--The large picture in Punch is entitled "Latest from America
," and represents the Prince
on his return home after his American tour.
The royal youth has suffered a change during his absence.
He has become Americanized, and now sits before the grate with his legs resting on the mantelpiece, a cigar in his mouth, and a pocket-pistol in his hand, while a box of fragrant Havanas is on a table near by. A sherry cobbler, with its characteristic straws, is on the mantelpiece.
The young Prince
wears a shocking bad hat, tipped over on one side; sports a goatee, and really looks quite like "one of the boys." In the back ground stands Prince Albert, gazing on his son with an expression of amazement, not unmingled with fear.
His Royal Highness Junior
, patronizingly remarks to His Royal Highness, St., "Now, sirree, if you'll liquor up and settle down, I'll tell you all about my travels."
Virginia M. E. Conference--Eighth Day.
In this body, on Thursday, during the examination of character, remarks were made by Bishop Paine
and Dr. Lee
on the importance of pastoral visits and attention to the minute interests of the Church
The supernumerary list was then called for the examination of character, and the name of J S R Clark
Upon the examination of Mr. Clark
, Rev. Mr. Langhorne
said that Mr. Clark
had united himself with the Knights of the Golden Circle
; had lectured in behalf of that order at Farmville
, and become a chaplain of the organization, carrying a weapon, and in that way injuring the dignity of a minister of the Gospel.
declined to answer unless evidence was produced.
It appeared upon diccussion that there had been some mistake in regard to his carrying weapons.
The discussion of the general subject by Messrs. Langhorne
and others, occupied much time, during which.
The subject of preachers carrying arms being alluded to, Bishop Paine
said that it was a common thing for ministers to carry weapons in Texas
, either open or concealed.
This enabled them to protect not only themselves, but the families with whom they were staying.
The sight of a rifle would frequently scare off a cowardly Mexican
He had never carried such weapons, but he should carry one whenever he deemed it necessary.
Several ministers testified as to the occasional necessity for the carrying of weapons by ministers, especially on the Mexican
frontier, where there were bands of men sworn to kill every American they met.
Rev. Mr. Langhorne
said, after what he had learned at Conference, he would, when he got home to Lynchburg
, buy a revolver.
Rev. Mr. Edwards
said that the character of Mr. Clark
was excellent, and the object of his going to Mexico
as a Knight of the Golden Circle
, would have been to carry there a pure Gospel.
Rev. Dr. Smith
said that any expression of this Conference on the subject, would have no reference to the approval or disapproval of the Knights of the Golden Circle
He thought the practice of carrying arms by ministers should be countenanced only on the basis suggested by Bishop Paine
We were going, as a people, very far wrong in this respect.
On this day, at every Court-House in Virginia
, nearly every man wore a weapon in his breast.
This was not right.
(A voice, "It is cowardly;" other voices, "No, it is not.") He had frequent occasion to mention this subject to his classes at College
, and he thought that throughout the Conference ministers should use their influence against the practice.
said that he had felt compelled to use such influence in Alabama
, which, as he had said before, was Virginia
revised, corrected, and beautified.
(Laughter) He differed, however, with some members of the Conference, in regard to learning the use of firearms.
He thought that not only men and boys, but ladies, should learn their use, so as to make them effectual for protection.
He narrated many instances coming under his observation in frontier life, when the use of arms was demanded most imperatively.
Rev. Mr. Langhorne
said that in view of the justifications and explanations presented, he supposed he ought to beg the pardon of brother Clark.
said he thought that brother Clark
had committed an impropriety, and that brother Langhorne
's motives were excellent.
Several other ministers bore testimony as to the excellent intentions of Mr. Langhorne
Rev. Mr. Clark
's character was passed.
On motion, it was agreed, that any preacher who hereafter does not pay into the Conference fund two-thirds of the amount assessed to his charge, shall be deprived of all claim upon that fund.
The report of the special committee to consider the fraternal communication from the Methodist Protestant Conference was presented by Dr. Smith
, and laid on the table.
It invites the Methodist Protestant brethren to consider more closely if a common ground of formal union cannot be formed, and appoints messengers to convey to them an expression of sympathy and fraternal good will.
Rev. Mr. Duncan
, from the committee on memoirs, reported the death of five members during the year, "peaceful and victorious in death." They were as follows: H. Y. Bellman
, Thos. H. Jones
, J. H. Watson
, W. P. Twyman
and W. G. Dolin
The committee gave brief memoirs of the deceased, and concluded by offering the usual resolutions of respect.
The report and resolutions were adopted.
The report of the Committee
relative to the Richmond Christian Advocate was adopted.
--Various committee reported.--The stewards report the sum at $7,668, or $66,50 dividend on the $100 to claimants.
The report and resolutions of the special committee appointed to consider the fraternal communication from the Virginia Conference
of the Methodist Protestant Church, and, looking to a full and cordial re-union at no distant day, were adopted, and Drs
and Mr. Buford
were appointed fraternal messengers to the Methodist Protestant Conference.
Rev. Mr. Davis
moved that in view of the distracted state of the country, a day of fasting and prayer be appointed, to be observed by the Conference Churches
, the motion was agreed to, and the first Friday of January fixed as the day.
were announced as a standing Committee on the State
of the Church
After another call for pledges to aid the Christian Advocate, the net amount of pledges was raised at $4,000.
Rev. Messrs. Riddick
and W. A. Robinson
were made supernumeraries and Rev. Mr. Mauzie
The following standing committees were appointed:
Board of Stewards
--J. H. Davis
, W. M. Ward
, B. H. Johnson
, H. H. Gray
. L. S. Reed
, J. M. Sanders
, J. L. Clark
, P. A. Peterson
, J. Manning
, J. Slougn
Committee on Education.
--W. A. Smith
, D. S. Doggett
, A. G. Brown
, Leo Rosser
, N. Head
, W. B. Rowzie
, J. E. Edwards
, J. A. Duncan
, J. C. Gianbury
, J. Lear
Committee on the Publishing Interests of the Church.
--H. B. Cowies
, W. W. Bennett
, L. Rosser
, P. Whitehead
, J. S. Blackwell
, G. H. Nolley
, R. Michaels
, C. H. Hall
, T. H. Hayles
, F. J. Boggs
then addressed a few words of farewell to the Conference.
On motion, the resolution changing the name of the "Richmond Christian Advocate" to the "Virginia Christian Advocate" was reconsidered, and the motion laid on the table.
The appointments for the coming year were announced, and at 2 o'clock Saturday morning the Conference adjourned sine die.