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KEY. P,TiLIAGE. THE BltOOKtYN DIVXXE'S S^N- I)A\T SERMON. Subject; of Dlsoourso: J'On Ti'laU'' TEXT: \We have an ftdvooate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;\—1 Johuii., 1. Standing in a court-room you say to your- self: \At this bar crime hai of ton beeu ar- raigned; at this witness stand the oath has of ten been taken; at this Jurors' bench the verdict has been rendbrbu; at this judge's desk sentence has been pronouhcod.\ But I have to tell you to-day of .a trial higher than any Oyer and Terminer or Circuit or Su- preme or Chaucery. It is tho trial of every Christian man for the life of bis soul: This -trial is different from any other in the fact that it is both civil arid criminal The issues at stake, are tremendous, and I shall in my sermon show you, first, whatare the grounds of complaint; theni-who are.-the, witnesses in the-cause, and lastly, 'who are theadyocates. When a trial is called pn, the ; first thing is to have the-indicttriont read. Stand up then, 0 Christian men, and hoar the indictment of the court of high heaven against thy soul. It is an indictment of ten counts, for thou has. directly or indirectly broken ail the ten commandments. You know how it thun- dered on Sinai; and when God came down 5 how the mountain rocked and the smoke as- cended as from a smouldering furnaee.ahd the darkness gathered thick and the loud (loop trumpet uttered the words: \The soul that .finueth, it shall diel\ Are you guilty or not: guilty? Do not put in a negative plea too quick, fori have to announce that \all have sinned'and come short of the glory of God. There is none that doeth good; no, not one. •Whosoever shall keep the whole law, yet of- fend in one point, ho is guilty of ail.\ Do not, therefore, bo too hasty in- pronouncing yourself not guilty. This lawsuit before us also charges you i with the breaking of a solemn Contrast. MaDy a time did we promise to be the Lordte; We-gbt down on bur knees and said:, • \0 Lord, I am 1 thine now and forever.\ Did you keep the promise! Have you stood. up to the contract? I go back to your first\ communion. Ydii remember itas well as if it were yesterday. You know how tho vis- ion of tlie cross rose before you. Youro- member how from the head and the ban Is and the side and the feet, there came bleed- ing forth these two words: \Romomber Me.\ Yourecall how theicup of communion trembled in your hand when you first took it;, and: iis in a sea^beli .you may hear, or think' yptf:heRr,; ; thetrqaring of the surf even after the sholtxhasbeehr taken from the betch; ,so- ,;y6i3iyUfts4. the cup of \c^'mmuuiphp''awPwlyou'\ heard in it •T'th»: .'•\. ittr^iag, ^f^ttot-rgrgafc-oeaan.- -of oVSaVl^jin's'^^S^a^ypu came forth from that commuiuon'Spvice with face shining as though you had beon-on. the Mount of Trans- figuration; and the very air seomod tremu- lous with tho love of Jesus, and the woods and the leaves and the glass and the birds wore brighter and sweeter-voiced than ever beforehand you-said down in the very depths of your soul: \Lord Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee.\ Have you kept the bargain; O Christian man? Have you hot sometimes faltered when you ought to have been true? Havo you not been proud when you oughtto hare been humbloi Have you not played the coward when you ought to have been the hero? I charge it upon you and I charge it upon my- self—we have broken the contract. Still furtherj'this law suit claims'damages atyour hands. The greatest slander on the Christian religion is an inconsistent profes- sor. The Bible says religion is one.thing; we by oiir inconsistency say religion is some other thing, and what is moire deplorable about it is that people can see faults of others while they cannot see-any in themselves. If you shall at any time find some miserable old gossip, with imperfections from the crown of her head to the sole of her foot, a perfect blotch of sin herself, she will go tattling, tat- tling, tattling all'the years of her life about the inconsistencies of others, having no idea that she is inconsistent herself. God save the world from the gossip, female and male. I think the males are the worst! Now tho chariot of Christ's salvation goes on through the world; but it is our inconsistencies, my brethren, that block up the wlieelSj while all along the. line there ought to have been cast nothing but palm branohes, and the shout should have been lifted: \Hosanna to the son of David.\ Now you have heard the indictment read. Are you ready to plead guilty or hot guilty? Perhaps you are not ready yet to plead. Then the trial wilbjro oil. The wit- nesses will be .called andsjve shall, have the matter decided. In the name of God! I* now make' proclamation. Oyozl Oyezl, Oyezf Whosoever hath anything to offer in this trial, in which God is the plaintiff and the Christian soul the clefendont, let him now step forth-anil give .testimony in this solemn trial. The first witness that i call upon the stand in behalf of the prosecution is the wprid-^all, critical and observant of Christian character. You know that there are people arouhd'you whbperpetually banquet on the frailties of God's children.. You may know, if ybubave lived in thecountry, that a crow cares for nothing so much as carrion. There are those •who imagirie that out of the faults of Chris- tians they can make a bridge of boats across the stream of death, and they are going to\ try it; butjalas, fbrtheinistake! When they get amid stream away will go the bridge, and down will go their souls tb per- ditipn. O world of tho greedy eye -and the bard heart, come on the stand how, and ':e3tify in behalf of the prosecution againstthis Christiau soul on trial. What do j oil know about this Christian man? •«Oh,\says the world, \I know a great deal about him. He talks about putting his treas- ures in beavon, but ho is the sharpest nmn iu a triide I over know* Ho seems to want iis to bollevo that he is a child of God, but he is just full of imperfections'; I do nefckunw but I am a great deal; bettor than ho is now.. Oftentimes boiis very'enrthly.ahdlhe talks so littlo about Christ and so much about him- self. I nih very glad tbtestity that this is a bad man,\ Stop, OWeria.vwththo greedy eye ami' 1 hard heart. I fear you are tup much intorV ostod in this trial to give impartial evidence. Lot all thpse who hear the testimony of this witness know that there is ah old family quarrel between these two parties. There always has been a variance between the world and the church, and while the world on the witness stand to-day has told a groat deal of truth about this Christian man, you must take it all with some allowance, re- membering that thoy still keopthe' old grudge good. O World of the gteedyeyo and the hard heart, t hat will do. You may ait down. . The second witness I call in this case Is- Conscience. Who art thpu, O Conssience? What is^your business ? Whore were you 'Bora.? What are.jyou doing hers I \Oli says uohsciehce, \l was\ bohi iti Iioaveh;.] came down to befriend this man; Iliave lived with him, I have instructed him. I have warned him. I showed him the right and the wrong, advising him to take the ohe-and eschew the other; I have kindled a great lightinhissoul; with a whip of scorpions! have scourged his wickedness and I have tried to cheer him when doing right; and yet I am compelled to testify on the stand to-day that he has sometimes rejected my mission. Oh, how many cups of'life have I .pressedI'to bis lips that he dashed down, and how Often has ho- stood with his hard heel on the bleeding heart of the Son pf God! It pains me very much that I have to testify against this Christian man, and yet 1 must, in behalf of Him who willin no wise clear the guilty, \say- that this Christian man has done wrong. He has been worldly. He has been neglectful. 116 has done a thousand things he ought not to have done and loft undone a thousand things ho ought tohave dene.\ That will-do, Conscience. You can sit down. The third witness I call in the case is an angolof God. Bright and shining one, what doest thou hero? What hast thou to say ngainst this man oh trial? \Oh says the nnfcc-1, \Ihave been a.messenger to him and Have guarded him. I have watched him. With this wing I defended him, and often- times when he knew it not I led him into the green pasture3>an'l beside the still waters. I snatched from him the poisoned chaU ices. When bad . spirits came upon him to destroy him, I fought theiri ba-k with infinite fierceness;.and yet' I hove to testify to-day that ho has rejeetjed my mission. Hoshosnot done as;he ought to have done. Though I came from the-sky-he drove me. back; Though with this wing I liofended him and' though with this voice 1 wooed him, I have to announce his multi- plied imperfections. I dare rot keep back the testimony, for then I should hot dare to appsar again among the sinless-ones before the great white throne.\ There is only one more witness to be called on behalf of the prosecution and that is the great, theboly, the august, the omnipotent Bnirit of God. We bow down before him. Holy Spirit, knowest thoU this man? \Ob yes,\ says, the Holy One, \I know him. I have striven with him ten thousand times and though sometimes hedid room to repent; he fell back again as of ten from his first es- tate. Ten thousand times ten thousand has he grieved me, although the Bible warned him, saying: 'Grievo not the Holy Ghost. -Quench not the Spirit.' Yes, ho has driven me back. Though I am the Third Person of the Trinity, he has ', trampled on my mission; and the blood of the atbhement that I brought with which tb cleanse his soul, he sometimes despised. I came'from the throne of God to convert, and comfort and sanctity; and yet look at-that man and see what he is compared with what, unresisted; I would have nmdehim.\ The evidence on the part of the prosecu- tion has closed. Now let the defence brins on therebuttal testimony. What have you, O Christian soul, to bring in reply to this evi- dence of the world, of the conscience; of the angel and of the Holy Ghost? No evi- dence? Are all those things true? \Yes. Unclean, unclean,\ -says every Christian soul. What? Do you not begin to tremble at the thought of condemnation? Weihave come now tb the most interesting part of this.great trial. The evidence all in, 'the advocates speak. The profession of an advocate is full of responsibility. In Eng- land and the United States there have arisen •mtiu who in this calling have been honored by their race and thrown contempt uponthbse who in the profession have been guilty of a great many meannesses^. That profession ; will be honorable as long as it has attached to it such names as Mansfield and Marshall and Story, and Kent and .Southard, and William Wirt The conrtrobm has some- times Doenthescene of very marvellous ana thriling things. Some of you remember thl famous Girard will case, whore one of oui advocates pleaded the cause of the Bible au4 Christianity in masterly Anglo-Saxon* werj paragraph a thunderbolt. ' Some of you have read of the famous trial in Westminster Hall, of Warren Hastings, the despoiler of India, That great man hail conquered India by splendid talents, by courage, by bribes, :by gigantic dishonesty, Tho whole world had rung with applause oi; condemnation. Gathered in Westminster Hall, a place in which thirty Kingshadbeoa iuaugurated, was one of the most: faiiioui audiences evor ; gathered; Foreign Miinstet's and Princes sat there; I'eers. inarched ,iii clad in ormineand gold. Iftighty men rand : women from ..all lauds looked .down upon the scene. Amid all that pomp and splendor, and amid an excitbmont such as baa seldom been seen in any court- 'room, Edmund Burke advanced' in. a speech which will last as long as the English language, concluding with this burning charge whlch-made Warren Hastings cringe aud cower: ''I impeach him in the name- of J the Commons House of Parliament, whoso trust ha JIBS betrayed; I Impeach him iu tho naniooftlie English, nation, whose unejemV honor helias sulliod. Iiiiipjach him in tho- name of the peoplo of India, whoso rights ho has trampled on, and whose country no has turned into a desert. And, lastly; in tho nivmo of human nature, in the name at both < sexes, in the name of every age and rank', I' impeach him as tho common enemy and op- jiesspr Pf all,\ Rut I turn from the reoital of those mem- orabla'occasions to a grander trial and I hav« to tell you that in this triai of the Christian for tho life of his soul,the advocates aria: mightier, wisor and more eloquent. Tho evi- dence all being in, Justice rises in behalf of the prosecution to make his plea, With the Bible open in his hand, he reads the law, stern and inflexible; and the penalty: \The soul that siuneth, it shall die.\ Then be jays; \0 thou Judge and Lawgiver, this is Thine On u statute and all the evidence in earth and heaven agrees in stating that this man has sinned against all these enactments. Now let the sword leap from its scabbard. Shall a man go through the very flames of Sinai unsinged? Let tho law be executed. Let judgment be pronounced; Let him die. I demand that he die.\ 0 Christian, does it not look verydark for thee! Who will plead on thy side in so for- lorn a cause? Sometimes a man will bo brought into a court of'law and he will have, no friends and no money, and the judge will look over the bar and say': \Isthereany one who will vplunteer to take this man's , case and defend him?\ and some young man ' rises up and says: \I will be his counsel;\ porhaps starting on from that very point to a great and brilliant 'career; Now, in this matter of the soul, as you have nothing to pay *br cbnhsel, do you think thatany one- will volunteer? Yes, yes; I see One rising. He^is a young man, only thirty-three years of age. I see His countenance suffused with tears and covered ; with blood, and all the galleries of heaven are thrilled with the spectacle. Thanks be unto God; \we have ah advocate with the Father, JbsusChrist the righteous.\ O- Christian soul; your case begins tolook better. I think perhaps after all you may - not have to die. Thebestadvocate in all the universe has taken your side. No onb: was-' ever so qualified to defend a man as this ad- vocate is 'qualified to defend'you. He knows all the law, nil its demands, all its penalties. He is always ready. NoneWturn.of the case can surprise Him, and He will plead for you for nothing as earnestly as thousth you brought a world of treasures to His feet. Besides . that,. He has undertaken the care of thousands who were ns forlorn as you, and ho has never lost a case. O'ourago. Ochristianisoul. I think that after (11 there niay be seme chance for you, for the groat Advocate rise3 to make his plea, he lays: \I admit all that has\ been prbyed «°ainst my client. I admit'all these sins, aye, mbre,;4jut Iqok-pBt that wounded ihand.ol. inihe, and look at that other wounded hand- ind at my right foot and at my left foot. By. nil these wounds I plead for his clearance. Count all the drops of ray tears; Count, »U the drops of my blood; By the humilia- lioa of Bsthlehem, by the swjSat of Gethr' lomane, by the sufferings of the cross I de- mand tbat he go free; : On this arm ho hath leaned; to this heart he hath flown; in my tears he hath washed; on my righteousness he hath depended. Let hin go free. I am the rauspm. Let him escape the lash, I took the icourgings; Let the- cup pass from him, I irank it to the dregs. Put on him the crown of life,forI have worn the crown of thorns. Over against my cross of shame set his throne of triumph. Well, the counsel on both sides: have spoken and there is ohiy more thing remain- ing, and that is the awarding of tho judg- ment. If you ha,ve ever beeu in a court- room you know tho silence and the solemnity when the verdict is about to be rendered or the judgment about to be given. About this soul on trial, shall it be saved or shall it be lost? Attention I above, around, beneath. All the universe cries: \Hear! Hear!\ • The judge rises and \gives this decision, never to be ohanged, never to be revoked: \There is therefore now no cbhdemhation to them who are.ih Christ Jesus.\ \Tho soutthat on Jesus hath leaned foi^re- pose, I will not, I will'not desert tp his fbes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake; I'll never, no never, no never forsake.\ V But, myfriends, there is coming a day ot trial in which not only the saint but the sin- ner must appear. Thatday of trial will come very suddenly. The farmer will, be at the plough, the merchant will be in-the counting- room, the-woodman will be ringing his nxe on the hickories, the weaver will have his foot on 'the . treadle, the manufac- turer will be walking) amid' the buzz Pf lpom3.and:tb> clack pf flying ma- chinery, the ceuhselmay.be standsng at the bar, pleading the law, the minister may be pleading the. Gospel, thedruhliard maybe reeling\ amid his cups,? and Itho blasphemer with the bath caught -between.his- teeth. Lo! the sun hides. Night coiribstdown at midTnobn. A wave pf darkness rolls over all the earth. Thestars appear at hooh-dayv The earth shudders and throbs; There ira earthquake-opens and.a city sinks asacrocoi dile would.crurich a child. Mountains roll in; their sbeketsjand send down their granite cliffs in ahavalaiiche of rock; Rivers pause in their chase for the sea, and ocean uprear- ihg cries to flying Alps and Hima> ayah. Beasts bellow aha moan and snuff up. the darkness,»clouds fly likb flocks of swift:'.eagles'. Great'thunders beat and boom and' burst. Stars slioot aud. f alL The almighty, rising pn His throne, de--.' claros that time shall be no longer and the .archangel's trump repeats.it tillall'thelivihg, hear and the continents of dead spring to their feet,\ crying: \Tiihe shalibe no lbngerl\ : Ob, oh that day will yeii'beready ? I have shown you how well tho Christian will get pff iu his trial- .Will you get off as well iu your trial? Will Christ plead on your side or will-He plead against you? Oh, what w|llybu do in tho Inst great assume, If your conscionco is against you, and tho world is agciiust you, and the' angels of heaven.' are against you, and. tho Holy Spirit i» against you, and the Lord God Almighty la. agaiiis'li vouf Better this day secure an advooato. A Whalihg Vessel Wrecked in San Francisco Bay, A Majdrity of the Grew Drowned? in Sight of Land, At 3:30 o'olock, the othet* morning, the whalingbark Atlantio was driven ashore a mile and ahalf below the Cliff-House, -San Francisco,, and went to pieces in a few min- utes,, nota spar remaining standing. Wreblt- age was strewn alcng the beach for.threelir four miles, Tho Captain and mate, with-' eight or ten men, were saved out of-the. forty-two men on board; \\\ At the time of the dtstister; ttiere.was » dense fog, and a heavy^ sea. w.as running. The ' Atlanta had left San Francisco for a. oruise in the South Pacific,,after Which she.was to proceed to tho North. The Atlanta was an old vessel, having been builtiin l851,and'was- of 251 tonsrogiBtor. She was ow^ed-#y J. and W. XI. Wing, of New Bedfoijd, JUassv,, . and commandod by Captain ThbinasPIWari ren, whesaid': . . -- \Wo were towed but to sea yesterday: There was a heavy swell and-nb .winds and' the currents were so strong, that wecb'uld'hbt f etoutoftheswell. WeletgObothahchbrs,; utthe seasweptour decks, and was sp heavy, that the- anchors cpuld' riot' hold. We ' dragged -ashore, find strupk ,^t .l-jSO: -A. :-Mi The men were being washed off during all tbistime by the immense, wave3: that washed over us.. The vessel went tP pieces anihbur-anda'halfafter she struck- There was a veiV? heayy-fog and itwos ;p|ffch-darKt, We succeeded in. lowering two boats, but ' bpth were capsisjed befbre:getting.*wo boati' longths from the-ship. The first boat, con- tained Z. H. Dbty, first mate; iJLhtbn Perry'i third .mate, and four or five of the crew., . That was the last we saw of them. In the i.seqond boat Vfere myseljt; Second Mate iRing; and five men.'. When jre were swamped the sea carried iis in until we , touched bottom, when we dragged ourselves ashore, We made no signals of distress, as ' • it was too foggy for any tb be. seen\ ; As soon as the Captain reached shore he mode his way--.ih_.--Ha® i exba\iste4 condition to fthe UfaAiMiig -sta^iptt-, a- few 'hundred yai-dsajifay,\aj&gaTO-^the alarm; xheliferEavingappsratuav^.ihun*' diatdlygot but, but: owinfe,tp.the darkness^ and fog it was some time before the wreck could be located; A line was then shot.over hoi-, but it prpyedof nb service; as-'it became , entangled-in some floating' wreckage,;and the vessel:sliortly went to pieoesi.v, . The Captain nnd.crew,humbered fbriy-twp persons; and only eleyenpersohsrwere'lmewn- to have boon saved. It is«rumbrod that a large portion of the crow werei intoxicateiij and that twenty-ilvo men were below sleep:- ing olf the effects of liquor when the vessel - , struck and thus met their.deaths., Major B14kbhoy inspected what was left;6f the wrecked vessel and called attentibhitb her timbers. Ho-said: \They arb so rotten that a slight blow will break them, -i The; same stato. of things exists in every,part. It seems tomb that a rigid investigation should be ordered, and those responoiblo be made an example of. Iu my opinion this is little short of cold-blooded murder,\ The statements of I a number of the survivors corroborate Major •Blakeney's assertions: .: , , THKODOBB TILTON is' writing. letters front Paris to a Boston paper. ; . .- FEBEINAND WABD is:nowriiuainga print- ing press in theSing SingBrisen;,, :. .TENHTSOW has • issued a -fleV\• vplume of poetry— \Lpcksley Hall Siixty Yeirs Afteri\ GENERAL SHERMAN and his family maka, their home in a \dozen rtfoms\ at-a New' York hotel. Miss ANNA HALLOWEM. has been ap- pointed a member of the Philadelphia Board . cf Education. • * LORD WOISELEY manages tp make ends meet on *13,500, which is his salary as Ad- jutahtiGenerat SENATOR VOQRHBES has moyed:his Wash- ington quarters, into-the house iu which John 'Quincy Adamsiived ivhohhe yfas.hbnjihBted and elected tp-the Presidency. • : '* ' EX-QUKEN ISABELLA, pf Spain, is still holding-court in Paris', where she gives sumptuous entertainments ni;her magnificent residence, the Hotel de Castile. » GEOBGE BANoapB-T, the historian, has the' rarest of rpses;ih his Washington mansion, and his' surroundings, .generally .srb fiich'ss would have delighted Charles Summer. ~8ENOtt Ltris MAZZANTINI, the mostfampua Bull-rflehter in Spain, who recehtly received • *%Q0D in.gold- forifourfeen performancesin ; Havana;, is doming tb the United-States., ; LAtrBA-BnipaMAiif, the-wenaerful: blind' i deaf mute,;after ah extended .absence, has returned tb the Institute for the Blind at S'eiitli Bbstbn. She is new nearly fifty-seven years of age. •* '\ MAROCS JOBDAN,. of Bielefeld,, RheHish Prussia, is the oldest'mah in Germany; Ho hai .completed hislOTth-year ih-sound'nealth^ and reads the crabbed Germani letters with- out spectacles, , --—s^' .<*». r i|>,-

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