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whom, with the horse on which the Mr. K. got into a furious rage, wishpriest had ridden, died mad.

ing to God that the hole bored in the This occurrence had made some rock was large enough, and that he impression both on the mind of the had powder sufficient, that he would curate and his congregation, for after- blow all the Irish teachers with their wards the curate ceased his severe damned spurious Bibles to the devil. denunciations from the altar, and the Mr. E. observing his cousin in such people no longer called after them a rage, walked on, but had not gone mad dog, mad dog."

far, when he heard a tremendous A third link in this striking chain noise. The blast had gone off, but of facts connected with these interest- awful to relate, Mr. K. was a corpse ! ing men is deserving of notice. After After igniting the train, there was the death of poor S. Keeglen and his some unaccountable delay of the blast burial as a Protestant, the storm was taking. All waited. At length, unagain raised in the parish. About a fortunate Mr. K. went to see the week after the interment, Mr. Eneey cause of the delay: he stooped over was going out to visit an Irish school the train, the powder had come in near Ballybog. Passing a quarry contact with the fire; the spectators where 20 or 30 men were blasting heard the terrific noise; they saw Mr. stones, Mr. E. stopped to speak to K. enveloped in smoke: they waited his cousin, of the name of Mr. Kinny. for a moment till the smoke cleared When the latter heard Mr. E. ad- away, and found the body of Mr. K., dress him, he was stooping, putting the head dashed into atoms, the the powder into the rock that was teeth, jaws, and skull scattered about, to be blasted. Lifting up his head, and that tongue with which he had and seeing Mr. E., he began to abuse so audaciously spoken against God's him, calling him a renegade Bible- sacred word, torn to pieces! Several reader, and damned heretic; and re- heard his awful threatenings; these minded him of the sudden death of in a few minutes after witnessed his S. K., whom he said the judgment of awful doom. God had overtaken so suddenly: I am told that it created an intense that he died returning from the hellish sensation, and that even the enemies Irish gathering, and was not allowed of our Irish teachers view the occurto see his wife or children living. rence as an evidence of the Divine Mr. E. remonstrated with him, telling displeasure. May the Lord overrule him he should not thus oppose the it for good both to our poor men and word of God, nor speak so of poor their enemies. This is the constant K., who died by inflammation of the prayer of your humble fellow-worker, lungs brought on by fatigue and cold.




In July last, the Committee were led to appoint a Missionary to the Italians of the metropolis, some promises of support being given them at the time, and a suitable labourer presenting himself in the person of a converted Romish priest, a teacher of Italian at Eton College, and a member of St. John's Chapel, Bedford Row. He has

pursued his difficult work in a manner very satisfactory to the Committee; and during the first nine months of his appointment visited about 1000 Italian individuals, all of whom heard from his lips the words of eternal life. Fifty-one of his visits were to the sick and dying. He expounds the Scriptures once

a week in Italian. Some of the copies of the sacred Scriptures which he has distributed to Italians, have, on their leaving this


country, been carried by them to to the advice of St. Paul, for their their homes in the mountains of the breath is poison and their touch con. Pope's dominions, into the very re- tamination. Let me, also, dearly begions of St. Peter; and thus the Lon- loved, warn you against receiving don City Mission, although profess- Bibles, tracts, and papers offered you edly confined in its boundaries within by a treacherous hand, in which noeight miles of St. Paul's Cathedral, ing apparently militates against the receives funds from India, * and holy faith. But beware, for the sends forth the blessed Gospel into viper is concealed in the grass, and Italy. Two Italians have come to there, where the expressions are most Dr. Di Menna (the Italian Mission- devout and beautiful, lies hid the venary), to his residence, to tell him of omous poison of heresy.” How rethese men with whom they met in markable, that the Scriptures should Italy, and informed him that they thus find their way into benighted had' borrowed of them the Scriptures, Italy! which they had taken with them into that dark country, and had been privileged to read them by stealth for themselves. In no fewer than twenty cases, he trusts he has been blessed

From a Journal kept by the Rev. J. in producing a great change in the J. Weitbrecht, of the Church Mishearts and lives of Italians, besides sionary Society, during a tour for three cases in death in which he in

Missionary purposes through part of dulges some hope. The opposi- Germany. - I was last Sunday at tion, especially from the Romish

Mergentheim, and dined with the priests of London, has been, as might Dukes, Paul and Adam, of Wurtembe expected, very strong. A priest berg. The town contains only 400 of the Sardinian Chapel in Lincoln's Protestants, so we expected but a Inn Fields, has printed and distribut

small congregation, but the whole ed a circular to which he has append population came, the church was ed his name, addressed to the Italians

crammed full, one might have walked of London, and especially directed

on the heads of the people: there against the Missionary, from which

must have been 1500, who listened the following extract is a translation.

for an hour and a half in breathless “Daily is every door assailed by cer- silence. The Dukes were present, tain Italian foxes fed by Protestant and became subscribers to the Sociphilanthropy, who, with consummate

ety. How these people rejoiced in art, with a calm and devout demean

getting some sound Gospel food, who our, with the patience and resigna- are all their life long turned off with tion of friars or capucines, fain would the husks of Popish superstition! alienate from the Catholic faith such

You can imagine I do not lose these Italians as are now in London. It'opportunities for speaking, as God is true that they have met with resist

may enable me, to the hearts and ance and rebuffs in the very act of consciences of the hearers. Letters grasping their prey. It is true that

have reached Stutgard, communiadmittance has been denied them,

cating the great and general impresand that they have been forced to sion which this visit in the Hohenloe turn away in shame and confusion.

country has produced. May the It is true that they are held in uni- Lord Jesus water the seed I have versal detestation and contempt, (and been permitted to sow with the dew in this you are highly deserving of of liis divine grace! I could see and praise,) yet allow me to press upon feel everywhere that the Lord was you strongly the necessity of avoiding

with me I never witnessed anything contact with such persons, according like it before. Many ministers and * Referring to the receipt of a large sum

congregations have been stirred up. from India, for the purposes of the Lon

Six months, instead of fourteen days, don City Mission.

might well have been spent, for there

undertakings, and to ascribe all the glory more entirely to him!”


were numbers of places I could not touch. What a pity it cannot be done! The prayers of hundreds followed me in my labours, and to this chiefly I ascribe this wonderful movement. The Prince of Hohenloe Jaxtberg, who heard me the week before, and who is a Roman Catholic, came to Mergentheim last Sunday to hear me again. He said, 'I felt no rest at home, I was obliged to come and hear you once more. At Creglingen, an old peasant woman, who had followed me from Freudenbach, came to me and said, “Oh, sir, I am so glad to see you, my heart was warmed yesterday. I love the Saviour, and wish to love him more; will you pray

for me? I have to suffer much ridicule and persecution in my village, for they neither know nor love Jesus. I had an only daughter-she died, and I am left alone; she spun and prepared a piece of flaxen cloth, but could only half finish it. It is worth ten batzen (about 1s.) the ell, but I cannot sell it, because it is the last thing my dear child ever made. Pray accept a part of it, and have a shirt made of it. Wear it when you are among the heathen, and then think of me as you look at it, and


that I may

be faithful to the end, and that my latter end may be peace. I hope I shall meet you in heaven again.' 'I was almost moved to tears. If any feeling is at present preponderating in my mind, it is this—that the more we are permitted to witness the work of God in sinners, the more should the instruments be abased and humbled in the dust. I trust I have learnt a lesson lately which will remain deeply imprinted on my heart and memory all my life. It is this: to live nearer to God, to believe and realize his promises more in all my

I HAD a very pleasant interview with a Greek of Constantinople. He was well acquainted with the late Rev. John Hartley, who was an instrument in the hand of God to direct his attention to the Gospel and the things of eternity. He became a true Christian, and has ever since adorned his Christian profession with a life devoted to the service of Christ. The chief employment of this Greek has been the translation of the Scriptures, and the Armeno-Turkish Bible is a fruit of his labours. Some years ago he spent a short time at Syra, during which time we had much delightful Christian intercourse with each other. Oh, how encouraging is it for Missionaries in this country, at the present day, to see some fruit of the labours of their brethren, who sowed the good seed before them! Dear Mr. Hartley has entered into his rest, but his works follow him. The value of one immortal soul, for which Christ shed his blood, is unspeakably great; for “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth;” but there is more than one soul in the Mediterranean that has been brought to a saving knowledge of the truth, by Mr. Hartley's instrumentality, and that will be his joy and crown of rejoicing in the great day of the Lord.

I would not be discouraged, therefore, in the work of my calling, hoping that, feeble and unworthy as the instrument is, my “ labours shall not be in vain in the Lord.



PETITION OF CATHOLIC INHABIT- abolition we esteem absolutely neces

ANTS OF THE TOWN OF OFFEN- sary, if we and many thousands of BACH, ON THE MAIN, TO THE our brethren are to be helped out of MOST REV. BISHOP, DR. P. L. spiritual anxiety and need. In doing KAYSER, OF MENTZ, FOR GUID- so, we confine ourselves to the simANCE AND ASSISTANCE AGAINST plest outlines of our views, wishes, THE ENEMIES OF CATHOLIC and motives: feeling assured that the CHRISTENDOM.

deep insight of your Grace does not Presented 21st Feb. 1845. require a more detailed account, and

will rather be able to complete our Translated from the original German.

reasons by many others.

According to our view, therefore, A great movement in the Roman

the well-being of Catholic Christendom Catholic Church of Germany, having requires principally the reconsiderabeen some time going on, of which

tion and respective abolition of the only slight and vague accounts have

following particulars, where partly the been heard in this country; it is pre

original perversion of divine laws, sumed that the following address from

partly prevailing misunderstanding the inhabitants of Offenbach to the

and abuse of originally well meant Roman Catholic Bishop of Mentz,

human laws, can be demonstrated. will be acceptable, as conveying a

1. The reading of the Holy Scripmore definite knowledge of the objects

tures, in those versions, also, which and increasing importanceof this great

are not approved of at Rome, to be

allowed. Error and truth will be religious meeting.

separated in the safest way, if we fol

low the words of the Apostle, (1 Thess. To His Grace, the Most Reverend

v. 21.) “Prove all things, hold fast Lord Bishop, Doctor Peter Leopold

that which is good !"

2. The ordinance of Fasts to be reKayser; the respectful address and petition of the undersigned, members pealed; for “not that which goeth of his Diocese, concerning pressing

into the mouth defileth a man, but necessities of the Church.

that which cometh out of the mouth,

this defileth a man,” says our Saviour, In the confident assurance that your (Matt. xv. 11.) Nevertheless, let no Grace is aware of the sources of the one be prevented from mortifying his dangers which threaten to shake body, he considers it advisable for the fundamental pillars of our holy the subduing of his passions and, conCatholic Church, and that Lord

sequently, for the salvation of his ship will cheerfully and courageously soul. apply to those dangers, and the deeply 3. The worship of saints and of relics rooted diseases which are at their to be abolished, because experience, source, the powerful remedies which

even down to our present time, has are at your command: We, the un- shown that the difference between dersigned, as faithful members of the veneration and adoration

can be community, seek of our Chief Shep, rightly comprehended by the minoherd spiritual advice, assistance, and rity of worshippers only; conseguidance in the way of salvation. quently, that such veneration has Believing, also, that deliverance from

become an abominable idolatry and every spiritual evil, as soon as we fetish worship, with which the worclearly recognise and openly avow its ship of the “ One God and one nature and origin, will not be difficult Mediator between God and men, the to God-confiding strength : we, in the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Tim. ii. 5.) following, openly express ourselves cannot co-exist. about the defects and abuses, whose 4. From the external worship of



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God let everything be removed, it has led weak men to total immowhich, being unintelligible and dead, rality and irreligion, and has substineither enlightens the understanding tuted for the divine laws of Jesus, the nor edifies the heart; and which, human, yea, the devilish laws of through its want of vitality, puts un- Jesuits and their consorts. That meaning ceremonials in the place of pious and faithful priests do not abuse forms inspirited by the Holy Ghost : this institution is no argument against thus, the lip prayer of the Rosary, its mischievous operation in the hands and particularly the use of the Latin of others. We also believe from our and every foreign language, which hearts, that without sincere confesalready the Apostle Paul, in the four- sion, penance, and improvement, the teenth chapter of the First Epistle to grace of God and a worthy partaking the Corinthians, has entirely con- of the holy supper cannot be obtained. demned. We quote only some of his But God himself only, not the priest, words, (1 Cor. xiv. 16, 19.) “How has to pronounce the final judgment shall he that occupieth the room of upon the right or wrong of our special the unlearned say Amen at thy giving doings, of which every one, in his of thanks, seeing he understandeth heart, has to render Him an exact not what thou sayest ? Yet in the account. In accordance with the church I had rather speak five words position in the community already with my understanding that I might indicated in the previous article, as teach others also, than ten thousand belonging to the priest after divine words in an unknown tongue.” and human laws let him proclaim

5. We claim the ancient right of in their name and in his own the every Christian, never entirely dis- sacred duty of searching self-examiputed by the Popes themselves, to nation, of purity of heart and of life, partake of the Sacrament in both and the consequent strong faith in forms ; in the first place, because at God's love and mercy. He, however, its institution, Christ himself, speak- who feels the want to confide specially ing to his disciples, who, as the first and without restraint the doubts and congregation, surrounded him as the reproaches of his conscience to his only Priest and Mediator, asked them pastor, as to a friend and adviser, who to « drink all of it !” In the next is particularly conversant with the place, because the pastor, as a brother laws of God, and with His ways and amongst brethren, as member of a means; he surely shall not be hindered congregation, and, at the same time, in it, and he will certainly fare better, as their spiritual guide and teacher, being led to this act by free confiought to share with them the means dence, than if he had been forced to of grace. The Saviour himself called it by an unrelenting, tyrannical comnot only those “ brethren” who were mand. so after the flesh, but all who wor- 7. And now concerning Indulgences: shipped God with him.

shall we wait till Christ returns, to 6. Auricular Confession, with its drive the buyers and sellers from the dependent absolution, to be abolished polluted house of the Lord? No, as a later invention of men,

Christ rather waits himself, that we ceeded in giving it the appearance of with our pastors and teachers at our a higher institution, to keep the so call- head, should do it in his name and ed laymen in servile dependence upon spirit. To recognise the perniciousambitious and mostly foreign priests. ness of this superstition in its fruits, It is but too generally known, how it needs not casting a look upon the often the refusal of absolution, de- soul-mongering at Treves and other pendent upon confession, has hurt in- places, from which the wise and loving nocent men in their domestic and pub- care of your Grace keeps the comlic relations, and sometimes brought munity in your charge as much as them to an unnatural obedience to

possible away; but our country offers wards so called divine command- also other instances of it, particularly ments; how often, also, on the other in the processional pilgrimages to hand, the unconscientious granting of shrines of indulgence, mostly fre

who suc

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