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"IRE WE FIREPROOF?"
The Iron, Stone and Brick Buildings Compared. Brick and Iron Against Flame, Fury and Fiery Ferocity. ? ? Ad Architectural Opinion on the Bestruc tibility of Our Noblest Structures. Boston Theories Bursted to Pieoes by Scientific Facts. Now York city contains a million of people. A ifrrge percentage of the million are property hold ers?a very much larger percentage than MANY PF.RBON8 WOULD IMAGINE. *>ere are two questions at present?terrible ques tions?which every man puts to his frieud or ac. qnaintance, "Will we be burned out of house and liomet" and "Arc we to be murdered in the streets without redress or justice?" The first question is the most pertinent one? "SHALL WE BE BURNED ?ut of house and home t" Tlie suggestion that fol lows the last question is, "Are the stores, business places, tenements and dwellings of the city safe from Ire, or are they to be burned up when the fire ?tribes tnem like shavings or kerosene t" A (JURAT MANY TOOUHAND persons arc frightened about the great number of fires that happen from day to day. Chicago, Bos ton, Brooklyn, Jersey City?where shall the next ?re burn minions of property and endanger lives or men and women f To furnish some informa tion to , THE CITIZENS OK TnE METROPOLIS ?n these questions, a Herald reporter <uilc-3 yes terday alternoon at the office of Mr. Arthur Gilman, one of the most celebrated architects in New York. An architect is generally the best judge of con struction of buildings, and his opinion may be taken sufelv by business men and owners of prop erty. Mr. unman HAS A llEMAKKABLE KNOWLEDGE OP BOSTON, and in particular lie is conversant with that sec tion or the city which has been destroyed by fire. The office of Mr. Oilman is at ill nroadway, IN THE TRINITY BUILDING. from the windows he has at dusk a splendid view oi the Gothic phantom of Trinity church and ITS ADJOINING GRAVEYARD. Bis office is in the fourth story, and he is sur rounded by half a dozen intelligent, good-looking and industrious clerks. There are maps, charts aud plans, drawings of churches and villas, hung id eiegant contusion all over the walls. To this office on the fourth story, obedient to the roiinnunication of the policeman who stood iu the Ji*li, WlTIt A CANS IN 1I1S BAND, the Hkrald reporter ascended. Mr. (iilman is a gentleman handsome in figure and face. He is a brunette, with black eyes, a delicate mustache, grayish hair and a very Straight and solid lorm. The Uekald reporter stated BIS OBJECT BRIBFLY, and with the courtesy of the ancien r((jlrne Mr. (iilman asked hiui to lake a chair. "1 would like to ask you, Mr. Gilman, a few ques tions iu regard to the mutter of safety from fire ?l the bnildlugs In this city, our people daily ?end hundreds of communications to the Herald oiuce about this all-absorbing question, and we would like to have the opinion ol a competent judge, as you must be, on the ?'AI'8FS AND CONSBQT7RNCES, ts well as the subsequent results that may or may not flow from that terrible disaster*" Mr. Gilman (sitting back in his chair and smok ing a cigar which was redolent of tlie perfume of Matanzas)??ome of the newspapers of this city have been led into grave error about the character of the buildings IN THE BURNED DISTRICT OF BOSTON. An evening paper that 1 will not mention, in New York, contained an article on this subject with the heading, "A Whole Fireproof District Ue ttroyed." Rki'ortbr?Can you give us the name of that ?veiling paper, Mr. tinman ? Mr. (Jilhan?I had rather not do it, Mr. Reporter. It was a very grave error and was calculated very much TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC. T5Ki^RTWi.?1 suppose you Know Boston well, Mr. Gilniun? Mr. oilman (taking a whiff)?1 am well acquainted witli the whole oi the burned district ami have practised in Bo-ton as an architect for twenty-two yearn, and I know t lie n?ture ol most ol the build ings destroyed pretty thoroughly. There is not a building In Boston AH men FIREPROOF AS THE NEW Building coiner of Ann and Nassau streets. 1 cannot call to minn that there was a fircprool building iu the whole territory, or any one which had a claim to l?e so considered, with the exception only ol the sew Post Office, winch was constructed under the supervision ol Mr. Mullett, the principal United tttate* government architect, with iron beams and brick floors similar to those of T1IK KVIITAHLK LIFK INSURANCE OFFICE, the new bankiug building o! Messrs. Orcxel & CO., dud also the iron and brick building now in BfOKress on the site of the old IIkkald office In Nassau street, at the corner ol Fulton street, i here aie others like these in this city. Reporter?There is, then, some difference be tween the so-called fireproof buildings of Boston KUii New York 1 Mr. Gilman?The character ol the district Mimed in Boston resembled very strongly the dry goods district in Church and Leonard streets, in tins city, having stone irouts. but with wooden floors tin oughout, and with light wooden roois, mostly mansard*, covered only wirn slate on the exterior surface, and ol course lulling an rasy prey to such a destructive conflagration. Tlie Boston Post Office appears from all published JK'couiits to have completely withstood the force of the flames, although tilled with INK.AMMAllLK SCAFFOLDINO In the interior. The force of the flnmes were checked in that direction toward state utreet a.most completely. If the buildings winch i have enumerated had stood in a Jine with the Post otT.ee I think tliat the lire would have stopped from a lack ol combustibles on winch to feed. Ai. all events It is evident that were * whole neighborhood composed of such buildings It would be quite impossible that a "Boston lire'' could originate among them. It would tie totally Impossible that a fire snould start in n neighbor hood composed of the kind of buildings that 1 have mentioned. on the other hand tliey would be likely a secure fcai i icr A0At>iT TilB SWEET OF A 1'tKE which might destroy more combustible material. Kei'okter?'Then iiavc you no hope lor our city In case of a great lire ? Mr. Oilman?Let me explain. It is true that no building can be considered fireproof unless there is nothing in its construction that will burn and unless there is nothing stored in it that will burn. N<,w the Boston hie commenced in a building not only BCILT AND FRAMED AN1) ROOFED with wood, but also stored to repletion With arti ficial flowers, hoopskirts, bonnet frames, lalso bciiouiB and the lightest description OK GENERAL BABEKDASI1ERY. No more Inflammable description of kindlings could Iks desired. There were plenty of oiher stores iu the ? neighborhood of the same character, to which the flames soon com ujununited ami thus rapidly got up a very exten sive conflagration. Doubtless the next thoroughly fireproof building that could have been erected would have, under tuch circumstances, been 1I111TY WELL OITTED 01 T. it would be next to impossible to save snch a ?toek after the lire had once got headway lit thai irttrtjeular buihling. But had the neighboring buildings been completely fireproof, or bad the Mansard roofs been constructed with Cornell's patent corrugated iron and plaster covering, as the new Buildiug in Nassau street wiP shortly be, then there is every eason to suppose that the result would have been different. Hkiortbk?Mr. i.iunan, what conclusion* do you draw ironi the premises you have advanced 1 Mr. On.man?The Boston tire, so far FROM FTRMSUINM ANY A-HOt MEVT against fireproof buildings, is in reality the etiongest and clearest testimony in their L?vor that this century h?s been aide to stow. I might cite tne Boston Post Office as an instance Co support my theory. Bkiokter?You know, of course, Mr. Oilman, that our citi/.cns are deeply interred in this matter ?f fireproof or destructible buildings. The man who can suggest a solution of TUI8 OR AVE ARCHITECTURAL PROBLEM will be regarded as pre-eminently the savior of property. We would like to know if there are many fireproof buildings in New ) ork, or if there are many to be erected* Mr. Oilman?I can name fou a few. There are the Drexel buildings, in Wall street; the Kquitabie Life Insurance bunding a*>d the new building, in Nassau street. The Herald building I consider will be perfectly safe and lire proof when finished. ALL PROPERTY STORED 10 the latter has a guarantee against lire ID its fcriok wa'is and their iron coating* Reporter?rfr. Oilman, please describe the con struction oi the new building on the old Hbhald ?ite. Mr. Oilman?1The walls of the new Herald build ing in Nassau street are really or BRICK AND ARB VERY MASSIVE. Thev are two feet four inches thick and plated only on the exterior with iron. The Interior par tition** are wholly of brick, and the Mansard roof, of Cornell's patent corrugated Iran, covered with plaster, will lie perfectly incombustible and nre proof. In flue, the building will be like au estate. IT WILL LAST FOR A LIFETIME and succeeding generations. Here Mr. Uilmaa bade the reporter a courteous adieu. MACAULAY. Lecture by the Rev. W. Money Pan shon, Last Kvrnlng, at the Hall off the Young Men's Christian Association, on Thomas Bablngton Macaulay-Au Old Lecture with a New Face. The fourth of the Winter course of lectures es tablished by the Young Men's Chnstiau Associa tion was delivered last evening to a large audi ence, by the ltev. W. Morley Punshon, the eminent and eloquent preacher of the Methodist denomina tion. The subject of the lecture was "Macaulay," un old subject with Mr. Punshon, it having been selected as one of Ins earliest efforts in the lecture field. The title to the lecture in tho printed list of the association had the little word "new" ap pended to it. The new lccture proved to be the old one recast by its author, and it was presented to the audience ol last evening as an old friend with a new face, and evidenced a desire on the part of the lecturer to be less sensational and more thoughtful than the older effort, and which helped to achieve the early renown of the lecturer in the country of his birth. Mr. Puushon commenced his lecture by a sketch of the birthplace and family of Macaulay. ' The former was stated to be a midland town, in Eng land, and the latter was described as middle class. The father of the hero of the lccture, Zachary Ma caulay, was described as one of the Olapham sect, and the life-long purpose of Zachary's lite for tiie sup pression of slavery was described in eloquent and sententious sentences. The childhood and the youth of Macaulay developed into a form which brought him out of the society of the Baints into the society of the whlgs. Hannah More, in ono of her letters to him, rejoices that his clussicality had not destroyed his poetry. A tribute was paid to Charles Knight as the first publisher who kindly encouraged Macaulay, and whose early literary etTorts made their uppcarance in Knight's Qunr terlu Magazine. His old love of the ballad wus not lost by graver studies, and the "liattle of Naseby" hurries away the most peace-loving among us with an admiral ion for war. Mr. Puushou re cited with great eiTect this ballad and was loiully applauded. Macaulay's connec tion with the Edinburgh Keolew was told, aud its origin and progress were given in very descriptive sentences. With a pungency peculiarly I'unshon, each es?ay contributed to this Jieview had its leading thoughts epitomized so thor oughly that it resembled one of those miniature pnotographs that can only be seen in its completeness by the aid of a glass of microscopic power. The admiBion of Macaulay to Parliament was regarded by the lec turer as ushering iu a lite of political consistency and stainless honor, lie might be safely set down, thought the lecturer, as a model statesman. Macaulay's celebrated Edinburgh letter in reply to a request tor a subscription to the races afforded Mr. Punshon an opportunity to deliver a volley of those impassioned passages that are characteristic of this lecturer's style, anu in an urgent appeal to his audience to keep intact their integrity, despite nil temptations to dishonor. "The Lays ol Ancient Home" received considerable commeudatlou, and was illustrated by a remarkably fine rendering of "Horatius." As the historian Mr. I'unshou said, he was grateful to Macaulay for making his tory interesting aud taking from it the dreariness oi dales that resembled so much an auctioneer's catalogue. The great charm of Macaulay's narra tive was his wondrous patriotism, the marvel lous love of country. The great defect oi Macaulay's life and writings, viewed irom the Christian standpoint, was his negativism. The enemies of Christianity cannot claim hlin from their own, but he tonches subjects like the solemn promise of the soul, its wlu-nce and its whither, with a serene indifference. It seemed as though it never occurred to him when his hero was saved from assassination. Did he never wish for a God that should evolve order from the chaos of events? Did he never pant lor a spiritual liie or a religious faith? Alas that his writings on these matters give no sign I No Christian heart can tlunk of this without deep regret. The parallel as to the lamo of tho son and the lather, the graves of both iu Westminster Abbey furnishing the material for the reflection, and a short summary of the principal events of their respective lives, re sulted in tho lecturer's declared pieferencc lor the more modest fame of Zachary Ma caulay, that had been consecrated in tho memory of all good men by the earnestness tor good by which that lir? had been sanctified, aud which earliest ness was strikingly and conspic uously absent in the more gifted son. The death oi Macaulay, the final resting place and its sur roundings, in Westminster Abbey, gave material for the conclusion of a lecture that was very elo quent from its first sentence to the last. NEW YORK CITY. The Comptroller will pay to-day by Paymaster Falls the wages of laborers on Boulevard to loib Inst., amounting to $29,012 67. Warden Burke, of the Almshouse, Bluckwell's Island, yesterday informed Coroner Herrman that Joseph Chamberlain, an Inmate of that institution, had died rather suddenly at four o'clock fn the morning. 'ihe body will be sent to the Morgue and an inquest held. The free schools tinder private auspices entitled to share in the appropriation from the Excise fund arc aguin reminded to make prompt application for t.lie requisite blnnks. Monday, November 25, is the last day. The blanks may be had of the Clerk of the Board ol Education, corner of Grand and Elm Directs. Another examination under tlie civil service rules took place yesterday in the Custom llouse. The vacancy is a $1,000 clerkship, and candidates lor It were chosen from the incumbents of oiilces of smaller salaries. In a few days there will lie another examination Tor entrance into the lowest grade ol tho service. Commissioners Ilitchinan and fialway had an in fotmai conference with Commissioner Van Nort yesterday with reference to the Introduction of salt water Into the city for fire and cleaning pur poses. The Commissioners urged and are disposed to stand by their suggestion ol having a large re servoir, with stationary engines, in certain locali ties. The Commissioner expressed himself as con fident that with the three large mains now being laid and their connections at Chambers street an ample supply ol water could be obtained for all practical purposes. No conclusion was arrived at and uo steps can be taken without legislative action. SHOCKING SUICIDE IS ER00KLYN. A Man Cain III* Throat with a Razor Probable Death or His Mother from the Shock. Arthur Sproal, a carpenter, thlrty-flve years of age, who resided with his mother and sister at 100 Douglas street, South Brooklyn, commitiod sui cide at six o'clock yesterday morning by cutting his throat with a razor. The de ceased formerly kept a liquor store at the corncr ol Smith and Bond streets, and was well known in the Tenth ward. lie married a rich widow, who left him a portion of her estate Just I before her death, aud since coming In possession of the property he has not been en gaged in any business. On Thursday night hia I mother and sister heard him walking the floor i alter going to his room. Yesterday morning ho i arose early and told his mother and sister to get i the brcamaut ready, as he was anxious to goto work They proceeded to do so. and he stepped in his room air-un, as tliev supposed, to get ready to start out. A few moments after they heard a j heavy fall upon the floor, and "on going I to his roem a ghastly right was presented. The unfortunate man was lying upon the floor near his bed with his throat cut from ear to car, and the blood streaming from the wound. The sight caused the mother of the deceased, a woman eighty years of age, to faint, and the physicians say the shock will cause her death, sproal had been drinking for tfiie past few days, and in supposed to have been laboring under a temporary aberration of mind when committing the act. The mother of the unfortunate man has not spoken a word since the act was committed. ANOTHER MYSTERI0U8 DISAPPEARANCE. Wednesday evening last Robert B. Iforton, of 70 Jane street, went over to Hoboken to see a lire, after the extinguishment of which he bade some friends "good night'' and re-cmbai ked for this clly. Hlnce that time nothing has been seen or hflard of him, and his irlends are fearful least he should have falieB overboard or been dealt foully with. Mr. Morton was twenty-six years of age, was five feet eight or nine Inches high, medium build, black hair, smooth lace, and has a scar over one of his eves. He wore a light-colored overcoat, dark pants, light shoes, black irock coat, black round hat and while shirt, and hail a plftin gold ring on tilt IJtiJc i Uuyct of bla left hand. CUTIS AND PRIME. The Marine Court Judge and the Chenango County Justice Before the Senato rial Impeachment Committee* A****' Strong Arguments in Defence of Prindle?All Hia Sins Those of Ignorance, Not of Wilful neat?No Decision Arrived At?The Cnrtis Case Adjourned for One Week. Albany, N. Y., Nov. 22,1872. The Senate mot at ten A. M. Senator Murphy presented the credentials of William V. Scoresby, Senator elect from the Fourteenth district. lie ap peared, the oath or office was administered to him and he took his seat. I Till! CASE OF JUDUB CURTIS. Mr. Henry Smith, of counsel for Judge Curtis, Inquired of the Senate when it intended to take up the case of his client, lie said there were a num ber of witnesses present, and the information was desirable. Mr. D. P. Wood moved that the case be taken up to-morrow. He thought the Prindle ease could be disposed of to-day. Mr. Johnson said the members wonld like to return to their homes to attend church, if for nothing else, and he moved that the Curtis case bo taken up on Monday. Mr. D. P. Wood replied tliat there were churches in Albany; besides, to postpose the case to Monday would be equivalent to putting it over for a week, lor the reason that the members will want to go home to spend Thanksgiving. There was another reason for going on with the case?the witnesses were here and available. Mr. Bowon said from the information he had re ceived the Curtis case would occupy the greater part of December. He, therefore, moved that tliat case be referred to the Judiciary Committee to take the testimony and report on the first day of the regular session. Lost, as follows:? Aykd? Messrs. Baker, Benedict, Bowen, Cliatfleld, Dick inson, Foster, Graham. Johuson, Luwis, McCJowun mid Wagner?II. NoH-Mewri. Adams, Allcu, Ames, Co*. Lowcry, Mur phy, Perry, Robertson, Tiemann, Wcismann, 1). 1. Wood Ulld James Wood?Itf. Mr. Lewis tlien moved to lay the whole matter on the table, Inasmuch as there was not sufficient in formation in possession of fclic Senate to decido upon it. Carried. judge prindle's case continued. E. II. Prindle, of the counsel for Judge Prindle, then resumed his argument, contending that his government bond transaction was a purely busi ness one, and fully understood by the old lady; that the respondent took no advantage of her and that she acted for herself solely. The counsel then proceeded to notice the charge that the respondent has acted as attorney and counsel In the Supreme Court while Surrogate, contrary to law, and said the respondent was at the time ignorant of the law referred to. Ho maintained that there was not one in twenty lawyers of this State who knew of this law, and called attention to the fact that Judge Hoard man, of the Supremo Court, before whom the respondent thus acted, was not aware of it. Now, Bald the counsel, the charge Is that the respondent wil fully and corruptly violated this statute. Could he have wilfully and corruptly violated It If he dirt not know of its existence? He violated the stat ute, but lie did it Innocently, without without wil fulness of corruption. Should you, then, remove him for that v The counsel proceeded to notice the charge ihat the respondent rendered his decision in the matter of bonding the town of SmlthUcld in behalf of the Central Valley Uailroad so as to give an advantage to certain parties. Ho quoted freely from the evidence to show that the charge was utterly groundless; that the respondent, Instead oi giving information as to how he would decide so that the bonds could be printed with the Com missioner named ny him printed thereon, did not render his decision until long after the bonds were printed, and that TllP. B0ND8 HAD TO BE ALTEHED to conform to the time of tho rendering of the de cision. This fact alone, he contended, showed that ! there could have been no conspiracy between the respondent and certain parties to secure an advan tage over others. Counsel referred to the charge concerning the substitution of Murphy for 1> wight as executor, for whieh it was said a money consid eration was paid. He reviewed the testimony on tliis point and claimed that It was untrustworthy as it was contradictory. Counsel turned to the charge that the respondent refused to go before the Hoard of Supervisors and submit to an Investi gation ol his odlclal conduct, lie said respondent had acted in this case under tne advice of his counsel, who assured him that the Hoard of Super visors had no Jurisdiction over him or his office: that it had no right to call him to account; that there was provision mane by law for the investiga tion proposed; but respondent, informed the Hoard that, he was willing to allow them to make such examination and investigation concerning his orilce, which thev liad a right to examine and in vestigate. The respondent declined or rclused to : submit to this Investigation in order to have the case brought before a Judge or the Supremo Court and a decision had us to whether the Hoard had the right and power to make an examination of the otlleial conduct o: the Judge. Hut no; the Hoard would not do this; that was not what they wanted. They wanted to get th..i respondent In their power, and then and there ruin him. This, ho charged, was the object in view; there were no charges, no specifi cations; there were none of those safeguards I which ate provided for the protection of every man brought into a court to be tried; these were pur posely avoided, so that this respondent, once la their grusp, they could HO INTO A K1SIIIKG EX AMIN ATI ON, by which they might, through loul means, blacken his character and ruin him and his family. The hour for going into executive session luVe arrived, and counsel suspended his remarks. On motion of counsel for Justice Curtis attach ments were issued for witnesses loadore Zutter and John O'Urlcn, who hud been subpeenaed, but railed to appear this morning. The Senate then went into executive session with the understanding that tue case ol Judge Prindle would be resumed at four o'clock P. M. Afternoon Session. Tlic State Senate reassembled at four o'clock I'. when 10. U. Prlndle continued hi* argument, reviewing the testimony relative to the allowance of costs made by the Judge and the services per formed by Ucorge W. Hay. He dwelt upon the charge that Kay, while acting as clerk to the Surrogate, was charging, and was allowed to charge, for his services as attorney and counsel. Counsel dented that Ilay wus a clerk; lie was an attorney and coun sellor. He advertised himsell as an attorney and counsellor, and had authority to practise a* such In the courts. Counsel also referred to the testi mony of Humphrey, to the cllect that the Judge and Kay granted letters of administration to htin, and that the Judge directed him to pay Hay. Coun sel showed by other testimony that neither the Judge nor Kay had anything to do with this transaction; that they were both out of town; that two young men, named Merrill and Kerasen, did the business, and Hum phrey confounded them with Judge Prlndle and iieorge W. Kay. It was a strange mistake for the wtincss, Humphrey, to make, and counsel warned the Senate to tie carclul in taking the testimony in this case an all truthrul. He had shown, he said, that much of It was false?not wilfully so?but it only showed how easy it was lor a man to be mis taken concerning a transaction occurring several years previously, and this wad the position the re spondent was placed 111 here. CHARGES OK TIIE MOST SKRIOCS NATl'RE were made against him. They were scattered broadcast over the county; and every man who had ever had any business at tlic Surrogate s oftlco was likely to believe that he had been swindled. These people know nothing about the business; nothing about the expenses and charges; nothing about what work was to be done, who was to do it or who was to be paid. They only know what charges of dishonesty were made a<?alust the respondent, and what was more natural than that they should believe they had been swindled; ami yet In the face of these charges Mtlely upon the manner in which lie had really discharged his duties last Fall this re spondent triumphed over all his enemies, bv being re-elected by the people of the county to his office. Counsel proceeded to explain the charges concerning the liowdlsh estate, and showed that It was necessary aud entirely proper in order to secure a settlement ol the estate. The Senate here took a recess Ull seven o'clock P. M. Evening Session. The senate reassembled at seven o'clock P. M., when Mr. Prindle continued his argument. He spoke at much length, citing numerous authorities against the charge that the Judge had been guilty of extortion In charging lor services in drawing up papers. Ho showed that he was not required by law to draw up these papers, but, on the contrary, It was expressly proved that Surrogates should be entitled to fees lor doing such work. Counsel turned to the charge that the respondent had violated the statute which required him to keep a book of accounts of his tees. He admitted that he had not kept such a book, but it was be cause he did not know of any such statute. How many statutes are there, he asked, to which no attention Is paid ??statutes known as dead letters. There waa a law which required a District Attorney to make a report of his olllcial receipts to the County Treasury. How may dy IW They an Mettle their accouBta with the Hoard of Supervisors, and there they atop. Do they wilfully ;ind corruptly violate the statute by negiccting their duty in this respect/ Nut at iUL Counsel cited a number 0/ laws, such as those against WORKING AND TRAVELLING ON SUNDAY, against profane hwearing and against horse rac ing, and asked? Because a District Attorney, police officer or magistrate neglected to arrest and punish those violating such statutes should they be charged with wilfully and violating |he laws requiring w arrea^?i>unisb and should . j ue removed from onice ? Counsel prooeeded to discuss the seventh charge, which alleged that the Judge had been paid $500 for his decision in the SmithvlUe town bonding matter. He denied the charge, and pointed to the testimony of Shumacy, who was present at the time the alleged conversa tion took place, and who swore no such conversa tion was had. Counsel said it was unnecessary to say anything further concerning the mat ter, but he would add that the witness upon whose testimony this charge was based was friendly to the respondent up to the time the bond ing decision was rendered. From that time Is dated his present enmity. lie had gone to the private residence of the Judse and endeavored to get him to decide ns be wished; but the Judge toid him he would have to decide according to the evidence, and he did so decide. That decision gave birth to the enmity which in turn brought forth these false charges. The counsel closed with an appeal to the Senate to act with cautiou and justice In this mat ter, and referred to the sentiment of the people of Chenango county, which was that the respondent was innocent. On motion of Senator Perry it was ordered that when the Senate adjourns to-morrow it adjourn till a week lrom Monday next, at four P. M., and that the witnesses in the Curtis ease be required to attend before the Senate at that time, under the subpoenas already served upon them. The Senate then adjourned till nine A. M. to-morrow. Nominations By the Go-rernor Confirmed. Albany, N. Y? Nov. 22, 1872. The Senate 1^ executive session has conflrmgg the nomination by^Governor^ HoSman %f^P. y). Chapman for Superintendent of the Insurance De partment, vice Q. W. Miller, who resigned last Spring. The Governor also sent in the nomination of H. C. Van Vorst to flu the vacancy caused by the removal of Judge McCunn, of the Superior Court, between this time and the 1st of January, at which time Mr. Van Vorst will take the office by virtue of his recent election. The nomination was con firmed. The Senate also confirmed the following Com mission to revise the constitution of the State, the first two named in each district being republicans and the last two democrats:? First Judicial District?George Opdyke, John J. Townscnd, John D. Van Buren and Augustus Schell. Second Judicial District?Odle Cloc, Benjamin D. Slilimun, Erastus Brooks and John J. Armstrong. Third Judicial District?Robert N. Pruyn, Corne lius L. Tracy, William Cassidy and Ueorge C. Bur dett. Fourth Judicial District?James M. Dudley, Ed ward W. Foster, Artcmus B. Waldo and Samuel W. Jackson. Fifth Judicial District?Ralph McTntosh, Ellas W. Leavenworth, Daniel Pratt and Francis Kernan. Sixth Judicial District?Orlan W. Chapman, Jonas W. l'reston. Lucius Robinson and John F. Hub bard, Jr. Seventh Judicial District?Horace B. Howland, David Kumscy, Ueorge B. Bradley and Van Rensse laer Richmond. Eighth Judicial District?Sherman S. Rogers, . BeuJumin Pringle, Cyrus E. Davis and Lorenzo Morris. This is the same list that was sent In last June, with the exception of the substitution of E. W. Leavenworth and Bcnjumin Pringle tor Frank Ills cock and D. W. Holies. The following notaries public were confirmed by the Senate in executive session to-day For New York?Herman E. Street, James Barry, Alfred Taylor, Adam H. Neipart, Hugh McCutchcn, Stephen fl. Lancaster, Louis Cohen, Heter Kauren, Fen ton Rockland, Frank W. Paullman, James S. A. Averill, Sidney E. Busteed, Meyer Butzcl, Frederick C. Stcffen and John P. Crosbv. For Kings county?James II. Gilbert, Edward A. Ball, Frederick S. Bock. Charles Crawford, J. Wor den, Benjamin C. lleahl, P. il. Hanlon, George F. Haywood, Andrew W. Kent, John Leonard, Isaiah T. Lovejoy, James Meyer, Ed.vard S. Nelson, Wil liam Taylor, August van Wyck, Frederick W. Den ton and Chauncey S. Ryder. FREE RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION. Freedom of Religion In Religion?Tfee Efficacy of Prayer?Lectures by Revs. O. IS. Frothingliam and IS. D. Mills. About one hnndred persons assembled last even ing in the Unitarian church, presided over by the Rev. Mr. Chadwick, corner or Clinton and Congress streets. Brooklyn, pursuant to announcement that a lecture would be delivered under the auspices or the Free Religious Association. The Rev. Mr. O. B. Frothingham, in opening his disconrse, said it seemed to be necessary with most systems of religion to accept it only in the letter and iorm, and it is by such religious adherents gen erally contended that those not in strict conform ity with the letter have no religion at all. The Free Religious Association, however, did not tole rate any, but accepted all. We protest against the letter and pull down walls, so that peo ple can come and go over our borders. We have no borders to disenchant those who would seek heaven in a broad and liberal spirit. Those outside our belief say that we are an intelligent body of gentlemen graduates of Harvard College, capable of expressing our views ' very well, and that we are not willing to be gnlded by the common theology of the world, and therefore have a way of our own. A com mon Impression about us is that we are mere speculators in spiritual matters, and are not practical in our purposes of religion, He hoped that in the course or time this erroneous impression would be obliterated. The movement in which they were engaged began in practical reason and common sense. Our object is that we may bring religion down to earth and make it a daily practical and working raitli, vital in all things, in politics, industry and associations. What we call inlidellty had its origin in a reeling that religion was not sincere, or practical. All inlidels were, first or all, deep-leeling men. The speaker then spoke or Vol taire as having done some or the most heroic tnings that were ever done by men, and eulogized him ror his charity and generosity to his fellow men. Out or moral sensibility at the craven manner or sectarianism grew Paine's infidelity. The crusadc against theology came out or the hearts of men and not from the heads. Our work strikes deeper to weld men together from practical work than any other system of religion. The speaker then spoke or superstition, and upon this subject he said there were many different forms or superstition. The term implies the reliance upon the power above us. Speaking upon the efllcucy or prayer, he said that lie visited, during a visit to London last year, an orphan asylum, which was supported solely, he was told, by prayer; uo contributions wore even solicited for its support. It was under the auspices of Or. Spurgeon's church. On a certain .Sunday he visited Spurgeon's church and that clergyman preached a very Indifferent sermon. There were about five thousand people present. Ouring his remarks Hpuigcon made a strong appeal lor the asylum. There were boxes placed in every aisle, placarded, calling attention to the asylum, and the speaker heard the money drop ping like hall into these receptaclos. Now this was the manner in which the institution was supported by prayer alone. That there was a special providence lu the matter, perhaps, Hpurgeon be lieved. l'erhaps the people believed the Lord sent the money. It was a superstitious, but innocent belief. But the speaker believed that nobody was a materialist now; materialism has been etherlul lzed. People have risen out of the vulgar slough or materialism to a higher pcrccptiou of mankind. He dwelt upon the project or Professor Tillen to set apart certain wards lu u hospital in London to test the efficacy of prayer, that the patients in the one might be prayed ror, and those In the other ward he left to trie treatment of the physicians, without spiritual supplication In their behalf. In the controversy which had grown out of this pro ject it was remarkable that there was not one of the theologians that did not repudiate the ortho dox theory of praver In this matter. They looked upon the project as a caricature. Man should not turn over his work to Heaven when he could do it. hlinscir. Other instances were cited iu which cuicb wore made and uiouey subscribed for hu mane and charitable purposes, but all these, ob tained professedly through praver, came regularly from material sources. In conclusion, Mr. Froth ingham defined religion as being a consciousness or being rrce to walk upright In truth aud justice, and to ask questions or all men. Mr. E. D. Mills, ol Syracuse, was the next speaker, lie took lor his subject Bible idolatry. Man, he said, was ever looking in other depart' meats?seeking to go further. There was no sphere which he did not seek to enlarge and no depart ment that he did not seek to expand. There was no department of enjoyment that, having reached, he did not look for one still higher, for his thoughts went out rar beyond all he had ob tained herctororc. The two worlds of which we sometimes speak were, he said, as inseparable in the minds of men as the gold which was fonnd In California was Inseparable from the sulphur and iron. Dividing the spiritual and material was a dllTlcult matter for humanity. Eternity as con sidered whs a time beyond oar sojourn here, and we could not shirt to any spiritual exist ence In which the physical was not In some way involved. The speaker then proceeded to briefly review the various systems or beller in s higher Being which existed since the beginning of Jhe world; and, coming to the Christian era and to the present day, he argued In favor or greater tolera tion and the abolition of all Hectariaa feelings us UuwUcai to Christian faith. GREENVILLE'S TROUBLES. Hudson County, N. J., in a State of Great Excitement. <df~ ^ A VIGILANCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED. Arrest of Three Members of the Street Com mission of Greenville Yesterday. Stormy Meeting of the Inhabit ants Last Night. The excitement In Ureenvllie, N. J., relative to the aotlon of the Street Commission is greatly on the increase, and yesterday it culminated in a coup tfttat on the pact of the indignant taxpayers. Early in the morning, while the inhabitants of the village were buried in slumber, Deputy Sheriff James Donnelly ana Constable Cliue, of Jersey City, rap idly drove to the residence of J. O. Sey mour, the President ot the Street Com mission. The officers gained admittance to the boose and demanded to see Mr. Seymour on ur gent business. Mr, Seymwu: was in h~? ^ 55. jected to being disturbed, but the officers insisted npon seeing him, as their business was important. Making a virtue of necessity, Mr. Seymour arose from bed, and, making a hasty toilet, descended to the parlor, where the Deputy Sheriff was in waiting. "Mr. Seymour, I believe," said the con stable. "That is my name," said the gentleman. "I have a warrant for you," said the officer, pro ceeding to read the following document:? Statr o/Nrir Jtrnry, lludnou Count//, ??.?To any constable 01 said county?Whereas it appears to me by the oath of Ueorge W. Ulllnway that J. <>. Sevmour. John A. Cadmus and John Morrell, cluiming to be unit act as the lioard of Finance ot the township of Greenville, as aloresuid, the last-named John Morrell claiming to be the Treasurer of the said township ot ilrecnville, did wilfully and fraudu lently confer ami eonspire together, with the intent and for the purpose, as the complainant verily be lieves, of defrauding the property holders and taxpayers of the sa d township out of a large sum ol money, to wit, the sum of $20,000, by set ting up and pretending that said large sum of money was necessarv and positively requisite to meet the necessary legal expenieg of the Street Commissioners of the saill township. These are in the name of the State of New Jersey to authorize and command you to apprehend the said J. O. Seymour, ll he may be tound in your county, and forthwith bring or canoe him to come before inc to answer said complaint, and be further dealt witn as the law directs. Ulven under my hand and seal at Jersey City this tho 21st day of November, 1872, in the county aforesaid. THOMAS ALDIilDUE, Justice of tile 1'eace. Mr. Seymour was then formally arrested and placed in charge of Sheriff Donnelly, while Con stable Cline started in search of Mr. Morrell. the town treasurer, who was also found in bed. The constable stated his business, whereat Mr. Morrell became greatly excited, stating that if 11 was not against the law he would put a bullet through the Justice who issued the warrant in less than hairan hour. He was allowed to eat his breakfast, and then, in company with the officer, he started in quest of bail. He was then taken to the RESIDENCE OK MR. SEYMOtH, and the two gentlemen were left in chavgc of Sub sheriff Donnelly while the constable departed to make a third arrest?Mr. John A. Cadmus, another of the Street Commissioners. This individual was also found. He took the thing in a very jocular way, Baying "Come on; I am ready lor Tren ton." Tne whole party met again at Scymour'8, whcnce tne prisouera were trans ferred to an open wagon and takpn to the residence of Judge Aldridge. The entire morning had been consumed in making the ar rests, and by this time it was nearly teM o'clock. Ureenville was awake, and bo quietly had the ar rests been planned that but few Dcople knew what was in the wind. As the unusual cortC-ge passed along the muddy streets the excitement was great, and the Inhabitants looked on in astonishment while the leading officials of the place were being hurried along as prisoners. At eleven o'clock the prisoners were arraigned before tne Justice, Charles H. Wintleld appearing as their counsel. He argued that the proceedings should be dismissed, as there was no crime alleged against the prisoners. The Judge ! was of a contrary opinion, and alter an argument of more than an hour determined to hold the al leged culprits in $0,000 bail each to appear before the Grand Jury to answer on the 3d of January next. The BAIL WAS PROMPTLY FURNISHED by Mr. Wintleld, and the three gentlemen left the court rejoicing. A Herald reporter visited Greenville yesterday and was furnished with many additional facts of the trouble. It Is of much longer antiquity than was at first supposed, the leading inhabitants of the place of both political parties having for several years contended against what they considered the arbitrary and tyrannical conduct of the commission. The township is mortgaged to the amount of $300,000, and for this nothing can be showh but a few streets laid out and graded, but uupaved and unllghted. The taxation has yearly gone on increasing, and although the people have irequently remonstrated and had recourse to law their efforts were ineffectual, and the Commis sioners went on doing Just as they pleased. This year the taxes, Independent of the assessment, amounted to the enormous proportion of $;j 20 to the $100, which the taxpayers indig nantly ? refused to pay. The commissioners insisted upou the bills being footed, whereupon meetings were called and resolutions adopted ask ing them to resign. This they refhsed to do, and on Wednesday night, when a committee or the most respcctablo citizens of Greenville visited their office they refused them accss to the books in which the accounts of their transactions were kept. The people were naturally iucensed at this strange conduct, and hence the events of yester day. It was stated by the Commission ers some davs ago that the agitation against them was of a political na ture; but this has been proved to be incorrect, as both democrats and republicans nre opposed to their transactions, the Presidents of both clubs be ing members of the Committee of Investigation. The committee represents more than HALF A MILLION WORTH OK PROPERTY anil is composed of the most wealthy and respecta ble citizens of the place. On last night a public meeting wan held in Schrel ner's Hall of all who are opposed to the street commission. The proceedings were of a most ex citing and interesting nature, as will be seen from the report below. The little hall in which it was held was decorated with German and Ameri can flags, and was densely crowded with an audi ence representing all classes and ages. The men looked determined, and it was evident rrom I heir appearance that they meant to make a stout battle for their rights. Judge Hchultz, an influential tier man, was appointed chairman, and after the ro Korts from various committees had been received, Ir. Van Wynckle, a prominent lawyer, was called upon for an address. He denounced in unspar ing terms the corruption of the street ring and advocated union with Jersey City as the only speedy cure for the ills of unhappy Greenville. The law's delay had given the Commissioners a long lease of power, and it behooved them to speedily terminate the trouble. Ii the Commissioners were guiltless of any crime they were incompetent for their office by the manner in which they conducted their business and they sh?nld be got rid of. If they were not Incompetent th y were guilty and i should be punished. He was us much opposed to i violence as any one, but in this case patience had j its limit, and if the Commissioners were not got rid of peaceably they must bo got rid ol by some other means. (Tremendous applause.) Then considerable excitement was caused by the announcement that a warrant for arrest on a charge oi perjury was out against Judge Dlllaway, on whose complaint the Commissioners were ar rested. MR. VAN WYNCKLS continued. This job, which has been put up upon Judge Dlllaway, won't do, and if lie is arrested he will be sustained by every dollar in the township. (Great cheering.) Mr. Matthew Armstrong, an extensive leather dealer, next addressed the meeting. He wished to correct a statement which had appeared in some of the public papers?that this was a political movement. It was nothing of the kind. It was a i movement of honest men, independent of party. I Here Mr. Armstrong called upon all who were > democrats to rise to their feet, whereupon more i than half the entire audience arose amid great cheering. There, now, said Mr. Armstrong, you can aee whether this Is a political movement or not. We are determined to have an honest government and have something to show for our money. Mr. Armstrong resumed Ids seat, and Mr. An drew Van Horn was loudly called for. Mr. Van Horn is a gentleman of very muscular appearance, and bis speech is fully as belligerent as bis look* His address was more forcible than elegant, but, nevertheless, was replete with good sense. He commenced by saying that the Commissioners HAD MEN PROVED TO BE LIARS, and when they were linrs they could easily be bp lleved to be thieves. They had been riding over the people of Greenville with a high hand, but their time was about, to close, and they would be ousted by all means, both fair and foul. He felt good to know that some of them had been ar rested. and there would be more of them in the same box. The taxes had been increased at an enormous rate during the year, and the valne of property had depreciated so much that it was dif ficult to sell the town bonds. He for one was de termined he would pay no more taxes, ami he hoped every one else would be of the same mind. T0? stationery Mil of the village for tine* , - months amounted to more than eleven hundred dollars; bnt as Mr. Seymour van In the stationerv business it waa, of course, all right. (Laughter.) He had been accused of roughness of speech, but when he beheld how the people were plundered be felt so damned mad that lie could scarcely talk. Mr. Van Horn closed by a vigorous appeal to tbe people to stand uu for their rights. A motion was now made to adjourn, but as it was about to be put to the meeting a siow-speak insr gentleman nauicd Kernan got ud and moved that a vigilance committee be ?5>pdllued to loo* after the Interests of the citizens. The thing had been tried in California and had worked well. ThlB motion caused a tremendous uproar, and OB first being put to the meeting was declared lost. Mr. Van Wynekie, however, made a strong appeal for it, and stated that, in his opinion, the motion was a good one and should not be lightly dropped. He did not mean that It should DE A HANGING COMMITTEE. Let it first be appointed and then develop itself as to what action should be taken. The motion was reconsidered, ami, on being again put, was unanimously carried, amid great confusion and cheering. Mr. Joseph Kernan, Mr. A. J. Van Horn, Mr 1,. Murtha, Mr. J. A. Ltllien dahl and Mr. Foleulirook were appointed to act as the committee, and tiie meeting then adjourned to meet again this evening week. The entire inhab itants seem to be unanimous in the course that is being adopted, and they are enthusiastic in sup porting the measures that are belug taken against ttiu commission. Counsel are to be returned to press the eases and to defend Judge Dilloway in the event of an indictment being found agaiust liltn. A number of Deputy Sheriffs were hanging around the village last night to arrest the Judge, but they did not snccced iq. finding him. As he is an old man he did not want to be arrested so late a">. night, but he intends to deliver himself up this morning. Hail to any amount will be lurnisiicd by his Irlends. WABMOTD AMD THS L0UI3IANA ELECTIONS. New Orleans, Nov. 5?, 1872, In the United Slates Circuit Couit Ihe case of Kellogg vs. Warmoth et al, has been postponed1 until Monday. It Is how believed that Governor Warmoth will commission all city and parish officers clearly elected and have them induoted into odlce. The District Courts under the new officers are working smoothly this morning. Federal interference in State aiTuirs, which has been talked of by some or the parties to this con test ever since the late election, is not now appre hended. LAURA FAIR AGAIN TROUBLED. Charged With Conspiring to Poison the Milk Supplied to Judge Owinelle's Family. San Francisco, Nov. 22, 1872. A sensation has been caused here by the publi cation of an alleged plot between Laura D. Fair and a restaurant waiter named Frank to poison Judge Dwindle and Alexander Campbell, counsel for the people. The waiter Frank, who reveals the plot, says it was formed before Mrs, Fair's second trial. He states that that lady tried to iuduce him to put poisou In a decanter in Dwinclle's house or into the milk can at the door. At the same time that this was Intended to be done a woman went to tho ialter's house and told Mrs. Dwinelle not to leave the milk can out. The matter was concealed from tho public, but has been Investigated by Chief oi Police Crowley, Judge Dwinelle aud all the couusel in the case. Home thought the waiter insane, but he had a plan of Dwlneile's bouse In bis posses sion. ( Mrs. Fair remains in tho city. The people are much incensed at her proposition to give public lectures. THE CHIOKASAWS. The Indians Call Upon the President (? Carry Out the band Treaty of 1800. ST. Louis. NOV. 22, 1872. Reliable advices from tbe Chickasaw nation say that the Legislature of that nation, which has just adjourned, passed a resolution requesting Presi dent Grant to curry into effect that t>art of the treaty or 1806 between the United States and the Choctaws and Chickasaws which provi?les that when the Indians desire it the lands heretofore held In common may be divided among individual members of the tribes. , Adjutant General Sigel telegraphs to Governor' Brown from Lafayette county that everything is quiet there. The county authorities deny that there has ever been a necessity for outside Interference, and say they are perfectly able to enforce the laws aud maintain order. THE LATE BOSTON FIRE. Postmaster Bnrt on the Danger of a New York Conflagration. In a recent letter from General Bnrt, Postmaster at Boston, to a friend in this city, detailing some of the incidents ol the great fire, which were graphically reported in the Herald, that gentle man uses the following language, which, thongh somewhat disquieting, is nevertheless timely, il not entirely correct:? You are exposed to a similar conCagratlon in New York any day. and steam fire-eiiKines are en tirely unequal to the high, deep buildings of New York, as they were here. All that saved the Sub-Treasury ami State street waB the use of powder, and if we could bave had It in suillclcnt quantities even at two o'clock A. M. it would have saved half the loss. Do not let your people get any lalse ideas; you must be pre Sarcd to use powder In not less than tour hundred, ve hundred or six hundred pounds for your large warehouses, and your firemen must be ready to co-operate. SOIREE MUSIOALE. An excoediugly enjoyable concert was given last evening at '222 Madison avenue In aid of the SheM tering Anna. The audience was, of course, very fashionable, and an interesting programme was cart led out to the evident satisfaction of all pres ent. The artists who gave their services for the occasion and contributed so largely to the success of the concert were Mme. De Lunsan, Miss Clarke and Messrs. Mills, Lconi and Eossati. Miss ClarKe created quite a favor able impression, not only in the duet, "(iuarda che lilam-a Luna," with Mine. De Lussan, but more particularly in the charming aria, "The Wearing of My own Heart," which she sung with excellent taste, displaying to advantage a rich and flexible contralto voice. It is almost superiluons to add tiiat Mr. Mills' pianoforte solo was heartily appreciated. Madame De Lussan sung one of Ant's dellghtrul ballads with her usual artistic finish. A WIFE BEATING WRETCH. Yesterday afternoon one Christopher Noil), re siding in Court street, Hoboken, daring a quarrel with his wife, smote her on the head with a plate, producing a frightful gash and cutting a portion of her ear. The mulcted woman fainted from loss ol blood while Dr. Goble was dressing her wounds. The inhuman husband was arrested and held to await an examination. ALLEGED THIEVE3 ARRESTED. For some tlffie past two men, named respectively John R. Lawrence and John Ralcy, assisted by William Wilson, a lad thirteen years or age, have been, it is alleged, stealing firearms or various kinds from several large Arms In Broadway. After vainly endeavoring to capture the parties the firms were constrained to report the case to Captain Irving, at the Central Office, and solicit Ills assistance. Detective Elder was detailed to work the case, and yesterday after noon he succeeded, with the assistance of Officer Dodge, of the rwenty-fl'th precinct, in arresting the alleged thieves, on one of whom were found two pistols, said to have been stolen Irom Remington A Co. The prisoners were locked np at headquar ters, and will this morning be taken to the Tombs Police Court lor examination. PUTTING THE NEWARK POLICE TO THE BLU8H. The Newark police have been put to the blnsft and tanght their business by a desolate but deli cate female named Delia Blanchard. Miss Blanch aid was a boarder for three days with a notorious termagant named Beemer, well mown in Newark as a common nuisance in conse quence of her limitless tongne. Mysteriously Mrs, Beemer and her daughter Gertrude slipped away to Philadelphia, carrying Miss Blancliard's trunk containing her dresses and love letters. The robbed lady applied to the police, nut they said they could do nothing with Beemer. Nothing daunted, the poor young lady started for Philadelphia and, with the gallant aid of Mayor Btokely, ferreted out lieemer and compelled her to disgorge. Miss Blanchard has returned to Newark, but says when she wants to catch a thief again she will go where they understand police business. THE POST OFFICE NIGHT CLERKS. To ths Rdttob of tub Ukuald:? Within a few days past orders, to say the least, of an arbitrary nature have been issued to tht night clerks of the Post office in this city, If tbers be any class of officials In the pay of the govern ment entitled to the public sympathy and thanki it is those who attend to our Interests dnring the dead hours of night, when we are enjoying our re P08?.". ,8trange to say, this class is most troubled and worst paid. There is reason to be lieve that the Postmaster is Ignorant of these new orders and that they were concocted and issued l>* underlings. We hope the postmaster will Investi gate the case and do amnio justice to all concerned, . FAlAPLAt,