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ITALY. THE GOSPEL AND HUMAN PROGRESS. | King's Chaplain, at which the high aristocracy The following letter has been addressed of Rome and the ladies of the Ambassadors by the Deputy, Giovanni Lanza, to the (Lady Paget among the number) assisted. Editor of La Patria. Its interest is the At the Church of St. Agnes, in the Piazza greater when it is remembered that more Navona, also, a Te Deum was sung, the Amthan once the writer was Prime Minister of bassadors of the Roman Catholic Powers King Victur Emmanuel :
attending, and a large congregation of ladies Roncaglia Casale. of the aristocracy. Thanksgiving services The words attributed to me in your paper, were also held in all the churches and La Patria, I do not remember having chapels of the various Protestant denominaspoken. I have, however, thought and said, tions. that in my opinion the greatest obstacle to a AMERICAN AND ENGLISH SERVICES. religious reformation which would bring the Describing the singing of a solemn Te Catholic faith into harmony with civil Deum, sung at the American church in society, was the temporal power of the Popes; Rome, the correspondent of the Guardian that this having ceased, the Church would writes : “From the beautiful tower, a chef acquire greater liberty, the result of which, d'auvre of our architect, Mr. Street, hung a sooner or later, would be the reforms splendid American flag; and over the west necessary.
door the Italian flag between two starWhat these ought to be I would not spangled banners. The interior of the le upon myself to say ; it would be too church was well lighted, and the altar me an assumption. I hold strongly, how- handsomely decorated with bouquets of that the Gospel contains the gerins of flowers and lighted candelabra. Several
unlimited progress, political and English clergymen accompanied the Rector, The Divine Book which proclaims Dr. Nevin, who intoned the Litany, which :on of slavery, universal brother was choral. The American Minister (Mr. on earth, the duty of giving to Marsh), the English Ambassador (Sir A. *hren of our superabundance, Paget), and other Ambassadors of the Prosve power to meet the utmost testant Powers, attended. The church was imonwealth, and to be the full, numbers of Italians, especially of Italian umanity.
soldiers, being present.” is wanting who would The writer from whom we have quoted hack freshness to the above also says: “On the eventful Sunday ristian faith, and to morning I attended a special service of thusiasm of the thanksgiving at the English church, when ? contident that a solemn Te Deum was sung, and a prayer
appear. of thanksgiving for the late preservation of the period of the King was offered up. A most appro1 meritorious priate sermon was preached by the Rev. gifts and Dr. Luard, Vicar of St. Mary's, Cambridge, ruct and who took his text from Ezekiel xiv. 23,' And
again ye shall know that I have not done without
was God's purpose in sending trials to indi-
nation had just passed. appropriate address to the King
up by the Rev. H. W. Wasse, 5 Chaplain, and was numerously members of his congregation and glish Church generally. It was
u to his Majesty by our Ambassador, 1. Paget.
FRANCE. [From our own Correspondent.]
distinction is little beeded. The Committee Paris, Dec. 17, 1878. of Management and Supervision is composed A BLAST FROM A BOURBON.
of all shades of Protestantism, from OrthoSome one compares the strange letter of doxy to Rationalism; and the chief editor, the Count de Chambord to a clarion blown whose name has not yet transpired, is exin an ambuscade where the deepest silence pected to be a Protestant pastor, formerly a was the sine qua non of success. Circum- Roman Catholic. The general feeling is, spection, velvet footfalls, muffled utterances, that such a bold attempt should have come circuitous dealings, "double-meanings," seem entirely from Roman Catholics tired of to be the order of the day among his party; Rome, and not from Pfotestants at all. But and he, candid soul, who has never get the experiment is on the eve of being made ; inhaled a whiff of modern air, and who lives and in January it is expected that France in the dreamland of the irrecoverable will at length have a daily democratic paper past, comes forward and overturns all their (sold for one sou), representing the yearnings little plans with a pen-stroke. The past has of a large mass of sensible men, who wish no lessons for him ; he is petrified in the icy for a better religion than that of Rome. rock of the old régime; there he stands and
ECCLESIASTICAL STIPENDS. places his point of honour in the categorical The petitions to the Goverument to inaffirmation of Catholicism and Monarchy. crease the salaries of priests and of Protestant As it is, France is a State without God, a State pastors were, after debate, rejected by the Leagainst God. If France is to be saved, gislature. It seems strange, even in a world “God must return as Master, that I may of contradictions, that Protestants should be reign as King”! The Syllabus is his found to subscribe 300,000 francs to estaprompter, the civil subordinate to the sacer-blish a new journal of questionable utility, dotal is his ideal. But such a consummation while toiling pastors are left starving, or is devoutly to be scouted. In fact, between nearly so, and churches remain unprovided the extreme Right, white, and the extreme for, men not daring to accept the post with so Left, red— between Radicalisin and counter- little remuneration and such heavy responsirevolution-stands the whole French nation, bilities. and, as we have seen in the small experiment
THE WORK OF THE EXHIBITION of the 16th of May, 1877, it is sufficiently is not yet over. Valiant missionaries go in compact to prevent the two parties from and out among the numerous workmen who coming into collision. We do not believe in are clearing away the goods, and the various phantoms. The Red and the White are awful officials and employés. Their reception is realities—as real as the Inquisition and the cheering, and not only thousands of gospels Guillotine—but, at present, we believe the and other sheets are accepted enthusiastically, nation is getting wisdom and stamina suffi- but many close conversations manifest soulcient to resist both.
hunger little suspected by man, but evidently THE “REFORMER ” DAILY NEWSPAPER. created by Him who alone is the Bread of The new journal is being legally consti- Life. tuted; the instrument is drawn up, and the It is the time of bounty for the poor, and title is again changed, and definitively fixed as by means of school fêtes and Christmas festiLe Reformateur, Journal Anti-Clerical et Re- vities spiritual good is done in every departpublicain. A Reformer is better than a ment of Demolisher. The promoters battled hard for
EVANGELISTIC EFFORT. their original single title of Anti-Clerical, The meetings established by the Rev. but the chief Protestants declared that R. W. McAll in Lyons are already a success, they should in that case withhold all sup- and bid fair to emulate Paris. Those of port. It was also stated that schoolmasters Marseilles have an average of from 280 to and other important functionaries under Go- 300 hearers, and Mr. R. Saillens writes that vernment would necessarily be prevented lack of funds alone prevents opening three receiving it with such a title. “ Clerical" or four halls instead of one. and “ Jesuit ” have become politically synony- The Government are about to erect in mous in common language; the dictionary Paris a statue of Admiral Coligny.
ITALY. THE GOSPEL AND HUMAN PROGRESS. King's Chaplain, at which the high aristocracy The following letter has been addressed of Rome and the ladies of the Ambassadors by the Deputy, Giovanni Lanza, to the (Lady Paget among the number) assisted. Editor of La Patria. Its interest is the At the Church of St. Agnes, in the Piazza greater when it is remembered that more Navona, also, a Te Deum was sung, the Amthan once the writer was Prime Minister of bassadors of the Roman Catholic Powers King Victur Emmanuel :
attending, and a large congregation of ladies Roncaglia Casale.
of the aristocracy. Thanksgiving services The words attributed to me in your paper, were also held in all the churches and La Patria, I do not remember having chapels of the various Protestant denominaspoken. I have, however, thought and said, tions. that in my opinion the greatest obstacle to a AMERICAN AND ENGLISH SERVICES. religious reformation which would bring the Describing the singing of a solemn T. Catholic faith into harmony with civil Deum, sung at the American church in society, was the temporal power of the Popes; Rome, the correspondent of the Guardian that this having ceased, the Church would writes: “From the beautiful tower, a chef acquire greater liberty, the result of which, d'æuvre of our architect, Mr. Street, hung a
or later, would be the reforms splendid American flag; and over the west necessary.
door the Italian flag between two starWhat these ought to be I would not spangled banners. The interior of the take upon myself to say ; it would be too church was well lighted, and the altar grave an assumption. I hold strongly, how- handsomely decorated with bouquets of ever, that the Gospel contains the germs of flowers and lighted candelabra. Several almost unlimited progress, political and English clergymen accompanied the Rector, moral, The Divine Book which proclaims Dr. Nevin, who intoned the Litany, which the abolition of slavery, universal brother was choral. The American Minister (Mr. hood, peace on earth, the duty of giving to Marsh), the English Ambassador (Sir A. our poor brethren of our superabundance, Paget), and other Ambassadors of the Proetc., ought to have power to meet the utmost testant Powers, attended. The church was needs of our commonwealth, and to be the full, numbers of Italians, especially of Italian credo of our entire humanity.
soldiers, being present." The apostle alone is wanting who would The writer from whom we have quoted know how to bring back freshness to the above also says: “On the eventful Sunday holy dogmas of the Christian faith, and to morning I attended a special service of revive the religious enthusiasm of the thanksgiving at the English church, when people for them. I am contident that a solemn Te Deum was sung, and a prayer when the time is ripe, he will appear. of thanksgiving for the late preservation of Now we are passing through the period of the King was offered up.
A most appropreparation, and they are doing a meritorious priate sermon was preached by the Rev. work who, having the special gifts and Dr. Luard, Vicar of St. Mary's, Cambridge, wholesome doctrines, labour to instruct and who took his text from Ezekiel xiv. 23,' And educate the people ; imbuing them again ye shall know that I have not done without with the religious sentiment, without which, cause all that I have done in it, saith the as you well say, nothing great can be accom- Lord God.' The main subject of the sermon plished.—Believe me always yours, with was God's purpose in sending trials to indimuch esteem,
GIOVANNI LANZA. vidual Christians, to prepare and discipline THE KING AND THE PAPAQY. them for a place in His heavenly kingdom. The authorisation promulgated by the At the close he eloquently applied the Cardinal-Vicar, sanctioning in all the subject to the late signal trial through which churches of Rome the singing of a Te the Italian nation had just passed. Deum a thanksgiving to God for
A very appropriate address to the King having saved the life of the King, is a was drawn up by the Rev. H. W. Wasse, very significant sign of the times. To the English Chaplain, and was numerously what extent this permisssion was acted signed by members of his congregation and upon is not stated ; but a solemn Te Deum of the English Church generally. It was was sung at the Church of the Sudario (the presented to his Majesty by our Ambassador, Court church) by the Canon Auzino, the Sir A. Paget.
THE POPE ON REGICIDE.
the execrable attempt on the King's life. A letter from Rome throws a little more The Pope, however, could not even send light upon the curious discussion which has this message without also expressing “the for some time been going on in the Roman hope that his Majesty might at length papers. The question in dispute is whether recognize the danger of a policy which, by the Pope did really write an autograph letter violating all divine and human laws, had so to the King, to congratulate him on his thoroughly demoralised the people.” This providential escape. The fact appears that is really nothing less than an apology for he wrote to Monsignor Sanfelice, requesting regicide. him to express the indignation he felt at
AUSTRIA POLICE PERSECUTION OF PROTESTANTS.
1878, we were each compelled to pay The Austrian Government has recently a fine of 104. (18s.) We are ready, if proclaimed “religious liberty” to its new necessary, to lose all our property for consubjects in Bosnia. It becomes therefore a science' sake, but we cannot bring ourselves matter of some interest to inquire, what is to believe that such is his Imperial Majesty's the meaning of this term as inte preted by will.' A few weeks later a second fine of the Government officials in one of the lead 20fl. (£1 168.) each was imposed, with the ing provinces of the Austrian empire ? A alternative of four days' imprisonment. correspondent of a contemporary furnishes the Poverty compelled the choice of the latter following information : “Rather more than a alternative, and they were imprisoned four year ago a number of peasants belonging to a days. The police officers themselves were small village in one of the most important 80 ashamed at the glaring injustice of the Austrian provinces seceded from the [Roman) whole proceeding, that they took their priCatholic Church. The systematic persecu- soners by a circuitous route, to avoid passing tion in the way of fines and imprisonment to through the village, alleging as an explanawhich they were subjected at the hands of tion their desire to spare the prisoners' feelthe civil authorities led them to draw up a ings. The petition from which I have petition, which was forwarded to the Minister quoted has not yet been answered; and, to of Religion and Public Instruction at Vienna judge from experience in similar cases, it is about four months ago, and from which I likely to remain unanswered for months, if make the following extracts : ‘Formerly we not years, to come. Meanwhile, these unused to spend our leisure, and more especially fortunate peasants are subject to constant and our Sundays, in public-houses, in drinking, intolerable annoyance, and are always liable not seldom in drunkenness, in gambling, and to fines and imprisonment; and this in an immoral and seditious talk. Now, on the empire which in Bosnia proclaims religious contrary, we spend a portion of our leisure liberty to all its subjects.” time in reading the Bible, and in prayer.
PROTESTANTISM AT GRATZ. On Sunday, --, 1878, when the family of The American Board of Missions had, till A. H. and two lodgers were assembled for lately, a mission at Gratz, consisting of Dr. morning family worship, the police appeared, Bissell and Mr. Clark. The latter, just before and drove us out of the house, telling us that retiring from that place, thus wrote to the they were under orders to compel us to quit Board : "Last Sunday we held our last Eng. the room whenever they found us assembled lish service. You will be happily surprised for such a purpose. When we appealed to to learn that the English meetings are to be the district magistrate, entreating him to continued. At the close of last Sunday's ascertain how our family worship was con service Prof. - a Prussian, for twentyducted, the only answer vouchsafed to us was five years a resident of London, now in that the authorities were perfectly aware that Gratz) rose, and after thanking Dr. Bissell we did nothing wicked, but that we had no and myself for the meetings we have conofficial permission, and a popular tumult might ducted, he invited all who were present to occur. Since the date of this appeal the meet at his house on Sunday in the future, police have appeared every Sunday; they and be would, with God's help, conduct a search our houses, rooms, even our closets, as Bible service for his family and all who if we were suspicious characters; sometimes wished to be present. Thus the Lord has they patrol the garden the whole morning, been better to us than our fears. We knew and allow no one to enter the house. On that the German meetings would be con
tinued by Mr. but we had been not a , greatly comforted.' Another, for whom we little pained with the thought that the Eng- have the best hope that he is soundly conlish meetings, which have been attended with verted, taking us by the hand, was so oversuch interest and profit, must now come by his feelings that he could not utter The kind words which our friends spoke to a word. A very intelligent German lady, us last Sabbath were very cheering, and the whom no storm has detained from the Sungratitude which they expressed was really day services, after expressing her gratitude touching. One gentleman (a graduate of an with tearful emotion, added, “We shall miss Austrian university) said, with deep emotion, these meetings more than I can tell you. as he bade us good-bye, 'I cannot tell you They have been an inestimable blessing to how much these meetings have helped me. I have learned to prize Christ more, I came to you broken down in spirit and and I never kneel in prayer without thinking hopeless, almost in despair. I have been of “ Christ our Life."i»
THE ELECTION OF MR. SCHRAMM
THE BERLIN CITY MISSION
GERMANY [From our own Correspondent.]
but hoped that an understanding was possible Prussia, Dec. 18, 1878. without giving way in principle on either
side. The negotiations with Rome evidently His Majesty returned to his capital on the go on, but seem to progress slowly. 5th of this month, after the severe trial inflicted on him by the attempted assassina- as pastor of St. James's Church, Berlin, has tion, and resumed the reins of government. not been confirmed. As he did not deny Berlin has hardly ever shown so much that his views were those put forth in his enthusiasm as on that day, and the Sovereign books, the Consistory could but refuse the must have felt how large is the amount of confirmation to a man who denies the fundalove which is cherished for him by his people. mental doctrines of Christianity. The first On Sunday, the 8th, thanksgiving services case of were held in all the churches of Prussia and most other German countries. In the replies took place at Gotha a few days ago. to different deputations, our Emperor recog- The “Liberal” clergy of the city all asnized his restoration as a blessing from God, sisted, and the blessing was given as at and repeatedly said that there ought to be other funerals. an increase of religious feeling in the people. To a deputation of schoolmasters gains more friends every day. The two he remarked that religion was more im- clergymen connected with this work in portant than a great deal of knowledge. Berlin from time to time travel into the The Berlin churches were crowded on the provinces. It is clear that the whole day.
country should do something for the spiriTHE ULTRAMONTANES
tual wants of Berlin. Auxiliary societies for have brought forward two Bills in this the Berlin City Mission have therefore been session of the Prussian Parliament—one to formed in different parts of the country. maintain those religious orders which have | The spiritual wants of Berlin are truly not yet been dissolved since the existence of very great, especially in the large suburban the May Laws; the other to restore the articles parishes, which the working classes chiefly of the Prussian Constitution which secured inhabit, and where the small numb the independence of the Church. The first clergymen is totally insufficient. of these only has come on for discussion. or two ago the practice began of adminisDr. Falk seized the opportunity to explain tering the Lord's Supper after the evening the present state of the matter. He said services, and these evening Communions have that the Government during the whole of the been very well attended, especially by the warfare with Rome had had peace in view. poorer people. The moment had now arrived when a RELIGIOUS CONFERENCE IN AUSTRIA. peaceful Pope had assumed the government I mentioned in my last letter that of the Church, but that the Ultramontanes did Home Missionary Society exists in Austria. whatever they could to prevent an under- I can now inform you of another satisfactory standing He also considered these Bills fact from that country. Under the direction of to be intended as a stumbling-block. The Mr. Millard, the British and Foreign Bible Government would not give up the May Laws, Society's agent at Vienna, a conference has