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DftÄöürtcn nmï TALnô.
Says Abby's Estimate is Incorrect. Points Out
the Krrors und Demonstrates the Deficit.
A Plain, Straightforward Statement. Inhibits the IJest Tem
per. No Harsh Words or Unjust Criticism.
Hon A May. state treasurer was asked recentl) by a r«*|s.rter of the
een the statement of Hon K V Abby in which it is
shown by Mr Abby as a
th**r« would b<* no «b*«-fiit, an*l in reply Mr May
< 'larbin Ledger if ht* had
claimed that taking the receipts of last year
estimâtes for receipts this ye*
LstimuteM ea
Ot be 1
the first pUn ■« in regard to the r«""ipt • and dishur.-***
th" ligiir«*« as arranged P\
apt Abby In
year 1m*
ginning Oct 1st iwjir». arid «'ruling Kept noth 1*99, he *l*.«-s not subtract the
dal warrants paid until the close of the fiscal year but carries
d then
tie* fival
cuts fi'
$195,495. of sj
them through his stafem<*nt as money in the treasury up to Si*j»t«*iiit>**
deducts them
if paid in Sept«*mber, \vh«*n in fai t 4194,150 of these special war
rant« were paid by my predecessor Hun .1 .1 L\ ans. up to January iOtli I Mini
and they wen* all paid by Mu* Jlst day of July. IM'»;, except $.:.•
in August and S.-pteinlmr Now if he
mich w
ill deduct from th*' money on hand $194
the books a** paid on Mu* lui. of January
»n June doth IHM fis,, a;:» on July illst,
th*- :;l«t of Augu- : 1*99 ami $29 «»n th*- doth of September. IHtia.it
ami instead of having on
Mr Abby then* would be
4M of tine
special xvi
•rants entered
1899 $ 10,01V»
April doth, I Ht Mi $ :,fi<
1890, $15 00
allows the condition of the In .isury tin
Igh the year
hand $2IH j,?
August. 1st 1890,
ly nil of which was hehl l*» the ci
1*'NN than $29.900,
lege», *i
dit of the A A M
•'•'»uni of the Vnit' il Sl it, npproprinti*
* familiar with the *•
IHM. of July. iHtKÎ the tl'e/isiirv \v;i
to the
it i-S well
or about Mi«
km.wn to tin
nt able to
>1 tin- frea
e«*f all obligfitioi
y that ii
v 1 1 e i
prevailed until the November and December col
»•■riled, and that this en
ther fiscal ye
of July August, S'-pt*
• ? i paid
in T'ii** djslmiseiiients f«»r the
*1 November, 1HÜ0 would have been groat
vr Mian Mm amount* wfi
by the book*» of the treasury had there Im***i
oil hand at all Mines during nd months to
my spécial report to the legislature, after giv
auditor's warrant» for the fiscal year, I Ht,ated that during t le
were special warrants paid amounting b» $r.» > lu.»
"Copt. Abby took it for granted that tin*
In tteptotuher, 1 HUH, or at tin* eh
mat«* «if
calve during the
receipts for tin* said two months to tin* amount "I ifbM.UHi : »
ceipts of last year this if. *,000 of the special loan i
•«* the priMMM'ds from the sale of bonds to the amount if.»!l,o|fi :{.'»
will be seen after deducting those two amoniits from Mm receipts
June of last \ ear, the treasury will receive this year for the Ham«* months $ I Ml.
0HI. »15 1 «'mh than it did for the months of May and June of last \eur
port 1 «'ailed tlm special athmtion «»I* the legislal
sali* in the following words
* . t the ela
vh. I
g tlm
vhole a
• uiit of *I'W 4!» >
as paid
c of Mm fiscal y«i
, hi'iice Ids error
In his esti
reiptH for tim present fiscal y«*ar lm estimât« ** that tin* tr**asury
nf Its of May and June the sanu
Mis of last year In this lm is mistaken, and lu
ounts it did for the corn*
vercMtimnteil tin*
In the May re
* reeepts of last
So it
>f May and
In my re
«• to the special loan and bond
" 'As will b«* noted, the rei'eipl* for tin* fiscal
ling September .'loth. I mu*'», are uniisunlly 1/irg«* forth" follow!
Bonds to the amount of ffiKi
•III eommencilig ( )etol»«*r 1st,
ig ren
premium of ItJ.fiüH
of |I.*iO, 000 wi
>I<! at
• n
making a total of A||:t fiilH m;,.
der legislativ«* «•nactment, all of which
"For tin» informali<
I the special lo;
e iii«*lucl«i| in th«*si* receipts
*f nil
v 11 o d " *
•i* I** know. I will state that fm.OOOof
auditor s re«*«dpt warrants in April.
From Mm proceeds of the sab* of bonds, tf.'iO.lMfl,
auditor's rcc»*ipt warrants in June. I him;.
the special loan wan paid into the treasury
IHM. and foiJNMl in May, Ihüii
1)5 was paid into tin* tn«nsury
t|l)54,0H5.5O in July. IHttfi
There is now i
nmn school fund i
January «llstrilmfi
more Ilian
tbu ,)un<' distribution
the ! roast try $'HH,*I I It. IM and the J une «list ri hut i«
■ third of jjtinM.MM). less the poll taxe» eolloctcd si
F.stimuting the««* poll taxes at $Mii
colh'ct«*«! for the same per
<'apt Abby «»stimates that
•Idle it now contains
uit» will exceed tlm receipts from now until that time
estimates for I HUH. ('apt Abby makes the same
June as lm do«*« for |HU7
"1 have no dmtbt that ( apt Abby's
oversight which will appear dear to him if In*
and examine tin* books
J' tin* com
ce tlm
< little
Inch is j
ill take .$277,81)!)
Juls 1st, I Hi» 7, tin* treasury
will him* on hand $1)00,09? 4o,
nly $248,4 19 18, and the
In making his
• as to receipts for May and
intake grows out of au uninDntional
ill eome lo the treaHttrer's office
Cupt. R. H. Abby Makes AnoMicr Statement.
Home «lavs ago H«*pn*sciit/itiv«* Abby, of Tunica, made
of tin» house in which In* «iiscussed tin* financial condition i
a speech
>f the slab
tin- floor
The lig
ure» used by ('apt Al»b> were published in the Picayune
Treasurer May in
with the eoinsdm
«•raI dav s ago
interview «•ontnimsl in these «lispnbJn*s last night, took issue
of I In* ligun's made bv i 'apl
Abby b/ul the olork «>i the house r«*n«l Mu*
Abby Tins morning ( 'apl
newspaper publication of Treasurer
May, after which !»«■ said
"The »tnteiuent nia«b* hy me
aissippi was made fi
»tato of Mississipjd, in
house, directing him t
once, tin* fii mu ial condition of the state,
any then* b«», in the treasury and that in
th«* actual deficit that will exist Jan I, 1898. and tin*
to the financial n
the official report of tin* Ihm
»hediouce to a concurrent resolution offer«'«! b
dition of th«* «täte «»f .Mis
b* Ma \. tr«»asurer of th«»
me in the
r«»port to the legislature of tin* state of Mississippi at
ith tin* cj
of tin* present deficit, if
said report the treasurer shall estimate
greatest poHsible (lefleit ti
wenr during the year imps, and list the amount
paid out of the treasury during the years 1897 and I huh.
"The Hon. A. Q May. the treasurer of tin» slat«», arranged the receipts and
diMbursi»iiieuts for the
! appropriations and «lehts t«» he
mthsof each fiscal year in his report to tlu* legislature,
and I only suiuined up th«* halances for «»nch month
If the figures were mislead
ing a» arranged in the report furnished ns hy him.
myself, l, as a member of the legislature, as
«»in* ean regret it more than
representative of the state and of
•as endeavoring t«> obtain a eorreet estimate of tlu*
of the state and to ascertain if it
the tax {Mi y ers «»f Mississippi,
financial conditio
raise the
intelligently t«> myself,
wiry b
wits nect
from fi t«> 7* mills.
as to perform my dutie
tin* state and my consti tue *nta
Mr. May iilncoil Mu* sp«»i*ial warrants paid, amounting t< » $195,495 ,*it Mu*«
nr 1895 and ISIMI. h»aviiig n balama* for tliat fiscal
th«' treasury on September Jfi, is'.Mi \
in the Ireasury at thnt Mine ,;*l
f his report for the fiscal
y«»ar of ^Is.niM) fis j
that there would have bt*e
"The $195,495 special warrant* paid during ti e li.-enl year is:i5 nn«l |HUB. as
w««ll ns the |150,(MH) special loan paid in same year, can ni'ver again enter into the
entrinnt«»» for disbursements for the fiscal years l s '-'fi 97 and 1*9? us,
amount in the nggregnt«* to ^145.495 to b<* tak«*n from the «lisburseno'iits hence
vliile my estimate
- <iii, only one eeut
"As to tlu* deficit that might occur during the fiscal year ! stiff 97, I beg leave
to make Mu* following statement, basing my eaJculation» on the previon» fiscal
y«»ar, eliminating tlu*r«*from tlu* special loan and warrant» paid, as
penae» of this extraordinary
veil as the ex
»»ion of (he legislature
May 5. 1897
: Amount already disbursed.
I including legislative
May. )89fi
Total receipts as per treas
urt*r s rejHirt
From s|H*«'ial loan, ns p«*r
tn*a»nrrr's statement. 75,000 00
*115.750 95
45.054 00
Amount of regular disburse»
monts yet to occur.
Regular receipt*. $ 40.750 98
June, 1890
Total receipts as per trenailr
or » report
Fr«un special warrants ns p«»r
treasurer's report.
Regular receipt»
♦ 2.855 77
E IT l M A I I I
Ÿ 91.502 90
59, fi 10 «5
May, 1897
Amount brought forward
per treasurer'» report... #2fil,:)02 52
May 5. 1897
Kstimnttnl receipts for hal
ance of month.
• Disbursements after »th. 9?' 2
Y 112.'.in m
June, 1 89«
Total disbursement» as per
treasurer s report.$ 59,409 77
Special warrants as pertreas
tirer*» statement . .
Regular disbnrs**
May. 1897
Net receipt» without special
loan ....
May 5, 1H97
Net receipts alivadx »
into tin* trenaury
:i7,an; 2»;
|*298.iW9 78
To balance in tivusnrv
June, 1897
$295,884 01
Dills. . . .if 47.StH.t 7 ;
Amount brought forward Ut
, !
92.54« fil
.$ 40.7ÔII P.7
Disbursements .lane, 1,-liT
To balanee i
.inly, Imii
'ir.:i:l7 -.'ii Amount brought forwaril
No means of estimating re
«:l'*s.4:iii 112
•1,419 «9
treasury.$28O,«20 85
Amount to Is* received for
luilance of May.
DISBUits EM ; ;nts
$289,920 85
May. 1897
Net disbur»ement»
■-'".-Kl :t:t
'Ithout __
•pedal warrants $ 47,m 77 To balance in treasury.♦ 2.787
.. . ....
He is a man ;
«■xi. u„t- ti, >. ,., ,, .
Mr. May the treasurer, confidently assert* there wimld W a .lefleit some |
time In July, 1WL. A.riling to his report and statement* 1 fail to Hud the de j
fleit in July, even after the distribution of the common school fund
proper mot jv»*« may !>♦* imputai to hua in ni» mJ fur lu«* nu*i» \zl iuteurity of
tb«î «täte Th** l«*gi>d»tur«* ha- kindly nuthori/.* 1 *] a loan of $2M\«K)0 to cover any
«l«*fi'it that may ownr on acconnt of conv<ning tbo legislature in extraordinary
wmkm hh well ah
f am extraordinary appropriation* or expenditure«
bv the next legislature
•«■rely triibt that not only his, but the f*nr«of even
I i]
e may hence
1 thank him
forth 1 m* at rest as
égards any deficit f«*r the fiscal year 1*9? 9*.
kindly for hi« generous offer to me f<> go -v< r the )><.-,k - jn the treasurers office,
hut he ii
] (
( " 111,4 ** Iant ' ,UI '*
* 1,1 1 ' L j
tie* <*dit"i i'll ' olumi! of the Silver
• x
1 they )... : I j ; that tin y
'■"ïuiü'.ilit;. .-ibove tin -mm udify .-il ver. or any other
: ; • ! th.:* tiny hav»* Ui«*r«*by
I 1 1 ••*!'•- * • >!'• • .ill money is dis
that p':rit \ het »V« •» n
itli Hi* Mlv. v *|i;*-lioii or any other
Those who are opposed t*i the dioholical
■iviliz at ion and make prosperity impossible by perpetu
fobbed believi that ::?l] grains of pure
i|"'d i tie- <vi nnneiif is an honest,
cell aware of
task -** ardu*
, and thnt in Me* dying «lays *>f this ex
le for me to do so. Allow me to assure
t'< investigate
tra<*rdinary scNsion i* wouhl U* jiiijsihhi 1
him that only mv zeal tor tin* tax payers
the abstract subject, an*l he will, 1 trust, pardon
*ith him or anvon»* else
f th** state prompted
• for not entering into a new s
Having ja rfoimed my duty
the SUbji f
•'mstituent- to tie best <>f my ability with
pai*er wi
t*> the legislature, the state
the lights before
«• recognizing that the wealth <>f th** < itizeu is the
vealth of
the state, that the taxing p
should only 1 m* exercised
vit h great prudence,
l»*ave t" bid adieu to this <ontr«A"
V'icksburg Ili rald.
v«* take fro
of th** doth itiHt
Knight National \Vat« hm:n
is full of truth
What do the
whih* ■' little intemperate
vindling gold
corrupted one nation after
other a
til they have
material out of
loney metal to be worth as
anofactun*d. end
ad«- it iinpo'-iblc for anv
nnu h a
made parity jiupOK-ible
honest bn I gohl V
different kinds of niuiicy lm
question pertaining to
of t he gohl i tes to ilcst n
We snv to the
ig to d<
«I contraction, falling price*-of property and
that Mm h
vlio ha
silver or -11:.M grain « of sfa
lard silver st;
d that V h Hi grt,
• "1 standard gold, win h h is be«*n doubled in value
by tin* «lent met n
of silver mid Me*
«J gold manipulators, is a
dishonest «lollar. Tie g«dd d
thousands of millions of hard • ■
•*rs to the <'ous|»irators it i" Mm msln
has beci
tlm in-tniiii* lit
In ridiv tens of
d wealth has beei
inferred from tin*
t ra
contracts have been
changed and arc being «lai Iv ebang«-*! il is Mm
'■dI bv which ♦ In* goods
cut by which
istonmrs to
on tlm shelf of tlm merchant, are daily dépréciai
the business man loses bis fortan«* thrmigh Mm !;; .;<*, tv . f his ci
s the
i -I rm
ished and tlm classes have be«
or to pay, it i*
the instrument v
hereby the
een inijiover
We dermunc«* the g<
and unjust. It has no parity
ar and every man win* advocates it a
villi anything but rascality
ts purcijafing power
has been double and is incrensing daily Its equality is i quality with sin
with labor or property
«1 not
shall re
We dem;
1 that I12i graiii o| stiindar«! -ihr
main a dollar vvlmn stamped by the government
cause it has niaintaim d parity
thing Hurt contributes to the happiim> of
lent gold dollar is entirely immaterial
Tlu* il ver dollar is honest be
ith human labor, with jiropmty, and
It • parity with the fraudu
vith ev.*n
anki in 1
( )n the contrary, we are opposed to any
di-parity wi til labor and
•h partly Rarity with the pre.-ent gold dolb
property Tlm single standard gold dollar without the *
thief of labor and tlm oppressor of mankind. \V< want
it It lias no parity with anything but itself
r nicj
is«* of silver is the
"tiling in parity with
d fraud and corruption.
We must have nior«» money «»r perish.
\\ hi'ii and how did the gold conspria
aterial out
the right to buy up the commodity gold, reject all other
of which money is mad** compel all nati*
tors obtn
to compi le for the commodity gold,
■an that th** chiites arc loading «
and th«>r<*by. double its value'.' We arc
nation on earth with gold obligations
lions to her silver debt converting her obligati
1'oor Austria ha added live hundred mil
siiih* gold and proposes t«> add
The officials of Japan have
v gold and lose its prosperity
s| tira tors will enhance tin* prici of gold and increase
We first lieai J
auotlmr hundred million tothat intolerable load
been bought t<> compel that country to 1
)»«• no doubt that tin* «•<
its disparity
cent dollar, t
ith «'Veryt hing hoimst\
>f a 90-cent dollar, a 7i
05 cent dollar, a 00 cent dollar, and m>«
they propose in the
ith everything
r worth only 110 or 40 cents
ait until tlm parity conies, which
campaign to enhance the prie*» of gold and increase its disparity
else until the\
aim 112* grains of standard si I v*
in gohl, and they will tell us that we must
they know ran ne
their infam«
oiim. and ought not to r
\ before
an have relief
« In» » Unit itiiily fnlmnrr II» valti<> nf mnin v »n,l devrai« tile
till' »ii««» nf lnlmr «ml II» vnliu' of jiropi'rly. mid thoroliv onsl.-ivi- tho musses
An lioiicst iliill;
money . and no other «hdlnr is honest and n
honest man. N
hear ilown the gohl price of silver, and if tliev mala» it
ill maintain
pnril\ between labor and property and
advocates r
y other kind
matter lm\v low the conspirators may bo able to
of dollar is
•orth only live cents t
for them.
\N'e know and th«'
ounce, hi
«»very dollar containing 4121 grains of standard
ountry knows that
silver, stamped by tin* gov.»ru
li always has been t
W e know that by fraud, corruption and the destruction of silver, they
have made the gold dollar a 2 nu e< nt doll:
i» an Inuu'st dollar and a Kill cent <L>!Inr
1 a 1 wavs
in purchasi
•«■ni dollar in it*« purchasing pow«*r before the next elec
•h tin*
r power, and they
probably make it. a 25i
If tin y do. s«
»rse lor t In-iii
The advocates of
iMi lmiu'st labor and property; and if they put it
150 per rent out of purity, their rnsenlitv will In*
that tliev can do
•Ii a dollar
an* 100 per «»eut out «d' parity
But nothing
more apparent
ill change the honest silver dollar eutablishcirby I he tntliir« in
i HM)-cent dollar
make it less tha
Uutlicr Mans It Ip in Memphis.
The dramatic e«litor of the ( 'onnncrcial Api cal has this t
thcr Munshit» as an «»ntt rtainct' N
tliis gifted young man than The Comimuiwciltli
■'Hon Luther Manship's lecture eiititl«»d
say of H«m. Li
■ ia k -
i*re ph'nsure
An evening
I»rovc«l n highly interesting intertaimnent to the seveml hundre«l
seinbh'd in the Y M C. A hall last night to hear him. Mr. Manship is worthy
of comparison to Gov Hob Taylor us a lecturer without "Our Bob' losing any
thing by the «»omparison. Mr Manship may be said to poses» many nf the
liar tpmlitieM which have made T« nnessee's present executive
tin» leetuiv platform. Like ti
f song and storv,"
ho as
n great success on
Taylor, he plays on a harp of many strings,
putting his hearers into i\ mournful mood one moment, and then shattering
gloom with a humorous storv tlu* next
His specialty appears to be n dialect
the narration of a negro storv i
He probably excels in
bad ever been heard in this fit\
y lecturer who
1 in Irish. German or Hebrew din
loot, andthei form the most pleasing part of his entertainment«. As an imperson
g. as he lias a mastery of the lingnnl difficulties
f negro,
In the pert rayai of dilVeivnt eharueters all of
«hip brings a wonderful
< iermnn, Irish or lieh
tin* periods of lit", trom childhood t
x arid \
old age. Mr. Mi
«•f facial «'Xpressnm into play, looking old or young, silly or
In this particular line he is renllv artistic.
sagacious at
He went s
far as to correctly
""pcr-oiintc mi old maid who had received mi offer for In r lmnd in nmrriage.nnd
whose lover, Inn ing heen n great traveler, described her
uu and her eyes looking fondly into his :
Mr. Manship came to Memphis with tin* wry best o
way of newspaper critieisms of his performance, and those
night fully agree with the critics
His lecture consisted of stories.
'ith her head on hi»
resembling some "beautiful ruins '
f endorsements in the
ho heard him last
passed upon his merits as an in
patheric and humorous, songs and
recitations and occasional flights of oratory, that were never long enough to lie
tireonme and were always fanciful enough to Is* enjoyable. Judge L. il Estes
presente«! the young Misrissippian to the and: nee with a few word«of reconi
inondation, and the lectur**rdid the rest, to use a familiar phra.-e.
ho have
. . ., . , His bearers
!u*ver weaned of lus humorous stories and still more mirthful impersonations
A Stone the Builders Did Not Reject.
The following from the esticmed Vicksburg Herald is
ment of tin* situation
Untier all the circumstances that related t.
very happy state
and tondu d upon the net. the
unopposi'ii. uiinniuioiis mill I'litlmsiastii- elivtion of Jho. M. Stunens capitol vom
mission , t was a tribute to honest manhooil tttnl integrity of character, of which
any citizen of the state past or present illicit well l>e' proud. These cirenm
stances, the deep and ultimate meaniiiK nf this incident, if would he both useless
and ill timed to define The act was as honorable too to the legislature, as it was
creditable to the «mud old man upon whom il lias so signally liestoweil its trust
Till' legislature did not mean this call ns a simple bestowal of honor. The
liera turned to ex Gov. Stone naturally, as the state lias
to K»nrd the public interest.
The other commissioners. Messrs Denn,
»«■» often done in the jmst.
of Lafayette, anil Yimn^, of Ciav.
are leading and most highly esteemed eitizens of their eoniumnities Mnj Dean
has served a nnmltor of times in the senate and was an influential tncmlier of the
':'" stitn ' u . . *•"»'■' ntion The board as a whole is „ perfect itnnrantee that the
state will s«*cure honest «'omplinnee with the contract, and
her monev
g« t the full worth of
' 1 he Imppv outcome of the legislative proceedings, the healthful signs it
gave forth in the election of capitol com missioners. is almost full compensation
for this wholly uncalled for call session It is especially gratifying to the H-rald
to note that in the result obtained, Senators Kiger ami Smith, of this t
wen* directly instrumental
and the felicity'
, , putting ex Governor
In Ins well timed resolution forbidding theelis-tion of leg
.... ^ state officers and employees. Senator Kiger shut out a lot intrigue and
lobbying, and |mveil the way for the selection of the Lest man
Senator Smith has the honor
which we may !«■ sura« he did well and onjoved keenly of
stone in nomination
He Made a Brave Fight Bat Waa Rolled la the Da at Senator Hardy
the Flrat to Reapoad to Brewer'a Attach.
The closing scene« of the debate in the «enate yesterday. say* the Clarion
Ledger of Thursday, on the proposition to reconsider the vote by which the sen
ate on Tnesday declined to concur in the adoption by the house of the repo rt of
the conference committee, were the most intensely interesting of the special ses
»ion. and were heartily enjoyed by a very large audience.
Senator Kiger. of Warren, a gentleman who had all along contended in favor
of the penitentiary site, who, during the debate last week declared he would
never vote for a new capitol ou the Kite of the present old rattle trap, and who on
Tuesday voted against the adoption of the conference report, made a motion to
reconsider the action of yesterday, and that motion precipitated the last battle,
securing to Mississippi a new capitol.
( Mr Brewer, of Yallobusha. a senator who has not at this session voted yea on
'* any capitol proposition, poiaed his lance for what he must have known was to be
L j a fight to a finish, and but a death struggle for the opposition. Mr. Brewer is
j fearless knight and charged headlong into the camp of the enemy, fully cognizant
; of the overthrow that awaited him He leaped on top the entrenchments and
made his last defi. which was a most vigorous assault upon the character and re
sponsibility of James Riley Gordon, of Texas, whose plans and specification for a
x new capitol it was proposed to endorse. He affirmed that Gordon had come to
Jackson under a cloud, and that now ho was prepared to prove that Gordon was
y un worthy the confidence the people of Mississippi seemed about to repose in him.
Senator Hardy, the accredited leader in the demand for a change of site, was
| the first to respond to Mr. Brewer's attack, and, figuratively speaking, ran him
through and through, by offering a mammoth bundle of letters and telegrams en
dorsing in the very highest terms Mr. Gordon's ability as an architect and his
title to the favorable opinion of all gentlemen. Mr. Hardy's announcement that
n ho intended to support the conference report was received with very great antis*
faction, and those who had theretofore considered themselves in the minority re
alized the battle was won.
Senator Greaves unsheathed his shining sword, twirled it around a time or
two and sweeped down on the luckless Brewer. He repudiated and denied the
report of Gordon's perfidy, denounced his accuser, one Mr. Martin, in the most
vigorous terms, expressed the conviction that he had been telegraphed for by the
advocates of the Weathers plan, and that he did not pay his own fare to Jackson.
Mr <ireaves was exceedingly severe-he ran his Daiuascan blade through the
champion of the opposition, turned it around and around, clinched it on the other
side, and rolled him in the dust.
Senators Mitchell, Wells and Trigg spoke on the same line, the former hand
ling the assassin of character without gloves.
Mr Brewer stood the shock with good no tu red stoicism, and when he finally
got a chance to put in a word disclaimed any intention of injuring any man, hut
insisted that the charges against Mr. Gordon be investigated.
At times the excitement wan intense, and on one occasion Mr. Weathers,
thinking Mr. Greaves too personal, stepped to the railing and called him to time
on the proposition that lie had sent to Texas.for Gordon's accuser, and where
upon lie (Mr. Weathers) was ordered taken from the senate chamber by the ser
geant at-nrms.
The vote to build the capitol resulted 29 to 10, and the dove of peace now
roosts about the old rookery.
Pleading Extraordinary.
The following piece of forensic eloquence will be read with interest,
shall not give the name of the young attorney responsible for it without his
ing made a great speech, he prefers that his name be not spread abroad in the
He is a modest young fellow, anil while he enjoys the consciousness of hav
"May it please the Court, Gentlemen of the Jury:
You sit in that box as the great reservoir of Roman liberty, Spartian fame
and Grecian polytheism. You are to swing the great flail of justice and elec
tricity over this immense community in hydraulic majesty and incongugal super
fluity. You are to ascend the deep arcana of nature and dispose of my client
with equiponderating concatination and reverberating momentum.
Such, gen
tlemen. is your sedative and stimulating character; my client is only a man with
domestic eccentricities and matrimonial configuration, not permitted, as you arc,
gentlemen, to bask in the primeval and lowest vales of society; he has to endure
tlm red hot sun of the universe, seated on the heights of nobility and feudal emi
imnoe' He has a wife of matrimonial propensities that henpecks the remainder
of his day's with soothing and bewitching verbosity.
II«* has a family of domestic children that gather around the fireside of his
peaceful homicide in tumultuous consanguinity and cry with screaming and
verberating momentum for bread, butter and molasses. Such, gentlemen, is the
glowing and
'erwheluiing character and defearance of my client, who stands
Ill'll« imlioM by this persecuting pettifogger of this court, who ia much inferior
III me iis 1 nm interior to the judge, and you. gentlemen of the jury. The borax
of the law lias brought witnesses into this court, who swore my client stole a tir
km of butter; hut 1 say they swore to a lie, everyone of the, and the truth is con
centrated within them, and 1 will prove it by a learned expectoration of the prin
ciples of law. ,
Xmv, butter is made of grass, and is lniil down in St. Peter Pinder in his
principles of subterraneous law. pages 1H to •>; inclusive, that grass is couchant
and levant, which means, in our obienlnr tongue,that it is of a mild and freo __
tuiv. and therefore you see that my client had a right to grass and butter both.
Again, blitter is made of grease, and Greece is a foreign country situated in the
tar "IT and amaeinted country of Liberia and California, and therefore my client
IS out of the benediction of this court and can not be tried in this horizon.
I will now bring forward my nlimantmn respondent! and cap the great eli
niax Ilf logic by ipioting an inconceivable maxim of law laid down in Latin in
Hannibal, lliulibrns. Blackstone and Sangrado. It is this heck hock
inulticalus, ernenn» et thorn gnta liega sentum: which means in English, that
ninety nine men arc gnilty where one is innocent. It is therefore your duty,
gentlemen, to convict ninety-nine men first, then you come to my client, who is
innocent, and acquit according to law
If lliese great principles shall be duly appreciated by this court then the
great north pole of liberty thnt has stood
. „ , many years in pneumatic tallness
shall continue to stand the wreck of the Indian invasion; the pirates of the Hy
pohorinn »ca», and tlic marauder« of the Aurora Bolivar. But. gentlemen if you
convict my client, his children will Ik? obliged to pine away in a hopeless uiatri
m.my ami his beautiful wife will stand alone and deserted like a dried up muilen
stalk in a sheep pasture."
"Not guilty."
Not So Sick as Supposed.
The Hi. Louis «lobe Democrat thinks "The '.Tonmnl des Débats' is umloubl
' 1 oom ' et in its »«seftion that Turkey's tremendous military efforts in the
■ reck war are not so much for the purpose of, conquering Greece, which could
lie done with half the force now fighting thnt country, as it is to show that she
>» capable of meeting lugger nations than Greece under equal condition More
over. she has demonstrated this fact. The Sick Man is not quite as sick as his
I"-' MOlalls supposed him to lie. This intelligence will be almost as disagreeable
to some of In. pretended friends as it is to his enemies, for it promises to give
him a confidence in himself which will incline him to resent all outside meddling
with hi. concerns. If Turkey is wise, however, she will, in the Greek adjust
ment, take counsel with her old friends rather than with hernew with r„ 1 ,
and France, which defended her in the Crimean war insteîd nf w Jh L £ Kl "? d
»Ä 1 . »an., n... ÂïhSi
German papi'rs point out that in Germany there is a slichr f„in„.. « • ..
increase of population. A Dutch contemporary does m "think tha the '* "
cau be very serious in view of the latest Berlinstatistics On« i
of age had Jil children. Two, 41 and 42 resnectivelv h«À .ii Jn6 , mot , ' Pr ' , ' 1 . venr "
of age, had 20. Two had 1« each six h./T S Severn °? e -'
troop of 17. Thirty-three had presented their hSnds whh ra ,.hf, J o 01CC<i il i- a
ess than IH4 Berlin families halt a round dozen, and îhere àra 1Î- Ä . N °
lm ™lv six triplet,. The mothers of 12 little Berliners 1™ a?t'tar wera^i
We Are
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Will practice In all th«» State ('ou rts und t
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