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upper dome the waters of the these different depths (for ever stream pour in in one broad sheet. changing), cast the light in silver An instant only is such form pre- or in gold upon the walls and dome. served. The sheet of water breaks, And now the sun bows down still and countless globes, from rain- more, and shines still more within drops to a sphere the hand would the dome; its rays are kissed by scarcely grasp with ease, come down, countless water-drops, and changand break still more in passing ed by that caress from white to all through the air, until within the basin the colors of the bow or prism. But, all is mist and spray. These globes strange, no bow is formed ; but in at first arrange themselves in sys- its stead a circle of the varied hues tems not unlike the planetariums is poised within the midst of all of the schools, where sun and pla- this splendor, as though the sun nets, with their satellites, are shown and flood had come to crown the the youths, to aid such minds as Indian maid, and vie with the iceseek to learn the grander works of king in doing fullest homage to his God in space. These systems, as

ward. they fall, are countless; and by com- Such is the legend realized. The mon impulse, which means law, the time, the accidents, and every imsmaller range themselves about a pediment we overcame seemed but greater central orb. And so they steps so prearranged that we might pass through space, to fall upon see complete the efforts of the cold, the bosom of the pool in mist. Is the light, the water, all combined to there no emblem here of life and create The Beautiful. It was the God?

meeting of extremes. in harmony we look, behold! the for common end, instead of conwalls and dome are striped and flict. Here was a grand display of slashed with silver and with gold; powers without jealousy. The cold then barred; and then again are took irresistible possession of the panelled with this silver sheen and water, mist, and spray, and reared gold. The gold and silver inter a work that art can scarcely copy. change positions, fade, return, as the But all was cold and chaste and Northern Lights dissolve or chase white. The light possessed itself each other here and there. The of the water also, but with a touch mystery of this party-colored scene so delicate and warm that color was soon resolved.

The ice we mantled the coldest, chastest, whitbroke away with stones had let the est ice. sun shine through the opening, and Do you, dear reader, imagine the waters, flowing in, disputed pas- this a fancy sketch ? Be undesage with the light. There is an ceived. Three of the “ four" still ebb and flow in running water so verify its truth. The fourth has like to pulse-beats that it may not fallen upon the outstretched arm of seem strange to those who stop to the great Father of mankind. It is think, that ruder men have wor- in tribute to his memory that I shipped streams as gods. This ebb write; for never soul more chaste, and flow upon the ledge so chang- or heart more warm, or life more ed the depth of water there that full of love for all the beautiful, the sunlight, as it struggled through made up a man.

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On the fifth of August died in mid-day or one o'clock Mass on Paris Sister Nathalie Narishkin, a Sundays. Hence it follows that in Russian by birth, and descended reality they have nothing to relate from the same family from which concerning the influence of the sprang the mother of Peter the Catholic faith in the sanctification Great. Born on the 13th of May, of souls. What would have been 1820, Sister Nathalie Narishkin ab- their edification, and perhaps surjured the Greek Church August the prise, had they visited that con15th, 1844. This first step had cost vent of the Rue St. Guillaume, an! her a fearful struggle—that struggle had the good-fortune to converse of heart for which Jesus Christ pre- with Sister Nathalie! No one who pared us when he said, “I came to approached her could help feelin. set a man at variance against his that he was in. presence of a soul ii father, and a daughter against her continual union with God, and in mother(S. Matt. x. 35). We mean whom self-abnegation and the prethat endurance which is perhaps foundest humility had grown, as :: the hardest of martyrdoms, at least were, into a second nature. With when God requires it of a soul whose these qualities, which love of him is combated by an un- struck the beholders, she combinusual tenderness of affection towards ed the most refined gentleness ! the authors of her being. Such was manners and language-a genticNathalie Narishkin.

ness which, let us remark, was in bc? But as any sacrifice we offer to the same when soliciting from tis God enables us, by strengthening Emperor Alexander II., at the El our will, to make fresh sacrifices for sée, in 1867, permission to ente his love, she had not yet attained Russia for the purpose of nursing the age of twenty-eight when she the sick attacked with cholera, 25 resolved to follow more closely the when answering the meanest be footsteps of our Lord, and in March, gar asking at her hands a more. 1848, she entered the novitiate of of bread. “Every one who had 1 the Sisters of Charity in Paris. A deal with Sister Narishkin depar few years afterwards she was named ed satisfied ”-this is the gener. superioress of the convent in the testimony of all who ever had o Rue St. Guillaume, where she died. casion to speak with her.

Foreigners who visit Catholic It is needless to add that, wil' countries often imagine themselves regard to charity--that virtue whi acquainted with Catholicity when is the special vocation of the daug they have hastily glanced through ters of S. Vincent de Paul, and I the streets of our capitals, visited surest token of true Christianity, the museums, the public buildings, pointed out by Christ himseitand theatres, and inspected the Sister Nathalie was second tor: Catholics in the churches at some one; and this was made manifesta

the day of her funeral by the mul- the funeral on foot. The body was titude of poor who accompanied her deposited in the Cemetery of Mont remains to the cemetery, and the Parnasse-in that same cemetery tears they shed on their way to the where for fifteen years past have regrave. What is the pomp of the posed the remains of that other sepulture of kings and the great Russian convert and Barnabite faones of the nations when compar- ther, Schouvaloff, who, speaking of ed to this tribute to the memory those among his countrymen who of a Catholic Sister?

had become Catholics, said : “ Fear Father Gagarin, S.J., himself a not, little flock; we are the firstRussian convert, though scarcely fruits of that union which every recovered from an illness, and in Christian should desire, and which spite of his age and physical suffer- we know will take place. Fear not; ings--which did not permit him to our sufferings and our prayers will walk without difficulty, and leaning find grace before God. Russia will on a stick-would not fail to follow be Catholic."

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THE ILLUSTRATED CATHOLIC FAMILY AL- name will long be held in grateful reMANAC FOR THE UNITED STATES, FOR membrance in the United States. THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1875. Cal. There are also sketches of the lives of culated for Different Parallels of Lati- the late Archbishop Kenrick, Archbishop tude, and Adapted for Use through- Blanc of New Orleans, Bishop Whelan. out the Country. New York: The Bishop McFarland-brief, but sufficiently Catholic Publication Society.

comprehensive to give one an insight This annual is already known in al. into the character and labors of these most every Catholic home in the land. apostolic men. Col. Meline and Dr. Its cheapness places it within the reach Huntington, who strove so faithfully and of all, whilst its literary and artistic ex. so successfully, as men of letters, to decellence renders it acceptable even to the fend and adorn Catholic truth, receive most fastidious. The issue for 1875 even due tribute, and are held up as examples surpasses its predecessors in the variety for those of our Catholic young men to of subjects treated and in the beauty of its whom God has given talent and oppor. Hlustrations,

tunity of education. Publications of this kind undoubtedly Cardinal Mezzofanti, the greatest of linlo very much to awaken a truly Catholic guists; Cardinal Allen, who was the first interest in the contemporary history of the president, and we may say founder, of the church, and therefore tend to enlarge the Douay College, which, during the darkviews and widen the sympathies of our est period of the history of the Catholic people. The life-current of the universal Church in England, gave so many noble church is borne through the whole earth, confessors of the faith to Great Britain ; and whatever anywhere concerns her Archbishop Ledochowski, who is to-day welfare is of importance to Catholics suffering for Christ in the dungeons of everywhere.

Ostrowo, all pass before us in the pages The opening sketch in the Almanac for of the Catholic Almanac for 1875. the year which even now "waiteth at the Then we have sketches of John O'Dondoor" carries us to Rome, in a biographi- ovan, the famous Irish antiquarian ; of cal notice of Cardinal Barnabo, whose Father Gahan, the great Irish preacher; of

Father Clavigero, the historian of Mexico out a minute and detailed examination and California, and of Joan of Arc, whose and discussion of every point, supported name may yet be inscribed by the church by reasons and authorities. We are not among those of her saints. The miscel

prepared to do this at present. We may laneous matter with which the present say, however, that, in our opinion, a work issue of the Catholic Almanac is filled of this kind cannot easily be brought to has been chosen with admirablé tact and completion by a first and single effort with a special view to the wants of our It is, in many respects, tentative in iis own people.

character. As such, we regard it as a If the standard of excellence which promising effort, creditable to its author, this publication has now reached be and in many ways likely to prove a ser maintained, it cannot fail to command a viceable manual for the clergy and those steadily increasing patronage, and to be. who are engaged in teaching canon law come in yet wider circles an instrument in seminaries. for good.

THE MISTRESS OF THE MANSE. By ). NOTES ON THE SECOND PLENARY COUN- G. Holland. New York: Scribner,

CIL OF BALTIMORE. By Rev. S. Smith, Armstrong & Co. 1874.
D.D., formerly Professor of Sacred We never pardon the reviewer who
Scripture, Canon Law, and Ecclesias- praises a novel by telling us its plot
tical History at Seton Hall Seminary. Therefore we shall not spoil the pleasure
New York: P. O'Shea. 1874.

of the reader by revealing the story of this The author of these Notes makes his

poem. We will only say that the heroine observations on a considerable number is the wife of a "country parson," and of very practical questions, some of which that their conjugal life is beautifully are of the greatest moment and of no drawn. A Catholic will not find any small difficuity, with great modesty and thing to move his righteous indignation, moderation of language. Evidently, he as he did in the author's Marble Prophecy seeks to promote piety, discipline, and though here and there he will come upon the well-being of the church in an orderly something which manner, and with due respect to authority

“In the light of deeper eyes and established usage. The Decrees of

Is matter for a flying smile." the Second Plenary Council of Baltimore is intended as a text-book of instruction

For instance, a poet who can write such for the clergy and seminarists on what we

Tennysonian verse does not blush to may call“ pastoral theology"--that is, on place in the same "evangelical" librar

Augustine" and "Ansel ” (we suppose the whole range of subjects relating to the conduct, preaching, and administra

he means S. Anselm) by the side of tion of those who are invested to a lesser "Great Luther, with his great disputes, or greater degree with the pastoral office.

And Calvin with his finished scheme" ( The author makes the Acts of the Council After the flood of light which even Prot. therefore the basis of his Notes, or familiar estant research has poured on the chardisquisitions on practical topics of canon acters of Luther and Calvin, how can a law, giving also a general exposition of poet (of all men) dare to hold them up to certain fundamental canonical principles admiration? and laws, chiefly derived from the standard authors Soglia and Tarquini. Some Maria Monk's DAUGHTER. An Autoo! valuable documents are also contained ography. By Mrs. L. St. John Ecke! in the appendix. Such a work as this is New York: Published for the Author evidently one that, if it can be made com- by the United States Publishing Co plete, and also carry with it sufficient 13 University Place. 1874. intrinsic and extrinsic authority to give The writer of this notice well remem its statements and opinions due weight, bers reading, when a boy of fifteen, the will be one of great utility. Due respect Awful Disclosures of Maria Mont, and to the author, who has given us the results Six Months in a Content, by Rebera of careful and conscientious labor, as well Reed. With great satisfaction he recal. as the great importance of the topics he the fact that his own father, who was a discusses, demand that we should not Presbyterian minister of Connecticut, 10 ! attempt to express a judgment upon his gether with a very large number of other work or the opinions contained in it with- most respectable Protestants, condemned

and repudiated the calumnics of Maria gross libels on Catholics and caricatures Monk from the first moment of their puu- of all they hold dear and sacred, neverlication. The effect of these books and theless their cause and name are disof the exposure so honorably made by graced by the fact that they are so freCol. Stone on our own young mind, and quently and generally implicated in a undoubtedly upon the minds of thousands mode of warfare on the Catholic Church besides, was to open our eyes to the false! which is dishonorable. The statements hood and dishonesty of the gross misrep. which are continually made current among resentations of the Catholic religion and them respecting Catholics and their reits professors which have been rise among ligion, and which are so generally be. Protestants, and are still prevalent among lieved, do no credit to their intelligence the less enlightened of them, both gentle or fairness. We remember hearing the and simple. Afterwards the task de- Archbishop of Westminster remark that volved upon us to prepare a set of docu- the most ridiculous fables about the Cathments concerning Rebecca Reed and olic religion are accepted as truth among Maria Monk which Bishop England had the aristocratic residents of the West End collected, for publication in the edition of of London. The coarse and angry ashis works issued by his successor in the saults of the English press upon the Marsee of Charleston. While we were cor- quis of Ripon, on account of his converrecting the last proofs of the printer at sion, show, what Dr. Newman has so huPhiladelphia, the Times of that morning morously and graphically described, the furnished us the last item of news respect- extent and obstinacy of vulgar prejudice ing the unfortunate Maria Monk, which and hostility in England. There is less came to the knowledge of the public be- here, and it is diminishing; yet there is lore the publication of the volume under enough to make Mrs. Eckel's audacious notice, viz., that she had died in a cell on spring into the arena of combat against Blackwell's Island. After the lapse of it well timed as well as chivalrous. {wenty-five years, we find before us the We do not intend a criticism on her autobiography of a daughter of Maria book, but merely, as an act of justice to Monk, who seeks to expiate her mother's one who has braved the criticism of the crime, and to make reparation for the world, to aid herself and her book to wrong done to the clergy and religious meet this criticism fairly, without prejuof the Catholic Church by her pretended dice from any false impressions which disclosures made in the fictitious charac- may be taken from its title. We thereter of an escaped nun. The unhappy fore mention the fact, which may not be young woman herself, though we believe known to those who have not read the she was the daughter of an English offi. book or any correct account of its concer at Montreal, seems to have had a very tents, that Maria Monk, according to the unkind mother, and, for some reason to probable evidence furnished in the book, us unknown, to have been brought up and which does not seem to have anywithout education, and early turned adrift thing opposed to it, was really married to without any protection. Having fallen a man who was a gentleman by birth and into a condition of desperate misery, she of respectable connections, although reresorted to the expedient of inventing duced by his youthsul follies to a condiher Awful Disclosures in order to get tion which was always precarious and money and escape from present wretch- sometimes very destitute. Mrs: Eckel is rdness. The men-far more malicious the offspring of this marriage. After a and base in their villany than this poor childhood of hardship, she was adopted forlorn girl, so much sinned against and into a respectable family related to her so fearfully punished for her own sins father, Mr. St. John, and made the most that we pity more than we blame her- strenuous efforts to acquire the education who prepared the vile book of Awful and good manners which are suitable for Disclosures, and published it under the a lady. She married a gentleman of rename of HOWE AND BATEs, cheated her spectable position and of very superior out of her share of the profits. We are intellectual gists and culture, Mr. Eckel, glad to see their infamy once more ex- who afterwards fell into distressed cir. posed, and the honor of the Catholic re- cumstances, and died in a very tragical ligion avenged. Although the most hon

Mrs. Eckel separated herself orable class of Protestants are exempt from him some time before this occurred, froin complicity with this and similar and very shortly before the birth of her

manner.

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