malediction ? These are questions which
mav well he asked, even though the an
swers to them may startle and sadden
us. But the answers need not be given.
A look at the world —and you have them.
Society, the world over, is rocking like
a helmless ship on, the billow. The
spirit of unquiet is on the men of our
age. Agitation stalks among the na
tions. Men are strangely restless—
though not with that grave restlessness
which shows the struggles of the human
for the divine. They demand changes.
Tired of the past, dissatisfied with the pres
ent, they go groping towards the future.
Anything —anything—so it be change
this is their cry and clamor. And
there is tumult among the nations. Every
thing is tried- and nothing satisfies.
What ails our age ? Can it be that it
wants God’s blessing and the humility
to ask it ? Can it be that if it had more
faith in Him, and fear of Him, its chil
dren would be happier and more con
tents Has not our age a grand eivi
bration? What more does it, lack?
What if that civilization would kneed
down and kiss the cross ?
A. J K.
The First Wild Violet. —We found
it yesterday. Not on a sunny slope nor
in a thicket sheltered from the fierce North
wind, but by the side of a fallen log,
buried deeply in decayed wood and dead
leaves. It looked up strangely at us
from the yellow tangled grass. The blue
eyes filled with rain tears, the flexile stem
bending to the earth—winter, decay, and
desolation around. The unlucky herald
of capricious spring was evidently mourn
ing its untimely haste, it must have
beer, an ambitious violet, always pushing
itself in the lead, finding it had overtaxed
its own strength, and had better have re
mained a little longer in safe obscurity
Foolish flower! could you not have
thrown a tendril up here and there, to
see if the earth was prepared for your
reception ? There are many things very
beautiful, and good, and true, that are
lost because the world is not ready 7 t<»
welcome them. All truths struggle at
first through a killing mist of error,
shiver in an uncongenial atmosphere,
and seem to wither' and pass away.
But, lib* our little violet, they revive at
a more fortunate season —a sea*on when
all eyes see their beauty, and all lips
hymn their praise ; when they wreathe
the amphorm at festivals, crown the tri
umph, and sanctify the grave. The
world had been slow to comprehend the
revelation, but now h only wonders how
it existed without it.
We looked at the violet'with these
thoughts passing through our mind, and
was suddenly struck by the peculiar
shape of the hillock on which it grew.
A little examination convinced us that
it was a grave. One of those lonely
wayside graves, so common since the
war, whore some poor soldier dying, on a
hasty march, was thrown in the ground
without * ven a board to mark his resting
Whether he died in the grey or the
blue, what matters it ? Someone had
mourned and yearned for him ; some
one hud questioned Heaven with hot,
passionate tears for those poor unhonored
ashes—some one would have watched
and tended his resting-place, as love
alone can watch and tend. But there
stands the sentinel flower, mourning
with drooping form and heavy tears
There, too, it or its drooping sisters will
stand until the woodland is lush with
blossoms, the breezes play among the
full-leaved trees, and all the light and
color of a Southern summer forest decks
the lonely wayside grave, now only
witched by the first wild violet.
[A r . 0. Times, Feb.'! 3.
1 hi: Accomplishments of a Lady in
” Reign or Charles IT—A certain
Mrs. \\ oollev wrote a nook called 1 The
Gentlewoman's Companion ; or, a Guide
to the t en'.ale Sex. wliich was published
in the reign of Charles 11. Among
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: list ot books proper for a gentlewoman
to read, such as “Clelia, ’ “Grand Cyrus,”
“Cleopatra.” “Sir Philip Sydney,” “Ar
cadia,” etc. She then proceeds to tell
them what accomplishments they should
possess—they should be familiar with
nil the productions of the needle, all the
curious devices of wax-work, rock-work,
moss-work, cabinet-work, bugle-work,
"hell-work ; they should be acquainted
with the art of preserving ail kinds of
sweetmeats, wet and dry; setting out of
banquets, making salves, ointments,
cordials, and sweet powders for the hair,
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OUR BOOK TABLE.
The Irish in America. By John Fran
cis Maguire, M. P.—Author of “Rome
and its Ruler,” “Father Mathew ; a
Biography,” etc. New York : I), kJ.
Sadlier A Cos. 1868.
This volume is one of considerable in
terest, as well as of historic importance to
tho people, whose share in American life
it so vividly portrays. It is written in
an easy and graceful style, and preserves
in a pleasant form the memories which
must be dear to every Irishman in
Asa specimen of the character and
style of the work, as well as for the home
interest which it contains, we publish in
this issue a chapter from the book, con
taining some very interesting reminiscences
of the beloved and lamented Bishop Eng
land, of Charleston,
Redemptorist Missionaries— The Re
demptorist Missionaries, Fathers Wissel,
Gross, Enright, and Jacques, opened a
Mission in the Catholic Church, in this
city, on Sunday, March 1, and continued
it until Wednesday, March 11th. The
exercises consisted of morning and even
ing services, and lectures to the married
and unmarried, the young and the old,
and were highly edifying. Numbers of
those who lmd stayed away from the
Faith were brought back to the fold and
some converts added from those without
the Church. These good men went hence,
on their mission of love and mercy, to
M aeon, Columbus, and Atlanta, Ga.,
bearing with them the prayers and good
wishes of the congregation.
Confirmation in Savannah, Ga.—Rt.
Rev. Bishop Verot of Savannah on Friday
last confirmed about 400 persons iu the
Cathedral of that city, according to the
Catholic Bishop for North Caro
lina. — An ‘ ffieial paragraph in the Bal
timore Catholic Mirror announces that
;.li the Acts and Decrees of the Council of
Cat hi die Prelates, held at Baltimore in
October, 1806, have been approved and
confirmed in IL »me. The appointments
then made to vacant, or newly erected
Episcopal Sees, have been ratified in like
Os vacant Bishoprics there were only
three, Buffalo, Louisville, and Erie, (Pa. )
The newly erected arc twelve in number.
Columbus (Ohio), Rochester (N. Y.),
Wilmington (Del.), Scranton and Harris
burg (Pa.) St. Joseph’s (M 0.,) Green Bay,
La Urossc, (Wis.), besides North Carolina,
and the Territories of Colorado, Idaho,
and Montana. The four last are techni
cally styled Vicariates, not Sees, because
the incumbent, though invested with full
Episcopal powers, does not derive his title
1 from any particular city of bis Diocese,
aid may establish his residence wherever
it pleases him, in any place of his juris
The Bishop elect of North Carolina is
the Itt. Rev. Jas. Gibbons, D.D., hitherto
Secretary of the Archbishopric of Balti
more, and one of the Clergy attached to
the Cathedral of that city. Dr. Gibbons
is a native of Baltimore, and has the
reputation of good abilities, refined man
ners, and eloquence in the pulpit. He is
in the prime of life, being not more than
thirty-three years of age. His talents, his
amiable disposition and untiring zeal,
eminently fit him for the field of his future
labors.— R 'ilmington ( X. C.) Baity Jo>tr
eat, Feb, 23.
The Rt. Rev. Ignatius Persico, D. I).
—The Edgefield (S. C.) Advertiser, of a
late date, announcing that this prelate had
held ser vices in that town the previous
week, says of him :
This prelate of the Roman Catholic
Church is an Italian, and has, we are in
formed, labored since his early manhood
in India and Hindustan. His clerical
rank is high, he being Bishop of Gratian
opolis and ex-Vicar Apostolic of Hindu
stan. For the improvement of his health,
as well as, if we are correctly informed,
on account of some political trouble in
Italy, he is now in America. We are glad
to announce that he will preach in Edge
field on the third Sunday of every month.
Bishop F'ersico is a man of the widest
travel, of vast and wonderful experience,
and of great learning. On Sunday last
his Church was densely crowded with
earnest listeners, and his discourse, upon
“Evidences of Christianity,” was able and
interesting, lie preached , most faithfully,
Christ the Foundation Stone; and no in
dividual, let him be of whatever creed he
may, could have taken exception to a single
word or thought.
The Catholic Church in America.—
The Catholic Almanac for 1808 gives a
glowing account of the increase of the
Roman Catholics in this country. In
1860 the American Cyclopaedia esti
mated the adherents of the Catholic
Church at a little over three millions.
The best Catholic authorities are now said
to declare that nearly five millions of per
sons belong to their denomination
In Rhode Island and Connecticut
alone the increase in sixteen year*; has
been from sixteen thousand to one hun
dred and twenty-five thousand. In the
five New England Suites, exclusive of
Massachusetts, the Catholic strength is
one hundred and ninety-eight thousand.
It is announced that special efforts are
making to nationalise the Church. Here
tofore the majority of the clergy have been
French, Italian, or Irish, and the number
of native Americans who haver entered the
priesthood has been small.
New Catholic Bishops. —Rome Iris
confirmed the following recommendations
for Episcopal Sues, made b\ the Plenary
Council of Baltimore' in 1860;
Right Rev. Sylvester H. Rosecrans, I).
D., Bishop of the new See of Columbus,
Ohio; Right Rev. Win. MeClosky, D.D.,
Bishop of Louisville, Ky.; Right Rev. .1
V. Ryan, C.M., Buffalo; Right Rev. Dr.
B. J. McQuaid, P.D . President Seton
Hall College, Rochester, N. Y.; Right
Rev. \Ym. OHara, D.D., Scranton, Perm.;
Right Rev. -I. F. Shanahan, D.D., Harris
burg, Perm ; Right Rev. T. Mullen, Alle
ghany, Erie, Penn.; Right Rev. T. A.
Becker, Richmond, Va., \\ ilmington,
Del.; Right Rev. J. Gib! >ons, Baltimore,
Vicariat# North Carolina: Riixht Rev. P.
J. Ryan, of St. Louis, St. -Joseph, Mo,;
Right Rev. Melcher, !>.P, St. Louis,
Green Bay, Mich.; Right Ri-v. M. Ilebs.
There are Apostolic Vicariates estab
lished in Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Colo
rado. For the last, we rejoice to learn
our friend and olden time fellow-iaborer
in this Diocese, Right Rev. Priest, (Pro
ject us) Maehebeuf, Vicar-General of lit.
Rev Bishop Lama, of Santa Fe, now at
Denver, has been selected. He is, indeed,
a soldier of the Crus*.
The See of Nashville has been trans
ferred to Memphis.
We regret to learn that the See of Mar
quette is not supplied. The <iatul(i‘ or
informations presented to the Council by
the late Bishop Baraga, for tho choice of
administrator, or a successor, were
either mislaid or deemed insufficient.
The erection of so many new Sees and
\ icariates, and the selection of such
worthy incumbents, demand the liveliest
gratitude of the Catholics of the United
States to Almighty God, the Holy Father,
and our own Hierarchy.
Ihe various nationalities of clergy are
represented in the appointments. S. H.
Rosecrans, McCloskey, McQuaid, Becker]
Gibbons, Shanahan, are Americans. M.
M. Melcher, Heiss, and, we believe, two
or three of the Vicars Apostolic are Ger
man. M. M. Ryan (Bishop), perhaps
O’Hara and Mullen, are Irish, and M.
Machebeuf is French.
A Belgian and two Spaniards were
named for Idaho—all throe in California.
An Italian, a Frenchman and an Irish
man for Montana.
T - or Arizona three different nationali
ties. We cannot state at present who
were the chosen for those Vicariates.—
(kith olie Telegraph .
F O R EIG N .
Noted Convert to Catholicism.—
The London Register, of the 25th of
January, made this announcement:
“We have reason to believe that before
many days are over a conversion to the
Catholic Church will be announced that
will cause more talk than even the recep
tion of Dr. Manning, of Dr. Newman, or
Mr Oakeley did twenty years ago. If
what we have heard is true, the conver
sion to which we allude is more than
likely to be followed by many persons who
lor a long time have been anxious, but
afraid, to pass the Rubicon.”
The Cork (Ireland) Examiner , of the
Ist ot February, says there seemed to be a
general impression that the individual re
ferred to is Dr. Wilbpforce, the Bishop of
Oxford, whose sympathies with ritualism
are well known, and adds : “We under
stand that a private letter has been re
ceived in this city stating distinctly that
Dr. V ilberforcc has entered the Catholic
Church, and that the fact is to bo an
nounced in London to-day.” London
papers of as late as the fith instant have
been received in New York, says the
Nashville Union and Gazette, and no
mention is made in them of the conversion
to the Catholic faith of the Bishop of Ox
ford, but the names of the Bishop of .Salis
bury and Dr. Pusey are referred to as the
distinguished person, or persons, whose
going over to the Romish Church was to
make a sensation in the religious world.
A communication from Romo says :
“ The Pope, by a recent decree, has ac
eorded to the Cistercian monks, known
by the name of Trappishs, derivod from
that of the monastery where the illustri
ous Do Ranee effected his celebrated re*
form, a grant of the ancient aud cele
brated Abbey Belle Tre Fontana, at
Rome, with the three churches belonging
to it. Thus the Trappists recover pos
session of a convent of their Order which
the Cistercians occupied from 1140 to
1825—a space of 735 year-."'
The Franciscan Church or the Holy
Trinity, at Killarnev, (Kerry, Ireland,)
the foundation of which was laid in
1864, was consecrated, February 10th,
by the Most Rev. Di. Mori arty. The
Very Rev. Dr. McLaughlin preached
the sermon. The relics of the Martyrs
of Gorctim, (Holland) brought from Rome,
were conveyed in procession from the
old church, followed by the clergymen
and acolytes, young women dressed in
white, bearing lighted tapers, and young
girls carrying statuettes of the Blessed
Virgin. The church lias cost X4,oooup
to the present, and an equal sum will he
required to complete it.
The Clntreh of Ft. Charles Borromeo,
Sidney Place, Brooklyn, N. Y., was de
stroyed by lire, March Bth. The loss, in
furniture, was estimated at .V 12,000, and
the church building hi 520,00 Q. Lhe
organ, music, a piece of sculpture, and
pain tin gs, we re dost rrn -i.
The Pope has just conferred the order
of Pius IX , on Baron Buhner, the late
ambassador for Austrk. at Rome. The
same distinction has ai-. been accorded
t.i Count de Maupassant, son-in-law of
the ex-Austrian minister. These marks
of honor are intended to acknowledge
the services Baron Tlubuer has rendered
to the Pontifical Government.
The London (Jlobt, of the 20th of Feb
ruary, states that two influential curates
of the diocese of London, on the previous
day. announced by letter to the Bishop
ot London, that they had joined the Catho
lic Church. The same paper says that
many other clergymen of the diocese
are about to take a similar step.