THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

574 The Gospel Magazine.

A MONTHLY

RECORD.

AT the date of our writing, the Russian and Japanese Peace Plenipotentiaries

are still in session at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in

the United States of America. Reports state that agreement on

certain articles has been arrived at, but considerable doubt exists

as to a final settlement. Meanwhile the military position in Manchuria

points to an early conflict on a scale unparalleled in the world's

history.

The French Fleet paid a visit to our shores during the past month,

in celebration of the entente cordiale between the two Powers, and

met with a hearty welcome from the King to the humblest of his

subjects. We can only trust that by God's blessing the peace of

Europe may be served by this incident.

A Reuter telegram from Rome says :-The official journal of the

Italian Society of Archoc-ological Research states that a most interesting

discovery has been made in the Catacombs. Researches have brought

to light the cemetery of Commodiglio on the Appian Way, which has

been abandoned since the ninth century. The cemetery remained

forgotten until 1720, when a large subterranean chamber was unexpectedly

discovered. This chamber was subsequently buried in a

land slide. After systematic search a vast underground region has

now come to light, containing paintings, mosaics, and numerous

inscriptions.

The Annual Report of " The Scripture Readers and Irish Society"

has just been issued, and tells of much blessing in the work in the

Sister Island. Referring to the labours of the Scripture Readersin

whom some of our readers are interested-the committee of the

Society say :-" The labours of our Scripture Readers largely differ

in character according to the districts in which they are employed.

The larger number and wider area contained in the United Society

make these differences greater than before. Some tread the lonely

Western mountain side, some walk the busy streets of Belfast. The

work of some is mostly in the Irish language, of others altogether

in English; some labour for the souls of Roman Catholics, others

care for our own Protestant brethren; while one man is telling the Old,

Old Story in a wretched tenement in a Dublin slum, the voice of

another as he reads the Holy Volume mingles with the murmur of

the Great Atlantic. Some of those men have grown old in the service.

One, after 42 years' work, was recently granted a small pension; two

have died-one a pensioner, the other actively engaged in our employment

until his death. It is greatly to be desired that more could

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