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T3HE CIRE'tENT CITY LIIPIN US0YM. Their Day at. the Lake and iWhat Wa Done. As wae anticipated a large crowd gathered yesterday afternoon at Mineburg to participate in the Orecoent Oity Rifle Club eportb. As early as 8 o'clock the cars were filled with visitors, and by 0 the long wharf presented a very gay appear ance. The members of the Louisiana Field Artillery and Washington Artillery were on hand in their tasty uniforms and with their gune presented a very eoldierlike appearance. Targets had been placed some one thousand yards.from the wharf, and the prinoipal one oonselted of a spread can. vas, seventeen by twenty-two feet, on a raft, with a large bullseye in the centre. As soon as the sun began to decline toward the borlaea the people began to flock to the care, and by the time the artillery proatice opened there were fully two thousand people at the Lake End. After their arrival thither some strolled ever to Miguel's, some to loudtro's, and othere lingered beneath the shade of the trees watching the caprices of the bear, "Continental Oharlie," whose liberty was curtailed somewhat by a heavy chain. By half-past o'clock the largest portion of the crowd wandered out on the wharf, and in a few minutes after the beneflolaries, the Crescent Oity Bide Club, announced the day's sport opened. The deep boom of a Napoleon startled the vilit ore and a solid shot sped on its way, fired by the members of the Louisiana Field Artillery. The marksmanship shown was remarkably good, and both the Washington Artillery and Field Artil lery showed great profoleney. Shell practice follpwed, and Sergeant Harris, ci the Washing tone, made the nearest shot. After the Napoleon gun practice the Gatlin lan was brought out, and at the if00-yard target some remarkable shooting was done. Bhell, canister and solid shot were directed at the target with surprising aeeuraoy, and both de tachments evidenced much skill. The balls made the water white around the target, and many perforated the bullseye. Old soldiers expressed much satisfaetion at the result, and eomplimented those who manned the gouns. At the shooting for the bar, "Continental Charlie," Msjor Wi, Arms, succeeded in carrying off that elephant, with a sore of out of a poe sible 80. The Major was at a loss what to do with his ac. quleltion, and at dark the arnes minor was still lingering beneath the darkened shadows of a Ssmall tree. For the silver cup, at0S yards, the antest was very spirited, and it was only after a battle royal that Mr. Wi. Maltberry carried off the trophy. After nightfall there was a general adjourn. meant to the Washington otel, where bright thoes and lightsome feet kept pace with the merry hours until nearly dawn. TEs OLA r BALL EMASRItgQ. The Iglas bell shooting began after the storm S ase ovr there being twenty-two entries, and rastl in t a t~r for K. Bilhi, of the Lonist seam Gtn Club. he being the winner of the first pre, Lont Hall, of the New Orleans Club, win. Ihg the seoond prime, H. Leverleh of the asme dcb, the third, ad H. Meraler, of the Louisiana Club, the bourth prise. It Tnts soor e belle being thrown from a strong spring N. J. Otis smashed 8, A. Lapie 2, H. Martin SW. Target 1, A. Deloht 1 P. & Callonge 4, . No as 2 EH. handier 8 , . Merdier 2, M. lyhi , F. K. Matrque 1, N. Y Ohhndet , F. oe in, L. I Turner I, L BH.litohell o, John K. Renand 8, Louis Hall 4, B. T. Mannin 5 H. Levetioh 8,L B. HolHingewerth 2, . 8, Rolt 0, J.0. Myers 1, all Airing at 7 balls eah a eighteen SyrIdso Dayhl, Ohandet and Maiming having . made tie shots. STIPPID BACK TRER I.ASUS and banged nawa at three balls each, Bayhi breaking three. Manning one, and Chandet a goose egg, thus giving the prise to the first named. For t.t second priss there were two ties, Messrs. Callonge and Chaudet, the latter break. iag three to his competitor one, and winning the game bag. For the third prize there were tour ties, Mr. Bandler smashing two, Messrs. Renand and Martin one eachb, and Mr. Otis misting. For the fifth prize there were five tie',1Mr. Meidler smashing three, Mr.Oonsin two. Messrs. bogus and Leverich one each, and Mr. Hollings worth nothing. THE DOAT iAOINO was to have taken place immediately after the artillery practice, but the storm that enme up lashed the surface of the lake into snob heavy seas that a postponement was necessitated until this evening, when the shell race will be started at 5 o'clock and the barge race immediately after the shell race Is concluded. In order that the attraction will be more com plete, the SOIBREE DANSANTE will be repeated this evening, as will also the ARTILLERY PRAOTICE and (attlin gun shooting, and, as on yesterday, the trains will be run every half hour. TUe "TEAM" ENTEBTAINMEltT. An inspection of the situation at the Old lake End, yesterday afternoon, showed that every preparation has been niede by the committees and the railroad company to make the afternoon entertainment a sucoees. Trains will be run every thirty minutes, from the Pontohartrain S Depot, and the transportation will be fully ade quate to meet all demands. Seats have been erected along the full length of the pier, so that, instead of etanding, the guests can notice the boat racing, artillery prae tlioe, etc.. atd at the same time feel perfectly oomfortable. MUNICIPAL MATTEBR.. Golng for the Market hen*t.-A 'w Issue. The Administrator of Commerces on Thursday morning issued the following order: DEPARTYMEr OF COYYxMac., City Hall, New Orleans, Aug. 1, 1877. Jas. B. Langwell, Esq., Superintendent of Mar kets. Sir--You will instruct all the inspectors of markets, to make daily a strict inspection of all meats, Sla and vegetables offered for sale in the publio markets of the city, and order them to eause the arrest and imprisonment of any party or parties selling, or exhibiting for sale tainted meait, fish or any kind of unwholesome food. Respectfully, etc., CHAS. CAVANAC. Administrator. The order was prompted by a visit to the Poy dras karket by Mr. Cavanac, who found that the ordinanoes regulating the markete were not com plied with, the consequence of the visit includ ing the arrest of several butchers for selling tainted meat. This order, the Administrator proposes, SHALL BE CARRIED OrT to the letter, without discrimination. Mr. Car anac seems to think that his personal attention must hereafter be given to this matter of the public markets. A NEW ISSUE. At the last meeting of the Council, Administra. tor Mcaffrey introduced a resolution providing for the appeintment of an inspector of wharves for his deprtment, Mr. McCaffrey basing the necessity of this appointment on the provision of the city charter which gives him the supervision of the esostruction of and repairs to the wharves. The resolution was, with the ocnsent of Mr. MoCaffrey, laid over until the return of the'Malor. Meanwhile it appears that Mr. MoCaffrey appointed Gen. Blachard to the position of en p.intendent of wharves, who undertook to exer ies the functions of the offioe. The matter was immediately reported to the a got ' Jqc t7 Vit f Terr o .: cCC >r', who was informed by Uol. Denis that the ap pointment WAN UIAUTHOTItetD, and that the orders of Gen. Blanohard should be disregarded. It seems that whilst it is admitted at the Oity Hall that the city charter is plain in its wording regarding the superintendence of the "otnestruo tion and repairs" of the wharves, that the officer charged with this duty has ever been lo cated in the Burveyor's department, the present superintendent being Deputy Sur. veyor Louts H. Pllie, which renders the employ ment of another officer entirely superfluous and an additional expense to the city. Buch is the situation at present, and the proba bility is that it will remait so, not by "four to three," but by lye to three, since Mayor Pilabury, who will be here to-morrow, is known to be opposed to any superfluity of employee in any of the departments of the city government. We understand regarding this matter that the contract with Elermann & Co., wharf lessees, stipulates that the supervison of the wharves is vested in the Administrator of Improvements, the Administrator of Commerce and the City Surveyor. A SSRRMElntR. In one of our recent Issues we said that we had been informed at the bureau of assessments that the asseesments for this year on real estate would not be in excess of former years except in casee where there have been flagrant intentions to defraud the city. The statement, of course, is too general, for there will doubtless be found some eases of in crease in thalarge number of assessable proper ties, in which the property holders cannot be suspected of collusion wlth the fo~rmer bseesors, the increase'being due to a difference of appre ciation between the present and former asees sore. What we meant to convey was that the bulk of the Increase would be found to arise from the many cases of under assessment which were so manifestly out of proportion with the value of the property that it is the universal belief that they were the result of fraud and collusion. While on the subject we may say that it has been noticed at the City Hall that in not a few cases taxpayers who have clamored against as sessments of 1878 are very glad to let the figures of that year remain against them rather than oa cept the appraisement of 1877. A DIFFPIt'U.TY. Which Mlight Have Rlesulted in Loss of Life. Yesterday a difficulty took place in American's Hook andlLadder truck-house No. 2, on Girod street, between John Fernandez and A. New house, 'Jr., and, had it not been for the friends of both parties, a bloody tragedy would have been the result. It appears that Mr. Pernandos sent a little boy, a relation of his, to the truck-house to get a cork screw whloh he had loaned some metber of the company. The child obeyed the lmntructions given him and entered the truck-house, where he met Newhonse, whom be asked to give him the oorkletew. Newhouse responded to the boy's re quest by stating that the corkscrew was not there. The child happened to notice the article he was looking for and picked it up. This seemed to an er Newbouse, who seized a whip that was near at hand. and dealt the boy several blows about the body with the stool. The child took the brutal assault without a murmur, but returning to Mr. Fernandez, in formed that gentleman of the treatment he had received. The indignant genlleman placed a revolver in his poeket, knowing the man he had to deal with, and started immediately in search of Newhouse. Hie search was not a tedious one, for he met his man at the truckhouse, and demanded of him an immediate explanation. Newhouse refused to give any explanation of his cruelty but seling an axe, was about to make a murderous assault upon his opponent, when I Mr. Fernandez drew his revolger and leveled It at him. The attitude of the two men assumed a seriousness that was appreciated by the friends of both parties, who interfered and prevented a bloody sneounter. Newhouse as soon as all was quiet, appeared before the First Munlo pal Court, and swore out an affidavit charging Mr. Fernandes with as saulting him with a revolver. The acoused was arrested and immediately re- 1 leased on bonds. CUBITOM-HIOUSE GOOMIP. That "cheek" which the Custom-Hcase em ployes are glad to welcome from the Treasury Department at the end of each month arrived on Wednesday, and Thursday It was divided into small fractions, though large enough to pay each for hib month's toil. No new appointments had been made up to noon on Thursday, though it is expected that upon the arrival of the chief math emsa iian of the Returning Board A FEw HORE VACANCIrE will be made and filled. The second expedition against the so-called government log "poachers" has gone to Bayou Lacombe, and another is talked of in addition to that sent to Pearl river, the entire arrangement I being under the direction of the United States Marshal. Bound for Baton Rouge. On the night of the 24th of June, two negro burglars, Alfred Baptiste and A. Dupas ahlias Bonny Dupes, succeeded in effecting an entrance into the room above the law offices of Breaux & Fenner, No. 4 Carondelet street, and stole and Qarried away some furniture from a lot that Mr. Fenner had stored there, The facts were reported at police hiefAduarters, t and on the 2d of June Specials Luby and Mc Donogh succeeded in arresting Dupas and locked t him up in the Central litation. Wednesday Capt. O'Nell arrested Baptiste and lodged him in the Fifth. The proof is conclusive against these two thieves, and up the river they will, no doubt, go. A Cail Oil Lamp Explosion. At half-past 7 o'clock Wednesday night a coal oil lamp exploded at the relsidence of Mrs. Philip a Deckett, on Madison street, MoDonoghville, and set fire to the house. The flames were extin- a guished by Sergeant Pujol. Mrs. Deckett's little I child, who was in the room at the time of the ex- I plosion, was badly burnt about the hands and body. Fire. At 10 minutes to 11 o'clock, Wednesdaliv morn ing a fire, caused by the upsetting of a pot of coal tar in a fire-place, broke out in the small frame building, corner of Bordea.t and St. Denis I streets. This property was oedovied by J. Mor rissey as a feed store, and the flames were ex- 1 tinguiehed with slight damage. Whether this property was insured could not bs ascertained. Ralttlhad Personals. BY t".E JACKSON ROUTE. The departures by the Jackson route last even in were as follows: D. G. Morey, N. O, freight agent of the Great Jackson route, for New York via. the Virginia Springs, to see and be seen during a short leave of absence; Mrs. J. G. Morey, daughter. and Miss Reid, for the North; J. B. Montgomery and family, E, K. Converse and family, and 0. S. D. Pootter, for Waukesha Springs; R. B. Scudder and R. Mansfield, for New York; E. T. Parker, Chicago; J. E. Dore, Boston; E. Simon, V. Lamn bert Mrs W. . Williams and L. Herie, for St. Lours: J. WittAenstein and E. White, Bah Francisco; J. A. Berry, Springfield, Ill. Laid Out by Lumber. At half-past 1 o'clock yesterday, while two white men named John Switzer and J. Casimer were at work on a building on Third street, be twoen Prytania ant St. Charles, they were struck on the head by a piece of falling timber, and seriously wonndel. They were attended by Dr. Bickham, and after wards sent to their respective residences. Tossed Up by the Waves. At half-past 5 o'clock last evening, the body of Alfred M. Beroud, who was drowned Tuesday evening in the river, foot of borspurn street, was recovered near the place where it sank. The Coroner held an inquest, after which his body was taken to the residence of his parents, No. -1 E7 oaracan strcet. AN OLD sTOItT. What comens Out of .the tnabblng HP a tween laard and RIley. At an early hour on the morning of the 9t1 : of July, it will be remembered, a difficulty took place on Canal street near the ear station, dur r ing whicb, two men named Emile Lasard and Wm. Riley were stabbed andat that time thought to be dangerouely wounded, but have since re - covered. Two youths, named respectively West and - Christopher alias Santa Anna, were arrested and charged with the offense. These youths were tried a few days ago on the testimony of Riley and were discharged, as he stated that they had nothine to do with hie being stabbed. The eourt then demanded of Itley to tell who had stabbed h m, hut he declined to do so. The Court considered this a contempt, aned sent Riley to the Parish Prlion for twenty-four hours. dley, after spending the twenty-four hours, was'impressed with the belief that his liberty de pended upon his giving the name of the party who stabbed him, so yesterday he swore out an safidavit charging Emile Lasard with the crime. Lazard was arrested and looked up in the Central Station. It now transpires that Riley and Lazard stabbed each other. WEWINHTM AND MIEAmUIREN. We understand that the inspectors of weights and measures of this oity find a difficulty in the performance of their dutnes, which consists.of the need at the State-Hlouse of the proper stand ard weights and measures, by which the inspectors are toregulatetheir own implements. We think that this need is due to the want of necessary legislation; for although the law directs that the inspectors shall be guided by the standard weights and measures in the office of the Secre try of State, no provision has been made to sup ply that oficer with such standard weights and measures. FIRER IN THE OLD THIRD. 11000 Worth of Property Destroyed. At twenty minutes to 11 o'clock last night a fire broke out in the one-story frame house ittuated at the corner of Spain and Robertson streets. This property, owned and occupied by Mite. Joachim, was totally destroyed. The house, as also the furniture, was insured in the Germania Insurance Company, but for what amount could not ie ascertained. The total loss is estimated at $1000. When the fire broke out Mrs. Josohim and her family were asleep, and they barely es caped with their lives. The lady could assign no oaunse for the fire. The alarm was turned in from box 415. THREE ATTV MIPTM AT M11ICIDE IN A WEEK. It is evident that this world has but few charms for Mrs. Christine Fromberg. alias Penaud, alias Baptiste, for in less than a week she has made three desperate attempts at self-destruction. It will doubtless be remembered she made two at. tempts Sunday evening last-first by jumping off the Fourth District ferryboat, and then off the Canal street ferryboat. Her third attempt was made on Wednesday midnight, at the Fifth Precinct Station, by means of a piece of her petticoat, but she was disoov evered, and placed under guard. Nipped In the lnud. Sergeant Rowly and Officer Bobn, of the Fifth Preoinct, received information Thursday morn ing that Mr. A. Nott and Mr. P. Villeneuve had had some misunderstanding and that their friends Lad concluded to settle it on the field of honor. They learned also tbat the weapons chosen were rifles and the distance so close that t if they carried out the programme as intended neither of them could bank upon coming out first best, and the chanoes were that both would have I been killed outright. Then was the time to pre- i vent this tragedy, and the offioer immediately started off in search of the principals. After a dilligent search they succeeded in arresting and lodging them in the Fifth Station, charged with being about to fight a duel. Dropped Dead. Last evening Mrs. John Durkin dropped lead at her residence on Gravier street, between Baronne aud Dryades. 4 The coroner and City Physician Beard viewed I the body and returned a verdict of apoplexy. Drevittes. It is a source of gratifioation to us to be able to congratulate Mr. John Curry, clerk of the Fourth District Court in his appointment of Mr. M. Mn Namara as his cbief deputy. Mr. MoNamara's long experience and ability will make the Fourth Court a favorite with our lawyers. Watermelons are now a soriouc matter of diet with old journalists, and it is said the influence of these vegetables is peculiarly soporific. A re cent trial has proved the truth of this opinion. A singular case of metempeiohosis occurred at the lake yesterday. The pet bear became an elephant of such proportions that the winner offered to sell him for fifteen cdnts. We'll take i him at that price if delivered at this office. short Items. Insanity is the charge that holds Alice Green in I the Seventh Sub-Station., Widow John Guercheanx, aged fifty-eight years, was sunstruck at her residence, on Prosper street, I from the effects of which she died later in the evening. For the larceny of $400 tMary Washingtcn was incarcerated in the Third Station. John Tousser was arrested and lodged in the Fourth Station on the charge of having run his car over one Alfred Brutu. At 5:30 o'clock last evening a little boy, aged seven years, belonging to the St. Joseph Orphan Asylum, fell from a spring wagon, on Magazine street, near St. Andrew. and cut a gash in his head two inches in length. He was attended by 4 Dr. Greenleaf, and afterwards sent to the asylum. Depth of Water at Southwest Pass. SOUTrHWEST PAss, August 2, 1877. To Capt. C. W. Howell, Corps of Engineers, Depth of channel at mean low tide, 17 feet. Least width for that depth, 50 feet. High tide at 3 a. m. Height above mean low tide, 2 feet. Depth of channel at high tide, 19 feet. Depth of channel, if referred to plane of average flood tide, 19 15-100 foot. Bottom hard. C. H. ELWELL, Master of Essayons. DISCONTENT IN IRELAND. [London Correspondence N. Y. World.] There can be no doubt that the Irish discontent is quite as deep and passion ate as ever. Of course it ought not to be if Mr. Gladstone's predictions were worth anything at the time he disestab lished the Protestant Churchin Ireland. Thenceforth, he assured the world, the Irish would be contented and happy. What are the facts? An Irish landford, of the greatest influence in his own country, assured me the other day that never had he known the country to be in so disturbed and dangerous a condi tion. "Everywhere," said he, "the peasantry are being drilled with the ut most care and regularity, and they are now all well armed. The police dare not interfere. The people hope that England will go to war with Russia, and then they expect to give her some trouble, and they will do it, too." It would be of little use to tell this to the majority of Englishmen, for they would laugh at it. Yet it may turn out to be anything but a laughing matter. In case of a foreign war there would not be many troops to spare for the sup rpression of insurrection in Ireland. THE PO rALt CONVENTION. The Resolutlion Adopted by the Convefn tlon at Old Point Comfort- The Menl orial to Coal~sresn. Resolved, 1. That the recent increased interest in the defects and wants of the mail service in the South, and the efforts jof the President and Cabinet, and of the members of the Postal Com mission appointed by Congress to ob tain full and accurate information in that regard, that ample justiel may be done, meets our hearty and unqualified approval. 2. That while the postal service should not become too great a burden upon the government, and as far as practicable should be made self-sustaining, still, due regard to the interests of the whole people demands that economy do not become parsimony, and that such addi tional appropriations be made by Con greess as will enable all to obtain benefit from public money expended in mall service. Resolved, 1. That the value and Im p ortance of trade between the United States and various States atnd Colonies upon this Continent and its islands lying south of us, and also important countries reached across the Isthmus of Panama, anti the advantages in speed convenience and economy which wor.ll result to our postal communications with those countries, justify and require the immediate establishment of steam communication between the most con venlent Southern ports of this country and the ports of lio Janeiro, Havana and Aspinwall respectively. 2. That the corporate authorities of the various longitudinal railroads com posing lines of direct transportation be tween Southeen ports and commercial centres of the West and North, as well as representatives of other interests con corned in trade and postal intercourse between us and the countries referred to, are respectively urged to combine in co-operative movement to establish forthwith an efficient steam service be tween such Southern -,ports as may be selected, and the ports of Rio Janeiro, Havana and Aspinwall respectively. 3. That the Congress of the United States and Postal Department are respectfully requested to affora aid and encouragement to the above desIg nated enterprises by means of liberal mail contracts and such appropriate legislation as rcay be consistent with the constitutional powers and policy of the government. To the Honorable Benate and Hoiae of Repre sentatives: The memorial of the officers and members of the convention assembled at Old Point Comfort, Virginia, on the 25th of July, 1877, respectfully shows: First-That said convention is com posed of delegates representing the cities and towns of the States of Vir inia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; and that, from a similarity of circumstances and needs, it Is believed that the convention is fairly representative of the postal condition and wants of the States of West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Ar kansas and Texas. Second-That throughout the im mense area covered by those States the postal service of the government is less complete and efficient than it is In other parts of the Union, and quite Inade quate to the needs of the people. Third-That these needs are not only commercial, local and social in their character, but they also embrace those higher wants of quick communication with the great centres of modern thought, the wants of a more general and prompt newspaper circulation, and of closer participation in the discussion of topics of wide or national Interest. Fourth-That it is in the power of the government to supply those needs by bringing the postal service within the territory here represented up to the level of its efficiency elsewhere, and to this end we respectfully ask that the Post office Department be authorized and enabled to provide for greater speed in the transmission of our mails; greater promptness in their dispatch and de livery, and more frequent and trust worthy communication with outlying points. Fifth-That the following important measures be provided for: 1. The estab lishment of a limited mail service pass ing through Washington and connect ing the great cities of the Atlantic and Gulf States from Boston to New Or leans. 2. The establishment of other through or trunk lines of fast mail com munication between each point in the East, North and Northeast, on the one hand, and such points in ths Southeast, South and Southwest on the other, as will bring the benefit of these lines within the reach of the largest popula Lion and the most important centres of trade and influence. 3. The establish ment of lines of quick transportation, with railroad postoffices subsidiary to the above described limited mail and trunk lines, and operated in close con nection with them. 4. The extension of railroad postofflces over mail routes within the area of the above named States. 5. The extension and improve ment of the rail service, of the service by river and coasting steamboats, and of country malls generally throughout this area. t. The establishment, on some substantial basis, of the mail contracts of steamship lines between Southern seaports and ports of South America, Central America and the West Indies. Your memorialists respectfully ask that their deficiencies and needs, as above set forth, be carefully considered by your honorable body, and that such measures of relief and amendment be provided as may be found to be consis tent with that imnartiality which should characterize the administration of such a government as ours. THE CAI :E OF THE TROUBLE. [Chioago Time..] One fact, which probably a great many people have observed, is that the philosophers do not agree as to the cause of the widespread "strike" insur rection which for the last fortnight has filled this country with commotion and turbulence. In a vague, general way, the communal dead-beats say that the cause is "capital;" though not one of these fellows could give a rational defin ition of that word if to do so were the only condition on which he could escape hanging. But philosophers who are supposed to be better informed than the communal wretches differ from them, and differ a good deal from each other, too, as to the cause of the outbreak. The follow ing is a brief list of the authorities that have already volunteered to tell us the cause of all the trouble. The Rev. Mr. Paynter says the cause is "Avarice." The Rev. Hewitt: "The hoarding of wealth." The Rev. Patton (W. W.): "The mod ern tendency to the secularization of politics and the individualization of society." The PRv. .1icesney: "The erul- - sion of the Bible from the public schools." Mr. John Bright: "The protective tariff." The Cincinnati Enquirer: "Demone tization of silver." The Cincinnati Gtazette: "Halmon I'. Chase's issue of $700,000,000 of paper money." The Now York Si,,: "The electoral conspiracy of last fall." Elder 8cammon's paper: Refusal of a Democratic party Congress to vote sup plies for the army. Ohio Democratic party convention: "The Radical policy of contraction," Jay Gould : The absence of Gen. Grant. Joe Medill: The circulation of the Chicago Timen. The Chicago Times:. Original sin. The list of authorities is liable to be extended, and it is tolerably safe to say that as the authorities multiply the as signed tause of the trouble will In crease. ~- 4. D . .... EN4 LIII AND AIIEIUC ( N CITY T'FATE. [tin Francisco 1unlletin.] If we were to reckon up local taxation on the same pirinciples which are ob served in English cities the result would be somewhat interesting. In seaports in England the amount collected on the wharves for tonnage and other duiies is considered to be a part of the local tax ation. Thus it is stated, in an examina tion which has recently been made, that the r'eceilts of the city of Liver pool, which contains ai population of 500,000, were, in 1875 6, C3,280,000 or $10, 400,000. On the f(#ce this would seem an enormoussum to collect In the space of a year in a city not containing twice the inhabitants of San Francisco. But a very different result is reached when the items are overhauled. Over $5,000,000 were raised by tonnage and other dues levied by the Harbor Board. Three million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars were the proceeds of a loan negotiated by the same body for harbor improvements. Figuring It all up, the amount raised by taxation was only $1,768,550, which may be regarded as very satisfactory. There appears to have been too much borrowing going on, which may be regarded as among the most conspicuous of the vices of American municipalities of the present day. But if we were to proceed to cal culateo taxation on the same principle as in Liverpool, to the amount collected by taxation on real and personal prop erty and from licenses would have to be added the sums collected on the wharves by the Harbor Commission ers-a board, by the way, that is con trolled by the State, and not by the city; the money paid for street im provements, which are one of the chief functions of local governments, and the sum paid for water. This would bring up the sum total to somewhere in the neighborhood of $7,000,000. Man chester comes nearer San Francisco in wealth and population than Liverpool. It has 351,000 inhabitants. Its total re ceipts in 1876 amounted to $7,564,065. There Is no revenue in that city from docks and wharves. The expenditures seem to have been heavy. But only $1,617,185 was raised by taxation, against about $4,000,000 in this city. A large portion of the rest of its revenue was derived from gas and water rates, that is to say, $2,500,000. To get on an equal ity with Manchester our water rates would have to be included. The gas used in our streets is paid for out of the general proceeds of taxation. Of course, being a new city, the expense o street improvement must be greatly 1 excess of that of such an ancient city as Man chester, which has nothing to do but keep well constructed streets in repair. *---~C- MO5NTER ITALIAN ItRONCl.ADS. A bold advance in the construction of ironclad ships has been decided upon by i the Italian government in respect to the two vessels which are to excel the Dullio and the Dandola. The new ships are t now begun, but it will probably be six 8 years before they are complete. They t are to be unrigged turret ships, propelled 1 by twin screws. They are to be much larger than the largest ships in the Brit ish navy, and much faster, in addition r to which they will be much more costly. I The most powerful engines in her majesty's fleet are those of the Inflex ible and the Dreadnought, working up i between 8000 and 9000 indicated horse power. But this enormous amount is to be, at least, doubled by the engines of the Italian ships. According to pres ent conclusions the armor will be steel, probably a metre thick, or fully half as thick again as the maximum armor of ( the Inflexible. What guns these colos sal ships are to carry it is as yet unde- I termined, but it is not unlikely that in 1 ordnance as well as in other respects the forthcoming ships will transcend all predecessors. A ';EW ADMIINI0STRATION PAPER. t [Chicago Timed.] WASHINTsa N, July 30.-It is now pretty i certain that a new daily paper will be started here about the middle of Au gust. It is understood that the capital with which it is to be operated will come 3 from New York. Hon. John Lynch, founder of the Portland Press, and an ex-member of Congress from Maine, is to be manager and one of the principal stockholders. The new paper is to be an administration organ, and it is in tended to crowd out of existence ° The National Republican. The ar- i rangements for its appearance t have gone so far as the making of a g contract for the use of the old Globe I office and material. Mr. Lynch is to i have complete control of the paper and goes into it with the expectation of spending the necessary money to insure its success as a live daily newspaper. He has for several weeks been feeling the sentiment of the public men of the a country as to the advisability of running j an administration organ in Washington, and it is now only a question of how soon before the meeting of Congress the paper should be started. There is also a capitalist in town by the name of Laphen who is going to try and revive the old Chronicle. TILE TRADE OF FRANCE. The official returns of the trade of France for the first six months of 1877 have been published, and show a suf ficiently gratifying condition of affairs. There is scarcely a change in the im ports, which amount to 1,812,638,000 francs, as against 1,809,471,000 francs for the corresponding period of 1876, the item of alimentary products showing the largest increase, say of seven per cent. The exports show a decrease from 1,778,714,00 francs to 1,662,976,000 francs, about two-thirds of which is ac counted for by the falling off of manu factured goods-a by no means unfa voralfle showing when the depression of trade is taken into consideration, 'rHu 1INllER AT En4, ANTQ. The Minera ltrlke antd Slop All IllUtS. nsom-'rhe tilty Cut Of fronl Ilvillsa. flon. IN. V. Herald.] Hc(RANroN, 1'4L., July 2.-The labor crisis continues to become more com liceated and the outlook more alarm Ing. Itllroad mines and iron works are idleo with no prospect of resumption. With the exception of the telegraph and an occasional irregular train, which plies on a short branch of the Delaware and Hudson road, this city is virtually cut off from all communication with every business centre. Tons of mail matter have accumu lated in the postoffice, and stages are plying between Hcranton and all the surrounding towns. The threat o mur der any one who should attempftosave the flooding mines of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Company by running the pumps has had the effect of terrorizing the company and permit ting the work of destruction to proceed uninterruptedly. A watchman was driven from the Archbald colliery on the outskirts of the city this morning by an armed mob, and he had a narrow scape, as he was fired upon several times. The great mass of idle miners in this f valley was increased to-day by the strike of the mrnjorlty of the Delaware and iludson men, who left off work at t o'cilock this morning, their demand for per cent advance having been re frsed. A coal train was stopped at Mill Creek to-day by a gang of strikers, and the men in charge were driven to the hills. At 3 o'clock this morning an immense wooden bridge spanning a ravine at Spring Brook, and crossed by the Penn sylvania Coal Company's gravity roadt was fired by three men,;who were seen making their escape. The blazing bridge was observed by a gang of the company's workmen who turned out in force and extinguishied the flames be fore much damage was done. The ob ject of the incendiaries was to cripple the company's road, and so throw the mines all idle, Mr. Brisbin, of the Delaware, Lacka-s wanna and Western Company, is still here in consultation with the local off - cials, and a rumor is current that the regular troops will be here on Monday to protect the men at the mine pumps and avert the danger of having the place entirely flooded. The people are in terrible trepidation, and a more gloomy Saturday night has never been seen in this city. The streets are filled with idle men and determina tion is on every face. There is no drunk enness, it being the great aim of the secret societies to keep their members sober. The civil authorities are power less and would not dare make an arrest. There have been no negotiations be tween the company and men to-day, and there are no prospects of a settlement either among railroad men, miners or iron workers. - EX-IOV. MOS.M, He i Willing to 'estlfy Against (halmn berlain. [Cinoinnati ELquirer.] COLUMnIA, 8. C., July. 30.--Ex-Gov. Moses was before the committee yes terday and to-day, and will be again brought before them to-morrow. The revelations made by him, with the doc umentary evidence alluded to in Satur lay's dispatches, are perfectly startling. I am not permitted, without violating the confidence of a faithful inform ant, to give the particulars, but am at liberty to say this much: That the work accomplished by the committee heretofore is perfect child's play compared with what will foilow. The crowning result of the ex-Gov ernor's testimony will be the arrest and conviction of ex-Gov. Daniel H. Cham berlain, who managed to cover up hisL tracks so well. One of the members of the commit tee, in secret session to-day, while speaking of Chamberlain's case, said that burnt brandy wouldn't save Cham berlain. While it has always been known that Chamberlain was one of the biggest scoundrels in all the band of robbers, there has been a feeling and belief that he would by some means escape just punishment. The papers submitted to the committee yesterday by ex-Gov. Moses dispel that idea for- 1 ever. AN EXCITED NEWSPAPER. The Critic, a Pittsburg Sunday paper, exhibited its sympathy for the strikers , in that city in its issue of last Sunday by printing the following In displayed head-lines: "Bread or Blood-Drtinkeq Y Cowards from Philadelphia Murder Re spectable and Innocent Citizens in Cold Blood-The Dirty Black Huzzars of Philadelphia Undergoing a State of Siege-Not One of the Miserable Pol troons will go Home Alive-The Na tional Guardsman Firingon his Fellow Citizens Deserves no Mercy-New York Excited over the Strike but Crazy Gen. Hancock Styles it 'N.1G .'-Pearson and his Murderous Crew of Cowardly Phila delphians Fire Again from their Pica yune Fortress and Massacre Six-No Possible Hope for the Philadelphia Fiends-etc., etc., etc." Palate Royal. Among the many changes to take place soon on the grand boulevard cone will be more strik ing and more indicative of the good time to come than the swaying to the breeze the banners of the grand "Palais Royal." Our enterprising friend Levy, who has for so many years been the popu lar proprietor of the dollar store, No. 137 Canal street, seems to have had his faith shaken in re publican institutions and ideas, and is deter mined, with cne fell swoop, to obliterate the name of dollar store forever. He is making prep arations for the opening of this elegant and gor geonusestablishment, and nothing will be spared in making it the most attractive place in the Southern country. Levy's dollar store is known throughout the whole South, and as it has been known for its promptness in filling orders and the po.ite attention of the clerks, and the place to get every:liog, so wit the Palais Royal grow into popular favor, for we will see in the large and gilded signs that are to adorn the building evidenc' s cf new era, a prosperity which we have Ionged for but never expected until the present tim?. An English paper says that the King of Dahomey, in consequence of having to pay a heavy indemnity to England, intends sacrificing 500 human beings as a fetish offering, hoping to induce tile deities to interfere and prevent the English from enforcing payment. In the year 1810 some 167 pounds of wool were returned as being the total imports from Australia into Great Britain. In the year 1876 the quantity was 263,850,597 pounds. The increase has been chiefly since 1860.