The workinen who have been at work on the sèwers are presented with a situation this morning that has no charms in the dead of winter. They are unable to colleot their pay for work on the sewers. Henry Collins, the contractor, assignad $3,800 of the atnount to be paid him last Monday to the Farmers' & Mecnanios' bank and Collins later desired that the board of public works should arrange to have a warrant drawn to him for a sufflcient sum to pay off the claims of his workmen, arnountiug to between f 1,200 and $1,500. He desired this amonut to take precedence of his assigument to the bank. When the laborera presented their claims to the city clerk, however, he deolared the bank assignment should take precedence, and that he shmld draw tbe warrants to pay them first. This left the laboring men without tho abiilty to cash their orders. A special meeting of the couucil was called last night in the hope that sometbiug might be done to alleviare the situation. Aid. Browu introduced a resolution to the effect that the board of publio works be voted $3,700, with which to make good the olaims. Tbe sóbeme was to have Con tractor Collins oversee the paymeut. Aid. Butterfield thought the money should not be allowed to get in to the board of works' hands and introduced a substituto to tbe effect that the buard furnish a list of those to whom orders should be drawn and present them to an adjourned meeting of the oouDcil touight. Both substitute and oriignal motion were lost, and the situation this morning remains the same as it was vesterdav.