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r I i i OtXOCK EDITM TUESDAY EVEMXG, MARCH 13, ISS8. SNOW BOUND. North Pole Scenery Visible in Brooklyn Streets. The Wildest Kteht that tlio City Ramem - bcrs AH Street Car and Steam Lines Blocked President Lewis Jfakinsr Efforts to Clear tbe Traeks Trarol Re Slimed on the Elevated Railroad Ferryboats Wcdgrcd In br Ice Jinny Incidents of the (ircat Storm Effcet in Kew York City and Elsewhere. The blizzard is over. No more snow is ailing ami that which is dowu lias almost ccasod to drift Tbo wind has packed it hard, and Brook - lynites are able to look out of thoir ieo bound windows oa a truly Arctic scone. Tboro are mountains of suow on tlio streots; it rises to tlio Eccond stories of houses lu sido streets, and tho men who are burrowing In it with shovels look like ants toiling among their mounds. It la not lmprobablo that tboro will bo loss of lifo revealed When the bank molt away, flow tho railroads will get their tracks cloar is a problem sufil - ciontry hard to discourage tho most energet ic mind. Thoro is no place to put the snow on .streets of ordinary width except to pilo it up ton feel high against store (routs on either side, uud tho store keepers naturally object to this. Tho storm began oa Sunday night in tho shapo of o. heavy rain and wind storm. Shortly before midnight the ralf gave placo to hail and the temperature fell, while tho fury cf the galo increased till tho wind was traveling at the rnto of llfiy miles an hour. The hail was supi - lttuted by dry snow, which came down in blinding clouds. Tho wiud howled harder than over. All yesterday and nighUho force of the storm continued unabated, and it was not till about O'clock this morning that tho snow coascd to fall and tho wind lost somo of Its force. It still cornos in gusts, traveling at tho rate of fifty miles an hour, but yesterday morning it blew over sixty miles an hour, and shortly boforo last midnight it increased to sovonty miles an hour. Nothing liko tho storm which has just psssed over ever visited Brooklyn beforo bo far as hor inhabitants can recollect. At G o'clock yesterday morning tlio stieot car companies sallied out gayly to light the storm. Thoy were flllod with confidence. Thoy bad scon Btorras before and had bearded them iu their lairs, they had struggled with tho snow king and had overcome him. So ail the king's horses and all the klug'3 men and all the king's snow plows got to work. They quickly found out that tho struggle they wero engaged in was something very aitferent from any they bad ever experienced beforo. Deacon liichardson put forth all his energy. Lie, charged tlio enemy all along the line with WO men ami Yo; horse?. Thestorm laughed at him. A ten horso team took a snow plow 100 feet from tho stables. The horses charged the drifts at a gallop. Aa fast as they broke a passage way tho storm closed it in behind them. The horses could net drag tho plow any further. Fresh teams came out and tried men sot their teeth and s;w:re with rago that they bad never been whipped before by a Etorni in Brooklyn and did not propose to submit now. All their efforts were vain, however. The storm fought tliom at every step; it poured lu counties legions ol snow hakes down upon them: it held tho wheels of their cars; it froze them and buried thorn and, finally, put them to n'.ier rout. IWrses iiml men hr.d to leave the big snow plows and ily for their lives. Tho storm captured all Kinds of things. 0:1 Fifth avenue, Atlantic avenue and V.ouvum pUico it has ten cars and there must bo nearly thirty ears of tho Atlantic aveuuo Uatlioal abandoned in the drifts. As the night sot'.lod down the storm grow wilder. Tho ferries ceased to run and so did the bridge. The snow came down lu avalanches and it was positively dangerous to vonturc abroal. Looser i L. closed curly and sent their omployoj homo in Bleighs and wagons. A. D. Matthews sent their employes homo in sleighs and wagons, and those who lived far out were given rooms at hole's. This morning Sir. John Gibb, Jr., camo down early to Locser's and ordered tho store closed and sent all tho employes home. Previous to this the uniformed brigade of ushers had shoveled away tho snow from the front of tho building. All tho other great stores on Fulton street mado a weak proteins of opening without one - third of their force of salespeople and with no hope of selling Eny goads. A la ly walked into ouo of the dry goods stores at 12 o'clock. She was roughly hailed by a walchnianwho thought sho hud burglarious in - tLf!'the storm had continued much longer tho question of supplies for tho city would havo been a very serious one. Tho Long Island Railroad has boon blocked for two days, mllkmon, butchers and bakers have been unable to deliver incir their wagons may bo seen abandouod and stuck fast in snow drifts all over the city. Citizens had to burrow their way out of their houses this morniug and seek for bread aud meat and condensed milk and other supplies. When darkness hail como it was worth a man s life to venture forth. Tho few scores who had to venture forth were only able to make headway between tho Qereo blasts which at times knocked peoplo down. Tho police found many peoplo who had lain down in the snow to die, and had much troublo gottiug them homo or to other places of tafet. iscwt.xts in Several gentlemen who llvo oa Prospect placo got stuck yo3terday afternoon in a treinondous drift which lies at tho foot of tho hill loading up to ITatbush avenue. Tho only thing to do was to turn over on their sido and roll down until they could clutch tho iron railing at the sido of tho walk and pull themselves out. Thoy did not havo strength to flounder out. A big doublo sleigh was comm; down Fulton etreot at about 10 o clock tins morning, n n. drivon by a policeman In full uniform. Justin front Of the Court House thero is a big dritt. The Eloign struck the drift aud toppled over. The cop - wont head first into tho drift, amid yells ot derision from tho passers by. Nothing daunted, however, ho extricated himself, and with great presence of mind arrested the progress of the horses. Au undortaker's sleigh struck a drift on Court Street and tho cornso in It, inclosed in a wooden box, was buried in tho snow. It was dug out with considerable difficulty. Nine mon were tied together in single file with a long rope, lcavlug about a llvo foot space between them. This party was singing as it passed down Fulton street. "Did we get through from l'latbusn? You Just bet we did." A man passed down Fulton street dressed In full Canadian snow shoeing costume. Ho had a pair of now shoes hung on his back, and as he passed tho Court House - Our" John Oakey, who was Just entering that institution of Justice, shouted "Ah. there, Carftida, put on your shooi. Lot's soe you glide over the beautiful snow." Peter Murton, of 128 Cumberland stroot, was found in 'a bad way in Park aveuuo and was taken homo. " A .roan hoi'3o was found abandoned on Atlantic avenuo and was taken chargo of by Walter Ellis, of 1 CS1 Atlantic avenue. Subsequently it was found that it belonged to Dr. K. 11. Hartley, of Pacific Btreot. vwuings at 23 Putnam avonue, 9S1 ar.u v., . niton street were blown down, but tho damage was slight. Troes were blown down on Greene avenuo, near Washington; on Vauderbiit avenue, near Lnfayelto; on Lexington avonue, near Franklin, aud in front of l!S2 Bedford avenue. At 7:30 P. M. Officer Kellogg found Thomas McDonald, of 1.080 Fulton street, in Clinton avonuo in an unconscious condition. Ho restored him and took Mm home. A fence was blown down in front of tho vacant lot 210 Sackett street. Damage $2.3. A window was blown in in Michael Clifford's store. 21 - 1 Court stroot. Damage ??". Windows wcro also blown in at 103 Bridgo Btreot, on Bridge and Nassau streets aud at Fulton street and Sumner avenue. Tho damage lu oach of these cases was slight. Louis Zohner, a letter carrier, of 550 Herkimer stroot, was fouud uuconseiousnot far from his homo and was carried indoors whoro ho soon revived. Ho had his mail with him. Patrolman John Hallsworth fell at tho corner of Smith and Bchermerhoru streets nud telephoned that ho had broken his leg. An ambulance surgeon fouud that tho member was simply sprained. EAGI.KS sold for 10 cents a copy n mile away from tho office. No papers except tho Eagle pouotrated South Brooklyn at all, and the wagon thore faliod to reach tho branch oflice. It got stuck in tho lowor part of Fifth avenuo aud had to turn back. After delivering tho F - AGLEsattho brunch ofllco on Broadway tuo wagou which goes thoro got stuck in tho drifts. Driver West had to tako his horso3 out and run them into tho uoarcst stable Tho Bedford branch got its papers nil right. Lizzlo Mercor, a 12 year old girl living at 5b'0 Lafayette avenue, left hor companions at tho corner of Jefferson Btreot and Franklin avonuo at 4 o'clock yesterday aftornoon aud was not heard from till this morning, when sho was found at tho house of an aunt on tho lattor avenuo. Mcanwhiio her parents had sjiont a sleopless and distracted uight, certain that the child bad boon frozen and burlod lu the snow. The easo was reportod at the Fourth Precinct, and officers wero on tho lookout, but owing to tho fact abovo stated did not succood in finding hor. A shed at S39 Fulton stroot was Datteuod by tho galo, as was one at tho corner of Putnam and Grand avenues. A largo sheet Iron chimnoy on Front streot, near Fulton, was blown in sections, and one twonly foot In length and woighlng a couple of tons fell across tho roofs of tonoinont houses adjoining, but did uo damngo other than loosening a llttlo plaster. Dozens of chimneys along tho lino of tho Brooklyn Elevated Kailroad wero more or less damaged by tho storm, bricks from ihom clothing tho snow covered roofs in every direction. A number of pedestrians on Court stroot last night, between Schennerhorn street and Atlantic avenue, narrowly escaped beiug burlod beneath several awnings heavily freighted with snow which, vero blown to tho sidowalk with a crash. . At the corner of Stato aud Court streets a narrow passagoway through a gigantic drift was cut. A man making his way against tho wind, with au urn - brolia elor.o down over his head, ran plump against nu individual in a tall beaver hat who was coming in nu opposite direction, dopriving him totally of tho littlo breath he had left. " Oh, novor mind me," ho gaspod; "I will sit Jown till you pass," nsd he turned half round Uid reposed for an instant against what seemed fs e very solid bank ot buow. A moment later and ho was burled, plug hat and all and it was only nftor a strugglo of some minutes with tho whirling drift that ho could bo picked out aud stood upon his feot. At tho olovated station at Navy and York streets last ovening a well drossod young lady ascendod nearly to tho top of the stairway holding aloft an umbrella. When sho turned lo closo this tho wiud caught it with a strong draft and Its owuor, holding on stubbornly, slipped and wont bumping down the stairs in a sitting posture. Sho closed the umbrella beforo again ascondlng. Largo soctions of tho city wero bathed iu darkness last night. Jn many places the electric lights wero not iu operation, and there wero miles and miles of etroots unillumlnod by even a single gas lamp. ' Tho whito surface of tho snow rofloeted what littlo light was shod from tho sky and this provoutod total darkness from blotting out tbe aspect of the town. Third and Fourth avenuos and parts of Flatbush aronue wero deprived of tho oloclriolighu early iu tho evouing, but tho olectric servico on Fifth avouue was lu fairly good condition. Thousands of gas lamps were completely suowod under, not even tho tops being visibio. No human beiug could havo reachod thorn with a match or torch. In tho Eastorn District the situation was as bad as anywhoro in the city. South Brooklyn was left out in tho cold in moro than ono senso. Tho postmen encouutorod discouraging and exasperating experioneos. Thoy wero compellod to deliver mail at auy hazard. Ouo postman, on Iloyt streot, near Livingston, was observed imboddod iu tho snow up to his nock. Uo was digging a path with his hands and his progress was interestingly slow. Ills head was swathed in scarfs aud rubber boots reached up to his waist. The servant iu tho bouso ho had Just yalorously served stood iu tho area survoying his retreating figure with wide opon mouth of prido and astonishment, while tho domestic in tlio residonco across tho way, whither ho was directing his course, was at tho basement window tho picturo of anticipation and lutonso satisfaction. Sho was evidently oxpectiug a lovo letter. Tho lottor carriers wero marking out Btrango rout03 for themsolveB all over the city. Tho storm killod thousands of sparrows aud snow birds. This morniug their littlo bodies wero found in many places frozen stiff. Others woro still alive, but wero hopping about painfully and "twocling' digitally. Kind hearted pooplo pickod them up and either put thorn iu their pockots or carried Ihem into saloons and shops. In ono grocery storo on Fifth avenuo thoro woro seven sparrows that had boon rescued. Thoy wero perched around on iho bo.vos, apparently ronlizlng tho fato they had escaped, for thoy did not nltompt to fly away, but hugged the stove, their black and brown oyos blinking wisely and mirthfully by turns as thoy contemplated their prosont comfortable condition. Milk, coal and bread wero at a premium last night and early this morning. Many milk dealers did not servo their routo either yesterday or to - day, and the broad bakers in many shops did not attempt to reach them. As a consequouce, stalo broad formed a staplo article of diet. Tho butchors had hard work to servo thoir customers. Coal was quoted at fancy prices. Venders dragged small carts Tilled with tho black diamonds up ouo stroot and down another, and iu many doorways they found anxious men awaiting them, shivering, and willing to pay almost any amount for a bushol. Messed were tho families with full bins iu their cellars. Thoy had good reason to re"iee. As a ml", the grocery and other small stores were open all over tho city, bu they wero deserted, only those venturing out who wero compulled to do so by necessity. Mary .Murray was found in a doorway on Myrtlo avenue, near North l - Iighth street, this morning, half frozen. Sho was taken to tho Fifth Precinct Station. Sevrral troes woro blown down on South Fourth street ye. - tcnlay afternoon and last night. One trco at Bedford avonue and Soutli Fourth street, in falling, broke tho telegraph, tolophouo and electric wires. Justice Engl? this morning adjournal all casos for a week oa account of the storm and then closed the curt for (he day. Til .' lUlOOlil.VN CITY llAtl.TtO.U) 1.1NM. Mr. Daniel F. Lewis, tho president of the Brooklyn City Uailroad Company, was soon this morning at au early hour in tho ofilco of that co'iupany, at the foot ol Fulton street, by an Kagi.k reporter. Do was found calm and impcrturablo directing assistants and his employes to got the vase machinery of his rondi in working order. Ho consented to give a few minutes' talk to the reporter, notwithstanding his buy moments, lie said his company was the only ouo who persovoroi in their determination to run their car3 in yesterday's storm, having cars iu comparatively good shape until 1 o'clock lu tho afternoon, having as many as ten horses for a car in some instances, but thoy finally wero compelled to succumb to tho elements and everything was abandoned after that timo. The ofil - 'ials of the company woro early at hand this morning uud snapped at all tho offers of laborers, big, strong, small and weak alike, to boght tho operation of shoveling tho fleocy snow from tho tracks. Agents wero sent to tho Italian localities in Mulberry, Mott and Bailor streets in New York, York, Front and othor streets in this ciiy whero tho sons of sunny Italy make their homes, and offered big inducements to evorybody they could lay their hands on to get them to work. Advertisements were inserted in all the papers forholpand before this ovening a big army will hi at work in clearing tho tracks. About threo thousand or four thou - saud men will bo ropod iu. At 10 o'clock this morning upwHrd of ono thousand toilers wore workiug wilh a will, being spurred on to oxtra efforts by tho en - j couraging words of tho inspectors and b0330s, but owing to the fact that au icy layor was on tho ground under tho snow, they did not make much pro.;ross, comparatively speaking. Sections of willing workers woro put to work on tho river ond of Fulton street, and as fast as tho rc - onforcomonts could bo sent up towu at tho othor ends they wcro put to work thoro. One big gang was busy at work on Myrtle avenue aud another ouo on Fulton stroot, having reached the City Hall at about 10 o'clock. The reporter asked Mr. Lewis when ho expected to havo cars roaumiug traffic. "Woll, that's a hard question to answer," ho ro - pliod. "It will certainly bo a big undertaken if wo can do anything by to - night. We do not expect to do this, however, speaking from this standpoint of view. At any rate if we are lucky, considering everything and if houso owners and tho stores along tho stroois of our soveral routes do not sot our efforts at naught by shoveling the snow from tho streets on our tracks, wo can with safety expect to aasuino some rosom bianco to our regular 'fraliie, if not regaining a near approach to our schodula time." 'Where do you experience tho most trouble, Mr. Lov. ij ?" queried the scrltio. "On Flushing, Flatbush, Third ami Hamilton avenues. The drifts thoro are mmethitig tremendous, in many places reaching a height of eight and nine feel. Why, iu some parts of our upp?r lines in tho Twenty - third and Twenty - fourth wards somo aro higher than the cars. Just imagine shoveling iu such mountain', liven this morning, while attempting to make an impre - sion on tho drifts in theso place?, we wero discouraged by tho fact that tho wind carried the snow right back aud of conrso wo wero compollod to abandon these spot?." Mr. Lewis said that tho snow plowi which tho railroads usod iu these regions were of no uso in a storm liko this. Tho plows could absolutely m.iko no impression, tho thick foundation of ico making thorn useless. Salt will ho used on tho tracks to soften tho frozen ground nnd with the combined efforts of tho snow ehovolers and tho snow plows ho nuticlpntcs good results. "The snow plows in uso by railroads hereabouts," added Mr. Lewis, "aro what aro called by railroaders mold boards, which aro blades sol at an auglo running diagonally from ouo ond of tho plow to tho othor. iu a storm liko tho presont one, if tho plow strikes hugo and impressfouiess drifts a'oug our routes, tho contact throws ouo end oil tho track. Tho plows nro hoavily loaded with snnd and other weights to keop them on the track and - .vhoii thrown oil It is a hard thing to get them on again." Fulton street will bo mado tho first point of attack, and it is barely possible that cars might bo running up that thoroughfare to - night. Mr. Lewis expresses it as his opinion that this vicinity nover experienced such a combination of ico and snow. Only once beforo was his company compollod to shut up shop. This was In 1S117, iu tho dead of Midwinter. All routes wero abandoned except tho Fulton street line, which managed to keep a few cars runuiug at lengthened intervals. "Wo do not expect much troublo with our switches," Mr. Lewis coutluuod, "as thoy aro connected wilh the sowors and when tho suow begins to melt It will net disable thorn." Thoso men who are engaged to shovel tho snow and who havo not tlio implements to do tho work will bo furnished with shovels by tho company. One thousand of thorn were ordorod this morning. Inspectors wero about all night, lookiug for tlio compnuy's tracks, as it were, and doing a sort of 'survoying" duty. Thoy ull roported a discouraging outlook this morning. "How much do you estimate the loss to your company resulting from the storm and tho expenses to bo incurred iu trying to rosuino oporaiious will be?" lfI think it will rench $50,000 certainly, and it may. perhaps, assumo a higher flguro," Mr. Lowis answered. "1 presume tho drivers and conductors in your omploy will not be paid for tho timo thoy will Bo idle ?" "No, sir; thoy will not. They can go to work helping us out in clearing Iho tracks, but they will not bo paid for tho timo thoy aro tatd on.' - ' " How much do you think thoso mon will lose by tho storm 1" inquired tho reporter. " It will probably amount to about f 2,500 in wageB per day." Mr. Lewis repaired to Polico Headquarters at an early hour this morning seeking tho assistance of tho city in respect to the suow which ho expects will be thrown on tho tracks of tho company, and thereby severely hludor them. Ho was promised all holp in the powor of the ofuclnla and a notice was sent to all polico precincts iu reforonco to the matter. Mr. Lowis thought the peoplo should show consideration to tho railroad companios by not obstructing tho traeks again aftor thoy are cleared. 'If wo run tho cars," ho said, "we will, of course, feed tho stores and restore business to its wonted activity. Many peoplo do not look at it in this light. All thoy care foV Is to get their walks and stoops clear. It will act liko a boomornng to both them and the railroads. Tlio suow should bo gotten Into tho gutters as much as possible, and tho proprietors ol corner stores and houses should bo sure to keep the Intersections clear in order to allow the molting snow to get into the sewers. This will avoid flooding collars, etc. Wo will appreciate this as much as thecitizens will." Mr. Lewis when speaking about tho peoplo crossing tho East liiver on tho ico said it was au unusual Bight, tho only timo this occurred having been about twolvo years ago, whon pooplo crossed tho rivor on tho ico all day long. MIL KICTIARDSON'S nAIl.ROADS. Mr. Richardson ceased to fight the blizzard at 0 o'clock yesterday morning, whoa bo called all his mon and horses back to tho stables and left tho etorm in outiro possession of the battlefield. Ho retreated witlt a loea of ouo snow plow aud twenty cars, nnd was glad to got off as lightly as that. Uo nnd his mon did not daro to reuov their warfaro with tho elements till this morning at 8 o'clock, when thoy peeped out of their fortifications at tho lramenso snow drifts and observed with a feeling o! relief, that tho flakes we uo longer fulling. Tho Jot) beforo them was ao gigantic that thoy were in no hurry to begin. Ai 10 o'clock this morning tho only signs of an attempt to break tbo blockado wore four men with Bbovels trying to dig out tho doorways of the Atlantic avonue depot Two very discouraged looking men were digging on Boerum place, opposite the stables there. They had dug through about nro feot of drift. At 10:10 o'clock a man on horseback was sent to tho EAC1LK office with the following advertisement WANTED MEN WITH SHOVELS CAN obtain employment by applying at the following depots of tho Atlantic av. Railroad Company: Third av. dop t, corner Third av. aid AMantto; Croastown dopat, come: State fit. and Boarnm place: Greenwood dapot, corner Filth av. and Tivonty - tl - .ird Bt: Stiventh av. dopot, corner Seventh av. nnd Twentieth at; Butler Bt. depot, corner Butler St. and Nostrand av, and Bergen et. dopot, corner Bergen St. and Albany av. Thoro Is no hope whatever of getting the tracks of tho South Brooklyn lines oloar to - day. Armies of Italians will bo at work to - morrow with carts and shovels. Much of tho snow will have to bo thrown in vacant lots. The shovol mon must precodo tho snow plows and salt Probably by to - morrow aftornoon most of tho lines will bo opon, but tho task which tho company faces is a fearful ono. Tho following foremen reported for duty early this morning: A. II. Smith, Atlantic avenue stable; B. Doschor, Fifth avenuo stable; B. Ilondrlckson, Seventh avonuo stablo; Gus Nolnn, Ninth avenuo stablS; John Fulton, Butlor street stablo; Jamos Hoddy, Hergou stroet stablo; John Purvis, Cross - town stable. Communication botwoen these far distant points and the hoadquar.'ors on Atlantic avonuo was kept up by men on horseback. The foremen woro ordered to got together all tho mon thoy could and attack tho snow with shovels. At 3 o'clock to - day 200 men wero at work on the various lines operated by tho Atlantic avenue Kailroad Company. Tho headway thoy had mado was vory inconsiderable, not one - twontioth of tho tracks being oven prepared for tho snow plows. On Fifth avenuo tho drifts are ton toot high. THE BKOOKLVN EI.E VATKD HUN'.VINO. Colonel Martin, Buuorlntondout of the Brooklyn olovated railroad, was in a happy framo of mind this morning over tho condition of affairs on his road. " Wo have got our trains running now at about six minutes' headway, four ears to a train," ho said, "and aro carrying all that come. Boforo nightfall wo mny run on a shorter headway, but I do not think it will bo necessary. Our trains are all loaded, of course, but thoro aro not many pooplo going to business to - day. Wo havo had no accidents and no interruption to travel since yesterday nnd everything will go smoothly now. Our tracks are all cleared at thq curves and I expect to put my mon at work on tho straight tracks very soon." TRAVEL BKSUlTEn OX TUB RHIPdB. Tho bridge has stood up against tho soverost tost in its history, notwithstanding tho report current in Now York uptown Inst night that tho Now York tower had fallen. Nothing approaching the wolght of snow that packed itself on the big structure yos - tcrduy and Inst night has ovor burdened it boforo and that, too, whon tho wind whistlod through tho cables and trusses at a rate of aixty - soven milos an hour. Notwithstanding this pressure no vibration of the structure was porcoptible. Trains were kept ruuning yosterday aftornoon aud evening with tolorablo regularity. Owing to the long intervals between the trips mado by tho various ferryboats from Xew York tho crowd of passougorsfor the bridgo betweon 5:30 and 7 o'clock was groatly augmouted. Tho pooplo gathered on tho platforms at tho Now York ontranco in swarms nnd niled tho passageways with a donso mass of squirming humanity. Noarly everybody was impatient and fearful of unforeseen dolay, but in the great majority of instances tho utmost good na - tiiro was shown. An infoctious hilarity permeated tho most crusty individuals, and thoro woro few of tho many funny occurrences that did not got a hearty laugh from all. The press was so groat for a timo that It was found necessary to bar tho entrances to Hie platforms to provenl people from b.duu crowded against tho cars, as everybody Insisted on making a rush for tho doors ovon boforo tho cars camo to a halt. The trains wero run at four minuto intervals until 7 o'clock, nftor which there was practically no traffic, although cars continued to cross at seven minuto intervals until a lato hour and somo trains woro run all night. Only two car trains could bo drawn. By 7 o'clock this morning tho current of travel began to How freely again. Despite tho fact that the only transportation lino from uptown iu operation was tho Brooklyn Elevated Koad tho usual morning rush was repeated, and tho pollcomon had all they could do to handle the crowJ. Three car trains woro run at four minuto intervals until a locomotive at tho Now York ond of tho dopot spread tho tracks nnd was derailed, thus preventing circuit running until tho obstacle could bo romovod. Tho spreading of tho rails was duo to tho pressure on tho solid ico and snow that had boon packed in between the rails aud tho guard rails. Superintendent Martin said thoro could bo no chance of a repetition of the occurrence on tho structure proper for the reason that tho spaeo between tho rails aud guard rails was kept carefully cieunod out and an inspector went over tho ground about every hour. As tho trains could not carry all tho passou - gers who presented thomsolves for transportation they wero allowed to tako to tho roadway and hundreds walkod across, tho snow thoro having boon nearly cloarod away. A force of soventy - ilvo mon was put to work on the promo - nado and shortly aftor 11 o'clock it was thrown open to pedestrians. Hundreds of passengers who could not wait for the C3rs and fouud tho ferries not running earlier in tho day took advantage of tlio ico bridgo ovor tho East River from a point Just bolow Fulton Ferry. Tho travel to Now York in tho bridgo cars was very heavy up till 12 o'clock. Every car was crowded to its utmost capacity. An Eagi.k reporter who ailomplod to board a car a minuto and a half after It had drawn along sido tho station was unablo to slop upon the platform. Passongcrs persisted, in spito of roniou - Slrance from the guards, in hanging to the gates. .Tho car platforms woro so crowded that in many cases tlio space botweou tho cars had to bo straddled. Ladies and children woro indiscriminately jammed and Jostled, aud straugo to say, tho nuin - bor of thorn that ventured on the Journey was by no moans inconsiderable. The laughable incidonts hat transpired iu tho courso of tho efforts of tiie mullitudo to mako connections wero innumerable. A fat gentleman lloundored through tho enow noar the Brooklyn entrance and purchasing a bundle of tickets loro ono off as ho hurried through tho gate aud thrusting it in his pockot droppod Iho buudlo in tlio ticket tax. An elderly lady with an umbrella aud a satchel fell up against ono of tho iron sup - psrts at the bridge entrance and observing a young follow laughing at hor made for him with her gingham weapon. Tho rash scoffer at her misfortune sprang nimbly up tho bridgo ttairs nud oscaped. l'KIiUY ilOATS BLOCK F.I). The Fulton street ferryboats woro kept running regularly last uii'ht and up to about 4 o'clock, when Hie ice iloes seiiie.l tngulher to such an extent as ma le it impossible f r tlio boats to proceed. Two boats were caught in tho Now York slip, whero thoy wero wedged In so badly by tho floating enkos that they couid uot movo either backward or forward. The title left a clear streak of water at one tune which was immediately taken advautngo ot by tho officials of the ferry company, aud a boat was started for Cathariuo street, New York. It reachod that slip in safety after a mighty struggle, but could not come on its return trip on account of the ico floos which eottled in tho small part of water left clear, and the trip was abandouod. The tide, which changed at about 10:15 and rhleh carried tho floes down tho bay, left tho waters com - paraiively cloar for tho boats to proeoed, aDd boats rosumod their trips irregularly at about 11 o'clock. No attempt was mado in tho oarly hours to run boats on tho Wall Btreot and Hamilton avenue ferries. OuthoAnuox everything was at a ctandstill. As there were no trains running Iroiu tho Jersoy City depots of tho different railroads uo passengers mado thoinnelvos solicitous about tho boats. Tlu agent of tho company reports no trains having arrived yet on the other bido since early yesterday morning. Only two trains arrived in Jersoy City, one from Iiahway, boiug about flvo hours late, and another from. Patorson, which made comparatively good timo, only being about half au hour lato. Boats on tho Annex aro expoctod to begin running this afternoon if passongor trafllc warrants lL During nil of.yestcrday and up till 11 o'clock last night travol on tho PJastern District ferries continued at as frequont intorvals as tho storm would permit. At that lato hour the tido had assumed such force, aldod by the high winds, and tho flow of ico was so groat, that tho Twouly - lhird stroot and Uuosovelt street ferryboats tied up in tho slips till 4 o'clock this morning. Hugo cakes of ico and a vast accumulation of smaller pieces made accurato steering impossiblo and it was finally decided to lay tho vostelsup for tho present. Tho Grand streot lino continued all right in proportiou to tho domaud by passeu - gors. I'OSTAI. DEI.IVKKT. Postmaster Iloudrix eald this morning in regard to tho mails, that ouly eight out of tho usual elovon deliveries wero made yestorday. On routos whero thero aro generally from flvn to six deliveries only three wero mado and on four trip routes only two. For the outlying wards carriers left as usual Iu tho morning, but failed to return until late in Iho afternoon so that but one delivery was mado. Out of the usual 127 malls but 21 arrivoJ, and among theso thero was but ono from out of towu. ThU was tho Boston mall which left that city at 10 o'clock Sunday. Out of tho usual forty - eight outgoing mails but sixteen wore sent. To - day none but local mails from Now York arrived. At noon thoro was no mail loft iu the Post Omce. Tho usual dispatches havo been made today, but thero Is no certainty when thoy will bo delivered. rUBMC SCHOOLS. Nothing doQnito could be learnod at tho Board of Education headquarters in regard to tho closing of the schools, but it ia supposed that they havo qulto generally closod. Out of the 900 pupils in the Central Grammar School, female department, but 40 appeared yosterday, aud theso woro sont home. Fifteen boys out of tho usual number of 373 wero prosont at the male division of this school on Court Bircnt. Both tho Polytechnic and tho Packor Institutes are closod. EFFECT OH THE CITY DEPAUTSIENTS. The city buildings continued to show the effects of the storm to - day, for thoy wero practically do - certed so far as outsiders wero concornod, aud until nearly noon there wero many absent employes. As was tho case yesterday few camo from tho Eastorn District aud outlying wards at anything near the regular hour. Thoro was no fault found with thorn, for thoy aimply could not get down to thoir work, iifayor Chapin arrivod at tho City Hall at the U3Ual hour, having walked dowu from his homo on St James place, betweon Fulton streot and Atlantic avenuo. City Works Commissioner Adams also walkod aud on his way down noticed, as all othor podestriaus must have noticed, that housekeepers and storekeepers wero having tho sidewalks iu front of their promises cloarod. After ho reached his ofilco ho muss also havo noticed that tho City Railroad Company had mon removing tho buow from tho tracks on Fulton stroot. Nevertheless Commissioner Adams had not set any men at work to clear the show from tho principal thoroughfares, although j'eslerday lie said ho proposed to consult with tho engineer nbout it Ouo or two contractors wore hanging abouc his office under tho Impression that ho would at once invito bids for tho work, Ono of them remarked that tho Commissioner should beforo that lwur bave1 bad at loast a thou - I Band men employed, as contractors were ready to undertake the Job. The Commissioner subsequently explained tbat bo proposod soon to bavo gangs out to remova the snow from about the firs hydrants all through tho city, and then from abont the sewer basins, In order that tbe city might bo prepared for flro and flood. Then ho should sot men at work clearing tho principal thoroughfares. Uo can have the street cleaning contractor do this or omploy men directly himself. Aa Idea of tlio offoct of tbo storm upon public business yosterday may bo derived from tbo fact that not a dollar was taken in at tho Arrears Department, nor was thero an outside visitor there. This is tho first time iu the history of this department that such a thing has occurred. Deputy Tax Collector Charles Hushmoro was suffering to - day from frostbitten oars. He failed to praporly protect them during his tramp homo yes tordny aftornoon. And they aro not big oars, either. Deputy Buildings Commissioner Howoll noticed this morning that tho stoeplo of tho Classon avonue Church soomod to be loaning ovor. Aa soon as he reached tho Hall he sont Inspectors nosey aud McCarty up to examine it They reported that the stooplo appeared to bo out of plumb aud t sway in tho wind. Tbey thought, however, tbat bo long as thero was no galo there would bo no danger. Furthermore, tho church onlcials had directed carpenters to put it in a safe condition. The stcople is of wood covered with siato and is a very high one. The authorities at tho Fire Department wore in a satisfied framo of mind to - day, for the roaion that tho firemen had been callod upon to do little activo duty, tho city having escaped any serious bluze. As a matter of fact, the rocord for tho past thirty hours was unusually light Thoro were ouly four Ares and all of thorn small. It was found impossible to tako onginos out, so that only tonders carrying hoso woro used. In ono instanco, thi3 morning, an alarm from 27 Clermont avenue, Tou - der No. 9 got stuck in tho snow, and the firemen woro compelled to transport tho hoso on a sleigh. As no trucks could bo drawn through tho snow, small ladders wore taken on supply wagons. Asslstaut Chief Kugiuoor John W. Smith remained at tho Jay streot Iloadqusrters all night so as to be ready to tako charge in porson in the evout of a large fire. Ho said that the 100 oxtra horsos which woro hired yestorday would bo retained uutil the atroots had been so cleared that the ordinary oquipmont would be sufflelont. The bodies of tho onginos woro bo low, so noar tho ground, that tho euginos could not well bo used in the heavy snow of yosterday and to - day; and as long aa it was not absolutely necoasary, no attempt had boon, or would bo mado, to uso thorn. Tho aupply of borsoa was noiv sufTiciont. Somo of them had boon obtained from the Atlantic avenuo nud tho City Bailroad e ompanios, and others from livery stabios. Chiof Smith spoke especially ot the readiness of tho Atlantic avenuo Company to holp tho department in this way. Ho said that all ot tho flro forco romainod - ou duty at tho different houses, all reliefs boing suspended. Tho men woro fod in their quartora. Iu all casos where thoro woro hydrants near tho ongiuo or truck houses, tho mon clearod the suow away from thorn, and ho requested tho City Works Departmont to have similar work douo olsewhoro. Ho was satisfied that tho hydrants throughout tho city wore iu vory good condition. Chief Smith will remain at headquarters. Tho polico patrolmen have had a hard time of It in tho snow. Thoy havo indicated their presence to oach othor or to their superiors by sounding thoir clubs against lampposts, and a couplo of thcto ou tho Hill at 0 o'clock tills morniug, uuablo to roach lampposts, discharged their pistols nnd shotttod, wbllo residents of the; neighborhood, aroused by tho uoise, rushed from "their bods to tho windows to see what was tho mattor. It was the 0 o'clock re - llof, aud tho relieving patrolman rosortod to his pistol and his lungs ns the only moans of attcact - ing attention. At that time the man whoso bu3lnos3 it is to extinguish the gas lamps' thereabouts was floundering iu tho snow in his oilorts to do his duty. MA111KE3 KIM.INO TIHB. At the Marino Barracks everything Is at a standstill, tho wliolo grounds being entirely impossible. Guard duty ou Iho dreary swamps was entirely out of tho quostiou aud no attempt was mado to perform that duty. Ouo or two of tho guard houses had sentinels, tho marines being made as comfortably as po33ibIo witit blankets aud boiug reliorod now and then by othor men. Tho marines are all housed iu tho barracks aud are whillug away tho tedium by playing cards, relating yarns and othor - wiso making themselves as comforiablo as possible under tho eil'cumstnncos. Tho wiud all day yos - torciay and last evening howlod through tho unprotected grounds at an astonishing rate, and tho snow is drifted on the Flushing avenuo sido nt a tremendous holght. Tho tolegraph and tolophono wires aro completely prostratod, tho polos boing splintered nnd battered into kindling wood. The wires are down on tho streets in au iudescribnble mess, and it will tako at loast a week to puthem iu their formor condition. On Flushing avenuo, botweou Washington aveuuo and Cumberland slroet, whero tho wind howled through tho swamps, tlio wires aro in a shapo worse than at any othor place. Tho polos are only kopt up by tho mnss of wlros, aud it is extremely dangeroui for pedestrians to walk through that thoroughfare. A curious and novel sight was notlcod by an Eagle reporter who tramped through tho massive drifts on his way to tho office from the ICastorn District. A boy about 15 years of age, who was evidoutly moro in lovo with his amateur outfit of photographic paraphernalia than solid comfort, attempted to tako nogallvos of tho wintry seeno around City Park. "Tdio cloth flapped obodient to tho wind in ovory dlroction and as far as ho couid proceed wa3 to hold tho cloth and his camera, much less tako a negalivo. He says lie will porsovore, liowovor, aud If perseverauco will count in such weather ho will, perhaps, succeed in gottlng a picturo of tho icebound park and satisfy hfs passion for art. SNCW HOUND OKFEVUEltg. The prisoners beforo Judgo Wulsh this morning, somo thirty altogether, wero all of tho variety k"own as drunks. There was only ono woman among them, Mary Brady, who was pickod up on Myrtlo avonuo In a half frozen condition. Sho had mado a nest for herself iu a snowbank and protested vigorously against boing removed. The men had all taken " a littlo oomothing to keep thorn - solves warm," but tho modicino had acted in exactly the contrary manner to what thoy had expectod. Among the captured woro threo or four snow shovel - ers who made so much money thai thoy had to celebrate thoir good luck by spending it iu rum. Six women who wore arrested ou Suuday for lu - loxicntiou and who should havo been brought from tho Jail yesterday morning for trial had to remain all day under Sheriff Khineharv's rare on account of the impossibility of ruuning tho prison vans. To - dny WardonBrymer put hisprivato sleigh at Judgo Walsh's disposal aud the six women wero tried iu tho Jail office. THE BUZZARD AND TIIK TELKl'IIONE. '.'ho failure of many of the telephones to work ycstorcliiy was not tlio least of tho troubles caused by tho blizzard. Tho industrious youug lady who manipulates tho phone in Iho Central Office and who is invariably called "Hello, Central '" came in for more than hor customary scolding. Wires wero broken dowu in all parts of Urn city, and when sho would say to a customer: "I cannot connect you; thero is troublo ou tho wire," oho moro than once received a grumbling auswor, and somo mon woro thoughlloss and mean enough to accuso her of laziness. A roportor of tho E.uu.i: askod Mr. Conn, of the superintendent's nfile) of tho telephono company, how tho storm affocted tho working of tho wires. It iutorforod with us greatly," said Mr. Conn. " Tho wiud broke be:'e:in four and flvo hundred wires, cud those wires swinging against others created tho greatest confusion. Iu addition to that a number of tho young ladles could not report for duty aud wo woro consequently short handod. Five young ladles who lived a cousiderablo dlstanco from the ottlco had a rough experience. Tlio storm lias such Hint tho manager thought It best to send them homo iu a coach. Aftor tho groatost difficulty a coach was procured and tho parly sturt - ed off. After boing out over two hourj iho driver returned, Baying it was impossible to ma'io tho horses wade through tho drifts on tho sido Btrcets. A numbor ot young ladios could not get homo and went to tho Hotel St. Goorgo' whero thoy romaiuoJ all night. .Moan aro served to thom from tho hotol and thoy aro making tho best they can out of this weather. Wo havo thirty llnomea now at work straightening things ou t, aud cnless wo havo a ropotltiou of tlio blizzard tho tele phone will bo in good working order iu a day or two. Although tho work along tho tiuo was oxtra hazardous I am happy to say that uo linoaian was iiyurod." THE THEATERS ALSO SUFFER. Tho theaters camo in for a share of tho suffering, Kico';) h'vnngolino company was to nppoar in tho Park Theater. Tlio heifer was ou haad nnd nil tho proportios. Mr. Fortescue, who plays tho part of a Utile &Srl and who woighs 400 pouuds, could not procuii, a hack to bring him to tho theater, lie would not walk because as ho said, ho might bo mistaken for a snow plow and stoiou by railroad mon. In his oagorness to got to tho theater ho of fered s50 for tho services of a hack. No living man would risk his horsos in dragglug a man of Mr. Fortoscue's wolght through tho suow drift, and tho play was not presented. Tho Brooklyn Theater, tho Graud Opera Houso and the Criterion Thoater also closod thoir doors against tho storm. Hydo & Bohman's, however, where, iu addition to an oxcollont variety bill, is given a good boxing bout, oponod thoir doors, and rung up tlio curtain promptly ou time. There wero 150 mon lu tho houso, and tho actors and audience became great friends, exchanging remarks about the blizzard aud tUo missiug spectators. The performance was unique '. in many respects, and tho men who braved the storm to see it woro well repaid. A performance at tho Ajmphlon could not be given on account of tho failuro of tho costumes to arrlvo. There was no aoonory for Mho play at tho Loo Avonue Academy. It is doubtful whothor all the, theators will be opened this evening or not At Urdo & Behman'a the full bill will bo prosontod whothW anyone pays an admission or not Tho Park Thoater has everything m readiness, and it tho pooplo attoud iu suflleiouCv numbers "Evangolluo" will bo given. V Tho Brooklyn Theater will positively opVn this ovening. v Tho Grand Opera House will opon if tho leading lady of the play proBeuts horself. The Criterion will open It tho storm does not keop tbo people away. Uolmes' Standard Museum will opon Its doora this evening. At the Acadomy of Music tho National Opera Company has ovorythiug in readiness for a performance. AT TH3 E ASTERN DISTRICT. The snow Btorm almost completely blockod up travel in the Eastern Dbtrict yosterday and to - day. None of tho horso car linos was in oporation yestorday. An effort was mado on soveral linos to run cars, but tho cars were completely blocked on tho, track and the horses had to bp unharnessod and drivon back to the stables. On tho North Socond Btreot road thero are two cars yet on tho track, aud tho same is truo of more than ono othor road. But few private vohiclo3 wero out and physicians generally visited their patients on foot, as thoy regarded it as too dangerous to tako; out.thoir horses. But few trucks were to be seen, and theso belonged mostly to brewers. One loaded wagou belonging to Waterhury'a rope walk was snow bound on North Second Btreet, aud the horfloa had. to bo UBb.ilcb.oo and taken home. Many suob incidents wero re ported. Tho ferries at, the foot of Broadway, Grand street and Greonpolnt avonuo were In operation, but tbe boats ran irregularly and at long intorvals. The Twenty - third street boats wero laid up between the hours of 12 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The stopping of tho street oars from running caused great inconvenience and prevented thou sands of persons from going to work. Tho buow drlftod la somo atroots as high aa Ave feet, so that it was qulto Impossible to travel any distance. Mat ters were not so bad tbiB morning, as people bad an opportunity of removing some of the snow from in front of their dwellings and thus mode walking possible. Several of tho public schools were closod yestorday. But few scholars presented themselves in tbo morning, so tbo principals dismissed them, IN TIIK SOBURBS. Coney Island was in a oad plight last evoning and as a matter of faot still ia. The wind, fortunately, was a northeaster, which may account for tho small damage done on tho shore. A roaring gale was blowing and old and hoary sons of Noptuno averred that no storm ovor ooourred which could come up to It Houses were completely banked up by tho snow and it is Indoed strange that some of the frail framo buildings did not cave in. Small outhouses, bathing bouses and planka were carried away as if thoy were mado of feathers, and much damage was otherwise causod. Tho Brooklyn, Bath Boach and Coney Island Itoad, by a determined effort, got a train to this city about 11 o'clock yosterday morning. Tho other roads made no attempt whatovor. A suow plow with about fifty men was suowod up noar Now Utrecht and Anally reached Gravesond Bench with the mon in au exhausted condition. Flatbush and othor county towns nro practically suowod lu, and as telegraph and telephono wires aro prostrated vory llttlo information can bo gotten. A number of school children wero rescued by tho polico in a porishlng conditiou. No traina aro running to Fort Hamilton. Telegraph poles aro down, but it is learned that many small boats wero torn from thoir moorings and carriod out to S03. Pooplo aro this morning walking on tho ice in tho lowor bay. Sheepshoad Bay reports drifts twelve feot high and everything is completely paralyzed. Tho creek is frozen ovor. Damage dono thero by the storm and ovor ot the Island is roportod impossible to be comprehended. TtlE STORM IN NEW YORK CITY. Street Cleaning Commissioner Coleman and Superintendent Green wero out early looking for mon to commence carting away the suow. Tho office on Chambers street was overrun with applicants for work, and all who applied were assigned to duty. By 10 o'clock numerous gangs of men commenood to cloar Broadway bolow Fourteenth stroet, and tho superintendents received instructions to hire alt men and wagons that could be secured. The main thoroughfares will bo cleaned first and the side Btroots loading to tho ferries. Cortlandt, Barclay and Wall streets were tho first streots tbat wero attackod by tho mon. Each ono of tho dump carts had two horses attached to it. The enow was shovolod in and carted off to tho dumping grounds. Tho dumps on iho North Hiver aro at tho foot of Jay, Duane, Hubort, Canal, Sevouteentb, Eighteenth, Forty - seventh, Fortioth and Fifty - sixth streots. The dumps on the East Sido are at Old Slip, Fletcher, Fiko, Kutgors, Clinton, Grand and Twenty - sixth stwets. It is not kuown how long it will take to cloar the streets, but it is thought that a few surface railroad cars will be running by evening. A largo numbor of owners of sleighs of every description mado considerable mouoy carrying passengers down town. As higli as $5 wore charged lor a trip from Twonty - third street dowu to Wall ntreot. A humorous sight was au improvised sleigh made out ot boards, with two mules drivon by a darky. Ho took bis stand at Broadway and Fourtoouth streot and soou had a load of paasongors. As tho strango vehicle proceeded down Broadway it elicited no ond of merri - mont nud jeers from tlio wayfarers. Chaos, so far as an individual bureau of in forma - - lion was concerned, had como upon tho titled military gontloman who preiides ovor tho distribution of meteorological statements. Ho was as barren as a snowbound niilo post this morning. Information he had none, although ho made sovoral strenuous efforts to maintain his popularity as a prophet Surrounded by nbout half a dozon would bo weather wiseacro3 tho lioutonaut was warmly discussing tho probabilities of tlio ravagos mado by Now York's mnidon blizzard. Ho soomed perfectly willing to ontortaln his callers with all kinds of generalities, but tho momont an attempt was mado to got him down to facts ho throw up his hands and discarded his official capacity, moanwhilo growling good naturedly at his inability to answer tho multitude of questions put to him. "How about tho woathor to - day. Lieutenant'" "Tho weather? You look a3 though you had a llttlo too much woathor. Perhaps you have no idea how amusing it is to me to seo uows gatherers so determined to oxtract information from an official whon ho is as barren of tho nocossary facilities as a tolegraph polo stripped of its wires. Your timo i3 valuable. So is miue. You can't either got or manufacture a column from this olovatod position to - day; so that to obiigo you and at tho same timo mako things agreeable as posslblo, let mo summarize manors. I havo no information to impart, no details to dllnto upon. My source of supply has been unrelentingly cut off. This department is in a slate of chaos. This iB my summary. Good morniug, sir." Tho management of lbs Western Union Tolegraph Company was last' cvoniug cnllod upon to turn Into a hostelry or caravUfcyjary tho oxocutivo rooms of tho departmont. luVpjptu entertainment had to bo prepared for at IeSa score of tho fomalo operators who rcsidol ou ' .i;owu or at long distances from 19S Broudwc. ',.' ifi tho dilemma .1 - thero was ouly one official found' oqual to tho occasion, ono of tho city chiefs', 'Mr. Thomas Bronnan. Under his managomei't, improvised couches and beds woro arranged around tho rooms; oven tho tables wero callod into requisition to provide sleeping accommodations for the storm bound employes. Happily tho woll s'.ored lardora of tho icstauraut rcmaiuod intact until about midnight, wheu tho female onslaughts ou its daintios reducod it somewhat, aud the homesick, suowuound girls tried to sleep. This morning many of thorn lookod as though they had passou through a cyclone and woro so disarranged generally that it was determined to re - iiove thom for tho day. Mr. Bronnan, when c'.lied upon this morning, informed tho reporter that tho wires woro still In a sad plight and that out of tho network of wires owned by tho company not moro than half a dozen could be found available for this day's work. Ho soomed to bo overjoyed at tho fuel Unit at least four wires had braved the blizzard. Theso woro to Buffalo aud Chicago, wiiilo everything possible was being dono to resuuio business. Ho said it was entirely problematical as to whoa tho regular busi ness would bo in full swing. Work at tho Post Ofiice has slopped almost and tho only mails delivered aro the fragmonts of th030 hat were left over from tho four mails of yester day aud a few city letters mailed at tho boxes aud stations. No mails woro sont out or recolved up to noon. All communication is cut oft' with out of towu placos, and Ihero is no tolling when a mall will como in. Postma - itor Pearson remained at his office all night mid slept upon ono of tho easy lounger. Ho found it impossible to reach his homo. Nearly all tho loiter carriors and clurks bunked In tho dormitory ou tho top uoor of the Fedoral building. The men made couches of chairs, mall bag3 and anything thoy could got hold of. To uso an expression of one of thorn, thoy woro completely quarantined. Meals vrero brought in from tho neighboring restaurants. in tho delirory room of tho outbound malls, bags of lettors, newspapors and bundles of mcrohaudiso woro piled up ready to be30ut out when tho word is brought that a train will bo Bout out Tho employes had littlo to do, except tlio lottor carriers, who wero sent out to collect tho letters from tho boxos. Communication botweou tlio branch offices was only established this morning. Tho rest of the Federal building had a holiday nppcarauce. No courts wcro in session, and few of the clerks wero on baud. United Stales Commissioner Shields was at his desk oarly iu tho morning ready for business. L'nilod States District Attorney Walker camo in bundled up In furs. A Inrgo fur cup surmounted his bead and his feet wero enveloped in largo rubber boots. Few of his assistants woro able to reaclf tlio ofilco, as a groat mauy of them live out of town. In tho offieo of tho United Statos Steamboat Inspectors Captains Fairchlld and Maltlaud woro present and at work at their desks. They had not yet receivod any reports of collisions er accidents on the river. "1 suppose wo will havo a largo numbor of complaints to look aftor," said ouo of tho inspectors. "There is no telling bow many accidents thoro woro. It was a hard time ou tho river yestorday aud it Is a wonder that thero woro not a number of lives lost in tho storm. It wus the worst storm along tho coast for years, and I hopo wo will not seo anothor ono liko it." At tho ofilco of General Manager Haiti, of tho eiovatod roads, it was said that all tho various lines wore in operation, and that by this aftornoon all trains would be running on regular schodulo time, as bororo tho Interruption causod by tho Btorm. Thero were 130 prisoners in tho Essox Market Prison this morniug and Just eight loavos of bread. Justice Patterson discharged 21 of those, but unless tho loavos multiply or tho baker is nblo to get his wagon through tho buow 115 stomachs must bo content with one - fourteouth of a loaf of bread. Many of tho bakers experienced groat difficulty to - day In baking, as tho groat mass of snow lying over the ovous cooled off tho Ures. Twenty - seven mou and woman who lost the instinct of self preservation yestorday and drank too deeply of tho flowing bowl woro prisoners lu tho Essox Market Police Court this morning. Ono came from the Delaucoy street .Station, 0 from Uuiou Market, 2 from tho Fifth streot Station, 2 from tlio Madison streot Station aud tho Eldridgo stroet Station topped tho list with 16 unfortunates. Justice Pattorson gave thom a seroro reprimand. To one man who was found in a hallway by Offlcor Lang, of tho Eldridge stroot Station, he said: "You can thank that officer for saving your life. You were fouud stark aud stiff with cold iu a hallway nnd In a fow hours moro you would havo boon stiff lu death." An old woman was found lying under a wagon eo nuddled up that Officer Kaodlg of tho samo station took hor for a bundlo of rags. Whon tho officer shook her she shrioked at him: "Can't you lot a lady sleep ? It's so long a time smco I've been in bod." Justice Patlorson fined noarly all of tile prisoners fid each aud said ho was sorry that ho could not givoMhom six months ou tho Island, as pooplo, ho Bald,Vho would drink to excess ou such a day as yesterday soomod to havo lost all human feeling. Policoitiau'Dogor, of the Sixth Polico Precinct, camo acrosi Petor ltollly, a poorly drossod man who was hld undor a pile of snow iu Worth stroot. He wus badlj' frozen and tho officer had to couvoy him to tho station houso on a stretcher. This moruingt Kollly was arraignod beforo Justlc3 Ford iu tho 'rbmbs Polico Court, who Boutoucod him to six montB.fl oa the Island. At4:45 thiB mermlug Officer Haag, of tbe Twenty - second ProcinciVfound the body of a man frozen stiff in tho snow b!f ok, opposite 820 Seventh avenue. .The body was Tfoll drossod, and hal in Its possession a gold watch and chain and SI.43 in monoy. The body was subsequently identified as that of George D. Barrobioro, about45 yoars, who rosidos with bis wife anU family at tbe Osborno Flats, Fifty - first itreet and Broadway. Uo was well known down town in business circles as an importer and dealer in hops "at 8 Water stroet Do - ceased bad !beon In delicate health for some time and loft bis home yesterday morning for his office. It is supposed that be became exhausted and numbed by the cold and Bank Insensible unseen into the drift where be was found. Coroner no tilled. Olo Swonson, 46, a sailor on the bark Krone, living at tho foot of Degraw street, took too much whiBky last night and wbllo trying to reach bis Bhip fell ovorboard and was drowned. A fire in Whitley & Parmolla's dry goods store, on Columbia street, did $500 damage. Lace caught flro from a gas Jet. The awning in front of Thomas Corcoran's dry goods store, 180 Hoyt stroot, was blown down. Damage, 50. It will cost $40 to repair Leandor Power' awning at 114 Smith streot Theodore Bunker, of 862 Butlor streot was pickod up on Atiantlo avonuo In a badly frozen condition. He was taken homo. Henry Tribel, 17 years old, was extricated f roma snow bank on Sixth avonuo by Captain Jewott, of tho Bergen street Station. He was ablo to walk to ills home on Bergen stroet, noar Sixth avonuo. Joseph P. Pasners, of 880 Hancock street, and Thomas Sorenson, of 138 Union street, walked from Fulton Forry to Pineapple stroet this morning, nnd thoro foil oxhaustod. Thoy woro taken to the Adams streot Station and from thero home. An awning over the Brooklyn Shoe Company's store fell down and broke a plate glass window. Damage $00. ' John Coakloy, a letter carrier, of 123 Boerum placo, was found unconscious at the corner of Hudson aud DoKalb avenues aud was taken homo by tho police. At 3 o'clock yestorday aftornoon the iron smoke stack of tho St. Georgo Hotel fell down and dam - agod the roof to tho extent of $300. Charles II. Hydo, of 412 Grand avenue, was found with his bauds and foot frozen on Atlautic avonue. Ro was attended to and was also Iockod up for intoxication. At 3 o'clock this morning John Peters, of 439 Flatbush avonue, and Jacob Eporago, of 608 Third avenue, woro found on Flatbush avouue In a protty bad couditlou, aud wero takon homo. Bridget Casey, oi 472 Atlantic avonuo, lott homo Inst night and was found this morning ia front of Dr. Lawrence's drug store, at 150 Third avonuo. Tho doctor attended to her nud she was taken homo. At 3 tills morning Walter Roberts, of 25 Colum bla place, was found on Atlantic avenue, noar South Ferry. His hands aud feot woro badly frozon, and ho was removed to tlio Long Island College Hospital. Fifty feot of foneo wero blown down around tho Cltlzon Gas Company's works, ou Smith and Fifth streots. Somothlng, perhaps snow struck Warron M. Abbott, of 355 Court stroet, on tho head at tho corner of Court and Luquoer street last night Ho was looked aftor by tho police and sont homo. Mary Hulllugor, of 380 Pulaski stroot, was found oxhaustod at tho corner of Bold avenuo and Pulaski streot, and was takon homo in a sleigh. liobort U. Konnan, 74 yoars old, was picked out of a snowbank unconscious aud was removed to his homo, 001 Hancock streot. A large platoglass window in William Zudluk's store, 1,051 Third avenue, was blown in. Damago $300. Tbo polico report that all tho oloctric lights on Myrtlo avonuo wore out last night All tho prisoners colloctod lu tho Fourth I'ro - oiucl last night wore taken to Judgo Konna's Court this morning in a sleigh drawn by tho patrol wagon horsos. Subsequently tho sleigh was used to return tho oovoral captains from hondquartors to their posts. Ono of tho offleors of tho Tenth Precinct found a half frozen woman on Third avonuo and had to carry hor ou his back through Wyckoff stroot to Fourth avonuo, whore a vohlclo was procured. Tho woman is still at the station houso. The polico report thoso casualties from the storm : Charlos Friths, 30 yoars, of 305 Madison street, fell at Jackson and Monroe Rtreots, and broko bis loft arm. Gouvonour Hospital. Annie Hnlpiu Fisher, 30 years, of 45 - 3 West Thirty - ninth stroot, fofiud dond in tho hallway of - 120 West Thirty - ninth stroet. Body at tho Wost Thirty - seventh streot statiou. Tlio following accidents woro reported t Chambers street Hospital this morning: At 8:15 A. M., In front of 01 Madison stroot, Ann Foloy, 00 years old, foil aud fractured both bonos of her right leg. Sho was removed to tho Now York Hospital. At tho Twentieth Precinct Robert Murdock, 21 years of ago, of Elizabeth, N. J., airao in and re ported that his ilugors woro frozou. Thoy wero treated and lie wont homo. An unknown man foil in front of tho IVionne building, fie received a severe scnip wound. When tho ambulanco arrivod bis frionds hud takon him homo. Tho bony of an unknown man was taken out of tbo East Itivor this morning at 6:40 o'clock by Pa trolman Jame3 F. Barry, of tho Thirtcouth Product. Deceased was about 40 years of ago, 5 feot, 8 lnchoa iu height and of slim build. Had .dark hair, cut short, and a iioavy, dark mustache. Dressed in dark sack aud overcoat, pants and vest and gray ish woolou shirt, no necktie, congress gaiters and whito socks. Body at Morgue. Noarly all tho employes of tho city departments wero aro at their desks to - day. Commissioner of Accounts Adamson and ail of hie clerks woro at work oarly. Deputy Controller storrs was at his post and so was ills Chief Controller Myers. Su pervisor Tom Costigau, of tho City Rocord, suc ceeded iu reaching ins ofiico. Ho chartered a doublo sleigh drawn by two horses aud camo down in great style. Business was nga'.n suspended iu tho oxchangos. Ouly a fow of the brokers woro oil tho floor of tho Stock Exchange. Thoro was trading in small amounts. It was voted to close at noon until tomorrow. Tho Board of Governors will hold a meeting this aftornoon. Tho banks aro all opon, but no business was dono to speak of. At tho Clearing Houso most of the clearances wero made by 10:30 o'clock. At a numbor of tlio banks tho vaults could not bo opened. The Cotton Exeliango members voted to suspend business at noon. TWO FUNERALS SNOWBOUND AT FLATI1U3II. Two funerals, conducted by Undertakers Hadloy, of Pacific street, and Newman, of Court street, bo - camo snowbound at tho ontranco to Holy Cross Cemetery yestorday. Tho coaches wero abau - donod. Tho coffins woro tr.keu caro of by Mr. Ryan, who rosidos thero, while the peoplo and horsos renialnod with that gontlemau all night. It is pos3iblo that thoy will havo to Btay anothor night TUE LEGISLATURE SNOWBOUND ALSO. Special to tho L.iglo. . Albany, X. Y., March 13. For the first timo in the history of the Stato Leg - silature its proceedings havo been brought to a standstill by tho force of nature, and seventeen assemblymen and eight sonators met n moment au 1 adjourned lastovoniag and this morning they could ouly repeat tho performance and thoy did not got in a recruit. Mr. McCnnu wn? the ouly Brooklyn man iu tho colloetion. Ho camo up Saturday night and so dodged tho blockade. Albany has beon shut off for twenty - four hours from outside communication and promlsos to bo lu a like condition for twenty - four hours moro. Tho radiating railways aro blockod and tho city stroots are impassable for teams and podoslrians. THE STORi ELSEWHERE. St. Paul, Miuu., March 12. A Vvinnipog, Jinn., special to tho r'umetr Prei3 says: "A terrific blizz - ird is raging ou tho north shore of Luke Suporlor and trains on tho Canadian Pacific Railroad aro completely blockaded. No trains have arrived horo from Montreal since Thursday." Utica, N. Y., March 13. Tho storm has abated, but tho extraordinary fall of suow blocks travol hereabout. Tho fast mail and first Atlantic express, duo in New York early this morning, nro at the depot hero. Tho passengers aro playing cards, sending telograms, plying railroad officials witli questions and making tho best of tho situation. No trains havo arrivod to - day from any direction and no trains aro oxpeetod. Tho tomporatnre, tho wind and tho weather, according to reports received to - day from many cities, aro indic.itod in tho table bolow. It will bo soou that tho wires connecting with several citlos of importance aro down: Ronton. Philadelphia, Wellington, 1 yiiuhburgli, Norfolk, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Savannah, Pittsburg, Fort Garry, Now Orleans... Cincinnati Itulianipolis... Onia ia Albany Buffalo Now Vork...... Cleveland Detroit CllicaKO Milwaukee St. Paul Sydney .Wires down Cloar. Ciuar. Clear. Cloar, Know. Cloudy. Cloudy. Clotr. Fair. Clear. Fair. Cloudy. Cloudy. SOME NOVELTIKS IN I.EOUING3. Those aro somo of tho leggings tbat woro soon on the streets by nu Eagle reporter: A pair of drawer legs cut oil about half way up and worn ovor tho shoos inside tho rubbors. Towels tied on ovor tuo ankles and shoes by shawl straps, with tho fringe Just below tho knoo. This made a vory protty logging. Ham covors, tied with whito or red strings. A pair of plaid shawis tiod around iho huge feet of an ancient negro. This effect, nftor tho style of the French lmpro3slonlBt School, was startling. A man, with no loggings, whose trousers wore fastODOd around tho ankles by oue strap, each end of which was utilized. Thi3 gave tho man a log movomout of about two feet. Iu fact, ho was hobbled like a horso out at pasture. He soomod to get there Just the same. White logglugs of tho Tiventy - third Regiment boys. Theso wero worn mostly with cape overcoats. Ex - Mayor Low in yollow waterproof loggings. Strips of rubber tiod around tho legs by clothos - llnes. . Jute bagging. This was tho most common legging. Brown, black, navy bluo, white, yoilow, purple, variegated, striped, otc., etc, loggiugB. These wero worn by tho ladles, and woro tho kind woru by their mothors before them. Pillow case leggings. Thoso had a floppy ap - pearanco aud, as a saleslady would say, woro not tasty. Rubber boots. Hunting loggings, with fifteon protty buttons In a row on one sido. Thoso wore woru ia main by the Wall street contingout. Woolen socks pulled over tbo shoo3 a la grandpapa. One only ono man wore whito and rod striped loggings reaching nearly to tho hips. This gontloman had a pair of real snow shoes bung over his shoulders, and ho told tho reportor that ho had stolon his loggings aud that his sister would dls - covor that she was miaus Just ono pair boforo the day was done. A fow Anglomaniacj who, scorning to wear loggings, turned up their trousors at tho bottoms. Red woolen stockings tied around tho knees with blue ribbons. BAD TilKIit EAIIS FBOZEN. Officers Sweeney, Maher nnd Herbert, of the Fifth Proclnot, bad their ears Ireatbitwn yes - 30 Northoast. W North. , 18 North. 30 Calm. 2 Northwest. 2 Northwost. (i West. 10 Northwest. 10 North. 18 Noribiafit. 12 Niirthuaat. 10 Kaat. 32 East. BY VIOLENCE. Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Dobbins. A Plain Statement of Facts from the Police - Will Any Decisive Action be Takon i Tlio death of Edward Dobbins is still the absorbing topic of conversation among the people of the Uastorn District and especially the Seventeenth Ward, where tho family is so well known, having resided there for probably a half a century Tho old family homestead is at the corner of Manhattan and Moserole avenues. It looks what it roally is, an old farm house, and is surrounded by a largo plot of ground over 100 foot square. Tho property is now very valuable. A well known brewer not long since offered 135,000 for it, but old Mrs. Dobbins would not part with it. Now that sho is dead the homestead will probably bo Bold aud the proceeds divided among the heirs. Thus an old landmark will be swopt away. Miss Dobbins, a sister of the docoasod, with a brother, at presont occupies it. A married sister Htcs near by. Another Bister was marriod to George Hoath, a flroman, who lost his lifo at tbo lira which consumed Horsoman's bakory, at Graham avenuo and Powors streot, a fow yoars ago. His widow died not long since, leaving two orphan children, who will Inherit hor portion of the estate. Edward was a ship carpontor. When he waB a boy the members of tho craft commanded larger pay than auy othor tradosmon and throe - fourths of tho ship building dono in this country was dono in Clio Soventoonth Ward. Ho was known ns a good mechanic of steady habits. He belonged to Truck No. 4, of tho Volunteer Firo Departmont, of which George McMullon, now one of tho Navy Yard bossoa, was foreman, and while running with It to fires made aa extensive acquaintance. Edward was of a quiet disposition, but In recout yearB when under the influence of liquor was Bald to bo quarrelsome. Aftor getting $1,750 in part payment of his portion of the estate a fow weeks ago ho indulged frooly in liquor, and mauy porsons prodlctod that his monoy would not last long, or at loast ho would not havo it long, if he coutinuod to carry his funds with him during his debauch. Tho circumstoncos attending Dobbins' doath aro thus stated; "After I bad paid Dobbins' flue in Justico Naoher's Court Wodnesday morning,'' said Josoph Oppouhoimer, tho saloon koopor of 40G Manhattan avenuo, "wo dopartod together. I askod Dobbins what bo had dono with his monoy and ho stated that ho could not well tell. Uo had put J, OLIO In bank and socroted $00 in an old shoe, but ho could not accont for the romalndor, nor could ho oxplaln how ho camo by tho wound. All was a blank to him. In tolling how he spentsorao of his mouoy ho said: 'We had a great timo at tho old Dutchman's shoo store with two women. Old Graf aud another man and tho womou and myself dran k whisky and boor and beer and whisky togothor for several days aud had a good timo generally. Dobbins came luto my saloon as woll as I romembor about 3 o'clock Tuosdny afternoon. Ho did not appear to bo intoxicated, aud ho was givou no driuk wbllo iu the storo, oxoept one with tho man he on - torod iu company with. I do not know who the man was. Whon I left about 0 o'clock he was yet In tho storo. Thoro wero somo mou iu the place at tlio time, and he wanted, I heard since, somo of thom to tako him home, but thoy refused to do so. I wont down Manhattan avonuo, and when on tho way back I saw Dobbins aud two men going into Honry Ilogcl's saloon at tho corner of Calyor street. I saw nothing more of him. Next morning the doorman' at tho Sovouth Proclnot Station brought ino a note from Dobbins which stated ho wanted me to pay $11.50 line for him In Justico Naeher's Court. I went to tho court and found that tho fine was only J3, Dobbins aud I walked out of court as far as Senator's liquor storo at Graham avonuo and Mesoroio street, whoro I treated him. Ho drank whisky. Ho complained oi Lis head aud camo back with mo to my placo. I thou questioned him about his monoy. The bamlago that Dr. Goddard, who actod as ambulance surgoon, had put on tho heard the previous night in tho cell was off and I told Dr. Itediiold, of 181 Konl streot, to dross tho wound aud I would seo that he was paid. Tho doctor did as I requosted. Dobbins had a lit and tho doctor attended to him. Dobbins was sitting in a chair all tho timo. At about 5 o'clock ho placed his head on the table and dozed off, as wo thought, to sleep. I was away af - torward. At about 1 o'clock Thursday morning 1 tried to arouse him from what I believed to bo a slumber, but was unablo to do so. Tho polico woro then notified and Dr. Goddard arrived and took Dobbins away to tho hospital. From what Dobbins said to mo I inferred that he tponta good deal of his time lor a week or moro at tho shoemaker's ou Franklin stroot iu company with the woiaon. He likely spent his money thero." Sergeaut Worraoll, of tho Soveuth Precinct, said: I was at - tho desk when Dobbins was takon from his cell Wednesday morning. Ue lookod as any man woulu who had passed a night lu a coll after a debauch. Whon ho came back from court ho signed his name iu n rather stoady hand for $1.28, a silver watch aud a pen knife. That is all that I know about tho mattor." Captain Khoades, of tho Soventh rrociuct, In spoaking about tho case, said: "Sorgeaat Keid should have eutorod tho namos 'aud addresses of tho citizens who brought Dobbins to tho station on tho blotter and recorded the fact that lie had a wound on tho hoad. I had a case onco whoro a man was suffering from the effects of a fail. Ho did not soom to bo acting all right after tho first day and I called in threo or tour different physicians to make an examination, but all declared that tho man's skull was not fractured. Tho rami died and a post mortom showed that tho skull was frueturol, but In tho back of tho.hoad while ho had fallen laco downward. It i3 hard to toll what may result from a fall." Henry Iiogc - 1, tho Manhattan and Mosorolo ave uuo saloon kueper, statod: "Dobbins was not in my saloon Tuesday, tho statomout of Josoph Up - penheimer to tlio contrary notwithstanding. I was iu my placo from 4 until 7:45 o'clock that ovoniug, nnd Dobbins did not como in, nor did nny three men como in together, ns Mr. Opponhoimor alleges. Mr. Opponhoimor was not only mistnkou as to Dobbins, but as to throe mou coming into my placo. " Ofilcer fulou said to a reporter: "1 saw Dobbins, vhilo I was at Manhattan and Greonpoint avenues, going dowu Manhattan avenue from tho direction of Oppenhoimor's shortly boforo ho w.u brought to tho station houso. " Judging from tho officer's statoment, Dobbins walked down tho avonuo nlono after 7 o'clock, probably at 7:15 o'clock, llogol's saloon is some dis - tauco away aud ho could not havo boon there if tho officer was correct in his recognition. It is also to bo assumed tiiat Dobbins was not very much intoxicated at tho timo or tho ofilcer would havo arrostod him. Opponheimer's saloon Is only a block distant from Greonpoint aveuuo and tho statl - in. Adam Graf, tho Franklin avonuo shoomakor, or cobblor, rathor, is a bachelor and occupies a small storo with a room off whero ho sloops. In tho r - nmo apartmont an Irishman namod Dan sloops. A woman aud hor husband occupy roar rooms which connect by a door with Graf's sleeping room. Tho door is kopt Iockod. Graf is a man of about 55 years, who speaks poor English. Ho said: "I know - poor Ed well; ho was a good follow. Ho camo hero Sunday aud sout out for boor aud whisky and wo all drank It." "Who were in tho party?" "Kd and mysolf aud Dan, tho Irishmau that sleeps iu the room with mo." "Nobody olso?" "No, sir." "Woro thoro not woraon in tho room?" 'Oil, that's nothing. Thore wns an old soman that lives in tho back thoro " (pointing to the connecting rooms). "And anothor woman?" "Yos." "Who was sho?" "I don't know her name. Sho comes hero liko other womou to havo her shoes mendo.l. Hoc first tiarno I Katio. Sho is Irish. Sho llvos somowhoro down thero near tho bridge," (Bushwick Crook Iiridgo dividing the Fourteenth and Seventeenth wards). "Did Dobbins remain long?" "Ho stoppod hero all day aud wo all drauk beer and whisky, and had a Jolly time." "Wero Dobbius and Katio friendly toward each other ?" "How do I know? Wo woro all full. I was full, too, liko tho rest." "Did Katio stop over night?" 'Sno went homo." Continuing, Mr. Graf said: "Dan and Ed audi slept here ovor night. EH showed mo a roll of biil", 250, Monday morning. I told him to leave it nt homo or put it in bank, or bo might loso it or havo it stolon from him. He wont aiviy about 8 or 0 o'clock and I saw uothing more of him." Mrs. Dr. Francis, an agod, good honrtod lady of 70 yoars, who lived over tho shoo store said: "Thoy wero all drinking that Suuday and Mr. Dobbins was sick Monday morning. I am opposod to liquor, but whon I saw that Mr. Dobbins was sick I gave hitu a bowl of soup and ho drauk it and felt bettor, and then went away," Tho police havo not yet found a siuglo person who saw Dobbins fall on tho sidownlk, although Sergeant Iteld statod that throe of tho men who took Dobbius to tho station said that thoy saw him fall in front of Clark's drug storo on .Manhattan avonue. Tho clerks In the drug store statod that they did uot see Dobbins fall. Dr. Rcdflold, of 181 Kent streot, said: "I saw and dressed Dobbins' wound Wodnosdny. I did not ox - amino it, as I was requested merely to baadago it. Tho woun 1 could not havo been produced by a fall on tho sidewalk." Dobbins took dinner In his own houso Monday, and atesuppor thoro too, ond remained homo ovor night. Ho had breakfast in tho morning and dinner with his sister, who resides noar by, at noou. He entered Opponhoimor's saloon with a friend at 3 o'clock. Dobbins bad $250 Monday and only $1.28 Tuesday nt tho station. Tho caso is thus narrowed down so that tho polico ought uot to havo much difficulty in unraveling the myetory. There cau be no manner of doubt that Dobbins' death was tho result of violence. AN ENJOYABLE PARTY ftiven by Iiltle Charles aud (ieorgc Usher Masters Charles and Georgo Usher gave a very pleasant birthday party to thoir friends on F'rlday evening at their residence, 512 llalsoy stroot. Thoy wero ontortaiuod by the fashionable doukoy prizes which were won by Miss M. Sutton and Master G. Renzo; singing by llttlo Edith Cutting aud rocitn - ions by Flos - jy Lansing, nftor which an onjoyablo collation was served. A uumborod of presents wero tondered the two little follows: Among thoso presont were: Grace Carr, Essio Bedell, Edith Donn, Grace May, F. Austin, A. J. Schultz, Hita Adams, Ethel Ayraan, Harry Gahagan, Frank Hamilton, Georgo Oakloy, Willie Marsh, Froddio Kano and others. J11SSJKG S1SCE YESTERDAY MOKN'tXG. Gustavo Sclvino, of G65 Grand street, aged 33 years, ond George Miller, of 102 Ilimrod Btreot, are roportod missing. They wont to thoir TTOrit yesterday aoinias (iati.&aYO not reluraeO. COURT OF APPEALS DECISIONS, Some of TCIitcU Aro of Special Iutorcst to Krooltlyn People. Albany, N. Y., March 13. Tho following decisions wero handed down in tho Court of Appeals to - day: David D. Acker et al, appellants, vs. Charles E. Leland ot al, respondents; Mary H. Sholby, respondent, vs. Sun Printing aud Publishing Association, appellant; Michael Hlckoy, respondent, vs. David D. Acker ot al, appollants. Judgment affirmed, with costs. Chnrles A. Clegg, respondent, vs. Androw J. Alk - ons ot at, defendant; the Alkoas Newspaper Uuiou, appellant; tho Pooplo ex rol. Thomas Casey, appelant, vs. James Jourdan, Polico Commhsslone, etc., respondent Order affirmed, with costs. Cora E. Flske, respondent, vs. Charles W. Bar - deen, appolant Appeals dismissed, with costs. Edward Donnolly, respondent, vs. Brooklyn City Railroad Company, appellant Judgment reversod, new trial granted; costs to abide ovont Appoals trom Orders 1.210, Peoplo ox rol. Goorgo W. Huntley, rospoudout, vs. Edward E. Mills, commissioner of highways, of Schroon, Essox : County, nppollant Argued by C. B.McLaffliu for appollant. Submitted for respoudont. 1,218, F. Winauts, plaintiff, vs. Marcus L. Blanch - ard, respondent Argued by J. n. Cluto, for E. 1. McClosky; N. P. lllnmna, for respondent 1,231 People ox rol Georgo W. Ostrandor ot al, appollants, vs. Alfred C. Chapin, respondent. Argued by Arthur L. Andrews for appellant, Charles F. Tabor for respondent. 1,230 David Miller, otc, respondent, vs. Benjamin W. Wright et al, dofoudauta; Peck appollauf Argued by W. C. Itoo for appellant, Mr Taylor for respondent. THE ICE BKIDGE Hundreds of Persons Cross the East River. Many People Canlit on a Floo and Place l for a Time iu Imminent Danger An Incipient Panic Finally Rescued. For the first time since the year 1875, (in Ice bridge was formod in tho East Itiver, ferry boats wero useless and thousands of persons crossed to New York on foot Through tho night tho ieo had accumulated in vast quantities lu tho slips and along tho lino of docks at daybreak a email passage only was open, barely wide onough to permit a forry boat to pass through. The tide rushed up stream gaining an added force by the aid of tho wind aud carriod with it hugo quantities of broken ico aud as well enormous cakes. It was but the work of a short lime to close tho passage and by 7 o'clock this morning ferryboats were usoless, despite the efforts of two tug boats that woro ongaged in attompts to keop tho way cloar and prevent a blockado; as early travellers reachod Fulton Forry ibis morning between tho hours of 7 and 8 o'clock; thoy wore confronted with tho fact that tho boats had discontinued making trips foranlndeQuito time and that they must olthor wnit, walk ovor to Now York on the Ice, or skate tho bridgo for it. By 7:30 o'clock tho forry houso was Jammod with pooplo, nil anxious to got to Now York, tho question aro30, "What's to do ?" Whilo cogitating as to moans to adopt to effect this somo courageous spirit shouted, - "Lot's cross ovor Iho ice!" This proposition was hailed with delight and was no sooner mado than acted upon. Immediately many of thom proceeded to lot themselves down by devious moans from tho bridgo to tho ieo. Hundreds, too impa - tiont to wait, dosortod tho ferry houso and repaired to tho dock adjoining tho lorry, aud then proeoortod to Jowoll's Wharf aud Martin's Stores, a short dis - taneo from tho forry on Furman street, whore thoy wero aidod in their descout to tho i'o by moans of ropes and ladders. Tho ico had bocomo so effectually Jamni:) 1 that it was immovablo, and tho pas - saso across the river had eyory appearance of safety. Hundreds who wore less courageous stood upon tho shore and cheered most lustily thoso who had tho temerity to attempt the passage For ovor au hour this modo of crossing tho river coutinuod. Shortly after (1 o'clock tho tile turned and ilowod to ebb. Then a slight movement in tho ico was discorn - ablo. Thoso intonl upon getting ovor did uot, apparently, appreciato tho dungors that threatened, but proceeded unconsciously on thoir journey. As tho tide assumed groator velocity uuder its icy covoring nud bocniiu more positive in Its passage to tho sea tho ico began to crack and groan. It swayed from sido to sido, it heaved restlessly up and down upon tho bosom of tho rivor. Suddonly tho unmistakable sound of cracking ico was hoard and it was seen to separate. A blood chilling cry wont up " Tho ico Is crucking! " Every ono stood aghast Those upon the ieo made a mad rush for tho shore, and thoso upon the shore hurrlod to and fro for such aecossiblo moans as would assist In laud - ng thom safely. A largo number of peoplo were carriod qulto a littlo distance on a largo detatch - raont of tho ico floe, but managed to make good thoir oscapo, by getting ou tho main body of the Ice, whon thoy woro subsequently takon ou board tho tug boats or clamborod up the docks. Fortunately no casualties are reportod, but thoro woro many blanched facos. Numerous resolutions woro oxprcssod nevor to again attompt a liko pas - sago. Aa a matter of fact tho ico was not solidly frozen, but was only wodgod in and hold iu placo by the upward flow of the tide. It is assortod that tuliy throo thousand porsons crossed on tbo ico, among whom wero many womou. Au intorostiug feature duriug tho timo was tho ontorpriso of amateur photographers, who woro among tho crowd taking viows, among whom was ono who struck off eighteen negatives. . STOLEN' WATER. What Colouc! ; Calycr ; Hoard Mr. So::iers Say. The storm which proved sufficient to interrupt almost every pursuit aud industry in tho city was not sufficient to suspend the ordorly procedures of tlio law. At 10 o'clock this morniug tho Jur.irs lu tho suit of llcuja::ii(i F. Stovons against Park Commissioner Daniol M. Somers for $50,000 damages for libel were on hand. Ono witness was examined yestorday, and thou tho court adjourned. This witness was St. Clair McKolway, who wns called to prove the fact of tho publication of tho iutorview with Mr. Seniors upon which the complaint is largely based. Mr. McKolway tostilted Hint on September 7, IS - jii, Mr. So mors callod at the Facile onico about midd - iy. Tho wituoss know of the meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, which had taken place t'.mt morning, and tho statement which Commissioner Seniors had mado in tho meeting in reference to water from tho i'ark supply being diverted to the pipes of tho Kiug - County Supply Comp - iny. .Mr. .McKolway said something moro should bo published about it, as it was a matter of public importance. It so happened that tho mombors of tho city staff wero engaged and so tho witness lntervlowed Mr. Seniors iu reference to tho mattor. Tho interviow was read to Mr. Somers section by section, and when completed was rend to; him In its ontirety aud then givou out for publication. Witness thought that In tho course of tho antecedent conversation tho Kings County Water Supply Company might havo beon roforrod to by Mr. Homers as tho Stovous Company or as tho Sheepshoad Bay Company. Thodefonso did uot cross oxamlno tho wituoss and admitted the fact of tho intorviow and its publication. The first witnesi this morning was Colonol John Y. Culver, ex - superiutendont aud engineer of the Park IJopartment. He to.stiflod that aftor tho publication of tho interview ho hoard Mr. Seiners speak of it in tho park nnd In the Litchfield Mansion; Mr. Somors said ho knew nil about tho theft of the water and could prove that Stovous had stolen it. Thls,wil - 11083 said, Mr. Seniors repeated a dozen times. Wit - 11033 said ho offered to furnish Indisputable proof that Commissioner Seniors was wrong, nnd tho Commissioner said ho did not want any Information from witness or his assistants as ho could prove tho statements mado. It was tho habit of iho I'ark Commission to moot informally at tho Litchfield Mansion ovory morning to discuss park matters. Sovoral members of Iho Commission were presont, togethor with tho witness, when tho statements in roferonco to Stovons wero made by Commission. - r Somers. Tho cross examination drew out tho point that theso statomonts wore made in tho gatherings of tho Commissioners in committee meetings at tho Litchfield Maunion. Aftor CoIohoI Culyer'd evidence had oeen completed tho plaintiff's counsel rested their case and Lawyor ,Tos3o Johnson, of couusel for tho defense, moved to dismiss tho complaint. tTho statomonts, couusel claimed, were nindojin tho pursuit of tho official duty of tho defendant as Park Commissioner. Tho evideuco suowod that tho conversations hod been mado in tho meetings of tho Commission and were direetod to tho engineer, and as such were not actionable. Thy woro temperate statement - ', which tho defendant considered It ills duly to mako. Tho park water supply was low au ! tho defondant wa3 convinced tho wator had boon running Into tho pipes of tho Kings County Supply Company, which Mr. Somers called " the Stovons System." As tho ovidenco for tho plaintiff stood counsel claimed ihndofonso was outitlcd to a dismissal of tho complaint. Judgo Cultou allowed tho plaintiff to amoud the complaint and denied the motion to dismiss. Tho dofeuso will put lu their ovidenco this attornoon. A SCHOOL GIItT. HISSIKU. Mrs. Helsey, of North Fifth street, reported at the Fifth station this morning that hor daughter started for the Central Grammar School, on Nos - trand avonuo, yestorday morning and has not boon heard from Blnco. It Is supposod that sho is stopping at tho homo of somo friend, but hor mother is noarly distractod, .13 sho foars sho has beon burlod In tho snow. THE - MCW Ui'.liH'.X KMPEROlt. BEItI.LV, March 13. Emperor Fredorlck passed a good night Ho Is fairly woll. Ho rocoivod a doputatlon of Berlin Aldormon at tbo Charlottonburg palace to - day. Tho Emporor will not leavo Charlottenburg for several days. TIIE WEATHER, BBCOBD OK TUB TOKKMOMBTSB. Tho following 13 tho record of tho thormoins koptnt tho Brooklyn Daii.v Eaoi.s oruco: 2 A. M 11: 10 A. M i A. M ; 12 M 6A.M 1; 2P - M 81 - M A'venuro toraporainre to - doy Average temucratare saino daw last yoar .. 13 .. 17 .. 20 Vl' - i 23;, nicii WATER. The following is tho othcial announcement of the timo and duration of high water at Now York and Sandy Uo3k for to - morrow, March 14: A : i p M Tiaio.i Holght. I Time. Height! New York., j 0:10 SaadyHook! 8:53 4.3 I' 9:1 : 4.5 II 0:51 4.5 il 9:17 I 4.Q 11 (1:03 HOTEHKJiTS OF DC KAN' VESSELS. AnttrvKD TnEsoAx, suson 13. 88 Japanose, PuInrnKvKow York. 88 Kdara, Amsterdaiff, New York. tisAUciie. Idvcipool, NtT?. York. V - ; - - : - ir Lmra"n or , I , Kl. i Fall npHK LIKELY TO FALL And Crush a Block of Houses on Monroe Street. A DangeronB Clinrch Steeple Which Threatens Destruction to Lifo and Properly Tremendous Crashes Which Slarllcd a Neighborhood. About 9 o'clock last night people living in the vicinity of Classon avenuo and Monroe street wore startled by a series of deafening crashes, which, abovo the roar of tho storm, rovorberatod liko peals of thunder. Rushing to doors and windows a sight met their oyes which was sufficiently unnerving to keep tho neighborhood awake for tho night at loast In short, the baso of tho Classon avonuo Presbyterian church steoplo was falling piece by piece, aud every moment tho frlghtenod spectators expectod tho whole tower to come crashing dowu upon thorn. The night was so dark .fid tho blowing snow so blinding that no ono couhl toll whother the s eeplo had started from tho perpendicular and in ali.tious suspo iso thoy awaited t' - o morning. For about fifteon feot from where tho stooplo proper begins Is a casing of wood. This was fast - oned to the skeleton of timber in soctions. and as the storm tore thom oft ono at a time with terrific noise they fell upon the roof and from thero bound, od to the stroot below, or rather what was loft of thom, for thoy woro mostly broken into, fragments on tho slato roof, whero thoy knocked sovoral ugly lookiug holes. When daylight came tho sight that was discovered was no more as - uring than tho sounds that fro n tint) to timo during tho night had anuouucoJ the destruction of tho tower. It was leaning toward Monroo street at an angle of fifteen degrees, and tho base, now baro of boards, soomod to promise but few hours' support to tho slate covered spire abovo it. Around tho baso hung a fow boards which tho wind had not yot cloarod, and windows wero (Hied with eager faces anxiously awaiting thoir dlslodgemont. As tho wind blow in gusts tlio atoople swayed till It seemed as though It must go, but by somo lucky fortuno tho iron supports which hold tho towor woro equal to tho emergency, nnd up to 3 o'clock tho spiro was still standing, but swaying, so that every moment was reasonably expected to bo Its last. At 8 o'clock this morning the danger was roportod at tlio Fourth Product by offleors of that station and on orders from thoro, Classon avenuo and Monroe stroots were roped off and no ono allowod to pass. Tlio Com mlsslouor of City Works made an oariy vi - dt to the building and thoroughly oxamlnod it. Ho decided that whon It wont it would fall across Monroo stroot in a direction soutli by east, and, acting upon his suggestion, tho police were ordorod to notify tho occupants of the houses fronting the church ou Monroo stroot. In accordance wilh theso orders, all tho peoplo liviug in the row of two story brown stono houses, numbered 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 nnd 12 Monroo street wero officially warned of their danger nud directed to leavo or keep on tho lower door and iu tin - back part of their bouses. Tho Commissioners decided that tbo wolght of tho spiro at that distance would not do moro than crush iu tho roof of any of tho houses. None of the familios loft their houses and many of thom persisted iu tilling tho from windows, but it is presumo.l that tho doors woro open to tho roar. An ofilcer was stationed on Classon avenue to keep back venturesome pooplo ivho would porsist in crawling uuder tho ropes. This church lias had hard luck with its spiro. Two yoars ago an urn which capped it was struck by lightuing and for many hours hung botivixt heaven and earth, a terror to pedestrians. Last year a storm slantod tho stooplo a littlo, but not seriously, and now It looks as though nothing but rebuilding would bo of uso, evon if the stooplo does not fall. It Is conical in shape and about goveuty - nvo feot high. Ou the top is a large globo of sheet brass. Tho church wns built eighteen years ago by a contractor namod Rollins. Ho was examining the edllico to - day aud to - night will mako a report to tlio trusle ;s on what is best to be done. The sexton is authority for the statomont that services will not bo held in Iho church for somo time to come. The sceno this morning was decidedly unnerving, as ouly a skototon frame work and a few iron bars kopt a mass of many tons from fulling into tho street. Tlio officer patroliug Clasjou avonuo told an L'aci.e roportor that pooplo living in the vicinity had kept him busy all the morning answorlng questions regarding tho hour wheu Iho spiro wjuld probably fall. I10TII TO BLAME. - io:il .tdvice ivei by Jittlga Clement let a Divorce Caso. Mrs. Annio Woclcer, of Flatbush, brought suit somo timo ago against hor husband, Philip Wnckor, for a separation, ou the ground ot cruel and Inhuman troatmont. Sho alleged that hor husband gavo hor scarcely enough money with which, to buy food for tho household, that ho would! not allow her a servant, although ablo tC do so, aud that sho was compelled to dc tho washing and irouing and pr - .ivi.lo for twffi boarders in addition to caring for her three children. Sho also alleged that hor husband throw panful of hot ashos ovor hor. Tho caso was trio$ beforo Chief Judgo Clemont lu the City Court This morning Judgo Clomont dismissed tlio action and in doing so gave somo good a tvice to Mr. auiS Mrs. Wockor. lu tho decision he says: I am satisfied from tho tostiniouyiu this cose that the dnfinula'it has not conducted himself as ha ought to havo dono, and tho same remark will ap 1 - ly i the plaintiff. The plaintiff sinu! 1 haro nothing to do with one member of hor family who was, calh d as a witness ou hor behalf, aud who, I bu liove, h inclined to drink to excess, and who was propnriy ordered by the defendant from his houso. The doteii'lant Is In fault because he Is too penuri mis in expenditures for his family. Wiiilo it is right that a husband aud a father should be saving and lay up money ho should not expect a wife, ovidout - ly uot over strong, to tako tho entire chnrge of threo young children and do all tho housework, including washing, aud in addition to bo exjiecLod to provide b - jnrd for two hired mou. If the defendant was ;; ;r and uuablo to furnish help for his wife, I should find no fault with him on this acco - iut, but it appears thai he Is worth ovor fii),noo. A husband cau iot expect a wife to bo always ple.isant if aho is overinvKod, aud ou tho other liaiid'i wife cannot expect a husband to bo always agceor.ble. Each should ondoavor to overlook the fa:.Ko of the other, lu this c.i?e there would have been no trouble If tho wife had avoided somo of her relatives (I do U"t refer to hor mother) and il tho husband ha I expended lu his household for a sorvaut an amount e - jual to his expenses lu this action. I do not think iho charges of cruelty are provou and recommend that the parties live together again lq peace, winch I am satisfied they can do if thoy follow the suggestions I havo laid djivn. Tho complaint must bo dismissed without costs. I :t in in the Ski;) dj Ne:ii ly :dwys eomos from a disorder live; - a - id is promptS iy rchurul by Carter's Littlo Liver Pill D. - ir t forgot this, f 'E'tkcvc Is Kill One - ttilicmi. 'i'lillt tm Kr.ixrno Silicon, tho best silver (rohs'i. Tako no othor. I ilXzxiiiiili:ui I i - otirin from tho retail furnitiu Lu - uiass. Great bargains to be had. 440 l - 'ulton St. t No More SicK Ilcmlaclic i( Von llae Cauti'.h's Little Livov P,IK No purging. '.15c. 1 KI. BIOWKl.L - On Monday, March I'J, Ann - if. L - , beloved wil'! of Wi!ihm I - ;. ILd.voli. aod .'1:1 yt? - is. lti - 'ir.tivus and fr.ouds aro roinic.t" I t, altond hor funeral : - .t uev hit - . - residence, 'Ml .I - - .0 - . - ; ;n av. trnoklyn, on 'ril - :;:i h.y .11 :1 1'. .M. In'.crm'mt at 11 r ,i:v. - o - ,d on Friday al tho couvonionLO of llio family. Ml'X'l AI. AOVKJS'il'S - SS - JCVrs. Ji OURNEAY BUJ.INHA.M, f.MPORTEKS OF AND UKALKH - 'l IN FINK DRY GOODS, 121, 1215, 12S ATLANTIC AVKNUH, HAVE NOW OPEN THICIR SEASON'S I.YIPORTA - TION 01 - ' I'UK.VG'H SATI.VK.S AND CAMBRICS, IRISH LINEN LAWNS, SCOTCH ZEPHYRS, PRINTED CHALLIES AND MOHAIRS, WORSTED DRU33 EAlilUCS IN PLAINS. FANCIES AND COMBINATIONS, ALL WOOL AND SILK AND WOOL HENRIETTAS, IN ALL TUE NEW COLOV.S. COLORED SILKS OF KVKKY DESCRIPTION. 11LACK AND WHITE SILKS IN LARGE PLAIDS, STRIPES AND KIUURES, STYLISH AND INCLUSIVE EFFECTS. 11LAOIC CREPE DECHINKS AND GRENADINES N'I'.W STYLES, BLACK SILKS AT LOWER PRIOE3 THAN EVER BEFORE SHOWN. A FRESH LOT OF CAMEL'S HAIR SHAWLS, IN VALLEY OASHMF.RES AND UMlilT.AS AT EXJ CEPTION ALLY LOW PRICES, TO WHICH THliST INVITE SPECIAL ATTENTION. JOYAL. BAKING rOWDER ABSOLUTELY PURE Tnispow.lnr nover varios. A marvel or purity, strontt1! andwholesoinonesa. Mnro economical th - i - i tlio ordinary kind, and cannot bo Bold in compotiti j:i with t!io multitude of low teat, short weight, alum or plioj - jnato pon - dors. Sold only in cans, RoViL BiKisu PowuEii Co., 105 Wall si, Now York. ZO. NELSON fc SON, o BEST QUALITIES OF LEHIGH AND SORANTON COAL. DEGRAW STREET, on Gowanua Canal. 25 ATLANTIC AVKNUH, noar South R,rrjf. o55 FULTON STREET, corner Red Hook 810 FULTON STREKT, near Vr.ndorbilt avonij TELEPHONE CONNECTIONS. 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