Meagher, Jas. L. Teaching Truth by Signs and Ceremonies; or, The Church, its Rites and Services, Explained for the People. New York: Russell Brothers, 1883. Fifth Edition. 
Brown cloth decorated in blind, black, and gilt, 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches, top of spine frayed, tight. (ii.), 295 clean pp., tight. Frontispiece & 20 additional b/w plates. Good. Hardcover.
A robust Roman Catholic defense for the use of signs & ceremonies in the Church.
Reasons for the Things in the Church
Reasons for the Things in the Sanctuary
Reasons for having Vestments
The Mass Explained
The author defends many things now abandoned by the Roman Church, including the use of Latin.
Rev. Fr. James Luke Meagher (1848-1920), b. Ireland; d. Long Island City, NY. As an infant he emigrated with his parents to Canada (1849), and then to Oneonta, NY, (1860). He graduated from St. Mary's College and from Grand Seminary, both in Montreal, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1875. He was pastor of several parishes in upstate New York before founding the Christian Press Association (1895).