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Things in New York.

--From New York papers of the 24th inst., we extract the following items:

Wall, street went home this afternoon medicating upon another great financial fact, namely, the adoption of a resolution, at a meeting of the city banks, in favor of increasing deposits with the Government Bank Agency to the amount of $40,000,000, instead of $20,000,000, the present maximum. This proceeding will give abundant means to the Treasury Department, by extending the employment of the demand notes. The $20,000,000 of certificated, need in making exchanges at the clearing house, are about all absorbed. Some of the financial authorities point to this action of the banks as a new and irresistible proof of the tendency to expansion, of which we always hear so much, but some how or other see so little.

Gignoux's painting of Niagara was sold this morning at Stevens, Williams & Steven's, 343 Broadway. About one hundred persons were present, and the breading was not very lively. The first bid was $1,000, the second $1,050, the third $1,075, the fourth $1,100, and the fifth at $1,150 as which it was knocked down to Mr. John Butter, who purchased the picture for A. T. Stewart, Esq. The sale did not include the copyright, that being reserved by Mr. Gignoux.

Immigration has come almost to a stand still, and the figures vary but little from week to week. The number of arrivals last: week (with steamers principally) was 975, a total of 7,681 since the 1st of January a decrease of 5,630 as compared with the corresponding time last year. It is said, however, that the principal shipping houses have assurances from the Liverpool, London and Continental agencies that the business will be better as the summer advances — especially if the United States victories are likely to put an end to the civil war.

The rebel Colonel Olmstead, who commanded at Fort Pulaski, it seems, has a number of personal friends in this city, who no sooner heard of his arrival at Fort Lafayette, (per Oriental,) this morning, than they besieged the United States Marshal for permits to go down and visit him. The Marshal, however, informed them that he had no power to grant their requests, and that they had better telegraph to Secretary Seward.--Some of them did telegraph to Washington it is said, but when last heard from they had not received any response.

Three iron-cased batteries are now in course of construction at Green point for the Government. They will have two turrets each and carry a more formidable armament than the Monitor. In every other respect they will be exactly like this famous vessel. The Common Council have given the contractor permission to tense in the lower part of Coyler street to facilitate the work. The vessels will be completed in about three months.

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