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STATE PRESS ECHOES.
The Prattville Progress very wisely Bays the democratic party cannot gain anything by a bitter contest for the gu bernatorial nomination. • • • Twisted the Lion’s Tail. Says the Gurley Herald: “Senator Morgan gave the British lion's tall a twist last Mondays* the sen ate. and at. the same time gave Sir Jn lian PaunCeforte a severe attack.” • • • Should Weigh the Calls. This is what the Russell County Regis ter thinks: "Mr. Clarke should be deeply sensible indeed to the weight of the calls made upon him to run for governor before he decides to run.” • • * Chicl Causes of Strife. The Selma Mirror strikes the follow ing keynote: "The great greed for office and the longing desire to satisfy ambition are the chief causes of strife in the democrat ic camp in this state.” • • * Would Have the Country by the Leg. The Jacksonville Republican very wise ly remarks: "If our national law-makers should carry out the suggestion of Mr. Cleve land and destroy one-half the money now in circulation the money power would then most assuredly have the country by the leg." • m • Let in Those Who Will Vote the Ticket. The Prattville Progress agrees with the Russell Register as to who are enti tled to vote in the party primaries: “The Russell Register is right. Every one who will promise to vote for the democratic nominee should be allowed to vote In the democratic primaries. The test is sufficient for those who wish to be democrats, and not any other kind are likely to apply for the privilege of vot ing in primaries.” • • • That Contraot. Had the editor of the Chilton View, who penned the following, read Governor Oates’ rebuke of the Mobile Register on this charge of a contract, he would have sneaked out of his office and hid his face from the grin of his army press, on which it was printed: "The State Herald, the mouthpiece of Capt. Joseph F. Johnston, continues to defend Governor Oates. This Is no mat ter of surprise, as it is in keeping with the contract made between Oates and Johnston." * * * You Don’t Want Harmony. “The Birmingham State Herald says the Montgomery Journal swells 'just like an old toad, and now it has exploded.’ We call upon these free sliver organs to play In harmony. How can we harmo nize with you If you are out of tune with one another?—Mobile Register. When the Mobile Register and Mont gomery Advertiser agree to any sort of harmony postmasters Will quit drawing a salary and Wall street will turn to a pillar of salt. • * * Wants War With England. The Alexander City Outlook is betting its money on Editor Hobson’s fighting qualities: “The Tuskaloosa Journal, a reformer of reforms, believes that nothing better could befall the United States at this Immediate juncture than a war with England. Well, perhaps you will have abundant opportunities to test your nerve with the red coats before a great while, Brother Hobson. We are betting on you as one who will he found in the thickest of the tight. Don’t disappoint MS, pray.” • * « From What Source Will It Draw Recruits? The Selma Mirror does not think if 'democrats are shut out of the primaries they will march up and vote the demo cratic ticket at the general election: “We would like to know from what source the Advertiser would draw re cruits to the democratic party if not from the men who have In the past op posed that party. Then if they are to come from that source how are they to be obtained if they are not allowed to participate In the primaries? Shut them out "of the primaries, will they march up and vote the democratic ticket? We think not.” • * * Crisp and Watterson All Right. "Charles F. Crisp is for the free and unlimited coinage of silver at 16 to 1. He was named by a caucus of democratic congressmen as leader of the democrats In the house. Tilts Is eminently proper. Free silver men have ever been good democratic leaders."—Jacksonville Re publican. And Henri Watterson has repudiated President Cleveland, iipt Captain John ston must keep ills mouth closed both on Mr. Cleveland and the financial Issue or else suffer ostracism at the hands of his party—that is at the hands of that element who think they own the party or will at least attempt to control it. « • • The Advertiser Named Oa tes. The Alexander City Outlook is troubled to know whether or not the Montgomery Advertiser favors Governor Oates for the United States senate: "Will the Advertiser please name its candidates for gubernatorial and sena torial honors? Be quick, time is precious. The question is asked in all earnestness. —Alexander City Outlook. "Wudon’t remember that the Advertiser ever had the honor of naming a guberna torial candidate, but after the naming by the convention or otherwise our impres sion has always been that the Adverti ser has done more than any other daily In the state to elect our democratic gov ernors since the late war.—Southern Aegis. "Thanks, brother, for your promptness in answering questions put to the Adver tiser. Pardon us, but we are inclined to believe that your memory is slightly de fective. Did not the Advertiser havis the empty honor of naming Governor Oates for a second term a few weeks ago? So far as what you say about the Adverti ser's! good fights we can endorse It. We. have never mado any fight against the “old lady.” We simply put the questions to her to find where she was "at" just at the present Juncture of the fight. Of course, if the Advertiser does Its duty after the convention meets, its position will be known. As you are in touch with the Montgomery organ, will you please tell us whether or not it favors Oates for the Senate?” • • • The Advertiser’s Peculiar Methods. Says the Montgomery Journal: "The Journal has heretofore took occa sion to refer to the peculiar methods of attack of the Montgomery Advertiser. Here is another Illustration of its in genious assaults: “ 'But the fact is well known. Inde pendent of the State Herald's many ut terances of that sort, he has made no secret of his own position, privately or publicly. He is on record that way. At the conference of silver leaders in Bir mingham last September he made a short speech, and it was reported at the time In more than one paper as follows: “ ‘Captain Johnston arose amid much applause. He thought the audience a fine collection of populltes, as the gold bugs called them. Two years ago Car I -- lisle was the prince of these populltes. We are not only fighting for free silver, we are also fighting for honesty In the party. First thing you know they will call every man who advocates a free ballot and a fair count a popullte. I have never been called an intimate of John Sherman. Some men get their de mocracy from postoffice windows or from Buzzard's Bay. I get mine from Montteello. ” ‘I don’t want to restrict the democrat ic party to three inspectors in each beat. I want to see all the white people In one column.' "This was a speech that does credit to the patriotism and good sense of Captain Johnston, and is in thorough accord with the sentiments of the party in the state. It is exactly what the party platform has declared for in the past, and is exactly what the democratic convention will de clare for in the future in its platform. It is no crime to declare for honest elec tion methods, but It worse than criminal to attempt to destroy a public man be cause he does not declare against dis honest methods in politics.” • * • Rule or Rum. The Jacksonville Republican rebukes the Advertiser: “When the Montgomery Advertiser was engaged in the task of announcing the candidacy of Governor Oates for gov ernor without his consent it took the po sition that the differences in the party mdst be harmonized, and that the patty was in no condition to stand a repetition of the Oates-Johnston contest of last year. It went so far as to insist that such a contest would very probably turn tile state over to Moseley, Bowman and their followers. “But what Is the Advertiser doing to day? It Is bending its every effort to bring about a repetition of the Oates Johnston contest of last year. It now laughs to scorn the idea of harmonizing the differences in the party in the state. It Insists on a fight to a finish. This, too, In the face of its prediction that such a fight would bring defeat to the democratic party and place the state in the hands of the republicans and popu lists. "But the policy of the Advertiser is one of rule or ruin, and rather than fail In Its effort to defeat a worthy democrat like Captain Johnston. It had rather sink the party in the state and aid In the Inauguration of Bob Moseley as gov ernor of Alabama. “But are the ‘sound money’ men in Alabama willing to be led to this ex treme by the intolerant spirit which di rects the policy of the Montgomery Ad vertiser? Some of them have already boldly spoken out and denounced the ruinous policy of the Advertiser and de clared that the. nomination of Captain Johnston is the very best thing that can be done to save Alabama to the demo cratic party. Others arc waiting and will support any man in the state whom the Advertiser declares as Its candidate. They are now eagerly waiting for Its announcement, and as soon as the com mand Is given they will fall into line ami march to the music of Frank Glass." * * * An Animated Contest. The Prattville Progress thinks the breach will be widened: “From all indications there will be an •animated contest in the democratic par ty for the gubernatorial nomination in this state. The Progress believes that this is no time for wrangling among democrats, and it has hoped that some man would be selected as leader on whom all democrats could unite. Then the usu al bitterness occasioned by a contest would be avoided and the party would be in better trim to meet the enemy. But it seems that such is not to be the case. Since Governor Oates has declined to be a candidate to succeed himself the antt Johnston democrats, headed by the Montgomery Advertiser and the Mobile Register, have been looking around for an available man to put in the field, and it now seems that Congressman R. H. Clarke of Mobile will be the man. If a .bitter fight is to be waged, If the breach in the democratic ranks is to be widened, Mr. Clarke is the man to pit against Captain Johnston, as he has already made himself obnoxious to the Johnston element of the party by leaving congress last year and using all his influence in the state against Captain Johnston. “So far as the Progress is concerned, whether it be Clarke or Johnston, Tomp kins or Bankhead, chosen at the head of the democratic party next year it will give the entire ticket its loyal support, and we believe we speak for every loyal democrat in this county. But If there is to be a contest between the elements of the party, if rancor is to be engendered' in the breasts of the people, there are hundreds and thousands of democrats who may be either driven from th» party or weakened in the cause. For this rea son the leaders of the party who have at heart its future interests should make an effort to place forward one of the most conservative and substantial democrats and thus avoid a contest that can do the party no good. “This is no time to waste our ammuni tion among ourselves, for all of It will be needed to fight the enemy next year.” Your pocketbook will smile at the bise you make of it when you draw it out at J. BLACH & SONS’ Manufacturers’ Sale. THE COMMERCIAL CLUB Will Entertain Their Friends Tomorrow Night. The Commercial club has Issued Invita tions to an entertainment which will be given at the club rooms tomorrow night. The Invitation reads as follows: Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 14, 1895. You are hereby Invited to attend an en tertainment at the club rooms on Mon day evening next, December 16, at 7:30 o’clock. There will be two short ad dresses on the subject of "How the In dustrial Development of Birmingham Cart lie Best Promoted.” One by Mayor Van House. Also, other features will ren der the evening a pleasant one, as well as Instructive. You are at liberty to bring any guest you may wish. By oriter of the club. GEO. M. CRUIKSHANK, Chairman Committee on Social Features. Wo move to our own splen did new building this coming week, but that makes no dif ference now, for we won’t stop a single minute handling the largest, the best, the fresh est, the most elegantly select ed stock of fancy and staple groceries in the city. J. FOX’S SONS. We are headquarters In California wines, such as sherry, port and clarets. We canot be excelled in quality and prices on Imported and domestic liquors of any kind. Give us a trial and be con vinced. M. & A. WISE, Cor. Morris ave. and Twentieth street. Many people want what many others want to get rid of. Brief mention in the State Herald’s “Cheap Columns” will All the bill. “Situations Wanted” three dmes free. Nominal charges for other “ads. ”_ Good Ashing at East Lake. 12-l-tf THE MARKETS. St$le Herald Office, Dec. 14, 1896. i Money In the local market is In active de mand at from 6 to 8 per cent, according to /the security offered. Rates of Exchange. New York exchange , rates rule from 50 cents discount to par. k Local Cotton Market. Cotton was in good demand at 8 cents. Strict middling.8 Middling . 7T4 Strict low middling .^....7% Low middling.J.7% Strict ordinary .... ..♦•••7j/4 Good ordinary... Ordinary. 7/4 -o WHOLESALE PRICES. Proviaions. Bacon—5%©5%, Bulk meats—4%©5. Grits—Per barrel, $2.65©2,85. Cheese—Summer, I0©nc\ Bran—Per hundred pounds, 75©80c. Hams—14-pound avenoge, 10%©llc. Hay—No. 1 Timothy, $19.00; choice, $20.00. Corn—White milling, 38c. Rice—Good, 4%®4%c per pound; prime, 5% ©He; fancy head, 5Vi©6c. Corn meal*—70©80c per sack. Salt—125 pounds, Virginia, 60; Louisiana, 85; 200 pound ground Liverpool, 85. Syrup—Fahey New Orleans reboiled, 25© 35c per gallon; other grades, 18©30c per gal lon. Oats—Western feed, 28©38c per bushel; Texas, 35c. Laru—Tierces, fancy leaf, 6*4: refined tierces, 5; smaller packages, usual differ ences. Flour—Common to best, $3.85©4.35. Sugar—Granulated, 4%©5c; standard A, 4% ©5c; cut-loaf, 5Vfec; fancy yellow clarified, 4%© 4%c. Country Produce. Cabbage$2.00. Apples Per barrel, $2.50 to $3.00. Onions—Per barrel, $2.00. —-Cotton seed—Per ton, $7.00, f. o. b. Cotton seed hulls—Per ton, $6.00. Cotton seed meal—$18.50 per ton. Irish potatoes— 50<h'55c per bushel. Sweet potatoes —40c per bushel. Syrup—Country, per gallon, 25 to 35c. Butter—Country, 15©20c per pound; Jer sey, 30©35c. Peas—Lady, $1.75 per bushel; white crowd er, $1.00; mixed; 75c. Dried apples—Peeled, 4c per pound. Poultry—Well grown chickens, $2.60 per dozen. Eggs—21c per dozen. Evaporate-d peaches—Peeled, 20©25c. Vinegar—Apple, 8©22c; pure double strength, 20©25c. Hay—Guinea grass, small bales. $12.50 per ton; German millet, small bales, $15.00 per ton; German millet, from wagons, 40©60c per hundred; No. 2 Timothy, $15.00; No. 1 Timothy, $16.00; choice to fancy, $17.00. Hides, Wool, Etc. Hides—Green salted, 5©6c. Hides—Dry liint, 7©9c. Hides—Dry salted, 6<h’8c. Beeswax—24e per pound. MARKETS BY TELEGRAPH. Cotton Letter. New York.Deo. 14.—(Special.)—The slender movement of cotton during the past week seems to have stiffened the demand in Liv erpool, which ignored the weakness at the close yesterday, and sent us a moderate ad vance tbi9 morning. The trading here today was dlill and without feature. March open-: ed at 8.41. declined to 8.38, rallied to 8.44 and again declined'to 8.38, once more rallied to 8.43, and under pressure of liquidating sales gave way in the final dealings, closing at S.38#8.39, with the tone barely steady. The prevailing feeling here continues bearish, although the persistency of the light re* ceipts is beginning to have a far greater influence upon traders than hitherto. Th4 leader among the German bears, who is re garded as one of the best posted and most discerning of the local operators, now makes no secret of flie fact of this change of views and was openly buying today. Many are expecting a spurt In receipts next week, owing to the desire to provide Christmas and to meet January obligations, and this expectation causes buyers to hold off. But the feeling is growing that with the turn of the year the drop in receipts may be sudden and startling, and few care to incur the risk of short sales. The dullness of specula tion and the fact that there is a great deal of long cotton awaiting, buyers has a ten dency at the moment to check every ad vance, hut if the anticipations of those who are watching the movement most closely are well founded there will be no lack of buyers within the next thirty days, to take all the cotton that holders may care to offer. In the meantime it may he well to take profits upon bulges. RIORDAN & CO. In Wall Street. New York, Dec. 14.—Speculative interest at the stock exchange was confined almost exclusively to the industrials today. These issues were buoyant, and there was a scarm ble to get back short contracts. Keene brokers were tbe largest buyers and bid up prices all around. Tobacco fed the list both In point of activity and advance, rising nearly 5 per cent, to 76%. Rumors were cur rent to the effect that, steps had been taken looking to a settlement of the fight with the manufacurers, but nothing official was given out. Leather preferred jumped 2 per cent, to 70, and brokers of the leading trade in the industrial^ were large buyers. Chicago (las sold up to 71%. the highest price for a long time past. The stock was bought on a belief that the Whitney case, now before Judge Bisehoff, will be decided in favor of the company. Sugar dragged for a time, but in the final trading rose to 104% from 102%- Pacific Mail advanced to 3276 on the announcement that the deal with the Pana ma had been concluded at last. Railway stocks were dull and featureless. The sell ing of Reading continued and the stock fell to 8. The reorganization plan is expected on Monday. On the other hand. Northern Pacific bonds were in b<Hter demand and the seconds rose to 1X)8. The grangers and an thracite coalers were quiet, but steady. Speculation left off dull. Net changes show gains of V6(y l per cent in the railroad list and %(fjJ4 per cent in the industrials. Bonds were strong; the sales footed up for a half holiday the large total of $885,000. The sales of listed stocks aggregated 82, 270 shares, and of unlisted stocks 53,295 shares. New York, Dec. 14.—Money on call, 1*662 per cent; prime mercantile paper, 4*6fr’5*6 per cent. Sterling exchange was steady, with actual business In bankers’ bills at $4.87V6#4.87% for sixty days and $4.88*6^4.88% for demand; posted rates, $firstname.lastname@example.org*6; commercial bills, $4.86*6(64.87%. Bar silver, 66c. 91 Go vernment bonds were firm. State bonds were dull. / Railroad bonds were higher. . Silver at the board was dull. Treasury balances—Coin, $80,801,443; cur rency, $98,385,253; fb, Closing bids— American Cotton Oil.... 18 >d American Cotton Oil preferred. 66%I( American Sugar Refining. lui^ American Sugar helloing preferred. OSS'* American Tobacco... 70%' American Tobacco preferred. 99% Atchison. 16 ! I Baltimore and Ohio.*. 47% Canada. Pacific..*. 54 VP Chesapeake and Ohio.*.. 17% Chicago and Alton.V. 156 H Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. 8^*£. Chicago Gas. 7o<W Delaware, Lackawanna aod Western.... 166%0 Distillers and cattle Feeders. 19lhp Erie.(. 124} Erie preferred. 23' General Electric... Jiff Illinois Central. 96% Li»ke Erie and Western. 21% Lake Erie and Western preferred. 74 Luke Hhore. ... .i.. 151% Louisville and Nashville... 01% Louisville, New Albany and Chicago_ H% Manhattan Consolidated. 101% Memphis and Charleston.1 15 Michigan Central. looty Missouri Pacific.,. 28% Mobile and Ohio... 23% Nushville, Chattanooga and St. Louis... 75 United States Cordage ... 6% United States Corduge preferred. 12% New Jersey Central....vr.,.... 10b% New York Central...• 100% New York and New tin^lanfi. 52 Norfolk vind Western preferred. 9 Northern Pacific..... 4 Northern Pacific preferred... 11% Northwestern. 104 Northwestern preferred. 150 Pacific Mail. 33 Striding. * Rook Island. 74 8W Paul. 7 4% S' Paul preferred. . 129 8; ver certificates.. 66% Ti nn<^aee Coal and Irofc...:. 32% Ti nuessee Coal and Iron preferred. 8«» Ti xaa Pacific...J.. 8% TTffTon Pacific ... 6% Wabash . 7% Wabash preferred.;. 18 Western Union... 85% Wheeling and Lake Brie....,.... 15% Wheeling and Lake Erie preferred. 41 BONDS. Alabama, class A,...,,....*.110 Alabama, class B. 110 Alabama, class c. 101 Louisiana stamped 4s. 99% North Carolina 4s. 104 North Carolina bs.. 124 Tennessee new settlement 3s.*. 87 Virginia 6s deferred.. 6 Virginia Trust Receipt 4s. 6 Virginia funded debt... 63 United States 4s, registered. 13 1 United States 4s, coupon. 112% United States 2s. 96% Bouthern Railway ns...*.*... 96 Southern Railway common.»...<. 9% Southern Railway preierred. 32% South Carolina 4'as.... 107 ♦Bx-dlvidend. fold, jAskeil. C. BEHNEY, F. W. DIXON, President. Vice-President. State Loan and Trust Company, 2015 First Avenue, Birmingham, Ala., -DEALERS IN Stocks and Bonds. WANTED. BONDS. $/o,qoo to $20,000 Georgia Pacific first mortgage 6s and ys. $70,000 Georgia Pacific second in come. $5000 Eureka Company ys. $3000 to $7000 Alice Furnaee Com pany ys, 7892-7902. J. P. MUDD. 11-30-tf STOCKS, BONDS AND GRAINS bought and sold for cosh, or carried on a margin of 3 per cent, commission one sixteenth each way. Fractional lots dealt in. We either execute positive orders for our clients or operate for them at our dis cretion. Our pamphlet and daily market letter mailed free on application. CONSOLIDATED STOCK AND PRODUCE COMPANY, 47 Broadway, New York. 12-15-su-3m Chicago Board of Trade. As many complaints are coming to the Chicago Board of Trade showing that per sons intending to deal in grain and pro visions through members of the Board and subject to its rules and regulations, are mis led Into dealing with persons or firms who have no connection with this Board, the public is cautioned against dealing with such persons or firms, and is notified that GEORGE F. STONE, Secretary, will an swer any inquiries as to whether any partic ular person or firm is a member of such Board. GEORGE F. STONE, Secretary. *S-24-sun-6m WHAT IDO YOU -WANT TO KNOW ABOUT SPECULATION? Grain, Provisions, and Stocks Bought and Roid on limited margins. Hulse’s Manual for Specu lators sent free on receipt of two-ceut stump. Correspondence solicited. JAMES C. HUL8E & CO., Rooms 453-455 The Rookery, Chicago, Ills. 12-l-sun-13t Chicago ’Change. Chicago, Dec. 14.—The week’s business in wheat, which still remained open this morn ing. was cleaned up pretty well before the close, and for a half holiday there was quite an active session. The liquidation of “long” property exceeded that of “short," as demonstrated by the position of prices at the close. Outsiders were evidently without interest in the market judging from the limited number of orders received, and apathy prevailed in the local crowd, in so far as transacting new business wras con cerned. A decline of c at Liverpool af forded no encouragement—and was the cause of a fractionally lower opening, which however, proved to be the outside quotation for the day. May wheat opened at 60%c, declined to 60c, where it closed, %c under yesterday. Cash wheat was weak and Vfcc per bushel lower. Corn—The sentiment in corn was decided ly adverse to prices. May corn opened at 28*40, declined to and closed at 28*4 c, %c under yesterday. Cash corn was steady, but closed nominally easy and lower. Oats at the beginning was the strongest grain market on the floor this morning, but in the last hour became tiie weakest and lost. %c from yesterday. The early buying was for "short’’ account and by the eleva tors. The selling which precipitated the break was general, with many of the early buyers quite active in the opposite direc tion. May closed %c under yesterday. Cash oats were, weak and per bushel lower. Provisions—The receipts of hogs this week wrere just a trifle below expectations, and a ' moderate decrease in the arrivals next week is looked for. That fact and the strength of the market at the yards stimulated pro ducts a little today. Whilst there was no particular vigor to the buying, there was, however, less inclination to sell. At the close May pork was 7^c higher than yes terday and May lard and ribs each 6c high er. The domestic markets were firm and for eign steady. Receipts were fair and ship ments liberal. The leading futures ranged as follows: Articles opening Highest Lowest Closing. Wheat Dec...... 56% 56% 56% 56% Jan. 57%: 57% 56% 56% May. 61% 61% GO Go Corn Dec . 25% 25% 25% 25% Jan. 25% 25% 25% 25% May. 28% 28% 28%i 26% July. J*% 29% 29% 29% Oats - Dec. 17 37 36% 16% May. 19% 19% 19 19 rl Pork Dec . 7 90 7 90 7 90 7 90 J*n . 8 47% 8 52% b 47% 8 50 May. 8 82% 8 90 S 82% 8 67% Lard Dec . 5 15 5 15 5 15 5 15 £in. 5 30 5 30 5 27% 5 30 May ... 5 50 5 Aft ft 50 5 52% rnKiba— • nee. 4 40 ’4 30 4 30 4 30 ybn. 4 27% 4 30 4 27% 4 30 May. * 50 I 4 55 4 60 1 4 52% *'Cash quotations were as follows;Flour Hfras dull and barely steady. Wheat—No. 2 spring, 5G%(li57%c; No. 2 red, 60^6Hic. Corn £-No. 2. 25%c. Oats—No. 2, 17%<(*>17%c. Mess pork, $7.87%<4S.OO. LanL $5.25&5.27%. Short rib sides, $4.25^/4.55. 'Shoulders, $4.50^4.75. Whort clear sides, $4 W’hisky, $1.22. ^ Sun’s Cotton Review. ONcw York, Dec. 14.—The Sun’s cotton re yiew says: Cotton rose 7 points, reacted ftnd closed barely steady at a net advance of 1 to 2 points, with sales of 68,800 bales. Liverpool was firmer and unchanged on the spot, with sales of 10,000 bales. Futures there advanced 1 to 1% points, and closed very steady. Port receipts were 32,703 bales. Spot cotton here was quiet and unchanged. Today's features: It was a small affair today, the cotton speculation, nor is it ex pected to be other than small. Jor some weeks to come. But though the market is narrow it is believed to be Just about as hard. At any rata it advanced today, and though part of the advance was lost It closed at some infprovement on the day. One of the best features is the continued activity in Liverpool. Lancashire spinners are replenishing their supplies with acelleri ty. W'hioh gives evidence of their l»elief that the American crop Is short. Providence and Fall River manufacturers, It Is stated, are drawing on their reserve stocks. The re ceipts in the main are smaller, notwith standing that a certain amount of Christ mas cotton Is likely tr> come forward at’ about this time in acoorriAlice with a good old custom of the south, where a hearty fes tival is traditional. Nevertheless the arri vals, not only at the ports, but at such leading interior markets as Houston and Memphis are far below those of a year ago*. Toward the close today there was more or less southern W’lre business in the shape of long liquidation for operators who trade for about a points, as usual around the holi days. This liquidation and a little local sell ing caused the recession. The exports lat terly have shown a tendency to increase, and although they are considerably less than a year ago, and the total since the opening of the season is 1,000,000 bales be low that for the corresponding period last year, it Is of interest to observe that in spite of this fact the stock at the ports Is 261.602 hales smaller than at this ttme in 1894. But the bulls at the moment are more encour aged, because of the phenominal activity in Liverpool, than by anything else. The Ger man operators bought today. General Cotton Markets. g £ © g 2 w w| 2 a Cities. = » g" : ? S • 3. : ■ 5 "S : : ® M Galveston... 8 3-16 6461 . 50 137381 Norfolk. 8*4 3054 385 18508 Baltimore. btyfc . 681 .... '26123 Boston. 8 9-16 046 2780 . Wilmington. 8 1109 . . 24039 Philadelphia. 8 13-10 166 1116 .... 12224 Savannah— 8 3563 4o9 88502 New Orleans 6Vfc 1276S 13528 1400 367464 Mobile. 8 210 .‘ .... 32262 Memphis,... 8VJ, 2680 2790 2750 151631 Augusta. 8Vfc 796 * 601 . .. 42595 Charleston .. 8 1557 200 50109 Cincinnati. 8U 090 . 350 8791 Louisville 8«4 . St. Louis. 3 3-16 897 4592 1406 6o235 Houston. 6Vfc 6896 . 85G S0O39 New York Cotton Market. New York, Dec. 14.--Cotton was quiet: middling gulf, 8 13-10c; middling uplands, 8 9-16c; net receipts, 145 hales; gross receipts, 4678 bales; exports to Ore«at Britain 103 hales; exports to the continent, 80 bales; forward er, 2628 bales; sales, 152 bales, all spinners; stock, 180,862 bales. Total today and so far this week: Net re ceipts, 32,703 bales; exports to Great Britain, 5381 bales; exports to the continent, 3234 bales; stock, 987,154 bales. Total since September 1: Net receipts, 2,919,316 bales; exports to Great Britain, 833,199 bales; exports to France, 245,006 bales; exports to the continent, 715,972 bales. New Orleans Cotton Market. New Orleans, Dec. 14.—Cotton futures were steady; sales, 22,600 bales. December, 8.18; January. 8.13; February, 8.17; March, 8.21; April, S.24; May, 8.28; June, 8.32; July, 8.35; August, 8.31; September, 7.98; October, 7.90. New York, Dec. 14.—Cotton futures dosed barely steady; soles, 68,800 bales. December, 8.27; January, 8.28; February, 8.33; March, 8.38; April, 8.43; May. 8.47; June, 8.50; July, 8.51; August, 8.52; September, 8.23; October, 8.12; November, 8.21. Liverpool Cotton Market. Liverpool, Dec. 14.—12:30 p. m.—Cotton Demand was fair and prices firmer; Ameri can middling, 4%d; sales, 10,000 bales, of which 9000 bales were American; for specu lation and export, 1000 bales; receipts, none. Futures opened steady and In fair demand. December and January, 4 32-64d; January and February, 4 30-64G£4 31-Wd sellers; Feb ruary and March, 4 30-64d; March and April, 1 30-64^4 31-64(fr 4 32-64d ; April and May, 4 3t-64fh’4 32-64d; May and June, 4 21-64®4 32-W6 4 33-64d; July and August, 4 33-64d; August and September, 4 33-G4d. Futures were steady at the decline. Liverpool, Dec. 14.—1 p. m.—Cotton futures closed very steady. December, 4' 34-64@4 36-64d sellers; December and January,' 4 32- 64®4 33-64d buyers; January and February 4 32-64®4 33-64d buyers; February and March, 4 22-64(q4 33-04d buyers; March and April, 4 32-64® 4 33-64(1 buyers; April and May, 4 33- 64d buyers; May and June, 4 34-64d sellers; June and July. 4 34-64@4 36-64d buyers; July and August, 4 35-64d buyers; August and September, 4 34-64d sellers; October and No vember, unofficial, 4 24-64d values. The World’s Visible Supply. New York, Dec. 14.—The total visible sup ply of cotton for the world is 3,906,090 bales, of which 3,540,490 bales are American, against 4,399,032 bales and 4,070,832 bales re spectively Inst year. Receipts of cotton this week at all interior towns, 171,576 bales. Receipts from the plantations, 257,743 bales. Crop In sight, 4,183,427 bales. New Orleans. New Orleans, La., Dec. 11.—Open kettle sugar, according to grade, 2%'jv‘i l-16c, mar ket strong. Centrifugals were quiet; granu lated, 4%r<t4 5-16e; white, 3%®4%c; yellow, 2% <S>3%c; seconds, 2Vi<fr3%c. Molasses—Open kettle, according to grade, 18®34c. Centrifugals, 3<&>18Cj syrup, 17fq22c. Refined sugar—Powdered and cut-loaf, 5c; standard granulated, 4%c; confectioners’ A, 4VjjC. Rice was steady: prime, 4,/ac; fair, 2%@ 3%c; common, New York. New York, Dec. 14.—Flour was dull, but steady; winter wheat, lowr grades, $2.25® 2.65; winter wheat, fair to fancy, $2.65®3.30; winter wheat, patents, $email@example.com; Minneap olis clear, $2.50't/3.10; patents, $3.15(^4.10; low extras, $2.25®2.G5; city mills, $3.90®4.00; Min neapolis patents, $4.0tK?i>4.26. Southern flour was dull, but steady; com mon to fair extra, $2.10<§'2.80; good to choice, $2.90^/3.00. Wheat was weaker and quiet; No. 2 red, in store and elevator, 69c; afloat, 70Vi'fi‘70%c, closing weak; January, 66c; March, 67%e; May, 67c; June, 66%c; July, 667/Bc; December, Corn was weak and quiet; No. 2, 33% in elevator; 24%c afloat; options were moder ately active and weaker, closing weak at %6/%c decline; December, 33% c; January, 33%c; May, 24% c. Oats were dull and lower; options were dull and easier; December. 22%c; January, 22%c; May, 24%c. Spot prices—No. 2, 22%# 22%c; No. 2, white, 24#'24%c; mixed western, 236/24 c. Hay was firm; spring, 70#75c; good to choice, 90c6f$1.00. Wool was Arm, but slow; domestic fleece, 16#22c; pulled, 15#34c. Beef was dull, but steady; family, $10.00# 10.50; extra mess, $7.506iH.f»0. Beef hams were quiet at $15.006/45.50. Tiorccsl beef w'as steady; city extra India mess, $16.00. Cut meats were dull and weak; pickled bellies. $4.87%; shoulders, $5.00; hams, $8.25# 8.75; middles, nominal. Lard was dull and unsettled; western steam, $5.52%, nominal; city, $5.10; December, $5.50. Refined was slow; continent, $6.00; compound, $4.62%#5.00. Pork was dull, but steady; old mess, $8.75# 9.25. Butter was In fair demand, choice was firm; state dairy, I3#23c; state creamery, 19 #26c; western dairy, ll@19c. Elgins, 27c. Cotton seed oil was steady. Rosin was quiet. Turpentine was quiet and firm at 27%# 28o. Rice was firm; domestic fair to extra, 3# 5%c; Japan. 3%6/4c. Molasses was firm; New Orleans open ket tle, good to choice, new, 28#36c. Peanuts were steady. Coffee options were quiet and unchanged to 5 points down; January, $13.70; March, $13.55; May, $13.00. Spot Rio was dull; No. 7, 14%c. Sugar was dull and easy: fair refining, 3%#3%c. Centrifugals. 90 test, 3%#3%c. Re fined was quiet and unchanged. Freights to Liverpool were quiet, but steady and uncha?iged. St. Louis. St. Louis, Mo., Dee. 14.—Flour was dull and unchanged. Wheat was lowor; December, 56c; May, 60%c. Corn was lower; December/ 23%c; Jan uary, 23%c; May, 25%c. Oats were lower; December, 17%c; May, 19% o. Pork—Standard mess, $8.50. Lard—Prime steam, $5.10; choice, $5.17%, Bacon—Shoulders, $5.25; longs. $5.12%; clear ribs, $5.25; short clear side**, $5.37%. Dry salted meats—Shoulders, $4.62%; longs, $1.50; clear ribs, $4.62%; short clear sides, $4.75. High wines were steady at $1.22. Chicago Cattle Market. Union Stock Yards, 111., Dec. 14.—Cattle Receipts, 600; murket steady; common to ex tra steers, $3.00#5.50; Stockers and feeders, $2,256/3.65; cows and bulls, $1.60#8.50; calves, $2,506/6.00; Texans, $2,706/3.65. Hogs—Receipts. 16,000; market firm and slightly higher; heavy packing and shipping lots. $3.45#3.60; common to choice mixed, $3.35#3.60; choice assorted, $3.50#3.75; light, $3.406/3.57%; pigs. $2.40#8.55. Sheep—Receipts, 2500; market steady; In ferior to choice, $1,756/3.40; lambs, $3.00#4.40. Cry Goods. New York, Dec. 14.—The dry goods market today presented a decidedly quiet appear ance In all departments. The tone has con tinued easy on staples, with prices ruling Irregular, but not appreciably lower than a week ago. Woolen* and worsteds have hardly sold up to expectations, and ad vance* In price made at the opening of tho season In new heavy weight* have not al ways been retained. The best feature has been the retail business, which is reported to have shown decided improvement under favoring weather influences. Weekly Bank Statement. New York. Dec. 14.—The weekly state ment of the associated banks shows the fol lowing changes: Reserve, decrease.*1,902,960 Roans, increase.3,170.91)0 Specie, Increase. 123,900 Legal tenders, decrease . 1,684,600 De|ioslts,l ncreuse . 1,369.000 Circulation, decrease. 12,990 The banks now hold *18,391,325 in excess of legal requirements. A SOCIAL STIC EXPERIMENT. Rife and Rules of Work at Lane’s Labor Settlement In Paraguay. Cosine Is the name of Lane's labor set tlement In Paraguay, an outcome of t lie abortive socialistic sett lepient of New Aus tralia. Tho Cosino Monthly gives some account of life at Cosine. Labor Is rough ly divided into outdoor and Indoor depart ments. Bosses, not so named, are - In ohnrgo of various subdepartments of each kind of labor. Workmen are busied in clearing, farming, gardening, dulrying anti several mechanical trndos. Tho cook ing Is done mainly In a common kitchen, only two families maintaining kitchens of their own. Two cooks are on duty In the common ldtchon, and there are three re lays of oooks for this service. Married persons have their meals sorved at home, but singlo men eat In the large dining hull at tables seating four persons each. Tho women attend co-operatively to tho wash ing and mending of tho single men. Other such work In the colony is douo In the family. Tho colony works eight hours a day five days a week. No work is done on Sun day, and them Is one other weekly holi day. Most persons take a half holiday on Saturday afternoon and the other half holiday at some othor timo. There is a midday summer siesta of thru? hours and two quarter hour “sinakoha’s” dally. Breakfast Is at 6:80 o’clock in summer and 0:30 In winter. Tho cook’s horn reg ulates everything In tho settlement. Ev ery adult has an allowance of three Para guayan dollars weekly, and children linvo 1\\ Paraguayan dollars. Men must pay 62.76, women 62.50 and children 00 cents woekly to the kitchon. What Is left may bo spent, at tho settlement storo. Tho worn en nau ior n unie an extra allowance or $1 a week for the purchaso of luxuries, obiefly floUr, sugar and meat. The stock of these luxuries gave out, and tho allow ance was discontinued. Mon may use tho value of their holiday time in tho purchaso of artioles mado by holiday labor. No price is yet charged for boots. Men buy home grown tobacco at 20 cents a pound, petroleum, monthly magazines and soap. There are books and piles of newspapers in tho dining hall, and these are free to every ono. Every night at dusk thooolonlsts gather In tho dining hull, whioh is also an assem bly room, to boar “evening notes” read. These are artioles prepared for publication In the press of the outside world, letters from friends und newspaper clippings. The dining hall Is lit up at night, nnd the colonists road and play ohoss or ohockors. There Is a Spanish class going twico a •reek, and a dancing doss has been formed. Evory gathering now ends in a dance, though women, nnd especially sin gle women, are scarce. There is a glee club, and tho singing class moots twice a woek. Saturday night Isu gala time, and tho Literary and Social union takos charge and provides entertainment.—New York Sun._ An African Cook. Deria All was our swarthy chof, a little wizonod up old follow, much given to com (flaming of und quarreling with the othor mem burs of tho outfit, but, on tho other hand, a first class jungle cook. Ho had seen a good deal of the world, having visited Melbourne and other placos In Australia. Not finding thorn to his lik ing, howover, he had returned to his na tivo Jungle. His wardrobo was, liko Sain Weller's knowledge ftf London, “exten sive and peculiar.” Ono day ho would ap pear wearing a tarboosh, two yards of cul loo nnd a spear; the noxt day very tight trousurH and an old militury overooat; an other day an undent and porous mackin tosh, of whioh ho said, “Him cost me £5 at Melbourne.” On the march his duty was to drivo tho shoep—poor, white, fat tailed things. They got so used to marching that after a few days they needed no driving and would follow llko dogs, getting grnduully klllod off day by day till they woro all gone, and a fresh lot had to bo bought to 1111 their places. It was necessary to take sheep with us in order to keep tho pot supplied when our tiino was devoted ex clusively to the pursuit of llonH. On such occasions It would liavo been fatal to sport to discharge a rifle In order to supply our selves with food. Ono sheep marched with us for about 240 miles, his day of execu tion having boon postponed to tho very last because wo had become so mutuully attached. Wbon ho was klllod, ho was barely eatable.—Nineteenth Coutury. Patriotic and Diplomatic. In Sir Walter Scott's journul ho speaks ropeatodly of tho superior appearanco of English youths over those of Scotland. Ho theorizes that their nianners ripened ear lier and moro thoroughly in a sunnier cli mnlo. Wo aro accustomed to think of England us something other than a hot- ' houso, but thoro may bo a germ of truth in tho idea. Every one acknowledges tho graoo and cose of even the most ignorant peasant in southern countries. In tills connection may bo cited a speech made to un American who attended sonto conven tion in Genoa some timo ago. Slio wore pinned to the lapel of her coat a tiny badge which hero the llnliun flag. Wliilo on a , wator excursion she noticed a vessel which l floated tho stars and stripes. A thrill of 1 hoim-weh shook hor voice as sho said im- n pulsivoly to her boatman, “Did you ever see anything more bountiful than that banner?” With a courteous bow he an- *' swored, “Novor, madam, except tliut which you honor by wearing over your !, heart.”—New York Times. __ ,, English ClmrchCB. y The English people havo a deep seated love for their old churches and cathedrals, !' and they spend money lavishly for their ^ preservation. In tiio last 20 years not less , than £10,000,000 lias been expended in the , restoration of those edifices, and tills does ,, not lncludo any sum below £500. In London alono £800,000 lias been thus > spout. In addition £9,000,000 1ms been .t devoted in tho oountry at inrgo to the erec tion of new churchos. Another notable 11 fact Is that most of tho money raised for these purposes lias been derived from pri vate gifts.—London Letter. ,1( -- d With Emphasis. Noiglibor—Bertie, your mother Is call iDg you. ?. IJcrtie—Yos'um, I know it, but 1 fancy she don't want me very had. r. Nclglilior—Slio hus called you soveu times already. Bertie—Yes, I know, but she hasn't called “Albert” yet.—American Hebrew.