Newspaper of The New York Herald, June 23, 1873, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated June 23, 1873 Page 4
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GOTHAM'S GODLINESS. Religions Services in the Metropo lis and Its Enfirons Tester day* 1 FRESH BREEZE OF THOUGHT. The Doctors of Divinity Awaking from Their Eaurly Summer Doze. IS THE SOUL A PLA5T ? The Nature of Christ and of His Help to Humanity. Dr. Bellows Giving Advice to Yonng Men Who Are Seeking Fortune in the Great City. BEECHER ON BELIEF. Memorial Honors to an Eminent De parted Minister. INTERESTING INSTALLATION CEREMONIES. A. Vigorous Discourse on the Condition of Our Criminal Calendar, The tax of the Summer heat upon the nerves of the metropolis is beginning to lie strongly felt, and no instance could be given more indicative of this Tact than the effect which It ha* already had upon the members of the congregations that assembln to do worship at the altar of humiliation and praise on the Sabbath. Yesterday tlie Inevitable "thin ning out" amoug the church goers was very mani fest, although the brilliancy and abundance of the tight costumes donned by the fashionable people still lingering for a space in the hot precincts of the town were not le3s attractive and impressive to the observer who may have been a lover of the picturesque than they have been heretofore. The overcast and hazy sky did not prevent the streets rrom having a lively and animated appearance, luggestivc of cheerful and contented ptetv. Mauy af the discourses which wore preached were smgn larly felicitous and fertile In fresh thoughts and novel views of the old, old story of sin and salva. tion, and as such they cannot be read without some appreciation ana interest. The suburban congregations, as might be ex pected, grow plethoric in numbers as those of the tity dwindle away. Reports of services which tako place In the environs of Gotham wi.l now, there Tore, begin to claim a place in these columns, and two very interesiing sketches are given this morning. 8T. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL The Parable of the Lost Shc?p? God'i Merry and Love for Those Who Have Gone Astray? Discourse by the Rev. Father Kearney. The congregation of worshippers at St. Patrick's Cathedral yesterday was quite large, and the music was of the usual high order of excellence. The jelebraut of mass was the Rev. Father McNamee, tnd the sermon was preached by Rev. Father Kearney, who selected for his subject the fifteenth chapter of St. Luke, from the tlrst to the eleventh rerse, wherein appears the parable of tlio shep lerd, who, having lost' his aneep, loft ????? ninety and nine and searched for the one ;hat had gone astray; and the woman, who, losing a groat, searched diligently antll she had found It and called In her neighbors to rejoice with her. The clergyman stated that Dhrlst uttered these parables in order to show His mission. The shepherd who had lost his sheep ?earched diligently until he had found it, and then ae returns to all his friends and asks them to re ,oice over the finding of the one that had gone ifitray. So with the woman, sue searched for the groat until she hud found it, and then called In her neighbors to rejoice with her. \\*e can understand now great was the desire of God to bring back the iost sheep who had strayed from Ills (old. Adam Tell from grace In the Garden of Eden aud rebelled against <iod, but the Almighty called him aud at tempted to bung him back. As God did to Adam in the Garden so He does everywhere to day, and He will continue to do so as long us the world endures. He does not call bv His own voice, but He ban rinsed up ministers through Him to call back His lost creut tires. By the lessons of Christ, by the words of the Saviour, by the confessor, those who speak by His voice, He is calling buck those who have gone astray. By the dread and fear of punishment He is calling those who are lost. By inspiration the man who gone astray desires to return and bow down beiore the throne or God and speak to Him as a Father. When these feel ings spring up in the heart then it Is that God Is calling back the lost sheep, Wh'-n man thinks of God's love it brings him into a desire to re turn. Then God Is seeking. A lien a man sees the roud to hell, the punishment and torment that await him, when fear of this punishment springs tip In his heart, then is it God Is seeking him. When man disregards God's invitation and goes farther aad tartbor frdm him then it is that God is morcirul. When he comes back through suffer ing God takes liim in and there is joy. The soul Who lias been offending God is brought back, und he shell have greaier love of God to thank Him for this mercy: and it our hearts Bud light irom God wc have cause to thauk Him. When we find men still in the broad road to de struction we ought to pray to God to be merciiul ana bring them back to Him from a state of sin. We are thankful that lie does not hurl ilis thun derbolts upon this city ot crime. We read of His destruction of odoni and Gumorran, when He promised that if ten righteous iu<-n were found He would not destroy the cities. There must be ten lust men In our city or He would destroy us. Let us pray to Htm to bring 'rack from their sin and crimes those men borne Into the church who have Itrayed away. Let us pray for all who belong to us that lie will bring them back, i hose are the lost sheep of His fold, anil if we would have them Brought back we must pray with our whole hearts und not give up until we be with the augels in heaven rejoicing over the finding of those who have gone astray. The amount contributed yesterday week at the Cathedral, for His lloliuess the Pope, was fuoo. CHURCH OF ALL 80ULS. Sermon by Dr. Bellows on the Way of Holiness? Advice to Young Men Seeking fortune in New York. At the Church ot All Souls, on the corner of Fourth avenue and Twentieth street, yesterday morning, before un unusually large Summer con jugation, I>r. Bellows preached a very admirable lermon from Isaiah xxxv.,8? "The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." The prophet here alluded to the way /if holiness, the plainness of which was such that not even the tool could err therein. There were no Impediments in the road, no mazes or dubious bypaths. It was i plain direction which needed not a guide. The way of holiness Is merely a holy hearted sim plicity of purpose, a singleness of eye to see the i right, a strong love of goodness, and a resolute will to seek and possess It. it needed not education or sultlvation to secure the holy heart. It was fre quently possessed by the little child, the benighted lavage, the ignorant slave, while the nnholy heart iras too often to be found amoug OCR PROFOUND 8AQES, >ur most brilliant thinkers and greatest victors In social or political contests, some of you remem ber the great snow storms that visited New Kng iand some thirty or fortv yeas ago (aud, I think, last March one of them was still visiting New Kng- | land), when the great fall of snow obliterated all | the fences and covered all the roads so that no ' paths were visible. A thaw succeeded, however, and carried away tho lighter substance of the snow, leaving a hard crust over all, and making one highway of all, fields and roads alike. Thus to the honest wgyiarer sii wave arc the same, all lead in the way of hoimess. It needs only that a man's heart be turned the right way, and no matter what direction Ills leet may take ne follows In the way of holiness. Hut let not my bearers mistake THK SIMPLICITY OK T1IK WAT oC holiness for ease. The way Is easy enough to the heart that would follow it: but the difficulty lies with the heart. It Is difficult to keep the heart bent on the achievement of goodness, to bind It down t<> the longing for the ways of holiness rather thau the ways of the world. What Is needed is a Arm will, a strong resolution to keep the heart pnre and true? set towards the heavenly goal aud sailing by the stars. There are no people so had as to uphold sin, or to believe that the righteous way is not the best and its goal the greatest. But the othor Is the easiest way -its re wards are superficial, but they come sooner, and they lack the strength of will to wait and work lor the greater and higher reward. Every year THOUSANDS OF YOl'NO PBOPLB are coming to New York to seek their life's path way; coming to this desert of pavement to gain name and fortune. Ab ! what a waste is always to bo repaired In this great city I How few keep their looting! They cotue, like the strong waves upon the shore, with high arched heads and swelling breasts, only to strike upon this jagged promon tory and be broken. Every year their ruin is re corded, and every year the newer generations come in, like the constantly recurring waves, to take their place. Not one in ten Is strong enough to withstand the shock. Nine ont of tho ten aro floated out to add to the wrecks and ruins of the year before. How many who have achieved mer cantile or proiesslonai success have been able to hold on to their souls, to resist TUB TBMPTATIONS OK TUB ORBAT CUT and to keep their hearts resolute in the way of holiness ? Could I obtain a bearing or the young men and young women who thus seek the city, I would say to tnem, not as some might, "Flee for your lives back to your homesteads and villages," for theirs is a noble and a worthy ambition. Hut I would say to them, "I'ut on the whole armor of God, seek out the society and sustaining friendship of the virtuous, attend the House of God and cling to that Teacher who most sensibly touches your sooL Devote yourself In busy hours to the interests of your employer, or to the needs of your business if you are your own employer, and In your leisure moments seek the libraries and the picture galleries, or, better still, pursue In the privacy of your own chamber a course of solid reading, which in itself offers a Stronger security thau anything else, except re ligious training, against the wiles aud temptations of sin in a great city. Keep strictly to the early teachings of religious parents, forget not your early prayers, and, in company where there may be sneerers, sceptics or atheists who disdain the acknowledgment of a Supreme Heiug, have the courage and resolution to proclaim your belief, aud In reply to their taunts aud sneers show them that you can be more affable, more agreeable and more attractive company with your belief than they with theirs. SIXTEENTH STREET BAPTIST CHUBOH. Installation of the licv. D, B? Jntton as Pastor? Sermon by the Ror, R. 8. MacArthur? Selfishness and Abnega tion? The Principles Respectively or Sin and Grace. The formal Installation or the Rev. D. U. Jutton as pastor of the congregation of the above named church took place yesterday afternoon In the presence of a large assemblage. A voluntary per formance by the choir opened the Interesting pro gramme. A portion of the Uolv Scriptures was read by the Rev. \V. n. Pendleton, and prayer was said by the Rev. Mr. Brouner, pastor of the North Baptist church. The sermon of the occasion was preached by the Rev. It. s. MacArthur, who, at the appointed time, came lorth and took his text from Matthew x., 3?? "He that flndeth his life shall lose it, and he that loseth bis life lor my sake shall And It." This remarkable sayhnr of Christ is recorded by all the Evangelists, aud by two of them twice. It was an axiomatical saying, well understood by His disciples. Considered literally, it seems to be a contradiction. Considered practically, it seems to cncouarago TUB WILDEST FANATICISM. This, however, is not justified by the latter por tion of Christ's saving. Is it the profundity of it that renders it obscure r True, the higher truths, whether of art or of science or of religion, seem to be obscure. Human language almost falls when it is expressing human thought; it totally breaks down when expressing dlvino thought. This saying Is so full of truth? Christ packs so much truth into bis savings that no one generation is able to take ull ttie truth therefrom, i Nevert heless we may explain this saying of Christ w hen we bear in mind that in tho ilrst place He | speaks ol the natural, physical life, and In the sfcc ond place He speaks of tho higher spiritual life. I lienoe, wnoever fluds physical life alone Is without , the higher liie, without which one is dead. And j whoever loses his physical life alid becomes a mar tyr lor the sake of Jesus, he gains that llie of glory which is the only true and enduring life. Eternal life is indeed the KUttAIWJ or OKLK-DftWIAL.. v\ hon a man proposes self as the object of his worship it is easy to see the result. Society is sus picious of such a man; It shuns blm, and defeats his projects. God will withdraw from him, and allow lam to fall Into his own snares. The man sin?s from liri? to death. Never had a man a greater opportunity or Illustrating either portion of this remarkable saying thau Pnntius Pilate. He was an ambitious politician, and it was said to him, ?If tliou release this man thou art no friend or c :vsar. It was seir that he had to consider on the one hand; truth, justice and right on the other. Pilate should have done right. He ougnt not to have surrendered Christ to the Jewish rabble before they should walk over his own body. I do I not Judge 1'ilate from the Christian standard, but by the Ionian law, and uccordlng to that law he was guilty of grievous wrong, it was so with Judas. They were two men with whom seir was such un object that no parent dar<? name a child alter them. Hut when we remember our own frailties, our severity is tnmed into pity, and we leel disposed to cry out, "Lord save us, lest we fall." A titling example of the rorce of each portion of the text is to be. found in Cain on the one hand and I aul on the other. The first sin was the result of supreme selfishness; the HEROISM OK PAl'L wa? pe consequence of the seir-sacriflcing spirit within him. \\ hen you reduce sin to Its last an alysis ^ it becomes selfishness. The opposite *o this 1 Is sell-abnegation, and it must produce opposite 1 effects; anil thus can the second portion of the 1 text be illustrated. Christ Himself was a marvel of ?elf-abnegation. He lived not ror himself, but lor Him that sent Him. Ami as Christ was thus obedient unto God so was Paul unto Christ. He lost ltimsell in Christ; he gave up his lire, and by so doing found the nobler lire that will endure for ever. Such a man sees in God everything: he loses all iear of bis Creator, and from his vision of good in God acquires u sympathy for his fellow man. Miserable is he wno cannot partake of the llie of another, and sym- I patuizc with him. Happy Is the man who lorgets , and lives &n unconscious life, by losinc self ' in the love of his rellow men. ' The reverend speaker here went at length into Illustrations of such action on the part or men mentioning, among others, the late Chief Justice ! Chase, .wno lost his case In a Cincinnati Court lorty 1 years ago. while asserting the immorta' principle : that -a man's a man lor a' that," though his color be black. '1 he world wauls such men ; God wants ! such men, and He extends His providential hand to them, saying "Come up Higher." The law of the ! text is as universal as gravitation, AS ETERNAI. AS 000. Its operation is more a work or the heart than or the head. Hereupon the reverend speaker cited himself as one who had personally experienced the truth of the text since his becoming a pastor. And to the reverend brother who comes among us to him and to every one ol his flock, no higher law' could be laid down than this, "He that flndeth his life shall lose It; but he that loseth his lifo lor Christ's sake shall find it." At tne close or the energetic discourse the whole congregation rose and chanted the appropriate liymn commencing with the rollowlng stanza: ? All hall the power of Jesus' name, bet angels prostrate fall, Brlnjr forth the roval diadem And crown Him Lord ol all. The ceremonies were then brought to a close with a rorvent prayer offered by the Kev. Mr. Held and the charge delivered to the pastor bv the Rev' i C. Rhodes. * I The Rev. Dr. Dawlwg, on behalf of the ministry I extended a cordial welcome to the new pastor' ' An address to the congregation was delivered bv I the Rev. T. T. Anderson, 0. I). ST. PAUL'S METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHDBCfl. | The Trial of Jeans Before Pilate? Ser- | mon by the Rev. C. I>. Fo??. There was an immense congregation at St. Paul's I Methodist Episcopal church, Twenty-second street ! and Fourth avenue, yesterday morning, who ! listened attentively to the sermon preached by the 1 Rev. C. D. loss, the pastor. He took bis text from i John, xvlil., 28-40. llie subject which he had selected, he said, was i the trial or Jesus beore Pilate, ir they might Judge or the importance or any event by the space ac- i corded to It In the Scriptures the judgment trial of Jesus was the most important or all events re corded in the Scriptures. This was not the case with the death or Paul and Peter. How many de vout Christians could give a particular account of this trial ? They all knew how he was dragged be fore Pilate, how He suffered great Indignity there ami how He was taken to the crucifix. How many were aware that there were nine separate scenes in the trial of the Saviourr Iirst, Pilate questioned Him and said no was innocent; then He was harried away to Herod, and so on till Pilate mar.e his fourth plea for the release or Jesus. This showed how necessary it was for them to Mud j Scripture by Scripture. Luke alone told them ?f the threetold accusations against the Saviour. There was no mention of these Important facts In the narrative of John, which was the full est of all. Judas' betrayal of Him by a kiss, the assembling of a great council lor the more em phatic condemnation of the Saviour, the mob smit ing Him In the face ? all these were great scenes in this trial. Murder in their hearts, mad with rage, these men, who thirsted for the Saviour s blood, were restrained by superstition, and sent m to Pilate to ask him to come out. Pilate, coming out, saw the Jewish priests and Senate, and In their midst a prisoner, who was no ordinary He stopped them In their career and asked, "What accusation have ye against this man ? They were nonplused and indignant. Pilate *M a Roman, and had A HAUGHTY SPIRIT in him. He said, "Take Him away and judge Him according to your laws." They then stated their charges against Him. Thetr real charge was sup- j posed to be blasphemy, because the Saviour had declared Uimseli to be the Son of God, but they said we found this fellow perverting the nation, refusing to give tribute to Cassar. and He has de clared Himself Christ, a king. AU these accusa tions were atter falsehoods, but Pilate must listen to that charge that Christ bad proclaimed Himself a king. 1'ilate went Into his Inner Judgment hail and called to Christ to follow him. He followed Pilate into the Judgment hall. Now they came to the critical period of Pilate's life. O that Pilate a eyes would have opened and ho could see himself a condemned man beiore this Kin? of all kings and this Lord of all lords l He asked Jesus, '"Art tnou the King of the Jews?" Jesus meant to go to the heart of Pilate and returned the queBtlon by an other. He asked him whethor he had asked this question by his own doslre or whether he had been PI T UP TO IT by others. Jesus finally told him that He was not a king of this world. "To this end was I born, that I should bear witness to the truth," he said. Pilate said, "What Is truth ?" But he took Jcs?8 out beiore the neoplo and said, "1 find no fault in Him." Tills fact placed the people, the Jewish rab ble, in a peculiar position, when they found that the Roman government was unwilling to amrm the sentence of death they multiplied their charges U*Pihitcsent Jesus to nerod. The trial before Herod passed off quietly. Jesus said nothing, aud Herod sent Jesus back to Pilato. When Jesus was brought back Pilate called the chief priests to gether and said ho could not see that this prisoner had done anything deserving death. Pilato then could have released Jesus, and this cohort of 'Io nian soldiers would have set 111m free; but i llate did not release Him. He said, "I will chastise Him I" and he did this In order TO CONCILIATE THE ltlOn PRIEST. The very moment he said tills a letter from his wife was handed him. The letter _ ran i thus Havo thou nethlng to do with thlH jiiat man. God had sent a message to her heart in h?r dreams. I ut the rabble and chief priest all s'l0"t('(l, run \ Him1" Pilate was overborne by this clamor, and gave orders lliat Jesus should be scourged. The Roman soldiers then took Him Into the niuer hitll, stripped otf His clothes, and scourged Him till tin Moo* I ran down to the ground, and then thev covered Hlui with a purple cloak like that of military chief. They put a crown of thorns up-M His head and placed a wreath in Hi* fcani*. They fell upon their kees beiore Him and mocked Him hailing Him as the King of Jews PilTte theu took Him out before the rabble and said. "Heboid the Man!" But he was Una Hy compelled to tell them, "Take ye and cruclty Hiiu." He washed his handft of His blood aud said tothe Jews, "Bo His blood upon you, and they readily said, "BE HIS BLOOD ITON US." Pilate was afraid that if Ids lt?man master should hear that he had released a man charged with sedition ho would lose hi* ofllce, and so he delivered lltm up. The reverend preacher asked his hearers what illd they think of Christ. Would tliey despise Him and crucify Him airesh, orwou hi tiiev lovo Him aud accept Him ? Might God help them to wisely answer this question. DB. HALL'S CHURCH. A. Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Imbrie, of Jersey City? The Nature of Christ and of His Help to Humanity. The warm Summer days arc gradually drawing people away to the country and thinning the con gregations of our fashionable churches. In the ab sence of Dr. Hall, now travelling in Europe, the sermon was preached by jhe Rev. Dr. Imbnc, of Jersey City. The text was taken from Tltns IL, xlv:? "Who gave Himself for us, that He might re deem us Irom all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous ot good works." The reverend Doctor began by stating the cir cumstances under which the text was given. Titus was called to preach among the Cretans, whose character was represented as extremely bad, and who also were troubled with misleading teachers? an ill soli with 111 seed Bown upon It. The apostle urges Titus to meet the case first by Inculcating sound doctrines, and, secondly, by seeing that the lives of Christian professors were pure and holy; hence his Instructions to the various classes of men. In the text ho gives a reason for this, namely, that Christianity, which Titus was to preach, was no new philosophy or humanly devised scheme of renovation, but an entirely new heaven sent principle, and was distinguished by these three particulars:? First, that CHRISTIAN MORALITY IS SUPERIOR to the morality of the world? "Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, godly iu this present world." Secoudlv, Christianity was sustained by a peculiar hope? "Looking lor that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of the great God our Saviour jesus Christ." Thirdly, that the source of thts moral life and nope was peculiar, namely? not In man himself, but outside of man, in the Uod who created and redeemed him. "who gave Himself tor us that He ml?ht redeem us Irom all iniquity, and purlft us unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." t . lu discussing this point, which was the burden of the sermon, the preacher showed that men every where as well as the Christian Church, were con scious of evil and desired and aimed at reforms both in themselves and also in society at large; the distinction being that outside of Christianity human schemes ol reiorm have been sought in the resources of man himself, whereas Christianity alone points for the solution of the problem to A DELIVERER OTHER THAN MAN HIMSELF. This is aiHrmed In the text; we are saved not by our own goodness nor niado better by our own endeavors; but, as the text declares, Ho gave Illm self for us, that He might deUver us from all iniquity and that He might purliy us. To gain peace and virtuo according to Christianity, then, 1b not by sinful human nature climbing laboriously up hopeless steeps towards heaven, but It is heaven's mighty arui reacting down to earth, and of its own graco and power raising up the mined man to peace and holiness. It Is not the vain attempt or the hthlo pian to whiten his own skin, but it is the voice of the Son or Uod calling lorth the dead Lazarus to life and love. , _ Next, Christianity presents as peculiar the Being by wliom this is accomplished. Here the preacher showed that the "who" In the text points to the preceding verso, which reveals the unique chnracter of the Being who saves lost man. He Is described, first ns the great God; secondly, hy his human name Jesus; and thirdly, by His oillctal name, the Christ. It is this unique Being, neither Uod alone nor man alono, the wonder oi the universe, whom Christianity reveals as THE PECULIAR AND ONLY REDEEMER from human sin and misery. Third, Christianity presents as peculiar the mode in which this Being says "Who gave Himself for us that He might re deem us," Ac., Ac. It Is the actual devotion or all the powers of this unique Being for the accora plishim nt of this work. He gave Ulmseb lor us; anil more than this, thai le gives Him self in our place, lor this is the mean ing of "lor us." Christianity does not cry to the restless, slninl, degrnded human creature, "Only bo a little .stronger ami more de voted and you will succeed in overcoming sin and loving uod"? the vain cry of the world's schemes lor renovation the world over, and which is ever answered by the pitiable response or the helpless soul that he cannot make its unloving hoart love God? but, on the contrary, Christianity puts man asl-le and sets this mighty Being in his nlace : He goes forth as the victor lor man, He conquers death and hell and sin and metes the iustice or God ; He redeems the soul irom its debt ami gives It peace by His word and He reafcws It by the mlgnty power of His spirit. The last point CHRISTIANITY ^RESENTS IS A PECULIAR RPSULT. Man thus redeemed, is raised to the highest dig nity and devotion to God, "Made a peculiar people zealous or good works." The preacher here showed irom the light or Scripture that, human beings redeemed from sin are ex alted to a place of houor . and dignity, ami manifest a devotion beyond even that of angels; redeemed sinners are God's peculiar treasure, in the close of his discourse the preacher drew two important applications. The first was ncrsonal, and applied to those who arc seeking, aud never finding, rest. The dimculty was, as he showed, that they tailed to apprehend this pecu liarity of the Christian scheme, that It places our help _ ENTIRELY OUTSIDE OP OURSELVES, and in the hands of the Sou of God. The second was a caution to the Christian Church against com plying with the custom of the times in joining with the world in carrying on moral reforms to irether* To do so, he showed, is to risk laying the glory of Christianity in tno dust. First, because their alms are so distinct, the world's reforms seek only outside renovation ; Christianity con siders no reiorm or worth which does not leach

the heart; and, secondly, because the ftower relied upon in the two cases Is so dlflftout. 'Ihe world s riloruisare baaed upon the belief In man's power I t o renovate himself. Christianity, on the contrary, insists that all power or renovation comes from the incarnate Son or God aione. How can theso two agree together and working into each other n hands? Home compromise must be effected, and that compromise will ?>e not by the world resign ing Its distinctive principle or reform, but by Chris tians renouncing the foundation principle of the Christian scheme. This has ever been the result. The speaker therefore entreated the Christian congregation to abide by these distinctive priocl. plea of Christianity: to remember that, as the apostle John suvs, "The Son of God Is come," ami "that lu Him alone is life." He is the living Head which came <lown Irom heaven, of which a man must eat if he would live forever; that the whole world iyeth in wickedness, and that no scheme of reform can succeed which seeks to mingle the principles of these two together. TRINITY BAPTI8T OHUBOH. Harder?The Condition of Oar Criminal Calendar?Where the Responsibility Rests? The Influence of the LaU War Foreign Emigration ? The Poblle Press? Criminal Literature?1 The Hu man Heart? Sermon by the Kev. Or. J. Stanford Holme. Notwithstanding the threatening weather, a largo audience gathered at the Trinity Baptist church in Flfty-flftU street, last evculug, to listen to the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Holme, on the sub ject, "Murder; or, the Condition or our Criminal Calender; Where the Responsibility Rests." He selected for his text a passage (rom Matthew, xv., 19? "Out of the heart proceed ? * * murders." He opened by referring to the condition of our criminal calendar and its demand for our Berious consideration as Christian men, and said, in at tempting to auswer the question why the crime of murder is so fearlully prevalent in our day, He wonld first reier to some of those in fluences which may be supposed to be more remote and alterwards attempt to traco the stream to the fountain head. And first he considered that the prevalence of the crime is traceable in no small degree to the influence of our late war. That terrible struggle left a fcarlul shadow behind it. It cheapened human life ; it has familiarized us with seas of blood, and what men learn to do lor others they come to do easily for themselves. Again, great importance is to be at tached ill this connection to FOREIGN EMIGRATION. A large proportion of our emigrants belong to the lowest class of European population. And they not only proportionately lower the staudard of our national morality, but they even sink us in the gradation of the criminal calendar below that of the nations from which they come; and this be cause we are destitute of a system of police equal to that of Europe. The European police, In their wonderful ingenuity and system of espionage, con trasts strongly with our imperfect ami inelflclent orgaul/.atloii. And this should be taken into account lu estimating the causes of the preva lence of crime in this country. Nor does the luiliiencc of the crime of the lower classes end with ? detractions, but extends t<> the higher and more cultivated class, as the 21thy lanes and dark slums <>i the city send out their loads of contagion and death to the eleguut dwellings of the rich. Again, wicked men and women arc rendered even more desperate by the evident inequality of the laws. The laws are professedly based on justice and exe cuted with fairness; but men who, though them selves wicked, aro not lost to all Bense 01 fairness see that this profession is, In a great measure, a mockery; that what professes to be justice is A MURK (i AUK OK CHANCE OB SKILL where the cunning slip through and the strong leap over. Who doubts that had Stokes been in the same social and pecuniary condition as poor Nixon he would now i>e where Nixon is? This ine quality, this unfairness, this absolute injustice cor rupts the community. Another cause of the Increase or crime Is the pub licity given to it u/ the press in our day. It fa miliarizes the public with deeds of violence, and thus aids greatly in their propagation, i'ope has thrown more philosophy than poetry into the well known lines:? Vlco Is a monitor of no frightful mien t An to tie noted needs but to be MSB . Yet seen too oft, iamlliiir with its I'sco We llrnt cmlure, then pity, then embrace. And I am persuaded that lew more powerful in flounces can be couceived of than a constant fa miliarity with scenes ol violence to bluut the moral sense and to lead to the propagation of crime. The influence of the dally press is almost incalculable and Incredible. Every day It is pouring its stream of influence on the public mm<H and when the youth or our clt.v are brought in daily and hourly contact with the mass of criminal literature which it contains is it wonderful that the MOST FEAKKUL RESULTS should 'follow? The speaker then referred to drunkenness as the parent of all vice, and in trac ing the stream of vice back came to its fountain? the human heart. Out of the heart, says the text, proceed murders. And If we had more insight Into these nearrs of ours we should discover in our own ungoverned passions? our anger, our malice, our feelings of revenge? the germs of murder. The Apostle John says, "Who ?o hateth his brother is a murderer." He may not liave imbued his hands in blood, but he has the spirit of a murderer in his heart. The speaker likened murder to the belch ing forth of the volcano of the human heart, burn ing with the fires of hatred und malice. So God declares every angry man a murderer, and will so hold him responsible. After elaborating to a con siderable extent on the cultivation ol tlie spirit of hatred rife In the community, the reverend gentle man, again referring to THE NEWSPAPERS, said "I am sorry to say that a good many of our newspapers have just this spirit in them. They pride themselves on being honest haters. They are more honest in tills than in anything else, and they lnruse this spirit into their readers; and is there any wonder that the volcanic llres or hatred and passion are continually burning and Mazing and bursting forth Into murder and deeds of vio lence? That deed is furnisned- almost dally, suf ficient to stock a city with murders lor a twelve month," lie closed by urging upon his hearers the duty of cultivating the spirit of love among them selves and exercising their influence to promote it among others as the only practical means for lessening the prevalence of murders among us, which legislation cannot by itself do. BROOKLYN CHURCHES. PLYMOUTH OHPBOfl Mr. Beccher on Belief? Its Nature and the Responsibility of Man In Regard Thereto? The Relation of Right Living to Right Thinking? Men Responsible for Trying to Find the Truth. Mr. Beecher preached yesterday morning to a congregation somewhat diminished in numbers by the advance of the Summer season a sermon, In its characteristics resembling the more popular series preached some two years ago, evangelical in tendency and abounding with a wealth of illus tration. The subject was "The Nature of Belief, Its Importance and what it Embraces." The text was selected from the ninth chapter of the Gospel of St. John, the thirty-fifth to the thirty eighth verse inclusive? "Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and when he had found him he said nnto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God ? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on Him t And Jesus said nnto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it Is Ho that talketh with thee1 And he said, Lord I believe, and he worshipped Him." It is evident, said Mr. Keecher, to any one at all acquainted with the literature of the Holy Land and its speculations and belief that truth meant one thing at Jerusalem and at Athens another. If at Jerusalem a man believed it was taken in a religious Bense and as a token of per sonal feeling towards God. It was the relation of man's own self to his master. It was, Indeed, seen In Its perfection in the absolute fealty o the soldier to his general, of the clansman to hlsf chief, of the child to its parent. The belief in Greece was different, although It had some of the features of that of Jerusalem. There was the ac ccptance of certain evidence, and the belief was in the mam on Intellectual process. After the Master ascended the preaching or the early days was the 1 preaching of Christ and His mission and the giving 1 to the bcHover a certain condition of life and char* acter. The power of the Christian religion was eminently manifested by the setting forth of ex ample by the early Christians, and eminently more than by the acceptance of creeds. After a certain time ? CHEEP- MAR I NO came into vogue. The nature of God, the natnre of the Father, of the Son and the Holy Ghost and their co-operative relations were discussed. The Greek mind tended towards the psychological element as it was then understood. In the Roman mind the analysis of this belief took the form of law, of government, of polity, of organization, and this became the work of the Romish Church. Tsis survived even so late as Elizabeth's day in Eng land when the question of the actual presence of the body of Christ in the sacrament was discussed. If anybody Wants to sec this brilliantly pnt let them read Fronde's "History of England," the best history or the time ever written, despite its many faults, so that it came to this In the day of sectarian development that right belle! was equivalent to right living. In our own day there has been a powerful reaction to all this, and a reaction has set In against all crecds. Almost everybody has advanced beyond dogma and beyond systems of theology. Almost every man says that he has advanced beyond right think ing, and says that right living is the only thing that is true. Now, the first question that one meets is this-Is belter the normal condition of mind, and is It subject to man's will f Is man to bo accountable tor his belier? My reply Is that BELIEF 18 PARTLY VOI.rNTARY and partly involuntary. When belief depends upon circumstance* over which we have no control we nre not responsible. It Is man's duty to attend to tho aubjcct, and to pnt the mind In suchau ftr" tade as that be should be likely to ona tne right A man la responsible lor investigation. Iranian goes without right bellei because lie has not cared to investigate, he is responsible (or wrong belief, or for no belief, on tbe other hand there is much in man's belief that he could not nelp getting. For example, two and two make lour, not because you hafe a right mind, and not because of any cour tesy you may have. Tbe character of a man's mind will determine the way in which he will see a truth. Sentiment is brought to a man who nas no sentiment, and the sentiment will not be seen or feu. If mathematics is brought to me, 1 am at once in a cloud, .on tbe other hand, bring me a truth that is in sympathy with nature, and ttie In tuition in mc is like a flash or lightning. A man who has not this intuition does not see that which flashes on me. ?A quiet remark is made in com pany, and instantly the spirit of mirth is invoked. By the aide or you is ' A MOST DKOOBITH PERSON who says, "Explain that to me: 1 don't nee what that is." You explain it, and then he don't see it. Tne sense or humor is not in mm. The Scriptures nowhere require a man to believe in a technical right or In the theories or beliel. They hold a man accountable for the manhood or Christ Jesus, that pattern or manhood where are found the traces of God. Men say then does accurate belier amount to nothing? Let mc ask, Is it not possible for truth to be so large that ten men may believe in It and yet each ono has only a sectional part, and yet the whole ten sections may be the whole truth, and yet not one or them may have the truth or the whole truth t Mr. Uoechcr here gave an Illustration or this position by taking in imagination certain ideal personages to <value a tree, each having his own Ideas or value, according to the way be looked at it? one lor wood, another shade for his cow, a boy lor the nuts lie could shake down, the artist for its beauty in the foreground, and tho student for its won drous manifestation ol tho goodness of Clod, and vot while they were all right, not ono of them had exhausted the hundredth part or tho value ol tho tree. Truth Is or great value: Just us it is Important as It is to know a road forty miles loiitflam going to travel on. 1 iibk a mtin about the road. Ue says It Is not or much iui port mice about the road, the grand thing is to get there. But If I am going to walk along It FORTY MILKS, it is Important that 1 should know Its character istics. So it is with the application of truth to lll'e; the truth tells me of the way, and is thus u guide unto my path. For example, I may not'know any thing about the abstract rights of property, but it is Important that I should know the difference be tween my neighbor's pocket and my own. So do men's views or God, of His providence, or His rela tion to tlium, affect their course ol liie ; and a man who does not believe in a personal God will act as though he did not believe in It. Mr. Beecher drew Irom the ahove subject a prac tical application of tho responsibility that was upon cueii man to do his best to know what truth was; that was his duty; the shape that took would depend entirely upon his Individuality. IBON TEMPLE, St. Peter's Last Words? The Conditions, the Act and the Effect of Growl,,* Flowers for God's Paradise-Sermon ?y the Rev. Dr. Scuddcr. Dr. Scudder's church was rull yesterday morn ing, notwithstanding the dubious state of the weather, ilelore the sermon there was a beautiful group or children presented tor baptism Dr Scudder announced that next Sunday would be children's Sunday, and that he should preach a sermon for children. He then snld that he did not want the older people .lo run away, but be present with their children ; he said it only came once in two months and that they ought to make it a sort of jubilee. Ue then selected liis text from the third chapter or the second epistle or reter eighteenth verse-"Bnt grow in grace, and in tho' knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, lo Illm be glory both now and forever. Amen >> We listen with interest to tho last words of great men. When tho wise and good and experienced and the inspired depart from this world, we expect in their final utterances they will leave us soxno WATCHWORD OF HOPE, and we treasure np words they solemnly speak when they arc on the brink of another world. The text I select tills morning is the last words of Peter. Listen to it; it is quite worthy "But irrow in grace and In the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesti, Christ. To lU bo boto and forever. Amen." This sentence may be con densed in a single word-growth. This season is the most active in work. All vegetation is grow ing now. Onr gardens arc all in bloom, the prairies have put on their richest raiment, it is the time of growth. All nature speaks Xo us and govs "Are you growing also?" ' ' ? pSSSH the plant must have sunlight to bathe in ? Wnar It 18 J'H" 80UI' A PLANT f u t'rn.h , ave 80,1 to stand in? That soil If '"V111' 'he perfect soil Is the Hook, the saer?. n tiPrtlLre3' whlch. when the soul is plumed jAa?r T .?. 11 cont*lns nil the other elements too f beautifully pertinent are these svmh?i? t, human soul, to be saved mmf wnrv^Ph ? Tl10 lug. Third? The effeifts of growuf- ToTnf growing perfects itself, makes Kwir aftSti.-' und also produces fruit for others a and a snake are opposite.' a snake ion ! !0wi ??Si ^ars^saaattSsafer K'ssisifaws, "or" cMm* "'<?? *?"? , _ AN INDIVIDUAL GOD and so publishes his disbelier with his little "</ ? 1 hose professiua themseivn. VA i J e ??* typical form for man, and that is rhria* ? a ssss ssr wnf * 1 SHfS i ers know what they do.' The iQiriUi Li h. smvtsk. a rtsr.iSS i flowers for his own paradise, i vviii ci^?l 1 add to yourselves one ring each yearns th??r?? ?"? Swiss hnlJa?tKhow. ^ wm' r"an? In bod v he is limited but the mind has an unlimited spnere The mo, ? ST. ANN'8 ROMAS CATHOLIC CHDECH. Sermon hy a Young Priest, the iter, i Father Daniel Bheehey, The Roman catholic Church in the diocese of l Brooklyn is being constantly revisited by a class of priests of moro than ordinary abii.ty and use- | fulness. Among these is the Rev. Daniel Shechey I lately ordained at Niagara, and appointed assistant at St. Ann's church, on Front street. Mr. shce hey possesses zeal-the cardinal virtue in a priest I of a propagandist Ohurch-a ready tongue con i trolled by an excellent jndgmeni, and a' presence very much in keeping with the even I ncss of his character and temper, tvell re id in the ways of the world and profoundly learned in tlie school of Caiholic tcachim? Mr ?h, ? ! peculiarly fitted for the discharge or the dim y '* trusted to linn hy his suncriors in tilJ . ut cu" Christian effort, 01 which the nnstorn to or st a is tho centre. Yesterday, llt the bair-L,t ???A?Ue 8 the young clergyman addressed riif> fr?n ' in an excellent sermon, plain when uii.m^, * required and ornate and chaste* XVZ* fancy was not unwarranted, which wm.,1.!?! eriuily affect the large coiWemwf? to pow" He took for his text the Cosi^i of thl iCmble,J." without much introductory Pviri i?l 8y.' a.n'i the attention or his hearer absorbing qnestion which r.iiiuf a ft"' elude all human discuss o5 UeZtn ^c,cfMarlly ,? Its manifold forms an.lSCn brousht vividiv hofni!. .7 estrangements, was tion of the n?.n 17 ,nai"V??I. and tho atten ded lia ?lltrM waH unwearied until the i!v?n !S discourse was brought to a closo by an utftuiag and lilting appeal. &r. simtfiey 14 a valuable addition to the strong force of Romaa Catholic priests in Brooklyn. ? ? - ? . OOHFIEMATIOH OF CHURCH CANDIDATES. Yesterday morning 500 children of the congrega. tlon of St. Mary's Roman Catholic church, corner of Leonard and Mauger streets, Brooklyn, E. i).. received holy communion. After the the mass the pastor, Rev. John McDonald, called Edward McCot lutn, a little boy, before the altar rail .tad presented him with a handsome silver watch as a reward for honesty. The youngster, It appears, found a pocVetbook containing a large amount of money, which be returned to the owner. In the afternoon several liuudred boys were continued by the Right Rev. Bishop Louglilin. SEB VICES AT HEWLET'8 STATION, L, I. St. Patrick's Church? Joy la Heaven Over One Sinner Doing Penance? Ser mon by the Rev. Father Dorrls. In passing over that much travelled branch o the South Side Railroad leading from Valley Stream to Rockaway Beach one cannot avoid observing upon approaching Qewlet's Station, the very pretty white-painted and green-shuttered little church, with its attractive cupola and cross, which ptands in from the railroaa about six hundred yards. This structure, reared last year, stand* as a monument to the lalth and zeal of the small congregation resident of that vicinity and the untiring energy or the worthy pastor, Rev. Father Dorrls, formerly pastor of St. Stephen's church, Brooklyn. Thia country church, which Is under the titular patron age of St. Patrick, appeared to excellent ad vantage at the services yesterday. The altar was handsomely decorated by noral contributions, and the regular worshippers were reiniorced at the principal mass by Catholic guests from the Woods burg Pavilion, about half a mile from Hewlet'a. There were also present several people from Rook away. Tho pastor preached A BRIEF SERMON, taking for his text the Gospel of St. Luke. iv? 1-10. He dwelt upon the joy In heaven over one sit ner doing penance, or which the Gospel treated. He ureea the unrenentant to pause ror a moment and endeavor to contemplate tue length and depth or God's love and unbounded mercy for sinful man* To consider the lniinite love which prompted Him to come down from heaven, take upon Him self all the travails of humanity? excepting sin alone? and in the end die upon the hard wood of the cross, that we might enjoy that inheritance ol eternal life aud happiness for which mpn was cre ated, but was debarred lrom by the aln of our first Sarents. But while God is all merey lid warned his earers that He was also a God of Justice, and would require from each one of His crcaturos, a strict accountability of the manner in which wa have passed our lives on this earth, and how far we havo been derelict in the dlschafgo of our re ligious duties and in the fulfilment of the laws j , laid down for our guidance. There wero too many, , alas ! who, living year after year in a state or sin, '! I CtTT OFF FROM DIVINE (3KAOB . < are nevertheless conscious or the precipice upon which their tripping feet are treading, yet thej 1 say to themselves, ''Time enough for repentance j i 1 will enjoy the present opportunity of . Health and ! strength; coutiuu^ on In my sinful course una in j good time, when old, will repent." Ah! tills is the fallacy of the argument of the poor slave or the devil. "Put it oil until to-morrow," whisper^ the i Evil one. Hash postponement, which may lead to . ; the loss or the immortal soul, tor which so gn>at a rausom was paid. The speaker then exhorted hit : hearers, who bad not made their peace with God, ; to lose no time In doing so, and to bear in mind > the consoling words of the Scriptures concerning ' (he joy In heaven over one sinner doing penance. I He urged them to lead HONEST, 80I1KR AND V1RT0QUS LIVES, Combat their besetting sins by constant supplies. ; tion belore the throne or Divine Mercy, and to regularly approach the sacraments or the Church. It may ppt t>9 ont or place Just here to state thai the erection of tnls hew house of worship in thia sparsely populated section or Long Island has en tailed a burden upon a rew in the payment of the debt. To lighten this encumbrance will doubtless be a pious, self-imposed task on the part of the hundreds of Catholics who from the two cities seek the rustic attractions of Hcwlet's, Woodsburg and Rockaway during the present season. WORSHIP AT CLOSTER, N. J. Memorial Service of the Rev. E. 8. Hammond. Closter, N. J., June 22, 1873. To-day has been a Sabbath or impressive solem nity to tne residents ol this qniet hamlet on ao< count or the obsequies of the Rev. E. S. Hammond, an estimable citizen, an eminent clergyman ol this place and a beloved and influential membci of the "Classis of Bergen." Mr. nammond graduated at the Theological Seminary of New Brunswick, N. J., in 1842, since which period he has been a faithful servant or hli Lord and Master in the gospel ministry. He has preached with unusual acceptance, in most in ! stances, as a beloved pastor to several churches in different parts or New York and i in New .Jersey. A rew years ago ha moved to this place, where he labored witli all hii energy or body nnd earnestness or mind to organ ize and to establish a Christian church, which non exists as a checriug monument ol the unswerving fidelity and ever abounding zeal In his Master'i I service. Knowing his unquestionable competency to discharge the duties of a more responsible eta tlon, and reposing implicit confidence In his fidel ity aud Christian earnestness, he was chosen bj "the Board or Foreign Missions," under tlu auspices or the Reformed Chtirch, to labor as A MISSIONARY AT TUE COLORADO RIVER KBSEBTV TION, Arizona, ami abont the samo time tho President of the United States, feeling assured that Mr. Ham mond was a man of the true Jeffersonlan stamp? "honest and competent"? appointed him as Indian 'Agent at tne above named place. On the 7th of May last, as announced la th? New York Herald, Mr. Hammond tort himself from the bosom or his dear family, bid a cncerlul adieu to his friends and associates In life, forsook the comiorts, tho luxuries, the privi leges and inestimable blessings of civilized and refined society, and started, comparatively alone, lor his destination, tar beyond the bounds ol civilization, to do what he could towards civilizing, chrlstianzing and evagellzlng the wild savages of heathenish Arizona. It was a herculean task. The responsibilities of his station were of over whelming magnitude. Having arrived at San Bernardino, before lie had reached his appointed station, he was attacked with pleurisy; and there, far away from those who loved him as their own dear selves, he breathed out his precious life and was committed, "earth to earth and dust to dust," with out a look, a word, or a tear from tender friends in nts dying norn. still, stranger hands administered to all his wants, and stranger friends of the Masonic fraternity ol that place Honored him with a respectable burtaL He lias left a wife, an estimable lady, and five lovely daughters, or superior accomplishments, to mourn his loss, at an age when a wile feels the imperative need of a tender husband's arm to lean upon, and When daughters experience tho need of paternal connscl, paternal confidence and affec tion. Our country reqnired the life of Mr. Hammond as* an offering on Its altar, and the victim was ready at the appointed place and honr of sacrifice. Our country, thus far, has been possessed, subdued and Christianized at an immense cost of human lire; and before the wilderness and the solitary place* shall rejoice and the desert blossom as the roao thousands npon thousands of our best meu and women must sacrifice all that they hold dear, even tneir lives, to promote and accomplisn the mo mentous enterprise or promulgating truth and disseminating intelligence throughout tno uncivi lized realms of the iflobe on widen we dwell. At the appointed hour of service the church at Closter was t hronged to listen to a discourse by the llev. Dr. Gordon, or Schraalingburg, who, after the choir had sung the pathetic hymn, I would not live alwny, announced for Ills text Hebrews, xl., 4:? "HE I1KIN0 DEAD YKT SPRAKKT1I." He showed how not only good men, but wicke<J men, live and speak after death, often exerting t more impressive lnfiuenco than whllo they wers still alive. A very impressive Intercessory prayei whs offered by the Kev. P. V . 1 choir sung several appropriately beautiful hymna The church wns l>ecoiningly draped, and th? occasion wns one of deep interest and of profit, aide solemnity to the entire audience. SUNDAY MORNING DIVERSIONS IN WIL LIAMSBURG. At about half-past one o'clock yesterday mom Ing an unusual tumult took place at the Interseo tion or Union avenue nnd South First street, Wil llaiOHbnrg. Tho report of a pistol having beet heard, Officers Lewis jind Bennett, or the Slxtt* precinct, hurried to the scene, aud there round about thirty or rorty voung men and voung womei In deadly conflict. The officers quickly dlsperseti the crowd and arrested two youug men named James Kelly, seventeen years of age, and Johl Turner, lor participating lu tho Incipient rlofc They were subsequently balled by Justice Kainea A young man named Thomas Malono received ? pistol shot wound In his right arm. Tho bullet extracted bjf Police Qurgcvu Uiftdv

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