The Record and guide (v.39no.981(Jan. 1 1887)-no.1006(June 25 1887))

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  v. 39, no. 1001: Page 697  

May 21, 1887

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Home Decorative Notes.

.^-Coarse salt scattered about the floors of closets and behind cupboards
and drawers will keep moths from harboring in such places.

_0n wall panels of boudoirs the panels marked out by gilded wood mold-
i ng-', embossed plush and striped velvet and silk and satin brocades, have
been somewhat extensively introduced of late.

—Carpets should be thoroughly beaten on the wrong side first and then
on the right side, after whieh spots may be removed by the use of ammonia
and water.

—The newest sachets are almost as large as meal bags.

—There are many beautiful articles of the toilet which are this season of
the • costliest workmanship, made in silver repousse. Each and every
bureau article, brush and comb, glove and button hook, etc., now come in
solid silver.

—Quaint old stuffs, damasks and brocades are the ITrench fancy for cov¬
ering frames, and for small cabinets in the shape of a sedan chair, with
glass shelves for displaying jewels, miniatures and small bits of rare por¬

—Yellow is the favorite color for table decoration this season, and in
consequence great attention is being given to the cultivation of yellow

—Flat round pin-cushions as large as a saucer, made of cardboard
covered with flannel, and then satia, with painted sprays of flowers and
knots of ribbon to !?a3pc-iid them by, are useful and pretty. The pins,
which are stuck in tbe edges close together, resemble conventional render¬
ings of sun's rays, and give a picturesque finish.

—New bits of Royal Wc rcester look like carved ivory, such as candle¬
sticks of human figares or carved vsses, and the pitcher-shaped vases like
great tusks of ivory.

—Small shades for candles are tulip-shaped and are arranged to go down
with the candle as it gi ows shorter.

—A little bit of color placed in the right spot wiU often unite what
appears to be a dullness of color on the side of a room. A bit of pottery is
usually effective in such cases. A unique shaped jar in mustard yeUow wiU
generally harmonize with almost any aggregate of colors.

—A new style of salt cellar is made in the form of a diminutive stew pan,
others imitate shells, leaves, fruits and flowers.

—A few oyster shells mixed with the coal used for a furnace will prevent
the accumulation of clinkers.

—Russian porcelains are new, with their gay, rich coloring, and bowls of
wood are painted in bright colors.

—Furniture supplies remarkable instances of changes of taste. A suit of
furniture which five or six years ago held a leading position in fashionable
circles is to-day looked upon as out of date. Bedroom suits made of dark
. close-grained mahogany are the chief attractions of to-day, though there
are many who prefer oak, unfinished cherry or sycamore, which, by the
way, takes a fine polish and is certainly a very attractive wood for bed¬
room furniture.

Assemblyman Bums' bill to allow the Yonkers Gas Company to charge
$1.60 per 1,000 cubic feet for gas to its customers in the annexed district
has been favorably reported in the Senate.

The tJubway Commission bill passed both Houses and is in the hands of
the Governor. Tbe present commissioners and Mayor Hewitt wiU consti¬
tute the body if the Governor signs the bill.

Senator Vedder has at this late date introduced a bill taxing every §1,000
of capital stock and bonds of corporations twenty-five cents in addition to
existing taxes.

The Tammany bill to compel corp'^rations earning over 10 per cent, to
turn the surplus into the treasury was beaten in the Assembly.

The Standard Oil Company wanted to extend their piers at Long Island
City to the bulkhead line as laid out by General Newton, but the lack of
"oil" judicially appUed was apparent by the scarcity of votes in support
of the bUl.

The agitation for another Brooklyn bridge has begun. The report of the
authorities of New York and Brooklyn on the subject has been received.
It is agreed that the project to construct a bridge from Grand street, New
York, to Broadway, Eastern District, is feasible, but the New Tork author¬
ities agree that the bridge is not an absolute necessity at the point men¬

The Senate has passed Assemblyman Crosby's bUl authorizing the New
York city authorities to expend |312,000 in repairing and enlarging the
Museum of Art building.

The Assembly has passed Assemblyman Cantor's bUl to authorize the
Board of Revi-iou and Correction to reassess the expense of repaving
Fourth avenue. New York.

The following bills have been signed by the Governor :

Providing for the erection of a building for the criminal courts and
other purposes in New York city.

Mr. Hamilton's bill making the Registrar of New York city responsible
for expedited searches and aUowing extra fees for them.

Legislation Affecting New York  Citv.

[From our Own Con-espondent,]

Albany, N. Y., May 19.
The Legislature has been exceedingly industrious this week, and bills
were rushed through with lightning-like rapidity. Schemes of course
received preference, and the black horse cavalry were in their glory.
The cable project again showed itself, but the surface railroads spent the
money and proved too powerful both in the press and Legislature, so cable
roads in New York city are indefinitely postponed, and more is the pity.
The money said to be used on both sides runs up into tens of thousands of
dollars. Another bonanza was in the bUl to return about a million dollars
in taxes to life insurance companies, which measure went through with a
rush. StiU another was the Subway bill, which also included considerable
politics.   But to mention every one in detail would cover pages.

The persistent efforts of Messrs. Olmstead and Hinsdale have at last been
rewarded, and by the time this is in type the bill for the block system of
recording real estate in New York will be before the Governor.

The Daly BuUding bill, altered aud amended in many particulars since
its introduction, is now in the hands of the Governor. The bill passed the
Assembly without amendment on Wednesday.

The bill to abolish days of grace has failed to even pass in the Assembly,
where it was originated by Mr. Ainsworth.

As announced last week the sum of $750,000 has been authorized to be
appropriated by the authorities of New York for the improvement of the
parks.   The bill is now in the hands of the Governor.

Assemblyman Mclntyi-e has had passed by the Assembly a bill to tax'
personal property wherever f < und in the State.

Assemblyman Hornidge's bill to exempt the property of the German-
American School Society from taxation has passed both Houses.

The Brooklyn Bridge Extension bill has gone to the Governor. The
bridge authorities shall have power to extend the structure to the northerly
side of Concord street.

The bill of Mr. Shea to allow the owners of property iu the annexed dis¬
trict to pay in installments, with interest, Kssessments for losal improve¬
ments in that section has passed both Houses.

Senator Plunkitt's bill to allow the New York Central RaUroad Com¬
pany to build a parapet wall around their new yard has passed the Senate.
Assemblyman Ives' bill for the construction of an iron viaduct on 155th
street, from St. Nicholas avenue to Macombs' Dam Bridge, hss passed the

A bill drawn by the Corporation Counsel of New York to change the law
in regard to giving notice of the sale of land for non-payment of taxes in
cases where the owner is unknown has been passed by Mr. Ives in the

Assemblyman Shea has passed through the Assembly a bUl which permits
the erection of frame buildings north of 138th street.

Assemblyman Hamilton's bill to confer additional power on the Park
Board has been favorably reported in the Senate. The bill gives the board
absolute control of the strgets and ayenues in the 33d and 24th Wards,with
power to alter the maps,   ' '  '

The Rule About Dividing Commissions.

The question of division of commissions, which has been under discussion
among the members of the Real Estate Exchange for some time past, is not
yet settled. The committee aopointed to consider the matter met on
Thursday afternoon at 3.30 o'clock, with George H. Scott in the chair.
There was a full attendance. A letter from John F. Doyle was read
strongly opposing any change. John Davis spoke at length against the
rule as it stands at present. He declared it an injustice, and proposed
that a form be made out so that a vote on the matter might be taken
in writing. Morris WUkins supported this proposition. He thought it a
decidedly good one.

Horace S. Ely spoke in a calmer strain. He thought the matter might
be left with confldence in the hands of the directors. PersonaUy he
thought it would be better to erase the present rule.

H. H. Cammann came forward with statistics to support the supporters
of the present regime. He said that at first there were only 93 mem¬
bers out of the 500 actively engaged in business on the Exchange, whUe
there were now 201. This growth was due to a wise conservatism.
Members should look ahead, he said, and not grow discontented with the

Mr. Tucker belonged to the "progressionists." He said he was in
favor of a repeal. The rule was inimical at the present moment to the
interests of the Exchange whatever it might be in the future. It was too
early to estabUsh such a rule.   Outsiders objected to it.

Leonard J. Carpenter thought the fate of the Exchange hung on the
rule.   To change it would be suicidal.

The committee adjourned untU next Thursday, when their report is
expected. Individually the committee is said to be in favor of maintain¬
ing the rule, but there is no disguising the fact tbat the majority of
the members are strongly against it.

Before the Arbitration Committee.

The Arbitration Committee of the Exchange (six members present), on
Monday last confirmed the sub-committee's decision to this effect, " that to
entitle a broker to a division of commission on the ground that a customer
of his bought the property, there must be a prior and definite understand¬
ing between the parties to that effect." It was in evidence that the
buyer was the claimant's client, that the claimant had a tacit agreement
with defendant to divide commissions upon the sale of a certain piece of
property he had offered to his buyer, and that in consequence the buyer
called at defendant's office and- finding this property sold took other
permits, and within two (2) weeks agreed to purchase and so informed
claimant, who at once notified defendant of his claim before the contract
was signed. The defendant paid no attention to this notice then or after¬
wards. The buyer (a young lady) inadvertently omitted to say that she
was sent by the claimant, and the defendants assert they did not know she
came from the claimant. This technical omission on the part of the
buyer infiuenced the committee in their decision. If it is the purpose of the
Exchange to pi'omote free and equitable dealings between its members
this omission would seem to be immaterial if the fact be proved and if its
knowledge would not have made a change in the result. In this
case the defendant had notice of the claim in time before the
signing of the contract to have notified the claimant that he would not be
recognized in this transaction. If this had been done no harm would have
resulted to the claimantj and he would have had the option of finding other
property for his client. This ruling, as it stands, is regarded by the claim¬
ant as very unjust, as it apparently sanctions evasion of fair dealing by
taking advautage of technicalities. His friends say it wUl make brokers
very guarded in revealing their customers to each other, and in future, it is
threatened, members will prefer to submit their differences to legal settle¬
ment, where the' facts can be brought out under oath and cross-exanaina-
tion, rather than to ahigh tribunal that dispenses with these safeguards. It
bas also been suggested that it would be well to call the attention of the
Exchange to the absence of any system of procedure iu the conduct of cases
before the Arbitration Committee. Their aUeged lack of system prevents
the committee from getting at the real facts, inasmuch as there is no pro¬
vision for giving testimony under 6ath or for a proper cross-examination
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Furthermore there seems to be no fixed rule as to the proper mode of
procedure on an appeal to the full board from a decision of tha sub com¬
mittee—whether the appeal shall be heard on the evidence taken before the
sub-committee, or whether there shaU bean entire rehearing of the case.
-In view of these facts would it not L.e weU for the Exchange to adopt a
simple and_^ definite code which would advise members of the steps neces¬
sary to a full aii^ adequate presentation of their claims'}
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