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J. C. MARTIN, Publisher. IRINTH, : : : MISSISSIPPI. MY BIRTHDAY. little folks came In last night stood beside my chair, boldly climbed upon my knees, safely nestled there. is your birthday, don't you know?" ^■ventured my surprise; brought their little presents out; ■looked with wondering eyes. think you're Just the nicest man ever lived," they said. Intend to stay until time to go to bed." thoughts ran swiftly back and forth, shuttle through the loom; memories with dus)c came In filled the silent room. W the farm gate open wide, ie lowing herd psss through; lilac bush and climbing rose, •enchod with the morning dew. cornfield, rich with tasseled brown id cherry-colored silk; shepherd dog, the flock of sheep 1th fleece as white as milk. [ cabin home, with low-roofed porch Id window on the side, ere purple morning glories trailed I robes of queenly bride. [ locust grove, with odor sweet |om sliver blossoms white: [old crab orchard on the hill, mere birds sang on till night. another, In her rocking-chair, lieath the morning sheen, ■ heard her sing "Sweet Fields Beyond and Dressed In Living Green." Irted, for the Are burned low; « ashes, white and free, B crumbling, and the little ones ■re sleeping on my knee. hour was late; the gifts they'd brought Bl fallen to the floor; Bled from scenes of yesterday B the open door ■tier years and nobler things Bn ever I had seen, Bnt to look from faded past ■"Hills of Living Green." Bf. Bruner, In Chicago Inter Ocean. ii LON'S TRIUMPH. I BY MARY B. DOWNS, iems to me Lon carries all his small Is in that button on his coat in I of in his head, like folks that God I." Thad was sitting on the bench Ie Ordelia when he said this, sharp r her pencils with his new knife. , Em's right nervous. I reckon he'll r get used to reciting before folks," »Ordelia. "Lon's smart, though," added, demurely. Inart! He couldn't answer boo to istion without that button to twist Ingers on." inyhow, wherever his brains are, he fcs good recitations," persited Or lits a right foolish figure at it, just lame." Elio's that you're calling'foolish?' " U an awkward boy, who had fced himself before Ordelia's desk. Booked up, laughed, and said; Iliad says you can't recite a word lout that button to twist." In's freckled face flushed sensitive |"What'll you bet?" he asked, turn pn Thad. Ill bet a half dollar that you can't lain- one example in mental arith Ic straight without yanking it all pf that button of yours." Ill right. I'll bet," said Lon, reckless [Then he looked down with a rueful Ie at the button in question, which tied by a frail thread or two from coat. [ reckon I'm bound to do without be remarked, "if I don't get it sewed Soon." • !)h, I'll sew it on for you, if you'll ) at the house this evening—after )ve won the bet," said Ordelia, light be news of the challenge went pd, and for once interest was roused !he mental arithmetic recitation, therefore"—Ordelia thus concluded problem—"the man had 00(4 geese begin with." Ending with glib ooa •nee, she folded her hands behind ^ poised lightly on her shapely feet I looked with smiling complacency the "next." 'lie "next" was Lon. The whole ool belonged to the mental arithme class, but of the craning line that I toed the crack from the water iket to the blackboard at the begin b; of the recitation only three schol I now remained on the floor—Or jn, Lon and Thad. Next!" bn's slender figure shot up in rigid intion. He folded his arms reso il}' across his breast and waited, wdelia, on one side, graceful and ine, waited, too, and on his other ■ stood Thad, his feet widely planted ■his face darkly flushed. Be teacher. Miss Molly, read the Blem slowly and distinctly. Lon re B<l it in a clear, defiant voice and ■ took up the explanation with eon Bee. Ordelia settled back into her ■ and glanced about in triumph, ■'s brow began to straighten in a ■ scowl. The school held its breath ■fared. ■tting 2-2 represent the number of that the man had in the first ■ then 1-2 will represent the num sheep—of sheep that—yes, the ^Br of sheep thut he bought. Then ^B the—the whole number of sheep ^Be owned—the whole number of ^Bthal lie owned—the whole nuin j^B sheep would be represented by I^Bich, according to the problem— !■ according to the problem, and j^Brep—I mean which, according ^Bn'a arms relaxed. His nervous S^Bwent searching for the inspiring I^Bia's smile changed to chagrin. l^Bface broadened with a derisive laugh went round the school. B^Btammering tongue stopped al H^Br. There was a moment of f^B then the mortified boy turned H^Bad in a fury. "You sneak I" 1 ain't a sueakl What'B the matter with you?" Thud's fist doubled and he tell back defiant. "Mo one but a sneak would play a fel low such a low-down trick as that. I'd like to know what business you have to cut oil my button." "I never cut off your precious but ton." "You liel" The school uprose with one accord. Seats clattered and indignant voices rang: "He did 1" "He didn't!" him 1 " The sharp tap of the teacher's bell struck Into the din. The hubub ceased. The excited children shrank back in their seats. "There, that will do!" gasped the teacher. "Yon may take your seats, boys, Ordelia; the class is dismissed. The school may come to order. Now we will have a season of quiet." Miss Molly clasped her hands upon her desk, and looked coldly down one side of the room and up the other. In proportion to the number of pu pils, the schoolroom was very large. At the suggestion of Miss Molly, who de sired space for calisthenics, the chil dren had ranged their desks on opposite sides of the room, and behold! the Bap tiste all on one side, the Methodists on the other. And there they sat fact to face—an arrangement that added zest to responsive Bible reading in the morn ing, and to all manner of school con tests. At present Methodists and Baptists oat in Irreproachable order, their hands clasped convulsively on the desks, their faces averted or lowered, lest they Bhould either laugh or cry. Twd bright spots burned on Ordelia's cheeks, but she sat perfectly still, her eyes down. Thad, opposite, was casting anxious glances toward her. Lon, on the same side of the room as Ordelia, but several cents removed, was staring straight be fore him, his gray eyes snapping with enger, his lips closely pressed. It was already past time for school to close. The younger children looked sly ly at the solemn clock, and softly sighed. The geese came waddling past from the pond, screaming in shrillest deri sion. Mr. Oscar's mules thrust their noses through a broken window, flung up their heels and dashed away. But the clock ticked on, and Miss Molly con tinued to look out of the window. Sud denly the "season of quiet'' was broken by a shrill announcement. "He didn't out It off. He done jerked it off. I saw him." It was the voice of the first reader class—of Pouley, who sat alone In the shadow of Miss Molly's desk, carefully shoved back until all but his wriggly toes were out of Bight of Miss Molly's eyes. At this audacious outburst from the youngest class, Guy and Gistee, the sec ond class, turned their backs and clapped their hands over their mouths; but in spite of their desperate efforts at self-control, little squeaks of merri ment escaped between their fingers. Miss Molly opened her report book, looked at the convulsed school, and quietly replaced the book in the desk. "I shall not call for reports to-night. Take position. You are dismissed." Lon strode across the room, snatched his hat and flung out of the door. Then he sprang back and faced Thad. "I'll get even with you for that dirty mean trick, and don't you forget it!" Thad shrugged his shoulders, turned on his heel, and walked over to Ordelia. She held the lost button in her hand, and took a step toward the door, but Lon was gone. Miss Molly's school-room was the old Methodist church. When the fine new church was completed, the old building became a schoolhouse, and although its timbers are rotten, and everybody ob jects to it as an eyesore to the clear ing, there it still stands to this day—one corner in the old graveyard, one corner in Mr. Oscar's cane patch, one corner in the public road, and the other corner— it has never been determined just where. Fortunately for the school, the line of Mr.Osoar's cane patch runs just through the crack of the double front door, so that a sufficient length of the steps re mained unfenced, to afford to Miss Molly and the children unobstructed entrance and exit. One day—a February day in that sun ny south—when the class in denominate numbers was required to estimate the area of the whole interior of the house, with a view to putting in a ceiling with out knotholes and a floor that would not wobble, an ill wind from Miss Molly's cold home away up north swooped down into the piny woods and came nigh to sweeping the steadfast old Methodist church quite beyond the possibilities of reconstruction. How everybody did shiver, and how the angry flames roared in the heaped fireplaces! There was no fireplace in the schoolhouse, but there was a stove —a very plucky stove, too. It stood on one leg of its own and three of brick and puffed away until it was red all over, reckless of the fact that at any moment the stovepipe might topple or telescope dowD und set fire to the schoolhouse. It was Lon's day to provide fuel, and a great pile of lightwood and pine knots overflowed the wood box. "1 saw "You never!" The children had gathered in a close circle about the stove, screening their best they could from the scorch faces lug heat of the fire, and forgetting the shivers behind in complacent contem plation of Miss Molly's red nose and purple chin. Thad, with his usual as surance, had placed himself beside Or delia. Ordelia perused her book, coolly indifferent to his presence, apart from everyone and deigned to look neither to the right nor to the left of his history book. Lon had been in the dumps ever since the loss of his button, and it was under stood by the school that he was likely to remain in that unhappy state of mind until he had thought out some ade quate revenge for Thad's Accordingly, since the morning when he had shortly refused to permit Ordelia the button, the school had Lon set meanness. tif sew on let him respectfully alone. The door of the achoolhouse hadbeea closed, even locked, against the weather. The windows had been stuffed with hats and bonnets. But the boisterous norther scouted such frail defenses. It seized the sides of the house and shook them till they swayed, screamed through cracks and w histled through knot-holes; it swept under the rotten sills and sifted up through the floor. Above, below, and on every side it entered, oold and gusty, pressing back the warmth of the stanch little stove. Miss Molly, with her feet on a sheep skin and her hands muffled in her coat sleeves, snt with her back to the school, watching the red fingers of Gtstee and Guy trace a sentence on the blackboard. Seizing the opportunity, Thad stuffed the stove full of fat pine. The flames took a moment to grasp the fuel, then mounted merrily. There, was a cautious shoving back of benches and chairs. The first reader class, Pouley, having crnned his heck to make sure that. Miss Molly was not looking, stealthily retired into the in viting cavern under the rostrum, where the pinching drafts of the norther and the parching heat of the stove were In less serious contest. There he made a seat of his book, settled his chin in hla palms, and, gazing serenely upward, observed the phenomenon of red creep ing up the wavering line of stovepipe. Miss Molly's pencil dropped from her stiffened fingers, and, stooping to pick it up, she spied through a crack the image of Pouley's placid contemplation beneath her feet. Drawing the con gealed muscles cf her face to a frown, she opened her lips to issue a sharp summons, when out popped Pouley into the middle of the room, pointing up ward and shouting: "Quickl qulckl enught afire!" The smaller children huddled toward the door. Some of the older ones scrambled for their books and hats. Miss Molly stepped swiftly from the rostrum to Pouley's desk, thence to the floor. Ordelia, big Hayes, Thad and Lon stood beside her. Looking Up through the plpehole in the ceiling, they plainly saw the danger. A length of the stove pipe had settled, leaving an oj>en space between it and the next length. Swift flames were pouring into the pipe, striv ing toward the draft of the brick chim ney above; but the wind, breathing un der the eaves, blew the fiery column aside so that the hot flames licked the roof. The curling shingles were al ready smoking; in, a moment they would be aflame. With three bounds Lon was out of the door. He seized the ax from the wood I» THE up of The house done pile, dashed back into the room, and leaped to Miss Molly's desk. "That's the go! Rip her down! HI, big Hayes, catch hold!" shouted Thad, excitedly. With a mighty spring Hayes caught the board that Lor, laid pried loose, and both swinging from it, they peeled it down, leaving a wide opening in the ceiling overhead. "Now», then, up with you and wipe her out!" directed Thad, even before their feet had touched the floor. Ordelia turned upon him. "Wipe It out yourself!" she flashed. Thad gave her one surprised look, then swung up into the loft. "Fling me something to work with!" he shout Lon jerked off his coat and tossed it ifp; tii en, snatching the bucket from Miss Molly, he threw the stove door wide and began to dash cautious cups of water upon the hissing fire. Choking smoke and steam poured into the room, but the leaping flames died down quick ly, and the red-hot glow soon began to fade from the stove and pipe. "How are you coming on up there?" coughed big Haves, trying to peer up ihrough the smoke. "All right—I've put it out. I'm coming down." Look there! away Thad's cowhide shoes appeared, swing ing out of the smoky atmosphere. "Hold on, there!" shouted Lon. But his caution was too late. Down plumped 1 had with a jar that shook the house. The frail stovepipe rattled to the floor. 1 had lost his balance and sprawled upon the floor, one of his clumsy legs kicking out two brick props from the stove. The end of the stove dropped with a thud; auother moment its entire fiery contents would have been belched forth ujx>n Thad's prostrate form had not Lon enught the stove with his bare hands without a second's hesitation, and raised it to a level. Ordelia darted for the scattered bricks and drove them into place, feeling the while that hot rim smoking into Lon's hands, and smelling the singing flesh. When she sprang to her feet she saw Thad leap to Lon's support. "Lor! What did you do that for?" lie gasped, his lipN quivering. Lon rallied. "Didn't I promise to get even with you?" he shouted. Then lie fainted. When he came to himself the sullen ness that hud possessed him for the past week was no longer in his ey es, and he could smile, spite of the smarting wounds. Ordelia anointed his blistered hands with sweet gum salve, and skillfully wound them in torn handkerchiefs. Hayes picked up the fallen pipe. A moderate fire was awakened in the stove, and the school resumed their seats. Contrary to the expectations of tho school, Lon did not sit beside Ordelia. But neither did Thad. 'She two boyB, enemies that morning, sat side by side, looking over the same book, Thad flushed and ashamed, Lon pale but tri umphant; for had he not returned evil with good? Lon's coat had been ruined by the fire, so Ordelia did not have the pleasure of sewing the button on; but this was of no cousequenee, for during a week of stubborn resolution Lon had learned to recite without it.—Youth's Companion. —The finest needles are about one inch in length. A needle, for sewing with coarse thread, is from one and a hall to two inches In length. WINDING UP ITS WORK. The LaBt Day's Session of the Fifty-Fourth Congress. THE WORK, AS USUAL, IS INCOMPLETE. Too Much Lett Until the Last Moment, and, as a Result, Some Important Matters are Left Improperly Attended To. SENATE. Washington, March 3.—The last day's session of the Fifty-fourth congress opened with a drizzling rain storm. The gallery doors of the senate were kept locked until 10:45, and when, a( that time, they were opened the sec tions that are free to the general public without card were immediately filled up to the last seat while hundreds of people section to cards from vacant scats left, while the section re served for the families of senators re mained quite empty, even for some time after Chaplain Milburn made his farewell prayer—consisting of one of the collects from the Episcopal prayer book. In order to save time the reading of Tuesday's journal was dispensed with. The confercnee report on the District of Columbia appropriation bill was re ported and explained by Mr. Teller (sil.,Col.). The report showed, as usual, compromises on both sides; on the question of charities, however, no com promise had been effected, and it still remains in controversy. The senate receded from its action for the con struction of a crematory in potter's field. This offered by Mr. Galllnger (rep., N. H.), and when Mr. Teller's explanation ended, Mr. Galllnger explained his re gret at the senate conferees abandoning it, as he said the condition of things in the cemetery for the indigent poor was not paralleled in any other great city in the world. The conference report was agreed to and a further conference ordered on the matters still left open. A further conference was ordered on the sundry civil appropriation bill. A conference report was presented on the bill to amend the laws relating to navigation. When it was read an In quiry was made by Mr. Allen (pop., Neb.), as to whether the bill now con tained the flogging clauses. Mr. Frye (rep., Me.), chairman of the committee on commerce, who presented the conference report, made a full answer to the inquiry. The conference committee had, he said, added to the bill a clause that nothing contained in it should be construed to repeal or modify section 4,011 (passed in 1850) which enacted that "flogging on board vessels of commerce is hereby pro hibited." Then the conference report was agreed to. Mr. Gordon (dem., Ga.) presented a paper detailing the scenes in Carpenter hall, Philadelphia, on the Fouth of March, 1797, when Washington deliv ered his farewell address and took his leave of official life, and he ask that the paper be published in the Record. So ordered. Mr. Dubois (sil., Idaho), chairman of the committee on public lands, pre sented the report of that committee in the ease of the inquiry into the issue of patents for lands In the Pcrrine grant in Florida and Mr. Pettigrew (sil., 1S.D.) presented a minority report. The majority report justifies the action of the department while the minority report favors the annulment of the patents and the opening of tho lands to public settlement. Both re ports were ordered printed and went over without action. The conference report on the post of fice appropriation bill was presented and agreed to. Mr. Hale (rep., Me.) presented a par tial conference report on the naval ap propriation bill and made an explana tion of it. He said that all the general items in dispute had been arranged and that the controverted matters which were still open were as to the increase of the navy by torpedo boats and as to the price of steel armor for ships. There was nothing which the Senate could do except give the house an op portunity to pass upon the senate amendments. were left outside. The which admission Is by senators had a few amendment had been HOUSE. The galleries were filled when the house met at 10:30 a. m. Considering the early hour when the house took a recess (8 a. m.) the attendance of mem bers on the floor was very good. A disagreeing conference report on tlie Indian appropriation bill was pre sented. Mr. Flynn (rep., Okla.) opposed the senate amendment which detaches the 4,000,000 acres of land belonging to the Osage Indian reservation and transfers It to the Indian territory. Mr. Curtis (rep., Kas.), who defended the amendment, asserted that all the leading chiefs of the Osage tribe favored the transfer. They were attached to Oklahoma without their consent, he said, and if made a part of the Indian territory would secure that measure of justice which is now denied them by the citizens of Oklahoma. By a vote of 67 to 100 the house re jected the report of the conferees, and a further conference was agreed to. Mr. Cannon (rep., 111.) moved to sus pend the rules and nonconcur in all the senate amendments to the general deficiency bill. Mr. Malion (rep., Pa.) wanted the house to vote on the amendment mak ing payment for the Bowman act judg ments, amounting to nearly a million dollars. Declines to Give th e Date. Lexington, Ky., March 3. — Gov. Bradley telegraphs the Leader that an extra session of the legislature will be called after March 4, but déclines to give the date. MISSISSIPPI MATTERS. in at er to An Kxtrs Scion to Bo Call«A T. M. Henry, in Commercial Appeal. The legislature is to be called in extra session to provide and for the purpose of considering the capitol ques tion. This was decided on last week at a conference of State officers and Speaker McCook On calling the oonferenoe to order Gov. MoLaurtn briefly gave a hl§: tory of the aotion of the last legislature on the oapltol question, which eventu ated In the appointment of the capitol commission to examine plans and speci fications, which waa to report the same to the next session of the legislature. He said considerable pressure had been brought to bear on him to call the legis lature in extra session for tha purpose of providing for anew building, but that inasmuch as the legislature had failed to enaot legislation providing for a building he did not feel that he should call it in session for that purpose. He said a statement of the revenues pro vided by the treasurer and auditor would he submitted to the oonferenoe. This statement, which follows, was then submitted by Treasurer May, and lta contents is what determined the aotion of the conference. The question of tho time was considared, and March S3 was finally agreed on. This may be ohsnged by the governor, hut it la hardly proba ble that it will be. It will be called to pass on the revenues, a new capitol and probably some other minor questions wbloh have not yet been considered. Following is the letter of Treasurer May and Auditor Holder to the governor, which explains itself: Jackson, Feb. 22, 1897. Hon. A. J. McLaurln.TïoVërnofî Dear Sir—Replying to your Inquiry relative to the financial condition of the State we beg to submit the following statements: On the mornlna or the contained $381.37â SO. After deducting $101,898 due on the January distribution of tlie comm school fund and $75,000 duo on pensions, there re mains $204,474.79 In cash to be applied to other expenditures. We have closely estimated the probable re ceipts and expenditures from this date comber l, and reach the following result: Probable expenditures. Including those for November. 1897, due Dac. 1 . 1897 $749, T?1 1« Probable receipts, including cash on hand. 22d inslant the treasury till De 504.474 T9 Probable shortage Doc. 1 , 1897.$184,837 35 Including November collections, which are paid during the month of December, the state ment stands as follows: Probable expenditures. Probable receipts, Including cash on hand. $749,312 1« T13.17T 31 Probable shortage on Jan. 1.3 36,133 83 In estimating the receipts those (or the flsoal rear 1894-93 were taken as a basis, the levy (or that year being 8 mills, the su hie as lor the pres ent year. The deficit will probably occur during the montb of July, and will continue till January, 1898, during which month the collections (or December are received. In this connection we beg to call your atten tion to the (act that several ol the a tlons are abort. In the aprroprlatlon sors (or 1896 there was a shortage o( $4,536.14. The appropriation (or the aesessors for the present year is only $ 12 . 000 . least $ 16,000 more than this amount to pay There are no appropriations in the tollowl: counts: Special Judges and dlatrlct attorneys, capitol repairs, or trustees (or the various insti tutions and colleges. Yours respectfully, A. Q. May, Treasurer. W. B. Holiikk, Auditor. pproprla for asses It will take at them. DE ac 8upr«m* Court Decision«. By Whltflsld, Justice—Alabama A Vicksburg Railway Company ts. Mrs. M. E. Inga, from First District Illnda Circuit Court, affirmed; Ferguson & Head vs. A. J. Brown, from Monroe Cir cuit Court; reversed and remanded. By Stockdale, Justioo—Paul Jeffries vs. the State, convicted In Marshall Cir cuit Court of murder and sentenced to the penttontlary for life, reversed and remanded and new trial awarded; O. Y. Gregory va. J. T. Brogan, from Clay Chancery Court, reversed and set aside, so far as includes the lands claimed by appellant and any lands In the east half of southeast quarter of sootion 11 (ex cept nine acres in northwest corner,) and 100 acres of the west side of south west quarter of section 12, all In town ship 17, in range 5, east, in Clay county, Mississippi; Chris Ford vs. the State, convicted in Holmes Circuit Court of burglary, reversed and remanded for new trial. Like« Mltalsnlppl's Prison Sjrstem. In referring to the meeting of the Na tional Prison Reform Association to be held In New Orleans during this month, tho Vicksburg Post takes occasion to highly commend the Mississippi system. It says the leasing of oonvicts "is brutal, cruel and Inhuman, and unworthy of any decent community, or civillzod peo ple. It has been tolerated in the South for years, until Mississippi, by an act of the State constitutional convention of 1800, abolished the system, an example which has been followed by other of the Southern States. Louisiana bolds on to the system with all of its worst features, without any apparent perception of Us iniquitous character. Mississippi has demonstrated the fact that the convicts can be worked on State farms at a fair profit, and at the same time treated with humanity and kindness." Fire Sent In Church. The Methodist ohurch at Columbus last Sunday while services were in prog ress and the congregation. In its efforts to get out, nearly created a stampede. The fire, which caught from a defective flue, was soon extinguished. Yazoo's New Telephone Line. Tho Mutual Telephone Company will open an exchange In Yazoo City about May 1. It will have about 140 sub scribers to begin with and hopes before the end of tho year to increase the num ber to 200. Mississippi's Fighting Strength. Tbs discussion in the United States senate over the Cuban question has caused the question to be asked as to how many men Mississippi could put in the field in case of war with Spain. The National Guard consists of 1.800. There are thirty-two companies, two troops of cavalry and six batteries of artillery. This force oould be gotten ready in a ahort time. Lunette Asylum Thief. A thief entered tho orohard of the lunatic asylum at Jackson one night cently and pulled up and oarrled off thirty or forty trees which had juet been set out. 60UTHERN GLEANINGS. *-w Mardi Oru at Birmingham, Aim ! The second celebration of Mardi Grma in Birmingham, Ala., was a suooesa. Vulcan, second King of the Carnival, arrived on a special train, and waa greeted by the blowing of every steam whistle and ringing of every bell in the city. He was met by 10,000 people at the depot, where a gorgeous procession was formed, Alabama took a con spicuous part, and the principal streets wore traversed. At the city hall Mayor Evans delivered the keys of the city to Rex and bade him welcome. The night parade was two miles In length and included SO fioata, representing the realms of other worlds, together with floats of various social organizations, the king in his chariot, princes in carriages and the like. A grand masked ball by the German Turnverein society in the king's honor concluded the day's festivities. The king's ball was a society success. A Preacher After Gamblers. Rev. Leon Sonfleld, pastor of the St. James Methodist Episcopal church, Galveston, created a sensation the oth er night by announcing to his congre gation that he had visited a number of dives and gambling-houses and waa prepared to give the chief of police some valuable pointers. Mr. Honfleld read the addresses of eight of the principal gambling-houses of the city, four of which he visited, and then pro ceeded to pay his respects to the mayor, chief of police and sheriff for not en forcing the laws for suppressing these evils. He said that there was an much corruption in Galveston In proportion to population as there was in New York, Chicago or Philadelphia, and that he was prepared to back up his statements with facts. The sermon throughout was a scathing arraign ment of the city administration and was the chief topic on the streets the next day. in which Georgia military and Not a Bad Showing. The figures show that in 1896 the total exports of corn from the United States were 128,518,487 bushels, aa against 61,469,609 bushels in 1895, a gain of 67,100,000 bushels, of which 60.000. 000 bushels was the gain at southern ports. New Orleans made a gain of 16,500,000 bushels, Galveston 5.000. 000 bnshels, Newport News 5,500, 000 and Norfolk 9,800,000, bushels. The total value of all exports from the United States for the first eleven months of 1896 was 8888,660, 415, an increase of 8156,800,000 over the corresponding period in 1895. A little over onè-half of this total gain, or 878.600.000, was at southern ports. The percentage of Increase at southern ports was 85 per cent., while the gain at all other United States ports was only 1G per cent. A Judicial Tangle. A curious judicial tangle exists at Montgomery, Ala. City Court Judge Arrington died a year ago and Gov. Oates appointed John G. Winter to suc ceed him. The statue requires that the judge shall be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. As the legislature was not In ses sion Gov. Johnston held that Winter's appointment could only be a temporary one, and several days ago appointed Hon. A. D. Sayre, president of the sen ate, to the judgeship. The senate promptly confirmed him. Judge Winter declined to step down, claiming his ap pointment was for the term which ex pires two years henoe. The matter will be taken to the supreme court. Ralph Deschamps Acquitted. Ralph S. Deschamps, who killed his host, Thomas Rhame, in Manning, S. C., some time ago, has been acquitted. Tho evidence was that Deschamps was leaving, and Miss Rhame was helping on his overcoat on a dark piazza, when young Rhame came out and began shooting. Deschams returned the fire with fatal results. Rhame had been drinking. Deschamps and Rhanve were sons of state senators. A Great Cargo. The British steamship Milwaukee cleared from New Orleans recently for Havre, France, with the largest cargo ever taken from the city. It was an assorted cargo, but it was estimated as equal to 27,000 bales of cotton. The actual weightof the cargo was 18,045,000 pounds, and its aggravate value was 8941,104. Mexican Gulf Htenmithlp Company. The Mexican Gulf Steamship Co., of New York, has been Incorporated, to navigate a line of vessels between Gal veston, Sabine Pass, New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola, Tampa and Key West, In the United States, and Tampico, VeraCruz, Tuxpan, Frontera, Progresso and Laguna, in Mexico. Judge WIIlit«. m W. Crump. Judge William W. Crump, assistant secretary of the treasury of the con federacy, and a prominent criminal lawyer, died at Richmond, Va. He de fended Jefferson Davis on his trial for treason, and was leading counsel for the defense in tho most famous murder cases known in Virginia. A Painting of Grady. An elegant life-sized painting of the late Henry W. Grady was unveiled for inspection in the library of the state university at Athens, Ga. The painting is the work of Mrs. Bessie Taylor Hill, and is pronounced life-like and realistic. Aw Bmlnent Divine. Rev. Dr. J. T. Leftwich, an eminent Presbytoriui divine, died at the home of his son Atlanta, Ga. He suffered several yejra from locomotor ataxia. Southern Cattle for Chicago. A solid train load of beef cattle, made up of 15 cars, of about 30 head to the car, left Meridian, Miss., a few nights ago, for the Chicago market. First Editor of the Atlanta Constitution. CoL Carey W. Styles died in Steven son, Tex. He waa the first editor of the Atlanta Dally Constitution, when, it waa founded in 1868 .