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Will.
Moore’s Rural New-Yorker,
For July 3, 1869,
new Half Volume, and will contain, among
ptlSr rich things, a splendid full page Group oi Seven of
Gen. GRANT’S FAMOUS HORSES!
the best newspaper illustration of the kind ever issued
In this country. Also a’* ( ent £l£<n
JOHN CHINAMAN A.ND JONATHAN (a sketch
for the Fourth of July.) relating to the meeting of Occi
dent and Orient via. the Pacific Railroad) an excellent
Btorv ‘‘SAVED BY A SATCHEL,” and many other
novelties which must enhance the RURAL’S reputation
as the
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ind you will endorse that opinion. Only $3 a Year—
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Moth Patches, Freckles and Tan.—
The only reliable remedy.for thosejbrown discolorations
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“ PERRY’S MOTH AND FRECKLE LOTION.”
Prepared by Dr. B. C. PERRY, the skillful and well
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Sold by druggists everywhere. This is no quack com
pound gotten up to impose upon the public, but the only
remedy known to science, exclusively adapted for the
removal of brown discolorations.
The New York Leader of this
week contains
Si Slokum describes his visit to the Hub Jamboree in
one of the most sprightly and humorous articles ever
contributed to this paper.
Webster’s First Experience as a Lawyer is an ad
mirable sketch of the great statesman’s early strug
gles in a profession in which he afterward became
eminent.
Disabled” is the title of a charming narrative poem,
by Miss Ferris, full of delicate touches of imagery and
gracefully moulded.
‘‘Such Sweet Sorrow,” is a graceful little gem of
poetry, contributed by Mrs. John L. Flagg, of Troy,
with whose delicious little poems our readers are not
unfamiliar.
The Captain expands on the Old Guard Picnic, the
Assistant Aldermanic Muddle and kindred topics.
The Amusements Gossiper serves the cream of theatri
cal talk and criticism.
Other Miscellaneous Articles are “The Con
vent in the Forest,” “ Beware of Ghosts,” “ Writ
ing for Money,” and “ The Omnibus in London and
Paris.”
Other Poems are “Bob White,” and “The Street
Arab,” by the late N. G. Shepherd, “ Strawberry
Shortcake” and “Evening Shadows.”,
The Attic Salt Cellar.
Editorials.
( Etc., Etc., Etc.
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dealers.
Perry’s Comedone and Pimple Rem-
EDY positively cures those Disfiguring Diseases called
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Order from Druggist.
c itizens* associationslelse where?
A circular, sent to leading citizens through
out the State of New York, shows that the
organized friends of good government and
economical administration in this metropolis
fare taking active measures to secure the sym
pathy and co-operation of honest men in other
counties, to the end that auxiliary associations
jnay be formed in Assembly districts and in
terior towns, whereby not only local officials,
but intelligent and incorruptible legislators
shall be chosen, and an auxiliary force thus
4 ’armed and equipped” for public service at
the State capital. It is a movement in the
right direction; and, if joined in honestly by
tax-payers in the rural districts, must be pro
ductive of great good. The propositions are
imbodied as follows:
Citizens’ Association of New York. )
No. 816 Broadway, New York, June 15, 1869.5
The Citizens’ Association of New York begs leave to
jsend to you herewith several of its publications.
These documents will give you a general idea of the
organization, objects and work of this Association. Your
most serious attention is invited to the whole subject,
with a view of your interesting yourself to establish In
your city an association similar to ours.
You will perceive that a body of upright citizens or
ganized to supervise the conduct of« public officers, to
follow by trusty agents the expenditure of the public
money, and to lay before their constituents the mis
doings of those who have been guilty of malversation in
public office, must exercise a restraining and most salu
tary effect upon the conduct of government.
Your attention is called to the fact that suoh an asso
ciation must necessarily, from the character of the men
composing it, and from the purity of their motives, be
always in the van in regard to all matters of improve
ment, in either the form or the machinery of local gov
ernment.
As an illustration of the effect to be produced in the
matter of the reduction of taxation and restraining the
expenditure of the public money, you are referred to the
report of the As oqiation, dated May 25,1868, and to the
letter of the Association, dated June 2,1869, which con
tains many interesting particulars.
As an illustration of the work of the Association in im-
Jirovement effected m the local government, you are re
erred to the report, dated Sept. 10, 1866, wherein it ap
pears that this Association inaugurated in this city,
first, the Board of Health; second, the Paid Fire Depart
ment. and many other important reforms.
Your intention is again invited to the whole subject in
its full length and breadth, and you are earnestly re
quested to organize in your city an association, with
which we can co.operate as well in protecting local inter
ests as in elevating to power in the State, men of un
doubted character, ability, and integrity.
The Association is very desirous of having organized
in every county of the State an efficient Citizens’ Asso
ciation, without regard to the political proclivities of its
members.
If you wish any more documents, or further informa
tion, please write to that effect.
Very respectfully,
PETER COOPER, President.
Richard M. Henry, Secretary.
In noticing this eflfort to arouse general ac
tion toward official reform, the Times of this
city bears testimony to “ the very great ser
vice which the Association of which Mr. Peter
Cooper is President, has rendered to this city
and county.” It says of this active body of
practical reformers:
Its members have kept a watchful eye over the public
treasury, have defeated many schemes to plunder it,
have exposed to indignation and contempt many dis
honest officials whom they were not powerful enough to
overthrow, have kept down the tax levies to more mod
erate figures that rapacious plunderers demanded, have
given us many permanent civic institutions of great
•value, like the Board of Health and the Paid Fire De
partment, and, by their patient investigation of abuses
ind malfeasances, their public and luminous exposures
of them, and their practical and business-like suggest
ions of reform, have contributed greatly to the welfare
of the city. To some extent, they have served as a
counterpoise to the Tammany Ring, and they have nev
er lacked courage or skill in their honorable warfare.
* * * * Its saving quality and its strength have
been in the perfect integrity of its aims and the hign
Character of its individual members. Its sharpest-eyed
foes have never caught it in a “job,” or have ventured
to breath against it a calumny.
We look to the Citizens’ Association of New-
York to occupy in the future, for our city, a
still larger field of public service than it has
heretofore filled—well worked as that field has
been, and blessed as it is with ripening fruits.
-We have assurance, in its aims and move
ments, of a latent force of civic and social vir
tue equal to the most effective warfare against
any corrupt power wielded by unscrupulous
hands. Pericles, the wealthy Grecian citizen,
boasted that he found Athens wood and left it
marble; but it will be a nobler record for our
public-spirited citizens of New York if they
can say to posterity, that they found our me
tropolis misgoverned and left it a model of
municipal administration; that they found
idle thousands in squalid homes, and left them
busy producers, well-housed and well-fed ; that
they found poor-houses and prisons crowded,
and left them comparatively unoccupied ; that
they found the ballot-box corrupted, and left it
purified 1 Such an inspiriting prospect for the
, future may be regarded as the dream of an.op
timist ; but so would a prediction of the com
plete extinction of chattel-slavery in this re
public within ten years have been looked upon
jn 1859. “ The world moves.” Men die, but
mind survives. The “ dark ages” were once in
the path of progress. They are now among the
ruins of the past, along with gladiatorial shows
-and combats of wild beasts. The fires of
Smithfield, the hanging of Quakers, the perse
cutions of Jews—they were all in the path of
♦‘Pilgrim’s Progress.”
Baldwin, the Clothier, at his fa
mous corner, Canal and Broadway, attracts
liarents who are in pursuit of boys’ clothing',
by exhibiting a varied assortment of approved
styles and low prices. Three years old to
twenty-one years can be found there, and po
lite salesmen to wait upon you. We know, for
we fitted out our five boys there, and all were
happy 1
Minister Sickles.—The latest re
ports in reference to the appointment of Gen.
Sickles, as Minister to Spain, is to the effect
that Attorney-General Hoar gave it as his
opinion that the General could retain his connec
tion with the army while accepting a diplo
matic position abroad, but that this decision
has been overruled by Gen. Grant.
According to the London papers
Ceorge Peabody, “the good,” has returned to
America to spend the remainder of his days.
We hope he will be long in the land, if only to
serve as an example to other wealthy Ameri
oatis. In this city disciples are much wanted.
SEW YORK, JUNE 27, 1869.
SOMETHING ABOUT METROPOLITAN COMMISSIONS.
That excellent journal, Harper’s Weekly,
which enjoys a circulation greater than any
contemporary of its high character and aims,
and whose loyal influence, attested through
out the war, now penetrates for public good to
all portions of the Union, contained last week
an able article upon our local departments,
from which we extract, with pleasure, the fol
lowing remarks on several of the (so-called)
“Albany Commissions,” the control whereof is
so much coveted by our municipal authorities;
in the way of “ fresh fields and pastures new’
for tho exercise of their peculiar qualities as
“farmers-general.” Speaking of our Sanitary
Commissions, it says :
As to the Board of Health, every Rood citizen knows
that it ie managed with judgment, economy, and integ
rity. if its powers were devolved on officials responsible
to a majority of city voters, the tendency to uncleanness
which is manifested in many portions would assert itself
with great injury to the public health, and consequently
to the business of the city. This Board performs its
duty fearlessly and firmly, and is not suspected of favor
itism or corruption.
If our neighbor had noticed, apropos, the
perfection of tho system to which preventive
medical skill has been reduced by the Board
of Health, its efficient committees, and admi
rable sanitary forces, so that almost every pos
sibility of epidemic disease is now guarded
against—and this in the face of antagonistic and
demoralizing social habits and habitations—it
would only have done simple justice to the
labors of a Commission which interposes at the
gate of our metropolis, to disarm the “pesti
lence that walketh at noonday,” even as light
ning conductors rise from our roofs to conduct
away elemental terrors into harmlessness.
In regard to our Water Commission, the
Weekly may congratulate this community that
the efforts of Mr. Nathaniel Sands, on the part
of the Citizens’ Association, prevented the pas
sage of that “ substitute Tax Levy,” which
contained a clause abolishing the present Cro
ton Board. Well is it observed, in reference to
our metropolitan water supply :
. It is very certain that in the introduction of the Croton
into the city, the work throughout, from the Croton
river, about forty miles distant, to and including the
reservoirs, has been conducted with the highest engin
eering skill and solidity, and with a freedom from jobs
and dishonesty never surpassed in the management of
any expenditure. The work was done under a commis
sion appointed b? the State, which was presided over by
Stephen Allen, whose associates partook of his unsullied
reputation. In order to have the distribution of the
water into houses, and its discharge through sewers,
managed with the same spirit, the Legislature was ap
pealed to for a law creating a similar Board: and al
though the criticism of the Mayor against the use of vit
rified stoneware pipes in place of the brick sewers may
be sound, except for use in unimportant localities, we
yet feel satisfied that in the main the Department is
wisely managed. There is a large revenue to collect and
disburse: there are immense contracts to execute, and a
large discretion to be exercised in adjusting the pay
ments for water, and yet there is no pretense of unfair
ness. favoritism, or want of integrity in the performance
of these delicate and important duties. We shudder to
think what would La the state ot things if this great in
terest, so immediately connected with the domestic com
forts of every household, were subjected to the sharpers
who will perform no duty of legislation without pay, and
who subject all not subservient to the prevailing Ring to
be preyed upon by the officials whose revenues were di
minished by “rural legislators,” when they showed mercy
to the “ clamor of tax-paying cliques” by expunging the
worst items of the Tax Levy.
Timely words concerning tho insidious ap
proaches of municipal “ Rings” toward a con
trol of the Police Commission are spoken in
Harpers', when it declares :
Nearly all that there is of good government in the city
we have derived from the Police Commissioners, who,
although embarrassed severely by a judiciary which fa
vored the criminal gather than his victim, and by a pop
ulation whose violations of law and right had the sympa
thies of municipal government, have in the main per
formed their duties with credit and usefulness. A pow
erful effort has been made to subject this valuable ma
chinery to the control of that same interest, which has
prostituted all within, its reach to the encouragement of
misgovernment and vice. Some apprehension is ielt that
this object may be accomplished, and that the small force
which stands in the way of disorder may turn its ener
gies in the opposite direction. Every citizen should
watch this tendency, and oppose every effort to break
down this only remaining safeguard.
The clear-seeing editor of Harper's Weekly
comprehends fully the motives which actuate
municipal “rings” and journajists in their
pay, in their stale abuse of the Boards created
by “Albany Legislation,” Albany Legislation
has no terror for Mr. O’Brien, when he covets
an increase of Sheriffs’ fees; it is not odious
when it can deposit patronage in tho hands of
our worthy Controller; it is quite acceptable
for the endorsement of six millions of “ claims”
and swindles in the Tax-Levy; it is very con
venient for the extension of official terms for
Democratic place holders; and it is a useful
auxiliary in all sorts of raids on State or city
treasury. Only when “the various State Com
missions” are “ allowed to receive their appro
priations in an aggregate amount, and to dis
cretionally spend it in detail, entirely unham
pered by the dog-in-the-manger legislation
that yearly afflicts the local government,” does
“Albany” law-making become oonoxious to
Democratic censure; and this because the
“State Commissions” are not in “Democratic”
hands, or their appropriations disbursed by
the model financiers who “run the machine”
of our “local government.”
“The offence,” (says Harper’s) of the Legis
lature consists in the creation of the Board of
Health, of tho Croton Board, of the Police
Commissioners, in expunging from our city
tax levy of this year a large amount which the
city government would otherwise have hand
led, and, though not named, the establishment
of the commission which controls Central Park
on a basis of independence of the local city
government.” It might have added, that our
Fire Department cannot be “run,” now,
like its predecessor of belligerent memory,
because it is also a “ State Commissions,” and
one which may be claimed by the Re
publican party in connection with other
good works mentioned above. The Fire
Department is becoming a model of discipline
and system, and its efficiency is endorsed by
the entire confidence of underwriters and prop
erty-owners. Engine-houses, under its ad
ministration, are no longer lounging-places,
but “ homes” for manly firemen ; while its
headquarters will provide a lecture-room and
library of which all our citizens may have cause
to be proud.
The Republican has certainly no reason
to be ashamed of its legislative work, so far as
the creation of “ State Commission ” is con
cerned. And the New York Citizens’ Associa
tion, to whose inception and assiduous effort,
both here and at Albany, we owe the origin of
the Health Board, the Fire Commission,
the Central Park Commission, and the Me
tropolitan Police Department, may well point
to the admirable workings of these public de
partments as a proof of what united and intel
ligent effort on the part of tax-payers can ac
complish in securing good local government,
unhampered by “rings” or “cliques.” The New
York World has indulged in rather premature
exultation over the decease of that terror
to official schemers which appears to be or
ganized more resolutely than ever, under the
presidency of Mr. Peter Cooper. If the defeat
of a "ring” Tax Levy, the saving ot six million
dollars of the people’s money, the reorganiza.
tion of the Tax Commissioners’ Board, and the
Board of Education, be tokens of dissolution
in the Citizens’ Association, we confess our in
ability to see it in that light. If Mr. Nathaniel
Sands, well-known and often abused by the
World as a leading spirit among the “ Citi
zens,” is become less vital as an antagonistic
force to the “ring” since his accession to a
representative position in the administration
of New York affairs, we do not recognize the
fact in his attitude as a Commissioner, and we
judge that it will be long before the Demo,
cratic World becomes able to recognize it.
Altogether, in spite of disappointed political
machinists, and slate-makers generally, we
think our “ State Commissions” may invite
public inspection to their record in the past,
and the support of tax-paying citizens of their
integrity in the future, with entire assurance
of a favorable response.
The number of Assistant Assessors
of the Internal Revenue has been reduced since
November to 2,217.
A NEW SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.
The resignation of Hon. A. H. Borie, and
the appointment in his place of Hon. Geo. M.
Robeson, as Secretary of the Naw, gave rise
yesterday to much comment by press and pub
lic. Mr. Borie did not “ magnify his office” in
the popular eye during his brie!' term ; his an
tagonism to the Eight Hour Law, and the gen
eral impression that he was influenced by sub
ordinates, having operated to his disadvan
tage. His recent order for a change of names
of our vessels-of-war provoked ridicule in all
quarters; the substitution of a worn-out clas
sical nomenclature for the significant aborigin
al appellations now borne by most of our
armed vessels being looked upon as in very
bad taste. We hope Mr. Boris’s successor will
revoke the silly and uncalled-for order, which
he can do very well without personal disrespect
to the late Secretary, inasmuch as the latter
did not include the name Bore-as in bis classi
cal emendations. Secretary Bobeson is a citi
zen of New Jersey, a son of Judge William P.
Robeson, of Warren county, in that State, who
was a leading Whig in former days. He was
appointed Attorney-General of tho State by
Gov. Ward, about two years ago, and is about
forty-one years old, a good lawyer, and the
Newark Journal vouches for his being a “genu
ine, whole-souled gentleman, who will render
Grant’s cabinet exceedingly jolly.” That an
cient Jersey authority learns also that General
Robeson’s “ abilities for the position are con
sidered first-rateinasmuch as he has made
“successful trips to Coney Island and the
Fishing Banns, and can tell “ salt-water yarns.”
In conclusion, we are assured that “ Robeson
knows as much about the Navy as either Borie
or Welles,” which is consoling in a “marine
view” of the new appointment.
Maryland vs. Barbara.—The poor
ex-rebs of Frederick, Md., are no longer to be
frightened by Barbara Freitche’s ghost. The
old lady’s now historic homestead, has been
demolished “par ordre du roi” in the shape of
a town ordinance. It appears that Barbara’s
house was such an eye-sore to the “ chivalry,”
that it was resolved to “abate it as a nuisance”
anyway; so a preamble was got up declaring
that it stood in the way of a creek which needed
to be straightened ; and accordingly the edict
went forth to demolish it. The Frederick Ex
aminer makes a grim joke on the subject, as
serting that in order “to straighten the creek,”
so that it should strike the line of Barbara
Freitchie’s house, it was found necessary to
make no less than three angles I We trust
Maryland will rest on her laurels. Neverthe
less, Whittier’s ballad will still be read, and
keef> old Barbara’s fame perennially green.
. “ Shoot, if you will, thia old, gray head I
But spare your countr.v’B flagl” she said.
The rusty lock of John Brown’s prison-house
in Charlestown rests among other relics of
barbarism, at Albany. But Henry A. Wise
“accepts the situation.”
“ Johu Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave,
His soul is marching on!’’
Chief-Justice Chase.—A special dis
patch to the Eveniug Post, dated Washington,
June 25th, says that “Republicans from the
South allege that Chief-Justice Chase, during
his recent tour, has been actively conferring
with Southern Conservatives with a view to
organizing a new political movement.” This
is the sort of irresponsible statements that a
sensational press delights in “passing around,”
for what earthly purpose of public interest,
nobody can imagine. Chief-Justice Chase, as
is well known to his personal friends, holds
himself entirely aloof from partisan politics,
and so far from “conferring with Southern
Conservatives," or “contemplating anew po
litical movement,” is giving to the require
ments of his high Judicial duty, a strict and con
stant attention. Doubtless, there are “ South
ern Conservatives” as well as “Northern Rad
icals” who believe that the name of Mr. Chase
would boa tower of strength in any recon
struction of parties; but we are quite sure that
the Chief-Justice himself gives no sanction to
the use of his name or the presumption of his
co-operation in any “new political movement,”
North or South.
The New Dominion appears to be
steadily “ gravitating” toward annexation with
the United States. The question is openly
discussed in all circles, and more than one
journal is committed to active support of the
idea. The “ Confederation” scheme is a pro*
nounced “failure,” and as the “shop-keepers”
of Canada are beginning to complain bitterly
of “hard times,” we may suppose that “loy
alty” is also at.a “ discount.” It would not be
surprising, in the kaleidoscopic changes so
common and abrupt now-a-days, if we should
find our four million provincial neighbors
knocking all at once at the Eastern door o f
this Republic for “ recognition" and sympathy,
like poor Cuba. Gladstone and other British
leaders will be quite willing to dispose of their
“ elephant,” and a few million of dollars would
subsidize all the “ statesmen” of Canada. Let
John Bright propose to cede Canada in settle
ment of “Alabama claims,” and we may send
Mr. Seward to negotiate.
Sunshine. —The Sun raps the Al
bany Journal over the knuckles for saying
that it would be much better for Sun stock
holders “if they were not identified with tho
fading luminary in any form.” To which the
Sun, “ which shines for all,” suggests to “ the
genial and pleasant writer of the Journal" that
if it knows of any dissatisfied stockholders, it
will please send them to the captain’s office
to settle, as the Sun editor is prepared to
“take the interest of any stockholder off his
hands at such a price that he will not be a
loser.” We apprehend that the Albany man
will not advertise its metropolitan contem
porary gratis any more. If one-horse rival
dailies continue to shy their missiles at our
cute neighbor, they will only add to its patrons
in their immediate vicinity, and divide support,
like the Mahometans, between Nun-ites and
iSTii-ites.
The friends of the soldier and ad
mirers of the statesman will be rejoiced to
hear that General John Cochrane has been ap
pointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the
Sixth District, New York city. General Coch
rane formerly represented this city In Congress,
elected by democracy of old times, but in our
great struggle with Rebellion he was among
the most zealous of the “War Democrats,”
and as such, was appointed a Brigadier Gen
eral, and subsequently elected Attorney Gen
eral. Ho was formerly Surveyor oi the Port
of New York. In 1861, when the course of
President Lincoln was questioned by many
earnest Republicans, General John Cochrane
was nominated at the Cleveland Convention for
Vice President on the ticket headed by John C.
Fremont.
Cuba’s Hard Road.— Via Crucis via
Imais— “ Through Cross to Crown”—have been
mottoes for struggling freedom in all times
and countries. The Cuban patriots, in their
fight for independence, must accept it likewise.
Our far-seeing republican government is never
too hasty in extending “ aid and comfort” to
other people “ in arms for their liberties,” and
nobody is surprised, therefore, at the specta
cle of Cuban “revolutionary Juntas” being
marched off to prison in New York at the dic
tation of the Spanish Minister. But the ball
seems to be rolling on, nevertheless. Colonel
Ryan escaped last week from the hands of a
courteous deputy marshal, and is now proba
bly near the coast of Cuba. We hope the
colonel will send General Grant a box of the
first “real Havanas” he captures from the
enemy.
“ The man who laughs” is tho man
who trades with our friend Baldwin, the
clothier. His salesmen are very polite, and all
who purchase at the corner of Broadway and
Canal street are sure to be pleased. We advise
our friends to call on Baldwin. He is always
on hand.
Good-by “Repeaters.”—lt is report
ed that at a recent secret caucus of the “ma
chine-runners” of Tammany, it was resolved to
dispense with naturalization frauds and “ re
peaters” at the Fall election, and rely solely on
the good old Democratic practice of counting
in candidates after sundown. “All resnectable
Democrats” w>U take notice.
NEW YORK DISPATCH.
CELEBRATING THE FOURTH.
The present week will, no doubt, be largely
devoted to preparations for the celebration of
ths anniversary of our Nation’s Independence,
the glorious Fourth. We have already ac
quainted the reader with what is to be done in
this city and the vicinity by the authorities,
both civic and military, and there is little rea
son to doubt that tho demonstration will be
creditable to our patriotism, and, we hops,
also to our judgment. The roar of cannon,
the ringing of merry bells, the ear-piercing
fife, ond spirit-stirring drum, will all be laid
under contribution for the general jubilation ;
and, as many men are of many minds, the
demonstrations will be varied, and each will be
free as the wind to do as each deemeth best.
We propose to indicate, as briefly as possible,
some of the means of enjoyment at hand.
Pyrotechnics will, as usual, be in lively requi
sition as an outward and visible sign of patri
otism. Such proclivities may be gratified at a
compartively small cost by those who pur
chase their fire-works of J. G. & J. Edge, No.
39 Maiden Lane, or any of their agencies. G.
A. Lildiendahl & Co., of No. 9 Dey street, are
also prepared to supply any demand that may
be made upon them for colored fire, and
“ bombs bursting in tho air.”
For vast numbers the country will present
attractions, as a moans of escape from the
noise, turmoil, and confusion of a great city.
Those will do well to avail themselves of the
facilities furnished by the Peoples’ Ferry Com
pany’s Steamers Palisade and Fort Lee, run
ning to Pleasant Valley, Fort Lee and Shady
Side from the foot of Spring street. The Fort
Lee is a fine boat for) excursion pic-nics, and
may be secured for that purpose. Coney Is
land will, doubtless, receive thousands of visi
tors on the glorious occasion and, indeed, there
will be no lack of the most ample means of
recreation and enjoyment, and nothing, we
hope, will be wanting to make the coming an
niversary an Independence day indeed.
The appointment of Gen. Butter
field as Assistant U. S. Treasurer, was a mat
ter of some surprise when announced last week;
it having been supposed that a distinguished
State Senator would be the successor of Mr.
Van Wyck. We understand, however, that the
gentleman in question had signified his un
willingness to accept the position. The office,
though an exceedingly responsible one, is with
out much political patronage, and its duties
are quite arduous. During the first term of
Mr. Lincoln it was filled by John J. Cisco, who
found it a very trying position.
Democratic Scapegoats.—“ Reddy
the Blacksmith” is exiled, and “Johnny the
Greek” is jugged. Now, won’t our reforming
journals and indignant magistrates please
strike at a little higher game ? “Reddy” will,
doubtless be “ ready” for work again by elec
tion time, and the “ Greek” will join other
Greeks to swell the Democratic majority. How
about the Deputy Sheriffs now? or is it a
settled thing that O’Brien Has renewed his
fealty to Tammany, and intends to unite with
“ all respectable Democrats” next Fall ?
College Commencement. The
friends of education anticipate a literary treat
on Tuesday evening next, at Wallack’s Thea
tre, when the graduating class of the Mount-
Washington Collegiate Institute invites its
friends and the public to the annual commence
ment. The last exhibition of his classes at
Wallack’s was a great triumph for the worthy
President, Professor Geo. W, Clarke, and we
look for the present occasion to present as flat
tering an ovation to scholastic merit and sue.
cess.
We feel assured that our readers
will peruse with pleasure an article which ap
pears in another column of this week’s issue,
under the caption of “ An Interesting Event,”
which we quote from the Evening Post. Such
intelligent, sympathetic, and social relations—
existing between employers and employed—
are of but rare occurrence ; let us hope that in
the future they will be more frequent.
Graybacks at West Point.—Our
patriotic journal, the New York World, enter,
tains a correspondent who proclaims from
West Point that the chapel of that institution
will be hallowed by the fact that its floor has
been trodden by Lee, Beauregard, etc. The
choice of such writers by the World, presents
a charming illustration of the “ eternal fitness
of things."
Ohio Soldiers.—While the State
of New York, though a jobbing Legislature,
ignores the claims of disabled veterans, and
shuts up her soldiers’ home, it is gratifying to
note that the Republican Convention ot. Ohio
has passed strong resolutions last week, and
calling for the establishment of a Refuge tor
veterans in tho “Buckeye State.”
Baldwin, the Clothier, offers his
specialties in hot weather garments. The
stripe gingham and silk warp sacks are delight
ful garments.
(Ortih and
An Interesting Event.—A novel
and most interesting festive reunion, gratifying
and creditable alike to the employers and the
employed, took place at Steinway Hall, on
Saturday forenoon last, when the workmen of
Messrs. Steinway & Sons, numbering over
seven hundred men, assembled in the hall, ac
companied by a band of thirty performers, to
commemorate the fact that piano-forte num.
her twenty thousand of the firm’s make had
been completed, on which occasion they were
to be the recipients of a magnificent banner,
presented to them by Messrs. Steinway & Sons.
The banner, a rich and elaborate masterpiece
of artistic skill, was designed by Mr? Henry
Reck, the celebrated decorator of Steinway
Hall, and the work of art was completed by
Mrs. Francisca Klein ; it was presented to the
workmen with appropriate remarks by Mr.
Theodore Steinway, and enthusiastically re
ceived by them. Mr. Burkard responded on
their behalf in an able speech. An address was
made by Mr. Abercrombie, who has been with
the firm since they commenced business, who
gave a brief history of the firm of Steinway &
Sons, exhibiting how, from an humble com
mencement seventeen years ago, when they
manufactured but one piano weekly, the firm
had within that comparatively brief space of
time, eolely through the excellence of their pro
ductions and skilful management, attained their
present eminent position, namely, that of hav
ing the most perfectly arranged and extensive
establishment in the world, regularly employ
ing upward of seven hundred skilled workmen,
and turning out no less than “ sixty” grand
square, and upright pianos weekly, which are
sent to all parts of the civilized world. The
business of the firm, exceeding in magnitude
that of the twelve largest piano-forte manu.
facturers in New York combined, as shown by
the published sworn internal revenue returns.
That Messrs. Steinway & Sons, after taking
no less than thirty-five first premiums in the
United States, carried off the first prize at the
World’s Fair in London, in 1862 ; and at the
greatest international exhibition the world has
ever seen—that held in Paris, in 1867—they
were awarded the first of the Grand Gold Med.
ale of Honor by the unanimous verdict of the
International Jury, who in their official report
fully confirmed and endorsed the superiority
of the Steinway system, which is now being
copied and adopted by the leading manufactu
rers of Europe, many of whom have sent their
sons to New York to study this system of piano
forte manufacturing at its headquarters ; and
that not content with this unprecedented suc
cess in their legitimate business, and the recog.
nition of the superiority of their instruments
by the verdicts of the International Juries Of
the World’s Fairs, and by the Royal Academies
oi Fino Arts of Berlin and Stockholm, by be
stowing academic honors on them, the Messrs.
Steinway had, in erecting Steinway Hall, cre
ated a beautiful temple of music and art, wor
thy of the great metropolis of the Western
World, the locality of their business growth
and present eminence, and that every workman
present felt justly proud of the success of the
I establishment with which ho was individually
connected. Mr. William Steinway responded
on behalf of the firm, in a terse and appropri
ate speech, on the conclusion of which,#the
procession formed, and, headed by the band,
marched down Broadway, through Broome
street, and down the Bowery to the foot of
Market street, whence a steamboat conveyed
them to the grounds of their grand pic-nic at
Jones’ Wood, where the rest of the day was
most agreeably spent in social enjoyment with
their families. The procession was well ar
ranged and imposing in appearance, and cre
ated a marked sensation as it passed through
the several streets in its route ; and the whole
affair, which was conducted with enthusiasm
on ail sides, was equally creditable to the
Messrs. Steinway and their employes.—Even
ing Post.
We have the good news from the
Pennsylvania coal region that the late strike is
about at an end, a large portion of the men
have already gone to work, with the probabil
ity that all will be at work again in a few days.
The wages of miners are now nearly the same
as those previously paid, and as the surplus
had not been brought down very largely, it is
supposed that about the same rates will pre
vail for coal throughout the remainder of the
season as were asked during the Summer
months of 1868. The companies will hardly be
able to effect an advance itext Fall equal to
that realized in former seasons, as they have,
by their recent combinations in this matter
put customers on their guard, and adopted de
vices with the miners which they will hardly
dare repeat.
Some of our contemporaries now do
the fashionable wedding business in away that
out Jenkinses Jenkins. In describing the Me.
Vean wedding, in Clinton street, the Sun re
porter goes into a minute description of the
dress of the bridegroom and his supporters-
The former he says, “ appeared in full evening
d.ess. including white satin cravat and waist
coat, diamond studs, and patent leather boots,
and his swallow-tail was lined with white silk.”
After which he informs us that “ the lining of
the groomsman’s swallow-tail was of lavender
silk instead of white.” The reporter adds to
this information “this is important.” Ima
gine the spectacle of a reporter, note-book
and pencil in hand, lifting the gentlemen’s
coats to see what they are lined with.
It is rather difficult to believe that
freights from Boston to Chicago are less than
one-half-per 100 lbs than from New York to the
same point; but such, on undoubted authority,
is the fact. From Baltimore and Philadelphia
the rates are about 33 per cent. less. New
York is a great place, but we think its mer
chants are wanting in their traditional fore
sight if they allow this state of things to con
tinue long; or is it a fact that the combination
of railway and Tammany rings own this city
as well as the Legislature, and dispose of all
its interests according to their sovereign
pleasure ?
J. K. Lees, Printer, No. 202 Fulton
street, we understand, prints for Baldwin, the
clothier, two hundred thousand circulars per
month. These are distributed among the peo
ple of the city and country daily. This effor t
coupled with the immense circulation of the
New York Dispatch, wherein Baldwin has a
few words to say in every issue, makes up an
advertising medium unprecedented I The
sales of Baldwin, the clothier, stand un
paralelled in the retail ready-made clothing
trade of New York—s3,ooo to SB,OOO per day ?
Who can match him ?
The company of the friends of
Harry Bertholf and their ladies has been so
licited by that able and indefatigable caterer
to partake of a collation to be given at his
hotel “on the at 144th street and Eighth
avenue, on Wednesday afternoon next, (June
30th,) at four o’clock, P. M. The original
Harry Bertholf and his sons, (who will be as.
sisted by his amiable lady), will be present, and
conduce to the pleasure and amusement of the
guests.
A Gebman newspaper has made the
important discovery that General William Te
cumseh Sherman, whose true name is Zehr
mann, is a native of West Prussia, whence in
1845 or 1846, he emigrated to the United States
and enlisted in the regular army. “In the
year 1852,” it says, “the same Zehrmann,
(whom the Americans called Sherman) who
had already become a major in the army, visit
ed a relative of Schwetzin, Prussia. Here a
great many persons remember distinctly hav
ing made his acquaintance. In the late Amer
ican war Sherman became a general.”
The ease with which divorces are
obtained in Indiana has become proverbial,
and those upon whom the connubial yoke
presses too heavily make haste to fly thither
and be freed from the hated bonds. Almost
any excuse will answer; but one recently prof
fered to an Indiana lawyer by a resident of
Burlington, Vt., is about the best. He wished
for a divorce on the ground that he was not
able to support his wife. We have not learned
the result of his application, but presume it
was favorably received.
One of the effects of the Cuban
revolution has been to revive the almost obso
lete and utterly brutal custom of dueling in
this country. Nearly every mail brings us ac
counts of an encounter between some hot
blooded Spaniard and an equally fiery “pa
triot.” It is a question that may admit of ar
gument whether, in this “little unpleasant
ness,” the most blood has been shed upon the
soil of Cuba or that of the United States. The
end remains to be seen.
The Sun marvels why our Minister
did not interfere in the case of Gen. Cluseret,
a naturalized American citizen, “ expelled from
France” by order of Napoleon. There are a
good many similar questions which might bo
asked concerning our diplomats at foreign
courts, who are “fearfully and wonderfully
made,” as a general thing. When we establish
an American policy, we shall probably appoint
American “ representatives” abroad—not be
fore.
Napoleon 111, has been making a
speech at his military camp at Chalons, in
which he exhorted the French people, who have
just pronounced at the polls against war pre
parations, to “ preserve the remembrance of
battles fought,” because they are “the history
of the progress of civilization.” Meantime Gen.
Cluseret fires a parting shot at the entire
“military traditions” of France in a volume
just Issued from the Brussels press, which
Napoleon can neither suppress nor imprison.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, in a recent
address before the Woman’s Suffrage Associa
tion, in Boston, developed a new plank in the
Woman’s Rights Platform. He said they would
not be satisfied with voting, but the State must
also furnish “palaces” where they can deposit
their vote. Thus it ever is with the dear crea
tures—never satisfied. Next, carriages at the
expense of the State; then new dresses, and
finally husbands. Who knows 1
One of the Herald’s learned “spe
cials,” writing from the East Indies, says:
“ An observatory in Benares, which was erected
in the sixteenth century, gives evidence that
ths Hindoos were not ignorant of the princi
ples of astronomy.” As it is to the Hindoos,
Egyptians, and Chaldeans, that the origin of
astronomy is traced by history, the Herald let
ter writer may be congratulated on his vindica
tion of truth.
We learn that Mr. Clarenca Blan
chard’s lecture has been postponed, and wil}
take place on Friday evening, the 2d of July,
at Brookes’ Assembly Rooms, Broome street.
The subject is the “March of National Free
dom,” a timely and interesting theme, and we
trust the young lecturer will have a good au
dience.
We are pleased to notice the con
tinued and increasing success of Moore’s Ru
ral New Yorker, an exceptionably excellent
literary and family paper. The number for
July 3d begins a new half volume, and we
cheerfully commend it to a generous patronage
and support.
The Washington National Intelli
gencer suspended on Friday last, after having
b een published continuously since 1800.
I OUR CROTONSUPPLY.
AN IMPORTANT MATTER.
THE HEALTH AND WATER BOARDS.
For several years past, it has been apparent to
careful observers that the supply of Croton water
was inadequate to meet the increased demand.
Within the past two years this has become more
painfully evident. Chief Engineer Kingsland has
on several occasions complained to the Fire Com
missions that the supply of water below Fourteenth
street, at certain hours of the day was so short, that
he feared disastrous consequences would follow the
breaking out of a fire in some one of the many
large buildings below Canal street.
The Croton Water Commissioners have on many
occasions warned our citizens to be more sparing of
the Croton, above all to stop wastage, declaring that
at least two thirds of the supply is wasted through
negligence. Our large sugar refineries and breweries
have in many instances dug wells on their premises,
thinking this cheaper than to pay the heavy water
tax. And still the supply has each year continued to
grow less. This is in good part owing to the growth
of the city on the upper part of the island. With so
many using from the main pipe, the supply could
not but be materially lessened by the time it reached
the central and lower portions of the city. Among
the plans proposed, was one to lay down a new main,
and allow.no one to tap it above Canal street. This,
it was argued, would insure a supply to the lower
part of the city.
The Croton Commissioners acknowledged this, but
rejoined that they were fearful if another main were
laid down it would so exhaust the short supply that,
in case of extended dry weather, the reservoir and
Croton Lake might give out. This was an emergency
to be carefully guarded against, as there really was
no telling what would be done if our one sole source
of obtaining fresh water should suddenly give out.
A NEW AND CAPACIOUS RESERVOIR TO BE
BUILT.
That something must be done soon, was very ob
vious, and for several months past surveys have
been made in the vicinity of Croton Lake, In order to
ascertain if a site for a new reservoir could not be
determined on. This needed site has at length been
found. Among the hills, near Kent, about ten miles
from Croton Lake, are a number of natural basins,
and through these flow a series of water courses, or
mountain streams, clear and pellucid, the home of
the trout, that aristocratic member of the finny
tribe, who demands the clearest, coldest, and purest
water in which to disport his elegant form. These
small streams empty into the Croton river, and form
the principal sources of our water supply. But dur
ing the Summer season they run very low, and it is
on this account the Croton Board has been so jeal
ously guarding the water supply these few years
past.
Along these streams, at intervals, are reservoirs of
greater or less dimensions. One of these was lately
selected by the Chief Engineer of the Croton Board-
Gen. George S. Greene—and his choice has been con
firmed by the remaining members of the Board. By
erecting a dam across the lower end of this basin, 60
feet high and 400 yards in length, a reservoir con
taining a front 3,000 across will have been obtained,
securing a volume of water sufficient to supply the
wants of 10,000,000 inhabitants. One hundred years
will probably elapse, even at our swift rate of pro
gression, before we reach that figure. It is proposed
that the reservoir shall be built of marble and con
crete (a plentiful supply of the former can be ob
tained a short distance from where it is needed), at a
cost of about $700,000 for the dam and land. When
needed, an extra main can be laid down from this
new reservoir to the large distributing reservoir in
the upper end of Central Park, so that one of our
greatest wants, and one that has at times occasioned
no little uneasiness to the authorities, is to be amply
supplied.
OUR CROTON BEFOULED.
Information reached the Health Board, a little time
since, that the water of the Oroton River, at points
above where New York obtains her supply of water,
was being befouled in various ways, and sufficiently
so to render it deleterious to health. Complaints
had been made by residents in the vicinity, and so
great a nuisance had it become, that one of the ag
grieved parties was about to commence a suit
against the offender, to compel him to abate the nuis
ance.
This wa? a matter that especially interested the
Health Board; for, if anything were being done that
would imperil the health of the people of this good
city, it must be at once investigated. Accordingly,
President George B. Lincoln, William E. Worthen,
Engineer, and C. F. Chandler, Chemist, of the Board
of Health, and Engineer Greene, O£ the Oroton Board,
visited the scene of the alleged nuisance. They
found that the facts in the case were much worse
than had been represented. The party visited the
various streams and tributaries in Putnam county
that make up the Croton River. A large tract of
country was rode over, and a close examination
made. It was discovered tnat many residents on
these tributaries have erected their outhouses on the
banks of those streams, and forcej the waters thereof
to do duty as scavengers of night-soil, the wash of
which flows directly into the main river, and to a
greater or less extent renders it impure and danger
ous to the health of all who drink its water. It was
found, too, that in some instances slaughter-houses
had been built so as to overhang these tributary
streams, and that the filth, blood and offal from those
establishments are carried away and emptied into the
Croton. This was bad enough, but the party found
something much worse than all these nuisances
combined.
In the vicinity of Lake Mahopac, in Putnam
County, there is a large hotel or Summer resort,
kept by Lewis M. Gregory. He has of late undertaken
to manufacture his own gas, which is made from
coal oil and naphtha. .The gas works of this estab
lishment are built quite near a tributary of the Cro
ton, and into this tributary flowed the refuse oily
matters of which it is desirous the works should be
rid. Beside this refuse there flowed also into the
same stream the night-soil of the outhouse belong
ing to the hotel, the quantity of which may be esti
mated when we state that the hotel is capable of .ac
commodating one thousand guests, and the effect of
which upon the purity of the water may be judged
from the fact that invalids suffering from multiform
diseases seek this rural retreat for the benefit of
their health. To supply a hotel of this character
with illuminating material requires a gas manufac
tory of no mean dimensions, and consequently there
was being poured into the rivulet a quantity of oily
refuse, which, in the vicinity of the works, was plain
ly distinguishable, not only by the sense of sight,
but likewise by that of smell. This fact, too, must
be taken into account; oil and water will not mix;
neither will the oil in this case become a sediment,
and form a precipitate upon the bottom or the
stream, as is the the case with other impurities
which leave the bulk of the water free to pass over
them uncontaminated. On the contrary this refuse
matter from the gas works floats along on the sur
face of the tributary, and, preserving its coherency,
even in passing over the small cascades that lie in
its course, arrives at the main river in the same
condition as when it emenates from the factory.
As a matter of experiment, Professor Chandler took
various lumps of earth from the banks of the stream
in localities where they are in immediate contact with
the water, and though these specimens came from
places distant from one hundred to eighteen hun
dred feet from the works, they were invariably found
to be strongly impregnated with oily matter, and
emitted a stench stronger than that which may be
experienced if one holds his nose over a can of kero
sene oil. These specimens, taken from various parts
of the bank, the professor brought with him to this
city, and he intends to subject them to chemical an
alysis, and report the result of his examination to
tee Board of Health. The attention of residents in
the Vicinity of these gas works has been directed to
the nuisance thus created, and many of them were
loud in their protestations against its continuance.
THE NUISANCE ABATED.
Mr. Lewis H. Ballard, who owns a farm adjoining
the hotel property, commenced a suit against Mr.
Gregory for polluting the water of this stream. The
case was tried a few days since in the Putnam county
Circuit Court, sitting at Carmel, before Hon. Joseph
Barnard.
Mr. Mortimer Ballard, a son of the complainant
testified that he had seen the water coming through
the stream from Gregory’s Hotel, at various points
along its route where it flows through plaintiff’s land;
the stream empties into a tributary of the Croton
river; can see the current of 4 the stream very plainly;
had examined the stream above Gregory’s, on the
road to Croton Falls, and also on plaintiff’s own land;
found a filthy deposit in many places; it was appa
rently a mixture of night soil and of oily refuse from
defendant’s gas-house; at the distance of half a mile
from the gas-house could see the filth and expe
rience its nauseating odor; plaintiff’s cattle refused
to drink the water of this stream, even in the
hottest weather; in consequence of the impur
ity of this water the plaintiff was compelled to
drive his working cattle over to the lake, a dis
tance of over half a mile, in order to let them drink.
The poisonous sediment settling on the banks of the
stream has affected plaintiff in the matter of getting
workmen to work on the land (ditching;) witness
found it exceedingly difficult to get them. In the
Summer time when the gas factory of Gregory’s
Hotel is in operation, the oily matter and night soil
from the hotel will accumlate against any obstruc
tion placed in the stream, sometimes to the depth of
an inch; the earth on the banka of the stream is im
pregnated with the oily matter; any disturbance of
thia earth seta this refuse floating on the surface of
Sunday Edition. June 27.
the stream?; has aeon the surface of the stream in
many places covered with this substance.
Lewis H. Ba hard, plaintiff, testified that he had
frequently examined the water of the stream in ques
tion at various points along its course, both on hi®
own land and on tV© defendant’s; the water is ay
foul as it possibly can be; the filth on its surface is
of an oily appearance; Lhere is also a collection of
refuse of a brownish hue; the disagreeable odor of
this refuse is very perceptible at any time; the odoc
is similar to that which comes from privies; had,
sometimes found that this refuse matter covered the
stone walls on either side of the stream, after it had
been swollen by rain. Witness also testified that his
cattle refused to drink the water. On croso-examin
ation, witness testified that the oily refuse could b®
seen and stirred up from the earth above the point:
where the stream in question is in confluence with;
the tributary of the Croton river, into which it emp
ties; this tributary runs out of Mud Lake; witness
accounted for the finding of the oily matter abov®
the confluence, from the fact that when the stream is
swollen this matter is forced backward into the trib
utary.
Lewis H. Gregory, defendant, testified that the
majority of the privies belonging to the establish
ment are in the hotel building; they fconnect with
the sinks of the privies which are outside; the night
soil from these runs into a cesspool built to receive
;t; the overflow from this runs into a larger cesspool,
about thirty feet long by eight feet deep, and th®
overflow from this runs through a pipe which leads
into the earth; is not aware that any of this night
soil finds its way into the stream said to be polluted a
manufactures from 600 to 700 cubic feet of gaa per
day for illuminating the hotel; this is only during
the Summer season, when the hotel is in operation;
all the refuse from the gas works ran into a blind
ditch last year, and the year previous into witness’®
garden; witness used it for manuring purposes; don’t
think that more than two pailsful oi this refuse ruix
from these works per day; it was now all caught in s
large tank, and used for manuring purposes; used
petroleum for manufacturing the gas for the hotel;,
recollected that when opening a ditch dug on his
land, some time since, into which this oily refus®
had run, an opening was made into the stream lit
question, and a small quantity of the refuse might
have found its way into it in consequence.
Judge Barnard said he should at once order that gj
perpetual injunction issue, enjoining the defendant
to disconnect his gas works, privies, &c., from th®
stream forever. He would find as a fact that defend
ant had fouled the stream, but there was nothing to
show that this had been done willfully.
In the particular case under consideration, a con*
tinuance of this action by the defendant would ren
der him liable for contempt of court. He would
make up the damages in thia case, taking into con
sideration the fact that the fouling of the stream waa
not willful.
This, of course, disposes of this particular case;
but will the Health Board or Croton Board make it
their particular business to proceed against all thos®
who are emptying their refuse into the water that w<3
are compelled to drink ? The matter is not by any
means a slight one. It concerns over 1,000,000 of
people, and we know of no work in which they could
engage that would more entitle them to the thanks
of the community. Will the work of purification bf>
commenced at once ?
SUMMER FESTIVITIES,
Our record of out-door festivities for the past
is somewhat tinctured with disappointment, foe
Jupiter Pluvius, evidently envious of the gay revels
of the children of the earth, opened the flood gates,
and poured forth such showers from day to day as to
dampen the ardor of the most devoted devotees of
pleasure. It rained on Monday, and all conceptions
of fun and frolic, in woods and groves were dissi
pated. On Tuesday the fates were even less propi
tious, for the day opened with promise, only to cloas
in gloom. Wednesday was no better, and Thursday
was lowering aod overcast. Yet on alljthese days an
nouncements of pic-nics and pleasure parties were
numerous, and offered all sorts of attractions for the
pleasurably inclined. And many were the irrepressi
ble spirits, undaunted by clouds and copious show
ers who pressed forward in spite of wind or weather,
and determined to have a good tjme whether or no,
and we proceed to make a few notes of what occurred
within our knowledge at some of these pleasure par
ties.
The Amicus Club, on Monday last, gave theifi
second annual excursion to Alderney Park. Thia
club is composed of gentlemen of the Ninth and Fif
teenth Wards, and although only two years organ
ized, is fast growing in favor. The barge, the favo
rite “ Sands,” was comfortably filled, the ladies
largely predominating, and before the tug had towed
her from the wharf the dancing commenced; th®
ever favorite Wallace holding the baton at the head,
of a skillful section of his fine band. The passaga
down the bay and the pic-nic at the Park, were all
that could be desired in the shape of fine weather,
bright eyes, and beautiful and unchecked glee and
merriment, and it was only in returning that th®
damp god. offered a sprinkling to the party. Thia
did not check the mirth and jollity, for the reason
that the fullest protection from sun and rain alike,
was given by the barge, and the fun, therefore, re
ceived no damper.
On the grounds an attache of the Dispatch was
called upon by the ladies of the Ninth Ward to mak®
a presentation to Colonel Piper, of the Greenwich Pa
vilion, at the corner of Morton and Bleecker streets,
A package was given to the gallant colonel, with th®
profound respects of the ladies referred to, who mad®
the presentation in view of the pleasure which they
had frequently experienced in knowing that theii;
husbands, lovers and brothers were safely and kindly
entertained at the Pavilion by the indomitable colonel
up to an early hour in the morning. The presenter
said that “ the ladies had made great efforts to pro
cure a tete de chou, but he hoped that the beautiful
vegetable now presented as a substitute might per*
haps be considered as a peut etre.** Colonel Plpep
blushed his thanks and put the potato in his pocket,
after a few felicitous remarks. The occasion was a
grand success.
THE CALEDONIAN CLUB.
One of the most enjoyable events of the season,
thus far, was the pic-nie of the N. Y. Caledonian
Club, of which John Goldie is First Chieftain, aft
Jones’ Wood, on Friday last. It was intended that
the affair should come off on Thursday, the anniver
sary of the battle of Bannockburn, but the grounds
were engaged for another purpose upon that occa
sion. This, perhaps, was no loss to the Caledonians
and their numerous friends, for they could hardly
have selected a day when the cool shade of the trees
would seem more acceptable. The club assembled
at their rooms at the designated hour, and proceeded
directly to the grove, where the hours flew swi/tly
by with music, dancing, and general jollity. Every
thing was conducted in the most social and orderly
manner; and much praise is due the officers of th®
club and the committee. Excellent music was fur
nished by Robinson’s band. The feature of the oc«
casion was a velocipede race between ex-Ohieftain
Captain Manson, and Mr. Robinson. Much to th®
astonishment of everyone, our friend the captain was
beaten. It is said they were not evenly handicapped,
EUCLID LODGE, No. 656, F. and A. M.,
had arranged for its annual picnic to take place at
Leffert’s Park, on Tuesday, the 22d inst. The un
propitious state of the weather, however, compelled
a postponement of the anticipated pleasures until
Friday next, July 2d, when a right good time may b®
relied upon, the weather permitting.
THE LITERARY CLUSTER,
a well-ordered social club, gave a grand full-dress
bal champetre at the Central Park Garden, on last
Thursday night. It was a very elegant affair, very
fashionable, and largely attended. The music was
furnished by Mr. Theodore Thomas’s orchestra, and
the affair was admirably arranged throughout.
BY MOONLIGHT.
The “moonlight” excursion of the Magnorunx
Club, on Wednesday night, was a very pleasant affair.
The only drawback was the disgreeable weather, a
heavy fog hanging over the Hudson River until near
daylight. This, however, failed.to interfere in th®
slighest degree with the amusement of all on board.
Off Weehawken the anchor was dropped, and, to th®
melody of sweet music, the fair guests and their at
tendant cavaliers danced until daylight The officers
of the Club were unremitting in their attentions, and
well deserve the honor of seeing their names int
print: A. P. Merrill, President; J. Louchiem, Vice-
President; B. Disbecker, Secretary; Dr, L. H. Bono,
Treasurer. Floor Committee—C. 0. Wandling, Chair
man; J. W. Stout, M. H. Peet, O. W. Houell, W. C.
Colt, F. Peabody, D. S. Ward, C. L. Jones, J. H. Frey,
D. F. Horton, C. Culver. Reception Committee—-A.
T. Beller, L. H. Bone.
EXCURSION TO IONA ISLAND.
The members of the Washington Square M. E.
Church and Sunday School made a grand excursion
up the Hudson to the grounds of Messrs. Hasbrouck;
and Bushnell, on lona Island, on Thursday. Th®
boat Sleepy Hollow, which was chartered for th®
occasion, left the foot of Morton street, at 8 A.
with about 1,000 people on board. The weather
could not have been more favorable, and the day
passed off without an accident of any kind. On ar
riving at the island the excursionists were welcomed
by the proprietors, and in a few minutes the grovea
were filled with groups of delighted pleasure-seekeas.
lona Island is situated on the Hudson River, a short
distance above Peekskill. For many years this beau
tiful island was the home of Dr. Grant, and it is her®
that many choice varieties of grapes have been prop
ogated and sent to all parts of the country. The isl
and contains about 300 acres, 60 of which are devoted
to grapes. The scenery is magnificent, and th®
healthfulness o( the location 14 Wfl tQ be unsur-

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