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A message was received from the President relative to the genera) condition of Central America and the routes of transit between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He says that a small body of individuals, invited t > Nicaragua bv the democratic party of that country, had apparently pet an end to the straggle which had existed there during the past ten years. The sew government exercises the actual power, and we do not g<5 behind the fact to investigate the que*, ?ion of legitimacy, nor do we inquire into the ?auses which led to the change of government. If, therefore, when the Nicaraguan Minister?Col. French?came here a few months ago, the facts now presented had existed, he must have been received. Another has now presented himself and been re ceived, satisfactory evidence existing that he repre sented a government de facto and dt jure. N iauer ?os considerations of interest are advanced in the message with reference to the propriety of his re. oeption, and additional measures are suggested for ?he security of transit across the Isthmus. An ani mated debate ens .ed upon the reading of the mes. sage, in which Mr. Crittenden slid that in one week s t;me the country would be agitated from one end to the other on this subject, and it might result in our being involved in a war. A synopsis of the documents is given under the telegraphic head. In ti e House a proposition directing the Judiciary Committee to inquire and report what if any action nbouid be taken with reference to the death of Thomas Keating at the hands of Mr. Herbert, was laid on the table?7'J to 70. The steam frigate Susquehanna sailed yesierdiy from Philadelphia for San Joan del Norte. Caut Hands commands her, and carries out important des patches to Colonel Wheeler, our Minister at Granada. In the course of r. fortnight there will be in the bar. toor of San Jnan the steamers Susquehanna, Fniton and Merrimac, and the frigate Potomac. The aloop 4>f-war St. Mary's, now at Panama, will remain there as long as her presence is deemed necesairy tor oua" interests in that quarter. by the arrival of the Empire Ci'y at New 'Orleans we have news from California, Oregon and Wash ington Territories, New Granada and Nicaragua. There is nothing mpoitant from San Francisco. The markets were quiet. Nine ships from Atlantic ports had arrived dnring the fortnight previo .s to the 21st nit In the Territories the Indian war con tinued, the battles generally resulting in favor of the whites, although in one engagement at Rogue river the regulars were defeated with a loss o: twenty eight killed. The authorities of New Granada and the commander of the sloop-of-war ,St. Mary s were still In a :tive correspondence respecting the Panama massacre. There is a report from Nicaragua that Bchiessinger had been captured and condemned to be shot. The George Law in now on the way vo this port from Aspinwall. with 12,000,000 in tieasureand the semi-monthly mai s. She will probably at rive today, when we shall lie enabled to present .? oar readers the details of the news, of which we have received but a brief summary by telegraph. We publish this morning a full report of the meeting held yesterday at the Corn Exchange for the relief of the starving people of the Cape dc Verds. A letter from the Bishop of those islands, giving an account of the sufferings of the inhabitants, was read by Lieutenant Bartlett, whose remarks will lie read with interest. Over five thousand dollars has, we understand, been already contributed, and the committee will gladly receive any assistance that may be sent in the form of breadstuff's. and pay fur the transportation from any part of the country. We think, however, if marked "for the Cape de Verd Islands." the railroads and canals w-sild pass it free. The Geoeral Assemblies of the Old and Nev School Presbyterian Church met simultaneously in this city yesterday. We give reports of their pro ceedings elsewhere. The Old School division now embraces one more Presbytery than the whole chnrcb did at the separation, nineteen years ago. In another column will lie found the address of the committee appointed by the Canal street mass meeting to raise means in aid of General Walker's army, which no doubt will be heartily responded to. A public meeting is to lie held next week to approve of the course of the administration in recognizing the existing Nicaraguan government The Minister resident of the United Stutes at Stockholm, Swcdenjunder date of the 17th ultimo, informs the State Department at Washington that the term of the Swedish decree permitting the im portation into Sweden of breadstuff's and other arti cles of food until the .list instant, has lieen extended by special decree until the 1st of January, 1H67. The telegraphic report of the proceedings of the caucus of the nigger worshippers of the Connecti cut Legislature, on the question of the United States Kenatrrship, published in yesterday's Herald, was incorrect Mr. Dutton received no votes. The se. cond informal ballot stood:?Gilette, 16; Baldwin, ?r>; Cleveland, 2; Dixon, 1. Yesterday was resumed before the special com mittee of the Councilmen the investigation into the charge of corruption brought against the Coun cilmen Committee on Streets, lor an alleged attempt to extort money from property owners interested in the widening of Reade street. A report of the further evidence taken in the case, as given else where. is decidedly rich, showing a vein of un satisfactory responses not unlike the Mat.se! investi gation. Thus far the members of the Councilmen are unaffected by the evidence, a certain Mr. Augustus Wood, of the identity of whom no tiMi mony appears, is the only purty besides Mr. Nims, y e City Librarian, standing tainted. JUi-stycc'.4 tiie di'position of tbo Crj ?aJ oau.e up yesterday before the lidermtn's Committee on Land* and Places. Mr. White, the receiver, gave notice (hat he should submit to the Board of Alder men this evening an application for an extension of the lease. T>e present lease expires next January. The eot'.on market yesterday wis tame, as deal ers were disposed to await the receipt of later foreign news, due by the Asia. The sales embraced abont 1,000 bales, in transitu, and 500 a MO do., on the spot, without quotable change in prices. The ad vance in freights checked the export demand for Hour, while there was a lair demand from the home traue, and prices continued steady. Wheat was leas active, and prices unchanged- Corn was somewhat le<s plenty. Damaged and distilling lots ranged from 46c a 53c., and tor Eastern shipment 56c. a57c.; prime yellow was at 581c , and prime white at 60c. Itye tirra. Pork was heavy, with sales at $19, and some retail lots at $19 37?. Sugars were tolerably active, with tales of about 1,200 a 1,500 hhds. Cuba muscovado and 145 boxes brown Havana at prices given in another column. The auction sale of Rio coffee yesterday, especially the me dium and lower grades, exhibited about a quarter of a cent decline. The prime lots sold witbouu quotable change in prices. The govern- cnt .i.iva excited spirited bidding and went off '. V,\ Freights continued firm, though with less doing. Shippers were disposed to await the receipt ..." the ! Asia's news. To Liverpool grain and Hot. we taken at the lull rates of yesterday. Tire Central American K rsaoaltu*ciit? 1 (top for Btuieombc and a Slop to Cnunptna. The near approach ot the Cincinnati Con vention, and the self evident exigencies ot the case, are driving our desperate administration to the most desperate extremities, in the delu sive hope ol'thus picking up, nere and ther<\ the necessary capita) from .Buncombe to se cure the democratic jugglers nomination. The gracious recognition and reception of Padre V)jd o Wednesday. a? the ambassador of the bvn?r b* government ot Nicaragua, was nothing more mau a sop lor Buncombe. In ternational duty?iLiern /.ioaal courtesy? governments' pop.,/ kuu ? ung to do with it. It was purely the irn.-v e desperate player for the Cincinnati Cunvcutien. But we re>r it has -'ome too la c. f'-e Walker governm it was as tirmiy established vhen Colonel Pars r H. French reported himself to Marcy, as it is now, if Dot a littic more so. Nothing what ever has transpired, within Nicaragua or out side ot Nicaragua, since the repeated refusals of Marcy to recognise tae Walker government in the person of French, to give a stronger co loring of validity or solidity to Waiker's estab lishment than it po-sessed when French was driven from Washington. Presidents and premiers, however, like m tny other men. are wiser today than they wers yesterday. They live and learn. Tae late speeches of Senators Douglas aud Weller in behalf of the Walker movement, appear to have opened the eyes ot Mr. Pierce to a great daw in his arrangements for Cincinnati. Tue speech of Soule at New Orleans has left no doubt upon the subject. The Walker move ment has the sympathy of a large portion of our people, especially of the Southwest. Tae Little Giant must not have the monopoly of that capital at Cincinnati. That gun must be spiked. The reception of Padre Vijil, a Catholic, will have a splendid efiect among the Catholic " manifest destinydemocracy of Louisiana and their delegation to the conven tion. ilarcy protests, threatens, talus of con sistency; but lor once the Premier mast give way, or relinquish his eight thoasiad a year. At such a crisis, aud upon euch an issue, he can be spared. Such, wo believe, is the true solution of the reception of Padre Vijil. The next question in this connection is, w 11 Padre Vijil be able to control the balance of power among the Cincinnati jugglers? W< hardly think it necessary to dicuss the pro bable effect of his reception in reference to the perpetuation of the Walker government, because we believe that matter forms no part of the present policy of the administration. It is acting for Cincinnati, and not for Nicara gua; for Buncombe, and not for Walker. Bat, should Buncombe, on the motion of Douglap, or Weller, or Clingman, peremptorily require a proclamation of war against Costa Rica, or a suspension of the neutrality laws, Marcy may be again reduced to the alternative of acquies cence or resignation. In the critical extremity to which Mr. Pierce has been brought by the Buchanan movement, we must not stop at half way measures. Should the reception of Vijil be a eufjeient sop for Buncombe and Young America, our prudent President will stop there; but should the Little Giant demand more, more must be conceded. Meantime we await with some interest the protest of Senor Marooleta to the diplomatic corps, against the reception. The most important developement of the day in this Central American entanglement is the question of veracity pending between Mr. Clayton and Mr. Crampton. The latter says that the former has repeatedly, from time to time, admitted the right of England to the poeeession of the Bay Islands, which flank the State of Honduras. Mr. Clayton indignantly says that he never, on any occasion, has said any such thing; but he has, over and over again, reiterated his opinion and his position to be, in the treaty and since the treaty, that England has no sort of claim to the possession of the said Bay Islands. Was there ever such an unfortunate interna tional agreement as this Clay tou-Bulwer treaty? From the day that it i_waa brought into the Senate, under Taylor's administration, down to this day, the negotiator of that treaty on our part, has scarcely been allowed a month of repose. lie has been kept busy ia ex planations and protestations. Ilia speeches in the Senate alone, in vindication of his action upon, and interpretation of. ihat treaty, would make a large volume. Yet our readers will remember tb&t while the treaty was under consideration, six years ago, aad that alter its ratification, from time to time this very question of a confidential "annex," codicil, or qualification, between Mr. Clayton and Mr. Bulwer, vitiating the whole intent a? the convention on the question of colonisa tion, has been a subject of discussion, and will, very unsatisfactory results, from 1850 down to 185G. We presume that the misunderstanding be tween Messrs. Clayton and Crampton rests upon some extra-diplomatic conversations and some vague infernal concurrence of opinion, meaning nothing with Mr. Clayton, but embo dying, and designed to embody, the pith of the whole question in the Interpretation of f^ir Henry Bulwer. of his govcrn n> it, and his suc cessor at Washington. The <'eaty was but a humbug at best. We declared, at the time of its original publication, that it was but a neit egg for more serious difficulties than those which it had attempted to remedy. It has turned out. It has received no sort of respect frcm England; she bas net bssitatcd to treat it with the utmost contempt whenever her policy required it; and with all the volnminoueprotes tations and explanations of Mr. Clayton, of the last six years, there is still something of an unsatisfactory mystery hanging about the thing, like the shirt ol' Neseus, or like a strong net enveloping the body of a jackass. Altogether, the argent necessities of Mr. Tierce in reference to the Cincinnati Conven tion are pushing him into complications in this Central American business which other wise he would not have the hardihood to con front. Bat the Cincinnati nomination is worth the risk of unsettling our commercial and iinancial relations with England and France, especially when, after the Cincinnati Conven tion, the administration will be perfectly tree to back ont. Perhaps this consideration may have quieted the fears of Marcy in oousentiug to the warlike programme for the 30th of June. Who knows? Ill* Condition of Oar Republic?riddling While Rome Is Barulug. Our readers cannot have forgotten that me morable incident in history which illustrated the utter heartltseness ot a Roman Emperor, who amused himself with an instrument of music while the houses of his people were in flams s, and their household gods were irreve rently forced into the streets. It is by no means a solitary example of the beartlessness and cruelty of princes and rulers, or of the selfishness and want of sympathy they so gene rally display towards those over whom they bear sway. When, on the contrary, we find that historical rar?y, a good and wise go vernor of men, we revere his memory, we stu dy his character, we immortalize his name. Yet the greater number of the great have wielded power with but little virtue or grace, and civilization, which has submitted to volun tary and constant subjection for the sake of or der and security, has reaped but tears and sor row from the unworthy masters it has obeyed. Nor can we flatter ourselves that our own republican institutions impart much greater purity to our public men, or always animate them with virtue in the discharge of their pub lic duties. It is a melancholy fact that we have no monopoly of integrity in our own country, if we judge from the management of its affairs. If we wish to know the true cause of the advocacy of a public law, we have too often to look under the table of the commit tees who may have R in charge. There we shall find some sordid politician, who lies perdu, waiting for a contract or a snug place, the real object of the scheme by which legislatioo is to be bamboozled. Is a foreign town bom barded and set on fire ? Some miserable st >ck jobbing speculator has befuddled the adminis tration with his quodlibets and quidlibets into becoming the promoters of his high pressure schemes of sudden wealth and mushroom re sponsibility. If a warlike message comes thundering along from Washington, driving our mer chants to their wit's end, we hold it to the fire, and there, the invisible ink becoming visible, we perceive its real meaning, and that it is all a flam, a mere fetch to operate upon some Sixth ward, or the foreign policemen of New York, at an approaching election! It would at times seem as if every public act of every public man in tbis country originates in some concealed and contemptible motive; and it is this state of decadence into which public honor seems falling, which gives such bitterness to the denunciations which now and then the independent press is compelled to otter We almost begin to think that here, as in the time of Walpole in England, there is a price at which every politician may be bought. Otherwise we conld not be subjest to the con tinual disorders and misfortunes which cloud up our public affairs against the clearest light and the most certain knowledge. Beyond all question, our national affairs were never in a more entaugled condition than now. We are informed on good authority that we have been recently grossly insulted by a Frenoh Minister, in the persons of the Military Commission sent out by our government for an official examination into the operations of the Crimea. The American officers, it is asserted, were rudely refused a modest request to visit the works about Paris, and were bidden "Good bye till the first gun shot was fixed." This is a straw in appearance, but if true, which we very much doubt, it indicates the current as correctly as a ship riding at her anchor. But we have news, also, that a large division of English gunboats are to amuse themselves off our coast in the course of a few weeka English muskets, no longer wanted in Turkey, can be had at ?5 6a each by Costa Rica; and an American Bteamer, the Orizaba, is effectually captured on her arrival at San Juan by the boats of an English frigate, assuming the inso lence and the manners of Japan, who row aronnd her and threaten her with violenoe. Spain has refused te apologize for firing into one of onr steamers off Havana, and our means of communication with California by sea are endangered, if not destroyed. Our negotiations on all these subjects are unfinished, and likely to be. We are clearly in the right in every poeitisa^ but somehow or other we come to ne conetaaioas whatever. Why is all this? Why is every patriotic and honest American heart grieved at this misera ble aspect of onr foreign relations? Who are these fiddlers that are amusing themselves at oar expense ? The answer is plain enough. They are the men who, to use a famous saying of De Witt Clinton, are oon tinually " purring and mousing over petty schemes of political advancement." They are the President-making, Cabinet-seeking, Fo reign-Mission-hunting demagogues, who would sacrifice the honor and interest of their conn try in a moment, IT they could succeed in ad vancing themselves. It is the local politicians of the States, having each an electoral vote in his pocket, who are gaping and thirsting for office and ready for a t.ftde. It is the worse than fools who would rather rule in Pandemonium than serve in Paradise; it is those wretches who are infusing the poison of a simulated benevolence into the ears of weak men and silly women, to the ruin of the Union, and who here, under our own eyes, are calling on the slaves of the ,-outh to rise and murder their masters. Thus it is thai the republic, in the midst of its material greatness, in its rapid advance in physical and industrial power, ia divided, dis tracted and betrayed by its own agents. And there is no doubt whatever but that the know ledge of these intestine divisions, this rotteu nets in our bones, gives to foreign diplomacy Its warrant for Its impertineno , its arrogance and Its insults. Who will fear us if we do not respect our selves'.' We live in a perpetual storm of fictitious issues, mendacious eloquence, false documents and wicked excitements. Every four years we are in a state of re* volution. We have now another scene of President making to go through with. And what a spectacle!?the candidates drum ming up their followers, casting round for States, and portioning out future provinces. Every appliance used to produce results. Bar gains here, coalitions there, difficulties created in one place, breaches mended in another. A civil war in a new Territory actually en couraged on all sides, and men and women packed off in dozens from the East, or shoved over in bales from the South, to be rode over by the government dragoons, or else to live Ihe tools of ambitious men, who wish to be Presidents, or even Presidents' doorkeepers, if every other chance fallB. The Hkrald, in making these sweeping as sertions, does not forget the honorable excep tions that have existed, and still exist, among American statesmen; but when we look at the miserable jnmble into which everything is fallen, the utter incapacity which seems to pre vail in the management of our great political interests?at the darkness and gloom whieh attend onr national future?at the evident con tempt felt for us abroad, and the suicidal cha racter of our domestic and local disputes?it is enough to alarm the most thoughtless per son?enough, indeed, to rouse up "our old dead frcm their graves." We have not said too much in this article. We fall Bhort of the truth, and onr readers will agree with us, how ever unpleasant it may be to oome to sue a opinions. It is time, then, that the flames were extingniehed and the fiddlers driven from the capitoL French Feeling Toward America?Report ok the Military Commission.?It ia under etood that the three officers who were sent on a scientific military tour to Europe have reported that they were rudely relused per mission to visit the works of fortification in France, and that the language of the Mi nister of War was such as to constitute an insult. It is suggested that the matter ought to form the subject of a diplomatic correspon dence. We do not think so. The French are the masters of their military works, and may refuse to allow them to be inspected if they choose. They are entitled, moreover, to adopt what tone they please in conversing with fo reign visiters, and may exhibit grossness and illbreeding if that is their bent. Foreigners can only note such unpleasant occurences; they cannot refine them into public or national affronts. Before going further with this busi ness, moreover, it will be well to make sure of the facts. When the commission first arrived in Europe, it was said that the commissioners bad been well treated by the French and Rus sians, but scurvily by the English. It is no v confessed that nothing could have been more gratifying than their reception both in the British camp and at the Horse Guards. It has also been stated, and again denied, that the commissioners were badly used in Russia? that permission was refused them to inspect works, &c. This French story may possibly be of a piece with these. It is not certain that the commission has yet reported: strong opi nions had best be withheld till they do. At the same time, it ought not to be con cealed that of late the tone and attitude of the French towards the United States have been far from worthy of the ancient alliance between the two countries. A systematic abuse of everything American is a chronic feature in the leading Paris papers. Book after book on America appears in Paris, each more scandalously false, more insulting, more meanly unjust than the last: the mantle of Us Tocqueville and Chevalier has fallen upon the shoulders of a parcel of Parisian Trollopes. All the old slanders which used to be current in England, but which experience and common sense long since kicked into the gutter and the columns of the Morning rod, have been revived, rehashed, recoined in France. Most respectable organs of French opinion have described the Americans as a race relapsing into barbarism, and equally divided between pirates and slave traders. Now, so far as this goes, it is harmless enough. No one has any objection to it here. But if it ia the sentiment of the French peo ple, if Paris really feels towards the United States as these newspaper writers and book makers appear to do, it is quite necessary that we should be aware of the fact. It will not do for Americans to labor under a false im pression in so important a matter. In this country there is but one feeling to ward the French?a feeling of friendship, ad miration and respect. That feeling is so strong that it needed all the energy of General Jack son to bring the indemnity question to a head. It prevents, at this very moment, the adoption of coercive or retaliatory measures to compel the French to admit our ships to their ports on the same terms as we admit theirs to ours. So powerful is the national liking for Franoe and the French. If in return for this the French entertain feelings of dislike and con tempt for us, we want merely to know it. AMrf-wnomi.?The almoet overwhelming Influx of ad visement. " tap0rftaT* give detailed notice* of the various *0' Th" following are the leading attractions offered tor tins evening:?The universal favorite, Mr?. Barney Wi-Hams, tenders an exceedingly fine bill lor her benefit a- the Broadway, vis.: the prize drama of "Darby 0 Donnald, Patience' and l'erseverance," the "Rough Diamond" vaA the "Irish Broom Maker"-ln all of which thebene flciery and her equally popular husl-and, Mr. Williams, appear M Nlblo'e we are te have young Hengler s wonderful feats on the tight rope, a grand ballet diver tlseement and "Masuim." Miss F. Denham has lisned a host of novelties for her benefit at the Bowery, the dra matic pieces eonidsting of the ' Irish Lion, the "Dumb Savoyard," the "Good for Nothing," end the "Momen tous Question." "To Paris and I/mdon" will be repeat ed at Burton's. IWlowed by the "Unfinished Gentleman," with Mr. Goldemid as BlU Downle. At Wallack's the en tertainments open with "The Captain of the Watch," followed by the "Wonder"?Mr. Wallaok in his famous part of Don Felix?and closing with the "Post of Honor." The recent great successes, "Diane" and "My Wife's Minor," are the leature* at Uura Keene's. The children repeat the "Neiad Queen" at the Broadway Varieties "B Trovatore" Is to be performed at the Academy of Music, by La Grange, Vestvali and othsr able artists. Beautiful tableaux, Interspersed with eiegsnt vocal and instrumental music, is still the order of the-lay at Keller s Empire Hall. Wood's Minstrels present the ? Mlsch'evonP Monkey," with songs, dances, Jokes Ac. The Allegbenlans give their first, concert since their return from California at the Tabernacle: and in Rroeklyn, the Mayor and other prominent citizens Under a complimentary testimonial to the pop-liar trags. 4-an W, M llsm'rg-*} take ?t the A'benceja MUNICIPAL AFF AIRS* Til* Bead* Street OerrapUon Case. EXAMINATION OF MB. NIM8, CITY LIBRARIAN?UK REFUSES TO OO INTO rAKTTUULAllS?A MR. TATE OH TBI STAND?CORRUPTIVE PROPOSALS TO HIM? WHO IS MR. AUGUSTUS WOOD? The Special Committee of the Board of Coanellmeo?Mr. Vantlne. Chaiimac?appointed to Investigate Into the ebargrs of corruption preferred I gainst the Committee on Streets, of the Board of Counolimeo, fir an alleged attempt to extort money from property owner* Inte rested In tbe proposed wldenioggof Heads street, me: again yesterday, at 3>f P. M., at the chamber of tbe Beard, City Hill, to hear farther evidence in the matter. There was a Urge attendance of members of the Coun eilmen Board present, and others interested in the sub ject under inves igstion. It being generally believed that a full disclosure was about to be made of all the facts connected with the case, and that tbe revelations would implicate teveral members of the Common Council, much lnterset was felt to hear the evidence to be elicited ? n the further progress of the investigation, flow far they were gratified, or mystified, or both, may be fathered from the evidence as reported below. Previous to resuming he hearing of evidence, however, Mr. Van itne, the Chairmr.n of toe Committee, submitted the following loiter to be read, which explains itself:? In consequence cf an article which appeared in the New York Herald cf Wednesday, the 14th 10 stunt, containing a sta1ement that "Mr. Mens is under the impression that Mr. Monday is the main spring in the action of John Van tiae. Chairman of the Committee of investigation of tbe Board of Conneilmsn, in releii'n to the action of the Com mittee on Btreets, oo the opening of Keade street," I deem it due to Mr. T. J. Monday to state that ha was not aware of the existence of the resolntion offered by me untti it appeared in the papers tbe following morning, In toe proceedixgg of the Board; and further, that it was at my rexutit he Has incu:el taking any part in the inves tigation, merely for the purpoeo of assisting me. JOB* VANris'E, Chairman Special Committee oi Board of Council men. Mr. rheotore S. Ntms was the first witness sailed, anl beixg sworn, testified as follows:? Q Do you know Mr. MoCordy ? A. I never had the pleasure of an introduction to him. Q. Did yon ever call on him, at his house, in relation to the widening of Reade street ? A. I decline answering. Q. Did you ever write to him on the subject of wideniug Reade street? A. I decline answer log. Q. Did Mr. McCurdy ever call on yon, at you* house ? A. Ho might. I keep an open house, anl have ever since 1 was married. All parties are at liberty to call, and those caliixg I treat weil, of:eu giving then a glass of wine. Q Did you have an interview with Mr. HeCurdy as to the widening of Keade street. A. I am not prepared to say that 1 ever did, or did not. Q. Did you ever write to him upon the subject? A. 1 tcld you once before that 1 deo.ineaanswering. Q. Do you know Mr. Bliss? A. I never had the plea cure of an introduction to him. Q. Did you ever call upon Mr. W. W. Bliss In relatiou to the subjict of widening Keade street? A. I decline answering. Q. Did you ever write to him upon the subject? A. That I decline answeiing. Q. Did you ever receive any money or other considera tion from Mr. MoCurdy or Mr. Bliss having reference to the wloenii g of Rendu street? A. I decline ans wering. Q. is this letter your handwriting/ (the Chairman showed tbe letter introduced at the former meeting of the Committee, and published in the Herald, which Mr. McCurdy stated he iecelved, and to which was appended tbe signature P. S. Nima, the signature at the time hav ing been cut out of the letter by himself.) The witness looked at the letter, and passed it over to Mr. Jonas B. Phillip*, who, he stated, appeared as his counsel, and would direct him in his reply. Receiving the letter hack, be gave ae his answer to the question? I cannot say whether I wrote the letter or rot; 1 write many different bonds; I don't aay I did not write it. Q. Did any person advise yon to call on Mr. Molurdy/ A. I decline answering. Q. Upon what business did you call upon Mr. MoCurdy? A. 1 re use to tell. Q. Did you not call to get him to pay $1 000 about tbe widenixgof Keade street? A. I refuse positively to an swer, as I have several times belore. Mr. Phillips, as couheel for Mr. Nims, here insisted that the questions beicg put to the witness about other par ties than the Committee on Streets of the Beard of Ceun cilmen, were extra-official and not within the scope of tbe powers delegated to the committee, the resolution caliiig them into existence, he urged, empowered them only to investigate as to the acts of the Couueiimen Com mittee on Streets in this particular instance of alleged corruption. Q. Did any member of tbe Common Council aak you to call upoo Mesne. McCurdy and Bliss, or My other parties, with propositions to secure psyments of meney from these parties relative to the widening cf Keade street/ A. I am glad this question has been pnt to me. for here, cn oath, 1 desire to make the explicit declaration that no member of either branch cf the Common Council, and particularly no mem ber of the Committee on Streets, of the Board of Council men, have had anything to do, aa tar as 1 Enow, with this alleged attempt at getting money trom parties inter ested In tbe widening ot Keade street; I add to the above that no effieer of the city government has had anything o do with it. y. ina yea cot ecu on Mr. hum ana sir. Mcuiray tor $1,000? A. 1 hate declined answering that queetion half a dozen times, and decline again. y. Are you acquainted with the members of the Coun cilmen Committee on Streets? A. I am. Q. Have yon ever been connected with them ie any way? A. I acted as clerk for them one afternoon at a meeting in the City Library. Q. Were you ever authorized by them to speak with any parties interested in the widening of Reade street, with a view to get money from them? A. I hare answer ed this over, no, very emphatically. Q. Have you any objections to state the name of the party you told Hr. McCurdy asked yon to call on him'' Dr. Phillips claimed that the question was gciug with out the soopt of the Committee's authority. Mr. Cray, of tho Committee, said that in his view cm sel had no right to ap ear for Mr. Nims. The commit tee bad no counsel. The whole thing involved was only a plain matter of fact, and Mr. Nims could answer yes or no. Mr. Phillips stated that he was there to protect Mr. Kims. Mr. Gray said he did not, and he presumed the com mittee old not. wieh to force Mr. Mms to answer any questions he desired not to. Mr. Nims remarked that he should be happy to eblige the committee all be could in his answers. It ?o happen - ed that he bad engaged legal counsel, and he should act under that counsel's dictation. Q. Did you no: tell Mr. M'Curdy that you would get ISO of the $1,000? A. No, sir; that brought to hie mind another denial he wished to make of Mr. M'Curdv's evidence, and that was, that he told Mr. M'Curdy that he had two children; he wished to deny this publicly for his wife's ssks, as she supposed him to be the father of only one child. Mr. Gray?Mr. M'Curdy slated in his evidenoe that you stated you had two obllaren. Mr. Nims?Mr. M'Curdy lied when he said so; and 1 will tell bun so when I see him. Mr. Aloxan.er Stuart, of the firm of R. L. Si A. Stuart, the sugar refiners, was next sworn?lie stated that a person called some time since on his brother, about the widening ot Reade street, and offered for $1,000 to secure a report adverse to the wideniog of the street; this bro ther was absent from the city and could not appear be fote the oommittee; the person oaliing sent a note first, in which was stated the fact that $1,000 would buy a re port adverse to the measure; he saw that note. Q. Did you ree the signature? A. I did not notice it particularly; the name, I think, was something like Nims; the letter was burned. Q. Can you describe the person calling? A. I think be is present, (pointing to Nims), but cannot bo positive that tbe person pointed o is him; I have seen him in the City library, at meetings of tho Street Committee there; no member of the Committee on Streets, of tho Council men, or member ol the Common Council, he added, ever called on himself or brother In reterenee to the widen ing of Reade street. Mr. P. Willis Tate was next sworn, and testified as fol lows:?I live in Thirty-fourth street; my business is that of a stove dealer; I was interested in the widening of Reade street; a gentleman called on me at my house, and asked me what my views were as to the widening of Reade street; I told the gentleman I was opposed to the measure; this person saw me again In the chamber of the Board of Counotlmen, and renewed the subjeet of our previous interview; he said the matter could be killed? tbe only thing necessary was money. Q. What was this person's came ? A. Augustas Wood. Q. What is his business? A. He is a land agent; I never taw him before he called on me; I have seen him in the Couneilmen chamber frequently. Q. Did he name any sum that It would oost to kill tbe measure ? A. Yes, $1,000; I said I did not wish to kill it in any such way. Q. Can yon describe the man ? A. I should think he was about middle aged; can't say whether he wore whiskers or not, and oannot describe tbe color of hts hair, though my impression is that it is light; I oould tell bin sere I to meet ^im again. y. Did any member of the Committee on Streets of the Board of Couneilmen ever call on you or make any pro position as to the widening of Reade street. A. No, sir. The Chairman inquired u there wm any person present who knew this Mr. Augustus Wood ? There wee no response. The names of several other witnesses to bo examined were here oaiied, but they were U abi-ent. Mr. Stewart was recalled, and asked to testify as to the writing ot the note sent to his brother, alluded to in his i videnee. Two letters, beiring the signature of Mr. Nims. were si own him. One of those, he thought, re enabled the writing of tho note?tho other, he thought, id not. Mr. Nims was also recalled, and asked If he knew Mr. Augustus Woodl He replied that he did not, as he was aware of. The committee here adjourned, subject to the call of ihe chair. The Cry etui Palace Property. APPLICATION TO BK MADR FOR TIIB KKNKWAL OF THK LKAHE. The Committee on lends and Places of tbe Board of Aldeimen?Mr. .Valentine, Chairman?met yesterday to consider further the subject of the disposition of the Crystal Palace property. Mr. Wblte, tbe Receiver of the Crystal l'alaee, submit ted that there was nothing before the apmMMee requir ing its action, and that until smnei^Kw tangible was presented, the proceedings of the committee were wholly informal. Mr. David Bsnks claimed that there was on application of Mr. White in tha hands of the committee, asking au extension of tbe lease ol Crystal Palace, and a remon stranie in opposition to the renewal of such lea?e, signed by owners of property in the vicinity of Crystal Palace. Mr. While called for the reading of his appllcati in, which the chairman read. The reading of the document showed It to be a communication sent, in March lait, to tbe Common Counrl), by M-. White, notifying them of an la tent ion on hi' part to submit au get to the Slate !.eg!|. Ittnr*, conferrirg upon tbe Common Council the power to extend or renew the leaae of Keservolr square. Mr. Banks said he always supposed the letter * direct application for a reuewvml of the leaae of Crystal Palace, and that it war under each impression that he had ?ub mltted a remonstrance. Mr. While called Mr. Bank* a atnpld aaa. Mr. Banka called Mr. While a villanina knave. After mutual utterance of a few similar choice ep'the's, which gave iidicati .n of becoming magnified to that da gree of spicy intereat characterising the proceedings be fore the leat meeting of the committee, the Chairman called the parties to order, aid announced that ae nothing was before them, an adjournment would take place. Mr. White gave notice that at the next meetiog of the Aldermen's Board, be wou'd pieg'st a formal appttoatioD> for an extension lease cf Crystal Palace. Mr. Banka said he would then le, his remonstrance re main with the committee It was firallj sgrted to adjourn t? next Thursday, and upcn ibeapp icstion proposed to ba submit el by Mr. White, enter upon bearing evidence at leDgth of partiee f< r and against the extension of the lease of Crystal Palace. As UjflQl'X Concert?Mr. Theodore Elafeld ann mooes, at the Academy, to-morrow nigh , toe moat roinarkablo concert that baa ever been gotten up in America. It* result will prove whether or not there la any apprecia tion of classical music In Nee York, fbe programma baa been printed in a seat pamphlet, from which we learn that the orchestra, under Mr. E'sfeld's baton, wil' number eighty performers. Tbe vocal department will be in the hands of Badlali and Miss Brains-d. Tbe second part will consist of Beethoven's music written for Goethe's great t'sgsdy, "Kgmont." The music lliustrm'eH the action of the play, and Mr. Donald Macleod will recite a poem ex planatory of the plot. This has been d~>ne hi Europe, the great length of the tragedy and the music rendering its representation, aa a whole, almost impossible. No p resenter method of becoming acquainted with perhaps tbe greatest work of Gosthe could be devised, and' Mr. bJaleld'a reputation is a guaran es that everything will be dene well. BEIl'EN OP THE 1'YNE ASD HaHKJBOJI TROITK?ThO "English Sky lark" and her successful company will re turn to New York next week, when they will give at short aeries of concerts at Niblo's Garden, previous to the commencement oi tbeir summer campaign In Canada and the West. During their recent journey to the Sontb they have performed to overflowing houses. Their first concert will take place on Monday, the 26ih instant. Mrs. Barmy Williams has a brneflt at the Broadway theatre to-night, when she, with her husband, will play in four of their light, sparkling and popular pieces. It ie only accessary to let the people know that Mrs. Williams is to have a benefit, and a crowded houie Is the inevitable reeult. Tlie Kvdora rrogedfi A large number of persons residing in New RocOell# and vicinity were much disappointed yesterday in not obtainicg a view of the notorious negro Wilson, who stands charged with having murdered Oaptain l'al.-ner, of the schooner Kudora Imogens, and af:er robbing the captain and vessel, reeking to conceal his crime by sink irg the vessel. Coroner Perry had placed a warrant in the hands of Deputy Sheriff Hill, with directions to bring Wilson be fore him at New Rochelle, yesterday, for examination previous to his committal to await the action et tha (?rand Jury. This had crawn many in town to "wet a peep at the nigger that had got to swing." Up to 12 o clock, noon, e very wagon that was seen in thedistanca was watched with eager eye a, but the " nigger didn't come, and many and varied were the remarks and jokes passed thereon, even down to the street urchins. Soma were free to say openly and hilcly, thattf.the darkev could l?e let loose in the streets, they wotfajorgive hint his past sins, and toe county w>uli be atiried aeve*al thousand dollars expenses. But the uigger didn't eome the people did not gratify their curiosity by setting a peep at his black face, and the county was not saved se veral thoueand dollars expense. The City Island folks., however, have generously offered to donate the gallows and rope, provided the Individual referred to can b? swnig np upon their oyster bans. Shortly alier noon the Deputy Sheriff, accompanied bw **" droy? ?P a furious rate, and reported <i*?e ^?r?nfr> District Attorney and crowd, that? Ire Sheriff had returned the warrant Issued by Coro ner Morrell, on the gronud that the prisoner was already in custody under a warrant issued by Judge Robertson, of Westchester county, charging Wi'son with the sama offence as charged by the Coroner's jury, and also under the commitment of United States Commissioner Mortm on the charge of mutiny and rev It; and fhe Sheriff, e? decUned to produce him on that grout d. This was satisfactory to the Cornoer, and ne a:eordlng y Issued a detainer and sent it to the Sheriff, to nold tha ? reused to wait the action of the Grand Jury on the 10th ii June. The crowd murmured sUghtly at their disappointment, tcck a nip, and quietly d'vpersed. ' Court of Common Pleas. Before Hon. Judge Daly. SUIT FOR COMMISSION?THE MURRAY HILL PRO PERTY. Mat 14?FPm. A. KeUletat vs. That. McElra.h and Jtaac C. UtlapLaine.?This case occupied the court for more than two days. The plantiff sue* as assignee of Renard k Co., who were the assignees of Francis L. Wad dell The claim U for $1,160, alleged to be due as com mirsion on the purchase of twenty, two lots or ground oa FUth avenue, between Thirty seventh and Thfrty-rtghth streets. The plaintiff contended that he negotiated tha purchase and that the defendants took possession of tha * ?c???PU*i ?nd appro vd of tbe title. This tha 2^"V.7,y' 8nd np that Mr. WaddeU, who waa bound as their agent to purchase The property in oueg tion for the lowest sum at wheh 11 could be ebtained, felsely stated to defendants that it could not be bought for leie thsnlllfijOCO?in consequence of which state ment they paid the last mentioned sum snd mate said agreement, and that before the making and delivery I Waffi the comp'aint the said Franctff L. WaddeU was auihoffzed and requested by Wtl X H- WaddeU, tbe owner of the pro j Ii ^ dispose of said for the sum of $106 U00. and that the said W. C. H. WaddeU made owmS t0?FI?BCia ^ W^dell, for his own use, aU money re 88'? the property oyer the sum of $106,000, end that Frsncis L. Waddell fraudulently tup pressed this fact from the defendants; and that, inas^ much as he baa received $10,000 In consequence of that void supPr98,''0n> ther?toe the present claim iff ? Aft*r the exemination of several witnesses, a lettm from Wm. C. Wadd.ll to his brother Frank wM^ducedf theWMni? vmi'4?' B8y*:~" U J011 C8n g?t $106 000 for ?7.v^y HUI PJ0P?r?y- ?? m to discharge the bnrdem of that amount of indebtedness which attaches to it, I"der,V you "?U dispoie of it, and for your trouble therein and exertions to accomplish it, you cam have for yourself aU over that." lvbridg# 8mlth? counMel to pUintiff, con iwfj* if was 110 evidence to show that kr. F. the agent of the defendants in the pur Pfoiierty, but that on the contrary, it waff ! V? .. ??ent ?f hi" brother, Mr. C. H. WaddeU, that fraud could not be assumed; tha'. it waa immaterial what price had bene paid, and that the fofl knowledge cf ihe transaction by all the parties, was a fi a?V*ht on th#ir P^t "*t ?P thi aUega to. oJS to .by, w?y of d?f???, he there-ore asSdJ the Court toi imrtruct the jury, on these grounds, that they should find for plaintiff. The Court retused to do ao, and Mr. C. H. Waddell waff examined by Mr. Smith, and suted that he did not re m ^Lting the I#tter tb*t had been produced; he would not have taken $10$,000 for the property; he con sidered it worth $116,000; kis brother was anthorizsd to sell the property for him. rJffj.,1; L WaddeU deposed to the negotiation* of Mr. m7\P> f. (?r puxcnaee of the property, and that Mr. D. said he preferred to give witness a legal oomtnia ?u?.Lr*? I? .*n * "P*?10?"1 "on Of $2,000; Mr. Dela plalne told witness tnat Mr. Mcllrath was associated with him in the purchase, and wanted him to take Mr. i/w pVt .th* Pur?hase; witness oon ,'f Mr- D- would endorse them, and he said hff would; the purchase was completed and Mr. Delaolalno wcwledged the debt ef $1,160 for oommisslcn, ?w tt? *0U b*W1 P*id' 0nly Pontiff suei d?f,ue*' d?P?eed that he met Waddell one daj after the money had beam lodged for the purchase, and he told him that he he<3 n iiril u10 "?U Property for less than it was worth, sVrsUii *?m* imumbranoes, and that he that wi s' ?. ?*" low,,t h* conJd uk? for i4I ,nt,n?*,on witness had of the sum be h,W victlaciaed to ths M? F f bjr ?om;b"by- **. Delaplalne and eii'a iwwT .?* eod.evored to convince witness thet ?lift,wo we* the amonnt understood by aU parties, and aa he thought the property was worth that he consented 8 ???4bsrgaln in which that was to be the eon .Ideretion for the purchase. Counsel having summed nnu. the jurv rendered a a verdict for plaintiff for $1,208 30, r?'n5 tb?18?ount11?'8'nie<l, with internet, to wbfeb the (ourt addad an allowance of $60, ?Marine Court. Before Hon. Judge Thompson. INNKgEPERS LIABILITY FORTH! LOS8 OF THE GOODS' OF THEIR GITEBT8. Mat lb.?Asphel vt. CarpevUr?The plaintiff is a farmer; the defendant an innkeeper at Bergen 1IIU, New Jursey. Contiguous to the inn are several separate laclosurea mnP\i, yA?f!.n,'a!lif.or dr0T?r" t? herd cattle in. In the ^one of^^nT' tbep,,!Btlff drove twelve stewa ?. ?Le. it-hE!1^Ura''.Md Ptoed them In charge tiens to f??H*mrloy of the defendant, with dirw the feelthem- , b? Plaintiff then became a guest at the inn. The next day, or the day after it waedis b?on?hf t 0ne ?[ the Ht*?rs wae loet. The aatiou i* brought to r?eoy#r its value, $60. Inelo.nr-ln', 17"?*?ont??'1?'l by tbe defence that the inrtiuir If1" "tfer" dl<1 not torn a part of the m,t i;??w ' "lat, ronsequently, the defemlant iff n t liable for the taiue of the misNlug steer. There Is no proof however, that the plaintiff possessed any knowledge f the extent of the delenoiint's messoage. He gave ri drove in charge of a seivant of the innkeeper, sad ih retjpou uxik loCging* himself at tbe defendant's inn. "ilea guest at the inn one of his steere wae lost. Inn keepers are responsible to as strict and severe an extent ?* common carriers. (Kent's Com., vel. 2, p. 770.) They are insurers o? goods of their guests, and can only limit their liability by express agreement or notice. This rigorous rule at law. as bas been observed. Is founded oa the principle of publio utility, to which all private ooij.