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27. Julia L. Norton, wife of Isaiah B. Young, died, at Cincinnati, aged 42. Mary Hogan died, aged 42.

28. Ann Connelly died, aged 54.

30. At a meeting of the common council, final action was taken on rebuilding upon the Centre Market lot, and $50,000 appropriated to the

purpose Henry Mix died, aged 58. He was superintendent of the

Horse rail road, and a useful and energetic man. His family were prominent in the first ward, and among the earliest settlers at the lower end of South Pearl street. He had been an efficient alderman of his ward. He dropped dead in the street, in apparent good health.

July 1. DeWitt C. Main died, aged 56.

2. Robert Hagan died, aged 31. James A. Read died, aged 60. Martin Rochaupt died, aged 65.

3. Ettie Tracy died, aged 23.

4. The heat was excessive, marking 103 in Broadway. In consequence there were numerous cases of sun stroke during the procession. It was

said to have been the. hottest Fourth of July known in forty years

David W. Springsteed died, aged 35.

5. The weather still warmer than the day previous, the thermometers that marked 103 on the 4th, were up to 104 to-day.

6. Peter Caqger was killed in New York, aged 56. The record of Mr. Cagger's life exhibits a series of happy antitheses. A Democrat of the Democrats, the bold, sagacious and widely known partisan, almost upon all occasions the sole daring manager of the interests of a great party, and the absolute controller of its fortunes and destiny, local, state and national; he was so happily constituted, as to attract without effort, in seasons of fierce political excitement, the most potential among those of antagonistic sentiment, and to number among his friends his most bitter politicial opponents. A Catholic of the Catholics, his very name a tradition and a household word among the people of his faith; largely identified with the early history of the old church in Albany; an intelligent, conscientious and faithful believer, he was at the same time the chosen confidant, the familiar friend, the trusted, most honored, and reliable adviser of many whose peculiar religious bias might have suggested other counsel and far different associations. To the young, to the middle-aged, his cotemporaries, and to the old, there was something so genial, so magnetic, and so inspiring about Peter Cagger, that the abrupt intelligence of his sudden and unlooked-for death will be clothed with additional pain. We might detail, if we chose, unnumbered instances of his kindness, his noble charities, the beautiful traits and Christian influences, which accompanied him through the years which providence has bestowed, and which will live before Heaven, and before men perhaps, when the record of the lawyer has faded and the memory of the politician is extinct. The poor, the widow, the orphan, the unprotected never appealed to him in vain; the tears of his own fatherless and bereaved family, will mingle, as it were, with a tide of grief from hidden sources, aud the hearts his own kind heart made happy, and the homes his liberality blessed, will keep hb memory bright when even the marble has crumbled upon his grave. Mr. Cagger was an Albanian by birth. His parents were natives of Ireland, where his father was somewhat extensively engaged in business. Previous to taking up their residence in Albany, the family remained for a brief period in New York city, and the remains of several of them are deposited in the Cathedral vaults of that city. Michael Cagger, the elder brother, was a youug man of great promise,of thoughtful philosophic mind, and attracted the attention of distinguished men who discovered in him unmistakable elements of future greatness. He died in the very prime of life. William Cagger, another brother, was for a time engaged in business in Albany, and afterwards in the New York custom house, in which position he died. Mr. Cagger married Maria Maher, daughter of James Maher, well known for a considerable period as State librarian, and in the war of 1812 as the gallant captain of the Irish Greens, a military company originating in Albany and which bore a prominent part in the famous conflict atSackett's Harbor. A daughter, the sole remaining issue of this marriage, survives him. A few years since, Mr. Cagger was united to a sister of the distinguished editor of the Argus. At an early period of life he was placed in the then celebrated law office of Reynolds & Woodruff. Even as clerk, his remarkable administrative capacity began to manifest itself, and the efficiency of his labors was occasionally recognized in the most handsome manner by the distinguished principals of that powerful firm. Mr. Cagger afterwards associated himself with Mr. Samuel Stevens, and the firm name of Stevens & Cagger became speedily potential in legal circles. After a successful practice of some years, Mr. Stevens, a very able man, and the peer of renowned lawyers in the legal arena, yielded to excessive labor; and shortly after his decease, a new legal firm, that of Hill, Cagger & Porter, was established, which will go down to posterity as one of the most remarkable combinations of ability and fitness for the several departments of a great law office, ever known in the annals of this state. The great intellect of Hill shone in the court of last resort, where his genius coruscated, and in which his profound learning and the unbending integrity of his character secured that reverence even of the bench; the commanding eloquence, the penetrating mind, the admirable sagacity of Porter took easy precedence of all others at nisi prius; and the extraordinary administrative talent of Cagger, ready at once and at a moment's beck for abstruse pleadings, for the minutiae of petty litigation with its inexhaustible fund of device and ingenuity; intuitively prepared for all combinations, of finance, of politics, and at home in important business negotiations, all these things combined to make this famous trio so constituted as if every requisite and possible demand had been foreseen and provided for. Alas! that time has broken the admirable compact which bound them together, and with us, and that the honored and revered survivor, Mr. Porter, will too soon hear in Europe the sad tidings of our great bereavement. It is somewhat remarkable, aud the observation will occur spontaneously to many, that, while the stern summons of the grave has thus reached one of the most prominent and influential leaders of the two great political parties, the other is prostrated with a severe illness, which has excited the gravest apprehensions of his friends. One in the maturity of life, ripe as a sheaf for the sickle, remains; the other, seemingly with many bright years still before him, is taken; and the parallel is more striking, that neither have ever held a single political office during a career of unexampled duration of public life. The loss of either must be regarded by the entire community as a great public bereavement.— Journal. Margaret E. Pacey, wife of John Branigan, died, aged 35. Margaret, wife of John Kinsella, died, aged 37. Mary, widow of Joseph Cooke, died in New York, aged 02. Capt. James Cook died, aged 50.

7. The demolition of the Centre Market, corner of South Pearl and Howard streets, was began.

The Centre Market.

'Tis vanished ! the thing is gone at last!
The noisonie hulk is with the past!
The rat, the roach, the slut, the flea,
Must breed in some other locality.
The poisoned odors, that like a shroud
Hung over the square, and appalled the

Must elsewhere stifle the public breath,
Invite the dogs, disease and death.
The worthy j udges, whose legal lore
Hard pressed the bench, till the bones

were sore; The motley crew that trod the stairs And muttered everything else but

prayers; And the bailiff, with stick, and .summons

and writ, Have taken the popular notice to quit. The legal serpents, that writhed and

hissed, And bit a client at every twist; And flourished amid the ooze and slime, Have crawled away, for at least a time. The gang that bullied around the place, And blasphemed law, and God, and

grace; The shysters, that out of the German

and Celt Took pounds of flesh, till Justice smelt; Must belch their twaddle, and grab their

fees, Wherever their patron saint may please. So much is sure, if they ever come back To follow the ancient beaten track, The circus wherein their feats are done Will boast of human smells alone; And the odor of onions and fish and meat Won't mingle with hair and clothes and

feet; For* Justice, hereafter, wherever she

dwells, Will tolerate only common law smells; And the uncommon mixture of law and

beets, Fish, constables, cabbages, man and

meats, Have had their day, and will flourish

no more, Except in a grog or a grocery store. 'Tis a fact, by jingo, the shanty's down! With its walls so yellow, and stoops so

brown. Where the bar once flourished, the crowbar's thump Has given the bricks a final dump, And the bloated vermin must fight and

squeal Elsewhere, for their usual daily meal.

Hist. Coll. iv. 4


Considering what a town we are,

More slow to move than a barrel of tar,

And how attached we seem to be

To the things our daddies used to see;

Tis marvelous how the shanty fell —

That Erebus, Hades, Tophet of smell!

0 say, was it progress, or was it a job To fatten some alderman's sickly fob 1 Who tumbled it over? And what does

it mean, In a town where the fluid we drink is so

green, •

And stinks so foul, that a body would

think 'Twas a merit for everything here to

stink — In a place, where a dark night raises a

doubt As to whether the street lamps shouldn't

be out, And out they go, and we learn full

soon, That the gas has a contract with the

moon —

1 say, in a place like this, so slow,
What hurried this brick and mortar so?
Why didn't they wait a score of years,
In spite of public jeers and sneers?
Why didn't they let the hulk remain,
All filthy and foul as it long has lain V

'Tis the way our people commonly do,
Although complaints be ever so true.
We guzzle each day a stagnant, slime,
That, nicknamed water, is liquid crime.
We revel and plunge our noses in
The nasty, Bickly, fluid sin,
And no matter what moans and groans

we make, The dreadful dose we're bound to take. No matter how much we swear and

frown, Our hopes go up, and the stuff goes

down I How public opinion could so combine As to cause this castle's quick decline, And not be able to move a jot Towards straining the dirty drink we've

got, I don't suppose we shall ever know Till some of the Water Commissioners

goIn the meantime, let us abound in

praise For all that turns up in these turn-down

days, And thank our stars when time pulls

down A single nuisance that spoils the town.

Let's greet our Market Mulhall with

cheers; And trust that the next six thousand

years May bring us a Water Mulhall, whose

aim Will be pure-water that's worth the

name, And so, good bye to the famous walls, The courts and cleavers, and juries and

stalls. Farewell, old mutton, and beef, and

veal, That furnished the past with its daily


Good-bye. old codfish, porgies. and bass,
That shone on the basement stands like

Adieu, old bullheads, sturgeon, and shad,
Pike, mackerel, lobsters, good and bad;
Old eggplants, cucumbers, spinach, and

And turnips and lettuce and corn and

beans. Good-bye, old hulk, farewell! adieu! The Lord be praised that we're done with

you; And that people may find in the Pearl

street view, One more endeavor at. something new.

Eve Elizabeth Nehemiah, wife of Jacob Van Aernam, died, aged 27. William Mascraf't died, aged 82. He has been at all the periods of his life well known to many of our citizens. For many years he held the office of superintendent of streets, and in that capacity he eviuced industry, intelligence and a stubbornness of honesty that no improper influences could shake. Underlying a blunt exterior of manner, he possessed generous impulses, and friendly sympathies. He leaves behind him the record of an unsullied integrity as a public officer that may usefully be held up as a model for men to study and imitate.—Journal.

8. John Gibson died, aged 73.

9. Mrs. Margaret McDonald Cushman died, aged 90. Jane Maria Shepard, wife of James Kidd, died, aged 55. Caroline VanBuren, wifeof Abram Billson, died, aged 80.

10. Michael McGolrick died, aged 45.

11. John Gardiner died, aged 72. Philip Carlin died, aged 74.

12. Thermometer 100° in Broadway Mrs. Catharine Moakler

died, aged 33.

13. Thermometer ranged from 100° upwards. No parallel found to the heat of these days Thomas Meehan died, aged 28.

14. A morning of unexampled heat. Forty cases of sun stroke, six of them fatal; temp. 105° in shade in Broadway ; at the office of Dr. B. P. Staats

thermometer marked 100° for the first time since 1824 ..The Hon.

Willis Hall died of congestion of the brain, caused by the extreme heat, at his home in New York. Mr. Hall was born in 1801, received a liberal education, and adopted the profession of the law. He entered political life in the year 1837, being elected a member of the assembly by the Whigs, who carried the state that year for the first time. He was a prominent member of the assembly In 1838, he was made by the assembly attorney general of the state, filling the office for one year in a creditable manner. Having removed to Albany, he was elected to the assembly from this city, in the fall of 1842. He was for some time a lecturer in a law school in Saratoga, but resigned on leaving the country for a while, to recuperate his health. After his return he again took up his residence in New York, and was interested, although taking no prominent part, in the politics of the day. In 1848 he was one of the few who opposed the nomination of Gen. Taylor as the whig candidate for the presidency, and endeavored to briDg forward the name of Hon. Henry Clay. After the failure of the effort Mr. Hall supported Van Buren and Adams, and this concluded his connection with political affairs. Retiring from professional and political life, he devoted his latter years to his personal and domestic affairs. He was very courteous in his manner and made many warm friends. Nathaniel S. Benton, Jr., died, aged 37.

15. The 5th day of intense heat; the heat still hotter. Thermometers

ranged from 100° to 108°, in the shade" Edward Walsh died, aged

51. John McCready died at Fire Island. Margaret, wife of Thomas Lynch, died, aged 41. Jane, wife of Edward Donnelly, died, aged 63. Cornelius Buckley died, aged 40. Richard Gannon died, aged 50. Margaret Bulman died, aged 38. L. Charles Tuck died. Samuel Legget died, aged 31.

16. Temperature at the lumber yard in open air, 130 degrees

Thomas Noonan died, aged 66. Mr. Noouan was one of our oldest and most respected citizens. Ho was upright in his dealings, and affable in his social intercourse. For several years he has pursued the avocation of a real estate agent. For very many years he has acted as such agent for the James estate, and commended himself to his employers by his

industry and integrity.—Journal John Doughney died, aged 43.

Ellen, wife of John Moakler, died, aged 72. James Ford died, aged 20. Mary McManus, wife of Timothy Driscol, died, aged 34.

17. Bridget, wife of Michael Murray died, aged 34. The body of John F. Dunne was found in his bed at the American hotel, in a state of decomposition. Robert Wainwright died in California.

18. Twenty-three members of St. Joseph's church died of sunstroke, during the week. Mrs Michael Hughes died, aged 70.

19. A term of nine days of excessive heat terminated in the evening of this day. The thermometer ranged daily in the business portion of the city from 95 to 106° in-doors. The death record was unprecedented. James D. Wilson died, aged 26. Bridget Sweeney, wife of Thomas Ward, died, aged 21.

20. William Knower died, aged 18.

22. James Strain died, aged 82. Elizabeth, widow of Daniel Slane, died, aged 70.

23. Air, highest 82, lowest 66.

24. Air, h. 79, 1. 71 Patrick McCann died, aged 50.

25. Air, h. 75, 1. 70 Elizabeth, widow of Peter Brinckerhoff,

died, aged 91; She was born in Schenectady on the 3d of October, 1777, atfli had resided in Albany since 1814. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Bleecker. She was a sister of Mrs. Dudley and John R. Bleecker. Mrs. David E. Evans and Mrs. H. Pumpelly were her daughters, and Mrs. Tibbetts and Mrs. Gov. Seymour were her nieces. Her death was not unexpected. For many years she occupied a prominent position in society, and was always highly esteemed for her Christian graces, and her

many acts .of charity and kindness.—Argus Joseph McMurray,

who had been flagman at the rail road crossing for many years, was run over and died of his wounds. He was a general favorite, and great sympathy was manifested for his misfortune. He was aged about 56

John McCormick died, aged 49.

26. Air, h 81, 1.61 Maria Clark died, aged 76. Maria C.

Mallick, wife of Wm. G. Taafe, died, aged 49.

27. Air, h. 74, 1. 60 Mary Conroy died, aged 76. Esther H.,

widow of W. J. Dunn, died, aged 35. Elizabeth Mary Richmond, wife of Dr. J. B. Rossman, died,

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