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Edmund Driggs stated that the committee, after having having given care and attention, had agreed to report the - permanent officers as follows : For President Hon. Henry C. Murphy. For Treasurer William C. Rushmore. Temporary Secretary J. B. Myers. Mr. Driggs said that the committee bad reported a temporary secretary, not having seen Mr. Myers, and not knowing whether he would accept or not. Mr. Myers, who waa present, signified his acceptance acceptance of the office, and the nominations were unanimously unanimously confirmed. xioil. injury v.. juiuyujj in uiMug mo cuuir, untmy addressed the meeting. He Bald he hoped he would be Eermitted to say, in accepting the office, that it had een entirely unsolicited and unexpected by him, and to add that it was not either his desire or his inclination inclination to occupy the place permanently. Ho accepted the position with the understanding that whenever the interests of the company required a change, the position position was at their service, and that he would be allowed to resign whenever his own business demanded that. He felt a deep intoreBt in this enterprise, and he was willing to devote any talent he possessed towardB its success, and he was fully impressed, not only with the necessity for this bridge, bnt with its pecuniary success, in a business point of view. This bridge was to unite two great cities together physically, which had long been united m interest, but which had been divided by a river. Such a union would be fraught, in his opinion, with great advantages to the people of both these cities, and would bring and add to the wealth of both, by Increasing Increasing their means of population, and therefore, greatly advancing the value of property. In either view, what had heretofore been probably uncertain in the minds of many men, to him (the speaker), had become become an absolute certainty, and when they conld transport transport people across the East Eiver by this bridge, as we can, from the head of Main Btrcot, in Brooklyn, to the City Hall, in New York, or Chatham square, as may hereafter be decided on, in five minutes or less, and at the same cost which is now charged on the ferries, no one could doubt bnt that the enterprise would be a success, and that aU this could be done, he (the speaker) had not the least doubt. He badno desire at this time to indulge in any specula ions, but plans had been shown to him, which satisfied him thoroughly, that this bridge would become tho great highway between the two cities. Other bridges would doubtless be erected at other points, but this bridge must still con. tinue to be tho great bridge, connecting as it wUl with the great business centres of the two cities. It would not interfere with the ferries, for they would still continue continue to be used by people living and doing business in the portions of both cities lying along the river, but it would connect the hearts of tho two cities, and will draw into connection a population which is now, to my mind, for the first time realizing the dangers which environ the vasulv increasing travel over the ferries. (Applause.) Mr. Murphy then took the chair and remarked remarked that he supposed it would be proper in the first instance to have a committee appointed to frame by - laws, etc., for the regulation of the meetings. "Mr. W. Hunter, Jr., moved that a committee oi three be appointed to frame by - laws and report at the next meeting. The chair At the last meeting a resolution was paesed directing the chairman to appoint a committee of nine for the purpose of having the necessary surveys, surveys, explanations, etc., made for this bridge. It is very important to have an examination made of the character of the soil on each side of the river, with the view of fixing upon the proper places for the abutments, abutments, and also determining the character of the abutments abutments which will be necessary, and the length of the bridge. Of course this committee will be at some expense expense in having these examinations made, and I would suggest that a Committee on Finauce he appointed. Air. Green suggested that before appointing any of the permanent working committees it would bo well to wait till after tho report of the Committee on 13y - laws had been received. The chair stated that he only suggested the Finance Committee as a temporary one, with a view of providing providing the means for the committee of nine to make examination. examination. The motion to appoint a Commiitee on Bye - Laws was adopted. Mr. Fowler moved that a temporary committee of five, on finance, be appointed. Carried. The Chair, after a short consultation, announced the following committees : Committee on Surreys Andrew H. Green, Martin Kalbfleisch, Alfred W. Craven, Seymour L. Husted, John H. Prentice, Henry G. Stehbins, Isaac Van Anden, Alexander McCue, Samuel Booth. Committee on Bye - Laws GrenYille F. Jenks, T. Baylcy Meyrs, Arthur W. Benson. Committee on Finance William Hunter. Jr., John Roach, William MarshaU, John P. Atkinson, Smith Ely, Jr. Mr. S Ely, Jr., moved that the Hon. Henry Murphy be added to the Committee on Finance. Mr. McCue moved that he be also added to the Committee Committee on Bye - laws. Both motions were adopted, and the meeting then adjourned. THE EIGHT - HOUR QUESTION. Meeting ol tSie Worklnsmen's Assembly Discussion of tlic Subject Wliat Is Proposed An Effort for the Movement Soon to be Made in Brooklyn, Last evening a regular meeting of the Workingmen's Workingmen's Trades Assembly was held at No. 360 Fulton street, the President, Edward Gallagher, in the chair The attendance of delegates was large. After the transaction of some routine business, the special order of the evening, the discussion of the eiirht - hour question, was taken up. The representatives of the carpenters, coopers, plasterers, plasterers, and bricklayers reported that the reeling: m their respective trades was in favor of making an effort to secure the enforcement of the law, making eight hours constitute a day's work. Mr. Mulvany, of the Carpenters' Society, said that the Eight - Hour law was just as much n law as the Excise Excise or any other law, and it devolved upon the workingmen workingmen to carry it out, but in so doing they could aflortl to be magnanimous. Heretofore the bosses had seemed to think themselves above discussing labor questions with working menj but the bosses should now be invited to discuss this question with the men. They might thus come to a friendly arrangement arrangement a3 to applying the law practically. The matter of strikes ought to be blotted from the records of working men, hut if the bosses Bhotild refuse this or any other just demand, then there was nothiug left for the working men to do but to take the matter into their own liands. Mr. Plimley, of the carpenters, expressed Bimilar sentiment. Mr. White, carpenter, also thought that a mass meeting of the men should be called aud the bosses invited invited to meet with them and discuss the question. There was not strength enough in the Assembly to properly argue the question. A brick layer eaid it was very doibtful about the bosses meetiDg the men to talk about this or any other matter. If the men intended to do anything they must do it alone, and then tell the bosses what they wanted. Mr. Mulvany was of tho opinion that the bosses would discuss the question with the men,' as a matter of interest, because they were affraid in the present state of affairs to make contracts, lest great charges should be made before their contracts were fulfilled. The state of affairs was different now from what it used to.be ; now the workingmen workingmen were strong, aud their employers knew it, and would be glad as a matter of interest to discuss this question. A mass meeting of workingmen was not the place to discuss it, because there it would he all one - sided. The mcmnera of this assembly were able and the proper ones to discuss the qnestion. He would therefore otter the followin'r resolution : Resolved, That the employers in the various trades be invited to meet the members of this assembly for the purpose of discussing the eight hour question. The motion was seconded. Mr. Quinn, cooper, moved to amend by first taking a vote on the question ill the assembly. The motion was declared out of order as not being an amendment. A member wished to lmow what the various societies societies were to do when they met, and what was the relation relation between them and the assembly. The President answered that the various societies were at liberty to act as they saw fit. Tim assembly was for the purpose of uniting the societies in any movement for their mutual benefit. A cooper eaid that most of his trade worked by the piece, and generally as many hours as they could. He would like to know what they were to do. Mr. McLaughlin, bricklayer, had understood that one Society should enter on the movement at a time, with the consent and support of other Societies. As to meeting the bosses it was useless to talk about it. The President said he thought that the delegates were sent for the purpose of legislating for their Societies Societies to a great degree. They should take what action they thought best and lay it before their Societies. The plasterers would shortly make a move, and would expect the Bupport of all workingmen. They did not propose to take any unfair advantage or act rashly, but they must strike if they could not obtain their rights in any other way. Strikes wore a necessary evil. Mr. Mulvany said the workingmen generally did not appear to realize that eight hours constituted a legal day's work. If they did not apply it they did not deserve deserve it. Mr. Doran, machinist, said that in Mb and other shops the men had been notified by their employers that hereafter they must work by the hour. What were they to do f Strike for a reduction of wages ? Mr, Melvin, Of tho Dry Goods Clerks arly Closing Association, thought that 'an invitation to the bosses to discuss the question, would bring it before the public public in a proper light. Mr. Walsh, President of the Plasterers Society, asked asked aud obtained, leave to speak a few words. He made eome vejy able remarks upon the importance of the question, and said that the working men should move cautiously but surely. He alluded to the meeting meeting ol the plasterers, (previously reported in the Eagle), and said that they intended to act as pioneers in the eight - hour movement in this city, but would not take any unfair advantage or make any unjust demand. demand. Nevertheless, they intended to gain their point. Tho question was, who would support the society society that moved first. It was desirable for tho men to be united, and let the various societies and the associ - tion take one and the same action. The resolution inviting tho employers to discuss the question with tho men was then put and lost. Mr. McLaughlin moved that the further discussion of the question he laid over to next meeting, and that all the delegates be requested to attend at that time, aud report the wishes and intentions of their various organizations. organizations. . The motion was carried. Mr. Quinn offered the following: Resolved, That this.Association pledge itself to aid any Trade Society that may strike for tho eight - hour movement. The motion was carried unanimously. Mr: McLaughlin raised a question as to what were the bricklayerB to do who were in tho habit of plastering. plastering. The President remarked that that was a question for their respective societies to decide, but he thought there would not be any trouble on that score. Tho meeting then adjourned for one week. METROPOKITAN BOARD OF HEALTH. Quarantine Selection Sunken Lots, Etc. The Board of Health met immediately at the conclusion conclusion of the Excise proceedings. After the usual routine business had been transacted, tho Attorney presented a communication from the City Clerk of Brooklyn enclosing a resolution of the Common Coan - cil by which the cleaning and emptying of tho vacant and sunken lots in the Twelfth Word was referred to the Board of Health, and their attention called to the fact that they arc nuisances necessary to bo abated. Col. BlisB also submitted the award of tho arbitrators appointed to decide between the Board on the one band and the owner of the Rod House in Harlem, taken for awhile last Summer as a Cholera Hospital. The owner asked $83,000 and some odd, for the use of the premises, or about as much as they were worth, including the buUding and Beveral lots of ground. The Board would not pay this, and in this they were sustained sustained by the arbitrators, who only gave the owner S3 000 and 1,000 costs. It was movedand carried that the Treasurer should be directed to pay the amount. Mr Bliss also presented a complaint lodged against the vacant lots between Douglass, Bond and Bergen streets, in this city, as nuisances. On recommendation recommendation of the engineer, it whs referred to the Sewer Commissioners, Commissioners, Brooklyn. QUARANTINE. At this point in their proceedings the Board of Quarantine Quarantine Commissioners, accompanied by Mayor Booth, entered the room and took Beats along with the Board of Health. They had come for the purpose of finally and formally expressing their choice of the west end of Coney Island for alandingand boarding station, and of a portion of Barren Island us a place of detention. A resolution of concurrence was submitted to the Board of Health by Johnston, the counsel of tho (Quarantine Commissioners the concurrence being as to their selection of locations for these purposes. Judge Bosworth objected to that form of proedlngs and insisted that they should oil meet as one board, of which the Board of Health should vote collectively and tho Mayors and Quarantine Commissioners indl - ridnally. His views were anally agreed to, and thoy were then ready to go on with the business. Brit judge Bosworth, who never faU.8 to bob that business is done according to due form, objected to their doine anything without Mayor Hoffman, who was absent He did not know, but he rather thought it was essential essential that all the persons named in the act should be present at the time of voting. So Mr. Acton sent a telegram to Mayor Hoffman, who came about half an hour atterwards, and then, all objections being laid at rest, the Joint Board unanimously voted in favor of taking all that part of Coney Island lying to the west of a hne running due south from the southwest corner of C. G. Gunther s house at Bath, across Gravcscnd Bay ana wj .umuiiu iu iue Atlantic ocean, and also in favor of taking - "all that part of Barren Island which lies south of a line commencing at a point distant southerly thirty feet from the southerlv Bide of a creek commonly known as Indian Creek, and which point is on a line due south irom a marked cedar tree, standing standing about three feet and six inches westerly from the westerly coper of a wooden bnUdlng commonlv Known as the 'Long House,' and running from Bald point due west to what is commonly known as Barren Island Creek, or inlet, and west of a line extending from the point aforesaid due south to Rockaway Inlot, as a site upon which to erect a temporary structure," as a place of detention. The part of Barren Island thus taken is the southwest part, the property ot the Lott family at Flatlands. It appears that the powers; of the Board of Health in this matter only extend to tho approval of tho selection selection of sites. At least that was tho statement made by Mr Johnston yesterday. At the conclusion of these proceedings the Board adjourned till four o'clock next Thursday afternoon. Opening Day at Coney Island. According to the almanac and the customs of the climate, wo ought now to be enjoying that eercneness of atmosphere and geniality of temperature temperature which Invites ua to seek ont - door pleasures. Nature never looks so inviting as when she first puts on her robes of verdure in spring time. Tho bright freshness of tho wood9 and fields is such an exhilarating exhilarating contrast after the dull, dreary aspect of winter, and the dwellers in the pent - up limits of the city long for the opportunity of flying to the green meadows, or to the sounding sea Bhore, where the air is more invigorating invigorating than the best of artificial tonics. This year everything lias been behindhand. The weather has been so capricious that no calculations could be madci and all out - door affairs are in a state of backwardness. Hut the weather can't hold out in this way all the Bummer. The days are got - tin0 - quite warm, and the showers will soon dry up, and people will begin their usuai summer recreations with all the more zest on account of the delay. We are fortunately blessed with a seaside seaside rcso rt easy of access from the city, where we can stand on the verge of the ocean and inhale tho vigor. giving ocean breezes, as pure as those which ran the brows of the denizens of fashion at Newport, and Where the luxuries of sea - bathing is within the reach of all. A grand democratic resort is Coney Island. To the Brooklyn and Coney Island Eailroad Company wo owe the privilege of being able to reach the Island at all hours, and at a cost that brings the luxury within the compass of the poor man's means, kach succeed ing year Bince the railroad has been opened has the nonularity of the Island increased, and the visitors, which were formerly counted by hundreds, are now enumerated by thousands. The summer travel to Coney Island has now begun, and the Eailroad Com pany have made arrangements lor nccommo&at'mg the public to the required extent. Yesterday a formal opening of tho season was made by an excursion to the Island of a party officially re presenting the city of Brooklyn, tho otllcers ot the Railroad Company and other prominent citizens, uoi, Morgan furnished a dashing four - in - hand to lead the procession, followed by other vehicles, and a pleasant drive brought the party to Green's Hotel, where the ceremonies of inauguration were performed. Green's Hotel sprung np with the Railroad, of which it forms the terminus on the Island. The new era opened by the railroad required other improvements to correspond, correspond, amongst the rest more and better hotel accommodations accommodations than were afforded by tho slow - going estab lishments of other days, and Green's Hotel, which is conducted on the modern and popular style, with all the latest improvements, has become the leading hotel of the Island. Yesterday the reputation of the house was fuUy sustained by the superb table set by the hoBt; in the taste of the arrangements and perfection of the cuisine Delmouico could not have surpassed it. After the banquet the usual flow of oratory was indulged in, and the affairs of the Island and the railroad discussed. Mr. John A. Ricard, the new President of the road, who occupied the chair on the occasiob, said that the company had carried their enterprise through difficulties difficulties which few roads had had to encounter ; the travel which was to support it had to bo created. They had created an immense summer travel, which at times had taxed their resources, hut they had resolved to make the road popular and have strained every nerve to fully accommodate tho public, and in the season now opening they expected to do better than ever. Mr. E. F. Drayton, secretary of the company, added eome particulars of the history of the road and assurances assurances of the liberal intentions of tho company. Mr. George Green narrated some episodes of the career career of the Coney Island Railroad and what it had done to popularize this summer resort. Other gentlemen in turn bore testimony to the fact that Mr. Green knew how to keep a hotel, which was a pleasaat fact to visitors to the Island. Finally the party adjourned, and such of them as did not live on the Island returned to Brooklyn, to assure their fellow citizens that Coney Island is now open for visitors and may be reached half hourly by cars from Fulton ferry. THE LONG ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Reminiscences of Old Biitcliers A Lecture Lecture by Mr. Thos, V. DoVoc. The Long Island Historical Society held a special meeting at its rooms, last evening. Judge Greenwood occupied the chair. The minutes of the last meeting were read by the Secretary and approved. No report was received from the Librarian. The first business proceeded to was the election of new members. members. Alt who were proposed at last meeting were unanimously admitted. The following list of nominations nominations for membership was read by the Secretary: Dr. Otterson, Rums r.iplcy, Wm. P. nollis, Edward B. Gilbert, Wm.E. Brown, H.. F. Judd, Dr. J. J. Culdwell - W. E. Ilaward, Charles H. Mills and Wm. Edsall. The Secretary announced that at the next regular meeting there will be read a paper on Australia by Mr. A. 1?. Young, wbo has resided for a long time in that part of the world, and who has an intimate knowledge knowledge of that country and its products. He also invited the attention of the members to the collection of antiquities from the north of Europe, now on exhibition in their rooms. It is the finest ol the kind ever brought to this country, and is mainly composed of implements fishioned before the inhabitants inhabitants had acquired the knowledge of the working of metals. The collection comprises daggers, arrowheads, arrowheads, spear - heads, axes, and chisels of stones, and a few articles of bronze. The greater number of them were found in the island of liesan in the Baltic Sea. They veiy cloBely resemble the manufactures of the aborigines of this country. Mr. De Voe was now introduced by Judge Greenwood, Greenwood, and proceeded to deliver his lecture entitled, "Historical Reminiscences of old Brooklyn." In the outset he alluded to the advantages of such a society as that which he was addressing, made a brief reference reference to his recent work on the markets of our great cities, and then proceeded with the subject proper, commencing with the settlement of New Amsterdam by tho Dutch traders, who purchased the products which the Indians had to offer for sale. This trade brought many Indians from various localities, and no doubt those from Long Island furnished a greBt deal in the way of food, as wild fowl and game were abundant round its shores, while the lands were easily cultivated. cultivated. These prolific and attracli ye lands, found so near the island of Manhattan, engaged the attention of the government which made a treaty with the friendly In - dians,and soon thereafter a number of traders and agriculturists, agriculturists, became the first settlers on Long Island. Prior to this, the Indians no doubt had selected the best landing place, and traced the best roads across the "broken hill" (to which the lecturer thought Brooklyn owed its name) to their huntih" ground. It was at and around these that the first white settlers located themselves. A ferry soon became necessary and was established. It soon became became ot such importance that the authorities proclaimed certain regulations, with a view to preventing extortion. extortion. A great impetus was early given to the growth of Brooklyn by the retreat of a number of butchers from New York, who were driven thence by an onerous law which was intended to force them to use and occupy unsuitable places called public slaughter houses. They were a thrivin" and public spirited class of citizens and for a long lime appear to have been the most important important class of residents in Brooklyn, where they filled all kinds of honorable posts. The lecturer gave a brief narrative of the personal history of a number of these men including the names of P. Vnnbeek, Roloff Jansen, Pater Jansen, Everardus Brower, Israel and Timothy Hosfleld, John and Benjamin Carpenter, the Connels, Suydams, Everctts, Garrisons, and lastly Jacob Patch - en, the stubborn old litigant, and the " last of the leather breeches," whose determined opposition to the opening opening of a street through his property, between Fulton and Main streets, is still occasionally used as an illustration illustration of stubbornness. The lecturer closed with a brief panegyric of the virtues of the men of old Brooklyn Brooklyn whose bistories had made up the greater part of his lecture. On motion of Mr. Alden J. Spooner, a vote of thanks was tendered to Mr. DeVoc, and a request made for a copy of the lecture to deposit in their archives. The meeting then adjourned. Progress or Drooklyn. (Trom the N. Y. Sun. The growth of Brooklyn during the laat thirty years is without a parallel in the history of cities. cities. Chicago is commonly supposed to be unrivaled in its rapid expansion, but statistics show that Brooklyn Brooklyn has far outstripped the great Western city, as well as all others. In 1835 the population of Brooklyn was 27,854 ; in l&U it was 72,7i ; in 1855 It was 203,250, and now it must be at least 400,000. The State census of 1SB5, which is notoriously inaccurate, gives Brooklyn credit for only 296,886 inhabitants at that time. Tho worthlessness of that census is shown in the fact that it returned the population of New York at only 726 - 3S6 which is 87,283 less than the city had in 1800 a manifest absurdity. It is now asserted by the statistician statistician of the Board of Health, and by other good authority, authority, that the real population of the city in 1865 was about one million. Wo have no doubt about the correctness correctness of thiB estimate, nor do we doubt that the population of Brooklyn is correspondingly greater than appears by the last census. Since 1835, therefore, Brooklyn has considerably more than doubled Its population population every ten years. New York, in the same period haB increased in only about one - third that proportion Therefore, when we consider the marvelous progress which Brooklyn has made In the past, and is now making, making, in connection with its natural advantages there can be no doubt that it will eventually become the great residence locality for all New York. It requires but little prescience to see that the time is not far distant distant when the whole island of New York wilt be abu - Biness mart. Every year the expansion of business is forcing the residence locality further northward, and its entire occupation of the present city limits is only a question of time. Where, then, will the people live? There is abundant room in Westchester county, it is true, but that district is so far away from the business centre, that people will cast about for a more desirable locality before accepting It. Brooklyn presents every advantage that can be deBired by the New York business man, or rather it will when the proprosed East River bridges shall have rcen completed. Even now the residence centre of Brooklyn is nearer than that of New York to tho business business centre of the latter. Each succeeding year will increase the advantago offered by Brooklyn in this respect, respect, for the location of that city is such that It can expand laterally, while New York cannot. There are other advantages, however, which add greatly to the attraction of Brooklyn as a place of residence. The city standB upon high ground ; can be easily drained and cleaned, is free frgm the smoke and offensive odors which are occasioned by manufactories, and, in short, Is healthful and well adapted for a comfortable home. These inducements are not merely fanciful, but are realities which are understood and appreciated, as tho rapid progress of the city proves. New York wiU always be the great centre of business, for its commercial commercial advantages are almost unequaled ; and it Is no less certain that Brooklyn will ere' long become tho locality where our business men, of all classes, wiU reside. Gotjgh at the Academy. John B. Gough delivered his well worn lecture on "Habit," at the Academy of Music last evening, with his habitual success success in the way of attendance. The houso was well filled with an audience to whom nearly all the stale Jo MUleriBms and antiquated jokes, with which the lecture abounds, apparently had the sparkle of originality, originality, and provoked the most Bide - splitting merriment. 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