Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, 14 Mayıs 1876, Page 4

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated 14 Mayıs 1876 Page 4
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North Clark street, comer Klnzie. Beadlnes atS p. HL by A. P- Bcrbank. Wood’s Mnscom. Monroe street, between Dearborn and Stats. Com* pinueaiary benefit to T. Grattan JUggs. Kooley’s Theatre* ■ Randolph street, between Clark and LaSalle. Usd. Eugenic P&ppcshelm In opera. >’cw Chicago Theatre. Clark street, between Randolph and Lake. **Der Karr de* Glucks.*' Adelphl Theatre. Dearborn street, comer Monroe. Variety entertain* bent. **Maieppa." SOCIETY MEETINGS. ORIENTAL CONSISTORY". S. P. IL S. 32d, A. A. 6. it.—Special assembly Tuesday evening. May 18. 7:30 j>. m.. for work on Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret asiDcune. at Consinorial Hall 7G Moaroc-it. Mem bers requested to appear In full uniform. By order OIL W. BARNARD. 33d Degree Illinois Commander* in-Chlcf. JAMES A. T. BIRD, 3Sd Degree Grand Sec retary. ATTENTION-. SIU KNIGHTS—STATED CON clave of Chicago Comiuaodery. No. 19, K. T.« >1 outlay evening. Mar 13, for business and work oa the K. T. order. Aa It will be decided whether or not this Coramandery goes to Philadelphia, a full attendance la dcetr&L By Order of Che E. C CHAS. J. TOWBRIDGE, Recorder. oonnrmiAX chapter, no. ea, r. a. m.— Special Convocation Monday evening. May 15, at 8 ©’dock. Work, the Mark Decree. By order 6. M. HENDERSON. H. P. _ LAPATETTE CHAPTER NO. 2 R. A. M—HALL 72 Monroc-tl. Special Convocation Monday Evening at 8 o'clock for work. By order of the H. P. E. X. TUCKER, Secretary. CHICAGO LODGE KO. S 3, I. O. O. T., hare re moved to their new hail. 216 and 2|s Eart Randolph-st. Meet every Monday night. J. B. CLARK, Secretary. ®|e Mm SUNDAY, MAY 14, 187 G. $ ’At the New York Stock Exchange on Sat urday greenbacks ruled at 88J@89 cents on the dollar. Vox Hoixen, the fugitive defaulting City Collector, has been promptly indicted by the Grand Jury almost before he had time to shake the dost of Chicago off his feet. Now, if the like promptness is displayed by the officials having the matter *ln charge, and red-tape delays are in like manner dispensed with, it ought not to be a long while before be is on his way to the Penitentiary. Prom present indications, the delegation from this county to the State Convention will be mainly for the Hon. S. M. Cullom for Governor. The feeling which- pervades Re publican circles seems to be that the party cannot afford to have a weak man placed at the head of the ticket, because that would cause the loss of all the dose districts, and might cost the Republicans of th?g county alone half a dozen members of the next Leg islature, and with them a United States Senator. notwithstanding the lofty tone assumed in demanding guarantees before surrendering "Winslow, the Boston swindler, under the ex tradition treaty, the British Government, at the expiration of the ten days for which he was recommitted to await requisition, yester day denied his application for release, and again recommitted him for ton days longer. Evidently the English ipnistty are not in haste to rash matters to a disagreeable issue in tbi'c case, and perhaps, after all, rather than practically abrogate the extradition treaty, will surren der Winslow. A little firmness goes a wonderful way with John Bull, and Secreta ry fihsa’s correspondence in this matter was full of quiet firmness. - The testimony of Mrs. Leavenworth, widow of the original Treasurer of the St Louis "Whisky-King, and the documents she lias furnished in support of it, have evi dently proved fatal to the hopes of McKee, of the Globe-Democrat, Tor a pardon. - "Her testimony is to the effect that she was present when large sums out of the King’s plunder were paid over to McKee, and among the documents she produces "are McKee’s own letters, which, it is stated, fur nish conclusive evidence of his complicity in the King. Upon these developments, subse quent to the trial, District-Attorney Dyee, despite the enormous pressure brought to bear upon him, has reported to Attorney- General Pierrepont adversely to the pardon naked, and from present indications McKee has no prospect of escaping the fall punish ment to which he was sentenced. The Kev. Dr. Taylor peremptorily de clines to be made the safe repository, to be double-locked and barred, of Bowen’s testi mony and Beecher's explanations. In his plain-spoken letter to Plymouth Church he takes the very sensible ground that it is un reasonable to expect of him to express an opinion upon the matters mutually confid ed, while tbs evidence upon which that opinion is asked is to be kept under lock and key. He reminds Plymouth Church that the determination of the matters in controversy properly belongs to a Mutual Council—which the partisans of Mr. Beeches have so painstakingly avoided. So the re cent confessional project for disposing of "the scandal, which it could not have disposed of, comes .to naught, and tbs will never down until daylight is let in upon the whole affair without regard to Tommy Shear man’s tears, Bowen’s evasions, or Beecher’s eloquent protestations. Firm ugh, the Confederate Doorkeeper of the House, as will be seen from our "Wash ington dispatches this morning, is no longer so much ‘‘bigger than old Geaot,” as He thought he was when he penned that re markable epistle to a Confederate friend in Texas. . By desperate effort on be half of his Confederate backers in Con gress, the resolutions for bis expulsion were yesterday sent to the Committee on Buies, to be smothered there. His record as having been indicted in Kentucky for arson, perjury, larceny, and conspiracy, might have been overlooked by the Confederate majority. But the awful fact that in that famous letter he wrote himself down an egregious ass can not be extenuated nor forgiven by them, and slowly and reluctantly they are being forced to the conviction that his official head must fail into the basket. Snob at least is the* tenor of the latest ad* vices, though His not beyond the possibili ties even, on the ere of a Presidential elec* tion, that the Confederate majority in Con* gress which selected & man indicted for no less than four several felonies to fill one of the most responsible offices of that body may not also condone his misfortune—that of being a natural fooL The wry faces they make at the prospect of having to put this Confederate felon and fool ont of office, in* dicates precisely what appetite they have for reform of the Civil Service. .$13.00 The present status of the Mayoralty ques tion, boiled down, is this: The Common Council, having canvassed the vote for Mayor, declared Mr. Eotnb elected to that office, and directed the heads of the several city departments to officially recognize him as such, there remains nothing further for that body to do in the matter of settling the Mayoralty muddle. The Council cannot stultify itself by reconsidering its action in the premises, nor by admitting in the least, by any official act, that the intruder Colvin has shadow of title to the office, his term in which has expired. Mr. Hoyke remains Mayor de facto and Mayor Or jure also, until, upon a case properly made, the Courts shall decide to the contrary; so that practically there is nothing for the Council to do save to discharge' its ordinary functions as the legislative body of the city, leaving Mr. Hotne to discharge the duties of his office as Mayor until the Courts settle what is left of the controversy. That noble beast, the British lion, does not cower in quite such abject terror as erstwhile before a handful of Fenian trait ors. Fenianism for some time bos been dead, so very dead, in fact, that the patriotic servant-girls in America haven't contributed out of their hard-earned wages to the cause, and yet the Fenian convicts have languished in British dungeons for the awful offense of conspiring to overthrow her most Christian Majesty’s Umpire by wholly impracticable, bootless, and visionary agencies, chiefly rhetorical; and the Minis try has shuddered as often as appeals were made for their pardon. At last, however, the Government has so far recovered from the Fenian scare that it has actually made bold to decide that the petitions for amnesty of the Fenian prisoners will be considered, and next, doubtless, John Ball, after careful survey of the situation, will find it absolutely safe to uncage these dreadful “ wild Irish men.” The testimony was opened yesterday in the United States Court in the ease of ex- Supervisor Munn, and brought out among other things the interesting fact' that the South Side Pistoling Company had jaid to Jake Rehm, as the official thieves* share of the profits of running the crooked,. SSOO per month, then SBOO, SI,OOO, and finally $1,500, which latter, Rehm sagaciously observed, was easily divided by three. The payments, it appears inci dentally, were made through that eminent reformer, Mr. A. C. Hesing, who was a part owner in the distillery. It was also brought out that Hunk once, during this period, found the distillery books had not been writ ten np, and merely remarked that it was “aH right as far as he was concerned, but if officials from Washington should happen to come dong it would make trouble”— which when communicated to Rmw moved that personage to knowingly smile. From the opening, the case promises to be rich in developments as to the true inwardness of the Chicago Whisky Ring. COLVIN’S LATEST OUTRAGE. Ex-Mayor Colvin begun the war to main tain his usmpation by a show of force to threaten and coerce the majority of the Council. The reliance then was on the po lice, and 250 men with clubs and revolvers were paraded in the Council Chamber, that, upon the order of Colvin, they might beat and knock down any Alderman who should refuse to submit to Hold-Over’s rulings, and, upon like order, to use their clubs upon Mayor Hoyne should he attempt to assume the duties of his office. This policy, though in keeping with Colvin’s own tastes and in clinations, was a dangerous one. The Com mon Council has legal control over all branches of the public service, and are enti tled to the protection of the police, even against the legal Mayor. The two-thirds majority in the Common Council have there fore possibly escaped the threatened brutal ity because of the refusal of the police to be used for any such unlawful purpose. But the ex-Mayor has not abandoned his purpose to coerce the Common Council into submis sion. He finds that twenty-six of the thirty-six Aldermen stand resolutely and determinedly to cany out the instructions of the people, and especially the will of the people in the matter of the election of a Mayor to fill the vacancy in the office temporarily held by Colvin. Having failed to terrify any of these twenty-six Aldermen, or drive them from their duty by the parade of the armed police and the presence of the mob of bal lot-box staffers and other crimmaln in the Council Chamber, Mr. Colvin has adopted a new scheme, which is, perhaps, the most disorderly and scandalous that he has at tempted since he has been Mayor. He pro poses now to attack the Aldermen in detail, and to have them bullied, denounced, and mobbed separately at their own homes, in stead of having them clubbed generally in the Council-room. On Friday night ha held the first of a series of meetings to denounce the Aldermen at their own doors, and to in cite the disorderly. and criminal class to vio lence upon the persons of the Aldermen. On Friday night Colvin in person appeared at a public meeting at the comer of Sedg wick street and North avenue. He took with him his personal associates, Geobob "White and Chaeley Cameron. Cameron opened the meeting by an appeal to the crowd as part of the “people” to-protect “Mayor Colvin,” also one of the “ people,” against the “ silk-stocking aristocracy," using this same term which Dave Thoektoe employed in describing the class of people who could not compete with the “ boys ” in stuffing the ballot-boxes. So said that there were cer tain Aldermen, Germans, from the North Side who had proved traitors to the “ Peo ple’s party,” and had'united with others in counting the votes given by the people for , Mayor, and had declared Mr. Horan elected. After Cameeon had exhausted himself in an appeal to the passions and national prejudices of the crowd, Colvis addressed the meeting in person. He stated that he ' was elected Mayor because there were per : sons in Chicago who wanted to deprive the ' people of their liberty, and that the people would not submit to it He-claimed that he as Mayor had recognized all nationalities. If personal liberty was dear in 1873, it was equally dear now. He then said: If at this time we bad the same united front to represent your ward and a few other wards, we should hare basa la a position to have prevented THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: SUNDAY. MAY 14, 1876—SIXTEEN PAGES. the people, who called themselves then the Law and Order party, from riding rough-shod over law aod everything else, and attempting to pat a man ont of the office that the Supreme Court has de cided occupied it by law. Ho drew a contrast between the Alder* men who had represented the North Side in the Council which had just gone out and some of those now elected and serving, and who would not support him. Besolutions were then reported dedaring that Aldermen lanbznbabtb, Boses,, and Waldo by their votes in the Council acted, against the wishes of their constituents, and, by supporting Hoynb for Mayor, they were helping to produce disorder and lawlessness; that such action was disapproved by the “ citizens of the North Side,” who now de manded that these Aldermen henceforth' | support Colvin until his term expires in 1877. They also resolved to rally to the assistance of Colvin “ when he shall call upon us to protect him in his legal rights.” We have never been called upon to record a more disgraceful appeal to mob violence against respectable citizens than tfafs by the man who claims to be Mayor of Chicago. On the same night a Colvin meeting was held in the Fourteenth Ward, and the mob visited the house of Aid. Baumgabten,' and hooted and groaned because he would not support Colvin in his attempt to hold over after his successor was elected. Should any violence be offered to any of these Aldermen, either to their persons or to their property, there will bo no difficulty in placing the re sponsibility for the crime upon this ex-offi cial who has resorted to this system of neighborhood denunciation of men who are * conscientiously performing their duty. The majority against Colvin in the Coun cil is now over two-thirds, and is in absolute control nnder the law. The law of 1875 gives to two-thirds of the Council the power to'prevent the removal of any officer. So, even if Colvin were Mayor, ho could not re move any officer of the corporation against the will of the Council. There is not, therefore, an officer of the city who is rot perfectly independent of Colvin. If three or four Aldermen eould be bought, or driven, or terrified by violence to himself or his* fam ily into a support of Colvin, then the latter, under his pretense of being Mayor, might threaten his subordinates with a defiance of the Common Council. But, as it is, he can not even bully a policeman or a bridge-tend er, or any one else, so long as there ere two thirds of the Common Council to protect the officer who dares to do his duty. As matters stand, it is not in his power to remove any one. A FEW CORRECTIONS. While we are disposed to encourage Mr. Colvin’s speech-making proclivities, we can not permit his misrepresentations to go un answered. One of them was corrected by the Citizens* Association the other day. *ln his speech to the Council he claimed credit for proposing a mode-up case which went before the Supreme Court; whereas the fact is that Colvin was not even a party to that suit This was the application for a mandamus compelling the old Council to call an election before it had refused to do so. Colvin’s agreement or disagreement to the proceedings had nothing whatever to do with it. The action was brought by competent persons, and the Council was forced into Court The decision was realty no decision at all, but a tie vote of the Judges,' three of whom declined to take action, because the Council had not at that time refused to do what the Court was asked to compel them to do. The subsequent action of the old Coun cil, under the pressure of the Colvin gang, enabled him to hold his office until the peo ple had an opportunity for themselves to vote in a successor. Of a similar character was the misrepre sentation which Colvin made in his speech to some North-Siders last Friday evening. He sought to gain some credit by the state ment that he was again willing to go into the Courts on a made-up case and abide by the issue. He neglected to explain to bin hearers (and they were probably of a class who would not have understood it if he had explained) that his proposition was to sub mit a side-issue which was sure to result in •his recogniou as the de facto Mayor, and that he wanted the whole case to rest up A rMc side-issue. That is, he desired the refusal of the City Treasurer to cash an order signed by him to be made the basis of a case, when it is a well-known practice of the Courts to recognize a de facto Government in order that the public service may not suffer by bringing the public business to a standstill. Such a case as Colvin proposed would prob ably ' have been decided without including any decision on the rights of Mayor Hoyne and the rights of the people whom Mayor Hoyne represents. Now, if there is a particle of decency left in Mr. Colvin’s composition, and if he is content, as he professes, to rest his claim upon the decision of the Courts, why does ho not sue out a writ of quo vxaranto instituting an inquiry why Mayor Hoyne assumes to ex. erciss the functions of Mayor. No delay will be interposed to the immediate decision of such an inquiry, and Mayor Hoyne will abide by the result. Let such a case be tak en before the Circuit Court, or the Superior Court, or both, and Mayor Hoyne will abide by the decision of the majority of the Judges without appeal. But it is absurdly presump tuous in Mr. Colvin to ask that Mayor" Hoyne shall retire and make a fight for, since he was elected by the people at the last election, and has been recognized as the lawful Mayor by the legislative body of the city. Mayor Hoyne has the office now; he is fully recognized by" the Common Council, by the City Attorney, by the City Clerk, and by the City Treasurer, and ho is in a position to coerce the recognition of the other city officers appointed by the Mayor, or to fill their places. Now, if Mr. Colvin thinks his rights have been unjustly forfeited, he should look for his relief where other citizens must go, viz., in the Courts. In his case, however, there is additional encourages ment to proceed in this way, since Mr. Hoyne indicates a willingness to abide by the first decision, without invoking any of the usual delays of the law. Let Mr. Colvin either do this or cease to claim in his ward harangues any forbearance on account of his willing ness to stand on his rights as defined by the Courts. Wo publish this morning the letters which have passed between Marshal Campbell and Miss Sweet, the Pension Agent, growing out of Blakely's manipulations of the latter office. Marshal Campbell explains the cir cumstances under which he loaned his credit to Blakely (as scores of others can also do), and how Blakely failed to protect the paper. That Campbell became responsible for the money; and how, when Blakely was about leaving the Pension Agency, he repre sented that he had perfected business rela tions with Miss Sweet, who would pay to Campbell certain money due to Blakely. That Miss Sweep personally informed him that she would pay the money, and offered her personal obligation therefor. He explic itly denies that he was aware of, or was in any way a party to, the arrangement, which it now appears was made by Blakely, that this money was to be paid as part of the con sideration for her receiving the office of Pen sion Agent. If, as Mr. Campbell avers, he was not a party to the disgraceful black mail contract made by Blakely with Miss Sweet, further thnr> ha was to receive from Blakely through her certain sums of money to be applied ■to the payment of Blakely's note, and that he was not aware of the consideration, then we do not see how Mr. Campbell is to be held culpable in the matter. Blakely had removed from Chicago, leaving Miss Sweet as his business agent. Marshal Campbell, however, has put himself right in the matter by waiving all legal right and claim to the money by inclosing to Sweet his check for the whole sum received by him from Blakely through her, and die accepts the money and gratefully acquits Marshal Campbell of all injustice, or oppres sion, or unkindness on his pari. Blakely’s attempt to pay his debts for borrowed money, and to cover his defalcation by the sale of a public office, has come near involv ing his two friends as participants in his mendacity. BETTER MEN FOE LOCAL OFFICES. The defalcation of Collector Von Hollen should be a warning to both political parties to select their candidates from a better class of men than they have been accustomed to take np as a rule. Von Hollen was a rep resentative of the bummer class of local poli ticians. He.had never, in a business, pro fessional, or social way, done anything to justify the people in reposing a large public trust in his hands. His associations were bod, his instincts were low, his office-seeking suspicions. He had never been in a position where he handled large sums of money. He had been in no business of his own, nor in any executive position for others, which could have educated him for responsible duties. Yet he was suddenly placed in an office where millions of dollars annually passed through his hands,, and the honest and capable administration thereof de pended solely on his personal integrity and character. .The circumstances presented more than an ordinary temptation. A tramp suddenly placed on guard in a bank, with money on all sides of him, and with no re straint upon his reaching put for it, would scarcely be subjected to a greater temptation than a man of the calibre and habits of Von Hollen placed in a public office to take care of millions of public money. Dissipation, bad women, gambling, and all the vices to which he was naturally inclined, were en couraged by the slothful habits of public ser vice and the control of money in larger amounts than he had ever dreamt of before. The result was very natural, and the people, in suffering a loss of SIOO,OOO, are only bear ing the penalty of their own folly in select ing such a man. There has ■ been latterly a disposition in. both parties in Chicago to put forward better men for the local offices, and the Von Hollen case ought to encoorage and strengthen this disposition. The abases of our local govern ment—city, town, and county—have induced & better class of citizens to accept the public offices, if they are put upon them, and to give their time to the discharge of public duties. The large number of gentlemen in the new Council who have been taken from men of intelligence, position, and important business interests, is an evidence of this. The fact that the Democrats at the last election were able to elect their candidate for City Treasurer, while oil the rest of their city ticket was badly defeated, was owing to their having selected a gentleman whose very name commanded confidence. Both parties should follow the same course in selecting their candidates next fall. The nominees on both sides for Sheriff, Coroner, Recorder, County Commissioners, and the Legislature; should be taken from the business and professional men of the city j and the professional office seekers and the bummer class should be left oat in the cold, if this role be followed, there will be fewer defalcations. LONEEGAN'S EECOED. It will be remembered by our readers that the last Grand Jury presented a terrible in dictment against the County Commissioner Bing for corruption and dishonesty, show ing beyond all reasonable doubt that these Commissioners were morally criminals, who had escaped indictment through perjury of witnesses and technicalities known to rings. It will be further remembered that, after the appearance of this report, Mr. Thomas Lon- EEOijf, a member of the County Board Bing, printed a card in which he challenged “ Joseph Medium, Wilbob F. Stoeei, or any I other citizen, to prove against me a corrupt or dishonorable act before or since I was elected to the office mf County Commis sioner." Mr. Loxeegan's challenge has been accepted, and the reply to it will be found elsewhere, prepared by a gentleman well ac quainted with his record from official sources, and who knows whereof he speaks. We call the attention of our readers to this communication. We call Mr. Lokeegan’s attention to this indictment of himself, which shows so unmistakably that he was a mem ber of the Bing. We call his attention to his relations with Egan and Gleeson ; to his rentals of buildings to the county at twice the rents it would have had to pay elsewhere; to his recorded votes for Bing contractors as against all other competitors; to his frustra tion of the investigation to see whether changes had been made in the construction of the Jail and Criminal Court building; to his relations with Peuiolat j to his action in fixing salaries; to his connection with the county printing steals; and to his votes with the Bing in the City-Hall business. We call his attention to the fact that every measure of a doubtful character that was brought up in the County Board he voted for; that whenever public moneys were squandered, he gave it his approval; that he was in favor of and voted for every measure which the peo ple believe to be a swindle and a steal; that he helped to confirm every contract that will not bear investigation. Does Mr. Thomas Lokeeoas want any further proof of his mis doings as a member of the County Board Bing ? If so, he has only to carefully look over his record, and he will find plenty of it. The Chicago produce markets were irreg nlar Saturday. Provisions were' quiet and firm; grain active and lower. Hess pork closed steady, at $20.90 for June and $21. 12 J for July. Lard closed 10c per 100 lbs higher, at $12.50 for June and $12.60@12.62J for July. Meats were firm, at 7Jc for boxed shoulders, 11c for do short ribs, and for do short dears. Lake freights were dull, at 2Jo for wheat to Buffalo. Bail freights were more active and unchanged. Highwines were quiet, at $1.07 per gallon. Hour was in light demand and firm. ‘Wheat dosed 1c lower, at SLO3J,f6r May and $1.04J for June. Com dosed Jc lower, at iGje for May , and 45jc for June. Oats closed steady, at SOjc for May and 80jc for June. Eye was stronger, at 63£@64e. Barley closed Jc lower, at for May and 580 for June. Hogs were active and 5c higher, inferior to extra selling at $G.80@7.60. Cattle were in mod erate demand at easy prices—common to choice quoted at $8.50@5.25* Sheep were scarce and firm. One hundred dollars in gold would buy $112.50 in greenbacks at the close. THE DELXHdtTEKT PEESOKAI TAX. The defalcation and flight of Von Hollen ought to suggest to the City Council the propriety of ordering a complete list of the deUnquent personal taxes to be published in both English and German newspapers. There is no other way of arriving at an. accurate estimate of the defalcation. The mere tracing of the amounts of money which Yon Hollen took from the safe, and for which he substituted his individual checks or due-bills, will not, probably, cover half the amount of the deficiency. The Cashier'" has testified that Von Hollen was in the habit of opening i the letters that came to the office, and he probably took checks and money which he never had credited on the books at all, though he returned the receipts. So he may have done with collections which he made per sonally. How there is no means of check ing off such collections, as ■no delinquent list of the personal tax has over been printed, and there is no evidence of payment ex cept that contained in the Collector's books or attested by the receipts in the of those who have paid their taxes. A publication in English and German of an.alphabetical list of all the'persons who stand charged on the books with unpaid per sonal tax at any time since the fire (the tax lists before the fire having been homed) will reach the great majority of those against whom a personal tax has been assessed. All those who are charged with taxes which they have already paid will promptly produce their receipts to be credited with and the total of these, along with the amount known to have been taken from the office,,' will represent Von Hollek’s aggregate defalcation. The publication will need to be merely an alphabetical list of names of the delinquents, and the amounts as the books show them, so that the cost of publi cation will be small as compared with the real-estate tax-list. But, while this will serve as a* means for ascertaining Von Hollen’s defalcation, it will* be no safeguard for the future, and the city will consequently continae to act at the mercy of a dishonest i return of personal-tax collections nnlpcq some different system be adopted. There was a City Collector before the fire who was strongly suspected of having misappropriated some of these personal-tax collections, and measures had been taken to lead to his de tection, when the fire came and destroyed the records. The same danger will exist so long os the present slovenly system of collecting the personal tax shall be continued. Some thing can be done in the way of reform by abolishing the office of City Collector alto gether. It is no longer necessary except for : picking up old back taxes, as the collecting of both real-estate and personal taxes is now in the hands of the ,Town Collectors and County Treasurer. The collecting of license fees can bo given over to the City Clerk, and $25,000 or $30,000 a year saved to the people by abolishing the perfunctory City Collector and his retinue. JOHN BBIQHT OK FEMAXE SUFFEAGE. The “Women’s Disabilities Removal bill,” as is awkwardly styled the bill for female suf frage, was lately again brought before the British Parliament, only to bo again defeat ed. The event of the protracted debate to which it led was the speech against the bill of that pre-eminent exponent of sturdy En glish common-sense and Johk B bight, who, when the same measure was brought forward by Johk Sxuabt jn 1867, heartily supported it. Sober second thought bos led Mr. Bbiost to wholly re consider his views as to the u subjugation of women,” and as to whether the extension of the franchise to tbam would free frbftm from that subjugation, whatever that may mean. Discarding altogether the sentimentalism that obscures the question, he challenged the assumption of the supporters of the bill that women must needs be armed against the tyranny of men. This, he declared, was based upon that other assumption, that 1 women are legislated against as a “ class,” as I for example are criminals; and he thus dis- { posed of that branch of the subject: . Nothing can be more monstrous or absurd each an appellation for women. Why, sir, women, so to speak, arc everywhere. Not In a class as agricultural laborers or factory workers. • They are In your highest, your middle, your hnmbl est ranks. They are our mothers, our wives, our sisters, and our daughters. Thoy are ourselves. We care as ' much for them sitting In this House as members of Parliament, as legislators for this country, and they are as near our hearts here as in oar homes and oar families. I venture to say that it is a scandalous and an odious libel to say that women are a class, and that therefore they arc excluded from oar sympathy, and that Parliament can do no justice in regard to them. But. what may at last be styled a senti mental view of the question was that upon which he based his chief objection to the bill. His sentimentalism in however, was but that the force of which must needs be ap preciated by every father, husband, and brother. It was as to the effect upon the sex of introducing them into the foul atmosphere of party politics, upon which he said, with significant emphasis: We in this House have one peculiar knowledge,' that Is, of the penalties we pay for our constitu tional freedom. There are many men in tM« House who cannot look back upon their election eering experience without feelings of regret, and lam afraid there are some who must look back with feelings of humiliation. • Now, 1 should like to aek the House whether it Is desirable to intro duce our mothers, and wives, and sisters, and j daughters into the excitement and the turmoil, and, it may be, into the very humiliation which acems in every country so far to attend a system of Parliamentary representation,—whether it be in the United States, where so many systems are tried, or in this country, and in France, of which we recently had an example. We see there how much there is that candidates can scarcely avoid, yet must greatly deplore, and we are asked to in troduce the women of England into a system like this from which we can hardly extract ourselves without taint of pollution, which we. look back upon even with shame and disgust Hejevidently sets little store upon the ar gument that women would enter upon poli ties in the missionary spirit to purify them, : nor that if they did that they could succeed: The dangerous power which they would certainly bring into politics, he did not hesitate to declare, was, as a matter of fact which could not be denied, “ that the influ ence of priest, parson, and minister would be greatly increased if this bill and sunflar measures were passed” And one of the most Accessary reforms yet to be accomplished in Great Britain Is to get rid of the priests and parsons in politics. His conclusions upon the whole subject were that the so-called subjugation of wom en is but a mere figure of speech, so far as political subjugation is, concerned s that tbs extension of the suffrage to women een remedy none of the grievances of the sex, which are not those of a class, bnt of individuals, and which a higher civilization iand higher morality can wipe out; and in conclusion he summed up by declaring that while he al ways bod and still did favor the extension of the right of suffrage upon these considera tions, for the sake of the women themselves, he felt compelled to vote against the meas ure. His argument was not altogether new, bnt it signalized in a remarkable degree the change that has come over British liberal sentiment npon. this question since ,Jba2T Stoabt Mtt.t. published his work 'on the “ Subjugation of Women," and indicates that • there is less prospect than ever of the ter mination of that servitude by her being made a voter by act of Parliament ASHA DIOS3HBOH AS AH ACTEES3. Miss Anna well known to pnhl fame as a lecturer upon social topics, recently made her debut In Boston In an historical play •f her own composition, entitled M A Crown of Thorns,” based upon the story of Anne Boleyn, in which she smrtained the role of that unfortunate woman, assfisted by the excellent' company of the Globe Theatre. She was ■ greeted by a large and I Brilliant audience, rep resenting the intellectual aristocracy* of Bos ton. The rush to witn< :ss her debut had only been equaled ou two pi evious occasions in the past half ccnturyT The one was the opening concert of Jenny Lind; ' the other the opening reading of Chables Dici cens. Poets, essayists, painters, lawyers, singers, liberal clergymen, the leaders of society,! and the leaders of thought, gathered together in her honor, and those who couldn’t come sent her letters of eu- ; couragement and propltedes of success. They applauded her lustily, nodded approvingly, offered her congratulations, and bnried her in flowers, throwing her ■wreaths of posies to cover her M Crown of Thonuj.” It was an audience of her friends, and audiences of friends always do foolish things, and turn the heads of debu tantes with well-meant flatteries and Hi-timed zeal. Fortunately, Ami Dickinson has a strqpg head, or it might have been turned. Perhaps it is strong enough, now that the ex citement of the debut is operand the flowers have faded, for her to sit down coolly and ask herself the questions whether she is an actress and whether she gives any signs of being one. The verdict of the critics of the press answers these questions in the negative. Both the New Tork and the Boston papers agree in their decis ions, although they are differently expressed. The New York papers, proverbial for their ha tred of Boston and everything Bostonian, as sailed Miss Dickinson in a savage and ungentle* manly manner. Criticism degenerated with them Into personal abuse, bordering on scurrility. It would not have happened had she chosen New York as the scene of her debut, The Boston papers, in a gentlemanly way, confirmed what the New York papers said in an ungentlemanly way. They strained the limits of-kmdness and the quality of their mercy; but below all their kindness, and courtesy, and faint praise, it is impossible not to read the verdict “Failure.” And failure with Mian Dickinson is final, for 1 several reasons. bliss Dickinson has * been upon the lecture stage for many years. She has made an excel lent reputation and a handsome fortune. No other lady-lecturer has had inch a close bold upon the sympathies of the public or received more unstinted welcome and patronage. She has acquired fame as a woman of intellect and culture. But in her lecture experiences, run ning over such a long term of years, she has acquired certain habits of delivery and manner? of presence that have beepme part of herself, and have been very strongly em phasized by her associations with the strong minded of her own sex. Mrs. Livermore, Su | san B. Anthony, Abbt Kelly, all the shriek ing sisters in fact, are like each other in their manner of contact with an audience and their manner of impressing themselves upon people. Miss Dickinson has acquired much of this man ner. "Were she as old as they she would exhibit them in an equally pronounced maimer. These conventionalities and mannerisms of the lecture room she has carried upon the dramatic stage. I It was Impossible for her to do otherwise, for they have become fixed habits, which unfit her for the arduous duties of an actress. They have become so thoroughly a part of her that they have narrowed her down to one department of work, and utterly unfitted her for the versa tile and very comprehensive labors of the stage. She might play the pn*-‘ of a lecturer, a satirist, ora didactic part, de. to the development of the humanities and the moralities, or she might possibly succeed to a certain extent if her business on the stage were devoted to the expression of her own ideas. There Is another very serious obstacle in the way of her success as an actress, and that is her. age. We have no Intention of being so un gallant as to reflect upon Miss Dickinson’s age, but age after all is age, and Is a very important element in the matter of artistic success. Miss Dickinson Is not yet old in years as life goes, but in years as art goes, although art is lon& she is old. She Is advanced enough to have all her habits of life fixed, and the manner of her life has been such as to moke these habits posi tive and ingrained. She has had the worst pos sible training for the stage, and tbs result of that training will always stand in the way of her unlearning the old and learning the new. Success upon the dramatic stage must have Its starting point in youth, and it must be the re- suit of education upon the stage and develop ment in the atmosphere of the theatre from childhood up It ia as impossible for a lady, af ter she has arrived in the neighborhood of the thirties or upwards, to become an actress as It is for her to become a singer. The dramatic con ditions are as imperative as the musical. The successful singers have been those who com menced to practice their scales when children. The unsuccessful arc those who have tried to form a method late in life. The successful act ors have been those who have been bom and brought up, as it were, in the theatre, and have acquired their knowledge of the stage, stage business, action, and what pleases people, by all kinds of experiences, pleasant, and un pleasant,' through long and weary years of labor. One person may acquire some reputa tion as an actress,' commencing after the bloom of youth begins to fade; but, where one person thus succeeds in. a small way, one thousand miserably fail in a large way and disappear for ever from the public sight after the first per formance. Fortunately, Miss Dicffmsojf, al though die may fail as an actress, need not dis appear from the public sight. The lecture rooms of the land are open to her, and for many years yet She may derive’money and fame from them. She should return to the lecture stage forthwith. She has had one night before the footlights and has had the applause of her friends. She should retire contented with It and once more devote her graces of culture, her searching analysis, and caustic satire to the evils of society. She was an untutored child of Nature, though' fop short an “Injun Squaw,” they called her and her story should be an awful warning to all the other dusky daughters of the forest-as doubtless it would be If it could only be read by tiiem. She appeared at Columbus, 0., a few days since, accompanied by a man whom the people there were at a loss whether to set down as a Sioux brave' or a bummer from off the plains, but. who.finally satisfied them that he was a genuine long-lost son, and proceeded to hunt up his relatives who were well-to do residents there. He had gone West a dozen years before, and, not having since boen heard from, had been given up as dead. He had, however, only been captured by the Indians, had lived among them until he grew tired of It, and returned to his old home, ac companied by his Indian wife, who could not be induced to leave him. Her devotion he there on proceeded to reward by decoying her upon an outward-bound train, from which he jumiwd as soon as the car* began to move, haring her to be carried off somewhere, he did not can where, while he returned to his friends and relatives. Her fare had been paid to Loema- - port, Ind., and there she was put off the train.' She was unable‘to speak English, save a few broken phrases, and was almost frantic with grief at having lost her husband, the of desertion by whom seems never to have cured to her. framing that rim had, boarded ' the train at Coiambus, somebody p«is her fan thither. Arrived there again, she made her way to the house of her husband’s relatives in, be told he was dead and to he herself tuinS out. The husband meanwhile dodged about town to keep out of sight of his faithful spouse, who was turned into the street to live or starve with every prospect of doing the latter. Meath while the newspapers of that civilized burg and nothing so entertaining as the sufferings of this' poor savage in her quest for the husband who has In such cowardly fashion deserted her; and the query which their facetious reports of the, affair irresistibly prompts is, whether she has' not fallen among greater savages than those of her own tribe. In tbe recent debate In the English Paril*' ment npon the Women's Disabilities Removal bill (which was defeated by a rote of 238 against 152), Jacob' Bright spoke in favor of the measure and his brother, John Bright, replied to him against it, taking the ground that worn, cn are In no sense a political class, bat one of,' the main constituents of every class In the. country, and that their Interests, therefore, am just as adequately, represented by men as the. interests of men themselves. Hr. Bright If tbe House believed that they coaid not leg*. ’ late lastly for their mothers, their wives, their sU*’ ters. and their daughter*, the Hoase might abdl- ’ cate, and might pass that bill. Bat he believed * that Parliament would not, unless it were in j g. norance, be otherwise than just to the women * o|' this country, with whom they were so - Intimately’ allied; and if Parliament were in ignorance, then,. no doubt; the women of tbe country would be in Ignorance, too, for what the women know, the men' are sure to know also. Tbe Spectator says that tbe division showed a worse result for the friends of the bill any. division since the Parliament of 1863. The ez-Maj’or has taken to the stomp, and he is making a desperate effort, with the assistance of a played-oat and disreputable Democrats hummer named Charley Cameron, to dram up some constituency. If Colvin's cause and; friends can stand his speech-making, his oppo>: .nentswill make no effort to put a stop to It. If there were any way possible whereby Cowns’a usurpation and the flagrant abuses of hia ad ministration could be brought" into greater con* tempt than is already entertained, it would be. by inducing Mm and Charley Cameron to go around arm-in-arm and exhibit themselves as fair samples of the Colvlnian System. If Mr George Von Hollen had not been suddenly called to Europe to look after a family estate, he would probably accompany Mr. Colvin also, as he was a devoted adherent .of the usurpation,’ If be were on hand, the representation of the Colvin administration would be tolerably com. 1 plete. The average Tennessee girl's papa, does not seem to be of the wholly unsympathetic sort, to judge from the Nashville American** account’ of . the latest tragedy in that locality, in which . a young lady, her papa, and her lover were the* actors. It was a case of hopeless love, It seems, ■ on the young man's port, and he resolved upon, suicide in consequence. To carry bis fall design into execution, he went to the residence of iris; inamorata's parents, and on entering shot him*, sell, probably intending to send the bullet Jo.- his heart, but. instead only inflicting a bad wound, whereon the young lady’s father, no willing to see the young man foOed in his suicidal ■ design simply through bad marksmanship or* ignorance of anatomy, discharged a load of shot* Into the young man, which effectually finish** Gen. Plbasonton, of cavalry fame, has dab: orated a new theory of the universe that fa u upset Newton's law of gravitation, and redact!' tbe circulatiou of the blood and all vital force, in animals and plants, as well as the phenomena* of light, heat, and magnetism; to manifestations; of electricity. He rejects wholly the thediy. that the sun Is surrounded by a luminous at mosphere of .metallic gases, and holds that it is simply a huge reflector and magnet, regulating,: by its attraction as such, the movements of the. planets. The most curious feature of his theory * is the application of it to the phenomena of life' in man, as to which he claims that all vital* forces in tbe hitman system depend npon elayi tridty, and that he finds in onr bodies that pre cise relation of add and alkaloid fluids neces sary, to the development of electricity. . ' i The Paris then makes a fright ful mis take, about American matters.' One ol its tallest is the following, which is t ft k pn froia* its pages: “Onr readers will remember the Mist; Anna Dickinson, the 'English girl .who sued CoL Baker for too abusive gallantly toward her in a railway car. This modest miss, profit-* ing by the notoriety which she gained by thia; trial, .has recently been giving lectures in tbe* United States, and we are now informed that she is soon to make her debut on the stage in' Boston.” This is pretty hard upon our Anna* who has just bod the additional misfortune U>' make a failure upon the stage. • The same paper recently muddled up Albert Grant of Emaf Mine notoriety with President Grant. ' The attempt of Mayor Coltis, C. S. and J. K. C. Fobwbst to whip in and dragoon Aii; XJKssKßAimi f Bosbb, and Waldo, at an incen*- diary meeting held on the North Side last ereainfc was a piece of effrontery which only desperate oa * would resort to. The resolutions passed at that meetrog “denouncingthe mob spirit of tfce ma jority of the Common Council, * and offering “to rally to the assistance ” of Mayor Colvin when ha shall call upon them, is simply the vaporing of btain* lees braggarts. If there were anything necessary ta demonstrate the entire unfitness of Hr. Coltdt ta occupy the Mayor's chair, it may he found in hi* recognizing and faHng part in such a meeting.— Evening Journal. , .' * We greatly mistake the manhood of the* Aldermen if they allow themselves to be in*, fluenced or frightened by such menaofll* of bummerism. Harper* « Tftefefy, the current number, contahn one of Nast’s best cartoons. The Demooatii tiger, bis tad pulled off by his friends who bad tried to hold him back, is jumping through tha. air at his own reflection, which he secsiathf., glass before him, fancying it to be his Kepub lican opponent. A smaller picture shows the animal half way through the glass, with nothing on the other side of it, and the shattered edge* sticking into his body. It is a palpable' sstift on Democratic investigations, and this partis*' lar tiger is an animal Basset Caulpxsld will be apt to appreciate. • \ ■ The despicable attempt of the Staa&-Zdba\gt* stir up aforeiguKnow-Nothingprejudice against the Americans to help Colvin keep himself and his relatives longer in office, will not succeed: The respectable Germans and the Americans art friends, and act together in politics, and Hr* Hbsejo cannot'Separate or convert them into enemies. They propose to. work together f® the public good anri against bnmmcsism* * ' ; When Dave Gaqb’s misappropriation of city money came to light, Hr. Hbsecg and the Stoat* Zeitung pointed the finger of scorn at the leans because Gage happened to beanatftp bom. We shall not return the taunt in the case.’ of Vos Hollek, because personal or official honesty is not a matter of nationality* No tiou has a monopoly of honesty. . . ■ All of that group of politicians who bellfive fhat the chief utility of offices is as bribes fox partisan support, and that the real use of pow*> ’ ,J 6 to take care of yourself and punish yoni enemies, are opposed to the nomination ol j Bsistow, every man of them. , . The sanction of a universa exhibition of dnstiy and art for May 1,1578, by the French Government looks very much like another xafi thrown to the Parisians. Napoleoh will be remembered, used to keep them with shows and parades- The Government proposes to spend $24,000,000 in adorning;

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