A History of the City of Brooklyn: Including the Old Town and Village of Brooklyn, the Town of Bushwick, and the Village and City of Williamsburgh, Volume 2

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Page 266 - MURPHY was, soon after, appointed Attorney and Counsel to the Corporation of his native city, and, consequently, became familiar with the nature and operation of municipal corporations generally. In 1842, he was elected Mayor of Brooklyn. During his administration, he introduced a system of retrenchment, which actually kept the expenditures of that city within its income. He commenced this retrenchment by the reduction of his own salary. Before the expiration of his term of office as Mayor, he was...
Page 231 - It is supposed that the rotten state of the vessel, making her timbers give way easily, rendered the destruction greater than if she had been new and sound. " Midshipman Eckford was standing in the starboard gangway, and was strangely tumbled to the inside, instead of being blown out upon the platform. He was then caught under one of the beams, where he hung fast by one leg. " While he hung in this painful condition, not a groan, nor a complaint, nor a word of supplication escaped him. His cheek...
Page 229 - The sen. tinel upon the bridge received no wound whatever, and continued to perform his duty after the accident, as unconcerned as though nothing had happened. The sentinel on board the ship was less fortunate, and escaped with merely (a light accident on such occasions) a broken leg. There were attached to the...
Page 31 - York in the act to amend the act entitled " an Act to incorporate and vest certain powers in the freeholders and inhabitants of the village of Brooklyn in the County of Kings...
Page 17 - Beginning at the public landing, south of Pierpont's distillery, formerly the property of Philip Livingston, deceased, on the East river, thence running along the public road leading from said landing to its intersection with Red Hook lane ; thence along said Red Hook lane to where it intersects the Jamaica Turnpike road ; thence a north-east course to the head of the Wallabought mill-pond ; thence through the centre of said mill-pond to the East river to the place of beginning, shall continue to...
Page 229 - Fulton, was not at all disturbed by the report of the explosion, and was not aware of the occurrence. until he was told of it after he awoke. The Fulton is a complete wreck ; the bow being destroyed nearly to the water, and the whole of this immense vessel. whose sides were more than four feet thick, and all other parts of corresponding strength — is now lying an entire heap of ruins, burst asunder in all parts, and aground at the spot where she was moored. Although she was but 200 yards from the...
Page 231 - ... immense thickness, and the whole frame, was, when built, probably the strongest of the kind ever constructed. But the timbers had now become very rotten, and the whole hulk was, as it were, kept together by its own weight. It is supposed that the rotten state of the vessel, making her timbers give away easily, rendered the destruction greater than if she had been new and sound.
Page 479 - York is also hereby excepted from the provisions of the act entitled an act to create a Metropolitan Sanitary District and Board of Health therein for the preservation of life and health, and to prevent...
Page 103 - Jacob Hicks, whose house is just visible on the corner of Main Street, was "brought to a halt" goose in hand; and after he had been sketched, politely sent the goose as a present to the painter, that he might "sketch the fowl more deliberately, and eat him afterward.
Page 229 - Fulton has ever since the war been occupied as a receiving ship, and was moored within two hundred yards of the shore. The magazine was in the bow of the ship, and contained at the time of the explosion but three barrels of damaged powder. The explosion was not louder than that produced by the discharge of a single cannon ; and many persons in the navy.yard supposed the report to have proceeded from such a source, until they saw the immense column of smoke arising from the vessel. Others about the...

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