Harper's Weekly 11/11/1865


NEWS ITEMS.

It will be gratifying to our city readers to learn that
the police of the city have for some time past, in accord-
ance with instructions, been engaged in collecting facts,
of which they have accumulated a great mass, in regard
to the present condition of our streets, and the result is
said to be that many of the streets are shown to be in a
very uncleanly condition. As a consequence of this com-
plaints have been preferred against the present street-
cleaning contractors.


Official orders have been issued for a further reduction
of our national army by the disbandment of fifty-four reg-
iments, consisting of organizations of both white and col-
ored troops, in addition to those heretofore announced.


The steamship Victor, from this port on the 21st October
for New Orleans, was towed into Hampton Roads on the
29th by the Alabama, having encountered a terrific gale
from the 24th to the 27th, and become completely disabled.


On the 21st of October an Italian committee of New
York residents presented to president Johnson a petition
sent to Professor A. Magni by the committee in Milan, in
behalf of Jeff Davis. Among the signers was General
Garibaldi.


The steamship Republic, which left this port for New
Orleans on the 18th October, carrying, besides her officers
and crew, about fifty passengers, was wrecked on the coast
of Georgia October 25, and of all those on board only sev-
enteen, who reached Charleston in one of the ship's boats,
are known to be saved.


It is stated that Mr. M`Pherson, Clerk of the House of
Representatives, states his intention of not including on
the roll of members to be called at the opening of the
session any representatives from States which have been
in rebellion. This is in accordance with several prece-
dents established during the war.


Lieutenant-General Grant's official report for the years
1864 and 1865, covering the active and stirring operations
in the campaign which ended with the complete suppres-
sion of the rebellion, has been completed, and will soon be
sent to the War Department.


The delegates to the Alabama Convention have memo-
rialized the President to order a speedy trial of Clement
C. Clay, of their State, who was one of the reputed rebel
agents in Canada during the war, and who was suspected
of implication in the plot which resulted in the assassina-
tion of President Lincoln.


Hon. Freeman Clarke, Controller of the Currency, has
written a reply to the card of Governor Pierpont, in
which the latter denies that he ever asserted that the
people of the South would not submit to be taxed to pay
the national debt. Mr. Clarke unqualifiedly asserts that
he did express such sentiments, and that, too, in indecent,
ungentlemanly language; and that he thereupon ordered
him to leave his office. Mr. Clarke supports his state-
ment with the affidavit of Mr. Charles D. Smith, brother
of Judge Smith of the New York Supreme Court, who was
present and heard the whole conversation.


Richmond papers state that the ring which was stolen
from the body of Colonel Dahlgren by cutting off the fin-
ger has been recovered. It was found in the possession
of Dr. Saunders, at Loretta, Essex County.


On the 27th of October Joseph E. Worcester, author of
the Dictionary, died at Cambridge, Massachusetts, aged
eighty-one years.


It appears from private intelligence from North Caro-
lina that not more than two of the candidates for Congress
in that State, if elected, can take the prescribed oath that
they have never voluntarily aided the rebellion.



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