Happenings in Brooklyn City 1853

Roman Catholic's Orphan Asylum

The ladies of the Catholic Churches in this City, assembled a few evenings since, and determined to hold a Fair for the Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum of the City of Brooklyn. The Fair will be held at Montague Hall, during Easter week, commencing on Easter Monday. The ladies and directors appeal with confidence to the citizens generally to aid them in this laudable effort.

They will be grateful for any contribution that may be offered. Destitute children are taken from the schools and placed in this Institution, and brought up to be useful members of society. There are at the present time in this place, 164 children, and the recent enlargement of the building, affords ample room to accommodate an increased number. Any contributions can be left at the Female Asylum, in Congress street, or at the Boys Asylum, corner of Clinton and Congress streets.

A Child Restored To Its Mother

We mentioned a few days since of Mrs. Mary Jane Cooper, of New York, claiming a child in possession of Angelina Styles, a woman in jail in this City, for being concerned with the burglars recently arrested in Philadelphia and brought to Brooklyn. The case was decided by Judge Greenwood, in favor of Mrs. Cooper, who it appears is the mother, on Wednesday last. The child is about six years of age, and at its birth, the mother then being unable to take care of it, was placed in the charge of Mrs. Styles, who has retained it ever since. The parting scene between the child and Mrs. S., was truly affecting, showing that all the finer feelings of her woman's nature had not been calloused by the source of life which she has led.

Episcopal Church

We understand there is a church in Brooklyn where a difference of opinion exists between the Rector and the Vestry. The latter have requested the former to resign, on the ground of general inefficiency, while the former refuses to recognize their right to interrogate him. The consequence is, there being no funds in the treasury, the Vestry refuses to supply the sinews of war, and in the mean time, have referred the whole matter tot he Bishop. It has since oozed out that the Rector and his friends have determined to refuse any compromise, and consequently the Vestry and their friends will secede, and, if our correspondent be right informed, are already contemplating forming a Joint Stock Company, for the purpose of building a new church, at a cost of $30,000.

A Memorial

A memorial to the State Legislature is in circulation for signatures on Long island, asking the protection of that body against the wrong about to be done to the inhabitants and property of the Island by the recent ordinance passed in Brooklyn, prohibiting the use of steam on the Long island Railroad within that city. The memorial, we understand, is very generally signed.

New Bank

It is stated that a new Banking Institution is about to be established in South Brooklyn, at the junction of Hamilton-avenue and Union-street to be called the Hamilton Bank. At this junction a large brick building has been erected, the upper part of which is intended for a first class hotel.

Long island Railroad

The trains on this road have been interrupted for several days past, on account of the great quantity of snow drifted upon the road. At some points the snow is five feet deep. The worst place is Southhold, near the lower part of the Island.

Death of An Old Teacher

Mr. Cyrus Bell, of this city, died on Wednesday last at the advanced age of 80 years. The deceased was one of the early settlers of Brooklyn, and for many years a successful teacher. Throughout his long life he bore a character above reproach.

New Line of Stages

A new line of omnibuses is about to be placed on the road between Jamaica and John H. Snediner, to connect with the lines already established between the latter place, Brooklyn and Williamsburg.


Judge Barculo will hold a Special Term of the Supreme Court in the City Hall, Brooklyn, on Monday next, at which time the Law Calendar will be taken up, and motions of every kind heard. At the February Circuit no contested motions will be heard.

Water For Brooklyn

His Honor Mayor Lambert and other Brooklyn officials, we learn, are at Albany, attending to the interests of this city, particularly the Water bill.


A servant in the family of Mr. John Benson, Front street, while walking in Washington, near York-street, on Wednesday evening, was run against by a sled on which boys were coasting in Washington street, knocked down, and by the fall broke one of her arms. She was taken to the Second District Police Station-house, where Dr. Gilfillan was called in, and after dressing the injured part she was conveyed home by the police.

A lady was knocked down in Johnson street last evening, in a similar manner, but escaped with a few bruises.

Gone Back For Trial

Tyrril, arrested in this city last week, by the Third District Police, charged with stealing $190 in Suffolk County, started for Riverhead yesterday, accompanied by two officers from that county, to be committed for trial. The accused states that he concealed the money near the place whence it was stolen, and will restore it as soon as he returns to the place.

Unnatural Conduct.

A man and his wife, named Young, who have recently resided at No. 17 State street, were arrested and committed yesterday, on the Coroner's warrant, charging them with causing the death of a child of theirs through neglect. The corpse laid in the house five days before coming to the knowledge of the Coroner.

Stealing Harness

A negro, well known in this vicinity by the name of Light, was arrested yesterday, by the First District Police, for stealing a set of harness from Mr. Wood, in Middagh-street. he was committed to answer.


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Article Name: Happenings in Brooklyn City 1853
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New York Daily Times Jan. 21, 1853 p.6 (1 page)
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