Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 4, 1873, Page 5

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated May 4, 1873 Page 5
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THE CHARTER CHICANERY. Politician* About two City Hall Going Wild Owr the Smart Sensations. The Legislating of the Major Out of Office and the UUIe Alder manic "Block dame." Th* Forthcoming Nomination*- What tlx* Or eat 'tombtaers" Say-They Deny It All Stand?How Mayor Havemeyer Pre pares His List and Will Submit It tor Confirmation. There was quite a lively sensation about the City Hall yesterday, in consequence or the expose wf the supposed plan to block the forthcoming ?ominattous by Mayor Havemeyer, bat of coarse It was more of an indignant sensation on the part of tbe members of the Board of Aldermen wbo were presumed to be tn the combination. As early as Half-past ntne or ten o'clock there was quite a grand gathering of tbe political Quia (tunc* in the vestibule of the City Hall, and about the passages and doors leading to the Mayor's offices, and they discussed a three-sided series of questions. First came the rumor that the Mayor had himself been legislated out of office by the charter, as reported la yesterday's Behald, but in every case it was only the ingenuity of the argument used to sustain the point that was debated. The fact is, there was MO ONE AMONO THE CROWD who was qualified to express an opinion upon the merits of the case, for it was too line for them; twit one and all (and the reporter conversed with dotiens or them) pooh-poohed the idea of the valid ity of the question raised. They concluded it was merely one of the political "flyers" always sent aloft in times of political excltemcnt. Next in point of Interest and discussion eame the exposure ?f the AMermanic combination to defeat the Mayor's appointees, unless the Aldermen them selves are accorded a first class consideration by the Mayor as to the persons whose names lie shall present lor confirmation. Everyoody thought it was AN IHUBNSE JOKB on the Aldermen, whether it was trae or not, and while nearly all of tbe gentlemen alleged to have keen implicated took the matter very good-na tnrcdly, a few were disposed to look very seriously at It as impugning their characters. Just as though Aidermen or even higher legislators were never known to make a combination or "put up a job" to make a point. And lastly, in point of discus sion, though it wusthe basis of all their thoughts? for to a good many of them it means bread and butter?came the subject of the nominations them' selves. Of course all had their ravorites, and some were their own ravorites, and everything ended in wonderment as to who the lucky men wore to be. There were hair a dozen Aldermen looking all at once for the Uekald man, and one or TWO OP 'l-UKM WANTED HIS SCALP for presuming to use their names as among the members or the majority combination, one of them wanted the reporter's ear. Alderman Faulkner, who happens not to oe among the suspected "ring," was lirst met, and npon being questioned by the reporter as to hiB views or the affair said "I, tor my part, must say that I do not think there was any such combination in existence. I believe there is existing among the members or the Board a general feeling ol accord with Mayor Havemeyer and a reliance in his discretion in mak ing his selections. 1 think vou will find that when tnc nominations are sent in the Mayor will be shown to have selected a class of men who are well known, highly respected, and that no objection can be made to their qualifications, characters, ability and claims to public confidence. If that proves to be the case, so far as I am able to judge (torn MY INTERCOURSE WITH THE MEMBERS they will doubtless act at once upon his nomina tions and confirm tticin uuanunously. II, however, they find tne Ust-s embracing a bumber or men whose position aud claims are doubtful or obscure, It is not Improbable that they will inquire into them somewhat before confirming their appointment. I nave seen several or the members who are stated to be in the combination, aud they assure me of the utter groundlessness of the allegations mad>3 against them." Shortly after leaving Mr. Faulkner the reporter met Alderman Flanagan, whose name had beeu put among the "blockers.'1 The Alderman felt somewhat annoyed that he had been so classified, and said that he did not desire to contradict the report that he was in the combination. He was not envious either of the notoriety which the report yave him, nor of publicly denying it. He felt satis fied that all his friends knew him well enough to reach a proper conclusion concerning It, and he was content to let it rest there. He had but one desire in reference to the Dominations, and that was that THE BEST MEN MIKIIT BE SELECTED. Of coursc a good democrat as an appointee would be preferable in his view to a good republican, and he would exert all his power in his behalf: but at the same time that would be no obstacle to his free and honeBt action In voting for good men of either party. The next member of the conclave of "eight7' whom the reporter encountered was Alderman Koch. He was In an awlul hurry, as he passed along the vestlbnle of the City Hall towards the Mayor's ofllce, and summed himself up as fol lows:?"That report in the Herald was the first I Knew about any blocking game, and its TUB PLAINEST KIND OF A LOS lever saw." And then he was gone. Alderman Monhelmer said he "wanted the Herald reporter's car for ten minutes," and, upon being asked what he knew of the conspiracy, ?aid"I was very much surprised to see my name as the chairman of that combination. I am not in any combination. I don't believe that there isany combination, neither do I think that there has been any meeting of the Aldermen that hail lor its object any combination. Whenever the question as to the Mayor's appointments has come up I have alwuys ?aid that we bad better wait until we see whom the Mayor appoints. 1 have no doubt the Mayor will appoint good men, and whenever the appoint ments are sent in I, as a member of the Board, shall want TIME TO MAKE SOME INQUIRIES, and If I lind there is a man nominated against whom there are sound objections I shall not sup port him. I don't think the Mayor is likely to nom inate a man of that charactcr. But 1 think it would 1>e a blind piece ol business to go into a combina tion before I know who we are combining against. I don't think any member of the Board has any Chance of knowing that yet." Aldermen McCaiferty and Kehr also deny that, ftbey have been engaged in any scheme of the kind Indicated, or that they know or have known of any Intention to resort to such a method of regulating appointments. And so all the gentlemen whose names have been used in connection with it have now denied snch alleged complicity, and nearly all ol them took occasion to call on Mayor Havemcyer early in the day and assure him ol the baseless nature of the rumor and of THKIK OWN INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM ?f action in reference to the nominations when ever he thinks proper to submit them lor action. I-ate in the afternoon the reporter had a few moments' conversation with the Mayor in his private ofllce. Mr. Havemeyer seemed quite amused at the result of the canard and said he had learned nothing further concerning It and didn't think It likely that there was any lurther need or anxiety on the subject. In answer to a question as to when he thought it likely he would have THE LIST OF NOMINATIONS COMPLETED And sent to the Aldermen the Mayor said, "Well, 1 can't answer that question as it is meant by you. You see I am busy on them all the time, nearly, mapping out the lists, and 1 shall send them in whenever I think I have completed them." "Then," interrogated the reporter, "you will .send in all the nominations together. Is that the Idea?" "No, no; not that exactly. You know I have to make out a list of nominations for cach commis sion ; and us fast as I fill out cach commission and .conclude thai I cannot make any more desirable changes in regard to Uie names on It, 1 shall send It in for the Aldermanlc action." r "Then It is quite likely that you may send in the rfists for each commission separately?" "Oh, yes, it is very likely, though I do not mean rto say 1 shall send them in exactly at the rate of J?ne at a time, if I have the names complete ror Woe commission I shall send that in at the first Meeting of the Board. If 1 have two or even three read# 1 shall Bend tliom in; JUST AS FAST AS I CAM get them ready I shall submit them, without wait ing to complete all the commissions. You see I might have a list made up?I don't know but whut 1 may have had some of them made up?and some of my friends or advisers might come in as soon as I had become satisfied with It myself and present the name of some Individual better fitted to flu a position and more entitled to public recog nition on that commission than some one of the rentlemen whose names I had got down. Of course have got to give such a case proper considera tion and mlgty conclude to insert the name last firesented and scratch off one or the others. That's nst how the matter stands and what makes it ?ery laborious." Alter a few remartR upon commonplace nub fects, during which the Mayor said his time was so much occupied that ho had not read a newspaper tot about? week. Hie reenter withdrew, T' THE STATE CAPITAL. Interview with Cornell an th? Charter VaMlt-b H?rem?y?r Thrown Out Became He Wm Mot Retained In the Blilf mm HtTtmeyer'i Cm* Similar to Major Hair a In 1870. ALBANY, May \ 1673. The article published tn the Hkhilu to-day con cerning the charter muddle created the moor pro found sensation here among those legislator who have not yet gone home. In (act, it was the gen eral theme o( conversation on alt sides at the Capi tol trailding. The intimation thrown oat by one ol the lawyers, quoted in the article, to the effect that the bill as introduced and passed in the Assembly the Irst tunc made special provision for the retention of the present Mayor, but that the manipulation it received at the hands of the Senate destroyed this provision, is not founded on fact. This afternoon I carefully compared the bill as originally Introduced and passed by the lower House, and 1 found that it contained uQg bbcIi pro vision and that the Senate made no material amendments to the particular section designated in the article. Tnis evening 1 had A LONO OONVER&ATION WITH 8PRAKER CORNELL about the "muddle," and he seemed to be as com pletely in the dark as the oilier members in town as to whether the statements made by the two lawyera to the Hskald reporter were really of any weight. Be said he had been looking up the char ter of 1870 and comparing it with the one just passed, and bad not been able to satisfy himself about the question raised. "In my mind," said he, "the whole thing will turn upon this?whether the repeal of a law under which a man is elected legislates him out or office if lie be not specially retained. If it does, then Uavemeyer is no more Mayor now than he was a year ago. Conceding that he has been legislated out of office by reason of the charter not specially retaining him, he is gone beyond remedy. Even THE LEGISLATURE CAN'T HELP UAVIMKYEB. The Mayoralty Is an elective office, and you know that the Legislature cannot appoint or inatal a man into an elective office. Had this point as to the charter, rb it waa finally passed by the House, been raised a few days ago, all doubts on the sub ject of the Mayor's legal tenure ol office could have Wen settled in the declaratory act supplemental to the charter, and which was signed before the Governor signed the charter ltseir, bv inserting a clause declaring that nothing In the charter should be construed as putting an end to the term of the Mayor for which he was elected. The question is a knotty one, but it dees seem strange tuat the de fect in the bHl should not have been detected by Charles O'Conor and the other lawyere who exam ined it carefully before it waa signed, and who, I understand, prepared the declaratory act passed a few days ago?that Is If there is really a defect in it as to this Mayoralty question." The Speaker seemed to be highly AMl'SED OTER THE PLIGHT Into which, ir the argumeuts used by the lawyers referred to in the Herald stand good, the Mayor would find himself in, and laughed quite heartily when 1 suggested that if the President ol the Board of Aldermen waB actually made Mayor of New York by the charter, the Custom House party would take all the credit for having euchred their oppo nents by strategy, even though the whole thing was a blunder that no one in either House was able to discover. A member of the Assembly, who Is a member of the Judiciary Com mittee, teld mn this evening that he really believed that the charter had actually "LEW HAVEMEYER OUT IN THE COLD," as he expressed it. He added that if the Courts decided that the repeal of a law under which a person was elected puts him out oi oPV ti ?>n Mayor Hall was not the legal Mayor or York from the 6th of April, 1870?the day the .'erof 187o was passed?until he was elected u der the charter in November of that year, as every section relating to the Mayor in the charter signed this week Is almost identical in every section relat ing jto that officer in the 1870 act, and as the re pealing clauses in the latter relating to auj impor tant matter were not essentially different as far a9 the Mayor's tenure or office was concerned rroui those in the new charter. LABOR IN THE LISTS. The Striken of the Cooper*, Crispins and Gasmen?The Success of the Two For mer Trades Assured?A Peaceful Fight. The general uprising of labor, threatened by the strike of the gasmen and precipitated by the action of the coopers and Crispins, still agitatM the me tropolis. The various trades' unions and labor or ganizations hold frequent meetings, and by their action encourage and urge on THE STRUGGLE AGAINST CAPITAL. There is every rcrson to believe that the rumblings of an ofn a volt, so long threatened, will precipitate an open rup ture more general than any which has been known in the metropolis for years. The labor element or the entire country is organizing and threatens to use its power for the adoption of a platform under which it can elect men who will serve its interests. Many declare that, as a last resort, they will champion the female suffrage movement and by the .strength of its adherents they expect t? control the legislation of the entire country. THE COOPERS strnck a few ?lays ago to prevent the use of barrels manufactured in Portland, it was claimed that the supply lroin abroad was so large that the coopers of this city were lu danger of having their business taken out of their hands. The Coopers' Union ordered the men to quit work, ami those employed in the establishments must obnoxious to the tradesmen left their benches. In less than twenty-four hours the pro prietors had acceded to the terms of the strikers and the men were back at work. A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL was held last evening at 165 Kast Broadway, and the representatives or the various lodges ondorsed the action of the President of the Council. There seemed to be perfect unanimity as to the justice of the movement. THK CRISPINS. The strike of the Crispins has been contemplated for more than two months, and taxes have been levied npon the various unions throughout tin- city to sustain all the men who should test the claims of the shoemakers to an advance in wages. The workmen of some six large Arms struck on May 1, and all but two of the establishments at once suc cumbed to the demands for an increase of about fifty cents for making each pair of One boots. Since that date the Council has regularly assembled at No. lfl Spring street, and ordered the nun to quit work in every establishment, which declined to grant the advance upon official appli cation being made to it. Thus the strife has gone on for several days, and is likely to go on much longer. The advance amounts to about $2 per week additional for the best workmen. The ledges are all receiving large accessions of workmen daily, ami the Crispins are sure that they will be stronger alter the strike than before. THE GASMEN are still out, and all attempts on the parr of the men to compromise have been repelled bv the New York Uas Company. It is not believed that the strike will extend to any other works. Measure* to Make Out A Test Case? Meeting of a Trades Union General Committee Last Night. At the Oermania Assembly Rooms a General Committee of about sixteen or seventeen different trades unions, composed of three delegates each, who have been appointed to take measures to test, by legal action, a certain State law, known as the "eight hour law," held another meeting last night for the purpose of receiving the report of a sub-committee appointed at a previous meeting. James Beaton, of the Benevolent Society of Opera tive Masons, occupied the chair, and there were the following ORGANIZATION? REPRESENTED by delegations:?The Protective Masons, the United Order of American Bricklayers, Nos. l, 2, 3 and 4; the stonecutters' Union, the United Order of American Carpenters, the Amalgamated Carpen ters, three lodges of Painters, the Plasterers' Union and others. Action having been previously determined upon to test the validity of the eight hour law under the act of the legislature in refer ence to the Fourth Avenue Railroad extension, the committee reported that no satisfactory result had been arrived at bv conferences with the Mayor, Aldermen and other heads of the city govern ment, and it, was tnerefore determined to BRING THE MATTEK INTO THK COURTS for settlement, to compel Vanderbllt to comply with the law, er else fost the bill altogether. A committee was therfore formed to consult with eminent lawyers on the snbject, and to report the result of its action at the next meeting. This Trades Union delegation wishes to have It under stood that It has no connection with the Interna tlouais, and that It is not under the Influence of that organization. MPBDER BY A BOY. A Boy In Rldc?vllle, Pa., Kills Another Boy for a Parcel of Groceries. Pittsburg, pr., May 3, 1873. A <rpeeial despatch to the Commercial states that a inumler was commuted near Ridgevlile, Pa., on Thursday afternoon. A boy, named Geo. Schaum, about sLUeen years of age, while returning from RldgevlllcrwHh ?om1' groceries was met by another bov. named Timothy Racou, who was several years his senior. Bacon was seen to strike m and endeavor to' lake from him his groceries. This was the last time he was seen ailve. The body when lound was lyftg beside a log and covered with leaves Bacon was arrested and acknowledged the deed, lie wcw taken to Greensburg ttud lodged lo 1*11 to await triAi - DALY'S GRANIVbPERA HOUSE. Vecht.?r In Monte Crtsto? TO THT. K?lTOVt)F THK IIkuald:? With the reappearance of Charles Fechter are heard vartuuonH on that well-worn theme the sen sational drama. New. honestly, 1s there not a vast ileal of nonsense written and talked on itf One would flnppme, from the manner In which shak speare is lauded and melodrama derided, that the Swan of Avon swam lo the most placid of mill ? Htreams, whereas there never lived a dramatist who showed so great a mastery of "efflpcts." There Is not a play of his holding the stage that is not in the truest sense a sensational, and Shak speare is acted not because of his poetry, but be cause of his knowledge of situations and how to command the interest of an audience. "Hamlet," tne noblest of all plays, is full of sensation. Murder most fonl and unnatural precedes it, a ghost stalks abroad In the first act, there is mur der again in the third act, u mad scene and drowning in the fourth, unlimited poisoning and stabbing in the fifth act. What more seusational than otheiio's smothering of Deadcmutia? What more thoroughly melodramatic than the tragedy of "Macbeth V" What more opposed to nature than "Midsummer Night's Dream" and the "Tempest f" And are "Richard the Thiru" and "king u-ar" pas toral poems T wnen Shakspeare forgets his effects he becomes a poet merely, and his plays, like those of Ben Jousnti and others, are read, not acted. The theatre demands situations first, language Hccondly. The difference between Shakspeare and the highest order of sensational dra matist is, that one has great genius and the other great cleverness. One is a poet as well as a playwright, uud the other is merely ? playwright. One ennobles his plot b.v the beanty of his verse, the otuer belittles it by the vulgarity of his dialogue. One endows his meanest characters with intellect far beyond what each types possess in real lire, the other gives even his heroes nothing but "situations." The greater in cludes the less, but the less docs not Include the greater. If, then, Shakspeare be good anthorlty, melodrama Is thoroughly legitimate. The sensa tional actor is he who produces a sensation. An audience cannot be excited without being thrilled. It cannot be thrilled without being mado to feel. An actor cannot make others feel without feel ing himself, lie cannot feel without pos sessing tho divine spark called genius. It is qnite possible to be a good melodramatic actor and not be able V> properly interpret Shakspeare; but the actor who lakes a modern melodrama, and, lilting it oat of its absurdity, raises it to an Ideal height, stands as an actor very near where Shakspeare stands as a dramatist. If an actor makes the impossible ap pear real he has the imagination of a poet and gives evidence or greater ability than if he were personating an every day hero. For tbls reason he Is mistaken who fancies that anything less than greatness produces Fuehrer's cffect in "Monte Cristo." It would be as absurd to deny Ris tori's genius in Sister Teresa, In Elizabeth and In Marie An toinette. "Mrs. Slddons was quite as great in Mrs. Beverly and Isabella as m Lady Macbeth and Qncen (Catherine, yet no one, we apprehend, will soy that the poetry u equal,'' says captious Ilaalltt, whose criticism applies to Kechter In the melodramas of "The Duke's Motto," "Corsican Brothers" and his own version of "Monte Cristo.'' it requires most natural acting to create reality under the ribs 01 improbability. When brought out In London, several years ago, Kechter's "Monte Oristo" ran for one hundred nlglits. It was deservedly successful, as it is the work of a clever playwright. Ignoring the popular taste for pageantry, Fechter puts aside the won drous cave of Monte Cristo, which plays so promi nent a part In the published drama, gives but passing mention to the gorgeous Princess Ualdee, Introduces comparatively few characters, tells but one of the many stories that make up the romance, tells his story decisively, and has not hesitated to take liberties with the original plot for the sake of dramatic effect. Thus, for example, instead of being Vlllefort's father, Noirtler becomes his half-brother, by which ?he ('ramatlst cau. without visiting* of conseic/ice, render Villefort doubly treacherous toward-Noir tler. Mercedes does not marry Fernand until eighteen years after the disappearance of Edmund Dantes. Albert de Morcerf encounters Dantes dis guised as an Abbe, at a roadside Inn, Instead of meeting him in Rome as the Count of Monte Cristo. The youth's life is saved by Dantes In Alrlca, not In Rome, and all of Dantes' enemies come to most dramatic grief before the final moment that, wit nesses the triumph of long suffering virtue In the union of Mercedes, Dantes and their son. These are a few of many transformations in an old friend's features. The entire first act is a condensation of Dumas' two first chapters. The drama Is no worse in dialogue than the "Corsican Brothers." Occa sional slips of phraseology attest its French origin, slips so palpable as to render their retention more than strange. Tho plot Is good, but, oddly enough, Fechter has actually failed to make his own hero as all pervading as his audiences desire.. Were all actors clever the spectator would be content with tke prolonged absence or the principal character, but when subordinate parts are indifferently portrayed, that absence gives rise to dissatisfaction. In the first and sec ond acts of "Monte Cristo" we catch glimpses of Fechtor?nothing more?and the contrast between his mercurial acting and the Imperturbable heavi ness of his coadjutors creates a surprise that grad ually succumbs to weariness. It has been said that the dialogue Is too long; In reality the greater part of Its length consists in Its delivery. Were every character sustained with the necessary spirit and wete the cntr' cutts shortened, the drama would terminate at eleven o'clock. Famili arity with the text ought soon to lessen a tiresome evil, and If Fechter will elec trify his con.frtre$ as he does his audiences the entire performance will be worthy of admira tion. At present the high art ?f "Monte Cristo" Is found tn the perfection or stage details, the beauty of Its scenery and the consummate acting of its author. In the first act Fechter is every Inch a sailor: In the second. Ills prison "make-up" is admirable. The dungeon Bcene, however, is marred by the creaky boots of the guard and the intolerable slow ness with which Faria tells his story. The music or those soles has grown fainter since the first night, but It still offends sensitive ears and Abbg Fur la still drags his slow length along. In the third act Fechter's disguise as an abbg Is most artistic, and his acting Is worthy of his dress; but It is not nntil tho foarth act that he gives himself an opportunity for the display or his best genius. In the garb of the Count of Monte Cristo he is the perfection of manner and neat acting. No actor can personate high comedy unless he have the Instincts of a gentloman. A comedian cannot strut, cannot "take steps;" he must bear himself with the ease peculiar to good breeding. A dress coat Is a terrible ordeal, and lie who wears It triumphantly is a rara avis. Fechter has mastered Its black angles. His Interview with Mercedes is marked by all tho Intense passion for which his name Is a svnonyme, and the action and racial expression with which he recognizes in Albert de Morcerf his own son Is so tbrilllngly magnetic an to be re ceived with call upon call. The last five minutes or this act compensate Tor every pos sible shortcoming in subordinates. The filth act. exhibits Fechtcr's consummate skill In fencing,

an<i when the curtain falls It falls upon the last of a series of line tableaux. Prom the beginning to the end of the drama the massing of colors and disposition of figures denote Fechtcr's complete knowledge of his profession, which commands for him the respect of all who appreciate Its rarity. Draughtsman no less than author and actor, Pectiter's handiwork is visible In the designs for the scenery so beautifully painted. There has seldom been seen on any stage a finer work of art than the interior and exterior of Chateau d'lf, the island prison In which Dantos Is burled alive. The foreground discloses the dun geons of Dantes and the AbW Faria, with ramparts above, on which a gnard patrols. In the back ground the chateau's gloomy tower frowns upon the cliff beneath and the threatening sky above. By sinking the dougooju i&e inferior dJeffc, peara, and then tbe previously brewing storm breaks out, Ughtning, thunder, rain an?i wind are ho real aa to deceive the acute** eyes and ears. Feebler'* devices in conjuring the elements, especially water, are those of a wi?,ar<i. Angry waves dash to and tro, and amidst this war of na ture two guards, bearing the Rappoaed dead body or Paria. but in theatrical reality that or the living Datives, slowly ascend the steep steps leading j to the summit or the cliff, where the body is hurled into the sea. Guards disappear, the storm lulls, Dantes rises to the surface or the water, climbs to tbe top of a rock, rails on his knees, and, extending his arms towards heaven, exclaims with elec trifying passion, "Saved!' Mine the treasures or Monte Gristo! Tlie world is mine!" Gustavo DorC, in his best moment, could not improve this picture. Scenery without acting is a Barmecide reast. With Fechter it is an exquisite frame, set ting off tlic painting or an artist, ('oncoming Fechter's Kngltsh 1 have hut to say that he Is the only actor on the stage of the Grand opcia House who speaks distinctly enough for me to hear every word. He is accnsed or mannerism merely becausc his intonation is French, as it must necessarily be. His pronunciation is without mult, saving In the ono word "ascertained," 111 winch he places the accent on the second syllable, ascer-tulned. This is un doubtedly nlapsus linujum. If every American actor spoke English as well as Reenter wo should hav o reason to rejoice; ami though it were rar less un der his control, his a ting would cover a multitude or verbal sins. Genius will shine through the cloudiest languagr. Not a lover or the drama hnt is indebted to Mr. Daly for etTfccting this latter day engagement with Claries Fecftusr, aud that the brilliant success or "Monte Orlsto" may l>e t.ho harbinger or the pro duction of -No Thoroughfare"' and "Black and White," both dramatized by Feohier, and botli dis playing his aoility to great advantage, ts the wish ol FRBB LaKC'E, AMUSEMENTS. The New I'lay at W?ll?fk'n?"TUe Kqvlrr'i I<iih( Shilling." Tlio new play at Wallace's ppiducsd last nignt was witnessed by a large ami appreciative audi ence. It met with unqualified success. It is one ol Mr. H. J. Byron's somewhat eccentric pieces, possessing all the merits and laults of Mr. Byron's writing. The first act Introduces none of the leading characters in.tho piece, or at most only one in which the audience can take a lrtendly interest. The second act, however, where the action really begins, recom penses all the faults of the others and gives the piece a new and delicious atmosphere The main interest centres in Mr. Sothern as squire Chuckles, who, in this part, gives us the heavtlest representation we have yet had from him. In every respect the actor attains his ideal?that of a country gentleman proud of his estates, of his tenantry and of himself. The interview with Polly, where he manages to quarrel with her because his ancestral pride would not permit him to marry a farmer's daughter, was very neatly done, aud his facial expression In the scene where Lady Logwttuil assumes he has proposed to her daugkiter very lino, indeed. Hut Ins strongest scene Is where Krandon produces the forged will and he Relieves himself not to he the rlghtfnl pos sessor wl the property he had regarded as his own. In this Mr. Sothern realizes to the fullest, the character of the true gentleman and honorable ?an. There Is no higgling over techni calitiea, no attempt to doubt the cunning work of Kachel Urladrort'B lingers, hut only a manly yield ing up of the property willed to another. So effectively Is this done that tils manliness becomes the light 91 what would otherwise bo a very dark picture, la the third act, reduced to extreme poverty, and without oven the Squire's last shilling, he displays the same manlinesB. making his poverty bright with the sunshine of his art. Ami at last when ho ot?mes back to his own it ib without osten tation, a thing as dlMcult In art as In real Hie, but equally couimendablc and glorious. Besides all this fcis Squire Chuckles 1b rendered more com plete by the qualities which shine especially In Mr. Sothern's U>rd Dundreary and Brother Sam?the verve he Nrings to the illustration and individuali zation ol - lie part. Byron's cplgrantmaiic sen tencoP~?A had almost said sothern's witty ptia.ea. irTr we strongly suspect that mauy or th . ' ?- blend so thoroughly in harmony wit i .<* and Uis acting as to make tfe crea 1 tion a u.ttfet man, possessing th? varl d traits and oven tlie strongly inarKed qualities ol mind which every manly man displays. The support, too, was excellent, and the acting throughout un usually spirited and even. Mr. J. B. I'olk, as Greshaiu was very fair, ami especially at the end of the second act his actlug was strougly marked, lie took possession of the line estates oi his cousin, who had given him an allowance, without allow ing the other even a bed; doing it with all the nonchaiauce of a man suddenly rich. in the other scenes his acting was unequal to this bit, which. In its way, was exquis ite. Miss Kffle Germon played Polly exceedingly well, attaining very thoroughly the archness, sim plicity, earnestness and highness of spirit ol a fanner's daughter, who could both resent and for give the unfeeling words of the man she loved. Mine, Ponisl dropped her haitches with great accu racy, and played the ignorant, designing and seltiah Lady Logwood with force and skill. Miss Rogers was pretty as Bachel, and in the scene with her father in the llrst act, aud with Chuckles In the third, displayed the emotions of dis gust with her work and of her love for the Squire with intelligence and ieellng. Miss Vandyke, a new face at this theatre, did the little she was re quired to do acceptably, but she cultivates too per sistent a frown and is too abrupt and mechanical in her haughtiness to be natural. Mr. George Brown's Farmer Hodges was also worthy of men tion. The other parts are fairly filled, and the whole piece Is rendered in a way to give a pleasant ana satisfactory estimate of the strength of the company. Musical and Dramatic Notes. Bergner, the prince of'cellists, had a benefit con cert at steinway Hall last night. The Llederkranz Society give their last concert for the season at the Club House, Fourth street, on Sunday next. Miss Nettle Sterling, the contralto, will be ten dered a complimentary concert to-morrow night at Plymouth church. Mr. James E. Hayes, the manager or the Olympic Theatre, has been very sick ror a week with brain fever, but at last accounts he had slightly im proved. The Catholic Choral Union, Professor Gustavus Sclimltz conductor, will give a concert this evening at the French church in Twenty-third street. The principal feature on the bill will be Gounod's ?'Messe Solennellc." Mnie. Jule de Byther, the well-known soprano, who la at present winning laurels at Boston con certs, has been engaged, In conjunction with Mmc. Van Zandt, as one of the principal Bololsts for the forthcoming musical festival at Hutland, Vt. The theatrea are in or have Just passed the last transition previous to the closc of the season. The change at Wallack's ia*t night Is noted at length elsewhere. Fechter's engagement at the Grand Opera House Is a very great success. At Booth's Mr. Houcicault's "Arrah Na Pogue" anil "Kerry" will be withdrawn after this week, Miss Neilson I appearing on Monday evening of next week as Amy Kobsart. The Union Square Theatre retains | "Frou-Frou"' for the present, Miss Ethel's acting in the part continuing to draw good houses. "Di vorce," at the Fifth Avenue, Is soon to be replaced by I)r. MoBcnthal's long promised play. "Humpty Dnmpty" will remain at the Olympic till June, and the pantomime and Lulu at Niblo's are very satis factory to the patrons of the house. At tne Acad emy of Music the Lydia Thompson troupe appear in burlesque every evening during the week. The new piece, "Held in Check," a sensational play in which there Is the proper quantity of condicttng emotions, is to be produced at the Bowery to-mor row evening, and the minor theatres offer the usual blllB called, we believe, when accuracy of speech Is cousulted, "oIIob of fun." THE LATE BISHOP M'lLVAIHE. Arrival of the Remains In New York? The Obsequies. The remains of the late Bishop Mcllvaine, of Ohio, who died in Europe, arrived the night before last by the City of Baltimore. The Episcopal churches of this city and Brooklyn have appointed a committee or one rrom each church, making In all thirty-five, ami, In consequence of their decision, his remains will be placed In the vestry ol St. Paul's church, where they will remain nntll Monday, when Bishop smith, of Kentucky, the Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Kplacopal Church of the United States, will officiate at the religious services, which are to De held In St. Paul's church, corner Broadway and Vesey street. It Is designed to remove the l?ody to ohio, In charge of a committee from that diocese, I there to be Interred within a mausoleum worthy of t?e tms Mid character of Utc ?aiuvui OlvUtt* YACHTING NOTES. Tli* schooner yacht Resolute, Mr. A. 8. Hatch, N. Y. V.C., Is at Newport, being refitted for the sea. Hon. la a few dayt, however, she will be sent to the yard of David Carll, at City Inland, where her bottom will be cleaned and the hall repainted. It is the intention of Mr. Hatch to put her tu com mission about the '26th instant ami to keep her In these waters until the latter part of July, when she win be w;nt to Newport, the Summer residence of her owner. The Kesolnte, without doobt, will be entered for all the prominent, club races of the year. The schooner yacht Fleur de IJs, Mr. J. 8. Dicker Ben, N.Y.Y.C., Ih hcMnp refitted at Essex, Coun., for the year's campaign. The schooner calypso, Mr. William B. Astor, N.Y.Y.C., Is being rebuilt by David Carll, at City Island. She will be lengthened u foot or more at either end, given a greater depth and entire new internal fitting!*. It is the luteution of Mr. Astor to have such extensive alterations aud improvements made that she will bo enabled to, at least, do well in the coming races of the Club. The Calypso lias been an unlucky boat in the past, but in her new form, it is to lm hoped, she will be mora prosperous. The schooner yasht Viking, Mr. Mahlon Sands, N.Y. Y.C., is in commls*k>n and anchored foot of Court street, Brooklyn. She has been thoroughly overhauled. Titj new schooner vacht Rrenda, owned hy Mr. J. L. Little, 01 Boston, hatt been added to the Eastern Vacht Club. She Is centre ln>ard, 70 feet In length over nil, ?o rect 8 Inches on the water line, is leet beam, and ft feet 2 inches draught or water. Mr. (J. K. Claude, of Boston, has purchased an English cutter, which he has entered In the fleet of the Dorchester YauhtClub, and which will consti tute a new feature of yachting In Massachusetts waters. She Is 4a fleet?inches long, with 9 leet 8 Incites breadth of beam, and will draw about six foet of water". There Is a strong desire among the members of the Eastern Yacht Club, of Boston, it Is reported, to Obtain visits from boats of other clubs, especially those belonging In this vlclnlt.v. Two years ugo * visit of this kind was made by yachts of th<* New York club, whose owners derived a great ileal of enjoyment from the reception tendered them by tho gentlemen of the Eastern Club, in alluding to this mutter a late Boston paper says:?"These visits are very desirable, as tliey U'tid to increase the Interest In the sport as well as the interest in the new styles or build many of which are seen in New York boats. All the changes are net Improvements, bnt all yacht men must have an interest In the examination of any new principles or Ideas In construction. There Is considerable difficulty, however, In Inducing any New York boat to take the trip to Massachusetts Bay, as the rounding ot Cupe Cod Is generally con sidered as something of a stretch of pleasure. Tho Vlndex, which is tho only iron vacht In the conn try, mado the trip from New York last year, though too lute to participate In auy of the season's uport." _ THE SHIPPING SCANDAL. Interview with Captain Duncan, the United States (ommlialoner-He De nies the Charges Made Against Hint? The Alleged Conspiracy of the Board inghouse Keepers?Anticipation of Their Trial for Combining to Evade and Ksllify the United States Laws?A Square Fight. East evening a Herald reporter was sent to Brooklyn to see United States Shipping Commis sioner Duncan with reference to certain allorni tions made by Captalu Tucker and others as to the alleged mismanagement of the Sailors' Exchange In Cherry street. The veteran commander of the Quaker City was found at home, and alter wel coming his visitor said:?"1 felt certain that the IIkkald would hear my version of the ca?e. The sailors' boardinghouse keepers, continued he, "are engaged in a square light with the United States authorities, and I may add that. I confidently believe that I shall soon succeed In breaking up the conspiracy, THE CASK OP THE Still' NOKT1I AMERICA. We actually engaged thirty-one buna jUle men for this ship, so as to make lull allowance for those men who would not ship. When nieu engage to ship we cannot be responsible that they will carry out their contract, our onice Is ouly to witness the signatures of seamen, explain the voyage uud see that they are sober when they are eugaged. We then take their address and give thorn an ad vance note. If the men who come to us arc frauds, or are spirited away, we ciin not help !?. Under ordinary circumstances we could hav the sailors arrested aud nut on board, because the landlords, being Interested, would help as; bur now they secrete them aud hide them away. The sailors are degraded and debauched m every way, und the landlords have them in their power through their getting in debt. I'he cap tain of the North America and her owner. Mr. Hastings, wanted i:ic to violate the law by permitting them to ship a crew out side, This 1 naturally relused to accede to, but to help them in their plight, 1 wrote to this Commis sioner at Boston to see if he conld provide a crew, and upon their arrival here I engaged to have their signatures witnessed. The Captain was justified in putting to sea with Ills crew, obtain'd through the boardinghouse keepers, because the law pro vidua (section 14) that deserters may be replaced. During the month of April we have sent tp sea eighty-three ships, carrying 1,021 men, and to pro vide for this complement we have had to engage at least -2,000, for its last as our men would engage they would be watched and frightened or per suaded away. Shipping Tees will only be charged for the men we actually ship. CAPTAIN lH'NCAN'S EMOLUMENTS. Mv salary as Commissioner Is a year, pro vided that there is that ainouut left aiier paying expenses of the office. Any deficiency I lose. The surplus, if any, goes to the United States Treasury. 1 am 1'rcsldcnt ol the East Side Savings Hank, with plenty Of work but no salary. The protlts of the bank are divided among the depositors, I am not interested In the eh thing store kept in the basement, Of the Sailors' Exchange. I have seven deputies, aud my son Charles I). Duncan Is one of them, but he does not. receive anything like a salary of $3,000. Another son, George, Is cashier of the bank and also Deputy Commissioner, but his total salary Is less than that of Charles. The same ap plies to my other son, Henry, who Is in charge of the steamship department, with the exception of these three mentioned I have no other relatives about the place. With reference to arbitration ?Mees,'' I have never received or charged a cent for the work and have prevented a good many law suits. The law makes the Commissioner settle disputes between sailors and captains. I am responsible to the Circuit court of the United States for my conduct and to the shipowners of this port, ami am willing to exhibit the books of my office to theui, should they wish it. I have reason ro hope that the trial of the|8ailors' boardlnghnnse keepers lor conspiracy against the 1'nlted States laws will soon take place, and I think that a good many of them will be "sent up." conclusion. The other charges made against, me are false. Before you go 1 would remark that any detention of vessels In this port lor want of crews which may occur must not be ascribed to the law or Its execu tion, but to the combinations or sailors landlords. As to the (Jrlnuell-Mlnturn case, the sailors were paid off at. tho exchange fixed by agreement witli them at their point of departure. Thanking Mr. Duncan Tor his statement the reporter bade him good night. THE PRIZE RING. Arthur Chambers va. George Herfdonn. The final deposit for the proposed fight for $2,000, on the -.'1st Instant, between these pugilists, was made yesterday afternoon at a well known resort In the city. Chambers, with tils friends, among them Dooney Harris, his trainer, was first, to arrive, when, without any words, ho handed over $550 to the person appointed to he the temporary stake holder. Two hour* after Seddons, with Unit Riley, his mentor, and a number >f well known friends put in an appearance, when the $45u due from Mm to complete his |l,o00 was at once given to the selected gentleman in the matter. Ucorgc ana Arthur then attempted to settle upon a filial stakeholder; but this pruvlng futile they mutually agreed to leave this matter, . with the tossing for the fighting ground, until Tue?- , day next. The crowd theu quietly separated. From | appearances the men have been diligently attend- 1 ing to their training, and no doubt when they put put up their hands in the ring they will be in the I beat possible Ox. FIRE IN BOSTON. Destructive Conflagration? Total Lota, 970,000 to ??0,000. Boston, Mass., May 3, 1373. A destructive fire broke out early this morning in the steam planing null cf J. F. Keating A Co., ls?7 Portland street. The Messrs. Keating'* loss, including 24,?oo feet 01 lumber, is estimated at $25,000; insured for $20,000. The Ore spread to the adjoining building, occupied by Alonr.o Bowers, carpenter atul builder, whose loss Is $5,000; Ran dall Brothers, cabluet makers, loss $0,500; Thomas H. Hoar, carver, loss $1,000; J. P. Dunham, frame maker, loss $1,500; all partially insured. William A. Holmes A Co.. grocers, corner of Causeway and Portland streets, lose $4,000; D.J. Butler, wholesale liquor dealer, loses $3,000, and C. Durkee, wholesale liquor dealer, loses $6,000. The buildings burned were valued at $20,000. The total loss is $76,000 to $80,too. Tfce Plre Marshal reports twenty-one fires for the past week, upon which the estimated low) is $24,726 Ni4 Utf lasiKNWC THE HOU. JAMES BROOKS. p|Baj Arrangement! for the The Lift of PftU B??r?rt-AeHon ?? tit* Bo?rtl of AullUnt Aldermen, the Auo clnted Preii ?nd the New York Typo, graphical Society?The Will ol Mr. Brooks. The remains of the late H?n. Jam? s Brooks were brought to this city last evening from Washington. They were taken from the Jersey City depot 10 firace church, and will remain there until the funeral services at two o'clock to-day. The desire n? the triends of Mr. Brooks is to avoid all ostenta tious (ilsplay In connection with the fun"r*'' KjK^?''r?VF.nrt Francis Hi,a dy/^eorgo Opdyke, and John D. Jones. Action of the Awlrtnnt Aldermen. The Board of Assistant Aldermen met at two o'clock yesterday and con?urre<l In the resolutions adopted by the Board of Aldermen on Friday, ex nf the feellntrs of the manlclpal anthorltics presslve of the reeit gs J mf>H Br0oks, member of upon the death of uon. J<} of tft# ,W(.CttBea Congress. Speeches e k Clancy and Presl statesinan *?re made by Mcssr*iia wer? StSr'i'.r.-.'rA minutes. - Action of the Associated P??. At a special mating or the Associated Pre* Mfl yesterday the following resolutions were mousiy adopted , Resolved, That we have heard $ihe umnders ?>rrow ol thiwleath olJamws Brook* > original Pro" and editors of the New York an orw.1 ^ prtetor In thin usaoelailon and a ftepra??n?? citv i? the CouaruHH ul the United suites. ., hi. skill ai0<u!riu!n^r1?^ cltv anil Ilia prompt attention to svorythlng ,.in Misaffisi; ??* tend the fuaentl ot the deceased ia a body. Action of the Hew York Typographical Society. A special meeting of the Board of Directors of the New York Typographical Society was held la t evening to Re action in regard to the death of James Brooka Mr. James H. Easton eccnpied the chair. T. C. Faulkner acting as Secretary. The President, in stating the object of the meet lne said"Gentlemen, you have been snecla y convened this evening for the: purpose oftak.r? some appropriate action on the death of the late James Brooks, an honorary member of this society. We are again called upon to mourn the loss ol mmmm suliuutted the following. ?-??>? x?*~t >? jpjuyfswa jsasa ?"ess! "S*e cessation ul hi* active am.i ?.^t. j.unt'rf Brooks, * ^^^srsazssviJniMJt 33?Ksn*? ?jw.s? predion of their .:ond?lviice ill lhi> bereavement. The resolutions were unanimously a'loptejl. a commit tt-i! wus appointed to attend tne funeral ol the deceased, and the Imtincr of the society was ordered to be draped in mourning for me spate or thirty days. Tammany Hoclety. In consoqnence of the inclemency of the weather last evening, and the shortness ol the notice el the meeting, there was not a sufllclent numl>er of members met ol the Tammany General Committee to fom ;i quorum, and the tribute of respect In t.'mi.Mi to be paid to the memory ol Mr. Brooks by the society was deferred until alter the funera. The Will of J?mri Brook*. Washington, May 3, 1873. The will of the Into Hon. James Brooks lias been admitted to probate In the office or the Register o( Wills, and an exeiii|)ltlle<l copy rna<le, to be filed iu the Surrogate'^ office at New York, wuere the executor will give the necessary bou<l. The will is written on parchment and covers two pages, and wan executed April 28, 1373, in the presence ol A. Y. r. Oarnett, M. I).; E. McLeod and Henry Garnett. A codicil thereto, made April 30, two days alter, covers the third paste. His signature to both shown thai but little of the bodily strength, which wax his feature In life, was left to him when bequeathing his worldly possessions. He be queaths aa follows:? To hi* son. James Wilton Hreoks, his right, title ami interest in aud to one-half or the New York HvhuAihj Bxpmu: also one-hair interest in the Bx jrrrnH building, No. M Park row. Also all the booka in the room known as the new library, iu his resi dence, No. .103 Fifth avenue, New York. To his wife, Mary Louisa Brooks, his house, No. 3fti Fifth avenue. New York, with all the furniture therein; also $100,000 In land grant bonds of the Union Pacific Railroad, on condition she renounce her dower right In the personal and real estate In Purk row. To her also he bequeaths his horses and carriages. To William Tracy, a lawyer in New York, in trust for his daughter Virginia, all his real estate in Washington, Including his house, No. 1,813 K street, with lurniture therein; also thirty-two in come bonds of the t'nlon Pacific Railroad; also thirty-live $l,ooo first mortgage bonds of tne same road. To his daughter, Mary Neilson. Ave Eastern di vision Kansas bonds of $1,000 each, and $3 500 In the St. Louis, Chllllcothe and Omaha Railroad bonds, to hold the same free from the control of her uusband. To her husband, Charles H. Neilson, twenty $1,000 first mortgage in Ion Paciflr Kailroad bonds, on condition Ue defend all his other prop erty against suits Instituted by the United States or other parties. The sum of $5,ooo due him by his brother, Dr. George W. lirooks, or New York, Is devised for the purpose or paying the mortgage on ius house to that amount In this city. All his other property, personal or mixed, he bequeaths to his son. James Wiiten lirooks, and names as his executor William Tracy, of New York. A codicil to the will, dated April 30, 1873, makes it a condition that his son, James Wilton, and his daughter, Virginia, shall only enjoy the property left them by paying In equal parts all the taxes which mar become due on the house No. 363 Fifth avenue. New York, during me lire of his wife, Mary Louisa lirooks, and makes such taxes liens on their estate; and that the son shall pay her $3,000 and the daughter $^,00o per annum during her llie time. The remains of Mr. Brooks left here for New York this morning, according to the programme. NOVA SCOTIA. Arrival of the Moravian with the Sew Commander of the Foices?The Steamer Prince Edward at C'harlottetowa* Seventeen More Bodies Recovered tr?B the Wrecked Atlantic. Halipax, May 3, 1873. The steamship Moravian arrived this morning from Liverpool. Major General Haley, who suc ceeds General Doyle in command or tho trooi? here, was a passenger on the Moravian. The steamer Prince Edward arrived at Charlotte town, Prince Edward lslaud, yesterday, twelve days rrom Liverpool. Seventeen more bodies were recovered from th# wreck or the Atlantic yesterday. a violent snow storm has prevailed here all day. ICE IN NORTHUMBERLAND STRAITS. Halifax, N. &, May 3, 1878. An Immense sheet of ico in Northumberland Straits prevents communication between Prjnc? Edward island aud New Uruuawick and hove tWttfe

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