VOLUME 29. DRESS GOODS. XTRAORDINARY BARGAINS SPRIG DRESS GOODS wriJlm* Will offer this week largo lots of Seasonable Drees Coeds, including all the novelties of the season, at popnlar prices. 100 pes Damamo Goods, in assorted col ors, 36 ots, worth 60 eta, 75 pos Arabesque Poplin, in combination oolocs, 50 ots, worth SI.OO, 6 oosos Twilled Deboges, 16 ots, desirable at 30 ota 130 pos All-Wool Sebeges, 37 ots, regular 600 goods, 2 oases Small Blaok and Whits Cheek at 26 ots. 60 pos 6-4 Cornel's Hair Suitings, very sew and desirable, 60 ots, oost $1.25 to im port, SPICIiI INDUCEMENTS tost Black Goods. BCOpos 40-inob All-Wool French Cash meres, 66 ots, 76 ots, 85 ots, and SI.OO. 300 poa 48-inob All-Wool French Oaab moreß at 80 ots, SI.OO, $1.16, and $1.25. Drap d’Eto, extra wide and superior qual ity for Sacques, at $1.50, $1.75, $3.00, all folly 30 ots per yard under value. 111 BM ai CoM Sis Wo oflbr Bargains from ATJG T lOUST Seldom offered in this country. 121 & 123 State-st. My-secniM anl Mlchlgan-ar, TO RENT. Hie flies TO RENT X3ST TUB TRIBUNE BUILDING. manmß of WILLIAM C. DOW, Boom 10, Tribune Building. FIRM CHANGES; DISSOLUTION . Tbs copartnership heretofore existing under the fins name of Warner k Williams expires by limitation April 30, 1870. J, O. Williams and O. E. Pitch having purchased the right to succeed the late firm, will continue in the General Commission business. The books, papers, and accounts of the late firm will be in the hands of Ed. D. Warner for settlment, to whom all debts will be paid which are owing said firm, and who will pay all claims against said firm. ED. D. WARNER, J. O. WILLIAMS. The undersigned have this day entered into co partnership under the firm name of Williams k Pitch, to transact a General Commission business. J. O. WILLIAMS, O. E. FITOU. .DISSOLUTION. The copartnership heretofore existing under the firm name of £. A. Itossns h Co., In Ibe drug business at 314 East Dirislon-st., lathis day dissolved by mutual consent. B. A. Rosens will continue the business, pay tfi dobU, and cell act all hills for the old firm. S. K. UAANBUDDB, JOHN lIAFBTEN, EDWARD A. ROBENB. NOTICE. Notice t« hereby given that 1 have withdrawn from the firm of Armstrong it Egan, and that I will con tinue the business of an Architect at No, 14 Booth Clark-sU, Chicago, In my own name. CniOAOO, May 1.1878. JAB IKS J. EGAN. FOR SALE. WE ABE IN EEOEIPT OP SEV EBAX. OABQOES NEW SABIKAW FUE SALT, Which wo offer to the Trade by oor go or car lots. ELKINS * WHEELEB, . Offloo, 41 Lako-st. FOR. SALK. Tbe fornlture, and • ten years* lease, or lass If de* ■trad, of tho Robertson House, Joliet, IU. The hotel Is ilrat-clsas la every respect. Address It. ROBERT SON. Joliet. 11L FINANCIAL. 8 PER CENT—MONEY TO LOAN On choice property la any sum over $9,000; under that amount D percent. Funds bare. A prompt answer to applications and low commissions. TURNER At BOND, 103 Wssblngtoa-sl. 7 PER CENT. Money to loan at SEVEN per cost'on first-class DUalnua property. Other loans made at current KSUs. 80UDDER k UASON, Philadelphia advertisem'ts CENTENNIAL BOABDMQ AND LODGING MRS. J. HAMILTON THOMAS, (Formerly bookseller and publisher). Terms 17 per day. im OUESTNUT-ST., PHILADELPHIA, Cars to tbe Exhibition pass the door. pRNTBNNIAL iX)DOINO HOOMS-ACCOMUODA v Uoa lor kobUsosu lods*r»ta.newlyttitsd-Bpprivau Wbt Cftiftaugpor Pailg ©fifemue. FIRS INSURANCE. JAMES H. UOOEB. INSURANCE. MOORE & JANES. Successors to S, M. HOOKS A CO.. 119 & 121 LaSalle-st. WE BITPIIEBENT THE HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE GO. HABTPOHD, CONN. Assets, over.. ...$3,000,000 EQUITABLE INSURANCE GO. TTASSVILLB, TENN. Assets, over. $300,000 GERMAN AMERICAN INS. GO. HEW TORS. Assets, over $2,000,000 NEW ORLEANS INS. ASSOCIATION NEW ORLBAHS.T.A. Assets, over $500,000 NATIONAL FIRE INSURANCE GO' HARTFORD, OOHN. Assets, over $1,000,000 IKYING INSURANCE CO. HEW TORE. Assets, over $300,000 ST.PAULFIRE& MARINE INS. CO. ST. PAUL, MINN. Assets, over $900,000 NORTH BRITISH & MERCAN TILE INSURANCE GO. LONDON" and EDINBUBOH. Assets, over $13,000,000 omaß, 119 and 191 LaSalle-st. MOOSE & JANES, Agents, COAL. filiiltofl Coal REDUCED. On and after this date, until further notice, the price of Wil mington Coal will he $4. BO per ton delivered. Chicago, Wilmington & Vermillion Coal Co. Wilmington Star Coal Co. Wilmington Coal Mining and Manuf'g Co. Enreka Coal Co. GROCERIES. IF YOU WANT THE BEST, DDT TODD FAMILY GEOOEMES, FRESH FRUITS, WINES, LIQUORS, & GIGAES, OP Ijr. C. PAR.DKK Stmcessor to Stanton k Co., 3STOJ IQS STATE-ST. REMQVAES. iercM Despatch TRANSPORTATION COMPANY HAVE REMOVED TO 95 Washington-st. REMOVAL. J. A. SMITH & CO. Hatters and Furriers, HAVE REMOVED TO NO. 83 MADISON-ST. ZOLINE. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. We, (ha undersigned, hereby agree to pay traveling expanses and Ton Dollars in Gold Coin, to any person who will come to our Office, 131 Lake •C, Chicago, and us# Zollna according to our printed directions and demonstrate to us that It does not per form what we claim for it in our printed circular. HTOHR k CO. OIL TANKS. IWILSON A EVENDEH, Ml oil tanks ARD SHIPPING CANS, FheTTtM V 47 45 49 Wsst Lake Street. OECZOiVGrO. aw* au* roe ctv.ioaoa. BLANK BOOKS. STATIONERY, «fco. BLANK BOOKS, Stationery and Printing, Furnished promptly sod at fair prices, byJ. M.TT, JUNES. 104 and 100 MaJlson-st. SPORTSMEN'S GOODS. SDNS, FISHING, TACKLE, ETC. At e!e!EATOK’sI^StoS! ESTABLISHED 1853. DYEING AND CLEANING. SHAWLS Of every description cleaned to look like new. aad at short notice. AUU. SCHWARZ, UK) South Clark. 159 Illinois, and 305 W.- Madlaon-ats. WATER CURE. KENOSHA WATEB CUBE, KENOSHA, Wis. Recently enlarged and Improved. Fine lake view, and good boating. Bummers re markably cool, and cltmaU delightful. Chronic Dis eases; Diseases of Nervous System. For circulars, terms, etc,, address N. A. PEKNOYER, U. D., Physl elan, u E. PENNOXER, Proprietor, AT LAST. JOES J. JAKES. The Old Council Holds Its Final Meeting, Comptroller Hayes Sends in an Ordinance Relative to City Certificates. Those Drawn Against Any Appropri ation Kot to Exceed 75 Per Cent Thereof. Ur. Hayes Also Addresses the Council on the Subject of the City’s Finances, And Rejoices Over What Re Con siders (be Vindication of His Policy. What the Present Administration Has Done to Save the City's ' Credit. The Council Then Proceeds to Canrass the * Tote for City Olßcors. The City Attorney Advisee Them Not to Touch That for Mayor. And Also Holds that tbo How Council Cannot Elect One of Its Own Members, It Can, However, Call a Special Election If There Ho a Vacancy. Accordingly the City Pathero Decline to Beoord Mr, Hoyne's Tote. The Council met last aronlng, with all tbo msmbora present except two. Tbo body of tbo Council Chamber was well filled, probably in expectation of something Interesting coming up. and partly, no doubt, because It was to bo tbo last mooting of the old Council for the transaction of business. After dispensing nith the reeding of tbo minutes, on motion of Aid. Oullerton the report of tbo City Clerk with regard to the caoTaas of the returns was temporarily postponed in order that a communication from the Comptroller should bo considered. TEMPOBABT LOAM. The Oloxk tbon read tbo following communica tion from ilr. Hayos : Couptsollkb’s Omcß, CmOAOo, May 1, 1870. to the Honorable the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Chicago m the City Council aueinblea: I pre sent herewith •• An ordinance concerning temporary loans and die anticipation of taxes." In view of tbo (act that a large number of laborers and employes of the city in needy circumstances Lave for some time remained unpaid, that heavy liabilities tor money loaned are to be met befoie the Ist of June, and tbat nearly a half a million of tbo Interest on our bonded debt will fall dua within sixty days, and that Urge loans will be required to meet these liabilities in advance of the collection of taxes, 1 oak Its immediate consideration by your honorable body. At the beginning of the fiscal year on tbo Ist of January, there were outstanding of c«r tlflcatca of indebtedness for cash adrano* ed to the city by the Relief and Aid Bo cicty'and tbo RunvFund $ 114,C86 Dne otuer parties in Chicago 1,611,3311 Due in Raw York 3,013,150 Total : $ 4,011,096 Among our cash assets were: Due in personal property taxes, warrant of IH7I t 93,506 Doe on personal property taxes of 1873 1*1,735 Due on personal properly taxes of 1873...., 185,33 5 Due on personal property taxes of 1871 471,070 Total $ 938,2J5 Tax certificates, sale of 1872, principal unre deemed 10,011 Tax certificates, sale of 1(573 115,126 Tax certificates, sale of 1671.... 263,89!) Tax certificates, sale of 1876 602,325 Tax deeds „ Bill Total tax certificates and deeda.... % 039,775 Real estate taxes appealed sod enjoined 1,398,709 Tax-warrant of December, 1875, real and personal 6,093,005 Total of tax-certificates, personal and real taxes, and taxes appealed. < 6,269,614 Taxes collected since Deo. 31,1876; For IH7I and two preceding yean.... | 18,640 For 1872 17,403 For 1873.. 4C.HH3 P0r1874 339,201 187t—Received by Treasurer 1,172,891 1876 In County Collector’s bands, approx imate 130,000 Other tax collections not included above.... 0,700 Total collections since Deo, 31,1876... (J,721,793 Total of certificates and taxes to be col lected | 0.770,991 On certificates of indebtedness outstanding Dec. 31, 1676, we have paid 2,772,529 Still outstanding 1,898,501 Issued since Dec. 31,1876. 1,410,359 Total of certificates now outstanding...t 8,278.927 Funded debt water-bonds, towards which wa have annual Incomo of about s7uu,Uoo from rents 4,677,000 Other long bonds B.sBO.UbJ Total bonded dobt $13,457,000 All our cartiilcates of Indebtedness and coupons on the funded debt bare been met punctually at (heir maturity. All our loans eiuca Dec. 31,1810, have been made at 0 and 7 per cent Interest,—in no instance higher than 7 perceut. We have paid a commission of one-fourth of 1 per cent on SIOO,OOO, being all the commissions paid. Our success in meeting our obllga tlons under tbe Insolent and persistent efforts by sundry desperate parties to ruin tbe credit of (be city and force it to suspension of payments is Justcsuso for congratulation. I submit herewith a copy of tbe opinion of the Hon. William K. McAllister, Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, In the case of Tbe Hoard of Public Works vs. Kayos. Comptroller, upon full argument before himself and four associates on tbe Bench. This opinion relieves us from legal quibbles raised against tbs legality of our lotus, and It Is now demonstrated that this great city, with Its four hundred nillltoua of taxable proper* ty, and its trifling debt, which cannot be Increased, and Its high character for Integrity and punctuality, can lawfully continue to maintain Its corporate euat ence, and that its temporary loans, m well as its other securities, will always continue to furnish investments for Judicious capitalists. 1 bops that tho accompany ing ordinance will meet the approval of your honor* able body. Respectfully submitted, 13. B. Haras, Comptroller, Tbs following is tbs teit of tbe ordinance: An ordinance concerning temporary loaua and tbe anticipation of taxes. , , Vt if urdattud, tU, That whereas lbs city la Indebt ed to the amount of $3,700,000 for cash advances here tofore made to enable It to defray current expenses and meet tbe Interest on the funded debt accruing be fore the collection of taxes to pay the same t sud Wuuukas, Said Indebtedness is evidenced by certifi cate* bcroifter to mature, all of the certificates here tofore maturlug having been paid by the Comptroller at the day of maturity: and Wuimua, It Is the purpose and Intention of the city to continue to meet all Us obligations ut tho appointed tlmo, without relying upon technical or frivolous ob jection* to tbolr form or phraseology, as an excuse for non-payment, as well as to provide now and hereafter for the interest on Its funded debt, sod for its ordina ry expenses accruing and to accrue before tho tax «oi- CHICAGO, TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1876. TBB ORDINANCE. lections eta bemads) and tbs oily Is aba wUllntto remove any uncertainty or insufficiency In the words 0/ ita obligations, If such should urn j therefore, Morton 1. Tbs Comptroller la hereby'authorised and directed to continue to par punctually at the tlm* of maturity all certificates of Indebtedness of tba City of Chicago, Issued upon the appropriations and tax levies of the city, whether the fact of their being so issued appear upon said certifies Us or sot. Meo. 3. The Comptroller la authorized to make an Indorsement, tn sooh form as bo may elect, upon el) certificates presented to him for that purpose, show* lug that they were Issued upon the appropriations and tax levies of the city, sad that the proper proper* (lon of tbe Uxea will be bekl for their payment, or bo may in bis discretion, with the consent of Uis holders of the certificates, Issue to them Instead new certifi cates payable on tbe Ist day of June of tbe next fiscal year, with interest at a rale sot exceeding 8 per cent personam, or at such other earlier time as bemsy designate, and tbe Mayor and Finance Committee shall approve, out of tbo Uxea levied for the ap* proprtaUens upon which such original eertlfl. cates wera issued. Provided, that such new certificates, and any certificates for advances or ex. pendlturea hereafter Itsued, may be drawn payable with or without Intereet out of tbe Uxea, without otherwise specifying any certain lime of payment, or tbe Mayor and Comptroller may, with the content of lbr> Finance Committee, draw their wuranu on tbe Treasurer for such advances as have been or shall bo made on any of tbe appropriation! for which Uxea shell have been levied, fixing therein the time of their preaenUtlon for payment, and may eel! or discount the same so that the use of the money shall not cost tbo city a rate of intereet exceeding tba rate aforesaid, or may draw said warrants to bear Interest to the time ■o fixed for such presentation, and thereafter upon such amount as tbe Treasurer shall fall to pay at such time of presentation. Sro. 3. Certificates or warrants may be drawn pay. able out of the Uxos with interest, upon each notice as may be therein given, or specified to be given at a aub* sequent Urns. Bto. 4. Certificates or warrants for advances or ex penditures upon the ipproplations, sod taxes, and rev* enuca of any fiscal year may be bsned by the Comp troller, with tbe sanction of tbe Mayor and Flusnse Committee, after tbe tax-levy of saia year baa been made. To insure the payment by collection from tbe taxes of tbe foil amount of each and all of such advances as may bo made upon them, the amount for wblcb such revenue certificates or warrants may b« soretally is aged is hereby limited to and shall nut exceed 75 per cent of tbe amount appropriated for tbe amount or expenditure for which tbeadvanca ia made, nor shall it exceed <5 per cent of tbe amount of the taxes ap portioned to the payment of such certificate or war rant and remaining nncolloclod at the time of its issue. Aid. Schaffner moved the passage of the ordinance, and asked that Ur. Ilayes bo Invited to give tbe Coun cil such further explanation aa be might deem proper and they might require. was accordingly requested to addrese the Council. Ue said they together bad had charge of the interests of the city for the last two years. This association, which had been pleasant to him, and he trusted had been profitable to tho city, was about to cease. The Council was about to yield to those who had been elected to take their places. It was proper for him to Bay that .whatever objection be might have found at one time or another to some of tbe acta that bad been pteecd,—be believed Inadvertently,—a tribute or' respect was due to them for tho high, dig nified, and manly position they bad taken in reference to tbe character and credit of the city. When they came into power they found a city which had recently been almost destroyed by fire. Tbe lore had been immense; tw0,000.000 of property bad been laid in ashes. Great fortunes bad been scattered to tho winds. Tbe crippled city, with a large defalcation in the Treasury, seemed to bo almost at the mercy of tbe elements. They found an enormous smount of taxation, and appropriations largely in oxess of those which bad since been made. They found also a great commercial crisis wblcb bad prostrated tbe industries of the country. Those things increased the difficulty of administering tbe important duties which they bad In charge,—of protecting the Interests of the city. During the two yean, be waa proud to esy that tbe measures of retrenchment and economy which he had continually pressed upon (bo Council to tho estlmatea and reports he bad submitted had met with their favorable consideration. In tho last appropria tion bill they had mado an extrema reduction of ex penses, and had shown a determination to put Chi cago In tho strongest possible condition. The whole amount of tho tax-levy waa about f 4.000.000 for threo fourtha of tho fiscal year, and in that amount waa in cluded an appropriation of (500,000 whl-h bod been Inserted to protect the credit of tho city, without any other expenditure during tho year. Besides, J 300.000 or (400,000 In this amount were rendered necessary by tho expenditures preceding or caused by tho fire. Mr. Hayes then recited tho other troubles which had befallen tho city since tho first fire, and the strong ef fort made after the July fire to secure au- appropria tion of an additional million of dollars to protect tho city in future. In 1975 largo appropriations were made for the completion of our magnificent water system, which was now the admiration of (he world. It was bis duty to meet Isrge obligations to enable them to complete this and other necessary Improvements. When be came Into office we had a 10 per ceut credit, but bo had been en abled to reduce tbe rate of interest to 0 and 7 per cent, and. when at New York recently, bo would have suc ceeded m placing tbe credit at a lower rate than 0 per cent bad it not been for tbe determined purpose of certain parties and Intorostato DE3THOT TUB UO.NOH AND FINANCIAL STANDING OP TUB CITY, and to disgrace It In thu eyes of mankind. That deter* ruination was evinced everywhere. It was teen in the moat important newspapers; he found it in the offices of New York honker*, and In letters from prominent citizens. Persistent efforts were made to defeat the negotiations be was conducting for the honor of the city. Tho newspapers declared to the world that tho indebtedness of tho city was invalid, that tho certifi cates were not worth tDe paner they were written upon, and that ho was contracting a void debt, which could not be paid. To com bat those assertions, bo told iho people of New York that our citizens wore honest, and would never repudiate a Justly-Incurred djbl; that ninety nine out of every hundred paid their taxes, or enb mittod to the judgment of the court; that of the taxes of 1H73, there wore only JlOO.onO still unpaid, except those taken by tho gentlemen who car* lied the sgltation to tho Supreme Cocrt, and that tho amount unpaid tho following year was only $3 0.- COO, aside from tho personal taxes, which could not be collected, excepting also the amount taken to tho flu* premo Court. He told them that It aid not matter what was the form of certificates,—the money they represented would bo honestly paid, Whit did wo do when visitors came to the city T Wo took them round and showed our mignlflcenl public works. If our debt were rcpudlsted, we would be ashamed to show them in future. Under all tho pressure and the powerful combination brought against us, the city hod * been able to maintain her credit, and bad paid $3,000,000 sluco the Ist of January. Why bid they been able to ao this 7 Because, when Duncan. Sherman & Co. failed, the City aovonunontdeclarod they would nay again the Std.COQ in the bank if necessary. Wo had $100,000,000 of property subject to Usatlou, and a debt of only $8,000,000, which was a little over the tax levy for a single year. A constitutional provision for* ever forbade them to increase that debt, or to incur any other without at the asms time providing means for its payment. These facts constituted a power of wealth and strength. The law allowed no more than a Just appropriation for Jnit and properties, and our paper was good before the world If the government was properly administered, and, even If U wero dis honestly administered, it could not bo broken down without an extensive system of fraud tnd rascality. Notwithstanding all the frauds which had been perpe trated in New York, Ha paper was worth more than any other paper offered in tho city excepting that of tb« Government. The City of CHICAGO TO-DAY 18 A GREAT DEAL BTBOMOBB THAN MEW YOBS, (be proportion between the amount of indebtedness aud property being ao much smaller in one than the other. We had, therefore, ali the elements of strength and credit, and he waa not afraid of our paper being refused. Whatever temporary excitement was cauaco, our citizens had sound, sober Judgment, which was not Influenced by parly, political, or personal predi lections. A man of intelligence could not be found to get up before a respectable audience and assert that wc ought not to pay thu debts of the city, or (bat wo should disband oar police, put out our lamps, and close the schools, because wo could not collect our taxes every year. If such extreme tneasurte were re sorted to wo would eoou have robbery, pillage, rapine, murder, and incendiarism, and the men who advo cated the aleu would be the first to call tor a few millions to protect their lives and property. As far as he was personally concerned sa Comptroller of tho city, he know no party, person. Mayor, or public officer, except of lldally. He waa not under obligation to anybody lu the city, except to maintain the credit of the city, to keen the accounts, honestly and .moot its Just obliga tions. Tboy would not find Interest taken on any money that bad been in his bands, sud they would find no check given against the account of tne Comp troller (hat was not on file In the office, and subject lo inspection at any time. He, therefore, spoke as the friend of all citizens, and urged them not to be in fluenced by (he excitement of the day, sod never to allow the honor and welfare of the city to suffer irom temporary passion er agitation. He hoped the ordi nance read by the Clerk would prevail. 11a had drafted It carefully, lu order to conform to the opin ion of the Court which had been giveu on the subject. No paper belonging to the city was out which had not been fairly mot when presented; then waa no creditor who had the right to claim anything nu account of previous default. The East was regarding the seltleiuaal of the question with in terest. He had consulted a number of gentlemen as to the AFFECT 07 TUB OPINION of (be Coart and u to the probable future proa* pecte of the city In making loana. The ordi nance bad that evening been trauitnlUed by tele graph to Now York. Tboee Intarcated bad the whole subject before them, and they bad approved of tbe plan, lie whole object wae to enable them to prepare certlflcatoe conformable to Judge McAlllater a opin ion, and to provide for tbe taaue of tbe certificate* to a limited amount. Ilu bad foil it bie duty to bunt them to 75 per cunt of tbe amount of the appropriation agalnat which th jy were Issued, so that every Kroon who received one would know lust ho was m a better position than if be bsd a bond authorized by tbe Coualltutlru or lowa of the bute, and upon which judgment bad been obtained at maturity. It waa only nectaaary to make tbe financial eyilem conform to thst plan, andattheaama time to declare by that ?!' im ‘ ac * that they dealred to maintain tbe honor of the city m In tbs put. [Applause.] The ordinance was thin passsd, Messrs, Spalding and Waterman voting tn tbs negative. Aid. Gunderson moved that the thanks of the city be tendered to Comptroller Uayes for the able manner In wbleh be nad conducted the finances of the city. Carried, THE CAXVAfiStKO COMMITTEE. «««* va.i f naa.nw wA.ia.an Aid. Ontlerton, of the Canvassing Committee, re. ported that tba canvass was commoted, end moved that tbs result be declared and spread upon tbs records. The returns were (ben retd by tba dark end tbs successful candidates declared duly elected. Tbs canvass of (he vote for city officer* and Alder* men baring been concluded, Ala. Scbsffner moved that the Clerk l* directed to spread tbs record as an* nounced on tba records. Aid. Spalding moved that tbe Clerk AWXOCXCB TBE VOTE FOB kUTOI. Aid, Bchatfner was moved to sjeculats “Ob, pshaw I” And Aid. Ryan chimed In with “ Ob, wait till anolh* er year. l Aid. Fitzgerald moved to tar the motion of Aid. Rpaldlog on lb« table. It received a second, bnt Aid. Campbell Wat on his feet In a aecond and Bald be hoped the last gentleman would withdraw bla motion. The Chair aald there was an opinion of the Law Do* pertinent bearing on thla ■object of eanraulng the rote for Mayor. Aid. n> »n—Giro &■ the opinion. Aid. Schaffner hoped Aid. Fitzgerald would with draw bla motion, and that gentleman finally yielded. The Clerk then read the fallowing 7 7 OPIMOK FBOSt THE LAW DBPBRTMEXT : Cut Law DxpjßruzNT, Chicago, May 1, To the Honorable, the City CouneJ of the CUy of CAwapo— OEKTLEMKir i The queatlona submitted by the reso lution paaaed by your honorable body at Ua last re«u* Jar meeting, ami upon which you ask the opinion of tills Department, are: Fint— la It the duty of the City Connell to canraaa the rotes cast at the recent election for Mayor? .Srrond—lf not, can the Council or Its successors declare a vacancy to exist in the office of Mayor, and elect to fill such vacancy one of its number 7 These questions, in my opinion, must be answered In the negative, and I shall glva you my reasons there for. Under our present charter, on Constitution (the act of April, 1873), the City Council ore authorized In call an election '• whenever a vacancy shall happen In the otficeof Mayor, and the unezplred term shall be one year or over.”—Art 11., Bee. 3. It also provides the mode of conducting eucb an election, and requires that notice thereof shall be published “ for the same length of time and In the came manner as required in the case of regular annual elections."—Art IV,Bsc. 61. From these provisions It follows, that if a vacancy happened lathe office of Mayor before the time of holding the Last general election, to-wtt, April 18, it became the duly of the City Council to calf a special election to fill such vacancy, sad to publish a notice thereof, and in the same manner as la required in the ease of regular annual elections. A vacancy so happening could not legally be filled In any other manner; the nnosplred term being more than one year. Dot the Connell refnsed to call an election for the office of Mayor, upon the ground that no vacancy existed in the office, and hence it was that no notice of such election, to bo held on the IBlh day of April, 1876, was ever given or published. Whether such action on the part of the City Connell was right or wrong, it la unnecessary to discuss, be cause, if you please, let it bo conceded to have been wrong, the concession In no wise changes the situa tion. The result of the action was, and tbs fact is, that no election was called for such officer, or notice given of any such election, aa required by law. If, then, uo special been called to fill a vacancy lu the otfice of Mayor, and no notice of such election was given or published by the proper author ities as the law requires shall be dons in such case, the election is void. This doctrine has been fully recog nized by the Supremo Court of this State.—Vlley va. Thomson, U UU, 9, Harding va. railroad company, &5 111., 90. “ Elections fixed by law at a certain time and place may be legally holden, although notice baa not noon published or glvin, but if tho time be not defined by statute, and it Is to be fixed by notice, the notice re quired Is Imperative." People ex roL Henry W. King et al. vs. City of Chi cago, unreported, and cases therein cited, Tho act of 187 J authorizes an election for Mayor to be held in IBTfi, and biennially thereafter: and at no other time, except in caao of a vacancv, when tbe Couudl is empowered to call an election, If the unci dirod tlmo shall be one year or more. It will be seen, therefore, that tbe election for Mayor 1s forced by law at a certain lime, to wit: "At tbe general electlou held in 1873, and biennially thereafter," and an elec tion for this oillce, held at a time thus fixed bylaw, would be legal, although notice of such election bad not been previously published or given. But an elec tion for such olficer held at any other Urns thin that fixed by law. although such election should be held on tho same day on which tho general election was held tor other city officer* would be n STwrial election, and *n the n-*>vl*lon*» of law applicable thereto. It i* true that (he act of 1873 provides for an annual electlou, which la a gen eral election, but such annual election la not in any year a general electlou for all city offices. The recent annual election held on tbe 18tu day of April was a general election, but not a general election for the office of Mayor. The law fixes the tlmo when a gen eral election shall be held for Mayor, and aa wetiavo seen that event ia fixed on tbe third Tuesday lu April, 1873, and bleunially thereatlcr, to that an election for Mayor held at any other time must of necessity be a special ele'tlon. Otherwise the term of office of Mayor Is shortened one year, or tho nest succeeding general election for that office takes place at a time oue year later than the time fixed by Uw for such election. Every election, the time of bolding which is not positively fixed bylaw, and is to bo fixed by notice (as in the case under consideration), is a special election, and when held without notice being given os required by law, such election is absolutely void.! Neveribeleas It appears that an election for Mayor was held and such office was voted for by the electors at the Uto general election, and returns have bom made of atich voles to your honorable body, and you now oak wbalyour duty is in the premised. Holding the views above expressed,my advice to you is : Do nothing which will he Im-onalsieut with your former action lu refusing to call an election for the ofilce of Mayor; and if you follow this advice you will decline to take official cognizance of the votes cast for that office. It is no more your duty to canvass the votes given fur Mayor, than it would bo your duty to can vass the voles, if any there should no, which bad been cast at such election for tho otficea of Governor or member of Congress. Such action on your pan can not in any wise prejudice the legal rights of auy gen tleman fur whom votes have beun given for Mayor. Tho return should be preserved, ao that any gentle man feeling himself aggrieved by your action, and desiring to resort to the courts, may obtain and use them as evidence of the vote he received. Upon such proofs be may pursue his legal remedy as effectually as though (he returns had been canvassed by your body, and tho result thereof declared. The doctrine here contended for is decided in tho case of tho I’eo* plo vs. Uoclienow, fit 111,, 124. In that case the Court refused a mandamus to compel a canvass of votes, be cause, as they say, “ tho records show .that thero was no actlou by tho City Council fixing n place for holding .‘.the ©lection in such a manner as would give the public nolle*; and no notice of the election seems ever to have been given. The votes of which we are asked to compel a canvass are votes of a meteiy voluntary collection of citizens, given under circumstances that take from them all claim to legality." The remaining question to be*conaldered is, "Can the present Couno I or their so* -essora in otfic« declare that a vacancy exists in the otfics of Mayor, and le gally proceed to till such vacancy by the election of some one of its number 7” A vacancy cannot bo said lo exist in sny office ex cept upon the happening of one of four events; first, death; second, resignation; third, * removal; and, fourth, by operation of law. To declare (hat a va cancy exists ui a particular otfice will not create such vacancy, tiucb fact cannot bo assumed, but must in reality exist, when it may follow the declaration of such existing fact, and ail necessary proceedings may be had which the law authorizes to fill the vacancy. If, (hen, it can be said (hat a vacancy hsa happened lu the ofilce of Mayor, su>'b vacancy has occurred by operation of law. Now, assuming for the purpose of (be argument that a vacancy bon so occurred lathe otfice of Mayor, tho question that first presents Itself fur our consideration is. How and lu what manner can such vacancy be legally filled? Hoc. 'i of Art, 11. of the act of 1872 provides; "That whenever a vacancy ahall happen in thu office of Mayor, when (ho unexplmi term shall be one year or over from (be date when the vacancy occurs, it shall bo filled by an election." And Bee. 3of the same article provides that, " If the vacancy is less than one year, the Cliy Council shall elect one of its members to act as Mayor." From these provisions of tbs statute. It la manifest that the solution of the question, How cau such vacancy be legally filled 7 dejtenda entirely upon the answer to the inquiry, When did the vacancy occur 7 Because, if Iho unsiplrod time boon* year or over from thu date when lbs vacancy occurs, the law says it shell bo filled by an election, and, if it be less thau on# year, tho City Council ahall elect one of lU num ber to act sa Mayor. Tbs answer lo tho latter question is that the vacancy occurred either upon the adoption of the act of IB7J, or u|>ua (he first Monday In December, 1879, the time when, bat for tho adoption of tho act of April, 1813, thu term for which Mayor Colvin was elected would have sxjirudby limitation. At one or the other of these times the vacancy occurred, if, indeed, it baa happened at ail, and it is immaterial which of these dales ia fixed upon as the dale when the vacant* oc curred. as in either case the unezptrsd term would be mors than out year. If, tar u, • vacancy la the office of Mayor occurred either upon the adoption of the tot of l»1i, or ou tbe Ural Monday In December. 1873, U le plain Out «ucl* vacancy can only be filled by an election to bu called by ibe City Council, and for the reaaon that the unes pired term lu eitbor caae la more than one year from tu» dale woeu tbe vacancy occurred. Tbe language of tne atatule la imperative and un taiftakable, and cannot be tortured into a different meaning. Tbe mode and manner of filling a vacancy ba|>i«ulng in tbe omee of Mayor dai eoda wholly upon tne fact whether tbe unaxptred term be one year or over or lose than one year. If one year or more, tbe tutuie eaya It aboil be filled by an election, and If teas than one year, tbe Council abali elect. Hy aaeertalulog the date when tbe vacancy occurred, and computing the time from eucb date totlieneat Ui-nuial election in 1877, tbe length of tbe unesulrod term U determined; and If a vacancy occurred In tbe oitlcc either In April, Isis, upon the adoption of the act of Ibid, or ou the firat Monday in- December fol* lowing, In either caae the unesplred term la found to be more than one year, lienee 1 aay that tbe lav re* quliea that such vacancy abali be filled by an election to be called by toe City Council: and It cannot legally be Abed la any other manner. Tbe date upoa widen •joh tlmllsn nub,atl.4 or bald bu Mtl| «h.l •r«r to do with determining the Uoglli of tbe 'L°«*P' r . ,d . Um. . Tb»t feet I » deter mlntd by ih» dite when tbe vacancy occurred. An •lection, therefore. to fill « vacancy In tha office of b« IsjiUy called and bold it any time dttr- t<rm ***** remtln* uneauired, If the date whan L u *.« . T * c * ns 7 occurred w&* it a time dating from wblch tea unexplred term would be ona year or more, Blnca December, 1875, tba date when It la aliened • Taeancy happened la the offloo of Mayor, Mr. Colvin wiV d ..^V B . e 4 *“• of aaid office, in ao dolag “• ko* yjolatad no law; on tba contrary, be baa limply obeyed the law, and until bit aucceaaor mail hare been elected and qualified, u u hla bounden duty S“ d « U i ß .^ w *2 txarclJß **« Powera and perform the duties of tba office. ,w N ? T * c,ac 7 *?“ oecurred in tha office of Mayor ilnce *h® general election In April, and banco there la no tmeancy which the CUy CouncH can flu by the •lection of ona of lie number. It la true that the an* expired term now remaining is leea than one year, but £• ,U i u l. e «»** th* length of the unexplred tarm aball be determined from the date when the va cancy occurred. If. then, a vacancy baa occurred. It happened In April or December, I*7o. and tba length of tha unas* mrad term, dating from either of theaa date*, la more than one year, and in inch ease the law require# that tha vacancy aball be filled by an election by tha peo pie, to be called by the City council, and aucb election maybe ordered at any time during the unexplred tarm. And it Is aimply rldlculoua to say that a person elected at each election would be elected to fill a va cancy In time pant, Agreaterabaurdltycouidnot pre* •cut itself to the understanding of man. The neglect or refusal on the part of the City Conn* dl to call an election for Mayor, before the recent an nual election waa held, does not deprive their euecea •on of the j«jwer and authority to rail aucb election at any time before the expiration of the unexplred term, although aucb tinetpirea term ahould be less than one year. And, If It ahould be contended that the vacancy mentioned In the third section baa reference to a vacancy which might now Iw aaid to have occurred by reason of auch default nr neglect, the answer la, that the vacancy referred to In the third section la the vacancy mentioued In the second section. Doth sec tions are speaking of the same vccancy; In tin one cue requiring it to be filled by an election and m the other by appointment. In order to arrive at (he true Intent aud meaning of either section both mint be read together: ...A. n^ I .,* K ** n, “Id that by reason of the fact that Mayor Colvin has held over until the present time, therefore no vacancy has occurred, and will not occur, until the CUy Council aball ao declare by tha election of one of its numlier to act aa Mayor, my an* nwer la, that being true, no vacancy now exists; and each vacancy must of necessity exist aa a condition precedent to the rijht of the Council to elect ont of its ntimvtr. For the foregoing reason, I am clearly of opinion that the City Council baa no power or authority to elect one of Ita number to act aa Mayor. But If it be true that a vacancy occurred In the office of Mayor, either In April or December, 1875, the Connell may call a special election to’flll aucb vacancy. Tbla ta the mode provided by law to fill such vacan cy, If it has occurred, and that mode, and that alone, should lx pursued. And the adoption of any othsr or different one by (he Council woold bo abeurd and uselesa, and subversive of every principle of law and good order. I have discussed theee questions upon the hypothe sis that a vacancy exists lb the office of Mayor, either by reason of the adoption of the act of 1873, or by reason of the limitation In the law under and by vir tue of which Mayor Colvin waa elected, but aa to whether such vacancy In fact exists, 1 express no opinion, because it la unnecessary to the determina tion of the questions submitted. Respectfully, Eodxbt Jaiouok. City Attorney. Aid, Schaffner withdrew ole motion requesting the Clerk to spread the result on the records, under the later impression that the same motion bad been pat U> vote. On motion of Aid. White, the communication from the Law Department was, after tome discussion, or dered published and placed on file. asking ron information. Aid, Waterman wanted to know, aa a matter of in* formation, what the vote for Mayor waa. Aid. Schaffner—l object to aneh information being given bore. Aid, Mabr—Ton can get It at Republican headquar ters, I guesj. Ala. Watermen—l am surprised that (here ahould be any reluctance about giving Information here. Aa I understand the opinion of the Law Department, I don't consider it In In opposition lo It at all. I think we should have recorded upon our minutes Just exactly the returns that were made—since It appears that re turns were made—as to the number of votes cast for Mayor. It does not follow from that that we are to declare Mr. Uoyne elected. That la a very different thing. But it teems to me that clearly our duty is to declare the number of votes that were cut. Even If there had been votes for Ooveruar of the State, It would be our buaiucM to put upon the records exactly thu returns that wore mode. There was, of course, some opposition to this from Aid. Fitzgerald, after which Ala, Hchaffner moved to take up the appointment of Mr. Woodbndge aa Cor poration Counsel and confirm the aame. Toe Chair said the motion bad prevailed, that the Clerk teau the returns, and Aid. S'baffoer maintained th it they bad been read and placed on record. The Chair remarked that the question was the can* vaas made by the Committee, and Aid. Cullertoo said tue Committee had followed out lu instructions, eau* vused the vote, aud it waa now for the Connell to do Just aa they chose with the vote for Mayor. Aid. Spalding requested that the vote for Mayor be atmouuced. lie would not make a motion to that ef fect, but simply make the requret. Aid. Schanncr said the Committee did not decide to canvass the vote for Mayor, but simply to taka an in formal minute of the vote cast. Aid. Spalding said It waa understood and agreed uj>on that the Committee should canvass the returns for Mayor, and leave the matter for tho Council to decide. Aid. Campbell saw no objection to announcing the vote. It could not affect the status of the present Mayor ouo way or the other. Some 30,000 or 40,000 perxona had voted for Mayor, and It was j>ollttc, as a matter of courtesy to these individuals, to announce their vote. By ao doing, tho Council need not declare anybody elected, for U could not do that. It would not change tho autos of the City Government or Its officials to announce tho vote. It would give no man a place unless there was a vacancy, and It was pretty clear that no vacancy existed. The City Clerk was called upon to state whether the Committee bad agreed to canvas# the vole fur Mayor, and staled that ho understood the matter Juat as Aid. Hchaffner did. There was un Informal conversation, but no motion made to canvass the vole for Mayor. The Chair—Did the Committee with the Clark can vass the vote lor Mayor? The Clerk—No motion was made at aIL The Chair—But did tho Committee canvass the vote ? Before tbs Clerk could snswer ALD, WHITS AND ALD. BCHAFFNEB were on their feet. Tbe Utter was about to commence an explanation, when Aid. White intimated pretty pointedly that he had had the door about all the even ing, and that he had best give others a chance to b# heard* Aid. Bchaffner—Oh, don’t you spread yourself 10 much. I want to ask the Clerk a question fur tnforas tloa, and ordinary decency would suggest to you Uat 1 have that right. Aid. White—Well, I propose to give you a chime to make yuur farewell speech. 1 will give you sn hour or two later In the evening. Notwithstanding Aid. White’s animadversion! upon Bchaffner'a propensity to make s apocch, thi Utter kept tho floor, and put tbe following qucstloi to the Clerk: •• Do the records show any act done by the Connell to reference to (he vote for Mayor 7” The Clerk—No, sir. Aid. Bchaffner—That Is all. Aid. White then Indulged himself at some length to observe that the whole bustuesa waa out of order. Tho Council had called no election for Mayor, aad it was only through the courtesy of the Judges of election that toe vulcs were taken at all. They were all illegal, and there was no legal power by which the Council could receive them. Us wanted to know If there was a motion to spread the returns of the vote for Mayor on the records. The Chair— I There is no motion to spread on the records, but simply a request for the announcement of the result. Aid. White—Do I undcrsUnd, in case the vote It announced, that it la to be placed upon the Jourua. without being to ordered by vote 7 The Chair—lt will lake a motion to do that. TUB DISCUSSION WAS CONTINUED for some time. Aid. Bpalding maintaining that (ha Committee bad agree to canvass the vote, and Aid. Bchaffner asserting tho contrary. Aid. Bpalding, to make himself fully understood, said he had madu no motion to announce Mr. lloyus as Msyor, but had ■lmply requested the clerk to announce tbs vote far Mayor. Then, if the Council chose to take any action they could do so. Mr. Hildreth—l will be in favor of granting ft as a personal request, by a vole of the Council. Aid. Bpalding said tbst was subsUutlally bis re quest. Finally, after a deal of wrangling on the part of Aid. Bailey and others. Aid. Cullcrtua movid that the Clerk be Instructed to snnouucs the number of voles east for Thomas IXoyue. The announcement of the ▼ole was one thing, and spreading it in tbs records was another, lie did not think the mere announce ment would give Mr. lloyne any legsl grounds, but ho believed, as a member of tbs Committee, haviug canvassed the vote, that at least it should be an nounced. If the gentlemen did not desire it they could vote it down, but he Insisted that his motion be put and voted ou. Aid. Woo-imtu moved the previous queallou on Aid, Oultrrloa’s motion. Toe motion was put and loat,—ysas, 17; nays, 18. This settled tbs matter once for all. Aid. Hildreth raised the question as to whether the new or old CouucU should DIVIDE THE tfTOBSU of the sew Council into two classes, —(boss to continue in othos one year and those to continue in office two years. He maintained that U lay in the old Council, sod alluded mysteriously to a talented lawyer who had posted him, but whose name he neglected to mention. The Chair said the Law Derailment was divided on the question as to whether the old Council could do any more business or not. Aid. Cullcrtuo said ha did not bellevt they ought to transact other business. Next Monday evening they would reassemble, and allow the newly-elected Alder men to take their seal*. lie thought any other pro ceeding! would be void, and they ought not to Uka tne chances. Aid. Hildreth called attention to the fact that tbe newly-elected Aldermen must qualify or their election would be declared void. He moved that the Law De partment be Instructed to report to the Council si to NUMBER 250, to th! dividing Of (be newly, hewuin < otd!r >> * nl ° toknowll The Chair aaid ht wa«, and Aid. Hildreth was pro* f£ « f notlon "&«*>, to cut off all (uw ther talk. Aid, Schaffner moved to adjourn. Aid. Woodman wanted lo know who would spprov* and the Chair Mid the now Connell Aid. Campbell wanted (*r,Vnow what faoxlneai the old Council had there ne! >-onday night. The Chair hoped (ha Council would eome to* *Qd Induct the tr £**membera to their seats. That had always been tfc? rfitom. Aid. Campbell movedJ - an amendment to AUL Bcheffner a motion, thaj ~ Council adjourn eme die: bat (he motion waa J v- - red out of order, as no amendment could beta . to a motion to adjourn. The vote was then cal —on Aid. BshaiTner's motion to adjourn, and wae d« *d in the affirmative. And thus ended the I .malneas meeting of tho eld Council, j - MET | DOISUI, Convocation of ' i« Great Council of tbe Church in America—The Strong I'ecumarr CharacterUlicn of tho Denomination Fully Felt—The Call ing Unpopularity of the Prealding Elder. ffveetal DUpateh to Th* Chieaao IVihune. Daltuiobs, Md., May I.— Tho seventeenth quadrienmal session of tbe Methodist General Conference opened to-day at tbe Academy of Manic In this city, tho piece of mooting bavins boon changed from St. Loam, wboro it was first appointed. Notwithstanding the redaction of the ratio to ouo delegate for forty-five minis ters Id each of the oigbty-oue Annual Confer* onccs, the body numbers 356, Including about 120 lay delegates, who for only tbe second time form a part of this groat Congress of the ilotb odist Episcopal Church. A young delegate one said to ono of tbe ven* erablo Bishops: "X hope to obtain a rich spiritual blessing at this assembly of groat and good men." Tbe old mao ebook bis bead, and afterwards, in speaking of the circumstance, ho remarked: "1 don't tbmk that brother has ever been at a General Conference before." Hpwever, the spirit of the body is aa religious as could be expected of an assembly met solely to elect church officers and transact other church business. Tbe day of fasting and pr&ver appointed for last Friday, to be observed by Mothodiste every where in view of the approaching Conference, has evidently been of service already. It is evident that this is the 41 Centennial " Conference. Tho Bishop's address Is largely patriotic, and has also a good strong flavor of business sagacity, proposing to utilize tbe great anniversary for special educational collections throughout the denomination. These two questions are in the air—first, tbe extension of lay delegation to tho Annual as well as the General Conference; and, second, the modification of the Presiding Eldership. The meu from How England are hero to press for making that office elective, and for having fewer men la h. The Presiding Elders are now ap pointed by tbe Bishops, and their districts aver age about twenty-five churches and pastors. There is a tone of health, and hope, and vigor. The feeling Is that in spite of the general busi ness depression four good years' work have been done. Theie is a large majority of tba old leaders present, hence wise and conservative action is to be expected. Ono would-be Brother .X’ierrino, of Michigan, attempt*** to start a movement for dividing tbo bodo »oto two houses,— lay and clerical,—but waa endured with much IrapaUcncoJ and be was coolly shut off by tbe fifteen-minute rule. Id ita organic structure, tho Conference Is a amt, and scouts all idea of division. fi'o tfi* AtfetaUa J*rnt, 1 Baltimore, Md.. May 1.— l lho seventeenth delegated General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church assembled this morning, aud was called to order by Bishop Janes. After religious services, George W. Woodruff was chosen Secretary, when Bishop Ames made the address of welcome, aod Bishop Janos res ponded. A resolution waa adopted ratifying and con firming tbe action whereby tbo place of bolding the present General Conference was changed from St. Louis to Baltimore. The Bov. C. Poralv'ug, of Pittsburg, waschoasn Assistant Secretary. In pursuance of ihe resolution adopted at the last General Conference (1972), that tho Board of Bishops prepare a commemorative address, and present it to this Conference on tbo fiisc day of Us session to bo immediately published to tbo Chnrcb, with such recommendations from this General Conference »s will enlist all our people in a cheerful aud devout observance of (hose special thanksgiving services which shall bo the most appropriate and fervent expression of gratitude R> Almighty God; of faith in Joann Christ, the Saviour and Bulor of tbo world; of loro to our country, aud loyalty to iroo institutions which are based upon tbo im mortal Declaration of Independence. Bishop' Andrews road tho address, wuicb among other auggortious, has tho following : Let reneruus gifts, devoted to permanence to tbe Christian ynulh. ami thereby to the highest service of the Sute, attest the love we bear to our country and ite iietltiUionslu this day of rejoicing as tn the paet dsyiof trial. Let It be seen that free Church is pre-eminently the friend and ally or .the free State. T ti» special religious commemoration tnjl not with hold you from secular celebrations by which the whole people will mark the occasion. On the contrary, a community of history, of interests, and of destiny, will Insure a community of patriotic sentiment and action. In comtuuy with your fellow-citizens you will Joyfully review tbe land which God has given us; the annals of our colonial settlement amt mining; the fit time, and men and deeds of the Itornlutlouary struggle: the formation of a more perfect union un der a Constitution of consummate wisdom; the mar velous increase of our territory, our population, and our resources; our triumphs m arts and In arms; our progress in science, literature, and education, and nmlccajed faith In the self-evident truths of the great Declaration, and their recent stupendous roassertlon in tho emancipation and enfranchisement of a servile population mors numerous tbsn that of the Culouica at the Devolution; our contributions to tho nutlous trout which «re sprang, and our predestined part in the great drama of human history,—and in tlno all facts, and all forces which have made the century memorable, and which pmiage a more signal future. With your follow-clti sens, you will slsu solicitously study, and as far as poe slble remedy the evils which threaten our ustlnusl life, issuing some of them from the defects of our political system ana methods; some from sec tional antipathies and aspirations; some from antago nism of social classes; soma from machinations of a foreign spiritual despotism, and all having thelrpower forhsrm In tho lamentable prevalence of Individual Ignorance, Indifference, and vice. Upon all these as sembllcs of people we Invoke (ho spirit of concord, of patriotism, and wisdom. May they fitly introduce a century of larger civil good than the world ha* yet known; a century of wider Intelligence ana belter morals, of liberty and order more perfectly allied, of conforming unity, peace, and prosperity. The usual standing committees were appoint ed, and the Conference adjourned. THE WEATHER. WasaiMOTOK, D. 0., May 2—l a. m.—For the Upper Lake region. Upper Mississippi and Lower Missouri Valleys, rising and high barometer, northeast to northwest winds, colder, and clear or partly cloudy weather, fol lowed by light rains from Missouri to Lower Mississippi. LOCAL OD3BBVATIO.NB. Cutcaoo, May I. Wind. llUlnj Time. ißar.Thrjllu. 6:68 a. m.iM.I'J. 43i 36 8., fresh. 11:18 a.m. 30.20* 4il 43 S., fresh 3:00 p* m. So.n| 4l| 38 N„ fresh, 8:63 p. m.,30.11' «0, 66 N„ brisk, l;U0p. m,,3J.15 so 66 N., brisk. 10:18 p* m*!30.13l ill ib H„ fresh. Maximum thermometer, 44* Minimum, ad, GENUAL OBSERVATIONS* Qqicauo. May I—Midnight. Sutton, i Bar. 33'K. W„ tenth) 83, K-, genUa.... S 3 N., froth.... 4I!N. £., gentle. 67 Calm Cheyenne. 80.37' Bismarck |3o.uTi Breckinridge..,3o.3o Davenport....l3o.32] Denver 30.30, Duluth.* 3d.3«i Escsuaba 30.33 Gibson 30.06 Keokuk 30.16 LaCrosse... .1 30.30 Leavenworth.. 30.33 ' Milwaukee.... 30.17 0maha....... 30.39 Platte 39.99 fit, Paul 30.13 Ball *t.BttU7.w.H H. 98 86 Calm. 92 N., gentle.... id;N„ iresh S7N.H., fresh.. «e!N. w., gratis 39|N. f brisk.... *0 H- fresh U K., fresh.... 4S N„ fresh.... 43;N. W„ freeh. 63,N, W„ light.. W, light. I Welker Clear. Fair. 1 Fair. I Fair, Cloudy* [Cloudy. lUln Weather. ... Luraln. .07 LL rain. ... Cloudy. ... Cloudy, ... Fair. ... Cloudy, .06 Li* rain ... Cloudy. ... Lt,ram. ... Cloudy. .01 Clearing, ... Clear. ... Cloudy, Clear, ... Sue.