Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 3, 1855, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated May 3, 1855 Page 1
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r ' ? THE NEW TORE HERALD. "VPHOLE NO. 6824. MORNING EDITION? THURSDAY, MAT 3, 1855. PRICE TWO CENTS. THE LIQUOR MOVEMENT. i ? THE VIEV OF THE FIELD. (THE MQUOB BUB in BBS IN MEW YORK BROOKLYN, JKB8BY CITY AMD HOBOKBN ?WHAT THE MAYOB3 ill DOIBO. Conniderable curiosity hu been manifested to know . what f fleet 'the absonce of in; lejal authorization would haw on the liquor traffic of New York and vicinity. As far u we have been able to judge from conversation* with liquor dealers, and from the thronged barrooms visible La erer y direction, both j enter day and the day . before, the abaenee of an; licence haa lead to greater Uocnae in drinking than waa ever before ae?n la our city. Since the published opinions of the Corporation and District Attorney, the keepers of barrooms hare got over their panic, and hare come to a determination to < aell until the courts declare the traffic illegal. Many of I the tenements that were to let bare been reoonverted into barrooms; and, strange to say, in one of the strong , est temperance wards in this city? the Ninth? repre sented in the last Legislature by C. C Leigh ? we yester day counted no less than three new barrooms in one street, which hare been opened in Jess than a month. Mayer Wood haa given no evidence recently that he will recede from the position he has taken . to maintain a " masterly inactivity " until his duty has been elearly defined by tbe proper l<gal authorities. | With our neighbour across tne East Kiver, the case la vary difl?r*?t. There the liquor dealers are preparing to qfcit the business as koonas portable, and good stands can be had cheap lt> any part of tbe .-.ity. In a conver sation, yesterday, with a highly intelligent gentleman ' o( this city, Mayor Hall expressed hts determination to interpret the new law for himself, without regard to the opinion of any lawyer, official or uncffiolal. He thinks tbe law is quite clear, and that h>s duty is slm eto carry it out to tbe best of his aMilty, until such e, should it ever come. wb? n tbe Courts shall declare it unconati tattoo a), ana his action unwarrantable Mayor Wood, in the opinion of Mayor Hail, committed a grave error wben he asaed tbe advice of tbe officers i whoee duty it would be to prosecute the offeud'ng liquor f dealers under the provisions of tbe new liquor law, aod thus in effect nullified bis pt ?er to enforce the law in an efficient manna; should the Courts declare it consti ticaaL II The liquor dealers in Brooklyn, hearing that the law had been declared null and void, trade application immediately at the office of the City Clerk for a renewal of their licences, but on Tuesday, Mayor Hall gave ordera to receive no more applications. He helds that with regard to licenses the law is quite | clear. The rencition cf them from any public office, f after next Tuesday, is plainly illegal. At the s\me time, 1 he holds tbat the provisions of tbe old law are in force . up to the 4th of July, so far as it relates to the sale of ; liquor without a license; and, consequently May or Htll | Is soon to give public notice, that after next Tuesday he i will rigidly enforce all tbe penalties in the old law ' against any one attempting to sell l<quor In Brooklyn. There is, therefore, likely to be a lively time in Brooklyn next Wednesday. In Jersey City the position of thlngt is anomalous. It i appears there is a kind of sickly lfaiae law in force there now. In the whole city there is only one ltceased bar room. All the rest (and tbe city is full of them) are under the ban of tbe law. Tbe penalty for the first of fense is $10, and for tbe ?econd $2?, with Imprisonment until payment? the offending parties to be convicted only on the affidavit of a person who had partaken of the liquor. It is difficult, however, to get any one to In form, and the law is, In effect, a dead letter. Jersey Cite offers fine inducements for one of those creditable institutions known as Catson Leagues. The Jersey Cl y Common Council has recently passed i a more stringent license law, containing rainy of the ob t jeetionable features in the hew York liquor act. On 1 Wednesday evening, however, Mayor Manners vetoed ' the measure, which puts the subject at rest for a time, at least. IHoboken presents quite a busy appearance just now. A number of stores are fitting up for liquor establlsh I ments, and there seems to be no probability that the in habitants of that pretty village will be limited in their , supply of beer or wine. The Council recently elected are in tbe liquor int'rest, and there is not the slightest I daager that the traffic will be Interfered with until the . Legislature again meets. A number of handsome bar. ' rooms are opening, in ? nticipation, doubtless, that the y partial enforcement of the prohibitory law will driv* liquor drinkers to Hoboken. I THE MOVEMENT IN KINGS COUNTY. ! MEETING OF LIQUOR DEALERS? NO LICENSES TO BX GBANTBD? OPIBION OP THE CITY COINdELLOB. A meeting of this association was held at Toynbee h Hopkins' hotel, in Montague place, yesterday afternoon, mainly for the purpose of receiving the new names of mem ; hers, a large number of whom came forward and signed the constitution and by-laws. The Finance Committee whieh consisted cf three members, waa increaied to five , by the addition of Messrs. Thomas 3. Gerald and J. 1 Scbenck Suydam. Mr Gerald waa selected as chairman of the committee. No other business of importance wa ; transacted. Several members of the Board of Excise, conoeiving the prohibitory law to be unconatitutional, concluded to . hold a meeting oo Tuesday next (the day iixed by the ) city (harter) for the purpose of considering applications I for licenses, which, having become known among I liquor dealers, some of them filed their applications i in the office of the City Clerk. Tbe Mayer, on learning tbat several applications had been received, directed the City Clerk io refuse all others. The Clerk being , dsfrirous to obtain the opinion of the Corporation Counsel on the subject, applied to him, and received the following answer:? ** Pkar Sir,? In reply to your inquiry whether, as CtOTk of the City, you are authorized to receive and file in your office, after this date, applications for grocery and tavern licenses, I state that as Clerk of ths City you have no right to encumber the office with pepers not known or recognised bv any law of this State. I unhesitatingly state, you have no snch right, aad advise"; on not to receive or file any applications in year office for grocery or tavern lisenaes. Ths re ceiving sad filing of tbe applications may teud to en coPrnge tbe applicants with tbe idea that they stand a chance ot getting a license. The license law of the State, in my judgment, is repealed. ? Very retpectfully ywurs, N. F. WARING, '? Counsellor to the City of Brooklyn. ** May 1st, 1665." THE MOVEMENT IN ALBANY. OCB ALBANY CORRESPONDENCE. Albany, May 1, 1855. Liquor foiling Continued? A Strong League of Dealer* and Manufacturer! Formed ? Ike Law to be Resitted by a Stiong Combination. The liquor dealer*, and other* interested In the manu facture of alcohol, whiskey and ale, held a meeting in this city laat evening. They formed themselves into a pretectire union, and members were balloted for, some thing a* l> practiced among the secret societies of Free Masons, Odd Fellows and Know Nothings. The meeting was rather a private matter, as none but the wealthy and most respectable manufacturers and dealers, whole sale and retail, were Invited. The association excludes all the low, rowdy, two-penny retailers of liquid poison. All the i!eal?ri wearing stiff shirt collars, having custo mers who can afford to pay a shilling a nip, will thus combine. All who are permitted to belong to this anti Maine law league are to be protected In the courts when ever they are prosecuted for selling liqnot contrary to the provisions of the prohibitory law. A Urge amount of funds was subscribed at the llrst meeting, last even ing, to defend any members of the league who may be arreted and arraigned for violating the provisions of the temperance law. Consequently, the selling of liquor is contained as usual, and from ths great arowrts gathered about the principal drinking sbope, there Is no doubt but BftT per cent more liquor has been drank to-day than Within any twenty four hours in the last ten years. This league comprises the wealthieet and most prosper sus of the maanfacturrra, venders and consumer*. Toe Nme has now arrived when they must either contest the eonMltutionality of the aw, or make very heavy sacri tees of property ; and they are folly aware tli at m tny of them *ust be reduced to abject poverty, if the la# shall be sustained ; however, as a matter of personal In terest and sail -defence ttey are wiUiag to contribute the eAii of employing the ablest counaelV>ra, in order that the <|U* stioa may be tested in the courts to a speedy and i Q ?al adjudication The small whiskey nod lager bier eh0f,4wlllbe first pounced upon, and their proprietors itaae to undergo fines and other penalties, wtul?t the member* of tkl* combination will be able to stive off the .j augments inflicted by the bill, perhaps successfully. On the other hand, the ultra fanatics are by no mean* harmonious or united. None of them feel dbpoeed to become informers without being pecu niary recompensed ; and as that importaot provi sion, giving the Informer one- half of the proceeds from (hifr. was r truck out of the bill, no one appear* willing to tale the lesponwb'lity of entering complaints. Two or tm dayt since a dozen of the leading Maine law fana tics held a consultation upon the question of subscribing to a fund for prosecuting purposes; and, strange to say, the ugh they are all wsalthy men, only two of the mem bers manifested any dl-poMtien to subscribe, and these '.nlj I" a very limited aniount. Thus ft?n02 this all absorbing question at the capital. The m<c of the party who pledged this taw to the people laat November are now toe foremost la Its violation. The leading demagogues wbo were oledged to vote for the bill in exchange for a vo'e for Cnlted urates ^nator, ate no? the most ?on?plcu'ns in lenrierinjr the la*' o*l tus aod unpopular, and are the mm wbo are subscrib ing most liliMbUy to r??se means to br ng it more speed ily he'oie the ccurt o' float reaart A greater resistance ?Jl te ma.'.e to tbe lew in th'S city tnao any one ev-r fontrit-p'attd, as already proved ny the dntemvaofl a-- 1 lion made by lefluentlsJ. couraceooa an^ wealthy m>o las', fvnlog. The f pietra# of District Attorney Hill, of 1 Xew Votli, and of KirhUt* Hi.l, E?q , ef e ty, have *?u>. uubieclj encouraged anl emboldened the ?Vfcler- ta mis mre to ths .aw. Police InquntlM. TBI ALDERMAN 10 IttVBHTlG ATION RlflrUKD ? TBI OBIKt'8 CLERK STILL REFUSES TO AN8VU -TWO MORK RRKKAOTOBY W1TNR88K8 ? TBE WHONO OAT II AMD TBI RIGHT ONI ? INTERESTING AFf ID aTI f8 ? TBR BIRTUPLtCI OF TBI CBIEF STILL IN DOUBT ? BIS TUUTBFTL AMPSJKKNTS? JTMPINO TBI ROPR, ETC. The Committee of the Board of Aldermen held another meeting yesterday afternoon to make inquiries into the birthplace of the Chief of Police. There was a large number of person* present, and the proceeding ? were on tonally interesting and amusing Alderman Brigg i appears determined to prosecute hl? inquiries into the all-ev grossing subject of Mr. Hateell's nativity, and has, as will be se?n from the report of the investigation come to the conclusion that because his father's name was not in the City Directory prior to 1818, be, the Chle', could not have been born in the country. On this potn tie affidavits con'aig rather singular evidence, which may be regarded as equally conclusive. The juvenil-< {.reductions of the Chief fox the exoiting play of ' belly gutters," will recall to the minds of our readers the days when they too were young and indulged in sue > innoeent pastime. But we are anticipating ths testi mony, which we proceed at once to give as it was taken. On this occasion, we should state, Alderman Hoffmire was absent, Alderman Tucker occupying his place, how ever, during his absence. The witness called was Mr. McKellar, the clerk of the Chief of Police. Aid Brioos? You affirm ? Mr. McKkllar? Yes, air. Aid. B.? Yon do solemnly affirm that you will truly and honestly answer ^1 questions that may be put to you respecting tne matter now pending befoie this com mittee? Mr. McK.? I cannot take that outh. As I am very particular about it, I will repeat the oath, if you have ?o objections. I do solemnly, sincerely, and truly de clare and affirm that the evidence I ?hall give upon the matter referred to this committee for inrestigation shall be the truth, the whale truth, and nothing but the truth. Aid. B Well, sir, yon do honestly and trnly declare and affirm that you will answer all questions. Mr. MoK. ? No, sir; I will not take such an oath. I have written out the form of oath, and there it is. [Hers the witness handed a copy of the oath which he had taken.] [To Aid. B ]? That is the proper legal oath which is administered in all cases pending before any judicial body Aid. B. ? I think there is very little difference. Here ensued a long pause, during which Alderman Bilggs remained intently gazing on the paper whioh the witnesses had just handed to him. Laying it down, the examination was resumed. Aid. B. ? You do honestly and truly affirm that the evidence which you shall give, in relation to the matter referred to this committee for investigation shall bo the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth ? so help yon Ood. Mr. McK.? I do; and in order to prevent any question or dispute about the matter, I have reduced to writing a brief statement, which I will now read. Aid. B. ? I think that is not in order. We have not asked yon any question yet. Mr. McK.? Well, sir. Aid. tf.? What position do you hold in the Police De partment ? Mr. McK. ? In answer to that question, I say that I consider myself insulted. Aid. B. ? 1 think that is out of order entirely. Mr. McK. (reading from a paper in his hand) ? I consider myself insulted by the resolution of the Brard of Aldermen and the conduct of the chairman of this committee. For these reasons I repose myself on my legal rights; and denying that either the committee or the Board of Aldermen have any power to require me to testify in reference to the subject matter of the last resolution under which the committee acts, I decline to answer any question in relation thereto. I have held myself ready, and wonld have been pleased to give the fullest statement of ail my proceedings, if those who de sired it had deccrously requested the information; but bating refused ms common conrtesy, 1 shall require them to show they hare som; power to demand it. Aid. B. ? You refuse to aniwer any questions ? Mr. McK ?Yes, any question pnt to me by this com mittee. Aid. B ? Then, sir, we shall have to proceed legally against you. Mr. McK? That is right, sir. Aid. M ? How much is your salary? No answer. Aid. B ? You positively refuse to answer any question? Ano>ber pause, during whioh Aid. B. whispers to the Clerk, who leaves the loom. Aid. B ? ' Th*re would be a nice state of things if we hadn't a right to overhaul the affairs of onr city, and see how things are conducted. the Clerk returns and whispers to Aid. B. Aid. B ?You refuse to give any information la regard to your duties? Mr. McK.? I refuse to answer any question*, sir. Aid. B.? What salary do you gotr Do you refuse to answer that ? Mr. McK., in evident disgust.? Oh, there is no n;o in repeating it over. 1 give you a general refusal. Aid. B.? Do you get any compensation over and abovs your salary? No answer. All B.? Have you paid in $000 or $1,000 to the Comp troller's office since tne last meeting of this committee, from the dog pound surplus? Do you refuse to answer that question ? Mr. McK ?Has the committee done wlih me? Aid. B. ? Mo, sir; I want to know why you retained this money in your hands so long? No answer. Mr. Branch, who was sitting beside Alderman B., sug gested something to him in an unler tone. Mr. McK. ? Is Mr. Branch the adviser of thid com mittee? Mr Brawch? I am Secretary, air, of the committee, and I have a right to hold communication with them. Aid. B ?Do yo^a know what disposition waa made of a large trunk, sealed or locked, that was received in your office some shoit time ago ? a large black trunk, of wbich no account was ever given. Mr. McK ? I object to the Secretary putting down, separately and distinctly, questions that I refuse to answer. 1 stated that 1 utterly refused to answer any questions asked Of this committee. Aid. B.? These are regular questions. Mr. McK.? they are not, sir; and 1 shall not answer such questions, or be insulted here by any you may choose to ask. Ala. B.? They are legal questions, as shall bo shown hereafter. Will you answer any of them? Mr. McK ? 1 told you I would answer no questions whetever, or be under the query of this committee. Aid. B.? I demand you, sir, in the name ef the oom mittee, to answer these questions. Do you still refuse to answerr Mr. IfcK. ? I bare given yon my answer already, sir. Matter* now Iwgan to assume a serious aspect, ana Aid. B., after a brief pause, entered into earnest conver ratlon with Alderman Tucker and one or twootbera, whs sat near him. The fu as follows: ? Aid. B.? Mr. McKellar we will see to you to-morrow. Mr. McK. ? All right, ?ir. Aid. B.? You will withdraw, dr. Yon will pleaie with draw frcm tbe room at present. Mr McK. ? If tbe room ii cleared I will. I suppose I have the lame right h?re that any other citizen ha*. Aid. B.? I believe we decided that no one should re main here except reporters and spectators. No witnesses arc allowed. Mr. McK.? I hare been examined, sir, and I am noth ing now but a spectator. Aid. B ?I ought to have been prepared for this. Mo natter, ihere is another day acomtng. Further consult atton among the Alderman and his friends followed this soliloquy, bnt it did not seem to re lieve him from hu difficulty. Aid. B ?Are there any other witneisee in the room? A Mr Webster said he'd be back by the time yon got through with Mr. McKellar. A.mtiikb Voick ? Oh, that may take a day or two yet. Aid. B ?We shall require all tbe witnesses to retire to the other inom for a abort time, if they pleass. Mr. McKellar, we consider you a witness here? you will hare to retire. You bavn not been fully examined. Mr. McK ? Well, sir, I am perfectly willing to retire on tbe condition that this committee shall not bring up evi dence in relation to my character. If tuey do, I have a right to be here? that I have a constitutional right to insist upon Aid. B ?We cannot tell what may te brought up. Mr McK ?1 will not be debarred of my right 1> 'cause I hold an off) -e, by a committee of the Common Conaoil, or any other body. Aid. B. ? It ia useless for us to b? disturbed by you, for you have no right here. I think 1 have the power to conmit you. Mr McR.? If the committee say Aid. Tr< Km ? All the committee request ia that you shall leave the room. Mr. McK ?Ana all I request is the right to defend my character when it Is assailed. Atf. it ( kkk. ? We desire jou to withdraw. Mr McK ? If you desire me to withdraw under such ciicumstanoeo, I ehali do ?o Mr McKMIar left the room acd gave place to the fol lowing wl :ne*ee? ?? Idwarb Hooth morn, testified aa follows? I am at. tacb*d to tbe Ifcira ward; I have belonged t? the p?llce department feur years; I am a native citizen, b >rn in ?his citv. I *40 never detailed for epecial dnty; I have never feen E lected perveularly for any post on Green wich street; these questions were Urn anktd me b?*orr in the ataticn house- I was asked where I wa* born- 1 : have never tan looked up in prteon Vn-To* Hwa\ /?., pelicman, sworn, testifled? I have 1 l?en nine jean on the police; I have never me' ve t or i?>l fiom mj captain to look after a certain hou?e in 1 (Imnwich street. I have heard of Madame Retell'* 1 lionse In ray ward; I know of one ottiaer woo waaata l ?:onec at n>r fcouse; hell still in the department- I i nevtr kaew Uat he got ant jarticular name for leading ! nan to that bouse; 1 never heard the nimei of any per eons calling there, bat 1 hetril the fact mentioned at the station bonne. Mr. Timothy A'siumcu, lieutenadt of polls*, m*4e his nppea'anoe at the conclusion of (be foregoing testimony, ann was sworn by Aid. Biiggs, but ha proved as refrac tory as Mr. McKellar. Aid. B., administering the oath ? Ton do solemnly ?wear tuat jou will answer all qwst ona ? I t. W. ? 1 solemnly swear that the eri lence I shall gire wiU be the truta, the whole truth, and nothing bat the truth, so help me Gol. Aid B.? Put your band on the book. Vow, you do solemnly swear that the evidence you will gire shall be the truth. Lt. W., after repeating the oath -Now, I decline answering any questions put by this committee. Aid. B. ? What ia your nameV No answer The Cijcrk ? Gire ns your name, can't you? No answer. The Cucbk? Timothy Webster? is that you name ? I.t W. ? That is the came on the suipoenal received. Aid. B. ? Have you ever answered any queations put to you in the station house in regard to your nativity, &c. ? Lt. W. ? 1 refute to anawer. A!d B.? What country are you a native off IX W. ? I positively decline to aoswer any question this committee puts to me. I wish that to be distinctly understood . Aid. B.? Have yon been pot* 'ad up by Mr. McKellar, outsider ' No answer. Alderman B. leaves the room and the witness indulges himself with a piece of tobaccs. About ten minutes elapse ere the worthy city father returns. Wben he returtx be appears considerably refreshed. Aid B ? to the reporter* ? This law appears to be a lUt.f ight (referring to that compelling witnesses to an twerj upon the subject, la fa t, we will have to go to the Supreme Court or the Court of Common Pleas. Vou will honestly and truly answer (to another wit ness) all such questions at may bs put to you relative to the police department and the matter now before this committee. The witness, who we afterwards ascertained was Lt. McCann, of the Nineteenth ward police, replied that he would not take that oath. I will, said he, take the other oath. AJd. B. again leaves the room, for the third time, and in about fi ?e minutes returns "There is a good deal or quibbling about this way of administering an oath," said he on his reappearance. "It is however, legal and regular. 1 will not make any al teration." The oath was repeated again. Lieut MoC ? I refuse to take that oath. Aid. B ? I have given way long enough. Do you re fuse to answer any questions? Lieut. MoC. ? I have not taken any oath yet, and I cannot answer any questions till I do. I win take a le gal oath. Aid. 8 ? I have given way loo* enough; now I am going a^out it legally and correctly. Tbe Bible was banded to the witness. Aid. B.? Give me .a hold of that book. Now, you do solemnly swear that the testimony vou shall give in this case now under investigation before this committee shall be tbe truth, the whole truth, and nothing bat the troth; so help you God. Lieut. McC. ? Juet say that over again. The clerk read the oath, and tbe witness took it. Aid. B ? Ntfw, what is your name? Lieut. McC ? 1 don't consider that you have any right to ask me that, 1 refuse to answer it, or any other question whatever. Aid B ? Do you refuse to answer that? Lieut McC. ? Yer. sir. Aid. B. ? How long have you been on the Police ? No answer. Aid B.? What country are you a native of? No answer. Aid. B.? I have heard tell of these Know Nothings. I think we have got one to deal with now. (Laughter.) Have you ever been to prison in this or any other country? No anawer. Aid. B.? What ward are you attached t J ? Ne answer. A Voic* ? He is a Know Nothing. Aid B.? A perfect Know Nothing. Well, I think it is time these Koow Nothing societies were rooted up, if they produce suoh men. If you don't intend to answer any questions you can withdraw. I will have you com mitted to- morrow in legal form. Lieut MoC ? All right. You'll find me when yon want me. Let me have time to get bail, any way. Aid. B.? I don't know that it is a bailable offence? there is a doubt on my mind about that, Tbe witness withdrew. Aid. B. ? We have got some affidavits here, which will be in order now, as there is no more evidence at present. The Secretary will please read them. Mr. Branch read the folio wldg affidavits, which excited considerable merriment and laughter among the au dience : ? AFFIDAVIT OF SIMON WTCIOFF. I, Simon Wyckjif, residing at No. 4U4 Third avenue, ana being 48 years old, depone that my father and fami ly moved lrom Hunterdon county, New Jersey, to Bast ing Ridge. New Jertey, in about the year 1821 or 1822; that about that time George, the eon of Mr. Matsell, a tailor in New York, came to reside at Basking Ridge with bis sister Mary and her husband, Mr. Abbott, who were residing on a farm near Basking Ridge; that Susan Mat sell resided with Mr. and Mrs. Abbott, at Balking Ridge; that at this time I was about IS years old, and that George was about 12 or 13 yoars old; that I often played with George Matsell and sometimes he would help me feed my father's hens, and in driving up our cows, in drawing wood, in doing chores, and that sometimes I I would help George draw Mr. Abbott's wood and feed his chickens, for which Mr. Abbott sometimes gave me a ?billing or so; that George spoke so indistinctly that I would have to get him to spell some of the words; that he pronounced his own nam* like Batsell, and I called him Bat* ell for eome time urtil 1 got him to spell it for me, and then 1 understood him, and thereafter I called him Matsell; and lie told me his father was a tailor, re siding in New York; that 1 remember his telling me that he. with other New York boys, were accustomed to ride belly gutters; that, being a country boy myself, and not understanding what he meant by belly gutter, to which he replied that it was running with a sled in both hands and then falling on it with the belly down ; that from oar general oonversation I formed tho opinion that George was Kngliah born; that I believed him to be English from bis English appearance and conversation, as much so as I would have btlieved a Frenchman to be a French man, from his conversation and appearance ; that George's dialect was entirely Engllab, and I think I mast have made up my mind in those days that he was Eng lish born, both from what I have just said, and from his having told me so; that I recollect ef hit talking of Man chester, England; that be spoke of thingti that transpir ed in Manchester, England; that 1 have a distinct recol lection of this from the manner of his proaounaing Man chester, which he pronounced "Banehester." And far ther deponent saitn not. SIMON J. WYCKOPF. Sworn to before me this twenty ninth day of April, 1853. Ghohok W. W iikklkk, Commissioner of Deeds. AFFIDAVIT OF LOUISA BAKU. I. Louisa Baker, (whose maiden name was Louisa Smith,) retldieg at No. 478 Grand street, and intending to remove to Mo 140 Clinton street on the tirst of May, depose, that I am 47 years old, and that when I was about 16 years of age I went to learn the tillor's trade of l>eorgo Matsell, a tailor, who then resided In a very poor old frame bouse, of one and a half stories high, which stood near Niblo's Oarden, aod nearly opposite where Lafayette Hall now stands, in Broadway, between Prince and Houston streets; that Mr. Matsell's business was chiefly to mend and turn old coats; that I was with Mr. Matsell one year, and that I chiefly learned how to mend and turn old eoats; that once in a while he would have a job to make a new pair of pantaloons or rest, and other jobs, and that 1 sometimes workel on these; that Mrs. Harriet Dusenbury (now of 258 Monro* street) lesn-ed how to mend old clothes of Mr Matsell at the tame time; and 1 remember this the more especially as she didn't tell me that she was going to a party with George until afterwatd*, and that 1 was veiy much pro voked about it; that I well remember that George uied to hold the r .pe for myself and other girls while we jumped over it; that sometimes Elizabeth Matsell used to jump the rope with us white George held the rope; that Elizabeth used to call herself the little kngllsh girl; somet mes Miss Susan Mat sell, George's sister, would jump the rope with ns while George held it, although Susan was con siderably otaer.than myself ami Miss Juhnson, (naw Mrs. Dusenbury), and Elizabeth Matsell; th?t I remember Mary Matsell, Mr. Matsell's oldest daughter, who mar ried Mr. Abbott; that Susan Matsell married Mr. Fiori, an Italian, who*e father kept a porter house opposite Mr. Matsell's; that I remember Augustas Matsell and James Henry Ab4eel Colombia Matsell, whom Mr and Mrs Matsell used to call their Yankee boy. on account of his having been born in the United .states; that I always understood from Mr and Mrs. Matsell, and from many others, that all of their children, except James H-nry Abdeel Colombia Mataell, were born In England; that I supposed tbey had recently come from England, before they told me so, from their English pronuncia tion and from their fcagl'sh appearance; tbat George had very red cheeks, like his father, and looked in every re spect more like an English boy than his other brothers; that 1 remember that George was a very w Id, roguish and bad boy, and that he gave his mother mach trouble, and tbat I have often seen her cry in consequence of the bad ctn-luct of Goorgo, her son; that 1 called, wlti Mr*. Dusenbury, on Mr*. Matsell after I had learned to mind old clothes cf her husband, when Mrs. Matsell tol l us tbat we must excuse her, as her son George had just get married to a girl on Htaton Wand, and that he was csm ing with Lis young wife, to take dinner witn her tbat d*y; tbat sbe then went into the next room, aad after we had waited eome time for her to return, ttn ling aha (lid not return, and thinking that we might be

hindering her from preparing the wedding dinner for her son George, we concluded to leave, which we did, before ? he c* roe back to see us. Mrs. Matte 11 still resided at this time oppoeite Lnyfette BalL in Brotdway, that I bave long known Mr. D Murphy, the satlmaker, in South street, my husband having worked for h m a ?'out twelve year* past, and M now Mr Murphy's forstntn; has been ha foreman a host ten years; that 1 have tnown Beojsmln Hutchinson, the coal dealer, aod lionise Dusenbury. coppersmith, lo Water st'eet; that myself and husband are members of the Baptist church, in Ctsnon street, of wbich the Rev Josepb Baavsrd I* p?i tor; and that my husband has beea a dee -on of said church for ten year* past; and that to all of the above fereens I refer for a knowledge of my character. And, uither, thii deponent saith not. LOUISA BIKER. Sworn *o before me this 28th day of April 18i3. Geo no* W. Commissioner of Deeds. ArrrrATTf or haiwutt ntMmcsr. I. Harriet Dusenbury, ( whose maiden name wa< Har. r'ett Jebnson,) now roeidlne at Ho 2* ? W ? *'">?1, *nd intending to nam to Brooklyn, 'a y ^ros sutet, nur Hamilton ferry, (?tre?t aot numbered ret,; depone, that I will 6e forty eight years okl on tne 1 tb of N if. next, rati that I weat l* Itnrs the tmlcr'u In'l of G?o. Mataell when I was a' onl ditwo or KTettM years o*d, who tkcD reaided fn Broadway, bet wee Prince ?od Moiti ton atreets on the spot thfr* Nihlo's Oarteo o?* 1?; that Mr MataeU tbea resided in a Ion', f?Uow frame house, that I fljat went to Mr. Matasls's aSout wee week after Mian Louisa Smith (now Mri lx>ui(a Sikn) vent there; tbat I wax acqaah^a.1 with Miss l.oa.ta Wtti be fore she went to Mr Matseir?, that Mr. Me bell's ehief baaineos was to repair old cfctbca and to main old coat* lwto new oo?; that George was ab >ut tirelvi- years old at that time; tbat Bra. Matnefl, tbe wife ct (Jeorge Mattel], the tailor, told roe that her eon George, wa? born Id England, together with her bod Augoatua, ant her daughter^ Mary, Suiau, and Elizabeth Mat?elT-r tbat I remained with Mr. Mataell, about 7 month* ; tbat hliaa Caaatln and her ai iter were aleo there, at work for Mr. Mataell, at the aame time I wa?, both of whom subsequently got married, and that b?tt? of tbem have since oied; that Mr. and Mrs. Mat tell and all of their children, above alluded tc, looked and acted aa though they had not beea long frraa England; tiut In pronunciation and appearasace they eeemad to m* to be Faslish p?cpl? ; that Mra. Mataell need to aak us ?rls, how to do up imerieao fruit, and that none of e family seemed to know saything t/>out Am?ricaiv cooking; tbat we girls used to jump tbe rope tor re creation, between 12 and 1 o'clock, oar dinner hour; that George used to hold tbe rope wbile we jumpel ov*r It; tbat we jumped tbe rope aometiaaea with Elizabeth Matsell. who was Oorge'a sister, and who was a school girl at the time; tbut Man Mataell got married to Mr. Abbott before 1 went to Mataell'a and lived somewhere In the neighborhood. And further this deponent aaith not. BAKKIftr DUiEKBCRIf. Sworn before me, thia 30*h day of Avrfl, 1855. Gkoko* W. WbkklkK, Commissioner of Deeds. When the foregoing had been read, Alderman Brigga ?aid they proposed examining tbe city directories from If 00 to 1820, to see if the name of the Chief '? father was mentioned there. Copies of the directory were obtained, and- in one dated 181819 was found the name of "George Mataell, taller, 6 {10 Broadway." This was the only one tbat could be found ocntaming his name, and thin Alderman Brigga said was " sufficient." Other copies- were pro cured from the City Inspector's office nod examined, but with no better success. Mr. J. H Chambers, Clerk of tbe Board of Aldermen, and Mr. George W. Morton, by whom they were examined, testified to this fact. The next witness waa Mr. Pinckney, bookkeeper in the office of tbe Comptroller, Who testified that aoout a week or ten days ago he had received a voucher forsome six hundred dollar* paid from the office of the Chief of Police into the city treasury, on account of redeemed dogs. In reply to the question of Alderman Bttgga, whether the money bad ever been paid tor tbe Reason before, he said that there was one instance where a balance of 140 had been to paid In the present case tbe money had been held over from list season. He ali-o aaid that he had endorsed conveyance of property sold for taxea bought by the Chief. This cloned the investigation for the day, and the committee adjourned, subject to the call of the chair. The Commlsilonera of Emigration. THE DIFFICULTIES BETWEEN MAYOR WOOD AMD THE COM1ISSIONBRS. The Board met yesterday at 4 P.M. Present? Com missioners Verplanck, (in the chair) Kennedy, Kelly, Pnrdy, Carrigan, Crabtree, Cummings and 8chwab. After the minutes were read, , Commissioner Soiiwah announce! that hereafter Mr. RudoU Carrigue would serve as the representative of the Qermiu society. Resolutions complimentary to Commissioner tichwab on hii retirement from the Board, were passed. MORI EMIGRANT rAUPKES. A communication was received from the Mayor, in closing one from officer Sember, of the emigrant police squad, complaining of the action of the Commissioners with regard to the ship Confederation, from Havre. From the debate tbat ensued we learn that this ship landed at this port with 400 communal or pauper pas smgers, a number of whom have already become charge able to the com mi lion. The consignees of the sh>p have been compelled to pay $5,000 for the support of tbe Fame, and the probability is that the ship will have to be attached . Officer Sembler, according to Commissioner Kennedy, acted rather aaucy In informing the Board of the.r duty, when they knewf perfectly well what they were about. MAYOR WOOD AMD THE COMMISSIONERS. Councilman Kennedy stated that he haa a cmferenee with May orWcod tbat day, In the May or's office. His Honor felt hurt at the report made at the lata meeting of tne Board, when action was had with regard to emigrant runners. Be thought it waa a direct attack on hun per sonally, nor could anything Commissioner Kennedy said convince him to the contrary. He, thetefore, declined coming to the Board, aa he supposed some of the mem bers desired to do bim injury. Mr. Kennedy urged the Boaid to do something to convince Bis Hono.- that he was mistaken ? that no goou could postibly result from a Misunderstanding between the chief executive auth)ri tj of tbe city and the Board. Be therefore moved the matter should lay over. Commissioner Pcrdy said he was a* good a friend to Mayor Wood aa any man la the community, but he thcoght there was something due to tne Board itself. Bis Honor bad impugned the acta of the Board, and for one be was disposed to stand by the action of the Com mission. Com. Caskioan wished, as one of the committee who bad drawn up the report, to disclaim any personal feelings toward* the Mayor. He was his political friend, and he must acknowledge that documents had been sup pressed, whicn wonld go to show that much of the diffi culty came from the Mayor's office. Com. Kkllt said le for one felt proud of Mayor Wood as a New Yorker, and though a political opponent, he bad no hesitation in awarding all pra'a* to Mayor Wood for his able administration or the city affairs; but still he was of opinion his Honor liad male a grave mistake In his conferences with the hoard, and should not have acted as be bad. Tbe Mayor waa a member of the board, but he bad only made his appearance there once in four months. After fome further discussion, a corrected copy of the report was ordered to be sent to his Honor, and the whole subject lay over Indefinitely. The Ward's Island Committee reported that the Board of Ten Governors had rafused hereafter to bury the emi grant dead, and It would b* necessary to find some ap propriate place on Ward's Isiand for that purpose. Com. Pt'RDY referred to a remark of S<mcan Draper, of the Ten Governors, that the Commission, of Emigra tion were bankrupt, and must soon become eittuct. This. Com. Purdy, denied. They were not going to snut up shop so soon. If the Commlsslonera could go dawn to their elbows In the publio orib, and go on junketings, living on the beat food, and smoking the costliest aegars, their funds might be In a bettrr position; but> as they bad no such rerouice, they had to do the best they could. From a communication from James I'. Fagnn, of the Labor Exchange, we learn that in thirteen weeks in 1865 there were 4,162 servants supplied to familios, baing an exotsa of 1,668 over tbe same period of the previous year. Several other communications were read, of no public importance, after which the Board adjourned. WEEELY 8CMMARY. Number of aliens arrived to April 26, 1865 23.136 Number of aliens Crrived since' to May 2 8.380 Total 26,516 Number of aliens arrived to May 2, 1854 64,766 Number of inmates in Refuge. Hospital and Nur sery, Ward's Island 2,400 Number of inmates in Marine Hospital 419 Total 2,918 Balance la Hank January 1. 1856 $61,192 46 Aggregate receipt a to April 26.... $90, 798 45 Received since to May 2 24,079 19 114,877 74 Total $176,070 20 Disbursements to April '2b.. . ....$213.fl?rt 12 Paid Troy Hospital bill for 1864. . 588 36 214,583 47 Overdraft on Mechanics' Bank, May 2 $38,513 27 Police Intelligence. SHOOTING AFFAIR BRTWKBN RIVAL FIRI C0MPAK1K8 ?BOBBINS A GROCERY WAOOM? SHORT WElOf.TS. Yesteiday afternoon Justice Wood viidted the house No. 327 Pelancey street, for tha purpose of taking tbe ante-mortem examination of Jamee Wilmot, who wan suffering severely from a wound received on the 29th nit., In a collla'on between the runners of two rival fire companies, whoae apparatus is located in thia neigh bcrbood. The wonnded man statea that during a fight that took place between eorot of the runner* of Hose Ccmpany Mo. 13 and Engine Company No. 44. a person named Thomas Carltten discharged a p'stol at him, the hall tittering the lower part of bia back, (seat of Honor,) producing a leriou* wound. Justice Wocd isiur-d a war rant In t tee arreet of Thomas Carieton. Four preciom voutta were brought before the injured man, in pre sentc of the magistrate, and were identified as having aided Carieton Ta the assault ? 4. throwing paring atonee, and otherwise abusing the complainant. tome expert thieve! i toie about 1100 worth of groce ries Item the wagon of Messrs Ltoey & Hunter of Ibird armus. near Fiftieth street, while the driver of tbe same waa absent fcr a few moments, attending one of hia customer*. No an eat. Tbe bead of a family living in Eighth avenue, near Eghte* nth atrtet, called at the Sixteenth wuri station bout* yeeterday. and informer. the officers there that his lady bsd been imposed upon is a acandtlous maocer by a (recery iran, keeping a ftore in that vicinity. He stated that (be rent for two pounda of butter, and oa getting the aame. weighel It, when. to her surprise, it was fully aix eurces ?nort. Tbe authorities should pay the r respects te thia model grocery aaan, and haul tim or?r the caala for hia rascality. Waited Statea Diet* let Attorneys Office. Small 1 Two m?n, named Williams and OToereil, were arrested by poiiee ofBeer Farley, at Ue bouae he.12 Rooeevelt street, charged wfkooaaterfetttng quarter delian Or t?0 men he ag aaarnhad It wai di? toeered <%at the tpnnam cin in t'jeir pu .su on asno n'^d to ? ctaj o of J< >?R W.j ututwi :?ut |t?W. The Turf. PKIOh'CODIWK, L. I?? TROTTING. A brilliant hih 'or the turf U about opening on Long Itland liany i \ne horses art in training, aal nu merous matches har.^ been mad* to come o IT daring this and th* ensuing mt w* bare already given a lint of the matohei to taA" place, exeept the one be tween Flora Temple and Ho 'tag, *2 COO, mile heat*, best three in Ave? wagon an * to weigh aOO lt>? ? to csome off oa Monday next, 'be 7'h int, w'j ch ia creating great excitement am ??? 'he sporting folks. Ail match will be followed by half a doxen other* in rapid succession, whioh, in addit *?n '? tbe purses given by the proprietors, in order to be ' witnessed, will com pel an attendance at the tracks al**s*t daily. We m'ght here saggeat to the proprieU lr* of race coarse* that a reduction in the priee of adi. *l?ton will be en thely consonant to the feeling* of the public, w.'io imagine that the pricee charge<I at pr went exorbi tant, oompared with other amuaemeiits. ? To ca -it out this reduction In pricee, proprietors will have to curtail their liberality to those gentlemen having * matches oa their tracks, who ar* in no way at all eatii "J*d to money whicb belODgs to the proprietors and the pi ibUo. Apropos : We observe that Mr. Wm. 1. 1 thaw has in training at the Union Course hali a dozen r ?c* horses, among which are Wild Irishman and Jim Bart wa> and it la thought that some running will take placs this sea son. It la to be hoped that bow, or all, of thoi * horses which have been making such extraordinary tim * on the Metairie Course at New Orleans this spring, will pay us a Tisit, and try their mettle on the Union. The ? ad lie of Eclipse Is still in the North, and the time of Fa shion has never been beaten ia tbis seotion of coun t */ ? weight and distance. Woo'U try it? It is some rhat remarkable that s? are never startled by reports of fast time from any other than the Ustauie Course. It se< ?a? to have been got up expressly a* a "stunner." We should like to see (he certificate of the engineer w bo measured the track, in order to s.visfy the wort J at to its ccrrect distance. A correspondent informs us tin t the track is ninety-lour feet short of a mile, live fee t from the pole, whicb in a four niifo race would be equal ' to three hundred and seventy six fest; and at the rate that Lexington is stated to liuve run in his race atainst j time noulu make a difference of eight seconds, to say nothing about the distinction in weights. The course, it is said, is one mile in length when measured io the 1 centre, which is twenty feet from the pile. 7:3 ? weights up? that saddle? who can take it? A trotting match for $500. mile heats, best three in five, in harness, came off ou Monday last, between s. m. Fanny and b. g. Frtnce. Four lieatu w*re trotted before the close Prince was the favorite previous to the sUrt, at one hundred to sixty, and not until af'er the seconl heat did Ha backers btgin to doubt of his winning He won the third heat in good style, snd his backer; agaie drew their wallets, and backed lika wherever a chtnre occurred. They were considerably out at the close of the race. Fanny took tbe lead on the turn in each heat that she won and maintained it t) the end. There was nothing to excite or astound. The heat that she lost was caused by gettint the word too far behind, aud being urged too much around the upper tarn, she broke up, and could not make up- th* loes afterwards. Th* following is a summary : ? Monday, .a pi 11 30 ? Match, $500, mil* heats, best three In five, in harness. H. Woodruff nsmed s m. Fanny 1 1 2 1 Jas. Whelpley tamed b. g. "rinee 2 2 1 ?? Tune, 2:49 ? 2 :51 ? 2 :50>? ?2:50. VIRGINIA BACI8. Bkoad Rock Commc, Kicomo.vd, Va ? Foieth Dat, April 27' ? Club purse, $300, three mile heats. Cordelia Reed, by Wagner 2 1 1 Rube, by Trustee 3 3 3 One Eye Joe, by Prince George 1 r. off. Time, 5:48 ? 5:15 ? 6:01. Firm Pat, April 28.? A sweepstake for three year old colts snd fillies, mile oeats J. Belcher (D M. McDaniel's) b. f. Regent 1 1 Tally ti Cheatham's s. f by Tally Ho 2 2 C. Gretn's br. e. Westham. by Cnilde Harold dirt. Time, 1:48 }?? 1 :51. Second Rack.? Proprietor's purse, $100, mile heats. Tbcs. Poswell's h. m. Selene, by Kpsrion 1 1 3. C Macon's ch c. by Tally Ho 3 2 C. Green's br, c. Chiloe Harold 2 3 Time, 1:53?1:52. The Depart ui ? of the 8tesnshlp Pacific. At noon yesterday, the Collins steamship Pacific, Capt. Nye, sailed from this port for Liverpool'vrlth a very large ccmplement of passengers, among'them many distinguish ed personages. Including tbe Hon. Augustus Cs-sar Dodge, the newly appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to to the court of Spain, his lady, and three children; and a number of the elite of New York went on a tour to Europe. As the hour approached for the departure of the vessel, crowds w?nd?>l their way to tbe pier at the foot of Canal street, where West street was completely jammed with carriages, end otHer vehicle* engaged in conveying passengers and theft friends on board the steamer. All was confusion, bustle, and exe'tement. Hack* were driven down to the pier at a fearful rate, the drivers beirg entirely regardless of the lnconvt n'enee they eaused ladies and geotlemen there assem bled. A a th* hour of twelve was fast approaching, the scene was really interesting and exciting; the proms nade deck was literally crammed with passen ger, whose eye* were anxiously directed to th* thousands assembled 'on the pier. Hurried mes sages were sent from the gangway to thoee la the dock, all varying ali>e in their purport and mode of delivery. "Five minutes to twelve o'clock, and the mails not here yet. Good gracious, we shall have to sail without them !" laid a tallow complexicned passenger, evidently suffering from nervousness. '', we s Isn't," re joined a more sanguine friend, "for hire they come." And as he spoke, two capacious wagons came dashing down the pier, at no ordinary gait. Quck as lightning, the immense loads were discharged, fastened to the bolsting tackle, and safely deposited on board ths steam ship. Tlien came one or two of the '-better late than never" class of travellers, who, with the assistance of about a doren porters, managed to ensconce themse ves safely on board, Ja>t as the order to ''cast off'' was given by the commander. A grand rush then took place for tbe end of the pier. Fifth avenue ladles and gents were by no means behind hand in th* rase, and as over two tboutan persons were extremely anxious to occupy a position at tbe end of th* dock that could not convlently aoeoumodate more than five hundred, the ?queeaing and crushing was terrible to th* ladies, bat they feemea to car* little about th* annovance, If a good situation for wltnesiing the departure of the steamship could only he obtained. At 12 o'clock, the Pacific ma jestically moved from ber oerth, and as her stern glided gracefully along the wharf. Clouds of handkerchiefs fluttered in tbe breeze, liasty adieus were bade, and until the seccnd gun was fired th>t touching word "Good bye'' might be heard audibly in tbe distance. Tbe steamship having now got under full headway, th* handkerchief* were waved for the la*t tim*, and th* crowd commenced to d!*p*r*e. A few lingered behind until tbe form* of those on board could do longer be distinguished, and then with saddened heart* turned their faces towards hoaas. No cheering or loud outburst* of feeling on th* part of either the passenger* or those assembled on* the pier, narked the departure of the 'Pacific. A simple waving of th* handkerchief or raisiog of the hat was the only means mad* as* ef in bidding a parting a -Hen. Indeed the voyage from this country to Europe in thU utilita rian sg*. is looked upon wi-h no more interest or anxiety than would have characterised a trip to the Carolinas a few year* ago. Tbe large number of persons going to Europe at this sesron of the year ia astonishing. Two hundred and twentyilx passengers took their departure in the Pa cific. A number of applicsnt* 'or passage were refused, as every stateroom bad been engaged on the 28th ult., showing conclusively that tbe travel to kurope is in creasing ver raploly each succeeding year, not with standing the fearful disasters that have, from tim* to time, served to obstruct it. Mayor** Office. PROGRESS or THE REFOBM ? OBDKK OF MAYOR WOOD RELATIVE TO THE PBOPKK OBSKRVANt'E OF SUN DAY. Affair* continue to mtlntkio th? Home aspect at the Major'* office, that in, no business of general interest or importaac* baa been transacted lately, from which, htw er?r, It niut not be inferred that tbe progress of the municipal reform i* in any war retarded. The abaence ol the great multitude of complaibta, whleb, at the com menetsent of the administration of oar present Chief Magistrate, literally deluged hi* office, should. on the regarded ma certain indication th?t the work of .mprovemtnt in being carried on the more brisk ly. Th? Mayor, nevertheless, doe* not seem t? coaalder tliat the labor is jet fairly b?gun. He says. moreover, thtt the policemen are beglnftiog to relap?e into their former ilotbful habit* o( carelestmem and disregard of duiy. and that by far the qreateet ob*ta?iea he encount er* <n tie effort" for the enforcement of ihe laws, and the abtllehingof rice and crime from the city, i* the feet of tbe connection with the police department of eo miinj rturali and depraved characters There caa be ro < ueef on but that a great d?aly?t r final n* to be done, ?till mnrh ban beta and continue* daily to beellecied It )* tbe Intention of bis Honor shortly ("before n**t Sunday) to liaue :?n or^er respecting tlx proper o>er? stiC# of ib? ?avb*th, al er which it la to be hoped th?t tbe great number of nuissnee* justly rnmpla-ned of, wmchextrt <? that day. will I * effectual y put a atop to. Amrtog tb?se might be mentioned tbe cult >m whic.ti }tu?( urchin* have of congregating ebeut the *tep* of cburtlee, pitch ag pennies, and iodn'gicg in all sorts of ? illm m?nto calculated to annoy church going folk*, aad to uitiorb tbe devotions of ifcoie who attend dtvin* eer vice. Wita regard to intoxicatioa be Intends to be Terr tetere, end to punish all such caees in the manner they d*>?rve a* far as tbe law will permit A variety of petty ooapla ota wan made yesterday Boraiar. 'ucb as encumbering doe is aad eidewalts, *he accuiQ-jVioa of sebes aad dirt la tbe streets, (be aa be?lthie*?? of brne boilfog ??tebllihmenta, Ac. , all ef ??t-h w?-? c*r?fui'y attctJed to, and referred fir a! c '.o ' tkfc t au*J)oj.t as. ARRIVAL OF THE STAR OP TIIE MfEfff. ONE WEEK LATER FROM CALIFORNIA. 9302,000 in Gold Dust. Excitement About the City Government of San Francisco. ALL THE CITY PROPERTY ATTACHED* SHOWS 7KOU KTimiT RIV?. II ARRIAUES AID DEATHS. MARKETS, *c., Ac., Ac. Tte steamship Star of the West, of ft* "?flearag*a line, E. W. Turner, commander, arrived Ult evening fit m Puutu Arinu via West Key, with 017 passengers, acd $;;00,( 00 in specie on freight The Star of the West arrived outward at Puata Arenas on the 22d ult., connecting with the steamship Uncle Sam, Lient. 0. H. Baldwin, eommandar, which left Pan Francisco on the 9th' nit., when six bwra oat pasaed the steamship sierra Nevada; also, on Um 15th, the atearoihlp Cortes, and arriTe<! at San Juan del Pur om the 21?t, with 000 passengers and $300,000 in specie, for New York and New Orleans. Steamship Star of the West left Punta Arenaa on the night of lb* 23d; called at Key West for coal, from; which port ahe left on the 28th, at 11 o'clock A. H.a and arrived feat evening at five 1'. If. ; poo-ten gera all 1? perfect health. U. S. aloop of war Jamestown waa at JGey Weet fargoing aome repairs. The following ia the apet-le list of the .Har of the Wet \\>Us, Fargo & Co *42.700 00 Metropolitan Back 70,0(0 00" CarW fioadlev AC# , 52,38? M Lreiel A Co. Philadelphia ?0,000 00 Boaov Falconer A 'o. 27.101 84 Win. ?el<gman A Co 19,000 00 Eugene Kelly A Co. 11,000 00 Newbouae A Spata, /Silodeljhu 10,800 04 H. A. Kelly ?,600 00 Total ?3C2>5?1 We are indebted to llr: R. Lord, parser of the ittar of the West, and to the Pacific Ezpvera Company, the ex presses of Wella, Fargo k Co , J. Hawes A Co , and J. W. Sullivan, for fllea of California papers. The ahlp of war St. Mary's came down from Mare Island to San Franciaoo on the 7th ult. At Vallejo ah* received on board Major General John E. Wool, who wan saluted with the uanal number of gnns on stepping board. The distinguished veteran waa greeted with a similar compliment when leaving the vessel'# side. Several Chilenoa, at Cumptonviile, got Into a fight at Chilcno Camp, five miles from Camptonvllle, on the 31st ' Maich, which resulted in the death of two of them and the wounding of twe other* rerionaly, if not fatally. A game of carda oau<ed the disturbance. The ahlp Java anived at San Franciaco on the 7th ult. with five hundred and eighty -seven Chinamen from Iloag Kong, all in good health. A movement is on foot in San Franciaoo to erect * monument to the late lion Edward Gilbert, who waa tte first tditor of the Attn Cdlifornia newspaper, and one of the two members of Congress who were sent from Cali fornia after Ita admUsion into the Union. He waa killed in a duel at Sacramento. The jury in the oa?.e of E. W. Walton, who waa charge* with the crime of murder, had brought In a verdist of manalaughter, with a recommendation to mercy. George Murray was killed by being buried In a drift at Red Gulch, near Stewart's Fork of Trinity river, on tte 28th March. Ob Tuesday, tha 27th March, a man named William Puntoa was murdered at Upper Rancheria, in Amador ccunty, by a person named John T. Hartahorn, who escaped. 8U FrmncUro- City Afftalra, CORRUPTION AMD PRXSBNTMKNTti - ALL THE CTTT PKO~ raarr aitachsd. From the Han Francisoo Her Aid, April S. The all absorbing topic of 4 lochia Iod In tbercommnni<F just dow is the shockirg corruption sxlsting in tbs Be f<rm Municipal Government, and the recent report of the (rand jury thereupon. The report, although em bodying all that the grand jurors were justifies uuder the circutn-tancoH in presenting, U unsatisfactory. Then are many who expected the energetic action and rigid scrutiny of that body would have brought to light tu daik transaction! of corrupt officials, and hare bald tbim up in all their deformitv totbesocrn of an outrag ed and confiding people; and because this was not dona, a feeling of dissatisfaction 1? expressed. Bat it must be borne in mind that the grand jury had a world of diB culties to contend with. Tbey had to counteract tba extraordinary activity of alarmed official*, eager at any sacrifice, to cover up their tracks. Witnesses, doubtleea under pay. fled fiom the city as fr m a pesti'ence, as soon as it was mown the investigation was pro gressing. Guilt made them conscious they would be called upon to testify, and to shield taeir guilty tools they slnnk away like thieves In the night. The Investigation disclosed, at each advanen, a clue to soms new rascality ; bat tba cine could not bo fallowed for want of time, and hence tha jury were com pelled to conclnde their labors without arrivieg at ded nite resultf, ^except in a few cases, bat with the strong intimation to those who may succeed them, that tbey will And ample ground upon which to base a renewal off tbe investigations. The Grand Jury state that they era unanimously convinced, even from tbe incomplete evi dence they were enabled to extract from relnotant wit nesses, that there ia just cause for an investigation into the reports of malfeasanoe, bribery, corrapti m and din honesty of city officials, and of persons in piaoes oi pub lic trust. Tbey were, for want of time, compelled to relitqniah the clue they were so resolutely follow ng. It would have required weeks to unearth the guilty ones. Ibe people will expect the next Grand Jury to take up the subject where their predecessors have left it, aa4> prosecute it with the utmost vigor, and it la the duty of every good citizen who desires to see the reign of cor ruption at an end, to come forward and assist ia the exposure of| those wbo have prostituted the trust con - fidec to them, to their own bane usee. This is doe not only to the community, but to these wbo are innocent of all wrong doing. The Grand Jurorn that have just retired, have made a name for themselves by their tear less and faithful discbarge of daty. Their sucosesors may acquire equal reputation. [From the Han Francisco Herald, April 7.] A small earthquake is all that is now necessary fce? finish this haplees city of oars. Yesterday, everything on the fsos of the earth she posseecd, or was suspeoted of possessing, was attached hi those who purchased at tbe sale el slip property ia 1863, to secure tbe amount of the pnrchaae money, which they claim should be re funded under tbe recent decision of the Supreme Court, the purport of which we gave yesterday, and the whoin of wbicn we publish to-day. It is not surprising that these purchasers, who acqulrea no title undor tM sain referred to, should employ all legal means to recovse th* very Urge sums paid by them lato the city treasury. Tbe responsibility of th s lamentable strait to which lb" city i' reduced, rests upon the officials In power at th* time this sham sale was made. They ought to havw known that tbe ordinanee authorising this sa'e w*? not prtperly passsd, and that all proceedings under it would be, in consequence, null and to d. The fact is, there was so much anxiety on the part of certain Individuals to sell this city slip property .that every appliance was employed to effect it In the Bos"d ot AssUtsnts there was a dead lock? four member I ** ?? In favnr of it, and four against It. It was found im? sible lo gain ever to the support of the measure any <??? oi the four recusants, and hence one of them ws? -a dured to resign ? ostensibly for o'.hsr reason* tba* n? give tbe advocates of the measure a majority? but audi was undoubtedly the motive of those wbo prevailed upon him to take the sten. No sooner was be eat of th* way. tha a the four now. become a majority of tba exist ing Board, but not of the whole Board elected, rushed the bill through, and certified It legally passed. If their object waa simply to t? nefit tbe elty and relieve her of her embarrassments, tbey have most lamentably faded. Their short sighted folly? to catt it by no harsksr name ? baa entailed enormous losses upon th* oom mnnlty ; vastly augmented tbe embarrassmsnts e ( the city, and practloally stopped all the wbeeta of government. Net only Is the city's preaerty in possession or espse'ancy all attach**? these vsry slip lots forming but a very smsll P*?>B ?* It? but the cash in tbs hands of the ti?d up, and not n cent can be obtained to meet tbe n ost preesing necessities. There was Utsleor ao caeh <n the general fund, we Imaglae-eU that was band nod hare belonged to special '<""**< ' . Fund, the Fire Dspnrtmeet Fund, de ; snd lfthat to ta ten, oor soboels sssd fin cepytsssnt must frenty_ raf fer, if not be otter* vernmeat might as well be abolish** as retain (ton tosnsn, at so enormous exponas, while all Its 'unctiooa are aus ? Dried aad H* powers of nsefulnsss ieetw^ed. Wa doubt whether the community wonli be nay wore* ? f without ary government st all, than whh on* *ha? hss wo so wretchedly mismanaged as ours has bee*. Onr s'ftlr* so d

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