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ta&z*o ?? If yon want to reach th? people in the homes in Alnxau dna and its suburbs place your announcements in the Gazette. If your goods and prices are right you will get the customers. VOL. CXXXIV- >??>? WEATHER. y.i| . F?.r rhis section fair today and Tomorrow, with little change in Temperature. ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1018. PRICE ONE CENT, CALL FOR GREATER ALEXANDRIA CAMPAIGN President Payne of I he Chamber of Commerce Officially Announces lie organization of that Bady and Asks the Business Men to 'Gf> Over the Top" for Their Home City. In a clarion call to the citizens of Alexandria to build a great com munity organization, President R. L. Payne today officially announced the reorganization movement of the Chamber of Commerce. The call was in a letter sent to a number of the leading men of the city. He puts it up to the citizenship to "'g? over the top" at this "hour of hours in the city's history." The letter in part follows: "Alexandria is confronted with the most tremendous problems in her long history. She is likewise confronted with the greatest opportunities that have ever been placed before a community of her size, and the big question now is: Will we as a community solve these problems and take advantage of these opportunities? "We can assure ourselves of an affirmative answer only by bring ing about an efficient organization of our man power. Our people prop erly organized can meet every problem successfully. They can build a big and prosperous city. But without efficient organization they will fail in this hour of the country's call for patriotic service and in this time of unusual opportunity. <uTo meet the need of the hour, the Chamber of Commerce has de cided to turn over its organization to the community so that a greater, more modern, and move representative organization may be .formed. The entire community will be asked to get together in a jrreat campaign to secure the membership and the working capital for the Greater Alex andria Chamber of Commerce. It will be equipped and financed on the most e cient business basis. The plans have been formulated only after a wide investigation of commercial organizations and a deliberate consideration of our local needs. "I firmly believe that this will bs the greatest movement of its kind in the history of our state. The public is champing the bit for just such an effort. The details will be made public as fast as they arc completed, and I Iask that you give the plans careful study as they are unfolded to you for the success of the underta king is going to depend upon a com plete understanding of what is proposed." MONSTER PETITION. Paper Representing .Nearly Six Mil lion Women sent to President Wil son Today to Stop Use of Grain for Making Liquor. Washington, March 1.?Headed by the name of Mrs. Frances F. Cleve land Preston, a notable petition, rep resenting nearly 0,000,000 women was presented to the President to day, urging that the production o: malt liquors in the United States be stopped in the interest of thf con servation of cood stuffs. The petition states that the grain being used in the brewing of beer and ale and other malt beverages in America is enough to make more than -1.000,0001 leaves of bread daily. It also states that the women of America ask that this great saving be made by a proc lamation of the President. The petition contains the official signatures of 2S presidents of na tional organizations, representing I)J7,07G women. In addition to this official group there are individual signatures of almost a thousand noted women ofi America. Among the signers arc many wives of United States Sena-' tors and- representatives, wives of: governors and former governors, wo-1 men members of state legislatures i nnd Miss Jeannette Rankin of Mon- j taria. the woman member of the na tional Congress. j With the individual group of peti tioners are presidents and chairmen: of state organizations, such as Colon ial Danles, Daughters American Revo lution, Women's Christian Tempe rance Union, Red - Cross Societies, Florence Crittenton Missions, Mis sionary Societies of all denomina tions, Eual Suffrage Associations, Federation Women's Clubs, Woman's Committees Council National Defense, Dames of Loyal Legion, Woman's Liberty Loan Committee, Woman's Relief Corps, National League for Women's Service, Federation Music Clubs, War Work Councils, Order Eastern Star, Mother's Congress and Parent-Teachers Associations and many others. Of wives Of prominent men in America, Mrs. Philander P. Claxton, Mrs. William J. Bryan, Mrs. Wilfred T. Grenfell, Mrs. Stephen S. Wise, Mrs. Booth Tarkington, Mrs. Owen Love joy, Mrs. Luther Burbank, and wives of United States senators and representatives, of governors, of members state Supreme Courts, At torney Generals, state senators and representatives, state auditors, com missioners labor, secretaries state. It is a "Win the War" appeal from women who are responding to all conservation requests of the United States government. . Oysters and Clanis. Received a supply of Norfolk Oys ters and Hampton Bar Clanis. Jacol Prill, at foot of King street. BOTH PLACES EXEMPT. Norfolk and Buena Vista Not B<>und by Bachelors' Law. Handsomer or more e igible bnch j clcrs cannot be found in the state ; than Senator Robertson, from Rock ! blidge, and Senator Mathews of Nor | folk. They take prominent part in the deliberations of the body, they ; a re hard workers, they are success ful in their lines?Senator Robertson | in the law and Senator Mathews as a manufacturer. But they are crusty old bachelors in the eyes of the Bene dicts?whether out o;" jealousy or pity is immaterial. At any rate, they were made the victims of a joke at the hands of Senator Trinkle. of Wythe, who proposed the following j which was approved by a shout of laughter: "Whereas, the king of England, in promulgating an act protecting the | men passed to defend helpless men, especially handsome and eligible bachelors, from the wiles of the fair i sex, used the following words: " 'All women of whatever age, rank, profession or degree, whether maids j or widow*, that shall from -and af- j tc r the passing of this act, impose j upon and betray into matrimony any of his majesty's male subjects by perfumes, paints, cosmetics, washes, 1 artificial teeth, fal?e hair, Spanish [ wool, iron stays, hoops, high-heeled shoes or bolstered hips, shall incur ; the penalty of the law now in force i against witch-craft, sorcery and such j like misdemeanor, and that the mar riage, upon conviction, shall stand null and void.' "Therefore, be it revolved by the general assembly of Virginia, That it i? advisable that the above shall he the law of Virginia, provided that the srme shall not apply to any person from Norfolk, Va., or-Buena Vista, Va." In Memoriam. In sad but loving remembrance of my dear mother. Virginia Hender son, who departed this life eight years ago today, March 1. 191(T. 'Tis hard to break the tender cord When love has bound the heart; 'Tis hard, so hard, to speak the word? We must forever part. Dearest loved one we must lay thee In the peaceful grave's embrace, But thy memory will be cherished Till we see thy heavenly face. By Her Devoted Daughter Edna. Dance. On account of a misunderstanding in dates the "Nicholas Jass Band" scheduled to furnish music for the Empire Social Club at the Elks' audi torium last Friday could not appear with full band. They will be here tonight with a full membership. All, who attend tonipht can look for a| nreat entertainment. Go and takei your friends and you will enjoy a pleasant evening:. Alexandria City and Suburbs j Mount Vernon Council, Daughters of America, will meet this" evening in the Elks' building. In the Corporation Conn today j Sergeant R. H. Cox was appointed | administrator of cr..' estate uf Eliza i both Hammill. j If you are not just sure about that ! income tax law why not go to the j Chamber of Commerce tonight and j hear an explanation of it by Collec i tor John Hart?the man who knows. Sergeant Neville H. Peake, of Brad | dock Heights, stationed at Camp Lee, j Ya., has been appointed regimental j supply sergeant for the .'516th infan i try. Lieutenant Lester Martin, First Serjeant Harold Martin and Walter Martin, all of this city, members of a District of Columbia command, are now in France. ? Fifty-five deeds w?rp admitted to record in the clerk's oifice of the Corporation Court during the r'enth of February. During the time (i~ marriage lfeenres were issued, 5? t? white per.:ons anil 14 to ordered. The steamer Madison Hall, of the People's line, and the Volunteer, of the Potomac & Chesapeake Company, have resumed their trips for the summer season between Washington and points down the river. The General Shipbuilding Company in this city yesterday sent four sub marine chasers tb the Norfolk Navy Yard which have recently been built here. Others are to be sent as soon as completed. The (funeral of Mrs. William T. Gary was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at her late residence in Del Ray. interment being in Bethel ceme try in this city, -Rev. Willis Wayts, of the Del Ray Baptist church, and Rev. Dr. E. B. Jackson, of the First Baptist church, * Alexandria, were the officiating clergymen. PISTOL TOTERFINED NTro Assen-id Fifty r,Nl!;?r.-?]f He I i Fails to '-ij lie *.V111 S; end Ninety Days in Ja.l. . .*mong tb c.tss? before :ne Po 1 ce Court this inornrng was thai of > }oung nd.;v! man na r?.l Albert Napper, who had been arrested for shooting at "Jumbo" Bryant, also colored. The shooting was the result of a dispute concerning the owner ship of certain articles. Napper was fined $50. If he fails to pay this sum he will serve ninety days in jail, sub ject to service upon the roads. Ida Evans charged Louisa Young with disorderly conduct towards her. The accused left $5 collateral for her appearance this morning, but fail- j ed to answer to her name when the case was called and forfeited the deposit. Walter Arply was arraigned on the charge of larceny. It was alleged that he took sundry articles from n motor beat lying at the shipyard. The stolen property was /certified by the owner. The accused was fined $20. Ernest Lloyd, cobrod, who, the po lice allege, in a confirmed vagrant, was brought before the bar to ans wer the charges. He was represented by Robinson Moneurc. The accused in suffering from some infectious dis ease. and his counsel asked that he be liberated with the understanding that he leave the city immediately. This course was adopted, but should he be again arrested he will be given thirty days in jail, subject to ser vice on the roads. KINDERGARTEN FEATURE. State Senate Passes Bill Making Such Part of Public School System. After a debate which had consum ed several hours on different days for a week the bill "to provide for the establishment of kindergartens i as part of the public school system of the state." was finally passed yes terday in the senate by a vote" of 20 to 10. The bill empowers the local school boards to provide for such .schools, the expense to be borne equally between the localities and the state. The marriage of Miss Emity Haw | lc-y Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs, ' Morgan Johnson, of Alexandria, to ! Captain Charles Dodson Barrett, U. j S. M. C., is announced to take place i tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock in I St. Paul's Episcopal church, this city. Mr. J. T. Haring, oif this city, and Mrs. Laura Biscoe Jones, of Chevy Chase, Md., were united in marriage yesterday afternoon at the parson age of Trinity Methodist church here by the Rev. A. E. Spielman. Mr. Haring is a well known business man of Alexandria, and Mrs. Jones is a member of one of the oldest repre sentative families of Southern Mary land and by direct descent a mem- j ber of the Daughters of American Re- j volution, who has a wide circle of I friends in Baltimore and Washington, j George E. Thompson, who was fined j fifty dollars and sentenced to serve thirty days in jail by the Police Court Wednesday night for knocking down and seriously injuring Lawrence Brawner, a seven-year-old boy, while operating an automobile, Thursday, the 21st, proximo, has, through his attorneys R. C. L. Moncure and Aylett Nicol. taken an appeal to the Corporation Court. He was released last night after having given a bond in the sum of $350 for his appear ance before the court. Former Judge C. B. Nicol became his surety, j Thompson claims he can establish an j alibi. I The funeral of the late Mrs. Ef-1 fie Williamson Ycung, whose death was noted in these columns, took place in old Pohich church yester day afternoon at 3 o'clock. The of ficiating: clergymen being the Rev. i E. W. Mellichampe, rector of the | church, and Dr. S. A. Wallis, of the I Episcopal Theological Seminary. There was a large attendance, in-1 eluding a number of relatives fromj this city as was well known and j ?highly esteemed by all who knew her. She had heen for years a faithful j communicant of Pohick church, be ing devoted to it from childhood, ;when she first became a member of the Sunday school, Dr. Wallis being her rector. NORFOLK YARD I.OSE5. I Government Cancels Contract for Eight Steel Transports, Alleging Mismanagement. Summary action against misman aged shipyards was announced last night by the United States shipping board Twenty four steel ship con tracts were cancelled. Further cancel lations are under advisement. Inspection is being made now of inefficient yards with a view to com I mandeering and putting them under government controL The first of the yards to feel the ; heavy hand of the board are the Southern ship building company of Charleston, S. C., which has just lost the contracts for sixteen steel ships and the Hampton Shipbuilding com ! pany of Norfolk, whose contracts for | eight ships have been cancelled. RAILROAD BILL PASSED. Lines Return to Private Owner ship Two Years After War Ends. The House last night, by a vote of -i-37 to 6, passed the administration railroad bill, fixing two years as the period after the war for which the roads may be held by the govern ment and leaving the supreme rate making power with the President. Despite the overwhelming vote on passage of the bill itself, adminis-l tration forces staved off amend ments, which would have completely modified the measure, only by the narrowest of margins. Washington and Old Dominion Rail- j way. To the Stockholders of the Wash j ington and Old Dominion Railway: ?' You are hereby notified that a general annual meeting of the stock holders is called for 11:00 o'clock in the forenoon on Monday, March 18th, 1918, in the office of the Company at Rosslyn, Virginia, for the purpose of electing Directors, and transact ing any and all business which might be transacted at any annual meet ing. Colin H. Livingstone, Pres. A. K. Stratton, Secy. 52-15t. Mrs. Robert T,. Payne and three children have gone i"> Baltimore wl ere they are lhe guest* of her p:.r ents. The alarm of fire about eight j o'clock last nift-ht was caused by an ! overheated stove in the school build ; ing used for colored girls on north I Alfred street. No damage resulted. The funeral services for the late John C. Burke, \vh'> died yesterday morning at his home, 20S Queen stieet, will be held on Sunday after noon at 2:00 in Trinity Methodist church. Orderly Sergeant James B. Pat terson, whose home is in this city, has been promoted to the rank of second lieutenant in the orderly corps, regular army, and assigned to Camp Hancock, Augusta, Ga., as assistant instructor. Residents of the city interested in the provisions of the income tax law are expected to attend the meeting: to ni ght at the Chamber of Commerce ro<>ms to be addressed by collector John Mart of Roanoke. Mr. Hart has been invited to come here for the pur pose of explaining the law and will be glad to answer any questions that may be asked him concerning it. He will speak at 8 o'clock and every body is cordially invited to be present. Captain David McComas French who died yesterday morning; at hi home in Burlingame, California, no tice of which appeared in these col umns last evening;, was a son of the late Dr. 1). Milton French of this city He was (>"> years "f age and had spenl <13 years in the United States Rev enue Marine service, having beer retired a year ago this month on ac count of his age. He is survived by his wife and one son, David McComas French, jr., also by his brother, Ceo 9. French, otf Alexandria and three sisters, Mrs. Kate U. French, of Princeton, West Virginia, Mrs. Mary French Rice, and Mrs. Fanny H. Bicg, widow of the late Commander F. G. Beig, United States navy, of Washington. He left this city about 40 years ago. SRE YOU HELPING? Every Man, Woman and Child in Vir ginia Must Buy S1.7."> Worth of War Savings Stamps to Take the State's Apportionment. There was a young: lady named Cramps Who purchased some War Savings Stamps, And when she grew older (She married a soldier Who valued her foresight and sense. The purpose of the War Savings Campaign is to create an army of savers who will, by saving, release labor and materials for the use of the Government, in the war, and who will lend their savings to the Gov- j ernment to prosecute the war. In Virginia it is necessary that e\erv man, woman and child buy Stamps to the value of $1.75 each month, if the State is to secure the sum apportioned it by the national committee. Virginia has always been a leader among States. Are you doing your share in preserving: that rccrd? War Savings Stamps are "Baby Bonds'' of the United States Gov ernment, worth their face value so long as you can spend a dollar bill, and they pay four per cent interest ci-mpounled quarterly. Be a bond holder and show your patriotism for State and Country by investir.tr your spare change in Thrift Stamps. By buying; War Savings Stamps at post offices, banks, trust com panies, or other authorized agencies, you strike a blow in defense of the nation and assist in shortening the war. Your duty is clear; buy a .Stamp a day. To save money is to save life. "V ou pre saving both when you purchase War Savings Stamps, you then be crme a producer. Are you lighten ing the nation's burden by produc ing, or hindering it by forcing some one to support you? Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Bache lor Club will be held Friday, March 1st., at 8 o'clock for the election of officers and other business. 0. H. KIRK.. Secy. 50-3t PUBLIC MEETING 10 BE HELD MONDAY MARCH 11 Dr. I). W. Daniel, of South Carolina, to Speak on "Forces that Build Communities," in the Campaign for a Greater Alexandria?Indica tions point to Success of the Movement. A great meeting in the interest of the "Greater Alexandria" move ment will be held on the night of March If. This meeting will be the flimax of the big campaign that promises to set a record for this part of the country. All indications point to this movement being the great est get-together affair in the history of the city. Scores of letters al ready received by President Payne indicate that leaders in every phase c..' city life are heart and soul for the Greater Alexandria drive. The campaign committee has a heady secured the acceptance of Dr. D. W. Daniel of South Carolina for cne of the main addresses. He is de clared to be the South's greatest af l?r dinner speaker. His subject will be the "Forces that Build Communities." John Wood, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce at Roanoke, and I). B. Ryland, .secretary of the Chamber at Lynchburg, told the local committee to get Daniel by all means, as he was without a peer as a great inspirational speaker. The 3t tire program will be completed and announced in a few days, also th-j place where the meeting will be held. The big meeting will be precede.! by a smokeiv Xo one at the meet ing will be asked to make any kind of a pledge to support the chamber. The plan of the campaign calls for a great systematic canvass to come Inter. Hues in the Chamber of Commerce are going to be reduced from *60 a year to $25, so that membership wil! be placed on the most popu lar basis. Practically every Chamber of Commerce of any consequence ? n Virginia has adopted tlu> popular amount of $25 a year for dues. This '.mount enables every one that desiie.; to be a member, and at the same ime gives the organization the working capital it must have to carry on i jrreat amount of constructive work alonjr civic, commercial, industrial, igricultural, and patriotic lines. The plural membership plan lias also been adopted for the new Cham ber of Commerce. By this plan individuals, firms, and corporations will >c asked to take memberships in .proportion to the return they could ?easonably expect from a great organization working every day in the vear ifor a bigger and busier Alexandria. Through the plan of having ?oncerns invest from to $250 or even $500 in the new Chamber of "ommerce, the organization is placed on a real business basis, and from -he one fund, there will be opportunity to do every thing that the iiodern live-wire organization can dp The campaign committee will work out a budget showing the needs ?f the Chamber of Commerce for the next three years, and then it will )e ascertained how much money should be raised to finance the Greater Alexandria Thamber of Commerce: Every man in the city whose investment in Alexandria is sufficient is to make him receive a return from community growth will be asked to join the new Chamber of Commerce. Leaders in the movement want to set record for members in a city of this size, and they believe that when :he citizenship is called upon to show their faith in the future of their ?ity, there will be no one who will decline to come in".' A survey of the ?ity is new being made to secure the names of every individual firm and corporation that in the opinion of a a competent committee- can afford mmbership. Xo one will be asked to join except those passed on by the committee as being amply able to irvest $25 a year in a greater Alex indria. The committee does not desire to work an injustice on any one, tnd tho-:e who cannot really afford membership will not he embarrassed jy being: waited on by a committee. GERMAN* DRIVE HALTED. ?Strong Teuton Fleet Said to be Steam ing: in Direction of Finland. Amsterdam, Mar. 1.?Simultane ?usly with the arrival of the new Rus sian peace delegation at Brest Ut<?vsk the German drive on Petro ;iad stopped short, hut a strong Ger man fleet is reported steaming north ward in the direction of Finland. This lew naval move is believed to have jne of three objectives: Vienna dispatches are to the effect ihe Austrian:; refuse to have any thing whatever to do with the new ni'itary moves, even in the Ukraine. The theory advanced in these dis patches two days ago and reiterate i yesterday that the Germans will con tent themselves with stopping where they now are, was strengthened by today's news that Gen. von Hoff man informed the Rus-iaps that Ger many proposed to "protect'- Finland. Livonia, E-thonia and Ukraine un til the German peace stipulations have been fulfilled- This would leave ro''m for further operations on Finnish soil, but would leave the invasion of Rus sia proper practically where it is now, with the possible exception of the occupation of Narva as an out post. The Bolshevik; today charged the German military command with arm ing released Teuton prisoners against them ami denounced the German so cialists for acquiescence in this course. Funeral Notice. The funeral of the late John C. Burke will take place from Trinity aist church at half-past two o'clock Sunday afternoon, March ?, Rela tives and friends are invited. J VIRGINIA GROCERS SIGN. I't-tal of 1,781 Food Retailers in Old Dominion State Pledge Them selves lo (Jive Customers Mode rate rices. An important step in the control of retail food prices has been taken by the Food Administration in a na tional campaign to obtain pledges from all of the 400,000 food retail ors of the country that they will maintain fair prices, and take no more than a reasonable profit. Returns ?>f the first week's drive for grocers' signed pledges show that l.TKl food retailers in Virginia have pledged themselves to give cus tomers the benefit of fair and mode rate prices. Customers should !o''k in every food store for the red and black poster, bearing the sea! of the Food Administration, which shows that the merchant has signed the pledge. The pledge, which appears on the poster, reads as follows: "We pledge ourselves to give our customers the benefit of fair and moderate prices, selling at no more than a reasonable profit above cost tO USi" This pledge is voluntary and it is believed that all merchants v*ill be eager to sign it, because customers will be asked to lo1^ for it when ever they go into a store to buy. Wherever the pledge poster is not in evidence representatives of the Na tional and State hood Administrators have instructions to endeavor to learn why. If the poster appears in anv store which is not maintaining fail' prices the State Administrator has authority to remove it and repoTT the name of the merchant to the Food Administration in Washington. In Memoriam. In sad but loving remembrance of cur father, Henry Tyler, who died seven years ago t?day, March 2, 1011. i By His Children,