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City Council.

--The following business occupied the attention of this body, in called session, yesterday morning:

Mr. Denoon presented a petition from William H. Davis asking the privilege of attaching a turnout on the Fredericksburg railroad, on Broad street, to a wood-yard which he has established on the corner of Second and Broad streets. Referred to the Committee on Streets.

Mr. Scott offered a resolution having for its object the adoption of some measures for bringing fuel into the city for sale to the citizens at reduced prices. Referred to a Special Committee on Fuel, consisting of Messrs. Scott, Denoon and Stokes.

A communication was presented by Mr. Hill, from John G. Taurman, offering to furnish eight thousand bushels of coal for the use of the citizens at thirty-six dollars per load, and asking the assistance of the Council in procuring a detail from the military service of A. P. Deitrich to superintend his coal mines. Mr. Taurman further states that if the price of transportation can be reduced the coal will be brought down still lower. If proper arrangements can be effected with the Confederate Government, Mr. Taurman will furnish an unlimited supply of good lump coal to our citizens at less than half the price which is now asked for it. Referred to the Committee on Fuel.

The following report from the Finance Committee was adopted:

‘ "Reducing the tax imposed upon the James River and Kanawha Canal Company from $1,600 to $1,000; refusing to reduce a tax imposed upon Henry Smith for retailing ardent spirits; remitting a tax of $250, erroneously imposed upon Ed. W. Tompkins; allowing the City Collector three per centum commission for collections made, instead of one and a half per centum, heretofore allowed."

’ A long and general discussion ensued between various members of the Council with reference to a change in the present tax bill.

The following resolution, offered by Mr. Burr, was adopted:

"Resolved, That the Chamberlain be empowered to make the transfer of any stocks held by the city, and sold under direction of the Finance Committee."

A resolution, offered by Mr. Burr, was adopted, appropriating $30,000 out of any funds in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, subject to the order of the Overseers of the Poor, for the purpose of paying for the supplies purchased by them.

Council adjourned.

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