Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 5, 1873, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated May 5, 1873 Page 4
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OH CHRISTIANITY. A Mild May Sunday Among the Ministers. CHRISTIAN DITTIES AND CARES. A Falling Off in New Members and Floral Offerings at the Plymouth Church Anniversary. The Foundations of the True Faith. Dr. CJhapin on the Power of the Word of Christ?Astonishing Progress of Newspaper Correspondence?The Vienna Corruption Scandal. SMASHING THE SOPHISTRY OF SUICIDES. The Farewell Sermon of Father Flattery ia St. Teresa's Chnreh. Watching Against (he Wickedness of the World?Dr. Wild on the Bible in the Public Schools?President Thiers and the Atlantic Bank Failure. MAY MUSIC AT ST. STEPHEN'S. Vesterday was the first Stay Sunday of the year* Contrary to the expectations of most of the people who watch the coming and going of these anni versary epochs with warm, pious Interest, the skies smiled blandly npon the earth, or, at least, la tho city, they smiled blandly on the bard pavements and the dull bricks and walla of Iron and stone, and the air was balmy with tbe breathings of the gentle wind of the south, who, one might previously have thought, had long ago forgotton his mission of tenderness aid cheer. Bnt he wbtspered wootngly to all vegetable creation, and even seemed to have amorous Intentions touching the stern mona mental piles of commercial grandeur on our great streets; and the lampposts like wise; for the early pedestrian felt his warm kisses carelessly falling npon his cheek, and Joyed therein with a consciousness of the love of gentle nature for all her children. May verdure, in the genial sunlight In the parka, glistened brightly and touched In the heart a throbbing chord of de light that had lain dormant for a year. May song sters, just arrived from their luxurious retreats In the South, sported on the branches of tho trees, whereon the buds, just bursting, were tipping the rich brown of the myriad twigs with tbe delicate tints of green fresh leaves that were as yet only half born. May flowers glowed In their mild and their fervid hues In little door yards or flower pots along tbe streets. In the button holes of sentimental young men, ui tho bosoms of roguish girls and unburdened their soit petals of Intoxicating perfumes on the very altars of prayer In the holy bouses of God. There is bo close an association of thought between re ligion and these tender blossoms that their pres ence la a mute language, comparable In sweetness only to the exquisite music of the grand old psalms that David sung. The mingled impressions made on the hoart and soni by the glorious smiles of oatare and soft awe that was Inspired by the perfect peace that seemed to cover the great city most have worked miracles of tender re membrance in the minds of many, for old Blnners, wild prodigals, hardened cynics and blaM men and women ol the world involuntarily drew Dear the churcb portals yesterday and made inte gral parts of the worshipping throngs. All of the nty sanctuaries were densely crowded, and sketches of the ceremonies in many of them are given below. Elsewhere Is reported one of the most lnportant religions events that have happened in a long time, the consecration of tbe Bishop ol Newark. The ac count of the impressive ceremonies and the elo quent words of exhortation and counsel delivered on tbe occasion will be read with great interest. SEVENTEENTH STREET METHODIST CHURCH. The Oatjr of the Christian as a Member of the Church?Discourse by the Rev. W. U> Boole?Prayer for Mayor Have meyer. The Rev. W. H. Boole, paBtor of the Seventeenth street Methodist Episcopal church, yesterday preached a discourse from I. Corinthians, xlL, 20? "But now are they many members, yet but one body." The sermon was preceded by an earnest prayer, In which the pastor specially mentioned TflK MAYOU OV TDK CITY, and earnestly implored the Great Ruler of all affairs to scatter the enemies of his Honor and deliver him from the machinations of the plotters who might desire to advance their own purposes at the expense of religion and morality. The ser mon was quite an aMe enlargement of St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians, descriptive of the diversities of spiritual girts. The Church, he said, was represented in this figure of the human oody, and Christ bears the same relation to the Church as the head does to the body. He is the great Director of the Christian Church as the heau con trols all the ether members of the human body. The minister spoke of the harmony and mutual co operation of all the members of the body and com pared this union to that of members ol the Chris tian Church. tiie cm-Rcn is ocr body; there are not two bodies, there is but one head even Christ. As the body Is not made lor the mem bers, but the members lor the body, so the Chris tian Is made lor Christ. There Is but one life in the Church, be said, as there is but one life In the body. We may try to galvanize the Church Into a second life to suit the world; but the Church, like the body, having but one life, It cau have but one purpose. What Is that purpose? we ask. TO QLOKIFY 00D, that ye may grow np in niw laith. The pastor spoke of the necessity or hurm<>nv In the human body and in all affairs or life, and stated that there would be confusion In the Church or Christ as well as id business affairs if the members did not har monize with the great Head or the Church?Jesus | Christ?and there should be but one purpose to ? glorify God and extend His kingdom. He dwelt at | length upon the UKgrONSIBIUTlXS ATTACHING TO THE CHUBCII MEM- j BER, and stated that work leit undone by any member ?r the Church is undone forever. livery man's business ltie should be a Christian life, and when God calls for the first instalment of wkat Is His due from the Christian we should not put it off. For a ready commiance we win not only obtain a reward here, bat lay up profits In heavcu. flFTH AVENUE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH < The Lov? of God?Sermon by the lie v. William Ormlston. This elegant and commodious house of worship was, as usual, exceedingly well filled yesterday morning by a devout congregation. The pastor, Rev. William Ormiston, selected as his text Romans, vlil., 32?"He that spared not Hts own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall lie not with Him also freely give ns all things ?'? The text, Mr. Ormiston said, contains the statement of a wonderful fact, and such a deduction of God's comprehensive purpose towards mankind that it suggests more sacramental topics for considera tion than any statement In the whole sphere of God's wonderful goodness and mercy. The love of God and the gift of His own Son were a guarantee of our own salvation. At times God is pictured to oo ao exalted high above all terrestrial affairs; a Being that accompllskes all things by His own will; of great understanding; or terrible power; sitting in impressive state; regardless of the love or hate of His creatures. Such views, removing God verr far from us, whether ODOkea or written, are nothing bnt evil carica tures This Is Dot the case. Uod commends His love to os. and It is an eternal and unanswerable truth that He Is love. His affection is like that wf a father. No parent was ever so Indulgent, so tender-hearted, oo long-suffering and so forgiving. In th?- gift of rfis Son it was the greatest, highest and grandest that could be fcestowed. It was the great sacrifice, and imufcimt o/ It. sometimes, it seema that tf there had been kind of a struggle in the divine bosom, and that His lore for sinful men overcame Ilia affection for His Son that they might be saved, and the realization sf this truth to our minds mast bring us nearer to God. The full ear render of His Son was given. Ood did not withdraw Ills Ineffable love, bnt He delivered Him up to much humiliation aud Hhame and agony, and finally to an ignominious-death. The paster then sketched the lite of Christ on earth, His great suf ferings. and eloquently appealed to his hearers to remember the (act that this sacrifice was a terrible reality a fearful period, wherein He was tempted, scorned and mocked by wicked men, but without muttering; and tiod delivered up His own Sou that we ml?rht be received with Him into the kingdom of heaven. A love that can muke such a sacrifice as this can make any other. If God did give up His own Son for our sakes He can save us. He has opened our prison doors aud beckons us to enter the gates of the palace. We are restored and re admitted into the favor of Ood by this sacrifice. Air. Ormiston then made the application of his text. It was Sacrament Sunday lu the church; and, after reference to the great love of Ood and His not withholding it from any seeker after the great prize, said the Invitation to the table of the Lord was free and the welcome sinoere. No past sinful ness, no present unworthiness, II there were only a penitent heart and eye on Ood, who forgivcth all slus, could debar any one Irom partaking. What soever the hungry, acbing, weary heart possibly deBlres here it oould be louud. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was theu administered, most of the congregation remaining to jalu iu or witness the impressive ceremony. ST. TERESA'S OHUBOE A. Congregation in Tear*?Farewell of the Rev. Father Flattery. The Rev. Father Flattery, assistant priest for the past six years at St. Teresa's (Roman catholic) church, corner of Rutgers and Henry streets, has been appointed, by Archbishop McCloskev, pastor of a new district, and is about to erect a magnificent religious edlfiee at tho corner of 105th street and Second avenue. St. Teresa's was crowded at the services yesterday, when Father Mattery, after delivering an eloquent sermon, announced his early departure to the coturregatttfh. His allusion to this fact was most touching. During the de livery of these remarks all In the church, both male and female, wept audibly, and tbe sobs of many mingled with the voice of the distinguished clergyman. The Rev. Father Flattery was educated in Rome and is considered one of the most eloquent and learned of ear Catholic divines. He is much re spected and beloved throughout the entire city. CHURCH OF THE DISCIPLES. Foundation* of Christian Faith?Uni versal Diffusion of the Influence of Christ?Sermon by the Rev. George II. Hep worth. Out of the depths of May moving tribulations and the late rain storms everybody greeted gratefully the smiling sunshine of yesterday, and Spring cos tumes, gay and gorgeous, were in keeping with na ture's changed and happy mood. Such a large and brilliantly dressed congregation has not been gath ered in the new edifice of the Church of the Disci ples, corner of Madison aveuue and Forty-fifth street, as was convened there yesterday morning. The Rev. George H. Hepworth preached another in his series of discourses on the "FOUNDATIONS OK CUHISTTAN PAITH." There is, he began, ene great peculiarity of the New Testament, and that is its groat practical common sense. It is a wonderful book In this re gard. It gives us an exact rule to measure the value of every thought and scheme in life. If a thought or scheme tends to make our minds go up ward it is divine. If It tends to make them go downward it is devilish. I Intend in my present dlscourso to measure Christianity, as far as I can in my short time, by Its own rule, and to discuss the question according to the standpoint it fixes for itself and others. What associations cluster about the very name of Jesus l Whenever you breathe that name it is with a heart filled with gratitude. The influence which He has is not to be measured. It is to be found everywhere. There Is no country or nation where His name has been preached but It has lifted up the people. That power has taken hold of all our appetites. There is no department of art or science or Uterature in which Christ Is not found, and being there, He has changed alL Painting aud sculpture and mnslc have been ratsed and elevated by inspiration from Him. The undying pictures ot Raphael and Angelo, adorning the churcn walls of Italy, are the embodi ment or scenes In His life. MUSIC IN CHURCHE3 is now one of the most powerful Instruments of good. What is the great impulse which generation ufter generation urges people to climb up the moun tain side that they may get a better and better sur vey of life r It is the same impulse that drives bud laws irom oar books, drove slavery from the South and Is driving away intemperance. Jt Is the power of Jesus. No longer can we be in dread of the great to-morrow. I often think of this when I remember the difference between a pagan and a Christian mother on the death of her child. It Is a differ ence us great as between heaven and earth. The pagan looks into the black darkness and sees noth tug. The Christian mother says, "She Is not dead, she sleepeth." Wherein comes this faith ? It comes from Christ. Then, I say, that Christianity is the ELECTRICITY IN THE AIR; that vlvuytng, intangible substance which no scales can weigh. It is the gravitation that keeps everything In order and binds particles together. There are two aspects in which Christ presents himself to us. The first of these la as our friend ana brother. And is not this a wonderful conde scension r It is the great truth or the New Testa ment that when you pray the words go straight to the heart of Jesus, when you are in trouble, when friends desert you, when dear ones die, then Chriat is there. Wherever He Is needed He is. Did yon ever walk through tne woods with one who knew the name of every flower and shrnb ? He tells you tnings you never dreamed of. So it is when you walk with a geologist by the seaside. All you hold in your head is changed. Everything is A PICTURE BOOK. Tonr mind mnst be extended. Your friendship with Christ has the same effect. In the second place, Jesus is your teacher. Another peculiarity 01 the New Testament ts that it demands Implicit obedience. Tne logic of Ood is the logic of events. When a good general goes with his army he gives his commands without answering any questions. Yours not to reason why; Your* but to do anil die. lint when the battle has been won you see that the general's orders were wise orders. Christ is like that general. Man must die, and it only needs ?ne thing and that is to come under the banner of disciplinsliip to the master or heaven and earth. TWENTY-FIFTH 8T&EET PRESBYTERIAN* CHURCH. la Dancing a Means of Grace 1?Its In jurious Effects Upon Man's Physical, Mental and Moral Nature?Sermon by the Hev. 8. J. Stewart. At the regular monthly evening service, held at the W est Twenty-tilth street United Presbyterian church last evening, the Hev. 8. J. Stewart, pastor, preached upon the subject?" Is Dancing a Means of Grace T" lie selected as the text of his dls. conree the passage from Matthew xiv., 6?"Herodlas danced before them and pleased lierod." lie opened by explaining his reasons for devoting his entire sermon to the subject of dancing. Any sin which is worth attacking at all is worth attacking well. Audiences at the present day are too lntellL ! gent to accept the mere dictum of the priest, and 1 I do not oppose anything unless I can show it Is [ wrong. He deprccated any interference with 1 legitimate' and proper iUttugyx^aw., As #long aa the yonng can sing and laugh ami love 'and nope let them do so. There may be RKL1G10N IN LAUGHTER, in amusement, in work. In considering dancing he proposed to speak plainly; and if any were shocked let them blame the subject and not him self. He admitted that the mere act of dancing in itseir might not be sinful; but this was not the question. Is dancing, as it exists, wrong?pro. miscuous dancing of both sexes and of different families? In considering it he first referred to those passages in the Scripture where dancing is alluded to, irom which was shown that there was sucli a thing as dancing among the Hebrews; but they do not favor the idea that if was for amuse ment, as, first, their dance was only a measured tread; second, it was only used as an act of wor ship, and third, the two sexes never engaged m it together. In the New Testament It Is relerred to I but oncc, and that in the text. It resulted in ADli.TKBY AND MURDER. ; And the advocates of dancing are welcome to the j support they derive irom it. He described the <lance relerred to as one of the most libidinous and i depraved, derived, as It was, from the Grecians, and said t he Christian nations had borrowed their I nances from the most uugodlv people of the world, i He then proceeded to show that, as It is practised. it is deleterious to the physical, mental and moral I nature of man. It is destructive to tne body, be I cause it keeps us up until twelve, two and three o'clock. It turns night into day, and the character of the exercise, TUB CONSTANT WHIRLING, Is not beneficial. To place yourself In a close room, whirling till the brain reels and you are in a proluse perspiration, uud then run to a window to gut cool, and repeat the operation for hours, cannot t>e healthy; and the condition of illness which follows the next day shows that It is not. He roferred to the popularity of dancing for children and showed the bad elTect upon them in keeping them up nights and destroying the healthful tendencies of childhood, making theTa old before UicLr tuse, TUat ilia Uuariou* to the auud will be readily admitted, If the character of the conversation at dance* is considered. The waxy must a died young men who loaf on the street and smoke twenty-cent cigars, and the elegantly attired female figure, which don't walk, bnt struts down Broadway, are the best dancers. In regard to Its IMMORAL TENDENCIES he argned at great length. He showed that the pleasure of dancing wan purely animal; that it wax the amusement or the rudest races; that It showed a want of that cultivation which would prompt to more Intellectual pleasures, lie denied that It min istered to the isstbetio in man's nature, as did music, said it shocked the truly refined taste and pure love. You have a sister. She is as pure as a child. For any man to approach her with undue freedom wouid cause your anger; and yet what familiarity is indulged in under cover of the dancel Men as impure us Lucifer use the dance as a cover lor lmnure indulgence. Dancing destroys religion in the soul. The great creed of Jesus is embodied in "blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." it was a temptation, and%s such should be avoided. It was always connected with strong drink, even in the most refined circles, lie Inaisted that Irom Its tendencies the true Christian coul'I not indulge In it at any time, and prophesied that the day would soon come when dancing would be left where it started, among the low and de praved, and Christians would learn to live for the spiritual and the holy. LYBIO HALL Is tt Better to Die or to Live J?in It Right to Throw a Present Away 1?Sermon by the Rev. O, B. Prothlngham. The sweet smiles and fresh breath of the Sabbath had a salutary effect upon the Sunday worshippers Lyric Hall had its usual large share of the 6lite and fashion of our city. The subject of Mr. Frothlng ham's sermon was, "Is it better to die or to live ?" The story in the old legendary book, he began, was about Jonah preaching to the Inhabitants of Nineveh, who were pagans. Jonah flees from Nin eveh, and after passing through a great many adventures he returns and preaches to them and the Lord (orgives them. The prophet sits down in sorrow and discontent and cries, "it is better to die than to live." As he sits beside the sea in the sun the Lord raises a gourd which shelters him from Its burnlug rsys. A little worm penetrates the stem of the gourd and It falls withered to the ground. The prophet Is discon tented because the gourd has withered. First he was tired of life because the people of Nineveh were lorgiven, and then becauso the shade was taken away. Tills is the way of the world. More than half of the complain t comes from people who do not have what they want?because THEIR LITTI.E GOURD W1TUER8. To multitudes life Is a weariness and it is about as well sheltered as that of Jonah. A short time ago a singular discussion arose in England concerning suicide. They wished to decide whether, under souie circumstances, it was not admissible to put an end to existence; and whether if lite became intolerable it was not right to throw It off? The question came up in relation to physical pain. Other causes beside pain mako life intolerable. Disappointment, persecution, sorrow and loss of fortune will drain all the sweetness from the Uvea ol hundreds. Is it right to throw away lite when it has become worthless or useless? Liie is a boon, something given to use, and therefore to be accepted. Suicide is the act of a poltroon, a cowardly thing. Resignation and submission are IMMORTAL VIRTUES. It is a very old teaching, but It is entirely thrown away. The struggle goes on for the lire, not ror the Intellect, but for the goods of this world, pleasure and money. We live with our faces towards the ground and our backs towards the sunbeams. What marvel Is It that Hie Is tiresome and disgusting V When the upper region is taken away is it wonderiul that life should seem cheap r if success is not given, a sense of utter lutility oppresses the man. Another cause of weariness is due to the rage of pleasure. It Is the violent reaction from the extreme rigor of Sast ages. Now our faces are turned In the dlree on of amusement, and there is a great desire for recreation and entertainment. TUB OUP OP LIFH won't be filled with champagne, always brimming over, and all the books must be picture books. There Is disgust for all that i8 dull, and a demand for study. There must be perpetual changes, or we aro wearied. We could not live as our old ancestors did in the simple pleasures of love and affcction. The young girl looks back with regret on her short season of pleasures. The young bride thinks life scarcely worth living lor when the honeymoon Is over and no more journeyings. The difficulty Is that this disposition affects tho education of the young. TIIE PROBLEM Is this, how is this sense of life's weariness to be met ? All that a man has received is a gilt he inay forget, but the pleasure of giving clings forever to his memory. The wheels of time are forever turning and each to-morrow is something new. Some arc always enveloped in a mist, while all ?round the sun is shining brightly. There never was a battle that could not be fought through. Who can .say that his life is Rot profitable to hlm self* We are happiest In sunny days. Wo love God and are more amiable. Those who value themselves will not complain that life is weari some. 8T. STEPHEN'S CHURCH, The Music of the First Nay Sunday? The Dangers of Trusting In a Death bed Repentance. The first Sunday In May was celebrated in this beautiful church with all the pomp, solemnity and splendor characteristic of tue Catholic Church. The sanctuary was ablaze with lights; the graud high altar, with its rich background of magnificent paintings, and the altars dedicated to the blessed Virgin and the protomartyr alter whom the church Is named, glowed in tho wealth of their decora tions, and through the stained-glass windows the sun poured in lances of light of every hue, adding fresh glories to the frescoes and pillars of the Interior. At high mass the spacious temple was crowded, and devotees of the goddess Fashion forgot for the moment their admiration or criticism or May-day suits in their attention to spiritual subjects. Rev. Father McGurk preached from the Gospel, enlarging in a most eloquent man ncr on the danger of trusting to A DEATH-BED REPENTANCE. He explained bow It was against even the dictates or common sense to expect that a lit time ot sin should be expiated In a few moments when the body was racked with mortal agony and the soul, terrified at tne prospect of boln^ summoned before the judgment seat 01 Its offended Creator, was in capable of entertaining any thought but that of fear. He earuestly called upon his hearers to take warning In Mine and become reconciled to God while the opportnnlty was afforded them. The music consisted ol Haydn's Mass No. J, a work which is considered one of the most popular of the composer's Church works. The choir consisted of a double vocal quartet, the prin cipal singers being Mile. Ferettl. Mlie". Meunier and Messrs. Bernard and Coiettl. The organist was Mr. Dan forth. With ail the splendor and evi dences of taste anil unstinted liberality displayed In the appearance of the church truth compels as to say that the rendering oi Haydn's beautiful" mass, which every choir should know almost by hciirt wus 'unworthy of even a vim.age CHOIR. The tempo was wrong in several of the move ments, and there was anything bat unanimity in either tone or expression. The solo quartet is sin gularly constructed, no two voices l>elng alike in either style or conception of a composer's ideas. The lovely bass solo "Qui Tollls" received hard treatment, the sloger's voice consisting, it seemed, of a tremolo and a trumpet stop. THE ORGAN was much too POTSIlUUJiWiW of Itie movements olTbi ilfSK artVhlu^ZLii^refely luc rtiiD bodv of tone proceeding from the eight singers. It wAA evident from the manner in which this well known mass was performed that a leading spirit in this choir was sadly needed, lime was when ttie music at St. Stephen's acquired a fame and reputa tion that extended beyond New York city; but. Judging from yesterday's performance, that time exists no longer. The church should be first in music, as It is in every other respect. ST. JAMES' LUTHERAN CHUBCH. Sermon on "Faith," by the Rev, Dr. A.*" terbury. The radiant sunshine of yesterday bronght a fashionable and large audience within the cool and solemn precincts of St. James' Lutheran church, In Fifteenth street, near Third avenue. The lie v. I)r. Attorbury, who acted officially in the absence 01 the pastor of the church, preached a sermon on THE DIVINE VIRTIE OK FAITH. He selected his text from St. Luke, xvll., 5, wnere the Apostles say to the Lord, "increase oar faith." After explaining in lull the meaning of the text, according to various Interpretations, and showing the numerous reasons why it was necessary for the Apostles to make use ol so significant a phrase, the reverend gentleman allnded to a letter written by (JEN ERA I, SHERMAN TO GENERAL GRANT on a certain occ.ulon during the late civil war, in which the former expressed his feelings towards the latter by reminding him of the explicit faith wsich his soldiers placed in his words and the rev erence with which all felt like carrying them into effect. Although the preacher aid not Intend to disparage in any way either the character of the hero or the sincerity or his words, ho had still to ?ft? that faith iu Jesus was a different thmits Jt r? i s?i was an entire trust, confidence, unbounded lore in God, tUe Saviour of men. It was SOMETHING INEXPLICABLE to those who bad never felt His power and work ings on tbeir own spirit. An one wbo baa never fell the pain and agony of thirst cannot under stand the delight and satisfaction to be fonnd by those who are really thirsty In a glass of cold wa ter, so those who are not disposed to receive the warming influence of divine faith feel not Its gen uine sweetness and beauty when bestowed upon them. Again, as the sympathy and succor of a friend Is to oue lonely and deserted by all, ho Is the Influ ence of faith to the soul of the sinner, it lilts him up into A IIlull Kit SPIIEKE, a broader plain, a more genial atmosphere, where his life becomes a joy instead of a burden, and where lie is enabled to commune with God and his myriads of saints and augeis. How is faith to be obtained t Not by cold and listless Indifference, not by being puffed up with an idea ol our own greatness; that we know ail that Is requisite; that we need no lurther Instructions for our sal vation; but by struggling to increase our friendship with God; by placing confidence in Him. and run ning to him with outstretched arms, as children who are beginning to walk rush in fear to the

bosom of their parent. Here the reverend preacher defined faith ac cording to bis Interpretation of the word, and thought it was a trust?a perfect confidence In God, rather thun a divine virtue, by which we firmly believe what God has taught. He concluded by asking Gad to infuse the spirit of true faith into the iiearts of his audiences; some of whom frequently, during the conclusive words of the sermon, used their handkerchiefs freely and were apparently moved to tears by his words. FOUBTH UN I VERBALIST OHUROH. Sermon by the Rev. E. H. Chapln?Ilia Allusion to tUc Herald and Its Enter prise?The Power of the Word of Christ?Oar Corrupt Representation at Vienna. Tne Rev. Dr. E. Chapln began the first sermon of his twenty-sixth year as pastor of the Fourth Unl versallst church, yesterday morning, with this text, Luke, iv., 32?"And they were astonished at His doctrine, lor His word was with power." The reverend gentleman said that these words had a deep meaning. There were words which were but words, and there wore words wnich were formal; words which were sentimental, and wordB which were bad, because their utterance was not sincere. But the words of Christ had In them a marvellous power, all the force and eloquence of His great per sonality. There were persons who were fond of depreciating Him and of calling for proof that Christ was the Divine Iielng we adore. Til BY WKUB DESTROYERS, and the preacher said to suoh "if we arc wrong show us the right?" They did not believe in con stantly fighting error, in perpetually recalling all the heresies of the long and forgotten ages. The way to enforce truth and triumph by it was to as sert it and always proclaim it; it was by such a course that all error was swamped. Science was constantly doing something to clear np the mys teries of the hidden universe. Yet science could not do all. He was reminded of a painting exe cuted by the great French artist Don*. A partially obscured figure was represented ascending THK STAIRWAY OK SCIENCE, sweeping away the emblems of chivalry, battle axes, bucklers and armor. Science had obliterated mauy odious errors; yet science could not do all? It was the partially obscured figure, and to iollow it to a solution of divine problems would be but leading us to nothingness. The word of Christ was necessary to complete the edifice. There were many who contended that the New Testament did not contain prohibitions against social delinquen cies. Where Christ did not speclly evils which have sprung up since his origin on earth tliey were comprehended in the general prohibition against selfishness, for selfishness was the root ol mauy evils. It was urged as argument that slavery was not a sin because the New Testament said nothing against the institution; yet that very institution fell because it was Christ who taught justice and humanity as broad principles In the universe. Truly "His word was with power," because It had been heard by the greater portion of the civilized world and was at the foundation of Christianity. It was to be regretted that Christianity hud been the cause of so many wars. He remembered well, when the first World's Exhibition was held In Lon don, the Impression obtained that T11K MILLENNIUM UAI) DAWNED. What terrible wars had taken place since that day 1 How many nations had been torn asunder! lie hoped that a new era was opening. It was certainly an encourag ing spectacle to witness the arts and Industries of the world gathered by the shores of the mighty Danube, a stream linking Asia to Europe; to find kings but yesterday foes to-day friends and patrons of peace under the same root; to witness the aston ishing progress of newspaper correspondence and the messages of peace and amity flashed under the mysterious waters ol the Atlantic ocean (evidently refcrrihg to the Herald). Indeed, It seems as if the day might come when the SWORDS WOULD UK MOLTEN Into ploughshares and the spears beaten Into prun lug-hooks. He hoped that these exhibitions would have an influence in correcting the amazing po litical corruptions of the Lulled States; Indeed, that seemed to be the only article by which we are lairiy represented at Vienna (Profound sensa tion). BROOKLYN CHURCHES. PLYMOUTH CHUECH. The May Anniverxarjr at Plymouth Church?The Annual Display of New Member* and Flowers?A Palling Off In Both?What Mr. Beecher Intends To Do About Baptizing Children?A Ser mon on the Limitations of Human Thought and Experience. Testerday wan the May anniversary at Plymouth church, and this circuiastaucc, united to the genla1 sunshine that burst in beaming ra.vs upon all church-goers, again filled the house to its utmost limits. It has beei the custom for many years past to signalize the first Sunday in May at "Plymouth" by the reception of a large number of members to the church and by an In crease of the usual floral display. Both In members and flowers there was this year a falling off. The former only numbered seventy-four? twenty-three by letter from other churches and flfty-one by profession of lalth?a? against 120 the corresponding Sunday of last year. "The knots of tlowers and buds and garlands nay" that Tenny son's May yneen so exultantly expected to gather were denied by the unfriendliness of the season to the May queens of Plymouth church, and conse. quently the garlands, the knots of (lowers and gay buds did not extend beyond the confines of the platform, instead of bur leulng the gallery circle and sending llieir pcrmme over the house, as on previous years. The seventy-four candidates were admitted as members in a short, solemn, dedica tory service, and their dedication was witnessed and endorsed by the rising at the commence ment of this service of all the members of the church then present. In the notice that preceded the singing of the hymn be fore the sermon Mr. Ueecher announced that should next Sunday prove fine the children of members of the church and of all believing parents desiring baptism would have an opportunity afforded them. "If it. is asked," said Mr. Beecher " If the children of parents who are not believers' will bo baptized If they come, I SAY, YES, but I say so of the authority that is within me, and not of this church, which, by its rules aud regula tions, has laid down the distinction that 1 had Just allnded to. H a child were nigh unto death, and the parents would feel happier If the child wore baptized, why should I not do it ? If the parents did lot believe in Christianity, but wished their child to be baptized, 1 will do it. 1 do not regard baptism as a saving grace, but it certainly would not do the Utile child auy harm and it might do the parents a great deal of good." The sermon was on the limitations of human know ledge and experience and their expansion in heaven. The text selected was the second verse of the tnlrd chapter of the first epistle 01 St. Jolin?"Beloved now are we the sons of God, and It doth not yet appear what we shall be; lint we know that when we .shall appear we shall be like him, lor we shall see him hs Ho Is." "That must be a very po<?r heaven," said Mr. Beecher, at the outset ot his discourse, "and that must be an Ignoble capacity that was capable of being lairly compassed by man's thought. What would that mini) be that a child could only understand ? Ilow large would that mind be that, was no larger than the child's mind? 1 should be sorry to have no grander Qod than that which I can hold in my own poor conception." The bountlfuluess ol nod In the fulness or His creation and the helps to our knowledge here that He had given us were then illustrated, in the course of which the preacher said that Mr. Tyndall, In one of his lec tures, had said that light, when It was noticed by tho spcctrum, had beams that were BLACK TO Ot'H r.VB, and rays, too, that wero formerly unknown. This light nad been coming to us and had existed for ages, and yet we had only Just discovered it. When his (Mr. Beecher's) dog greeted him with evident ?Igns of affection, he longed to break up that film that debars the dog from a higher knowledge ol him. He would be sorry not to be more than the dog could understand. All that tbe dog knows is by the animal in him answering to the annua! that b? racrumtnafl In the one wlioin He greet a. It Wit* quite re Awn able to anppose that men can be wit nessed by those in the other lite with as much pity at their helplessness as we pity tiie dog In 1U capacity to understand. Hie grand reason that was representative of all final states was thlB, that man Is not complete, but is a being In a stage of progress. The resources and capabilities of all the elements that centre in man as they affect even this life are Uttle understood. If this, then, be true of his physical condition or his lower nature how much more ditlicult uiust it be to form a concep tion of the nature of man in his higher develop ments! Consider how Uttle we know of his moral faculties. Then we must distinguish between the Knowledge that conies to us lrom the excessive riches of our endowments and that which comes to us from the limitations and the poverty of our ignoranoe. Heaven would not be a place fn which we should stand like forty wax candles, twenty on eacii side, a bright-burning and a shining light. Heaven was not a place for the perlormance of genuflexions. It will be A I'LAUK KtTLL OF UFH, of noblest powers and of enduring affections. This also raised the question so much asked and so Ut tle answered, "Shall we know our iriends there f .Shall we know our children t"> How dear and in tense was this inquiry to every parent's heart! l!<>d will not keep my children babes to pleiiso me. They must live; they must become princes In heaven; but all that I ask Is that they All the place in my heart that they did here. I am sure they will do that. The same answer was applicable to the filling of the void left by departed friends. Friendship was Indestructible. Voluntary and In voluntary forces were at work upon us to prepare us for this newer life and tit us for its appreciation and enjoyment. Let all, then, take courage. God was with us, and our pathway through Hie was still upward and onward. IRON TEMPLE. What It Is To Be Watchful?What We Are To Be Watchful Against?Our Re ward?Sermon toy the Rev. Or. 8cud der. Yesterday morning tho beautiful Spring-like weather invited throngs of people to attend divine service. Dr. Scudder's church was filled, and It seems a church that is rapidly Increasing its num ber of members. Yesterday twenty-two members were admitted. Alter the services the Holy Com munion was administered. The text was Revela tions iU., 2?"Be watchful." Whatever method of explanation may be adopted the fact is Indisputable that we are encompassed with peril. It is evident in the physical constitu tion of things. Bo one will say that the laws ol na ture are bad laws, and yet those laws, good as they are, bring only destruotlon and ruin to the care'css. If you violate the rnles of digestion the law which Cod has given to give health wlU come upon you like a demon in the shape of dyspepsia, j Not only are we called on to watch against m&- 1 chanical agents, as wind, water, fire and elec tricity, but we are to WATCH AGAINST OUB FELLOW MEN as our greatest enemies, a man who ceasos to watch on this earth might as well cease to live. We are constituted in body and mind with reter cnce to this thing, Man is built vertically, like a watch tower, and in the very top are these watch ful agents. The defensive weapons in man are in ferior to those of many animals, but he has reason, and, though swords aud lancets don't grow in his body, he can make them. I have thus shown you that man has a watchful nature. He watchiul. In the old classic fable it was said that Argus had 100 eyes and that only two slept at a time, and man needs to be AUOUS*EYEI) and always watchful. All this is very real, but it is only a type ol higher moral things, 'l'hu text says, "He watchiul." Watchfulness involves activ ity of mind and body aud involves looking out with a purpose. 1 shall notice but two forms of watching?first, against excursion and Incursion of evil. Men tempt us as well as devils. Men must keep their hearts as men In the olden times kept their cas tles. But there is something more dangerous to our souls than assault from devils aud men, and that Is the corrupt moral sentiments?corrupt in politics, corrupt in trade. The atmosphere becomes tanned; it loses the oxygen ol honesty. There is greater danger In this than in the assault of man, simply because it is Impalpable?insidious. We breathe It without knowing it. A man is called on to watch the WEAK PARTS OF DIS NATURE. Every man ought to analyze himself and find his weak spots, and then watch them as the Hollanders do their dykes. Watch well, therefore, against the incursions of evil, whether they be the attacks of men or an im palpable attack. Watch, also, against excursions ol' evil. Our passions are like horses, easily break ing from the steady, swinging trot into a gallop. Break them In when they are colts. Never leave them unhitched. Watch against these excursions. Keep thy heart with all diligence, says the wise man. Be heedful In regard to your heart. Watch ror the second coming of our Lord. The revival of the Greek literature, leading to a search of the Scriptures,was a veritable advent of the Lord; but He Is to come literally on TUB LAST DAT. When we die that is the last day for us. Watch for Him as the virgins, with their lamps trimmed, watched for the coming of the bridegroom. We are to watch also as stewards. The first watchfulness la for love, but in the service of the Lord we are to em ploy every faculty, and this Is the watchfulness of fidelity. Watch lor the coming of our great Master, lor wo know not when He will come; if we do that it will all be well with us. The marriage of heaven and earth, the marriage supper of the Lamb, the palm branch, the crown, tue home and all the beatific vision of Christ is for us, If we do one thing, and that is be watchful. SEVENTH AVENUE CHURCH. Dr. 'Wild on the Pouuiion of Faith? Forcible and Striking Allusions to the Question of the Bible in the Public Schools, President Thiers and the Atlantic Bank Failure. After an exqaisltc voluntary on the organ and the concluding preliminaries which followed, Dr. Wild, pastor of the churcb, opened bis discourse, selecting his text from Romans, xlv., 22?"Oast thou faith? Have It to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he allowctb." In explanation of the passage Dr. Wild proceeded to speak as follows :? This is an Intelligent age. The accumulated forces of centuries have given birth to liberty, cul ture and religious choice. The darkness of the past bus become the light of the present. The poverty ol the fathers lias become a crown of wealth to the sons; we inherit much. The extravagance of the sire was tempered by his struggles, and a knowledge of his own influence taught him to be charitable. The hardships ol the lathers are not imposed upon the present generation, but the spirit of their charity is. We inherit power In our wealth and freedom which are but the projected 1 rnits of their charttv. But the times portend trouble. The faith that belongs unto God we are bringing to bear upon men, and the liberty claimed for ourselves we are not willing to ullow unto others. I desire to speak this morning about the use of the BIBI.B IN OITR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I am not of the popular belief that it should be retained. The lalth 01 the Protestant Church has arraigned for trial her charity. To the query ??Shall the llible be taught in our common schools?" Faith answers yes, Charity no. Which Bhall we abide by. True, it is a matter of con science; but only Individually so, for, when another 1 man seeks to make his conscience in a religions matter mine he errs; ir he eniorce It, then he does violence. Becanse the majority are in lavor of its retention does not make It right. Rights or wrongs are neither made nor nnmade i>y majorities or minorities. Godliness, truth ami chanty are a ma jority at any time. THJC OPPOSITE LINE OF AUG CM KMT is tyrannical. To support its theory the Greek, Roman and Mohammedan Churches, all of them larger than the Protestant, might suppress us, ar guing that majority was nght. Our Fathers fought against this argument, and It ts the force exer cised by a majority on that theory that we are brandltnr the catholics with. The State cannot support liberal and free doctrines and consciences without making the Instruction of the common sclioolTmpartial. A theory that a man would not trust his neighbor with is unfit for himself. See President Thiers, of France. No wonder the late electiou went against him. He upheld a doctrine for flfty years; tmt when he had the power to practise It he was afraid to do it. Some are of the opinion that bocause they are Christians they should be held above sus picion. Beware of a man who wishes to do busi ness with you on his profession. Look at the re cent failure of THE ATLANTIC BANK. Its Insolvency is attributed to the men who were at the helm, standing upon their dignity of char acter to avoid investigation. If the president has a right to question, so has the depositor. Honest men conrt investigation, and he who cannot bear scrutiny is a rogue. The I)octor concluded his remarks by strongly urging his congregation to be strong in universal liberty, and yield to the Catholics the privilege we would wish them to grant to 11s, that they might live In the fullest faith und unity. CONFIRMATION IN BROOKLYN. Tho congregation assembled within the hand some ?nd spacious edifice of St. Ann's (Protestant Episcopal), comer of Clinton and Livingston streets, Brooklyn, was numerically greater than usual last evening. The occaslou was the administration of the rite of confirmation to seventy-three members of that church. Bishop Littlejohn officiated, As sisted by the Rev. Mr. schenck, the rector of St. Ann's. Yesterday morning John Hoy, a man sixty-five years of age, of very intemperftto habits, left his home, 141 Mulberry street, for tho parp???? of taking a walk and procuring a taken suddenly 111 fell to the pavement and ?xpind soon alterwards. The remains were the Fourteenth precinct station home and Coroner Keillor notified to hold ait is'iuoat. FOIERAL Of J1IE8 BBOOKff The Obsequies at Qrace Church Yesiaiday- 1m? preolve Ceremcmiea and Touching Tribute of Respect to the Deceased Journalist? Distinguished Citisena Taking a Last Look at the Remains?'The Inter ment at Greenwood Cemetery. The funeral ceremomes over the (remains of James Brooks, lale editor of the evening Express, and (or many years the representative In Congress lroin the Eighth district ol this city, were held yes terday afternoon at Grace church, in Broadway. As Mr. Brooks had been almost uuiversallv known In this city, and esteemed by a large portion of ita citizens, it was not strange to find that as eartjr as one o'clock a crowd had begun to gather In tlie vicinity of the church on botb sides of Broadway. A long line of carriages ex tended up the thoroughfare on the east aide, and the entrance to the church was kept open by Cap* tatn Byrnes and a strong body of police from the Fifteenth precinct. Hundreds of persons of ootb sexes, among whom were many of our most promi nent residents, passed into the chuurch to take A LOOK AT TDK REMAINS of the deceased journalist. The handsome rosewood casket, containing the body, was placed In tba southeastern naive of the church. The upper part of the coffln was open and the lower auriace was prolusely covered with floral ornaments, the gifts of the irieuds of tho deceased, presenting a most touching and beautiful picture. Anchors, crosses and wreathB of Immortelles, miles, cameliaa, japon ic u* and tuberoses, most artistically formed, cov ered every Inch of the cottln and hung down on tfeo sides. The lace of the deceased presented a natural appearance, although the features were compressed and pale with the stamp of death. A square sliver plate attached to tbe Ud bore the Inscription*? JAMES BROOKS, | . Horn Portland, Maine, November 10,1810. f i Died in tho City of Washington April 30, 1373. I Many of the personal friends of the deceased stood for a moment to gaze on the lace tbey had known so well In lile. Then the police kept tbe crowd moving in single file, and thev passed up to the altar and around iuto the main aisle, and so through the main entrance of the church. TUB MANHATTAN CLUB, of which deceased was a member, the Tammany Society, the Typographical Union, the Associated Press, Board ot Aldermen, Arcadian (gib, and the National House of Representatives, hul sent com mittees to attend the lunerai, all of whom were in the church, which was densely crowded, at a few minutes beiore the beginning of the services. The different New York daily journals were repre sented by some ol their attaches, and the entire editorial aud reportorlal force or the Evening Re press, tho latter wparing appropriate BADGES OF MOURNING, also attended the services. The choir consisted of S. P. Warren, organist; Mrs. Oliver, soprano; Mrs. Barclay, contralto; George Simpson, tenor, and Mr. Pickett, of (jurist church, basso. The remains of the deceased were brought from Washington in the special eharge of the Doorkeeper of Congress, Mr. 0. S. Boston, and Mr. John T. Chauncey, an old employe of the House. The Hon. Samuel J. Kamlall, ot Pennsylvania; Governor Mo Corintck, of Ari/.ona; Hon. J. H. Sioss, of Alabama, and Hon. Mr. Merrlam, of New York, came on as a committee from the House of Representatives to attend the funeral. The remains were brought lrorn the Jersey City depot on Saturday evening to the VE8TBT OP CRACK CHCRCH, where tbey remained during the night, and were then placed In the southern nave by sexton Brown aud Ills assistants. The seats on both sides of tbe main aisle were reserved lor the pail bearers, tbe family and relatives of the deceased, and for the delegations from the diflerent bodies who had resolved to attend tho funeral. Among those present In the church were Charles O'Conor, Augustas Scliell, Arthur Leary, Benjamin F. Manlerre, David Dudley Field, Erastns Brooks, Dr. George W. Brooks, George W. Hows, L. Israels, Jnstlce Dowling, John Fox, William R. Roberts, ft, J. McMillan and other well-known citizens. The pall bearers were as follows TUB FALL BBAUBRS. William Tracey, Richard Schell, CorneUus Du Bols, Royal Phelps, Horace F. Clark, Francis skiddy, George Opdyke, John D. tikiddy. At a few moments after two o'clock the bell of Grace church began to toll solemnly, as the Rev. Henry E. Potter, the rector, and the Rev. Robert Hidden, attired in white surplices and having white scarfs fastened across their shoulders, marched up the main aisle tt meet the remains, then In charge of the pall-bearers at tho southern end of the church. Then tlie procession was formed?the eight pall-bearers, with linen scarfs, the casket containing tbe remains, and Mrs. James Brooks, weeping and sup ported on the arm of her eldest son, James Wilson Brooks, a fair-faced and handsome lad of eighteen or nineteen years; Miss Virginia Brooks, leaning on the arm of her uncle, the Hoa. Krastus Brooks. Mr. Charles H. Nellson and bis wife, Mrs. Mary Nellson (a daughter of Mr. James Brooks); and several other relatives of the ramtly. Then followed the different bodies aud committees in their order.? THE SECTOR AUD HIS ASSISTANT chanted as follows: "1 am the resurrection and the life, saltb tbe Lord; he that belleveth In Me, though he were dead, yet snail he live; and whosoever Uveth and belleveth la Me shall never die." "I know that my Redeemer ltveth and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though arter my skin worms destroy this body, yet In my flesh shall 1 see God, whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shaU behold, and not another." "We brought nothing Into this world, and it la certain we can curry nothing out,*' Ac. The coffln was placed AT THE FOOT OP TUB ALTAR STEPS, on a trestle, and the clergymen stood Inside of the chancel, faring each other, while the organ burst forth into the resonant and grandly-swelling Thir ty-ntnth psalm, beginning with the lines:? "Lord, let me know mv end and the number of my days, that I may be certified how long 1 have to live." "Behold, Thon has made my days as it were a span long, and mine age is as nothing in respect o{ Thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity." At this moment the scene In the church was a solemn and beautiful one. From the glowing rose window above the altar darted LANCES OP FIRE, the sun beaming aud making a brlllant back ground, and irom the lozenge-shaped panes of glass in the nave and chancel, which sparkled with the hues ot sapphire, royal purple, emerald, jas per, gold and amber, to the bowed heads in the congregation, the eye glanced to the organ loft and to the casket covered with flowers, and finally rested on tho surpllced clergymen, the picture be ing one in Its ensemble that could not have been witnessed in any other metropolitan edifice than Grace church. The assistant clergyman (Rev. Mr. nolden) then read the lesson from the fifteenth chapter or the first Kpisue or St. Paul to the CorlnttUans and twentieth verse :? "Now Is Christ risen from the dead and become the flrst irults of them that slept. For, since by man came death, by man also came the resurrec tion of the dead. For as In Adam all die even ao In Christ shall all be made alive." The ceremony OP CASTING A IIANDPTTT. OP EARTH on the coilln was then performed by the minister, and the hymn was sung as follows:? Just fts l am?without one plea, But that thy blood wan shed forme, And that tliou bldd'st mo come to thee. O, Lam I) of God, I enme. A PlIATKK WAS SAID by the rector, and then the choir sung:? "I heard a voice (torn heaven, saying unto me. write, from henceforth blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; even so salth the Spirit, for tbey rest from tneir labors." The solo was sung by Mr. George Simpson. The Lord's Prayer was tlien said and the relatives and family took a parting glance at the features of the husband and fa.oer, and the last gltes of religion and re spect having been paid to the clay ol James Brooks, his mortal remains were CARRIED DOWN THBOUOU CHANCBL ANDS^VB to the main door as the monrnfUi tones of Beeth oven's mneral march were plved. They were placed by reverent hands in the nearse, tafcen from the church, followed by a {ongtrainofsor rowing friends in carriages, and were OnailJ In terred In Greenwood cemetery, where now the Journalist may rest from his labors forever. MURDEROUS AFFRAY IN JERSEY OITT. At one o'clock yesterday morning an Inoffensive man named Patrick c'ushlng was passing ttie cor ner of Monmouth ntreot and Railroad avenue, wtien be was set upon by two roughs, who, after heating him brutally, hacked him with knives, Inflicting seven fright* lul stab wounds and causing Injuries that may result In death. The manly strngttlo made by C'ushtng tor life attracted three policeman to the scene, who secured tho would-be murderers and lodged them In prison. The wounded man w?? conveyed to the hospital. He knows nothing ot hlft assailants, who give their names rMpcctively as David Hollivan and McOoyern. A DECK HAND DROWSED. Crrr op Kinu.hto*, s. T., may 4,187*. Gilbert Decker, a young man about twenty years of age, deck band on the steamer Baltic, fell over* board, near Albany, on Friday eventnir, and wtu drowned. Dcoeased was the only gufiport 01 a wld-? ow?d lugiHot. who rottden Hero.

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