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EN EYDIOQGRAP JIC COMMIS8ION. " 0y LiAtem tso the Rev. Dr. Fontaine and Other Gentlemen. Yesterday again the Hydrographic Commission ::~ic at their rooms at the Bt. Charles Hotel Gen. i Wstaeel, being indisposed, was not present. Among the visitors was the Rev. Dr. Fontaine, wheo entertained the commission for fully an beor with hi system of securing the banks of Stb river. i.pt. W. H. Brown and another, a river diver, p aive some Interesting data connected with .. eat experience at the head of Sorapuru street. At the bottom of the river. in front of the cave at git point, he says that he found a sunken barge - tied with ballast, among a lot of piles which sae.sd to have been used in the construction of a bStk ead. In his opinion TEr CURBENT CREATED Wbtween these obstructions and the bank is what asen the caving at Sorapuru street. He also . latsdthat he had tested the slope of the bank, AMd at about thirty-five feet below the surface of MS water found a strata of quick sand into whioh 'e easily thrust his arm. OCapt. Brown also made O .gggestioa to the commission (accompanied y ra model) that piles, when driven in the con r-lUotlon of wharves, etc., shall be provided with ldlg a plates around them, which shall serve as :a apping to the piles at the surface of the bot 4.ei , to prevent the action of DEFLECTING CURRENTB. Another river diver gave the commission some o. i f his experience in investigating wrecke. [pt. M. W. Francis, the well known railroad was another visitor, who gave his views h acotion of the currents of the Missis y Oily Surveyor d'Hemeoourt will submit the coamission his own views as to the beet of securing the banks of the river. The or will exprt ss himself as opposed to any at encasing the river and will explain preferene for crib and fsecine work, such as done at the head of Sorapuru street, owever, the Surveyor says, is not exactly with his advice. afternoon Major Howell, Capt. Ben the ayor and the Surveyor visited the spot tessed the operations that are going on THE GAS QUESTION. IGs Company to Make a Preposition. t. Jackson, the president of the Gas Com bad an Interview yesterday with Adminis. Diamond on the subject of street illumi In view of the approaohing expiration of 1 ontract. To-morrow Mr. Jackson thinks Sbe enabled to make a new proposition to Sauthorities. Meanwhile Administrator is testing the ilblmina:ing qualities of a tiyle of coal vil lamp, which has been set at rI.er of Liberty and Canal streets, opposite TEE CITY PARKS. S@Ordiinauce Not Yet Ready for Intro S uction in the Council. Diamond had prepared an ordinance to be at the Council meeting yesterday, re to the Improvement of our two city parks, twing o an objictionsble feature or two the was postponed in order that the ordinance beprese.led in as perfect a form as possi. The Administrator of Police still invites our who may take an interest in the improve. ft these resorts to make snhob suggestions deem proper, Several offers of plants have, by the way, been made to the tor for the ornamentation of the parks, all further offers of the kind will be thanx. received. It will be deemed proper, we , to rename the parks. Here is, there. a bhance for some philanthropic citizens to themselves by making munificent toward their improvement. ' ASSESSMENTS. State Rolls Not Yet Completed. laerks of the Department of Account already begun the work of making out lhi oeipts on the asseeesment rolls of this It will very probably be night and day for them to be ready by the first of Jan eat. The State rolls will probably be oom to-day, and so far as could be judged yes , will show a difference of about $100,000 the city rolls. The State rolls lose on the " item, which is not taxed by the State, will gain on the "furniture" item the exem tbye State being limited to $506, while the by the city is $1000. IN THE COUNCIL. Slavestigateon of the Conduct of the Melpemene Draining Machine. mtseirday a complaint from citizens residing upper portion of the city, drained by the mne machine, having been read at the meeting Administrator MoCaffrey took to say that his department was unable earteet the evil complained of owing to the of a drainage inspector, which has thus far denied him. . Cavanao thereupon proposed that a com of three be appointed to investigate this ether similar complaints, together with the in which the Melpomene machine was .' He said that people went even as far Ssay that the contractor for the running of machine was not even an engineer. :'k1e Mayor, with the understanding that it did confliot with the prerogatives of the Adminis of Improvements, appointed Messrs. Cava Edwards and Bengstorf as such a comrn THE SIXTH DISTRICT PETITION. ItmNbarrassment at the Request for an Ex .teaselon of the Fire Alarm Telegraph. aTe city authorities are embarrassed as to they shall do concerning a numerously petition of the residents of the Sixth Dis eomplstning that, while the population in district numbers 18,000 souls, and the tax ashow that they contribute very largely to ai government, they are not provided with ..dlties and accommodations extended to districts in the way of a fire alarm tele whieh they say could be affordell them at of $9000. They also ask that the ex shall be placed under the control of the 's Charitable Association of that district. h.t proposition is rejected, however, at the Hall on the ground that the absolute con Sthe institution should not be granted to a corporation. -ll o the extension, that is found impractica owing to the expense. Administrator says that there is a partial extension of h into the tixth District, which is ifourgongs connected with the City sad with the Babcock fire extinguisher de t and furthermore, that a signal is also for the Underwriters' steam tug Prote3 Rowbeit, he says that he recognizes the ess of the claim, but the expense is in ita, and that but for this question of money cu.at be the duty of the Council more particn ..trto supply the district with water by extend bib' Waterworks. ME PUDrLIC SCHOOLS THRIVING. minstrator Denis, who is also treasurer of eOhool Board, reports the school fund in a sondition than it has been in many years. 000 debt left by the Radical board has led, and the prospects are that there be little or no delay in paying the dthabers. !W r now putting the mansard roof on the M eoh school at the corner of Oonbtanoe Smarmny streets, and the prospects are that bulding will be completed before the Christ When fnished it will be one of the set school-houses in the city, and one wil refi8eot credit upon Mr. W. A. Freret, and Mr. John Page, the builder. = NMR. CLAIBORNE'B REPORT. tanE Docuaent is Deferred to * e the City Atterney. peted that the voluminous yet very repot of Ohs. . Ul.u etne, Z Sit tar Ihe tble Toe lentl8men who clam title to te plot of ground in dispute, situated at the head of Ely Ilan Fields street, paid 88000 for the land to the suooesston of the late Bernard Marigny a few y are ago, and are now asking $20,000 for it. The question of the ownership lies in the right of t 2e suaoession of Marigny to the plot, and this is disputed in Mr. Claiborne's report, in which he says that the city was never divested of the ownership after the cession made by Mr. Marigny himself. As to the "Emplacement de l'Hopital " on Elysian Fields street the city lost its right to the square of ground by failing to build the hos pital. A TALK ON FINANCE. What We Have to Do Our Trade with Now. The communication published a few days ago relative to the small amount of money here with which the heavy business of the city had to be transacted has created a considerable stir in commercial circles and has evoked much com ment. The figures given by our correspondent were a surprise to many, and it was at first thought that there had been some mistake in computing the amount of cash in circulation as a medium for business at $2,500,000. Yesterday a representative of the DEMOcRAT called upon J. H. Oglesby, Esq., President of the Louisiana National Bank, in ordor to learn the condition of our capital now available. Rep.-Mr. Oglesby, the object of my visit is to learn, if possible, how near mathematical accu racy are the figures given in this communioation, (ahowing him the article headed "The Beason Why.) Mr. O.-After reading the article carefully, I cannot understand why it is that we have to trumpet to the world the fact that we are doing no business. Why THEE TRUTH IS, sir, that there is no city in this Union on a sounder financial basis than New Orleans. Next to New Bedford, in Massachusetts our banks are the most solid, and speaking for the bank I rep resent, its stock is above par. Rep.-What do you estimate the amount of money available here now for the purposes of trade? Mr. O.-It would be impossible for one to say. I can, however, tell you this, that in my opinion we have ample to carry on a trade double what we now have. It isn't the lack of money that harms our business as much as it is THE CROAKING about our loss of trade. Look at the press of St. Louis and Chicago,. and look at their mer chants. Both cities have kept up a ceaseless rail ing against one another about business, and each claim to be the great trade depot of the West. Here we take the opposite course. We cry out at the loss of trade; we tell the world that there is nothing but ruin ahead here, and, in short, we cry over this commercial bugbear instead of let ting the world know that we are on a sounder foundation than any of the Northern cities. Rep.-Do you think. Mr. Oglesby, that we would be able to manage a large increase of grain shipments here? Mr. O.-There would be no trouble about that, but I do not see why we shouldlook for that now. What is the use of BRIINGING GRAIN HERE and keeping it in warehouse. Capt. Bade' jetties when they give us deep water,will give us an out let for whatever supplies may come to us. There is no use whatever In accumulating grain here if it cannot get out to deep water. As an illustra tion, I, myself, had to hold a large lot of grain about a year ago until it became damaged, sim ply because we had no water. Give us deep water and we will get the grain, there is no quee tion of that. Rep.-To refer again to the question of our banking capital, Mr. Ogleeby, what do you put it at? Mr. O.-Let's see. The Bankers' Magazine gives it all. Here is the list. I make it about $7,700,000. Now, although this is the nominal capital, the stock of some run considerably above par. We have no debts and we have more money than any other place, as I said before, excepting New Bed ford. We have been constantly talking bank rauptcy whilst other cities talk up their business. The reporter then called upon S. H. Kennedy, Epq., the President of the State National Bank, and after a pleasant greeting he propounded questions somewhat similar to those asked Mr. Oglesby. r. Kennedy corroborated the views expressed by Mr. Oglesby, and reiterated the opinion ex preseed as to the amount of money here required to carry on our trade. Read Navra's invitation to the China Palace. A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. It will be learned with pleasure by our readers that the jury commissioners have been assidu ously laboring for some time past in order to secure a full panel for the December term or the Superior Criminal Court. Under the law every juror, as his name is drawn from the wheel, will be summoned before the commissioners, and if he has an excuse to offer he will then present it. This will materially assist Judge Whitaker for when the venire is returned the court will be satisfied that the names given in are available. Before the end of the week the commissioners will send in fully 3000 name*, and from these a full panel may be expected. As the Returning Board case will come up in December, there is not a little anxiety on the nart of the public as to the character of the jurors drawn. Read Navra's invitation to the China Palace. EXONERATED. Concerning the suicide of Wm. Fraley, stated in Sunday's DEMOCRAT as having been caused by intemperance, we gladly give room to the fol lowing certificate concerning Mr. Fraley's char acter: OFFICE U. S. SHIPPINO COMMISSIONER,) No. 1 Marigny Buildings. New Orleans, November 19, 1877. Editor Democrat-I certify that William Fraley, late a clerk in the United States Ship ping Office, served faithfully during a period of five years. A more upright, faithful, honest man never lived. During the term of service Win. Fraley never absented him. self for a single day from his desk. He had the handling of large means and was never found derelict, and was strictly honest. WM. WaRIGT, U. S. Shipping Commissioner. The attraction for this afternoon and evening is the German Military Band. at Grunewald Hall. ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL. Thursday next, the 22d inst., at 9 o'clock a. m., the feast day of St. Cecilia, will be sung at the Cathedral by the numerous and well-trained choir of that church, assisted by some of the leading amateurs of this city, and with accom paniment of organ and piano, the celebrated mass of Rossini. This masterpiece of the grand composer, which has been sung in this city but twice before, cannot fail to attract all lovers of music, the more so when it will be known that the solos will be sung by Minmes. Wisham, Martin, Charbonnet, Buckley and Oourtade. and MM. Meteye, Salomon, Broadley, Theard, Van Hufflen and Krebs. The organ will be played by Mr. Campiglio and the piano by Mr. Jules Cartier. YESTERDAY'S WEATHER BULLETIN. Sixty-three to seventy-one degrees was the temperature reported yesterday by Frigerio, whose measurement of the rainfall during the night of the 19th and yesterday morning was 2 3-10 inches. Th Signal Service telegrams report something of a softening in the weather at the Northern and Western points yesterday, ant rain was reported at nearly every point on the Upper Mississippi as far up as Davenport. The same telegrams re port a rainfall of 1 37-100 inches at Mobile. The celebrated cornet soloist will favor us with the Americus and Pullietten polka. this afternoon and evening, at Grunewald Hall. Bead Navra's invitation to the OCana Palace. Great eofihorsese. m lz e etc4, to, col CAYITOL NOTES. w MEETING OF THlE PRINTING BOARD AND STATE BOARD OF LI is QUIDATION. h - General Investigation Into Past Official Acts by the Committees. o Two of the State boards met yesterday at the B State-House, viz: the State Printing Board and the State Board of Liquidation. The former met in the Executive office; present the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker and Representa tives Lamare and Leonhard, and absent Senators RBbertson and Steven. After some discuesi,n as h to rates, a resolution was adopted creating a com mittee of two to inquire and report whether the rates should be INCREASED OR DECREASED, and to postpone action until Saturday next, when there could be a large representation from the Benrte. Messrs. Leonhard and Lamare were so looted as the committee, both of these gentle men being practical printers. After which the board adjourned. At the meeting of the Funding Board there was present the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Auditor, Secretary of State and Speaker of the House. After the reading of the minutes and their adoption, a comparison of the bonds funded at the two last meetings was made with the statement or requisition for new consols, where upon the necessary resolution was adopted, and the fiscal agent authorized to deliver $25,949 new consols and $350 54 certificates for the signatures of the Slate officers and delivery to the AGENTS OF THE BONDHOLDERS. making a total of $27,250 51, to be delivered for old bonds funded. The committee to examine the affairs of the Educational Bureau met at the office of the State ituperintendent of Publio Education at 2 p. m. Present: Senator Ogden, chairman, and Repre sentatives Fitzpatrick and Leonhard. A lengthy report was submitted by the expert, Mr. Cole. The discoveries were not made publio, however, and will not be, perhaps, until the committee makes its report to the Legislature. The chief State Engineer reported yesterday that the successful bidders for the HIMEL AND HARD TIMES LEVEES had complied with the regulations, furnishel se curities, signed the contracts, etc., and that the contracts had been awarded to them. It is rumored that the Auditorial Committee will commence its session again shortly and that a few more witnesses will be examined. The expert appointed by that committee has now nearly completed a complete resume of all of the transactions of the Auditor's office from 1868, compiled from official data left in the office, and has so arranged his calculations and report that he will be able to give the defalcations of all officers, parish by parish. In many instances both civil and criminal proceedings have already been commenced against defaulters by the Audi tor in the various district courts, and with some I indications of success and a restitution of the i money gsTOLEN FROM THE STATE by the adventurers who were appointed to offices of trust and profit by both Warmoth and Kel logg. The experts appointed by the committee to in vestigate the affairs of the treasury have now nearly completed a thorough examination of all records in that office for the year 1876, and will in a few days so inform the chairman of their committee when a meeting will be called and the taking of testimony resumed. TiE MIOFFETT REGISTEI IN THIII CITY. What Our Saloon-Keepers Think of this Mode of Paying the State Debt. There has been not a little talk over the intro duction of that novel means of reduoing a State debt, the Moffett register, and since the press of our city have indorsed the plan this talk has in. creased remarkably. What would be the effect on the ruby-nosed old gent who gets his drinks on "tick" when this system is adopted, and what would the "rounders" do in case this innovation was declared to be the law of the land, it is now impossible to say; but one thing is well assured. and that is, they now do not take to it kindly. Another class, and that is one composed almost entirely of those who, either from the usages of our present social civilization or from the custom so prevalent here of treating those with whom they are thrown in business contact, also object for the reason, as they give it, they do not care to pay the State debt when the capitalists, who take their one drink a day only, and that on the sly, would not share equably with them the bur den of this tax. To those who have not had oc casion to look into the question, this Moffatt reg ister has produced. MORE OF A STIR than would have first have been believed. In order to get at the "hard pan" lying at the bot tom of the matter, and to give to the public the views of our principal saloon keepers on the sub ject a reporter of the DEMOCRAT yesterday called upon several of our best known saloon keepers that he might learn their views upon the subject. The first one visited was MAJOR JOE A. WALKER, the popular proprietor of the Crescent Hall. Reporter-Major, the object of my visit may surprise you a little, but when I tell it to you I trust you are as fully posted on the subject as you usually are on most questions of general in terest. What I dropped in for was to learn your opinion of the Moffatt's register and proposed its introduction here. Major W.-What! Thati Virginia affir I It will never do here, sir, never. We couldn't afford to stand the drawback of such a thing, It would be the cause of CLOSINO US ALL UP. Rep.-Why so, Major ? Major W.-Simply because if it was adopted here we would necessarily have to increase the price of drinks, and as we have not yet adopted cents as a medium, the price would then be twenty cents for a drink, which very few would pay and more would be unable to pay. Rep.-They seem to have taken kindly to it in Virginia ? Major W.-That may be, but the business there is essentially different from what it is here-es sentially so. Rep.-bnppose, Major, that this register was adopted and the proceeds from it were to go towards the building of the New Orleans Pacific Railroad, how would that do ? Major W.--I wouldn't do at all, for in the first place I don't believe it would be legal, and in the second, if railroads can't be built without this sort of a tax they ought not to be built at all. If cavitalists who have large sums of money don't see fit to push the work the poor fellow who TAKES HIS DRINK ought not to be forced to build it. There is no class more willing to further the interests of the New Orleans Pacific Railroad than the proprie tors of our saloons. They all want it, for they believe it would be of great benefit to our city. I will help it, and indeed, I think all the rest would, but when you make the matter compulsory, then, as is natural with all men, we kick. I have no doubt but what the saloon proprietors of this city will do all in their power to push this road and subscribe liberally, but IF COMPULSION IS TRIED the courts will be applied to. What is the reason they single out dealers in whisky in this thing? Bep.-I cannot speak by the card, but I believe it is because whisky is a luxury, and taxes on luxuries are always heavier than on necessities. Major W.-That's so, but is the drink a man takes any more of a luxury than the broadcloth he wears, the jewelry and silk dresses his wife wears? Why not put it on cigars and a hundred other things as welt? They are all luxuries. Rep.-Then you are of the opinion, Major, that it will not work down here ? Major W.-Decidedly. I fought off the Sauvi net civil rights smt for five years alone in the courts, and ll fight this. It would, in fact, close us all up. There are several things to be taken into co aderatios here thats U5v EQ2tOa TN I wxm. . cente, he gets just the same liquorthat is semed to yon ad me. This is not so in other places. For an unknown man the barkeeper has a dif ferent bottle besides that from which he serves his regular onstomers, and one gets one thing and one another. There is another matter that should be considered. In no city in the Union is ~noh good liquor served over the bar as in New Orleans. You may go to New York, Ohicago or St. Louis and you don't find liquor equal to that we serve here given to patrons in general. Here i no distinction is made and ,the whisky is of the best quahty. We set out COSTLY LUNCHUS, too, of turkeys, soup, salads, etc., and that is done nowhere else. No, sir; the coffee-house business is not a paying one now, and if this ma chine is introduced I pledge you my word I will have to quit. Bep.-But the tax comes out of those who drink, and not the proprietors? Major W.-Not in the least, for you know we could not put up the price to twenty cents. And when you think of it, does it not look unjust? There are some men who are worth their thous ands, who come in alone and take a drink alone, who ought certainly to bear a share in the pay ment of the State's indebtedness commensurate with their capital, and thet'e are others who, owing to business assooiations, are required to take and TREAT TO FIFTEEN DRINKS a day. Do you consider it fair that the latter should pay more toward the cancellation of the State debt than the former ? I don't think any fair-minded man does, and you do not. In con clusion I can only say that the Moffett register may do very well for Virginia, but it won't do here. Mr. Chas. Lacoume, the genial proprietor of the St. Charles Saloon, and the branches outside at 1% Carondelet street and 1% Bourbon street, was next intervied. Rep.-Mr. Lacoume, I'm glad to see you, for I've been hunting you up for some time. Mr. L.-I am about here most of my time. Rep.-Yes; but yon happened not to be here at the time I dropped in. What I want to know is your opinion of the proposed Moffett's register. You have beard of it, of course ? Mr. L.-Oh yes; I have heard of it; but we will never have it here. It cannot be put upon us. Do you know my people (French) would not stand such a thing. It cannot be done in New Orleans. Rep.-Why not? Mr. L.-Because this: We sell better liquors than in any other place in this country ; we give our customers a fine lunch every day, aid they don't do that anywhere else. Our stook costs us more than that of the saloons at the North, and we cannot afford to CHARGE MORE to pay this tax, for it would drive away custom. The whisky that was sold here before the war at ten cents a drink cost about $2 50 per gallon. If I was to put out such now you nor nobody else among gentlemen would drink it. I look on the whole thing as impossible, and it can't be done. Rep.-But suppose a law was passed to compel you to have these Moffet registers, what would you do? Mr. L.-Why, we would all have to close up. We coeuld not stand it. We would have to raise the price, and the people cannot stand that and we would all be forced to close up. I tell you now, I am opposed to the register, and will fight I it. In France the people 1 WOULD NOT STAND IT. Mr. George Ittman, who presides with such success over the "Jewel of the South" on Gravier, near St. Charles street, was also called upon. Mr. Ittman, or as you are more familiarly known, "George." what's your opinion of the Moffett register? George (laughing)-My opinion is that if it is brought out it will break up the business cf saloon keeping here. Rep.-How so? George-Why, we couldn't stand it. I buy the highest priced liquors; those that come from abroad are heavily taxed, and the whisky has to pay ninety cents per gallon internal revenue tax. Belling this, as we do, to all customers, there is left a very SMALL MAROIN OF PROFIT. Rep.-But this tax comes out of the customer, not out of the house. George-In order to prevent this tax from being paid by the house, we would have to in crease the price of drinks, and you know that few would pay, IN THESE HARD TIMES, twenty cents for a drink. You must take account of the expense we stand for the lunches we put out. We cannot pay this 2/, cents tax per drink and our customers can't pay twenty for one. Bep.-But, don't you believe that drinks will come down to ten cents ? George-No, sir; no, sir. The liquor we give will not allow us to sell it at that price. A well known lawyer, who was standing by, put in just here: "Well, George, if that arrange ment is put up I'm going to keep a private bottle." Rep.-So, you are thoroughly opposed to the register? George-I am; and I believe EVERY SALOON KEEPER IS, for they will have to close up if they bring it out. After leaving the hospitable establishment of Mr. Ittman the reporter next visited the "Ruby," where that genial gentleman, Mr. Couret, holds forth. Rep.-Mr. Couret, have you paid any attention to the Moffett register, which requires a punch to be made in a paper for every drink? Mr. 0.-Yes; I have heard of it, but I did not think of the thing very much. Rep.-What is four opinion of this mode of levying taxes ? Mr. 0.-I am opposed to it-thoroughly op posed to it. Why, it would drive us out of the business. Already THE FIVE-CENT LAGER has hurt our trade, and if more is put upon us we could not stand it, and would be compelled to close up. Rep.-But this tax will come out of the cus tomers, not out of the proprietor of the saloon. Mr. C.-We give lunches at a heavy cost; we purchase the BEST OF LIQUORS, and give everybody the same. If they introduce this new thing and we have to raise our prices, we would lose our custom and surely have to close up. For me, I am opposed to it. Then the reporter visited that tasty hostelry where Mr. Michael G. O'Hara holds forth, and over the doors of which, in rich gilt letters, is in scribed the word "ACME." With a genial smile, Mike greeted the reporter, and after a short conversation the latter asked the host what he thought about the Moffett regisater. Mr. O'H.-I think it is AN OUTRAGE ON US, and not only on us but on the people. Rep.-How so? Mr. O'H.-Why simply because it is making one class of our citizens pay the tax that should be levied upon all alike. That's what I don't like about it. Rep.-But the tax does not affect the proprie tore ? Mr. O'H.-Yes, sir, it does, and it hurts them, too. Now just look at it. There' a man, a rich man, who has his HOUSES AND LANDS; he probably comes in and takes one drink a day; then there is the business man, who to make friends and trade, under our present customs has to treat every man he is thrown in contact with. Do you think they can put upon us a thing that is as unfair as that? I tell you, sir, they cannot ? Rep.-I would judge that you oppose its intro duction here ? Mr. O'H.-Oppose it Oppose it! I should say I did. Why do they want the men who take a drink now and then to pay the State debt when the millienaires lay back in their chairs and laugh at them? You can just bet the capitalists will never come that over this people. They would be very willing to see the barrooms and their customers settle up the State's indebted ness so long as they did'nt have to shell out that they would. And Mike, with much feeling, urged the argn ments that his friends had already used and reit erated his protes; against the adoption of the register. A most excellent programme is offared this afternoon and evening, by the famous German Band, at Grunewald Hall. Bead Navra's invitation to the China Palace. Stauk has not flown away from Gold thw~eu "bookstore, on Exchange Alley. near the corner of Canal street. If anything, he stands there more firmly and more resplendent than ever. He has ll the latest rs on hand, all the gabile & sal ana THE COUTTS. [Merchants and others interested in cases it the distriot courts, as principals or as witnesses; can be notified by telegraph when to appear it court, thus avoiding the necessity of a oonstanl attendance.] SUPERIOR (:RIMINAL COURT. The arraiogmen's yesterday before Judge Whilaker were Mortimer Carr, on threeinforma. tions for uttering as true forged bills of lading, He pleaded not geity and his attorney, C. H. Luzenborg, Eeq., tiled a plea of autre fois acquit. The trial of the plea was fixed for saturday next. In the case of the State vs. Wm. Sears, charg ed with carrying concealed weapons, etc., a noll& prosequi was elut red. The jury in the osee of Willis Peterson, whc was tried for crime against nature, returned intc court yesterday af.trnoon with averdict of guilty. This will doubtless send Pettrson to the Peniten, tiary for life. SECOND DISTRICT COURT. Suooessions opened of Widow Patrick Ryan, Nicalo F.assio and Mary Josephine Morchider, widow of Edward Coohran. THIRD DISTRICT COURT. In all the city tax suite defaults were made final yesterday. FOURTH DISTRICT COURT. Susanne Cecilia Kelly sues her husband, Philip F. Bourg, for a divorce. FIFTH DISTRICT COURT. State of Louisiana vs. Hibernia Insurance Com pany.-Injunction issued restraining defendant from proceeding further with the sale of all the right, title and interest of Joseph L. Montieu, in and to the redemption of three certain lots, sit nated in the First District, sold for city taxes in August last. Judge Meunier, formerly of the Third District Court, sues L'Hote & Co. for $300 due him by that firm for a State warrant issued to him for salary, the same being uolawfully held by said firm as a pledge to secure a judgment recovered by them against Nicholas Doyen, who has no right or title to said warrant. Mrs. Caroline March vs. her husband.-Suit for separation of property filed. UNITED STATES CIRCUIT COURT. Yesterday the Graud Jury empaneled in this court was completed. The iollowing named per sons compose it: W. H. Hire, Foreman; Jules Dejean, W. J. Richards, C. A. Adolphe, Edgar Davis, 0. N. Edwards, William Degenti, G. Porteous, J. Alcina, Hugo Redwitz, G. Nedit, Ieorge Waters, J. D. Maxent, W. Mier, A. E. Albert, Henry Goran, F. C. MCandlish, I. B. DaBuisson, Louis Duplantier. U. S. COSM ISSIONERS' COURT. Peter Burke, second mate of the American ship Saracak, appeared before Commissioner louthworth on two charges of beating sailors on he high seas, and was discharged in both cases. AMU!EMENTS. Dullness of the Times and a Proposed Reduction in Prices. While ev r3budy complains tf the dullness of this month-which is extraordinary-it is not surprising that our places of amusement are not well patronize]. At Grauewald Hill the German Military Band are offering the most recherche en tertainments, but not with the success that this t dented corps of musicians deserve, and should expect, in a city whose citizens have manifests d Iheir love for good music by the very large sums they have lavished upon this kind of entertain. m3nt. At the Academy the Lingard Troupe, arvorites here, are doing so so, as the word goes, and the same thing may be said of the Hibel. nicon, which is showing at the Varieties. The St. Charles is closed for the week (awaiting the arrival of Macallister and his combination or magicians) a fact which ought to help out the other places of entertainment. It has not that effect, however. Complaints of this kind come from many parts of the country. A REDUCTION IN PRICES, In this connection we hear it runored that one of our theatres at least con'emplates a reduction in the prices of their seats from one dollar to seventy-five cents, as in ante bell,!n times, when the Varieties and Opera House w. re the only theatres that charged more than seventy-five cents. Manager Strong, of the St. Charles, has already shown his disposition to bring on this re duction by advising the German Military Band to fix their prices at fifty cents, which they did. We think this is nothing but right and sensible and although we are willing to admit that many shows are worth one dollar to be seen, under the pres ent system of combinations it is patent that there are many others, of a less expensive character to attend which is not worth one dollar. Yes, and some that are not worth half that money. THE OPERA SEASON. The box sheets will be ready on Thursday evening at the Varieties Theatre for those who wish to secure seats for Verdi's "frovatore," which will constitute the initial performance on Wednesday next of the opera season. The Cincinnati Commercial contains an ably written article on the peaformance of "The Huguenots" in that city, which is so highl3 com phmentary of the Fryer Opera Troupe that we are led to hope for much pleasure from them. Hear what the Commercial says: "Trained, critical and discriminative people expressed the utmost delight, and joined en thusiastically in the thunderous applause that called the successful singers time after time be fore the curtain. There is no mistaking the ap plause that means satisfaction, enthusiasm and delight. It bursts forth simultaneously and spontaneously. There is no uncertainty about it. It does not fall cff to be renewed by the steady persistent work of a few claquers. It rolls forth unceasingly. Such was the character of the ap plause that awarded the efforts of the singers last night. "The company was fully equal to all the re quirements of the great composition, and with rare spirit and power and fidelity accomplished to the utmost the designs of the composer." The commendation is strong enough, indeed, to make us nurse fond anticipations. Read Navra's invitation to the China Palane. lBCK TO THE DUST. In our obituary column this morning we no tice the death of Mrs. Janet Scott West, at the ripe age of 84 years. the was a most estimable lady, full of all that is pure and lovely in woman hood, and especially did she practice the greatest of all human virtues, charity. Her husband, Mr. C. C. West, of Woodville, Miss., commanded a company from West Feliciana at the battle of New Orleans. The family came originally from England and first settled in Virginia,where the de cedent was married as far back as 1810. She was the mother of our esteemed friend and fel low citizen, Major Douglas West. Ladies should not fail to attend the matinee of the German Military Band, at Grunewald Hall, this noon. Read Navra's invitation to the China Palac ,. Bead Navra's invitation to the China Palace. BREVITIES. There is much complaint about the manner in which the water sprinklers distribute their liqui?, much to the detriment of pedestrians. Canal street is no thoroughfare just now on matinee days, as merchants take that day to put out all their empty boxes. Somehow the garbage carte have of late, not withstanding the efforts of the drivers, culti vated the habit of carrying off the boxes put out by the servants. If it would be just the same, the business men of the front of the city would like to have the iron crossing at the corner of Gravier and Tchoupitonlas streets repaired, for there is much grumbling on the subject. Notwithatanding the many complaints made nothing has been done towards repairing that bridge at $he aorner of Pcydra sad Tehoapitetn 3. La Aso w).,r og.-Ai 4 o hat thor IW eY· haw men, and those whose basunesu esquiree them to look to every feeility bor moving freight from the levee are loud in their expressions of opinion at this block of trade just at the opening of the cotton season. This bridge should be attended to. Notwithstanding the strong movement made two years ago nothing has been done towards obanging those stairs at the Custom-House. A plan was submitted to the United States super vising architect, Mullett, but it seems to have been overlooked. The boys appreciating the favor granted them by Judge Whitaker in allowing them to use the court yard as a play ground, turned out in full force yesterday, and what with marbles and roly boly, they managed to thoroughly enjoy the afternoon. Those who have an eye after the affairs of our city are inquiring about that park near Green ville that was purchased at so heavy a cost. So far the city has not realized the least benefit from it, and it is understood it is now nothing more than a pasture. United States District Attorney Lacey has information from the Department of Justice at Washington that the capiases issued for those charged with being connected with crooked cot. ton operations have been received, and that the parties will be forthcoming when they are wanted for trial. The representative of the DEMOCRAT has noted of late in his visits to the Superior Criminal Court that the ends of justice are frequently de feated by the impossibility of the sheriff finding important State witnesses, owing to their change of residence. As this is probably the most im portant court we have, so far as protection to life and property is concerned, it would seem that the services of a detective officer would be well directed in tracing up absent witnesses and as sisting the sheriff. TIHE CIGAR MAKERS' STRIKI. One of the Prominent Strikers Says They Will Make No Compromises. One of those who has taken a prominent part in the cigar makers' strike stated yesterday to a representative of the DEMOCRAT that there wal no truth in the statement that some of theo strikers had held a secret meeting with some of the manufacturers, and, further, that the strikers WOULD HOLD OUT until their terms were agreed to. One firm he said, mentioning Myer & Bro., had agreed to their terms, and had now a full force of men at work. Several other firms had made proposi tiOLS, he stated, offering much better prices than were paid before, but the strikers were deter mined not to flinch and would hold out until the manufacturers agreed to pay them a fair remu neration for their services. THE POLICE BOARD. The Police Board met last night at their rooms in the Central S ation, Mayor Pilsbary in the chair, and a quorum present. Patrolman J. Blood, for sleeping on his beat, was dismissed the force. Thos. Burdette, for being absent without leave, was reprimanded. A. Bledso, ror disobedience of orders, was fined three days' pay. J. McDonald, for neglect of duty, loses five days' pay. Patrolman E. O'Neil, for sitting down on his beat, was fined two days' pay. Read Navra's invitation to the China Palace. BALL8. Eagle Steam Fire Company No. 7 give a grand dress, mask and firemen's ball at Odd Fellows' Hall on Saturday, the 24th inst. CITY ECHOES. David Bird was caged in the Fourth Precinct Station, charged sith sleeping in a street oar. Andrew Weaver was yesterday sent to the Charity Hospital in a sick and destitute condition Kingston Smith was yesterday sent to the Charity Hospital in a sick and destitute condi tion. The bridges on Calliope, Delord and Annuncia tion streets are all broken and in a dangerons condition. Virginia Brown will stand a trial by jury, as she was sent before the First District Court on a charge of petty larceny under bonds of $250. At half-past 6 o'clock yesterday morning, a coal oil lamp exploded at the residence of Mrs a Almantee, No. 394 Bagatelle street. No damage done. Mary Clayton, who was also charged by the officer with fighting and disturbing the peace, was fined for this offense $10 or thirty day's Par ish Prison. Mary Clayton, charged with assault and bat tery on Mary Roper, was yesterday sent before the First District Court under bonds of $254 by Judge Smith. A negro boy named Adolph White, in the em ploy of Mr. H. T. Riddle, residing on Clio street, between Prytania and St. Charles streets, broke open an armoir, stole $40 in currency and then made good his escape. Maggie Miller wanted to play David to Sam J heson's Goliash, and went for him with .. rock, for which she fell into the hands of the Phihstines of the Central police. William Joiner, who was charged with being found on the roof of the St. Charles Theatre on Saturday night last, was yesterday discharged at the request of Manager Strong. Wm. Bibb was arrested by Aide Pecora and Me Donogh and lodged in the Sixth Precinct Station, charged from information received with aiding and abetting a prisoner to escape. Rose Keller stole the only pair of pants Stephen Murphy could boast of, and roamed at will until Steve could raise another pair and hunt np a peeler. Rose faded in the Central Station last night. The following bridges in the Sixth Precinct are. broken and should be repaired: Corner Chippewa and Ninth, Sixth and Aununciation, Second and Tchoupitoulas, Eighth and Tchoupitoulas, First and Annunciation. A man named Frank Serey was yesterday thrown from a pony at the corner of Magazine and St. Joseph streets, which resulted in the breaking of his left leg. The injured rider was taken to his residence, No. 254 Melpomene street. The alarm of fire turned in at a quarter past. 7 o'clock last night was for a fire caused by the explosion of a coal oil lamp at the residence of Mr. Bloom, corner of Lowerline and Tchoupiton lae streets. The damage to the house was very slight. Read Navra's invitation to the ChinaPalace, HOTEL ARRIVALS. ST. CHARLES HOTEL.-J W Barrett, F P Poche. PC BTth"lI, W D Bethell, R 8 Bartley Capt John W Cannon and family, La; H C Walker and wife. E Dos Marets, J Williamson, H B Keene, N Y; Jas H Laws. Ohio; J W Van Cleave. Mo: MA Dees, H W Moore. Pa; F W Shaffer and wife, Texas; M A Carter. Washing ton. ST. JAMES HOTEL.-Will Stout, New York; J L Porver. Jakson. Miss; John C Cal houn, Membphis; Mrs J W Thomas, Pass Chris tian: M C McCarty, London: It M Lefton. Miss;. PP Putnam. 'exas; Willie W Hammond, Geo' Mrs M Dromgoole and two children, Texas; A Mitbhell. St Louis; S M Taylor, Pittsburg H. L Bride, Atlanta; J C Robbins Chillicothe;B F Spaulding, Summit; Eouis E Fmmet, Galves ton; W H Lawton. Louisville: Edd A Bradford. La: F N Russell, Memphis; G Chrisholm, Nash ville, Tenn; G W Bowling Ala: thas A Baker, ieo E Baker, Dayton,. Ohio; L M Rose, J D Ross, Wm J Ross, Chicago. CITY HOTEL.-Mrs Davidson. Texas; Thos. Boyle, river: RI A Kearnev, Plarquemine; Gale S Blanchard, Ga; W C Thompson, La; J B Urquhart, Norfolk; Joshua Stafford, wife and flv children, Florida; S C Weaver, St Louis; J R Moore, Miss; Emile Ames, city: J A Ege, Greensburg, Pa; H Milne, Biloxi; M M Gon zales, P A Aglure, Manuel Martinez. Luis Bol cade. Carlos Solane. B Coudreau, Julian Lopez. Mexico ; Thos S Virgil and wile, Chas J Reed, Fort Wayne; J W Morris, Scranton, Miss. Read Navra's invitation to the China Palace. RAILROAD DEPARTURES. The followigg were some of the departures by the Mobile fast line last evening: A. Myers, Washington; B. Purcell and Win. Underwood, Cin innati; W. T. Penniman, New York; B. F: Richardson, Jr., Boston; Mrs. De Castro5 Miss A. De Castro, Miss E. De Castro, BSay annah; W. F. Hawley, New York; Max Stern. St. Louis; R. D. Fii ptn. Nashville; A. W. Hal burt Macon. Miss: .. Weis Montgomery' Miss C. Walworth. Savannah; it E. Foster. Atlanta-; W. Naunbnrg INew York;'H. WH Hough, St. Louis; Albert Mellen, Bostdo.