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Dilatory Motions Still the Order in the Tweed Suits. Seven Jurymen Obtained in the Scannell Trial. A CURIOUS COUNTERFEITING CASE Notwithstanding the adverse decisions rendered by the Court of Appeals on the appeal taken by William If. Twucd from mo docisions of the General Torm, his counsel evince a determination to lcavo^iio stone un turned where thore is a possible glimpse of a chance of toing anything that may accrue to his benefit. It looks a little as though his counsel were determined to continue pressing their original applications to vacate the order of arrost or to reduce bail. In spite ot the action hitherto taken by the Courts in regard to his applications three new motions have been made belore lodge Donohue, in Supremo Court, Chambers? the first to vacate the order of arrest In the (1,000,000; tfto second to reduce the bail in case the motion tp vacate the order of arrest is denied, and the third for Mr. Peckbain to serve re plies to defences set up in the amended answer in the (6,000,000 suit and the answer in the $1,000,000 suit. The argument on tho motion to reduce bail will be heard to-morrow. When the other two motions wero called yesterday Mr. Peckham said that he was ready to reply to the answer In each suit, but as to the $1,000,000 suit, in which an amended answer had not been served by Tweed, be desired tho order to be accompauiod with the stipulation that no amended answer should be lervcd by the dolendant. He insisted upon this, not that he cared in the least how many amended answers were served, but ho was anxious to avoid uny delay tn bringing the suits to trial Mr. Dudley Field said that lie was unwilling to make my such stipulation, but ho disclaimed any desire to tclay the suits. Judge Donohue took the papers for examination. Meantime in the $1,000,000tint Messrs. Field and Deyo, Tweed's counsel, served on counsel for the people yesterday an amended auswer. This amended answer ia in all respects the same as its predecessor, already published in tho IIskald, with the exception of an ad lilional clause, which is as loliows:?"Andfor a further ind separate defence this defendant alleges on informa tion and belief tliut there was at tho commencement of this action and still is another action pending in tho Bupreme Court of tho State of Nuw York between the lame parties and for the sumo cause of action us in the tomplaint herein." The decision of the Court of Appeals that there was but one cause of action in I ho suits before them has been the ground for serving the foregoing amended mswer in the second suit, the claim being thai the Irst suit must of necessity include the cause of action in the second ami be a bar to its prosecution. An ?rder wus made subsequently, by Judge Donohue, that ihe plaintiff serve a reply in tho first case, but for the motion for a reply in tho second suit he luok the pa ters, reserving his decision. TIIE RETRIAL OF SCANNELL. ! The further efforts to obtain a Jury lor the retrial of lohn Scannell for shooting Thomas J. Donohuo were renewed yesterday in tlio Court of Oyer and Terminer before Judgo Barrett. Thero was the sumo crowded court room, tho same fastidiousness of dress and calm indifference of manner on tho part of Scannell; the lame scat at his side was occupied by his wlfo, who seems by far the more concernod of tho two, and the prisoner's counsel, Messrs. William A. Beach, William F. Howe, Charles S. Spencer and l'eter Mitchell, showed the same promptness in their attendance, whilo the prosecuting lawyers, District Attorney Phelps and Assistant District Attorneys Koliins and Lyons, were also on hand with like promptitude. Directly upon the opening of tno Court the work of obtaining a jury was resumed. Tho previous formula of questioning was only slightly deviated from, the ob tecl being to discover among the large panel awaiting examination some additional persons whose scopo of newspaper reading Is of a limited order, and' if not altogether the most intelligent scutlomon that could be solectod for such duty, at least meeting that essential requisite?absolute ignorance of the facts regarding tho homicide, and consequent capacity to sit injudgmcut upon the case without prrjuUieo or bias. In capital casus jurors having a disposition to shirk jury duty can always fall back securely upon "conscientious scru ples." A good many were excused yesterday for this reason. In eliciting this fact, however, occasion ally rather ludicrous responses wcro given to the interrogating counsel. One person was asked, for instance. If he had any conscientious scruples, and he answered very promptly, "Yes, against men carry ing pistols." Auotber one said, "I have no conscien tious scruplos on any subject." Quite a number sadly floundered upon the word conscientious to the great amusement of all present. In the course of the day Mr. Beach got Into quite a racy rencoutro with a juror upon abstruso theological questions. Among the per sons examined was one named hpratt. Mr. Howe sug gested that if they wanted to catch him they bad better ?end for Assistant District Attorney Herring. Thus, though the proceedings were, on the whole, of rather a monotonous order, there wcro occasional episodes that served to somewhat relievo the tedium. The re sult of the day's labors was obtaining three additioual Jurors. The following is the list thus far:? John Ginslibush, Mo. 505 Worth street, wool mer chant. David J. Dannet, No. 8 Tompkins street, lumber dealer. John J. Hicks, No. Ill South stroet, wrecker. Samuel Booth, Mo. 645 West Tliiriy-Qlth street, hoiler maker. John 3. Ncill, Mo. 50 Beekman street, printing roll ers Sherman P. Colt, No, 47 Beekman street, hardware. John 11. Oberteuffer, No. lift) Gruud street, dry goods. An extra panel of 200 was ordered for to day. The counsel for the prisoner have, up to the present time, used ten peremptory challenges, and the prosecution seven. An effort will he made to complete the (jury to day, hut it will not he at all surprising if it takes two 4ays more to Oil the Jury box. A COUNTERFEITER'S FAMILY. On Tuesduy night Captain Kcunock, of tho United States secret service, Captain Ulman, of the Tenth po lice precinct, and Detective Mullen arrested Mary Mc Cartney, aged about flfty-flve years; Mrs. Ellen Do Mott, about thirty Ave years old; Klla Kenney, aged thirteen years, and Francis and Catherine Kenney, aged respectively eleven and nine years, charged with uttering counterfoil five cent nickel pieces. The pris oners were yesterday taken before United 3tates Com missioner Shields, and, after a brief examination, com mitted for further examination and sent to Ludlow Street Jail in default of $1,000 bail each. From the evidence In the case it appears that Henry Volkc8iein, a beer shop keeper, of No. 08 Hester street, was arrested last week (or giving two counterfeit live cent nickels to a trudesman. Yolkestein said that he got them from a little girl in paymcui for hci-r. Complaints were m ade to Captain Ulman that other shopkeepers were passing the counterfeits. The same story was repeated hv all, that little children came into their shops, purchased a penny toy and received four coppers hi change. The officers obtained accurate d. seriptions ol the children and traced them to No. 77 Eldridge street, ? double tenement house, couiuiiung about twenty-two families. On un upper floor the offi cers found KUa and Catherine Kenney and their grand mother, Mary McCartney. They stoutly denied any knowledge of tho had money, hut a search of the room revealed a tin pail hall lull of the counterleit colu from which tho rough edges had not yet been tiled away. An Iron skillet that had been used as a melting pot, iodo plaster moulds with dross In them, a pair of metal shears, a tile and a small quantity of unused metal were j found. Scattered around the room wero handfula of | penny toys and candies. Tho mother of the childron, , Ellen De Mott, was not ut' home, and the officers waited ' lor her at the street door. About etcvou o'clock 1'. M. she returned, brtngiug her boy Francis, who had h s ! arms lull of little toys and candies, while his mother ' bad her pocket* lull of copper cents. The family were ' taken to the Tenth precinct station and lucked up lor j the night. Some time ago the mother Of the children j married Kmanuel De Mott, and It is alleged that ho ? taught them bow to make dnd pan the bogus cola. Some three mouths since De Mott was caught iu Brook- i lyn with little Klla Kenney passing the had money, j They made pleas ol guilty. De Mott was sentenced to thirteen months' Imprisonment, but Klla was discharged , on account of her youth. Daring last Tuesday night ! Klla told Captain Kennock that he didn't catch her this | tune as badly as they caught her papa Tho mother i yerterday attempted to exculpate the children, but the United .States Commissioner refused to allow her to j make any statement. Whon she and In r mother, Mrs. McCartney, were ordered to Ludlow Street Jail to await examination she burst iuto tears and begged pitcously | thin her children might be allowed to go to the Jail with , lier, and her petition was granted. Tho examination \n the case was set down (or to day. DECISIONS. SUPREME COUBT?CHAMBERS. By Judge Donohue. La Fond vs. Deems; Blako v*. O'Brlght.? Motion denied. Strong vs. Bedell; Clark vb, O'Connor; Oakley vs. Groves; Wanncmaker vs. Wunncmaker; F.verton vs. Everton; Wolff vs. May; Stewart vs. Brainhall.? Vtanted. Cook vs. Cuddy.?Order granted. Pbiliippx vs. Vaugiiau.? Motion denied and order vacated. nancr or rnuroer.?when filled up will be signed. He^bern vs. Kolle ?Motion to discontinue, without cost* (runted. Memorandum. By Judge l.awrence. Gokcy va Ulster County Ice Company.?Granted. Barber vs. Hoff.?Motion to compel plaintiff to nie security for costs denied, without costs. SUPREME COURT?SPECIAL TERM. By Judge Van Vorst. Fletcher vs. Clark et al.?Findings signed; motion for new trial on merits itemed. Marshall et aL vs. Macy et al.?Order settled and signed. SUPERIOR COURT?SPECIAL TERM. By Judge Curtis, Clegg vs. Humrl et al. - Findings filed and Judgment for foreclosure sad sale. By Judge Spelr. Bowere va O'Brien. 4ic.? Amendments settled. COMMON PLEAS?SPECIAL TERM. By J udge Larremore. Knapp vs. Campbell ?Report of referee confirmed and judgment to be entered. Masters vs. The Eclectic Life Insurance Comptony.? Application on behalf of Attorney General granted. Matter of 1'ressinger.?Commission do lunatico tnqui rendo ordered. Wheolock vs. Walker; Kelly vs. Pyeq Sweeny va Aruell; Bpofford vs. Northrup.?Motions granted. Louie vs. .Stratum; Costello va The Mayor, Ac.?Mo tions denied. Hunter vs. Hunter ?Reference ordered. Coswell, Jr., vs. Genet. ? Memorandum. Murphy vs. Kaile.?Delault opened. SUMMAKY OF LAW CASES. The will of Margaretta Kneiter, bequeathing about $1,700, was admitted to probate yesterday by Surro gate HutchingB, the contest as to the will having been withdrawn. The matter of the settlement of the estate of the late Nicholas Siegrist was called up before Surrogato Hutch ings yesterday, but was postponed by consent of both parties until November 24. In the Court of Common Fleas yesterday, Jehoiachin Davis filed a schedule of his liabilities and assets. The liabilities are placed at $92,968 48, the nominal assets at $82,286 63 and tho real assets at $15,440. The United States Trust Company is the largest creditor, its claim being tor $30,000. J. P. O'Sullivan, the plaintiff tn the suit against Mar shall O. Roberts now beiug tried in the Superior Court, reported as mysteriously missing, turned up in the case yesterday, much* evidently, to the astonishment of his counsel. It turned out that he bad left the court in quest of a witness, but without having notified his counsel of the fuel. A petition was sent yesterday to Judge Donohuc in Supreme Court, Chambers, signed by the President and a majority of the trustees of the Metropolitan Collar Company, asking a dissolution of the company. Mr. Frederick Smyth was appointed referee to examine all the claims and to hear objections, it any, against the company's dissolution. Judge Donohuo yesterday granted an order to show cause why a mandamus should not issue against the Board of Estimate and Apportionment directing it to insert In the tax levy for next year the sum appro priated by the Board of Aldermen for the erection of an armory for the Seventh regiment. Tne order was made returnable to day, and the cose will come up lor argu ment. Some time Binco judgments were obtained In tho Supreme Court by Coiiinan & Kcclestne* plaintiffs' attorneys, lu'eight suits brought against tho city by armorers of various regiments of the National Guard lor their salaries. The judgments were paid yesterday by the Comptroller, the verdict in each suit being $683 97. Tbe city made no defence ami the judgments were taken by delault. A further hearing in tho John L. Brown contested will case was bail yesterday belore Surrogate Hutch ings. Various additional witnesses testified that they had known tho testator during his lifetime, and to tho best of their knowledge he was of sound mrnd. The case is still on. Surrogate Mulchings admitted the will of tho late William T. Blodgett yesterday to probate. Tbe will, which is dated January 26, 1875, names Mrs. Abby B. Blodgett executrix andJosiah M. Pisko and Henry 11. Anderson as executors, and William T. Blodgett, Jr., to be associated with thejn after be shall have reached his twenty-fifth year. Aftor leaving a few minor bequests to his sisters and sister-in-law, the will provides that the remainder ofthe estate, excepting the plate, furni ture and jewelry, which are given to the widow, shall be divided equally between the widow and his son and daughtor. In June last the Father Mathew Society, Branch No 1, expelled Michael Foley on tho ground mat he was in arrears for duet. A motion was made yesterday he lore Judge Donohue, in Supreme Court, Chambers, lor a mandamus to compel tho society to reinstate htm. Mr. Matthew P. Breeu argued in favor of ihh motion, and said that, even assuming the position the society hnd taken to be true in regard to the dues, still the relator's expulsion was in violation of law, on the principle that the accused should have a heuring brought on by the service of a proper notice, and that he could not be legally deprived of his interests In the funds to which he had contributed without at least an opportunity for defence. Colonel Spencer opposed the motion in be half of the society, maintaining that there was no ex pulsion, but simply an erasure of the relator's name from the rolls; thai the relator had drawn as benefits tbe sum of $405 from tho society; that he was likely to bo a perpetual drawer, and that the actum of the society was proper. Mr. Breen defended his client with some earnestness and said tne society should have brought these charges against the relator before the society and not belore the court, but In stead of which they attempted to set a trap lor a feeble old man, an act quite unworthy of an association which hears upon Its banners the emblems of chanty and benevolence. In regard to tbe question of expulsion, he insisted that ttiis question was easily settled by a decision of Judge Barrett holding that an erasure from the tolla of membership was an expulsiou. The Court reseries its dectnon. There was called to trial in the Marine Court yester day, before Judge Spsulding, the suit ol Jacob Woollier, administrator of the estate of Stglsmund Woollier against the Grand Lodge of the United Slates of tho In dependent Order of the Friendly Sons of Israel, and against Zion Lodge of this city of the same Order. It is claimed that, according to the by-laws of Zion Lodge, ol which the deceased was a member, his represent atives were entitled to receive irom the lodge at his death the sum of $1,000. This sum tho lodge refused to pay, on the ground that the right thereto had been forfeited by the deceased being in default in bis dues at tbe time of his death. An appeal was taken to the Grand Lodge of tbe United Status, where the refusal to pay was sustained, and now appeal is made to the civil courts. When a jury had been sworn in tho case, it was found that there was a delect in the pleadings, and with leave of tho Court a juror was withdrawn, and tho trial postponed until Mime luture day. In the Marine Court yesterday, before Chief Justice Shea and a jury, a .-uit w as tried, In which C. H. Bauer, editor of the Morrisania Tagblatt, sought to recover from Julius Heherllne aud Edward Fritsch $1,000 d.images for n.ssauit and battery. It appeared by tlio testimony that in August last, about the time of tbe assault, the defendant Hcborline, who keeps a lager beer saloon, was running for a position in Company G of the Twenty-seventh regiment against a man aamed Ozar. A few days allowing the election there appeared In plaintiff's pa, cr an article in relation to Heberhne's defeat, whieh. it was claimed on the part of defendants, contained a covert meaning to Germans, which Indicated some unclean act on tne part of the person to whom it applied. When Heber line read the article ho culled at plaintiff's office, and not finding hini iu left his cam. In response to tho card plaintiff called on Ilelierliuu at his saloon, who de manded to know of him who wrote the article. Plain tiff refused to disclose tho name of tho author, and Heberhne then assaulted him with a whip, the other defendant assisting, mid both following him into the street, where they nssAlted him with both a whip and their lists, and kicked and knocked him down. The case being Mbmilted to tho jury on the miration of fact and amount of damages they found iu favor ol the plaintiff tor $750. C0U11T OF GENEEAL SESSIONS. Before Recorder Hacked. DULLY FOUND GUILT* AND HF.NTENCED FOB TEN YEARS TO STATE PRISON. Immediately on the convening of the court, Re corder Hacked delivered a characteristically clear and conctso charge to the jury beloro whom had been given on the previous day the testimony In the case of Thomas Dully, Indicted for shooting Odlccr McAvooty, oy the Nineteenth prectnct.on the morning of Sunday, Juno 20, in Third avenue, near Forty-second street. His Honor charged them that if the prisoner fired the pis tol with the mtention of killing anybody, It matured not whom, be should bo found guilty of a felonious as sault with intent to kill; but mat tl lie fired with the iiiu ntion of merely wounding the officer in order to free himself Irom arrest he ehould be found guilty of an assault with intent to do bodily harm. Counsellor Mott took exception to several points In *the chargo. Tlicv were all overruled, with the excep tion of the request that the Court would charge the Jury that they might And th<f prisoner guilty of a sim ple a -ault and battery. This was charged. The jury retired for five minutes, and returned with a verdict of '?Guilty of lelonious assault, with Intent tu kill." The priaouer. when askeciwaether be had anything to say why sentence should not bo pronounced, replied that he had not been grJtited a lair trial, as witnesses hail tieen permitted to come iuu> court and contradict the testimony they had glvcu on'the former trial. Recorder llackett? Is that all you have to say, air? Prisoner?That's all. Recorder Hacketl?Ten years in State Prison at hard labor I PENALTY OF PICKING A FRIEND'S POCKETS. About four o'clock on the morning of Sunday, Octo bor 24, James Henry and Patrick J. Walsh were making their way home aftor having spent the night together. When they reached the corner of Third avenue and Twenty-fourth street Henry picked the pockets of his companion of the sum of $60. Walsh procured uu In dictment against him lor larceny from the person In the night lime, and yesterday he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to etalc Prison lor tlvo years. FOUND NOT GUILTY. Hatthow Ryan was arraigned lor trial on a chargo of burglary in the third degree, In having, on the after noon of October 9, broken into the barber shop of Mor ris Stone, at No. 145 Chatham street, and stolen prop erty to the value of $150. Officer Musgrove, of the Fourth prednct, arrested the accused In Water 8lr?*J iu an intoxicated condition. Ex-Judge Curtis defended the prisoner. A number of other witnesses were ex amined. and the trial resulted in the discharge of the accused. ESSEX MARKET POLICE COURT. Before Judge Otterbourg. THE DIVISION STREET "BOBliERY." The case of Dr. David Dundas, who was accused of 1 complicity in the robbery of Lewis Clark, of No. 211 Division street, came up at the above court yesterday tor examination. The court room was crowded with poople interested in the case, consisting mostly of residents of Ludlow and Essex streets. Nearly all of them manifested great sympathy with the accused. When the facts were sifted by Judge Otturbourg the case resolved itsolf thus:?Clark had not been robbed, and had not seen Dundas on the day of the alleged rob bery, norTor weeks before. One of the Orel witnesses called was the sister of the complainant, Mrs. Dora Korn, of No. 489 Canal street, who testilled that sho heard her brother say ho would get Dr. Dundas into trouble, as lie hud failed to cure his leg. Maggie Levy, of No. 20 Ludlow street, swore that she called on Dr. Dundas at a quarter to five o'clock on last Sunday morning to usk btui to visit her ?mother; that he accompanied her to her house and remained there till eight o'clock in the mortiing. Rosa Dundas, a chill about twelve years of ago, cor roborated the story of Miss Levy. When Clark himself was called up and asked to swear to the original complaint he said, "No, Judge, I cannot swear. It would be a sin for me to swear. Judge Otterbourg at once replied;?"It isasinfor you to swear ? What do you think ought to be your punishment for having a man locked up lor four days on a false charge-? 1 wish 1 had the power and 1 would lock you up." , _ Clark?Oh, Judge, I'm an old man and a cripple. You ought not to talk that way to me. Judge Otterbourg?Dr. Dundas, you are discharged, and I must say 1 am thoroughly disgusted with the people who brought this charge against you. POLICE COURT NOTES. At the Tombs Police Court yesterday, before Justice Flammer, Patrick Gleason and Patrick Ryan were held to answer on a charge of stealing 100 yurds of carpet, of the value of $50, from tho hallway of the house No. 68 Wost Broadway. Bail was (lxed at $1,000. Mary Williams, of No. 71 Thompson street, was ar raigned before Judge Kilbrelh yesterday on a chargo of robbing John Ryan, of Providence, R. I., of $52. Sho was committed In default of $1,000 bail to answer, and Johu Ryan was sent to the llouso of Detention. Officer Cuff, of the Seventeenth precinct, on Tuesday night arrested three men, named John Dorccy, James Driscoll and James McKay, whom ho noticed acting iu I a suspicious manner in front of No. 233 Kirtt avenue. They were brought to the Fifth street station houso, and a complete set of burglars' tools was found in their ' possession. Judge Otterbourg, at tho Essex Market Police Court, yesterday committed them in $2,0u0 bail each to answer. John Hill and John Tobiu were arr&lgned before Judge Otterbourg at tho Essex Market Police Court yesterday on a charge of robbing John Zchne, of No 6" Willetl street, ot $22. while he was lying asleep In a hallway in Rivmgton street. They were both com mitted in $1,000 bail to answer. . t _ On Monday night two men, named John Connelly and John McAten, suoaKcd into the house of Mr Jottn Neely of No. 47 Mangin street, aud stole about $80 worth'oi clothing. They woio arrested by an officer of die Thirteenth precinct on Tuesday, and w ere com mitted by Judge Otterbourg iu default of $1,000 bad each to answer. COURT CALENDARS?THIS DAY. Srt'KKMK. Court?Chambers?Held by Judge Dono hue ?Nns. 27, 64, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 86, 87, 90, 91, 92 93 96, 97, 108, 111, 113, 116, 121, 128, 144, 161. 153, , 169 189, 199, 205, 217, 223, 225, 226, 228, 229, 230, 231. s'upkemk Court?Circuit?Part 1.?Adjourned for j I the term. Part 2.?Adjourned until Friday. Part 3? I Held by Judge Van Vorst.?Case on, No. 529. No day | calendar. ? ... , . ! Supreme Court?General Term.?Adjourned for the , ^Supremr Cocrt?Special Term?Held by Judge Lawrence.?Law and fact?Nos. 421. 445, 434, 163, 576 525, 687, 611, 616, 615}$, 642, 422, 135, 185, 590, 102 004, 622, 044, 121, 488, 9, 440, 606, 608, 634. Superior Court?General Term.? Adjourned for the term. . . Superior Court?'Trial Term?Part 1?Held by Judge Spelr.?Nob. 297, 1419, 706, 823. 761, 827, 843, 575, 745, 751 715 863 787, 879, 689. Part 2?Held by Judge Curtis.?Nos. 1302, 938, 696, 898, 800>$, 866, 1420, 722, 778 454, 932, 936, 744, 664, 348. Superior Court?Special Term?Held by Judge Frnedtnan.?Demurrer?No. 0. Law and lact?Nos. 5, 14, 27, 23. 40, 143, 50, 11. Common Pleas?General Term?Held by Judges Duly, Loew and Dalv.?Nos. 3, 96, 100, 102, 118, 107, 231, 70, 104, 98. 233, 68. Common Pleas?Trial Term?Part 1?Held by Judge Robiusuu.? Nos. 1569, 1434, 1577 , 2798, 2505, 16.56, 401 % 2287, 1269, 2776, 1093, 1274. 1069, 403, 2463. Marine Court?Trial Term?Part 1?Held by Judge SPaulding.?Nos. 3563, 2909, 3680, 35.14, 8587, 8598, 5393, 6604, 5703, 5662, 6304, 5036, 5146, 3188, 3543. Part 2?Held by Judge McAdam.?Nos. 2458, 5624, 3570 3488, 8492, 3088. Part 3-Hcld by Judge Shea ? Nog.' 5647, 19J8, 4295, 4474, 5516, 5280, 4844, 5591, 6692, 5191, 6563, 5664, 6611, 5127, 3743. Court op General Sessions?Held by Recorder Hackett.?The People vs. Richard Cogan, robbery; Sumo vs. William Rogers and Thomas Maber, robbery; Same vs. John S. Smith and Mary Clark, robbery; Same vs. Timothy McCarthy, robbery: Same vs. Matthew Costello and Francis McGuire, burglary; Same vs James Gibbs, burglary; Same vs. Patrick Henry, burglary; Same vs. James Burns, burglary; Same vs. Patrick Welsh, burglary ; Same vs. Gertrude Schneller, grand larceny; Same vs. Richard Brockcn, grand lar ceny- Same vs. Charles Drausser, grand larceny; Same vs. James Burke, Frank Hamilton aud Fred, nessamer, grand larceny; Sumo vs. Solomon Manhetm, grand lar ceny ; Same vs. James Wright, grand larceny; Same vs. Wm. Spobr, potlt larceny; Same vs. Karl Kreusing, petit larceny; Same vs. Edward Degaw, gambling; Same vs. Jamea Doutherty, violation ol election laws; Same vs. Thomas Harrington, violation of election laws; Same vs. Henry Moulton, violation ol election laws; Same vs. Henry Reochlo and Robert Isaacs, rob Court op Oyer ask Terminer?Before Justice Bar rett.?The People vr John Scaunell, homicide. THE SCANDAL ECHOES. LIBEL SUITS OF H. & BOWEN AGAINST THE BROOKLYN EAGLE?THE ABSENCE OF MB. TtLTON CAUSES A POSTPONEMENT. Tho suit of Henry C. Bowon against the Brooklyn Eagle for the publication of alleged libels reflecting upon the plaintiff during the Beochcr trial was called In Part 1 of tho City Court, before Judge McCue, yester day morning. The offensive articles were three in number, and damages are claimed In each of two of tho causes In the sum of $100,ObO each, and in the third cause $50,000 are demanded. Ex Judge Fullcrton appeared for Mr. Bowcn. Mr. VT. C Do Witt, Corporation Counsel, and Henry Hagtmr represented the Interests of tho defendants. When the case was called Mr. DeWItt said that they would not be ready to go on then as their main wttoess, Mr. Tilton, was not In town, but would be in Brooklyn durlug the holiday week, when they would be ready to ..go to trial. Mr. Beach, who is senior counsel for the defence, was also absent, engaged in court in New York, which was another obstacle in their war. An aflldavn to this effect was then read. Judge McCue said that there were reasons why be ought to decline to act In that ease which he imagined the coonsel understood. The application for a post ponement had, there faff, bolter be made bel'oro either Judge Neilson or Judge Reynolds. Mr DeWittlaid their motion was to put the case off for the term. Judge McCue sa'd that tho motion bad better be made before Jtid|;e Neilson and that the hear I ing of tho motion hero n tarded tho business of the i Court. The party then proreeded lo Part 2 of the City | Court, where the motion to postpone was renewed. Ex Judge Fullcrton said that on their side they oc I cupicd a very embarrassing position, as they were instructed by their client, and for good reasons, to urge an immediate trial of this cause. Mr. Bo won had been a great sullcrer by these publications, and he has ' sought Ids remedy in a propi r place?In a court of jus tice. For the second time they were ready with conn 1 sel and witnesses to try the case. Tho absence ot a materia) witness or the ibsenco of the -eulor counsel ; wss not sufficient reason lor sustaining the motion to let the case go ever. Mr. Do Wtu contended that, as a matter of law, tho | Court had not tho power to press them to trial wltho it the attendance of Thoodore Tilton. who was then ab ac.o oa ins lecturing tour in the Stato of Nebraska, and would not return until the holidays. As a matter of ia.rne is they ought not to be aaked to go to trial with out his presence, because his testimony describes the whole justification for the publication. After some further discussion the case was put off till the lirst Monday In the December term, and tlio party jell the court room. COURT OF APPEALS. Ai.ba.xt, Nov. 17, 1875. No. 32. Qcery ??. Gecry.? Argument resumed and concluded. No. 5. The People, 4c., defendants In error vs. Gns tavus Raw, plaintiff in error.?Argued by W. II. Bow man. of counsel for plaintiff in error, and by Angus McDonald tor the People. No. 34. LounfSIa Otirdot, evemtor, Ac., appellant vs. , Ashbel H. Barney, respondent.- Argued by Walter W. llolt. or counsel lor appollant, and by 8. J. Rogers for retpondent. Adjourned. nw rAT.FwnAR. Dav calendar for Thursday, November IS, 1375:?Not. 119, W, 42, 43, 21', 25, 18, 22. UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. Washington, Nov. 17, 1875. In the United States Supreme Court tho following cases were argued yesterday:? No. 45. Jackson v* Jackson?Appeal (torn tho 8u promt Court of the District of Columbia. ?Thtt iu a I suit for divorce by the appellant (the w.fe) ou the ground of habitual drunkenness. The answer denlea the charge, and a cross bill alleged adultery, and set forth that she hold in her name real estate winch, with the improvements, was acquired with the money and economy of the husband since their marriage. The wife, by her answer to the crose bill, denied the allegations of adultery and set up that the wife pur chased the land with money derived from her fathur and made the improvements with her owu means. The decree gave the w ife her divorce on the ground alleged, finding the charge of adultery not proven, hut found that the wile held the property in trust lor both par ties, and directing an equal distribution between them. From this decree she appeals, maintaining that the Court erred in finding her husband entitled to any of tho property. The appellee insists that the Court did not have the power on ibu cross.lull to make the de cree rendered, and that, if it did, there was still no evi dence upon winch 10 base it. A. G. Kiddle for appel lant; Meloz k Miller for appellee. No. -17. Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Company vs. Trustees ol tho Sixth Presbyterian church of Wash ington?Error to the Supreme Court of tho District of Columbia.?This is the case involving the inquisition as to damages sull'cred by the church by reason of tho operation of the road of tho company. Tho appeal from the Inquisition was hoard In t!i? first instance at the General Term, where the award was confirmed, judg ment rendered thereon and execution issued. It is hore urged that the appeal from the inquisition should have been heard at first at Special Term, and that the General Term had no jurisdiction and should havo stricken tho cause from the calendar. On the merits of tho award it Is urgod that It was made on improper evidence, and that the testimony showing that the devotional exercises of the church were disturbed by the noise of tho oars and the smoke of the engines should have been excluded; that all the rights of the company were grunted and guaranteed by acts of Congress, and tho site having been selected and tho road operated under those acts tho inquisition could not question tiilo or privilege Dauiel Clarke lor plaiutifr in error. K. D. Mussey and J. C. Garlicld lor defendants. OIL ON STEAMSHIPS. THE STEAMSHIP CITY OP HAVANA DETAINED FOB A TIMS?CAUSE OP HEH DETENTION. No little excitement was created in the Custom House yesterday when it became known that the steamship City of Havana, bound for Havana, Vera Cruz and New Orleans, had been detained In port with forty pas sengers, the (Juitcd Status mall and a lull cargo, on ac count of having petroleum on board. The vessel was detained by order of Collector Arthur. He sent a de spatch to the Secretary of the Treasury, at Washing ton, asking for instructions, and it was only shortly be fore the closing of the Custom House that he received an answer directing him to allow the ves?ol to proceed on her voyage with'tho oil on boanL Subsequently a Hkkald reporter called on the Collector, who made tho following statement;? WHAT COLLECTOR ARTHUR RAYS. The great trouble tn this matter is as to the con struction of the words "practicable route" In the law. The defect is that thero is no dopartment or official directed to define what is a practicable route. In my opinion this question ought to be settled by the Super vising Inspector of Steamships of this port or the local board of the same service, and one or both should be instructed by tlio Secretary of the Treasury to report on the subject. As tho matter stands at present tho ruling is ill-defined. Messrs. Alexandre, tho owners of the steamship in question, statu that they arc cor rect in assuming that it is by tneaus of their vessels that the ouly "practicable route" is reached, for the reason that not one sailing vessel has left for Vera Cruz, with oil on board, lor the past four and a lutlf months. 1 am ouly speaking now of the law, not as to the expediency of allowing petroleum In any shape to be curried in passenger vessels. I do not think that I, on my own responsibility, should pro nounce as to what are practicable routes. The license to carry petroleum, given by tho Local Hoard of Steam ship Inspectors, does not mean unvtbiug. All the responsibility that Hoard assumes in allowing petro leum to be shipped is to designate where it shall be placed on board the vessel. 1 nave no doubt that Secretary Hristow will give the matter his early atten tion and platft tho responsibility whore it belongs. WHAT 11R. ALEXANDER SAYS. In conversation with Mr. Alexandra, one of tho owners of the steamship City of Havana, he stated:? "We claim that our vessel is at present on tho only practicable route to Vera Crux Our stcsmsnips are not fully insured, uud wo would not risk their safety by carrying what we considered dangerous goods. Tho oil we aro shipping is 'brilliant oil,' for lighting the Streets Of Vera Crux It will not ignite at a temper ature of less than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Tho law prescribes 110 degrees. In addition to this, wo have fulfilled the requirements of the law in haviug it put up in good metallic cans, carefully packed in boxex It is stowed away lar from any fires. To show yon how little apprehension the captain ol the steamship has of any danger resulting from this shipment, he hue taken bis wife witji him. If English steamships carry utl why should not we? 1 havo seen this oil thrown on a fire and put it out." WHAT INSPECTOR LOW SAYS. Captain Addison Low, Untied Slates Supervising In spector of Steam Vessels, says that at the last annual meeting of the Hoard at Washington ho tried to havo this question of a practicable route decided, and that he intends to bring it up again at the next mooting of tho Board. He believed that the delayed steamer had about 2.400 cases of petroleum on board. He Inrther added that lie had heard that one ol the Custom House officials of the Fourth division bad boen suspended by Collector Arthur tor allowing the Aspinwall steamship Acapulco to clear, having oil on board. THE CITY OF WACO DISASTER. Messrs. Matthews and Simonson, composing the United States Local Hoard or Stcuinship Inspectors, 1 ascertained yostcrduy who were tho shippers at Clcve ! lend, Ohio, of the "oil" which was on the deck of tho | ill fated steamship City of Waco. To-day tbey will send their report on the subject to the Supervising | Inspector of Steamships, Addison Low, who w ill, upon its receipt, write to the Local Board at Cleveland, Ohio, to llnd out what kind of oil it was. REAL ESTATE SALES. A largo number of sales took place yesterday at the Exchange, most of which were foreclosures, and by j order of the Court Richard V. Harnett sold the two three story brick ! houses, with lots each 25x9*2, knowu as Nos. 127 and ! 129 East Seventeenth street, north side, 107.3 feet ea-t 1 of Irviug place, to Owen Murphy, for (32,00U, said i property being valued at (40,000. James M. Miller sold, under Supreme Court, the lot, j 25x100.4, on the south sido of Seventy first street, 175 feel east of Second avenue, to Catherine M. Jones for ! (2,400; said lot being valued at (5,000. Also four lots, each 25x102, on tiio north side of j 8evonly-second street, 200 feet east of Second avenue, to Catherine M. Jones, for (2,300 a lot, in all (9,200; said lots being valued at (20,000. Also one lot, 321x09.5x32x03, on Hopper's lano, south side, 220.8 feet west of Eleventh avenue, subject to a mortgage of (2.100, for (2,000 over said mortgage, In all (3,100, to Samuel L. Phillips; said property being valued at (0,000. A. E. Lawrence A Co. sold the three story brown stone house, 20 by 40, and lot 20 by 100 2, on Eightv fourth street, south side, 375 leot nest of Eighth ave nuo, to Harriet Oberbeiten for (11,000. Also tho ad joining building, three story brown stone, tho same di mensions as the above, lot 20 by 10(12, to W. A. Caul well lor (5,000; said property being valued in all at (30,000. Also plot of land 035 by 1,002.6 by 25 by 282.3 by 138.4 by 900, by 453.0 by 129.1 by 25 by 75, "on 11a etio avenue, west sido, troming also on Beach, Westerly, Bay ami Coster avenues (West Farms), Twenty-lourih ward, to George M. Miller for (1,000 over a mortgage of (13,356, in all (14,356; said property being valued at (25,000. A. J. Bleecker sold the house and lot, 25 by 100.5, on West Forty-tourtli street, north tide, 150 feet east of Tenth avenue, subject to a mortgage of (7.0(H) and in terest lroni January 1, 1875, and (20, in all (7,160, for (3,500, to J. O. Miller, over said mortgage and interest, I totul (10.660; said property being valued at (18,00(1 Also die bouse ami lot, 24.8 by 960. on Niuth ave nue, ea-t side, 74 toot north "of Twenty-second street, known as lot So. 185 on map of C. C. Mooro property, to Jeremiah I'angboru lor $12,475, said prop j crty being valued at (17,060. K. H. Ludlow A Co. sold, under foreclosure, by order I of tho Supreme Court, one plot ot laud, to by 150, on Johuson avenue, nortli aide, corner of Samuol street, Troiiioni, Twenty-fourth ward, 10 M. S,bailor lor I (3,230, said properly being valued at (5,000, Steele A Carter aold, by order of tho Supreme Court, under foreclosure, two four story brown alone bouses, with lots, each 20 by 100.5,' on West FifTyeiulith street, south sido, 245 (eel west ol Eighth avenue, subject to a mortgage ol (46,(SH) on both, to Isaao Bunlieimer for (U.fkto ovor tho said mortgage, in all (55,006; said buildings and lots cost (6.3,006 three years ago, and aro valued at (65,006. BlkckweU A Biker sold by order of tho Supremo Court, under foreclosure, tho house, wtih lot, 35 by 144.4, on East Eighty-fifth street, north side, 100 feet east of Third avenue, to J. B. Udell lor $4,000, said property being valued at (9,000. Some half a doicn adjournments wero made on advertised sales. BROOKLYN'S TREASURER, Corporation Counsel DeWitt, of Brooklyn, yestordny served the summonses and complaints in the actions against the bondsmen of ox City Treasurer Sprague, to recover the amounts of the notes given by them to secure the city against all deficiencies (hat may remain alter the sale ol Spmgue's assets. Mr. Henry Sawyer, one of llto bondsmen, gave two notes, one lor $23,393 82. and tho other for $7,797 94. The other bondsmen arc Edward Harvey, (7,797 94; James W, Nash (797 84; W. C. Kings'loy, (23,393 82; James Oiwefl, (23,393 82; Joaiati O. Low, (7,797 84; Kobert L. Mullord, $23,393 82. Tho bondsmen will now havo to pay up the amounts sol opposite their namna. THE SINGER WILL. Yesterday's Revelations Be fore Surrogate Coffin. A CURIOUS LEGAL 'DOCUMENT. A Coachman's Memoir of the Dead Inventor. The proceedings in the Singer will case were con tinued before Surrogate Collin, at White Plains, yester day. Owing to the notoriety or this extraordinary single handed contest, coupli-d with the somewhat astounuing revelations which It has evolved and the millions which depend upon the issue, the number of spectators in attendance has been visibly increasing. While the hearing was In progress yesterday citizens from the most remote portions of Westchester county, as well as from New York and vicinity, might huve been seen among the auditorv, some of them stopping only long enough to tako a good look at the leading parties to the suit, while others listened attentively to the proceedings until an adjournment was announced. Mrs. Mary Ann Poster, the contestant, who has deported herself, throughout inadignltiud manner, was accompanied by two growu daughters?childreu of herself and the testator. The | impression among members of the legal fraternity at [ White Plains who have watched the case thus far is that Mr. Van Pelt, counsel for the contestant, has over turned the most material portion of the tcslamcutary document In question. Even Surrogate Collin, in suggesting that it was not necessary to introduce cumulative testimony to establish the marriage relationship existing between the testator and the contestant, lias admitted that the latter had already made out a fair case. In view of this state of the case it is not surprising that those in terested in sustaining the will have, us is understood from excellent authority, within the past week in timated their willingness to increase the sum of $2,000,000 to $;s,000,000 in order to effect a compromise with the contestant. U is almost unnecessary to stato that the offer was not accopted. Mrs. Mary Ann Foster, having been again called to the witness stand by counsel for the executor, was further cross-examined as follows:?Mr. Singer in 1836 was performing as au actor in New York; I played as an actress with him in New York and other States; we travelled together und played under tho names of Mr. and Mrs. Merritt, tho middle name of Singer; we were in Baltimore when he procured a divorce from Catherino Maria Haley; ho handed it to mo; asked him then if he would not fulill the promise ho had often mudo if be secured this divorce and have the ceremony of marriage performed between us; he refused, saying if he did so I would have him in my power; havo lived constantly with Foster sinco our marriage; my youngest child was born eighteen years ago; have had no child since then. A coachman's stout. Edward De Longuo, a coachman, formerly in the employ of the deceased Isaac M. Singer, testified that he frequently drove the carriage containing the testa tor and the contestant; Mr. Singer always introduced the latter as his Witt; witness frequently heard hint Introduce the contestant as his who: de ceased sometimes would drive out having nine horses attached to a vehicle capable of carrying twcnty-Qve persons; has known 01 Ins driving out with other females; sometimes ho would drive to No. 226 West Twenty-seventh street and there take up a young woman, and at other times lie would take up one at No. 70 Christophor street; he often used to lako up females who would be In waiting for him on the corners of streets, with school books in thoir hands; he would nearly always glvo tno some change for myself on these occasions; was at these times ordered to drive to the Central 1'ark and back again. Charles A. Spensler, on being sworn, testified:?I am a brother of Mrs. Foster, tbo contestant; first saw Singer in Haltimoro in lsltl; at that time I think be wa> an advance agent lor u theatrical company; be re mained in our family a few weeks; it wms known to us that he was paying his addresses to tny sister; be be came verv intimate with our family; alter their return from New York they were received by our family as man and wife, and were so regarded by us down to 1860; havo travelled with Singer as a mu sician, and assisting him iu bis dra maitc performance^ generally ; ho has ? made statements to mo as to my sister being his wife: on more than one occasion he said, "By tlio gods! I don't know what I should do without Ata*" at other times he hns said to me, "She is a goo<l woman aui a faithful wife;" Hiuger was very poor in those days,- and bis wile used to help him out of money scrapes. After some further unimportant testimony had been offered an adjournment was agreed upon to Tuesday, ; the 30lh insl. The following Is a copy of tho complaint filed by the contestant in her suit lor divorce from the testator in 1861, aud which has never beh.ro been published. It was admitted as evidence and is now a part of Uiu case. a curious hoc mm nt. Ifrv> York Suprevir Court?Mary Ann /finger vf. Isaac Mrrntt Sinyr.r.?City and County nf ??- York, sr.:? 1 Mary Ann Singer, the plaintiff, complains and al leges:? first?That on or abont tho 26th day of September, In the year 1836, at the city of New York, she was mar ried to the defendaut; that she and the defendant thence forward continued to live together as man and wife, within this State (with frequent absences when accom panying her husband in his professional tours through out the country as a strolling uctor, undur the assumed name of Isaac Merrill), until tho time of the com mission of tho offencos hereinafter alleged, and that ever since tho said marriage (save as above stated, and from a. period from July, 1867 to March, 1839, when sho returned to her parents because of tho desertion of ber husband; and for two years prior to September, 1H48 (when ho manufactured typo at Pittsburg, I'a.), they have both been, and sull 'aru inhabitants of the State of New York. Second?That she has borne ber husband ten chil dren, the issue of said marriage, eight ol whom aru now living, viz. :?Isaac Augustus Singer, born July 27, 1837; Vuulotti Theresa Singer, born January 4, 1840; John Albert Singer, born Januury 29, 1842; Fanny Elizabeth Singer, born January 1, 1844; Jasper Hanici Singo'r, born July 16, 1846: Mary Olive Singer, boru October 7, 1848; Julia Ann Siagcr, born June 14, 1S.>4, and Caroline Virginia Singer, born June 10, 18..T, Third?That, during her whole married life, she ha? receivod from her husband the most cruei and Inhu man treatment, and that his conduct toward ber has been such as to render it unsafe and improper for her i any longer to rohabit with him; that he has repeatedly beaten and choked her to insensibility, frequently ( forcing tho blood to flow In streams from her nose, mouth, face, head and nock, and the recital, to her family and frlonds, of his unparalleled atrocity and savage barbarity toward herself and children finally forced her to make a criminal complaint against him and to cause his arrest Tor A BRUTAL AND BLOODY ASSAULT, committed on her August 7, i860, at her residence. No. 14 Fifth avenuo. In tbo city of Now York; that, there fore, out of regard to her children and family, she had borno his brutal treatment silcutly and uneomplaln tngly, although his very prcscnco in the house was a perpetual terror to all its inmates, family and servants, and his conduct was almost Insupportable aud beyond human endurance; that about a year prior to his ar rest, above mentioned, at her said residcnco in Futh avenuo, her husband beat ber almost to death, merely assigning as a reason there for that she had placed in their bedroom a box of matches without a cover, and when tier oldest daugh ter. Voulolla, then a woman grown, remonstrated with him, ho also boat her In the tame fiendish manner, so that they both lay insensible together lor many hours, and her husband, becoming alarmed, was obliged to call in the aid of two physicians, Dr. William IL Max well aud l)r. , who, with great difficulty, restored them to consciousness, and they wore confined to their bods for several days thereafter. fourth?That, a? iho plaintiff Is Informed and be lieves, during the month following his said arrest?viz., September 19. 1860?he went to Europe in company with a common prostitute named Kate Mcilonnegal, then nineteen years of age, taking passage together in the steamer Iroin Boston, under the assumed names of J. W. Simmons and lady, with whom, at diver- pieces and at various times in the city of New York and elccwhcre, and more especially at the house No. 70 Christopher street, in said city, during the months of August aud September, I860, lie committed adultery. | fifth?That, as the plaintiff Is informed snd_believes, pr.or thereto, and during the years 1S66-6-7-8-9 anil , '60, he kept as his mistress, at the said house, No. 70 Christopher street, Mary McGonnegal (sistrr of the said Kate McGonnegal). with whom ho thou and there fro : quently committed adultery, and by whoiu ha hud lour ( ] bastard children. I Sixth That, as the plaintiff Is Informed and believes, ho also kept as his mistress Mary Mattiews, with wlioin, at various limes from 1862 to 1^60. and at divers pint ea In the cii os of New York and Philadelphia and elso where, ho frequently commuted adultery, and uy whom he had sf.vkral n.u?0!Ti*AT* ritanRKi*. I Srwth?That, us the plaintiff is tuforraed and be 11 eves, he also kept as his mistress one Mrs. Judsou, i with whom, at various times from 1867 to 1 ??to, and al I divers places in the cities of Now York. Chicago and I elsewhere, he frequently committed adultery; ?hut ttie i said Mrs. Judson was then one of tho operatives in the establishment of the defendant in the city of New York, ?nd for tho past two years has boon an attendant In the Chicago business office of I. M. Singer h Co. JSiyhth?That, as the plaintifl Is Informed aud be hoves, ho has also kept as mistresses Mary Walters, Ellen Brazen and Ellen Livlugston, with each of whom, at various times and at divers places In tho city of New York and elsewhere, ho has frequently committed adultery and by whom he has had Illegitimate children. .Vialh?Thai, oh the plaintiff' is informed and believes, he now keeps as his unstress ono I.ucy ?, a young Enchsh girl, whom tic seduced tu England, and who followed him hither, sbortry arter h'? return to this city, in July, 18t)i, with whom he now lives in open adultery at No. 110 West Thirty seventh street New Vorlc, where be hue a furnished house, at which 'place and with whom, at various times since the month of July last, he has frequently committed adultery. 7'entA?That, as the plaintiff is informed and believes the defendant is a most notorious profligate and and that a more dissolute man never lived In a civilised country , that he is in the constant habit of seducing all his female operators who will submit themselves to his base desires, and whom he employs In his estab lishments in this country und in Europe with special retoreuce to making them the victims of bis brutal lust; sud that at divers [daces in the city of New Yorlc aftd elsewhere, sud at various times within the last ton but at what particular times and places tho plaintiff is now unable to stale more specifically than is herein set forth, he has constantly committed adultery with the said persons herein named and with other persons now unknown to this plaintiff. AlrvriUA?That the defendant has threatened thla ptaiutill and her lawyer, to his face, with the "God damnedest beating sny one ever had in this workl" If any legal proceedings lor a divorce should be com menced sgaiusl him by her. 'Jiveiftli? That the plaintiff, although for nearly twenty live years for the sake of her children and tho good opinion ol the world, she has patiently submitted to her husband s treatment, yet was ignorant of his fttr'ii ?"8 bub'1* at "by Ume uu"1 Hie month of July, defendant! di4U ol10 bus not cohabited with tho *aid a,1a,teT was committed with the ??,^rUu,".''nKt' ClJ""1 v'unce, privity or consent of the plaintiff; that there had been no condonation by the p aintifl with tho defendant; that flve yeari havo not elapsed stuce she discovered tho commission of been^uiStyof*adulter^* th# pU'BUff hcra?" ?? nay be dissolved, with such further and other relief as the Court may direct ABBKTT & FULLER, n-, . ~ . PlaintifTs Attorneys. City and County of .Veto York, M.?Mary Ann Singer the plaintiff, being sworn, saith that the ioregoing com', plaint is true ol her own knowledge, except as to the matters therein stated to lie on her information and lie tier, and that as to those matters she believes n to be lr"e\ ? MARY ANN SINGER. 1,. orvn Decet?ber 7, ISOl. before mo, Cukjstun Vox Hxsa, Notary Public, New York ctty. A SOCIAL EPISODE. THE WILL OP THE LATE HENRY SHIELDS, EX? PRESIDENT OF THE PRODUCE EXCHANGE, CONTESTED BY TWO WIDOWS?AN INTEREST ING PROCEEDING IN LAW?A TALE OF TWO CITIES. The time of the Supreme Court, Circuit, Judge Tapper! presiding, in the Kings County Court Hou e, lias been taken up during the past two days in the trial of an in teresting suit, involving the right of dower in an estate worth $200,000, tho property being that of the lato flenry Shields, a former President of the Produco Ex. change, New York. The plaltMiff who contests the will is Jane Shields, who was born in 1820, and was married to tho deceased, according to the Quaker rites, tn 1825 She gave birth to several children while they lived to gether as uian uud wife in Williamsburg. In 1848 he deserted the plaintiff and her children, and married an estimable and cultivated lady, a Miss Catherino Lawler, who, together with eight children, survives him. Both widows were prcseut in court. Mr. W. F. Robinson tostihed that he had known Mrs. Jane Shields thirty years; she was living at No. ltj North Second street, iu 1847, with Henry Shields^ in 1848 wituess got money from Mr. Shields for Mrs. Jane Shiolds; he thou asked how his wifeand children were? for lour or live years he had taken money to Mrs. Shields from her husband; deceased spoko about buying a place for her, and gave witness a check for $600 to pay for a house he had selected; the pneo was $1,200, and $t>00 was to remain ou mortgage; the deed was made out in the name of Jane Valentino; that was lior maiden name; the honse was on tho corner of Wyckoll street and Gruham avenue; deceu-od said he was not in a po sition to do anything lor tho children, but tho time would come when they would lie substantially acknowledged; his son (Henry Shields) went to tho wur and was killed there; witness saw at a later period two children, whom they called Brown, at Mrs. Shields' house; did not go to the house while she lived with Johu James Browu; witness' wlfo was tho meeo ol Mrs Jane Shields; never told deceased about Brown. Rachel Robinson, wile ol the proceeding witness testified to the tact of Jane Shields, tier aunt, and the deceased living as husband and wiie; KatoShields, their daughter, learned the trade of dressmaking, and de ccased was iu the habit, of calliug to see his child "My little Katy, ' as he called her. tin tho cross-examina tion witness said she never said ''Jane Valentine needn't hold her bead so high, as she had lived with two meu and iicen married to neither." Mrs. Sarah P. Lockwood testified that Henry Shields visited her house frequently in Williamsburg and dtued with her there; witness frequently heard hnn call Jane Shields "wife." Stephen Valentine, a Quaker, sevcuty-uine years of ago, testified to having been a flour merchaut for iilly throe years in the city of New York; tho Friends' marriage ceremony was merely a declaration of the persons in the presence of witnesses?they promised to be husband and wife, and through Divine assistance to be faithful; he knew Shields whet, a baker and subse quently while a carman lor Rowlund, Birdsall & Jones a Quaker firm; witness helped him Into the Board of Flour Inspectors; he never knew anv Mrs Shields other than the rich widow; he uever heard ol mar riage certilicuk-s being signed by leas thuti fifteen wit nesses; he luid forty nine names on his certificate - there was no speclUod number or wttnessea ' Mr. Bonner, husband of Mrs. Shields' daughter Kate, testified that he had seen Henry Shiolds before his marnage in 185H, and frequently ol late years- hail called on bun in I)oy street and obtained money ?' de ceased had asked about his daughter Kate; Mr. Shields oueo asked him "If be hud said anything to his Second aveuuu family about the folks in Williamsburg-" wit ness said "No," aud Mr. Shields said. "That's' right ? it is better lor a person to mind his own business," ' Catharine J. Bonner, a pretty ?nd stylish matron ot thirty-live years, testified that she was the daughter of lieury aud Jauo Shields; her father left her mother win n she (witness) was eight or nino years old ? he al ways called her mother "wife" and spoke to'witness a? h.s "daughter;" after he left she did uotscebitu lor six years; her mother cried aud fretted very much al-cr he lull ins home; six years after his departure she heaid ho was at 83 pey street, and went there to see him iu company with a young lady friend; oil meeting hill! she said, "My father;" lie said, "My daughter " aud threw his arms almut her; he asked if her mother was dead; she asked him if ho had left her mother- he said. "Don't fret, she did not worry;" she askod him H lie had married again; he said, "No, who says I hiii';" afier this he visited her in Williamsburg and helped her alotig until she whs married; he Irequently used Quaker expressions; witness w.is hnpiiged by > other Malone, at her father's request aud iu his name William Shields, brother of Mrs. Bonner, testified that he first saw his father in January, 1874, iu his oitlco at No. 188 Broad street; deceased knew htm as Ins son witness asked him for $2t)0, but his father told him tad was under great expense and could not let him have it iu the March billowing nis father died, and he lollowed tho remains to the grave; lbs body was interred in Cal vary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Tbe trial will lie re?uinod to-day. ABUSES AT CENTRAL PARK, To Tit* Editor or thk Ui!ilai.u:? To say that your admirable articles upon the Central Park, have met with fuvor from the thousands inter ested in that pleasure ground would be indeed mild language. 1 know not a few who have felt that at last something was going to be done to give ploasuro to pleasuro seeker?, rich and poor, as they re.ad the Hkrai.d a editorial comments. Especially happy was your satire of placing the Central Park under a glass case, as well it might be under the present absurdly stringent regulations, instance:? "People alighting Iroin vehicles,'? "tlio grass," "ah. sence of saddlo paths bordering the carriage roads," &e. Yes, Mr. Editor, I havo reason to believe your potent articles are telling. Keep up the stinging blows aud success will be ours. Now, allow me a few mora indulgent tines In your valuable journal of relevant objections; the coustiu. lion of tho Central Park roads, winch alterations can be attended to and altered with trifling espouse; the "bridle paths" are Improperly constructed, so much so as to show the grossest ig norance, the paths living covcre 1 with small stones, pro ducing an irritating and injurious friction and heat upon the hoola of the horse?the stones are just large tuough to got wedged in between the frog aud tho shoo aud cause serious injury. If they were Intended to produce this result the constructors must feel gratl tied at their succors. Words utterly fail to describe the thoroughly contemptuous expressions of eques trians at this nuisance. The remedy 1 would suggest would be simple English clo-e cut turf. Tho eques trians are not by any means so numerous as to cut it up. Tho rain would be readily absorbed, tho dust kept down, there would bo far less mud then, after a rain, than is now the case; and, to go a step further, what possible ooicction could thero bo in directing here ami there picturesque brooks of four or tlvo feet, and hedges, so appointed as to leave it optional with horsom<n or horsewomen tot which thero are not a few, I am happy to say, in this city, with all their disadvantages lor practice in this particular) to leap over. It would most assuredly not be the tuo>t neglected spot in the Central Park "by either observer# or performers. It does seem, Mr. Editor, as if tbo most emasculated Parisian ideas had taken hold of the wheel of tho Central Park ship and feared to sail along with the most ordinary progresalvo ideas of the day. If the landscape gardeners S would copy more oi' English views and ideas the attrac tions oi the Park would certainly bo enhanced; and, although 1 may point in another letter certain other cheap but desirable improvements, I will growl only ; once more, and tbat is about tbo heaps of lumbar, the i twohorso rollers and the confounded construction carts ! that make a perpetual thoroughfare of the bridle path* and are left "limae" around ah over the road wheu lint ? workmen are through their day's work. Why, lot I "goodness sake," do they heap up all the anuoyane. I upon usf What crimes have we committed that out | roads shall be runted and a workshop made of our plea* 1 ure ground* TME BK1LH.E I'Atli.