Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, March 30, 1873, Page 9

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated March 30, 1873 Page 9
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THE CHURCH. Religions Press Comments on Worldly Topics. Dr. David Swing and the Philadel phia “Presbyterian.” IVliy ire M More Persons Converted Under the Preaching of tho Gospel ? Miss Smiley in Boston—Theological Stu dents—lmportant Meetings. Programme of Services In the Churches To-Day. Episcopal and Roman Catholic Calen- dar for the Week. The Standard for the week just closed con tains a telling and timely leader on “National Morals,” in which it regards as one of tho hope ful signs of tho times in this country the awakening which tho national press, with few exceptions, seems now to be experiencing with reference to the state of political morals, es pecially in tho highest places. Prosperity brings pride, luxury, ostentation. Out of these spring greed, dishonesty, and all tho forms of public and private crime. Soon comes the conspira tor and usurper: Tho decline of republics baa always begun In the corruption of political morals, and ended in political usurpation and tyranny. If tho lessons of history have anv force at all, as testimony, they prove that enteriugthis bad road, and keeping on ft, wo come to the one bad end. There is one point of radical differ ence between the old time and tho new. This is not in the more enlarged culture of the latter. There is nothing in culture to protect either a man or a nation. Those whose names have of late been most deeply branded with the infamy of political dishonor were among our most cultivated men. At tho epoch when the ancient republics were most corrupt they were at tho came time most adorned with the gifts and fruits of genius. It is not material prosperity that save.?; it never docs or can. If we are truly a Chrintian people, and if our Christianity so enter* into the national morals as to be there a savor of purity and preservation, cur republic will live ; if not, It will die. The doom of those already perished is not more cer tain. 'Whether our Christianity is thus pervading and preservative, is a point by no means certain. We are permitted to hope that it is. Yet Christians have great reason for solitude, for self-inquiry, for earnest prayer for “ more grace,” both on their own behalf and on behalf of the nation. It is, however, yet to be deter mined whether God designs to make tho American people a praise or a warning. The Advance puts in a couple of columns on “Mr. Gladstone’s Mistake,” in which it is con tended that Mr. G., while aiming to do justice to all claimants as far as it is practicable, is not yet prepared to commit himself and party to radical measures. No middle ground, in tho question, is admissible: When one man affirms 2-|-2 4, and another insists that 2-1-3—6, it does not at all meet the difficulty for a wiao-looking by-stander to say that the truth gener ally lies between tho extremes of a dispute, and that for his part ho believes that 2-J-2—51 The simple question is, have Protestant Episcopalians any more claim on tho State for official recognition and aid in tho matter cf churches, schools, and colleges, than have the CongregationaHstg, Methodists, Presbyterians, or Romanists 7 Mr. Gladstone may as well decide to face tho exact issues of the day, and guide the people to a just, and, therefore, to a permanent, decision. Tho article perforates with a few flouriahes od “compulsory education,” the coming “tidal wave/’ os follows ? The world is plainly in a ferment on this great sub ject, and the result is not yet. Prussia is entering upon a compulsory system of public education, with tvrannical features at war with religious freedom. Great Britain is feeling its way, by contradictory meth ods, to some kind of popular education. VTe, in Amer ica, have much to learn in our experiment. The Interior for last week discusses “ Capital Punishment ”in unequivocal terms. In tho case of Foster, justice is satisfied, and God’s law has been honored. The object of the punish ment is not the good of the criminal, but & mat ter of self-protection on tho part of “ the peo ple,” acting under the Divine sanction. A more interesting editorial is under the caption, 44 Agricultural Unions,” in which it is argued that combinations of capital have neces sitated combinations of labor. Every associa tion of men have an object in view.' If that object is inimical to tho interests of other men, a counter association for resistance is tho result. Tho condition of the working classes in England Is cited, and their ultimate improvement predi cated. British statesmen have ever been thoroughly penetrated with tbo fact that tho power, perpetuity, and glory of England are de pendent upon her yeomanry. "When a farmer compares hia memorandum of tho s&lo of his meat crop three months ago with his current quotation at this time, ho cannot avoid tho con clusion that there is something unnatural and unfair. Tho rich, sweet cereals on his hands are cheap for firewood, while in another part of his country there are hungry mouths. It then adds Here is the basis of this grand movement which Is stirring the population of the Northwest. This 1m mense power might bo a blind cyclopa which would waste its strength in beating the air and trampling the ground, bnt if u not. The combination of American agriculturists now taking form has in it the elements of tho most powerful, tho most intelligent, and most honorable union yet formed among workingmen; and we have everr reason to believe that its course will be moderate, just, and dignified, as becomes such a body of men. It must deal with higher things than scales of prices—with law, perhaps with fundamental law, and its methods must of neceetity comport in dignity and wisdom with the objects to bo attained. CHICAGO VS. PHILADELPHIA. The editor of the Presbyterian (Philadelphia) has been criticising one of Prof. Swing’s ser mons under tho caption of “Is It True?” Tho editor evidently thought it was “not true,” and elaborates at length. The Professor has sent a kind letter, signed •‘With love, your friend,” etc., which the Presbyterian has published. The following is tho pith of tho epistle: As to the quantity of crime done in the name of Christianitv, the Roman Catholic Church leads all sects The words of Lecky are evidently true,—that the Church of Bomo has inflicted a greater amount of unmerited suffering than any other religion that has ■ ever existed among mankind. But when we remember that tho Protestant fathers did net protest against tho custom of persecution, but took it with them as one of tho truths which Rome held, it becomes questionable whether they are so much to bo praised for peculiar virtue as to be congratulated upon espousing an error only when it was just about to die. If the Catholics did more bad work, it was because they had a longer period of their own. The Protestants began tho death-work with zeaL but the general march of thought cut short their achievements. In his letter to Philip of Hesse, Luther affirmed the right of persecution. Calvin and Beza wrote elaborate tracts to show that heretics should bo nut to death. Knox said that, inasmuch as Romanism was Idolatrv, and that the Old Testament punished Idolatry with death, the Catholic should not fco exempt from that penalty. One of the first acts of Scotland under tho Reformation was an act punishing with death any priest celebrating the third time after that act. HaiUm says ; “ The proposition that men, for holding heterodox opinions in religion, should not be burnt alive or otherwise put to death was heterodoxy, and tho Protestant churches were as far from accepting it as was the Church of Rome.” Persecution was the original deadly sin of the Reformed Churches. (Const, Hiat.Vol. 1, chap. ii). Bossuet says, in his “Variations,” that “ Tho right to punish error was one of tho points on which both churches agreed.” Lecky on Persecution says ; “ Many Catholics were tortured and hung.” With all these facts before us, that the whole Protestant world for a hundred years carried forward the bloody idea of death to heretics, and espoused it as one of the valuable truths brought down from Augustine and the Old Testament, it be comes utmost a pardonable error to say that Catholic words tiffed thousands of Protestants, and Protestant words tiffed thousands of Catholics.” There is at least truth enough in the sentence to make the heart sick of Intolerance, and of any multiplication of doctrinal tests. The editor wisely adds: * 1 Wo have no inclina tion to discuss with Dr. Swing the admitted errors of the fathers of tho Bofonnation on tho enbject of religious liberty.” BUND AY-SCHOOL LESSON. Tho Sunday-school lesson to-day is a review of what has been gone over since the beginning of the year. There are twelve lessons, the subjects and* Scriptures being as follows: Jan. s—'The Creation Gen. 1: 1-25 Jan. 12—In Eden Gen. 2:15-23 Jan. 19—Fall and Promise .Gen. 3: 1-15 Jan. 26—Cain and Abel Gen, 4: 3-10 I*eb. J—Noah and the Ark Gen. 6:13-38 Feb. 9—The Bow in the Cloud Gen, 9: 8-17 Feb. 16—Confusion of Tongues Gon. 11: 1- 9 Febl 23—Covenant with Abram Gen. 15: 1- 7 2— Escape from Sodom i....Gen. 19:15-26 ilar. 9 —Trial of Abram’s Faith Gen, 22: 7-14 Mar. 16—Jacab and Esau Gen. 27:30-40 Mar 23;—Jacob at Bethel Gen, 23:10-22 • This serieaof lessons abounds in rich spiritual truth. The historr of this period is subatan tiailv tbe historv of the world. God is brought to view as a Creator, Preserver, a loving Father, an Avenger, and 4 Savior. Kan is seen fn his original purity, beauty, and iu his sm. Love, mercy, and justice are mingled m God e character and dealings with man. The lost fceaven comes back in dreams, and man. sinful. stands at the altar In hope. The tendency of sin is distinctly shown. Amid the gloom we find rays of. bright sunshine, the bow of Eromiso, and the ultimate triumph of truth and oh'nosß intimated. It cUarly appears that a life of conformity to the will of God is the safest and most happy. All other lines are full of peril. The lesson for next Sunday is, “Israel, the new name,” Gen. 32:21-30. For the second quarter, extending to July, the scope of investi gation in this department will bo confined mainly to the history of Joseph, which completes the booh of Genesis. wirr NOT? The Presbyterian Ministerial Association of the city discussed, at its regular meeting last Monday morning, the question suggested bv a recent article from the pen of the Rev. £)r. , Skinner, of New York, to-wifc: “Why are not more persona converted under the preaching of the Gospel?” In this article, it would seem that Dr. Skinner takes the ground that conversions are about as numerous as could he ex pected, God’s plans and purposes not contemplating any. greater ratio for the present, and that the fa'ult in, therefore, not with ministers, etc. The Chicago Association wisely differed with the learned divine on this point, contending that (a) the same thought ap plies to all enterprises; (b) that it is in the na ture of the case impossiblo to trace* out the«o occult laws; (c) that the divine record assumed the convincing and conversion of men ; that the minister is evidently to continue the sowing in the expectation of a harvest, etc. What, then, were the defects? Hypothet ically, (1) it might be, on the part of the minis ter, a lack of conviction in the truth ; (2) lack of consecration in- life and heart in the groat work ; (3) a want of the proper qualifications, intellectually and otherwise; (4) lack of preach ing to men us they are to-day; and presenting truth so as to edify, and that only. This last was not considered a defect, as it was argued that a certain class of ministers were qualified more especially for this, and yet did a great work and one that was indispensable. It is certainly true, that the number of conver sions is not in proportion that so grand a sys tem of truth as that of the Gospel, with its end less heaven, allwise and merciful God, and its potential agencies, should warrant. The ques tion, Why are not more persons converted under the preaching of the word? is a most reasonable inquiry, and its discussion by the Chicago Min isterial Association is gladly announced. One or two facts, however, m this connection, may bo noted. A largo number of the converts added to thc churches at the present time is from the Sunday School, where the efforts put forth are mainly on the part of the lay element, and where the work is direct, earnest, plain, practical, and mingled with kindness and love. The Sunday schools of America, to-day. are the great harvest-fields of the Church, The gospel therein preached is accomplishing marvelous results. And it would seem now, as a union svatem of les sons has been so generally adopted, that this agency is to gather now strength. What it will ultimately do no one can surmise. The strong presumption jb that the rising generation, now being so thoroughly indoctrinated in the same scriptural facts and truths, toll, when it comes on the stage of action, give an attractiveness to Christianity by its unity of faith and practice (not so visible to-day) that will prove to -the world the “ good tidings of great joy” are those “ which shall be to all people.” Another important fact in this connection is that a great number of the conversions in the churches too is in connection with revivals that are the result of special efforts, the minister in almost every instance being assisted by promi nent evangelists. It will probably Lo found true that the elements of success characterizing the Sunday School and revival work aro tho suc cessful elements with which ministers are yet to play a more conspicuous part in converting iio world. SEVEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED. Seven thousand two hundred dolhrs were re alized last Sunday at tho First Baptist Church as the annual collection for tho work of foroign missions. Of this amount Mr. J. E. Borcbell gave, in real estate, at a low valuation, $5,060. This will bo sold aud tho proceeds properly invested, the interest of whidi, annually, willbe given to the Board of Foreign Missions. This ib a good way of making a donation to a good cause. Mr. Burchell was the projector of tho “ University Land Scheme,” by which a hundred thousand dollars has been made for that institu tion since tho fire. He came to this city, from England, four yoaia ago, and began work at $8 per week. THE FALL CITY HANK RODBEBT. Letters to private parties in the city, state that tbo loss to Centre College and Danville Theological Seminary in the recent $300,000 robberv of the Fails City National Bank, at Louisville, Ky., will reach $90,000. Of tho amount, Centre College loses $70,000. At a meeting of tho Board of Trustees of tho institu tion it was determined to take active measures to replace this loss. Theßov. Dra. Hayes, Worrell, and McKee were appointed a Committee to solicit subscriptions throughout Kentucky aud tho East. The President of tho Bank, notwithstand ing his own loss, which exceeded $40,000, headed tho list of subscriptions for the College with SIO,OOO. Tho citizens of Danville cub scribed an additional SIO,OOO. It is thought tho College will be able to replace its loss, but it is not known what steps will he taken by the Semi nary. The many friends of Miss Smiley, in the city, will be glad to learn of her hearty welcome and wondrous wofk in Boston, whoro sho is now preaching. A prominent divino of that city, from whoso church hundreds were turned away on a recent Sunday evening, who had como to hear Miss Smiley, in a letter in tho last In dependent says : Wo are having a real sensation In Boston; and when I say a real sensation I moan it. And yet it is such a sensation' as all tho churches of God might well pray for; for it has affected the heart, rather than the head. Not that a woman should speak, for that Boston is accustomed to; nor that a woman should preach, for even that is no unheard of thing in these parts ; but that a woman steering entirely dear of more novelty in dress, manner, or message should make her ap;>earanco first in a Baptist church, and then bo cordially and enthusiastically invited and welcomed into tho pulpit of two of the most con servative of the orthodox churches (Rev. Dr. Neho miah Adams’ and Dr. Webb’s), and gather around her from night to night and from day to day a larger congregation than (with two exceptions) aasemblca in any of tho churches here on the Lord's Day, to listen to her simple, unimpassioned, but earnest and loving message from God, is a sensation in truth. THEOLOGICAL STUDENTS, According to a report made recently to tho Ladies’ Education Society, by Mrs. Prof. llowo, there are fifty theological students in the Uni versity of Chicago. Forty-eight of these are studwiig-for tho Baptist ministry: one is a Methodist, and one a Couprcgationalist. There is tho same number in tho Seminary, who, hav ing finished their collegiate course, are now un dergoing their theological training. Tho report adds: It will bo seen that tha University is the great source of Baptist supply to tho Seminary. Tho forty-eight Baptist students represent ten of the Western States, one is from Burmah, and two from England. Tho Northwestern Education Society is aiding thirty-one, which shows tbo necessity of liberality on tho part of tho churches in that direction. Many of tho students are laboring hard, in various callings, to help them selves, and are ready to do anything, that they may prepare themselves for their future work. If tha Bap tists of tbo Northwest could only realize the sacrifices which these young men make, we are quite sure that more of their abundant means would be cheerfully forthcoming to aid them. IMPOCTANT meetings. The time for the various benevolent and ec clesiastical organizations to hold their spring mootings is approaching. The following are an nounced ; The annual meeting of tho Northwestern Branch of the Woman’s foreign Missionary Society will bo held in Clark Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Chicago, Saturday, April 5. Business meeting at 10 o’clock in tho forenoon and 2in the afternoon. At the close of the annual meeting the adjourned quarterly meeting will be held, at which time delegates will bo elected to the General Executive Convention, to be held in Ciu* cinuali. On Saturday evening, in tho Wabash Avenue Church, corner Wabash avenue and Fourteenth street, the anniversary exercises will bo held. Addresses will bo delivered by Miss Frances E. Willard, Presi dent of the Evanston Female College, Mrs. Dr. Sey mour, of Jeffersonville, Ind., and others. The annual report of the society will also be read by tha Cor responding Secretary'. There will also bo meetings held in the different Methodist churches of the city Saturday evening and on Sabbath morning and after noon, of which more particular notice will be given hereafter. Officers and delegates from auxiliary so cieties will find a committee at tho Book Room, 24 and 26 East Van Boren street, all day Friday, and at the Clark Street Church Saturday morning, to assign them to places of entertainment. _ , The spring meeting of the Chicago Presbytery will be held on April 14. Written reporta from tne perma nent committees will be required. Tho Chairmen of the committees are aa follows: Home Missions, Rev. W’ M. Blackburn, D. D.; Foreign Missions, Rev. L'thvi Mitchell ; Ed ition, Rev. Charles Elliott, D. D * Church Erectiou; Rev; R. . Patterson, D, D.; Ministerial Relief, IU-r. E. L. Hurd, D D.; Publica tion, Rev. Abbott E. Kittredgo; Sustontation, Rev. M. Blackburn. D. D.; Sunday Schools, Rot. James H. Taylor, and Benevolence and Finance, Rev. James H. T oflDirectors of tho Presbyterian Thee logical Seminarv of tho Northwest will hold aa annual int-oting in tiie Third Presbyterian Church, Chicago, on Wednesday evening, April 2, *t IV t ©clock, Ije examination of classes will begin the day before, at 9 In the forenoon. The following comprise the Examin ing Committee : Rev. A. Mitchell, Rev. F. N. Ewing, Rev. A. T. Pierson, Elder A. P. Waterman, Eider J. 6. Farrand. PERSONAL. The Ber. J.W. Bauch, of this city, has been call THE CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE: SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 1873. edas pastor to a newly-organized Congregational Church of eighty members in Bloomington. The Bov. J. P. McClelland, late pastor of the Wabash Avenue M. E. Churon, is supplying the pulpit of St. John’s M. E. Church, Brooklyn. n.y. J ’ Ebon Tgurjee did a good work in the city, last week, by his discussion of the relations of music to public worship. Ho is said to have the trne theology on this point, and stands firmly by the text: r ‘ Lot all ILe people praise the Lord.” T. J. Clifton, of the Chicago Theological Seminary, is invited to supply the Congrega tional Church at Lake Mills. GENERAL NOTES. Tho closing sociable at tho Presbyterian Theo logical Seminary, which was vast in its preten sions and very nice in its arrangements, last Tuesday evening, w as materially abridged in its success by “ tho storm centre" which moved across that port of tho city that day and night, and, os may bo remembered, lingered around for two or throe days. Tho Baptist tlnion of Chicago will hold their annual sociable and supper in tho Socoud’Baptisfc Church, corner Monroe and Morgan, on Tuesday evening, April 1. There will be music and speaking. It is expected tho prominent Baptists of the city will bo present. Nineteen additions were made to tho Prov idence Baptist Church last Sunday. The pastor has been assisted during a protracted meeting of -three weeks by tho Bov. W. Bolay. The interest continues. A German Presbyterian church of .wonty ejghth members has been organized on tiro North Side. It grow out of the Howe Street Mission. SERVICES TO DAY. EPISCOPAL. The Rev. Henry G. Perry will officiate as usual al All Saints’ Church. —The Rev, H. C. Kinney will officiate at the usual hours at the Church of tho Atonement, There will be an early morning service. —The Rev, Clinton Locke, D. D., preaches this morning and evening at Grace Church, —Tho Rev. G. R. Dorset will officiate this morning in the hall No. 55 N<»ith Clark Erect, thhd floor. —The Rev. Charles Edward Cheney will preach os usual, in Christ Church. —The Rev. J. F. Walker will officiate as usual, at Calvary Church. —There will bo full choral services this morning and evening at the Cathedral* —The Rev. Edward Sullivan will preach this even ing at Trinity Church on “ Who Christ Was.” Bishop Whilehouao will preach in tho morning, and adminis ter thS rite of confirmation. PUESIITTEIIIAN. Prof. Patton, of tho Theological Seminary of tho Northwest, will preach this morning and evening in tho Jeilerton Park Church. —The Rev. F. W. Fink will preach this morning and evening at Grace Church. —The Rev. Abbott E. Kltredgo preaches this morn ing aud evening In tho Third Chnrch. —Tho Rev. Arthur Bw.izey will preach, this morning and ereuing, at the Chapel of the Ashland Avenue Seminary. —Pruf'Swiug will preach this mornlngat McYicker’s, Tin Rev. Florence McCarthy will preach as usual al tho Union Park Church. —Tho Rev. W. W. Everts will preach, this morning, in the First Church. In tho evening there will bo a Gospel meeting. —Dr. Mitchell will preach this morning, and Dr. Everts this evening, at tho Indiana Avenue Chapel. —Tho Rev. Jesse B. Thomas will preach, this morn ing, at the Michigan Avenue Church, ou “ The Great Apostacy,’* and in tho evening ou 41 The Sermon on tho Mount; Is it the Gospel?” CNIVZUSALIST. The Rev. Dr. Ryder will preach this morning at the Peck Court Synagogue, on “ Hanging as a means of Grace.” —The Rev. Dr. Forrester will preach this morning and evening at the Church of the Redeemer. - -The Rev. R. H. Pullman, Secretary of the United States Convent!Of, preaches this morning aud evening at Murray Chapel The Rev. J. McChesney will preach this morning and evening at Trinity Church. —The Rev. Dr. Thomas will preach at tho First Church at the usual hour-;. —The* Rev. F. St*; wart will preach this morning at the Reuben Street Cb»irch. —The Rev. Dr. Fowitr will preach at the Centenary r burch at the usual boors. The evening subject is, ‘•Demo acal Pirfeeesaion.” —The Rev. Dr. McKsown preaches this morning and avenlnv in the Wabash Avenue Church. The Hot. Luird Collier will preach this morning at Martinet Hall, on “ Modem Culture and Religion.” —Tho R»*v, Kathanlid Scaver, Jr., preaches this morning aud e cning, at the Third Church. —There will bo no service to-day at Trinity Church. cosam r rnosaL. The Rev, Dr, Uelmcr wid oiUciato as usual, at tho Union Park Church. In the evening, tho concluding locUir* of the course on Genesis will be given. —The Rev, E. P. Goodrich will preach, this after noon, in the Second Baptist Church. —The Rev. William Alvin Bartlett will preach, this morning and evening, at Plymouth Church. MISCELLANEOUS. The Rev. O. H. Burgess will preach, as usual, at tho Christian Church. —The Rev. James Harrison will preach, this morning and evening, at the Church q£the Pilgrims. —There will be services this afternoon at the Chris tian Church Mission, on Sheldon street. —Tho Christians meet this afternoon at No. 314 North Carpenter street. —Tho Rev. F. Richards will preach, this morning, in the English Evangelical Lutheran Church. —Elder D. R. and Mrs. M. 8. Mansfield preach to-day in Mission Hall, No. 619 West Lake street. Tho even ing subjoctis “Modern Spiritualism." —The First Society of Spiritualists will celebrate tbo twenty-fifth anniversary of modern "piritiialisni to-day and to-morrew at Rice A Jackson's Hall. The exercises will close- with a supper and sociable, Monday even ing. .—Tho Christadelphians meet this morning in the bnllat tho comer of Lake and Dcsplaincs streets. ♦ —The Rev. A. X. Shoemaker will preach this morn ing and evening at the Church of God. —A. D. Clark, of Amboy, preaches this morning in Advent Christian Chapel. Tho Rev. Mr. Rinnan prcrcbes in the evening. —A lecture will be delivered this evening in the hall cf-rnor of Lake and Wood streets, on “ What is tho Kingdom of God?” CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK. EPISCOPAL. March 30—Fifth Sunday in Lent. March 31—Twenty-ninth Day of Lent. April I—Thirtieth Day of Lent. April 2—Thirty-first Day of Lent. April 3—Thirty-second Day of Lent. April 4—Thirty-third Day of Lent. April 6—Thiity-fourth Day of Lent. BOiLIN CATHOLIC. March 30—Passion Sunday. April 2—St. Francis de Paula, O. April 4 —Seven Dolors of the B. V, ST, Aprl s—St Vincent Ferrer, C. ELSEWHERE. Tho Roman Catholics are rapidly gaining in Ken tucky. There are now. fourteen Episcopal parishes In St. Louis and its immediate suburbs. Tho Catholics are alarmed otthe gains which Protes tantism is making throughout Mexico. n. L, Bugbce, D. D., Wesleyan, retires In June from the Presidency of tho Cincinnati Wecloyan Female College. In Norfolk, an old record has just been published, showing that in 1749 the preachers of Virginia were paid in tobacco. Tho Episcopalians have a theological school in Colo rado, established by Bishop Randall. The building was erected by a munificent layman of Boston, Nathan Matthews. The Pope gave audience, March 17, to 100 Canadians who served in the Pontifical Zouaves. He congratu lated the visitors on their devotion to tho Church. Tho New York Commercial remarks of the Rev. Mr# Talmage that, cs a pulpit peddler of sensations and boss constructor of flapdoodle, fie has no equal. The Rev. Dr. John Gottlieb Auer, D. D. (Protestant Episcopal), has accepted his election to the Missionary Bishopric of Cape Palmas and ports adjacent. The Rev, D. Dorchester, pastor of tho Central Presbyterian Church, at Lowell, Mass., has licensed one of the female members of his church to exhort. The Congregational Church at Southington, Conn., though nearly a century In existence, has had only three pastom, and a couple of weeks ago the Rev. Heman Timion was installed its fourth pastor. St. Thomas' Church, In New York City, has a wait ing-room, where strangers are kept wailing more than half an hour after service begins, until the usher scats them at tho “proper time.” Tho Rev, Mr. Riedell, editor of the German Epis copal paper, has been somewhat migratory. He went from the Union to the Dutch Reformed Church, from it to the Roman Catholic, then back again to the Union, and now is in the Episcopal Church. The Catholic Church in Great Britain has about 2 500 priests, 1,620 churches, 82 religious communities for 'men, 200 for women, and 4,500,000 lay mem bers. A St. Louis reporter thus describee a Mrs. Rever end’s baptism “ Rev. 8. P. Anderson, on Sunday, baptized hia wife and two other sisters. Mrs. A. was handsomely arrayed in white alpaca, and came out of the regenerating fluid like a water-sprite.” Tho Joliet, 111., Quarterly Conference has recom mended for license aa a local preacher Sirs. Jamie F. . Willing whoso labors in the causa of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society are known in all the churdiea. Mr. Kodima, a native Japanese, who studied law in Washington, has been elected to deacon’s orders by the Baltimore Methodist Conference, and admitted to full connection. Bishop' Peck appointed him to the Japanese Mission last week. The Rev. F.F. Hagan, of the New York City Mission, has published a “ Plea for the Germans In the City of New York.”—of whom he states there are more than 160,000,—in which he urges the duty of preaching to than the Gospel in their own native language. It Is stated that at the recent convention of the Epis copal Diocese of Pittsburgh, a number of clergymen advocated the abandonment of the Sunday-school sys tem, and a return to the ancient practice of religious Instruction in the family. We trust that do not come to this conclusion through any failure of the schools in their own parishes. The Chinese Sunday-school connected with the First Congregational Church of Sm Francisco has been m successful optraliou for three years, and now number* about a hundred scholars. No very senoua efforts have been made to Christianize the Celestials on our Western coast. it would seem, on account of the preju dice against them, and every such enterprise as the above needs every encouragement. The Southern Methodists at Nashville, Term., are in high spirits over Commodore Vanderbilt’s princely donation of $500,000 to aid in the establishment of a university for their Church. They propose to raise an additional half million, and ozrfhis ample fund estab lish the institution. The location of the university is to be made by the Bishops of the Church. If not an item of religious intelligence, the fact that the organist of All Saints' Church, Hertford, England, has held his post for aqKtu-one years is certainly un paralleled in the history of any congregation. The veteran's name is Brldgeman, and he now retires in the full possession of all his faculties, although nearly a centenarian. Pastors emeritus are coming into vogue. The Rev, 8. H. Gridley, for tbirty-aevon years pastor of the Pres byterian Church, Waterloo, N. Y., has resigned, but is to retain his connection with the church os emeritus pastor, with an annuity of SBOO a year. Dr. Ames, for forty-nine years pastor of the First Congregational Church, Norwich, Conn., has Just been retired on an annuity of SI,OOO a year. Dr. John Hall’s new church is to bo built on the cor ner of Fifth avenue and Fifty-fifth street, New York. The lot is 100 by 200 feet. The auditorium of the church is to bo 100 feet long by 85 feet 6 inches in width, with spacious galleries. Seating capacity, without camp stools or chairs, 2,100. There is to be a chapel, 43 by 73 feet, three stories in height, the third story to bo used by the sexton. The church is to bo completed la eido of two years, at a cost of $200,000. The Ror. W. L. Breckinridge, of Pleasant Hill, Mo., brother of the distinguished divine, is preparing a bi ography. to bo published In connection with the works of Dr. R. J. Breckinridge. He has requested all the correspoudents and former students of the groat theolo gian to famish him with the letters in their possession. This biography will bo of great interest, as it will be made up of the letters of the man himself, which al ways bring oat individual peculiarities In a more pronounced way than a sketch written by another. The creed adopted by the Huguenot Synod, and to be hereafter signed by every pabtor at his ordination, was in those words: “ The Protestant Church of France proclaims the sovereign authority of the Holy Scripture In matters of faith, and salvation by faith in Jenna Christ, the only begotten eon of God, who died for our offenses, and rose again for our Justifica tion. It preserves and maintains, as the basis of its teachings, Its worship and its discipline, the great Christian facts which are expressed in its religious solemnities and in its liturgies ; more especially in the confession of sins, the Apostles’ Creed, and the liturgy of the holy communion.” REVIEW OF AMUSEMENTS. THE DRAMA. Mr. Edwin Booth has just closed an engage ment of extraordinary success at McVickor’s Theatre, where, daring the past sir weeks, ho has appeared in a large and varied round of lead ing characters, and has invariably attracted to the theatre the very best quality of patronage. The average attendance has been extremely largo, and accordingly the engagement is what managers would call one of the most brilliant and successful ever played. Outside of Now York, it is doubtful whether any American city could have famished Booth audiences for six successive weeks, and it is equally doubtful whether any other actor could have drawn * such audiences for that length of time in Chicago. In his forty-two consecu tive appearances Mr. Booth has played thirteen different roles, —viz: Brutus , in John Howard Payne's tragedy of that name, four times; Bon C&sar de Bazan, twice; Shylock , three times; Claude Mdnotte, three times; Bcrtucdo, m “ The Fool’s Bevenge,” four times; JUchcUeu, five times; Benedick, in ** Much Ado About Nothing,” twice ; Macbeth, twice; Jlamlet, seven times; in i4 Julius Cicsar,” twice as Brutus, twice as Cassius, and three times as Marc An • tony ; and three times as Jiichard 111. Artis tically considered, his highest success has been in Bichelieu, Hamlet, Jiichard, Bcrtucdo, and Marc Antony, but in all the characters assumed by him—save, possibly, that of Macbeth— ho has fully confirmed his previous reputation as the leading American actor. From Chicago Mr, Booth starts on an extended provincial tour, un der the management of Mr. McVickcr, accom panied by several ladles and gentlemen selected for that purpose from the companies of Booth's Theatre, in Now York, and McVicker’a Theatre, in Chicago. He opens in Bloomington to-mor row evening; goes thence to Peoria for two nights; and then to Galesburg, Quincy, Jackson ville, and Springfield, giving the inhabitants of those cities a rare opportunity of witnessing the standard drama in its best representation. Alter leaving Illinois, Sir. Booth and hla com pany proceed eastward through the smaller cities of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, the season closing at Albany on the 24th of May. M’VICKZR’S THEATRE. Tho week following tho Booth season, and preceding the engagement of Miss Neilbon, is to bo filled by the production of the eminently suc cessful Parisian drama, “ Article 47,” which will bo remembered as one of the most powerful and interesting of modem plays. For the first time in many mouths tho ladies and gentlemen of

McVicker’s company are allowed the opportunity of coming before the public on their own merits, and without laboring under the disadvantage of comparison with a **star.” Tho customary ele gance of stage mounting at McVlckor’s will characterize tno production of “Article 47.” the principle roles in which are assigned as follows: George Du Hamel. Victor Mozelier... Dr. Combes (bis first appearance). Monsieur dc Rivea Monsieur de Lille, Advocate for the De fense George Roscoe retain M, J. Pendleton De Mezin F. H. Ellison Simon Neil Grey Chatclnrd. C0ra...... Madame Du Hamel. Marceinc Marcelle Miss Dawson, Next week comes Miss Neilaon, tho young English actress, whose combined beauty and talent have fairly eet the amusement world ablaze. The precise proportion of personal at tractions and dramatic ability which go to make up her brilliant success has not been determined by the critics with anything like unanimity, but they do concede her both to a degree which has gained for her the most unqualified admiration. Her Juliet has been spoken of by the press of both hemispheres os a more subtle, intellectual, and complete realization of the character than, any that has been seen for many years. • Her career in America has been brilliantly successful, and, of course, Chicago will funiiah no excep tion. EOOLEV’S OPEBA-HOtSE. The unfavorable weather which prevailed dur ing tho first half of tho week* interrupted tho continuously largo patronage wluch had been at tracted during the'first two weeks of the produc tion of “ Peril,” but tho throughout has been extremely large and fashionable, and the seal of success is stamped upon the play, tho actors who have appeared m it, and tho manage ment whoso liberality and taste have given it with such richness and elegance. In compliance with numorona requests for a brief revival of “ Fate,” Mr. Hooloy announces for this week that extremely popular play, which, it will bo remembered, * was written ex pressly for this thoatro by Mr. Campbell, who Baa recently sold the copyright to Miss Carlotta LcClercq, whose exclusive property it becomes after its withdrawal from Hooley’s stag© this timo. “ Fate ” was extremely successful on its former presentation, but it should bo still more so as given this week, with its greatly strengthened cast of characters. Mias Meek re appears in tho part in which she secured such marked favor, and Messrs. Blaiedell, Dillon, and Boggs retain their old parts. The changes are peculiarly notable. Miss Phillis Glover, Miss Sidney Cowell, and Mrs. Maoder, and Messrs. Norris and Wilson, all new comers, are In tho cast this week, and wo may look for a perform ance of extraordinary excellence. The assign ments are aa follows: Frank Fartday , Mr. J. W, Blaladril Makepeace Thackeray Blolzc Mr. John Dillon Padding Mr. James W. Konia Derwent Mr. Btusell Soggt Loomis Lackey Mr. Charles U. Wilson Dr, Littlejohn Mr. H. A Webber Plummer Mr. S. B. Heed Policeman...’ Mr. W. Kelly Helen Faraday Miss Kate Meek Juno Temple Miss Phillis Glover Miss Dycer , ....Mrs. Clara F. Maoder Bally Toodle, with song Miss Sidney Cowell “Alixo” is to be the next novelty at Hooley’s. In this play, which enjoyed an extraordinary run at Daly’s Fifth Avenue Theatre, Miss Bliza O’Connor, a young, beautiful, and tidented ac tress, lately from the St. Louis and Now Orleans theatres, will make her first appearance as a reg ular member of Mr. Hooley’s company. ACADE3IT OF SICSIC. Mr. Frank Mayo closed a moderately successful engagement at*the Academy of Music on Satur day night. “ Dayy' Crockett,” his present re liance for fame and success, has been received with great favor by the discriminating public, who have accorded to Mr. Mayo’s impersonation of the hero the most unqualified commendation. Both the play and the actorare peculiarly worthy of indorsement. The piece was handsomely placed upon the Academy stage ; the log-cabin interior, in the last act, being especially tine. A new candidate for popularity appears on the Academy stage this week, in the charming person of Clara, a young lady hitherto unknown m this region. She is an actress of the stamp of Lotta, to whom she is a formidable- rival, according to the unanimous judgment of the press of Phila delphia, whore she recently appeared with de cided success. Clara is spoken of an a fresh, sprightly, prepossessing actress, who sings very nicely, dances gracefully, and plays upon a varie ty of instruments—in short, a protean artist of marked ability. She appears this week in a new drama called “Sunlight,” written expressly for her by Mrs. Laflttc Johnson, the authoress of “Fun,” and will bo supported by the full strength of the Academy company, including the Misses Waite, Drury, Gilman, Wilson, Frawloy, Doming, Douglas, and Mrs. Carhart, Mcssre. Webster, Dean, Marble. Carhart, Johnson, and others. Mr. Locsch announces the following choice programme for his excellent orchestra ; Overture—“ Mary Stuart” Donizetti Waltz— 14 Dootrlm-a” (first time) J. Strauss Meledles from Blue Beard, arr. by Geo. Loesch Academy Gallop Geo. Loofch Quadrille from * 4 L’Africaioe” Meyerbeer The McKco Rankin Dramatic Combination oc cupy Aiken’s Theatre this week, producing “ Hip Van Winkle,” in the title part of wnich Mr. Rankin is extensively and favorably known. The com pany includes Miss Kitty Blanchard and various other artists of greater or less celebrity. Mr. Kemble’s admirable burlesque, “Julius Sneezer,” will, of course, bo continued another week at Myer’s Opera-House. Wo say “of course,” because the piece is one of the clev erest and moat enjoyable minstrel extravaganzas extant, and should have a long run. With the exception of the “Three Graces,” otherwise known as Arlington, Rico, and Cotton, who may consider themselves engaged for an indefinite period in this side-splitting act, the programme is new, introducing Mackm and Wilson, Clar ence Burton, the admirable quartette, “ The Hundredth Night of Hamlet," etc. The coming week wo ore to have new faces at Wilder & Co.’s Circus. The celebrated clown, Mr. John Foster, will appear to amuse people with his funniest jokes ; Otokson, the hello of Japan, to astonish by her great rope act; and the Leftn brothers, in their perche and trapeze •performances. James Robinson and sons, Pas tor, Burke, and ail the old favorites, will appear in new acts. Mile. Louio Bo shell, whose wire volante act is something wonderful, is still en gaged, and Master Clarence Robinson will ride his great buffalo hurdlc-act. THE LONO-LOOKED-FOR COSTE AT LAST. Macdonald, the Scotch poet-author, whoso lectures wore originally announced last Decem ber to close tho first Star course, will deliver them next Saturday and Monday evenings, April 5 and 7, Beo c olenie. The subject of one of these lectures is a dissertation on life “ Charac ter andLifo of Bobcrt Burns;” or a philosophical dissoitaiion on the influence of whisky punch and poetry. In order to illustrate this more graphically ho will recite one of his own poems when in a sober and when in a drunken condi tion. To accommodate the members of the temperance societies tho sober reading will bo given first. Tho second lecture will bo on The Genius end Poetry of Thomas Hood,” who achieved high distinction as a Confederate Gen eral and poker-player. THE liELLEW HEADINGS. The annouuccmcu t that final arrangements have been completed for a series of Bellow readings in this city will bo received with unqualified pleasure by all amusement-goers, and will create an anticipation surpassed by nothing, perhaps, but the desire that was shown to hear Lucca. Tho cxcltemout which Bellow has created iu Now York and Boston by his remarkable readings and moral interpretation of the poems and dramatic selections mado familiar by Cushman. Fanny Kemble, and other great histrionic artists, indi cates that bo is a reader of remarkublo power and originality. His startling innovations have provoked tbo satire of some of the critics, but, without exception, they all Lear tes timony to bis magnetic influence over his audi ence. Sira. Lander is in Borne. Joe Murphy played “ Help” in Now York last week. u Across tho Continent” is soon to be produced in London. Now York is apprehensive of tho production, at Niblo’s, of Nod Buntlino'a drama. Agnes Ethel's maiden name was Kuhn, and she was Mrs. Lewis before she got her divoieo. Fanny Morant is Mrs. Smith. Sir Solar Jang is about to build a large theatre at Haidrabad, India, and keep a theatrical com pany at his own expense. A good act for poor actors. It is likely that Mr. Dion Boucicault will re main in this country & year or two longer. lie in understood to be writing a now play for the eumruer season at Wallack’s. The Louisville Courier-Journal has not fully decided in its own mind whether Hamlet was mad or not, but it thinks the conduct of bis mother and uncle was calculated to exasperate him somewhat. Booth’s Theatre, in New York, is to pass under tho management of J. B. Booth, for the past eight years manager of tho Boston Theatre. Mr. L. It. Showed succeeds to tho management of the Boston Theatre. Wilkie Collins has produced a new dramatiza tion of his novel “Man and Wife,” audit has been brought out at tho Prince of Wales Tho tre, London. It has been unanimously com mended by the newspaper critics. Mr. Charles Wvndham is playing an engage ment at tho St. James Theatre, Loudon, where bis appearance in the leading character of Sar dou’s “Babagaa” is tho occasion of strong praise by tho Times , Era, and other London papers. Agnes Ethel’s room was robbed of 6SOO worth of jewelry at the Continental Hotel, Philadel phia, recently, while isho was playing at tho Wal nut. The thief stated that Miss Ethel had sent him for sundry articles she had forgotten. A chambermaid, therefore, unlocked the door, and the man coolly walked off with the valuables. A play called “ Tho Happy Land” was gup- Ercased by tho Lord Chamberlain in London, ccausb it caricatured tho three great statesmen, Gladstone, Ayrton, and Lowe. The manage ment announced that tho three comedians would no longer “make up” for these characters, but tho interdiction insured tho success of the piece. Much indignation was expressed in theatrical circles throughout the capital city, and a meet ing was called, at which the relations between the Lord Chamberlain and the managers were duly considered. Tho broad question was de bated why tho theatres are debarred from a privilege which is enjoved, without the possi bility of interruption, By every satirical print that is ornamented with political caricatures. .James O'Neil ,W. H. Power ,F. 11, Here© . M. Lanagaa ~..Ed. Barry .Octavio Allen .Clara Stout-all .Emma Marble .Mary Mycra .Julia Barrington President Grant expressed a desire a few days ago to see Miss Cushman play her celebrated part of Meg Merrilies, and was presented with a private box at Wall's Opera-House. After the first act Mrs. Grant and two friends made their appearance, but no President, although a wait of several minutes had been made. The play pro ceeded, and between tho second and third acts the President made bis appearance, when the or chestra, breaking off in tho # music they were playing, struck up “ Hail to* tho Chief.” Re garding this as an unwarranted interruption of the piece, Miss Cushman became indignant, and peremptorily demanded that the orchestra stop its servility and that the play proceed. Her or der was obeyed, to the great surprise of tho President’s flatterers. John Lewis Baker, a popular actor and the atrical manager, died on the 23d inat. in Phila delphia, his native city. Mr. Baker was actively connected with the stage since 1849, when he made his debut at the Arch Street Theatre, Phil adelphia, and was favorably received. In 1851, Mr. Baker married Miss Aloxina Fisher, a popu lar actress and vocalist, and with her played a number of very successful star engagements throughout the country. In 1852, Mr, and Mrs. Baker visited California, where they were re markably successful, remaining there for several years. In 1857, Mr. Baker managed the National Theatre, Cincinnati; in 1860, one of the Phila delphia theatres ; in 1860, ho was associated with Mr. Mark Smith in the management of the New York Theatre (now the Fifth Avenue Theatre), and in 1871 be managed the Grand Opera House. Mr. Baker was a brother of the popular actress, Mrs. Chanfrau, and one of the baat-lniown men in the theatrical profession. The theatrical profession is becoming a fatal one in these latter days. Some four weeks ago one of Buffalo Bill’s company was stabbed in ino abdomen in an Indian fight on the atago at Cin cinnati. and died soon afterward. lour weeks ago John T. Mclntyre was so badly wounded in the thigh by the discharge of a cannon on the stage of the old Bowery Theatre, New York, that he died from the effects of it, and was buried last week. Last week the boy gymnast, Leo, was prematurely thrown from a trap at the Grand Central Theatre, Philadelphia, and seri ously injured. The boy’s part consists in being shot up into the air to a suspended trapeze by the pneumatic process, and at the same time a lot of powder is exploded, giving the effect of his being shot from a mortar. The men stood ready with a piece of canvas, used as a safe guard, and the boy stood in the mortar, when, by some unforeseen accident, the signal wag given too soon, and the boy was tossed several feetin aiken’s theatbe. MYERS* OPERA-HOUSE, MXOX’s AMPHITHEATRE. GENERAL GOSSIP. tlie air, falling on the wooden mortar and break ing one of his legs abc . o hid knee. Actors Lave often appeared in two, and some times in three, theatres on the same evening. This may be the result of their own great popu larity, or due to the fact of their serving a man ager who has become lessee cl more than one establishment. For twenty-eigai nights in suc cession, Grimaldi performed the arduous duties of clown both at Sadler’s Wells and Covent Garden Theatres. On ouo occasion ho even played clown at the Surrey Theatro in addition. It is recorded that “ the only refreshment he took during the whole evening was one glass of warm ale and a bis cuit.” A post-chaise and 'our was waiting at the Surrey Theatre to convey him to Sadlers Wells, and thenco to Covont Garden, and the fost-boya urged their horses to a furious speed, t is well known that, while fulfilling his double engagement he, one wot night, missed his coach, and ran in the rain all the way :rou: Clorkc—*vell to Holborn, in his clown’s dress, before ho could obtain a second vchiclj. He was recog nized as ho ran by a man, who shouted, “Here’s Joe Grimaldi!” and forthwith the most thoroughly popular performer of his day was followed by t. roaring and cheering mob of admirers, who proclaiumd his name and calling, threw up their hats and cups, exhibited every evidence of delight, and rgreed, as with one accord, to see him safe au'v round to his journey’s end. “So the coach wont on, sur rounded by the dirtiest body-guurd that was ever beheld, not one of whom desei*«d his post until Grimaldi had been safely denoi at the stage door of Covent Garden, when, after raising a vociferous cheer, such of them as had money rushed round to tne gallery doors, and, mak ; *g their appearance in the front just as he came on the stage, set up a boisterous shout of * here ho is again!’ and cheered him enthusiastically, to tne infinite amusement of every person in the theatre who bad got wind of the story.” AMUSING CONCLUSION OF A TRAGEDY. In former dnys, when the deepest tragedy was the most highly esteemed of theatrical enter tainments, funeral processions, or biers bearing tho corpses of departed heroes, were among tho most usual of scenic exhibitions. Plays closed with a surprising list of killed and wounded. But four of the characters in Howe’s “Fair Penitent” are left alive at the fall of tho cur tain, and among those surviving are included euch subordinate persons ai Jlos,<ano, the friend of Lothario, an I Lucilla, the con fidant of Catista , whom certainly it was worth no one’s while to put to death. Tho haughty, gallant, gay Lothario is slain at tho closo of tho fourth act, buz hia corpse figures prominently in tho concluding scones. The stage direction runs, at tho opening of the fifth act: “A room hung with black; on ouo side Lothario's body on a bier; on the other a table with a skull and bones, a book, and a lamp on it. Calista is discovered on a couch, in black. her hair hanging loose and disordered. Soft music plays.” Ip. this, as in similar cases, it was clearly unnecessary that tho persouator of tho live Lothario of the first four acts should remain upon tho stage to represent the dead body in the fifth, jt was initial, therefore,to allow the actor’s dretser to perform this doleful duty, and.the dressers of the time seem to have claimed occupation of this nature as a kind of privi lege, probably obtaining in such wise some title to increase of salary. The original Lo thario— tho tragedy being first represented in 1703—was George Powell, an esteemed actor who won applau-T* from Addison and Steele, but who appears to have been somewhat of a toper, and was generally reputed to '■•'•acuro his faculties by incessant indulgence iu Nantes brandy. Tho fourth act of the play over, the actor was impa tient to he gone, and was heard behind the scenes angrily demanding the assistance of War ren, his dresser, entirely .'orgetful of the fact that his attendant was employed in personating tho corpse of Lothario. Mr. Powell’s wrath grow more and more intense. Ho threat ened the absent Warren with tho severest of punishments. Tl c unhappy dresser re clining on Lothario's bier could not but overhear his raging master, yet for some time his fears wore surmounted by his sense of dra matic He lay and shivered, longing Tor tho fall of the curtain. At length his situa tion became quite unendurable. Powell was threatening to break every bone in his skin. In his dresser’s opinion tho actor was a man likely to keep his word. With acr of “ Kero I am, master!” Warren sprung up, viothed in sable draperies which were fastened lo the handles of his bier. Tho house roared with surprise and laughter. Encumbered by bis charnel-house trappings, the dead Lothario precipitately fled from the stage. The play, of course, ended abruptly. For once tho sombre play of the “ Fair Penitent” was permitted a mirthful con clusion.—All the Year Houm*. MUSIC. Tho opcra-bouffo troupe bos come and gone, and bas left no perceptible impression upon musical events. Ao opera-bouffe troupes go, it is one of the best that bas ever been bore, is not any more indecent than it can help being, bas some good actors (Aimce, Bucbesne, Lecuyer, and Juteau), and tbreo people out of the forty who bare some ideas of music (Aimeo, Juteau, and Bonelli). The departure cf the troupe puts up tbo musical shutters for the present. Tbo only other musical event of the week bas been tbe second performance of “Tbo Haymakers," which was given at Cottage Grove last Thursday, with such success that it will bo repeated April 3, at the Union Park Congrega tional Church. In this connection, wo give place to tbo following communication from an lowa 1 aimer, who expresses bis views ou musi cal haymaking: To the Editor of The Chicago Tribune ; Sia; Alihough we denizens of Outage Grov* can not boast of a Star Lecture tUmnc, or an cq>era-hou*e, or a theatre, still we wish it distinctly understood that In our pious, humble way, we have our amusements as well our up-town cousins. V.'o enjoy them too, ami mean to enjoy them. We laugh at all tbo Jokes Just as heartily as if we had paid sll or $4 to have somebody get them off. I'erbaps the most successful entertain ment of the season was the cantata of the “Haymak ers,” given by the University Chorus, Thursday even ing. There were several encores, and ot thu closo a re]>elition of the whole performance waa called for, several gentlemen testifying that they had been carried back in imagination to well-remembered scenes in the country. Perhaps it was bocatiso the representations weru tfuo to life that they failed to awaken any old memories in tho youthful mind of your correspondent, for he was not bom in “ Vorxstate ” f*o years ago, and most of hla haymaking ban been confined to tho virgin soil of lowa. It ia fur the benefit of those whoso only conceptions of thu mysteries and miseries of haymak ing are derived from the cantata ox thu “ Haymakers,” that this is written. To begin with, -in lowa or Illinois farmer caught mowing with a Fcythe would become an object com panion, and a subscription would bo started for his benefit; or be would fall into suspicion among his neighbor*—the suspicion that his credit wasn’t worth the services of a mowing-machine. la either case he would be entirely overlooked In the social make-up of tho neitwb.i* r’s sociables, oyster suppers, and old settlors* ♦v-ot-ngs. Tbo mowing chore* would hardly accord tether in time o time with the busy rattling of a 44 Wood,”or “McCormick,” ox “ Buckeye” Mower, tearing through thu gra?a at a horse walk, and slashing its way through tangled mosses of gross and weeds. There is no sound like the sound of a distant mower. It soraewbs 4 r«ssnmbles the sod refrain of tho frogs in early spring, b:it is rather xnorr cheerful. He who at tempts to revise the Uayirmkers ; cantata and bring it down to the present time, will Lave nc occasion for a spreaders* chorus, as spreading is no part of modem haymaking. Tue hay is already spread, and the girls all stay in the house sni boil the beans and cabbages, and pick, clean, and slice the cn.'ons and cucumbers; in various other ways make themselves useful aa well as orna mental, and make the welcome sound of the horn and tho joyful 44 Come to dinner * still mere interesting. Tho raking is done by an aged maro (deaf and blind, if possible), over whom tbe smallest boy ou the place exercises a limited control and uncertain guidance. And these two public benefactors we united by one common bond of toil and irjiery, in the shape of a huge rake, of ungaltdy shape ana Invariably out of order. I never saw one In gCKxI condition lu my Ufo, and I have occupied every position of honor and trust the bay-ileld affords, from the boy who carries water, to the man who rides on the machine. Sometimes the rake geia away with the little boy, hopping over at th« most unexpected times and in the most improjwr places, and utterly refusing to 44 flop ” when It comec totbewiarow. These being circum*taacea in which the little boy, by virtue of his position, takes a deep they always have an irritating effect cn him, calling into play ail the profanity of which his youta and inexperience are capable. This, because of his poverty of oaths, concista chiefly of vain repe titions. Sometimes, when a bumble-bees' nest occurs, the iged gets away with the rake. committing immediate destruction oh a stress of green com, ten feet wide arid as long as the aged n-are's powers of endurance will allow. 44 How hke some teht«4 camp the distant field ap pears.* / Western fanner would smile to see a field of hay 44 doodles B covered with canvas, worth more than the bay itself, but lbs man who put them there would hardly iudulga in a smile when be came out next morn ing aud found the covers all eaten up by crickets and grasshoppers* and two a? three millions of these in sects swarming toward him tram all parts of the field as soon as he appeared, as much as to aay 44 Another canvas, if you please,” Now Ido not with to riJlculo the cantata, which Is certainly an exquisite composi tion, and was well executed. No doubt it is exceed ingly true to life, and that is just what makes it strtio an lowa farm ft-- so discordantly. In most of our West ern States WilVam wouldn’t have sang under diary’s window at the dead hour of night without waking the ’Squire, who would have bad the old woman up in less than no time, and William would have been called in and put to bed, rith some warm bricks to h:s feet and cold cloths on hi? head, and dosed up with pennyroyal aud No. 6. and such other healing potions as tend to allav, restore exhausted strength, and quiet the mind. D» OPERATIC GOSSIP. Tho Lucca season in New York is over, which the Now York Tribune sums up as follows: The two parts into which tho season has been divided have embraced fifty-eight performances. Including; matinees. The first begun with 44 L ’Africalne,” cn r 30th of September, and closed with “Trovatore,” on the 14th of December. The second began with “La Fare ►— rita,” on the 23th of February. Seventeen operas hav» been represented altogether, the favorite being, 4 Faust,” which has been given eight times. 44 La Fa ''OT* 1 ®” has been sung seven times; “Mignoa” six;, Don Giovanni ” flvo; 44 Trovatore” and 44 Le Nozze di Figaro,” four each; 44 L ’Africulne,” 44 Fra Diavolo,’* i the Huguenots,” and 44 Der Frcischutz,” three ; 44 La Traviata,” “Crispins,” and the 44 Child of thoßcgl-; ment,”twice; and 44 Linda,** 44 LucreziaBorgia,’* 44 Tii3j Merry W ivea of Windsor,” and * 4 Martha ” once, beftida i which there was ouo composition-night devoted U>‘ fragments of various opera*. Five of the operas wj . have mentioned— 44 TraviaU,” 44 Trovatore,” 14 Crisp in©,” 44 Linda,” and 44 Martha”—were allotted to Mlaa* Kellogg, and one— 44 Lucrezia to Mile Lovielli. In a j pecuniary sense, the season has no doubt boon success- • fill, the public interest in Mme. Lucca being strong" enough to fill the house whenever she appeared, not*’ withstanding the general irritation at the inefficiency of the company and the looseness of tho management. The troupe is now in Philadelphia, and trill probably soon begin to moke its way westward. It is understood that Mmo. Lucca has signed for another season of Italian opera with Mr.: Maroczok, and it is expected that lima de Marsha - will be added to tho company. So far as ii* known tho only members of the present company who will bo retained are Vizzani and Sparapani. ; Tho engagements which Strakosch has mada< for his now troupe are thus far as possible : Mmo. Nilsson-Rouzaud, and Milo. Torriani, so- Eranos; Miss Annie Louise Cary, contralto ; ignore Carapanini, Capon], and Bonfratelli, tenors; Signore Manrol and Do! Puente, bari tones ; and Signor Kanetti, basso. TUE MENDELSSOHN QUINTET CLUB. This old and favorite Boston organization will leave that city in April for San Francisco, for a concert season, and xnav possibly give a concert hero en route. The Club has now a new ’cellist and second violinist in place of Fories and Moisei, who have gone to Europe. Mrs. Anna Granger Dow, an excellent soprano singer, accompanies tho Club. THE GERMANIA CONCERT, The programme for tho Germania Concert, this afternoon, is a.* follows: 1. KnigbU Templar March.. 2. Overture— 44 Magic Flute ” 3, Waltz— 44 Almnck’s Dances” 4. Potpourri— 44 Sounds of Schiller ” 5, Concerto for Oboe, Mr. Bareilher. 6. Polkrr— 44 Tho Gohleu llobin*’ 7. Overture— 44 La Muette de Portici ”, 8, Torch-light Dance U. Quadrille— 1 “ Amusement ” MUSICAL NOTES, Anne Mehlig is meeting with groat success iu her Boston matinees. Mmo, Adelina Pattl-Caux is engaged for tho Covent Garden opera season at a salary of SI,OCO a night. A school of music has been established, at Athens. This is the first establishment of tba kkid m tho East, and already numbers 400 pupils. London la constantly projecting now theatres, the latest suggestion in the former city being an opera house for Mr. Mapleson. The Apollo Theatre at Bomo baa tho opera oft “ Guillaume Tell” in rehearsal. Tho principal, character is to be enacted by the tenor Lofrauc. * M. Bagior, formerly the impresario of tha Paris Theatro Italien, is striving to make ar rangements for its reopening during tho month. Signor Muzio will bo conductor. Offenbach baa tho gout, and we may now look out for a now section of high-pressuro opera bouffo that will bo rough on tho legs of the actors. An Italian operatic company, aa conductor, commenced a series of performances* at Vienna, on the 11th inst. Tho list of artiste comprises tho names of Adelina Patti, soprano, and Marchisis, contralto; MM. Nicolini and, Marini, tenors; Grazioni, baritone, and Vidal, ■ bass. Amnsical prodigy, in the shape of a pianist who • executes admiralty, though he cannot read a ■ bar of music has .been discovered in Lafayette, lud. His name is David Pohhman, and he is ' employed as a common laborer on the Toledo, Wabash <fc Western Railroad. The death is announced of the singer, Isabella Fabbrica. She was bom at Milan, and Donizetti and Mercadanto, among others, wrote several operas for her. This once - celebrated prima donna died at Lisbon, where she has resided for some years post. The father of Minnio Hauck. the now popular prima donna, ia both a shoemaker and carpenter, and till within a abort period worked at both trades as & journeyman. Ho is a Gorman. Ma retzek and Leonard Jerome both assisted toward Minnie's musical education. Sho is doing well in Europe as a second-rate prima donna, and mokes money. The London Choir has the following story: “ An enthusiastic precentor the other Sunday, on leaving church, happened to meet one of the church wardens. ‘ Well,* said the man of music,' ‘ how do you like the Gregorians ?' * I haven’t the pleasure of knowing the family/ rejoined the other, and then inquired with naive sim plicity, * Whereabouts do they sit ?* ” Herr Wieniawski will shortly finish his con tract with Manager Grau, with whom his conncc ♦ions have been the most agreeable, and will start out for himself. Ho ia too hard-worked under the present arrangement. After his Western tour ho goes to Keu* York, there to bo joined by a small company ho has engaged, and will then start for the Pacific Coast, after which ho leaves for Europe. Herr von Hulson, tho Intcndant-General of the Imperial Theatres in Berlin, has been circu lating among all tho artists a formula of tho fac ulty to step the spread of colds in tho head, winch are so often pleaded, and cause sudden changes of pieces. It may bo doubted whether . the singers will take tho prescription—golden ointment is the only specific for sudden indispo sitions. Senor Gomez’s new four-act opera, “Foeca," , the libretto by Signor Ghislanzoni, based on tho • romance of “ Caproniea," waa produced on tbo 17th uit. at Milan ; but although ibo young Bra- ( zilian composer was called for eleven timed, tbe • result in only regarded aa esilo di siima (success of catecm), and tho expectations rained by his previous production, “XI Guarany," were not realized. The debut of Milo, Evelina YaUcria, in Mi lan, as tho I‘rinccßH Isabella, in Meyerbeer’s 44 Robert lo Diablc T " weh moat successful. Tbo debutante la a pupil of Signor Arditi, and waa beard last season here at some concerts, when ebe sang tbe Queen of Night music in Mozart's “ Magic Flute," m tho original key, which re quires tho ascent of the voice to v in alt. A musical critic in Now Orleans baa passed an evening at tho opera, and thus writes : “ Them are strains in tbe opera that bud out timorously, and others again that blossom into perfect bou quets of ravishing sound—some evanescent and delicate os the odor of frail wild flowers, ami others interpenetrating one’s being with a pas sionate %nd lasting perfume.” From Athol wo hear of a Methodist parson, somewhat’ eccentric, and an excellent singer. Sunday after Sunday lua rich voice came from tho pulpit “ with tho spirit and tho underata'ud ing.’ 1 S T ot bo at tho other end of tho church, where, with abundance of spirit, there was a lack of tho other virtue. In fact, tho Hinging was execrable. Tho good brother could finally enduro it no longer, and exclaimed, “Brother* and matera. 1 wish thoae of vou who can’t ring would wait till you get up to tbs celestial city.” Writing from St. Petersburg ou March 2. tho corrcHpoudcat of tho Loudon Daily Standard Bays: This week the opera has been, I will not- ray more crowded than u«ual, for it la always full, but more •uthuMiaetically crowded than ever. Psdti and Nilsson have Leon throughout the season dividing the honors between them, and have taken their benefits. Patti's was at the end of last week; Nilsson took her’s this week. The enthusiasm at Patti's benefit was tremen dous ; Indeed, to Englishmen, who take these things quietly, it was unaccountable : but It was Biirpasaed zl togethcr by the furore at Nilsson’s benefit—a furora heightened, no doubt, by the fact that it was her farewell performance tjcforo leaving Bosnia. She had selected the pan of 3far<jucrit4 In 44 raust.” and, wild as had been the enthusiasm daring tlje performance the acene at the fill of the curtain was bewildering. One would have thought that every one in the hou-ta bad gone mad. How many times she was recalled I suppose no one could say, and at last she had to re main on en permanence. Then thero were tremendous callu for a song. The orchestra had all gone, but a piano was brought forward, aud two songs were sung. Then at last —aud it was now just 1 o’clock—she w; s allowed to leave the stage. Him was escorted to her carriage, which was surrounded by a guard of honor of young men with torches, who accompanied her to her hotel, where a military baud was stationed. Th* number of bouquets thrown upon the stage was pro-, digious, and the size of some of those handed, but nrt thrown, no leas bo,— and Cowers in the depth of winter m Cassia arc article which cost money,—and in addition to these she received some very valuably Jewels, to say nothing of golden chaplets, and an ad dress, signed by a thousand admirers, and entreat : ng her to return soon, aud furnished with a large dia moml in the shape of & tear, as a symbol of regret I* Is acknowledged that never, even in Russia whero •cenee of enthusiasm are common, was there ever such .uoutamofWng. Jittl his, i*riu[n, w rnlnv U not more, admirers than Nilsson; but Patti aJ- Uiough very taking in light, plqaaut chancier., ia’not by any menu* s. actress, and 1; .Imply admircdl z^ r 1?f ertu } “P"? machine, r, I,llc, on the other Misson a acting, more especially as .Mnrmrrilt haa -iron tho hcarta of people, and it waa the womaa Blinded’ ** BOt lUu “'“K'-t tbit they ap. 9 ...Bach .Mozart , Lanrur .M-nzcl .Dicthe .BousqiiL-t . ...Auber .. .Manna ....ZikuiT

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