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City Council

--A regular meeting of the Council was held yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

The minutes of the preceding meetings for the month of July were read and approved.

Mr. Hill submitted a report from the Committee on the Gas Works, setting forth an exhibit of the receipts and expenditures, in which it was shown that the works failed to the extent of over one hundred thousand dollars towards paying its expenses.

Mr. Denoon, from the Committee on the Water Works, presented a report and resolution asking an increase of fifty per cent. on the present water rates, which were adopted.

A petition presented by Mr. Crutchfield from certain officers of the city government, asking permission to purchase supplies from the city supply store, was referred to the Committee on Supplies.

Mr. Crutchfield also presented a petition signed by a large number of citizens, asking that some plan be adopted to regulate the weight of bread sold by the bakers. According to an actual calculation made, each barrel of flour made up by the bakers yielded a profit of from three to four hundred dollars. It was well ascertained that they obtained their flour at from $250 to $325 per barrel, whereas seven hundredloaves of bread was the average yield per barrel. Mr. C. said these facts were established beyond a doubt, and he defied contradiction from those interested. The petition was referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs Crutchfield, Griffin, and Stokes.

A petition was presented by Mr. Glazebrook from Colin Bass, Superintendent of the Virginia Penitentiary, asking that the city furnish to that institution any surplus amount of salt they may have on hand, at the price formerly asked of the citizens.--Referred to the Committee on Salt.

A resolution was offered by Mr. Hill, and returned to the Committee on Supplies, asking that said committee be authorized to make such provisions as will secure supplies for the citizens of Richmond at reduced prices. The mover of the resolution presented strong argument in favor of his resolution, and asserted that several responsible parties were disposed to undertake the job of furnishing beef and other fresh meats to the citizens at $2.50 to $3 per pound, whilst we were now compelled to pay six dollars for a vastly inferior article. In his opinion, if something was not done, beef would soon be ten instead of six dollars per pound.

A petition offered by Mr. Griffin from Joseph Hall, deputy jailor, asking that he be allowed $1,200 additional for exacting from the prisoners before they are confined in jail every article of value, save clothing, in their possession, was laid on the table.

Mr. Walker presented a petition, signed by over seven hundred citizens of Richmond, asking that Capt James B Pleasants, recently removed by the Council from the head of the City Watch, be reinstated. Afthe reading of this document, Mr. W made an elaborate argument in its favor. He pronounced the offence of Capt. R, If it could be considered an offence at all, a trivial one, and demanded to know who was the informant against him. It was done, he said, by one John J Green, of New Kent, whom the Council had unanimously rejected for a position in the police, after he had been recommended by the Mayor.--Subsequently, however, the Mayor had arrogated to himself the right to appoint said Green as his private secretary, a position which had heretofore been performed by some member of the day police. Justice to Capt P, and a proper regard for the wishes of the people, demanded that speedy action should be had in the matter, and he hoped that whatever the Council proposed doing would be promptly done.

After some little debate the subject was referred to the Committee on the Police.

Some other unimportant business was transacted, after which the Council adjourned.

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