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Fourteenth Street Theatre. —On
Friday evening “Evangelina” bad its 150th repre
sentation at this house. Bound volumes of the
piano-forte score of the opera were presented to the
ladies in the audience as souvenirs of the occasion.
Ecstatic Evangeline Bice led the orchestra, and
waved his baton with the grace of a Maretzek, and
the firmness of three Arditi’s boiled into one.
Captain Alfred Thompson (of London, England—
you know) who has, it is reported, made the de
signs—from Borne other fellow's drawings, perhaps,
for a sot of new scenes for the opera, did not blow
the big brazen bassoon.
By the way, Mr. Rice, could you not very easily
'have found an American artist capable of designing
the scenes of an American opera which has been
made a success by American audiences, instead of
selecting an Englishman, whs is about as much of
an artist as a copyist can ever be? There are
plenty of American artists right here in New York
—in fact, “the woods are full of them”—and Mr.
Rice should not fall intol.ne with the Anglophobiacs
who imagine that nobody but an English cockney
playwright, actor, or artist can do the right thing.
Changes in the cast of “Evangeline” have oc
curred. Lena Merrill played Gabrielle for the last
time last evening. To-morrow evening, Irene Vrro
no will don the tights and winning ways of the
youth, and Louise Montague will be the Evange
line. John A. Mack, y, who, it is asserted, is suffer
ing from a spinal disease, retires troTn the cast, and
his place as Le Blanc will be filled by George A.
Schiller, who has been playing Captain Deitrich.
Mr. Dau Moran will break up the German vernacu
lar as Deitrich.
And the bland, blond®, bucolic, breezy Tilloftson
will smile as sweetly as of yore, especially during
the matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.
Fifth Avenue Theatre. —'Hie third
week of the engagement of Edwin Booth at this
Theatre will be more than commonly active and
interesting. It opens. with the tragedy of “Mac
beth,” in which the great actor's talent is conspicu
ously displayed. This play will have but one per
formance. On Tuesday night the promised revival
Of “A New Way to Pay Old Debts” will bo revived,
and Mr. Booth will be seen for the first time in
many years as Sir Giles Overreach, a character in
which his father w s famous, and in which he,
himself was superb, years ago. His acting in the
famous fifth act is wonderfully realistic and impres
sive. His appearance in Sir Giles will be a positive
novelty. On Thursday night Mr. Booth will come
forward in the character of Richelieu, in which he
has never had an e (Ual, and with which his name
Is as closely associated as it is with Hamlet. Mr.
Booth s fourth and last week will be devoted to
••The Fool's Revenge.” “Richard lll.,”and “Julius
o®sar.” The business of the first week of this
engagement was eminently prosperous, and last
week’s receipts, we are told, was even greater than
the first. Mr. Booth has had a remarkably profit
able career for the past two seasons under the man
agement of Mr. N. W. Field, of Boston.
The Casino.— For several months
past Mr. Rudolph Aronson, Mr. Heinrich Conried
and Mr. Jesse Williams, the principals, the chorus,
costumers, scenic artists, propertymen, etc., have
been hard at work with the preparations for the
production of the “Gypsy Baron.” Everything is
now ready, and Manager Aronson will “ring up”
the curtain to-morrow night, and Johann Strauss's
latest opera comique will be presented .'or the first
time to the American public. Tn® orchestra will
be increased, the chorus is to number ninety, a lull
military band will assist, and the following is the
cast: Sandor Barinkay, Wm. Castle; Kalman Zsu
pan, Francis Wilson; Count Carnero, Wm. H. Fitz
gerald; Jozsy, Alfred Klein; Count Homo nay. Ph.
Moore; Pali, E. Hegeman; Ferko, E. Furey; Michaly,
J. Tibbits; Baffi, Pauline Hall; Czipra, Mae St. John;
Arsena, Letitia Fritch; Mirabella, Georgia Dickson;
Ottokar, Billie Barlow; Bunko, Victoria Schilling;
Sidi, Agnes Folsom; Ilka, Bose Beaudet; Katinka,
Emma Hanley.
Madison Square Theatre. —When Mr.
Henry A. Jopes’s drama of “Saints and Sinners”
was produced here, there were many persons who
doubted its power to please the public taste and to
maintain along popularity. The more favorable
anticipations as to the work have however been
more than realized. It reached its 100th consecu
tive representation last Friday evening and it is
atill the object of <i warm and genial public interest.
The run of the piece has not been forced, but has
happened in the natural order of things.
The two last j er.'ormances of “Saints and Sin
ners” will occur on the afternoon and evening of
Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 22d, and on the 23d
Mr. W. 8. Gilbert s comedy of “ Engaged ” will be
revived, with Agnes Booth and Herbert Kelcey in the
cast.
Grand Opera House.—Nat Goodwin
and his merry company closed the *• Skating Bink”
last evening and w nt on their way rejoicing over
the fact that they hid been bade “good by—come
again” by as large an audience as the house could
comfortably contain.
It was Sam. Colville who, being cornered, button
holed and pumped by a Herald space stuffer, ven
tured in the course of the interview to ventilate bis
opinion that Adonis Dixey was not a comedian, but
merely an “ Entertainer.”
Now let the veteran give an “ opinion as is an
opinion” concerning Goodwin.
This week, commencing to-morrow evening, Nel
lie McHenry, Nat Salisbury and the “Troubador
Company,” will be welcomed by the patrons of this
house. “Nellie and Nat” will make things lively
and everybody hilariously happy with the rollick
ing humor of their performance in the farcical
three-act skit of “ Three of a Kind.”
Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.
Professor Cromwell’s Illustrations.
—This evening, at the Grand Opera House. Profes
sor Cromwell will give a magnificent series of illus
trations of “ The Alps and Switzerland,” which will
be attended by his usual accompaniment of bright
and instructive, and at the same time witty and
humorous comments.
Harrigan’s Park Theatre.—Last
evening “The Grip” released its long hold upon
this stage, and a large audience bade it—not fare
well, but something of a regretful “Good-by.” It
Will be remembered as among the brightest and
most effective of “Ned’s” many successful efforts.
To-morrow evening his new local comedy, which
has been in rehearsal for many weeks, will be pre
sented. It bears the suggestive title of “ The
Leather Patch:” is in three acts and eight scenes,
and the cast includes thirty-four characters. The
new musical songs—the music by Mr. Dave Braham
—are “ Denny Grady’s Hack,” “It Showered Again,”
“Baxter Avenue,” and “Put on your Bridal Vail.”
The scenic settings are new, and are the work of
Mr. Charles Witham.
Aside from Mr. Harrigan, who will impersonate
Mr. Jeremiah McCarthy, an Undertaker, the repre
sentation of the cast will include Dau Collyer, John
Wild, W. T. Bradley, Harry Fisher. A. J. Moreland,
Willie West, Miss Nellie Wetherill (her first appear
ance at this theatre), Mrs. Annie Yeamans, Misses
Amy Lee, Emily Yeamans, and others who, under
Mr. Harrigan’s management, have become familiar
to everybody.
Niblo’s Garden. — “The Bandit King”
and Wallick and his trained horses closed their
•’innings” last night.
To-morrow and for the week, Bartley Campbell’s
drama, “The White Slave,” will be the attraction.
The cast will be capably represented by the com
pany which has. during the season, had the work
in its especial keeping under the management of
Mr. Campbell
Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday,
Wallack’s Theatre.—To-morrow eve
ning, Mr. Belasco’s latest dramatic composition will
be given its initial representation. It bears the title
of “Valerie.” The cast will include all the leading
members of the company, and Mr. Wallack will, in
the leading character, make his first appearance
here this season. The new scenic settings are from
the brush of Mr. Phil Goatcher. The first matinee
of “Valerie ” will be given on Saturday.
Comedy Theatre.—This week will
mark the conclusion of Mr. Kellar’s long ond suc
cessful series of performances at this theatre. He
will be seen in all the leading features of his art
which have ensured him so large a share of popu
lar favor. The distribution at the Wednesday and
Saturday matinees of packages of choice confec
tionery will be continued.
He will be fo lowed on Saturday evening next
February 20th by Touv Hart, who, with his com
pany, will be seen in a new farcical skit, entitled
••A Toy Pistol.”
Tony Pastor’s Theatre.—Another
entire change in the programme in announced
for the week commencing to-morrow evening.
Among the new and notable features are William
Carroll and his wonderful banjo; the Muldoon
Quartette; Charles Raymond the one-legged dan
cer ; the musical premieres, Smith and Weston •
the head-balancers, Morello Brothers ; Dick Morosco
and Kitty Gardener, in their “Schlum Family
Sketch ;” Miss Jessie Carl, the danseuse, and Robert
A. Hewlett, on “the floating wire.”
Each performance will conclude with the laugh
able and lively farcical skit, entitled “Midnight
Marauders,” in which Miss Maggie Willett and Mr.
Dick Morosco will impersonate iwo characters each,
Mr. Harry Thorne appearing as Shivers.
It must not be forgotten that the immortal Tony—
and a man must be immortal who can survive the
attack of a Herald interviewer after two o'clock In
the afternoon- will not only be seen, but make him
self heard as usual in his round of topical songs
and hits at the follies of the passing time.
Matinees on Tuesday and Friday.
Bijou Opera House.—The latest ad
vices, per the throngh-by-midnl e ht wheelbarrow ex.
press, from this temple is, that Dixey and Adonia
have had a row, a set-to and two square knock-outs
tn one round. The row originated in a dispute as
to which of the two the Souvenir statuettes were
intended to resemble.
Meanwhile, •• Adonis ” goes on, the crowds go in
and, between acts, go out, and Bijou stocks so up.
Matinee on Saturday. y
Koster & Bial’s Concerts.—An Aus
trian festival is the composition of the concert
to-night. The officers and cadets of the frigate
Donau will attend the entertainment, which will
be of a novel and pleasing character. The Hun
garian Gypsies, who play on every kind of musical
instruments, and who are also vocalists, will ap
pear; Salzer and Sternbern, the Vienna duettists
will be heard in popular selections and the ever
popular Martens trio are included for Tvrolean
melodies. Miss Louise Lester, Laura Burt and
Other favorites will be heard, and selections from
The Mikado will be given for the last time.
The first production of the burlesque on “The
Princesse of Trebizonde ” occurs to-morrow even
ing. The management announces that the new
piece will be a “go”—and that the cast and dia
logue are excellent.
Showy costumes designed By Baron De Grimm
entrancing music and a host of pretty girls in
bright specialties will, doubtless, start “ The Prin
©ease ” off with a boom.
Theiss’s Alhambra Court.— The an
pearances of Mdlle. Rosa Marliana, the international
stager, will be continued during the present week
Which will also mark, commencing to-morrow even
ing, the debut of the notable Franch eccentric come
~ian’ k* The Vienna duettists, the
Brunelles, will also add to the interest oi each
performance. The« orchestra and its soloists will
repeat their popular selections. Special concerts
will be given this afternoon and evening.
Barnum Coming.—The Barnum and
London combined shows will open the regular
tenting season at Madison Square Garden, under
the new management of Barnum, Cole, Hutchinson
& Cooper, on March 29th, preceded by a grand
torchlight parade on Saturday, March 27th. The
Shows this year will be larger and grander than
bavin « b een added to, and
win oe ®tnl further increased by the arrival of manv
European novelties. The performances will be
given in three rings, on an elevated stage and on a
racing tracer, and will comprise a triple circus,
museum <M living wonders, aviary, two menageries,
Roman hippodrome, elephant pavilion, fee., beside
Alice, Jumbos widow, and the skeleton and fac
simile of Jumbo, prepared by Prof. Ward Attar
making a tour of the Western States, the’ entire
Show, wfth all it contains, will be shipped to Eu
rope, where it is expected to make a sensation
Third Avenue Theatre.—“ The Bank
er’s Daughter” was given its final performance last
evening at this theatre. The audiences during the
week, from the opening night, on Tuesday, were
fairly remunerative to the management.
For the present week, commencing to-morrow
evening, the last appearances for.the season, at least
upon the metropolitan stage, is announced of the
Sparks Company, in “A Bunch of Keys,” will b®
held at this theatre this week, beginning to-morrow
evening. They leave for California after thia on
gagement.
Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.
Eden Musee.—To the long list of
waxen portraitures of eminent living and deceased
notables now to be seen at this popular resort, the
management has added one more—that of the late
and lamented General Winfield Scott Hancock. The
standard features—the chamber of horrors, th® au
tomatic chess player, and the regular Sunday after
noon concerts by the Musee orchestra, will be con
tinued as usual.
The new group, of which M. F. De Lesseps is the
central figure, attracts a large share of attention*
Daly’s Theatre.— The revival of Col
ley Cibber's comedy of “She Would and She
Wouldn’t ” and the new farce of “ A Wet Blanket,"
will form the attraction on this stage during the
current week. The usual matinees will be given.
National Theatre.—Manager Her
mann will present to-morrow and every night dur
ing the week and at the Tueday, Thursday and
Saturday Matinees, as his dramatic attraction, Ari
zona Joe, who will impersonate himself in the ro
mantic border drama entitled “The Black Hawks,”
in which he will introduce his wonderful Acting
Dogs, and three performing Mustang Ponies. He
will be supported by his own company—Miss May
Harrington—impersonating the heroine. Flora
Ashton.
The variety olio will include The Forresters in
the musical sketch “Going to the Masquerade;”
Harry Rogers, the Comic Singer; Claude and Carrie
Moore, the Roller Skaters, and Professor Moore’s
tronpe of Educated Dogs.
Special concerts this afternoon and evening.
Globe Dime Museum.—This is the
second and last week of “Krao,” who is, as th®
management have announced. “Darwin’s Missing
Link.” He or It will be seen at each performance
every hour throughout the day and evening. In
addition to this attraction are Clint Williams and
his educated grizzly bear, as well as a numerous
company of variety specialists. Each performance
will conclude with Ed. Atkins’s local drama in fiv®
scenes, entitled “Happy Joe, th® Telegraph Boy.”
Special Concerts will be given this afternoon and
evening.
Theatre Comique.—Manager Josh
Hart announces as his attraction for this week Miss
Kate Claxton, supported by Mr. Charles A. Steven
son, Harry Lee and very strong cast, will oppear in
the picturesque drama of “Th® Sea of Ice.” The
play will be illustrated with new and appropriate
scenic settings and appointments.
Next week Bartley Campbell’s Russian drama of
“ Siberia ” will be presented, and Mr. Hart has in
active preparation the latest musical success, “The
Mikado,” which is to be presented March 8, in the
most elaborate manner,
Theiss’s Congests.—Music, singing
and general enjoyment are the order of the after
noons and evenings at this popular resort. During
the present week the orchestra will give its usual
round of selections and several of its soloists will be
heard. Special concerts will be given this afternoon
and evening. The admission to all these entertain
ments is free.
-VLixslcaJ and Items.
Laura Don, the actress, died on Tues
day afternoon last at Troy of consumption. She was born
in Glen Falls, N. Y., in 1850. At the age of fifteen she
married George 8. Fox, a well-to-do photographer In
Troy, but after three years they separated. She then
went on the stage, her first venture being with John
Owens at Philadelphia. She next played at the Grand
Opera House, in thia city. She afterward went to Aus
trails as leading lady. Returning to San Francisco she
was engaged by Mr. W. E. Sheridan to support him in a
round oi characters, playing Jeannette in “The Lyon's
Mail.” Portia in “The Merchant of Venice,” Julie de
Mortimer in “Richelieu,” and Pauline in “The Lady of
Lyons.” A’ter this engagement she returned to New
York and supported Mr. Frank Mayo at the old Olympic
Theatre. She made a good impression as May Edwards
in “The Ticket-of-Leave Man,” and was next engaged to
play the part of Erema in “ Fresh, The American,” sup
-1 orting Mr. John T. Raymond for two seasons.
Bhe was married a second time about ten years ago, to
Thomas McDonough, who is now manager for Bartley
Campbell's “Siberia.” They were divorced, however,
shortlv after, and since that time her fortunes have fluc
tuated. She was an unusually brilliant and ime’lectual
woman. She was fairly read, and traveled, and was a
brilliant conversationalist.
Seven years ago she wrote, and produced at the Stand
ard Theatre, “A Daughter of the Nile,” in which she
played a leading part. The piece was well received by
the critics, but enjoyed only a short run. Some time ago
a series of articles appeared in one of the dram at o pa
pers, which were alleged to have been written by Laura
Don, in which she criticised very severely and sarcasti
cally, her brother and sister actors and actresses. The
articles caused considerable hard feeling against her Ire
cause of her personalities. She has done little in the last
tew years on the stage, except by spasmodic efforts, as
her health did not allow her to play continually. She
was a good landscape painter, and a number of her
friends have her pictures.
The Cathedral of Rheims will in a few
days present a strange sight, M. Gounod, when a short
time since he resolved co compose a cantata on the sub
ject of “Joan of Arc,” conceived the original idea of
writing it in the edifice which is especially associated
with the Pucelle’s most glorious days. He accordingly
wrote to the Archbishop of Rheims for permission to es
tablish a writing desk in front of the altar, and there to
compose what he confidently anticipates will be looked
upon at his greatest work. “On my return from Brus
seis,” he said, a lew days ago, to a friend who inter
viewed him on the subject, “ I shall begin my ‘ Joan of
Arc.’ In accordance with my request to the Archbishop
of Rheims, I shall install my writing table at the foot of
the principal aitar of his magnificent cathedral—on the
very flags one where stood the sublime heroine. At this
contact something of her will pass, no doubt into me,
and my‘Joan of Arc’shall be beautiful and great, like
its subject. ‘ Joan of Arc’ will be my masterpiece.”
The articles of incorporation of the
American Opera Company, Limited, were filed at Albany
on Monday last. The capital is $250,000, and the object
of the company is stated to be to give American opera,
being a permanent organization of the enterprise which
is now producing American opera at tlie Academy of
Music in this city The incorporators of the new com
pany are Parke Godwin, Levi P. Morton, August Bel
mont, Andrew Carnegie, John McGinnis, Jr., Henry
Seligman. Theodore Thomas, George C. Cooper, Caroline
S. Belmont, A. B. Blodgett, Francis B. Thurber and
George M. Pullman.
Archie Stalker was given a benefit by
his many professional friends last Sunday evening.
The affair was held in Lyric Hall and the large audi
ence was entertained by Edward Cameron, La ( avre,
Harry Fisher, Ada Melrose, George P. Moore, the Man
dolin Quartette, Dora Wiley, Carter, Annie Suits. Henry
Patterson, St. Felix Sisters, Tim Murphy and others, with
Thomas Bindley and his orchestra from the Eighth
Avenue Theatre. Louis Robie was director of amuse
ments.
At the ripe age of seventy-five, and
after forty years of travel, Mrs. William M. Peak, wife of
William M. Peak, and mother of theori-ginal Peak Family
oi Bellringers, died at the residence of her husband’s sis
ter, Williamsburg, New York, January 26th. For four or
five years p st consumption had been sapping her life,
and during the past year she had been virtually helpless.
Mrs. Peak’s maiden nan e was Mehitable Turner, and she
was born October 12th, 1310, at Charlestown, Mass.
An incident growing out of the recent
murder and suicide in < hicago. 111., by which Charles
Clowes killed himself and his mistress in a bagnio, is the
appearance of Lillian Kelsey, who claims to be Clowes s
widow. Bhe says that before she met him she had ap
peared in the ballet in various New York theatres, and
that after her marriage to him she ceased to play. Her
aunt corroborates her story, but Clowes’s relatives refuse
to receive her. Clowes left, considerable money.
Miss Genevieve Ward, the noted
American actress, is in San Francisco, having arrived
from Australia, byway of Honolulu, after a stormy pas
sage. She is accompanied by Vernon, the English actor,
and both are stopping at the Palace Hotel. Miss Ward
was never in San Francisco before, and she told a Chroni
cle reporter that she liked the city well. She said she
could not understand why actors complained about the
theatre managers in the colonies.
The great prima donna, Madame Al
boni, who is now at the respectable age of sixty-one, sang
laat week at a musical party given at <her own house in
Pans. Madame Alboni is at present the wife of a certain
M. Zeider. The great singer’s voice was never more pow
erful and impressive. She often sent a thrill through her
auditors, though, curiously enough, herself very much
agitated, on account, to use her own words, of “ age,
stoutnc ss and nervousness.
Andrew Haight’s death, on February
Bth, is noted among our Chicago, 111., dispatches. “An
dy.” as those who knew him well called him, was one of
the oldest and most widely-known circus men in the
country. He was born at Dresden, N. Y., nearly sixty
years ago. About twenty-five years ago he entered the
show-business as a member of the firm of Haight «fc Cham
bers, which, we believe, took the first tent-show through
Texas after the war.
L. R. Shewell’s vivid melodrama will
be given at McVicker’s Theatre, Chicago, during the
coming week. This successful play is still coining money
for its managers. Miss Myra Goodwin, the magnetic
young actress, vocalist and patter dancer, has now been
on the road twenty-five weeks, and during that time has
met with uniform success. For the past month she has
been in ill health, and has decided to close her season
March Ist.
The reverential and highly respectable
“ Joshua Whitcomb ” is to be shelved Tn the Spring. On
Avril 5 Mr. Denman Thompson will produce its sequel,
• Tne Homestead,” at the Boston Theatre. While in
Mystic River, Conn., lately, Mr. Thompson secured some
views of old homesteads thereabout, to be used in de
signing the scenery for the new play.
There seems to be no end of posthum
ousness in plays. In Silvio Pellico’s drawers nine dramas
have been found, all more or less worse than his “ Fran
cesca da Rimini.” The mustiness of the drawers can be
surmised when it is added that Pellico himself died in
1854, or the year before E. L. Davenport first produced
Boker s liquefaction of “ Francesca.”
Lawrence Barrett has not yet disa
bused his mind of its pet idea of endeavoring to establish
a thoroughly legitimate theatre in this citv, to be con
ducted upon purely scientific or well defined principles
There is a chance for some manager to make a sacrifice
for the sake of art in the metropolis—a great sacrifice.
Joseph S. Haworth, who remains in
the city, says he has engaged Fanny Gillette and Helen
Lei?h as his leading ladies. Mrs. Augusta Foster, Sam
Sothern (younger brother of E. 11. Sothern), Arthur
Elliot.and probably John A. Lane go out with him. He
may have a preliminary season here in the Spring.
Sol Smith Russell is to put away “Fe
lix McKusick.” Anew play is now being rehearsed by
him, and M. H. Rosenfeld is writing some new musical
specialties for the star. Miriam O’Leary, of Mr Rusell s
com; any, last week sang Mr. Rosenfeld’s “Hie Away Ole
Satan,” and made a hit with it.
Washington has two first-class thea
tres. The Fords have gone, after an occupancy of some
twenty-five years. John T. Ford was a Baltimorean, who
was originally employed to write the newspaper notices
of tlie advertising agent of a minstrel company in Balti
more. J
“ School for Scandal,” “ London As
surance,” “Leah,” “As You Like It,” and “Oliver
i’wist,” are among the plays that will constitute Miss
ranny Davenport’s repertoire next season. This season
is announced as positively the last for “ Fedora.”
“Don Caesar” will follow the “Mi
kado” at McCaull’s Theatre, in Philadelphia. The cast
wiil include Signor Perugini, De Wolf Hopper, Mark
Smith, Edwin Hoff, Geo. Boniface, Mme. Cottrellv Gene
vieve Reynolds and Mlle. Lablache. ’
The new play by Barrett & Jones,
which will succed “ Hootlman Blind’’ at the Princess’s
Theatre, is a comedy full of dramatic situations The
action is laid in the time of Oliver Cromwell, and there
are several sensational scenes.
They were talking the other day of a
lady who, by coquettish demeanor, tried in vain te con
ceal the date oi her birth.
“In a word, how old should she say she is, exactly ?»»
“Twice as old as an actress.”
Rosina Yokes, now in Chicago, singu
larly misappreciates the advertising of an
actress, since she has been robbed of nothing but a small
watch, which her husband, Mr. Clay, says is of no great
value save as a souvenir. “
Thomas W. Keene’s physician has pos
itively forbidden him to play again this season He is
getting belter, but Will have to take a long rest to come
around entirely, and any attempt at woik would b ■ latai
to him.
A man bought a Stradivarius violin at
a Paris auction tor $36 and sold it a week later for $8 509
He has not been sober since.
Frank Bowers will be next season’s
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NEW YORK DISPATCH, FEBRUARY 14, 1886.
Mr. Dion Boucicault will succeed
Lawrence Barrett at the Star Theatre three weeks hence.
It is Mr. Boueicault’s purpose to produce ‘The Jilt’ upon
this occasion, for as much of a run as it will stand.
Signor Salvini says that he appreciates
the fact that he is getting* into the sere and yellow leaf,
and that this will positively be his last season on the
stage. He is at present playing in San Francisco.
Mr. W. T. Carleton, one of the very
few singer-impresai ios of the current stage, has arranged
for a season of opera at the Chestnut street Theatre,
Philadelphia, during the month of October.
Marie Prescott has received a liberal
offer from the Shakespeare Club, of New Orleans, to play
Lady Macbeth for tile Memorial Enter tain meat t® be
given Ln that city April 23 by the club.
Miss Constance Hamblin has been en
gaged tocreatethe role of Madeline m> Rob. L Downing’s
play, Vautour Bh® is considered by George Hoey, the
adapter, as well fitted lor the part.
The Kiralfy Brothers’ “Ratcatcher”
company, headed by Mr. Herbert Wilke, begin a two
weeks’ season at the Chestnut Street Theatre, Philadel
phia, t®*-morrow night.
Lawrence Barrett is to pay Edwin
Booth $150,0©,) for thirty weeks next season. Mr. Barrett
w .ll get more advertising than profit out of th® arrange
ment at that rate.
The most dangerous theatre in New
York is the University Club Theatre. If a fire or a panic
occurred there,.it would result in a wholesale buteheiy.
Fanny Kemble once declared that it
required a walk of twenty miles a day t® keep down the
deril that possessed her.
John A. Stevens played to $5,800 on
his week at tne People’s Theatre with his new play, “ A
Great Wrong Righted.”
Newton Gotthold is just finishing his
new play, “A Wayward Woman," and will place it on
the road shot tlx.
Mr. John Leon Vincent has been en
gaged as stage manager with Mr. Lawrence Barrett for
next season.
Thomas W. Keene is worth fifty thous
and dollars, beside a lot of real estate in Brooklyn and
Staten Island.
Loudon McCormack and Maud Miller
will play Forty nine in the museums, beginning next
week.
Miss Annette Ince, once a favorite star
actress, is new lying very ill at her residence in this city.
dOltf Wtvm
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Its Effects.—For years we have been
advising our friends who are inclined to be un
sociable. saturnine and cynical, to avoid the saloon
of Andrew Horn, corner of East Broadway and
Catharine street. Should such people go there
often they would lose their characteristics, and be
come as good-natured and genial as the rest of the
people who drink Andy’s “ bully lager beer.” No
rows ever occur in Andy's, no bad feeling is ever
created, and nothing but pleasure perpetually
reigns. Such are the effects of the ” bully lager
beer.”
You will confer a great benefit on your
friends who suffer with dyspepsia and all kinds of
indigestion, by recommending them the use of
Angostura Bitters.
Vbby Cheap and Veby Good.—ln the
lower part of the city there are few places where
people can get a good meal of victuals for a com
mon place price. This desideratum can be found at
the restaurant of John P. Senninger, No. 120
Nassau street. There is noplace down-town where
a better meal can be obtained, no matter what the
price charged. A dinner of four courses and of
good food is very cheap at thirty cents. In Sen
ninger’s saloon there can be found as good lager
beer, whisky, brandy, wines and cigars, as in any
other saloon in New York city. Don’t forget these
facts.
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for loss of manhood, cures nervous debility, sper
motorrhcea ah'? nocturnal By mail, $X
Depot, No. .Canal street and all druggists.
Thb Herald says that a bottle of Dr.
Fuller’s Pocket Injection, with syringe combined,
will cure the worst case without capsules or nau
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OK anti
Kate Galveny’s Obstruction.
Under the above heading, we published, tv[o
weeks ago, in these columns, the report of a case
tried in the Special Sessions. The plaintiff, think
ing we had done her an injustice, to set her right
with the public we herewith publish the official re
port of the case as furnished by Mr. Veitch, stenog
rapher of the court. Mrs. Galveny was the first
witness examined. The questions and her answers
follow:
By Justice Kilbreth—Q—Where do you live ? A—
No. 36 Desbrosses street.
Q—On the twenty-first of this month were you
assaulted by any one? A—Yes, sir; by James
Moore.
Q—This defendant ? A—Yes, sir.
Q—What did he do to you ? A—l was in the aot
of cleaning a can in front of my door, and I heard
a young man come out, and he asked a young man
to have a drink, and the young man said he did
not drink—
The Court—Who are you talking about ? Tell us
about Moore, and what he did to you. Witness—l
was cleaning a can; I saw the young man walk out
in the hall—
Q —Do you mean Moore ? A—Yes, sir.
Q —ls he the man was walking out ? A—Yes,
sir. He looked all around the hall. I did
not think he was going to assault me. Just as 1
was leaving the towel out of my hand, he hit me
alongside here, and knocked me down over in the
hall, and gave me two or three blows, and I screamed.
My screams were heard by my boys. I can’t tell
you what he did then, for I was stupid.
Q—What happened after that? A—The house
keeper is here who picked me up, and took me in.
Q—Did he do anything to you after you were
thrown down ? A—l don't know. He tore the front
of my dress, and I found his hand in my bosom.
Q—What time was this ? A—Ten minutes, or a
quarter past six.
Q—Did you do anything to him ? A—No, sir.
Q—Do you know him ? A—Yes, sir.
By James Moss—Cross-examined—Q—Didn’t you
go to Justice O’Reilly for a warrant for this man’s
wife? A—Well,l was here with her, sir. Both met
here.
Q—You didn’t come for a warrant ? A—No, sir.
Q—Did she come to get a warrant for you ? A—
Yes, sir.
Q—lsn’t it true this man (defendant) was coming
out of his door at 7 o'clock and he met you on
the landing ? A—My lauding runs one way and
his another.
Q—Didn't you chaff and laugh at him because he
didn’t get a warrant ? A—No, sir.
Q—Were you drunk on that day? A—No, sir - I
was out shopping on that day ; there are the items
of the bills. I was out until half-past five o’clock
and the housekeeper is here to prove that.
Q—What was the charge in the Station-house
against that man? A—l made my statement as I
am making it now, and he was locked down on the
charge. I was afterward picked up by the house
keeper and three other ladies, and they laid me on
the sofa, and took off my torn dress. I have it here
to show you. He tore it off my back. They laid
me on the sofa and put water on me, and brought
me too. My eldest boy said he wanted his supper.
1 said all right, and I put my hand in my pocket,
which contained $lB, and I found I hadn’t a cent.’
I screamed; then I said; “O, my God ! my pocket
book is gone.” Then both of my two boys ran out
lor an officer, and they met officer Snyder, and be
came very willingly, and another officer,’ and he
saw the prisoner, and he said : ** O, Jimmy, is this
you ?” and he refused to make an arrest. Then the
officer said to me the first word : “ You are drunk”.
I went over to the Sargeant to smell of me, if I was
drunk.
The defendant was called and swore in his own
behalf.
Q—State to the court what happened after you
had your supper, and when going out. A—After
supper I sat down to read the paper. When I went
to go out, this lady stood in the hallway. It is not
wide enough for two of us to pass. She put up her
two handsand said, “You Scotch Protestant
I licked your wife last night, I’ll lick you too.” I
told her to stop, and said I had trouble enough with
her boys and my children on the evening before.
Q—What was her condition ? A—She was intoxi
cated.
Q—Had she a sofa in the hallway ? A—Yes, sir.
Q—Was she lying on it? A—She was getting up.
“ Discharged,” said the court.
A. tramp’s JPlea.
A HUMANITARIAN LANDS HIMSELF ON THE
ISLAND.
Charles Schultz appeared at the bar with his right
hand bundled up in flannel. Simon Benjamin went
on the stand and presented to the court a visible
dent on the nose and two eyes very artistically dis
colored. It was the work of one out-shoot from
the elbow. Benjamin said he was struck just one
blow by the prisoner, who “then ran away with
his clenched list.” Boys were firing su/jw-balls
opposite hia place, and he tried to stop them, and
the prisoner came up and struck him. He kept a
grocery store,
Schultz took the stand' and said he saw boys
firing snowballs at each other. The complainant
ran out of hie place and grabbed a little boy and
slapped him two or three times. The boy fell and
he was going to kick him. He eaid “ stop/'gave
Mr. Benjamin a shove, and ha slipped and fell on
the pavement. Then Benjamin halloed police and
he was arrested.
The Court the loafer to the Inland for three
months.
“ Tlicr («r<> wlersr”
THEY MAKE MERRY ON THE OCCASION OF
THEIR SIXTH ANNUAL BALL AT THE LBX.
INGTON AVENUE OPERA HOUSE.
On February 27, 1860, ten gentlemen, who were
recognized among maay of their acquaintances as
chronic growlers, gave a surprise party at a well
known hostelry in thie-city—the Utiah House—and
so successful was the undertaking that those who
gathered there, in company with the original ten,
determined to perpetuate the gathering for future
good fellowship and recreation. It was decided to
call the organization “The Growlers,” and to-day
it numbers 450 members, in two lodges—oiioiß this
city and the other in Washington.
Among its members are some of the brightest
lights in the legal, medical,.literary, journal Stic,
financial, political, social and scientific world. The
entertainments given by this association arc always
looked forward to with expectation and. delight, and
the last one, given on Tuesday, the 9th instant,
eclipsed its predecessors, not only- in numbers, but
in elegance and genuine hilarity.
On the night in question the opera house was
elaborately and tastefully decorated,, and. at 9,30. to
the strains of Prof. Bains’s orchestra, th® grand
march started. Beautiful ladies in the richest toil
ets and handsome men in the conv ntional evening
dress promenaded the specious- hall until Professor
Robert Ricker, of the Loudon Theatre, signaled his
picked orchestra, and sets for the “L-anciera” were
qu ckly formed. Twenty-tonr. dances comprised
the order of dancing, and more genuine mirth and
decorous bearing was never witnessed in a ball
room. Invited guests looked from the richly deco
rated boxes upon the happy gathering beneath
them, and hearty recognitions were wafted from
auditorium to proscenium boxes*
Among those present may be mentioned Geo. L.
Saxe, Chief Growler; Congressman T. A. Merriman,
Past Chief Growler, and Grand Chief Growler of the
U. 8., who came on from Washington especially to
enjoy the evening’s entertainment and receive the
congratulations of his many, friends; Past Chief
Growler J. H. Conway and wife;. L F. Fishcher, Un
limited Growler; J. C. Proud man. Limited Growler;
Wm. Brill, Financial Growler; Recording Financial
Growler, Louis Munzinger and wife; Tim O’Neil,
Recording Growler, and his estimable wife; Frank
Finley, of Department of Public Works, and wife;
Gen. Wm. Webb, and Chas. IL Babcock, also of the
Department of Public Works; Col. John W. Mar
shall, Frank B. Lawrence; Mr. Otto Zorn and his
two pretty daughters, Bertha and Dina; Charles H.
Adams, E. Fitzgerald and. Miss Fitzgerald, J. D.
Hoag. C. Betts, A. and F. E. Wood, A. W. Miller, L.
Hardman, G. L. Audio us, Jarnos F. Higgins, W. J,
Golding, W. H. Ehrman, H. F. Plain is, Ruby Brooks,
W. P. Walton, W. Bamberg, P. H. Carley, W. J. Aus
tin. W. Springstead, R. Walsh, F. Donnelly, B. F.
Vail, J. P. Rockafeller, James Menais, John Conroy,
Hugh McHugh, H. Hertzberg, A. D. Williams, C. J.
O. Neil, C. W. Meagher, Thomas Costigan, Ex-Aider
man Shiels, Ex-Couuty Clerk Keenan, Ex-Sheriff
Bowe, Dr Doremua, Clarence Seward, George Bliss,
Tom Dunlap. Register Reilly, Sheriff Grant, Presi
dent Nooney, of th® Board of Aldermen; M. Crane,
publisher of “ Old Fire Laddies;” Amos Cummings,
John A. Greene,. Judge McAdam, Morgan H. John
son, Marvin R. Clark, Ashley Cole, Blakely Hall, and
many others*
It will pay all our readers to peruse
very carefully, the article elsewhere copied from the
Scientific American, addressed to that dispassionate
paper, and reproduced herein because it is of very
great value to everyone, containing some important
scleatiflo facts very plainly put.
Wonderful Growth.
THE GAUSES WHICH HAVE LED TO THE NEW
YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY'S GRAND
SUCCESS.
What a difference has come about lu forty years I
Then the telegraph was just born, savings banks
and railroads were few, and life and fire insurance
companies not numerous. At that period life in
surance was an experiment in this country and
abroad, and in some instances a disastrous experi
ment. About forty-one years ago the New Yerk
Life Insurance Company was established, and its
career of success since 1845 has been unexampled.
A few figures will show the enormous increase in
the business of the company : In 1845, in written
insurance, premiums received, interest received,
and cash on hand at the end of the year amounted
in all to $969,171. At the end of 1885 the cash as
sets of the company were $66,864,321. Is not this
marvelous? In the first ten years the company
paid death claims to the amount of $757,378, and
last year alone it paid $2,999,109.64.
The proportion which the total amount paid
bears to the total receipts from policy-holders, is
also of great significance. Of the one hundred and
forty-four million dollars received from policy-hold
ers, over eighty-nine millions have been returned,
and nearly sixty-seven millions more stand to their
credit on the company’s books. The funds intrust
ed to its care have been so carefully managed that
interest receipts have paid all expenses of manage
ment, including taxes, and placed nearly twelve
million dollars to the credit of policy-holders. This
is a record of faithfulness and ability in the dis
charge of a sacred trust which the insuring public
will not overlook.
The causes which have led to the wonderful
growth of the New York Life Insurance Co. are va
rious. Among these are: Ist. The company being
purely mutual, it has been a company of the in
sured, by the insured and for the insured. It ex
punged the suicide clause from its policies in
1850, because it believed self-destruction oftener
the result of disease and accident rather than of a
purpose to defraud. It originated and issued the
first non-forfeiture policies in 1860. believing it to
be both right and safe. 2d. Great care in the ac
ceptance of risks. This has given the company a
low death-rate and a good interest-rate, with a
minimum of unproductive assets. A comparison
of death losses and interest received for fourteen
years, given above, will show the significance of
this, the interest receipts being in excess each
year. The class of men insured and their faith in
the company were important factors in the staying
power of the company during the universal decline
following 1873. 3d. The company has had regard to
the two men out of three who will live beyond the
productive period of life, as well as to the one who
will die during that period—hence its non-forfeit
ing policies on the ordinary plan, to those who wish
paid-up policies in case of discontinuance of pay
ment of premiums after three years; hence its
Tontine policies (also non-forfeiting), for those who
wish Insurance at a low rate and the cash value of
their policies, or continued insurance at the end of
ten, fifteen or twenty years; hence its new five-year
dividend policy, with the privilege of cash or con
tinued insurance every five years. And 4th. The
company is controlled by men in every way com
petent to perform the great and responsible duties
intrusted to them. These are some of the most
important reasons why the New York Life Insurance
Company has become one of the richest, staunchest
and most trusted life insurance companies in the
world.
Ttie Two Joes.
HANKERING AFTER THE SAME WOMAN.
Joe Berber was charged with assaulting Joe Mc-
Donald at 109 Thompson street. Joe McDonald said
t’ other Joe came around to the store at a quarter
to 10 o’clock. McDonald went out and stood in the
door. The first Herber said was—“l understand
you want to see Cyrell?” (A woman). Who told
him so ? He said he heard so, Mac asked him again
who told him so. Herber told him, and Mac said
it was a lie. As soon as the one Joe said that, the
other Joe knocked.him down, got on top of him got
his finger in his mouth, and chawed it. When he
let go of the hold, Joe said to Joe, that serves you
right. He was also cut. but didn’t know it till he
was taken to the hospital.
The defendant, Joe Herber, took the stand, and
said he lived at 79 Thompson street, and said Joe
McDonald struck at him first and called him out of
bis name. When struck, he struck back, hit a
pitcher, and that broke and cut complainant. Then
Joe McDonald attempted to shoot him.
“ Why go near him ?” asked the Court.
••He has been harboring my wife for the last
seven months. He has been sending messages to
me to tantalize and tell what he had done.”
The complainant was re-called, aud asked by the
Court who Cyrell was.
•• Well,” said complainant, •• he claims her as his
wife.”
“ Do you know that she is his wife ?”
“I know she isn’t.”
“ Why ?” asked the Court.
“Because seven months ago I lived with the lady
myself."
“Why didn’t you continue your relations?” asked
the Court.
“ O, when she left I did not bother myself.”
“Discharged,” said the Court.
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Sulphur Soap to supersede the oily onguents,
which, until its introduction, were quite exten
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lor cutaneous eruptions.
Sparking Under I>liriciilties-
FATHER, DAUGHTER AND LOVER ALL GET
INTO TROUBLE ABOUT HALL WOOING.
Hoolsey Lamb was charged with assaulting his
step-daughter Annie Leahy, at No. 624 West Thirty
seventh street, February 1. She said he had been
continually abusing her, and on this morning he
gave her the black eyes that the court saw. She
gave him no provocation as she knew. Bhe had
been out looking for work that day, when she came
in he was drunk and jawing with all the family.
Paying no attention to what was go- : ng on, she com
menced to put the house in order, when all at once
a rumpus commenced, and her step-father struck
her. the had witnesses that heard her scream.
On her cross examination she admitted her father
had supported her for three mouths, and she had
trouble with her mother, who made the fuss, and her
lather came in aud struck her.
The defendent, Lamb, the step-father, said the •
girl told him she would do as she pleased; he merely
gave her a shove when she got her back up.
•►Mrs. Anne Lamb, the mother, said last Monday
she gave her daughter a dollar to get a situation.
Instead of that she went out with a young man that
she is keeping company with, and came in when
she was washing and upset. Annie came sneaking
in by the back door, and the mother threw her on
the lounge and struck her. She would not say her
daughter was drunk or that her husband was sober.
Annie kept company with this young man in the
hall every night.
The husband was discharged.
Michael Leahy, the brother of Annie, was put to
the bar, charged with assaulting her lover. George
Horton. On the fourth of this month, Horton said:
Mike came up to the house about seven o’clock,
knocked at the door, it was opened, and he came
in. Some words passed between them. Michael
charged him with having his father arrested, and
said he would make this the worst day he ever had.
He went down stairs. George, going home half an
hour after, met him on the stoop and Mike struck
him.
“ You have been in the habit of keeping his sister
in the hall at night,” said counsel.
“Not after ten o’clock/’ said ths lover.
Mike said he was a car driver. He heard of this
hall business of Horton and his sister. The moment
he called him to account, Horton shouted police,
and he was arrested.
The court remarked that this was sparking under
difficulties.
Mike was fined $lO.
A tbrriblb season for weak lungs ;
coughs and colds were never so prevalent. Fortu
nately Hale's Honey of Horehound and Tar will
cure the worst of them, aud the people know it.
Pike’s Toothache Drops cure in one minute,
diristla-nlty*
TWO SIDES TO THE STORY.
Paul Sarnonis was a frequenter at the Young
Men's Christian Association. He was found a place
as clerk at $2 a week, February 5, with Henry P.
Williams, 169 William street. Mr. Williams thought
him a nice young man, coming recommended from
the Young Men's Christian Association. He em
ployed him, and loaned him his beet overcoat and
gloves to go across town on an errand. He never
returned with them. Paul pawned the coat, and
went back to the Bowery Young Men’s Christian
Association to wait for another engagement, where
ho was arrested. He bad pawned the coat for a
dollar.
Defendant said he was engaged at $2 a week. It
was cold. The employer loaned him his overcoat to
go a message. He was hungry, and couldn’t get
board for $2, and he was forced to pledge it to
ease hunger.
“You went into his employ that morning?’* said
the Court.
•‘Yes, sir.’*
“ You know your pay ?”
•‘Yes, sir ; he told me after I went there/*
** Yon were a free agent to accept his terms ?'*
** Yes, sir ; but you don taiop to think when you
are drowning or starving/'
The Court did not reply to that, but asked him
how often he had been arrested.
He said, “Never.”
*• How long in this country Y*
•‘Eighteen years.”
” Where working before ?”■
“ A stranger in the city ; hero since New Years’/’
“Six months,” said the Court,
“ Mt little aon, three years of age, was
terribly afflicted with scrofula. His head was en
tirely covered with scrofulous sores, and his body
showed many marks of the disoase. A few bottles
of Ayer’s Sarsaparilla cured him,”—W. J. Beckett,
Hymera, Ind.
Why He Made Complaint. — Jacob
Hannon was charged with assaulting Officer Henzee,
of the Eighth Precinct. Ifr was quite slippery when
he attempted to arrest the accused for being drunk
and disorderly; he couldn’t say whether, when he
slipped, the prisouer didn’t take hold of him to
keep him from falling.
“You charge him with assaulting you?” re
marked the court.
" Yes, sir.”
“ With throwing you down in the gutter?”
“Judge Power ordered me to make the com
plaint. He grabbed a-.hold of me—it was slippery—
whether an accident od not, I can't say.”
“ If you can't swear any harder than that against
him, he is discharged,.” said Justice Kilbreth.
Catarrh and- Broilohiti3 Cured. —A;
clergyman, after yeans of suffering from that loath*
some disease, catarrh, and vainly trying every,
known remedy, at last found a prescription which
completely cured, and saved him from death. Any
sufferer from this- dreadful disease sending a. self
addressed stamped; envelope to Dr. J. Flynn & Co.*
No. 117 East Fifteenth street, New York, willrftoeive
the recipe free of charge.
<3r. BL.
GEN. HANCOCK’S DEATH — SEDGWICK’S
NEW COMMANDER — ONE MORE FOR
KOLTES—HONORING THE DEPARTMENT
COMMANDER—YOUNG SONS . OF VETER
ANS MASQUERADING—CONVENTION OF
WOMANS* RELIEF CORPS—CHRIS. LUT
JENS AND ANDREW JACKSON—ITEMS
OF NEWS.
GENERAL HANCOCK’S. DEATH.
The sudden death of General Hancock has caused
. much sorrow among the old soldiers, who loved and
admired him for his many noble qualities as a man
and a soldier. Department Commander Hall, in a
general order announcing the death of the gallant
warrior, says:
** Gen. Hancock, with the true soldierly spirit of
personal honor, had declined, while engaged in po
litical affairs, to ally himself with the Grand Army
of the Republic, lest hi* motives might be im
pugned, but had beea Us warm friend and coun
sellor, and, as is well known to many members of
the department, would, had his life been spared,
have been mustered into the organization during
the present month as a member of George Washing
ton Post, of New York City/’
The Department Commander requests that each
post in the department be draped with appropriate
insignia of mourning for the usual term, as a mark
of respect to tha great soldier who has passed away,
and whose loss the G. A. R., in common with the
entire nation, mourns.
At the regular encampment of Lafayette Post,
last Wednesday evening. Commander Wilbur F.
Brown reported having sent a message of condo
lence to Mrs. Hancock, as follows: “ Lafayette Post,
No. 140, Department of New York, Grand Army of
the Republic, mourns with the nation. Every
comrade of the post knew of and respected the
worth of your late husband, especially those who
served under his command. All deeply sympa
thize with you in this hour of trial.”
Resolutions of regret and condolence were unani
mously adopted and ordered to be sent to Mrs.
Hancock, and the post empowered the Commander
to make such representation of the post at the ob
sequies as could be arranged. Col S. N. Benjamin,
U. 8. A., stationed at Governor’s Island, is the Se
nior Vice-Commander of Lafayette Post.
At the regular encampments of Veteran and Wade
Posts, held during the past week, resolutions ex
pressing the sorrow of the comrades on account of
the death of the great leader were adopted, and or
dered to be sent to the family of the deceased.
Department Commander Hall has granted the ap
plication made to him by the charter members of
Post No. 259, of this city, and that post will be
known as Hancock Post. Three of its members—
Comrades Reece, Lippincott and Gerhardt—pro
ceeded to Governor’s Island on Thursday last, and
with Mrs. Hancock’s consent, pinned the badge of
the G. A. R. on the breast of the dead general. Yes
terday fifty members of the post attended the fu
neral services in a body.
SEDGWICK’S NEW COMMANDER.
On Wednesday evening last Past Senior Vice-Com
mander William Wentz was elected to the position
of Commander of Sedgwick Post, 186, and was duly
installed. Past Commander John P. Kevill acted as
installing officer, and the ceremonies were conduct
ed in a most creditable manner. Commander
Wentz was unanimously elected, and is very popu
lar with the “ boys.” He is in the game and poul
try business at Washington Market, and after the
installation ceremonies the comrades were invited
to a most appetizing repast, which was heartily en
joyed. Many bumpers were drank to the success
of the post and its new commander, The comrades
and the lady guests then took possession of the
ball-room, and dancing was kept up until sunrise.
The affair was one of the most enjoyable of the Win
ter.
ONE MORE FOR KOLTES.
The annual ball and reception of Koi tea Post, 32,
at the Germania Assembly Rooms, on Wednesday
evening last, was a grand success from every point
of view. At an early hour the large ball-room was
more than comfortably filled, and by ten o’clock
more than a thousoud people thronged the various
rooms and corridors. Comrades Herman and Thum,
of the Floor Committee ; Henry Dreyer, of the
Reception Committee ; August Schleiermacher, of
the Executive Committee ; Charles Enoch, of the
Arrangement Committee ; Louis Stewart, of the
Police Committee, and their assistants, were the
right men in the right places. Their efforts to do
all in their power to enhance the pleasure and com
lort of their guests, were ably seconded by Com
mander Kloeber, Senior Vice-Commander Kayser,
Chairman Letzeiser, and the officers and members
of the post. At ten o clock a select corps of twenty
six members of the post, clad in the fancy costumes
of the courtiers, mousquetaires and noblemen of
two or three centuries ago, marched into the hall
under the command-of Commander Thum, who per
sonified Lohengrin. Tnis excellently drilled corps
went through its evolutions, forming stars, tri
angles and crosses, with a precision that was almost
marvelous. Their skilful tactics elicited loud ap
plause.
Then Koltes Post Band, under the leadership of
Prof. Kauer, struck up a lively march, and the floor
was immediately crowded with motley masquer
aders. King s and peasants, queens and milkmaids,
nuns and harlequins, monks and columbines jos
tled ond pushed each other in careless and jolly
comradeship. It was simply an occasion where the
sharpest elbows were a sufficient passport to the
most room. Comrades of distinction were as abund
ant as suitors for a wealthy farmer’s daughter in
harvest time. Among them were General N. W.
Day, who is a prominent candidate for Department
Commander; Comrade George H. Treadwell, of Al
bany, who is in the same fix as Comrade Day; Com
manders Levy, Woodruff, Kloeber, Limbeck, Brown,
McEntee, Lutjens, Schmedling and Wharton; Past
Commanders L’Hommedieu, Nistche, Joel, Appleby,
Isaacs, Ayers, Semsey and Odell; 8. V. Dept. Com
mander Cowtan, Captain Feldstein, Comrades Paine,
Hannon, Schmidt and Kent! Col. Onderdonk, Aide-’
de-camp Swan, ex-Alderman Wendel and Asst. Q. M,
Gen, Cavendy. Coroner Messemer was expected,
but owing to the unavoidable illness of Mrs. M., be
was forced to send his regrets. The boys regretted
it as much as did the coroner. The many elegant
costumes displayed on this occasion were furnished
by Voegtlin, the well-known Hous.on street cos
tamer.
HONORING THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER.
The entertainment, reception and ball in honor of
Department Commander H. Clay Hall, will take
place at Irving Hall on the evening of Monday,
March Bth. Comrade L. M. Salmon, of the New
York Times, who is at the head of the entertain
ment committee, has already secured the services
of such well-known artists as Frank Lincoln and
Marshall P, Wilder, the humorists; Signor Liberati,
the famous cornetist; Senor Tipaldi, solo-mando
lina, of the original Spanish students; the Mando
lins Quartet; the Oriole (vocal) Quartet, and John
Gilbert, the popular basso. Other artists of equal
standing are being negotiated with, and the enter
tainment will be of the highest order, and is ex
pected to achieve the success it merits. It has re
ceived the endorsement of a large majority of the
posts in this city and Brooklyn. The commanders
of posts in both cities, and aides upon the depart
ment staff,are requested to assemble at the beadquar
ters of Adam Goss Post, No. 73 Ludlow street, at
three o’clock this afternoon, to complete the nec
essary arrangements for the reception.
YOUNG 8. O. V. MASQUERADING.
Richard V. Young'post, 8. O. V., had a jolly time
at Smithsonian Hall, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, E. D.,
last Tuesday evening. It was the annual reception
and masquerade ball of the post. The usual assem
blage of merrymakers, familiar to the frequenters of
masquerade balls, were gathered in the spacious
hall, either as participants or spectators of the fes
tivities.
RELIEF CORPS CONVENTION.
Under date of February Bth, Mrs. Sarah C. Nichols,
the Department President of the Woman’s Relief
Corps, issues a general order calling the convention
of the W. R. C. of this Department at Syracuse.
The dates determined upon for the assemblage of
the convention are the 3d, 4th and sth of March.
The meetings will be held in Empire Hall, an annex
of the Empire House, in which hotel the head
quarters of the corps will be established. A recep
tion committee will be a headquarters (which is
only three squares from the depot) to assign mem
bers to their quarters upon arrival. Committees
will also be detailed to receive delegates arriving on
each incoming train, and members of the organiza
tion should wear their badges where they may be
easily recognized by the committee in waiting.
JACKSON-LUTJENS—LUTJENS-JACKSON,
The entertainment and reception of Andrew Jack
son post, which took place at Caledonian Hall, on
Wednesday evening, Feb. 3, was a success despite
the inclemency of the weather. The vocal enter
tainment was highly enjoyable and reflected great
credit on 8. V. Commander James H. Evans, Chair
man of the Committee of Arrangements, and Quar
termaster Thomas H. Branigan, who ably assisted
him. The comrades and their families turned out
in full force as they do on all such occasions. Hu
morous recitations and songs by Col. George M.
Dusenberry, Mr. and Mrs. Wharton, Mrs, Martha)-’
and Mr. Lyon and Mr. Millenett; Ventriloquism by
Prof. Ballentine; a solo by Miss Mary Rivers; a
duet by Comrades McKown and Smith; Sleight of
hand by Comrade J. Sohieder; a Song by L. Nelse
Lyon, and a recitation. Miss Ida A. Lutjens was
loudly applauded. Mrs. Wharton, Mrs. Marthaler,
and Miss Rivers were each presented with a hand
some basket of flowers by Quartermaster Branigan
in behalf of the post. At the conclusion of the en
tertainment the floor was cleared and dancing was
the order of the night. Among those present were
Past Dept. Commander James 8. Fraser, Senator
Cullen, Gen. N. W. Day, Commanders Walton, Lowe.
Peterkin. Francisco, Rassiga, Lutturs and Rohen,
Past Commanders Mallon, Folen, Wharton, Paul
ding, Black, Turner and Isaacs.
ITEMS OF NEWS. *
The first annual ball of the fife and drum corps of
Sumner Post, took place at Lyric Hall, on the 28th
nit. It was a very pleasant reunion, and the boys
are congratulating themselves upon the success of
their first effort. Among the prominent guests were
Mrs. Chappelle and Mrs. Meek, President and past
President of Sumner Relief Corps; a delegation of
ladies from Sullivan county; the Veteran Zouave
Association; the Florence Fife and Drum Corps, and
representatives of the Twelfth, Twenty-second and
Sixty-ninth Regiments, N. G. 8. N. Y. Drum-major
James B. Webster and Mrs. Webster deserve many
thanks for their unceasing efforts to make the eve
ning enjoyable to all present. Miss Mary Mathe
son was the lucky winner of a handsome basket of
flowers, which was drawn for by the ladies.
At a regular meeting of the Veteran Association of
the 165th Regiment, N. Y. Vols. (Second Battalion
Duryea Zouaves), the following officers were elected
for the ensuing year: Col. H. D. Hull, President;
Major Charles A. Walker, Vice President; 8. A.
Davis, Financial Secretary; G. Fenno, Correspond
ing Secretary; Dr. J. F. Ferguson, Treasurer; Jas.
Reilly, Sergeant-a t-arms; H. D. Hull. 8. A. Davis,
J. F. Ferguson, Joseph Fishbourne, Charles Hughes
and J» J. Lawley, Trustees; Mathias Johnston, Cap
tain.
The review, dress parade and reception of the
Eleventh- Regiment, N. G. 8. N. Y., Col. A. P. Stew
art, commanding, will take place at Madison Square
Garden, on the evening of February 22d. The mili
tary ceremonies will begin at 8 o’clock, and two
hours later the floor will be cleared for dancing. ■=>.»
Reno Post had its twelfth annual reception and
ball at the Lexington Avenue Opera House on Mon
day evening last. Each and every member of the
post appeared in a coat and vest, aud by a remark
able coincidence, all of the many hundreds of ladies
present wore dresses. There was, to bo sure, a dif
ference in the hue and texture of the material; but
cool and unimpassioned spectators observed a re
markable similarity of bustles. Conseqeutly the
occasion was a great success. To comrade* Henry
C. Perley and Commander Vredenburgh be all the
praise here and hereafter. Selah 1
One of the hardest worker* and most genial com
rade* of the Grand Army in this city is Commander
“ Bob” Heilferty, of Farragut Post. The members
of Roberts’* Post appreciate his good qualities and
last night he was presented with an eighteen-carat
token of their affection. Many prominent com
rades were in attendance and everybody had a “way
up in G ” kind of a time. Speaking of time—
•• What’s the heur. Commander ?” Full particu
lar* next Sunday.
A meeting of the Veteran Association of the Sev
enty-third Regiment, N.. Y. Vols. (Second Regi..
ment Fire Zouaves), will be held at the head
quarters, No. 32 First street, to-morrow evening. A
full attendance of members is desired, as the
meeting will bo called upon to consider the de
tails of the Association, ball, which will take place
at Irving Hall on the evening of February 25th, and
also perfect arrangements for the excursion to the
battlefield of Gettysburg in July next.
Comrade E. B. Loring, of Post No. 15, of Boston,
Mass., visited several of the posts in this depart
ment recently, and made eloquent addresses, which
brought lots of converts to the ranks of. the veter
ans who believe in.a pension bill giving all veterans
$8 per month. He forcibly exposed the methods of
the Washington,ring of claim agents, “ whoso gain
is the soldier’s loss.” Comrade Loring’s speech at
the last regular encampment of. E. D. Morgan Post
was especially forcible.
Farragut Post will give a literary entertainment
and ball at Wendel's Lion Park Casino, 107th street
and Ninth avenue, on the evening of March Ist, for
the benefit of the fife and drum corps of the post.
Every comrade and his wife will bo welcomed; also
comrade* without wives. Please wear your uni
form.
Past Commander John A- Blair, of Wade Post, was
last weak appointed a roundsman of night inspect
ors in the Custom House, on the staff of Captain
Miohael H. Whalen. The captain displayed excel
lentjudgment In hi* selection of this efficient com
rade.
General Abram Dally, the well-known veteran of
1812, writes to the Dispatch that soldiers, sailors
and privateersmen who served in the war of 1812,
and their widows, can be buried at their decease in
the plot in Cypress Hills Cemetery set apart for the
veterans of 1812, without any other expense than
that incurred In opening the ground.
During the past week Mrs. Denison, Department
Inspector W. R, 0., inspected John *A. Andrew
Corps, of which Mrs. Eugenia Harmon is Presi
dent. A fine collation was served. The corps now
has ninety-one members. Mrs. Denison invites the
ladies of the different corps to accompany her to
Sing Sing to-morrow for the purpose of inspecting
Morrell Corps. Those who go should be at the
Grand Central Depot at one o’clock in the afternoon.
The installation and muster of Hancock Post, will
take place at the Twelfth Regiment Armory on
the evening of the 27th inst. The post will start off
with a membership of nearly one hundred. A
majority of these members have never before
come connected with the Grand Army.
At the invitation of Messrs. Miles, Barton and
Rice, of the Bijou Opera House, extended through
Mrs. Chappelle, President of Sumner Relief Corps,
the ladies of that corps in a body, yesterday after
noon visited the matinee performance of “Adonis,”
or rather of the inimitable Dixey. The ladies ap
preciated the compliment tendered them very
highly, and are loud in their praises of the gener
osity shown b/ the management. They felt par
ticularly honored at being the first body of women
in this oity to receive such an invitation.
OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT.
TRIALS AND JUDGMENTS-GOS
SIP.
The Board of Fire Commissioners met in regular
weekly session on Wednesday morning last, with
President Purroy in the chair.
The first business transacted was the hearing of
the following trials :
NEGLECT OF DUTY.
Firmaen Peter H. Ward, of Engine Company No.
47, was charged, first, with failing to properly
groom the horses of the engine, and also with using
disrespectful language to Assistant Foreman Henry
Schuck, by [saying “ you are a
curred on February 7th.
He pleaded not guilty to both the charges.
Captain McCormick testified : “My attention was
called to the horses not being properly groomed. I
spoke to Ward about it, and he said he had cleaned
the team. Assstant Foreman Schuck was in the
rear of the house at the time, and presently I heard
loud talking there, and heard some hard words
used. I went there, and held up my hands, aud
said: ‘There, that will do. Now, Ward, stop that.
The Commissioners will settle the matter.* They
continued talking, and again I told them to stop.
The horses, I thought, looked very fair. A damp
sponge will make them look nice, but a comb and
brush had not, I think, been used on them, and
they had not been properly groomed. As a general
thing, Ward Is a good man, but I have to chastise
him to keep him up to his work.”
Assistant Foreman Henry Shuck testified: "On
the morning in question I saw Ward at first sitting
down; he was not at the time doing anything. He
had not cleaned the horses, but had only used a
damp sponge on them, and I spoke to the captain
about it. Ward had told the captain that he (the
captain) had an assistant foreman who carried tales
to him, and said the assistant foreman was a
son of a.”
Ward, in his own behalf, testified: “I had three
horses to take care of, and I had properly groomed
them, and when I got through I did use a damp
sponge upon them. The foreman said, 'How did
you get through so quick ?’ I said, ‘Well, I have
been up a great while/ The captain said, ‘The as
sistant foreman tells me you did not groom your
horses,’ and I said, ‘Well, if he said that, he lies,’
and I also said, ‘Weil, if that isn’t tough I am a son
of a , to be accused wrongfully/ ”
President Purroy—“Well, are you what you
called yourself? You ought to know. You need
some disciplining, and should be punished severely
and sent to some company where you could work
off some of your superfluous ‘previousness’ and be
made to fight fires.”
He was then fined ten days’ pay and ordered to
be transferred to a down-town company.
ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE.
Fireman Joseph F. Manning, of Engine Co. No.
10, was charged with being absent without leave for
ten hours and twenty minutes on January 27th ult.
He pleaded not guilty.
Assistant Foreman “ Andy ” Gaffney testified:—
He was off duty the day before, and on the day in
question his sister came into quarters and reported
him sick, and he has not as yet reported to the com
pany for duty, and he was and is still, absent with
out leave.
Engineer William Grace testified:—Manning was
absent without leave while I was on house-watch,
and he has not been in quarters since.
Manning, in his own behalf, testified;—l went to
see some friends in Brooklyn, and while I was there
I was taken sick with chills, and was so bad I fell
asleep, and my friends would not let me leave the
house; but my sister reported me sick at company
quarters.
President Purroy—Manning, yours is one of the
worst cases on record, and this is the fifth charge
against you, and you have been in the department
only a few years. Now, I want you to take notice
(very emphatically) if you ever come here again up
on any charge, slight or serious, you will certainly
be dismissed from the department. You are con
stantly coming here on charges, and the next time
you get in any trouble you need not send any of
your friends here to intercede for you, for it will be
of no avail. Now, make up your mind to that—
that’s all. •
He was fined ten days pay.
THE SAME CHARGE.
Fireman Patrick V. Doyle, of Engine Company
No. 15, was also charged with being absent without
leave, for five hours and ten minutes on Feb
ruary 5.
He pleaded guilty.
President Purroy—“ You are the boss in the
shape of records. You have caused a city official to
write me a letter in which he asks me to take into
consideration your good record. Now, you look at,
aud read that good record.”
Doyle did so, and it was written upon the back
of the paper upon which this charge was made.
The list was fully oue foot and a half long, and
showed that Doyle had been before the Board for
trial so many times and had been fined so often,
that there was no room upon the paper to place the
present charge. Doyle read aloud the record in the
presence of the Board and some of the members of
his company who were present as witnesses, but
seemed to manifest no sorrow, but on the contrary
smiled several times, so that the President had to
rebuke him for his apparent indifference and levity.
At the conclusion of the reading of his disgraceful
record. President Purroy, in further addressing
Doyle said: “ The Board will also give you notice
as they did to a fireman who was tried only a few
moments ago, that you, also, if you ever come here
again, there will be no tomfoolery in your case, but
you will be at once dismissed from the Department.
The Board believe, if there was are ward offered for
the man who had the worst record in the Depart
ment, you would certainly get it. Now, rem?*nber,
all I have told you, and don’t come here agaia.”
Doyle was then fined five days pay.
AND AGAIN.
Fireman Cornelius F. Collins, of Engine Company
No. 18, was also absent without leave, for one
hour and thirty minutes on February 4th.
He pleaded guilty, and in his own behalf testified :
“Ih 'Yeboen in the Department a little over two
months. When I went to my boarding-house on
the day in question for my dinner, I received a
telegram stating that my mother was sick and dy
ing, ahd I got so excited I went to see her, forget
ting to ask permission.”
President Purroy : “ You must not get excited—
obey orders, even if your mother was dead—study
the rules and obey them.”
He was then fined three days pay.
SIX CHARGES AGAINST HIM.
Fireman John Hern, of Hook and Ladder Com
pany No, 3, had the following string of charge* pre
ferred against him, first, with being absent without
leave for forty-five minutes on February 3d. second,
with failing to report for duty on the apparatus
floor in response to an alarm of fire on the same
day, third, with not going with the apparatus to the
nre, fourth, with being under the Influence of
liquor, fifth, with refusing to leave the apparatus
floor and go into the sitting-room when ordered by
Foreman Meagher, and said to him (the foremartj
"you can t put me off the floor,” and sixth, with
being absent without leave for two hours and thirty
minutes on February 4th.
He pleaded guilty, and said : "Mr. President and
gentlemen : I had been at a fire, and had had several
streams of water thrown upon me, and I got cold,
and chilled up, and took a drink of liquor.
“Afterward 1 saw some friends, and they urged
me to take more liquor which, 1 am sorry to say, I
did take, and not being used to drinking it took
effect upon me, and has brought me in all this
trouble, which I most sincerely regret, and earnestly
hope it will never occur again.’’
President Purroy : "I guess you are telling the
truth. All of these charges have grown out of your
drinking, and charges of this kind are usually fol
lowed by dismissal from the service. The Chief
says you aro a good fireman, and that your story is
true, aud he has asked that leniency may be shows
to you this time, and you look (he was a very large,
fine, muscular man) as if ycu were capable of doing
good work in the Department, but the Board can
not pass it by indiflerentJy, and I now notify you
that the next charge you have made against you of
a serious character, neither the request of the Chief
nor tbe inducements of your friends will influence
the Commissioners to show you any leniency, but
in the present case the Chief’s request will receive
duo consideration.”
Captain Meagher said : “ Mr. President—He can
do good work; and I agree with the Chief in what he
says about the accused. He is the driver of the coiu
psny, and I need his assistance on important occa
sions. He,, however, lacks cheerfulness in doing
his work, and is generally a good man, and I have
nothing further to add to my testimony.”
Decision was reserved.
GOSSIP.
The medical officers report that the list of siolt
and disabled officers and men is increasing again,
there being now forty-six men unabie to do duty.
Work on the new headquarters building in Sixty
seventh street has been temporarily suspended by
reason of the recent severe cold aud stormy weather,
and it is not likely that the building will be ready
for occupancy before July Ist.
Captain Arnot Spence, the disciplinarian of the
Department, has been placed in command of Hook
and Ladder Company No. 5, in the place of Fore
man. "Jim” Walton, who has been retired, from
active duty in the Department.
Each engine south of Canal street hao
been supplied by Captain John Castles, of the re
pair shop, with two safety belts, having snap-hooke
.attached, to be used by our brave laddies-while at
work at fires on ladders.
The following, who were recently promoted to be
assistant foremen, have been sent to Chief Bonner,
to do duty in the companies set opposite theiy
names*. James H. Tuute, to Engine Company No. 12;
John J. Byrnes, to Hook and Ladder-Company No.
11; Bernard McAllister, to Engine Company No.. 17;
i Delany, to Engine Company. No. 33..
Superintendent J. Elliott Smith, of the Fire
Telegraph Bureau, reported on Wednesday that
there are at present over thirty miles of fire
telegraph wires laid underground and that they
work in the most satisfactory manner.
The Board has passed resolutions restricting the
storage of more than 1,090 pounds of dynamite ia
any one place on the line of the new aqueduct,
and the storage houses must be kept under 90° of
temperature, and no metal tools mutt be used i*
them, and pails or barrels, of water must be kept la
readiness for immediate use.
An anchorage has been established at Morris
Dock for the powder boats, which must have the
word “ Danger ” marked on them, and the same
word must be placed on wagons conveying dyna
mite.
Fireman Hern, of Hook and Ladder Company No.
3, who was tried on Wednesday last on six different
charges, was found, guilty, after along considera
tion by the Board, and was fined the loss of tea
days pay, and ordered to be transferred to (Hook
and Ladder Company No. 10.
The members of the Old Volunteer Firemens' As
sociation held a meeting at Clarendon Hall last
Tuesday evening, and nominated the following ofc
fleers, to be elected on Feb. 25th:
For President—Michael Crane, of Engine Com
pany No. 21, and ex-chief John Decker, of Engine
Company No. 14 (renominated).
For Vice-President—Edward P. Dunham, of En
gine Company No. 23; Martin Sanger, of Hook and
Ladder Company No. 8; Charles W. Morgan, of En
gine Company No. 21; John J. Blair, of Engine
Company No. 6; William F. Searing, of Engine Com
pany No. 30; Francis Mahedy, of Engine Company
N0..31; John Daly, ef Hose Company No. 34, and Os
car Taylor, of Engine Company No. 24.
For Financial Secretary—Wm. E. Bishop, of En
-1 gine Company No. 24.
For Recording Secretary—James J. Ferris, of
Engine Company No. 13; John J. Maloney, of
Engine Company No. 5, and Joseph Beers, of
Hose Company No. 42.
The following resolution, offered by John J.
Rabineau, was adopted :
Resolved, That the New York Volunteer Firemen’s
Association record its deep sorrow at the loss of
General Winfield Scott Hancock, by whose death
the nation has lost one of its greatest defenders.
BROOKLYN FIRE NOTES.
DEATHS-TRANSFERS — SUGGESTIONS—GOSSIP.
BURIAL OF A GOOD OFFICER.
The funeral of Captain O’Connor, of Truck 5,
took place from the Church of Our Lady of Mercy,
Debevoise street, on Monday last. Two members
from each company were detailed to act as an es
cort, under command of District Engineer Cunning
ham. Fire Commissioner Ennis, Deputy Commis
sioner Moore, ex-Commissioner Poillon, Judge
Courtney and about one hundred members of the
Brooklyn Volunteer Firemen’s Association appeared
in line and accompanied the remains to Flatbush
Cemetery. As the cortege passed the house of
Truck 5, the apparatus, with horses attached, was
paraded. Every possible honor was shown upon
the occasion, tbe deceased having been a general fa
vorite in the department.
Captain O’Connor joined tbe volunteer force in
1861 and served with Engine Company No. 19. In
1863 he was elected an assistant foreman, in which
capacity he served until 1865, during which period
he was frequently commended for bravery at fires.
He joined the present department in 1874 and was
attached as a private to Engine Company No. 5.
Upon the formation of Truck 5, during the past
year, he was appointed a foreman and placed in
command of the latter company. The quarters of
Truck 5 have been tastefully draped in mourning,
while the inscription on the tablet immediately
above ths entrance fitly expresses the feelings of
those who served under the command of the de-
A LIFE-SAVING CORPS.
It is hoped that Commissioner Ennis will be soon
afforded an opportunity to act upon the many
valuable suggestions contained in the annual re
port of his predecessor. The establishment of a life
saving corps is being more seriously considered of
late. It is true that there does not appear to be so
much need of a corps of this character in Brooklyn
as exists in New York. Nevertheless, we are to have
a call for volunteers to organize a corps as described.
The Jack Falstaffs in the Department will not be
accepted, and as they are, as a rule, both lazy aud
fat, tho exemption from dangerous and fatiguing
duty will be welcome news to them.
PETTY JEALOUSY.
During his rambles for some weeks past, the re
porter has been annoyed by the inquiries of certain
individuals as to why men who formerly served in
tho New York Department are preferred for office in
the Brooklyn force. A considerable amount of quiet
sarcasm is also indulged in. and the pencil-pusher
has been at a loss to explain the situation. From
“ Crane’s Reminiscences of Old Fire Laddies,” it
would appear as though Brooklyn’s Volunteer De
partment was for years little better than a mob of
country bumpkins. Certain it is that Chiefs Nevins
and Smith came to Brooklyn from New York, and
the latter was a New York fire laddie; so also’were
District Engineers Minard, Dale, and others now
serving in this department, and regarded as the
bone and sinew of tbe Brooklyn Firo Force. We
are led to believo that the fe§ling against New York
firemen is prompted through a spirit of petty jeal
ousy, alike unworthy of the thorough-bred “ lad
die” and the notice of all true men.
KEEP COOL. ,
In a recent issue we alluded to the fact that cer
tain officers of this department had been guilty of
meanness in refusing to take a certain work on fire
matters previously ordered by them. The reporter
was somewhat surprised during the week upon be
ing informed that Captains Finn and Smith, of tbe
Paid Department, and Sec’y Burnett, of the Exempt
Association, were highly indignant at any allusion
being made to their action. As a matter of fact, tho
reporter refrained from mentioning any names in
this connection. It is true that it was universally
known that the agent for the book possessed the
signatures of the three individuals mentioned. It
is certain that their action was severely criticised
by those aware of the facts as herein stated. It is
also known that to save the reputation of old firs
laddies the rejected copies were immediately pur
chased in order to prevent a possible pecuniary loss
to the poor canvasser. Why exception should be
taken to any statement appearing in this column
does not seem apparent, and the objecting repudia
tors should have a care in future when making as
sertions of a personal character against the repres
entative of the Dispatch.
PROPER PAY.
"It is daily becoming more apparent that tbe grade
of assistant foreman should be at once established.
It is not fair to compel men to perform higher
duties without additional pay, and it is believed
that Commissioner Ennis will adopt the same view
in this matter as did Major Poilfon,” said one of the
District Engineers, to a reporter, during the week.
There should be a special provision made for the
appointment of a man to patch and mend hose at
Headquarters, and it is claimed* by many that for
such services a salary of $1,500 per annum is out of
all proportion. It might be urged that a contingent
fund be established, from which to pay all men
rendering additional service to that for which they
receive pay from the city. This would be comfort
ing to men now compelled to assume the responsi
bility attached to a foreman's position.
ITEMS OF NEWS.
A skating rink will be soon opened in the base
ment of the house of Engine Company No. 18. Tho
boys of that company will then be enabled to skate
away all rheumatic pains. Capital idea.
The only noticeable changes at headquarters ap
pears to be the transfer to Truck Company No. 1, of
Hinton, whose place is now being acceptably filled
by Ed. Fitzpatrick, formerly driver of Engine Com
pany No. 3.
Work at the repair shops appeared to be at a
standstill during the week. Engine No. 21 broke
her axle at a fire during the week, necessitating her
removal to the shops. This engine is a new one,
and has been already repaired several times. The
frequent accidents, it is claimed, are due to defect
ive pavements in the Eastern District. Perhaps
careless driving may have a share in the matter.
Harris, of Engine Company No. 6, has entirely re
covered from his late attack of rheumatism.
The medical officers report blit few cases on the
list and none are declared to be of a serious charac
ter.
The health of the horses in the department is prt>»
nounced by Veterinary Surgeon Haasheff to be ex
ceptionally good*
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