Some Casual Talk On Brooklyn 1885 #6


THE BILLS BEFORE THE LEGISLATURE looking to the protection of the sources of our fish food supply do not appear to be making much progress. If they are defeated their failure will furnish a further illustration of the incompetence and worthlessness of the majority in the present session. it is of the utmost importance that immediate and thorough precautious be taken to prevent the introduction of sludge acid and other deleterious substances into the waters hereabouts, unless we are to consent that the fish shall disappear from our shores altogether. The matter is deserving of legislative attention, and neglect to act after all that has been said and written on the subject will be inexcusable. One of the measures in question provides for the better protection of the oyster crop and grounds in this vicinity. it authorizes the appointment of an oyster inspector who shall be empowered to prevent dredging for the bivalves in waters contiguous to Long Island between the 1st of may and the 1st of October. The measure further arranges for the payment of a reward for the capture of star fish, the deadliest foe of the oyster. This bill, I understand, has received approval of everyone except some of the island oystermen, who object that the restriction clause makes the season too short. They recently held a meeting on the north side and petitioned for an extension of the season in which they shall be permitted to pursue their occupation as fishers for the luscious bivalve.

THE FISH SUPPLY HAS BEEN EXCEEDINGLY BACKWARD this Spring, owing to the unseasonable weather, but the warmth and sunshine of the past week brightened the prospect for dealers and consumers, and made them happy from one end of the city to the other. The noble shad continues the favorite among our food fishes, and his course up the coast, marked by a streak of silver all the way from Florida, has been watched with much anxiety and anticipation by his epicurean admirers. Fish Commissioner Blackford says that no reliable figures showing the annual catch of shod in the North and East rivers have yet been obtained, but that he has made adequate arrangements to ascertain the exact number caught the present season. The number captured in the North River last Wednesday, according to Mr. Blackford's figures, was 2,500, and this was increased on Thursday to 8,000 and upward.

AN ALERT WESTERN JOURNALIST has made the discovery that "Brooklyn has the handsomest Mayor and the dirtiest streets of any city in the Union."

STROLLING A DAY OR TWO since into the Park Theater I met Mr. Walter Sinu, the assistant manager of the establishment, who recently returned from Florida. Mr. Sinn went South in search of health and judging from his healthy appearance and the fire in his bright blue eye, his search was entirely successful. His health is, in fact, wholly restored. Mr. Sinn speaks hopefully of the theatrical situation in Brooklyn and says that, notwithstanding the hard times, the talk of business depression and the roller skating fever, the Park Theater has more than held its own this season. With the growth of the city, he added, the theatrical business here was certain to improve and it only needed the presentation of the right form of entertainment to secure the favorable recognition of the public and all the support necessary to make the business profitable.

THE DEFEAT OF THE BILL providing for the limitation of the labor of car drivers and car conductors to twelve hours a day has made a deep impression on the working people, and the persons who engineered it will probably have a hard task in reckoning up the consequences when they next come before the voters. Assemblyman Earl, who championed the measure from the beginning, is bitterly disappointed by its failure. Of the causes which led to the defeat of the measure he said to me: "The man mainly responsible for the loss of the bill is Daggett. he played a false part in the business from start to finish. Why, when a committee representing the drivers and conductors came before him he smilingly told them that he would stand by them in and out of the Senate. He gave me his personal assurance that he was with us. In the face of t hose pledges he was found a few hours later laboring side by side with Deacon Richardson in efforts to defeat the bill. Indeed, he went boldly on the floor and worked against it. Of one thing you may be sure and that is that the laboring element will not forget the treachery of Daggett. But for his action I believe we could have pushed the bill through. If he comes up for Senator again he is pretty certain to hear something drop. Not only will the railroad employees work might and main against him but members of labor organizations generally will be united in opposition to his candidacy."


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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle April 26, 1885
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