Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 6, 1873, Page 8

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 6, 1873 Page 8
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LANDED PROPERTY. A BRILLIANT WZEK'S BUSINESS. The Sale of tlie Famous Post Estate ? Estab lishing Tallies of Weit Side Lots. Three Million Dollars' Worth of Property Sold. THE CITY'S EXPANSION. Its Imperial Destiny IN" or tli ward. "HOW TL.3 OLD TlHI.rG WOItES." The Elections of Mcrrisania and West Farms Place Their Stamp of Approval on Annexa tion by the Vote Cast at the Late Election. The Subject Favorably Considered by the Common Council. RECENT PRIVATE SALES, &C. Croakers and bears in real estate liave derived but little comlort ol late, aud tbo (act that nearly three million dollars' worth ol property changed hands during the past week demonstrates clearly that no amount of decrying lias any tendency to depreciate the value of landed estate. The feature of the past week has been THE SALE OK TUE FAMOUS POST ESTATE, which realized very close on one million and a quarter dollars. Everybody waited for it before making investments, and, by a sort of an implied understanding, operators decided to abide the result and estimate values by the prices obtained for these west side lots. The sequel proved that the shrewd speculators had rightly calculated. The fig ures received exceeded the most sanguine expectations of the veriest bull, and sadly disappointed the bruin clement. Conjectures as to the sums lor which the Riverside Park lots would sell were rife among parties interested in real estate. The two prominent l^s corner 01 Riverside avenue aud 1'zZd street, were variously estimated to bring all the way from $l2,uooto $15,000; but when the northeast corner was knocked down to Mr. Cyrus Clark, a heavy land owner ana speculator, for $18,loo, It was at once conceded that the prospective sale would bean Immense success. The opposite corner, not quite so eligibly located, brought $18,000, and the inside lots proportional rates. In the aggregate each lot as it was mapped out, good, bad and Indifferent, averaged all the way through $7,900. It may be imagined tnat holders ol property on the west side feel highly elated over this great result, as it enhauce-s their possessions manifold. KFFECTS OK TUK MONEY LOCK-UP. It is generally conceded that a tight money mar ket. has no influence upon the disposal of well located real estate, and in the flush of excitement attendant upon the sale of the l'ost estate the ex isting monetary stringency seems to have been lelt out o! sight by those In attendance. Rut a heavy rate of discount lor accommodations and a failure to realize upon other collaterals have debarred a good many persons from attending said auction, who otherwise would have been very heavy buyers. Thus this branch of trade is effected by scarcity in currency as much as dry goods or any other traffic. Looking at THE GENERAL BR817I.T OF THIS SALE and those following leads us to the conclusion that 3 healthy activity In real estate opera tions lias net In, and we can confidently an ticipate now a lively business lor some time to come. Another fact has been most vividly brought home to us, and that Is "an estate of executors will bring an amount largely In excess of that of other property." This arises from the natural cause that the former must be sold at any price, and even if the heirs buy 11 In, It nevertheless establishes rates, while with the latter there may be buying iu If the "set" price Is not reached by the auctioneer. ANNEXATION. Brooklyn is experiencing difficulty in her ambi tion to extend her municipal jurisdiction over all the towns of Kings county. Some of the towns positively object, and, us is but right tinder such circumstances, the Legislature hesitates to annex them to that city against their will. They will probably, therefore, be allowed an opportunity of voting on the question. liut In the Westchester towns of Morrisania, West Farms and Kingsbrldge there seems to be NO OCCASION to take the sense ol the people by ballot on the subject or annexation to the city ot New York. In each of 'hose towns the people ore as nearh unani mous lu iavor of annexation as people usually are on any public measure. The preterence is so un mistakably expressed as to be a matter of absolute certainly, and no one is bold enough to gainsay this lact. Vet there occasionally crops out there Irom "ring" quarters, disturbed, no doubt, by the fear of losing long enjoyed opportunities in political hunt ing grounds under their control, a suggestion to Impede the wishes of the people of said Westchester towns lor immediate annexation to the cttv by compelling them, as a condition precedent, to vote at some future tune as to whether, alter all, they may not be mistaken in respect to their real wishes 011 the subject. This is exactly what a proposition to take the vote of either of the towns in reference to annexation to New York city amounts to, and the people of Morrisaala, West Farms and Kingsbrldge are FULLY ALIVE To TilK MOTIVES of those who assume to practise this officious and mischievous Interierence ostensibly in their behalf, but in reality, as Is easily seen, lor the mainten ance ot niere personal Interests. That leaders in both political parties are confederated 111 sucli a discreditable Intrigue by no means relieves it ol the imputation of partisanship, but rather proves It to be a compound partisanship, the ingred ients insisting ol the proverbial "six ot on*- and half a dozen of the other," if, indeed, tiie West chester politicians thus combined to le id the people by the nose number so many as a dozen in all. The proof that annexation to the city is popular In the towns is amply evidenced by the MULTITUDE OF SIONEK* TO MEMORIALS to the legislature In favor and the lew opposed, lu Kingsbrldge scarcely a man can be found in op ?osltion. At the recent town metting in West arms the question was put to the electors in a body and the i espouse was unanimously and en thusiastically in the affirmative. In Morrlsania, also, the feeling in favor is intense anil deter mined? so much ko thai, notwithstanding there was apparently no serious opposi tion to the recent election of the demo cratic candidate lor supervisor In that town on general grounds, ins friends recognized the ne cessity of relerrlngtn puollc print during the can vass u> a rumor prevailing, for political eflect. os they alleged, that he was opposed to annexation, arid of their asserting ther in on "authority" that the rumor was talsc, as no man in the town was more heartily In favorof the question than he. As a consequence of this assurance the gentleman re let red to was elected by a large majority, The only Totes against him having been cast lor a n-'pubii can whose name was kept on the ticket alter he had declined the nomination, lor the purpose of Keeping up the party organisation in the town, and who was himself also earnestly rmnmttted in lav or of annexation. In Addition to this nearly UNANIMOUS hXI'UKSSION FKOM TIIF.SE TOWNS, the supervisors of the county have also by deliberate resolution in behall of and as expressing the sense ol the people of the county, mgnifledtbelr concurrence In the measure. If, therefore, the representatives of Westchester county In the Legislature do their duty in the premises, and are sustained iu it by the city Members, we ina> reasonably expect the an nexation of the Vesteliester towns of Morlssania, West harms and Kingsbrldge to the city of New V ork to become an accomplished lact before the termina tion ot the business ef the present session. In which event, let all parties concerned keep a sharp look out lor a period of business activity in the city and annexed towns, among capitalists, traders, me chanics and working men. such as comparatively few may new lolly anticipate, hut through which multitudes arc destined to become prosperous be yond their present most sanguine expectations. TUB FA V0KA MI.E KECoM M EN l>ATION of the law committee of the Hoard of Aldermen, In reference to the annexation of the Westchester towns to this city, was considered by the Hoard at tneir meeting on Thursday, and was adopted by tuat bodv. The subittti being of magnitude and importance, It was discussed by the Aluerineu with considerable animation, and the resolution wan n nally emended bo as to call for the submission o( tne wliole question to the people of the counties ol New York and Westchester at tlie next election. No one will dispute the right ol any Alderman to claim 1 Iiih privilege lor hi* constituents lu what ever light the wisdom or KXI'KDIgNGY OK TI1E FHOPOSITiON may be viewed; but when he attempts a similar drug on tlie measure, as representing the interests of the Westchester county electors, his r,j,'iit und his motives become questionable, it in possible, however, that the submission proposition was ' pressed under circutnsuuccs not lnc insistent with the highest sense ol honor and tlie most exulted public spirit on the part ol the Aldermen who sup ported the amendment, as they muy have been misled through tin invidious provision insetted I in the Annexation bill after its irietids had dceuiea it complete, but which was subsequently stricken out by the Committee on Cities ol the .\ssen:oly as UNNECESSARY ANI) M1SCH1 liVOt'S, requiring the trunsier of the public property or tne towns to be submitted to a voteoi tlie electors thereof beiore taking full effect. Hut no well-in formed person, entitled to be regarded as even Mint to tne citizens of tlie Westchester towns, would represent them, as was done m tlio Aider iiiiiiiic delate, as favoring annexation to the city, und consequent amenability to its traditional municipal government, to enable tbem to escape taxation. The contemplation of uny such illusion iu respect to "jum' ing out of the frying pan into the fire"' provokes rather grave retlectjous, espe cially in connection with a politico-economical scheme oi our present city daddies that is now penning in the Legislature, to destroy the finest and grandest structure of Egyptian architecture outside ol liic laud of the l'haraohs, In the promo tion ol A COMPANION MASTKKl'IKCK to the "County Court llnuso" enterprise, which, if accomplished, will, in eirect, dedicate the crinunul courts aud prisons of the city and couuty 01 New York to the elevated purposes and designs ol the undent, order ol ??shysters," in some sequestered quarter ol tiie city tinit will be practically inacces sible to the honorable members 01 the legal pro fession and to the citizens generally. In considering tlie arguments against this project of annexation one ranuot tail to be im pressed by the facility wij,h which Uicy answer and refute themselves. This UNFORTUNATE WEAKNESS of that side of t.,e question has been heretofore pointed out in the Hibald. and it was rather lu dicrously apparent when the sharp Westchester townsmen were churgcd in the debute by an Alder man, who was opposing annexation, with making their mouey in tne city, and escaping its taxation by residing "over the bridge." "I.ET US ANNEX T1IE1K TERRITORY, THEN," was the opposite response ol another Alderman, "ana we may thereby- compel them to pay their taxes in our own city." And this passage between the two worthy city magnates is u fair indication ol the staple of the annexation argument wherever it occurs. Atter calmly SDRVBYINO TIIE WIIOI.E FIEI.D, our candid opinion Is, that the strong and only available point of all who are Intent on obstruct ing the measure Is a rigid adherence to the device ol the experienced Westchester "nug" of requir ing the concurrence In advance ol each of the sep arate municipalities or governments concerned, to be expressed by the vote ol their several popula tions. in the multitude ol counsels thUB demanded there is u chance lor a slip-up of the measure some where, even ii so despei ate an expedient us a lalse and stull'ed ballot box and a knockcd-down In spector of elections has to be resorted to, as is al leged to have been the case at the recent election for town otlicers in the First ward of Morrisanla. SUBURBAN RESIDENCES. A new ern of prosperity seems to dawn for t,lio beaut li ul sea-girt btateti Island, especially that j portion known as New Brighton. The stiff prices i demanded by owners of houses in this city drives I people of moderate Income away, and hundreds 1 I have flocked to New Brighton, where very comlort- j able residences are rented at very moderate rates, i We have heard of a number of rentals In tills ! vicinity within the past week. The elevated loca tion of property here renders habitation desirable, i and the climate is us salubrious as anywhere within thirty miles of New York. Increased lerrv facili ties are now offered to the residents of the island, thus virtually establishing a "rapid transit" une qualled by any elevated railroad. PRIVATE SAI.BS. We have received the following reports of private i sales effected last week HV F. Z1TTK!,, 1,02(1 Til I lilt A VKNl'K. 1 house, s. *. t'-il ?t., between Lexiugton und 3d uvs . 12.6xMftl30 SIS, 300 I house, n. s. St<l St., between 8tlt und Otli uvs., lti.8x 50x100 16,500 I house, s. f. (iOth st., 240 ft. e. of Miull-on av., 2.1x52 xlOO 37,1**1 I house, 323 East l!2d st., story h., 17x4SxlUO 7, 878 1 holl?e, n. #? Kl<l St., between Sill it ml Hill uvs., 18. Ox 51x1112 IS, IW0 1 house, ii. s. 83d St., between Htli unit 9th uvs.. 20x I 511x102 ?,000 BV I.KRl'lNASSK AMU KUIKOM AN. 1 lot, 50x100, s. s. 117tli st., 370 It. s. w. of 5th nv 8,500 j 1 lot, u. e. conn r Boulevard unit 130th st., 25x11*1.. 12,750 1IIY THOMAS (i. IIOJKII, 038 TII1UII JVEMUK. 8703d av. . house and lot, 25x75 23.230 872 3(1 av., bouse und lot, 25x75 2 -1,250 ,02.'! Lexington av., 20xrt4 19.IHH1 I 312 I usl ..'.Ith St.. 25x100 8,1*1.1 2S(j ltfth st., Brooklyn, house und lot, 17x100 4,,'idO PUBLIC EDUCATION. The New Board ot Education Meet n ml Adjourn Without Orjjaiiiziiij;? t ustoiii i House liobbylati. At four o'cloc k yesterday afternoon the members 01 the Board of Instruction, nominated In accord- I ance with the provisions of a recent act of the Leg- 1 islature, assembled at the hall corner of Grand and ! j Klin strec^. Oil motion Mr. Albun P. Mann was i | unanimously voted to the chair. The meeting : ! room was thronged by principals, vice principals j anil various other friends of education. On the i right were Heated President Hunter, of the i ! Normal College; Professor ^cott and the city super- j ! intendents. A novel scene was witnessed outside j the ratling. There, In noisy and busy coniahula- i tion, stood many of the satellites of the Custom I | House, whispering to different members and firing ! Knowing winks and nods in all directions. Prom | inent among them were Isaac H. Uailcy, Jackson Schultz, Tom Acton, Jimmy Davis and W. Hall. Many of the Commissioners appeared to be thoroughly conversant with the intentions of the lobbyist-, ami gave theEB a wide berth, it is understood that the Custom House , gentlemen, not being able to influence j the Mayor to nominate all the Commissioners of j their choice, Intend to "work upou" t'.ie new ofll- j clals for the purpose of securing the hitherto non- : partisan patronage of the Hoard, ami thus make a machine of the most, important department of the city government. The contemptible practice of appealing to religious feelings in aid of the object j j lus been in some instances resorted to; but the I officials, fortunately, don't appear to be the men to listen to those appeals. They are all venerable, intelligent-looking individuals, and | present a very favorable appearance. Kx cept Commissioners Patterson and Kelly (the latter gentleman is In the South), all the new appointees were in their seats. A debate arose among them as to the power of the new Hoard to acton .Saturday, trie tllteentn day alter the passage of the act not having then expired. (Yesterday was the fifteenth day.) The lawyers of the Hoard were unanimous in the opinion that the term of the old Hoard had not yet expired and could not. legally expire until twelve o'clock that night, it was true the old Hoard had adjoultied sine die: but that fact did not alter the workings of the law. A motion wai accordingly made to ad : Journ until Monday afternoon, which was unani ! motisly carried. To-morrow evening, therefore, I the destinies of children, a vast number of ; public educators and the control of a great, depart ment will pass into the hands of the Hoard. | THE YOUNG INVESTIGATION. Second Se**lon of the Committer of Super, visor* ?n to the Conduct of J. IS. Young? Renewal of the Testimony as to the Woodward Warrants. Hefore the proceedings were formally renewed yesterday in the J. B. Young investigation Mr. i Talntor stilted to the committee that he desired to > | disclaim any personal feeling in the inquiry . asrainst Mr. Young. The results that had been ; ami were to be presented to the committee had j j been the result of an examination of the books of | the city and county fifteen or sixteen months ago. , He was not actuated by political or partisan mo th es. Wherever he had detected irregularities, no matter who It referred to, he had made It his duty to present those particulars to the proper municipal officer, on the 16th of January he had seen Mr. Young and told him of these charges, and ha<' also sent some of Mr. Young s friends to tell him also. Mr. Dexter A. Hawkins then examined Mr. 1 Taintoras to the details of certain warrants already I published, and winch have been given more or less in detail in thecriminal and civil trials ol Mr. Tweed i and Mr. Hall. The only new features were the de 1 posits of Woodward In the Rroadway Hank, as given by Mr. Talntor. The division and percentage ot certain amounts to Tweed, Harvey and Watson were described, and the particulars, as already published, given In detail. The amounts received by Mr. Young, as already published, were detailed ! by Mr. Tamtor, and traced to the respective amounts. Mr. Talntor's examination was not concluded when the committee adjourned, to meet again on Monday morning at eleven o'clock. COLLISION IN THE SOUND. A collision oecurred yesterday morning fit five o'clock between the tugboat Oyster Hay and an unknown schooner, nearly opposite Whites tone. Happily there was no loss of life; but two hands from the tugboat's crew were lifted into the air, whence they fell Into the cold water of the Sound. They were rescued from their perilous situation by the heroic endeavors of Hell Gate Mint Harris. The Oyster Hay, in her disabled condition, was taken In tow by the steamtug Niagara. The Hchooncr, little duaigcd, proceeded on her course. A SUNDAY AT THE TOMBS. To rim Editor ok thb limuLD:? There are churches and churches, and I nome t uneu wonder what 'lie Creator thinks of most of thorn. 1 particularly wouuer what Ul? pri vate opinion is of the religious services neld in the olicenul corridor of that thing 01 beauty and joy lorever, the Tombs. I have been lost in this particular wonder ever since a desire to Know what was being spiritually done lor criminal.-! led me to risk my health by visiting our sulubnous city prison for a lew hours. Having run thrn risk and returned li me alive, a wiser 11 not a better man, perhaps the I1kiiam> may like to be equally wise and equally no better. Assuming this supposition to be correct, 1 will make as truthiul a pen ami ink sketch as lies within my power. Emerton says that he who tells the truth will lind himself in stirtlciently dramatic sit uations. Emerson is moio practical in this remark than in many others, and at tne risk of my neck (lor alter all "hanging Is not played out") 1 will give myself all tho lope required to hold the Tombs up to life. We enter the gloomy portals of the i rlson and stand without the railings, waiting for the arrival of some potentate whose beck means "open sesame." The ordinary bustle of secular days has yielded to the quiet dulnesa which Is sup posed to denote rcapect for tho Maker of the universe. I have olteu thought that if this respect manileated itself by less chicanery aud rowdyism on week days and moro mirthiulness on Sunday, humanity would benefit by the change; but I am not the President of the United States, nor do 1 belong to tne Custom House parly, consequently what I think is of no conse quence. My attention is attracted to a notice hanging within a few feet of the doorkeeper, whose business It is to receive the passes of ail having ac cess to tho Tombs ?> M ?? A# ++ ^ NO SMOKING ALLOWED IN THIS PRISON. [ "Ah!" I say to myself, "a very good rule; lor If visitors and officials added tobacco tames to air already poisoned by swamp, bad drainage and overcrowding, what would becomo of the wretched prisoners!1" My reflections are ont short by observing that the doorkeeper is consoling himself with a cigar. I am somewhat staggered at this violation of regula tions. but then I regain a speedy composuro by ro membering that the objcct of making laws Is to break t nem. The greatest pleasure in life Is eat ing forbidden fruit. Eve made this discovery early In hor varied career and mon have been prod ting by It ever since. It is not long before the poten tate arrives, beckons, and we pass through the door that affords Ingress and egress to more misery than any door in Christendom. Enter ing the confined courtyard I see where Fos ter died a double death; first from the administration of prolonged prayer, and second, from the administration of law. 1 behold tne win dow of the condemned cull, which is so con veniently situated to the gallows as to convey all sounds oi its ('(instruction to the murderer's quick ears. This refinement of cruelty does credit, to our civilization, ami I draw atteution to it that all Christians may applaud. Within the men's prison is a moving spectacle. I fancy myself on hoard a Great Eastern, anchored in the luke beneath, that once was sev enty feet deep, btirely 1 stand in the en gime room of a vast steamer. Here, on the ground floor, ure three large stoves that a vivid imagination may liken unto furnaces. Three pipes run up into the air and disappear in the skylight. These are the smokestacks. Three tiers ol galleries run around the narrow corridor, men in dirty shirt sleeves lounge about, prisoners are tramping, tramping, tramping, taking their exercise lor all the world like ocean passengers. Every moment 1 expect to hear the boatswain's shrill whistle and the cry of "All hands forward!" It does not coine, however. One by one the prison ers are shut up In their ceMs, preparatory to reli gious exercises, and we mount one flight of steps taking our stand on what. 1 believe to be the Cap tain's lookout. Gazing aroniul and alolt, my eyes catch sight of quotations froni the Bible, printed on pasteboard and hung up between every cell. There is supposed to be uu eternal fitness in every thing, and I wish you to remark the singular pro priety of the mottoes put up by well-intentioned people for the good of sinners. I read, "The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh ills name in vain," and from the adjoining cell 1 hear such blasphemy as *ouglit to make that, pasteboard curl. "I say unto you, love your enemies," and a prisoner who turns his back on the injunction assures me that once out of prison he will have his revenge on those by whom lie has been wronged. "What I say unto you, Isny unto all, Watch!" "Just as though we didn't," retorts a prisoner when asked for a criti cism. "Von better believe we watch, but a darned sight of good it does after a fellow gets into this here place." "Without Me ye can do nothing." "I don't believe in them things," replleB a young burglar whose eel 1 is plentifully supplied with the D>iu'fi Doing ?, the Clipper and other highly instructive journals. "What does it mean, anyhow r There ain't uo beginning nor end to it. I've done lets ol things. What does it mean? They como round here and give us tracts and religious newspapers. We take 'em, but, you'd better believe, we laugh. What do we want with such stuff* What we want is to get out and have a lair chance. I don't want, to steal if I can get a living some other way. Will those tract people give me something to do? Blessed If they will. Now look at that. 'No man can serve two masters; ye cannot serve God and Mammon.' Mammon's money, isn't it? Suppose you haven't got any money, what's up? 1 don't believe it for a cent, it's all gammon. And there's another? ?I am the way, the truth and the life.' Why don't they talk on the square ? What, do they want to go tooling round for, telling a fellow that is locked up, 'Be not afraid? be of good cheer, it Is 1 ?' Do they take us Tor fools ? Well, we ain't, by along shot." No, these young burglars are not fools, whatever else they may be. "The Lord relgueth," proclaims the motto on the wall. "That's the way lie reigns," exclaims a keen-eyed prisoner, overhearing an oath from his neighbor. "These visitors mean well, yon see, bat they don't understand their business. Now, the other day, what does a woman do but go and begin singing psalms at . who was seated in a chair by the stove, she put her hand on the chair and went at him like a good 'un. You ought to have heard the men goon! 'Go it again!' cries one. 'Bully for yon!' said another. 'Put her out!' shouted a third. Some whistled, some bellowed and then they got up a chorus of howls. I eonldn't help laughing and I tell you it's no sort of good trying on religion in that style." As I pass along the gallery one prisoner calls to another opposite, "I say, , what do you suppose a woman said to me yesterday ?" "(live It up," re plies his friend. "Well," the old tool said, 'Now, when you get, out you won't trj and kill anybody again, will you?' "Of course not, raa'm,' said I," and then the two roar with laughter. Most assuredly the keen-eyed man is right in asserting that phi lanthropists do not understand their business. If there Is one thing more than another that crim inals despise It is goody-goody twaddle, and this is tho moral pabulum upon which they are fed. Cleanliness being considered next to godliness, sweeping oi the galleries sets in before the begin ning of services. Considerable dust is thrown in our eyes, but not sumclent to prevent our seeing a church by davllght. Ladles bearing conies of the weekly religious press appear, and although the motto nearly assures me that "Charity tmnketh no evil,'.' I am wicked enough to recall the prisoners' pritlcissis, and wonder whether the road to reform is by the way of newspapers that nte pronounced a bore. Stools, placed on one side of the gallery, are covered with dally ncw-pnpers. On these visitors and ladles and gentlemen constituting tno choir take their seats. My friend sits on the Tri bune and 1 Hit on the Sun, We are fortified by these grand moral organs. New mottoes come l?e fore me. Beside the cell occupied by the great American Dictator, Oeorge Francis Train, I read? "Thy Word is a lamp nnto my feet and a light unto my path." Presently a printed cauvas U unrolled una nunpt up opposite tne oholr, It is a hymn, en titled, "Just as 1 am," the llrat verse ruunlug thus:? .lunt ax I am, without one pica. But that 'lliy i.lfHM was alica lor md. And that Ttiou ">u conm to luw, O i.aml> of God I I como. A boncvolont-looking Episcopalian clergymun ar rives with a aermon. Ho has voiunteerod lua aer vlces. The pastor of the pilaon reada a hymn, and, without accompaniment of any Kind, the choir 81UKB in the drawling, nasal manner pocullar to psalm alnglng. It Is thought to be devotional In its tendencies. I pity the prisoners; hut, romem beriug that tlioir earn have not bocn cultivated, I begin to believe that poor miiaio i? better than none, for I porreivo that tlie priaonera approach tho doors or their cell# and place one hand oualdo

the gratiugs, ua (hough they were absorbing sound through the poreg. The litany is read; no re sponses como from the 0:11a, and then the venera ble clergyman unrolla his mauuscrlpt. "What will he say to these present, but invialble, men*" 1 ask myself. "Call auy talk bo moro diillcult? Can any one daro to address them who does uot leel ilttc.l for most peculiar work?" Evidently the well-ln tentionod old gentleman has no such scruples. Ho has selected a sermon winch he considers emi nently suited to tnno and placo. He tells hia nu aeen audience that the Lord Is angry with the wicked every day; that God's words aro not Idle speeches, anil gives such a picturo ol the Deity as ih not calculated to aolten obdurate hearts, lie assures them that misery Is the work of a holy and offended God, a statement that strikes tho Inquiring mind peculiarly. I wish to a~k whether the misery urlalng from the murder of I'hyfer by Nixon la the work oi God, and, if so, why Nixon la to he hunR? Is tho atarvatlon of tho sewing girl due to God'a anger f 1 loug to put. sev eral quoatluna to the reverend gentleman, but, ro irain. ne talks about conacleuco, yot admits that It may be lulled Into repoae. He speaks of sinning against the lawa and tne sin being found out, but he docs not tell us how much re sponsibility there Is for sin when humanity is reared in brutal Ignorance of conscience.- Ho declaims against the hardened trunagrcssor; de clares that all our sins aro remembered by God; that as He is holy Ho must hate what Is evil; that as He Is Just He must punish. The good man tells us, further, how God chastises those He loves, adding that If He punishes those Ho loves what cun others expect ? Evidently nothing but ever lasting torment; and If any of tho prisoners have llatened (which 1 doubt), they are much more hardened in transgression than bciore tho delivery of the sermon. As the preacher meanders tnrough his broad river of text the hands grad ually disappear from the gratings. Doors are closed with a bang. A boy visiting one of the prisoners begins to talk loudly. Exhausting con versation ho sits on the lloor with his leet dang ling over the gallery and reads the Police Gaz( tie. Howls, succeeded by groans, are heard In the dis tance. A voice not far away exclaims. "Damn you, hold your yawp!" The two young men in tho cell opposite my seat begin to laugh, cards are produced, and quickly distance the preachcr In interest. The youth occupying the cell directly | beside me whistles irreverent airs and tries to add ! to my comfort by pulling tobacco smoke in ray tace. j The moro the reverend old gentleman preaches | the more the Irreverent young gentleman puffs. I The latter evidently thinks that 1 am related to ! the preacher and sympathize with his views. I long to uudecelve him, but tor fear, anil Inhale i more bad totiacco in less time than I I dreamed possible to the most capacious lungs. | Hilarity increases until even the cat below be comes indecorous and plays with her tail in a highly reprehensible manner. The preacher heeds Ills audience no more than his audience heeds him, and when it is all over I leave the prison sick at heart. Is this the best that can bo done for criminals? Shall religion be made a mockery? i if prisoners be talked to at all, should It not be bv Impassioned, earne-it, eloquent souls capable or awakening emotion? Will droning platitudes ever produce wholesome effects upon shrewd, alert minds? 1 do not blame the prisoners for shutting their doora. Had 1 sat within a cell I might have howled. It should be remembered that the majority of prisoners arc Catholics, to whom a Protestant service la objectionable; and I contend tnat It is no more Just to expect Catholics to toler ate Protestantism than to expect Protestants to tol erate Catholicism. At present no Catholic service is held in the male prison of the Tombs. If all services are like the one I have described, all arc worse than uaeleas. Far better would it be to make the Sunday exercises entirely musical. A piano and a few good voices singing not hymns only, but English and Irish ballads cal culated to recall long lost homes, would do more to touch hearts not entirely hardened than all the common-place sermons that have been preached since the days or Luther. It Is a crime against crime that so little is done to appeal to the better nature arter the law has laid hands upon offenders. Music speaks a language to which every soul can give the interpretation most desired, and 1 maintain that the organ, consid | ered absolutely necessary in churches, is ' lar more necessary in prisons. Were there a mls I crable piano in the Tombs it might be possible to test the power or music. Many a pianist, many a singer would gladly volunteer. Is the city so poor that It cannot afford this luxury? And ir a new prison be erected is there any chance or seeing an organ built in every department? It Is not enough to shut up criminals, the majority or whom are youths- led astray by miserable birth, poverty and bad company. Something must 1 be done to lure them into honest i paths. Thoroughly human men and women who are not too good to underst anil temptation, j and who do not rorce their own righteousness down j rebellions throats, ought to set themselves to work I at this greatest or all charities. First, how to pre vent crime, and secondly, how to stay its course, | are the problems or the age. Certainly the present i prison n'ginu; is rraught with direrul consequences, ' not the least or which are those caused by the ' weekly performance of a ghastly burlesque called | Divine Worship. j There are Herghs for animals; where arc the Herghs for human souls ? REFORM. NEW PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED. ? j From J. B. Ford k Co. "Beccher's (Henry I Ward) Sermons," seventh and eighth series; ? "Star Papers," by Henry Ward Beeoher; "Moth erly Talks with Young Housekeepers," by Mrs. II. W. Beecher; "New Life In New Lands," by Grace Greenwood. From Harper k Brothers:? "The Treaty of Washington; Its Negotiation, Execution, and the Discussions Relating Thereto," by Caleb Cashing; "Little Kate Kirby." a novel; by Frederick W. : Robinson. From T. B. Peterson k Brothers, Philadelphia "High Lll'c In New York," by Jonathan Mick. FATAL PORTER HOUSE ROW IN GREENWICH STREET. An English Pugilist In Trouble. l.u at Wednesday night a Rang of bruisers and drunken hummers met In William Smith's porter house, 549 Greenwich street, and there imbibed benzine or other potent poison to a fearful extent, after which Flobert Smith, a quarrelsome English pngillst, and Patrick McDermott, all the way from ; Hobokcn, became involved In a rough-and-tumble fight, which lasted for several minutes. During the progress of the bloody tight Edward Dor an, a : confirmed inebriate, interfered and endeavored to separate the belligerents, and lor lus trouble re ceived two poweriul fist blows from smith, one taking ctrcctou the face and iracturing his law. and the other 111 the nit Of the stomach, which not only knockcd him down, but reduced him to insensi bility. When taken up and removed to the (It < on wich street police station Doran was vomiting blood, which Indicated most unmistakably that lie Had received severe internal injuries. Immediately afterwards Doran was removed to Bellevne Hospital. Smith lost no time In making his escape; but being pursued by Sergeant Townes and Detective Van Uretchen, of the Twenty-eight '1 precinct, was arrested In a free-and-easy resort, corner ot Houston and Wooster streets, and taken before Justice l.edwith, who committed him to await the result of Doran'* injuries. The latter lingered in Bellevne Hospital till yesterday morn ing. when death ensued. Doran was forty-two years of age, born in Ireland and a laborer during his sober intervals. He, how ever, had no permanent home or substantial means of support. Smith is a mludie-aged man and lives at 144 Wes' Twenty-ninth street. Coroner Young has been notified and will gm tile JDftUOf ft tlwr ougu iavvftUtttUQOk THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER CASE. Third Session^ the Coroner's Investi gation of the Goodrich *Trage<ly. Charles Green, alias George Baker, iho Bogus Watchman. Highly Interesting Inaido View of the Degraw Street Degradation? A Dramatio Scene Bottvein the Murdared Man and His Mistress? The Rejected Wo man Attacking Her Betrayer. Test imony of Surgical Ex ports To Bo Taken. The interest among tho people of Drooklyn to learn every particular which may be cliclteil by the Coroner's investigation touching ttie death of Charles Goodrich is still uuabatcd. Belore the commencement of the third session of the inquest yesterday aftornoon the court room, in which the inquest is held, was crowded with spectators, who patiently listened to tho testimony of tho three witnesses examined. Tho session opened about a quarter past two and closed at fifteen miifutes after live o'clock. Among those present were Cor poration Counsel De Witt, Mr. W. W. Goodrich and several New York detectives. The latter officers made frequent notes In their books of points in the testimony. The first witness called was Charles Green, alias George Baker. This man failed to respond, and the Coroner expressed his surprise at Green's absent ing himself, as he had been subpoenaed to appear. Officer Patrick Ilughcs, of the Tenth prcciact, was called and testified that he liad done POST DOTY ON DEQRAW STREET iu January and February of this year; did not know Mr. Goodrich by sight (picture or deceased shown) ; bad seen that man with a lady about the middle ol tho month ot February; was on patrol and saw a light in the basement, and, looking in the window, saw a gentleman and a lady sitting by a table; thought that these people had just moved in there; don't think I attracted their attention while looking in; never saw Mr. Goodrich after until 1 saw him dead ; never saw a man and woman sitting on any stoop in that block; don't remem ber hearing any DISTURBANCE ON VALENTINE'S DAY; was on that post nine nights out of the twenty elght; tho woman Tsaw was dressed in black and of medium size; she was of dark complexion .and light hair, and had a Roman nose; have seen no woman since that impressed me that she was the person 1 saw In the basement; it was between nine and ten o'clock in the evening thai 1 looked in at them through the shutters; they were not taking tea. THE noars watchman's STORY. Charles 8. Green, having arrived at this Juncture, was called to the witness stand. He tcstitied that he resided at 519 Fast Eighteenth street, New York; my business is in the lumber line; knew Charles Goodrich for twenty .veurs; he was my brother-lu-law; was not very intimate with him; have not seen him very frequently for the last three years; on the 17th of February I last, saw him alive; it was either that date or the isth of Feb ruary; saw him previously in September, on the 12th of the month, 1 think ; it was iu De Kalb ave nue, at some church; it was during the wed dlng of a brother of mine; talked with him then; recollect a time when he said lie wauted to see me on a certain business; that was on the 14th February, at his room ^17 Fast Thir teenth street, New York ; lie iisked me to call on him; went there on the night ol February 14 to make a social call on him ; be said he would like me to come aud watch his houses iu Deirraw street ; he said he had OOT INTO A SCRAPE WITH A WOMAN, and wanted me to help him out of it; he said he had got acquainted with a girl wuowas living in one of Ills houses, and he wauted her to get out of t ne house; he made her acquaintance througn a personal a year ago last Spring; he wauted her to go because he expected his father and mother and he didn't want to be exposed; he told me the woman Rcnerahy came home between six ami seven o'clock at night: the things belonging to her he had placed in another house, and he told mo to tell her of it when she came ; Mr. Goodrich and myself were in the areawnv when we saw a woman get off the car and go up Fifth avenue; lie went down the avenue and returned soon to tell me it was she; she came shortly and I told her where her things were; she said she didn't know WHY HE TKEATED IIEH SO; she sat down on a trunk then and began to write; 1 told her she would find Mr. Goodrich at the Ful ton ferry ; he came Into the apartment where she was while she was writing, and she struck him on the breast, CALLED HTM A DEVIL, and threw a smoothing iron at him; he talked with her for twenty minutes in private and then leit; she acted strangely; she began playing on an accordeon and crying, "singing and groaning ; she said she tnought she would go crazy; she tried to wrench a piece of lead pipe off the sink, bnt 1 pre vented her irom doing so; in the morning she took her departure; abeut eleven o'clock he returned to the house; about lour o'clock he went down to the Fulton ferry and crossed to New York, where he met her; I followed them at his request ; on William street they stood talking lor some twenty minutes; they went Into crooks' Hotel : next Monday night he told me she was back again In one of the houses, but was going away again that night; they did go away together ; he did not tell me In what paper he saw the personal; he met her at the Forty-second street depot; nKR NAME WAS "AMY SNOW," as near as I can recollect trom what he fuld me; he said he wanted to make her a virtuous woman, a decent woman, and to furnish a room for her in New York. Q llow would that make a decent woman of her? Wit ness ? 1 don't know, unless it was to eiable lier to work in her business, which was making straw hats; he -poke of her being pregnant to me; he said there had been an abortion performed on her; he told me that Dr. Smith had told him where to go when he had asked for advice; don't recol lect his wanting l?r. Smith hlmseir to perform the operation; the nurse's house was on the west side of town somewhere : forget the BMM Ol the phy sician that performed the abortion: he said he thought this woman came originally from TltE WOMEN'S HOME, KLI/A1IETH STREET; she told him that she had come from there; don't remember the number of that institution; he thought she came from the New England States; he saw a letter from Boston addressed to her; said he had tried to find out where she had come from lor quite a while; he said she did not want him to find where she had come from ; 1 think he said the child was born dead; she claimed afterwards that the child was living; he said she said she would write to his folks and tell them she was married to him? that there had been a mock marriage; she asked me my name and 1 told her George Baker; I told her I was watching the houses for Mr. Goodrich, and she said she would give me more money than he if 1 would let her go into the houses; I told her IT WAS "TOO TfllN ;" she said he had not treated her right, but did not tell me in what way; she said she would leave the place if he would HIVE HER TOREK HrNDRED DOLLARS; she believed he wanted to get another woman in there; she sahl she saw another woman visit the house ; asKed her what she was writing, but she did not answer me; I told her she was a loose character; she was tall and slender, And a blonde: bad a Boman nose, firm chin and mouth, fair lialr, and was about twenty-three or twenty-four years ol age; nothing was said that night about her having had a child; she said ? tie wanted money all the time, but he wonld not give it to her; Mr. Goodrich said there had been a gn at ileal of glass broken In Ills houses and he thought she did it ; he never expressed any iear of personal harm at her hands; there is some resemblance be tween Mrs. Armstrong and the woman 1 speak of about the nose and chin ; cannot say as to the teeth, as I did not notice them ; she said to nic that SHE WOULD (SET SQl'ARR WITH 1IIM and that she did not care it he was dead; I was present when she struck him and threw the flat iron at him. By the lury? I am twenty-two years of age; I was in nls employ as a clerk lor several years: I (|Uit three years ago to go into the wool business: (re mained two months; lor some three months I Was out oriemployment: then went to work for Jny lather as clerk in the lumber business; when Mr. Goodrich told me he was in a scrape with a woman 1 laughed at him ; I suggested that he put her . CP (IN THE ISLAND for six months, twice a year; he said It wouldn't do for him to do that, lor it wonld expose him : oe fore the woman came, while 1 was on watch at the houses In Degraw street, Mr. Goodrich was with ine; thero was a roll ol drugget, two trniAs, a bandbox, and a dress In the basement, in which she wrote the letters; she sat down on the I runk and wrote on her atlas; she wrote from i bout seven until about nlno o'clock; Mr. Goodrich fcaine In about nine or ten o'clock; when he entere 1 she Jumped up and called out you "damned defili;" and STRUCK nm ON TIJ? BRRA*r; / ?dea't kaow wuetuec tbe UiOuifed m m Q&Qfit Utt devils; ne suggested the name or Oeorge Haker, as 1 did not want my folks to Know that I had been acting as watchman ; she Hlopt on the floor on a ptooc 01 the carpet lor an hour to ward morning; I MAT OX TUB KANUHJ there was no fire in it; tlie window was broke* and it waa very cold; 1 thought it was natural lor lior to feel indignant at the treatment sho re ceived ; the writing was rapid and jjood, though rather large tor a lady; the ink used was t?la*k ; would know her if I Haw her again; did not think Mrs. Armstrong was the womaa 1 saw there that night; Mrs. Armstrong mumbled or mouthed lior words more than the otner gir: ; the girl spoke in a clearer and more distinct voice; Mr. Goodrich said he would be willing to give ner $2 > or $;so to help to furnish her rooms and return to a virtuous liie; he sai l he wan in the habit of giving her money: when she said she was going crazy sho cried out, "Kire I" and asked me 11 1 had seen Til K PLANKS Of CHI0\?0; she wanted to burn the shelves, but I would not let iier; on Crook's Hotel book, New York, on the 18th, their names are registered? hers as "itata Stoddard;" don't know what his name is down m; TIIB OKI BCT1VKS TOLD MB they found their names on tli book ; I saw the offi cers go into the hotel, and they told mo that waa what they went there lor. By the boroner? It occurred to me that she acted in the btramre manner described at the Degraw street house from sheer ug.iness; the cold waa very groat, and it might have been necessary t* cxeroiso to keep up tne circulation; he did not pay me anything for my services; it win on Sunday night that 1 followed them to Crook's Hotel ; she bad hold oi his arm, ami lie was ho.ding an um brella over her ; h ? a.skwi me in lollow them, as lie was alraid that she might make a scene on the street; he told me they left ner there anu then wiut up to his rooms in Thirteenth street., New York ; my impression is that he passed ins days in Degraw street and his nights in Thirteenth street; the room in 'thirteenth street had a bed, a de?k. two or three chairs, everything sho wing regular occupancy; he had his meals at a restaurant; ou Monday when I went back to Degraw street I saw him coming out of the house Willi a woman, bat where they went to 1 don't know: that was the last time 1 remember seeing him. By the Coroner? She said that she would get crazy on the night we passed in Degraw street: 1 think she meant that she would "play crazy Mr. Goodrich told me that lie thought 811 K LOVKI) HIM; I do not think that he loved her, as he would net have used her in that manner if he did; heard him say that he confided in l)r. Smith a good deal, and understood that ho had told the Doctor all about her. By the Jury? He said she had told him sho would say a mock marriage had been ptrlormed; he did not say whether it. was or noi; he said he had trouble with other women during a conversation at his house on one occasion ; never -indicated that lie was afraid of any harm being done to him by any one ; heard of the death of Mr. Goodrich by a note from Ins brother; when I first heard of it it struck me that it was this woman who had caused his death; I have the same opinion at present; she may have either done it herself or get somebody else to do it for her. William 1'. Knapp, residing at 7ft9 Degraw street, testified that he had known deceased for the past live years; met him the day alter ihc distuibance was overheard iu his house ; there was a SCRATCH ON 1118 NOSKJ it didn't occur to mo that a woman's fingernails would cause such a mark; it took a piece of skin oil' his nuso; know of nothing that could in any way throw light upon the manner in which Mr. Goodrich came to his death. At this point Coroner YVbltctliU addressed the jury, saying that they were now In possession o! sufficient testimony to enable them to consult as to the propriety of adjourning, subject to the call of the Coroner. Alderman Richardson inquired whether any effort had been made to otitaln the services of two ox pert surgeons to take tho witness stand and answer such questions as the jury have to put ta them. The Coroner replied that the desired witnesses should be forthcoming, and the jury agreed to ad journ, subject to the call of the Coroner. THE ERIE INVESTIGATION. All Unimportant Scnsion Held Ye?terd?ft The Krie Railroad Investigating Committee re sumed Its sessions in this city yesterday morning. Tli 3 evidence elicited during the day was of an un important nature, it mainly consisting of the uni fication of accounts which had been previously submitted. The Sergeant-at-Arms, Mr. Loring, is on the lookout Tor Mr. Tweed, but up to the pres ent ha>t lniled to produce him. TJIK TESTIMONY. President Watson was placed upon the stand as the first witness, and repeated some of ins former testimony relative to tiiu expenses and liabilities ol' t lie road; Air. Watson said the value of the road ami equipments is more than equal to the sums which have been expended upon it ; if the Erie road was blotted out it would require as large a sura to made as good a one ; some sums might have beun expended in construction that were not legiti mately expended, but to counterbalance this 'the value of some of the real estate held by the company has increased la some cases twenty fold; the par value of the stock has been expended on the road ; the repairs of the road are part ol the expenses and they must be deducted before you have net earnings; the ac counts of the Kile Kail road have beeu.kept in a very unsystematic manner, and no accurate in ventory of the property of the road has been taken from time to time aa it should he; we were told when we came into possession of the road that If we did not have recourse to the same measures adopted by our predecessors we would have to contend against hostile legislation; If the law would make it obligatory upon passengers to pur chase tickets at otllces they could be carried cheaper and with more profit to the company; I should not like to name the persons who told me that it would be necessarv to have recourse to legislation ; I would not like to say whether any Assemblyman made tlio suggestion, but I can say no one here did (laughter) ; a variety of persons gave me intimations of this nature, but I refused point blank, and said I would rather see the people in the penitentiary than bribe them; It was never said to me in words that 1 should give money, but it was intimated to me in a war that I could understand as plainly as words : 1 have been written to by members ?f the Legislature, who have commended the course I have taken; it was said to me if I would not ap ply the means used in former days I might look out for breakers; I have been threatened because I did not send annual passes to members of the Legislature: I have received a letter from John Livingstone, enclosing a circular; 1 decline to give the names of the persons who ap proached me, because there was nothing objec tionable In what they said: if these letters or words were indictable I would bo glad to give their names to the committee or the District Attorney. To Mr. Carpenter? 1 have been to Albany this Winter ; I do not know of any lobbyist having ap proached me. Mr. Dunan, the auditor of the Erie Railway, identified the exhibits of trie Erie Railway ac counts by their numbers; the abstract given of the ac counts was a correct one ; there was a surplus of on the profit atid loss account of the year 1872 ; the statements of accounts were from the books and, to the best of witness' knowledge, were accurate and correct ; the general business of thd road, both passenger and trelght, wt>s greater for the year 1872 than for the prev/ons year; the liabilities and assets of the 'Oad, the stato ments made on the declaration of the dividend, were correct, and a proper exhibit of the earnings of the Erie Railway for I8"i; a consideration was taken lor all just expenditures of the company before the statement wan drawn up. Mr. Lewis, auditor of >he Pennsylvania Railroad, testified that he had examined the accounts or the Erie Railway and fouid them to be properly made up. After the hearing of some further testimony tbe Committee adjourned. THE BULL'S HEAD BANK. Report of the Referee? Condition of tit* Bank. Judge James Emott, the referee In the Bull's Head Bank case, reports that he has examined George W. Wilietts, Jacob Voorhies, Jr., and A. S. Cameron, and from their testimony has ascer tained the present condition of the bank. The liabilities of the bank, ail of which ore pres ently due, amount to $1,127,831, while the assets are $1,175,221. No account is made in a schedule submitted by him of the capital stock of the bank, except in the Anal balance. ... Of this amonnt, ffi.ooi is for unredeemed circu lating notes issued at various periods. The following is the schedule of the condition of the bank on April 3, 187U. ?mormons. Loan* and discounts $927, 021 Lor* Interest to average maturity >? 500 Had debt* l.\2BS Contingencies M.mii Tots! ?SM.iB'J Overdrafts $s,M>? Less iloubtlul MO) S..V? Due from banks 5,11) Ren I estate Specie .1,8*1 Cash Items? Checks ami exchange with Metropolitan National Bank S2731 United Slates bonds, $30, (WO sixes ofllWl.. 2.'?,W0 Bonds of New York, flousatonlc and Northern Kail road 2,10? Bills of solvent banks and United Stales legal tender notes JJ.lfl Amount <1 up from Bans Department deposited to secure circulating notes. 6,711 Total ?i,ir7m LIABILITIES. Circulation registered $t> 711 Less notes on baud 7M Hue to banks Due individuals ami corporation!* oilier than banks ami depositors Due depositor* on demand t'npaiil dividends Uapaia salaries and expense account . ... Total $1,127, ?? Balance to croait capital 47.:?t

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