Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, 8 Haziran 1873, Page 4

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated 8 Haziran 1873 Page 4
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4 THE SERVANT-QUESTION. Woes bx the' Housekeeper—lneffi ciency and Deficiency of Do mestic Help. Attempting to Get a New Girl—The * Bisagreeahilities Incident Thereto. Mistaken Ideas of “Gentility”—How They Should Be Corrected. Tho misery, the weariness, tho trouble of it j and yet they say.who sit in comfortable boudoirs of their own, or live in other people’s houses, that we are not housekeepers. They write di ‘dactic essays upon the subject, and treat the present issues of housekeeping and servants Tory much in the same way aa old maids’ chil dren are proverbially brought up, and with just about as much knowledge of the matter as the aforesaid wise virgins in their attempts at im provement upon maternal discipline. Every body that could get a chance has had his or her little say about THE EEBVANT-QUESTION, and has settled the matter to his or her own per sonal satisfaction; but, unfortunately, the whole thing ends there. No one else is satis fied, and the servant-girl is still the white ele phant of modern life,—quite as difficult to ob tain ; quite as uncertain in her movements; quite as hard to keep after gaining psssession of tho animal. The cry rises from all parts of the country re specting the inefficiency of tho help, and many people are prone to ascribe it to the inefficiency cf the mistress. No doubt this has much to do with the matter; but tho great trouble seems to be now, not the inefficiency, BUT THE DEFICIENCY, of the article in question. Being a cosmopoli tan. and having resided in many cities ; having eecru tho hired hindrance in various phases,—we must say that, in comparison with her Eastern sister-cities, Chicago has tho worst of it. There, at least, something is obtainable from intelli gence-offices, through tho advertising columns of tho local medium, or in some such way. We do not propose to occupy ourselves with those who keep a large retinue of servants, of whom tho housekeeper, butler, and French cook are only the principal among them, but with the great majority of people, whose incomes permit thorn ouiy one, or, at the most, two assistants. Those aro the portion of the community who are suffering from the present condition of things. It is upon them falls the necessity of conning all the prose of housekeeping, when tho Mile sian, the Scandinavian, or the Teuton LEAVE WITHOUT NOTICE, cscep* a little freedom of speech allowable in a Republic, l( and tho place that hath known them shall know them ho more,” not if they know it. Then “ The grasshopper is a burden,” and life does not seem worth what It costs. To see those we lovodie, is sad enough, but there is some pleasure in dwelling upon the merits of tho departed; if our best friend de ceives ns, wo think what a good fellow he has boon; if a relative defalcates, we consider how much he has made by it, whether there is any extradition treaty between our country and the one to which he baa fled, what the prospect is of our being remembered in his will, and what Mrs. Grundy will say; bat, when that servant-girl is impertinent, and we' remonstrate and discharge her, and she thereupon cords her box, dons her best and gayest dress and hut, puts C'-x her oroide watch and chain and tho last sweet thing in earrings, and shakes the dust from off her shoes as she passes from onr basement-door, there is not a consoling 'reflec tion to lighten the heavy burdon. We cannot dwell upon her past virtues, and all that we are likely io receive from her will never assume the form of a testamentary bequest, but already lies before ua in tbo shape of an accumulation of dirt in various ways. 'Wearily the housekeeper tarns to take a view of the situation It ia simply appalling- It is indeed a Protean under taking to assume each character, FliOM SCULLION TO CHATELAINE INCLE. And yet this is what lies before her, and tho scullion's work seems to require that she shall . immediately accept that position. There is, no | doubt, much of the poetic clement in housekeep ing, of which we hope to write some day for tho benefit of ouryoung-ladyreadors whose ennuyed with doing nothing and long for a mission; but we must admit that It is not in scullion’s work. An esthetic washing of pots and pans containing the debris or tho sediment of breakfast or din ner, ia hardly possible, and it certainly does not improve the condition of tho hands or the com plexion generally; while the raking out of stoves and building of tires makes one long for an in pcrmeablo mask of tar. that shall turn one into a Moor or Heathen Chinee pro tern, until that scene of the social masquerade ia over. As the blighting frosts of winter are to the rare exotic that has blossomed in the heated green-house, co is the enveloping cloud of kitchon-cinders to the woman who has been quite as carefully per fected under glass. However, here in Chicago, rho is frequently brought to test the strength of Lor constitution by undergoing just such changes cf atmosphere. That sho survives it, and still bourgeons into a certain refinement of bloom, is a wonder, and tells much for tho vitality of the choice nature. But to get back to pur sheep,—not the 1,500 that went up on masse in the recent cyclone, but to our one unfortunate little mutton, who ia solving the problem of scullion produci ble to chatelaine. Not satisfied with thehypoth tals, mnch lees with the probable Q. E. I), and corollaries, she gives it up, ’and startsin pursuit of a key tp-its solution, — ot io the shops for school-books, .Not to tho student’s coach, tut to that outgrowth of domestic demand, THE EMPLOYMENT-AGENCY. Tli ore aro no girls in just then that the presid ing genius of,tbe place thinks -will suit you, but the dwells upon the merits of a certain Mary i.nn, until you aro almost inclined to overcome your prejudice to her national persuasion, when you discover that there is another paragon in a Crctchen, and you decide upon the latter. You return quite pleased. The scullion problem looks less like the pous-aeinorum than it did when you started, and you attack it slightly while you wait for tlio elucidating Gor man. The hours was. and wane, and you still lock for her coining. The changes in your feeling might bo counted some i hat as the French maiden tolls her fortune, by the petals of the Marguerite. In place, how ever, of her pretty incantation, U TC j c;i,~pcssionement—avec tout son c<rur,~-pas a tout” yours might bo reckoned on your fingers, i-fter this manner: “Hopefully,—patiently,— <1 jubtlngly,—impatiently,—objurgatively.” She t:oos not come ; . SHE KEVEB INTENDED TO. Noon© else comes. Ton are conscious of a r.‘.a;culiuc element down-town, with tip-tilted i cao perhaps, certainly with tip-tilted feet, repining heavenwards, what one might call an r. pi if tea solo,—cigar in mouth, spittoon by his tr.de, paper in baud, dreadfully hard at work £'. tending to business,' and who, after all that, prodigious labor, will return worn out with tho tiro and turmoil of it, and. for tho • time, vlli be nothing but a polyp with out stretched tentacles, eagerly seeking something to devour. Thero is but ono" difference between him and the polyp proper.. The latter can neither relievo nor stimulate itself by sug gestions or swearing. Why has the human polyp been thus gifted ? The crisis of despair having arrived, and the butcher and grocer having foiled to come to time, you unwind the classic towel from your l ead, which you have • assumed while* enacting upper-malo, and descend to the lower regions/ THE mXCHEJv-SADES, discovering. No. 1, no clean napkins; No. 2, dit to table-cioth; and, No. 3. ditto dishes; N0. 4, nothing to eat, owing to the above-mentioned delinquency of butcher and grocer; No. 5, fire ouito out—and here you cease investigating. Back to your dressing-room, and you assume, in a shiftless, don't-care-a-bit-ativo manner, your and go in pursuit of those afore- B-iid tradesmen, you return heated and tired, but arm yourself with courage. You wash enough napkins for dinner, and won der how they ever did get so stained. Then you light your fire. The door-bell rings, and you hope it is Gretchen. Your heart never throbbed with more eager anticipation, even in the dava of love's, young dream,' When hid ring was heard at the door, —vain palpitation !—only an advertisement of cheap dry goods ! Is it worth while to follow you through all tout trials tin til that dinner is on the table, and, hot and tired,, you rush up. to change your dress that you may preside over it ? No ; this is only incidental to the servant-girl question. John eats his dinner, and then you send him down to The Tbibusz office WITH AS‘‘AD.” The next morning, that is- the only portion of the paper that has the slightest interest for you. There it is in typo, and now yon know that all will be right, flatters look brighter. Breakfast is not over when the first recruit arrives; in quires ' about your . family; how many in number; bow many servants are kept; whether the house has modern improve ments; if there is a carriage and piano; and at last decides that , she won't hire yon. A little crestfallen, yon return to the table. You are interviewed by several of these ladies, and at last engage one, who promises to return imme diately, and that is the last you see of her. Again you go to the intelligence-office, and this time are glad to take anything yon con get, and again you are disappointed. John spends a small fortune in “ ads” for yon, but they bring no satisfactory response. Utterly tired out, you seek refuge from absolute illness in a woman WHO WOBM oTrr B\ THE DAT. At tho end of the week, you discover that you have paid her just ten dollars and a half; have given her all the old clothes you had, and some that wore not so old, beside feeding the family of eleven small children at home, boarding her, and doing a large proportion of the work your self ; while, when she gets through, things are iu the same condition that they were when she arrived. What is to be done about it ? Housekeeping under such circumstances is simply a physical impossibility. All the comfort, and all the lux ury, of home, is made null and void by the drudgery entailed in the absence of the laboring element, and THIS SEEMS UNATTAINABLE. We have grown too accustomed to luxury to be willing to return to the primitive simplicity of the early settlers, when the housework of a fam ily was so circumscribed that it was easily accom plished by the female members thereof. There is a certain routine that must be gone through with now, whether with assistance or not; cer tain luxuries that have lost that characteristic are now necessities; little attributes of civiliza tion and culture, which, while they add materially to the comfort of living, also add to the manual labor consequent thereon. Hiss Ingelow, in a letter to this country, writes to the following effect: “We are looking to yon for a solution of tho question of combined culture and labor.” These may not be her exact words, bat that is the idea they are intended to convey. It is a knot which can only be cut by the keen, sharp sword of COMMON SENSE, quite oblivious of any sentimental conoidorauem. ,we may be considered heterodox in the extreme, ' —oblivions of the true interests of the sex; but surely, if any one has a chance to realize that “ A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, * it is the woman who is obliged to come in contact with the lady who condescends to do her housework. All reformers are eager In their outcry for en lightenment, and to this we cheerfully accede. But let it be enlightenment in reality—not a phosphorescent exhalation from decayed good sense, which has been killed in the illumining process, and has only left a something as useless as a corpse. When girls, whose position in life necessitates a certain species of laborers taught, with their email portion of reading and writing, that to he a good servant is better than to be A SHAM LADY, tnen there may be some hope of our getting free of onr difficulties. The philosophers of the age need not be frightened. It there are any brilliant intellects among those girls, they will make their way despite all difficulties; and we do not appre hend that there have been many DeStaela or George Eliots lost to society through the , undue pressure of social prejudice, or. the lack of opportunity for mental improvement. It is in the schools that this must begin. The lady is no less a lady that circumstances may have obliged her to take a Diace in the ranks of those who serve, nor is the uncultivated boor less a boor because some acci dent may have raised her to a seeming equality with the former. So long as advertisements like the following appear in the columns of our we have little to hope for. We copy verbatim from a late issue: If any lady wishes a lady to do their washing, they can call at No. - street.' ‘ , When ladies go out to act as hired appliers of detergents to the soiled} linen of other people, they are not apt to announce the fact quite so publicly. . Tho higher the culture, the more quietly and easily are alhspecies of labor performed. TO DO WHAT, ONE DOES WELL, whatever it may b0..15, after all, the desirable position to arrive at.. The perfect cook is a greater boon to society than the poor magazine writer; the excellent laundress is superior to the scribbling rhymester; and even tho scullion, who washes her pots and pans well, to the young lady who knows nothing thoroughly. Wo think this should at least be the basis of education, teaching-proper self-respect to all grades o;' society. It is lacking everywhere, unless it may be in tho purely intellectual portion of the American world. Tom. Hick, and Harry each has a richer relative, whom they thrust upon you as a reason why they should be of some consequence. A cousin lives on Calumet ave nue, Hadison Square, or Beacon street, and keeps a regiment of servants and carriages enough for a smal Ivery-stablo; and so they shine in this reflected golden light, and yon must worship, not what they ore, not what they might be, but what some individual that you know and care nothing about is. IT IS ALL WBONO. A lady does not need to placard herself ; but, if Hrs. Smith will persist in dragging in her rich aunt, Hrs. Jones, who never does anything, how can you blame your washwoman if she insists upon telling you about the money she might have had, or despises you if you are not rich enough to pay some one elec to listen to her talk, or cannot afford to give her your coat, and cloak also ? -As it is now, many of those who should bo in our kitchens, are incur shops,— not earning enough to keep them from tempta tion, and possible ruin, because they must live on what they earn ; while others, who have com fortable homes, but who also need to labor that they may obtain something beside more shelter and lodging, should be in these positions, as clerks. A. few bright, able ones wul, of course, always command something better; but the great mass of female employes to-day are struggling to obtain positions for which many of them are not competent, simply from a mistaken idea that they ABE MOBE “GENTEEL,” which, wo believe, is the proper word to use. Hake it a portion of tho curriculum to teach that any labor, properly and perfectlyperformod, according to one’s capabilities, in a quiet self-re specting manner, is the first step towards at taining that much-lookcd-for position of lady, and the individuals so taught wiU require no placarding, while ’ the domestic machinery will move far more easily, and require less frequent adjusting. OUR PUBLIC LIBRARY. The GoTcraihcut Approves the Award of the CommisKioucrs, ami I» Beady to Exchange Title Deeds—Directors’ meeting. The Hon. N, B. Judd, Collector of the Port, no tified the Mayor yesterday that he had received a telegram from the Treasury Department in forming him that the Solicitor of the Treasury hod beon instructed to prepare the deeds of the old Custom-House lot and building, to be deliv ered to the City of Chicago on receipt of the deeds from the city to the Bridewell property, in accordance with tho report of tho Board of Commissioners. The Collector added a request that tho deeds for.the city propertybo Srcpafed at the earliest possible moment. The Tayor will aak the Council nest Monday oven-. ,ing to formally confirm the trade., When this is. done, the old Post-Office buil&ng. and lot will pass into the bauds of the Board of Education. They have some money, the proceeds of the sale of lands, and when the building is tonantabls they will lease it to;, the Library Board at a fair rental. An architect is now preparing plans for tho interior, and, as soon as they are completed, tho work of making tho structure habitable will commence.'. All the walls are in r excellent condition, ■ and it is thought, with the aid of Portland cement and sand, tho west wall, which was bo badly chipped by tho fire, can be made smooth and uniform with tho others. The estimated cost of the re pairs is $50,000. DIBEOTOBS 1 MEETIKQ. The Board of Directors of the Free Library .met at the. City-.-Hall yesterday afternoon. A letter was received from Mr. Eobeson. in which he stated that he had shipped the last case of the English,, donation of hooks. The Hughes 'special donation/which consists of between 1,000 and 1,200 volumes, would be sent forward as Boon as the consent of the Secretary of tho Anglo-American Association could be obtained. This gentleman is sick, and has not been in Lon don for some time. Mr. Bobeson also reported that he had commenced negotiating for the bind ing of the first instalment of the British Pateut- Oilico reports. THE CHICAGO DAILY TIHBUNE: SUNDAY, JUNE b, 1873. KLOKKE VS. WRIGHT. Another Jndge Disallows' the Batter’s Claims to a Police Com missioflorship. The Law and the Facta Stated- The County ‘Election Dodge Exposed. Power of the Legislature to Make Laws for Municipalities. Judge Tree, yesterday morning, in the Crimi nal Court, decided the Klokke case in the follow ing word b: The information in this case (the People at the relation of Ernest P. C. Klokke v. Leri Wright) charges the defendant Wright with usurping and intruding into the office of a Com missioner of the Board of Police. The plea filed by the defendant avers that, on the Ist of July, 1872, the Mayor of the City of Chicago ap pointed the relator, Klokke, Police Commis sioner of said city to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jacob Behm, which appoint ment was concurred in by the Common Council. That Klokke qualified according to law, and en tered upon the discharge of the duties of the office without interruption until the 29tb of Jan uary, 1873, when the Mayor, being of the opin ion that the interests of the city re quired it, removed him by virtue of the power vested in him by law, of which removal Klokke was duly notified the same day. That at the next regular meeting of the Common Council, the Mayor reported in writing his reasons for having so removed In'm, and that thereupon the office became vacant. That on the sth of February, 1873, defendant, possessing the qualifications required by law, was appointed Police Commissioner by the Mayor by and with the consent of the Common Council, to fill the vacancy caused by the removal of Klokke, and that he has since qualified as required by law, and entered upon the discharge at the duties of the office., ■ To this plea the replications have been filed. The first one alleges that at the general election, hold in November, 1872, in the County of Cook, votes wore cast by the qualified voters of the county for persons legally qualified to hold the office of Police Commissioner to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jacob Eehm, and, on counting the votes in the manner required by the statute, it appeared that a large majority thereof wore cast at that election for Klokke. That he was commissioned by the Governor on the 27th of November, 1872, qualified i according to law, and entered upon the performance of his duties, and continued to exercise the same until unlawfully evicted by the defendant Wright, on the 24th of February, 1873. Wherefore, it is alleged that the office did not become vacant, as averred in the plea. The second replication alleges that the reasons set forth in the communication of the Mayor to the Common Council for tho removal of Klokke were not true, and were not tho actnal reasons which influenced him to attempt tho removal of the relator. To both of these replications tho defendant has interposed a demurrer. Tho question raised by tbe demurrer involves tho validity of the act of' the Mayor in removing Klokke. If his act in this regard was unauthor ized in law, then there was no vacancy, and tho defendant is intruding into an office to which he has no legal right. The determination of this question depends upon the construction which should bo given to the first section of the act of tho General Assembly, approved March 9,1872, and known as the “ Mayors act.” That section reads as follows: “In all cities in this State all city officers (whose election by tho qualified voters thereof is not provided for by law) and also all members of boards organized under the charter (or amend ments thereto) of any such citv, except those appointed by tho Governor of the State, shall be appointed by the Mayor of the city, by and with tho consent of the legislative authority thereof, a majority of all the members elect concurring by yeas and nays, to be-entered upon its journal. Any city officer or member of such board may be removed by the Mayor of any such city when ever, in Ins opinion, tho interests of the city may require such removal, bnt he shall report, in writing, his reasons for snch removal to tho said legislative authority at its next regular meeting. In case of a removal from, or vacancy in, any snoh office or board, a successor may he appointed by the Mayor, with tho like consent of the said legislative authority of anv such city.” Are tho members of the Board of Police em braced within tho classes of officers which the Mayor is authorized to appoint and remove un der the provisions of this section ? In order to ascertain this, it is necessary to refer to tho previous legislation on the subject of this par ticular Board, In 1861 tho General Assembly passed a law to organize a board, to bo known as the Board of Police of the City of Chicago.” It was to consist of three Commissioners, to bo chosen, one from the Bonth, one from the West, and one from tho North Divisions of the city. The Governor, by and with tho consent of the, Senate, was to appoint the first Com missioners of the Board, but at the general municipal election, in 1863, and biennially thereafter, a member of the Board was to be elected by the legal voters of tho city, to take the place of one of those originally appointed by the Governor under the act, and when elected he was to hold his term of office for six years. Un der the provisions of this act the Commissioners so chosen assumed control of the police force of the City of Chicago, and were entrusted with the duty of preserving the public peace, preventing crime, and protecting the rights of persons and property within the boundaries of the city. The salaries of the members of the Board were to be paid out of the Treasury of the City of Chicago. In 1863 an act was passed to reduce the charter of the City of Chicago, and the several acta amendatory thereof into one act and to revise the same, and the 9th section of tho 2d chap ter of that act provides for the selection of Police Commissioners by tho people, and tho term of their office. Section 1 of tho same chapter declares who shall constitute the officers of the corporation of the city. Among those enumerated is “ a Board of Police.” In 1865 an act to amend an act entitled “An act to re duce the charter of the City of Chicago and the several acts amendatory thereof into one act, and to revise the same," was passed hr the Legisla ture. Tho 12th section of this latter act pror videsthat Commissioners of . the Board of Police of tho city shall be elected by the qualified vot ers of Cook County. It is entirely clear, to my mind, from the his tory of tho legislation of the subject, as contin ued in the several acts to which I have referred, that the Commissioners of the Police Board are within the classes of officers subject to removal by tho Mayor under the act of 1872. They aro expressly declared to be citv officers by the pro visions of tho amended charter of 1863, and aro members of boards organized under the charter of tho city, or amendments thereto. They, therefore, come within the description of officers whoso appointment and removal are vested in the Mayor. Tho fact that under tho act of 1865 they .were required to he elected by the legal voters of the whole county' does not, in my judgment, alter their character or relation to tho City-Government. Their duties have almost exclusive reference to the. City of Chi ,cago, and they are paid out of its .treasury; nor. were . those , duties .altered or extended in any manner in the county •by tho act requiring them to be elected by the voters of the county. It seems to mb that the intention of the Legislature, to vest in tho Mayor the power of removal of this class of offi- cars, is too dearly expressed on the face of the act to leave room for indulging in any implica tions. It was urged, in the argument, that an act which abridges the right of the people to elect their officers should be strictly construed, as it is contrary to the policy and practice of tho country. But it must he borne in mind Mqo that tho action of tho Legislature in this regard is by no means unprecedented, oven with refer ence to the City of Chicago. The members of the Board of Public Works, who were for a num ber of years elected by the" people, are now, and have been since 1867, under an act of the Lcgis-. lature, appointed by the Mayor, by and with the consent of the Common Council, and there are doubtless other officers of the city whose mode of , selection has been thus changed. So that no inferences against the construe*' tion which I have given to th' act can, , I . think, he legitimate? drawn, on . ' account of any 1- policy or practice prevailing on tho subject. It cannot, of course, be doubted that the Legisla ture has the power to change th© provisionr of a municipal charter. It is also urged th»t the w in wnfliotTrithSoc.i?, of Art. 4 of tho Constitution, because the subject of tho removal and appointment of Police Com missioners is not embraced in tbe.title.of the act,. but the objection: is • answered, I think, by the: S revision of the city charter, which .expressly odares that a Police Commissioner-is- a city* officer. Neither-do-I-thint -tte-act rin .in conflict with tho twenty-second'sectibh of the same article, as was suggestedbn the part of the relator. Tho set is neither local nor special in the sense of that ; section. The second replica tion seeks to raise an issue on the sufficiency of the reasons communicated by the Mayor to the Common Council. Tho act requires the Mayor to report in writing his reasons for the removal of a Police Commissioner to the next regular meeting of . the Common Council, hut I cannot discover from reading the act that his reasons must bo deemed sufficient to the Common Coun cil, or any one else than himself. The Council is not required to concur or non-concur in the report. Hence it seems to me that it cannot alter the fact of removal, whether the reasons assigned by him ore sufficient or not. This pro vision of the act, if it means anything, is in tended to bold the Mayor up to tho bar of pub lic opinion for tho proper exercise of the power of removal vested in him under the act. No issne certainly can be framed on the question as to whether the Mayor's opinion that the in terests of the city require the removal of a par ticular Commissioner is based on sufficient rea sons. The demurrer to tho replications is sustained, and judgment is' given for tho defendant' for costs against the relator Klokke. CHILDS & CO. The Riverside Improvement Compa ny Disappears from Bankruptcy Only to Turn Dp In Gfaancory—C* T, Wrigbt?s Complaint Against ChUdi Sc Co. . Yesterday a curt order was entered, in bank ruptcy, simply by stipulation, dismissing all proceedings and dissolving all injunctions against the Biversido Improvement Company; and immediately after a bill was filed in the Cir cuit Court which is summarised as follows: ElsonT. Wright complains of Emery E. Childs and Leverett W. Murray, the Riverside Improvement Com pany, the Great western Railway Company, and the Great Western Land Company, whom be >»**** party defendants. Complainant, avers that ho is a stock* holder in and owner of 485 shares of SIOO each in the Biversido Improvement Company, of which the two Ant-named defendants are respectively the President and Secretarythat about the time of the formation of said Company,. Childs obtained a charter for the Riverside Water and Gas-Works Company, with a capi tal stock of $1,000,000, by virtue of Which he Issued SOOO,OOO of bonds, which be indorsed with the guaran ty ox the Riverside Improvement Company to Henry Grocnebaum, and convoyed to him, aa security for the loan raised thereon, all the lands and property of the Riverside Improvement Company* which loan was not used in paying claims or reducing the indebt edness of sold Company; that Childs subsequently started the Riverside Hotel Company, and built a $160,000 hotel on the banka of the Lesplaines River, which company came to grief, and is now indebted to the extent of $75,000; that Childs is indebted to the Riverside Improvement Company in a stun of over SIOO,OOO, and that Leverett W. Murray owes it over $15,000; that Childs pretends that be owns nearly'all of the Riverside Improvement stock; that said stock Is worthless; and that he will treat it so, all of which complainant denies ; that Childs and Murray are en deavoring to pay the indebtedness ot*the Riverside Water and Gas-Works Company, and the Riverside Hotel Company, with the property and effects of the Riverside Improvement Company; that proceedings in bankruptcy have been commenced against said Riverside Improvement Company, and are now pend ing in the United States District Court, but that said Childs and Murray desire to avoidthe showing up of the Company’s affairs which the appointment of on Asalgneo would cause; that said Childs and Murray, acting os President and Secretary of the Riverside Improvement Company, with others, have obtained control of the charter for a certain Great Western Railroad Company, in which Childs has a large, if not a controlling. Interest, and in whlch'Murrsy is also largely interested, the cost of surveying and engineer ing a line wherefor has been paid from the funds of the Riverside Improvement Company; that Childs proposes to transfer to the Company formed to run the railroad the property and assets of the Riverside Im provement Company, without in any way compensat ing complainant for his stock ; that It is the intention of the Railroad Company to issue $1,000,000 of bonds, and, with the proceeds thereof, to pay the debts, not only * of' the Riverside Improvement- Company, but, also, to take up and pay the Water and Gas Company’s bonds and tde indebtedness of the Hotel Company; that it is proposed by said Childs or said new Com pany, with the proceeds of the bonds secured by the property of the Improvement Company, to nay off the debts upon which bankruptcy proceedings were commenced, and then to avoid the account ing Childs knows he would have to make of his doings with said Company and its assets, and so be -enabled to get rid of complain ant’s stock and interest in said Company without anv compensation therefor; that the arrangement with the Railroad Company is that it Is to receive whatever remains over after the payment of the bonds by the Bale of the Improvement Company’s assets; that the transaction is a perversion of Childs and Murray of their duty as President and Secretary of the Improve ment Company, and is done by them to conceal their maladministration of its affairs, and to avoid Inquiry in to their own acts • that they arc to be elected Directors of the Railroad Company and are to have its manage ment, and are to have a stock interest in the some without - paying for it, except by the transfer ’of the Improvement Company's property; that the transfer Is not yet consummated, and to hinder it complainant applies for an Injuno Hon restraining defendants, Childs and Hurray, as President and Secretary of the Improvement Com pany,from transferring any of its property to the Great Western Railroad Company, or to secure its bonds, or in any way effecting and carrying into effect the ar rangement proposed. The injunction was granted by Judge Williams, THE EQUITABLE. meeting of Creditors to Declare a Dividend—s Cents on the Dollar to Be • Paid—The Closest Dividend Known Since the Fire—The Work of Discovering the Stockholders.

At a meeting of the creditors of the Equitable Insurance Company, in , bankruptcy, yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock, before Register Hibbard, a resolution mas adopted declaring a dividend of .6 percent, oh the following account: Total amount of liabilities..„■ $1,660,730,98 Total amount of claims proved before the - - , Register 1,608,228.28 Total nominal amount of j assets, 211,366.82 Total cash value of assets (estimated).... 116.681,71 Total cash on hand 83,629.41 The dividend will absorb $83,436.51, leaving the stun of $192.87 in hand. This is the closest dividend on record in connection with bankrupt insurance companies. The Assignee read his report, and made a statement of affairs, prepared from such mate rial as was available, the papers and books hav ing boon destroyed by the October fire, as fol lows: C Total amount of claims for rrhich proofs of losses bare bees filed... $1,724,395.71 Claim of the City of Chicago for taxes (preferred) Due for unearned premiums, on policies canceled and 5urrendered.............. 0,993.00 ,$1,733,390.31 Total Deduct claims for which two proofs of loss were hied.......$ 4,550.00 Also, claims compromised by order of Court 69,109.25 . „„ Net uatiiuuca, ASSETS. Received assets as follows : Cash from Provisional Assignee...-* United States beads Cook County bonds Chicago water-loan b0nd5...... Bosh Medical College bonds.... Note made by W. B, Ferris Note made by O,G. Lange Note made by Samuel Hoard... Note made by Munn & Scott... Note mode by G-S. Baratowv.* Note made by G. B. Bullock..» Note made by John McCone/' $ 89,755.01 In addition to aassota as above there are assets claims aa follows,'of which there is no oth/ credence than memoranda: ■ ■ ' •• • - Samuel 'Hoard / W. H. J10ger5........ O, W,Brown;... ..y** A. J). United States bond t' >Ico dlscQ7 : ered).......•/••••**• :••• E. K. Bruce, about.»• ••• •••••• • • Reinsurance, ChloS° Firemens ■’ Insurance- Com* ••••••• 2,000,00 Fifty por ecu/ ur»n capital atoct. 100,000.00 \ \ ' / ' ——-$121,600.00 6,000.00. . 4,OOOJ» V 2,000.00 600. DO Total ibntaa! assets . /, CASH VALUE OP ., The invertible cash value of the estate is fixed ptd estimated by the Assignee as follows: Cash ycciTidof Provisional Assignee,....'.* 1,185.82 Unit/Stateebonds sold for ;....... 24,992.50 CooiCountjeondseold for 30,855.00 W,ir-loan ponds sold for: 1,985.60 HyhMedial College bonds, estimated at..' loo oo li*e of ÜB. Farris, paid.... 4,377.00 vote of janud Hoard/pald. ',. 14,700.53 .late of 7-8. Baratow, paid 2,300.00 Note of toon McCune, paid , 613,31 Chlcag'Ptremen ’a reinsurances collected,,, 115 *OO Note { O. G- Lange, estimated IJiOo'oO- Note* Samuel Hoard, replaced by note of • J ./- Scammon, ecourod by a trust deed Ko>of G. w. Brown, estimated. " Esinatedcash receipts from tmnaid ne/. . entage on stock ...........t”, .25,000.00 Total. { -Th® Assignee further reports thatthe ITunn 4 scott claim ha? hsea compromised their A Swede, Unable to Speak or Vnder stanct Enffllfli, Propovci to intake a Fortune In the United States, and Lands In Chicago with sls,ooo—Be ing a Civil Engineer He Goes Farm. inga-He Wants Air* Stephanson to Band Him Back €9,200. 03af Johansson, alias Ole Johnson, of JTon steraa, Sweden, a subject of the King of Sweden and Norway, on Saturday commenced a curious suit iu the United States Circuit Court against Stephen Stephanson of this city. He represents that in August last he came from Sweden to tMw country, seeking for investment of the sum of $15,000, his calling being that of a civil ecgi ! hoor. Arriving in Chicago, he fell in with de fendant, who had resided in this State for fifteen years, and believing in bis integ rity, • and - not being able to speak or understand English, bo naturally confided to him the state of his affairs. Among other mat ters, he questioned Stephanson as to the profits of farming, and was told in reply that they wero large and sure. Stephanson being the owner of a piece of farming land at Homence, Kankakee County, represented that it would be a capital investment for his friend/and they went to sea it. Johansson thought it was low, marshy, and, consequently/ unhealthy, but Stephanson, being questioned on. that point, while acknowl edging that It had been so, said that it wos.no longer in that state. .The value, really not sl2 per acre, was represented at SSO per acre. Stephanson showed him the said lands, and being particularly warned by Johansson that he must hava water or he would not buy, was careful to point out a tract of acres fronting on the river as constituting part, of ' tho farm, which consisted 'of several tracts, aggregating 276 acres, all of which Johansson implicitly believed, the i result being that, on the 2d of September last, • ho paid over to his Illinois friend $4,200 in cash, and gave him anot© of $5,000, per interest at one year’s date for said land, stock, and implements, Stephanson to pay an incum brance existing, on. tho farm of SI,OOO before the note became due, iu pursuance of all which said Stephanson duly executed a conveyance to tho civil engineer. Since the consummation of tho above de scribed transanctions, Johansson says he has discovered that the 47>£ acres of land fronting on tho. river , were not included in the conveyance, and the only value of the farm being for grazing purposes, without water this value disappeared. Portlier inquiry satis fied the complainant that defendant was making a deliberate attempt to defraud him, and, with this idea in his mind, he did what he should have done when ho first talked about buying land, namely, took the advice of a respectable lawyer; whereupon, on tho 6th of thiq month; they went to Stephanson. and offered to give up’the deeds on his returning the $4,200 cash and $5,000 promis sory note, after accounting for such live stock as had been used, about $9 worth, all of which was refused, and this suit was brought. The case was referred to Philip A. Hoyne, Commissioner, to take the testlmony of the com plainant. The regular monthly meeting of the Managers of the Home for the Friendless will be held at the Home at 2 o'clock Wednesday, Frank Brown, who shot at Mr. Mathews, on North Green street, on Friday, was yesterday held,for trial in the Criminal Court m 81,900 bail. A meeting will be hold at the Old Ladies’ Homo, Ho. 1215 Indiana avenue, at half-past 2 o’clock Wednesday, to elect Managers for the Old People’s Home. Anthony Gardner, a wild-eyed German, was held for the Criminal Court, by Justice Banyon, yesterday morning, for stabbing Anthony Pago with a pitchfork on Friday evening. There will be a meeting of- the Chicago So ciety of Physicians and Surgeons at the Orphan Asylum, Michigan avenue, near Twenty-second street, at 8 o’clock to-morrow (Monday) evening. A temperance meeting will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon in Wall’s HalL comer of Adams and Halsted streets, conducted by the Erin’s Hope Total-Abstinence and Benevolent Society. A special meeting of the 'Directors of the Orphan Asylum will be held at the Asylum at 10 o’clock to-morrow morning. A full attendance is requested, as business of importance is to be transacted. The friends and admirers of the late Col. Mul ligan are requested to meet a Committee of Mulligan Zouaves at the Hall, comer of Halsted and Adams streets, at half past 2 o’clock this af ternoon. . , All members of Battery A, First Hhnois Light Artillery, are requested to he present at the of fice of Singer A Taloott, No. 319 South Franklin street, at half past A •’<doct on Tuesday even ing. Busl t *^* w " ur importance is to bo trana acted* At half-past 7 ■ o’clock yesterday morning, a teamster named David Clifford was thrown from a wagon at the comer of State and Adamsstreets, and,- being ran over, was severely injured inter nally 1 He was taken' to his home by a police officer. The alarm from Box 242, at half-past 7 o'clock yesterday morning, was occasioned by fire in a two-story frame building, No. 170 Second atret, occupied as a tailor-shop by H. B. Hanson. Loss on building, 8300. Insured in the Almenia of Cleveland. Loss on stock, 8200 j insured for SI,BOO in the same Company. All tax-payers interested in the construction of, a bridge across the river at Harrison street are requested to meet at No. 225 West Harrison street at 8 o’clock on Tuesday evening next. The report of the Bridge Committee will be sub: .mUted, and action will bo taken to secure the immediate erection of the bridge. Prominent persons will address tbe meeting, and it is hoped there will be a large attendance. 1t001.50l t 001.50 730.95 .% 1.185.92 ...... -2,000.00 ............ 1,000.00 ■ 4,000.00 ..... 1,600.00 11 Hitching-posts are such a rarity in Chicago,” writes the editor of: the Danbury JSetos, “ that when ah Eastern man comes across one he aits down and cries. People hero fasten'horscs by a strap to an iron weight which is left on the walk, and which, occupies a prominent position in a runaway,: When a Chicago man sees amnaway horse coming along his street, he doesn’t stop, to inquire whether it was the result of carelessness or accident. He merely says, ‘Heaven protect crawls nhder:a etoopJ’- . The Union Catholic Library Association, hay-, ing secured rooms in the building on. tho south west corner of State-and Monroe streets, will open them for the inspection of the public Thurs day evening. . The exorcises which, will consist of addresses by Bishop Foley and others, and of musical selections, will begin at 8 o’clock. Ad mission'is one .dollar, which includes refresh ments. Tho merits of this institution will doubt less secure fttr li a large attendance on this oc casion- 1,000100 4,000.00 ,{211,355.82 The sales at Clarke, Layton 4 Co.’s auction of three blocks in Hyde Park, between Fifty-fourth 'and Fifty-fifth streets,, yesterday afternoon, were as follows: Eight lota, east front, on Hyde Park avenue, at an average of $62.50 per foot; G lots, -west -front, on Jefferson avenue, average s*3 j 7 lots, east front, Jefferson ave- Hue, average $50.50 ; 9 lots, west front, on Washington avenue, average $60.50; '8 lots, east front, Washington avenue, average §43.50. The total of the sales was $105,130.60. The attend ance was fair and tho bidding spirited. 8,000.00 1,000.00 Ellen Larsen was np.before Justice Scully yesterday morning, for attempting to kill her husband. The examination was continued, owing to the Inability of the wonnded man to appear. Larsen is at tho County Hospital, and is said to be iaayery low condition. Assignee; that the Bullock claim was canceled by a decree of offset prior to adjudication in . bankruptcy;. thqt the Rogers note .was secured by a second, lien on. property,".which has been soldtosatlafyafirstmortgage, ar.d"that a de t cree has been-obtained agamat—'Titsworth for' the s£oo claim, as well as for sl*ooo duo upon stock. Whilst unable to find out tho exact otate of affairs of the bankrupt, the Assignee has discovered that the capital amounted to $200,000, of which SIOO,OOO had been paM in. Ho hat encountered groat difficulty m discovering tha Screens liable to bo sued as stockholders, no stof stockholders being in existence; but ho found out enough to justify his commencing fifty-three suits against .various persons believed to be stockholders, of which suits eighteen have been decided in favor of the Company, decrees 1 being entered to the amount of about $12,000; seven of the defendants proving that they were not stockholders,' six others having compro mised, and the remaining twenty-three suits pending. He has lately discovered' the names of other stockholders, against whom ho intends proceeding.' Tho stockholders discovered rep resent $126,000 of the capital. The three largest stockholders, representing $55,000, are either bankrupt or insolvent, or claim to be so; and of the balance some are delaying proceed ings by legal technical objections, ana others by offsets and otherwise. SWINDLING A RICH FOREIGNER, THE CITY Uf BRIEF. tion haa eet in, despito every effort of the at tending physicians to prevent it. Hie wife, by imprisonment, has become quite a genteel per son, ana deeply deplores her crime. She says and persists in saymgHhat^he-ought-ro-cuffer-for whatahohasdono.t - % • mßetln S of thß Father Mathew Total Aostinenco and* Benevolent Aasocmtion. it wae resolved to, call together delegates from the various Catholic temperance" societies to make arrangements for a mass meeting of the socie ties, and of all law and order-loving Irish citi zens, for the purpose of refating the slanderous assertions. mode pyi J. J. McGrath- at. eome lager-beer meetings; 1 * and to express their ap probation of the Sunday ordinances. The pre hmmary meeting \TiU be held on Sunday, the loth mat. . * The Board of Public works, yesterday. award ed conuacte for furnishing water pipes, aggre gating $260,000, The successful bidders, with the amount awarded to each, are as follows : Gaylord Iron Pipe Company, 172 pieces of 36- indb j Smith & Co., 1,063 pieces of 8-inch; Den 'S? long, 300 pieces of 16-ineh, 1,200 of 8-inoh. 931 of G-tnoh, 1,500 of 4-inch; E. P, Allis 4 Co., 905 pieces of 12-inoh, 214 of 16-inch ; Smith & Sons, 1,500 pieces of 6-inob, 763 of 4-inch; Shickle, Harrison & Co., 3,000 pieces of 6-inch. Phe contract for the iron gallery and stairway for the engine-room of tho wator-woria was award ed to the_Bepnblio Iron Works for $1,844. The Impecumouity and narrow' ideas of some men cause them to devise the most ingenious, not to say disgusting, ways of getting along in the world. Yesterday one of these persons, with a carget-bag in his hand, went into Ander son a restaurant, on Madison street. He sat down near the door, and, opening his satchel, took out a largo encumber. With a knife, which he took from the table, he peeled the vegetable, and, after slicing it on a plate, anil deluging tho euCos in vinegar, he proceeded hi refresh him self. Ho was not disturbed, and. after consum ing the cucumber and drinking tlie vinegar, put on his hat and went out. , . Tho Board of Public Works defined the fol lowing building penults yesterday: Fleming & Wilson, two-story and basement brick, 75x38 feet, Lincoln street; 0, G. Hayiman, two-story and basement brick, 22x40 feet, Forrest avenue; John Borden, five-story and basement stone front, 40x165 feet, East Madison street; W. H. Hand, five-story and basement stone front, 50x 145 feet, Madison street, near .Dearborn; C. Busby and others, four-story and basement stone front, 140x165 feet, Washington street, near Dearborn; H. L. Stewart, five-story ana basement stone front, 91x95/feefc, northwest cor ner of State and Waahingtcoi streets. . On Friday afternoon the* clothing of a man J was found by some boys, <m the bank’of. the west branch of the South Branch of tho Chi cago Biver, near Western avenue. Under tho supposition that tho body of the man who wore the clothing was in tho water, they dived after it. They did not, however, find it. Sergt. Hood yesterday morning detailed some men to search for the body, and they found it in the • river, near tno clothing. . It was identified as that of Charles Band, a brick-yard employe, who quit work about 4 o’clock Fri day, and said he was going to swim. Deceased was 25 years of age and a-single mmi, Tb ft body was taken to the Morgue. Tho temporary home for the newsboys and bootblacks, at No. 44 LaSalle street, is being made ready for them, and In about three weeks will be occupied by the gamins. It is about time something was done for these ‘‘gutter snipes,” for, without proper restraint and train ing, many of them will become expert thieves. The lecture of Eev. David Swing, at the Union Park Congregational Church, next Tuesday evening, will bo given to enable persons to con tribute something toward organ mug and fitting up the Home. The subject is “ The Novel* 7 a very interesting one t and all who attend will be profited by bearing the lecture. Ber. Eobert Collyer and Rev. C. D. Helmer will make short speeches on tho object and purposes of the Home. At half-past 7 o'clock on Friday evening’, Officer Blaznor waa requested to arrest a boy 14 years old, who had ran away, front home, and was on .board a vessel lying.in the river near the Madi son street bridge. * When the officer went on .hoard the vessel ha found that the boy had gone from there, taking. with him the Captain’s revolver and some lewelry. At 1 o’clock yesterday morning, the officer saw a boy at the corner of Fifth avenue and Adams street,: who answered the description given him of the runaway. As he approached to arrest him, the young desperado drew a revolver and fired . two shots at the officer, one of which took effect in his right arm, below the elbow, inflicting a tfagh wound. He then ran away, and escaped. The Sny Island Levee. Over on the opposite bank of the : Mississippi are what are known all oyer the West as the, “ Bottom "lands. They extend from the historic are* ot Bloody Island for hundreds of miles down toward the South, and include the whole of the rich section of country embraced between the river and. the high bluffs or tablelands, which have a varying breadth of from one to ten miles. The soil Is a rich, allu vial loam, which haa been accumulating through gen. erationa, and whose richness knows no computation. Its corn waves its tassels high above the heads of the tallest mounted horsemen, and its wheat-fields, under the influence of .the summer breezes, roll in billows fully a fathom deep. The only unfortunate circum stance connected with the “bottom” is Its in eligibility as a place of residence. The same floods that bare enriched the soil as it now stands are con stantly adding fresh deposits by annual inundations. As a consequence, the inhabitants are frequently driven .from their homes; when they are permitted to occupy them they are the constant victims of the mias matic influences which the sluggish waters and marshy pools induce. Thus the land that might be made to Seld the most magnificent crops is practically value rs. Up about St. Louis, on both of the river, the same peculiar topographical features are observed in numerous places. Opposite Hannibal and Louisi ana, and extending as far south as a point across from Clarksville, in Pike County. Missouri, is a bottom land that is subject to frequent and very ex tensive overflow. It is not an unusual incident of a spring rise at these- places to have sufficient water .to enable both the Hannibal and Louisiana ferry-boats to sail across the Illinois bot tom lands that in midsummer yield Urge crops of , i com to the little towns of Kinderhook, Eockport I ADm and Pleasant Hill, that all the year round‘lie high and dry on the crest of the bluff. A year or more ago active measures were taken to reclaim these lands - and make them continually arable. A system of levee Improvements was agreed upon; the work was pot Into the hands of an efficient and energetic engineer, and now some of the fruits are already apparent. The bottom lands referred to are located, on what is known as Buy Island, a long slice of the territory of Illinois which haa been cut off by a bayou called “The Buy.” The original name -of this creek was Chen&l . Ecarte, It was subsequently, and by the brawny lips of the frontiersmen who know no French, contracted by a mysterious elision into “ Snycarte,” and Anally ; to “ Sny,” without any prefix or suffix whatever. The Island contains just 100,000 acres of land, whose soil in dry seasons produces probably the largest crops of corn and wheat to the acre grown on the continent. Owing, however, to the frequent over flows, its cultivation- is hazardous, and its value is I hardly that of a song. The improvement consists in merely building sieves from the Illinois mainland to the north of the island, across the head of the bayou that forms it,, and along tho bonk to the foot 1 of the island, leaving tho bayou open to drain off the 1 wafer.. The work was commenced in September last, and . until tho .. cold . weather and horse disease put a stop *to it, was pushed vigorously. At present over 20 miles have been built, which is a little less than half the number required. .As soon as the high water abates a large force of men will again bo put in the field and the work will be com pleted, it is promised, by faO. | |The large tracts of land subject to overflow in Mto. tourt—estimated at 1,500,000 acres—should lead the citizens of this State and our legislators particularly, tq watch carefully tho progress of the Sny Island work and observe its results. It was undertaken under.* general law of Illinois relating to “ drains and leyees,*’ and is being carried forward without any outside aid and :by means only of the funds obtained bv tax from the lands in interest, oa the act . provides. The , estimated cost i* $500,000, and bonds for this amount have been issued Bt ? te * They are secured by a lien on the lands benefltted, and the interest on them derived from a di rect tax paid at the State Treasury, Tho value of the • work may be approximately estimated from the fact that two.or_ three hundred, acres of the land that could havQ been bought before the levee was begun at ah acre,*’ were sold, leas than a month ago St sl7 per acre, cash down; and for land that was for merly held at $lO an a&n $75 is now asked!' The in crowed valuation of this plat of 100,000 acres, by reason •£ iSS ?°* ** l«as than from $5,000,000 to $8,000,000. As the levee coats but $300,000, the immense’ profit that will accrue to the State is'at once ap parent, Under these circumstances It will be the grossest kind of negligence for our Legislatures to omit to make preparations for such a work within our own boundaries next winter. There are, within seran tr-flve miles of St. Louis, hundreds of acres that, like tho Sny Island land formerly, cannot be cultivated more than cue year oat of five. Twenty-five thousand douara expended In dyking them with loam levees would add $1,000,000 to their worth, and make the very best garden spots within reach of ns. Down In the southeastern part of the State are thousands of acres of the same kind, and which are susceptible of the same reclamation. It is both the State’s duty and to the State's interest to see that they are nro ductive,—iSf, Louts Democrat, June 4. • lir. B. B. Kirby, Who has been ao long and so favorably known In con nection with the Jewelry trade in this dty, ties bought the stock and fixtures contained in the store of French t Co., No. 70 Slate street, together with the good will of the above firm. Mr. Kirby' anUdfxatee, by giving the same close attention to business as heretofore, and offering the very best bargains to bo found in the city in fine Jewelry, diamonds, watches;'etc., to retain not only the entire custom of. tjiu letWng e™, but also Pop Sale s■ ‘ / A grand Tills, within flra atonies’ Springs, on the modem toptOTemcnl,. and haadaomdyTUl,^^ stable m tte ornamented with shrubs' ffi° veranda a commanding view of *s® smpe can bo obtained. Xho wld Without tho furniture ; also a tot ST vSJIZ or -containing four and ono-half ? 1 -A fine co»tage with improvements, the tot on vv’t atonda containing one aero. TWabova prSnertv^n be sold onmoclcrato terms. T?m> nirii.uj- wIU '•Col. Elchard Dm “rrmSteSj «!**? Humboldt Park And its Burpoutminga have made' vast strides fa, fan. ■ provemenia. Tho streets and avenues running to and and fro are an graded, which makes the property most for As a point for Investment. It Ih!fHt? 1 °f° ° ! tll fp e ‘ t the northwestern section 'V non .? 1118 property to be eold srsstmS i^^ e J ots frontmgo ntho park, which-are to h«. r °, r on Tuesday next, by wTilllam A. Butters At 00., at their new Baal Estito fo^h B »^et° Wen BroS * Nos. 15 and 17 Bah- The Second Great Said of Humboldt Boulevard and Milwaukee avenue loti •will take place on Tuesday next (the 10th but.), on the’ .■grounds. A special free train will leave the depot of the O. tN.'W.B. 8., corner Canal and iniw-u street*, at 1005 a. m. At the first sale, held at the of £ auctioneers, O. C. Thayer Ac Co. on Tuesday last auita a number of lota were sold. Some of the most dedra ble In the subdivision are unsold, and wo advise our readers, particularly those who are seeking rood In vestments, to attend this sale. The proDertrfs vkrr choice, and the sale win be without ■"** Choice Basidenco Property at Auction. ■We beg to call the attention of onrreadas to tho ad vertisement of Messrs. Elison & Poster, auctioneers, in our advertising columns, of tho very desirable resi dence property to bo sold at auction, on Tuesday, 17th inst., on the ground. This property, situated as it 2a, on the Grand Central Park Boulevard,' Sacramento square, and Sacramento avenue, it choice resi dence property, and In a portion of our dty which is rapidly increasing in value. Our friends who desire to take advantage of this opportunity wffl do well to’ attend the sales. Jubilee Ice Cream. ’ The many thousands who visited tho dty during tho past week, and the whole population of Chicago, partook of Edmonson Brothers* ice-cream, they having had tho honor of furnishing tho Jubilee. Having facilities at their place of business. No. 235 Halsted street, comer of Tyler, for manufacturing 600 gallons per day, they are prepared to fill all orders with die- Satch. Particular attention paid to pie-cics, churches, otels, and restaurants. Their parlors are the fined In the dty, and are nightly thronged by West aiders Homes for All. One of those rare chances that seldom occur wQI bo afforded at tbe great sale by auction of choice Eagle wood property which will take place on Monday after noon, June 16, at 1 o'clock, on tho premises. The lota are finely located, on high ground, making them ex ceedingly attractive for homes. The facilities -for reaching the property are excellent, and cannot be sur passed. Let all interested in possessing suburban homes, free from the dust and of the dty,. attend the sale. See ptrticulare in auction column. A Bare Chance for Pleasure Seekers. As will be seen by advertisement, the favorite steams Peerless, of Leopold & Austrian's Hue,' will e&fl on her first pleasure excursion trip to Lake Superior on tin 21th Inst. The superior accommodation of mag nificent steamer, and the delfghtfalnesa of the tripTsw too well known to need commend. It is the intention of her owners, to give the Peerless a’splendid outfit for the traveling season prior to the 24th inst,;. and they will spare no pains to put every department is first-class condition. Tailoring*. Mr. J. B. Richards, merchant tailor, formerly of No : r 96 West Madison street, being now associated with his brother at No. 109 South Clark street, at which place be 'will be pleased to see all his old friends and customers, and exhibit to them a fine selection of imported cloths and cassimeres, and as Prof. L, E. Cole, author of “ Ths- Tailoc’s Guide Teacher of Catting.” attends thr cutting department, this will be a sufficient guarantee of stylish garments and perfect fits. A Splendid for Investment* Elteon & Foster, Auctioneers, will sell at auction on Friday afternoon, June 13, at 3 o’clock, on the prem ises, a splendid piece of business property, being 43 feet front bylSO feet deep, on Michigan avenue, be tween Madison and Monroo streets. This will be a rare chance for investment. Particulars ta auction, column. Linen and White Suits. TTe have now on hand a large assortment of and white rails of oar own manufacture and extra wefl made, braided in all colors, and otherwise trim med, at extreme great bargains. A splendid whit# or linen suit, overskirt for $4. Hotchkiii, Palmer A Co., Koa. 137 and 139 State street. ****** a, Jubilee Ball. Messrs. Bauch & Wemer, the excellent caterers, Ko, 955 Wabash avenue, displayed their usual good taste la seiecting Brenner*6 fine biscuit (Albert, Queen, and batter biscuit), as fully equal to the imported! and using them on the banquet table at the Jubilee w-n A STew manufactory. Plate-glass mirrors are now manufactured, and 'old mirrors re-silvered, by Wolcott. Smith t Co., import era of plate glass, 2fos. 47 and 49 Dearborn street The Genuine Geyser Spring Water la drawn by Buck k Eayncr, at both their stores. A Curious Question of Succession* . From the Pat( Mall Gazette. Borne curious questions are probably soon to bt argued with respect to the succession to the Delaware Peerage and property, and, without forming any opin- 5 11 on i£o controverted points, there is sufficient la the undisputed facts of the case to deserve consider n 2?* The third Duke of Dorset, who‘was also. Baron Buckhurst, and possessed the estates of Buck hurst and of Knole, left a son and two daughter*. l on BTXCC6 ®ded his father as fourth Duke, but was ■ *ih e dwhen hunting on Killinoy mil, near Dub lin. The daughters thereupon became coSdr esses of the property. The eldest married Earl Amherst, hut had no children ; the youngest married. Earl Delaware and had a large family, including Charles, the late EarL Keginald, and Mortimer. When Dady Amherst died she left her property to Begin%ld, the then second son of hor slater, with a proviso that it should pass to the next brother in case Eezlnald succeeded to the earldom; the object pho apparently had being* that the properties of Buckhurst and Knole should not be held by tho same person. About the. samo time Countess Delaware was cre ated Baroness Buckhurst, with remainder to her second son Begfnald, who, therefore, on bis mother 1 * death, succeeded as Lord Bockhunt, and obtained possession of the estate of Knole. The patent of Peer age creating Lady Delaware Lady Buckhurst gave tho remainder to her second son, but with a proviso that, should he succeed to the earldom of Delaware the barony of Buckhurst, with tho Knole estates, shoal* be transferred to the next brother, Mortimer. Such at least is the general impression of. the lan-? guage of the patent which was drawn up by the law advisers cf the Crown. A lawsuit and appeal have already been gone through with respect to tho property, and it was held that tho transfer of the property was legal. But there is som*? reason to doubt whether the patent of Peerage wKch I fronts a title to a man and enables h{m, while ;» hand over that title to another man is ifil bo so, then a novel kind of Peers Is »_♦ ♦» bp bad, then how far docs the flaw the whole title! Tho patent w- a^VnSbSthelS lirf^ r lf C ir t h e S ro '^.“ l 1 by lie b HOT*« U of ™ by the Queen. Yet, if p-J? Lord Buckhurst never was t , has been sitting, speaking;and young in the jQoose of Lords, though only a com' : The Comstock Lode* { The total production of the Comstock hode, up to 1 this time, may beset down at $160,000,000, Prior W I Jan. 1,1870, the receipts of twelve of the leading mine* . j amounted to $70,871,000. Of this sum, $5,372,000 wu I raised by assessments, the balance having accrued » from the reduction and sale of ores. During thlspe* - | riod, $16,543,500 were disbursed la dividends; thsMrt- . \ of the money realized from the product of the oref I andtho assessments collected, having been Bpe&fto . 1 the. erection of hoisting-works and sometimes, alaofoi < i crushing-mills, and in opening up the TnfaM, extract-- - > ing and reducing the ores, etc. Since that time, thi - : ratio of asaesaments, as compared with production,- *■ * has been increased, while thf,i of the dividends has •; been diminished. . , .. - '< The annual yield of bullion from the Comstock * lode has been approximately as follows;. In 19SV ; SIOO,OOO, arising from the sale of ores (there being ** - . t -yet, no mills In the country); 1861, $2,000,000; 135*, : $7,000,000; 1803, $14,000,000; for the.rno*- . two following years, $17,000,000 each.; I SB6, $13,000,00; Z867, . £W,500,000; 1863, .•s£*■* • 600.000; 1860, $3,000,OOu; for 1870 and 1871* each about $13,500,000; 1872, $16,000,000; the ph»? P pecta of . the present year entitling it to be credited with about an equal amount. For the first two p* ■ K three years, the greatest portion of the bullion turned \ g out came from the Ophir and Mexican riiim*, aadtfc* ft group of small mines at Gold Hill; then, the Cbollar. - . Potosi, Gould & Gurry, the Savage, and other mines, st £ Gold Hill, began to produce—the Hale & 2?0r0t6», Yet*: fe low Jacket, Crown Point- and Belcher, coad'ig in • |5 little later. f* AQ of these mines have had their ptoeneroos holding for two or throe years, and soa>ecia>« to'*’ £ longer period, to be followed by seasons of restrict*® ~ prod action. Just it present, tha out-turn of the Co®*. t‘| stock Lode, owing to the large yield of the Crown?dp» f? and Belcher mines, is at tne rate of over tSDfiOOJN* fiV per annum; and, whflo it can hardly be expected & that theca two mines will be able to keep up their gv presentrsta of production thronghont the yetf»i*** lr more than probable that others along the rang* so* K doing bat uttla, may meantime oqrne i> —making up the deficiency fro*u this source stand. j any occur,— Overbid Xw&tlg* j.

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