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which was certainly a point gained for this omission that Rebekah had been by the nameless gentleman to whom
found deceitful toward Isunc. If it we have just referred.
were so it certainly did not affect her
faithfulness toward him. He thought In the order of confirmation that the reference to the united lives of adopted, all references to the this ancient couple was a happy one, “bishop confirming” are stricken which it was well to keep before us in out, instead of which the applicant these days of divorce and marital infe
licities. Carried. is represented as being desirous of
"Mr. Barton said he certainly thought confirming his baptismal cove
it somewhat exacting to submit Rebekah nant."
to criticism as to her married life at this The climax of the fun, if we may late day, and especially as it did not apply such a term to this sacrilegi- touch her bridal years or long life as a
faithful wife, but only an error, of which ous farce, was reached, however,
we had fuw details, of which she had when the council came to the revi- been guilty in her later years. sion of the marriage service. We " Rev Mr. Wilson and Rev. Mr. Leawill let the reporters tell the tale. cock opposed the motion made to restore
to the service the words eliminated. “The marriage service was first taken
Lost by a vote of 16 to 13." up for consideration, and Rev. B. B.
Now we should seriously like to Leacock, of the Committee on Revision, explained the changes made, in the form know whether “the Sorosis” intend as reported, from the old form of the to tamely submit to the stigma thus Protestant Episcopal Church. The sought to be attached at this late handing of the ring to the minister is day, on the authority too of a few omitted, and instead thereof the bride- biblical - details,” to the memory groom himself places it on the finger
of of Rebekah, simply because she sucthe bride. The phrase, with all my worldly goods I thee endow,' hitherto cessfully attempted to impose upon addressed by the bridegroom to the her very unreasonable bride, is omitted, ina-much us it was in half,” and that too after years of many cases inconsistent and even farcical where the bride only is possessed of the conjugal devotion to him; while we ' worldly goods.' The allusion, also, to
would respectfully remind the memthe married life of Isaac and Rebekah bers of the council that they should was omitted, as there did not seem to be be guarded in their criticism of an any peculiar fitness in presenting the act done by a divine inspiration. example of a woman who had been guilty of a grave deception of her hus. " The Committee on Doctrine and band in his declining years. The sen
Worship was instructed to prepare a tence, I pronounce that they be man catechism and form of service for use in and wife together,' is changed by the Sunday-schools, and to report the same substitution of the word husband' for to the next General Council." "man.''
To which we must say, God help A most judicious change!
the young ideas that are taught to
shoot heavenwards from that cate"A motion by Rev. Mr. Tucker to cbism! We are only surprised that change the phrase, 'I plight thee my
the council did not recommend its troth,' on the ground that the words 'plight' and 'troth' might not be al- adoption as one of the text-books ways understood by the parties using in our public schools. them, was lost. Mr. Barton moved
In revising the order for the that the words 'as Isaac and Rebekah burial of the dead, lived faithfully together' be restored to the service. The motion was lost. The " Rev. Mr. McGuire moyed that the marriage service was then adopted as a words of the service, Looking for the whole.
general resurrection in the last day, and “Subsequently, however, Rev. Mr. the life of the world to come, through Sabine moved å reconsideration of the our Lord Jesus Christ,' be changed to vote by which Isaac and Rebekah were • Awaiting the general resurrection in expelled from the order of matrimonial the last day, and the appearing of our service. It had been stated as a reason Lord Jesus Christ.' In speaking in sup
port of his motion, Mr. McGuire said functionaries argued in extenuation thatthe existing words were inappropriate of their disobedience that as there to be used at the funeral of one who was
was some doubts about their being a notorious sinner. After an extended debate, the amendment was adopted."
real bishops, they were exempted
from a rule set for the episcopacy; We should like to inquire, if sui- certainly if that poor prayer-book cides, unbaptized, and excommuni- could bave become incarnate, ascated persons are not by the canons sumed a personality, and spoken of this church to receive public after revision, it would have acted burial, what sort of a notorious very much like the old lady in the sinner is to receive exemption from nursery rhyme, who, finding that the rule? Again, if even every- during her nap on the roadside, body is to be invited to " the table
A naughty peddler by the name of Stout, of the Saviour," no matter how Had cut all her petticoats round about, wicked, why should not everybody, exclaimed in a frenzy of doubt on regardless of his or her crimes, re- awakening, “ La me! am I myself ceive a dignified funeral ?
or somebody else?" especially when Our kind readers must not sup- it found itself subjected to further pose that the few brief extracts we tortures, becausehave given convey anything like a full report of the proceedings of this
" In consequence of the discovery of council, whose work is replete with printed proofs of the prayer-book, Rev.
numerous typographical errors in the the most startling inconsistencies, Messrs. "Lencock, Smith, and Powers ridiculous fallacies, and positive were appointed to superintend the publiblasphemies. We have merely se- cation of the prayer-book, and supervise lected some of the most salient por
it in all matters of grammar, punctua
tion, and orthography. The secretary, tions of the reports as best calcula
Mr Turner, was added to the committee, ted to convey an idea of the entire and it was further provided that they work. Neither time nor space would shall be unanimous in their judgments permit us to rehearse all the silly concerning the matters referred to them.” things said and done under the
That is of course to be under"sheep's clothing” of a fraudulent stood, providing there could be theology and counterfeit religion. found such a miracle of unity as Thus sacraments” were declared three men of one mind in the to be only “ordinances,” yet the whole council. "priests” of the church were or
After a motion to commit the dered to administer sacraments.
pages containing the Gregorian Then again there was a claim of Calendar to “that distinguished true and lawful episcopacy, at least astronomer, Col. A yerigg," in order of jurisdiction, set up, yet “a com- that he might improve upon the mittee” informed the council that work of good old St. Gregory, a they had searched in vain through very great pontiff in his day, but a the Scriptures for any evidence of little behind time for the present apostolic succession in their church fast age(of the thoroughness of their search we have no doubts, and their labors
" On motion of Rev. Mr. Leacock, the were rewarded by finding the truth). celsis as a recognition 10 God of the har.
council arose and sung the Gloria in ExAgain, bishops were ordered to keep mony and completion of the work of “bands off” in administering con- revision. A vote of thanks to Rev. secration or “ ordination,” yet they Messrs. Leucock and Smith was then took good care when called upon moved, and was strongly opposed by Mr. to perform these ceremonies during the committee was specially entitled to
Leacock, who said that he did not ihink the council to lay them most vigor any particular commendation.
The ously on, but perhaps those exalted work accomplished was the work of the
whole council. The thanks were ten- fashion of the victims of Peter dered by a unanimous vote, however.” Pindar's sarcastic quill, “ Why,
The assurance of the Rev. Mr. when such proceedings as those Leacock, in offering the first-men- you have been reviewing are no tioned resolution, was as refreshing novelty outside your own infallible as it was conventional. We never church; why, when there are yet knew a crowd of these reform- many social, moral, and political ing fellows to get together without disorders raging around worthy giving each other an innumerable subjects of your saucy pen; quantity of metaphorical black eyes and pulled noses, yet some
“Why, critic, leave the hated objects free,
And vent, poor driveller, all your spite on me?" how or other they always manage to adjourn singing “Gloria To which we will have to reply: in Excelsis,” in thanksgiving for “ Softly, good friend; is your eye the harmony which prevailed among evil because we would be funny at them. No doubt they will go home your expense ? But since you ask and tell their parishioners wonder- us so reasonable a question, we ful tales about the delegates dwell. will attempt as satisfactory an ing together in unity, pretty much answer. It is not because we in the same exaggerated style as would draw on this special occasion the solitary convert to the Cummins any moral for the spiritual advanchurch from Pennsylvania pro- tage of true believers from the specceeded to tell the convention dur- tacle you have become, both for aning its closing hours about the gels and men, but rather because “great progress" of the Reformed you, being the latest and most Episcopal Church in the Keystone prominent apparition on the meloState, said progress consisting in dramatic stage of Protestantism, of the simple fact that the said minis- whose interminable list of star perterial convert, Rev. Mr. Windeyer, foriners in ridiculous rôles we have having been pastor of a little village now had a surfeit, we would imchurch at Schuylkill Falls, went prove the occasion of your appearover to the new reformation, and as ance to urge upon our brethren of the gentleman whose money had the so-called Christian churches to built the church went with him, and unite with us brethren of the true claimed the church edifice as his household of the true faith, in a private property, the congregation spirit of truly fraternal charity nolens volens bad to be carried with and Christian unity, in petitioning it over the water of disturbance, as thie infallible Poutiff of Christenin an ark.
dom, that he would, for the sake of And now to return to the object the reputation of the superior for whose supposed present and wisdom of this nineteenth century, future benefit all this performance and in behalf of outraged religion was undertaken--the infant church. and common sense, and for the We fancy, that when it has slipped honor of our common humanity, from its swathing bands and not yet degraded to complete imdonned its toga virilis, whichi, ac- becility, exhibit the most urgent cording to the very flat platitude of speed in adding to the litany this its father, "Bishop" Cummins, petition : FROM ANY MORE QUASI
“” enunciated at its birth, it will do RELIGIOUS REFORMERS AND CHURCH if God prospers it, it will turn CONVENTIONS GOOD LORD DELIVER upon us and exclaim, after the us."
ABOUT WORDS AND PHRASES.
Agnosco veteris vestigia flammæ.
PEOPLE generally content them- verb, “We interviewed,” has no selves with a good dictionary to acknowledged existence beyond the settle the meaning of words—some reporters' vocabulary, but it is on people even consult such a book. the highway to recognition. And But the dictionaries have lost a newspaper editors give it partial portion of their assumed infalli- recognition by admitting it into bility by the vanity of their au- their columns in italics, or with thors or compilers, in accepting as marks of quotation-"to interlegitimate every word that they view.” The haste of composition find in .print, and giving as its will soon dispense with the italic true meaning that which its user and quotation-marks, and the word tries to convey by its use. Some will be a part of our language, dictionaries are recommended upon child by adoption." the grounds that they contain many A newspaper editor, speaking hundred and even many thousand of the misfortunes of a young man words not found in any other lexi- who broke his promise of marriage, con, and this apparently upon the remarks "that the outraged affecprinciple that all that is spoken and tion of the disappointed lady led written is correct. Such practice, her “to law' her quondam lover.” while it enlarges the vocabulary, And another editor says that “indiminishes greatly the precision of stead of the slow movement of a the language.
one-horse vehicle, he railed the The present generation has been whole distance to Chicago.” called on
to employ as familiar Whether “to interview,” terms, words that in the beginning law,” and “to rail," are to become of this century were reserved for legitimate verbs in our language the special requirements of science. is not to be foreseen. The dicTbey, however, are only new in their tionaries have not yet legalized familiar use; they existed in most them. There is, it may be said, of the English dictionaries, or were
sach a verb as to law :" it means familiar to the classical scholar. to mutilate the claws of a dog.
But new pursuits or new branches But this “verbalizing” of nouns of employment have suggested is only a part of the process terms that startled the scholar of saving time to which writers when they were first used in the and speakers in this country frenewspapers. Among these new quently resort. "To interview," words is one that has become so to have an interview; “to law," frequently used as almost to have that is, to "seek the law ;' " to removed the disgust which its rail,” that is, to take the rail, which first appearance caused. The earn- is an American abbreviation of "go estness with which gentlemen con- by railroad.” pected with the outdoor business There is on our table a newspaof the public press pursue their per containing an account of the game has led them to make a verb arrest of two persons for crime, that has not reached the diction- and it is stated that they had been aries. The word interview as a "jailed” in Washington. “Im
prisoned” would have served ordi- him if he is to be in Washington." nary people.
Now most of the conjunctions have And Governor Hartranft, ad correspondents ; for example, dressing General Osburn, directs though has yet : “Though he slay him to withdraw his soldiers from me, yet will I trust in him.” If bas the Susquehanna depot, and to then : “ If he deceive me, then I so wire" an estimate of expenses, will never trust him." &c., that is, inform him by tele- We ask whether he is to be in graph.
Washington, or Georgetown, not In New York, news across the if he is to be in Washington. Atlantic is “ cabled.”
Every day is heard the assertion, During the late war, writers and "I do not know if he is there," or, speakers, glorifying the times and “Ask if he is sick.” the action, were wont to say: "We Dr. Johnson sanctions, by his are making history.” Now that that writings, another misuse of if. He manufacture has ceased, it may be says: “ Gray would have been a said that we are mak “ diction- great poet if he had written notharies.”
ing but the Elegy.'" Not only are time and work Now what Dr. Johnson intended saved by this condensation of to say was quite different from the words in sentences, but the expe- idea conveyed in the assertion. He dient is resorted to even in words. meant that Gray, who had written The capital city of the State of so much good poetry, would have
, Missouri is St. Josephs, and one been a great poet, even though he would suppose that such a name had written nothing but the would have escaped contraction, "Elegy." He thus bestowed extrabut neither word nor place is ordinary praise on the “ Elegy."
' sacred. So that now St. Josephs Whereas the great critic, by his is as little used to denote the po- language, really declares that, howlitical capital of the great State as ever great may be Gray's claims to Tremont is to signify Boston. Peo- distinction as the author of the ple go to live in and return from “ Elegy,” still those claims are renSt. Joe. And it is thought, it is dered invalid by the character of not known how correctly, that the the other poetical productions of name Saratoga, in New York, will the author. soon give place to that of Sallie or We find a use of “ almost" that Sal.
does not belong to the English “Pantaloons” and “gentlemen," language, e. 9., “Death was almost elosely connected, are giving place more desirable than such an imto "pants” and “gents.” And prisonment." If anything is almost the tailors and clothes venders ad- more desirable, then it was perhaps vertise “Gents' pants.” There is less desirable. some authority for the abbreviation, The position in a sentence must viz., Tittlebat Titmouse, M.P., in be regarded in the use of certain Warren's novel of “ Ten Thousand words. As well" has a distinct a Year." Of course, few would fol- meaning and use in a sentence, as low Mr. Titmouse in the use of follows: “He took the same docsuch words, unless they were pre- trine as well as the same practice." pared to make him authority in But of late hard straining or a love other matters.
of novelty has induced some wriThere is a use of the conjunction ters to place “as well ” at the ter"if" which is quite incorrect, mination of a sentence, e. g., " The though heard in all places and seen Bible not only furnishes the Chrisin all printed works, e. 9., “ Ask tian with themes for contemplation