News of the Day

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    “News of the Day,” New York Times, 9 December 1857, p. 1.
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    News of the Day.

    Congress opens with decided indications of coming trouble in the Democratic ranks, growing out of the Kansas question. The Presidents Message was received and read in the Senate yesterday, and Senator Douglas, in submitting a motion for printing, took occasion to except to the portion relating to Kansas and the action of the Lecompton Convention, in which the President approved of the action of the latter. He gave notice that, at an early day, he would express his views, and give reasons why he believed that the people of Kansas had not been left, as the organic act of the Territory required, “perfectly free to form and regulate their institutions in their own way.” Mt. Douglas was followed by Mossrs, Stuart, Hale, Seward, and Trumbull, in opposition to the views of the President, and by Mossrs, Davis, Bigler, Mason, and Brown in advocacy for them. On motion of the latter gentlemen, the Senate adjourned to give Senators an opportunity to arrive at a proper understanding of the President’s sentiments. The Message was read in the House, but there was no discussion upon it, the whole day being spent in a vain effort to settle the difficulty about the printer. It is proposed to appoint a Committee to make an investigation of alleged frauds in the public printing.

    Advices have been received from the Utah Expedition to Nov. 3, which indicate decided trouble with the Mormons. Six hundred cattle had been run off by them in sight of Col. Alexander’s command. It was expected that the three divisions of the army, under Colonels Johnston, Alexander, and Cook, would soon be concentrated, and Governor Cummins and the other Territorial officers were determined to enter Salt Lake City if possible. A skirmish had taken place, in which three or four Mormons were taken prisoners.

    The Democratic General Committee met last night in Tammany Hall for the purpose of securing and acting upon the list of the Committee for 1858. There were no contested seats, except in the Ninth Ward, between delegations headed by Brisley and G. Morange – both Wood men. Mayor Wood favored Brisley and Marshal Rynders favored Morange, who was received by a large majority. Mr. Busteed then introduced resolutions declaring the action of the former meeting, and the decision of its Chairman, expelling Messrs, Gunther, and Sickles, irregular, and contrary to the rules of the Committee. After a heated debate the resolutions were carried by a vote of 51 to 43, and the Committee adjourned sine die.

    The late cashier of the Colchester Bank, Conn., Samuel F. Jones, Jr., is charged with having embezzled $75,000 of the funds belonging to the bank; he was arrested in this City on Saturday, and detained in custody until the bank officers arrived to take him in charge. Owing to the lack of a proper requisition upon Governor King he was set at liberty. While the proper papers were in course of preparation he went free and has not since been heard from.

    Cangemi, convicted of the murder of Eugene Anderson, was sentenced yesterday, in the Supreme Court, to be hanged on the 15th of January, the day appointed for the execution of the youth Rodgers. It is the intention of the counsel for Cangemi to carry his case up to the Court of Appeals, on certain points apprising, as they claim, from irregularity of proceedings on the trial.

    Yesterday closed the Coroner’s inquest in the case of John Kelly, the young man who was shot on Sunday night by Michael Barrett, in the porter-house of the latter, corner Avenue B and Thirteenth-street. A verdict was rendered against Barrett, and the accused has been locked up in the Tombs to await the action of the Grand Jury in the case.

    There is no Grand Jury yet impaneled in the Court of General Sessions. Yesterday Bernard McSauley was convicted of an assault and battery on a police officer. No other was business was done.

    The Committee on the Worth Monument met yesterday. Nothing was done beyond the reception of the various bills of account connected with the celebration. The amount is $4,779.55. Most of them were passed; some we referred for further examination.

    The Ladies’ Union Society of the Hedding Methodist Episcopal Church, in Seventeenth-street, held a meeting last evening, when the annual report of the institution was read, and appropriate addresses were delivered by Rev. S. D. Brown, of the Central Church, and other gentleman. This institution, which ordinarily has from 25 to 30 aged inmates under its care, may well be denominated one of the most purely benevolent in the City.

    The one hundredth anniversary of the establishment of St. John’s Lodge, No. 1, of the State of New-York, was celebrated on Monday evening at Dr. Chapin’s Church, Broadway. A large audience was in attendance. The exercises consisted of music and addresses, which were well received. The oration, by Rt. W. James Herring, was a history of the Order from the days of Moses.

    The general Produce Market, yesterday, lacked vigor. Prices of Flour, Wheat, and Corn, leaned in favor of buyers, yet the sales were not extensive. Provisions and Groceries were generally in limited demand, at languid prices. Cotton was very dull. Freights exhibited no remarkable change.

    At a meeting of the Kings County Board of Supervisors yesterday, a report of the Penitentiary Committee was adopted in favor of increasing the accommodations for the poor at Flatbush, and the contracted was rewarded – the work to be commenced forthwith. A report was adopted in favor of applying to the Legislature for the power to compel the Commissioners of Emigration to pay the claim of Kings County, amounting to $7,000. A special Committee reported that the Superintendent of the Poor will be able to prevent any suffering of the poor the present season, with the cooperation of the charitable societies, to enable them to give only to those truly want.

    The trial of Samuel Keyes for the murder of his wife, will be commenced in the Court of Oyer and Terminer, Brooklyn, today. The trial of Kelly and Gallager for the murder of Hugh Kelly, in Main-street, last Summer, is set down for trial in the same Court on Thursday next.

    The Brooklyn Police were paid off yesterday in gold and silver. Each man received two months pay, amounting to nearly $134 each.
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