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This Paer has the largest circulation f any Evening Paper published in th? United States. Its value as an advertising medium is therefore apparent. TtN Oohmspondexts. No notice can be taken of anonynous CMmunlcaUons. Whatever Is Intended for insertion mult ; be , authenticated by the name and address of the writer not necessarily for publication, but as a guarantee nfiiinnol0undertake to return rejected communication?. TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH 10. The metropolitan .Health Bill. There is a fair prospect of this measure being enacted into a law, and although we have already published it, we propose to review its salient points to - day for the edification of those who will ue the subjects of its exactions. The Board is to he composed of live members,two of whom are to be physicians, each of whom is to be in "good standiD"" that is we presume that he has "written a book," like Sangrado, and inflicted dreary and stupid boredom on suffering audiences, compelled by school discipline to submit. Tbe mem' bers of this Board are to be paid a salary of $3000 each. By section two it may "make its own by. laws and regulations for the government of its subordinates," ana by section six the Board may create and abolish suelij subordinate offices as it may deem expedient ; appoint and remove the in. cumbents thereof; proscribe their duties, and fix their compensation." Under these 'provisions this Board may create and fill sinecure offices without limit, as to number or extent of com peDsaliou they majr choose to confer upon them They may create a berth for every "wide awake'' office - seeker who cannot be accommodated in tbe Custom House. They may appoint deputies for every ward in either city of New York or Brooklyn to smell out stinks and levy black mail, ior the securing: of which tbe most complete facilities are conferred upon the Board, as we shall presently show. And if they cannot quirter enough political hacks on these cities, they can send them abroad to regulate the sanitary affiirs of the tropics or the north pole. Will those who pay a Metropolitan police force, of whom squads were sent to Canada to wait for the Prince of Wales, and all over the South to create bogus ia - surrcclions and lay tbe foundation for the midnight hegira of the President, pretend to say that such is an unlikely disposition of the sinecure army to be raised under this bill ? By section five the board is empowered "to designate ports, places or territories, from which vessels, cargoes or persons, on arrival or within said district, shall be subject to cpjarantine restrictions, and also the diseases that shall be sub" jeet to iuarantine." By this section the board has power to levy black mail ad infinitum on every vessel that enters the Narrows. Under the old regime the cargoes of vessels were compelled to be transferred iroiit the ship to the storehouses in the lighters owned by the brother - in - law of the Health officer, at the inobt enormous charges, in order to secure the facilities of commerce and avoid vexatious and expensive detention and annoyance; bnt under this proposed new power every vessel's cargo is at the mercy of the ravenous leeches who are en - endeavoring t o have themselves fastened on the public by means of this bill. And if the health officer's exactions should be insufferable, victims have the privilege of appealing from his decision "to this board whose decision thereon shall be final ! .'" The power of making unlimited expenditures, of creating an army of sinecure office - holders, whose numbers may he legion, of levying black mail to the extent of millions ; none of these features are caleulated to inspire such disgust and alarm as the power given to this body to saddle their unlimited and irresponsible expenditures on the cities of New Tort and Brooklyn, and pile up mountains of debt upon the credit of these doom ed commtinilies. Tbe moneys required to carry on the huge machine are to be levied after the manner of tbe expenses of the police department, and to met t "extraordinary expenditures," which he hoard is at liberty to incur without any limitation whatever to deal with anything which they may consider to threaten the public health, money to be raised by loan, and the "city bouds"of course to be ifsued, as it is now proposed to issue city bords fur private improvements, and swindles without end until city bonds will not be worth he paper they are printed on, and will only rep - reseH a plundered comiDunity and a bankrupt treasury. By the Mb section tbe board is empowered to incur expenditures of any amount without check or bindrai.c - .i from any quarter, and the said expenditures shall become a charge on the counties ccmpiising the district. And by the same section the Board of Superv isors of New York and our finance Board of Aldermen and Supervisors are to provide in their respective counties on the requisition of the Metropolitan Board of Health accommodations and supplies for the transaction of the business of said Board and the offices and bureaux connected therewith, and if the said Boards should not within twenty days provide for this pompons hureauocracy they shall provide for thenaselveB, and may proceed to erect a temple of Escnlapius, and supply it with all the gorgeous - equipments tbey may consider their dignity entitled to, and "all the cost and expense" which may he whatever they wish to make it, shall be a debt on the counties respectively. And then they are authorised to amend, alter or repeal all laws and ordinances relating to the registration of births, marriages and deaths, and we are informed that the Brooklyn Sangrado who has heen most active in getting up and urging forward this gigantic swindle has been estimating what a "big thing" can be made by altering these laws so as to charge a heavy registration fee lor every birth, death or marriage, and which would at lea6t amount to some fifty or sixty thousand dollarB per annum ; not bad for one little chance item in this scheme of general extortion. It may be safely said that no such bottomless and wholesale scheme ot plunder as this was ever attempted before by the Legislature of this state, and that it throws the Gridiron, the Harbor Master revelations, and the obnoxious features of the Police bill completely into the shade. With the Morrell Tariff Bill and the multiplied obstructions in the way of the commercial interests of Mew York, the empire city is likely to become as quiet as any of the rural villages in the state, whose representatives arc anxious to bring hu to this condition. This bill probably will become a law, as the experiment is now hein.if tried of how long a really minority partv can rule a free and powerful, and we may add enlightened state, by the agencies of irresponsible commissions created by the central power and fcrced upon unwilling communities and bythe power and the appliances of venality and corrup tion placed at their disposal. Billy Mulligan, the exquisite Billy, is once more a leading ornament of Broadway. Billy is to have a new trial, and we all know the result. Billy came down from Albany last night, done up in lavender, accompanied by his wife, the lady who so romantically espoused Billy when under the shadoof condemnation, and erected the altar of Hymen in the dreary confines of his prison house. The conviction of Billy was one of those acts of spasmodic severity which do more to sustain the class of which Billy is an illustrious ornament, than the usual and systjematic connivance of the Courts at the outrages they commit. Billy was CAUght in a gambling house and drew an empty pi6tol to deter a policeman from approaching him. and when the readiness of policemen to make a brutal u6e of the club is taken into account, the act of Billy was one of self - defense which a decent man, provided he could wander into such a place, might perform. The keeper of the place, it appears, was not arrested nt all. These Draco Bi'Mfuccs, prompted by a desire to make capital, al;i.s re act in fwor of the victim, and elevate a ioSy frtm the position of a feloato that of a martyr. Local Politics Facts and Sukmises. It appears that the farce enacted by the Union Convention did not end with the. serio - comical scene in Montague Hall at midnight on Saturday, and which was duly recorded in yesterday's Eagle. As many of the Convention as were not disabled in the row met in another room in the building and kindly nominated a ward ticket for every ward in the city, except the Second, which will be allowed the privilege of selecting for itself. The coolness of those young gentlemen who have taken so much interest in the affairs of the city would be refreshing in the dog days, but it is decidedly out of place now; late hours and midnight affrays are very bad beginning for those young men ; if they have a fancy for nominating a Mayor and Aldermen, &c, &c, and find amusement in it we have not a word to say against it, if il serves to amuse the young gentlemen until the base ball season opens, bnt unless their mammas know of their absence we must insist that there shall be no repetition of Saturday nights work, and then they can play politics to their heart's content. The Democratic Ward Associations meet on Thursday evening to nominate ward officers, and to elect three delegates to the Mayoralty Convention, which meets at the Capitol at 2 o'clock on Saturday next. The Republicans hold primaries the same evening, when ward officers will be nominated and delegates selected to the Mayoralty convention which meets on Tuesday, the 26th inst. The odd wards it will be remembered elect Aldermen, Supervisors and Constables ; the even wards Supervisors, Assessors and Constables. The Republicans it is said will regulate the action of the Mayoralty Convention, by that taken by the Democratic Convention. Who their candidate will be, will depend in a great measure on the candidate put up by the Democrats. From all we canjascertain, Aid. Kalbfleisch's chances for nomination by the Regular Democracy are the best; should he succeed, the strongest man on the Republican side will be ran against him. Should Alfred M. Wood get the nomination, several aspirants will step one side, and probably & Id. Frederick Sclioles will be put up with the exceedingly friendly motive of being boiled down. Mr. Stephen Crowell is named by many influential Republicans, and he will be Btrongly urged should he desire the nomination ; Mr. Thomas IX. Rodman is also named ; against either of those gentlemen personally not a single plea can be urged. Still our opinion is that Messrs. Kalb - lleisch and Scholes will be the opposing candidates. Aid. Dayton will certainly have the sup port of 26 members of the Union Committee who voted to nominate him, though this is by no means certain. He may get the National nomina tion, but the life is barely in that organization. Aid. Dayton will be a candidate before the regular convention, and unless he gets the nomination there, we presume he wiil not come before the people. The more sagacious of the Democratic leaders are makiDg strenuous efforts to carry the doubt ful wards by by putting forward strong and reliable men for Aldermen. In the 11th Ward Charles J. Lowerie is urged, and with him as a Cindidatc, it is believed the ward would be sure for the Democrats. J. W. Hunter has been named in connection with the office, but will not bs a candidate. In the 7th "Ward, Aid. O'Rorke will probably be the candidate on the Democratic side. He was elected to fill a vacancy by a handsome majority, though there were two Democrats in tbe field. If the regular wing of the party support him there is no doubt of his election ; he may be elected without, but if he cannot, the Republicans 'will carry the ward. We have been told that the influence of the Republican sheriff will be used to defeat certain members of the Board of Supervisors, who will not so far forget the interests of the County for party as to stultify themselves by voting to in crease the pay for board of prisoners at the County Jail. The Board last year reduced the - price diem from 25 to 20 cents ; all who know anything of the matter, know that this sum is ample. An onslaught will be made on certain Republicans who decline in any event to stand before the people in the position they would be placedin if they cut down the fees of a sheriff because he was a Democrat, and raised them 1.3 soon as a Republican successor was chosen. Messrs. SttidwelJ, Bergen, Booth, Coit, Croweil, Smith, and others, are men that the tax - payers cannot afford to put one side, and we trust to see as many of them as desire election in their old places - Both Messrs. Crowell and Coit are spoken of for Mayor; Judge Smith, we believe, will not again be a candidate all the better reason for retaining the others. Sup. Crooke, it is said, desires to retire also ; while the General is in the Board the eloquence is like the handle of a pitcher, all on one side. We trust the people of Flatbush will not thwart the General's purpose. On tbe ticket with Mr. Booth, in the 4th Ward, we notice the name of George R. M. Day, for Assessor ; he is a very intelligent and capable young man, and a few more such as he in the Board of Assessors would relieve that body from the stigma of incapacity which, right or wrong, now attaches to it. Common Council. This body met last evening, but adjourned before the usual hour to give some of the members an opportunity of attending the annual dinner given to commemorate the birthday of the Patron Saint of the Green Isle. Though the session was of two hours duration but little bnsineES of importance was transacted. By resolution offered by Aid. Cashow the Comptroller was directed to advertise for proposals from parties who may desire to lease the pier foot of Fulton street. This is the property the title to which is in dispute between the City and the Union Ferry Co. A petition was presented, signed by property owners, asking for an altera, tion ot the boundaries of the Park so as to bring it more easterly, suggesting that a curtailment may be made in another direction bo that the cost of the park may not be increased. Aid. Scholes objected to the consideration of the petition be. cause the'Comrnon Council had unanimously put itself on the record as being opposed to the entire Paik project, and to suggest alterations to the bill would be a stultification of the former action taken by the Board, and would be understood at Albany to mean that the Park act was favored by the Common Council while the other improvement acts were condemned. Aid. Jenkins said that as the matter was not finally disposed of at Albany, he thought it proper to have the petition referred ; if the bill should pa6s it is better to have the location of tbe Park such as will beat accommodate the city. We trust our legislators at Albany will set the whole matter at rest by repealing every one of the acts. The Common Council have unanimously asked this, and they express on this subject the views of all disinterested citizens of Brooklyn. A claim of Mr. Peters against the city for damages caused by a sewer emptying on his premises was directed to be settled by the Law Committee with the co - operation and consent of the Muyor and Corporation Counsel. Tbe report of the Chief Engineer of the Eastern District was presented. The following are its salient points : The Department consists of one Chief Engineer, Ave Assistant Engineers and 812 men. There ore 12 engine companies, 8 hose companies, 3 hook and ladder companiesmaking in nil 28 companies in active service, iherc is in charge of the, Department 235 lengths ofhose: 100 lengths (5,000 feel) are In ordinary condition, and 85 cnglhs (4,200 feel) in bad condition; 280 lengths (14,000 ieet) oro required to muko the complement of the Department complete. The Chief Engineer calls for 5,000 Ieet for - immediate use. During the last year there were 571 bell and 38 still alarms and 51 fires The report was re the Fire Department committee, and the Bourd adjourned for one week. The following nominations were yesterday transmitted by the President to the Senate Charles Francis Adams of Mass., Minister to England ; William L. Dayton of New ,Teraey Minister to France ; George P. Marsh of Vermont, Minister to Italy ; James Watson Webb o New - York, Minister to Tnrkvy. DMER OF THE ST. PATRICK SOCIETY, Wit, Fun and Song The Sweet Iri9h BrogueHow Pleasant tt Sounds The City Fathers hob - nobbing with St. Patrick A Gay Xime Generally. In due and proper form the St. Patrick's Socio, ty of this city held their 12th Anniversary last evening, at Montague Hall, under the Presidency of Charles Franks, Esq. The attendance was large, but not over - crowded. As regards the arrangements, it is but justice to the caterer and the stewards to say, that they were admirable the dinner was good hot and well served, and in this, reflected credit upon Captain Hopkins who had that important matter in charge. The company commenced to assemble about 7 o'clock, and at a little after 8 P. M , having been duly marshalled, proceeded to the banquet - ting room for the discussion of the good things there awaiting them. The accommodations for the guests were quite complete, and consisted of a head table extending acros the room, with four others running parallel from it at equal distance. Over the President's seat was suspended a portrait of St. Patrick, representing that Saintly personage in full canonicals and engaged in performing the only commendable eviction ever undertaken in Ireland the dispersion of the toads and snakes. On either side of this picture, were the Irish and American ensigns, and at the lower end of the room, similar emblems were suspended. Among the invited guests we noticed his honor, Mayor Powell, Hon. Judge Lott, Hon. Martin Kalbfleiscb, John G. Bersen, Rev. Mr - Fagan, John O'Mahony, Hon. C. Kelsy, Hon. Ex - Judge Morris, Ex - Aid. Douglas, W. R. Armstrong, J. McAuliffe, and a number of other good and true men foreign and native born, too numerous to mention. The dinner, as we state, was good, and for the gratification of the curiosity of those who feel interested in such matters, we give the subjoined Bill of Fare. FIRST COURSE. Mock turtle soup. Stewed oysters. SECOxn couitsK. Baked bass stuffed. Boiled pike fish Oyster sauce. THIRD COUU8E. Turkey, roast Cranberry sauce. Chicken, do. Beef, do. Turkey, boiled Oyster sauce. Chickens, boiled do. vounm couese: Canvas back ducks, Black ducks, Red head ducks, Prairie hens. Saddle venison, roast larded. COLD DISHES FIFTH COURSE. Boned turkey jellied, Hams jellied, Alamodebeef, Smoked tongue jellied. Chicken salad. Sardines, olives and pickles. vegetables. Sweet potatoes, Turnips, mashed. Irish potatoes, in their jackets, Boiled onions, Celery. PA6TKY. Mince pies, Cranberry pics, Pumpkin pies, Custard pies. St. Patrick in full Canonicals, and other ornamental pieces. I'KUlTS. Oranges, Almonds, Kaisins, Apples, &c. Charlotte Kussc, Calf's foot Jelly, A'anilla Ice Cream, Lemon Ice Cream in forms. WINES. Champagne, Tort, Maderin and Sherry. This execellent bill of fare was duly supervised by the following named gentlemen, who acted most effectively as Stewards of the occasion, and to whom the reporter of the Eagle is indebted for kind attentions : Stewards James Downey, James H Magill, Francis G. Turner, Patrick II. Brennan, Thomas F. Fitzgerald, James Riordan. After due attention had been given to the discussion of the good things with which the tables were burdened, the president of the Society, Aid. Chas. Franks, arose and said that he doubted if there were any one man in the U. S. who felt so happy as he did, in standing there among tbe Sons of St. Patrick that night. He would not attempt a speech, but would simply say that he hoped his friends before him might enjoy their evening as heretofore, with pleasure and contentment. He then proposed the first regular toast. "The Day we Celebrate." Music "Patrick's Day." The Chaplain of the Society the Rev. Mr. Fogan in response, said : That upon the returns of a feast so ancient and venerable as that of St. Patrick, he thought it impossible to tind anything new to utter for their especial gratification. For ages past the feast of St. Patrick had been celebrated with all the glowing fervor and devotion which tbe Celtic heart alone seemed capable of feeling. (Applause.) Irishmen distinguished for literary acquirements, scientific research, historical knowledge, burning patriotism, and religious fervor, had proclaimed and oft repeated the heartfelt feelings which celebrations like that evoked. Not only Bona of St. Patrick, but true friends and brethren from every nation capable of appreciating native worth and manly virtue, had poured forth streams of celebration on occasions like this, which indicated at once, that heartfelt sympathy which seemed to stir the heart of every nation for the Irish pejple, and that respect for religion which enobled them iu the sight of the christian world. (Applause.) Even at that present moment, all over the face of the glube, there were hearts burning with all that glowing fervor which religion and patriotism could inspire, tongues quivering with all that impassioned eloquence which nobility of thought could impart, and audiences electrified by the magic power of that most heavenly and charming gilt all uniied in honoring the day they celebrate. (Cheers.) But, allhouch he could not present to his hearers anything new, still he thought it must be admitted that this annual celebration always bore a double import in the judgment and feelings of every true - hearted Irishman. Country and religion home and heaven all rushed upon his mind at the very utterance of the words St. Patrick's Day. In the wilds of the far West, under the scorching glances of the torrid sun, in the distant orient in fact iu every land and clime under heaven and where was the land that fell not the tread of the Irishman's faltering, but unwearied foot the recurrence of St. Pairick'sDoy ever came on him as did the gladdening beams of Hie morning sun upon the desponding and benighted traveller. All the fond recollections of home rushed upon his mind and soul, and although he might chaunt the sad melody "there came to the beach a poor exile of Erin" still would his heart beat, and weep raptures of joy at the cheering recollection that the land of his birth was the first and thu best. (Applause.) Not only did St. Patrick's day remind the Irishman of that land so dear so fair but it elevated his mind to nobler thoughts, and carried his soul even from earth to heaven. It told bim of that bloodless victory, when as a me'senger from heaven, St. Patrick first announced the sublime truths of Christianity to his pagan ancestors. It told him ortha' invincible devotion to their faith, which his sires had ever cherished even through ages of bigotry and persecution ; and it told him of the ancient glories of his native land, when scions of foreign lands came to catch a gleam of knowledge from the lamp of univors I science that then burned so brightly In Erin of old, (Applause.) It told him also o those most willing and ready sacrifices which his countrymen had been at all times prepared to make for the defence of that faith in every clime, O'lteilly wnh an Irish Brigade could enforce with more forcible and ponderous argument this fidelity of the Irish people to their ancient laiih, more than the words which the mt'Bt gifted orator could possibly utter. Perhaps he detained them longer than they desired ("No no" ) but his only wish was that they should all form a Christian Brigade, tu operate, not with the sword, but by the more powerful arms of truth, virtue, dignity and nobility of action, which as children of Ireland and sons of St. Patrick they should ever strive to cultivate. (Loud cheers.) The licit toast was 'Ireland Wo suffer persecution, but are not forsaken we are cast down, but perish not" In compliance witti urgent calls, Mr. Ferguson, the ct - Ulnaii d Irish iper, sang "The LUrp that one thioujfh Tarn's halls" and iu a style so acceptable 'hat he had to repeat it to the immense gratification of all present. In response to the tonst, Mr. J. Ji. (Jregson called for a hip - hip hurra which of course was ,given with a will, and then went on to state That the gentleman who was to have responded to the toast, according to the programme, was not present, and he, therefore had to apologize for his absence. The toast of Ireland was one of principle and to do justice to it required preparation on the part of the respondent. In connection with it he would call attention to only two points, inasmuch as he was not the proper respondent. First, tho political and social condition of tho country that bad spewed them out that rendered her soil an unlit resting place for thorn, bad m do' of them and all who sympathized with them, fitting material for true and loyal subjects, citizens, and dwellers of the land chosen for their abode. (App.) The second point ho would oall attention to was tho fo6t that the Irish were a prolific a paradoxical people. They possessed perhaps tho greatest amount of virtues, and perhaps they did also the greatest amount of vices. (Applause and laughter.) Paradoxical as they wore, so wore they also a prolific and tenacious people. Superficial observers called them and the family to which they belongod, volatile people easily excited to laugh and to jolm, wliilo the principle waB forgotten. Ho took that assemblage to witness the fact that such was not the truth tho 12th anniversary of the Society in Brooklyn, ami somewhere near the one hundredth anniversary of the Sons of St. Patrick in the United Slates, There was a principle that hound them together ; they might not express it with type upon paper; few attempted to do that, fr tW( mli of three would not agree. But, God had placed in them a principle of union irrespective of interest nhd poll lien, thnl bound them together. They were simply proving the fact' thai tradition had a bane: tliey were passing down tho pust they were sending it down Uu, stn - um of imo. And he would say, without trespassing upon the guesU present, that In. that particular ho Mr. G. ad done his duty. He bad Introduced or been the means, or rather the Immediate agent In bringing into the world that day, the third generation of Patricks. (Immense laughter and cheers.) The next toast "The President of the United States," was received with all due respect. Music Hail Columbia. "The memory of Washington," i was drunk standing, after which Mr. Noble favored the company with that fine old seventeenth I century song "Down among the dead men" I which he sang with much expression and most 1 acceptably. ! "The memory of O'Connell" I was also duly honored, after which "The Clergy" were toasted, which brought out Rev. Mr. Fagan I in some appropriate remarks. The next regular : toast ; "Our Sister Societies" was received with great enthusiasm. I Music Auld Lang Syne. j Mv, Welsh being called upon for a song, sang I in agreeable style those fine humanitarian verses beginning mere is room enougn ioraii ot us. The Hon. John A. Lott being called upon to respond, arose amid loud and hearty applause. He thanked them in the name of the St. Nicholas Society for that most friendly greeting. It was an evidence that the bond of sympathy and goodwill by which the different sections of the community in that part of the United States had hitherto been united, was not dissolved ; (applause) that the different elements of society, no matter Irom what sources they primarily sprung, nor what might have been their original interests and former obligations of duty, were still governed by a sense of fraternal union, and their action was consistent with that profession (hear, hear, and applause) They met there in friendly conference, and while thof sympathised with each other in all that was a proper subject of consideration there, they felt that they owed a common duty to that country in which they lived. While they might regret the existence of a certain element elsewhere existing, they found that there at least that bond which formerly cemented them together remained firm, and he trusted would always remain indissoluble, and that the protection which had been afforded to those coming Irom other countries, would still be preserved to them in their political and religious enjoyment. (Loud applause.) He thought ho might congratulate those who were the components of this society, that even after that, union which they had heretofore considered indissoluble was impaired, still after its dismemberment, it recognized both religious and political liberty. (Applause.) That society while they properly cherished a remembrance of the country from which they were sprung, nevertheless manifested by their action by their whole course of con. duct, that their attachment to the country of their adoption was as firm as that of those who were born on the soil. (Immense cheering.) lie felt and and knew that when duty culled on them to respond to the calls which might be made, no matter from what source that call came, in protection of the rights of this section of the country, tbe adopted citizen would stand firm to their allegiance and duty as well as those born here, and who might be supposed to be more closely attached to the country bv reason of the accident of birth and other associations. (Applause.) It was also a pleasing fact, and he referred to it with great satisfaction, that while those political duties were cherished and maintained, respect was also given by the St. Patrick's society to the clergy who represented the higher duties in all classes of "he community. (Cheers.) He thanked them for;the kindness with which he.bad been invited to that meeting, and the kindly spirit in whi' - h the toast of "tbe Sister Societies" had been received. An appreciation of thai kindness had led him to offer tho few remarks which he had made, and for further observations in response to the toast, he would refer them to the secretary of his society who sat beside him. (Laughter and applause.) Mr. J. G. Bergen, the Secretary of the St. Nicholas Society said he had a fashionable compliiut a sore throat which statement was quite reliable for in truth his words did not reach the reporters' table. He was understood however to respond in some happy remarks, fully up to the spirit of the occasion, and called upon Aid. Kalb - fleisch to explain in original Dutch all about the St. Nicholas Society, as he was well qualified to do so. (Great merriment.) Aid. Kalbfleiscb. getting on his legs, coincided wilh his friend Bergen, that the representatives of good St. Nicholas were always expected to address their audience in Dutch. (Laughter.) He would have no objection to do so then, but he wouid have a two - fold advantage, iu this, that they would not understand him, and in the next place that he would not understand it himself. (Laughter.) He did not think it right to talk in Dutch, but rather in the people's plain English, so he would give as a sentiment "The Sons of St. Patrick, ever loyal to the cause of ireeuom ever reauy when duty or oougation calls upon them." (Loud cheers.) The next toast "Tho City of Brooklyn,,' was responded to by his Honor, Mayor Powell, in a tone of voice so low that it was impossible for 1 he reporters to catch his remarks. In the course of his observations he was understood to eulogise largely the Irish laboring classes of this city, and to referr admiringly to tbe fict, that their industry was rep' escnted in the bankiog capital of Brooklyn by tbe sum of eight millions of dolors. The next regular toast was "Our citizen soldiery." Music Ked, White and Blue. In answer to numerous calls, Captain Morrison rose and said that he was not prepared to make a speech, but in order to add his mite towards the general hilarity of the occasion he would introduce a duplicate Morrison (If the company had no objection) who would recite for them Patrick Henry's celebrated speech. This was acceeded to and Master Morrison mounted the table and certainly acquitted himself with the utmost credit, and at the conclusion of his speech was toasted by Mr. J. AY. Armstrong as "the young Patrick Henry of the 19th century." Captain Morrison then continued in some eloquent and patriotic remarks which were much applauded. Col. Graham also made a few ucat and appropriate remarks. After the next toast, i.'Ninety - eight" Mr. Ferguson sang with much feeling, the fine Irish patriotic verses " Who fears to spesk of '38 ?" and Mr. J. Hennessy responded, assuring the company that until another such opportunity as 98 afforded, were given, there was an abundance of men in Ireland and elsewhere, who would hold it in hallowed and never to be fortrotten remembrance. The toast of the Press was appropriately responded to by Mr. W. G. Bishop, of the Brooklyn JYcusi, and Mr. Richard McDermott of the Star sang with great acceptance in a truly artistic ni in - ner Moore's beautiful lines "Forget not the field." Last but not least, lovely "woman" was toasted, whereupon Dr. Phillipps sang "Teddy O'Neill " and Mr. John McAulifle responded in a speech replete with poetical imagery couched in wordt chaste and eloquent. A late hour having been reached, the invited guests prepared to retire, but before they did so, Mr. J. F. Hennessy, proposed tbe health of the representatives of sister societies, coupling therewith the name of Hon. Judge Lott. Juc'ge Lott expressed his thankB in a few well chosen remarks, in the course of which he do - plorid the vtaul of exertion on the. part of the St. Nicholas Society. He trusted that by tbe infusion of new elements it would be stimulated to new cxi riions,aud with a heartfelt thanks of their kinilt.tss expressed towards him by the Sons of S'. Patrick, ne bade them a hearty farewell. (Loud applause.) Tbe regular toasts himoe been all duly honor - cci, volunteer toasts became the order of proeeed - nte. The bur was lo:iste6f1 and tint calleo out ex - Jodgi - Morris, ho indulged in some eulogistic n itii - i kf in R - ioif - ricc to tome of tbe brilliant or - namcits the Irish bar in the days of Curran, Gt.vtt. - ii. and others Ex - Aid ! in .i! Dciia.lis responded to the toast of "TbcF.x - Aldc inii u o! Brooklyn," in quite au ell'ci tivi - i - pi i - ch, comiilimciitiiig'his fellow ci'.i - zeti' el. It hit din U upon tbeir unswerving sup - ptui i ' J"v, - !! d otder, and tluir commendable devotion to tbe teliuioti of their fathers through ni' - h a sotb s . - (' r ci . - ci - tiliors Ahich h - id so thor - ( Ufiltlj icftf - d tbi "u - fidelity. He wus also underbid td to uitlic some complimentary allusions to tbe hierarchy of the. K'jman Catholic Church, in I view 01 i.ne present complexion or public atltirs. I Among the numerous volunteer toasts eiveu I was the health of the first President ot the St. j Patrick's Socleiy Juho O'Mahoney. This was I itciivcd wilh enthusiastic appluusev ami Mr. 1 O'Muhoncy, in response, expressed his regret 1 that he was not a talking man. He would simply thank them for the kind manner in which , they had borne in mind his connection with the Society. He happened to be at the cradle of tho Society when it was born when, it was not ' much bigger than the third generation spoken 'of that evening. (Laughter and applause.) It might be asked, what bad Increased its dimensions so largely ? Ho would say, Its object, which was to discuss views and opinions relative to the interests of the land, of tbeir adoption; and dear, to their souls. Aad another reason was, that the St. Patrick Society never was in the political - market, and so helu him St. Patrick, it never should be, so far as his influence might go. He did not rise to make a speech and so would follow the advice given once in Paddy Kelly's Budget, and call on liis friend ; Ferguson for a song, a request - with which that 1: gentleman complb d, singing very agreeably . "I bavc.ramblcd by the Sea Shore." Tbe festivities were kept up until the small hours had well j advanced, speech, song, toast and sentiment fol - I lowing in rapid succession, the utmost of frator - ; rial hilarity prevailing throughout, and in such I' manner did the Sons of St. Patrick drown their rttpected Shamrock. . I Onr Albany Correspondence. Albany, March 18, 1861. ONLY A QtrOBUM. The Senate is doing business to - day with only a bare quorum, and cannot go on with anything more interesting than "General Orders." The resolution declaring the absentees in contempt is In full force, and one or two who were absent on TUZ Vl been bronSht before the bar of the Senate, and required to make excuse. One SS J was aetained on official business, S Btatdthtttie was anxious to attend his "home church." As this anxiety was bnt seldom felt, he was unanimously excused THE POLICE INVESTIGATION Does not promise to amount to much. The testimony taken shows that there are illegal arrests and unreasonable detentions; but the detentions are in cases of the arrests of notorious offenders on suspicion of having committed some fresh crimes. Such are often arrested and confined without duo process of law, but it is held that the object in view justifies the somewhat arbitrary proceedings of tbe police. Another cause of complaint are the numerous arrests for "disorderly conduct." Paities are daily arrested for some imaginary offence, and this charge Is preferred against them, but in the morning they are discharged for want of testimony to hold them. The officers arresting them fail entirely to substantiate their charge. The real cause of this investigation however, is traceaole to the order promulgated by the Police Commissioners, directiog the Captains and Sergeants not to permit the Police Magistrates to open Court in the Station Houses for the purpose of takiDg bail. The Magistrates say that this order prevents them from discharging all their duties, au there is a law passed in 1813, which requires them to do this very thing. That the order operates with great severity in many cases there can be no doubt; as, for instance, a stupid noliceman (and there are many such) arrests a citizen for some trivial act not punishable by any law; he is taken to the station house in the evening, where, although prepared to enter bail in any amount, he must remain until the next morning, unless the Jiabeas corpus process is gone through with. This undoubtedly should be remedied; and the Commissioners, or rather Superintendant Kennedy, says that he has no objection to the passage of a law authorizing Police Magistrates to open Court in the Station Houses. He says that what they object to is the old practice of Aldermen exercising Magisterial powers in these cases. The exercise of it by ihe Aldermen, they said, has resulted in its gross abuse, but if confined to the Justices, they think that good may result. Justice Corn - well, of Brooklyn, beingin town, was subpoenaed to appear before the Committee. He took occasion to say that the police had always treated him with the utmost respect, but added, that while the order of the Commissioners was a great relief to bim, it was clear that it operated very unjustly upon the citizen, and should be abrogated or amended. A6 to illegal arre3ts, he alluded to the fact that policemen sometimes arrest young men on Court street for no other offence than, perhaps, some remark directed to the ofh.ei personally offensive, it might be, but certainly not justifying the arrest of the party uttering it. A SCAXDAI. CASE. Scandal mongers are more or less excited over a little ttansaction that has disturbed the peace of one or two families, and that has just come to light. It appears that a prominent Professor of this city has been in the habit of attending a family, tbe bead of which is often called out of town on business. The lady is pretty, and apparently enjoys good health, notwithstanding which tae doctor has been very attentive, and especially so whenever the husband was absent. Other lady boarders became suspicious ; they laid a plot which was attended with all the success desired resultiog in the discovery of something not ao all consonant with a correct sense of morality. Of course, when the husband came home, one of the plotters was deputized to inform him of his domestic infelicity. It was communicated with characteristic adroitness, which, however, did not prevent a scene. The offending gentlemm has plenty money and heavy damages are claimed. This practising medicine at the expense of morality is increasing in all the large cities with alarming rapidity, and I don't know but a little special legislation is called for. The confidence placed in a family physician should be held most sacred, and when violated should be most severely punished a double dose of fine and imprisonment should be dealt out to the offender. KINGS COUXTV BiCISE COMMISSIONERS. The bill extending the session of the Kings County Excise Commissioners has been ordered to a third reading. It provides for a session of thirty instead of ten days each year. Mr. Spinola, wbo has charge of the bill, made strenuous efforts to have more time giveD, but it was "no go ;" the gentlemen from the Rural Districts saying that in their counties ten days was enough. ASSESSMENTS FOR LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS. In Assembly Mr. Fisher introduced an important bill, which proposes to amend an act entitled "An act in relation to frauds in assessments for local improvements in the city of New York," passed April 17, 1858. The bill proposes to amend the act in question by extending its provisions to the city of Brooklyn. The act confers upon the Supreme Court the power to vacate assessments in cases of fraud or legal irregularity and provides for a reassessment to be made. NO MORE CITY BONDS. A remonstrance from the Common Council of the city of Brooklyn, against issuing any more "City Bonds," was presented by Mr. Fisher. Also a remonstrance signed by H. A. Couover rnd others, residents of the town of New Lots, against grantine certain privileges to the South Side Railroad Company. PROSPECT PARK. Tbe substitute to Mr. Moore's bill, to amend the Park Act of list year, is in Mr. Fisher's possession, who will to - morrow present it to the committee on cities and villages ; when it is expected the committee will report it favorably. It provides as follows : The following tract, piece or parcel of land having been selected and locited for a public park for the city of Brooklyn, by commissioners for lhat purpose by the, act entitled, "An act to authorize the selec ion and location of certain grounds far public parks, and also for a parade giound for tbe city of Brooklyn," passed April 18, 1859, is declared to be a pu'ilic place, that is to soy : All that piece or parcel of land iu the city of Hrooklyii and town of Flalbush, hounded and described as follows Commencing at its Intersection ofTenih avenue and Ninth ftreet, and running tlicnee southeasterly alone the easterly side of Ninth street, and in a lino in continuation thereof into the town of Flaihush to a point in said line which is one thousand feet distant from tho city of t'ronklyn; thence northeasterly on a line drawn parallel with Tenth avenue until it intersects aline southerly from and In continuation of the westerly side of Washington avenue; thence northerly along Washington avenue 10 its intersection with Classon avenue; thence southeasterly along Classon avenue to Baltic street ; thence westerly along Baltic street to V'nnderhilt avenue; thence southeasterly along Flatbush avenue to Ninth avenue; thence westerly along Ninth avenue to Third aireel; Ihencc southeasterly along Third street 'o Tenth avenue; and thenee westerly along Tenth avenue to ils inicrseeiion with Ninth street at tho place of beginning. The said piece of lund shall, from and after the pas - age of this set, be deemed to have been taken by sid city of Brooklyn for public use, as and for a public park, and t have been declnred open aa a public place, with the same effect as if the whole of the same had been within tho oily of Brooklyn, and as if it had been tukonand declared open under and in pursuance of the provisions of un act, emitted, "And net to revise and amend the several nets u - lating to tho city of Brooklyn," passed April 4, 1SS0, and the acls amendatory thereof, except as herein otherwise provided, and wilh the same effect as ii tho annic had been originally laid down upon the Commissioners map of the cby of Brooklyn, and from and after the passage of this act, it ehall be and form a part of snid city of Brooklyn, and of said Commissioners map, and the parts of all atrecta, avenues and highways, except Flatbush avenue, laid out as running through said l.'inift, are hereby closed and discontinued, and s'ricken from said Commissioners maps, as far as the s:tme would run through or intersect said land. Five diBcrcet and competent persons, being citizens of the State of New York, shall be appointed to act as 00m - mifBloners of estimate and assessment, in relation to the taking, and of the value of said laud. Said commissioners shall be aiinoluled in the mniim.r ikrnvWif.il i,v ,)n nni emitted "An act to provide for the opening of Washington Park on Fort Greene in the city of Brooklyn," passfil April 17, 1847, except that they shall be appointed by the Biipremo Court of the second Judicial district, at any special term thcrcor, and all other procuodlngs In any court, contemplated by this act, shall be liail in said eonri;nndln ease of tho death, resignation, dlsnualllloa - llon or refusal to act, of cither of aald commissioners, it ehall be lawful for the said court, at any general or special term thereof, on application as in said act provided, and from llmo to lime, as often us such event shall lumpen to uppo nt any other dlscreot person. And said commissioners sinll proceed to discharge the duties of thoir appointment, tind 10 complete their estimate and awards is soon as cym - oolcntb may be. and shall, If practicable, file their flnnl report 111 the ofllcc of the Clerk of tho county of Kings, within twelve monthsufter the date of their appointment. Ii shall be the duty of said commissioners to apportion such part of said cost as thov mav decm.io bo entrttablo. upon , any lands outside of said Park which thoy (tho ConiiniS8loncrs)s)ialldeem to ho specially beifoflUed hereby, in proportion tosttch benctlt, 'oriu'wlienover'tholr report in relation to such apportionment bIiiiII beoompleted, tbey shull file the same wilt the Clerk of Kings County, and thereupon proceeding may be had to o jrroot and olifmn the sumo aa herein provided, and - ' uflor the confirmation of any final reDort or i ,.t 1 ;. 1 ., - v.uuiiuiB3ioueri V, m. - '"3U1. snau DO a V.i..i - .X.,, "V",0""0"! part of the uiuouiib wus uppoiuoueu duuii wuu interest be oharrm. able annually upon the lands so assessed for benefit SJ shall be included annually in tho taxes to be levied thorn on, and shall be levied and collected like other taxes uo on property ; and the proceeds thereof shall be nalil' iw,,, - to t - aid city, to be by them applied to tho redemption of the bonds of said city, to be by them applied to tho redemption of the bonds of said city, and be by them an - plled to the redemption of ihe bonds of Bald city to fie issued by virtue of this act, but any person interested in tbe land so assessed may at any time pay the whole amount due thereon wilh Interest to the said Commissioners of the Sinking Fund to be by them applied in tho manner hereinbefore mentioned ; and from and after such payment the loan hereinbefore created Bhall cease. Payment of the damages awarded by said commissioners in any report made in pursuance hereof shall become due and payable, and shall be paid immediately upon the confirmation of said report. For the purpose of paying for the land herein mentioned, and for the regulation and improvement of the same as in the act provided, as well a for the payment or snch interest as may accrue upon any bonds to be ls - ?nL.i Vlr.Vle 01 Ulis act prior to tbe collection of said S inii". ,a,nIU,?.lltl5f ""M y in 'ho year 1801, lml?h2LilLcill;of?rooklnto ":l an amount as shall he necessary for that purpose shall ho Issued hr he mayor, comptroller and olSiFoT said city from tim to time as the same Bhall be required ffilii f miroSe aforesaid; which bonds shall be Issued in if. P. and shall be in the form of The bondssvi city under the provisions of an act entitled "An acMo provide for the supply of the city of Brooklyn Vith water,'' passed February 11, 1S5T, except as herein otherwise : provided; and said bonds shall be payable in not less than f, - ty Ave nor more than sixty veare from the, date hereol. and shall bear interest at the rate of 8W ne? cent per annum, payable half yearly, on the 1st day of January and .July in each year, and the said bonds and Ihe proceeds of the sale thereof shall constitute the fund for paying the costs of the lands herein mentioned and for Ihe improvement oftM same, and as the said bondi are from time to time issued, tho Mayor, Comptroller and Clerk ehall each cause to bo kept In his office in a book to be provided for that purpose, a true and correct statement and account of each and every bond by him executed, showing the number of each bond and the date and amount thereof, and the time when due; and such book sl.a'l be open for public inspection, and ehall be delivered by them to their successors in office. 'Ihe bonds of the city of Brooklyn which shall be issued by virtue of this act, may bo issued by said city, or by tho treisurer thereof, at their par value in paying any amounts which said city shall become liable to pay for compensation or damiges awarded under this act; or tho same may be sold at public or private sale or by subscription, and on such terms as the Common Council of said city may think proper; and the proceeds of all such sales shall be paid over to the treasurer of said city, or such treasurer may with the concurrence of tho Mayor and Comptroller of said city, pledge any of said bonds for money borrowed temporarily at a higher rate of Interest, not exceeding seven per cent per annum, if they shall deem it expedient and necessary so 10 do. Tbe property of the city of Brooklyn and the landshcre - id authorised to be taken aa a public park, and place, are hereby pledged for the judgment of ils bonds to be issued by virtue of ibis act. The Supervisors of tbe county of Kings, shall so apportion and levy the taxes, as that all sums of money which shall be levied for the purpose of paying principal and interest of the bonds which may have been issued on account of the purchase, improvement and ornamen - ta ion;of the lands comprising Ihe said Prospect Park, shall be levied and collected exclusively upon and from tbe taxable property within the first twelve wards of said city. The commissioners appointed by virtue of this act.sball hove power to employ au attorney and surveyors, and to use any map on file or belonging to said city, and to cause such maps to be made as may be necessary; and said commissioners shall be allowed a compensation of three dollars per day for their time actually employed in discharging their duties as such commissioners. The said Prospect Park shall be under the exclusive control and management of a Board of Commissioners, to consist of ten persons, who shall be named and styled "The Commissioners of Prospect Park." A majority or said Board of Commissioners in oflice for the time being, shall constitute a quorum for the iransaction of business, and no action of said Board shall be final or binding, ul - less it shall receive tbe approbation of a majority of the said Board, whose names shall be recorded in ils mi - nutt s, JumesS. T. Stranahan, Thomas II. Eodmai, Thomas WcElrath, li. IV, Fish, It. II, Thompson, Thomas G. Tallmadge, Stephen Ilaynes, Cornelius G. Spruguc , Abraham B. Baylis, and John T. Stud - well, are named as the first Board of Commissioners of Prospect Park, and to hold such office for three years from the passage ol'this act. No member of said B - iard shall receive any compensation for his services, except the President and Secretary, but each Commissioner shall, nevertheless, be entitled to receive for bi personal expenses in viBitingand superintending said Park, a sum not exceeding three hundred dollars perannuji. In case of a vacancy, the same may be filled by the remaining members of the Board, for the residue of Ihe term then vacant ; and all vacancies occasioned by expiration of the terms of office shall bo filled by the Mayor, by and with the advise and consent of at least Iwo - thtrds of tho Common Council of said city. The said Board shall have the full and exclusive power to govern, manage and direct the said Park; to lay out and regulate the same; to pass ordinances for the regulation and government thereof; to appoint Bucb engineers surveyors, clerks and other officers, except a police force as may be necessary; to prescribe and define tue r re - tpeetb c duties and authority; to fix the amount of their compensation, and generally in regard to said park, t.hey sh:dl possess all the power and auihoritynow by law conferred on or possessed by the Common Council of said city, in respect to the public squares and places in said city. It shall be a misdemeanor for any commissioner to be directly or indirectly in any way pecuniarily interested in any contract, or work upon any kind whatever connected with said park, and It shall be the duty of any commissioner or other person who may have any knowledge or information of the violation of this provision forthwith to report the same to tho Mayor of the city of Bnv - klyn. who shall present the facts of the case to any Judge of the Supreme Court of tbe2d Judicial District. Such Ju.ie shall bring in a summary manner, such commissioner In relation thereto, and anv evidence he may offer, and if after such hearing he shall be satisfied of 'he truth thereof, and shall so certify to the Mayor, he shall immediately remove the commissioner thus offending. Said Board ot" Commissioners shall in the month of January of every year, make to tho Common Council of said city a full report of their proceedings, and a detailed statement of all their receipts and expenditures. No plan for the laying out, regulating and government of said Prospect Park, shall be adopted or undertaken by the Commissioners thereof, of which the entire expense shall exceed the sum of five hundred thousand dollars, nor Bhall they expend more than twenty - five thousand dollars during either of the years 1801 or 1862. faAUpereonsoTen ing against any ordinance passed by tue Board of Commissioners, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished on conviction before any Court of competent jurisdiction in the county of Kings, by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars; and in default of payment, by imprisonment not exceeding thirty days. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent wim this amended act are repealed, and this act to take effect Immediately after its passage. Court of Sessions. IlEFOIlK .H'PGK OAltKIBON AXD JUSTIOKS STtt.t.WEI.t. AMI ItOVT. TUB CASE OF ALHKRMAN GUEEN. TheI6ople vs. Daniel Green, AM. of the I0 Ward This case was called this morning and is now before th 1 Court. Mr. McCue moved to quash the indictment on the ground of imperfections and insufficiency. The motion was argued at length by Mr. MeCue, Dislriot Attorney Winslow and JndgeGrcenwood. The Court denied the motion, and the case is now going on. Our report is crowded ontof to - day's issue. Supreme Court Circuit. HKFOIIE ,11'OOE IIKOWlf. A TLEA O? HITfilY. Moien L. Sciiider ve. Anna Warden. Plaintiff iu this action is a well known clerevman of the Eastern District ; the defendant is an old lady of 70. The sai h to foreclose a mortgage, and the facts connected with tho ease appear to be as follows : In 185T Mrs. Wurdell w is embnrassed and desired to ris - i $500,and for th'8 pttrDise she applied to George W. Koisey, a real estate broker. It was in ihe middle of Ihe pai.ic and it was found difficult to raise the money ; before Mr. Kelsey succeeded in doing so he lent Mrs, Wardell various Bmall suras and went s curily for a grocery bill. Finally he told her that he could gi t the mi.ncy for her from a Mr. Calvine Kline. Mrs. Wardell suyB that when the bond was read to her sho rc - mnikcd that it was for live hundred while she was receiving but four hundred ; she testifies lhat Mr. Kelsey said that made no mailer ; bonds were usually drawn up that way. She swore that after Mr. Kelsey took out of ihe iw - paid ber sonic scvcnlv doll irs she had but Hi He over J800. She paid interest on fl e hundred up to 1853, when she refused to pay It any further This suit isbrought to fnrecloso the mortgage, anil tho defense is that Ihe transact! 111 was usurious, and tueref ire void. Plaiiiliff jh this uciion purchused the mort'age from Kline, and Kline wasnot present when tbe money w&b paid, and the transaction therefore, was between Mr Kelsey and: Mrs. Wardell. Mr. Kelsey testified that ho received J000 from Kline to pay Mrs. Wardell; that be handed her over all the money after deducting sono small sums lent her, the amount of a grocery bill, and 50 (defendant swore 4fl) which Mr. W. desired to be paid to a man in Wall street, lie retained 5 for his own services andhniid.d ihe halanco to Mrs. Wardell, making over The ei.se has been trie d before, and then the jury stood 10 for Mrs. Wa dell and two against her. Judge Brown churged Ihe jury, that to make the defence of usury valid, they should find that It was the intention of Kline to take usury, nnd of defendant to - give b. If Kelsey received $ 00 from Clino and gave Mrs. Wardell hut J400 it would not be usury; Kline must himself he shown to have acted iu the transaction. If the bond w as made lor $500 and but (400 was paid, then the bond mis invalid as lor $500, and It could bo set aside, but then it would not be usury, but a wrong of iiiioihcr character. After dwelling on the evidence In the cane it w - is submitted to tho jury. Tlie jury failed to ogree and were dish urged. Tho Court stands iidjourneilto April. Court ot Oyer and Turmtuer. The Court of Oyerand Terminer was opened yosterda; morning by Judge Scmgham and Justices Stilwcll ati l Hoy(; but its the Grand Jury hud hot - yet preptred nnv indictments, the Court adjourned. City Court. , I hevoiie junott cci.vkk. This Court stands adjourned until to - morrow. Jam ni AfawHe i. Francis c7io. - r)efendant Was ordered to appear to submit to an examlnailori concerning hl properly as a judgment debtor. It wamirg' - d by Mr. Swift's counsel that ho had a little matter to awlu - beforo the CourtofSessions, was in custody and coutU not up - pcur. An order returnable on Saturduv m 1uel for Mr. Swift to show why bo should not Ik - adjudged guilty of eouu - mpi. '

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