Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 27, 1873, Page 6

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 27, 1873 Page 6
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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. April 27? Second Sunday After Easter. PROGRAMME FOR TODAY. Becond Adventism Revolving Around Puritan Ritualism. IDD ATTEMPT TO ENLIGHTEN A SCEPTIC. !Thc St. James RedcmptioniHt Mission. ENGLISH Iff THE JEWISH SYNAGOGUES Is Purgatory a World of Spirit*? P Mysterious Phenomena in San Francisco. larks of the Wounds of Onr Savionr On a Young Woman. MOVEMENTS OF THE CLERGY. 8frvlee? To-Day. "Shall the Bible ami Christian Influences ne Driven from Onr Public Schools f" will be the ques tion discussed by Rev. Dr. Tnlmage, at the Brook lyn Tabernacle, this morning. Services at the ssnai hoar In the evening. The new rector, Rev. John N. Gaucher, will preach In Zion church this morning. Rev. Dr. Ruius Clark, or Albany, will preach, j morning and evening, in West. Twenty-third street Presbyterian church. "The Jewish Priesthood'' will be the subject of Pastor Robert Cameron's lecture this evening at Be^enteentli street Baptist church. "Abraham's Place Among Religious Reformers" Is to be Rev. C. R. Raker's subject this evening at the Brooklyn Church of the Messiah. Rev. Dr. Gillette preaches, morning and evening, In Plymouth Baptist church. Rev. Henry Powers preaches upon special eub lects at the Church o t the Me.^siith, morning and evening. At North Presbyterian church, this morning, Rev. Thomas Street will daliver a farewell dis course. Rev. J. W. Barnhart will preach in Forsyth Mreet Methodist Episcopal church, morning and evening. Services in English at the Russian-Greek Chapel, at 11 A. M. Services inf the evening at Stein way Hall, and In the morning at Tabernacle Baptist church, by Rev. Wayland Hoyt. Rev. Isaae Riley win conduct, the services, morn ing and evening, at Thirty-fourth Street Reformed ehurclu Special subjects of discourse, with baptisms fol lowing, at Filty-lhird street Baptist church, Ilcv. W. H. Pendletou. Rev. w. c. Dawson preaches, morning and even Inir, at the Church of Christ. At Presbyterian Memorial church Rev. Dr. C. S. Robinson preaches, morning and evening. At Pilgrim Baptist church Rev. J. Spencer Ken nard will dilate upon special subjects, morning and evening. Services, morning and eveniug, at St. Thomas' chapel, Rev. Professor Roberts. At Westminster Presbyterian church Rev. J. K. Dcmarest preaches morning and evening. At Cavalry Baptist church Rev. R. S. McArthur will preach morning and evening. Rev. Robert Sloss will preach In the morning and lecture on "First Principles iu Cliurch Liie" in the evening. Rev. G. C. Esrav will discourse upon special sub jects at Grace Methodist Episcopal church, morn ing and eveniug. Professor Hatchings preaches at Glass nail morn ing and evening. Services this afternoon at Christ church (Protest ant Episcopal). Sermon by Rev. Dr. Liugh Miller Thompson. "Christianity Proves Itself" and "Eatlmr, Drink ing and Dying" are Ret* (Jeorge II. Hepworth'a ?objects for thiP morning and evening at the Church of the Disciples. At All faints' (Episcopal) services morning aud evening, Rev. W. N. Dunnell, rector. Preaching by Rev. P. L. Davles, at Bereau Bap 1 1st church, at the usual hours. Rev. 11. Cook will preach in the morning and 3<ev. J. H. Houghton in the evening at St. John's chapel. Right Rev. RNhop Arniltage, of Wisconsin, will conduct the services, morning and afternoon, at Calvary church. Rev. Dr. Orvillc Dewey will preach at All Souls' ' this evening.-* "Moonshine " Is Rev. W. T. Clarke's subjcct for this evening, at Harlem Unity chapel. Rev. W. B. Hayden preaches on special topics, j morning aud evening, at the New Church house of -worship. "The Coming Doom nf Antichrist" Is the subject on which Bishep Snow will enlighten his flock this afternoon at the University. Spiritualistic services nt Apollo Hall at the usual hours. Professor S. B. Brttton lectures on "The I Philosophy of Inspiration" in the evening. "Our Family on Earth and in Heaven" is the theme on which Rev. J. M. Atwood will address the ' l nlve realist Society (Ninth and Stuyvesaut street#) at eleven A. M. Kcv. Dr. Flagg preaches In Eighty-filth street j church in the morning and evening. At Anthoii Memorial chnrch Re\. R. Heber New- ! ton will preach (special services) morning aud aiternoon. At St. Luke's (Methodist Eplscopnl) Rev. J. F. j MeClciland will preach morning and evening. A. Hlggins, Jr., will elucidate "Spiritualism and . Free mon^li** at Franklin Hall, Jersey City, tills j evening. vicar General Preston will lecture on "The . Church and the state" at St. Paul's firs evening. ??A Noble soul" will be Rev. M. Pullman's sub ject this evening at Ljrii- Hall, Morning services at 1,28# Broadway. I lie Howard Mission Choir will (/ive a concert tills evening at Trinity liaj.t i- 1 chnrch. Anthony Higglns, of Jersey City, will this after noon address the Cosmopolitan Conference at l uru- I veielu Hall. I: pKeopu 1 It l< tiullsm Among the All vrnllstn? A Spoke In the Theologl* i'Hl Uhrrl of the Puritan llul>. To tiik Editor of THK Hkrai.d:? I^ent is over, and the active workers in the Episcopal Chnrch arc already preparing for the next Christian year's campaign. The Ritualists are undoubtedly the "live" men of the Episcopal Church In Mas-rtehtigetts, and the Advent Brother hood represent the 'core," around which cluster the social influences and spiritual sympathies of the Anglican communion In New England. A new element has been infused into the Advent party, and this element promises t? work as u leaven "unto" Important results. The "new de parture," if the term may be med In connection with religious partleB, consists in attaching the . 'prayer aiceuwi" isiuipie ?crvtv?" W> 1 the elaborate ritual, which has hitherto been ex clusively relied on by the Anglicans. Father Grafton electrified. coB#onn<l?d and aston Uilicd many good people not long since b.v "lead ing'' the MrvloflH of the Young Meu's Christian As *(x mt on. He conducted the meeting very suc ceKsiully, and If rumor may be relied on it Is pos sible that this ardent missionary will Boon organize regular itweiin^s for prayer in euiiQcctloii with th? Advent Ohoreh. it is only necesiary to go one a top further ami convert the ordinary "meditation" ser vice. as now held at advent, into "Gospel" preach ing, accompanied by congregational Hinging, to In augurate a wide-reaching religious influence here. This has already been done in l.oudon by the ad valued Kituallsta over there, and the effect on the people of the British metropolis ih unprece dented. The Boston lUtuattstn would then repre sent three distinct phases 01 worship? Fir*? The AJoratloS wrvlcn, including the rltiml music, ?ymlK?ll?iu uml oilier acit Hboriun tor the "babes11 in the i Fiurch. Setantl? i'be Uonpfl service, Including evangelical prayer, congregational slntdiitf and the plain "tcirwoa'' u.- ?'meat" lor toe "strong inuu" who have advanced in the ( In Minn lite. T/iiid? The ordinary prayer meeting. Such a commingling of forces In one church would produce an activity ami a spirit ol tolera tion well calculated to arouse the enthusiasm of ar dent lovers of Gospel work. The congregation which now assembles regularly at Advent is one of the most Interesting leatures of Ho*ton. All classes, all conditions in liie, all races, mingle to gether in the worshipof the l ather of All. Can the 1'urltan he drawn in and made to unbend 1 Is he willing for Hie "babes" to have sugared milk, pro vided he tret* good, strong, wholesome meat 1 And if the I'untnn does "join in," will lie finally capture Advent or will Advent capture him? B. Boston, April 20, i?73. '?A Scrpllv" llrcrivvi Ijlglit of Rathrr (tu??tlainilile Ortliotioxy. To the Editor ok tub Hehald:? In lust .Sunday's edition I noticed that "a sceptic" called for light. He wanted to know why the con temporaneous writers failed to allude to the death ol the man Christ. I am glad that he made the re quest, and hope that t lie learned will come forward and thoroughly ventilate the whole subject. Truth Is ihe only Immutable thing known to man, and all religious utfalrs must conform to that standard or be rejected. The truth, as 1 find it, is this:? 1 know nothing about the absolute. My conscience is the outgrowth ol' my education and experience? that Is to say, bad ! been born and bred a Hebrew I would have had a Hebrew cousclcnce, and no Incli nation to go to the theatre on Saturday; conse quently 1 have 110 channel through which t? receive , communications from the Unknown. 1 am sure of i this, for when f was a boy I "experienced religion,'' and when 1 became old enough to do my own think ing 1 analyzed that experience and found it self imposed? found that I had been one of the thou sand strinus tuned and twanged by the dominie. Measured by my standard I Hud that something came not from nothing, and that there is uo eifuct wit bout a cause. A vile habitat and improper In struction produce immoral and wicked people; Hence a devil and a hell are superfluons. Man is 011 an Incline of even grade, but owing to the Irregular speed with which he ascends, we can not determine whence he came. Ills progress ever has and ever shall be upward, and by and by his intellect wili be evolut ionized to such an extent as will enable him to understand much about some thing which he now has the brass to swear that he luiiy comprehends. Noah s ark was not as large as the steamship Great Eastern. The latter cannot accommodate a pair of each kind of animal in .-Virion; indeed, half the number would pull her main truck under. The so-called holy conception would have been a direct violation of the law of nature. VVe are without evidence as to the so-called resurrection. We know that all religion is the work or man, and that one duuomiuaiion Is just about as good us another. I contend that the devil and damnation? part of the doctrine? will kill Christianity, inasmuch us a t hreat Is a snre sign of weakness. The Omnipotent that would obtuiu my respect must strike as with a thunderbolt, A thought lul mau will uncover liis head and calmly await the summons. He has too much sell respect to get down into t lie dirt and whine, and he is altogether too honest to make believe that he is going i<3 heaven on a moss-covered yarn. New Yokk, Apr7l 1S73. EXCELSIOR. The Redcmptorlat Miihiau ut St. Junta Church. Since Passion Sunday a mission of the rtedemp toriat Fathers, under Father Henning, has been given in St. James church, James street, of wnich Kcv. Fetlx Farrelly Is pastor. It has been one of the most notable Catholic missions of the post Winter. Its ilr&t part was devoted to tho women, and of these no less than six thousand approached Iioly Communion. The men's mission, which be gan in Holy Week an^ still continues, brought crowds to all the sermons, at each of which there could not have been less than three thousand present. Though it is commonly supposed that women care more for religion than men, ltis to be remarked that at this mission the men's com munions were lo.ooo against 6.000 of the women. This is, unquestionably, a high testimony to tiio virtue of the 4'athollc people of the Fourth ward and to their devotion to the Church. It may do mentioned apropos 01 this mission that (he collec tion in St. James for the orphan* on Faster Sun day amounted to $1,:)00. This pausli does not owe a dollar on its ecclesiastical property, it has spent over $120,000 In building and litting up schools, and It supports, at an annual cost ot $12,(100, over 1,500 children in Its free school. In its industrial school it, educates, clothes and feeds a targe num ber of destitute children. The chief sodalities of the Catholic Church have branches in tho congre gation ot St. A'ues. There are 500 young girls in St. Cecelia's Sodality who go monthly to commu nion. Among the Children of Alary there are 300 young ladies irom sixti en years upwards. There also are the A Ita, Sacred Heart and Kosary socie ties. For ttte boys there is st. Aloysitis' Sodality. There is also the \onng Men's Sodality of the Im maculate Conception, numbering 1 f?o, and the St. Vincent de Paul's and (wo tvinnerance societies. There are in t tie Sunday schools uo less than 2,700 Catholic pupils. English-*!!!' -a king Teachers in Jrwldi Synagogues. To thr Editor of the Hmald:? I notice in your religious intelligence, in a late Sunday's Herald, that you alluded to the scarcity ol English-speaking preachers In the Jewish syna goges. I was surprised at the statement; and the paragraph called to my intnd the name of a gen tleman whom I have never had the pleasure of meeting or becoming acquainted with, but whoso writings I have read with deep interest. I refer to l?r. II. Baar, who Is now, I think, professor in one of the educational institutions ol New Orleans. He was educated at Ootting and Bonn, and, later in Hie, in England. He was lourteeu years a preacher in one of the synaROgnes in Liverpool, and came to the Cnited states. He has written lot the Jnciith Memetujer and other papers, and ills recent admirable article on the "School aud House" was copied into twenty-tnree papers. He is a man of tine mind, superior education and sound judgment: and I am sore ranks below none of the foreign scholars who have come to this country. 1 am not a co-religionist with Dr. Baar, and I know but little of the needs of Jewish pulpits ; but I do believe that there are already In this country eminent Jewish preachers who are as eloquent in the Knglish as in the Hebrew language. Washington, D. 0., April 18, 1873. H. Purgatory? A World of Spirits. To the Editor ok the Herald:? Emmanuel Swedenborg, In bis description of what he saw and heard In the spiritual world while he was permitted by the Lord to have open vision with that world, has given us irom direct observa tion a rational view of the doctrine of purgatory. It must be manifest to every oue that scarcely any men or women are either angels or devils when they leave this world, either as to knowledge or goodness; and the great mass of mankind have in their views and crceds a mixture of truth and falsehood. Nor are their affections entirely free from evil Inclinations on the one hand, or so per verted on the other as to leave no Ambiance of goodness. No one, while believing false doctrines, or who Is actuated by perverted affection*, ean become an inhabitant of the Celestial City ; and no ono be lieving the truth and having even the semblance of heavenly goodness can become an inhabitant of hell. Man's ruling love governs hts d"?ttny; and if his ruling love is love of me Lord and his neighbor, or obedience lo the divine command", he must be taught the troths which are acknowledged m the heavenly kingdom, put away his lalxe doctrines, and coniorm his liie to heavenly precepts t?y sub duing all mediations to evil bef'tre he can eater iieuv.en. Whereas il man's ruling love is evil, love of self, or ot rule, or ol the world, or love ot appro bation, or of sensual gratifications, lie must put away all true docfnnes which are not in harmony with his evil love, before lie enters h>-ll. False hood and evil have no place in heaven; truth and goodness no place In hell. Truth and goodness are united It i the angel, falsehood and evil in the devil. Hwedenboig found Inhabitants or the spiritual world divided Into three grand societies, which he names heaven, hell and the world of spirit.*, In I lleaven all acknowledge and worship our Lord ! J? bus Christ, or <;od manifest, as the one Uod 1 in one Divine Person, and are living a | nfo accruing to the commandments, loving 1 t tie l,?ird, their neighbors, In obedience to t no i Divine commands. All in he# ne found dented the divinity ol our Lord .lesus Christ and were actuated bv selfish love and required to be re strained, there as here, by punishments. "The . world ol up! r its," he tells U>1 ? |h not heaven nor yet hell, but is a place or state Intel mediate between the two. lint her man ftrsl goes aiier death." All men, we are told, ut death arc received In the world of spirits by jtood angel*, wno strive to teach | them heavenly trutns and lead them to a heavenly , life. If a man's ruling love Is good he receives J such Uisti uc'iiuu auU conforms his dativiUcto it, and gradually progresses until he ia prepared for entering heaven. If the mail iiaa strongly con firmed hnn.-elf in false doctrine*, &a many good men who enter the world of spirit* from Christian lands liave done, it is a very slow and dlitloult thing for them to put away their lalse views. For this reason fiwedenborg says some of the simple good from heathen lauds, who have believed in a Supreme Being ana lived according to their re ligion, Equally make more progress towards heaven in a .single night, than such Christians do in many years, if the ruling love ol the man wlieu he Is raised up into the world ol spirits is evil ho Is not satisfied with the doctrines taught by the angels, for he has no love for tho life which they Inculcate; he therefore voluntarily loaves the society of tho angels and associates with those who are in like affections, and gradually re jects all genuine trump, and acts from selfishness, and thus progresses toward hell or to a life oi genu ine self-love. The Lord casts no oue into hell, al though ths appearance is otherwise, lor the trulh judges man, and evil men hate tne truth because it condemns, their lives and thus torments them, and tliey ilee from it to their like in hell, where they are permitted to enjoy their Infernal delights, when they ilo not interfere with the rights or others; but when they do. as they are ever in the love oi doing, tiiey tire puuiHbeu, and must, be, or lite in hell would he worse than annihilation. The world of spirits, or intermediate state, In stead of being a purgatory, as represented by Catholics, is simply the common receptacle for ail men when they leave this world, where they are gradually developed for either heaven or hell, according to their ruling love*, some remaining there but for a short time, others lor a longer pe riod ; but none, we are told by Swedeuhorg, since the last judgment, which he witnessed, in 1767, lougcr than thirty years. J. K. Auburn Theologltni Seminary. To TdK liim or or tiie Hkkalik? The extraordinary liberality of an offer of en dowment to this institution, on condition of its re moval to the neighboring village of Aurora, has called public attention to its past history and ren ders some facts connected with it of general in terest. The seminary was founded in l?20. Auburn contributed $16,<HX) and eight acres or land, now In the centre of the city. Cayuga county con tributed $35,000. The funds have been eareluliy managed. Nothing has been lost by bad invest ments. The seiuiuary is virtually out of debt, its Hi-ids have steadily increased. Within the last til teen years its invested endowments have risen Irom $00,000 to over two hundred thousand dollars. Two years ago $40,000 was added to its real estate In a beautliul library building, the joint gilt oi Hon. William K. Dodge and Hon. 1'!. B. Mor gan. Recently $;>,oo? has been received from another source for the purchase of books. Lega cies or considerable value, some or them already paying interest, are in prospect. Twice, says one or the professors, within the past eighteen years the churehes of Auburn have saved tho seminary Irom utter ruin. In l>tf>u Auburn contributed more than two-thirds of the eutire sum raised to in crease the professors' salaries, without which the Seminary must have been closed. Auburn has just expended more than $200,000 in erecting iiew church edifices, and yet is now again raising sub scriptions for the Seminary. The HOn. Kdwin B. Morgan, Of Aurora, with rare generosity has of fered to place the Seminary beyond financial want on condition of its removal to the place oi his own residence. Ministerial Mo*m?ent?. PKESBYTBKl AN. Rev. J. D. Fitzgerald, pastor of tlie First Pres. byte nan church of Cumberland, Md., has accepted a call from the congregation at Knoxvllle, III. The Fourth Presbyterian church ol New Orleans has extended a call to the Rev. W. McElwee, of Kentucky, to become their pustor. A new Pres byterian church has been organized In Philadelphia of thirty-three members lrotn other churches, an( Rev. Matthew New kirk, of the North Tenth street church, was unanimously chosen pastor. A site for a church edifice has also been purchased. The Hue new Presbyterian church of Freehold, built of Trenton stone, and coating .-,0,000, was dedicated on the 10th. The Society origiually organized in 1125, by a company or well entrants who were wrecked ou the coast. Simultaneously with their removal tobetterquar ters, the congregation have added f?oo .to the salary of their pastor, Kev. I rank Chandler. Rev 11. S. Storrs, D. D., of BrooKlyn, and" tiie Rev. Dr. Hall, of this city, exchanged pulpits Inst Sabbath alternoon. The Presbyterians of Cauada and the British 1 rov luccs are trying to form a federal union among themselves. They have held three repreBentatlve inventions in different. places and alrertuj' at convenii ju? ,p overtures arc bemg liSSlS SMml presbyteries, and It Is honed that the union may be perlected *' Sfd i't Ms ''far" asa%MOS8?ble.tilThonttwo'' PtesDy terlau Synods of itfssouri, while awaiting an ecclesiastical union among themselves, have ??'<?? 'J to unite in support of VVestmiiister ollcgc-tho ,?cno?Unafiona.Pcollegeof J'ff "s i>nin?rtv of the col ege. with the enoow nieiu, is ie It intact without being credited to either party and to have a corresponding control onnh rtvuod electing one-hall of t lie ttoaru w> T n is t ees. Provision Is also made fo* the loot ion of one-half of the Professors In the msttuuon bv the Northern Assembly Synod, when provision foi their support is made i ? tiiuV svnoil Each Synod is to inv?st Its own funds, and have complete control of tucrn. The location of the college is lett an open 'l"0*'1.0!1' . sv nods are to meet in the fall of lfc?4 to Ii.if.Th.-se a^rangonients. The installation ol the ! V of the Westminster Sar^jaa .r.? tn &Si" "IKS".!. ????? ? u,?iie , ,t tier church, as has been repeatedly a.- se rte< I T other-. Tile church numbers :?3'i 'nembersanlthe Sunday scnool :m?. They are in a K?^l?nnw i,avi? excellent weekly meetings, and they know o, no reason why they should leave their present state or station. BApT19T< The Baptists of Oalveston, Texas, have erected a new church at a cost ol f-l.M*), and are now look Tn.1 lor help' to nav lor it. Five members ol a Bap tist church in Indiana, in good c\r.c,\??Ju"?cetyJ^. in L'ood standing, have been expelled lot covetous ni'lfs TheT had refused to pay their wiiaro of the cost of a new meeting house. Uev. Illram llntchlngs, of Bediord avenue Bnptlst church. Brooklyn, who has b en for some weeks prostrated by tjphou > 18 ?* I winwi v reiovertnff, an<l it ih hoi>e? tic win ?oo?t ?""?? l?fn. Kev. H..W. newt. I.M iwjro* hi, rtuirite at Egreinont, Mass. Mr. i nomas n. StTmSon wa* ordained to the Uospel minlstrv last I'hursday night in the First ItapttM, of ,t1t1.^ eltv Rev. W. II. II. Marsh has accepted a call to , the Central Baptist church, of Salem, Mass., of which Bev. David Weston, now Professor of Ecclesiastical History in Madison I nivers dty, was recentlv pastor. Bev. I. H. i anner, of Madison, lrid., has accepted n < all to Aurora, 111 Mr A B Tucker, son of the late Dr. lucker, pastor of the Aurora church, is to be ordained at that nlacc to-day. He will then travel in C oloi ado dnr ing the'Suuitner Tor the im p rove mcnt, or his healthy The Eleventh Baptist church of Philadelphia Is dwindling away in numbers and running ?"'?j'ljjg Into nebt that the auction block is but a little way | ahead unless there i>e reiiilorcements nitnishcu both of money and of men, for which an "r*?u ' Pj peal is now made. This was once a ? ? ng ami powerlul society, but irom some causes not t x nlalned It has become what it is now. At Ntw.irs, N J., the Baptist pastors have organized a couler- , once lor the chnrches of tnat city Southern Baptist convention w ill oe held In Mobl i, Ala., May 8 and succeeding days. Hey . J. I . wapie, Ol Kansas city, Mo. has just u?sijiiumI the pastoi Hhin ol the llanttftt church in Sprlwrnelu. M?.. ine late pastor of' this ch?. ch, Rev. ? Uar.es VV hU ng, having gone to Fort Scott, Kansas. A Mr. \Vlliuim D I'.urlew, of the Methodist Kplscopal < hurch, w*JJ oil the lfitli inst. ordained to the mill JjTv j, L\ lta-dist church In Sainptown, N. J. Kev. Jonn o mVcv Adams ol tills city, has accepted tile pastorate of the 1 ir-i. Bapttel . rtuij of \cwburg S. V., unanimously tendered to hini. l'ots for the' Baptist Home in Brooklvn hiivc been purchased on tlreene avenue, and work on the building is to be coiumenced.at once, Although but a small part or the probable cost haa been raised. The Baptists of Western Massachn m-iis have a social I nlon ol five years' standing, wi ,1,1, as planted a ehurci, atTnrnerV Falls, on ho Connecticut Btver, and aided o:l,er weak c iurche , supplied <!inpty pulpits, encouraged weak anu waning pastor-" and congregations, and has gi eat y utilfled the body of Bapiisis In that part of the country. Poor ministers, the,.- wives and dang - u 'rs are Invited to the -ocul entertainments and their expenses paid out of the funds of the I nlon, ?md the religious papers oi the denomination think this example might be very profitably followed in other sections and among ot tier chinches also. gomikkoationai. . , . . The Congregational el, inches in Hartford 1ft year contrlbiued |ia,:Kis to home n',^i? s <d which *n.Ml w ww given by the ? rs? -otl and included a legacy. Bev. u J TH otf"?a, ai It ing pastor of the Second ehurch In I lainlleld, b unaiilmonsly called to Hampton, Mass. R?-V. w. B. Bradiord, of St. Alban Bay, vt., aceeuta a ^cal to Bangor, Me. llev. John I.Uuliek and tils wile, who, Willi their Utile Chinese girl, have ma. b- he acquaintance ol so many friends durln>tlelrvi^t to tins country, have sailed from San Ftam isco on their reiui Ti to chma. I he ehnreh in Stockton in vite Bev. Martin Post, of Santa Clara, to ""PPl'Vr ,rui. removes to Oberlin, Ohio, to labor In that vleUi lt>. Bev. 0. P. Emerson, u! LyuoUeld ccniie, .1ms., nas resigned hla pastorate, to take effect Jnly X Rev. H. K. Parsona, formerly of Derrjf, N. IL, who ban supplied the Oougrefational church In Wesimin hut, Mass., during the Winter, accepts their call. Mr. Charles w. KUbon, who has Just completed hla course at Hartford Seminary, and haft been ap pointed by the American Beard to labor among the Zulus in South Africa, waa ordained in the Olivet church, Springfield, Mums., April 10 lie will be associated In missionary labor with Hcv. JoHiah Tyler. The Old South church of Boston dedicated their new chapel on Dartmouth and Bovlstou streets last week, and services will be held there hereafter. The <Jlobe Congrega tional church In Woouisocket, K. I., which has been divided ior some time. 1h coming together again, under the ministry of Rev. W. S. s,och''rl','fei ',f Andover. Kev. E. Douglass, its late pastor. has retired irom the Held. The Congregational bits a. Hiver Point, K. I., having tried lor several Yearn to maintain worship at that place, aud '*'!:?? the church edifice was given over to the Baptist* to try their luck. Toey also failed, and the Metho dists stepped in, but with no better suet .ess, and now the Cougregatioiialtsts have taken hold &Kal1* to stay ir they can. 'ihey say t lie population is neither American nor I rotestaut. w hy not let the Catholic priesthood work there, then t ltBTHODIBT. Rev. William P. Corbett began the thirty-third year of his ministry last Suuoay as pastor ol the lleKalb avenue Methodist Episcopal church, lue edifice was crowded both morning ami evening, and the galleries, which have been closed lor sev eral years, were opened, and standing room was scarcely to b? had in the evening. The Ladles' Aid Society of the church gave the pastor and his laiuily a fitting reception on Monday evening, llns Is the first time that Mr. Corbitt has ever minis tered In Brooklyn, and his presence seems to have created a little sensation among Methodist circles. Rev. Dr. Mac Lay and family are to leave on W ed nesday of this week en route overland to San l-'raticlsco, from which pert they expect to embark for China and Japan by the steamer leaving May 15. Dr. Maclay spent last Sunday in this city and In the afternoon addressed the Sunday school of St. Paul's church. Bishop Andrews has decided not to live in Council Bluffs or Omaha, but, It understood, at Des Moines, Iowa. The people at Council Bluffs had purchased a house for the Bishop, but their plans luivlng been changed by this decision, they nave cancelled their contract and the subscriptions are being refunded. Dr. John w. Cosad, of Jersey Citv, eminent, in Chris tian work, and chairman of the De

votional Committee of the Young Men s Christian Association, has been prostrated by serious Illness, but Is likely to live. I ey. I>. W. Thomas, the lounder of the Biblical and training school for the native preachers and youth of the Methodist India Conference, arrived safely in this country again, afier an absence of some twelve years, which Have been marked by most laborious and successful labor. The Methodists of Dor chester, Boston, are building a new church edifice. The Methodist Church South shown the following strength from the published minutes lor 1?72: ? Number of ministers travelling and local, H.U7; number of white members, 637,526: number of colored members, a, 567 ; number ol Imlian mem bers, 4.710; number of Sunday Hcnool scholars, 312,759; collections for missions, $94,1U9; the in* crease In the White membership lor the past year, 36,017; decrease in colored members. Rev. Dr. Taffany, of the Metropolitan church in Wash ington, D. d, has been lecturing in Toronto, Canada, on "The New Civilization," and Stirling up the Canadians with annexation sentiments. Ihe antl annexatlonlsta have therefore engaged Mr. Nicholas P. Dunn to reply to the Doctor. It is a Riifn of progress even in Canada that the people have allowed such an eminent American to preach annexation to them at all. Dr. Lovlck Pierce, of Macon, Ga.. eutered upon the eighty-ninth year or his age on March 24, 1873, still able to preach, but not able by any means to work as lie has been wout. The Doctor has been sixtv-etght years In the effective ministry of the Methodist Church, and was always able to meet his appointments until last July, when sick ness and loss or voice overcame him and he has not preached or exaorted in public from that, tune until the second Sunday in March. He says he has only recently learned how to preach, and he now wants the privilege or lecturing or preaciing at least once on Sabbath days to young ministers and voung men especially. Age, lie says, has rendered more clear and distinct his vision ol religious truths. The Western christian Attrorate tells or a Sabbath school anniversary in Indianapolis which filled the Academy of Music In that citv and two churches near by on the 0th lust. It was the tiltleth anniversary of the first Sunday school ever organized in that city, in April, 1*--. Though designed to be a local affair nearly all the schools in tlf city desired to participate, and flit.v tliiee schools, with more than eight thousand scholars, dul unite in the celebration. Mrs. c. l'ax ton the only teacher ol the original school now living, was intioduced to the large audience in Roberts' IMrk Methodist Kpiscopal church, of which society she Is a member. It w?s an occasion long to be remembered in Iudianapolis. HUMAN CATMOMC. The general summary of Roman Catholic mis sions for 187'J gives 28 bishops, 440 missionaries. Jtt) native priests antl 70o,0Ct) native Catholics. Toe total receipts of the society amount to' more than a million of dollars per year. Roman Catholic jour nals claim a rapid rate ol progress for Catholicism iu England. The Old Catholics at their meeting in Bourn on Monday resolved to elect, a bislion at Cologne on the 4th of June. Father Hyaclnthe is having a rush. The (Jtrinaus like hint, lhc hall he preaches in hoius 3,000 peisons, but muoy more would like to net in. The Right Rev. Dr. Leonard, Vicar Apostolic o( the western province of the Cape of flood Hope: the Bishop of Ma tland, N. S. W., and the Bishop of Ardagli are visiting Come and the Pope. The united catholic popula tion ot the Putted Kingdom is about two millions, wnose spiritual needs are attended by nearly one thousand nine hundred priests. The verv Rev. Win. quin having been named Mcar (Jeneral of the diocese of New York, tt is lound con venient his residence should beat the Cathedral. Father ouln, therefore, about the 1st of May will leave his position as pastor of St. Peter s churcn, Bat clay street, and become rector of St. Patricks Cathedral. The Ucv. M. J. O'Farrell, who some years ago administered St. Peter's in the tempo- , riirv absence of Fataer Quin. is appointed as Ids i successor. The Rev. M. C. O'Farrt ll, lately assist ant priest at St. Peter's, will be sent to the ; parish of Rondout, lately attended bv the Rev. | M. J. O'Karrcil, who comes to St. Peter's. I lie. j Rev. Gabriel A. Healy, pastor or St. Gabriel s church, has so successfully accomplished Ins work In the temporary buildings he has used for chapel and school houses that the corner stone ol the new church, Fourteenth street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, will be laid by the Most Rev. Archbishop McCloskey on Sunday, May 11. Ihe number ot names appended to Ihe petition about lo be addressed to tlie French Assembly by the Catholics or France In ravor of religious In struction now amounts to 1,001,834. Ihe idea of a pilgrimage to St. Francls or Assist makes great progress in Koine, ine faith ful have taken It up with enthusiasm. The radicals talk of organizing demonstrations against the pilgrims, to Intimidate them and cause I tie project to miscarry. Father Barnard lias been unanimously electcd Abbot, of the Clsterian Order In the Abbey of Lerlns, In the south or France, tor j the term ol five years. On the lflth Inst, a number of parishioners of the Church of the llol.v Cross, in West. Forty-second street, New York, pre sented the Kev. W. P. Klannelly with a purse or *1,100. Father Klannelly, after live years' assistant pastorate, has been transferred to Peekskill. Archbishop Bay ley recommends the Bohemian church of St. Weneeslaus, ol Baltimore, to the purses and pockets of good Catholics lor aid to remove the incumbrances on It. He heads a subscription himself With f'^50. To-day the Hev. W 11 Gross will be consecrated Bishop of savan nah in the cathedral. Baltimore. The consecration or the Bishop or Newark takes place on Sunday, i May 4, in the Cathedral of that dio- j cose. The consecrator will be the Archbishop i or New York. The assistant prelate will be the Bishop of Brooklyn ami the Bishop of Louisville. Ky. The Archbishop of Baltimore an. I fourteen bishops are expected. Father Doane will be the K assistant priest ol the Consecrator. Fathers Da ; Conclllo and llennessy, deacon and sub-deacon. Fathers Schneider and Messner. or Seton Hall Seminary, will assist the Bishop elect, the cere monial will be conducted on a scale ol great mag nificence. rilOTRSTANT Kt'lBCOPAL. Rev. Charles Kingsley has been appointed canon residentiary In Westminster Abbey. A new and j elegant. Kpiscopal church is being built In s?imm Alabama. The Clergymen's Mutual Insurance | League of the. Kpiscopal church now numbers i I.ois members. The members pledge them selves simply to pay $2 each to the family | or heirs ol anv member who dies. The neira ; of the last deceased member therefore received 12,930. Rev. K. R. Bishop has accepted the rec torship of Grace church, Lafayette, Ind. Hev. > Alexander H. Uogcrs has resigned the rectorship ; oi St. Matthew's church, Moravia, N. \. Rev. M. j H Hyde has accepted the rectorship of the Church of the (lood Shepherd, Ht. l.ouis, Mo. Ilev. Thomas I B Newby, of New York, has become the rector or St. Paul's Chursh, Central Colorado. Rev J. G. Jones, of Kansas, has accented a call to St. Mark's church, Chey enne, Wyoming Territory. The Bishop's church In the Diocese or Iowa, located at Davenport, Is ap proaching completion, and may be ready tor conse cration by the next meeting of the convention. The lunds ror Us erection have been contributed from all parts of the Diocese, and the prop erty belongs to and Is vested In the Diocese. The chlbtren of St. Ann's Sabbath school In Brooklyn contributed fl.offll last year toward educating and supporting a Chinese mls alOnnry In China. At the Faster services of Grace church, Brooklyn, upward or twelve thousand dol lars was contributed toward the support ot ttie parish work and the sustenance or the aged and orphans on the Church Charity Foundation, to which was added about, one thousand dollars by the chiidren of the Sunday school at tacir annual festi val in the allcruooa. MISCKM.ANEOrS. The General C"nterence ot the Knifed Brethren church will be held in Cincinnati, onto, commenc ing May 15. Tnere are bw American missionaries In Turkey, Persia, Palestine and Egypt. The an nual meeting and election oT officers ol the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society will take place to-day, at the Asylum iu Third avenue and Seventy-seventh street. A call conies trom Wash ington, D. C., to the wealthy Israelites In this city, to help build a synagogue In the na tional capital ror the weakly congregation "Adas Israel." The site is already secured nnd $12,ooo. with what they have, will erect a neat temple lor them. Israelites throughout the coun trv liavt- in contemplation the establishment or a metropolitan s^uagoaue iu the cl?> of Washington, with a theological school, which win be considered competent authority with Americans. They need such a school an noon as It can be founded, since English speaking preachers cauuot l>e found for I the synagogues that are now Peking (hem. The ; Jewish Theological .seminary at Pniladelphis (Mar mondes College) will probably be closed, ;ts the num ber 01 Btudents Ik very few, and does net increase. Itabbi Dubeuedettl, who recently accepted a call to Naples, has opened a course of lectures on the Semitic languages. Borne prominent meu of Wash ington, D. 0., have conceived the design ol organ izing a Church without Christ and the Bible. They recognize cod and the immortality 01 the soul, ami are willing to patronize the sacred Word as la' as they shall judge it conforms to the truth. They judge that at least one or two millions will unite ? J'"s m?veinent. Kev. George H. Johnston, or Somerset, has removed to Kaston, Pa., and > J, ':n. charge of the Reformed congregation at that place. Under the receutly enacted liquor law ol Koumania the Mayors of small towns and ceuu- \ try districts not only refuse to grant licenses to ! Jews, bat nave absolutely exiled them. The pre- ! .? .4. lu^ov* has Issued orders to that effect to ' all the Mayors of the rural communities in ' liiH district, and the Mayors of Epirenl (the j residence of the Roumanian Minister of ! Justice) have notified all Israelites to leave the town at once or coercive measures will lie used against thenu Dr. J. 0. Bartholomew, of the Unl versalist church in Newark, N. J., has sunpeuded hla labors for his health's sake. The Boston Globe wonders how It is possible for so shrewd a man as Mi. Astor to sit in his pew in Trinity church ami see eighteen feet of gold (his owu gift) standing there without drawiiif interest. The e?rp?rauou of Trinity church should not have con sented to countehance such a piece of extravagance, and while the Globe lias no sympathy with the old covetous spirit that once said, "Why was not. tnls ointment sold*" Ac., it tails to see the oroprlety of pulling so much gold Into caudlcsticks as appendages to ritualistic wor ship. Kev. 8. Goodin. of Moutpelier, lud., has been appointed by the ltoard of Managers ot the Ameri can and foreign Bible Society agent for said so ciety for tne state of Indiana. The Rev. L. M. 1'ense, formerly Superintendent of the l ive Points | House of Industry, and more recently In charge of the Ketorm School at Bronxvllle, has returned to this city and will engage In mi.ouonary work in connection with the Howard Mission. THE STIGMATA. A Mysterious Phenomenon in San Frun cliru? .Harks of the Wounds ot Oar Nsvloar on a Young Woman? Wonder ful Restoration to Health?A Scientific Examination to Take Place. San Francisco Is considerably exercised concern ing a Strang'' and, so Tar, unaccountable phe nomenon wlueh has occurred to a young woman in that city. It is stated that she has been visited by the stigmata or marks of the crucifixion, or, In otker words, the wounds on the body of Christ after death. The phenomenon, whieh, If. is alleged, lias occurred several times since Good Friday last, is vouched l'or by a priest of eminent standing and by ladies and gentlemen of the highest character. It is the first case of the kind reported in America, though many similar ones are represented to have occurred in other countries. Tliero has been an evident desire on the part of the woman's Mentis to avoid giving tho matter publicity, but the particulars have fcecome generally known. It is proposed, be fore going any lurther, tliat a careful and searching examination be made by scientilie men and all doubts set at re?t as to this wonderful infliction. Meantime It is not denied that there may be fraud In the matter or that the person who is the subject ot these sanguineous murks may have been, by re ligious fervor, induced to produce them with her own hands or by collusion with others. MISS COM. INS. Miss Collins, tho young woman in question, is the daughter of a man who, being a steward, Intermar ried with the stewardess of a vessel plying between England and Australia, Collins is not a Catholic. About three years ago t tie daughter, who ts a native of England, arrived in San Francisco, aud, owing to alelicitles in the family, she placed herself under the protec tion of the Sisters of Notre Dame, by whom she was edncatcd. Miss Collins has always been In delicate health, aud has irequently been at the point of death. She has had periodical attacks of the heart disease and pulmonary congestion, from wlu?h she has suffered intensely. Alter leaving' the convent she, with another young lady, com menced the practice of charitable acts? visiting the sic/, clothing the destitute and instructing vourig children. They received the co-operation ot many benevolent persons, ana the Archbishop o| sail Francisco not alone approved of their pious labors but paid the rent ol tne house iu which tiiey re sided. MISS COLIIN* PV1N0. It Is stated that one day last January Miss Collins was seized with a most violent attack ol convulsions, and on being taken to her home wag again seized by congestion or the lungs, followed . by congestion of tne brain. The attending ptiyal- | cian, herself, and all her friends were convinced i that tliero was no hope ol her recovery. She rook leave of those who stood by her bedside and made final preparations for death. At twelve o'clock that night, tiie persons present believed her dying, if not dead. The attendants recited the prayers 1 lor the departing soul, according to the custom of ! the Church. Presently Miss CoIIiub closed her | eyes and drew a long breath. They then I concluded all was over; but, to their titter I amazement, she revived, and made signs that she wished to write. They gave her pencil and paper, on wh ch she requested certain devo tions to commence. The attendants state that they complied, and perceived that Mi?s Collins joined men tally in the prayers. As soon as she ended she reached out her hands :or the crucifix, which she kissed with an expression ol great reveience. Af ter partaking ol some water the patient rose and declared, with a beaming countenance, and in a strong, clear voice, that she was cured. She then lay down quietly and slept .several hours, without sign or motion. When awakened she cat heartily and seemed qiite nn?TnnKn to iieai.tit. Since that time Miss Collins has never for a mo ment sulfered irom any ol those diseases to which she had before been a victim, and which mora than once had brought her to death's door, on being questioned about her recovery she stated that immediately previous to her restoration to health the Blessed Virgin spoke to her In a voice Clear and musical, but as it it were coming from atar, directing her what to do In order to recover, appioving her manner or lite and giving her somo counsel lor her own guidance. The cliango in her physical condition is regarded by all conversant with the facts as seemingly mlrucuious, and, con trasting the subsequent excellent health of Miss Collins with her former miserable state, there would appear to be no doubt that she was saved by the merciful interposition . ot the Almighty, provided tho witnesses have not been grossly deceived. After some weeks she ex perienced, without any assignable natural cause, an intense pain in her temples, which caused her incalculable anguish. These sufferings suddenly passed away, but in the course of a few dajs re turned with equal violence. So far there had been no perceptible marks on any portion of her body, but during her sufferings she' tett an acute pain in her head, her side, In both hands and in both feet. On the Friday before <;ood Kitday last she expe rienced these pains in the same parts, and on that day TUB STKiHATA, OB MARKS OF OUIl SAVIOlIt'S WO I'M 1>S, became clearly visible on the oncks of her hands-, and blood ooaed irom her left side, near the heui t. Several persons witnessed the stigmata on this occasion, bnt were loin to reveal the laet, pre. lerrlng to await further developments. On Holy Thursday tho same suilerlngs were experienced, on Good Friday the stigmata appeared on the sur face of both hands and upon the upper surface of . her feet. Blood again oozed fntlh her size. During j the day her sufferings were indescribable, and were witnessed by a large nuinner of peo- | pie. Among tho spcctatois were J. A. Dono hoe, ot tne firm of Engene Kelly A Co., bankers: John Suilivau and wife; sir 1). J. Oliver, brothcr-in-ia w of Hev. Dr. McGlynn, of this city ; j George Hooper and wife: Robert Tobln, counsellor at-law: Emmet Doyle, brother-in-law of Senator Cassfcrly; Doctor Pawllckl, C. D. O'Snllivan and 1 wife, and many other prominent citizen* oi San , Francisco. Besides these ladles and gentlemen I Very Kev. Father Prcndergast, Vicar-General ol ' the diocese, corroborates the previous statemi nts. ! The next day Miss Collins attended divine serv ic ?, and was, up to last dates, in the enjoyment ol ex cellent health. a stmts rinc Examination to takf plato. The young woman will be subjected toa thorough examination, and tf irnud is practised it can easily i be discovered. The marks on her person and up. ; pearance of blood with attending circumstances it would be difficult to ascribe to natural causes, she Is vouched tor as pure, antl her reputation i? be yond question and Is held up as a model ofchris. flan conduct and exemplary life. The stigmata is I ol comparatively late origin. St. Francis of As slsslum, who died in lsBfl, bore them, since then, according to a wort recently pni>- I llshed by Dr. lmbert Oonrledge. there has , been no less than its. in Gorges' fa. ! mons book on Mysticism numerous instances are recorded and w hich were tested. The way in I which Maria Von Kmerlch and Veronica Onigiianl [ were put to the tent was so severe and critical as J actually to border upon cruelty. In the present ! case the catholic clergy in California carefully ab stain from commit ting themselves to any endorse ment of these alleged extraordinary appearances. 1 They, however, as stated, have invited several j Scientific men to examine the condition of Miss : Collins Closely and exhaustively. Representatives i of the newspapers have called iipon and conversed with the lady; but she has made it a rule, by the advice of hoi- spiritual directors, to avoid making ; any statements bayoad admitting correctness of | published reports, and that she feels herseii bound i more than ever to continue In works of charlt.v. The Monitor (Catholic newspaper) confirms the j particular* given in reference to Musb Coiling. THE EVAIGEUCAL ALLIANCE. The General Conference in This City in Oeto* ber? Who Will Be Present and Who They Will Talk Ahout? The Unifica tion of Christendom Looked For? Cost of the Conierence? Pur poses and Aims of the Alliance. The great revival of 1857, which mcceede l the panic of that. year, and in which ( tie Fulton street Prayer Meeting and similar religious services throughout this nud other lands originated, gave impulse to the growing Protestant desire lor Chris tiau union. Many and repeated efforts have been made since to bring Christiana together in coun cils or conventions for the purpose ei comparing views and getting nearer to each other in splri6 as well as in person. But all such efforts have ! either failed altogether or been only partially suo? | re. "s ful. Out of this union Idea sprung oiigiaall^ the Evangelical Alliance, whose great council is to be held in this city from the Jd to tae 12th of octo , ber next. The first General Conference of | the Alliance was held in ix>ndon in the year 1840, and there It originated, fn 1?57 the Alliance met in Berlin, and representatives from this country were present, among them Bishop Simpson aud Dr. Nast, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, who presented an expositieu of the spirit and doctrines and purposes of Methodism. Repre sentatives from other denominations and countries were also present, and read papers of great loo* portance. POSTPONEMENT OF TUB AMERICAN CONTERKNC*. The wars which succeeded each other in Europe und America soon atter 1857 somewhat dampened ttie ent husiasm of the Alliance, and its comerencea were few und lar between, and were sparsely at i tended. It wai, however, arranged that a general meeting should he held heru In August, 1870; hut the Frauco-PruBslan war interiered ana the Conference was postponed. We have now before us the prospect of ttie consummation oi a hope long cherished by American Christians? the meeting of tue representatives of all Pret estauilsm on our own soil. The general councils ef Protestantism must of necessity be iree associations. Protestantism is not a monarch* controlled by a visible head. It is, above all else, a spirit which has embodied itself in dif fering yet harmonious institutions. Essentially it is one, aud needs only a lit expression of its oneness. To develop into clearness the con sciousness of unity, to deiend religieua liberty, which is tne life-breath of Protestantism, to main tain Christian morality, to stimulate as it may the spread oi' the taltn, are the worthy objects of the Evangelical Alliance. The General Conference will uot enact a single decree, will assume lord ship over no man's conscience, will utter no anathema, hut, gathering ail it can of light and love, will commend tae work of the Lord to HU| lollowers all over the world. OBJHCTS OF THE ALLIANCE. One of the cliiel motives which prompted this Al liance into being was that Protestantism might i present a united iront to the heathen world, aa Humanism does. But in effecting this purpose it I became absolutely necessary that christians should i be brought into closer contact one with another. I Protestantism has gradually invaded every civlV I lzed country In Europe, and has planted the cross | in tile centre of heathendom, but its influence haa been greatly marred by the unseemly wrangles of slightly differing denominations over non-essen tials in doctrines or church polity. The Alliance | has armed to suppress bigoted and scclariau coo j troversy, and It has in part, and to a great I extent, in some parrs, succeeded, it aims alse ta j secure religious liberty in every land and for all men, and its etforts in this direction have no* been fruitless. A couple of years ago, it will he re I membered, a deputation was seut to Russia to en treat the Czar to grant religious liberty and i equality to Ills subjects. The mission was oniy par tially successful, but vet It l>ore some n uit. While the imperial government will not p.ubllcly recog nize any other form of fait n than Greek Cathoft cism it does not interfere with other lorms. Its apparent hostility to the expressions of re li#ion is represented to be directed against Jesuitism i athcr than Protestantism, and is designed to guard against political intrigue and civil or ecclesiastical dissensions. HELIOtOCS LIBERTY IN RFSSIA. There is in Kussia a vei.v extensive organization, at whose head is the Grand Duke Constantino, wjmse aim is somewhat similar to that of the Evangelical Alliance. It seeks to bring Christians more closely together and to help theui to see eyo to eye in spiritual things. But in tins effort tho Greek Church is to be the whale that is to swallow all the Jonahs that may be cast out of the ecclc siastlcal ships or Europe or Asia. A lew yeai s ago Rev. Br. Schaff, of the T'nton Theological Seminary, In this city, went to Europe on a mission to induce the leading christian men aud men oi thought oi that Continent tn atieud tho General Coniereuco oi the Alliance here next Fall. At first he met with very little encouragement. Tho representauve men of Protestantism in Europe are comparatively poor, the distance to the New World great, the expense heavy and time to them valua ble. They objected to leave their homes and their families. Tue American branch of the Alliance agreed, however, to bear the expenses of those who might accept the invitation both hither and back and during their stay here. This expense will amount to about thirty thousand dollars, ot wlilctx sum $lo,ooo has been in the treasury since W0. Tho American churches are asked to raise by subscrip tions or collections the balance promptly. And to awaken enthusiasm tn this direction a series of meetings in the different churches in this city and in Brooklyn have been planned aud are now being held on successive Sunday evenings. Such meet ings have already beeh held' during the present month in the Reformed church in Filth avenue and Twenty-first street, in Madison square Presbyterian church, in Madison avenue ( i hlrty-flrst street) Baptist church, in St. Paul's Mctuodlst Episcopal church. Fourth avenue and Twenty-second street, last Sunday, anil to-night one will beheld tn tho First Baptist church, in Park avenue aud Thirty niuth street. Til B COUNTRIES TO BE REPRESENTED. Between five hundred and one thousand deTcs i gates from Europe and the East are expected to be present here at the mooting of the Alliance, und their eniertainmeiit lor leu days or two weeks will, of course, cost a cosslderabto sum. The British Isles. Germany, France. Spain, Russia, Scandinavia, Italy. the Ne'hei lands, India, China, Australia, British North America, south and cen tral America and our own country will h?> repre sented in the conference by such uu u us rise he n dori, Van Oosterzee, Hoffmann. Cairns, l?r. Dorucr, William Arthur, Itlgg, Bishop Simpson, Dr. Warren, of Boston; Dr. Vincent, of this city; rep resentatives Iroin the Southern States, and prob ably. though It is not yet certain, Dftllinger, Hya cinths and such representative men of the CaMiolio leiorm movement. TIIH TOPICS TO BE DtSCUSSRD are "Christian Union,'' ?'Christianity and Infi delity," "c hristian l.lle," "Protestantism and Ko manism," "Christianity and Civil Government, '? "Foreign and Domestic Missions," "Christianity ami Social Evils, ".Sunday Schools," Ac. A report on the state ol religion In each country repre sented In tile Conierence will also be made. These topics are coextensive with the whole range of Christian thought In our century. Meetings wiil be held during the day at Association llall and the Presby teilan and Methodist Episcopal churches adjacent to It. Public evening meetings tn the Academy ol Music arc sIsd contemplated, and ono or two meetings may be held lit liiooklj n during the sessions ot thu Conierence. Such a gathering of evangelical Christians liom all parts or the world cannot tail to h ivo a bene II Jial and iar reaching efl'ect, lioth active and retnv active, upon the countries tflfc.v represent and the country they will visit. We will have something to give them, a* well as sometHlng to receive irom them. America will exhibit, to the christians of the Old World the spectacle of religion prospering without aid from the State; ol a nation living without standing armies and overgrown navies and yet respected by the world; ot a practical evangelism which is the appropriate supplement of Old World scholarship; of the great ends of Christianity attained by the most ener getic use of Its means. Wo believe that the effect of t'ie Conference will be an in creased love of the Christians nf Europe and America for each other. And, in common with other members of the American press, wn> have done something toward the unification of Christian sects into one common brotherhood of believers, the Herald welcomes tne Kvangelical Alliance t(? the shores of the New World, and will lalthlully chronicle its proceedings next October. ONLY ONE THICK AfJAlNST TlIK ALLIANCTt. The tn'irpenHmt Is the only so-called ronton* Journal that opposes the Alliance Conierence. la its view tho Alliance "nun unis to very little, being a iitssv and pretentions body, which does quite ad much hurt as good," The only real advantage the ^ editor expect* from Its meeting in October is that It will give us n chance to see some foreigner* and them a chance to see how a free Church works in a free state, one of the object * stated in a circular of the Alliance is to nnlte missionaries In lorcign fields, to which the riub'iwMmt gives Its heartiest sympathy. Another object is to pre\ eat the ex clusion of the Bible from the public schools of this land, irom which ttie hair fM'iiiient stand* aloof. This same journal thinks the alliance is just as sectarian as uny ot the sects can he and that Its rreed, short a-< It is, would hat e ex cluded hair t he Christian Church in the third and fourth centur.es and the ni<> t efficient mission eie- , ' ment within it. The Indr/icitilint holds there Is no need of a visible head or authority lor the ) Christian Church In America and thai the several churches ran be trusted to teach religion and ihat the state has no business to meddle with It. It therefore lorbius the Alliance to attack lellgiou* freedom and equality, which are the corm r hmbo of our liber ties. We have not seen anywhere an intimation of any such porpose by the Alliance or any of Its members, and it Is hardlv possible ihat such a pur*. pose could tor a moment be e ntertained. Far dir lererit are toe avowed ob|eets oi the Allfaine. as win appear by the discussions at the CWBieienc# in october.

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