The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on May 20, 1868 · Page 2
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8 (fegle WEDBSDAI EVENING, MAY 20. tkb paper Uie larsesc ClrcalatlOM f any Evening paper pnbUaned In tit V alMA States, its value as an AdvcrUlx mtfllam U therefore apparent Gratuitous Distribution of Boobs In the Public Schools. The Board of Education last evening committed the city to a measure which will in all probability involve an addition ot an amount variously estimated at from fifty to one hundred thousand dollars per annum to the expense of our local government, in passing a resolution providing that the pupils attending our public schooh shall, on and after the 6th of Septembemoxt, be provided with school books gratuitously.. The subject has been before the Board in one shape or another for several years. If we mistake not some years ago the Board, in order apparently to test the disposition of the city authorities to favor the scheme, provided in its budget for raising a sum of money to supply free books to all the pupils attending the public schools. The Joint Board after an earnest, di3cussion, we believe refused to raise the amount asked for this purpose. The question was suffered to rest for some time. Last year it was taken up again in the Board of Education, and the advocates of the measure succeeded in inserting in the budget a proposition to raise forty thousand dollars for the purpose. This time the Joint Board acquiesced in theproject, and the sum named was raised by taxation and is now at the disposal of the Board of Education. Forty thousand dollars is conceitedly an inadequate amount, but if the Board of Education is committed to the measure the balance needed must of course be provided. The measure is one of a class deemed to be popular, for ol course those who pay for books for their children nowj will not object to get them for nothing or rather at the public expensewhile the fact will not be quite so apparent that alter all an institution, supported by the public, can donate nothing except that which the public itself pays for. After the sum named had been raised by the Joint Board the question seems to have been accepted as settled, and the Library Committee, under instructions from the Board, devised rules under which the books are to be distributed, if at all. At this stage of the case the question was raised as to the legal right of the Board of Education to distribute ; school books free, and to raise money by taxation for that purpose. The Law Committee answered the question affirmatively, and argued that if the Board had the power to furnish pens, pencils, blackboards, &c, they had an unquestioned right to furnish books, which were equally necessary in order to carry out a policy to which the State is committed to furnish free education to the children of its citizens and inhabitants who choose to avail themselves of a system which the State has adopted as a policy for its own safety which is conceded to rest on the intelligence and enlightenment of its citizens. Some of the members of the legal profession in the Board, how ever, dissented from the opinion arrived at by the Law Committee. They held that the supplies furnished and used in the course of instruction, came out of the State School Fund a fund distributed prorata to the different counties. In this city the amount thus distributed is not sufficient for the purpose, and the balance it appears is made up from the general fund raised by direct local taxation. The Law Committee argued that if the Board could exceed the amount distributed by the State as a Library Fund for one purpose, it could for another. The legal members of the Board, who dissented from the opinion of the Law Committee, answered this point by contending that two wrongs did not make a right; that the course pursued by the Board had not been questioned, because only a comparatively trifling amount was involved, but if the Board ventured to commit the tax - payers to a j measvre of doubtful expediency and in - ' Tolving a permanent annual expenditure of a very large amount of money, any taxpayer might lest the legality of its proceedings and, in the opinion of the gentlemen who took this sido of the question, restrain its action. To this argument the advocates of the gratuitous and indiscriminate distribution of school hooks replied, in substance, that it was time enough tQ meet the trouble when it came, and cut this branch of the subject short, by wishing for the taxyayers who desired to enter into litigation with the Board " a erood time of it." It seemed to be apparent last night, despite the lact that the discussion opened on the legal branch of the case, that there was a wide difference of opinion on the main question the expediency of gratuitously distributing school books to the children of parents able and willing to pay for them as well as to those who did not feel justified by their means in buying books and who desired to secure them for nothing. The merits of the question were brought before the Board under a resolution to postpone action on the subject, and to consider the propriety of revising the regulations under which books are now distributed gratuitously to the children of parents so circumstanced. The advocates of the measure, apparently confident from the first of having votes enough to carry it, relied on numbers for success and seemed to fear nothing except the delay which the minority might be able to occasion. Th6 question has been so fully discuEsecVthat there is perhaps ample justification for the course pursued by the majority. At aU events it enables us to sum up pretty fairly the argument on both sides,with the aid of the synopsis of the debate furnished by our reporter m another column. In order to show precisely how the case stands it may be necessary, for the information of some of our readers, to state the present practice of the Board in providing books free to children whose parents are so circumstanced as to require them. The children attending our public schools are assumed to be provided with the school books needed in their studies, by their parents. When a parent notifies the local public school authorities that he is unable to spend from his earnings money to provide school books for his children, attending a public school, the application, if deemed to be well founded, is immediately complied with it. The advocates of changing the existing system contend that the Statejs committed to provide free education, and that to this end free books are as necessary as free school houses. They admit indeed that books can now be had free by children whose parents are unable to provide them, but they hold that the self - respect of the child is hurt, if it should be known that it is procuring books free which are paid for by its more fortunate associates. It is urged further that the free book system is followed in New York City, and that it involves an expense of less than one hundred and seventy thousand dollars; that in this city the system can be carried out at an expense of between seventy and eighty theusand dollars per annum ; that the people demand the change, and will cheerfully pay the expense rendered necessary thereby. The opponents of an indiscriminate gratuitous distribution of school books take in a wider field in the discussion. They admit that the State intends to provide free education for all who may choose to avail themselves of our free school system They hold that in Brooklyn we carry out this intention. Free Bchools are open to all who choose to send their children to them. Tho3e who see fit send their children to private schools and pay for their tution. The State is entirely satisfied. Under the system of - distributing books, all who need free books now can have them ; if the parents of children can pay for them, the State has no objection. It carries out its purpose in providing free books, like free schools, for those who need them. They rest this branch of thocaseon the broad fact that no parent need keep his child from school because of his inability to provide books for him. The Board do this when asked. Can more be required ? If it be said that the pride of a child is hurt because it accepts gratuitously what its more comfortably - circumstanced associates pay for, it is answered that there must be wit enough in the Board to devise a means by which the parents of a child can get the books required, without its associates knowing anything about it if under present management this is not provided for. Again, it is manifestly impossible to eradicate from the minds of children all idea of social inequality. The child that might be taunted because it accepts a free book, is liable to be twitted for attending a free school, or by the attendant of a free school, on the quality of its shoes, the texture of its dress, or the shape or pattern of its hat. Since it is obviously impossible to prevent children from practicing the folly of children of larger growth, why should not the Board lend its aid in inculcating a truer Republican spiritf by letting it be known, through its acts, that it is no offence to be poor, and that the public supplies free books to those who require them, as it does free schools, not as a charity, but because it is an advantage to the commonwealth to do it. Again, when it is said that this measure is urged in the interests of the industrious classes, who find it hard " to make both ends meet," it is answered that the burthens of taxation fall on this very class ultimately,and that it can not be advantageous to supply books free tojhose able and willing to buy them only that those differently circumstanced shall be on an equality with them. This is levelling down, instead of levelling up. If this argument be a sound one, the Superintendents of the Poer ought to supply every household in Brooklyn with coal in winter, in order to relieve those who require coal free from what is called an invidious distinction. The burthens of taxation are so onerous in Brooklyn that the Board of Education shrink from furnishing at once the school - houses required for the accommodation of children who would attend them. No meeting of the Board passes at which it is not asserted that children are running about the streets who would be at school if there were adequate school accommodation. No child need be absent from school because its parents are unable to provide school books. This the Board now does. Is it not apparent, therefore, that a real want ought to be supplied before the Board can undertake to gratify what is at best a sentimental luxury, and a false one at that ? It is asserted that the people demand this measure of the Board. The records of the Board do not maintain the assertion. It will be easy to get up petitions for this or almost any other project, but no petition in favor of the indiscriminate and gratuitous distribution of school books has ever yet been presented to the Board of Education. lYc have devoted considerable space to the discussion of this subject for its importance seems to us to demand it. The Board is about to try an experiment it will not be found easy to abandon. It will add an amount to our annual taxation which will be sensibly felt by a very heavily taxed community. It will be difficult to show that it will add one to the number of those now enjoying the advantage of our free school system, for the cry is not for more free books, but for more free schools. It is easy to vote away money belonging to others, but there is no reputation to be secured by such generosity. The idea that to be known to be poor is necessarily to invite insult from children, big or little, is an exotic imported from other lands, and no man is a Republican in his heart who fosters its cultivation here. The military Tax. The Military Tax law is again vexing the local authorities, who are enjoined to collect the tax, but find their means inadequate to the purpose. Theiramers of the present militia act probably knew more about military organizations than they did of practical legislation, and lhe provisions relating to the collection ot the tax.or fine for non - performance of military duty, serve only to puzzle and vex the local public functionaries. The latter are charged with the duty of finding out the male residents of the city who are liable to military duty, but who do not perform it, and collect one dollar from each, and if the whole amount due is not collected, then the county has to make up the deficiency and pay it over to the military account. The City Board of Assessors is directed to ascertain the names of all whoare liable and make a return to the Collector of Taxes who is expected to collect the money. The Collector has no means of enforcing the payment of this tax, and so far he has only collected what has been voluntarily paid in. The Assessors have to employ extra help, and there is additional labor entailed in the Collector's department, and it is doubtful whether the amount collected pays the expense of collecting this military tax. However the law must be obeyed, so the Supervisors who had to provide for the extra expense to be incurred by the Assessors, acted on the matter the other day. The Board went beyond its province and undertook to dictate to the Assessors, whom they should employ to make up this military assessment list It is simply the duty of the Supervisors to vote the money to pay for the extra help required; responsibility for making out the tax list devolves upon the Assessors, and it is for them to appoint their own assistants. We believe it would be a saving of money in the end if the attempt to collect the military tax were abandoned, and the county raised by general tax all the money that is required for the support of local military organizations. The English papers received by the la3t mail contain reports of the debates in Parliament on the Irish Church question. Disraeli comes in for some severe rappings. John Bright handled him without gloves, and accuses him of betraying both his Queen and country. But, notwithstanding the warmth and earnestness of the honorable gentleman, we do not come across any improprieties of language. Bright does not call Disraeli a traitor or a recreant, and though accusing him of deception, never uses the word liar. Disraeli, though sharp enough in retort, does not stigmatise his opponents as imbeciles, demagogues, or reckless scoundrels. After the Donnelly - Washburne passage in the House, and the set - tos between Butler, Logan and Brooks, the Parliamentary reports are very tame reading. The organization of the Democratic General Committee of this county is not yet fully completed, the chairman being unaccountably slow in appointing the committees. We are about entering upon a President'al campaign, and all the regular representative organizations of the Democratic party should be in readiness to take hold of the work as soon as the nominations are made, and they are uow but a lew weeks off. The body which claims to represent the Democracy of Kings County ought to stow a little more life and energy at a time like this. If the health or private engagements of the chairman of the General Committee renders him unable to attend to the duties of his position, it would De a graceful act on his part to send in his resignation. The venerable - Mr. Grant author of Hiram Ulysses and his "only genuine early life" is exhibiting himself in Chicago. The father of his son was elevated on the platform of the so - called Soldiers and Sailors Convention yesterday and made a speech, in which he confessed that he didn't know what he had done to merit such attention, and not knowing what else to say, the old gentleman counseled the Convention to moderation and prudence in their proceedings. Somo friend of General Grant ought to take charge of his injudicious parent and keep him quiet If he goes round preaching moderation and prudence what will beome of his son's chances for the Presidency. The Radicals will drop him like a hot potato, there are no such words as moderation and prudence in their dictionary. A number of philanthropic gentlemen in New York have undertaken to organize a society for the protection of the Indians in the the western territories. What the society proposes to do for the gentle savages, whose summer recreation is scalping white men, throwing railroad trains off the track, burning the cars and roasting the passengers, we are not informed, the Indians seem to be able to take care of themselves. Peter Cooper is one of the chief men in the new movement; Perhaps Peter might supply the Indians with some of his celebrated glue, which would enable them to stick to their treaties. Topics of To - Day, 'The Sun says $300,000 are invested in the artificial culture of trout on Long Island. Among the ponds are Mr. Maitland's, at Ialip. The course of the stream is over some forty acres of land. It bas oceu In operation four seasons and $30,000 have been ex pended on it . Near tbis are tbe Soutbeide Sportman's Club's two streams, with the sixty acres of land, valu ed at over $H),000. ' Ten miles distant, Stilllngwortb, snct jounBon b stream, running turougn 200 acres, is estimated at $30,000. Then tberc are Cannon's pond at South Oyster Bay, worth $15,000, PhelpB'fl pond and Belmont's at Islip, and a dozen others on the road from Jamaica to Mlp, varying in value from $5,000 to 810,000 each, the Walton Club's pond at Smltbtowm Furmon's pond at Maspeth, and the Douglas pond near Flashing. But the beBt trout stream on Lon; Island is that of William Floyd Jones, which 1b valued at $100,000. The tardiness of the season has been prejudicial to early vegetables, spring toilets, Bnd Albany day boats. The latter have not yet begun their trips, but will be running next week. Travelers may then cho ose between the sensations of a collapsed stcam - chest and a tumble from the rails. River air and scenery, to say nothing of freedom from dmst and cinders, will have an influence in favor of the iormer class of casually, while superior Bpeefl lendB its weight to the latter. In N6w Yoik the order of the Grand Central Bath has been organized as a joint stock company, and will go into operation shortly. Its bath will be as Urge as the Lower Croton Reservoir, and will offer peculiar facilities for physical purification and aqueous refreshment. They will not be free, however, and free bathB are what both cltleB need, as much as they need a Board of Health. According to that well - informed individual, "the New York correspondent of a country paper," who knows everything that is going on In the city and sometimes a good deal that isn't, Woman's Rights have been vindicated in Wall street. A lady has operated among the bulls and bears of that financial thoroughfare, so successfully the past twelve mnoths as to have made $50,000. While accumulating this comfortable pile she has found time to help sundry persons of the inferior sex, to whom her superior judgment of to - day's market and the probabilities of to - morrow is invaluable. The versatile Horace Greeley, having breakfasted with the Union League Club, yesterday assisted at the deliberations of another Club, the Farmer?,' and united with the eaoans in considering the manufacture of vinegar and whitewash, the propagation of fleh, the feeding of sweet corn to hogs, the baking of Graham bread, and the suppression of worms upon the trees. Greeley studiously avoids Chicago. Southern strawberries sold for two dollars and a half a quart in the New York market last week, and the saloon - keepers charged what they pleased per plate. The coasting steamers are expected to bring a sufficient quantity to reduce the price to fifty cents a quart by Saturday next j but still, probably, the saloon - keepers will charge what they please per plate, Early strawberries are sensational, and that is abont all to be said in their favor. Like the sensational drama, they are not so satisfying as an article less startling and exceptional, but of maturer growth and higher development. Washington news is dull, and probably will bo nntil after the adjournment of the Chicago Convention. Stanton hnB not vacated the War Office, aud Adjutant General Thomas stikes ad interim. He was preeent at a Cabinet meeting yesterday. The Managers are investigating. Their chici witness thus far is one Woolley, a Cincinnati lawyer, who drew the sum of 825,000 from a bank the other day. The Man - auers insisted that he should toU what he had done with it, and ordered him under arrest to extort an an swer to their questions. Woolley said the money bad not been useu to lunuence impeachment. Congress is disinclined to business pending the Chicago Convention excitement. The Senate was not in session yesterday, and the House at an early hour was left without a quorum. A number of bills of private interest were presented and some passed. The venerable claim of the heira of Gideon Walker of Indiana, for military services rendered by their ances tor in 11921795 was considered, butJGideon's band of descendants were laid on the table as they ofton have been before. The vitality of the case is as prolonged as that of a suit in Chaunccry. Children arc born, families are organized, and old men and women die in it, and Btill it is undeteimined. Certain Revenue Collectors and Assessors were credited with money stolen and stamps lost. The Paris press ha" bpoken ou Impeach ment. The Conslitulionnel tavs that the voteof Situr - day is fatal to the Radical parly ; the Liberie that tbe verdict proves liberty to bo lhe best guarantee of justice ; the Temis that the President is saved by legal orms oiny ; me journet aes jjioais tuat he is rendered powerless hereafter ; the Epoque that the Republican party has lost its prestige; the Press that, in view of tbe absence of bloodshed and disorder, republican institutions have remarkable vitality. When the Juarez Libcralists were in a bad way, politically and financially, a number or citizens of Eastern and WeBtern cities advanced money for the purchase of a large amount of war material. Some of them bad faith in Juarez and his followers, and be lieved tbe Imperialists would be driven into the sea. Others thought the hope of the Republic was a forlorn one, but enthusiastically came to the rescue. All no donbt expected that if in the revolution of the Mexican wheel of fortune the Liberaliets turned up at the top, they would pay their),bUls like honest men. An impulse of common gratitude would suggest such a course. But tbe matter does not thus present itself to the Mexican mind, and the sympathizers with the Juarez party in the day of its distress have held a meeUug and appointed a committee to see about it. Hon. N. B. Judd, M. C, Rep., 111., tele graphed from Chicago to the President declining an pnpintmentas visitorto westporat. ThePresident promptly replied that Hon. N. B. Judd, M. C, Rep., 111., hadn't been appointed Visitor to West Point. The colored cricketers of Australia are by this time making a sensation in Eugland. The Aboriginal Black Eleven - wlio were expected daily at lateBt mail dates are named Bullooky, Tjger, Red Cap, Mullagh, Cuzens, King Cole, Dick - a - Dick, Peter, Twopenny, Jim Crow, and Lawrence. If report lieth not they will use up the English Eleven as completely as the latter annihilated everything that came in their way in this country. Brooklyn and Brazil 200 Years Ago, The Rev. J. C. Fletcher read a paper with the above title last evening, at the Packer Institute, under the auspices ot the Long Island Hialorical Society. Ex - Judge.Grconwood presided. The title of the paper, and the hope of hearing something new about the early history of the Dutch settlers on Long Island, drew a larger audience than usual, but so far as that local history was concerned, they were doomed to disappointment. He described the early hiBlory of Brazil, and the settlement of Pernambuco by the Dutch. He then went on to describe the struggle between the Portuguese and the Dutch for the possession of the Brazilian trade, and finally the advent of John Count Maurice of Nassau, in Brazil, and his efforts to establish free institutions there. In order to spread lhe Gospel, he caused a number of clergymen to bo sent out from Holland, and among these was John Theodoras Polhemus. In 1601, Count Maurice went back to Hollard, and four yearB later the Dutch lost their power in Brazil, and then Mr. Polhemus came to FlatbuBh at a salary of $1,000 a year. He subsequently preached in Brooklyn, and died in the year 1U75. The speaker illustrated his discourse by copious allusions to a number of maps of Brazil which were bung np .behind htm and showed a most intimate knowledge of the early history of the country. Ou concluding, a vote of thanks were passed to htm. Ij AAV INTELLIGENCE. CITY COURT. Bepobb JroaB Thompson. A PUBLIC CHABGE. Aimenia Peterson, by her guardian against the Superintendents of the Poor. This action was brought to recover $175 as the charges for the maintenance of the illegitimate child of the plaintiff for two years and two months. It was claimed that the county waB chargeable with the support of the child, but that, it is common in Buch cases. The mother was Jdcslrous of having U with her, and that in view of this fact the Superintendents arranged to advance Miss Peterson a dollar and a half per week if she would keep the child untU it ceased to be chargeable to the county that is to siy, until it attained the age of seven years or died. This agreement it was alleged was made on behalf of the Board by Soperintendent Fitzgerald. The child died about two years afterwards without the assistance of the County. The mother says she never got any money from the Board, and Bhe now sues to recover under the agreement of Mr. Fitzgerald. It appeared by the plaintiff's testimony that at the instance of Miss Peterson, Sunt. Fitzgerald had sued lhe father of the child, one Michael Cooke, for its maintenance, before Justices Walters and Daly, and obtained the allowance above mentioned, of $1.50 a week. The judgment was appealed from, and pending the appeal the girl applied to Supt. Fitzgerald, who said "no would see after the money,'" or ' would try and get her the money." The Superintendent afterwards compromised with Cooke for $100, as they are allowed to do by statute, and this $t00 they eny they ate ready and wlUing to pay over when Miss Peterson produces the child, or satisfactory proof that It is dead. On the above facts, Supervisor Bloom, counsel for defence moved for a non suit on the grouudthat no contract to pay had been shown. Even if Superintendent Fitzgerald bad made such a contract it would not be bindlne upon the Board. The Court coincided with the latter view and granted the motion. B. A. Wardell and A. N. Shearer against Jobn McNamee. This snil was brought against the former Sheriff of this county for taking lrom the plaintiffs a cargo oi rosin amounting to some 000 barrels, valued at tbe time of taking, at about $9 a barrel. The properly was replevined about the 7th of July, 1885, from tbe Echooner Minerva L. Wedmore lying at Rob - bins' stores, under proceedings instituted by Gardner end Branch aga'nst the captain of the vessel. Gardner and Branch were a firm of manufacturers doing business in Georgia, and tbia rosin was stored at Calico HiUs aud Camp Hinckney. ok tho St. Mary's river. They claimed that Wardell and Shearer (who were dealing under the government permits) came np the St. Marys, and carried it off without authority. Wardell & Shearer said they bought it from one R. A. Baker, who bad authority to sell. It was proved that Baker bad instructions to burn tbe rosin sooner than let "tbe Yankees" get it, and plaintiffs counsel contended that tbis was a power of absolute disposition and included the power to sell. Tho court however held that a power to bum was.not a pawer to sell, and directed a verdict for tbe defendant. Jas. L. Campbell for plaintiff Troy and Place for defendants, Inquests. Coroner Smith and four jurymen attended laBt evening at the residence of Mr. Huge, No. lit Scholes street E .D., for the purpose of investigating the cause of the death of Maagaret Hugg who was bumed by the explosion of a lamp on the night of May 11th ultimo, but the remainder of the jury failing to appear, it was adjourned until Wednesday evening. The sewer accident by which James Donnelly was killed on Saturday afternoon will meet tbe attention of the Coroner this evening at Fourth District Court room. The Maugatuck Railroad Company have ordered 400 tops of steel rails for their track. STEAM ON ATLANTIC AVENUE. Another Meeting at East Kew York last Sight, The adjourned meeting of property owners of East New York and vicinity, in regard to tho best means of facilitating communication between that district and tho Brooklyn ferries, was convened for last evening at Wagoner's Hall, East New York. Tho writer hereof stumbling over the exposed railroad 'cress ties and floundering through the'mud and pools of water which cover at intervals tie wide, nupaved, unligbted streetB of East New York, in his Bearch for Waeoner's Hall, the direction and distance or which from tho Fnlton avenue terminus was variously aud confusedly represented, to him by sundry Germans of whom he inquired for information was well able to understand why the reiidentB of this thriving but chaotic little suburb of Brooklyn did wish to get out of it as quickly as possible. East New York is growing fast, and prospering so that many of its lots sell for more than equal areas of land mites nearer the river; but many things are needed still in order to develops lis attractions. Gaa is used in the stores and private residences, but it has not yet been applied to the use of lighting the streets. The roads are wholly unpaved. There is much travel, and a great deal of building. The streets aro cat np into ruts, heaps of unused building material and garbage lie around loose; there is neither draraage.'nor pavement, nor anything in the sbape of streets beyond open lines of space between the blocks of houses, ou which the public arc free to travel. Under theso circumstances, the property owners have formed a local improvement association, which meets regularly to discuss and promote matters tending to bring order out ol the present chaos, and to make the place more habitable. The great value oi East New York propeity lies in this fact, recognized by all men of foresight: that eventually it will bo rendered more accessible from New York than land much nearer the nver. Pennto live two miles from the river may forever continue to go to and fro in horse cars ; but thoBe who reside five or six mileB from the river must eventually get steam communication right through the city, and then the East New YorkerB will be able to reach the ferry by steam in less time than the resident of Bedford can get down in a horse car. The meeting last night commenced itn hno wn,, i. .. . hall past eight o'clock. Mr. c. W. Hamlhon was in the chair, and Mr. James McGuire, Secretrrv TnViS were abont fifty property owners of the vicinity in attendance. Wagoner's Hall is a convenient meetins hall, arranged for theatrical performances, wit ha stage, foot lights, and comfortably cushioned nnt. The minntes of the meeting of last week Ts reported in the Eagle, having been read, Mr Susb objected in their acenracy, in respect to tho meeting havine been described as a " mass meeting," electing its own offl. cers, whereas he claimed it was a meetins of the Tm provement Association, at which the officers of thit society presided by right. He took this objection in order that the outside world might know that East New Ysrk bad not made now a mere spasmodic effort to set Bteam travel to the river, but that it had an organization which labored steadily to promote the im provement of the place. Mr. Richardson, lessee of the Atlantic street railroad also desired the minutes amended, as by an error in punctuation the published reports made him nDDear to nave said that he wonld carry passengers Gratis tho Woodward steam car. lie had only slated that he weuld carry gratis all tho gentlemen who went bv invitation to test tbe car; ' The Chairman said the minntna ., written out, hut the papers did not always print thinoi as they were given. " """"a' Mr. C. It. Miller said, that was true; but the difference usually was that tho renorlr - ra r, ....... .J spetches m a much better way than they were da livered. Mr. Matbew Cooper, of the East New York Sentinel reported, as chairman of the committee anuoimeri to confer with Mr. Woodbury, that they hw examined lhe model of the car and hud no doubt it would answer tbe expectations formed ol it. lie handed in the New Yontr Mio To the Committee: If your association will raise the sum of $000, I will accept it and agree within fourteen cays thereafter, or after permission is granted bv the City of Brooklyn, to bring one of my new patent improved carB on lhe tracks of Atlantic avenue in the City of Brooklyn, to be used for experiment between that city and East New York, for such reasonable time not to exceed three mouths, as your Commirtni. m,, deem necessary. Joseph P. Woomiiniv Tbe Secretary then took no lhe TTn inn. anrl - read the report of the proceedings of the Brooklyn Common Council relativo to the application of Mr Richardson for leave to uae the Bteam car on Atlantic avenue. Mr. mcnarason requestod that the Eagle reDort might be read inBtead, as being more exact This re quest was generally sustained by tho meeting, and the Secretary laid aside the Vnianaud read from the Eagle report. The Secretary also icad the City Clerk'a formal attention of the permission of the Common Cornell for tho use of tho car from East New York to Flatbush avenue, and the approval of tho resolution by Marlin Kalbfleisch, Mayor, which was received with much applause. Mr. Crosby said Mr. Woodbury was unab'e to he present tbis evening and bad requested him to" explain his views. He thought h'i was entitled to receive the sum he had specified, because it would cost him two or three hur.dred dollars to chartera ptopeller to brin the car here lrom Boston, and he would have to Da'v his own expenses while he remained in charge of it hete; besides which it might meet" with an ni - ciicrtt on the journey. He (Mr. Crosbv) thought $ 000 wasj not an extravagant sum for Mr Wooobury to rec eive, especially as, if when the in habitants saw it they did not like the car, or if th city retracted the permission for its use, Mr Wood' bury would have to be at the expense oftakin" it back to lioslon or sellingit in tbis locality for whatlt wonlrt reali e. The ear was worth $,0C0 and the sum asked for three monthB use was onlv ten tipi - ... value. The residents would save two hours a dav rido whUc the car was on trial, by riding to the ferrv in half an hour instead of an hour and a half, and tttev could affoid by this mere saving in time, 0 obv the amount aekca by Mr. Woodbury. He had no doubt that when the car was tried and its advantages nenn Common wonlrt ao,.H .ri".B?.B?en" manently on the railroaa. v Mr. Miller spoke to the same effect, bellevlne that the Woodbury car retained the advantage ot ranid movement without the objections which were nrled against the old locomotives on Atlantic street Tun fact that tbe public recognized the necessity of 'cmick er transit from tbe river to tho suburbs was shown bv every Brooklyn newspaper accompauyiag the report of the last meeting held here, with an editorial article in favor of tho experiment with tbe Woodbury car and by the Common Council and the Mayor unanimously concurring to grant the application of Mr. Richardson Even if the Woodbury car did not answer their expectations, they had public opinion now decisively in favor of testiDg any invention which reasonably promised to secuto a quieter mode of transit throuah lhe city than horse power afforded. In reply to a question as to his opinion of Mr. Woodbury's offer, Mr. Kichardson said the offer struck him as beine ridiculously low the car was worth, with tbe engine and machinery, S6,000. Tbe owner was willing to bring it here and have it run for three mouths, for one - tentn of that value. Ue, Mr. R., would not take one of his new thousand dollar catB and let it be run by other parties lor three months, turning it into a second hand machine, Tor $100, one - tenth of its cost. It looked to him as if Mr. Woodbury must be beside himself, to charge no more than $600, were it not that be felt tbe utmost confidence in tao merits of tbe invention, so as to be certain that it would bo purchased by the road which tried it, and that the experiment would lead to the general adoption of this sort of car on this and other railroads. As to whether tho property owners here should reciprocate this confidence which the owner of the car showed in its merits, he could only expreBB his opinion by tellme them what he him - :elf proposed to do in tbe matter He would have to re - lay several blocks or his railroad with a different soi t of the rail now lying on tort e or four blocks near Ctesson avenue was not adapted for a Bteam car to run on. Tnen, ob he would havo his horse cars still running while the Woodbury car ran he would have to lay switches and sidings at frequent intervals to enable the horse cars to get out of tho way of the Woodbnty cor; else the latter would have to reduce its speed;to that of the horse cars, and no test of its advantages in point of speed could be afforded If any lesponBlble gentleman present wonld guarantee to make the necessary alterations in the railroad for $1,000, be (Mr. R.) wou.'d sign a contract for that amount at ouce. Aa to the running of tho cir he would provide everything for a fair and complete' experiment at bis own expense. If the car came hero in a broken down condition be would not use it - but If it came in good running order he would pay the engineer, the fuel, the oiling, and tho conductor's wages. He would chatge the same fare to tuose who rode in the Wocdbury car as on the horse cars, except that he would invite the Brooklyn Common Council and cily officers, the press, and the leading ciiizeLB of East New York whom they might name as their representatives to go on the car to test its merits ; and he could assure those whom he might invite that he would not send them home hungry or thirBty. He tbouaht If be was willing to incur this amount of expense in order to test an invention which as yet he had not seen, and knew only aa the meeting did, by its repute, the properly owners ought no! to lesltate in raisine $000 to deiray tbe inventor's expenses in the matter. On motion of Mr. Cooper, a subscription was entered into. Mr. F. Qrosjean gave $50, Mr. C. R. Miller $50 Messrs. Wagoner & Co., $50, Mr. J. R. Pitkin $50, and several others smaller eums. It was resolved to apply to property owners not present for other subscriptions, bo that no doubt exists of tho sum being raised, ana the trial will tako place on the avenue within a few days. A vote of thanks waB passod to Mr. Richardson for the readiness with which he had responded to the wishes of the citizens in the matter, and the meetine then adjourned. Public Scliool natters. To the Editor of the BrooMyn Eagle : It Is a question whether the neglect of Brooklyn parents to visit Erooklyn public schools springs from their confluence in principals and teachers, or their Indifference to the school - life of their children That tucie ib much neglect, all concerned will confess. II the public and private complaints of tho inefficiency etc., of somo of our educators be credible, then the Echooiscin not be neglected on account oi the teachers. Let us not charge parent s with a want of intereBt in the welfare of their children. Yet the cause muet be something like It. In view of this fact, it seems especially advisable that those who have the education of our youth at heart, should interest themselves in securing educators who may be salely entrusted with a tetponalbility, rendered the greater for the reasons to which we have referred. Tbe writer, who classes himself with those, has visited certain of our schools to note the methods and methodyers employed. In oi e school , one branch of study was forced to tbe dwarfing of the other branches of the tree of learning. In another, physical discipline seemed to be ot more consequence than mental discipline, la but very few was the justo m'.lien abandoned. To one of these, deserving or especial menlion, the writer would here refer, because or a pertinent su" - gestion he Is inclined to make to the Board of Education EChool No. 15, in which Mrs. Dunkleyla engaged. Tbe condition of Mrs. Dnnkley's school evidenced that rare combination of qualitiesin Ub principal which constitute a thoroughly good teacher. A cheerful order was exhibited in the several departments not a wbipped - ln order. There was a gratifying promptness and precision in the recitations. The acnoolars Bong sweetly and per - pormed their class evolutions admirably, and the large school building presented the appearance of a well - conducted household. Now for the enggostion to onr Board ef EducUion r As Borne of tbe most successful educational eater - prises in our land has been accomplished by women, and ;as Mrs. Dunkley hjs already civen every evidence in her conduct of School No. 15, of her being in every respect qualified to effect similar results, with the proper means. As those who have given most attention to the subject of teaching are led to as'ien woman afirBt rank in its profession, and as Mrs. Dunkley Is worthy in every woy of being advanced to larger wan her present educational trusts, will not our Board give her a principalship that shall aUow her abUity fnU scope f Pno Bono Publico. Base Ball Matches to Come Off. May 28 Btar vs. Independent, first nines on Independent grounds at i p. . May 28 Columbia College vs. Yale College, Capito - iine gronndB at 3 o'clock. May 26 - Atlantic ys. Athletic or Brooklyn, on Union gronnds at 2 o'clock. May 27 Matual vs. Mohawk oo'.Union grounds a 8 o'clock. June 8 Atlantic vs. Star on Union grounds at 3 o'clock. A beautiful wing footed mollusk, the Olione boreali8, a marine animal of the Arctic seas, has been discovered in Portland harbor, Maine. Amusements. Pabk Theatbe. The illness of Mrs. Con way baa necessitated a change of bill. Instead of " Henry Snnbar" tbe Gaslight will be continued dur ing the week, the role ot Laura being assigned to the pleasing custody of Miss Alice Benedict. We are very sorry that Mrs. Conway should again be threat ened with illness she has worsed herself Bick in her devotion to the theatre and needs rest we sincerely trust sue win take it, and care for herself rather than for the public. The Gaslight la well done at tbe Park, and the Loco motive eccne is a tremendous hit, Hoolry's. Archie is like Richard himself again, and the whole company feel his magic Influonce. Mulligan and Bead are as popular as ever, and the 'Impeachment Burlesque" brings down the bouse. English Opeea. To - morrow night "Martha" will ne given in English by Miss Richings and her tronpe. By all means go and hear it, it is ono of the best of their repertoire and is well worth hear ing. French Opeea. Tostee will be here on the 80th and sing Lin the "Grand Duchess" at a matinee at the Academy. Ristobi Mad. Ristori's farewell on Saturday evening. New KorK Amusements. The Musical Festival. The Musical Festival commenced on Monday, at the beatiliiul and commodious Stemway Hall Fourteenth street. Now York. The programme presented Handel's Oratorio "The Messiah" with Parepi Rosa, Kcmpton, Simpson, Thomas, and other able artiste, and the Harmonic Society aided and supported by a full orchestra. Tbe hall was crowded, though not uncomfortably, and tho oratorie was received with signs ofapprobation that were really flattering. The conductor, Mr. L. F.Ritter, occupied bis position in front of the stage and around him were seated the well known artists Madame Parepa Rosa, Mrs. Jenny Kempton, Mr. Geo. Simpson, Mr. J. R. Thomas. Mr - E. J. Connolly presided at the organ, and G. W. Colby at the piano. The first aria, "Every Valley," was sung by Mr. Simpson who was in moBt excellont voice, and' received hearty plaudits. Mr. Thomas, in his peculiarly forcible and attractive manner, sang "Thus saith the' Lord of Hosts" and " He shall purify." Miss Kempton gave us the aria, "Oh I thou that tellest," admirably. When 1Mb trio of fine voices bad filled the hall, and the echo of the chorus had vibrated and revibrated throughout tbe re cesses of the building, and died away, leavins au " ad interim" of silence, Mme. Parepa Iiosa came forward to execute her part. She was greeted with loud and long plaudits, which were renewed with vigor after she tad executed several recitatives from tbe Pastoral Sym phoDy, and the ana " Rejoice greatly." A noticeable feature of tho oratorio was tho chorus " Halleluiah " during the performance of which the audience arose and remained standing. The otatorio, as a whole, WUB cumiuenuuuiy Kleu. Last night a eevereiy classical programme was pre. stnted to a large and enthusiastic audience an appreciative one too ; Parepa sang nandel's ' - Let the bright Seraphim," tbe same she s aeg here, and sang it well. Of the Reformation Symphony Mendelssohn Mr! Seymour says : "ItwnB composed to celebrate thconniversTyoftho AugEburg Coiifespioii. It bad Its appearance at an obEcurc and lorgotten concert in Berlin, wasplayoi at the Crystal Pa'ace in London, and now has the vomie nrdrniDhnrn Thd mfrl - ta trmr.!.r !... T. wj m ... v. - .. ..w.a ... uuuuiji uiuii, nervously perhaps, but still strongly. The flrat and second movements are beautiful; the thttd and fourth deal with a well - known theme, and rather laint'y But tho whole work is coherent and large. It is, of course Etrange, but notwithstanding this fact, it attracted so much attention fast night that tbe second movement was encored. By an emphatic demand encored. The first and second movements arc beautiful; the third and lourtb fall off in musical interest, but not in absolute spirit. The work 16 a posthumous one, but one of the few posthumous works which we wish to Bee preserved " Everylbi g went off well the performers were in excellent humor, the bouse was well filled and tba affair was decidedly a succcsb. Tc - : ight the oratorio of "Elijah." Wallaces. The new attraction. " Tho White Cockade," has the felicitous power of drawing crowded houses every night. The piece is really a le - lighlful one, and the cast of characters has been admirably made. With euch artists as J. W. Wallack, Fisher. Stoddart, MrB. Jennings, Kate Rihoe, aud Mary Bar ett, such a piece as the " White Cockade" is sure to be successful. It has proved an excellent card, and Manager Wallack will know bow to deal it. To use the homely saying, it must be seen to be appreciated. It will be presented every mnt "until further notice," and there is scenery which is worth seeing. Pike's F. G. Mecdcr's adaptation called "Lost" is being played at Pike'a Opera IIouso. The piece ie oae of those peculiarly tedious affairs, 80 full of unnecessary words, and of unnecessary length that to Bit it through is positively a bore. It bas many good points however, and the real rain storm i - i a feature which brines down the honBe. Tho pretty Kate Newton playa her part of "Nina" charmingly and Boniface doos the ragged gentleman to a nicely. George Aitken the " Greppo" or Black Crook fams has a character which is almost a counterpart of " Greppo " and his rendition of it is really amusing. Lingabd The Theatre Comique is nightly crowded by amused audiences drawn to this cozy Theatre by the attractive power of the " Great Lln - gard." Mr. Lingard has introduced an entirely now style of entertainment into this country, the chief characteristics of which aro the speedy change of dress and transformation of person. Mr. L. is certainly the best comic singer ever introduced to New York audiences, and has made a bit ot an unprecedented character. Hia '' Captain Jenks " and " On the Beach at Long Branch " aro excellent, and his statues marvelouely true to nature. We are glad to announce that the new "light" will inaugurate a short BeaBOn in this city during next month. In the meantime no one sbould fail to see Lingard. And his General Butler. t The Fawn. Niblo's Garden is located on Bro6dway just under lhe Metropolitan Hotel, and the troupe engaged there aro now performing a spoctacle called the "White Fawn," the main feature of which ia dance, dance, dance. No donbt many of the citizens of Brooklyn have seen this spectacle, and tho managers Jarrett and Palmer announce it as their intention to continue the "Fawn" until further notice to give the citizens of Now York and vicinity an opportunity of witnessing it. Tony Pastoi.'?. Tte pleasant Var'eiy Hall of Mr. Pastor was packed laBt night, and the performance waB full ofpointp. If a man can't get his money's worth at Tony PaBtor's, he would better die and done with it. We were glad to notice in tho bright and pretty lady who leads the company, Misa Addle Li Brun fot mcrly of the Museum. Al ways quick and graceful, Miss Lo Brun bas deve'oped a piquancy which makes her populir where she i,9 and and will in time place her on a higher level, if she cares to seek it. Paul Dclaroclic I - cctnro bv Ex - Governor Lyons at tbe Brooklyn Institute, Ex - Governor Lyons delivered a lecture last evening before the Brooklyn Academy or Design, at tbe Brooklyn Institute. The house though not crewt'ed was well filled, nnd tbe audience made manifest by tte frequency of applause the delight they experienced in listening to tte gentleman's remarks. The subject of the lecture was " The Humanity of art as felt by tbe words and works of Paul Delaroche." Screens were erected on each side of the desk, on the platform, on which were placed engravings of many cf;ibe works of Ibis celebrated artist. To France, said the lecturer, wo owe a debt of gratitude for maty things. We are indebted to her for the fashions; do we want a book, we can find it among tbe libraries of the c mntry. Wo are indebted to her far lieht thrown upon the scientific world . But above all she is the con:ervator of art. There the path of merit is open to all who would tread it. Pass - lBgr from this subject, the lecturer said, that Paul Deiaroche was born in 1807 in a small villasc near Parts; hia mother was an actresB of some merit and culture, and his reputed lather was the First Napoleon. The first elements of drawing were taught him at a public school ; at first be was a landscape painter. By one of those unaccountable freaks, so common with Frenchmen, he gave up painting and devoted himsell entirely to the study of history. Tbe picture that first awoke France to his great genius was the death of Queen Elizabeth; this picture was purchased by the French Government and is now in the Louvre. In order to prepare himself for this picture, he haunted hospitals and tbe beds or sick womon who were remorse stricken. He has said that be would not go through tbe misery be had endured, even to copy it. The lecturer then spoke of meeting tbe artist in Paris, in 1S52, and of their subsequent intimacy, relating many incidents of interest. He said tba; Delaroche bad said, that he endeavored to paint so that tbe world would not be worse by reason cf bis pic'ures. He had a great memory, and the picture of Napoleon, accepted by the Bonaparte family as the best, was painted entirely from memory. Socially the attiat was not popular; of artists he never spoke diBprogingly, bat upon critics he was very severe. He then spoke of lie celebrated pictures, the eneravinss of which he exhibited. Tbese pictures, he said, were painted at the lime tte R nelodramatlc school was the rage, and bis great gcuius and talent was not then re - copnized, as he was purely a historical painter. He then alluded to the ereat erowth of art in Brooklyn and ra - .d it would be tbe Florence of America. As tbi Meseoniers Brothers, the bankers, came back to Florence and established that great gallery of art, so the merchant princes will go over to the great mart across tbe river, and return aud enrich the galleries of tbe city, by the landscapes ot the country, and he hoped that America would have as France had bad, a Paul Dcla ioche to dcllnlate its great historical events. May Festival op St. Paul's R. C. Cath - t.ic School. On Tuesday, May 19, a May Festival was held by the pupils of St. Paul's Female school, whioh was attended by a large number of the friends of tho Institution. The unfavorableness of the day did not succeed in marling the pleasure of those who were fortunate eneui h to be present, judglDg from the satisfaction evinced. The exercises were opened by an overture, performed by Father O'lteilley's Band, with considerable effect. A cboiu3 by tbe whole BCbooli entitled "Ave Maria at Naplee," was rendered witi precision rarely equalled. But the conclusion of the first part of the exercises, the "Drum March," solo and choruB with drum accompaniment, was to cur mind tbe gem or the entertainment ; the soprano solo being wonby of particular notice. Where a)l claimed the highCBt admiration to particularize might seem unnecessary. Among the many excellent recitations and dialogues "Novel Reading," and the "Essence Girl" met with deserved approbation, the latter particularly being given with satisfaction, conveying to the minds oi the assembled pleasure and improvement. Tbe rendition or tbe solo, "Sweet Spirit, Hear my Prayer," gave promise of a brilliant futuie In the life of tbe youthful vocalist. "Angela of Many Lands," followed, in which celestial visitants, symbo'izing future rewards through the ministry of presiding angels, concluded the Anniversary by a beautiful tableau of "An - gelB are watching ub." Tbe exhibition altogether must have surpassed the expectations of many, equaling, as it did, undoubtedly, the efforts of more pretentions establishments. Tbe school is under the supervision olthe Sisters of Charity, to wboBe unremitting care the eucceBB of the performance waa owiDg. The superior advantages afforded to the pupils attending the Bcbool, the unceasing and almost parental eollcltado of tbo zealous pastor and his exemplary assistants, claim the gratitude of every noble heart, and cannot fall of producing the most flattering results. The festival waB well worthy of a repetition, which wo hope wilt be Bpccdily given. It has been found that steel rifle barrels when fired off several times in a northerly direction, acquire magnetic properties. THE CALLIC0T CASE. EVIDENCE OF THE INFORMERS. The Einct and Cross Examinations of Con. uingliam, Dayton and Hardy. GOSSIP ABOUT 1HE COEBT AND TOE PEOPLE. Matters in the Callicot case begin to assume shape, and the line or proof adopted by thoDis - trict Attorney is so clear that a wayfaring man though a fool, could not very well faU to see it. It 1b evidently lhe intention of Mr. Tracy to show that there was a tremendous whisky ting, including the nOPBFOL FOUB who turned States evidence, and Messrs. Callicot and Allen, of whom, as St. Paul once remarked, Callicot ib "chief." It is oIbo evident that the witnesses called by the prosecution find themselves between two fires. If they tell tbe truth public opinion will be particularly down on tbetn, and if they falter in tho line ot tts:imony and revelation the anger, ire, and prosecution of Brother Tracy will fall upon them and grind them to powder. Yesterday was what might be called a field day in thocenrt. The presiding Judge, Mr. Nelson, was in excellent humor, and kindly laughed at several of Brother Jenks's worst jokes ; Judge Benedict's radiant countenance, bland as a June morning, evidently pondered the fact of Brother Williams's sudden indisposition, and reflected on the power of the press as he Bat secure unon his immovable bench ; and a o - nnroi ot - r .satisfaction pervaded the crowded room. " Mr. i. T. Williams, who has obtained much notoriety by his connection with Mr. Greeley, and his attempts to secure the abolishment of tbe Court in this District, has unlortunately been compelled to withdraw from the case. It's too bad, for the boys htitl calculated on a feast of fat things resultant from the appearance of Mr. Williams before the dreaded Bercb. We have not learned the exact nature of Mr. Williams's illness, but presume it was nothing very alarming, as he was over yesterday. Mr. Wm. c. De Wilt, who took Mr. Sanderson's place as counsel for Mr. John S. Allen, is now the only assistant left to Mr. Jenks. and it is understood that be will open in behalf of the defence. Ned McMullc - n appears in the case also, but in a different wty. His connection with the " King," the "15,0C0 appointment of Mr. Callicot," with the whisky business genetally.and the profits particularly was brought ont in the evidence of Mr. Alexander Cunningham, who, in a not very clear manner sometimes almost inaudibly told his outrageous story in the moBt unblushing manner. It is gratifying to know that Mr. Cunningham was regarded by Mr. Fletcher as one of the smartest whisky men he ever knew. Mr. Dayton, another of the loyal youths who was part and parcel of tbo Bo - called conspiracy, took his seat upon the stand. He was particularly well dressed, but uneasy aud nervous in manner very naturally. He testified lhat be had been appointed to o lice at the carncBt solicitation of many ofourfirgt citizens,' and exhibited his vouchers. They are signed by Simeon B. Chittenden, George B. Lincoln, Cyrus P. Smith, AlfiedM. Wood. From them we are giad to know that Mr. Captain Dayton was a pure patriot of the good old stamp, and gcrved his country like a little man. The examiuation of GEORGE J. rfABDY, was looked forward to with a degree of interest unparalleled. George is well known here and up to the last development very generally liked. It may be that there is an inside knowledge or afl'air3 which will console him when his old friends call him an informer of which the public know notblnn - mrtainit, h festcd tbe very least concern yesterday, giving his clrsrlv. find nnhnsttfltinfrlv han..;n. i,.t j . , uuukjiu ju&eu with the CctiDBOl, and declining to answer when tho quceuuiiu uuiv iuu ui - ai uume, witn a graceful nonchalance that must have been exasneratinir to ttm Defendants. From Hardy's evidence there can be no room left to doubt tbat the most infernal system of deception prevailed all over tbe Distrrct, aud doubtless the Defence will' argue with power that Messrs. Callicot and Allen were as prtally deceived ae any one. Mr. Tracy conducts the examinations. Mr. Stough - ton takes voluminous notes for the assistance of his closing argument. Mr. Keasbey advlseB, and Mr. Allen prepares the details. For the Defence Mr. .TfinkR conrtnets the case. Mr. Hewitt nr.a;nn.n - taking a baud in on an appeal to the Court, THE JURY ia r.nt. en Rnlid Bft ltH Immp.rlintn nrrtnpocartt. ' " - - f. - ui , uu. accuii u good, equore, candid panel, There are senseless tumors about, that Callicot has secured this and that that Mr. Tracy has fixed things, &c., but thoy are doubtless bom of idle brains, aa they certainly are cncuiatca Dy careless luugueg. In regard to THE INFOItMEES as they are called there is a tremendous amount of talk. Some givo tbcm the benoflt of a tremendous damnicg, and talk of thorn as if they had committed tho unpardonable sin ; others shake their beads aud say that "Calllcott went back on them first, that he al ways was scm&n ana never spared anyone who stood in his way. The fact is very simple. The District Attorney held them all in his grasp and conld do with them as he pleased for the best interest of the prosecution. Ascertaining tbat tbe beBt oi feeling did not obtain among all parties and that each felt afraid of the other he exerciseohis;oiscretion.and preferred to treat with them on tho witness stand, rather than on the prisoner's box. We do not see bow the case can be closed thiBwcek. The prosecution is not;ilnished. The de - ience has jet to open to put in its evidence and close, after which brother Slougbton must talk long and well and Judge Nelson balance the whole. We herewith gle euch portion of yesterday's evidence as was taken after wo went to press, referring lhe reader to our third page for the proceedings of today. Distiict Attorney beie read tbe lading order which was airectccl to witness. At the lime 1 received the permit it read 21th; it had been altered from 14th; I gave that permit to Cunuin" - bam; I dont remember the da'e; It was sure four or five tlays before the 24lb; he alu not inform mc what be waned for; having got tbe papers we commenced to load the whisky; I old not go with it; wo put on aboutOO barrels on the 21tb; on the morning of the 25lb I was at the warehouse about six o'clock; the balance was delivered the 'next day calling out the whole 211; I did not go with the whUky because I could not go with it and deliver it; no man could act as storekeeper and conducting officer; a condnctiD" officer should go with whisky to its destination; I received no order as lading officer for the first 200 bar - lels; there waa no euch officer as far as I am aware. Kelurn on back ot lading order shown to witness which reporIB tbat wiluesa carried out the instructions contained therein. Witcess That is my writing: I am not certain when I made that return; it was either in Jute or July; it is dated May 20tb; tbatis Sundayjrdid not know it was Sundaj; 1 made that return at Calll. cot'B office; (witness shown ortler) when I made tbat return I asked Mr. Devau to make tbe date tho IBIS, as that was tbe day of the delivery of the whisky; he said no; then I wrote ont the return on the back and he called my attention to not having put in the name of the tug; i asked him how he would account for that alteration; he said he wonld call it a clerical error; I saw him mark tbat alteration. To the Court when I made my return to the office" in June or July I asked Mr. Devau to alter the date because I knew there were no papers covering the second 1st of whisky; therefore, I baa 1Mb order dated back to the lflth so as to make the removal of the first 200 barrels properly covered. To District Attorney I saw the District Attorney Allen on the 25th ol May; all the next week I was in Brooklyn; living in tbe same house; during that week 1 was in the Collector's office oa the 27th of May. Letter from the Deputy Collector Allen to witness dated May syd notifying him to appear at tho office on May 24lh. Witness I received tbat letter; I did not obey the ordeijlthiuk it was the 27th I was in office because that uay Fletcher paid me my salary; he paid mo in the Collector's office; from 25tb to 81st I did not receive any order to report at the Collector's office; I never received an ordor from the Collector to remove any part ol these spirits to A class B warehouse; the last 2U0 barrels was removed under a lading order; after the iemoval of this whisky I was removed from Wilson's warehouse; I was removed on May' 23th; there were two warehouses then; one of them was seized by Mr. Stogg on the 25th; that wob tho one wueie the whisky waa in tankE; we completed the delivery of the second lot of whisky on the morning of the 25tb; I had a conversation with Mr. Callicot in July; he said they were going to build a new warehouse in tlic District; and that he might be abU to find me something to du; I have never received auy assistance lrom Mr. Callicot since thlB transaction. A ltce. - s was here taken for ten minutes. AFTER THE RECESS Augustus J. Dayton look the Bland. I did not know Ciilltcotijwhen I took my position ae storekeeper in Wilson's warehouse ; I made no application to him directly or indirectly. Cioss - examincd by Mr. Jenks I have told all the conversation I had with Mr. Devau when I asked him to alter the date ; I had no idea it was anything but a cleiical error ; I supposed be was conforming to tbe alteration as m my statement : I did not think he was furthering any other object ; I can't tell where I first heatd that the DiBtrict Attorney had objected to me as a member of the ring "; it was a casual remark ; at the time it was laughed at as a joke ; I did not take any notice ol the matter ; 1 think it wsb a week or two alter my appointment to Wilson's warehouse ; I think I was appointed to Cunningham's Warehouse in Apiil 1807; I was appointed to Internal Revenue under Gen. Pratt; I don't recollect after the appointment of Mr. Callicot tbat my father sailed upon him: I did not understand it was at his solicitation that I was retained; when I was first appointed it was as storekeeper; after removal on May 23th I was not again appointed; I am not aware that my friend en - ' deavored to secure a reappointment; I bad been in the Collector's office before May 14tb almost every day after the 14th and up to the 27th; I was there on the 23d; between that and the 27th I was not there; on tbe 27th I did not Bee Mr. Callicot; I saw Mr. Allen Mr. Tappan and Mr. Fletcher; I cannot say bow long I was there; I don't remember what time It was; I can only swear from tbe circumstance or Fletchcr'B paying me tbat day; I havo no memorandum ol the day; It is my impression that I went away to Rocka way about twenty miles, at the beginning of June; I was cone the 8th of July; I am sure I was paid before I left; I have not a clear recollection tbat it was the 27ih I had a conversation with Mr. Fancbcr ; I had no conversation with the other gentlemen in the office except Mr. Tappan ; I don't know how long I was there; Mr. Mifler succeeded me ; I think I never spoke to him before hiB appointment ; I never saw a permit which purported to be for 211 barrels. Mr. Jenks proposed to read an affidavit by Mr. Fancher in which he stakes the condition of the permit which Dayton had in his possession on Mav 2Uh. Objected lo. Affidavit not allowed to be read but question allowed. Witness There was no endorsement on the back of the permit dated May 81th permit to remove 211 barrels of whisky.' EVIDENCE OP GEORGE J. HARDY. Geerge J. Hardy sworn I reside at 103 Clinton street; I know Cunningham ; I was requested to prepare what ie known as the Hand bond ; Mr. Cunningham came to me and desired me to gel np a bond and said ho would bring the Inspector's certificate ; he said it was for the benefit of the Collector's office ; I asked who was to be tho piincipal ; be said it was immaterial, put It in any name; bo broueht me the inspection, and in tbe meantime I met Mr. Morehouse, who said he had two bondsmen who. were good: I told him I wanted two ; he brought me Jageard and Matin ; I filled out what 1 they said waa the bond of property, and the bond aud the justification or tbo bondsmen ; I told Morehouse to take Jaggard and Malln before a notary public; he said he would take them before bis rather, and left with them for that purpose ; he then brought tha bond back witb Jaggard ana HaUn; with signature purport ing to be hiB father's as notary pnbltc, with seal at - tucuea mtreiu: Liaeueent raoreDoneo. dapgvdand Malin to tbe Collector's office to swear to Form 83, following them myself ; 1 went np towards Mr. Allen's desk ; tbe papers were banded Allen, and he distinctly OBked Jaggard & Martin if they had read the contents of Form 81; they swore to it before Mr. Allen, and left the placo all together; I went In afterwards to Bee Mr. Callicot to receive tbe permit, having been assured by Mr. Cunningham tbat It was all right; Mr. Callicot looked at the bond, and eaid he wonld examine aa to Its character; be did not give tho permit; I saw Mr. Cannlnebam, I think, tbe next morning, and be seemed angry because I bad not got tbo permit; he said te would eee Mr. McMullen that night; within a day or two I saw Cunningham again, aud be told mc it was all right, and to jro and get thepermlt; I went Into tbe Collector's office and saw Mr. Callicot, and asked him for the permit to remove the whisky from Wilson's warehouse on tbo Hand bond: tbis was about tbe 13th or 14 tb May; Mr. Callicot took out the bond and commenced looking at it; I made the remark that it belonged to bis friend in South Brooklyn; I think those are the wordB I used; Mr. Callicot looked at it and said be thought it was all right and Mr. Allen was standing at desk at tame time: Itbink Callicot signed tac papers at the same time; I went lo Mr. Al'en and oblalmd a duplicate or triplicate of the permit from him; he remarked they would send a lading officer to eee to it; I left the office and went towards Montague Bt.; and I think met Mr. Dayton to whom I gave this duplicate; I received nothing for my services in any way; Mr. Callicot made no reply when I said It was for bis friend in Seuth Brooklyn; the permit was then signed; that remark to Callicot came back tome afterwards lrom Mr. Cunningham two days after the permit was crautcd; he wanted to know why I spoke to any one about anybody in South Brooklyn; I said it was on account of my inqulsitivcness - I know about a " bond for a lot of 203 barrelB known as the Sword's bond ; the paper I hold in my bond is that bond ; it was to remove from Osborne's warehouse to Sword's rectifying establishment ; it is dated May 3d ; the form K is in my handwriting and lorm S3 is In my bandwrillug; the principal in lhe bond iB Alfred Swords : that hnnrt ... vdrawn befoie tho Hand bond; Cunningham came to wo wnu u man uauieu onverman and asked mc to draw it; he also introduced ma to Swords: tbey said they wanted to remove the whisky for re - dis'illation I think I presented the bond at the office ; form K was sworn before Callicot ; I went to the office afterwards; tte sureties are Sidney B. Hyde and Henry C Lennox : I ibink Mr. Jones btought these men to me : I think Jones broueht the paper to me already Blened by the sureties ; I think I went with ihe suretleB before Mr. Allen and swore to form 33; I did not get that permit ; I went tbe next morning to get it and was informed tbe permit would be grantod and send a lading officer to accompany it : Swords aud Cnnnlnn - - ham were waiting for tne permit; I received no olv for it. The distillers'bond of Benjamin Feathorston handed witness. I prepared that bond; the amount of the bond is $30,000; dated may 31, 1807; efther Mr. Morehouse or Mr. Watters got me the Burettes; I do not remember whether I went to the Collector's office will the eurc - ticf ; the sureties are John Martin and Jamo3 Wilson The distillers1 bond or Patrick Breslor handed witness. The amo unt ef that bond is $15,000, dated May 31st - surtties, James Thomson ana Jobn 'nlar; this was sworn before me. The distillers' bond of James McLonphlin handed witness. Tbe amount or tbat bond is $30,000; the sureties are Jobn Casiy nd Jacob Sharpw.'ll; ttils was not sifued in my prcfcnce;! prepared the bond; I don't remember whether I went before the Collector with those sureties; I employed Mr. Walters to take papers to 'he office ol the Collector and a Mr. Jennings! has been in once or twice. CiosB - examined bv Mr. Jenks Mvnftlnn nt tho tin,,. oi tne making - of tic Hand bond was 153 and ltsn Mon - tHrne street; I have had an office there some time - I have drawn up bonds and papers for tho last four or five yeais; any one who applied to me I drew bonds for Ibem; I bad presented bonds at the Third District office Defore; Mr. Sworda was a genuine man, done business at 11 Little street; he was tho only ono Iibink swore cefore Cailicctt; his application was in a rcular form; ho waa engaged as a rectifier; I did not nee any tbius special about Mr. Swords to excite inquiry upou tbe part of Mr. Calllcot t; lhat waB the first removal bono taken in tbat oflice that I knew of; the Hand bond was tbo second as far as I know; when Cun - iiincham cam tome and asked me t.i dtatv up a bond I expected he wanted me. to do the formal rurf 1 am a Notary Public; tbat ia" why I asked him whose name was lobe used; when he said any name will do it struck mc forcibly tbat It waa for a fraudulent purpjse - suspicion crept into my mind tbat it was not a ijcuuiuo opeiatton; I got the name "Hani" myself; I took this name of my own selection. Mr. Jenks You took any name 7anrf y; I dm not thiuk Hand was going to move my wbiBky. Q. Did you witte the name ? A. I decline to answer. Q. Did you see any one else write itr A. I decline to at.swer, I never heard that Jaggard and Malin were dressed differently that doy; I know Mr. Walters ; I have heard him tay that they were dressed differently ; I bave not beard tLat they were dressed upon Ibis oc - asion - I obseived their apparel on this day; I think Jaegaid waa dressed nfuch better than he is to - day: it did not suggest itself to me that they were dressed to influence people in the office: his lace was clean: I had never sm - n Malin hf.,, this day: I don't know whether Jones knew him; I don't know tbat Jones was ever in mv cmnlov: he hart ltirnished one or two bondsmen; I received nomoney for ihe Swords or Hand bonds; I am paid for distiller's bonds; average from $100 to il50 eacb; I never heard it eaid I received $1,000 for the Swords bond from eoms wicked man; that wbb too much as the market goes; I did this Hand bond for tbe benefit of tbe oflice: Cuuninebam told me so: Mr. Cnuninghara also told me tbeSwords bond was for the oflice; I recollect. Japgaid at the lime bo became suictv; my office is tour or Hve houses from Court street, a park between it t.nd Fulton street; I old not take his bond bet - ause I thought be was not worth property I would not truBt him for ?10 000: f i'.on't remember putting a 55 bill in Jaggard's pock - el ; MorehouEe might havo done it: I paid Morehouso It r work done ; I don't know wbat I paid him ; I tnlnk C allicot signed the permit after wbat I eaid about bis fiei.d in South Brooklyn; I will not Bxoir positively that be signed any paper; I did see this paper which he signeu ; 1 saw bis sigrature to tho paper; I don't know whether he signed other papers ; my impression is I saw him sign it; Mr. Callicot wassitliugat hij ricek ; I tbinkbut a few moments elapsed after my re - maik when hesigned it; I thiDk I saw a paper pass between Callicot and Allen ; I will not swear to it; when I firtt told tbis fact of sceine tbe permit sinned I don't recollect; I first told it to Mr. Cunningham I think Mr. Tracey was the next; I did not tell him so at the first interview; be did not say my evidence would no', do; he did not tell me to think over the matter; I first bow Mr. Tracey some three or four months aso : tbe first time I saw Mr. Tracey about the matter I desired to right myself in this affair; I had several interviews with Mr. Tracy belore he said my evidence was useful ; my evidence was partially considered unacceptable to the DUtrtct Attorney; I didn't think my evidence was auy s ronger at fastthan at first ; bo thought so, he said the " thing Is more conneoted ;" when I went to see Allen with Jaatratd and Malin bo asked them if tbey read Form 33; lam not EUre whether be read it ovev to them; there seemed no familiarity between them I did not direct Mr. Morehouse as to giving envelopes to Malin and Joggerd ; I don't remember handing such papers to eitner; 1 never kept any bundles for such a purpose; I used so - rallcd properly qualifications in . - ne case in a distiller's bono; Cunningham I believe was Interested in the SwordB bond; I did not, thatl romember, receive anything! font; I have received money from Cunningham for drawing up bonds. i - How rfinchV A That's my business. By Mr. DeWitt 410331s. Callicot and Allen bave refused bonds filled up by me; th y staled that some of the bonds wero bad, aud that if my man Morohouso came in be would kick bim out. By District Attorney It was sometime in the latter part of May; I don't remember what bond it was. djourucd to 12 o'clock this morning. THE EEAINE CASE, Affidavits of Admiral Semitic, Secretary iWnllory, t'ommandor ftTatHi bead other. Divested of all i'.s nonsense and verbiage, the Braino case means simply this, that the Navy Department with old Lady Wells at Its head, hasn't time to ascertain lLat it is eloing a mouslrouj injustice. Mr. Braine wae, beyond all question, an officer fn the Confederate navy. We publish herewith affidavits rrom Secretaiy Mallory, Admiral Scmmcs, Commander Mafflt. ltegistcr Jones, and Chief Clerk Tibbals, lhat prove conclusively that Braine beld a commission ia the navy, aud acted under the instructions of his superiors. He has been in jail now more than two year?, be is Buffering wilh disease; ho has np friends, no money, and no counsel save, an occasional sophmorism in tbo shape of a fledgling from New York. The court ifl embarrassed it clearly has no right to ball him out, and it would be dowright cruelty to order bim to be tried without witnesses. The only course open is at the disposal of Grandmother Welles, :and if the old lady over wakes up, and keeps awake long enough to appreciate the facts of the case, we believe she would order his immediate discharge. We print herewith the several affidavits : James W. Jennett, a sea - taring man, having been duly sworn, makes oath aud says, that be haj bodn acquainted with said John C. Braine (who la lndict2d for piracy.) far about seven years, and bas known him well; and met bim several times during the late war between the United States and tbe Confederate States In different parts of the West Indies. That sometime duriDg the year 1863, ho met Braine in Havanna, in Cuba ; that at t bat time Braine was acting a an officer of tho Confederate States navy, and was bo regarded nnd treated by every one who knew him, among whom were many of tbo citizens or the Confederate States - that at this t'me be aeked Braine what bis rank was! and he replied lhat be was a Master ; he said to him, 'I suppose you are au Acting Master," and he replied that be was, and in the presence of five or six of bis acquaintances, who were from Mobile, Alabama, limine took lrom bis pocket hiB Commission as as tuch officer in such navy, and showed It to Ihe affiant, who took it in his hand and read II. Affiant further states that the commission was like otner commissions in the navy he had seen, and be had and has no doubt it was genuine ; tbat the commission was in Ihe name of the Confederate States, and was Blened by Mr. Mallory, the Secietary of tbo Confederate Navy and had tto seal r.rthu Confeoerate States 10 ie. Not! long alter this affiant heard that Baine bad cap'ured the United States steamer Roanoke. (Signed) J. W. Jennett. AFFIDAVIT OF SECRETARY MALLORY. I', Stephen R. Ma'lory, of Florida, held the position of secretary of the Navy of the Confederate States during (he war between the United Sia es and Ihe Confederacy, aud at such Secretary I gave 1 0 John C. Braine an appointment as a tnaster in tlic Confederate Navy, togetLer with ins'riictiorjs as to the ebiptnont ofeca - meu,ard as to ctntsing against tbe commerce oftbe United Satea He had procicsely euca an appointment ne all other maelers had, " not In the line of promotion" received, and hta instructions general iB character, were similar to those given to Act - itiK Masters in independent commands. I do not undertake to say positively tbat be beld tbi appointment in the Chesapeake affair, though I am positive tht he did when be captured the Koanoke. To the be?t of my knowledge and belief be held this appointment and these inslrnc'lone when he cap'ured the Chesapeake. Upon this point, however, tbe testimony of Mr. Tidball, who was their Chief Cbrk or the Confederate Navy Department, and of Dr. Jones, its Heglster, I regard as conclusive, as tbey are men of hyb charac ter, and in all respects entitled to credit ; and they bad special charge of tbe appointment office. It wa Dr. Jones's but - iness and duty to know tbe name and dale of appointment of every pcr - on in the Confederate Navy. (Signed,) S. R, Mallobt. STATEMENT OF E. M. TIB BALL. Mr. Chief - clerk Tibball swears that (1) all the records of the Confederate Navy were burned at Richmond, (2) tbat he knew Braine as an officer In the Navy, (3) tbat In December. 1853, he (Braine) held an appointment as master's ma'e or master, that (4) ta the capture of the Chesapeake he was obeying bis genual instructions, and (5) that from conversation witb naval officers he is convinced that his own impressions are correct. STATEMENT OF JAMES 8. JONES. Mr. Register Jones swears tbat in bis official capacity be knew Braine, and tbat of his own knowledge he can swear that Braine held tho position or actiDg master is the Confederate service in 1863. AFFIDAVIT OF ADMIRAL 8EMME8. Raphael Semmcs swears tbat during the war he met in IheNavy Bepariment Lieutenant Jobn C. Braine; lhat Braine wore tbe unifora of a confederate officer, and deponent was informed he beld such office; tbat be waa very generally known in the navy, and waa detailed to capture the enemy's ships, and that depo - rent believes that Braine held such appointment for the Navy Department. AFFIDAVIT OF JOHN M. MAFFIT. John M. Maffit testifies that be was a Confederate commander and knew Braise in tbe service ; tbat be saw bim after ; that he olwayB wore the confederate nt iioim acd was so regarded and treated generally ; that be was detailed for special service ; and that deponent beard of his several cspturea, ana believes that he was in tbe service recognized of tbe Confederacy. The Emperor and Empress of Fraace are announced to be converts, to a certain extent, to tho homeopathic syBtem. TBE BOARD OF EDifflN. An Important Olcetme Tbe Free Book matter Debate on tbe Subject Amendments ana Subttltatea - XJUB JMnaflce Budget tor 180U The Board of Education held their usual monthly meeting last evening, at their rooms la Rel Hook I a. - , - lhe President, J. s. Thome, in tho chair. AtlheopeniDg of the meetine tbe Chairman announced that lhe special order of tbe day was tbo question of eupplying books to the ecbolarg or the public schools. Mr. Sestury moved to lay the matter over far the preeent. which was lost. Mr. Perry offered the following RESOLUTION : Kesolvcd, Tbat from aod after the l?t day or .fnuo next, text books shall be distributed for tbo use 01 tUe pupils of the pnbltc schools under tbe cbarje of Una Boaid, subject to the regulations recommonded by ttio Library Committee, iu their report presented March 10th, lb&S on pace 11 and 12 of the printed minutes; It being understood tbat tuch books are to be and remain tbo properly of tbe Board of Educi'ion, and that they are not given, but loaned to tee children actually in attendance at the schools. Mr. I'iersnn called for the reading ot tbo Law Committee's report. The Clerk read the report which referred to tho subject. Mr. Picrson said be confesse l tbat he did not cloirly pee the force of lhe legal conclusions contained in tins report. The only Uw which referred to tbo Bublect could be found in tection 15 of tbe laws of 1.S5J, w'jicb referred to tbe appointment of funds from tbe State The morey which was used for library purpojes was derived from the State, tbe interest money oi U. S. bonds, and it was to De appropriated for the ue of libraries. They were trustees crested by law to act v.ithin the charter of the act which created andpre - Eerved them. A member opked if the gentl"roan intended to say It ws illegal or whether itturncion a point of eintsii - ency. ' Mr. Picrson replied that ho thoueht it was legal, he did not find any law that prohibited such a course Mr. Perry said bo didn't propose to go into any argument about raisine tho money far lue school Ue was unable to see that line of distinction which m - iio one legal and the other Illegal. The members ut th Library Committee were a guarantee tbat a irite of booki wonld be prevented, and tbey ought not to alou on a technical doubt. " Mr. Pierfon said he would like to ask if the question of legality was raised s year ago. The gentleman replied that he Ihoimbt not but thought tbat Mr. P. was the first in the United Slates to raise such a question. Mr. Kinstlla eaid it seemed that $40 000 bad been raised for free boiks at the request of the B iard Again a report had been read as to the manner or distributing the boobs, and fallowing these two came tie repot t of tbe Law Committee. As to tbe mcrils of the question belore tboIBoard, the gontlemou would Iik to take the vote first as to the expediency of experti' - ing $10,000 or a further sum ifneeded. On the merits ottbe question he was prepared to vote now, but as to the lesnl question ho was not prepared to vote and asked for a division of the question. mr. itoriuup oin not Bee now tbe qtieet vn conld be decided, because they end to dlscnj8 itie Ie - ality or tbe act. The truth in regard to tbe library" motu v was tbat not one solitary dollar of tin money set apart by the Legislature of this State had been spent Ii had been the habit to give book to! children in Brooklyn aid ii this act was ille'gal they bad been tiarsgrcseine; the law since tho t rcauiznion of the Board. Mr. Nortbup had always believtd in tbe dl - ttlhuliori of free booKs. Ue didn't beleive in cMIdien taking books and stadyluir at home - the fchool was the place to study and rectle lteson Then the books would be left ia the echool houses aud not seeronisife. Mr. Whiilock eaid he bad male up bin mind to vote for tbe Committee's reports, as it was hia imprca8ioa tbat this net came within tbe power given to tho B ard. The gentlemen then suoke to some lnct'r 01 the system adopted in other cities and or tho manner in which this matter came under the head or supplies. It bad costs 1,00 to supply one schroiwith tree books. Suppose there wero thirty echooN to lw supplied twice a year that wonld be only Jr72 000 He believed the public were expecting tbia thiuii'aud were looking far it. Mr. Perry eaid he wax Fatiffled that this estimation or expenses was ereatiy exauterated, J 10,000 mote than covered Ihe distribution of books. It uii"Ut cost more but it ought to cost less. " Mr. Kin clla said they were ligiBlring aa 11 poverty weiea crime. It oueht not to bean offence t'jatn child's father was poor. What shame waa there in It i Tbey talked as though it were a terrible crimo. Tao idea unrepublican as it was, was at the bottom of tbid measure. Mr. K. knew ofnoninn who cvetr made a misiukcin doiDg what lie thoneht lo bo rl - ht. The money that they wire voiing aaay camatjut of tho poor people's pecket?. If it were necessary in sending bi - children lo fchool he w. nld not hesitate to nak the Stale's liberality. Mr. Kmse - lla detlrcd to offor a re solution as a substitute to tho preceding ono. Mr. Thome said every member bad tbe right to call lor a division of bis resolution. Tho present qtt - stioa micbt be divided into three parts. Mr. Kin6tllu thought thai would be the best from the start. Inasmuch as the lceal question ba l been raised it c. uld no' 'ie settled beie Lawyereaid tbe ect wis cleai 'y illegal. He was not prepared to vote, therefore, as it stcou, aud propoBcd to offer the following resolution : Kceolvf d, that it Is inexpedient at this time to enter upou the ii?(rlbntion of books free to scholars atteud - ing public fchoolfl, and tint It be referred to the Library CcmniitU" to devise such further mlcs and rcula - tiens as may deem proper to provide tree bjoks for chlloreu ot patents deeerviug them, and report to this Committee. Mr. Norlhup Where does that come In Mr. Thome As uu amendment to the original rc - O - lutlon. Mr. Fields knew that there was a 'arge number of the pupils who were compelled to leave xchnol. whua tbey bad reached a certain class because thoy coalun't BtTort to purchase the books. The difference necessary waa about $5, and working men who were laboring for three dt liars per day couldn't well spare five dof - lars and therefore tbe boy was sent out unfit far any vocation lu life. The people demanded lhat thoy should furnish these books. Tho money had been furnished and wasatprc - seDtin tbe city treasury. Tbo Board could not feel that it hod done its duty without doing Ibis. Mr Seabury thousrbt the people were not in such great want or books. There had been no communication from ibem askiDtr for fri e books Tbo mutt - T bad come up on tbe spur of the moment, and it was, be thought, a waste of money uncUiol for and un - needed. Mr. Hunter thoucbt the Brardoubt to hesitate la tbe dirtribution of this money. Mr. Kinsclla thonght if more delicacy could bo used in the dlsttlbutton of tbe books, it would be moro egrecablc. He did not wish to be understood that he denied free books lo the children ; on the contrary he was advocating the measure. If tbere were children runnine the Htreete, it was their own fault. Mr. E. tuisted that tbe matter would go to the Library Committee, and tbat they would pre stmt a report, and lhat evety cbild desiring free hooks would get them. Tbe Chairman prepared to put the question ou tho amendment. Mr. Klnsella called for tbe ayes and nays. Mr. Hunter said be hoped the Board would receive it. He bad been iu favor of ftirnisbim; free books lo tbe children, and never bnd foand any difficulty. Mr. Cadley Eaid ho had taken tho trouble to icqtilre of the principals of two of the poorest schools iu tbe cily. Nob. 5 aud 20, with regard to this question. Ho ban atk'd whether tbey knew if any children weto kopt away from school by not bciDt; famished with hooks. Both of tbcm bad answered in the negative, though they were in favor of (living free bcoks"to the children. Mr. Murpby said that he had beard a gentleman talking ota certain school where be went to an examination, and he b:id rematked that he never bad teen such a set of btuptd blockheads. Theydidn't bava free books. CTwtiatut. wore free scuools if you didn't bave free bocks ? The pent'i - man win willtn" to ask forty, fifty, t ixty or severity ihinisand dollars, true! waa willing to share tbe responsibility of the ma'.tr. It was the best expenditure tint could ha iriado. In some sections ol rbe - tty the locsl Trrutcea were more liberal than o'bers, and the children cot free books. The ecutlemnn ucped tbe subs i'ute would not pass as it would leave tbe matter in a worse preoicinient than it was at present. Mr. Wlutlock asked If it were proper to make on amendment. II so. be claimed the rioht to do it. Ills obji ct was tbin : He proposed lo make the resolution commence at tbe next school term Iu September. They bud jae - t iixne throueh promotion, and u'ider tbew; circumstances it would be a quesMon whether flO.000 would be sufficient for the lhcal jear. : Mr. Perry accepted the ameudment. Mr. Kinsclla asked If tbe resolution now read BOaa lo take. eflVct in September innund of Juno. Tbe Cboirmau replied efflimatively. an..1 slid that tbo question would now be on tbe resolution as 1: now stood. Mr . Seabury moved Ihr.t the resolution be postponed to the next meeting. Lost. Mr. Perry oSered an amendment so that the resolution would read "after the present time." Mr. Kmeella asked iflbe "O'.h or September" had been Btricken ont. Mr. Thome sold the motion read was to amend by tho words "the present time." Mr. Whitlock had moved to postpone It until September, and bad given good re aBons lor so doing. Tbo genllcman himself thought they were good reasons far adopting Mr. WhWock's amendment, maklag it tho tith of Septem - bt - r instead of the ptcseut lime. Mr. Nortbup paid two amerdments bad already been made, and as two were only Iu order, the third must be out of place. Mr. Kinsella then moved that "the 0th of September11 be inserted iustead of "the present lime." Mr. Tbornc The amendment low offered Is t! - a'. the resolution lake effect on tbe tiih of September. Tbe ayes and roys having been called by Mr. Kinsella. tbe vote was ae follows : Ateb Messrs. D. Bergen, G P.Bergen, Gill, Hunter, Hnrlbut. Pbelps. Pierson. SaaLury, Thome, Thomas. Wbitlock and Kinsella 12 Nats Messrs. Burr, Brownbam, Dryer, Field, Hail, Moujer, McGee, Murphy, Nortbup, Iticbards, Kuodee, Scbapps, Winaut aud Willets 15. The amcnonient was therefore lost. Mr. Northup then moved the previous question ou Ibis subject. Mr. nutter advised him rot to try it. Mr. Nortbup askcC tbat the chairman would sec tbat a quorum rcmatt.ed In tbe room. He observed that tbere were a number leavin?. Mr. Pieracr, said! be bad tven somewhat struck by eorLCOftbe arguments made. He thought some of the gentlemen hud not acied honestly, and whilehe euteitained such leebugs be did not leel comfortable. Thi ybad never difcuBftd the qnealion as tbey bad at preeent, and bo felt tbat tLis matter should bo pat where it belonged. Alter eome lutthir debate the majority yielded, and tbe resolution was amended so as to read after vacation which is after tbe fith of September. Mr. Pe rry then called lor the rept - rt of tbo Finance Committee ind the budget far tbe next year. Mr. Wbi lcck eaid be saw tbat tbe chairman or tbe Fir - ance Committee bad the report on his tlehV. They had bad a lent? sceeion, and be moved that the report he printed and a special meeting called far next Tuesday to consider it. Which was edopted. Mr. Burr, movesd to add two members to the Wrm - Inu and Ventilating Commilee. Carried. The following Is the budget for loE). REPORT OP THE FINANCE C OMiTIT TEE. The Finance Committee, to wbom was referred tho duty of preparing and reporting the animal catlmato of money required to be raised for tbe support 01 tho l'ublic Schools of tbe Cily of Brooklyn, far the year 18C9, report the following ecbedule : GEKEKAL SCHOOL FUND. Teachers wages $SJ0 Teachers fcr new tchools 47,500 Additional teachers in present schools S.O Total JI0I.200 Less State apportionment of echoo! money.', ,,. estimated J acitors wages $10,500 in new scnoois, buu increase salaries of present janitors. 4.SC0 Duel Printing Stlaries Music teacher 10,000 1,800 9,000 7..100 $311,50 SPECIAL SCHOOL FUND. R. - psirs and furnisbltg ,50'000 Brooklyn Orphan Afy.nm; distribution of school moneyf.... JsS Warmlrgand ventilating WHO AsrcBsments JOW PImaryrojm rents - . BulldlnE new school house No. 24 50 000 BoildmS ball In rear school house No. 18 1,500 To purchase tile far f chool in Sixteenth Ward. 8,000 Flagging basement cf school No. 27 1.000 To enlsrcc primary ccbnol No. 24 li,009 To provide accommodation for janitor at school Wl8 1,500 Dilto lor Janitor at school No. 11 1,609 Ditto for janitor at primary No. 3 009 Bul.dlng school on site purchased In Ryerson street M.009 To purchase elto for primary echoo In the Tfcir - teenlb Wstd r50 Farnisblrg and warming new school bouses... 5s,4jd lo purchase primary tchool house attached to NO. 97 8iXI The Battrd adjourned t 8 P, M,

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