Newspaper of The New York Herald, January 3, 1867, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated January 3, 1867 Page 4
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NEVy YORK HERALD. JA'.i UOIUHMI 1. fa: IV VUTT, i ictur and PKor. ii.ro?. ?YPICB M. w. CORNER 0? H'l TON ANO N ASS AO STS. THE DAILY HERALD, p>-linked teery day in (Keyear, ProBcrnts per copy. Annual snbscriptioa price, R14. - JOB FlINI'IKd ef every d tc -<ilion, alto Stereotyp it>(, and i.'iiyravnig, neatly and prvmptly executed at the ifMetl mtei. Yoltimr XXVII No. 3 AMUSK 'ItNTS THIS EVENlNl). BBOA'iiVW THKATRR. BroA'lwir, near Broome Street.? i'blo lorona, or Nbw Yore ir 1967?Tm Victima NEW YORK THEATRE, Broadway, opposite New York Hotel.?C*.oi:i!.LO?. , BROOKLYN ACAD8MY UK MUSIC.?Mart Stuart. DODWORTH'S HALL. M6 Brood war.-PRorassos Hartr erai. I'annua uu Miraclk*. ?Taa Head ir trb Air? Mo ltd a m Pakto. BAM FRANCISCO MINSTRELS i? Broal war, opDoette the Metroujliiau Hotel?Ir tbiie KTUioriar Ertrrtair ?ur. Bikoinu, Damons ass Bcblksiioks?FAt.LIRaCortDR or LorVs Rambles. rirrn ayknite opera house, moa > end 4 w?t fwastv.fourth r'.-oet.?Bonwomi'j Minjtrkls.? BtuiofiaN Muwuuu-st. Balaam. Bubumsobs. AO.?Now Ybar's Calls. KELLY A LEON'S MINSTRELS. 190 Broadway, eppo site '.'iff New Y rk lotil. ?Is tn?i Damcrs. Roc en iai?:iA. Bukl^soubs, Ac.?Sruairr wrrn a Y?Cair or the Old Block?New Year's Calls. TONY PASTOR'S OPR tA HOURS. Ml Bowery. ?Oowro Ym-aurs?Nkcro Minktbblst, Balls* DiTRRritSRasRA Ac.?Little To a I'dcibb. CHARLEY WHITE'S COMBINATION TROOPS. SI Mech.mlee- H?'L 473 Broadway?Ir A Varirtt or Lion ari> Lalmhabls Entketainbbbvb, Costs ob Balloc. Aa l.A NrATfB COUtHC, MRS. F B. CONWAY'S PARK THEATRE, Brookty*. The Fori* Tiiiktra HOOLEY'S OPERA HOC7BR, Rrooklrn -RromriAR Mir. miur. Ballads. Burlssroes ard Pi.tiastm BROOKLYN ATH ASNECSI. ? Atbbs A Co.'s Orea* Pas r?r ka-thkc-a or Travels ir Echock and America, ard Votaoc Acitoss TRB Atlantic. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, corner or Oread end Croeby airoets.? Oiil-at Masonic Fair ir Aid or trr Hall aro Astlvb Kurd. NEW YORK MUSEUM OP ANATOMY. 618 Broadway. J.BfTTim WtTR Rl O KT - H TP NOOK* MlOROSOOPR tWlOO ??lly. Hkad and Ricbt Arb or Prosit. Opeo frwn 1 A. H. Mil 10 P. M. Now York. Thursday, January S, 1667. V XX B VXIWS. EUROPE. The steam -hip China arrived at Boston from Halifax Tester-Jay evening. The European mails of the 22d of D*cembar woro forwarded to this city. Br the cable vro hare a newa report dated on Wednes day, Jam. try 2. Napoleon's Now Year addrees to the diplomatic body was of a conciliatory, peaceful character. King Timor Kmanuel "predicts" a year of peace. The address of the National (Maaalni) Committee to the Roman people is published. Amert -an live twenties ware at 73X in Londaa at noon yeeterday. The litTarpool cotton market opeaed Arm. THE LEGISLATURE. tn the rtesAte yeettrday the Governor'* Meseng* wan received, rea-1 and one thousand extra copies ordered to be printed. A memorial from (senator Cornell, naking an letmMeatlon of the charges against htm as Street Commissioner of New York, was referred to the Ju diciary Committee. Notice was given that a bill to erect a peruiarvui bridge serosa the Es t river, coaneeting New York and Brooklyn, would be introduced, and the Senate eooa after adjourned. in the A-. viubiy the message and the amendments to the otie'.ituii n proposed br Congress woro received from the Governor. The amondments and a bill provid ing for the re'-.iication of the same wore referred to the Commit!.n nn lV.leral Relationa Not lees were giTon of iuieuticn to Iblrodtiee bills to amond the Etciae law in the Metropolitan dUtrict; in relation to pubic aeheoia and public markets in New York city; to rednoe fares on city railroads and to regulate the use of deem by railroad* in New York city; for the better pro-action of working w >m u In New York, and for an approprintioa for the erection of n new Capitol. THE CITY. A mrcting of the Hoard of Aldermen took placo yea tarda" altarnoon, AlJerinaa Brice presiding. Tho session waa abort and the bus nats transacted mostly of a routine nature, fhe Board adjourned till to day at two o'clock The Boat I of Councilman met yesterday. An ordi nance requiring buck and omitlhua drivers, expressmen aud poc.rrs t'f have licenses beiore thay can exercise tlmirmlHng waa adopted. the Board then adjourned unlit Tbur-dny. Tho B ard of S ;|>onrtsors did not organize yesterday for <vaot ol a q .orum, aud wilt meet agaiu on Monday a.-xt The nanus! report of the Board of Metropolitan Police Comml aloner? Ins been ltanded to the Governor. They refer, among oiher thnzs, to the necrasity for providing f<?r e?me m ?,m of ^srape from tenement houses on lire, and the report concludes with a recommendation that the force be t; < rca*ed. Tlie four.U ai -..ivi rs.iry of freedom In tha District of CoLimHa was celebrated last evening in tha Bridge stre-t church, Brooklyn. Approprisie leliglous sonic.* an 1 ad-ire-' e* by George B. IJncoln, Colonel Strow bridge, Rev. H. M. UsIUghor and others e.impriaod tha exerrtses. The wdl of the lute Soflnr Angn lin de Iturbids (who died rec-nily a' the Harenu >n Hotel in this c ty, on his return fr? Europe) was pre -anted for probate ye'dsrdsy, bvior- Surrogate Tarter. It bequeath-? all the prop rtjr <? the ! oe lent in his s-n, the Prince Im pel i?l A'fUMln, who bar- beea adopted, It will be re member- I, by t:.e Emperor Ms-ilmill in as hi heir. On accouut of the ibKMt of tho young prince In Europe, the will rsrnoi he m mediately proved, as the citations mw.it be ndverti-od. In th ? An pre mo Court, Chambers, ye tontay, a motion wa'uuvtc to r tea'# tl?e tHd-r of arr? ? and reduce the smnut of ball In th-> caso cf Jamos C. Byrne, wl.o xvus c-mmItted to th- Lndlow street tu:l :-om' lime since on a Potr.pla'-C of Mi* Jcnole C. Pullman, charging liim with <ed "tm and breach u. promise of -.unrrbtge. De cision r? n I. J-!'? <r' !o the Cupreme Clout!,* Brooklyn, yes. terdi.. iii r :idec"d a dcvl-Jon ordering a mends nn;* n !i i ? o- v p.; VTulkT va. Pw Comptroller ol the city or l .'.-ihlj n. Trie in dlon waa reconily made by Ida j l.-i-r.i.it for a uunJarau* coiupelllng the Comptroller to ray her Interest on (he amount awarded her b;- tha Pr---p-ct P uk Commits oners from the data Of the crfli million of t'.e awards by tha ^hpreroe Courts, Ihe 26ih July, 1*M. Mrs. Walker being the owner of cerishi prop or* y seized fur the park. A negro was committed by Just'ee I.cdwith yesterday for haying bitten Otf and eaten a whits woman's nose on New Year'adsy. Tlie stock market waa d ill but steady yesterday. Gold chased at 133 H a t<. Tha hr li'ia .- bndneaa In cotninercial circle* was ex ceedingly light yederdey, oa it wss on M .nday, but vwluea for all citomndiUea wore not es<*ulli\lly changed, ?are In a few instances, wt.-re an advance waa eitah. IB bed. Cotton was active and Arm. Coflbo waa dull and nominal On 'Change flour waa la moderate re quest and 3c a 10.-. higher. Wheat advanced fully 2c., though qui I. Corn was also firmer, with mora doing. Oat* were steady. Pork was a trifle n .re active, though ?nmewhat unsettled. Beef was active and atea-ly hard waa a shade firmer. Whisk ay waa dull and nominal. Freights wero firmer HIBCEI.LAlfBGUfl. Onr Mexican correspondence ta dated Vera Criu, Da ?ember 22. Maximilian baa iMued two doer as, one dividing the Imperial army into three corps, to bo com manded respectively by Mejia. Miram<>n and Marques; and tb* other arranging for tlie paynent of tha Aus trian and Bslg'an troops, and their transportation lo Europe. The appointment of M-ramoa and Marques is behaved by both partioa to poriend active operations. Tb# guerilla* had mads an eltnrt to capture Maximilian, but without succaa*. Mr. Morehesd, an Amerlcaa Oil ran la flan Lais Potosi, was sent to priaon for refusing go pay bta quota of n forced loan by Mrjie. General Ce tleneaa was dangaroualy III with lev or. Oui correspondence from Havana of th* 29th ultima thit yssio lti4 iftiBtfthii tbe partial reeuaeptlea of specie |*jrment bv the Banco | E><utnol Lad inspired ootiftdence. Geocmi Ortega, of Mexico, bad arrived a> Havana. The liusum House re turns lor November last, showed an increase of shipping. The sugar market cont'S'ied inactive, the quotations belug 8c. and 8>,'c. for No. 12. Exchange was very limited, at IT and 18 per cats premium on London, and 24 dlacount for sixty days, currency, on the United States. Business In gen rat w*> doll, but an tmprove ment was looked for. We have newt from St. Thomas, W. L, dated 19tn of December. The severe cholera morbus, which has been epid -mlc in the island, had reappeared. To the morn tug of the lftth all. the number of deaths were 364, and from the 1Mb to the 18th, at eight A. M., 10T inflvi duals?all poor people?had died, so that the tola, num ber of victims was 4T1. Cattle were being shipped from the east side of Porto Rico to St. Thomas, and public food kitchens had been opened in the town. Prom Porto Rioo we have advices dated at Ponce on the ltUh of December. The total receipts or revenue of theeolouy during the month of November were:?For inland Imposts, 9148,664; foreign duties, $149,4T4; total, $298,628 ?which, compared with 1885, shows e de crees# of $188; the increase in foreign dalles alone, however, amounts to $22,848. Newe from St Domingo to the 16th nil. bee been re ceived. Several vessels bad boon attacked by one CboU, n boatman, who was captured and executed Many more mines had been discovered on the island. Presi dent Cabral had been everywhere received with favor. Intelligence from Yeaeeueln states that an attempt of General Putgar to get up a revolution In the State of Zulia had signally failed, be being wounded and taken prisoner. Our correspondence from Mondosa, Argentine Confede ration, dated November 20, gives the full particulars of the recent popular ontbrsak there. Another revolution was, U was reported, also going on at* 8aa Lois and Sen Juan. All these Insurrections have for their objset the cessation of tne war against Paraguay and the overthrow of the Argentine confederation. The Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri end Ohio Legislatures opened yeaterday, and the Massachu setts and Delaware Legislatures on New Year's. Gov ernor Curt in sent in bis farewell address to tho Pennsyl vania Legislature and strongly recommended the ratiS oatioa of the constitutional amendment. The colored members were present in their seats in the Massachu setts Legislature. Governor Bullock's message wilMiot be sent in until Friday. In the Delaware Legislature the democratic nominees were elected to the Speakership. The correspondence between Governor Wells and Gen eral Sheridan relative to the punishment of tho conven tion rioters in New Orleans on the 80th of July last la published In our columns this morning ae well as other : documents relating to the same eOkir. Governor Wells, It seems, requested General Sheridan to enforce General | Grant's order No. 44, and pnnish the rioters by military ' commission, but General Sheridan answered that he would do so whenever he tbought It aeoeeeary. The mysterious expedition from Annapolis Is still shrouded in mystery; but a reasonable solution is now given, to the effect that it is for the purpose of pur chasing the island of 8t Thomas from Denmark. A freight train of twenty-eight cere on the Peoria and Wabash Railroad were precipitated fifty feet to the bot tom of Panther creek yesterday by the breaking of the bridge. Nearly every one on board was injured hot no one was killed. f The steamer Cortes, from New York for Havana, struck on the breakwater at tho mouth of Delaware bay on Saturday night and wont to piecoa All her crew were saved. The government securities stolen from the Mechanics' Insurance Company of Newark, some weeks ago, amounting to sixty thousand dollars, have tea* recov ered by negotiation with the burglars at Montreal. An alarm, was oocaetoaod at the Swestsbnrg, Canada, jail on Tuesday night by a rumor that an attempt was to bo made to liberate tho Fenians confined there. Sev eral suspicious characters were seen lurking about, and tbe guard was doubled. The prisoners will now proba bly be removed to Montreal A special coart is to he held In Toronto for tho trial of thirty-two Foniaaa oon floed at that place. v It la now stated that three hundred people perished by the burning of tho steamer Fashion on tho Lower Mis sissippi. Tltey wore mainly freedmeu whs were abroad on a holiday excursion. The itswego and Rome Railroad, which baa boon blockaded by snow for several days, Is new reopened. The U ?vomer's Xeoeage. The annual menage of Governor Fenton, presented to the Legislature yesterday, is a fsir business document, containing in the math sensible views and affording a tolerably clear outline of the condition of the State. After the usual words of welcome and the customary opening rhetorical display in which govern ors of every State are prone to indulge, in re lation to the greatness, the glory and the pros perity of the country, the Governor goes prac tically to work and informs the legislators that they have been elected on the distinct issue of the constitutional amendment as the terms on which the ex-rebel States are to be restored to their proper position in the Union, and that it is their duty, promptly and without any delay, to ratify that amendment, which he transmits to them upon the opening day of the session. He expresses his own opinion of the liberality and justice of the terms offered to the excluded States, and asserts his belief that their Eon-.cceplance by the South has been mainly owing to the illusory hops held out to thi in of a restoration upon conditions more acceptable to them but less favorable to the future secur'yand reposo of the govoru m nf. The Governor thus clearly au<l wisely recognizes the real sonliracnt of the people of the State to which he ow?* his re-election and sets an example to the Legislature which should be emulated by them, not aloue in the formal adopt ion of the constitutional amend ment, but iu the selection o' a Uuitod Stales Senator whose portion upon tbst important question is n-ither doubtful nor equivocuL By this measure the country is resolved to stand until it is d 'finitely rejected by the excluded States, wh.-n, as the Governor says, "it will be the duty of Congress, by more strin gent measure*, to give effect to the popular will." lie utters a truism when be de clares that "there can be no reaction? (he nation has no purpose of tuning backand he evinces a proper apprecia tion of the progress of ideas when be afflrma that the powers of Congress ore ample under the constitution to hold the government to gether in the manner best calculated to ensure perm tuency and poace. If the Southern States have been induced to look to New Turk for aid or sympathy in their attempt to defeat tho will of tho loyal people of the Union, the em phatic language of the Governor, representing the dominant party in the State, should be sufflcient to nndeceivo them. The message pays no attention to the silly twaddle of the copperhead journals in relation to the vote on the Constitutional Convention, but alludes to the large majority by which the Convention was ordered as an indication of th# public judgment that a review of the organic law is deemed essential. The Governor favors the election of thirty-two delegates at large in addition to the nsnal number from the Assem bly districts, the former to be voted for In "Och n manner as to secure sixteen to each of the political parti* in tho State. Tho Legislature at its present session provides by law for tho election of deleg tOfi to the Convention, and has tho power to fix tho repre sentation. Tho inadequacy of the present sala ries poll to State olhoi.iU is regarded by the Governor as ono of the evils which ought to be remedied in tho revitod constitution, it being the policy of the State " to secure faith fill and able service by providing adequate compensation for the performance of public duties." In this every person will concur. The beggarly salaries now pud to State offi cers are a disgrace to such a State as New York, where the Governor receives lees than is paid to a competent bookkeeper by t?y reep ectable firm in this city, The judiciary system is regarded as needing thorough revision} but the Governor leavos untouched the most serious evil of the existing system?the election of judges by the people, lie alludes to the crowded condition of the calendar of the Court of Appeals as a serious evil to the oountry, and declares that all measures of relief have failed In the Legisla ture from the conviction that the only effective remedy would be found in a complete reform of the system through a constitutional conven tion. The financial statement exhibits a deficiency in the general ftuid revenue on September 30, 1866, of over two million six hundred thou sand dollars, against a deficiency last year of only a little over a million. The other funds ?how an overdraft at the same date of over one million doUars against a balanoe in the Treasury last year of nearly one hundred thousand dollars. This, with a tax last year of five and nine-sixteenths mills against a tax in 1866 of four and flfty-three-eightieths mills. The Governor very properly recommends strict economy and retrenchment in every department of public expenditure; but he should not forget this good advice before the close of the session and sanotion reckless party legislation. Some sensible remarks are made in the mes sage In reference to national finances and tax ation. The Governor takee the ground already occnpied by the Hksald, that the general gov ernment should avail itself of increasing revenues to reduce taxation. Upon this sub ject we have commented at length, and the wisdom of snch a polioy is self-evident. The people of the present day have borne heavy burdens to secure benefits to ftiture genera tions, and they are still suffering under the effects of the war in high prices and a reduced currency. It is proper that they should be re lieved to the full extent of the ability of the general government, and that relief should come at onee in the shape of reduced tariff and diminished taxes. In reference to the contemplated legislation for the city of New York the message is con cise. The duty of providing for the adorn ment, improvement and protection of the me tropolis is urged upon the attention of the Legislature} and the method by which desira ble results are to be reached is left to the intel ligent judgment of the members. But the Gov ernor comments very fblly npon the legislation of last ysar upon the subject ofqjm****"1* the publio health, and claims that the measures passed by the last Legislature have been en tirely successful and productive of Important benefits. In this he will be upheld by public sentiment in the city. He calls for such fur ther notion as may be necessary to continue the protection against the spread of disease which was enjoyed during the past summer. A summary of the condition of the military departments and agencies of the State, and state ments In reference to population, education, agriculture and manufactures occupy tome space in tfce document and will be subjects for future examination. The canal question is re viewed elaborately, and the necessity of in creased facilities for the transportation of the trade of the growing West la urged with conside rable energy. This important topic is dwelt upon at some length, and the Idea of an enlarge ment of the Erie and Oswego canals to their fullest capacity Is lhvored by the Governor. The canal revenue figures make a good exhibit. The gro3S receipts during the year show un increase of nearly two million dollars ovor 1866. The revenue from tolls for 1866 is eight hundred thousand dollars more than lost year. The expenditures are nearly five hundred thou sand dollars less. The surplus revenue is one million and a quarter la advance of last year. The message, which is npon the whole a good, substant'al State paper, winds up some what abruptly and without any pyrotechnic display. The Governor close* with the public works, only adding a brief paragraph of half a dneen lines, in which he proposes to the Legislature that be and they shall mutually uocept every responsibility which their re spective positions impose. Royal I'llrmnrni- Proopprtn of Another Eumprnn War. The New Your addresses of Napoleon and Victor Emanuel to the diplomatic repre sentatives at their respective courts are ot the rose color order. They express them selves hopeful of a peaceful future for Europo; bat In contrast with these pleasing anticipa tions we have facts in the conduct of both monarchs which do not look as if they them selves entertained any very strong beltef In them. In the first place, the French and Italian armies aro being reorganised and pnt on a footing which indicates the probability of another great struggle involving the whole of tbo Continental Powers. Then we have the significant omission of all allosion to Frnssla in tho recent speech of Victor Emanuel on the opening of the Italian Chambers. That we regard as a very ominous circum stance. At the close of a conflict which has won for Italy her Venetian provinces, and which she never could hare sustained without the aid of Prussia, the world naturally looked for some strong expression of gratitude towards that government in the King's speech. The motires must be powerful indeed which induced his Majesty to forego all allosion to It. The feet, it mnst be admitted, is in Itself sufficient to create the most disquieting apprehensions. Napoleon and Victor Emanuel may give expreesion to as many platltndee as they please about peaoe; but they will deceive no one. We were once told by Napoleon that the empire meant peace; but the world very soon found out that it meant directly the opposite. So It is with these New Tear's felicitations. They are as insincere as they can b*; for those who utter them well know that the preset* condition of things is only tem porary. If we h.?1 any doubt that the talked of alliance between France, Austria and Italy had wtuallv UcM completed, the silence of Viotor Emanuel in regard to Prussia would have re moved it E tglnnd is not as yet a p vrty to Itf hi t. in spite of her expressed '"termination to si"v el *ar of Continental complications, she will ev< nt.tally be forced to take part n them. Within the next three years t' whole of th' European Powers will be array*! against c?< other in two great hostile oaraps. The Eastern question is assuming an aspect which may pre cipitate a collision within even a shorter period. These probabilities are anything but tranquil lizing to financial and oommeroial interests,

whatever assurances they may receive to the contrary from royal lips. The N?w Ywr rwlv?l< The festival of New Tear for 1867 baa come and gone, but the pleasant memories it has left behind of restored friend ships, uncharitable weaknesses buried ont of sight, and new acquaintances made which are destined perhaps to ripea iato a more enduring shape, will remain and keep us company on our journey through the pre sent year, whether the path be rough or smooth?whether the roses or the thorns pre ponderate by the wayside. New Year was kept this time with a lively observance that many did not anticipate; for it has been for some time past becoming "honored in the breach." It is trne that In what are called the arlstocratle circles fewer families were "at home" to indiscriminate visitors, sod the com pliments of the season were to a greater ex tent than heretofore exchanged in domestic privacy. Still the people ewang round the circle of hearty enjoyment as they have not done since before the war. The livery men and the florists, the pastry cooks and the con flseurg, realized moderate fortunes on New Year eve and New Year day, as their bank accounts no doubt can verify. There seemed to be a general assurance that we had fallen upon good times; gold down to 133; prices falling; currency plentifully distributed; a mild winter for the poor; a healthy city; the certainty of enduring peace for the country? all these agencies contributed to make the New Year carnival right merry and genial, despite the gloomy sky which ushered it in and endeavored to smother it out with a wet blanket of snow. Then there were plenty of pleasant things to talk about. Young America had just accom plished a daring feat which renders apocbry phal the dictum that Britannia rules the waves, and Young England, in the person of its sover eign's second son, one of the famous blue jack ets, had consented to give " the mistress of the seas " another chance fbr her laurels. There is a prospect, too, that Congress will give its at tention to a more speedy reconstruction of the absent States upon Thad Stevens' North Caro lina plan, so that the rebellion will leave as no testamentary disunion and will put our finan cial policy upon such a basis that commercial disaster and bankruptcy may be rendered im possible for many and many a New Year to come. These cheerful reflections gave zest to the enjoyment of the birthday of 1867, not only In this metropolis, where tfa birthright of the Knickerbockers haa not yet been bartered for a mess of pottage, but all through the North as welL In the South, although there may not exist the same causes for hilarity, stUl there id the consolation at least that desolating war is at an end, we may trust forever, and a brighter sun is breaking through the clouds with which error had obscured tt for four long dreary years. If the Southern peoplo only accept the opportunity offered them?thongh It may not be all tkky would desire?and fill up the vacant chairs in the Senate and Houso of Representa tives, they may have a happier New Year to celebrate in 1868, and wa can all make it a true fraternal national festival. The AMeaa Asalrcrtuj mt KaudsstlM. The lamented Abraham Lincoln Is canon ised in the hearts of the African race. His memorable proclamation of January 1, 1863, is their charter of emancipation. His name among them henceforward for genera tions to come will be revived as their great liberator, and his memory will be the leading inspiration in their New Year rejoicings. Ho has given to New Year day an enduring blaze of glory to them, (n making it the day and the anniversary oi their emancipation? the dey on which \he backbone of the rebellion was broken by his thunder bolt against alavery. The first of Jan uary in this country has thus become tho African Fourth of July; and from Maine to Texas it has beon celebrated by the race this year, In various places, with remarkable en thusiasm. Fred Douglass was one of the lions of the day at their Boston celebration, and the venerable English abolitionist, George Thompson, somewhat softened by time, was another. Turning southward, at Richmond, Va., "the oelebration of the emancipation proclamation by the rejoicing negroes occupied the atten tion of everybody." The freedmen turned onl in a grand procession, sabres shining, diume beating and colors flying, and marched to tho Capitol square, where they were harangued in a violent speech by a white fanatic of the name of Hunnicutt; bnt all passed off quietly. What a revolution for Richmond 1 We havo reports of similar celebrations at Norfolk, Vs., Wilmington, N. C., Charleston, S. C.f Nashville, Tenn., Augusta, Ga., and elsewhere, and in no case reported does there appear to have been any disturbance with "the poor whites." This is a good sign. It indicates that the two races Sooth have reached at least the first essential step to a friendly understanding?"yon let us alone and we'll let you alone;" from which we hope there will be a steady progress to fixed relations of harmony. A Windfall fob the Crrr Tbzascrt, Fib baps?In the gathering up of unlicensed liquor ing places, under the trenchant decision of ibt Court of Appeals. Only Onx.?We perceive in onr Washington reporter's interesting report of the Presidcnt'i New Year reception, published in yeslcrday'i Herald, that "one remaikable feature of th? day wna that but one oolored citizen rppeared among the gnosis," and that "be was as con dially greeted as any other person in the line/' But why only onot We guess that the ques tion of negro snffrage in the District of Colom bia will explain the mystery. Who, then, wai this solitary but courteous Ethiopian T Wai he a copperhead T Th* Excisr Decision in toe Srornns.?A tremendous haul of choice liquors was made by the local authorities at Brighton, Mass., on New Year day, Brighton being the grand terminus of sHghing parties from Boi ton. The decision of our Court of Appenls on the Excise law of Ibis metropolitan district p' -"S our road and half-way houses and ng parties thereto under a similar dan i> ye, therefore, ready; for tho exeisc >unds no trumpet on his approach. The SmmcMUii of Coacreaa. After ft fortnight's recess, covering the Christmas and Mew Tear holidays, the two booses of Congress reassemble for business to-day. As most of the fiembefs have availed themselves of the opportunity for a pleasant Qhrjgtgias and New Tear at home, it is probable that there will not be much over, if enough to make up, a quorum in either house this morning. We presume that if they have a quorum it will be a day of mis cellaneous odds and ends in the way of resolu tions, motions of inquiry, Ac., In both branches, and especially in the House. We should not be surprised if, among other things, there ehonld be a scattering shot or two at the late decision of the Supreme Court and some break ing of ground on the Mexican question. The Southern excursionists, it is reported, will be bank in Washington this evening from their Southern interior railroad trip to New Orleans. They have hardly had time to learn a great deal of the Southern political situation; but they have doubtless learned something that will prove valuable in the future discussions of Southern affairs. We guess, however, that ifj the influence of these excursionists shall be brought to hear in fhvor of a liberal policy to the railroads concerned touching the claims of the government against them arising from the war, the main object of the companies' interest will be gained. Meantime the committee of in vestigation into the facta of the New Orleans massacre ef last summer are closing np their work, and the results of their report, when made, will probably embraoe a radical recon struction of Louisiana. The two houses will hardly proceed to the regular business mea sures of the session till next week. The Liilril Freich Caaar*?Maxl?Ulaa>? Ab ikallHi The French government appear to be singu larly anxious that the world should believe that they earnestly desire the abdication of Maxi milian, and consequently instruct their organ? the Moniieur, to get up little canards from time to time. The latest one has the merit of being very straight to the point, and appears not only in the Montiewr but in Le Ttmps, by way of giving it additional strength. It is to the effect that Maximilian's act of abdication has arrived in Paris and been placed in the hands of the Emperor Napoleon. But this canard has not been ingeniously managed or contrived, for it must be apparent that the proper parties to an act of the kind are the Mexican people and no one else. Max must abdicate to those whom he pretends have invested him with imperial autho rity by a majority of voices, and not to the French Smperor, who simply named him for the posi tion. When Maximilian does abdicate he will do it, no doubt, in the usual way and conform abiyto long established, mage. be have now nothing to do with each other. The former plainly told Ms prcUgi that be must rely on himself alone and paddle his own oaaoe, and from the moment the determination was expressed to withdraw the French expe ditionary army all French intervention must be considered to have ended. But if Max is deeirous of nuking a secret act of abdication, lest an open announcement to the Mexicans should Increase the perils of his situation, he need not be afraid to inform us first We will help, with pleasure, to relieve him of his burden. The Street Cemeilselener Imhrenlle. The Street Commissioner imbroglio which so long occupied public attention and which seemed to have been set at rest a short time ago by the unexpected confirmation of Mr. George W. McLean, has suddenly promised a revival through the announcement of the appoiutment of the new head of tho depai tm-nt to the office of Agent of Internal Revenue. A brief his tory of the facts bearing upon this new phase of the affair will probably ease the minds of those who at present seem bewildered by the complications which it presents. Upon the resignation of Cornell it was deter mined by the "ring" that Brennan should be his successor in tho Street Department. It was well known that he could not be re-elected to the Comptrollersblp, aod the complimentary card requesting him to be a candidate was con cocted only for the purpo.-. of affording Mayor Hoffman a justification for nominating him as Street Commissioner. Ia th ; meantime a num ber of ornamental nominations were to be made, all of which were to bo rejected by the Board of Aldermen. A cert ain sot of Alder men were associated with Hoffman, Brennan and Sweeny In this arrangement, but in ordor to socure the rejeotion of the several nomineos by the remainder of the Board each candidate was required by the Mayor to pledge himself in advance not to enter into any arrangement with the Aldermen in relation to tho patronage of the office. When the list of fancy nomi nations reached air. McLean's name he was sent for by the Mayor and tho usual pledge required of higi. The singular condi tions imposed upon him disclosed ot onco the fact that the nomination was a fraud and n cheat, and was to be made only for the purpose of carrying on the deception until the time ar rived for the nomination of Brennan. Mr. Mc Lean, we understand, required timo to m ?ko up his mind as to his acoeptance, and left the Mayor's office. Some few hours afterwards be returned and agreed to allow his name to be used, and gave the required pledge. The nomi nation was thereupon sent in. when, to the as tonishment and chagrin of tie "ring," H waS confirmed by tho Board of Aldermen. This was a terrible blow to noffman, Bren nan, Swoeny and the "ring" Aldermen, and they were thrown into confusion anil consternation. How tho result was bronght about they were at a loss to conjecture; but a way to remedy the evil occurred to tbem. Some four or five months previously the name of Mr. McLean had been pressod at Washington for Agent of Inter nal Revenue; but he was opposed by Hc.ff maa, Brennan, Sweeny and all tho Tammany "ring" and Manhattan Club Influence. A sud den change now came over the sentiments of these gentlemen, and some of them proceeded at once to Washington, withdrew tbeir opposi tion to Mr. McLean's appointment and urged favorable action upon his application. Tie re sult was the announcement that tho office of Agent ot Internal Revenue was open to Mr. McLean's acceptance. This Is the whole history of tho affair. The bargain between Mayor Hoffman and the "ring' Is the appointment of Brennan as Street Com missioner. But that cannot be carried out so long as Mr. McLean ocouples the office, no has not yet resigned it, and U is not probable that i he will. Tho neoulo are satisfied with his ap pointment and look to him for a wholesome reform la the management of the department He has the opportunity to do well and to aa tabliah a good reputation in the ofloe be aow bolas, and it U not likely be will neglect it or accept any other position. Besides, be owes tt to the taxpayers and respectable citiiens of Hew York, who repose conlldence in him, to do no act that can aid the efforts of the cor rupt "ring" to perpetuate their power in an Important department of the city government. Great Excitement?In the grog shops and corner groceries over the late terrible decision of the Court of Appeals on the Excise law. The law Is constitutional; but will it be wise In enforce it. as it now may be enforced?Satur day night shotting up and Sunday total prohi bition, lager bier and ale? That Is the qnen tlon. __________ LAKES' NEW YEAI. ((?w It \Vm? (>k**rr?d In Ike City TeMenUr. The mo-', ardent admirer of U>? old Dutch adveatorsM who aa>Ued Manhattan bind will Mt dafnd Keiekro booker characteristics fa thoir entirety?-for than wan ?any oUhatu that are Indefeasible?but the meat prnfw diced of ?mi-Knickerbocker* Hail not to orodit then sturdy Hotlndars with baring beam a social, oewpsay loving claw of people, whose geaeroelty sad fres hen! edneae toward their own countrymen end eountrywan* at least, do aot adwit of doubt. The customs brewgkh with them from the Netherlands oa being transplanted hers, hare fbuad a fruitful soil, and adherents scrupu lously exact la their obserraace among the deacon Isude of thorn worthy old burghers, who bow coastttute ae large a proportion of our Influential and well-to-do fellow oittaens. The English occepanoy under Govern or H colis and his British euoceesont one would naturally sup pose, would hers had a tendency (especially considering the antagonism that axis ted between the settlers and their conquerors) to do away, to s eery great extant an least, with the peculiar social usages Inaugurated by tha old Knickerbockers, and the substitution in their staid of manners and customs of English origin. So far wan this from being tha case, however, the very opporfea policy aeems to have prevailed in very many tnstancm these customs of the Dutch having been taken up by tha English and their descendants and made part and parcel ot their social workings. Thus, among other things which have descended to us unimpaired by coming through an era of Anglo-Saxon manners, is tha custom of making New Tear's calls, new so universally adopted in this city. But among the old Knickerbock ers (as to a very great extent to-day; the ladies shared thisvieittng custom equally with the men. New Tear's Day was then, as now, devoted to the use of the sterner sex, while the subsequent day wss monopolized by thslr female relatives in returning the visits with which thsy had been honored. The custom was very generally observed yesterday: not, however, being confined exclustvuly to ladles or Dutch descent, but wss observed by many others of tha numerous nationalities (not esceplins the Yankee pure and simple) which go to make up the vast population of this metropolitan and cosmopolitan oity. All seemed heartily glad that the fine weather and improved sleigh ing of yesterday afforded them so fine an opportunity for keeping up an excellent sucal custom?one which will doubtless grow more and mnro into favor as the yearn roll on. Its general observance would work to society* profit, by softening the asperities and dissipating tbo Jealousies that, In Ihts age, too often characterise fami lies, especially in the upper circles. Schiller say a:? By gently entreating and sweetly beguiling Woman reigns while The Uraoet around her are smiling, Calming down the fierce discord of Hatred and Pride; Teaching all whom the strife of wild passions would sever To unite In one bond, and with her, and forever, Alt hopes, each emotion, tliey else had denied. In Brooklyn and otber adjoining cities ths oustom was also very generally observed yosterday. <i etc mac Aeons* In ths (try aad ea ths Read. Tha unusual travel of the New Year's festival, Jo, gather with ths Mefug of the temperature d tiling the af ternoon of that day, had tha effect of reducing the anew on tha well packed rends to a thin slushy mixture got at all pleaaanl to behold, comfortable to wade through nor easy to glide over. Sleighing, it wss therefore fearad, would end with the day, aad tha euthusiastlo devutew to winter sport, accordingly made tha moat of It Tro tarday morning, however, we may imagine their delight on noting the change in the atmosphere and tha con sequent chang-* In the appearance of ths roads. Ths slush of ths previous dar nad been turned to tea; aafl tha cryslalllaed flakea which had clung together and pro se rved their distinctive character in tha watery pools formed in the warm spall, were hardened aad sparkling with prismatic lights, the roads bed lost their soiled ap pearance, tbo mud had disappeared and a hard whim mantle en ru'tod street and park, lane and highway, from ibe heart of the city to the frozen groves what* untrammelled nature gives our pleasure BCope. Young America, eager alter* chance for sport presents, wan early equipped and in the field, leading the van of ths gav concourse that glided northward on the iey track and foremoet tn the frolic that anlivened tha showy parade. Gutters of modest pretensions and turnouts of gi Bales! state, containing family part ton, humble bSMMSS una dorned, whoM burly gali.itit* handled the tibboos with professional grace; queenly patrician belles, with but'.JT 11 v c ivali-trs. attired in Ibe lightest or costumes, and oi the most excruciatingly lulling "make up," dashed through Fifth avonue and the thoroughfares open lug ncitr the Park entrance, and there tningl-ng in a queer confusion ofdiveroe elements?pride and poverty, youth and old ago, bea ity and deformity, gentility a i rowdyism?mured on through the drive at a decorous gait,'the fan'y man before tbo millionaire, and ths bitfcher boy side by side with bis employer's wealthiest customer. Good sleighing was enjoyed on the outskirts of Brook lyn yesterday, and it uuinbi r of rrtnnrknbl) fine turnouts were eoen on several of the principal avenues. AMfiJU. R?t?3ir OF THS RETMPOUTAI POLICE COIEU siqn;m. The Board of Metropolitan Police, In aooordance with the provisions of chaptor 103 of the Laws of 1S84, hnv* submitted their annual report to the Governor. Ths Qrst par*, of tins document refers to appropriations made nod required for providing bettor station house and prison accommodations in some of the preclnota and much needed repairs in others. It says the system of providing station houses aud prisons for the use of Utn Metropolitan police, through tho action of the munictpW auihori'ios, u neither safe nor economical, experfonoa having shown that tha Board of Commissioners ought to be charged with that duty. During the last year twenty rour deaths occurred, and tho amount or tliuo logt fey sickue-s and Injuries oxreoda tho amount of thq previous your by throe hundred and eleven days. The n-.mber of poustouer* has b-en iucreajod, RegisTv Aw Of 1"? ?n,<J J* amendmentjjftVe imposed onerous and dollcato duti?r upon the police; but It Is believed ihMO been performed acceptably and ha-a hag the effect of dimin'shtng the expenses of elMtioua. Attention is called to the want of provision (or thn equitable dis'rlbut'en of ibe expense of supporting thn House of Detention for witne-see, and rucommenda an amendment requiring each city, county and town of tli? district to contr.bnte In proportion to the expanses incurred on aeoonnt of auch. The report contains a reference to the nere-afty for providing mearn ef nacapc, In case of fire, from tenement houses in this city, the prcasnt lining " d flcc-m to s p rllous degree." The number of arrests for oftence* In the diioiof New York and Brooklyn for Ibe year I86d was07,587 Dur ing the test seven years there has been an Increase of twenty per cent In ihe number of arrests. The roport spooks favorably of (ho efficiency of the pel c? In tbo rural districts. Suggestions are made of certain amend ments to the Boot Tnw, so as to reader It mnro efficient but I em r.strtctlvg pj Jter?on? jirojemjll"- le?i''mstf business. In referring t.. iTie subject of liar** and hit-xT mop, tu? pr clicrs of nuuiy of the latt?r are dertgnated U ''an op?n and appsront sl.ume;" and arrest* of hack men are frequent, h it pun *hm -ntg rare. It recom mend* that the power to sront ltoen-es to Junk show acAp& A junk boatmen sun purchasers of eocond Uasn articles n.i granted to the commissioner*, for the purpose of frustrating the families uow artprded thieve* to die pose readily of I ha proceed* of thrlr'robberl.*. \ w*?il erahle portion of the roport Is devoted to thea-ilouof the Board of Excise, many of the facts stated !?? wtich have already been published, and tb? some-chat iauyhy doenmeat conclude;-, with a rcretnmerdatia.. n ? ' 'he fore* b# largely IncreasoJ, mrue eapetlall) iu CUT POLITICS. Msxr.sa or m TamtsKT ttsnsnst. OMmtrva?Gas-ra Row st rna AwomtsnavT ? A meeting of th# Central Committee of Tammany IIsli, circled for the envnta* year, was held butt evening at Tammany Hall, William M. T"*od in Ihe ohair. On catling the Hat or credentials It appeared thai thore were contesting delegations froa* Ibe Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Tenth, Thirteenth, Fifteenth, Eighteenth, Tweniy first and Twenty -rootid wards, and upon motion ths h .airing of the claim- o( Itie contesting delegations ?ero adjourned until a subsequent evening. Alter the sdJouruuiont of the comuiitteo a fracas occurred in tue barroom of the Hall, in which sn ex. Member or Assembly Was knocked down and fbr a sh >11 time a general nvv -eomcd imn.incut, v.'.mil v.as only quelled by tlin prompt luta..erouco of tiro pot'oo. MntTisti o? run Mor.*nr Rati Gtrssit Cosisimta ? Tll.S Committee n.ct last ovouiug at '<14 Broadway fot Ihe purpose ol nppotntlng offi. ere for the ensuing yean Tho fallowing spp>ilotments were mad?i?William l\ I.ea, Chairman-; lMnJatlfla IVoo.1, Vice Chairman; tV. A. McCarthy and John Mil. hell, ^ecrolnriei; M. E ran nan. Of itie -Sixteenth ward, (roa-urer; John Millr*. ll*rff.s*ot lt Arms a commute? of r>n-from each warn was ap petite d to draw up bv-lawa (or the govern in >nt at' th# General Commuter aud report at Ute next in -etiug, thn by-laws or the post ycur to remain in foros untitled new ouea wore printed. The Committee eujeurnad Mil Ute first th u radar la February,