Right Rev. J. J. Keane, the recently consecrated Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, visited Harper’s Ferry on Tuesday week. In the evening of the same day the St. Peter’s Catholic Church was the scene of a large gathering of people to hear one of those ably prepared and eloquently delivered discourses for which the Bishop is noted. He based his remarks upon the 10th chap. and 16th verse of the Gospel according to St. John. The object of Christ’s mission the distinguished orator summed up in the words of the text: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The sermon was an excellent one; from beginning to end abounding in useful instruction and advice. Bishop Keane is a native of Ireland, but has been a resident of this country almost all his life. He was for many years a clerk in Murphy’s Bookstore, in Baltimore; afterwards studied at St. Charles College, and distinguished himself.– One who heard him on Tuesday evening, who has heard most of the great orators of this country and Europe, says that the Bishop ranks with the foremost of them. His gesticulation is perfect, and in the modulations of his voice and as a master of emphasis he equals Booth.
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