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THE KOCK ISUXD ARGUS,: MOXDAT, MAJtCII 2, 1914.::
The War Fifty Years Ago
General Sherman's Slow March Toward Meridian, Miss.
A Cavalry Column Moving to Support Sherman Is
Delayed by Bad Roads Sherman Narrowly Escapes
Capture Arriving at Meridian, He Begins a Work
of Destruction Railroads and Mills Given Over to
Wreck and Fire Fortunes of General Seymour's
Expedition In Florida Confederates Rally Promptly
to Defeat It Daring Escape Fiom Libby Prison.
STCapt.CEOR.ee I KILMER. Late V. 9. V.
WN January, 1SG4. General W. T.
1 Sherman arranged with General
TT. S. Grant for an expedition
from Vicksburg to Meridian,
Mlfts with 20,000 Infantry under hi
own command and a co-operating car-
airy expedition, 7,000 mounted men
and twenty pieces of artillery, under
the command of General W. Sooy
Smith, chief of cavalry on General
Grant's staff. This cavalry force was
ordered to start from Colllerrtlle, east
of Memphis, on the 1st of February,
and to Join Sherman at Meridian as
near the 10th as possible, destroying
public property and supplies and the
Mobile and Ohio railroad from Okolona
pouth.
Sherman's orders to Smith were:
"Attack auy force of cavalry you may
meot and follow them Mouth.
Do not let the enemy draw you into
minor affair, but look solely to the
greater object to destroy his commu-
senal. hosDitals. offices, hotels and
cantonments, no longer exists."
Given to Wreck and Fire.
Not Meridian alone, but adjacent
stations were Riven over to wreck and
fire. Tbe raiders moved east, north
and sooth of Meridian, compassing the
destruction in all of 115 miles of track,
sixty-one bridges and culverts, nine
teen locomotives, twenty-eight cars, be
sides water tanks, cotton warehouses,
mills and various public and commer
cial buildings.
The destruction of railroads became
an art with the Federals in the last
years of the war. The plan used by
Sherman was to send out a body of
3.000 soldiers, divided into sections of
l.ono men each. The men of the first
section line up along the track, and at
a signal each man seizes a tie and. all
lifting together, reverse the ties and
rails completely, then pass on to an
other stretch of track.
Section No. 2 of the working rarty
then marches to the track. Each man
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SCNEItAT, SAM JONES.. C. S. A.. CONFEDERATE COMMANDER IN
- FLOBIDA. a-D GENERAL J. R. HA W LET. U. S. A- LEADER OK
A FEDERAL BRIGADE IN SEYMOUR'S FLORIDA EXPELHiTIO-V
nlcatior from Okolona to Meridian
and then east toward Selma." Refer
ence was made to previous verbal In
structions covering all points. Sher
man left Vicksburg with his force
Feb. 3 and reached Meridinn oa the
14 th.
..General Smith's command comprised
three brigades of cavalry first. Colo
Bel George E. Waring's; second. Colo
nel W. P. Hepburn's; third. Colonel
Lafayette MC'rillis' and a battalion
bt the Fourth 1'nited States cavalry.
iDin)andr(l by Captain C. S. Bowman.
-...The heavy rains bad made the coun
try roads nearly impassable. There
was a little skirmishing with the van
guard of General N. B. Forrest's car
airy. Sherman's Night Adventure.
On the night of FeK 12 General
Sherman, then approaching Meridian,
narrowly escaped capture by a roam
ing band of Confederate troopers, who
dashed 'at a pushing wagon train in
tbff hopes of finding Komo Federal ra
tions to appease hunger. Sherman
stopped at a log farmhouse and
erdered supper. While the meal was
being prepared he lay down and fell
sleep. . Before the call to supper he
was startled from his dreems by lond
hallooing and pistol shots close to the
house. . Hurrying outside, the general
saw some wagons passing down the
road on a run,-chased by desperate
horsemen, who recklessly fired pistol
balls in all directions.
' There were no friendly troops In
sight, and Sherman gathered bis head
quartern clerks and orderlies and was
preparing to get them into a convenient
orncrib for defer.se when one of his
regiments, which had marched ou
ahead, came back at double ,nick to
rescue the endangered chief. The
armed escort of tbe wagons had made
a good flgbt in defense of tbe train,
thus keeping the assailants so deeply
engrossed that they overlooked the
great prtee at hand. It Is amusing to
tbink of the doughty warrior running
or cover to a humble corncrib.
After the night adventure Sherman
kept his force well In hand In anticipa
tion of meeting the Confederate In
fantry In battle. The army marched
forward toward Meridian on a sin
gle road. Meeting no opposition. It
reached there the 14th and began a
work of destruction which continued
for five days. Sherman wrote Id his
cluVlnl report of the expedition: "Ten
thousand men worked bard with axes,
crowbars, sledge, claw bars and with
nrr. and I have no hesitation in pro
nouncing the work well dune. Me-
Idian. with its depots, storehouses, ar- ,
Js.c.is a tie from the rails and carries
'Wim a pile for burning. Tbo rails are
then placed on top of the ties and the
pile set on fire. The second section of
workers then passes on to another
stretch, and the third section, with the
aid of the fire, thoroughly destroys
the rails. Only the middle of the rail
is exposed to the flames, and when this
part Is at white beat the men seize the
ends with railroad hooks and give a
double twist to the yielding middle
part, rencering the rail useless except
after recasting and rolling.
The Campaign a Puzzle.
Taken all In all. the Meridian cam
paign has always been a puzzle to mil
itary men. Sherman deemed It worth
while tt deny in his memoirs that he
had intended at the time to go to Mo
bile and in not going there from Merid
ian had failed in accomplishing the
objects in view when the column left
Vicksburg. Said he: "I never had tbe
remotest idea of going to Mobile, but
had purj)oseIy given out that Idea to
deceive the enemy and divert their at
tention. The object of the Meridian
expedition was to strike tbe roads in
land, so to paralyse the enemy that we
could take from tbe defense of the
Mississippi river the equivalent of 20,
00O men to be nsed In the next Georgia
campaign, and this was actually done.
At the same time I wanted to destroy
General Forrest, who, with an Irregu
lar force or cavalry, was constantly
threatening Memphis and the river
above, as well as onr routes of supply
In middle Tennessee. In this -we failed
utterly."
Seymour! Florida Expedition.
The incursion Into Florida of Gen
eral Truman Seymour's Federal com
mand tbe first week in Febmary had
led to a gathering of Confederates
to thwart it. General Sam Jones com
manded the Confederate department, j
wnicn inciuaea r ionaa. and General
Joseph Finegan the district threatened
by Seymour.
When Seymoor landed at Jackson
ville on Feb. 7 Finegan summoned by
wire aid from Savannah and Charles
ton. On tbe 10th he had a boot 600
troops at Lake City, a point about sixty-five
miles from Jacksonville. On
that date General Seymour's mounted
troops, led by Colonel Guy V. Henry,
were approaching from the east.
On the loth Colonel Henry continued
his advance. An advance guard was
sent forward to see If Finegan's troops
were in position to defend the south
fork of the St. Mary's river, while tbe
remainder of the force cautiously fol
lowed. Confederates in small force
were found defending the fork, when
kirtuisa ensued. In wnlch four wen
tilled ou the Federal side and thirteen
Sounded. Two Confederates were
"led and three' wounded, when they
ed to the woods. Their force was
about 1W) men. At 6 p. ro. Colonel
Henry reached Saudersoti. forty miles
from Jacksonville. The place had been
abandoned by the Confeoerntes.
On the 11th tbe command encamped
five miles Croiu Lake City, which was
held by Confederates, but evacuated
during the night. This was unknown
to Colonel Henry, and as he was with
out infantry he retraced his steps to
Sanderson.
Seymour Bisks Defeat. -
Telegraphic communication was es
tablished between Jacksonville and
Baldwin, and General Q. A. Glllmore,
Seymour's superior, who was at Jack
sonville. sent Instructions to Seymour
not to risk a repulse in advanciu
upon Lake City, but to bold Sanderson
unless there were-reasons for falling
back; also in case his advance met
with serious opposition to concentrate
at Sanderson and tbe south fork of
the St. Mary's. On the 13th General
Seymour was further instructed to
concentrate at Baldwin without delay.
Seymour's column comprised the small
cavalry brigade led by Colonel Henry
and three infantry brigades under Gen
era! J. B. Hawley, Colonel W. B. Bar
ton and Colonel James Montgomery.
Finding that neither Baldwin nor San
derson was well situated for defense.
Seymour decided to push farther west
ward and risk .battle with what he
supposed vastly inferior numbers.
In his estimate of the foe Seymour
was mistaken, for on the day when
Glllmore's instructions reached him
Finegan had approximately 6,000 men
in position around Ocean pond, on the
Olustee river, midway between San
derson and Lake City. Ponds and
lakes abounding In the region offered
advantages of defense. Finegan im
mediately began to fortify against the
advancing Federals. Trenches were
dug between tbe lakes so as to form
a continuous line fronting east.
Meanwhile Seymour prepared to ad
vance despite the remonstrances of his
sutordiiiate officers. It was pointed
out to him that he would be fifty or
sixty miles from his base at Jackson
ville with only n rickety single tryk
railroad as a means of communication.
Nevertheless he believed It to be his
duty to go ahead. Gillmore bad sailed
from Jacksonville for Hilton Head.
C and could not be consulted with
out long delay.
Jailbreak From Libby Prison.
During the nipht of Feb. 0-10, 1S04.
a body of Federal officers confined as
prisoners of war in Libby prison.
Richmond, accomplished one of the
most daring escapes in the history, of
the civil conflict. To the number of
10S the captives, representing all
grades from lieutenant to colonel,
inde their exit through . a" tunnel.
About sixty of the number reached the
Federal army lines; the reiuainderwere
captured sooner or later, some in the
streets or suburbs of the Confederate
capital, others in the woods and moun
tains of Virginia.
The groat Libby tunnel was devised
l-y Colonel T. E. Rose of the Seventy-
be made ' a permanen-- o;ie. ' In ' the
meantime an Investigation --will be
made as to the legality of the propo
sition, and a report wit be made be
fore the new city councllmen assume
their duties.
In the event of the permanent in
junction carrying, it is believed, tha
a special election will be called . (or
the purpose of voting a similar bond
issue for the' erection of a city han.
TODAY'S MARKET QUOTATIONS
".. -Local and Foreign .
NOT MADE BY SPOOKS.
House Noises at Night That Sound
. Like Ghostly Footfalls.
In old houses the boards and-Joists
forming tbe floors are often in a some
what unstable condition. Many floors
are permanently bent with the trafllc
of generations. Others are still under
going the warping process. It is easy
to imagine a floor which is in a perfect
ly ripe condition for the production of
ghostly sounds.
During the daytime the timbers get
bent with the Weight of the various in
mates of the house walking to and fro,
but tbe noise and bustle of the day
drowns the starting and creaking
which goes on until the floor has recov
ered its natural position, as it is bound
to do In time, wood being of an elastic
nature. -
When, however, the stillness of night
comes on. these little intermittent
movements may become magnified into
mysterious footsteps, according to the
imagination of the hearer. I myself
live In a house the lauding of which
exactly illustrates my argument. Some
hours after all are in bed the sound as
of one stealthily creeping along the
landing Is beard loud enough to star
tle a light sleeper into wakefulness.
Who's that?" has often been the ex
clamation, but by good sense the nat
ural explanation has as often been ac
cepted. London Times.
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Didn't Need the Hoe.
Some time ago a hobo meekly tapped
on tbe back door of a suburban home
and asked for something to eat. The
good housewife responded that she
would feed him on the back step along
with FIdo provided he was willing to
earn the meal By cleaning out the gutter.
The tramp agreed, and when he bad
eaten his way through several sand
wiches the housewife came out with
a reliable looking hoe. '
"You needn't have gone to that trou
ble, madam." said the hobo. "I never
use a hoe in cleaning out a gutter."
"Never use a hoe!" snid the woman.
"What do you use. then, a shovel?"
"No, madam." sweetly replied the
hobo, starting for tbe back gate, "my
metbpd is to pray for rain." Boston
Advertiser.
Chicago and New Yoik markets fur
n:Fhed br E. W. Wagner & Co., mem
bers Cbicago Board of Trade; ' grain
provisions, stocks and cotton; private
wires to all financial centers. Corre-
sfonddents on the New .York Stock
an Cotton Exchanges. TrI-cl'.y office
I-, suite 309 Best building. Phone
Rock Island 330.
. P. J. Mccormick. Man,?.
CHICAGO MARKETS.'
Wheat Open. Hign. Low.
Close
May 94U 94 93 94U-B
July 88. 89 88 89 -A
. Cora
May .....67'i 67 67 -67-B
July 66 67i 66 67-A
Oats
May 40 40 40 40-A
July 40 40 40 40-B
fork
May 21.27 21.42 21.27 21.35-B
July ..21.40 21.50 21.40 21.40-B
Lard
May 10.67 10.65 . 10.55 10.55
July 10.77 10.82 10.75 10.75-A
Ribs
May 11.37 11.4211.87 11.37
July 11.47 11.55. 11.47 11.50-A
85
Sheen stesdy, 10 cents lower,
0.0i. Iambs 5.60 8.00.
' ' Close of Market.
Hogs strong. Early prices strong to
shade higher than Saturday's average.
Mixed, $8.35 8.70; good, $8.638.70;
rough, S8.35.50; ligjit. 18.35 8.65.
Cattle 10c higher.
Sheep s eady, 10c lower.
Chicago Cash Grain.
Wheat No. 2 r, 95 ; No. 3 r, 94
95; No. 2 h. 9393; Xo. 3 h, 92
92; No. 1 ns. 9799714; Xo- 2 ns,
96; No. 3 ns, 9395; No. 4 ns, 90 93;
No. 2 s, 95 96; No. 3 s. 93 94; No.
4 s, 92; No. l .vc. 95 96; Xo. 2 vc,
9494; Xo. 3 vc, 9293; No. 1
durum, 9394; No. 2 durum, 9293;
No." 3 durum, 91,92.
. Corn No. 2, 66 ; No. 3, 60 ; No. 3
w. 64S65; No. 3 y, 6162; No. 4,
5860; No. 4 w.. 61C4; No. 4 y,
5861; sg. 4354.
Oats No. 2 w, 42; No. 3 w, 39-
40; No. 4 w, 3939;. standard.
40 ; sg, 38.
Liverpool Cables. .
Wheat Opened off; closed up
to off.
Corn Opened off; closed to
duplicates wheat is now a
eigners are awaiting to zee oor'uJt
estimates. Inter Ocwa thinks T
in a probable strong position bnt
not exoect much on h.,n :
"UJl BIUR ilifj
first half of March. March wW1
serves of ISO ftfin nun .,.
not be considered verv large c
lag at the weekly v)8ibie chT'
peculiar affair. On the mov.J7?
Southwest Receipts. the past week it would aps.r
Hc-cs. Cattle. Sheep, tne wheat viable ahi -J. .
Kansas City j...'.. 10.000. 13.000 10,000 above 600,000 or 700.000 "H
Omaha . 5,800 5.200 15,000 The corn visible mar Inrr.,.. .
;' I tie. There should be . f,i. .. "
NEW YORK STOCKS.
New ,York, March 2. Following are
the rlosing quotations on tno stock
market today:;
Union Pacific. ...lo9
U. S. Steel preferred llOVi
V. S. Steel common 64
Reading 104
Rock Island preferred 8
Rock Island common 5'
Southern Pacific 93
New York Central 89
Missouri Pacific 24
Great Northern 127
Northern Pacific 112
Louisville & Nashville ....136
Smelters 67 j
210
111
29
63
,91
91
97
Canadian Pacific '
Pennsylvania
Erie
Chesapeake & Ohio
Brooklyn Rapid Transit
Baltimore & Ohio
Atchisoa ,
St Paul 102
Copper 73
Lehigh Valley 149
c oiiuuia oe a fair
in oas visible. Weather foreca.t TI
week is for cold spell Monday to TW
day, followed by fair and warn
weather. Cash com outlook is jul
brighter. The new bull leader
evidently attempting to establiah em
on new ground. . 4.
Shipments of products from Cbicia
for pas. week make a good itonh!
January provision extort from ttt
United States were also above W
expectations. Continental corn tut.
plies at importing points r rm
small and Argentine old corn to e
hausted. There is pracMcally M
United States corn enroute to Euroj.
- ..ci cm a uiic jtur aco there
7,000,000 or 8.000.000. Corn proble,
turns on patience of consume It
Eastern United States and
If he depends of Argentine new eorj
he will buy slowly. Such action Hi,
however, bid fair to be bearish if a,
reserves Saturday next are ag expeefc
ed, 800,000,000 to 900,000,000. '
Market Square Sales
5v
J
off.
I
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Pump Anchors.
A pump is a queer sort of anchor,
but it has been found to be the best
kind of an anchor for a sandy bot
tom. The anchor consists of a heavy
piece of metal with a hole down
through the center and a tube from
this hole to tbe ship, so that water can
be pumped from the ship down through
the tube and out of the bottom of
the met? I mass. 'When this anchor
drops to the sandy bottom and the
pump is started it . makes quicksand
of the' material round it so that it
sinks In deep. When the pumping
stops tbe sand hardens and holds the
anchor. , To raise the anchor It is nec
essary only to start pumping again
and loosen the sand. Saturday Even
ing Post. .
Chicago Receipts,
Today: Contract
Wheat ............... 61 47
Corn -. 254 5
Oats 148 48
Northwest Cars.
To- Last. Last
day. week. year.
Minneapolis 738 Hldy. 476
Duluth 22 Hldy,
Winnipeg 153 99
Estimates Tomorrow.
Wheat
Corn .
Oats
Primary Movemer.-t.
- Receipts. Shipments
70
497
. 84
.354
February 28, 1914.
6 loads of corn at 72 at 75c
1 load of oats at 38c
2 loads of timothy bay at $16.00
Wheat today
Year ago . . .
Corn today '-.
Tear ago
..1.396,000 .
. .1.080,000
.1,545.000.
, .1,151,000
483,000
312,000
640,000
748.000
1
Lyons,' France Pierre and Gabriel
Salvez, brothers, were killed while
making an experimental flight in an
all-metal ' monoplane of their own in
vention. . The left wing of the mono
plane gave way and the machine dash
ed to the ground.
CHICAGO LIVE STOCK. v
' Opening Market.
Hogs 40,000: left over 2,945; S cents
higher. Mixed 8.40 8.75. good 8..5
S. 75, rough 8.40 8.55, light 8.40!8.70.
Cattle 22,000; steady to 10 cents
higher.- '
- Sheep 36,000; steady.
Nine O'clock Market.'
Hogs strong at Saturday's average.
Mixed 8.35 8.70. good 8.658.70,
rough 8.35 8.50, light 8.358.65, pigs
6.758.25, bulk 8.558.65. ; "
Cattle steady to 10 cents, higher.
Beeves 7.00'9.7., cows 3.758.25,
stockerg 6.357.S5, Texans . 6.501
8.40, calves 9.3010.75.
LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS.
March 2.- Following are the whole
sale quotations on the local market
today: .
Butter,' Eggs and Cheese.
Eggs, per 'dozen 2oC
Butter, dairy, pound 26c
Butter, creamery, pound 31c
Butter, packing stock, pound 16c
Vegetables.
Parsley, bench Sc
Cucumbers, hot bouse ....... 15c (3 20c
Lettuce, pound .- - 25c
Potatoes, bushel 85c
Cabbage, pound 3c
Red onions, per cwt. $3.25
Bermuda onions, pound . ......... 4c
Parsnip? 60c
Carrots 60c
.Poultry.
Old cocks 8c
Hens 13c
Spring 14c
Ducks 13c
Turkeys ..i 18c
Fish. .
Silver Salman .lie
Perch 407c
Halibut fresh. llo
Yellow Pike 12o
Pickerel .7c
Catfish 16c
Bullheads 13c
Trout 14c
Flounders ..... ...9c
j WAGNER'S REVIEW jj
. Morning . Grain L-tter.-
Chicago, March 2. If the calendar
Daily United States Weather Map
J. S. Department of Agriculture.
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Or VERA I, WrtXIAlf BOOT SMITH. TT. a.
LEADtK Or FEDERAL CAVALRY TS MIS-
SIBSIPPL,
seventh Pennsylvania Infantry. Armed
with a jackknlfe and chisel, with the as
sistance of a brother officer, Rose cot a
manhole through a stone chimney in
the kitchen basement of the prison.
Through this several men dropped Into
ine cellar. There, with improvised
tools, after tedious labor they cut a hole
tnrougb tbe stone base of the itmHnw
After that sixty feet of tunnel large
enough to pass a man had to be dug
u uruer 10 ciear tne line of prison
sua ro s. All the work was done be-
rween 10 p. m. and 4 a. m. The dirt
was put into a small wooden box used
in me aaynme as a cuspidor and hoist
ed Into the prison, where It was spread
tn thin layers beneath the straw cov
ering of the floor, thus eluding the
'J OT prison inspectors. The work
was accomplished In fifty-one days.
The exit was Into an emptv shed be
yond the guard lines. When the band
went out Colonel A. D. Straight, the
raider, who was a large man. stuck
fast at the exit and was extricated
with difficulty. He went free and was
In Washington within five days. Colo
nel Rose and his companion In hnno.
ng through the kitchen wall went r.
taken within a short time and rturned
to Libby.
SPRINGFIELD COAL
Delivery to any' part of the cit",
Single Tons, (8.75
Two Tons $3.50 Ton.
Te!onone R. I. 2925.
! MUSCATINE CITY HALL
PROJECT KNOCKED OUT
Muscatine, Iowa, March 2. The city
project received a death blow I
Jamin Reesink a temporary injunction
restraining the city of Muscatine, any
of Its officials or County Collector R. E.
Johnson from collecting taxes on the
$90 000 bond Issue.
The final hearing on
1 will com
iophilus in district court granted Ben- time, it i
14 1
7J?
1 Unsettled and warmer!
J toniarht and TneHnv J . '
j probably rain or gnow. r Sl
A At.
- - BXPLAN ATORY 'NOTEa
Obwrrsttonstekan at a. m-.TCth meridian time. Air preanre reduced to sea level. inii.n ,.
orewl air preure. nwlh.rmjjoot-d P ""oath point, of WmtJanwlj'L" ,hI!' Point.
W1""' " vMzuTaouar-. w cwuav-. & ran: Wnow; o report ralsitn. Arrow, fly wits the -i-W ' na lwr-
Ustperstare peet IS boon: eecoad. preclpilsUoa of M Inch or more tor dm si bora thM T - Flrit "Bures. lorn nt
" mmuni Winn ibImI -
hall
the matter
, , ...... uuuu, ,ltT,i juubb ine- wm come UD In a few rtav .M,k
s believed, the Injunction will
WEATHER CONDITIONS.
Tbe storm shown Saturday over
Lake Superior and a disturbance which
was over the Gulf of Mexico have
unuea on tne north Atlantic ' coast,
where the barometer is below 29
inches. Gales. . attended . by rain or
snow, have resulted in the eastern por
tion of the lake region and on the At
lantic coast with 2.76 Inches of nrecini-
tation at New York City during the
past Z4 inches. The northwestern high,
with its attendant cold wave, is central
over the Mississippi valley and freez
ing weather extends to northern Flor
ida. Barometric depressions of con-j
siderable Intensity, accompanied by
higher temperatures, are over Sast
katchewan and Colorado and rain or
snow has occurred on the north Pa-
cinc coast and in the northern portion
of the Rocky- mountain reeion. Thi.
erect of another high is over Waahing-
lu" uregon. The eastward move,
ment of these conditions will be at.
tended' by unsettled and warmer
weather in this vicinity tonight and
Tuesday, probably with rain or snow.
" OBSERVATIONS.
Hirh Ia
toa 44 34
Buffalo 34 &
Davenport 22
Denver '. . 60
Jacksonville ....... 60
Kansas City 30
New Orleans ...... 60
New York -38
Norfolk 44
Phoenix ....84
St. Louis . 24
St. Paul 1S
San Diego;........ 60
San Francisco .... 68
Seattle 45
Washington 49
Prop. Winnipeg 1 a
8S Yellowstone Park ..42
9 J J. M. SHKRIER, Local Forscaiter.
10 .00
36 . .00
32 .00
22 .00
40 .00 1
16 2.76
62 . .00
18 .00
10 .00
64 .00
.00
2 .12
16 . .02
8 .01
16 .04
Trend of Corn During March. -Chicago,
March 2. Over a period of
many years corn has behaved pj.
Iantly during March, 1910 was M n.
ceptional year, a bear March, baa4
on very large supplies in seven big
states and a false high price of arwmi
67c for May corn. Otherwise th
March periods of corn history hrt
been regular affairs. . ' .
Receipts have finally broken .reus!
the 20th of March 'and the syt
has bought liberally for shipment dur
ing the coming April and May. Ordi
narily March is a month of boll cheer
and after corn small yields the Mtrci
corn reserves never disappoint. They
are ever small. . ;
Granted March corn reserve, ot
450,000,000 to 500,000,000 in the Mrea
surplus territories and total farm
stocks of 850,000,000 o 900.000.000, it
coarse grains should easily contiiraa
their fight at the average February
level. The reserves of corn should
be sufficiently small to counteract oati
plentitude, if oats reserves are aboT.
360,000,000.
. We repeat Chicago corn mippliM
of 9.000,000 mean nothing if ha'i tit
central west is "corn baM, as antic
ipated ' January and February ship
ments of corn from Chicago at t,0W,:
000 compared with 12,000,000 to. It
000,000 during other small crop yean
Not bad on this entire export failure.
Primary corn movement since Nov. 1
is 89,000,000. - A heavy total which
indicates close marketing.
By adding the. January live stock
report to the. March reserve figures e
shall be able to trace out closely the
March to September corn movement-
Chicago corn supplies attain their te
nith in April and disappear during
April and May; the June 1 recent
average being around 2,500,000.
Granted the March corn reserre
are in line with popular thought, thi
supreme corn test will come in April
when to be bullish, Chicago corn rip
plies must decrease swiftly. Ta
Argentine 1914 actual corn crop site
is a mystery, but is guessed at the o.a
240,000,000 surplus.
The central west has a four month
period March to June wherein
corn conditions should be mainly
mestic. Probable steady loss or
port demand Is regrettable, as ev
small help cf this character I. vltiL
Occasional strong markets with lib
eral upturns are indicated. Corn sen
timent is vastly imnroved. Securitle
and cotton promise to retain. curreat
averages during March.
Drift of the Weather.
Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin-
Unsettled tonight and Tuesday.
Minnesota Unsettled tonignt. w
flurries; warmer in eastern part.
Iowa Unsettled tonight, light ri
or snow, warmer tonight.
North Dakota Generally fair t0'
night, colder tonight. "
South Dakota Unsettled " romp1
and Tuesday;- probably snow urr'
Nebraska' and Kansas Unsettle"
tonight and Tuesday; probably
or snow; warmer in extreme eastern
part.
Clinching the Argument
At a club meeting held in a po
house in a small village a discussion
took place as to whether a hard or!
substance would Inst the longer. TJ
debate continued for some time, no01
one man spoke up and said:
"Now. men. yon are all mistaken.
I can easily prove. When me and stf
wife married she had as good a set
teeth as nny womnn could have; now
she hasn't got one. and ber tongue"
as good as ever." London Tlt-"-
Contr.it. .
"I wonder wbv the baron ana JTf".
mlr, the poet, always so about toge-
er: They are so utterly differem.
Well, the baron thinks himself in
tellectual when he is with the P;
and the poet thluks he looks
when be is with the baron."-Fltcf;
de Blatter.
Good Judgment. ,
"Your partner," remarked the P"
leged friend, "soeius to he a "
Ciiusually good Judgment."
You bet be is." replied the
kjiowledged brains f the drm.
be never uiukes a move without kiH.
iny , ad v kc r.-t b h-azo News. - - '

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