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' 3?I-IILD3SLT?ritA. JVtO!Sr:DA.Y, JANUAEY 1, 18(30..
DOUBLE SIIEKT-T1IUEE CENTS.
OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
Hon. Morton McMichael As
sumes tho Mayoralty.
JfjJIIb INAUGURAL ADDRESS
THE MUNICIPAL LEGISLATURE.
Tlic Organization of Select and
ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
OUR MURAL BUDGET.
PROGRAMME FOR THE NEW YEAR.
Organization of the Boards ot School Con
trol, Irison Inspectors, Etc.
The inauguration of the Hon. Morton
McMichael, the new Major elect, and the organi
zation of City Counctls took place to-day. The
Board of Controllers of the Public Schools also
organized this morning, a recent act of Assembly
requiring them to perform that duty on the first
of the year, instead of July as heretofore. Below
will be found a full report of the inauguration
ceremonies and the proceedings of the different
municipal bodies. . ;
, l ' City Councils
organized at ten o'clock, in the presence of a
large number ot spectators.
SELECT BRANCH. .
The Be wlv elected mem'" - of this branch or
City Councils a3semb'" 1 m their chamber at ten
o'clock.' Short'., niter that hour the roll of
members was called over by the Clerk. The
iouowing is arjromciai nsi:
, 1. T. A. Barlow, U.
2. Dr. C. K. lUmerlv, D.
- 8. J. D. Campbell, D.
, 4. II. Marcus, 1.
i 6. Janies Tace, D.
6. G. F. Omerly, U.
V. J. A. bbermor, U.
8. A. Jj. Horipdou, U.
i 'B. J. A. Freeman, U.
10. JoHtiua bperins, U.
'll. b. G.Kiiib, D.
12. C. M. Wagnor, TJ.
18. Janes L,ynd, u.
14. F. A. Van Clove, U.
15. H. W. Uray, U.
16. J. V. Hopkins, D.
17. Patrick Shorn. D.
18. William Bumm, V.
19. James Ritchie. U.
2ii. Joseph Manuel, U.
21. V. Thomson Jonos, U.
22. W. If. Smith. U.
28. Edw. MhallcroBS, XT.'
a. W. Cattail, VJ.,
25. P. O'Rourke, D.
ZO. n m, J. 1 Oilook, Li.
Union members. 18; Democratic mcmDors, 8,
The names of the members holding over were
first called. The credentials of the new mem
bers were then presented, and the members
Bwom into ollice.
Mr. Hopkins moved that the chamber now
proceed to organize by the election of itsoilicer.
Mr. Freeman was called to the chair.
Mr. Cray nominated Mr. James Lynd.
Mr. Marcus nominated Mr. Samuel E. King.
Twenty-four votes were cast, of .which Mr.
Lynd received 17, and.Mr. King 7.
Mr. Lynd was accordingly declared elected,
and n motion ot Mr. King the election was de
The oath of ollice was then administered to
Mr. Lynd by Mr. King. The ncwlv elected Pre
sident, upon taking the chair, delivered the fol
ADDBE38 OF FREBIDENT LYND,
Gentlemen of Select Council: For this re
newed expression of your approval of my official
conduct, and your unabated confidence, accept
my profound acknowledgments. Always an
honor to be highly prized, it is all the greater
now because of the glorious results achieved bv
our country, and of the noble record maintained
by our city during the late four years ot despe
rate civil strife.
In this hour of assurod success of well-won
triumph, I cannot avoid reverting to the very
different condition of our national affairs, when,
)ust three years ago, I was first called npon to
preside over your'deliberations.
The dawn of the year 1S63 was chilling and
gloomy. After nearly two years of conflict, the
Rebellion remained as active, as hopeful, as
defiant as ever.
The joint campaigns of Sherman and Grant
against Vicksburg had terminated inglariously;
the Army of the Potomac had been fatally re
pulsed at Fredericksburg; Rosecrans barely held
his own at Kushville and Murtreesboro; Morgan
had perpetrated his daring and destructive
raid to within thirty miles of Louis
ville; mortifying reverses had occurred
in the Cult region, entailing upon us
the loss of Galveston and Sabine Pass; the
Florida and Alabama were scourging our com
merce from the seas; and tho wily'Emperor of
France was vigorously urging England and
Russia to join him In schemes for intervention,
the success ot which might be announced at any
moment, and our struggle be thus rendered
vastly more terrific in character and indefinite
The clouds were dark, indeed ; so dark that It
it required no little faith to believe that the clear
-" felt disposed to question whether our revolu
tionary contest might not prove a barren
achievemeat; not a few stifled the rising doubt
whether Franklin and Jefferson might not have
counselled, Washington and Greene nave fought,
and Warren and Mercer have died in vain. And
more than one patriot, as he stood devoutly
npon its threshold, has shudderlngly wondered,
whether our Old Independence Hall might not
soon become the vestlse of a bygone experi
mentthe deserted shrine of an extinct
But there were clear heads, strong hands,
brave hearts, and a Jmt God over all; and the
clouds parted at Gettysburg, and they parted
still more at Vicksburg, ani more and more at
Mobile, at Atlanta, at Savannah, and at Charles
ton, until at lust, at Richmond, the sun, in full
meridian splendor, shone down upon a rebellion
Tanauuhed. a Union restored, and a Constitu
tion vindicated upoi the last crowniogsceneot
a war without a parallel, whether we consider
the causclcRsness of the original aggression, the
humanity of the stronger combatant, the magni
tude of the opposing armies, the moderation of
the victors, or the grandeur of the result.
We may bo proud and rightfully proud of our
country; proud of er glories in the remote
past.'nnd prouder still ot her greater glories in
the past that has Just transpired. With the sole
stain upon our national escutcheon removed,
we can now read the Declaration of Independ
deuce without wincing. Heneefoith, with us
every man has an "cquol right to life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness."
But, gentlemen, we, as citizens of Philadel
phia, have another cause for pride, and just
pride too, arising from the distinguished part
sustained by our citv in this recent past. Her
motto has been literally "millions for defense."
Every draft upon her, whether fir men or
money, has been promptly aeccpted and as
promptly paid at maturity. She has furnished,
rating at one year's service for each, l!j6,(H)0
men; she has paid out in bounties over
$8,000,000; for relief of the families of volun
teers more than $'2,600,000; for local defence
about $700,000; besides thousands upon thou
sands in titling welcome to her living and in
funeral honors to her oead heroes; she has ten
dered as a free gift to the Government one of the
beft sites for an iron-clad nnval station In the
world; and last, though not least, she has fur
nished, through the spontaneous contrioutions
of her citizen, ample refreshment to every regi
ment and company passing through her bounda
ries t j and froui the seat of war.
Where nil have d"ne well, she may, neverthe
less, fairly claim a foremost place in the volume
of our country's achievements; she may surely
hope to fill one of the brightest pages.
The luture is full ot glorious promise. With
out fos to tear either at home or abroad; with
out the incubus of slavery to paralyze our native
energies; with an unsurpassed variety of soil and
climate to attract foreign labor and capital; with
the Pacific Railroad soon to link togethor not
only the extromes of our own land, but Eastern
Asia and Western Europo, and to form a com
mon highway for tho traflic of the entire com
mercial world; with our inexhaustible supplies
of timber, coal, iron, and the precious minerals,
and ol all the materials that constitute national
wealth; and with the intelligence, the enter
prise, and the thrlt of our people, our country
cannot tail to speedily reach a position of power :
nnti prosperity such as human annals have never
As for as our much cherished city is concerned,
a part of this future, gentlemen, U in our keep
ing. The municipal interests of nearly, per
haps quite, 6even hundred thousand inhabi
tants are confided to us. The trust is an im
posing one, and Its faithful performance
will require great watcbtulncss, constant
activity, and unswerving integrity. To the
zeal and trustworthiness of uhose of you
who have been associated here for a
year or more past, I can bear unqualified testi
mony; and unless the reputation ot those t you
who have just entered this Chamber is unmerited,
you will prove equally worthy ol the public con
fidence. In the discharge of bur duty we cannot
expect to satisly all it may bo tuat we will
satisfy but a lew there is that, however, which
we can, and w'uich we should not fail to satisfy
the silent monitor within us. It that approve, it
mnttcrs little liom w hat quarter may come cavil
in closing, gentlemen, permit me to oiler you
my cordial co-oneration in the exercise of yutir
oilicia! functions, and to assure you of my best
wishes for our personal welfare, not only lor
this new. yeur, lust so ausoiciously begun, but
for all the years that a kind Providence may
allot to you.
The Chamber now nroceeded to elect a Chief
Bcnlamin H. Haines was nominated by Mr.
Van Cleve; Horace M. Martin by Mr. Marcos.
rwcntyMour votes were cast. nr. names re
ceived 17 and Mr. Martin 7. The former was de
clared elected, and sworn in by the President.
rcr Assistant Clerk Robert a. lietbell was
nominated. Charles 8. Austin was nominated
by the opposition, but his name being with
drawn, Mr. Bethell was unanimously elected.
lor Messenger. Thomas Massev was unani
monsly elected, there being no of posing candi-
On motion of Dr. Kamerlv a committee of
three was appointed to inform Common Council
that Select Council had organized. Messrs.
Kamerly, Pollock, and Spering were appointed.
Mr. Gray offered a resolution that the same
rules that governed the b.idy lost year be adopted
for its government this year. Agreed to.
Mr. Van Cleve presented a resolution that a
joint committee ot three member trom eacn
chamber oe appointed to wait upon tne Mayor,
ana inform nun tunt. councils were organizea.
Agreed to. The chair named Messrs. Van Cleve,
King, and Gray.
A committee itom Common Council wore here
Introduced and informed the chamber thattaey
ine cuamuer uextproceeaoa to draw tor seats.
A motion was made that Mr. King, being the
oldest member of Select Branch, he be allowed
to retain his present 6eat. Agreed to.
Jir. Jones, ol tne Twenty-hrst ward, and mt.
O'Rourke, of the Twenty-titth Ward, both of
whom were absent, were also allowed to retain
their present eU5.
The drawing then proceeded. The first name
taken irom the box was Dr. Kamerly, who se
lected his old seat. Tills was very generally the
case with all the members.
Th message presented by J. Hutchinson Kay,
Esq., Irom the Mayor, was here read. Attor
stating that he has approved and signod certain
ordinances, the Mayor concludes his message
with the same remarks as the one presented aud
read in Common Council.
The Chamber concurred in an ordinance from
Common Council relative to the appointment of
a committee to wait upon the Mayor.
Mr. Gray presented a resolution that all un
finished bu'iuefs ol the last Council be referred
to the appropriate committees as soon as ap
pointed. The Chamber then took a recess.
The chamber reorganized about 12 o'clock.
The Mayor and Mayor elect and Hon. Judge
Thompson were escorted into the chamber by a
ioint committee of Councils. The body formed in
line and proceeded into Common Council cham
ber, where the inaugural ceremonies took pliyie.
The Chamber met at ten o'clock this morning.
The roll was called by the Clerk. The following
is a list of its members:
1. G. V7. Mactagae, U.
W. C. Calhoun, U.
2. D. J. tir.lStlm, U.
. A. Schater, If.
Jas. M. Ciibson, U.
8 G. W. biofcela. D.
4. Wm. II Barnes, D.
James M. liuhn, D.
6. James Dillon, .
'. F. A. Woibert, D.
7. Thomas LiU e U.
J Uardfley, V.
8. A. J. Harper, V.
John C Martin, TJ.
9. W. S. Stokloy, U.
Walter Al'ison, U.
10. 8. J Creswell, V,
A. 11. Vranvlsouii, U.
11. Thus. It. Gill, 1).
12. 1C. Hall btanton, U.
18. A lex. M. Fox, U.
W L' I ,. IT
v, ui, I wiurr. j i
14. J. B. Hancock, U.
15. K.i Kripp, U.
K. M. H. hvans,
G. J. ItetzeU. U
I Charles Eager. U.
17. J. Hallowelt, D.
til. Mullin, I).
18. 1. P. Kay, U.
D. W. Htockbam, U.
19. Joseph Kuruost, U.
U Dorbvshire, U
Nicholas bhane, U.
20. J.F. Marcer, U.
J. 11. billiotrton, U.
H. V. HarnaOD, U.
21. W A. Kimpon, U.
22. Enoch Taylor, U,
Jos. Hill, U.
23. 8. C. WUlota. U.
J. T. Vankirk, V.
24. Jamea T. Allen, C.
Wm. tstokea, U.
25 8. II. Colehower, D.
20, K Armatronc, U.
John Kater, U.
II. O. Oram
IS. Hiram Miller. U.
Total uumbxr, 49 Union, 89; Democrat. 10.
The newly elected members .were then swnrn
in. The Mayor's Clerk, Mr. J. Hutchinson Kay,
was then Introduced. He submitted ,to the
chamber the last ofliclal communication ,of Mr.
To Ine President and Members, of the Common
Council of the City of Philadelphia Genrfemcn:
I ictiirn without signature the bill entitled a
"Resolution approving sureties- of John .Given,
City Commissioner elect," understanding th.
the right to said oflice is now a matter of jttd
I have signed the following natned bills, which
comprise all others originating in your Cham
ber that have boen presented lor my approval,
December 2!), 1P65 Resolution ,to release cer
tain property ot Robert M. Evans irom the lion
of a certain udgn-cut. -'
December 30, 18C5 An ordinance to mnke an
appropriation to the Superintendent of Trusts
for the purposes therein mentioned for the year
December .10, 1KC5 An ordinance to make an
appropriation to the Department of Surveys lor
December .10, 18G5 An ordinance to make au
appropriation to the Law Department lor I860,
and tor oi lier purposes.
December 3D, lm;5 An ordinance to make an
nppfopr'Htion to the Reliance Steam Fire Engine
December .10, 18i5 An ordinance to make nn
appropriation to the City Commissioners tor the
December 30, 18(i5 An ordinance to mnke an
appropriation to the Department of Highways,
ii ldpes, Sowers, etc., for 1860.
December 30, 1806 A resolution to authorize
certain transiers made to the-Fire Department
lor the j car 105. i
I transmit herewith the customary statistics
of the Police Department for tho past year, ac
companied by an inventory of the public pro
peity in the several Station Houses. In thus
addressing vou for the last time, I would earnestly
commend the important Interests of the com
munity to vour zeal and wh-dom, and most fer
vently do 1 invoke for the city of Philadelphia
the continued care ami bounty of Almighty God,
through w hose kind providence its people have
enjoyed fo large a measure of prosperity. Re
spectfully, Alexander Henby,
Mayor ot Philadelphia.
The Chamber then proceeded to ballot with
the following result: William 8. Stokley re
ceived 34 votes, and Francis Woibert 3 vo'es.
Mr. Stokley was accordingly re-esoorted to the
oflicinl chair, when he delivered the lolloping
ADDREBS OF PRESIDENT STOKLEY.
Centlenien ot Common Council: Being by
vour j arciality again chosen to preside over this
Chamber, I cannot resume the Chair without at
least attempting to thank you lor this, I greatly
fear, unmerited honor. . .
Povcitj of language prevents me from express
ing, in filling terms, the deep gratitude I feel for
this, manifestation of your confidence and
I will endeavor, with your nisigtance, to dis
charge the duties that devolve upon mo as your
presiding officer in such a manner as to satisfy
you that the confidence shown by yon, in a
second time electing' me to this important and
honorable position, has nor been misplaced.
At the time ot the organization of this Cham
ber, oue short year ago, our country was in the
midst of a fearful Rebellion. ,
Since that period it has pleased an all wise and
merciful Providence to grant victory to our
arms and pence to the land.
The bupreuacy of the United States has been
asserted, the Union restored, and our flag, with
its galaxy ol stars undimmed In lustre by the ab
sence of a single one, floats triumphantly over
every part of our national domain.
The announcement of the success oi our arms,
the prospect of peace, aud the rcstora'.ion of the
Union, caused the patriotic pcopla of our city to
"rejoice and be exceedingly glad," but, alas!
their rejo ing was soon turned :nto mourning.
Abraham Lincoln, the wie statesman, the con
scientious, devoted patriot, the President of the
Republic, Who had carried the ship of state
sately through the' storm of civil war, was
stricken down, and basely murdered by thehand
of ene ot the minions of slavery.
The national . rejoicing was, bv this awful
calamity, suddenly turned into national mourn
ing; the civilized nations of the earth have
united v. iih us in doinif honor to the memory of
tnis great ana goou man.
Slavery, the cause of the Rebellion, being
removed, the work of restoration is already half
done. It remains tor the people to coiiuuct it to
a niumpnant conclusion.
Iho President and the National Legislature
arc doing their part of the work. We must do
Philadelphia, the city of independence, and
the home ol loyal men, has given liberally ot
1 er best blood and treasure, .and has at all times
i nd In many wavs rendered, most hearty and
efficient support to the Federal Government.
As, we have done from the beginning, let us
continue to do to the end.
The heavy appropriations made for the de
fense and protection of the city; for the relief of
the wives, widows, nnd families of our soldiers,
and the large bounties paid to voluntoers, have,
since the breaking out of the Rebellion, greatly
increased our public debt.
This burden our loyal and patriotic citizens
have borne without murmering.
It is now more than ever the duty ot Councils
to exercise ludicious care in the management of
the aff airs of the city.
Needless expenditure of the public money
should be avoided; expenses, as far as possible,
should be curtailed; the various departments
should be required to practne tho most rigid
economy. Councils should deslare to tin m, and
firmly adhere to their declaration, that no addi
tional appropriations will be mode during the
This is rendered necessary from the fact, that
the tax rate is based upon the estimates made
by the Heads of Departments, and will not, not
withstanding the high figure at which it is
fixed, warrant an extra appropriation to anv
department. Let this be .known to them, and
also that they will be hold to a strict accounta
bility. The credit of the city has for years past
suffered, because of the inability of the Treasury
to meet, at all times, the demands made upon it.
1 would recommend that measures be adopted
as, early as possible to remedy this great eviL 1
do so not only because iustice to the honest
creditors of the city demands it, but as a measure
It is well known to all of us that the discount
on w arrants has been made the pretext tor in
creasing the salaries and wages of those in the
employ ot the city, and thut contractors, for
performing service or furnishlm? supplies, add
to their estimate a heavy percentage In order to
secure themselves from loss by reason of the
discount on warrants received in payment of
I think I may say without lear of contradic
tion, that the loss to the city from this cause
alone amounts to a large sum annually.
Councils having these things within their con
trol, should sutler them to exist no longe.
1 am aware that It is easier to propose relorm
than to achieve iu Without having well con
sidered the means of accomplishing so desirable
a result, I would venture to suggest for your
consideration the enactment of an ordinance re
quiring Heads of Departments.and others autho
rized to draw upon the Treasury, before doing
so, to ascertain of the Treasurer whether there is
money sullicieut in his hands to meet the do-
mand, and if there be not, thnt warrants shall
net be drawn nnti. the Trcasuier shall announce
his ability to pay them.
1 feel confident that by the parage of an ordi
nance tared upon these views, the warrants will
be at nil times worth the amount for which they
-are drnp. .
A propped of speedy and prompt nayment will
make the city patronage, desiruble, and beget
o ni petition for the turmehlng of suoplies and
tie performance of work, and as salaries and
Expenditures generally have been increased in
consequence of tho depreciation of our warrants,
there could be made a great saving by ' the cur
tailment of these expenses, aud the credit ot tho
city prorerly maintained.
In order to more cllectnnlly secure the good
results anticipated Irom this rctoim, it will,
perhaps, bo necessarv"to mnko some change iu
the manner of conducting the business in tho
Departments of the Receiver of Taxes and tho
The Receiver, when making returns to the
Treasurer, should be required to state the
amount received upon the tax levied' for the
maintainauce of the various Departments.'
namely, the Poor, Schools, Lighting tho Cltv,
Loan, Police, Highways etc.; and th,it the
Treasurer should tlo be required to open
accounts with the said Departments, and credit
ihem with the amount paid to him by tho
Fiom the money thus received and credited
should the warrants drsrwn by tho various De
partments be paid, nnd Irom no other, unless
specially authorized by Councils.
.. Gentlemen, I make thee suggestions with a
view to bring the subject before you.
I do not uudertckc to say that .they are the
best lor attaining the end desired.
That a retorm in this direction ' is demanded,
no one, 1 tlrnk, who has served in this Chamber
one year, will a. tempt to deny.
I desire to see a select committee raised, to
which this subject may bo referred and piomptly
acted upn while the year is yet in its infancy.
The vur having terminated, extraordinary ex
penses need no longer be incurred.
llicy must cease; it is our duty to do every
thing in our power to reduce tho heavy expenses
oi the municipality, and to confine them within
the limits of the appropriations.
If the genfeinen to whom we have confided
the management of the Departments do not re
gard our wishes in this matter, they must yield
their places to men thnt will.
I say here to-day, that no one of these that
hesitates to give tils best efforts to this end, shall
ever again receive my vote, or support for re
election, be ho who he may.
Gentlemen, we have each of us this day, in the
presence ot our Maker, promised to discharge
our duty as mtmbcrs ot Council wilh fidelity.
Let us ever keep that solemn pledgo upper
most in our thoughts, and bo governed in our
acts in accordance with it.
If we do, 1 lccl assured that all will go well
with us in the discharge of our duties as mem
bers of this Chamber.
Gentlemen, I h.ive trespassed upon your time
and patience longer tliun I should have done,
and will close by thanking you for yourkind
ncss, and the twice-conterrea honor ot presiding
oerso dignified and intelligent a body of my
fellow-citizens as compose this Chamber.
Messrs. ".Lt3in aud Stewart were then
elected Clcik and Assistant Clerk of Common
Council, and Messrs. Zimmerman and Carpen
Rev. G. F. Krotel, D. D., then proceeded to
open the session with prayer and the reading of
portions tif the Holy Scriptures.
. Mr. Evans olfcred a resolution to inform Select
.OouT'Cil that Common Council is organized,
i Messrs. Evans and Nichols were appointed.
Resolutions of thanks to Rev. Dr. Krotel were
Mr. Taylor offered a resolution that the mem
bers ballot tor seats. This led to a, lengthy dis
cussion, and bandying of motious j-o and con.
It was moved that the further consideration
of the resolution embraced in tho messoa-o from
the Mayor, relative to the case ot John Given,
be pohtponed tor tho present. The motion was
The Chamber then took a recess.
INAUGURATION OF THE MAYOR ELECT.
The Inauguration of Morton McMichael, Es .,
the iiew Mnor elect, took place at noon iu Com
mon Council Chamber, in the presence ot tuo
members of both branches of Conncils (a rece
having been taken for that purpose) una a large
assemblage ol spectatois the gallery and loboy
being overcrowded. A large number of citizens
were unable to gain admittance, audit is a matter
of regret that a lurge hall was not secured lor tho
FAREWELL OP MAYOR HENRY.
The Mayor's ollice was crowded this morning
by Lieutenants of Police, Detectives, and other
officers, to receive the linal farewell extended
by Mayor Henry.
Mr. Henry aud the Mayor elect, Morton
McMichael, entered the oflice from the private
room of the Mayor, accompanied by a number
ot Counciln en, forming a joint committee from
each branch of Council? He took his seat with
Mr. McMichael at his side, and the Lieutenants,
Sergenn' s, aud other otiicers in front.
Fire Marshal Blackburn then, on behalf of the
police force of tle city, presented tho retiring
Mayor with a magnificent gold watch. Tne Fire
Marthal made the following remaiks:
Mr. Henry : Surrounding you' are the familiar
faces of the representatives of the Police De-
fiarlment, with whom you have held the most
ntimate and sacred relations during your lato
long and eventful ofiiclal career. We are hero,
sir, to greet you lor tho last time. Our hearts
are too full lor words, and we can only bid you
an ailectionate adieu.
We are sure that higher honors await vou at
the hands ot your le'low-citlzens in the future,
and you have our heartiest wishes for your
health ana happiness. And we know that you
will readily and cheerfully mingle your prayers
with oin p for blessings on the bead of him lipon
whoft- shoulders your manile has just fallen.
Ere we part, my dear sir, we have ono last
little favor to ask of you. We crave your ac
ceptance of a small token of our esteem, affec
tion, and gratitude. We never tendered you
such an otlering while you were the Chief Magis
trate of our bMoved metropolis, became vc
knew that it was not proper to do so, but no v
that you are about to lay aside the official toga,
we feel that you will not refuse us. Permit us,
then, sir, to present you with the testimonial.
It will hourly remind you of the worm place you
occupy in the hearts ot the donors.
Muyor Henry then replied as follows :
Fire Marshal, Mr. Chief, Lieutenants, and
Officers: Only one duty yet remains to me
before our official relations shall cease, and
that is to make my heartfelt acknowledgment of
the fidelity and efficiency with which you have
aided me in every endeavor for tho protection
and peace of our city. There are many among
you who have met me here day by day for moro
than seven years.
The confidence won from ma in tho eavlior
times of such intercourse has ripened into per
sonal regard such as I cannot now fully express.
11 1 have ever indulged a pride in aught con
nected witd my administration of the Mayoralty,
it has been the police force of Philadelphia,
such as I now leave to my esteemed successor.
I see those around me who from the organiza
tion of the force to the present time have
readily co-operated in every measure devised
for its discipline, usefulness, and reputation. I
recall those frequent emergencies when the pub
lic peace has been imperilled in our midst by
the nsfrrtlon of constttuUonat rights; when
irenzicd pntriotitm bas raged a, the restraints
ot law; whin mob violence has sought the do
stri.clioii of property.
Winn the approach of hostile armies had dis
ma)ed tho people, Cod kept tho city through all
thcte scenes, but, I, speak it revet ently, the hu
man agencies of His care were mainlv in the
prompt, resolute and able men who made up ilia
I remember, too, when the first alarm of war
convulsed tho land, with what alacrity the mem
bers of th s force otlYrtd for their country's ser
vice, and when at a later period the" so lot our
own State was invaded how eagerly ,thev sought
to atm for its delense and how mauy enlisted tor
the expected conflict.
As 1 glance over the long list of those who
have been your comrades, there is scarce ono
page that dees not record the names of some
wholelt ou for awhile to fight their country's
battles, but who have never como back to you
Irom fields of deadly strife.
I am mindlul, too, ol those more often occa
sions when-public safety has exacted tho pro
longed and incessant services ot the. whole
police, to the denial ot all the, tics of home, and
bow unhef ltatingly by them each order has
teen complied with,, and -how 'zealously each
duly has been performed. . . ...
But 1 may not linger over these grateful recol
lections. Whatever honorable repute may have
been awarded to you by others,- no one can "so
tiuly appreciate jour well-known merits as I do,
and no one eUe will ever bold them in more last
ing remembrnrfce. ' -
Through -all the disquiet and- tumults that
in recent years have so often endangered this
community, I have never laid my head on my
pillow without the confident assurance that the
police of. Philadelphia could and would main
tain the supremacy ot law and order within its
bounds, against all who should attempt their
Whiht thus addrepsinir my acknowledgments
to tho police force at large, I most specially com
mend the vigilance and discretion shown by the
lieutenants and sergeants in their respective dis
tiicts. - -
The assiduous efforts of the High Constables,
the successlul skill ot the chief and associate Do
ttctives, and the eminent ability of the Fire
Marshal, have all redoui.ded ti the credit of the
The valuable assistance always cheerfully
given by those immediately att'iuhed to tliis"
oflice, and the k'nd consideration with which
they have striven to ease my labors hi times of
social exif ency.cannot be forgotten. And, Mr.
Chief, it is duo to you that 1 shoull avow tko
essential help that you have rendered through
mv whole ofiiclal term.
Never has your counsel been aked that it has
not been jndiciously given: never has an order
been issued needing your atti-ntion that it has not
b( en promply enforced; never have yjur nerves
failed in the most trying scenes of turbulence;
nnd never have I hud cause to question the in
tegrity and impartiality with which you have
discharged your important trust. -.
And now, gentlemen, with the earnest wish
that prosperity an.d happiness may be yours, in
whatever pursuits you shall eneaeo or wherever
your future lot shall be cast, I bid you all
'I he party then dlsper'ed and retired tj Com
mon Council Chumber to witness
The Inaugural Ceremonies.
At 12 o'clock Common Counc l was called to
order by President Stokley. Shortly after thut
hour the members of Select Council aud a Com
mitteo of Select and Ccnimon Council, escortel
his Honor the Mayor aud the Mayor elect, into
the room. The cro-vd was so great that the
passage way had to be kept open by a guard of
President Lynd, of Select Council, occupied
tl.eebair. He said the two Chambers had a
ttmbled in joint committee tor the purpose of
witnessing the inauguration of tbe Mayor.
The proceedings were opened by th? Rev
George Dana Boardman, who after reading a
passage ot the scriptures, dthvered a fervent
nd most impressive prayer. He invoked the
blefcsingof God on the retiring Mayor, who after
years of fcrvicc, was about to lay down his
robes of oflice.
A special blessing was also Invoked In behall
of him w ho was about to assume the oflice that
the administration of his duties might be con
ducted w ith justice and mercy. The blessing of
God was aleo beseeched in behalf of the members
ol Councils, that they might legislate wisely and
honestly, so as to promote morality, education,
and the best interests of the city genrally.
Upun conclusion of the prayer, thj oath of
cflioe was administered to the new Mayor by tho
Hon. Oswald Thompson, President Judge of the
Caurt of Common Pleas. Mr. McMichael then
delivered his inuugural address as follows:
MORTON M'MIOIAEL'S INAUGURAL AODRE53.
Gentlemen ol tho iselect and Common Coun
cils: In entering upon the duties I have just
boi nd myself to perform, I desire, asmy first offi
cial utterance, to express my high appreciation
o the wisdom and ability which have marked the
administration of my honored predecessor, Mr.
Henry. In the long line of her distinguished
Chief Magistrates, Philadelphia has had no ono
to whose example as a citizen, or to whoso con
duct as a ruler, she can refer with more satisfac
tion ; and I can offer no more acceptable indica
tion ol my own purposes than the assurance
that, - in the main, 1 shall endeavor to follow In
the path he has so successfully pursued. With
you, gentlemen, it shall be my study to cultivate
the most cordiul relations. As there has been
committed to our mutual custody important
puniic trusts, so it should oe our mutual care to
j u I til those trusts to the best advantage ot the
public; and I tuke pleasure iu declaring that on
my part nothing hhall be wanting to insure the
requisite harmony of action.
Gentlemen: We have, indeed, serious respon
sibilities to meet, end grave obligations to dis
charge. The Government of a city of imperial
proportions like ours, under all circumstances,
must prove a momentous undertaking, and it U
emphatically so now. With a territorial area
exceeding that ot any other Amerioan capita',
and a population only second to what U claimed
by New York, Philadelphia possesies capacities
lor illimitable growth and expansion. Ail the
renditions of geography, topography and cli
mate, which control these results, are, in our
case, emirentlv favorable. Geographically, we
are convenient both to the mountains and the
sea. With the former we are connected by nu
merous lines ot railway, which, after passing
over agricultural districts of inexhaustible fer
tility, penetrate or surmount them, bringing
Irom them never-ceasing stores of their mineral
treasures, or carrvmg to and beyond them, to
the most diktant regions, our products and our
iabrics, our goods and wares aud merchandise.
With the latter we are connected by the broadest
and deepest river that flows towards the North
Atlantic, and thus opens to us direct
and speedy access not only to Europe, but, also,
to all the populous and thriving towns that
lie scattered among the numerous bays
and harbors of ourjown far-stretching coast.
Topographically, we occupy a soil which, be
sides a rare adaptedness of configuration, fur
nishes to us at every onward stage of our pro
gress the physical means of continuing that pro
gress. All the materials that enter into the ex
ternal construction of a city lie directly beneath
our feet or close to our hands. The more we
build, therefore, the more we multiply our fa
cilities for building. Climatically, being alike
remote from the putrid miasma that poisons,
and the chilling blasts that congeal, and the
torrid heaU that dry up the fountains of health,
we inhale the genial breezes aud dwell beneath
the moderate skies which are at once most r
ducive to the enloyment and prolongation of
life. Under such happy au;piees wo cannot
help but increase constantly and rapidly both In
numbers and extent, and it is assuming little Hi
sny that, if wo are equal to our fortuue, before
the close of the current century we shall ount
more people d selling in more and better house 3
and spreading over a wider surface, than can be
found in any other American metropolis.
It we nre equal to our fortune f The questioa
seems to imfly a doubU amf. In fact, is so In
tended. With ample opportunities of obserya-
nun, i uu uui iic-urtii- ui uiiiiiu mm u moro
honest, upright, intelligent, enlightened, and
iiiu'iniiiuuB lumiiiiinuy man uiut muuiueu in .
our borders does not exist; but it must licowlso
be admitted that. In recent years, whether it bo
from the ovrr-caution inspired by tho failure of
successive experiments, or trom a deficiency In
combined and concentrated effort, or from soma
inexplicable cause, we have not made lnstaut or
suflicicnt nse of the natural superiorities of our
position. While we deliberate, it not unfre
quently happens that others act, and thus we ,
"lone the good we ofl might win,
.' By fearing to attempt."
'5 Let me not be understood as applying this
censure to our municipal legislation. 1 know
that in relereuce to all great public works that
legislation has always been generous, and at
times, in tho estimation ot some, even prodigal.
Nor would I on such an occasion Intnnato what .
may have tho appearance of complaint, did I
.not believe that in calling me to this station my
fellow -citizens had no wish that I should suspend '
the functiou 1 have so lung exorcised of speaking .
to them frankly and freely on all matters which
concern tho general welfare. - -
Ihe triuniphunt close of the war waged In
Ochalf of tho national. Integrity, along with its
glorious vindication of the cardinal prinobples
of freedom and humanity, has brought novel
and startling commercial consequences. ' The
shock ot four years' desperate conflict disturbed,
many' well-conipacted business arrangements.
While tho foundations of the great deep were
loosed, fill its waters underwent violent commo
tion and change. But, whatever . may be the
direction of the waves hereafter, tho volume
will be magnified rather than diminished. Even
now, amid tho confusions of this transitional
period, it is maniiest that in all Its parts, east
and west, north and south, the United States
will be stirred into unprecedented activities.
All the industries which the wants of tho Gov
ernment stimulated, while tho conflict lasted,
will be quickened into more bounding vitality
by the larger and not less pressing wants of a
reunited people. Whatever the labor of the
country can supply will bo m constant demand,
and trade and traflic of every description will
swell beyond all former dimensious. This state
of things will inevitably lead to earnest corapo-
tiiiou among the principal centres ot business,
and thev who bring to the cocte't thecompletest,
equipments, and sustain themselves wilh the
slightest faltering.- will win the chiefest prizes.
In such a race as this, without in any degree
disparaging tho merits of her rivals, Philuuol
phla should be at least among the foremost. As
a manufacturing centie. in tho variety, excel
lence, and cheapness ol her productions; in her
immense and well-regulated establis'iraeuts; In
the educated skill, aud the prosperous lives ot
her working clashes, she has distanced compe
tition; while the opportunities she possesses lor
easy communications both inland and foreign,
if iudiciouely improved, would muke her not less
supreme as a distributing centre. It is true,
gentlemen, that officially neither you nor myself
can do much immediately to prouvote this desira
ble consummation; but incidentally wo may aid
sensibly in its accomnlishme By perfecting,
to the extent ot our authority, whatever mea
sures may be calculated to enhanao the whole
somcness of the city, and the comfort of its in-
hnhirnntfl! hv r.Mi-rvirwr ,i fhrt fmt.hrwt hnnnitariae
of its built-up portions tne blessings of abundant
light and pure witer; by mukiug intercourse
bet seen its broadly separated sections inexpen
sive and frequent; by a rigid euforcement of all,
provisions intended to maiutain tho tranquili ty,
and protect the persons and property ot its citi
zens by a laithiul discharge of our duty in these
and similar particulars, we shall help forward
the grander movements which lio boyond our
. . .. .....
in all that we oo, gentlemen, whether for tho
conservation of what Is, or tho development ot
what is yet to be, we shall, I am confident, be
guided by a spirit ot economy. Our burdens
are already heavy to bo borne, and you will, as I
will, strive to lesien rather than add to their
weight. No useless outlay should be incurred,
but, on the contrary, wherever retrenchment is
practicable, there retrenchment should bo prac
tised. But we must rot forgot that, in public as
in piivate atlairs, parsimony -is not always nor
ut'tt-n ecouomy. A great city, if it would con- .
tin ne to be great, must have all proper appoint
ments and rurrouudings; . must . support, at
suitable cost, the machinery of public instruc-.
tion; must cherish kindly its "alillcted poor, and
punish sternly its convicted criminals; must
provide, and not too narrowly, places of out
door recieation for its less fortunate denizens;
and must see that its servants are fully paid, so
that in return it may, as it always should, exact
the fullest service. And, gentlemen, while In
your sphere, so tar as the powers delegated to
you permit, by discreet and liberal' legislation,
you achieve what is useful and advance what is
ornamental; and I, in mine, so far as the
agencies I am provided with enable me te do
so, compel an impartial observance of the laws,
then if, through any supineuess or neglect, which
I will not allow myself to appiehend, Philadel
phia fails to reach tht lo I ty station .to which,
she is entitled, before the tribunal of our con
sciences we shall stand acquitted of all com
plicity. Tho address was repeatedly interrupted wPb.
loud applause. After its delivery the Conven
tion was declared adjourned.
Coroner's Report lor 1805. '
The following is a statement of tho number of
inquests held by William Taylor, Coroner of the
cty of Philadelphia, during the year 1865, with
the character ot the cases, amount of fees, etc
compiled from the official records kept in his
During the year 18C5, 031 inquests were held
at a cost of $10,707-75. The whole number in
each month, with the cost-for fees, etc.. are as
lollows : '
The number of murder cases was 22 viz. '
Andrew Molarity, stubbed by William Hopkins
January 15, on board tho United States steaner
Jiiimuda. Hopkins was convicted ot murder
in the first degree.
Thomas Wilson, killed by John nart by beat
ing him with a shovel, at the Philadelphia Gai
Works, lebruary 5. Hart was convicted of
Thomas. White, shot, as alleged, by Georgo
Miller, February 19, in Cullen street, above
Seventh. Miller was acquitted.
William, Walker, killed hy unknown persons by
beating, February 22, opposite Chesnut Hill Has
piiui Margaret Smith shot by her husband, Adolphuf
Smith, March , at No. 623 Shlppen street- con
victed of murder In the second degree '
Gertrude Hancock, shot by Corporal Bigiranl
while pursuing a deserter, March 13, near Fourth
and Noble streets; discharged.
Frederick : Eversbacic, killed by his wire Ernej
tine Lyersback by beating him with a poker!
Knight's court, Kinth Ward? May 2. Mrs. Ever
back subsequently committed suicide by imn
tag rom the window of the Ponnrylvania Hos
pital where she was under treatment for wounds
received in the encounter. uu"
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