Issue 26 and Volume 28.

TOPICS OF THE DAY. ON December 21, Judge Ellis, of New Orleans, La., in the Civil District court, refused the demand of the board of fire commissioners for a mandamus compelling the mayor and city council to budget $290,000,instead of $210,000, as already budgeted for the support of the New Orleans fire department. DECEMBER fires have come thick and fast, as as they always do when the cold weather sets in. The national ashheap has been appreciably added to, and even in staid New England the regularity of its immunity from bad fires has been set at naught, and Boston, East Providence, Fall River, and other places have contributed considerably more than their accustomed quota to the long list of burnings. A DISPATCH from Norwalk, Conn., states that there is a scheme on footamong several cities and towns, in the State to fight the law restricting the establishment of municipal…

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