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BIRTHS. The number of births reported amounted to twentynine thousand seven hundred and fifty-three (29,753), a decrease of eighty-five (85) from the previous year.

Of these, fifteen thousand five hundred and thirty-four (15,534) were males, and fourteen thousand two hundred and nineteen (14,219) females.

Five hundred and seventy-two (572) males were black, as were five hundred and fourteen (514) females, making a total of one thousand and eighty-six (1,086).

Two (2) births of triplets occurred during the year, and two hundred and seventy-five (275) births of twins.

The illegitimate births reported amounted to eight hundred and forty-three (843).

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The number of births in each quarter of the year was as follows:

First quarter, ending March 31, 1896..

7,237 Second quarter, ending June 30, 1896....

7,226 Third quarter, ending September 30, 1896....

7,883 Fourth quarter, ending December 31, 1896.

.... 7,407 The following table shows the births in each Ward during the year 1896 :

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Eighth........
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685 Eighteenth............ 679 Thirty-first................ 837 203 Nineteenth

1,347 Thirty-second............. 557 597 Twentieth................. 310 Thirty-third ................ 1,516 216 Twenty-first....... 505 Thirty-fourth......

728 65 Twenty-second........ 965 Thirty-fifth........... 361 682 Twenty-third 540 Thirty-sixth..... ..... 1,205 114 Twenty-fourth 1,117 | Thirty-seventh...........

323 357 Twenty-fifth. 1,343

Total.

29,753 287

Twenty-sixth.... 872

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Eleventh.

Twelfth...

Thirteenth..............

The greatest number of births occurred in the First Ward (1,970), the least in the Ninth Ward (65).

MARRIAGES. The number of marriages registered during the year amounted to 7,491, a decrease of 217 from the previous year. First quarter....

1,618 Second quarter.....

2,399 Third quarter....

1,458 Fourth quarter.....

2,016

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The number of persons married who were natives of the United States was 3,883. The number of marriages in which both parties were foreign born was 2,239. The number of native males who married foreign females was 488. The number of foreign males who married native females was 619.

The following table shows the ages of those married during the year 1896 :

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TABLE V-Showing the number of persons of each sex at

special periods of life married during the year 1896.

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