Newspaper of Evening Star, February 12, 1857, Page 3

Newspaper of Evening Star dated February 12, 1857 Page 3
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F.VK.NINC; STAR. ??nn.o l? IBFT AT Til Of?W)??l tvun e'eaoca. M . mitviii t?it in itr tfrati tVTIL THI >UT l>? ? -K-. ? t ? _ , W. I0C.4Z, INTELLIGENCE. Tib Bbidob Qcisrto.i ? Tbb Esqixbib a Rbpobt. Wasbibotox, Feb. 6, 1867. Sib : I bare the honor to submit to job the following report as the result of my labors in carrying out the resolution of Congress for plana and estimates for permanent bridges eeroes the Potomac For the precise nature and condition of the duty assigned me, I beg leave to refer to the communication addressed to me from the Department of the Interior, under the date of the 13th of September last which is herewith annexed, marked " A " The very limited time allowed me will, I hope, excuse any omission of details that might otherwise have been properly presented. It is evident that plans for a permanent bridge at Washington cannot be properly ma tured without a due regard to the interests of navigation, nor should the equally vital and important question of railway oomtnunicatiou be everlooked A thorough examination of the river and edjteent country was therefore^ deened indispensable. A complete hydro graphic survey, (see accompanying map.) ex tending a distance of six miles?from the island rocks, eaLled the Three Sitters, (a half mile above Georgetown,) to GeesborouKh Point, pne mile below the arsenal)?estab lishes conclusively that some improvement in the actual state of the river is imperatively demanded The depth of the Potomac at the Thrtt Shuts is eighty-four feet, and thence Bo a quarter of a mile below Easby's wharf variea from twenty one to thirty three feet Below that point the current spreads itself over an immense surface, gradually losing its energy, until the channel presents a depth of only ten feet at mean and eight feet at extra ordinary low tides. As the tide rises only three feet, this depth is wholly inadequate for the purposes of navigation. Further on, the causeway of the Long Bridge so contracts the current that we again find a depth of thirty, two feet. Below the Long Bridge there exists two channels?the Georgetown or Virginia, ?nd the Washington or City channel. The former is by far the more considerable, until the tides of the Eastern branch exert their beneficial influence on the latter. After the junction of the two channels, the water attains a depth of fifty four feet It will be seen from this description, that there are flats separating the Washington and Georgetown channels, and extending as far as the Eastern branch It has been very com mon to asiume that these flats owe their origin to the causeway constructed to facilitate the erection of the Loog Bridge Thi?, however, seems to me a singular confusion of cause and effect The oausaway resulted from the flats, not the flats from the causeway. There ex isted originally a channel through their midst, which, with or without the Long Bridge cause way, must eventually have disappeared as a consequence of the permanent connexion of Mason a or Analostan island with the Virginia shore Examination of old charts, as well as reflection upon the necessary eperations of nature, convince me that these fl*u> date from a period long antecedent to the erection of the causeway. ^That they have increased more rapidly during the past fifty years is but nat ural, when we consider what vast deposits must result from the freshet waters of the Po tomac. now rendered doubly turbid from washing the shores of a highly cultivated re gion It must be evident that ploughed bill* ?ides furnish more alluvial deposit than un broken forests or grassy slopes By the ope ration of these and similar causes, many ports, formerly deep and accessible, now scarcely exist, of which Bladensburg. in our immedi ate vicinity, and others on our rivers of the Atlantic seaboard, are familiar examples In many cases this state of things admits of mo remedy without great and continued ex penditures The case of the Potomao at Washington is happily different. Here the volume of water is amply sufficient, when properly directed by one initial expenditure, to insure good and lasting navigation So long, however, as its energies are wasted by diffusion over a large surface, we must expect a changeable and insufficient channel. I have therefore prepared the following plan, re quiring comparatively small expenditures, and which I deem certain in its operation and leading to most enduring and beneficial re suits. It Is but the completion of a work commenced by nature. It consists in open ing a clear water-way, of 1,170 feet, along tbe Washington shore by removing a portion of tfee existing caasowaj, and replacing it tem porarily by a wooden structure on piles; low ering the iam connecting Mason's island with the Virginia shore, so as to bring it on a level wiih extraordinary high tides, and terminat ing u* upper surface by an inclined plana of masonry; dredging a short new channel across a portion of the flats ; building a breakwater from the southern portion of Mason's island to deflect the current of the river into the new channel ; and. finally, reclaiming 16<i acres of the fiats ai the mouth of the Tiber, thus giv ing a continuous aa?i deep channel along the Washington shore The Tiber, or more prop erly the City canal, should be continued to the new shore line, and guard-locks be placed at its entrance into the river. Ihe outline* of this plan are exhibited on tue accompany ing map Ihe advantages resulting from these ar rangecneals may be summed up as follows : Is The permanent improvement of naviga tion I aay permaoent, because the river will be confined in a sufficiently narrow channel for three-quarters of a rniie below Easby's wharf by tbe proposed breakwater, which it leave* *n a direction normal to the Lirg Bridge, finally passing, directly through ths oper. reserved for it, and becoming tangent to a bold carved shore of wonderfully regular outline it is well known that currents in curves form stable and deep channels The current we have to deal with below the Long Bridge can never be of such violence as to torm an exception A remarkable corrobora Hon of this f?ct may I?e tuuud by referring to a map of the Potomac published aa far back as 1792 The o'd stea'k channel formerly <d considerable magnitude showed no disposition todetlact. althoegb striking somewhat oblique ly against the Wasbiofton shore On the con trary, it followed its curved outline with will ing mathematical precision An examination of Uie accompanying map must convince any unprejudiced mind that the proposed new channel cannot by any poeeibility injure, and will in all probability improve the mouth of the Eastern branch, on which the United States have very important interests connected wi:b the navy. Lower than this, it is obvious tbe regime of tbe river cannot be effected by tbe proposed changes. It may be objected that there, perhaps, ex ists some natural obstacle to forming a chan nel across tbe flats Fearing an objection of this nature, I thought it well to ascertain pos itively the character of the alluvial deposit. For this purpose I caused to be constructed a simple wooden rod, pointed with iron Two men forced it down a depth of feet below mean low tide in no less than fifteen spots taken over the surface proposed to be appro priated to the w channel This test settles I completely and conclusively tbe question of feasibility A preliminary ehannei one bun dred feet wide, twelve feet deep at mean low tide, erinnecting tbe Washington ehannei wi h the deep water off Ea^by a wharf, could be easily and promptly dredged The eurrent would soon do the rest It is confidently be lieved that by constructing the breakwater in sections, the amount to be dredged can be greatly di mini-bed For this purpose it is proposed to make the breakwater, in tbe first instance, only to the Virginia channel, there leaving a passage-way of one or two hundred feet for navigation while prosecuting the re maining portion of the work on tbe other side. The present Virginia channel would be thus temporarily improved where it is most defec tive and y?t a large proportion of the d? <;urrent Wou!d ba deflected to tbe ? a?bington shore, ao.i exert its force in com peting me work commenced by the dredging un tune lbe moment the new channel shall present the required facilufec for navigation, the opening reserved in tbe breakwater should e uasiiy closed, which Would be done moet judiciously, perhaps, when navigation is sus pended during the intense frosts of winter. result el these combined operations would K>ve, lustead of tbe unsightly end unhealthy a*t? al',Qg the Washington shore, a new and channel of incalculable benefit to both S'hmgton and Georgetown . 1 ?ometinta suggested to divide the curreut, sending one portion along the Washington and the other along Iba Virginia sbore. Hovever great an improvement this ??y be on the present state of tha river, it must Kill ha arid set that one good channel is infinitely preferable to tiro inferior one* It has also been proposed to fill ont the rivet from the Washington shore to tha Virginia channel. This project would require many years to realise, be of immense expense, re move commerrial facilities to a great distance from the preaent centres of tasineas, and might seriously compromise the aotual regime of the river below the areenal. 2i The health of a large portion of the city would be greatly benefited by the double effeet of removing the flats and improving the sew erage. The construction of guara-loehs at the mouth of the Tiber would perfectly pro tect the citv from the consequences of inunda tions, which are now a source of great annoy ance It seems a strange anomaly that the presidential mansion should crown a hill, ter minating in a pestilential flat, on which a Urge portion of tha sewerage of the city is cast to fester ia the sun and generate unwhole some miasma. Its removal has, consequently, been sometimes suggested, the expense of which wonld be more than sufficient torealixe a L'be improvements now proposed. 31. If it should be determined to erect a permanent bridge at the site of the Long a ridge, the proposed plan would diminish it* cost by nearly one ban, as a Urge portion of the structure may be simply causeway If tuere is to be no permanent bridge at this lo cation, the citiaens of Washington should poe '***> *t least, the facilities afforded by a feriy. in the actual state of the river that privilege is denied, at ordinary low water to the light est row-boat To pass from Washington to Georgetown by water, it is necessary to turn the point of alluvial deposit belojf the arsenal in order to aseend the Virginia channel?a distance of two miles being thus drawn out to six. 4th By the proposed modification of the dam connecting Mason's island with the Vir ginia shore we should secure all of its advan- | |*<*ei wj*bout experiencing any of its evil ef .? r or?in*ry stages of the river it would fume the whole current around George town, thus keeping its ohannel free. In times ot dangerous freshets it would act as a safety, valve by largely increasing the water-way, thus depressing the level or the river on its passage py the neighboring cities, and greatly diminishing the injurious effect* of inunda tions, more especially in Georgetown. At the same time the formation of marshes alomj the Virginia shore wonld be prevented. It i^uld of oourse, be necessary to leave a permanent and suitable passage for the water through any causeway that might be constructed at the site of the Long Bridge By means of the modification here recommended, the dam at the head of Mason's island would become an immense waste weir of great stability; its sloping surface would act as an ioe-breaker, wuile its lessened height would preserve it from the angry violence of the swollen waters | 0 the Potomac, which, on a previous oocaaion. effected its destruction i;b. Tho expenditures necessary to secure tue advantages enumerated above will not amount to one-sixth part of the value of the 1 md reclaimed, the greater portien of whiob, 1 presume, will belong to the United States, as three reservations and one street front on it. By referring to the accompany estimates j (marked B,) it will be seen that the cost of re moving a portion of the Long Bridge canst way, replacing it temporarily by a wooden structure, depressing the dam at Mason's island, dredging a new channel, and building a breakwater from the ifll&nd, ftniouBU to il4M,367 If, in addition, we oonstruct a guard look at the mouth of the Tiber, and re claim 166 acres of land by raising the level of the flats six feet and facing them with a more elevated dike, tbe total expenditure will amount to 5602,477, equal to 8 3 10 cents ner superficial foot This sum could be very con siderably diminished by making arrangements to retain the alluvial depoeit. It would re quire, however, a series of years to realise J ? ery material results from such a system I Should more expeditious means be thought advisable, the earth required could be pro- I oured by grading the contiguous portions of the city, thus securing a double benefit. The I value of this land, at a reasonable estimate i possessing as i: would great commercial facil ities, cannot be less than fifty cents per super ficial foot, or, in the aggregate, J3,615,460, wbieb, as before stated, is six times the e*. pjoditure in question. F r each and all of these reasons I feel no hesitation in recommending prompt and efli cient measures for the improvement of the I river in the manner herein indicated. Know ing the possible doubts which might exist in some quarters as to the efficacy of the plan proposed, however clear my own conviction! of its certain success. I have felt it my duty to consult with some ol the highest engineering authorities of the country on the subject, and they concur in the opinion that the plan is safe, feasible, eligible in itself, and, what is also important, susceptible of rapid realiia- ! tion, without interfering in any way or at any I time, with the general interests of navigation, I or with the convenience of the travelling pub^ lio PLA*? POR Tax SIT* OF TBI LOX? BRIDwX. From the improvement of the river, I } ass I now to the consideration of a plan for bridging the Potomac at the site of tbe Long Bridge? the one the most influencing and the most in fluenced by navigation. The resolution of Congress calls for both a atone arch and an iron suspension bridge First, then, supposing I the river to have been modified in the manner I above proposed, tbe stone arch bridge, accord ing to the plan I have prepared and horewith submit, (see accompanying drawing',* will commence with an abutment on the Washing ton shore, having an entrance from both Mary land avenne and Fourteenth street. It will be pierced by four remi-circular arches of 20 feet span, destined to afford a passage to ve hicles along tbe river's bank A iu*y, 20 feet wide, will be reserved immediately in front of the abutment. Thr?e arches of 120 feet *pan, with their accompanying piers, reach a draw presenting two openings of 70 feet each ; nex'. nine arches attain a causeway 2 500 teet in length, surmounted by a brick viaduct formed of semi-circular arches of 20 feet span light ened to the utmost extent; the side walls to be faced with stose Finally, three 120 feet arches ? tbe reserved Virginia channel, and with :heir abutment terminate the bridge. Krery third arch will rest on an abutment, or abutment pier?an iniispcnsable precaution, and greatly facilitating tbe erection of the bridge, as it may be completed in sections. The supporting piers are fourteen, and tbe abutment piers twenty five feet thick, at the springing line The accompanying estimates show that an eoonomy of $620 000 may be realised by dispensing with the brick viaduct across the eaus?way, together with the stone arches over tbe Virginia channel. It is pro . esed. in that case, to make a solid earthen ?*ui?,V7 a descending grade, and span the V irginia channel by a single suspension arch of 4u0 feet chord. BEIOBT or THE BKIbOt The surface of tbo roadway is elevated 4o tuet above mean low tide, and corresponds with the summit of tbe elevated ground on tho Wsnhingt n side, both in Maryland avenue and Fourteenth street A higher level than this would entail the necessity of sloping abut ments, greatly increase uie expenditures on tho proposed causoway, would be less suitable for railroad purposes, and oause very heavy pressure oc tbe foundations. A less height, buwever, would seem highly objectionable, as it would diminish the spans, multiply the piers, contract the water way, and interrupt tbe free passage of small eraft. PROfOUTlOBB OF TBK ARCH The spans of the arches, as before stated, have been taken at 120 feet, while tbe rise is .10 leet, or one-fourth the span This is a lirr umg ratio fixed by high authority and cele brated examples Wider spans and flatter arches give greatly increased thrust, and Con sequently require much heavier abutment piers, four of which are to be constructed, as m*y be seen on tbe accompanying plan The warped soffit has been employed as giving an Appearance ol" great lightness and elegance and dispensing with, or at least greatly diminl isbing tbe necessity of ice-breakers The di mensions and dispositions adopted seuin to ootubine every requisite, and enable me at tbe same time to take advantage of the natural features of tbe grouu J, a* exhibited In Colonel Kearney'* report VoUSDATloS*. Tbo bed of tbe river towards the Washing ton shore is composed of a thick layer of mud and eand resting on firm ground?either com pact sand and gravel, or gravel alone, or clay i mixed with either of th? preceding At the point where the drew is to be pltoed, the alluvial deposit attain* a depth of 60 to 70 feet, through which we muat penetrate to se cure a firm foundation A large proportion of the remaining piers reaob the natural soil at a very much leu depth. The system of fomn dations propose for the most difficult piers is analogous to that applied on a large seale and with eminent success at the celebrated naval depots at Toulon. It eonslsts in driving sheet Iiling around the space reserved for the pier, reding out the interior to a depth of 30 feet, driving over the whole area piles 2 feet V inches from centre to oentre, surrounding the outer row bj strong wall pieces, rammiag home broken stone between the heads of the piles; next, oovering the surface thus pre pared to a depth of 10 feet with the best ny- j dranlic concrete, and finallv founding as on solid rook The diving-bell is then used to bring the masonry up to the level of low wa ter Where an unyielding soil can be reached without piling, it is proposed to found simply by driving sheet piling, dredging the interior down to firm ground, covering it with a thick layer of concrete, protecting the pier by stone thrown around, and erecting the submerged portion, as before, by diving bell. The cur rent oan am oy bat little, owing to the protec tion afforded by the sheet piling. The remains of the existing causeway and old bridge would prove so serioas an obstacle to dredging and piling as to warrant the opin ion that it would be more economical to adopt a location slightly removed from the present structure, which, in that event, would per form temporarily the double duty of public and service bridge The foundations of the draw pier and two contiguous abutment piers are all connected together by a platform of concrete ten feet thick, resting on piles and broken stone well rammed. The object of this platform is to prevent undermining, and to diminish, as it would do greatly, the dimensions of the two abutment piers. It also effectually prevents any tendency to overturn the piles?a ten dency so mach and so justly feared by Oolonel Baldwin. The horizontal components of its forces acting on its upper surface meet each other, and are mutually destroyed, or rather spend their energy in oompressing a ma?s of concrete amply sufficient to resist a much greater strain feo aa continpwd in our rbxt ] Mbtropolitah Fair ?Since our last report the following persons have applied for space at the Metropolitan Mechanics' Institute, to be opened on the 2d of March : Page & Paynter, Washington, flour in bar rels and sacks Mrs. E. C Johnson, do , albion quilt Miss M J Johnson, do , embroidered tal mas F. L Moore, do , specimens of coal John Ccckerell, do,, drawing Chas Selunan, do., plaster work M rs H P. Lee, do . pickles, Ac Miss H Parnell, Virginia, crotchet shawl Mrs Barcroft, Washington, pickles Mrs R W. Carter, do , preserves and vases G. A Watson, do., puxzle J C Walkor, do , model house Coltman A Duncan3on,do , barrels and sam ples of fl>>ur Tardy A Brother, Baltimore, model of ship J. L. Savage, Washington, children's wag ons and gigs K C. Wright, Baltimore, barrels and bag* of flour Mary K Martin, Washington, watch pocket Anne Martin, do, sugar tongs Mrs Dogget, do, capo worked W S. McLean, Pittsburg, Pa , sash fasten ings Miss L. S. Kesley, Washington, partel draw ings T G. Calvert, do, bootjack Bacon, Dane A Co., New York, telegraph insulators Dr C. H. Van Patten, Washington, dent istry Ellen Dale, do, silk quilt A. Wise, do, watch cases Francis Banks, do, quilt Sarah R Banks, do, tidy J W Kelly, do, marble mantel Mr Wagner, do, mirror and frame Miss E Robinson, do, chair covers P. E W. Woodruff do, oil paintings Amelia R Woodruff, do, do J Saul, do, garden seeds Mrs Maxwell, do, quilt E A. Eliason, Georgetown, model for tan ning and leather John Eliason, do, leather finished T nomas Wood, Washington, ship model Miss C Erb, do, crotchet collar Miss W Todscbinder, catsup Miss 11. Horvison do, worsted work Mis9 9. E Cook, do, needlework Miss Jannette Bircb, do, worsted work Miss C. F Diggs, do, worsted work Thos. G Wheeler, do, basket and counter pane E A. Greenaugh, Baltimore, Atkin's self raking reaper and mower MissM M Fenwick, Washington, preserves Miss C L. Ratcliffe, do, needlework Miss L F. Ratcliffe, do, do MUs Bettie Wren, do, hairwork W H Gunneli, Jr ? do, paintings Laura E*sex, do, needlework Elmyra Phillips, do, do Alice Mclnt< sb, do, do Mrs. Bell, do, embroidery Mrs. Lakcman, do, quilts Mr- llill, do. embroiderv Sarah A Cunningham, do, quilt Lydia Corbitt, do, do Kate Castleman, do, do Ada K Lowe, do, embroidery Isabel Howell, do, needlework Catherine Towers, do, cordial Susan M Dutton, do, needlework Mrs. Sherlock, do, quilt Susan Caton. do, catsup 0 Boswel), do, drugs and chemical* R Thaw, do, box of shells R E Mills, do, quilt C Reeves, do, gloves E Evans, do, tidy S S<juI?k A Bro.,do, vases Mrs. S. Reams, do, worstedwork, Ac Mr- S Johnson, do. preserves J C Dickey, New York, ga? regulator Jennie Parrisb, Washington, worsted work Ca^idy A Co , do, case of millinery, Ac Sarah Parrish, do, needlework j Hutchinson A Munroe, do, fancy goods J. B. Collins, Georgetown, drawings and statuette J. T Easton, do, model bedstead A. M Hoover, Washington, tapestry S.J. Hubbard, do, quilt. Thb Public ScnooLa ?The semi-annual examination of candidates for teachershipa in the public schools took place in the Alder men's chamber, at the City Hall yesterday afternoon. The following were the candidates examined : Misses Rachel Adams, Mary E, Griffin, Cornelia Babcock, Virginia Cracken, Julia Stewart, Mary Hateh, Isadnre Middle ton, Emily Robinson, and Mr. W. C. Lipsi coinb. jr Au interesting feature of the exercises was tbe presentation ol the premium copies of the Constitution of the United States (given by Col Hickey) to the pupils (James Given and G Yoike AtLoe) to whom they were awarded at the late examination. The President of the Board, Mr. AtLee, from metives of deli cacy (one of tbe pupils being his son) devolved the duty of presenting the awards upon Mr Dickinson, who performed it very handsomely iodeed, addressing the youth* upon the ob jects and importance of the science of govern ment and the necessity especially of a close study of the Constitution of the linited States by the youth of this country. Thb Mails northward are all at a stead again through the interruption of travel across the Susquehanna by the freshet. No New York mails have been received since Tuesiay. Tbe Susquehanna at Havre ue Grace is blocked op with ice in a manner tj prevent tbe passage of the ferry boat. Up to It) o cl?jk to-day uo connection bad been ef fected aud there was uo immediate prospect of it The Southern boat (Powhatan,) we learn, did not reach her wharl this morning until about '<* o'ulock, having been delayed by the ice. ?? Qoiltixu ?A lady subscriber asks us to publish the name of any one who is prepared to do " quilting work 1 We have no doubt that auy one desiring to obtain such work oan gel an abundance of it by making known to the public that they are ready to exccute it. r *T**R-~R??ge of tk? thermometer from ihursday aooo, Feb 5, to this morning : j>y-v NZ? NlfeV 48 50 SatunUy 3? 56 53

g?^J 54 38 Monday * 18 34 ?"?*?? 20 31 18 Wedneeday 10 18 u Thursday 18 __ Average height of the thermometer in the from Feb to 12th, inclusive, ?o UO . Moon's laat qaarter Monday, Feb. 1?, be tween 9 and 19 p m Remar?,-U. broke on in the Potomac, op Doeite Georgetown, 8nnday, Feb. 8, and has been gradually moving off lince ; on same day j0,?0.. "eaT7 rime frosts 10th ana 12th, and gentle froets other days of the week 3 Georgetown, Feb. 12, 1867. Arrbat or Officers.?Last night special warrants^ issued by Justice Hollingshead, were served upon Watchmeu Birch sod Nor wood They are charged with Amanita and asstu t and battery on Quigley, Fits and Mc lJonald, three persons who were arrested on a d l1?? ^tempt to rob a gentleman from Baltimore, but were dismissed, the witnesses no,t appearing to prosecute The case? were ruled before Justice Goddard for 4 o'clock this evening. _____ " Washington Insurance Company."?In our notice of this company, in our issue of luesday last, we inadvertently omitted amo d? the petitioners for the oharter the name of Augustus E. Perrv. We learn that it is most espeoiaily due to the exertions of that gentle man, Messrs Silas H Hill, J. C Maguire and Grafton D Hanson, that the charter was ob tained. . A. ??.PTT!1#re was a delightful hop at Wil lards last night, we hear, at which a large oncourse of friends of guests of the house at tended Youth and beauty, as well as fashion, reigned pre-eminent throughout the entertain ment, which was highly enjoyed by all pres GOt. _____ w An Agreeable Scestitutb ?Thalberg is detained in Philadelphia as Napoleon wae in r i' k' ? olemente, but a very delight Jul substitute for hi* concert at Carusi's is to be supplied by the entertainment of Miss btanley. Go ! ? The Inauguration.?Three Richmond com panies have signified their intention to be present at the coming Inauguration; also cnc from Cincinnati, the Shield Guards T?fB Fair in Schneider's Building is pro ?u?*Sn* finely- 0n to-morrow niuht. we learn, the Metropolitan Hook and Ladder Company have resolved to attend in a body. ,, fCOUMCNICATED Editor OP THE Star?Sir: Tho writer of the comuiunication in the SUr of yesterday with reference to a difficulty that occurred a short timo since between two citizens of the Second Ward, ooneerning the renting of a house on Twelfth, between C and D streets, makes several statements which he evidently knew to he false in order to gratify his own malignant temper. He thus does gross injus tice to innocent persons. His informant knew well that the house he stigmatises was rented to a man of respectable appearance, repre senting himself to be a clerk in Government employment here, and further that it is not in aDy way the nuisance to the neighborhood the communication to which this is a replv, repretents It to be: and. also, that the former owner of the house had been referred to a respectable citiren of the Second Ward for satisfactory proof of these facts Another Citizen. f communicated bailor hvening Star?Dear Sir: Whilst the report in your issue of this date is a re markably faithful synopsis of the proceedings of the Botrd of Trustees, doing great credit to your reporter, jet an omission appears in the second resolution, which I beg leave to fur nish. The omission was probably mine, as in the hurry of transcribing them, and *lso taking notes of the proceedings of the Board I must have overlooked it. The resolution should fcava read? Hesolyt J, That the Sub-Board of the Second School Ulstrlct be. and they are hereby, directed to clo>e Primary School No. 5, now occupying the third itory of the Northern Liberties' eogin house; said engine hou e being an unsafe place for either teacher or pupils. Tho concluding clause of the resolution is very important, as containing the reasons for closing the school. Respectfully yours, S A. H McKim, Sec Board of Trustees Public Schools. Washington, February 11, 1857. Startling and Extraordinary Kcmors.? It is currently reported In fashionable circles that some of our reigning belles are shortly to be united to gentlsmen for whom they have for years pan cherished the most ardent affection. An occurrence happened yesterday morning which shows to what an ex'ent a lov ing heart is not susceptible of. and to what unprecedented lengths those of opposite sexes cr?L be induced to forego for each other's hat? pines?, here and hereafter Indeed, we al most decline the task imposed on us. to por tray the facts in the case, and shrink from the undertaking lest our integrity as literary ca terers for the public should be questioned and our veracity impeached. No ! uever let it be taid that we were a party criminis in divulg ing this fatal misstep ,.f private life, or add a pang to the already heartbroken lot of the unhappy parties in this melancholy affair " To err is human, to forgive divine " Oh ! gentle reader, when you peruse the following incident, 14 if you have tears to shed, prepare to shed them now." F P But to our narrative ! Yesterday morning one of our most celebrated beauties, having awoke at an unusuaUy early hour, rang vio lently for her maid, who, being alarmed at the furious manner at which the bell was con vulsed, proceeded en disabelle to the room of her mistress, who by this time was half dressed. The lady, in a hurried and excited manner, directed the frightened maid to com plete robing hor, which she did; when, fran tically seising her bonnet, she rushed down the stairs into the street, and did not stop run ning until a sprained ankle brought her up at tee " Odeon Building," corner of Four-and a-half street and Pennsylvania avenue, when ahe cried out, in a voice frantic with love and pain, "Give me a Valentine! I have come one day earlier, sir ; but give me, Oh ! Mr Shiyington, give me one of your beautiful Valentines for my darling Augustus !" The scene in the store was or such a deep inten sity as not soon to be forgotten. Northern Liberties' Engine Hoitse, ) February 11, 1857. | At a meeting of the Northern Liberties' Fire Company, held this evening, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously passed NVheroes, It appears by the proceedings of the Hoard of Trustees of Public Schools at a meeting held on Tuesday last, that a gro s outrage Is charged tohive bt-ea committed In this building, anJ more than intimated that ?atd outrage was |>erpttraUd by a member of this Company, there B* ti rtsolnJ, By the Northern Liberties: Fire Company, that the fullest Investigation be Invi ted, and teat each and evety one of them pledge themselves to co-operate with the Mayor, True tees of the Public Schools, and any other persons In investigating and prosecuting the matter to the detection of the offender. R?solv*dfurther, That a reward of $100 is hereby off -red by the Company for the discovery and conviction of the person who is tald to have commltud the olfc-nce Rtiflvrd furtktr, That a Committee of Ave be appointed to co operate with the Mayor, Trustees of Public SchoolH. or sny others, in ferret lng out the mutter; and that said Committee la hereby directed to demand the ptoduction of the letter." refeirtd to in the proceedings of the Board of Trustees of Public Schools, wherein it is alleged that threats were made to bum the engine-houae in ike event of the Company being removed there from, kc Htsolc?d further, 'I hat as the alleged outrage is eeU to have been committed on Thursday last the Company deem it somewhat remarkable that their attention had not been called to the matter aod now only kuow it from the published pro ceedings of the Boa d of Trustees of Public Schools in the Star of Wednesday last Ketclved furthtr, That, in the op nlon of tth Core piny bo member could be so lost to common decency as to have be*n guilty of sorb an act and the door being open during school hours any' per ** * *ave bad "ncees*" inu that portion of the building. ^ The following gentlemen compoee the above named Committee: J. T. Hal leek. Sam Culver well, James Ward, J. H. Ooddard, Jr ,end MM dleton B Irk head i t was oidered that the resolution* be publlshe ia the Star and Intelligencer, and a copy sent t the Mayor and Council* ' J. T. HALLECK, President SAM. CULVBRW ELE, Secretary. Bur it for tour Child**!*.?Vanderveer' patent arithmetical tables- It is one of th< most novel as well ac uieful articles you coul< purchase for them. By this article, in tb rorm of a toy. the young student is nlsase? until he has accomplished the most aifficnl part of hit> arithmetical studies. Full direc tions accompany each table. Shillington, book seller and stationer, comer of Four-and-a-hall street and Pennsylvania avenue ha" them foi sale Prioe 25 cents math Watch Rktcrhs ? Mary Spriggr. oolored drunk: ordered to pay costs. Several l>dgeri were accommodated. ?*-A lingering death frsas < easaiaptiea, 'be drseded sccur*e of America, ra?y b? by th< lluiely ase o/ Mr*. M. Bi. Gsrdnei's Indian Halmm uf Li??r wort *t1 Hosrhoon-1. the gre?K?t b1e?s!ijg e\ ?r b .jnesuied to mankind. A medicine ?ior1?slle<i to ;be snn>>s rf tb< ue*Hag art. srtilcli has received tUessuctioaor "tbe feraltt" la <1e*per ?te ? Week* A Potter, Ko. It* Wv?lilngton street, B?a too, Ueusral Agent*. F"r sale by W. H fllltuu, Ctierle* Stntt, Nairn k r?lm?r, Z. IV Oilman, and by Dragciste ran rslly. fck Mia IZjr linpertant t? the Ladles!?Dr. Da POKCU'S FLMAL? FILLS.?Th# oombinali n of lagradl sots In the Pill* are perfectly hern: lees. TbsL- ti tty and merits arc baaed upon an eitaastre practice of oeer tii'rtj year*; an J, srljere tLe directions hsve been strictly fol lowed, they have never fallari to 'orrect all Irregnlar'.ttea, relieve painful and <11 flic nil menstruation. (parti nlarly,) a) the rbfcoge of Ufa. Tbey will core tli? Whltos, and maon all obstruction* arising from mM, exposure or any can and luay be need successfully a* a Preventive. Call upos Ibe agent, aud get a Circular fur particulars free. ? Price II par bo*, with fall direction*. 8ol J wholesale and retail bj OH AS. HTOTT, Druggist, Pennsylvania avenue, 8AMI KL II. Wa.1T*. ?** Seventh street. Washington, D. C.; and B. 9. T. C1SSEL, Georgetown , to wbotc all order* mast be went, and the Pills will be cent confllsntially, by mall, to ladle* who escloae them one dollar. N. B.?Sea signature on tke t?oz; toooanterfeltlt I* tor ery. te s-tf ||TBr?wB'? Branchial Treche*.?? We hare fonnd them of great service In allaying Bronchial Irrita tion, and In snbdalng Hoarseness produced by G lda^atid do our clerical bretbreu a real lavor In calling their attention ti them."?Zlon's Herald. " We conimeud them to tke at tention of public speakers, slugere, aud otter* who are troubled with affection* of the Throat."?Christian Watch man. "For Ooaghs. Asthma, 4*., we chaerfally bear testi mony from personal kuom ledge to their efBcacy."?Balioa's Pl' torlal. " Tbey ars a simple and elegant form far admin istering. lu combination, several medldnal subetaucee held In general esteem among Physician* In tb* treatment of Bronchial affections."?Dr. O. F. Blgelow. Ooutalnlng no >p1am or deleterious drags, these Ix>teng?e can be ased freely by public speakers and vocalists for ciekMuf aud glvlnt strengiU to th* voice. Sold by all Druggist*. O.t li-tf J VMfcs X. CAl.LAN. Agent MARRIED In Columbus, Ohio, on the 3d insfant, by th? Rev Henry Uavl*. Mr A B. LAURENS, o' that city. ?o MAKV JANE, daughter of ibe late Mr. Charles bell, of this city. DIED, On the 11th Instant, AKY FLEET, In tke 65th year of her Hge Her funeral will take place on To-Morrow Af teraoon, at2o'clcck. from the rpMdtnceof Ed ward Cru'or, .No iilu li street, between 19th and 10th streets e On Wednesday, after a short illness, ELLKN JANE, only d'UphW of Charles and Janetta Brown, aged 2 vears, '2 months, ard 7 days Ere bin cou'd blight or sorrow fide, Death c me with friendly care, The opening bud to heaven conveyed, And bade it blossom there. ? On Tuesday morning, the 10 b Instant, CHAS K L GOOD, in the 421'ear of his age His frier ds are invited to attend his funeral, from hi* late realdence on 1st street, Thla (Ttur*. dav) Afternoon, at 3 o'clock ? On the Uth instant. LAURA V. BERRY, daughter of A. F and Henrietta L. L'erry, agei 5 months AGCTlOtt ByJAS C. McBUIRE,Auctioneer VALUABLE COLLECTION OK BOOKS. Prints. Phileiephical Instruaaeats kc. On TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY EVEN INGS, February 17th and 16th. commencing at 6 X o'clock, I sba'l sell a portion of the library of the Rev VV. J Clark, comprising a valuable collection of Historical, Theological, Poetical, Pictorial and Miscellaneous Works Also, a superior "Claxton" Air Pump, lot Chemical Apparatus. Ac. Also, & large collection of Prints, Engravings, Ac Catalogues may te obtained at the Auctloa Rooms. ? Term* cash JAS. C. McSUIRE, feb 1'2-d Auctioneer By A GREEN, Auctioneer. Household furniture piano Pert*. Herss and Carriage at Aactiaa. On SATURDAY, the 14th instant, 1 Shall sail, la front of my store, corner of 7th and D streets, No. 524, at 10 o'clock a m , a large assortment of Furniture, 4tc . ?lz : 1 second-hand Piano-forte Mahogany Sof*s Do Spring seat Chairs Do Bureaus and Tables Cane and wood-seat Chairs Wardrobes, Wa-hstands, and Lounges Gotten Mattresses and Bedding A large lot of Kitchea Requisites. also? 1 good riding or buggy Hrr?e. sold for no faulr, the owner hiving no further use fcr him. 1 good second-hand Carryall With a large lot of other'artlcles which we deem unnecessary to enumerate. Terme rash Will be add?*d to the sale? 5(1 bottles of superior Cognac Brandy. 1 pintand plntbottles. A GREEN, feb 12-d Auctioneer. By BONTZ A COOMB9, Auctioneers. VALUABLE LIBRARY at Pablir Aactloa On SATURDAY AFTERNOON, the Mth Instant, at 3# o'clock p m.. we shall sell, at our Auction Rooms, on account cf whom It may concern, a lar^-eand rare collection of Architec tural. Ll'erary, Scientific, Poetical, and Miscel laneous Bockb, to the hlgheet bidder for cash. BONTZ A COOMBS, feb ll-ts (Intei) Auctioneers. ByJAS C McGUIRE, Auctioneer. Handsome i urnitlre and hobsc hold Effects at 1 ublic Auction.?On SATURDAY MORNING, February 14th, at 10 o'clock, In front cf the auction rooms, 1 shall sell sr me excellent furniture, the property cf a gentle min about to leinove from the cltv, vli: Suite of elegant solid rosewojd Parlor Furni ture, covered with silk reps, consisting of? Two French Sofas, two Arm Chairs Two Reception Chairs, ar.d four Parlor Chatis Three handsome suites of; Enamelled Cottage Furniture Rosewood Centre Table, W hatnot One excellent Piano Irrte, Stool Lourge, cane teat Chairs, Shades Brussels, Three-ply, and Ingrain Carpets Feather Beds, Bolsters, and PIUcws Curled-hair and Husk Mattresses Bedsteads, Bureaus, Washstands China, Gla?s. and Crrckery-ware To^eth^r with a general assortment of Kitchen Furniture Terms cash JA8. C. McGUIRE, feb U-d Auctioneer. By JAS. C McGUIRE, Auctioneer TWO DESIRABLE DWELLING Haases on 4th street, between Oand H streets, at Anctien.?On FRIDAY AFTERNOON, February 13th. at 4 o'clock, on the premises, 1 shall sell subdivision No 2, of theeastern half of Lot No. 9, In squire 51?, commencing for the same at the distance of 40 test north from the southeast corner of s&ld lot, and running thence north 40 feet with the line of 4th street; thence west ?8 feet 3 tnehes to an alley; thence south 40 feet; thence east 98 feet 3 inchcs to the place of beginning; together with the Improvements, consisting of a nearly new two-story Biick Dwel ling House, containing four geod rooms and a kitchen ; also, a two-stcry Frame Dwelling Hou e containing four rooms, which will be sold sepa rate If desired Terms: One-fourth cash ; the residue in 6, 12, and 18 months,with Interest, secured by a deed of trnst on the premises. ftbll-d JAS. C. McGUIRE, Auct Bv A. OR KKN, Auctioneer. fllKUSTECS SALE.?On THURSDAY the 1 S&th day of January, lb67, at 4* o'clock pm , In front of the premises, by virtue of a deed of trust to me, dated Mav 12th, 1854, and recorded In Liber J. A 8., No 77, folios 485, Ac , one of the land records of W'a?hlngton county, District of Columbia, Lot No 1, Square No. 539, having a front on Third street weat of 45 feet 9 lnchee, and 75 feet on G street eouth. Terms cash. All conveyances at the cost of the purchaser. J H GODDARD, Irustee jan 17 'itAds a GREEN, Auct'r. U71 The abave Sale la Pestpeae*. I??je* a<queace of Inc eineot weather, us til THUR.** DAY .the 12th day of Fatraary Mat, ?M hour and place, by order of the Trustee jaa it?-3Uds A. ORKKW, Awc'r. REMOVAL OF DRUO STORR. Messrs kid well a lawrence Take this method of lnfbrmT g their cu*e men that they have temoved their tSTORK to l?th st-eet, near the corner of Pennsylvania aveane, and opposite Treanry extension, where they will prepare and ilepcnie Medicine* further notice, as It is there pur pose to arrange an attractive and complete store, feb i TELEGRAPH WfclVVS. FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Duastroua Effects of thf Flood New Haven, Feb. 10 ?On Bandar Bight the town of Derby wee visited with the most disastrona flood eTer experienced Id the Hon aatoclc and Naagatuok valleya. 80 audden waa the rise, that the inmatea of the hotm DeVr rivers ha 1 birilj time to acoapa with their Uvea Some families have had all their farnitnre destroyed, aod many of tka maan faetoriea hare suffered greatly by the destruc tion of their gooda The iloueatonic bridge, whieh oosoactf the village of Birmingham with the town of Haat iagdon, wu eatiroly awept away. The hridga cret abi-ot S 10,000. aod it ia doubtful whether it will ever be replaced. Bennett's and Downe'a bridge* are also re* Eoited to be oarried away; and the NaagaUck ridge, whach connects the village of Birring, ham with Derby, ia so badly damaged by the fl od as to be impassable All the housea on the Huntington aide along iha aargin of the river, were submerged in the village of Birmingham all the facto ties auat&ined much damage, and it will ba a number of days before operations can ba | commenced. It ia impoaaible. at iha preaant time, to ea tim <te the loss, bat it cannot ba far from *100 000. Thalbarg'a Concert Puiladklpbia, Feb. 11.?Thalbarg'a last concert to the school children took place to d -y, at noon, in Dr Jayne's Hall. Over 3000 c jildren were pre^nt. State of the Ohio River. Whbbliko, Feb. 11.?The Ohio river haa fallen eight feet aince yesterday It ia BOW sixteen feet in the channel. The ice praveata a resumption of navigation. The Wcattrn Rivera 9r. Louis, Feb. 11.?The river ia atlll fall in/ alowly, and the weather ooptinuea very old. There is !es* ioa running than yetter d<y in the MUsoari river. Baltimore Markets. Ualtimorb, Feb 12 ?Hoar oontiaaea dull, caUa of Howard atreet at t6 25. Wheat is unchanged* rads $l.43aSl 44c, whites $1.54*11.58;. Corn is steady at 62c. for mixed, and 63<66s for yellow; good whita uiov be quoted 64a65c. Whisky is firm; City aid Pennsylvania 2Tc, Ohio held at 28*. New York Markete Naw York, Feb. 12?Floor ia improving . sales of 7.000 bbls ; State $r> 45aS6.50; Scat ti er? heavy at J6 ?0aS7 20 Wheat ii buoyant: ."ale- of 7.000 bushel* , white SI 78. red SI 60. Corn ia lower, aalea of S 000 bushels, mixed 75?. Pork is firm ; tneas $21.50. Beef la steady ; repacked Chicago $15aSl5 75. Lard ia firm at 13ic. Whifky is firm; Ohio fete. Financial. NcwYoBK.Feb 11 - 8tocka are higher and active; Chicago and Rock Ialand 9oi; Cum* berland Coal Co IS; Illinois Central aharea 1T8; do bonds 98f. Michigan Southern 74?; New York Central 90i; Reading 81; Virginia 6'a 92i; Missouri 6 a 83i Sterling exchange is dull. Lost and Pound. FUCND.?ON THE 6TH INST.. A GOLD RING, which the owner can have bv describ ing property, and paying for thla advertisement. Inquire at No 3W?th street feb 1" 3t? STRAYED AWAY.?A DARK KAY Hone, wl:h threa white feet. When last aeen fS ~ he had a p- rtion of a broken hatter on hla neck A llbtral reward will be given to any one who will return him to Dr. J E MORGAN'S Office. 604 Marvland avenue. feb 10-3t* Boarding. DOAfcD.dtC ? MRS. BATES, ON THE 8 W O corner of Pennsylvania avenue and 9th street la prepared to accommodate gentlemen with rooaaa with or without board Every effbrt will be made to render tho?e comfortable who may fkvor her with their patronage. Transient or table board can be obtained. ape tf RETURN OF MR. FARRONIUS, Artist. The public are respectfully in formed tbat Mr. FABRONIUS, will In a few days arrive In thla city, at the request of numer ous persons wishing to pou?u their LI KEN ESS ES IN CRAYON, executed bv blm?his visit be lay for one month only The number of Poitralta will be limited to Id Persons wishing to;secure the satr.e are r* que* ted to make early application at Mr CASPAR IS'O. Capitol HIU, for terms and particulars feb fi-lw? MATTKIIBEI OF EVERY DESCRIPTION, ttannfactared at the Fairvlew Steasa Mill, Al*xanouia. Va WE INVITE THE ATTENTION OF THE trade of Washington and vicinity to the large assrrtment of MATTRESSEb now on hand, comprising Patent-Spring, Hair, and sevpral hundred Husk and Cotton, of various sires, to meet the demand of thf coming season. Order* bv mill or otherwise promptly attended to, *nd good* delivered at Baltimore rates Address feb 7-19? F1TZPATRICK A BURNS CBACncCY WARRIPIER, WATCH MAKER. NO. 34 4* STREET, SIGN OF THE LARGE end 'mall Watch with Chain, near Shilling ton'* Periodical Depot, coner of Pennsylvania avenue and 4 street WATCHES. JEWELRY SILVER WARE. WATCH REPAIRING, Ac Chronometers, Repeating Watches. Duplex, Mantle Clocks, * Lever, Jewelry, and Horzontal, Silver Ware Musical, and REPAIRED JEW ELRY ANDSiLVHR WARE made to order. in-Removed front 370 Penn'aavenue, Browns Hotel, to the above location "%B nov '21 ecrjm C. W'ARRINER MACHINE SEWING PERFORMED WITH NEATNESS. ECON omy, and dispatch, by fi^st-class machines, on 0 street, two doors from corner 9th street. The attei tlon of families and persons dealrlag ae*vtn > to done is respectfully Invited. feb 10-3f CHANBKLtKR WE HAVE FOR SALE AT A LOW PRICK a very haudsonw Glit Chandelier, with six branches, and can be txed to burn any kind of Lamps. Also, a fine Hor-e and Buggy for aale very low. at HOWELL A MORSELL'S, feb rt No. ?13 C at., bet. 6th and 7ih SHAWLS! SHAWLS! I LARGE AND SELECT STOCK OF Stella and other styles of Shawls, suitable for the approaching Spring, now on band, and will be a?id at a verv low price, by the subscriber, 944 Peno avenue. between 12th and 13th street* feb 3-eolm FRANK A. McGEE. DR. C. S. UOOIJMAPli Dentist, ana Manulactarer af Artificial Taeth. Those who are so unfortunate as to require Artificial Teeth,wlll find, without any aooneaae or humbng-MHEA gery, Teeth set upon a metallse or plate Ma erla'a pure and properly constnieted, as being supetlorto all other modes . . .. The various <>P* rations of Dentistry faithfully and properly executed Tender T^Ui r nd u.eful for life, by new BJMJJ- r,etL e,tra ^ carefully, easily, and skBtfaUf Ijy Office corner of tith and Avenue. feb 7-3m LANU WAltfiA*" LOCATKJG. The suh?cri?e*' a resident of sc. Pad, M. T , havlBv an ext?n?l*e Knowledge of the Government Lande la Mlnnesa.ta, W Ueon A Particular atleotloa given to procuring ... ? contiguous to Railroads when tbty become si b ject to antry Lands and Ix>ts,lnand about the cities of Sum lor, Bayfield and St Paul, for sale H LlNDSl.EY, Kirk wood House, jaafifi-il Washington, U C. ARMY'S CONFECTIONERY. Ne. 84 Bridgt Street, Georgitoim, D.C., WHERE ALL KINDS OF ENTERTAIN* menu are furnUbed with the boat la* Creams, Cakes, Water Ices, Coafrct, Ac , at tbs shortest notice, and o? the n????t m> derate terms. Medal awarded at the la?t exhibition of Met* poll tan Me baalos' Institute Jan 11 tf (UatonAIntel )