Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, 7 Mayıs 1876, Page 10

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated 7 Mayıs 1876 Page 10
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RELIGIOUS. quadrennial Address Of the jletliodlst Bishops. giißionary and Other Labors Performed by Them. Progress of the Church— Mortality Statistics — The Presiding Eldership, gnljccts Submitted for tbe Considera tion of tbe Conference. triennial Meeting of . the Congregation •lists of the Northwest He Presbyterian General Assembly— Struggle* of a New York Church. yfete? god Personals at Home and ihroad-'-Charcli Services To-Day. METHODISM. n* QTWrarssux. episcopal addbzsb. Followinc i« the toU text of the qusdremlal yjress of tbe Methodist Episcopsl Bishops, MUerU to ths general Conference, now in session st Baltimore: -... ... To tbe Members of the Osnerel Oonferraee of fee vikSlrt EriKowd ChnicS In General Conference S Slrf- rST Bkitbee* —Divine Providence toShweMed mother pipe of Methodist hta- J^ G o?it w tad recorded nan, event, of deep in ,„a of hifih importsnee. Some of them we HrdVuh Borrow,- but meet of them with jo, and tk.eUnlnPfii. OBITTAB t. Oar senior cofleene, the Bov. ThomuA. Morris, D. n afters long pnflifl earner of groat labor, responsl- WUtrsnd mSntoess, dosed bii eventful life and val- Mhleserrictt at hia home In Springfield, 0., Sept 2, fti SS waa in beautiful harmony with hia emi- Sntiv aim Christian life. In our long and intimate irocutioD with him,ins genial and Christian spirit so aim our hearts that we feel hia death to Mn painful bereavement *Ths B«t. John Wright IWb irt*. Missionary Bishop for Africa, -died t« - Monrovia, , Liberia, .Jan. 30, 1874* Eii Episcopal jurisdiction being limited to that rcsstiy, we bad but little .intercourse with him. In tod some of our-number never saw him. His per- Maai and official record la a good one. He was a man M nrri tH «" integrity and ofildal fidelity. Aa we presume your body, in accordance with note, will provide for a fitting memorial service for there deceased Bishops, we deem it inappropriate for u to aay more respecting them in this address. Xhe lari General Conference elected tbe Rev. rhomaa M. Eddy, D. D., a Secretary of the Mission try Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Eddy entered upon tbe duties of his office promptly. Be proaeccied his work with wisdom and devotion, ibd great success, until the 7th day of October, 1874, yhm, in a most blessed and triumphant manner, he jaicred liilo glory. . The General Conference of 1873 elected the far. Kelson E. Cobleigh, D. D., editor of the Methodise Ad mate, at Atlanta, Go. He was early at his post, and iischarged its duties with ability and fidelity until feb. 4,1874, when he was suddenly removed by death- At the tame time, and by tbe some body, tbe Rev. OsQu D. Lore, B. D., was elected editor of the North nChilian Advocate, Br. Lore had held that pool flat the eight preceding years. He resumed and prose sued hia editorial labors with his accustomed zeal and tUlity. until ths 20th day of June, 1875, when ha was £nftlen with apoplexy and a few hours. pnw» tbe last Conference eighteen L mima- ■ ten who were members of that bedy have died. Hart of them had held Important positions in tbe Qturch, and all of them were ministers of great merit. 3f the laymen, who were members of the last General Conference, three have departed this life. They were seloved and honored and useful members of the Brcrrli. The death of so large a number of our toethren who were is the counsels and shared ths tapcasibilities of the last General Conference, ad sahhae ua that we may soon be summoned to ao wmt for the manner Iti. wblcb,we discharge tbe grave Mm to which we are called As mfitfibsts of thiarep matatiTe body. Since the adjournment of the last General Oon feenoe, under its enabling act, the following Con temns have been formed, viz; East Oregon and Rubington. Southern German, West Texas, South r«n«-« and Southern California. Ood baa eo blessed us in onr health and so favored amour and efforts that we have been able to Utod all the sessions of all the Annual Coafe ranees In tbs United States and Territories, FOREIGN MISSIONS, Jba last General Conference adopted the following teolallon, viz: ... . M Eaolttdf That our Bishops bS requested to give kt foreign missions such Episcopal suptfrisioii during the meuiug four years as will promote tha best In terests of the work, including personal TlslUtion if, iajnrir Judgment, that be necessary.’* n At the first meeting o£ btir Board after the adjourn ntat of that Conference the state of our foreign mJs bom was rery carefully considered by us.’ Th’fc rea sons for personal visitation were thoroughly examined and discussed. As the result of these deliberations, to Bishop Harris was ssslgned the duty of visiting the Bissons in Japan, China, India, Turkey, Italy, Switz erland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, 1 He left New >'ork the Ist of May, 1873, sailed from San Francisco early in the month following, and arrived in Vs* York in the latter part of October; 187 s, having completed toe circuit of the globe. Bishop Foater, by appointment of his colleagues, Tidied oar missions in Europe in the summer of 1873, sod then sailed from Liverpool for South America, gWng to our missions in that countay the first episco pal visit they ever received. In 1873. Bishop Haven, and in 1674 Bishop Simpson, visited Mexico to counsel and assist in the organization and establishment of our new and important mission in that country. In July, 1875, Bishop Sim peon presided over the sn bqsl meeting of our Italian mission, which was held la the City of Milan. He proceeded thence to Hell broon, In Germany, where he held the Mission Con ference of Germany and Switzerland. He afterwards presided over the annual meetings of the missions in Denmark. Sweden; and Notway* Bishop Foster visit ed our missions in Europe in 1873, Bishop Harris visiting them on his way hemp from the East is 1874, ted Bishop Simpson visiting theril in 1875. Thbse missions have had direct Episcopal supervision three fears during the last four years. At our semi-annual meeting In Chicago in 1875 we made arrangements for one of the Bishops to attend the LIBERIA Conference. More than one of our number were will tag to make test visitation. It was proposed that he toould take a trading vessel which would visit all the Wonies, and remain lii ths different porta euffi flently to efiable him td visit the missionaries, lad siamlns lhe churches afid ichbols, the character extent Of the population in each placi, arid all «ier matters pertaining to our missionary interests; •M, after attending the Conference, return in the •Mae vessel. This was the safest and cheapest way in con,d I*»«ibly bo made, costing in f~. v®os2oppr,s4oo. When, as we supposed, the ar aageaents were completed, (he missionary authori oesinhswlork declined to giant the funds to defray «e ficcesaary. traveling expenses for the villtotion, raixelerred.-tbe matter to thfi General Missionary tSS j®? moot, in the fallowing November, which it Impracticable to make (he. visitation in to meet the Liberia Conference, or in tlraS to rasra and report to this body. reasons why the Bishops Bulged a personal visitation necessary in this case: Ew£? r^ I, * eadea t * rom this country had visited that when Bishop Scott presided at the Conferenca, examined the condition of the of «nr missions, snd made a IS7afid Useful report thereon. The su- of the Missionary Bishop*, though satisfactory 'to that Conference, failed to Inspire and awaken 111(1 direct the enterprises of the country at largely at it was hoped terh wil eb * ero elected. Their re hm Missionwry Board and home churches did Kt .** tke interest which for many years was k*s® r 5 °, ttr . oldest foreigif mission. For some JR 441 /he Geneiil Go unbilled and Board “ e appropriations to that Odn- HiS®, irork * though in some respects ths extent successful, has languished for four?" °f It appeared to us ouent to either do more or less for k+Jrp To eilabls the proper authorities to' widely n*J?*Mxie which we deemed a personal examination condition and prospects highly desirable. We that such attention on the para of the r?*-* 4l Superintendents as would be involved in the isifc.?* TJ 4 * 1 °f one of their number to their churches, K to the homes of the missionaries, and tea.S^ ulfl dvet their Conference would afford encouragement in their work; and by his and direction they would be enabled more empl°y tbe men and means they have. In *4 ih»t Tv dece4S * of Bishop Roberts, we apprehend future supervision of that Conference the important questions to which you MbSiTJ*. oecessary to give attention. We thought 4 personal examination of the condi tisht .u Conference, and a report to your body, we in making an effective and satisfactory for such superintendency. • Tvli .* .TBATEBNAIs VISITS. Ccsen! Conference appointed the Bishop attend the Mission Conference of Ger- SJ?. Switzerland a fraternal delegate to. the ana Irish Conference*. Accordingly, Bishop *ho presided at that Conference in 1574, also British Conference aa the'Official repre of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the A. McCauley, D. D-, hia associate delegate. »lth him, and (during the responsibilities and t~2 CB * of mo deputation, Circumstances beyond prerented both of them from attending JL 3 ®* Conference, -which event'they deeply re- in this disappointment we believe the 2®*®eeaerally shared. Former General Goaf er- TlsUtagsiir toaign ■Mon aid (b« fntanud ialsgatm UAi above named Conferences to maks specul rsporti. We bava, therefor*, referred to those sstvlms ta fca brlafaat meaner. W» HATS ALL IP« msm at Crt ahtraal meetings at the General Missionary Committed, except those who here been ant of the country at the time ob visits to our foreign mlidona. Most of ue bard been present atth* annual meeting* of the General Committed on Choreh Extension, A few of onr number, by reason of tbs pteesnre of other duties, hatie been absent from some of thoka meetings. The last General Conference instructed ths Bishops to procure new charters'for the Missionary Son day school and Tract Societies, detaining certain speci fied principles and provisions. We applied to Judges Fancherand Reynolds, and Chancellor draft charters conformable to those which service they cheerfully performed. The Legislate of New Pork, granted the charters in the form suln milled to it and these several societies hare oranized and ape now acting under these charters. We were also instructed to procure a charter for the Church Extension Society, containing like principles and provisions, but before the forma were prepared by (be counsel elected the managers of the Church Ex tension Society applied for and received a charter from tbs Legislature of rsnnsylrania. This charter did not contain all the provisions which ths General Conference directed, but it placed the Board wholly under the control of the General Conference at its present session; and as it Was ■ desirable there should be no antagonism the BUbope did Hot dean U wise to take further action. THE ADDRESS. Following is the Address submitted bj the Bishop : In pursuance of tbe action of the last General Con ference tbs Bishops appointed a Commission to pre pare and report to this body a succinct coda of ecclesi astical Jurisprudence and procedure. Tbe Commission oohaiats of the Rev. John WUey, D. D., the Rsv. John B. Wentworth, I). Ef., the Rev, V, C. Holliday, D. D., the Eoxl WllHanf Lawrence, this Hon. L, J. Critchfieid, and the Hon. G. O. Reynolds; The Bishops were re quested by tbe General Conference of 1873 to appoint In each State and Territory s teghl adviser for the Board of Church Extension, which appointments were duly made and reported to tbe Secretary of tbe Board. The General Conference of 1873 resolved to appoint a delegation consisting of two ministers and one layman to bear the fraternal greetings of the Methodist Episcopal Church to the eaflfcfsfl .Conference of tbe Methodist Episcopal Church' South at fts next ensuing session, and by further actios authorized ths Bishops to appoint the eald delegation i iSS tO pursuance of this authori ty we appointed the Rev. A. 8. Hupt, V. D.* f the Rev. C. H. Fowler, D. D., and Gen. Clinton B. Fisk as tbe delegates, Tbe brethren visited the General Confer ence of that Church at its session in Loaisvilty Sy. f in May, 1674. Their reception and treatment wfere truly fraternal, and the delegatee will In due time re port to this body. COB FOREIGN MISSIONARY WOBX huM continued tc have a natural and healthy growth In the fields occupied before' the last General Conference, and, In accordance with' plant then existing, important and encouraging missions, hkva planted in Japan and Mexico. A of missionaries bare consequently been required and scat out,- As the re* cent missionary contributions bare beteaf injuriously affected by the flnanrial condition of the country, it has been found necessary to urtail expenditures in all other departments of the work. We think that this baa been dona with good Judgment by the General Committee and the Board f but not withoutjdlsadvantage to the missions. The present indebtedness of the So ciety we Jndge to be a subject of sufficient importance to rail foryoor special consideration. The present aggregate of Sunday-school statistics Is as follows: 19,28? schools, 207,182 officers and teach* efs. aid 138,426 scholars. These figures show the im portance of .interest and the correspondence of Its growth' with that of the Church. OtfS TKifCT SOCIETY is one of our oldest benevolences and continues to be an important auxiliary of the evangelistic work of the Church, both, at home and abroad. The work of the Church through the Board of Church Extension and Freedman's Aid Society is pf more recent date. Tuts fact may give tbtm a claim to your particular atten tion and care. The aid which the former has ren dered to needy Societies, especially in the destitute and frontier portions of our country, entitle* it to the continued confidence and support of the Church. TUB FBEEDMEN’S AID SOCIETY is the principal agency of the Church in affording meant of education to the large and dependent pop* ulation for whose benefit it was established. The work which it is doing ie indispensable to the success of our efforts to promote the welfare of this portion of our people,- It has been able to establish a large num ber of irmtifntioUß; some of them of high grade. Although its foods have regularly increased daring each year of the quadrenUfutn, they are by no means adequate to the necessities ol the cause, and in prose cuting this work hereafter WO must still appeal te the benevolence and liberality of our people. The work of education has lostnone of its interest to the Church. Our seminaries, oar colleges, and our theological schools have been well sustained, and are carrying on successfully their legitimate work. It Is exported that tho Ononis! contributions of this year will largely Increase their resources. T»e have but briefly referred to these departments of our Cmirch work, as fall reports rfiiy be expected from those haring them In charge. STATISTICS. The General Conference of 1859 directed that (here after the statistical tables of our general minutes should show the number of members of bur Church who died during each year. These tables now 1 show that during the nineteen years which have elapsed since the rule went into effect, 252,915 members of the Church and 1,600 ministers have finished their prbbsttop* and have gone to their account. It is rea sonable to fcpftose that most of theso died in the Lord, and have t&fi transferred to the Church tri umphant, How glorious 15 tM*( work of garnering re deemed souls for Heaven! Ldrfhg.tho four years since the last General Conference, 73.574 members of the Church have died and 476 ministers, tfrisg an aggregate on the death-roll of 74,150. Tbe net increase of the membership dur ing the same time was 159,338, and of ministers, LXM, making the total net increase 160,460. If to this number we add tbe number of those who have died, as stated above, the result will show that 234,610 persons have within the past four years been admitted to tbe fellowship of the Church. The num ber Of members reported in tbe minutes of 1875 wst 1,630,559, and the number of ministers was 10,923, giv ing a total dumber Of communicants of 1,691,482. The Conferences which have met since the Ist of January but report a set increase of 50,974, and if this increase be added to the aggregate as reported in the minutes of 1875, the result will show the present membership oftheChUfflf to b« 1,642,456. The whole number of churches reported m tbe general minutes of 1875 was 15,633, whose total estimated value, $71,350,234, being an increase of 1,19 i churches, add of $14,441,334 in their estimated value. The number of parsonages was' 5,017, and their estimated value $9,731,623, being an increase in the number of parsonages of 70i’and of $1,944,844 to. (heir estimated value. This increase in the ministry' ahamembership. and in the corporate wealth of the Church, chows how greatly God has prospered us during the term of which we are speak ing. and 1s an evidence that neither Uid ministry nor membership of the Church has declined in splfiluaUty and devotion to God and His cause. While our hearts are filled with gratitude and praise to God for His goodness to ns as a Church and people, we rejoice to make mention ef THE PROSPERITY God has vouchsafed to the other branches of Method torn In America, it i« aiso a high e»Uef»ction to us to know that toe other evangelical churches of this land bare shared largely in the outpouring of the Divine Soltit afid have been earnestly and successfully en gaged in evangelistic labors. These cheering facte afford assurance of the continued progress and ulti- Ifiate tfiuitfphof Evangelical Protestantism in this land. From the journals of the Annual Conferences which wiU be before you for your examination and from tout personal knowledge, you will be »ble to un derstand the manner In which we have discharged the duties required of us as the General Superintendents of the Church. It is a great satisfaction to us to know that every four years our administrationi of.the im portant trust committed to us is renewed by the high est authority of the Church, If we have erred in Judg ment. or failed in the practical discharge of our duties, It li jaost desirable we should understand our errors and b# able to modify our administration accordingly. If our administration has been judicious and useful, and the General Oonfsrcnao should approve it, such action vHH perpetuate that confidence which the Church has heretofore Uniformly given to her chief pastors. To enable you (he better to judge of our ad ministration, we consider it expedient to state SOME OF THE PRINCIPLES BY WHICH WE HATE been governed. £ren if our administration had; not been cnnctrsu, aiich etStffdHmt would not be inappropriate, but, as It has been criticised, it is certainly fitting and appro nriaio that such a sUWmsnt ibould bo made. It nas iUmfS to us that a cbnrcb organisation and govern ment which bar* rtobd nearly a century and have been found wellsd&tflM fff «U pbasm 9f society and changes of public sentiment and eondltlone of the public mind; in the crowded citf/i* ,s:“^', lands, in civilised countries, under ft« reign of rovalty. in our great Benubllc, in time of peace, in time of war, among the lowest and most ignorant, Song the highest and most learned, everywhere, and ell the while pre-eminently useful, and proving itself to be one of the moat aggressive and one of the moat progressive forms of Christianity in the world, is too Venerable and too sacred to receive any other than th« moat profound consideration and the most Jealous guardianship. [Applause.) have endeavored by our example and teaching to pr mom a just appreciation of our discipline and usages. The connections! character of our Churon *5.,J ee Yj} as of the highest importance and greatest utility. An army in detachments under independent authorities would bo feeble and ineffective in comparison the same army moved by one supremo having unity of purpose and action. Germany, under the Empire, is much more potential among the nations of the earth than when under the government independent petty sovereignities; so tbe Methodlst Episcopal Church in the sublime amtyofhergrand rvorposeand under the government and direction of the oenersl Oontersnco aa her supreme authority, ta much mightier in her aetoin and influence, thanshocouldpoesibly be in independent dtviaions. uh« can better antagonize groat errors, contend with ?™S»us vices, overthrow combinations of wiclted- SS udprMs forward the triumpbo of divmo truth ind’ma is the earth. The Methodist Episcopal flhnrch™s not a confederacy of eighty-one annual CDttrcn mera association of some 9,000 pas- StaUhsrglo lt j, m simple body of which the pae- Mid Lurches and coufereneea arejmmponeut members one of anotner. ror by one Slrit« “ a i U^fr ln m i£ro£for ta so KtMi s „ or j ggsESSsass ssss’sasr^S yhtfih gay QI glCfTTlbWl CMI b® UWti THE CHICAGO TRIBUTE: SUNDAYi MAT T, tWS-SEWEEN PAGES. ths Ohmirff« plsesd beyond her nperrliln nod pee. tore! overtlghi except by Judicial proofs for wrong doing. The ooHKscnoKiZi character 09 the church Is maintained hugely by the law of affinity. The ro markable agreement m doctrines, the sameness of religious experience, end the sUafisrtty of ussgee which prevail throughout the connection, giro tu a oneness ef character, and assimilate ue inte one body. Where men think end feel the same, “Life*kindred drops they mingle Into one." The great agencies of the Church are bonda of union. The nearly 30,000 Sunday-schools auxiliary to the Sunday-School Urtton of the Church, and the more than 1,400.000 children in these schools, under the tuition of more than 300,000 officers ahd teachers, constitute an organized cadet force which promises In the near future to add greatly to the strength and efficiency of the Church. The more specifically Uethodistlo their religious training is, the greater will be the power and usefulness they will eontributs to her future unity and progress. If they are not taught the Scriptural character of our doettfatee, if they do not have explained to them onr Church pbiity, if in their Sunday-school years they are net enlisted in the support of our institutions and benevolent agencies, bat ars left to believe that any other Church will be as useful to them as ours, we must bear the blame if they are easily proselyted from us, or if they grow up to bo dissatisfied and restless members of ths Church. • OUR SOBBIOHART tfCXZTT, with its numerous auxiliaries, is another of theeo bonds of connections! union. Ths parbnt society as tbe central organ, like the heart of the human body, receiving from all tbe veins of tbe Church her mission ary blood, and then sending It through all bar arteries . to every extremity of ths Church, to nourish and sup port the whole, is an indissoluble tie between aQ tbe parted the Church, however distant from each other. Every preacher on an obscure circuit or a border mis sion, who ia laboring and suffering on a very Inade quate support for his family, and yet encouraging his people from their very poverty to contribute to tbe treasury of tbe society; and tbe humblest member and the Infant Sunday-school scholar, who contribute their pennies and their prayers to this cause, as well as the missionaries In the foreign field, are all real factors In this great united work of evangelism. This not only binds ua together, but also equalizes tbe dignity and honor of all the laborers in the sight of God and in the of eternity. The Book Con cern has also exerted a unifying power upon the Church. Its books sod its periodicals have generally had that tendency. Its management has been In tbe interests of tbe whole connection. So long as It shall be conducted otr these principles, and its profits shall be appropriated fof s palpable and common interest, it will still have that influence. But if it shall ever fail in either of these respects, it will not only lose its centripetal force, but become m source of contention and strife, if not a cause of corruption and disinte gration. Early convinced that these institutions greatly promote the unity ef the Church, as well as Its , extension and progress, we have felt it ear duty, as far as our authority and opportunity would permit, to labor for their greatest prosperity. THE GENERAL SUPERINTENDENCE has always boeh and still continues to be, a bond of unity. Watching with an impartial eye the conditions and wants of all portions of the Church, and the la bors and interests of all (he ministers, bolding the same relation to all, and having a common sympathy with all, without special obligations to any; strictly amenable to the General Conference for their charac ter and administration; where every member and every minister has a right to challenge their every exercise of authority; the general superintendents, ao far their relation to the ministers and churches is concerned, are well prepared to travel through the connection at large, and oversee the temporal sad spiritual interests of the Church. Having been thus employed during the ecclesiastical year, they meet sad report and consider tho condition, both tem poral and spiritual of all parts of the Church. Our interchangable administration in tbeJConfereuces makes several members of the iJoaro, by personal inspection and observation, acquainted with the more recent condition of each particular part of the wort, and thus gives us a united Judgment upon the state and claims of every part of the field. This judgment thus found has been sought and sometimes deferred to by the General Misekmary Committee on Church Extension in dividing their funds; and not infrequently, on different subjects, by former General Conferences. And, what is also’of great importance. It enables them to understand* where ministers are needed, the qualifications re quired for the exigences of the work, and by transfer' and otherwise, to meet such necessities; thus provid ing for the poorer and more difficult fields of labor, and the advancing aggressive action of the Church. enables us to meet tbs urgent emergencies of ministers and their families, by chang ing their church in casos of sickness, and by placing them where their family wants and educational neces sities are more fully mot. This can only be done partially, but much more extensively than it ran be done by sny other Church, and tho amount of minis terial health and service thus preserved and secured to the Church ran only be known and appreciated by those who are parties to it. Owing to the great extent of Che connection, we can perceive no other way by which A UNIFORM ADMINISTRATION can be maintained, and without uniformity, without oneness of the executive authority sad administra tion, we don’t see how the unity, (he connections! character of the Church can be preserved* Our pro* found convictions on this subject hare led us to great care and constant effort to secure a uniform adminis tration. It is no wonder that so far as making the appoint ments is concerned our administration should be sharply criticised by parties in interest. In those de nominations whore ministers art left to find tneir own pastoral retattons, if they fail to secure inch as they lodge tbeniseires adapted to and desire, there Is no third party of whom they can complain. In our churshvwhen they fall to receive such appointments as they deem suitable for themselves, they complain of Presiding ftderdjand the Bishops. This it perfectly natural. EVe-y mo wbo hM official agency in nhOds# appointments most take it into account.- .In performing this diffi cult and responsible part of our official duty, we have constants? tapt in view the claims of tbe work and the claims of <be preachers. Before any one can intelligently annual conference, he must carefully consider the fact that every appointment la* entitled to receive a preacher and every effective preacher to receive an ap pointment, This other fact smut'jdso be considered, that the Bishops cannot alter thech-vncter of the pas toral charges, nor tha endowments nr aptitudes of tbe preacher. [Applause.) Tney must take these as Providence has furnished them and adept the pastoral relations between them as happily and usefully as they msy be able to do after the most careful ami prayerful , consideration of the circumstances sad claims of all the preachers and of all the churches. Perhaps the most Important and responsible duty in the work of making the appointment is that of SELECTING THE PRESIDING ELDERS. Undoubtedly if we had given to the Presiding El dership a prior claim to all other appointments w*. might in some instances have filled it more popularly. But if we uniformly give the office this pre-eminence, bow are we to provide for our educational work, and for mir chief pulpits 7 Can our literary institutions and these pulpits spare the men whose services they would be deprived of by such a principle of adminis tration, and wtll those ministers who share these eli gible appointments be eoutent to exchange them for this work of more privation, greater hardship, and lees compensation, notwithstanding it is a work of so greai responsibility and usefulness, or is it at all cer tain that these men, were they assigned to districts, would more wisely or more usefully exercise the func tions of the Presiding Eldership 7 Could anything be more unreasonable than for churches which, as they suppose, have the best ministerial gifts in their pis ton to require better than the best gifts in tneir Presiding Elder, or could anything be more ungra cious than for such churches and pastors to appre ciate their Presiding Eiders because they do not in crease the congregations at their quarterly visitations T In filling this office, while duly considering the other appointments, we have sought for it men whose Christian character, and whose standing in the minis try would secure for them the respect and confidence of both the preachers and the people, and whose practical wisdom and knowledge of our discipline and usages and kind spirit would enable them to adjust difficulties whenever they arise In the churches; advise the inexperienced preachers of whom more are now put in chare® than formerly in the administration of discipline, guide and encourage the church In their aggressive wort, and judiciously counsel in arranging of the appointments at the Conference*. In some instances, where the size of the district and its consequent labors would permit, we> have ap pointed men who, by long service or sickness, have lost some of their physical force, but whose wisdom and experience qualified than advisedly in all other respects for the office. What Hyman or minister who has the least magnanimity is not devoutly thankful that the severities of our itinerancy can be thus slightly ml righted, end that such men can still be em- Dtoyed to good ad vantage In the general work ? Never theless an examination will show that the great ma jority of those appointed Presiding Elders have been youngeriy men, or ministers in the new strength of (heir manhood. , , _ _ As divisions sometimes arise in Conferences, grow ing out of local causes, which generate s partisan spirit, in which case the minority has no protection but in the authority of the President of the Conference, we have been careful to see that, both in selecting the Presiding Elders aud in determining the other ap pointments, all should receive equal consideration. In appointing Presiding Eiders, as In all other appoinl menta.we have sought to meet the wishes as well as the wants of those immediately concerned, as folly as conflicting claims and interests would permit. How fully wo have succeeded in this department of our work you must judge from your own observations, from the wonderful exemption of the church from protracted contentions and strifes, from the marvel ous acquiescence of both people and preachers in the appointments when made, ana the creat usefulness of the pastoral relations so formed. Tne true Church baa always PREACHED THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR, and this has been tbs characteristic of Methodism, throughout its history. It is not only Christ-like, but it is expedient, the Church which preaches to most of the poor of this generation, other things being eouaL-will preach most to the rich in the next genero- HonT'-vyuile we have not been inattentive to the pas toral and spiritual interests of the more wealthy of our congregations, wo have been especially desirous to pro vide for the religious necessities of the poor. Hence th*» new and more needy parts of the work nave received our special consideration and care. While It Is proper Unit every Government should, in its organic law, Sato provision for changes which may become. nprpßßarV and prescribe the method of effSn/ the same, yet it appears to us a monstrous absurdity, that any Government, dvil, miUtary. or ecclesiastical, should allow men to whom SmuSstratlon of its affairs has been Intrusted to use tteteTffice, or executive authority, or opportunity, to overthrowor modify the same. We therefore have re sited tbs pressure brought to bear upon us siflee the St General Conference, which sought to induce us tc*reatrtet our labors and administration to Episcopal districts and have continued to meet the explicit requirement of the Discipline to travel througn the Section at Urge. We regard It a very gross sol to say that a districted Bishop is a General bu- StoteSdentT [Applause.] On this subject liie Dish ops iii their address to the General Conference of 1852 spoke more at length: Perhaps our office and work load us to think more about • * XHE kUIURE OP THE OHUBCH Ounmldda tat tor eat duliM, l«tUi u it may, whenever w» wief i for consultation it la a ■abject of intense interest an £ of earnest end prefer* fnl oonsiaeratlon end study. Whan we contemplate the great namoer of her mir fat era and members, the perfectness end powers of ht r organization, bar vast resources of men end mom jy, her educational and publishing faculties and er rangementa, the rentage ground she occupies by her sl.rategio positions In so many nations of the earth, the gracious manner in which God has blessed her in the past, 7.iia infinite readiness to bless her atill more abundantly in the future, the grandeur of her possibilities in the ’ time to come, wo are ore: rwhelzned nth the weight of our responsibilities in superintending such im mense Interests. At the sc cne tis&e this glorious pros pect of tbo advancement. and achievements of the Church in her coming his lory is an inspiration to us to«alI migbtliT on God to. lelp on, and to go forward in dhe faithful discharge o f our .'important dimes. ?or the reason given bef- ire, w e have Judged it due to oursdvcH, to the Gene ral O inference to which we are amenable, to the whole Chur :h, indeed to the Chris tian public, that with the utmrjst frankness and can [ dor we shook! make this d nclar ition of the PRINCIPLES, BENTDJ ENT9. AND PURPOSES, which have constrained, a od /{ulded, and governed us in our official dnties and in o isetlng the grave respon sibilities which have re* ;ed upon us. You will infer ; from this statement, and the Church infer from it , also, that your Bishops Is ave not considered themselves church architects, emi ployed to cumins an an tiquated and dllapids ted edifice, and to ebbw : how it can be r smodeled sand modernized i and Improved; on t’ ie contrary, that they have understood themselves called to be general superin tendents of a glorif jus temple,—Us walls salva tion, and its gates pr use; a tempte built by God,— built on the Bock of Ages, and bitilt for the ages; that it is their office and work to see that its doors stand wide open nigJ it and day; that Its light Is shin . ing clear, and stromand afar; that its voice of in struction, and ad: monition, and invitation, and en i treaty is breaking; upon the ear of laimanity every where and all the time [applause]; that its altars are ; tall aglow with the fervors of love and the fires of de motion; coo verb • Hying as a cloud and aa doves to 'their windows; all nations flowing. Into it, and the .glory of Emmarjuel fllUng it. (Coatmued applause.] Bretbern of the General Conference, have we cor- X ectly appreh/mded the ciiamcter, pohty, interest, end e.viritof the '.Methodist Qnscopal Gharri? Hava we i n- thtly understood our office and obligations 7 We eh. til wait with profound interest and', due submission the • answer which your action shall ilurnisb to theee qui ctioaa. W cdo earnestly Invoke the Dlvlna blessing upon you.? persons and your deliberationa. And now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according t» the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory irt the Church by Chriat Jesus throughout ail ages, w arid without end— Jtuen. EdmidjdS. Jakes, RELIGIOUS MEE TINGS. COMOBEOATIOF Ul* The Seventh Triennial Con rention of the Chi cago Congregational Theolo gicsl Seminary will be h old in this city daring tb is week. This Con veafiion will consist of one»delegate from eaeh of trie Congregational chi itches in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, lowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, Kebiaska, Dakota, Wyo ming, and Colorado, ani the Congregational ministers who are employed in preaching to the churches designated, or who are members of the same. The Convention, according to the Con stitution of 181V1. meets ovary three years. The sessions of the Convention will be preceded by the annual examination* of the students of the Theological Sen nnary and by the annual meet ing of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will c oaveno in the library-room of the seminary ot Union Park at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning and at 7:15 in tho evening. .At the latter plaoe President Bascom, of Wis consin University*, will deliver the annual ad drees before the B oard in the Union Park Con gregational Church . Wednesday mormtag at 9 o’clock the Triennial Com<ention of the Congregational Churches of the Northwest will meet m the lecture-room .of the Union Park Church, and Wednesday even ing «C 7:SO o’clock tho anniversary exercises of the graduating class of the seminary will take place in the First Congregational Church, cor ner qf Ann and Wash! ngtou streets. U. O. A. A series of meetings on Union Christina Work will be held under t) id auspices of che Y. M. C. A. as follows: Bund ay evening, in the Betha ny Congregational Gh arch; Sunday evening, May .14, it*, the Forty-lint Street Presbyterian Church; and Sunday ©Tuning, May 21, in Plym outh Congregational Church, to be followed by meetings in other churches. The plans and work erf the Association trill be fully explained at these meetings by their most prominent and active workers. Service of song la Farwell Hall this evening, followed by an address frcsn W. B. Jacobs. Noonday prayer-meeting. Leaders and sub jects this week as follows: Monday, H. G. Spafford, “The Red Heifer”; Tuesday, W. E. Blackfltane, “His Name Wednesday, B. F. Jacobs, Romans, Till, SB; Thursday, J. O. Griffith, “Rejecting Christ"; Friday, the Rev. H. T. Miller, Ail Want** Supplied”; Saturday, the Rev. E. P. Goodwin, “ Christian Cocrag*.” The Horary and readin g-room will be moved tbis week to No. 150 Madison street, occupying the large store on the fi rat floor, making it, the pleasantest reading-room in the city. The present reading-room w ill be converted xnlo a large gymnasium, taking oat the floor, making it 25 feet deep. THE PRESBYTERIAN GENERAL ASSEM- BLY. ITS SOTTING/ THIS MONTH. The General Assembly of the Presbyhsrian Church is to meet this month in the Tabernacle (Dr/Talmage'e) in the City of Brooklyn. .Each Presbytery sends two •delegates, a minister, and an elder, in proport ion to every twenty-four ministers iu the body; or a fractional part off that number. There are 173 Presbyteries, and 4,706 ministers. If all ifhe Presbyteries should bo .tally represented >lhe number of delegates v.vmld be about 500. The number of churches in this ecclesiastical connection is 6,000, and these churches have 506,000 communicant*; and a population thus related to them at least four timet* asiaige. The. number of regular theo logical aeminanes in the connection is thirteen, covering the territory from New York to California. Betides its ordained ministers there are 3IH licentiates, and in various stages of preparation 676 men a*e accepted candidates for the ministry. lathe last year reported. 1674, this Ghurdi contributed to benevolent work, out side of it* support of Cue Gospel in its respective congregations. $3,000,000, while its owo support required aibout $7,000,000. Nearly $1,0u0,000 were given to home and foreign missions. The Southern General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church meets oa the same day. May 18, m Savan nah, Ga. It has sixty-four Presbyteries, with. : 1,084 ministers and licentiates, and* 187 candi dates; 1,787 churches, with 107,334 members. This Assembly has a powerful and increasing strength in the South, corresponding in all re spects to the Assembly in the North. It has two theological seminaries fully officered, and seven religious newspapers conducted in defense of its views. It is claimed that a larger proportion of Southern Prosbyoemns than Northern are read ers of their respective journals. The Southern Church has not the same relative wealth as the Northern, and therefore its contributions to benevolent objeexs are less iu proportion to its membership. Its contriDutions to foreign mis sions. in 1874, were $83,682, and only $250,000 for all benevolent objects, outside of the sup port of the respective churches. In these two Presbyterian assemblies, of the same faith aud order, there are 6,000 preachers, all of them men of education and general intelligence, whose power for the diffusion of knowledge and the general improvement of the people must be equal to that of any other body of ministers in the land. A CHURCH’S STRUGGLE FOR LIFE. POSITION OF THE PB.E3KTTERIAN MEHOBIAZ. CHOBCH AT XEW YOBE. When the Bev. Charles 8. Boblnson, D. D., retorned from Europain 1370, after having been for three years pastor of the American Chapel in Paris, he was mat on the landing of the steamer by a delegation, which placed in his hands a call to the pastorate of the Eleventh Presbyterian Church of New York, au inconspic uous congregation worshiping on Fifty-fifth street, between Third and Lexington avenues. Learning this fact, a friend, an old resident of the city, said to him. •» That’s the most difficult field in New York.** Dr. Robinson replied, •* Then it is the field in which X wish to labor.” Since that time a new edifice has been erected at Madison avenue and Fifty-third street, the name of tne-church hae been changed to the Presby terian Memorial Church, and a large congrega tion has been collected. -All this, however, has cost a struggle. By the time the new building was completed the panic came, not only prostrating business and checking the growth of the city, but crippling man after mao in the congregation. It became necessary, in this condition of affairs, to raise $23,000 to pay the floating debt, and it waa done. There was etili a debt of $125,000 left, and there were only a few mentaf moderate means to car ry forward the enterprise. Nearly $25,000 bas been raised since chat time by voluntary effort; SB,OOO since January uat Now $25,000 hu been plodded to jpplr •» ' <6» principal of the funded debt, and s7f ( 000 in psws has been surrendered, nr >kinß since the panic newrly $150,000 in voir in t*iry contributions. This, of coarse, is sxolr JlTft 0 f $16,000 to $20,000 t\ year raised by y jW r 0 Of the last $25,000 it ia understood ( that the pastor has agreed to pay OT6rslo,P,og t making bis entire contribution to the churr.i* •fljore than $25,000’ in five years. Pew-rents ere to be low ered on May 1, so as to place sit/Jogr* within the reach of alt la all ibis straggle, the church has secured no aid from aiater 'inarches, and none from any iotUvidual outside of the church, with two exceptions. Robert Bonner, at the time of its dedication, sent his '/neck for $5,000. ae he also did to tbo Rev. Dr., Oanse’s church. The other exception is that o / a city missionary, who, hearing of bias condi.txoa of the charch, hastened to send th • on'iv $lO he hid to help make up the $25,000 &\eevied. The following figures give tbs numbsra of Methodism in the United States: Itin't Local Lay Jnln’rs. pr*n. memb*rs Methodist Episcopal 10,933 12,881 1,530,559 Methodist Episcopal, Sooth. .. 3,485 6,356 712,765 Colored Methodist Episcopal .. 635 683 80,000 African Methodist Episcopal .. 600 1,450 200,000 African Methodist Epis. Zion .. 1,200 800 235,000 Evangelical Association 835 503 85,253 United Brethren „ 967 1,709 131,55'J Itln’t Locsl L»y lain’rs. pr’re. saemb’n The “Methodist Church”...... 775 607 55,183 Methodist Protestant, - 650 200 54,3 m American Weslej&ns 230 mo 30.000 Free Methodists »o no 6.000 Primitive Methodists; „ 30 35 3,500 Congregational end other Id h dependent Methodists. Total non-Eplic’pl Moth's I 1,808 I,oo} 147,802 Toul Methodists in U. S.. 30,453 24,384 3,173,239 azmouz# lumtuix or sizthouisxs za&ooo.gooz thi Itis’t Local Liy min's, pr*ra. toomb’s. Methodists in United 5tate5..310,463 34,384 3.173,229 British Wesleyan Methodists.. 2,589 13,720 467,533 Irish Wesleyan Methodists.... 18.*i 800 21,273 French Wesleyan Methodists.. 2/7 96 2,039 Australian Wesleyan Meth.... 362 750 67,912 British PrimiiiTe Methodists.. l,»/20 14,838 169,660 Meth. Jiew Connection Church. 156 125 25.837 United Meth. Free Churches.. 354 3,428 74,702 Bible Christian Churches....... 274 1,747 26,878 British Wes. Reform Union... 638 104 6,093 Methodist Church of Canada.. 1,004 1,027 102,887 M. B. Church in Canada....... 247 201 23,012 Other Methodists 380 420 26,008 L»n Scott, Matthew SnmoK, Eow/aoR. ahe«, Thoi ua Bowman, V/ili lax L. Harbtb, Bani lOLPH 8. Fosrss, ltAA< i W. Wiley, Stei *asw M, Mkbbill, £dw A&£) O. Andes**, Gil icbt Hatxh, 3LSI XT. Bsc*. The Bailway Sunday Excursion bill /\n (ho New’ Jeraey Legislator* has been defeated. A Sunday-School Convention for (be State of IlliDoia will open at Jacksonville May 23. The Wesley Memorial Chorch bow banding in Savannah, where John Wesley spent the early part of his Christian ministry, is now so far fin ished as to be ready for roofing. On Palm Sunday (April 9) between eighty and ninety Roman Catholic churches, twenty-two of them in the Diocese of New York, were anpplied with real palms. They were obtained fror i Charleston. S. 0. At the Woodside Church, in Troy, the nc -rel spectacle was presented of a father and mo' cher and five of their children uniting witf » the church, and making public profession of their faith by baptism. There are Episcopal parishes of color ed peo ple in the Dioceses of Western New Yr ,rk. New York, Now Jersey, Pennsylvania, P ittsborg, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Missouri, which are fully repress nted u the Conventions of these dioceses. Nearly 100 ohnrcbes have beet, added to the Methodist Episcopal Chorch in Jientucky Con ference daring the last ten yaara. Poor of these have an aggregate val»i« of $200,000. The total value of church property is over $420,- 000. The increase of the year was over $30,000. Twenty-four States ware represented in the late Hippodrome Convention by 4,096 delegates, of whom 873 were Presbyterians, 557 Baptists, 430 Googregationalists, 145 Episcopalians, 455 Reformed, 555 Methodists, 37 Lutherans. 9 TTni veraalists and Umtari/ms, 10 Friends, X Hebrew, and 5 Moravians. There are in Boston seven ebnrcbes for color ed people, four Baptist and three Methodist. Dissensions bare arisen in the Jay Street Bap tist CnnreU which have led to the withdrawal of a portion of its members and the formation of a new body. The Jay Street Charcb was found ed in 1803. In the days of slavery it waa the great gathering place of the colored people of the city, and was often called the Faneuil Hall Within the past fow years there has been a very considerable growth in the Ritualistic party of the Episcopal Choreh of New York. A few years ago there was only St. Albans Charcb ; and while hundreds went chore for devotional purposes, other hundreds went there from cari osity. Now there are three prominent Ritualist ic churches, —St. Albaos, St Ignatius, and St. Maty the Virgin,—all having very fair congre gations, the last a very large one. The faith o? the Second Adventists experiences no visible abatement. So far as the Massachu setts Conference is concerned, their numbers bold about the same as usual 100 delegates from fifty towns and cities having reported at their annual meeting at Lynn last week. The Rev. George W. Keple. of Westfield, * preached a sermon on the occasion from the text, Titos iL. 13, “Looking for that blessed nope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus CbnaL” The Gallatin Congregational Church, Illinois, proposes to teat the comity question in a practi cal way. They have accepted the proposition from the Presbyterian Church in that place, which has no house of worship, to join congre gations for one year. The meetings are to be held in the Congregational house of worship, the Presbyterian minister to be the pastor, and to receive members into both churches as re quired, while each charcb b.ears its doe propor tion of the expenses. The record of Baptist liberality in tbs United States during the last 100 years, as made up by the Rev. George W. Anderson, presents very large aggregates. The following are the items : Houses of worship $39,329,321 Home missions 6,000,000 General and ministerial education. Sunday-schools Publication Society. Foreign missions... Bible Society Total. The Reformed Episcopalians of Boston are making fierce onslaughts on the parens body from which they separated because of the Rom ish tendencies of the latter. The Rev. £. C. Coleman, in a recent discourse, charged two of the Protestant Episcopal Churches of that city with* practicing the confessional, proscribing sugar from the diet of their choir-boys, praying for the dead, and practicing extreme unction. He charged the entire Church with an unscript ural partiality for rich men to neglect of the poor, and predicted that the Reformed Episco pal Church would supersede the other by and by. Moody and SanE&y go to Montreal, Canada, in June. When Archbishop Tait pronounced the bene diction the other day, at the opening of the London Hospital he was clad in an Ulster overcoat. The Bev. W. B. Henderson, of the Seminary of the Northwest, has accepted a call to the Presbyterian Chnrcb at Streator, 111., and ar rangements have been made to install him. The Bev. Bobert McKenzie, of Decator, 111., has accepted a unanimous call from the First Presbyterian Cburcn of Lafayette, Ind.. and will commence his labors on the first Saboatfi in May. The Bev. Edward Everett Hale, who has been in New Orleans for some time past collecting further materials for bis novel. “Philip Nolan's Friends,” *bas preached during hia visit there in the Church of the Messiah. Dr. Henry Darling, pastor of the Fourth Pres byterian Church. Albany, N. Y., having been in somewhat impaired health for a time, bis con gregation bavo voted him a leave of absence for fire months, and a purse of SI,OOO for the pur pose of enjoying it.- * Dr. Bellows, the distinguished Universahst preacher, pronounces Mr. Moody's preaching “an exaggerated, perverted, unhistoncal illogi cal irrational, untrue parody of the Christian religion, oat of whose puerile, mythical and extravagant opinions no blessing and purifying religion can proceed.” An erudite German annual church register has the following account of tho North AtneHcan Unitarians, which ve pahlua without correcting CHURCH C ROWTH. METHODIST S TATXSTTCB. episcopal mi rraoDzsxa. ToUl Episcopal Uethodii tol8,«5 33.381 HOK'XPZBCOPAL . ETTBOSUTM. WOELII. .37,591 C,*7i 4,189,105 Grand total. RELIGIOUS MISCELLANY. THE CHURCH AT HOME AND ABUOAD. PERSONAL. tbe *dd mistakes in fee names i "The North American Unitarians here la dunning. Charles Pollen. Emerson. ted Parker their moat distin guished repraaenlativoe. The 800 Unitarian churches stand fasu b.r the principle of fro# In quiry and Wjd devoiopment of Christian con sciousness. Their most celebrated preachers are Dr. Bellt'wfi, 10 Niw York; Dr. Walker. Dr. Patmano, Dis. Ellis, and Monson, in Boston; Dr. Eliot, in .St. Louie ; and Dr. James, in Phil adelphia. Those of die more conservative of the modern tendency (t*e B. Collyn, in Chicago ; Dr. Freeman Clarke, Dr. Barlot, and E.E. Hale, in Boston.” We suppo *e that by Dr. Monson Dr. Mormon in meant, < nd by Barlot Dr. Barfcol. Readers may icaees who are Dr. Pntmanu, Dr. Eliot, and B. (Jollyn; bn t who can tell wbo is meant by Dr. c<anua t of Philadelphia. Free Press : When the churches at Norwich, Conn., all agreed to take up eolleotlone only in the morning, It was presently found that evening services were the only onus patronized to any extent. Said a teacher : ** What rlo the various objects that von behold upon fchu earth all display ?** To which a boy of tbe “font jograohy " elans re plied in breathless haste: “ Wisdom ’a goods ess of tb* equator.** A boot-black’s discovery in human nature : “ Some rich folks is mighty mean ; when Pm done they just give me three eents or so. and walke off. I tell you what, if Qod waa quick tempered. same folks would get hurt.** It Is reported that a colored woman In Atlanta boys bacon and places it on be/.* husband's grave every Sunday, explaining : *• 'Be deceased didn’t care much for clean shirts, put if he didn’t have bacon on Sunday, his heart weighed 4 pounds.** The National Sunday-Set 1001 Teacher telle the good atory of a scholar wk.o, when asked in the lesson of “ David sparing San!,** why David com pared himself to “a flea,*’ replied that be guessed ** U waa because Saul couldn’t catch hint.” ,025.427 9,500 Dr. Newman spokr, in & ’recent sermon, of **tlie sad funeral procession" which followed Abeil to the grave. An irreverent woman in the audience nudged *ner companion and whispered : •* Mot each a large procession, but very select. None but tbe ftret families. ** “•Whenoryo takes bis Sunday afternoon nap and! baa an ugly dream.** asks a correspondent. **cm yon call it a nightmare? ** Not exactly; perhaps it may be more proper to say that tbe dre amor has oulv a little colt in bia head-— York Commercial Advertiser, In Anoka. Minn., recently, a 6-year-old girl wa» overheard telling ber playmate that abe b.vd aUenctal a church sociable the evening before, and that a little boy kissed ber while theywem engaged in a play, but she said, “That’s barm, *caoao U was our preacher's boy, yos inow.” A clergymans widow in the Eastern District Kaye this advice to a young lady friend tbe other ilay: “Jane, if ever yoo marrr a minister, • many one wljo, in an emergency, baa enough of tbe grace of God in bis heart to go from tbe pnlpit to tbe kitchen and pare tbe potatoes for dinner without growling.** An enterprising Chinaman of Gold Hill., Nor., recently mounted tbe following sign, handsome ly painted, on hianewly-establushed wabh-nouse: “Ah Charlie ; washing dona dam cheap.** Vir tuous public opinion soon obliged him to take down tbe sign and pat np one with less scripture in it. —Detroit Free Frees. The following brief colloquy took place last Sabbath afternoon in the Sunday-school attach ed to a church on tne hill: Teacher—Who wae the moat distinguished King of Israel ? Bright Boy—Solomon. Teacher—Why was hedietingnished ? Bright Boy—Cos be had 700 wives. March of intellect beggar soma time ago aoplied for alms at the door of a partisan of the Anri-Begging Society in Edinburg. After in ▼ain detailing his manifold sorrows, the inexora ble gentleman peremptorily dismissed him. “Go away I ” said he. “Go ! We canna gie ye uaething.” “You might, at least, *'replied the mendicant, with an air of great dignity and arch ness, “ have refused mo grammatically. Two sons of Erin, shoveling sand on s hot day, stopped to rest, and exchanged views on tbe labor question: “Pat, this is mighty bard work we*re at.” “It is. iudade, Jimmy; bat what kind of work is it you'd like if ye could get it?** “Well,” says the other, leaning reflect ively upon bis sbovol and wiping tbe perspira tion with tbe back of his hand •* for a nice, aisy, claue business, I thins I would like to be a Bishop.” m The Bev. B. A. Rogers will preach at the Church of the Epiphany, Throop, between Monroe and street!, at 10:30 a. m. and 7:45 p. m. —The Bar. E. SoUiran will preach at Trinity Church, corner ef Michigan avenue and Twenty-sixth street, at 10:45 a. m.; and the Ber. P. B. Morgan, of St. John's Cborcb, will preach at 7:30 p. m. —The Ber. Dr. D. F. Warren will preach at St. Mark** Cborcb, corner Cottage Qrore avenue and Thirty-sixth street, at 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m, —The Ber. Father Pardee will preach at Calrary Church, Warren arenne, between Oakeley street and Western arenas, at 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m., and at the Episcopal Mission, on the East Side ef Western arenne, south of Polk street, at 4:15 p. xn. —The Ber. Arthur Bitchle win preach at the Church of the Ascension, comer of Elm and LaSalle streets, at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion at Ba. m. —The Ber. William Petrie will preach morning and evening at the Church of Our Sarior, comer Bolden and Lincoln arenaes. —The Ber. Henry <3. Ferry will preach morning and erening at All Saints’ Church, corner North Car penter and West Ohio streets. —The Rev. Dr. Cushman will preach at St, Ste phen's Church, Johnson, between Taylor and Twelfth garnets, sc 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. —The Ber. W. H. Hopkins will preach at St. John’s Church, Ashland arenas, near Madison street, at 10:30 a. m., on “ The Foundation Principle of tbe Christian System," and at 7:30 p. m. on 14 Christ ob the Mount of Transfiguration. 4 * The Ber. Dr. Northmp will officiate at the funeral of the wife of the Bev. W. W. Everts at tho First Church, comer South Park arsons and Thirty-first street, at 11 a. m. Services in the ereniog at 7:45. —Tao Ber. James Goodman will preach morning and evening at Hyde Park Church. —The Her. T. W. Goods peed will preach at tbe Second Church, comer Monroe and Morgan streets, st 10:30 a.m. The Bev. G, W. Northmp will preach at 7:45 p. m. —The Ber. Dr. D. B. Cheney will preach at the Fourth Church, corner W.whington and Paulina streets, at 10:30 a. m. and 7:45 p. m. —The Rev. W. 8. Hamlin will preach at tbe Harri son Street Church, corner Sangamon street, at 10:45 a. m. and 7:45 p. m. 866,057 .... 6,000,000 .... 2,000,000 ....475,095,378 —The Bev. N. E. Wood win preach morning and evening at tho Centennial Charon, corner Lmnofo md Jackson streets. f The Bev. N, F. Bavlin win preach morning and evening at * the Open Communion Church, corner Loomis and West Jackson streets. —The Eev. Robert P. Allison will preach In the even* ing at the South Church, comer Lake and Bonaparte streets. —There will be services at the Church of the Holy Communion. Dearborn street, between Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth streets, at 10:15 a. m. —The Ber. J. D. Burr will preach at Immanuel Church, 932 North Halsled street, at 10:15 a. m. and 7:15 p. m. The Bar. N, H. Aztcl will preach at the Park Avenue Church tu the morning on “ The Supremacy of Christ and Justification by Faith (Peter versus Swing)/'and in the evening on * 4 Moving.” —The Rev. Dr. Tiffiny will preach at Trinity Church. Indiana avenue, near 'Twenty-fourth street, at Bp. m., on the ” Song in the Sanctuary.” Com munion service at 10:15 a. m. No morning sermon. —The Rev. U. L. Martin will preach at St. Paul’s Church, comer Newberry and Maxwell streets, morn ing and evening. —The Rev. John Williamson win prescb st the Wa bash Avenue Church, comer Fourteenth street, in the morning, upon ** When Shall Mankind Be Satisfied 7” and will lecture in the evening upon ** Nlnevah." —lbs Rev. John Atkinson will preach at Once Church at 10:00 a. m., and at 7:15 p. m, —The Rev. 8. H. Adams will preach at the Cente nary Church,’corner Monroo and Morgan streets, at 10:30 a. tru ana 7:39 p. m. —The Rev. A. Walkley will preach morning and evening at the Simpson Cborcb, Bonfiold street, near Archer avenue. —The Rev. U. M. Parkhurst will preach at the Mich igan Avenue Churcn, near Thirty-third street, at 10:15 a. m., on “The Duty of Thoee Who Do and Those Who Do Not Move on the Ist of May.” Missionary concert by the Sunday-school in the evening. —The llov. K. J. Jutkins will preach it the First Church, comer Clark and Washington streets, at 10:30 a. m.. and the Rev. John M. Caldwell will preach at 7:30 p. m. —The Rev. T. P. Marsh win preach at the Grant Place Church, comer Lirrabee street, morning and evening. ZZFOEMZD EPISCOPAL. The Rev. Dr. Fallows will preach at St. Paul’s, cor ner Washington and Ann streets, at 10:30 a. m. end 7:30 p.m. Evening subject: Pressing Towards the Mark.** —Bishop Cheney will presch at Christ Cborcb, comer Michigan avenue and Twenty-fourth street, si 10:i5 a. m. and 7:15 p. m. —The Rev. R. H. Bosworth will preach to the Trinl !ty Congregation at the Baptist Church, Englewood, st 3:30 p. m., and at the Emmanuel Church, comer Han over and Twenty-eighth streets, st 10:15 a. m. end 7:30 p.m. —The Eer. E, Guntrum wIH preech at St. Stephen's gteaiafr cower Twoaty-iwrUi ms «ft Md Vostr BREVITIES- CHURCH SERVICES* EPISCOPAL. BAPTIST. jnjj Mm* rn >1 * m, « « Ikt CkMM Ifat^ The Bev. Xmrr T. Miner wfS preeeh at CK* nt*t* Church, comer Vlnoennee and Oak avenue*. •« le-sa a.m.and 7:48 p.aa. ‘ —Th* Bar. James Maciengblsa win praadi la the morning at the Scotch Church, cone? Saunzaea a Adams streets, on “ Josfffleatiaai by lilth.” _—Th« Bev. J. w. Bain will preach at the Uhftwf Churah, corner Monro* and Paulina street*, at loss a, m, and 7;4S p. m. Morning subject; “ The Coa. tennlal and the Sabbath.*' 1 w - H. GUI, of ADeghtey City, preach Ul ® Fourth Church, comer Rush and Superior •treetii, at a. m. and 7:30 p. za. b p * Burran will administer th# Ssomamt at Westminster Church, corner Jhokaon and Peorta streets, at 10:30 a, a., and will at 7d3 p. m. on “ The Death of Christ.” _ “The Rev. Dr. J. Monro Gibson wID prmet at tbs Second Church, corner Michigan avenue wd TwMtlath street, at JO;<j a, m. and 7:45 p. tw “-Tbaßer. Dr. Good win will preach at the S up ? l » cofner Paulina street, at p. ja. oa •* The Blood.’* ' —The Rev. Charles L. Thompso will preach at <ha Fifth Church, comer Indiana avenue end* Thirtieth street, morning and evening. Evening subject- *Th# Art of Making LifaHsppyT ’ co.voßcoaTiozran. The Bev, Z. 8. Holbrook win preach a t. Oaklant Church, on Oakland boulevard, morning aor j swenlnz. —The Rev. George H. Peeke will prarieh at the Leavlit street Church, comer Adams street, memlnw and craning. —Tfho Bev. William Alvin Bartlett w ln pnaeh el Fljnioutb Church, Michigan avenue, between Twoatv- Afth and Twenty-sixth streets, at 1030 *„ m. and 7*4* p. nx —Prof. Hyde wlB preach in the moratog and lecture Is the evening at the Union Park <£hureh, comer Ashland avenue and Washington streets. Subject of hicture: “ The Life and Service* of I/r. Isaac Watts.” UNITEBSALIST.* The Bev. Chariee Fiduhrer, of Orand w*pM". win .’/reach this morning at tbe Church of the Redeemer, comer of Washington and Sangam on streets. —The Bar. Dr. Ryder will yreae/i morning and even ing at St. Paul's, Michigan svenrve, between Sixteenth and Eighteenth streets. Evening subject: M The New City Government of Chicago, aixd What Is of Tbe Rev. Robert Collyer wiU preach in Che monrfna at Unity Church, near Washington Square, and the Rev. I. T. Sunderland, of the Fourth Church, wll preach in the evening. —The Bev. Brooke Herford win preach mommy and evening at tbe Church of the Messiah, eomar *t Michigan avenue and Twenty-third street. Moraine subject; »• The Mystery of Nature in ths Light of ths Paalma.” Evening subject: “He Set wim qq hij Own Beast.” —Tbs Rev. J. T. Sutherland will preach at the Third Church, corner Monro* and street*, ai lOtiS a. nu The E*v. E. P. PoweU will preach la the •vcnlng. —The Rev. E. P. Powell, of the Third Unltarlax Church, will preach in the morning at 10:43 at thi Fourth Church, Prairie avenue and Thirtieth street The Rev. Robert Collyer will lecture in the Dims Course In Che evening on **What Befel Nebuchad. nezzar.” LUTBZRAIfi The Rev. Edmund Belfour wll I preach at the Church of the Holy Trinity, corner Dearborn and Erie struts, at 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. The Rev. Knowles Shaw will preach morning and evening in the First Church, corner Indiana avenue and Twenty-fifth street, and in the afternoon al C ampbell Sail, corner Van Boren street and Campbel atronue. The Rev. Dr. Hibbard will preach at the Kew Chris! tie U, cerner Eighteenth street and Prairie avenne, al 11 a. m.. and at the Temple, corner Washington street ami Ogden avenue, at .3:30 p. m. The Rev. 0. J. Mendell will preach to tbe Adventists ramming and evening at the Tabernacle, 91 South Gra m street. Mrs. Cora L. T. Tappan will lecture before the Spiritual Lecture Association in tbe church comes Gram and Washington streets, at 10:45 a. m. and 7:43 p. ro. Morning subject selected \yr tbe audience* Evening subject: “Solar and Spiritual Light, bj I’bca rix.” —famoel Maxwell win lecture under the auspices of the i irst Society of Spiritualists at Grow’s Hall, a! 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. zn. Mrs. Douglass will give redti tione. —T be Progressive Lyceum meets at Qrow’a fftn 517 W est Msdisou street, st 12:30 p. m. — T ao Disciples of Christ meet st 229 West Randolph street st 4 p.m. —M r. David Ward Wood will address the Gospel Temperance meeting held by the ladles of the W. C. T. U. st the Mariner's Temple, comer Markit and Michij;aß streets, this evening. CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK. May 7—Third Sunday after Easter. CATHOLIC. May 7—Third Sunday after Easter; patronage of Sh Joseph. May f —Apparition of St. Michael, Archangel. May 'J—St, Gregory Nazianzen, D. 0. D. May 10—St. Antoninus, B. C. Mar 11—St. Anselm, B. O. D. (from April 31). May —B3. Kerens, Achilleos, DomlUUa, and Pam. endue. MM. May 13—SU Stanislaus, B. M. (from May 7). IN THE ENTRANCE OF A NEW CENTURY. Fn •» tM* Oervta* of SehdUr. Where, noble fncad, exist tbo peaceful arte, Or when may Freedom sanctuary take? The <ijiog century in storm depart*,— With mnrder doth the newer one awake. Tbe ffe of nations ranlshee away. And elder forms their influence resign; Nt4 tiie world’s floods tbe rage of war uao stay,« Dios e’en the Nlle-God and the an cl tut Rhine, For new two mighty natione strlre amain In solitary pow'r to rule the world; The freedom of all people* to constrain. The Indent's flourlahad and the lightning* bvML A weight of geld each prorinc* most afford; And e'en as Brennns, in the ages past, So bath the Frank hie brazen-hllted sword Into fibe qnlr'rlng scales of Justice cast. His merchant-fleet the Briton stretches o’er The sen. like polyp-arms, in lawless greed. While Aiaphitnte’s independent store He, se his house, locks from the common need. Near to the Southern Pole, 'oeath unknown skies. Hie restless course, still unrestrained, be shapes: Each sheltered Isle and distant coast he spies. And on\y Paradise his search escapes. In rain each chart thine eager eyes pursue, In hopes that happy region yet to find Where Freedom stays, ’mid vsnlore er*r sew. And blossoms still the sweet youth of Before thy glance the boundless world may rest. Her verge the very sailors scarce can trace; Xet tbe extent of her uemeasared breast Hath not for ten contented lives the space. Into the holy quiet of the heart Still thou must fly from life's encroaching (hrvßfc For Freedom bath in dreams her only part, And Beauty blooms not elsewhere than in song. Mad isos, Wie. Cbablks Noblb Qbsoobb. A TOAST. Two Important Discoveries! The discovery of America by Columbus, end Dr. Fierce'* Gol den Medical Discovery; tbo one opening up to mankind a new continent, tbe other a fountain of health, which is indispensable to the fall en joyment of life and its blessings. In response to the above sentiment come the unsolicited at testations of tens of thousands of gratefal patients, wbo bare been relieved of chronic ail ments tbrongb its instrumentality. Those voices t are limited to no one locality, bat from every city, village, and hamlet, io our broad domain, as well as from other climes, and in the strange utterances of foreign tongues, like the confused murmur of many waters, come unfeigned and hearty commendations. It is, in combination with tbe Pleasant Purgative Pellets, the great depnrator of the age. Under its benign action eruptions disappear, excessive waste is checked, (be nerves are strengthened, and health, long banished- from tbe system, resumes her reign and re-establishes her roseate throne upon the cheek. All who have thoroughly tested its vir tues in tbe diseases for which it is recommended nnite in pronouncing it the great Medical Dis covery of tbo age. PROFESSIONAL. He Indian Doctor, 271 South Clark street. THE SICK ARE HEALED! Dr. Fritz has had wosdsrful success in this city In tbs treatment of chronic dltoases. soebas tbe Head. Throat. Langs. Liver. Stomach. Kidneys. Sexual Organs, and Female difficulties. The deaf and blind are often restored la a few momenta. Ha devotes bis time exclusively la diseases of long staadloc. Any of hi* thousand patients are referred to as proof of bis wonderful success. Many of which have suffered year after year while under ol&er treatment, the Doctor's roots, herbs, and barks soon wrought a change and restored them to health. The fol low, ng are a few of tbs number cured: David K. Fletcher, conductor on the C., B. A Q. R. R., cured of deafness: Putnam Hassell, engineer on the 0., D. 2Y.R. K., bad been treated for heart dlsesae for eight years without benefit, was cured la four weeks; Mrs. Peter Kartell. 5*3 Miiwaukoe-av.. cured of rheumatism; Mrs. Proatz. No. North Ctark-et., cured of liver and kidney disnaso; Mrs. Pearce, comer Halsted and HarrUon-ets., cured of female complaint. Thus wo might go oo and give namee without number of hla cures, but the strongest evidence for the afflicted U to try one month's treatment, when they, with nearly all others, will join in tho praise of the treatment pursued by the Great Doctor. The poor grails from 9 to 10 a. m. eaob dey. Those able to pay, from 10 a. m. till 6 p. sa.. end frmn 7 te 1 1-3 p. m~ Letters answered daily. aMHMdkUhlwl patients at e distance. r oow m •eutiiauxk 9

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