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TCESDAY EVENING, JONE 15, 1880. This JPa.per Iuw (ho fcarffCKt Circulation of anr Evening; Paper PnbMsnod In ibe United States. Advertising Medium parent. Its value as an is tHerefore .p - The Mooting in tIo Academy l,ant Niglit Mr. Bceclicr's Speech. The meeting in the Academy of Mnsio last night is le6a noticonble for its indorsement of Garfield than for its extension of condolence to Grant. Every speaker eulogized tho hero xf Appomattox, confessed that he, and not Garfield, was tho candidato he desired, uttered a wail over his defeat and then turned sorrowfully to the business of showing why the ticket, as it stands, ought to win. Wo believe we do not misrepresent either tho gathering or the orators by saying that their spirit was that of reluctant submission to the decree of the convention rather than of an ardent desire to carry what is called "tho banner" to victory, or of beliof that it can be so carried. Certainly any one who looked for some manifestation of the old time enthusiasm looked in vain. The tono was entirely that of the target company deploring the death of a brother member they bow to the will of an all wise and inscrutable providence, yet beg leave to observe that they are very much pained at what has taken place. There is, however, compensation for most ills, and there is compensation for this. It is well that voters be led at times to remember that the parly organization which flourishes only as the appendage of some popular individual ought not to prosper, and that if there be great principles represented by the party thoy ought to command support, unless the person put forward to represent them ba himself a reproach or u menace to them. Euthusinsm is all very well in its way, but politics must go from bad to worse if there are not occasional campaigns in which the appeal is to the calm judgment of the voter and not to his frothy affections. In so far as Mr. Beecher's address can be regarded as an example likely to be followed, it must be allowed that Mr. Garfield's canvass is to be conducted with moderation, courtesy and a great deal of good feeling. Of course it is to be maintained that the typical Democrat is still a dangerous person, that the country wonld not be safe in Democratic hands, and that those ominous individuals, tho rebel brigadiers, need subduing. Still, it is admitted that there were some decent Demoorats, that there was a time when the Democratic party rendered great sorvice to the Union, and that after all the organization may not be incorrigible. It is something to have this much gained, for the tone of comment, which is called " stalwart " could only be indulged by fostering softening of the brain, or developing mental dishonesty. Iu tinis, the man who belioves or tries to believe, that one - half of his fellow countrymen are at heart disloyal, are secretly enamored of oppression, have no respect for thoir own pledges, think lightly of perjury, and take a gay and festive view of murder when perpetrated to carry an election the man who believes or tries to believe these things must, if not rescued by some missionary of common, go either to a lunatio asylum or a reformatory. There have, we confess, been occasions when Mr. Beecher's political speeches filled the Eagle with unaffected alarm for him under ouo or other of these heads, but we rejoice to say the danger appears to have passed with the removal of the Man on Horseback from the field of active politics. He Jias not yet reached that stage of perfect security where men can differ from their neighbors on political questions without harboring any suspicion of their good faith. There is, however, reason to believe that we shall find him there after a few months' experience under a plain, straightforword, old fashioned Democratic administration. By turning to his references to tho gentlemen who are the foremost candidates for the Democratic nomination, and one of whom is likely to be the next President, it will be seen that he made a vast advance toward that " sweetness " and light " which Matthew Arnold so highly commends to the seekers after truth. Inasmuch aB the paragraph in which he does this also raises tho question of principle, upon which the Republicans must win, if there bo victory reserved for them, we quote it here : I do not undertake to express dfseatocm of any of tho men who are proposed to be set iu tho golden caudle - etick of tho Democratic party by tho couveutlou in Cincinnati. It may be that our eminent citizen of New York laughter will be the caudle thero. If ho lie, and be elected PreEident, let ua all pray for the Divine blessing upon him, for he certainly will ueed it. Groat laughter. If tho choice fall upon Senator Bayard, of Dolaware, I soy that a nobler inan could not bo presented by the Democratic party. And there is General Hancock, an illustrious and notable candidato. And there is the coy Seymour groat lauguterj. who, like a maiden, justly refuses to auawer until ahc is proposed to. Great laughter. And Thuriunu, who, I think, would make a better President than he has a politician a strong man, and yet liable to weaknesses. There are very many good men. We have not the pos - - session of all the excellent and eminent men hocatuo we are Republicans. The question is not whether tho .man is a good man ; but, Who putt him (here Who supports him there? Vi'hat ia the history of tha party? To the last three sentences exception may and must justly be taken. While no campaign should turn wholly or mainly on the character of the man, it would be most demoralizing to admit that the man is of no importance. This is manifestly the case, or llr. Beechcr would not bo " Shedding tears of bitter anguish, Unavailing though they be," over tho dismissal of his beloved general. It is easy to imagine periods in the history of a great country when upright men would naturally prefer a good party with a smirched candidate to a smirched party with a spotless candidate; but in the ordinary run of affairs the party must be held responsible for and identified with the character of tho man set up as its champion. When we turn to the principles which in Mr. Beecher's judgment distinguish the Democratic and Republican organizations, and the Teasons that spring from them for making a choice in this campaign, tho uphill job that " the old man eloquent" had in hand becomes apparent. In brief, he indicts the Democrats for their course touching slavery, and argues thence that the rights of the laboring man are not likely to be guarded by them. This extraordinary syllogism shows to what straits the Republicans are reduced for ammunition when so skillful an advocate as Mr. Beecher has to this complexion come at last : For. ladles and gentlemen, parties are like men. They have a character. Thero are iu tho Democratic party to - day numbers of men as honorable, pure, wise and good as over lived on the face of the earth; but tn party hes its traditions and its habits, and the old blood that broke out in blotches is yet iu its veiua. TUa Democratic party is .not what its best men aro, but what i' - s sum total is by reason of the past and by reason of the peculiar relations it sustains to tho present. The Democratic porty is judged by its past action, and bo ia the Republican party. The Republican party is not to be put in power again because of something it has done in the past, but because what it has done is an evidence of v;hat it is, and a strong evidence that it will do what it promises to do. " " In the first place, 1 call to your attention the fact that thi country is receiving with nuparalieled rapidity and numbers tho populations of other nations. All the world la let loose upon us. liabel was a rofllebox compared to Nev York. We are tho polyglot of the world. We hare framed our institutfona and our l&we and our public regulations, and they were framed by freemen I for freomen. Now in regardto this reat population of forelgnc - M, who come from Germany aDd Hcandlna - j via. from Europe and from Asia I ask thorn wbieh I party will be in Bympathy with you laboring men the fiarty that shed blond to set the African laborer ti' - .a, or ho party that tried to tread the nlaes!uU the dust and to keep their shackles on I I point everywhere to tlio . history of tho Republican party einco Its birth, to all IU measures, to the speeches of its prominent man, to Ha whole career to show that it has always carried tho banner of true - democracy, and haB been in aftiuity and sympathy with the common and plain people, the laboring and poor man. It is difficult to believe that this is gravely submitted as a reason for continuing a party in power eighteen year3 after the event cited as characteristic. If this reasoning be good, when, if ever, wonld there be reason for turning the Kepublicans out of power ? If the question of slavery is germane to the election of 1880, why will it not be pat and powerful in 1980 ? True, Mr. Beechorsays the Itepub - lican party is not living on its past record ; Jtrat what else is it living on, if all riho administrative acts of tho past fifteen years aro to be blinked and reference made mainly to an act accomplished when tho . eountry was involved in civil war, - and when the Republican President was fortified by the 'Democratic Stanton in the cabinet, and Dem - vOcratic generals like Thomas, Slocum and 'Hancock in tho field. SfciU, allowing lbat tho question qJ tl 'abolition of slavery is now, . which it is not, Democrats may without much fear challenge the wisdom with which tho work was accomplished. Let it be allowed that the Republicans hj;aUaA Rlnverv. and then ask at what cost. The C03t was the lives of as many white men as there were slaves in the. land: the demoralization of every industry ; the jeopardizing of our form of government, and tho accumulation of a mountain of debt that will long continue to oppresslftbor. The Democrats certainly shrunk from paying such a price to get rid of slavery. Would Mr. Beecher, had he foreseen the result, have favored the payment of the price ? Neither Democrat, Whig nor Republican was responsible for tho existence of slavery on this continent. The problem before them all was how to get rid of it without incuring other and groater evils. The Whigs and the old Federalists would do nothing at all. The Democrats were instrumental in expelling it by peaceable means from every Northern and Central State, and they hoped to see it obliterated finally by tho same influences. The Republicans appeared on the scene, and at tho cost wo have stated finished tho job. The contrast, therefore, is not between parties respectively favoring and opposing slavery, but between rival policies for getting rid of it. Wo aro glad the evil has gone. It was inevitable that it would go. Wo believe history will hesitate before crediting tho Republican party with great wisdom in tho treatment of the problem. It is something for a dentist to remove a rot - ton tooth, but he is not allowed to boost of his skill if he dislocates tho patient's jaw in the process. As to the bearing of this upon the laboring men of tho present, Mr. Beechcr could hardly have presenting a sido of politics which Democrats would take more pleasure in discussing. Every civil right which the aliens, to whom Mr. Beechcr referred, possess they owe to the Democratic party. Whatever else bo dark, this, at least, is clear, that to the Democrats the man of foreign birth owes his citizenship and his ballot, and not less does the poor man of native birth owo to them his equality with the richest before tho law. If the parties are to be judged by thoir records as n whole, rather than by their recent actions, the democracy will certainly not suffer. Let all the glories of a civil war be conceded to the Republicans, and yet to their adversaries remain tho honor of having enlarged the boundaries of the thirteen States to their present dimensions. Thoy may not have dealt wisely with secession, but they added more territory, four times over, to the Union than was covered by tho rebellious States ; they fought resolutely and successfully for 6implo manhood, aud none of the accidents of wealth as tho basis of government ; they made war upon the greatest maritime' power ever known to tho world in defense of adopted citizens' rights ; they made this tho home of the oppressed of all lauds by destroying the Know Nothing organization which, dissolving, did so much to strengthen the Republican ranks, and under them the American commerce which is now hardly known to tho ocean was made familiar to every hatbor. Apart from what may be thought of these matters, we are glad to sss the campaign opened in a manner that may turn attention to them. Congress and tlic Electoral Count. Tho Republicans in the House of Representatives yesterday "filibustered," in order to prevent a vote on what is known as the Electoral Count resolution, aud, rather than accept a certainty of tho prolongation of the session, the majority abandoned the measure for the present, by moving that a vote on the resolution be postponed until the first Moxiday in December next. Singularly enough, the Republicans also voted against the postponement, but tha motiou was carried, nevertheless. It would seem as if the Republicans had something to gain and nothing to lose by tho adoption of the resolution. Tho manner in which the electoral voto shall be counted, when any dispute arises concerning it, has never been finally settled. A radical dspartura from the Constitution itself has been made in the election of the President of the Republic. It is clear that the fi - amevs of the Constitution designed that the power to select tho President should not be exercissdby the voters, directly. Their intention was that each State should choose in its own way the number of Presi dential electors to which it was entitled, aud that the persons thus selected should, by a majority of all the electoral votes cast, designate the Chief Executive Magistrate for four years. It was assumed that in each State a body of its most eminent citizens would be collected together onco in four years to deliberate and decide the choice of their State for President. Iu practice, the Presidential electors are now left no option. Each party determines iu advance for what candidate the electors it is enabled to secure shall vote, and the electors, when they meet, merely record a decision long before arrived at. An early commentator on the Constitution, referring to this point, say6 : "The mode of choos - "ingthe President does not yet seem to be "perfect. A discussion might arise, on open - "ing the certificates, as to tho competency of " the electors, the authority of the votes, etc., " for which tha Constitution has made no pro - " vision." Under the old theory of tho Constitution, the certificate of the State authorities was undotibtedly looked upon as final. When a dispute actually did aris3 at tho last Presidential election, it so happened that it involved the electoral votes of States for whoso governments 110 great respect was outsrtaiuod by either party. It never was dreamed of by the men who framed the Constitution that any man would ever be found at the head of the government of a State of tho American Union who had no standing in his State, who was iu a great measure a 6tranger to its people, and who would be reasonably certain to abandon the State as soon as he ceased to rule over it. This was just the situation that existed in the three States whose electoral votes were brought into dispute four years ago. Chamberlain, in South Carolina, certified that the electoral vote of the State was cast for Mr. Hayes, and he decided at tho same time that its Gubernatorial vote was cast for himself. Stearns did the same thing iu Florida, while in Louisiana Kellogg certified to the regularity of his own election to the Senate, and declared that Packard was chosen to succeed him in the Governorship. The very President these so called Governors were mainly instrumental in electing, refused "to sustain them," and, and not having tho public sentiment of the State behind them, their governments fell to, pieces. Chamberlain came to New York, returned to the practice of his profession, and was very soon forgotten. Stearns was provided with a petty offico in a remote State, and Packard's silence was purchased by profitable employment abroad. Such Governors of American States could not havo been conceived of by the State representatives who framed the American Union. The Democrats always inclined to the theory that the voice of the State authorities was conclusive as to the electoral voto of tho State, and so when the anomalous Governors of tho three States in which disputes arose in 1870, undertook, in the opinion of the Democrats, to reverse tho popular verdict of their States, they were under a manifest disadvantage in attempting to right the wrong. The Republicans found it to their interest for the time i being to Btand on tho oxtrema Democratio j prouud, that the decision of the State author - I ities was final and conclusive. The Constitution, being itself defeetne ia j determining the mode of clocting tho Presi - dent, when a dispute arises about it, Congress 1 siiems to havo reserved to itself tho power to deal with such disputes as they arise. Until 18 7'i, uo contest had arisen which involved tho election itself. Iu one instance, the elec - I toral vote of the Stnte of Wisconsin was not count3d, because of an informality, but the acceptance or rejection of tho voto o that State did not change tho accepted result. The famous Twenty - second Joint Rule was adopted by the Republicans when thoy had almost uncontrolled ascendency in both Houses of Congress, and when they bid fair to retain it for an indefinite period. Under that rule it was provided that when cither House of Congress objected to tho counting of the electoral vote of any State, for reasons 'satisfactory to itself, tho vote of that State should be discarded, and this rule remained in force during three Presidential elections. As soon as tho Democrats obtained a majority in tho House they adopted a resolution abrogating the Twenty - second Rule. Tho Republicans, being still in a majority in the Senate, refused to concur, and for tho obvious reason that the Republican Senate did not desire to surrender tho party advantage it had under a rule which onabled it to reject tho electoral vote of any State at its pleasure. In the meantime, the Senato has passed into the hands of the Democrats. They had the precedent established for them tiy tile ivepuiuieana iu re - euuunijg mu juiuu rule, under which, in mere wantonness of power, . tho Republican House threw out the electoral vote of the State of Georgia in 1872, although tho vote of the State did not affect the general result. Tho rule which the Democrats sought to adopt and whioh the Republicans in the House yesterday succeeded in defeating, provided that the electoral vote, as returned by the State authorities, should stand unless loth Houm of Congress should agree that it should berejeoted. There was, unquestionably, a security for fair play under this rule, whioh was not guaranteed by that which the Republicans upheld while thoy had lost the power to execute it. Of course, it may be said that since the Democrats aro now in a majority in both Houses, the Republicans will have no better security against the exclusion of the vote of a State by Congressional action than they would have if the consent of only one of the Houses were necessary. In other words, the Republicans have argued that they would bo no better off under the proposed rule than tho Domocrata were under tho Twenty - second Rule. But this position is not tenable, uuIcbs on the supposition that there is a preconceived and deliberate purpose on tho part of the Democrats to seat thoir next candidate for the Presidency, whether he is elected or not. It is quite possible that the House of Representatives, acting under strong partisan excitement, and possessing tho power to elect a President, when no choice is made by tho people, might throw out the electoral vote of a State, in order to frustrato a popular choice, and it is quite possible that a Senato, although in political accord with the House, might not be a party to an injustice of this sort. The members of the Senate would not bo exposed to the samo temptation, and the Senate has outlived its usefulness, if it cannot be counted on at times to temper the political passions of tho immediate representatives of the people. It seems to us that the measure proposed by the Democrats went so far in a right direction that it should be accepted as permanent legislation until something better can bo provided. The Republicans did not offer anything in lieu of it. It seems to us they have not gained anything either for themselves or the country in leaving the question of tho powers of Congress wholly unsettled. It is possible that there are Republicans who believe that their opponents would stand a usurpation like that threatened four years ago, when it was claimed that tho Vice President alone hod the right to pass upon all questions as to the regularity of the electoral votes of the States. We do not believe the Dem ocrats would have acquiesced in this usurpation in 1870, had it been pushed to a conclusion, and wo are satisfied thoy will not do so in 1880. The Aldermen ana the tJncIcaned Streets. The Eagle has repeatedly informed its readers that the reason why the streets of the city are not cleaned according to the legal agreement is because a majority of our Aldermen are in league with tho contractors, who get the public money without rendering an honest equivalent for it. Tho truth of this was demonstrated in the Board yesterdoy, when nineteen of the twenty - five wards were excepted from tho operation of a resolution urged by Aldermen Baird requiring tho Corporation Counsel to sue the derelict contractors aud their sureties. If tho reader makes a note of how his Alderman voted on the subject yesterday, he will experience no difficulty in fixing the responsibility for the dirtiness of tho streets in the vicinity of hie home. The men who voted to sue the contractors and the sureties, and thereby obtain faithful work, were Aitken, of the Third Ward ; Stewart, of the Seventh ; Waters, of the Seventeenth ; Baird, of the Nineteenth ; Roberts, of the Twentieth, and Seaman, of the Twenty - third. All the other members either moved to have their wards excepted, or, being absent, had a fellow mem ber make the motion for them. The names, of those who are thus on record in favor of dirty streets and against holding contractors to the terms of their agreement with the city are Ward. Namo. Ward. Name. 1 Dimou. 13 Ray. 2 Dwyar. U Doyle. 4 Black. 15 Smith. 5 Mccarty. 10 Schmidt. 0 Kano. 18 Bowors, 8 Weir. 21 Hacker. 9 O Connell. il Fritz. 10 Casey. 24 Kelly. 11 Graham. 23 Powers. 12 Donovan. This will be a very useful list of names to havo for reference in the early part of tho coming November. A considerable number of theso gentlemen will election. doubtless be up for re. Che Bridge. Yesterday's meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Bridge was interesting and important only so far as it made public tho reasons whv tho contractors who had agreed to furnish tho steel wire for the com pletion of the superstructure had dolayed the fulfillment of tho contract. A letter of explan ation was read from them, in which they set forth certain facta which are worthy of con sideration. There is a very general public belief that, inasmuch as the price of iron had risen greatly since the contract was made, the contractors were les3 than anxious to fill it, and preferred to forfeit the penal sum required rather than in. volve a heavier loss by abiding by it. There is orobablv somethine in this, but there is obviously much to be said on the other ide. and the plea that they havo been forced to make now machinery to prepare tho heavy pieces and to go to great expense and adopt new improvements, which consumed time, is worthy of consideration. Tho public in terest lies entirely in the completion of the work which has hitherto been admirably done and, in view of the annoying ob structions and delays, with expedition. That, with no great anxiety on the part of the contractors to fulfill an unprofitable obligation, combined with inevitable" delays in the nrenaratiou of new machinery, there should b2 an annoying interval of wasted time is nat ural, but the wisest course now would seem to be to make the best of a bad job, by giving tho contractors all the indulgence that can con scientiouslv be shown and pressing tho work along as fast as possible. The necessity for the bridge becomes more imperious every hour, and any other course would only serve to delay its completion still longer. It is evident that General Garfield's record has placed his party on tho defensive, and unless the Democrats com3 to the rescue, tho Republican candidate will be very soon upon the run. The nomination of Mr. Tilden would bo tho greatest possible relief to Mr. Garfield. In that event, in the discussion of personal character, the Democratio party organs would doubtless be content to count "honors as easy" from the beginning. It is evident from Mr. Piorrepont's plea for leniency for Mr. Garfield in his spoech last night, that a square defense of the charges made against Hie personal character of the Republican candidate is not to be attempted. Mr. Garfield's case is worse than his supporters will be willing to admit, or Mr. Garfield himself will not be very much obliged to Mr. Pierrepont for the way in which he presents it. We quote from Mr. Pierrcpout's speech at our Academy last night : Mon'n characters are not mado up in that way. Thoy arc made out on an average of what they have been. A man is not a good man because he has done one gon - eroUB act, or bocauso ho haB saved the life of some poor person. But It Is his wholo life taken together tbat makes his character. There is not a man on the earth - that haa not some spot upon his character. Wa are not perfect. I doubt not that this audieaco romombors a story of very oncient date. It was a time wheu there was a Being ou this earth such as has never been on it since, and as was never on it before. A women was brought bBfore Him who had boon guilty of a Bin punishable by dooth, in tho form prevailing iu those days. When her life was demanded, tho Judgo Bold: "Let him throw the first stone that has uovor committed sin." The sequel of the story is kuown. Now thero la nobody on this corth iu whoso character, if you look into his wholo life, you may not fiud some weak pot. He would uot be human if you coma not. If Mr. Garfield were an applicant for church membership, and were seated upon the stool of repentance, there would be a great deal of force in Mr. Pierrepont's plea in extenuation, bnt it is hardly robust enough to stand amid the rough usages of American politics. General WoodfoivJ's eulogy of the Republican candidate for Vico President, which was delivered at tho Academy meeting, last night, was very touching. The Goneral himself may bo pardoned for being visibly affected by it. When Mr. Conkling provided a placo for our excellent townsman on the New York delegation, and directed him to present the name of Mr. Arthur for Vice President, Mr. Conkling desired to enforce the Christian rule in politics, to thoxtcut of making it plain that Mr. Woodford had had both his cheeks slapped, and was, upon tho whole, rather proud of it. George Maug, twenty - four years of age, while at work this morning in Post's Packing House, corner of Raymond and Tlllary etroots. foil down a ' hatchway and broko bis leg. He was taken to the City ! Hospital. RATIFICATION. Brooklyn Republicans Indorsing the Chicago Nominations. A Large and Enthusiastic Meeting In the Academy ot Music Stirring Address by Ber, Henry Ward Beecher The Im proved Political Atmosphere of These Modern Days Splendid Characterization of Grant Candidate Garfield and how Well he Suits What tho Democratic Party did Do, What It Ought to Have Done and What it Didn't Do Ee - curriug to the War and its Issues. Hayes Elected, not a President by Fraud TJie Great Things Done by the Republican Party to the Eepublic. Questions of Finance A Eeferenco to Hancock, "An Illustrious and Notable Candidate" Speeches by Hon. Edwards Fierrepont, Goneral John Cochran, Hon. A. W. Tonnoy and Others. A Republican ratification was held in the Academy of Mueio last iilKht. The Forty - aeventh Regi ment Band occupied tho orchestra and playod inspirit ing airs. On the platform were Hon. Ripley Hopes, Colonel Schurig, Rev. S. Xi. Haliiday, Aldermen Ray Mid Graham, Hon. Wm. H. Waring, ex - Alderman Gris - wo!3, Hon. W. W. Goodrich, Rev. Goo. C. Miln, Charles J. Lowrey, David Maujer, i ranlc Tracy, Hon. &. . Teuney, J. H, Howard, Augustus Storrs, II. H. Chittenden, Mr. H. W. Beecher, James Tanner, Wm. M. Aitkin, Dr. Robinson, W. B. Stoers, Geo. J. Hardy, Hon. George G. Reynolds, Hon. Stewart L. Woodford, General I. S. Catlin, A. Maverick, Hon. John Oakcy, E. B. Fowler, L. Froe:ich. Eeuhon Jeffery, D. D Hon. Edwards Pierrepont, George Miller, T. C. Crouin, Supervisor Van Wyok, Richard Oliver, E. F. rage, Gordon L. Ford, Rov. A. P. Putnam, D. T. Roche, Rev. Mr. Nolson, R. S. Bussing, Jr., O. B. Leich and others. A largo number of ladieB were in tho audience. The admission was fifty cegte and onj dojlpr, according to Jho scats. The attendants wcro far from courteous. The rude Insolence of a person who said ha was in cliarge of the stage door drew forth merited roproof from gentlemen around. Even the polico oppressed their disapproval. By eight o'clock the building was about one - third full. At twenty minutes peat eight, tho moet - iug was opened. Soon afterward it appeared as though the chargo for admission had been foregone, as the crowd flocked in and tho Academy was decontly filled, Tho Hon. W. W. Goodrich and tho Hon. S. L. Woodford appoared followed by the Rov. Henry Ward Beechor. As soon as Mr, Beocber was seen there was a porfect storm of applause,' and the orchestra playod ' The Bonny Blue Flag." THIS PKOOEEDINOS. The Hon. W. W. Goodrich said ho was requeBtort by the manager ol tho meeting to call it to order aud to nominate the Hon. Ktewart D. Woodford as presiding officer. Tho Hon. Stowart L. Woodford was received with applause. To introduce Mr. Beecher, ho said, to a Brooklyn audience applause would bo like carrying coals to Nowcastle, but it gave him pleasure as ouo who hud Btocd nt Chicago lor another candidate and whoso heart wus saddened by defeat aB it neer had been before, to see thai they were loyal to lha party. Next to Grunt, Garllcld was tha man bett ritted for tho Presidential chair. General Woodford liish'.y eulogized General Cheater A. Arthur, and introduced Mr. Readier. As he atepyad to tltofrout, theapplause was begun audwaa eontimiedfor fully a minute, miugled with loud chepra. The i'aud struck up a tune, and then the great orator was ready to bojjin. Ho were no nucktio and held a few uoies in his hands, to which he made occasional allusion. lie spoke us follows : SPEKCH OP MB. BEEOUElt. FRT.LOW Citi'.'f.ns It glvca mo great pleasure tonight to appear before you and to advocate the claim of the Republican party to the admiuiutratiou of the government for tho next four years aitur the onsuing March. Since the great struggles which havo taken place, there havo come to their majority thousands aud tens of thousands of young men. Many, many thous - auds wi:i voto this l - 'all for tho first time in tlifcir jivojs, and it seems, in their behalf and in the behalf of that great mn.titndo of citizens who are engaged iu other thiugs so much that they cannot give great time to polities, it scums not unwise to ask your attention for a short time this evening, not so much to the details of party warlaro as to a large view of the condition of tho country aud of tho party a national view aud not a partisan view. We ought to outer into this conflict which impends, not tamely, with excitement, if you plenBO, aud enthusiasm applaueej, but without bittoruess; with generosity, with eagerness, but with a manly regard also for tho opinions and rights of other moa. We should not bo misled by all the cries and by ail the iihu: - o that probably will bo hurled backward aud torth from ouo man to another it may bo, from b;th sides. It i a consideration of nemo comfort that tho political atmosphero of our age is far better than it was iu tbe days of our Republic. We aro mare decent than they wore in the days of VaBbiugtou not he, but they. If auyotie will turn back to tho names which are luminous to Washington, to Adams, to Jefferson, to Madison or if one will go back yuly to Jack3on, or if one wiil take the time of Lincoln i;pplause, ho will see how men that are now regarded uh weil nigh apotlesB, at that time were covered all over with roprouches. If the current cries and representations of those heated aud nartisau days respecting theae eminent great men whom wo all delight to honor if tho young man aud the plain moil had believed the abusive language aud spoochos that wore made, they would have been misled utterly, as thousands were luiidod. Wo look back and' aeo tho heavens clearod of those murky clouds, and these men shine out from the horizon of the past as stava; bo to - uay, as we go into mis couuicc, let ua re - member that a man is not loss worthy of our confidence because he is traduced. Lot us make large allow - ance for that heat of party, and not bo misled by clam. orous misrepresentation and abuse. Mud is not argument. We should not confound eithor the evils that are incidont to all parties with the questions of national life aud national interest. All parties aro made up of men, and all men are made up of groat weaknesses interlacing points of strength. Thero is no such thing as a porfect party. That there are saints I dou't doubt, but I very seldom meet them laughter, aud when I do it is very seldom in political gatherings. Laughter. I do, in common with other uiou, loug for a nobler standard of political morality. I would seek It through the common school. Applause. I would Beck it out of tho times of party excitement. I would endeavor to inspire a nobler huuosty, a more manly truth aud more Intelligence amonc common peoplo, by all the Institutions and all tho iustrumonts that civilization and religion afford us, thus raising tho tone of our politics. I am Apt of those who curiously inquire into the management of affairs, and it thoy find irregularity here, weakness there, selfishness at this point, pride at that point, arrogance or a hard banded rule that refuses to tralu - with a party because those are the IMPEBFECTIONS WHICH BELONG TO ALL HUMAN OBOANIZATIONS. Tho way to correct party misdemoanors Is through the elevation of the average intelligence of tliu mou on whom partios rest and from whom they derive their power. Thero is always a content goiug on, in every great goverument that is free, between the two parties tbat goueraUy are arrayed. A third party is an impertinence. Laughter aud applause. Iu tho affairs of every nation thero is always this question before tho community which of the two great parties shall hold tho reiua "of government ? Not by any means an inglorious ambition to desiro to be the domlnaut party to have the coutrol of the policy of the country. Therefore, in this struggle between tho Republicau aud the Democratic parties, I have ao fur Hympathy for both Bidew for tho Democratic party, so loug out pasture laughter, and bo long waiting for the more comfortable stalls renowod laughter. But quite outBldo of that, without iudilferonce to those weaknesses that bolong to maukiud, I have an honorablo regard for those mou who think they can control the Government better than ha tho Republican party, which has long beon tho dominant party. There grow up In auy successful party, long In powor, men that manage it; and in time there will be a multitude of men in that party who think they could manage it just as woll. The habit of government tends gradually to aristocratic domiuancy. Men, long used to govern, forget often times the amenities required, aud the conciliations required, aud come to have too firm a grip, and it Is eminently proper that thero should bo sometimes a rebuke to the party that they should govern with less rigor, 4 I look on the abolition of the unit rule by the Convention that will be historic for tlmeB to como I rofer to the Chicago Convention I look without fears on tho defeat of tho unit rule. Applause. I believe that thero must be a machine aud an engineer, and I do think that it is the duty of every citizen to watch the I machine and tho engineer. Cheers. And when and Government so far as to threaten to take away from the (Treat body of citizens an immediate lufluence on the questions which conjern them, there ought to be j eueck. There, ought to be 3 rebuke administered to them. Therefore, kb far ae that was concerned, I was very happy to Bee the Chicago Convention take the action It did In this matter. Applause. In other re - spocts the great Convention pleased me, because I could not help myBelf . Laughter aud cheers. I am not one of those men who can oosily forget the dark days of the Republio. Choora. I can never forget that man of remarkable parts, singular among Americans a man that is f tea from vanity, a man that deals in an. absolute Bilouce, a man that does seldom speak. Contiunod cheering. Other men and noble leaders thero wero whoso names aro imperishable; but ho ouly was the man on whoso broad shotdders in the hour of its darkness and distress his nation loaned he only bad strength to bear up the load aud euBtaln the nation and bring it to victory. Renewed applause. A man of singular simplicity of character a man in Borne respects most manly, in others most childlike, a man who never spoke a word with a double meaning ; a most honest, most truthful and most sincere man. Vallant ln his friendship, without bitterness In hiB enmity, he forgot his enemies, but never his friends. Cheers. I for one, first, last and all the time, desired that General Grant should havo been the choice of tho Republican party. Great applause. But since he was sot aside, shall I go to ray tent and su.k ? Shall I refuse to recognize tho faots because I am not gratified in my choice ? God forbid applausej, and all the more when the second choice goos to a man an admirable man, who seems to have been designated by tho Providence of God for the emergency of our day. Of that man I will speak more at length. Now the great eud of all this canvass is not young meD, nowly made citlzenB not simply the Presidency. We aro not fighting for a man, but for a party for the Bake of the policy and principles of that party. ( Applause. A man represents the party, a party represents a principle, and principles represent the policy ; and it is the policy and principle for which we sustain the party and the man. Applausej. The President of the United States, doubtless, bas vory groat Influence, but no President of the United States is anything without his party. He may do a thousand things, out he nover can control or direct the Government, except he act In unity and sympathy with the party that put him in power. If he do mischievous things and hiB party is vlrtuoue, thoy can restrain the mischief. If he be virtuous and patriotic and the party corrupt they oan prevent the 'good. It la In the powor of the party to hold the President of theso United States within comparative limits. It 1b the party you are to think of, and you are to think of it in respect to the great measures tboy propoBO to inaugurate and consummate. Now look over , THE CANDIDATES, I have already briefly expressed my admiration and conlldenco in General Garfield. Great applauBe.J I do not undertake to oxpress disosteem of any of the men who are proposed to bo set in the golden candlestick of the Democratic party by the convention la Cincinnati. It may be that our eminent citizen lu New York laughter will be kindled thero. If bo be, and be oleoted President, let us all pray tor tha Divine blessing upon him, for he certainly will need It. Great laughter. If the choice fall upon Senator Bayard, of Delaware, I say that a nobler man could not Be presented by the Democratio party. And there Is Goneral Hancock, an Illustrious and notable candidate. And there Is tbe coy Seymour great laughter, who, like a maiden, justly rofuses to answer until Bho is prorated to. Great laughter. And Tburman, who, I think, would make a better President than he has a politician a Btrong. man, and yot liable to weaknesses. There are very many good men. We havo not the whole possession of all the eminont and excellent men because wo are Republicans. The queBtlon is not whether the man Is a good man ; but who puts him thore? Who Bnpports him there? What is the history of tbe party? It is that question to which I propose to givo a moment's consideration. Two parties are standing before the American people to - day, saying, each of them, "Let mo, let me, control the Government." Tho American people are to exara - Ino their credentials and ask, What la your character ? What have been the Incidents ol your career ? That iB what the American people propose to do ; and I propose to help thom. Groat applause. When tho war of tha Revolution waa ended, and tbe Federals controlled the affairs of these United States, they formed a party, as was very natural, and yet was very largely under the influonco of old England tnuUtlons. It was at that tlmo tho Democratic party waff originated a party that in Its oarly career was admirable. It waa uuder their Influence that the remains of Church and State were swept away in New England within my own momorr. It wa tiy tha Damooratlo party tbat thoJ suffrage was widely extended. Tho waves of cnangea j have not yot ceaBed to rod ; tha autrrage win grow wiuor and atlll wider, for, before I die, if I live long enough, I shall aee women young, ioo. lAppiauue.j iu human is this : A people that aro free, intelligent and moral are to be trusted with their own auaira. iap - plausoj The old Federal party thought tbat tho more educated and more professional persona of the oommunlty wero to Bo truetod to think for the people and lead them. The Democratio party thought that the oommon people tuemselvca were adequate to their own government ; on that principle they organized, and on tbat prlnolple they conquered. I was reared in a proper aversion to the Democratio party, I think I was an old Whig before I knew anything, and for a considerable tlmo afterward. Yet as I look oack upon tha career of the old Democratic party I aee that uuder God la aonleved very groat beueuts for tha nation, and that wo owe to It a bleesed memory. But by and by, when the slave power had grown ao that it beoamo a matter of algnl&oance, when It began to havo a dominant inlluonce, tho Whig party and the Democratic party vied .with each other to Bee which would He flattest, which should orawl furthest, which would take most slime for tho sake of tho slavo power. Un. doubtodly the Demooratlo party conquered. Laughter. Both were poisoned, and the Whig party to death they could not stand It ; they died. The Democratic party bore up, and, to a certain oitont, survived. Laughter. Now, from the tlmo the slavery question entered actively into the political affairs of thia country, the Democratio party haa been first, and tho last in cooperation with the endeavor to repress the liberty of the laboring men If they had an African complexion. And then thoy beoamo obstructive and destructive to every atop that was necessary to rebuild the Commonwealth with the alaveaaet free, and with labor free from ocean to ocean. I, that know what mob law means remember perf eotly well how averse they wore, and I am sorry to say, In conneotlon with the dead Whig party how averse they were to any agitation on thia subject, it was cue worst neresy to apeua iur uuerty iu the clinrob. It was the worst thing a man la Congross could do to sneak on the subject of the rights of the slave. The Democratio party had no compassion as a party on the slave, uor upon those that advocated his emancipation. THE BECOBDS OF THE PABTIES. When the conflicts came on which led to tho formation of tho Republican party, born, as it - was, out of lltiorty, born for tha sake of frao spoecb, born to resist tho action of the Southern power, they found thoir antagonists organized on the other Bido ; and when tho war was threatened and the election of Lincoln applause gave the occasion for It, whore was the Democratio party after tbat canvass between the election and tlio inauguration of Lincoln? What was tho attitude of the South ? Flaming. All tho South standing up and saying, Disunion ! Disunion 1 Was it the Democratio party that mot with manly front tho threats of disunion, or was it not from out their midst that the Rrmt), rtrnw comfort, counsel and encouracomont ? Wheu tho war broke out, when the banner fell from the flagstaff of Sumter, tho bandage fell from the eyea of 4 million Democrats in the North. Applause. They broke at onco tho bondB of party alleglanco. Their noblo men by acoros and hundreds, thoir leaders and their voting men by thousands and by tons of thousands, arid their fighting men, flocked about the old star Bpangled banner and went into the war. Ap - Dlaiiso, But to all thi? time tho Democrat!? narty tho organization itself stood 00lJrVS lukewarm at the very boat lot me awKjaOlBg as little as It was possible to do, thwarttnE n tnuoh as It was possible to thwart th p VsfJ'fll those that were ia the ascendency in the Go 'f&mnent. And when we were at the very lowest ebti j when it soemcd as If a penny would turn tha scale, then it was that many, many men that now are high is their party declared that the war was a fslluro, and tbat peace should be made upon any terms. After the war became a victary, after we bad emerged from the midnight, but wcro still in the twilight of the stormy morning, from that day. throuch all the long struggle of reconstruction, the Democratic party haa not helped, but has hindered. It has stood in the way as much as possible of every single great measure that haa been successfully carried out. And tho reconstruction of this nation, after the war aud disruption, has beon wholly tho work of the Republican party. Cheers. For a whole Congressit has now had the Government In Its powor, comparatively speaking. Both Houses of Congress have been for a whole Congross in the posseusion of the Democratic party ; yet, wid any ouo tell me of a single measure which has been proposed or rendered BuccoBsf ul by them 1 Did It bring in remouetizatlon? Did it leod nu back to Bpecio payment? Did it chango tho fraudulent votes of State after State? Did it build high the barriers around the ballot box, or did It throw them down, or seek to do it? Did it not seek to bring in again and support the scandalous policy of voting often and counting inoro often 1 The Republicans aro charged with having tricked our President Hayes into the Presidential chair. Cheers. If auytliiug 1b more impudent it is tho acquiescence of the community in it in tho presence of notorious faots. There could bo no qneHtiou, no more than there is a God in hoavon, that if tho South had been permitted freedom of ballot thero never would havo beon a chance to doubt whother President Hayes was elected or net. Loud cheers. There may bo, and there often is, cheating In precincts, cheating In wards, but here there was wholesale cheating ; wholo States, wholo scctioiiB of territory, Stato after State voted in a contrary way to what thoy wonld had they been free and unmolested in their voting. There would havo been such a sweep as wonld have put tho President in the chair by multitudes and multitudes of a majority. It was swindling which Drevonted the voice of the people from beiag heard, and which now reared itself up and said we tricked them out of the Presidential chair. It is this party that ransacks tho inevitable mistaken of the Republicans, aad offers to take its ploco. When Moscb had led the pooplo out of Egypt and across the Red Sea, and to tho foot of Sinai, and amid tho thunders had given to the great commonwealth of Israel its law and its national form, and had advanced Bomewhat toward tho promieod laud, which waaalmot in sight, thoro roso up cortain men, Korah, Dathiar and Abiram, who said to Moaea aud to Aaron: " Ye take too much upon you. We too aro as holy nB yc are." And what became of them ? "The earth opeued and swallowed them up." Laughter. Aud after the illustrious career the Republican party has had the party of liberty of discussion ; the party that dared confront the brazou face of slavery in the daj'S of Its greatest powor ; the party that brouKht a froemau from a free Stato to be plied In the Presidential chuir ; the party tlir laceu .lie war and carried tho banner of Stars and f'itnos threuiih storms and through blood and through '. ars aud through grief, until It waved iri glory on tho li. ruing of peace ; that afterward brought the witliar - lug States together, re - ostabllshod tho finances, gave protection to the African ; gave steadiness to the Government, now beginning to roll like a waterlogged ship in tliB Bea ; gavo back to It a wholesome aud un - poisouous curroncy and held the nation in its intercourse with foreign nations, and In respect to all its own questions hold it steadfastly, advancing from prosperity to prosperity. TOEOHail DABK DAI'S OF COMMERCIAL REACTION to the presout day now It la that the Republican party is confronted by tho Democratic party and tho people aro asked to give tho Democratic party, with Lub character and Its history,, the reins Jof govern - mont and deny them to the Republican nartr. f An - plause.J I am told, or, others are, that the Republican party haa notlilng, but is 'trading only on its past character. Well, what is a man to trade on when he offers to perform public service oxcept his character ? Is not that a fair thiug for a man to stand on 1 Hero are two aupliconts for the Government ; both of them are to bo scrutinized. What is your history? we ask the Democratic party, and I need - not tell yon what that IB. Laughter. What ia your history ? wo ask tho Republican party ; and need I tell you what that Is? ( Applause Wo go back to Its achievements, not that wo may suck hoaoy out of the lion again, but that we may find the character of tho party. For, ladles and gentlemen, parties are like men. They have 'a character, they have an iuward life that goes on. Thoro are In the Democratio party to - day numbers of men as honorablo, pure, wise and good os ever lived on tho face of the earth; but tho party has its traditions and its habits, and the old blood that broke out In blotches is yet in its veins unpurced. The Democratio party ia not what its best men are, but what its sum total 1b by reason of tho past, aud by reason of the peculiar relations it sustains on account of the paRt and the pro3eut. The Democratic party is judged by its past action, and so is the Republican party. Tho Republican party is not to bo put iu power again because of something it h.s done In the past, but becauBe what it has done is an evidence of what It Is, and a strong evidence that it will do what It promises to do. Applause. Now lot us look above tho mere question of party, and consider what we bavo to do in the next four, eight, twelve years. What are the living questions of to - day, aud what are likely to be to - morrow ? Slavery, disunion ond the war need not be discussed now. Iu doing this, it is fair to look to tho character of the party iu ordor to seewhethor it is the proper one to carry out the Government during the next four years and to deal wisely with these new questions that may arise. If I had a bank, and a man proposed to come lu aud be my managing cashier, and 1 Bhould look along his record and find he had boon kicked out of one bank for suspected conduct, and that he had been convicted of swindling In another case, aud that he had served a term ia the Penitentiary for oertain crimes, I should Bay to him "My dear sir, your record is not very good." ' "I know it, but I have repented." Laughter. Well, that's good for the soul to repent, but It is not good ground to take a man as cashior of a bank. It Is said times have ohanged. It is said tbe Democratic party is not what it was in those old days. How do we know? Whero is the evidence ? Who can show what it is, oxcept by going back to its record from tho beginning. I say thero is nothing in Its career since the war that should engender conndonce in men, that it will serve the great questions, somo of which I shall mention. In the first place, I call your attention to the fact that this country Is receiving with nuparallelcd rapidity and numbers tho populations of other nations. All the world Is let loose upon us. Laughter. Babel wob a rafilebox, compared to New York. Wo are tho polyglot of tho world. Wo have f ramod our institutions and our laws and our publio regulations, and they wore framed by freemen for freemen. Now in regard to this groat population of foreigners, who come from Germany and Scandinavia, from Europe and from AbIo I ask them whioli party will be in sympathy with you laboring men the party that shed blood to set the African laborer free, or the party that tried to tread the Blavos into the dust and to keep their shackles on ? Applause. I point fearlessly everywhere to the history of the Republican party since its birth, to all its measures, to the speeches of its prominent men, to its whole caroor to show that it haB always carriod tho banner of true democracy, and hae been in ofiinity and sympathy with the common and plain people, the laboring and poor man. Loud applauBa. Tbe questions that are coming upon ub to - day are QUESTIONS OF FINANCE. They have passed a certain crisis. The discussion that raged two years ago has largely abated. Tho prescription of gold aud stiver has proved medically very nou - ful, and many men who vfere elck two years ago have got well. Laughter, Nevertheless, that qucstlou ia not Anally fiottled ia all of Its directions. Now, on tbot aubjoot the old Democratic party, when old Bullion was alive, when It meant gold, or gold and sliver then that party was on tho financial question sound sound. Both - parties have been down on tbeir knees in tho 'dirt to theGreenbackera. Somo in ono direction and somo in another. Rut tho party itself, by Its organization, has beon in favor of roal money and of tha doctrine of real money, for tho doctrine of tho currency is nothing but tho simple question of whether property shall have a proper representation. Here is a party that Bays you can make property by printing presses, and bore la another party that says you cannot make property except by skill, by intelligence. The Republican party has been iu Its organized form and wholo procedure In favor of sound financial views. Has it been equally true of the Democratio party 1 And are they as safe to trust in the days that are to come aa the other party? Tho socialistic teudoncios of our time are not to be passed unnoted. There Is a conflict coming up between the employer and the employed. There Is a question coming up in rospeot to wages and tho proportional division of profits; thore are questions which are coming up in regard to national bonks or a curroncy issued by the Government, and lying latent in all these questions 1b the imperial heresy. Vory largely theso questions are brought to ub by our foreign emigration. We owo a great deal to Europe. We owo much to her colleges, much to her galleries, much for muBlo, much for art, much for learning. Thero are Borne things that wo are not Indebted to Europe for, that sho cannot teach us. She cannot teach us how to build a State ; she cannot teach us how to form a commonwealth, she cannot teach us how to have liberty, or suitable guards that Bhall be able to defend the country and defend the people. Tbot America knows better than Europe ever did know. Applause. If, therefore, it is said to ub to - day we are to suppress national banks and lot Government Ibbuo currency, all bank bills are to come from the Government I Bay why Bhall the Government go iuto the banking business any more than into the bakory business ? Is tho Government a great fiscal concern ? Are wo going tointrust tho power of the finances of tho country in the bands of the fluctuating parties of this nation 1 Keep ttie Government to aB few functions as possible. Donot put Into Its hands that which belongs to the different business departments of the community. Do not lot It be a rival. If you say it must be a paternal Government I Bay then it will be AN INFERNAL GOVERNMENT. Applause. I say that any government tbat has the power to toko care of tho citizens aB of its own children muet have the power to do It, and the power to do it means all the power there Is, and no nation, not oven with tho Republican patty In the ascendency, is to bo truBted with Buoh a power as that. It is dangerous. In this country let the government be kept alono, Few functions namely, to keep open tbe great thoroughfares of opportunity, to defend men from foreign ag - grosslon and intestine violence, to regulate in those rospoctB that are necessary to the welfare of the wholo, to regulato tbe few great elementary affairs of tbo nation, and then no more. Let business bo in the bands of business men applause, and on this subject tho Republican party Is Bound. Thon the entire harmonization of the South; it has largely takeu place; it has taken place more rapidly .than any man had any right to anticipate, ten years ago. It is to me a marvel, an evolution of human nature, Bo great a calamity nevor tell upon any people in the world as the oalamlty of disruption, of war, of impov - erishment, and tho emancipation of the slaves ot their being placed in power by. legislatures above their own masters thero nover waa such a humiliation, there never waB such a proatratton of a people unto tho dust, and I say hero what I bare said often, and shall say again, that considering all the circumstances and what the frailUeB of human nature are, the average conduct of tbe Southern men has been worthy of all admira tion. In splto of thelr - faults. It is In your Interest, and my interest tnat tuo Soutn ue whouy in union again, in sympathy In the dcopeBt feellngB of its nature with the North, and I say tbat at the bands of tho Republican party an absolute settlement of sentiment, polloy and feeling will be a settlement (hat will never be disturbed, but, that a sottlemont at tbo bauds of the Demooratlo party. If It bo contrary to linos already laid down, and contrary to the aohscionce which has carried this country through auoh a great cycle of changes, any settlement and pacification that goes against the lines of Northern conscience will not be final and will not be permanent. It is the wisdom of the South, therefore, to put the Republican party into power and being at peace, and accepting finally and fully the Issues of tha war, reinstated so that there shall be no North, nor South, nor East nor West. Then the root will grow, then the rose will bud and blossom again, then ample fruits from every bough, then undisturbed Summer, then overlastlng tranquillity. Now, I havo detained you so long cries of "Go on" and applauso I marvel at you. Laughter. I have proaohed thirty - four years lu Brooklyn and I never when l was preaching a long sermon have bad my audience say "Go on" before. THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. I have already sold, ladles aud gentlemen, that I accept tho results of the Immortal convention at Chicago. I accept them as being a declaration of the will of Providence, Applause. And it is easier to accept thom because the choice has fallen upou one whom all men can receive without abatement and without Bcruplo a Christian geutloman. Applause. A man who has known every stage of American citizenship, from tho day when be went barefooted on tho farm or along the track of tho canal a man wboso hands have handled toola, as bis Master did before him a man wbo has uot been brought up with a golden spoon in his mouth nor pampered, but who steadily built up his fortune and advanced along his path not by quirks, not by dubious policies, but by straightforward manliness, until ho sat by overwhelming majorities iu the council of the nation, ond has sat there for fifteen or twenty yeara, with tho utmost trust of tuoBO who know him most perfectly loud oheers, and who has Bhown great firmness of convlotlon with groat kindness, in urging those convictions ; who has struck lordly blows for tho right without making enemies of those whom he smote; who has had a consclenco ana yet who has used conciliation, and has friends as warm among his antagonists as among his own party. Ringing choora. 1 And, if he should come to the administration of that great trust of government with the full sympathy of his party, I believe with his happy tact of good management, proceeding from good manliness, that his Administration will be as dispasslonatod, as impartial and as pure as that of any in the long and honorable line of Presidents we have had. Loud applause. COMPLIMENT TO MBS. GARFIELD. And It is the best compliment that I can pay to hiB partner, who must neods presldo at the White House, that her voice has not beon hoard in tho street, but that she has dwelt in the purity and swoetnoas and the obscurity of her own homo. Loud applause. Thoso who know her know her only to praise, aud no greater praise can hn .vli.m tn nn. wAmai, fltnn fnanv aim la fit in ancr.nail Urs. Hayes in tho conduct of the White House. Loud applause. And now, in conclusion, let me urge every man not to allow himself to bo carried away by mero party, and not to ollow bimsolf to be unnerved by disappointments within his own faction. Let every faction lowor its banner, let all separation and differences pass away. Cbeors. For tho Bako of tho nation, for the sake of humanity, let us lift again tbat banner of tho Republican party which took tho country through disruption and through war, through intestine turmoil and through ail commercial disturbances, and has held it steadfastly iu its course, until the fair haven of peace and prosperity Ilea in flight. Let us not fall short ; let us not pull down its bauuer just ou tho eve of tho accomplishment of its noblo endeavors; but with heart3 inspired with lofty patriotism, lift it onco more and put Garfield and Arthur in the chair at the White House. Enthusiastic cheers, which were renewed again aud again after Mr. Beecher had takeu his scat. OTHER SPEAKERS. A3 aoon as Mr. Beecher ceased speaking, a large number of the audience moved off. Three cheers were proposed and given for Garfield and Arthur, and for tho Republican party. LetterB wero read by tho Hon. S. L. Woodford from the Hon. John Jay, non. J. B. Hawloy, Hon. Goo. W. Curtis, Mr. D. Ullnian, Rev. Theo. L. Cuyler, Hon. W. M. Evarts, Hon. Hamilton - Fish, the Hon. E. D. Morgan and the Hon. Carl Schurz, rogretting their inability to attend. Tho letters were addressed to Ed win A. Studwell, Esq. General Woodford introduced tho Hon. Edwards Piorrcpont. Mr. Pierrepont was received with oheers, and said ho was unaware ho was to speak, as ho came to hear ;ins friend General Woodford aud another friend, Heury Ward Beecher. He was pretty recently from tho Chicago Convention. Laughter. Ho was one of tho HUB prolonged cheers that voted for General Grant on the first ballot and on the 3(lt& ballot. Applause. They votod for him so long and firmly, not from personal admiration alono, but because they were assurod tnat General Grant and he alone, could break the Bolid South. They believed it would be a'good thing if thoy could break the eolld South and thus bring tho harmony of which Mr. Beechor had apoken. They were satisfied if thoy remained steady that when a break came they might come over to Gen - oral Grant to settlo this country. They wero not so wise as the convention. He bad confidence In the intuitions of a thoroughly intelligent people. In 1800 tho convention was held at the same place, and Senator Seward wont thoro believing ho was to bo the man, but his disappointment wsb great. They bad no idea that Lincoln was tho choh - o, but tho instincts of the convention selected the fittest man in the wholo United States. Cheers. He believed the convention had judged raoro wieoly than tho 30G, and he had no doubt tbat would be the verdict of the .people by and by. Not a man of that 308 woula refuse to vote for Garfield. Loud applause. Immediately on his nomination, however, it had been discovered that ho was a perjurer, a thief, a traitor to all that was right. Tho speaker did not think that tbo peoplo would believo tbat of a man whoso character for twenty years was before them. A man was uot to bo judged of by ono genorous act or one ovil act; it was tho whole together that made his character. Mr. Pierrepont cited the Gospel story of Jesus and tho woman taken in adultery, and left the audience to apply it to Mr. Garfield's case. There was uo one without a woak spot somewhere, but he had uo doubt that wheu tho lights were turnod ou thore was Dot a more upright, noblo or Christian mau thau Garfield. Applauso. GencralJohn Cochran was introduced by the chairman. Genera! Cochran sold be was there as a visitor ouly, entertained and enraptured by tbe speech of Brooklyn's great preacher. The history of the Republican party was before them and tbeir verdict was asked. Their standard bearers required no advooacy at the hands of the speaker. As the audlouco was iu motion General Cochran retired. HON. A. W. TENNEY ' was loudly called for. He at last responded and essayed to sueak from his seat, but was called to the platform. He dociiued. Ho said ho had not been to Chicago, but Corporal Tanner, who was on the platform, had. Mr. Tanner was called for. He said ho did not ex - poct Mr. Tcnney would prove a recreant. Mr. Tanner was one of thoso who attended the convention, and what they Buffered for their country thore would nover bo written. Laughter. He wont thero hoping that General Grant would bo the nominee, but though disappointed, be possessed Biifuclont of the old instinct to fall Into lino and follow the Dag to the last. Ho waa glad that such a man as Garfield was the candidate. Ho questioned the application of Mr. Pierrepont's story. The Democrats might go down as low as they liked, they would find no stain on Garfield's garments. The man who had accumulated ouly $20,000 was not the man to charge after twenty years of public service with dishonesty. If the party was true to itself the people would be true to the party. THE EEV. IB. FULTON leing called for, said he was glad to have the plessuro of Baying that Brother Garfield and Brother Arthur wero nominated. Years ago Mr. Beecher said this country would bo free, but the speaker did not believe it. Mr. Beecher had said this country was coming to be a greator country thou evor and it had. Mr. Beecher had seemed to havo ovorytbing his own way except Grant. Laughter. Thoro wob generally a dark horse, aud it cenorallv came out we - ). In the Providence of God. ' My horse," said Dr. Ful ton, "1b if dark horse." Laughter. Garfield had boon true in tho small places, and would be tmo when higher up. Thoy had bejrun to talk about tbe Credit Mobilier. He had proachod a sermon about Oakcs Ames in Boston, and in Brooklyn, and he would preach the serniOD again. If nnyjonelwislied to bear it. There was only ouo mon ruined by tbo Credit Mobilier, and that was becauBe he lied about it. If Garfield had made money by tbo Credit Mobilier, Dr. Fulton was glad of It. He liked to help hiB young Baptist brothers. Some one said that Garfield was a Campbellito. They all Immersed, Mr. Fulton said, and so they were straight there, and oven Talmage was getting Into lino. Laughter, Ho didn't know whother Chester A. Arthur was a momborlof the church, but his father wos, and tho Bpeakor know him well. Dr. Fulton eulogized Senator Conkllna for his fidelity to Grant, and main tained that machine politics was what kept the flag floating until a greenback was a dollar iii gold, and this country Btood on the peatt or ntstory ana tnrew a nobler Bhsdow. than ever beforo. He liked Chester A. Arthur and the machine. When they tried to . break tho machine, and asked for civil sorvice reform, Arthur directed them to the Custom House, and after they had searched they found it was there, and that there was not a smirch upon Arthur. God bless both tils candidates, ana miam tnoy win. The Rov. Dr. Putnam satd ho was a ecratchor, but looking at tho ticket uo saw no opportunity to ecratcn, Their ocennatlou was none, and if . in tho disappoint ment he did not feel like saying much about it, he hoped they would pardon him for saying nothing more. The Rev. Dr. Jeffery satd ho was no politician, but he loved tho principles ol nuerty ana nonosi mou, ana for that reason he gave his hearty support to Garfield and Arthur. Tho band struck up a brisk tune and the meeting waB over. OUR BOSS. Is lie at Is.nuc Willi tbo Gramercy Parle Statesman ! From tho Elmira Pross. A bitter quarrel is imminent between "Boss" McLaughlin and Tilden. The lattor baa written the for mer to have the Brooklyn delegation support Payno, but the "boBS" is unwilling to aocode to this request. He is disinclined, in tho first place, to make open espousal ot Tlldon's planB, and In the second ho Is doubtful of his powor to band over the desired delegates. Tho delegates have minds of their own, aud tho manifestations o? thoir luiuds show an utter aversion to any unit arrangement except such as may be spontaneously their own. After Chicago's lesson tho "boBs" does not feel like troadlng in the dubious path which led Conkling over a precipice. The "boBs" has been warned that Brooklyn is antl Tilden by thousands of votes, and he already buuUS that tact in we air. THE PATJPEIt PROBLEM. What Suffolk County is Doing Toward Solving: it. From (he Greonport Watchman.) It has been suggested that a number of prominent citizens of Brooklyn intsrestod In or connected with tbe administration of tho charities of Kinirs fiouutv. and lnoludlna the editors of the Laole and Union Argus, should be invited to attend with the Supervisors of this county at thoir meeting to - day at the Almshouse, Yaphauk, aud see for themselves something of tbo practical workings of that Institution with a view to the application (as for as practicable) of some of tho loading features in its management of Insane paupers to that of the Institutions at Flatbusb. But tho shortness of time aftor tho idea waB broached probably prevented any goneral accaptanco of the Invitations, so that few if any of those whose names were montloned are likely to bo present to - day. But tho visit is probably only deferred to a more convenient Beaton. We think thero can bo uo reasonable doubt that the course of treatment of lunatics at Yaphank is not only so just and sound in theory but also so Btrongly opproved by results, as to morit moro attention than has heretofore been given to it by the authorities both of New York and Kings counties; and we believe that it could be adopted by thom in both cases with great benefit to the unfortunate class referred to and with great pecuniary advantage to tbe taxpayers, DEAD ACTORS. Forrest and Uromrlinm. (New York Correspondence Buffalo Courier. Very few of the lights of the stage ia Brougham's brilliant days ure atlll shining. It would not be easy to oouut all tbat have burned out. Burton, bis best foil at ono time, has beon dead long enough to be forgotten. Wm. R. Blake, Tom and Harry Plaeido, Charles Walcot, the elder Wallaok, James W. Wallaok, E. L. Davenport and ever so many more aro gathored to their fathers. And Forrest, too. Brougham and Forrost did not love each other much, but the only really bitter feeling was on Forrest's Bide. Brougham could not hold a bitter feeling against anyone. But Forrest regarded ono of his acts as a personal Injury, and never forgave him. It was Just aftor tho famous divorce, and It wbb nothing worBO than the engagement of Mrs. Forrest (or MIbs St. Clair) at the theatro that Brougham was thon managing, aud which. Brougham falling, aoon beoamo known as Wallack's. The appoar - auce of Mrs. Forrost was tho talk of the town, and Forrest was so angry about it that he rallod at Brougham as if ho wore a personal enemy. Forrest's rage bocause his wife beat him at law sometimes carried him to the verge of insanity. Even before tho termination of tho aull bo aotod abBurdly in ilia hostility to all who sympathized with his wife. Ho once tried to Intimidate tor counsel, Charles O'Conor. on meeting blm iu a stage, but the lawyer would not aoara and Forrest gavo it up. He disliked Brougham intensely for taking Mrs. Forrost in hand aftor the Bilit, and he oould nevor understand that Brougham had no other object than to do a good Btroko of business. Bnt Brougham nover was a man ot business. Ho always failed when be tried bis hand as a manager, and went baok to ootiog again with empty pockets. THE BRIDGE. Special Meeting - of the Board, ol" Trustees. A Talk About the Steel Contract for the Superstructure The Delay of tho Edge moor Company iu Coming npr - to tho Terms of the Agreement The Hatter Referred to the Executive Officers. In pursuance to the call for a spaoial meeting of the Board of Trustees of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, the meeting was held yesterday afternoon, at four o'clock, in the Bridge office, No. 21 Water street, near Fulton Ferry. Thero wore present Hon. Henry O. Murphy, President; Controller Steinmetz, Mayor Cooper, of New York; Hon. J. S. T. Stranahan, General Honry W. Slooum, William Marshall, Robert B. Iioosovolt, J. Adrlaaco.Bush, Goneral A. C. Barnos. A. W. Humphreys, John H. Mooney. THE PROCEEDINGS. Mr. Stoinmetz said the Controllers of the two cities had called for the meeting to oonsldor the failure of the Edgemoor Iron Company to fulfil the provisions of tho contract for steel iu not delivering the material in time. They wanted to fiud out why tbo contractors have not compiled with tho terms ol tho contract. There should have been 503 tons of stool delivered by the 1st of December last, and now nearly soven months have elapsed and no material has been dellvoraJI. What was tho reason for the delay aud the loas which had occurred ? THE PKESIDENT'S STATEMENT. Mr. Murphy said the contract for tho furnishing of material was consummated on the 0th of August, 18T9. Tho contract provided that 5U0 tons of steel should ba delivered by December 1, 1879, and that the contractors should not bo bound to furnish any moro of tho contract which embraced about 5,t00 tons, unless beforo tho first of May, 1830, thoy received a notlflca. tlon to proceed with tuo contract, xnat notincation was served April 19 last, and they wero to furnish tho balance within sixty days. No iron or steol has been delivered, but more than S00 tons has been forged, a large proportion of it rolled aud nearly ready but not delivered, but by reason of the change made by tho engineer in regard to tbe height ot the trusses so as to enable the largest Pullman cars to pass under them on the Bridge. The change made somo slight mortifications, and the comnletod nlans were not de - vfiwS iinffl the middle of January last. The Edge - moor Iron Compauy say that owlrr; to the umjiJUaJ. size, of the heavier prfs The clunuol bars, a size unSfecS - donted in bridge building mat tue uuinuna oouipauy who make the steel had noBhearB of sufficient powor to cut tho blooms, and it was necessary to design and construct uew maohluory. I understand from Colonol Paine, whom I Bout on to the Cambria Company to look after tho work, that the shears will bo ready about tho let of tho next month. The Edgemoor Company also found that thoir rolling machinery was inadequate, ai wUin tiny t?y taj omtract they did not anticipate mat it wouia require bo mucn more nower to roll tho steel, and It was necessary that they should put in new machinery. The cause of the delay would seem to lie witu tuo uamuria company, ono oi the largest in tlio United States, in not being able to furnish tuo bars in suiheiout Bizo for the largest shape. The delay is not reprehensible, but is to be regretted. On the 1st of this montn, earn mr. juurpny, i naa this correspondence with tho Edgemoor Compauy: PRESIDENT MUItPHX'S LETTER. BnooKLi - N. June 2. 1880. To the JMgemoor Von Company, H'tidViui Sellers, Ksq., I'rc&tiwnt, ii umington, ici.: GKNTLEuear Tha extraordinary delay which bas oc curred iu the execution of your contract with this Board for the iron and steel for the suspended suporntructuro of the East Bi ver Bridge is causing us, great uneasiness aud alarm, wo need not ronuml you oi tna lact mat nlans were Riven you by ua moro than four months ago for that portion of tho material which was to have beon furnished absolutely, and that up to this tlmo, six weeks aud moro since the notice wa3 served upon you that this Board wished tho manufacture aud delivery of the whole of the material carried out aud completed, none of that first mentioned portion has yet beon delivered, though it is required beforo any thing can uo uone witu putting up uny part oi tuo work embraced In the contract. When the notice of proceeding with the rost of tue work was served upon you, yon advised ub that the delay was canted by tho reasou of its being necessary to erect now and more powerful shears for cutting the blooms, but that this would be done aud tlio material dellverad by this tima. We now learu with great surprise troni our inspecting eDgmepr, uoionei faiae. that six weeks mora are o.'aimod before tho shears evou will be completed, and consequently a still greater delay beyond In obtaining the material. The season for nutting up the work on tho Bridge Is rapidjy passing, aud the consequence must bi iuovitab e unless the material be at once delivered ; that the completion of the Bridge will be delayod for tbat reasou only. The pecuniary loss auu aamagoyou can roa;:ny see win be Immense, mora eveu than the amount of the contract. We would be clad to hear from you ou this subject iu the course of this week, as our Board will havo their regular monthly meeting on Monday next, or what would bo moro satisfactory, tho presence of yourself, Mr. Sellers, here at that meeting. I have tue nonor to be yours, Henry. C. Muiti - iiv, President. THE COMPANY'S REPLY. EDOEMoon mou Company, Edgemoob, June 5, 1830.) Hon. Henry C. Murphy, President Hoard of Trustees, Netc Ym - k anti Brooklyn Bridge : Dkar Slit Yours of the second iust. was duly received, aud I note your anxiety and that of your Board as to the doltvory of the steel work ut East Kiver Bridge. In a work of the novel character aud magnitude of this one, it must necessarily be that great delay would occur, not only in the preparation of . the machinery of construction, but also in the plans for the structure itself. Iu the latter, as the details are peifected, modifications will occur to the ongiueer, oftentimes of such importance as to make it necessary or desirable to reconstruct some of the work already designed, and bo, Ukewlso, In the preparation for making the samo. I mention this because it is difficult for anyone not conversant with such details to understand tbat such work could nut be prosecuted from the start, as any ordinary structure. It is true that it ha3 been fivo months since the first of the plauB wero delivered to us, our memorandum showing that those were received December 31, 1870, but those were sent back to bo changed and were returned to Edgemoor January 13, ISSu. They comprised only the top and bottom obords of the first 500 tons. On February 4 we received tlio drawlngB of six floor beams, and these were sent back to be changed. We have received subsequently, viz : On March 8, April 21, April 23, April 2 - 1, May G aud Juno 4 various plans, aggregating about 1,780 tons of finished work. With our first order for materia! to construct this work tho Cambria Compauy discovered that they were unublo to cut blooms of tho size required, viz., 7,"x8 inches, au were therefore compolled to receive and pay for a portion of tho material only. It was useloss for us to complain to tho Cambria Company, as their answer would simply be, "Our luabidty to cut this size was a surpriso to us, and it is absolutely impossible for this material to be cut until we can provide tho means for doing it, which we will endeavor to do at the earliest possible moment." And we havo no doubt but that they are using every ox - ertion to expedite the completion of this machinery. The de'ay wonld be much longer than would now ba the oaso but for tbo fact that they hal the machinery well under woy at tho tim". Their inability to cut demonstrated that inoro powerful machinery was needed for this purpojc. From the best data we could obtain and the best expert judgment, we supposed before we com - meuced rolling that we shoul 1 bo ready to proceed a3 fust as the blooms could be delivered to us, but with the first rolling the power required was demonstrated to be so mifch greater than for Bimilar slzeB iu iron that wo become fearful that whon tho larger blooma wero delivered wo might ba unable to roll them, and in an. tlelpation of this posslblo difficulty we havo ordered aud are now puttiug la a largo cylindur to our roiling mill onglne, wjtb all its appurtenancos, so as to placo this question beyond a doubt, and I believe if you could investigate the preparations wo have made, not only for what it is known we shall require, but also for that which wo may possibly roqulro, you would be entirely satisfied that so soon as the matorial can be delivered wa shall be prepared to pmh forward tbo completion of the work with tho greatest possible rapidity. From tbo tests that have been made of the material already delivered, and also tho test3 made of that which has been rolled, you will bo satisfied through your engineers that the quality of the material and of tho workmanship are both beyond tbe requirement of your contract, and that as little delay may occur as posgiblo, we are ordering material that can be manufactured for tlio required structure from tbe size of ingots, that the steel works are now prepared to make, so tbat there may be loss to make wheu they are prenarod to deliver the larger sizos. I Bhould gladly attend tha moating of tho trustees on Monday, aa suggested by you, but that my engagements are so very pressing hero. I could not give you further information than 2 now do in this letter, and tbat you may obtain from your engineers, who have examined the work In progress. The only thing that occurs to me that you could desire to know further is, when these larger ingots can be delivored, but this I am unable te toll you, inasmuch as tbe Cambria Compauy caunot yet set a time when tui - i machinery will bo comploted. Yours, truly, William Sellers, President. Colonel Paine, said Mr. Murphy, has returned from tho Cambria Company and roporta tbo machinery will soon be roady. The right to change and modify the plana was reserved by tho trustees, and it was deemed best by Colonel Iloebling to make soma changes. Thero are one or two other things which may bo alluded to. Before tbe delivery of tho plans there took place a sudden, unexpected and unprecedented rise in the price of iron, and the demand for iron and steel was very greatly enlarged. It was natural and pardonable tbat there should have been a little delay on the part of the contractors in the hope the cost of material would go down n little. Then, again, wo were before the Legislature for the money necessary to complete the work, and unless we got tho money we could not go on, and it was natural tbat tho contractors should wait a little beforo proceeding with ony very large outlay looking to the fulfillment of their contract until thoy Baw some reasonable prospect for a reimbursement for thoir outlay in the chance to complete the contract. I can very easily soo bow all theBo matters have worked upon them. There has beon what may bB called a legal delay of three mouths, and as I have told tho company In my letter any further delay would delay tho completion of the structure. All of tho first 500 tons has been rolled and is nearly ready for delivery. Ono of the members suggoBted tbat Colonol Palua Bhould Come in and tell them bow the matter stood from his point of view. Colonel Putne came in aud said with regard to tho work at Johnstown, where tho Cambria Company's works are located, thoy have received orders from idgemaor irom tmjo to time lor uiooma or various sizos. Thoro seems to have been soma misunderstanding between the two companies sb to the sizo of tbe blooms that would be called for, BDd tbe Cambria Company found they had not tho necessary machinory, powerful enough to cut the largest blooms which aro iyt by inchcB. It Ib necessary that tho shears shall be powerful enough to cut through thiB mass of steel at a single blow. Thoy had to put up tho shears and a large euglno especially to run them and tbo machinery connected with it. Meanwhile, the Cambria Compauy has gone forward filling tbe orders for blooms of the smaller sizes. One order for 1,000 tons has been sent forward by the nugomoor company to the oamona Company (which makes the steel), and another order for a like quantity will immediately follow it. At Mid - vale, where the Edgemoor Iron Comnany.does the roll ing, the machinery is on the ground for the largest sizes of bars, and tboy are rolling the smaller Blzes that really have tbo most work about them. I have, said Colonol Paine, had no disposition to get out of tho contract dishonorably, but I do think I have seen a desire to get out of tho contract fairly. General Slooum Can they furnish the material when they got the machinory in placo ? Colonel Paine Yes, there can be no question about that. Genoral Slooum If the material 1b furnished, say, within thirty or sixty days, can the superstructure be put up by the first of July, 1880 f Colonel Paine I can Bee no reason why it should not. Mr. Steinmetz If the plans were not delivered until December 31, how could tbe company furnish tbe BU0 tons ot material by Deoember 1 ? Colonel Paine Tho plans werg ready in August, and when some modifications were suggestod and they were changed, we knew that at Edgemoor, they wore not anywhere near ready to roll. Tho principal change made was in the top cord of tho truss. Thore was a desire on the part of tha trustees for tho top cord to be high enough to allow the highest Pullman palace cars to pass under, and to do that the form of the cord was ourved. Colonel Buebllng decided to havo it straight, and thoreforo tho side posts wore lengthened a little. Had the Edgemoor company bad every drawing, they could not hove proceoded. Tho changoa wore made in details. They could not have dollYerod any material by Deoember 1, bocauso they did not havo tho appliances to make it. Colonel Paine then Illustrated what ohangea were made. They were merely matters of detail, and did not Interfere with tbe general obaractor of the work. Mayor Cooper If I undorstauil tho matter, tho company could not deliver on December 1, becauto thoy did uot bare tbo appliances to roll tbo matorial. Tha delay has been iu their not getting ready, and not In their not having cortain plans. It Is not oustomary to furnish all the drawings of a work at once, but only as thoy aro wanted, and It thoy wore not ready to roll thoy could uot use tbe planB. I confess, It looks to tae, as though THE REAL REASON for the delay was that the contractors had waited, instead of making tho 800 tons with a view of seeing whether they would get any moro to mako. It is a quostlon In my xnind whother tbe rolls will go right the first time nn theso larger sizes. Mr. Stoinmetz Mr. Sellers states in his lettor that ho could not roll because ho did not have tbe plans. ; Mayor Cooper The question then is wuetuor no ' made the claims thou that ho could not go on beaausa , of tho absence of tho plans. i Mr. Stelnjnsta said tlie trustees were responsible, Ho did not think the work on the superstructure could oe completed by Juiy, 1881, aud tue worn would be thrown over another year, and tbe Interest on the $12, - 000,000 will be continued for tbat time. Mayor Coopor said he thought tho contractors were liable for tbe failure to deliver 600 tons In time. Mr. Bush said they might be morally Ilablo, but the question waa whether they were legally liable. It looked to him as though tho withdrawal of plans for modifications bad left them a loophole. Colonel Paine Bald the company had tho shapes that were to be rolled, and could have got ready to roll. The fact that they wero not ready was tbo reason the plans were changed in certain details. Mr. Marshall sold tbo contract was the best tiling they oould get, and he did not believe in interfering with it. He thought a committee, made up of the President, Vico President and Chairman of the Exeoutlvo Committee, should take chargo of the matter and push the work. Ho did believe in breaking the contract, for then they would be in a worse position than now. Mr. Stransbait said the work was new in it character. Tho price of materials advanced greatly after tho contract waa given out. To him it was only strange tbat the contractors, with every advantage against them, had done as well as they had. In case tha trustees did not obtain legislation last Winter tha contract would have been abandoned. Ee saw no danger in the delay that had occurred. What wbb gained by this agitation aud parade of a fall - nro to como up to tho letter of the contract. The result he deplored and hoped it would end soon If the machinory Is completed within thirty or sixty days the superstructure will be finished by tbe time the New York approach is done and probably before. It is there tbe delay will be If anywhere, and not In tho superstructure. The contractors were human, and had waited to see what tha result would be before proceeding with expensive detallB. Mayor Cooper said It looked as though tbe contractors had waited to see whether they would get tbe wholo before going to tho oxponse of making Suo tons. They agreed to furnish 500 tons absolutely and had not done It, thought, responsible for the dolay. The contract allows for changes in the p'.anB. Tbe purpose of the &00 tons was to give tlmo for experiments and avoid the delays which they might cause. The question then occurred as to whother tho matter should be left to a committeo of the executive olucers or to a special committoe, tbe purpose of tho committeo being to Bee why the delays occurred and what tho prospect waa In the future. Mr. Boaevelt said he thought the matter Bhould be loft to the oxecutlve officers. He thought the tono of the Edgemoor Company's letter, was a desire to justify their position. Shortly after the contract was given out, tbo price of material advanced wonderfully. Tho compauy knew lhat if thoy comploted tho contract, they would lose a hundred thousand dollars. They know If thoy failed to complete it, (hey would lose a hundred thousand dollars. They were out a liko amount in any ovont, as it looked then, and they waited in the hope that a change would occur by which tboy could save a part. Ho thought it uufortunato tbat tho delay in the five hundred tons was not brought to tbe attention of the Board at tho time. Mr. Marshall said tboy had better let the contract alone. They could not get belter parties, and tbo executive officers would look after the matter and Gurry up tne work. Mr. Stoinmetz thought they wore absolutely In tbe hands of the contractors. Mr. Cooper said he did not think they wero. There woro half a dozen other firms iu tbe country who could take the contract if necessary, but bo did not believe iu interfering with it. The contractors bad not beon delayed by an absence of the plans, that waa ho thought certain, and they should havo got ready to manufacture tho five hundred tons. Mr. Steinmetz offered tbe following resolution : Hcsolced, That a committeo of throe, to include tbe president and chairman of the Executive Comniittefi, bo appointed to inquire about the dolays to furnish 500 tons of steol and Iron on the 1st of December, 1873, for tho suspended superstructure of tho East liivcr Bridge, also what the contractors Intend to do hercsf tor, aud report to the Board at tho next meeting. Mr. Marshall moved, as anramoudmout, tbat the committee consist of the president, vice president and chairman of the Executive Cominitteo. Mr. Stranahan moved, aa a further amendment, that the matter bo referred to the president, vico president and chairman of the Executive Committeo to push the matter, and that no committeo bo appointod. Mr. stranaban's amondment was adopted, and the Board adjourned. TILDES. Why He is Considered not Available. His Iiine of Strength in tlio South and West His Prospects of Carrying - New Voric State Tho Position of tlio Kins County Democracy Toward Tildcst liocol Bossisnj as it Enters into a Jmrger Contest The Local DclcsratcN to Cincinnati and Thoir Preforeucos Tbo Rank and Filo for Hancock and B5a.yn.rd. From the New York Express of Yesterday.) Tile present position of the Brooklyn Democracy on the quostion of choice as to national candtdatos has been an enigma of late. Mr. Klnsella, oditor of the Brooklyn Eagle, was thought to know somewhat of the " true Inwardness " of tho matter, and to him an Evening Express representative was sent, with instructions to request an interview and obtain a thorough elucidation of tho mystery. Mr. Eiusolia was both courteous and frankly communicative, as urooaiyn had given a handsome majority for Tilden in 187B, the subject of bis possible candidacy was made the starting point in ths intorviow, which ran as follows : " If Mr. Tilden could bo nominated, how many States, in your opinion, could ha carry ?" " Well, tbat Ib rather a precise quostlon. Garfield's nomination has changed tbe political situation ao far as the group of Southern States is concerned. Aa against Grant, I do not believe Tilden oould havo counted on the South. If there is a hope of success, tha South will be solid against Mr. Garfield, If there Is no hope, thon we are liable to loso Southern States by dickers and bargains, and Garfield and his friends are oxports in that lino of business. Tho South with it3 solid voto baa a right to expect of tho Democratic Convention a candidate wbo will certainly carry the Northern States required to insure us tho election. If disappointed iu this reasonable expectation, thore is no tolliug what tbe South will do. Asldo from this, I do not beltave Mr. Tilden can carry tho oloctoral vote of any State In tho Union. Unless the Democratic party proposes to commit hari karl, it ia not worth while speculating about the States Mr. Tilden could carry." " What reason can you give for almost a unanimous opposition against Mr. Tilden in tbo Southern States?' TILDES IN THE SOUTH AND WEST. "There Is a great deal of sturdy manhood In' that section, and Mr. Tildon's ways do not suit its peoplo. His conduct after the fraud of 1870 l03t him tbe respect of that section. Tilden's mo3t pronounced advocates notably Mr. Bloir think Mr. Tilden has tsomctlitug to gaiu by abuse of tho South. I hesitate to eay it, but there are a great many of the old Southern leaders of public opinion wbo do not like anything that savors of dishonesty in a candidate, and they do not beliovo that Tilden comes up to the Jefifersonian standard in this regard." " How is It thst four yoars ago Mr. Tilden was very popular in the Ye3t, and this year not a single Stato bas instructed for him 7" " Tho West sbaros in the general sentiment that Mr. Tilden is not an available candidato. He broke the strength of tho Wost in 1870 by his success In obtaining the delegation of Illinois by a bare majority. Of the methods by which this was brought about, tho loss said in Mr. Tilden's interest the better. There is a gentleman iu Chicago, by the name of Perry Smitb, who conld, I think, If be chose, give you more interesting information on this point than I can. The Western Democrats want to win, ond that is why they don't want Tilden." HIS CHANCES IN NEW YORK. "Do yon think that Mr. Tildon, if nominated, can poll the same vote in thia State that ho did in 1870, outside of the vote cast for him in New York and Kiogs counties?" "No, I do not. Eobinson was far stronger than Tilden. If there be any Republican in this Stato who intends to vote for Tilden, I havo never seen him, and I never met anybody who haa Been him. Whether justly or not, maoy Democrats believe that Tilden was willing to risk the loss of this State last year for his own ends. If he should be tho candidato this year, they will be sure that his first object Ib himself and not his party." 'If nomiuated, will New York and Kings counties give Mr. Tildon, as in 187G, 70,000 majority 7" "I can speak with more confidence of Kings County. Wo gave Tilden nearly 20,000 majority in 187G. I do not believe he coidd now carry it by 5,000, and if forced on the party through the political machine which controls tho organization of his party here, I do not beliovo be can carry Kiugs County at all. The campaign would open with ub with tho solemnity of a funeral procession." HANCOCK'S CANDIDACY. "Of candidates already suggested, who do you think would bo most ovoilable for unity, popularity and strength?" "I am for Hancock, A generation of voters has grown up Bince the war. They are tired of tha old quarrels of fighting ovor battles which were lost and won before tboy were born. Hancock would insure us tho South without an effort. Ho would insure us success in New York and New Jersey and Connecticut will go as New York doeB. Tho young Demootacy of the country will rally around Hancock. Tho soldier ele - mont will voto for him. For campaign purposes, at this time, he is the most available candidate the party has ovor nominated. If he is elected the best intellect of tho country will be at hiB service, ond a new era of prosperity will be opened for us. All the old time quarrels between tbo sections will end for good and all with Hancock's eloction. Bayard would suit me, but I am afraid tho people of the North are not ready to go as far as thoy would by electing Mr. Bayard." THE THIllD TERM TO COME UP AGAIN. "Do you think tbat Genoral Garfield is tbo Btrongest candidate tbe Itepublican party could noma ?" "I thiuk he Ib about as strong as any they could name. He will get tbe vote of a party known to be In tho minority. Tbo problem beforo tbo Democracy is to unite and utilize their majority, and this will insure the easy defeat of a commonplace candidate a stock actor - on tbe boards." ' "Do you think that Chester A. Arthur Btreugthons the Republican ticket in this State ?" "No. It may shield tho ticket against the opposition of Conkling and his friends, but it la not clear that It will do oven as much as this. Tho talk in Conkling circles that Grant will come up again in 1884 can mean only that Grant will be a necessity to dislodge the Democrats from power just as it waa claimed ho was necessary now to keep them out of power. The third termers are not dead, and they will not sit up all night to lament Garfield's defeat." THE POSITION OF KINGS COUNTY. " Is thero any truth In tho rumors now afloat that the Kings County national delegates favor some other candidate than Tilden ?" " It Is hard to say whatthe delegates from this county will do. I know all tha gentlemen, with one oxceptlon, and if they are for Tildon they have succeeded admirably lu keeping the secret from their friends. I tblnk tbe delegates from this county favor some other candidate than Tilden. I think at heart thoy favor any othor candidate. Judgo Pratt has been Bpokon of as amoug tho possibilities. Of courso, if the Judge bas a chance we would all bo tor him. Ho is a good judgo, and a good fellow, wbo would got tho votes of nino in ton of tho lawyors who practlco bofore him." " What has created the advorse feeling toward Mr. Tilden among the Kings Couuty delegates?" "Wo sharo in the general feeling of Tilden's unavailability, and wo wont to win. Those Democrats who havo beon brought in personal contact with Tildeu don't like him. The pretensions of our local 'Boss' that Kings County is for Tildon oroate now antagonisms. I have never been under tho necessity of asking any personal favor from Mr. Tilden, still I can't but regard him as an ungrateful old gentleman. I remember being at his houso shortly after the election lu 18.0, and whon I referred, s I thought witu paraouauio pride to tbe fact that we bad givou him tho unpreco - dentod majority of nearly 20,000, be - whispered In my oar although wo wero quite alone 'I gave you tho Issues to do It.' We had worked hard for 'Uncle Sammy,' and this was rather a sorry return for it." "Wbo aro tho favorites for the nomination with the Kings Couuty delogates, in the ordor of first and second choice ?" "They would all support Judgo Pratt, If there is a chance for him. Tho soutiuiont of tho couuty is divided unmistakably between Hancock aud Bayard. I don't bellove, apart from Bob3 McLaughlin and those wbo are afraid of him or dopondont on hhn, thore is ouo Democrat lu twenty in Kings Couuty wbo is in favor of Tilden's nomination, undor all tho circumstances." A great many pooplo wo at Soybrook and Stonlngton, seeking news of missing friends, and it is bellavod that moro persons wero lost than was at first roportod. It Is thought that thore were nearer six hundred than four hundred porsons on board. Mr. George Newoombo, of Eaatport, Mo who was on tho vessel, and baing a aoafarlng manj noted accurately tbe condition of affalrB, thlnkB tho number of doomed will not bo far from 100. Ho was up and on deck, interested in the weather and Intending to stay up ail ulgtit in order to awaken his party iu tlmo to dross and leave tbe vessel at Stonlngton. He cortifiea tbat the captain and pilot fully oomplled with the law In respect to the whistles. Tho collision occurred as be wob hoatonlng to arouse his nopbew aud the two young ladies with him. Mr. Nowoombo describes the events succeeding the collision with tho utmost detail, and he ts of the opinion that tho fire was due to the escaping gas In the furnace. He thinks tno captain and pilot of tho Narragan - sett, in running twelve miles an hour through tho thick fog, only did what every other steamer on the Sound and Now England coast does. The danger of lying still and drifting is gieater than keoping ou. A great quantity of baggage bas been gathered together by tbo wreckers. No uctiou will be taken of an oflicial nature by the Inspector of Steamboats In Naw York, as the Narragau8ett sailed undor papers from the New Loudon District . The Superintendent of the Norwich line denies the report that the City of Nonviob refused to go to tbe assistance of the Stonlngton Is true. The Norwich was fifty miles from the ecane of the disaster, aud consequently tbe officers knew nothing ot it until the next day, Tbe Narragansett has begun to break up And tbe cargo is drifting away. CURRENT EVENTS. The receipts from internal revenua yesterday in Washington were $593,631,90. Tho number ot immigrants who arriretl yesterday at Castle Garden was 1,311. The President is considering tha expediency of retiring Surgeon General Barnes and Adjutant General Townsend. Thousands of acres of unsettled lands in Pike county, Pennsylvania, are to bo sold by the treasurer of the county for unpaid taxes. Tha twelfth anunal commencement exercises of Cornell University began yesterday, with tho delivery of the baccalaureate sermon by Ber. Dr. Alexander Mackenzie, of Cambridge, Mass. Tho army worm has reached East Orange, K. J and Is doing terrible mischief. The farmers aro cutting their wheat and will save all the corn for fodder. The West Point Academic Board has found Cadet Whittaker deficient in philosophy. It la laid tbat the Secretary of War will order Whittaker before a, court martial, where he may have the opportunity to vindicate himself. His friends say that he has not htd the opportunity to vindicate bimsolf, and this ia to bo afforded blm. Lieutenant H. E. Lemley, U. 8. A., will found, - undor the appointment of the Government of the United States, of Colombia, a national military school at Bogota. The President baa afforded a three) years' leave of absence to Lieutenant Lemley, in order that be may accept this duty. He will Boll up the Mag - daicna, and will cross the Andes on mule back. The fastest time ever made between Jersey City and Philadelphia was accomplished on Sunday by train No. 4 of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The distance of 90 miles was run In 93 minutes precisely. Fonr BtopB were made during the run, and the train wax slowod down twice preparatory to crorsing bridges. Tbo run from Tronton to New Brunswick 25 miles was made in U minutes. Among the bills which wont over in tha Senate yesterday because of objection wero tbe following : The bill authorizing an extension of the geological survey iuto the States ; the bill to regulate suits brought to rocovor damages for infringement of patents, which is of great iuterest to the large number of persons who have been sued for using the driven wells, and the bill which provides n construction fund for the Navy. Jumes McDermott, a laborer, who, on tha 8th of May, in the course of a drunken quarrel with his wife, threw ber out of o fourth story window in New York, killing her instantly, was tried yestorday in tha General Sessions Court. He was eontonced to State. Prison for life. Ho pleaded to murder in the second degroe, and tbo District Attoruoy and the Judge, iu view of tho difficulty, under the circumstances, of obtaining a verdict of guilty in tbe first degree, concurred in the courso pursued. McDermott is but 34 years of age. The trustees of Princeton College have decided that Uio Commencement exorclBes will be confined Btrietly to delivering orations ond conferring degrees on Commencement day, June 23, and that oil other exercises and festivities will be dispensed with. All tbe other usual Commencement exercises will be postponed until tho oponing of tbe next term In September. Any applicants for admission who may present themselves will be examined on Thursday, June. 28, and September 7. The notorious sneak bond robber, Dau Noble, has been conviotcd in London and sentenced to twenty years' imprisonment for forgery. Noblo was born in Elmira and was originally a sporting man. He was be3t known iu this country in connection with tho Lord bond robbery aad tbe Royal Insurance bond ro! - bery, both of which were ap in the millions. Tha sentence he has now roceived will prevent his further performances, either in this country or in England, for s there is littla likelihood that ho will get out and nono that he will be pardoned. The Spanish Government is to be called upon to explain the outrage perpetrated by the Spanish man of war upon tbo two American steamers, the Ethel Morritt and Eunico Newcomb. Seoretary EvartB, has looked into the matter, and finds that there is no shadow of excuso for tho outrage on them. Amplo guarantee will be exacted against the repetition cf an offense which not only endangers the lives and property of American citizens, but attacks our whole carrying trade, by making our ships less safo on the high seas than those of other nations. Maurice Moses Himmelfortb, a manufacturing tailor, committed suicide last evening at No. 44S East Thirteenth street, New York. Ho was thirty - two yoars of ago, and had been in this country ten years. His family consists of his wife and four children. He left a letter for his .rife telling her to be a mother to ber children, and a good friend to all his family; as for himself, be said ha was tired of life. As ha left debts and no meanB for his wile to Bustain her children, ths oldest of whom is not eight years of age, It is likely that Mrs. Himmelforth will have her doubts as to tha genuineness of his professions of affection. Tho Hackensack (N. J.) Water Works are to be eo!d for the benefit of the creditors of Hon. Cbos. H. Voorhis. When ho made an assignment last Fall, tho affairs of tho latter company, liko those of the First National Bank of HackenBack, and tbe Hackensock Savings Bank, in all of which he had controlling interests, woro found to be in a deplorable condition. Mr. Voor - his estimated his debts at about $300,000. Ho owed tha bank about $40,000, and a large amount to the savings bank. Tbe bonds of tho Water Company be had used to obtain loans in banks in New York, Jersey City and elsewhere. The receiver finds tbat there i3 about $50, - 000 due to tho Water Compauy on the bonds and other accounts. The legality of the issue of the bonds bas been questioned by those owning tho company, and tbo receiver applied to the Chancellor to have the question dolcrmlned. The MOBter in Chancery was appointed for tbat purpose, and he has been taking testimony for Borne time past. He found it impossible, without Mr. Vooruis' explanation to understand ths true situation of the Water Company, and this Mr. Voor - bls refused to mako. He had subscribed oh paper for a majority of the capital stock, and without paying a dollar bad run tbe company without regard to law, giving water bonds in payment when necessary for the company's purposes, but applying a large amount of them to his own. The chiof creditors of tha Water Company are the oivil engineers Messrs. Bacot & Ward, who built the works, and to whom is now duo $2S,030. It is owing to them that the receiver has found a way out of his difficulty and that the creditors are saved from what threatened to be a total loss. They havo offered to settle with tbe creditors by paying them thirty per cent, of thoir claims, which tho creditors bavo agreed to, and the sale moans tbat tho works aro to pass cheaply into tbeir bauds with a company reorganized on a fair business basis. SUDDEN DEATH. John Howard, aged 52 years, died suddenly est night at his residence, No. 41'J Smith street, of heart disease. BUSINESS KO'C ICES. ROYAL HAVANA LOTTERY, SPECIAL CABLE DISPATCH TO J. DUKK A CO., BANKERS, 42 Nassau st. New York. HAVANA, CUBA, JUNE 14 (Class 1.0C21. Ticket ,: drew 4200,0X1 Ticket 12,."W droiv S:0M Ticket 15.2DS drew. 25,00 - J Ticket 17,!iiO drew lO.ixx) Ticket 23,076 drow 10.0 O Ticket S.j'.S drew S.OOO Tickot 7,11 drew 5,000 T.cKet 17,201 drow 5.0O3 Ticket 21,0! 7 drew 0,900 Ticket 21,7i drew 3,000 Full otlicial lint wilt be published in Eagle June 21. NEXT DRAWING. JUNE 311. KENTUCKY STATE LOTTERY. JUNE 10. COMMONWEALTH Ol'' KENTUCKY LOTTERY, JUNE 30. Prizes cashed. Full information sent free. J. DUFF A CO.. Bankors. 42 Nassau st.cor. Liberty. New York. DIARRHEA. So mnnv aro swept off yearly by tlxis distressing com - Dlniot, it is of tho Rttivv - tt importance to Ie:ira that it and all kindred ailmnta, a well as nil internM discomforts, aro RompMoly cured by RENNETS MAGIC OIL. Try tho preat remedy. NO NEED TO GO TO NEW YORK. AT WHITE'S HAIR STOKE, NO. 235 FULTON ST. Koman braids, Perfection, Long Branch Scollops, Saratoga Waves, Points, Frizzes, Coquette, etc at lower prices than anywhere else. Forehead nets, 10c; Bandoline, luo. CITY DIRECTORY. EDITION FOR IfWO. JUST PUBLISHED. Contains 132.22S names, an iucrea3e of ovor last year. Over 1,50.1 meos of printed mattor. Price fi.'i.OO. i.AIN A CO.. 213 Montague sL VOR BREAKFAST. CHOCOLAT MENIER. ASK YOUR GROCER FOR IT. PAKIS AND LONDON. NEW YORK DEPOT. 286 Greenwich St. alleitsTbrain food, A botanical extract, strengthens the brain, cures nerrous - ness, nervous debility of all kinds, and ail weaknesses of ths procreative organs ; Si. All driwr.staana at Kite ben's, Oity Hall, and Green's, 118 Atlantic avenue, Seud for circular to AiiLEN'S pharmacy. No. 315 First avenue. Net York. POlTlTlCAI,. TEGULAR DEMOCRATS OF KINGS JTV COUXTV At an adjourned meeting of regular IXMnocrats, bold at the General Committee Rooms on Monday evening, Juno 14, Hon. Samuel D. Morris in the chair. Resolved, Thst the Secretary be directed to publish notice in the daily panera requesting those who desiro to attend the Xational Convention, to be held at Cincinnati, on TUKSDAY, Juno '22, to send their names and address to him at Room O, Court House, on or beforo Thursday. 17th inst., botvreen9 A. M. and 4 P. M. Tha following named gentlemen havo signified their intention to accumpany the Kings County delegation ; H. j! Culltn, jr.. James Hall, Henry Winter, M. Hnnnan, George Russell, John Clancy, John Pyburn. "William A. Furoy, Johu Frost, Honrr Edmonds, K. li. Litchfield, B. F. Michaels, Kdward Friel, Thomas Korritan, Jumes RHifrewuy, George GlendenmiLft Thomas Mooro. Charles A. WUlard, Daniel Ryan, Daniel Lake, Henry Ilotfmire. John McGroarty, George G. Herman, John Harrison, xi. inciinuj - nnti, John B. Byrne, P. J. Dovlo. R. A. Kollmoyer, William H. Rogers, John A. Nash, John MoDermott, John McCarty, A. J. Michaels, J. Weraberg, J. Dunne, William WainTrright, James Shevlin, Andrew Walsh, Dr. James Feeley. Thomas Farrell, Daniel Contey, Henry AHenbrand, K. H. Willits. Thomas Shevlin. William H.Jordan, John Cullin,. F. Markey, Julian White, W. J. Follott, Charloa H. Kraok, K S. ClarKt Henry Collins. J&mos RodvrelL H. B. Davis. Moses KesseU Francis Nolan. D.O'Keeffe. Martin Doyia, Thoma J. Knn, Arthur J. Higz&g. D. Short. John Lower?, Herman Scnmita Andrew Beck, James Wright, John GiJbensoa John Peterson, Charles L. Lyon, A. Keoker, J. O'Brien, Herman Kreutzer. Frederick Goodhue H. Munn, John Wilson, Thomas B. Ratao, Patrick Nolan. P. W. Birch, H. Corwin, P. J. Kelly. Bartholomew Riley, Jamas T Kjisfm Ueorgo Dugan, .trim V. Alii In. All! Robert Matthias, Thomas Carroll, James Meany, Henry Prentice, P. G. Hughes. Philip Casey, John T, Moran, Thomas Byrne, Daniel Kelly. , William H. Hughes, John Outran, John Anlin Thomas Jboran, Honnan L. Guok. Henry llauaeimnnn, Cliarlos 13 - Klhott. John H. Douglass, IsmhI Reed, Wiliam P. Morrissey, Dr. W. J. GilUllau, K. Benedict, James Soruers, D. Valentino, Abrnm H. Dailay, Thomas M. Riley, Chauncey Schaffer, Z, Voorhiea, Robert Macoy, Stmuiol Guthne, KIIio:t F. Drives, .Tnbn Courtney. Jonas Farrington, Peter Sutter. On motion, the ineoting adjourned until THURSDAY. KVHN1NG, Juno 17. at 8 o'clock. SAMUEL D. MORRIS, Chairman. - WALKF.H T. Woolley, Secretary. . A N ADJOURNED MEETING OF THE J. F.IGHTH WARD GARFIELD AND ARTHUR CLUB willbs held at BRAUN'S HALL, corner Twent third Btr&et nnd FUtb. av, on WEDNESDAY EVENING. June lG, 1830. WM. a N, OADMUS, T?ri(Unt pro tm

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