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City Council.

--A called meeting of this body was held Monday at the City Hall.

Rise in the Price of Gas.--The gas ordinance was altered as follows:

The 26th section to read that ‘½With the exception of what is used in the street lamps, or in a building, or upon land belonging to the city, gas shall never be furnished without charge therefore. It may be furnished at $2 per 1,000 feet to any association or benevolent institution as the Council may, by resolution, declare entitled to receive it at that rate, in consideration of the public benefits conferred by such association or institution. But the supply of gas to every other person shall be upon condition of his paying therefore at the rate of $3.50 for every 1,000 feet, to be ascertained as prescribed by the preceding section. The committee or the Superintendent, in any case wherein he or they deem such precaution proper to secure the city against lost, may require the deposit of a sum in advance, or other security, to insure the payment of what will become due for gas. Payment for gas shall be quarterly, by all persons except those who, by the Superintendent, may be required to pay monthly or oftener. ½’

The 29th section to read: ‘½From the amount of the bill for gas of a consumer, paying quarterly or oftener, there shall be a deduction of five per cent: Provided, That in either case the residue of the bill be paid to the Chamberlain, at his office, within five days next after its presentment, and before 3 o'clock P. M. If a bill for gas or service pipe, or anything else, which is furnished from the works in connection with the supply of gas, shall remain unpaid for ten days next after that on which it is presented, the Auditor shall notify the Superintendent, who shall cause the gas to be stopped from the premises in respect to which the default exists, and not allow it to be used on those premises again until such bill is paid.½’

Interments in the Shockoe Hill Cemetery.--From a report of interments in Shockoe Hill Burying-ground for the quarter ending Oct. 31, 1862, it appears that there were buried during that time 291 white males; 82 white females; 11 still-born. Total 384. Of negroes, during the same time there were interred 102 males, 79 females, and 8 still born. Total 189.

Increase of Salaries of City Officers.--Mr. Denoon, chairman of the committee appointed to raise the salaries of certain persons in the employ of the city, reported a resolution increasing the salaries of the following officers: Messenger of the Council, $1,000; Overseer of City Hands, $1,000; Clerk of the First Market, $1,400; Clerk of the Second Market, $1,300; 1st Day Police Officer, $1,200; ten others, $1,000 each; Captain of the Night Watch, $1,200; three Lieutenants, $1,000 each; Night Watch, each $2.50 per night; Engineer Cities Steam- Engine, $1,000; Fireman, $700; Ostler, $700.

The Council passed a resolution allowing Cox & Brother and Boyle & Gamble to get each two loads of coke from the City Gas Works per week, on paying therefore thirty cents per bushel.

The bonds of James P. Tyler, Clerk of the 2d Market, and of Samuel Ellis, Clerk of the 1st Market, were submitted and the security approved.

Mr. Scott offered a resolution that the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expediency of increasing the percentage allowed the City Collector.

A resolution was adopted appointing a committee to make arrangements to receive and distribute the salt received from the State agent, and authorizing the President of the Council to draw upon the Auditor for funds to pay for the same.

Richard Fox, City Ganger, was authorized to charge 25 cents per cask for gauging or marking spirituous liquors, wine, oil, molasses, vinegar, spirits of turpentine or burning fluid.

Petitions were presented from James Webster, Peter Lawson, Jr., and I. Irvin, asking to be licensed as butchers in the 2d Market.

A bill of J. H. Gary, of $40, for making a handrailing in the Hustings Court-room, certified by the Court, was ordered to be paid; also, the bill of Dr. P. W. Brown, of $61, for medical attendance on Sam Patch, a free negro, James Coyne, white, and others, wounded and arrested by the police.

A communication was made to the Council by Thomas T. Giles, enclosing one from Henry Exall, notifying him that 100 benches belonging to the city were in the basement of the Mechanics' Hall, and that they would sell for more than they cost. Mr. Giles states that the benches, or settees, ‘½are very much in the way,½’ and suggests that they be stowed elsewhere, or directed to be sold, in accordance with the recommendation of Mr. Exall.

A petition was presented from W. W. Parker Captain of light artillery, asking the city for 30 blankets and 20 overcoats for his company. Referred to the Committee on Arms.

A resolution was passed that the fuel purchased for the benefit of the poor by the Committee on Fuel be turned over to the Union Female Benevolent Society for distribution.

Adjourned to meet next Monday at 4 o'clock P. M.

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