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City Council.

--A regular monthly meeting of the Council was held in the Council Chamber yesterday afternoon, at 4 o'clock. Present, Messrs. Saunders, Hill, Burr, Scott, Howison, Griffin, Crutchfield, Richardson, Greanor, Denoon, Haskins and Grattan. Absent, Messrs. Glazebrook, (sick,) Anderson and Talbott.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

Col. Haskins, from the Commissioners of Streets, reported that they had obtained the condemnation of John Purcell's property, for opening 10th street, north of Clay, at the price of $1,755. The report was approved and adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hill, the Committee on Police was instructed to bring in an ordinance empowering the Mayor to prevent the influx and settlement in the city of all paupers, vagrants, persons who have no visible means of support, and those whose presence may be dangerous to the peace of the city; and to defray the expenses thus incurred out of the Secret Police Fund.

Mr. Grattan offered a resolution, which was adopted, appropriating the sum of $1,000 to the relief of the poor of the city, to be paid to the agency of the Ladies' Union Benevolent Association of Richmond, at any time after the 1st of January.

Mr. Grattan, from the Committee to whom was referred the petition of the Richmond Railway Company, asking an amendment to their charter, asked to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject, the Company having determined to proceed at once with the work.

Mr. Hill offered a resolution, which was adopted, "That the Committee on the Fire Department be and are hereby instructed to retain in the service of the city, as a temporary organization, until the further order of the Council; the two companies of the late Fire Brigade which were disbanded under the recent ordinance reducing that Brigade — and to make such regulations with regard to the pay and duties and other matters pertaining to this temporary force as they may deem expedient, and report their action to the Council."

On motion of Mr. Grattan, the Council agreed to meet on Monday next, to take up the amended City Charter.

The Mayor nominated the following persons as police officers, and they were unanimously re-elected:

Reuben T. Seal, 1st officer; Edwin H. Chalkley, 2d; Benj. M. Morris, 3d; Wm. N. Kelly, 4th; Augustus D. Quarles, 5th; Jno. R. Blankinship, 6th; Walter T. Bibb, 7th; and Wm. B. Page, 8th.

For Lieutenants of the Night Watch:

Gervas S. Truehart, 1st; Lewis M. Carter, 2d; Caleb Crone, 3d.

On motion, Washington Gill was re-elected City Engineer.

Luther R. Reins was elected Keeper of the Powder Magazine.

Robert H. Higgins was re-elected Overseer of the City Hands.

Wm. J. Epps was re-elected Messenger of the Council.

Messrs. Wm. H. Richardson, A. Y. Stokes and Wm. Palmer were re-elected Committee on the Old Church Square.

The Coroner's report from the 1st of June to the 1st of December was presented. The Coroner examined eighteen bodies during that period. His bill for services rendered, over and above the sum collected by him, was $75.

After other unimportant business, the Council adjourned.

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