Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 4, 1876, Page 3

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated May 4, 1876 Page 3
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THE STATE CAPITAL Final Adjournment of the State Legislature. A HOT FIGHT IN THE ASSEMBLY. The Minority by Filiboitering Defeat the Foor Green Bills and the Apportionment Bill. Passage of the School Amendment by an Almost Unanimous Vote. THE WORK OF THE SESSION. The Important Billi Passed and Lost and What They Amounted to. Albaxt, May 3, 1876. pNClssly it loon to-day, aocordmg to the concurrent naolslloa passed two week* ago, the Legislature ad )Mrnsd tim die. although, through a. conatitutlonal amendment delect, m the Speaker's eyes the Assembly 414 mi Mtually adjourn till five minutes after twelve. The aawlon of the two Douses waa, aa ta uaual on the Anal day of a session, boiateroui and confuted. Every thing waa doae with a ruah and hurry that could be doae without getting tripped. up aa a party queation. While the Senate, having* fought ita la*t fight on a party bill the sight proviona. could afford to allow ItlslftoglMs along from the hour the session opened Ull the lieatenant Governor'a gavel cut off all larther buelneee. It waa notao with the Aaaembiy. It waa known down there that the Senate had laid out a big Job of party work for the republican* to do on toe paseage of the Green Extension bill, the Park bill, whteh legislated out of ofllce the democratic Commie ?ionera and placed the department under one commis sioner, the present president being retained. Tho Deposit bul, which gave Comptroller Green aa full a power as that of the Mayor and City Chamberlain com bined to designate what banka in the ci.y abould be selected aa the depositories of the city moneys, and the New York Salary bill, which cut down the wagea of Ihe office-holders right and left. Besides theae, which were on the table, ready for a third reading In the House, there waa the Apportionment bill, which bad been lost the nigW previous, and whieh the republi eana intended, by a motion to reconsider the vote by which It was lost, to carry through under the whip and apur ol the prevloua question. Iho democrats were therefore on the qui vive Irom the moment the aession opened. Every one waa in his place, and It waa apparent at a glance that they nad determined to light. There were lour btlle engrossod lor a third reading which were ahead of the much dreaded Green bill, and the three othera which the democrats were anxious to see killed. These bllla were Ihe Canal Appropriation bill, the bill providing for the submitting of amendments to the constitution ?to the people, the Erie reorganixatloa bill, aud a Mil ' to ameud the code ol procedure. fhey were paased without a struggle, and the democrats at once became anxious. It waa but a lew minutes after ten, and there were therefore nearly two full hours during which, to all?ppearance*, the republicans could do pretty much as they pleased. But a republican?Smith, of Onaudugu.-afforded, much to their surprise, a splendid chanoo to consume the two hourB in filibustering by offering a resolution to suspend the rules so that the concurring resolution ? proposing an amendmont to the constitution rolative to Ibe public schools, which had passed the 4Jenats, might be put upon Its final passage. He meved the previous queation, wbtch was ordered by a vote of ? to 47. But almost ?very democrat, in voting, desired to be excused, and "briefly stated hia reasons. THIS . took sometime. Buggies, of Steubeiu by various de vices among othera that of asking for a reconsidera tion of the vote by which the House had refused to ex cuse him, and then calling the yeas and nays on the motion, and on that being ruled out ol order calling tor a count, and then challenging the count and calling for triers?matfaged to waate forty mlnutea of the time so precious to the majority. Indeed, from the begin ning to the end the uemocrats fought for time with ?uprising skill. It waa a quarter to twelve when the filibusters, having exhauated all their ingenuity and knowledge of parliamentary dodges, bad to succumb to the calling of the roll on the final psasage of the proposed amendment. It soon became evident after about twenty namea had been called 'hat the amendment could not be passed before twelve o'clock If the democrats kept op their tactics. Seeing this, and with the view of not giving Ihe republicans tho campaign ammunition they would have next fall If the amendment failed through the filibustering of the minority, a member offered a reso lution that the eall of the roll be proceeded with, and members ahould have the prlvllego of only explaining their rotes, end that after that no other buaineaa except the usual 'complimentary" buaineaa should be enter tamed The republicans, anxious to have the amend ment ' pasaed, agreed to the .resolution and It was finally paesed, all the democrats but two taking SHIvrsisf ssssk ??cZ' that the hour ol twelve bad passed, the republicans mm ?debarred by the tune, even ir they were inclined to act in bad faith, from taking up any of ine four'bills tn the table, to defeat which all tne atroggle of the day h?t mome'nu of the Senate's ses?onwer. slg eeliied bv no event out or the ordinary routine. usual complimentary -peecbe* were indulged in At u>e close Mr. Jacobs offering a complimentary reso tiiioe w the President pro tern., Mr Hobmson. and Mr Hsrrla dotng a like l.vor to Lieutenant Governor Dorsheimor, and Mr. Lamont fer Henry A Glldden, tho ^Resolutions complimentary to tl.e Speaker ; Mr air?n Ihe Chairman ol tho Ways and Mean* Com mi t Sic and Mr Johnadn, the Clerk, were adopted in tbo Mum Mr. Sherman, Mr. Ballou. Mr. Uu^gles and Mr. HaUrtay supporting them ? exceedingly neat ^rue's^aker* farewell address waa bright; In speak ml nf the legislative work aud character be said % tain to believe that this Legislature has In a ?r#it measure lulillted tho anticipatioua of Ita Iriends Kd met the Juat expectation ol Hie people. 1 am sure ?uvt bnva not been ol commission. It may point Willi Sfde^uTthe volume of its acts and chali.nre.in that retard comparison ?uu any ol us pred,?a*ora. ngaru, c f wuKh u9 T|U gElrtloa. ..notion ol usace, no iloubi, Justified the Bneaker'\ declaration coneeru.ng ihe ' stainless name' ^^U?re but ? must be sarf thai, so tar - tho Assembly !a con ?r"*d-' lt ouaa lo tlave w,n. that it was not any _ m-erral bills of tmporuuc* Judging irom ita action ' w n r,.gi more upon Its reputation lor a good cb?rae??r w?l ? ? ^ Ihe tact that it was notbeset very ??lwwr#|^|lry temptation to do wrong than p? ywere omioubi Sestre u ooseoaaed to do rmht. Tb< ^ ^ coBIII1au.i or were evidence plain to biro wuo nan iy . of 18;8 like many of ita predeceeaora, the L< gisiat -?alon r. -jsasrz." s? jSfesis "'^'VssiSs'S Mate to any extraordinary exieut u did not passany tery bad ones! A. lor the New York ^ nembera who were really more than representatives ,11 uaHic Were **ry few tUikNMl. Al htad ^ ? u?t as a hard worker and a clear headed law n,ftker' 3rail who oegau *s the butt ol everybody on ihe floor ?l tni House, only to ilnd during the last Mages of lbs m~*iou that he was looked upon a* ibe must psius JT^ng und reliable of the entire delegation. Hrahan, ??li?odv Hay*" and Eniiiebart also snowed them*el*es theseesion bard' workers and lai.hiu. to their frUri, King aa a determined ineef the comptroller, Lurlce?l like a Irojan agaiust hnn and succeeded, * ri\ by hi* own enorts. in seeing tne session close f.Pa many Of Green's i>et schemes la d oat cold and M fl Muller, too, did well during the session. How^ " "I i" M> me>l alwuya to consider ihe wishes ol hla . Vm.ni.. as uiruuiount lo all other considerations, iTJ o bawling St all t.mes against rapid ??a!t aintpiy because h- In lioved It hla duty to tight diatritl rather than lor what was deemed to ?e 'f Mh ufs luajorliv of the people. In Ihe I ppcr If* ? Morriaaey wsa." by all ndda. the moat successiul 22?s"""T'he city. Every bill he introduced ??sfce?l by tbS two house* ,|ust in ?hS "?? *u"4 ,l' *'lh lh* ?"??'uon the Labor bill, which, after patting the Senate, wte pocketed by the republican leaders in tue Assembly. | Even the Salary bill he succeeded In having amended : before it wu tent to the Lower House to (hut the j j re?ent salaries ol the pQbllc justices were left at they are, and this IB spite ol atrenaou* opposition Iroiu the' other tide. Bixty made an excellent record I a* a watchful. Industrious I emulator, while <:?r aril, If he aid not succeed In everything he undertook lor the amelioration of mankind. I alwaya indicated by the stand he took on all bills of a goner*! nuture that, even though a Tamroany man, he did not umply represent I "John Kelly and a building." Booth, on account of i 111 health, wat not as active as he otherwise might have : been, and as for Baaden he came here to vote :u a cer- ' tain way, and be newer forgot to do It. The .Senate, it ' may be said, was tfee ablest and the most upright that , we have had for years. As for the Assembly. I have ' already Indicated tu genersl chsrscter and the esti- ! mate placed upon It by those members who were them selvee above suspicion, snd, therefore, all the better ablo to Judge of their follows. While New York city ; was repressuied by some very good men, democrats as well ss republicans, she was also represented by a few who. It Is to be hoped, for the good name of the mty, will never bo elected sgain. rasvii'zradk BALLS. The Orst act passed by the legislature, and which | wat the Orst to become a law, was tiie Masque ratio act. It "mends the law of 1845 so that the law shall not be construed aa prohibiting or rendering unlawful any ! peaceable assemblage for any masquerade or dress boll ol any incorporated society or the wesrinc of masks by persons going t > or from such balls. The act provides that the assent must be first obtained ' of the police authorities in New York aad Brooklyn i before auv masquerade ball or entertainment can bo i held in those cities. The Impression, prevalent, that i it allows the holding of masquersde balls or entertain- I meuto by other than incorporated societies is an I erroneous one. Such balls and entertainments are as unUwiul aa ever. I TUB GRAY *rXg. The bill passed by both Bouses and signed by the ; Governor early In January, commonly kuown as the j ' Gray Nun Act," repealed the act of 1*71 incorporating the Sisterhood of CSray Nuns. The bill not only takes j away from the nunc the right to grsnt certificates to j their graduate*, which, in the discretion of the Slate ' Superintendent of Public Instruction, entitled them to teach In tho public echo. Is, bat absolutely repeals their ' charter. comisatoxiR or ntitna. The Governor by the Commissioner of Deeds bill Is authorized to appoint and commission in each of the states aa many Commissioners of Deeds ss he may deem expedient, not exceeding ten in any one city or ' county, to hold office lor lour years. They are em powered to acknowledge deeds, mortgages, Ac., '-lying tn this State," or assignments, letters ol attorney, satis factions of judgment, Ac., to be recorded in this State. Rltl'AUZATlOM Or ABSKSSMKXTS. This bill Is a very Important one. It regulates the forms of proceedings by State assessors and the man ner of bringing appeals tram their decisions. The chief feature in the act is this:? A writ or certiorari may be allowed by the Supremo Court on the implication of my perion or corporation claiming to be aggrieved, to revera* any aaaeaament of the propertr in any city, town or villsgs or u ard for tho purnoae of taxa tion: and If it ahall t>? made to appear, upon toe returns to tush writ, that Injustice iia? been done or will be done to any anch peraon or corporation aaseaaed for real or personal property, or Intended tu be so saaessed npon aald astesmnent roll, by valuing or asaeaaing any property of such peraon or corporation at a different or greater rate of valuation than tbat applied to other real or pertonal property In auch city, I town, village or ward, the Supreme Court may order a re aaaeaamtnt of the property on the aaaeaament roll of auch city, town, village or ward, or the correction of attch a? acaament in whole or in part In such manner atid upon auch priuclplea aa Khali be according to law and aa the Conrt may direct, and so ?? tn re dreaaauch inequality. Prodded that audi writ shall be ap plied for within fifteen dara alter the wilt ahitll liare been finally completed and certified. Provided, alio, that no writ 1 of certiorari allowed under thin act ahall atav the proceed iuga of the aaaeaaora In any village, ward, city or town, or the collection of any tax unless the Court allowing tho tame ahall so direct. In any return to a writ of certiorari allowed under this act aaa?eaaor<i ahall not be required to retnrn the original assessment roll, but it ahall be anfficlent to return a certified copy thereof, or of such part thereor as may be called for by such writ. sprmiirriaDEXT or public works. The concurrent rosolution proposing an amendment to section 3 of article 6 of the constitution, which was agreed to by the Legislature of IMS, is a Tllden reform. It gives the tiovornor, by and with the consent or tho ; Senate, authority to appoint a superintendent of public ' works, who is to be charged with the execution of a'l j laws relating to the repair and navigation of the j ! canals, and of all laws relating to their construction ; and improvement. The Superintendent to have three ! j assistant superintendents under him to hold ! office lor throo years. The amendment abolishes ; tho office of cuaal commissioner, and the Superintendent is to perform the duties now devolved ! upou the Commissioners snd is to have the appoint- | i ment of all canal officials except collectors ol toils snd j those in the department of the Engineer and'Surveyor, i PINKS IX CRIMINAL CASKS. Senator Bixby was the author of the bill relating I to this subject. It provides that whenever a fine is tin- i 1 posed upon any person convicted of n misdemeanor, i ' tic court imposing the fine may limit the term of im- i ! prisoument, In default of payment, to a term not ex- | I ceeding ono day for each dollar of tho line imposed. TI1K TUnCLAH THASSiT company. I The bill rotating to this company amcuds its set of ! incorporation ol 1873 by providing that it shall complete I ! its organization before the 1st day of June, 1878; that ' it shall have palil in not less than fifty per cent of Its i capital-aud shall u?r* (CWally commenced work by tbat time. This Is the company which originally pro posed to connect Stateu Island with Jersey by a tubular railroad. (?) powers or railroad dirkctors. A bill amending the law of 1H5Q, fathered by Senator Brudley, provides tbat two-thirds of the directors of a railroad company may at anv time alter or change its termini or locate the route or any part of its termini j in a county adjoining any county named in Us articles ol association. 8TATI I'RJSO* tUVBSTlGATIOir. The bill appointing Sinclair Tousey, George R. Bab- i cock, Archibald C. Nevln and Louis J. Pillabury a com- ' mission to investigate the Stato prisons originated in the Senate. The commission la to report to the Gov ernor and also to the Legislature when it assembles next Januury. The act is very carefully guarded, ao | that the commission cannot exerolae any ol that pern- I liar tyranny (resorted to by llagonu during the invest! I ] gallons into Hie canal Irauda by the Governor's com mission of which tie was a member), very ample pro- : tectlon from oppression being given to witnesses. AMtKasMBNra rot local imi-rovkiikxt*. The act in relation to this subject was the work of ' Senator Morrlney. It givea the taxpayer in New York the option to pay his assessments for local improve- ; monts in ihree equal Insialmcnta: the first instalment ? to be paid on or beiore the Ulst or December. XSTfi; the aecond on or beloro the 31st December, 1KT7, and the third ou or beiore the 31at of December, 1878, witn in j tereat at the rate 01 eight per cent. The act refera only to assessments made prior to Jannary, 1870. COURTS OK OTKB AMD TKBXIXXR. | The preeidtng Justiee or Judge of any court of Oyer j i and Terminer held in this State, according to the bill | I passod in relation to these courts, are given the power to grant a new trial on motion of the prisoner niter conviction, before or alter sentence, on exceptions j ' taken on the trial on the ground of newly discovered ; I evidence. The bill provides that the motion may be heard on t tbo minutes or on affidavits, aa the case may require, In like manner as possible to the practice of the Su- : preme Court iu civil actions. HDicran mfroxs as witsxhsbs. . Another bill, introduced by tbo author of the pre codlug one mentioned. Mr. Star buck, declares tiiut hereafter all persons Jointly iudlcied shall, upon the trial of either under such indlctmeuts, be competent 1 witnesses lor each other, the same as though not iu ! eluded in tlio indictments. It goes still lurther by | j enaefng that In ail criminal trials and examinations ? beiore trial a husband or wile may be examined as a I witness in behall of tbo other. It provides, however, j | that upon no such trial or examination shall a husband or wile be compelled to testily against the other. LOAX or PtTHI.IO XON KYS. ! To prevent any cuiiuty, city, town or village of too J State giving any tuouey or property or loaning its money ' on credit to or in aid of any individual, association or ! corporation Irom becoming the owner of stock in or | bonds of any association or corporation, or Irom in f curring any indebtedness except lor county, city, town | or village purposes, i? the object of a concurrent reao- ; I lution pa*sed to intend section 11 or article n ol the ? const, tuuon. The amendment provides that no ' county or city shall 'become indebted to an amount, including existing indebtedness, 1 which shall exceed live pur cent of tho assessed valua I turn oi the real e late ol the city or couuty subject to taxation. Any city or eounty whose present indebted ness exceeds bvoi>er cent ol the a?=se.-scd valuation of : its real estate the amendment providea shall not be 1 i allowed to become ludubted in any lurtner amount until such indebtedness is reduced to the prescribed limit. Uf course tins amendment cannot be submitted t<> the people until November. 1878, as It roost be re I lerred to the Legislature oi that year. BOAKill.NU UOISK KBKrKKK. Tina very nselul class ol the community was prop- ' I erly attended io in an act amendatory of the law lor | their protection which was pasred In 1800 The amendment made to the existing law Is a simple pro vision that boarding house keepers snail not bavo a j lieu upon or a right to detain any property the title to I which is not vested in the hoarier whose bills are not : paid when payment is demanded and who lakes hia de parture without paying up. Otherwise the b.II gives 1 : boarding house keeper* the same lien upon snd right to detain the irngga^e and any efTecta of a delinquent I boarder Ic the same ex enl and In the same manner now possessed by innkeepers. BII.LS of KXCKmOX. The bill introduced by Mr. *rhoonmaker. relating to ; | bills oi exception in criminal caaea, provides that any pally entlurd In a criminal case to have a hill of excep tion* mav b?ve it seitiMl. signed and sealed by ihe pre siding judge or the presiding justice of the court beiore whom tlie trial is had, eiiher beiore or utter the ad journment ol the couri The bill declares that it shall i not i>e necessary Hiul the court shall bo in sessional 1 the tnno of the sealing ol tne bill of exceptions, but that it may be done alter the llnal adjournment ol tue , court. . PBOTKCTIOS or (YILORkX. The "Prince l-eo" bill, as it is called, la one of tho ) reaily goo'i pieces of work done by the Legislature. It ; ; declares it to be a misdemeanor to employ any child ! under-ixti en aa an acrobat, gj mnatl, contortionist, Ac., or in bep^mg or p-'ddling, or lor sny indecent, j ; obscene olr immoral purpoee, or in any vocation where I j lile or limb shall bu ci.dnnxered. Tbo same penalties i imposed u|?m.lhe employer is impoied also upon the I eison having in Marge any aucb child who shall per mit it to be so employed. Another act passed an- j tbonzes the lormatiou ol soe'ettea io prevent cruelty j to children, and givee their officers power to enforce its humane ohjocts. i in roar or xbw york. The bill entl'led "An ai t to establish regulations for Ihe port ol .New York amenos the law ol l*ti so that In the dredging ol slips, basins or shoala in the port the pnrties doing tne work must remove the snnd, mud or other material dredged, by having It towed to sea to | a point at least three ratios outside organdy Hook, or deposited behind ? bulk heed for tiling. Wilfttl viola tor* of tlie act lire to be lined the sum at $5 per cubic yard of material not disposed of as required. "thb scandal law." The bill passed, whicn received the above nam* ili.nn_r one of the many debate* which ensued upon It, ii one of the outgrowths of the Brooklyn trial It provide* that iu au action for criminal couversstlon the wile of the plaintiff may be a witneai for the de fendant and that she shall be competent to give evi dence the same as any other witness on behalf of the deiendsnt; but it enacts that she shall not be permitted to disclose any confidential communication bad or made by tier to or with her husband only. A Kim MIXE t'NDEHMIXRD. The referee bill was the prod uetion of Mr. Bixby. It puts au end to the wholesale practice of eourts ap pointing their own clerks referees. It expressly pro vides tnot no clerk, deputy clerk or assistant clerk of any court of record in the city of New York or of the Surrogate Court In that city shall hereafter be ap pointed referee, receiver or commissioner under any order or Judgment of any such court. formation or railroad oompaxirs. The Hammond bill, amsnatng the law relative to the formation of rsitroad companies, provides that II a company on Its organisation falls to record a certified copy in full of the "order" provided for in the law in tbe clerk's office of the county In which the land il ; proposes to take is situated, and to make i the deposit within ten days alter the date i of the order of the sums to be paid for the land , to be taken, and for costs, expenses ana counsel lees ??with interest from the date of the order," any 1 party to the proceedings may cause a certified copy of ' the order to be recorded. Thoroupou the moneys directed to be paid with interest from the date of the order, become ? debt against the company, and are i made by the bill a lien upon real estate and may be en forced and collected by action at law or in equity in the i Supremo Court. DRAWIXO OR.MtD JCMOR*. The Robertson bill, amending the Revised Statutes : relating to the return and summoning of grand juries, j their powers and uuties, Is of great importance. It , provides that if at least sixteen persons qualified to serve as grand jurors do not appear when summoned at any Court of Oyer and Terminer or Court of Sessions. I or the number of graqd Jurors be reduced below six teen by one of them being discharged or other- ! wise, the Clerk of the Court ubalL. in the presence of the court, proceed publicly to draw from the. jury box containing the names of all persons in attend snco not excused who have been drawn to serve as petit jurors for that term of the court the names ot ss many persons as there shall be additional grand Jurors requlrea by the order. When tho drawing is completed the clerk must make duplicate lists ot ihe persons drawn, each of which shall be certified bv blm to be a correct list of the names of the persons drawn by him. one of which he Is to file in his office and the other he is to deliver to the sheriff or the county. The sheriff must thereupon proceed to summon tho persons mentioned m the list to appear forthwith in tho court In which the order requiring tho attendtneo ol the Jurors rhall have been made, and the persons so drawn and summoned, unless excused, shall bo tho grand jurors of the court for every purpose and in every respect as though tbey had lieeu drawn and sum moned as members of the regular panel of grsnd Jurors for the term. The court, by the bill, is prohibited from completing tho grand jury in any other way thin under Its provisions. It provides, too, thst after tho discharge of tho grand Jury by the court the names of the persons drawn as called (or in the act shall be re turned to the jnrv box from which they were drawu and the persons shall (discharge their duties as petit jurors lor the remainder of the court. CAKR ANO CC8TOOT OP TIIK IN8ANK. Tho act passed amendatory of the law ol 1S74, which consoll'dated the statutes 'relating to the care and custody of the insane, the management or the asylums and tho duties of the State Commissioner In Lunacy, is a most thorough reform so far as criminals are con cerned, One amendment provides that whenever any person under sentence of (loath shall be declared mssno and Irresponsible by a commissioner duly appointed lor that purpose, the Governor may In his discretion order Ills removal to tho State Luuatio Asylum for insane criminals. Tbo amendment then reads that tbo criminal shall "iiicre remain until restored to his right mind, and It shtill be the duty of the medical superintendent of sttch asylum whenever, In his opinion, sa'd convict is cured of'Ins insanity, to report the fact to the State Commis sioner in Lunacy and a Justice of the Suprotno Court of tho district in which said arylum Is situated, who shall thereupon inquire into the trutb of such fact, and if tho samo be proved to their satisfaction, they shall so cer tiiy it under their official hands and seals to the clerk of tbo court iu which such convict wns sentenced, and cause him, the said convict, to be returned to tho cus tody ol tho sheriff or the county whence ho came and at the expense thereof there to be doalt with according to law." The hill gives the commissioner power to Issue com pulsory process against any manager or an asylum, public or private, whenever thero is inadequate pro vision made for the skilful medical care, proper super vision and safe keeping of tho patients. sri>l!RISTKM>KKT OP STATE PRISONS. The concurrent resolution which passed tbe Legisla ture of 1875 also passed tbe two houses. The Superin tendent is to have extraordinary powers, be appointed by the Governor ana Senate. The amendment abolishes the office of State Prison Inspector. The following acts, specially concerning Nsw York city, wero also passed:? ? 1'AYXRXT OP CLAIMS, An act authorizing the Comptroller to issue bonds for the payment ol certain claims fur werk done on school houses in Now York city between the yesrs 1869 and 1872, tho claims in the aggregate not to exceed $24,000, and tbe payment to be made in tbe discretion ot tho Board of Education. CHAXOE OP CORPORATION TITLE. An act authorizing the Knickerbocker Plate Glass and Accldeutal Insurance Company of New York to cbango its name to the Knickerbocker Casualty Insur ance Company or New York, by a resolution to be In corporated in Its bylaws. 9KLATIVE TO STREETS IX XEW TORE. An act directing tbo Commissioners or tbe Depart ment of Public Parks to designate each street, avonue or road in the city not yet opened as belonging to ono or three classes?the first to be opened by tho proper depsrtinent of the government, tbe second to be opened on petition of tho property owners of one-third linear frontage, and tbe third on petition of owners of three fourths Irontage. ABSBSSMENTS POR SKWKRH ANt? DRAINS. An act providing that no assessments for sewers or drains a'ready completed shall be set aside on account of any omission ot tbe Common Council to paas a reso lution or ordinance thcrelor, or for any other defect, except where fraud Is shown. NEW TOEK INPAET ASTLI'M. An act amending the act incorporating tho New York Infant Asylum and providing for tbe payment to tbe managers ol the institution tbe sum of (is ? month lor each homeless and needy mother with a nursing In PROCKFDIXOR FOR KOKPATWKXT Of R**T. An act providing thnt d<> proceeding Khali be taken belorc any justice ol any district court 01 the city of New York to dispossess unj tenant under (he statute in relation to nummary proceedings to recover tne pos Beanon ot lauds, unless the summons la returnable and ' all the proceedings are belore such justice at the Court Honae or the place deilf nutcri tor the court to bo held. All the coata and fees shall be paid 10 the clerk or the dim rict court, who ahall account for them to the Comp troller. ARRRARS OF TAXKR An act providing that any peraon within a year after the passage of the act may pay to the Comptroller of NVw York ctty the amount ol any tax upon property, real or personal, belonging to such person heretofore remaining unpaid, together with interest at seven per cent, to bo calculated from the time auch tax was im posed to the time ot payment. THK CKNTRAI. TRUST COMPACT. An act amendatory of the act Incorporating the Cen tral Trust Company of New York, and providing that on any sum of money not less than $100 which shall be collected or received by said company in itscapacltv of guardian or receiver or depository of moneys in court, mi interest shall bo allowed by the laid company ot not less than three per c> nt annually, which rate of Interest (hall continue until the moneya ao received shall be duly expended or dlatributed. ihprovrmkjit in th* afxkxrd TKRRrroRV. An act directing the Commissioners of I'ubho Tarka to lay out and construct public parks and places, and to lay out and locate streets, roads and avenues in the town' of West Karma, Morriaania and KinKsbridge. The Department of Public Works shall have tho exclu f i\ o power to opon, regulate, grauo and pave the streets after the passage of tbe act; all unpaid gaa taxes and assessments shall bo received by the liureau-of Arrears and Taxes of tbe city of New York, and tho Comp troller Is authorized to isaue assessment*. TIIK lALl or TNI ORA.NB STBRRT r?1SRT LK ASH. An act authorizing tbe Comnuaalonera of Docks to sell at public auction the lease, lor a term of ten yeara, of ihe (iraiid streoi lerrv, together wltti the docks and all) s *n i other privilege a now or heretofore used. Any person or company other than the firm lessees or tr run lee* are required to purchase the boats, buildings, bridges and other property of the terry. to pRovma additioxal pcslic iiatiis. An act autnonziti;; the Cominlatloncrof Public Works of the city of New York to etoct additional in* floating hatha for a sum not exceeding $1.0,00% to be appropri ated by the Hoard of Kslimate and Apportionment. TO FNKVIST INJCRY To A.1IMALS IK KKW TOR*. An act making It a misdeinoanor for any person to throw nails, pieces of metal, glass or other substance in the streets or public places of New York city which ' might injure any animal; and also making It a misde meanor 10 salt railroad tracks, except upon curves, crossings or switches. to toovidr for a arPM.T or watkr. An act authorizing the commissioners of Publlo Works of the city ol New York to lay pipes for the dis tribution of Croton water in tho Twenty third and Twenty-fourth ward*. The Comptroller Is directed to iM>ue bond* for the work In a turn not to exceed f3oo,000, the work to be done by contract and let out to the lowest bidder, to hkoclitr rlacks or rri'Lic Aarsmrvr. An act amendatory of the act to rcgulMe placet of public tniusemcnt, and providing that tue u.-ual licenso fee lor thoairi<?l or other entertainment shall not npply to tbe Masonic Temple, New York, eo long aa tbe revenues of said tempo shall continue to tn* ap plied to the use ol tho Masonlo Hall and Asylum Fund or other charitable purposes. international TRUST COIPAXY. An net granting permission to tho International Trust Compauy ol New York to organize and com mence Its operations at any tune within two yean after tho passage ot the act SirrrLYIKO WATKR TO rcw TORK. An set to amend a? act In relation to tho further supply of water to New York, and providing that, in case it ii'-comes necessary lo raise or remove a high way iu I'm nam county whfch interfere* with the sup piy oi water to New V ork city, sa d lugnwaf shall bo ii.cati d subject to tbe approval of ttia Board of Super visors of the county. orrii r* for rrni.nr Pt'Rroats. An act authorizing the Compirriner, Recorder and Judge of t lie Court of General Sessions to select suit able aeiomroodations for Ibe Court of General ISos siona lor a term ol flvo yeara, at a price aot exceeding |o,ooo, and tbe Commissioner oi PubUo Works la to fl? up and furnish the same for 16 ooa The ??? i of?the iJwU?r'X*" 10 h,r? or'<??** roimis for iho l.m oi the I .aw Department for live years at 16 00a The P?*?b*?d Irom taking or making *oi an> real tuiaie or tranctme. HII.ATirK TO Jt'DOJiaxTS. Comt>H?n uri0T,<1lU|! lbal *Dy Justice of the Court of eutercd on ttUi* *cl usll,? uu.y Judgment i ? 'orioltcr? of a rccovniz&nrp hv a urm Drmoina? 1!***' "V"* U,lur" R jpftk'EBM ;r?nSo-r as w'hen'the lullur". 'occuS? Pr0,M!CU,0 '"?' !'r'nc",iU UK*a or costrjctom. lorl ^? "'1 tbl! ?cl (U',iruu*' ?*? lieu* of contra?. .?S .^7 w CM 01,08 T0Hl <??ut0 "> New York and nrovid oitheri.T ni??<y 'lavs have flaps,Hi since the Win Clerk ol the 00 *U'ry bwn mad0 t(y "?o County lien be shallt??n'"cncerae?? <"> action to enforce tha iien no snail, by request of owner or party iritoreattxi i"*'0" ''"?docket. '"discharged by Km? OJ Ume^' rfch l en ?onclUBlro evidence of discharge* AAr.r^T",.CMj,KT,R OF ?" inmtitctk. tufa ??d wa i"1 lh0 ch?rterof ??i? American lustl t rosteea and ? m '"" 'fv" "8W mcll?oU of electing tho conceutrat^e mor?8?n ? " 0rBUn'Za,'0n' UDU U""uU lo atltufca in thJ? ^ ^ th# '"anagementof the iu alonorashoJi m*5 * bo,ml of trustees. The Coromis Tk.?,? , TUII SCHOOL AIIKMiMK.nY luuot^h^h" wm imcut >DMwa ,,y coucurrent reso uug J s?E^???$?sks! In such .cln ol oTi l /r. '^f, ,? "'?'?ra1?n*?r education ?f live ?na ,w n. \he 8,"e ''Ctvrcrn the age, tw??iy-*iKht ??.,?*?,? etofcVear. perlo<1 of ?? '*?? j nor o?inVco,2ltiB05?V- [>r?Pf01>"edlt of th* t.ict. shall i? *Uon. foiMit o, ^liwd i?' applied to the ?upn,,rt or in aM i.r ??!? ?. "r, e, """rwlso uader tlie control or in chim Jl .II jl,1! or '""ruction reliriom M,?. '' any seet, denomination or d"Tmlns['lo'i or"'o o^Ta" of", ay* ah?^''"??d." ??? authorities ?.barg? of the public school iiplpill! made wrvtilagepj^U" the "Pual ?PProprlations , ??j ?traction.'1*11 "* tl>0 generttl acl* relating to public In- j ?Srr'i Changing ilie name ol tha Utica and Black Riv?r SroetoiK r,h' I'tlca. liKck River and /' I SiiS^S! sSwa,*"'"1 su" ?> "? Olvlng the (lorernor the aame nower tn atenographerand.n Interpreter. t!io Hoard of mato to yearly provide for their payment? I roviding lor the malnten?nco o| tho auDnort an<t government of the ooor in "apport and ^ P<}i?vi7!?he,,?y lh? Uonrd of SuPervlaoi*, *U *p' ! I lhiU, lb7< and 1678, and autlionzini? thf* i1(9u ^ j mni oHSttaIvenSo*" * m?t,V? "?War for '??o car! run" i jjsrssr^'ssst sssss & Inierpreter and stenoKrapher hire rk?. I -.jeiTal,0Ki'"' actlstiu in relation to tho ooenln., widening and extending ot streets, avenues ana m.ifn' - i places iu the city uf New York tl n hi ith?J. pab"? Vision that no existing right or'interpgt lavrltlDv creatmi ! ? and estahiistied hy and under the provision nr th. ^ sat ?? s S non-realdont under the provisions oi tho law The fcne Kailroad bill, which gives bondholder. ?h? right to vote. Tho provisions ol the acthuvob^n^ i reely veniilutea In the Hkkald during tho so-slon ?h?t | nuscaroriy nocewary ,0 do more than m^Uon tbo amv^Aviia^ihlll, which reuuoes tho number of emplojds and miuires the empiovment of only flvo i t?OKu*P Un instead of ton. The Woodiu charter ainendrnents, which nnssed both houses yesterday, and the lull sco,'h, of wt'chVretSo well known to all New Yorkers to ueod reoetition The bill prohibiting the sale of t."?s7or ?a,erooina I ' *'earn boats and passage tickets on ocean atoamcrs by speculators. The act re<]uiriug hotels at the sea. hi t*hl.Vr0 1 bo*u for ,hl' aaloty of their gu. sts I In the summer timo while bathing. The bill making? a Qnai In ollence lor any one to throw a^he- cinders ? Rlvrr. dUtUP m"J *cows or b<.?ts m tho Hud*on I Tho Patten 1'arcment bill, which requires that the taxes to he levied lor tho la'ving ol new^mont must 1 be levied upon, the pro,>erty Uencllted, and no" as the 1 act Intended In IU original shape, upon themvnt 1 If', 'u; "l * "r.wtrd ?"ttKest. d, one-half on tho oily i ?! i Horrlssey Innkeeper bill, which declarei that no o7<im.n^.Pr'et"rf"nHl1 h" le**"y responsible for the loss ol diainonda and precious articles ot his guests unies* the latter should have, previous lo their loss liamled l*im for?safe custody. Tho act 'requires . proprietors shall post in conspicuous p?aci2 'n his hotel notice, In lsr?e type, to this e lect Ttie idorrissey bill, whlcn provider that in auction 1 sale, under aherm's orders the defendant nu? by con Tha Starburk0/In' "i00' "W ?Wn I he .Starbuck bill, relative to tho forfeiture of life lusurance poiicios. and providing that ihn -nm must give th. insured at EZfly W'noi^T. 1 The km P?ym*nt on ihelr i?oiicies is due rtJ ,f? ^ cre*t,n* ? au'e Board of A whicn shall The bill anllrlf ? i?* *?a,,at llie 'Sl?tO. thli ?h? a~ 5 g * l",wor" of "ie Canal Board so r.,i i? .OU . ?fu c*rr> on investigations. ' for . ana^purpos "PPr?Pr"4""'{ over ?'?'.000,000 IfclVnnu': Tai bTPrtmti?n b,!,? lbe SUPP'y b"' "?? ahlr?. ??f. ?,sk,n?' 11 ? "neable oflence lor a perron to alter a ballot st a town or county ceci.on w,th , view j ui uecciviug ui? tout. Ill I.LH LOST. The following are among the it*onl important bills that were lost. either by being killed outriMUt, or which, alter psssiug one House. latied to pass in 1 tie other:? Tin* Suit* Apportionment bill, the (ire 'it Externum) bill, tlio New York Hark bill, the New York Deposit bill, the Hutted Rapid Trausit bill, the Parade li round bill, tiiu bill creating a commission of estimate nnd u sesameiits, who were to have chargo ol all street open ing*; the act to repeal the Pretty Walter tJlrl act ol' ltxt'i, the No f>eat No Kare bill, the Watt'* bill, reipur log city horse care to partition oil their seats with iron rods. a>< reals In the lerryboais are psrtlttuMd oil; tho bill giving the Common Council the rigni to Ox the raie of wages of laborors in tho city employ; the Albauy charter bill, creating a new ward in that city ; the Kxcise bill, which reduced tbe licence rates to $.'iu, $i> and fit) from their present rcalu; the bill to create a Hoard of Audit lor canal claim-; the County Tteasurer's bill; the Uank Tax bill; the act consolidating the Court of Common Plus, Superior and Supreme Courts; the bill transferring the Croton Aijuodtict !??? Iiartmenl Irotn the Department of Public Works to the 1 nance Department lu New Yojk ; the act provldin g lor a uniformity of school books lu the com mon schools; tli* bill providing lor tho appointment ol a Commissioner of Jurors lor New York and legislating out 01 office the preseut incumltent; the bill reducing the salaries of New York officials, commonly known as ihn "New York Salary lull," the bill preventing the use of the llsttery and other city parks tor railroad pur|>ose*, the Campbell Civil District Court bill, which consolidated the tun courts into seven; the Ogdcn (Brooklyn)ehartor, the 1*0 Bleecker street Railroad bills?one aimed against the ruhree. and tho other legislating In his lavor: tlio bill giving (he civil justices authority to suspend and retuovo city marshals tor cause; the art legislating out ol oil.ee tho Clerk Mid Deputy Clerk of tho Court of Special sessions. WhiUon's bill providtog for Ute election of State and county cundtdalea ou separata ballots; the act taking piers 2 and 3. Kast Rtver, out of the Causl district; the bill giving Commissioners*! Charities and Correction Authority to hire out convicts ns laborers by contract (vetoed), and the act pensioning teachers. AS KXTKA MSMOX I'ROIUIII.K. (lovernor Tilden snd a number of prominent demo crat* had a con lerence to-day, after the adjournment. Ti.u objeot was, it la raid, lu dWcnaa the propriety of calling an extra session of fhe Legislature In order that definite action might be taken onthe question or organ izing tbe Senate and apportioning the Aaarinbly dis tricts. The conference waa a protracted one, but aoth lug came of it. MKK TRXt'RI or COMfTROLLKB ORIS*. Tbe nbeurd story waa atarted to-day i>y some of Comptroller Uresn's too srdent iriends that the lailuro of .the lA'gialHture to pass tno extension bill will not render any less secure bis hold on hia olllce, Inasmuch as by tbe twenty-tilth section of the charter nothing bat nls resignation or death can deprive bun of tbo Coinptrollership; the claim is. In point ol fact, that the charier give* hira a Ills ioUtf lease of t*ts place, this stud waa talked very Ireely during the last campaign, slid It will 'jo remembered that tho best lawyers in the city, wlioao views were obtainod ss to tbe proper Inter pretation In ho placed upon that portion or the section ol tho charter some or the Comptroller's iriends put so much ?tress upon, gave it as Uieir opinion that the | claim waa sheer nonssnaa, WASHINGTON. j I Financial Agency of the Navy in London Under Investigation. INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS PROMISED. Probable Eieape of Belknap Under Decision of the Court of Impeaebinent. GENERAL SCIIENCK'S LAST EXPLANATION. FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. Washixotox, May 0, 1874 TUB WIN8LOW EXTBADITION CASE?THE PBIS ONEB BEMANDED FOK TEN DAYS. It Is reported here to-night that Wlnslow, the forger, who was to be released to-day, extradition being re fused, was remanded for ten days at the request of the Crown Solicitor, on the ground, as stated, that new evidence had been discovered sgainst bun or bearing ! upon the question of his surrender to the United Stales, j THE CONNECTICUT 8ENATOR8H|P? MB. BABNUM j HOT POPULAR WITH DEMOCRATS IN WASHING- i TON. Some remark is occasioned here among democrats by a report from Conngctlcut that Mr. Uarnum Is likely to j be olected to the United States Senate id Connecticut, < two weeks from now, in place ot Senator English. The ? news does cot appear to be welcome here among dem ocrats, some of whom say that Mr. Barnum does not represent the principles of tbo Connecticut democracy and that bis election may lose the State to the party In Xovoiuber. ? FROM OUR REGULAR CORRESPONDENT. Wa&hixotox, May 3, 1878. THE APPOINTMENT OF COOKE, M'CULLOCH * CO. AS FINANCIAL AGENTS IN LONDON UNDEB INVESTIGATION?MB. BENJAMIN T. CHEEVEB BEFOBE THE COMMITTEE?A REMINISCENCE OF THE CLEWS FAILURE. Cbeever, tho agent of Clews & Co., who testified In New York last (all that he had been employed to pro cure the government agency in London for that firm for a share of the profits, was examined before the Naval Committee to-day. The testimony he gave was kept very secret, and ho, himself, was sworn to socrecy until bo shall complete his ovldence. Ho gave, it Is re- ! ported here, testimony?only hearsay, however?In { regard to the manner in which Jay Cooke, McCulIoch ! k Co. wero made agonts for the Navy Department, and | gave the committee the names of witnesses who have ' been subpoenaed, and by whom Itlsasserted, ho says, It can be proved that $60,000 wore paid for tbo influence which securod the place to Cooko, McCulIoch & Co. It is remembered here aside from this testimony that when it was proposed to give to Clews ft Co. the agency for some of tbe departments in London they expeotod to get all, and at that time Socretarv Robeson mado strong and continued opposition to their being made agents for the navy. It was known at that ! time that the President had a strong porsonal dislike of Mr. McCalloch, and rofused for some time to allow his firm to bo named ax agents for the navy, but Sec retary Robeson Insisted and carried his point, and when Clews & Co. fallod it was supposed that the Sec- j retary had been shrewd enough to seo that tbe house was not sound and had beon wise In keeping the navy's j funds out of thulr bands. It is understood that tbe testimony of Cbeever, so | far as yet given, is entirely hearsay and at second hand, : but that he natred persons who be paid were witnesses ' to the transaction, and these have been summonod by : the oommlltoe. ^ Till'. BELKNAP IMPHACHMENT?A OENEUAL IM PRESSION THE COT7BT WILL DECIDE IT HA* NO JUBIBDICTION. During to-day tho remark was frequently heard about the Senate when the Belknap Impeachment was re ferred to:? "Ob, to morrow will wind It up; the Senate will do 1 cldo that It has not Jurisdiction, and thai will be tbo end ol it." Even Judge Cartter, of tbe Supreme Court of the District, said to-day that he did not see bow the Senate could deoide otherwise than that they did not have any ! Jurisdiction, and this, he opined, would be the deci- ! sion. ? NEW SCHEME TOB THE RESUMPTION OF . SPECIE PAYMENT. Mr. Randall Gibson, of I.oulslsna, baa submitted to tbe Banking and Curroncy Committee, of which be is a momber, a plan for the reanmptlon of apecle payuienta which, It la aald, meet* with the approval of Mr. Brlt tow. Tbo bill dlrecta the Secretary of the Treasury to set apart, oat of the receipts for dutlea on import* during each Ducal year, coin sufficient to purcbaae 912,000,000 of United Statoa note* during each fiscal year, and to purchase aald notes, as nearly aa may be practicable, of the lowest denomlnatlona drat In order and in equal monthly Instalments, under such rules and regulations aa may be appropriate and necessary, j provided that the notes so purcbaaed shall be cancelled 1 and destroyed and that the total amount thereof shall 1 be held within each Oscal year aa part of the sinking ! fund, as provided by the act of April 17, 1878. AN EPISODE IN THE EMMA MINE INTESTIOA- | TION?A LETTER WHICH APFOBDED GENERAL SCHENCK'S COUNSEL NO AMUSEMENT. During the course ot the procedings to-day In the > Committee on Foreign Affairs Mr. Chittenden, the couuscl of General Schenck, was taken to taak by the 1 chairman, Mr. Hewitt, for what, In the Judgment of the chairman, was a disposition to badger tbo witness, 1 Lyon. The countol repelled somewhat angrily any | acrltlclsm ot his method of defending his client's luter- j osts, and lost bis tenipor so for as to charge that a let- , ter of Mr. Clarence King on the subject ol tbo Emma mine had been suppressed. It so happened that the letter In question had been withheld by Mr. Hewitt, who, In explanation, said that he bad not submitted | It to the commttteee became he regarded it as not altogether relevant to the caxo ol General Schenck, whose interests were In the keeping of him self an faithfully aa they had been In those of Mr. Chittenden; but If Mr. Chlttendon wished he would road the letter. Mr. Chittenden readily assented, and was greatly astonished, If not mortified, to hear the following:? N'lwYom, March 20. | Mv Piak Ma. Hswrrr?I enclose copy of my Kmma : ropori under the impreeslou tliut It will afford out littio amuHoiuent. I wa* only asked to make a sort ot coro ner's inquest on the corpse of Emma, rendering a purely geological verdict. In consequence, ttiere la ! nothing in my very technical pages to make fur fly or I excite the aort of tragic mirth which your other wit- j netaes nre able to bring out, If, In the course of your investigation, the nature of the deponit is to 4>e ducumed, or if it ahould be desirable to get a rtote mcnt of the outlook of the mine as a whole. Alter the ?ale took place my testimony would go clearly to shaw that the signs of giving out oufht to have been per fectly clear to any one at any lime. If I am to come j let me como without subpfrna, if you pleaae Juno 18, 1873, la the date ol my first sight of tit* mine. \ery 1 truly yours, CI.AKKNCK K1SO. It Is needlees to say that Mr. Chittenden gladly ac- | cepted Mr. Hewitt's proposition not to put the letter In evidence; but the "tragic mirth" of the brief but hot little dispute between the two gentlemen was j hugely enjoyed by the audience in tbe committee room. | JUDOE CABTTEX ON THE K1LBOURN CASE?NO APPEAL ORDERED BY TH> MOUSE COMMIT TEE. Judge Cartter, In commenting on the Ktlbourn case, said tbe case cannot, according to law, be appealed to tbe Supreme Court of the United States, but may lie carried to tbe court in bauc ol the Supreme Court j of the District ol Columbia Mr. Proctor Knott, chair man of tbe Houae Committee on Judiciary, said to-day that the commutes bad not given instructions to employ counsel or to appeal tbo ease up to the Supreme Court of tbe United States. BX-OOTEBNOB HEN BY A. WISE AT THE CAPI TOL?EFFECT or HI* BElPPEABA NCE ? THE OLD MAN ELOQUENT. Quite ui interesting episode took place to-day in tbo appearance of ex Governor Henry A. Wise aa ceunso tor Mr. nm, of TitsUM, IB Mm oontested election c.seof Piatt against Goode. When b. addr^ the Committee on I'rlvilejro. and Elections h>* powerftl voice and well known elocui.on .eemed like a rc.ii.tio scans from ancient hi.torr. Congre.. seemed to bsv? gone back twenty ye.r. Mr. Bank., who bad come t< cor"D,ltle? room purposely to bear Dim, remarked, alter one of hi. moat effective p..^,., ,h;lt "be wW , truly .till tbo old man eloquent." H? will resume bia | argument to-morrow. I GENERAL WASHINGTON DESPATCH. Washmotos, May 3, ISTfl. j THH EMMA MINE INVESTIOATION? OEXEBAfc SCHENCK IN EXPLANATION OF 7I8HEHH TEI,E? OBAMS TO HIB BBOEE8 ? THE BEMUNATI03 QUESTION AOAIN. In tbe Committee on Foreign Affair, to-day, Mr. Cblt. tendon, for General Schenck, Mid If tbo commute* ?boum bo of opinion thai certain correspondence ol jVk. Schonck and Fl.her wm proper to be con.ldered it would waivo all objection and leave the committra perfectly Irqe to act. it wan decided by tbo commute* I t <>") paper, which have already found their wa* Into print should not be received as ovidence. but if General Scb?nck desired to make a statement be was al liberty to do ?o. General Schenck then .'reviewed the letters, saying, | among other things, that as to the letter from Fishoi , to Duncan, dated December Id, 1S72, be did not know J who Duncan was. but it seemed that he was . stock ! , ' Wl'h whom Kui'er was doalmg. While it was true that be gave Klsbor such Information .. be pos scssed, It was utterly ?ntruo that bo had any stock j operations with him. Fisher had many good points but was not always careful, and acted from Inference and mado an improper u.e of General Schenck's naraa | Alluding to another letter of Pi,her to Duncan Is which it was said that General Schenck telegraphed Chesebrough to sell 2,000 .bare., General Schenck said he was perfectly satisfied that he never telegraphed Chesebrough to sell 2,000 shares, and such shares were nover .old. These were comaiumcatlens pAsslct through Fisher and his broker, and in no way possibl. allected him (Ueneral Schenck), and the u?e or hu name by Fisher was without authority. The Infer ences wero solely those of Mr. Fisher, for which Gea eral Schenck-smlil he was not in the remotest degrei responsible. The question as to the Interlineation of two word. In General Schenk's letter of resignation having been again introduced, Mr. Hewitt said be had been repre sented In the Associated Press report as saying yester day that the Interlineation, were in Mr. Park's hand writing, whereas bs said they were in General Scnenk's handwriting. General Schenck now concluded all the explanation* ho deslrod to make. Mr. Lyon mado a statement in support of parts of hU ormor tostimony. and took occasion to say that on all occasions of his interviews with Mr. Park the latter never used an unkind word, hut on the contrary ex hibited the most friendly feelings toward him. He said he saw the original letter of resignation of General Schenck as a director of the Emma Mine Corapanv-al east It so purported to be. Thero was no reieren'ce i& It to the mine or tho shares, but It stated he resigned only because he did not want to give hla political enomles an opportunity to criticlzo bis conduct. Mr. Park said to the wltnosa I don't like tbe letter, and I am going to hare a better one from Schenck." The impression of tho witness was that Park wrote the On.I letter of resignation, and that Schenck copied tt from Park's manuscript Ho had told Hiram A. Johnson of these facts within twenty-four hours after ho learnod them. Thero was nothing about which bo was moro posltivo than these two loiters of resignation. II. A. Johnson alto gave some tostimony, and cor roborated what Lyons said concerning the two loiters of resignation. Tho witnoss saw a letter of the Secre tary of tho Emma Mining Company, written subsequent to General Schenck'. resignation, in which it was said that Park had remarked to Lyon that the letter of resignation, expressing the fullest confidence In tbe mine and In his associate directory was a better In dorsument of tho mine than If Schenck had remained a director of tbe mine. The committee adjourned till to-morrow morning. INDICTMENT OF EX-SECBETABY BELKNAP BY THE DISTBICT OBAND JUBY?THE WITNESSES SUM MONED. Tbo Grand Jury of tbo District of Columbia hare sgreed upon a presentment against William W Bel knap, late Sceretary of War, Tor alleged acceptance ol bribe, in his otllcial station. The case was first brought to the attention of the Grand Jury by District Attorney Wells on ihe loth of March, and thereupon the mem bcra of the Investigating Committee, and the principal witness In tbe case, C. P. Marsh, were summoned. Tho members of tbe committeo appeared and subsequently Mr. Marsh made his appearance and was examined. A summons was sent est yesterday for Mrs. Caleb P. Marsh, but tbe Marshal waa unable to find that lady, and returned tbe sum mons indorsed "Aon est" A. a H. White, Lonsdale Twitcbel, late of tbe Indian Office; Duncan Thorn peon, of the Interior Department, and J. a Rea and W. McKwing, of tho Pension Agency here, were examined by the Grand Jury yesterdsy. The presentment against General Belknap is now la the hands of tbe District Attorney, who will prepare a formal Indletment la i*< THE GENERAL CONFERENCE. PROCEEDINGS OV THE METHODIST CONCLAT1 TE8TEBDAY?78ATEBMITY WITH THE ARUCAM MISIHTEBS. Bai.tihorb, Md., Mar 3, 1876. The Methodlat General Conference reassembled ml the regular hour this morning, Bishop Simpson presiding. Tbe usual religious nervlcos were conducted by Rev. U C. Matlock, of the Wilmlngtou Coulcrenee. Upon the call of tbo roll of absentees an additional number ot del* egates responded, after which tbe minutes ot yester day'! proceedings were read and approved. Tbe report of the Commute*} on Rules was taken up and ciak rale acted upon seriatim, which proceeding concerned tbe entire morning session up to noon, without being con eluded. Alter the adoption of the rules the Chslr snnouneed Rev. J. Lanahan, of Haiti more; H. Prioe, of Upper Iowa; U R. Duni, of Newark; J. W. Price and V. J. Parsons, ol tho Philadelphia t'onlerence; J. VV. Kreand, of tho Kast German Conieronce, aa the committee U? whom the resolutions offered yesterday in relation to the observance ol the Sabbath in connection with the Contcnuial Kxhibitlon shall be referred. Hitdiop Janes Introduced to the Conference Rev. W. B. Pope, fraternal delegate from the British W?ley SB Conference. It was not Intended that be abouM make bis formal communication at this time, but be wm pre sented tbat ho might become acquainted witb the brethren and not icel among xtrangera. Tho fact that he caino from the mother conlerooce ol Methodists en titled him to a cordial recepnoa Mr. I'ope then ad dressud tbe Conference a few minutes, expressing bis appreciation ol tbo kIndue*a and cordiality attending bin reception. Tbo Committee on Receiving Fraternal Delegates re ported that Saturday next, at eleven o'clock, bad been lixed aa the unio for receiving the formal communica tion Irom the British Wesleyau Conference, through Its delegate, Mr. Pope. Tbe r?ecption of the address of the bishops was mad* the order lor ten o'elock to morrow. A measaye ol franrnal Christian greeting to the African Methodist Kpiacopal Church In evasion at Atlanta, (ia., was offered, pending which the nomina tions for members of tbo standing Committee on Judl cisl Proceedings were niado and conilrmed. Tbo com mitteo conaiatM of one member from each of twelve general conferences as lollows:? Joaeph Cnmmings, New Kngland; O. O. Reynold*, Now York K?at; A. O. Haven, Central New York; A. Wheeler, Erie; L. C. Matlock, Wilmington; J. M. Trimble. Ohio; A. CL MoDonal, Mississippi; George B. Joweelyn, Michigan; Cyrus Brooks, Minnesota; RIcbard M. Davles, Illinois; Hoary 0. Bensoo, California, and Jacob Kothweier, (antral German Conference. A committco on lay dslegatea and lay ropraoenUtloa was ordered. The consideration of tbe message to tba African Con ference at Atlanta was resumed, and tba matter, afier dlxcusalon, lelarrad to the Committee on Correspond ence. Tbe action of tbe bishops In appointing fraternal delegates to tho Conference at Atlanta, aa authorised by the last General Conference, waa condfii Adjourned until to-morrow. THE SIOUX AVENGERS. INVADERS OV THE BLACK HILLS ""?? tf UD1AX8. OMAHA, Neb., May S, 187?. Dr. J. B. Pondery. of thia eity, baa returnod from tbo Black Hills, where ho haa been lor tho last three months. Ho reports tbat the rood from Coaler City to Fort I<aramie la strowt with wagona, whoee oernora bavo fled, been killed or captured by Indiana Daring Itia trip Iroto Cusior to Cfeeyeune be dressed tbo wounds of twelvs men who were wounded i.y Indiana It la dangerous for smsll parties to ouderiake ibe trtp. At Tied Canyon, where H. B. Brown waa recently killed, a lew Indians can bold oat against great odds, aa tfctff secrete themiolvas up <a the rssfe* HM daws m stand rat

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