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Sunday Morning,.May 23, 1847.
The Judiciary.—We liked well enough that
provision of the new Constitution which made
judges elective, because, said we innocently to
ourselves, the people will in this matter of the
judiciary take men in their shirt sleeves, and not
select them with the coats of party on their backs.
We are sorry to say that we have discovered our
The Conventions of the two great parties have
met m Syracuse, and nominated party candidates
for the bench of the Court of Appeals—the highest
tribunal in the State. So we are no better off than
by the old arrangement, which made a Whig a
judge, or a Democrat,as the case might be, a Whig
Governor and Senate, or a Democratic Governor
and Senate being in control. We feel like scold
ing the people for thus abusing a privilege it cost
them so much effort to obtain.
But we feel more like scolding the Democratic
Convention at Syracuse for rejecting the proposi
tion of the Whig Convention to run a Union
ticket, or rather a ticket composed equally of
Whigs and Democrats, and not selected because
they were either, but with an especial eye to their
fitness for this solemn and responsible trust. The
Democrats are to blame for rejecting this overture
of the Whigs—they should have met it half way,
and it would have been a fine sight indeed —a
novel one it is true —to have seen these two bodies
mingling into one, laying aside their political dif
ferences and addressing themselves in a spirit of
pure and elevated patriotism to the selection of
officers who are to hold in their hands the honor
of the State, and protect the lives and property of
its citizens.
See how this party nomination of judges is work
ing. The Anti-Renters, a political organization
for the redress of a single but serious grievance,
have nominated their candidates for the Court of
Appeals,and the abolitionists may nominate their’s,
and the Natives, if there are any of that funny set
yet alive, may nominate theirs’s! We say that it
is infamous to associate the name of party with
that of the bench of the highest legal tribunal
known to the Constitution, and it is especially un
fortunate at this time, when the experiment is firs;
to be tried of making judges directly by the popu
lar voice.
Having said thus much in censure of the course
pursued by the Democrats, we feel bound in our
desire to make the best of a bad business, to add,
that in our humble opinion the Democratic ticket
is the best entitled to the acceptance of the people.
Of Mr. Gardiner and Mr. Bronson it is not neces
sary to say a word. Both are known to possess
the requisite capabilities, and both will bring to
the discharge of their duties a purpose resolutely
honest and impartial. Judge Bronson had an op
portunity of proving in our City Hall his entire
freedom from all political bias or party sympathy,
in deciding in favor of the Whigs and against the
Democrats in the contested question growing out
of the charter election of 1842. He is a man who
should have been nominated by the people, and
not by a parly. As it is, we hope the people will
elect him. Mr. Ruggles and Mr. Jewett have not
had the experience of Gardiner and Bronson, but
they are sound lawyers <and upright men. Reite
rating our dislike of the modus operandi, we see
no other way left than to take the best ticket, and
* this is undeniably the Democratic.
th refusal tn
" the free gifts of the American people to Ireland,by
their own ship, especially provided for that purpose,
is one of the grossest insults ever offered to this
nation, and on© of the greatest outrages ever per
petrated against the United States.
The people have contributed their own money
and food, for their starving fellow men. They have
provided a ship to carry it; the people’s ship, con
quered and made prize of by their valor—and re
built with their money—the noble frigate Macedo
nian ; and yet this infamous committee, from the
basest or the most contemptible of motives, have
refused to freight, with the people’s gifts, the very
ship the people have expressly provided to carry
Such is the nature of this insult, and such de
testable character of this outrage.
The motives which prompted the committee
were given in our last paper. They were a combi
nation of national prejudice and ©f the still baser
motive of pecuniary gain.
The Macedonian was once a British frigate,
which struck her flag to the gallant Decatur. The
baser motive was that of pocketing freight-money
from the insufficient fund which England has voted
to relieve Irish starvation.
Who then are the men who have dared to insult
the American people in this outrageous manner I
We give their names to all the infamy that they
deserve. They are
George Barclay, son of the late British Consul.
Robert B. Minturn, an American; and one of
the firm of Grinnell, Minturn & Co., shipping mer
chants, and deeply interested in British trade.
James Reyburn, an Irishman, who, if he is not a
traitor to his own country, has evidently forgotten
the respect which is due to ours.
John Redmond, of whom we know nothing, ex
cept his connection with this humiliating transac
tion; and
James Mcßride, Jr., an Irishman, with British
feelings; who, to the last day of his existence, will
regret his agency in this discreditable affair.
If we knew any single excuse for the outrage
which these men have committed; we would re
joice to publish it. We know of none, and no rea
son has been given except the disgraceful ones al
ready stated.
The natien has been insulted and the city of
New York dishonored. We stand disgraced be
fore the whole country, and before the world.
It will never be forgotten that the city of New
York allowed a committee of British birth and in
terests to insult us and the country at large, in the
rejection of the United States frigate Macedonian.
It is a disgrace that nothing can palliate and noth
ing can wash out.
There is nothing to do now, but to punish the
offenders, and they can only be punished by mark
ing them with enduring infamy.
Mark them, Americans, as the insuiters of your
flag and your country.
Mark them, Irishmen, as the cring’ng tools of
your country’s oppressor, the greedy speculators
on the sufferings of your coantrymen, and the in
surers of those who have opened to you their
hearts and to your unfortunate brethren of the
stores of their abundance.
Let them be remembered. They may gain
wealth ; but they can never be honored again.
Their names shall go down a bye-word and a re
proach, and when they walk along our streets, or
roll down Broadway in their sumptuous coaches,
men shall point the finger of scorn at them, and
say: “ that is one of those who refused to send the
gift of the American people to starving Ireland, in
the people’s own ship, the Macedonian!”
The New York Regiment—An official return
from Col. Burnett gives the following list of killed
and wounded in the battle of Cerra Gordo:
Killed, none ; wounded, Captain Pearson, com
pany E, slightly; private Ebenezer Cook, company
I, mortally ; private Joseph Franklin, company I,
severely; private Richard Kederick, company I,
severely; private John Striers, company I, slight
ly ; Henry Heveran, company K, slightly; private
Christopher Newman, company B, slightly.
Quartermaster William H. Kearney, of Albany,
was killed by rancheros, two days after the army
left Vera Cruz for the interior. The Albany
Argus says—
Sergeant Kearney was sent back with five or six
men to bring up some stragglers and the mails;
and while on that duty was shot down from the
wayside, by some of the banditti that infest the
road, and bayonetted. His feet were then tied
together, and his body drawn by a horse over the
road until his head and shoulders were so bruised
that his features could hardly be recognised.
He leaves a child, scarcely old enough to appre
ciate the aggravating circumstances of his death,
and many warm friends who will long deplore his
The Guerilla System.-—The description of
warfare adopted by those Mexicans, who are not
yet satisfied of the inevitable necessity of submit
ting to American conquest, now that their own
madness has brought the war to this result, is nei
ther more nor less than a covering of the country
with squads of banditti, outlaws and murderers.
These can make no impression upon well
organized, disciplined and properly provided forces;
but the peace of the country will require that they
be hunted down and exterminated.
As this kind of resistance is opposed to all the
rules of civilized warfare, proclamations will be is
sued, offering rewards for the destruction of these
bandits ; and rifleman will scour the
country, and cut them down or string them up
wherever they find them. Notbeing entitled to be
treated as prisoners of war, the only formality in
their execution will be that speedy process, termed
a drum-head court-martial.
By this process Mexico will soon be rid of the
robbers that now infest her, and the guerrilla sys
tem will soon decline in popularity.
Progress of Daniel AVebster.—-After enjoying
the generous hospitalities of the people of Charles
ton, Mr. Webster, accompanied by his lady and
Miss Seaton, daughter of the Mayor of Washing
ton, arrived at Augusta, Georgia, on the 17th inst.,
where he was received wiiht&a usvalcsremonies.
The End of the War.—The end of the Mexi
can war begins to reveal itself to our astonished
government; and to a not less astonished world.
The conquest, the occupation, and the ultimate
annexation of all Mexico, is so clear a necessity,
that it may be regarded as a thing accomplished.
Step by step, without knowledge or purpose, but
led by Providence or Destiny, we have prosecuted
a war with a people without a government; until
we find ourselves in absolute possession of a vast
country of which we cannot let. go without peril.
This great fact is seen now by the intelligent
people of both countries ; and onr necessary action
in regard to it, must be agreed to by both. As a
separate nation, Mexico exists no longer. Her
expiring struggles have been made—her national
ity has flickered luridly over disastrous battle-fields,
| and gone out: and it is ours to light the torch of
’ liberty from our own altar fires, which shall irra
diate her in all coming time.
There is no other course; except a course of
suicidal infamy. We cannot make any peace but
the one now nearly conquered; because there is no
power, no government, no State. Our duty is
clear. We must exercise the power—we must
organize the government —we must constitute the
The intelligence of Mexico has awakened to
this necessity, and is now prepared for this result.
The hierarchy of Mexico, after a vain lament over
the inevitable progress of religious liberty and free
toleration, has bowed to the decree of Providence,
and looks to us for protection and safety.
To make us willing to do our heaven appointed
work, we need only look at the result of our refu
sal. If we recede one step from the country to
which we have now’the full rights of conquest and
possession, down comes the iron heel of England.
If we reject what Providence now holds out to us,
it will be seized upon by the monarchies of Eu
rope ; and we shall be drawn into alb the entangle
mentsand chains of European politics and balance
of power diplomacy.
This is not to be. Our genius points another
way. We possess, and must govern Mexico.. We
have got to cut down and root out her banditti, to
establish law and order, to build up her commerce,
to develop her resources, to educate her people,
to open a passage to the—Pacific, and to fit these
provinces to take their places, bright stars in the
constellation of our Republic.
No monarch’s foot must ever press the sod,
reddened by the blood of our brave soldiers. No
European flag must float over the fields of our vic
If there were now any Mexico—there might be
yet longer. What was Mexico, is now, and is to be
in all time to come, a component part of the great
Republic of North America.
Startling Development—Defalcation in a
Secret Order —Had a thunderbolt fallen from
the hand of Jove, and lighted on a powder maga
zine—or had one of Gen. Scott’s ten inch shells
burst in the centre of the crowded Tabernacle in
the midst of the Religious Anniversaries ; or had
we heard of the defeat of our armies in Mexico,
we could not have been more astounded than we
were at hearing that one of the highest and most
prominent officials of one of our great secret or
ganizations, was a defaulter, to the amount of
thousands, of the funds entrusted to his care.
What measures will be taken in regard to this
astounding and deplorable affair, we will not ven
ture to predict; and we allude tn it lor the purpose
of impressing upon the members ef the order the
necessity of prompt and proper action, and the
great danger of acting wrong in such a crisis.—
The Uir —tHr-vr ry-exisrcnceot theytnstirution
is at stake. It is a terrible, an alarming, a momen
tous matter —one that cannot be trifled with or
neglected, and one which absolutely requires the
most energetic measures.
This is one of those emergencies which call for
firm and decided conduct, and, if need be, for
great sacrifices. The defalcation, whatever its
amount, must be made good, by those who have
subjected the members of the institution to this re
sult of misplaced confidence. That, in any event,
and at all events, must be done ; in what manner
is to be decided by those who would not witness
the blight of all their cherished hopes.
The next point is the proper action in regard to
the individual. The first impulse of some was in
stant retribution —others were for a calmer, a more
considerate, but not, perhaps, a less decided action.
The guillotine is ready, and the glittering blade
must fall. Pity, commiserate, forgive, if you will
—still you must punish. Otherwise the disgrace,
the infamy of one individual must attach to all.
We know not precisely to whom we make this
appeal. We do not know to what limits the secret
has been confined; nor how closely it has been
kept by those to whom it has been confided. All
we know is, that a fair and stately ship is near the
breakers on a lee shore, and that it requires good
seamanship to work her off.
Giving Bibles to Soldiers.—Most of the regi
ments and detachments of regularsand volunteers,
which have left for the seat of war, have been pre
sented, by clergymen, pious persons and as
sociations, with copies of the Word of God. The
propriety of this has been much discussed, and not
a little sneered those who oppose war, from
conscientious scruples.
We do not suppose, that, as a general thing, our
soldiers will read enough to do them much good or
harm ; but we are compelled to say that the read
ing of the Old Testament, however it may be cal
culated to give men the needful ferocity, is not
fitted to make them regardful of the rules of modern
and civilized warfare. We trust that our soldiers
will not copy the examples of the Hebrew warriors,
who not only slaughtered their enemies in battle,
giving no quarter,but murdered defenceless women
and innocent babes; and we hope that our com
manders in Mexico will give their soldiers to un
derstand, that though they may read their Bibles,
they must not suppose that wars are to be conduct
ed under Scott and Taylor, the same as under Mo
ses and Joshua; though some of Gen. Taylor’s vo
lunteers appear to have fallen into this- very blun
der ! .
War and Nature.—The Mirror finds it easy to
make assertions; unfortunately, it is more difficult
to prove them. The Mirror asserted without qual
ification, that man fighting with his own speci es,
is an exception to all nature. Ne proved that va
rious tribes of animals fight and destroy each other,
from different motives—from jealousy, from hun
ger, and in some cases, from the mere love of com
bat or of slaughter,but the Mirror only reiterates its
bold assertions. The Mirror’s education in Natu
ral science, has been singularly neglected—even in
infancy he should have learned from Dr. Watts:
“ Let bears and lions growl and tight
For God hath made them so ;
Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
For ’tis their nature too.”
The propensities of some creatures to fight with
each other have been an insuperable obstacle to
their being made useful to man. For example, all
the experiments in weaving a delicate silk from
spider’s webs, were defeated by these creatures
fighting with and destroying each other; and this
not from the want of food, with which they were
abundantly supplied. But facts are thrown away
upon men who prefer their own opinions to the
truth, and make assertions without thinking or car-.
ing how they can be sustained.
Ship Fever.—What is denominated ship fever,
is a malignant typhus, produced by insufficient
food, air, and inattention to cleanliness. It is fre
quently infectious, but is not to be considered an
epidemic. Physicians and nurses aie more or less
liable to lake it; and it is sometimes fatal. In se
condary cases, it has a modified form, and unless
favored by circumstances is not inclined to spread.
For several months, and especially since the in
crease of immigration, caused by the famine in
Europe, there has been more or less ol this type of
fever in our hospitals, and ship boarding houses ;
and some of our citizens, and one physician have
fallen victims to it. Measures have been taken to
subjectall cases now arriving to a rigid quarantine,
and the new passenger regulation will do much to
prevent them for the future.
We repeat that there is no danger of the disease
appearing as an epidemic. It is simply
or as some think contagious. It is only those who,
under particular circumstances, are much exposed
to it, that have anything to apprehend from it.
The alarming paragraphs and advertisements
which are to be seen in some of our papers, have
their origin either in ignorance, or cupidity; per
haps in both combined. \
Academy of Medicine. —This formidable insti
tution held a meeting on Wednesday evening, at
which the following gentlemen were, upon the re
commendation of the ‘ committee on admissions,’
elected as resident fellows: —John C. Cheesman,
George F. Huntington, Alban Goldsmith, Elias J.
March, Thomas M. Franklin, Cornelius B. Archer,
and Wm. H. Macniven. These are therefore en
dorsed over as regular.
Dr. Stearns was in the chair, and appears to have
fully recovered from the tremendous effort neces
sary to produce his Inaugural Address.
This remarkable address, the Academy, after
voting to publish, has tried to Suppress; but it
won’t stay suppressed, for the irregulars have got
hold of it, and have determined to give it a wide
Learn to Draw.— We are glad to see that the
thorough and admirable American Drawing Book
of Chapman, published by Redfield, is having a
, large sale. It will prove a lever of national eleva
.. tioju
The American Literary Gazette, is the new
prefix title of the New York Weekly Mirror,which
paper is placed under the editorial charge of Mr.
Evart A. Duykinck, late editor of the Literary
World—and now it occurs to us as highly proba
ble, that this may be intended as a rival publica
tion. It is to be devoted more to books and litera
ry criticisms than heretofore, and it promises to be
independant. This promise, in the very first num
ber of the series is to a certain extent redeemed ;
for we have seldom seen a more fearless and de
cided condemnation of the Missionary enterprize
and operations than occurs in ths following pas
sage, from a notice of the brilliant works of Her
man Melville; Typee and Omoo. Mr. Duykinck
says:—“ In sober truth these deluded philanthro
pists (the missionaries) have, by deluding others,
built up an immense institution, requiring annually
several hundred thousand dollars to support it; and
now they are deluding the natives, with the idea
that it is all for their good. This talk about glo
rious revivals among the heathens, is the veriest
nonsense that every emanated from the muddled
brains of madmen. A few ignorant islanders are
harrangued into a state of mere animal phrenzy,
frightened into the grossest absurdities, and finally
reduced to a state of slavery—and all this is herald
ed as a grand triumph of religion!”
He is certainly a bold writer, who in a communi
ty like this, dares avow such sentiments; and we
begin to think that there is much truth in the re
port that he was too independant a writer to suit
the views of the Booksellers, who publish the Lite
rary World.
Death not Murder. —Admirably policed as the
city is, and safe as are the citizens who use ordi
nary caution, there are, it is to be supposed, a few
ruffians lurking within our boundaries. Every
body was aghast on Tuesday last, to hear that a
man had been fpsnd senseless in the upper part of
the Bowery, -end that without doubt the wounds
on his head were caused by “slung shot.” The man
died a day or two afterward, and on the Coroner’s
inquest, it was ascertained that the wounds were
occasioned by the fall of the unfortunate from the
roof of an omnibus, when he was intoxicated.
Another man was seen to fall in Courtlandt
street, and soon after died. A phial, which had
contained poison, was found upon his person.
Upon these facts, the following case was made out
by some ingenious reporter: The victim was de
coyed into some place, robbed, poisoned, the phial
which contained the poison put into his pocket,
and then he was thrust into the street! This story
only needs one thing to make it perfectly satisfac
We repeat our counsel, given again and again
in this paper, that strangers cannot be too cautious
in walking the streets of the city, especially at
night. Rogues can tell a regular, experienced,
wide awake citizen, whom it is dangerous even
to approach, and such a man they always avoid :
while a countryman they spy out and boldly fasten
upon. And on the other hand we beg the reporters
not to convert every accident into a murder. If
their active imaginations must have food to feed
upon, let them take it; but of th<; scanty material
which under our stnngesfpolice system is afford
ed, they must be content with manufacturing less
startling outrages than that of murder and high
way robbery.
Oo That talented colored “ pusson,” Frederick
Dougldss, is about to commence the publicstidn of
an Abolition pajprin Lynn, Mass. The necessary
funds have been contributed by the old women
of England and Scotland, who are Douglass’
backers. Jerrold’s Weekly Newspaper of the Ist
inst. says:—
“ By this time Mr. Douglass has landed in Ame
rica, and is on his why to lake up his position at
Lynn, Massachusetts. There lie proposes to open
the campaign against the Anti-Abolitipnists; and,
with the. ammunition of good argument, and the
sword of intellect, to force his way through the
treble lines of blasphemy, ignorance and injustice,
in which the enemy lies entrenched. The battle
will be fought with all the might of men, but—
there will be no bloodshed. It will be a battle of
the prbss.
We aie happy to state that contributions will
be sent out from this country, that a magnificent
piece of artillery—an iron press—may be imme
diately placed at the General’s disposal. Shot—
type of all newspaper variety—will be cast, and
served out to his troops; allot them black soldiers,
enlisted in the cause of emancipation. A broad
side (in the shape of a newspaper) will be fired upon
the enemy .at internals; and rockets and shells,
carrying most destructive syllables, will from time
to time be scattered among the foe.”
We have.no doubt that Douglass will create a
tremendous sensation in the town of Lynn and the
neighboring peninsula of Nahant; places which
have heretofore mainly depended for excitement
on the appearance of the sea serpent, whose visits
of later years have been singularly irregular. Doug
lass will prove a first rate substitute for the mon
ster 5 but the philanthropists of Uynn must keep a
sharp eye on him, especially when they are pack
ing their boots and shoes for the Southern and
Western markets. If he should smuggle into the
cases any of his “nigger extravaganza” about
emancipation, the chances are that Lynn shoes
and boots would not be saleable at the South and
West, and then what would become of poor Lynn!
00-Hon. Robert Charles Winthrop, M. C. from
the Boston District, now in Europe, was presented
to Queen Victoria by Mr. Broadhead, Secretary of
American Legation at the Court of St. James, on
the 23th ult. Some of our readers may like to
know how a person is expected to behave when he
is presented to the English Queen. A little book
upon “ Court Etiquette,” published a few years ago,
gives the instructions thus:
Take off your gloves before yon enter the cham
ber in which her Majesty appears. Your hat,which
has been carried under your arm, should then be
taken in your left hand : deliver your card to the
lord-in-waiting, who will announce your name,
appointment, and presentation; when her Majesty
will graciously extend her hand to you: you are
then to kneel upon the right knee, gently and re
spectfully kiss the presented hand, rise, bow, and
proceed on, keeping your eyes on her Majesty in a
respectful manner,until you shall have passed some
little distance beyond, when you file off to the
Just fancy Mr. Winthrop, a descendant of one of
the sturdiest of those sturdy old Puritans who left
England to be out of the sight of senseless farces
like this, getting down on his knees, kissing re
spectfully little Vic.’s dumpy hand, “graciously
extended” for the purpose, then rising and sidling
off W’ith precipitation ! Mr. Winthrop is a tall,
handsome man, who appears to much greater ad
vantage standing bolt upright, than in any other
position, and indeed all men look better erect; for
monkeys to squat is quite natural.
Humiliation of England.—Mr. C. Edwards
Lester, the biographer Sam Houston and Con
sul to Genoa, once wroth a book entitled the Glory
and Shame of England. He should have waited
until now, to have seen her bitter humiliation.
England, hating the United States as only English
men know how to hate, is dependent upon us for
the bread that keeps her famished people from a
more general starvation than they are now en
during. England hates the Emperor of Russia,
and fears him too, almost, as much as the United
States, and yet, her government has just accepted
from him a charitable loan of two millions of
pounds sterling. We cannot foresee what other
humiliations that once haughty country is destined
to, unless it be to witness the conquest and occupa
tion and finally the annexation of Mexico.
Pictures.—We have not thought it worth while
to continue regular notices of the paltry exhibition
of the National Academy of Design; though its
members and exhibitors need not flatter themselves
that we shall let ofl their stupid and disgraceful
work shop so easily.
Perhaps we ought not to blame the members of
the Academy, for filling their walls, even with such
trash as disgraces them; if they could do no better.
After looking at what they accepted, though, one
would like to have a look- at what they rejected.
An exhibition of these would draw.
There is a very meritorious but much neglected
.gallery in the city, worth at least a dozen ©f the
Academy’s exhibition, and which we propose to
notice at more length. This is the New York Gal
lery of the Fine. Arts, in the Rotunda in the Park.
We are to have, it seems, still another Gallery,
that of the Art Union ; or rather this Institution is
providing itself with more extensive accommoda
tions. We shall pay more attention to this sub
ject in our next number.
Mexican Women.—Every authentic information
relating to our newly-conquered and soon-to-be
annexed provinces, is interesting ; and very much
so is what Mr. Thompson, former Minister to
Mexico, says of the fair ladies of that beautiful
country. He assorts that -“ no people are by nature
more social;” and that “in many of the qualities of
the heart which make women lovely and loved,
they [the ladies of Mexico] have no superiors.
“ One may walk the streets of Mexico for a year
and he will not see a wanton gesture or look, on
the part of a female of any description, with the
single exception, that if you meet a woman with a
fine bust, which they are very apt to have, she finds
some occasion to adjust her reboza —shawl —and
throws it open for a second.”
Disgraceful.—Captain Forbes, who command
ed the Jamestown ship of .war, bn her glorious
voyage to Ireland, accompanied by Charles Sum
ner, Esq., and other gentlemen, has come from
Boston, to make some arrangements lor complet
ing the lading of the Macedonian. This disgrace
comes from the New York Relief Committee; on
their heads let it rest. We wish it would blister
them. As to Mr. Minturn, the only American, so
far as we know on the Committee, we promise him
his full share of it before we are done with him.
1 (Xf- Wjtfy ample fifes of papers, we re
ceived by the steamship, Qaledonia, a long letter
from our friend and correspondent William G.
Hersey, Esq., now sojourning ;n the British metro
polis. We regret that our limits will not allow of
the publication of the entire letter. The following
are extracts:
London, May 3,1847.
** * We had a fine passage out in the Welling
ton —only sixteen days from New York. I have
crossed the Atlantic six times, but never in abetter
ship, or one under more capable direction than the
Wellington. Captain Chadwick is a thorough
sailor, a careful navigator, and a whole souled,
warm hearted gentleman. Once your legs are
under the mahogany, in his cabin, you feel at
Your friend P came out in the ship Mary
Ann from Boston. I saw him on the night of his
arrival, and he seemed to be exceedingly happy.
Gilbert and his wife, of the old Federal Street
Theatre, Boston, came out in the same ship.
J. R. Scott is playing to first rate houses in Liver
pool, at the Theatre Royal. Hudson Kirby is do
ing very well.
The Ethiopian Serenaders —Pell, Harrington,
White, Stanwood and Gammon —are giving their
entertainments at the St. James’ Theatre, to large
and very fashionable audiences. The success of
the Serenaders in this country, shows not only
their intrinsic talent, but the skilful management
of James Dumbleton, who is a fine, clever fellow,
and a credit to the country he hails from.
Carter, the lion tamer, another of our Yankee
breed is here—Yankee notables, all of these I have
mentioned—who manage to astonish and delight
grave and grumbling Mr. John Bull, and make
money besides —“ I reckon.”
Charlotte Cushman has been ill, but is now get
ting better. Susan, you will see by the papers, ig
about to be married. A “good match” I hear. I hope
her admirers, on your side of the Atlantic, will be
resigned. There’s no help for them. Young,
beautiful and talented girls are not exempt from
the infirmity of the sex—to love and marry.
There is a party of “ Female Serenaders” here,
who are trying to pass themselves off as American;
but the humbug won’t go down. Their eyes were
never blessed with a sight of our dear Yankeeland;
besides they have an awkward way of sounding
an h. when it should not be sounded, and of omit
ting to sound it when it should be. A similar
liberty with the letters v and w also betrays then
origin. Not even niggers in the United States
call eels, /reels, or vipers, wipers, or watches,
Hout of the pay Old Dan Tucker,
Isn’t American nig, although it undoubtedly is Eng»
lish nig. Douglas Jerrold says of these impostors—
“ Six ladies are costumed in yellow wrappers, red
boots, red scarves, and have black faces, arms and
legs. * * * These ‘ niggers’ sung and played the
well known American melodies alike indifferently
and were little applauded.” The gag does not
To the Editors of the Dispatch :
Your uniform kindness in the cause of unfortu
nate Ireland, induces a constant reader to ask the
favor of publishing the following:
The English press are incessantly teeming with
charges of indolence, &c., &c., against the Irish,
as the cause of their present misfortune. Hear
what “ The Democratic Review,” says on the
“ If indolence is so inherent in the Irish charac
ter as Englishmen would have us believe, in justi
fication oT their own agency in producing the pre
sent state of affairs, why is it that a few years’
residence of the same people on our shores con
verts them into an active, energetic, industrious
and frugal race. What becomes of that ‘dogged in
dolence,’ which is said to prefer starvation to in
dustry I Where is the turbulent love of anarchy
which makes the presence of an armed force al
ways necessary in Ireland I Why is it that those
Irish whose physical distress induced them to exile
themselves, nave been enabled from the State of
New York alone, to spare $2,000,000 from their
earnings in a single year to relieve miseries that
are constantly increasing under British misrule I”
**** ■ * *
“From the leading events to which we have
slightly alluded, it has, of necessity, resulted, that
while Ireland has been annually taxed $4,500,000
for the support of the Protestant Church, and over
$25,000,000 for Imperial Government, making
$30,000,000 in addition to $25,000,000, the esti
mated amount drawn by absentee landlords, mak
ing an annual drain of $56,000,000, there has
been no means by which industry could be exer
eised to produce such a sum. We may imagine
what would be the case with the United States, if
the whole cotton crop were annually paid to Eng
land in tribute in one form or another, without a
shilling equivalent returning into the country.”
(Xz* Our contemporary of the Mirror is a gentle
man of lively sympathies and subject to benevolent
emotions. On reading our article entitled “The
Belle of Nassau street,” published, as our readers
will remombor, fiv® or cjy wpeks ago, he became
greatly interested in that young, lovely and accom
plished, but singularly unfoYtunate girl, and imme
diately declared, in the most handsome and gal
lant manner, that he would give the coiner of his
office to be converted into a neat soda, ginger pop
and root beer depot, if she would consent to take
charge of it. Mr. Smith was directed to carry this
benevolent design into execution, and he, associat
ing with himself, Mrs. Jervis, the candy woman,
commenced a search for our “Belle of Nassau
street,” and at last thought he had discovered her.
But this is a mistake. Although the young lady
who presides over the destinies of the Mirror soda
fountain, and ginger pop and cough candy depot,
is possessed of rare beauty and wonderful accom
plishments, she is not our Nassau street belle; that
lovely creature having gone to hunt up the gentle
man who wrote to us about her, immediately on
reading our article—an article which we are happy
to know has created not a little excitement all
over the country. All this is written byway of ex
Proprietor of the Westchester House vs.
John W. Oliver, of the “ Organ.”—This im
portant libel suit is to be tried during the coming
week, and as the time is fixed by stipulation, wit
nesses may be assured that there will be no further
postponement. Blunt, Brown and Mathews, are
engaged as counsel for plaintiff, and David Gra
ham for defendant. As Oliver pleads justification
—the nature of his “motives” will probably un
dergo an investigation. This will open a new page
in the history of the “ legal suasion” school of tem
perance advocates.
The Gasner Case, again.—We understand that
the defendant in this curious case, who was mulct
in damages, has moved, or is about to move, fora
new trial.
Polly Bodine.—This lady,immortalized in wax
work—and who for three years and a half has been
a tenant of various prisons, under indictments for
a series of crimes, running from wilful murder to
grand larceny; has at last been admitted to bail on
the minor offence, and released on her own re
cognizances on the others.
(X 3 We are glad to learn that Benjamin Harker,
Esq., late superintendent of public works at Fort
Hamilton, has been appointed superintendent of
the public buildings now erecting on Blackwell’s
Island. He will prove a faithful and efficient
Delicious Weddings.—On Thursday evening
last, the Green street Methodist Episcopal Church
was crowded with the most delightfully excited
audience that ever was contained within its con
secrated wallscontained ? three such houses
would not have held them. Never was such a
pleasant jam—seldom such a pleasant occasion.
Two happy couples were married by two clergy
Serious Fire.—At the fire,on Friday, at the cor
ner of Hammersly and Greenwich st., some forty
poor families were burned out of house, and seve
ral firemen and others injured, but no’ lives were
last. The buildings were of little value, and be
longed to ex-Alderman Crolius.
Sacred Music and Law.—An interesting case
will probably be tried in the Marine Court this
week against two of the officers of the Sacred Mu
sic Society. We shall be present to report parti
The latest news from Mexico, fully confirms
the opinions we have expressed and the facts we
have stated in another part of our paper. The
Mexicans cannot raise forces for resistance,
nor money, nor means, They have neither can
non, nor ammunition, nor the means of manufac
turing either. Gen Scott gets his drafts cashed
without difficulty; and so “ pays them off in their
own coin,” to their great satisfaction.
{Xz* The Journal of Commerce announced the
marriage, a few days since, in Washington, of
Mr. IV. H. Clampitt to Miss Sarah Cook. All
right-on ‘ Old Long Island’s seagirt shore,’ where
they give such glorious clam-bakes, the rule is that
every clampit must have a cook.
{Xz* We are glad to learn that at the Exchange
Baths, 41 William street, the price of bathing has
been reduced to one shilling, on every day of the
the week except Saturday, when the charge will
be two shillings. The Exchange Bathing Esta
blishment in all its anointments is one of the most
complete and superb in the city.
Diplomatic Arrival.—The Hon. Henry Whea
ton, late American minister at the Court of Berlin,
arrived at New York, with his family, on Friday,
and is staying at Bunker’s.
(X - The money market is buoyant now. Trea
sury notes are at IQS $-8; Ohio 6’s, at 101.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
As we are to have a new Italian Opera House in
this city, and a new company, it may not be unin
teresting to your readers to know something of the
former companies.
The “Garcia Troupe was the first, and opened
at the Park theatre in 1825. It was one of the best
companies we have ever had. Garcia, his wife, son
and his daughter, (afterwards Madame Malibran,)
Angeisani, the basso—besides the celebrated buffo,
Rossich and a large chorus and orchestra formed
a strong company.
At first this opera troupe was very successful.
They produced “La Cenerentola,” “Otello,” “Tan
cridi,” “Don Giovanni,” and other operas. In
1827 this troupe left. Garcia and part of the com
pany went to Mexico—Madame Malibran, to Lon
don, where she became the greatest favorite and
vocalist of the age.
.The orchestra, and the principal part of the
chorus were made up in this city. De Luce was
leader—many eminent amateurs were in the or
chestra and chorus.
. During the cholera 0f1832, the second troupe ar
rived, it was the “Montressor troupe.” We had
Pedrotti, prima donna—Montressor, tenore—For
nisari, basso—Carsetti, baritone—besides several
secondary singers, and a very fine orchestra led by
Signor Rapetti. In fact it was the best orchestra
we had ever had, and I question if it has since been
excelled —among them was Casolani, double bass
—Cioffi, trombone—Paggi, oboe, and others not
less celebrated.
They opened at the Richmond Hill theatre, in
“La Cenerentola,” to a crowded house, but the
Cinderella of Madame Stella, was not successful.
The next night “Elise et Claudio,” was brought
out—Pedrqtte as Elise. Her success was immense,
—after which, Bellini’s “ Il Pirata,” was produced
with great eclat. Other operas were performed,
and the season lasted forty nights. This company
was not successful and left for Mexico.
Montressor returned here a few years after
wards, his voice was very much broken. Forni
sari went to Europe, where he became a very great
This troupe gave rise to the building of a very
beautiful opera house, in Leonard street, audit
was opened in November, 1833, under the manage
ment of Signor Rivafanoli.
Signori Fanti and Bordonis were the prime
donne. Ravaglia, tenore —Porto, bass —De Ro
sa, buffo, with some other “ second rates.” It -was
a weak company—far inferior to the two that pre
ceded it. Mr. llolma, and afterwards, Mr. Bou
cher, were the leaders.
The operas produced were “ La Gazza Ladra,”
“Ilßarbierre de Sevigla,” “La Donna del Lago,”
“Il Turco in Italia,” “Cenerentola,” “Matilde di
Shabran,” by Rossini, “ Gli Arabia,” and “ Nelli
Gallic,” byPaccini, and“ UMatrimonia Secreto,”
by Cimarosa.
They performed but one season, and then broke
up. The Opera house was turned into a theatre,
under the management of Mr. James Wallack,
and shortly afterwards was destroyed by fire.
The next attempt was “ Palmo’s.” As this
“ troupe” have been here so recently, and have
been so well “puffed” it will not be worth our
while fo speak of them.
It is, perhaps, unfortunate for the success of the
Italian Opera in this city, that instead of the suc
cessive companies improving they have retrogaded.
With the exception of the Havana troupe, that per
formed at the Park Theatre for two nights last
month, every company has been worse than the
one that preceded it. The first, “Garcia’s,” in
1825, contained some of the finest singers Europe
produced, artistes who had received the applause
of the most fashionable audiences of Europe. The
second —“Montresor’s”—was inferior in the solo
singers, but superior in the chorus and orchestra;
their “I’l Pirata” was one of the most beautiful
and perfect performances ever produced here. If
my memory serves me rightly, it was performed
over twenty successive nights. Montressor was a
beautiful tenore, his voice and school faultless.
Fornisari, a remarkably handsome man and one of
the finest bass voices 1 ever heard ; his success in
Europe is a confirmation of what I say. He made
his “debut” here in comic opera. It was “Figaro.”
Ah’ what a<Figaro! I will never forget it, al
though I have since heard Lablanche. it took us
by surprise, as he had before only performed in
“ Opera Seria.”
r l hen the peeiless “ Pedrotti,” the “ Siddons” of
the Opera! All since have appeared to me as “pig
mies” compared to her “queen-like” person. Her
figure was really noble, the face very expressive,
and an eye that would pierce through you. She
had a voice of great extent and power, her method
excellent, and as an actress perfect.
The third—“ Rivafanoli’s”—was far below the
other two in point of talent. Fanti was a great
favorite; she was young and pretty; she was French
born, and all the French men and ladies supported
their country woman, she was not a great singer
but a very pleasing one. Bordognia was a con
tralto of good voice and school, (her father was and
is now the most eminent singing master in Paris,)
but it did not compensate for her bad delivery.
Raragha, the tenore, was he had a disa-
Sreeable falsetto voice, and was no favorite. De
the “ bnffo” was inimitable, better than any
we have had since. Porto, the “basso” was hon
ble. He always looked and sung like a “ stuffed
Mr. Halma, the leader, was a very good solo
player, but not a good leader; he had no decision,
his orchestra were always running wild —invaria-
bly too loud, and smothering the solo and chorus
I will not speak of the two companies that have
been at “ Palmo’s,” but I will rank them in the
ratio of the others, decreasing in talent and effect,
until it has got so bad that we really cannot
take pleasure in going to the Opel a. 1 say this
more in sorrow than in anger, for I really love
music, and attend nearly all the musical perfor
mances in mis city. .
I consider it my duty to caution the managers of
this new Opera Company, and to tell them, that
an inefficient company will not do here. Our pro
gress in music has been so rapid, that we now be
gin to criticize all new comers very severely—and
unless the performers are of the very best talent, an
Italian Opera cannot and will not succeed.
The Havana Company, rake it altogether, is the
best we have had here. When I say this, I mean
to take the solo singers, the chorus, the orchestra,
and the manner the opera was produced. Nothing
less than a company like that will suit us now.
A good Italian Opera Company would be suc
cessful ; to be so they would have to divide their
time between this city, Philadelphia, Boston and
Baltimore. H.
• Coral News.
Grand Larceny.—Wm. Johnson and George
Stewart, two old offenders, were apprehended on
Friday on a charge of stealing ladies’ wearing ap
parel. Committed.
Deserter. —John Rielly, a deserter from the U.
S. Army,was arrested and sent back to Governor’s
Found.—The body of an infant was found at the
corner of Sixth street and Avenue A. An inquest
was held and the jury returned a verdict that it was
still born.
Inquest.—An inquest was held on the body of
John Warren, a native of Finland, between fifty
and sixty years of age. Verdict of death by apo
plexy was returned.
Petit Larcenies.—R. Winslip, James Cady,
Eliza Digory, Joseph Gourney and Mary Dolan
were arrested and committed; Charles Sands was
arrested and committed for stealing sls.
Burglary.—Russel Minor was arrested on Fri
day evening, charged with having committed vari
ous burglaries in New Jersey. He was sent to
Paterson for trial.
Ship Fever.—Three persons died of this disease
on Friday at Union Court, 12th street. There are
fifteen persons lying sick at the same place with
the same disorder.
Fires.—A fire was discovered on Friday evening
at 195 Washington street. The building was to
tally consumed, together with a large portion of its
Also, at No. 52 1-2 Eight Avenue. The fire was
promptly extinguished. A person was arrested on
suspicion of having fired the premisesand detained
to answer.
Also, a stable in the rear of Clinton street, which
was totally consumed, and a row of stables adjoin
ing were partially unroofed. A number of cows
and horses were rescued by the promptitude of the
firemen and police.
A Grand Haul.—An old gentleman, named
Hugh McNamara, a resident of Saratoga county,
made complaint, before Justice Drinker, against
a woman of the town, named Mary Goodwin, who
induced him to go with her, and whilst lie slept,
robbed him of $96 in bills, a watch worth sls,’
and a draft on a city bank for S4OO. A warrant
w r as issued, and in half an hour the woman was ar
rested and committed.
Rape.—A mannamed Drake, who keepsan oys
ter cellar in the Bowery, was arrested on Friday,
charged with having committed a rape on a little
girl named Margaret Swartz, aged ten years. He
was committed for examination.
Free Gallery of Wit and Humor—The well
known and popular establishment, the Mutual,
kept by Asa Hull, at No. 140 West Broadway, we
have reason to assert, has become the centre of at
traction and resort of all those who wish to devote
a few hours at the shrine of wit, and humor, and
eccentricity. The proprietor has obtained, and
suspended in his bar-rooms, for the free amuse
ment of all, nearly thirty large mahogany cases,
containing over two thousand of the most unique,
amusing, and genuine puns, puzzles, etc., which
the imagination of the most inveterate punster can
conceive—all being original and practically illus
trsted by emblems, drawings, etc., in the neatest
and most ingenious manner. The respectable
character of this establishment, and the singular
novelties of the free gallery, induce us to recom
mend it to all votaries of genuine mirth and plea
sure, with a guarantee that they will cheerfully en
dorse our recommendation. The advertisement
in relation to ihe above will be found in our paper
of this day.
The District Attorney.—There is a great ex
citement at Tammany in relation to this important
office.. The lawyers, or some of them, have nomi
nated John McKeon, the present incumbent, whose
friends are trying hard to have this nomination
confirmed at Tammany. His opponent is Lorenzo
B. Shepherd, one of the most popular young law
yers in New York, whose age is certainly the only
objection that can be urged against him.
Quick Passage.—The Orbit arrived at this port
on Friday evening, in twenty-two days’ passage
from Rio Janerio,
lUccklp Gossip.
(Xz* The English, who, out of jealousy and ha
tred of the United States, are growing rabid on the
subject of slavery, would do well to study their
own history, As early as 1525 Sir John Hawkins
engaged in the slave trade, and transported a largQ
cargo of Africans to Hispaniola. In 1567 another
expedition was prepaied, and Queen Elizabeth
protected and shared in the traffic. Hawkins in
one of his expeditions, set fire to an African city,
and out of 8000 inhabitants succeeded in seizing
250. When England has seen the folly of hating,
and has learned to respect the United States, we
shall hear no more of this fanaticism.
The vapor of ether has been applied by a
philanthropic individual to a swarm of bees, which
was robbed of its honey, while in the lethargy thus
produced. It is usual to kill the bees in such a
case, but this tender hearted individual has pre
ferred to let them starve to death.
(Xz* We have noticed the adoption of the son of
Col. Yell by the President. We hope so good an
example will be followed ; and that every child
made fatherless by this war, may find a fathei in
some one able and willing to fill a father’s place.
This is the way to prove our gratitude to men who
die for their country, and to show ourselves worthy
of their devotion.
(a3=» One of the daughters of Gen. Scott died at
the convent at Georgetown, where she had taken
the veil; he has another daughter receiving her
education in that institution. It is not to be sup
posed that Gen. Scott has any prejudices against
the Roman Catholic Church.
The trip from Albany to New York, one
hundred and sixty miles, has been made this sea
son in seven hours and sixteen minutes. We shall
get it down to seven, and that will be fast enough.
(X> A Boston temperance paper, indulging in the
slang which comes so natural to a “ legal suasion
ist,” calls liquor dealers —
“ The meanest and most contemptible creatures,
with scarcely an exception, that now have an exis
tence on the fair face of this portion of the universe
of God.” _
(Xz* Mrs. Professor Wright and Mr. Professor
Hollick are both offering to teach the amiable
ladies of this vicinity the mysteries of Physiology.
We certainly think that ladies, in a matter of this
kind, ought to prefer a teacher of their own sex—
or, if they do prefer Mr. Hollick, as he has pub
lished all he knows on the subject, they can buy
his book and save their blushes. We must not
forget Mrs. Professor Gore, who is represented to
us as being every way qualified, is and with Mrs.
Wright, entitled to the attention and patronage of
her own sex, and when either asks it, of ours.
(Xr* Some of the rank and file of the Whig party,
are indignant, because the Common Council have
not made a clean sweep of the old officials. Our envn
mpression was that they had done a pretty extensive
business, but we don’t object to a few’more re
movals. Anything for excitement —“ to the vic
tors belong the spoils;” if the change is complete
next year we shall have more fun; the guillotine
w’ill likely enough be in the hands of the other par
ty, and then for. the laugh on the other side of the
face. It is astonishing, what a sanguinary people
we are.
The clocks of the churches in this city,
hold as conflicting notions in regard to time as\he
churches do with reference to eternity. We lay
awake a few nights since, and heard six clocks
strike the hour of two. St. John’s commenced a
quarter of an hour too soon, and the sixth clock
wound up twenty minutes too late. The extreme
difference was thirty five minutes! Where’s the
public regulator ?
{Xz* A poor wretch, horribly deformed, is in the
habit of moving himself up and down Broadway,
on a kind of barrow which by a painful effort of
his misshapen limbs (neither arms nor legs) he
pushes along. He presents the most revolting
spectacle ever beheld, and only a week ago a lady,
in a certain stage of pregnancy, on coming sudden
ly upon him, fainted away, and hey friends are in
a most painful state of apprehension in consequence.
The Chief of Police should at once order the re
moval of so terrible and repulsive a deformity from
the public thoroughfares.
{Xz* In some cases, it is a very nice thing to be
an aidermen, we have heard; when one happens
to publish a newspaper, how the advertisements
come in ! {Vide Tribune.)
Sunday Services.—The Society of Friends, or
Quakers, commence their yearly meeting, to-day,
and will continue through this week. The ser
vices to-day, and on Wednesday morning will be
At the Cranberry street Congregational Church,
Brooklyn, Rev. Dr. Taylor, of New Haven, will
preach morning and evening, and in the afternoon,
Rev. Mr. Atkinson, Missionary to Oregon.
This evening, Rev. C. H. Williamson, rector of
the French Church Du Saint Sauveur, will give a
lecture at St. Thomas’s Church, on the religious
condition of the French in the United States and
Rev. T. S. King, will preach in the Bleecker st.
Universalist Church, morning and evening.
Rev. Z. Baker will preach at the Universalist
Church in Fourth st., on Christianity in its bear
ings, on war, slavery, etc.
Rev. T. L. Harris will preach at the Apollo
Rev. James Millet will preach at Military Hall,
Rev. Dr. Cox’s Church will be opened next week
and not to-day.
Dr. Hallock commences to-day, at 3 o’clock, a
course of five lectures on the philosophy of Magne
tism, at Columbian Hall, Grand st., before the So
ciety of Liberals.
The Crosby-street Prophet assures us that he is
neither a fanatic, a maniac, nor an imposter, but a
man raised up by a miracle of the grace of God, to
restore his word,declare his judgments, and gather
his people. As proof that this is so, he predicts
that the British Lion will very soon have his paws
upon the American Eagle.
Movements.—The Sons of Temperance will be
busy at various meetings, this week, in preparing
for the grand celebration of their Order, which is
to take place next month, in Philadelphia. Always
the warm well-wishers of this order, we are happy
to learn that a most promising revolution is taking
place among its members, on the moral and legal
suasion question: and that the Order is beginning
to look with merited contempt upon the political
aspirants and demagogues, who, in the hope of
making the Order a ladder for their ambition, have
done so much to injure it and the temperance
The sixth annual meeting of the Irish Emigrant
Society, will be held at the Society’s new hall, No.
22 Spruce street, to-morrow evening. The friends
of the Society are invited to attend ; and we hope
: that the meeting will not seperate, until there has
been some proper and earnest expression, in re
gard to the conduct of the Relief-Committee, in
rejecting the ship provided by the people of the
United States, to carry their contributions of food
to Ireland. Will Mr. Reyburn come to that meet
ing and explain his conduct'!
The Sisters of Alpha Chapter, No. 1, United
Daughters ol America, will hold an important
meeting at their hall, corner of Avenue C and 4th
street, on Tuesday, at 3 o’clock, p. m. Mrs. Pal
mer will expect all the sisters to be punctual.
The grand celebration of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, on the 4th of June, bids fair to be
the most magnificent spectacle ever .seen in the
United States. The procession will be most gor
geous and extensive, and the fete in the evening,
at Castle Garden, will be in every respect worthy
of this great and flourishing Order. The address
will be delivered by the Hon. W. P. Mangum, oi
North Carolina. There will be singing by the Alle
ghanians, music by four superb bands and dancing
by all who chose to engage in it. T’he tickets are
only fifty cents, and may be had at the office of the
Courier and Enquirer, and of our neighbor, Mer
cer, at the corner of Nassau and Ann streets.
The Washington Assembly, No. 2, of the Bene
volent Order of Bereans, hold a meeting at their
rooms, 187 Bowery, on Tuesday evening.
Public Health.—No man who bathes frequent
ly in salt water, hot or cold, can take the ship
fever nor any other, in our opinion, nor is he one
tenth part as liable to any disease as those who ne
glect this finest of all prophylactics. The establish
ment of Mr. Grey, near the Fulton Ferry, Brook
lyn, possesses the advantages of convenient access
and water of unoemmon purity ; with the additional
advantage of a manager with whom every patron ol
these excellent baths is sure to be delighted. We
can recommend Mr. Grey’s salt water hot baths
from a pleasant experience of their bracing and in
vigorating influences.
{Xz* The awning posts in Broadway have been
ordered to bite the dust, and many of them have
come down voluntarily, and from the effect of de
cay, without waiting for the official and cut direct.
On the corner of Park Place and Broadway, (where,
by the bye, our old friend James Broas has an es
tablishment for the sale of fruits, preserves, nuts,
&c., both foreign and domestic, and where we ad
vise the whole town to go, or to the branches of the
establishment, at 349 Broadway, corner of Leonard
street, or in West street, at the Washington Mar
ket,) on this comer we say, the view is already
beginning to be unobstructed by these unsightly
posts. The ladies can now approach Broas’ su
perb fruit store with great ease.
Police Uccorbcr.
Painful Disclosures in the Methodist Epis
copal Church.—The Conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church has been in session during the
week in the Allen street church, engaged for the
most of the time in the investigation of charges
of immoral conduct preferred against preachers.
On Thursday, a preacher, whose name we with
hold from a feeling of pity for his family, and
whose offence, committed in the sanctuary, and
while public worship was going on, we conceal be
cause it has no name which we can with decency
make public, was found guilty and expelled from
the ministry and the church.
Next week, we are pained to learn, another lo
cal preacher will be tried for gross immoralities,
which affect not only his reputation, but the repu
tations of three or four females, also said to be
members of the Church.
The case of Mr. John N. Maffitt was incidentally
brought up on Friday, the Rev. Mr. Green, of the
Centenary church, having procured the arraign
ment of the Rev. Mr. Peck, on charges based on
the conduct of the latter as a member of the Com
mittee appointed to try the Rev. Mr. Maffitt. Mr.
Peck’s defence ol himself and colleagues was most
triumphant, and received the unanimous approval
of the Conference.
The Rev. Mr. Green, and the Rev. Mr. Martin
dale of the Norfolk street church, are now to be
tried for violation of the regular discipline of the
Church, in countenancing and sustaining Mr.
Maffitt. It is feared by the friends of these clergy
men, that their conduct will receive the disappro
val of the Conference, and be punished by their ex
pulsion from the ministry.
The charges against Mr. Maffitt can never be in
vestigated by the Conference, which has formally
decided that it has no jurisdiction, Mr. Maffitt be
ing neither a minister of the Church, nor a mem
Mr. Maffitt has, however, it is said, commenced
legal proceedings against the Committee appointed
to try him, for alleged libels on his character, in
the report published by them, and to which we re
ferred in our paper, three weeks since.
The course of Mr. Maffitt is most singular and
erratic. While he announces the commencement
of legal proceedings against the Committee of the
Conference, and the official paper of the Church,
here, he has, it is said, written to his wife in
Brooklyn, that his business compels him to go to
New Orleans, and that he will not bo able to rejoin
her until late in the Autumn ! The business of
Mr. Maffitt in the South-West is represented to be
the recovery of large sums of money due him there.
His absence at this moment is particularly unfor
tunate on another account. The amount settled by
him on the present Mrs. Maffitt, seven thousand
dollars, he paid in a draft on Philadelphia, which
draft has not been honored, and cannot be until his
Horrible Story.—The following, in relation to
the poisoning of nearly sixty persons, at a wedding
in Texas, is from the Caddo Gazette, seems to con
firm a story, which we thought, at first, too hor
rible to be true. The Gazette says:
“We have been informed that on last Friday
week, a wedding took place between Shelbyville
and Hamilton, in Texas, about twelve milesabove
the latter place, the names of the parties to which
we have not learned, and that a separation took
place the next morning, the gentleman declaring
that he would not live with the lady another day.
On the Monday following, eight of the persons
who were guests at the wedding died, and thirty
five or forty more were not expected to live. The
husband was importuned to “declare the causes
which impelled him to the separation,” and he
finally consented if a little time would be allowed
him for deliberation.
“The ‘causes’ had not transpired to the know
ledge of our informant. It is conjectured that the
bride imparted to him something during the bridal
night which excited his suspicion and alarm. It is
farther conjectured that the bride is a. particeps cri
minis, from the fact that.on the night of the wed
ding she declined partaking of any of the wedding
cake for the reason that she had previously eaten
some and it had made her quite sick. Putting this
circumstance, and that of her separation together,
the bride, in the estimation of many, occupies an
unenviable position. Others are of the opinion, as
we have been informed, that aresenic was used in
the cake for saleratus through mistake.”
Book Notices.
1814; or, the Power of the “S. F.”—A tale; developing
the secret action of parties, during the Presidential
Campaign of 1811. By Thomas Dunn English.
This story, first published in the Evening Mirror, is
now brought out in an openly printed 12mo. of 300 pages.
As it went on, in numbers, it excited much curiosity
more perhaps, than was ever entirely gratified.
The Author was a Harrison Whig of 1810—he Tyler
ized, and was brought to New York to edit the organ of
the Tyler party, and under his management the paper
was worthy of the party, and vice versa.
When Mr. Tyler had concluded to sacrifice his ambi
tion on the altar of democracy, Mr. English, with the
rest of his supporters gave in his adhesion to Mr. Polk.
As a general rule, they wore rewarded out of hand with
offices which they continue to enjoy, to the exclusion of
those whose claims upon the party in power, are, if not
stronger, somewhat more legitimate.
In the book before us Mr. English praises his friends
warmly, abuses as warmly those he dislikes; and con
trives to weave a story of love and murder with the
progress of an exciting political campaign. His own
speeches are given as well and as fully as he could re
port them after reflection—the speeches of others are
caricatured, and, on the whole; it is an amusing book,
and possibly, at a distance, may pass for a truthful one;
which, of course it is very far from being. “S. F.” stands
for “ Startled Falcon,” but what that may mean, can only
be ascertained by a careful reading of the curious book
Pictorial History of England.— Haper & Brothers.
—We received yesterday No. 23, and a week ago No. 22
of this publication, but can form no idea from them of
the merits of the preceding twenty one numbers.
The Memoirs of Baron Cuvier, by Mrs. R. Lee. —
Harper & Brothers.—This is a new and cheap edition of
an old and good book, being a well written biography of
the greatest naturalist which ever lived.
The Lawyer’s Daughter: by J. Alden, D. D.—Harper
& Brothers.
This is one of the series of the Harpers’ Fireside Li
brary, a domestic story, with the moral brought clearly
into view, and properly enforced.
The History of St. Giles and St. James: by Douglas
Jerrold.—New York, Burgess, Stringer Sc Co.
This is a book of two hundred neatly printed pages,
which is sold for three shillings. It is written in Jer
old’s most animated style, and cannot fail of interesting
the reader.
An Address on the duties of Government, in refe
rence chiefly to public Instruction: with the outlines
of a plan for the application of the Smithsonian Fund
to that object.—By the Rev. Wm. Barlow. Published
by B. R. Barlow, No. 13 Chamber street.
This address was delivered before the American In
stitute, on the 10th of Februry last, and contains, if not
very original views on the duties of the governing to
wards the governed, with reference to public educa
tion-views which should no longer be passed over with
a simple recognition of their correctness. Duties ac
knowledged should be performed. Wc hope Mr. Bar
low’s address will be generally read.
Life and Public Services of Gen. Taylor.— Published
by Turner & Fisher.
If General Taylor were a quarolsome man, he would
be apt to make mischief for some of the men who are
publishing his life and embellishing, it with diabolical
wood cuts. Byron described fame to be “ dying on the
battle field and having your name mispelt the next
day.” The next approach to fame is to fight some glori
ous battles and allow a wood engraver to illustrate
them with a dull jacknife on the soft side of a slab.
“The Minor Drama.”— Taylor & C 0.,. No. 2 Astor
House, have sent us “ The Macbeth Travestie” by Dr
Nbrthall; “ His Last Legs,” and “ Used Up,” all of them
popular after pieces, and very neatly published with
well executed illustrations.
The Columbian— Crosby & Hackett, 116 Fulton street,
publishers—has for embellishments two engravings—
‘The Indian Maiden’s Reply,” by Sadd—a fine view of
the Narrows from Staten Island, drawn by Bartlett, and
engraved by White, a fashion plate, two figures looking
very nice in all kinds of color, and a piece of music by
Miss Augusta Browne, a charming young lady of Brook
lyn who writes poetry, music and stories very nicely.
Miss Sedgwick, Mrs. Sigourney, Mrs. Mary E. Hewett
Mrs. Ellett, Frances Osgood and Fanny Forrester are
among the contributors to the literary department.
Godey’s Lady’s Book.— H. Long& Brother, 32 Ann st.,
New York publishers—illustrates superbly about all
connected with Stephen Girard’s name—which deserves
illustration—the college, his banking house, his statue
and his face. Besides these, the number contains “ Cos
tumes of Mexican Ladies,” “ Model Cottages,” music,
work samples—in all seventeen engravings, a liberal
two shillings worth without reference to the reading
matter which is from such pens as Miss Leslie, Mrs.
Kirkland, James K. Paulding and Rich’d Henry Wild.
The New York Illustrated.— Burgess, Stringer &
Co., publisher—has two steel engravings, one—“ The
Castaway,” a very fine one, and a good wood cut illus
trating an old ballad. In this number Simms’ story—
“ The Maroon” is concluded. Robert F. Greeley con
tributes an excellent and exciting story, and the other
papers have an inviting look.
Graham’s— Graham, Tribune Buildings, Publisher—
has for embellishments, two steel engravings, the Pari
sian fashions, and a wood cut illustrating one of Joseph
C. Neal’s inimitable sketches. We cannot publish the
entire list of contributors, but it is made up of the best
names in the whole range of magazine literature.
Westminster Review for April.— The number is
promptly re-issued by the American publishers, Scott
& Co., No 79 Fulton street, entrance in Gold—and con
tains ten papers, the most instructive appear to us to be
—“Strauss and Parker;” “ Speculative Philosophy in
the Nineteenth Century,” and “The Province of
Tragedy.” The foreign literary correspondence of the
Westminster is full and valuable, keeping well up with
Continental literature.
Parley’s Magazine.— The number for June is abun
dantly illustrated with cuts, and full of entertaining
and instructive reading matter for the little ones. We
send our number to a little friend, who repays the com
pliment by reading it with eagerness,and thinking plea
santly of Peter Parley—G. W. &S. O. Post, No. 5 Beek
man street—Clinton Hall, publishers. •
Matrimony.—People must be careful who they
marry. Those who are already noosed cannot
help themselves, but they who have yet a choiec
to make, must exercise uncommon care—so, at
least, Fowler and Wells,the phrenologists have de
termined ; for they have published a very formida
ble work, in which it is set down that the most ter
rible diseases which afflict the human race, are
propagated by hereditary descent, and produced by
improper marriages. This is a very delicate sub
ject, but still it seems to ns so important a one,that
we may give it further attention.
Witchcraft” at the Bowery Theatre, Blangy’s
light Step and unexceptionable ankles at the Park,
Mr. Barney Williams at the Chatham, Signorina
Banh-happily recovered from her indisposition
at the Opera, Mr. John Dunn at the Museum,
Christy s Ethiopian Minstrels at Mechanic’s Hall,
Young Alexander, the Magician, at the Minerva
Rooms, a German concert, noticed in another
column, at the Apollo, the meeting of lawyers in
the City Hall to nominate candidates for judges,
whom nobody will vote for—these have contributed
to the amusement of the population of the city of
New York, which is now supposed to approach
very nearly, if it does not exceed, five hundred
Mr. Anderson concluded his engagement at the
Park on Wednesday night, with a benefit, which
called in the only large audience of tke engage
fnent Mr. Anderson could not expect people°to
pay their dollar to see him, when they could see
“the great actor of the age” at the Bowery for two
shillings. The triumph of the two shilling, home
made tragedian over the eight shilling importation,
was most signal and complete. The laurels and
the shillings are Mr. Murdoch’s, and long may
he live to wear the former and enjoy the latter.
As for thenew tragedy—“ Witchcraft” which he
has presented to us, we are sadly perplexed what
to say about it. The papers in the interest of the
“head, tail and intermediates” of the copyright
club are in raptures over it, pronouncing it one of
the best dramatic productions of the age. The play
is divided into five acts, only two of which, t le
first two, could we persuade our patience to see.
It would be sheer impudence then to pronounce an
opinion on the entire play; but this we may say,
that it the third, fourth, and fifth acts are of the
quality of the first and second, the play of Witch
craft is fustian and bombast, which deserved dam
nation without the benefit of the clergy of the Copy
right Club, which it received. And we may add,
that this is the opinion of the fair and impartial,
with whom,we have conversed on the production.
The subject is bad, the construction of the plot is
clumsy, and the dialogue made up of swaggering,
swelling words, most unnaturally brought into con
Mr. Murdoch took his benefit on Fridaynight.
The melo-dramatic business, nowhere so care
fully and efiectively done as at the Chatham,where
proper attention is bestowed on the machinery and
scenic properties, with Mr. Barney Williams in the
cleverest of Power’s Irish characters, has drawn
large and admiring audiences into Mr. Manager
Daverna’s popular establishment.
Mr. Dunn’s most successful engagement at the
Museum will continue for another week. The
Saloon has been, and will be, crowded nightly, to
see this clever performer.
.Mademoiselle Blangy was greeted on her first
night at the Park by a rather fashionable, satisfac
torily large, and overwhelmingly enthusiastic au
dience. She is a young lady who takes her steps
with precision and grace, tries to look sweet, and
is exceedingly well built. Her feet are much pret
tier than her nose, and she wisely relies more on
the action of her lower limbs than on the expres
sion of her countenance. Ellsler’s smile would
‘have made her fortune without her feet, and if
Blangy could find time to cultivate one, half as
winning, her attraction would be immensely in
Mr. Bass’ benefit is announced to take place
at the Park Theatre to-morrow evening, an
evening which we hope the patrons of that”esta
blishment will not forget. Mr. Bass who has grown
into great favor amongus, doing the business which
was formerly entrusted to Chippendale, and always
doing it well, taking no liberties with his author
and never with his audience, always faithful and
correct in his parts, an actor elegant and finished
on the stage, and a gentleman off—presents the
strongest claims to the support of the theatre-going
public. We hope that on the night of his benefit
an overflowing Souse will greet him.
Tlie moment that Signor Sanquirieo announced
the illness of Signorina Barili to he of so serious a
nature as to prevent her appearing again this sea
son, the charming Signorina got well. She sung
divinely in PLombardi on Wednesday night, and
was loudly applauded, especially by the young gen
tlemen who occupied the second tier, and who
evinced their gratification at seeing their favorite
again on the boards, by a most earnest attempt to
kick through the ceiling and force the plaster on to
the heads of the fashionables below.
The proprietors of Castle Garden have com
menced their concerts of Sacred music on Sunday
nights. This evening a fine selection from the
music of ancient and modem composers of cele
brity, will be performed.
The Havana Italian Opera at the Howard Athe
nanim, Boston, is drawing full and fashionable au
Jim Crow Rice is at the National, Boston.
Brougham and Bland at the Adelphi, where they
are doing a fine business.
Sands, Lent & Co., New York Circus, are per
forming in Lowell.
Holland and Miss St. Clair are at the Albany
Fleming is at the Broadway Odeon, Albany.
Van Amburgh & Co.’s menagerie is in Albany.
Seguin and Frazer are performing in opera at the
Opera House, Philadelphia.
Forrest is at the Walnut street Theatre.
Mrs. Mason, Wheatley and Wm. R. Blake are
at the Holiday street Theatre, Baltimore.
Nickerson is playing at the Baltimore Museum:
Dan Marble, with C. R. Thorne and wife, are
playing at Rockwell’s Amphitheatre, Cincinnati.
Oxley and Lovell are at the Theatre in Pitts
burgh. Chippendale and *our Mary’ are announced
to appear there to-morrow evening.
Signor Blitz is performing at the St. Charles,
New Orleans.
The French troupe are still at the Orleans Thea
Stickney’s Circus Company are drawing fine
houses at the American, New Orleans.
The Viennoise. Children are at the Richmond
The German Concert.—Our expectations were
very reasonably fulfilled, at the German concert,at
the Apollo, last Monday evening. Miss Korsin
ski, when she had recovered from the nervousness
produced by her rare appearance in public con
certs, sung very nicely—-especially in her second
piece. Mrs. Jones, a delicate blonde, full of viva
city, sung two English songs with exceeding neat
ness, and with an execution of the final embellish
nients which took some of the audience by sur
prize. The songs were too simple in their charac
‘er. Meyer sung powerfully but a little too much
in the Beneventano style of bravura ; while Mr.
Hecht gave his parts with a subdued and pleasant
The chorus, however, was the main feature of
the evening, and considering the circumstances,
this part of the performance was remarkable. It
was by no means perfect—but there was shown a
very encouraging advance in that direction. Won
derful capabilities were also exhibited—a young
carpenter, for example, with a voice of extraordi
nary power, compass and sweetness —of a compass
whic h enabled him to sustain a full, clear C alt
from his chest. Such a voice, with his youth and
capabilities, is a mine ofgold. There were many
other good voices, and more than one basso -pro
funda, of a very promising quality. The chorusses
—all German,were favorite coinpositionts,and con
sidering that they were given after only a lew
weeks’ drilling, and without the least instrumen
tal support, they were surprisingly well performed.
Profess Krausopf has shown himself a capable'
teacher and director; and Mr. Timm presided an
the piano forte with the perfection of grace and
skill for which he is so distinguished.
Vauxhall.—This pleasant and popular place of
amusement has opened its season of summer con
certs, with a powerful corps of vocalists, under the
able direction of Mr. Austen Phillips ; among the
performers are Mrs. Sharpe, charming Jennie Rey
noldson—Mr. Quayle and Mr. Ray. The recent
patriotic compositions of Mr. Phillips on themes
furnished by the Mexican war, are likely to be the
favorites of the season.
Christy’s Minstrels.—These unequalled per
formers, after more than one hundred nights of
crowded houses, the last week of which has been
the most successful, give one week more of lare«.
well concerts. We need net repeat our praises of
these unique and elegant performances, but we ad
vise those who wish to enjoy them, to go in good
season. The concert room is so finely ventilated,
that all who get seats are very comfortable
8Q- Ladies who are on the look-out for bargains
—and where is the lady whois not I—will do well
to turn their charming footsteps into that mart of
cheap trade, Greenwich street; and when in
Greenwich street, they will do well to turn their
lovely eyes on some of the dry goods’ stores which
do so large a business in that thoroughfare. We
would direct especial attention to the establish
ment of Mt. Lee, at 245 Greenwich, between Ro
binson and [Murray streets, where freshly 1111-
• ported goods are received daily from those great
auction sales, where nien of judgment and capital
can buy to so much advantage.
JU- The;pleasant season is opening at last, as
as one can very well see by riding out on the
Bloomingdale road. The fashion is for ladies and
gentlemen to go out in rather large parties on horse
back stop at Burnham’s delightful house, order re
freshments of Mo rris the scientific barkeeper, and
then ride leisurely back in the edge ef the evening.

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