Richmond Dispatch from Richmond, Virginia on March 13, 1866 · 1
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the dispatch. BYOTWARDIN * ellyson. The P A1LY DISPATCH ll Itllxfjlo r*r month for a shorter period. The SRMI-WB1KLY PI8PATCII at $4 per an r.nrn or for elx manthe. The WEEKLY DISPATCH atflper annam. iiichmond Jisptch. ){OMiAY MARCH 13, 1^66. local matters. Misting or the City CoCKcii,.?The regu- i l.?r monthly meeting of the City Council was held at the City Hall yesterday evening Pre- | sent Messrs. Qlazebrook (presiding*, Ilurr, Stokes, Griffin, Clop ton, Kppv Lee, Mill- j spangh. Smith. Tardy, Lancaster, and Scott. The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. r I nance. Mr. Iturr. from the Committee on Finance, presented a rej>ort recommending that one hundred dollars of the clan* Lax against Messrs. J W. 1> Maine A Co.? and fifty dollars of tho class tax against A. S. Lee A Co., be remitted, j Also, that theclasa tax against Ash Levy and ; J L. Byerly he remitted. The committee re- ! ported adversely to the petition of Hill & Krebs for the return of a part of tho license tax paid by them. The committee recommended that the tax on the real estate of the Richmond Female Institute be remitted. The rej>ort of the committee was adopted, ? except such as regarded the petition of Messrs. 1 Hill A Krebs, which was recommitted to the I committee. MARKET*. Mr. Stokes, from the Committee on the Markets, presented a report, with an ordinance putting the rate for weighing hay at live cents per hundred, instead of tea cents; which report and ordinance were adopted. Mr. Lee offered the following resolution, v. hich was adopted : 44 K'fiolved, That the Committee on Markets l?e instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting au ordinance that the weighmaster compensated by salary, and not by perquisites, as heretofore." SBoCKOB hillburyingground. Mr. Kppes, from the Committee on the Shockoe Hill Burying 'Ground, offered a report which recommended the appropriation of four hundred dollars for the purpose of making repairs to the grounds ; which report was adopted. Mr. Eppes then offered the following resolutions: 44 Resohed, That four hundred dollars be appropriated for the purpose of cleaning up the walks and repairing the grounds of Shockoe Hill Burying Ground.? ' ?]>'*gnlred, That the committee be instructed to inquire whether ten or twelve acres of ground adjoining the cemetery can be purt hasetl." The resolutions were adopted. The committee reported an ordinance fixing the prices of digging graves : which, after some discussion, was passed. K1KK DEPARTMENT. Mr. Scott submitted a report from the Committee on the Fire Department recommending the payment of certain claims of Lewis L. Barnes for services rendered as Chief of the Fire Department ; which re]>ort was adopted. ALMS- HOrSE. The report of the Committee on the Almshouse was here read and adopted. Mayor Saunders, by request, explained the whole matter. [See article under head of 44 Almshouse Affairs."] STREETS. Mr Scott, from the Committee on Streets, submitted a report which recommended the numbering of the houses. Mr.* Ilurr moved to amend so as to provide that the streets should be numbered under the direction of the City Engineer; which motion prevailed. Thereport of the committee, as amended, was adopted. The salary of the Commissioner of Streets was, on the recommendation of the committee, raised twenty-five per cent, over that of 1S60. The ('oinmlssioner of Streets from Jefferson AVard reported adversely to the petition of Mr. S. C. Hays. GAB. Mr. Clopton presented a communication from the Inspector of Gas concerning gas metres in certain houses, which was read. WATER WORKS. The Committee on Water Works presented a long repor', which was read and adopted. Mr. Millspaugh presented a resolution allowing Messrs. Ezekiel the use of certain water plugs for the purpose of filling their machines for sprinkling the streets. The resolution was rejected. I II Li VIlAAItJ Mr. Burr offered a resolution appointing a ! committee of three to examine the late vote on the charter, and report to the Council whether ' the charter had been ratified as required by the act of Assembly ; which resolution was adopted. The committee retired, and returned with a report of the vote, and giving as the j opinion of the committee that the charter had been ratified as required by law. The ] report was adopted. POLICE. Mayor Saunders and Major Claiborne made | statements concerning the discharge of cer- ; tain policemen who had grown old in the ; service of the city and were unable to do ' active duty. The matter was referred to the Committee on Police. HOARD OF HEALTH. The Special Committee on Board of Health presented an ordinance organizing the Board of Health, defining their duties and fixing their compensation, and providing measures for the health of the city. The ordinance was adopted, and, 011 motion of Mr. Scott, it was ordered that the ordinance be published once in each of the city papers. Mr. Burr stated that there was a vacancy in the Board of Health, and moved that the Council go into the election ; which motion prevailed, and I>r. J. Grattan Cabell was elected without opposition. noo xits. Mr. Scott oflered a resolution authorizing the appropriation of a sum necessary for the purchase of nets for dog ancljfrflgrfltcTTing; which was adopted^??*""*** BILLIARD TABLES, ETC. Mr. Burr presented an ordinance fixing the rates of license on billiard tables, bowling alleys, pistol galleries, paupers, and pedlers ; also an ordiuance concerning taxes ou theatri- j cal and ether performance; both of which, under a suspension of rules, were passed. CITT TAXES. Mr. Burr reported an ordinance for the attessment of taxes for the support of the city government for the next year. The ordinance i?! the same as the old one, with the ex- ( ceptiou that the rate of percentage on personal and real estate is increased proportionately with the increase in the value of the property. ' '1 he ordinance was read for the first aud second time, aud laid on the table. . PETITIONS. Mr. Clop ton presented a petition from ' Messrs. (roodmau i Smith, asking permission to erect a large tannery on the south sideof the : basin; which was referred to the Board of! Health. Several petitions for comjx nsation for whisky destroyed by order of the Council were pre- 1 seated, and referred to the Committee on Claims, VOL. 29?NO. 158. RICHMOND. TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1866. PRICE, TWO CENTS. ' INFIRM POI.KBMRN. Mr. Scott. offered a resolution instructing the Committee 011 the Police to inquire into the expediency of making Rome provision for certain members of the police who have becomeditabled from their services In the police; which wna referred to the Committee on the Police. The Council, after considering some resolutions and communications, adjourned to meet on Thursday evening at 4 o'clock. ? r 1 I The Ai.XR-HorsB Affair.?Much has been said abont the case of Mr. W. 8. Phillips, Superintendent, which the report of the Committee on the Alms-House in the Council yes- j terday, nnd other developments, have proved to be entirely without foundation. It appears that, iu Perember last, dneMrs. .teter, then an inmato of the alms-house, wrote a letter to General Tejry, making very serious charges against the Superintendent. This letter was referred by General Terry to General Turner, j The latter was at the time absent from the city ; and in his absence, Colonel Davis, his adjutant-general, detailed a subordinate olltcer to make an investigation of the facts alleged. This officer went to the alms-house and took the depositions of certain inmates, ; and upon their depositions the following report was made; Richmond, Va., March 3, IS6t>. Brecet Major-Gentraji J. 11". Turner, commanding District of Henrico, Richmond, Fa..General,?I have the honor to inform you ? that 1 have investigated the complaint made I about the alms-house of this city, and lind 1 that the statements contained in the witnin i letter to be, in the main, true. I endeavored to have an occttlar demon- j stration of what was going on in the alms-house, but found it impracticable, to a great extent, to do so, from the fact that there is only one entrance through which visitors can gain access, and that is under the eye of the Superintendent, a Wil- | liam S. Phillips, who takes especial care to. show visitors around the premises, and give no opportunity for conversation with the inmates. From several females who were inmates of the alms-house, I received the following information, which can be corroborated by any of the present inmates of the building, if they have good assurance that the Superintendent (Phillips) will not be allowed to punish them for exposing him. Without some assurance of this kind, not one of the inmates, however bold he or she might be, would dare to utter a syllable other than in praise of the said Superintendent, as they but know too Well the j>enalty thej' would incur. During my short stay at the building I could discern that when the said Superintendent spoke to any of the inmates as it might seem to the common observer in a general way, it did not act like a charm upon them, for they slunk away as if with instinctive dread. Another thing so different from the rule of any nlms-house in cities north is, that none of the inmates of the building are allowed to leave without the permission of the Superintendent, not even to go to the city to get employment ; and as the Superintendent allows none to leave the building except his favorites, it can readily be seen that they have lio opportunity to make their grievances known to the world, and are compelled to submit to live a life more degrading than it is expected human nature can submit to bear. MODES OF PCXIHHIXO, AND FOR WHAT REASONS. In the month of December, ISCo, Mrs. McKinney, who still remains at the alms-house, went to the city to procure some work (sewing, I think,) in order that she might earn money enough to purchase some clothing and shoes for the children, who are entirely destitute of those articles, which are not furnished by the alms-honse, and upon her returning to tho building, the Superintendent had her thrown Into a bathing tub of water several times, with her clothes on. .and then placed in a cell for pvo weeks, and allowed no food. lam informed that, in the months of December, 18G3, and January, 18t>6, the Superintendent ordered some of the female inmates of the building to go to the wash-house, where the water was three inches deep on the tloor, to do washing, when the said females had no shoes, nor stockings, and some were without anything except a single garment (a chemise). Also, the said Superintendent has forced females out of their beds to do heavy work when they were suffering with 41 relapse of the uterus" and other sickness. Where the hand of charity should be extended to the oppressed, it seems that corruption and oppression is the rule, as I am informed that the said Superintendent makes base propositions to the females under his care; and while some reject, others submit, through fear, to his wishes. The said Superintendent has a wife and family residing on Clay, near Jackson street. DANOBR. At S P. M. daily the Superintendent closes the alms-house in such a manner that none of the inmates, except of a colored family in his employ, can get out, and he (Phillips) goes home, and sometimes do^s not return until the following day at 4 P. M., and until that time the inmates must remaiu without food. It can very readily be seen from this mismanagement that should a fire occur, which is likely to take'place at any time in a building containing the numbers that are in the almshouse, that the inmates would be doomed to perish a horrid death before the keys of the building could come from Clay and Jackson streets to the north end of Second street. Witnesses to the above facts are as follows, viz: Mrs. E. M. Jeter, Mrs. M. A. Pitt, and Miss G. Fletcher?residence on north end of Third street, third house east of burial ground. Also, Mrs. McKinney, Mrs. Conway, and Miss Lucy Fletcher, at Aims-House, Richmond, Va. I am, very respectfully, P. A. Davis, A. A. G. It is proper here to call attention to the fact that, on Tuesday last, Mrs. Jeter, one of the witnesses referred to in the above report, was committed to the city jail for keeping a house of ill fame, and that on the following day Amanda Pitt, Georgiana Fletcher, and Lucy Fletcher, three other of the witnesses, were committed on the same charge. The above report was received by General Turner on his return to the city, and sent by him to the Mayor, with the endorsement that he had nothing to do with the matter, who referred it to the Council, by which, in turn, it was referred to the Committee on the AimsHouse. This committee made an investigation of the whole affair, and on yesterday made the following report to the Council: REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE. The committee to whom was referred the communication from Major-General Turner, forwarding charges against theSuperinteudent of the City Aims-House, respectfully submit that, after full investigation, they find not the slightest evidence to support the charges, but. ou the contrary, establishing beyond question that the Superintendent has discharged bis duties faithfully, promptly, and efficiently, and that the only complaints are from those who were recent inmates of the alms-house, left the place without* permission, and who, by offending against the laws of the city, have been placed iu jail by the Mayor. The committee further report that, after careful examination of all the witnesses before them, they find no substantial evidence to corroborate the report of Colonel Davis, A . A . G ., made in these complaints against the Superintendent of the Aims-House. Mayor Saunders, after the report was read, Stated to the Council that General Turner hod sent the report of Colonel Davis to him, and that he had referred the matter to the Council, in the belief that the charges against Mr. Phillips were utterly false, and in the hope that the matter would be settled without being made public. The matter having by some means been mode public, he felt it due to Mr. Phillips that he should make this statement. The report of the committee was adopted unanimously. This whole affair is one that needs but little remark. Mr. Phillips is entirely exonerated from-the base charges inade against him by peraphf of the lowest character, and it la roach to be regretted that the publicity til ready given to the affair make* it necessary, in justice tonn injured gentleman, to give place to some matter. the publication of which is at least of questionable propriety. Thr Caxijto Affair.?Mr. J. P. Rogers was arraigned on yesterday before the Mayor on charge of assaulting J. M. Peers. Mr. J. H. Gilmer, Jr., appeared as counsel for the defendant, and Mr. Marmaduke Johnson for the plaintiff*. The testimony of the witnesses in the case was taken, and was, in substance, as follows: Mr. J. INI Peers, sworn.?One day last week, Mr. Rogers came to collect a bill. Witness paid it, and Mr. Rogers made several remarks about it. "Witness 8a 1(1 to him that he wanted no further to do about it. Words followed, and Mr. Rogers seized a weight, which witness took away from him. Mr. Rogers put his hand in his pocket as if to get his pistol, and, with some threats, went ont. In about an hour afterwards, while witness was stooping behind the counter, counting eggs, he was knocked senseless. He did not know who strnck him. Cross-examined.?He had known Mr. Rogers six or seven months. Mr. Rogers had insulted him several times. On one occasion he had said that he would expose him, because he did not pay his debts. On the Saturday after the affray, he had walked about the street. He had called Mr. Rogers a d d fool after Mr. Rogers had seized the iron weight and threatened to hit him. He ordered Mr. Rogers out of the store, but he would not go out. When ho was knocked senseless he was standing with his back to Mr. Rogers.' Witness was suffering from the effects of the blow, and could not remember distinctly what he had called Mr. Rogers. He remembered, however, that Mr. Rogers had insulted him. I)r. Richardson, sworn.?When he first saw Mr. Peers he was lying in bed, and partially sensible. He requested him to keep still, as he feared any movement might prove dangerous. Mr. Peers was not out of danger.? Wounds in the head frequently proved fatal long after tlfeir infliction. The danger was the result of concussion of the brain. Mr. Peers was not out by his permission. He had suffered serious injury. Koontz (partner of Mr. Peers), sworn.? Returned to the store after dinner, and saw that Mr. Peers and Rogers had been quarelling! He heard Rogers say, " Peers, I am going to cane you the first time 1 meet you." Peers replied, " If you do, 1 11 shoot you." In about an hour afterwards he was sitting in the store, reading, and Peers was leaning behind the counter, counting eggs, and Rogers came in and struck Peers on the head. Rogers ran behind the counter and, witness thought, kicked Peers. Witness caught hold of Rogers, and told him not to strike him again. Cross-examined.?Mr. Rogers said something that he did not hear, hut he did not give Peers time to prepare. Peers apologized after Rogers had struck him. Mr. John Moore, sworn.?Was standing in front of Messrs. Wortham & Co.'s store, on Cary street, when Mr. Rogers came to him in a ^ery excited manner and .told him that a man had called him a d?d rascal, and that he wanted him to go with him. He went with him to Walsh's, and there Mr. Rogers bought a stick. They then proceeded to Mr. Peers's store. Mr. Rogers started to run into the store, and got ahead of him. He heard Mr. Rogers make some exclamation, and afterwards he saw him strike Mr. Peers. He ran in and heard Peers , say that he apologized. Witness told Rogers not to strike him again, as he had apologized, and had been punished by him sufficiently. Cross-examined.?Thought that sufficient time had elapsed between the time that he made his exclamation and the time when the blow was struck for Mr. Peers to prepare himself. Questioned by Mr. Marmadnke Johnson ? Mr. Kogers wanted him to go with him to Peers's store, where he intended to cane him, because Peers had insulted him. When Peers fell, he heard him say he was dead. Rogers | asked him if jie would apologize, and Peers said, 44Oh, yes !" Thomas Anderson, sworn.?Had business ! with Peers on Monday, and, while there, Mr. Rogers and Mr. Peers were having some busi- i ness together. Mr. Rogers presented a bill to Mr. Peers, who told him that he would have a plenty of money on Monday, and that he wpnld give him a check for his money, dated ahead. Peers gave him the check. Rogers pleasantly called his attention to an error in the check, which Peers corrected. As Rogers started to go out, he said, in a jocular manner, | 44 Open a bottle of wine." Peers said, 411 I have no wine, sir?go out of my store." Mr. Rogers then said, 41 (live me a cracker and some cheese, then." Peers said, 411 have none." Rogers then went up to Mr. Peers ' and said to him, 44 Now, Mr. Peers, since you have come to this, I wish to ask you if I am the cause of your stopping to deal with our hous? ?" Peers said, 41 No, you were not; ^-ou have got your money; go along out; this is j the last receipt you will ever sign for me." i Rogers said, pleasantly, 44 Oh, no, I reckon | not, sir." Peers said, 4v 1*11 bet you it is?I'll bet you five hundred dollars to. five cents." Other words followed, when Mr. Peers called Mr. Rogers a d?d scoundrel without any provocation. Mr. Peers seized a weight and held it menacingly towards Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers told him he would shoot him if he threw the weight at him. Peers said, 44 You are a d?d puppy." Mr. Rogers said, 44 I'll cane you for this the first time I see you," and went out. He returned afterwards, and wit! ness saw a part of the affair. Yelander, sworn.?Had his attention called to Mr. Peers's store by hearing swearing there. Heard Peers call Rogers a d?d i scoundrel. Heard Mr. Rogers invite Him oot of the store. Peers ordered him away. (The question was here asked by the counsel for the defendant if the witness had not had a quarrel with Mr. Peers a sho%t time since. The counsel for Mr. Peers here objected to the question, and after some discussion the question was ruled out.) Here the testimony was closed, and Mr. Gilmer argued for some mmnents in defence of Mr. Rogers. Mr. Johnson, for Mr. Peers, followed him in a few remarks. Mr. Gilmer wished here to ' answer him. Mr. Johnson objected, claiming that he had a right to close the argument. The Mayor consented, as he had but little ot'oer business to do, to listen to Mr. Gilmer. Mr. Gilmer concluded his argument. \s The Mayor decided that the assault was not justifiable, and sent Mr. Rogers on for further examination, and required him to give one thousand dollars' security for hi# appearance. Mayor's Court.?The Mayor disposed of the following cases yesterday morning : Clay Rollins and John Anderson, two small boys, aged eight and nine years, were charged with stealing a small lot of bacon from J. A. Lacy. The father of Anderson, the younger of the two boys, appeared aud stated that his son had been led off by other boys. TUe Mayor, on promise of the father to keep his boy at home, dismissed Anderson, and held the other boy until Mr. Lacy should Rppear. I Mr. Lacy appeared, and gave evidence that the bacon was stolen by Rollins, and that he had fonnd the two boys with the bacon in their possession. The Mayor committed the boy to jail in default of security for his (food behavior. Patrick Sweeney was charged with stealing a plug of tobacco. The testimony was sufficient to prove that Sweeney had stolen the tobacco. Sweeney said that he was drunk, and if he was pnt on oath he could not swear to any of the circumstances. The Mayor fined him ten dollars, and required him to give security for his future good behavior. Lewis Drizzolara, charged with being disorderly and fighting in a house of ill-fame, was reqnired to give security for his future good behavior. f If. Salomonsky was chajged with robbing Janetta Benedict of his note for nine dollars. The evidence did not prove that Salomonsky robbed the woman of the note, and as the plaintiff failed to appear, the Mayor dismissed the case on condition that Salomonsky would pay the note. March Term of HrsTi.vog Court.?The March term of the Hustings Court of Magistrates commenced yesterday. Present: Recorder L. T. Chandler, and Messrs. \V. \V. Timberlake, T. M. Jones, John F. Regnault, C. E. Wortham, A. L. Ellett, and John M. Iliggins, Aldermen. Robert Christian, charged with felony, was sent on to Judge Lyons's Court for trial. The accounts of Captain John Poe, Jr., \V. H. Howard, D. Callahan, and Captain C. H. Epps, for criminal charges, were allowed and ordered to be paid. * Michael Shanghi, charged with stealing a mule from S. Schwartz, was sent on to Judge Lyons's Court for trial. Charles M. Fairbanks, charged with forgery, was sent on to Judge Lyons's Court for further trial. George Green, charged with felony in having broken open the stall of James B. Ilaynes, at the First Market, was acquitted and dis charged. A nolle prosujvi was entered in the case of Major Marable, charged with felony. Licenses to sell ardent spirits were granted Oscar Crauz, Thomas A. Brander, Ilugh Blair, H. B. Bowden, John Aliern, Wilson, Glazebrook & Co., J. Lipps, W. ('. Page, George Timberlake k Son, A. Wolff, I). Antelotti, C. P. k J. H. Word, John Proskauer, R. H. Barnes, Stephen Mason, P. E. Dupny, and W. It. Blair & Co. Provost Items.?Judge McEntee disposed of the following cases yesterday: York Campbell, negro, charged with being drunk and abusing Mrs. I)e Kalb, was sent to the Libby for fifteen days. John Banks, negro, charged with being drunk and disorderly, was fined ten dollars and released. Beverly Howard, charged with abusing and threatening an assault upon Mr. Solomon, wns fined ten dollars and released. From Police HRADQrARTKKS.?The following arrests were reported nI police headquarter* yesterday : William E. Davis, charged with being drunk and creating a disturbance on the premises of E. Cock. Margaret Bradley and Nelly Brown, charged with assaulting and beating Emma Smith. Chase and Capttre.-Thursday night last, the store-room of the Ballayd House was broken open, and a large lot of bacon was stolen therefrom. A warrant was issued on Friday for the arrest of Henry Hill, colored, as the thief. Yesterday evening he was discovered on the cars of the Richmond and Fredericksburg railroad as they were leaving the city, but before he could be arrested he jumped from the cars and put off at a rapid lick, giving 1 something like Boston speed. He was fol- 1 lowed by Watchman Hall, who was joined immediately by Sergeant Moore. The chase was so hot that Hill thought it safest to quit the street. Jumping over into the lot of St. James Church, he gained the rear of Major W. S. Wood's premises, from whence he reached that gentleman's house and hurried to the garret, where he essayed to secrete himself. But his pursuers were too close upon him. He was captured and brought off, and Major Wood relieved of a disagreeable intruder. He attempted, when opposite St. James Church, to escape, and shoved Sergeant Moore violently against the church, but the grip upon him could not^be loosened, and Henry Hill was lodged in the station-house. When he was spied by Hall, a very dark pall came over this bacon thief; from Moore's grip failing to slip, he goes up the spout beyond any doubt, and loses himself and his bacon. Disttrbaxcb I.v Sidney.?On Sunday evening a disturbance occurred in Sidney, just beyond the old Fair Grounds. Marion Sutton, a little boy, son of Mrs. Sutton, residing at that point, was spinning a top, which struck a negro woman, passing as he threw it, in the face. She grew angry, and applied sundry offensive epithets, including "poor white trash," to the boy ; whereupon he dealt a second blow with a stone. A struggle ensued, which rallied other boys, and quite an excitement followed, which was ended by the arrival of the city police, who carried the woman to the station, where she was detained until yesterday morning, when she was set at liberty and referred to the county authorities. She was detained because of her violent threats to be revenged and to burn Mrs. Sutton's house. Yesterday, however, she was of such a different frame of mind that it was deemed proper not to dAain her longer. Jalsb Alarm.?The smoke-stack from the engine-room of the DispotcJi newspaper press department excited th6 alarm of passengers along Governor street yesterday evening, and that alarm was communicated to the bell, and the bell communicated it to the whole city, and the whole city called on the Ditpatch, and was respectfully received by that courteous sheet. They were all friends of the Disjxitch, and were rejoiced to learn that the alarm was an alarm, and nothing more. "We return our thanks to the firemen and to the worthy citizens who came to give relief from the supposed danger. The Ditjxitcfi is not in a blaze yet. The smoke shows, nevertheless, what may be anticipated. The fires stiH burn under the ruins of the old Dltpatch, and if there is life in the ruins, what may we not anticipate from the paper revived and rejuveuized* It must be endowed with true Promethean spark! Scjimoxed to Answer.?Harriet Mays, formerly Coleman, has caused Fields Cook to be summoned before the Freedmen's Bureau to respond to her complaint that she deposited in bis hands four hundred and fifty dollars during the war, which, he refuses to account for. The case is to be brought up to-day. The Stoles Fowls.?The fowls which were taken by Policeman Allen from three negroes on Saturday night have been identified by J. P. Harrison, who states that his hen-house was broken open and robbed on Saturday night. The negroes will be tried before Judge McEntee this morning. MEETING OP THE IJOARIT OF FoRKION MlSuons.?Thp Hoard of Foreign Missions of the Southern Baptist Convention held a meeting it the First Baptist Church yesterday afterjoon?Rev. J. B. Jeter, D. I)., president, in :he chair, and Dr. W. H. Owathmey secretary. The corresponding secretary, Rev. Jaines B. Taylor, rend interesting rej>orts from several ?nissionaries of the Board in China and Africa, from which it appears that the work jf disseminating a knowledge of Christianity vmongst the heathen of these countries is meeting with a degree of success qnite encoiMriging, there having been considerable additions to the churches from among the native population. The missions of this Board were kept up during the whole war, although regular communication with their missionaries was interrupted by the blockade; and they were indebted to their friends in Maryland and other portions of the United States, and in Africa and China, for many acts of liberality and kindness, ^)o supplied their wants while they were cut oft' from their friends in the South. A resolution was adopted by thp Board to reinforce their missionary corps in China and Africa at the earliest day practicable, and to prosecute all their operations with renewed vigor. Rev. J. H. Phillips was appointed the agent of the Board for North Carolina. After attending to some business with reference to the approaching meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Russallville, Ky., the Board ad journed. The National Express and Transportation Company mrfde quite a display yesterday with one of the finest teams ever driven in the streets of this city. The wagon was one of the finest and most complete of the sort ever made, and the fonr bays?elegantly caparisoned?that drew it after them were the proudest of their race. They looked like army horses of the peace establishment, and not one seemed to be of lower grade than a Brigadier-General. This National Express and Transportation Company, in which so many of our citizens are interested, is really something. after all ! A short time ago.feshurun was robbed of a million of dollars which had been entrusted to his care, and he vowed he'd pay it before he breakfasted ; and he went into the Temple of the great public, and cried out, "I thank thee*,Lord, that I am not a pauper like that National Express Company." At the same time, the one-arm representative of that "poor concern" entered the same Temple and put up thi? invocation: " Lord, have mercy on me, a j''*'"' sinner/' and with his remaining arm he smote his breast. Alas, a change has come over things ' the impecunious has grown rich and proud. It is ofiicered by millionaires, and its inferior officials wear kid gloves! It threatens to become a great monopoly, spreading itself over the land ! This paper may well hesitate how far it should lend its countenance to such a Colossus of an Express. JJichmoxd Rri.ikf Association.?Below we publish a revised list of the districts anil their boundaries, and the Visitors attached to each: ^District No. 1.?l'rom First street below ( ary, and west to the corporation line. A isitor. P. li. Starke. No. 2.?From Broad to Vary, and from First to corporation line. Visitor, G. B. Davenport. No. 3.?From Hroad to Leigh, and from First to Henry. Visitor Peter Tinsley. No. 4.?From First to Hrook avenue, and from Leigh to corporation line. Visitor, Richard Crouch. No. !i.?From Henry and Hrook avenue west to corporation line. Visitors, Roger Martin and A. P. Fox. No. 0.?From First to Fourth, and from Hroad to penitentiary yond. Visitor, R. II. Dibrell. No. 7.?From First to Third streets, and Hroad to corporation line. Visitor, John Ahem. No. From Third to Ninth street, and from Hroad to corporation line. Visitor, Valentine Win free. No. 9.?Front Fourth to Sixth, and from Hroad to river. Visitor, Dr. J. Hall Moore. No. 10.?From Sixth to Eighth, and from Broad to river. Visitor, Isaac W. Walker. No. 11.?Oregon Hill, east of corporation line. Visitor, Rev. F. McCarthy. No. 12.?From Eighth to Seventeenth, and from Hroad to Main. Visitors, John Dooley and William 11. Richardson. No. 13.?From Eighth to Tenth, and from Main to river. Visitor, Charles Hates. No. 14.?From Tenth to Thirteenth, and J from Main to river. Visitor, John G. Kfllnger. No. 1.1.?From Thirteenth to Eighteenth, and from Main to river. Visitors, H. A. Pearce and George Ha Id win. No. 16.?From Eighteenth to Twenty-eighth, | and from Main to river. Visitor, A. li. Wells. ' No. 17.?From Seventeenth to Nineteenth, and from Main to Venable. Visitors, William H. Crew and Thomas W. Graves. No. IS.?From Venable to Washington, and from Shockoe creek to coritoration line. Visitors, J. H. Martin and T. C. Woodey. No. 19.?From Nineteenth to Twenty-lifth, and from Main to Hroad. Visitors. J. G. Cornell and William H. Craig, j No. 20.?From Twenty-flfth to Twentyeighth, and from Main to Hroad. Visitors, William H. Pleasants atid A. L. Lumsden. No. 21.?From Bloody Run to Hroad, and from Twenty-eighth to corporation line. Visitor, J. B. Royster. . I No. 22.?From Bloody Run street to the river, and from Pear to corporation line. Visitor, David Parr. No. 23.?From Tenth to Seventeenth, and from Hroad to Leigh. Visitor, Edwin Wilson. No. 24.?From Washington to Craig street, and Shockoe creek to corj>oration line. Visitors, L. T. Chandler and J. If. Hagan. We are requested to state that the Visitor will give to the head of each family a ticket which will proeure one pound of meat and six pounds of meal for each member of the family?the ticket to be presented to R. H. I Dibrell, on the south side of Cary, seyond door from the corner of Virginia street. Hut in no case must a ticket be given where there is in the family a man able to work. Visitors will receive printed tickets by calling at the Diepatch office. ? Visitors in districts from No. 1 to 8, inclusive. will give tickets on Thursday; from No. 9 to 17, on Friday ; from 18 to 24, on Saturday. A Galla.Vt Recapture.?Last week, Mr. Rogers, who resides on the plank road, in Sidaey, had a large grey horse stolen from his stable, and eflorts were made to reef yer him without success. His daughter, however, bei^g in town, discovered a white man riding him up Main street, whereupon she seized the bridle, claimed the horse, and ordered the rider to dismount, which he readily did. The young lady took the horse home, and the rider was sensible enough to take himself to a safe distance from the scene of the dismounting Promptness or the Firemen.?The alarm ; bell of yesterday had hardly begun ringing when a part of the fire organization, headed by Captain Charters, was at this office, the point from which the alarm proceeded. Had there been really a lire anywhere but in the boiler of the engine, the Captain and his force would have extinguished it before any damage could have been done. Supposed Infanticide.?On yesterday JMr E. S. Gentry, whiUrioading a cart with dirt at the foot of Poplar street, uoar the ravine in the ^ alley, uncovered a rough box, which was found to contain the body of an infant, very much decomposed?too much so to show its color before death. (=* mB|" terms of advditbbimgh [)d?? sqaare, on# Insertion... ??????????# ? W Jnn square, tiro Insertion* I * )ne three insertion* 1 * )o?iqov*t six Insertions ( M hie square, twelve insertions ? ?? )no sqaare, one month? lew )n# square, twb month# If ee )n# square, three month* ss if Tr(A5K8.T-We return thank* to Meeer*. Cole i Turner for the New York Bertdd of Fund*jr. In J to Mr. L. L. Smith for the B*lUmore#u?. Chesterfield County Cenrt. f Ft out Oar Manchester Reporter.} The eighth session of the reconstructed Coany Court of Chesterfield convened at the court* louse on yesterday. The folio wine Jnstlcee ?rere present : Mesrs. Markbam, WHJrtneoo, Martin, Graves, F. G. Hancock, Gentry, 8. V. Hancock, D. B. Hancock, Jonee, Tucker, Morgan, Snellings, Meadows, Welle, Dorsett, ??tianahan, Williams, Trabne, Craig, and Gregory. Presiding Jnstice Co* being detained from his seat by indisposition, Jnstice K. L. Jones was choseu reside. This being the quarterly term, th. Grand Jury was nu panne Uetf, sworn in, and charged In an able manner by (Jenersl T. M. Logan, on account 31 the indis])oeition of A. E. Cog bill, Esq. A great amount of private business was transacted, and at 1 o'clock, P-. NL. the special >rder of the day was taken up. This was the question as to the adoption or rejection of the tence law, passed at the last session*of the Virginia Legislature. The justices having all been notified, a majority of the whole waa qualified to act, and a majority of those present to adopt or rejeet. Messrs. A. E. Cogbill and W. W. Hancock* opposed its adoption for the county. Mr. P. G. Kuflln read an elaborate paper, signed by eighty-one land-owners, praying iV4 adoption. Messrs. Dunn and Gregory also favored its adoption. Colonel William Ambers delivered an able argument against the law. Mr. TalJey and Justice Meadows followed in earnest opposition to it, the latter presenting a petition signed by a number of land-owuers from all sections'of the county. The previous question, a rare thing at Chesterfield Court-house, tin ally cut short the long debate. The roll was called with the following result: For the Fence Law : Justices Graves, F. G Hancock, Martin, Markham, and Wilkinson? ,k Against it: Justices Craig, Dorsett, Gentry, Gregory, I). B. Hancock, S. T. Hancock, .Times, Meadows, Morgan, Suellings, Srranahan, Trabne, Tucker, Wells, and Williams?1.1. Various projiositions were made and voted down. Mr. Kuliin's proposition to make the Old Conl railroad the line for the people of Manchester was strenuously opposed by Justices Morgan, Hancock, ami Gentry, of District No |, and defeated. Finally, at 4 P. M., on motion of Justice Gentry, the subject was indefinitely postponed. The result was grateful to the assemblage present, and also to the people of Manchester, whose citizens were much interested in the question. These justices were applauded for their conduct. Everything passed oil" pleasantly at court. Several enthusiastic sovereigns gave vent to their feelings on the announcement of the defeat of the fence law. MANCBRRTER. The Rev. A. F-. Dickinson preached an able sermon to a large congregation at the Baptist Church last night. We call especial attention to the concert at the Methodist Church on Wednesday night, Hi" 14th instant, for thebenefltof the church. A rare treat la promised, and, as it is for a most commendable object, will, we trust, be liberally patronised. MARINE INTELLIGENCE. UIXUTDKE ALMANAC-Mjkch U, lW Sun rises ....4.of I Moon rises, morn.... I.4H Sun sets t.H j High#rater l.U POUT t>F RICHMOND, Marcu 12, ttflfl. % ARRIVED. MeaioerlN tershnrg, Travers, Baltimote, riaCiiy Point, lU'-rehandi.-e afld passengers, D. U W. C'uroteamer llatteras, Parri*h. New York, r(a Norfolk and City Point, merchandise and passengers, S A vres & Co. Schooner Lynchburg, ^Tilber, New lork, merchandise, D. & W. Carrie. Schooner Only Daughter, Mathews, New\ork, hay, ?. C. Whttlock. SAILED. Steamer M. Martin, Haines, Norfolk, United Sutes mail, merchandise and passengers, Haskins &. Bridgford. Steamer State of Virginia, Tracers, Baltimore, merchandise and passengers. D. Jt W. C'urrie. MEMORANDA. The steamer Niagara, Coach, from New York, is at Warwick Bar, and was unable to get up to her w liarf on account of the small tide to-day. The steamer Tiger, with four schooners in totr, is reported to he at Drewry's Bluff, bound ap. ' PIANOS. ? v.# ?vV%^wC*^VW WM. KNABE & CO., MANUFACTURERS OF FIKST PREMIUM, GOLD MEDAL, GRAND, SQUARE AND UPRIGHT P I. A N O S . These Instruments having been before the pub liafor the past thirty years, have, upon their ex* cellence alone, attained an unpurchased pre* km in en ce that pronounces thern unequalled. Their TONE combines great power, richness, sweetness, and line singing quality, as well as great purity of intonation ?nd harmoniousriess throughout the entire scale. Their TOUCH is pliant and elastic, and is entirely free from the stiffness found in so many pianos, which causes 1 the performer to so easily tire. In WORKMAN8HIP they canned be gxcelled. Their action Is con* strncted with a care and attention to every part * therein that characterizes the finest mechanism. | None but the best seasoned material is used in their manufacture, and they will aecept the hard usages | of the concert-room with that of the parlor upon { an equality?unaffected in their melody; in fact, they are constructed 44 NOT FOR A YEAR-BUT FOR EVER." All our Square Pianos have our new improved Grand Scale and the Agraffe Treble. Every Piano fully warranted for FIVE TEARS. WARKKOOMS : 3so WEST BALTIMORE STREET. ! ja*-3m , BALTIMOKB. plANOS! P I A N O 8 f I fWl JOHN W. DA VIES h 8058, RICHMOND MUSICAL EXCHANGE, No. 1^8 Main street, sole agents for STIEFP'8 PREMIUM PIANOFORTM. These instruments have been before the public FOR THE LA8T THIRTY YEARS, lu competition with the best makers of the country, and are now pronounced by ALL THE LEADING PROFESSORS AND AMATEUR8 the best pianos manufactured ? These instruments have ALL THE LATEST IMPROVEMENTS, and are WARRANTED FOR FIVE YEARS, with the privilege of exchange within twelve months if not entirely satisfactory to tke purchaser. We refer to the following persons, who have STIBFF 8 PIANOS now in use: General K. E. Lkb, Washington College, Lexington ; D. B. Payni A Bro., Lynchburg; Rev. R. E. Phillifs, Virginia Female Institute; Miss Mary Baldwin, Female School, aftd J. C. Cavil. Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute, **aip*""*; Professor B. A. AXBOLD,Richmond. A call from all in want of 8UPXX10X PIANOS is solicited. Terms liberal. fnS-4a pUBA SUGAR, In hognhoada and bar^ "W jr. 6 OB POM * WM. mh 13 Fourteenth Mtrest, near Exchange Betel. AXoLassS.?Prime POHTO RICO m. moumm. p. b.j.u, tul+U Fourteenth street, near Exchange Hotel. IiKATHKHH, KKATHKKR?WMterii V SOB, mh 11 Fourteenth atiuet, near Exchange Hotel. TNOR FA KM ERR?BKOA1) SWEDES X1 ami U.vMMKKhP JRON, three to Ire tnehee ?*. .u.Ubto <?, ftujj mh 8 Fourteenth street, near Exchange Hotel.

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