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The Confession that Led to the Silk Smuggling Suit. TOO FINE CUTTINGS. )A Stereotyped Mode of Reducing a Large Estate. The trial of ths defendants Owta & Graff tor allegod complicity in tbe silk smuggling fruuds was continued yesterday before Judge Benedict, Assistant District Attorneys Foster and Uerrtclc appearing Tor the gov ernment and ex-Judge J. a. Dilteubocfer, K. A Lane and Loula Poat lor to* defendants. Tho eajo (or the protecuuou waa closed, wiib ibo exception ot the possible testimony of eue wtiness, wtio la expectod to arrive from knglaad 10 time to testily this inorulug. Should tie not arrive the prosecution will real. Tbe tnUra da/ waa couaumeJ with a brief additional statu iuent by Captain bracken a* to the circumstances sudor which tie administered Uia oatli to Owen, and tbe argument ut counsel on both sides as to tho ad Bnaniblluy of that aworu statement. General Foster offered In evidenca Kxhlblt 138, pur porting to be a confession made by Thomas C. Owens, und sworn 10 by him before Captain bracken, in bla ottlco, on tba 2d ol July, 1877. Air. I'ost, of oouusel lor tba defendants, objoctcd on tbe grounds, first, that the alleged conlesaion, being a sworn statement, under tbe authority of Tbe People vs. Hamuioud, 15 N. Y., must be held to be involun tary and unreliable; second, that Owen wan beioro Urackell ut tnat time, suspected ol complicity, aud tho lucideuts ol llio interview showed pressure and compulsion, and third, whether Bracken had tne legal rigtil to adoiinister the oatb or not, tho ellout Was the mum on his tulud. General Foster replieJ, staling, first, that tbe stale meni was ofK-rrd as an unsworn statement, Captain bracken having no legal p'jwcr to udmimster the oath, us he waa not specially detailed to investigate these Irauds, and uuder tocllou 183 of the Kevised Statutes 1 lie power to administer tue oath is givon only where the olllcer I* detailed to make tbe investigation; sec ond, ttiat there Was no evidence ol compulsion, pres sure or duress, and that it was a voluntary statement. He cited irom Stevens' Digest to sustain his |>oaillon. Ho lurtuer staled thai 11 ha believed the statement was improperly obtained by pressure or otherwise he would not ollor iu I nu Court iook the mailer into conaldoration, and alter recess auid tbul he had examiued tho quesliou with a great deal of care and trouble, it was property admitted by the deienco that the examination was not a judloial proceed ing, llieicroro Ihe wrong of lhat action must be either proved by ovideuco that tbe alulciucut was luvoiuaiury or else that the circumstances uudor which li was g.veu were such aa to justify the Court in coii cludiug ihai tne slaleuient was giveu uuder au> Uiurity or while the person wno made It waa uudor uures>. Juiigo Benedict iiiun referred to the case in I <ln New York, and tne disapproval of tho decision in tii.it case as iound iu tho 4lst New York, wbicb latter Jeciaiou, lie aaiu, clearly showed IU it Ihe 16th Now York decision was disapproved by the Court ol Appeal*, lie said lhat, therefore, be could not accept inu proposition mat tho admlinalratiou of ina uath was sullicieut to except tlia siateinouL The question ib<.n rested upon the inducements made by < uuuiu Urackett to Owen tie I ore the .statement was luade. lie Uad read tho sieuogrupbur's report ol Captain Urackcll's testimony during the recess, and he ill I uot IInd uuytbiug in that wbich would exclude the confeasioii, and ne was very sorry to say that ho could not exclude It. lie would have been giad il this ttaieiiieut had uot bocu taken uudor oath, and tho evi um.e uud shown that tho dciendunt bail been caro lul y c uiioncd. Although, however, this did uot ap pear, snil lie could not agree, in view ol all circuin siances, that it was an involuntary atutcmont. Tlie paper was then admitted, but not read. It will probtoiy i>? r ud to-d.y, when the prosecution will uouutleas re.-t their cuso. llESEKVOIli AT BOYD'S COliNEKS. Willi,m li. Whlteman sued the city for $11,000, balance alleged to be due under a contract for building duui aud gaioways to tho Storage Kesorvolr at Boyd'a forcers, hi 1'utuam county. The point in dispute was wuethcr 2.000 yards ot masonry, which was allowed and paid for us "rubble range masonry" at $11 k yard, should or should not bo allowed as "cut rauge masonry" at $16 a yard; and whether 200 yards ol maaourv, aliowod as "cut range" at $16, should i ol be paid lur as "dimension aud cut stone" at $::<i The sull was tried yesterday before Judge Dono 1j uu and a jury. The city contended that tho plaintiff was foreclosed by tlie liual certificate ol the cuginoer in charge of tne vork, an olllccr whose decision Iu disputed ques tions was, uy the contract, declared to be huaL The plaintill sought to avoid this by conteud lug lhat he should have hud due notice ol trie tiino and place ol makiug the ccrtilicute. It was also claimed on behalf ol ihe cily that tho uia-oury aliowod as '?rubble range" was properly so styled, lor the reason thai the cnuiracl llseli specilied witn great particular ity the exact characters ol the masonry thai ein called *'iubbie range;" that this was a very dillerant thiug from ordinary "rubbie" and a much uuer article, and thai the contractor must have known when ho look the contract thai he would have to do Just tbia kind ol work, mid having bid $11 lor It cauuol now re cover auy more. L'pon tue trial it appcurcd by the pluiulifl's testimony that he hud from time to time re. celved certificates showing that lUe engineer was al lowing this masonry as "rubble range" ouly; that he kucw a llnal certificate was to be made, and that a day or two before It was uiude bis general a^ent in charge ol me work, though without liit> knowledge, sain u written protest to tbe Crolou Hoard against classifying the masonry in question at any lower tirade than "cut range." Judge llouohuo, upon the ground that tho teri.llctto was conclusive, directed a verdict lor tho oeleudiut. Messrs. C. IU Mrahuu aud UliVer \V. West appeared for the plaintiff, und Assistant Corpora tion Couusel F. L. Stetson and K. 11. Lacotube lor tho city. THE ROLLWAUEN ESTATE. Tbo cjtata ol tbe late Frederick Kollwagen, wbicb in 1874 was sworn to bo worth (800,000, has uow dwin dled down, through litigatlou and real estate shrink age, to some $260,000. Mr. 1'hiloT. Kugglos, appointed ?a referee npoua motion for partition ol ibeosiaie, has Just decidod ua favor ol tho motion aud thui the prop arty bo partitioned urnong the heirs in lour parts? one-fourth to Louis K Kollwugou, oue-lourth to his brother, George D. Kollwagen; oue-iourtb to the widow und her daughter, and tho rumaluitig lourth to bo divided equally auioug seven grandctiUdreu of do ceused, named tirowmng. Mr. Ueorgo Langbcut, ouo of the counael iu the case, yesterday made u motion lo Supreme Court, CliaiubuiH, which w us grunted, to bave named as com mission vrs to partition the property Mossrs. Samuel Kilter, Isaac H. Urown, sexton of Grace Church, uud '1 nomas F. Jeremiah, President ol the Facillc Fire In auruuee Compiuy. Tne property coos sts cuielly ol houses aud lots il the leutb uud Seventeenth ward-, which are uuiucuinherod. The following are the lees thus lar paid lo some of tbo lawyers:?Henry L. Clin ton, $16,0011; Arnotl, lticli .t Woodloril,' $IO,iiOO; C.orgu K. Laiigoein, .Vlaluolm Campboll, $U,000; William H. Newscualter, $'J,HOO, and David It. Jacques, $2,000. Several other lawyers have uoeu iu the case whose fees have uot yet been settled, and there is a considerable ainouut ol legal lees stnl due to souk' of the other Iswyern, tne lees named having been paid tiireo years ago TAlLOU'Si BiiEWEKY. A suit has been couimeuced against tbe Drewinc Company ol Nicholas 11. Taylor At Co., at Aibuuy, having for its primary object the appointment ol a receiver of tbo company. Arnxi L Camp, a stock holder, ulleges that tha most luUueutlai uiemoers ul' tlie Urm have oaeo lor several years practising a sys tem of Iraud and misrepresentation iu reluliou to tho Company 'a capital stuck and assAts. lie says lurthor Hi Ins complaint that the present eucutnbranccs on this property amount lo $-&l,6J0, that the value of tbu real estate is not more than (14-1,712; thai making allowance lor sbrmk me in real est tie the assets are not bow uior.. man (l^s.722, wnne tbe company gives lis liabilities ul $J7U,U68 and usseis at f7o0.3?il, together Willi (tfi.Oia additional lor newly built property. Ihin siaietneui the complaint characterises as "untrue," and goes on to state mat only $17a,ooo ol tbo capital ?lock ol (600.000 was ever paid up. and that Nicholas It. Taylor entered into collnsiou with Isaac it. Ilecd, Kichard lionsou, Jeremiah i'augburu an Joiner stock holders to claim lo own and hold slock lo make up tuu (*>00,000 without paying lor it. The dclcnilants tlcuy the allegations in the complaint, and claim thai the company I* solvent. 1 he moilou lor the appoint ment of a receiver was lo have beau argued yesterday bulore Judge Lawrence, in Muprome Court, Chamber*, I ut, owiuc to the engagement of couuaol, was post poned uiiill to-day. feUiiMAltY OF LAW CASES. Tha December urm of tbe United Mates District Court will ba a jury term. Tho cuiuudar ol cu^cs of tba November term will stand as the calendar tor iba December lerm, Without further notice ol trial. Lorcuto Cblopbowtsk, aomoiittod in deiaultol (6,000 ball for alleged alituder, was yesterday released, ou g.ving $1,600, by Judge Lawrouoo, on application of Mr. Joseph C. Wold, his counsel In tbe McCarthy divorce suit, the facts of which bare been fully puolishod lb Ibe Ukksi.u, Judge Iwiw reuee yesterday denied the motion U? punish tbu DiaiutilTs counaei lor contempt of Court lor alleged (isobediencs ol an ordorofJudgo Wustbrook in mo ""the rouih'ul acrohsi. "Haby George," waa again belore Judge Lawrence, iu oupreme Court, ???tord?y but owing to tlio abseuce of Mr. Doiafleld, counsel lo'r tlie Soolely lor ttie Prevention Of i^rueliy 10 Children, tho argumeut 10 the ciu?e ?al postponed "suit has been commenced in the Lolled 8 la (os l> 1* trie I Court ag ,.n.t Andrew T. and Radcllle Baldwin. 01 the American fcxpresc Company, No. 7 H road way fiT ibe undervaluation of a quantity o( vgid lace received by them on the -25th ol October t'runi on board me Scytlna. Tbo complaint alleges that tlie lace was valued ai 9001. instead ol 7.8631. Mrs. Sherman Reeves, wbo has commenced a suit for a septtrauou from Uor ton?band, ill# lull fact? o! which have already been published, applied yesterday to Judge Larremofe. in trie Court ol Common J leas. Special Term, lor alimony aud couuscl lees. It was claimed, in reply, tbal there was no marriage, and that the suit was brought lor bluckmalling J,urPV*??* A putltlon waa presented yesterday by Mrs. Ida Op pcnbelmer, ntr Ida Hess, to Judge spelr, In the Supe nor Court, in which she says that she is au iniant, uu der twenty ono voars, being now nearly thirteen years ol ace- that on the 2lst ol Juuo last she was married to oue'uux Oppenboiiuer, aud believing the marriage to be Irauilulcnt and void, accoldiug to the statute, *he is about to commence an actluu against Oppenbei mer to annul aud cancel the marriage. W ilh this end iu view she applied to have her lather, Mr. Simon Hess, appointed nor guardlau ad litem. Judgo apeir yesterday granted the application. , In the suit brought ag-tust the city by James W. MUM assignee ol Darnel Uorrian, a motlou was granted yesterday by Judge Lawrence allowing withdrawal ol tbo lormer answer aud giving permission to put iu h new one In tho last answer it 1* stated that tbo city 'ias au onset of $60,000 against the prescut claim on account ol frauduleui excessivo payuienis to Ber riau which payments, as stated, were oblaiued through tlie aid aud countvutice of WlllluUi M. lweeo, wno was tnsu commtsslouor of Public Works. In 1852 Mrs. Barbara Roltzol, it Is claimed, arranged with William Hitchcock to convey to Utm several hundred lots, with the agreement itaat he should bo allowed to sell such lota lor $IK? each to any person wishing to buy thent. It is alleged that Mr. Hucncock laid out the property Into city lots, had ttreets uruded. trees planted, and christened the place as "Corona Park," the properly boiug a low miles dis tant Irom Flushing, L. I. It is lurther staled that Mr. Hitchcock sold off a largo uumlior o( tho lots, and uuiong the purchasers was ono Jeremiah Lange, who puiu $400 lor a lot. Hitchcock baviug tailed to tullll bis coutraci with Mrs. Reitxel suits ol ejectuiout were brought against Hie purchasers and an order ol urrost granted agaiusl Hitchcock. A motion to vacate tho ! order was argued yesterday belore J udge Lawrence, 1 who took tho papers. . The Messrs. Duntiam, piano manufacturer!, sold some pianos to J. Neuberger, lor which ho gave U11 note. When the nolo came duo Neuberger took back 1 his own note aud gavo instead the uole ol Colouel Hraiue, ol tho Ninth regiment, wuich was accepted by the Dunhams. Tho latter now claim that the transac tion was fraudulent aud that certain misrepresents nous woro luuiltf when Ibo nolo waa given. ^**8/ ac* ocrdingly oblaiued an order ol arrest against Colonel Hraiue, but were uuable to uiscover his whoreabouts. llunuK the pendency of tho action a?(U.UBt Colonel Bra uu another sun was commencod against a<u* berner upon the same grounds, and, owing to tho death ol tho iulter's lawyer, judgment was obtained against him by default Kxocution was returned un. butistiod, aud un exucuilou was is.-ued, uud Neuberger was urrested and la now in Ludlow Street Jail. Iho mailer came belore Ju.tge Spelr yesterday on a motion to set aside ihe execution ou the ground that uo order of arrest had ever beou issued in tne action. I ho Court toon the papers, reserving decision. Mr. J. P. Harrison appeared lor the plaintills and Mr. U. W. Gibbons for Mr. Neuberger. GENERAL SESSIONS?PART 2. Before Kecordor Hackett. RIVEK V1&ATB8 OVJS11HACL.ED. John Kane, Jointly Indicted with Ooorge Bond and James Sullivan, the Utter having boen convicted on Fri day last, was placed on trial by Assistant District Attor ney Herring, charged with grand larceny. It appeared thai on the tnoruiug ol the 13th lusu three members ol tho harbor police saw a suspicious lookiug boat, heavily ladeu, rowod by three men, in the Last River oU Bridge street. The occupauts proved to be John bulltvau, a juuk dealor; John Kane, a boatman, llvina at No. 02 Rutgers street, aud Ueorgo Boud, a snip carpenter, Irom Brooklyn. In tne boai the oUlcers lound ten bales ol ludtarubbor. Tho parties staled that tucy had purchased it trun a vessel lying oU Staten lslaud. Ou making inquiry, however, it was ascertained that tho property bad been stolen Irom the ship Blair Drummond, Captain McLaren, irom Calcutta, aud lying off Martiu's stores, Brooklyn. The captain ol the vessel subsequently idrutillod tho stolen property. Sillllvau was tried ou Friday last, convicted and sent to the State 1'r.aon lor lour years. Kano was placed on trial yesterday, and the jury rcu uerod a vordict ol guilty. During tho trial tlio Kecordor asked tho prlsouer If he had ever been Iu the Stale l'rison und he replied In tho negative. It was Bubscuuonlly stated, however, that ibo prisoner had ulreauy served a torui ol two yeurs aud a naif in that Institution, l'bo Recorder said bo would remaud tne prisoner aud mean while luquirles rtould be mado whether he had committed wilful perjury. II so, ne would be taught a lesson lie would not lorgot. Ueorgo Boud wa? tuen pioced ou trial. He also was convicted aud remauded lor seuieuce. THIS KNIFE AGAIN. A truck driver named Matthew O'Brton, residing at No. 02 Sixth avenue, wus arraigned by Asslsiant Dis trict Attorney Herring charged with felonious ussault. Uu the morning of the 10th lust, be addressed Hugh Mallon who was talking with somo trieuds. Muilon toid mm he did uot want anything to say to him, whoreupon the prisouer threatened to tlx him. As Mallou was subsequently leaving a rcstuuruui, near Fourth street and sixth avenue, tbe prisoner plunged a knile iu his arm. Mallou knocked him down and wtulo on ihe ground the prisouer ugalu staobed him twice indicting serious wounds. The jury lound the prisouer guilty of assault, with luleul to do oodiljr harm, ihe Kecordor, in passing seulence, commented severely ou the unjustillable nature ol tho attack and pent tho prisouer to the Stato l'rison for livo years at hard labor. CAUGHT IN TDK ACT. On the 'J3d of October last, as Mr. Koland I. Siuics with others Blood In front of a store window on Broad way lookiug at somo patent process, he was lutoriuod by Detective Healy, of the Twenly-flfth precinct, that u young pickpocket named Joseph U'Biieu had Just operated ou ihe change pocket ol his ovorcoat. At the time Mr. Simes nad a large amount ol mouey in another pocket which happily oscaped the light Angers ol tho UneL O'Bneu was promptly arrested and nrraignod at the uar by Assistant District Atlorury Herrtua. At the clos-j ol tho case tor the prosecutiou thu prisoner teudered a plea ol guilty uud the Re corder sent him to the 1'oniteniiary lor ono year. COU11T CALENDARS?THIS DAY. Scpkkmb CoiHV?Chajiiixk?1?Hold by Judgo Law rente.?NoS. 02, 00, 00, lbti, 170, 1U3, 5J35, 254, '266, 2o9, ^<>0, 271, 273, 274, 277. Sl'l'KKMK COUKT?UkNKRAL TKRM. ? AdjOUmed UUtll the 28tn day 01 December. Sii'KKMs Court?shscial Tkkm?Hold by Judge V an Vorst.?Law and lacL?No. 201.?Bleecker Stroei and Fulton Kerry Railroad Company vs. Ihe Mayor, to. sirKKXK Court?oihulit?Purl 1?Held by Judge Donoitae.?Nos. 305, 841, 1701, llol, 1148, 6ii8, 17j2, 814.1418.1428, 1104,1023, lOSi, 1131, 4J8, 4?4, 1214, 1210, 2470, 708, lH>i, 1222, li03. 000, 10S8. 1210. l|art 2 Held uy Judge Harrell.?Case ou?No. Iu34?Mc Avoyvs.the Mayor, Ate. No day caloudar. Fart 3 Held by Judge Van Brunt Case ou?No. 36?Blacic el al. vm. Continental National Hank. No day calendar. Si'pkkiok Court?Spkuial Tkrm?Held by Judge Spelr.?No day calendar. Common 1'lbas?Kiiuitv Tkoji?Held by Judge Larro niore?No day calendar. Maiusb Court?1'kial I'r.R*? Fart 3?Hold by Chlel Justice snua.?Same calendar as published yeslordav. Court or Gk.xkkal sk?sio>s?l'ari 1?Held by Judge Sutherland. ? I ho People vs. James Klllen, lulonioux assault aud batiory ; Same vs. l'honias Don uuily. lelon ous us.-ault uud Uuttery; Same vs. I'aincx .vhieldf, lolonious ufsauit aud batiory; Same vs. Thomas Walsh, burglary ; Ssino vs. Robert Sweooy, burglary i Same v?. Hugh Campbell and four others, ourulary; Same vs. lVtef M.lleurs, burglary i Sutiio vs. George Willlauis and Cuor^e Wilson, burglary; Sumo v^. John Kelly, grand larceny; Same vs. John Connolly and l'homas Fianlgan, grand larceny ; Same vs. James Uurns, sailors' boardiug house; Same vs. Henry Larucy, miS'lomoauor; Same vs. Joseph Moran, lelouious asutull and batlery; Same vs. J0I111 Malloy, lhoroaa Lynch and John O'Neil, buralary; .-uum vs. Henry Warren, petit larceny, l'ari 2? Held by Recorder Hacketi. ?Ihe People vs. I'll0111 as 11 oldeu, lelouious asnauli aud battery ; Same vs. Patrick Cunningham, grand larceny, Same vs. Frank Kuroou, aiioinpi rapo; Same va. Samuel lbomp?ou, bigamy; Same vs. Herman Mattiau, lor eerv Sum# vs. Patrick Kooney. lelouious assault and battery; dame vs. Ueorgo McKvoy. lelouious oasault and batlery ; Same vs. Allan Laliey and Michael l.auey, excise- Saiuo vs. Robert Reagan, excise; Same va Jacob Colo, excise; Same, vs. James Ibompaou and J. Kdwsru McCaflery, excise; Same VI. I excise- Same vs. Michael Cunitning, exciso, Same vs. Ouorge Lemou and Andrew Da.1011. excise; itawe vs. ji st ub Moore, excise; Samo vs. J0I1U Cosgiofe and John 1.00. excise; Sau.o vs. l'uiliip Ilolluml, O'Brien and Oniric* Dotke, cx? is.-, Same vs. Josepn P. Woudoiph. excise; Same vs. RicnnrU ',"J Joseph Mai.me, excise: samo vs. Cornelius Miller, (?t. iso- Same vs. John Ballaliline, excise. or"; A?D IWHIIIMR-Pan l-ilekl by Jud?e Brauy.?Ihe People vs C .rl Mopsuer, homicide. COURT OF APl'EALS PROCEEDINGS. Aliiam, N. Y., Nov. 2tl, 1877. Proceedings In the Court ol Appeals Monday, No vember 2(5, 1877 No. 2"0. First National Bank ol Buffalo ??. Alberger. No. 210. 1-irsl National Hank ol lluffalo vs. Argued lo^elhor ss one cuse by John Hubbell .or up pei.auts, George B. Hlbbsrd lor respondent. m No. 108. ihornton vs. St Paui, ko , Railroad Com pany. Argued by D. M. Porter for eppeliaul, F. Bangs lor respondent. No 120. llrnrss vs. New York Central, Ac., Kallrond Company. Argued by a. P. Latuug lor appellaut, w. B. l uruey for rcspolidonL Case still on. CAi.KXUAK*. ,. Motion calendar lor fuesuuy, November 2., 1877: No. 381. People ex rol. Cooke va Hood. No. 3i>8. Thompson vs. luyior. No. ,J82. New ^ ork Guaranty, Ac., va. Roberts. No. 384. Waring vs. Somboru. u'eueral . alendar for Iuesdav, NoVomber 27, 1877: Nos. 140, 168, 103, 124. 40)*. 172, 200 uud 207. 111E CASE OF ROSS.V. The ex imluation in tne ca-o of O'Donovan Iloasa, charged with soiling steumship llckels wilhoul a Dense, was continued in tho Tombs l'olico Couri yesterday, but no additional tacts woro cllolted. Mr. Kosua wa? held lu $300 nail. KEYSER'S CLAIMS. Does Jackson S. Schultz Owe the City Sixty Thousand Dollars? THE TWO ASSIGNMENTS. Tlie King Plumber's Want of Faith in Figures. ma ENTANGLED BOOKS. A honp of big loather-covered account books, tow ?riug up IB the Aidermanlo chamber yeeterday alter noou, guided John H. Keyeer?the notorious plumber under the Hlng?to the obalr he *?? to occupy while continuing hie testimony beforo the Commltuo of Inveatlgalion. tu rsrriMo.NY. > When the committee asaembled Mr. Keywrtoolc his sent, twisted bis logs together, removed bis specta cles, and, swinging tbcui between the lore linger and thumb of his loft hand, awaited evenU. He handed to Mr. Cole the two assignments which were made to Jackson 8. Schulta concorning which he had Been questioned on Saturday. The examination proceeded. Q. Did you sign these papers? A. Yea, sir. g, Tbejr were signed on the dates they bear f. A. I don't know. y Do you expect any Immunity from the city of Now York on the ground that you will give such testi mony as you may be able concerning the Ring lrauds? A. 1 am giving? Q. Do you expect any Immunity on accouut of giv ing testimony concorning the K;ug frauds? Please auswer my questlou. A. 1 can only answer you by saying I have tostlQcd. y Bui you must answer mo by anvtug yes or no? A. I can only answer you In that way, sir: I couldn't dolt (after a pause); I testified to the best of my kuowledge at all limes (altor another pause); J be lieve tbat that was the dato, but when it was done I was so sick I couldn't hold my head up. Q. When what was done? A. Both of theso papers. Q. Who held your hand while you wrote your uaine ? A. I don't think anybody. q. you could hold your band up, could you? A. Yes,* Blr. Q. But your head you couldn't hold up? A. I couldn't telL Q. How were the papers before youf A. 1 couldu't tell; it'* a blank the whole ol it. y. Woll, wnen yon testified the other day thm you were Induced by the lawyers to do it you didn't know whether you were ornoi? It was alia blank? A. Tbat was when It was dona. Q. But you don't remember to bave signed the papor at all ? A. Oh, yes, 1 do. Q. Well, then, It Isn't all a blank. Let us see It we can't till up some ol the rest of the blanks. The above bit ol the testimony, givon in full, la a fair sample ol the nature ol the whole investigation. Sometimes ion minutes were required to elicit a categorical answer to a single question. Mr. Koysor statod that the papers wcro both signed in hi* sick room in the presenco of Francis C. Barlow; witness was suffering from nervous prostration consequent upon the troubles in which he was Involved. At llrst he said he hadn't the least idea wnen tho papers were signed, but believed It was upon the day ihey were dated. ?'Well," said Counsellor Cole, with a sigh ol relief wbeu be eliciiod this statement, "that would havo beon a very eusy answer to bave given to my question at first." Koysor said no hadn't road tho papers biuco he wus questioned upon them on Saturday. Both tho documents were dated October 1, 187L He could not tell he said, which ol tbo two papers be had llrst signed. This declaration drew irom Mr. Colo the question, "Were you sworu the otber day ?" to winch llio witness soberly replied in tho afUruialive; lie hud a claim, lie said, against the city, as bo had testified at ibe previous session, for work done prior and subse quent to the date or tbe asslgnnients; ne bad not tlnisbod up workiug on his contracts uulil the Decem ber lollowing; utter his namo hud been counected with tho King Iruuds he coutinued to receive orders Irom tbe city officials tor work until be reiusod to ox ecule them in November ol that year; of tho $260,000 which he claimed ibe city is tndcbiod to bim, the largest portion, he said, accrued bolore ho made the assignments. Q. Tnen, after you made thla assignment did you consider mat you still bad a claim against the city on tbat part prior to October a. 1871 ? A. Not tor tnoao cittlmi. y. Then what did you mean when, tho other day, you swore you still had a claim against tbe oity lor $200,000? A. 1 meant there was mat much work un puid'ior; that's all, sir. y. And didn't you mean you hail atlll a claim against the city and that it was still a good claim, in your Judgment? A. I have no claim against the citv ; most of tbe Claims are embraced in tbat assignment, 1 think. tub ahbiunmkst. Mr. Cole read the assignment, which, after declar ing that tbe witness was indebted to the city and couuty ol New York In divers sums of monoy, which he desired to repay, and to secure the payment ol which he thereby, in consideration ol $1, did "assign, sell transler and set over to said Jackson S. Schultz all claims, demands and causos ol action," whlctt the witneas had against the National Broadway Bank, ol tbo city of Now York, and all inoueys Uue or becoming due to bitu Irom the said bank auu Irom tbe persons mentioned in an appended schedule; Jackson S. Schultz to nold tbe same in truat lor the city of Now York, pending an accounting ol tbe city with Kcyser. 1'no personal claims tbut were lisslguod wero as follows:?Johii Fox, $1,041 38; R. B Connolly, $?,900 56; R. C. Hutchlugs, $1,082 00; Andrew Bieakley, $016 08; Andreas Wlllman, S210 06; K. A Woodward, $1U,832 44; Jamos lluyej, $jio 88; W. M. Tweed, $41,177 77; W. E. King. $32,000; M. B. Wilson, $300 83; A J. Uar voy, $436,000; U. W. McLean, $11,301; James McOowau, $34 60; M. J. Karrell, $31 72; Torence Farley, $2,441 86; W. M. Kdelstcm, $101 46; W. A. Horring, $200. lhe namo of Orison Biuut wus eraaod irom inu acbedule. Witness staled that he had been paid. Key nor admitted Hist at tbe lime be made the assignment he actually believed ho waa in oebtcd to the city, and ho lound some dillloulty in ex plaining why bo now believed tbat upon a lair ac counting with tbe city and couuty be would he about eveu. This schedule did not cover all the claims be had against individuals. Witness could nol tell why those particular claims had been selected lor assign menu Ho never wished a man to pay a dollar back to him nor did he now. y Although you knew tbat Tweed had gottou money Iraudently through your raised bills from tbo city yon wouldn't have tne inouey paid back to you that you might restore it f A. I did not cure how ne got it; they were all In trouble, and I was not going to trouble tb< m any mora VVben he selected these claims witness said?Gen eral Barlow, Mr. Subultzaud, ho thought, Mr. i'cckliain were present; be could not say upon what theory tue names bna been selected; Mr. Cole men called the atten tion ol the witness to wbal he called the Becond assignment, which was sworu to bolore 1'. J. McCarthy, notary public, ussigning all the claims ol witness and all tho causes ol octiou against the city and couuty of New York to Jackson 8. Stnultz, together with all his uccount books und vouchers portalning to saidcluiius. Witness said Lo wout io Mr. Schultz, who wus ulinost a stranger to him, nud asked lor ailvico wben his uoub.e came. Mr. Scbuliz offered to help bun, aud li.id merealtor beeu bis beat Irieud. Mr. Schultz went to Comptroller Oreeu upon the auggoa liou ol witness aud requested the appointment ol exporia lo inapcct the work done by Keyaer thiouiinout the city, appralso It and ellect a settle ment. Mr. Ureen had reluaed to du Ibis. Alderman Colo asked wnul wus Mr. Green's reason lor reluaii g. "Heeause he is nuturuiiy pig headed," was the reply Tbe whole sum collected tiy Mr. Schiillz upon tho cluims usslgued by witness was uboul $liO,uOU Alter llltecu minutes' fencing between Messrs. Colo and Koyaer over an attempt ol tho lormer to get an answer to tbo question wbothor Mr. Scliuliz hud uot coliectod thla inouey in trust lor tho city, witnoss finally Btuted mat the papers were forced out ol liiui when no waa sick and weury aud not in a conditiou to under stand himself; tuerolore be was not responsible lor l he papers, livery tiling connected wlin tlii-m was very .dun in his mind, lie was nuked whether 11 was not his understanding that Mr. .scbuliz Bhould not bave kopt that $?i0,000 until a settlement should huvo beeu bad Willi tliu city, wllm-sa ?Uid, "Well, don't the writing express II? That's all lean say." Mr. SObuilz had tiled, lie said, lor lour year* to got a set tlement, and, lailiug In that, bail turned tlio monoy over to witness again. When witness agreed to assign bis claims there ?ero present Mr. Ureal), Mr. Tlldeu, Mr. llsverueyer and I'ark Commissioner SUboiua. Mr. Tilden referred io tho law and showed Mr. Oroeu that ho had a right lo auttle tuo matter, und bo agreed to do so. It wus upon that underbuilding that witness gave evidence lor tbe city aud gave up his books, and It was upou that understanding that the whole ol the transaction waa based; "Mr. r^chuitz," said he, "kept laith, und Mr. (irneu did not;" lurtbor on he said, "I uuderstood at me time, as it wan always explaned to me, thai il I gave up to the city tbe amount ol work that 1 hud dono and extra work ou the sum ol $40,000 which thoy held belousiug to mo lor assossineut work I wus to be entirely released, thai the claims and everything would be released." y You wore to give up tbe $40,000 duo lor an as sessment matter, uud yiu wore to pay these cluims? A. 1 had no such ideu In my mind oi ever giving any claims up; 1 had no idea about It, only 1 signed mat dooumoul?mat's all; thero was no urrangemoiii be tween mysoif and Mr. Schulti that ho should glvo both theso cluims lo ino. y I bis assignment bus nevor boon denied ?a your act and deed. Mow, toon, can you say you novor had *ny idea of giving up your ciainmT A. because 1 thought tney never would be called lor. The witueaa wait remiuded that at that lltno tbey bad been called tor and collected oy Mr. 8cbults, under lb? MM ol the agreement, in Iran lor tbe oily; but ho shuttled out of giving any direct answer. Ho did uot know wlietber be bud au idea at the time of Ibe transfer that tbe claims were to be used by Mr. Kohults in pay lug tbe city In case It wan lound witness owed tbe city money; Mr. Scbullz failed lo make a statement, and before going to buropa to visit tbe Pari* Exposition aent tor witneaaaud said, "Kcyser, 1 don't want lo be bothered witb tbo thing any longer, and I can't get any settlement; I want to hare this thing c osed aud OH' my bund before I go;" I had told biin that I was on tbe eve of bankruptcy ibeu, and be aaid, "You go and see Mr. Oluey and bave him draw up securities that will hold me harmless, and I will return you jour money;" 1 very gladly did so. In accordance with au arrangetneul niado thon. Key ser wont lo Mr. Schnltz's office irequeutly during the ensuiug six months and drew Irotn the cashier suiua ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 until be bad received tbe whole $00,u00 or thereabout; Key aer gave Mr. Schultz second mortguges upon bis property, as al ready stated, as seourlty for ibis loaned mooey. Alter much quibbling wuuess found It linposaiblo to uvoid answering u question as to whether It was his own money that Mr. Scbultz returned or whether It was a personal loau Irotn Mr. Scbulls, and stated that II was the latter; tho mortgages given as security were ample at thai time, but the depreciation of real estate ren dered them worth lean; Mr. feler B. Oluoy searched tbe luiosoi tho properly upon which the mortgages were given and transacted the other business neces eury, but wltnoss could not tell whether ho took bla pay oat ol the lund or uot. OKOOEKO BOOKS. Mr. Cole asked Keyser to polut out In bis books a ?Ingle entry of a bill which he bad raised but be re plied emphatically that he could uot do it; tho entrica caino irom tbe first Board of Audit and the second Board of Audit, and they were all maased to gether and the datos altered, aud were not In a condition lo admit ol their being atraighL 1'rocisely bow much ol tbe amount of bis bills bad boen increased he did not know, but probably oua tmrd of it. lie was bankrupt at ibe lime tbo King was exposed and hud mortgaged the bouse In which he lived lor $10,000. He bud testified In two suits ngoinsl Tweed and the ona against Oakey Hall. Tue purport ol bis testimony simply was thui be had addod tbo tuirty-ihree and one-third per cent to bla bills at the request ol Woodward; he uevor knew to whom this lrauduient Increase went until bo read Mr. Tweed's evidence betore the committee. In reply to a question whether he intended lo pay his indebtedness to the city, Kevsor said he was now bankrupt aud had nottcousldered the question. Tbe only answer be would make lo it was to stale thai twice bel'oro lo bis life he bud lulled and had puid every cent; many ol the wsrrauts set down as having been paid to bun were forgeries; he bad seen warran.s in tbo Comptroller's oUice with nis own name torged to them. Mr. Colo re quested biin lo attend this morning, at eluven, lo ex amine some ol the warrants aud point out such aa were lorgeribs. He lesiillod that be is now In bank ruptcy proceedings; hud made his brothers preferred creditor lor $18,000; tho reason be made blm a pre ferred croditor wus that he was a relailvo and had helped him with louns when he was In trouble. TWEED'S ASSIGNMENT. ANOTHER EFFORT TO SECURE BIS RELEASE FROM JAIL. Some time ago, as will be remembered, application was made in Supremo Court, Chambers, by Mr. Will lam Kdelsten, counsel lor George Butts, originally ono of the "stable gang," for an ordor, the object or which s alleged to bo tho rolease of William M. Tweed under |lhe Insolvent Debtors act It was claimed that Mr. Tweed was a debtor of Mr. Butts, and tbe Court was solieiied to issue an order directing the creditor of Mr. Tweed lo appear and give atatemont ol the various amouuia owing to them by Mr. Tweed, the laitor meantime to make an assignment tor the bcuetit of the creditors. Through some technical ground tbo matter fell through, und has romuiued quietly in ubeyanco until yesterday, when tbe appli cation was renewed by Mr. Kdelsten In Sapretne Court, Chambers, beforo Judge Lawrence. Alter read ing over the papers Judge Lawronce grunted tbo ap plication, and which having beoti made under the so called Sixty Bays'Debtor act, flxed January 24, 1878, as Hie timo lor such creditors to appear, auu mean time ordered a publication ol tho proposed assignment to bo mado In the Albany Argus, State Journal and Daily Hegitter. CLEOPATllA'S COSTUME. A BRIEF BUT DECISIVE CONVERSATION WITH ROSE EYT1NGE ON THE SUBJECT OF FICOU'8 PAINTING. A pointed crown of gold glittered on a work-table In a private parlor of tbe Coleman House Into wbioh a reporter was usherod on sonding up bis card lo Roso Eytingo. It served lo recall tbo purpose of his visit, which bad grown somownat dim and Indistinct under tbe groeilng glanco of the now Cleopatra's Hushing dark eyes. "Good ovenlng, madam," said the reporter, about to soat himself?ho is somewhat short-sighted?on some noedlowork?Cleopatra's neodlework, which tbe lady had evidently laid aside when she aroso to receive her visitor. "Good even? not there, please. Take this seat," said tho hostess, wltb one majestic sweep ol tho arm removing the reporter Irom his insecure position, hall standing, hall silling, and wuh the other catch ing up tbo menaced danger, which had an eye, softly bright, and was threaded. There was a pause?composure on tbo part of the lady, a light perspiration aud spoochlosa gratitude as concerned tho reporter. "Can 1 servo you lu uny way?" queried Cleopatra, calmly. Tho reporter was about to remark that 11 a 111o ol gratitude lor what she had ulroady averted, il devo tion, undyiug, deep?bul the pointed crown racalled him. "I read In a paper," he remarked, "that when tbe dressmuker intrusted with making your costumes lor Cleopatra went to see Hicuu's puinliug, to which s'io wus reierred lor suggestions, she came away saying that the whole matter might be more properly reterrcd to a Jeweller. 1 have boen sont to ask?" il uiigiii bavo beeu lancy, but tho reporter thought that at this moment the lady's (ace was convulsed wuh laughter, lie paused. "1'ruy continue," said Cleopatra, "you bave boon sent to ask ? V' "Why." "Why?" "Why; yes, m'm." "I inter," said tbe actress, "that you are not famil iar with ficou's painting ol Cleopatra." Tbo reporter ooulvssed bia ignorance, and a croopy, uncotnioriahlo foeliug came over hlui us the thought en lure J his mind thai perhapa ho hud trodden on dan gerous uround. "What?is?tbe costume T" ha managed to say. "Why should a Jeweller have been montionod in con nection with the mailer? Ol?what?does?It?con sist ?" lie blurted out, getting warm. Cleopairu rose to her full height and the word cams from her lipa with unmistakable clearness:? "A necklace." The reporter blushlngly withdrew. THU VETERANS' DINNER. Although last Sunday was tbo n?nety-(ourth an niversary of tbe day tho British troopa ovacuaiod lha city ol New York and left il to tbe victorious Auierl caus, Ibe colebrallon ol the event was deferred until yesterday. Flags wore hoistod on tho City Hall and various public buildings throughout tbe city. The chief celobraliou of the day, however, devolved upon the veterans ol 1812, who, 11 must bo acknowlodgod, did great credit to their diminished band. Kvory year these old soldiers havo mada tho day an occasion (or patilollo rejoicing and lestlvllles, and, although their number is contiuuaJiy diiuiuishing, they preserve the custom with uudauuted energy. Last year lliuro were twenty six veterans; this year their number is clghtoeu. Of thesu ouiy twelve wero able lo aiieuu tbe celebration yoslorduy. Their uauies and ages are as lolowsColonol Abraham Dally, 82; Major Charles K. Crowley, 89; Thomas Bloomer, 82; William J. Surru, 7li; Charles Cooinos, 8il; i'ermulias Doxoy, 87; Colouei llarvuy Crllleuioii, 84; Thomas Siowart, 79; Kbeiiezer Loud, 82; Thomus iilanck, 82; Jured Oimstead, 84, and Jobu Scott. Finding them selves unable lo take an active part In tbe preparation of their Icslivitius Iheso old men havo adopted as "son ol the rugiracni" Mr. J. Could Warner, who has llio titlool adjutant, lo take cliurgo ol such matters. Besides those mentioned thoro wore also present at llie dinuer yestorday Mrs. Davenport aud Mr. W. H. Slosaon. 1'no abovo members of tbr organization met at Military Hall at noon, souio drcssou In ILcir old, yel carefully preserved Revolutionary uniforms, oihors with cocked hats, while otuors wore modern beavers, with the oaglo and the duto '*1812" In a brass medal lion on Ibe sido. From tbere llicy proceeded lo the Stuy vuhant Ilouso, where they were welcomed by lb? proprietors, Messrs. Lewis and George Lolaud. Hero the anniversary dinner was served, at which Colonel Dally, Miijor Crowley, Mr. Warner and othors dis tinguished tliomselvos in palriotlo speeches and sougs. Alter dinner the nu-mbors retired lo the parlors ol llio hotel, wuero slnglug and danc ing woro Indulged in to national tunes piuyetl by some ol the Governor's Island band. Colonel Dally, noiwiibslaudiug Ins four score years and mue, showed bimsell lo bo the most active ol tho party, coming time und llnio again to tho floor to dance, his loug white hair flyiug around bis lace as bo moved and presenting a remarkable spectacle. Sovoral black eyed damsels had crowded round tbo parlor doors lo wiineis the fccune; boi when 11 was proposed lo select from them parlnors for the old gentlemen they ouo aud ail indocorously ran away. Alter aomo lime search ono lady was captured and brought back lo tue ballroom, where Colonol Dally led her lortli in sn Irish Jig, which both parties kepi up lor quite a whilo with great spirit, as though waltzing ugainst time. Alter thoroughly enjoying (bein-elvos lu this mannor lor Mime hours the members parted, with a warm Rhake 01 the hand, each lo Ins sepuruto home, soine ol thcin, no doubt, to be received Into their long home helorc another year brings round llio duy of their annual rejoicing. JOHN WELSH'S INVITATION. Mr. John Welsh, of Philadelphia, tho newly ap pointed Mm istor lo Kngland, has been tendered a prl vato dinner In ibis oily by a number of prominent Now York niorchanta. Mr. Wolsh has deoiinod the luvttution on account ol his early doparturo lor Europe. THE DARLING DUCKIES. Opening of the Baby Show at Midget Hall. ALL KINDS OF BABIES. What They Look Like and What Their Mothers Think of Them. It was only meet tbat tbe famous bat diminutive General Mite at Midget Hall, corner of Fourteenth street and Filth avenue, should -bo ancceeded by otber little "mites," occupying a less distinguished military rank than their great predecessor. It was the baby show tbat opened yesterday which Intro, duced this otber host 3t mites to tbe admiring gazo of the public. Unfortunately tbe sbow, though adver tised to embrace every Imaginable kind ol baby?lb* fat, tbe lean, tbe noisy, tbe quiot, the beautiful, tbe ugly, &o.?represented only the cherubs ol Now York and vicinity, while there had beon expected ? great national baby exposition, showing all the diversities aud marvels of babydom Irom Mai 110 to Texas and from New York to California. Is New York the Empire City not only In woalth and muterlal grandeur, but also in babies? Every proud mother In St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, &c., vehomently shrieks "No I" and hence, can that baby which Is crownod as tbe most beautiful and perfect in the show be Justly considered tbe champion baby ol tbe Unltod Slates? This is what the manager ol the New York baby sbow claims. He declares that, New York babies being tbe Qnest la the world, tbe very cream ol the wbole baby world Is now exblbltsd at Midget HalL B A HISS IN TUB RAIJI. The baby snow having been extensively advertised and great InduceiDents having been held out to mothers to bring thoir babies by the promlso of a brilliant series of prizes, the opening yesterday moruing would have passed off with great (clot had it not boen for the rain, which dls> mally descended until tho afternoon. Babies don't like the rain, even under umbrellas, and henoo there was some lusty screaming as tbe mothers brought their motley loads of Infantile humanity to the halL Most of the mothers belonged to tho well ofl artisan class, being the wives ol respoctable mechanics, of "butcher, baker and candlestick luakor," while a few evon arrived In carriages from homes or comparative ease and eloganco. At first blush it would seem tbat lew women would like to exhibit themselves and thoir babos to a crowd of strangers; bat what of that? Will tbe hope ol seeing your babe carry away tho prize lor beauty not com pensate lor even a tar greater sacrlllco? The lond mothers at Midget Hall?all respoctuble and estimable women?manifestly thought 60, and they seemed to intensely enjoy the kind attention bostowed upon themselvos and their little ones by the visitors, who belougcd, for tbe greater part, to the lair sex. SCIi.NK or Til If snow. The rooms whero the exhibition took place woro tbe two upper floors of the building. Tbe visitor wbo had beon attracted by tho words "liaby Sbow" on the ex terior ol the building, or In Illuminated letters It it was evening, outers Irom tho stroet into a suiull ves tibule decked out with some templing photographs of babies, and after handing his admission loo to a lady peeping out upon bun Irom behind a box olllce window is entitled not oniy to pass up the narrow staircase to tno lull aud unrestricted enjoymout of all the babies pra.-.ent, but also to vote upon tbe ques tion which mother and which baby is tbe hand somest. 01 course, bad the mauager in insult under taken to decide that puzzle or delegated it to a com mittee, the disappointed mothers, utter lb* distribu tion ol the prizes, would have seut up a cry of re venge compared to which oven their babies' tones might be constdorod mellifluous. And so the man ager bit upon the vory clever idea of letting tho vis itors themselves decide the question?tboy pitiu for tbe maintenance of tbe snow, let their votes dis tribute the prizes. ?M his, you seo," Mr. Thomas re marked, stroking complacently his venerable white beard, "makes it a tborougnly democratic sbow every baby stands the same chance, and that's the' way, I'm sure, It ought to be." WHO RKUKIVK PR1ZKS. Every baby beiug numbcrod, the visitor assures bimseli or berseil of its number and then proceeds to till out the following coupon attached to each ticket:? Ilaurisouiobt mother. l*rettle?t baby. Kinest tripieu. Freltitiit twin*. Greatest novelly. Prettiest iwo-yoar-old. Prettiest three-year-old. I'retilnal luur-year-utd. Prettiest Ure-ye?r-ol<i. There Is a P. S. at the end of this coupon, convey ing, no doubt, hope to somo despondent mother's breast by aayiug, "A special committee deckles other qualities." The coupou being duly filled out by each visitor, who is thus pleasantly occupied during his or tier stay, Is returned at the exit to the doorkeepor who drops It Into the ballot box. T1IK SURROUNDINGS. But to pass up stairs. Tne largo ball of the sec ond floor preseuts a strange and coulused medley ol mothors, baoios, chairs, cradles, baby carriages, &c. The room is fairly smothered under the Stripos uud Slurs?dou't you sie that every one ol these whiu lug buby boys may become tbe President ol tho United Siatosf?and pleasant little mottoes ornament the wall*, "what is a Homo without a baby ?" says one; to which un uuauprecialive, horrid monster re plied, "It's nicely quiet." "The hand that rocks tbe cradle is tho baud that moves tne world," an other announces, a sentiment which Mr. Tnomas thus luuorsed:?"Well, isn't It? What should we do with out any mothers ?" At the east oud of the hall, commanding tbe filth avenue, luscriptlons such as "Twins," 'Triplets," ?kc., snowed where the visitor had to look lor these wonders ol babydom. At the west end a piano, harp and violin tilled up the gaps ol tho babies' music, which, however, was wondorluily quiet. Even too moat continued bucbelor baior ol lulautllo shrieks dare venture lulo this very den ol lions. Wneihor tno babies leel Instinctively tuat they are on their good behavior and that a rufllo ou their faces may spoil tneir best line ol beauty, or whether they are tiieiuselvcs aware what an Internal row they would inako It all started squealing together and are conse quently afraid of each other, enough that a most an baby like caiiu reigned yesterday among tbe miles ol Midget HalL Nurses were provided to relieve the mothers when they got tired, and lunch was served ou ine third floor during the atieruoou. Partitioned off Irom the wost end oi tbe ball was a lavatory, the entrance to which, ns an invitatlou to tbe babies to come and bu washed, bore this highly appropriate legend, "Suffer little chilareu to couie uuto mo, and forbid them not, lor of suob Is the kingdom of heaven." "Wo havo babies of all nationalities here," Mr. Thomas saiJ, wbo seetnod very proud of the display; "Americans, Irish, Scotch, Germans, llussians, Turks, S?oUes, Duces, Dutch, itc. The two floors are lull ol them and the third is reserved lor the ovei flow. Wo have 400 entered already, but many have been kepi away by the raiuy weather. Among othors we have a promise ol a quartet; we've already got a triplet of girls of lourieen months, and anoiher of two months old boys. Of course, you can tmagiuo that 1 nuve a pretty trying time of It. Occa sionally a fat mottier says to me:?"Don't you tbink inv baby is heavier tliau tbai one!"' Or a lady lookiug indignant blurts out mis remark? "That lady over lliero thinks my buby smaller than bora?tho ideal1' Still another catuo to nia und sanl?"1 bava welched my baby, aud ll weighs Ally pounds. Now, thai woman over more (lookiug scornfully ai a rival) says hers weighs sixty pounds, while 1 know that miuo. Is the nouvicsL" (Well, who can expect correct arithmetic at a baby allow, particularly when ll is the babies' woignt tbat is in question?) SUMS BAST MARVK1A Mr. Thomas said they had indeed somo wondcrlul buinos. 'I hero was one boy of eleven months who would stand ou his head, tumble about like an acro bat, mew like a cat, bark like a dog and puriurm oilier sucb inlanltlo marvels. He llieu showed tho writer through the bull, aud certainly seldom lias a collection of suob beautiful babies been seeu as was here assem bled. The idoal baby was there?at loast tho Anglo Mtxou Ideal ol tho little cherub, tar more ueautllul to his eye lhau any lai-legged Utile angel Uaphaei ever palutod?mat ?olt, chubby, lair, dimpled baby, with pink and white downy cheeks, big blue ayes and a curly cloud ol golden nuir wuviug over Its snowy neck. Tbe lirst baby Mr. Thoinas led Ihe writer to was a fat, plump, creamy little imug In dainty toggery, lis stout legs encased in rose-colored silk stocklngsL "Just look ul ber loot," the enthusiastic worshipper ol babies exclaimed, and ihea exposed to view tho most diminutive doll's foot, which tho oid gentleman rapturously led to his lips. The child buing quite large lor us nge, the loot was remarkably small, und the buby acquired at once a reputation in the room lor bavlug the smallest I eel. No. ;!Sfl was a swool, golden-curled baby, whooled about by her mother, a Uorinan. who snld that sne was ono ol twins, und added, sadly, that she had buried the other. baht talk. Funny to bear was tno baby talk. The babies speak a language ol their own, like the birds, only under stood by themselves. The lavorite word among the weesl ones was "Oow-zow," wulcb literally trans lated mo.iiu, "1 have had a good pint ol milk and leel consequently Jolly." "Ua-ca," with a guttural rattle in the word which was half Teutonic and ball baoyish?all the babe* are more or less leu tons In their speech?was another favorite expression among the Topsy Wopsins. Nobody has ss yet complied u dictionary ol buby language, and yet it would be most interesting What would be more ?inking, for mstauoe, than the porsisieui utterance by one mite yesterday of "Dsch-a-dow-uow," with tbe "ch" pronounced a la Teutou, and a gltfl'* lu follow II expressive of much delight. Tbe little iellow who kept saying It wn trying t? cutch tna writer's bat and null it Irom his bead, and tbe occu pation being a thoroughly babyish one bis streak* and layers of baby fatness turned all Into creaae* and dimples in bis faco. "Mow," "mow," was a luvorite address to lbs beloved maternal parent, aud every moiber Interpreted It dldsrenily. One thought It meant "Wipe my nose," and acted aecordlugl*. Another understood it to be a request for another tug at ilio bottle, aud nearly spilled It ovor the laps of the by standers id precipitately banding it to tbo little dar ling. Tbe talk of lbs older babies was a little moro interesting bccause more comprehensible. rant to lobo mamma," waa a sentence olteu board, tbe babies having substituted for tbe "loving" of our classic lore lalbers a new verb, "lobeyiug;" aud "lobeyiug" meant to take affectionately hold of mamma's hand, cling to It, rub It londeriy and babyishiy to their m luutile laco iud to bold tbe solt, ruby lips up lor a kiss. The babies that wero tell:ng stories to each other wero another doligbtlnl feature. How much terser and orlsper a language English would becoino it the abbreviations ot baby speecb were only adopted. "l'ell a cat," said ono little girl to a bigger boy who bad assumed tbe rOle ol protector and chevalier, and tbls was cortamly a strikingly torso way of saying, ??Tell me a nice story about ucat." "Tue cat" wui "told," and then came moro inlautile pressure to "tell a monkey," und so on. Turning to interrogatories tbe quorios moat In vogue among tbe younger babies were, "Have my baber?" (my bottle), and among tno older, "What you sot!1" ouly varied by "What you going to buyf" Nearly all babies denied that they were bablos. "Are you a baby?" one would ask. "No, 1 not," tbo little rascal would reply. "Well, then, what are you?" "1 Dolly," was the proud reply, the IlUlo boy, whose proper name was Walter, having boen familiarly christened "Dolly." "1 tell your mother," waa tbe threat of ono boy t? another when be saw bitnsell robbed ot a big bite ol cake. KOBE 11AIIr WON DICKS. "Look at tbls little fellow," Mr. Thomas ejaculated, pointing at a lour months old boy sleeping in his crib, the picture of roseate and peaeelul happiness. "1 tell you," be added, vigorously, "1 don't believe tboru's total depravity in that!" and bo gently tupped Ins pearly cheok. Tbe mother blushed and looked bliss ful at tbls praise. A sweet picture was the next?a tiny, laughing girl, sitting on a chair, with ber arms drawn lovlugly round a wax doll of almost oqual sine, and forgetting all the world around her in tins Inno cent coininunlou wltb ber toy companion. A German girl baby, unotbor wonder ot yellow-haired beauty, was seen seated wltb a bright picture book and a still brighter bouquet of flowers in bor dear llti'c hands. "Where did you get such nice hair?" a visitor asked bor. "My mother made it," sho replied, with touching Innocence. "Here Is tbe double jointed baby," Mr. Thomas cried, lifting up tbe mottled arm ol a lomale Inlaut of suol< enormous leaturos that Its deep crosses of lat really produced tbo effect of a "socoud Joint." No. iiua was an infant provided with a doctor's certifl cute mat it was born tuu minutes alter Its motnor'g death. Na 211 was a light haired, bine robed, velvoty checked oberub, whose nurse proudly auswered that ilia young lady was no less a person than Tony Pastor's own niece. Cue child dorlved Its greatest attraction from the tact that us mother had in live years given birth to seven children and astounded her husbaud with no less than tnroo successive pairs ol twins. THK MAMMOTH I1A1IK3. The mammoth uuby was a live months old boy, whose lace sufficiently prepared the spectator lor me mother's announcement mat bis lather waa a butcher in a slaughter bouse. This heavy weight among tho Midget Hall mites rolled In Oily pounds. His only rivui was a red-cheeked lorty-pounder of only eltfbt months. "Now, I have voted for you at being the baud somest mother, and lor your baby as being the pret tiest child, and 1 do hope that you will net the goM watcli," a good-natured lady said to a Danish mother, whose girl baby was a lovely picture ot Suxou bloom. "I teil you," Mr. Thomas remarked by way ol rt< tunU. "1 thought at first ol ibis show as only a matter ol curiosity, but it affords the most Interesting siudy. Those lusty, blooming cbildren are tno Dneut speci mens ol their kind. They ure the offspring mostly of womeu whose physical powers are all put into motion by work, and whose strength and Iresnness are uot frittered away at bulls and late suppers.'' Indeed it was true, in the presence ol these babloa Filth aveuuo must have been ashamed ot itsell. And thoso who combat the theory of a defeneration ot tbe American raco need only attend the baby show to draw now encouragement from tbe magnificent dts* play ol buddlug humanity there exhibited. BELLLVUE HOSPITAL. XNLABGING ITS CAPACITY AND INQUIBING INTO 1TB CONDITION ? M VICE ELY'b INTENDED IN VESTIGATION?BLPORT Or THE BUlLuINO DEPARTMENT ON THE HOdi'ITAL AND MUSEUM. Commissioners Brennan, Bailey and Cox, ol tbe De partment ot Public Charities aud Correction, aud Commissioners Roosevelt, Donnelly and Lowell, ol tha State Board of Charities, yesterday paid a visit to Believue Hospital lor the purpose of examining tbe premises and selecting a slto for two surgical pavilions, and enlarging the accommodation lor Insano patients. Alter about an boar spont on the grounds and in tbe hospital it was agreed that the space to tbo right of the ontranco would make tbe most suitable location lor tbo proposed pavilions. Tholr cost, it was esti mated, might bo about $10,000 for botb. Tbe plan lor tho enlargement ot the colls for the insana was not determined on. Commissioner Brenpan said, II tbe thing could be done, pavilion hospitals should be substituted entirely for tha present ones, but there Is no room lor such an exporlmonL The hospital ia four stories high, and tbe pavilions being ouly one story, would consequently cover lour times as muoli ground. Tho Commissioner was askod if It were truo that the hospital was overcrowded and be said he did not think so. "It is much less crowded than It used to be on account of the multiplication of private hos pitals, which have greatly relieved Believue." "How much do you suppose It would cost to erect tbe sort o'. hospital that Is required V" "Fully two miliious. and 1 don't think there la much chance that the taxpayers will give that." It bad boen announced tbat Mavor a.iy, Comptrollef Kelly and members ol tho Grand Jury would accom pany tho Commissioners, with the objoct of investi gating tbe alleged dangerous condition ol tbe hospital walls und ol looking generally into tho managomont of that and the other Institutions in charge of the Depart ment ot Public Charities and Correction. This, how ever, waa a misapprehension. Tbe visit for tho iattor named object will uot take place until next week. A TALK WITH MAYOR SLY. In reference to it Mayor Ely said yesterday "Bollo. vue Hospital Is au old building and inadequate lor Its purposes, but for the present we must do the beat we can with it. It is overcrowded, and to relieve It pavilion hospitals should be constructed along the shore ot the islands in the East Kiver. A building liko Believue, whlctt has boen so long in use and not contrived on modern sanitary principles, gets Anally into a sort ot mala rious condition. The very walls aud floors absorb In fection ol one kind or another irom the atmosphere of the place." "What would you say to pulling it down altogether and ori'Cilug a now one in us piaco?" "Weil, no migut do that If we had back tha $40,01)0,000 the,Ring stole from tho city. Then we could put New York aboad of auy city In tbo world.' but now we are like a receiver In charge ot a railroad with no assets in bauds." "You iuteud examining all tbo.lnstltuiions?" "Yon, thoro are complaints ot the general Inefficiency ot officers and omployiSs, and ol overcrowding In tha rooms and wards ol Believue Hospital. Why, they ouly pay nurses up there $18 a month, und you can't got competent people lor that price. We will see for ourselves what Is best to bo done. " RSrOKT AtKlOT MKLLK Vl'K TO TUB DKPARTMKNT O# BUILD! HQS. A reporter called on Mr. Adams, Superintendent ol Buildings, to ioarn what be knew as to the condition ol tbe Btllevue Hospital structure and the modloal museum attachod to it. He said that at the request ot the Commissioners of Charities and Correction he soul three of bis ablest exports to mako au examina tion, aud tney reported as follows:? Slit?Herewith please Und tho report of the committee dlrectod i>y you to exainluo the building known an the \\ ood Museum nulldlng, on Hellevua Hospital grounds, at the instance of the Commissioners ol Charities and Cor rection. The gable end or the uorth wing of the hospital we tlnd to be cracked badly between the deadwora of the sills aud lintels ot the windows, canned by tlie settlement ot the bearing walls, breaking at the same time mauy of the llutels, which we roconiuieiid should ho taken out and replaced by soucd ones. Over tho lar?o centre windows we would recomtnoud that east iron box lintels be used la pl?CO ol Sl'lDA. in the Wood Museum building vo And that both the north aud south walls are nadly broken, the foundations under the building. In our opinion, being iusuflieient. Al* though we do uot Ooiisider there Is any Immediate danger we would recommend that the building be takeu down, as any work done uu the same would be. In our oolnion, only wasted, as the btllldlnic la gradually settling. We also found In our walk through the main hospital building (otUcera' quarters) that the northerly sido or the dome Is renting as lar as we could see entirely on a stud partition, causing the ?ame to settle badly on each lloor, being en tuely unsupported on the principal floor. Wo would rocoui nieud that a girder be placed under tho same In the recep* tion room on principal tloor, supported by proper ooluoi&a with good foundations. A HOSPITAL rOR COXTAOIOUS DISK AH U.S. Mr. Adams said be had no authority to oraer the taking down ol Hie building called Wood's Museum, as It was city property, but ho understood Irom Dr. Janos. ot tho Health Department, who bad oalled on him tuat morning, that they Intended to apply lor it and ereot in ua placo a hospital lor patients wltb contagious diseases. A PRIZE FOB PRINTING. Upon tbe recommendation of a majority of tha Judges and tbe confirmation by a majority of tbe wholo number of tbe Board ol Managers of tbe Amerl oau Institute Fair Uie modal ol superiority waa awarded to tbe Metropolitan Job Printing office, Mo. ito Ann street, for designing, engraving and printing ou plue wood in colors lur theatrical and show business. FOR CHARITY. Tbe sum ot $6 has been recelvod at tho Hiralb , offico for the boueflt of the lady In need meuuaaed la I these columns last week.