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Sunday Edition. Jan. 3.
Iby that name, but known in our youth as “ The Peo.
pie’s Lawyer.” There is no necessity for our des
canting upon the merits of Mr. Owens; he has made
Jiis mark in both hemispheres, and now stands with
out a rival in those characters of which he has made
B specialty.
1 At the Woiip.eli. Sisters’ New Tore Theatre,
**Barbe-Bleue” and “La Bello Helene” have been
• well received since our last, and, we suppose, might
liave run for some time to oome with the same suc
cess as has attended through the past week;
fcut the management have determined to make them
give place to a novelty, which will show itself on
KJfonday evening, in the shape of the much-talked-of
Field of the Cloth of Gold,” which will include in
Sts cast the sisters and all the talent of the company.
Hew scenery has been painted for the burlesque, and
Air. Tissington has been, for a long time, actively
engaged in preparing the music and drilling his
forces, z The usual matinee on Saturday.
Miss Virginia Buchanan, Mr. McKean Buchanan,
and a most carefully selected company of Shaksperean
Briists, will commence a season of legitimate per
formances at this house on the Ist of February. The
Worrell Sisters will, during the month of February,
fill engagements at McVicker’s Theatre in Chicago,
! spd at the Pittsburgh Opera-House.
Of the Olympic Theatre we cannot write any
thing new, except it be that the stupendous bur
lesque of Mr. Daly’s great railroad scene, in “Humpty
SDumpty,” is nightly received with shouts of immod
erate laughter, and the audiences evince a keen sense
©fits ridiculousness and of its meagre destructive fea
tures when compared to its loud-mouthed promises.
Mr. Symons has quietly succeeded Mr. Tayleure in
the active management of the house. If long expe
rience and industry can command success in this de
partment, Mr. Symons will certainly achieve it
»* Humpty Dumpty” will keep the stage for months
lo come, without a doubt There is a rumor of fur
ther reconstructions of the pantomime, but they
Beem to be scarcely needed. Wednesday and Satur
flay matinee as usual.
At Niblo’s Garden, “ After Dark” still continues
So be the attraction, and the houso has received lav
ish patronage since our last. It will keep the stage
Until the advent at this theatre of the Lydia Thomp
son troupe, when burlesques and very light works
Will be the features. “After Dark” is one of the
most telling dramas of the day, and it could bo made
to run a much longer time than is contemplated; but
the “powers that be” have decreed otherwise, and
there is a quiet place on the shelf waiting for it,
}Erom which it may be quietly exhumed, with propri
ety, at any time. Matinee on Saturday.
At Wood’s Theatre, par excellence the burlesque
fiouse of the Metropolis, the favorite “Ixion” has
run Its race and a new candidate for public favor has
taken its place in the shape of “Ernani,” a very
broad burlesque upon Verdi’s opera of that name,
Which has been received with shouts of laughter and
Continuous applause. It is written in the best style
»f Brough, its author, and it has had local puns and
illusions, political and social, thrust into it as thickly
£s plums are found in the most orthodox plum pud
fling of the season. Much of the melody of the orig
inal work has been preserved and the situations are
toade extremely ludicrous. Miss Lydia Thompson
Is the hero and she looks and dresses the part most
temptingly. Miss Weber, everybody’s favorite, is
the Don Carlos and her reckless abandon is infectious
In the highest degree, Miss Harland, Miss Kate
iLogan, Miss Mary Wells and Miss Mortimer, all have
Congenial parts, and Mr. Hill (new to us) has made
b decided sensation and success. Mr. Beckett is per
fectly at home in a part that he liakes to fit him ex
actly, and Mr. Mestayer evinces serio-comic power of
ft high order, in a very unpretentious impersonation.
jThe play has been a very decided hit and it brings
but the powers of all who are cast in it most admira
bly. The management has done its duty faithfully
in the manner in which it has placed “Ernani” kpon
She stage and, in our judgment, it is looked for a
Very long “ run.” The “ Quiet Family ” precedes it
bn every evening. The usual matinees are to be
given on every day of the week; buUthe days on
Which the whole strength of the company will appear
Vill be Wednesdays and Saturdays as usual.
The Bowery Theatre management this week
bffer a new spectacular drama, from the pen of Joseph
tJ. Foster Esq., entitled “The Fighting Brothers of
ißome, or the Horatii and the Curatii.” The drama
2s magnificent in its spectacular effects, and has been
X>ut upon the stage without regard to cost. The
pcenery is all new, and the entire company are cast
in’the piece. “Valentine and Orson” will also be given
With Bob Butler as Orson. The other attractions are
{numerous and varied. The Butler Ballet Troupe
Snake their appearance as usual. Frank A. Gibbons,
the great gymnast, and a host of other celebrities
(swell the lists, and help to draw full audiences.
New York Cmous.—The Christmas pantomime of
jblue Beard a la Turque-Francaise, has been drawing
great audiences to the Circus, and as it is full of the
Jmost ludicrous situations, incidents, tricks and
©omlc effects, and has been produced with brilliant
Costumes and appointment, it will in all probability
prove an attractive card for some time to come. Blue
Beard will be played every night the coming week,
f>nd at the Wednesday and Saturday matinees in con
unction with one of the finest programmes of eques
trian and acrobatic feats ever presented in this coun
try. M’lle Caroline Rolland is continually increasing
In popularity at this establishment, and appears to
ride better every week. Her style is dashing beyond
precedent, and as she rides as bareback horse her
feats produce an effect that is equalled by none of
Sier rivals. Melville, Stickney, and all the principal
members of Mr. Lent’s extensive troupe also appear
Bt each entertainment.
Mrs. F. B. Conway’s Park Theatre, Brooklyn,
Bias, thus far during the season, and despite the com
petition of several pretentious shows recently start
ed, done a very excellent business, [ especially
fluring the late holidays. The enterprising mana
geress has furnished her patrons with varied and
attractive novelties, embracing almost everything in
the line of legitimate theatricals, and has furnished
the people of Brooklyn with’a thoroughly respecta
ble and every way acceptable place of amusement.
To-morrow evening is set apart for Mrs. Conway’s
benefit, when she will appear as Mrs. Ormsby Del
tnaine, in the fine comedy of the “Serious Family,”
|Mt. Conway sustaining the character of Capt. Murphy
UMcGuire, The fine comedy of “ Married Life,” will
ftlso be given, with as fair a cast as any theatre in
the metropolis can furnish, including Mrs. Conway.
£uch a bill should, and we presume will, fill the
house to its utmost, independent of the indisputable
Claims which Mrs. C. has upon the generous patron_
age and support of the people of Brooklyn. “Blow
for Blow ” is soon to be given at this house.
$ The Opening of Tammany as a place of amuse
ment, Which was announced for last Wednesday
Evening, was, for various reasons, postponed until
to-morrow (Monday) evening. This gives time to
|>ut everything in perfect order, and the management
have shown wisdom in refusing to hurry the opening
before all preparations were completed. They have
entered upon a great undertaking, and one that if
SSucceesfifl (and we have no doubt it will be) will give
New York a long-needed desideratum. Under one
tpof will be combined all the requisites for furnish
ing an enjoyable evening to all, no matter how di
verse their tastes and likings. The grand hall has
been metamorphised into a theatre of rare beauty
bnd elegance. The remaining rooms in the building
Lave undergone a transformation as wonderful, and
jpm famish places for reading, refreshments, conver
sation, and for minor shows. Reconstructed Tam
many is well worth a visit.
While Mr. Bateman is doing so much for the
.entertainment of the American public, witn his fine
Goable company of French artists a- Pike’s Opera
House, his talented daughi er is doing an equal service
. 0 English public, and in a still higher walk of art.
Ahe leading London pa jerh are full o* her praises, and
*re unanimous apparently in their approval; and it
would seem that she has produced an impression such as
•he English stage has not known for years. The play in
dWiuch this triumph of an American actress has been
made is from the pen of Dr. Mosenthal, the author o>
Leah, and has be«n, the Times says, admirably ren
dered into English blank verse by a translator whose
name is not known. The play itself is said to be of won
derful power and beauty. We extract the following from
the critical notice of the London Standard: “ Such is
the outline of Pictra, and all those who are familiar with
the talented actress who impersonates the character
which gives the piece its nemo, can conceive how well
dpliss Bateman would embody the varying passions we
nave slightly indicated, and wnat scope is given in the
■Story for the expression of ail those d fferent phases of
emotion which, depicted by the fair artiste, have gained
tier the title of the first tragedienne of tne day. Two
Kreat situations we may mention as being remarkable
Instances of histrionic delineation—the first, toe speec.i
In which Pietra, believing in Manfred’s nerfidy, demands
that he be brought before her for judgment. All who
know Miss Bateman aye aware of the sway she exercises
gir the emotions and passions of the audience, end at
s fearful invective there way not a free in the house
t reflected the wrath that agitated tiie frame of the
r young actress. And in contradistinction, the unut
terable depth of grief that in the one word—“ Dead
appeared to be the very acme of woman’s sorrow, and
fhe frenzied tenderness with which she bent over the
tody of her lover, Miss Bateman represented as certainly
»o other living artist could. The enthusiasm of the au
® knew no bounds and Miss Bateman was obliged
before the curtain aj.er each act, and at the
, caUad for mc3t rapturously, and was
greetea with a shower cf bouquets.”
. Manager Wood, from the following, is exceed
efforfca in way of attraction for the
Dramatic department of his establishment, lie has en-
Bered into engagements with Mr. ana Mrs. W. J. Flor
ence. M Le MorLiccni and her ballet troupe of eight pre-
R°se Massey, and three golaeii
.paired ladies (burlesque actresses) from England, all of
I . ncrodu , ced inw > the “Field Of the Olotn
cfGold, on February Ist, v hen the term of the Lvdia
Thampsoitfroupe expires. Iho above features comprise
an organization for the production of burlesques that
cannot by any possibility be surpassed, if equaled, and
thust retain for Wood s Museum tue lead it lias taken in
this line or entertainment.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Paul had a narrow es
cape of losing the valuable jewels they use in their en
tertainment. On December Sth, they sang at Worces
ter, Englund, and after the performance the music hall
Sas broxen into and a searci* made by the thieves, who
mst have attended the performances and seen the dia
monds which Mrs. Paul wore m one of her representa
tions. Fortunately the jewels, from the accident of the
lock of a trunk being broken, were conveyed co the ho
tel .where Mr. and Mrs. Paul stayed.
George Mafl'iit, one of the stage hands at the
Thcatie Comique, Boston, was instantly killed on the
e 3 eu j, n £ December 23d, by to the from
•■He ikes.
The Olympic Varieties, New Orleans, was
destroyed by fire on December 23d. The cause of the
fire is unknown, but supposed to have originated from a
cracker thrown upon the stage by a disorderly member
of the audience. It was first discovered by a gentleman
stopping at Irving Lodging House, and by him com
municated to the patrolman upon the beat. Some
time elapsed before the engines were at work, and the
theatre was completely destroyed; also great damage
done the adjoining buildings, including the restaurant oi
Mr. N. Miller ana Tattersal’s Exchange.
The renowned pianist, Hopkins, has been
engaged to give two opening concerts at the Rutland
Opera House (Vermont), on the sth and 6th inst. His
fourth New York concert for the Orpheon Free School
Fund, will be on Saturday next, at Apollo Hall, and he
goes to Philadelphia 1 Jan. 16, by invitation of the “Ger
mania” of that city, to play before the society and to
produce some of his orchestral works, which < seem to be
popular with the honest Quakers. There are few artists
as active and untiring as young Hopkins.
Work is going on at tne Theatre Comique,
and it is thought that it will be ready for opening by
January 16. The difficulty about the insurance having
been all settled, work was commenced on December 23,
and on December 26 the scaffolding was nut up for re
pairing the dome. On the 28th a large force of work
men w'ere put in the building to puoh forward its com
pletion as fast as possible.
Miss Annie Deland, a young actress of great
promise, who, some time since, played a very successful
engagement at Mrs. Conway’s ParkjTheatre. Brooklyn,
is now performing with marked success in the Western
part of this State. Our exchanges are full of her praises.
Her performance of “ Ruth Kirby” in the Lancashire
Lass, is highly spoken of, and was, we are told, received
with every demonstration of applause.
Mr. Morton Price, an actor at the new Vau
deville Theatre in Washington street, Brooklyn, met
with a serious accident on New Year’s Eve. While going
through with his part, one of the “flies” became disen
gaged and fell upon him, breaking his arm. This was
not the only untoward accident that happened to Mr. P.
that evening; but this will suffice to lay him up for some
°° me -
[The views set forth in this Department of the Dis
patch are the opinions of the writers, not of the Editor,
wiio neither indorses nor repudiates what is contained
in the letters.]
New York, Jan. 2, 18G9.
To the Editor of the New York Dispatch:
Dear Sir: I don’t seo why you should pitch into
the Sheriff and his men any more than anybody else.
Look at the Register’s office. A friend of mine bought
some lots of ground up by 128th street at $125 a lot,
and to search for the title it cost him $l5O, just $25
more than he paid for one of his lots. Now, which
is the richest placer, the control of the land or the
parchment that informs you who was the original
owner of the farm that is now converted into streets
and avenues? I don’t see anything wrong in the
sheriffs making all they can. All men seek place to
make an easy and comfortable living. That is pretty
well understood. What would the Sheriff’s office be
worth if they didn’t charge eleven dollars for draw
ing up a bail piece ? What would it be worth if they
did not arrest a man after the Sheriff’s office was
closed? Mightn’t they as well as not make a hun
dred or so by paroling the prisoner till the next day ?
And if I should run away and cheat my creditors,
don’t you think it would be serving me right if a
Deputy Sheriff “went through me,” as it is called in
that office, and relieved me of some of my superfluous
cash and diamonds, and then let me go in peace ?
Why, you know in the olden times, when slavery ex
isted in the South, and up to the time Gordon was
hung here, slavers were publicly fitted out in New
York, and that it was no uncommon thing for a Dep
uty Marshal to make $20,000 at a slap to let a slaver
slide. Nobody has ever pitphed into that office as
you have into the Sheriff’s. Why, you have never
pitched into the whisky frauds but once, when you
published a list of about two hundred illicit stills at
work in the city, and in Callahan’s district alone,
some fifty. That was not contradicted. If that was
not rascality I don’t know what was. You ought to
have followed that up; it was ten thousand times
more important than the petty swindling in the
Sheriff’s office. Lens.
Imprisoned for Debt.
To the Editor of the New York Dispatch:
New York, Dec. 29 th, 1868.
Mr. Editor—Dear Sir: Open your batteries
against the inhuman cruel law “ Imprisonment for
debt ” and do not cease firing until every vestige of
this “ order of arrest ” for a civil suit is done away
with. The sufferings of men in consequence of this
law are’sad; a law that gives his fellow man the power,
on a mere affidavit, to tear you from your home, your
business and your suffering family is barbarous. If
the judges, the lawyers, and the sheriff and his depu
ties have been harsh and will be harsh in administra
ting this law, abolish it, and take the power out of
their hands.
It is an outrage to humanity to have such a law on
the statute book of any State in this country. Scores
have suffered ten hundred times the hardship that
Mr. Bowles suffered, and if the press calmly let this
pass with only commenting on the outrage on Mr.
Bowles, it will make the people think that because
one of their oxen are gored they howl for that ox. I
am glad sir that you have indicated a wish to espouse
the cause of humanity for the people.
Keep on in your good work; you will have plenty
of help, and you will have the blessings of every
man that has been through malice incarcerated in
Ludlow street JaiL You will have the thankful
prayer of their wives and children.
You have no conception nf the sufferings and hor
rors this law is the paper would not
hold the tales untold, the law
yer and sheriff are benefitted. -
Husbands have committed suicides;
become insane 11 Children have nearly starved to
death! 11 All of which I can prove. More Anon.
From Another Victim.
December 29th, 1868.
Dear Mr. Editor : Keep on in your good work.
Your article headed “Rascality,” in last Sunday’s
Dispatch, did not give one-half the miseries or ex
tortions men are subjected to daily by the Sheriff’s
officers. Mr. Tracy, the jailor, read the article in
your paper, and swore vengeance against the writer.
He said if he could find out who wrote that article he
would give five hundred dollars, as he would make a
charge against him for slander, and the moment he
was brought to the jail he would lock him up in the
dirtiest, filthiest cell in the building, feed him on
bread and water, and no living soul should see him.
He would have the bail so excessive that he could
not furnish it. Tracy also stated that he would spend i
any quantity of money before he would let the law be
repealed. Cause why— his position is worth over
$20,003 a year net cash. This order of arrest law is
worth to the Sheriff and his deputies over $200,000
annually, and they will willingly spend a large sum
of money to prevent the Legislature repealing this
inhuman, cruel, barbarous law. Mr. Tracy and the
Sheriff’s officers do all in their power to keep a pris
oner retained, because the longer he keeps them in
jail the more money he gets. The past year over
fifteen hundred persons have suffered through these
letters de catchet. The cause of freedom and of liber
ty cry aloud to have this law wiped out. The wives
and childrafi of the persons that have been unjustly
arrested, demand the repeal of this law for the pro
tection of their husband’s person. Men have been
torn away from the bed side of their dying wives,
and have been dragged away from their business by
mere affidavits of an individual, out of spite or mal
ice. The people demand that the Legislature instant
ly take this law off the statute books, and take such
despotic, unlimited power, out of the hands of un
scrupulous men, or the French cry will arise among
the oppressed, “Down with the Bastilef’and not
one stone will be left upon another. From one who
has Suffered.
That Contested. Clerkship.
To the Editor of the New York Dispatch:
In common with many other Republicans, I have
wondered much of late why the Tribune, Times, Post,
and other Republican journals, not to mention the
Democratic journals, should be making such a pother
over the announcement that the Hon. Wm. Hitch
man, the last Speaker of the Assembly, is to run
against Thomas Boese for thejposition of Clerk of the
Board of Education. The ground taken by these pa
pers is that Mr. Boese, being an old and faithful serv
ant of the Board, should be replaced, by a new man.
Without wishing to urge the claims of Mr. Hitchman,
in the least, indeed, I do not think he has any except
it be that he represents a religious denomination
which tor years past has been growing more exor
bitant in its requests for donations from the city and
State authorities, I must say, on. the other hand, I
cannot see what claim the present incumbent has.
Five years ago the salary of Mr. Boese was $3,000 per
annum, and he, as now with his family, occupied
ipartments in the hall of the Board of Education in
Grand street, rent free. Since then, by successive
oteps of SI,OOO each, the salary of the clerk has been
raised until now it. reaches the very pretty figure of
.?.6,000 per annum—equal to that of a member of the
President’s cabinet. When the proposition to raise
the salary of Mr. Boese to $5,000 per annum was dis
cussed, Mr. James M. Miller, the then School Com
missioner from the Seventeenth Ward, opposed the
proposition, on the ground that if the salary were
raised to such a figure it would excite the cupidity of
some of the many politicians who are constantly on
the lookout for good places, and Mr. Boes6, who was
capable, would probably be forced to make way for
some ignorant individual, who would do little more
than draw the salary of his office. Mr. Hitchman
was a member of the Board of Education at that
time, and, although at a late duy, seems to have taken
advantage of the hint then thrown out.
, The East River Bridge.
To the Editor of the New York Dispatch :
Can you toll me by what peculiar influence the
Common Council of this city were induced to vote
$1,500,000 of the people’s money io aid the erection
of a bridge across the East river, that is, when com
pleted, to benefit qne but a pujty qI capitalist# ? 1
know that the bridge is a necessity, and we are bound
to have some means of conveyance better and surer
than the ferries within a comparatively few years.
But, with the immense amount of capital lying idle
in Wall street, it strikes me the amount necessary to
build the bridge, even if it should require $10,000,000,
would be forthcoming as soon as it was demonstrated
that the enterprise would pay. However, I have long
since given up all hope of any attempt at economy on
the part of our Common Council, representing as
they do the rougher portion of the community, and
whose only financial or commercial knowledge is lim
ited to the price of liquor retailed over a bar in small
New York, Jan. 2, 1869.
To the Editor of the New York Dispatch :
Dear Sir : Would you, or some of your readers,
be kind enough to inform me why Real, the mur
derer—or, more properly speaking, the alleged mur
derer—of Officer Smedick, of the Twenty-first Pre
cinct, has not been tried ? It is about time that the
case was disposed of in some way. L.
The extant to which Jim Nolan’s
“Sample Boom,” No. 2 Ann street, is patron
ized by our best citizens, not only attests the
superiority of the beverages he dispenses, but
it is also a striking example of the beneficent
effects of civilization. It is the handsomest
bar-room in our city, and is well provided with
the best of everything that can nourish, invig
orate, and make happy.
“ Not for a day, but for all time,”
do those inimitable caterers, Messrs, Leoget
& Stobms, of Nos. 46 and 48 Chatham street,
provide good cheer for happy multitudes. This
is one of the largest, best ordered, and most
abundantly provided restaurant in this city.
Long may they wave.
The opening of Tammany, though
undoubtedly the event of the season in the
amusement world, will in no way, as some have
supposed, interfere with the far-famed Hakby
Hill’s academy of entertainment at No. 26
Hast Houston street. There is room enough
in the metropolis for both.
There is, perhaps, no situation in
life more agreeable than to sit with hands
peacefully folded, and eyes ecstatically cast up,
in one of Tom Rafter’s easy chairs, beneath
the gentle, and skillful manipulations of one of
the many tonsorial artists" there employed.
Such, is the candid and unprejudiced opinion, of
one who has bathed, shaved, and had his hair
cut at Rafter’s, No. 10 Frankfort street, French’s
One little box of Inzasnuff, fifteen
cents, has relieved many a sufferer from
In our New Year calls last week,
we were particularly struck by the beauty of
the feet-covering of most of our lady friends.
Upon inquiry we learned that they made their
purchases of boots, shoes, gaiters, etc., at the
store of Messrs. Miller & Co., No. 3 Union
square; and the ladies were unanimous and
enthusiastic in their praises of the goods fur
nished by this celebrated firm. We made a
note of these facts at the time, and now trans
cribe it for the benefit of our readers.
E. Lord, Steam Scouring and Dye
ing, No. 11l Eighth avenue, branch of the
famous and well-known offices No. 439 Broome
street, corner Broadway, 245 Grand street.
Velvets and Theatrical Wardrobes beautifully
cleaned. Coats, Pants, and Vests cleaned
like new. Sacks, Shawls and Laces done in a
manner unsurpassed in America.
As You Like It—S. H. Crook’s
Hotel and Restauj4mt, No. 84 Chatham street.
For breakifet; d#nr££ ijftnd tea, the best the
market provided. The at
tendance is’.pixjj&jpt;, and the charges accord
with economy.
Santa his selection of
holiday gifts, that have been so beneficently
bestowed during the late festive .season,
seemed to make a specialty of watches, jew
elry, and silver-ware. All such goods are best
obtained of S. J. Delan, No. 357 Grand street.
If there is a boy anywhere who is
not well provided with good clothing, it is the
immediate duty of the parents of said boy to
go at , once to the Clothing Bazaar, No. 12
Fourth avenue, and purchase a suit. They
will have the opportunity of selecting from a
large and well assorted stock of the best goods
to be found in the city, and may procure them
at astonishingly low prices.
The Gbeat Secret of howto secure
the affections and attention of our lady friends,
is discovered. It consists in wearing one of
Knox’s elegant, stylish and fashionable hats,
such as are to be procured only at No. 212
Broadway, corner of Fulton street.
The rapidity with which Plantation
■Llittebs have become a household necessity
throughout civilized nations, is without a
parallel* iii the 4 Uistory of the world. Over five
million bottles were sold in twelve months, and
the demand is daily_ increasing. Rich and
poor, young and old, ~ladies, -physicians, and
clergymen, find that it revives drooping spirits, >
lends strength to the system, vigor- to the
mind, and is exhausted nature’s great restorer.
It is compounded of the choicest roots and
herbs, the celebrated Calisaya, or Peruvian
Bark, etc., all preserved in pure St. Croix Rum.
It is sold by ail respectable dealers* in every
town, parish, village and hamlet through %North
and South America, Europe, and all the islands
of the Ocean.
Magnolia Wateb.—Superior to tho
best imported German Cologne, and sold at
half the price.
On Monday evening last the First Regiment In
fantry (Hawkins’ Zouaves,) gave a promenade con
cert aiid hop at tho Apollo Hall, at the corner of
Twenty-eighth ttreet and Broadway. The promen
ade was advertised to commence at 8 o’clock, but it
was precisely 9 o’clock when the doors were thrown
open leading into the main hall. From the balcony
depended the colors oi the Regiment, together with
those carried by the Ninth N. Y. V. (Hawkins’ Zou
aves) during the late rebel ion, the latter torn by shot
and shell, mute witnesses of the many fights in
which the regiment bore so gallant a part. Many of
the officers and members of the old Ninth
Regiment, now belong to the First Regiment,
and the latter is commanded by Colonel Hawkins,
the old commandant of tho Ninta. Tne music was
furnisiied by Theodore Thomas’s full orchestra.
The promenade portion consisted of a march trom
Hamm, the overture the “Poe and Peasant,” and
a number of other selections from the works of
Meyerbeer, Offenbach, Gounod, Halevy, Wilgaud,
Strauss and others were excellently rendered. Part
second consisted of fourteen dances, consis.ing of the
usual number of quadrilles, dances, wa tzos, etc., the
music of which was exceedingly well rendered. The
attendance was very good, in point of numbers, but
there seemed to be a lack of privates and non-com
missioned officers. For a regimental affair, the
number oi these present seemed to be exceedingly
small. There were a number of members from oth
er commands present, the Seventh, Ninth, Twenty
second, Twenty-third (Brooklyn,) and Seventy-first
Regiments being represent 3d by one or more mem
bers in uniform. Col Bash C. Hawkins, Lieut-Col.
Perley, Major Webster, Capts. Marshal 1 , and Dobbs,
Barthmars, Spaulding, Carson, Boers, and
others, contributed materially to the comfort of the
On Thursday evening, January l-jffi, Company B,
of the Eighth Regiment give one of their oleasant re
ceptions at the regimental armory, over Centre Mar
ket, at the comer of Grand and Centra streets.
On Tuesday even ng next, the Ninth Regiment,
Colonel John H. Wiicox, give their annual ball ai the
Academy oi Music. A largo number of tickets h .ve
been soid, and invitations have been issued to many
of the leading officers of the army and navy, and of
the First and Second Divisions. On this occasion,
the handsome dress uniform lately adopted by the
command is to bo worn.
The ball of the Sixth R giment, Col. Albert Stein
way, commanding, was held on Wednesday.even
ing lust at the Germania Assembly Rooms, in the
Bowery, near Hoasoun street. Tne rooms were very
handsomely decorated, ami a brilliant and enjoyable
company were present. The music was furnished
by tne regimental b-.n.1, and was ex eileat. The dan
ces were twenty-three ra number, and consisted of a
weil arranged, of quadrilles, waltzes,
schottisches, aud the remaining dunces in which our
German friends take so much delight. Among the
invited guests present v. ere B-.'-.- vet Brig. G-.m. Ben
dxX, aad Lieut. Col. cn atu-., ul the Laird Resiment-,
Col. and Mk.jor Appioby of the Eighth, Lieut.
Col. HiUeabrauJt, aid Adjutant Smith oi the Fifth,
Col. Lux aid otho .. ■ ’ , -rdh Regiment. Col.
Brinker oi tiie First Cava!ry, Adjutant Wright oi the
First Artillery, and m-ny others. Col. Steinway,
Lieut. Col. Schwartz, Major Moi'schhauser, Capts.
Miller, Fenn, Blum, and tne remaining members of
the various committees exerted themselves to the
utmost to XKomolu tho comfort oi their gues-s,
and a merry time was had by ail. We
are pleased to see that the Sixth ReMme nt, under
the command of Col. Steinway, is so rapid iy improv
ing in appearance and drill. Regimental, division
and company drills have.been held almost constantly
ior a iyear past, and toe consequence is an immense
improve men i. They are also recruiting rajiidly.
Taken altogether the Sixta never was in a more pros
perous condition.
Ln accordance with a’previous notice, the officers
and members oi the Twenty-s econd Regimen t, on
Munday evening last, assembled at their armory, in
Fourteenth street, near the Sixth avenue, to select a
new dress uniform, the command having, a short
time since, duei ;ed to adopt tire same. Several sam
pl.-s were shotra. Tho command filially decided to
udopt one consisting of a dress coat of dark blue,
trimmed with light blue and gold braid; light blue
pwns, with a gold elrlpo. Thq uniform is a very
neat and tasty one. It is to cost $lO. It having been
decided to give a bail on the evening of ,
at the Academy of Music, each company appointed
a committee of three to cooperate with the officers in
carrying forward the affair to a successful conclusion.
Three thousand tickets, at $5 per ticket, each admit
ting a lady and gentleman, are to be issued, and five
hundred additional ladies' tickets, at $2 each. The
funds thus raised, after paying the necessary ex
penses of the ball, are to be devoted to part payment
of the uniforms, each company to receive a sum in
proportion to thp number of tickets sold by it. Judg
ing by the past receptions given by the regiment, the
forthcoming ball will be one of the most brilliant of
the season.
During the past ten days drills, by the majority of
the commands, havo been suspended, and many of
the members have gone out of town to eat their
Christmas dinners, or spend the New Year with rela
tives or friends, their presence, mayhap, filling up
the family circle, soon to be broken for another year.
Such meetings are good, and we rejoice that the old
English custom of the scattered members of families
coming together around the social board is coming
more generally into use in this rapid, growing,
money-getting country. It has long been observed
throughout the South, and while they are engaged in
the laudable task of learning our habits of industry
and frugality, a task rendered all tho more easy by
the hardships and privations of the late war, let us,
in turn, copy from them some of that hospitality and
social feeling that was for so many years connected
with the name of Southerner. Let us, together,
unite in the hope that, under the just rule of Gen.
Grant, prosperity and good feeling shall be shared
alike by all sections of our common country.
like love, or fashion, rules alike in court and camp,
in poor men’s cottages, and the palaces of the rich.
High and low, rich and poor, alike do willing homage
to Terpsichore. Dancing is no new thing, either, if
history is to be relied upon, but dates back almost
to the beginning of things. Though in some in
stances it has been practiced as a religious cere
monial, it has ever been associated with seasons of
mirth and rejoicing. It was in great favor during
the classic ages of Greece and Romte, and even the
gods themselves are represented as passionately fond
of the diversion; and by all people then, as now, it
was a favorite pastime, resorted to to enliven a feast,
and for the celebration of domestic joy. Amateur
dancing, we are told, was much practiced in high life
in the ages of the voluptuous emperors ; and even in
the days of • Herod, which was by no means a festive
period of history, we read of the condescension of
Salome, who volunteered, in honor of the anniversary
of the monarch’s birthday, to exhibit her handsome
person as she led the mazy dance in the saloons of
Machaerus. But, without looking to the past for
precedents, we may find sufficient incitement to a
particii3aiion in such enjoyments in what is going on
in our midst, as may be seen in the appended list of
balls to come off:
Jan. 4.— Green Horn Association.
“ s.—New York Masquerade Club.
“ 6.—Huzh Gardner Association.
7.—Manhattan Lodge, No. 62 F. and A. M.
M B.—Columbia Lodge, F. and A. M.
J an. 4 —Knickerbocker Social Club
“ s.—Surprise Social Club.
“ 6.—Brooks’ Soriee*
“ 7.—Atlantic Coterie.
“ B.—Tibbey Social Club.
military hall.
Jan. s.—Macpherson’s Hop.
“ 6.—Discarded Lovers.
Jan. 6.—Private Coachman’s B. G. Society.
Jan. 7.—Americus Club.
With much pleasure we acknowledge the receipt of
.cards of invitation as follows:
The annual carnival ball in aid of the American
Dramatic Fund is to take place at the Academy of
Music on the evening of Jan. 11th. All the expe
rience of the past warrants the belief that this will be
among the most brilliant and enjoyable gatherings of
the season. It is given under the auspices of an as
sociation of gentlemen whose vocation is to contrib
ute to our pleasure, and no pains or expense will be
spared to make this ball a delightful reunion. To
the pleasurably inclined it needs no further com
mendation, and when it is remembered that it is
given in the interest of a generous and most worthy
benevolence, no more should be required to secure
for it a liberal encouragement and support.
The Americus Club, so famous for its festive gath
erings, give an annual ball at the Academy of Music
on the evening of Jan. 7th. Fond anticipatiens are
encouraged in Regard to this brilliant affair, which,
we have no doubt, will be succeeded by a full frui
The seventh annual ball of Mount Neboh Lodge,
No. 257, F. and A., will take place on the evening of
Jan. 19th. As an occasion of fraternal festivity we
entertain for it the liveliest anticipations.
Hiram Lodge, No. 17, F. and A. M., announce a
complimentary ball to take place at Cooper Hall, Jer
sey City, on Jan. 12th. %
We feel pleasure in commending to the pleasurably
inclined an attendance at the second annual ball of
the Private Coachmen’s B. G. Society, which will be
given on next Wednesday evening, at Irving Hall.
Former experience is a guarantee that the occasion
will be an enjoyable one.
Every lover of dancing festivity will bb glad to
learn that the twelfth annuat ball of the New York
Caledonian Club is shortly to take place, and that
very extensive preparations have been made for the
interesting event. Apollo Hall is the place, and the
evening of Jan. 14th the time for this pleasant re
union. We shall have more to say about it in our
Prof. Roberts announces a grand masquerade and
fancy dress reception to take place at Prior’s Man
hattan Hall, Maahattanville, on Monday evening,
Jan.-Ebth. Under sucA ’ promising auspices, it will
doubtless be a grand affair.
A strictly masquerade ball, of the most elegant and
recherche chEfa'cter will be given at Apollo Hall on
Tuesday evening next, by the New York Masquerade
Club. The affair is in experienced and competent
hands, and will doubtless be a grand success.
The Hugh Gardner Association have their annual
ball at Apollo Hall on next Wednesday evening, the
6th inst.
On next Friday night will take place at the Apollo
Rooms, the annual ball of Columbian Lodge, No.
484, F. and A. M. To all who attend we feel confi
dent in promising a good welcome, good company,
good music, and all else that can make good people
happy. Indeed wo do not hesitate to promise as
much for all the gatherings announced, and with
this assurance, we dismiss the ball season with some
brief remarks on the
The happy holiday season through which we have
just passed has been particularly prolific of every
kind of amusement. Happy reunions and merry
meetings have been the order of the day, or rather
the night. Tens of thousands of strangers have
thronged the metropolis to participate in our festivi
ties, and enjoy the pastimes so abundantly supplied.
The effect has been to give unusual impetus to the
pursuit of pleasure, and recreations of all kinds,
and especially dancing, have been largely indulged,
and our balls, sociables and reunions have been large
ly attended. Notable among those of the past week
were the following:
is an organization of kindred and festive spirits,
who believe that this world is no place for repining
and are governed by the motto
“ As we journey through life let us live by the way.”
In pursuance of this idea they had a grand re
union ball at Apollo Hall on last Tuesday night. It
was a glorious affair, and greatly enjoyed by tho
large company of ladies and gentlemen who partici
pated in its festivities. The officers of the club are
Jas. Miller, President, and Geo. H. Giltzow, Secre
tary, Jand they, together with the gentlemen com
prising the different committees, are entitled to
great commendation for their well directed, and suc
cessful efforts in catering to the enjoyment of their
The friends of the Hon. John Morrissey assembled
last Wednesday night, at Ferrero’s Apollo Hall, in
m compliance with invitations issued by the “ Co
terie.” The elegant hall presented a brilliant ap
pearance, and looking down from the gallery a most
charming spcciac o was presented to the looker-on.
Eriglit eyes flashed and sweet lips smiled, whi’e be
neth the glare of unstinted gaslight rich toilets shone
in their most enchanting colors, and costly jewels
flashed back the reflected rays. The attendance was
all that could possibly be desired—large, fashionable,
select and social. Among the distinguished guests
who honored the occasion by their presence wa no
ticed Hon. J. Morrissey, Supervisor Hayes, Coroners
Keenan and F ynn, Judge Kivlan, Councilman
O’Brien, ex-Aiderman Walsh, Messrs. F. P. Ryan,
Tony Pastor, Bernard. Dan Bryant, Wambold, et al.
The music was furnished by Dodworth, and was,
of course, excellent. An unique and elegant order
of dancing attracted deserved admiration, and the
affair will, we feel confident, be long and pleasantly
remembered by all who were present.
was given to the Festive Social Club, at their house in
Pearl st., on Tuesday night. The affair was admirably
conducted, and carried out with eclat. The company
was extremely select, music good, aud all the appoint
ments for the enjoyment of the company com
plete. A most agreeable interlude to the dancing,
and general hilarity of the occasion was the singing
of Mrs. Kennedy, who favored the company several
times during the evening.
A number ot grand receptions are to take place at
the Academy of Music this month. The most nota
ble among them will be La Coterie Carnival and Fire
Ball. The Grand Masque of file Lieder
kranz will be given J
We think that, as a general thing, people go at
skating with the expectation of acquiring the many
different movements quite as readily as the different
steps in dancing are acquired. Some may do so, but
we have never seen them. Without wishing to dis
courage our novices in the art, we must inform our
leaders that this is a mistaken idea. Learning to
skate is work, and the pleasure experienced in prac
ticing the movements, and the progress acquired is
the reward of labor. Our possessions that cost us
the most, are most highly appreciated, and the move
ments upon [skates, which are most difficult of ac
quirement, are, when once acquired, most prized.
We went out to Skate last Winter with the expecta
tion of an easy conquest of the programme, and the
end of the season found us almost in the same posi
tion at which we started. We have gone to work this
Winter with the intention of working and working
with a will. The consequence has been, we have al
ready acquired much, and are looking every day for
Let our novices confine themselves to certain rules.
Learn one thing at once, First get the rolls, outside
and inside plain, then the cross rolls, and so on
through the programme. Don’t take the most diffi
cult steps first, for they will spoil you for the simpler
ones Do one thing at once, and perfect yourself in
that before you attempt another, no matter how slow
your progress may be, and you will thank us for our
good advice.
One word to skaters who are proficient. It is an
old saying, “and worthy of acceptation,” that “giv
ing doth not impoverish nor withholding enrich.”
Don’t be afraid to impart information to your less
proficient brethren, It is miserly to hoard up your
knowledge, and persistently refuse, by word and ac
tion, to give to others that which you have received
from others, especially when the giving will not de
tract from your.own store. Benjamin Franklin gave
a poor man a dollar, telling him, when he was able
to repay it, to give it to the first man he met, with
instructions to repay it to another when he could.
In this manner is your knowledge given you—it is
not your own—you have acquired it by the assistance
of another, so “ pass it around.” A moan fear of a
friend acquiring a proficiency in the art equal to your
own, is very reperhensible, and our skaters would
not like us to accuse them of it, although they must
confess it looks very much like it
Give, give, be always giving;
Wuo gives nob is not living..
As sleighing is a Winter sport, we suppose a word
would not be out of place, » The sleighing, in all
parts of the country, is splendid, and the whole town
turned out yesterday to enjoy the sport “ Sleigh
ing with his girl” young Charles Augustus has gone.
Pater familiashas taken the “ old lady” out, wrapped
up in the warmest of robes; and even old grand
father moves more nimbly over the carpet when he
hears the merry ring of the sleigh bells.
During the greater portion of the past week the
weather has been propitious, to the great joy of
all lovers of the sport. Sunday and Monday were
bad days in the skaters’ calendar. Sunday and Fri
day snow storms visited us, as “ Weathercock”
prophesied, and Monday was very soft. Wednesday
was also rather soft in the evening on some ice, espe
cially the Park. We have had Some splendid ice,
some very poor ice, a superabundance of snow, rain
and hail, cold and warm weather, mild and windy
weather; and pray what more could the people de
sire? “Variety is the spice of life,” and we have
had plenty of that “ spice,” so everybody should de
clare themselves suited. Friday, the “ Happy New
Year, same to you, and many returns of the same”
day, was a stermer such as we are seldom blessed
with. We don’t make calls, we don’t, because we are
sick of the stereotyped manner in which it is con
ducted. No one asked us to call, and so we didn’t
intrude. If anybody had asked us we would have
said we “ would be very happy,” and have sat all day
“under the shadow of our own vine and fig tree,”
invitation to the contrary, notwithstanding. Under
these circumstances we didn’t care much about the
storm, although we did intend to visit Cammeyer,
where “in Union there is strength;” but, as Jenkins
very pertinently remarks, “skating under an um
brella isn’t what it’s cracked up to ba,” and the con
sequence was we went to the rink, where the snow
did not fall, nor the wind break in and make you un
comfortable. We were surprised to find so many
there on such a fearful day. There were representa
tives of the Empire City Club, the New York Club,
and several members of the Brooklyn Skating Club,
who executed many difficult and beautiful move
ments, to the delight of the lookers-on.
have afforded very poor skating during the past
week. The weather has been rather “soft” and the
ice was, in consequence, not all that could be de
sired. The patrons of the Park have been compara
tively few. The Democracy have not answered to
the sign of the “bailup” as readily and universally
this season as they did last Winter. The great at
tractions at the L nk may make some difference and
Mitchell draws away some, but we think that the art
has not as many devotees this season as last. The
opinion has been expressed that the ice on the Park
is not as strong as it ought to be to support a crowd,
but skaters must mcke up their minds to “go in”
and win, or they never will learn anything. They
say that the liability of a fall upon the ice, adds zest
to skating and if this is a fact, how much zest will a
fall through the ice give ? At the great
The fee has been in good condition all the week,
and it has been well patronized every day. New
Year’s Day, during the fearful snow storm, a crowd
of skaters were sporting on the ice, utterly regard
less of the storm without, and as free from the effects,
of it as if the sky was clear. The;advantage of a Rink
over open ponds was very apparent on that day, when
no skating was to be found within hundreds of miles
of New York city, except at the Rink. We wish to
speak in special terms of commendation of the ex
cellent band which gives a concert at the Rink every
afternoon and evening. It is seldom we find as good
a band in a concert-room, and few of our theatres
possess an orchestra equal to this. Beside the ex- 1
cellence of the music, and the ability of the per
formers, the monotony in repletion of the same old
music is carefuily avoided, and a great variety is at
their command. Some new air is introduced every
day, and the whole programme altered every week.
The acoustic properties of the Rink are wonderfully
good. It would be supposed that the numerous arches
would stop and destroy the sound, but the music of
the band can readily be heard, with every piece dis
tinct and clear, in any part of the immense building.
The Rink is in complete operation now, and every
thing in running order. An excellent restaurant has
been fitted up in the gallery, where everything in the
eating and drinking line can be procured at the most
reasonable prices. Luncheon is prepared in the
ladies’ room, and a lunch counter and oyster bar in
the gentlemen’s saloon. The best of order is pre
served by the officers in attendance, and ladies need
have no hesitation in visiting the Rink unattended.
Children may be trusted on the ice without danger of
falling through, as the ice is a solid sheet, resting
upon a clay bottom. A great race for boys takes
place every Saturday at 11 A. M., and a grand car
nival is in preparation for boys and girls of larger
are on skates but their Rinks are not yet ready for
skating. There must be a screw loose somewhere.
There certainly has been enough cold weather to
give our suburban friends opportunity to accumulate
ice but they have not taken advantage of it. “ When
are we to expect skating, gentlemen,” “ will it be the
next week or the next year 2” Our people are very
exacting and expect a great deal from you so pray
look out for your laurels or the withers will be un
strung. The open ponds have been doing a thriving
business in Brooklyn this season and their prospects
are good. Cammeyer has had first rate ice and
plainly says it is plain to be seen the plane did it.
One of these great planes has been imported by the
Mitchell of the Fifth avenue and can be seen in
operation there. The Capitoline is not behind its
rival in any respect, and shares a good portion of the
patronage of the skaters in the City of Churches.
The cozy little Favorita receives its quota of skaters
and affords accommodations for a largo number of
people and ice worth skating upon. Taken as a whole
Brooklyn is not much behind New York in facilities
tor skating after all.
Doubts having run riot lately as to the possibility
of the match between Meade and Swift coming off,
we are authorized to state that it is arranged to
come off during this mon tn on the Brooklyn or Jer
sey City Rink. The exact time is not yet fixed, but
we will let our readers know as soon as it is decided.
In the meantime go out and practice, and perhaps
some of our readers will want to put in a challenge
with some hope of success.
What has become of the championship of Long
Island? Has John Johnson taken it with him to
England, or have our Brooklyn aspirants to earthly
fame reconciled themselves to the idea of letting
Frank Swift rule the roast while holding the cham
pionship medal of America ? Says our old and highly
esteemed friend.
“ I hope you believe what I told you last week con
cerning the. weather, for you’ve had the snow storms
I promised you, and good sleigh-riding, too. I’m go
ing to blow ‘big guns’ this week, and give you little
fellows all kinds of weather, and so look out you
don’t get blown off your little pins. It’s awful cold
up here on top of this steeple, and my Presbyterian
friends are quite as cold beneath me, notwithstand
ing their hot fire. I wish J, could cquio downaftd
take a skate with you, but I must look out for you up
here. Skate all you can; make your little legs go
lively, for I like to look at you. The view is splendid
up here; but perhaps you wouldn’t like a blue nose,
so I’ll excuse your company, and wish you a good
From our correspondent on the
we hear, that the ice is poor generally, but hopes of
better times are entertained. From Washington we
hear “ our ice has * gone up,’ and we are resting upou
our skates for a short time to recommence operations
with the first snap as you advise. If any of your
New York skaters straggle this way in search of oth
er joys, tell them to bring their skates under their
arm and let us sec their style. •We were visited last
week by a lady skater who created quite a furore
here. She came from down East and was quite a
skater, although we have seen better. What her
name was I did not ascertain for certain although I
was informed informally it was. Miss Fogg from Bos
ton. The report was circulated that it was Carrie
Moore, and that she was engaged to skate by the
Washington Club, but it was not Carrie as you have
already stated in your paper. We look for lively
times, and are on the qui vive for attractions. I
will write again soon.”
In Philadelphia the fever is at its bight, and skat
ers are looking at the sky with anxious eyes, hoping
for clear, cold weather, and a continuance thereof.
They say things are “ red hot,” as you New Yorkers
say, and next week will see lively times among us
Quakers. Pete Weaver says he has a boy he wants to
put up against any boy-skater you can send from
New York, for any amount of money. He can cover
the stake, too, and has not yet forgotten all he know.
Come and visit us if you can. We will be happy to
meet any of the lovers of the art from New York, or
“any other man,” at all times and places, and I
think the renown of the hospitality of the Quaker
City is enough to guarantee good treatment. Bon
jour and bon glace.** Skates.
The Meagher brothers have not gone to Europe, as
was stated some time since. They skate in Pitts
burgh this coming week, and are open for engage
ments. We suppose we will be able to see them on
the Canitoline this Winter. If we do, we shall criti
cize—for the amount of talk that has been done
about the Meagher’s is wonderful. We mean to see
them, and they shall not know “ a chiel’s amang ye
takin notes.”
Miss Bedell has been quite sick during the past
week, but is rapidly recovering, and we hope to see
her again on the ice this week.
Miss Powell visited the Rink on Wednesday last
Mr. Edwards, little Bobby, Sears, Ives, Benson, Hav
emeyer, the Jacksons, Cook and Cheeseman of the
New York Club, the Bradys and others of the Brook
lyn Skating Club, several delegates from Canada, one
from Philadelphia, and many Western skaters were
present during the week on the ice in the Empire
The cold is intense in the West, and heavy falls of
snow have been frequent Skating is more popular
than ever, and all the Rinks doing well.
Mitchell is ready again for skating, the pond being
cleared off the bulk of snow which covered it on New
Year’s day.
We are told* this is the last season of Cammeyer’s
Union Pond.
Shooting Affray in a Saloon—
Three Persons a late hour on Friday
night one Jerry Drum, a well knbwfi politician, accom
panied by a friend, who is said by the police to have been
Sheriff Thomas Campbell, of Brooklyn, called at the
saloon in the basement of the St. Cloud Hotel, kept by
Theodore Allen, on the corner of Mercer and Prince
streets. Both had been making calls among their friends,
and were somewhat under the influence of liquor. In
the saloon were the well known gambler, “ Bu£t*»
Riley, Jack McGinnis, Pat Nash, Charley Mulligan, and
other politicians and gamblers, the two species being
so closely allied in the Eighth Ward, that it is difficult to
tell where the line of demarcation begins or ends Gam
bling was in progress when the party entered, and they
soon “took a hand in,” on the invitation of some of the
other players. Drinks were indulged in at intervals,
and, as a matter of course, with the two agencies of
drink and gaming at work, a row naturally followed. All
the partjes concerned are very reticent about tho affair,
but it is certain that about one o’clock, yesterday morn
ing Drum became engaged in a row with some of the
party during the progress of the game, and was set upon
and severely beaten. During the melee Drum pulled a
pistol and fired several shots into the crowd. He then,
accompanied by the Brooklyn Sheriff, retreated to the
street door, and, borrowing a revolver from his compan
ion, discharged the contents of all the barrels at those in
the saloon.
Officer Crittenden, of the Eighth Precinct, who was on
post in the vicinity, hearing the noise of the affray, ran
up, and rapping for assistance, with the aid of some
brother officers, took Dunn, Riley, Nash ana Mulligan
into custody, ‘ and conveyed them to the Wooster street
police station. McGinnis and the sheriff succeeded in
escaping. Nash was found to have been shot through
the arm and shoulder, receiving serious wounds. Mulli
gan was shot through the hand. Dunn was badly beaten
about the face and head. Police Surgeon Armstrong
was telegraphed for to Police Hoadquarters, and dressed
the wounds of the men. It was subsequently ascer
tained that McGinnis had received a sever© wound in
the breast. In company with a friend he visited the
residence of a surgeon in the vicinity, where his wound
was dressed. Yesterday morning tho entire party were
taken before Justice Ledwith, at the Jefferson Market
Police Court, and as no one of the party would make
a complaint against the remainder, he very coolly dis
charged them. Justice Ledwith last year was a candi
date for Jndge of the Superior Court, and was defeated.
Next year his term of office as Police Justice expires.
The men engaged in this row are Ward politicians, pos
sessed of considerable influence. As a matter of course,
they are to be allowed to fight in the manner decribed
above, with perfet impunity. Had the party been com
posed of semi-respectable men, with no political influ
ence. there is no doubt whatever that on the complaint
of the police tney would have either been committed, or
else held in heavy bail to answer for this violation of the
laws. ___________
Fike in Pearl street.—Yesterday
afternoon, a fire occurred in the three-story extension in
the rear of No. 294 Pearl street, occupied by George M.
Jacobs, manufacturer of furniture polish. The building
was gutted, and the front building was badly damaged.
The loss of Mr. Jacobs is about sl,loo—insured. The
first floor front is occupied as a restaurant and saloon by
E. Scholich; Joss, s2,soo—insured for $2,000 by the New
Amsterdam Company. The second floor was occupied
by E. P. Cooley, broom-maker ;tloss on stock, sl,soo—in
sured for SI,OOO by the Mechanics’ Company, of Brook
lyn. The third floor was occupied by a man named Kin
neally, picture-frame maker; loss on stock, sl,soo—in
sured. The building is owned by William Schroeder,
and is damaged to the amount of ss,ooo—insured for that
amount. No. 292, occupied by Thomas J. Pope & Bro.,
dealers in metal, and No. 296, occupied by James Woods
& Co., manufacturers of umbrellas and parasols, were
somewhat damaged by water—insured. The fire origin
ated from a pot of varnish boiling over.
Accidents.—Michael Brophy, aged
35 years, living at 422 East (Ninth street, yesterday fell
upon the pavement near his residence, and received a
fracture of the leg. Ho was removed to Bellevue Hos
Mrs. Lichtenaner, [living at No. 130 Bowery, yesterday
fell upon the pavement at the corner of Grand and
Chrystie streets, and fractured her arm. She was taken
Wm. McNally, aged 29 years, had his leg fractured ear y
yesterday morning, by being thrown from the platform
of car No. 40, of the Second avenue kne. He was taken
to Bellevue Hospital.
Alleged Extensive Theft of Silks
and Cloths.—Leslie P. Smith, of No. 63 Duane street,
yesterday caused the arrest of Thomas H. Purves, of No.
57 Grand street, Brooklyn, E, D., a clerk, on a charge of
theft. The complainant says that the accused called on
him and represented himself as able to raise on silks and
empress cloths, owned by the complainant’s firm, and
valued oy him at $2,650, the sum of $1,590. On this
statement he was given the property, and has failed to
account for the same. The accused declared that the
complainant’s firm owed him $3,300, and that he had a
bill of sale for that amount in hiz possession. He was
held to bail in the sum of $1,500 by Justice Hogan.
Theft of a Coat.—On Thursday
last a coat valued at $25 was stolen from the room of Mr.
Benjamin P. Jones, a guest at the Astor House. One
Thomas Kelly was on New Year night arrested by Officer
Creighton, of the Fourth Precinct, and in his possession
was found a ball ticket bearing the name and address of
Mr. Jones. As this ticket was in the coat when stolen, a
charge of theft was preferred against Kelly, and he was
committed to the Tombs by Justice Hogan.
Alleged Receiving Stolen Goods.
—Detective Officer Richard King yesterday arrested
Jacob Eppsteinona charge of receiving stolen goods,
and in the residence of the accused, at No. 44 Market
street, found a large amount of silks, velvets, laces, etc.,
supposed to be the proceeds of a burglary. The property
may be seen at the Eldridge street Police Station.
Stabbed in a Saloon.—During a
row in tho bar-room of the Marion House, at the corner
of East Broadway and Catharine street, yesterday, Pat
rick Quinn, who was grossly intoxicated, stabbed James
O’Hara, of No. 90 East Broadway, in the head with an
oyster knife, causing a serious wound. Quinn was ar
rested, and committed by Justice Mansfield.
Fatally Injured.—Coroner Flynn
was yesterday requested to hold an inquest at Bellevue
Hospital, over the body of Thomas Mulleran, a native of
Ireland. Qged 26 years, who wasumn over at Sixty-fifth
street and Second avenue a few days since, by a dummy
engine of the Second avenue railroaa, and received a
compound fracture of both legs.
Fatal Fall.—Coroner Flynn yes
terday held an inquest at Pier 20, North River, over the
body of Malcolm Chalmers, third officer of the steamship
Europa, who, at 2 o’clock A. M., yesterday, accidentally
fell down the hatchway and was instantly killed. The
deceased was a native of Scotland, aged 32 years, and
I bore the reputation of being a skillful, energetic officer.
The Police Justices.—lt was un
de ra food,, last evening, that secret meetings wore being
held in every Ward i-n the city, to take measures prepar
atory to petitioning the Legislature to so amend the
law, or to take measures that would cause the law to be
so amended, that would make the office of Police Justice
an appointment of the joint houses of tho Legislature,
instead of an elective Office. The recent murder of Mr.
Rogers, and the defiance of all law and justice evidenced
by criminals when arrested, has led to this movement—
the object being to secure the conviction of offenders
when the facts are conclusive of their guilt.
Cruetty to a Prisoner.—On Fri
day night. Officer Jacobus, of the Fifth Precinct, found.
Dr. Augustus Dieck, of No. 219 West Seventeenth
street, in West Broadway, partially intoxicated. The
prisoner was taken to the Leonard street Police Station,
where Sergeant Christie was in command, and locked
up, although he had received a fracture of the leg.
Yesterday the prisoner was taken before Justice Hogan,
at the Tombs, who. on learning of the misfortune of the
prisoner, at once sent him before the Prison Surgeon
for treatment. A valuable watch and chain was lost by
the prisoner before he was found by the police.
The East Twelfth Street Homi
cede.—Mr. Charles M. Rodgers, who was stabbed on
Thursday morning last, by an unknown ruffian, who
had previously robbed him vzhile the old gentleman was
engaged in sweeping the walk in front of his residence.
No. 42 East Twelfth street, died yesterday at 19 o’clock
A. M., at his residence. Coroner Flynn will hold an in
quest on Tuesday next, at 10 o’clock, A. M. In thn
meantime the Police under Capt. Caffrey, are and have
been making the most strenuous exertions to discover
the murderer.
A Conductor Assaulted. Last
evening Seymour Warren, a conductor .on a Tenth ave
nue Railroad car, was assaulted by a number of un
known rowdies when near Thirtieth street, and one of
the party fired a pistol at him, while another stabbed
him in the head, causing a dangerous wound. The
scoundrels then fled. The wound was dressed, and he
then left for home.
Theft from a Station House.—
Last evening, Officer Hudson, of tho Eighth Precinct,
found a horse and sleigh astray in Broadway, and took
them to the station-house. While he was in the office,
reporting the finding of the team, George H. Sherman,
jumped into the sleigh and drove off. He was pursued,
arrested, and looked up.
Run Over by a Locomotive.—Last
evening John McLoughlin, aged 82 years, residing at
No. 301 Tenth avenue, was run over at the corner of
Tenth avenue and Thirtieth street, by a locomotive of
the Hudson river railroad, and had one leg badly crushed.
He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Theft of a Watch.—G co. E. Hay
den, of No. 61 West Houston street, while standing in
his own doorway on Friday evening last, had his gold
watch and chain snatched from his vest pocket by Free
man Payne, alias “Jumbles.” The latter was arrested,
and Justice Ledwith committed him.
Found Dead In Bed. Coroner
Flynn yesterday held an inquest at No. 37% Baxter st.,
(rear,) over the body of Miss Elizabeth Healey, a native
of Ireland, aged 35 years, who was found daad in bed
yesterday morning. Death was the result of disease of
the heart.
Theft of a Pipe,—Recently a valua«
ble meerschaum pipe was stolen from the possession of
Peter Sophy, of No. 58 Cherry street. The missing pip®
was found on the person of John Connors, and yester
day ho was committed to the Tombs by Justice Hcgam
Small Theft.—Charles Edwards,
for having been found in the possession of a pea jacket
and metal chain, which had been stolen from the room
of George W. Moore, No. 15 Dutch street, was yesterday
committed to the Tombs by Justice Hogan.
Found Dead in Bed. Yesterday
morning Wm. Offizer, a native of Germany, aged thirty
three years, wos found dead in bed in his apartment, at
No. 548 Water street. Coroner Schirmer held an inquest.
By Sirs. C. C. D’Estalng.
Fashion, that imperious and expensive mistress off
society, who, in all things pertaining to the affairs of her
devotees, is responsible for a deal of folly and caprice—-
her wilful handiwork is seen everywhere, from the cradle
to the grave. There is a fashion in the first swaddling
clothes we put on, and fashion in the last melancholy
decorations for the final scene at the tomb—fashions in
dress, furniture, carriages, dishes, plate, &c., &□.—of
course, fashion must §be despotic in the all-impbrtant
affair of a wedding. Even the Tartar woman, who rides
a race for liberty or matrimony, has her fashion of dress,
and the savage is as jaunty over her painted skin, and
mud-ornamented locks, as the belle of Madison square
can ba of her magnificent trousseau.
The rustic maiden, blushing at the glance of her proud
swain, who is to begin her married life of happy toil by a
weddin* at tho bride’s house, and wind up the honeymoon
by the merry infairs at the modest dwellings of all the
relations would consider the affair quite ungenteel if a
pumpkin pie was wanting at the feast, or a ribbon loss or
more was found in her humble outfit. As we 'grow in
wealth and luxury, a wedding party now-a-days has be
come a matter of curiosity to the uninitiated.
The great metropolis of the country is now filled with
the elite of society, re ady for all the pleasures belonging
to winter.. The attractions of the country have pas cd
away with the of the summer, and several weeks
ago rustication co&scd. and tne lovers of nature have re
turned to Gotham. Churches and theatres are in full
blast; the managers of each nave, thus far, most con
scientiously catered to the wants of the ; r respective
Fashion has decreed that wedding parties are the
worthy occasions of great eclat, and rival the splendor of
Alladin’s banquet in the costliness of tho entertainment,
and the artistic display of viands tha t require a con
noisseur of art and an epicure to appreciate them. The
skill of the chef-de-cv sine has come to be an affair of the
first importance, and is most artistically displayed in a
modem recherche party. These public caterers are of the
greatest consequence in fashionable society; many of
them are gentlemen of wealth and position. *
Who, among the Bon Tons, of New York, are not ac
quainted with them ? These gentlemen take the orders
of their fashionable patrons, and assume the entire re
sponsibility. They furnish everything for weddings and
parties. Nothing is made at the house, the family avoid
the vexations, noise and confusion, incident to getting
up a grand entertainment—boned turkeys, salads, pain*
de-voWe, jilled-tongues, les glacis pistaches, avelines, mas*
cliques, pyramids, Irophee des beans arts, armitage chinois,
tour gofhiqv e—are not seen until the doors of the supper
room are thrown open, and the eye views a spectacle of
magnificently gamitured dishes, that would immortal
ize the were their beauty of a less per
ishable nature. To gaze upon the splenaorof the mod
ern banquet-hall, one would imagine that the world had
been explored for danties and rare morsels of every na
ture that can be converted into eatables. Could St. Cle
ment, the hater of epicures, gaze upon the achievments
of the disc'ples of Sagez. and the legions of modern
feasters, who so love the pleasures of the table, he would
groan in spirit and doubtless exclaim: “ Why, these
people have returned to the customs of the old Egyptian
Weddings among the elite take place more frequently
at noon than at night; it is comme-il-faut that the cere
mony be performed at the church, but if the parties are
not Catholics or Episcopalians, the marriage may be
celebrated at the bride’s house, where a lavish expendi
ture of wealth is displayed; here beauty, wit and fashion
are assembled, and mirth and joy enliven the
occasion. The fashionable fathers, whether close,
covetous or benevolent, act alike upon this
eventful epoch, in their e daughter’s history, and.
instead of a desire to curtail the expense, the proud
parents are rather wont to emulate each other in the ex
travagance of the bridal outfit. From one to thre®
thousand dollars for avail, is thought to be none to®
much; a dress of satin or rich silk, trimmed with costly
point lace, with diamonds or pearls for ornaments, ar®
liberally purchased, and the entire wedding trousseau
may safely be said to cost a small fortune; all this is in
dependent of the bride’s paraphernalia, to which fashion
has made it customary for friends to contribute in ex
pensive souvenirs. or the fabulous outlay for the supper.
At twelve o’clock the richly decorated dining sawn is
thrown open, presenting a perfect fairy scene, dazzling
the imagination, entrancing tlie fancy, and delighting
the senses. Flowers are in great profusion, hung in
graceful festoons upon the walls; bouquets adorn the
tables and mantles’; often, hundreds of dollars are ex
pended in Flora’s offerings for a single entertainment.
The epicurean guests, however, soon make a chaos of all
these artistic beauties. After the dinner is over, the
newly-wedded pair leave for their bridal tour, and when
they return, the -room gives, at his house, a grand re
ception party. At these entertainments everything is
furnished I y the public caterer, even to the dishes and
silver, which constitutes what is called “the loai.
Custom and fashion have made many changes since the
old Puritan times. Then party-givers were filled with
pride and anxiety as to the latest style of chinaware and
the display of their family plate; many a wife has passed
sleepless nights and wept bitter rears because her hus
band has protested against her wish to purchase a new
set of costly dishes for every party she might give during
the season; but fashion has obviated all this; noteven
the millionaires use their own family china or plate
when they assemble together their friends; on the con
trary, everything valuable of this kind is carefully locked
up. The household are exempt from all tne noise, bus
tle and excitement that on such occasions vexed our an
cestors in tnose olden days of good neighbors.
When the eventful day arrives, the viands, loan, mu
sic, and waiters are quietly brought, and presto, like
magic, in a few hours, everything is in readiness for the
guests, who begin to make their appearan e about ten
o’clock. The elegantly furnished salons are crowded with
the elites of Gotham society: and, as we gaze upon the
fashionable throng, and remark the splendor end value
of the costumes, we recall the accounts of the fites and
festive scenes oi history, and are at a loss to know which
century the nineteenth can compare with iu its extr-i.va
gant follies, eo wide-spread, and permeating almost
every grade of society.
Not the least peculiar feature of a modern New York
party isi that “ the loan” is not the only borrowed article
that goes to make up the brilliant ensemble. The dia
monds and costly jewelry which adorn many a dazzling
belle, and enables part tn u vanity to ape the extravagance
of the real millionaire, are borrowed from the broker;
even the costly dresses worn by many, are often, for the
occasion, hired of the Parisian modiste; and not unire
quently the expensive bronze statuary, pictures, r.n-1
rare exotics,, are only loans obtained through the nil ■ s
try of those very convenient gentlemen known as ‘‘my
New York is to the United States what Paris is to the
Continent of Europe, hence our people yield unanimous
assent to the imperial mandates of tne Goddoss of b'hsu
ion, and the mania for riches, which is universally visi
, ble in all occupations and phases of life, extends its
baneful influence everywhere, and the strife for an
ephemeral notoriety—the desire to be considered some
thing more than one really is—has become woiully char
acteristic of republican America. Wiiere equilibrium is
not established betwe i ambition of power and position
and the means of attaining it, common life is looked
upon with disgust; fashion rules us, and false pr.de
ruins us, involving its devotees in endles misery, vexa
tion and humiliation. The millionaire, capitalist, and suc
cessful speculator, may probably wrap themselves h round
in epicunan indifference with impunity, for they are, in
a manner, alike beyond the reach of Mrs. Grundy, or the
pangs ot poverty; impervious to many of the ills belong
ing to humanity, they may safely indulge their extrava-
Sant appetites, needless of the mischief inculcated by
aeir example upon those who cannot afford costly luxu
ries. How many thousands of these poor fantoconi fig
ures of fashion fromj false education and silly ambition
str.ve to live above their income, and presen ly become
victims to their own folly and imprudence. Discontent
and unhappiness run _ side by side with taste for luxury.
Tne satellites of fashionable city society are the most un
easy and wretched people in the world, the condition of
the honest laborer, or the beggars in the street is to be.
envied in comparison to the mockery of the peace and
happiness supposed to be enjoyed by these individuals.
Broadwav is full of these unfortunate imitators, who,
bedecked in fashionable robes, emulate the favorites oi
fortune in garish show, and vain ostentation, at the cost
of every true principle of man or womanhood, and al
most every real personal

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