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FRIDAY JAN. 1, 1875. LOS ANCELES TEMPERATURE. Following is ttit; temperature fur tho week ending December 81st, is 74: TIIKHMOMKTKR BAR. DAYS. DATK. m-t.r. m/d, mean. 'Jam Krldiiv, Hoc. 2.) th HI 41 51 29:77 Saturday, 1 2«ih in io ao -^9:50 Suudny, " 27th (Jt 34 17.;... 29:70 Mond.iv, " 28 h B2 30 40 29:92 Tuesday, " 29tii 03 2» i« 29 7 7 Wednesday. " auh 59 39 49 29:97 Thursday, " .'(lst ot 37 6%..j8:M SUMMARY tOR OKCEMHER. Hottest, day 81 I Coolest dny 53 Hotto.-t night 48 | Coldest night 2-> Maxtmuui mean.So.7tl | MlulmoiajueanJlS.lo Moan tempersture lor the month, 60 42 During the month ef November tliere was rati ".in three days,viz.: on the 3d,very slight; on the 18:h, heavy .and on the 19th it rained all f'uy. Daring December tliere have been only two very slight showers, viz.: on the night of the 25th and morning of I lie 20th. THUMAS HOLD. The Loogk, Ureen Meadows, Los Angeles, December, 31,1874. LIVE BUSINESS HOUSES. Tlm Sound iWeu wliu Advertise lv the " Herald." Attorneys at Law —Wiuslow S. Mey ers; Howard & Hazard; Olassell, Chapman & Smith; Bindley & Thomp son; Marshall, Gould & Blanchard; V. E. Howard & Sons; J. E. Grilllu; J. H. Bland; Scripture & Ellis. Architects, Surveyor? and Civil En gineers—E. J. Weston, John Golds worthy; E. F. Kysor; Moore & Kelle her; H. J. Stevenson. Agencies — Babcock Fire Extin guisher, Wm. Borrows; J. L. Ward, agency Goodall, Nelson it Perkins' steamship line, bokerage, commission and insurance agent, represents the Union & .Etna Fire and Marine com panies and general agent for Southern California for the Indemnity Union Life; J. Q,. A. Stantey, Farmers' Mu tual; W. J. Brodriok, State Invest ment; Edmond Doak, Wheeler m Wil son sewing machines. Auctioneers —It. Davis dtCo.J S. L. Dewey. Books nnd Stationery—Miss C. M. Turner; Lewis Lewin. Breweries—"New York," P. Luuth & Co.; "City," Jos. Leiber. Bill Posting—K.S. Walker. Bowling Alley—Melchert & Stoll. Book Binder—M. W. Perry. Banks —Temple & Workman; Los Angeles County Saving. Confectionary aud Fancy Articles— A. Cuyas. Cigars and Tobacco--I. Goldsmith. Cohen & Davis, Identical. Carpenters and Builders. — Morits Choynski; S. H. Buchanan. Drugs and Medicines. —V. Cheval lier; C. ; F. Heinzeman & Co,; V. Gelcich. Dry Goods.— Herzog & Both, "Peo ples Palace." Educational. —Newton H. Chitten den, Private Tutor. Furniture.—Hotter & Bradley, Jo hanusen & Grosser. Fuel.—l. B. Ferguson. Groceries aud Provisions. —Los An geles Poultry Market, E. Germain & Co., Hellman, Haas & Co. (wholesale), S. Levy, Behasque & Lavourdette, H. Newmark & Co., wholesale, agents for A "den dried fruits; H. Raster, Marxsen Bros., Grange Store, J. H. Seymour, Manager. Hardware, Agricultural Implements, Wagons, etc.—W. T. Clapp, agent Wilcox Steam Lifter; L. Lichten berger, wagon manufacturer; Page & Gravel, manufacturers of all kinds of carriages and wagon. Work done at this establishment that challenges competition iv any part of the State; sole agents for Page's Patent Spring Lazyback. Harness and Saddlery.—S. C. Foy. Boarding Houses, Hotels and Res taurants. —The "Delmonico," Main street, opposite Commercial street, open at all hours, accommodations for two hundred boarders. Table first class; Kimball Mansion; Backman House; the Clarendon, Pico, Lafay ette, L. F. Rucker. Hats, Caps and Furs, D. Desmond. Hair Dressers and Barbers.—Caro line C. Burton, F. M. Guiol, Doyle and Silver. Jewelry.—Fisher & Thatcher. Livery' Stables.—Askin & Hewitt. Lumber.—Perry, Wood worth & Co.; J.G.Jackson; Griffith, Lynch & Co. Laundry.—Mooney <s Dixon. Meat Markets.—The "Montana" by Froellnger & Frauck. Music. —O. W. Parker, teacher of music; A. H. Havell, Piano Ware house; Falkeuau & Schad, music dealers. Manufacturing and Repairing—M. C. Baker. Notions and Fancy Goods.—Dollar Store, Dunsmoor Bros. Nurseries—Thos. A. Garey; Thomp son & Waterman. Notaries Public—Lew G. Cabanis; Geo. J. Clark, C. E. Beane. Phyciciaus. —R. H. ("base, K. D. Wise, M. S.Jones, L.Dexter Lyford,A. S. Shorb, J. H. McKee, Joseph Kurtz, Samuel W. Brooke, Paul M. Brenan of San Francisco, J. H. Leal. Paints, Oils, Etc.—Whittelshoefer & Raphael. Plumbing.—Wm. Farrell. Real Estate and Insurance Agents and Money Brokers. —Cbas. J. John son, CabanisrxMadegan. F. F. Millen, B. McLellan, J. M. Baldwin, J. R. Toberman, Home Mutual; Compton & Binford, Wm. R. Olden, Anaheim, Agent Steams' Ranchos; Wolenberg tz P.ettis, I. Beaudry, Bancroft it Thayer, Buggies it Bland, room No. 4">, a large amount of choice property, city and county, for sale. Informa tion furnished free. Saloons. —Wolf & Gates, Fashion Saloon; the "Palace," J. L. Wil liams; "Sample Rooms," Jos. Bre- Bou; "Client," J. Cappe; Cucamongo Wine Depot, L. Messmer. Searcher of Records.—l). W. Maclel lan; Jndson, Gillette & Adams. Stoves and Tinware. — Swigart dt Huber. Tailors.—J. Strelitz; D. W. Fitzpat rick; — Pfaffenberger it Shaurer, Woolen Mills Store. Undertakers.—Wm. Abbott; Neltzke ix Wohlers. Veterinary Surgeon.—Oscar C.BaJdy BUILDING PROGRESS. mil Hundred Xe»v Bulldlutci Erected In l.os AiiseeleH During; tlie Year—l'osl Over Si.OOO.O'JO. After a jaunt through all parts of the city, aud consultations with all our architects and builders, we are con fident in the statement that not less than two hundred new buildings business houses and residences —have been erected la Los Angeles and sub* urbs during tho year 1874. One of our architects, Mr. Kysor, has furnished plans for forty buildings; Mr. Gra ham, another architect, has been just as busy; while Mr. Weston and oth ers of the craft state that they have been steadily engaged during the en tire year. They all agree that in plac ing these new buildings at two hun dred in number, is not too high a figure. Most of them are comfortable homes, erected at a cost of from $800 to $3,000 each, but in the list are quite a number of imposiug business blocks and elegant private residences. The cost of these new buildings will aggre gate over $1,000,000. Among the most costly business houses and private residences erected during the year are the following: C. Ducommun, large business block, at tlie corner of Commercial and Main streets. Cost, $25,000. Perry & Riley's block, Main street, adjoining Clarendon Hotel—s2s,ooo. Residence of Ours. A. Longstreet, in suburbs-$20,000. Downey block addition, New High street—sls,ooo. Postolllce block, adjoining Hekald building—s3o,ooo. J. F. Godfrey, residence, Adams street-$4,000. F. Signoret's block, opposite Pico House—sls,ooo. Fashion stables, Main street— $5,000. H. H. Ledgard's residence, Wash ington street—s6,ooo. Eugene Myers' residence, Fort street —$7,000. H. Newmark'sresidenpe, Fort street --$11,000. S. H. Mott's residence, Commercial street—s3,Boo. Amestoy's business block, corner of Aliso and Alameda streets—s7,soo. C. Goodwill's residence, Fort street —$5,500. Mrs. Hereford's residence, Spring street-$5,000. Samuel Norton's residence, Wash* ingtOO street—s4,ooo. Mr. Levy's (Levy & Coblentz) resi dence, Fort street—s3,ooo. Mr. Harris' (Harris dt Jacoby) resi dence Fort street—s3,ooo. Simon Levy's store, corner Aliso and Almeda streets—ss,ooo A. S. McDonald's residence, First street—s2,soo. Elder Tansev's residence, on the hill—s2,soo Improvements to the United States Hotel-$25,000. Farmers' and Merchants' Bank, building—slß,ooo. German church and parsonage, on Spring street—sß,ooo. E. Doak's residence, on Spring street-S4,IKR). Dr. Kurtz's residence, Fort Hill— $6,000. Mr. Trudell's residence, in suburbs, —$3,000. Mr. Perry's residence, in eastern part of the city—s2,soo. Mr. Goodwin's residence, Fort street —$3,000. Wm. Cape's residence, New High street-$3,000. 0. H. Bliss' residence, Alameda street—ss,ooo. Thos. Temple's residence, in sub urbs—ss,ooo. W. H. T. Brooks, six buildings, Main street-$30,000. I. W. Hellman, six dwelling houses—aggregate $20,000. Mayor Beaudry, ten dwelling houses in various parts of the city. Total cost $25,000. For the year just commenced con tractors and builders are satisfied that building operations will be brisker than ever. Among the improvements contemplated are the followiug: Church of the Southern Methodists, on Spring street—sl2,ooo. Improveinentstothe Lafayette Ho tel— 530,000. New M. E. church, on old site— —$15,000. McDonald, business block, on Main street—s3o,ooo. Mr. Chatuiau, residence, in suburbs, —$10,000. New church for the First Presbyte rians— $15,000. Hellman & Downey, new business block, on Main street—s2o,ooo. Dr. Edgar, residence, on Washing ton street—sß,ooo to $ 10,000. Sheriff Rowland, residence, on Washington street—sß,ooo to $10,000. John Reed, residence, on Adams street-$3,000. Plans have been prepared by ar chitects for a proposed new City Hall and Public Library to cost $80,000. Theatre block, on Spring street, at a cost of $75,000. Theatre to have seating capacity for 1,800 persons. At least twenty others of our wealthy citizens have architects at work preparing plans for elegant res idences, to cost from $5,000 to $20,000 each. Mayor Beaudry will erect from ten to twenty elegant residences during the year. 1. W. Hellman, will erect twelve dwellings tlie coming year lo aggre gate iv cost $10,000. To those seeking a home in our thriving city, particularly persons of ! moderate means, we recommend the lots of the Los Angeles City Home stead Association, situated a mile and a half from the business center of the city, and one square from the line of the Main street railroad. They are being sold at 1800 each, payable in installments of $20per month, and, as they are in a very desirable part of the city, they oiler excellent opportu nity for investment as well as for homesteads. The Los Angeles Immigrationand Land Co-operative Association. This Association was incorporated on the l n th of December, 1874, under direction of the Committee on Immi gration, appointed by the District Council Patrons of Husbandry, for Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The object of the Associa tion is to direct the attention of im migrants to Southern California, and to circulate reliable information re garding the resources of this favored country. They also buy and sell real estate on commission, loan money antl carry on a regular land and money brokerage business. The capital stock of the Association is $250,000, divided into 2,500 shares of $100 each; and is all subscribed. The stockholders and officers are prominent and reliable men. The Board of Directors is com posed as follows: T. A. Garey, Presi dent; J. T. Gordon, Vice-President, H. J. Crow, Treasurer; J. E. McCo mas, Manager; Milton Thomas, As sistant Manager; Geo. C. Gibbs, At torney; and R. M. Town. L. M. Holt is Secretary. The Association have established a monthly paper entitled "The New Italy— The Immigrant's True Guide to Homes in Southern California." The first number has just been Issued, and five thou sand copies have been placed in cir culation. Tlie Association have purchased all the choice lands of the Los Angeles and San Bernardino Land Company, lying west of Coyota creek, near Sproul's Station on tho Anaheim Branch of the B. P. R. R. These lands are being cut up and sold to ac tual settlers at a low figure, and on easy terms. They comprise the choicest body of lands now to be hail in the country, the soil being of a rich sandy loam and entirely free from alkali; artesian water can be had on every acre of the tract. Three hundred and twenty acres have al ready been sold to Messrs. Thomas, Garey and Crow, who are making arrangements to put out the entire tract to an orchard of semi-tropical and northern fruits. Tho Association have also a large number of valuable tracts of land to sell on commission, so that the purchaser will be liable to find a tract in their hands that will suit. Their facilities for advertising and selling real estate are equalled by no firm in Southern California, and their commissions for selling are lower than those usually charged— the Commission on all over tlie fourth thousand dollers of any sale being but one per cent. A team is kept for the purpose of nrkt\\ray \ 1,(5 thowii who q i.. tiocttfoh. of land to the lands they wish to pur chase, free of charge. The reliability of the men compos ing this Association, and the peculiar work they have undertaken, will make their office, No. IJ, Spring street, the headquarters of those in search of homes; and we havo no doubt that those who patronize them, either as sellers or buyers, will be well pleased with their style of doing bus iness. Westminster Colony. This colony was founded in 1871 and its progress during the year has been exceedingly favorable. The settle ment is five miles distant from Ana heim Lauding and about seven miles from tlie town of Anaheim. During the year over twenty new farms have been located and worked and somo ten houses, costing altogether $25,000, erected. The colony has two school hou e <!'t; two religious organizations; a co-operative store, doing a business of $20,000 per year, and numerous other stores and workshops. There is not a single dram-shop in tho colony, as the rules of the settlement prohibit the manufactory or sale within its limits of intoxicating beverages of any kind. The colony has an area of 10,000 acres of splendid land of both light and heavy sandy loam. Over fifty arte sian wells have been bored, at an av erage depth of 100 feet, furnishing ample water for irrigation and house hold uses. The farmers give good re ports of the year's work. The yield of corn has ranged from 00 to 125 bushels per acre; rye, 35 to 45; barley, 1J tons; beets, 100 tons; potatoes have yielded enormously; vegetables of all kinds in profusion. Orange, lemon and lime trees have been planted in great num bers anit promise well, while all the fruits of the temperate zone have yielded immensely. About half of the colony's lands are open to settlers at from $15 to $30 for unimproved and $35 to $125 for Improved lands. ■ i -■ ♦ » #»-— ■ By a voto of eight to four, the Com mon Council yesterday decided that the contract, entered into by the pre ceding Council and the railroad com pany, that the depot should be erected on the ground designated, should be carried out to the letter. This settles tlie question of the depot location and M mis to tho wall another of tho pri vate jobs in which our co temporary, the Exprea, is engaged in advocat ing- . Anaheim. Anaheim, with its thrifty Germans, its prolific vineyards and orchards,can refer to the dead year with pride. Tlie wine harvest has been bountiful and all have prospered. Founded in 1857 its progress has been most wonderful. During the year over thirty buildings have been erected, at an aggregate value of $100,000. In the list are three line brick buildings, worth $10,000 each, and other line edifices worth several thousaud dollars each. The city has a commodious school-house, and two churches—the Catholic and the Presbyterian. The Episcopalians also have a congregation tliere but no chursh as yet. There are two good ho tels in A naheim and some thirty stores and work-shops, all prosperous. Now as the railroad has its terminus at the place, Anaheim will go ahead like magic. Tliere are over sixty fine vineyards iv the Anaheim settlement and half a dozen fine wine mak ing establishments. There are also quite a number of flourishing orange groves iv the same locality. All fruits have nourished well during the year and the grain yield has been abund ant. Of the entire tract, 3,200 acres, over five-sixths are under cultivation. San Fernando. This promising town is located at the present terminus of the Southern Pacific Railroad, running north from Los Angeles, and twenty-one miles distant from our city. The whole sec tion one year ago wus a vast sheep range, known as the San Fernando Grant. Upon the completion of the railroad last Summer to that point, the land was divided into small tracts, with a town site laid out around the depot. Much of the property was sold as soon as it was thrown upon the market, and since that time tlie town and surrounding section have made very material progress. There are now about three hundred inhabitants in the place and the number is con stantly increasing. The valley is ex cellently adapted to the raising of vines and fruit. About four thousand acres were planted in wheat during the past Fall. The anticipated yield of this grain is 30 to 40 bushels to the acre. Besides its agricultural ad vantages, San Fernando is the centre of the late oil and quicksilver discov eries, which will soon add much im portance and wealth to the section. Pretroleum Oil. Tho indication of petroleum in the Ban Fernando mountains, in this county, are abundant, and were known to the first Americans who settled in the country. During the great oil ex citement In Pennsylvania a few of our citizens spent considerable time and money in the vain hope of pro curing oil near the city; being de ceived by the surface indications, which were doubtless a cepage from the main reservoir in the range of mountains north of us. Their failure to procure a flowing well, together with a report of some U. 8. engineers, and suveyors, that there was "no pe troleum on tlie Pacific coast," threw a damper on the enterprise aud very little was done towards developing our oil mines until eight months ago, when a few of our citizens organized a company to refine oil. They made a few barrels of excellent kerosene, but having no skilled operator they suspended work for the time. A few days ago they had the-good fortune to get a refiner from Cincinnati, and they are now at work again with good prospects. As soon as it was known that the refining company would furnish a market for the petroleum, boring companies were formed to sink on claims iv the San Fernando moun tains. One well is down 300 feet or over, with increasing prospects of suc cess, aud other companies will soon be at work. That we have a rich oil terri tory running through this, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, tliere can be no doubt. There are perhaps one hundred springs of oil running out of this mountain, each of which pro duces from ten gallons to live barrels per day; besides the quantity that llows from theso springs down the canons. Several hundred barrels per day How from the main reservoir un der this mountain into the sea. The Pacific is coated with it for many miles as thousands of travelers will testify. A number of oil experts have said to us that, "if this territory . was in Pennsylvania it would be worth many millions." Our reply has been, "it is worth as much here." The fact is, it is really worth more here, for we have nearly half the world for a market, without competition. The freight on oil is more than upon any other article of commerce, except powder, and we have that advantage over our neighbors in tlie East The oil interest of our county is too far developed for its value to lie over looked any longer. Men of capital are now paying attention to it, and we know that the result will bo the development of a vast industry here tofore unknown on tlie Pacific slope. During 1874, the U. S. Gauger in spected 50,000 gallons of grape brandy made in and near Los Angeles. The Work in Wilmington Harbor. Desiring for this statistical review full and reliable information concern ing Wilmington Harbor, the effect of the breakwater erected by the U. S., and the proposed dredging opera tions, the HkrAld addressed oi the subject Lieut. Clinton B. Seaks, U. 8. A., the Executive Engineer in charge of Wilmington Harbor, who, with the courtesy that is characteristic of the regular army officer, kindly furnished the following data and sug gestions: The main work, or breakwater, was finished some eighteen months ago, and since then but little has been done, except the building of some collateral trainiag walls, or jetties, to guide the tidal currents and deflect them where they would do the most good. This delay in active operations has not been thro' any want of funds, as we have some $70,000 left, but because we wished to give the current time to ac comodate itself to the new conditions; to study its effects iv a stated time in scouring out a channel, and to note and determine the line of natural channel, iv order to use this us the line of tlie deeper channel to be made artificially. If we had gone ahead immediately after the completion of the main work, and dredged out a channel across the bar, we would have risked the failure of the whole affair, by a blind location for the axis of the channel; i. c. after being dredged, it might have rapidly refined; because not placed where tlie natural forces could exert their maximum effect to keep it open. During the past year, I have) been making a careful study of this matter, by making frequent, close and accu rate hydrographic surveys of the bar, noting all changes, and ascertaining as far as possible their causes, by a series of current observations; noting tlie velocities of the tidal currents, both at tlie surface and near the bottom, at different stages of both Hood and ebb tides, and thro' tides of different ranges and determining their directions nt different points in tlie harbor, and by a careful examination of the waves and swell, and the effect of their action iv shifting the liar or portions thereof. We now think we have data suffi cient to enable us to wisely locate our artilicial channel, with every prospect of its remaining open. Besides the knowledge gained for this end, we have by wailing saved the removal of some 80,000 cubic yards of sand, us there is now fully fourfeet more water in the natural channel across the bar than there was three years ago, when we first began operations. The result of long ami patient observations by eminent and experienced.engineers iv Europe, extending thro' a long series of years, shows that every foot of water gained on the bar of a harbor, augments its commercial facilities three times; this harbor therefore has now twelve times the commercial ca pacity, or tonnage facility, it had three years ago, but as yet no advantage lias been taken of it. This lies with tho people interested, and iv no way con cerns the U. 8. Last summer we contracted with Mr. A. Beschke (not General—this gentleman disclaims any aspiration for one of the military titles, which seeui to ueligni me neans or so many people la this country,) to dredge out 100,000 cubic yards more or less of sand and remove about 1,000 cubic yards of stone; this to be completed before July Ist, '75. It is expected that this will give us a channel some 200 feet wide, and ten feet deep at mean low water; aud this is consider ed ample to accomodate the commer cial wants of this port for a number of years, as the high tides rise six and six and a half feet above M. L. W. — giving at high tide over sixteen feet, which will accomodate a heavy ton nage, more indeed than will propably be taken advantage of for many years. Mr. Boschke launched his new dredg ing scow on the 26th inst. He has some work yet to do towards fitting it out, but should be at work within two weeks. The completion of his contract will about exhaust all the funds appropriated for this work, and will, probably, for a number of years at least, terminate any government operations in connection with the im provement of this harbor. It will re main with the people of Los Angeles county to utilize to the utmost the advantages due to the work done by the United States. Sea Bathing. Will Toll's, Santa Monica and the island of Santa Catalina are the sea side resorts for Los Angeles and her visitors. The two former arc points on the coast respectively fourteen and sixteen miles west of the city. At "Tells Sea-siue Retreat" as it is call ed, there is a small house which is kept as an inn by the proprietor, Will Tell and Ids estimable wife. Good fare, a bed, something to stimulate the inner man, accommodation for horses, hnthlniT, boa tine: and sporting facilities are all provided. There is a small lake about four miles long, with an average width of a quarter of a mile, and so protected from the tides that it is always tran quil, and furnishes a safe place for the most inexperienced to ply the oar or furl the sail. Across the lake and bc yound a ridge of si>nil-dunes is found a long, gently sloping, sandy beach,upon which a fine surf comes rolling in. There is no better sport known than bathing in this surf during the sunny days of our Summer. Though some what crude iv its artificial advantages, the place is not a whit less pleasant in all other points than Long Branch, Newport or other celebrated Eastern watering places. Santa Monica lies a little further up the coast or to tho westward of Toll's Retreat. The at traction is tine scenery, a wooded cafion and good surf. During the past season it was the popular resort and the man or woman who failed to make a visit to Santa Monica was both out of the world and out of fashion. Many families took tents, with cooking and sleeping accommodations along witb them and made a stay of several weeks or months, according to their leisure. For a while there was quite a village of tents stationed on the beach, including an improvised hotel, restaurant and bar. The Suuday visi tors were sometimes numbered by the hundreds. \s the bathing season closed, and the cool sea breezes set in the campers one by one folded their tents like the Arabs, and the village of Santa Monica was no more. There ' is no permanent place of accommoda tion at this point, but an excellent opportunity is offered some man of capital to build a large hotel which will rival the Cliff House in popular ity. The island of Santa Catelina lies some thirty miles off the coast. For the most part it is barren and unin viting and has no accommodations, save a few huts of sheep-herders and an old deserted building which is said to have been used as a barrack for some United States soldiers at a re mote period. Some of the more ad venturous pleasure-seekers during the bathing season made their way to this island by a small schooner, pitched their tents upon its beach and passed a very pleasant time. There is not a doubt that our bathing facilities will be greatly increased during the next two or three years, and the coast of Los Angeles couu'y will yet become celebrated as a watering place. Postoffice Statistics. Postmaster Bent has furnished us with the following statistics of opera tions at the Eos Angeles Postoflice for the year 1874: No. of domestic letters registered, 1,948; No. ot foreign letters registered, 148; No. of Reg. package envelopes used, 1,182; No. of packages in transit, 1,177—a1l registered business. The value of stamps and stamped envelopes sold during the year amounted to $9,112 73. For the last three months 859 domes tic money orders were issued, value $17,435 25; and 456 paid, value $16, --430 61. 24 British orders were issued and one puiil; 51 mouey orders were issued to Germany. Common Council Proceedings. Thursday, Dec. Ist, 1674. The Council met at the usual hour with Mayor Beaudry in the chair. The minutes of previous meeting were approved. The Mayor then presented a message embodying the following facts: 3i Cemetery lots were sold for 595. As there wens objections to holding the Mayor's Court in its pres ent location, he had rented the spa cious brick building of Mr. Trudell, opposite the Council room, which he would furnish and pay for at his own expence. He further suggested that the City Clerk be instructed to adver tise for bids for tho several banks of our city to receive and disburse the city's funds. Ou motion,the message was received aud recommendations ordered to be carried out. The special committee on depot pre sented majority and minority reports, the former in favor of enforcing the contract with the railroad company, and the latter against It. After much debate the majority report was adopt ed, Messrs. Sotello, Mullally, Carmo ua, Wolfskill and Robinson voting aye; Huber and Teed, no. The Committee on Police presented a report which was laid on the table. A report of the City Surveyor was received and referred to the Board of Public Works. A report from the Board of Public- Works was received but action de ferred until maps could be submitted ' by the City Surveyor. The Board of Health reported In" favor of employing Dr. McKeo as Health Officer. Adopted. On motion, the Board of Education was reommended to suspend the ses sion of public schools for one month. The notice of intention to grade Figtieroa street was ordered to be pub lished. The ordinance regulating place of holding Mayor's Court was read and) laid on the table. A number of matters relative to> public improvements were referred to tho Board of Public Works. Contracts with Mr. Borrowo for the grading of streets were Submitted and agreed upon. Tho Committee on Supplies was au thorized to pay $10 for blankets for use of prisoners. Bills for December were presented and submitted to the Committee on Finauce. Adjourned until next Thursday ut 2 r. >r. The Riverside Colony, fifty miles east of this city, is ono of the most pleasant, as well as one of the most prosperous, settlements in California. Au immense number of orange trees, one, two and threo years old, are within the limits of the colony.