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' ALsiiialvEY SATtRDAY. LE-vTlTe. : MISSISSIPPI. L,iES AT MOTHER'S KNEE. ,esx P ow mT hed' , 11 it. fcur is ehawed p trayi Wli.octaeeyistted. i fvj sooa la tae other day, St 1 TM stories at evKaer x- thfik af kT sow. ' , Kr the flreoUce. L at as turl """ U, tunn of er vo"-- ar. f nw stories si math? knee. V-m, tilled aty lt delltat. L ,u tuis-at f lto aitfht. LlstnlE IS BaUSHUt "ab4 Ur words e sweet Bie. mat better " gem or fold. moo. atones L u live I've '" rie4 Urn sr Lip sought o ruids I ... k...i in the oath o( truth; L1 1 priy tlut Heavea wili Vim1"0 ' .torthauM to iheria still. uniatta Williamson, in tioldea Dsys. "SOPER'S PILLS." kecommended Them as a Panacea for All Ilia. HE was a be neficent old fuiry to the en tire commu nity, with only gifts of cheer and kindliness dropping from her hard, brown hands, and she sat in a s p 1 1 n t-bo t tomed rocker. mending a book. The brass clusp had b away, ana wim strong uiaeK it thread she was economically V to place it again. Uer old ilg- uitraiirht ana alert; uusxy ol U a fypsy; black eyes, sharp, yet illy kind; and her mouth was i constantly into an elongated ( astonishment at the "scan'lous" of men and things beyond her Uowned always In china-blue . ffinirham-aproncd on week days. L-corurtd on Sundays; lithe of and lean of limb, ahe carried r her lummcri and winters of tr odd. K girl, in the charming kiwtofa more fashionable local iia slumbrous old Cattle Oreek, Uowly up the flagged and narrow bordered with hollyhocks in ktately dignity of ancient family k and overhung with tangles of brier in rosy cascades. As she td the shelter of a wide, vine- -8- 1 porch, she tossed aside her luce- Led parasol, and depositing on a two jars she had been carrying, tig hernelf on the wide, red "set ad began to thank the old lady ly for the "elixir" which had been fried In the jnrs, and which had ii t specific help to her mother. at shadows danced gayly on the a stray sunbeam gleamed kh them into the open kitchen khile without the sun beat hotly le quaint, clap-boarded, white "Ole Mis Abigail" lived here now that the strange old man d-once her husband who had k'ery pair of boots his children and who forced the girls alike ho boys to hobble about in high Jin boots, cobbled with his own . 'Mrs. Soper" had degenerated He cognomen of just "ole Mis' fcoper," and finally "Mis" SI," though with loving esteem the wi always spoken by the vil- years she hod brewed on her stone magic potions, ointments Bives, whose admixture was a ij guarueu secret; and did a kn bruise refuse to yield he allopaths who dosed and ' t will the few inhabitants hamlot; or a cut or burn re- o heal under the delicate treat If the one homoeopath with his in mai 'grains, then "Ole Mis' Abl Fas turned to, and in nine cases en the "sav," the "llnnymcnt, FT MB tl? SO Yt WON'T." "M..1. n- .. .... ne, accomplished a cure couego-bred men had failed. ? OUt of thn .pushing the steel-bowed spec- "e top of her sleek black nronnroil frit a ir a ith this city-bred girl, who repre- r -a branch plucked, from in the exchange of C lsolemn little town. upraised hand, emphasizing 'VMS in Wnrnlr,,. 1,.1,. .till the long needle in her fingers, jvu ner visitor's thanks in this FT ' child, m-y-y-y child," in S ii ii 1 nothin' -oot s -uone her good, that'i ftUI for. She's hMn ary , ihats cmwc.i i J -always was she g,i to ani u Je 11. take another bottle lu y "other word y9 1 av fur it v - ill. spile t jc won les the Tirtn. r..n, i ' ... ' about the way to make 'em, and when v. , mnu IeDle 1 u tell mr Srv bot only one livin' sm,l m.,.. H t i"!Ud 80 Wn-t the s"'d , ,7,7 . 7 11 know sinsrie " perscripsnuns. the old liair ... IT , CaUows UlU would have claimed her . v-uoK-e morsel, rmh her healings, ' helpfulness tn ma.u.j i ... al her mysteries. Be n pretty feeble? Well, yes, I L Take them tK;n m with a shake of her wise old head. "Xo. . . iae em. Jills, that's what I take jest pills." Like her brethren In v. . .v. ... vni sue carefully avoided her curatives, and pinned her faith to "pills,- which she ln nappy tmsttulaess and pound Packages at the dm a nd book sellers combined. Uad the frripr Wwt kind, that I lid, but pills-that's what fixed it! Had the doctopr v-u tv, " - (.uiiuicii ther cum horn and th - J WW. 1 didnt teem to get well 'til I took them pills. D've ever Kr..,t f. Soper acd how he jest ntef live on oti iime ne Bad the nurology " "uhi ro nut ana nk. on.. in tbat shed when 'twas rainin.' Well, be got it so bad his elieelr Wt nl.. ced; didn't get any doctor; po, sir; " "iem Pills KeD th ph . runnin' to the drni fctnr livr 'um il that man who Icep it wouldn't sell em no more. "IVetty weak? Yes made him pretty weak and shaky in i irffs, oui u anoclced that nurology. " 'hay you'll go home and trv it on jer mar lieu, no child best not: ws fer some some it iWsnt SK..'. pretty poorly, and not bein' ns't to nothin' with no stren'th, jest takin' them lee tie nill.v lik..' nnt sills mililn'l stan' it, an' she'd jest slip away from e a-geiun o tne nurology cured, ye see. "Soper, he cured all the folks' round here in time o' cholerr with l..nt them pills. When the doctor give eiu iu uic, men ojier, ne a Jest step in and he'd hav kWill v tnUmv ntll. er will ye not?' Some on 'em wouldn't tuke Vm. Snrl IhAV nn nn AimA Thorn as took 'em got well every time. Broke oui nrsi in tne bakery over on the corner oppojdte the old murket house, Tool o' water stannin' under the house, linker diet! nml iwn .i It. Iron Thou 'I skips over to Church street, and five o' th.m KblnnuM .11... 1 u.,ULi I bv this door I see the miller drive hv In the mornln' well and hearty. Died that night, burial next mornln'. Tlieji they sickened and died all 'round, and Airw. OlIlW nn 1 1 ml , Utm nl.rli b n.1 day to help, and he worked with 'era and saved 'em, jest lots of 'em. Nothin' but nills h crivA 'em. Old Sonne h got It himself when 'twas most over, 1.... 1... . IT 1 .1 . 1 1 1 111.- .1 . uu, iiu nnttiierf ii lueiu puis use fcauy was green peas in tho SDring. an' he got well, too. "1 he time he got the numony was the wust. First he took a cold, just a 1.IUU' ...l.l . . t ..Mil. 4.,i couldn't breathe like, and on top o' "SOPEB," 1 SAYS, "YE'KK SICK." that he got the 'numony. M y, child, I tell you, I thought he'a gone then sure; didn't seem to get no better, takin' them pills all the time tco reglur'. 'Soper,' I snys kind o' 'grea ble so' not to scare him, 'ye're sick, ye got to send for a doctor.' 'Don't wont no doctor.' Soper answers cross like, 'but if ye're bound t' send why send!' "Well, Dr. Corey, he come. When Soper see him he whispers, lookin' up as bright an' sassy as he could bein' so low, and he says: 'Doctor, 1 don't wont ye to give me no medicine jest want ye to look at me an' tell me what ye think, I know what to take myself.' Doctor he examined him careful on' listened with his ear to the rattlln' in Soper's throat, and he says: 'Ye're a a pretty sick man, but ye must eat plenty ' o' nourish In' things, and get a poultice on your chlst, an' I'll send you some things from Skiilard's you just naturally must take.' Then he beckons to me and whispers loud-like: 'Come out in the hull.' Then he says: 'lie seems uncountable weak, nor bein' sick long what's he been taklnT Tills,' I answers him, 'to purify hi blood.' 'Well,' says the doctor, 'don't let him take no more or he's a dead man! lie's most post savin' anyway.' Then I went in; Soper, he whispers again: 'What d' he say?' 'I'll tell ye true,' says I, a holdln' up my hand, 'he aaysye mustn't take no more pills 'er ye'll be a dead man.' 'Give me them pills,' says Soper, ' hoarse he could hardly speak, and. good land! I handed him the box an' he jest poured out thirty-two pilli, yen, he did, and swal lered'emdownllkelightnln'. In four days he was out o' doors a gettln' well, Whe he meets Dr. Corey he says: 'Kill me, will they? Dead, be I? I'm a better doctor than any o' you fellers now. "Goln'? Well, don't forget nurology means the blood needs purlfyln's an' pills is best thing fer 'numony and grip, but some can stan' 'em an' soma can't; an' my family's always be'n them as k!n."-Jennle Brooks, in Chap Book. -Teacher-"What proof haye we that there was sewing in the time of David?" Pupil "We read that he was hemmed in on every side." care ONE LmM FLAG The Blue the and Gray Unite Over the Banquet Board. FIRST CCCASI05 13 CHICACO A53ALS. K.u&lo ml rau Vmdmw tha AupieM ml a Local li. A. B-4Sml Johm B. Uoaar, aMslmAppltsM. Chicaoo, Februarr 15. Fnr th. time in Chicago wearers of the blue and gray during the civil war sat together at the banquet board hut night in the Auditorium Hotel and pledged their loyalty to the stars and stripe which hung in profusion on the walls of the "Hues nau. me reunion of veter ans and others was held under the au spices of Columbia Post 0 G. A. R. Over three hundred ent. The Guests of honor were Gen eral John a Gordon, Inited State senator from Georgia; General John C. 111.1. . an. . ... .':, oi imnois, and General Stephen D- Lee, president of the Mississippi Ag ricultural and Mechanical college, who was the Younirettt l.ri:.. I;.. in .;n,.H army during the war. General Gordon .... u.rrn neimeu witu applause when he arose ti speak to the toast "one country and one nag. At the close of his address the entire assemblage stood and cheered him wildly. General Lee spoke to the toast "the American soldier." THERE WILL BE NO STRIKE. However Bonthrra Kuiplorn arw 81111 W rnlllni fora Was InmsH. WashiSOTOM. Vebrnarv 1(1 T, committee of forty, representing the employes of the Southern railroad in their demand for a restoration of wages unuer itie schedule of are still in this city, evidently wrestling with the refusal of Third Vice l'resident Baldwin to comply with their request. Secret sessions of the commission are In progress and no information is forth coming for the newspaper. A con ference beiran at 10::ui nVl.wlr v..ta. day and the committee do not expect to get away irom Washington short of tonight. Mr. Baldwin did not confer with the gentlemen although it is known that there was an exchange of messages between the Southern head quarters and tho committee. There will be no strike. THE WEATHER EFFECTS TRADE. Ilrtd.trmts Kevlnw Nut Kocoaraglnf tm thr south sr tVost, Nkw York, February lfl. Brad streets says: Mercantile collections South and West with few exceptions are slow and unsatisfactory. Southern merchants and manufacturers In some instances are uiakiug greater efforts to collect amounts due than to sell goods. As one consequence of the recent ex treme weather trade at Augusta has fallen of to a marked degree, as at Bir mingham, thattnnooga, Atlanta and New Orleans, nierehiiuts at the latter point finding an unfavorable influence also in tho ktoppago of payments of su' gar bounties. Word comes from Texas that snow throughout that state has checked the volume of trade in ull directions. JUDGE STONEY WITHDRAWS. Colon?! Ot. .lulin Hiijrle. Judge ol tha (lour! of Appi-ala, Loul.rlllfj DLtrk't. Fkanktoiit, Ky., February 10. Colo nel St. John Boyle, the republican con' tcstant, will be Judge of tho court of appeals from the l.ouisvlllo district. Judge S. Ii. Money, who was declared elected by a majority of only twenty live votes by the county canvassing committee, came here last night and formally withdrew from the contest board. His reasons for quitting the fight are that he would not accept the office unless the board unanimously de clared in his favor. Auditor Norman and Governor Brown had taken strong positions ngatnst him. Colonel Boyle is a leading republican and an able lawyer. MORE BODIES FROM THE ELBE. Saloon rna.pnger Lorkhsrt An Unknown Womn!le!p for lh Destitute Lowestoft, Kng., February 15. The fishing smack Fotuna brought to Lowes toft yesterday morning the body of A. E. Lockbart, a saloon passenger on the Kibe. The body of a woman, who was drowned by the sinking of the Kibe, has been picked up and brought ashore, but it has not been identified and possl bly may not be. The body has one of the Kibe's lifebelts attached to it and there is also fastened to it a satchel containing a quantity of money. MINISTER ISAAC GRAY DEAD, The United States Diplomat Arrived Id the Cltr ot Mexico While Djlnf. Cittof Mexico, February 15.' United States Minister Isaac Gray arrived here from the United States yesterday, He was insensible, having been at tacked with double pneumonia. He was immediately removed to the Amer ican hospital and Doctors Lyceaga and Bray examined him and held a consul tBtion. At 5 o'clock they pronounced his case hopeless. The minister died at T o'clock. NO INCREASE IN BEER TAX. The House Bill Providing for the Same Will Die Ks.y. Washington, February 19. The bill to Increase the tax on beer Is probably dead. It was referred to a sub-conv mittee on ways and means, of which Mr. McMillln, of Tennessee, is chair man. The favorable showing made by Secretary Carlisle satisfies Mr. McMil lin that the tax is not needed and it is understood, therefore, that no further action will be taken upon the measure. Debs Bars Ills Trial Will Die Oat. TKB.KK Haittis, Ind., February 19. "The adjourned conspiracy trial at Chicago will never be resumed; It will die out," said Eugene V. Debs, presl, dent of the A. R. V last night. MISS LOTTIE'S MEN GO FREE. So Ball 'ua4 A(sIaH. IS. Thestre Peoaie for Bttatlnc al Duos. Macojc. Ga., February 1. Fourteen members of the Lottie Troubudoirs were arraigded in the Keeorder's eourt here yesterday on a charge of disorder ly conduct and shooting. The trouble grew out of a dispute here last Wednes day with a young man named Mans fiild, who represented the transfer com pany that took baggage to and from the theatre. Manshld said the Trouba doirs took the horses and led them off, tired at him and his companion, and driver and in other ways made night hideous. A different state of affiara developed in the hearing of the ease as the evidence showed that the trouble was brought about by .Mansfield and a companion named Nix. It was shown that Nix did all the shooting and also struck manager Cooney of the company and was in general the only rioter present. The recorder discharged the Troubadours, lined Nix $30 or DO days prison and also discharged MansBld. U he grand jury on Thursdav made indictments against ten members of the company for riot and shooting at another. This case will probably be dismissed. MANY WANT BACK THEIR JOBS. Brooklya TroUe far Striken t road Armiett the Presidents. kKotiai.A.1. X7V., February IS. The crowd of trolley car strikers who went on strike six weeks or more ago that applied for reinstatement at the offices of the lin-oklyn Heights railroad com pany, jammed Montague street from Clinton street almost to the city hall square yesterday. Mr. Bogardus aaid It would take a day to register the men's names and take the name and address ot each and he promised to give them work in the order of their applications as vacancies were made on his system. The strikers are still muttering threats niriilnst l'resident Norton. They said they would have been glad to call off the striae on his line, but that when they went to get their back pay he compelled them to cut off tho oom- pany's buttons on their clothes and told them they would never again be employed by him. TO APPREHEND C. M. FIGGART. Rewards Offered for the t.eilngtou, Vir ginia, Unk Abseonder. Lf.xinotox, Va., February 19. A mass meting of representative citizens of the town and county was held in the court house yesterday. Hon. J. K. Tucker presided and the following res olutions were offered by Mr. M. W, Paxton ami unanimously adopted: Unsolved, Thst s committee of sevra be ap pointed, who nK.ll reprexnnt to the sutaorl- tte that It is the simns ot this meeting that tht) Kovrnor be st oni-e renueitd to offer a rewuru for the spiirphrnslnn ol . M FlKuart, the defaulting cia-ihlor of the Dunk of Leiinx Ion. Knxolrpil. Thst the committee be suthorlied to rvKpeet fully retiuest JutUre Houston to rail s flpeclsl itrand Jury to be cumpomd ol the best cltl-urns of U'Kkbi'lilxn county, who shall thor ouvhly lnvestUnite the affairs ol the Hank ol LexliiKton. COLD'S EFFECT ON CATTLE. Tesss I.lve stork Men Kstlmate the Loss Above Twenty-five ler Cent. IIot'STox, Tex., February 18. The cold s effect on cutttlo is said by stock' men to be disastrous. Texas live stock men estimate the loss above twenty-five per cent. One member of the Uye stock association said : "The loss Is greater today than it would have been ten or fifteen years ago because the wire fencing has out the cattle off from the bottoms, " A man from tho country below the Southern railroad, this side of the Brazos river, said he knew two stock men who three days ago skinned over three hundred cattle in two days which had died from the effects of the cold. DUN'S FAILURE REPORT. Number and the Aacreasted Liabilities Much Less Than Last Yeal Nkw York, February 10. B. 0. Dun A Co's. review of trado reports that the failures for the first week of February Bhow liabilities of only 8J, IKW.MO, of which ?7-J,848 were of manu facturing and $t,9:)4,iU4 of trading con cerns. The final report for January shows an aggregate of $15.0:i7,;i:l against ?:l,S4:i,0iS last year; 8M.UM.2ji! were of manufacturing concerns this year, against S1I,SSU,T13 last year. while ?U.8'2fl,lu5 wero of trading con cerns against 817,234,5tl7 last year, Failures for the week were 270 in the United States against 3;il last year, and 5! in Canada against 55 last year. ROBBER MORGAN, IN COURT. Distinguished Counsel From Cincinnati Ar- rleeat Frederlrksbura tn Defend Itlm. FiiKtiKRicKsntJHo, Va., February 19. Col. Thos S. May and Mr. Faulkner, of Cincinnati, arrived here today. These gentlemen are of counsel for Morgan, the Aquai Creek train rnbber, whose trial begins tomorrow nt Stafford court house. State senator William A Little has been retained as local counsel for Morgan. The gentlemen had a long consultation and then visited Morgan in jail. Mr. f, . .Mnde, superintend ent of the I'lnkerton agency at Boston, who will assist In guarding the priso ners ,also came on yesterday: CRAIG CLAIMS SELF DEFENSE. The Tenneeeee County Trustee, and Promi nent Man, on Trial for Murder. CnATTAyoooA, Tcnn., February 19. County Trustee R. F. Gralg, on trial yesterday for the tragic killing last Tuesday of A. M. Womble, his ex deputy and confidential clerk was held in bail to the sum of 815,000, which he furnished on the spot. This unfortu nate affair has excited extraordinary interest. The plea of self defense was entered. The St. Aua-uitlne Short of Coal. Nkw Yohk, February 19. A dispatch received at the Maritime Exchange late yesterday afternoon states that the steamer City of St. Augustine arrived at Bermuda short of coal. The steamer sailed from Jacksonville, Fin., on Feb ruary i, and with ordinary weather should have reached this port on the Tth. She is commanded by captain I Caskill and has a crew of thirteen men. MISSISSIPPI MATTERS. Kefrees Due4. Shelby, Feb. 14. Some weeks aifo J. F. Seals, a colored preacher, came to Shelby sni represented himself a the agent for the International Migration Society of Birmingham, Ala., of which J. E. Dowdy was president, J. E. Mc- Mullea, corresponding secretary, aad W. L. Sanders, superintendent of agen cies. THis society proposed to transport to Africa any person on the payment of til. Seals enrolled members among the colored people by the hundred, col lecting is all, as he admits, 1 4,000. Those who held stock turned It over to tbe society to be sold. Seals shipped tour ear loads of stock from Shelby aad two from Areola. lie told the negroes that the ship would sail January 20, and that oa the 10th a speeisl traim would be run oa the Yazoo Jt Mississippi Val ley road aad for them to be ready. A large number gathered at the different places, more than 100 at Shelby aad still more at Areola, who are waiting for the train that never comes. The 10th passed, and no train. Then a rumor came that tbe train would come oa the 14th. This Information seems to have been fur nished by one Porter, who collected more money. Finally it was learned that Seals was In Greenville. A war rant was procured aad Deputy Lee Shannon arrested him last night and brought him to Shelby today. The negroes are very much excited and there is talk of a lynching. Froas Had to Worse. Meridian, Feb. U Bob Belk, who has gained considerable notoriety on account ot his connection with tbe arson cases, and who succeeded in obtaining a continuance of the eases against him at the last term of the Circuit Court, anil Bob Goldsmith and Mart Griffin, two sporting characters, were convicted in the mayor's court this morning on a charge ot disorderly conduct and fined S'i0 and cost. In default of payment they were sent to the rock-pilo. Bel a was already under a f-,0)0 bond for ap pearance beforo tbe Circuit Court to an swer the charge of arson, and his boai.. men becoming apprehensive made a bond this evening for his release fioio. the city eonvlct camp and turned hiui over to the sheriff. lie is now in tbe county jail. These young men were all raised in Meridian and are well con nected, but tbey have gone constantly from bad to worse until today they wore clothed in tbe garb of convicts. The mayor in pronouncing the sentence this morning declared tnat the best efforts of the police shall be directed toward ridding tho town of the tough element that has been s menace to tbe best in terests of tbe community. Land for the Agricultural Colleges. Washington, Feb. 13. This proved s field day for Mississippi in the house. Congressman Kyle succeeded In calling u p two bills of great, benefit to the State, and after a telling speech tbe house passed his bill restoring to the publto domain and making subject to home stead entry lands in Mississippi amount ing to 8,000 seres, lying in the coast counties. While the house was In good humor, the McLaurln bill, which passed tbe senate last week, was also passed, and tbe presidential signature will now give tbe two white and colored agricultural and mechanical colleges of Mississippi the benefit of reserved lands to tbe ex tent of two townships to each of said colleges. Minor Mention, Mrs. Chariot Trimble, a Terr wortiy lady of Grenada, died last week after a long illness. Sbe was a daughter of the late Col, J, D. Leflore, of Grenada County, and s granddaughter of Green wood Leflore, chief of the Choctaw Na tion. Mr. Scott, a young man of Greenville, was arrested at West Point last week and tried before Mayor Jordan for solic iting trade for whisky for the firm of his father st Greenville. Mayor Jordan acquitted Mm. lie was then arrested and tried before Justice Martin and convicted. The last case was appealed to the circuit court. Owing to tho protracted spoil of cold weather some of the poorer classes ot Jackson aro out of fuel and short of food. A committee took the matter in hand last week and in a tew hours raised all the means needed, and they will soe that tbe proper persons are aided. The most destitution was found among tbe poorer class of negroos. The work of relieving tbe distressed among destitute people in Meridian, in duced by the cold weather, was taken in hand by the nltlzons last week. A largo majority of those relieved were negroes, and very few ot them were found to be in actual want of either food, fuel or clothing. The contributions to the re lief fund have been spontaneous and generous, and there Is already ample means within reach of the committee to meet every demand made upon them. There is a movement on foot by tha Young Men's Business League to estab lish a cotton factory at Greenwood. A proposition has been made by a syndi cate to this effect: If Greenwood will take 8 JO, OUO in stock the balance of the necessary cspital will be forthcoming. If tbe people determine to do It, tbe factory will be established. Sara Hale, a good, peaceable old gen tleman, died at Greenville last week, aged 65 years. The remains were sent to Carrollton for interment Quito a number of Western farmers were in Madison County last week with a view of locating there. Most of them are from Iowa. Several Iowa people have already purchased property In the sounty, and many more are preparing to come later. The unfavorable weather prevented them being able to get out into the country as much as tbey de sired, but tbey expressed themselves well pleased with the country, ss well as the low prices ot land. THE HENSON DIVORCE CASE. A Derree Absotmut OntatedL Plaintiff Pe cares Cautoaiy ef Htm ChUdree. Chattaxoooa, Tenn., February 18l G. N. lienson, precedent of the Citizens' Bank and Trust company, was granted an absolute divorce from his wife, tat- arday and was given in the decree the custody and control ot his children and Mrs. lienson was given her maiden name. Mr. Benson said in relation to the final settlement of his misfortana that he would begin life over again and make the best he could out of tha wreck. For tha present his children will remain in Prof. Wool wine's school at Tullahoma where they have been for many months. It was provided in the decree that Mrs. lienson was to hav free access to the children whenever she desires it; at present she is with relatives in a dis tant city. The LaOaaMoaaa Will Beanate Her Trip. Nkw Yoik, February 18. The new piston has been placed in position in the French line ateamship LaGaacogne, and yesterday the ship's chief engineer, Eugene Martin, stated that everything is in readiness for the stesmer resum ing her regular trips on Wednesday next. To reespeto Wllfc soatkera Coei Fields, PiTTSBi RO, Pa., February The Pittsburg coal operators are making an effort to form a combination by which they can put coal in southern ports in competition with the new and rapidly developing coal fields. The opera tors ot West Virginia will be invited to Join. Tennessee Farmers te Kednee the Acreage Nashville, Tenn., February 18. A convention of West Tennessee farmers at Jackson Saturday resolved to cut the average cotton crop this year to 40 per cent below what it was last year. Strikers Vote te Us Hack Nkw York, February 18. The strik ing employes of the Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Queena county and suburban roads held a secret meeting yesterday and decided to go back to work. WEEK'S NEWS CONDENSED. The president has recognized Andrew Petersen as consul of Denmark at Chi cago. The naval medical board has E. A. Jonas, appointed to be an assis tant paymaster In the navy. Secretary Herbert anoka at t), K.n. quet of the Pennsylvania Scotch-Irish society in i nuaaeipnia tTlday night Comptroller Echels hss authorized the Granville National bank, of Gran ville, N. Y., capital 850,000, to begin business. The New York Central has broken ground in Buffalo for the extensive im provements which are to be built in that city. An official circular announcing changes In the traffic department of the Seaboard Air Line may be expected any time this month. A rumor Is current to the effect that several changes are imminent among the officials of the Cincinnati, Jaskson and Mackinaw. The committee on woman suffrage of the Massachusetts legislature Saturday decided 8 to 8 to report a bill In fa vor ot municipal auffrage. Dr. G. H. Foster, of Manchester Col lege, Toronto, haa accepted a call to the chair of theology in the Unlvorslty of Chicago divinity school. General Manager Wood, of the Penn sylvania lines, who has been sojourn lug In Florida, has returned to his headquarters in Pittsburg. Jonathan Tlpon has received the ap pointment of general freight and pas senger agent of the Knoxvllle, Cumber land Gap and Louisville road. Mr. James Hodges, ex-mayor of Bal timore, died last night at his home there. Mr. Hodges had filled many places of honor and trust, both national and state. Eastern Passenger Agent Burke, of the Louisville and Nashville, indig nantly denies the report that he has been offered the eastern passenger agency of another Southern road. Douglas Dalian, formerly commercial agent of the Nashville, Chattanooga and Nt. Louis, has been appointed gen eral southern agent of the Hoosac Tun nel Line, with headquarters at Louis vilie. W. B. Shattuck, formerly general pas senger agent of the Ohio and Mlssis slppi.has been selected as one of the ar bitrators to settle the question of dif ferentials between the strong and dif ferential western lines. More sensational developments In the 803,000 shortage in the Kings county, N. Y., trcasurer'a office have been brought to light by the discovery that two of the bonds of County Treasurer Harry H. Adams are missing from the county clerk's office in Brooklyn. The bonds are for 8100,000 each. Judge Pryor, In the court of common pleas at New York Saturday, refused to naturalize two Italians because they could not speak English. He announced that foreigners who could not speak the language of the United States need not apply to him .for citizenship papers. The Baltimore and Ohio company has under advertisement a proposition to extend the block signal system over Its entire system. A meeting of the higher officials of the road la to be held In Chicago for the purpose of examin ing and dismissing the various systems in use on the Chicago roads. They will adopt the one they think the most ef fective and complete. Advices received from Somoa say that a Oerman firm, Fringe A Spat, have been importing and selling the rebels rifles and ammunition. The rebels are enabled to maintain an armed opposi tion to the Malletoa government The rifles imported from Germany were labeled toys and passed the customs. The German consul fined each partner only 837.50, although the offense was a direct controversion of the Berlin I treaty.