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For this reason the liberals, by an inviolable disposition of their law, will not admit a Jesuit among them, nor any one affiliated to their order. It is a known fact, that the Jesuits in the kingdom of Naples have always taught that it is unpardonable to make revolutions to change the absolute monarchy which the reigning dynasty has always maintained.
If this is not sufficient to free us from the charge of being liberals, we bumbly implore your Majesty to indicate to us what we must do to be considered decided absolutists.
Indeed, the Jesuits have never been, at any time or place, charged with liberalism; and what motives could they have not to love and defend the absolute governnient of the august monarch, Ferdinand II., who has loaded them with benefits?
Finally, Majesty, we have made no other use of this sovereign munificence, than to advance the welfare of Christian morality, of Catholicism, and of the reigning dynasty, and to profess our unchangeable fidelity to absolute monarchy, to which we declare ourselves for. ever devoted; and we hope that your Majesty will graciously permit us to confirm this sentiment at your Majesty's feet by the words of our mouth.
The present declaration is signed by me, by the Father Counsel. lors, and by all the others present, in the short time we have had to bring together our signatures. If your Majesty desires to have the signatures of all the Jesuits in the province of Naples, they can easily be obtained. In the meantime, we who sign this, guaranty fully our devotion, in every test, to absolute monarchy.
GIUSEPPE MARIA PALADINI, of the Provincial Company of Jesuits (with 23 others.) New College of Jesus, Naples, Nov. 2, 1854.
This is Jesuitism, fully developed on a point of most capital interest to every lover of civil and religious freedom everywhere. The language in the foregoing document is so plain that comment is needless. He that cannot understand this, and will not learn from it, in what light, politically, to regard the Jesuits-all Jesuits, everywhere-is blind to his own ruin.
Now, as we said in our introductory remarks, the Jesuits are all under the absolute head of their General, who resides at Rome,-a truth averred boldly in one of the preceding paragraphs, the third ; let the reader refer to it again. Besides this, they also receive, all of them, the sarne education, to fit them for their order's activity and devotion. In the Jesuit's College at Rome, there are departments for every part of the world—the German, English, French, &c.; all, however, under the self-same system,-the departments referring only 'to diversities of language. Here the most absolute annihilation of all freedom of mind and body is the all-controling, all-directing idea. They are made ut cadavera, as corpses. We speak not from vague statements; -our information is from the pen of a German literatus, who, from false views of devotion, entered it in his youth; but left it
again, on account of the fact we have just stated. We might illustrate the charge we have made by many interesting facts given by him; but it is needless here. From this College the Jesuits are sent out all over the world, the passive instruments of their General, all inspired with one all-absorbing, all-directing idea. The Jesuits who are in the United States, were educated there, in the same system of education, in the self-same thoughts, ideas, and convictions, as those of Naples, who conceived and signed the above document.
These Jesuits, so educated at Rome, are already here by hundreds, and are still in large numbers landing on our shores, because here the widest and freest liberty of operation is granted to them. Their chief office here is, what they chiefly strive to secure everywhere,-the education of youth,-for which they seem to be even more eager than the sacerdotal offices, though they fill both. In the glorious “Queen of the West," Cincinnati, St. Xavier's College, named after one of the earliest and most illustrious of the order, a large educational establishment, is in their hands. All over our land, from New York to New Orleans, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, this order is controling the education of many thousands of native and foreign youth. What their own education, and convictions, and aims are, we know;-will they teach any other than their solemnly and deeply cherished senti. ments to the docile minds entirely in their hands? The influence of the Jesuits is immense; their aims and desires, the destruction of all we hold most dear, and their determination and devotion to secure these, most unscrupulous and death-defying. Can a Jesuit, by even the most liberal construction of our naturalization laws, be justly allowed to become an Ameíican citizen! In view of the foregoing, what would be the issue of giving a part of our state taxes, devoted to school purposes, to the exclusive control of Catholics, whose schools are filled by Jeauits and their affiliated ?
Grave facts, these are, tha: are intertwining themselves most sig. nificantly with the political and civil frame of our nation; and with reference to which, in many | laces, we have already been called upon to act. Other crises may, do ibtless, yet demand onraction, in which the remembrance of the truths we have here exposed, may be of service. Reader, learn well from the above the mission of the Jesuits!
Chas. Louis Loos.
When the Christian has to bear neglects or affronts, let hiin remember that they are nothing compared to those which God sustains every moment,
PROPHECY-No, II. It is a true saying, that we now see and know only in part. The fature is veiled from our natural perception; and many of the present living realities are to us as though they were not. Had we a sense to discern the spiritual, as we now, through the medium of the eye, perceive the material, what a changed aspect would the world present! The servant of Elisha was filled with terror and alarm, till the prophet said, “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.” Then all was safety and security. The mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. Those ministering spirits that wait on the heirs of salvation, well knew how to deliver this servant of the Most High from the Syrian hosts.
Their agency is as clearly marked in the social, political, and religious fortunes of the Israelites under the Chaldean and Persian monarchies. The promotion of Daniel from the condition of a captive of captives, to a seat nearest the throne of Darius, is one of the most remarkable phenomena in political history. Where, then, were the native officers that had waded through seas of blood to place Darius on the throne of Babylon? Where were the proud magi, the philosophers and sages ef Media and Persia? Where were the devotees of sabianism, when an humble servant of the God of Israel assumed the sceptre of empire under the administration of Cyaxares? These questions imply too profound a philosophy for the materialist and those who deny the doctrine of a special providence. But they are all plain to him that understandeth; to him who acknowledges and recognizes a spiritual agency in the government of the universe. The mystery was, in fact, solved when the angel said to Daniel, “ In the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood to confirm and strengthen him."
To the same celestial messenger, under the guidance of that great Spirit that searches all things, yea the deep things of God, we are indebted for one of the most remarkable series of prophetic events recorded in the Holy Scriptures. His object is to give a synopsis of the future history of the twelve tribes. He, therefore, commences with a brief notice of the government to which they were, at that time, subject. “There shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches, he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia." Dan. xi. 2.
These four kings were Cambyses or Ahasuerus the first, Smerdis the usurper, Darius Hystaspes, and Xerxes the great. Cyrus, the benefactor of the Jews, died 529 B. C. His decree for the restora.
tion of Israel and the rebuilding of their temple, was not revoked during his reign. But notwithstanding the favor of the greatest of monarchs, and the pathetic exhortations of the prophets Zechariah and Haggai, the work progressed very slowly. For “the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building; and hired counsellors against them to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius (Hystaspes) king of Persia."
Cambyses or Ahasuerus, succeeded Cyrus 529 B, C. His reign of seven years and five months, was distinguished by a series of the greatest enormities. In the beginning of his reign, the enemies of the Jews wrote unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. But he seems to have had 100 much respect for his father, to revoke his decree publicly; though in various ways he so discouraged the work, that but little was done during his ad. ministration. He died by a wound from his own sword; and in 522 B. C. he was succeeded by Smerdis the usurper, called, also, Artax. erxes.
Smerdis was a bigoted leader of the Magian sect, violently opposed to the Jews' religion, and, therefore, predisposed to favor any complaint made against them. He had not to wait long for an opportu. nity. As soon as he was seated upon the throne, Rehum the chan. cellor, Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathkites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archivites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, the Elamites, and other tribes west of the Euphrates, addressed to him the following letter: "Be it known unto the king, that the Jews who came up from thee to us, are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundations. Be it known now unto the king, that if this city be builded, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom; and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings. Now, because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonor, therefore have we sent and certified the king, that search be made in the book of the records of thy fathers; 80 shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time; for which cause was this city destroyed. We certify the king that if this city be builded again, and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river." Ezra iv, 12-16. This appeal was successful. Smerdis immediately gave orders that
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the work should be stopped. So it ceased till the second year of Darius the son of Hystaspes. But fortunately for the Jews and the cause of humanity, the reign of the Magian was of short duration. He occupied the throne but seven months, and was then slain by a band of seven Persian noblemen, who had discovered the imposture.
After the death of Smerdis, his decree against the Jews might have been regarded as null and void. The Persian government had respect neither for his person nor his administration. But the Israelites had lost the zeal that brought them from Babylon. They neglected the temple, and were devoting themselves to their own domestic affairs. Like many slothful Christians of the nineteenth century, they said, "The time is not come; the time that the Lord's house shall be built.” Only sixty. eight years had elapsed since the destruction of the temple by Nebuchadnezzar. And as Jehovah had, by Jeremiah, limited the captivity to seventy years, the Jews willingly made this false application of prophecy a pretext for neglecting this sacred duty; though every hindrance was now removed out of their way. The prophet Haggai was, therefore, commissioned to say unto them: “Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste? Now, therefore, thus saith the Lord of hosts, consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages, earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, consider your ways. Go up to the mountain and bringe wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord of hosts. Ye looked for much, and lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that is waste, and ye run every man into his own house. Therefore, the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labor of the hands.” Hag. i. 4-11.
This admonition was duly regarded. Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the high-priest, and all the rest of the people, came and did work in the house of the Lord their God, on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius Hystaspes.
This again excited the envy and jealousy of the Samaritans. They made another attempt to stop the work through the influence of Tatnai, governor of the western provinces. But when the matter was eferred to Darius, he promptly confirmed all that Cyrus had done ;