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many years, and made such a special blessing to our church and the community at large. Resolved, That we cordially express to our beloved pustor our esteem and affection and entire satisfaction with his ministrations amongst us, and our prayer that his life may be spared and his health maintained for many years yet to come. Resolved, That as an expression of our affection and esteem for our venerated pastor a provision for his future support be made by annuity or otherwise securing to him
the sum of two thousand dollars yearly during his life Ann Grey
died, aged 53. Mary Meehan, wife of Michael Reiley, died, aged 26.
29. Caroline, wife of Col. David Friedlander, died, aged 35.
Ootobee 1. Abigail P., wife of George W. Jermain, died.
2. Bridget, wife of Thomas Hennessy, died, aged 28. Bernard Dunn died, aged 45. John Gillig died, aged 66.
3. Mrs. Susannah Wooster died, aged 67. John McKellar, a young Scotchman recently arrived, was burned to death in a bakery in Swan street which took fire, and in which he slept, aged 23. Joseph Snyder died, aged 22.
4. Greatest rain storm of the season; began on Saturday night, continued without intermission all day Sunday, and during the night increased in force, ending about 10 o'clock this morning, when about five inches of rain had fallen. Much damage was done to the streets; and with the cessation of the storm began the rise of water in the river, which
reached an unusual height A new theatre was opened in Division
street. The edifice was erected by the Methodists, and was occupied by the first Methodist society; then by the Unitarians. It was now fitted up in good style,-and leased under the name of the Academy of Music, by Frank Lawlor. It opened with the comedy of Love's Sacrifice, and the following cast: St. Lo, Mr. Geo. Boniface; Matthew Elmore, Mr. Frank Lawlor; Paul Lafont, Mr. Geo. Ryer; Jean Ruse, Mr. A. L. Crosbie; Margaret Elmore, Miss Augusta Dargon; Herminie De Vermont, Miss M. Newton; Manou, Mrs. M. A. Farren.
5. The freshet continued during all of this day, doing immense damage to the lumber yards, the island gardens, and the commercial houses on the pier and docks. The water rose to a greater height than had been known except when blocked up by ice in the gorges below. More lives were lost than ever before by a freshet. All the rail roads were inundated, and trains ceased to run, except on the Central and the Troy roads. The water began to recede very slowly in the afternoon, no rain having fallen since the forenoon of the previous day.
6. The water receded during the day, and at nightfall the docks began to emerge Richard Taylor died, aged 59. Peter Coan died, aged 58.
10. Another severe rain storm set in and continued through the day and night, by which the river was so much swollen as to cover the docks
and create much alarm among the forwarders and grain merchants
George B. Whitmore died, and was buried in Otsego county. Eliza S., widow of John C. Spencer, died in New York. Mrs. G. S. Walker, formerly of Albany, died at Fultonville.
11. Joseph Lyons died, aged 50. Mary, widow of Benjamin Capron, died, aged 90.
12. The water had subsided in the river during the past night, but at 8 o'clock in the morning another rain storm set in, and continued
throughout the day and night, and was accompanied by lightning in the evening.
13. Frederick L. Yatesdied, aged 57. Mrs. Mary McGan died, aged 63.
14. The First Congregational church, corner of Eagle and Beaver streets, was dedicated, sermon by the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Smart, and the presentation by Hon. Bradford R. Wood. The following description of it was published in the papers: This new church edifice stands upon the plot of ground bounded by Eagle, Beaver and Daniel streets, and is the finest specimen of the Romanesque style of architecture in this city. It is built in the most substantial manner of hard burnt brick with dressing of Lockport limestone. The exterior walls of the basement and lecture room stories are of graywacke stone from Schenectady, laid in cement The basement is entered from Daniel street, and is occupied by hot air furnaces, fuel, &c. The lecture room floor is approached from Beaver street, and is divided into Sunday school room, capable of seating 380 scholars, exclusive of the infant department, which accommodates 110 ; the church parlor, a large room which can be made tributary to the lecture room, and will add one hundred seats to it; Sunday library, kitchens, &c. This story is sixteen feet high, the basement story extending under the whole of it. The audience room floor is entered from Eagle street (upon which the principal facade stands) by three richly moulded cut stone doorways, each of which are approached by cut stone steps, spacious vestibules with stairs to gallery on the north and south sides, and also to lecture room floor below. The auditorium is sixty-six feet by seventy-six feet and contains one hundred and twenty-eight pews capable of accommodating eight hundred and forty persons. The gallery will accommodate three hundred and sixty. The pews, gallery front, and the other fittings of the interior are painted in parti-colors, displaying great taste and surmounted by capping and moulding of black walnut. The pews are cushioned and upholstered with crimson damask ; the platform is of most ample dimensions, and stands upon a semi-circular dais, raised one step above the level upon which the pews stand, giving convenient space for the communion table and the chairs for the deacons; directly in the rear of the pulpit is the manual of the organ, hid from view by a simple screen of black walnut, covered with crimson repps, which forms a back ground for the three massive black walnut chairs for the clergy. The ceiling is formed by three planes intersected by moulded ribs of stucco, dividing the whole into panels. The roof is sustained by six trusses of novel form, being the largest single span of trusses in the city. The ceiling and side walls are frescoed in soft neutral tints, and treated in what is technically called the flat mode. The audience room is lighted by Frink's patent reflector, suspended a few inches below the ceiling, containing sixty-four gas burners, and so arranged that the heat does not affect the air of the room. The light from without is obtained through stained glass windows, from the establishment of Geo. Morgan & Bros., of New York, and are formed of stencil quarries with hand painted borders and richly colored glass in circular heads and spandrils, and are the most satisfactory windows, in style and tone of colors, we remember to have seen. The organ, built by Messrs. Steer & Turner, of Westfield, Mass., has two manuals and pedal of seventy-seven notes ; three composition pedals; the bellows has three feeders, and is worked by a balance wheel, and is an instrument of great power and purity of tone, and reflects great credit on the builders. This instrument stands in the recess formed by the apsis of the church, and is covered by a fret-work screen of wood painted in parti-colors, the three bags of pipes are decorated with much taste and skill, and are surrounded by tracery of black walnut and chestnut, and being directly in the rear of the platform, pulpit, &c, forms one of the most pleasing features of this chaste and beautiful auditorium. The ventilation of the church is secured by ventiducts of wood built in the walls —the column of air being rarified in them by means of braziers fed by gas, creating great heat and securing bottom ventilation; adjusted registers are placed in the ceiling, to be operated at pleasure. The principal front of this fine structure is on Eagle street, and covers a space of about 84 feet with massive tower and spire on the north-west corner, and rising from the sidewalk to a height of one hundred and twenty feet. The balance of the front is secured by the introduction of an octagonal buttress on the south side of front, rising to a height of ninety feet, and crowned by a circular turret. A pleasing feature of this front is the large centre windows, formed by two large bays, with a smaller one between and a circular one over all. The tower is of brick to the base of the spire, which is covered with slate from Vermont. The walls are of galvanized iron; the roof of the nave is covered with slate, same as spire. The erection of this structure reflects great credit upon all concerned — the trustees and congregation, for their liberality in furnishing the means; the architects, for the skill and taste displayed ; and the builders, for the manner in which they have executed their trusts. Woollett and Ogden architects, Aspinwall and Nephew, masons; John N. Parker and Francis Clark,carpenters; John W.Osborn& Co., slaters; Arthur Boyle,plasterer; Lemuel Mickel, fresco artist; William Smith, painter; Lang and Stormount, stone cutters; Morgan & Brothers, stained glass; Tucker & Crawford, gas fitters; Boyle & Bugan, plumbers; Shanks, upholsterer; carpets furnished by Koonz. The cost of this enterprise will be about
one hundred and thirty thousand dollars. — Argus James Brue
died, aged 25.
15. Frederick H. Hastings died, aged 51, at Brainard's Bridge, where he had resided for some years. He was a man of refined instincts, of scholarly cultivation, and somewhat conservative in his political proclivities. He never mingled much or actively in party movements, nor figured as an office seeker. He represented the 12th district in the state senate of 1864 '65 (Rensselaer and Washington counties). His election to the senate was the result of a division between two factions in the district of almost equal strength, and was rather a compliment to his estimable personal character than a recognition of political claims. In the senate, Mr. Hastings distinguished himself by the fidelity with which he discharged his duties, by a conscientious regard for the public interests, and by an utter freedom from those artifices which demagogues adopt to promote their own reputation and secure a lease of power. Naturally quiet and reserved in temperament, he sought no occasions for display; but no one upon the floor was more respected than he. Buring his term the bill providing for the establishment of a capital police district was introduced, and its passage was due in a great degreo to his earnest and laborious efforts in its behalf— efforts which were the more important and difficult, because he encountered the zealous and uncompromising opposition of the talented and eloquent Ira Shaffer, then senator from Albany. In the same term, the famous, and in many respects unfortunate, conspiracy bill was passed. From Senator Hastings's position on committee, his name became associated with this measure, and he was wrongly charged with being its author; a mistake which led many workingmen's associations to denounce him by resolution, and even to burn him in effigy. Although keenly sensitive to these significant marks of popular disapprobation, he had such a high sense of honor in his relations to brother members, that he never sought to explain, or to defend himself by placing the responsibility where it belonged. Even during his brief public life, Mr. Hastings was almost an invalid. Accustomed visitors of the senate chamber will remember his guant, spare figure; his pale, finely chiseled features; his eyes shaded by colored glasses. Upon his retirement from office, he withdrew to his beautiful rural home, and passed the closing years of his life in a hopeless struggle with chronic 'disease, relieved by the favorite companionship of books and nature, and by a slight attention to business. We believe his political career was confined to the county board of supervisors and to the senate. As a citizen, he was always distinguished by enterprise, public spirit, and a generous regard for the interests of his neighbors. But his chosen sphere was the domestic circle, and in this his abundant virtues and wealth of sympathies made him warm attachments, and secured for him esteem
such as few men enjoy.—Journal William D. Wells died, aged 51.
John 0'"Brien died, aged 62. Orinda Osterhout died, aged 36.
16. Elizabeth DeWitt, wife of A. Thorndike, died at Manhall, Texas.
17. Victor M. Rice, late state superintendent of public instruction, died in Buffalo, of malignant carbuncle. He was born in Mayville, Chautauqua county, April 5, 1818. His educational advantages, while in his youth, were deficient, but after he became of age he attended Alleghany College, Pennsylvania. He studied law in Mayville, in 1842, but the next year was enlisted in school teaching in Buffalo High School. Subsequently he edited the Cataract and the Western Temperance Standard, and then returned to teaching. In 1852 he was elected city superintendent of schools in Buffalo. Here his talents as an organizer became better known. He had previously shown his adaptability to the educational and disciplinary branches. He was elected to the assembly in 1851, where he served as chairman of the committee on public education. In 1853, he was chosen president of the State Teachers' Association, and in 1854 was elected state superintendent of public instruction, to which position he was reelected in 1862, and served until 1868. Mr. Rice was possessed of a rare organizing ability, and was endowed with a strong, nervous, sanguine temperament. His early disadvantages rendered him a warm friend of the common schools. The office of school commissioner was created upon Bis advice, and the admirable Code of Public Instruction now in vogue in this state was the offspring of his genius and ability. Our common school system is one of the best in the w>rld, and it owes the fact largely to Mr. Rice. The change in politics deprived the state of his services just as he was about bringing to still higher perfection laws
bearing upon the subject.—Journal Catharine, wife of Thomas
McLoughlin died, aged 53. John Delaney died, aged 35. Charles E. Houck died, aged 37.
Hist. Coll. iv. 10
18. Margaret Conner, wife of James McClosky, died, aged 34.
19. Ann E. Bratt died, aged 60.
20. The first snow-squall of the season. Snow fell in various places to considerable depth, and the atmosphere was cold and chilly Albert H. Brown died, aged 47. Henry Perron died, aged 27.
21. The work of laying the Belgian pavement in South Pearl street,
from State street to the south boundary of the city, was completed
Mary Frances Bowne, wife of Samuel K. Palmetier, died at Glen's Falls, aged 31. Bobert C. Yates died at Cleveland, 0.
22. Rosanna, wife of James Burk, died, aged 53. Mary Hinchy, wife of Thomas Neville, died, aged 42.
23. The New City Building was now nearly completed, composing one of the most pleasing and imposing edifices in the city, and is thus described by the Argus: The principal fronts are on Pearl and Howard streets, and are Lombardic in treatment, the material used being Lake Champ]ain lime stone and brick, making a very pleasant effect. In the centre of each front is a cupola continuation of the French roof, with smaller ones at each corner, the different stories being lofty and the windows in deep reveal with the massive rusticated stone work of the basement story, tend to form a most imposing facade. In the basement story is located the heating apparatus for the whole building, consisting of six large Oriental hot air furnaces, with fuel rooms, ash pits, &c. On the southeast portion of this story are the janitor's quarters. One room on the south side is set apart for cells to be used in connection with the Second precinct. This story is well supplied with hot and cold water. On the south-east portion of the principal story, and entered from Pearl street, is the office of the fire commissioners, a spacious apartment twentyeight by twenty-nine feet, very tastefully fitted up and admirably suited
"for the purpose. Adjoining is the chief's room, twenty-four-feet by eighteen feet, equally good in appearance and adaptability. Across the hall from the fire commissioners' rooms are the offices of the police commissioners, superintendent and clerk, very conveniently arranged, the commissioner's room being on the corner of Howard and Pearl streets, with the clerk's office adjoining and fronting Pearl street; contiguous to the clerk's office, and having an entrance from the Howard street hall is the superintendent's room with private office attached.- There is also a property room, lavatory, and other conveniences. On the right of the Howard street entrance is the detectives' office, with its rogue's gallery, and collection of horrors, which you pass through to the sleeping room for detectives. Passing along the spacious hall you next come to the poor master's office and waiting room attached, with a very necessary private entrance from William street. The remainder of this floor is devoted to the Second Precinct, with a room to the right of the William street entrance fitted up with two tiers of cells. On the Howard street side are three sleeping rooms for captain and sergeants; this precinct has also a private staircase to the court room floor above, and police dormitories in the third story. On the lower story, at the east end, are the police court and a room for private consultation. The large court room is forty-one feet by twenty-eight feet; the smaller one, adjoining, is twenty-eight feet square. Both are fitted up in a neat and tasty manner, with witness stand, spectators'seats. &c. a forcible contrast to the dirty, low, badly ventilated court room in the old building, and a source of congratulation to the justices. Next to the court room is the