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Wall Street Yesterday.?The stock market was dull and showed great signs of weakness, there being a decline in almost all tho principal active stocks. Michigan Control and the coal stocks were very weak. Gold was steady ut 107. Government bonds were firm, and in some eases a fraction higher, while railroad bonds were dull and irregular. Money on cull was easy at 2 a 2 per cent, tho former being the closing quotation. The Apportionment Bill is not likely to pass the Semite, and it is probable thut the subject will have to be considered at an extra session in 1 September. Committees representing the Board of Alder- j men yesterday waited on the Governor and ? offered arguments lor and against the Omnibus j hill, the gist of which will be found elsewhere. | The President of the Third Avenue Savings Bank informs the public in his testimony thut he , was in the habit of signing statements he had never read, and, of course, expects to l>e on this i ground exonerated from the responsibility of its ; failure. This excuse the depositors are uot likely ; to take, particularly as the president is endeav- j nring to escape pecuniary liabilities on the j ground thut his bond lias no legal vulue. St John's Gcild.?The report of the com- | mittcc appointed to investigate the affairs of St. i John's Guild will be found elsewhere. The 1 majority exonerate the mauageuient of the j charity from any gross neglect, but two of tbe 1 nietiiliers censure it for looseness in its direction. Tlic committee unanimously recommend that the Guild shall be hereafter organized under the State laws?advice which we heartily indorse. Harvard Collp.os is unfortunate this year. Tlie class day exercises are to lie omitted from the annual ceremonies because of tho jealousy of the secret societies of the students and their inability to agree upon a set of officers. The athletic sports will also be dispensed with, and the belles of Cambridge are nuturally in u state of deep despondency. The outside public, look ing upon the discord these secret associations cause, will not have a high opinion of their use fulness and will be glud to see a serious move ment for their total abolition. The Wadksvili.e Verdict.?The public should thank the Coroner's jury in the Wudes ville mining disaster ease for a verdict which Is fearless urnl just. It asserts that the men who perished by the gas explosion were tlie vic tims of the carelessness of tho bosses, who per mitted them to work without safety lamps, and of the violation of the ventilation laws by the company, llad the rules la-en enforced und the laws obeyed it is thought that two lives would have been saved, and that (lussibly the whole accident might have been uverted. Tho ques tion now is, What procticul effect will the ver diet huvef Judging by experience, none what ever. In these days one horror treads upon the heels of another so rapidly that such wrongs are forgotten before there is time for tlieir punish ment. The Weather.?'Die conditions are consider ably changed in the West and North since Mon day. The high area is moving southward, with the greatest pressure on the South Atlantic coast. Around what might Is- termed the top or north ern end ot this area stretches a low barometric belt from Dakota to Newfoundland, the pres sure being lowest ut each end of tbe zone. But the winds along the margin of this high area, as well us through its interior, are very variable. In the Upper Mississippi and Missouri valleys tho winds arc brisk to high. An extensive area of light rain overspreads ihe Central arid North western regions and the western part of the lake district, but except at Keokuk no remarkable lull has occurred. It is probable that when the high pressure passes to the southward of Tennes see the whqle region north of that line ami east of the Mississippi will be visited by light rains, which, however, will not help much in extin guishing the widespread forest fires. laical storms will prevail in the Central and South western regions. The areas of greatest tempera ture are west of the Mississippi, over the Western Gulf ami the New England ami Middle States; but till the territory southward of the lakes hod yesterday a very high tempera ture. the isotherm of 70 degrees running into Canada at Montreal and as far north as Bismarck, in Dakota. Isietd observations for temperature showed 85 degrees in the afternoon on Brood way, but this was due to reflected heat from the sidewalks and buildings, and is considerably in excess of tlie temperature of t he air two hundred feet above the surface, where the circulation was free. Eust and South the country will suffer 1'roin dronglit for some -lays at least. Tlie fires now raging in the forests ate assisted in tlieir ravages by the dryness of tho timber and under growth, aifd.will tliurtdor* continue to lie very destruetive until rainy weather sets in. lo-duy the weather in New York will be worm and partly cloudy or cloudy, and possibly a thunder ?Shsi ui Li or Liu PrHMaat Hayn in K?w York. The acceptance by the now President of the Unit eel States of the courtesy tendered him by the Chamber of Commerce was not merely a gracious and graceful net, but a wise act in view of the present political and commercial situation. This visit of the President is to bo regarded as something more thau u pleasant exchange of conrtesies between the official head of the government and the leading men of this great iuurt of commerce. It invites a different line of com ment from that which would be pursued in England on the occasion of a visit of the Queen to Liverpool, which would lead to mere expressions of loyalty by the local press. We look upon our Presidents not as sovereigns, but as responsible public ser vants. When they hold intercourse with the people do not regard it as an uct of royal condescension, but as a means of fit ting themselves for a better discbarge of their duties by acquainting themselves with the sentiments and wants of the people. President Hayes could not have employed the few days he spends with us to better advantage than in attempting to learn the views of the commercial metrop olis as to the needs of the country in this singular conjuncture of affairs. We wish there were no reason to fear that the cour tesy due to so distinguished a guest, and the natural wish of citizens to make his visit pleasant to him may inter fere with the frankness and sincerity which can alone make his visit profitable. Unless it proves a source of information, and not a mere occasion of compliments, it is a very empty and ceremonious affair. It would perhaps be ungracious for gentlemen who meet the President in social intercourse on a brief acquaintance to use much plain speaking ; but the press of the city, with out violating any rule of courtesy, may give frank expression to what is moving in the hearts of this community. We begin, then, by saying that it is the i sense of the thinking part of this eoramer- j cial community that the government should j exercise a sagacious discrimination among [ the various useful objects to which it inay dirpct its attention and efforts. All good measures nre not of equal urgency and im- ' portance. Thenre ought to be at least as much sense ui?d discrimination in the management of a great government as in the management of a farm. But what should we think of a farmer who did not drop all other work in seed time and devote his whole attention to ploughing and planting, or drop all other work in the season of harvest in order to seenre his crops before wet weather and mildew destroyed their value ? The com mon sense of this intelligent community repudiates the idea put forth by Secretary Evarts in his able speech at the Chamber of Commerce banquet, that it is enough for the government to be active in forwarding good measures without stopping to weigh their relative importance. We cannot conceive of a position more subversive of every principle of sound statesmanship. We suspect that Mr. Evarts merely intended to perpetrate n witicism; for if he meant all that his language implied no intelligent merchant or citizen can indorse his opinion. We hope that the amusing illustration which he borrowed from Dr. Johnson was meant for nothing but an exhibition of witty smart ness. Nothing conld be more preposterous if it were seriously meant. The idea was that it really makes no diff erence which use ful measure is taken up first, and Secretary Evarts illustrated the idea by quot ing the saying of Johnson that if a man should spend time in delib erating whether he would first put his right leg or his left leg into his trousers on rising in the morning he would retard the business of the day to no purpose. The wit of this ingenious illustration cannot blind us to its lullacy. It really makes no difference whether a man first puts his right or his left leg into his trousers when he dresses himself for the day; but Mr. Evarts is not the man the public takes him to be if he thinks there is as little to choose between public measures as between in serting the right or the left leg into a pair of trousers. It is, of course, impossible that a man of the great mark of Mr. Evarts should believe anything of the kind. No man of his capacity can think that all good measures are of equal importance, and that it makes as little dif ference which has precedence as whether one or the other leg of a pair of trousers is drawn on first. This idea is as ridiculous as it would be to suppose that the question of ritualism in England deserves to rank with the question whether the govern ment shall support Turkey. It is pre posterous to regard all public ques tions as of equal dignity. To recur to our agricultural illustration, what could be more absurd than for a farmer, be cause he thought it necessary to drain a swamp or to grub up a patch of Canada thistles, to keep his men employed on these improvements in the stress of harvest? It is subversive of every idea of sound states manship to regard the rank and precedence of public measures as of as little conse quence as whether the right or the left leg is first put into a pair of trousers. We fear that the administration of Presi dent Hayes is disposed to act in the spirit of this preposterous illustration. We fear that it is asking for an approving popular verdict on measures which do not belong in the foreground, but in the background, of live questions. The supreme need ot the country in this conjuncture is a revival of trade and industry ; and whatever the administration may do or project which has no direct bearing on this paramount want is quite beside the mark, in spite of the in trinsic merit of the measures. It is a very good thing tor a farmer to drain a swamp, but not a gootl thing to employ all his hands in draining a swamp at the season when he must plough and sow if he is to expect a harvest. Judging from the speeches ot members of tin Cabinet at the Chamber Of Commerce banqiv t the admin istration attaches more importance to the frippery ot-national questions than to the texture of the garment. The present is no time tor giving undue importance to taric> questions or sentinieq tul measures. The bnsiness of the country languishes, and wh.iievor does not contrib nte to its revival is an impertinence. The Southern question has ceased to be of any importance, and it is preposter ous for the administration to ask public confidence for what it has done in the South. It has done nothing but what General Grant himself would have done had he remained in office. President Hayes has merely put two of the Southern States in the position already achieved by the other thirteen. ' The change is conducive to order and tranquillity in those two States, but it will have no perceptible effect on the gen eral business of the country. It is a thing which the New York merchants approve, but about which, so far as the interests of trade are concerned, they cannot greatly re joice. If South Carolina and Louisiana were stricken out of the map this would still J>e u great country, and the question of a revival of trade and industry would still remain as important as it is now. The restoration of those two States to their just right of self-government makqp no percepti ble difference in the general commercial situation. It dispenses with no measures which were otherwise necessary for the re habilitation of American industry and com merce. It is absurd for the administration to plume itself on the withdrawal of troops from two States when all the greater problems which confront it are as serious and difficult with thirty-eight free States as they were with thirty-six. The es sential features of the business problem are not ut all changed by the release of two States from federal dominution, because the measures for restoring prosperity to the thirty-eight cun differ in no respect from what was necessary for reviving business in the thirty-six. The really great problem is untouched by anything President Hayes has done in the South. It is equally futile and irrelevant to insist on what the administration intends to do in reforming the civil service. When these reforms are perfected to the uttermost the postmasters will ineivly receive and deliver letters, the revenue officers will merely col lect and deliver our taxes and the govern ment clerks will merely make copies and keep accounts. These duties may, no doubt, be better done than they are at present, but whether well done or ill done they do not penetrate to the great sources of public prosperity. They lighten no tax; they relieve trade of no burden; they have no effect on the currency; they cannot change the oppressive tariff; they will not weigh a feather in the great question of free trade in ships. What this commer cial community demands of President Hayes is that he shall grapple with the really great questions. The Southern question is dead and of no further importance, since he cannot retrace the steps he has taken ; the civil service reform is a matter quite within his own power, as he is at fall lib erty to manuge it as he pleases ; but the great questions relating to trade, indnstry and finance belong to a higher order of politics, and these are the essen tial questions. Nothing the President has done for the South, nothing he promises to do for the civil service, can excuse him from the superior duty of reuching a distinct und definite policy on the questions which are of deepest interest to our merchants. They have no taste for sentimental politics. While they snfi'er as they do now they care little for any specious measures that do not hold out a prospect of relief to business, which the recent speeches of members of the Cabinet scarcely touch. The War News. In its interpretation of the vote on Mr. Gladstone's resolutions the London Times justly declares that "the real guin lies with the party which is on the side of peace"?an interpretation which contemplates not the mere figures of the division but the results of the debate and vote. There can be no doubt that a notable change in the policy of the government has been the result of the necessity put upon it by the liberal move ment to defend before the country its cher ished if not acknowledged purpose to in dulge in a warlike demonstration from which it could only retreat with disgrace or which if persisted in would necessarily involve Eng land in the war. Both parties now claim in Parliament the distinction of peace par ties, which they did not cluim, certainly, before the publication of the Carlyle letter. It would huve troubled the conservatives who have declared for peace to have voted for the government but for the statement in Mr. Cross' Bpeech that the government really had no policy inconsistent with the spirit of the resolutions. Eighteen home rulers voted with the government, perhaps because they believed the Turk should have the right to rule in his own country. As to the Christians in the same country these ardent advocates of geo- \ graphical justice were doubtless indifferent. It is probable that the Russians have passed a large force over the Lower Danube and are fighting the Turks somewhere in the penin sula between Matclim and Isuktcha, but it is tolerably clear that their intention is to put the greater part of their army over be tween Rustchuk and Silistria. They are apparently uot to be very greatly troubled by the Ottoman gunboats in that neigh borhood. Indeed, the warfare with gun boats on tho river bas already been a costly experiment to the Turks. One lias gone to the bottom, one bas been captured after hav ing run the batteries at Kalaiat, and two more are caught in sucti a position by the tailing of the river thut they will be captured by the Russians if not destroyed. At this rate a large flotilla would be used up in a short time. In the absence of annoyance lrom the gunboats there is no other inct to prevent the passage of the river save tlio certainty of being forced to fight almost immediately, and that chance we presume they do not shun. They cannot have all ?vents to meet their wishes, but if they can secure a general action with any consider able Turkish force it is very likely to further their legitimate objects. It is assumed iu our cable despatches that a passage of tho river at the point where the Russian right is concentrated will turn the Balkan quadrilateral. This is un error, for the main line of supply of those fortresses is by the Black Sea and the rail trom Varna. What Ktad ot The public curiosity is beginning to get excited about the precise nature of the pro posed invasion of Mexico. We hear bu little of disturbances on the Texan or < . and there is good reason to believe that the Americans in Texas are not anxious lor wftr and do not think enough of the coun try across the border to believe it worth capturing. There is a good deal of spare land lying around loose in Texas am o k Southwestern States, as well as in California and Colorado, waiting lor settlers to buy 1 , and the owners of this land understam \ei> veil that the annexation of the northern line ol Mexican States, which would lead their rapid settlement, would give, in com mercial phrase, "a black eye" to a great deal of Texas and other Southwestern real estate and would lower its commercial value lor many years to come. Public npmion m the States we have named does not, ther - fore, favor an invasion of Northern Mexico with a view to temporal aggraudizemen . Nor does any one believe that President Haves or his Cabinet favor or intend a new Mexican war. Secretary Evarts will no doubt require Mr. Diaz, the Mexican President, to restrain outrages on the border line and it is not impossible that our commanders on the border may be instructed to pursue Mexican brigands across the lin? it they have a hope of thus catching them. But the Inaugural Message showed that we need not fear under the present administration such intrigues against Spain or Mexico as were believed at times to find favor with General Grant. _ The real authow of a new Mexican inva sion, if there is really one projected, we suspect to be ex-President Lerdo and such of his adherents as are in this country with him. Mr. Lerdo claims to be the constitu tional ruler of Mexico. He abandoned his country with scarcely a struggle, but we are told that he continues to assert his rights as President. Diaz, his successor seems to be in full possession of power and has convened the Congress ; he is repor < c also to have taken measures to proven Lerdo's reappearance in Mexico, and so far as we can learn there is no Lerdo party there at present of sufficient strength to en able the ex-President to re-enter the coun try he lately deserted. It 19 not unna ura that he should endeavor to raise forces uero , but he will have to act with great care, else he will make himself liable to our law s. The government of the United States will not permit any one to fit out here armed expeditions against a country with which we are at peace. It is reported that the in vasion is to take the shape of a formidable emigration movement. The completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad of California to Fort Yuma or Fort Mohave would enable a considerable number of the restless spirits of the western coast to be moved down to the Arizona country at small expense and in a brief time ; thence it is supposed the Mexican province of Sonera would be in vaded, another body of "emigrants" march ing at the same time from Texas into Chi huahua and Coahuila. Mexico certainly needs emigrants ; and wo are not certain but the class she would get in such an enterprise as this would be the best for the purpose. Sonora is known to be very rich-enormously rich, even-in silver ores; the other States have also tempt ing deposits ; and these can never be made useful until forces numerous and ener getic enough to crush the hostile Indianscun be introduced there. This the Mexican government has never been able to do. If ex-President Lerdo could march into the northwestern corner of Sonora five thousand emigrants whose agricultural implements should consist of a rifle and a pickaxe to each man, we do not doubt that those of them who were not killed by the Apaches and who did not starve to death would de velop some very rich silver deposits. But except for the minerals that country is worthless, and no honest American farmer ought to be tempted to go there, even from the least productive partB of our own country. The Mormon* Arming. The more persistently the Mountain Meadows massacre is inveBtiguted the more actively the Mormons arm and drill, and Governor Emory has now asked the Secre tary of War to strengthen the federal forces in Utah. We suppose he will do so, though we confess ourselves unwilling to believe that Brigham Young can be so fool hardy as to attempt open violence. But it is not improbable that very important arrests may have to be made soon after the meeting of the Grand Jury, on the 21st, and additional troops on the spot would at least prevent the rescue of persons apprehended. The prophet Young thought it wise to denounce the Nkw Yokk Hkkai.d in his taberuucle sermon on Sunday. But (he Heiuuo only demands justice. Does Mr. ' Young protend to defend, does he mean to protect the persons concerned in the Mountain Meadows and other massa cres ? He hus never denied that these mur ders were committed. The officers of jus tice are trying to discover the murderers. They liuvo brought one of them, Lee, to ex ecution. We want them to go on fearlessly, and we should like to see Brigham Young and the Mormon leaders generally helping District Attorney Howard. Instead of that they ure prancing about like mad bulls and crying out blood. What is the matter? Oar Captive Indians. It is, we believe, a fact that all the preda tory Indians of the Plains are.now captives in the hands of the United States, and we suppose the Indian Bureau is sitting up of nights trying to find out what to do with them. The cheapest plan, we imagine, would be to board tbcui at the Astor House; but that is out of the question, probably, because it would throw too many Indian agents and other valuuble public lunction aries out of employment. We have no doubt the enterprising Bartmin would contract to take the whole number, about five thousand, oft the government's hands and incorporate them into a great mornl show; but that, too, has the disadvantage of throwing Indian contractors and others out of business at a period of great depression. There are halt ft dozen sound, practical and useful ways to dispose of these Indians, and we do not mean to insiBt upon any one of them. All we should like would be that they shall uot be fed and fattened, clothed, armed and sent out on a new warpath. How would it do to enlist all the warriors as United States infantry, drill thein thor oughly, and then, as wo have no war on linnd, set them, under the control of army ollicers, to building their own barracks, ploughing and cultivating their own fields and earning their living? That also, however, would do away with Indian agents, contractors and the whole swarm of people who have for half a century lived off the In diuns. It would even do away with the In dian Bureau, and that is, of course, enough to condemn the plant It has some merits, nevertheless; but when we remember that it would abolish the whole Indian Bureau, as well as the Western Indian Ring, we give it up. It Partisanship? We publish elsewhere in to-day's Herald a list of heads of departments, deputies and chief clerks under the city government, des ignating the politics and salary of each in cumbent. It will be seen that out of eighty five offices therein mentioned the democrats hold seventy-four and the republicans eleven. The total amount of salaries re ceived by the democratic officials reaches three hundred and sixty-five thousand dol lars yearly, while the republicans receive fifty-eight thousand dollars. This is, of course, exclusive of the large number of subordinate employes in the several munici pal departments, fully ninoteen-twentieths of whom are adherents of the democratic party. This exhibit satisfactorily disproves the assertion ruudd by: the itiunmany mem bers of the Board of Aldermen that the .Om nibus bill is atpartisan measure, because it turns sixteen democratic 'Heads of .depart ments out of office apd only tx?.Q ,repub licans. But. it dogs more than this. It furnishes the *1best evidence that could be offered that the Omnibus bill ought to become a law. It is outrageous that nearly half a million of dollars a year should be paid out of the public treasury to ornamental, but certainly not useful heads of departments and bureaus whose business is not to do the work of the city offices, but. to look on while others do it. Take, for example, the Corporation Coun sel, who receives a salary of fifteen thou sand dollars yearly, and has two assistants at ten thousand dollars each, one at. seven thousand five hundred, two at five thousand each, two at four thousand each, one at three thousand, one at twenty-five hundred, | a chief clerk at thirty-five hundred, a pub i lie administrator at five thousand, a corpo | ration attorney at six thousand and thirty j other employes at lesser salaries. Does any , reasonable person suppose that it is nec I essary for the city to retain this army of | salaried lawyers at the public expense? ; Governor Robinson will do well to examine j into facts as well as to hear political argu ments before he makes up his mind what to do with the Omnibus bill. Forest Fires. Owing to the absence of the usual spring rains and to the phenomenal temperature prevailing in the northern part of New York and the New England States and the St. Lawrence Valley the earth is parched in these regions and the forest undergrowth has become as dry as tinder. Sparks from locomotives, the neglected fires kindled at the camping places of hunters or tramps and possibly the work of malicious incendiaries have originated devastating conflagrations in the districts already pre pared for them. From the nature of the combustibles and the unbroken extent of the forest areas a fire once fairly under way burns until heavy rains extinguish it or an ex haustion of the supply of fuel causes it to die out. The immense growths of resinous pine wood keep the fires constantly fed and the interlapping branches form a covering or roof under which a fierce draught is created which carries the flames rapidly from place to place. When the tree trunks burn through and the smoke dried branches tall another supply of fuel is given to the flames which greedily devour it. The fire winds take up the burning particles of pine fibre and whirl them away to other places yet un touched, and so the devastatipn is spread. There seems to be only one way to check a great forest fire, and that is by felling the treos along a belt both toward and from the advancing flames. Tlu-n by qtiickly remov ing the branches of the fallen trees a chance will be afforded lor the beating out of the fire when it reaches the open belt. The most distressing feature of this widespread calamity is the destruction of tho dwellings and other property of the residents of the desolated districts. It seems to us that the recurrence of these destructive conflagra tions should form the ground for a full and scientific inquiry as to the best means of preventing thora in future. The great in terests at stake in timber lands alone fur nish a sufficient plea for such a course by the nutionul and State governments, while those of humanity demand that prompt legislative action should be taken to insure the preservation of the lives and household goods of large communities of industrious citizens. The Failure of the Carnival. His Majesty King Ournival entered the city yesterday, but not in the manner that was expected or desired. Instead of a pageant of picturesque extravagance and frolic there was an extremely dnll adver tising show, from which thousands of people turned away in disgust. This dreary pro cession, like a wounded snake dragged its slow length along, and it was a relief wh< n it ended and dispersed. It made Brondwuy resemble Church street on a busy day when the oars are blockaded by drays. There were wagons that advertised tea, tobacco, soap, beer, fireworks, furniture ; but there was not one sign of beauty in the whole parade, and it only needed an undertaker's wagon adorned with coffins to have made the gloom of the spectacle complete. It is said in apology for this absurd advertising dodge, dignified with the name of a carnival, that it was a neces sary concession to those manufacturers and storekeepers who had subscribed to the fund for the carnival in the evening, and from which their advertisements were very properly excluded. But this is no ex cuse for the occupation of the streets and interruption of business by the burlesque of a burlesque. Who ashed lor a carnival ? Those who insisted upon having one should not have consented to base its success upon such a wretched failure as this absurd prooession. The streets of a great city like New York should be yielded to parades only when great events happen or when national anniversaries are celebrated. There have been lager beer processions which excelled this one in attractiveness and merit, but their pre tensions were more modest. If we are to hnve serious trade thinly disguised under the name of carnival, and the eager eyes of the tradesman looking out from the mask of Momus, the proper plan for those who are interested in such affairs would be to en gage Barnum, the great American showman, to manage them. He might lead the parade with his menagerie, and they might pay him lor the privilege of following the caravan with their wagons. Altogether this effort to introduce the carnival into ouf city appears to have been a failure, and one principal cause is clearly that the scheme was a pecuniary specula tion. The great torchlight parade was chiefly remarkable for the absence of torches, and the immense throngs assem bled were unable to see it for the want of light. As a funeral it might have boon considered a success, but as a mas querade it was an undoubted mistake. The grand ball was a grand jam, but possessed few of those guy and brilliant features which the tjtle of carnival led the public to ex pect,, rj?The whole afiair was a discredit to the management and an imposition on the city,''Mid it is likely that after this experi ment wo shall have no more curnivals, un % ; /<: C f less they are established on a different principle and conducted by competent per sona v The Halleclc Statue. Few men, even those who deserve fame, know how famous they may be. Certainly Fitz-Greene Halleck never thought that his genius would be honored in the city where he lived and worked by a statue to his mem ory, and that the President of the United States would unveil it in the presence of thousands of the best of our citizens. Americans are not accustomed to thus honor their poets, but the custom of erecting statues to great men is a beautiful and appropriate one, and we are glad to see it growing in public favor. Halleck de serves a place in this Pantheon of the metropolis; for, though he was not one of the great poets of America, he was one of the first and purest, and much that he has written will live as long as our literature. The lines addressed to his dead friend Drake?"Green bt the turf above thee"?have becomt household words, and his "Marco Bozznris" stirs the heart now nt strongly as when it was first published, fifty years ago. The ceremonies yesterday were all that could have been desired. ThO day was fine, and thousands heard with profound interest the eloquent oration of Mr. William Allen Butler? not only a worthy eulogy of the man, but an able analysis of his poetry. A graceful and feeling tribute to Halleck was paid by Mr. Whittier in verse, and the venerable poet, William Cullen Bryant, laid fresh luurels on tho marble. To these ceremonies noth ing can be added. The statue will stand in our beautiful Park, a fitting memorial ol the poet and a silent witness that New Yorl does not forget, in the whirl of commerct and progress, the departed genius which hat added to her glory. PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE. Mrs. Jennie June appears to be thirty-live. Gas meters havo begun to lie for the summer. Colonel Follows is as tremulous as a Jelly fish. Koine ol the Brook Farmers have bad a reunion. The Archbishop ot Philadelphia has arrived at Komi Oswald Ottendorlor walks as straight as a lelegrapl polo. Fernando Wood always looks as nIco as a piece d soap. Chancellor John V. L. Pruyn, of Albany, is at tb Qllsey. Marshall U. Roberts bos lrequent twinges of rhea malum. Major Uundy wears the heaviest kind ol rims to ht eyogivases. liuwells, editor of the Atlantic, will summer at C* nonicui, R 1. Mr. William Lloyd Garrison, of Boston, Is at thl Westminster. Senator Ambrose E. Burnsidc, of Rhode Island, IsaV the Kitih Avenue. FredCozzens, who wrote the "Sparrowgrass Papers," has a sou who Is an artist. A Buy Ridge girl who became engaged last evening now says that she belongs to tho ring. Associate Justice Ward Hunt, of tho Unltod Statel Supreme Court, is at tho Fifth Avonue. Tim Golden, the detective who caught Babbitt^ thief, used to he Uakoy Hall's sergeant.al-artus. Ex-Governor Hodman bus the biggest chin of all Hie men lu this country, and yot ha is not a great talker. 11 Major General Hancock does not etop getting fal he wlil cuasu to be the handsomest man In the (Jotted States. William Cullon Bryant ts a poet who writes sven not* tor than Cowper, but he knows that a dollar has a hun dred cents In 1L Weakly Hkkai.d:?When boiling meat or poultry never put a lork in the lean part of the meat, aa It aU lows the juices to escape. (Joint says that out of nearly a hundred thousand exiles In Western Siberia only 247 art Poles, and that lew Poles need be exiles. Tenucy, of Brooklyn, is an administration lawyer, ami be Is always gutting an office. Ho wears a broad brimmed hat and long batr. T ho re is something about Reuben E. Fenton's physi ognomy that tuukus him appear scurotivc. His features all turn in like tho threads ot a screw. Secretary Schurz uses words thai a man would use If he were writing on a subject in sociology, schurz to, in a literary wuy, very bright and striking and thin. One of tho nicest positions in life Is tbat of a canal boat captain, who leai.e up against a rudder bar and talks along the telephone to the boy who drives a lama horse. .Stewart L. Woodford Is an honoet, good soul, ad commonplace and as eloquent as the day it loeg. He talks somewhat?with hie mouth?bat Woodford Is ? real good lei low. Evening Telegram:?"When Rutherford was aaked to take a glass of wine lait night ho looked at a piece of twine w hich Mrs U. hau tied about bis llttlt anger, and said, 'No, 1 thank vou. In these big aflaira like tho dinner to Mr. Hayes ihero la a great deal ol' Jealousy aud buckbiling, and you arc n happy man If you can sit quietly at home and wish that they may havo It all to themselves. S. B. Chittenden, the great Congressman, is uot very big, but bo is as deaf aa he Is honest, and be will do a nice amount or good in Congress if ho will pick out bis aeutencos as he ueed to piok out patterns ih i oilcloth.