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Affairs in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia which could be found will be found below:

Laying of a corner-stone — suit for damages — death of a Naval officer, &c.

The corner-stone of the Bard Orphan Asylum of St. Stephen's Church was laid yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of spectators. The ceremonies were conducted by the Right Rev. Alonzo Potter, Ll. D., Bishop Hopkins of Vermont, and Rev. Dr. Bucachet, of St. Stephen's Church.

Messrs Matthews & Moore, at Bush Hill, have succeeded in cashing twenty-two large size Columbiads, for use at Washington, and hereafter one will be cast each day, until the new furnace is completed, when the force will be increased sufficiently to produce two daily.

Wm. A. Hodgson, publisher of the Jeffersonian newspaper, the type and other materials of which were taken possession of at West Chester by Marshal Milward and his deputies, by order of United States District Attorney Coffee, has commenced a suit for damages against the Marshal and his deputies for trespass.

Commander Wm. S. Young, of the U.S. Navy, died in Philadelphia on the 17th inst. He was a native of the District of Columbia, from which he was appointed on March 1st, 1827.

An officer connected with one of the encampments near the city, was charged before Alderman Beltler, yesterday, with highway robbery.

The new gunboat Itasca and Sciota, now at the wharf of I. P. Morris & Co., Port Richmond, will soon be ready for sea, the machinery for the Itasca being nearly in place, and the machinery for the other will be ready for trial in about two weeks. The engines now on board of these vessels are known as back-action marine engines, their peculiar construction enabling their builder to put them in a very small space, occupying, as they do, but 10 by 13 feet in the hold. The cylinders, two in number, are 30 inches in diameter, 18 inches stroke, and calculated to make 100 revolutions per minute. Each vessel has two patent tubular boilers, that occupy a space of 12 by 17 feet, leaving room on each side for coal bunkers. The screw propellers are of brass, 9 feet in diameter, and weigh 3,000 pounds each. The engines are about 400 horse power, and it is calculated the vessel will make from ten to twelve miles per hour. The gunboat Tahoma, which was built at Wilmington, Del., and is now at the iron works of Reaney & Son, at Chester, will soon be completed, steam having been applied to her machinery on Saturday.

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