Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, April 29, 1873, Page 2

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated April 29, 1873 Page 2
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*0 NEW YORK. Contest of and Bears---The Triumvirate of tlie Street, A Mutual Admiration Society Indeed — Stanley Atricanus Bound for Khiva. Queer Company of Christians— Reported Removal of Grace Church. From Our Otm Corraponlent, Kew York, April 24, 1873. As nearly everybody m any kind'of business has lost money, directly or indirectly, in tho Bull-and-Bear garden which lies under tho shadow of Trinity, nearly everybody who is 'not himself hurt' or in peril receives pleasure from the condition of affairs in Wall street. “Let them tear each other,” says one; “I enjoy their wounds.” “They are a common set of thieves sltogotlior; the more villain robs scoundrel," affirms another, “ the better I like it.” “ Confound them 1 ” chimes in a third; “ I wish tho whole of the h&iking quarter would open and swallow thorn up. TALK AND TALE. That: is tho kind of talk one hears on every hand. Tho operators of Broad street look up currency, advance tho rates of interest to a ruinous point, and make the whole commercial community suffer. Such things are entirely eel fiah J purely mercenary; that is self evident. No man ought to ■ act so; and, for that very reason, many men do. Wall street merely reflects Beaver street, South street, Water street, Broadway. They are all struggling to mako money; this is their only aim. The great merchant puts down prices to break smaller merchants, and benefit himself. Tho large operator shuts up money to lower quotations, run tho Bolls, and augment his ex chequer. Where is the difference ? When you and your partner are filling your purses, you are not half so scrupulous touching the moans as when Jones and his partner are filling theirs. We have an elastic code of morals. The one that fits us will not apply to others, and-vice versa. Facts existing outside of pur interests warp our judgment. Our neighbors’ consciences ire not ours. If they were, they might be worse kept. . USELESSNESS OF USUBT IAWB. 'Eke fearful rates obtained for the use of money recently show the worthlessness of our usury laws. With an enactment on our statute books that only 7 per cent per annum shall be charged "for loans, 7 per cent per week is charged. Will any of the penalties bo enforced ? Not one. ■ Does anybody practise such excessive usury secretly? It is done openly, publicly, without the least attempt at concealment. Whatever money will bring is exacted. There is not a business day in the entire year on which more than legal rate is not asked and received. It ha a always been, and always will bo so. The usury laws’ do not hinder usury. Why -do they stand? Are they so ornamental they cannot be repealed? Or is Form. so much more grateful than Fact? THE TBIO OF D ESP HEATS GA3HBLEBS. Jay Gould, Henry' N. Smith, and Alden B. Stockwell are held to he reaponeiblo in the main for the present loeking-np; and the consequent curses heaped 'upon them' are both loud and deep. They are generally, regarded as the fathers of all the mischief brewing or brewed in the street. Ever since Smith walked about for three days with $5,000,000 of greenbacks sewed up in the lining of his overcoat, he is presumed to be engaged m some financial deviltry; and I fm inclined to think the presumption not far from, correct. Ho, and Gould, and .Stockwell have been running in a trio for some time, and they appear to bo of advantage one to another. It IS said that each supplies what the other wants.and the result Is, they form a vary.strong combination. Independent of the monetary pressure, the question of most interest, at present, is, How long will or can the three great operators keep onthoir feet? No one gives them beyond the § resent vear. Some declare they borne own before the summer-vacation. Others swear they are “ broke ” now, but are keeping a stiff upper lip. If really bankrupt, which is not at all proba ble, they certainly are wearing their lip firmly If they should tumble now, what a howl of de light would rise! Men would'embrace each other in sympathy of hatred. Come what may, the three cannot last very long. Nobody does in Wall street. Gould has been on .the rampage for about five years; Stockwell about three; Smith about two. It is time their end was ap proaching. It is only a question of seasons,— Che host season perhaps the last. As far as ’can be gathered. Smith and Gould are - , at present, holding up Stockwell, who, with a little more holding, hopes to be able to be in dependently erect. Smith either has. or controls, from $15,000,000 to $20,000,000. Gould controls $20,000,000 to $25,000,000. They are thought to be in league with some of .the 'strongest banks, and thus they have' the power to put the screws down until even a bag of double-eagles is com pelled to bleed and scream after, their scattered tittle ones.’ ; Yon are aware that THE AUTHOSB’ UNION, as it existed in the old United States Hotel, in Fulton street, was composed of Olive Logan and Wirt Sykes . They were the authors; theirs was the union.- While their dual organization was at the height 1 of its prosperity, a country news paper-publisher called at their . bureau to see one of them about writ ing a story.' Ho encountered Sykes,, and, while talking with the author, the author disappeared, excusing himself for an imperative engagement. Then Xiogau dropped in, -and began an im mense eulogy upon -her partner, pronouncing him the equal of Dickens in genius, and a won derful observer of human nature. .Before the publisher could reply, Logan bowed herself out, and Sykes entered once more upon' the scene, but only to eulogize the gigantic ; intellect, the brilliant wit, the extraordinary ■ culture, of Olive. ' r . ‘ ■ After this performance, she returned, and they bolh sat quietly down to listen to the rustic’s proposition. Ho had none to make, however; -he had been so overwhelmed by .' Sykes’ genius ; and Lpgan’s wit, with Sykes’ powers of observa tion and Logan’s culture, that be retired with a promise to call again, when the two did not hap-, pen to'ontertain quite so favorable an opinion of -eachother.. , . - He afterward said; “That was tho Union’s mode of doingbusiuess ; bnt-I didn’t quite-on* deretand it: First, I wanted Sykos. Then, when ■ 1 heard whatagifted creature Logan was, I want ' ed her. After she had sounded Wirtls praises* I wanted him. 'And finally I concluded Xdidn’t want either of them.” - • T f •- ho fob mnvA i . Albeit the Herald people are looking very owl likeover Stanley’s departure from this country, there seems to be little doubt. In the vicinity of Printing-House Square, that no, who really owes his discovery to luvingstono, instead of Living stone to him; has sailed with orders to proceed direct to St. Petersburg, and thence to Khiva. There is more than a fair probability of war be tween Busaia and Khiva, and Stanley is to join the Imperial and tell all ho dares to as an army-correspondent. - War or no war; lie will be'* Our Own • on the: spot, and in position to do all the : gasconading the Herald may require. The Czar is, of course, very-friendly to Amori •'cans (we are apt to bo well disposed toward peo ple we know very little of), and will_ furnish Stanley with ample:facilities for. relating J,just such filings as ho ought to see or imagine. So we shall have the Khiva situation from an altogether unbiased point of, view, upon- which the Czarandthe Herald correspondent may look •with complacent eyes. The Khivans may observe matters at another angle; but nobody cares what they observe. They aro not Irish, and therefore they don't read the Herald Confound the Khivans, anyhow I A .DETESTABLE JOKE •was played, the other evening, upon an amiable nud innocent yonth living in Livingston County, who had made his first < visit, to the metropolis. Staying at a quiet hotel in Courtlandt street, he fell in with, a bagman, and inquired the direc tion to the Xdong Men's Christian Association. The bucolioist was so ingenuous spotless that the wicked cit conceived a. plan of wicked deception, as he answered: r*‘_Certainly,lknow the Young Christians, r I am ono of i them my self, by Pm going up there in fifteen minutes. You'd better go along,” ...... The youth could not help remarking that lie had not thought tho Young Christians swore. The bagman had not noticed his oath, bnt adroitly said, to retrieve himself* “ Well, we , \y\ N- , don’t swear much,though it is a privilege wo have in New Tort.'ln the country, swearing'is positively forbidden. But lot us bo off.” Half-an-hour after they stepped into Harry Hill's notorious place, in Houston street; tbo guide inf6nnmg hfs' companion that tbo Chris tians were baying a little revival that evening. The liivingstonian was astounded to eee a crew of thieves,.conrtesans, burglars, and cut throats. calling for drinks, dancing, and singing bacchanal songs, etc. While,'in a state of semi stupefaction, he was trying to decipher the strange scene, a tawdrily-dressed woman stopped up, slapped him on the shoulder, and said, “ Look here, gawky, ain't yon coin’ to stand the gin?” That was too much; the young Chris tian fled, amid roars of laughter. SALMAGUNDI. Something of a sensation' has been created in fashionable circles hy the report (not authenti cated) that the Trustees of Uraco Church have sold the land to a large Teal-estate dealer, and that the handsome edifice is to bo pulled down and rebuilt near the Park. If this snonld prove true, what would become of Brown ? The Tribune stockholders have not deferred their new building to next year, as has been as sorted. They are merely wailing for settled weather, when they will (they say) begin opera tions. They hay© §300,000 cash to commence with, —not bad for a ‘‘rained coucom.” A greater irruption of “popular” lecturers next season than ever before, it is alarmingly whispered. That is. they intend to offer them selves cheap to dll who want to hoar them. Among the unwelcome will bo a dozen or more Pearls of the Platform, Bosebuda of the Ros trum. Lilies of the Lyceum, and Cherubs of the Chignon, of whom wo have already had too many and too much. ...... . If Henry Ward Beecher gets through with ms ««Christ “by the Ist of July, ho has serious in tentions of going down the Danube to look at Vienna and the Exposition. Sincere pastoral admirers of Horace Greeley, who have heard of a statue to his memory, not. infrequently mistake Benjamin Franklin in front of the Tribune for the' later Franklin, —totally dißsimilar as the two eminent men wore in ap pearance. The now managing editor of the World, Jerome B. Btdllson. is not a little annoyed when he is in the street oyhearing persons say, “There goes Stokes, Jim Fisk’s mnrderorl I didn’t know he. had got baD.” There is a likeness between the assassin and the journalist,—enough, at least, to be unpleasant. Colsxoun. JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT. Belleville, Iff, April 26,1873. To the Editor of The Chicago Tribune: Sib : As an old citizen of the State, and never an intense partisan, I feel a deep interest in the election of Judges of our Supremo Court in two of the Grand Divisions, next Juno. The Judges elected will not be for those Divisions only, but for the whole State; and hence oil citizens of the State naturally and properly feel anxious that competent, upright, industrious, judicious, sound, and firm men should be elected. The judiciary is the arsenal of popular rights and liberties; and the Supreme Court is general ly the last resort for a redress of wrongs and the preservation of rights. The waves of temporary excitement, prejudice, and p aesion should not control the courts. Their decision should bo made after a full survey of a question on all sides, mature deliberation, and on solid grounds that wilTstand the test of years, if not of ages. The history of England, from which wo derive many of our fundamental principles of law, shows that the courts have been the host guardians of the liberties and rights of the people. Consti tutions and laws are made by the representatives of the people, and must bo regarded as the ma ture opinions of the people. It is not the prov ince of the courts to make or amend constitu tions or laws, but to expound and enforce them in good faith, as the beat evidence of the will of the people. Judges are sworn so to do; and, if they make pledges in advance how they will de cide cases to come before them, parties will not have a fair hearing, and might as well submit all judicial questions to popular vote, to bo decided at one election one way, and reversed at the next. _ ' In a Republic, temporary spasms of popular complaints are unavoidable. They are not with out cause, and are founded always on some real or apparent grievances. Fortunately, under our wise system of govern ment, lor almost all real grievances a remedy be devised for their amelioration or removal, without revolution or lawlessness. Wo must have faith and patience. Violence of action and language usually injures a good cause, and de lays the desired relief. Solid reasons are more efficient than intemperate denunciations. “ Thrice is he armed who hath his quarrel just.” <« Truth is mighty, and will prevail. ’ In common with many others, I have deplored the merciless attacks upon our Supreme Court for some of its recent decisions. The Judges are not political gladiators. They have not time, if they had the disposition, to engage in news paper controversies with shallow reformers, pe dantic sophists, and political demagogues. By such gross assaults, intellectual men of sensitive natures, like Judge Thornton, may bo driven from the Bench, and impudent and superficial fellows, . 4< great in promises and weak in performances,” may supply their places. If constitutions or laws are wrong, they can be amended in a lawful maimer. It is criminal and fraudulent for courts to make or evade them. Courts must expound and enforce them as they are. and not as the Judges think they ought to be.- If Judges should usurp such power make laws, what security has any one, liberty, or property? It would deprive the people of ail the constitutional checks upon ench department of the Government. It would be a revolution, by which the arbitrary edicts of . courts would be law, and not the will of the poo- Ele, as manifested in their constitutions and IWB. .. . - •.. Since the Constitution, of 1870, our Supreme Court has shown, by its decisions, a disposition to protect the people as far as possible against unjust discriminations and-extortions of railroad corporations; and it only remains for the im mediate . representatives of the people in the Legislature to enact such reasonable and con stitutional laws as will and can be enforced with effect.. That Court has clearly indicated how it can be done* . Tho decisions of Chief Justice Lawrence have -been remarkable for their candor, clearness, force, and solidity. They commend themselves tothe conscience and understanding of all who read them with attention, and are a credit to the great State of Illinois. No man can well supply his place, and it would bring an elective judiciary into disrepute, and disgrace tho State, if he should not be re-elected. As one having more confidence in the sober judgment of tho mass of voters than in any one mau and a Senate, I sin cerly hope the State may not be deprived of his invaluable services. - In another Grand Division, John Schofield is a candidate, I have known him for years as a member of the Bar, of the Legislature, and of the last Constitutional Convention, and have always found him. to he an honest, thoughtful, and able lawyer - and statesman. Cool, dispas sionate, logical, with strong reasoning powers, hs has pre-eminently a judicial mind. No blandishments or seductions of wealth would be likely to induce him to give corporations any thing to which they are not entitled, or to sacri fice the right of the common people, from whom he sprung, and with whom, are bis sympathies. These gentlemen are not of the same party, and hence X write from no partisan bias. Whether either of them will have on opponent, I know not; bnt cannot forbear saying that, in my best Judgment, the rights of persons and of property in this State would bo safe with both of them, bo far os their., influence extended os Judges of tho court of final resort in this Stato. William H. Underwood. • ANOTHER NOTE FROM MR. PHENIX. Bloomington, M., April 23, 1873. To the Editor of The Chicago Tribune: Sxb: Once more, by your kind'leave. The comparison with the South in the late Eobellion I think admirable, —our railroads being the reb els of tp-day, the lesser against the greater, for vested'rights against good government and free institutions. And how did those rebels come outt In a Democracy, the people must rule; the lesser must submit to thegreater. If this vested right plea can hold, then is there created at once in our midst .an order 0f..-nobility, a perpetual dictatorship, and our freedom is gone, by our own sovereign act, and \ftthout real benefit to any party concerned. -Allegiance and protection are reciprocal. The railroads disclaiming allegiance, it remains for the people to say when their protection shall be withdrawn, and how far the penalty: administer ed shall work a forfeiture of the rights, vested solely on condition of allegiance, expressed or understoodj 'Under ..both the State and United States Constitutions.. ... Our plea against the railroads is • 1. Extortion regular.; 2. Extortion irregular; 3. Extortion in delaying transportation, and so damaging trade: 4. Rebellion and extortion, —all on the plea that one railroad King, and of course bis satraps, can do "no wrong. Under the circumstances, the for bearance of tbe people is wonderful, and ought to lead monopolists everywhere to swift, hearty repentance. F. K. P, THE CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE: TUESDAY, ARRIL 29, 1873. , CHEYENNE. Indian Depredations—-Lone Wolf’s Band Encamped Beside tlie Railroad-Track. Artesian Well at Fort Russell — How'Army-Officers Amuse Themselves. Loss of Life in the Late Storm. Special Correspondence of The Chicago Tribune, Cheyenne, Wyoming Ter,, April 23,1873. The excitement bore yesterday was very groat, in consequence of a report that the Indians bad attacked the settlors on Crow Crook, within 10 or 15 miles of Cheyenne. The story went, that one ranchman bad been killed, his stock taken, and his wife carried away into captivity. I havo tried to Had some authentication of this report, but cannot, though the tale is generally believed by the citizens of the town. Just now, the set tlors, in view of recent Indian occurrences, and the atrocious murder of Gen. Canby, are very sensitive all along tbo border, and the smallest Indian report flies from month to mouth, until it becomes exaggerated into a formidable raid. That the Indiana are about, however, and on the war-path, is undoubtedly true, for yesterday a man—a sltook-herder for Mr. lUff —came in, bat less and shoeless, and reported that he bad been run off by Indians. He Bays that tbo savages surrounded the cabin, and tried to blow him up by putting powder down the chimney. He made his escape, however, and, after being chased for 10 or 15 miles, finally got into Fort D. A. Itnesoll. Ho was in a pitiable condition, having lost bis shoos, and ran barefooted through beds of cactus. His foot wore very much lacerated, and he was greatly exhausted. He Bays that the Indians wore killing Mr. Hiff's cattle, and that the party was a strong one. LONE dole’s BAND. The people of Sidney were greatly alarmed, the other day, by the appearance of various Indians in the vicinity of the town and Union Pacific Ilailro ad-tract. Citizens who wont out found about CO warriors, under Lone Wolf, a Sioux of Red Cloud’s bands. The Chief said he and his band were friendly, and came in at once. Lone Wolf stated that his people were starving, and that he wanted to go south and hunt on the Republican River. Gen. Dudley, the military commander at Sidney, permitted the Indians to cross the railroad-tract, and wait until he could report to Gen. Ord and obtain instruc tions. They are now encamped S miles below Sidney, just beside the railroad-track. Western passengers on the Union Pacific Road, who take breakfast at Sidney Station, are a good deal flustered at suddenly finding themselves in the midst of a warlike band of Sioux. These In dians are the finest specimens of savages on the and bloodthirsty-looking fellows. Your correspondent counted SO lodges, and CO war riors are reported ho in them. There was a groat amount of stock, princi pally ponies, and the warriors were car rying their women and children with them; which is pretty good evidence of their peaceful intentions, as war-parties never, or very seldom, encumber themselves with families. 1 Why Lone Wolf, if hungry, as ho says, did not go north in stead of south to hunt, does not appear just yet. I am told there are plenty of buffalo on the Pow der River, which is in the Sioux reservation, while the Republican is not. It is against the orders of the War Department for Indians to leave their reserve for any purpose whatever, and it is bad policy to allow them to do so, ex cept in most extreme and urgent cases. Gen. Sherman’s orders makes it an act of hostility in an Indian to quit his reserve, and the troops are authorized to attack him when found oil it. White men are not allowed to en ter the reservation, live upon it, or oven travel across it. It is not long since Rod Cloud re fused to allow soldiers to escort a train across hla reservation, although the train contained goods for the Indians; yet now he allows a party of warriors to quit the reserve and go to the railroad, —the place whore they are least wanted, and where they could do the most damage if they were so disposed. It is likely Gen. Ord will compel these Indians to observe their treaty-obliga tions ; and, when ho hears of their being on the lino of railroad, will, notwithstanding their peaceable intentions, hurry them back north of the Platte, where they properly belong. Indians, however peaceable; will steal when a good op portunity presents itself, and agood manyranch xnen in the neighborhood of Sidney wore consid erably uneasy about their stock One man. who had just lost three horses, said ho believed they were in the Indian camp; and another gentleman, who owned a large herd of fine brood-mares, was carefully herding them, and very anxious lest Air. Lone Wolf should take a fancy to have some of them for his private convenience. CHEYENNE. This town does not improve rapidly, but it is growing some, and its growth is of a more Eermonont nature than ever before. The new Gildings are substantial, and the people build latterly as if they were going to stay. After tho Indians, the chief event of interest is the birth or a female child, which was bom to the wife of the Governor of tho Territory, J. M. Campbell. This is a happy place to have a child bom, and it makes ho difference whether it is a boy or a girl, as women vote in Wyoming, and have equal rights with the men. Perhaps tho young lady who has just been bom to the Gov ernor maj some day bo Governor of the Terri tory herself, and got tho old man a post-office, or make him her private secretary, women who are in the habit of having girl-babies should move out here at once. ARTESIAN mu AT FORT RUSSELL. There is an artesian well at Fort D/A. Russell, or, rather, they are trying to make a well of this . kind there. It is now about two years since tim bering was begun; but, by misfortune or bad management, the well is still incomplete. Con gress appropriated some 810,000 for the work, and I am told the boring now goes on, though the appropriation was expended months since. It is.. stated ■ that Mr. Webb, the gen tleman who has the matter in charge, gets S4O por day, and all expenses paid, to bora the well. Out of the S4O received, ho pays, say, $G per day to four men, equal to 824 per day; which, deducted from S4O, leaves Mr.- Webb 816 per day, or S4BO por month. Now, it is said that Mr. Wehb, at the handsome salary of S4BO per month, is not overly anxious to find water or finish the well. There has been 810,000 already appropriated and reported expended; and now, X am told, a new appropriation will be asked the next meeting of Congress. Your cor respondent visited the well the other day, and asked how far it was down, and the' borer said 154 feet. It is explained that a hole was put down over SOOfeet, when.quicksands were struck and the well caved, necessitating the giving up of that hole and sinking of a new one. After much delay, the necessary permission was re ceived, the machinery moved 15 feet, and a new hole commenced. It is this hole that is down 154 feet. One of the workmen said that in the old hole they could not find rock, and that hard rock had nearly always to be struck and gone through before strong-flowing water was obtained. One of the reports is, that, in trying to drive the casing down through the quicksand in the old well, it was broken and the hole rendered use less.' Suppose Mr. Webb rises and explains, in the columns of The Tribune, just what ho has been doing with our SIO,OOO given him by the Government to make an artesian well at Fort Russell, - Ho ought never to, hove been paid by the day, but bv the foot, until he obtained water. The friends of this well said it would not cost 85,000, yet 810,000 has been emended, and the work is hut just begun. OFFICEBS 02? THE STAGE. People in the East often wonder how officers and their wives manage to pass away the long winter evenings, when stationed at tho isolated frontior-poste. Let me assure city-folks that garriaon-llfo is by no means as dull as they imagine. First, there are weekly hops, musical festivals, dinner-parties, and .whist-parties; then sleighing-partice, grand balls, and theatricals. Speaking of theatricals, I must say that ono of the very beat performances I ever witnessed was given on the boards of the officers' theatre, last night, at Fort D. A. Bussell, “in honor of the distinguished guests now at the post.” It would, indeed, have done credit to MoYicker’s, and been applauded by a Chicago audience. The play was Last Legs;' and the characters wore admirably sustained by Maj. Burke. Messrs. Baldwin, Bochefeller, Chase, and Bobinson, Dr. Pago, Mrs. Owen, and Misses Owen and Burke. Tho music vras no meagre orchestra, such as economical' stage-managers famish in; cities, *but a full hand of twenty-five pieces, handled by skilled musi cians who have been in the service ten and fif teen years. ~ The dlsttaguiflhed-'gneßts ” inYvhoso-honor' the performance was - given-arc Gen. Philip Begis 'de Frobriand, 'Gen.- George D. Buggles, CoL Albert .Brackett, CoL Nugent,. Maj. JX S. Gordon, and other army-officers now at Fort Bussell on court-martial duty. PEBSONAL WAH IK'WTOin^a. Posey Wilflon is a banker in Cheyenne, and a correspondent of the Omaha ITerala, Borne time ago, Posey wrotenomo very severe things about Chief Justice Fiaher, of Wyoming. This the Chief Justice construed into contempt of conrt, and had Poeoy arrested. - THE LATE STORM. Beports of the disasters occasioned by the late terrible storm still continue to come in. The body of a soldier belonging to Company O, Fourteenth Infantry, has boon found near Fort Bussell. He got lost in tho storm, and froze to death. Capt. John Mix, who was sent out on tho Loup, with a company of cavalry, Just before tho. storm, telegraphs to Oen. Buggies that be baa lost one-half of his horses. Thirteen dead bodies have been found along the line of tho Union Pacific Bailrood between Grand Island and Lone Tree. AU these people perished in the storm. The loss in stock has been very heavy. AAnox About. THE WEST POINT CADETSHIP. Conclusion of of Candidates for the Uon« John 11. Klee’s Appoinmunt—Bcnjainin F, Murphy tho Successful Man. The examination of the candidates for appoint* mont to West Point from the First Congreseiona 1 District of Illinois was concluded yesterday, and the examiners, Dr. Gunn, J. L. Pickard,* and J. O. Glover, made their report to the effect that Benjamin F. Murphy was tho best qualified, and consequently Mr. Bice will send his name on to Washington. Tho following were the names of the candi dates: Frank D. Fitts, Frank L, Bohineon, Frank B. Cone, Christian Bupert, Charles Wil cox, Marion Pickett, Jacob Cole, Benjamin F, Murphy, Wyhami Moyers, J. J. O’Callaghan, J. H. Horton, N, B. T. Brennan, Douglass M. Ste vens,' Charles A. Caldwell, Thomas A. Dillon, and George P. Scnven. Tho last of theso'youag men was very nearly on an equality with Mur phy, and it was a hard matter to decide between them. . The following written questions were handed to the candidates, and each ono wrote down his replies separately, not being interfered with or disturbed by the presence of othftra; History —Causes of tbo American Revolution; early settlement of the country, by what nations and where made ; events of 1776; principal events of Madison’s Administration; Hull’s surrender and Perry’s victory; battle of Now Orleans; nullification; causes of seces sion ; name the Presidents in their order, and give the length of service of each ; what States seceded 7* . a map of Illinois, locating ten towns, railroads, and rivers; name ana locate North American mountain ■•.baina ? European countries and their *capi{ a*a ; name and locate the British posses sions ; nanft five large Asian rivers, and one city on each. ", A rithmetie—* These exercises consisted in simple addl ditlon and division, multiplication, etc., involving deci mals and fractions,reduction of fractions to a least com mon denominator, interest, commission, proportion, and to find tho difference between two-thirds of a ton and six times three-quarters of an ounce. " Grammar—Beading, analysis, and parsing of « Tho bugle’s wild and warlike blast,” etc. Some of tho answers to those questions arc rather queer, especially tho historical ones. Nearly all did decently in arithmetic, and fairly in geography, except that there was much con fusion as to tho Capital of Italy, one saying Florence, another Naples, another Borne, and another all three. Christiana figured as tho Capital of Norway, and Cork as that of Ireland. It was also stated that tho White Moun tains formed a part of tho Alloghanics. “ Nullification” was a horrible stumbling-block, few answering it at all, and but ono correctly. One individual declared that it came obout because Congress passed a law declaring that no State had a right to secede, while the Southern States hold they had. These laws were called the “Alien and Secession ” laws. According to tho same individual, these laws, the Missouri Com primiso, and the Fugitive Slavery laws, which tho South declared null and void, were the prin cipal causes of secession. According to another, secession arose from slavery, and the John Brown raid; according to another, it came about because “ a part wished to have slaves, and tho other .part of the United States did not wish them. The Confederacy claimed that each State hod the right to do as it wished. This led to rebellion.” Another said tho South wanted a President os well as tho North, and hence tho split. Very few of them, and the youngest

was 16, seemed to have a dear idea on the sub ject. One of them stated that the prindpal event of Madison’s Administration was the war with Mexico. They all agreed that tho Pilgrim Fathers came in 1620. ana that was about the onlv date they could nit on. The successful competitor is the oldest of them all, being 21. Ho is self-educated, poor, and am bitious, and will be very apt to make a good record at the Academy. WEST SIDE ELECTION CASE. The Writ of injunction Helmed, by Judge Williams. Hia Honor Judge Williams rendered hia de cision, yesterday morning, in the case of The People ex rel. Bryan et al. TB. Louis Amberg. Petitioner's bill, it -will bo remembered, asks for an injunction to restrain defendant from mak ing an assessment' in West Chicago, on the ground that, by reason of the illogallity of hia election, he is not the Assessor. His Honor briefly reviewed the points upon which petition ers based their application for the injunction, and stated that, personally, he has doubt as to Iris jurisdiction in the. matter; but as the issue had not been raised, he did not feel bound to decide the point. The question to be discussed was the propriety of granting the injnnceion. If it wore merely a question of tenure of office, this would not be the proper Court. For such cases the statute has provided another remedy. But the question’was one in which the public interest is concerned, viz: as to the officer who will assess the taxes, and it was by virtue of its public interest that it came into that Court. The fact of the transfer of the books to Amberg gave an aspect to the affair which would cause a very different decision from what would have been made had the question of defendant’s power been raised previous to the transfer In that case, the Court would have been disposed to issue an interlocutory order for an injunction pending the decision of .the case. The solo point to bo decided now, however, was whether or not Amberg was ■to be restrained from proceeding with the assessment. In this case as between the two parties claiming_the: Assessorship, there is ampleremedy at law. But, supposing the Corn-tissue an injunction, and pre vent defendantfroin acting as Assessor, it ties up the assessment: for a considerable time. U the injunction be dismissed, complainant stilL haa the right to appeal. If defendant was not the Asaeßßor do jure, ho was so at least do facto, and no one has a right to question hia action, sayo by a direct proceeding. As he is ready to act, and his act can hnrt no one except the party on the other side of the snit, there ia no reason why tbe Court should grant the injunction. The Court discriminated between the nature of the cases presented to him by the counsel for peti tioner; and cited several authorities in support of his views, after reading which he stated that ho did not see how the public could be hnrt by a refusal to grant tho writ, while ha could boo how its interests might bd imperiled by his granting it. In the existing state of the case, the Court decided, he ought to refuse to grant tho writ. Mr. Tripp, counsel for the petitioner, obtained permission to withdraw the papers from tho file; m order to seek relief in a writ of quo warranto. THfe GREELEY MONUMENT, Since remitting ill the moneys in my hand? to the Treasurer of the Greeley Monument Fund, Now York; I have received the following sums : A. Scott Sloan, BeaverDam,Wis.......... 1.... i.'.52.00 From the gentlemen connected with the v Pratrte Farmer office..'.. - 23.50 Further subscriptions will 'be duly acknowl edged. "' 1 . Wm. Bnoss, Committee. ' A Sister’s Sweet Affection. * ■ ' From the Atlanta (Or.) Herald. i ■ One of our agents, writing from LaGrange, re ports that a few days ago a little negro girl, 8 years old living on the plantation of Senator Georgo Peavy, in Meriwcather County, growing weary of nursing her little baby brother, laid him on the floor, and with an at split the baby’s skull open; after which she cut his hand off and put it on the mantel-piece. On being question ed as to why she committed the awful deed; she replied she would treat all of them in like man ner if left in her care. But a few weeks ago she threw the same child she killed into the branch, as she declared, to drown it. ■THE COURTS. .Answer to.. tlie Bill for a Jlcceiver to the McCord Estate. Two Land Suite—Notes from the Banlmipt Court, / The Gilbert-Post libel Suit-Tom White, the Cracksman, on Trial. Tll3 Kentucky Jjottory Case. Peter L. Toe, one of the defendants to the bill of complaint filed against him by Harriet McCord and others, answering. Says he was ap pointed co-administrator, jointly' with John Mc- Cord,'of the estate of the deceased Jason Mc- Cord, referred to in the bill, and, on tho 23d December, 1870, wae appointed by John McCord bis agent of and concerning the real estate loft by said Jason, and on the 27th November, 1871, agent for the whole of the real estate in the City of Chicago of said John McCord, with power of attorney to make contracts for building, to lease, to collect, and disburse money, and generally to care for and improve said estate. That he acted under such powers until the death of John McCord, on the Ist of March last, as to both estates,-and up to the settlement of the Jason estate in the Cook County Conrt on 26th December last, and has continued in care and custody thereof ever since, as he is in duty bound to do. That John McCord lived at Gooding’s Grovo, Will County, for many years, and at the time of his death at Blue Island, Cook County, where he transacted nearly all his business. That the presentation by him of the will of the deceased John McCord, to the County Court, and tho action of tho Court thereon, were duly noticed by ■ tho widow, and adult heirs, who woro well aware, before the death of said John McCord, of the substantial provisions of said will, and made no objection to thorn until after tho probate, ex cept the widow, who stated that she thought the testator had not left her enough; that Jason, .an adult son of the deceased John McCord, was present at tho Probate Conrt during the proceed ings, and made no objection. That, on the 24th of March, Andrew, another adult son of aaid John McCord, obtained an appeal from tho County Court order admitting the will to pro bate, which suit ie still pending; that Andrew was the only adult heir who prayed such ap- Eoal; that tho filing of tho bill of complaint orein by said Andrew' ie a waiver of such appeal; and that Sarah Ann Pettijohn, an adult daughter of John M. Cord, departed this life on the 4th April instant, leaving two infante, Eluio and George Pettijohn; that, as executor,.ho has possession of tho decoasod'e personal estate, ex cepting portions thereof in tho hands of .the widow, for the purpose of preserving daring the pendency of this litigation; and be claims the right, subject to the proper control of the Conrt, to manage and control said estate ; . but he de nies that ho has claimed to do so without per mitting complainants to know the condition of tho estate, or tho amount of property on hand, or of what tho propet ty consisted; but that, on the contrary, before tho appeal heroin was taken, he mot the adult hens by appoint ment, on tho 18th or 20th of March last; at tho office of Mr.- Holden, their solicitor, . and then and there gave them the information referred to, as far as ho was able ; and bo far ther told them that their father being Ifftoly deceased, bo bad not been able to complete the list, but was then engaged in making an inven tory for the County Court, wherein the estate would have been folly shown had tho appeal not been taken. He admits going to the home stead, in Bine Island, and taking possession there of the pereonai property, for which, as executor, ho was responsible, with the exception of about 8200 that wae in the house, about 83,800 worth of Government coupon bonds, which were in the hands of the widow, and about 81,000 worth of furniture; but he denies there making use of the expressions attributed to him. He bad in bis possession at the time of John Mc- Cord’s death, of bis personal estate, about 8104,- 600 worth of United States .Government bonds, 81,000 in City of Chicago bonds, 820,000 in bank stock, and a right to about 810,000 other stock subject to payment out of tho estate ; also a large amount of notes secured by trust deeds, in winch defendant is trustee, with the exception of ono on which 86,000 remains dno, in which L. C. P. Freer is trustee, and about 835,000 cash on hand. Ho goes minutely into the charges made os to the building, making contracts, and BO forth, and answers generally that hia conduct has been dictated by prudence and regard to the interest of the heirs; showing, with reference to the building contracts, that they were entered upon daring the lifetime of John McCord, and with his approval. Ho denies that said McCord was not of sound mind when he made the will that was admitted to probate. It ie true that ho was in feeble health, but it is denied that any undue influence was brought by defendant. Ho avers hia ability to manago tho estate, and denies that tho appeal from tho County Court was taken in good faith, alleging that such appeal is solely in the interest of adujt heirs, and in prejudice to the minor heirs, for proof of which ho refers to the. will it self. Ho insists that tho minor heirs should havo boon made defendants and not complain ants, and prays the Conrt to inquire whether said bill ought to be prosecuted by the minor heirs ■ against their manifest interests. He has heard that tho widow, on or about tho 14th of March last, renounced tho benefits secured her by tho will, and elected to take her dower and share of the estate as though no will bad been made, and he insists that she has not shown any right to contest said will or to have a Beceivor appointed to the estate. Ho sketches the history of hia intimacy with Jason and-John McCord,, to show that it was no im proper act of his, but rather as tho result of their confidence in him, that led to his becoming agent of the estate. LAND SUITS. In the Superior Court, John Sandgreen files a bill in chancery" against Joseph E. Lockwood. In his bill, complainant avers that in March, 1872, he entered into negotiations with Messrs. Lime and Hawkinson tending to a purchase of a piece of real estate bom J. E. Lockwood, whoso agents they are ; that he agreed, upon certain terms, to purchase a lotinLake,View, which they represented os containing 92 feet 8 inches front by in depth ; that,-after making his payment,'he asked for a warranty deed, but they declined to give him one, except ing for a lot containing only 73 foet front; that they offered him $75 to make up the deficit, which he declined to accept, as tho price of the lot was SBSO. Complainant asks that defendant bo brought into chancery and be made to fulfill he original contract. Henry B. Dietrich avers thatt oh the 18th of March last, together with one William H. Phare, bo'enterod into a contract with Christian Kew kirch, of tho village of Bine Island, whereby the latter agree,, for the.sum of, $3,900, to.seU • them Lot lof the subdivision of northeast of Sec. 80, Township 87| north of range 14, east of 3d p. m., In Cook Comity. Since that time Phare transferred his right os one of the contractors to Dietrich to bring suit in the Superior Court against Nowkirch, averring that he refuses to fulfill his part of the contract, although Dietrich baa repeatedly offered him the amount agreed upon for tbe second payment, some $1,283.33. GILBEBT T. “ THE POST.” The case of liisa Gilbert y. The Evening Post Printing Company was the - first called at Judge Eogers’ Court ‘yesterday.; The Post was ready, the smiling countenance of tho Hon. Leonard flwett acknowledging'that Its owner was prepared to proceed. Miss Linda, however,' her counsel; Judge Van Buren,*asserted} .was dangerously ill, suffering from a nervous attack; in support of which statement ho read - a lengthy medical certificate. Tho Post attorney smiled incredulously, at which tho Judge wared wrathy,' but the case waa finally continued generally. CBnnSAL COUBT ITEMS. “ Tom ” White, a professional cracksman, was charged with feloniously entering the domicile of Mr. Updegfaff, druggist, living down South State street, and, cleaning ont the place of all stray valuables. The prisoner, according to Mia. Updeffraff, climbed over the door of tho room, and presented a revolver at tho head of her beloved lord. With the agonizing dread of impending widowhood she yielded to tho pris oner her wallet and jewelry. White thon.wont for a companion, and together - they made a search of the promises, and accumulated a quantity of spoil. Overcoming her,dread.of ade cree of divorce issued at the revolver muzzle, she awakened her spouse, who tackled the intruders, but could not hinder their escaping by a back door. White was subsequently arrested by Offi cer Flanigan. An original kind of alibi was set up in defense. A Mr. and Mrs. Bhbredike, who sloop in tho next room to that occupied by White and wife, testified that on the night of the bur glary they lay awake all night long, and during Mr. and Mrs. W. conversing all nightlong. 'The. strangeness of this coincidence . can, only bei equaled by its extreme tenuity, had its* weight with the jury, who, at last accounts, were unable to agree, and were directed to deliver a sealed verdict. John Benon, another sneak-thief, who got into a house and removed a quantity of clothes and . jewelry, was fonnd guilty; and, being under age, will go to the House of 'Correction! The “Kentucky Lottery" case came up before Judge. Harwell yesterday afternoon. F. Bears, the agent of the head office of the lottery in Kentucky, was placed on trial to answers charge of selling a lottery ticket in the City of Chicago. The point raised by the defense was that the modus operandi of the lottery man here was sim ply to take an order from parties wishing to try their luck, which order, with the money, ho sent along to Kentucky, receiving tickets in exchange, and that such an operation was not a sale. The counsel for the defendant made a very able argument in- favor of his client, and a pathetic appeal in support of the lottery scheme, instancing the fact that the Kentucky Library was one of the first subscribers to the Chicago Belief Fund. He argued, that a vast difference existed between. State and ordi nary lotteries. The former are based on State law, the other on no law whatever. He also deprecated the’ abusive manner in which a cer tain newspaper of Chicago had spoken of the en terprise, which ho looked upon as a philanthropic institution. Judge Harwell took the matter under advisement. THE COUBTS EJ BBTET. Judge Farwell, yesterday, ‘at the Circuit Court, delivered his decision in the case of Bus sell v. Terry, dismissing plaintiff’s bill for want of equity. The cross bill brought by Terry was also dismissed.. Bissell prayed for an appeal.. The case of Booth v. Harrison came up before Judge Booth, yesterday, on motion to remove a conservator. Bio jury decided that George A. Harrison is a fit and proper person to have care, custody, and control of his property, and thirty days were given the conservator in which to set tle accounts. Frederick B. Cols yesterday commenced suit in the United States Circuit Court against the Union Foundry Works, in case, $15,000 dam ages- Judge Blodgett, on Saturday, heard the argu ments on the petition for the removal of the Assignee of the Aurora Insurance Company, The voluminous evidence will occupy the atten tion of His Honor for some time to come before he can deliver his decision. - Alfred G&as yesterday brought Biiit for $5,000 damages, in case, against Charles Dopko, in the Circuit Court. _ Catherine Honnessy yesterday commenced suit against the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati- & St. Lours Railroad Company, in case, $5,000 damages, in the Circuit Court. Sarah M. Stevenson waa, at the County Court, yesterday, appointed executrix of the estate of the late David Stevenson, under a bond to be ap proved of $60,000. In tho matter of Tan Volzer & Blakeman, bankrupts, a dividend of 20 per cent was yester day declared. Addison Colbome & Co., of Elkhart, lowa, grain shippers, yesterday commenced suit in tho United States' Circuit Court against Burton, Stevens & Co., in assumpsit, $3,000, charging that, on the 11th of Angnst last, they employed tho defendants to sell for them 5,000 bushels of Ko. 2 wheat, placing in their hands at tho same time $587.50 margins; that said wheat was sold next day at $1.54, but the proceeds never ac counted for, for which action is brought. nAHKEUPT MATTERS. ' In the matter of J. M. Fisk ot aL a rule was entered on the attorneys for objecting creditors to pay certain fees. Adjudication by. default was entered in the matter of George hL Arnold et. al. ~ An order discharging the Assignee from his duties was mode in the estate of C. A. Stark weather. An order for hearing and creditors’ meeting, in the estate of John .L. Swartz et ah, was'yes terday entered, to take place at- Freeport, HI., on the ,11th of June next, before J. A. Crain, Begistcr. NEW SUITS, The United States Cibcuit Court.—Samrol .J. 'Walker v. Joseph H. Burkham etaL; transcript of record from Circuit Court of Cook County. Frederick B. Cole v. Union Foundry Works; case, $15,000. Ad dison, Colbome A Co. v. Burton, Stevens A Co.; as sumpsit, |3,000. The Unite© States District Court. —Stener B. Engelson v. Steamer Union, of Green Bay; libel for wages, - The Circuit Court. —6,723 —Appeal. 6,734 F. J. Abbey ct aL v. J. P. Grand; assumpsit, SSOO. 6.725-6 —Appeals. W. H. Reynolds y. Alfred Gaaa and Charles Dopke; case, $5,000. 6,72B—Charles E. Cook v. C. Follansboe A Son ; assumpsit, $1,200. Hennessy v. The Pittsburgh, Cincinnati A* St, Louis B. B. Co,; trespass on tbo case, $3,000. 6,730— Appeal, 6,73l—Hosanna Davlin v. William P. Fowler and Daniel Buckley; debt, SSOO. 6,733—James Wright v. Michael Lawler; restored case. v The Superior Court.—43,236—Mary L. v. Samuel F. Wright; divorce. <3,227—John Sandgrcan v. Jo seph E. Lockwood; bill for specific performance of contract. 43,223 —Henry S. Dietrich r. Christiana Newkirch; same. 43,229 —Zell. Hall v. John'T. Sima ; confession of judgment, $215.70. 43,230-I—Appeals. 43,232— Henry C. Miu*f y, Charles E. Babcock; ac count, S3OO. FEESH (MEAT) TEOUBLES. Tho Riverside Hotel Company .Sued by Their Butcher* Rudolph Weheli has brought a suit in assump sit in the Superior Court against Emery E. Childs, Seneca D. Kimbark, William T. Allen, George hi. Klmbark, David A. Gage, Telford Burnham, George Chambers, Charles Gladding, Louis Sapleha, Henry £. Seely, L G. Conrad, John O. Dore, Gordon 8. Hubbard, Jr., Fred Schultz, George &I. Pullman, Leverett W. Mur ray, H. hi. Kinsley, tho Northwestern Gas and Water Pipe Company, David S. Dancomb, Fred H- Avors, James G. Dwen, Alphous C. Badger, and the Riverside Improvement Company, cor porators doing business under the name of “ Tho Riverside Hotel Company.’ 1 Weheli, the plain tiff in tho case, is a butcher, and he sues defendants to recover the amount of an account for $699.43,-which defendants, as hotel-keepers, ran np with him for porter-house steak, tenderloin, spring lamb, liver and bacon, and the thonsand-and-one vi ands which grace the table of a high-toned, semi-private hotel of tho ** Riverside” descrip tion. The hotel is the third of the “ Riverside ’* ventures, and, like its predecessors, it seems to have been inaugurated while an ovu star was in the ascendant. First of all was,the “ Riverside Improvement Company,” the stockholders in which hoped to build up a fancy-like suburban retreat, whither they could resort and enjoy life •after the busy cares of the city were over. This got into trouble, as everybody knows. Then came the “ Northwestern Gas and Water-Pipe Company,” which also didn’t succeed; and the “ Riverside Hotel Company,” the defendant in the present suit, followed,* tho ’ last' be ing a. sort of compound, of the. two former ventures. After the fire the Com- : ponies were found to be considerably involved in debt, and some of the shareholders were let in pietiy deeply. Among these was the noble Sapieha. who had invested considerable money in the riparian stocks and who filed a petition in bankruptcy against tho “Riverside Improve ment The action in bankruptcy is still pending,, and the plaintiff urges that the corporation uses this-fact at once as a shield and a weapon. - It is said that tho members of tho corporation are going to fight every case to tho bitter end, so that an interesting trial- may be looked forward to. in May, when the case of Weheli ▼. Childs et ah comes np. Joseph Pfireh ing is attorney f<sr tho plaintiff. - ' . * A MURDEROUS ASSAULT. A notorious ruffian, named James Finan, was arraigned before Justice Scully, yesterday morn iugp charged with an attempt to commit murder. The evidence developed the following circnm .stances: - On Sunday. aftemoon, l -Jamea Batigan called at Finan’a son street, to see the landlady! Ho remained daring the. afternoon and evening,: and finally .went to bed, in one of the rooms of the honse. About midnight Finan ; crept" stealthily into Batigan’s room, arid, proceeding to the bed where he lay, mado four vigorous stabs at hia head and heck, with a jack-knife. The blood flowed copiously from the wounds, and Finan j evidently acting nnder the impression that he had killed his man, rriahed out of the room. Sergeant O’Donnell, having heard of tho affair, proceeded .to the honse to arrest Finan. He was, however, not to "be found, and the inmates of the honse denied that they knew of his where abouts. A more thorough search of the honse ’being instituted, the would-be murderer was found in a hack room, curled up behind a lounge, Ha was arrested,■ and before Justice Scully yesterday morning ho was bound over to the Criminal Court without boiL Eati gan's wounds, although painful, are not serious.- Finan was - incited to the bloody act because the widow smiled ofteuer on Batigan than on him. The criminal record of Cook County contains Finan’s name, as being one of. the three parties implicated in the murder of Patrick Maloney, at Sand Bidge‘some years ago. Corbett, Fleming, and Kennedy, hia partners in tho tragedy, were hung, and Finan ’only escaped the same punishment by turning State’s evidence. Since that time ho has led a wild life, and it will be a good thing for the com munityif ho goes to Joliet for the rest of his life. LINCOLN PARC ASSESSMENT. Argument* of Messrs. Daniel Shorer Wilson, Perry Trumbull, and Honl Jbyman Trnmbnll. The arguments of counsel in the Lincoln Park assessment case were continued before Chiel Justice Williams, in the Circuit Court, yesterday. Those who have given attention to this interest ing and important suit will remember that when the Court adjourned on Friday 'afternoon, Ur. Daniel Shorey, who appears in part for the ob jectors, was in the middle of his argument. The additional points made by him yesterday wore as follows: That the assessment had not been made by the- corporate authorities of tha towns of North Chicago and Lake View, for tha corporate purposes of those towns. That the Assessors and Supervisors were not authorized to make an assessment for park purposes, being but a part of the Boards of Trustees of their re spective towns. That the action of four men, two from each town, in levying an assessment without proper authority of law, did not determine the wishes of tha in habitants in the matter. Mr. Shoney concluded by saying that the case had shown up clearly that the town officers of North Chicago and Lake View had acted with uncertainty, and without restraint or responsibility. The only danger he feared was that the nnjnst assessment might bo pushed through, as the general public, who had nothing to pay, was strongly in favor of parks. ' Mr. Wilson followed for the Park Commis sioners. He claimed that the proceeding was not one for the collection of an assessment, but for its completion. There had been no assess ment, as'there was no person to whom it could be paid until after the Court confirmed it. Tbs effect of the act under which the assessment had been estimated was to make the towns of North Chicago and Lake View a park district. The law had made the Assessors and Supervisors of those towns an Assessment Board,. and had endowed them with power to levy an assessment for park improvements on property that would be bene fitted by such improvements to an extent equal to the amount -of the assessment. The fact that officers of different towns hadmads the assessment under consideration, did not af fect its validity, as was claimed by opposing counsel. They acted as the corporate author? ties of the park district, having been elected from parts of the district. An Alderman, though only elected by one ward, became, nevertheless, a cor porate officer of the whole city. The same argu ment applied to County Commissioners, mem bers of the General Assembly, and corporate au thorities of park districts. It was reasonable to suppose that the officers who made the contest ed assessment had been elected with special ref erence to the powers conferred upon them by the Constitution with reference to . assess ments for park purposes. In answer to the objection that the assessment had been mads by persona who had no knowledge of tha value of the land assessed, or of the value of' the benefits that would be coin ferred by the contemplated'improvements,'tha speaker cited the manner in which the Board of -Public Works made special assessments. . When it became necessary to make a public improver ment, the Board simply estimated the cost, with out taking any testimony on the matter. The members acted under no special oath, but under their oath of office. This was what bad been done by the Assessment Board in the Lincoln Fork case, and no charge had been made that .thalevy was too great, and the action of the offi cers had not been impeached. The speaker also explained that a tax and a special assessment •were widely different. The former meant a burden, from which no approximate remuneration could be obtained; the latter meant a benefit. - There could bo no loss, and there sometimes was- a positive gain'derived from it. In this connection be answered an objection to the assessment, based on a statu tory provision that cemetery lauds should be exempt from taxation, claiming that such lands were not exempt from assessment, and were liable to condemnation when not used for the purposes for which they were secured. It'ap peered to him that the objectors were believer! m foreordination. They knew that the park would be enlarged in time, and that their -prop erty would increase in value in and they wanted to have it done without cost to -themselves. ... Mr. Perry Trumbull followed in a brief argu ment on behalf of tho objectors. He reviewed and explained certain objections which had been folly reviewed and explained before by Mr. Shorey, and, it may be said, cast no new light on the subject. -The Hon. Lyman Trumbull was the notf 'tspeaker. He is leading counsel for the pret esting property owners. Ho said thathis clients were not foes to tho establishment of parks, or to their improvement or enlargement. 'What they objected to was the unfair and unjust moans - which had been used in raising money by assess ment. Their property wonld not be materially affected by the proposed improvement, as it now fronts on the improved portion of the park. The people of Hyde Park cry out against being compelled to subscribe money for the purchase of land lying within the limits of the city. They do not want the land, and they havo no need of a park. Parks were not designed for country people. They were intended for residents of a city, whose business confined them to badly ventilated rooms during the day. and made pure air at some time a requisite of health and life. The plowman is not one of those to whom a park is a necessity, for he finds fresh air and health in the pursuit of his avocation. He would not like to be compelled to pay for a park in the city. This was tho view taken by the people of Lake Yiow. .They live in a natural park, and deem it a hardship to be assessed nearly $500,000 for tho purchase of land lying outside of their town limits for which they have no use. ; Mr. Trumbull then attacked tho bill under which the assessment had been made.' Wbfla admitting that it had been intended to apply to Lincoln Park, ho contended that it aid not apply to it, and could* not bo mode to suit the emergency by any legal device. He claimed that it was a special act, and, consequently, in open and direct conflict with the Constitution. If tho Court found it to bo so, it would be its duty to recognize the high er law, tho Constitution. The bill was undoubt edly drawn np with reference to Lincoln Park, but, were it not for the legislative morality of the times, and tho honorable motives of members of legislative bodies, ho would call it a cunningly devised scheme to avoid constitutional-pro visions. If it did not refer to Lincoln Park, to what did it refer ? Ho couldn’t toll. .Ho might huntthe statutes over and'meet with, as much success as Diogenes in his search for an honest man in the market-place. . . . % Tho speaker, was about to arguo that tho tul referred to a particular class of acts; and was, therefore, a local and special act, when tho Court adjourned until 10 a. m. to-day. BOARD OF POLICE. ' ‘A regular meeting of the Board of Police arid Fire, Commissioners was held yeaterday.sfter noon, -"President Mason in the- Chair. |Oom missioners Wright and Sheridan and Superinten dent Washburn wore alao present. ~ w ' Officers Patrick Mahoney and John Moynahan ■were charged,' the first-with maltreating a citizen, and the other for notr reporting the matter.-Ths ease was continnod until Friday. It waa do: elded that they" had" used unnecessary violence, and procured the absence of witnesses. , MJsl ■ The 'following'resignations were presented: Colvin Hilt and Henry Bmndt, patrolmen. Chargea wore' preferred against Officer-Dyer for intoxication. The officer not maMnphja ip* pearanco, the cane 'was' postponed .TmUlFriday next.' . .. . > . - . -: <The following communication was receneo from the Board of Health: ■ • • I am Instructed to request the co-opcrstion of honorable "body in detecting and suppresaicg.ntntta®* arising from the conduct of the business of Blaagw*£ .IngimH randwring, VnlMnftfig' inHdfr* a l-tO-iflO-P**L suits, especially of offensive odors emanatlngcca rendering, establishments, meat - frequently, otf®. night. Our police force being inadequate forbow* ahd-nlght duty, it is often very diflicalt to otobd sances tothdr proper sources.- It would tberow*. of great service to the department if y°° patolmen to report violations of the health caused by these establishments that may cons their notice. By order of the Board, . n ' • • J. W. Russkll, Secrets^- ; It was.referred to the Superintendent** , power to act. * i*ro(L-Xeibrandt was appointed-Speciw *7: liceman for tho Health Department. The Board adjourned. ’ Yerdi’a “Alda” appears to have J* 17 *? with great success at Naples on the 80 w . ,telegram says: “Indescribable enthnaMmi all the piocoa universally applauded it?**® tiah march encored. Terdi recalled thirty 8° times. Execution admirable. Decorations, tnmea, and aoonery splendid. Beccipte f first night, £BOO. Subscription hst performance of ‘Aida’ is a great aros event I”

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