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JOHN A. BOEBLING. Tbc Funeral Services in Trenton. HONORS PAID TO HIS REMAINS BY THE CITIZENS OP THAT PLACE. Delegations froni Brooklyn and New York Description of the Boebling Wire Works ana mansion. WHAT IS SAID OP THE LATE JOHN A. BOEBLING BY HIS FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, ETC., BIO. Special Correspondence of tho Brooklyn Eagle, Tbenton, N. J., July 24, 18G9. Deab EaoIiE : A great loss has been sus tained by the citizens of Trenton, who are lamenting the death of their friend, John A. Boebling, in your city on Thursday morning last. For twenty years he had been a resident of this place, and during that time had endeared himself to people of every class. He was not only one of the most prominent and respected citizens citizens of Trenton, but one of the best beloved. Evory useful local enterprise always met with his hearty and energetic support, and his death, on that account alone would have been deemed a public calamity. But it is for other reasons that his loss is so universally regretted. regretted. The general and unanimous testimony is that the deceased was "a good man." His purse was ever open to aid public oharlties or relieve private distress. In such works he seems to have made it an invariable rule never to let his left hand know what his right was doing, for only within the last two days has it been fully ascertained how charitable he was, No one ever appealed to him fox aid in vain, and this evening an old gentleman who has known the family Intimately for more than thirty years,told me that no beggar was ever turned away empty - handed from John A. Eoebllng's doer. It wbb that trait in his charaoter which so endeared bim to the citizens of Trenton. They are not sorrow ing for the death of the eminent engineer; it is a near and dear friend they have lost, and not simply a fellow - citizen of whose genius they were proud. MEETING OF TEE BOARD OF TRADE. Mr. Boebling had for some time past been the Presl. dent of tho BoarJ of Trade of this city, and a apacial meeting of that body wbb held last evening for the pur - pose of taking some action in referen ce to his death. The following remarks of Mr. Charles Hewitt, the Yico President of tho Board, who called the meeting to order, expressed so well the feeling which has been caused by Mr. Roebling's death, that I give them verbatim. verbatim. Mr. Hewitt eaid : Tho occasion that has convened us at this time, Is one of no ordinaiy oharacter. As business men we have been accustomed to asscmblo and consider matters affecting affecting our material interests, but we are here for no such purpose to - nig ht. Tho promptings of our hearts have drawn us together to give imperfect expression to the feelings of soirow produced by the death ot our President, Mr. John A. Roebling. HiB name is one known wherever a knowledge of science has gone, as perhaps the moBt successful engineer of the age. In his engineering works, he blended courage with caution, caution, in a marked degree. The first was a natural result result of a thorough knowledge of the principles of his profession, and the latter of an equally clear comprehension comprehension of the importance of carefully executing what had been previously planned. He was gifted with the ability to devlBe and execute with equal success, and hence deserved and received the just praise of the scientific world. His decease, when he was just beginning beginning wh8t was expected to be tho orowa - Ing work of his iife, will not pass un - no iced, even in distant lands. Thence, will uo sure to follow tributes to his genius such as it )as been tho lot of few to secure, but hore in tho city that for nearly twenty years was Mr. Roebling's home, how natural it is in this sad hour, for those who have been accustomed to meet bim face to face, and foel tho warm grasp of bis hand?, to think less about tho greatness greatness and more about the good nosj of our friend, who is now no more. Ho was indeed a good man. Those whose fortune it was to share his friendship knew welt how warm and true that friendship was. Perhaps there is no trait in his character that will remain brighter in their recollection than that of his personal kindness a kindness that was steady and knew no shadow of turning. turning. By the poor Mr. Roebling was greatly beloved. The tears of widows and orphans, whose wants have been supplied by his beniflcence, we may be suro, in this time, flow in their grief for his death, and in tender sympathy with the Btricken and .bereaved members of his household. A common grief pervades all classes of our community, and It is fitting that this body should give expression, even though imperf eotly, to the emotions emotions c seited by the sad event that brings ns together. Addresses were also delivered by Mr. Thomas J Stryker, Rev. Mr. Brown, Judge Naar, Alfred S. Living! Bton, General Rusling, Colonel Froese and Judge Scud - der. During his address Rev. Mr. Brown said : His death is a calamity, not only to us, but, perhaps I may say to the world. It is rarely that we have a combination combination of genius )iko his ; a man of scientific knowledge; knowledge; a man who was prudent in all hts undertakings. and at the same time was a frank, unaffected gentleman, whom all might approach. There could have beon no greater evidence manifested of the respect and affection affection with which the deceased was held m this community, community, than the fact that for the three or four days pending pending the expectancy to hear from him either as being alive or dead, my office was crowded by people of all denominations denominations to know if Mr, Roebling was still living or not. Everybody felt an interest in him. Everybody desired to know what was to be his fate. I think that is sb great a compliment as could possibly be offered to mm. After adopting a set of resolutions eulogtstio of the deceased, and tendering the sympathy of the Board to his family, the members adjourned untiljhalf past one o'clock to - morrow, when they will again meet for the purpose of attending the funeral. AT HOME tho late Mr. Roebling must have beon a peculiar happy man. By the members of his family he was almost idolized, and he was the friend and confidant of every workmen in his employ. You are doubtless aware that his works here were only built in 1818, Bof ore that time he carried on his bUBiness at Pittsburgh, Pa. The present establishment is probably one of the largest of the kind in tne worli. It is located on the White Horse Road, close to the Delaware and Raritan Canal, and in front of it is the Bordentown branch of the Camden and Amboy Rail road. The family mansion is separated from tho " works" by a narrow strip of green sward. Tho works as they aro called consist of a series of substantially built brick buildings where some thousands of tons of wire are manufactured every year. The iron comos in the shape of bats, and leaves m coils of wire which vary in size from a hair to a cablo aa thick as a child's arm. It is shipped to all parts of the country and used for an almost endless number of purposes. Mr. Roebling had generally about one hundred men in his employ, and at tho works aro three steam engines representing the power of threo hundred and sovonty horses. Among his workmen Mr. Roebling was very affable, and it has long been a Eubject of remark among them that he was always the first to bid them " good morning." In his business as in his professional capacity tho docoased was full of resources, and he was often heard to say that "if one plan would not do another must." The men saythat was the preat secret of "Old Man" Roebling's success, as he was nevor known to give in or own himself himself beaten. Many of the workmen have grown grey in his service, and the Superintendent, Mr. Charles Snow, was with him in Pittsburgh. Mr. Snow livos in a largo brick house immediately adjoining tho Roebling Roebling Mansion, and tho whole extent of tho ground occupied occupied by the works and tho two residences is about fcweuty - oiglifc acres. The family mansion ia a very spacious spacious three - story brick building covered with stucco - work, and surrounded with greensward and thick shrubbery. It is unpretentious in stylo, and was evidently evidently built for use and comfort and not for show. ' It was built from a plan drawn by the deceased and under his personal supervisisn. The dimensions aro about thirty - five feot each way, and in the rear is a long extension. Tho outside walls are about two feet thick, while the partition walla aro eighteon inches. Thero are probably few private residences in the coun. try so substantially built and bo perfectly finished in every respect. It contains, I beliovo, about twenty - f - even rooms, many of which are much larger than the whole of tho ground floor of many modern houses'. In front is a very handsome iron portico, which harmonizes very admirably with the general appearance of tho man - sior. Choice engravings, raro and costly paintings, and groups of statuary adorn the different rooms, and Bilently proclaim that tho most refined taste had boen exercised in their selection. In several of the rooms aro engravings of some of the late Mr. Roebling's great engineering triumphs, one of which, a fine engraving of the Niagara EallB Suspension Bridge, recalls an anecdote anecdote I heard to - day. A short time since tho deceased Mr. Roebling and Major - General Slocum, Member of Congress from your city, met at the Falls. While thero a dinner was given, at which the General was called upon for a speech, and he responded by saying that he had that day looked upon tho only thing for which he would be willing to forfeit his war record, and to have been the engineer of the Suspension Bridge he would havo gladly dispensed with whatovor honor ho might have won during the war. That was probably tho highest compliment ever paid to the genius of the lato John A. Roebling for no offlcor came out of the late war with a brighter record than General Slocum. Adjoining tho mansion is on extensive orchard the trees of which were planted at the time the house was built and they aro now in very flourishing condition. From long lines of trellis work clusters of grapes are hanging, and only time and sunshine are required to bring (hem to perfection. On every side of the mansion trees have been planted and now their leafy boughs and luxuriant foliage afford a pleasant shelter from - the roys of the Bummer Bun. An extensive and well cultivated kitchen garden lies between the orchard and a large field which is now covered with goldon grain of which Ihe drooping headB plainly call for the reaper's sickle. Next to the triumphs of his engineering skill it is in Ihe works that the best idea can be gained of what John A. Roebling accomplished during his busy life. Lobs than thirty years ago he twisted the first wire rope ever made in this country. That was in the West, and to do it he secured one end of his wlre3 to an apple apple tree, and then twisted them into a rope by horse power. That was the beginning, and it was told to me by a momber of his family while I wsb wandering among coils of wire, mighty spools of cable, fly whoels, pullies, derricks, forges, onvils, work - benches and tools of all kinds, with which tho works are filled. The rooms were in the most admirable order, there evidently evidently being a place for everything, and cortainly everything appeared to be in its place. Mr. Roebling did not beliovo in insuring hiB property, so he took other means to secure himself from loss against fire. Woodwork he had cased with Iron, ojid In addition to having a small engine and several huudred foot of hose always ready for use, a watchman watchman is on the premises night and day. Another peculiarity of his was the manner in which he protected himself from those who were desirous of stealing his mechanical inventions. At first he used to patent them, but so many persons infringed on his patentB, that he decided to adopt another plan. When a new machine was required, ho drew 'the plans and had the work done in detail. He would order one wheel from Boston, another from Cincinnati, and so on until ho had colleoted all the parte, and after putting them together, the machine was placed in a room to which no person was ever admitted, except the members members of his family and a few friends, who had won his confidence by a score of years' fidelity. In building his workB also ho took care that every window should be placed so blghtbat it would be impossible forny one to look ia from the outside without the aid of a ladder. HIS FAMHlf. Mr. Boebling was twice married and has left a widow and seven chilaren, four bom And tbro daughters. His first son, CoL Washington A. Roebling, you are doubtless well acquainted with. His military title was earned dnriDg the late war, at the commencement of which he enlisted as a private in the Sixth New York Light Battery and by gallant service he roso to tho rank of Colonel. He served with distinction on the staffs of Generals Mead, McDowell, Hooker and Warron, and was in almost every battle fought by tho gallant old Army of the Potomac As an EuglnoerGol. Robling inherits a considerable share of his late father's genius with whom ho was assoolated while the bridges at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh and Cincinnati wero being built. With the details details of tho plan for connecting your olty with Now York by bridging the East River, he Is also porf eotly familiar, and all the drawings aro now In bis possession. When questioned as to his son's ability Mr. Roebling's invariable reply was that he would as soon trust his son as he would trust himself. Col. Rosbling was married some time since, to a sister of Major Genoral Warren, and all who know him desire that he may enjoy a long and prosperous career. Ihe second son is also mar - lied and has for Borne time post been actively engaged In superintending the wire works at this place. All the members of the family ore here at present snd last evening they receivod all that Is mortal of jtheir beloved father. The body arrived shortly before seven o'clock in charge of the undertaker, Mr. T. W. Barnum, of Flerrepont street in your city, who was called in immediately immediately after Mr, Boebling's death. Owing to tho precautions taken by Mr. Barnum, not the slightest trace of decomposition was perceptible. Emaciated it certainly was, but that is accounted for from the fact that for nearly a week before his death Mr. Boebling was unable to eat anything. In other respects the features features are perfectly natural and I learn that just before the body left Brooklyn a cast of the face was taken by an artist from Cincinnati who had been well acquainted acquainted with Mr. Roebling during his residence in that city. The body had been attired in a suit of black clothes and then placed in a casket of solid rosewood lined with white Batlrj. The ornamentions are of solid silver and in exceedingly good taste, consisting of massive bar handles at the sides and ends. The plate is also of solid silver and Is placed on the inside of the lid, from it tho white satin lining radiates like tho rays of tho snn. It bears the following inscription : ; Joss Auotrsius Koedling, : ': Died : July 22, 1889, :' Aged 63 Yeabs and 1 Mouth. : The casket was placed on trestles in what is called the south, parlor, the most spacious room in the house, and from thence it will to - morrow bo borno to tho Myrtle Cemetery on Clinton street, where the deooased's first wife and an infant son are already buried. Sukday, July 125. PREPARATIONS FOE THE FUNEBAI,. The sole topic of conversation in Trenton this morning morning was the funeral of the late John A. Roebling, vvuich took place between two and four o'clock in the afternoon. afternoon. No better evidence could bo given of tho estimation estimation in which he was held by high and low, rich and poor, young and old, than the fact that before eleven o'clock this morning peoplo began to call at hiB late residence, residence, for the purpose of gazing upon his face for tho usttime. No change was perceptible in his features, und death Eeemcd but a very deep slumbor. Mr. Barnum Barnum came up again last night, and at an early hour (his mornirjg had' everything arranged for tho approaching ceremony. On the lid of the coffin he had placed a handsome wreath and cross formed of tube roses, while a beautiful crown formed of the Bame flowers found a temporary resting place on a small stand placed at the bead of the casket. For two bour, lrom eleven to ono o'clock, a constant stream of women and young children, tho wives and families of the workmen employed in the Roebling Wire Works, and other manufactories in Trenton, passed through the Bouth parlor and gazed with tearful eyes on the inanimate form of the man who had so of ton proved himself their friend. Gradually tho arrivals be gan to thicken and at a few minutes after ono o'clock the whistle of a locomotive broke the solemn silence. Almost immediately afterwards the cars of the special irain which had left Jersey City at eleven o'clock under the charge of Conductor Coulton, wore brought to a stand still in front of the mansion. Among those who disembarked I noticed the following named gentlemen from your city: Major - General Slocum, Hon. Henry C. Murphy, Hon, Demos Barnes General Pratt, Mr. William Richardson, Mr. William C. Klngsley, Hon. Teunis G. Bergen, Mr. Wm, A, Fow ler, President of tho Water Board; Mr. O.C.Martin, Chief Engineer in charge of Prospect Park ; Col. Julius W. Adams, Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Water Works; Mr. W. Rodman Backus, Deputy Auditor; Mr. S. E. Probasco, Chief Assistant Engineer of the Brooklyn Brooklyn Water Works, Dr. Barber, Dr. Shepard, Mr. H. Beam, Mr. Erastus Smith and Capt. Payne. New York was represented by Hon. Andrew H. Green, Comptroller of the Central Park, Hon. Horatio Allen, President of the Novelty Iron Works. Mr. Thomas Prosser, and Mr. James K. Ford, members of tho American Socioty of Civil Engineers ; General Edward W. Serroll, of the Highlands Suspension Bridge, and Mr. John J. Serrell, of the Central Park. On entering the house they were ushered into a par. lor on the north Bide of the house, which had generally been used by the deceased as his Btudy. There they wero met by Col. Roebling, and were afterwards intro duced to Hon, Wm. Napton, the Mayor of Trenton, and other gentlemen, among whom were Mr. John G. Raum, the City Treasurer, Mr. David Naar, President of the Common Council, Judge E, W. Scudder, of the Supreme Court, Judge Reed, of tho County Court Gen. James F. Rusling, Pension Agent, T. S. Allison' Paymaster of the U. S. A., Lieut. J. Mellack, of tho V S. N., and many other gentlemen. At this time there were at leaBt two thousand persons assembled in and around the mansion. The majority of course belonged to the working classes, and it was a very sad and affecting sight to see tears in tho eyes of many of tho poworf ully - bullt mechanics os they passed out of the room in which the body of their decoasod master wbb lying. Mr. Snow told me they had been faithful sorvants to a good master. For more than an hour they continued to pass in at the front door, and after gazing on the face ef the deceased, they left the house by one of the rear doors. The members of the Board of Trade, to the nurnoer of about one hundred, arrived shortly beforo two o'clock. They wero almost immediately followed by a body of two hundred hundred men, employees In the New Jersey Iron Works, each of whom had a small piece of crape tied round his left arm. Then came one hundred and fifty men from tho Wire Worse, also wearing tho badge of mourning, and behind them marching two and two wero about two hundred orphans from tho Children's Home, to which Institution the deceased had been a very liberal patron. The members of the Deloware and Eagle Fire Companies of this city were also waiting outsido for tho purpose of taking part in the procession. Thoy were under the command of Mr. Woart, Chief Englnoor of tho Fire Depaitment. THE SERVICES. Shortly after two o'clock the members of the family of the deceased took iheir seals in the upper hall, and the officiating clergymen, Rev, John Hall, D. D., of tho FirBt Presbyterian Church ; Rev. Mr. Gardner, of the Lutheran Church ; Rev. Mr. Brown, of St. Paul's Epls - coval Chnrcb, and Rev. Dr. Stanley, of the Trinity Episcopal Church, being stationed at tho foot of the staircase proceeded to perform the religious part of the ceremony. Alter Rev. Mr. Gardner had read in tho German lan guage ttio service for Ihe dead, us prescribed by the Lu - tneran unurcn, tne xiev. ui. uau aeuverea wieiouow - irg address; He said: This is not the time nor the ocsaston my friends to speak of the character and life of our de - eniiHtd friend. The tmblic cress has already aiven a sufficient outline of his history, and tho rilonumonts of hiB genius and skill are all arouua us. wuiie wiagara is in sight, and while the Ohio is passed, this man's name will be handed down to posterity. But there is a part of his character, however, for which you will find no Buch thing as a monument raised by his own hand to tell of what he did. Of his numerous charities, of his kindnesB to the poor ana to an wno aooenaoa upon him. he never suoke, and oven the memboi's of his family noverknew of them. He always concealed them, but it they could ue discovered tuey wouia ceil as Btirrmg a story of his heart as theBe other monumonts tell of his brain. I have only lUBt learned this afternoon incidentally that ho has for many years past given annually ono thousand thousand dollars for the support of the;rOphan Asylum at Pittsburgh, and It was done with such a special remonstrance remonstrance that he hardly dared mention it even to himself. There are many hore to - day who might tell the same story, and as I look over this crowd I know that ho was not only known as the capitalist who could command the labor of these men, but he was known for his kindness kindness and for his charity and he could command their love. Tho same might also be said of the institutions of this city,for the Orphans' Asylum was almost entirely supported by bim. It is my duty to - day to point out this thing as a lesson to capitalists and to men of wealth who have in their employment large numbers ef men who only strive to get out of their employees all the work they can, and I call upon hundreds here to witness, and I point to John Roebling as an example, for he waB not only an employer, employer, but he was their i'rieud, and thoy could always go to him as their friend. I call upon those gentlemen who have come from the great commercial metropolis, and say that they must not only be the employer of those dependent upon them, bat thoy must also be their friends. This is ono of the lesBous to be learned to - day, and another lesson is taught us by this man Whose body ib lying in there, and I am happy to have his authority for it. During the last few weeks ho said ho was no believer in chance, that he believed thore was a providence in everything, in disaster as well aB in prosperity. What has brought us together to - day is providence and not accident; it is a Iobsou taught to you men of capital, men of enterprise, and can you ftand here and see that body stretched ont lifeless before before us which a few weeks ago was full of intelligence, onjoyment and vitality, when he was just about to begin the greatest work of his life, in the very act of looking for o foundation upon which was to be built a bridge which was to hand down his name even more conspicuously conspicuously thBn any of his former works; then it was just at that moment that God stretched forth his hnud and took him away. Is there any lesson for us to learn in thut ? Does it not seem that this might have beon our cose 7 This must be our case in all the enterprises enterprises of life, for death must at last come in and then my brethren what is the question with us 1 Wo are taken from theee scenes, man dieth and passes away, man giveth up the ghoBt and he 1b not seen any more in places that have known him, ho passes out of our s'ght and only God himself knows where he is. That must bo our lot and should we not ask ourselves, are we so shaping our conduct by right prinoiples that wo have no reason to bo afraid 1 I need not say that our deceased friend was a man of right prinoiples, of strict integrity and of perfect purity, for that his conduct proved while living iu a time when corruption Is so prevalent, for John Roebling was not a man to conceal anything in his transactions, olther in Mb private business or with tho Government. In all his business relations he was a man of perfect justice. Iam not acle - to speak positively positively as to his religious convictions, but those who knew our friend know that next to occupying his mind with mechanical pursuits was his love for investigations investigations of this character. He was a plain, Bimplo, christian christian maB, to that he was led by hiB investigations, and I ask you my friends to follow his example in that respect respect and muke time to investigate the claim9 which Christianity has upon you, for there is no other name given under heaven except the name of Jesus Cliriat whereby we can be saved ; and whatever your walk iu life may bo, whatever your position in life may be, you must learn to come down, and sit like iillle children at the feet of your Maker. Look at the gloriouB intellect marked upon that brow, and Miink bow he made that investigation and I call upon you this day to think upon tho relation in which you stand towards your God. I need not add anything in relation to the domestic relations of our departed friend, or try to administer comfort to this mourning family. Thev have the record of bis life as a father, frioud and husband. husband. His family have this record of his kindness and oi hiB interest in their welfare, and no words of mine can comfort them as those recollections will. Some of us cannot but compare the painful contrast between this gathering and that one which took place but a few weeks ago at the marriage of one of his family. Ho waB then full of life and happiness, and everyone could see how genial he was in his f omily circle. How changed is now the pcone ; but let us be prepared, for there la no chance in th!ssorrow, and I call upon them to remember remember that God will sanctify this affliotlon to them. After a short prayer THE FUNEEAIi OOBTEOE was formed, and moved off in the following order : The clergy in carriages. Carriages containing the widow of tho deoeased and the me moors of his family. The hearse. (ferriages oontaJiring the following named gentlemen, who acfed as pall bearers: Hon. Henry 0. Murphy, Col. Julius W. Adams, Hon. Horatio Adam", Hon. Androtv H. Green, Mr. Obas. Hewitt, Prosident of tho Trenton iron company, Mr. Tiinotuy Abbott, Mr. Samuel K. Wilson, and Mr. Alfred Livingston. Tho delegates from Brooklyn and Now York in car - riBEC8. Privato carrioges containing tho Members o tUo Board of Trade and tno menus or cue iiimlly. Along each side the carriages tho workmen from tho different iron works marched two and two, whllo the rear of the procession, which was upwards of a mile and a balf in length, was brought up by the Fire Com panies. It Is estimated that thero were about fifteon hundred persons In the procession. No snob, demonstration demonstration had evor been witnessed in Trenton before, and all along the line of maroh, whloh was through Greene, East, State, and Clinton streets to tha Myrtle Cemetery, the sidewalks were orowded with people Every window was ocouplod, and noarly one - half of the population of the city appeared to have turned out to do honor to the remains of tneir beloved fellow - citizen, citizen, citizen, John A. Boebling, as iey wore being carried to their last resting place. On reaching the cemetery the coffin was borno to the brick vault in the Roebling lot, which is in tho centre of tho ground. It was there placed in a chestnut caso, on which the floral ornaments already spokon of wore deposited. deposited. The remainder of the burial service was then performed, and shortly after four o'clook tho gentlemen who had of me on here from New York and Brooklyn departed for home. A SW METHODIST CHAPEL. Dedication of the New UlcthadiBt ISplM - copal Chapel upon TomjliliiN Avenue yestcrdayt The Tompkins Square M. E. Chapel was formally dedicated to tho service of God yesterday morning. The building is a neat framo building of vory plain exterior. The interior Is airy, graceful and ploas - ant. No gaudy colors offend tho eye, but the wall and rafters harmonize with tho colors of the furniture and the carpets. The edifice in its dimensions is about 45 by 89 feet, and its cost was about $5,000. Some timo ago the Society purchased land 75 by 200 feet, and on a portion of it this Chapel is built. The total value of the property Is 816,000, and tho Society have paid ef this amount $9,000, leaving a debt of $8,000 to carry. Rev. Alex. H. Mead is the pastor who is to offlointo at the Chapel. The dedication services were performed In the morn, ing, although extra services were held all day. In tho morning, tho Rov. Charles Flotchor, D. D., pastor of the Pacific M. E. Church, proachod the dedicatory sermon sermon an able discourse from the fifth vorso of sovon - ty - fonrth Paalm, "A man waB famous according as ho had lifted up axes from the fig - trees." He applied it to tho erection of houses of worship, of tho public character character of religion, and of tho prominence given in tho Bible to tho public acts of tho prophets and apoBtlos. In tho afternoon, the Rov. Edward G, Androws, D. D., of WilUamsburgh, preached, taking the following text: "And the Disciples were callod Christiana first m Anlioch" 2C 11 Acls. He followed tho course and liio of tho DiBciplea after tho resurrection of Chcist,uud bade his hearerB to mark tn'o cb.arar.t3r of their discourses discourses to the people. He asked them to note that these sermons were not upon philosophy ; that they did not lay down a code of othics ; that thoy wore not upon doctrines remote or immediate, but that ttiey preached the Christ first, Christ last, and Christ all tho tiioo. If men wero called Lutherans who adopted a creed taught by Lutli - or, which had to bo test od outside of Luther; it men were called WcslcjaiiB who took up the creed taught by Wesley, and which bad to bo tested outsido of Wesley ; if astronomers who adopted tho system taught by Capcr - nicus, which had to be tosted outside of Capernicus.woro culled Capcrncians, is it unv wonder that these men, whose only speech was of Christ, wero called Christians Christians ? He thought that the man who first applied tho term was to be envied. He, of Autlocu,tiad given birth to a term that was to march down tho ages of time honored and respected ; a term that the proudest monarch of the world wore proud to adopt and call themselves "MoBt Christian Kings," "Most Christian Emperors," a term which was to give name to a system upon which all civilization, all refine ment, an learning, aua an tne gooa ot tue eartn was to be built. He then asked ir a Republican or Democrat, advocating monarchism, could bo called with consistency consistency either of those names. He tbought not, and he tbought those men who did not live according to the preceptB of Christ, who did not put their trust upon Him and believe wholly In Him could not bo Christians iu the true historical eouso of tho word. Men say, "I do not believe in all that you believe in. I think there are some inconsistencies in tho Bible, but I am a Christian." They aro not,and unleBB they beliovo Christ in everything they are not Christians. He closed his instructive discourse by earnestly urging his hearors to become Christians in the right sonse of the word, and promised all manner of peace and comfort of a glorious life hero, and a blessed life of immortality hereafter. Collections were taken up then, and a considerable amount raiBed towards lowering the debt of the church. In the evening a largo congregation assembled to listen to the sermon of tho Rev. William M. Thomas, of tho First Place M. E. Church. He chose for the tho text words taken from St. John, "I am come, that they might havelight and have it more abundantly." It was a beautiful beautiful and instructive discourse, and was listened to with much attention and interest. During the day the contributions contributions wero quite large, and amounted to the Bum of 2,000, which will leave tno church building clear - of debt. A SUNDAY EXCURSION, A Trip up the Budsou - Personnel o the Party Hlodes of JSnjoymcnt a.t West Point A .Lively tcasutoa.t llace. At half past seven o'clook, yesterday morn - ing,at the command of the courteous Captain J. O, Gibb?, tho staunch and commodious steamer "Sunnysido" swung into the stream from pier No, 39, North river, and steamed swiftly up the majoatic Hudson, having on board full five hundred people, seeking quiet recreation recreation and recuperation. The band of excursionists was composed of a respectable class of tho community, comprising merchants, mechanics, clerk, and otherB of honorable calling and of varied pecuniary position iu life, from the millionaire to those to whom tho recur, rence of Saturday night brings the woll earned rewurd of industry. They were divided into pai ties ranging from two to ton or more, and were constituted mainly of the wholo or portions of families whoso members were aged from tho tender Infant to the patriarchal grandslre or the venerable grandame. Perfect order reigned throughout the day, and not a single case of intoxication intoxication was observed, though tho veteran Gourlay, more familiarly known as "Bill," unceasingly disponsod cold comfort, in the shape of soda cock - tails, claret punches, lager, Bourbon sours, and other delootablo decoctions, from his tidy saloou on tho starboard aide, just forward of the wheel - house. Neither were thero any disreputable disreputable characters on board, malo or femalo; or, if there were, they hid their Identity 'noath tho gard of respectability respectability and, for the nonce, wore well - bohavod and inoffensive. inoffensive. That five hundred persons wero onboird Trhou tho "Sunnyside" left her moorings is scarcely correct, for only about half that number started from pier No. 3;', but as many more wero rocoived at the Thirty fourth street landiDg, and the above - mentionoa number rorera to the maximum aggregate. Touching at tho flourishing flourishing snd handsome town of Yonkers, only a few rooks of the excursionists landed, and tho remainder proceeded proceeded on to Cozzena' landing and Newburg. At Coz - zens' about a hundred men, women and children debarked debarked while tho romainder, who had started for the "round trip" aped on to Kowburg. AT WEST POINT and vicinity, tho day was well eajoyed, as likewise, no doubt at Newburg, Upon gaining a foothold on terra firma at Cozzens' Lauding, tno hundred ploasure seekers seekers took diverse routes. Some comfortably disposed themBelveB in carriages with liveried coachmen, 'which seemed wailing for them by appointment, and wero driven to various of the fashionable hotels and rural residences at Highland Falls village and West Point, for which localities others took passage on waiting stages; while, still another portion Becuredrow boats and re - embarked for various destinations, leaving the remainder to scale the heights and wander through the refreshing forest shade, or lave In the pure waters of the river. Some went to the high - toned Coz - zen's caravanseri to indulge in luxuries such as belong only . to tho rich. Anothor but no less respectable class,rcpaired to Stevens' or Krlmm - ling's hotels at Highland Falls, and enjoyed a substantial substantial repast and adequate convonioncos in keeping with their pecuniary means. Another class, embracing rich and poor, of both sexes, called at the comfortable saloon of Phil. Engolskirchor, on Main street, who is fortunately called "Phil," by way of brevity, and there enjoyed cold luncheB, lager, Rhine wine, cigars and other litllo knick - aacks, while enjoying a revivifying rest and cooling breeze. After reat and refreshments, many strolled about the village, which extends along tho bluff and which contains, among others, the summer cottages of the Hon. John Bigelow, Capt. Rowe, formerly of the Wost Point hotel, tho Messrs. Satterlee, Baldwin and others. The Military Academy was extensively vi6lted, and the visit well rewarded. At about half past eleven the cadets who had been attending divino worship, filing filing from the church, formed in column of fourB, and marched across the brood plateau to their picturosquo encampment, where they are now living in snowy tents, or summer quarters. About the grounds thero is much of interest, and among tho most noticeable features may be mentioned the massive buildings and handsome handsome residences ; the old historical Fort Putnam, one of tho defenses erected by Washington; a section of iron chain with huge links, a portion of the mammotn chain 6ttctched across the river at this point by the American forces during the Revolution ; scores of ancient brass cannon and mortars captured during tho Mexican war and Buitably inscribed; beautiful scenery and other details details to be Been be appreciated and well worth sooing Shortly beforo three o'clock the "Thomas Oollyer,'! one of the regular Sunday excursion boats, camo steam, ing down from Newburg, and touching at Cozzens' was scarcely clear of tho landing, when the " Sleepy Hollow" Hollow" came plashing along, and making the landing, but a moment elapsed before tho " Sunnyside" cams swiftly swiftly around the poiut, and rocoivlug her waiting passengers passengers Etarted in pursuit of the other boats. Tho " Coll - yer" had left Newburg twenty - one minutes in advancs of the "Sunnyside," and the " Sloepy Hollow" fiftoon minutes in advance, but the " Sunnyside," which waB so close upon their heels at Cozzena' Landing, now plowed through the water at a speed of about eighteon milts per hour, and, to say the least, A LIVELY RACE ensued, which by the time the boats had roachea Hastings became quite exciting. Tho passengers cheered, waved handkerchiefs, and Beomed greatly to enjoy the little brush which resulted in the " Sunuy - side '' passing the ' Sleepy Hollow " at Yonkers, beating beating her fifteen minutes from Newburg, greatly to the delight of the owners of the "Sunnyside," who wero on board, and to the manifest pleasure of the genial Captain Captain Gibbs and bis five hundred passengers, for whose comfort uDd pleaauro he wbb caretul and untiring during during the entire day. In connection with (ho race an incident ot a somewhat somewhat ludicrous naturo happened at Cozzens' landing A runner of tho "Sleepy HoUow," which it is but fair to add is a fine, a fast lioat, and had a large number of passengers, assumed ihe authority to announco to tho passengers who were waiting for the "Sunnyside" that she had "brokeu down" and if thoy wantod to "git home to - night they'd better jump right aboard the "Hollow," but just then the "Sunnyside" swung round the point into full viow and tho officious ruauer jumped on board his own boat amid a derisive Uugb. In the race, it is understood that the "Oollyer" made ono more landing than her competitors, but, like the " Sleepy Hollow" she was passed at Yonkers by the " Sunnyside." A BRIEF DESOMPTION of the boats in further connection of the race wilj doubtleBB be of interest to the reader: The " Sunnysias" was built by Poillion in 1888, and is consequently only three years old. She is 290 feet long,wita thirty feet beam of hull being sixty feet beam

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle26 Jul 1869, MonPage 2

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)26 Jul 1869, MonPage 2
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