lady's Song

Pontiff. can never be out of season in commemorating the Incarnation.

Rome, Jan, 2.--- In to-day's sitting of the Ecumenical Council the Yours, &c., AN ENQUIRER. death of four Fathers was officially announced. Cardinal de Angelis

was nominated Cardinal President the Commission on questions of FRESCO OF ST. HUBERT.

Dogma, and Cardinal Catterini President of the Commissiou OD Sik, - I am told that in the Church at Isleworth in Hampshire, near Ecclesiastical Discipline. Four Fathers subsequently spoke, and Petersfield, there is a Fresco of St. Hubert, can you give me any infor. I the discussiou will be continued to-morrow. The Committee of

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the Council upon affairs connected with the regular orders con- could see little of the nave beyond a dim vista filled by an undistinguishsists of one Portuguese, three Spanish, two German, two French, 1 able mass of heads, it seemed as if the procession would never come in nine Italian, one Belgian, one Swiss, one Turkish, two English sight, but at length it filed under the screen, the Canons and PrebenBishops (Clifton and Clonfert), and two American Bishops daries taking their seats; but the Dean and Chancellor, as installers, (Buffalo and Quito).

attended by Mr. Force, ushering Dr. Temple to the Episcopal throne.

His Lordship having been duly enthroned, the Service proceeded. There The gentleman deputed from the Echo Office to report the doings of Nicene Creed. His text was taken from the 1st chapter of the Gospel

was a celebration of Holy Communion, the Bishop preaching after the the Roman Council sends the following :-"The Pope is a good deal aged of St. John, v. 14—" And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among this year. He seems to bave lost some teeth, and his mouth ceases to bear that stereotyped smile visible twenty ya ds off which one used to dislike so much, and has instead rather a discontented expression, owing, pro- tianity, presented the following address :

On Thursday morning the Rev. H. Bramley, Rural Dean of Chrisbably, to the corners of the lips drooping a little. He seems feeble in

.“ To the Right Rev. Father in God, Frederick Temple, D.D.. by carriage, but his voice continues wonderfully clear and strong. You can hear it from his throne at the end of the Church quite plainly at the of the Deanerv of Christianity, desire to approach your Lordship with

Divine permission Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Exeter ---We, the Clergy centre of the great nave. Cardinal Patrizi, who was with him at the the reverence due to the high and holy office to which you have been altar, also looks very old and feeble. Very fit reprosentatveis the two of called in the Church of Christ, and with those feelings of respect and them seemed of worn-out faith and obsolete forms. The theatrical parts duty which we would ever cherish to our Father in God. In the person of the ceremony were very well done, and succeeded admirably; the of your Lordship, who has now, in Divine providence, bren called to the crowd of foreign Bishops helping very much the mise en scene. To me

chief rule over us in things spiritual, we rccoguise one in whom are the most interesting part of the affair was watching the procession of conspicuous earnestness in the service of God, and a hearty desire for the those Prolates defiling past us in their mitres and vestments, and showing well-being of his fellow-creatures. For ourselves, we would humbly their different nationalities unmistakably in theircountenances. One looked like an Arab just taken from Algeria and put into ecclesiastical raiment; ourselves to the work of our Ministry; that you will find us faithful and

assure your Lurdship that it will be our carnest desire to continue to give another from China anpeared in robes of the most gorgeous hues of thick willing labourers with you, and under you, in that portion of the Church brocaded silk, with a mitre of similar bright tones. The majority, how- in your Lordship's Diocese in which our lot is cast. And. in conclusion, ever, wore white linen ones, and nearly all had remarkable countenances, some intellectual, others quaint, while others again were of the true bigot the blessing and guidance of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and

we earnestly pray now, and shall ever offer up our fervent prayers, that type so common among Italian Priests and Monks.

As I came

the Holy Ghost, may ever abundantly be with you, and that a rich out I saw a Bishop in the portico tying up his mitre and his robe in a cotton pocket-handkerchief, and waiting apparently for some Cardinal to Shepherd shall appear you may receive the crown of glory that fadeth

harvest of success may attend your Episcopate, and that when the Chief take him home in his carriage.” We have atrocious weather.

not away.--Signed, II. BRAMLEY, Rural Dean of Christianity, &c.”

The Bishop of Exeter having received the address, said--Mr. Dean and Warning cries are again being raised as to the effect upon the safety my Christian Brethren,-I look upon it as an act of very great kindness of St. Paul's of the excavations on the south side for the construction of in taking this early opportunity of presenting me with an address. the low level main sewer and railway. In 1831 the walls of the south assuring me of your desire to co-operate with me in the service of our transept sunk and fractures appeared in many places from the attempted Lord for the good of this Diocese. I feel it is a very great kindness, formation of a sewer, which was in consequence abandoned.

more especially because there are, I know perfectly, some among you
who would have preferred to have some other person appointed as Bishop

of the Diocese, and who feel not a little anxiety at the very time of pre-

senting this address lest perchance the appointment should not be good

for the Church. I feel it a very great kindness that you should be ready The last act of the series of placing Dr. Temple in possession of the

me that, at any rate, you are prepared to do your See of Exeter, took place on Wednesday, when there was a great crowd part, and that if there be any failure it shall not be for in the city and Cathedral. The Bishop passed the night at Sowton, at want of your hearty co-operation, and your earnest service Prebendary Sanders's, his old master. In the morning he drove into to our Lord. I have always felt from the beginning that Exeter with that gentleman and Mr. Sandford, his Chaplain, and robed those who differed from me, and who thought it their duty to express at the residence of the Headmaster of the Grammar School, where he that difference, doing all that in them lay to oppose both my election received the Mayor and Corporation. A procession was then formed to , and my consecration, were actuated by nothing but a sense of duty and Broadgate, and the Bishop was cheered on the way. The Western a desire to fulfil God's will as far as their conscience showed it to them. Morning News says:—“So accurate had been the punctuality, and so I felt quite sure that all your opposition to me was really honest, really great the despatch of the civic authorities, that the Bishop arrived at kind, and from a desire to serve our Lord. And as I feel in myself that Broadgate several minutes before the Dean and Chapter put in an I have no other wish on earth but to serve that Lord to the best of my appearance, and a couple of messengers were despatched to hurry them ability, so I have always felt certain that there was a tie between us very on, the crowd meantime cheering his Lordship, who subsequently passed much stronger than anything which could possibly keep us apart. I felt the waiting time in a little chat with the Mayor anent that quecrest of that your conscientiousness must be more to me than any difference of all Exonian institutions, the cap of maintenance. At length the staves opinion could possibly be, believing as I do that conscientiousness is the of the vergers were seen in the distance, and in another moment the very beginning of Christian duty, and that the service of the Lord starts Chapter came in view headed by the commanding presence of the Deau, with that in the first instance. It is impossible for me not to respect, closely following whom the dignified figure of the Bishop-Elect of Oxford, from the bottom of my heart, all those who have been trying to follow Prebendary Mackarness, was recognized. The other members of the their own consciences in this matter, whatever pain it may have given to Chupter present were Canon Cook, Archdeacons Downall and Woolcombe, There are, I know, some who have not taken any part in opposing Prebendaries Acland, Thynne, Smith, Sanders, Reginald Barnes, and me, and to them, of course, it is a double pleasure to me to say how I Hedgland. The Revs. W. David, J. Corfe. J. C. Rowlatt, F.H. Curgenven, count upon their joining with me in that service of the Lord, and how Priest Vicars; Mr. E. Force, Chapter Clerk; Mr. A. Burch, Bishop's confident I feel that they will not hereafter regret that they have reckoned Secretary; Mr. Angel, organist ; the lay vicars, and secondaries and upon me as a fellow-servant who desires to bo faithful to the best choristers, also took part in the procession, the rear of which was of his ability, I believe, my brethren, as times goes on, and we know brought up by a number of the Diocesan Clergy, surpliced.

more of each other, although we inay differ very much in opinionArrived at Broadgate formal introductions were made, and the Bishop which I look upon as unavoidable, considering how God has constituted shook hands with the Dean, the Chancellor, and others of the Chapter. our understandings—we shall be united in spirit, and shall at least know The usual address by a boy of the Cathedral Grammar School having each other as fellow servants of Christ, who care more for His Service been inade and answered, the procession moved into the Cathedral than for anything personal to ourselves, and we shall endeavour, knowing singing “Christ is made the sure foundation.” The Bishop proceeded to each other's hearts, to work with each other as far as we conscientiously the Chapter House, where the formal proceedings took place. After the can. With this confidence beli-ve me, Mr. Dean, I feel certain that those First Lesson the Chapter went to fetch the Bishop. During the absence who have been opposed to me will before long be in many instances of the Chapter the great Grandisson bell was tolled, and very soon the reckoned as my heartiest friends, because they will at least feel that if our organ striking up indicated to those who could not see down the nave understandings are apart, our hearts are together, and we shall be united that the Bishop, attended by the Chapter and choir was entering the by that which in the last resort is the one real tie which unites Christians great west door. The scene within the Ca' hedral as the white-robed the love and service of our common Master. cortege slowly paced up the nave, singing the Te Deum, was intensely The Rev. H. Bramley then addressed to his Lordship a few words of impressive. The morning mist had found its way into the Cathedral, congratulation and welcome, after which there was a mutual shaking of softening the shadows and deepening the customary gloom, and hands and expressions of cordial feelings. The proceedings then 'terat the time the Service commenced imparting quite a weird aspect minated. to the distances. But as the day wore on through the clerestory In reference to the above Mr. Bramley writes to the Times :-“ In windows streamed broad rays of sunshine, illuminating the vaulting and your report of the presentation of an address to the Bishop of Exeter arches with almost magical effect, but scarcely dispelling the shade which from the Clergy that city, you make me express my pleasure at his hung over the attentive multitude below. To those in the choir, wbo' reception. I think that this is scarcely & fair representation of what I


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said, wbich was, to thank the Bishop for the way in which he spoke of Aud whereas eight Bishops of the Province did, previously to the day those who, like myself, had opposed his election, and to assure hiin, on of consecration. signify their protests in writing to the Lord Bishop of the part of those who had not joined in that opposition, of their sympathy London, the principal Commissary of the Archbishop of the Province, in the heartiness of the welcome which he had received."

against the consecration of the said Dr. Temple.

And whereas, in virtue of such protests so signified and rejected, the

consecration of the said Dr. Temple, on St. Thomas's Day last past, by ARCHDEACON DENISON ON THE CONSECRATION OF THE the four consecrating Bishops, is an act contrary to the Canon law of the

Church Catholic.

And whereas doubts are cast therchy upon all Ordinations and Con

firmations to be held and done by the said Dr. Temple, as “ Bishop of The following letter has been addressed by the Archdeacon of Taunton

Exeter." to the Prolucutor of the Lower House of Convocation :

And whereas such nomination, election, confirmation, consecration,

East Brent. Dec. 22, 1869. have not only brought into contempt Episcopal and Synodical authority, Mr. Prolocutor, I take an unusual course in addressing this letter to and the Canon law of the Church Catholic; but have given in an especial you; but the time, and the distress, and the exigency, are unusual. My manner public sanction, civil and ecclesiastical, to the “ free handling" object is to make the notice of my proceeding as forinal and distinct as of the Bible, and to the despising of the Church. possible.

And whereas grievous and lasting injury has therein and thereby been In the face of the Declaration of the entire Home Episcopate in 1861; done to the souls of Christ's people. of the Synodical Judgment of the Synod of Canterbury in 1864; and,

This House is constrained to express its deep regret that the said within the last few days, in the face of the Protests of eight Bishops of nomination, election, confirmation, consecration, have been judged to be the Province, signified in writing to the Lord Bishop of London, prin- things lawful to be done ; and does hereby, on behalf of the Church of cipal Commissary of the Archbishop of the Province, previously to the the Province, record its protest against such noinination, election, conday of consecration: in virtue of which Protests so signified and rejected, firmation, and consecration. the consecration of Dr. Temple is a consecration contrary to the Canon

I am, Mr. Prolocutor, very faithfully yours,

GEORGE A. DENISOX. Law of the Church Catholic; and doubts are cast thereby upon all Ordinations and Confirmations to be held and done by Dr. Temple, as “ Bishop

The Venerable the Prolocutor of the Lower House of the of Exeter;" Dr. Temple has been nominated, elected, confirmed, and, on

Convocation of Canterbury. St. Thomas's Day last past, consecrated “Bishop of Exeter."

It may be sufficient to say of these facts, that by them, not only Episcopal and Synodical authority and the Canon Law of the Church Catholic Notes, Literary, Archæological, &c. have been brought into contempt; but public sanction, civil and ecclesiastical, has been given in an especial manner to the “ free handling” of the Bible, and to the despising of the Church.

The first volume of Sir Henry L. Bulwer's "Life of Lord Palmerston” All this has been done in the name of the Crown. The Crown has will be published immediately. been made responsible for the act of the Minister. We are told that Dr.

Light is the title of the new paper which is about to be edited by Mr Temple must under any circumstances be elected, confirmed, consecrated, W. Hepworth Dixon, the late editor of the Athenæum. because the Crown, that is to say, the leader of the House of Commons, bas nominated him. If this be the naked rule, the sooner such nomi

Sculptors are invited to send in proposals for the erection of a monunation ceases the better for us all.

ment at Cracow in memory of the three great national poets of Poland. Archbishops, Bishops, and Clergy have been powerless to prevent the The Palestine and the Sinai Exploration Funds have become one. Domination of a " free handler” of the Bible, and a despiser of the Church. The next united report will be issued by Mr. Bentley. But even this would, I believe, have gone no farther if Archbishops and

An Education Conference for Wales will meet on the 25th and 26th Bishops had spoken as in 1861 and 1864. If Archbishops and Bishops of January, at Aberystwith. had, six weeks ago, remembering 1861 and 1864, led the way in remonstrance with the Minister, thousands of us would have followed them

Five musical instruments in an excellent state of preservation have thankfully, and, in God's mercy, a stain would not have come upon the just been dug up at Pompeii. Church of England which will, I believe, never be wholly cleansed away. It is stated that a pupil of Baron Liebig has discovered certain ethers,

But there is a further aspect of the case more painful still. For which, when poured upon some chemical compounds, produces instantagranting that Archbishops, Bishops and Clergy were powerless, not neously precious stones of all kinds. only to prevent the nomination, but to procure its recall, they were not powerless to prevent election, confirmation, consecration. All these were Blue stamps represent 20 centimes, violet 8 centimes, and blue (of

A new series of postage stamps is in course of issue in Belgium in their own hands.

They have, however, made their choice. They have chosen, de facto, another desigu) 2 centimes. Others will shortly be issued. not to prevent any of these things; and, great as has been the "offence” The Trustees of the British Museum have appointed Mr. William B. of Dr. Temple and of the Minister of the Crown, I believe the “offence” | Rye, Senior Assistant-Keeper of Printed Books, to the Keepership of of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter in electing, of the Archbishop of Can- his department, in the place of the late Thomas Watts. terbury in confirming, and of the Bishops of London, St. David's, Wor

Since the discovery of silver in Neveda, in 1859, no less than 150 mills cester, and Ely in consecrating, to have been greater still.

have been erected, and from the various mines an aggregate of In this extremity one resource remains: one only: it remains that the 135,000,000 dollars been taken. Church of the Province protest by her Synod. In this way only is it possible for the Synod to maintain its own lawful position and authority,

Dr. John Muir, the founder of the Sanscrit Chair, in the University of and the Canon law of the Church Catholic; and for the Church of Edinburgh, has increased his original endowment of the Professorship the Province to be relieved from complicity in the sin which has been by 1,000). done.

There has been recently invented in Italy a process by which oil Such protest is then, I submit, a necessity, as it is a duty to the Church paintings can be copied in oils with wonderful faithfulness and despatch. and to Christ.

This process is called tie Telegraph. I subjoin the resolution which I propose to introduce at our first Session of 1870, moving, in order to its introduction, the suspension of the Burmah, is a loss to science. Dr. Maingay had specially devoted himself

The murder of Dr. Maingay by convicts in the gaol at Rangoon, in standing orders.

to the botany of English Burmah. Resolved.-- Whereas the book known as “ · Essays and Reviews," first published in 1800, and now in its twelfth edition, was declared, without

It is reported that in the cities of Prussia all buildings for any purpose exception of any one of such " Essays” or “ Reviews,” by the declara- whatever will have to be built in future of solid masonry,” excepting tion of the Arcúbishops, and

all ihe Bishops of both Provinces, in 1861, in cases in which it would be deemed detrimental for any special to be essentially at variance with many fundamental doctrines of the purpose. Church."

The adjudicators of the Hulsean Prize give notice that a premium of And whereas the said book was condemned in like manner three years about 801. will this year be given for the best dissertation on the followafter by the synodical judgment of the Synod of Canterbury, June 21 ing subject :

:-“ The Views of Inspiration which prevailed among Jews of and 24, 1864, 'as • containing teaching contrary to the doctrine received different schools before the Destruction of Jerusalem.” by the United Church of England and ireland in common with the whole Catholic Church of Christ."

The death is announced of the sculptor Baron Schmidt von der And whereas, these things notwithstanding, Dr. Temple, the writer of Launitz, a native of Courland, and long a resident at Frankfort, where the first Essay in the said book, has lately, upon the nomination of the he died at the age of seventy-four years. His most important work is Crown, been elected and confirmed Bishop of Exeter.

the monument to the first printers, Guttenberg, Faust, and Schæfer, And whereas the said Dr. Temple, having been urgently entreated by erected in Frankfort about thirteen years ago. the Lord Bishop of Lincoln and by others, his brethren. to make satis- We see by the Italian journals it is intended to hold a great Industrial faction to the Church previous to his consecration, touching his share in and Art Exhibition in the year 1872. We are not informed whether the the said book, refused so to do.

rest of Europe will be invited, or whether the exhibits will be confined to

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There was silence deep and earnest

By the wond'ring people made, Silence in the great Cathedral

As those thousands knelt and pray'd : Pray'd, while he, in God their Father,

Rapt in adoration there, Low before the holy altar

Made his off'ring and his prayer. Years had past since at that altar

He, with youth's best joys replete, All his life's most precious ointment

Pour'd out at his Saviour's feet : Pour'd out of the broken vessel

Of a heart, bow'd down, but brave,
That henceforth its whole devotion

To a life of duty gave.
How that life hath kept the promise

Made in secret suffering there,
Witness now those kneeling thousands

In that fellowship of prayer: Witness years of ceaseless toiling,

Weary ways unwearied trod, Never rest ng, never tiring

In the endless work of God. Silence in the great Cathedral

Not a breath of whisper stirr'd, Yet in heav’n the loud heart-voices

Of those worshippers were heard : “ Will to work "--and “strength to labour,”

"Souls to save," --and Christ their plea, Giver of good gifts and perfect !

Say Amen--and it shall be.

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Italian products. The completion of the Mont Cenis-Tunnel is also promised in the year 1872.

A correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette states that one of the direct lineal descendants of Archbishop Parker, the second Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, and for many years the personal friend and confidant of Queen Elizabeth, is now an applicant for admission into the almshouses at Croydon for decayed householders of the parish of Lambeth,

Some half-dozen figures have been placed in the vacant niches of the west front of Salisbury Cathedral during the past few days. The principal of them is that of the B.V.M. with the Child Jesus, an Angel being on either side. These are placed immediately over the great doors of the western entrance to the Cathedral.

Nature states that benzol has been applied to a somewhat novel purpose. If poured on a piece of ordinary paper, immediate transparency is produced, to such an extent as to enable one to dispense entirely with tracing-paper. On exposure to air, or better, a gentle heat, the liquid is entirely dissipated, the paper recovers its opacity, and the original design is found to be quite uninjured.

M. Madden has begun a series of “ Lettres d'un Bibliographe,' which will be devoted to researches into the early history of printing. The first number is occupied with an examination of three copies of the letter of Pius the Second to Mahomet the Second. The questions of the date and place where each copy was printed, as well as the name of the printer, are discussed. Future numbers will be devoted to Ulric, Zell, Jenson, Caxton, &c.

The number of new books and new editions issued in England during the past year was 4,569. They are classified as follows:- Theology, 1,047; education, philology, and classical literature, 478; juvenile works, 500; novels and other works of fiction, 461; law, 142, political and social economy and trade and commerce, 324; arts and sciences and fine art books, 341; travel and geographical research, 288; history and biography, 292; poetry and the drama, 274; year books and bound volumes of serials, 236; medicine and surgery, 160; miscellaneous, 402.

Messrs. Bell and Daldy are about to issue a complete catalogue of the works of Mr. George Cruikshank. Mr. G. W. Reid, the compiler, has included in it descriptions of 4,618 works, comprising 2,657 etchings, 1, 693 woodcuts, 72 glyptographs, 60 lithographs, and lists of nearly 400 books, tracts, chup-books, &c., and of the various editions of the same, which this designer has illustrated. Mr. Reid has added to the above a list of 130 works which have been executed after the designs of his subject.

The school of Magdalen College, Oxford, had an unusual share of the honours awarded by University examiners last Term. Out of its five candidates for honours, Mr. Hill

, scholar of Queen's, and Mr. Kendall, exhibitioner of Merton, were placed respectively in the first and second classes of the moderators' classical list; Mr. Hicks, Demy of Magdalen, gained a first class in natural science; Mr. Hill, exhibitioner of Exeter, a second class in law and modern history ; Mr. Harrison, postmaster of Merton, a first class in the moderators' mathematical list. Earlier in the Term three open scholarships had fallen to the school, making a total of six in the year just ended.

The Catholic Directory gives a list of twenty-three R.C. Peers sitting in the House of Lords :- The Duke of Norfolk, the Marquis of Bute, the Earls of Denbigh, Fingall, Granard, Kenmare, Orford, Dunraven, Gainsborough, Gormanston ; Lords Beaumont, Camoys, Stourton, Vaux of Harrowden, Petre, Arundell, Dormer, Stafford, Clifford, Lovat, Howden, Howard, Acton. Also thirty-six R.C. Members of the House of Commons:-Viscount Castlerosse, Sir H. W. Barron, Sir R. Blenner. hassett, Sir J. Esmonde, Sir P. O'Brien, Sir C. O'Löghlen, Sir J. Simeon, Mr. Cogan, Mr. Monsell, the O'Connor Don, the O'Donoghue, Dr. Brady, Major Gavin, Captain Fagan, Messrs. Bryan, Callan, Corbally, D'Arcy, Dease, Delahunty, De la Poer, Devereux, Kenelm Digby, Downing, Ennis, M'Evoy, M.Mahon, Maguire, Matthews, Moore, Murphy, O'Conor, O'Reilly, Power, Sherlock, and Synan.

The National Portrait Gallery seems in the way of making a happy transit from Westminster to South Kensington. Its former abode in Great George-street gave satisfaction to nobody, least of all to the public. The rooms, of course, were too small, but the chief complaint has been that the doors were so frequently closed that students who took the trouble to walk to Westminster found themselves shut out by the directorate. In other national collections it is not usual to turn away from the door people who come for quiet study. Now all this will be changed, and ample opportunity will be afforded of seeing the pictures, which will be temporarily located in the upper arcade of the Horticultural Gardens, occupied in the years 1866-7-8, by the national portraits which were collected and exhibited at the suggestion of the late Lord Derby. The ultimate destination of the collection is Trafalgar-square, where provision will be made for “National Portraits” in the new National Gallery, about which we may hope shortly to receive some announcement, notwithstanding the rigid economy to which the present Commissioner of Works is committed.

Last of our Old Prince Bishops! Fare thee well !
'Twas a fair day, in fairer Advent-tide,
That gracious season when the wintry world
Brightening before the rising Sun of Christ
In blessings bourgeons. At his courteous call
From thorpe and hamlet many a mile around
Thronging to do him honour, and receive
His parting benediction, came a host
Of Winton's Clergy to the Castle-gates
Of him who had been long their Lord and Friend.

Years, and the whelming weight of sacred cares
(For love of God and man too long sustained),
Had well-nigh crushed him: and for months upborne
By loving prayer, that on his people's hearts
Lifted him God-ward, he entranced lay
Midway 'twixt earth and heaven. Till the Hand
That hurts to heal, and saddens but to save.
Gently to earth restoring, the full heart
Its first thank-off'ring on God's altar laid,
Self-sacrifice for Christ and for His Church.

And now, his pow'r pass'd on to other hands,
He, with that life-long gracefulness of thought
Which never failed him, by a twofold act
Of farewell and of welcome, into one
Wedded together two Episcopates,
The Old in parting ushering in the Now.
Last of our Grand Prince Bishops; in whom met
In perfect harmony the functions rare
Of Prelate, Pastor, Noble, Father, Friend !
Lord of the Castle, and its broad domains,
Its old seigneurial rights, and dignities,
Within whose hall, and at whose board he made
His humblest brother welcome as his peer.
Lord of the Castle-by the cottage hearth
Familiar found in sickness, want, or care,
Lord of the poor man's heart-a prouder home!

Last of our Old Prince Bishops! Fare thee well!
Tho' Throne and Crosier to another pass,
Enthronèd still art thou in every heart
That once obeyed thee. Ana in future years
(Which may God lengthen long as He see good)
Oft will men pause before thy Cus:le-gates
And thinking of thy long day-work for God,
And thinking of thine evening calm and clear,
And thinking of thy coning endless rest,
Will talk as if we ne'er shall see again
Such days in England, as the days of old,
In which the good Old Lord of Winton reign'd.
But one in England could thy Crosier wield,
And he with thy good will thy work

J. S, B. M. (in the Guardian).

notice in your columns.-I remain, dear Sir, yours faithfully, C. H. Miscellaneous.

Davis, LL.D.'

The Post OFFICE AND THE TELEGRAPIIS.—The Post Office authorities Mr. S. R. Townshend Mayer, F.R.S.L., has been appointed secretary to be used when the whole system of inland telegraphs is acquired by the

have prepared for the use of the public forms for telegraphic messages pro tem, of the Junior Conservative Club, now in course of formation.

Government on the 29th of this month. The form differs from those During 1869, the number of emigrants who left Liverpool was bitherto emploved by the companies. A separate space in lines is allotted 172,731, a larger total than had been witnessed since 1852.

to each word, and the corresponding charge is printed clearly on the

margin, so that the sender can see at a glance how much he bas to pay, Garibaldi has written a letter in which he denounces in very strong and the receiving clerk nced be at no trouble in calculating how much he terms the closing by the authorities of the Anti-Council in Naples. has to charge. Each of the forms thus divided into spaces is prepared

Sir C. W. Dilke addressed his constituents at Chelsea on Monday for a message of 50 words, which is assumed to be sufficient in the great evening, and informed them that there was every reason to believe in the majority of instances. In the right hand upper corner of the page a preparation of a measure to remove the exemption of Government blank space is left for the stamps, which will probably be almost excluproperty from rating.

sively used to cover the charges of transmission. Attached to the form We learn that, in reply to a deputation from the Edinburgh Town full information as to the arrangements for porterage.

are directions for the guidance of the sender, with a tariff of charges and Council, the Lord Advocate did not give any strong hope that an Education Bill for Scotland would be iutroduced next Session. He did not see

BALLET GIRLS.-Doubtless many of our readers will consider this a his way to an application of the compulsory system, and he suggested the Times, we consider, is well worthy serious consideration :-“

strange topic for a Church paper to notice, but the following letter from that it might be better to try a Bill for the towns only at first.


I am only a ballet girl, and, having avowed the fact, I dare say many of lo consequence of the disappointment caused to a vast number of your readers will not think my appeal worthy of another look. But I visitors, owing to the Houses of Parliament being closed on Boxing-day, have no means of making our • nightly terror' known unless you kindly it is understood that by order of the Lord Great Chamberlain for the put this letter in your paper. When the Lord Chamberlain, who, I future the new Palace at Westminster shall be open to the public on believe, is supposed to look after the stage in all its branches, ordered the Boxing-day, on Easter Monday and Tuesday, and also on Whit-Monday managers to lengthen our skirts an inch on the score of morality, had he and Tuesday.

sometimes attended a theatre himself instead of leaving it to his suborThe revenue returns for the year do not appear very satisfactory. For dinates, he would have seen that it would have been more to the point the whole twelve months the receipts amount to 10,715,3747., against had he interfered a little on the score of humanity. Night after night 71,860,677l. for the previous year. In the receipts from property tax

we are, during the run of the pantomimes, strapped to an iron bar and there is a decline of 883,0001. ; taxes, 703,0001. ; and customs, 413,0001. hoisted up into the air, sometimes as much as fifty feet from the stage. On the other hand, there is an increase of 525,0001, in excise; 191,0007. The fright some of us undergo is not very conducive to our health, as in stamps ; and 140,0001. upon the Post-office.

you may imagine, and as we are ordered to smile during the whole of

the terrible ten minutes,' it is, indeed, a horrid mockery of fun. The A late librarian, at Lambeth Palace, used to tell, with great glee, of a fearful hardships and trials that poor ballet girls go through have been pretentious gentleman, who, consulting an ancient MS., declined all help so often written about that I won't reiterate them, merely stating that towards its interpretation. After half-an-hour's apparently intense appli- their labours for the greater part of the year are incessant, their average cation, he stated. in answer to a query, that he was getting on exceed- salary 185. a-week. Many may ask why do they adopt the profession? ingly well. “I the more wonder at that,” said the librarian, " as you True ; but when one has been brought up at and among it, what is one have got the manuscript before you upside down.” And this student to do? If we refuse to do anything we are told we are dismissed, and I was an historical writer!

leave you to guess what chance a starving (I speak advisedly) girl with The Belfast News Letter reports the death in that town of a woman

a pretty face has then. What we want is that the Lord Chamborlain named Ellen Croghan at the age of 109 years. Her remains were fol should forbid the managers to send us up on those dreadful irons. Only lowed to the grave by six of her children-James, Pat, John, Winnefred, last Wednesday a poor girl at Astley's was nearly crushed to death by Bridget, and Mary—the eldest of the boys, who is a great grandfather, the carpenters having omitted to open the trap through which she had being about ninety, and the eldest girl about two years younger. Besides to pass on her way towards the flies. She was strapped to the iron, the this family, the deceased left behind her forty-one grandchildren, thirty- machinery was set in motion ; she could not free herself in time, and two great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

it is useless going into details. The managers always tell us that no

accidents ever happen at their theatres ; but we know too well how many We earnestly trust the Government will not neglect an appeal which are hushed up. If our kind audiences will but lift up their voices for us the Cologne Gazette has just made to it, on behalf of M. Munzinger we will dance for them with all our strength and bless them with all our late British Consul at Massowah. All who know anything about the hearts." Abyssinian Expedition know how invaluable were the Services he A CHINESE FUNERAL AT SAN FRANCISCO.- A Chinese merchant named rendered to it. It would not be easy to name any one subordinate Ah Poy, having died at San Francisco on the 1st of last month, and the officer in Lord Napier's force to whom a greater share in its success rooms of his house being found too small to permit of the funeral sacricould justly be assigned than to M. Munzinger. He is now lying, ficial rites being properly performed, leave was obtained from the authowounded and seriously ill, at Keren, and the Cologne Gazette declares rities of the city to celebrate them on the side-walk of the street. The that, in consequence of the insufficiency of the reward which the ceremonies thus solemnised were not a little curious. At an early hour English Government made him for his services in Abyssinia, and which in the morning a man, dressed in priestly robes, came out of the house, consisted partly in depriving him of his Copsulship, he has hardly money holding in one hand a large ox-horn, which he blew shrill and sharp, enough to procure food for the next three months. A vast deal has been turning successively to each quarter of the heavens. He was followed said and written about the prestige which our management of the by men ringing bells as loud as they could, and after these came the Abyssinian Expedition has acquired for us in the eyes of foreigners, and mourners, about half-a-dozen in number, there being only one man which has been declared “cheap at ten millions.” Will not this prestige among them. They were dressed in white, with white cowls on their somewhat suffer if such an appeal by the foreign press on behalf of a heads and the women's hair was dishevelled. The coffin was then foreigner is made to the English Government in vain.Times.

brought out and placed on the side-walk, draped with red, white, and AUSTRIAN CHARITY.—Before the children's party to which all the great green cloths, and the mourners filed round it several times, weeping. world of Paris was invited, in honour of Christmas, at the hotel of the wailing, and throwing up their hands. After that they bowed themselves Austrian embassy, the Princess of Metternich caused a hundred young with their faces on the ground, in which

position they remained for several persons of the poorer classes to be assembled at a hearty luncheon, after hours. On the side-walk, below the coftin, were ranged three or four wide which they were desired to plunder of its toys and sweetmeats a gigantic four hogs roasted whole, with tips of tinsel on their ears and round their

tables, on which were deposited the sacrificial offerings. There were Christmas-tree, and were finally dismissed with supplies of warm clothing for the winter. The enjoyment of the aristocratic evening party must snouts; three sheep. skinned and laid on large pans; chickens with have been more than doubled to the Princess by the recollection of the many-coloured candles melted and run over them in imitation of robes. afternoon of rare happiness thus given to the poor.

Their claws were made to grasp spears, darts, and exorcising wands, and

several of them, though roasted quite brown, had the feathers on the "THE TRUE CATHOLIC." -- For some weeks the walls and railway *wings and the crests on their heads unsinged. There were also several stations of the metropolis have borne conspicuously upon them, in large large crabs, ornamented like all the rest of the offerings with tinsel and letters, the announcement that The True Catholic would appear on the paper; pyramids of fruit and cakes; imitations in bread of poultry and 1st January, 1870. The Guardian says of it :-“We have received the animals ; piles of joss-sticks, and several tapers ; strips of red, white, and prospectus of the new penuy paper, The True Catholic. With a wag- yellow paper, bearing mysterious characters; doll-like images at several gishness and a disregard of grammar which are equally amusing, its points; and everywhere - tinsel, paper, smoke, fumes, and intolerable promoter writes to us as follows :-* You will observe from the prospectus stench.” At noon a white-haired old woman came out of the house bearand the contents, that it cannot clash with your excellent (sic), or any ing a huge load of tinselled paper, which she threw on the pavement, other existing newspaper, or magazine. As the times require every and taking a lighted joss-stick, set the mass on fire. Three other women variety of effort to secure the people from the attractive delusions of brought out some curious-looking images and cast them into the flames, Ritualisin and Romanism, I trust that it will meet with an approving' after which the funeral procession set out.

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