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volume xxn.
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and
Judge.—“ Wi] 1 you confer on a con-
Btant reader the favor of giving him some information
concerning Victor Hugo—where he was born and when,
the cause of his being an exile from France, etc. ?” Vic
tor Hugo was born in Basancon, France, on the 26th of
February, 1802. His father was one of the first volun
teers of the republic, and his mother, a Vendean by
birth, a proscribed royalist. At the time of Victor Hu
go’s birth his father was a colonel in the army of Napo
leon; and the child, born almost amid the roar of can
non, followed with its mother the steps of Napoleon.
Frcm Besan<?on he was carried to Elba, from Elba to
Paris, from Paris to Rome, from Rome to Naples, before
he was five years of age; so that he says: “I made the
tour of Europe before I began to live.” He was edu
cated at the convent of Feuillantes. On the restoration
cf the Bourbons, his father and mother separated, in
consequence of their different political proclivities. In
1816 Victor commenced his literary career, and toward
the close of the year 1822 he married Mlle. Foucher. Up
to 1832 Hugo was looked upon as a writer in the interests
of the rcyalists, and did not entirely separate himself
from that party until the downfall of Louis Phillippe,
when he avowed himself in favor of the principles of the
Revolution, and was elected a member of the Assembly.
He was an energetic opponent of Louis Napoleon, and
when the coup d'etat took place he was obliged to fly from
Prance. He resides at present on the Isle of Jersey.
J. II.— “Will you be so kind as to
inform an old friend and constant reader of your valua
ble paper as to whether invitations given to attend lev
ees, etc., given by the Queen of England are differently
worded from those used in the best society; and if so,
W herein the difference lies ? Also, whether it is custom
ary at such entertainments to have guards stationed in
the presence of her Majesty to protect her person?”
The Lord Chamberlain sends the invitation, which com
mences; “By command of her Majesty, you are request
ed,” etc. This is about all the difference there is be
tween a royal invitation to dine and any other. It is not
usual to station guards in the presence of her Majesty on
festive occasions, although guards are stationed at the
doors.
TF. M. T— The first contract for
cleaning the streets of New York was made in 1659, and
the sum of £3O per annum was paid for the work—which
bad previously been performed by the citizens them
selves. In 1697 the streets of this city were first lighted.
This was done by hanging out a lantern, with a candle in
it, upon the end of a pole from the window of every sev
enth house, on the nights when there was no moon, the
expense being equally divided among the seven houses.
The city in 1697 had six hundred houses within its lim
its.
<7. F. V. N.— “ln your paper of
February 2d I saw a decision under the heading of
' Bluff.’ I wish to ask a question in regard to the same
matter. Hoyle, in his rules of the game, says nothing
about ‘straights;’ will you inform what a ‘straight’
beats?” A “straight” beats any two pairs. A “flush”
beats a “straight.” Many players do not allow “straights’,
to count at all, although the general practice is the re
verse.
Junius.—“ Would you please state
which constitutes the larger element in the United
States, the Irish or the Germans ? State, if possible, the
propoition and number of each.” In 1860, when the last
census of the United States was taken, there were 4,136,-
175 inhabitants of foreign birth resident in its States and
Territories. Of these, 1,611,304 were born in Ireland, and
1,301,136 in Germany.
J. N. J.— This individual wishes us
to make an attack on a lady, furnishing us with what he
calls “facti,” but not with his name. The “facts” do
not amount to much, and are probably the fabrications
cf fns who is too much of a poltroon to become respon
sible for the slanders which he would have us print. We
decline to aid him in his dirty work.
D. D.— Under the Internal Rev
enue Law now in operation,all receipts,above six hundred
dollars per annum, for advertisements published in any
newspaper or book, pay a tax of three per cent. No de
duction is allowed for expenditures for labor, office-rent,
Ac. The three per centum tax has to be paid upon all the
receipts for advertisements.
Greenhorn.— “ Will you oblige a
reader by giving me a translation of these two lines, and
tell me to what tengue they belong:
“ ‘ Noli me tangere.’
“ ‘Memo me impune lacessit?’ ”
The first line means: “Ba cautious how you touch me,”
snd the second: “I cannot be attacked with imnunitv ”
Both lines are from the Latin.
W. 11. T.—We were always the
poorest hand in the world at solving a riddle: and even
when we have succeeded in giving a correct answer, have
never looked upon the success as compensation for the
trouble. We don’t know the answer to your riddle
en<l shall not give ourselves the botner of finding some
body that does.
James B.—“ Will you please inform
me of the meaning of the law term, nudum pactum ?" “ A
bare contract;” that is, a contract without considera
tion, or an agreement to sell goods, lands, etc., without
any specified terms for the purchase. Such a contract is
>v.d in law, and for the non-performance of it no action
>lll lie..
Beatty.— “Can you tell me when
Oie steamer Great Western first arrived in this harbor?’,
On the 23d of April, 1837. The steamers Great Western
and Sirius arrived here on the same day, and were the
first ocean steamers ever seen in the harbor of New
Tok.
Hiram.— “ Please inform mo when
Florida was esded to the United States, and when ad
mitted as a State of the Union?” Florida was ceded to
the United Slates on 19th of February; 1821, and admit
ted as a State on the 3d of March, 1845.
Benedict.— Present your manuscript
play to some one of our managers, and if he thinks it
wot th producing on his stage he will nay you for it. This
is the only way that we know of to sell a play.
G. W. B.— Your question has been
Submitted to Superintendent Kennedy, and he says
what he would do depends upon circumstances. We are
therefore, unable to give you a decisive answer.
Old Subscriber.—You. can get the
books at any store whers medical works are made a fea
ture We know nothing in regard to the person about
Mli'. m you inquire.
Mental Swill.— We do pay for such
predictions*as you speak of; and if your sketches are
- equal to your own opinion of them, we would willingly
purc-.ase. ° J
J. W. M.— You can procure “sil-
,' lcTes ” Trem B. W. Williams, the costumer,
©f No. 428 Broome street. Your other questions we are
Unable to answer.
Fannie T.— If “Fannie” read our
•‘Notes and Queries” of last week, she will have per
ceived that we there gave the forger his deserts.
B. B. 8. will please accept our
thanks for furnishing us with the address of Wm. Beech
Laurence.
C. IT. The first number of the
Times was issued oh the 18th of September. 1851.
C. 11. G. - You are mistaken entire-
Jy ii- icur supposition. He is another person altogether.
W- IT. Bushnell will confer a favor
by calling at the Dispatch office.
, Constant Beader.— The trial to
••©luck you refer occurred in the month of April, 1859-
M BY A. J. Wttlfflffl.
INFANT JLAUGHTER!!
A SAD HORSERY TALE.
Treatment of Foundlings in the
Brooklyn Nursery.
STARTLING STATEMENT OF A SUPERVISOR s
“ ALL INFANTS SEAT THERE DURING THE
PAST FIVE YEARS HAVE DIED I”
Life at Flatbush-Farming out the
Foundlings-How the Offspring
of the Poor are Cared for.
OFFICIAL INVESTIGATIONS-HOW
THEY ARE CONDUCTED.
IMfflfflE A S»W!
DIPLOMAS GIVEN TO KILL.
New York Teeming with Insti
tutes for the Slaughter
of Innocents.
The Cost of Cloaking Shame and
Immorality.
AWFUL EFFE6TS ATTESDIYG THE CRIME.
THE BROOKLYN NURSERY.
Among all civilized and Christian people, women
and children, are popularly supposed to enjoy an im
munity from the worst hardships, trials, and dangers
incident to life. To this exemption they are entitled
by reason of physical weakness, natural dependence
upon man, and the conventional disabilities which
social forms and customs impose. Most people will
agree with the sentiment of the poet philosopher,
that ** he who lays a hand upon a woman, save in
the way of kindness, is a wretch, whom it were base
flattery to call a coward.” Yet how much more mean
and cowardly is it to visit upon weak and innocent
childhood the sacrilegious hand of wrong, and inflict
outrage and cruelty upon piteous little ones whose
very helplessness constitutes their highest claims to
our protection and support.
Many good and well-meaning people underrate the
capacity of children to feel and suffer. We encoun
ter them in the streets, hungry, ragged and home
less. We see them leading lives of wretchedness
that can only end in shame and degradation. They
are the social waifs cast upon the broad sea of life,
and we ignore their claims upon us because they are
the offspring of poverty, perhaps of crime; and the
penalty of our indifference, comes in due time in the
shape of dispoilers of our peace, our property and
personal safety, and then in self-defence we erect
prison-houses and scaffolds, the necessity for which
would never have existed had we but provided nur
series and schools, and given our personal attention
to the helpless little ones whom Providence had con
signed to our care.
That there is too much public indifference to the
claims of helpless childhood, is but too true, and alas I
for Christian charity we find the forsaken of fortune
the objects of cormorant rapacity and cruel indiffer
ence and inhumanity, instead of our most anxious
care and tender solicitude. The Christian world
hears with shuddering sensibility of the Hindoo
mother, who on the banks of the Ganges, casts her
living offspring to devouring monsters, to propitiate
some false deity, but close eyes and ears to worse
attrocities in our very midst. We read with stream
ing eyes and fiery indignation of the fictitious hor
rors of Dotheboys Hall, but pay no attention to real
wrongs that exist among us which surpass the most
vivid imaginings of the romancist. Can we doubt
that such is the fact when we read in the daily papers
of such cases as that of the Reverend Joel Lindsley,
who whipped to death his infant boy ? when we learn
from the same source, that a child eight years of age
is consigned to the penitentiary for a petty theft? or
when we read the interesting report of our Commis
sioners of Charities and Corrections of the tales of
child suffering daily brought to their notice ? The
inhumanity to childhood thus disclosed, is a shame
and a disgrace to the boasted enlightenment of the
age in which we live.
THE CITY OF BROOKLYN,
which is, by some people, supposed to be less venal
than our modern Sodom, has lately disclosed to (ho
world some horrors that could scarcely be paralleled.
It is not long since the community were shocked by
the details of lecherous crime and immorality on the
part of the Superintendent of the Truants’ Home.
The charges were referred for investigation to an
Aldermanic Committee, who reported that they .were
too horrible and indecent to bo given to the public;
but enough was disclosed to show the greatest bru
tality toward the children under his care, and the
most filthy and disgusting use of his power and posi
tion had been made. Yet this man was peimitted to
resign, and so escape the punishment due his of
fenses.
But, perhaps, the worst phase of wrong-doing, and
the most indefensible negligence and cruelty that has
yet come to light, which can be laid to the charge of
our sister city, is shown in the management of the
city’s charity for its destitute, forsaken, helpless,
homeless little ones, whom a hard fate has placed in
the charge of merciless men.
Brooklyn, like New York, has her “ institutions”
where the poor, the sick and the insane are supposed
to be cared and provided for, under the direction of a
Board of Superintendents of the Poor. These places
are maintained at a cost of hundreds of thousands of
dollars annually, which is ungrudgingly paid by a
generous and too-confiding people. These institu
tions consist of an Almshouse, Hospital, Nursery and
Lunatic Asylum, all of which are situated at Flat
bush, and are under the direction of the following
Board ot Superintendents of the Poor: John Delany,
John Montgomery, Joseph Altenbrand, F. C. Kirby,
Cornelius Furgerson.
They are elected for a term of three years, and owe
their elevation to the position less to any special fit
ness for the discharge of the delicate and onerous
duties, than to popularity among their respective con
stituencies. Indirectly, if not directly, the Board of
Supervisors constitute the responsible head, and are
to be held to accountability for any wrong committed
or malfeasance that may occur. And it is through
this body that revelations concerning the nursery
have been made public. At a recent meeting of the
Board of
KINGS COUNTY SUPERVISORS,
one of the members, Mr. Scholes, submitted the fol
lowing:
Resolved, That the Committee on Hospital and Nur
sery be directed to examine into and report on the sani
tary condition of the Nursery building and inmates, and
on the qua’ificaiion and fitness of the keepers and
nurses employed, and the number of infants that have
been received into that institution for the past five
years, specifying those retained in the building and those
which may have been put out to nurse, and the number
of each of these classes of inf n 3 thit have died in that
period.
Supervisor Scholes, Little and Clark spoke in
sharp terms of the alarming condition of the Nur
sery, and the disease and suffering among the chil
dren placed there. Mr. Scholes made the startling
statement that “ eveby infant placed there during
the past five years had died, and it was believed
from easily preventable causes. The premises, it
was said, were badly ventilated, illy adapted to the
purposes for which they were used, and in all re
NEW YORK, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1867.
spects wretchedly inadequate to the wants of the in
mates.
This action, by the Supervisors, has attracted, as it
should, much curious inquiry and investigation, and
we have taken some pains to lay before the public all
the facts concerning the city’s care—or rather want of
care, of its destitute children, and expose the system
which admits of such abuses. But we will first
speak of
THE NURSERY AND HOSPITAL.
It is a brick building, three stories in hight, having
a portico along a portion of the front; while at the
rear is another portico, bricked in, and having wide
windows through its entire length. On the first
floor, at one side of the entrance hall, is the school
room, having for its principal furniture, benches, its
other educational facilities being rather limited. On
the other side of the hall are the office and keeper’s
apartments. On the second floor are six wards con
taining beds; and on the third floor the same num
ber of wards, one of them being used as a room for
the nurses.
In the rear of this building, and a little to the right, is
another of wood, two stories high, and each floor being
divided into three wards, containing together upward
of one hundred children of various ages, from one to
twelve years. They are nearly all afflicted with a
variety of diseases. Some are idiotic, many are
paralyzed; while marasmus, opthalmia, itch, and all
kinds of scrofulous diseases, are prevalent. Each of
these wards referred to would probably afford suffi
cient accommodation for ten children and attendants.
They are made to hold from twenty to twenty-five,
who are attended by one woman, who, being detailed
from the Almshouse for that purpose, receives her
board, lodging and clothes for her service, and her
own children are frequently among the number of
those to whose care she is assigned. That many of
these children present a shocking sight, will easily be
understood. Afflicted with disease that makes them
offensive; knowing only the limited care of an unin
terested stranger; destitute of all the endearing at
tachments and associations so essential to joyous
childhood; poisoned by foul air, resulting from an
almost total want of ventilation, and herded together
like sheep in a pen, and constantly exposed to the
diseases of childhood, such as opthalmia, scarlet fe
ver, measles, small-pox, etc., etc., what else could be
expected ? Can it be otherwise than that there should
be an alarming mortality among these little ones ?
Ono in eight, we understand, of all who enter are
consigned to the grave within the year, and of the in
fant population none survive. In the Hospital and
Nursery, at the present time, there are 416 inmates.
A keeper, a matron, and the Almshouse nurses we
have referred to, have the whole charge and responsi
bility of the health, education and moral culture of
these 446 children, Inmates of the Penitentiary or
State Prison are better provided, and have an in
finitely better .chance of longevity.
It is not pretended that the accommodations are suf
ficcnt, for the Superintendent of the N ursery says in
his last annual report, and has been saying the same
thing for years.
The enlargement of the building is an urgent necessity,
as it is very much overcrowded, and even with only the
uf.uil increase that winter brings, I have very serious
fears of the consequences if we do not get more room be
fore then. The capacity of the buildings is only sufficient
to accommodate about 340, and we have 446 inmates. It is
hoped you will, therefore, see the necessity of prompt
action in this matter.
But the Superintendents of the Poor, to whom this
is directed don’t seem to see it, and the Supervisors
to whom the reports of all these institutions art
annually submited, don’t s:e it, and tho general pub
lic, who know very little about the facts, fail to give to
the matter that attention which it so eminently de
mands. The fact is tnat the system of providing for
the poor is a bad one, placed for the most part in the
hands of ignorant irresponsible men, wh > seek the
power and preferment through the agency of ward
primary meetings ani corrupt elections, and think
much more of the emoluments that attach to the of
fice than of the poor friendless destitute suffering
creatures they are appointed to look after.
The law makes it incumbent upon the Board of
Supervisors to visit the institutions several times
each year, which they do nominally for the purpose of
inveetigating the condition of the buildings and tho
inmates, and acquiring a personal knowledge of how
the city’s poor and. afflicted are cared for, but the
real purpose of these visits, beside a compliance with
the requirements of the law, is to have a jolly sproe
The superintendents and keepers are of course ap
jjrised of the coming of these officials, and every pro
vision is made for their reception; beds are covered
with clean linen, floors are scrubbed, and walls
whitened. The paupers are allowed their holiday
attire, and the sick are made to look as comfortable
as possible. Then a banquet is provided for the en
tertainment of the expected guests, who are not al
lowed to want for any of the creature comforts that
money or forethought can provide. The officials,
who are generally accompanied by a goodly delega
tion of the city fathers, and a host of reporters and
“ringers-in,” are conducted through the different
departments. At the Almshouse, they view the
apartment devoted to the aged and disabled paupers.
They are then taken to the bakery, and kitchen and
have their special attention directed to the whole
some and substantial fare and the care that is taken
in its preparation. At the Hospital and the Lunatic
Asylum they are called upon to admire the vigilant
attention and kind consideration with which the city
seeks to assuage the sufferings of the poor and afflict
ed. Of course every one is delighted with all they
see and hear. No one looks for—and would not find
if they did—any of the wrongs and abuses of which
such institutions are but too susceptible. Oh, no; all
is rose-colored, arranged for the occasion, and the in
vestigating committee of Hon. gentlemen and their
friends go back to tho banquet with clear con
sciences and good appetites, and toasts and resolu
tions complimentary to the able, efficient and de
voted mon who, at large salaries, take care of the in
stitutions, are offered and approved. And these vis
itations to charity’s homes are generally wound up
with an orgie, and the officials, well pleased with
themselves and their hospitable entertainers, go
home with a good opinion of the institutions. Just
what we have described has recurred annually for
the last decade, at least, to the writer’s own knowl
edge. But we doubt if it has ever before received
the notice of the press. We should, however, do
great injustice to many worthy gentlemen if we al
lowed it to be supposed that all the members of the
Board indulged or participatod in this mockery of of
ficial duty. Many have attended the investigation
with an earnest purpose of possessing themselves of
a knowledge of the manner in which things are man
aged, and left the banquet untasted. Others, like
Gen. Crook, one of the oldest members of the Board,
have denounced the whole thing, and refused all par
ticipation in it, and moreover refused to sanction the
payment of the bills. But these were in the minor
ity, and were voted down, and the annual spree was
sustained and is sustained, and is the basis of a sys
tem that allows little children, thrown upon the city’s
charity, to die for want of proper care and attention.
It is not for want of a knowledge of the facts that
these evils are allowed to continue. It is criminal
indifference, outrageous disregard of a plain duty,
that permits this wrong. Ample power and unlim
ited m;ans are at the disposal of these officials.
Then Why are not large, healthy and convenient
buildings substituted for the confined, ill-ventilated,
unwholesome, disease-infected structures now in use?
It is known that wiihin those noisome walls children
under a certain age cannot live—that all are unneces
sarily exposed to sickness and suffering.
There ought to bo more room for these children,
they ought to have more and better attendance.
Means should be provided to separate the sick from
the well. Intelligent, humane people should alone bo
intrusted with the responsible duties of nurses and
attendants. And that all this is not done is the fault
of the Board of Supervisors.
FARMING OUT THE FOUNDLINGS.
In connection with the city’s care of its helploss and
offcast children, of which hundreds are picked up
every year, and committed to the charge of the Super
intendents of the Poor, there is a wrong and an out- ;
rage of which little or nothing is known to the public,
but which tho police records inform us with har
rowing pathos. We refer to the foundlings, the desert
ed, and worse than orphane4 little ones, who, aban
doned by unnatural parents, are deposited in base
ments, and on door-steps, or vacant lots, to be picked
fearless antr Jnhpahnt.
up by passing strangers, and handed over to the po
lice, and by thorn transferred to the Superintendents
of the Poor. These children are farmed out, to wo
men who will take charge of them for the smallest
sum. Some women take two, others four, and even
as many as ten of these foundlings are given in charge
of one woman, and that the little ones thus disposed of
die from starvation, is a fact well known to and attest
ed by the police. But few ever survive the first year—
Supervisor Scholes says, none; and other Supervisors
reiterate the statement—and if they do, it is only to in
cur a more horrible treatment in the Nursery at Flat
bush. That these little waifs are the victims of the
most cruel neglect, and that they generally die in in
fancy is but too well known. Little or no supervision
is exercised over those who have them in charge, and
those who should be their guardians and protectors,
are wholly recreant to the responsible duties with
which they are interested. The edict of King Herod,
was mild and merciful, as compared with the system
which assumes the. care of those offspinngs of poverty
and crime.
A few manly spirits have drawn attention to the
subject by demanding an investigation of tho Flat
bush Nursery. They have ordered the removal of the
curtain that has hid from tho public gaze one of the
greatest enormities. May they persevere until the
whole spectacle is revealed to sight, that the barbarity
to childhood may be fully exposed, and the community
aroused to enforce at least a mitigation of the horri
ble wrong.
INFANTICIDE IN NEW YORK.
The age is progressive, murder has become a sci
ence, and the hanging of the murderer an art; the
one gets his diploma to kill from a faculty, the other
from a sheriff to hang; the one thrusts the poison
down the throat, the other puts a hempen cord
around the neck and accomplishes the same purpose;
the man with the diploma cures or kills, but the
sheriff more honest, kills to cure. Of the two, the
sheriff seems the worst paid for the disagreeable duty
that ho performs.
The average number of persons in advanced life
who come to a sudden death at the hand of the mur
derer and assassin has varied considerably the last
ten years, never, however, less than forty-four and
seldom over sixty annually, but of the
SLAUGHTER OF THE INFANTS
who can give us the number ? For many years, when
men in office tried to keep honest records, statistics
on this subject were weekly filed, but when the ter
rible register swelled up to two thousand infanticides
a year, for some unexplainable reason, the records of
these murders were suppressed. One of our City
Inspectors assigned as a reason for the suppression
of these important facts that as life had not been
shown to exist there could not be a death, ergo there
was no occasion to record infanticide cases as deaths,
and this official reasoning has undoubtedly given an
impetus, to a crime that is really alarming.
DIPLOMAS TO KILL.
There are unscrupulous men in all professions, and
it would be strange, indeed, if they were not to be
found among medical men. They follow surgery for
a living, and the knowledge they possess cost them
many years of hardship, study and drudgery, and
when they are consulted by a wealthy patient as to
the best means io save the honor of his house, they
hold up their hands in holy horror and will not be
accessory to such a crime. The woman herself, or
the father pleads, and by and by he relents and sug
gests a remedy. He will not murder himself, but he
will tell how to do it, and after it is done, he is at
their service.
What a stretching conscience some of these fellows
have. They won’t kill themselves, but they will fur
nish the material; they would not hang a man, but
they would put the rope around his neck; they would
not give poison to a man, but they would sell it and
wait patiently hours to be fee’d to counteract the
effects of the poison furnished a few hours pre
viously.
That there are thousands of honest men in the pro
fession no one will dispute; but that there are hun
dreds that should have thier diplomas withdrawn,
and be prosecuted if they dared to hang their shingle
out, none know better than physicians themselves.
INSTITUTES TO KILL-
Within the last few years a large number of private
medical institutes have sprung up in the city. Their
general appearance, outwardly, is that of a genteel
family residence, and no one for an instant would
suppose that within its quiet walls is witnessed daily
the crime of murder. Many, no doubt, are surprised,
that such places should exist, and being tolerated,
where do they get all their victims, and how is it that
people find out the character of such places, when no
sign is hung over the door to indicate the business of
the institute ? That is easily explained.
It is no longer considered a crime or a disgrace by
women to destroy the race. And when they do it
they make no concealment of the fact. One wo
man tells the other where she has been waited
on, and the institutes are thus advertised, and
their patronage comes without being «olicited.
The board and medical attendants at auch places is,
in some cases, enormous, varying from one hundred
to five hundred dollars, for a few days attendance.
Thus, it is npt poverty that drives these women to com
mit the crime of infanticide, nor is it always to cover
shame, as the crime is perpetrated by as many married
as unmarried women. One medical gentleman esti
mated the slaughter of children at thirty a week; and
more than half were by married women. The reason
he assigns for the continued increase of this crimo is,
the tendency of women to be less domesticated than
they were in former years. They do not marry for
home enjoyment—home is only a place to sleep and
occasionally dine in; but the real enjoyments of life
are in a continued round of balls, theatres, and recep
tions. The tout ensemble of the woman must always
ba preserved, or there would be no more out o’ nights
in the merry throngs of fashion for many months to
come. Then there would be constant care and trouble
of bringing up a family, which would be« such a terri
ble bore, keeping her continually on the wrack.
The patronage from the country is confined chiefly
to unfortunate girls who are victims of misplaced love
and confidence. Under the pretense of coming here
to visit a relative, they enter a private medical insti
tute, and for a consideration are whitewashed into
apparently virtuous womanhood again.
HOW THE INSTITUTES ARE KNOWN.
It is strange, but nevertheless true, that women
living a thousand miles from here know of the exist
ence of such places, while we who live, perhaps, on
the same block, are ignorant that an institute of such
a character exists. It was but the other week that a
lady came here from a Western city, and when she
arrived at the depot, hired a hack and drove up to
the door of the Institute, which she entered at night,
and had she died, she might have been bundled in a
bag, thrust in a coach, and then thrown in the river,
like the diamond-merchant, Fellner. No friend knew
that she had come to the city, and it was absolutely
essential that they should never know. She had com
menced an action for divorce against her husband,
and. pending the suit, she had been guilty of a liason,
which if discovered would defeat the action she had
commenced. She came very near losing her life, so
near that an outside medical gentleman had to be
called in for consultation. This gentleman asked her
how she came to know of the existence of such places,
when she told him that she had seen the advertise
ment in the local papers out West.
HOW THEY MANAGE IT.
The business managers advertise very extensively.
They never, however, get up a paper specially for the
occasion, nor do they post the same to the various
post-masters,as do other advertisers, luring them into
be their agents. The Medical Institute men go on a
cheaper principle. They visit an advertising agency,
and learn the various country journals in which it
would be most profitable to insert their notices. Fif
teen dollars a year will be the cost for a standing no
tic?, and the neighborhood must be very moral, in
deed, that does not send them a one hundred and fifty
dollar boarder in that time. The lady, on seeing the
notice in the paper, writes on to the institution for in
formation,describing her condition, and they give her
their advice. If she follows it, she comes on to the
city, hires a carriage, and is driven to the establish
ment. . She sends in her name, and she is conveyed
to a room set apart for her. She is allowed a few
hours to recruit from her fatigue, when the business
of the day is introduced. An examination follows, and
the manager says he cannot board her under a cer
tain sum, a hundred dollars more than the original
bargain. She produces the argreement that had been
sent her, and asks why it is they repudiate their own
terms. They don’t repudiate it at all, but they tell
her she is constitutionally weak; in some of the de
tails she has deceived them, and that there will be
considerable risk ; if a mishap should happen, it will
be as serious a matter for them as her, as in that
event they would subject themselves to a criminal
prosecution. There is nothing left for her but to sub
mit to the imposition, or return to her native vil
liage, and in time make public her shame.
The town girl is better situated than her unfortu
nate friend from the country. She can see and advise
with the manager of the Institute personally, make
a perfect agreement before she enters. Having
made all these arrangements, she obtains the
consent of her parents to visit some friend
in the country for a month. Her trunk is packed
with the necessary clothing, she is put aboard the
train, and off she starts for the country. At the first
landing she gets out, secures her trunk, enters the
depot and takes the return train to the city and domi
ciles herself in the Institute. She remains there
probably a week, when she starts for her country
cousins more dead than alive; and they cannot help
wondering at the general sick ly appearance of city
girls. In the course of a few weeks she returns home,
and her friends are surprised tha t the pure, healthy
air of the country should have hurt rather than bet
tered her. She is an enigma to her friends in the
country and her friends in the city. Neither dream
of th© true oa.u»A nf that niokly, hn.gS ax,<l Innlr. ATCApi
it be the family physician, who readily guesses at the
cause of the mischief, but unless forced to toll it to
the parents, the secrect is safe with him.
The evils attending this crime, not to speak of its
immorality, are fearful to the patient as well as to
children that may afterward be born. The human
system receives a shock from which it seldom re
covers. Many afterward become perfect wrecks.
Some linger for a year or two, pining away
into a shadow, until death relieves them
from their sufferings. The last case that Dr. Brown
had was a terrible warning to those who resort to the
crime of infanticide to hide their shame. One even
ing the victim and the seducer walked out together
after dusk to the doctor’s institute, where she
stopped a few hours. Toward midnight the doctor
saw the hand of death upon his patient, when the se
ducer was sent to procure a carriage. The dying wo
man was placed in the carriage and driven to her
home. The seducer and the driver carried her up to
the door and rang the bell, when he who should have
befriended her, suddenly disappeared in the dark.
The driver lifted her in his arm, carried her into the
parlor, laid her gently on the sofa, where she expired
in her parents’presence before they had recovered
from the astonishment which the strange scene had
produced. But a few hours before, their daughter
had left their house the perfect picture of health, be
fore the dawn of another day she lay before them in
the cold embrace of death.
How seldom is it that these practitioners have jus
tice meted out to them. We believe it possible to re
cord all these convictions on the thumb-nail. How
many infanticides one fellow has been guilty of none
know save himself, but the public know that the
coroner has charged him with being the cause of the
death of four women, the inmates of his institute. He
was convicted of one of the murders, but the jury,
strange to say, brought in a verdict of misdemeanor,
an d inaioftd of uemg sent to the State Prison he was
only sent to the Penitentary.
1 LOVE AFFAIR.
Plot and Counterplot—A Damsel Demands
$5,000 For & Damaged Deputation.
Caroline Rieser, and John Zahn, both of Teutonic
origin, one a resident of New Jersey, the other of
New York, met and loved—not wisely, nor too well,
still it must be presumed that they loved, for they at
once entered into an engagement of marriage, and
indulged in the tenderd alliance usual on such occa
sions. On a certain night, not long after, the happy
twain went for a walk in the Elysian Fields, Hoboken,
and, as it is alleged by Caroline, while there, John
behaved in a highly improper manner, making over
tures not fit for him to utter or her to hear. Indeed
his impropriety did not stop there, but conducting
her to a still more secluded part of the fields, he at
tempted to secure by force what was denied him as a
favor. But the maiden placed too high a value upon
her priceless treasure to yield it up without a strug
gle, she resisted, and John was successfully repulsed.
She was restrained at the time, she alleges, from tak
ing any proceedings against him becaase she wished
to avoid public scandal. But she broke off the en
gagement. John, however, was not to be put off in
the summary way. He considered her refusal to com
ply with his request was mere affectation, and as she
refused to let him injure her person, he would at least
make an attempt upon her property. He wrote to
her and her relatives several letters declaring that he
would expose her and them to public shame if they
did not come down. He charged them with keeping
a disorderly house and other offences. But he was
willing to keep quiet for a SI,OOO cash in hand to him
paid. The following are two of the letters sent to the
young lady :
Miss Rieser—lf you will think over all those matters
you will easily perceive that my demand of SI,OOO is not too
much, and you may be convinced that I shall never more
do you any harm, but my demand must first be satisfied.
I again request you to remove this matter from the
world. Respectfully. JOHN ZAHN.
Miss Rieser—As I have as yet no answer from you, and
perceiving that you wish to let me go without any com
pensation, I shall let you know that you have to deal with
an energetic seafaring man. Enclosed you may see your
letter literally copied in print, and 1 intend to open the
eyes of the people of Rondout. This is the first printed
copy I part with. If you desire that it should not circu
late among the people, you can avoid it by simply satisfy
ing my demand, but if you prefer to do nothing in this
matter you may put me down as your dangerous enemy,
even if it should cost me my life. J. ZAHN.
To these sententious epistles Miss Rieser has re
sponded by a suit in the Supreme Court, for the re
covery of $5,000 as damages done to her person
character and health.
THE DEFENDANTS STORY
is in substance as follows:
His affidavit sets forth that in December, 1865, he
became acquainted with her at the house of her
brother-in-law, August Boemeke; that in February,
1866, at Boemeke’s solicitation he went to reside with
him, and continued to do so until the middle of Sep
tember last: that the engagement between himself
and plaintiff continued down to the last day of Au
gust, when the plaintiff broke with him on the ground
of religious differences; that three weeks after the
sth of August she promised to marry him in the
early part of September and to advance him sl,ooo—
to be spent in buying furniture, and the other
half to be invested in his business; that on the 28th
August she left Hoboken for Rondout, promising
to send him the money at once, but did not; mean
while that he tented apartments to be occupied by
them and paid $l2O rent, and that in anticipation of
the SI,OOO, he made a mortage to Boemeke for her
unon the stock of goods &c. of his store to secure the
payment of that money; that being a sailor and a
foreigner and placing entire confidence in Boemeke,
he regarded it as a friendly arrangement from which
no injury could result, but that on the 4th of Sep
tember, Boemeke took forcible possession of the store
and locked it up. That the stock was worth $650,
and with the good will was worth $1,500 per annum,
and that thus he was reduced to poverty, and that he
had commenced three weeks before the commence
ment of this suit, an action against Boemeke for that
cause. The affidavit then denies any assault on the
plaintiff at the Elysian Fields or elsewhere on the
sth of August or any other time, and says that subse
quent to that date tne intercourse between them was
most affectionate and cordial down to the 31st of
August. He then charges her with indelicacy ; that
on the 7th of August the plaintiff declined on religious
grounds to marry him, but that at the request of
Boemeke, who stated that she was suffering from the
separation, he saw her again on the 9th, when she re
newed the engagement, and that after that they
visited her relatives »s lovers. That she, possessing
considerable means, proposed to advance $1,003 to
enable him to enter into partnership with Boemeke,
and that he assented, and advertised his business for
sale; that after her return to Rondout she wrote to
him and her sister, breaking off the engagement
solely on the ground of religious difference. He ad
mits that he did make a claim on her for redress and
indemnity for his wrongs, and says that she acknowl
edged her obligations to him, and authorized her to
settle, but the family interfered; that she requested
him to visit Rondout to come to an arrangement, and
the family again interfered; that Boemeke and
Webber offered S2OO to settle, bathe demanded more.
He then gives extracts from a letter of hers of Sep
tember 9, in which she says her sister will make
everything right for her. She does not wish him to
have been ruined on her account.
The accused was liberated on bail and the case set
down for a further hearing this week.
OFFICE, NO. 11 FRANKFORT ST.
W gall lot
THE PROGRAMME FOR THE WEEK.
Balls, coteries, reunions, and other festive and
jubilant gatherings, are announced for the ensuing
week:
AT IRVING HALL.
Feb. 11—Warren Association.
“ 12—Neptune Club.
“ 13—Theatrical Union.
“ 14—Hoboken Turtle Club.
“ 15—Italian Society.
AT JONES’ ASSEMBLY ROOMS.
Feb. 11—Hudson Social Club.
“ 12—New England Social.
“ 13—Washington Engine Association.
“ 14—Y. D. K? Association.
AT BROOKES’ ASSEMBLY ROOMS,
Feb. 11—Fitzgerald Association.
“ 14—McLaughlin Pleasure Club.
AT MILITARY HALL.
Feb. 11—Macpherson’s Soiree.
“ 14—Q. S. B. A. Social Club.
“ 16—McConnell’s Soiree.
AT OTHER PLACES.
Feb. 12—Rivers’ Exhibition, Academy of Music, Brook
lyn.
“ 12—Starlight Social, Gothic Hall, Brooklyn.
“ 20—Washington Blues, Regimental Armory,
Broadway and Fourth street.
“ 22—David C. Aiken Musketeers, Gothie Hall,
Brooklyn.
With the contemplation of the pleasant prospect
ahead, we turn for a moment to the past, and from
a mass of notes glean the pleasant memories of
THE WEEKS EVENTS,
in Ball circles. Fond recollection brings to view,
beautiful u women and brave men, gushing music,
and the poetry of motion, mingled with hearty wel
come, and generous attentions, “ which we requite,
not with vain thanka. But. with acocptaTicc’bo-u.iiteovie.”
For no better reason than that it comes most con
veniently to hand we commence our record with
THE PEARL SOCIAL CLUB,
who on Wednesday evening last held their Fourth
Annual Ball at the Shakspere Assembly Rooms.
The members of the club fully established their
claim to the title social. The occasion was eminently,
so, and the gathering was made doubly select by the
fact that no gentleman was a limited unaccompanied
by a lady. The “ Pearls” insist that for every “ Jack, ”
there shall be a “ Gill.” We have heard it argued
that the pleasures of anticipation, are greater than
of realization, but in the case of
the McClellan sociable,
which took place last Wednesday night at Irving
Hall, our highest expectations, were followed with
the most perfect fruition. It was a large, fashionable,
and elegantly dressed gathering. The toilets were
magnificent, the music charming, the arrangements
for enjoyment all that could be desired, and the
club as an organization, and especially the gentleman
comprising the committees, who had charge of the
ball, won “golden J opinions” from all who were pres
ent. And, when next the McClellans give a sociable,
may we be there.
On the same evening
THE COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION,
had a fine party at Jones’ Assembly rooms. It was
their second attempt and a most creditable one.
Select, well ordered, and recherche, nothing was left
for the most exacting to wish for. We are of the
opinion that such social re-unions, like “ Susan Nip
per,” couldn’t be too often repeated.
Thejpleasnres of our peregrinations among the vo
taries* of rpischore on Wednesday nignt were
brought t ciose by a too brief season with the
members t, m
OCEAN STAR SOCIAL CLUB,
a coterie of young gentlemen, who are firmly of the
opinion that “it is better to laugh than be sighing,”
and have organized for the promotion of mirth and
music. On the night in question, they had assembled
to the number of two or three hundred couple at
Military Hall, when suddenly there appeared among
them “a chiel taking notes,” and now he prints
them.
MOSAIC TEMPLE OF HONOR.
A promenade concert and ball, given on Thursdav
or cn tn 8 , iu.oU, tow mosaic .temple of Honor,
at Masonic Hall, was a fine affair, and drew together
a large and fashionable assemblage, who, in the jovial
dance, enjoyed themselves in refined social inter
course and a pleasant interchange of life’s ameni
ties.
At Jones’ Assembly Rooms, on the same night, we
witnessed some military movements of a very in
spiriting character by
BATTERY Ist ARTILLERY REGIMENT.
Capt. Charles Carter was, of course, in command,
and the occasion was the fifth annual ball of the com
pany, which was a pleasant reunion of the members
and their friends, and will be long held in pleasant
rememberance.
THE HOYA WESER GUARD
held their annual ball on the evening of the 7th inst.,
and to say that they had a good time, is to give but
feeble expression to the sentiment of all who attended.
GLOBE LODGE, F. and A.M.
had a well attended and capitally-conducted ball at
the New York Assembly Rooms, on the 7th inst. The
Brotherhood turned out in strong force to do honor to
the occasion, and showed how good and pleasant a
thing it is for brethren to fraternise in the festive
dance, and go home with—their wives and sweet
hearts in the morning.
SURPRISE OF CO. A, SEVENTY-NINTH REGI
MENT.
The Murdoch Dramatic Association surprised Co.
A, Seventy-Ninth Regiment, at their quarters corner
of Broome and Mercer streets, on Monday evening,
and, notwithstanding the mud, and the inclemenqy
of the weather, the attendance was very good, and
when it is taken into consideration that such things
have to be gotten up in a hurry, the success was
unquestionable. Capt. Manson, the brave Scot, and
true gentleman, and his command received his guests
with unremitting hospitality, inspiring them by his
presence and bearing, and adding greatly to the good
feeling and enjoyment which continued without flag
ging the entire evening.
All things being in readiness by about 10 o’clock,
the advance guard of the Club took possession of
the room, and were augmented by additions until
1 o’clock, when the floor became somewhat crowded
and the ladies took advantage of the favorable oppor
tunity for commencing the supper arrangements.
The Captain still assiduous for the enjoyment of his
guests made a very fine speech, which was received
bv the command With that hAartinoes and gnnd-will
which true worth inspires.
When the masks were laid aside our reporter was
enabled to satisfy himself as to the personality of
some of those present in costume, and among tne
most conspicuous were: Mrs. W—b, as Lady Gay
Spanker; Miss M. R. S-m-s, as Maritana, whose rep
resentation of the character and by play with the
tamborine, the entire evening, were worthy of the
professional boards; Miss J-k-n, as a Sultana; Miss
C-p-r, as Edith Plantaganet; Mr. and Mrs. S—w, as
Kenneth the Knight and Joan D’Arc; Mrs. A-k-n, as
a Sister of Charity, whose modest and attractive
features bore out the character to the life; Mrs.
M-n-ly, as a Savoyard; Miss M-l-o-le, in Greek cos
tume, whose trippings of the light fantastic toe were
a study; Miss R-che, in a court dress of the time of
Louis XIV., whose form, appearance and dress, were
really charming; Miss M-r-n, as a Postillion, was
piquant; Miss P-g-t, as Helen McGregor did honor
to the Tartan; Miss B-r-tu and W—b, as vivandiers,
and some half dozen young ladies as Orientalists.
An incident of the evening was a gentleman dressed
as Robinson Crusoe, whose appearance elicited a
burst of “O, Poor Robinson Crusoe,” another as
Mephistophles created more than special wonder.
Mr. W—b, as Jack Sheppard, was thoroughly artistic.
Long after the “ wee short hours ” the company
broke up, fully convinced that the Highlanders were
the party with whom to “ while away the time.”
But “joys that are past come not again,” for a
twelvemonth, at least, so we turn our attention to the
rich store with which the immediate future is boun
tifully laden, and remind our readers that on Tues
day next the
NEW ENGLAND SOCIAL CLUB
will give a ball at Jones’ Assembly Rooms, and all the
lineal descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers, and all
their friends and acquaintances are requested to at
tend. The arrangements for their accommodation
are ample.
AT THE BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC,
an event of peculiar interest, especially to mater and
pater familias, will come off on Tuesday evening
next. On that occasion, Prof. C. H. Rivers gives his
annual exhibition of the capabilities and proficiency
of his pupils, nearly one hundred of whom will take
partin the exercises. The ait of dancing a la mode
will be beautifully illustrated. At the conclusion of
the juvenile exercises, the immense floor of the
Academy will be thrown open, and adults, as well as
children, will participate in the festivities. M. Papst
and L. Con tern o will direct the music of the Twenty
third Regiment band, and the dancing will be under
the direction of Prof. Rivers, assisted by an efficient
committee. The
WASHINGTON BLUES,
“K” Company, Twelfth regiment, N. G. S. N. Y., will
hold their third annual coterie at the regimental
armory, corner of Broadway and Fourth street, on
Wednesday evening, the 20th inst. A flag presenta
tion will be among the signal events of the occasion.
THEATRICAL MECHANICAL ASSOCIATION.
This organization, composed for the most part, we
believe, of the workingmen of the theatres, will, on
next Wednesday evening, give their annual fancy
dress and civic ball at Irving Hall. We earnestly
commend it as an occasion that will be greatly en
joyed. It is given by and under the direction of a
class of people whose business it is to give pleasure to
others, and who must, therefore, incline to the pleas
urable; and we are sure that they will leave nothing
undone that can contribute to that end. The fourth
annual ball of the Italian society
DI UNIONE E FRATELLANZA,
will be given at Irving Hall on the 15th inst. This
ball will be given for the benefit of the Italian evening
school for adults, which is represented as a
NUMBER 14.
worthy and beneficent charity, which has received
the most generous efforts of our best citizens for its
support/ We hope the society will receive a liberal
share of that patronage and support which it so emi
nently deserves. It is not often that so good an op
portunity offers of comprising pleasure and philan
thropy.
A soiree will be given by the Seereiter Pleasure
Club on the 22d of February, at Brookes’ Assembly
Rooms.
The fourteenth annual reunion of the Washington
Continental Guard, at Jones’ Assembly Rooms, is set
down for the 25th inst
For both the above we have received cards of invi
tation, and return our respectful acknowledgments.
NEPTUNE CLUB.
Ladies and gentlemen of nautical proclivities, and
those who affect
“A life on the ocean wave,”
will be glad to learn that on Tuesday ntght next the
annual ball of the Noptune'Club will be given at Irv
ing Hall. The club is made up of many of our best
known and most public-spirited citizens, and this fact
is a guarantee of the excellence of the entertainment
they propose.
FANCY DRESS BALL.
Among the most interesting events in ball circles,
that are still in embryo, is the Grand Fancy Dress
Bal D’ Opera, which is sei down for Friday, March
Ist, the occasion of the formal inauguration of the
New Academy of Music.
The other is the Annual Ball of the Americus Club,
at the Academy, on the 14th' of March. The speedy
approach of these two great events has reduced a
number of tailors and dressmakers to the verge of
distraction. But we guess their will find
them on time.
THE BALL OF THE SEVENTY-NINTH REGIMENT
HIGHLANDERS, N.G.S. N.Y.,
which is to take place at Irving Hah, on Wednesday
night, 20th instant, will be among the most attractive
of the season. The regiment holds high rank among
our most famous military organizations, and its mem
bers are no less celebrated in the circles of fashion
and festivity tb.an they proved themselves brave and
generous on the field.
STARLIGHT SOCIAL,
a club of young men, possessed of kindred spirits and
similar inclinations, who beleive that “ The very best
way, to lengthen the day is to steal a few hours froffi
the night,” will to-morrow night give their Fourth
Masquerade and Fancy dross Carnival, at Gothic
Hall Brooklyn.
MISOELLANEIOUS OBSERVATIONS
A marked feature of the present ball season has
been the elegance of the attire, and the gorgeous
toilets displayed at nearly all the large gatherings.
A native modesty has forbid special inquiry into
the cause thereof, but we have heard it suggested
that it is due largely to our friends R. W. Williams &
Son, who for thirty years have made the toilet of our
citizens and citizenesses their especial care.
Committees of Social clubs, Balls, picnics,, or any
other public-gathering, who may require badges, or
any description of insignia, should call on T. B<>
Hathaway, No. 687 Broadway.
MILITARY MATTERS.
THE BOUNTY QUESTION.
At the last mass-meeting of veterans, hold last
week at the rooms of the Soldiers Relif and Claim
Agency, No. 136 Canal street, Col. Herman Manager,
the following letter of interest to soldiers who have
lost their discharges, or who have been discharged
by reason of disability other than wounds, was read
by Supervisor Willman, the Chairman of the meeting.
House of Representatives, 39th Congress, )
„ Washington, D. C. July 29th, 1867. J
Col. J. B. Herman :
My Dear Sir I have your favor of the 28th inst..
Petition of 1,500 soldiers. I have presented their petition
to the house, and it is referred to the Committee on Mili
tary Affairs, which Committee, I am happy to say, has
this day reported a bill which provides for the payment
of bounties to those who have lost their discharges. In
regard to the other class of petitioners, I cannot say what
will be done. I feel honored by the confidence reposed in
me by the “Boys in Blue,” and will be happy to give
such efforts as my numerous and pressing engagements
will permit to secure the objects they have in view.
Very respectfully yours,
W. A. DARLING.
Since the receipt of the above letter, which was en
thusiastically received by the soldiers, the bill
granting payment of bounties to the men who have
lost tiielr tnsenarges tha UnnsA and it has
been decided to have the Claim Bureau of the Agency
open to-morrow (Monday) evening from 8 to 10
o’clock, to receive all claims for bounty of the men
unable to call during the week.
THE FIFTY-SIXTH REGIMENT.
In honor of the birthday of Gen. George Washing
ton, this command will have a reception on the even
‘ ing of the 22d inst., at ths State Arsenal, in Portland
avenue, Brooklyn. That it will be a memorable and
joyous occasion, and a fitting tribute to the memory
of a great man, we have no doubt.
A VERMILLION EDICT.
Assistant-Adjutant-General Bramhall has issued
the following general orders. What they mean is not
quite within our comprehension, but they are high
toned, to say the least:
Headquarters Department of New York, )
Grand Army of the Republic, >
Adjt.-Genl’s Office, New York, Feb. 6,1867.)
General Orders, No. s—l. The following-named
comrades are hereby de tailed and announced as mem
bers of the provisional Staff of this Department, on
duty at these Headquarters: Major Geo. T. Stevens,
Aide-de-Camp and Assistant-Inspector-General; Bre
vet Lieutenant Francis W. Parsons, Aide-de-Camp.
They will be respected accordingly, and are hereby
authorized to establish and organize Posts in locali
ties not under the jurisdiction of District Command
ers, announced in orders from these Headquarters.
11. The following-named comrades are hereby de
tailed and announced as temporary Commanders of
their respective districts, which are designated as
follows: District of Manhattan, comprising the city
and county of New York, with headquarters at the
Bible House, Brevet Brig.-Gen. Rush C. Hawkins;
District of Oneida, comprising the county of the same
name, with headquarters at Utica, Major David F.
Ritchie. They will at once assume command, and
will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
111. To prevent informality in the muster-in of re
cruits in this Department, it is hereby announced,
for the information of this command, that recruits
will be mustered only in regularly constituted Posts,
and by District Commanders in the establishment of
Posts, except by the Grand Commander, an officer of
his staff, or by special authority from these Head;
quarters. The attention of officers is particularly
called to Articles 5,9, 11 and 15 of the Rules and Reg
ulations of the Grand Army of the Republic, and the
strict enforcement of its provisions especially en
joined. Staff officers will bo enrolled as members of
Posts, and reported by the Posts to which they be
long as upon detached service.
By order of the Grand Commander.
Frank J. Bramhall,
As sis tan t-Adj u tant-General.
swiiis'oF mTcm.
Two Californians in the Hands of “ ConQ
denee” Operators -They are Robbed of
ss,ooo—Arrest of a Kotorions Commission
Broker.
Last Saturday, a couple of confidence men swindled
two Californians out out of $5,000 in gold by the
modus operandi so fully explained in last week’s Dis
patch. The Californians put up at a hotel in Oourt
landt street, where they made the acquaintance of a
very affable gentleman, who turned out to be a confi
dence man. The swindler finding that they had this
five.thousand in gold, after having wormed himself
into their confidence, informed him that he knew of
a broker that would give them three per cent, more
for their gold than any other firm in the city. The
Californians jumped at the bait, and allowed them
selves to be conducted to the lower part of the city, in
the vicinity of Broad street. Thera they were taken
into a sort of commission brokerage house, and in
troduced to a gentleman, who purchased the gold at
the advanoed rate, giving in return a worthless check
on a bank. The Californians went to the bank and
found the check useless, and when they reported
their loss to the police, they were so confused that
they could not locate the office. Now it so happens
that a very noted gentleman in the commission busi
ness, named Merrick Price, has an office down in the
vicinity whrre this swindle took place, and it so hap
pens that since the robbery Price has been arrested
on a charge of swinding, and now lies in Ludlow
street jail. There is a warrant out for his partner,
named Clark, who may bo in the same cage to-day.
It would do no harm to take the Californians there,
and have a look at Merrick Price & Co. There are
several charges of swindling against the firm. They
had an easy time of it. They carried on an appar
ently very large commission business. Another firm
was started in Broad street on a smaller scale, this
operator having only desk-room. This Broad street
gentleman would buy a cargo of potatoes, butter, any
thing that was saleable, on time, and give as his refer
ence Merrick Price & Co. Tha t firm would immedi
ately say that the gentleman alluded to was perfectly
reliable; that they trusted him to the amount of
$5,000, and he was always prompt in his payments.
On the strength of Merrick Price & Co.’s recommen
dation, the goods were sold, and when a big hit was
made a new office was opened elsewhere. It is
charged that Merrick Price & Co. frequently had the
goods transferred to them by the outside swindler,
within an hour after the sale. It is on this charge
that Merrick Price now gets his bed, board, and
washing, at Ludlow street, for fifteen dollars
a week. In relation to the one dollar gift
enterprises, they are now less blustering and
rude than they were formerly. Greenhorns are
no longer dragged down into their cellars, and those
“beat” arc generally mon in search ot the “ele
p'ant,” which they are sure to see in these dens*
The short sermon preached them has had the desired
e'* There was but one arrest this week, and that
was only for about six dollars, which the Mayor or
< lered to be refunded. In allusion to these establish
men'--, in our last issue, Lewis Pike was pretty
roughly handled. He acknowledges, and we have no
reason to doubt his assertion, that he was in his
youth pretty wild, but he desires it to be understood
that he is no thief, neither does he associate with
thieves; he admits being in the bounty business but
denies that he was evei a bounty jumper, and the
worst that can be said of him is, he is in t? one dol»
jar jewelry gift enterprise business,

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