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the Victor's Story of the Late Franco-PruMslan War. Dr. Dollinger on a King in Letters. AUER8ACH - SCHMIDT? HOLTZENDORF. Fhankkort, April 7, 1374. The first volume o t the Prussian scene rftl staff's work on the German-French war Is now completed. In the llftn last Instalment thereof just issued tao events of the war <rom the morning of the isth of August to the eve of the battle of Gravelotte aro treated, most 01 the s^ace being given to the battle of Mars-le-Tour. The result arrived at (a that In this battle, whtcti the French claim a? a victory, the Germans latled to open the way closed to them by tne French; that at night each party held its battle field, but tnat on the following mornlag, the French having retired, the victory was essentially German. A chart or the battlo grounds accompanies the firth Issue. A few days ago I came across an exceedingly interest ing description of the labors which are carried on by the Berlin War Mlnisterium la connection with this great historical work, which Is being published under the eye of Count Moltke. Eleven rooms of the Mlnlsterlum are devoted to the war library and the writers of the work. The library Is the largest of Its kind in Germany. The war archives preserved in one of the vaults are exceedingly rich, and contain material relating to all tue cam paigns as far back as tho time of Electa Slgls mund. The archives contain 25,ooo folio volumes ot documents, arranged in epochs of rrussian mili tary history, and these again according to armies, corps and regiments. The great divisions relnto to the Seven Years'* War, the War of Liberation, -the Danish, tlte Austrian and the Franco-German wars. The 1970-71 campaign is represented by 4, goo volumes of official documents, besides other volumes relating to strategical and tactical points, which are preserved In the various general ?otrvn\nv(loa of the nrnvv. The gTeat general' staff work l? compiled from these 4,eoo folio volumes of documents preset vid In the War Mfeitsterom. Each folio volume contains 350, 400 or 460 separato documents, and It Is assumed that more than $000,030 documents have to be reviewed before the great work can be completed, besides more lh^n too volumes from tho pen3 of French, English, J ltusslan and German writers, and, Inrthcr, 'semi official reports and mnss?s of charts and plans. ! The proofs Bnzalno resulted In a protocol of j /our lar^e printed volumes for the rrussian 1 military archives. From twelve to four teen officers are continually employed in the arrangement of material, and Count Moltke himself guides and overlooks every chapter. The work Is distributed according to the great events of tho war. Aletz, the campaigns in the north and west of France, Sedan, Paris, Wer- i der's and Manteufiel's campaigns, ihe battles of the fortresses are worked up In distinct rooms, each officer having his assistants. The rooms aro nota ble for their lack or luxurious adornments. They are literary works! ops, and tho labor proceeds in the deepest silence. Mowly, thoroughly, silently, instalment after instalment is prepared by the busy men of tho sword. Two years has elapsed j since the issue of the first part of the work, and i we are only reading about the eve of Cravc'otte. j It will take further years to bring us to the con flicts around Paris, and the close Of this decade ; may, perhaps, bring us to tho Treaty of Frankfort ?ud the return of the victors to the Fatherland. DOELLINOEB ON KINO JOHN OP SAXOXY. Dr. Duilinger is sti:i alive, and apparently his mind Is as strong os ever. On the 9th of March be delivered a beautiful memorial address on King ' John of saxony, before the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, of which he is President. He speaks in terms or the highest eulogy of King John's liter ary labors, to whose personal influence he believes Is due the fact of Lelpslc naving grown to be tho first of Gcrmon universities in standlug and m the number of its students. Most interesting is Dr. Dflllinpser's survey of tho crowned authors of the raft ami the comparison of them with the Saxon monarch. ' Prluccly authors, and still more princely savnuts, aro a raro phenomenon. Surveying all civilized peoples of ail centuries, we find very few who have thought it worth the trouble to add to the princely rank of the royal crown the laurel wreath of au thorship.'! Few have combined Intellectual ruier ahip with tho temporal. "Frederic the Great of Prussia possessed them in an eminent decree; nor were tlicy foreign to King Ludwlg I. or Bavaria and t Ue Third Napoleon. But King John oi saxony Is % pre-eminent example of a happy combination of both qnalltics." Dr. DPlllnger does not over look the fact that Kirg John, like other rulers who weie famous as authors, lmd In youth no prospects : of succeeding to Ihe throne, and therefore re ceive! a training for other callings? like Marcus | .Aureliu?, King Alfred, lfcnry VIII., the Greek Em- I peror Kantakuzenos, the Polish King Stanislaus Lecstnskl. Some of these were drawn into I literature by tho force of clrcnmstanrcs, as It j were. Henry VIII. and James T. placed the In- i fluenoo of their works in the sc.de or tho Befor- j matlon. Tho latter monarch, says Dfllllnger, was ' the only ono, perhaps, lu which his pride as a scnolar was stronger and moro touchy tl-an his ! royal consciousness. FUGDEKJC T1TE GHEAT, ETC. Dr. Dfllllnger la not surprised to flnd many of ihe ' r< ya! authors simply apologotlcal. King Lnrtwig I I. ofuavaria wrote ills "Walli.dla Guests'" bocau?o he wished to justify belorc llio nation his selection ? of bu.ns for hla "Waihalia" structure. The "Memoirs" of the Empress Catharine and some his- i torlcal writings of Frederlo II. bear the same j stamp. Napoleon lIJ.'s "Life of Caesar-' is palpably | ? historical apology for the coup d'etat of the | 2d of December and Cr.sarlsm. Wli.it a con- j trast are these to the writings of tr-o Emperor i Marcus Aurellus, w!io lived 1,700 years J before 1 Of royal authors who-o works proceed from tno consciousness that the monarch's duty is also to elevate the peoplo in intellectual life. Dr. DOlllnger adduces two stars of mediaeval history? King Alfred of Kn^iand and Alfonso X, of Castile. Alfred endeavored uy his trans latious of Latin works to rouse the Anglo- j Saxons to study after they had retrograded and i wtliiened through the long wara. But Alfonso, who ! as a rnler was weak and unfortunate, may be called an unexampled phenomenon in the depart ment of Intellectual life, for he was poet, bistoiian, y maUiemutlclan, astronomer, lawgiver, a master oy style and the iortoator of Castillan prose; his j astronomical tables and his law books assert their j nip ortunee and value to this day. Ills reign an k j persou mark the commencement of Costilla 1 j literature. The most Irnltful of the royal authoi s | was Fr.-doric the Great of Prussia, whoso worKs : are published in some thirty volumos. D<!l!lng< r i compares him with Alfonso thus:? "But in his a ? j touudlug productivity, and in Btartllnf oontrast lt> i the (.'axtilian, Frederlo scarcely mentions < r j thinks 01 ma own people in his writings; lo j did not even write In his own language. He writ ? ; oe< ausc he cannot remain Idle and to bury his j household discomforts, aud 'pour t? corrlw Jm- ! us he once sum niaisolf." Abovo a'l tied royal authors In schoinry acquirements, in wel\j chosen knowledge, Kin* Jol-n or Saxony stands. * Dr. Dihlnger then reviews the literary labors of King John, especially his translation of Dante's "Divine Comedy," ?a work of lovo and art." King John, so conclucies DOliinger, will live In the memory of the German nation as one I of tno beat of its princes; he win live on in the ! world of knowlodge aud of literature; he will live j on in the popular heart because of the good which I has resulted front his person and his works." New ? to us is DOlllngcr's assertion that the King t nought very seriously of going to Home during the Vatican Council in order lo use his influence ?gaf"4t the passing or the dotrma of infallibility. Sickness and the apathy or hia Court pr?Tented Urn from doing ao. Da. BASTIAN'g Knr WORC 0M AmiOA. An Important work on Africa la published by I Costonobie. or Jen;t. We refer to the President or the Berlin Geographlc.il Society, Dr. Adoir Baa tlan'a work on "The German Expedition on the Loaogo Coast of Africa; Together with a Resume or Older Information Respecting tne Landa to be Explored by the Gorman Expedition. Treated I after Personal Experience." The work la in two volumes, and is embellished will, iiluatrationa and a map. Germany ta following with considerable Interests the German expedition to tho west coast of Africa, to which the Empcvor donated a sum of 2.',oco tbaiers iroia bis private purse, and tne geo graphical Bocioties or Germauy are uniting in lis support. The portion or the African coast de scribed by Dr. Bastian (which has been selected as the srnrtlng point or the expedition) is a terra in cognita, and, excepting the old boohs or Degrand j pre (180.1) and Prey art (no-), we have no j literature relating to it. Tnckey'a expo<ll tion (isifl) went along tho southern borders only. Du Chaiilu'K routes were in a moro northern region, and the Loaugo coast was nevor visited by a scientific traveller. But lunch Information dating from the sixteenth and aeventeentu centu ries exists In works difficult to get at, and these are me sources which Dr. Bastian has used In reS<5nt W0^1f? Dr* BB0t,lia 8PfBK3 " length on the present stata of tho Ger rfh ,expfe?"t,on'- *<"* a monograoh Snr it ! Wb,Ch the expcd,tlon n to explore Sg, f DeXt r?W - oars- T"? wor* deserves the careful attention of all geographers In the States, ur. Bastian la a geographical authority and de serves listening to whenever he speaks. In a lengthy biography of Livingstone, published in a recent number of the Dahertn, Dr. Richard Audree a es up ihe Heralds tauley con trove is/, and tells his readers bow "Mr. Stanley, the bold American, wftoae story has been so unjustly doubted In Ger many," found the missionary explorer. I.AND AND FOBK8T CULTURE. An Important book on the results 01 one depart ment of the Vienna Exposition comes to us from he Anstilan capital, and is deserving of atten tion. ?rhe Culture of tno Poll at the Vienna Ex position, 187?, "especially "prepared for Austrian land and forest cultnrists," at tho instance or the Austrian Ministry of Agricultnro. Tho work is in three volumes, and is enriched with wood cuts and lithographic tables. Tho first volume is devoted 1 C^.lt.,r^?r'C?itUre'" th? 'Sconrt t0 "^rest j i omr" *1*. h0 tnlrd ,u "National Ecou- | oray. The first volume la especially 1 with' aDr! tr,?t3 01 nearIy CVery flubJect connected ! i with agriculture and It* related branches. Tho I ,CrrUm?' tr0atlpK ot lhe ,oreet3- <"8cusscs all the Important ques:loiis connectod with this \ I ZT1 TTVconomy' ? wl" be mn?f i , Porest Con"!rosfl was one of the | most toportant of the Vienna International meet. ' uZ thlra TO!mno 13 into ! ; Han,, sectl0QS-1' "Natural Economy and , ^tatlstics; 2, The Promotion or Land Culture by Governmenta and Societies; 3, Bibliography of trie Menna Exposition with refcrcnce to Land and 1 Forest Culture." The work su.rcrs greatl/, how wrttcra?m tU? nft''r?W 6UndpoiDt taken by the ; Perthes, of Goiha, issues a work, ?'Pic- ' tnres from the Rural Population in Thnrln<* a Eisaas, Uestphalla and East Friesland," by August j ttmu? WhlCh 18 * vaM,able contribution to > the literature of rural populations m Germany. "WALDFRIED." Auerbnch'rt new threo volume romance, bint.? f ' 8farC8nt "5 ,D 1,9 ?g,y Cormun lnding from every bookstore window. I have not yet invested in It, for the reason that 1 think l?rtH ? , ftttC'raptlng t0 ?et f^Hsh prices for ' wmks printed and got up jn tho German st vie. The ; who e romance woiud make a good *o:idly printed ! single volume novel; but here author and publish- j ers have managed to Issue threo 6m?ii, m^n. I look ng books, for which tiiey ask 03 ,crv nearly a guinea, for which price tho London three vol umes are gene, ally sold. Bnt then It must be ! remembered that the London publishers print m i good type and on good paper and bind their books 1 well so as to make up, in many cafes, lor the ' trashy contents. In the case of "Waltlfried " Pl0t'" or delt*,,trDl reading, for the Titfiierlandera at Jea3t, done up In bad imi tation or the London style, and at a price which tho Germans are certainly not accn.*tomcd to giro. Paul Linnnu and other critics i n SL romuaco a symbolical con- : nection between Waldrtied-s family and i the German imperial family. But the work is 1 hardly fairly under the critic's microscope, as I Jr-hanncs Poherr (for whose sins Paul Llndnu was recently sentenced lo prison) has this week an ar- ' ticle n the Gecenwart entitled "Vivo Napoleon i I\.! Ilesays:? "peoplo laugh about it? now. Later ' many who now laugh may have good cause to ! "weep. Did not people laugh when the son of tho much beloved Ilorfcnse brought his ideas of Impe- 1 ria dotnonihe^/.,, Later tbey kneeled thero. I BCn.-UDT? pOtKEXDOBP? OHBMATXOV. Tlio Bavarian novelist, Hermann Schmidt's latest historical romance, "Concordia, a German Imperial Story from Bavaria," is receiving a nearly welcome In fouth Germany. Ttua author His nearly ready a lengthy narrative poem entitled "Wluland; or, the i'eurch for Fortune," which he lias received permission to dedicate to Ills Majesty King Ludwlg or Bavaria. Schmidt is filty-ninc years of a^e and still an untiling stc ry teller. His subjects arc chosen mostly from tho Bavarian highlands, irom the peasants and hunters, the wood burners nnd the lake dwellers, over whom he throws the charm of po etry ana interest. Professor von Holt/.endorf is j writing for the Berlin Oegemwrt n series or inter- | esting e^iys on "The Conflict or the German Em pire Against tho Cholera." Holtzondorf consolers the cholera to bo for Oormany a part of tho j Oriental question. Tho cholera, by the way, still prevail* at Munich, nnd from two to three per- 1 sons dlo of the mysterious malady daily, From Zurich comes a noteworthy pamphlet on "Crema tion." by Wegmann Ecolain, m which the author J attempts to show that this is the only rational mode of disposing or our dead. The new (or rather j old) system of burning tho dead will sor?n ?>o Introduced into Germany, Tho i first "bafce-oven" for this purpose will be j opened in n few weeks In Dresden. Pro essor j Siemens is building it. The communes of Leipsio j and Dresden have declared their readiness to ! adopt the system us soon as the results nre known ; to l?o favorable. Siemens believes that with his | gas oven, with an enormous temperature, the pro- ! cesd of cremation Will not last over an hour. The Viennese Cremation Society "Uru" is about to j buJAl a "burning oveu" on the plan advocated by j pfottssor Rcclam, of Lolpslc. The Zurich clergy j 'seem to favor the movement startod in : that city. Thero la uj doubt that the } cu.ioui of cremation will soon gain ground ( here. souio of the German clergy ob Jcct to it, however, ou the ground t!ut the pro- . cess may Interfere with their resurrection theo- ' rles; but since people have generally come to tho conclusion that tho resurrection will bo In the form of Scholtlng's 'soul-body" they will be indlf- | lerent whether their bodlej dissolve to dust by tho , slow process of decomposition or be burnt into ; ashes In the short space of an hour. So many ! thousands ot raariys and heretics have been ere mated in former times nnd are saiely landed in | the heavenly regions that the religious conscious- \ nefs can have llttlo to say against tho process. : The burial fields will be Kioailer and poor people ' will rejoice. Tho last caso oi burning the dead In Kurojte was in 1822, when Lord Bjron laid tho body or ilia mend Shelley oa the pyre. \T A DIVISION EflOAMPMEflT, Ni;w Yom, April -J7, 1874. To tub Fditoh of Tnit Herald:? A division encampment Is Jnst what wo want. It would bo very bcneOclal in a military point or view, and wo'ild be a pleasant and economical manner for the young men of the Gnaid to spend their summer vacation; and those thinking spec tators essential would, doubtless, he lully satisfied, as a division encampment ivoold be quite a rarity and a spoctacle woll worth seeing. If a vote be taken by the different organisations ? <*? n cm* <"??%??? maim SPANISH AFFAIRS. The Squabble* of the Royalists and Divi sions of the Radicals. WHAT WILTLi RESULT P Matirto, April fl, 1871 There is a strong Impression Serrano will make a bargain with Don Carlos, and that tho Bounon Prince may proclaim Himself Klnst of Navarre if lie pleases to 60 so. Farther be cannot no. He has not the smallest chance of becoming King oi Spain. But there Is nevertheless some doubt whether lie J will accept the prize now within his grasp. Ho I Is the candidate of the Church party, | who supply him liberally with money and give him an Importance which he would not otherwise possess. It is, therefore, quite possible that snccess may have turned n head which is said by his enemleB to be at once weak and 'obstinate. Besides, kings are verv much what their surround ings make them, aud Don Carlos is hemmed in by priests and flat fetors. He might, however, do a worse thing than make up his mind to bo conteut with the Kingdom of Navarre. He would have obedlcut, prosperous sub- , jects, numbering about 2,000,000, and, therefore, ? would bo twice as biga king as tlie ex-King of Han- j over. He might make Bilbao a very pleasant place j and get a crcdltablc civil list out of his dominions. George or Hanover got $500,000 a year from a poorer people. The rest of Spain wilt probably bo orlven over nt no distant period to Don Alfonso, the ex-Queen's ; 1 son ; but neither Don Carlos nor Don Alphouxo will j keep their crowns. The ultlmato dcstluy or Spain is to spilt up into a confederation of about a dozen Statos, under republican government, and when Carlos and Alfonso have bad their innings this will bo the outcome of it. Royalty has had &~>0 years, more or loss, of misrule in Spain, and as soon as the people have learned the first principle ol political economy they will upset it altogether. At present the republican party are ail at log gerneads. Castelar seems the pleasantest of them ; but then he does nothing but promise whatever is asked. Ho is merely an amiable, amnstng crca turo, without strength of purpose or clear ideas; nevertheless there are ono or two rising meu who may yet make their mark In Spanish history at no very distant period, though they have not yet come to tho front; and the Spaniards aro excellent material for a statesman, whenever a ruler worthy of the name arises to lead them. The ex-king and Queen have been squabbling, as usual, for these last few days about money. Her Majesty accuses His Majesty of spending means j upon courtezans ; though really this 1s too bad aitev all that has been satd before, certain it Is that tho ex-Klug has no property of his own, irho ever had any. and he Is entirely dependent on tho ex-Queon, who is in turn dependent on her mother, a monstrous shrewd old lady In money matterB. I asked some Spaniards, who were likely to know, how it happened that the rich royalist nobility of Spain guvo no jupplles lor the roller of the sovereigns to whom tuey continue to vow allegiance. The answer 1 received was that the fortunes of the royalist nobility were j much exaggerated and that few of them had much ; ready monoy. Tho uoke of Medina Cell is a boy, ] tho Duko of Opuna is living on an allowanco, aud j so on. In short, there is nothing tangible to be | got ont of them. j So It happens at this present writing that Span- ' Js>li royalty Is In a nlteous case. Tl:ero are quite a j rabble rout or prlnceB and prineosscs, dukos ar.d grandees living from hand to mouth. The , oilier day an acqnalntanco of mine visited a Bourbon princess, and having been admit ted by accident to her apartment saw that It was a sort of enpboard, rather tnan a room. Ac Princess, whoso appoarance revealed tlie fact that she was shortly about to become a mother, whs seated on a box, turned upside down, bocaupe there weie no chairs. Peslde her sat her husband, and between them a young child. They were going to have an early dinner? and such a dinner 1 A dinner which a housemaid would reject wi?h scorn. Her Royal Highness, thus surprised, showed ft high bred tact and grace worlhy of botter fortune. Sho laughed gayly at her cupboard and Ita belongings, said that she had incautiously given up her apart ment and had been unable to find another, in con sequence of which absurd series of events she had tatcen re:ugo hero with a couple of boxes and a garlic sausago. This was not so very far from the truth. Her Ilo.ral Illgness In fact had received peremptory notice to tiult her late lodgings be cause sho could not pay any rent, and had been ] unable to And Rnother apartment for the same j rc'iison. ! "it U all very queer and very sad," observed my ! informant; 'but the r.ineepa id a relative of the King. and, therefore, the cjiioen will not support her, and as she holds the pur=e strings Her lloyal Highness is in a bad way." In a bad way surely ! File and her husband will die of starvation unless tho King and Queen niaxe up their quarrel. It secerns tliut Isabella had a goo>j deal 01 money ? i>iac ei\ In foreign securities when Ebo left Madrid, I but she has spent or wasted it all. ?he i Wfi8 alwavs an extravagant, cftfrlcioiis, I .kind hearted person, and mls:ortnno has mado her ntnthor le?s wayward nor moro prudent. I j The .Spaniard* endured her government as lonu: a? it was humanly possible to do so, and only got : rid of fcer when her administration was absolutely i Insupportable. She 1m done and Is ilolng nothing j to regain their coutidencc, and whether her bey i will turn out any better is a serrct yet ki:own 10 ' none. Mitch has been sairl against the ex-Kin^, but, | In tact, bo Is, perhaps, the nest of tho family, lie is a icastinanfe, well bred man iu conversation, i atd would nave done mueii better than he did if j hl-i wile had not made him ridiculous. Tho next phase in Spanish a flair* will prob bly boa cool transaction between Serrano mid tho royalists. He will certainly try to make tho best terms lie can for hiinseli; then Don Carlos and Alfonso will probably divide ths government of I Spam, lor a tune, between them. Serrano is l uc ; a drawing rvom soldier, and Is already lioai tliy i sick ol fighting. fie is also extremely needy, and i IDs wife spends money l?v the handful, if Don j Cavios will tie satisfied with what he can get there ! will soon be peace in Spain, and thai Is a consuin- I mat. on dovoiilly lo bo desired; but m any caso the outcome or tho struggle will be the same? 1 lirst, two Kings, and then a federal ropubUe, when- I ever a capable Spaniard can be louna to orgauizo I it upon a rational principle. JAPAN. The P?iiulfti' Movement la ConstUutlouwl ' Bcfoim in Active Progress? Curlou* K-icajte of a Citizen Democratic Lo?d?r. Yokohama, March Sid, 18T4. The Southern insurrection has been wholly sup. pressed, antl quiet i* again restored in the Empire. Two of the leaders have been capttu ed and brought j to jeddo, but the chief leader, Yeto Shtmpel, has not yet been caught. It appears that ho endeav. ored to mako his escape to China. Some of his followers seized a vessel and started oar with her, but subsequently the ship put Into a Japanese ' port, evidently at the instigation of a portion or ! the crew who had refused to go lurthcr ; but Yeto and his Immediate followers were not ou board. | So iar this who'.c transaction is wrapped i la impenetrable mystery. Whether Yeto es caped with the connivance of officials who ! stood high in the confidence of the government or not ts a question that will probablv be solved in I tho course of the next tew day.-*. In tho meantime ' tho tact of the insurrectionist rlr-lng has given food j lor reflection to the officers ot tno government. | One of thu locul papers us.'crfs positively ihat a parliament? a deliberative, eicctivo cssembly? is | to be torniod. How it Is to be formed, upon what basis, who are to be ellgibio as representative* i and who are to bo tno electors, have not yet been I fold. Kor can I say when it is to assemble. Hut tint tlio edict han gone lortli that such an assem bly will be convened Is beyond a doubt and will soon prove to be a lact, in spite ot the protesta tion*) o( some loreigu officials who luvo tried to pre, out It. | Executive visitation. Sehmndza Sat'oro, who was sen', down south to endeavor to quiet tin Insurgents, returned to leddo on the lith lust. Ho was received by the Mikado and three days afterward lei t Jeddo again, it is presumed, with power to finish the paclfica tiou of the southern provinces. LOUPES BY 1'IKR. An oxtcnslvo Are occurred in tho foiolgn settle mi Mt on the nlgin or the 12th lust, lho loss amoHDted to nearly Moo, 030. Insurance com panies arc tho heaviest losers. RAILWAY OrBWINO. Tho railroad between Kobe and osaea, distance nineteen miles, Is now completed. Although trains have parsed over the wlt?U UQQ It Is not let oueu m name. REFORMED CRIMINALS. t ?? How Repentant Convicts Are Reclaimed and Become Useful Citizens. MERCY VS. VENGEANCE. The American System of Treating Discharged Prisoners. In many respects the administration of Justice in Europe, and especially in Enslandl, is superior tn Its practical workings to the administration therool in tills country, lint in the eqnaDy Im portant item of mercy, especially of mercy to the erring, who are likewise repenting and reforming, tho institutions or the United Stated are iar in ad vance of tho older countries. The ticket- l-leave system pervades the whole "penal civilization" of Great Britain and lta colonies, and has become famous In story and in drama. Yet this system Is a curse instead of a Messing, or at leuat it is a very dis agreeable aua demoralizing result of the ad ministration of Justice, works badly at the ! best, and is liable to a hundred abuse*. But in the United States or America, especially In the great State of New York, a system prevails which Is precisely tho opposite of the ticket-of leave system, and which works well and la one of tho most creditable Institutions yet devised bj tho intelligence of generous humanity for the benefit of the race. This system is directly the reverse of that which prevails abroad. In EnKlaml the morto seems to bo "Ouco a criminal, always a criminal;'' and the fact that any persons have once been lu prison, as communicated by law to a large number of people, is made a pretext for sur rounding them with evil influences, encompassing their fUtnre Hve3 with shame and rendering their ultimate reformation improbable, If not impossible. But under the American svsrfim tho fact that a man has been once punished by society for an offence, is made the very reason for every poaslblo effort to reform htm. Tho Tact of his disgrace is kept a ?ccret as for as possible. There is an "association" ready to take him by the hand when lie emerges from prison, to support him till he cun support himself, and to obtain work for him under the best possible auspices. Certainly tho theory upon which the American systom is foundod is by far the most creditable to human nature? the moro mer ciful, the more Christian? and, what is a more im portant point, it is practically tho more profitable, alike to the individual and to the State, to human ity and to morality. It works better. It has been so and will so continue for some time, and has been found to "pay" in every senso of tho term. Tho English ticket-of-leave system is practically imnosstble In this country. In England the police of the land, lrom one end to the other, is under one central head and moves as ono body; wlierens In this country each rotate has its own indepen dent regulations and each city its own independent police establishment. Consequently, tho English system of communicating tho tact of a man havlug been a prisoner lrom one part of the land to an other, and or keeping a watch upon his move- j meuts in all citios, would be a practical Impossibil ity. But, outsldo of all this, the very Idea of a constant 6pying surveillance kept up year attar year upon auy individual is hostilo to tho spirit of out' republican lustitutious. This being the caso, the iorinauou of aa associa tion designed lor the care of those who have latlen uuder the Just displeasure oi the law, but who are not yet utterly hardened; an association designed to see exact Justice done to those who have not the means or opportunity to deieml themselves; to tako care of prisoners, while serving out their sentences, that they are ; cot cruelly treated or abused; an association ! which likewise takes care of discharged prisoners, | and, above all, which open* for them avenues of I resectable employment? such an association as ' tUs comrtremU- Itself to the American public. Such an association has been tn existence and la active operation among us for several years, under the official title of "The Prison Association or New York." It has done and is doing, very quietly lrom the very nature of the caee, a great amount or good? more good than Is known to auy bat the initiated lew. i "KKFORMCO CRIMINALS" IN OCR MIDST. | It would surprlso tlie general public in New | York, if It knew wiiat? or course, it never will ! know? tho lsruo number of reformed convicts ' i una discharged prisoners who are living ami doing i business unsuspected la Its midst. In Knplund j I sucii a state of uiTiurs woald be utterly Impossible. ! A tluer or a swindler or a bruwlor, oncc detected i | and punished, would forever be cut oil irom all I hope*! of w6rldly protection or success. But In l America, and us metropolis, New York, thanks to onr American system and the Prison Association, there are some men who occupy responsible po i tlon:s oven positions ol trust, and many men who j are workiug industriously and honestly in humidor oallings, woo have V>eeu in ihelr day "convlcls," [ "felons," who have "served their tune," and who ! In any other couutry but this would b:\ to all In- j tents and purposes lu this world, "lost" and civilly [ "dead." There are In tiio city of New York at t'.ie present time several bookkeepers and clcrk3 In mturuueo I companies, soveral clerks In dr.v goods stores, sev? eral salesmen lu other lines 01 business, ono nrac- : ttainj? physician, two druggists and several mc-r- 1 chants, in lair standing among tiieir fellow ruotf, who liave in times past been inmates of ?tat<i ! prisons. There arc liitcon men enjoying over j #?? 000 per annum salaries, twenty six having sal arie? over $2,000 p. year, a lar.tc number ol person* 1 In smaller positions, and several "specinators"' 1 who arc at the nresentxime engaged in extensive 1 "financial operations" wlio have been "convict?," I "felons'' aud social outcasts, who, In Kugland, | would he tiekct-of-leavo men and pariahs of so- | clofy, but who, in this country, and In thi:< city? , thauks to the more uiercllul gonitis of Amorienn institutions? are tree men, men not "marked" in ; any unpleasant sense, and who are at present as t respected and as respectabio asanyotaer mem- 1 bers 04 the cotnmunlty. AS?l JCRO NAME'. It is tho policy and tlie principle of the New ! York l'llson Association, to wbien the existence of 1 such a state of things is due, to help liiscliarpod prisoners au'l convicts w:o have served ttteiv j term to obliterate all traces ol their dl?gr(iccti:l I past. For this pnrposo it often transfers dip- j charged convicts at Its own expense to new sceii' s and associations in otner parts ot the count rv, i and o tea winks ut their assuming now names lu- ! stead or tho oid titles, which they havo rendered -j infamous. Acon. ldorablonuiuboi of men lu New York city and tftalo, vvio are now creditably 1 known among their lellow men by oue name, weru formerly known discreditably by other names, and i no one is cognizant 01 tho oii&nge of appellation but the Prison Association. In these case*, as tho 1 convict was by his sentouco in the e>e ot the law 1 "civilly dead," and as tho ci.angc or name signifies a change or lno lor tlie better, there is do valid I objection to the otiierivise objectionable change of ! name. | nEsriTPTR raisoNRH?. But tho good work of the Prison Association d es noi conlino itsolf even to the twovo beneficial limits. It supports indigent prisoners uotti t:?cy 1 arc able 10 support themselves, mid tuns saves | hundreds annually iroin cnme who would other- I wise imj iorceil Into it by despair and w?ut. List year tliirty-twomon were at one time clothed, led I und kopt alivj by the Prison Association nnttl tho poor unfortunates wero enabled to find something ' to do. In England tiie mere fact that these men 1 had been criminals wonld have been a ' mast powerlul aiguincnt that every door 1 s:iou;d havo been closed against tliem; ; but here, in America, the mere fact ! that they wero repenting criminals was acknowl edged as a claim tlioy had upon humanity? a con trast truly most creditable to onr American Chris tianity and civilization. Otir American svstcn also provides through the Prison Association for the taking care of and helping the more foi innate convicts to take care of and rightly invest what ever moneys they may be entitled to Irom mliengo, overwork, Ac., when tlioy leave tire prison. Tills monsy otten amounts to several hundreds of dot- | lars, and its proper etinrge and direction 01 expen- f diture form an important Item of the b?&i-llclal , duties 01 tho Prison As:-ociailou. HOW CRIMIKALS ARK MAt?K B030RABI.Y VSr.PCL. Tto American sj stem also provides? and per- ! hips this is tho most important work of the Prison Association? for the procuring of work and situa tions for the discharged and repentant convict. 1 For his purpose a list of all prisoners about to be (tKcharaed irom the various pusous Is handed, a 1 mtntti in advance of their discharge, to tho Prison j Association agent. The latter has personal inter views wtththc prisoners designated, consults thcra as to tbolr capabilities, previous pursuits and his tories and their desires lor tho future; and then, 011 this basis, tho Pilson Association procures tor j thoso who seem sincerely repentant und desirous to reform situations suitable. An honest and hon orable course Is pursued la this peculiarly dinicult 1 and delicate qwdertahi'is to all parties concerned. Those irom whom work U uoUcucd . arc iranklv told the shameinl secret lu the life of the wouid-be employ*?; but tho Prison Associ ation gives a leasonabie guarantee for his future | frood T?eliavior, ami the secret Is ker? buried . n the breasts of these three only? the employer, tne employe- and tho Prison Association it, out. i oitou l Do uv# employ* ? flame is cliaagcd? at leaat an prevtooa traces or Ma earlier err an are destroyed, m far as possible - hi* former prison associate* lose an trace ol Mm: hla former jailers forget him; ibe low looses ail hold upon him. save wuat It has upon every citizen, sod. thus the tickot-of-iea ve system befog reversed, the ex-con vlct is olteu saved. Of course, many persons ut terly refuse to employ men who nave been criminals, and a great deal of diffi culty is thus experienced: bat on the other tund not a few employers, being human and sensible, alter all really have a certain pity for tho->e who offer tnelr services to them under these circtim. tances, and while they keep a watch upon them, yet give them a chance to be useful. And in the greet majority of cases it lias been found that the confidence of employers has not been dis placed. crnrotrs casks or RJtroiur. A Jeweller's elerit is now in the employ of the very I Arm from whom he stole $76 and lor which tlioft he was imprisoned lor five years. He gives per- I I lect sat'siaction since his return from prlsou. A man who has served t wo terms in State Prison ' for burglary, a moulder by trade, applied after the ! i expiration of his second term to the Fri?ou amo I elation and said that If ho could get a living to earn he would reform. Tlio Asso ciation procured clothing for him and gave htm tools, Ac. It also procured a situation for blui with a hou-o in this city, with whom he lias been lor several years, and who are thoroughly satisfied with him and his wort. A young in. in, well educHted, commuted forgery and served a Ave years' term in state prison, lie had be?n, previous to his criu.e, the confidential cleric of a. Broadway Arm, but Tor some mouths aller serving out hid senteuce was uttsrly unablo to procurce employment. He would undoubtedly have drlited back into crime again had It not been for Tho Prison Association. He la now the atrip ping cleric or a large tlrin, wno are highly pleased with him. A man who lias served In State Prison for six and one-hall years (or buiglaiy, auti who worked at the foundry while in prison, has since his discharge served very acceptably in an iron foundry, and is considered a capital workman. A young man was sentenced to the Penitentiary lor six montns for petty larceny. After his din charge he (ell into had company and being driven desperate by lack of lunds and want of work was on the eve of committing a burglary, when he ob tained work, on promises of reform, through the agency 01 tho Prison Association. He is now earn ing good waves and Is trusted by nis employers. A youth, sixteen years ot age, served one year tor ; petty larceny "ou the Island." Ue is now a thriv ing saddler in a suburban town. A man, fifty years old, who served two and a half years lor grand larceny, is now, though an old man, in a respect able and thriviug position, being saved iroia shamo and suicide by the Prison Association. A sailor, who served two years In prison (or assault and battery, aiterwards obtained a position as secoud I mate on t? trading vessel, and is now on the high road to promotion. A burglar, who served two and n hall years in tho State Prison, and who worked in the shoeshop while there, is now the respected foreman 01 one of our largest shoeshop*, and similar instances could be multiplied? each and all of 1 hem creditable alike to human nature ami llifi American system. Not only do the majority of the discharged con victs, who are thud benevolently and wisely treated, make good employes, but one man, a farmer in New Jersey, who has taken several of these discharged convicts off the hands of the Prison Association, prefers them to any others, having written to the Prison Association agent:? "11 you nave any more men like those yon sent me send them along.*' Even hardened convicts have been "reformed" under the gentle Influences ot the American system. One man, wuo served lour- i teen years and ten months for highway robbery, 19 i now in an houorable position, works hard unci is j well paid; while another criminal, who lias been 1 three times in prison, has yielded at last to the Prison Association, has obtained work through Its agency, and gives satisfaction to Ills employer. In several Instances employers who nave made use ol these discharged and repentant convicts have not hesitated, from their experience of them, to recommend them to other people, ami these letters of recommendation have been couched in the strongest terms. Ol course tae majority of those convicts who come under tho influence of the Prison Association are thoso without friends, money or social posi tion; but even iu souio cases of convicts of a higher class the Prison Assocation has proved oc ca-rionnlly of great use. A voung convict, who had been disowned bv his , wealthy parents (or his crimes, was taken by tnc i Prison Association, and through its agency oh- ! tamed a confidential position, whose duties ho , honorably discharged for some years, alter wnlcti, evidences of hts reform, bis (amity consented to receive him again. "DETAIN lib" AND I'KNAI.F, PRISONERS. But the kindly Influences of the Prison Associa tion are not limited to tue care of convicts alter punishmont; they also embrace the care of prison ers previous to trl .1 and sentence? "detained pris oners." Where it Is a "first offence" every eiloit is used to obtain "suspension oi sentence," or "mltiiratloo ol punishment;" and where there ib any reasonable donbt of Riillt and the prisoner is unrtbte to pay tor counsel, counsel is furnished by the Prison Association. Hundreds of instances could be cited of the great good oouo lu this de partment i>t us working. There ts also a Women's Prison Association, a , branch of tho male. This Women's Association has ! a "home" at ais Tenth avenue, known as "Tho I i Isaac T. Hopper Home," whore discharged female 1 convicts are clothed, led and furnished with tem* : porary work until supplied with more permanour | situations. SffJOflSTlYK FI0UBE9. SQCft is tho (rood work of the Prison A??ociafton ol New York, which is the first and tno lcadlnur or ganization of Hie Kind in the world awl the model , u;.on which nil other similar State associations - have boon founded. It M supported chiefly by voian- ! tary conti ibutionp, aided by an occasional, though j small. contribution Irotu the Staie government. i It has only one salaried otBcor, hs soiarv being less than f3,ooo poi- annum, and Ims two very j. modest offices, In the Bible House and in Ceutre ! street, near tne Ciiy Hall. Its members visit i yearly every prison in the Stntp, >>ixty county jails, six petierutarlca aad thrci Hctue prisons, ; and have an official rank as "Inspectors or county Prisons." Thev have rl:e chargo of sometimes r>i>0 prisoners a month, anil extend aid to sometimes '2.000 prisoners a year. During twenty-five years they nave aided I8.ac7 discharged prisoners with board, clothing, t.oo:s, railroad tickets or money ; ; have obtained lor l,isi> prisoners worn -ml situa tions? making a total or i'J,44? prisoners mate rially. notl therefore morally, benefited by these truly Christian and clvillzinc ngeneis?. During an average year the expenses of this Pi Iron A sao csauoD do not exceed i;;,ooa. whllo tho amount of ? money ov monoy's worth disbursed to convicts or ex-convicts ranges lioiu twice to many times that snm. Whether considered from the points of tneo.'y j or practice, whether regarded from a mora! or civil point o; view, the Prison Association ol Nc v York, therefore, as an Illustration ol tho American sv.Vem of dealing with discharged convlctn. is one or those very dtsttnettva American institutions 01 ' which an American can feel Justly prond. LITE&AJRY CHIT-CHAT. T'lR Loxnox Figaro sajs that as editor ot Pih.-l'i i Mr. Tom Taylor receives ?1,300 a year. Fiftmk BusnnKD new journals have been regl3- i tered in France dm-lng the last three years. ?fHii number of periodicals printed In London, in February, 1874, was 762, being a decrease since tho same period ins: year of ten periodicals. The celebrated Talmndlst, La r. urns, father of Fro!e?sor Lazarus, of Berlin, diod n few d&j-i a-jo, at Fliohne, r.t the aire of eighty. four, J. it. osoooo A Co. will soon Issue "Oootl Luck" j ("tlltlck Aul"), translated from the German ol Ernest Werner, by Francis A. Shaw. A Si m of ?60 has been given irom the Royal Literary Fund to Mr. Micliaci Iiauin, one ol the authors of "Tales of the O'flara Family." Mu. Wilkik Collins will, it is said, come back to America as soon as lie can arrange /or doing so. "Iiik Wbalth of tbr Pacific" is the title of a forthcoming hook by Mr. H. Martin, of Saii Fran- ' clsco, whtcn will treat or the geneology, tutor? and occupation of the ptominont men of the Pa- ! clflc coast. "The Mopkrs Antiwrs; or, The Descent of England," is llio harrowing tlllo of a book by Junius Junior, which has lately been let loose upon London. According to tno author It ts Humanism that is slowly bat snrely destroying ail that is valuable in England. Thorn who believe In the i Jeanliisttt of Mr. Gladstone and tho decadence of England should study tills volume, aad insist upon Parliament Immediately undoing all tnat ; It has done . for the Roman Catholics . since tho days of O't'onneii. As an illus- ? tratloa of tue power of red tape in Eng land It may be mentioned that the scholars I of thai country are now, lor the first ilrno, on trie ! alert to discover the inventory of Hhufcespeare's j property among the inventories ut the Probate Office in London. The officials tu aliarge at l)oc- j tor's Commons, however, havo found ao inatty ob stacles in the way of overhauling the collection of inventories that t'w March lus been practically > abandoned. lnif Critics are quaneiUug with Victor lingo for ! inaccuracy In 1bo reference to l'ttt's forged iisslg- j na's mlns late novel, '?Klaety-Turoo;" but Mr. 1 G. A, Lebotir, of tho Geological Savvey, writes to . the Athenamii that tha novelist Is better iu- j formed than his censor?. He says:? i Way I reassert in your pages that the ! plate rrom which tho sham assignat* wero printed ts still in existence, and that tho paner mill in winch the paper was j made and the subsequent processes ot manufac- ' tlllO CAl liu>l btit to si-iii nnimiux, nimwiKii uvt working. The spot on which it stands, on the bancs of one ot tbe most beantiiul and least fraudulent looking ol English rivers, and the lact ibftt the as.'igoata wero lorged thoro, wero speci ally mentioned by me tn a paper printed in lsw '? iua eatt'wa "vieoiogbniiig to Kortli TfUvUale," ? ? OUR PARKS, A BfTiew of the Condition of tb? TttlMM Bqoarss and Park*? Fropoied la* provementt and Their Cost The following review of our parks win aho* what works are most needed, luey uavc ail been contemplated by the department, and win be car I ried oat tills jeer if the necessary appropriation is I obtained. THK BATTERY. The Battery seems to be in a tolerable coodW tlon, but in the rear of the sea wall the ground h&? caved in. The pavement ought to bo taken up? the ground refilled and the pavement reset. Tha sea wall was a bungling piece of work. which wa? done under the Ring administration, and sadly neods repaint. At tbe general landing place ror rowboats it is proposed to bnild a shelter or "shade," in close proximity to the steps, for tho convenience of the hundrods of people who there take boat for the ships. These improvement* would cost about $10,000, as estimated by the de partment. CITY HAIX PA BIT. A pretty fountain has Just been finished in tbe City Hall square. Tlie pavement of the northern portion is in a very bad condition. It is qult9 worn out, and fu.ly deserves the name of "poultice pavement, " by which it has been designated. (It will be remembered that tills kind of pavement was laid down a few years ago on Fifth avenue, and tbe general disgust caused by it first gave rise to this novel appellation.) Tne work would cost from fso.ooo to $40,000. FIVE POINTS PARC. There Is probably in the entire city of New York not a spot where a plot 01 grass and a few trees and shrubs arc so imperatively needed as at tho Five Points, this centre of lesterlnfr and squalor and unspeakable misery. The present condition of the place is disgraceful and aangeroos to the health of thoso living near by. The proposed improvement would be an inestimabio boon to the denizens of Baxter street and tbe entire locality. How far they are removed from Central Park ! There is no iinven noar whither they can escape from the stifling, tainted air, whicn saps the very life's blood. In this foul, filthy neighbor hood a little park would in reality be the very greatest blesslug, and its benefits would really be incalculable. For humanity's sake tbe Depart* ment or Parks ought to carry out the plans wlilcli have been adopted, be tlio appropriation ever so small. The proposed park will be a triangle bounded by Worth, Little Water and Park streets,1 whos? longest side will be 175 leot and tiieehortest1 126, with ornamental paveiueuc of different colors, a pretty fountain, trees, shrubs, flowers, seat! round the trees, a little drinking fountain and a granite horse trough. Some graiing nas already been done, and some of tho cnrbstonea have been set. Tbe first; foundation of the tonntain has been laid. H10 trees will be placea as closely as will be deemed compatible with their fine de velopment aud bo as to art'ord pleasant news un der the brandies. Tho pmcc is so small that but little can be done in t ne way of grass, and it probably wdl return the character or an open Bpaoo, dotied with prettv patches or lawn. The work will cost $13,000. Tho Hkkai.d is the first to announce the croa tlon of this park. What joyful news to the noor and their children t JACKSON PARK. Jackson r,ir.c, at. the junction of Eighth avenue ami West Tenth street, is a small grassploi of trlaogalar lorm. It has been greatly improved or late. and only requires more trees and plants. It Is but little lrequcnted, but It whs desirable to im prove it because in Its lornaer condition it was an eyesore. Tho work will cost but $600. WASHlNdTON SQt'AKK. Tills sqnare, although rather barren In foliage, It in a lair condition. Tho fountain, however, Is in complete, and "certain connections of waits are not yot paved. Thin wort will come to $?,000. UNION SQCAKK The new fountain In Union square is nearly com gleted, with the exception of the centre plcco witti ronie flnlal. The interior will be ornamentea with aquatic plants, which wilt enhance the nov elty of the design. The llagstaft and gas fixtures at the northern end arc completed, so that the plaza at the north end, lor reviews of troops and public uiaotiuus, can bo conveniently used. The new indies' cottaccis also finished. Thfe pavement ts ot tho imported Neucli&tel hrtuninoas rocK, similar to the pavement or the boulevards of Paris aud in the Strand, in London. The enclosure of the Lincoln Monument is finished, with the exesp tion of a plain bronze railing. a portion ot tua pavement will have to be reiald. Cost, $0,000, MAJJI50N eqCAKB. The new fonntain in thin square ought to be flu* ished at once, as Ira present appearance is per icctiy ludicrous. Tiio stone copiug and granite centre piece ass sadly needed to produce, at least, it tolerable effect. There is no provision in thia Bquave tor tho convenience of the weary people who pas* through it and tor the children whoso daily resort it is. Cost, $i3,ow>. TOMPKINS SQl'ACR. This equsro, as the readers of the Hr.KAC.nwiH remember, was a lew years n>;o set apart as a parado ground by the Legislature. The entire ground was levelled and tho intenor paved with concrete pavement aud stripped of all its trees and shrubbery. The pavement in the interior was another 01 the "poultice" sort and has pretty much disappeared, leaving on orld waste 01 sand. Lust year tuo department planted some shrubs in the outer cigo, a* they cou.'d not iHwniily trench 11 iiou the central portion. If some other parade ground could bo selected ttoi3 square conld bo trunsionnod Into a pleasant pane. It in certain that some breathing place for this ovei crowded notgiibornood is impCMtively needed, for none of our parks has always been so jammed with people in the hot summer evenings as Tompkins square. Ail the department can do tor the present is to plant a narrow strip roand tiic sides with *hrniis in order to relievo its much as possible tiio barren nspoctof the square. Tlus win coat $ 10,000, aud tin transformation into n park would coma to >40,000. The latter, however, could not bo done uu an appropriation oi only *.1)0,000, SlYVTOSAST SQVTAUK. The walks lu the central portion of tue square have never been paved and they certuinu oiijflic to be. 1 wo drinking ioun tains, one iu each park, ati'Mild bo provided for the children who dsily tr-opihe^a tu large numbers. The pavement of t!'.:: exteiloi' walks is lu a bad condition and ou^lit to 1)5 rolaid. Cost, $:t0,?00. MOKNT UOKRIS 8QVAM. This favorite r?:*ort of the inhabitants or Harlem has been cultivated with some care. There is a hiacli eminence ironi which beautiful views are commanded. The improvements which have Been bcijtin should bo completed. Some portions o: the walks are paved aud others are not. Somo oi the exterior walks are not properly graded. A structure crownlnar the hill should be creeled lor tho use oi ttko children wno daily asceud it. Tiiia ccttogo is designed lu tiio modern Moorish stvlp, ami wdi oe a great ornament to the square. Cost ol completing ail Improvements, il(l,0M>. tl/.ASli SntSET PAKK. The OraiM Street Park, near the East lllvor. Is of triangular shape, very small and very dilapidated. The improvements wiiica were bngun a few yean r?o should be finished; lor, in lis present condi tion, the p aoo is a great dlsdgnrenieut to the neighborhood, cost, i-i.too. We no.y pass bv the smaller Mtiuves, or rather plots, such aH Abingdon square an i tiiocg in Baacn street, Dunn* street. Canal street, i'urk avenus, which are in a ialr con dition: tiio Cluistopbor street square, Wjilch (a very dilapldhtcd and ought to be thoroughly re modelled, in the opinion oi thu engineer of the de partment; Howling Oroon, wliloh, by reason of Its smallne,?s, seems to be capable ot further Improve moot, ami couio to central tabk. Tii.' most pressing work hero ta tho reconstruc tion oi tu.? puri-euolosiug wall and of i he slopes adjacent to it, made nocessury by the radical changos in the grades oi ino avenues. The wsll on Eighth avenue ts uuder contract aud will be fiiiis ie.i this year i on i'ilth avcau:; it 13 completed to Ninetieth street, and on 110th street it is also tn proooss oi reconstruction. Work lias been begun on 13,000 lineal leet of wall construction. In thu interior a system ol walks, affording access to cort iln portions or tt.e southeast quarter, is la progress. It will inciudo two avchways, protoct iu? pedestrians from the necessity oi crossing this main drive au, I ride ou tneir grades, and also a small wooden bridge over an arm of the lower lake. Plans have boon adopted for enlarging the accommodations at tue promenade concert's on tha Mall. Apretly woodon boathoaso, with waiting rooms lor passongers and Tor the storage of boats below, with it covered shelter, giving ttua views of tho lake above, will be built. Tho Itelvldere, the large stone structure at tne southern cud or the Croton reservoir, tbe terminal pmutofthe vista of the Mall, is about two-thirds complete, and the stone work for Its completion is In progress, Lowoat estimate oi co?t , % i'jj.ooo. MO&NIMUSIDK PAIIK. . The work on tins new park, wnioii extends from Hot u to laV.h stieo:, near Nmtii avenue, has beo? lu activo pi ogress, bat was suspcndorl last Satur day, when the laborers hod to oe discliarged, be cause tho appropriation was romiio? oat. Pro visions for the geueiHi draiuuije of the park n?*? been completed, the ivalks have b.?en only partlallf graded, tho work of excavating a lako has bee II began aud foondstlons laid lor a portion of the en? closing wall, if the work m not b rough tnewer to oorop'.otlon n will ail have to be done ore* again. Hulf a mlloof trench for dniinage, for In stance, has been opened, and unless thcTdia n* art laid soon the sides ol il-e trench will surely cavf in. Amonu' ff,r this jear, f?a,ooo. H1VKRSIPS PAHk. The "retaining wall," wliich has been lu pro* ross. should bo competed to prereut its tumbflM down. This "park"' is at present a steep, rock# wild. Cost, ? tio.ooo. These arc tho improvements which are do? manned and wnbh will be carried out ny ttit d> partueat u tho itporopriauoa is sgr??a to?