No military authority.
--Many persons seem to suppose that the Mayor
of the city has unlimited power within his jurisdiction and can arrest or discharge parties at his pleasure.
If a parent has a disobedient child the Mayor
is expected to reform him. If a family is cursed with an unruly servant the Mayor
is called upon to apply the corrective.
Two fish women get into a quarrel, and forthwith the Mayor
is appealed to as umpire.
Of course be is expected to keep all private lots clean, the side walks in good order, the gaslights bright and turning, and some of the militia officers think be ought to arrest all skulkers and dodgers and send them to their commands.
At the request of the Mayor
, we beg leave to say that his duties are conflicted to the execution of the city ordnances and the laws of the State
These occupy all his time, and keep him very busy.
With military matters he has nothing to do, save as an individual, and with private affairs he has no idea of meddling.