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THE CHOCTAW MET PBOSIKM CLAIM. A ri.AN KOR ?rUl'lIING THF TAYMKNT OK TWO M1I. LlOVS ON CLAIM? YVIIUII HAVK I'.I'.IM illTEll'lt 1> IN Fl'U.-MosT OF IHK MONEY T<? CO TO THE laillHY At?KNT.s?THE C1 AIM 80I.D HY TUB INDI? ANS Kit? iwaari-BTTB ours on a oom.a it? OAM?KU OF THE PANS A UK OF THE CLAIM THIS WKKK. frrosiTHF. aawtTLAB roRr?Rsro\-r>Fvr or tub Titi m n I V?A.sni\.,ii>\, Jan. Si.?The net ion of the IIouso niM.n the ludi.iii Appropriation bill when it was un? der consideration a few days ago was a puzzle to some of tho oldest members. The Committee on Indian Afluir? oflert-tl an amendment appropri?t mi; ???81.247 M for the payment of the old Choctaw Net Proceeds eLiiin, and carried a majority of tho lions?' in favor of it. Hut when ii bad been in RiuXtc-d on tim bill, tim bill was defeated. As ibu only known objection to the bill was tho CkoeSBW ??laiin. it was ?lillicult to understand whv, after it had boeu amend? d, it sh-mld be weaker than the amend? ment itself, liave probable eipaaBBtloa te that st?* of the I) ihm i;its who aro oppooi 1 to President Orsnt's Indian t?olicy desired to r.-cord their protect ?gainst it by voting against all Indian Appropria li?.n bills, while they believed that tho Choctaw claim was a just ono and ought to ho paid. They ihOTofeee roted foi the auiendmenl and then voted against tli?> bill, not on account of opposition to any particular provision la it. but a* a matter of policy. The opposition to the Choctaw claim which waa made in the House the other day was based, not on thechaiaeterof the claim itself, but upon the al? leged fuet that if it were paid tho Indians would uot get Ike money. A large and powerful lobby Las boen in Washington for years urging Its pnyment, and it is bell ved that this lobbv will receive the largor part of the money, if it is ever allowed. To meet ti e objections of those who opposed the claim when it was baal before the House, au amendment ?baal been agreed t?>, providing that the money shall he paid directly to the Indians theniM-lves, and with this amendment Mr. Halo of Maine and those who assisted him iu his tiizht against the claim when it was last before tbe House aro said tai be satisfied, so that it is generally undeistood that when the Indian bill comes up again thin week tho Choctaw claim will be allowed. The BtlUBgeel arguments against tins enormous claim are not tho?e windi depend upon the probable destination of the ?onoy,ehon?d i: be paid, nor upon tbe prosent depleted condition of tho treasury. The fact is. t'.io el tim itself is fraudulent, and its pay? ment would ?-imply be a direct robbery of the treas? ury. The onlv Jual or valid claim which the Choc taws ever had under the treaty of 1S3J was settled long ago, ami a receipt in full was given for it, the United Status at that time paying a much larger sum than anv fair construction of the treaty and of the facts made the Government liable for. oltK.l.V OF TUB CHOCTAW C1 MM. line dishonest character of this claim was conclu? sively proved in a lettor written by tho late rSlillCi tor of iho Treasury, Mr. Hantield. to Secretary lloutwoll on Nov. 14, 1873. in which he gives an ex? haustive history of it. By the treaty of 178S,BBra Ifr. Hau ii Id la the letter referred to, there wan al? lotted to tag Choi i tw Nation " to hunt and. live in ' lands within the United States bounded substan tiiily, Ac (naming the limits of the old Choctaw country in Mlwlsaippl) The Indians held no tillo to tim land*., and admit in the treaty that they were simply lo hold them as an allotment of hunting ground?. Stil?.--? qui nt treaties were mado with the same tr te in 1801, ?Mt, 1808, 1810, l&Xi and IS.}), the r? ..nit of them all being that tho Cheeta we finally ceded their entire country to Sha United ?Mates. Up to li?? the cou Hidetation for tin several cessions was money. In that voar a now policy was adopted?that of rcmoviug beyond the Missi-sippi Uiver those of the tribe w!io desired ti live by iiunting. and to civilize thOM who remained. By the treaty of 1SJ0. therefore, the < hoctaws woro given ubout l?.oOo.OOO acres between tho Arkansas and Bad Ki vers, upon which they were to live, wini?? tliosi who remain? ?1 wiro to have i? si-rvtttioiis a milo square, including improvements out of the land, east of iho Mississippi, ceded to the United Matts, and could bocoino ci tizona of the United States. 11 -sides this, 54 square mile? of the reded country tv? re s'-t apart for a fund to educate ChocUw children, and $6 000 a year for 10 years was sf.iveu to remove BOOM existing discontent. Bal the Indians who remained did not breakup I tubal r-'l.i'.Mil?., and many of them still wan dered ahoat aad led a Berega life. As a result, it was impossible, to ni ike eiti/.i 01 of the greater part .,. liions, ead laws [to BU fir] by the State of Mississippi rendered the treaty of l8'? aeeoassgy, This was I oa the Bania idea as that of 1830. although it ? .? not expected that many of the Indians would ? iii.iin. the ('hoctaws al first lixmg the number of teaatliea lu their prop sritioo a.? likely to do so at ISO, sr indi waa afterward raised to 300. Thiele a Yery utportaat point, ainee tho present Blain arises tluiiMt entir? ly from the troatuient of those \n1io lefaaad to go weet of Arkansas, iho n nub t of tlioso who Bight remain wau not limited in the treaty, but there is ample proof that neither party supposed it would I ..' i) lam.Ins. By tho treaty of 1830, the 1 luds wlrieh the Indiana received in the West were to be held by thoa lu iho aaaas manner as they had held those in Miaalaaippl , their right was simply that of oooapaacy. Bal by the ?treaty of 1830 Iheee essaa lauds, 15,000,1?.?u a? res. were given them in fee ?imple at loHg as their tribal relations existed, aud the Cn i u-d Btatea agreed that ao part of the luida ?should ??vor be omina? ? ?1 m any IStole or Territory. This was very important, as ii gave the liidiutis security eg nust ali fatorodiaturbaneeeos raaMrraltvand they bora to thie day r? ?named ia tho enjoytuent of the ?ighta ifivi n then by ?that treaty. IHK OaraiNJaL UT.I? IKATIDV A r?.IIl ONI' The 14th article of tho treaty ia tbeoi iwhiehat preeeal m the most important. This wai pat ia for tin? benefit of those Choct.iws?heads of families only?who ioaired to remain, and tho nnmlierof whom the ?Ckoel ?WB themselves uover llippueeil woiddexcee.il 800, It provided that each hoad of a funilv uki'.g idea tage of ft muet signify to the agent oi tho United Mau-? Ins intention of d uni lim six mont lis from the ratitioation of the treaty, F? I?. M, l8 I, anil that b| BO doing ho would ?eenre a reservation for himself. In point of fact, the Choitaw? were not aaavded opportunity to gire the rennie?! aotit o ii ni ii three mouths after the i.it ideation of the treaty, so that when Col, Ward, who wa? appointed to register th.-m. arrired, only throe mont h? remained. During lins timo onlv 50 heads of ? iin.li. -s mule claiin. He afterward saade a seea-aj regioter of '?? BUMBOB and gare ? ?it.licit?? to eight other appli? cants, making just 100 ia all. Now upon the solo ground that C .1. Ward unfairly rejected Indians who ware entitled to register, has sprung up this claim which the Hooae of Representatives now pro? pose? to pay. Bal Col. Ward afterward teetified several timor, ander ?lalh th it he rejected no Indian who appealed ia Bl is ?n, al'liough be did refu.se to r?-gistor aaaaeawbere a anxober ware brought to bim by asiugic In... ni. J hat Ward's registration was a fair one is also probable on other grounds. lu BesaeflBtaer, 1881, M ?or Armstrong niailo a wry eaie ful census of tie Choetaws. lit- lound the number before tin? ti. al?, to batt? Wen 19,554, of whom 15,000 e'liiftnita-d, 1 aving 4,%:.}, ?,r ni,.,m 890 families. An ordi i wi? ki vi n to MU the ( e?l< (l lauds in Mis fciasMppi in Ot''ober, \KJi. and 0. W. Mart ?n. ulm \>.i.s to make the sai', was tiiieet? -d to rene r ve the lands bold by the Indiana on Ward ? list. Um \?.t uiietAtk iiig his insttii? ti ms. a?low?d further registrations up ti> tbe very ?luv ol the ?al?, and even opened an oflice in each land di.-tnet vsh te be also ree, i\ad t ?-/lallat i n*. 'Hie whole number on his list? in ad? dition tu those found by Ward, was 5&, ann the ?mount ol land they were entitled tri as stat? ?1 in _ uetastaATo ol the l'resideot to Congi oa? in I ?bruary. waa Sl.l,?ieS acree, Memorials wero also sent to Congreaa at tbe bbbbwO time ciiarg-ng that a great numbor of these rogi.? .trallon* w?.i?' fiaudiilrnl. This iimusage was nimrod to the Imitan Committee of tin- ,s? nat?. e\t wkicb Jobn lkli waa (Jtaamaea. and he reported that the great number of those claims had eauaed general surprise, and created asirong suspicion that they could not be woll found??.. The Committav? thought that about 573 might be .?hecorrect number, but reported a bill providing for a commission ?imply lo ascertain how many of the Indians had oflen-d to comply with the 14th article of the treat*. This bill was passed, and 1,800 now claims were registered by tho Commbtsion appointed in accordance with ils provisions, The rapid ?rowth of this claim is wonderful. The only legal registra? tion ever mado contained 100 names ; tho first illegal one 5_J more ; and the noit, eoine years afterward, 1.349 more. KIVWARD KVICIIETT*? REPOKT. Tbe report of thia fJommiBsion waa referred to the Indiau Committee of the ?Sonate, and Edward Everett made a report upon it on Feb. i_, IK?. Ho showed conclusively that nt least 1.000 name? of the I,-! ti pis! ration munt have been fraudulent, becanso the known number of Indians who remained east of the Mississippi was not great enough to furnish so many heads of families, and ho recommended that 8 Ki be allowed and that 4W.00r) aero? ho given in full payment of all the claims. Congress never took any action on ?Mr. Everett's report, but, in 1812, ap? pointed still another Commission. Tho proceed? ings before this Conimiasion wero of a most dis? graceful character, as is shown by tho pro tosts of Claiborno, odo of it? members. Tho most fraudulont claims were admitted, and Chu borne was challenged by the attorneys of the Choc taws for exposing and opposing them. Tbo report of this Commission shows that they rendered judg? ment in 850 cases, and they say that "all the Choctaw claims under the 11th articlo of tho treaty have been finally determined." 'J ho number of claim-, allowed by both Commissions and passed by the Department, in addition to those registered by Ward, wa9 1,155. To settle thoso claims the 1 nited States gavo ??4,101 aerea of land and in lieu of reservations scrip amounting to $l,.W,..-0. Half tho sciip was delivered to the Indians theiuselves, und UM other half retained by the United States and int'-i. st paid upon it, the scrip being reckoned at $1 -5 an acre, or, in the aggregate, $?77,1*00. lui? rest on tho sum was paid until 1853, and then th.- principal was paid, the amount due at that time being $87*_,0O0, and this sum was aec-ptedasa full and lmal reloaso of all claims under the 14th article of the treaty by the tribal authorities of the Choctawa, and the paper giving this r. lease to the United -tatM is now on tile in the ?Second Auditor's oiila'c. wlnro it may be seen by any lombas ?if Con? gie**! who has tho curiosity to inquire for it. Bl NKWAL OK IHK C1 AIM. But the Choctaws were not blow in renewing their elah-, though the (?overninent. never for a mo? ment assented to it. Finally, in 1K55 anew treaty Was made in which the United States agreed that the following ijuc-itioiis should bo submitted to tho Senate : (1) V, .etlit-r the Choctaws are entitled to or stisll be allowed the proceed* of the sale of tbo landa ceded by tlj.'tn to tin- Dotted Htat*s by Hie tr-aty of Sept. 27,1830, Sed.ictlia. tliorefroin the cost? of ttieir survey aud tal., and all just und proper ?>xpcii<iitiiroH neil payments un? der the provisions thereof ; and if so, what price pat acre shall be allowed to tin. Chortawa for tho landa rc malning un?ol.l. lu order th tt a-Dal aottlemool with Hiern may lie. promptly ed cted : or (2) Whether the C1)..et ?WS sha.I he ?linfred ngrot* sum lu further and foil ratlai-fltlirn of all tbelr claims, na? tional aud ludiviiiL?.1, agaiuat the Uimed St.itea, aud If ao bow much. Tho Choctaws presented their case, and UM claims on winch thev principally relied in support oi their demand to tho not ptocoedswero thone arising under the 14th a'rticle of the Treaty of is.'!?, which, as I bare jost shown, were fully settled io ISO- The In? dian Coounitses i%nocted in favor of awarding them the net proceeds, and say in their report that the mom considerable item presented bytbeChoe. tawp as abasia tor their claim had ita ori_ i n in the llth article of the Treat v of ]S:;>, eke. Following the recommendations of this Committee, and with? out any explanation of the matter that ( nabled the Senate to unilcvttand what it was doing, that body, on the a-s'iraiiio of Mr. BrhantJsi. that when the account was st;.t d it would be between $SiH>,0?0 aud 9h00DJX?0, on March 8, I8S9, au tnled sucfi ?t j sum ar, the luteriof Department should find lbs mt proceeds ol' the landa amonoted to, and it is this sum of nearly $?,ooi),uV0 that tho Ilouao now pur poses to poy. THE WIIOI.K CASI* IV A \("I ?-_____ To sum the mat ter np, tin n, this no1 proceeds claim arose out of an article of the treaty of 18o">, which the Choctaws themselvi s did not suppose WOnld af? fect more than SOO families, and of which only 100 families over legally took advantage. To settle it, reeervatiions were giren to 113 heads of fami.ies, amoiintiug to S'.1,101 aereo, ooder the original treaty, aud, under the aots of is;., and 184-., thcro was given in addition to 1,155 hc;u'.s of tannin s scrip in lieu of reset i iition?, amounting to 1,.'1119,920 acres, and finally one-half of this scrip was redeemed at par, the re? mainder having hern sold by the Indians or located, and paid for in cash (f8_^000), the oonstitatod au? thorities of tho nation giving to tho United States "a final release of all claims of such parties uinl. r tho 14th article of the treaty." And now the House of Itepreneiitatives proposes to pay to thoso Indians $?,? hj.oOO more on account of thom very same i launs. After this is done, what will prevent the Indians from renewing theirelaim lor a few addi? tional millions! They receipted in full for them onco; can thev do any more alte: this proposed pay? ment is made f The award of the Senate covered claim* arising un? der other articles of.tin* stun? treaty, and tin- amend? ment tollu- Judian bill (iiopuses to pay those also. 1 in\ aiiiouut in the aggregate to about ?fj'.KJO.OOO, making tho total amount $-!,.>Sl,_17 'M. It can bo easily shown that those ela i ins aro as fraudulent as thoona I have considered, and if any member of the House douiits tin* truth of this assertion, I refer him to the letter of Soliclor llaul'nid to whioh I have before refer? ed. Of course the principal MOOCH why this amend? ment onghi to be defeat' d is tliat it is fraudulent, ami that ita passage would simplv bo robbery of tho Treasury. There aro other reasons, however, that ought to be considered by Congress. The fact that lobby BgontS will get largo foes from it has already lu .ii mentioned. 1 am further Informed that nearly the entire claim has been sold for about ii? cents on a dollar, and that if it bo paid none of it will go to the Indians, but that the monty will bo divided np among tho men who have advBOOed on it at such rninooa rates to Um I:..linns. This is one ol the aunt dishonest jobs that have boon bel?ro the tar?teni Congram, and every man Who, after baring thi facts in regard to it brought to his atU itini, advoca?M it or votes for it, should bo marked by In?, constituent? and hold responsible by tho pi- iple as a plondet?i of the public laroonary. MUNICIPAL NOTES. A committee of the Westcliestor Hoard of Bopervleoea called yesterday on tbe Mayor and con nulti-d willi lorn relative to tim unsettled ?ccoilut? ra? .-nil mu- from tlie mint latlon of tin- Twenty Uiiril und Twenty fourth W uda. Another del'-ai-lion wa? a coin mit tee of (ii nu las, who presented their view? on inu i:ii ipal Kov. nun ni. The Mayor promised to take the Bogneatto?i into tonalli walloa. i he uicuilieiA of the Jio.u .1 of Aldermen met last even? ing at the rt-iidi ?. I Of i'realdeut Lett is, und informa.i)' atiaeaaaod saamelpal matter?. Tbo mealing waa ratbti o' a social than a Im?..ne .s chanicler. Tint ( omuiittee on litiiruuda will rep-rt to theBmi-of Aklernen to? day aganirt the u.? of T rails by certain of tbe city ritll ro?Aa, ami will i. . ..min. tul t., it grooved rml? be unril lni.te.nl, on the ground that auch a chaua'e will render nui ??: travelBalerand sattler? Till: -BACK LAID THROUGH THE IIOOSAC Ti; N.NE I?. NOBTB Ai>t_s, Ma??., Feb. 3.?The track through the ilooaac Tuuuel waa connia ted tin* afu-r noon. Ii baa yet to he blocked up and leveled beforrj a train eau he run. The flrsi train?a conatructlou truiti? may po.siiii.v be aeiil through tina week. I'htro waa no public ill Ulelietl .1 Illili BALTIMORE M UUafaTaU TRADE. IUltimork, Md., Feb. 8.?Six cargoon of rofli-o. aggregating is,hoi halt?, were ?ntnrrd at th* ( ji-totai houae lu re SOataSS?fTi a? ?rnviuK at thi? port, or lb loo ha;, (rota J-li. RAPID TRANSIT PROMPTINGS KNQINKKRlrtU DKCIHION ON RAPID TRANSIT PLAN8. MKRTINO OF THK SOt'IKTT Or (IV1I. KMiil.Vr.FIlrt TO IMHCt'SS HAl'IU TRANSIT-KlU'Oltl ol' TUB C?M aHTTKK. The regular meeting of the Aniei ?can ?Society of Civil Engineers wa? beld yesterday afternonti at theil- rooms, st No. 83 WUHam-st., end after the regular routine business, the report of the committee on Kapui Transit was read. As expected, It was a very volumln Otis document, giving many data that had biw-ti collected r? g inline toe working of rapid transit lines wherever attempted. The many plana proposed for this city wem taken up. one by one, their probable cost, as well as re? turns given, anti In .thi? manner tho question of tbolr feasibility directly set forth. Tho under? ground railway? wero looked upon its out of the qui-etion, the Committee estimating their en?t upon tho routes named at from ft.CCO.000 to gi.ooo.?oo per miln, requiring an outlay upon which there could not possibly be adequato return?, at any ruto for year? to come. The depressed ronds were also unfavorably reported upon. Theso it was rousi.lered would require tbe acquirement of too much property, nu.l great loss in ease of failure. It wa? the Argument of tho supporters of depressed railways that tho bon.Is issued would be covered hy tho property acquired, But tho report stated that It could not bo so demonstrated. In both ins'ances too much time must elapso Befare there could bo anv ri-turu open tho Investments, and according y thoy could not root Ive, the support of capitalists. Without ndvovutlng their establishment, tho Cemmltteo favored the plan of ch-vatcal roads, an I by tables demonstrate I Ike fact that the* coiili 00 bulli with such economy of outlay as to warrant a very fair return on tho cost, and at the same time m such a tuan nor as to meet all the wants of rapid transit. K'.avated roads, In the opinion of the Committee, off r tin-only solution to tho problem of rapid transit. Tim tin .n N n of the Committe were unanimous in the.r report. As the document wa? read, from time to time it called out very animate?! discussion, many of tim mein liors favoring some ono or other of the schemes ad? versely reported upon. At the conclusion of Its read ing a number of resolutions were offered iu regard to the rep'iit. One was to the rlT? 11 that it bo rceeivixl by toa Society, but uot bo mule public, a? it might c mvey the Impression that the Society wished to meddle in local au or', in which tboy had no right. Another resolution was that It should be laid on the table fur further consideration. Finally a resolution was adopted accepting tin? report and discharging tim Commit tee, and fur-ln-r providing that the report ?hould be published nu a paper Of the Society, but uot as on? coiivcting its unanimous opinion. With this nnderstandln? it will puss into the hands of the Printing Committee, and It is said that nitino a week or lea da*e proofs will be issued to tim pre??. '1 lie ,?t,H-i'ty aiijourneJ ab-iul '.' p. lil , afiei a se? sion of six hours. 8UGOK8TION8 AT THE CITY HALL AND EL8BW11ERE. raoJECTS ash Ainu mumm BBTOBB mr ? ommit TEK OF TI1K li.lAllH Of AI.HEI'.Mt.S -AIUHII.--I.s HY B. E. ClIl'KCil AMI TUB IK'.N'. JOttg B. li ASMS-HU. M0Vt.Mr.Ni AM?.NO lill; BUSTOIS! MI.N. Messrs. Purroy (Chairman), Shaixili-y, Ilil lUtaOtj Howland, Brid Cole, eoiiiUtnting tho Special Aldi-rmanle. Commiitei' to luve?f inatn and report upon the question of rtpid transit, m?t yesterday Bltemeen, In tin? Aldermen's Chamber, for tho purpose of listening to anv gent lo me ii wie? bad flOWa lo ait BBCO or i ii forma? tion to tfive on tim lo ile. Amone lim mon- eODSpl mons peinons In tho audience, Wblofe SOO? tilled tho room, were the Hon. John B. Hiiskln, H. E. Church?both of whom speke- aad Tax Commissioner John Wheel? r. The lir?t perron wVi adJros.sod the ?CoSBBtittea wa? 9. E. Church, who Bald that ne hud no timo then te SOI fortli fully what he had to preseut t?> t!il-? OMuntitlOO, but would do that hereafter; bo'.hi.sk Baked b.I n quested by those with whom lie was a? tin?;, io ask that btforesuyfln.il action was taken a further hearing might be given to other gentlemen not hore tn-.l.iy to prev nt Hit ir \ iew?. ft? saul ?kera wa? n<. q laslloa be? fore anv community on which Ikara waa to mammon*, an opinion m toare la In tklsoltyln furor of a rapid transit road. The City Treasury Baa lost mor?' tlian ii 0.0 si.OtsJ during tin year. Blaee 18S0, WfcOB It U proponed lo build a r.ipnl trenail road, aud it re? fused to take ateasnrea. if. in latea, ionio '??i, r-.iv, bil bien Invested by tim rut Hi a rapid trau-il road, it would have tared tin? t.-ir tBJBMaJswB Ut taxes and rov.Miue.s to the city. Mr. ?'huron then explained the provisions of Sea ttor Moon'.? bill now before tho I. glslatura, and tho coiistituton.il amendments winch all Ml tins q.icsNoii as beering OB Bpaeiul legislation, showing why Senator Monro'.? bill woubl probably fail, t>c ?Mae of Ita running souter ti the amendments. Hn spuk.? in favor of a road being built by thocity, and expressed tho ballet that private capital would never do it. There was too strong an op? position lu the strci t-c ir corporations for anv private Company to overcome. Tins was thu reason ih.tt none of tho proposed ronds?the Gilbert, and tho Under ground, ?Jtc?were built, though it! was well known that auy of the proposed lines, if built, would return large revenue?. Hut, In his opinion, none of these roads would ever bo built. The city must take the matter in baud. For ?V.ooo.ooo a rapid trauslt roa?l could tia built, witb a double track, from the nattery to li iriem gleer. Tho BBBftUUl was comparatively small. It might bo said that Ibero would be corruption If tho road was built by tho city, but lie cited the result of tho Croton Aqueduct scheme to show at least the iK>.?u<iblliiy of tbe ro v. i-, being the case. This was denounced ss ii swindle when pr..posed, and SSJM were subscribed la this city to be Beat to Aliiany le defaal toa bill for tho opiniug of toa E.'ie Cin.il. He expressed hlmsi If in conclusion as very much In favor of helping tho (?reenwlob Elevat-td Itiad, which was ?uceoediiit* fairly, though It was a failure as to in m?, what the elly? wan ted. Ii was too far from the center of tlio city, aud was only a local accommodation. E. U. Smith, an Inventor residing in the Twenty third Ward, pro 1st ed a plan of a pimuuiatie road, either un dergiunnd or ? levaled, which lie said woubl run is miles an hour, and carry passungers to Hai lern for four ceuts each. After a momont's silence, the non. John II. H ukin culled the BttenttOO of tlie Committee, aud ti,ado a spcich of 20 minutes showing with great force and energy?It being tho main poinl of his romorks?tho BfsBOSlllOB winch in?- lluard of Ali!? rm?n would Inevita? bly en to inter Irom the city railway compauius. He 0 otra n : 1 have como hero from the Twenty fourth Ward to make Miine practical obserratioiis for tho settlement of this question. First, I desire to congratulate you apea bein?; presented hero to the eitlieaa of New-York asa committee of tho local legislature, o invened by BOOUh tuiini.-uiion of Its chief eit-eii'lve oncer, to p.t?s i. jin!? ment li'ic'ifie.r ?iii the report you shall ??lbiuit upon tho most Important BUtdeot .?IT ?Ting iho interest* of our elly thal lia* ever been presented to the city for its con hlderation. I bavo resided in tins city all my life, aid remember the Introduction of the Croton water, an?! wini?. I acknowledge this Was one of tho greatest ad? vantage* whlrli i-,nilli have ut-.-u iii ten to u?, yet I say that the coii.sider.itloii of this BUt>)t-rl of eommuiiicatlou between tue north ami south ends at New York I? more Impm tant for tho purpose of l.qai'lai ing the eimrm m? ?I.M of this city? now over |ifO'300,000 - and of providing res?lleme? for tho poor aud tho middle Bisases, than any saejeet ever pre sunti-d to the Common Council. I remember the Charter of 1857, by wliit-n lin- li uni of ( oiiiicilui'ii was created. 1 remember before thai we bad a convention boro to foi m a city charter, m which I took a deep interest and In wbich 1 advneaf.'l tin- el. ctii,n of beads of depart? ments by the people. I remember fioin 18ST down, owing to the civil w IT, that the Mate 1. gi-Uture year after year took, away from the peoplo of this city thrungli its local legislature and its heads of depart? ments those powers which were couforred upon them? to wliu-ii tln-y wera entitled , and among those powers is lins treated of by Mr. Church, givin?- thom ino power to construct a rapid transit railway. I ?ant to say boro, at the threshold of the dlsens?lnn by tin? l ..minni*,', that you are lo meet willi combined opposition to whatever you are le report, whleB Baa on v in? otorthrowii by that strong ann of poulie m.:1.1 m which throws corrupt men out ni eS?oe, aud puts K<>o?l men lu their placen. Tins opposition will be frightful, because It Is an opp'.sitiou windi has had Iho peoplo of this city aud the people of tgis ?tate by the tlir?.at for years, ami kept them subjects i,ua- n,it stiv? er? iifiis?I menu the combined rallrosd Monopolies that own your street? and your r?tate, and hine j?nr Legtt> laliire to grind sim fur mom, Mt lor lue peuple. [Ap planee.] Here the speaker read from the renort of the Htate Engineer on Kailrosds for 187? ni reference to this com? bination of city railroad! here, " wbich," ho ?aid, " hlth eito has kept New York from having rapid transit, and will bereafier, unios? the united force of public opinion through you, representing the city, and through the Htate legislature, shall not nu it fur us." This report gave the capital stock and earnings of the roads for 1873. Having shown the Immense revenue accruing from these railroads, Mr. Hoskin continued: Last Winter I bad ocossion to be before the [.??Isis tatura In relation to a bi.l lor cluan traualt on tbe Har? lem itnad. I look over lite Hat of the Commute* of the Aataeiiiblr, whoae Speaker wa* my onl friend, the " li ltd i.akIb ol waatabaatar," ?mi I found it w?? headed by a man named laocoln, ami the H-nut? Coinioiiine by Ben Bier H Ikn-at. Tiltia?: ( iluiiillleea ?ero owned ? I oasiirt It bwidly bv the railroad latursotol tbi* Hule, aud I dotiere lo-dar that UM cotnuuitee uf tut- Senate, known a? the " Railroad Oomml?ter>," I? ia the Intereat of Van? derlin and Thurlow W.I, who lia* rrvcently benn r-h-i-teil one of the iru-re?. or dtrnctur* of the Third Avenue Railroad aa well aa the Bleeeker Mirent U.a.t. whom I ??" hy a statement io tho paper own* 134 abares of the Third A Venue Roud, and those aro wui Hi itt Ina ?t Bt I) a, shara, makin? lion,ox) interest In the road, to tay nothing of ata?O mau*, i im-., two mru, Vuudeilnlt and Thurlow Weed, c utrol the machinery at Albany, own the Railroad Committee, und you Will gel ii? rapid tr.iiiMt hen-, de m ro) mg the amuilul of their raining? unios* It lu- by thal remull??* nunile opinion which ?very now and linn, a* li did lift Fall, ?weeps over the munir? and cleans out a putrid inn?*, which ?night lo drop In-o obi h Ion. | Applaus?-.J lu conclusion, Mr. ILiikl.a na I be v. a? in : ?vor of two nlevat'-il road* on the na*t and ??rest ?ide... Ho bettBVOd It perfectly pracilcaiilo lo build two, with a doable tr.i'-k ro.ul for each IA lu-; wide, II iiia.ii. i niiinait in tliuvi atenu?, which are wnlr. J. OL Dey o of tho 'I wt-nti second Ward offered apian foi a road directly over tin- atdewolk, With two (rai Ka, which he eialiiied would nut only be au oruamctil to lim a tv. hut would lieiieflt property owner* BOd would " open up the second floors" for ImvJirttt "'' waa iu favor of a road limit hy toe Can.mea Council, Tba Committee then .i.ij.iiirtieil until Saturday as 1 p. m., wheo 11??- v ?".ni bear any aba nralra to apena* raoosxM of Tin; njg_y__s motbi-Kbtt rou RAPID TLa.NMT. Then will be .1 ?noting to-<la,y at noon, at the ollleo of Un- Drake Brothers, No, tu. Bttm?Wmf, of the < ?.mi:ii.I :.?<? on Rapid Transit named ut th? B?MllOS "f tho Chamber of (oliiuiereu on Monday, and llnal OtTOOgt nieiils will ho made for a VlgOCOM proai-cullin) of the work In hand. The subscription popero, of which tun following la a copy, will he circulatod to day : The paper of whn U the following 1? a copy t? issued In pat?mam ol a reaalution paaaed at o neetlog held al tin- looms of the ( ..ainberoi Commerce. F.'h. l, is;,, of which Ii. I, A? k -rin-ii VM (li iiruiaii, and C K. I v.li, ieomtOQ , and i? i.-lurnable to C. K. Roosevelt, N J. II Wail ?t. 1?1 aa*Vra?(??l hrri-li. t?;ree(ti> r.iritr hot? th? rom? let oppo.it? thi-ir reapr-i nrr ntinr. t.iatnl luii ernitinnnf* f.inl lo Ue Hare.te.) an Ile-cap.ial ?t.x-? .n a railair lo lie i-.m.tru.ii-.l fruin ctia toatlaerlr and uf Manhattan I.,an I to auch patata lorih.rir ti mir lu- .I'teni) in ni upun. tur li." purp.it?> ?f traniuuriint; ptaitrB?eri and ir.iiht, tba laid lui d io or lavaataa i* _*a*al_l nf aucii ??apaay, ?ni n;ma *a_i aaa i Baa* ?? mar lie ?f reid upua hr two tlilnl. at tin IBhM?B-r?. prunjal, tint tbn ?til-Aii-'iiim? ?hall rt|ii''?i-i<l more l.itn ?iO yr c??l afta* wl.ole ian ?nh.i-rili.) ; mil further pro?!'?I, Uni ?iili?<--Hpti ina fur a ? um nut Ira? lb in $.1 OOO.OoO alull lir ule ?.arl. it I-, ?it!? ? i'ornlltino of tin? ?cb*erint-uo, I.ni no rltimi fur total?tt, _Tll?tata, or BlbarfB? iiiuDi-ra.iun alkali Ii? mai* br tin *8?atiban, um I the isrtril tgrer.1 U|..m f.r fort .er ripital ?btli be miudIisi willi l'en nil li wtiieli Ihn ?taiiiti?li ?o'.?.-aliwl ?bill be pariel* aud all inn. ?r ik-laiU la lae ia? aui.ji i t ai future tri nu. liaie.1 Sim lurk. lot.. 1. 1878 Tu.- ii.-iii.ii iuei.ii g of tim Chim'ierof CotOtBOfOS ia to he beiil lo ii .tv, and very probably tba -.iil>i".!t may come mi for dlaoiuaioo before tn.n b _i, a? man? UI 'ho Beta? h.TS ?to lill, rented lu the moven.i ii:. FINANCIAL INTERESTS. aciiahon in THE aou> makkiit. Va lil? M s imtOB-M TO ACCOUNT FoK rim KH? IN OOU>? iN'Ki.t'KMIB Df niVAItl in. OHAMOBS l>f KMii.tM? uto iiit.Ni'i'?ranri or p_o__m_ir iia.n kii:.-?. Tho (JoM Exchango presento?] a m-eno of 8?eitel??nt footer?ay which ha.? not beou observable for a SOaStdStablS H'lio wiililn i tri dingy precinct*, (.?old opened at 11 '?-. adr?nos, to 115J, wem back t > IMJ, aud closed at HS. Tue cause of thisaudden advance waa attributed to tin- continued heavy lost of Hu?.lou hy tho Beak Of England and heavy exporta of gold front tilla countr.y There ha* been a steady decrease In the tmllion of tho liana of i'ng'and for several days past, and yaetcr day It waa announced that _5*J,0:JO had bOOS withdrawn. OutgutUfT 8t"..niers have taken large quaotitioa of gold whn li. it han bOSB thought, might lind Ita way into the Jiaiik of raglsadi aud p. riiap.? change tho How of hallion, or at all events supply that wh!"b had been withdrawn. Tun litest adv.-es, however, do uot indi? cate that tins result was accomplial ed. All sorts ef theories are ?fl mt M to ;hc tau-.- ot tbe d.-tullian, n in ai ana tory etrolea. Ono ?.tory wa* to the e_bet that the i iry of Parla OaaabOOt to negotiate a loan of ?i'),(XK),0)0 fraiies, aod for tin. porpOM o! placing tin? loan with BdrOOtagO?O ?MT SMVOSIOSt had been begun on tho L 'iidoii market for the purpose of driving gold to I'um. and, Uv maMng money ia ? >? in tim litter city, to aid iu securing subii np! i NU to Hie loan. Tlii* story, hu. ever, may he t ii...-n willi many grains of allowance. A prominent booker yesterday attnhuted tin? al? tooa iiiaii?v io tbo operatloaa of the iyooa ate m placioo tho new 1'niteii S'atos hon.is. Tn*y Qoverononl n ealllog the oiil F.ve Twenty bonds from the other side. The Buropeoo nations ore not freelj i.iKin? the bow Five? off rod, tba United !-iiat.i? are cxpor?ii',- very little, and tue r.-suli is that tli" di,led bon.Is munt be paid for iu Koli. Thij ?iioimts for Iba entilo?* of from here anc thi Bdvaoee in tha rare Tim banker eoneinded in? remarka w-iih this eropoaltloa: "if tbe aetionoi tbe Syndicate In piue ing |ln,'.n,ir?,of the new Five? i-ti)se>s gold tomlin... fruin i in to II5J, tvliat '/. ni be the price ol K"'d oben tho lein.ai'iiiig |lST?S0S^m Of DO?4? an- plaoed within the belaooa of ihe year." Ho li uni all tln-.se i henriM on-? fact i? tob r.ihn MTtalO, an.I that u, that the Oulla ni icoid hove taken advantage of natural and mm,it m ii eat?oa to i.'a-..ia rigorot? opword BMvotaoot, ihe full power and effect of which is as yet unknown. j..s-ph Bollgataa of the firm of j ,?.- W.Seliguan,at No. 21 Broad-sr, ?aid tba immodlate cante of the sudden rtae la the-price of gold ira? probably doe to the with? drawal of laren amounts from the Hank of England. It waa geeerBHy ondonMood that ??boat l.SM,QD8 poonda ??te! lilli: had been withdrawn duriuat the past three .lays. Bia ilrui bad not received any advices from Lon? don on um sulij -el, but it was rumored on the street that the gold had hecn drawn hy the Hank of Berlin. Other? auppoae.I the drafts io havo originated in Parta, mid the moiny 11 have been leal to the Hink of F.anco. Thora did nm aeon to be any ia ?altiva koo? leda? oo the auhject There wera also o.iier r. Mona nil?_ nar have air-.te.t traiuaettO-i la Bold. A million dollar* ?old had be? ii ?ml lo Havanii wilhin i, few itara It Waa al?o kini'.in that th<? Btnendmaota fe th?. tirn?, increasing tin d-ities on eertain arln les, would bo in force lu two or three days, and nieii'iiaiiu Interested would i.Migad te buy heavily lo meet their payment-, ut th* Custom house. A? an individual opinion, ho believed the BOVCBent originated with tbo bolla In Bold, and the value* were merely s]"-t Blatlve and Oetltlous. Thara was no real or ?iiiieianti.il iniiis for an im r>ei?aa io the pneu of gold, hut in tin- pt?M nt Bl ita oi' the li.innes temporary ad? vantage would ho taken, ami th?M ?harp op- ration? must he c\pei t.'il. A prominent city hank'-r saul tint thosr? disturbances onginaii'i m the praaoat Hu nic ii aystetn, or rather w.iut or tin m. ?ii lytton m tas __oageaent of the affaira of tula country. The reeont act* of Ooogroaa wiro not, properly apeaking, flnaaclal legislation, but political i otnpromiao? and otu iblfta, Koa promue to resume ii ? ? io payiueuts at ai)> lined time eonld not be k. pi. Bnleaa tke neeeaaorr eonditlooa oere ?applied. 1 in re must bo a sound tlnain'ial tia-us on wimb to work. Tlie groat law* of trade and finance win ham recognl/.'d lu every country as the foundation of credit, auf which ara governed ny tiied pnoeiplaa will reg?lalo andV-ilillol I Iib D trki-t ID r.pite Ol Cougle?? luaal aod partiaan eooctt-cota. Our Srcretarlea of tho Treavoiry sara not aeoepted tin H aatobllshed facts, and tin ra for? have failed to riva itaadloeaa to our ii,,an aa, Mr liri'tow, the pifBOBl S 'Cietary of the i'teiisury, liait uot liBCii lona in ollie*, and It was doubtful If he jrr.iaped tn. Inapplal snuaiiou iiriuly ami understood tba proper remeiy. It wa, known that lie was BOI sat ?tieil lliat Congress would nidorao or sustain any po.iey at vaiiancn with palrti-Ma feeiings. Whilo our present system con? tinued these disturb mes would necessarily occur, and Wero morely temporary in their eb_roOtO? Wotlu-rspoou _ Co., at N". 15 Kxeli mge place, stated that tin- motley articles iu Tn?C Tlin.i SS gavo acoireet Idea o' ila- liiiaiiel.il ?.(nation, and as lo tba withdrawal or gold from the Batik of longland, It was reported lu certain banker.'ollie?-* that the gold had novor gonn ont of London. The present exi-lteiueul had Ita Origin IO the endeavor of a null clique lu London to mere?i>. Mm raf? of Interest by a OBOOBttOd run on the Bank of Ko glaud for gold. Tun QoverotneDI should adopt a Uiian clal policy that would attract gold lo this euiintrv pre? paratory to specie pa. in.-iiin. ia..d them would bj no fear of ?hlpiiients of gold to . eady the London U) irket. ' Mr Plak of l?ek _ Uatah, sold thai tim demand for ti.av. mun at bondn, ut advancing prices, their near, ili? lli tin? Harket, und the largo Importation* from Lurope .ry to supply the demand for homo luvestiueiit, bad boee Important feature, m the tlnauclal traimai ? tiona of tho p ?st mont ii. T.n- aOTtOgB banks, inaurauco ?' mi aine-., uni .National Bunks were large und steady buy i ra, whiie estates, trustees, and capitalists were put? ting uwur large amounis for permaueui investment, aud the people generally wero dispojeii, toa large ex? tent, to make their Invt-stnn-uu in the aiime di? rection. Th? dealings for the month had been very large, their owu transactions reselling nearly 118.000,000. He did not therefor?, sue any necessity for approbenatoiii The raddea nae io gold would probably beaevereoa the-? shorts;" otherwise he beltavedtbot the rise would bo a good thing for the country. The Im? porting of boinia and the exporting of gold would be ciiei-Ai'd, while the export? of gram, cotton, and other produre vs..aid be I.I alni in.ire ellenlal??. Slid UM net tneiuia aim,ad would lucreaao witu lue auvaucu IU KOld. COKPOUAIIDN ANO LX< HAaVG- CBAMQMB l ho oiiicci.s of the Pacific Mail H tee-?ship Company nay that lli.-y are about to sell a portion of tim r Mail i ran. ?MO real estate, bit pieter not to glvo the detail?. On the atmet it la reported tint tho sais will net ttoo.ooo. and thal the t'ouipuuv propose to lease the property sold at the rate of tun pt?r oeut ou the nat proceeds. This auteuil?it, however, la dcuiud hy the officers of the Company. Wilson ?i Hunt ha? resigned the Presidency of the Illinois Central KallroaU Company, auggeating to the Board thut the oHire should be tilled by a re_dent of Illinois. The Board adopted a resolution acceding to bia reiiueat, and thaukiug bim for the benefit the Company had derived from hi? services In tbe direction for many yt-ura. John -M Douglas of Chicago, wa? chosen lo the presiden, j , from win.-Ii Ii? withdraw a few yeara aluoa on account of lil in-aliii. Ile has been ldeullflod with th? t - ai. i'.i > for -early twenty yeara. Tun voting ou Iba ame inlin-iiia to the new rule* of I hu Ht.iek Li--tiatige. govern.ng tim ral.-? ol ciimiiiia<iinu IO be OB?TBWd bj broker* Will end lo day Ki ve uuulie I aud tlri> tiro member* have voted agalum thetu. It U043?1 uuir 10S un.? rota* .o bo otuit btiforo lo ui.ht to defeat them The petition published two days age ha? already received over four hundred vole?. This pell lion ia in favor >?f | and 1-39 aa the rate?. The t'oiton Kxchange is am.-ndlDK Its bylaw* a* the exigencies of business demand from lime to time. The uollowlng is the latest ameudmont : Article XXV., Bec Vlon 4, to read : (stained cotton, not below Siria Hood r>: diiiarv, mar be delivered on contract, and when so ?lelivered shall be settle?! for aaeordlBg to toe rate* of the New-York Cotton Exenango at thi ti.no of delivery. A meeting of manafactarera ami repreasotatlraa of maiiufaeluring corporations was held a; tue Biord of Trade (Vutril Comantteo rooms yesterday. Dr. tiwyiin, President of th" American Metalllos Comp my, wa. sleeted ? balrman oa ssottoB of Mr. coleman ni th" Lubricating Oil Compaoj Sundry maller* of lab I si tu the turo ti uir were ?lis -usstil without rosall. ?'.roadway WtDENIBQ ASSSBSMEBTB. tub ggflCI ?)K nig df.cihiov [g tup: ??MM or john jai '(iii iSTOSs. The paaafjt decision of the General Term of the rtuperior Court. coui|>?tsi-d of jBdgsa Monell and ( urti?, reverses lue Judgment ent?in?d aiMinst the city by Judge Frecilman, lu favor of John Ja,no Aster, In tho mailor ?>f the alleged illegal assessments upon his property for widening and straighten.n/ Broadway, betweiju Thirty fourth end Ptftl iniiili-sts The assess? ment tin refiiri ii in.tiiis at a li. B on tho properly, and is a cloud upon the title. Tim original authority for wi Inning Broadway bo tw??s3n tbe street? mimed was passed la May, l>t09. and on Nov. li of that year, Charles ??. Cornell, James 8. Hennessey, and Thomas Murphy wero appointed Cuni missioners of Kstlcnato and Assessment. Mr. Murphy se; ve?! until Oat, .'-?. UT?, wh'-n he resumed. The (lum luistmuers made tlielr lei-ort late In the year, and It waseoniirmed Dec. 28. UM. In tho beginning of the your 1171, Janies Watson, the County Auditor, who was known tu have had charge of many important Interest.?, i H?ncete,1 with tho awards for damage*, sod tho assess? ment? for b. rj.-tlr-?, on the line of tho proposed improve? ment, wai fatally injured, and soon after died. There were umny remonstrances ?gainst tho proceeding? and action of the Cosswlsslonots. and an uct win passed by the Legislature, Feb. 27, 1871, under which the report confirmed In Dot-ember wa* set ??Ide. and John Q. Jones, James B. BeUOOOBOf, and William Wood were subsequently appointed Commissioners to nutkti a now award ami assessment on the property sftMted. Tue r? port of these DOW t'oiiimlssioiii-rs was cuuUrmei July 5, 187!. ?in 1 the fool lugs are as follows : Awsrrli.*1 DM 72.1 (IS ?-..Hector of A,vi?tlirDt?, f?e?. 1,1,1 H .1? Tain! rosl* of I .immiaaioasrt, ls7?). in . iii- 40 Tsitd i-osti bdw CoiaialttiuBurt. rij.ri.io 'Jl Total.S4,J??,3U6 5* The .tmoiinl was assessed as follows: On prop, rtr-iiwasra.2.MHB.1?!?. '?0 ?ta t!l?'-ilf. trStMJSali SB ToUt. S4,:W0.305"m The report Wa* signed by Coiuimssioner Jones and Wool, and a iniiiurity report w.is submitted by Commis? sioner Hennessy. Of tim total amount assessed against tba property-owners Utera had b,-en oolieeted br tba ( oil? etor ot assessments up to April to, l?!7t, th? ?um of li,C;0,.-?.'?). The li?ts w.-ro thon ?eut to the Cleric of Arrears 111 tho Controller's ortie?, who has noel ved I n.'J,; 01 on uecuuut uf tueui, loaving |7 J?.s'Ji uuool iaeted Jan. 1, 1875. Besides the suit brought br John Jacob Aster, which als?) represents tho interests of William B. Astor, sa owner and trust?es, to the amount of IlilT.uuo, there aro other suits ponding in the courts to test the validity not ! only of tbo pre-iout award and u-ssossuieut, but of that of th? Commissioners of 11,0. It Is also generally be? lieved that many of the property-owners In arrears, while refusing tu Incur the trouble and expense of a law salt, aro quietly waiting for the final determination of the suit of Mr. Astor, in the hope tli.tt he will succeed lu having the aeaaeaBBOnt o-i Bia property vacated ami can celi d on tho record, ihe decision would a Weet all of the iini'oiieotod assessments for tho Improrentear, anti ].iii?aiv tilico already paid. It is uot vei known w ni'.'1 Mr. Astor will tako tho case t?i tke Court of A iii.e.ii-, ?uni 111 any event many moutus must ciapao Litfoio tao final decision will li? given. AS IS VS I)A TED dTY. ?jtfPlf ?,? ? STI'.KErfl, PI.OODKD CEl.I.AIt?., AND Ufa PKDKD ll'li-TlC?A FKIIKY-IIOAT COI I.ISIOV. A diivin^ rain-storm from tlio r-artt and a rino m the tomper.itiiro lntfoducod the city yesterday to tho wont features of uWlutor thaw. Most of the streets, especially m th-i lower part of the city, were in a de plerble condition, and, lo hpuvily laden teams, were frequently impassable. The snow aud ice, which have in? u ?.-cumulating for week*. bOCBBBB dissolved, and tho water Bonded tba streeta aad orerflowad tho sidewalks. Thi? members of the Polico Force yesterday morning in? formed a.i persons that they must eleni the gutten ia frout of ' 1.1 :r prenti ?es. In many cases the order was disregarded, and it was not until tbe water beena to pouriiitotheirceii.tr?, as was the ease in Clilt, Frank? fort, Pool!, tfpruoe, ami other streets, and la tho region of tbo "swamp," that eil iris were mado to Malte a p.iasjgi-w.iv lur iho w.ttor. Broa?lway was an etiep tlon to Ike general lula of obstrucloil streets, and tho pavement, cleanly washed, afforded a safe fuotiug. The effect of the storm was very noticeable on she river front, as tho east wind caused a remarkably high tido. Cellars along the line of South, Front, and Wes'. sts were flooded with tidewater and the molted snow from tho streets, and considerable damage was done. Meat of the merefcanta on thoso streets bad taken the precaution to remove any perishable properly from their collais, and the lois was less thin would other? wise have boen the case. A fog bung over the city und the rivers during tho morning, and the ferry boats wera compelled to souud thoir fug whistles continuously ami proceed with groat caution. The Staten Island ferry-boat Westfield left bor slip about 8 a. in, but as tho fog suddenly became very (lemo the iioui wa? stopped, aud she ? 1? ano it to re? turn to ber slip when she waa struck lu the starboard how by tno non seo ?mer Vindicator of Lorrill trd's line, which suddenly loomed up out uf tbo mis.. TIM latter was evidently proceeding at full speed fur the force uf tho collision carried away tho Wost lield's Mancillen?, and crushed Cirough the guards and a portion of the ladies' cabin. Great con? sternation prevailed among tho peaaencera, who were fortunately few lu numbers and not in that part of tho boat which was injured. Hud tho accident ocsurrod lalor, or had the foi 17 i,oat boen limier headway, loss of llfo must have occurreil, but now no on? received any injury and the hull wa? not injured. Af ST tbe collision the fog lifted, and the Vfeetfleld contliineiilier trip to tho Uland and afterward? made another trip to Neu York. At noon she was lan) up at Hinten Island fur ropuirs. Tau ?luuiago is estimated at about hi 0U0. IHK DEPARTMENT OF parks. 81 \n:MK.NT OF ITS FIM\N('Ui. CONDITIOV. The Commissioner!* of Publie ll'arka lioM a m? ? ung yesterday, al which a report was submitted lu answer to tho resolution? of Alderman billings, rocontly paused .11 li.?' Bourd of Aiderai? 1, calliDg for an accouut of tnouoy appropriated and disbursed by the Commis? sioners since June 1, 1873. The balances to different ac? count* inside the department on that day were, to tao maintenance and government of parks arid places, iBWaBtS; to the maintenance and gOTOfaV meut of Museum, Observatory aud Uallery of Arl, 113.690 ; to the niatntenstioe aud government of Harlem Uiver bridges, 113,411, and to celebration of Indepeudenno Da.t, |1D,000. The apnropriations lu l??7t mad? by the Board of Apportionment fur tho City Hall Park, repairs tu the sea wall uf tho battery, ami fur tho maintenance and government of the various parks, places, and bridges under the jurisdiction of tho 1) p in meut, amounted to |5'J5,5O0, an additional ?um of 15,000 being added la september for the maintenance of tlio Harlem llivor billiges. In January, ISIS, then wer? t-i:,;.''l ou hand, accrudltod to the various works uiidi-r tin? charge, of the Commissioners, and the Board of Kttimato and Apportionment appropriated lu that year ISrji.oo? for the ganami expenses of the department. The Legislature m l S3 appropriated 89?J.893, and In 1874, ?Jj'i.'Js'j, w h.cb uri? placed as balances to the account of the American aud Metropulltau Museums. Tho City Parks Improvement Funds In lill showed a balance uf ?i,i74. Appropriations were also mado by the Legisla? ture in li.J uf iLuoo.tioo, and in 1874 of |j.w,ooo, of whloh tho balance sheet In January, 1875, shows tli!9,308 re? maining, with liabilities against this amount of |iOa,76t. Tlie salarie? paid to It? Commissioner? In is:.) was I',.?-o lo Comiiil-sloiiors Stebbins und Wa.o?, m i 14,0011 to CommlSSlo u r Wllltamaoa, as Treasurer of tho Board, which he voluntarily wait eil. Nona of the Commission? ers uow reeelre paj . \? ept me President. A list o? sai ariis of employes,surreyor?, secretarios,sup?-rtuteud ent, gardener?, etc., is given, ranging from pi,600 a year to 8vi 50 a day. A lint or foremen, nteebaolea, etc, is luilii'lcd, with salaries raugiug fioiu pt to 13 per day. Tlnrty-four horses are owned and uaed >y tbe Department, but tiny are kopi in stables belOBgtUC to tho city at a eu t of l8,'Jil. '1 wenty-aovou coutracts have been entered into during the time which tin-r? solution covers, chiefly for ina.on, and granite, ami irou work, aud i.ng i auiouuts, lu many instances, yet remain dun on those. Ttie amount of moue? r, oeivod from various sources during tho timo referred to was ?ii,-?o, from the pound receipt*, grass, sheep' licen?e*, reut*, and labor. Mr. Byan, tuo restaurant contractor, pays 113,488. The CuuimlBriouers further report that no employ!? of the Department has beeu interested lu any contract or loos?) for which the city had to pay the cost, Mr. Byan hiving resiguod his utlloe us Bupcriuteiidoul of Central Park on Jan. 31 , uo money lias bon converted to any Other purpose mau tho uue fur which it wa? appropri? ated, _ AfRIVAL OP THE SOUTHLRN PACIFIC RAILROAD. San Fhancisoo, Fob. 3.?The line of the Lo? Angele? und Independence Kallrosd baa been located to a point 28 nilla? from thi? city by a route ?aving four milo? over the route of the Southern i l'scitlo Kallruud A consi.i.rabte aimjuul u( Hi? ?took bas been euisattirtoed m Lu? Au.o/e?, RAILWAY JIELATIONS. TllK KKPRKHENTATIVF.?1 OP THK A?HOCI ATEL? LINKS OF THF. country IN CONSULTATION. mr riiAriN?. or TiiK WKsixiiN Wat?g un? IM Rill,?: or COVlMlSSl'iNKKS-Tllr. POWKK OB TUB WK.STKKM BOARD Io IiKIKRMINK VKKIOHT ?ATM Si SI-KNUKII?TUB RKI.ATIONS OB I .('IMC Uri HA, A meeting of the n'pr<"4i'i)i:tt.ivet of th? Wi-iteru railroad* with tlie Cttuimiasioiiera resident, ia tun West who have had the control of the ratea on rant, hoiinil (night was held yesterday at the St. Nu bolsa Hotel Officer* of ihe trunk lines and members of the Elstern Board of Commis.ioncr? were alao pr?sent. Among those who took part were (?en. J I). Cox of the Toledo, Wabash and Western Railroad, wl.o presided al the moetina; ???'). Ii Wright of Coltiinhus, Warren Colhurn of Toledo, John r? gut?bail/ of Detroit, Isaac R. Sturgeon of Ht. Loui?. K. R. Wtvls woith of Chicago, and L. N. Andrews of In? dianapolis, the ali Western Hillway Con.mission r* ; Col. Thomas A. Bcott, .'resident of tie l'-nnsylvania ('entrai It.ilroad ; I T TTSOSSll.TblldtTlsa I'r-sl tent of Uki IVn-isylv nil t Ktilroad ; Hugh j J v tt, President of thoEriu Hillway Company ; W. II. V iti.lerbllt. Vice president of the New Y irk Central ll.iiway; Amasa Ht.no-, jr.. President of the Michigan Hou.h ru Itailroad; W. II. M Keen. President of tbe Alton and Torr? lia?te Itailroad: J. Ilurl'.nirt, Preatdeal of tho Cleveland, ColiiDibu?, C'incintiati and Indi in ?polis Railroad ; J. N. M. ciiiiotigh, Praaldeal of the Pitt?bargh, P.rrt Wayne and Chicago Railroad; I). W. Caldwell, Preeld nt of the Plush-rgfe, Claolaoan and It, trau Rafltrajr, Jiidtre Jeweit and (iiiv. DetinPson, two of the three Ballera Commissioner., und J. P. Creen of the Pennsylvania Cenirtl Itailroad, who BSSad ss tbo secretary of tbe meeting. A'ter th? meeting had bof-n foi .nail y organized, a large nuiuVr of pegata were read aliowntg t.iat uoni of the Western rallro ids had made an v mo'iey dilling the past six months In forwarding frei ,-ht from the Weat to the East, and complaining tnat the urn.out rates, and the competition that had lotet; an? m Is c eoOBO, lOBOS of tim opposition of several line* to the rigid nil ?* of tbo Commissioners, were likely loe tus? the rum of tin- eat rylug Interest, unless somi chango should be in.i1?. T'itt readier of the papers occupied over two hours, and ei cited considerable (liscii.alon, In Wha? h Amasa istoiie, Jr , Hugh J7 Jcwett. Col. Scott. W. II. Vaadernut. J N. mm Cullough, aud other? took part. The ?/OOtOro ri-preaon tatlvescomplained th?t tho system of the (omiuis alonershipa was detrimental to tho ral road Inter, as?, especially with regard ti freight, an 1 wini a tin-y bud no personal ubloction to the Commissioner? the_?Slfa?i It was found tbat as the Cohiiums anora eoold sol sei trel those lines which were not IO, or had broken away fr?re, tho compact, they h id eu leavor.-d to exercise a rigid and mino is ruling over those Whloh bawl remilnei Ann to the, aeree liient, and the result wa? that these companies io?t baan ness. The outside lines bad been carrying freight at lower rates than that set down by tnr? Commissioners, und when the combined companies, under the direction of the Commissioners, bad agreed to lower the rates to co nip?-to wltb their opponent?, the latter had reduced their rates still lower until the carrying of grain U> th? Eist was attended wltb a lusa Instead of a profit. Tin? rates had been reduced by tho Commissioners to 3?| cent? per 100 ponnds. and overy railroad man knew that freight could not De hauled from Chicago to Now Y irk for any such amount. The representatives of the Eist >-rn roads took the part of the Commissioner?, and nrged upon the Western repr?sentative? to keep Arm to tne agreement as far as raies were concerned. Thi? ex? cited the further opposition of the Western nn-n, and there wa? every pr ?peel that the ni Mttag neill l aod lo total disruption, when Col. Thoa. A. Seett ouvre?! th? foi lowing resolution : ReioUed. Tu.it the power? of the P.nreatj of Cimmis itooera for lbe Weaten mi wits ne mu?pmi-d, so far as they relate to frtight busim aa, until otberwiai a-.-rc.-ii bv the manager? of those lim-*, and thai the rwaeral freight agent? meet Immediately to esianll.h ra?? ou all eaat-hound freight bOBlOOMi but that the HureaU of Weetara Commissioner* .outinue their organiza-..ou and their coutrol of tho passenger hosine-, i, Thi? resolution, when flrat otTcred, excited a great amount of opposition, and ?um j of the Weetara roaro sentalivea couteuiled that lollroads should M at liberty to settle their own bu-?tne.<s without betas boatpered un I controlled by tho rigid rails or Conii.iiss.o'n-rs; but tho Iraatora toproseataflTea Besetted that it was in that tlieru should be some means of nettling dim nine* when any aroa? between comptine?, and it would be better that the Commlsslouers shou.d Uo retained Then? need be no trouble with re? trd to poaaooaor rates, aod it was belli, ved that the roeOOHOSadBtleBB of the Cum ?In?snSSS ou that subject would he _MOM 1 to. After some further discti?sion the rea /lotion was adopted. The question of the west-bound freights waa alluded to, hat as Col. lioiijauiiu Blanchard, uno of tin- h isteru Commlsslouers. was absent from the city, and the Coin mtsaoner? bad held no formal meeting, no report could bo presented, and the matter was laid over. It being understood that the Eastern Commissioo-rs would hold a meeting so noon as tho whole of them should be able lo bo present. Upon inquiry it wa? ascertained that only two of th? nouerai freight agents of the Western raiiro .da wera lu the city, and that it was impossible to hold a meeting here. It was therefore agreed that a meeting of the general freight agents should be called In one! of the Western cities at an early day, when it was expected ih.it some deflnito agreemeul woald be arrive 1 al relativo to freights. Ii WOO elated by those lote rented ni tho question that tho general freightagents formed) transa-(<d the boat?BBS of the various road? in a very Betta?Betiry manner, ami while doing so the companies earned a larger amount of money than tiley had earned since the Commissioners bad been appointed. The ageuts lu Chicago would meet and fix the rates from that |iomt, and thoa? in Cincinnati would do the same, each city being the best Jungo as to the hastBSBI requirements of that special im-ilny. It was believed that It would be possible to bave the raies for grain from Chicago flx.-d at an early day at 40 cents, and give moro satis? faction to shippers than at lae prosout reduced price of 321 cents. The meeting was finally adjourned to await a eall from tho Chair, and some of the W. ?tern repre>ent_ tivestoida TniBVBO reparler that oltnoogh o? han no1 been accomplished that could have boen wished, tho railroads had gained someihing in being allowed to manage their own freight business. TIIK PACIFIC KAIUtOAl) _N*__PV___ The officials of tho Central Pac.tlo H inroad company complain of the injustice of the charge that they aro seeking to control the railroads of C ilifornlt, more es? pecially of the California division of the Tt-xa* and Pa? cifie Itailroad. They state tnat their Company is en? tirely disconnected from any of tb? new Pat?M Ktil? road enterprises. The Southern Ptelflo Railroad, wnioh ia a California enterprise, is controlled by California capitalista, a uamber of whom aro also intonated m the Central Pirllle Kailro.nl. These gentb-meu In tiieir in ?11 vi tua1 capacity appeared before Hie Seoate ' 'oinmittee on Kai.io.ids .mi ir. u.-; the muller ou bonall o? Un? Southern Pacitii) Railroad. (.??ii. Coiton, ono of tiiose referred to. ?Imply asked that au amemliin ni ho made to what it kno.vu a? th? Toxaa Paetio bill, ropreeeo??d Ua col. Scott, allowing the present Southern Pa. itle road, which ei lends from San Francisco to Part Yuma, a J.stance of BOBO I?I miles, to receive, und.-r lue lill of CoL Scott, tha a?i vantarea of that bill fron tb< Malbara point of their road on the Colorado Uiver. WhMB IBM Pott Yinni. TO? Southern l'aciilc road, or'nat notion winch i? kilowa as (he Los Angele? branch, cooee uog s?n Praarl*oe with Port Yuma 00 'he Cn or.nlo, reoetved Ita lau i a ni under the same organic law thai gave io tin- taxas Ca? rlile ?road Ita land giant. Prom P.it Yunii the Tex a Perfile road moa la aln ?I a doe weat line to -un Diego. The southern l'a.-iii.-. i oinmeuoiiig at tins point, runs In a nonh ?ct.-i ly direction, hr wag of Los An gelea, to Tehach ipi Pi?- a ml a - to >an Frine'M-n. The Southern Patltiu Railroad Coinpanv is not asklag for a aubni?y, nor ia it aUemptlOB to impede any lair legislation auked for by ( ol. Scott ou tx-half of the Southern Uno of road, bul after having bulli nearly one half of the Southern Paritlu road theCl?lifortna capital? ists deem It unjust that he should take .'Oo au?oof IBS road from tin m a? be proooee? t? do. Tin- Southern Pa? cific people ask aooh au amendment to ihn 1'exaa ami Paeine set a? win i Mbta the s luthera P wide Kill road Company to bund from its present toothers tenui una to spa.lra eastward to Port Yama, and from that punt ?ust mini tia.y aaeel wita the Texas aud Pac.ne ruad, form Ing a Junc? tion wherever they iii ty meet, giving to t-aoh party tu-, advantages of *u.-h ent.t pn-io a* It may ex? hibit lu this construction. Thcvoi'Jict to Col. scott'* taking from tbi-m the distance fiom Part Yuma to San (iorgoulo, a* ii would virtually bold the Boothera Paott? at that point uuiil the Texts aid Pat?la eoold lie to.iii. as ?aid before, fur nearly l,tf.K) mile*, ibis atuendiueut Is objected io ?iv Coi. s ? )ti. and li was tor lue puroona of bringing this matter before the Co m mu to? InOl this ameuUnieut was propaso?? A SUPPOSE? TRADES UNION A&flASBlNAriON. Tuoy, N. Y, Feb. 3.?Felix Fattoruoude, a Frenchman employed In Urlswold'? Bessemer steel worka, while going to hi? work at i o'clock this morning, wa? shot and fatally wounded by two assaasma. Th? murder Is supposed to he a consequence of tba labor trouble? hero, though Paiteruoude Had not Utac? t?? placo of a ??'iker. RESOLUTION OF CENRURK IN TUE PENNSYL? VANIA LEtJHI.All'KE. I?ARRiaUt'Ri), Fob. 8.?Tho rtvioliition oflfertHl yesterday lu the House eenaunug Kepreaeuutiv? Wolf of Union Cou?ty for com te m pi pn?toa to?n/ hy a volo