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irjcrtrklgit ailg gk This Paper ha the Largest Circnlatlon ol any Evening Popw published In the United Stair, n Value a an Advertising medium is there - ten apparent. THURSDAY, AUGUST 2. A Trip to Greenport on the Long Island Railroad. JV number of gentlemen proceeded from this City to Greenport yesterday iu a special train of the Long Island Railroad, In acceptance) of an invitation extended by the company. The Legislative branch of the city government as represented by Aid. Barnard, President of the Common Council, and sotno twenty - five nicmlcrs of that body. Of the executive detriment there wore present Comptroller Lkwis, Auditor North - hup, Tax Collector Woon, and J. M. Perry Oommisslonor of Repairs. The Chief of Police and several of his aids joined the party. Among the other guests were Hons. J. Greenwood, N. B. Morse, II. A. Mooie, John Dikeman and several prominent members of the Bar, Ex - Mayor Talmaoe, Taos. J. Gerald, J. A. Dayton, R. C - Brainard, Esqrs., and many of ourmost distinguished, and inflnential citizens were present. The Press of tbo consolidated city was liberally represented, and the ' - recording angels" were on band to chronicle such notable events as might distinguish the occasion. It seemed as if all the official dlgnitreies of the city had vacated their posts of duty for the day, and Brooklyn might feol that so much of her glory and dignity as were embodied in her municipal representatives bad departed from her. Sheriff Lott and sovcr - members of the Board of .Supervisors wero also in attendance. The time of departure being eight o'clock, A. M., the party assembled at that hour, at the depot at the South ferry and took their scats in the cars three first - class passenger cars being in readiness and few seats wore vacant when the large.party had assembled. Having arrrived at Bedford an addition was made to the company, that being the most convenient point for some of the invited guests to meet the train. The morning appeared cloudy and threatened to interfere with the pleasure of the excursion, but as the day advanced the atmosphere cleared up, and by the time the train was fairly started a clear sky and brilliant 6unshine brightened the aspect of the scenery along the route. The fields were waving with golden grain and nodding with red clover, where herds browsed m luxuriant indolence ; the farmers were engaged in harvesting operations which seemed to progress favorably, none of the iil effects of the late rains being anywhere visible The cars being propelled by an engine of great power and Telocity, dashed along like Childe Harold's ship, which was so ' "Staunch and strong, The flcotest falcon scarce could fly More merrily along.'' On portions of the route a rate or speed amounting to upwards of fifty miles an hour was attained. The . cars stopped at the various stations along the route to enable the gentlemen to witness the improvements which have recently sprung up along the line of the railway, chiefly in consequence of the facilities it affords for communicating with Brooklyn and New York. The cars Stopped at Deer Park, the residence of Mr. Wilson, who purchased a tract of land, some years sinco, consisting of some five hundred acres, which was covered with dwarfish shrubbery, and commenced a series of improvements, which have resulted most satisfactorily. Mr. Wilson erected an elegant country residence, with the necessary farm buildings ; lie also brought some fifty acres of ground under cultivation, and its fertili. fcy has more than answered his expectations. It was purchased at .$'5 an aero, and the market value of the improved portion of it is now no Jess than 8100. Much of the soil of Long Island possesses manv of the natural elements of fertility, and would auiplay repay the expenditure of capital laid ou in its cultivation. As the road traverses the most barren part of the Island, a considerable portion o1 the soil along the line of march seems composed of sand and other sllclous compounds, laid out as pasturage for grasshoppers. Occasional efforts at vegetation were visible in the shape of stunted weeds and consumptive - looking huckleberry bushes. Other portions of the soil are more fertile, and bore evidence of productiveness In the weighty crops which waved before the breeze and promised to recompense the efforts the husbandman. The Long Island Railroad has done more to open up the capabilities of the Is land, and lead to the investment of capital in Hs improvement since its establishment than ould be accomplished In a century hy any other means. A few miles more brought the company to Lakeland, a flourishing village, containing about a hundred dwellings, and rejoicing in a handsome and agreeable location. About 15,000 acres of land was purchased in this neighborhood some years ago by Mr. Chas. Wood, of New Tork, and under his auspices the improvements now discernible have been made. School houses, sawmills and other Yankee institutions are either established or being established. Onr party were invited to visit the lake from which the village takes its name, and which is situated about a mile distant ; a number of wagons being in wailing, into which the gentlemen scrambled promiscuously, the numbers exceeding tho accommodation of the vehicles considerably. The wagons had been constructed before springs and elasticity had been connected with that branch of art, and as the way was rough and stony, the scat "as as comfortable as a fusion ofbroken glass or tn penny nails. However, the exercise of a little stoical fortitude brought us at last to the summit of the eminence from which the lake bursts upon the iew. It is a really beautiful sheet of water embosomed in the centre of picturesque woods which are mirrored in its pellucid bosom as they wave upon its banks. A Mr. Wild of New York isnt present erecting a large summer lioarding house on the bank of the lake and a more appropriate place for Invalids or quiet lovers of nature to spend the heated term of summer could not well bo imagined : for in the language of the poet, "If there - .ouce to be found in tin, world, A heart that is humble might hope for it here." The beauty and attraction of the locality ought to be sufficient to draw summer visitors from all parts of the country. If this lako was situated in Switzerland or Arabia our travellers would cross tho Alps or the Isthmus of Suez to obtain a view of it, but whoreas it is only a fow hours travel from our own doors few of our citizens care to exploro the beauties of tho vicinity. Summer tourists in search of tho picturesque, the romantic and tho beautiful should pay a visit to Lakeland. Returning from tho lako a lunch was served up, which was partaken of with admirable zost, the drive In tho inelastic wagons, which we would recommend to dyspeptic patients as a sovereign balsam for their ills, having whetted tho "hungry edge of appetite" and given to tho excellent viands provided in great abundance a double relish. The party having once more entered tho cars and the iron hoiso being trotted out wo proceeded to Grcenport without encountering any notable adventure. One or two slight incidents occurred sufficient to vary tho monotony of the trip. When near Riverhead the roar car of the train became detached and was left behind. The engine was reversed, the train was backed, and the car once nioro hitched on and the trip resumed. Ono of the Aldermen, while standing on tin.' platform, had tho misfortune to lose his hat which was Mown off, and as there is no law to provide for the capture and restoration of fugi tivo hats, the chapcau was pormittod to take its departure by above - ground or under - ground railroad, as tho breeze might direct. Had there been a brick in the hat, its specific gravity might have caused it to drop off, but its proprietor be ing a strictly temperance man forbids that sup position. The party arrived at Qrecnport about half past one o'clock, and repaired to the Pccon - ic House, where an elegant and sumptuous dinner awaited their approach. It is needless to say that ample justice was done to the good things of tho table, which were discussed with marvellous dispatch. Dinner over the excursionists distributed them selves throughout the village to inspect its at tractions and the beauty of its environs, The Peconic House is a fine, commodious hotel, and seems to be crowded with fashionable boarders, who have sought Greenport in preference to Saratoga, Newport, Cape May, or the other more celebrated watering places. The opportunities for enjoyment here are little inferior to those enjoyed by the places mentioned, and it is becom ing more and more a favorite place of summer resort. At live o'clock the party proceeded on board the Sag Harbor and Greenport steamer, for a sail in the Bay. The cool, bracing breeze, which broke the surface of the water into silvery ripples, possessed a delicious coolness after the heat of the day, and was greatly enjoyed by all present. The vessel passed Sag Harbor and steered around several of the islands which stud this part of the bay. On returning an extempore meeting was called on deck. Alderman Barnard being called upon to preside, and A. J. Spoo.nkr. Esq., being chosen Secretary, N. F. Waring, Esq., addressed tho meeting, and said that less than half a century ago there was a sign placed across Fulton street, near the ferry, informing tho public that stages were run for Hempsted, Babylon and other places between Brooklyn and Montauk. The stages were kept by Dod & Downing, and on Tuesday and Friday they carried the mails. He. started on one of the mail stages at ten o'clock on a Tuesday morning, and in three days lie reached Montauk point : now the same journey in per - fonucd in five hours. And this was accomplished by the ingenuity, the industry and perseverance of men having the interests of Long Island at heart, fine of these men was a gentleman present on this occasion, John A. Kind. When there wore grave doubts, which amounted to ccr - tiinties in some minds, whether a railroad could be constructed from Brooklyn to Jamaica. John A. King said that he would see that it was done and when the Long Island Railroad Company was smarted he was the first man to shake hands with the new company and tell them he would unite with them in the great enterprise weich has done so much for the property of Long Island. Before this company was established the produce of Long Island had to be carried across the Sound to New London and transported from that to New York and Brooklyn. The trade that passed out of our island is now kept within it. the business done by the New London people is now done on Long Island. All this we owe iu a great measure, to the energy and perseverance of the present head of that company. Jcdue Dikeman was next cal cd upon and proceeded to review the manner in which the Railroad had been conducted, and the ill - founded prejudice the company had sustained, resulting in annoyance to them and the public. He did not, hesitate to affirm that instead of complaints coming against the company ,the individuals who have made those complaints have been benefitted in the aggregate by the company more than any other part of Brooklyn. But for the Long Island Railroad company the population of Brooklyn would be one - fifth less than it is, and the taxable value of real estate in tho city one - fifth less than it is. It was within his own memory that the land around the South ferry and the rest of South Brooklyn was cultivated fields. When the company was incorporated negotiations were made to fix its location in Atlantic street. Acres could then be purchased in this vicinity for what lots cost now. The Railroad company was importuned to make its terminus at the South ferry ; and there would be no ferry there to this day but for the railroad. Passengers were taken by the railcars to a place called Paumentier's Garden, and thence to the ferry by horse power. The horses became a nuisance, and the inhabitants requested the company to run steam cars through to the ferry :'but the bill was too steep, and as the grade of the street could not bo altered, the company agreed to build the tunnel on condition of being permitted to uso steam, which permission the Common Couneil granted, at the request of the inhabitants of the street. This tunnel cost S120,000, and lie would ask in the name of common honesty if persons who have purchased property with steam on the street had any right 'o demand that steam power be driven away and tho use of horses again restored 1 As to the cry of monopoly, he w ould wish t o see the same number of gentlemen who composed this company embark an equal amount of capital in any other enterprise and be content with as scanty a return as tlioy received. Aid. Barnard being next called upon, said that in calling him to the chair thoy had constituted him Speaker of the mooting, and according to pajliamentary usage tho Speaker never has got anything to say. He felt that an expression of thanks was due to the company, whose guests they wero, for the very liboral and complete arrangements mado to secure tho comfort and en joyment of all present. The prosperity of Long Island, he said, depondod upon the railroad on which they had travelled during the day. Suffolk County was once said to bo a very benighted county, but light had been lot In upon it by tho Railroad Company. Whilo millions had been spent to build the canals in the Slate, Long Island had not been considered, and though the citizens had paid their portion of the taxes, thoy did not get a return of tho benefits of taxation by local improvements. The Island was now separated from New York and the railroad had effected tho separation. Instead of going to Now York to ballot for Congressional candidates wo have now two Senatorial Districts of our own, and the population as exhibited by tho census now taken will show, us entitled lo become a sepcratc Judicial Dis trict. Whilo we pay our sharo of the taxes for improvements in other parts of tho State, New York was endeavoring to cripple the progress of Brooklyn, as an instanco of which ho referred to the infamous harbor bill of the last session of the Legislature. Hon. J. Greenwood being next callod upon, proceoded in his usually felicitous manner to give expression to the satisaction ho felt at the happy manner in which tho excursion had passed off and the pleasure which all had experienced on the occasion. Time pressing, aud the company haviug reach ed the cars, which wero ready to start for home, further speaking was impossible, and tho follow ing resolutions were put and carried unanimous ly : fleMv&l, That the Long Island Rnilrond Com puny, bv if persevering devotion to the interests of the people ol Long Island, for n Heries of ycnin, have vindicated their claim to the public confidence mid res - poet, and .that it is the fixed policy of the city ol Brooklyn and of Lonjf Island to extend to the road i hearty ."zealous and encouraging support. Jiesolued, That the thanks of the trucsts are due to William E. Morris, Esq., the President, and tho Directors of the Road for an Excursion in all respects agreeable, and which has enabled us tho better to understand tho resources of Long Island and the importance of the Koad to their development. We cannot let the occasion pass without adding our individual testimony to the liberal and courteous spirit displayed by the company in all the arrangements of the excursion which wo hope may be regarded as the inauguration of an "era of good feeling," and the establishment of a perfect entente cordial between the company and our municipal authories ; and that the harassing and vexatious opposition which it has sustained, and which wo have deprecated from tHe first, are at an end. Opposition to steam and progress is not according to the spirit of tho age. It would better become the antediluvian, snail - paced fogyism of the year of our Lord 0001 than the enlightened century in which wo happen to exist. We shall hardly sco steam replaced by mules and Pennsylvania wagons, nor tho tele graph supplanted by the mail coach of tho olden time. The fortunes of tho L. I. Railroad arc identified with t.hn prosperity of Brooklyn, and upon its success depends the development of the internal resources of the Island. Tho Asia arrived at Halifax yesterday morning, with dates from Liverpool to the 21st ult. The intelligence she brings is of no great importance, beyond what we published yesterday. Mr. RoEBi't'K'ti motion for a vote of censure on. the Government, after being debated at great length, was thrown out in the nouso of - Commons by a majority of 107. The Palmcrston Ministry has therefore a new lease of life. The general prospects of the war wero not encouraging. The successes and losses of the Allies before Sebastopol seem to bo about equally ballanccd. The Sardinian and Turkish forces have again withdrawn from the valley of Baidar to Balaklava. The report is confirmed that the Russians have received reinforcements. Accounts from Asia stale the Russian army, under General Muraviepf, had invested Kars, while a small army corps had advanced upon Katais and was pressing the Turkish garrison of Batoum. Tho Black Warrior dis pute is at length definitely settled, the Spanish Government agreeing to pay an indemnity of a million reals. In one of the New York Courts yesterday, another decision was given, which still further limits and restricts the operation of the prohibitory law. Ono of the many persons recently arrested for being drunk, and committed in default of money to pay his fine, was taken out on habeas corpus, and discharged by Judges Oakley and Duer, on the ground that his commitment did not state where the offender was found intoxicated, By the terms of the law it must be in some 'store, grocery, lane, street, or public place.' Fatal Accident on the Hcdson Riveh Railroad A little after 10 o'clock yesterday morning as the train was on its way from Mnnlmttnnvie t0 j;evf iork, a brakemun went on top of tho cars to take off the bell rope, when coining in contact with n small bridge, lie was instantly killed. The first intimation of the accident was given by a young ludy, who seeing something red dripping down on a gentleman's coal, and supposing that the cars had been lately painted and paint running off, called his attention to it, when it was found to bo blood. The ears wore stopped, and on looking on top of one of them, the poor fellow was found lying with his brains dashed out, and dead. His name was James Fitzgerald. He resided in Albany, and leaves a wife and two children. Coroner O'Donnell hold and inquest upon the body, and the jury rendered a verdict of accidental death. Deceased was a native of Ireland. 'St years of age. Wc are requested to say that it is not the limit of the Gas Company that the lamp in front of the 5th Dint. Station house does nol give as good light as it should. The limit lies in the burners, with which tho company have nothing to do, they merely supplying the gas, it being the duty of tho city lo provide good burners, which in tlmtiustaneo has leen neglected. A New Wav to Raise Beans. A gentleman at Seneca Falls, N. Y., last spring planted some Lima beans. Not being provided with poles, he supplied their place by planting in each hill sunflowers, trimming up the stalk, bo that it served the purpose of a pole. For a time all went on well, till at length the sunflowers, growing so much faster than the beans, the latter were absolutely drawn up by the roots. f a it seated "be A to so lo to as informed; do

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 02 Aug 1855, Thu,
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