Newspaper of Evening Star, August 23, 1864, Page 1

Newspaper of Evening Star dated August 23, 1864 Page 1
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V?. XXIV. WASHINGTON. D. C.. TUESDAY. AUGUST 23. 1864. ?2. 3,583 DENTISTRY. QBBAL DISCOVERTJM P1MIUT1T. T*tk Bzumati wUhtm PHm wHk <*? ^ I woald adviao all mhou *??!?( tradt to call at Dr. LEWIE* o?oe.^? ?i have them Ukii oat by tWf ud harmloae process. Also eaU aadHUXU? ?UliM the Dector* new Tm? if proved method of Inserting Artlflgini k: ?3 Taht-w* SBe, No. 849. Pa. ??***?? mty *iu^.k v..*"* M. LOOMIB, ofUtMlNl&AL PLAT! IMT?vSl?? " rtrioireiliin/iSm? % wttkurrtrii^ ??MsrZLttiLn$s4*^ bat to tfcOM wfco^r# wV*VVodn?TtJi? M2HERAI. PLAT! will bo "fcoomaw tSSeity-ijo338 Pennsylvania aventt* Ala?. tOT Areh rt,. S. T.?1800.?X. Persona of sedentary habits troubled with weak He s, lassitude, palpitation of the heart, lac :t o appetite, distress after eating, torpid liver, con stipation, Ae., deserve to Buffer If they will not try the celebrated PLANTATION BITTERB, which are now recommended by the highest medi cal authorities, and warranted to prodnee an im mtdiat* beneficial effect. They are exceedingly agreeable, perfectly pure, and must supercede all other toniea where a healthy, gentlo stimulant is required. They purify, strengten and invigorate. They ereate a healthy appetite. They are an antidote to a change of water and diet. They overcome effects of dissipation and late hoars. They strengthen the system and enliven the mind. They prevent miasmatic and intermittent fevers Thay purify the breath and acidity of the riomach. They cure Dyspepsia and Constipation, They care Diarrhea, Cholera, and Cholera Morbus. They cure Liver Complaint and Nervous Head ache. They make the weak atrong, the languid bril liant, and a~e exhausted nature's great restorer. They are composed of tho celebrated Calisaya bark, wlntergreen, sassafras, roots and herba, all preserved in perfectly pure 8t. Croix ram. For particulars, Aee circulars and teatimonials around each bottle. Beware of imposters. Examine every bottle. See that it him D. 8. Barnes' signature on our pri vate U.S. Stamp over the cork, with plantation scene, and our firm signature on a fine steel plate engraving or side label. Bee that our bottle is not refilled with fpurious and deleterious stuff. We defy any person to match the taste or character of our goods. Any person pretending to sell Plantation Bitters by tie gallon or in bulk, ia an impostor. We sell only in our log cabin bottle. Any person imitating this bottle, or selling any other material c?aio4 Plantation Bitters or not, ii a criminal un<l?r the U 8. Law, and will be so prosecuted by ns. We already have our eye on two partiep re filling our bottles, Ac., who will succeed in jetting themselves into close quarters. The demand for Drake's Plantation Bitters from ladies, tiergymen, merchants, Ac., is perfectly incrediblo The simple trial of a bottle is the evidence we pre ?ent of their worth and superiority. They are sold all respectable druggists, grocers, physicians, lotelf, saloons, steamboats and country stores, P. H. DRAKE A CO., au(2-e<>3in 202 BROADWAY, N. Y. w JV O X I o B . BUM A c the public are hereby nottdea that ali kitchen offal will be removed fom their tiT? dwell.Dies once a day unti. the 1st October next, ai d allVmsekeepers are herebynotified to Slaee T*s*elB sufficient to contain such offal, and easily handled, in the rear of the.r several prem iss wiien accessible to the garbage carta, and when not accessible in the roar, a place most convenient. , Commissioner Fust Ward; JAS. W. BPALDINQ-, Commissioner Second Ward: JOHN T. GARNE't, Commissioner Third Ward; WM. DOUGLASS. Commissioner Peurth ward; WM. H. HAMILTON, Commissioner Fifth Ward; ? W. A. FLBTCHER, Commissioner Sixth Ward; JAS. H. BIRCH, Commissioner Seventh Ward. N. B. All offal of other kinda will be promptly removed by notifying the Commissioners of the same. le 28-law2m JOBBFH REYNOLDS A 00, FLVM.3XBS, OAS, AND BTKAM FITTERS, No. ?00 Kim Stuit, near avenue. Have Juat received, and will constantly keep on hand, tae 1argest aud beat atuiortmeut in tae city of Chandeliers, Brackets. Drop Lights, Portables, blass Globes. mica and other Shades, and all arti ei?? in thialii.e. from the beat establishments in B?w York, Philadelphia, Ac., which will bo aold on the most reasonable terir-a. Alao, RANGES, 7URNACES, and Fire-Board ?to vat. We?.re prepared to furnlsk the boat RANGB la Bse ar ywnere. on very reasonable term J. Hotel*, Xestaoranta. Ac., are invited to call. We do all kinda of OAS and STEAM flttaga Jromptly and cheap, aa alao everytu ng In the LU'BBING line in the moat satisfactory manner. Call and aoe onr Bathing Tuba, Fountains Water floeuts. Wash-stands, Basins, Ao., Ac., at No.500 | Ninth atiwet, near Pennsy lyanla avenue, the largest 1 establishment in the city. fa 2;eotf |MPORTANT TO SUTLERS 8UTLER8 WILL FIND H. A. DOWNING A CO.'8 (JOB OMNTMATMD O L A M TO BE A MOST VALUABLE ARTICLE TO THEIR TRADE, It aella very rapidly, and la the moat economical fcrticle of diet for the offloer'a meaa. It ia prepared in one minute, and makes a moat deliciou* Bbup or Ckowder. It la kigkly recommended by Ara Burceona. The profita are largo. H. A. DOWNING A 00., Manufacturers of Ooaoontrated Food No. 111 East 18tb at., Hew York. For sale by BARBOUR A 8BMMBS, Solo Agoata, 6# Louisiana Avenue, aeHy Washington. D. 0 TBE N1W INTERNAL REVENUE LAW, ap * proved June*', W64. ? ? _ Vttnoe; with translations from the German. By Hooper ? Brand, of the "Centipede." Br Capt. - n? Atlaatic Monthly for Auauat. Ladder af Life. By Amelia E. Edwards. ,.*?anee Dering. By the author of "Guy Livmg klliott's Manual for Cavalry. "^??ay Anecdote Book. , heecher's Religioas Training of Okildroa. volliiu' YotaiK down the Amoor. -h 28 FRANCE TAYLOR. RILLIARD TABLES TOR BALE.?The Shbefflri |) her haa THREE PIEST CLASS > ? 1 BILLIARD TABLES, nearly new, whleh he will diapoao of very low. ? lntnire at the Billiard room, eoraor ? " * lltb street tad FeaaaylvaaU avaaa*. MU-tt PERSONAL. "PERSONAL.?WM. PRINCE. 381 F street,oppo -T site the Patent Of&oe, is the only one in town who does FLUTING, having three very elegant machines now in operation. Ladies who desire this very fashionable trimming should give hint a call. Stamping in all its varieties elegantly done. Stamped Goods, Braid and Bilks for sale, an 12 tf ^LL SLdUBU CDKEDPE1VAT1 SAT0M ARRIVED FROM PARIS NINETEEN WEEKS AGO. DR. BBCHTINGRB, formerly Surgeon !? eharge In the Austrian and Italian army, oc cupied himself with thg treatment of all kinds of diseases. Particular attention given to Female Diseases and Private Diseases. Besides the knowl fdge or three old languages, he conversee in Eng. lish, French Italian, German, and Spanish lan guages. His Imperial Commissions ana his Diplo mas from the most celebrated university of Europe i? hii office, No. 499 Seventh street. Dr. Beehtinger ia very much encouraged to have during this very short time the patronage of the public of Washington, as. among many others not pub lished, the following certificates may be attested: " This iB te certify that I have been troubled for the last three vears with a chronic disease, resist ing all medical treatment, and which through the aid of Dr. Bechtinger; I have been perfectly cured. "Washington city, 1st June, 18?4. G. DONE." " Tour treatment of my involuntary discharge and your success in it, recommend you very high ly. T. L. SMITH." What German newspaper, (Weker Columbia.) ?ays: After a long sickness my poor ehild became dropsical, in which time I call to you, dear sir, and you saved him. MASCON Sc R. B street, No 298." "I had tried all specifics, without any effect, against the ehrenic lung disease of my eldest son, until nnder your treatment he improved "Marylandav., 12th st. MULLKR. Painter." All these and many other very difficult eures have been made by Dr. B. in the above specified time. Regular office hours from 9 toll a. m., and 4 to tf p. m. For the poor and unfortunate posi tively only from 11 to 12. Medicines Without charge. No. 499 Seventh street, opposite Odd Fellows'HalL au 10 lm? FEMALE COMPLAINTS receive partiular atten tion at Dr. DARRY'S Office, 492 7th street between D and E. Those in need ef a confidential adviser can be suited by calling 6n him. au5-lm* ?>RIVATE COMPLAINTS Are treated, either JL personally or by letter, at Dr. WOOD'S Office, 498 7th street. Separate rooms for patients. Of fice open day and night. au fl-lm* ADAME AHOLIAB WOULD RESPEOTFUL ly announce to her friends and the public M generally, that she is now settled permanently in house No. 349 C street, between 4X and 6th sts.. Island, where she is prepared to read, to all who require it, the Past, Present and Future. Being an impressed medium, she is able to advise and counsel with safety npon all matters; especially business matters; er in fact, anything of import ance. Ladies 75 cents; Gentlemen *1.25. Can be consulted from 8 a m. until 9 p. m. &u 5-2w? FT*XTRAOBDllrAftY"POWKR. Mrs L SMITH, J-i Clairvoyant ana Test meaium. 252 4th street, a few doors above I street, with the aid of spirits, examines all kinds of diseases, sees your dead and living friends; describes them, gets names; tells character: reads the future. Advice about bnsi ness. Sitting f2. JylS-lm* TRAVELERS7 DIRECTORY. Bcape mat. T RAILROAD FROM PHILADELPHIA FROM WALNUT STREET PIER, | VIAWEST JERSEY RAIL At tf a. m., accommodation dae at lojf a. m. At 10 a. m., express due at IX p. m. At 4% a. m., express due at 8 p.m. Returning, leave Cape May la. m. express due ai 9>* a. m. 11.45 accommodation due at 4>% p. m. 1.10 p. m. express due at 8^ p.m. Through without ehange of ears or baggage, New cars, and everythingfirst-elass. a vt Je 20-3m J. VAN RENSSELAER, Supt. BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD. On and after Sunday, June 19th, 18*4, Daily Trains will be run between Washington and New York and Washington and the West, as follows: FOB PHILADELPHIA, NEW TOBK AND BOSTON. Leave Washington at 7.90 a.m., 11.15 a.m., and 8.90 p. m. daily, except Sunday. On flnnriav at ft.M) ? m.nnl* . FOB BALT1MOBE AND PHILADELPHIA. Leave Washington at 3pm. daily, except Sun* ^Vaosengers will note that this train runs as fa* as Philadelphia only. ? FOB NEW TOBR. Leave Washington daily at tf.98 p. m. This iroifi is for iVetu York p&sstHftefS ixclusivilf, FOB BALT1MOBE. Leave Washington at 8.30 a. m.,11.15 a. m.,3 p. m., 4.45 p. m., 7.30 p. m , and 8.30 p. m.,except Sun dftTt On Sunday at 7.SO a. m ., 8 p- m > and 8.30 p. m, FOB ALL PABTH OF THE WEST. Leave Washington at tf.3ft a. m. and 3,4.45 and 8JO p. m. daily, except Sunday. On Sunday at 3 and 8.30 p. m Tickets sold to all points WEST, and baggag? checked through. FOB ANNAPOLIS. Leave Washington at C.30 a. m. and 4.46 p. m. daily, except Sunday. No train for Annapolis on Bunday. Trains leaving Washington at 7.3ft a. m. and 8.30 p. m. go through to New York without chant? ?'s<leeping ears on 6.3ft and 8.9n p. m. trains. Berths can be secured uutil 5 p. m. daily at the ticket of fice. After that hour they must be secured of the sleeping car conductor. The first and fifth trains stop at all way points. The 3 p. m. train stops only at Bladensburg, Beltsville, Laurel, Annapolis Junction and Relay House daily, except Sunday. On Bunday it stoes at all way points. PARTICULAR NOTICE. Passengers will pl^aae observe that the 9 p. m. train runs only as far at Philadelphia daily, extert Sunday OnSundayitrunato Baltimore only. Also, that the 6.30 v. m. train takts Niut \ork ratsengert ?*For further information, tickets of any kind, Ac . apply to GEO. 8. KOONTZ, Agent at Wash ingtontor at the Ticket Office. V P. SMITH, Master of Transportation. L. M. COLE, General Ticket Agent. Ie20 tf G HEAT PENNSYLVANIA ROUTE torn NORTHWEST AND SOUTH*Bit ON AND AND AFTER NOVEMBER 1?TH trains will leave Baltimore from the North Cal vert Station as follows: Vast Mail it ?? ? ?? *> A. M, Harrisburg Accommodation3.0ft P. M Lightning Express ?? ?P. M. THE 6 30 A. M. TRAIN FROM WASHINGTON connects with the9 20 a^ m traan from Baltimore for Pittsburg and the West,and forElmira,Buff So, JuEhestSr, Dunkirk (Janandaigua, and Ni Hjara Fall?. and for New York city. THE 7.20 P. M. TRAIN FROM WASHINGTON connects with the 9.30 p. m. tram from Balti more for Elmira aud the North and Pittsburg and the West. BLEEPING CABS ?N NIGHT TRAINB. Soldibbh' Tick*" at Govbbkmmnt Ratis. ONE THROUGH TRAIN ON SUNDAY. LOW FARE AND QUI.CK TIME. terror tickets and any information apply at the offiee of the Great Pennsylvania Route, corner Penn. avenue and 8 th street, under National Hotel, Washington. J. N. DUBARRY, Superintendent N. C. R. k. E. J. WILKINS, Pus and Ticket Agent, eor. 6th st. and Se 9-tf Penn. avenue. THE SUPREME COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, holding a District Court of the United States for the said District. To all tchom it may concern, greeting: Notice is hereby given, that on the 2d day of Au gust, 1864, the schooner L. B. Cowperthwaite, tac kle and apparel, furniture, Ac., were eeis*d for violation of the Revenue Laws by the United 8tates Collector of Customs at Georgetown, D. C., and brought the same into this District for adjudication; and the sam? are libelled and pros ecuted in this eourt. in the name of the United ?UUs, for condemnation; and have been arrested .5 ?***bal for the reasons in tne libel stated; f?*t said cause will stand for trial at the City Hall, id the! citv of Washington, on the first Mon or "Ptember next, when and where all per ilWw,Q,e<1 to appear to show cause why con !honld not be decreed, and to inter vene for their interests. hJ**- R. J- MEIGS, Clerk. 3-2&wtd 0!LT1?B ATTACK and DEFENCE OF v oat-potts; London. don. dOD ,*>?. Lon Lendy' Fortification; Lend o?. Mahan's Field Fortification. Duane1* Manual for Engineers. an 3 FRANCK TAYLOR. ^?APTAIN BRAND, OF THE "CENTIPEDE;" His Levee and Exploits. By Oapt. H. A. Wise, ?' V-W'UU"Urt"?'"iA?0? TiTLOl AMUSEMENTS. CANTERBURY HALL. HMA8L?L )canterbur? hall:} th12?sr Loci bias a Arim, Asar Comer of Sixth street, Rear of National and Metropolitan Hauls. Giohi Lia . Proprietor W. E. CaTA*AC0??_ EIGHTH WEEK Of SUMMER SEASON. THE MODEL TROUPE IN A SPLENDID BILL THI8 WEEK. COMIC. ORIGINAL, mirthful, ENTERTAINING. *' Again we eome with magic glee, Prom saddening cares year minds to free ? To swell each neart with gladness now. And drive dark snadowafrom your brow," NO DIMINUTION IN ATTENDANCE. EVERYBODY DELIGHTED, ACTUALLY CHARMED. CRITICISM CHALLENGED. The whole strength of THE DRAMATIC, OLIO,and pantomime COMPANY BROUGHT INTO requisition. CHANGE OF DANCES, CHANGE OF OVERTURES, CHANGE OF PANTOMIMES, CHANGE OF FARCES, CHANGE OP SONGS, CHANGS OF BURLESQUES, CHANGS OF BALLETS, CHANGS OF everything. EVERY ACT ON THE BILL Carefully selected to suit REFINED akd DISCRIMINATING audiencs. Second week of AGNE8 sutherland. AGNES SUTHERLAND, AGNES sutherland, AGNES SUTHERLAND, AGNES buthsrland, AGNES SUTHERLAND. Who will sing favorite Scotch Ballads, First Week of the Grand Floral Divertisement, Arranged by mons. LOUIS SZOLLOBY, Entitled, THE GARDIN OF PLEASURE, THE GARDEN OP PLEASURE, TUB GARDEN OP PLEASURE, THE GARDEN OP PLEASURE. DANCES incidental : Grand Adaieo, by Misses Ella, M&ry,and Lizzie Wesner, and Maggie Wilson. LaClavelle Misses Wilson and Viola. La Pansais? Miss Lizzie Wesner. * 5????~ - Miss Mary Wnner. La Tulip....... ?.? Miss Ella Wesner. La Garlande? By all the Corps de Ballet. MISS SALLIE 8UNDERLAND, MISS SALLIB SUNDERLAND, MISS SALLIE SUNDERLAND. The Qaeen of Song. The Celebrated Ethiopian Duo, MULLIGAN, MULLIGAN, MULLIGAN, MULLIGAN, MULLIGAN, MULLIGAN, and west, west, west, west, west, In their Negro Peculiarities. dougherty, DOUGHERTY, dougherty. WILLIAMS, WILLIAM'S, WILLIAMS, and Seddbn, SDDEN, REDDEN, In an entirely Hew Burlesque, written by H, W. Williams, entitled the YOUTH WHO never SAW A WOMAN. The Entire Company of COMEDIANS, comedians, COMEDIANS. PANTOMIMISTS. pantomimist8, pantomimists, NEGRO DELINEATORS, AO., NEGRO delineators, AC., . NEGRO DELINEATORS, AC., IN A TREMENDOUS OLIO NIGHTLY, POPULAR FAMILY MATINE5. POPULAR PAMILY MATINEE, POPULAR PAMILY MATINEE, POPULAR PAMILY MATINEE, POPULAR PAMILY MATINEE, ON 8ATURDAY apternoon, SATURDAY afternoon, 8ATURDAY apternoon, SATURDAY apternoon SATURDAY apternoon, AT 3 O'clock. AT 2 O'clock. AT 3 O'clock. AT 3 O'clock. AT 3 O'clock. MbImIw ? ... fO SI Orch?tra .hi . M Private Bo zee, holding six peraona ? I M Tickets for sale at the principal Hotels aad Bel tmranta. , Soon open at ? e'oloek; ee at 8 o'aloek. Council Proceedings, August 23 ?Board of Aldermen.?The only members present were Aldermen Bait, Canfield, McCathran, Noyes, Plant, Tnrton, and the President, Mr. Brown. No quorum, and an adjournment was bad un til this evening?me charter requiring that in case of no quorum at a regular meeting an ad journment must take place {Tom day to day until a quorum be obtained. Board of Common Council.?The Board was called to order by the President, (Mr. Lloyd,) all the members present except Messrs. Dud ley, Skirviag, and Walker. A communication was received from the Mayor, enolosing an opinion from Jos. H. Bradley, Esq., corporation attorney, as to the power of the corporation to restrict the pas senger railroad companies to carrying no more passengers in each car than they can accomo date. The communication is as follows: R. Wallach, Esq., Mayor, dec. : Si*: I beg leave to transmit through you to the Common Council my reply to a resolution passed by them August 1, 1964, and trans mitted to me by their secretary on the 18th inst., together with the resolution itself. One o?the great objects In the creation of municipal corporations is the power to make police regulations for the preservation of life, property, and good order And we find in the '2d section of the amended charter of 1848, in addition to the general and comprehensive powere over police matters contained in the charter of 1820, and as though it was desired to remove all doubt upon the subject, the grant following: They "shall have full power and authority to make all necessary laws for the protection of public and private property, the preservation of order, the safety of persons, and the observ ance of decency in the streets," <kc., <kc., and lor the punishment of persons guilty of public profanity and prostitution. Here, then, is the most comprehensive pow er to pass all laws, not only for the protection of public and private property, but also for the preservation of order and the safety of per sons in the streets. The last sentence in the 1st section of the charter of the Washington and Georgetown Railroad Company is :?Provided, That the use and maintenance ol said road shall be subject to the municipal regulations of the cities of , Washington and Georgetown, respectively, within their several corporate limits," &c. So far, then, as those municipal regulations are "necessary for the protection of public and private property, and the preservation of order, the safety of persons, and the observance of de cency in the streets," &c., there can be no ques tion of the power of the Cerporation to pass, or the obedience of the railroad cempany due to such laws. The only question is whether the proposed legislation Is embraced within any one of the powers above enumerated, and, if so, what legis lation is necessary to efi'ect the object in view. In my judgment the Corporation has the power to regulate the number of passengers to be admitted into a streetcar, both on the ground of preservation of order and the safety of per sons in the streets. There ought to be, and there does exist, in the Congress such a power, and th?jy have in these terms delegated it to the Councils. It is as necessary as the power t? regulate the number of passengers in an om nibus, or to pass any laws to prevent cruelty to animals. But in respect to the preservation of order, and the safety of persona, such power is more necessary than either of these. There can be no order and little safety in such conveyances, if they are allowed to be crowded to excess, so that the platforms and passageway, as well as the Eeats, are filled, and men hanging on the steps, as is sometimes the case. But the limitation on the exercise of the power is, that the law shall be necessary to effect the end designed, and the difficulty will be fonnd in fixing the number which may be admitted to the car. This is a matter of detail, and may be adjusted by a conference with the officers of the company. The company them selves, considering the numerous cases of pock et-picking, the gross acts of rudeness and in decency which have resulted from the crowded state of the cars, the great inconvenience to which ladies especially are often subjected by the same c&noce, an?i a variety of other in cidents with which they are daily made ac quainted, would probably apply a remedy, or, at least, unite with the Councils in providing one. I am, sir, your most obedient servant, August 19,1864. Josbfh H. Bradlkt. Also, enclosing a communication from the Commissioners of the Asylum, in reference to the repair of the roof of the building. Laid over informally. Also, one from the Mayor, enclosing corres pondence between G. S. Gideon, Esq., Presi dent of W. <fc G. R. R. Co., W. B. Webb, Esq , Superintendent of Police, and himself, in rela tion to running the Btreet cars on the Sabbath. Ordered to be printed on the journal, and re ferred to committee on police. Also, a communication enclosing the follow ing correspondence: Mayor's Offick; Citv Hall, Washing ton, I>. O., August 2*2, 1664.? To the Board of Common Council?Gentlemen : I have thehonof to enclose herewith a communication from the Corporation Attorney, stating that the Corpo ration have no power to make improvements in conformity with the provisions of the act of Congress approved May 5, 1861. Very respectfully, Richard Wallach, Mayor. Washington, August 17, 1861.?R. Wallach. Esq , Mayor, die.?Sir : Your communication of the 14th instant, accompanying a copy of an act passed by the Councils to grade and pave F street north, inquires whether "the Corpo ration has power, under the act of Congress of May 5, 1864, to execute the enclosed act by as sessment," &c. Since then a resolution passed by the Board of Aldermen, which appears to have been passed as far back as the 26th July last, has been sent to me, making, in substance, the same inquiry. I beg leave to answer both in this reply, and that you do me the favor to transmit it to the Board of Aldermen, as my answer to their re solution. ? The act of incorporation of 15th May, 1820, in the first clause of the 6th section, gives the Corporation power "to lay taxes on particular wards, parts, or sections of the city, for their particular local Improvements." This is a general power to be exercised by the Corpora tion, or not, in its discretion. It then proceed* in the next clauBe of the same sentence to grant a specific power, which it cannot decline; that is, it is imperative upon the Corporation,"upon the application of the owners of more than one-half of the property upon any portion of a street, to cause the curbstones to be set," &c.; and, "upon a like application, to cause the carriage-way of any portion of a street to be paved, or lamps to be erected thereon, light the same, and to lay a tax on such property not exceeding the whole expense thereof in due proportion, on the lots fronting on such por tion ol a street," &c. The only other power to be found in that charter relating to streets, is in the 7th section, in these words: "To open and keep in repair Btreets, avenues, lanes, alleys, drains, and sewers, agreeably to the plan of the city.*' There was no specific provision for the taking up, relaying, and keeping in repair either the paved sidewalks or carriage-ways, and the ex pense thereof necessarily fell on the general funds of the Corporation, In the 2d section ol the amended charter of 1848, this last-mentioned defect of power is remedied, and provision is there made as fol lows: "To take up and relay foot pavements, and paved carriage-ways, to keep them in re Balr, and to levy and collect taxes lor paying le expenses thereof on the property fronting on such footways and carriageways." It might, with great plausibility and force, have been contended that the original grant of the power to lay the foot and carriage ways, necessarily carried with It the power to relay and repair, and to charge the expense thereof to the parties originally bound for the making of them, and at whose Instance they were made. But Congress has put its own Interpre tation upon it, and limited it t<x the precise terms of the grant. It is but another illustra tion of the rule which limits very narrowly the power of Corporations in the imposition of taxes to the very purpose defined in -ne charter. * , This Jeft the question as to the power of tne Corporation to pave streets at all, except upon the application of the owners of more than hall of the property fronting_on th? street, just where it had always be*n, a debatable I11?**10?' bnt probably owing to the words in granting the specific power, and thetr, locali ty in tfc?.8th section of the act of ism of May, 1620, not to be admitted in favor of the P?However that may be, Oongnfe atits last res si on, and in the actia question, have settled the matter. If they had power under the act 15th May, 1840, or the act of 1348, to pave the carriage-way of streets, of their own motion, and in the language of the 6th section just quoted, "to lay taxes on particular wards, parts, or sections of the city," to delray the expenses thereof, the first section of this act is wholly useless and futile. If they had not snch power, this section in the plainest terms givee it to them. The words are " shall have full power and authority" to "lay taxes on partic ular wards, parts, or sections of the city for their particular local improvements," [these are the very words of the act 15th May, lsao,) " and to cause the curbstones to be set, the toot and carriage-ways to be graded and pared, ?&c.,' and the necessary sewerage and drainage facilities to be introduced," Jcc , Jcc, and to pay the eott thereof out of the fundi of the ward in which tuck improvements tha.ll be made. Then tbe power to do these things, or to do them and pay for them out of the ward fund did not previously exist. If so, it was a questionable power. This act removes all doubt The powers are given in the most unmistakable terms. Nor is the power itself given in more distinct terms than tbe fund out of which the expenses are to be paid is defined. Tbey are '?to pay the cost thereof out of the funds of the ward in which such improvements shall be made." As if to remove all question on the subject, and to show that this is the grant of a general power to be exercised at the discretion of the Corporation, for the general good of the corporators, and to be paid for as the grading of the street, and not for tbe benefit of private parties, and to be paid for by them, they imme diately add, "This provision shall not be con strued as repealing, but as auxiliary to, the power they already possess to make local im provements on tbe application of the owners of property benefited thereby." The one is a power to be exercised for the general good at the discretion of the Gouncils, and to be paid lor out of the public fund of the ward; tbe other is a power which they mast exercise on proper application, the expenses to be paid by those benefited thereby. The law submitted for my opinion cannot be executed unless upon the application of the , owners of more than half the property fronting i on the street to be improved. I return herewith the copy of the law sent by you to me, with my opinion that under the act of Congress above-mentioned, the Corpo ration has not power to assess the expense of the proposed improvement cn the property owners, whose property is benefitted thereby. With great respect, Joseph H. Bbadlev, Attorney for Corporation of Washington. Also enclosing the correspondence in refer ence to stoppage of works on the new Centre Market, ordered to be printed. Also a communication from the Register, stating in reply to the remarks of Mr. Moore at the last meeting, that he had not received any communication calling for information. The following were presented and referred: By Mr. Owen?Petition of John Brown. By Mr. Lamer?Bill appropriating 515,000 for the erection of a school building in the northern part of the 2d District, above New York ave nue and west of 7th street: making an appro priation to supply a deficiency for grading and gravelling B street north, from 6th to 7th street. By Mr. Ferguson?To Increase the salaries of the Secretaries and Messengers of the two Boards; to increase the salaries of certain officers. The following were introduced and passed: By Mr. learner, bill making appropriation for tbe repair and painting the roof of the Asylum; to take up and relay gutter on the east side of 10th street, from New York avenue to K street; resolution requesting Secretary to have the journal ot the 61st Council printed in the same form as the journal of the present Council is being printed. * Mr. Larner reported a bill to improve alley in square 455,passed. Mr. Pettibone from the committee on elections reported that they had examined the credentials of the members and also the tax books and found that the names of two of the members, Messrs. Marche and Dudley, did not appear on the tax books. The whole subject was recommitted in order that the committee might make some rec ommendation relative to the subject. Mr. Stevens (police committee) reported the bill introduced some time since by Mr. Wilson, requiring persons to have privies attached to their dwelling houses. Passed. Also, adversely on the petition of James Ful lalove. Committee discharged. Mr. Moore, from the committee on schools, reported a resolution authorizing the trustees of the 3d District to establish two primary schools instead of one primary and one sec ondary school. Passed. Also, a substitute for the bill authorizing the sale of the material In the school house at the corner of 3d street -west and D street south, which authorizes the erection of a school house on the site, of two stories, appropriating $2,500, besides such sums as shall be realized by the sale of materials in the building. Passed. Mr. Swain, from the committee on the canal, reported back the annnal report of the com missioner, which states the amount received during the year, ending June 1, 1S61, from wharfage and rents, to be $555,415. The special oTder, the bill amending the act establishing the 6team paid fire department, was taken up, when Mr. Lamer offered a sub stitute amending Unoriginal bill, by pro viding that there be four steam fire engines, one of which shall be located in the Northern Liberties. Mr. Wright thought the amendment unjuit, and asked if the Council was to locate the engines why not dispense with the commis sioners! Mr. Larner thought the commissioners had ignored tbe larger portion of the city. Mr. Peugh thought that the commissioners had not located the engines judiciously?one on Capitol Hill, another near 12th street, and the other in the First Ward, when it was a well-known fact that on Pennsylvania avenue, between the Treasury and the Capitol, the plugs were amply sufiicient. He thought that one was needed on the Island. Mr. Wright stated that there was no water on the Island, and that it would not be long before the Government would have an engine at the Arsenal. Mr. Peugh thought then that one engine in the lower part of the city should be removed to the northern part of the city. Mr. Moore endorsed Mr. Peugh, and stated that at the recent fire on 7th street the Govern ment steamers were on the ground within ten minutes from the alarm. The motion to place one of the engines in the northern section of the city was adopted?yeas 11, nays 5. The bill was then referred to a special com mittee, composed of Messrs. Ferguson, Wilson and Marche. Adjourned. GRANT. Friday's Fight ?n the Weldon Railroad? Highly Interesting Details?Estimate of our Losses?The Rebels Severely Pun ished?Another Attack Made?Enemy again Repulsed. [Correspondence of the Chronicle.] The Yellow House, Aug. 20. p. m.?Here is a summary of the movement which gave us possession of the WeldOty railroad. 'Thursday morning the 5th corps marched to the left. Their destination was the present position; tbe object of the march, destruction to the railroad communicating with North Carolina. The small command of cavalry in advance captured or drove off every rebel this side of the road. Very few shots were exchanged. A few cavalry videttes only opposed oar pro gress. If a surprise was designed it could not have been more successful. Griffin's division first reached the road, ana immediately began to tear it up, making bMast works of the rails and sleepers. At. this place the command halted for rest . Near noon the rebels made their appearance. Mabone's andHeth's divisions were rushed up on the double-quick. They attacked us in stantly, impetuously. Ayers' division seemed about to be overwhelmed, when Hoffman s brigade of the 4th division came bravely upon his left, and offered the rebels stout resistance. Tbe Purnell Legion, composed of Maryland erg, for a moment received the heaviest portion of the shock, but soon recovered from the mo mentary confusion into which they were thrown. Crawford upon the right, and Avers unon the left, now advanced their line simul taneously, swinging it around and forward so as to take longer and stronger grasp upon the road, for which the enemy now exhibited great anxiety. It was here the gallant Flerson, lieutenant colonel of the 39th Massachusetts, received a mortal wound, and many brave lellows belonging to the 2d and 3d divisions were placed hort du combat. Scarcely a month has elapsed since 1 performed the melancholy daty of furnishing you with the particulars of Col. Davis's death. He commanded the 39th Massachusetts. One evening, while quietly sitting in his tent, a shell came whistling along and burst under the chair whereon he sat, kill ing him almost instanUy. At last we hold the Weldon railroad. That night, Thursday, we built breastworks of the soft mud. All night the rain fell drearily. Next day, until 10 o'clock there was very lw? firing. Between 10 and 11 a. m., the enemy ?lt I the lis* In front of the Veteran R,,.r_^ m Mrtikimnk iBMtd, which lasted ISZTJi Ml honr, and then died oat. It mi boob Wilcox's diviekm o? the 9th oorp* Bad taken Bp a position near the wood*, upon the extreme right of the line. Owl Bragg s brigade or tBe 4th division Iras slightly advanced as skir mishers. Then came Crawford's division? Wheelock's Brigade in the center, Lyle and Hartaftorn, with their respective brig idea, on either side. At this point ran the railroad, upon the other side was Ayer'a division and the td brigade of Cutler's division, drain's and tne balance of the 4th division following. _ 4 and 5 o'eloek the enemy came with a tearful force. Volley ?Kd IOI,?y? failed to destroy the 1m w?',? thj? rek*l? had acquired in their .'v , ^rtrmnfl on the right, and HamohMv on left. Bad their brigades closely anlted and successfully resisted and foiled evervef fort of the assailant, to penet^tt*r^<mt WM but Precursor ot th? coming con flict. A simultaneous attack waa made on onr entire front. Every battery in poett?? roared forth Its dreadful, direful noteTowatd^k threatening cloud* began to gather, andthe White smoke of the battle Held gently ascended In sofi pillow-shaped wreaths to plead and propitiate. Soon the rain began to drop upon the not heads of the combatants, and the roar of men's cannon vied with the rumbling of heaven's artillery. Fifty sharpshooters7 be longing to the ?lh Indiana, were swept from sight in less time than it takes me to write this. The rebels had forced their way through the skirmish line, and were deploying right aud left, to come down upon Crawford's right and W ileox's left. Here the fight thickened; men grew desperate, and drew strength from the trier?y which the battle created. General Bragg's brigade was forced back, and the rebels rashed upon Lvle, threatening to devour everything. The Veteran Keserres were swept from sight, after doing fearful elo cution with their new Spencer rifles. Colonel Hartshorn, commanding brigade.was captured: Colonel Carle wounded and captured, and near two hundred men from his brigade are mis S1B?. General Potter brought the 2d divlaton, 9th corps, upon the right of Wilcox. Qea'l White soon took position still further to the rteht This was early In the engagement. These troops bad just performed a wearisome march over soft roads, yet they entered the fight im mediately with cheerfulness and courage, hold ing their place upon the right with great atub bornness. The 60th regiment of Pennsylvania veteran volunteers captured a stand ofoolors from the 47th Virginia. Emblazoned upon Its red, white, and red folds were inscriptions of thirteen engagements, in which the regiment had fought?from Bull Kun to Mine Run. About this time Major Belcher, commanding the 8th Michigan, was killed, and Major Hart, commanding the 51st Pennsylvania, wounded. A short distance to the left the 104 th New York captured a stand of colors and some prisoners The rebels penetrated our front, and poured In upon the flanks of the different commands. Men began to come to the rear with weapons in their hands. Gen. Hayes, who connected " the railroad, was roughly handled. He was lately dubbed brigadier gen eral, and commanded the regular brigade in Ayres' division. Hayes was carried off. and a number of his troops, y/e receded from the clay banks, hastily thrown up in a night, ir LheJ ?* "y Protection, they were lost. The battle assumed the appearance of a melee. Every one seemed to fight to kill. Darkness was stealing oyer the field of bat tle. The rebels strewed the ground. Here and there they lay as when killed, their long hair drabbled In mud, their gray clothes dripping With blood. Being the assailants, they suffered severely. We lost most in prisoners; they bad many killed and wounded. Beauregard * men Lad concentrated with Hill's corps. They de signed annihilating, with a powerful force, a single corps de armte., which they imagined de tached from the main body to tear up the rail road track. Unfortunately for the success of their plan, three divisions of the 9th corps were at hand, and the, salvation of Warren's com mand waa sure. Lee has generally been suc cessful when he comes with tremendous power upon an isolated body of troops. This time he failed. We lost near 1,000 men taken prison ers, and about 500 killed and wounded. Over 100 rebel slain were found in front of one bri gade this morning. They were interred. A short time before dark our line was re dressed and strengthened. It was too long and attenuated before the fight. It was now our turn to advance. Forward rushed our soldiers, and back "W6nt the rebels. We rec&ptured the works and the ground lo6t two hours before. Wo doubt Lee desires us to leave here. It la very inconvenient for us to remain in this Soft, glutinous mud, but I fear we cannot accom modate the "great Virginian." What then? He will force us.' Oh! twice he tried that and ri6k a Keneral engagement at this time and place 7 Verily, no. Then we claim the road to be ours by right of "squatter sovereignty," lor we are now camped around and about it. Lee is thus forced to lengthen his line, which necessarily weakens it. He must forgo all supplies by this route, and re linquish this line ol egress. He has remaining one other road. We are to-night, nearer that than ever. He may well tremble for it. Oen. Meade will there camp his men next. When the Danville road is as completely in our pos and Weldon roads, who, i asg win succor aicuuiuua ?. R. H. McBbidb. Another Fight for the Weldon Railroad. IOBTBB88 Mohroe, Angust 21.?The mail steamer Dictator arrived from City Point at 4 p.m. with a lew additional rebel prisoners. Heavy cannonading commenced at 11 o'clock last night on our extreme left, with the 5th corps, which continued until 4 o'clock this morning, when it ceased. Heavy musketry firing continued, however, until the mail boat left?io a.m. The fighting is described as of the most spirited nature, and was the result of an attack from the enemy, for the express purpose of re taking the Weldon railroad. This had not been accomplished at last accounts. The 5th corps, with reinforcements, still hold it, and no doubt are able to maintain their position. FROM THE SOUTHWEST. Active Movements ef Wheeler?He Crosses the River Above Chattanooga?Reported Capture of more Trains?Gen. Stedman Only Slightly Weunded. ' Louievillb, August 28.? The Nashville Times contains a report that Wheeler's forces had crossed the river above Chattanooga The report Uiat he has gone to East Tennessee is discredited. It Is reported a train from Knoxyille to Chat tanooga was captured near Cleveland, and an empty train from Chattanooga to Atlanta, on Thursday. The Knoxville fortifications can resist effec? tively five times Wheeler's force. Gen. Stedman's wound was only a slight scratch under the eye. He drove the rebels five miles and returned to Chattanooga. A discredited report prevailed that the rebel General Buckner had been killed in a recent battle The Tallahassee. Halifax, August 22.?The Tallahassee was keen yesterday on Canso, sailing North. Two steamers passed Canso yesterday, bound North. AMUSEMENTS. VARIETIES! VARIETIES!! FYontint Pennsylvania avenue and 9th strut. PITZ SIMMONS ?~ Proprietor. JOHN MILLEIt .....Stage Manager. HOUSES CROWDED NIGHTLY. The great successful moral drama UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, oa LIFE \M0NQ THE LOWLY. 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