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El IIMINLY MISTOil Ow THU (·tOWT1 eT --NOW ACELUN WANS 11III01D . A Mdllow the Votes Were (Otunted by the Hundred for Hlurrall. Deeling to seoore, as far as pos.eble, the bot to faels In regard to the Aoklen-Darrall contest atd kmowing that the earlier history of that mat nia would be interesting, a DamonatAT reporter E boulght and Interviewed Geo. B. Loud, ., who has taken a prominent part in the oon f-t. Mr. Loud, after being pushed, yielded to the preAsure, as will be seen below. Reporter--Mr. Loed, will you give me the a..1, hbltory of the Aoklen-Darrall contest. eMr. L.--Ys, sir, as fIr as the faots have come within say knowledge. ltp.-You saw the portion of the printed tee tlmony published in one of the oity paper. ? Mr. L.-Yes, and as you represent the only papor whloh is inclined to do either OoL Aoklen aI myself justice, I might take oooasion here to iar5 that the manner in which that was published wea ealeulatted to mislead the publi as regards Uy eonneetion with the matter. Bep.- low so? Mr. L.-Beoanse, for one reason,the 7, ma, par tiMalrly in iHt editorial referenoe to the case, sharaoterised, nl'erentially, not only myself -lnt all who had shown an interest in Col. Ackilei's giOeesl , as a lot of scamps, and I think my course .4 supporting Vol. Aoklen during the election ehould be regarded with some Indulgence in thlis . 4mmalnity, and particularly by a paper olaiming 40 lpreieont the sentiments of our people. Bflp,-EICto se me, but you are known as a Re publloan. Do you mean that the 7imen is recog r isad as representing the sentiments of your .arty ? Mr. L.-Yes, to a certain extent, even though -41 laims to be conservative. cep.-What brought about the opposition to Aanratllii your parish, Iberville? Will you give t bth hilorI y of that opposition? S --Ye. As far back as the meeting of Utl btdt. convention, at which time Darrell e nominated for Congrees, W. W. ' 0, who was a candidate for the State Sen. 1M the Fourteenth District, and also dele 1te and obhirman of the congreMlional conven. USe, there was a strong feeling, not only on the i o; it of Wharton, but ef the entire Iberville del S;tIoncj against Darrall for bhi advocacy of the t4EhIS of Wakefield for Senator. When the con " wtl. mda convention adjourned, subject to the V ltW O Wiarton, oehaiman, Darrell manifested i ' ani ety and uneasiness concerning his own i049ihtlton, and only by appeal to Wharton and iin. a him unqualified support, Wharton re , ,rinm ld the convention and allowed Darrall to Selive the nomination. Blubsequently, when Watlon was nominated for state senater, Dar ttil immediately broke faith and commenoed a peI Warfhre by his support of Wakefield, the rboltig candidate. ep-PWhat sotion did Wharton take then? t. L,-It was then that Wharton threatened SD srrall defeat if he (Darrall) did not oease his lion and accord Wharton the same sup to which he was entitled a a party nominee. hiiqn made no secret of hie threat. To sev 411l mlmbers of the Stae committee, to Gov. e , and once, I think, to the parish commit Iberville, Wharton communiocated his i'ret, and there was an almost unanimous senti Ston the part of the Iberville committee that wotld be righteously dealt with if de for his interference in thise senatorial oon tt Only a few days anterior to the elecion in T i.tea Wharton informed Darrall in presence Sirvelral person, including ex-ongressman ; oray that he would defeat him. I also informed iri that he had made a mistake, and that ten was in earneps and not by any means in .lt sad I advised Darrall by all means to con *late Wharton If possible before the election. S ep,-Why did yon do this? Was Wharton ltoaV In the parish-that is, with the Bepubli .L.-I felt satisfied of Wherton's ability to 4e.t Darrall, for he was at the time invincible In the parish, and had control of the parish oom _PLItee. They (the committee) refu ed to in dlo Darrell in obedience to Wharton, and I w lamiled by many of the leading members Sthe committee, sucoh as Deaslonde, the preel - IOroUi, Barnes, Preston, Haoni, Gordon, v ett, Wet tbhe would oo-operate with Whar Ion in Inymovement to defeat Darrall. Up to i ls , shortly before the election, I was an 1Utlve supporter of Darrell, although I had as *0 s.a0 d Jietlilable reseons to be hostile towards as . Whnrton. Darrall was well aware of the itnltIn Iberville, but he seemed indifferent bo.s t, relying upon his nomination and the 1uia Pr eomies he makee to Republicans qfer 1g uEl to frown down this opposition in --How came you to support Col. Aoklen? Lr. hL-Wharton urged me strongly to do so, .I* b fell v ry much disinolined to oppose Dar t ad informed Wharton of my reasons, w were that I could not well afford to take r& olhanoes, which would result in the event of 's election in a bitter opposition from Dar a, lnd might bring upon me the antagonism Ste Ste administration for having supported a .emeorat. However, Darrall never stood remark ·ably well with Kellogr, and I was satisfied that . cWOld not draw much water with Gov. P. ck pvt after his election, for he played fast and loose i*Packard in the State convention by voting Pa it Stampe for chairman, but this was not , dfenlht to persnuade me, and only when I boeaome eatpevinosd that I would be standing almost alone e 41 Ibervillne )inh s fight, did 1 give the matter n ir Ia rloi s deliberation. Before I made up my Intlhd fully Whartn came to New Orleans and - the tickete for Iberville printed at Hopkine' glttnig oflie, Story Building. He had three -ade of tclkets printed as regular Republican g : one lot with the name o Darrll, another it it'l at of Achlen, and a third with no name ti Congress printed thereon. I disonusseod the of wIaIer with Wharton and the penuliar position Sidih occupied, remarking, also, that while he .l4IIm afford to be independent in this fight, no a lUtter whether suooessful or not, as it was only Darrall in hie own coin, I must have some m Sunderstanding with Ool. Acklen be. te. "'fall into line 'on this lnestion. lie an told me that was a matter between I a-- san. Imyelf, and suggested that 1 should t .lee e CoL mckielf n d Hep-Did you see Ool. Aoklen at the time? Mr. I--Yes, air. SOp,--What was the understanding arrived at 'between you ? mr. L--He told me that he presumed I felt a ,alotalioy about supporting a Demooratio candl Gaie. but that he felt confldent of his abiity to at as faithfully, consolentiously and as the people of the Third Distriot in Sttonal Legislature as Darrall had done. I not but feel hsagrined at this painfully oor allusion to Darrall's effiienoy, for I knew dunrn those seven years Darrall had rep ted the district in Congress no one had ever Sof any speech the Dootor had made, or any Sthat he ad engineered through to beoame an a 0of Coongress: in faot, no sharp work of any 4ad, except it was to dodge the Oivil Bights bill oleverly every time it came up. Mr. Acklen e anxious that I should assist him in the ep.--Why was he so onxious? Was it on ao iMant of your influenoe In the parish? r. L.--Notso muoh on that ccount, 1 pre t; but my position as United tates tidper would be of material assstanooe to him, or tate strongly against him if I had opposed Col. Acklen was willing to reimburse me for expense that I might Incur, and aooordingly drew up an agreement Into writing to that whhlo was signed by both of us and wit by another party, a responsible person,. What was done with that agreement ? .,.-.It was deposited in a sealed envelope JghLt . Renaud, subject to our joint order. --.Ten you say that that agreement was with Mr. Renaud before the election ? S-Yes sir; about one week before the I an establish that fact at the proper -Wee the Wharton tickets you refer to. altke , I mean the three kinds you men. E...-Yes, sir, with .the exceptions I have as to names; and they were printed and in sash ek aa as to esospe d-- Freo Inr iE e.eept by a close ves ewaS t to the dliffer reesI theorn MoHl for their Beereal wards know of the Aoklen ckt.ie Mr. I-eY, sir; I think every one of them 'I that reoeived the tieketse knew of the arrange. ment and received a quantity of each kind wi the exception of Mr. Carville, of the Fifth Ward, who refused at the last moment to receive the Ic Aoklen and blank tickets, and they were sent to that ward by another person. S Rep.-Why were some of those tickets printed without the name of any candidate for Congress It upon them? t- Mr. L.-Beoause some Republicans who did tr not want to vote for Acklen and would not vote for Darrell, could have a ticket to suit them without the necessity of scratching. - Rltp.-How is it, then, that Darrall received a majority of the votes in Iberville as returned by the Commissioners of Election and Returning Board? Mr. L.-Beoausee it was ascertained that the te tickets at most of the polls of the parish were counted in bulk. Rep.-How in bulk ? 1s Mr. L.-A few of the Republican tickets (Demo. oratic also) were read off from top to bottom and the names or candidates written upon the tally sheets, when the remaining tiskets, or by hun dreds the tickets were pile(, and one hundred ly tallies were given each regunlar Republican nomi. n nee. In that way it was possible for Acklen to be defrauded out of a majority, or even more, of the iRepublican votes because the distinction was in color only, all of Wharton', tickets being black aon the back. Rlep.-How is it that the Democratic commis sioners did not look after their candidate more closely? Mr. L.-Beoauee they were not aware of the Acklen ticket. It they had been Informed of the If existence of that ticket it would have Jeopardised Wharton's election as Senator, for the Democrats were more deeply lnterested in the election of e their candidate for Senator, who was a resident n of Ibotville, than they were In the congressional l candidate, and had they known of this move ment they would have made capital out of it with g sume of the oo.ored people against Wharton, and he (Wharton) would have been obliged to . abandon his opposition to Darrall by dropping Acklen in order to save himself. lRep.--s that the manner in which the votes r were counted all over the parish? Mr. L.--Exept one or two wards, where they h were counted, name by name, as at (Grosse Tete poll, for instance.' Rep --How was that poll returned on the day o of election ? e Mr. L.-Acklen received every Wharton Re. pubiloan vote in that ward, and so returned by the com missioners. litep.-What positive information have you that the ballots at other polls in the parish were counted in bulk? Mr. L -I was not only so informed by many of the Republican commissioners of election, but the sworn testimony of nearly all of the commissioners and other leading Republicans show conclusively that Acklen's tickets were dis tributed, and this was the manner in which the votes were counted at various polls. Bee testi mony of Bess, Commager, Hunter, Verbols, Bob orison, A. J. Gordon, C. H. Gordon, Holmes, a Barnes and others. At the poll in Plaquemine, where Wharton voted for Acklen, all the Repub lioan tickets were accredited to Darrall; thus it ° shows that the very head of the movement against Darrall had his vote counted for Darrall, when, of course, he voted for Aoklen. Rep. -Was it your opinion that many votes of this kind were acoredited to Darrall that be longed to Acklen? Mr. L.-Yes, sir; considering the influence of the persons who distributed the tickets in their various wards, I thought that there must have been at least 600 or (400 of this kind; Wharton estimated it at twelve or fourteen hundred. In faot, you may consider that almost every vote Wharton got in lberville--and he got nearly 1I )0 votes out of 2800 iRepublican votes-were either a blank for Congress or a vote for Acklen, there being ample evidence to show that the Itepublioans cared only abont voting the Whar ton tioket---and, as one of them swears, "would have voted it if a rattlesnake had been on it." Iep.--low about this information againat you for stufing ballot-boxes ? Mr. L.--I am unable to conjecture the reasons of Mr. Iaeey, District Attorney, for his proceed lng in this matter by fling this information; per haps my friend, Mr. Morey, might throw a lit tie light upon the matter. Darrall's motive was plainly the dernier resort of a chronic despera tion. The evidence upon which I was arrested was taken before a United States Commissioner last summer. No efforts were made at that time to nunish this alleged offense against the petnne anld di Lnily (f the United S/ltes. On the contrary, Darrall, knowing what the testimony was when he paid for it, kept very quiet about the matter, and only until the last day of hearing argument before the Congressional Committee on Elections and Qualiflcations, at Washington, 12th inst., was the Information filed, and only then to create a sensation before the committee, in the hope of b getting a little delay and continuance of his case. Had Darradl not considered that coup d'rel noe cessary, no information would have been filed I b am satisfied. Rep. --Were you indicted by the Grand Jury ? Mr. L.-I cannot answer that question; I have no means of knowing; I simply know that my ti case was under considers'ion, the Information A being derived from witnesses who were called ci before them; I know nothing of their testimony; I do not care to know; all I want ies a thorough investigation of the entire matter; I am willing a to cbide by the result. Rep.--W11i Mr. Acklen be here soon ? Mr. L.-I expect him to-morrow. Rep.-Does he contemplate taking any aotion t before the United tttates Grand Jury as to what ti is termed perjured testimony in this case. Mr. L --I am inclined to think he will, from what I known of him, but cannot say positively. THE PEOPIE'N BANIH. At the annual election of directors of this flour ishing institution, held yesterday, the following well known gentlemen were elected: John Brunaso, E. K. Converse, (Geo. W. Dunbar. Joseph David, F. Jaufroid, IT. Marinoni, .. J. Iteies, Leopold Bohener, A. Booola. The People's Bank, we are happy to say, is growing evwry day more prosperous, particularly in its new and tastefully adorned place. under the management of its courteous and emcient offioers. RElEAMEi|. Ed. Fuleon. late tax collector, appeared Monday morning before Magistrate tmith and on motion of his attorney, Gov. John McEnery, and on showing that he had settled his indebtedness to the State, was at once discharged. PERM4ONAL. Senator J. B. Enstis arrived in the oily on Monday morning by the Mobile road, looking none the worse from the fatigues of travel and the exoitement of his late victorious contest. We welcome him home as the only benator who has represented Louisiana since the war. Our sanctum was enlivened this morning by the presence of Durant Da Ponte, Esq., the brilliant journalist, who has just arrived from Washington City, where he has been spending some months. Mr. Da Ponte is looking in the best of health and much improved by his sojourn North. WEATHER AND RIVERS. Frigerto's Weather observations for the twenty four hours ending at 6 p. m. yesterday show the lowest temperature on the night of the 16th as 51 degrees, and the variations yesterday from 53 to 66 degrees above zero. The Signal Service telegrams report no ex traordinary changes in the North and West, but show a general "softishness" in the weather, with light rains at several points. The summa rized telegrams Riving the state of the ther mometer are as follows: Cairo 64, Cincinnati 62, Davenport 54, Dubuque 48, Galveston 61, Indianola 66, Keokuk 69 La crosse 44, Leavenworth 61, Louisville 61, hem his 68, Nashville 68, Omaha 66 Pittsburg 65, hreveport 72, St. Louis 67, St. aul 43, Vicks urg 73, Yankton 43, Augusta (Ga.) 69, Oorsicana 74, Key West 72, Mobile 69, Montgomery 70, and Savannah 66 degrees above zero. The river telegrams show a rise of one inch at Osairo, one inch at St. Louis, two inches at Da buque, one inch at Memphis, and one inch at Vicksburg, and a decline from the mouth of the Ohio to Pittaburg. At Adams & Bro.'s to-morrow, I can show rou a beautiful seiht, That will banish all care and all sorrow And give you ecstatic delight. SL.L Byrne & Oo. will offer this week toco pieces ohoice new dress goods, at enormouslr reduced prices MUNICIPAL MATTERS. THE INNAN1 ATIYU ~M. There is No Salvatlon for the Inmate. in Case of Fire. We understand that the report of the Insane Asvlum Oommission will show a most thorough and searohing Investigation of the condition of the inmates of that Institution. Among the many defects which have been noticed by the commission, a very serious one will be brought to light. It is that in cae of fire in that part of the Marine Hospital occupied by the asylum, there can be no salvation for the inmates, owing to the material of which the cells are constructed, the want of avenues of egress from the upper stories, and the faot also that different cells are opened with different keys, which in case of a night so cident is deemed most dangerous for obvious reasons. The commission, we also understand, have dis covered that the asylum contains *number of inmates whose relatives are in easy ciromestancees and might afford them more commolious quar ters and scientific treatment. At the City 111 it is almost a foregone conolin sion that the inmates of the city asylum will be transferred to the Louisiana Retreat, in charge of the .isters of Mercy, at a cost to the city whIich will show an economy upon the presens system. THE flILLINt1s IMANDAMINUN. There was on Monday morning in the officoe of Ad minlstrator Denis an old residentof New Orleanet, and not entirely unionnected with the legal pro fesslon, and the conversation was upon the subject of the anticipated mandamus of Judge Ilillinge, sitting as United States Uirouit Judge, to compel the city to raise the necessary sum annually for the payment of the interest on the consolidated bonds. The gentleman referred to expressed his intention to test the question under section 37 of the consolidated bond sat, published in the UD[MOCRAT on Thursday last. He claims that the Second Municipality (now the First District), at the time of the consolidation of the three distriots, owed only a nominal debt. and that under the terms of the seotion of the act referred to, each municipality of the city is bound only in proportion to its indebtedness for the payment of this interest, and he quotes as follows, from the seotion, in support of his claim: At the time this not goes into operation an ex act and detailed statement of the ildebtednees of the old corporation and of each municipal. ity shall be filed in the office of the con troller by the secretary of the Board of Liqui dators and the municipal oontrollors respect ively. when the commissioners of the con solidated debt shall proceed to divide the debt of the old corporation between the several mu nicipalities in proportion to the asessed value of real estate within the limits of each, according to the State assessment roll for 1851. The amount thus apportioned to each, together with its individual indebtedness at the time this oact goes into op,'ration, shall .~uslilhrh tlhe aprpa. ratf rldet of en',h ionir'ipali(tl, a(in ,hall 4 I,,,,lnmu ri f/ lelf of" AMIicripiltly Ao. Ore, N,. T7", No. Three. It is asls claimed at the Oity Hall that Oarrpliton. Jefferson and Algiers can only he taxed in proportion (if at all) to the debt they owed at the time of their annexation to the city of New Orleans. TRKEAmRIIT IIV'lKTIiATION. Testimony glven by Gen. B. Johnson and Gen. C. Norrress. The committee to investigate the aftfirs of the State Treasury met yesterday. Present: Senator White, chairman, and Representative Keeting. Geo. B. Johnson was the first witness called, and in reply to the questions propounded by the chairman stated that he was THE AUDITOR OF THE s'rATh in 1876, and in that year owned State warrants; did not remember the exact amount, and could not say whether or not it was as much as $20,000. Oashed a great many, but had no idea of the amount. To Mr. Keeting-Saw no preference given at the Treasurer's offioe; had hard work sometimes himself to get his warrants cashed. The war rants witness had cashed were not purchased, but were those he had advanced money on, and in some cases they were those that he had paid par for. Some were for State officials, including the officials in the Btate-House, Including oves. Antoine and Kellogg, Ileslonde, the various clerks, Speaker Estilette, G. L. Iitll, who was a chairman of some committee at the time, as well as others. To the Chairman--That was during 1870. Prior to being Auditor, was a clerk in the tax oolleo tor's office. May have ocahed warrants against the general fund of 1875, though don't know TO WIIAT AMIOUNT. In some oases on his own account andothers not. Made advances on warrants but did not know that he indorsed warrants unless he had an inter est in them. Sometimes parties leaving the city would leave their warrants with witness for collection, aud in collecting he would indorse them. To Mr. Keeting-Had warrants oasehed for clerks in his oflice amounting sometimes to $1300 a month. Would make out one warrant for the entire monthly salary of the clerks and draw the money, which would be paid to the clerks in the presence of a represeibtative of the treasury department. (IEO. O. PORBOROes OALIED. In 1876 was employed in the Custom-House. Have not been there in five months. Left there the first day of January, I think. In 1870 col leoted warrants at the State treasury, though never kept any account of them. I speculated in them on my own account In some instances, and collected for others in other cases, and with few exceptions collected them individually. I went to the Treasurer's office, but never stayed there more than twenty minutes atone time in my life. When I had warrants I generally filed them in the Treasurer's vfoice and took a memo randum, leaving the warrants with the Treas urer. Uhecks were not in all cases made to my I order,and sometimes I indorsed checks for others; beheve I collected one or two warrants for Mr. Herwig, but don't think I collected one where he was finanoially interested; kept no record of I transactions except a memorandum, and when I the O(.LTGATION WAS OANCrELEa), the memorandum was also; don't know the amount of my transaotions in 1870; don't think it would amount tV $20,000. Mr. White -If the books should show that you were the final payee or warrants or chocks amounting to $41,000 or $50,000, how would you explain it? Mr. Noroross-I could only do it by the checks themselves, as each one was presented to me; I could do that thnugh. Mr. White-I did not say that the books make such a showing, but merely stated a hypothetical case. The Witness-Two-thirds of the amount, the books will show, was, I judge, for my own ac count. To Mr. Keeting-I took warrants as well as vouchers as collateral stourity. For instance, I took the Stokes vouchers, those from Dula and others. When I presented vouchers Mr. John son would ask me how I wanted the warrants made out, that is, in what amounts and in making them out they would, of course, be in my name. Nobody brought me information from the State Treasury. I went there myself. Have seen other parties there often; always thought that Joe Hernandez and Newman OOT THE REST OF ME in gettinu money, and told Dubuclet so. I gener ally made about ten trips to the treasury for nothing to one where I got any money. Know Mr. Auguste; he never gave me any information. In regard to the Herbert testimony the w.tness stated that Mr. Herbert oame to him saying he was about to get married, and asked me to get his warrant oashed; said he was willing to give $.0. I did the services, and charged him for it; think I got $21 for the commssion, and that is what is harged for. Don't know of any one having been paid money in the Treasurer's. f"ie. lerbert made some. remark about having to py $2 to gep the wsaaar embhe, and I thoght I might is well make the eomamiaulo, and ('id, Think I have hib regelpt at borne. Adjourned until 12 m. Thureday, OUR COG IIWoCIAL INTBERELATg. What the Legislative Commlsslon Are Dolng to Help Our Cmnmerre. The Commlssion on Commercial Bestriotions met last evening at the Gotton Exchange. Present: Col. F. C. Zacharie, ohairman; C. J. Berry, Esq., and John Ohaffe, Esq. After the reading of the minutes Col. Zeaharie read the letters prepared and addressed to per sons in different lines of business here, in order to get as far as practicable their opinions as to the operation of our license and port laws, the following form, which was adopted: FORM A--TO PFRRONS iN TIE DIFFEBRNT TRAtER. NEw ORIEANS, December 17, 1877. Sr,' The Legislature of the State of Louisiana at its last session passed an act creating a com mission to inquire into the operation of the li cense system, port charges, inspection laws and other laws in their nature restrictive of com merce. This commission, now in session, would be pleased to have your views upon the general subject, and espeoially answers in writing to the following questions: 1. Would any industry in which yoht are en gaged or interested be profited and encouraged by the repeal of the 8tate and city license thereon ? If so, please state, as exiticitly as possible, bow and how much; and state particu larly what is the effect upon the industries and busilesses with which you are familiar of the license and capital tax ? 2. Should an entire abolition of these imposts Ie found expedient, or a reduotion only be de termined upon, will it encourage others in your line of industry to set up establishments, plying their trades, establishing manufactories, and giving employment for more capital and labor in the usiness ? 31. What is the percentage of business done to capbial employed in your industry ? 4. If your business is snouh as to sub)ect von to the provisions of the inspection laws of the State, please state how those laws operate upon it, whether beneficially or otherwise ? If it would be advantageous to abolish, modify, alter or change those laws, and how, giving illustrations within your own experience or that of others, within your knowledge as to the evil or benefi cent result of our laws as well as those of other cities ? 5. If your business is snob as to bring you into contact and practical experience with our port regulations and charges, including any such re lating to shipping and cargoes from the time of taking a pilot off the monrth of the river, ascend ing the river, landing, discharging, loading, clearing, and as to putting to sea again, or any portion thereof, please state the practical opera tion thereof as to promotive or repressive of an increase of our commerce. State parlioularly what charges are oppressive, and how they could he obviated or aboished. And if within your knowledge, state how the regulations, charges, etc., of the city of New Orleans compare with those of other cities ? While answers are desired specifically to the foregoing questions, the commissioners would be pleased to have any illustration afforded from your own experience, or that of others within your knowledge, which would serve to show the operation of the laws here and elsewhere upon this subject. Yours respectfn!ly, F. U. ZACHARIl, Chairman Gmmittee. The following letter was addressed to the Mayor, Administrator of Finano, land the Htate Auditor, relative to taxation. By vote it was unanimously adopted as FORnM n. New ORLEANS, D)ecamber 17, 1877. The commission on "Commercial Reductions," created by an act of the Legislature, is now min session and would be pleased to have answers in writing to the following questions: 1. What is the amount of revenue derived by the State or city for the last five years from the collection of licenses? Please state each ooon pation and the amount derived therefrom, if pos sible. 2. What is the amount of revenue derived by the State or city from the tax on capital during the same time? State, if possible, each descrip tion of capital, such as bonds, money at interest, capital in business, and other sub-divisions, tk gether with the amount derived from each? 3. What fractional part of the total revenue does the income from license tax constitute? 4. What fractional part of the total revenue does the income from capital tax constitute ? 5. What addition to the tax on real estate would be necessary if the license tax were abol ished on all improvements save those against public morals and those requiring especial police regulations by license ? 6. What additional tax would it be necessary to add to the tax on real estate if the tax on capital were abolished ?j 7. How does the assessed value of real estate com pare with its value ? 8. What are the revenues of the city from the lease of the markets ? 9. How far will the saving by the adoption of the contract system by the city admit of a conse quent reduction of license tax by the city ? 10. Give a rough estimate of what revenues the adoption of the Moffett register would pro. due ? 11. Can you suggest any measure by which the revenue now raised by the levy of the license and capital taxes could be raised otherwise save by an addition to the rate on real estate? If yes, please state what and how. If by reduction of salaries of officers or abolition of offices. State specifically what offices. 12. If you are familiar with any cases in which our inspection laws or port charges operate op pressively upon commerce, please state them and the remedies to obviate their recurrence. While specific answers are desired to these questions, the commission would be pleased to hear from you on any of the subjects embraced in the purposes for which it has been appointed, especially on the subjects of inspection and port charges, and would desire any information which your experience and research in the matter may afford, the purpose being to suggest legislative aid in securing any reforms which an enlightuened knowledge of the present systems and their oper ation may show to be advisable and advantage onu. Very respectfully, F. 0. ZAOHARIE, Chairman. Thereafter the meeting adjourned until Thurs. day, January 3. THE NEW ORLEANM CITY RAILROAD. The annual election or directors of this com pany was held yesterday and the old board was without an exception retained. That more than usual interest was taken by the stockholders in this event was evidenoed by the fact that a larger vote was cast than had been for ten years past, which fact shows most conspicuously the con fidenoe felt in the ability, skill and probity of those having charge of the affairs of the com pany. The arduous and severe labors of the vottrs were much relieved by the invigorating accompaniment of a most liberal and delightfnl lunch, which was greatly enjoyed, and over which Mr. Wintz, the president, and Mr. C. O. Lewis, the secretary, presided with their usual grace and dignity. The fllowing are the names of the directors elected: B. Biscoe, J. W. Burbridge, J. Mt. Demsarest, H. U dly, C H. Heck, I'. Irwin, James Jackson, Charles Manson, R. M. O'Brien, Thomas Bimms, I. H. Stauffer and F. Wintz. THE FUINERAL OF MR. ALEXANDRE GRAILHE. Our readers will perceive that the funeral of this old and esteemed citizen of New Orleans will take place this (Tuesday) evening, at 4 o'clock, from the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. L. D. Rarpy, No. 163 Burgundy street, be tween St. Peter and Orleans streets. A WORK OF ART. At No. 20 Camp street there is now on exhi bition Julio's painting of the last meeting be tween Gene. R. E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, a picture well known throughout the South. It will soon be raffled for the benefit of the relief fund of the Association of the Army of Northern Virginia. Those who desire to see a beautiful work of art should visit the place. M. L. Byrne & Co. will offer this week i0oo pieces choice new dress goods, at enormously reduced prices. Call at Miller & Dielmann's and wet your Cali fornia wines, candles and fireworks. Prioes are very low. New Amricpa Sewing Machine, 183 Canal street. AMUSEMENTS. TRI OPERA. Gonnod's masterpiece "Fanst" will be sang to night at the Opera House by the Fryer.Pappen helm Opera Troupe, with Engenle Pappenheim as Marguerite, Adelaide Phillipps as Flebel, Ohm. Adams as Valentin, and Mr. Van Hufilen as Me phistopheles. The performance will be a treat to a vast audience, for the sale of Seats was very large yesterday at Werlein's tousle store on Oanal street, where the box office Is established for the Italian opera season, which is to last only one week. RAVMOND'l roPNirle- WlrltHer. Raymond opened last evening at the Varieties with a new oompany and a new play, to a fair au dience. The play is simply a frame work for the purpose of introducing Pembroke a life insur ance agent, in its most outre characteristlcs. Tbht Raymond excited the risibilities of the audi enoe cannot be questioned, but the play is lot to be compared with "i'here's millions In it." It Is new, and the public will go to see on that ac count, and to laugh at John Itaymond's excellent delineation of that essentially American type, the lightning-rod lile insurance agent. Fr. riHARi.PER TIHEATRE. To-night the Haywood minstrels will appear for the first time in or city at this theatre. Their engagement is limited to this evening, to-morrow at the matinee and to-morrow evening. ACADENM OF MO.I.'. " fi Patit Corsair" is announced for to-night again at this theatre, A MONDAY MOIRNINEJ BLAZE. 9M1 Houses WDestroyed In the meeond Ward. At about half-past 3 o'clock Mogday morning a fire broke out in the kitchen of the two-story frame house oorner of Clara and Calliope streets, known as the Jackson Hall. This property was owned and occupied by Mr. Fszet and completely destroyed; insured for $4H01i in the New Orleans Insurance Company. The flames then conmmuninated to the a' jioning two-story frame house and totally destroyed It. This propert7 was also owned by Mr. FsZot and oocupied byolored families. The building is in sured for 52000 in the New Orleans Insurance Company. The flames then spread to the one-story frame house on Clara street, owned by Chris. Winters and occupied by Mrs. Bnrors as a grocery. The roof of this builing was totally destroyed. Whether this house was insiured or not could not be ascertained. The stock and furniture, which were considerably damaged by water, wern in snred fur $300 In the Sun Miutual Insurance Com pany. The flames then communicated to the two story frame house on (Callioe street, near Clara, and which was owned and occupied by Mrs. Davis as a grocery anrd dwelling, was completely destroyed. The stink and furniture were insured for $12110 in the Firemen's and the building for t23001 in the New Orleans Mutual Insurance Com panies. The flames then extended to the two-story frame house on Calliope street, owned by J. Kil bredle and occupied jointly by Mrs. Camp and M. Cunningham, anrid was completely destroyed. The house and contents were insured in the IIi bernia Insurance Company-the contents for $300, and the amount on the house Is unknown. The flames then spread to the adjoining frame house owned by ex-.Judge Velnard and ocunpied by Mr. M. Warner, and completely destroyed it. Whether this property was insured or not could not be ascertained. Chief O'Connor, at the risk of his life, sucoceded in rescuing two ladies, Mrs. Vazai and Mrs. Da vis, from one of the burning buildings. I'hbe fire is said to be the work of an incendiary. The alarm was turned in from Box 56 by Officer P. Stanley, of the Hecond Precinct. *lI LAAT HMUNT. A Man shnt Through the Breast and Al most Instantly Hilled. On Saturday evening. in the rear of MoDonogh ville, a baker named Philip Fsh was accidentally shot and almost instantly killed by Geo. Gege helmer, also a baker. It appeare the two were out hunting and had sat dow: to partake of some lunch, when the trieger of Oegibelmer's gun was caught in a bush, causing the gun to ex plode. The entire contents of the weapon en tered Fish's breast. He only sarvived the wound sr hour. Of this affair the police appear to be ignorant. BREVITIEa. An application for a rehearing was filed yes terday before the Supreme Court in the case of the State ex rel. Duffel vs. Morris Marks. Gov. Nicholls on yesterday appointed Louiq F. iolson district attorney pro tem., parish of West Feliclana. There will be given at the Ladies' Bethel, on Fanlon and Jackeon streets, this evening, a pleasant entertainment for the purpose of fur iliebing the IBethel and reading room. That the many friends of the cause will respond in num berm Is well assured, and that they will have an enjoyable time we can voouheafe. The Arcade Rooial Club, devoted to the Terp eiohorean Goddess, organized some days ago and elected the following oflioers: Chas. E. Sloan, president; Thomas Ilonabin vice president; Louis Meisnor, secretary; Joseph Sohiozing, treasurer; John Gallager, sergeant at-arms. We have the authorization of Mr. Rufus Hunt to say that the statement made by a friend of Charles F. Hlarvier, that he had on several occasions negotiated paper f r Harrvier, is false. Mr. Hunt stathe that he never had any business transactions of any kind with the man. He had mot h;m once be fore, in New York, in company wi'h some ns quaintances, and it is on this plea that Harvier asked for the money, whi"h was advanced by Mr. Hunt, upon representations which afterwards turned out to be entirely rals . CITY ECHOEn. A charne of carrying ooncalerl weaponn holds Robert Gilhard a prisoner in the Harbor Sta tion. James McCaOnn can be found in the Harbor Hta tion. The charge against him is maliciously breaking a showcase. On Sunday a vioioun dog bit a man named Jacobs in the log. The dog was killed by Officer Magnon. L. MoCall, a coal merchant, is in the Second Precinct Station. charged with being drunk and carrying concealed weapons, to wit, a pistol. At half-past 7 o'clock Sunday night a dog bit a child aged five years at the c'roner of Coliseum and St. Mary streets. The animal was killed at the request of the owner. Chin. Cheevers, John Westlev, Geo. Brown, Ed. Harp and John Brennan were run into the Fourth Precinct Station, on the charge of being vagrants. Chas. F. Harvier, charged by Rufus Hunt wi'h obtaining money under false pretenses, was yep terdev sent to the Parish Prison by Judge Smith in default of $1000 bail). One of the men who broke jail in Jefferson parish on the 12th lust, was captured yes'erda7 by Officer Roache and locked up. The officer, so it is alleged, went after the accused in the guise of a negro. James Dillon, George Lebrun and Michael De laney were immured in the Third Precinct Sta tion, charged with being drunk and disturbing the peace. Delaney is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, to wit, a revolver. At 6 o'clock Monday morning Officer Lyons dis covered three negroes in the act of stealing a barrel of potatoes from the landing, head of La fayette s'reet. The officer gave chase and fired two shots at the fugitives, but without effect; they deserted the potatoes and fled. Mrs. Elmore Francis, residing at No. 64 Bur. gundv street, reported to Officer Dorto that she had discovered a man hidden away in her room. That on her discovering him he fid, and she af terwards discovered that he had robbed her drawer of two dollars. At half-past 10 o'clock Monday morning a child named Julius Arnaud, aged ten years, was ran over by one of Mararet's bakery wagons, at the corner of Orlumbus and Boman street, and slightly injured. The driver of the wagon was not arrested, as the ehile's parents did not de sire it. Guilty. In the ease of G. Bosenthal, seeused of per j.ry in testifyin in the easeof inestd, wherei Augeusi Pfteb, WsJr Peckmeral weas harged withl iuest wit. s dtel.f, tb'Jutr meafm d Into eo at t 1 o'oooelck bs moisot, with r ferdlie of guilty saganet oseanthal, teeo.ilmnetdltg bhi to the mercy of the court. A PI.ttdelJpirlt Ia Jal, Fred Baxter, alias Henry Jaoksop, aliM W. 'T Bradebsw, lias Brady, was lodged in the Onttital htation yesterday, charged with belfgt a fagiate from Justice. It appears the sootned i8 weta44 for robbing slease B. Seeley, of Philadelphbl while to Ids employ. A MIsllssiept pI igAer The steamboat Katie, whioh reached here Mon. day morniog, badl on board the body of a waas named H Mire, who was murdered ast Bernard Landing, Missiseippi, on last Wednesday, by Mtt known parties. Tbh body wee brought by the dsoeased's fmlrly to this eity for interment. A Plank Wound. A rdilionity took plaeo this morning on DWit. street between a white man named GeorgeBrown and a colored men nemed Aleansder, whibh re snlued in Brown's getting a libd gash on the he.i from a piece of plaokitng vigoruoney wielded by his antagonist. It appears that Brown, for srme remson .or other, was on Alexander's premises, on DHelta street, and though ordered to leave by the owner, positively refused to go. The Irate Aleiarnder thereunpn struok him over the head with a plank with bloody (fent as above. Mrsx Mlederi'n Rash A1et A visit to the hospital Monday mornlg dil elrned the fact that Mrs. Medere, who wal rrnnnrl in an Insensible oonditioa in her bed at the Stranger's Ho tel munday morrire,, and wh' was oonveyed to the hocnrtal, did attempt suioide by tkking laudanun. A tablespoon sand a vial that had contained the drne was this morning fonied in h, r room. 'J'he laularnnm was bought in Gretna Irom a druggisr named U. Bastrnss, yet thisgeln tleman, upon being Interviewed, denied having sold the poison to arty snoh Iadr; yet the vial found in the victim's room bore a label on whieh, was Htnstrnse' name. A DE'mrnvrAT reporter viitted the Charity Hlfo pi'al st' rdlay and was informed that the lady'e condition was the same, whioh is a very oritlial one. HOTEl, ARIVAIAM. HT JAME~ HFTTEL- I1 Lispr. Mobile- H A Blll, I(lni rn .tit J . Ii Rhawl. Mie: (Cha+ TEhorn tn ii do wilt. at Elo,i. Min.i M It Jone and. arln. linvmrnd. Mi-c .f ,1) Monroe. Osyka. M1 W it I.avilrlon,r .1. ( Travl. and son. Ma.gtola, MisE: .1 I' May. In-liana: A ) Taggart UoOd mrr, Mis m1) lM hnrlrh, W It WBssAll,PhilRa IDr ( iM itiani. ,Wreonucoura, La; .oo Handt aroll or n Canton. Miriss: .1 I Hampton, New ,York; Maynrard Cr.w,, Mandaron Ala' Nall. Miss; E '1' Eggineiton. Miss; A Cranf it; 1' I Ewing. LIlrttriht. Li,; H M y ,i-ff 'it vlror. If H l'alfrrty, Hnewtnt'. Tnn ; LEverett, ,rtnrtmit. MI-s: A C Iirul aton ltoupge Wmi (rr',hoir, wilfe and ifiti, Almon ThoKnr ,St L,-iau I) EMHtark and family. Miss; M , o t rity; JI' NiIryhtt. ( Il Wlkrrr. A K.rn, Tox; B WhitrtlhIt. lh. t i-trines rarisrh. La; TW trnr .J A (itlirk. .. W Thornas. city; J J Tre 11'r, bilnlk rlver; .1 A ittAtnrwhlte, Nashvilel WV lilBorts. Now Yo rk; ovorton Vade, T iyrmntr. A (I Brrnteri. Now Iberits: Perri'W 1b strr, Itanir'l Wtrtta;r, Winlnrntorh Ky; Mrs nt leard nr e sarvant. 'ltvl; I ' I'F aing, city. Wro ninrry Rmith, and wit. Nashville Tenqt; f Ii HraeRll. Cinilnatt rtti tRrtre; J L3 Bslahon C-.lrr ian Mis;: J A Williams, steam rAsh itn rid H51 Ci (lrl rv't. I'ar'inRttIl a; Wm N ook stv. rity; Winr H Itnolaril. Mal-n. Ala; Co Voorhles, C B yhi, r'ity; Hooper Harris, Nash villr. Tnot,; Mrs W W (Oitbts, Ohild and servant. Jones H Hamrnilton and lady, ()Curmmings, Jak son, Mints: (Itr A NI West. tJohn A Price, Holly Htrings. MI-sR B Warisroogrl, Baltimore: A ( t.obangh andi two childrrn. Honery Groe, 't'exa` ; Y C A Rod.nt.s, Wrno, Texas W 0 Me Intnsh and wife, Bryan, ''Texas; 9 D Parry, Amsbury, M:as: J A .J r-kon, Grand Lake 'Texas; .11 J.lackson, Hluntsvill.' W 0 Smith,d .I Caunteron. E O IP Kellum. WVai-o. Texas; Morris, Texas; W Leonard, Master Howard. 'ity. CITY HOTEL--R B Dunn, Kentucky; 1I] Floutt, tlty; Ed H Ale'xander, Austin: W 8 Dod ran. PI',r'agoula; Ir hJohn E Holtden, Louisiana' J If Hmith. MiNssisippi: Chas Handy, Col Win Hanly. Canton; Wm Hf Hambler. New York: Capt Ilswthorrne. teamship Algiers J B Kemp, Thor T Hingleton. MissIaipoa; W'GBIlayden. winf and rhlid. Kentucky; J E Terry, Westvllle: It Daniels. HI.zlehturst (Geo B McCoy. Louis villr: John F Davis, Ohs C Weems, Bapide; W C Andrews. Bastrop; Chas C M-urs ippidoes' E 1' Fourtnllotte. New Haven' (eo, handy and ,on. Canton ; Frank Foster. Mobile: C H BHam say, Moint Olive; S G LaycoOk. Louisiana; B W Mooney, Chilcago: .1 Carh., cty; Otis Hackett, Wano; Stegphn Kogn. rev str Dix; Joe Henry and wife. Louisiana; Mrs Bell and child, tSt Bernard; W L Shelton. Texas; James P Doug Ins, Tylenr; Hnury Muller, Lawrence Frank (Galveston ; J (: haw. Fall county; Manuel d L.,vy, Lartido ; T ( Hweenoy. steamer Fanehon; I T Young, plains; 'T C Hill. Louisiana. HT. CHa ItLE4 IIOTEL-Lyman Clapp Prov irl,,rrn: JRn C Fisher and wile., Philadelphia: A Wilson, Washlngton. La; PR Bowling, city; Wm It,,htrrton. Ni,w York; H Williams. St J.ames; .iohn I' Weaver, H C Stone, Chiago; Dr .I C Ilarron. Now York : (eoo Lock. La;Jaumes Hnnaman,. Boton; .1 H Mimsr.Charleston. S C; J A Poor, Chicago; P (O (arland and wife, Texas; ThosE Hl'lhafltrr. tI Mary; D N Rowan. New York; C (I Coripr. H ihishrop PT Duffy, Lon d,rn: L 8 Clark,. St Mary; .als BEMds, St Louis A Bombi, Eli-a; (lor Nason. Mobile; Jno q Itaynymondl. H Birrarn New York; C.I Whit try, I)Detroit; (Charls 1' tanton, Jr, Lower Coiast. _____ ___ RAILROAD DEPARTULER. Wo noto olow a few of tho dopartures by the Mobiln f.I.t. linr lac.t vonilng: Goo. W. .attler, Nt+w York: H. (.lapp. H(nlma, Ala : J. E. Neis wangor. ibrhmr,nd: lytirton Coon and wife, louiville: .ullus HJrsr,, Now York: E. . 8tAm monse 'htiledolphIls .1. E. Cr,,avy, l unsanola; It. H. Kurne,. t. l,oui:; J. Il. Barrett. Thornt tn l;trrrtt an .1J. I. Pralthnr, .Ja'ksonvillo. Fit.;: J. W. llugh~s. Now York; Mrs. Noll he, alon W. J. Iollowav. Montgomnry: Donald I,. Mannon. Now Yor,; E. Looby, Ht. Louis: D. I'. Thormra, Morntgomnv; J. H. Norwood and H. Hnnillory. Atlanti: Jnramn Tallon, New York; (0o Jnmos Andtrows (of ttttiR)., (finoinnati; T I,. Armnisptoad (trsvlitin pt kapongor agn.t Atlan l,' (',est. Lint. hlait.imorn: I). Webnstor and T. W"stetr. (inwirtnat ;t 0. 1. Kimball. Boston; C. (L Johnson. Now York. New American Hewing Machine, 145 Canal street. lFivr Arcr.- - thI these times. when everyone is looking around for somethin[g beautiful to pro sent t,, loved ones at home and ebroad, and thereby make life and hieart happier and brighter, the great sale of fine oil paintings, steel plate engravvl ogs, chromo,. water colors on parLnise etc., which will take plaCe on Wednes dav, the 1!tth, at 11 o'clock, at the Old Auction Mart. 7 ('amp street, stould not he forgotten. It. M. and B. J. Montgomery, auctioneers. "P. true to me whil, I'm away," hubby dear, for I shall stop at Asims A Bro.'. ri9t Magazine street, to get materilt for your dressing gown. Fror:, Fr,orn.- Hoe I). E. Morphy & Son's auction advlrtisemont, Wi, are under obligations to Mr. George El lis. the ,po.i,!ar n',wsie tier. opposite the post office. for late Northern and Western papers. AT WzaRI,zi's, No. 1i: CANAL HTRaKT.--Pano butrgalns, upright piatnos, (Chiekering pianos. Hardmanr pianos. Arlon pianos. Kranish&Bach Di' nos. Plevel pianos, organs, music etc., etc. Imm,.nse stock, vpries reduced, leading house i'janos repaired, tuned, moved, boxed, stored and exchatnged at Wtrlei n's, No. 135 Canal street. New American Sewing Machine, 185 Canal street. Speaking of the failure of many "star com binations" in the West, the Chicago Tribunse says: "The Northwest and South have been fairly flooded with them for some time. They all take the same route, following each other through the country like a flock of sheep, one jumping over the fence because the other did. At Bloomingtmn, which contains twotheatres, there are no fewer than fifty-nine dramatic combinations booked to make their appear ance in succession. It is no wonder that the woods are full of distressed actors. Only a few of the better oompanles, which visit the large cities, are clearing expenses." The bill giving the James River and Kana wha Canal Company the use of the peniten tiary convicts of the State of Virginia free of charge has passed both houses, and now goes to the Governor. Richmond refused to ap propriate $25,000 in aid of the work. The Washington Star publishes a list of over 200 newspapers that have been started in that city, run a brief space and collapsed. The Russians took Kars in 1828, 184, 1855, and now again in 1877.