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Gathering at the City Hall at halfpast ten, they proceeded in a body to the Church, headed by General Banks and Admiral Thatcher. The display as they entered the sacred edifice and passed up the broad aisle to their seats, filling the entire central part of the building, was touching and imposing—the organ meanwhile giving forth a soft and solemn dirge. The Church is superbly draped in mourning. The altar table is covered with black cloth, and behind it is a high screen, formed of heavy folds of black drapery, bordered at the top with white lace festoons. The desk and pulpit are fully shrouded in black, and the chancel rails are very tastefully hung with the same, and fringed with white. The marble font, which, on the previous Sunday (Easter), we saw so beautiful in its sumptuous array of spring flowers, is now hung with emblems of mourning. The columns are wreathed with festoons of black and white crape and lace, and the porch is literally canopied with flags. Over the main entrance to the Church there is a handsome display of appropriate mourning. The services of the day were arranged to suit the solemn occasion. Of course, the Collect, Epistle and Gospel for Sunday after Easter, were read. But in saying the Morning Prayer, Rev. Mr. Chubbuck and his assistant Presbyter made some variations from the usual order. The first lesson was that touching portion of the first chapter of II Samuel, in which David lamented the death of Saul and Jonathan : “The beauty of Israel is slain upon his high places; how are the mighty fallen Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle, and the weapons of war perished 1" etc. The second lesson was that immortal argument of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1st Cor. XV) in support of the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead.
The Psalms selected, instead of those for the day, were the 31st, “In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust,” and the 13th, “Out of the deep have I called unto Thee.” The Prayers “For a sick person,” and “For a person in affliction,” the first being specially used with reference to the Secretary of State, and the last to the people of the United States and the family of the late President, were said in the proper place. The introductory sentences before the Exhortation, were those with which the burial service commences: “I am the resurrection and the life,” etc.
The music was very touchingly performed by a wellselected choir. Previous to the commencement of Morning Prayer, that beautiful air of Paesiello, “Come ye disconsolate,” was beautifully sung. Instead of the “Wenite,” the anthem from the 39th and 90th Psalms, from the burial service, “Lord, let me know my end,” was sung to a plain chant with great expression. The canticle, “O all ye works of the Lord " The Song of the Three Holy Children, which they sang as they walked in the midst of the fire, was chanted in the place of the “Te Deum,” and the “Benedictus,” instead of the “Jubilate.” The introit was from the 86th Psalm, “Bow down thine ear, O Lord, and hear me,” to which was finely adapted the beautiful music of the prayer in “Moise.” The hymn was the 160th, “When gathering clouds around I view.”
An address from the Rev. S. C. Thrall was then delivered, appreciated as expressed by the following letter: NEw ORLEANs, April 27, 1865. To the Officers of the Army and Navy in Wew Orleans: Your Committee believing that the Address delivered at Christ Church, by the Rev. S. C. Thrall, D. D., on Sunday, the 23d instant, in memorial of the tragic death of your late Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States, contains a truthful analysis of his character, and pays a just tribute to the admirable traits of his head and heart; and that you would desire to preserve a record in some permanent form, of the action you took in honor of his memory; and in order that your brother officers, who were unable to participate in the solemnities of the occasion, may in some measure enjoy the same pleasure in reading that you did in hearing the Address, have, at the suggestion of the present, and also of the former Commanding General of the Department of the Gulf, obtained a copy for publication as here printed. The notice of the service taken from the Picayune, and the correspondence between your Committee and the Rev. Dr. Thrall, published with the Address, explains their action, and the deep interest manifested by the Rector, Wardens, Vestry, and Members of Christ Church, in an event that has drowned a nation and the whole world in tears—clad your country in the habiliments of sorrow. and your hearts in mourning. E. B. BRow N, Brig.-Gen. Wols. E. G. BECKw[TH, Col. U. S. Army. G. F. EMMONs, Capt. U. S. Navy.
PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN ANDREW JOHNSON.
“Who in the nation can fill the place of Abraham Lincoln P” was the great question of loyal people after the first shock of bereavement, feeling that no one, in truth, could fittingly succeed to a place consecrated by the Great Emancipator to loyalty and liberty.
Andrew Johnson was made President of the United States by the power of Conspiracy and Assassination. The people submitted to that decree and with sad, anxious hearts, the loyal masses endeavored to support his administration. Many with faith and hope looked to him as a guide and protector—as the Chief Executive of a Republic whose duty it was to make treason odious, and to frown upon rebellion and tyranny. The record of Andrew Johnson's official acts under the administration of Lincoln were those of a patriot. His record during the rebellion under the eye of the Just President was such as to draw the hearts of the loyal people strongly to him, who doubted not that his future course would harmonize with the beneficent policy of his Predecessor. With confidence in the administration of Andrew Johnson, the loyal masses of New Orleans met in Lafayette Square, August 17th, 1865, to give expression to their trust in the Chief Magistrate.
Dostie was one of the prime movers in organizing that meeting. IIe wrote to many of the prominent Union men of the city, urging them to speak in favor of Johnson upon the occasion. The meeting was called to order by A. C. Hills, Esq., who nominated Judge Durell for President of the meeting. Among the vice-presidents chosen were Dr. A. P. Dostie, B. R. Plumley, E. Heath, J. Graham, M. F. Bonzano, Wm. H. Hire, Rev. J. W. Horton, Alfred Shaw, H. C. Wamoth, Judge Heistend, Dr. E. Goldman, Ex-Gov. Hahn, John Henderson, and S. S. Fish. The following were some of the resolutions adopted at that meeting: “Resolved, That the unity of this country is indispensable to the perpetuation of a truly republican government; that the freedom for which our forefathers fought can only be secured to us by a steadfast adherence to the great principles of liberty, equality and fraternity; “Resolved, That to those who have promptly, honestly and in good faith, availed themselves of the Proclamation of Amnesty of President Lincoln, and who have by their countenance and support, aided the military authorities of the United States in their efforts to re-establish republican institutions in the insurrectionary States are entitled to the sympathy and regard of all good citizens, and to a full restitution of all political rights at as early a day as may be practicable. “Resolved, That in our opinion, no man who has ever held any office of trust or emolument—civil, naval or military—under the rebel authorities, should be permitted to hold office under the United States Government. “Itesolved, That in re-establishing civil Government in the Southern States, our only safety consists in making all loyal men equal before the law; and that any government established that does not realize this prin