Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 5, 1876, Page 5

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated May 5, 1876 Page 5
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OUR OLD FOLKS,' Interesting Conversations with Noted People of the Last Century. Mrs. MacDonald, Who Knew Generals Washington and Moriand. Her Recollections of the Continental Soldiers-? Hinging Pirates in Philadelphia. JUDGE BIBB, OF ALABAMA A History of General Laflayette's Visit to the South. Bobtok, May a, 1876. Mi* Mary Reynold* MacDonald, for lbs last thirty four years a resident of Ctiarlestown, but a native and all her llle previously an inhabitant of Philadelphia, ta another of the few brilliant surviving Intelleeta of the country whose recollections are of national Interest. Although ahe Las scarcely yet attained the rank of a centeiivtun she certainly possesses the physical and mental constitution calculated to carry her through to her bandredth birthday. On tho 10th or last July she was ninety-one years old, and there are a few patriotio or sentimental coincidences in tho circumstance that her birthday Is the same aa that of Christopher Columbus, tr>at she was born nud reared where American lndo. pendcnco was Drat proclaimed snd that she is now ?pending her declining days within an easy stone's throw of Bunker Hill monument and uoon the very irouud where, on the 17th of June, 177i, the Ameri cana so effectually vanquished tho Britons. In these days ef centennial and revolutionary reuilnlscencca there la certainly something very suggestive In such a chain ol illustrious circumstances. THB VISIT or A UKKA1.P rOXREKPO.XDB.XT. I beard in an incidental manner of the existence of thia remarcable and veuerable lady. She lives In a neat little cottage, just outside ol Monument square, ?nd her houaebol i conaista of herself, a son about flrty fears old and a grandson ton or a dozen years of age. Her son Is hor only support Tho youth, who is the Ion of Mrs. MacOonald's son, was left without a mother when an infant, and he has been teuderly roared and liberally educated through the care and efforts of his : moat estimable grandmother. Sho Is a woman whose | physical proportions aro not In keeping with her brll. | liant intellect and sparkling conversational powers, j Considerably below the average height, and with a | physique which corresponds most udmirably, her gen eral appeamuce indicates that some seventy odd yeara j ago she might have yeen one of tho belles of Philadel phia. Hor tono of voice and her graceful movements | (round the house are moro becoming a young boarding 1 ?cbool miss than a woraau who lived In the days of j Washington. It was evident at the moment of intro duction that your correspondent had encountered a lady whose cultivation and education denoted that she was not a siraiiger in tho best of society of the old days of tbo Revolutionary period. When I mentioned Inci dentally my connection with the HbraiA ahe precipl lated an interview upon mo herself, referring more particularly to matters in Philadelphia. I explained, is woll aa I could, the changes which had taken place 'here during the last few years, and afterward sho en tertained nie with her own xkjh.xibckxcxs or tub qcakbr citt. She was born, she said, on the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets?the vory heart of tho city. On one of the opposite corners lived General Morland, who was ! in the war with General Washington, and when the ' war was over be was ooinmissioned by Washington to i pay the pensions to tho soldiers, and she herself was a witness ol hundreds of payments to the illustrious army comrades of "good old General Washington," ns ahe affectionately termed him. General Morland,' t>he aald, was a trusted (nend of Washington, and she bad often thought that tho attachment betwoen them was : strong!honed by the fact that they bore a strong per- I sonal resemblance to each other. He was a tall, noble j looking man. with bushy white hair, a fair comploxion, j and always wore white silk stockings and byckled ?hoes, tbo same as General Washington. On tho second j eorner and directly opposite ber house lived Dr. Rush, who in his day was one of the most colebrated ! physicians in Philadelphia, and wnen be died his pro- | IcMional mantle fell upon a worthy son, who contln- ' ued his practice in the same pjarc almost up to the ! time she moved to Cbarleatown. On the third corner i lived Conrad Hanz, a German, and one of the most ex tensive coach builders in the city, and on the other eorncr lived a distinguished citiaen namod Thomas Reynolds. All of these she remembered as well as If (be had only seen tliem a week ago, and nothing, she laid, would give her moro dollgbt than to moet with tome old acquaintance of ber youth and to talk over the fncidonta of her girlhood daya. "Very often, when I am alone," sho remarked sadly, "I pray that I may (oino day meet some of my old Philadelphia friends. It seem* as il It would givo me a new lease of life. I doubt, though," kho added, reflectively, ?'if there Is now a single person living who remembers me or my good noiglibors who lived on the corners ol Fourth and Walnut streets seventy or eighty years ago. THE TXLLOW FRYER K'rinKXIR. She remembered well and sadly the great yellow fever I epidemic, lor It swopi away many of her nearest and dearost frienda "Why." sho said, "I can see now thofc long rows of t?nts that wore pitched on Hush Hill, wbero the prison now stands, and some nights I fancy that the milk and warkot wagons are those dre.idlul carts Oiled with corpses." ahe told how when they were digging lor the foundation of the w aanmgtou monument, they came across the bones of many ol tho victims ol the torriule epidemic, and when ?lie looked upon tbera she felt sure that they were tbo mortal remnants of aomo whom she had known and loved in lil& Stie escaped tbo scourge herself by taking refuge in thosuourb of Germantown and all of her neighbor* in the vicinity of the corner of Fourth and Walnut street* fled the city at the same time. STarnax outran ami kowik fokkut. Referring to some or the earlier and more recent , celebrities of Philadelphia, ahe spoko particularly of Mr Birard and Edwin Korrett. "Why," said she, "aa for poor old Klepbeu Girard, b* waa an everyday sight to me. and I was quite woll acquainted with *orue of tbo members of hi* family. Ho was a dear, good man and 1 am glad that a college and other public buildings commemorate hia good name." Kdwin Korrest she know a* an infant, and wus present shortly after his birth, but ber laat recollection of him wa* a* a bright little leltow whom she usod to see ocoa lionaily going and cotumg rrom school She wa* sorry, she said, that be did not adopt some other proles*.on than that of an actor, for she always bad an avoraion to theatres. I explained to her that be was the raoi-l eminent actor of his day, and tbat ho died mourned snd respected by all classes of tho com- ! ??unity. 1 also mrorinrd her ol hi* liberal endowment 1 ol a home lor the indigent members ot hi* profession, j and presented ber with a copy of the Hkrald contain Ing the Philadelphia letter which gave such an interest ing account ol hi* domestic life. She wsa very much pleased to know tbat hi* career bad been a uselul one I and oue that his iriends had reason to feel proud ol ! remarking triumphantly that sho alwaya thought he waa an unusually bright boy. BOW PIRATES WIKB TREATED IX TIIB OI.DB.X TIM*. Among the many acenes ol her youtbtnl life in Phila delphia?one wnlch sho said tunc would never efface? waa the hanging of sotqe pirates on what is now known ! ?a Smith'* Island. There were three ol them executed, ind the horrible sight was one which was fresh and vivid before her whenever it came to mind. The leader was named Pierce, and then there waa one other, whose name she could not remember, and a handsome young Icllow named Baker. The latter was a mere boy. aud whou he was earned through the streets in Irons nearly ?very one in the targe crowds ibed tears ol pity. Great efforts were made to secure a pardon, but the administrators ol the law were unmerciful, and ne wa* hanged with the others. The excitement of the occasion she described aa simply terrible, aud th* feeling agaiaat Pierce waa aa bitter aa the sym pathy waa earnest for the boy Baker. Piarce, rhe paid, was reckoned ss tho most hearties* pirate tbat | ever sailed the seas, and ahe bad no doabt but liis mur ders could be counted by hundreds. Mho related that he once Hoarded a Spanish vessel, and in his work of murder and plunder be pat to death a father, mother and I live young cbiUren. But another, a be.intliui cirl of sixteen, l.eggcd so hard lor life that Pierce spared her. hnlisequenily one ol his piratical crew suggested that li she ever escaped from then the Information she would give would be the death of all handa. and ho therefore urged that sho be thrown overboard. At this time Pierce had formed an attachment for the girl snd he was so enraged at his fellow pirate for what he Mid that be ran a knife through his heart. Mulise ijuently, howevor, somo others of the crew poisoned the |toor girl, and shortly alterwaril the vessel was cap tared and the outlaws were executod. as described. HKViH.rTIO.XARV memories. ABtong the reminiscences of tbo Revolution she re lated ono inttance which came under ihe observation ?fa Miss Cornlsli, an old Philadelphia neighbor of hers which illustrates tho liardsliipa ol the American soldiers of those days who fell into the band* or tbe British foe. A number ol our aica were held a^pruonur* ^ a Oder gusrd of tbs English troopa, and the officers of Ibe latter refused to tarnish their prisoners with (bod. 1 M*ss Cornish, hearing of this, tnaoa up Mvartl tnba of 1 aoup and carried It to tbem. and tba guards vara ao in dignant that they emptied it on tba gronnd, and the poor (shows were ao famished witn banger that they ' got down on tbeir knee* and licked it op, amid tbe Jeers and laughter of tbeir cruel torturers. BBCOLLBCTIO.XH or OKXEBaL WABIISOTO*. "I bare seon General Washington,'' ane said, enthu siastically, "but I waa so young tbat I can hardly re member the circumstances. I know just how he looked though, for t used to often sit for hours snd boars and see bis picture, and bis every feature la Impressed upon my mind. 1 uko to read about him now in tbe school books and newspapers, and tbe very mention of hia name seem* to rertre me and carry me back to my young days. It 1 eould only meet with souie one who has seen bim and remembers how be looked I eould sit and talk with them all ni^ht." In the course of her enthusiastic allusions to tne Father of his Country the venerable lady told an entertaining story about bim which will bear repeatiop. It seems there was a good old Pennsylvania farmer wbo wss an ardent admirer of General Washington, and be conceived the Idea i of presenting h:m with a watermelon to cat with j bis Christmas dinner. J oat to hare one flreab and ripe | at that unseasonable period of the yesr waa a matter of some difficulty, bat tbe old fellow calculated on the i time tbat would be required for growth and npontng, ' and his hothouse experiment was saccerstal beyond his fondest hopes. Several flno specimens, aa fresh as If picked in balmy aatumn, were the result. Selecting the finest one of tho lot the old termer presented It to tbe Ulustrioas Washington an hour or two belore din ner. That tlie General waa delighted and aston ished beyond power of expression waa apparent from tbe fact tbat he Instated that the old farmer She uld Join bim in the Christmas foatt. The old lady laughed heartily aa she told the anecdote, and said (bat it waa only one of hundreds of Instances within her knowledge which went to show the kind domestic quali ties of the great man. To hia servants, sbe said, he was remarkably kind, and be frequently bestowed upon tbem testimonials of hia affection and esteem. Tbe death of Washington, in 17U9, is still fresh In Mrs. McDonald's memory, and she said that when sbe heard of it sbe wept as If be bsd been one of her own sons. A few days after the funeral sbe went down to Independence Hall and sat and cried In the chair which Washington once occupied. Sbe never oould tire of talking about bim. shs, said, and when sbe was a little girl sbe used to go snd see tbe soldiers who lought under bim, and get them to tell about his battles. A DBS!as TO VISIT THB 0B5TBXBIA1*. '?I should like dearly to?o on to Philadelphia to tbat great Exhibition," sbe said, enthusiastically, when tbe matter ot the Centennial was spoken of. She had road a good deal about It, she said, and tho truth of bur statement was spparent from tbe read ' manner in wbich she discussed the preparations made for tbo ? opening on tbo lOtn Inst, oho regarded it as one of 1 the grau<lest ovont- of tbe world, but she presumed it would bo impossible for her to attend During our I conversation on the subjoct she roinarked upon tho j sublimity of the scons which wouid be afiurded If all the centenarians of tbe country could bo brought together on that great occasion Tho idea struck me as a novel and reasonable one, snd it is to be hoped that the mansgers will give tho matter serious attention. The Crystal l*alace Fair in New York and Gllmore's Boston Jubilee were al luded to by tbe old lady in a jocular way in comparison with the great coming event in Philadelphia. Sbe wished repeatedly that she might be able to go tbore and spend a few days; lor, besides witnessing the Ex hibition, sho could look around and see tbe enunges which have taken plaoe during the thirty-live years during which sbe has resided in Charlestowu. When she left there railroads had but recently come Into use, and It waa on ber Journey east that sbe took her first ride on the cars. Stie never was much ol a traveller, and hence her stage coach and railing vessel experiences are limited. HKAI.TH AND VIGOR. As before intimated, Mrs. McDonald is the perfect embodiment of sound heuith and cheerful spirits. She says sho. has been but llttlo sick, snd during ber whole life has not taken a dollar's worth of medicine. She does the housework, wash lug snd alt, for herself and family, and says that sbe hail rather do it so long an she is able than be botnered with a hired girl. Slie adheres to her old style of dress, but not to such a rad ical degree as to render herscll ungainly or conspicuous. As may be surmised, she it in lull possession ot all her lacultles, and tbe exorcise of those, aided by an abund anco ol ready wit, enables ber to entertain visitors in a most chsrming and agreeable manner. JUDGE BIBB. ? CHAT WITH ONB OF TBX PIONEXBS OP at.j, BA*A?HIS DESCRIPTION OF OJ5NJKIUX LAPAT BTTE AS HI XNTBBBD MONTOOMEBY IN 1824?THK FBEB TRiDI CONVENTION AT PHIIiADXLPHIA IN 1831. Mo.vtoomkrt, Ala., April 34, 1878. The Hon. Bonajab S. Bibb, of Montgomery, who I* now in hi* eightieth year, belong* to one of the | oldest lamilie* in the State, with the history of which 1 tbelr naino Is intimately connectod. When, In 1817 I Mississippi was admitted into the Union the territory i east of tho new State was ercctod Into a territorial I government and received the name ol Alabama Terri- J tory, Irom the groat river whioh drains Its centre. ' William Wyatt Bibb, tho oldest brother of this gentle- ' mun, was appointed Territorial Governor by President ' Monroe, and whoo, In 1818, Alabama was admitted | Into the Union he was eleoiad Its 11 ret Governor. Ho j died the subsequent year and was succeeded in tho | gubernatorial ofllce by his brother, Thomas Bibb. Mr. ! Bcnnjah 8. Bibb, or Jndge Bibb as he Is more i popularly known through Alabama, has alao essentially ! oontributed toward shaping the course of events In this : State, having held several public position* He was born at the town of Petersburg, la Elbert county, Go. on September 30, 179#, and came to Alabama in 1822. I lu 1826 he was elccted Judgo of the County Court of Montgomery oounty, serving soveral terms in the Legls la lure, and In 18S2 was again elected Judge of the County Court, in which office he remained until 1844. 1 He was then again returned to the Legislature, snd i exerted bis influence for having the Slato capital re moved from Tn.-kaloosa to Montgomery. In 1804 he | was elected Judge of the Criminal Court fortbeciiy and county orMontgemery, but was removed from offloe tho following year by Governor Smith, not betas of * P0"1'6"1, Bibb's pub *c k * u*elul and honorablo one, sud though bo now leads a retired life, be still takes a lively interest in the events of tho day. WHR.1 I CALLED at Judge Bibb's residence 1 was somewhat surprised at finding a large number of tniddio aged and young ladles MBeuiblea there, and could not well account lor the pre?enco ol so many ro?y facos and sparkling oyos in the bouse of a gentleman who hsd nearly reached his four score. 1 learned, however, that these ladies wero Rhh^r'net ,f* Memorial Association, of which Mrs. I ? 011 ?Uid,wer<' raeeting at Judge llibl.'# bouse for tho purposo of perfecting arrangements for a suitable decoration the following week of the graves of the Confederate dead in Montgomery Cemetery. * KSALTIIT CKTOCIXARIAX. correspondent was cordially received by Judge Bibb. I fouud blm well preserved for his advanced age, and was not long seated at his side before I learned to esteem him as a gentleman of i courtly manners, of flue intellect, of strong and deen- ! rooted convictions and gnat and varied experience 1 Though now in his eightieth year, he bear* himself i jw erect as a pine, and his eye, clear and bright, bus purts 000 'Mclnwion which an azuro lustre im- | While I was pleasantly chatting with Judge Bibb 1 look occaa.on to remark :-"Judb-e, it seem, to me that 1 the history of Alabama has never been fully written I Pickett s history, though a earetully written and relil ' able work, appeure to bo delectivo in some Important , particulars, and lie abruptly leavos off when be arrivoa at the administration of Governor Thomas Biblv Brewer s "Alabama'' is more of a suunttcal mid biographical work than a history, though as lar as it goes it Is a valuable compilation. Garrett's "Public Men in Alabama'' ontr comprises a period of tblriv what, under tnes?i drawbacks, is the Journallm. who is charged with the laborious tank of writing ui> old reminiscences, to dot" -.'i.T*"' replied the old Judge, -you r T.*.u> obl,,B y?ur ?ns?erlal fresh Irom the lips of the old set tie pa*' 1 u?,0,n1 ,hl" ?*??<?. I thought I would try whether t cou.d not obtain some Information Irom tho Judge in reference Ma personage who acted an im I".?* Revolutionary War. in Brewer's Alabama " is this reference to UK.VKkAL LAJATItTTE. Aiitlmi Geoeral Laiayette, of France, visited Alabama in 1824. He came through the Muscosee ?rnU.lJLU? *??l*??ery, then to CahatM, wbero lie /a, j a! fi i. y G?Tcrnor P^keas as the gueit of the Btate; whence be proceeded to New Orleans. by way of M,H,"a He everywhere received with cordial demonstrations of joy and affection. " l nder the sub division of Russell county itrewer baa another brief allution to General I.afayette's visit In L n? n#r KWOrlU fwtWssnd Garrett's) there Rihh'. ^'1? WJer 10 lhl* event. I called Judgo 10 \ ?Bd 'ucoeeticd in obtain ?ng irom Dim some details regarding ...V,. *****??'* VISIT TO ala*a*a. Ah. sir, said Judge Bibb, while hl? eye brightened with the recollection ol early days and earl* a? yT!y TrJt"mtKT Alabama. I alao distiuotly remember the appearance ?M4Ub."?Lr,r,U:, 'Ur:,L At ,he ?'">? ? ?"? 1, *? ^e was still well preserved and of florid eom. PaI^i hT-?'1 11ulu'*tf*"?ely contrasted Willi his g ay ?,***? medium slxe and substantially built and bore himself very erect He was very poin? Inhw 1 manners and easily accessible. In hi* whole denoru ment be showed the polished and courtly cavslier and w,h"l# population was captivated by hi* ease nn.l graceiul manuer. His trip waa a triu'muhai all through lb* South When bc arrivcS m'na m?l Mlh?h"r ?n I ?'or*,? line, be was met by General Woodward with an arm-d escort My brother, John Dandridge Bibb waa one of the escort, and delivered an addre??ol wnl.'om* A large numotr of whites and Indian* were assomlded I to welcome General Uliyette The Indians, not de siring. It seems, to be outdone by the whites In their I ovation, placed tho General in a sulky, and Ofty naint- I ed warriors, under the lead of Mcintosh, drow iho i sulky some instance, (ioneral Lafayette was met lour four miles from Montgomery by a caval> sde of gentle men. Colonel Arthur B. llayne*, ol Soutn Carolina 1 was the i hi*l marshal on that occasion, aud 1 was one of the assistant marshal*. Our dlstlncuished visiior was rcreived at the hill where now stand* the Miata Capitol in a tent erected lor that purj>o*r. Governor Fickens delivered the reception speech. There waa a dinner glv*n hers la honor of General LaXayett^ la which ft large numlxr of the prominent men of the Stale participated. The general government presented General Lnuyette with a township neer Tallahassee, Florida This land h*? sine* paused into the hands of different parties." FOFPLATIO* or HWSTOOIIXST. '?What was the population of Montgomery at the time of Lafayette's visit "Somewhere between 1,000 and l,500i" [The census of 1870 gives Montgomery a population Of &.40S whites and A,188 blacks ] "The means of communication at that time were quite limited, I presume t" ?'I remember the time when the Brst steamboat ar- i rived here (Tom Mobile. 1W was the Tensavr, an old rickety and slow aflalr. The bo tts at that time carried a small cannon, and on Bearing a landing they gave notice of their arrival by discharging It. There wore no steam whistles then." mail faciutiks w 1820. "Your mall facilities were equally slow and defective, It is to be supposed," Judge Bibb?There was a regular mall route from Washington city to Montgomery. Tho mall was for warded by stage coaches, an<l It took fully ten day s lor a letter to reach Its destination. On the interior routes, of which there were very tow, mall riders were employed. The postage on a letter was twenty-Ovo cents, and It was usually paid at the delivery, as post ago stamps had not yet como Into use. This was about the year 1820. Correspondence then was very limited ; and was too expensive a luxury to be much Indulged , In. "Travelling, 1 suppose, was also quite expensive and | tedious." "The only extensive trip 1 mede In those early days was when I attended the Free Trade Convention in ! Philadelphia, in 1831. Myself and the other delegates 1 travelled from Montgomery to Baltimore entirely in stage coacho*. We progressed at a very slow and te dious rate, and the trip was exceedingly fatiguing. At Baltimore wo took a steamboat up the bay to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and thence to Phila delphia, which ws reached in about two weeks from j Montgomery. If It interests you, sir, I can give yon a | brief outllno of the Free Trade Convention." THK FRRR TRADR OOXVBMTIO* Or 1331 IX PIllLAPSLmlA. "In 1831 there was great excitement between the Free Trade and Tariff parties. A Free Trude Conven tion was called by the celebrated politioal economist, Matthew Csry, to meet in Philadelphia. Ths Conven tion was held in October, 1831, at the Musical Fund Hall, and was largely attended. Tho delo- ' gates from Alabama we'o:?Cenersl John A. Klrnore, I General Enoch Parsons, Altred B. Scott, B. 8. Bibb, | bowell Rose and several others whose names I | cannot now recall 1 ant tho only survivor of tho gentlemon I liavo named. Perhaps in the United States thore never met a more dignified, a more august : and more Intellectual body. Vlrgiuia bad sent Chief > Justice Marshall; South Carolina bad ber Jeffrey and Pettlgru. Indeed, the States seemed eager to ?end their most distinguished men. There urns also presents Mr. Fish, of New York, who. It Is probable), was the father of Secretary Fish. A committee ol one dolegate from each Stale represented was appointed to ; draft an address to the peoplo ol the United States on j the subject of Iree trade. John M. Perrten, of Georgia, I was the chairman of this committee. The somen it toe ' adopted an address which was largely circulated. Such was the profound logic and such were the correct con stitutional views embodied in that address that it was not without its effect on the public mind. Thiselfect was, however, not strong eaough to arrest altogether the tide of protective tariff which seems to have per vaded the Northern or manufacturing States. " "While at the North, Judgo, did you viait Washing ton ?" "Yes: and I also called on President Jackson, to whom I was Introduced by Gcnerul Enoch Parson*, who was hla intimate personal friend, and had served with him in the Creek war." WHAT JACKSON TUOCUBT OV FRBK TRAUR. "You and General Parsons having been delegates to tho Freo Trade Convention, were the subjects of free trade and protective tariff mentioned when you called on President Jackson?" ??It was the subject of quite an animated discussion. General Jsckson advocated a Judicious tariff as being the best motbod of raising means lor tho support of the government, and beini; preierablo to direct taxa tion. 'In this matter of the tariff,' said General Jack son, 'you of the South aro as far behind the ago as the North is in advance.' " "Judge, do you still remember the poraonal appear ance or General Jsckson at the time of your visit at the White Houso?" "Quite distinctly, sir; and I must say that 1 was agreoably disappointed. 1 bad conceived that that roughness which is engendered liy the turmoil of border warfare would cling to him still; but, to my surprise. 1 found him a most polite, dignified and courtly gentle man. There was an ease and graco in his manner that impressed me very favorably indeed." A NEW YACHT CLUB. OBOAVIZATXOM FOB HA1UX1 BFOBT IN PBOTI DKNCK CliATT AMD OFFICEB8. 1'bovidk.nck, May 4, 187& A yacht club, to be known as the "Providence Yacht Club" has been organized Id tbls city under very favor able circumstance*, and IU membership Is made up of some of the moneyed men of tbe place. The following boats aro entered in the fleet, and the number will be Increased before tbe yachting season commences:? yame. Oumer. Country Boy E. N. Pettis Dolphin It. Tharbcr Glide .J. H. Harden Jlildcgardo H. L. Clarke Hope E. J. Anderiou Idlcwild. It. Davis Lottie C. Handy Minnie ....R Davis Nettie W. E. C" Windsor Riviera N. 0. HorreibofT Sarah John Spra^ue Starlight K. W. Jenk* Sue A. H. White Tidal Wave W. T. Arnold Una J. Borden. Jr Wanderer M. J. Flint Wilcox...., ...X y. Thurber The elub has a very commodious clnb home, and It Is provided with a lloat stage which is 20x30 feet in size. This In reached by a walk 216 foot lone which la 4 feet above the water. On tho water front of tbe building there is a platform 10x20 feet and which is covered with an awning. It has Just elected tho fol lowing officers for tho ensuing year:? Commodore. Harvey J. Flint; Vice Commodore, C. Handy; Captain of Fleet. Robert W. Jenk*; Secretary, Jami-M F. Tiffany; Treasurer, Edward G. Anderson; Measurer, Benjamin Davis. Regatta Committee?Ben jamin Stillwoll, Charles Livingstone snd Mtnon Cam eron. Trustees?Harvey J. Flint, X. F, Thurber and Waterman Pierce. TBIAL OF A NEW YACHT. DEFECTS IK HBB OUTFIT?MABBOW ESC ATM FBOM CAPSIZING. NswroRT, May 4, 1878. This afternoon sail was made on tho new yacbt Just built for Ross Winans, of Baltimore, in tbls barb-r. She had not sailed five lengths when she careened over ?ntll her le? gunwale was a considerable distance un der water. Many from the abnre who were watching her thought it was Inevitable that she must go over. Her sails were let go by the run, but not before she had carried away her weather shrouds and narrowly escaped losing her topmast. She in too heavily sparred and spreads more ranvua than ?Uo can safely carry. Mr. Winans and a parly from Baltimore wore on board and were considerably excited. YACHTING NOTE. The yacht Comet, X.Y.Y.C., Mr. I.angler, from Grecnport, passed Wbltestone yesterday, en rout* to New York. THE -NATIONAL GAME. Three good game* of baso ball were played yesterday ?t Cincinnati, Philadelphia and New Haven. At Now Haven ten inning bad to )>e played beforo tho question of victory could be decided, the final re sult being a* follows:? 1XXI5GB. Ctubi. lit. 24. 3d. ilk. ith. CM. 7IK. 8<A. 0/*. 10/\. Hartford ...0040 1 0 00 0 1?6 New Haven. 20003 0 00 0 2?7 Tne game at Cincinnati was between the Louiaviile ? and Cincinnati nines, and resulted a* follow*:? iirxama. Clul>*. 1 mU 2d id. *IJ> 5th. tth. 7IA. 8th. 9th. Cincinnati. ? 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0? 3 Louisville. 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0? 2 Umpire?Mr. Walsh. At Philadelphia tbe Mutual* rgaln tried conclusion* with tho Albieitcx and wero onr.o more defeated, some poor play In the Held allowing tho home clun to run up a score of six run* In tbe *lxtb inning. Tbe score I* a* follow* ? Club?. ,."WWW. I mpire?Mr. HettbeL 00 ? 0 o 0- ? At St. Lout* tho Chicago and St Louis clubs began a game, but after two tnntng* rain pat a stop to the play, : the score then being 2 to I in favor of the St, Loul* I nine. BASE BALE NOTES. The Mutual* and Hartford* play oo tho Union Ground* thi* afternoon, and the Chicago and St. Louia toam* play at SL Loula. To-morrow tho Mutual* play the Bostons at Boston, and tbo Nameless, or Brook- , lyn, play the AlaaKaa, of I III* city, on tho Capitolln* Ground*. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. The cballenc* i**ued by Mr. McSwyny to walk ? dla- | tance of from one to three mile* "heel and toe" wa* replied to yesterday by Mr. Edward Morrissey. who agree* to meet Mr. McMwynjr under the proposed con ditions The match Is to come oil within three weeks from the date of tho challenge. The arlioles will bo signed to-day. MILLEB CHALLENGEH DWYEB. Nxw Yobk, May 3, 1874. To tiivc Editor or tub Hsuai.d:? I hereby challenge Mr. John Dwyer to a glove cob. test for a *nm of money to be mutually agreed upon, the match to tiuc place witbin tou day* from dale, either in New York or Brooklyn. An early auowor, if the i haileogo bo aocepted, will oblige, your* re*>poet fu!Ur? WILLIAM M1LLKK NASHVILLE RACES. THIBD DAT OF THE BPBIHO MEETWG ? CREED MOBE, VAXDEBBJLT AND OBAT BTEEL THE WIXNEB8. Nash villi. Tens., May 4, 1870. The son shone bright and warm this morning, and the track lai greatly Improved in consequcnca. A line day's racing was witneaaed by a large concourae of ladies and gentlemen, and much speculation took place on the result of Mtvnral contests. TUB ClUBKBLAXD STARS. The Drat event, the Cumberland Stake, was the great attraction of the occasion, simply because it was an old fashioned heat raoe, the colls carrying U5 lbs., wilh the right ol running three beata bclore being sunt to the stable, unless some one ot the horses won two heats in succession. Thero were six starters tor the money, comprising D. Swlgert's bay oolt Bombay, Williams k Owing's chestnut oolt Creedmore, W. K. Babcock's bay colt Woodlaud, Q. W. Stewart's chestnut colt Malmistic, & U. Thomas' bay colt Heretog and George Cadwalla der's chcsinut Oily Plenty. Creedmore was a great favorite, selling In the pools lor noarly twloe as much as Bombay, who was the second in lavor, Plenty being third oholce. Tho race was a capital one. Firit Heat?Hero tot was first away. Woodland sec ond, Plenty third, Bombay fourth, Malmisllc filth and Creedmore sixth. When they reached the quarter pole Plenty led a length and a half, Woodland soeond, a length in advance or Heretog, Bombay fourth, Mal mistlc fifth, Creedmoro sixth. Time, seconds. Going down the backstretch Plenty showed tho way, and was a length and a half ahead at the half mile pole In 62 seconds, Bom bay second. Woodland third, Creedmore fourth, j Heretog fifth, Mulmistio sixth. Alnug around the lower turn, Bombay ran up to tho shoulders of plenty and then Woodland felt back, when Bombay and Plonty had a neck and neck race up the home*trotch j to the score, beating Creedmore four leng ns. Mal mlstlc fourth. Woodland fifth, Heretog sl\t u. Tims, 1 1:46*. .Second that?Plenty got away flr?t, Croedmore ! socoud, Heretog third, Hoiubay fourth, Woodland tilth, Malmlstle sixth. At the quarter pole, which was parsed I In '27 seconds, Creedmore led by a neck, 1'lcuty 1 second, Bombay third, Heretog fourth, Woodland j fifth, Malmistic last. Creedmore maintained his . lead down tho back stretch und passed ; the half-mile pole a neck anil shoulders in Iront of j Bombay, In ;>1\ seconds; Woodland third. Heretog fourth, Pieuty tilth, Malinistic sixth. Creedmoro showed the way around tho lower turn, und was a length ahead at the three-quarter pole, Bouibuy second, Woodlaud third, Heretog fourth, Pieuty tilth aud Mai nnxtic sixth. Alter Creedmore and Bombay entered the houiestcetch the other horses were taken m baud, and all they attempted to do was to savo their distance. Creeamore won the heat In hand i>y two lengths, Bom bay seconii, lour lengths in front ol Plenty ; Woodland fourth, Malmistic tilth. Heretog sixth. Time, 1:46. Third HraL? Creedmoro was then the favorite at 3 to 1 over tho field. Ho took the lead with the tap ot fhe drum, Horetog second. Woodland third, Plenty sourth, Bombay tifth, Malmistic sixth. Creedmore chowed the way to the quarter polo tn 27 seconds, lloscly followed by Plenty. Malmistic third, Bombay tourih. Woodland tifth, Heretog sixth. Going down the backstretch Malmistic made a dash and went to tho front, aud a shout arose Irom the people that made the welkin ring. He passed the hall inito nolo two lengths in front of Creeittnore In btK seconds, Bombay third, Woodland fourth. Plenty tilth, Heretog sixth. Malmistic shot his bolt on tho lower turn, and Creed wore and Bombay took up the contest lor mastery. Creedmore assumod a commanding iead as soou as he entered the homestretch, and galloped under the string an easy winner by a length and a half, Bombay second, two lengths ahead ol Woodland, lirretog fourth, Mal tnlslls hub, Plenty sixth. Time, 1:4(1 j,'. the winner. Is a golden cbestuut with a Maze faoe and four wlilte stockings extending to tbo knoon and nearly to the hocks behind, lie is sixteen hands high, has a neat head, stout neck runtng into well Inclned shoulders, deep cbest, good barrel, and If anything a little dctlcieut In tho mantling rib*. Ho bss plenty of l>oiie, sound loot and legs. When at slow work ho has rat bor a slovenly, ungainly way of going, but when extended hus an cosy strido and keeps his legs well under him. Creeamorc as a two-year-old ran flvo times, winning twice. These events were the Spring Young America Stakes, at Nashville, beating hi* others, and the Tennes see Stakes, at Louisville, May 21, when he ran away Irom fourteen others, tnaklug the three-quartern ot a mile In 1:22X. 0?K MILK AKD AM EIOIITH. The second event wan a dash of one mile and an ! eighth for a purso of $i60. There were six starters, \ comprising W. R. Habcock's bay horso Vanderbilt, 5 ; years; Lewis Jones' brown tllly .Maria Barnes, 4 years, ! by Asteroid, dam Black Rose; H B. Douglas' brown i Oily Valante, 4 yours, by Vandal, dam lltlladona; Will | lams k Owing*' bay geldlug Alexander Phillips, (1 years, by l'haeton. dam by Boston; Ira 1'latuer's buy horse Larry Bart, 6 years, and James McLaughlin's bluck horse Black Bill, 6 years, by Bill Cheutbam, daiu by I Altorf. Vundorbilt was the favonto over the Held at 2 to 1 L Alexander l'btlllps took tbo lead, Vauderbllt second, Volanto third, Maria Barnes lonrtb, Larry liart liftb, Blark Bill sixth. They passed the stand lu 12 seconds, Alexander I'hillips ilrsi. Vandenult second, I Volanto thiru, Maria Barnes lourih, Larry Hart til lb, 1 Black Bill sixth. Alexander Phillips kept the lead to ; the quarter pole, but after that Vanderbilt went to tho | front, and then tbo race was practically over, as be < galloped away Irom the others, and won In a canter in 2:02& Maria Baruea was seeond, Larry Hart third, I Volanto lourih, Alexander Phillips fifth, Black Bill < sixth. The tltno of tho last mile was 1 M)1,'. USB MILK AMI A HALF. The third event was a dash of one mile anil a half. In ; which were well known runners, consisting olUatnargo, 1 Fannie Malone, Lottie Moore, Sue Wynn. Gray j and W. Maya's liny oult Jack Slieppard, by Jack Ma ; lone, dam Seplirao, 8' years old. Caraarg* had the i call in tho bolting, Soo Wynn being second cboico. i Lottie Moore was llrst away, Jack ?hepf.ard second, i Gray Steel third. "8oe Wynn lourtli, Fannto Malono filth, Camnrgo Sixth, doing uround the lower turn t hero was no. change in the jmsitirms of the horses, but whon they roaohed tho stand Jack Sheppard was In front, Ix>ttie Moore second, Fannie Malone third, Grey Steel fourth, Sue Wynn liltb, Caniargo sixth, tho latter being unable to koep pace with the others. Time to this point 66 seconds. No change occurred around the upper iurn and they entered tho straight work along the barkstretch without alteration ol position At tho half-mile pole Jauk Sheppard was still In front, Lottie Mooro second, the others oui of the race. Time ol tho mile 1 :&1. little Moore and drey Steel then moved up and raced all the way to ttte end under whip and spur. Grey Steel winning by a short neck in 2:4.1. Fannie Ma lono came In third, JacK sheppard lourtb, Hue Wynn flfib, C.imargo sixth, the latter nevur being in the raco. srxvAnv. XAsnvii.LK, Trks., Mav 4, 1876?Third Day or TO* Mkktimi or m? NaMTIUI Blood House As sociation?First Rack.?Tne Cumberland Stake, lor tbree-year-olds, $o0 each, half forfeit: the Association to add $500; mile heats. Closed, October 10. 1S74, with thirty-lour nominations, ot which two aro void. Williams & owning*' cb. c. Creed more, bjr Asteroid, dsm by imp. Target, #5 lbs 3 11 D. Swigcrt's U. c. Bombuy, by Planet, dam Hora, l'5 lbs 0 2 2 Georgn Cadwalluder's cb. U Plenty, by Planet, dam Magnutta, 02 lbs 0 3 0 W. R. Habcock's (William Ways) b. c. Wood land, by Brown Dick, dam Woodbine^ 96 il*. (43 B. G. Thomas' b. r, ileretog, by Australiau, dain Dixie, #6 lbs 6 *0 4 G. W. Stewart's th. c. Walmlstic, by l'lanet, dam Lurleme, 74 lbs 4 6 6 Time, 1:4614?1:*6?1 40?. Samis Dat?Sui-ond Rac k?Association Porso $150, for all age*. One mile and an eighth. W. It. liabcock's h. h. Vauderbllt, 6 years, by Van dal, dam Melrose, 110 lbs 1 Lewis Jones' br. I. Mnria Rarues, 4 years, by Aster* old, dam Hiack Rose, 101 lbs 2 lm Planter's b. h. I jury Hart, 6 years, by Planet, dsni Nora, 110 los. 3 H. B. Douglas* br. f. Valante, 4 years, by Vandal, dam Belladonna, 101 lbs 4 William k owning*' b. g. Alexander Phillips, 6 years, by Phaeton, dam Boston, 111 lbs 6 James McLougliliti'a blk. b. Hlsck Rill, o years, by Bill Cheatham, dani Altorf. 110 lbs 6 j Time, 2 112 4. Sams Oat.?Third Hai r?A.-socistion Purse of $200, \ for all ages: one mllo and a half. Barry Durham's gr. c. Grey Steel, 4 years, by Van dal, dam Bottle Martin, 104 lbs 1 Ira platner's h. ut. Lottie Moone, 5 years, by Aus tralian, dam Kdna, 107 lbs 2 Alexander Maine's cli. m. Fannie Malone, 6 years, bv Jack Malone, dam Faon'e Harrow, 111 lbs 8 William Ma.vo's b. c. Jack Sheppard, 3 years, by Jack Malone, dam Septima, 00 ins 4 John Ford's b. t Sue Wvnn, 4 years, by Vandal, dam Nightingale, 101 lbs 6 Theodore Alrot's cb. c. Camargo, 4 years, by Van dal, dam Vldette, 104 lbs 6 Time, 2:43. TO-DAY H BACKS. Specnlation on tho Nashville races appears to be Increasing, as the pool rooms wero crowded last Bight, and the bidding was quite spirited on tho mile heats and tbrre quarter mile dash to take place to-day. The two mile heal event did not AIL The following pools were sold:? THRKR qrARTm MILS. TvrJ Kx chatty. Johnton't. lit/mat'. Bathgate $40 60 34 60 26 Belle do Mono. Belle Ulc... Beersheha.... Colonel ilall.. King William. 20 30 ? ? A 10 9S 60 5 * ? ? 4 n ? ? 4 7 MILK nr.ATS. Turf Kt ibriny John ton'*. Thomnt'. Nettlern $60 60 2.*> 30 25 Vanderbilt. 40 AO 10 10 tf6 Fair Play 2h 38 is '.'1 10 Camsrgo 20 20 lo 4 l.'? Lensiuore. 10 10 6 6 6 WASHINGTON DRIVING PARK. Wahiutoj, D. C., May 4,1876. Tb? trotting meeting at the Washington Drivin* Park >u continued to day, and the 2:42 and 2:20 races decided. tvuuAUr. Fikst K ?r??For horses that had never beaten 2:42: mile benta, l*-?l three in live, in harness, lor a par>o ot $1,001). of which $:>nu to the Drat. $2* I to the second, ilki to tliu third and $11)0 to the lourtb. Faugbabaliagh 1 1 1 Oscar ] a 2 IAdy Chatham 3 3 4 Belle of Klatbush 4 4 4 Kitly Fiske 6 5 3 Lady Uertrude 0 fl # Time. 2:38'j?2:37'J?2 Sko?>*i> ]<a?k ?For horse < thm had never beaten 2:30; mile heats, bout three in live, ui hartx-M, tor a purse or $1,1)00; Drat horse to receive $">00, second horse. I'J'iO; third horse, $150. and fourth horce, $100. Joo Hro? n 1 i i liuteman -j $ o Harney Kelly S :i 3 H. C. Hill drawn. White Cloud drawn. Time, 2:27H?2:2ft?i?2:2a. TROTTING AT DEEliFOOT. Notwithstanding the very unpleasant weather there was a good attendance yesterday afternoon at Deerfoot Park, ai the match between the bay voiding Coroner K. and the brown mure Sally Muck had created consider ablo excitement In trotting circles. Coroner K was the favorite In the betting and brought $50 in the pools, while .Sally Hack ww sold for $26. The Coroner won In three straight heats in fast time, considering the lorce of the wind and the dust that was flying. Sl'UXABT. Match for $1,000, mile lieais, best three in Ave. Hiram Howe enters b. g C'orouor K ill Hilly Thorns enters br. m. Sally Muck 2 2 2 TIMS. rirstheat 39 1:10 S:35*? Second heat # 1:17 2:35 Third heat 40 1:18 2:39 The match for $200 botween Delhi and Phil O'Nell was postponed until a later date. SPRINGBOK AT JEROME PARK. Springbok, chestnut horse, six years, by Australian, datn Hestor, arrived at Jerome Park three days ago from San Francisco. He is in charge of Harvey Welch, who says that the horse is in excellent health and will be ready to run in some of the evcuts at tlio Juue meet ing of tho Jockey Club. PREAKNES8 AT NEWMARKET. Tbc London sporting Journals of the 22d ult. contain frequent allusions to I'reaknoss' first appearanco In a race on Kngllth soil, which occurred, as the Hkrald readers know, at Newmarket, on Thursday, 20th ult, in a Free Handicap over the Kowley mile. Some ot tno extracts are gtvon, and the muuner in which this grund representative of American racehorses Is referred to must be gratifyiug to all turlmen In this country. Says the Spartimg Timet: -"The running ot Proukness in the Free Handicap was interesting, though Iho result was almost a foregone conclusion. The horse, howevor, did sufficiently well to Justify every word that we have said concerning blm. and those who have been ridiculing ihe Americans will ha\o the worst of the argument before the year Is over. l'roaktiess, though ho was giving away lumps of weight, ran very fust lor three-quarters of a mile, when CuMance ceased to persevere with blm or lie would have been certain to liuvu gamed a place. He l.s a big boned, line strid ing horse, thai over tho Ascot Cup Course will bring a lot ot our cracks to grief." The Spirting (Jmettr has this reference:?"The Free Handicap on the Kowley mih had some interest im parted into It by the appearanco ol I'reaknes* among the runners, he being the first of the American lot brought over by Mr. Sanford that ever sported silk in this country. As The Maio had oeen backed for tlio City and Suburban earlier in the day on speculation of Ins victory, he camo in lor no little gapese<-d, but It was apparent he could not win, for he carried a lot ot superfluous flesh and evidently wantod another "quarter''before lie could be called (It. That he Is a grand lookiug horse, at the sxtnollmo. none could deny and he will have many a backer when his time cornea '? BtlVt Lift and tlio Sportsman contain comments of the same pleasant nature, each reporting that tho poweritil build and fine quality ol Preakuess made him an object of admiration. BOWING. IBISH PREPARATIONS FOB THE CENTENNIAL BK OATTA?TOE DUBLIN UNIVEBflITT CRBW AT WOBK?THE IRISH BCULLEB. IU'hlir, April 22, 1870. I wont down to Ringsend to day to wo bow the t'nl- | versity crow for Philadelphia ore netting on with their ! preparations. I found the committees of both tho , University aquatic clubs In full session, considering | ; matters arising oat of Mr. Itoes' letter of March 10. > , The boat club, which always contrives to cot the start of the senior organization, baa already sent a reply to 1 this letter, declining tho Invitation. The rowing club decided to-day to say tho same, oxplalnlng, however, i that a crew made up of men picked out of both clubs will go to Phlladolpbia in August If tho committee of ! the Iuiorcollegiate Regatta can arrange a match to I eome off soon after, or about the time of the interna tional contest at Philadelphia, the Dublin University crew will be delighted to tako part In It. Otherwise (hey will not bo able to meet the collegians. THE CKIW AND THK1R PRACTISR WORK. All this is juat as 1 was able to tell you in my letter of April 0. This combined crew la also composed as you were Informed aix weeks ago, viz.:?George H. Pent- ! land, bow; George A. K. Hick soil, second; Charles K. I Harrington, third; Croker Rarriugton. stroke I saw them all to-day. They began to work la?l Thursday (April 20). and spend a couple of hours dnlly at the business. For the prnsent they row In the compare- I tlvely rough water of the bay. Later on they will practise U gh up tho river, in smooth wator. They pur pose going over about the end of July, so a* to bavn somo time in which to accustom themselves to the Schuylkill. T7R0RR WHAT RAMI. I Two points were meutloned to me to-day upon which ' some doubt is entertained. First, aa to the name under ' which this crew will be admitted to row. They cannot row in tho name of either of the clubs, for neither would allow the other to usurp honors won by us own members, and three of them are members of one of tlio \ rival organizations, while one belongs to tho other. Of course, (lie simplest thing will be for them to row aa till) Dublin University crew, and this Is what they would wish to do if no objection will be made In Phila- ; delphla to their doing so. (IRADUATKN ARO URDKRORADI'ATXR. The second point of hesitation Is this. Mr. Rees, In | h's letter of March 10, says:?"As to graduate* rowing, we would say that although our constitution necessl- > tales the rigorous enforcement ol rules on our side, wo do not propose to enforce them In respect to our guests." Now, the men who go out irom Dublin I'nl vorsity arc nil graduates, i. e. , bachelors ol arts, not masters. There is a feeling among them that If they row against too American collegiate undergraduate's they w'll be rowing against men considerably younger than ti einselves?a proceeding which does not recoin mend Itself lor adoption. Men keep up tholr connec- > Hon with me University here longer than perhaps they : do IU Amer'ci In tbls way graduates (so long as tbgy are not musters ol artsi continue to take a prominent part in collegiate doings. RO rOXSWAIR. . The crew here is training without a coxswain, rather i an innovation on loc-il habits. THE IRISH RUt'LLKR. Mr. R. H. La bat, ol whom you have already heard ns a sculler, Is going to Putney in two or three weeks' time, to tram there. II he can tnouoo one or threis to Join him ihey will go over tog-thcr with the four oared crew in July in any oece he will himself go over then to compete In sculling at Philadelphia. OOOI) KKKLIRQ rOR MR. RRRv I must add that there is only one opinion and one feeling entertained anions the n-embers of both clutw with res(iect to Mr. Rees' most courteous, cordis! and hospitable letter. ATHLETIC ENTERTAINMENT. Professor J. R Jndd is to bo tendered a complimen tary benefit ou Saturday next, at Trenor's New It.ill, Broadway and Thirty second street. The entertain ment will consist ol boxing, wrestling, club swinging and other athlotic performances. Austin and Howard will again try conclusions on this occasion in tlie ftrmco Koman style of wrestling. Many of the bust known professional* will also appear and OThibtt their skill in their peculiar .styles. The performance* will be ! brought to a close by a glove contest of thirty minutes, between Profossor Judd and Professor William McClcl* Ian. BARNEY WILLIAMS* WILL. The will of the lata Mr. Barney Williams (Bernard O'Flaberty) was filed yesterday In the Surro^at- s Court. , It is datod the ITtb ol October, 1*A7, and by it the executors, Judge Brady and Mrs. Williams, are In structed to invest f.<0,000, tne income therefrom to be devoted to the support sod liberal education of his daughter Marie till she shall be twenty one years old, alter which lime tbe income to be psid to her and the , princt|?l to be paid to her when she shall be thirty years old. To Ins wire. M rs. Marie K. O'Flaherty, he givos I his hou-e, No. 41 Kan rbirty-eightb street, with all his jewels, paintings, silver, horses, he. she Is alao made i re.<lduary legatee of all lila estate, real and personal, > alter payment ol legacies. These are as follows;?For Ibc completion ol the Cathedral 10 Filth avenue, f&,W0; | to bis mother. *10.000; to bis sister Kllxa, |1A.OOO. to | his mother in law. Mrs. Anna Pray, the house No. *B I Bridge street, Brooklyn; to his sisters Bridget sod ! Clara, $20,000 each. ?. . THE WITHERS POON MONUMENT. The Newark Presbytery Iwff taken steps looking to the collection of a fund to help carry out the work of erecting a monument to tho memory ol tne distin guished Dr. John Wllberspoon, one of the New Jersey signers ot the Declaration of Independent*. F.lders J. A. Ut.lett and C. M. Woodruff bovs beeo appointed col , lectors ?( subscriptions. THE EXHIBITION. Yesterday'a Proceedings of the Cen tennial Commission. A DISCUSSION ON LIQUOR SELLING Official Report on Lodging, Board and Transit. Piiiladki.puia, May 4, 1870. The session of the United States Centennial Commis sion to-day wag of great tMNMt, inasmuch as the liquor question was to bo definitely nettled, according to agreement. After a tedious debate the whole matter wan mUeilultely |ioalpono<L Everybody waited an* loioly lor tbo great question of tho day. Soon after the as?etnbling Mr. N'ye, of Maine, the chairman of the spccial romimtico to considor tbo liquor question, arose, and, with a few preliminary remarks, placed in the bands of the Secretary the opinion of Mr. John I* Shoemaker, tbo .Solicitor of tho commission, on the legal aspects of the question. Mr. Campbell, tho Secretary, then road the opinion of Mr. Shoemaker In a manner plainly showing his personal bias in tho matter. Whenever the document mailo a point showing tho illegality 0f tbo commission violating It* own contracts Mr. Campbell slurred over the words, so that they could hardly be understood. Mr. Shoemaker's opinion is wry long, but the essen tial portions of it may be put lnasinall space:?The twonty-lirst section of tho act of the Assembly of tho State of Pennsylvania, approved April 14, 1868, de clares that the Park rliould bo under certain rule.i and regulations, among which is the following:?"That no Intoxicating liquors should be allowed to be sold within tho said Park." No ono shall cut, hack, or in anywlso injure or dol'aco the trees, shrubs, plants, turf, &c., within the Park; no person shall expose any articlo for sale without tho provlous llconso of thn Park Commis sion. Tho Solicitor then procoods to say that as there has been no Stato legislation on the subject of the Cen tennial Exhibition, oithor all tbosu rules for tho regu. lntion of tho Park aro In force, or the whole are abro gate*! and suspended for tho time being, whllo this por tion of the Park Is under tho control of the Commis sioners of the Centennial. If they are all In force ac cording to their lcttor, by what authority have the hundreds of trees and bushes been cut and carried oir in order to make spaco for tho erection of tho Centennial buildings? How can bills or notices be afllxcd to any of the buildings, spaces or exhibits, or even persous enter or leave the grounds except by such gates or avenues as were formerly arranged by the Park Commission (or that purpose, none of whicb now rema n ? It will lie observed that all these respeo tivc regulations are equally direct and positive as thai relating to tbo sale of Intoxicating drinks. The con clusion is inevitable tliut. uuUor all the circumstances, those prohibitory regulations lor the Park, so far as relates to tho Centennial grounds, are suspended for tho time bolng, and Inoperative whenever they inter fere with any of tbo declared purposes ol tho Exhi bition. The proclamation of the President, the sub sequent nets ol Congress and its correspondent with foreign nations, seem to contemplate the arrival of visitors and exhibitors to the Exhibition Irom all parts of the world, and tho Centonnlal authorities have tho power to judge whether or not suitable places for rolreshtrenla, oon.luctod under their owu rules and regulations are necessary to promote tbo com fort and convenience of the exhibitors, their employes, the visitors and the objects of the Exhibition. If in making such rules and regulations for the conduct ol the Exhibition the Centennial Commissioners doem tli? retail sale of the liquors roferred to In tho contracts for concessions of restaurants, call's, *c , to be neeessary and proper, tt is not unlawful for the commission to consent to this oontrsct made by tbo Board ol Kinanco for such restaurants and caftSa, tny op.nion being that the prohibition contained in tho Park laws does not apply to those having obtained iho regular required license Irom tho Statu and the United States, as well as tho consent ol the Centennial authorities to make such ?Oil within the Centenaiel grounds. Such, in my opin ion, being the law, and the contracts having been mads and executed with the consent of i be commi>sion under the general powers vested in the Executive Committee, during the recess of the commission, and necessarily having to be made during such recess in the faith thereof, the contractors having, in mauy instances, Invested large amounts of monoy. long before the com mission again convened, I seriously doubt if In their E resent condition they are within the power grin ted y tho act of Congress to tho commission to dhango or revoke; but even should they be. there is no exemp tion in said act of t ongrcst Irom such damages as uuder tho law of the State of Pennsylvania may be proved and recovered as a consequonce of such revo cation. Mr. Peters, of Oeorgla. offered a resolution Indorsing tho action of the llo<trd of Finance and Executive l'um imtteu in making tho contracts lor the solo of liquor, un<l that Mid contracts l>e confirmed. Mr. Nye, ol Maine, then took tho door and made ? very lout: speech, opposing tho argument ol the coun sellor. which, bo said, *11 a collection of "glitterini generalities. " The speaker iiail forlillH himaell with the opinion)) of whut ho called "eminent lawyers." supporting Ilia view, evidently anticipating the viewt that the coun.soi to the ooinrius?loti hud taken. Mr. Kimball, of New York, spoke in favor of the abrogation ol the liquor contract* and th<- adoption of tho minority re|iort. He wax a member of the Kx ocuiive Committee, and had ho Known tho law at tna timo be would not have voted, as he did, to Bruit such oon tract*. Ho ha>l voted uudT a misapprehension. Mr. Proaser, of Tennessee, made tho point that tha United States Commission represented tha laws of tha V ntted Sin ten and tho general laws of tho States, not being bound by special Slate laws. President Itawioy spoke in lavor of a compromise In favor of malt 1)<|uorn and wmos. Ho suggested It iiiicbt be well to offer to pay back to the li>|uor men whatever suui aught be right. Mr. Crawiord, of Kaunas, mado a very lou* speech, alter which ho moved that the in ittir he uidellntiely postponed. Tho vote was taken by yens and nays and resulted in disposing of the matter by Indefinitely post poning it by a vote ol 10 to 10. THK ACCOMMOrHTIOS QCRHTIOit. Tbe following from the Committee on Aceommod* lions for Visitors to Philadelphia was read:? 1'Hii.snKLrnit, Pa., May 4, 1H70. To Til* :? The fulled Hiatus Centennial Commission. charged witb the duty on behalf of the government of the I'nlted Mates ?>f preparing mid executing a plan for holding the United tltatea Centennial Celebration and Kxhlbliioa of 187B, notify the Piililie ? fiurtU. That the Hotels of Philadelphia will accommodate above the present regular occupants l5,OTf> The Centennial Lodging House A geney 110,000 Acconimodutinn by relative* and friends 4U.m*1 Hoarding llnu*?s .. . JV") Patrons <>t Husbandry (for Orangrrti * *' Camp deott (fur Military organlratlona) 6.0 ?) Camp In Falrmounl Park (for .Military) -Vl Suburban lintels 90,000 i l-ere Is nodnubt of Philadelphia being able to entert tin. If nee?ss*ry. at reasonable prices, I3O.0BB persons. and. il further pie?aed, to comfortably lodge and earn lor 2'*V"< E?raotia. Iletel price* from #5 to #1 SO | ?r flay. Boarding nu?eii from $1 t" IB A" per day Centennial Lodging House Agency. lodgings, ft US per day: breakfast, tuppei and lodgings. $2 W) per day. I'atrens'd Husbandry I/Map. at Kim nation, will accom modate ft.'OJ person* of thai order St Bl -Vi per day; three in Ilea by Pennsylvania Kallroad 1mm Exhibition uroagds. Fare, rnnnd trip, flrieen rents. Address V. E. Podette, Rim ?tatloa, Pennsylvania. Camping ground for military organisation* In Fsirmounl Psrk (under the lawn of Penn<vlranlai. near Kxhlbltloe grounds. Addre** AdJntant (leaeral J. W. Latta, Harris* inirg. or lirneralJ. K. Hswley, President U. H. C. C., Phil adelphia, Pa. Citmp Scott, for cl*ic and military organlaatioas. oaa mile from Exhibition; fare ?ama *?> street car rate* lionet eared lor and fafnIShed mid meat* provided. Postal ana telegraphic facilities. Addre** Colonel J. V. W. Vatiden birg, <'amp ricntt, Philadelphia, Pa. A* an Instance of the prapar*(lnna lor the accommodn tinu of vtsllors. the Centeunlnl l odging House Agency I* mentioned ll ha* room* for "jo.tssi gin-ata which ran ha Increased to HO.IgJO Tickets for lodging) and meal* will be suid at all important point* In tha country, and on all pas* r train. approaching Phiiadeipiila. Persons who have purchased auch ticket* will ha furnished a card by the train agent, assigning them t? r roper nuarters. This ag> in y la In this hand* of competent managers. Ad dre** William Hamilton, lienerat Mi|?eriutendanl, Mo. 1,010 Walnnt sirnet. Philadelphia, Pa. Bv uteani and horse car*, with present facilities, 'Jti.iino peraons per hour can reach the Exhibition from any part of the city id Philadelphia. It it la necessary IO.ISU persons per hour can be moved. Pares, tlx ana a quarter and nine cent*. The Exhibition Transfer Company, Umlted, whose agents will he on all p.i*??nger train*, will tran*port, by carriage, passenger* within limits of four or five mile* for flfty eenti each ; baggage at like reduced rate*. Hundreds of hack, car riage and omnlbns companies. a* eel! a* private Individuals, will perlorm the same service at same rate*. One minute after the arrival of trains ou all main llnet enisling Philadelphia pass, timers can he within tbe Kxhlbl lien We eonndently expect tiiat during the rear the rail roads ot the I niled Hiates will ni ike snob further rslue tIon* in their rates ** will enable every person who de*ir?i to vl?lt the Exhibition at a very small expenditure, art tha* put the opportunity within reach of all. hidden tall] we note, aa an evtdenne of thi*. the taet that the Penoajl vanla Kallroad lias ordered a train between New York ant Philadelphia at the rate of fi for tha ronmt trip. The sanitary condition ol Philadelphia It good; rational amusements have been provided : arrangement* for protec tion from lire, thieve-. Ae?, are at nearly perfect a* Is possi ble In a great city. Within the Exhibition every precaution ha* been taken ior tbe safety, eoiulori, happiness aad plea tore ol the nnhlic The hnlldlacs ol the Exhibition are In order. The Exlil Idtion w III promptly open on the I lb of May, and I* an aa sated lart. All (ireparstlona have been mad- on a ill giuitie scale. Philadelphia and her etlisen* hare spent mlllioua In preparing lor tbe reMption aad oafs of gnesta. There it no ilispoaitton i>r esident-s of extortion. Increased I bifsines* at Bsual rates i* cm^idered sulllclent eompea i saiioa tor the veal ainoiiul of i apital and labor expanded. I I.Iving i? as cheap, il noi cheap,-r. lhau In anr lar/e city in America. Arcotnmadatloas am nnasrp aaed. All gr*det l of snrielr csn oe acmdlhio lated Kallroad and tran-pnrta MN faeilltlea are nneqaall' <L It no* needs hut the pres ence ol lbs public to crown with trlnmnli the greatest in ternatlonal BsnlbltIonia hlttori. comiuemorsting the oas ; linniitedih year M the natlnaVllfb Acting lor the government and the people, we InvltS aa | to al l by their presence no le a than by their exhibits, and | to coine'from *11 parts ol the world and meet as at this aa ? temblacs of the nations of the earth. J. U~ IUVLKT, PresideB*. j Per the Commission.

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