Newspaper of The New York Herald, January 7, 1862, Page 2

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated January 7, 1862 Page 2
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2 THE NEW CITY GOVERNMENT. THE COMMON COUNCIL FOR 1862. Organization of the Boards of Alder en and i'ouucilmen. John T. Henry Elected President, and David T. Valentine Clerk of the Board of Aldermen. Charles C. Pinckney Elected President and Junes 1. Sweeney Clerk of the Cauniilwen. THE ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT HENRY. MESSAGE FBOM MAYOR OPDYKE. MEETING OF THE SUPERVISORS. APPROPRIATION REQUIRED FOR 1862, Ac., Ac., Ac. The City Hall was the scone of considerable bustlo and excitement yesterday, It being tho occasion of the organization of the new city government. The rooms and lobbies contiguous to the Mayor's otQce and the Cham bars of the Common Council were crowded with politicians and other parties interested in tha municipal government, while discussions, sotto voct, touching the Claims and chances of the numerous candidates for positions in the gift of Mr. Opdyite and tha Corporation, waro heard rather abundantly. At the Mayor's office Mr. Wood officiated until near twelve o'clock, when Mr. Opdyite, the new incumbent, made his appearance, and without ceremony entered upon the duties of his position. Thus far Mayor Opdyite baa only made the following changes in the subordinates of his office:? J. Hog lord Smith, Mayor's Cleric, vice Samuel At', Id, removed. William H. Armstrong, First Assistant Cleric, vice Mr Thompson, removed. Abram drown. City Marshal, vice Colonel Burnham. resigned. George Uinchman, Assistant Marshal, present incumbent. Mr. Brown, the new City Marshal, is well Itnown and justly respected by all parties, and his appointment ap. pears to have been aitoget her independent of political considerations. He is the same gentleman who, togetber with Mr. Kipp, established the well known line of cm. tubuses known as the Kipp and Brown stages, which, not many years ago, was one of the best paying concerns In the city. Board of Aldermen. At twelve o'clock yesterday the Clerk, Mr. D. T. Valesnx?, called the Board of Aldermen to ordor, and announced that he waited the action of the members. Alderman Genet moved that Alderman Boole be elected temporary Chairman, which was carried. The Deputy Clerk, Mr. Tionsv, read the certificate of Mr. Valentine as to the new members returned at the last election. Alderman Walsh,Second district,moved that the Board proceed to ballot for a President. Alderman Bead? moved as an amendment that Alderman John T. Henry, of the Third district, be unanimously chosen, without ballot, as President of the Board. inig tmruamwi was unanimously aaoptea. Alderman Mrrcmn.i. moved that a committee of two be appointed to conduct the President to the chair. Alderman Boons, Chairman pro tem., nominated Alder, man Mitchell and Alderman Dayton as such committee The committee conducted President Henry to the chair. The PmtsmmrT then addressed the Board as follows:? OsimjuiSN or ths Boa*i> or AuHaura:? 1 am deeply sensible of the distinguished honor you have conferred upon me in selecting me to preside over the deliberations of the Board of Aldermen for the year 1802, and while 1 gratefully accept the trust thus voluntarily, on your part, tendered to me, be assured,gentlemen, it is not without serious misgivings as to my right to accept ths position, or ability to perforin satisfactorily Its delicate duties, where so many more experienced sad better qualified members of the Board might have been selected by you. But 1 gratefully accept this expression ui your partiality and preference tor me, in the spirit in which it Is tendered, and I hope, by your kiu.i indulgence, encouragement and co-operation, so to dispose of the trust confided to me as to merit the commendation of the public and of my associates in the Board. The "fllce of Alderman of the city of New York I have aiwaya regarded ss one of great honor and responsibility, and one in which the welfare and good government of the inhabitants of the city are nacre directly concerned than any other oltlce in the gift of Its citizens. It is your province,gentlemen, to legislate for the welfare of a constituency numbering more than some of the Slates of the Lnion. while the character of the Interests confided to your care, in levying, collecting atid disbursing the immense ainoi.nt of money necessary to elhciently uphold and maintain the city gove.uinent, derived principally from taxation, taken tu connection with a much larger amount realized by assessment on property benefited in prosec Hug successfully needful and desirable public works aud improvements, requires, on the pari of the member* of the Hoard, legislative ability of no ordinary description. From my knowledge of the character and qualifications of the gentlemen comprising the present U->ard of Aidermen, I teel assured the public interests will sutler no detriment at their hands. Let us,gentlemen, individually and eoUectively, devote ourselves assiduously to our public uulins let us be vigilant and watchful over the public interests, let ug be deferential and courteous,yet dignified, in our intercourse with our citizens and with one another; let us so comport ourselves, both in public and private life, as becoines g<x>d legislators, good public servants and good citizens, and we will lind our recompense in a verdict of public approbate n. and the pr.uu consciousness of having faitlnully, honestly, intelligently and ira partially iKschurged our duties to our constituents and ourselves. Entertaining there views, opinions and sentiments, and earnestly heping for tiieir realization, 1 beg to are-ore you thai 1 tuliy appreciate the kind .did partial motive* widen governed your action in elevating nie to such an houmable and responsible position?next to the highest officer, under the charter, in the city governun lit and . y<>u will pluasc accept my grateful acknowledgments for the obligation th is conferred upon mo. On motion of Alderman Rush (Sixth district), David T. Valentine, Esq., the able and elTlcient Clerk of the Board, was unanimously re-eieclod without ballot. On motion of Alderman FaRisv, Patrick Gallagher, the efficient and courteous Sergeant at-Arms, wiu unammoua ry reappointed without ballot. A committee, composed or Aldermen Frcar. Walsh and Bali, appointed to inform the Board of Councilmen of the organization of thia Hoard, returned with word that the Counc.lmen had not as yet organized. A committee appointed to wait npon the Mayor, (com poaed of Alderuien Chipp, Smith and Jeremiah) returned an! a a id that the Mayor would communicate with tba Board ill a few minutes. The I'reetdent reappointed Mr. J. W Boyce aa reader to the Board. MAYOH'S MKSAAQK. In a abort time the following M anage waa received from Mayor lirCYKZ To ma Honorahia tub Common Cororn:? flMMiUMW?We enter ni>on onr official duti?H under clrc im?tancea which demand our1 entire devotion to tlie Inte,eats of ihe city. Ih'se are confided mainly to our keeping luotr magnitu de renders tlie truat one of great responsibility at all titnea, but especially so at presents wben almoet every business interest of the city is paralyzed by the existing war. During the year tbat has just closed the resources ol the city have been taxed to the utmost. The outbreak of civil war ID April last at once arrested the collection of debts from the South, unci cut off all tra<le Willi the rebel Iiouh Siat?*r, The sumo cause seriously afflicted our coin inercn In every other quarter, and at the same time wiakeued every other branch of industry. In the raldat of the exhaustion produced by these cauxi* the city wax called upon to furnish a liberal share of the men and means required to prosecute the war in dslcnce of the Union. To fbia call xhc responded by nun ting to the Held no,445 volunteers, and by loaning to the general government more than one hundred millions of dollars. History presents no more striking example of libei al and patriotic impulse combined with great ma tcrtal resources,and the iact descrvs record us demonstrating the pall lot Ism, the wealth rind the liberality of our nobie city. But these heavy drafts on the resources of I he city, combined with the prostration of business, have not failod to give indications of partial exhaustion Many mercantile houses have suspended payment, others have been com | hi I led to go into liquidation, and all of every pure ilt have Tell a serious check to their usual proa purity 1 Those facta admonish us of the necessity at retrenchment In the pubUc expenditures. They operate with irrestatlhle torce in compelling individual economy, and their influence upon our official action should he no leaa imperative. is this view of our duly 1 aia sure you will concur, and that von will cheerfully co-operate with me in the adoption of ail measures calculated to lighten the publio burthens, without impairing the ellleuuty of the city government. ? If further evidence were needed to prove the necessity of adopting this liue of policy, it maybe found :n the present exorbitant rate of taxation, which has more than quadrupled within a quarter of a century, ill the year lthlo the rate was but 44 100 of one per cent on the assessed value of property. Since that period it lias been regularly increasing, until wu now lind it 'i 18-100 |ier cent, exclusive of ihe taxes to be |iaid to the general go vernni ut. I'nless (his tendency is arrested by tbe adoption of prompt and effective measures of retrenchment, it is to be feared tbe heavy burthens imposed on the industry , capital and commerce of the city wiil drive portions of them to cities less heavily taxed, an l that we a.iull thus lose the commercial supremacy we have hitherto nos.-osseo. and which, with ordinary wisdom and economy 111 tho city governmt ut, we may always retain in virtue of our national advantages. It is a mistake to suppose that property holders are tho only parties who suffer from excessive taxation. Its bur tliens are shared by all, and hence ali classes aro eoualiy interested in securing economy in tho public expenditures. The jioor have to bear their full proportion; for, although they pay nothing directly to the tax gatherer, thev indirectly contribute their share in increased rents and enhanced "prices for everything they consume. We shall, therefore, best consult the interest of every citizen by pursuing the policy I have mdiratud. 1 trust tte eliall he able to accomplish many salutary reforms, by tho diligent and faithful exercise of such powers as are conferred on us by the present charter ; but I am persuaded we should be able to do much more if that instrument were subjected to thorough and careful revision. The opinion is nearly universal that this is necessary to the etlicient and frugal administration of the city government. At the last session of the Legislature a commission was created for >hc purpose of revision - but alter several sittings it adjourned, without presentingauy plan of city government. It seems strange that we should be so long looking for a suitable plan when we have a model before our eyes. The besL form of government ever devised by human wisdom is hat of thet'ni'.ed Suites. A siugle executive, periodically elected by the people, charged with the whole duty and res|H>nsibility of executing the laws: a legislature, consisting of two bodies representing different constituencies. and a judicial department inde|iendeut of both and permanent in its tenure. These are the great features of the admirable scheme of republican government devised and adopted by our fathers. Applying these principles to our city, and omitting the judicial department, as not pertaining to a government purely municipal, we Ehmild have a single executive head of the city, charged with aii the functions of administration, by whom subordinate executive otiicers should be appointed and removed, subject always to the check of an advisory body; and a legislature consisting of a Hoard of Aldermen representing one sat of interests, and a Hoard of Councilmcn representing another. The Mayor should of course be chosen by the electors of the whole city. lie should be authorized to appoint, with tho consent of the Hoard of Aldermen, all other executive or administrative office;?, except, perhaps, the Comptroller, and ,also to remove them for cause. Two mode? of electing the Aldermen have been suggested?one of electing them as the Supervisors are now chosen, and in them all the {lowers of Supervisots as well as Aldermen; aud another, of electing them by certain well known bodies representing different interests of gieat importance; as, for example, one portion by the Hoard of Lducat ion, another portion by tho Fire Department, another by the Chamber of Commerce, and another by the Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. be adopted under the present constitution of the State. Bitfirst named mode is practicable,ant! would, in ray opinmn, be a great improvement on our present s> stein, 'lho Board of Oounciiraen might continue to bo elected as at present,or with the Aldermen, elected by genera ticket. It would perha; s be better to have the Councilman elected by single districts or wards. If these changes were made, I think a groat improvement in the a ministration of the city government would soon be manifest. It most nevertheless be borne in mind by the people that no scheme, however perfect, can produce a good government unless they elect faithlul and capable officers to administer it. What I have said iu relation to thoexecutive department has not proceeded from any desire to increase ray own powers, for with that wiil come inreaso of responsibility and care, but from a conviction, long full, that wo have dejiartcd from the plainest, principles of government, and have suffered iu the exact degree of our departure. For myseli, I can only promise to exercise, with the best intentions, and as touch diligence and skill as 1 can command, w batever powers may be conlidcd to me. I feel it to be my duty to call your attention to the vexatious abuse arising from the changes made at Albany in the annual tax Ibvy. i'ersuns who hava doubtful claims against thecity betake themselves to the State capital, and there often lind means to introduce these claims into the levy, and the authorities of the city are obliged to submit to the injustice, rather than lose the means of carrying on the city government. No other city in the State is obliged to apply annually to the Legislature for authority to levy a tax, and what good reason there can be for the discrimination against this city I cannot imagine. If, however, the practice is to be continued, it should be an inflexible rule that no Item of expense shall be inserted by the Legislature which lho authorities of the city have not asked for. It seems to mo that the right should remain with the people to check lavish and improper expenditures of the public money. As the law now stands, no citizen, however large may be his contributions to the city treasury, can interpose any obstacle to such expenditures. I accordingly recommend that application be made to the Legislature for a genoral law, applicable to all municipal corporations in the State, authorizing any taxpayer to sustain sn action against the city authorities Tor the faithless and improper application of the public funds. Such a law exists in other countries, and it has been found to operate as a most salutary check on improper expenditures. The trifling revenue received by the city from its large hi vestments in whsrves, piers and market property proves that there must be some radical defect in the management of these important public interests. The total value of tho wharves, piers and ferry franchises owned by the city is estimated at $5,600,000. The gross revenue from this source for the year I860, as appeals by the Comptroller's annual report, was:? From wharves, piers and slips $109,300 07 From ferry franchises 95.81:1 60 - Total smount from both sources $266,122 47 Amount of expenditure for tho -ime period, ex elusive of salaries and fees connected with their management 186,928 60 1/-avion the total uet revenue for 1R60 $78,19307 The market property of tin city, according to the latest valuation, is worth $2,131,0oo, exclusive of portions of Tompkins, Clinton, Essex, luiru and Jefferson markets, whicli are omitted in the estimate because tliey are now occupied without r> voiiue to the city. The gross amount of revenue from markets for the y?ar I860 was $117,944 82 Deduct amount paid for c.eaniiig, lighting, salaries, repairs, XC. 51,241 85 for I8tf0 6?,70.1 07 It thus appears thai thecity receives but $144,807 04 of net revenue from wharf, ferry and niark -t proj*.-i ry valued at little lees tlutn seven millions of dollars. There can be scarcely a doubt that this property, by prudent and skilful management, is capable of producing I half a million of uet revenue per annum. Tins, however, cannot be expected w hile its ownership remains with ihe city. Public officers iaelc the itc ritivcsto carelul and thrifty roanugeiri) nt that are to be found in the personal inteiest of individual owners, for this and kindred reasons 1 am persuaded that the interests of the city would be promoted by the sale of this property anil th? application of the proceei Is toward the payment of the city s public debt. The city would, of course, reserve to itself the tight to regulate the use of this property in protec thai of the public Interests. The prea-mt, however, is not an auspicious time for making the mange, ileal estate shares too largely ;u the Ci ernl depression caused by the war. The eh inge, If it d> erned judicious, must therefore be postponed until ihe rot ; n of ponce and the revival of business restore the wonted pr osperity of the city. Meanwhile. I locm mend a thorough investigation of the management of this property, the removal of all existing abuses, and the abolition ot all unnecessary offices connected therew ith. It apiicars by the Comptroller's last annual re;?rt that the amount joiid by the city government for aluriea is about $AiO,000 per annum. This does not include salaries or feespai. to county otllcers, nor does it include tin wo pari In the Police Department, tbn Department of Public Charities, the Central Park Commission, nor by the Board of Education. I deem It our duty to inquire whether this sum cannot be materially reduced by dispensing with the services of soma of the employes, and by reducing the romiietisallon of others wherever ihe services required do not uo|s-ar to he proportional to the s.ilui tes. from the best information 1 base been able to obtain, 1 am almflcd thai a large annual saving may be made to tin-city by i this moans, without mjury to the public service and w Ith out injustice to the employes, ami surely the onerous rates of taxation and our Impaired prosperity demand it. But it is not alone to securing an bouest and frugal city government tliat we are to direct our efforts. The sphere of uiuiiici|iai iiOvertimrnt,.Uiuough romi?iratively limited, ? niluarcs much more thmu this. W a.e charged with the supervision or the general interests of the city. ' The people look to us for the preservaliou of their pro lier'v irom destruction by lire or domestic violence 'Ihey look to uaror the preservation of order, for the security of life and the prevention and punishment of crime. They look to tut for sanitary regulations ealctiI lat- d to preserve the public health, lor clean and well paved *tr<*ia, fr o from ' nnece^sary oh-ui uctsms: for suitable provision for those who are inenputile of provld Itig for ibamseraa. and lor whatever else wo ran do wliliiu our prop t -I'hore to elevate the character of our city ind render It an attractive cel.ire of commerce,civilisation and refinement. The Fife Department, the Police end the State unl formed militia are the agencies specially provided for protecting the city from lire and domestic violence, it affords me pleasure to say that ouch of these, in Its appro, priaie sphere, i>ei forms its duty tu the general satisfaction of ihonommouity. There ih nothing m ire essential to the public health and to the comfort of ctllietia than clean streels. In this respect the city u< New York has earned u nuer uneiivi alilu reputation. Ihe condition ol its streets has long been a disgrace to those who have had the supurv Islon of their cleaning; and yet It is safe to say that no other city has paid so liberally for such service. In this department, our most earnest ehdeuvors should lie dl reeled to an early and thorough reform. At present, so far an utir streets are ele-ined at all, the work is done under what is called the Hackicy contract. For many reasons, among which are the suspicious circumstance* attending the contract and the lailurn In its due execution, I recommend that it be abrogated. I I ave no doubt that n new contract or other arrangement can be made that will Insuro to (he citizens cleaner streets at less iw|iense. If proper attention is given to this subject, I know of no g'sid reason why street cleaning in (his city may not be ultimately marie, as it isal ready In some other cities, a source of revenue instcod of expense. tho fortification* of the harbor art provided by (he general government, end are Intended to tecuro (be city agklnsl foreign effraction. They are projected on a scale which will render them, when NEW YOKE HERALD, Tl completed and aided by floating ballerina, fully adequate to the cud designed At present, however, lit y are in such an uuilinshed siale that it is to be feared a beet of hostile steamers might succeed in j"ass lug ibem and holding the city at its mercy. This should ik't be. In the present critical condition of our foreign relations, with the British government giving repeated evidences of unfriendliness, the security of the city demands bettor safeguards. The general government should be asked to hasten the completion of the forts, and to arm ibem with the most approved modern guns of heavy calibre. In addition to this, it seems to me it would be a measure of wise forecast to devise a plan for obstructing the chaunel temporarily by means of rafts, or other barriers, to be anchored at the Narrows, and to have the materials in a stale of readiness for immediate use in case the necessity should arise. This could be doue at an ex pen.-e of a few thousad dollars, and it might prove the moaus of saving the city from seizure by a foreign enemy. the paramount interest of this city is its cuminorce. It is to thai it owes Its imperial proportions and its wealth. It behooves us, thorefore, to guard with jealous watchfulness against every encroachment on the harbor, lvalue* ci I UMI'1 reran uuujn.r on luu iruuu CU1U commerce of the City. We should provide every needful security for the entrance und exit of shipping, and tor their accommodation while discharging and loading; and we should do whatever else may bo necessary for facilitating the purchase, sale and delivery of goods. And hero I feel it to be my duty to call your attention to a feature of the Tariff act passed at the last session of Congress, which cannot fail to prove Usurious to the commerce of this city. 1 refer to the provision modifying the warehousing system, which, in olfect, limits the period during which foreign goods may remain in bond, without the payment of duty, to three months. Before the passage of that act the peridtl was throe years. This change cannot fail to prove injurious to commerce. It virtually destroys the benefits of the warehousing sys tern, which was intended to promote the commerce of the Cnited States, by euablingour chiet commercial cities to invito trade from other countries, by presenting for sale the products of all countries, free from governmental charges. It has been on trial lor many years, and has proved a most valuable auxiliary to our foreign commerce. Without detriment to the public revenue, or to any interest, it has enabled this city to build up a profitable trade in the sale of foreign goods to Canada. Mexico and South America, and thereby to enlarge the market for the products of our own country. In short, its tendencies are to make this city the entrepot of the commerce of this continent, as London and i'oris have been made the entrepots of the commerce of Euro[>e by the adoption of similar systems. England and France ore still liberalizing the provisions of their warehousing systems, and sound policy dictates that, in this res[>ect at loast, our ffnvflpnmpnt Rhrmld Ihllnur lh?ir AnliorhtnnAil nramnln T thii.k that early steps should be taken to ask Congress to restore the salutary provisions of the late system. At the commencement of hostilities in April last, oar predecessors in office, with commendable patriotism and liberality, came promptly forward, and impropriated ono million of dollars for the equipment and forwarding of volunteers to the seat of war, and for the relief of their families. The funds were placed in the joint curUdy of representative? of the city authorities and the Union Defence Committee, by whom some $800,000, it is understood, were expended, with the general concurrence of the Secretary of War, for the equipment of volunteers. We have a right to exp el that tho geueral government will reimburse the funds thus advanced by the city. It has already parliuily reimbursed to the States the funds advanced by them under similar circumstances, and it doubtless only awaits the application of this city to treat it with equal justice. Authority to make the application should ne conferred on some officer of the city government. I suggest the Comptroller, as the head of the Department of Kmance, and accordingly the most appropriate officer, and recotn tnend (bat the power be conferred upon him. Another large amount of money was subsequently appropriated by the Common Council lor tho relief of the families of volunteers. This duty, I conceive," properly belongs to the State. Other States have assumed it, and I can see no good reason why the State of New York should neglect or shun it. The city has furnished more than its p oportion of volunteers, and has, therefore, a rig-ht to ask this Justice at the hands of the State. I therefore recommend that the Comptroller be authorized to make application to the Lcgi?luture Cor the reimbursement of the amount advanced by the city for the relief of volunteers' families, and also for an appropriation to provide for tbeirfuture wants. Our city has already grown to be the third city of Christendom, and if we are to include all who live within a radius of Ave miles from its centre our population would be second enly to that of London. For many reasous the union of New Jprlt aujg Brooklyn under, one municipal government wouid be dosirable. I hope to toe tbe vast population inhabiting this island and me western county of our sister Island united in one municipal government, under the ancient name of Manhattan, and forming a metropolis of imperial dimensions, worthy of that nation whose mercantile marine exceeds that of any other nation- in tho world. In addition to the municipal interests confided to us, we are charged, in times like these, with the duty of giving emphasis snd effect to the national sentiments of our citizens. At this threatening conjuncture tho peoplo of New Turk have but one political sentiment and but one political aspiration. That sentiment is loyalty to the general government, and the aspiration is that the rebellion may bo speedily subdued, the constitution re-established , and tbe Union restored. All differences on minor questions have been hushed into silence by the perils which environ our cherished form of government. A band of traitorous and desperate men, unable to mould tho policy of government to their own selfish purposes, have conspired to destroy it. Thsy have deceived their people by the basest misrepresentations of JiorUiern sentiment, and they have appealed te the envy and cupidity of foreign Stales to aid them in accomphahing their wicked design. The city of New York can have no sympathy with such men, nor for such a cause. Her position, as the commercial and financial centre of the nation, entitles her to great influence; and she desires to make that influence felt in support of the government, in its earnest efforts to crush out the rebellion. As officers of the city covernmsnt, ws shall beat perform our political duty by a zealous co-operation in ilieae patriotic desires and efforts. This city is closely united in sympathy and interest with the groat State of which it is. and ever will be, an inseparable part, it will share the fortunes of tbe State and the Union, and will mover bo severed from either in act or in thought. There are many other topics to which it will bo my duty to call your attention, when I shall have had time to acquaint myself more fully with the exact condition of the interests confided to the different departments of tho city government. Meanwhile, accept assurances of my zealous cooperation in all maaaures that your honorable bod v may inaugurate for tbe advancement of the pablic good. GEORGE OPDYKE. New York, Jan. 4,1862. A motion was made to suspend the reading of the message and to havo flvo thousand copies printed. Alderman Fkhab moved, as an amendment, that one thousand copies be printed. This to lie a year of economy id the Common Council, au : they could not begin at a better lime than with the Mayor * message on their inauguration. Alderman Dayton wa opposed to voting until he heard the message read. Last year thore wcro five thousand 'opios ot' the Mayor's message sent broadcast through thu country, and It contained sentiments that were in opposition to those of the majority 01' tho people. Another amendment to print t hree thousand copies w is tillimately adopted, and the Board adjourued to Monday next. The following >s the list of the members of the Uoard for 1SC2 ? 1HM. thai. 1?Henry sm lb. ??Isaac Dayton. 2?Wm. Walsh. lft?George A. Jeremiah. 3?lobu I. Henry (Presi- 11?Alexander Frcar. dent.) 12?P. I. A. Boole. ? 4?tlierles H. Hall. 13?Ira A. Allen. 6?lohn H. Brady. 14?John 1>. (Htiwell. ft?James Heed 15?Andro Froment. 7?Charles J. t'hipp. 11?Terence Farley. 8?Peter Mitchell. 17?Henry W. (tenet. Board of Council men. PK.ilMANKNT ORGANIZATION OK tiw 110AKD?CHAM. 0. P1NCENKY, PKKMIlENT?JAMES M. SWEENY, CI. CAE? RECEPTION OK THE MAVOH'S MI.SSAUK, ETC., ETC. At twelve o'clock yesterday the newly ehs ted Board of Count ilmen were tailed to order by Cbaa. T. McClooa ban, Esq., who read the certificate of the Clark of the Common council, stating that the following m?timers were elected to serve one year:? Sew. Putrid*. Sm. Didrirl*. 4?Morgan Jonas, 6?'Thames Stevenson, George A Harney, Abraham Iamb , James Hayes, Alexander H. Ketch, John Henly, WilliamOrion, John Hogun, George Boss, Cornelius De>monti. William H. Oedney. 6?Samuel T. Webatar. 7?Charles C. Plnckuey, Anth<>tiy Miller, Hatnilti lubcock, John Rjau, Mlciiaei Snyder, MichaelC. Gioss, Jonathan T. Trotter, Frederick Keppar, Jacob M Long, Simon Ha/leion. John Brice. Mr. Hkii k was elected temporary President, and in asassuming Ilia chair thanked the Board for the honor conferred i joii him, aud said he would discharge the duties of Chairman in a fair and impartial manner. Mr. Huutos offered a resolution naming the following gentlemen is permanent officers of the Hoard:? Prsiiitwi?Charles C. I'inckney (rep). Clnk?James M Sweeny (dem). , /MocAeeper?Thos. J.Carlton (dem). Jkipeowl of Arsss?Georgu l.etterm ui (repj. <ri in nun ior us adoption, jv . jdhih saw mat lie would lika In make a Tew remarks previous to tboadop tkm of tha resolution. Kor the last three or four weok* the democratic m' tiibern of thin Hoard had tried by al1 possible meant to secure a democratic organisation of Una Board, and they had failed to accomplish It. Twc gentlemen bad been invited and served personally wlih letters of Invitation to meet In caucus, but ihey re fused to come, lhc only condition upon which they would come was that one of Ihein should he made a candidal" for the .'residency of the lioard. He (Mr. Jones;, a candtdato lor that position was willing to withdraw u it was neceaosrv, provided the other gentlemen would do the same. Ho ( the *|S'uker) went into the caucus with a malnrity of the members ui this H?iird, hut ihey failed to a> complied anything. A u'leetlon had arisen a is sit tho l leik, aid if the election of ths Clerk was of inore im 1<h tauce than that of ('resident he was willing to give them the Clerk. He merely wished to place the reS|ion siblllty where it belonged, and he was willdig to take all tba r?aponsibiltty tbst attached to hi* action. He had always been a democrat, and In laror or democratic measures but when on# man tried to whip ten men Into tbetr traces for thank# of accomplishing the ambitious purpowof ?M man, ho would pot ho bond by It. Jfa JESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1 86! ! considered he had a perfect right, In justice to tho people he represented, to move for the adopt ion of the resolution. At this time a committee from the Hoard of Aldermen, consisting of Muesrr. Freer, Hall and Walsh, entered and announced the organization of that Hoard, utter which they retired. Mr. Hakmkv remarked that the gentleman who had spokou no doubt alluded to him. The only objection which he (Mr. Barney) had to the democratic caucus was, that upon the tlrsl meeting there was a letter presented there, in which it was staled thai unless twelve members would sign a guarantee that CharleeT. McCleuahan

should not be Cleric of the Hoard they would not meet. He was ready to take gny roepoiisihility that might rust upon him. He was a democrat, and never would he veto for a republican President of the Hoard. Mr. Hocan alluded to the remarks of Mr. Barney, and said, for the information of the etiblic and his constituency, lie would state that the letter gpokeu of was written by himsulf, and he (Mr. Hogan) was willing to be held responsible for It. Mr. (Jkoss was sorry that some of his democratic colleagues were goinc to vole for tho resolution. Ho moved that itic Board take a recess until three o'clock, in order that in the meantime another effort might be made by the democrats to secure an organization. The motion was lost. Mr. Jones stated that a caucus or the democratic members was hold on Saturday night, and it resulted the same as previous meetings. He did not sue that anythmg could be accomplished by taking a recess. These men had made up thoir minds to the course they would pursue. He bad determined what action he would take. On Saturday evening certain gentlemen were invited to attend the caucus, but they found it convenient to go to the corner of tir.uid and Morcor streets, lie renowed his mutton for the adoption of the resolution. The motion to take a recess till three o'clock was lost by a vote of 17 to 7. Mr. Gross offered a substitute for the rsolution, that the Bourd proceed to ballot for permanent President, which was lost. Mr. Hoc aw moved the previous question, whioh was ordered. Mr. Baknky called for a division of the question, which was lost. The resolution was then put and adopted by tho following vote:? Affirmative?Messrs. Barney, Ilealy, Ilogan, Hays, Desmond,.(ones, Miller, Hazlcton. Lent, Keech, Ortou, Gedncy, Koss, Stevenson, liabcock, Snyder and Trotter?17. iYtgatirc?Messrs. Kyun, Gross, Hopper, Webster and Long?5. Tho temporary President (Mr. Brico) did not vote. Messrs. Jones and Stevenson conducted tho Presidont elect to the chair. Prosidcnt PixckxA did not proceed to read a written speoch, but in a fow extemporaneous remarks expressed his gruteful acknowledgments for the mark of esteem and regard with ifhich they favored him. Whatever ability ho por,gossod ho pledged to use in filling the station as creditably as ho was capable of doing it. He would in all his decisions rule iiii|>artially, without prejudice or favor, and ho felt assured that he would have their cordial co-operation and counsel in the discharge of the duties of presiding officer. Mr. Hooax moved that the Board adjourn tine die, which was lost. Committees were appointed to wait upon the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen and the Clerk elect. A message wus received from his Honor tho Mayor, which was read, and on motion of Mr. Lent was reforrod to a committee of three to consider the questions of interest in the Message. On motion of Mr. Ortox, a committee of Ave was appointed to consider what alterations should be made in the rules of the Board. The Board theu adjourned till next. Monday evening. It was supposed that there would be great difficulty in securing an organization of the Board, there being three candidates lor tno rrcstuency on uio democratic siue; and when certain ilomocratic members signified their intention of voting for Mr. Pinckney (who has been the most persistent assailant of all the measures advocated by tho democrats since bis election to the Board), and thus secure a speedy organization, the greatest astonishment was manifested by all present. The republicans did not expect so easy a victory. MA Pinckney has been the loader ot the opposition for the last two years, and took particular pains to ventilate almost every measure previous to the action of the Board upon It. Board of Supervisors. A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors was held yesterday. Supervisor Stewart In the chair. Several of the members being absent no permanent chairman was appointed. Tho minutes of the previous meeting being read and approved, several petitions were received and disposed of in tho usual way. The following communication was recsived from the Finance Department:? Dkfarimxks or Fixancs, > Qdmftroller's Office, Jan. 0,1802. J Gkstumkx or rns Board or Sure*visors or ths Cocntt or New York:? In compliance with the resolution passed by your honorable body on the 0th of December iust. (a copy of which is givsn on the opposito page), the Comptroller herewith submits his estimates of the expenditures of the county government for tho fiscal year commencing January 1, 1862, for which appropriations are required to be made by the Board of Supervisors, and also of the ways and means of providing for the same:? classification ot expsjfwtrrk. In treating upon the expenses of the county, It has been the practice to classify them under the following bead, vix:? 1. The legislative Department. 2. The Executive Department. 3. The Judiciary. 4. Miscellaneous. 1?ths luuslatitb department. The expenditures classed under this head are indicated by the following titles of accounts, viz:? Advertising $15,000 Care and maintenance of Coles, or Harlem (Third avenue) Bridge 1,500 County contingencies 20,000 Klection expenses 72,000 Lighting and cleaning and supplies for county offices 15.000 Printing, stationery and blank books 15,000 Repairs to county buildings and offices 4,000 Salaries?Legislative Department .4,400 Support ol prisoners in the county Jail 5,000 Total $151,900 2?tun eiamvi IIKI'AKTVknts. The following are the estimated amounts required to be appropriated for expenditure* in such departments:? Interest on Harlem Bridge bond* $4,100 Interest on loans 60.000 Interest on now Court House stoclt 80,000 Incumbrances m harbor, removal of 7,500 Police fund 1,070.150 Police contingent and law expenses 6 500 Rents 6,000 Salarios, Kxecutive Departments 53,500 Supplies for the police 49,562 Sup|iort of detained witucssos 5,000 Total $1,887,312 3?nis jmn-URT. Prevision is made for the estimated expenses classed in this division under the following titles of accounts:? Coroners'fees $20,000 Officers' and witnesses' fees 67,000 Salaries.Judiciary ,,, 225,950 Total $312,950 | .1 - uiL f. | ivvnt'B Thin division embraces all items of espouse not provided for under some preceding title of account, and ttio estimates for the same arc as follows:-? Asylum for idiots $250 Common Schools for Stato 428,.'too Iteaf and Dumb Asylum 1,200 Institution for tha Wind 2,040 New York Juvenile Asylum 5U,000 New York Statu Lunatic Asylums 1.000 State taxes 1,7X4,021 Total 12,207,420 nana pitt'latiow. From the foegoiag statement it appears that the estimated total amount rwpnred to be appropriated for the year 1S'"2 is as follows, viz:? i/vjudative It-part moot $161,000 0q Executive Departments 1,1X7,312 0U Judiciary 312,060 00 Miscellaneous 2,287,420 34 Total $4,810,6X2 34 wars awn nsaw*. The estimated amount required to be appro ?riatcd for 1X82, a* above, is $4,810,682 34 owards the payment of said amount the revenues of the general fund will probably yield about the fallowing sutns, vis I'ounty Clerk's ollh-e?fee* $13,000 Court ifOminan Fleas?foes 4,000 Court of tieneral Setslim*?fine* 1,2o0 Court of Special Sea*.Ions?flues 5,600 District Attorney ? Marine Court?fl es fl.OoO Superior Court?fees 3,000 Surrogate?fees 16.000 Commis- louer of Jurors?lines, Ac... 2,600 lulerest on uses 12,000 82,200 00 Leering the amount to be raised by taxation $4,637.3X2 34 It has been the practice of the Comptroller to append to hi*annual flnaucial estimates, lor the approval of tbo Dnnrd of Supervisors, the draft of a law authorizing the nih-iug by rax th sum required to pay the upprnpria lion-. Hut inasmuch MMili- r?iui*ite authority is already j possessed iii respect to muny limn embraced in the call- | mate*,and the additional amount required to bo ramcd j will dejsmd iijwm the action of the Hoard of Supervisor*, It ix thought adviaabb-,In (Iiik c ho, to defer the prepnra tion of the necessary tax law until the appropriations have beeti made, i The estimate* now mibmittod are p-edlcated upon the existing law* and ordinance*, and the ?tatomout* furnuhut hy the several clerks of courts and county officers, 1 coph d of the lailei being hereto appended. 1 In it communication addrcase l to the chairman of the special committee appointed by the Hoard of Supers-teora ttr the month of August la*t, to aero tain wb-'ther any 1 redaction couid be made in the amount* appropriated for city and county purpurea for 1M1, the Comptroller remarked a* follows;?"In relate n to county affair*, the Hoard of Supervisor* are by law vented with, not only legislative, but the chief executive power. The number i of and amount of compensation allowed to many county oilier* and Clerk*, in- hiding the attendant* u|ion various county court*, i* flxed by tliem No -mpplie.* can be pro i cured or expense inourred without the authority of aaid Hoard previously obtalue I." The Comptroller would respei (fully suggest that no i more favorable opportunity can be expected to occur than the present for the Hoard to institute a thorough in vestlgation, with the view of reducing tlm number of now In the service of the county, nhoold the I *ame be found practicable without detriment to IM public interest, Wbile the existing laws and the ordinance* and resolu i tions of the Hoard creating the onmerou* office*, cierki *hlp* end other "plecee" ere continued Id force, end peri sons ere hppotated to 111 the eeete, provision must be ?. made for the payment of their res|x>ctivo salaries. Respectfully submitted. ROBT. T. HAWS, Comptroller. 'the communication wm ordered to be printed in document form. The Comptroller also submitted a copy of the ordinance authorize:# the Heard to make the appropriation. A communication was received from the Comptroller urging the Hoard to use their inlluence with the Stale legislature to puss a law authorizing the issue of County Revenue bonds, In anticipation of the collection of the taxes. Referred to the Committee on Annual Taxes. A communication was also received on the subject of applying for leavo to issuo a new court house stock, for the purpose of meeting the uxpeuses of its oroction, the sinking fund to receive such stock in payment for the laud taken for said court house by the Sujiervisors. Rolerred to the Committee on Annual Taxes. A rc|>ort of tho Committee on Annual Taxes in favor of a communication of the Hoard of Supervisors for a committee to confer with the law offlcer of tho Corporation, for the purpose of drawing up u memorial to tho Legislature, requesting them to take Btops to have the war tax ($2,603,018 66) collected by tho State ollicers and not by the geuoral government. Ordered to be printed iu document form. The Hoard then adjourned until Monday, the 20th inst. Police Intelligence. A Gamo or Bdrulars Cajtcrbd.?For sevoral weeks past a gang of burglars havo infested the Elovcnth and Thirteenth wards, breaking iuto groceries, drinking saloons and dry goods stores with perfect impunity. The police were considerably annoyed in consequence of the numerous complaints of tho citizens, and determined to break up the gang if possihlo. Accordingly, on Sunday morning offlcer Osborne, of the Thirteenth precinct, pot u|K)ii tho tract of the burglars, and followed them quietly until they reached the gr eery storo No. 216 Rivington street. Here the thioves ut once commenced to operate, and by means of ajimmy thoy soon effected an entrance to tuc premises, lhe . iilccr watched hid opportunity, uuu, giving tlie alarm to tlio proprietor of the store, bagged tbo entire gang. The prisoners, who were desperate looking follows, gave thoir names as Charles McGtanis, Ceo. Allen and James Garland. They wero armed wiih knives and pistols, and tho wonder is that they submitted so quietly to the arrest of tho officer. Upon tho examination before Justice Osborn, at tho Essex Market Police Court, yesterday, it was shown that tho prisouors had nlso brokon into the harbor's shop of Jacob Kaufman, No. 47 Pitt street, and stolen therefrom $25 worth of razors. The magistrate committed tho prisoners for examination. A Dishonest Policeman.?George W. Tompkins, a policeman, attached to tho Twonty-seventh precinct, Capt. Iiogart, was committed to the Tombs yesterday, on s vera! charges of larceny, preferred against him bv is ioIlowolllcers. The accused, who has been on the force since last May, made a praatlce of purloining tbo clothing, small change and jewelry of hia comrades. He committed the thefts in the night time, while his victims wore fast asleep In their bunks: and so successful was he In all his undertakings that he was enabled to carry on his thieving operations for five months without creating the slightest suspicion. Recently, however, circumstances pointed so strongly towards the prisoner that it was determined to place a strict watch upon all his movements. The result was that Tompkins was detected in carrying off a coat belonging to officer Harrington. Upon being arrested, be confessed liia guilt, but begged to bo let off 09 promise of futuro good behaviour. Captain Tiogart determined, however, to let the law take its course, and handod the prisoner over to tho proper authorities. Sanchez in Trociilk Ac. a in?Felix Sanchez, the mulatto, confined in the Tombs for murdering his father-in-law, Herman Curuou, was brought before Justice Brennan yes terday.on charge of assault with intent to kill one of th? tier boys of the City Prison, named Jacob Moyers. The prisoner, it appears, attacked Meyers with a pair of tailor's shears, ami stabbed him in the arm, inflicting a sovere wound. Ho was about inflicting a second and more deadly blow, when a fellow prisoner interfered and saved Meyoss' life. The magistrate committed Sancboz for trial in dofault of (2,000 bail. Coroncri' Inquests. Tits Wrst Houston Strew Homicide.?Tha inquest in the case of Andrew Jackson Fowier, who was killod while engaged in a fight at No. 80 Weal Houston stroet on New Year's morning, was concluded yo.itorday by Coroner Wlldey, at tho Eighth precinct station house. The examination was a very tedious one. and thero was considerable bard swearing on both sides; but tho jury finally concluded to hold Charles Golding as principal, and Julia Sherwood, Charles H. Golding, Charles Stelling, Lewis Maxwell and Edward F. Gallot as witnesses. The accused denied the charge preferred against him, and says that the witness Gallot was the person who inflicted the fatal blow. The parties were all committed to await the action of the Grand Jury. a Fireman Kiixbd.?William Gase, a member of South" work Engine Company, No. 38, died at the New York Hospital on Sunday ovening, from the effects of injuries accidentally received on the 3d inst., while running to the fire In Maiden lane. appeared, had the tongue of the engine, and while turning the corner ef Maiden lane and Nassau street his foot slipped and he fell to the pavement. When pickod up it was found that one of his foet had been crushed by the hind wheel passing over it. The injured man was at once conveyed to the Now York Hospital, where the broken limb was amputated, and everything was done for the relief of the sufferer. Gaze continued to sink under the injury, however, and died on Sunday from exhaustion. Coroner Nanman hold an innnABt unnn thu hodv vmmLap<!av. whan the jury rendered a verdict of "Accidental doath." Deceased was 32 years of age, and was a native of England. The glare Trade. , UNITED STATES marshal's OFFICE. Jar. 8.?Officers Devoe and Sampson arrested on Friday last a tnan named Morgan Fredericks, alias Sanderson, the former acting captain of the slave bark Cora, which, It will be reooHecte I,arrived at this port about eighteen months since front the coast of Africa in charge of a prize crew. While the Cora was lying at this port, under the guns of tho North Carolina, Fredericks endeavored to intoxicate the marines, in whose charge be w as,and he escaped through the cabin window. The detec tive# found liitn on board the United Slates ship North Carolina, where he was acting as mailer's mate, ho having received his commission trom the government sinco*New Tear's Day. Court Calendar?This Day, Scprsmk Court?Circuit.?Park 1?Nog. 1665, 1657, 155U, 1561, 150.1, 1615, 1501, 1593, 1601, 1627,1620,1035. 1637, 1630, 1643, 1645, 1657, 1665, 1657, 1341 Part 2 ? Nos. 1108, 1372, 1466, 1386,1478.1514, 1534, 1566,1572, 1584, 1266. 1504, 1574, 1380. 1316. 1504, 1606'., (558, 621), 1612, 1626. Suprkmr Court?Special Tkrm.?Part 1?Nos. 22, 23, 24 , 25 , 26 , 27 . 28 , 20, 30 , 31, 34 , 35 , 36 , 37 , 38 , 39. (in Demurrer Calendar. 2, 3, 4, 6, issues of law and fact. The Court moots in l>>ard of Supervisors' room. Superior Court.?Parti?Nos. 2171, 1157, 2617, 2651, 2665,2693, 2605, 2609, 2701, 2703, 2705, 2707, 2713, 2715, 2717. Part 2.?Nos. 3326 , 2611, 3042 , 3046 , 3048, 3052, .3054 , 3068 , 3060 . 3o?8 . 3070 , 3072,3074 , 3076. Part 3.? Noh. 2719 , 2721, 2723 . 2725 , 273.3 . 2737 , 2739, 2741, 2743, 2747, 2740. 2753, 2757, 2759,2761. l'nrt 4.? Nos. 3010, 3078 , 3080 , 3082, 3084 . 3086, 3088, 3090, 3094, 3006, 3098 , 3100 . 3102, 3104 , 3106. Personal Intelligence. It., William II Knu/nrri nm>miu,il..l l.e hi. J.,,.1, ter, loft the Astor llouso early yesterday morning, and took the seveno'clock through train to Washington. General i-'cott U stili stopping at the Brevoort House. Ho is living a remarkably quiet and secludpd life, receiving but tew visiters. He does not intend returning to Washington tor sotno weeks. Judge Shipmin, of Hartford; T. K. Tweedy, of Panbury, Conn.; J. Giles, of Boston. and (>. H. I'otneroy, of Cincinnati, are stopping at the Albemarle Hotel. .-'cn'T I. Molina, the Minister from Central America to the United Stales, is stoppiug at the Clarendon Hotel. Dr. Young, of i'arts: Dr. Mack, of Canada; Captain Mareer.andJ. 8. Cooper, of the United States Army; Lieutenant Tabisetna. of the Norwegian Navy; J. Clark, of Baltimore, and U. B. Pomeroy, of Philadelphia, are stopping at the 81. Nicholas Hotel. Dr. Parksberry and L. Morrill, of Portland, Mr., Lieutenant J. DOutwator, of Now York; J. West, of Provldencr;C. W. Deniaon. of Boston; J.. P. Parley, of the United states Army, and L. Youle, of 8an Krancisco, are topping at the Kittb Avenue Hotel. Commander Kinggold, Captain D. D. Porter, Lieutenant W. Smith, of the United States Navy; Dr. Swan, of Paris; G. H. Greer and daughter, of Goshm. Major l/ivell,of the United Stales Army; J. A. Davis and Mrs. iialdwin, of Dos ton, J. N. Pomeroy, of Vermont; G H. Hiiwes uud wife, or Hinghamton, and D. K. Stewart, of Michigan, are atopping at the Astor House. National Gnard, Seventh Regiment. GKNKKAt. OKDF.R- NO. 1. IlKAD-pUMTKas SKVRNril R?.IS*\T, ) NsTto!?ai.Gt am>, Nnw York, Jan. 4. ISflJ. f The regiment wdl uwmbie In full fatigue ^iform, whlto belts and gloves, on Wednesday, the 8th inAant, at eight o'clock P. M., to receive, with appropriate honors, a stand of colors from "ladios of New York resident in California,"' to be presented on liieir behali by Hon. J. >iui?m^n , ui mat curie. ?ni moruoor or mo regiment will be entitled to throe tickets for. admission of friends to the armory' and as tins will give a* largo a number as ran |*>sslbly lie accommodated, nono without tickets, excepting members lu uniform, will bo allowed to puas. Tho tickets will be handed to the orderlies of companion, wlio wlil be rea|wiiisihle for their correct distribution. (Joinm.mdaiiis 01 companies will detail oue tile to report to Pergonal Major liathbono, at half past seven o'clock. for gua'd duty. chard I,. Leggett, Second I.ieutenant Cbmpeny C, rice Kltxgersld, promoted. Hank Hocetnbor Ul, 1111. Hy order 01 Colonel MAItSllALL I.KKKKK'W. J. H. I.ishssai', Adjutant. Hio National Board band, C. S. Orafuller leader, will give their third prnmonado concert on Saturday evening, January 11. Shipwreck In Aapee Bay. Aai'wt Bat, Jan. 4,1 Via Packvnjjt, Jan. 0, ltoa. J On Monday Inst the shores of this hny were strewed with half barrels of butter, botes of cheese and small portions of tho cabin of soma wrecked ship; also a number of boxes marked " W. f)., twenty pair of Canadian boota, Hlflo brigade, Australasian." cask of butter marked "11. Teununt, Liverpool' and a box cover marked ' 0. Smith." Yesterday a portion of the keol. with ^quantity of oopper Attached, and a portion of awheel, came ashore No bod lee have been dierovero I Tho veseel la supposed to have struck at St. Pauls. Opposition of Prince Albert to n Wsi with the United States. [From the Ixinduu Critic, j Whoever wrote in the Tnutt of last Monday that "tb? nation has sustained the greatest loss that could possibly have fallen upon it," perhaps scarcely understood the fug meaning of thoau momentous words. No oue can at tbil time estimate the en t amount of loss which this natios lias sustained by the death of the i'riuce Consort; uc one can say what might have been spared us had his lift been saved, or what will hapiien to us as a consequence of his death. The blow that fell upon the nation on salur day night cast a g.oom over the land which is. we fear but a foreshadow of evenls to come ; and the solemn toll ing which pealed from every church tower inthe king d.mi?the tears which suffused well nigh every eye whee the mournful news was known?may be but the precur sors of timee even more lugubrious and tears mors bittei still. Far be from us the imputation of flattery of the dead by assigning to him too much importauco in the state It is not the patron or the arts; it is not th? promoter of the great exhibition of 1851,^ and of the South Kensingti n scheme : it is not \hs great modol farmer that we lament?although (with some reservations) his career in all thres respects was eminently useful and fructifying to ths couuiry ; u is uiu suppoi lei aim muiaiuvi ui iuc v>n>u it is tho wise and prudeut guide and counsellor who on bled her most gracious Majesty to bear up under the weight of the Crown, and to support the cares of her high otlice under ditllculties and amid IntriguuB such as have seldom oppress* d a sovereign l'rince; it is the sagacious guardian, who knew what were the perils which menaced and do menace tho |?ople over Which it is the high privilege of his widow to roign; who know which ol her ministers were honest and which the reverse, it is all this that we mourn for with anguished heart?it is ths loss of this that wo feel to be irreparable indeed. e * In order that this may be better understood, and that those of the University of Cambridge may know what they contemplate doing, when they talk of elevating the present Premier (laird Pnlmor-don) to the Chancellorship of tho University, we will recall to mind one or two simple historical facts, not very reinoto from this time. About tho year 1851, and during the years in which tho war with Russia camo ub ut, the public was agitated through the press about the interference of the Prince Consort with foroign politics. The plaintilT in that matter was Lord Palmors ton, who complained tliat he novor could seo the wife without the husband being presont. In 1854 that noble lord was charged by the Queen with sending despatches to foreign Powers without hor royal sanction? in other words, with having usurped the ollico of the Crown. In cousequence of that Lord l'ulmerston was dismissed tho Foreign -Secretaryship, and this (as was gonornlly understood at tho time) wa-, through tho direct personal influence and advice of tho late Prince Consort. The revenge which tho noblo lord took upon that occasion was peculiar and characteristic; ho cultivated the personal acquaintance of the editors of some go-called 'liboral"journals,and persuaded those genllomen to '-write down" the Prince, denouncing bim as un enemy of Kngland and u supporter of what were then called "German interests''?as if anything could be to the interest of Germany which was uot also really to the interest of England. The unthinking pooplo took up tho cry, and tho Prince was actually hooted in tho at roots of London. The Journals which soven years ago did this to tho Prince are now among tho loudest and most prctontinus of the mourners. So short are human memories. Those ovents happened but seven years ago, and although the Princo uever again openly interfered with the foreign policy of tho Minister, who did not long remain out of office, it Is not to be supposed that either l'rince or Minister forgot those transact ions. The interval between 1854 and his death was maiulv spent by the Princo in promoting his sch.-mes for what he believed to bo the intorest of the One arts in this country, and, hy a tacit understanding, ho was permitted by tho Ministers to dip as deeply into the national purse for that purpose as it pleased him to do; yet, while ho was by the side of the Quoen, it is not to be supposed that ho did not privately alford to her Majesty the beneflt of his sagacious *?..miaplu in m.ittcrv of far hiirher imnortanco than the dea tinies of South Kensington, or tho commercial success of the Horticultural Gardens. We hav reason to believe that, tip to the time of hie death, the Prince f'onmrt nixed his voice energetically against the haste with which England is rushing into a war with the Vnital States?:in event which he denounced as subversive of her Interests, dangerous to the real sources of her power, and certain to be advantageous only to the despotic Powers of Kwrope. Whether that view was right or wrong, such, we believe, was ihofatlh in which the Prince Consort died. We have thought it necessary to explain the grounds of the sorrow which we have at heart, that tho reader may know that it is loss as the patron of literature and the fine arts than as the supporter and adviser of the Queen that we deplore the loss of the Prince Consort. That Qod will be pleased to strengthen her Majesty with power to boar with her great loss, and to continue to exerclso her high functions with a firm and Independent will, is our earnest prayer, for it is only by the answer vouchsafed to that prayer that the sum total of the loss which the nation haa sustained can be exactly calculated. Criminal Statistics. Through the kindness of Mr. Vandervoort, the Clerk o( the General Sessions, we are furniahed with the subjoined statistics of the Oyer and Terminer and General Sessions for the past year:? STATEMENT OF CONVICTIONS, ACQUITTALS, ETC., HAS IN THE CUUKTS ur VIBH Anu llMimn ?nv QBNRRAL SESSIONS OP TBI PEACE IN AND FOB TDK C ITY AND COUNTY OP NEW YORK IN TUB YEAH 1861. OTHI AND TEBMIXIR. Convicted. Acq'S. Murder, first degree ? t Murder, second degree 1 ? Manslaughter (various degrees) 0 ? Arson, first degree 2 ? Violation of pessongor law 1 ? Obtaining goods by false pretences 1 ? Contempt of court 1 ? ; UUEHAL SUSIOXS. Murder, first degree 2 2 Murder, second degree 1 ? Manslaughter (various degrees) 10 4 Assault, With tnteut to kill 4 22 Assault, with intont to do bodily harm 23 ? Rape S 2 Assault, with intont to commit a rape 4 ? Rubbery, first degree 7 3 Assault, with intont to commit robbery.... fi ? Assault and battery 100 13 Bigamy.. 3 1 Seduction 2 ? Perjury ? 1 Arson (various degrees) S 3 Attempt to commit arson 1 ? Torgery (various degrees) 82 18 Burglary (various degnesi 30 14 Attempt to commit do. do 54 1 Embezzlement 2 ? Brand larceny- 60 46 Attempt to commit do 84 2 Larceny Trout the person 27 8 Attempt to commit do 16 ? Receiving stolon goods 17 6 Olitainlug goods by false pretences 10 2 i'etit larceny 07 6 Rambling ? 1 Violation of pissenger law 2 ? Entering building with iulent to steal 1 ? ) Selling lottery policeis 2 ? Keeping disorderly houses 7 ? Using gns wimnui pnssingtnrougn a metre. l ? l'r?;ine liuteil tight with animals 1 ? Tottl <100 154 Two persons were sentenced to the punishment of death; 263 males ami 16 fern tics were a n.oueed to %m prlsonmeut in tlio State I'risou live for life; the aggregate time of tho remainder (274) amounts to 977 years anil 0 months. Sentenced to imprisonment In the Penitentiary, 218 males and 37 females. Sentenced to imprisonment in the City Prison, 60 tnalea 1 and 19 females. Hunt to the House of Refuge, 14 boys and 1 girl. 1,239 indictments wore found and 174 complaints wore dismissed by the tirand Jury. 1,078 recognizances to appear and answer were illed, and 48 wore lorfeilod, during the year. Kims and costs collected and paid into County Treasury, 11,694 84. HENRY VANDERVOOKT, Clerk. Jascahy 4,1862. Organization of the Philadelphia City Councils. Piiii.adbu'iiia, Jan. 0,1862. The Councils organized at noon. Theodora Cuyler was elected President of the Selec' , Council. A scon* of good humored confusion ensued In the Common Council, growing out of a double set of certillcales from the democrats' and People's candidates of the several wards. Each party elected a president, both of whom took their seats and were qualified as momhers, ami each eleetlng clerks. Messages were sent to the Msyor. which were returned, with the answer that "the Mayor would recognise the Common Council when U was properly organized, and not till then. ' N?wi from (lew Mexico and the Plains. Kassam Cmr, Jan. 0, 1802. The 8snta Fe mail has arrived, with dates to the 23d nit., hat bring* no now a of importance. Kort Wise is garrisoned by throo companies of Unlns troops. The smallpox Is raging in the whole Territory, and is extremely fatal to children. 8|scie Is very srerce in the Territory. TJie weather It cold on the Plains. There are large numbors of Indians on the roads, hat they aro friendly. Firs In Dover, IV. H. Dovsa, N. H., Jan. 0,1882. Union block was destroyed by Ore this morning. II was occupied by traders, moc.hanics, physicians and others, and was the most destructive conflagration in this town for many years. The loss is not estimated. Firs In Rochester, IV. Y. . Koniarnm, Jan. fl, 1861. The residence of 8. 8hntthelmer, on Fast avenue, was burned last evoning, together wish nearly all its contents, resulting in a loss of $28,000. Insurance on tho boas* $13,000, and on the furniture $5,000. Balling Day of the Persia. Hauvax, Jan. fl, 1M3. In consequence of the Persia's officers and men not having arrived from Bic, she will not leave Halifax untO Friday morning. , j

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