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gUttmt the World. A young German, while visiting the house of a married lady in California, observed a portrait of her sister, a Miss Rowe, then living at St. Austell, Cornwall. He was charmed, and two days afterwards wrote to the young lady, avowing his love and offering her marriage. The reply was favourable, and he then forwarded a liberal sum of money to defray Miss Rowe's expenses from Cornwall to California, adding that should she, on arrival, be un- favourably impressed, he would not hold her bound by either law or honour to accept his hand. Within the last few days Miss Rowe's mother at St. Austell has received a letter announcing that the nuptial knot has been tied. The New York Herald has taken to sermon writing, in which, as in everything else, it enunciates original and startling ideas. The Daily News gives us abstracts of some of the discourses. The text of one discourse is taken from the New Testament book of the Revelation, and relates to the new heaven and the new earth. Of the four heads, the fourth is the most important, touching, as it does, on the interpretation of the meaning of the New Jerusalem foreseen in the vision of St. John. The problem is, what city will this be ? The Herald's answer is ready, and flattering to its pride of nationality. We think it will be New York. And why ? Because, after the opening of the inter- oceanic highway of the Darien Canal, New York will become the great commercial, political, iutollectual, and religious centre of the globe." This must be gratifying to the citizens of New York. They may not be perfectly well pleased, while others will not be at all surprised, to read the succeeding remark: We grant that a mighty purification will be needed to make New York theholycity, the New Jerusalem foreshadowed by St. John." In the opinion of the Herald, David was a great man. It may be said that in his younger days he was somewhtit given to fili- bustering and free love; but in his maturer years he exhibited much of the sterling character of General Jackson." Not only has the Herald detected a resemblance between King David and General Jackson, but it has also proclaimed that the 16th and 17th verses of Psalm LXXII. enunciate the doctrine of human equality which is "embodied in the fourteenth and fifteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States, and is the very corner-stone of General Grant's policy." Instead of pursuing an analysis fraught with curious rather than instruc- tive results, let us pass on to the end of this astounding dis- course. The concluding paragraph runs as followsIn a word, modern science, in its appliances to the good of mankind, is the handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains' which will shake like Lebanon and the Electric Telegraph, in a network of wires all over the globe, is the chain that will bind that old serpent, which is the Devil,' far at least a thousand years. The Gaulois has a leading article intended to ex- plain to French readers the manners and customs of England on Boxing Day." Falling into the famous old trap for foreign students—the word "box," with its numerous significations—it writes seriously, under the impression that Boxing Day means a day in which every- body in England gets drunk and fights. The Pall Mall Gazette prints a good story from Baden Baden. Two Americans were dining with two ladies at an hotel; when a Russian prince, who wished to pick a quarrel, purchased two bouquets, and sent them to the American ladies with his compliments. The Americans glanced pleasantly at the Russian, and sent him by the waiter who brought the flowers two napoleons. The offender was, it is added, so chagrined that he left the room. The following, extracted from a speech of Mr Melley's last week, we commend to the notice of some of our readers:— He ascribed the progress of technical education in France and other countries to the care with which the Governments, acting with a wise and paternal despotism, had fostered it, and had made primary education compulsory. With regard to the apathy of the people of England in reference to the fine arts, they must, he said. be taught to crawl before they could be ex- pected to run. At present the talent, the ability, and the genius of the rising generation was stifled, and not brought to per- fection. His belief was that beyond all danger of internal insurrection or foreign war, that ignorance of the people was the one coud in the horizon:- The little rift within the lute, Which, by the bye, makes music mute: The little speck in garnered fruit, Which rotting inwards slowly moulders all." A highly-respected minister at Dundee on Christmas Sunday, in preaching from the words Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will towards men," illustrated the reverse of his text by stating that on Christmas morning he received two so-called religious tracts, that could only be characterized as spiritually insolent, rude, and utterly unfitted to affect a human soul other than injuriously. Tracts like these were worse by far than infidel and sceptical books, inasmuch as they maligned our blessed Father in heaven, vilified human nature, and made religion and Christianity a mockery, a delusion, and a snare. The preacher, after expressing the hope that such tracts might soon go out of circulation, as they lacked all fitness to accomplish the end sought, and could only be expected to repel and disgust the intelligent, and bewilder and stimulate not a few into hatred of Christianity, and showing the impossibility of harmonising the anthem of the angels with such effusions of bigotry, ignorance, and blind zeal, enforced on his hearers the duty of showing to their fellowmen that the words of the text were apprehended by them in all their beauty and significance, and that they influenced their conduct in every relation of life. The tracts referred to were, we understand, professedly written for the conversion ml "atheists. Unitarians, and others." After enthronement the Bishop of Exeter preached an extemporaneous sermon about an hour in length. His text was, "The Word was made flfesh, and dwelt among us," and he said:— Ever since he was first told that it would be his dnty to labour in the diocese of Exeter, he had desired exceedingly for the day to come when he might meet them face to face, and pour out be- fore them all that was in his heart, of devotion to them and to their common Master, their Lord God, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. From the very first he determined that he would not, if he ccold help it, allow a single day t& pass without seeking the opportunity of speaking to them from the pulpit of their cathedral church, in order that he might encourage them by his words, as he trusted that he himself would be encouraged by the sight of their worship. His subject was threefold— The revelation that man was made in the image of God," which implied that our likeness to G-bd was especially to be found in the possession of that spiritual faculty which, being implanted in our nature, enabled us to decide between questions of right and wrong, enabled us to understand and appre- ciate spiritual truth, enabled us assuredly,, if anything could en- able us, to approach nearer every day to Him. "The written Word of God." It was this book alone that seemed to take us into the very I presence of God Himself. The peasant who can barely read a chapter with difficulty; the statesman- who studies the Bible after a day of thought and care for his country's welfare; the student who has been pondering over the meaning of some diffi- cult passage-all these alike have their souls reached by the spiritual power of the Book, corresponding exactly with the voice of the spiritual faculty within, meeting all its needs, and so lay- ing firm hold of the soul of man. The Bishop alluded to apparent inconsistencies in the Bible, but contended that the teaching is precisely the same throughout. "The record of our Lord Jesus Christ, the manifestation of the Father." He had chosen this subject, he said. in order to set before them how it seemed to him that every revelation that had been made to man is perpetually leading us up to Christ, in whom they would find also that which was perpetually binding them, heart to heart, to one another. In their common service, in their entire devotion, in the surrender of their whole lives to the Lord Jesus Christ, would they find the tie that would make them •ne in spite of everything that might tend to tear them apart. To that work he now devoted himself, and he begged his brethren, the clergy, to do the same. It is, we suppose, vain to hope that even now Bishop Trower and his orthodox followers will cease to be shocked at Dr Temple's appointment. But that will not affect the new Bishop: he is far too good a man to be guilty of religious retaliation j" and if Bishop Trower is acces- sible to really Christian influences even he will be com- pelled, in time, to relent and repent. The Spectator says-At last, liberal churchmen, and all churchmen, if they but see it, have got a bishop to be proud of-a man who is as much better a Christian than ordinary English Christians as he is a much abler man than ordinary English men. Dr Temple was met on Thursday morning by an address from the rural dean of Christianity and the clergy of the deanery (several of whom had opposed his election to the bishopric) with an address of respectful congratulation, and Dr Temple's reply was almost unique in its magnanimity and hearty goodwill. I have always felt from the beginning," he said, that those who differed from me and who thought it their duty to express that difference, doing all that in them lay to oppose both my elec- tion and my consecration, were actuated by nothing but a sense of duty and a desire to fulfil God's will, as far as their conscience showed it to them. I felt quite sure that all your opposition to me was really honest, really kind, and from a desire to serve our Lord. And as I feel in myself that I have no other wish on earth than to serve that Lord to the best of my ability, so I have always felt certain that there was a tie between us very much stronger than anything which could keep us apart. I felt that your conscientiousness must be more to me than any difference of opinion could possibly be." This frank, generous, and masculine language has already gone far to reconcile many of the disaffected clergy; and if Dr. Temple's life be prolonged, we shall be much mistaken if all England does not soon feel what it is to get a man with a thoroughly masculine faith and no petty susceptibilities upon the Bench—a man who never thinks at all of his own position, but only of what Christ commands him to make of it. The Times does not believe it possible for a bishop to discharge all the indispensable duties of his office with- out any considerable demand upon him. We do not (it says) expect a bishop any more than a judge to be content with merely getting through his duties. We expect him to discharge them as well as he can, and for this reason we think bishops would be wise to confine themselves far more than they do to these indispensable duties. The remark is as old as the time of Selden, and we presume, therefore, the need for it is equally old, that it is no more the business of a bishop to do the work of a parish priest than of the bishop's secretary to do the work of his butler. Dr Tait perhaps showed his wisdom, not only by appearing in an omnibus-yard and in cholera wards, but by appearing only once. It was not his business to be a hospital chaplain or a city missionary. If bishops would reserve themselves a little, their "public appearances," though less frequent, might be vastly more effective. In fact, they are not invested with great dignities and great emoluments in order that they may fritter away their time in trivial amenities. We look to them to do for the Church the same kind of work as Ministers do for the State, or judges for the law. We want them, without meddling with every detail, to keep a strong general control over the work of the Church and to bring to bear on it the influence of sound learn- ing, mature judgment, and wide views. For this purpose, it is simply one of their "indispensable duties" to keep their hands sufficiently free. The Pall Mall Gazette says—A singular prosecution has taken place at Melbourne against Mr Philip Davies, the manager of the Prince of Wales Gold Mining Company, for stealing gold. The information on which the prisoner was arraigned contained upwards of twenty-five counts, the principal of which charged him with stealing 1,000 ounces of gold, variously laid in the Crown and in the Bonshaw Gold Mining Company of Ballarat. It was alleged on behalf of the Crown that the prisoner took ad- vantage of his position as manager of the Prince of Wales Company to construct a secret drive into the claim of an adjoining company, and to remove therefrom between 28,000 and 210,000 worth of gold. The Bonshaw Com- pany had for a considerable time entertained suspicions that all was not right, but they were unable to detect any- thing absolutely wrong uutil some of their men acciden- tally drove through into the old workings of the other company, when the whole scheme was exposed. The defence set up was that the Prince of Wales Company was registered for the Cobbler's lead; they were at liberty to follow that lead wherever it went, even into private pro- perty, in order to obtain the quantity of ground for which they were registered that the Crown had given them a licence to mine, and as the right to the gold was not parted with by the Crown when land was sold this licence extended to private property; that the gold taken by Davies was taken in assertion of a right, and there was, therefore, no felonious intention on his part. The jury, however, found the prisoner guilty, and he has been remanded for sentence, pending the decision by the full court of a number of reserved law points. The Melbourne papers bring accounts of a horrible event wh'ch has happened in connection with the Slave Trade which is now being carried on in the Southern Seas. A French barque lay off the island of Fiji, containing 280 natives who had somehow been got on board for "emigration to Queensland. They had been shipped by a Melbourne storekeeper who had gone into the trade in these islanders, but before the ship set sail the natives rose against their captors, slew all but the mate, and plunged into the sea to swim to land. Of the whole 280 who thus escaped only 27 reached the land; 253 were drowned in the effort. Nature states that benzol has been applied to a somewhat novel purpose. If poured on a piece of ordinary paper, immediate transparency is produced to such an extent as to enable one to dispense entirely with tracing paper. On exposure to air, or better, a gentle heat, the liquid is entirely dissipated, the paper recovers its opacity, and the original design is found to be quite uninjured, The Pall Mall Gazette says The Daily Telegraph of the 29th ultimo has an article on Mr Gladstone's "sixtieth birthday." What that unfortunate right honourable gentleman has done to deserve the article we cannot say, but a more melancholy specimen of wishing you many happy returns of the day" can hardly be conceived. Along with incidental allusions to, and quotations from, Montaigne, Cromwell, Heine, Peel, Windham, Burke, Walpole, William Wilberforce, Sir James Graham, Gibbon, Pitt, Fox, &c., we have a sug- gestion that in future the month of December might be designated as "Mr Gladstone's month." On the 29th of that month, we are informed, a child was born upon English soil, of Scotch parents;" and not to keep anybody in suspense we may as well state that the child was no other than Mr Gladstone. We are then informed, which by the way we knew before, that Mr Gladstone is Prime Minister of England, but the Telegragh does not call it England, it calls it this mighty empire which stretches over some 8,600,000 square miles of territory; and it is inhabit d by some 224,000,000 of souls, or, in other words, by One-fifth of the human race and here the Telegraph says, having outlined the course of Mr Gladstone's on- ward march," it is half tempted to leave him. Unfor- tunately it resists the temptation, and gives another column devoted to details of that gentleman's appearance, health, and habits he looks, it says, frail and slight," his features are lined and furrowed," but in the days of his youth he was a good walker. He is very neat in the arrangement of his drawers at Hawarden Castle he is full of humility, and not without reason, for the Telegraph thinks that his career still lacks that totality and com- pleteness which death alone can give." It adds, encour- agingly, that he is peculiarly fitted by character and temperament to die in harness." Moreover, Mr Gladstone himself has been in the habit of fixing the age of sixty as the date when a statesman should prepare himself for withdrawal from active participation in public affairs." The Telegraph earnestly hopes he will not do so. We hope so too but we must admit he will have a fair excuse for withdrawing from public life if, on each recurrence of his birthday, he is to be favoured with such articles as that of the 29th ult.

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