OUR NEW YORK LETTERS. 8 From our regular Correspondent. 1 1 Jan. 3. New Years1 Day was spent much more quietly this year i than for many seasons pasi That 1 system of making calls, which in former years used to be carried on to ai) .excessive extent in this city )seeir6 to be dying. Gentlemen are no longer required to be on the go from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m., wandering from house to house to wish their lady friends a Happy New Year, a nd make their stomachs receptacles for the most hetereogeneous combinations com-binations of food and liquors and thus have to pay the penalty the J next day with an abnormally large rf head. I The arrest of the man Kohifahl, . 1 who under the pretence of educat- I- mg men as detectives, and provid- f ing them with lucrative employ- c merit, swindled a scoi;e or more gul- lible persons out of sums ranging : fronij twenty to two hundred dol lars, shows to what an extent the private detective business prevails, ' , and when one considers its many Jh ramifications, one is almost horri- Ified. Said a rprominent Sergeant Detective of the police force to me the other day : "This business is the curse of the age, and is the cause of more rascality and crime than you have any idea of. A lot of unprincipled un-principled men, who are too idle to devote themselves to any reglar " honest labor take to it, and in their hands the work is nothing else .than organized blackmail." Last Friday I attended the Reception Re-ception of the Sisters of Charity in 1 charge of the Foundling Asylum. There are over six hundred little ones in the building who have never nev-er known either father or mother, and the sight of this little farm of! innocents, the offspring of sin and shame, was touching in the ex- treme.. And it is marvelous how many of them-are: littlp beauties.. It is safe to say nine out of ten JverS handsome children. Poor little lit-tle 'things, they are so well taken care of that they never miss a mpther's love or a father's fondness, but in after life how keenly must they feel the stigma which rests upon tlieir birth! Fancy during the few years that the institution ; J lias been in progress, nearly fifteen . 1 thousand children have been tyjken J cate of. . : 5 Jan. 8. The cold wave with I which New York 1ms been visited I since New Year's Day, is the Re- a 1P .Mim&K ,,mm'W'i'M1u''mmmm' " '""""" verest prolonged spell we have had in fifteen years, and yet strange to say, there is apparently less suffering suffer-ing among the poor than in former lyears when the weather was much milder. The fight now being waged by journals against the disgusting airs and assumptions of our plutocracy, or rather snobocracy, is a good one, and likely to act as a severe check upon the licenses which the parvenus parve-nus allow themselves in their con duct towards what they call "the working classes." The Fifth Avenue Theatre is an unlucky house this year, and J ohn Stetson, who was rated up to a few years ago as one of the shrewdest and most fortunate of managers is "dead off," as they say of a first-class first-class race-horse that is beaten time and again. Ever since he took hold of that unlucky Booth's Theatre, Thea-tre, his ventures have not been crowned with success. J o (Jook lectured on Monday ev- -ening at Chickering Hall,comparing I England with America. The at- 8 tendance was not so large however, as might be expected. Cook has I all his old time brilliancy of rheto-ric,but rheto-ric,but he does not seem to attract as much a he used to. It was not generally known that the lecture was for a charitable object, to enable ena-ble the Seventh Street Methodist Church to tide over financial difficultieshence diffi-cultieshence it was a pity that Mr. Cook did not pay better. He received re-ceived $200 for his lecture, the hall cost $75, advertising about $100, and incidentals perhaps $50 more. After this the residum was not a heavy one. Jan. 15. The whereabouts or fate of Charley Delmonico are still ! as much a mystery as the time when he first disappeared more than a week ago. The police are still making a search of houses of doubtful character, believing ihat in his insane wanderings, he may have drifted into one of these places, and having been taken seriously seri-ously ill, may be lying there, his Identity unknown to the propre-fcors propre-fcors or occupants; but even the po lice have no confidence that this j search will result m a discovery,f or j the .disappearance is such universal town talk,, that even people who j never read the papers and go out but very seldom, are fully familiar with the appearance of the man. through descriptions. He may have fallen into one of the creeks or small rivers back of Newark, N. J.. and his body washed out into Newark New-ark Bay. If so, it is a question whether it will ''ever be found, and .- " the mystery will add. aiioflier d'ecord to the long list of unexplained dis- S,s appearances on police blotters . j which form such a sad chapter of- I metropolitan life. '1 The anxiety of stockholders, land. . I speculators in North River Oon-, I struction Company Stock is ended, by the knowledge of the worst. The M concern is in the hands of a receiv- I er, and the managers hope thus to I be able keep tlieir heads above. fl water. B One hears very little of the libel . H suit for $10,000 damages, which U Gerald Massey has commenced H against the New York Times for rid-, H iculing one of his transcendental H lectures, and the impression, -pre-- vails that Mr. Massey will see tliej H folly of his ways, and will let the matter drop.