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THE NEW YORK HERALD. Vol. XI., No. 18-Wboli No. 4010. SZNOUXsAB EXPOSURES. MORALS OF POLITIC8. The Memorial er A. Fitch.?Giving ? detailed history of the connexion of hi* houae (Fitch, Brother* tc Co ) with t'j? Government, lor ten jeiis, as navy agent at Marseille* | the unfair, UMorecedented, an 1 UDjrnt pro ceeding* rcso.t - J to by those who (ought and succeeded in sup-rcudiug hi* house in that agency, with the ?auc tion of the highest authority. Alio, letting forth the grounds on which he withhold* the sum of about $14 000, balance of interest due hi* house for advance* made to the uovernaient, un'il Justi-e shall be done. To Ike Honorable the Senate of the United States .- ? The undersigned respectfully asks leave to memo rialise your honorable body, and to set forth wrongs wnn-U tie believe he has experienced and grievances of w.'.ich he complains lithe month of December. 1333, tho undersigned, in bahalf of hi* house at Mars9llles, (Fitch, Brothers k Co.,) ?iitere l tn'o a contract with the Navy Department, to re ceive in this country two hundred thousand dollar* per annum, to be paid over in quarterly instalment*, in ad vance, and to pay the same over at Marseilles, for the use ol the American squadron in the Mediterranean, to such ofiicsrs, or on the requisition* of such ollicers, as might b.-. authorised to receive it The same was agreed to be pill In Spanish pillared dollars, in consideration of a pre mium ntul compensation of tour aud three lourths per ce.it, which included all commissi in, allowances, contin gencies, and every specie* of service and expense what ever, ot my house, either a* contractors, agents, or in any other capacity, ?????? The preceding give* a brief statement of the aervices of the house of the undersigned rendered the public ser vice and the country during the first few months after they had entered lots the contract reierred to with the Government Whether their action was confined to rnerelelfl'h, sordid, aud mercenary considerations, or whether they were animated by tbe more lofty considera tions of patriotism, snd a desire to add to and promote the usefulness of the public service, the undersigned leave* it to your honorable body to determine, through the character of the transactions themselves. Whether ether houses might not have been found, who, under like circumstances, would have incommoded themselves, at a period when the monetary affair* of the country were In a state of utter derangement, lor the sole purpose of promotingtho public service, and in i fleet preserving public credit abroal, is a matter which the undersigned will notsllew himself to hazard an opinion upon. Knbst quently to the transactions already referred to, Trailers moved on regularly, and, aa the undersigned be lieved, to the aatUlaction of both parties?he receiving frem the department the sums, at the period* stipulated for thuir advance, and forwarding them to his house at Marsaillcs, which disbursed them on the requisitions of the proper officers of the squadron, a* they were pre sented. In tho latter part of March last, this sta*e of things was interrupted, and the intercourse that had ao long ex isted between my htuse and the department was broken off The undersigned arrived In this city from New York, nod immediately thereafter (on the 331 ot March) ad dressed the President ot the United States, a letter, begin ning thus: "Sir : On my arrival in tkia city, I was astonished when I was inf lritv-d, for the first time, that my house in Msr-eilles (Fitch, Brothers It Co.) was about to lie su perseded in an agency which it ha* held for several years psut." A few days afterwards a communication that had been addressed to tr.e at New York, from the Navy Depart ment. was returned t > me here. Tha? letter was dated the '10:h March, 1844, and signed "L. Warrington, Secre tary of the Navy ad interim," from which I make the fol lowing extract: "A new arrangoment having been made by the Execu tive, for the business of the agency of this department at Marseilles. I would respectfully advise you that your connexion therewith as navy agents will b* consider ed as dissolved from and after the 31st of the present month." In the letter which the undersigned addressed to the President, already refetred to, (Document 8*3, page St) V is stated that "it has bean the pride of myself and my brother at Marseilles at all times to sustain, by every mea< a in our power, the honor and credit of our country. Thndaors of our private residence there, for thirty years past, have alwava been open to all the officers of the navy, aud all otheri of our countrymen whose business or whose gratification in tr.veiling brought them near us. Notwithstanding all these truths, we have not es caped the efforts of the designing, envious, and jenlous, to dislodge and supercede ua in the agency under the contract. Representations were made to the department in regard to the amount ol money that had remained in the hand* of my house, the advantage that had accrued from it ia the way of interest oi $90,330 78, aa well as an erroneous charge of $31,187 33. aa having been allowed us lor commissions received ; the whole ot which were investigated by order of your friend, tbe lamented Up. xbur, and the report that was made was not only con demiatory nnd disapproving the allegations, bnt compli mi rt vy >n my house " In the same letter I stated that 1 Understood that a new set ot charge* were abostt to be preferred agalnat my bouse, and probably from the lame quarter, and with the same object in view as the pre vious ones. I also remarked, that if the agefcy was withdrawn from my houae without good cause, it was calculated to do great injury to a commercial eatablish ment, however strong it might be, and to wonnd tha feelings of the agents I therefore respectfully asked oi the President, that no action should take place in the ap pointment of a person to supersede my house in the agency at Marseilles, until I should have had an oppor timitv of meeting and rebutting whatever charge* may have been made, and ba still pending, against its honor, integrity, end fair dealing, in all its transactions with the Oovarnineat. In the >ami lettrr I remarked : "I make this requett un der the fnll heliof that, in the spirit of justice which I am sure controls all your ?ctions, yon will accord It to me. The Jrsir-j that my house should retain the agency ari ses neither iront mercenary motives nor pecuniary inter est*. The same spirit and motives animate us now that prompted us to make the advances already referred to, by which the credit of the country was sustained in a quar ter iii which the naval service was thereby enabled to continue in uninterrupted duty. The same spirit and mo tive* actuate us now, in this matter, that induced the un dersigned, at a period when the head of the Treasury De partment was under apprehensions lest the operations of the Government would he stopped for the want of means to carry it on. to volunteer to be one of ten individual* to raise the emount said to be necessary to avert such aca In-nity. It was the same motives that induced the UDder signed, when that same officer expressed fears of not be ing able to raise the means of paying the interest on part ot the public deht to offer and actually to make provision to supply him with such means for that purpose, if neces airy That sur.h offers were made, is within the know ledge of the present Treasurer of the United (hates, and to the truth ot which Mr Forward (were he here) could t>cnr wi'ness " On the morning oi the date of the latter addreased to the President, the 3SJ of March, the underaigned had a per s ipnl in1 nrview with him. Some of the remarks made by him on that occasion may be seen in the following ex tract of a letter f addressed to the Secretary of the Navy, under date of the 80th of same month, (Senate Document 301, page 39 ) vii: "Ther# is now going the rounds of the newspapers a statement purporting to he a conversa tion b tween the President and myself at the first inter view I had the honor to have with him after my arrival in this city. It la there represented that the President in formed me that there was a little discrepancy in your ac count ot one or two hundred thousand dollars, na appears lrom the different accounts rendered by two different effl oars in the Govemmvnt.' ??I inter one. 01 tne nccounti alludad to ii a rei>ort made out bv o'derof the late Vr Upshur, while at 'he head ol the N i?y Department,on charge* preferred against Fitch, Bmthari k Co.. in a aeriea of false statement* of their oc ? uv.t current wilh the f.avy Department made out by a M i r>?lcfn ot Now Vork, which were fully investigated, or ' tnu id to he utterly groundless. "The other statement or examination, thePresident aaid ha t heen made recently, nnd waa than in hi* poatra eion. Thh latter statement the freaident Informed me he tke.ild reler to you, aa coon aa you entered on thedntiea ol your tfflee "After *he interview with the Freaident referred to, I ad reeaed him * letter, re protecting the great injustice that had heen done my home bv cuperceding it in an agency it had long held, and I now aaaert. honorably and aatiaiar.torily to the Clovemmer t executed the duties thoraci. on atatementa of which we had no notice, and which we had no opportunity to examine, correct, or re fute 1 have aa yet received no reply from any quarter to that 1-tter. " The charges ta which 1 hava referred, although <nb ricnt-d by a orson named Dakin, I have Ptnce 1 arned. that, when h?- presented them to the department, he wa? accompanied by Mr. A O Benaon, the person who haa now been peJeoted to tupertede my house in the agency, and who, nt that time, tiok great inter; at in sustiinlng hi? tr end Dakin, who appeared aa the person who then aimed at filing the place, in the event that my houae waa inner edeil." To prove the 'Opposition in the last paragraph above, the letter ot C. I! Winder will he found, (at page 61.) in wh'c!i he tiaya : " Mr. II D Dakin. of New York, came to lit v room in the Navy Department, rccompar.ied by Mr A O Benson, and h*nd*d to me the statement a no ve re ferred to ; at that time Mr. Dakin apoke of It aa his statement I so understood it to ha, and so did Judge Up ahe-" And (nage 6J) W. W. Rusael aaya : " Mr. Dakin an I Mr. Benaon came to the Navy Department, and hand ed Mr. Winder pome statement of tne accounts of the IMo-pra Fitch, aa navy ngrnti at Marseille*. Which ot the two gentlemen handed Mr. Winder the statement I nn nnatde to say The statement was examined by Mr. Winder, in connexion with the accounts of tha Messrs. Fitoh, and reported on by him to the then Secretary of the Navy. ? | waa cletk in the Navy Department at the time, and occupied the same mow with Mr Winder " On the 30th March, after the undersigned bad despatch ed Ma l"tter of the came date, quoted from above, he re ceived frcm I bp President the following letter, dated 30th March, 1814, (Senate Document, *M, p. 61 :) Sir : - In rep y to your communication, under date of the 331 instant the Freaident has inatiucted me to assure you that lie ahnuld experience great concern, II any in jury hna heen inflicted on the firm of' Fitch, Brothers fc t:o of Maraeiliea,' by the appointment of another agent fai the government at Maraeiliea. " The nppolntmcnt, liter full consideration, hna heen made nnd cannot now be reversed. " The Freaident directs me to say, also, that your ac count* will ha examinad by the Secretary of the Treasu ry, (supposed Navy,) and that full justice will he done. " JOHN TY1.F.R, Ja, " Private Secretary. " Mr. Fitch At page 61, Senate Document 391, will be found the statement made by Mr. Dakin in relation to Fitch, Bro thers <i Co.'a account with the Navy Department. Thi? gentleman, it may be remarked, although wholly uncon nected with the Government, appear* to have had full access to the archives of the Navy D.-partment, ao far aa the account) of Fitch, Brother) A Co were concerned.? After giving a long table of statistics. Mr. Dakin taya :? " The balance of the account, certified by the Ncvy De partment, on file, is $103,338 AO due to the United Statea. " In mnkirg a hasty abstract, I have made some slight error of $3,100 ; in the total this is not material. _ The amount of interests on these accounts, received by Fitch, Brothers, A Co , ia $90,110 78, in addition to their com missions. "The above-mentioned account embraces a pnri-id of three years and six months and eighteen days, and proves conclusively, when properly investigated, that Messrs. Fitch, Brothers, A Co., have enjoyed the use. on an ave rage, during the whole el this time, of $130 000 of the pub lio funds, drawn from the Treasury for long periods in advance of tho wants of the public service, taken in large sums, when there were no demands upon the agency, in tiir or in expectancy, and held to their private use, with out allowing the Government a siBgle cent for the inte reat of money so unnecessarily appropriated " A reference to the statement will show the remarka ble fact, that, between the 17th November, 1838, and the 18.h October, 1841, the enormous sum of $671 416 74 was drawn for by them on the Treasury, as if for tho use of the agency, while, during that whole period (three years) the agency required only $11,434 69 ; or, at any rate, only that small sum, by their own showing, was paid by them for it* account. " It is observnole, also, that these large amounts were so drawn out of the Treasury belore the late administra tion went out of power, and a considerable part of it only a tew days before ; whereas the only sum drawn during the prftent administration was taken just previous to a large demand on the agency, whieh apparently Justified it. " It is also to be remarked, that the account ia so made up, au4 balances ao struck, aa to conceal these facts from a cursory observer, and to leave the impression that the Government was usually in advance about $100,000." Tbase allegations, made by this Mr. Dakin, impute the intention to my house of committing actual frauds, and bears quite as heavily on the head of the Navy Depart ment, and some of the accounting officers, as they do on the undersigned or his house This anonymous statement of Fitch, Brothers, A Co.'s accounts with the Navy Department, it now appears, was first referred to the fourth Auditor of the Treusuay De partment, A. O. Dayton, Esq', and reported upon by bim, (pages 17 and 18, Srnate Document 891) and some time subsequently handed over to Mr C H Winder, a person having no connexion with the fiscal concerns of the de partment, and especially appointed by Secretary Upshur, te re examine and report thereon His report will be found in Senate Document 391. page 16. In this report he refutes every thing alleged against Fitch. Brothers . A Co., by Dakin, in his statement. He says: " The assertion in the statement, that it required only $11,484 69 to meet the expenses of the United States squadron in the Mediterra nean for threeyears, is so preposterous that one word of comment would be an insult to your understanding. The sam of $934,067 03 was paid by the agents at Marseilles, upon the requisitions of cemmanders, from the 10th of March,1838, to the 19th of November,1841 --ma-ting about $109,606 76 per annum. This statement is from the pur ler's accounts." Again, he remarks: "Altera fall and careful examination of the aflairs of this agency lor the period referred te, the only breach of contract or irregula rity that I can discover has been on the part of the Go verrment, in not constantly keeping the agents In funds ?o meet the public liabilities, owing either to a want of funds, or a retard in the passage of appropriation laws by Congress. This cause operated from November, 1841, to August, 1841; during which tim?, the agency seeme to have met all the demands of the squadron with punctua lity and cheertulness ; and this, too, in a time of great moneyed distress " 'i'nif report conclude* : " The statement I hare quoted involve* allegation* of n serious character, not only against the agent*, but alio againat the accounting officer ofthi* department; to iiutain which, I cannot discover the *lighte?t shadow of proof. On the contrary, the ac curacy and regularity ef the account* reflect thehigheit credit both upon the Bgency and the Fourth Auditor." Recurring to the first report of the Fourth Auditor (pages, 37, 38, Document 393) on this anonymous state ment of Fitch, Brothers. & Co.'a account with the United States for the period therein specified, though not bearing his signature, it is admitted at the department to have heen prepared by him. At the foot of a statistical table he makes these remarks, (in his own handwriting :) " It appears by the above statement, that, between the 37th November, 1838, and the 18th October, 1841, during which period the anonymous writer says Fitch, Brothers. St Co., drew for $671,416 74, and paid but $33 434 69, re quisitions were issued in their favor for $600 000; and that they paid on account of the United State* $017,813 13, mnking a balance on their side of $117 333 13 " It further appears, that from the 14th of June, 1839, to the 34th of November, 1841, in addition to a balance on hand at a former date of $130 366 13. requisitions were is sued in their favor, for $060,000?making, together. $770 366 13 ; and that their disbursements on account of the OrUsJ Slates vara $707 60S OS -, leaving a balance against thetn of $63,660 09 " On the hack of this last report is the following endorse ment. by Mr. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy : " This statement will ihow you the errors into which a man may suffer himself to be betrayed, when he is look ing out the means to turn another man out of office, in order that he may get into it Fitch Brothers kCo.. are oftener in advance to us ihan we to them, over and above the sum stipulated to he advanced to u*. A P. U." It might have been reasonable anpposed, that after such a severe rebuke as was given bv Mr Upahnr, and after such overwhelming refutations of the statement* tabrica ted by the parties seeking to turn my house out of the agency, that they m ght get into it, delicacy if no ether consideration, would have arrested further eflorts to ac complish their object. On the contrary, the repulse, in deed of retarding their schemes, seems to have given a new impulse to their ravenous appetites. New modes are resorted to for the purpose of discovering some flaws which will furnish pretexts, and give a foundation for the tesired action. The Anal examination of the account! relating to the transactions ot Fitch k Co with the government, aa ha* already boon stated, waa referred by Secretary Mason to Mr 8. D Baker, whosaya. (Senate Doc. 302 page 34,) "The agenta at Marseilles have in every instance sup plied the wants of the government in the Mediterranean,

when in fact they weie not bound to do ao according to contract. I have not deemed it necessary to prepare an interest account in the business transactions between the Vavy Department and the house of Fitch, Brothers It Co I have, however, paid great attention to that subject in 'he course ot my investigations; and upon assuming that ?he government, in acconlance with its agreement with Fitch. Brothers & Co.. waa to be in advance to them $50 (00 per quarter to 10th November, 1334, and $100,000 semi-annually since that time I have no hesitation in de daring that the balance of intereat is in favor of Messrs. Fitch, Brothers It Co Mr. Baker conclude* hi* report with the following sum mary:?" After a most cartful and cri'ical examination of 'ho account between Messrs. Fitch, Brothers kCo , em bracing a period of nearly ten years, I have no hesitation in declaring it as icy belief, that, in all the transactions of Fitch, Brother* It Co., with the Navy Department, they have acted with the strictest honor and integrity, and in every respect have faithfully performed their duty as agents of the fJovemment " The present Secretary of the Navy (Mr. Mason) under date of the 21st May (pige 34), referring to a communica tion from the undersigned, says:?" An answer has been delayed by the preparation of statements of your accounts is navy ngenta at Vfarseilles, which were directed by the President. Two statements had been previously made, tnd, presentirg result* materially variant, a direction was given to me, soon after I entered on the duties of tbe department, to cause a re-examination of the accounts; and I now transmit you a copy of its results, with a re per* on the suhject. made by 8. D Baker, Esq , at my rr. qu< t Upon this statement great reliance is placed, and I am hsppy to believe that it* remove* all appearance of llscicpancy, and shows that the transactions of your house with the department have been fair and honorable, ind that no i*juiytoit* character ought to result from the measures that have been taken in regard to that agency" * * * ? * i The undersigned has given ta your honorable body * faithful detail of hit connexion with the Government, in >? brief a ipece aa it was possible to comprehend it. He hai let forth come of the wrongs which it hei been the misfortune of himself end his house to experience at the hands of those to whom, if we had acted the part of foith 'til and honest agents towards the Government,they were honnd te extend the arm of proteot>en. As a co-ordinate branch of the appointing power, aid the conssrvstive branch of the Government, the under signed appeals to your honorable body for a redress of the wrongs and grievances he and his house have experienc ed and are still suffering under. The undersigned asks ?imply the immunity of justice. The undersigned is per fectly aware that the appointing power is vested in the Executive, and not in your honorable body Neverthe less, he believes that it is within the prerogatives of your honorable body to take action in a case of aggravated wrongs to a faithfnl public servant as shall lead to a re dress ol grievances. The undersigned views this matter, not as a mere indi vidual affair, but one of great national importanco. and, t* such, desires to impress it on the minds of your honor able body. The United States, at a great expense,maintains a large squadron of armed ships in the Mediterranean sea, U,r great national purposes It is of the utmost importance that the material should always be at its command to ena ble it to pursue itsoperaiions, undelayed and unretarded; else the objects of the Government may be entirely de feated, by the fleet being molested, and their ulterior des tination arrested. It ii not merely that the Government places in the hands of its agent for supplying the squadron in that sea, periodically, the aum that the ordinary demands may call for, but it is also necessary thst the tquadron shall be able to obtain supplies te meet the exigencies of an ex traordinary character, whenever they occnr, or their ope rations may bs retarded for the greatest and host part of a season. Such exigencies havs recurred onmniethan mo occasion during the agency of the house of the tin lersigned, when Targe advances were called for and -uade, beyond t1 o amount of the funds belonging to the Government in it* hands. Hence will be s<>en the obvi <ut importance of having an agent who either possesses the me-ins or has the credit to enable him te meet the re quirements of the squadron, be they whatever they mey. fflNorcan the Government he certain that the aum ad tranced In this country to the agent will always be forth somlng at the time specified, for the nse of the aquadron, unless the agent oan control other funds The money is paid over bythe Government in this country to the agant He must transmit It te Europe. How is ha to do It? That ha cannot do it in apecie, except at a heavy loaa, la deer ly shown in the result of the specie taken out from this country in lift Cumberland Irigatcand sloop of war Ply mouth, which gave a loss ol six per cent, as per Commo dore Smith's letter, (page 64, Doc. 3M) To make the re mittance in produce would be a most dangerous and un certain experiment. The only feasible mode, then, is to make the remittance in bills of exchange This some- i times calls for a delay in this country, for the purpose of ' obtaining bills within the rates justified by the premium the agent receives on the other side. Then, in the trans mission of btlls oi exchange, there are dangers and risks attending the transactions, which few, except the experi enced, are aware or have any knowledge of Commer cial and other revulsions often lead to bills of exchange being dishonored, and returned to the country where drawn, under protest lor non-acceptance or non-payment. This has frequently happened to the undersigned, and on one single occasion to the extent rf five hundred thou sand tranos, which, although ultimately paid, caused de lay in realizing the fundi, and required other fundi to meet the calls of the squadron, on account of the Govern ment. Nor can an agent at all times command funds when wanted, even with unlimited letters of credit to draw on London. On two occasions, before they entered into a contract for the purpose, did the house of the undersigned supply the squadron with latge amounta of money, when in a state of the mote pressing emergency, and when the tegular appointed navy agent (Mr. McCa 1) was unable to raise the money needed, although armed with the authority of the Bank of the United StuUs to draw and dispose of bills on London for that object To one of these emergencies, Commodore Crane (now here) can bear witness The undersigned trusts that it will not escape the at tention of your honorable body, and call forth its severe animadversion on the precedent that has been established by the present Executive, that individuals who crave the situation occupied by others, and seek to supersede them in theenjoyment of the same, shall be permitted to have free access to the archives ol the public departments, ex amining their accounts with the sime, and thereupon fabricating such as may answer their purpose, and lead to destroy the credit of those whom they wish to rival? Nor is this the extent of the evil. It is magnified in the fact, that after these statements and false representations have been on file in the department, been examined again and again, and as often refuted, that they should be with drawn as anonymous, and withheld by the President? thus screening the guilty from exposure, by the evidence furnished by themselves and from the ccorn their teme ity would justly condemn them to experience from the honorable, the good, and the virtuous. If such a course of procedure is to be tolerated who is there with business connected with the Government that can feel the least particle of security in bis private cha racter or in his general credit? While rrpoaing full con 11 tence in a consciousness of his own integrity and up rightness, his character and credit are secretly under mined and whistled away belore the wind by those whose object it is to get the pluces filled by {others Not much less censurable is it, in the opinion of the nndersigned, that men shonld be employed in the public offices, who, either from incompetency or carelessness, should make blunder* in stating accounts of hundred* of thousands of dollars, upon which statements are herald ed forth to the prejudice of an innocent party, that a dis crepancy of one or two hundred thousand dollars ha> been discovered to exist In his accounts, when no such error was in existence. The undersigned now rests his case in the hands ef the honorable Senate, aud relies upon its sense of justice for suckaction on it as they, in their wisdom, may deem due to him, for the wrongs he has suffered, or as is called for by the public weal at their hands. A. FITCH. Washington, D. C., February 6, 1848. In addition to this, we find the annexed in the debate on the West Point Military Academy, in the House of Representatives on Friday last Mr. Hule called the Institution an anomaly in a demo antic country. * * * * He re collected the cons ernation that was produced in that hall when the Committee on Accounts reported the defal cations of their clerk to the amount of $30,000 or $40,000 If gentlemen would turn to the report which was made at 'he last session on the expenditures of the Florida squa dron, these defalcations 01 the clerk would, in compari son, sink into utter insignificance. If any man could look at that report and see the corruption there displayed, and not blush for his country, he was much mistaken. Oo look at that report, and then throw open the doors ot your treasury, and tell every man to come in and load himself till he staggers under the weight, and he will have but a pittance compared with the pickings and stealings ol the Florida war. Mr. H referred to a few ot the items charged for the use of the Florida squadron. Irish pota toes were chatged at $5 a barrel, and even an empty barrel was charged at $6. The barrel, whether full, or is empty as the whig promises of 1840, were still chargul it $4. The commander of this rquadren, (Lieutenant McLiughlin ) who made these extravagan' expenditures, instead of receiving any reproof from the then Secretary of the Navy, (Mr. Henshaw,) was actually paid some five or six thousand dollars in addition for disbursing all this money The same man acted both as purser and com mander of the tqnadron The purser paid out the money, and the same man, as commander, approved the i.xpendi 'u? T?,.rB was not a shadow of a check on the most profligate expenditures, ana iu in... ,v?were squandered. These facts were astounding; but he was sustained in the statement he had made by the reparlol the committee, to which he begged gentlemen to refer. Bank for Savings.?The twenty-sixth annual report of the trustees for the Bank for Savings in the city of New York is before us, from which we learn that during the year expiring on the 31st of December 1844 there have been deposits in the folio wing order and amount Month of Number Drpotitori. .Imount. January 1,91!) $108,264 95 February 1,409 81.336 03 March 1,973 170,939 9& April 1,647 100,312 57 May 1,924 136,149 96 June, 3,021 216,594 00 July 2 617 168,133 38 August 2,124 1 28,912 80 Sept.mber 2,140 137,690 32 October 1 649 100,000 07 November 1.781 107,781 00 December 2.822 188,049 00 Total 24 886 $1,683,653 63 ?Or which number 3,616 are new account* opened with 'he bank, and 18 289 are re-deposit*. In the same time there have been withdrawals aa follows Month of Dtporitort. Vhnfti January, paid 1,362 $90,291 16 Febrnary 1,222 82 (>u6 74 March 1,128 83,268 38 April 1,280 103,679 08 May 1,106 84,206 23 June 770 47,150 27 July 1,418 116,948 84 August 1,266 96 731 87 September. 1,114 98,722 10 October 1 070 77,788 50 November.,,.. 1,117 69,463 61 December 809 33,989 94 13,632 $989,732 60 Of this number, 3 309 have closed their accounts. Of the deposits, the largest number have been made in amounts varying from ten to twenty dollars; the next from twenty to thirty, and the next from five to ten. Melancholy ?We are informed by Mr. Fuller, one of the Canton stage drivers, that on Tuesday laat. three young men, named Prior, residents of Pier pont, started on a hunt for deer, and aftrr having killed onp, started in pursuit of another, which they followed without success till nearly night, when they abandoned the pursuit,and returned to the spot where they killed the first, which they secured and then started forborne. The storm ragirg with great intensity, their progress was tlike imped.d from weariness, arising from the chase ol the day, and from the snow, which by this time hud fallen to a considerable depth At length one of the brothers halted, and sat down to reat?and being urged by his bro iher* not to give out, but to follow on. declared he could not The other two brother* continued their march now awhile, when a second one sat down, overcome with fatigue The remaining brather increaaed his exirtions to reach borne, which he at length gained, although com pletely exhausted. A man was then sent bach to Tend as sistance to the two yonng men left behind, and after much search, the last one who gave ont was found,stretched at lull length, with his faithful dog resting on his body, fie was apparently chilled, and had sunk into a sleep, and of rorts were made to arouse him by rubbing his arms, legs ?nd body, bat without avail. He expired in a short tim". Search was then made for the remaining brother, hut proved fruit leas, ai had a'l subsequent efforts, down to the time of the latest accounts from that town, the unparal leled depth of the snow rendering the ?enreh painfully uncertain and slow ?8f Lurrtnrr Republican. Slavs Cask ?Last week Judge Read, of the Su preme Court, issued a writ of hnhcn* cnrpu*, to tiring before him a colored man named Watson, claimed as a slave by a Mr. Hoppess, of Aikansas. Tlie case, in its progress before Judge Read, was se verely contested by counsel, upon the tos'imony and the lew. The trial was continued fur several diys. and oc casionnd some excitement On Tuesday, the Judge gave his opinion upon the law, deciding, that il a slave be brought into Ohio by his owner, or is sunt in on hii'incs, or permitted to come, he is free from thenceforth ; but If lie be on the Ohio river with his owner, and comes from tho boat on to the land, without the knowledge or prr miaaion of his owner, he is a fugitive from labor, under the constitution and laws of the United State*, and may be re-claimed aa such. After giving this opinion upon the law, the Judge de clared, that he hed no power under the act of Congress to hear the evidence, in order to determine the fact of the person claimed as a slsve being such, or to issue a war ?othorialng the removal of a fugitive slave from the Watson was then takpn before a Justice of the Peace. Taylor?a warrant issued for his removal by the claim ant, by virtue of which he was tiken away. There was an attempt to rescue Watson, on his way to the Justice, by some colored people, and something of a light between them and he constables 'ensued, in which pistols and knives were used, but we believe no on# was seriously injured.?Cincinnati (]ax , Frb IS. Hkd Kivkr ?The "Natchitocheo Chronicle" 11 the 1st ln?t., says:-" Red River Is fast rising, thank Heaven. We may now anticipate a revival of business in oar old town. Never before, in the memory of the oldest inhabitant: has Natchitoches been so long without good navigation.' Common Council. Board of Alderman? Monday, J?n. 17?Last evening the Board met agreeably to adjournment at 7 o'clock. Thr minutes of the last meeting were read and approv ed, and a large number of petition* preaented and appro priately referred. More M. P.'e?Hi* Honor the Mayor *ent in a message informing t e Common Council that he "had the honor" to nominate certain individual* lor Municipal Policemen, which were oontirmed. Another message was received, accompanied by the annual report of the New Yoik Savings'Bank, order ed on tile Corporation Cases ? A communication wa* received from lh<-Counsel of the Board, informing them that cer tain iuits ha<l been decided in tie Court ot Error* in favor ol the Corporation Ordered on file. Sixth Word Schools -A communication was received from the Clerk ot the Board of Education submitting the resolution adopted at the last meeting of the Board ot Ed ucation in [elation to the 6th Ward Schools. Ordered on tile. Proposed Ordinance?Aid. Jackson offered for adoption an ordnance, making It a portion of the duties of the physicians of the Alms House to report quarterly, the numbtrof patients in the hospital, number of deaths, dis ease*, iic.kts. Also a yearly report of the lunatics, their condition, ike. kc. Ilvfet red to committee on charity and Alms House. Collector of the City Hevenue?Alderman Buntino of fered an amendment to the ordinance in relation to the City Receiver, increaning the sureties of the Collector of the City Revenue from $60i;0 to $16,000, and providing for}) is daily depositing his collections, taking his re ceipts therefor, and depositing them with the Comptrol ler. Adopted. Washington's Birth Day?The Commissary General was directed, by a resolution, to furnish the Veteran Ar tillery with ammunition to fire a salute upon the anni versary of Washington's Birth Day. Assistant Engineers ?1Tho Committee of the Fire De partment repotted that at an election for the Assistant Engineers, in the place of Miller ami Driscom resigned, Henry J. Eckershausen and Aaron Hostord had received the largest number ol votes. Tbeir election wa* con finned. Certain expulsions reported from Engine Com panics 16, ll, JO, 22, 64, 42, and Hose Company No 21, and Hook and Ladder Company No. I, were confirmed Picture of the Croton Dam -Alderman Buntino offered a resolution appropriating $102 to purchase the painting of the Croton Dam, by Jewett Referred to the Commit tee on Finance.

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