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to do much work for the hooks were
badly injured, hence, such examina
tion was necessarily suspended.
In many cases we foud where
over collections had been made ag
gregating $367.55, ranging from 50
cents to $77.50. There was no, evi
dience that these various items had
been returned to the proper parties,
but, on the contrary, 'the secretary of
state informed us we "had nothing
to do with these excess amounts, as
that was a matter be-tween himself
and the parties sending them." We
do not agree to such a proposition.
On the book which was supposed to
be kept items were left off entirely.
To illustrate: Camperdown mills,
chartered April 30. 1904; charter fee
$ioo, and others.
Improper amounts credited to
state: Puckaber Bros., Charleston:
charter fee $50: amoun-t state credit
ed with $15, March 23, 1904. We feel
compelled to condemn this careless
ness in handling the people's money.
an din not keeping proper entries of
all moneys coming through this office.
also the method that has prevailed in
many instances where a credit sys
tem has been allowed. To give an
instance, the Norris cotton mills,
charter increased on April 10, 1903;
charter fee $5o, amount received after
charter issued $25, and the claim was
made that the late Col. D. K. Norris
contended that "the office already
owed him $25." Either this money
is lost to the state or is a loss to the
secretary of state; at any rate. such
practice should be discontinued.
There are other ins"tances. These
items of over collections may have
been returned, but we have no evi
dence of same. Your committee is
cognizant of one instance where
there has been a refund. The charter
was granted on February 23, 1904,
and refund made June 23, 1904, after
these matters had been called to the
attention of this office.
We regret to report thav "all mon
eys" have not been paid over "quar
terly" to the state treasurer as is re
quired by law, same being held, in
some instances, considerable time af
ter the expiration of the several quar
Your committee begs to report
that, as the report of receipts and dis
bursements will show, hereto appen
ed, the secretary of state has depo.i
ed in bank several hundred dollars in
excess of amounts shown by his
books or evidenced by proper vouch
ers in his office, as having been col
lected for fees. In this amount, no
doubt, is included some of these ex
cess collections, sent by mistake by
6fferent parties tho..ghe-ut the sta'te
and which do not belong to the state.
but should be refunded to the proper
par:ies when the charters were insu
We found by mereichance that one
item of $102.50 for charter of the
Union W/are House company of Co
lumbia, chartered on the 15th day of
January, 1902, during Mr. Cooper's
auministration, v*. s.s premred fis
payment in June. 1904, and has not
get been 'curl'dc over to the state
t: easurer, being, wc ar - informed,
Inow in the office o4 secreter, of state.
* There may be 1i:er items of Mr.
Gantt's predece ;a' still outstanding,
but, as we stated, we did nor go back
A letter was then sent by Mr. D. H.
Means to Chairman Butler of the
.ommittee statingz that although the
cash book in h's offi.:,e had been lost.
he was ready to check up all c.f the
a rounts except 'he receipt book. A
letter was accordimgv scnt Secretary
6Th asing ,r 'these bo.oks, b
a reply was received stating that the
* fire which gutted the room made im
possible for them to be found as yet,
but that so far as he knew Mr.
Means's accounts were always accur
ate. The commit,tee then concluded
In justice to Mr. Gantt, we beg to
state he informed us the reason his
books were in bad condition wvas due
to the fact 'that his time was occupied
securing valuable and necessary in
formation for Senator Tillman to aid
him in collecting certain funds from
the national government, and we are
satisfied he did good work.
The books and accounts since Mr.
R. M. McCown has been acting as
chief clerk have been kept in much
better condition, and since our thor
ouigh examination in June it is a very
easy matter to kcep track of the
fun and vouchers.
Too much care in keeping- the
ooks in this office cannot be spared,
:or. as will he seen by. the f111''wing
Itat-iment of receip't-4 and di1*-bu-,-e
.nens t.uring the years of 1903 and
1904. a large am-unt o mnon)ey goes
.rugh this office:
Amount rece"ved from pre
decessor ......----.$2,670 89
Deposited in banks .. ......430 89
Total....------- ---S34.10I 78
Paid state treasurer .. - - 30-301 89
Balance in bank ....-.$ 3-799 89
Fees received in 1903 .. .. 16,151 I9
Fees to June 13, 1904 . . 7,543 73
Fees from June 13th to Dec
cember 13. 1904 .. .. .. 7,165 58
From predecessor ...... 2.670 89
Total ....---.-..-$33.531 39
Paid state treasurer.......30.301 89
Books show balance .. ..$ 3.229 ;C
W'hich shows a balance in banks c)i
$570.49 over amount - the book! and
v:ouchers of secretary of state show.
Under the present law charters are
granted on payment of one mill on
the dollar up to $ioo,ooo. and in a
great many instances the state re
ceives only fity cents, and in some
instances as low as five cents, and it
costs the state as much to grant one
of these small charters as it does one
capitalized at $Ioo.ooo. where the fee
is $ioo. Therefore. we recommned
that the law be changed by the secre
tary of state.
There are about eighten or twenty
books containing the records of cor
porations damaged by fire in this of
fice, and while not destroyed, the
bindings and edges have been de
stroyed and it is almost absolutely
necessary that these books be trans
cribed. Therefore. we recommend
that these records be put in better
shape and condition for proper hand
ling and preservation, and that a
small appropriation be made to carry
this into effect.
On part of the senate.
T. B. Butler.
On part of house of representatives
J. G. Richards, Jr.
T. H. Rainsford.
Order of Commanding General An
nouncipng the Time and Place
Of This Year's Reunion.
Hdrs United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, La.
General Orders No. 23.
. The commanding general an
nounces that, according to the cus
tom heretofore in force, which leaves
to the commanding general and the
department commanders the fixing
of the date of the reunion, the Fif
teenth Annual Reunion of the Unit
ed Confederate Veterans will be held
June 14, 15 and 16, 1905, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday. respectively,
those days having been named by
our host as satisfactory.
II. The commanding general can
not attempt to enumerate the many
attractions the glorious common
wealth of Kentucky has to offer the
United Confederate Veterans but he
may say that no state in theunioncan
point with greater pride to the dar
ing achievements of her men and
women in the days of the early settle
ment of the country, headed by the
great rifleman. Daniel Boone, and
dauntless woman, Mrs. Woods; that
one can present a grander array of
noble Confederate sons than Alber:
Sidney Johnston, Dick Taylor, John
H. Morgan, John B. Hood, John C.
Breckinridge. Simon B. Buckner.
Humphrey Marshall, George B. Crit
tenden and scores of others that could
be named, and he mentions with pe
uliar pride that to her belongs the
onor of giving to the human race
that great patriot, chivalrous leader
and unstained southern gentleman
Jefferson Davis, the first and only
III. The commanding general
most heartily approves of the action
which made the great city of Louis
vlle the meeting point for the Vet
erans in 1903. The inclemency of the
weather at the reunion of igoo prac
tically set at naught the almost perfect
arrangements that had been made for
the pleasure of the wearers of the
grey and it was due to the generous
md( patrotc men andC women (no:ed
eauty :and matchless charms) that
n t her opp ortunity should be given
them to entertain the survivors of
the Confederate armies .
These men and women are already
devising ways and means to make the
meeting of this year for splendor,
extent and variety unequalled in our
annals, and Those who were present
on the former occasion know full
well what can be expected, for the
hospitality and welcome of the sons
and daughters of Kentucky are only
equalled in warmth and exuberance
by broadness and prodigality, and are
limitless and unending.
T,ocated geographically, so as to be
easily accessible to a vast majority of
the camps of the U. C. V.. with lavish
attractions spread out for their pleas
ure, with men and women appealing
to them to come to their homes and
fire-sides, the commanding general
feels that "the Boys of the '6o's" will
be given a welcome that will have to
be marked with a white stone. He
therefore. most earnestly urges the
officers and members of camps to
commence now withota- delay to
make preparations to attend this
grand gathering. Let them at once
set about selecting delegates and al
ternates. and use every effort to have
a large attendance, so that this re
union may. indeed. i e 'the largest
and most representative ever held.
He begs all confederate soldiers,
whether of the army or navy, wheth
er members of camps or noc, to meet
in Louisville and live over for a little
while in loving comradeship with each
other the glorious deeds of the
grandest armies the world has ever
IV. The commanding general with
much pleasure announces, at the re
request of its most energetic presi
dent. Mrs. W. J. Behan, that the Con
federate Southern Memorial asso-ia
tion will hold its meeting at the same
time. and that the opening feature of
the conventnion will be the usual
Jefferson Davis memorial service.
The -time and place of this service
will be given in future orders, so that
every Confederate may be able to at
V. The commanding general sin
cerely hopes that the press of the en
tire country will endeavor to s.ir up
interest in the coming meeti;. and
$o this end he requests that thi, or
der be published and editorial com
ments made thereon.
By command of
Stephen D. Lee,
Official: Win. E. Mickle. Adjutant
General and Chief of Staff
Splendid for Fattening.
After an experience of nearly
of nearly twenty years in raising
poultry the writer has learned not to
take any radical view on the subject.
hence is not in harmony with the ad
vice of experts who would cut corn
entirely out of the poultry ration.
There is a medium ground that is
much safer. When we admit that corn
is the cheapest and most readily
raised of all the foods given animals
on the farm some way of feeding it
to the best advantage should be
evolved rather than planning to take
it out of the ration. True, corn is fat
tening when fed to poultry in large
quantities, or with considerable regu
lariy, and the over-fat hen is not an
On the other hand, corn may be
fed and even in considerable quar
ties by properly varying the ration as
well as by varying the forms of feed
ing corn. Corn has its least fatten
ing effect when fed with some other
grain, and while we prefer the plan
of feeding grains separately, and
feeding so that the same grain comes
not more often than every third or
fourth meal. we would not hesitate to
feed corn and wheat or corn and oats
together and expect good results,
particularly if the fowls had consider
able green food between meals as
well as a fair supply of ground bone
and animal meal.
\ Her Only Wish.
"You told me when we were mar
ied you would see that my every
wish was gratified." remarked the
bride of a few weeks.
"Well?" replied the husband very
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Special Clearance Sale!
Winter Goods Must 'Go.
$3.50 Blankets for $2.48. $1.50 Comforts for $1.20.
$1.25 Comforts for .98c.
Ladies' Ribbed Under Vest and Pants, regular 50c. quality,
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