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Whalen's Suit Against the Lieutenant Gen eral Drawing to a Close. MARK HOYT ON THE STAND Testimony in Reference to the Ownership of the Killona Plantation. In the proceedings yesterday in the suit of Whalen vs. Sheridan, before Judge Wallace and a jury, in the United Stutos Circuit Court, the testimony of Mr. Mark Hoyt was continued aud concluded, lie was the only witness examined. Ho said:?The actual purchase of the personal property on tlio Killona plantation was made on the 20th of December, 1866; I agreed to take the property St the valuation mado at the time of tlio levy aud uudcr the judgment for $30,000, which Whalcn con fessed in my favor on a note for that amount; there is no other paper to my knowledge that Wlialcn gave except this memorandum in relation to the personal property; with the exception of this note Whulen did not have any other paper; there was a talk with Morgans aud myself oftc r the judgments had been con fessed and the Sheriff had been on the Killona planta tion, at the Hard Bargain plantation in Mississippi: Morgans did not have a very high opinion of cotton planting, and the results on the Hard Bargain plantation did not tend to change that opinion, but ho did believe in sugar planting; ho wished to sell to me his interest in the Killona plantation; there was a loss of $30,000 in the cultivation of cotton on the Dard Bargain plantation, and lie was anxious to go into the planting of sugar, and lie was, therefore, anxious that myself and my brother William should have an interest in the Killona plantation; these are the bottom facts; he wanted to put us in possession as preferred creditors; iie felt strongly upon (hat subject; wo discussed the tiling ovt r and Mor gans did not consider thut lie could have any possible interest in the Killona plantation beyond $10,000, and he urged me to buy his and Whalen's Interest pro vided Slater would agree to it; befort Morgans left the Hard Bargain plantation he w as so anxious about it that he made out a bill of sale; we went to.New Orleuus, ami 1 had that document in my possession. "TAKK XX UP TKSDE1U.1C." Q. Have you it now? A. 1 have. The witness then took from his pocket a wallet and selected from some papers a small folded document. Slid giving it to the General said:?"I must ask you to take it up tenderly, use it carefully, and when you have read it return it to me." General Butler?I will promise to do all that except the latter and the Court must be the judge. t$. Has this bill of sale a false date ? A. Not to my knowledge. Q. Whose writing is it in ? A. Morgan Morgans, Jr's. (J. Has my brother Beckwith seen this V A. I think not. (J. You have not shown it to him ? A. No, sir. I showed it to my attorneys. Fellows A Mills, of New Orleans. y. It has never appeared in any of the previous proceedings ? A. I do not know. I did not know I had it until I found it the other day. General Butler then read the document, which was signed "Hard Bargain Plantation, December lit, lstiC," and which solrt to Mark Hoyt by Morgan Morgans, Jr., all bis rights, interest and property in the Killona plantation for $10,00(J. Witness resumed?I did not pay Morgan Morgans $10,000 or give him any note; it was to stand against his share of the loss in the working of the Hard Bar gain plantation, which loss amounted to something like $00,000; Whalen wanted mo to sign a paper giv ing him a partnership, and I did not want to be put in thut position; I refused him again and again; I don't think there was any bargain between Morgans and myself to release the Wlialcn note of $20,000, whether I was reimbursed or not; I will swear de liberately and upon my oatli that the two notes pro duced were not written with my knowledge, in a room at the Si. Charles Hotel; I was on the planta tion when stoll was reported to have left the planta tion ; I did not go to put off Stoll from that planta tion. A SALE TO DUNCAN. I wont Into bankruptcy in the month of May, 1H7K; my recollection la that 1 Hold iny rights and interest in the Killonu plantation in March, IH78, to Thomas B. Duncan; 1 don't remember that 1 showed this hill of sale to anybody except my counsel; my impression is that something was said about this bill or sale to Morgan Morgans to Whalcu; I never knew that Griffin ti Porch were about to bring a suit until 1 was served with the papers in the office of the United Mates District Court, in New Orleans; ldid not know that there was a suit; 1 knew froiu Morgans that Griffin fi Porch had a claim; Morgans and Whalcu were willing thut my brother and I should be put in the position of preferred creditors, and we were willing that they should do it; there was uu understanding between Whalcu and Morgans and 1 that utter the Judgments had been paid they should have oue-tliird interest in the property of the Kil lonu plantation, subject to the contract of Slater, wblch gave thcin one-third ot the liult. and I was to have the other third; from the :11st ot January?the duy I had my lease from Taylor?to March, when I was enjoined, 1 have no knowledge that Whalcu was ou the plantation: I did not see Whalen on the nth duy of August, when wc weut on the Killonu plan tation, but 1 have no doubt tie wus there; 1 was told by Mr. Broussard that Mrs. Whalen had been deliv ered ot u dead child; Mr. Broussard was accompanied by the Sheriff at the time lie made this statement, and he usked uir whether Mr. and Mrs. Whalen should lie put oil' the plantation, and 1 said "No, let them stay,'" ami I gave iustriietious that they might stay so loug as \\ hulcli behaved himself, but if he did not he wan to Is- put oil'. A GOOD ltEVOLVElt. 1 went to General Sheridan to get the order to take possession ot the plantation; my recollection is that i went with Mr. Beck with to ask him to put tueou. us 1 was advised thut the then possession was unlawful: J presented him a petition which was signed by my self and Morgans, which asked him to put ine in pos session: 1 accompanied the posse; 1 was aruicd; I don't know whether the others were; it was my habit to go armed in that county; it wus a Smith & Wes son's revolver. General Butler?Tlu-y muse a good many. I should Jlko to know what the size was. ' The Court?It was a good one 1 supposi. Witle ss?It whs or 1 would not have carried il. General Butler?.My object, if you please, Vour Honor, is to show that tlicru wus an exhibition of force sufficient to overpower persons there. I lie Court?Can anybody doubt that? There was quite a sufficient display ot torce. 1 don't suppose tin- Jury doubt thut for a moment. Don't waste any time over it. (Examination resumed?I atn pretty certain that Slater was -ii the plantation then. He-examined by Mr. licrrick?Order No. 110, now produced, dated August <?, 18)17, was the result of a IK-titton which was presented to General Sheridan two or three ilays previously. According to the iuuorsemcut of the Adjutant Gen eral on the papers produced it appeared tliut llic peti tion was presented July 18)17. The Court adjourned until this morning at eleven o'clock when it was understood thut the defence would rest their case after the presentation of several documents. MURPHY IN BROOKLYN. The regular meetings of the Gospel temperance people of Brooklyn, held In the English Lutheran Church, State street, near Hoyt, were enlivened yeaterday afternoon by a visit from Francis Murpliy, the advocate and apostle of temperance. The visit was mode by Mr. Murphy on the invitation <>f Cup tain Cyrus Hturdlvntit, a gentleman who was, it is said. Instrumental In converting him. Mr. James Movton, of the Temperance Brotherhood of Christian Churches, read an address of welcome. Mr. Murphy said:?"1 am glad to do myself the honor of coming to BruoMyu at the invitation of my kind friend ami benefactor, Captain Cyru- stnrdlvaut, ami to listou to these sweet gospel songs. They are always new, and are not to !?? worn out, but will live forever. We hear a good den! aliout the evils of intemperance, hut what is ilie use of talking about the luivoc which 11. pro duces? Very little, I think. Men go on drinking just the Hume. Wiiat we ought to do Is to get every body to stop buying liquor. You can't force people not to btty it. No men are so easily saved us the drinking men, because they have no self-righteous ness. .My success has been In being kind to men. Toll ean can-li more Hies with molasses than with vinegar." At the close of his address, which was lis tened to with'great attention, a lurge number of per sons came forward and signed the pledge. POLICE CHANGES IN BROOKLYN. Ths following changes were made by the Brooklyn Hoard of Police and Excise ut a regular session yes terday afternoon;?Captain Joel Smith was trans ferred from the First precinct to tin- Eighth, Captain John MeKellur from the Eighth preeinct to the Tenth, Captain James Campbell from the Tenth pre cinct to tho First, Sergeant John Cain from tile First precinct to the Second, Sergeant William M. Strong from the First to the Fourth, Sergeant Dyer from the First to the Teuth, Sergeantt Henry Van Wagner from the First to the Third. Rer u.-i '111ii11]i'h froiu the Third to the First, Her, grant McNamara from the Tenth to the First, Her K?'iint John Easou from the Second to the First Sergeant Hallow from the Fourth to the First, Sergeant Ihardon from the Sixth to the Seventh. Sergeant Thus from the Thirteenth to the Hlxth, Sergeant It. B. Smith from the Ninth to the Thirteenth and Ser geant Charles Strong from the Tent It to the Niutli. Sergeant James J. Fielding, of the Seventh pre cinct, was dismissed from the force for neglect of duty and intemperance. Roundsman Hhepard was promoted sergeant uud ordered to the Third precinct. Patrolniau Van Brunt, of the Fourth precinct, was promoted to roundsman. Vatrolmau McXcllis, ot the Third prccluct, was dismissed tite force on the ground of intoxication. Detective Cltrruii. of the First pre cinct, was requested, by order of the Board, to scud in his resignation to-day. The changes in the First precinct have been made in consequence of the charges preferred against Cap tain Smith and his sergeants by inspector Waddy tor tailing to discover the faro bank kept by Watson. THE POMMEIIANIA. THE TEIUUBLE DISASTER DESCRIBED IN A LET TER FROM MISS MART CLYMEB. Tlio relatives of the Clynior family now residing in this city have just received a letter from Miss Mary Clymer, who was on hoard of the lost Pommerania, giving a brief but vivid account of the commotion that ensued during tho disaster. This letter is dated at Dover, England, and reads as follows:? "The Ponniicraiiia left Cherbourg on Monday after noon, November 25. Mother, Kicliard and I sat up later than usual that night, thinking with pleasure of sooner or later arriving at Hamburg. We were sit ting in the cabin, by tho dining table. Birdie and Bose had just left us to go to their berths for the night. Richard aud the two young Bodiacos went up on deck, when, suddenly, there was u grinding sound and shock, as if tho vessel hud struck a hurd bottom. This was about a quarter before midnight. Suddenly there came cries of 'All lueu on deck!' 'All men on deck!' ?All ladies stay below!' A few moments elapsed, and then came, the awful cry of 'Every one on deck'.' 1 got Hose and Birdie (the latter almost un dressed) and we went up on deck to the port side, mother following. Birdie was very cold and had on only a wrapper, ltose guve lier a a aterproot cloak and 1 gave Rose a coat. \\ hen we reached the deck there was the. greatest confusion and excitement. Tho captain was at his post giving orders, and stuck to his (bit) to tiic very last. I went again down into the cabin to get a little box containing some valuables, and when 1 came buck with it i found Richard bravely at work freeing a lifeboat and mother. Birdie anil Rose trembling and very much agitated. 1 do not think mother had very much hope of being saved, for she put her arms uronml our necks and blessed us, and then got up on the rail of the vessel. Fearing she would fall into the water below, I pulled her down on the dick. Next Richard put a rope into my hands aud told mc in a voice ot command 'There, sister, hold on to this.' Scarcely knowing what it meant i seized the rope; Richard swung mc off; 1 then saw the trightful dis tance below tue in the wuter and the next instant 1 was iu the bottom ol' the lite boat. When 1 looked up 1 saw a dark something flying through the air, w liich 1 thought was mother; it fell into the water by the side of the bout; I pulled it up by the hair; it was Rose. Hose was stunned for the moment, but soon recovered. There was room for eight or ten persons more in the boat, but it was suddenly cut from its tusteuiugs; then the sailors pulled ott l'or fear of being swamped by the vessel, uud in a few moments we heard a voice in our boat cry:?'Good God, they've gone I Pray for Ihoir souls' (meaning those on the sinking Pommerania). The men pulled very slowly und did not reach the steamer Glengarry for "the best part ot uu hour, although she was very near the Pomiucrauiu's signal. We were landed at Dover, England," At Dover Mary and Rose Clymer stopped for over twelve days, waiting for tidings trom the wreck and news of the recovery of the bodies of their mother, brother and sister. Tho body of Kichurd was recov ered and seul on to this city by the Ciiubriu. On its arrival at Hohokcii it was immediately tuken charge of aud sent to Rending. Pa., to he placed in the fam ily vault for the present. Mary aud Rose, by a cable despatch received yesterday, it is stated are stopping with their cousins at Paris, tlic Count and Countess De Blondell. They will not return to New York be fore next spring. 'RED'' LEAKY. a sheriff's posse comitatus ordered to BRING HIM TO COURT TO-DAY. There was to have been an argument at two P. M. yesterday, before Judge Davis, in Supreme Court, Chambers, on the writ of habeas corpus recently granted in the case of John, alias "lied," Deary, who is wanted in Massachusetts for supposed implication In the Northampton Bank robbery. The particulars of his attempted rescue after he had been taken from the Jefferson Market Police Court upon failure to fasten upon him a charge of complicity in the Man. hattau Bank robbery have already been fully pub lished. At the hour named for the argument Assist ant District Attorney Hell said he was ready to pro ceed with the case. "If Your Honor please," said Mr. Peter Mitchell, jumping to his feet, "I have a preliminary objection to proceeding with the urgumeut. Mr. Deary has not been produced in court. He is not sick: neither is he a lunatic. The conduct of the Sheriff is highly reprehensible. 1 insist that Mr. Deary should lm produced in court before any action be taken in the matter." '?I have been informed." said Judge Davis, "by the Sheriff that an attempt was lately made to rescue the prisoner by an organized band of thieves. That is the reason given by him for not producing Deary." "I will agree." replied Mr. .Mitchell, "to go with Mr. Algernon H. Sullivan and bring Deary into court, and I will agree to take him hack aguiu. There is no fear of any uttcinpt at rescue. My client kucw noth ing about the attempt at rescue the other day. It is true a drunken tellow named burns intertered with the officers who hud Iwary ill charge, but my client was absolutely ignorant of the action of liis friends." "Well, if you are so anxious to take charge of the prisoner." said Judge Davis, "I will apiniiut you aud Mr. Sullivan u posse comitatus to bring him here." (Great laughter.) "That suits me," said Mr. Sullivan. "Un reflection, I guess I'll make sure," said Judge Davis, "that the prisoner is brought into court. I shall advise the Sheriff to bring the man here with the assistance of uu armed posse of men, and to shoot the first man who attempts to iuterforc with the officers in the discharge of their duties. I will in struct the Sheriff to produce the man hero to-morrow morning at the opening of Chambers." THE BROOKLYN JAIL JOB. The Mechanics and Traders' Exchange of Brooklyn took action yesterday lu reference to the Board of Supervisors and the proposed erection of an addition to the lUyinoiul Street Jail, which improvement will cost about The Board of Supervisors in vited proposals for the wors, and but one week was allowed the mechanics ot Brooklyn to put in their proposals tliorcfor. The "Exchange" resolved that the time given was far too brief to allow builders a fair opportunity to make up their estimates, and they asm d that sufficient time aud duplicates of the plans be furnished. A REMINISCENCE OF BUCHANAN. [From the Boston Advertiser, Dec. 18.] The hearing in the Smith will case was continued before Judge McKim yesterday. The cutlro day was occupied in the cross-examination of Mrs. Eliza W. Smith by Mr. boring and Mr. Drury, which was not concluded at the time of adjournment. The main point pressed was that the witness had borrowed a large umount of money from her father, and many of lier letters to him containing requests for advance* and acknowledgments of uiouey received from him and other documents were produced by counsel, tho witness having stated in licr illr-xt examination that she was never in debt to her father. She met the ap purent contradiction contained in the letters to tier direct testimony by explaining and persistently maintaining that she had placed all her prop erly without consideration into her father's hands, that all her im ome wus deposited with hiui, and that she drew upon him as her banker. Nothing new that see rued to have a direct beariug Upon the case was brought out, hut much family gossip was venti lated. Mr. Drury produced a pile or seventy tetters written by the witness to her father, fourteen of which he mod. The ethers, at the suggestion of the Court, were handed to llie witness for identification, with the understanding that the important passages only should be read. The following sample of these letters was written from Washington by the witness concerning the seminary she was establishing there:? lis.ak K.ithkh?Glorious news' I called to-day on Senator (in In, ami lie I ante so deeply In'orested ill nio lie told mato use his name anyhow 1 And lie would bring his wbe to talk with me, for lie was atisf.eil that it was the vers school for Ids daughter, nrnl slot innst come. More and hot tor still! I wont to I'rosldsnl Hlicluuian IIS appointed; saw him ap stairs in Ids sanctum sanctorum, and ho was so In l. restod he hogged lue not to go home \nt, for ho wanted (o see more of mo, sml any time I sent up my card I should he admitted to Ms prlvai y I lie said 1 whs the sweetest woman he lisd seen In s long time, and he must see more of inol Thai he would -co Wwhi and moke him and others send tliolr daughters, Tlmt I might uso his nnme just lis I pleased and whenever I wished. lie followed lue down in the door (how unpresidoutlul I) and kissed his hand to me. It was a "dead hit," hut of eonrse ho ran do no further good, ss 1 think he is deter mined not to marry, though lie said nothing ahout It at all. If uuytiody eotild innka Mill marry I uiu sure It would he inc. hut I think lie iniver will, so 1 give it up. I w lab to dine with lilm and get him to get some Senators' daughters, as ha says lie will. That's all; so don't expect anything more, for I know he never Intends to marry I am progressing as well as I can with my room door loekad, and. when a knock conies, do not answer ur know who ltds for fast ol somo si rape when Harris) gets here I shall do twice as milch, and sum can help mo n great ileal Hero Is tho Held ripe for the harvest I shall write to you every day or Tom will, and t 'in are destined, I think, yet til see the glorious results of ail your care and toll In the success of Unit senilnury, asd perhaps In some ot Iter a ay ltelorc my own giaiiflia tiesi, my dear father,! shall rgjeica in yours. Affection ately, your daughter, ELIZA. MILITIA REFORM. INAUGURATION OF A MOVEMENT TO BRING ABOUT A UNIFORM BY STEM OF MILITIA ORGANIZATION THROUGHOUT THE UNION. The Executive Committee of an interstate associa tion on militia reform, which is being organised, met yesterday afternoon at No. "jus Broadway. The oltirers present were General F. J. Hodonbtrg. United States Army (retired list); General \V. 8. Ntrj ker, Ailju taut General State of New Jersey; General E. L, Molineanx, General G. \V. Wiugate, Colonel T. I.. Crittendeu, United States Army, superintendent of the recruiting service; Colonel IV. S. Stirling. New Jer sey; Colonel IV. H. Browuell, Forty -seventh regiment, New York; Colonel -J. H. Cowperthwait and M:i.ior M. 11. Farr. General Stryker presided. The Secretary read a number of letters received from officers of all ranks belonging to the militia of several States gen erally approving of this movement, which is to bring about a uniform system of militia organization throughout the Union. These communications were in reply to a circular that had been sent out by the temporary Executive Committee inviting the co operation of the States and Territories. As the com mittee possessed 110 official status ami acted only out ol a desire to do something good for the militia, few of the State authroities replied to the invitation, but quite n respect able number of prominent officers in divers parts promised their co-operation in the movement. Among the States that thus far have accepted the in vitation to co-operate are New York. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kb ode Island and Connecticut, and the officers taking action in the matter have done go in their individual capacity. INTEREST IN THE MOVEMENT. The letter received from General I). N. Couch, of Connecticut, reported that a committee had been ap pointed in that State to take charge of the matter, and a convention would be held there to-night for the purpose of naming a delegation to tlio general con vention next mouth. General C. H. Barney, of ltliodc Island, excused his absence. General Frank Rcedcr, Second brigade. Pennsylvania militia, predicted in Ins letter strong support for the movement in Pennsyl vania. Major H. At. Boies, Thirteenth Pennsylvania regiment, reported by letter that u convention would be hold lust night in Philadelphia for the purpose of choosing delegations to the pro posed Rational convention. General strylor, the presiding officer, reported verbally that New Jersey had already held a convention at which all the general officers of the State were ap pointed delegates. The Governors of Washington and and Dakota Territories acknowledged, officially, re ceipt of the invitation. Colonel Stevens, Assistant Adjutant General, of Massachusetts, favored lie? movement ;*<'olouel Pec U, First regiment National Guard, Vermont, informed the committee that his State would support a convention. General W. J,. Alexander, of Iowa, concurred in the idea of a con vention, and would try to have u delegation named. General Billiard, of Illinois, promised co-operation. The Jackson (Fla.) Light thought well of the project of militia organization, and would endeavor to have the State authorities take part in it. Colonel Sim mons, First Alabama regiment, would try to have a delegation named, A NATIONAL CONVENTION CALLI.I). Generul E. L. Molineuux offered a resolution calling a convention ot officers from the different States unit Territories, which the meeting adopted. The reso lution provided that the secretary be directed to call a national convention of those interested in the sub ject of militia reforms, to be held in Now York city January 17,187U, for the purpose of deciding upon and rocommending to Congress a plan for the encouragement and increase of the militia tnroughout the country. Ono of the means to bring about this wus by increasing the ap propriations tor arms and such further recognition by the State and federal authorities in matters of in struction and inspection as might be deemed prac tical and desirable. Also, that the Adjutant Gen eral of each State and Territory bo especially invited to attend the convention, with as luauy other dele gates, not exceeding Ave, as he may choose to desig nate. The secretary is in the same manner author ized to stute in his call for the convention that its sessions will probably last two days, utul that the stay of the delegates in this city will l>e rendered both "pleasant and profitable" by local nationul guardsmen and the army commander in the vicinity. Secretary Winuate offered a resolution to the follow ing effect, which wus adopted:? That it is in the spirit of tliu llrst section of a memoran dum for legislation required, in the circular previously is sued by this committee, that the best small arms and ord nance steles that can ho produced shall he purchased out of the l(il.UUU,OI?I asked for, to he issued to the militiamen, and that privato manufacturers should he permitted to compete for uud supply at reasonable rates such arms as may lie considered must desirable in the several States oil their quotas; provided, that under all circumstances a uut form calibre shall lie preserved in any arms loaned to the army or militia. ? A committee, consisting of Colonels Browuell and Cowperthwait and Mujor Karr, was named to provide a suitable place where the Convention could assem ble, and to ailviae the secretary of its locality as soou us convenient. The meeting then adjourned. ARMY REORGANIZATION. PETITIONS FROM THE LINE OFFICERS AND EN LISTED MEN?A SPECIMEN OF CAMP LU'E ON THE FRONTIER. Camp Rphlkn, I). T.. ( Xf.ab Br ut Buttk, Dec. 10, 1878.J To the Editor of the Herald:? The honorable committee appointed by Congress to work out a plan for the reorganization of the army will shortly have presented before it. and through it to Congress, two petitions?one from the officers of the line and one from the enlisted men. Blanks have lieen forwarded to every post, barrack and caiup on the frontier for signature. THE LINK OFFICERS' PETITION. The officers' petition iH a lengthy one. and no doubt it will attract much uttentiou. Complaint therein is made against the staff. They ask that it be ehuuged every two years, so that officers serving with their regimeuts may have au opportunity to learn tho duties pertaining thereto: they ask that no officer be permitted to serve on the staff until he has been with his regiment at least four years. Complaint is made that the army is too small to perform tho duties allotted to it, and they ask that it be increased to 100,000 men. They are willing to bow to a deereaso of pay if necessary to lessen tbu taxes of au already overburdened people. As an Increase of the army would naturally demand an increase of otlleers they are willing that ex-Confederates should be appointed. Tho plan for promotion of meritorious nou-cotu missioned officers and privates is approved of. The petition sets forth that their quarters are not just as tlicy should be, noting that when the order was issued compelling the department headquarters to remove to government buildings they (the stuff) found what was lit for officers of tho line to live in was not At for their dainty constitutions, and that the government baa been to great expense to tit up these buildings and get them in condition for the occupancy oi the stuff. They suggest that officers recruit for their own regimeuts; that when the ranks Of a regiment have become depleted the skeleton?officers and men should 1)0 sent back to some convenient station m ar civilisation, and from there send out recruiting pur ties into the district allotted to that particular regi ment; when enough men have been obtained In till the ranks they eoul 1 then he ordered to take the place of another regiment whose runks had become thinned. PETITION OF ENLISTED MEN. There are many good points advanced for the con sideration of the honorable body who have been vis iting the different places of lashionable resort In order to And a solution "t this never ending army problem, particularly in regard to desertion and labor. They too, ask au increase of the army, and also that laborers, teamsters, mechanics, &o? be en listed or employed to perform the work necessary in building posts and keeping in repair the costly estab lishment. As it is, they are compelled to make long marches through heat and cold, tight hostile Indians, build posts, labor at all kinds of distasteful work, perforin giiurd duty at night, police qnarb-rs, cook, and, in fact, are merely cheap government laborers, Muny times, to escape from what they consider slavish work, they become deserters, and for this their company officers are blamed by those high iu authority. The officers are compelled to employ the soldiers at laboring work anil should not be blamed lor the ntany deser tions that ocettr. The men stntr that they are willing to perform any service properly belonging to the line of duly, no math r h >w hard d may be; that they ex pect to endure suffering, to tight, to drill atul to per tortu guard duty, to march, .Vc.; but they did not dreutn when they were < nllsted that they would be compelled to handle a shovel and pick for Axe years. They ask that their pay be kept ut its present stand ard, and that the money squeezed trom their little pay to keep up a sum titer resilience for the President be applied for Ibelr benefit: that the (lues and forfeitures for misconduct be kept to furnish libraries for the men instead of being added to the enormous amount nlreody accumulated for the Soldiers' Home, to Which but very few ever go. Titt y claim that they are the friends of the laboring man and will uovcr be used to crush him, but In eases of mob violence or other disturbances they are at all times ready to put them down and to assist the loeul governments until reason shall have assumed its sway. THE. SoLIUKM' POSITION, They consider that they are the hardest worked and most abused class In tho country?hard worked, bar a use the government is either too poor or too stingy to employ civilians to perform labor that no soldiers In the world are driven to but 111 tills Repub lic; abused by those In civil life, scorned aud even laughed at because they are soldiers. The jieople do not yet know this small band of men on the frontier who have been and are iverformiug a noble duty. They ask for respect uml the people should give il them* To do pi i- tlieiu tench to create a feeling ol' halted that nothing ran ehaugo. Senator Burusidu, ot Kliode Island, is the gentleman who has seen lit to forward these petitions, and, so far as 1 run are, they are m?ting with great favor atitong both men and officers. 1 believe this will he the first petition ever ottered by enlisted men ol the regular army . and 1 doubt not lmt tt will b< rcceiv< <1 by that august body who have been sell etad to work out a plan for reorganization in a friendly manner. It in It oped that this winter will see the last of the army question. and tliut for.many years to come the regulars may be left to sutler in peace. A SPECIMEN OA All*. At this eanip. situated near Deadwood, on llear Butte Ci'trk, there are four eouipauies, two of cavalry and two of infantry, and out of the four tliero are not to-day sixty men for duty. Drill has been suspended because there are ei liars to dig, bridges to he built, mason anil Carpenter work to be done; all because the government eauuot or will not afford to employ men who are ready and willing to do that work. This country is tilled with idle men, but no work for theiu; tl'e poor fellows atuud and look on at the sohiii rn handling the plain-, the trowel am! the shovel: halt-starved wretches, wutchitig and cursing the government that permits this thing to continue. L. A WORD FOB THE ARMY EMPLOYE. To the Editor of the Herald:? lu these days of reorganization, he., woltld it be amiss to say a I'w words in the interest of the em ployee of Uncle Sam, mora particularly t boso of the army? i trust not, and with your kind permission I will endeavor to show who the employe is, what his future may be, and how it can be improved. The employee of the army are intelligent, skilful anil experienc ed in the s< verul oci upations in which they are called to fill; il it were not so they could not remain long iu the position in which we find them. Qualification only advances, and ability retains them when promoted. The future of the army employe is none of the bust. He may be industrious, capable, and give the best days ot his lite to the government only to be kicked out when he becomes old, infirm, in short, of no further use. A remedy could be effected which would be ben eficial to the employe and economical to the govern ment Intlns way:?At all established posts where the services ol civilians are required let none but tried, capable and honest men be employed, prefer ence given to men who have served in the army as i soldiers. I.et it ho a rule ilial all vacaueies should he I filled l>,\ regular promotion, with the condition that | If the party to whom promotion is due is not quail ! tied for it let him be put l a k with no hope tor pro j motion for one year. Let the chief clerk and tli em ploy es of each office and station be fixtures, not to he ! rcniov-d hut for a cause. 'I his method would norm d ' with the report of the t.'oinmissioticrs on the Keorgan [ i/utiou of the Army, which recommends tliut com any officers should be detailed for set-\ ice in the staif department. What ,t benefit it would In to tin inex perienced officer thus detailed to assume charge ot mi office with experienced subordinates to assist him in the duties ->i which lie is uot cognizant? The records and papers should remain in tin office at each depot. This would b< a measure in the in terest of economy, too, by saving the cost of transporting tin records from place to place when tin officer is relieved, and at the same t.tuc save him a great oc-al of trouble iu lookiug after them. The chief clerk, by remaining always at the depot with its records and papers, and being cognizant of its duties, could explain everything desired to any re lieved officer's successor. In conclusion let the employe, if faithful, be re tained in active service until be reaches the age of say sixty years, then retire him on hull i>ay. OitTNEvJ. FOB WAR VETERANS. For the relief of Post Frank Head, 0. A. It., war veterans, Mr. William A. Harris, of the Brooklyn newspaper press, will to-uiglit deliver, at the Lay College Building, iu that city, au entertaining and instructive lecture entitled "The Flying American." Tlio ability ami popularity of the lecturer and the deserving nature ot the beneficiary will, it is ex pected, crowd the house. BROKEN SAVINGS BANKS. the "security" and "market"?interesting INFORMATION FOR DEPOSITORS. Inquiry having recently been male in the "Com plaint Column" of the Hkiiald regarding tlie chances of the depositors of tlio broken Security and Market Saving* banks ever obtaining an additional dividend, an effort has been made to give these unfortunates information that may in some degree be satisfactory. To this end the respective receivers were called upon yesterday and found willing to make brief statements, which are herewith appended:? SECURITY SAVINGS HANK. Mr. William M. Hanks, the receiver of the Security Havings Hank, wus glad to give any information pos sible. The insinuation that he could not bo found was looked upon as malicious, us the Directory, he said, contains his address as receiver. Three divi dends have been paid, these being of twenty-five, twenty and twelve uud a half percent, making in ail fifty-seven and a half per cent. The lust was ordered by the Court iu May, 1H77, anil since then constant effort had been made to realize upon the small amount of real estate remaining iu hie hands. The depressed condition of the market prevented a satisfactory sale until a fortnight since, when, think ing the opportunity had arrived, everything was dis posed of at public auction. The terms or the sale were ten per < cut deposit at the time and the balance within thirty days. Shortly after the 1st ut next mouth the receiver's accounts will lie presented to the Court, a referee appointed to examine them and then the final dividend will lie paid. This will be small, no doubt, hut the total amount that will liavo beeu received l?y the depositors is oousid red by Mr. liauks as extremely satisfactory when the muddle in which the affairs of the bank were found Is reiueiu lured. Mr. Ranks stated that he is willing at all times to give depositors any information in his pos session. MARKET SAVINOS 1IANK. Mr. -Tolin H. I'latt, the receiver of the Market Sav ings Bank, could uot hold out uii) hopes of ever re alizing anything upon the few assets in his custody. The first receiver, Mr. Frank Work, paid the deposit ors dividends amounting to thirty-eight per cent,and upon his death Mr. Piatt wns appointed his succes sor. Duly odds and ends, und those all tied up by liti gation, were turned over to him. I>o what he could there were obstacles met at every step, ami what he expected might realize a considerable sum has dwindled into almost nothing. A farm near Long Branch, said to have lie ?n purchased by the secretary of the bauk mid paid tor with its funds, wns among the Bssets. It Was thought to he worth gAO.IlUU or $"0,000, but wus mortgaged for fitti.uuo. When Mr. I'latt desired to sell it lie was met with an injunc tion obtained by n Jersey man. said to iiavti been a part in r with the secretary in schemes of spec ulation. The Jersey in ou swore the furni was pur ebased with his money, and not that belonging to the bank, and In this manner blocked the efforts of Mr. I'latt to dispose of it ii r tlio Is urftt of l ho depositors. For five years he was mi ilile to collect tn ? rent even, and wheu at last the in junction was set, aside it was found the farm would not bring the amount of tlio mortgage. Tin re is also ? house In Jersey city, but the receiver has bisui unahli to find a pitr,-liaser tor it, though he lias made halt a ilo/.i n attempts to do so by tdaeing it In the hands ot auctioneers. "Amll am ufruid." concluded Mr. Pratt, "there will be lint little or nothing realized lor the depositors iroiu the assets turned over to me." THE TillALS OF A LF.CTlllKH. [From the London Globe.] There must evidently be iu the constitution of the Paris student a latent main ipring of insubordination, which ut periods of uncertain length, lint of Inevi tablo recurrence, urges him irresistibly to sonic violent outbreak of bad maunors and had taste. At different times this volcanic tendency has displayed Itself in such various ways that there is hardly any outrage against society whleli the students have not committed. The form taken by it in latter years lias, indeed, beeu very luild compared with the times when all the southern part of Paris used to he overawed and terrified hy the escapades of the (Juarticr Latin, lint If the city haa been delivered from the tyranny of these youthful swaggerers, the schools of the dif terent faculties have not escaped so well, and the whole force of those explosions which periodically recur now generally expends Itself within the walls of the lecture rooms. The victim of it at the present moment Is n professor of wiiat we should call com mon law?a M. L'hainbellan?whose appi arunce nt the S< hoot of Law Is the signal for a regular pitched battle between bis partisans and opponents. On Tuesday last a discourse was announced to be delivered by him, and In view of the prob able eonseqm in-en the doors of the amphitheatre where lie lectures. Instead of being left open as usual, were locked to all students who were not provided with curds signed hy the professor. This precaution did not, however, prevent the adwr-e fac tion from attending iu full force. The audience di >ided Itself at onci Into two opposite i amps, and the tempests ot cheers and groans and hisses which be gun long before the hour of the lecture rose to a hur ricane when the professor appeared, attended by tlio head official and Ills upparltors. When, by the aid of these functionaries, something approaching to silence had been obtained, the unpopular man of law began by "iin prtil speech," 111 which he requested attention from young people whom lie believed to Im men of honor. Tills expression, however, roused the malcontents to ungovernable fury: and the protes sor, despite liis ntuiost efforts, was compelled to boat an Ignominious retreat. What Is to he done with tlio refractory pupils we are not at present informed, but it viill not redound much to the credit of the College of France If its younger members are to In allowed to resent as an insult a suggestion that they are men of honor and capable of acting as such. A scene which is disgraced)! to Oxford when enacted III the .Sheldonisti Theatre becomes more than disgraceful w hen imported into tlio inside of a lecture room iu Potto, IS JUDAISM DYING? Professor Adler's Statements Flatly Contra dict bv the Juwish Rabbits. THE HEBREW RACE lLOL'lilSHING. A Tendency to Ape Christianity the Only S'gn of Decadence. The declaration made ut Standard Hall on Sunday ] by Professor Felix Adler, sou of the ex-rabbi of the Fifth Avenue Temple, tliut Judaism was about to die, or about to cease to exist among tho religions of thu world, has naturally created considerable commotion anion}; tho Israelites of this city. Singular to say. the metropolis of th ? New World contains to-day a larger number of adherents to the ancient faith than any city in Europe, the Hebrew population of New York ranging from 70,000 to 7A,U0U. Leaders and clergy men?all had more or less to say about Professor Ad lor's < xtraordiuary prediction. Bev. Dr. Huebsch. rabbi of tbc Lexington Avenue Temple, when culled upon by the writer, said:?"Pro fessor Adler aspires to be a prophet, but I don't see whence lie gets bis prophecy. The great characteris tic principle ot Judaism?monotheism?cannot die. As to individuals, they can do as they please, but the Hebrew race us a race will continue forever. Juda ism cannot die; if ever it do ?? Christianity must die also. Tno new foundation which Professor Adler wants to give to religion is not strong enough to hold anything. Only I thick he w ill be a good Jew ish preacher yet; lie is making wonderful progress; he is a young ntan yet and occasionally will give vent to juvenile expressions. He ha-, however, made some good changes for the better. A year and a half ago be did not speak so respect f ully ot religious af fairs as he does now. To my mind ho lias changed entirely, and i should like to see him work with us; in fact I hope that*one of these daya he will hi in the foremost rank of our faithful workers. As to mixc.l marriages, the professor prohibits strict, ortlio iox Jews from being married to Christians, but lie allows uis own people, whom he culls 'humani tari us," to do it?a privilege which will perhaps iu crease the number of his audiences." OllKAT KKI.IUIOL'S ACTIVITY CLAIMED. Rev. Henry M. Jacobs, rabbi of the Thirty-fourth Street Synagogue, ridiculed the idea that Judaism is dying. He said:?"Never were the Jews higher up in their material and moral power in Europe as well as in America. Look abroad; in all departments of art, science, literature and even in polities, the leading minds are Jews. Does this show a decadence of the race? There are more synagogues, temples and Jewish institutions to-day than there were ever before. Look at the extraordinary growth of the Independent Order of lt'nai Berith, of the Kegher Shcl Rurzcl and ot the Free Sons of Israel? they are stronger to-day than ever they were, and these are exclusively Jewish institutions. This fact alone would be sutiicient evidence of their vitality from a religious point of view. Rut iu addition to this I happened to be a member of the Committee on Statistics of the Jewish Hoard ot Delegates during "this very year, and I have evidence to show that the capital invested in Jewish church property, in be nevolent institutions, hospitals, homes for iutirui, aged and orphans, all exclusively Jewish institutions, is continually on the Increase. All these are, to my mind, strong evidences ot a growing and increasing power, and by no means evidence that there in tin: least decadence of the Jewish race. There arc more Jewish places of worship to-day than ever before, uud their number is constantly increasing, showing a larger religious activity, and besides we have a better educated ministry than ever before. The difference in this regard with what it used to be thirty years ago, when we had no men of high intelligence and capacity to till the Jewish pul pits. is indeed reuiurkublc. If all these things show any approach to the extinction of the Jews or of Judaism every logical argument fails. The forward strides made even in Hebrew education and literature should not he overlooked, lit Cincinnati wc have the nucleus for utt excellent Hebrew college, amply ami well supported; ill New York we have tlie preparatory tlieologioal school originally started by the Temple Emmanuel, but recently adopted by the Union of American Israelites; in l'hihulclpliia there is u eluss for the Htudy of higher Hebrew, including Talmudical studies, under the charge of ministers of various shades of Judaism. Here in New York, in the Hebrew free schools, we have also recently started a Talmndic class, which Is well attended. In Baltimore a similar class is in operation, and other large cities are preparing to follow. Hitch is the recent awakening in Jewish con gregational life that differences of opinion are being put aside, and East, West, North und South are now members of the ftiioti of American Jewish Congre gations, which solidifies ami strengthens the entire brotherhood, all working harmoniously for the ad vancement of Judaism. So much for this country. NUT BY ANY VIKVNS DEAD IN ETROI'K. "Now, us to Judaism going to die abroad. I hap pened to lie present in Paris in August last at the con teronrr held there of leading Jewish miuds. The aged Crciuieux presided, anu representatives were there from every country in Europe?ay, even from M oroeco?-und all these men have u large following. Tin' self-devotion, the earnestness, the national spirit there evinced ia all matters affecting the welfare of the race afforded the best commentary upon the as sumption that ev. it the least possible symptoms of decadence exist anywhere among our people. In Paris a new synagogue is now being built, and while 1 was itt London, a month later, one synagogue had just been consecrated uml another wus about to be consec rated." IteV. Frederick de Sola Mendes, rabbi of the Forty fourth Street Synagogue, alluded to the fact that Pro fessor Adler bad been qui ting the prophets. A11 sorts of interpretations had been given to the follow ing trotu Zecliariah, xtv., 'J:?"And the Lord shall be king over ail the earth: in that day shall there lie one Lord, and his name one." "Now." continued IUbbt Mendes, "what is there to prove anywhere that the J. ws aro dying out, or even that Judaism is lan guishing? The very contrary is the fact. There is too much vitality among them. They are just uow attaining a very high degree of power as a race. There is no decadence visible anywhere. In F.ttgland, especially, tic representative Jews there?for ill slam c, the eight or nine members of Parliament?are all observant Jews. JEWS Al'lSo CHRISTIANITY. "Here, among the wealthier, lint not among the en lightened Jews, there is a disposition to ape Chris tianity by desiring to establish the pew sy stem |0 the synagogues or placing Christinas trees in their nssii' - - The idea that Jews tdtollld have Christinas tfsc- is ridiculous in the extreme, and so far asthieapittg business is cone rued Professor Adler is riglll, but I repeat that it is only among the wealthier JewB, who are uot at ell in the majority either in number? or In telligence. There is, however, a strong phalanx of Ann riean Jews who are alio veal! this nonsense; they have received a thorough home 'duration. The trouble with a large number ot American Jews is that their parents came over here poor, were tin able to give their children proper education in this to tleou new country, and they have not had the advantages of religious teaching; hence there exists among us to-day that rcstivrness of the nnu funs rithrt, vvlio have a decided leaning tow aril Christianity. Yet whenever you speak to thein in regard to it. even with their Christmas trees in their parlors, they profess t" be Jews at heart and ex ceedingly patriotic for their race. Ay, this very class, should any one assail their rights, would at once range themselves under the Jewish banner uud tight for their rights. I am glad in one respect that l'rdfessor A.ller has thus spoken. It will bring these people out, and wo will then see if they are all dial. The very discussion "f this question will show what a vast amount ol vitality there is left, not only in Judaism, but even among those who but indifferently adhere to the ancient rslth. of these, even.there will be quitca number who, when discuss ing PfOte.-sor Adler s declaration, will exclaim, in the language ot the Talmud, which warns us to 'beware of thu child that should rend Ids mothet a breast,' " MRS. STEWARTS CHARITY. New Your, Die. It, 1678. To Titr. Editor of the Heiivi.d;? Rich iris wax pour when giver, prove unkind. The rt t usal of the Hebrew institution to receive the gift from Mrs. Stewart, transmitted through Iter busi ness agent. Judge Hilton, has provoked some severe criticism in to-day's issue of your usually Impartial Journal. When a gratuitous insult, about two years since, was offered to the Jewish community at the instance of this saute "business agent" of Mrs. Htew nrt, one word from that lady would have lietter paved the way to charily than the donation of a few hun dred dollars at this time. "Tis a source of gratification to many of your read ers that dignity and self-respect on the part of the managers of this charity induced theiu mo promptly to adopt the course they have. ONE OF JUDGE HILTON'S EXCEPTIONS. TEN DOLLARS OUT. Nrw Yonx, Dec. 18,1878. To TttE Editor of the Herald:? In your issue of the 18th inst. you remark that the directors of the Hebrew hospital have been rather hasty in refusing the donation offered by Mrs. Stew art. The writer begs to differ with you. I think they were perfectly right tn refusing. I would like to know how long it is since Mrs. Stewart has become so charitable. It is only lately. I know an instance that happened during the summer season of 1877, when ? certain Hebrew society held an entertainment lop the benefit of th? poor. 't en tickets had been rent to Mrs. Mi wart in a registered let top, the receipt then-tor being in tar possession. No answer wan ever peceived, although I have frequently asked Mrs. Stewart, through the mail, to send $10. Do you rail this charity? A HEBKKW. ST. JAMES' M. E. CHURCH FAIR. Tin: ladies op Tin; coxubeoatiom make a LAUDABLE EFFORT TO l'AV OPf THE I'AlthGN A(iK DEBT ?AN ATTRACTIVE COLLECTION OP OOODH OFFEltl'D FOlt HALE, Aetuated by a laudable ilesi e to liquidate the bal ance of a debt on tin- putionage, the luviies of St. James' Methodist Episcopal Church, at Madison avenue and 196th street, opeuod an attrac tive fair yesterday at! moon in the auditorium ot the church. That portion of the edifice has la-en furnished with an Improvised floor, thus forming a spacious and ornate apartment, admirably suited to the purpose indh a ted. The first object which strikes the eye of the visitor on entering is a floral temple ot picturesque design and elaborate construction, which occupies a position in the centre of the fair. It is* composed mainly Of evergreens artistically inter twined, the ivy predominating. The lower portion is finished in bower style, over the semi-circular openings being suspended cages containing tiny birds of song. It is surmounted by a spire some ten foot high, thus making the entire height from tin: floor about thirty feet. The temple bears the num. of "Ivywild," and is de voted to the sale ot rare plauis. cut flowers, and bouquets in many beautiful desigus, such as easels, chairs, cradles and other thtugs. The presiding goddesses in this fragrant temple consist of five voting ladies, dressed in costumes representing ?Swiss flower girls, of which Miss Lottie Kchooumakcr is the central flgure. Among tin- numerous distinctive places on which the ladies, with a folding akin to religious rivalry, have apparently i ndeavored to emulate each other iu minuteness 01 detail and brilliant effect, are font large booths,each well stored with choice articles both for use and m-satnu ut. T'hc first of these on the right from tin- entrance way is the "St. Jauies," an 1 is tin- product of tin- ladies' club "f that name connected with the ? hurch. Among the attractions presented here is u beautifully chased silver aervioe, with salver, and uumlieriiig seven pieces. This is to lie presented to tin minister in Hurh-m who may t drive flu- greatest number of votes, tin- pastor an I ministers belonging to St. James' church being at their own request excluded from the list ot candidates. There are also a water fowl iu bronze, a richly entbrotderud piano cover, a Mexican onyx table, tliree stipurb lap robes, besides many other beautiful and costly ubjcc s. Mrs. J. M. Do Yean is in charge of this booth. AUTISTIC OBJECTS. Next is the "Alcyone," containing a bewildering collection Of artJ <ie curiosities. Among these are two elaborate foot rests of unique design, an exqui sitely wrought talile cover, in applique work; a|buud some rug of Turkish pattern, ami a fernery, w hich proved an object of universal admiration to tlio throng of lady visitors. This booth is presided over by Mrs. W. B. Si!her ami Airs. J. 11. Weaver. On the north side of the apartment is the "Neptune Club" booth, having for emblems two ships, one of them being of unusually large size and iu tull sail. Here a similar amount of artistic feminine handi work was exhibited in tempting array. No ticeable was a handsome silk bedspread, of what is known as "log cabin" design. Each liuly member of the club made one of the blocks, or squares, all of which were tastefully blended in color. The spread is trimmed with Hessian lace. Also a set of curtains in ecru, trimmed with Turkey red. and a fire screen designed in the shape of a lyre, with a figure of David playing upon a harp. Not the least attractive among the articles at this booth is a beautiful mummy cloth table spread designed in peacock's leathers. There is also a silver salver and pitcher which are intendid for presentation to the Harlem physician who may receive the greatest num ber of votes. Mrs. J. J. Sprrrv ami Mrs. A. D. Bock well are in charge of this booth. Adjoiniug the above is the "Knickerbocker," dis playing a suitable emblem of the early settler uu Manhattan Island. In this booth are to he seen artistic fire screens of various desigus, Japanese tables, a life-sized doll docked out iu a pale blue satin costume of th? most fashionable pattern, knicknacks of all descrip tions in silver and glass, a very elegant sofa pillow, and over all an ever (lowing fountain of perfume eusts its delicious spray. The ladies iu attendance are dressed in Knickerbocker cos tume, the two having ifmucdiatc supervision of tlie booth being Mesdumes Hunter and Keys. The toy booth, dedicated to the "Olive Branches," is well stocked, anil proves a continual delight to the little people. It is presided over by the Misses Freeman. A Swiss chalet or cottage, thatched with straw, and containing perfumery and toilet ornaments,commands a large share of attention. It is iu charge of the Young Ladies' Association, of which Miss L. Uriggs is at the head. The refreshment department, pre sided over by Mrs. John H. ltayuor, presents an at tractive lull of fan- and is being well putrouized, es pecially for its confectionery and ices. In the loan collection are many interesting curiosities. It includes a brick from "the tower or Babel, a Chinese pagoda and numerous other rare articles from the cabinet of Mrs. i>r. Newman. The fair will be continued uutil next Saturday evening. HOWARD MISSION. The annual meeting of the Howard Mission and Hoiuu for Little Wanderers waa hold yesterday after noon at the Mission Hume, No. 40 New Uowery, anil the following geutlouien were elected as a board of trustee* for the ensuing year:?A. S. Hateh, presi dent: George Slnpur.l Page, vieo president; Jacob F. Wyckoii. secretary; H. E. Tomp kins, treasurer; William i'helps, Watsou Sand ford, II. W. Baldwin, it. N. Perlee and E. U. Monroe. The billowing art: a few details of the work per formed by itie Howard Mission during the oust year: Distributed from May 1,1*77, to May 1, lsTlt, 0,1115 gs rments, 'J.114 put re shoes, pju quilts and other household goods; also 7,74ti meals, l'lie number of families connected with the Mission who were re cipients of benefits throughout the year was over eight hundred, and the number of children who Were members of those families was over three thou sand. There were received at the mission house during the your 107 children, and of these 104 were placed in homes. One thousand and sixty-live fvi-e lodgings were also provided during the year. The Mission is now earnestly soliciting subscriptions to enable it to get through the present winter, as it is expected its resources will be taxed to tho utmost. LADIES' AID SOCIETY. The annual fair of the Greene Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, is now being bold in tho church for the benefit of the Ladies' Aid Society. Tho interior of tho building has lioen beautifully decorated with dags, hunting, evergreens and Chinese lanterns, and presents u very attractive appearance. There are numerous tables on which are duplaycd holiday presents ot every description, many being uselul as well lis beautiful. One ot till' features of the fair ia the refreshment room, where everything to tempt tho appetite is furnished. The fair wUl close on next Friday evening. CHURCH CONCERT. In its care of tbu adult deaf mntes of this city and its vicinity, and its ministrations among the poor, St. Ann's Protestant Episc 'pal Church, Eighteenth street, has need of considerable means. As all the scats in the ehureh are free it attracts many persons of limited means. A concert in aid of the church and its work w ill be given in t.'bickering Hall on Monday evening next, iii which the male quartet of the English Glee Club (Messrs, Woodruff, Kllurd, iiaird and Aikcu), Mis* HenriettaBccbt, Miss Antonio Heme, Mr. Carter, organist of Trinity Church, and Mr. Elorio will take part. COMMITTEE ON ORGANIZATION. A special meeting of the Tammany Committee on Organization was held last excuiug in the wigwam, ex-Alderman l'urroy in tho cliuir. A resolution waa passed directing the several Assembly district com mittees to meet on Friday evening next for the pur pose of selecting inspector* of eh etlou for the pri maries to choose the new Getu ral committee for ls'lt. Another resolution was passed consolidating the committee* of the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth wards, and providing that the Committee on Organ ization tor the ensuing year shall consist of seven metnliefa from each Assembly district of the city, Instead of five, as at present. A session of ttic Committee ou Organization will be held on Saturday next tor the purpose of supervising the lists of inspectors and fixing the date for holding the primaries. The laat meeting of the present lieu ? ral Committee w ill lie held on the evening of De cember M, ASSEMDLY BEATS CONTESTED. At an uptown hotel a few nights since there waa held au informal meeting Of eotifi retire lietween soma of the leaders of both the republican and anti-Tam many parties. The object of the meeting waa kept a close secret. Yesterday, however, It leaked out that tho object was the niakiug of arrangements to con* test the seats of the Tammany candidates of the First and Fifth Assembly districts. In tha First district it will tie remembered Madigan polled only six majority over Murphy, notwithstand ing the most vigorous efforts ou the part of the straight Taminauyites. The anti-Tammanyitea and republicans claim fraud in one or two of the election districts, and on tilts ground it is understood the contest will be ms'le. lbs fact that the Legislature is strougly republican is iclied ou by the contestants. In the r.ise of the Ftrth district, win re the Tammany candidate was Thomas Began and his opponent ex Collator Norton, the latter, it Is understood, has been, lit conjunction with his republican supporters, lately obtaining affidavit*of fraud on which tua contest will b? based.