Mr. Scott said that the ordinance gave the Council the right to reduce the number of commanders to four, at any time.
Mr. Grattan said that the Council could only proceed to remove two of the commanders now; but it a commander was to be elected at this time, it would be wholly unsavory.
On motion of Mr. Burr, the ordinance was again reconsidered, and further amended so as to obviate the difficulty, and, as amended, passed.
The Council then proceeded to the election.
Lewis Barnes was elected Chief Engineer.
Some discussion ensued as to the mode of voting for the commanders of companies, in the course of which the efficiency of all the old officers was alluded to in night terms.
It was determined to vote for the four at once, and the six old commanders were placed in nomination.
The following is the result:
A Charters--11 votes.
Thos. Clemmitt--11 votes.
John T. Rogers--8 votes.
Wm. S. Weed--6 votes.
C. A. Brockmeyer--5 votes.