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Proceedings in the Law Courts
Inauguration of Judge Woodruff? Impos*
Ing Ceremonies in the United States Cir
cuit Court? Frauds on the Revenue ?
Breach of Agreement? A Legal Remi
niscence of the Rebellion? Unpaid
Assessment Case ? The Christy
Will Suit Revived ? Bur
glaries, Sentences, Jtc.
UNITED STATES CIRCUIT COURT.
Inaamiratlon of Judge Woodruff.
The announcement that Judge Lew la B. Wood
ruff, ex-Judge of the Court of Appeals, and who
was lately nominated by the President additional
Circuit Court Judge lor the .Second Judicial district
under the late act for the appointment or additional
Circuit Court judges, and whoso appointment the
Senate confirmed, would bo Bworn into ofTlco yester
day morning drew an immense crowd ol spectators
to the court room, where the ceremony was to be
Held. Every accommodation was provided lor tho
occasion by Mr. Ball, tlic Janitor of tUe building,
under tho direction of the United States Marnnal.
Long before the hour (twelve o'clock noon)
fixed for the ceremony of Inauguration the
corridor and halls of the minding were crowded,
and it was well that the precaution of keep
ing the doors locked till tho last moment
was observed, or very little or no room would have
been left for those members of the bar whose posi
tion aiui standing entitle them on all such occasions
to the bCBt consideration ol the officers assigned to
act as ushers of the court.
As the hour of twelve approached the crier of the
court, Mr. H. Keefe, assisted by deputy marshals,
lea the way through the outer hall Into the District
Court room, uud through that room into the Circuit
Court room, none being permitted to pass but promi
nent members or the bar and the reportors ol the
press. Alter the railed in portion or tUe room was
Oiled the doors were opened, and In a few moments
every particle ot sitting and standtnur room was oc
cupied, ex-judges among the spectators, ex-Attorney
Kvarts uud all the leading members of the bar. The
several United States Commissioners of the Southern
and Eastern districts, with District Attorneys Pierre
pout and Tracy and their several assistants, were all
Precisely at twelvft o'clock the United States
6dges or the district entered with Judge Miller, of
e United States Supreme Court, and the ncwlv ap
J minted Judge, l.ewis It. Woodruff, Judge Benedict
63<riu? ku? judges Smalley aud BJatchiord bringing
up the rear. ?'?'** .a*,.
The court was opened by Mr. John Keefe witn thO
THE INAl'flFRATION C1TREMONIE8.
Judge Blatchlord, alter a lew moments, without
"The Hon. Lewis B. Woodruff having been ap
pointed to the office of Judge ot the Circuit Court of
the Second Judicial Circuit of the United States, is
now present in court for the purpose of taking the
oaths of ofllce required by tne constitution and laws
of the United Slates."
HEADING THE C0MMI880N.
Mr. Kenneth c. White, clerk of the Circuit Court,
then read the commission, which runs as follows:?
Uj.vpbkh 8. U han T, I'renidcot of tlio In! ted Statu of
To all who shall gen these preterits greeting:?
Kuaw ye, That repoilng ?peelal tru-t 1111 i confidence In the
wisdom, uprirbtueaa and learning of 1-ewln B. Woodrutl, of
Aew York, 1 i.uve nominated, and liy und with tne advice
and concent of tlin Senate, do appoint inm to he Olrcull
Judge ol' the Second Judicial circuit of tns United State*,
and <io authorize and empower him to execute ami J'ultll the
ttullca of thai oilier according to ilie constitution nnd law* of
the Raid United States, and to have and to hold the Bald oilier
with all the powers, privileges aud I'molumenta to th* name
of right appertaining unto liim, the mild L-wis li. Woodruff.
lu testimony wliereol' I have cauied tliene lelleft To"o8
JSft'i1) y*1'.'!!?. aud th* itcal of the I' ulted States to It there
unto n filled.' - -
(ilvcuundir my hand at the city of Watlilngton, the ?2d
day of December. In ihe rear of our Lord 18K9 and of the
Independence ol ilie I nlicd States of America tbe ntnety
fonrth V. 6. UKANT.
liy tlic Pb trident.
HAMILTON FISH, Secretary of State.
TAKING THK OATHS OF OFFICE.
Judge Miller, of the United states Supreme Court,
then proceeded to administer the usual oath of oiuce,
together with the tost, or "iron-clad" oath, which be
read, Judge Wooaruirrjr>ett:mg the sentences after
him, which, having sworn to and subscribed, the
It was a subject of pretty general regret among
the elder practitioner-* or the court iliat the
venerable Cnler Justice of the c.rjuit, Judge Nel
son, whose splendid likeness hangs on the
right of the bencn, wm unavoidably absenr,
as upon him would otherwise have been im
posed the duty oT inducting into hi? honorable office
the new incumbent and liU now associate. Jndge
Nelson imparts an air c f dignity to all his judicial
acts, In consonance wl'n the high office which he
has bo long honorably hi led as the presldiug Judge
or the circuit and as \ssoclate Judge of the Supreme
Court of She United states. In the discharge or the
duties appertaining iu the iormer named office Judge
Nelson's decisions have been seldom questioned ami
very rarely reversed, and his experience and wlihal
amenity to the members ol the bar practising before
lam uiatce him the most popular and trusted Judge
on the circuit.
.IflDCiR WOODRUFF'S FIRST ORDERS.
After the close oi the ceremony Judge Woodruff,
addressing the members oi the bar prtsent, wild:?
It may be. perhaps, of some interest to the bar to
know the arrangements made for holding the Circuit
Court tor the ensuing months or the term. A circuit
has been appointed to be holden at Albany on the
lsth Inst., at wnlcu. on consultation with Judge Hall,
I deem it my duty to attend. <Jn my return from
the Albany circuit, which, so far as 1 can learn, will
not occupy many days. I will appoint a Circuit Court
here ror the purpose or hearing appeals in admiralty
and a few cases arising in bankruptcy aud such
other business as may not be specially appointed for
taking up on the general calendar, such us trlalB in
equity, civil business or cases for trial before a jury.
As soon as I return from Albany l shall see that some
other notice shall ne giveu more speciilcali.v inform
ing the oar oi the order ot business of the court.
The court was then formally adjourned und the
assemblage dispersed, members of the bench as they
passed paying taeir congratulations to Judge Wood
UNITED STATES CflMMlSS. ONERS' COURT.
The Revenue Frauds? Tho <?afflel/l Case.
The case of one of tho parties wnoso books were
seized tor alleged frauds on the revenue in the
Thirty-second district? that of Mr. Gaffield? camc
up for a hearing yesterday afternoon lu the United
States District. Court, before Commissioner Shields.
Jn the absence of witnesses the oxatnination was
adjourned to Wednesday next.
SUPREME COURT? "ENEIAL TERM.
Alleged Breach of Agreement.
Before Judges Ingraham, Barnard and Brady.
EOen IV. Horttford vs. Henru O. Freeman. ? This
case was tried In March, 1868, and resulted m a
verdict for the plaintiff ror $23,040, subject to the
opinion or the Court at General Term, arid
upon that verdict the plaintiff now moved
for judgment. It appeared that tho defend
ant was one of the principal stockholders,
trustees and managers or the Columbia Metal
Works. The nlaintlff, a professor In Harvard Univer
sity, for a meritorious invention In rat ons adopted
for the use or tho army, was coming into the receipt
or some C'-O, coo, which sum was to pass through
the hands of Freeman, who was interested
In* tho contract with the government. The com
plaint alleged that me defendant Induced the
plaintiff to buy a number of shares in the metal
works. At the end or twelve months alter the
agreement had been entered into, having become
dissatisfied with holding the stock, plaintiff so in
formed the deiendant, tendered the surrender of the
stock and the item of Interest received, and de
manded his money accordiug to tno terms or the
agreement, whton the defendant refused. Upon the
trial the deiendant moved to dismiss the complaint,
which was deuied. Plaintiff now applied for judg
Action on a l'rominnory Note? Jtemitiisi-cuci'a
of tho Itr.liellion,
Elk.au WartfJiUUr and s demon L. WartxfiUt r,
APiMllanls, v*. Simon B. Kahnweller and Others,
Respondent.'.? This case came up upon appeal from
the judgment of the court below non-Eultlng the
plaintiffs. The action was commenced in Septem
ber, 1800. The plaintiffs, as partners in business,
sued the defendaats, as partners, on a promissory
note, amounting, with interest, to ?2, ill os. Od.
sterling. The equiva'.eut in United States money was
$15,H29 3?. it appeared in lbOt one ol the defend
ants obtained by correspondence a contract withi
Governor Brown, of Georgia, through H. V. John
son, to lurnlsh 5,000 uniforms for the Georgia State
troops. The defendants then entered into negotia
tions with the plaintiils, at that time representing
the btate of Georgia in England, and finally signed a
written agreement, which provides mat the contract
with Governor Brown should be carried out on Joint
accouul bctweea plaintiffs and defendants, iho
uniforms were accordingly made and shipped to
Georgia. In 1865 the plaintiffs executed a receipt to
the defendants for the note In suit. Shortly alter
the transaction the Southern confederacy collapsed,
tho Joint aecouut in question was unadjusted, aud
ultimately the plaintiffs came to New York and
brought a kuit iwtbe State courts to eaXoftc the pay
ment or tbe note. Hie defendant*, for answer, net
ui> two distinct defences, lo tbe effect that
tbo consideration of this noto wan money louued
and advanced the defendant, to i>e illegally
invested in tbo purchase in the English market of
uniforms, elotning and ariuy Kooa?. to bo shipped
to ibo stato of Georgia, then la rebellion and wagiug
war upon the United States of America, m viola
tion of the Foreign Enlistment act of (ireat Britain
and her neutrality laws, and in violation or the lawn
of nations; that tbe money wad mo used, tlie goods
being purchased and actually shipped in pursuance
or said agreement: and secondly, that the plaintiffs
received from the State of Georgia a large amount
of money in return lor such goods, exceeding in
AtoBuni. m defendants alleged, the sum 01 fie.noo,
whion atSoant i'ta defendants counter claim,
wnlch the plaintiff IfeulttT. Thfl cane^ *!lS
tried tn March, 1868, and after the evidence was
closed on both sides the Court, on motion, non-suited
the plaintiffs on the ground that the note in suit was
given In a transaction betweeu the parties, by which
the parties were giving aid and couirort to the ene
mies of the united Slates during the rebellion lu
1804 and 1866; and for that reason the courts of this
State would not eniorce the payment oi the note,
and also that no new arrangement nad Iteeu made
and carried out between the parties, which purged
the original transaction of the turpitude, which In
duced the Court to refuse to enforce the payment of
The case now came before the (icn?ra! Term upon
appeal, aad was fully argued yesieruay. Decision
Unpaid AfKrwrnrnt ('fine.
letter Masleraon vs. 0\ A. llojl and the Mayor, <??<'.,
uf New York.? The plaintiff's deceased father was
the owner or property at seventli avenue and Fifty
fourth street, and bequeathed the same to the plain
tiffs, his Botui. Tbo property was sold by tho corpo
ration for an unpuld assessment and a lease given
to the defendant, Iloyt, for tho term of I,ooo years.
'I be plulntlil* aliened th<<re was no ordinance author
i/ilng the building or the sewer attached to the pre
mises nor any notices served either upon tho occu
pants or owners nor any warrant issued, although
the lease recited those facts. Too defendant de
murred, and plalnt.Us hail judgment upon it. The
defendant appealed, l or the ucienuaut it was
argued that the leaau was not evidence ot the facts
recited in it. while It was argued contra for tho
plaintiffs. Decision reserved. Mr. Townshend lor
appeiiuut. A. il. lteavey for respondent.
SUPERIOR COURT? SfcNERAL TEll*.
A Country inim "I'auellrd" aud Tou Ila.siii'ul
Before Judge Baroour.
Two youthful aud rather good-looking nytnphes de
rnv name d i'rankie McCiurr and Jennie Stanton,
were brought before the Court yesterfluy morning by
Mr. Abraliam H. Hummel, law partner or Mr. Ilowc,
on a writ of habeas corpus, under which he sought
their discharge from custody. It appears that the
frail younar "dam-sels" induced a gentleman irom the
country imo a panel house In Crosby street, where
thev caused hnn to be relieved of $:ioo In hard cash.
They were arrested and brought before Judge
Dowllng, at the Tombs, but their victim, not wishing
to appear In public print, refused to appear airaiust
them or to give his name.
Judge Dowllng insisted on holding the girls, and
stated toat the man should lie forced and compelled
to prosecute; but Mr. Hummel sued out the writ of
habeas corpus, and Judge Harbour discharged the
"soiled doves," who went on their wuy, 11 not to
sin no more, at least rcjoiciug.
SUPEW COURT? TH Al TERM? PA1T 2.
- "V-> -T. r IL
Coniui!n*ion on Sale of n KtenmnUip.
before Judge Ereedman aud a Jury.
John Stuart vs. Elherd Stannard and Daniel
Iiuhler.? The defendants were copartners in this
city, as dealers in old steamers, gunboats aud
doublc-cnders, and the plaiutlfT Is a commission
merchant and ship broker. On the 12th of
May, ltft58, the defendants employed the
plaintiff to sell the steamship Kaiorama,
then owned by the defendants, who promised
to pay him $50o on the completion 01 the sale, lu
pursuance of this agreement Mr. .Stuart sold the
vessel to Mr. Julius A. Palmer, Jr., for the sum of
$10,000, wheronpon ho deuiauded las commission,
but wan refused payment, which resulted in the
The defence Ret up was i hat the defendants did not
know that tho plaintiff was a commisMj/ii mer
chant or ship broker; that Mr. Palmer was flrstln
troduced to them la couaectlon with the purchase
by a third partr, and that itie sa:e of Hie snip was
effected entirely independent of lue agency oi the
plaintiff. Caw still - -
CCMM3N PLEAS? SfcNERAL TERM.
The Chrlaty Kftnle? An Old litigation.
Before Judges Daly, Loew and Van Brunt.
Harriet E. Christy, Administratrix oftTu ; Estate of
Bdwln P. Christy, Deceased, Respondent, vs. Jas. S.
Libtry, Individually, and as Collector of the Estate of
Edwin 1\ Christy, Deceased, Appellant.? This Is an ap
peal from a Judgment directed. to be entered at Special
lerin for the trial or issues of fact. The oaae was
tried before Judge Barrett in May, 1460, and on the
14th of the succeeding month he directed Judgment
for the plaintlU'- The pialntlff now shows to the
court that about the 21st day or May, 18t.2, Edwin P.
Christy died Intestate, and on the 22d oi May, of
the same year, letters ol administration
were Issued by tho Surrogate appointing her
administratrix; subsequently a contest arose before
the (surrogate as to the right of plalntiir to be such
administrairlx, during the pendency of which James
a. Liooy was appointed collector of the estate, his
olllco to continue only until It was determined who
was ontltled to administer upon the estate. This
having been determined in favor of the plaintiff, and
sue having gained lull and complete control aud pos
session oi the property, slio demanded of the de
fendant the delivery or the same into her hands,
which the defendant revised to do. Plaintiff alleges
that defendant has converted a large amount or the
property Into money, which he fraudulently retains
possession of, and also that lie has lost a large
amount or other personal property, Ac.
The defendant, among other defoncea set up,
denies that plaintiff ever demanded the property
from him, and also denies each and every allegation
in the complaint. He says that a citation, at the in
stance of the plaintiff, was Issued by the Surrogate
requiring the defendant to render an account of his
proceedings as collector oi the estate, winch de
fendant promptly obeyed, the plaintiff having had
due notice oi such proceeding; that said defendant
has always been ready to pay over the money in his
hands to the plaintiff, but she has refused to accept
it; and tuat the said proceedings nelore the Surro
gate are a oar to this action and are conclusive upon
the plaintiff, and cannot again be litigated or In
The case was fully argued to day by Amos O. Hull
for the repeilant, and C. Bainondgc Smith lor the
COURT Of GENERAL SESSION
Before Cunning 8. Bedfourd. jr., City Judge.
<;1UND LAKCBNIES AND SKN'TENCBS.
At the opening of the court yesterday John Mnilen,
who was charged with stealing on the 20th of De
cember a barrel of molasses, the property of Apgar
& Co., pleaded guilty to petty larceny, and was sent
to the penitentiary for four months.
Adoipbus Lohinan was tried and convicted of
stealing a coat valued at thirty dollars from the clo h 1
ing store of Stewart, M. Freeman, 763 Eighth avenue,
oil the 21st ol Dcctiitburia.it. 'lite criminal, Deingja
youth, whs bent to Blackwell's Island for six months.
John Grill, who was chargcd with stealing forty
debars woi th of beef on the 27th of December from
Julius Block, pleaded guilty to petty larceny aud
was sent to tho Penitentiary for three months.
A PRETTY BOY.
John Ryan pleaded guilty to au attempt at grand
larceny, lie liuviug IJeen charged with stealing forty
four dollars from the drawer of Thomas Murtha,
No. fi 6 Thompson street, on the 27th of December.
Judge Bedford asked the prisoner if he was ever
arrested before, to wbicn he replied that he was
tried aud acquitted. ??Well," said tne Judge, '-you
are a pretty ooy to be charged with burglary "and
now plead guilty lo a daring larceny. I will not
send you to the State Prison, but will sentence you
to tne Penitentiary for two years.
A JUVENILIS KiUUllI WAKDEK? A NOTORIOUS EIOIITII
WARD JUVENILE THIEF HKN1' TO THE HOUSE OK
Moat of the any was spent In trying an ordinary
case <>r grand larceny. J no prisoner was a youth
named Johu Campbell, who Was charged with steal
ing a gold watch, valued af $125, on the 2lst or De
cember. the property of Mrs. Lawler, residing at
No. 1D2 Bleecker street, The jury rendered a veidlet
of trinity, with a recommendation to mercy.
Judge (Bedford in passing sentence said:? For a
little leilow you aro the biggest sinner that has ever
been orought to tins court. If uic Jury had known
jour antecedents they would not have recomnicuded
you to mercy. The police officer states to mo that
you are used a* u aort oi cover for the notorious
thieves in the Eigbtb ward, and that the outer day
when ho attempted to arrest you you deliberately
drew a kuifeon aim, and that you arc known as one
of the smartest young thieves in Uic ward. You
brought a forged letter to the lady, so that you co.ild
get into her room and steal the watch. As young a.s
you aro you came into court and took an oath to tell
tho truth and perjured yourself. Of course, I will
respect the recommendation to mercy (1 always do),
but If it were not tor t.iat. 1 think 1 would )>e called
upon under my official oath, irrespective of ybur age
aud size, to punish you severely. As it Is. 1 shad
send you to the House of Refuge, wh"ro you will he
taken care or and prevented from committing fur
A DISHONEST COACHMAN.
John Donneiiy pleaded guilty to an Indictment
charging him with stealing three fur robes on tlie
2ist oi Jsovomfier, the property oi MatiieW Whiibeck,
Harlem. He was seat to the State Prison for one
William Walsh and tmnlel Donohue, who were
charged with burglariously entering the premises or
Andrew Walsh, 137 avenue I), and stealing tweuty
eignt dollars worihol liquors, pleaded guilty to au
attempt at burglary in, the third degree.
Johu (Ireen aud Charlos O'Neill pleaded guilty to
buiglary in tne third degree, the indictment alleging
that ou the 16th of December they euterea Mi uiiot
cnpled house tn Amity street awl stole $2no worth
of lead pipe. These prisoner* were remanded tail
Friday lor sentence.
Judgment wan suspended In Two or three eaBe*
where the evidence wax aught aud previous excel
lent character wan shown.
The following ta tho calendar for to-day:? Tlio
l'eopio vh. Thomas Connolly, robbery; same ?i
John Mcrtahou, Michael Shannon, George Ueunett,
William Moran, Jauiea Green, William JohusCM and
William Krowl, burglary; Sarno vs. William U,
Blane and Jauiea H. Bucknghara, felonious assault
aud battery; Hume vs. John Nelson, forgery; Hame
vs. Abraham Coat ley, Jacob bmith, Thomas B. Ba
ker, William Uelphe, Thomas Uresslui, Joseph
Geiger. Jolm II. (Jross and Qeorge Williams, grand
COURT CALENDARS? THIS OAt,
HnPBKMR t'ornr? OfffJURAT, Teum.? neia t>y
Judged iugrahttm (presid.ug), Barnard and Brady.?
Court opens at hall-past ten o'clock A. M. ? Noa. 64,
79, 80, 81, 82, 8 J, 25, h i, 85, 86 (10 n. e.), 89, 90, #1,
02, 94, 95, 28, 29, 97, 98, 361, 99, 100, 101.
Suhkkmk Coi'ht ? Chamhkio'. ? Held by Judge C&r
dozo.? Call oi caieudar at twelve M.? Noh. 91, 222.
8LTEIUOK Counr? Tkial Tkkjis? 1'art 1.? Before
Judge MoCunn.? No*. 1077, 1277. 803, 1161, 721, 1227,
133, 132, 103, 099, 1271, 077, 1105, 1049, 1015, 1079, 1083,
1U61, 1097, 1139, 1146, 1215, 1229, 1266, 1240, 887, 1013,
1023, 1201, 240, 247, 105. l'art 2.? Before Judge Freed
man ? No*. 1588, 1544, 1558, 1002, 1008, 1070, 1072,
1882, 1700, 1704, 1700, 1634, 1712. 1714, 1721.
Makink Couht? Tkiai, Tkkm. ?Bart 1.? Befon
Judge Gross, calendar called at ten A. M.? Noh.
4:106, 30, 31, 4307, 4326, 4406, 4500, 20, 4625, 2, 4, 33, 31,
35. l'art 2. ? Before Judgo Curtis. ? Nos. 4645, 28,
4163, 4600, 4721, 4737, 4761, 4758, 4769, 4777, 4793, 4789,
4794, 4812, 36, 37. 38, 39.
THE PUBLIC HEALTH.
Tlio Stump Tail Cow Prospect? Ureuno
Dealers ? Ufe-Savhiff Apparatus ? Ex?
plosive Kerosene ? Another Offlei
Created? Miscellaneous Matters.
Tho Board of Health. held a session yesterday,
when tnere wiu a full uttendancoof members.
Tho Attorney reported upon the subject of swill
milk stables, which wits referred to huu last week,
Willi power, lie was of tho opinion mat ine Hoard
had good ground lor acilou for neglect to keep the
places clean and well ventilated, but, aa (lie law bud
been Interpreted by tlio couris, be bad doubts
whether a suit would lie against owners of places
where swill milk is only partially used as rood for
cattle. During the discussion on the subject Mr.
Lincoln stated that there bad lormerly been 7,000
cows fed in this inauuer In New York; they
had taken refuge In Brooklyn, whero they
dellcd the populace. The Hoard, by resolu
tion, instructed the Attorney to commence
suit against all the stables reported ui>on.
Messrs. Douohuc & Sou applied for Hie discontinu
ance of suits against them. A discussion thai fol
lowed showed that ad the fat boilers itre running
their establishments in full bias:, In dcflanco of the
law, and that over fifty suits have been commenced.
The request was denied. Well A Son made a simi
lar ai plication, and were equally unsuccessful.
Dr. Smith, iroin the Sanitary Committee, reported
adversely on the application of the trustee or the
abattoir buildings to convert them into slaughter
lie also reported in favor of appointing Dr. Leo
tard, veterinary surgeon, as an assistant sanitary in
spector, to examine glandered horses, his compensa
tion to be five doUMS for each examination. Ho
was so appointed.
Tlio committee also recommended tno manufac
ture of U l'ty additional life-saving apparatus. Dr.
Spilth announced mat 180 persons liau been saved
last) ear. 'i'lio additional number were ordered, on
I he report of tlio committee that a lame number of
lives were tost lor the waut ol them at ccrtaiu ex
Tho following report was read and filed:?
To Dr. K. Hakiub, SamUry Superintendent, Metropolitan
Sin- I uava (lie Donor to nubmu my feport on the eiamlnti
lion uf keroieue bought and uiileu Uiii 1u|j the week ending
tliln day. Of ibe ten (ample* examined erven were below
?Unilard hy both t*?m and three below standard by daubing
point only. Kr*p?cl! ully, li. KN J > l-.M A N N, I'll. I>.
Report 00 Hi.- u: animation of kcroaene bought and tented
during thn week, ending Juuuury 12, loi U : ?
OILS III'I.OW HTAN11A1U1 U Y liOTU TSSTB.
Adam BUhofl, 4.UI Ka?t Fifteenth ?tr*et
Heruaid Kur*, 4'i? East Fifteenth ntre< I
Krancit Julien, 4.7 Kaat Fifteenth atreet
McDonald Brother*, 161 Tlilrd avenue
W. O. Kurdett Co., l!7 Third avenu?
Mr?. llower, 1WI KItIiicIou io., exploelon 7tb...
Richard l'udelmau, 1'.* Klvingtou mreet
OILS liEI.OW 8IANKAHO II* H.AB1I1NO TKST ONI.Y.
Andrea* Trabert, 418 Eaet Fifteenth ?treet 1 4/ij 110
Henry Setter, 4-0 Kant Ft Ueenth etr< ?t 4? KS lli
John Farrell, 437 Ka?t Fifteenth nil e<*t | 4t| V.| lit)
A communication was read from the citizens of
the town of Southileld, Stateu Island, asking for the
proper drainage or that place. It was ordered that
the reports In the possession of the Board on the
subject be forwarded, and they be informed that
their redress is 10 be found in the Drainage act of
the last Legislature. #
The eugineer reported upon the petition of citizens
complaining of the burning of shavings in a factory
In Bank street. He recommended the passage of a
general law compelling owners of these fat .ories to
consume their smoko and run their cblmueys up
eighty feet high.
O. 11. King, M. D., by note, requested the Board to
order a chemical analysis of confectionery. ltelerred
to the Sanitary Committee.
Dr. Harris having been by resolution at the last
meeting of the Board asked to at:tfe in writing
whether he ever stated to any member of the Sani
tary Committee that the smallpox epidemic was
traceable to emigration, submitted a voluminous re
port, replying m the negative. A discussion followed
between Messrs. Stone aud Swinburne, but no tacts
calculated to throw light on tho smallpox question
NEW YOUK LIBERAL CLUB.
The "Darwinian Theory"? Profeiwor Roem*
ler on "Hour Lake and Profcuor Bnrwln"?
Are We Ilauinn livings, or Aro We Olf
mliootM Iroin the Germs ol" Plants <
The thirteenth meeting of this club was held last
evening at their rooms, No. 23 Third avenue. Tho
call stated that the consideration of tho -'Darwinian
Theory," which was introduced by Professor v ander
weyde at tno last meeting of the club, would be con
tinued by tbe reading of a paper on the subject by
Mr. Charles Morau.
There was a pretty full" attendance of the club,
and two ladles ol advanced and positive ideas
graced the room with their presence. The character
of tue "Lloeral Club" may be gathered lrom the
members present last night, who represented free
iovism, woman's rights, progresslvism, phreno
logism and all other Isms which have been borrowed
ftomtlie French school which erected the Goddess
of Reason m room of the Deity. Old men with gray
beards aud lar-seeing spectacles, and youug men
with illy-trained and s.idly balanced oraius, the
propounders of the strangest ideas under the sun,
about which thc> kuow but little, and oi which Hie
public came to know less, are the component parts
of this club.
Mr. llenry Wehle, president of tbe club, occupicd
the chair and called the meeting to order.
The Secretary read two communications from Pro
fessor Koessler, United States Geologist at Washing
ton, one on "Sour Lake," in which he gave a de
scription of the bituminous nature of tho water, and
said it was strongly impregnated with petroleum,
and was used by invalids lor bathing purposes, i lie
otner communication was on the "Darwinian arm
ory," and net lorth that the theory of Dr. Darwin
intimately connected Itself with the aistory of crea
Mr. Morau, the lecturer, was then Introduced by
the chairman, and said the main tenets or the mate
rialise' philosophy wore announced long since in
the doctrines ol Buddhism, in which tbero was a su
preme power, but not a mipretne being. Thedoctrine
of Huddhtsm denied tho existence of Providence.
The lecturer, having started ou this basis, went on
in the most vague, technical and unsatisfactory
manner to prove a theory to tho effect that ail
human beings aud animals descended iroin tho
gerina of plants. He quoted copiously iroui Mr.
bDeucer aud other psycaolugists to snow that Uio
under all its phases arose from natural causes.
A discttfiiAoii followed on tho subjoct by the mem
bers of the club, which did not in the slightest
decree tend to throw auy more light ou it than Mr.
Mo ran had sought to do.
ATAlAfiTA BOAT CLUB.
The members of theAtaianta Boat Club or this city,
tbe oldest rowing club In American waters, held
their annual election ou Tuesday last. The meeting
was very luliy attended, and the proceedings were
marked by tbo usual enthusiasm characterisllo of
the Ataiauia's doings. The lollowlng officers wrre
elected for 1870: ? President, it. Parser, Jr., vice
David BaiiKB, Jr., who declined a re-election, having
held iho onico lor several years past; Vice President,
W illiam If. Webster; secretary, James W. Kd wards;
Treasurer, Charles Devoe; Board of Trustees,
Ceorgo K. OtiHseiie, John King, L. W'aierbiiry, Soth
11. Noycs and the vice president: Delegates to tho
Hudson Amateur Kowlng Association, Dr. Withers,
J. w. Kd wards and John King; Committee on lie
pairs aud Supplies, Miles W. Staudisii, George H.
Springsteen aud W. c. Mainland; captain, Kmsell
Withers. M. 1).; Lieutenant, William C. Mannam!.
Tito Atalauta C.ub was organized|ln 18(8, and during
their long career liave won a series oi creditable
victories, sustaining but very lew defeats, and luey
now rank as tue champion amateur rowicg club of
tue united states.
I < 'I
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NEW YORK CITY.
The Now Post Office? Police Trials? Sacri
lege? "Tin Box" Itobbery? Forgery by
au Ex-Court Interpreter? Sudden
Deaths? Suicide? The Broud
vray Widening ? Minor
The following re cora will Bbow the changes tn the
temperature or the weather for the pant twenty-four
hours in comparison with the corresponding day of
last year, as Indicated by the thermometer at
Hudnut's pharmacy, 11bkajj> liulldlug, corner or
3 A. M 44 43 3 P.M.,,.
? A. M 41 4ft 0 M....
? A. M 40 48 'J F. M....
12 M 40 01 12P.M....
Averajfo temperature yesterday
Average lomperuturo lor corresponding
Mr. Borney, at whose place, Mo. 10 Cedar street,
the lire occurred on Tuesday evening, denies the
report made by the police that his place was seized
by the internal revenue ofllcur*.
In the United Stated District Court yesterday Mr.
W. 11. Stephens, on the presentation of Mr. Robert
Benedict, wan aitmltteil by Judge hiaichford to prac
tice lu the United States Courts or turn district.
A young girl, Mary McDonald, of No. 69 Forsyth
street, who had become tired of life, yesterday
morning took a suicidal plunge from the dock foot
oi Market street, sue was rescued by the police uud
Hy a Are In the grocery store of J. P. Jones, No.
oio Graiul sireet, at half-past three o'clock yesterday
morning, $l,Doo datnaRe was inflicted to the stock.
The building, owned by Thomas Mccarvey, was
damaged f ..uo.
one of the boats of the Norwich and New York
Transportation Company carried from New York to
Now London, one night last week, nearly lorty car
loads of freight, among which were 000 packages ol
sole leather and joo dressed bogs,
Navigation on the Iludson still remains open, with
a prospect of so continuing for some time. To-uignt
tho steamer Connecticut, of the New York and Troy
steamboat Company, will leave for Albany and Troy,
and will make regular trips as long as the river is
sale and navigable.
One hundred aud twcnty-tlvc men are now eui
ployed on tno new I'ost oitlco. A vessel arrived
from Maine yesterday mornlnu with a load o( irranlte
to be used In tho construction of the building.
Should the other vessels expected not be delayed all
the piers will hoou be in position.
Yesterday tho funeral of the late 11. D. Weinpe
took place, and attracted much attention in passing
through the streets. The body was followed to the
grave by Troop 11, Third cuvairv, National (iuard.,
of which command deceased was a member. A
band of music discoursed appropriate dirges.
Tho remains or an unknown man, about thirty
years of age, were yesterday iound floating in tno
dock foot of Seventh street, East river. Deceased
was Uve leet eiirut inches lu height, and wore dark
c'otlnng. Coroner Schlrmer whs notified to nold an
Inquest on the remains, which were removed to the
Roger McGulre has been in tno employ of the
corporation as street sweeper, on Tuesday evening
he was taken ill while nt his work, and (ailing to the
pavement died almost instantly. Coroner Rollins
was notified to hold an inquest on the body at the
Twenty-ninth precinct police station, whither the
remains were rgivoved immediately aitei ueatu.
On Tjinrsday night of last week thieves entered
tho Church of tho Atonement, at TenaUy, New
Jersey, and stole a cabinet organ valued at about
$l,ooe. Tins Is the second time it has been stolen.
Onco it was found at the railway station, uox<*d up,
ready lor shipmen.t The particulars were yesterday
reported to Captain Kelso's office, and the detectlvcs
Are endeavoring to secure tho Instrument.
Abaut one o'clock on Tuesday, while the clerk of I
Harrison A Co., No. 33 South Btreet, was temporarily
absent m an adjoining room, a sneak thief entered
the oftlce aud stole a tin box, containing a $loo bill,
a gold watch and checks, notes, Ac., to a considera
ble amount, and made his exit without being de
leted. The firm has stopped tho payment, and
oner $200 reward for the return of the properly.
Mr. Henry D. Rolph, of Elizabeth, New Jersey,
purchased yesterday, through Totter Brothers, a
plot of land at Fort Washington for $C5,ooo. The
grounds have a fine view of the Hudson, and slope
down to the water, with two fronts on tho boule
vard. The residence of white marble that Mr.
Rolph proposes erecting will probably equal auy
tuuig yet bunt at Fort Washington.
sergeant Michael O'Connor, for some time past In
charge of the Jefferson Market Police Court squad,
while eating breakfast yesterday morning at his late
residence, 221 West Houston street, was taken sud
denly HI and expired in a few moments afterwards.
Information of the tact was sent to the Coroner's
office and Coroner Rollins took charge or the case.
Sergeant O'Conuor had been troubled with conges
tion of the brain for somo time past.
The second new moon of this month (January,
1870) will be on the 3ist, at filtecn minutes to eleven
o'clock A. M. The first new moon occurred on New
Year's Day, at nine minutes past seven P. M. In
Bomeexceedlngly rare instances th?*re may be two
lull moons in the month of February, its in isos.
Two new moons will occur lu the month of March,
but not until July of next year w ill there be two lull
moons In any month.
Mrs. Jane Griffin has long been very favorably
known to the New York Cooper Institute audiences
as an accomplished public reader. In other literary
institutions In this city, and Indeed throughout the
entire Union, Mrs. Griffin has obtained large and ap
preciative audiences. Tills talented lady leaves on
.Saturday for Europe, aud it is her Intention to give
a number of readings in the principal cities. In the
old country readings, "penny" and otherwise, have
beqp rather overdone, but an American lady will
command attention by her nationality, aud there is
no doubt that Mrs. Grlitln wiil please and Instruct
the enlightened and educated section uf European
Yesterday artemoon Mr. Frederick R. Hartmann,
formerly interpreter at the Tombs Police Court,
under Jndge Osborn, was charged with rorglng the
names of collector and deputy collector to two In
come tax receipts. Hartmann was paid by W.
Killers. No. 02 East Seventh street, the sum of
$iuo oo. lor 1808 tax, and $170 25, lor 1800 tax, to
pay to the receiver. Neither of these sums, it is
alleged, Hartmann paid over, lie, however, brought
Mr. Enters two receipts, one signed Bernard Smith
and the other James S. Corbln. Hartmann was ar
rested by detective Hughes, of the Twenty-sixth
precinct, and brongnt belore Justice Cox, at the
Tombs Police Court, who committed him to answer.
The City Commissioners now sitting upon the
widening of Broadway will report early In the
Bprlng. There is but little d?ubt that the project
will be carried through, and that thoroughfare
will then be enlarged from sixty-six to 100 feet in
width irotn Thirty-fourth to Flfty-nlntn street.
From Tolrtyfourth to Forty-third street the
destruction of buildings ror the purpose will be on
the west side, and Irom thence to Fiftieth street on
Uio east side. It will then taka place on the west
side again to Fifty-eighth street, and to compu te
the diniauce a small piece will be demolished on the
east. The clrclo here mtervone^, and, on the oppo
site side of it, the Rival boulevard, 150 feet w ide, will
continue to the Huilum nvcr.
In September last Mr. J. K. Terry, or Union square,
caused Hie arrest of Mr. George Kewcombe, proprie
tor of the Lula.v ctto Hotel, at M5 Broadway, on a
charge of grand larceny. The case came on for
trial on Monday last and Judge .Be<lford|directed the
jury to Und a verdict of acquittal upon tho
complainant's own evidence, saying it was very
evident that no crime had been committed and Mr.
Terry hail mistaken his remedy, which if obtaina
ble could oniy be so in a civil action; that the chatire
ought never to nave been made. Tho District At
torney said ho regretted much that a reputable citi
zen like \lr. Newcoinbe should have been charged
with such a crime, aad that the case srioukl never
have oeen brought Into the court. Air. Newcombe
has instituted civil procctuiugd lor damages against
Commissioner Matthew T. Urennan yesterday tried
fifty-eight officers on various charges, and inflicted
fines In many cases. Ho is the only Commissioner
who plaocs the proposed amount of fines upon the
complaint. The charges were principally of a trivial
t hai actor. Three were preferred against officer
McAdauis, of the Twenty-elgnth preoint, ono for
neglaetof duty. Tho others Were of a more serious
character, on the 1st lust, .sergeant Fer
ris detected Mc \dams and it biothcr officer named
Riker coming out ol an'aiieyway at No. 27 Mxth
avenue. Tne sergeant ordered iiliu to patrol his
post, when lie druw Ills club, tlircaluued the sergeant
unit calied lilm a "sou ol a b? For tills lio was
lined twodayx' pay. captain De Camp charged him
wun interruptiuit roil cad aud tun posting of Ins j
platoon on the eame night, and with swearing
ral times "Hjr Jeaus." 'Hie Captain, Sergeant* KerrU
and Caatle and rouudamau Pigott swore to tti?
Turin, but gave the ortlcer an excellent reputation.
For this be waa lined two dajia' par. llie couipiaiat
aguiuat officer Hiker waa diaiuiaaad.
OUR HARBOR LAWS.
Semi-Monthly Meetin* of the Shipowners' Asso
ciation?The Project of Establishing Float
ins Electric Telegraph Stations? The
Quarantine Laws ? Petroleum as
freight? The Pilots of New York
and Their Rates.
The regular Html-montniy meeting of tho ship
owners' Association wan held at their rooms, Nos.
60 and Wi Tine street, yesterday afternoon, Edward
lllcken, president, in the chair. The meeting wad
one of considerable interest.
Mr. Thomas H. Saudford tendered his resignation
as Secretary, to take placo the mt proximo, which
was accepted with a vote or titanic, and a commit
tees elcctcd to fill the vacancy.
KUUT1NU BLKCTRIC TRLBORAPH STATION".
A communication was received from Walter
Hcarn, .Secretary of the Philadelphia and Southern
Mail Stoamuhip Company, asking the association If
they would assist tu the establishment of floating
electric telegraph stations, Hlimlar to tho una
now in process 01 constructloii In KuglauJ,
and Intended for uuo Ufty or sixty miles
otr Penzance. He claimed that such stations
would be of incalculable benefit, lo shipowners and
the mercantile community generally, saving time,
expenses, being ablo to chronicle the weather, with
many otuer leaslblc advantages. The project was
lavorably received by t'uu association and a com
mittee appointed to act upon the mailer.
in answer to certain Inquiries propounded by
tho Hecretary of tue association its counsel
on quarantine reguiadouu submitted un ex
haustive letter lu answer. Ho says, In substance,
after confessing that facts brougtit to his knowledge
of what great exactions the merchants have sub
nutted to as thorougnly staggering him, that fhero
is no linger wonder at the decline of our shipping
Interests. He then proceeds to say:?
There la no remedy for existing evil* to be fotioJ In an
alteration ol' ibe lawn, aa that, unfortunately, is ton ofnn
looked upon an a lure mire. The peacolut pursuit of com
merce lias boon preyed upon lu all ages by the r*i acious, 1U0
grasping and the unprincipled. It ia aa true of New lurk, ia
ol' lirutteA, ?hent or Autwerp In the Middle Age*. I'xaetions
now under the form of law take the place of open violence,
uu 1 each exaction submitted to become* the stepping atone
for another. 'Die <,uaraut!iie lawa are not particularly op
pressive, but the levying oi 1 M cents a tou on vessels coining
to thla port is nothing but plunder.
There ? 111 probably be un entire ehaa^e of the ollloora of
the i(uaranllnc In a abort time, an I now ib tho period to have
the abuse* which have bncu introduced with tho adinniistra.
lion of theae lawa removed Let tho new Health ():l ? r, wbo
ever lie may lie, understand that he will be resisted whenever
ho attempts an Illegal art, whe.hor large or small, and your
cauaea ol coniulalnt will be greatly diminished.
It would be utterly futile for the merchant* tn *eek to ma
terially alter the laws i elating to quarantine at thla aeiulon.
The political party In power hare just stepped Into the pat
rouitge ol the place* connected with the establish
ment, and it fa not likely that It would favor
the abolition of aluiae* winch render the oillco of
Health Ollleer of this port worth froiu fUai.tHW to
S>_'ti(l,(ib0 per annum, with tho prospect* of $3ni),ii0o If it
should bo a "good sickly" season. But, whllo the tune is un
propitious for ellccllng u change In the lawa, none could l is
?elected more titling fi r the Inauguration of a system of re
aiatance 10 all Illegal and unwarranted change* ami eier "e
of illegal authority. That muni be done in the Court of Ad
A now llenlth Officer mny possibly be educated bv such a
policy into respect forth'; right* ol tho merchant* and tau.U
lu understand that h" 1h a puollc servant and not en aoaoi'itc
monurr.h of Staten island, to whom tribute must be p., id In
the commerce euteioig the harbor ? uf New York.
PETBOLKCif A8 IRKIUIIT.
i bo President advised th.it, as uie Convention or
Petroleum Healers had indicated by omeial action '
thai they would insist upon the owners of ship* In
the future lo carry petroleum by weight, and not by
llie gross guage of the cask, as at present, lie sub
mitted that the association should express their
views in regard to the matter. For his part, he
would hold to the present method. James W. Klweli
eudorscd Mr. Hickens' views, when the following
resolution was submitted uud passed as the sense ol
Wberea* the petroleum dealer* in convention havo deter
mined only to ahlp thl* article hereafter by weight , and
where.i* It would lie groa* injustice lo owners of veaaela thus
to carry It, therefore be it
Resolved, That the Shipowners' Association agree to ad
here to the priienl plan of currying petroleum aa freight by
the gross cask guage and by do other plau.
TUB PILOTS OF NEW YOKK AND Til 1 1 It KATES.
The association will to-day (It was decided upon)
transmit me following petition to the legislature,
praying for relief from excessive plloiag? charges:?
Nkw York, Jan. S, 1P70.
To TI1R UONOBAtlLB Tljr 0KNATB AN!" AHHKMtil.Y III'
TIIK S I A I F. Ol" New VOUK IN LBUibLAl L'RK ASSEM
H I. ED
The petition of the Shipowner*' Aaioelatlon of the State
of New York, and tue uieli rai^ned mercbuult, shipowner* of
the city of New York, respectfully showeth.
That for several yeara the commerce of tho port of New
York, carried on In American veaaela, ha* been aieadlly de
clining; that the number of veaaela carrylnu the national
flag Railing c ut of and into the laid port I* much lei* than
prevlouily bad been, and that Hie maritime (Uprcinacy of the
United States I* paialng rapidly away.
That many of the rearm* for thla unfortunate condition of
the *hlpnlug Intcreat are to be found In tho exiitence ol law*
of the United States, which weigh beuvlly unon your peti
tioner*, but a* ;the honorable the Home of keprciei.tatlve*
of the United States ha* appointed a eommlticen to hear
and luutilro Into the grievance* of which your petit. oners
complain, they hope and confidently expect such action of
Congrut.a aa will relievo them ami th* shipping Intercut of the
nation from many of the burden* under which they now
hut your petitioner* further show th*t not the lean of the
many burden* which the ahipow uer* und merchant* of New
York now have to bear is inn exceaalve amount which pilot*
are allowed to charge for the service of piloting veaaela into
and out of the port of New York, and th* compulsion which
they are under to employ inch pilot*, whether their service*
are needed or not, hy the existm:: law* of thl* -tate. Km tl.tr,
that In 1&M5 the merchants concurred with the pilots lu pc
tltlonlng for the pa**a?t* of u law Incr-aalnL: the rate*
of pilotage for throe year*, being moved thereto by the
(act of the then depreciated condition of the currency and
bliih price* ol all the necessaries of life, and believing It to
be nisi and lair. That afterward*, In April, IW, the pilots,
without the consent or knowledge of the merchants, appitei!
to your honorable bodies for the pasango of au act exten lin ;
thu tlrna within whl h they should be allowed inch additional
charges, and aueli request wa? acceded to by the pax**,'* of
the act of April, 1067, which extend* tbe lime lor such charge*
to alx vear*.
That the charges as now established for pilotage into and
out of this port are larger than the charges for similar sit
vices in any other port in tho world, and raat a doubt and
atlgm i upon the advantage* of tho port by Indirect assertion
that the tank or labor of piloting a veaiel here I* greater and
more onerou* than that o! any other harbor, tending to de.
ttroy Its fairly earned reputation for having natural and am
ticlal advantage* as to ea*e of access and harbor coi . le
niences imequallad by any other commercial city on tbto
That they present herewith a table showing the rates nf
pilotage charged In Boaton, Baltimore, Charleston, Portland
and New York; alao wlint the charge* were In llii* port befr
the alteration of the lawi of lfc6a, which they now respect
fully petition you to adopt.
VrntU Drn icing llc.strm.
Ten feet *117 HO
Fifteen fuel 2M 6(1
Twenty feel 00
Twenty-live feet. 125 00
The pilotage to Ilia port of Mainmort la o?er 30o mile..
The lollowtug talilo will show tli? rate* of tiilotaije allowed
before the amendment of 1W0, that mm alluwed, and tu?
rate* which are proposed
Drawiht'i/ Wat*T. li-fnr' Jfaw In F->rrf. PrtvptH I,
Ten feet tlM Ml #4" 17 *:io o
Fifteen feel 46 at) M !I7 C'j tl
Twenty feet 73 Ml lii'i fiO 80 f.u
Twenty-lire feet \ *) 75 3"3 12 12> (?i
Further, thin the pilot* will probably urge tr.at eren iTiidef
the present high ratm thC7 do mil on an avrrage make more
than a reasonable living, and thai now u Dumber ol tl.clr
boat* are laid up. Nut the reuson ? l'or that are the lo low
t'irU? The protlte of the pilotage bneltieg* have been no
large thai more applicants have been admitted than the num
ber of *cr?els using thin pjit require, and, In OOtiacpicnce, a
number of pilot* are alway* idl* aw.tilln? their turn.
Sn odd? Oilier port* on the Atlantic const are rapidly build
ing up, at the eipenee ol Mew \ ork, in con*?|uence of the
exorbitant charge* Incurred by every vemel which cntei*
here for pilotage, quarantine fec?, barbur dues and other ri
pen tee ol every description.
And further, that the compulsory proelnli n* of the prr*?nt
law* are peculiarly onerou* to them, a* they are deprived of
the power of selecting a pilot, but timet engage then .-vlcisi
of the one who llrstetK is, !i >wrvcr luenmpcienfor pi reoually
oliuoilou*, and are obliged to employ thu - line pilot in and
out of port, without an v regard whatever hem* had to tho
the preference* of the ablpowi ? *. An I, I" | *rilcueir, your
|ietltione<a beg to call attention to thu tact that they mu*t
j ay pilotage fee*, whether they employ oi\" or riot, a provi
sion of law which n protested atai a* (in Infraction of
their right* a* cltl*?r.e of thl* 8ti>te, aiul in direct hostility lo
the principles of freedom, upon which Auierli aielaw* and
Institution* are founded.
And your petition) r* roei'cctlully pra* your honorable
body, w ill enact a .a ?v relieving thetu and the c mtueice of
thle State from the buri.cn* complained of. and yet allowing
to the idiot* a fair, nay, uore, a liberal compensation tor
?uch service* a? Hire may actually perform.
And your petitioner* will ever pray.
Edward lib ken, President Hilpownera' Association; flu*
tavus A. Hrctt, Vice President Shipowner*' Aaaoolatlon ;
.lauiei W. I iwcll, John >? Dale, agent; Vernon II. Brown A
Co., llendtrsoii ltro?., agents; Itenner, Rmwn A Plnckney,
'lhoir.a* |iuiih.tm'e Nephew A Co., Charles (I. Marshall A Co.,
Charles Luling A Co., <Jrinnell, Minturn A Co., Oelrlchl A Co.,
Freucb, Edge A Co., Hermann, Koop A Co., and others.
one or ?wo addition*! matters of unimportance
were transacted, when the meeting aljourucd.
Thr loliowinir Is a completo lWtlol marine irans"
forti from Jan. 0 to Jon. U. lut lugive: ?
Matilda H rooks. . ,
Klorenoe 11. Allan
Kloreuee II. Allan
Florenoe II. Allan
.KIorntM* II. Al an
Scbr Florence II. Allan
? eti'b Ueo. W. Hewitt...
Cao'bU. 1>. Kpencer.. ..
U. Chunt ....
St. at r. | rri'f.
11.(2 | $2.4011
First Meeting of the Commissioners
of Common Schools
for It 70.
Election of Mr. Larremore as President-*
A "Stagg" Dance? Appointment of
Normal School Teachers? The Tem
porary Certificate Question.
Pursuant to general custom tho first meeting of
the Commissioners or common Schools la each year
is held on the second Wednesday In January. Yes
terday being the second Wednesday tho meeting waa
held accordingly, but In accordance with reccut pro
visions the hour lor assembling was four P. M. In
stead of five P. M. The latter fact was not generally
known and the result was that the attendance of
outsiders was rather slim. There were, in fact, no
more than a baker's dozen of schoolmasters presenc
to witness the proceedings, and It was ungenerously
insinuated by some parties who came too late to
see the fua that the Board had changed
tho hour of meeting so that some of tho
members would have more time to maka
long speeches before dinner hour arrived. This
can scarcely tie judged to be true if the work of last
evening be taken as a epeclmon; for tho business was
done up m a brisk and yet graceful manner, much to
the credit of the Hoard and the comfort of the
attaches and attendants at the meeting. There were*
but nine members of the Board present, the chron'iO
absent was not in his place, of courso, and tbi*s Dlo*
genes of the Hoard and envoy extraordinary/ of thQ
German element or elephant was absent. '
When the hour for meeting had arrlvjCl the veneN
able auditor, Mr. Johti Davenport, cal led the meet
ing to order, and when on calling the r oil a quorum
was found to be preseut, Commissioner Smytfc
moved that Commissioner Hands bo ap pointed chair*
man pro ten i. Tho motion was carried, land Mr,
bauds on taking the chair lost no tli lie In returning
thanks or making any remarks, but asked "What
is the farther pleasure of the Hoard ?"
rhe "farther'' pleasure was expressed by tha
good-natured aud earnest Commit Uloner Wood
moving that Mr. lUchard Larremore be elected Presi
dent of tho Board. Commission 'er Sherwood
seconded the uomtnattton. Mr. Wood ? was so mucli
in earnest aud so anxious to show tht * appreciation
ho ha*) for Mr. l^arremoro (as, Indeed! have all who
know hlui) thai he wanted the electu -?u by acclama
tion. According to rule, however, * ballot waa
necessary. .Messrs. Wood and Bell wer, ?> appointed
tellers, and on the vote being counted it ? ???? found
tnat eight totes had been cast lor Mr. Lar/.^?more
ami one for Mr. Sands. Mr. I.arremore was estTJ airted
to i lie chair by Commissioners Smyth and sth'itr
wood, on taking the on air Mr. I.arremore referred^
to the fact that for the fourth time he hail been called 4
to preside over the deliberations of tho Itoard of
Education. He had oiieu liefore expressed hu
opinions In regard to educational mutters in 1 dim
cay, and lliey were well euougti known to obvia^a -
tue necessity of repetition. He then gave the fol
lowing ytatlstics, which had been handed him by
avkraoe attesdaxok am> wiioj.h noMBXH TACin*
toll TUB v.: Alt KSbINU I>r< KMIIEB 31, ltW9.
iitainmar an lui i l>, liujl JS,;;0 ; 32,?74
Urammar acboola, glrln il4,Jo.ljiflfcl61
Total Oram mar scholara. I ? |
Primary Ueiiariuienla |>,15'. >8 1
Primary aciiuol lV,lb:|4.-,4<J
1 i.tal primary auliu.ar* I
Total gram. aun prim, aohulara. . . I
Colored *cho 'li> I
hvauiuK school*, main j
hveniu* iciiuuli, frm^iea
Normal ?< hc> i? |
In concluding liis address Mr. Larremora mada
some good suggestions. Among oiner tuiugs ha
recommended that the Dills of mechanics should ba
promptly paid, as he had been informed that price*
were Increased in untieing bids lor work, as they
had to wait so long for the money that tucy could
not make anything. He might have gone a "little"
further and recommended that mechanics directly
employed by the Board should nol be taxed a day's
wages lor each of such holidays as the Fourth of July.
Christmas and New Year's Hay. and suggested thai
while economy is a graud virtue a little generositj
In such nutters would not be at all out or place. Mr.
I Jfrremore wound up his address with a neat aud
eloquent peroration m regard to the great work la
which the Board was engaged.
Commissioner Hki.l, men rose and said he would
like to correct an idea which the President seemed
to entertain In regard to the payment of mils. Tim
bil l', he suid, were as promptly audited and paid an
wero bills contracted by individuals, but that
ill > Board had received a bad reputation iii
consequence of the action of the local boarda
of trustees ordering work and running over
their allowances. This fact Is the ooly argu
ment In "favor of the Idea heretofore broached in
the columns of the Hkuald, that (he boards or local
trustees should be done away with by proper legis
lation. In a majority ol thu wards the boards of
local trustees are pettifogging aud pothouse poli
ticians, many of whom should be attending school
instead oi attempting to manage the achools. If
the Hoard of Commissioners are at all responsible
tuey should be held wholly responsible.
A communication was received lroru the City
4uperiutcud?ut iu relation to tho award of tempo
rary cerutlcatcs of qualification to teacnors in tua
primary schools. I nder tho old law tno superin
tendents were empowered grant certificates for
six mouths, aud at tho expiration of thai time re.
new them. I nder the new rules there are no provi
sions lor renewing tho temporary certificates, and
the holders must cither get tuli certificates or ba
discharged. The (superintendent recommended
that some authority be given for the renewal of ttio
temporary certificates lor another year. T?>e inattec
was referred to tho Committee on Normal .schools.
A communication wad received from the engineer
of the Board in relation to the healing apparatus In
use in the schools, ou motion of Commissioner
Lewis the communication was ordered to be printed
in document lorm.
on the iiution of Comtnistoner Lewis a resolution
was adopted allowing the male vice principals u?
ar t as clerks to the local b ..ar>w.
Commissioner Heii oflcre 1 a resolution directing;
thu Superintendent of Knildlngs to make neccsssry
alterations on : lie lower floor ot tho tiaii, so thas
proper accommodations might be afforded the auusu
Commissioner Sands wanted to know how mucu
It was going to cost, but nobody being able to giva
the necessary information the citizens' Association
subsided aud the resolution was adopted.
Commissioner Hell, lrom the Committee on Normal
Schools, reported tho following as appointees in tho
daily Normal school, with the salaries for each:?
Misb LydlaF. Wadlelgh (formerly principal of
Grammar School No. 47, in Twelfth street;,
as superintendent, salary $2,000
Miss Surah E. lleybeck (formerly of Grammar
School No. 06, in Thirteeutn street), as as
sistant to president 1,400
Miss Jlary J. O'Leary (of i.rainmar .school No.
1. in N ande water street), as llrst assistant to
vicii president 1,600
Miss Helen G. Morgan (ot crammar School
No. 44 in North Moore street), as second as
sistant to vice president 1,400
J. A. (illicit, professor or mathematics aud
Miss Eliza Woods (of (irammar School No. .">3,
In West Twenty-eighth street), as first as
sistant to protestor of mathematics and
Mi-s .Mary Matthews (of (, ram mar ^etiool No.
i)0, in hast twentieth street), as aecoud as
sistant to professor ol mathematics and
Mr. H. A. Schiegel, professor of modern lan
Miss Adele liassie, assistant to profe.-sor of
modern languages 1,600
Mr. K. Mangold, teacher of musical notation
and singing l.CW
The report of the committee wai adopted, after
which the Hoard took up the report of the Commit
tee on Repairs and .supplies lu relation to the con
tract for finishing grammar school No. 86, la tho
Twentieth ward. The award was made to Robert
Palou for Hard's patent furniture, at a jst of
$11,444. The contest was between Piard's and
Stagg's furniture, aud as the former was awarded
the prize, tho result will, no doubt, make t?tagj?
dance. 'I he Finance Committee reported subse
quently that the Board had me financial ability ta
make the award. This report was adopted, and as
there was no further business bclore the meeting
the Hoard adjourned.
A Christmas Traoedy ? Two Men Kii.i. Each
Ol ii Kit.? -At a point near Humboldt. West lenncsseo,
i hriatmas morning, two men, named Thomas Tyler
and Milton Thome, while mioxlcatod, got into a
difficulty over a game ol cards, winch resulted in tho
killing of both. A friend of the two men who had
been with them shortly before the altercation, but
had goue to visit another man In the vlcmltv, waa
aiarmed by the Unngior pistols, and weut to ascer
tain the cause. He fouud Thorn* dead and Tyler
mortally wounded, and only able to say, "I havo
killed Melt an* Melt has killed me.'" I'pon tho fact
being made known several of the neighbors hastened
1 to the spot and fouud his story but too true. Thorna
I aud Tyler were lying about tweivc feet apart, with a
! smltn & Wesson repeater lying near each,
, four cartridges out of 'luorue's and only one out of
| Tyler's.? yavlwUlt i'ltlou.