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00 o££.'"£l* j ALEXANDRIA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 11,1861. j AIEXA^I E 8 D AZ A E T T ™ E OFrICE .
The New City Council—Last Night.—
The two Boards assembled, in stated session,
at the usual meeting places, last night.
Board or Aldermen —Present—S Shinn,
President; J. Tacey, Secretary, and Messrs.
Vansant, Jamieson, Wiley, Bell and liar
Inquiry having been made as to the books
of the Board of Alderman, it was stated that
they had been carried away from town by
Mr. Powell, the clerk, but that Benjamin
Barton had been acting Secretary for some
mouths, and that he doubtless had in his
possession many minutes and papers.
Mr. Wiley suggested thatan order be made
that he deliver tbe same to the Secretary of
Mr. Jamieson thought an order unneces
sary. Mr. Tacey doubtless could obtain the
papers by calling on Mr. Barton.
Mr. Wiley had no objection to that course,
but thought that a formal resolution might
be required, as the basis of coercive action*
in case of a refusal.
Messrs. Jamieson. Bell and Harmon con
curred in the opinion that nothing of that
kind would be required.
Mr. Vansant thought it would be more re"
spectful to Mr. Barton to make the request
by a resolution, and thus show him that the
Secretary came at the desire of the Board.
This view was concurred in by all the mem
bers, and a resolution to that effect adopted.
Council resolution relative to inquiring ,
into the condition of the Auditor's office was
Mr. Bell, from the committee on printing,
laid before the Board tbe reply of E. Snow
don & Son to an inquiry of the committee.
The reply states that, as the advertising rates
of the Alexandria Gazette are adopted in the
Local News, there will be no change in the
rates heretofore charged for publishing the
proceedings of Council, &c.
Whereupon, the clerks of the two Boards
were directed to publish the proceedings of
their respective Boards in the Local News.
A joint meeting was then held, and, upon
The resolution of Council relative to the
memorial of John Jones was laid on the ta
table, and Council resolution of inquiry into
the city real estate was concurred in—and
the Board adjourned.
Common Council.— W. D. Massey in the
chair, and twelve members present
Mr. Beach introduced a resolution direct
ing the Finance Committee to make inquiry
and report as to the condition of the Audi
tor's office, which resolution w-is agreed to.
, Aldermen's joint resolution directing the
v#'clerks 6f the two Boards to publish the pre
ceedings of tbe Boards in tho Local News,
at the same rates paid the Alexandria Ga
zette, was received and concurred in.
On motion, the Aldermen were notified
that Council was ready to go it.to joint meet
Mr. Taylor presented the memorial of Jno.
Jones and others, asking the privilege of
erecting a frame improvement tothe proper
ty of Mr. Jones, on Royal, near King street,
to be used as a daguerrean gallery, and of
fered a resolution granting the prayer of the
He explained that the resolution was mere
ly intended to authorize the erection of a
sky-light above two fences. The resolution)
The Aldermen here entered the eh-imber,
took seats, and the two Boards went into
The President of the Board of Aldermen
called the meeting to order, and stated that
the two Boards hud united for the purpose
of electing certain officers. The first officer i
to be chosen was Keeper of the Poor and j
Work IL<use. i
Mr. Van-ant presented a memorial from j
li ibarl making application for the !
post. The memorial stated that the appli
cant was by trade a wheelwright, hut had
b'Jeu thrown out of employment and nearly
ruined by secession, and that he was well I
qualified for the position he asked for.
Mr. Shirley nominated Walter L. Perm.
Mr. Wiley nominated James Stiles, accwni
panying the nomination with a cordial re
commendation of Mr. Stiles as a suitable i
The joint meeting then proceeded to ballot,
with the following result: Robert Hodgkin, j
14; W. L. PenD, 3 ; Jas. Stiles, 2.
The choice of police officers being next in
order, it was agreed to elect two police offi
A communication was read from the Mayor
recommending the election of T. I. Edelen
Mr. Sidebottom nominated T. H. Stilwell.
Mr. Shirley nominated Joseph Colton.
The election was then proceeded with, and
resulted as follows: T. I. Edelen, 19 ; T. H.
Stilwell, 15 ; Joseph Colton, 4
The Weigher and Inspector of Hay was
Mr. Sidebottom nominated F. Daw, re
marking that he was a good Union man, and
well suited to the position, living near by the
Mr. Suiutenbii'-g nominated Win. King,
who he said lived directly opposite the scales.
The balloting was then proceeded with,
and resulted us follows:
First Ballot—King, 11 ; Daw, 8.
Second Ballot—Daw, 12; King, 7.
Third B ill it—-King. 15 ; Daw, 4.
So W. King was declared elected.
The meeting then elected Captain John
Kelly as Harbor Master by a ui.animous vote,
there being no opposition.
It was agreed to pas-; over the election of
,the other viz : Regulator of the Town
Clock, night scavenger, watchmen, ure war- j
dens, guardians of the free school, physicians
IS the poor, dispenser of medicines. !
The joint meeting then dosed, and the
Common Council resumed its sitting.
0 i motion, the committee on public prop
erty was directed to inquire aud report the
condition of the city property, to whom ren
ted, and on what conditions.
The Board then adjourned.
Licenses.—The large number of new es
tablishments opening of late in this city has
added considerably to the specie funds of the
new city government. No day parses with
out a demand for license-, and tbe numher
already issued since the advent of tlie new
administration amounts to sixty-three. Of
these about forty are fur eating and al hou
ses, four or five for Daguerrean galleries,
and the remainder to sell ordinary meivhan
The Mayor's Office.—This morniag sev
eral small police cases—a man for ill treat
ing his wife, another lor keeping a disordily
house, came up, and were disposed of. j
T. H. Stillwell gave bond and qualified as
police constable, the other officer, T. I. Ede"
lin, having qualified some time since.
The River.—There has been a consider
able show of briskness upon tho river this
morning. Three or four river craft arrived
up with wood and grain The steamer
Mount Washington has passed up. and the I
steamer Champion, and several large vessels ■
passed down. i
Pau'xen, the great American chess player,
has-beaten Kolisch, the great German chess
The recent court martial at Fortress Mon- :
roe sentenced two private! to be executed for
sleeping on their posts, two commissioned of-
I fleers to be cashiered, and some soldiers to!
wear the ball am) chain.
The Carbon (Pa ) Democrat mentions the I
conveyance ol a "contraband" over the :
Beaver Meadow Railroad, ">e.it up from the !
Potomao by A. Pardee, esq.
In the instructions went by Mr. Seward to
I the. U. 8. Ministers in England and Frnnce,
j the protests against any recognition of tbe j
I Southern Confederacy, or any action by a!
foreign nation in derogation of the unity of i
i the nation.
The order for mustering tbe militia of
i North Carolina has been revoked--bavin"
been given without authority. |
ThJ New Orleans De-la of the 25th says : ,
| '"The steamer Magenta, which arrived yes
terday from Memphis, brought two bundled
bales of cotfon, consigned to and for account '
of Messrs. Puig Brothers, intended for ship- i
meat to Spain and Mexico. It w?is pur
chased at one of the Island depot!-, and was
allowed to como hither by .-special permission
of the authorities." i
In the Senate yesterday Messrs. Sumner
and Fessenden presented petitions in favor
lof emancipating slaves by military authori
l ty. A bill introduced by Mr. Harlan, to au
thorize the President to acquire territory for
the colonization of free negroes. On motion
of Mr. Hale, the Committee on the Judicia
ry were instructed to inquire into the expe
diency of abolishing the Supreme Court, and
of establishing a new Court upon a different
In the House, ILr. Pendleton, of Ohio,
a«ked that the memorial of the late Police
Commissioners of Baltimore be referred back
to the Committee on the Judiciary, with in
structions declaring that Congress alone has
the power to suspend the privilege of the writ
of habeas corpus, that the exercise of the
power by other persons is an act of usurpa
tion, and that the memorialists be delivered
to the custody of the United States Marshal,
with a view to a speedy trial, if there be
probable cause for such proceedings. Mr.
Pendleton discussed the questions involved ;
sketched the incidents connected with the
arrest of the commissioners, denied the le
gality of their punishment, and claimed that
the authority to suspend the writ of habeas
corpus was vested in Congress alone, and not
iv the Executive. The resolution before the I
House was intended to be a protest against
the exercise of the prerogative on the part of
ihe president. The whole subject was fi
nally laid on the table by a vote of 108 to
| WAR NEWS.
An official letcer from Lieut. Wyman, of
the Potomac flotilla, says that on the 9th in
stant, seeing tho Confederate pickets with
three camp wagous and a mounted officer
couiiug down the road to the southward of
Freestone Point, aud halting at some build
ings near the beach, he directed the steamers
Jacob Bell and Anacostia to shell the build
ings. After shelling the buildings and hill,
and driving back the pickets, Lieut. McCrae
landed with a few men and fired four houses,
which have since burned to the ground.
They contained cutlers' stores, flour, etc.»
aud as eight h -urs elapsed before the fire
subsided, the quantity of stores must have
been considerable. The Confederates fiied
but a few musket shot.
j There are no advices of any further hos
tilities at Dam No. 5, Chesapeake and Ohio
Canal. After retrieving the guns under
cover of the night, the Confederates with
drew to a safer distance.
j The Washington Republican of Tuesday
| Says:—"Yesterday General Stabl's brigade
went out towards Annaudale, in which vi
cinity, it was said, they encountered a Con
federate force, with what, result we have not I
heard; but after tbe engagement hud com- j
menced, a despatch was sent to Gen. Blen-;
ker's headquarters for moie troops and a
battery, which were immediately sent " !
i The Washington correspondent of the Phil-!
| adolphia luquirer gives the following version I
ot the above affair:—"The Confederates:
drove in the Federal pickets this afternoon,
j again, at Anaudale. Four regiments of I
; Bleu ker's brigade went out to strengthen j
them, and the Confederates fell back. No-'
: body was hurt.
The "Japanese sword" lately seized in
; Baltimore, turns out to have been a sword j
, presented by a gentleman in California to !
bis friend in Baltimore. It will be returned
from Washington to its owner.
The Memphis Argus urgasstbat Sr. Louis,
not Memphis, will be the point of attack.
It is reported that- the Confederate forces
lin front, of the Potomac lines amount to one
i hundred thousand men.
Gen. Halleck has issued orders Btatin<
that the Mayor of St. Louis will require ail
municipal oftoers to subscribe to the oath of!
allegianoe prescribed for them by the Con- j
vention in October, and directing the Pro- |
vost Marshal to arrest all State officers who,
having failed to subscribe to snob oath with
in tbe time fixed may attempt to exercise
civil authority in violation of the ordinance.
Thjre are nine murder cases pending
trial in the Washington City Criminal Court.
Tbe Philadelphia Inquirer says that in
Richmond all goes as merry as a marriage
bell. The Congress is in session there, and
also the Legislature. The hotels are crowd
ed, money is spent freely, balls' and parties
are numerous, and are gorgeous in their a>
rangements. The city is full of officers, and
has all the appeararce of a capital. Paper
money of the South is at thirty-five per cent,
discount for gold. United States Treasury
notes, or demand notes, are freely taken at
Large quantities of ammunition, ordi
nance, stores, horses, equipments, and other
warlike equipments, are aboat to leave Bos
ton for Port R >yal. The ship Bullion is
ready, and hauled out into the stream on
Sunday; the ship George Green hauled out
yesterday, and the ship Idaho will also go
to-day. The ships Black Prince and Milton
are chartered, and will commence loading at
once, and sail with all despatch.
In the case of the Cumberland Coal and
Iron Company against Messrs. Sherman and
j Dean and the Hoffman Coal Company, the
j Cumberland Coal and Iron Company have
appealed to the Court of Appeals.
Private letters have been received in
Washington confirming the statement that
Parson B'ownlow is in the field at the head
of a force of some 3 000 men. The card
from him published in a Richmond paper,
denying the report that he taken up arms,
was issued a month ago.
Mr. Justice Nelson, of the Supreme Court,
has arrived in Washington, and taken his
' seat. He states that tbe Secessionists have
taken possession of all Justice Catron's pro
perty around Nashville, amounting to $90,
The Chicago Tribune has "information
from an unquestioned source that five rhou
, sand acres in Illinois will be planted with
I cotton the coming year."
The work of drafting commenced in Nash
ville on the 23d ult., and created quite a
The prices of printed cottons, at the
North, continue to advance.
Complaints against Gen. Magruder, of the
Confederate army, are circulated more and
more in the Southern papers.
IN BOAED OF ALDERMEN.
At a regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen,
, held December 10th, 18(31, there were present,
Stephen Shinn, Esq., President;
Messrs. Wylie, Bell, Harmon, Jamieson, Van
sant and Tacey.
On motion, it was
Ordered, That the Secretary pro tern. be reques
ted to obtain from Mr. Benjamin Barton, Secre
tary pro tern. of the late Board, whatever books,
papers, Ac, tho property of the Corporation, may
j bow be in his possession.
An order (hat the Joint Committee on Finance
l examine and report the condition of'the Auditor's
: office, was received from the Common Council, and
Ordered, That tho clerks of the City Council
] have the proceedings of each Board published in
I tho "Local News," on the terms heretofore paid
i the "Alexandria Gazette."
On information from the other Board, that they
were ready to proceed to the joint election of tho
Corporation <.fficers, the Board met them in con.
I ventiun tor lhat purpose, which resulted as fol
• lows :
For Keeper of tbe Alms House—R. Hodgkius.
For Police Constables—T. J. Edelin and T ll*
For Weigher of Hay— Wm. King.
v or ILirhor and Ballast Master—John Kelly.
On motion, the joint meeting then adjourned.
The Board received from the Common Council,
a resolution granting the petition of J. Jones and'
; others for permission to build an addition, con
| liitlag of a " b< nrd gallery," to the house of said
! Jones, on Royal street, which was laid m tho ta
An order from tho other Hoard, directing the
Auditor to furnish the Committee on Public Pro-
I perty with a list of all the rented property, to
i whom rented, to what time, the amount per an
, run, and the amount due, was e<>nourred in.
On motion, tho Board adjourned,
Secretary pro. f. m
In Washington, n>n Tuesday, the 10th of De
: cumber, by Rev. P. W. Cornelias, C F. EDWARD
[SOHULER, to Miss ANN E. CROOK, both of
| £§■ WANTED— A FURNISHED HOUBE,of
I JJjHmodert.te aiie, for a small family, in a cen
tral location in this city; or a conveniently fnx
i nished EtOOM, with board, fur a gentleman and
I wife. References given if required. Address,
stating l'-e lity and terms, Box SBO, Post Office.
deo 11—tf _____
_M TO RENT—A very substantia) FIRE
■.PROOF WAREHOUSE on tbe wharf, near
Mr. George D. Fowle'i Warebonte, secure from
any daman of the lower floors being overflowed
by the highest tides,
dec ll—lw* JOSIAB H. DAVIS.