Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, April 23, 1876, Page 8

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated April 23, 1876 Page 8
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8 THE CITY. GENERAL NEWS Tfcs Chicago Caledonia Club ended a ««rie* *f liter ary sad social gatherings Friday evening, daadng bo- ng on that fhs principal feature. Tbs temperature yesterday, as observed by Manasse, optidn, 88 street (Tsnnnnt Building), was at Ba. **»n do deg, : X 0 a. m., 85 ; 13 nu, 67; 3 p. m., 63; 8 rl™ > EL Barometer, Ba. xm, 29J7;|3 p. m., 25.11 There ere ne new development* in the Mayoralty question. Both the Colvin and Hoyne parties are ly ing on their arms, awaiting the action of the Council to-morrow evening in canvassing the votes cast at the city election. A young woman about 20 yean of age Is going about repnwentiDg herself as solicitor for the Old People's Bose of Chicago. The only authorized per son to solicit for that Institution is Mrs. L. D. Parke* and she carries a book with lbs name of the President, Mrs. A. Gibb*, in it. A few members of the Produce Exchange met yes terday for the pnrpoee of consulting in regard to ef fecting a compromise with the hide-dealers, but, owing to the small attendance, the meeting adjourned until Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. ** A drum major of one of the regiments at Montreal wears No. 17 boot* that weigh pounds. 0 The de tectives arrested him three week* ago on suspicion of ids being connected with the St. Louis Whisky Bing, but the magistrate promptly decided to release him on the ground that his feet were too small. John Cutnbertson, an attorney on North Clark street, at the recent election for the Town of North Chicago received amajority of the votes cast for the office of Police Magistrate of that town. On Friday the Town Clerk gave him his certificate of election, and yesterday Mr. Cuthbertson took the official oath, as prescribed under the Constitution. In order to give voter* outside the dty as opportu tlty of signing the petition for abolishing township irganixation, the Citizens' Association have engaged Hr. AL B. loth of Evanston, to circulate it In that town and New Trier. Canvassers are also to be sent io Cicero, Proviso, and Jefferson. Th* measure seems : lo be popular outside of the city. While the workmen were busied yesterday pulling town the old Rink at the corner of Randolph and Ada streets, tbs structure fell in. apparently having aothing to hold it up after the roof had been removed, fohn Lappeheim, one of the men, who lives at No. 404 South Morgan, was badly bruised, but four others who were in the building at the time escaped un matched. If you have s comparatively credulous friend who tskm bis financial news from (be Intrr-Ouan, now is lbs time to show Mm that tbe greenback, baring been lealed with blood, is a legal-tender, and that its pres ult worth is from 7to 8 cents more than silver. Taen ell Mm that be can get $1.07 in elver for every dollar o scrip be takes to tbe Sub-Treasury; after (bat, keep rat of bis way. It it understood that Monday tbs bounced South Town Assessor, £d Phillips, will endeavor to procure * writ of mandamus upon Assessor Gray to turn ever he assessment books to him. This move is made by Phillips alone, because be is tbe first to exercise tbe .’unctions as a South Town official, the Collector bav ■np ao duties to perform until after tbe assessment rolls are completed. “ Gentlemen,” said an attorney, pleading in a Jos- Sees Court yesterday before a Jury of six rum-sodden, *ar-room loafers, tbe cause of a woman who, when mother woman abused her child, laid for that same itber woman lor to take tbe bead off her,“ Gentle dcd, many of you, I doubt not, have felt in your own >ooram« a mother’s holiest joy." Verdict for the plaintiff. The County Savings Bank of ibis city is pro taring up its affairs. Its officers state that its Aseta and its liabilities $140,1)00, includ es W 3.000 in deposits, which can only be drawn out rfter giving thirty days* notice, and s<-0,000 in loans. They htato that all tbs depositors, many of whom are Scandinavian citizens, will be paid in full. This sav ziga b*"* was badly crippled by tbe great fire, and baa. seen gradually weakening ever since. The Hon. Uahlon D. Oguen u its President. Tbe friends of Sheridan out in tbe Fifth Ward are Jubilant, Ly reason of tbe alleged fact that they elected their man against big odds, it being claimed that tbe police under Sergl. Hood did all they could to hurt him, and that between 53.0J0 and $5,00u was used put there, that was subscribed by tbe Colvin crowd. The allusions to the conduct of Mr. Firm cane ana ttbsn are not very complimentary. In tbe Fifth Precinct, it is rumored that P. >L Cleary, County Commissioner, subscribed S4O to be used by one per son. At tbe election of tbe Typographical Union held yesterday, tbe following were elected for the ensuing year: President. H. S. Pickard; Vice-President, L, C. Boudreau; Executive Committee, 8. A. Manion (Chairman). J. B- Clarke, D. Olilphant; Becordlng Secretary, Frank H. B. McDowell; Financial Secreta ry, 'William MeAvoy; Treasurer, Samuel E. Pinta; Board of Directors, Joseph Thompson (Chairman), Georgs Coleman. James Senders, O. Crniksbank, E. Glover; Guardian, W. a. C. Bowes; Delegates to In ternational Union, H. S. S treat, P. H. AlcLogtn, Fran* I. Mann. “ Well,** said a Cincinnati Sergeant a couple of nights ago severely to a wretched and travel-worn tramp wno had applied at tbe desk for a night’s lodging. “ what’s your name?" “Mike McOgallagban,” replied the tamp. “Native of?" “Chicago, Ireland,** “Age?” “Thirty-six." “Occupation?" “Well, I eras raised a barkeeper, and then 1 went to a bunko university, and 1 thought this week I’d be an Aider man, but, bad luck to The Chicago Tribune ’* -O, I see," said tbe Sergeant, and assigned him to berth 17 A, near tbs stove. Siu transit gloria last Toes day. A Joint Committee of the Wyman Post and Lyon Pest of tbs G. A. 8., and tbe Twenty-fourth Volunteer Veteraa Society, met Friday night to make arrange ments for Decoration Day, and resolved to ao this noble work at Ormceland Jointly. Mr. A. Georg was sleeted Treasurer. Fred Hardwick of Wyman Post, Mr. John Lewis of Lyon Post, end Mr. Pb. Enders of the Twenty-fourth, were appointed a Finance Com mittee to collections of tbe patriotic citizens to defray expenses. Should tbe collections not meet the expenses, tbs above-named Post ana Society will pay lbs deficit. It is with regret that the death of Hr. John Ritchie, of tbs firm of Rictbis' & Cheyne, of this city, is an nounced. He was well known in the mercantile circles of Chicago as one of the most promising and deserv ing young business men of the city, and his death, in the vigor of his youth and at the very time he attained the success that all merchants look for, la a calamity m unexpected as it is sad. Mr. Ritchie was the only member.of his family In this country, as he had left all his relatives in Scotland to seek his fortune in the New World; but they can have the consolation that in pta irfrknf— be was tenderly eared for, and at his death be was mourned by all those who had the pleas ure of hie acquaintance. A young man on Erie street arrayed himself in pur- So fine linen last Friday night and went to pop e question to his dolcluea. This was about 8:15 p. m How be fared is not positively known, but her an nrer is believed to hare been in a measure favorable, as about 11:40 p. m. be made his appearance in a sa loon is the vicinity of her residence, and, with the re mark that be felt 18 feet high, invited everybody to come up and call for what toey wanted. When the barkeeper said ** Here’a your change. Cap,” hs replied abstractedly, ” What, lovey darling? ” and on leaving,/ the saloon said, “ Good night, Lily ” to a friend named Thomas, The barkeeper observed several long golden kain on the shoulder of the young man’s coat. No isrds. Then had been some debate in the office for several flays as to whether it was last spring or next fall. The trbo saw the robin was confuted by tbs man who had his garden seeds lifted out of the earth by frost, and the evidence of the witness who slipped on some les and nearly drove the revolver pocket of his pants cp through the crown of his hat, one morning, was rebutted by the testimony of the other witness who nearly lost his eveelght from the dust while walking ever the same spot in the afternoon. But when a young man came in, and, having been pointed out, the city editor said : 44 Mister, the Champions licked the Seventh Ward Yarn Stockings 55 to 48, and the return match'll be played next Saturday,” though srithout the howling blast of April mode the pedestrian shiver and think of hot Scotch whisky, all broke into a cheer end bailed the spring. A joint stock company has been formed in this Cen tennial year for the maniacture and circulation of lies affecting candidates for the Presidency. Forged let ters end affidavits and bogus interviews will be fur nished on payment of a small extra fee. The Com pany’s sphere of operations is by no means limited, but it mores In a wide aea of scandal. Prices reason able, and bt accordance with the service performed. Simple Ue, ooane quality, in 100 newspapers, $3 a line. Aitistic lie, very finest quality, to be followed up with soTTobcntiog evidence, further disclosures, complete Infamy, etc., from $9.50 to $17.25 a line. Startling Base of official dishonesty, to be used as purchaser de gree, S2J>O. Ditto, fortified with forged documents and interviews with dead men, $16.50. Crimes de serving impeachment, $5 each. A liberal deduction to persons or political parties ordering by wholesale. Bend stamp for circular to Amor Vlrtutis, care W. l&cL., Cincinnati, O. Office to be soon opened at Chicago. 1 BHTXE FOR TEE TOOL If wise, before you lay aside Tour winter overcoat, Ton’ll turn its pockets inside out For letter or for note Tour wife unto your mother-in-law About last Christmas wrote. oorrUAßr. Anoldaadhighly esteemed citizen of Chicago goee Id ths “ dty of the dead T ' to-day. Uriah H. Wheeler, «rho came ts Chicago over a quarter of a century ago, waa stricken by paralysis some two weeks ago, and after a long struggle with the disease—surrounded by the best of medical advisers and numerous friends— bis spirit took its flight to realms above. Mr. Wheeler bad for nineteen years been connected with the First Presbyterian Church, and was an active and consist* cnt worker In the cause of Christ. By his genial manners, by his strong end sincere friendship, he had endeared himself to all who knew him. His business taraer was marked by the strictest integrity, the higb- Wi standard of mercantile honor. When two years me. with a competency, be retired from the cares of yninxm, he bore with him the best wishes of all with whom ho had come in contact, In the prime of life be • smitten down, leaving a wife hie sole survivor, and I host of friend*, who deeply mourn his lots, but not p for one without hope. 7>y« park, between the Exposition Building and Twelfth street, is rapidly becoming the pride of all who f l—««it is really worth all ths othsr parks ot the dty. The clover and blue-grass are growing finely, forming a sword of great beauty. The section of the park, in Croat of the Gardner House Ur. Gaubert hi.a ts- Bmsed (he expense of laying out vary Ustefnll;-. and twill soon form » very attractive feature. Earing ihe fall sad winter Hr. Sapcdhte&deat O'Bnca bn planted a large number at floe forest trees; they are. properly anchored to pro* feet them from the winds, and in a few year* Lake Park will be one of the most attractive epote to this or any other country. All this ha* been done on the faith of a better City Government, for the sturdy fellows who have done the work have not been paid for several months past. Had not the bummers been ousted It is impossible to tell how lone it would have been before they could have gotten their money. This illustration ahowa bow essential good govern* xnent is to labor, for without honest men in places of trust, sU improvement must in the end cease. An appropriation is needed to pay Air. O’Brien and hia faithful helpers, for current expenses, and es pecially for -watering the trees to keep them alive daring the coming cummer. If any one wants to be convinced as to the propriety of making it, and of the value of Lake Park as a place of needed rest and recreation for the people, let him go there any pleasant evening from this time to October, and he doubt no longer. VACATION. At a meeting of the Judges of the United States,, Superior, and Circuit Courts, held in Judge Blodgett s office yesterday afternoon, the following resolutions were passed: „ _ . Jtesoittd. By the Judges of the Circuit, Superior, and Federal Courts, held in Cook County, that there shall be no call of their calendars for trial or compul sory hearing of any matter except default and neces sary business at chambers from the first day in July until the first Monday in September in each year. JieaotveOi That during the month of September of each year there shall be a call of the calendar of such courts aa make up a calendar for trial, but whenever the Court Is satisfied that the counsel of either party in a case called for trial during that month is actually engaged in the trial of a case iu the Supreme Court, or in making necessary preparations therefor, such case shall be passed until the cause of such pasting fihaii nave ceased to exist. SILVER. No silver coin was paid out at the Sub-Treasury yesterday, although the expected SIO,OOO was received from Philadelphia on time. The regular work in the office baa so accumulated daring the past few days, and the orders from country correspondents have been so pressing, that it was deemed advisable to stop city payments, and to attend to the orders from the coun try. But even this plan did not work, for when the clerks sat down to count the packages of fractional currency they discovered that it was rather more of a job than they had expected, and but very little head way was made up to the time of doslnv the office for the day. It is hoped that the country orders will be filled during the business hours of Monday, and that the resumption of city payments will take place Tues day. The Assistant Treasurer received advices yes terday to the effect that SIOO,OOO in coin would be sent here, during the next week or so. from the Mint at Carson, Nev. This amount, together with the $60,000 to come from Philadelphia, it i* thought, will satisfy the demand for some time at least. There is a sad need for more clerks in the Assistant Treasurer’s office, and taat officer bos decided to ap ply to the authorities at Washington for additional help. At present the work of exchanging the cur rency for coin is properly under the charge of one em ploye, and the other clerks in the office have been obliged to turn in and help him out, to the neglect, of course, of their own accumulating business. On this account people in the country must not be disap pointed if their orders are not filled with that degree of promptitude which they would prefer. •WHAT WB ABE COXING TO. Centennial item from a Philadelphia paper.—A Cen tennial dog-fight took place about half-past 4 yester day afternoon t>y tbe Centennial clock, on the Cen tennial grounds. Mr. Jones, one of tbe Directors of tbe Octennial Board of Finance, was coming out of the Centennial officer followed by bia yellow dog “ Centennial,” when tbe faithful animal was attacked by s ferocious bull-dog, whose owner was not owner to anybody In tbe employ oi tbe Centennial Commission. Tbe fight was lone and bloody, and as it took place on one of tbe most frequented parts of tbe Centennial grounds, at an hour when most of tbe Centennial employes were quit ting the Centennial offices, tbe result was tbe gath ering of a crowd such as baa not been seen in this Centennial city during this Centennial year. After a truly Centennial fight tbe dog Centennial " whipped bis antagonist, tbe result of tbe canine controversy bsiug bailed with a routing Centennial cheer by tbo residents of tbe Centennial city present, wno bad taken a deep interest in tbe Centennial event. Sev eral members of the Centennial Commission with whom our reporter conversed, drew from this appa rently trivial incident bright auguries of tbe success of tbe Centennial Enterprise. A FASHIONABLE MARRIAGE INTERRITTKD. A match has been broken off on Calumet avenue, between the male and female scions of two prominent families, who, it had been thought would bavo mads an excellent marriage, since ebe was young and hand some, and be was old and rich. It appears, however, that they bad an irreconcilable quarrel on a very ntal subject. Be was a very precise man, who used to say that time was money, and punctuality was the thief of time, and so on, *nd when they were discuss ing their married life she said: “ Next Easter you’ll give me the loveliest bat and dress in Chicago, won't you, petty?" He said be would. “And.” she con tinued, “you’ll take a pew in the very front of the most fashionable church?" “I will,” be said. “ And,” she said, “we'll always go to church nice and la:?, won’t we 7” “ Nice and early, my love,” he said, correcting her. “ No, 1 mean nice and Ute, of course." she answered. “But. my dear," be remonstrated, *• time is money, as Solomon says. If I were to be seen going to church late people would think I was slothful in bus:ness serving tbe bank. Why do you wish to cultivate tbe unlovely habit of uupunctuality ?” “O, because," she replied, “ when yon go to church lats every one torus round to look at you. and see what you have on. Do you think I'm a heathen and don't want to go to church properly 7" Alas Ito be worth with one we love doth work like madness in tbs br*i p , and tbe match is off. THE WIFE'S SOLICITUDE. Tuesday » yoang and handsomely-attired woman, with an air of deep solicitude upon her countenance, called at the office of a prominent practitioner, and, with a choking gasp. said ; “O, Doctor. lam Mrs. 8. Mnhusband has been here to consult you about (here ah#laughed hysterically), about his h-beart.” **Pray yourself,” replied the man of medicine; “he has.’* 44 O, Doctor, ’• she said, pleadingly, while her beautiful eye* filled with tears; “You will tell me the • truth—you will hide nothing from me—X am his wife—l will he very brave— ■Tjut you must tell me all, all,” ** Then, mv dear Mrs, S.,*’ said tho physician kindly, “ prepare to learn the worst. Tour husband cannot survive dx months; he may climb the golden stair ere the springtime comes, gentle Mrs. S., and the wild flowers blossom in the vale.” Kerect,” replied the woman, in a voice that betrayed her deep emotion; “ that’s what an old Master told me that I paid to fake soundings of his fSogs before I accepted him. Well, I hope he'll peg oat quick, or else hold over till next fall, for black is awfully stuffy to wear in summer,” and. winking gratefully at the good physician, she swept from the room. INSURANCE NOTE. A beautiful and bashful young woman of between 19 summers called at the office of a life-assurance agent last week, aud asked him timidly if he could tell her bow long people of a certain age would live. •• Madame,” replied the agent, coughing respectfully a prospectus and drawing bis < li ir nearer to uer, “ here are our tables of expectation and average mortality, which contain all the information upon the subject that you can desire,” u Well,” said she, 44 how long wills man of 67. with a wart on bis chin, and that cats peas with bis knife, live?” 44 Accord ing to our table, madame,,” replied the agent, 44 he should on the average survive 11 years, 3 months and 16 days.” 4 * That,” said hla visitor, 44 would be till tho Ist of August, 1837 7 ” 4 ‘ Precisely, madsme, on tho average expectation of mortality, for we all must die, and it is, therefore, well to insure against loss to the stored ones in a company whose character—.” 44 And •bow much could 1 insure his life for?” * 4 O, forany amount, say for $50,000,” he answered, taking up a blank form of application; 44 let me recommend the unexampled advantages offered by our non forfeitable endowment policy.” 44 WeIl t ” said the young woman, * 4 l think, then, that I’ll marry him.” * 4 Insure him, you mean?” replied the agent. 41 No, marry him; yon in sure him. You see,” she added, with a burst of confi dence, 44 1 love Herbert, and Mr. Davkins is old enough to be my grandfather. But Herbert is poor, and 1 just worship the corner lots that Mr. Dawkins builds on. And Herbert is very patient, and says that will only fix a day, no matter how long be may have to wait, be will be happy. Now, you say Hr. Dawkins will die by the Ist of August. 1887, and as it wouldn't be decent to marry again till I’ve been a year in mourning, I’ll arrange to marry Herbert on the 2d of August, 1883, and if Mr. Dawkins doesn’t die by then you'll give mo $50,000. O, thank you,” and with a deep bow she swept out of the office. HOTEL ARRIVALS. Palmer House —J. E. Pecker, Boston Journal; D. A. Lindsay, New York; T. Baechtold, Switzerland; H. W, Cannon, Minnesota; A. J.Nutting, New York; A. G* B. Bannatyre, Manitoba; Budd Doll®, San Francisco; £. B. Mix. Aurora; R. c, Melville, England; D. W. Ayers, Watseka, III.; TV. E. Bayiey, Toronto, Ont.; C. C. Hancock, Philadelphia; F. H. Glidden, Cleveland.... Grand Pacific—J. D. Burnside, Brad ford, Eng.; D. T. Littler, Springfield; E. W. Avery, Detroit; G. W. Dillaway, Muscatine; IV. M. Cox, Rock Island; J. W. Stanton, Pueblo, Cob; Hor ace Williams. Iowa; E, M. Fuller, Madison; G. W. Savery, Des Moines: W. B. Ogden, New York; Haj. H. P. Barton, New York... .lfemont //ouac—J. G. Sbattuck, U. S. Deputy Marshal, Dubuque; the Hon. J- 8. Waterman, Sycamore; the Hon. Sylvester Marsh, New Hampshire; Gen. V. W. Bollock, Burling ton; John Senter, Lake Superior; J. B. Carson, Mana ger Blue Ltne ; F, A* Blake, Worcester; the Hoa. J. C. Anderson, Idaho; the Hon. C. D. Lathrop, New York; W. F. Stephens, New York; D. P. Livermore, Boston. .. ..Sherman House —The Hon. Waldo Sprague, New York; the Hod. J. Caldwell, Augusta; the Hou. Jesse Hildrup, Belvidere; A. Stewart, Fond du Lac; the Hon, D. L. King and the Hon. D. E, Hill, Akron, O.; CoL H. M. Warren, Cincinnati; J. Miller, Philadelphia; CoL J. G. Pane bom, Kansas City; Mrs. E. C. Stanton, New York; Hon. J. W, Bay. i£ti mer Mine, Mich.; P. Senna, Idaho; Charles A. Young, 805t0n.... Gardner House—B. D. Waahbume, Boston; Mrs. L. Wimple. Cairo; J. M. Gilance, Baltimore; Miss Maud Chestoo. Rochester; W. T. Crawford and daugh ter, and Mrs. Huber, Pontiac, III.; J. W. Dawson. St. Louis. THE COUNTY HOSPITAL. JOBBERY FROM BEGINNING TO END. For some time past Ths Tbusuks has exposed bow the public is being swindled and cheated in the con tracts for the erection of the new County Hospital, and as yet has nothing to show for ever $130,000 ex pended but two fire-traps. The letting of the contracts for the additions] buildings was done some weeks ago, when P. J. Sexton, the highest bidder, was the lucky wight. It was well known that the Joint Committees of the County Board advertised for separate bids for tne different kinds of work. It was supposed that for once the County Board would act honorably, and sward the contract to the lowest bidder, without fesr or favor. Accordingly, reputable firms sent in proposals to do the various /cbs of work required. Among them were Singer A Taloott, Crane Brothers* Manufacturing Company, N. fc. Bouton k Co n and others. P. J. Sexton put in a hid for th« jork la a lump, and Ua foreman, Jobs THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE! SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 1876—SIXTEEN PAGES, CenmiOT, iUo pnt ft »" «tr»w "WO. Sexton's bid w« for nesrly $130,000 to do tho entire irori. John Conners, who was then, and is now, Sexton*s foreman, I* totally irresponsible, and his bid to do the Job for $30,000 was a “ blind, 0 which was connived in br the corrupt members of the County Board. It Is said that one Commissioner was opposed to Sexton catting the contract, but as Sexton agreed to buy the lumber for the buildings from a certain person, all his opposition ceased. This is a story afloat, and has never been denied. CARROLL AND COURTNEY. There is a well-known contractor in this dty named Thomas Courtney. Before the contract was let he and Commissioner Carroll bad a short conversation to gether. The contractor called the Commissioner’s attention to the fact that Conners had put in a 4 * straw ” bid for $3(3,000. Mr. Courtney also bad in a bid to do a portion of the work. He told Carroll that be (Court nev) would do the entire Job for $35,000. SI,OOO less than Conners' bid, and could afford to allow Carroll $3 UOO. Carroll said ho did sot want the money. 44 Bat,° said Mr. Courtney, M why don’t you call at tention to the matter in the Board t This bid is a fraud and swindle on the public." The reply that Carroll gave was characteristic of the roan : “ the people; who in hell cares for them 7° Such was the reply of a member of the County Board who took an oath to do his duty faithfully and honestly to the public. SEXTON. The fact is well known that Sexton got the contract for nearly $16,000 more than the other bids aggregated for the entire work. The reason that the work was given to him was claimed to be that he would have it completed in sixty days. Now, the County Board knew that was impossible when they let the contract on the let of March. Sexton has to the Ist of Septem ber to his contract. He has sub-let ail the work, except the masonry, to the very man who bid under him and against him, isclndiog the steam-fittings and boilers to J. Davis for $7,775, the same price as Crane Brothers offered to do it for. But fio would not give it to them, because they tried to enjoin him. Then Singer L Talcott got the cut-stone work at $11,260, their original bid. N. S. Bouton & Co. are doing the iron work at $4,560, the amount they offered to do it for for the county. Can any one say that this manner of doing work is honestt The public is being defrauded, and the manner of the management and letting of the contracts show fraud on their face. Clem Pcriolat and Jo Uogin also made themselves felt in this matter. It is said that they sud Sexton were present with the Committees when the bills were dis cussed, and that all other competitors were excluded. M’cATFRSY, HOLDEN, CLEARY, sod other Commissioners, get up in the Board to fight bill for extras amounting to trifles, and allow thou sands of dollars to be paid to Periolat and Joe Hogan unnoticed. Wnen a little bill for extra and necessary work actually done comes up, C. C. P. Holden and Mc- Caffrey get up in the Bovrd and say they are opposed to paying it, because the work was not let by contract. This is done merely to throw dust in the eyes of the public, so that the rascals can make bigger steals. The contract system os carried on by the County Board is a fraud on the face; there Is no attempt to deal honestly by competitors at all. Favorites and those who will bleed liberally get the contracts, and no one else, bo their bids higher or lower. The hullaballoo made by Holden and McCaffrey for letting everything by contract falls to the ground when It is known that they approve every till put in by HOGAN for plumbing. His work is all done by tbe piece and day, and his prices are exorbitant because no compe tition Is-allowed. His work, too, Is often defective, and baa to be done over again, for which be receives extra pay. Joe has already received nearly SIO,OOO for plumbing done at the new County Hospital without tbe shadow of a contract to trammel him. Ho does work by tbe day, yet be is able to sub-let certain work for $1,500, which be has recently done, and will no doubt charge tbe county $5,000 or SB,OOO for it. Tbo entire construction of tbo new County Hospital thus far bos been carried on in a system of frauds, and it remains to be seen whether tbe present Grand Jury will be able to unearth them. THE NEW CUSTOM-HOUSE. SATISFACTORY PROGRESS, The block bounded by Adams, Clark, Jackson, and Dearborn streets just now presents a scene of annima tion, and shows that the new United States Building in ibis city is progressing. Yesterday afternoon a Tribune reporter went on a tour of observation through tbe precincts of tbe coming Custom-House and Post-Office. After leaving Sopt, Barling’s office, and being given into tbe hands of the Master Machinist, Mr. Milo SL. Walbridge, the reporter found himself winding through labyrinths of brick, stone, and mor tar, everything apparently being in confusion, yet tbe work was going on with remarkable rapidity. Tbe south portico was looked at, and tbe black and patched roofing-etones which caused so much investigation were criticised once more. Tbe stone and brick work of tbe first story have been completed, and tbe second story commenced. Tbe half of tbe west front of tbe first story bos been finished since tbe aOtb of March last. A large amount of brick is being laid. There are from forty-five to forty-eight bricklayers st work each day, and they put in plate 40,000 bricks daily. This large number of bricks does not show much on so large a building. Yet when it is taken into considera tion that 8 >,osu bricks will build a two-story and base ment bouse 25 feet front by 50 feet deep, tbe laying of 40,000 bricks a day is no small job alter all. THE STONEWORK is also being done as rapidly as possible consistent with safety. The six massive derricks keep hoisting tbe immense pieces in place at tbe rate of over 1,000 cubic foet a day. During tbe week tbe roof of tbe north portico baa beeu put in place. It consists of four immense flags, weighing from 15 to 30 tons each. It took some time to lay these, and tbe last was put in position Thursday. In front of these immense pieces of stone are placed tbe carved atone or coping. These little chunks weigh on an average over 4 tons each, and it takes some time to place one, besides requiring much care from tbe setter. The front walls are 6 feet in thickness to top of first story, and hollow, so as to allow for front. Above tbe first story the wallls taper slightly, but a thickness of 5 feet is maintained to tbe roof. At tbe present rate of progress it is expected that tbe second story will be completed by the Ist of July. As each story is fin ished. tbe derricks have to be raised, and ibis is a labor which requires some weeks. It is expected that THE THIRD 870BT will be completed by fall, and be ready for roof by the time winter sets in. It is anticipated that the contract for the roofing will be Ist about August or Septem ber. It Hill be remembered that Architect Mullett de signed a sort of Turkish Mansard roof, with mosque like domes, turrets, etc. These are done away with by Supervising-Architect Potter, who has designed a roof of his own, to conform to the general style of archi tecture of the building. It is said to be unique and original, though the plana have not yet been complete ly draughted. Everything is progressing harmoniously and it is expected that the building will be completed in about two years more. Superintendent Edward Burling has entire charge of the construction, assisted by George 0. Pruts!*#, who has the control of the stone cutting, and employs 33'J men at that work. Thomas Nicholson is Master-Mechanic. Ho has 220 men at work on the building. John Angus is the Master Stonesetter. Louis Weick controls the forty-eight bricklayers and their helpers. Joseph Roberts is the Master Rigger, and he has charge of the fllty men who have control of the derricks. Milo M. Walbridge has charge of the engines, hoisting machines, etc., and he sees to it that toe machinery is kept in good running condition. The Government is now employ ing some 700 men on the building, and the pay-roll monthly averages from $17,000 to $30,000. while the general expenses foot up about SIOO,OOO in all. It will thus be seen that the building is not going up as slowly as some would believe, but progressing as fast as is consistent with safety. Supervising-Architect Potter is expected in town in few days, when he will bring along the tbs plans for the newly-designed roof. THE WEST TOWN- TRANSACTING MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. The West Town Board held a meeting last evening in the Town Clerk’s Office, Nos. 56 and 58 South Hoi sted street. There were present Justices Scully, Mor rison, Sheridan, Salisbury, Matson, Supervisor Baker, Town Clerk Lavin, ex-Assesaor Byan, and ex-Collect or David Hallanin, as well as the newly-elected Super visor, Avery Moore, Assessor J. W. Clark, and Town- Clerk Henry L. Hertz. Supervisor Baker called the meeting to order. After tne minutes had been read, Supervisor Baker resigned, and Avery Moore took bis seat and was duly in stalled. Justice Sheridan moved a vote of tbsrTfrw for Baker’s services and gentlemanly conduct during tho past year, and paid him a very flattering compliment The vote was passed unanimously. Mr. Moore’s bond for $200,000 was then approved. Messrs,Clark Upe. B. G. Gill, John E. Wheeler, and E. F. Runyan bclug the sureties. A bill of Kinsley k McNangbton for $51.50 for legal services rendered to Moderator Derickson, in answer ing a mandamus to compel the counting of the Police- Justice vote cast at tho last town election, was Uid over till next meeting. THE SUPERVISOR’S REPORT. Justice Matson, from the Committee to whom bad been referred the town accounts, reported as follows: •* Your Committee, to whom were referred the ac counts of (be town officers, beg leave to report that they have carefullyexamlned the Supervisor’s accounts, by comparing the vouchers and orders paid on file in his office with his books, and also by checking all orders drawn by the Town Clerk with tho stubs and records, and every item has been found to be correct, 44 Your Committee find that the Supervisor has re ceived from all sources from May 19, 1874, to March 30,1875, $87.714.16; paid out as per vouchors, $61,527.- 67; leaving balance March 30, 1875, $6,186.53. He re ceived from March 30. 1875. to April 22, 1870, $188,735.- 40; paid as per vouchers, $187,825.83; balance April 22, $909.51. 44 Your Committee find that the average expendi ture for town purposes has been about J25.00J per year, and that the balance of the funds have been used for the purpose of paying Interest on park bonds, and' retiring flfty-aeven park bonds of SI,OOO each. We And further that the Supervisor has been instructed by the Town Board at different limes to borrow mon ey for the purpose of meeting the semi-annual inter est on park bonds, and that of such sums so borrowed the town still owes $.<,700.” The Committee also reported favorably on the bills of the Moderator and clerks who acted at the town election, to the amount of about S2OO, and allowed the Board of Canvassers $7 for each day and night Oxer served in counting the votes. 9 Justice Matson stated that the reason that the amount received and expended during the past rear seemed large was irom the fact that $57,000 in park bonds had been paid, and borrowed money returned, which made a doable appearance on the cash-book* The report was accepted. tout* CIXBK’fI SALARY. Town Clerk Lavin was allowed $322.50 for his Tsar’s services, snd the bill ordered oald. J Town-Clerk Hertz then took his seat and Mr. Lavin withdrew and departed into ths shades of private life. 220X8. Justice Sheridan moved that J. J. Growler be al lowed SSOO for his services as chief Asoowrt dork to Con Ryan. Tho yeas and nays were called, Justice Sheridan only voting in the affirmative. . On motion of Justice Salisbury the bill was laid on the table. Crowley bad previously been allowed $450 for bis services, and the SSO was merely additional. The claims of several parties for extra services were read, snd the bills rejected bye unanimous vote. The bills were then laid on the table. Assessor’s clerk O'Connor’s bill was then taken up, and I&id over to next meeting. Collector BaUonin presented bills for postage and other expenses to ths amount of $278.28, Which were examined and ordered paid. THE TOWN FINANCES. Following is a statement presented by Collector Hol la nln in regard to collections for the town: paid orrx. Paid Supervisor Baker Postage stamps Advertising Stationery and ash blanks. Sundries Total, RECEIVED. n—■ n i r -“f Town tax collected Commission on State tax 583 Commission on county tax 1,249 Commission on park tax 335 Commission on boulsvsrdandparktaz........ 99 West Park and 8 Total .$19,703 The Board voted te itself the usual per diem. Assessor Clark wis authorized to engage a Janitor, and his compensation was fixed at $lO per mouth. The Board then adjourned sine die. THE LICENSE LAW. WAS n EVER PASSED? Gen. John McNulb, former representative In Con gress from the McLmn County District, and now en gaged in the active pursuit of the law at Bloomington, was up hero for thi purpose of interviewing Judge Dickey of the Supreme Court, and obtaining from him if possible a supersedeas in one of the liquor cases of which the dockets of the various courts are full. The General’s client had ijeca convicted under the act en titled, “An act to provide for the licensing of and against the evils aridng from the sale of intoxicating liquors." After Juclge Dickey bad listened to the ar guments of the counsel, bo granted the supersedeas without auy hesitation, on the strength of the Gen eral's argument that the act was in fact no act at alb The reasons on which Gen. McNulte based his ar gument are os follows: When the act first passed the Senate it was entitled ** a-bill for an act to revise the law in relation to licensee," The vote by which it passed was 29 to 11. Subsequently the bill was amend ed so os to make it read “ A bill for an act to provide for the licensing of and against the evils arising from the sale of intoxicating liquors." This amendment to the title was adopted, after the bill bad passed, by a vote of 21 to 11. The Constitution, however, pro vides that no bill shall become a law without the con currence of a majority of tbo members elected to each House. Om. McKulte further argued that in this State a bill is the only way. to make a law, and the title is part fil the bill. Bit the bill as amended, by changing tbo title, received cnly 21 votes, whereas, there being SI Senators, it shotid have received 26. Therefore, the act in question did not receive the concurrence of both Houses, and cmsequeutly was never passed. The Constitution also provides in the 13th Section, Article 1, that “ noact hereafter passed shall embrace more than one subject, and that shall bo exxwessed in the title, but if an; subject shall be embraced in an act which shall no; Le expressed in the title, such act shall be void only as to so much thereof as shall not be so expressed, and no law aboil bo re vived or amende* by reference to its title only." On the ground aisatbo General argued, for the super sedeas which he found no difficulty in obtaining. Since the General raised this point in the Circuit Court, which was ia session recently at Bloomington, he has received ebect 2CO lettters from different parts of the State on the subject, showing the interest taken in the matter. Coses of this character are coming np in almost every county, and an early decision oi the matter by the Sujreme Court is exceedingly desira ble. WHISKY. tBE GRASD JTOT. The United States Grand Jury is no more. It dis solved yesterday, and the component parts returned to the innocent haunts of truth and peace in the inte rior of the Stile. They finished their labors about noon, retimed several indictments, and w ere dlsmissel by Judge Blodgett in terms of praise for the way in which they bad d«ne their duty, mingled with regret st the thought tb* be was about to lose twenty-three such ctficicut indutmeut-m&kors. The bills last re turned were, wih one exception, against parties whose cases have teen considered during the post two months. That wa the Postal Clerk Lacy, an account of whose transaclons in stealing letters from the Post-Oflice Department was given in yesterday’s Tnnv This case vaa immediately taken in band by the Grand Jury Fiday afternoon, with the result as stated. The renuiniug indictments are against one Stebblns, an empoye of Chicago Alcohol- Works ; T. Morse, a liquor (haler in this city; Hilian Brothers, commission merchants, No. 92 Market street: M, P. Beecher, the goKl-looking but crooked Gauger, and Fierstien and Ifiugen, the Hyde Park illicit-still men. In the afternoon the members of the Jury ad justed their occotats for expenses and mileage with the United Stales Marshal, and most of them left on the evening trains, rejoiced to sea the end of their labors, and to agm return to their homes and their natural business. None of them desire to ever serve on a jury again, md complain of the sacrifice they have been compiled to make in personal convenience. The general asserlon among them is that they are at least SSOO out of joexe: by their long stay. A NEW OBDD3. Collector Harwy has received Instructions from Commissioner Pntt to the effect that incorporated companies doing ousinesa as distillers cannot here* after he regarded as individuals,—that tbe several stockholders in ach corporation must be regarded as so many person engaged in a partnership in the dis tilling business, jach person having ail the duties and responsibilities cf an individual distiller. Among tbe coisequeuces of this ruling are these: Every transfer rf stock in an incorporated company makes such conpany into a now firm, bound to file new notices, at prescribed by law, to file now bonds, to have the distilery newly inspected and approved, etc. It also prevents tbe stockholders in any distilling company from Incoming sureties in the ** distill era’ bond ** of their twn cr any other distillery. LOCAL POLITICS. IHIHD WAIXD CLUB. Tbs Third Ward Republican Club met last owning at No. 960 Walaah avenuo. Hr. C. M. Culbertson presided. The members indulged In some desultory talk re garding the projriety of continuing the club organ ization during he interval preceding the State and national campaign. Tbe Chair man was in favor of such continuance, and offered to be one of fifteen men to supply tie funds for the Club expenses-! Mr. A. J. QtUoway seconded his remarks, and moved that theweekly meetings of the Clnb be kept up until tbe November election. Mr. Aldrich tiought the motion unnecessary, as the Club had its rales under which it was working, and the meetings would naturally continue unless some one suggested tiat they be stopped. Mr. Galloway withdrew bis motion. Mr. J. H. Cloigb stated that the Central Committee would soon call a County Convention for nominating delegates to tie State Convention. At the hat City Convention a raolution bad been passed condemning the primaries. The question would, therefore, come up how to sel*ct delegates. Be thought the subject should be considered. Ur. Aldrich siid that he did not know of any better method than ths primary, and until something better was suggested Ucre would bo no use in discarding it. He thought the Ward Club should recommend the men for delegates, and then submit them to vote at the primary meeting. Mr. £. O. Ee.tU thought the Convention was very wise in condemning the whole caucus system. A Ward Committee should be appointed, consisting of about ten from each precinct, to take charge of politi cal affairs in tbs ward. A general discussion followed, after which Mr. Aldrich offered the following: Jleso.cedj That, fully recognizing the evils that are liable to grow oat of ward primaries, yet knowing of no system that will be likely to obtain more fairly tho full expression of tho wishes of all the legal voters of our party, we recommend the County Central Com mittee to call tie next County Convention in the usual way by calling upon tbe wards to elect delegates at a time specified ly tho primary system. Mr. Galloway amended tbe resolution so as to rec ommend that the apportionment of delegates be the same as that of tbe last City Convention. After a lengthy discussion the resolution was voted down. The Secretary, Mr, W. O. Cole, offered the follow ing: ” Resolved, That it is the dense of this meeting that the surest, quickest, and most feasible, and only legal method of socanng tho benefit of the recent munic ipal election, and the retirement of Harvey D, Colvin, is in the election of a member of the new Common Council to tbe office of Mayor, and that the Aldermen eleet from this ward bo requested to use their best endeavors to proenre such election.” Tho resolution was laid over lor discussion until tbe next meeting, which will be held Saturday evening next. REVIVAL MEETING. REHARKS BT HRS. WILLING. A revival service was held yesterday evening at Far well Ball, preceded by song worship. The attendance was not as large as during the morning and afternoon, but there was no falling off in enthusiasm. Mr. P, P. Bliss led the singing, infusing into it au unusual de gree of fervor. Dr, Marshall, of Indianapolis, read a portion of Scripture, and invoked the blessing of Divine Grace on the proceedings. Mrs. Willing conducted tbe services, and spoke from Bevelation, xxiL—” And tbe spirit and the Bride say come, and let him that 'heareth say come, and let him that is athirst come, aud whosoever will let him take of the water of life freely.” After paying a graceful tribute to tbe gentle nature of tbe inapirea author of this book, Mrs. Willing went on to show its consistency with all the other portions of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit strove with ns from our earliest days, like a parent looking after tbe spiritual welfare of soma loved child. An invitation to nartake of the fruits of Christ's mediation was continually held out to erring ones. God was always knocking at tbe bars of the sinner’s heart and offering a crown of glory to win him to righteoosneas. There was a point in each man’s career which marked gloiy or despair, and some were often fearful that the time bad passed. If, however, it was felt that Jeans was still wrestling with them it was proof that He had not given up all hope, and that everlasting life was still possible. But care should be taken not to procrastinate longer; the opportunity might pass, and then good-by to eternal nappiness. There was no | tima like the present, and we should drink of tbe cop of Hfe when It vu presented. We should not speak lightly of oar backslidlngs; we ought to have a per fect realization of our obligations to God and en deavor daily to fulfill them. The meaning of the words of the text was that we should, if we had not already given ourselves to God, at once consecrate our lives to Uls service. It was no special invitation to favored persons, bnt a universal rail to sinners. No one was proof against unhappiness. .We might build up reputations or become wealthy.—effect something which ws considered necessary to insure earthly hap piness,—but the shaft of misfortune would sooner or later strike near our hearts, and wo would realize bow poor we were without religion. The only lasting benefit was secured by responding to the invitation of the text and laying np real treasure in Heaven. It was no small price that was paid for our redemption, and we ought not to lose a moment in throwing' ourselves at Jeans' feet in prayerful «hantrfnin»a« f or His great goodness. Every time the invitation was made it grew harder for us to accept it, and it ought to bo responded to at once. Mrs. Willing concluded with a powerful exhor tation to her hearers to take at onco the step which would render their lives happy and secure happiness in the world to come. .$19,429 . 190 Dr. Monball followed with an urgent appeal to those who were still without the pale of God's glory. A short inquiry-meeting was afterwards held, and several persons evinced an anxiety to make their peace with God, and to live a life of righteousness in the fu ture. To-night the eighteenth anniversary of the Young Bren's Christian Association wiil .be held, when ad dresses will be delivered by L. W. Munhall, President of the Indianapolis Association, John V. Harwell, and W. B. Jacobs. LOCAL LETTERS. AID. WHEELER. To(h« JSdttorcfTKe Chicago Tribune.: Chicago, April 22.—1 n your Issue of yesterday yon class me as being uneasy that there may be a recount in the vote of the Thirteenth Ward, and that to pre vent it I spent most of the time since the election try ing to see City-Clerk Forrest. How Mr. Forrest could prevent a recount 1 am not enough of a politician to know, but suffice it to say that, if 1 was seen around the City-Hall, it wae because other business called me there than that which you say. I was not eager before my election for a seat in the Council, nor am I worried now because some one wonts a recount, as I have no reason to bolievo that It can be changed one iota. In regard to enlist ing the assistance of the boys," I would say that, after a residence here of twenty-five years,all of which were spent industriously, I need the assistance of no one, and would not have it, except in that which was fair and honest. I did not desire the office of Aider man, and it was only at the earnest solicitation of men in the ward for whom I have the greatest respect that 1 consented to have my name used, and, now that I am elected, 1 will not only endeavor to serve them faith fully, but every one interested in the ward and in good government generally. To all those who may be anx ious to know my views ou the Mayoralty question, I would say wait awhile, as there is yet plenty of time in which to condemn or commend me. Respectfully, etc. William Wheeler, ANNOUCEMENTS. The Imperial Club Sociables are held every Thurs day evening at Maakeli Hall. Unity Church Fraternity will have readings by Mr. Burbank Tuesday evening at the lecture Irooxn of the Church. Section 4, Temperance Radicals, hold their regular meeting at No. 300 West Madison street Sunday after noon at 3 o’clock. A meeting of the Oils Valley Colony (rifth-eerenth IlUnok Eegiment) will be held at 1 o’clock p. m. to-day at Boom 9,199 East Madison street. The children of the Grand Pacific Hotel will hold a fair Tuesday evening In the green parlor of the hotel* for the benefit of the Foundling's Home. Mrs. Berstaey regrets to announce that in conse quence of a severs cold she is obliged to postpone the song recital which was to have been given Tuesday evening. Mr. C. C. Bonney lectures on *• Government "Re form n to-night at 8 o’clock in the Dime Course at the Fourth Unitarian Church, comer of Prairie ave nue and Thirtieth street. Mrs. E. Cady Stanton gives an entirely new lecture this afternoon at 3 o’clock in McCormick Hall, on “ Women at Washington.” The Sunday Lecture Society will provide only two lectures after Mrs. Stan ton’s this season. The first annual meeting of the Twentieth Ward Citi zens’ Club will be held at Turner Hall Monday at 8 p.m. Full reports of the great results accomplished by the Club during the past year will be presented. A thorough reorganization will have to be effected uo as to taka in the old Nineteenth Ward. The leaders of the temperance daily prayer-meet ing in Lower Farwell Hall this week will be : Monday, Mrs, P. A. Dice; Tuesday, Mrs. J. F. Willing; Wednesday, Miss F. £. Willard; Thursday, Sirs. Lewis: Friday, Mrs. E. £. Marcy; Saturday, public quarterly-meeting of the Woman’s Temperance Union, in Lower Farwell Hall, at 3 p. xn. The old folks’ concert of the Second Baptist Church chorus-choir, at Union Park Congregational Church, Tuesday evening, will be a fine concert. In addition to the choir, which numbers about sixty members, Mr, Lefier, of the Blaney Quartette* and the Chicago Quartette, will take part. The costumes are rich and rare, which, with the ancient music, will make the pc casion one of interest. An entertainment for the benefit of tbe Foundlings* Home, under the auspices of the Ladies' Union Aid So ciety, will take place at Union Park Congregational Church Monday evening. Mr. A. F. Burbank ]s to give some of his humorous and dramatic readings. There is also to be some fine music from some of our best artists. Tbe ladles who have this entertainment in charge have put tbe prices down to suit tbe times, the admission fee being only 33 cents. At such a price, for such a noble charity, and with such on array of talent as the programme shows, there is no doubt Union Park Church will be packed to-morrow night. ST. OEOBOE'S DAY. Judging from the programme for tbe religious ob servance of this day by the St. George’s Benevolent Association, exactly at 4 o’clock this afternoon, at the Cathedral, corner of Peoria and Washington streets, it will behoove all who are specially interested in the occasion to be on hand promptly. Tbo service will bo essentially English in its character, partly by the substitution of some of tbe Canticle, Preces, and Re sponses, In the American Prayer Book for those used in the Church of England. Other details will com bine to revive the memory of former days in tbe breasts of ** old-countrymen.* The music will bo ex ceptionally pood; and the name of the Rev. Dr. Be Eoven as the preacher will, of itself, insure a largo attendance. It speaks well for the unselfish character of the St. George’s Society that the proceeds of tbo collection upon this occasion will be devoted, not to the General Fund of tbe Association, but to St. Luxe's Hospital, to which it feels itself under deep obligations in the past. makes tbo following announcements for this week: The evening classes will meet as heretofore announced. Day classes will meet as follows: Ladies’ class in pen manship, Thursday at 2p. m,: Art school, for instruc tion in drawing and oil and water-color painting, Saturday from 9a. m, to 12, and from 2 to 5 p. m.; claw in wood-carving, Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. This is a new branch of instruction Just opened. Its object is to teach a knowledge of a business that can he turned to practical account in securing remunerative employment. Though designed especially for women, it will be open to all who desire to attend. Class in Sorrento carving or fret sawing, Saturday, from 4to6p. m. Private Instruction in vocal and in strumental music, elocution, and modern languages by competent teachers at hours to suit the convenience of pupils. Booms Nob. 63 and G 5 Washington street. THE CITY HALL. The Board of Public Works paid a visit of Inspection to the West Side pumping-work engines, buildings; etc. They were all found to be satisfactory, in a pro gressive state, and showing careful management. The City Treasurer’s receipts yesterday were $3,259 from water-rents; $563 from jhe City Collector; and $45,000 from County Treasurer Buck in interest-bear ing taxes. Daring the day $50,000 was paid on the aty debt. The Board of Public Works opened bid* yesterday morning for the construction of the stand-pipe in the West Side pumping works. There were four bidders. The highest ware Glennon & Bee at $6,400. The low est was L. Soolerinat £2,079. David Hallanin, the West Town Collector, paid $17,- 360.42 to the City Treasurer yesterday. That sum balances tho account he has kept with the city, he having collected in all $259,933.23. Bis commissions have amounted to £5,197.00, and so the total amount tnat be has paid to the city is $234,697,33. Por several days past a rumor to the effect that those members of the City Council who were elected in November, 1875, were forming a ring with the ob ject of bolding over with the Mayor, has gained con siderable circulation. It Is about as ridiculous as that Hildreth was to be made Mayor. Both probably orig inated from some of Tom Stout's philosophical witti cisms concerning his defeat. Its gauziness will be ap parent at once when one remembers that the election for thirty-six Aldermen was, called by the Council unanimously. The demands of the city's employes for what is due them become daily more pressing. The street labor ers in particular are greatly in need of their pay. Many complaints are roado by applicants for money showing the state into which some of them have fallen. They have no credit and no cash. Those in authority to whom they apply for aid are obliged to hold out promises of a speedy deliverance from their troubles, and as yet there appears to be no relief. The decision on the legality of the city scrip is anxiously looked (or as a measure that will, if favorable to tbe corporation, put money in its purse. There is no indication as to the time wneii the school-teachers will receive another dividend, notwithstanding the inflnx of tales from the County Treasurer. The particular spot in tbe brain of Mark Sheridan, tbe man who has just been elected Alderman of the Fifth Ward, that was greatly impressed when Mayor Colvin removed him unceremoniously from his old office of Police Commissioner, ha* become unusually active of late, and bos been busy in devising methods of attack upon his sworn enemy, the Mayor. Revenge is bis cry; he is on the war-path, and the politicians who understand the enmity existing between tbe two principals are eagerly awaiting the time when Mark Sheridan shall assume the duties and responsi bilities of a member of the Council; for his advent into that body means the beginning of a bard and plucky fight between him and Colvin. In convening with reporters yesterday Sheridan unfolded hjs first point of stuck on ‘'Eternity” Colvin. He stated that the new charter expressly provided that “ the Mayor ■h»i] preside at an meetings of the City CouacU.” Ha tlie Alderman-elect Thirteenth Ward. THE ATHEK-EtTH referred to that lection of the charter wide* ays; *• xn the Mayor or any other municipal officer ■ball be guilty at any time of a palpable omission of doty or shall willfully and corruptly bo guilty of op. preaaion, misconduct, misfeasance in the discharge of the • duties of his office, he shall be liable to indictment In any court of com* potent Jurisdiction, and on conviction shall be fined in a sum not exceeding £1.000; and the court in which such conviction shall be had shall enter an or der removing such officer from office.’* 4< There,* said Mark, after he had read the section above given! “ I would like to know whether Colvin has attended to his duties ? Just let some on© go before the Grand Jury and have him indicted for a * palpable omission of duty * and we can oust him in a mighty short time.” That is ** new wrinkle,” as he terms it, but what he intends to do he does notroy* However, the Mayor and his allies feel assured that they have no friend In the came Sheridan, and they are Just a little uneasy about it. CRIMINAL. James Murphy gouged an eye out of Edward Mc- Laughlin, and thus committed the crime of mayhem. Justice Foote fixed his bonds at $3,000, but in the ab* ence of bail ho was cared for in the County Jail. The case of James Fannin, charged with forgery, was to have come up before Justice Scully at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon, but was continued until the same hour Wednesday afternoon, owing to the illness ef counsel for the prosecution and the unaccounted for absence of counsel for the defense. Robert Henderson got out of the Bridewell Friday morning. He got drunk and made himself obnoxious in Smelich’a saloon. Smellch bod him arrested, and he took a change of venue from Justice Summerfiold to Justice Foote, who sent him back to the House of Correction to work out s2s worth after his brief vaca tion. While David O'Shay waa crossing the block Inclosed by Loomis, Harrison, and Van Buren streets about 6 o’clock lost evening he avers that he was attacked by four young men and robbed of $44. One of the men with a knife and another with a pistol intimidated the victim with threats of death, while the rest of the gang robbed him. On being released O’Shay hurried home and advised tne police. The highwaymen are described as young irifn less than 20 years of age, smooth-faced, and decently dressed. William L. Newman and Hcraan Wheeler appeared before Commissioner Hoyne yesterday aftemogn and were accepted as securities on the $15,000 bond of George M. Wheeler, the LaCrotse National Bank man. The bond is not complete until signed by Wheeler himself, who will probably come down to-day in the escort of sn officer, sign the bond, and have bis liberty. Mrs. Wheeler, his wife, is lying very ill, and her husband naturally desires to complete the bond as early as possible. The five men arrested at Leiront a few days ago as the ringleaders in the riotous strike among the quar rymen were arraignedat the Armory yesterday morn ing. When they were brought into the dock the at torney for the prisoners stated that he had bad a talk with Mr. Singer, one of the bosses, and his attorney, and that it had been agreed, in view of the quietness of affairs at present, to continue the hearing for ten days, and that if during that time should they behave themselves there would be no objection to dismiss mg the charge. The case was continued accordingly. At midnight Friday, Officer Hasketh had his atten tion attracted by the suspicions movements of two men near the Northern Transportation Company's dock, corner of LaSalle and North Water streets. He called on them to halt, instead of which they ran off, and though fired at three times escaped. Yesterday afternoon while laborers were reparing the sidewalk, corner of North Weils and Indiana streets, they die* covered the right finger of somebody's hand, which bad been rudely amputated, seemingly with a dull knife. It is believed that the Unger found belonged to one of tbe nigbthawks who were fixed at while prowl ing about. He is marked for life. William F. Sapton, a well-known postal clerk on one railway routes between this city and Cincinnati, is un der $2,000 bail at the latter place fur robbing the mails. Sapton left this city Thursday last for Indianapolis, bis homo, there to remain over Sunday. On the way down be volunteered assistance to tne three clerks in charge of the postal car. and as letters had.been miss ing Irom time to time they concluded to watch him. Upon searching his bunk they found a letter between the mattresses, and upon passing his destination they aroused him, and searching him found the letter in his pocket, together with several others stolen some time before. He pleaded hard for mercy, but! the case be ing so purely malicious, inasmuch as tbe guilt of all missing property was attached to the three innocent clerks, it was concluded to give him the benefit of his trickery, and accordingly news of the affair waa tele graphed ahead to Cincinnati, and upon the arrival of the train young Supton was banded over to the po lice. He was scyin afterwards admitted to ball in $2,000. STAADEN. Nicholas Staad&n, the North-Side fire-bug. Indicted for the second time a few days ago, was yesterday ar rested and brought into Court. He was found, after a protracted search, secreted in the building on North Clark street which he has been accused of .firing. His offense dates back nearly two years. His first trial was in this county, when the jury disagreed. On the second trial he secured a change of venue to DuPage County, and was convicted and sent to Joliet. While at Joliet his attorneys secured a supersedeas in the Supreme Court, upon which be was released. Being out of the jurisdiction of the Criminal Coart of Cook County alter his release, he was reindicted a few days ago. He gave bond In the sum of $5,000 yester day and was released, T. W. V. B. Mercereau and Thomas McCabe becoming his sureties. •*Zin.w One way of contacting a spelling bee in Eng land is to lot one person begin with a letter, the noit one must add to it, having a complete word in his head, and eo on, until some one finishes whatever word may eventually bo manu factured. Says a writer in the Court Circular: ‘ 4 It is astonishing how unfamiliar certain com mon combinations of letters sound when said in this way. Thus, I beard of a bee held in a commercial room in a large hotel, when tbe word bad got as far as ZI N. What on earth can ‘ zm’ be the beginning of ?’ said tbe next man; and be was so convinced there coaid be no word in the language beginning in that way, tbat be made various bets against it, then ‘challenged’the last speaker—that is, asked him to complete the word. * Zinc,* was tbe answer, and thereupon tbe puzzled one jumped op with a spasm of agony. *By Jove,’ be said, 4 and I travel in it myself.* That was the fact; be rep resented a hardware dim. and sold zmo every day of his life.” The New Empress Rangre, It is with pleasure we recommend to our housekeep ing readers the new Empress Range, sold only at Dal ton's, 192 State street. It costs no more than inferior ranges. Kitchen outfits a specialty there. POLITICAL. ANNOUNCEMENTS, FOURTH WARD REPUBLICAN CLUB. The Republican Club of tho Fourth Ward, at its regular meeting on the evening of Thursday next, the 27ih inst, will elect a President, and transact other im portant business. All members are urged to attend, John 11. Beuys, Secretary. MILLINERY, Millinery. THE LATEST OUT. ZPjRIISrCESS,, SARATOGA, CLIFTON. 500 cases of the above Hats just in. Ail of the new shapes in LADIES’, MISSES’, and CHILDREN’S HATS, To be retailed at wholesale prices. . All goods soldatonehalf the regular prices in other houses. Don’t spend a cent for Millinery until you see our stock. 35. SEWES, Millinery. M E. J. HOPSON "Wishes to announce to her Cus tomers and others that her Stock of Bonnets and Millinery Goods for the present and coming’ seasons is larger and more choice than ever, and that she can and will offer inducements in prices and styles which cannot fail to please all. 64 Washington-st,, JUST EAST OF STATE. STOCKHOLDERS’ MEETINGS; Office of the Luke Shore & Michigan Southern Railway Co. Cleveland, March 28,1876. The annul meeting of the Stockholders of this Company, for the election of Directors for tbs ensn> ing year, and for the transaction of other appropriate business, will be held at the office of the Company, in the City of Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, the 3d day of May next, between tbs hours or U o’ctock in I the forenoon asd 3 o’clock la tbs afternoon of that! fe* OEORftB fi. £LX, Secretary. J WATCHES. SILVERWARE, dta. FINE WATCHES SILVER, for family use and Wedding Presents; Diamond Engagement Rings and Ear Rings- Necklaces, Lockets’ Crosses, and Shawl Pins.’ Elegant new styles* and the best goods at low prices. N.MATSON&CO. STATE AND MONROE-STS. WE HAVE A large and Finely-Selected Stock of Watches AKD mm Also, a FULL STOCK of all Mads of Jewelry, That ire Trill sell cheaper than yon can Inj 4 Auction or any other House in the city. Come and see them. IJ. Morse & Cl, S. E. Cor. Lafce ami CM-sts. REAL ESTATE- $75 Lots! SO by 132 feet, at DOWNER’S GROVE, on C., B. fc Q. R.R., all high, rich, rolling land, near depot; part •water, excellent drainage; $lO cash, $lO in one month; balance s*> monthly. NO INTEREST. • For the accommodation of those doing business in the city a 3.0 Coi»t Is ran Morning and Evening, daily. We have this spring act one nearly 700 trees, and art making extensive improvements, to bo carried on daring the summer, in conse-iuencs of which PRICES ABE GOING DPI OILY 01 WEES ME In which you can buy a Lot for $75. After the Ist of next month, until further increase, they will be slOl If you want A Beautiful sntoliu Hose! A SpMfl, Snrely-Paiing MesWl Do sot miss this chance. YOU WILL NOT HAVB SUCH ANOTHER. This beautiful snbnrb has already about 1,000 inhabitants, churches, schools, ebx, and is growing rapidly. please me in early in the week and avoid the rush at the close of the month. Forth* accommodation of our customers wo will this week keep our office open from 8 a. m. to 7p. m. Lota shown free. STREET k BRADFORD, 74 East TTaaaingfon-st. DBEffl EilMi That beautiful residence, in thor* ough repair, with spacious grounds, on the northeast corner of Drexel Boulevard and Forty-soventh-st., ia offered for sale at a low price. In quire at Ho. 11 Chamber of Com merce. PUBLIC AUCTION. Administrator’s Sale of Lots; Five to 100 Lota in south half of Blocks 55 and St, Sec. 19, 39, H. Sale to commence Tuesday, itay 2, u 2o’clock p.m. Terms —hi cash; balance 1, 2,soil# year?, at 8 per cent. Inquire of A. B. PRICE, AdmY, M, M. LORD, Aft, 151 Randolph-st. _ FOE SAXjB Very cheap, Building, 50rl00. northwest eontt State and Twentieth.sts.. opposite Field St Letter Mar* ket, with favorable lease of ground- Apply to WM- C. DO If, 10 Tribune BtdMtof. D2IY CLEANING- LADIES! Wo are cleaning bv our New Dry Process, Silk Suits, Woolen Suits, Expensive Bilks, Party Dresses, Children’s Suits, Without removing the Trimming. The original LaM and shape Is not destroyed. AT7G-. SCHWARZ, 190 So. Clark, 153 Illinois, and 265 West MadlsoM# GARD2N BOSS. Garden Hose. Best quality, with fixtures complete. HaHoct Holmes & Go/s Rnliljer Stt 174 & 176 Randolph and 90 State-st. PERFECTION BABY HOLDER. BABY HOLDER. Messrs. Field, Belter & Co., Barnum Bros., Tergfr* BnhUng k Co., Schweitzer & Beer, and Fell*, Marik* * Blair are the only parties in Chicago to whom « sell the Perfection Baby Holder. Occidental Mfg. Co* 50 Gano-st,, sole manufacturers and proprietors. BABY HOLDER. If you want to know how good the Perfection Bail Holder la ask any one of the thousands of parents a Chicago to whom we have sold It. All styles always oa band, from $3 upward, scllins daily. Vergbo. Bahltag A Co., 138 State-st. 7 . WANTED. ■W-AJE^T I S3X>. A situation as bookkeeper, correspondent, or ole* nan in tho grain trade, by a of several years' wj perience; am a member of the Board of Trads, it* can famish A 1 reference. X 39, Tribune office. OAFITAIi. Wanted to engage in manufacturing DnderWOOo* Botsry Gang Plow, working upon a new plan, tbs greatest invention in that line of the age* Addressee call ngoa L. D. MASSFIKLP, 1U and US LakHk J

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