Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.) 1864-1928, November 27, 1880, Image 1

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    Volume XVJI-$e. 75
LANCASTER PA., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 188(1
Price Twe Ceils.
DRY
THE HOLIDAYS AT
JOHN WANAMAKER'S,
CHESTNUT, THIRTEENTH AND MARKET STREETS,
AND CITY HALL SQUARE, PHILADELPHIA.
q'HE.IIOLiDAY.S.
J. There is nowhere in Philadelphia e vaiieda
collection et rich goods as here such as fath
ers, mothers, brothers, bisters levers, leek for
a little later.
Therj is an end even of Gills. Our collection
is large enough and rich enough, one would
suppose, even for a less frugal city than
Philadelphia. These goods arc an: new at the
hcightel theirglery. Thcchoicc.-tef them aie
hen; ; elhcis will come of course ; but the
choicest are going.
What is equally te the purpose, buyers are
new about a-, many as can be comlertably
served, and the throng will be denser every
lair day till Chri-
lums.
JOHN WAXAMAKElt.
rOlLET FURNISHING.
X Sachet-, lilie-,Iainp-shadc-s, pin-eushiens
bexc. in --atiii and phtsh, embroidered anil
painted.
JOIIX WAXAMAKElt.
First ciicle. .-tilth west from the centre.
JACKS.
j Duchc-i; vcl with Point medallions, W) ;
the .-aincm:iv be seen elsewhere at 70.
JOHN WANAMAKER.
Xine counters, southwest from the centre.
fM
LOCKS
J Sd.S.'i te $14.10. all giiurautccd.
s-i.sr te $14.10,
.JOHN' WAXAMAKElt
City-hall square en trance.
T
OV.
Xew
room, new toys.
.IUIIM WAJSAMAKEilC.
Outer circle, we.- of the CI est nut street en
trance. HOOKS.
L A catalogue el books may be had at the
book counter. We want every reader te Ir.ive
it. Tin: liit of children's holiday books Is es
pecially complete,
JOHN WAXAMAKElt.
i-eeend counter.'nerthcast from the centre.
LADIES' VLSTERS.
Then: are two general styles, one closed
at the back, t he et her etieu ; the latter is known
as ceachmaii'sslyh'. In detail et trimming there
is great variety though there is also marked
simplicity. G real variety Iu cloths tee. $0.50
te .
Cloaks, foreign and heuie-made. Our collec
tion is iinjineeedeuttil, whether you legard va
riety, quant ilv or value. A lady who buys a
eleak of any" sort iu Philadelphia without
looking these ever misses the best assortment,
perhaps, in the whole country. $5.50 te $2.10.
JOIIX .WANAMAKER.
Southeast corner of the building. .
MISSES' COATS.
Mis-ic-.' coats in mere than 70 cloths,
shapes and decoration beyond counting.
Sizes 2 te 10 veai s.
Ulstcrclles in 5 clelln. ulsters In cloths and
havelecks in cloths. Sizes (1 te 1G.
JOIIX WAXAMAKElt.
Southwest corner el the building.
UNDERWEAR AND ifOSIERi.
We have the best goods the world affords,
and the next best, and the next, and seen.
There is no place anywhere, where you can
see se large a collection el the different grades
el geed, all passing for what they are, and
nothing ler what it is net, cotton for cotton,
mixed ter mixed, wool for wool, silk ler silk.
JOIIX WAXAMAKElt.
Outer circle. Chestnut strct, entrance te
Ttiiiieentii street entrance.
f ,;
.'MIHMIDERIES.
Ij New Embroideries' are already in. Our
stock is new in the condition you expect te
find it iu at. Xev. Year's, i", c. the sluing novel
ties are here.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Third circle, southwest from the centre.
CARPETS.
The choicest luxurious carpets; the most
substantial carpets; the lowest prices: punc
tual service. JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Market street front, up stairs.
SILKS. "
Evening silks in the Arcade, cast side.
The same and many ether patterns are within.
JOIIX WAXAMAKElt.
Next outer circle, southeast from the centre.
1?iM BROIDERIES.
Zi Our next spring's novelties iu embroi
deries are jut new received ; tbey usually
come, at New Year's.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Next outer circle, southwest from 1 he centre.
J ACES.
j Laces change daily. Our sales are large,
our variety always large, and but little of any
one sort. Compare prices. A quarter below
thcmaikct is net uncommon.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Xine counters, southwest from the centre.
WRAPS, &c.
Such a stock of foreign cloaks as Phila
delphia lias net betere seen, $10 te $250: shawls
near by ; dresses up stairs.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Southeast corner cl the building.
3?URS.
Furs of all sorts arc going fast. They went
fitst last year and advanced iu price as the sea
son advanced. They are going up again. We
shall net i-.use prices till wc have te buy. Ex
pect te lind hcie whatever you want, irem a
bitel trimming up.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Thiileenth street entrance.
COATS AXI ULSTEKS FOK CHILDKEX.
Xet se great variety, as for ladies ; but
much larger than anywhere else here.
Coats. 2 te 0 years : in thirty different mate
rials, drub, blue ami brown cords with fleecy
black: cellar and cuff? et plush ; also in ten
camel's hair cloth, trimmed with seal-cloth.
Coats, 4 te hi years : in thirty cloths trim
med with plain stitching, plush, seal cloth,
chiuchillaiir and velvet, $2 te $!C.
Ulsterettes, 0 te l(i years ; in five cloths, with
seal cloth cellar and cuffs.
Ulsters, 6 te 10 years; in eight cloths, trim
med with plush stitching, heed and plush.
Havelecks, 4 te 1G years ; two styles.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
BOYS' CLOTHING.
Our trade isj list what it ought te be for
the lacilitiesnnd advantages we enjoy.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
East el central aisle, near Market street.
CHINA AND GLASS WAKE.
Tackloeng prcelain, -plates only, for din
ner or desf.crt, five patterns, $25 te $30 per
dozen.
llaviland dinner sets ; Camillc pattern, $140 ;
elsewhere. $200. Tressed, 140; elsewhere, $200.
Tressed with Moresque border and decoration
of grasses and butterflies, $225; elsewhere,
$275. The latter is in the Arcade, Chestnut
street entrance, te-day.
Table glas-iwaie. English, fctrawberry-dia-niend
cut : every article required for the tabic
useful or ornamental.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Northwest corner et the building.
PLUSH HAND-BAGS.
And a great variety of ether kinds. Alse
pe.-ket books, embroidered leather ciril c-ises,
cigar cases, and everything in leather geed".
JOIIX WAXAMAKElt.
Third circle northwest from centre.
Chestnut, Thirteenth and Market streets,
and City Hall square.
JOHN WANAMAKER,
Chestnut; Thirteenth and Market Streets,
And City Hall Square, Philadelphia.
irZXJIS AXD
S. CLAY MILLER
pE3PECTFULLY calls the attention of his friends as well as
Ew the public in general te his Superior Stock of Old Whiskies;
Gibsen's, Dougherty's, Gughenheimer, Hanniesville, Overhelt
and Gaft's Pure Bye, from four te eight years old, which he has
recently bought -from first hands for Cash, and will sell from the
original package at reasonable prices, at
Ne. 33 Penn Square.
uoens.
GIFTS.
Te buy Holiday Gilts early Is geed art
vice : The best trade is early ; and the best
trade carries off the best things.
JOHN WAXAMAKEIt.
,
, LFKED WRIGHT'S PERFUMES.
J HIS Mary Stuart is probably ihc most
j lasting el all the agreeable perfumes; hone of
I the lereign ones approach it. It is very rich,
strong and lull of lite; it isagieeablc te mere
persons, probably, than any ether perfume.
I Wild Olive is next in popularity ; this also
I is singularly powerful and lasting. White
- Re-cis delicate and latin
We keen the nrel'errcd odors of all the lirst-
i elass periuiners, such as Lubin. liuilcy, Atkin
son ami ceiuiray ; uutei Alfred v rights we
keep all.
Bring an uii'H'rfumed handkerchief; ami
you shall h ive a sample of any odor veu wish.
JOHN WAXAMAKElt.
First circle, northwest from the center.
C" 10 LORE I DRESS GOODS.
Tnc following, just received, are away
down iu prices : French Camel's hair, 47 inch,
$'.7iund .8."; French cheviot suiting, silk and
wool, 45 Inch, $').7."; French feule, all wool, 28
inch, $f).2S.
113' looking out for such opportunities a lady
may often save half.
JOHN WAXAMAKElt.
Xine counters, Thirteenth street entrance.
BLACK GOODS.
A lady wanting any of the lollewing will
be obliged for the mention of them ; Silk ami
wool satin dc Lyen, 85 cents ; silk laced
veleurs, $1; meiilie cloth, 75 cents; datnasse
drap d' etc, $1.50 ; damasse cashmere, $1.25.
All the prices cxcpt the first are probably
below the cost of manufacture, and even the
first may be.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Next outer circle, southwest Irem the center.
'1'RIMMING FOK DKESSES AXD CLOAKS.
X Our trade requires the largcstand Ircshcst
stock of these goods, fringcs,passemcnterie or
naments, girdles, tassels, spikes, rings, balls,
buttons. We have novelties net te be found
anywhere else.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Xexleulercircle, northwestfreui the center.
4J HAWLS, &c.
O A few shawN are shown in the Arcade;
gentlemen's dressing gowns anil smoking
ja'ekets iu the same case. Mere are within. -.
JOHN WAXAMAKElt.
East of the Chestnut street entrance.
1?UKS.
I Our work-room is full of preparation, se
lull that wc cannot crowd it faster. We have
ready, also, alarge stock of finished garments,
fur and fur lined.
We have sacqucs and dolmans in sealskin
dyed in Londen we have none but London Lendon Londen
dyed seal. Wc have them in great numbers,
and, of ceur-c, inallsizcs including extremes.
Prices, from $125 te $250.
Louden controls the seal market el the
world There have been two advances in
price since our furs were bought. Wc shall
net advance till wc have te buy again; we
have net advanced at all, as yet.
Wc have, at S1U5, seal sacqut-s such us you
will leek in vain ter elsewhere at the price.
Fur lined circulars ami dolmans -in very
great varierv. We use mostly Satin de Lyen,
gres-grain, armure and brocade silk and Sicil
ien ne ; ler mourning, Henrietta and Drap
rt'Ete. The latter are made le enler only.
We have everything worth having in sets
trimmings, robe, gloves, caps und the thou-saiiil-:ind-eue.
little tilings i hat are kept iu the
completes! lists.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Thirteenth street entrance.
SKIRTS.
Felt, all colors mid variety of styles, .Vjc te
$1 25 ; lhtnucl, blaek, blue, gray, brown and
scarlet, $2.5) te $5.75; satin, black, $1.75 te
$10.5(1 ; satin, blue, scarlet, brown ami black,
$12.30 te $20 ; Italian cloth, black, $1.25 te $5.
The variety is very great.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Southwest corner of the building.
1OYS' OVEKCOATS.
) Xetice t hese two satr.ples :
Blue chinchilla sack, velvet cellar and de
tachable cape, lined with Fermer's satin, horn
buttons. $0.50, Is there another such coat for
$6.50? We have sold hundreds et them.
Krown-red-and-old-geld diagonal ulsterettc
soft wool lining, sleeves lined with a durable,
silk-straped fabric, horn buttons, $3.5 J.
These are. but but specimens of many. 11
they seem inviting, ethers mav be mere se.
See them. JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
Central aisle, next te the outer circle, Mar
ket street side.
11I5I10XS AXD MILL1NEKY.
XV Kihbens and Millinery, you knew, wc
have much mere of than any ether house.
JOIIX WAXAMAKEK.
North of Thirteenth street entrance.
LINENS.
A very great variety el the finest linens,
a very great variety et staple linens, and the
lowest prices in Philadelphia. .
JOHN WAXAMAKEK.
Outer circle. City Hall Square entrance.
J IX EN HAXDKEKCIIIEFS.
j New goods just received from abroad. Wc
have, without doubt, the richest and fullest
stock en this side of the Atlantic. We buy
from makers, direct, knew the quality of our
linen beyond question, and keep below the
market besides.
JOHX WAXAMAKEK.
Second circle, southwest from the centre.
SILK HAXDKEKCIIIEFS.
The very finest English and French hand
kerchiefs and Mufllers; handkerchiefs $1.25 te
$2.50: mufflers, $1.50 te $1.50. Else where they
arc sold for a quarter mere, at least.
JOHX WAXAMAKEK.
Second circle, southwest from the centre.
UNDERWEAR.
Every individual article et Merine or
Silk Underwear that we buy we examine te
see whether the buttons are sewed en securely
anil whether the scams are right and properly
fastened. If anything is wrong, back the gar
ment gees te the ir.aker, or we right it at his
expense.
Such has been our practice for a year and a
half. Is there another merchant in' Philadel
phia who lecs the fame, or who watches the
interests et his customers in any simil.tr way?
Defects may escape us, ueveithless. Yen de
us a taver, if you bring back the. least imper
fection te be made geed.
JOIIX WANAMAKER.
Outer circle. Thirteenth street entrance.
"VrUSLIX UNDERWEAR.
JlVL Our assortment of all muslin undergar
ments is as full as at any time of the year : and
when the demand for such is net generally
strong we arc often able te buy at unusual ad
vantage. We have very nearly the same goods
the year "round : but prices vary mere or less.
New, for example, probably, there is net te be
found In this city or in -New Yerk muslin un
dergarments equal te our regular stock except
at higher prices. Wc knew et no exception
whatever.
JOHN WANAMAKER.
Southwest corner of the building.
RUBBER OVERGARMENTS.
De you knew, many are net or Rubber.at
all, and arc net waterproof? Wc sell as many
as all Philadelphia besides ; real articles only ;
and guarantee them.
JOHN WANAMAKER.
Centra! aisle, near Market street entrance.
LIQUORS.
CLVltllXU.
FALL OPENING
H. GrERBART'S
l
MONDAY, OCTOBER Uth, 1880.
A Complete Stock et
Cleths, Suitings
AN1
OVERCOATINGS.
which for elegance cannot be surpassed. The
Largest Assortment et
ENGLISH AND SCOTCH
SUITINGS
in this city. Prices as low as the lowest at
H.GERHART'S
Ne. 51 Nerib Queen Street.
FALL A 'D WINTER
OVERCOATINGS !
Te-day wc display a full line of the Latent
Novelties in Overceatings far the
Fall Season,
in all the Xew Coloring-, with Silk Facings te
match; alsoasnperierlineot Heavy Weights
in Xew Designs.
Fur Beaver, Seal Skin. Elysianj
Mentanak, Ratina and
Chinchilla Beaver.
Deuble und Treble Milled, all the Xew Mix
tures. . Tayler's English IViutrjs,
in Plain and Fancy Hacks, Combination Col Cel
ors, all made up and trimmed in thw highest
Style of Art.
SM ALI NG'S
THE ARTIST TAILOR,
121 N. QUEEN STREET,
MYV&S
CLOTHING !
CLOTHING!
We have new ready for sale an Immense
Stock et
Fall and Winter,
which are Cut and Trimmed in the Latest
Style. We can give you a
GOOD STYLISH SUIT
AS LOW AS $10.00.
PIECE GOODS
In great variety, made Je order at short notice
at the lowest prices.
1 B. HesMur 4 Sed,
24 CENTRE SQUARE,
K-lyrt LANCASTER, PA.
tJAJtMSTS.
H
IGHKST CASH PRICE WIM. K
PAID FOK EXTItA NICK
CABPET HAGS.
Carpets made te order at short notice and
satislactien guaranteed.
Karc chances in Carpets te reduce block el
c
AT AXD BELOW COST.
CrJl and satisiy ycureclf. Alse, Ingrain, Kag
and Chain Carpctslnalmestcndlessvarlety .at
H. S. SHIRK'S
CARPET HALL,
203 WEST KING STREET,
LANCASTER PA.
UliSlTUltE.
JAa IX WANT OF A
CHRISTMAS PRESENT
I would respectfully say that new is the time
In order te avoid being disuppelntcd te have
your presents selected and put aside, and then
when the rush comes a little later you will be
sure or having your present just when you de
sire. I cordially invite a call te sec my assort
ment of
HOLIDAY GOODS,
Furniture and Picture Frames.
II
myt East King Street.
mm
ReuuT-Me doing
Lancaster Intelligencer.
SATURDAY EVENING, NOV. 27, 1880.
IS THE STATE "CHRISTIAN?"
Governer Hejt's Thanksgiving Procla
mation. Why the Werd "Christian" Was Omitted.
A Jewish Rabbi AVbe Disagree With Dr.
Greemrald.
"What Our Lutheran Divine Thlnlcs Make
L'sh "Chiistian" Commonwealth.
Harrisburg Telegraph.
We much fear that some of the geed
people of our state may be betrayed into
ibrgctfulncss ei the numerous and sub
stantial grounds for thanksgiving and a
failure te pay humble and devout obser
vance te the day, by reason of a- miserable
perversion of an. insignificant incident at
tending the issne of the proclamation from
the executive chamber. We say this be
cause wc note in several of our religious
exchauges some comments which betray
either a misconception of simple facts, or
exaggeration in inferences drawn from
them. The burden of their complaint is
that by reason of "animadversions of
prominent Israelites" and demand from
them, a change was made in the proclama
tion from Christianity te "Judaism or
Paganism." and that te quote from one,
"Christ is thus crucified again in 1880."
Such criticism may be sincere but it is
preposterous, if net blasphemous. The
statement of the actual fact will remove
all excuse for alarm and dispose te cheer
ful hearty enjoyment of the national festi
val. The proclamation as originally pre
pared for the printer, contained the words
"I'recChristiaii commonwealth."An attache
of the state depart men t under whose eye
it was passing suggested that the words
might he liable te a sectarian construction ;
the truth contained in ths sucstien was
recognized, and the sentence thereupon
slightly modified. In the meantime a
copy iu its original form had get te the
telegraph office and was published in the
papers as originally dr.iwu. The change
was net therefore made en nccenut of any
" animadversion" from any source there
was no demand and consequently no con
cession. All the assaults made against
"prominent Israelites" en this false as
sumption arc thus unjust and must mis
carry. After the printed form was issued
one or two entirely respectful letters from
well-known Jews were received at the
state department free from arguments or
"animadvcisieus" and they received re
spectful reply. It is impossible te raise a
serious issue ever this incident. The gov
ernor and the secretary of the common
wealth would probably held, personally,
net only that this was a " Christian com
monwealth," but that it was a Protestant
Christian state. Their individual views
should mil limit the scope of a state paper.
In that they have invited, as was their
duty, all the people te a festival in which
we arc te worship a Common Father.
The call was net intended as an ecclesias
tical ukase nor encyclical letter. As a
governmental act it need net proceed en
any lower assumption than that of " one
bleed He hath made all the nations of
men for te dwell en all the face of the
earth."
Jew and eutite in the Synagogue.
At the Snyagegue liedcf Shalem. Bread
and Green streets, Philadelphia, en
Thanksgiving Day, there was a large con
gregation at the morning service, a large
proportion of whom were Christians. The
usual praj crs, with these for the president,
governor and ethers in authority, were of
fered by the Rev. Sir. Jastrow, the rabbi,
after which he introduced the Rev. Dr. W.
II. Furness, and stated the object the con
gregation had iu view in inviting a minister
net of their own creed te occupy their pul
pit en this occasion. In doing this Dv.
Jastrow used the following language :
"There arc cci tain words and phrases
that long survive the ideas they were orig
inally designed te represent. Wc still
speak of sunrise and sunset, although the
Copernican system has long ceased te be a
mere conjectural theory. Wc speak of a
coat of-mail and armor of strength, though
knowing that gun-powder has changed the
system of defense in warfare beyond rec
ognition. Harmless as the presentation
of such verbal relies is in poetry and figu
rative speech, it cannot be tee severely
protested against in public and social life.
It was such a pretest that recently was
raised against the use of the phrase
" Christian Commonwealth," in a publi
cation addressed te the citizens of this
state, net as professors of a certain creed
or creeds, net as Christians or Jews, but
as members of a commonwealth which all
et us claim te be attached te with sincer
ity. "The promptness with which the chief
magistrate of Pennsylvania has tried te
correct an error, of which he had been
mere of a victim than a participant, was
creditable te himself as it was te these di
rectly interested in his action. The iden
tification of the word "Christian" with
"civilization," is one of these verbal relics
of antiquated views which carry with them
dangerous prejudices. Modern research
has established the fact that the two cur
rents which combine into making up our
present civilization are the Greek, with
its aesthetic refinement, and the Hebrew
witli its stern morality. History further
shows that the Jewish people occupied a
high position in science and enlighten
ment at a time when the se-called Chris
tian world was busily engaged in destruc
tive sports of all kinds. Every impartial
observer of our own days readily admits
that in this point of charity and humanity
Jews may fairly claim at least an equal
rank with their Christian fellow-citizens.
Yet, it is but a few days age that in our
city .of Brotherly Leve the words " Chris
tian love and sympathy " fell inadvertently
from the lips of the presiding officer of a
charitable society which, counts among its
co-laborers many an active Jew and Jew
ess. " It pay be that, owing te centuries of
continued oppression, we are a little mere
sensitive than is reasonable ; yet we claim
nothing but justice for ourselves when we
are anxious te abolish from the dictionary
of daily talk words which modern thought
has proved te be misapplied. It is in order
te contribute our share towards the purifi
cation of our glossary, that this congrega
tion has deemed it fit, en a national day
like this, te demonstrate that, in public
and social life, we are before all men,
human beings, all endowed with the same
faculties by Him who recognizes no face
and takes no bribery.; in the second place,
citizens enjoying equal rights and 'subject
te the same duties; acd, in the third
rank,Jews,guidedby,the principle, Have we
net all one father, has net one Ged created
us? Why, then, should we deal faithlessly
with our author ? It is in this season that
we wish te give utterance te the idea, that
when the nation calls us cither for prayer
or for action, we knew of no distinction of
faith no barrier separating creed from
creed. It is for the purpose of giving os
tensible evidence of these our sentiments
that we have this year again invited te
occupy this pnlpit, net one of our own re
ligious creed, but one of our faith iu the
brotherhood of mankind a faith of which
we can find no nobler representative than
Rev. Dr. Wm. II. Furness."
Dr. Furness, in the course of his ad
dress, which occupied about half an hour
in delivery, referred te the equality et all
men before the law in the United States,
and te the fact that we had no privileged
classes. We had seen, net only iu Europe,
but in this country, the curse of inequality
wiped out by streams of bleed, aud the
distinctions of class productive of as much
misfortune te the privileged as te" the op
pressed. He also spoke at some length of
the cordial welcome offered by bur people
te European immigrants, and especially te
these Jews Ueeinir from oppression in
Roumania, their native land, whom he
welcomed, net only for their industry and
thrift, but also as furnishing anetheir evi
dence of the wisdom of Providence.
Though politically ruined, he said, they
are still a nation teachers of religion,
descendants of that people that gave us
Himwhesuifered death for the salvation
of mankind. On adny like this, continued
Dr. Furness, all denominations can join in
thanksgiving te the Lord for blessings net
only et a material character, but es
pecially for these of a spiritual nature, in
asmuch as the ideas of humanity aud the
brotherhood of mau issuing from this
country prove that our people arc des
tined te be teachers of mankind in the
same manner as the Jews have been te this
day.
Oar Christian Commonwealth.
Kev. Dr. Greenwahl's Thanksgiving Sermon.
Where is there a higher or mere beauti
ful type of civilization thau in our coun
try, where the whole laud is dotted ever
witli churches aud school houses ? Here
Christian devotion, education and social
culture arc essentially blended together.
Here intelligent, refined, virtuous, happy;
Christian homes, arc seen everywhere.
See the quiet Sabbath stillness that pre
vails everywhere iu city and country see
all classes blending together with mutual
sympathy in joy and in sorrow sec the
beautiful amenities in the social circle,
where male and female unite in perfect
equality, with unicscrvcd frankness, yet
with the highest purity and modesty see
everywhere the happy homes of the daily
toiler, where pity governs the hearts of
parents and children, and love has its
"home. Where is this scene surpassed for
beauty aud pleasure ? Jews and infidels
share its advantages aud blessings as de
all ethers. And it is Ciiristiuiuty alone
that has produced it. It is in Christian
lauds alone that this spectacle is seen. It is
net in Jewish lands, nor in heathen lauds,
nor in Mehammedan lands, nor in any laud
but in lands where Christianity gives tone
te religion aud morals, and social culture,
where these beautiful scenes are beheld.
Would "prominent Israelites" destroy it ?
Would blatant infidels break it down ?
Would we gain anything, if they did ?
Would Jews and intidels be happier them
selves, if they would change and destroy
all this ? If we renounce Christ and Chris
tianity silence all our pulpits ; shut all
our churches ; burn all our Bibles ; step
all offerings of prayer and singing of
hymns iu the name of Christ, ami convert
our country into a land of Pharisees aud
heathens, and infidels, would our typu of
civilization be highev, our morals purer,
our homes happier ? Te ask these ques
tions is te answer them. A very unwise
aud sad exchange would the people of
this country make if the "animadversions"
of Jews and infidels would be successful in
bringing about the change. We may we'll
thank Ged te-day that our holy Christian
ity is se firmly rooted in the affections of
wise and geed men everywhere, that the
bitter hostility of its enemies is net likely
te shake their confidence in it, or their
love for it.
Let us extend our inquiry into another
direction and ask, What has Christianity
done te remote the evils of the icerld, and te
promote the geed order, morals and security
ej society :
Tne Dark Contrast te I lie Foregoing.
We knew what the world was before the
light and sanctifying influence of Christi
anity were brought te bear upon it. It was
in a sad condition as te morals and safety
and happiness, lint a very brief glance
at it will suffice for our description of it
this morning.
The gods of the most enlightened pagans
were monsters of vice. The actions as
cribed te them bring the blush new upon
the check of virtue. Paul says it is a
shame even te speak of them ; and se it is.
Their worshipers weic like them. The
gods were patrons of vice, and the people
practiced vice. Human victims were sacri
ficed te their gods, and their worship was
offered in the bleed of their fellow men.
The wickedness and impurity practiced
iu their worship were such as no virtuous
man could read without shuddering. The
gods were entreated by costly offerings, en
splendid altars, te favor the indulgence of
unnatural lusts, and the most horrid mur
ders. Seneca, himself n pagan, says they
lisp the most abominable prayers te
the cars of their gods, and if a man is
found listening they are silent. What a
man ought net te hear they de net blush
te rehearse te Ged. Scenes of bleed and
slaughter were public diversions of the
people. Hume, the skeptic, says of the
Remans, at the most illustrious period of
their history, that se common was the hoi
rid practice of poisoning each ether that
iu one season a prscter had upwards of
three thousand cases before him. Se de
praved in private life, says Hume, were
the people whose history wc se much ad
mire that suicide was net only extensively
practiced, but was commended as virtu
ous. Seneca pleaded for it. Cicere was
its advocate. Brutus and Cassius, with
many ethers, both defended and practiced
it. These were the great lights of the
heathen world. Ne wonder the ignorant
populace were in darkness, aud practiced
scenes of crime and vice at which wc shud
der. Infanticide, was se universally prac
ticed that the Reman empire was stained
with the bleed of murdered infants from
one end te the ether. What must have
been the state of domestic virtue when
such an inhuman practice was defended by
the learned as wise, was countenanced by
the magistrates as useful, and was regard
ed by public sentiment as innocent !
Every indecency was common. Even
Hume says that among the polished Greeks
and Remans "men and women laid aside
all regard te jchastity." Such low and de
graded vices and crimes were net only
practiced in private, but were sanctioned
by the public laws, and were perpetrated
without shame. Neither were ethers who
witnessed them ashamed of these who
practiced them. Their most rcnewed phil
osophers practiced and defended infamous
vices that are tee revolting even te be
named. And yet these are the men whom
modern infidels would held up for the inti
mation of the young of our day.
New let it be understood that this de
scriptien belongs te the most intellectual
and cultivated people of the pagan world.
It is descriptive net of the low, ignorant
and debased classes but of the high,
wealthy and best classes--philosophers,
magistrates, aud teachers of ethers. Such
was the world, and had been for ages iu its
highest and best estate, when Christ was
born, and when Christianity began its dif
ficult work of reforming the religion, and
morals, and institutions of society. It was
a hard work, but Christianity accomplished
it. It had never been attempted before.
It was never eveu thoughtef before. Chris
tianity, single banded, attempted the great
work, and the results are wonderful. See
f what it has done.
"Loek around," says Bishop Mcllvaine,
"upon the countries ever which the in
fluence of Christianity has been exerted :
these especially where the religion of Jesus
has been enjoyed in its greatest purity and
cultivated with truest devotion. Where
are the remains of the abominations that
prevailed before? Crime exists, indeed,
but only in hidden dens. It shuns the
light. Laws de net afford it countenance.
Public sentiment drives it into concealment.
What would the feeling of society new say
te a show of gladiators ; te the legalized
exposure and murder of infants by the
hands of mothers ; te the public, deliber
ate murder of worn-out slaves ; te the jus
tification of suicide and theft; and lying,
aud assassination, and the acknowledged
practice of the most odious and indecent
sensuality, by theso who are looked up te
as the moral teachers and examples' of so
ciety ? Hew would idolatry, with all its
cruelties and obscenities ; its profligate
deities, its human sacrifices, its hidden
mysteries of iniquity and uastiness, and
public ritual of vice and prostitution and
impurity affect the public mind, were its
temples, and images, and lascivious cere cere cere
monicsnew set up, and publicly practiced
iu our cities ? It is net enough te say
that in countries where all these abomina
tions once existed without restraint and in
full sympathy with the public taste, they
have long since been driven away with ab
horrence." This is much but there is much mere
than this. It required a terrible struggle
te banish them. They died hard. But
they were net only banished, but some
thing infinitely better was put in their
stead. Infidelity new would tear down
Christian institutions, but it gives us
nothing and does net even pretend te
give us anything better in their stead.
But when Christianity tore down pagan
ism and its abominations, it gave the
world something far better in their stead.
" Positive blessiengs, in every form, and
for every class of society, have risen up in
their place. A measure of virtue which
would have singled out an ancient
pagan philosopher as a wonderful
exception te the rest of the . world,
is absolutely necessary new te a
character of ordinary decency. Benevo
lence, sii'jli as was net known in Greece or
Reme, a:i I, had it appeared, would net
have bee. i comprehended, is new a matter
of common, daily intercourse between man
and man. An incalculable improvement
has been effected in all departments of
hu mau affairs, from the administration of
national government, down te the most
retired relations of the family circle. The
cruelties and vices which were daily prac
ticed by rulers of nations, aud for which
they were applauded, would new arouse
the indignation of all classes of the people,
te such a pitch that they would be hurled
from power with uuivcrsal contempt. A
spirit of equity, moderation and respect
for the inteicsts aud happiness of the com
munity, is rcquired iu the governments of
countries under the influence or Christian
ity, which was hardly conceived of by the
nations of antiquity, and, if it ever ap
peared, was a marvelous exception te the
general rule. Laws, regenerated in their
principles, arc enacted in wisdom, and ex
ecuted with a faithfulness utterly unknown
te the heathen. Instead of the despotic
harshness with which a father was once
permitted te rule ever his children aud his
wife, as his tools and slaves, universal sen
t iment demands it, as necessary even te
decency, that he shall be kind te them as
his own flesh, and as the rightful sharers
iu all his comforts. Women have been ele
vated from the rank of beasts of burden
te an equal participation in all the refine
ments and blessings of society. The con
dition of the dependent classesef the com
munity has been raised from that of con
tempt, and oppression, and utter ignorance
te a level, in peiut of natural right, te the
condition of the highest; while education
shines upon their dwellings, and religion
seeks their souls, as worthy of all sacrifices
which Christian bcncvolcnce can make for
their salvation."!
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