Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 28, 1876, Page 8

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated May 28, 1876 Page 8
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NEW YORK HERALD BROADWAY AND ANN STREET. JAMES GORDON BENNETT, !? KOI' RIKTOK. ?11 business, news letters or telegraphic despatches mast be addressed New York E&iuxjx Letter* and packages shculd be properly settled. Rejected communications will not be re turned. PHILADELPHIA OFFICE?NO. 112SOUTH SIXTH STREET. LONDON OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK HERALD-NO. FLEET STREET. FARIS OFFICE?AVENUE DE L'OPERA. Subscriptions and advertisement* will bo received and forwarded on the Mime terms as in New York. VOLUME XLI....* NO. 148 AMUSEMENTS TO-MORROW. gilmorp'S UARDKN. 4 GRAND CONCBKT, at S P M Offenbach. wallai'k'S theatre. THE JUIOnTY DOLLAR, at 8 f. M. William Flortnee. TONY PA-TOR'S KEW THEATRE. variety, ?t 8 P. M. ONION SQUARE THEATRE. CONSCIENCE, u.1 8 P. M. C. R. Thome, Jr. EAGLE THEATRE. TARIETT, II8MI. PARK THEATRE. UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, at 8 P. M. Mrs. a C. Howard. BOWERY THEATRE. MAID or THE WARPATH, al 8 P. M. CHATEAU MAS ILLS VARIETIES, it 8 P. M. OLYMPIC THEATRE. HUMPTY DUMPTY, at 8 P. M. PARI 81 AN VARIETIES, THIRTY-FCCRTH STREET OPERA HOUSE. variety, at 8 P. M. FIFTH AVENUE THEATRE. PIQUE, at 8 P. M. OL0BK THEATRE. VARIETY, at 8 P. M. KELLY A LEON'S minstrels, it 8 P. M. WOOD'S "museum. A LIFE'S REVENUE at 8 P. M MatlnM *t 2 P. M. H0WE8 .t CUSHINO'S CIRCUS. farCarmancM at 2 P. M. ami 8 1' M. BROO KLYN~ Til EATRE. LONDON ASSURANCE. ?t 8 p. M. Ltntcr Wallack. SAN FRANClfiCO MINSTRELS* it 8 P. M. THE AT HE COMIQUE. variety, at 8 I?. M. CENTRAL PARK GARDES. orchestra, QUARTET AND CHORUS, at 8 P. M. TIVOLI THEATRE. DON JUAN, at 8 P. M. QUADRUPLE SHEET. NEW TORS, SUNDAY, MAY 28, 1876. From our reports this morning the probabilities are thai the tceaiher to-day will be warmer, clear or partly cloudy. Notice to Country N ewsdealers.?For nrompt and regular delivery of the Herald by fast mail trains orders must be sent direct to this office. Postage free. Wall Street Yesterday.?Gold was firm at 112 7-8 a 113 1-8. Money was supplied at 2 1-2 and 3 per cent. Stocks were generally lower under the leadership of Lake Shore and Western Union. Investment securities, government and railway bonds may be quoted steady. The Friends or Senator Conkling as a candidate for the Presidency have bad a con sultation at Albany. There seems to have been no definite result, except the expression of warm confidence in the Senator on the part of Mr. Robertson and others. ? The more the claims of Mr. Conkling are considered the more surely will the republican party see the wisdom of placing him in nomination. He represents the courage, the consistency and the unhesitating convictions of the party. Compared with him Bristow is a sentiment and Blaine an intrigue. The American Consul, who it was stated caused the recent massacre at Salonica by interfering in the case of the Bulgarian girl, turns out not to hare been in the town at all at the tirno of that occurrence, and the only connection that he had with the affair was the indirect one of having a brother who sheltered the young girl for one night. The investigation has thus exploded a canard w^iich was eagerly accepted in Europe and cast a serious reflection on our representa tive at Salonica. Lost and Found.?In tho advertising col umns of Friday's Herald appeared the fol lowing Tim party who found loos* diamonds wrapped In paper will be liberally rewarded by cow inundating , Willi U. Herald Uptown Briuich ofllce. Ami in the next day's pap6r was this from I an advertiser who had apparently not seen | the above :? Found? Some atones, which aro supposed to be Jla- I mornls. Will the loser pivc mil particulars unUor tiia cdV.nuu oi "Lo^l" in the Ller.i.U.' There can bo Little doubt but these are the two parts of tho snmo event; uud they fur- < nish one moro illustration of what has been j abundantly illustrated before of the ssrvice ' rendered to tho public by the newspapers in ! this particular. A Large Liu. was presented to tho city by the widow of tho lato Mr. Helium, Architect of tho uiilinished County Court Hotuso, in which tho sum of one hundred and ninety thousand dollars was charged for profes sional fees, based on a contract made in liiiill to pay tho architect three per ccnt on tho total cost of the work. Great credit is duo to the legal ofiten of the city for tho practical manner in which they opposed this claim. The work was measured up by an I expert, and the contract prices for materials , wero applied to the quantities resulting from actual measurement, and tho result shows a fraudulent expenditure of over live and a half millions of dollars on this model , building. The Great Powers are sending powerful * fleets to tho \fcditerranean in anticipation \ of serious complications growing out of the troublo in Turkey. England will be repre sented by n large squadron, and tho Duko of Edinburgh has just sailed from Spithead tor Greek waters in command of one of the finest iron-clads of Her Majesty's Navy. Germany has lour ships of war en voyage for tho East, and France is already reproa?nfc?d in "tho tidelccs JEgean" by a considerable naval force. Notwithstanding the assurances that aii! daily exchanged by European diplomatists regarding a peaceful settlement of tho Turkish difficulty, the assemblage of fleots and the quiet mobilization of armies lead us to think that "villanous saltpetre" will have to be called into requisition after ail, and that gnns instead ot gooseqnills will ??Ire the jproblem. Tb? l?ada/ We prcnnme *? shall have another at tempt to "execute the laws" in this city in > reference to the sales of liquors on Sunday. | There has been a wide expression of opinion ! on this Sunday question from all classes. The general sentiment is that the recent i movement wan officiousnesa rather than zeal; that our authorities were governed | by a desire to create a sensation rather than to execute the laws. This Sunday question is coming to us in a two fold shape?first, as it applies to the salo of liquors in New York, and second, as it applies to the management of the Centen nial Exhibition in Philadelphia. There is ; unusual agitation on the subject in both cities. In Philadelphia we have meetings of I ^the friends and the enemies of the proposi tion to open the Contennial grounds on Sun day. The most respectable pAple, those who are active members of Christian denom inations as well as those who look at the I subject from a \vorldly point of view, have ! taken sides. We have a warm and in some j respects a bitter discussiotu The opponent# | of the proposition to open the grounds on Sunday contend that an American exhibi tion shonld be American in every way, and that as it is a law in nearly all, if not all, of our States that the Sabbath 6hall be a day of rest, it would be a violation of the cardinal American sentiment and the statutes of the States to throw open the gates of Fainnount Park and set the thousand wheels of Machinery Hall in motion. They con tend that we have no more right to give the Spaniard and the Frenchman a day in Machinery Hall on Sunday than to give one of them a bull fight and the other a horse race, because there are bull tights in Seville and races in Paris on Sun day. They argue that we owe it to our na tional self-respect and the religious suscep tibilities of our people that we should not chango our laws or customs to gratify the wishes of a few foreigners. They contend that this question of the observance of Sun day really underlies the whole American system of morals and education. They in sist that we should do violence to the tradi tions of centuries and the religious scruples of the large majority of our follow country men by doing what they would regard a sacrilege. It is feared that Sunday wouTd become the day of the rowdy,' and that the scandals and the disturbances arising from the oponing of the gates would lead to breachos of the peace and the distress of the whole community. The arguments of those who favor the opening of the Centen nial on Sunday are simple and easily understood. They point out the fact that this exhibition of the industry and genius of tho world, which has been brought together at a cost of so much money and skill, will only have a six months' life at the best; that it must be seen within the next six monthS or it will never be seen at all; that it was intended not merely as a show but as an education, showing what has been accom plished in our century of national life and tho many centuries of older civilizations which have gone before us. They argue that to close it on Sunday is to reduce its life one-seventh, and that, even if we had the Bcruples of our ancestors against doiug any act on Sunday that was not an act of "ne cessity or mercy," we should consider the Centennial as coming within a generous in terpretation of that provision, especially as there are tens of thousands of the poorer classes who must either see it on Sunday or not see it alL For these the friends of the opening plead in the name of "necessity or mercy." It is held by all who take Jiigh ground on the question that the Puritan'idea of Sunduy which we inherit, and which has become a part of our life, is as much out of place as other Puritan enactments in refer ence to the different creeds and religious observances. We recognize the force of the arguments on both /sides of this important and interest ing question. In the first place, we should view it as a calamity for any custom or law to interfere with that respect for the ordi nances of the Christian faith which has always characterized us as a Christian, civil izod people. After all, this Christian pre-eiui nence is a glory we share in common with all nations which recognize the spirit and influ ence of tho teachings of Jesus Christ. As a matter affecting the health and comlort of the poopie no one who has any regard for the teachings of political and social economy would care to abolish this seventh day as a day of rest If any one proposed to destroy tho Sabbath, cither as a religious or a social institution, there would bo no arguments needed. On that point cur people ore decided. But the trouble with tho whole Sunday question, as, indeed, happens with all questions which havo a religious side, is | that they aio injured by their friends in the I discussion. J { anything could "destroy the | Christian Sabbath" it would bo tho arguments of many of those who strive to cnforce Puritan ideas. Nothing would do more to destroy tho force of tho arguments in favor of a moro liberal observance than tho ground taken by many speakers and editors in I Philadelphia and elsewhere, by whom tho ! Sabbath is denounced as a remnant of , the time of superstition and' folly. Some how there is no topic upon which our people are as apt to lose their temper us a religious topic. Tho true position lies between tho two extremes. It is a mistake for our rulers in New York to dig up an old statute and use it as means of personal annoyance and hardship. If this statute is to bo revived let notice of that fact be made public, and in stead of "raids," and submitting honorable citizens to tho humiliation of arrest, committal to jail aud llnding bail, let the announcement of the pur pose on tho part of our police bo ruflltient to secure respect for tho laws with out Rcandal and annoyanccs which were never intended by the Legislature. Hun let the matter be brought up in | oyr Legislature, whera it can have an intelligent and calm consideration in tho light of tho experiences of the pres ent and not of tho past generation. It is not the intention of our people?even i of those who would have the Sabbath a day of enjoyment and recrcatian?to introduce | tho customs of the Continent. Except where manual labor becomes a work of mcrcy or necessity no one proposes that tho Sabbath should be devoted to it But where the question become* one of individual right and liberty, sack as visiting the perks or picture galleries or muneums of art and science, no one can urge any objection. This more particularly as, even with the most restrictive laws?such are the rights secured to every citizen in the State? there can be no enforcement of prohibi tory laws. The real question is between selling food and refreshments up an alley or in a back parlor and selling them in the open public fashion. As to opening the Ccntonnial on Sunday we do not see how the question can admit of doubt. It is not proposed to set all the ma chinery of the Exhibition in motion, or even to open tho bazaars for the sale of the mis cellaneous articles with which the fair abounds. It is not intended to make the Exhi bition a workshop or a wholesale store. It is proposed that the main building with its wonderful collection of articles of beauty and utility; the Agricultural Hall, with its sug gestive and toothsome display of the fruits of the farm, the forest and the vineyard ; the Horticultural Hall, with its rare collection of plants from every zone and from almost every land; the United States Building, with its intelligent and instructive array of the resources and attainments of the licpub lic ; the Art Galleries, with the thousands of pictures from our own and other countries, shall be thrown open to the people. It is proposed that the beautiful gibunds which surround these buildings?the lawns, the terrace burdened with flowers, the ravines, the romantic river, rich with associations of the days when tho Indian roved in wild free dom, and when the fathers of the country dwelt there, shall be permitted to them on Sunday. "We cannot imagine any objection to this that does not ariso from heedlessness or bigotry. Those who favor the opening are the true friends of the Sabbath, and the more the question is considered the more certain will be the result. Oar London Cable l^ettor. The British capital does not present a picture of light as seen in our cable letter of to-day. There are times when a great city takes on a gloomy aspect and everything seems to lend its aid to deepening the tones. Hanging a batch of mutineers and having another batch of these to try is unpleasantly suggestive work. A sort of outward joy at the Queen's birthday is darkened by the illness of tho Prince of Wales. The fearful shadow of a great European war hangs brooding over the metropolis and drives stock brokers into a panic, and bonds are sent downward with a rush. News of troubles in the coal and iron trades lend their depressing influence. A valuable pic ture is stolen, and the Four-in-Hand Club take their drive in the rain. News oomes, too, that a daring speculator has been buying his way to the credulous publio through the money articles of the London papers. These things are not pleas ant to contemplate in a group, and it is with a feeling of relief that we descry the blue ribbon of the turf waving a fews days off, and learn that all London, from Bolgravia to Whitechapcl, is interesting itself pecuniarily in the result. Then, among smaller matters, wo learn that Mile. Bosavella has fallen happily under the care of Mme. Patti, as her American sister singer was fortunate in engaging the kindly assistance of Mme. Nilsson. The Pandora left Cowes yesterday for the Arctic regions, and in her mission to the brave explorers, now so long unheard from, the hearts of the fair and brave will go with her. Oar Paris Cable Letter. Leaving aside the politics of tho French capital?which are principally marked by a settling process, wherein the old enemies, republicans and Bonapartists, are having the debris of other parties cleared oat of the way for their grand battle?our let ter brings ns a mass of light gossip whi<& shows how impervious to the wear and tear of great events is the joyous heart of Paris. The list of new pieces brought out in the theatres shows the deli cate cream of French humor seeking the top in spit* of the whirl of events. The engage ments tor the coning season in opera and opira hwffe sound like a series of betrothals before the altar of the muses, and when we learn that- the old clothes sales of Lemaitre and Dejazet do not attract much attention we are reminded how out of place artistic mourning seems in a city where "the King is dead, long live the King!" is the motto in art as it was in royalty. We are sorry to see that none of our American artists have won official honors in the Salon. The Frcnch artists in our Centennial Exhibition are not likely to leave us so empty handed. Thero is a liltlo panic in Turks on the Bourse, to bo sure, but the gay young fjandins who are getting ready to play Polo on the Skating Club's grounds will not let that fact hinder their prospective enjoyment. The Excise Law.?The mass meeting held last night to denounce the action of the polico authorities lor thoir arbitrary enforce ment of the Sunday lav<r was a decided ex pression of popular feeling against tho measure. Indignant spccchcu were made by prominent politicians and others denuncia tory of tho police spy system which in it3 operation must tend to diminish public respect for those who aro tho custodians of law and order. The instructions of tho Superintendent to the police for to-day aro very specidc, and we are glad that he has abandoned the demoral izing plan of spying through back dooi#nnd tempting liquor dealers with small currency in order to entrap them into a violation of the law. Tho Legislature, being the highest source of authority, is the proper tribunal beforo which the merits or otherwise of the Excise law should bo discussed, and we, therefore, deprecate any action which does not tend to refer tho whole question to the lawmaking power as the only one competent to alter, amen A or repeal. The Illness or Denmark's Crown Pnixca throws that plucky little nation into mourn ing, but we trust that tho danger of a fatal termination to his sickness is too remote to be seriously considered. Denmark loves her royal house, and tho death of tho Crowa Prince at this important juncturo in Euro pean politics would be an irreparablo calam ity for that nation. Poat-JHortem Ps|ulm> There is t fashion in the vagaries of thought as there is in the eat of garments ; and a fashion somewhat in favor now is for men or women to exhibit their oonrage bj a declara tion of independence as to what shall be done with their bodies when they can no longer be personally distressed by it Borne men will their bodies for disseotion?a dis position of them which we woald recommend to people about to die, since it has in its favor the fact that they who were neTer of the least benefit to humanity before may still be nscfnl in the artiole of death. Not distinguished from others in their lives they may yet cat up well at the end, and, as some memorable trees that figure in ; gold headed canes and snuffboxes and simi I lar mementoes, they may shino in the pages J of medical writers and in the cases of medi cal museums like trinkets on the neck of ! science. Others lately have given their j bodies over to the stoker for cremation. In ; thickly populated countries of comparatively narrow area this also may be regarded as a public service. England, for instance, is a little bit of a country, and people have been dying there for two or three thousand years in such numbers that there is probably not an atom of the soil of Britain to a depth of ten foot that has not fig ured in the persons of hundreds of Englishmen ; not a bit of wood grown in the island but has been in the heads of the na tives. It is probable that the wonderful prevalence of fever in that country is due to this fact that the whole soil is human or at least animal detritus. It may, therefore, be called benevolent, humane, patriotio, for an Englishman to get himself burned ; not that a few individuals further contaminate the soil, but the example may be followed, and in the course of a thousand years, as fashions spread in England, this one may prevail, and the general health may be the better for it But the latest of these scraps of post mortem vanity has been shown here, and is the exhibition of a desire on the part of a certain Baron de Palm to confound himself with the Egyptians. Perhaps there is even a public service in this. It stirs the hilarity of the judicious, and it furnishes id6as to the lunatics of mild type who get up socie ties and sadly need ideas to base them upon. An Egyption funeral would be a sensation if we could* have an out and outer; but a compromise?an Egyptian funeral that is not Egyptian?cannot but prove as flat as stale soda water. If, for instance, there were to be a true Egyptian rite the Baron should already have been dead sev enty-one days, and his primary error was, therefore, in dying nearly seventy days too late. He should by this time have been hand somely embalmed. That, we fear, has been omitted, and it may prove im portant If the rite is taken up faithfully from that point it may still be quaint; for the Baron must be dragged on a sled to a pond. The pond is an indispen sable accessory in the Egyptian rite, and the nearest one that will answer is in Central Park. The procession thither will, therefore, be a rare sight for the coffin must be accompanied by female mourners, whose toilet would aston ish even the Black Crookers, and these women must do the "ululation"?that is, they must howl the virtues of the deceased in the ears of the multitude. At the edge of the pond must be organized the Judgment Day apparatus. The coffin must be put in a boat and forty-two judges must stand in a semicircle on the sh^re, and then if any person has any accusation to make against the accused he must make it. If any landlord or tailor or washer woman is unpaid then is the time to hand in the bill. If any accusation is made the case must be tried before the judges, and if it goes against the Baron he j will be sent home again to b? kef t by his | friends till the accuser is satisfied. They ! will then see how important was the oinis- I sion of the embalming process, for when the : thermometer goes to one hundred and five J in August the Baron will become offensive. I But if the case goes in the Baron's favor he will then be rowed over the pond, which we will call the Styx, by our classical friend Charon, and will be deposited with the blessed. This, however, is his mere Egyp tian body, and it is to% be presumed that tho Baron did not heedlessly i become an Egyptiun without consideration of his souL If the god Osiris, upon oritical examination oi tho soul, is not satisfied that j it shall become part of himself down it will : come again. Then it will circulate through a whole cyclopaedia of natural history. It will appear in the eel, the oysterx and the clam, in the ring-tailed monkey and the pensive sloth, nay, even in the howling gyascuticus. Then, in the-yoar 4,870, it will , again get the form of humanity, and try it all ; over again. Perhaps the time will come j when the Baron may regret his revival of the Egyptian system. ??Promiscuous Dancing." From their expressed objections to "pro miscuous dancing" it might be supposed \ that there is some other sort of dancing to which the Presbyterian discipline would not take exceptions; but this is an error. By j promiscuous dancing they seem to include all dancing as now indulged in by the people | of civilized countrios; all waltzes, polkas, germans, cotillons, contra dances, reels?in short all dances in which tho sexes are mingled cither more or less intimately. They recognize that certain Scriptural per sonages danced before the Lord, and l>e | lieve apparently that that sort of daficing i might still bo admissible, except that this | human act is no longer a recognized ex : pression of religions impulses or enthusi asms. Thoy assent, therefore, that bccause 1 the world is changed, some biblical passaged I have lost force ; yet thoy would rigidly ap ply others, without regard to the widest possible departures ot modern from ancient social usages. This does not seem consist ent. In their disposition to separate tho sexes, to crush out the indulgence in inno cent pleasures, tho Presbyterians tend 1 toward asceticism. Their impulse in tho ! separation of the sexes is apparently based i upon tho notion that the sexea cannot asso ciate innocently. In so tar as this idea ap pears in the Bible it is only an ordinary part of Oriental life?the ouitom of all the Ori entai ooantries. To apply it in countries where the women are not scrupulously sep arated from the men it can be based only upon the idea that vioe necessarily follows the commingling of the sexes, and this com mits the religions denomination that holds it to a bad range of ideas. In short, it the Presby terian men acting on very mean opinions of the Presbyterian women. Young people of all oountries will dance, and they may be Presbyterians ; but if they cannot be one and do the other?if they can not combine their adherence to a certain religious discipline with the enjoyment of youth and simple pleasures, it is obvious which they will relinquish. ItfskeMh ami "F?lr Play.** What has become of Mr. Strakosch and our other correspondent, "Fair Play?" Only a short time ago they were discussing the merits of various prima donnas and operas to the great delight of the public, whioh is always edified when managers appear in print This is especially the case now when we have no opera. The managers are expected to supply the music themselves, and everybody hopod that Mr. Strakosch would Continue his letter duets until he is ready to bring out opera in the grand style he proposes. But all of a sudden there is silence in the orchestra. We have neither Strakosch nor "Fair Play," and we want them both. The direful spring of the unnumbered woes of this operatio war was the opinion of Mr. Strakosch, expressed in an interview published in the Hkbai.d, that Mile. Titiens and Mme. Trebelli were not quite as good singers now, and not quite as attrac tive in opera, as when they were young. We hardly approved of his prudence in making this public statement; for, as Hamlet said, although a thing may be potently believed, it is not always wisdom to have it set down in print. The ire of the admirers of Trebelli and Titiens was, of oourse, aroused and increased by the su periority which Mr. Strakosch claimed for Mile. Belocca over theso ladies. "Fair Play" appeared as their champion. In tones like those of a tenor robusto he de clared Mr. Strakosch's opinions to be "ridicu lous," accused him of "issuing ^ombastio pronunciamentos," said he had "thrown dust in our eyes" and "insulted our taste," and concluded by advising him to get some 'one else to write his mind for him. Practically, Maurice Strakosch, who has been at the head of Italian opera for twenty-five years, was requested to hold his tongue, and it was natural he should be as much shocked as Dom Pedro was when Doorkeeper Fitzhugh slapped him on the back and welcomed him to Washington in the name of the American people. To this fiery attack Mr. Strakosch responded wiyi the indignation of an insulted basso. In his communication he affirmed that a lady had been "grossly insulted," and that he had been treated 'impertinently ;" he defended himself from the charge of under rating the merits of Titiens and Trebelli, and accused "Fair Play" of "untruthfulness and sneering." Sinoe then the publio has anxiously awaited the end. What seems to make it the more inoumbent on "Fair Play" to reply is the fact that he iB reproached with being afraid to give his name, and that Mr. Strakosch aotually went so far as to say, "had the writer given his name I should have been obliged to demand satisfaction of him, who, I am sure, is no American, for Ameri cans never insult ladies." We do not think that this threat has had the effect of keeping "Fair Play" silent But it is a plausible de mand that he should give either his name or good reasons for withholding it As it is, the duet which began with a pleasant alle gretto, then changed to an allegro furioso, next became a mnrclxe fanebre, stops just when a fortissimo movement with drums and perhaps cannons, was expeoted. So the public is deprived of pleasing enter tainment ; it has neither operas nor discus sions of operas, although next to harmony on the stage there is nothing it likes better than discord off of it. The Presbyterian Assembly. This body has been with us now nearly ten days and has transacted its most impor tant business. Two days of last week were devoted to the consideration of home and foreign missions, parts of days to such themes as the relation of the Presbyterian Church to the German population of the United States, of the Northern Assembly to the Southern, of education among the treed men, of ministerial sustentation, Church publications, Sabbath observance in differ ent aspects, of promiscuous dancing, repre sentation and Roman Catholic baptism. Ex cept on the subject of missions, domestic and foreign, and fraternization with tho Presbyterian Church South, very little en thusiasm has been displayed by thn body. Indeed, it is altogether too conservative and staid a body to ovinco much spon taneous enthusiasm on any subject A cer tain Puritanic reserve clings to it which it is next to impossible, if it were desirable, to escape from. It has been quite refreshing, therefore, to listen to tin humorous sarcasm of Dr. Keinpshall or the sober centennial wit of Dr. Dickson, who invariably dis turbed the sombre sedateness of tho Assem bly and set the Commissioners in roars of laughter. On the question of fraternization with the South, notwithstanding the rebuff that the Assembly met with a year ago and the tone of the Southern official journals since, tho Assembly exhibited unexpected enthusiasm and sent its greetings south ward again. If the Southern Chnrch after this reiuses to fraternize she deserves to be treated as heathen and publican by her Northern sister. With churches, as with States and individuals, there is a limit i where all efforts at reconciliation must end, | either in peaceful union or in open hostility. The Northern Assembly has done all that good fellowship and Christian obligations required to effect reconciliation with its Southern sister, and if the issue ia a failure that Church aloue will be Co blatnc. The Assembly contains very few ablo debaters, or else the ablest men are holding back for something that ia yet to come. It ia notable that the voices of Dr*. Adams, Hall, Vin cent and Prime, of thia city; Ganse, of of St Louis, and Talmage, Cay 1 wand others of Brooklyn, are scarcely heard it ill h the debates before the body. Die. Edward^ of Illinois; Knox, of Chemung, N. Y., ani Knox, of Newark; Dickey and Musgrave, oi Philadelphia; Breekenridge, of Missouri Briar, Fowler, Chamberlain, of Brazil, and two or three other delegates are compelled to defend and protect the eloquence of thf Assembly from utter destruction. The ab sence of ladies from all the sessions of thi Assembly up to the present is notable. A Methodist Conference of one-quarter thi size of this Assembly, convened where it is, would crowd the galleries with ladies and draw out from the hearts and lips of the speakers that eloquence and enthusiasm which no doubt in the breasts of many only await such inspiration to evoke. Bat the law of natural aeleotion lias evidently something to do with the pla cidity and conservatism of the Assembly. The session yesterday was devoted to a discussion of the validity of Roman Catholic baptism, and while all those who spoke, except one, took the posi tion that the Church of Bome is nol a true Church of Christ, yet the sentiment o! the Assembly was very manifestly against any disturbance of whatever friendly rela tions may exist between that and Protestant Christianity. And hence tho matter was postponed for another year. Thf Charter Amendments. The city charter amendments embraoed in the Woodin bill, upon the fate of which the Governor will have to deeide by next Wednesday, possess some good features. But we question whether all the provisions will reoeive the Comptroller's approval, es pecially those in relation to the weeding out of the debt payable from assessments and ta the collection of ^claims against the oity. The "temporary debt," as IHs called, is now nominally about twenty-three million dol lars; but this contains a considerable amount whioh, as it will never come baok to tha city from assessments, is actually per manent debt. Tho Comptroller is di rected to sift this down to hard-pan by deducting from it all assessments on city property ; all sums for street im provements chargeable to the city undei special laws; all amounts for illegal, va cated, erroneous or remitted assessments, and all deficiencies, whether arising from the insufficiency of the value of property benefited, from short accounts and returns oi collectors prior to 1859, or from any other cause. All these amounts are to be trans ferred to the permanent debt by thu issue of ten years' consolidated stock. In regard to claims against the oity the Comfrtrollor is required to pay the department employes on payrolls certified by the proper officer, and to pay all claims against the city for out* standing indebtedness that may In sworn ta and passed by the Auditing Boari, notwith standiq^he amount of any sucty claim may have b incurred in excess of fa appropria tion, or without competent autlbrity on the part of the officer of the oity incurring the same. This certainly seems td cover a wide field and to open the doors of the treasury in a suspicious manner. Some of the amendments ire, undoubt edly, desirable. A three-foirths vote of the Aldermen is required tcjpass an ordi nance or resolution over ? the Mayor's veto, instead of a two-thirds vote, is at present, and ordinances and resoltsions involving liability or expenditure) are 9 receive a four fifths instead of a three-foui Us vote. These changes are important un er the minority representation system. T e provisions is relation to street improvem nts are open to the criticism that they vi ually blook the growth of the city and stoi all such worki of progress. Bat a single joint will pioba* bly dispose of the whole bill. The ue* charter law, the work ol tho commis^pa headed by Mr. Evarts, will be ready for plp sentation to the next Legislature, and will in all probability, coming from such I source, be acoepted and m*?t?d- As tha main provisions of the WVodin bill are nol to become operativo th/s y?ar, they would have but a few months' life should thi Evarts Commission chorter become law. Thi Governor will not' bo iktly, under these cir> cmnstances, to give a bill of questionable expediency his approval. The Illness of the Prince of Wales, com ing after his return from a trip that is trying to the best of constitutions, may well excite alarm. His disease is also of a disquieting character, and we are not surprised to sea that the money market shows signs of anxiety in consequence. PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE. Queen Victoria wean the Koh-i-noor as a branch. Ad adjutant major travel* with ttie Count Von Moltk* Kx-Governor Washburne, ol Massachusetts, favors Coukling. The I Milan* nay that "she is beautiful whom 701 think beautiful." A strong Thurman reeling is riling among the demo crats of Now Jersey. Judge Taft thinks that tho republican party la strong enough to nominate men or brains, TUo l'nnccss 01 Wales at Court wears pale ohamois satin, trimmed with leavea and rosea. Iho Duke of Wellington said of some officer that ho bad been over-cducaied tor his intellect. Earl Granville wishes that ready meant may be given to womon for obtaining medical degrees. The Tounossee democrats are divided on local Issues, and tho republicans claim the State by alargema> Jonty. An administration Senator says Wirt Sikonwas ? good man to take tho Consulship, but . And Sikca, be takes the but. Longiellow, wbo has been nsed to spending bis snm mor* on the seashore, will this summer rusticate In n Pennsylvania village. The Chicago Tritm** sees n* one of the signs of re cent business hfe that the capitalists and the mer chants linve been two distinct ?lastte*. since Mrs. Ole iiuil baa tailed for Europe to join bet linsb.ind the gossip about tlielr rep iration on account ol his cruel UMtment seems to b.? exploded. When Kitshugb w?s told that be did not know bow to *poll "blgrer" he supolwiUottsly exclaimed, "Of haw I" And now he is going tuck 10 drive Texas cat tic. When a lady complained to Turner that the could not see the tame brt liant color* m nature which he piloted in his pictures, he replied, -Don't you wish yon oouldf" T'.eSf. Louts to publican thinks that, in cojslderlnn democratic streugtb and policy. \(XK) independent votes m Cahlorultt or Xew Jir?ey are wurtb more ib .n 30,000 democratic votes in a sure State, iko Missouri or Ken tucky. Some paper says toil thnlainp pojis on Pennsylvania aveuue iu Washington are so we*k thai ihoy all incliM toward the west, or away irorn the Capitol. Thit is natural enough, for a Congreasman la aiwayt mora tired wh?n bo it going borne ihno be M in tho ftMk l bright morula*.

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