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_THE BIRMINGHAM AGE-HERALD,
VOL. 30 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1903. *4 PAGES NO. 181. I GOSSIP FROM NEW YORK !> The Political Position in the Five Boroughs—Investigation A. of the Ruins of the U. S. Shipbuilding Company. A iV.%V.%W.V.V.VAV^!.VV.%V.V.V.*.V.V.% BY JOHN MARTHOL. New York. October 31.—It the eyes of the country are turned toward this city, the chief object to attract attention Is the grand political battle for the mayoralty. It is unnecessary to predict the winner. By Wednesday the result will be known. All predictions are useless. The winner will have a narrow margin; it will not ex. ceed 5 per cent of the total vote, which means that 2H per cent of all the voters will decide the question of victory or de feat. In the five boroughs there Is an enormous silent vote. No leader can can vass It. The silent vote—the voters which have fixed Ideas, votes that are not moved by tatlcart campaigners or hall orators— will decide the question. There Is only one thing certain and that Is the demo cratic vote wdll decide, it matters not whether It is polled with fusion or against fusion. New York city citizens have come to the conclusion that municipal elections are not party matters and are not to be de termined by party vote. Hence the de feat of a democratic candidate for the mayoralty is not an Indication of party strength; but the election of a democratic candidate when so many of his party are led away in a fusion movement is cer- j tainly extraordinary evidence of party strength. At the present time democrats of unquestioned loyalty to the state and national ticket are giving their unquali- j fled support against the regular demo- ! eratlc organizations In the five boroughs. • • • The Inquiry Into the promotion and fail- ■ ure of the U. 8. Shipbuilding company is uncovering many secrets. It is put for wurd with all that is spectacular and the evidence is styled “revelation.” All this is rank stuff and nonsense. The placing on record for the observation of all methods which have been known to prevail, is, per haps, information to that portion of the community which has taken no special in terest in the creation of corporations. There Was nothing done in floating the Shipbuilding trust which has not been done in almost all the other corporations. A certain formula is followed by all. The weakness of the shipbuilding enterprise. HJke that in ventures of like character, lay in the fact that the business behind the corporation was not properly conducted and did not justify the arrangements into which it entered. The result was a jar in the machinery. A corporation's outfit is like a suit of clothes—It may be too large or too small or fit a business. The business outlined by the promoters of the ship trust did not fit snugly into the clothes prepared for It and made in the state of New Jersey. In its ill-made cloth ing It came to grief. Rubber, asphalt and others shared the same fate. • • • I am told on good authority an incident of princely generosity which makes one feel that all the great financiers have not been painted with a tar brush. It seems that E. J. Berwind, the financier, advised a lady to invest in a certain block of stock. She did so. After two years the company became involved and its shares declined, in fact, the value in them was almost wiped out. To her surprise one day she received a note from Mr. Berwind asking for her stock and enclosing a check for the stock at the figure she had paid for it. The loss was a heavy one—one which she could ill afford and Berwind feeling a nice sense of responsibility for the advice he had given her made good the loss and assumed the burden himself. • • ■ Mark Twain, owing to the delicate con dition of his wife's health, has been com pelled to leave the city, and set up a home in Florence, Italy, where he will abide Indefinitely, writing as the spirit moves him. The “Innocents Abroad" was Mark’s first notable work within covers. The kernel of it was a series of letters to the New York Tribune, which he wrote while a member of the Plymouth church. Brooklyn, excursion to the Holy Land. These he expanded into the book, for which his purchaser agreed to pay him *1.000, and a royalty. He wrote it In Wash ington City. At the time he had no idea that the royalty fund would run up to tens of thousands of dollars. • • • A. J. Joyner, trainer for the Haggin and Paget stables, has wound up his part in the racing season this year with the ex traordinary record of having sent thirty five winners to the post, bringing in the handsome sum of $137,000 in stakes and purses. His percentage, besides his sal ary, far above that of most bank presi dents, is a matter of surmise. The lit tle 18-year-oid Jockey, Grover Cleveland Fuller, by the way, has as large an in come as his distinguished namesake had while he was in the White House, over $50,000 a year. • • • Experts In fashions for men have de creed that the corset has to come if. in deed. it has not already arrived. This was made evident a few days ago by a long and expensive advertisement in some of the newspapers, in which the benefits, beauties and advantages of the garment, hitherto sacred to the other sex, were fully and graphically set forth as an arti cle of male attire. The thing seems ab surd, but that is perhaps the best assur ance of its success. sea Dowie’s missionary incursion into Man hattan has been a dismal failure from every point of view. His sermons bor dered on blasphemy In the opinion of all who had the curiosity to go and hear them. Financially, he must he out of pocket an immense amount of money. His “host" are a wretched looking lot of semi imbeciles, with the stamp of servitude branded all over them. The man’s im pudence and audacity are colossal, but the city has so many adventurers of that class from all parts of the world that his methods deceived no one. If Dowie were in the least sincere he might have met with some success, but the foulness of his language dispelled all illusions on that score. The newspapers killed him by simply reporting and describing fully all that he said and did. * • * A lawyer tells me that, as a result of the coal famine last spring and the trouble between landlords and tenants which fol lowed in its wake, the dockets of the courts contained thousands of suits for damages, covering almost every malady to which humanity is subject. A novel one of them came to trial a few days ago, being a demand for fifty thousand dol lars damages for the loss of an eye, ow ing to a cold contracted by the plaintiff because the defendant landlord failed to keep the furnace going. The eye belonged to a lady of “literary pursuits,” and was on that account, of course, all the more valuable. Because of its deprivation the world pf letters, in all probability, will never know what it has lost. The lawyer for the defense endeavored to prove that true genius could get along without the faculty of vision, and read half of Mil ton s Paradise Lost to prove his point. • • * The city’s education bill for next year will amount to the enormous sum of twenty-three million dollars; that, at least, is the sum asked for to run the schools, and it will certainly be granted. In no other branch of the administration do the people get as good a return lor their money, and there Is no growling over the bill, big as it Is. But this really Is not the grand total for the schools. The Epis copal church, for Instance, supports sev eral big schools of Its own. all of which are free; while the Roman Catholics have over fifty of them, which are supported by their respective parishes. The Catho lic school children number upward of six ty thousand. * • * Can racetrack gambling be prevented by law? Certain optimists here think it can. and have organized themselves into a cor poration to make the attempt. Nobody ever heard of any one of them before, and their incursion into the field of reform is on that account not above suspicion. The great horse owners, such as the Belmonts, Whitneys, Keenes and others deplore the evil, and would gladly see it done away with. The Belmonts. I am told, make no wagers on their horses. They are in rac ing first, because they love the amusement and excitement It affords, and, secondly, because the contests on the turf tend to the Improvement and development of the noblest of all animals next to man. Half a century of racing history clusters around the house of Belmont. The tro phies they have won are numerous enough to make a small museum. Wilhelm Got There Just the Same. From the Philadelphia Inquirer. There are various advantages in being a kaiser. One of them consists in the circumstance that what you say goes. This was amusingly illustrated the other day in the course of the military man euvers which are taking place in the vicinity of the Prussian town of Halle. A mock battle had been arranged be tween the Saxon and the Prussian armies and in the course of the engagement the kaiser, who has a strong belief in the value of the cavalry arm, led a charge of sixteen cavalry regiments directed against the Saxon ranks. As this force comprised twelve thous and horses, its passage at full gallop across the dry fields which separated It from the enemy raised a cloud of dust which served to inform the other side of its movements, and when it entered the zone of fire it was received by the en trenched Saxons with such a warm greet ing that had the incident occurred in actual warfare it would have been prac tically swept out of existence. But as this was only a make-believe fight and as the kaiser himself was in command, it was different. William II refused to admit that theoretically he was a dead man. or that the sixteen regiments behind him had, according to the rules of the game, been put out of business. He galloped full tilt amid a whirlwind of dust straight up to the cannons’ mouth, and as the foot sol diers in front of him naturally had to got out of the way of the horses, he was able to penetrate the hostile lines. Then the Saxons who had been holding the fort were declared defeated, and were order ed to fall back across the river behind them. The kaiser had won. That’s all very well In the case of a sham fight, but it is to be hoped and as the kaiser is a sensible man it may be ex pected that .he very W'cll understands how little the maneuver in which he took part has to do with the real thing. As a mat ter of fact, the recent war in South Af rica conclusively demonstrated the utter impracticability of a cavalry charge in close order against an entrenched Infan try and artillery force. The fire that can be delivered by modern weapons is so withering that the assaulting body in such a case would be destroyed to the last horse and to the last man before It could traverse the zone of fire and reach the hostile ranks. All disinterested experts agree that the day of cavalry charge Is over. Mounted troops have not lost their utility. Indeed, under certain conditions they are more useful and of greater value than ever. Hut they must not he em ployed In massed formations and the men who travel mounted must do their fight ing on foot. It seems to be hard for the German emperor, who has a great taste for the picturesque side of war, to accept that proposition. He has a strong admiration for the cavalry charge and apparently, a firm faith in its efficiency, blit should he ever act upon his confidence in the case of actual warfare he is likely to have cause to regret it. Under existing condi tions massed cavalry undertaking to charge an expectant enemy would sim ply be annihilated by the terrible fire which it would attract. Such a charge had become almost suicidal thirty-two years ago, ns the record of Gravelotte and Saint Privat testify. It is quite im practicable now. HOPEFUL PRUDENCE. Reason Why the President Accepts Protection When He Travels. From the New York Sun. Wo have received a letter criticising and making light of the careful pro visions for the protection of the per son of the President during his recent trip. “When we read of the President rushing across Manhattan Island in the evening surrounded by secret service men and preceded and followed by a troop of clattering guards,” says this letter, "one wonders if the hero of San Juan is afraid of his own people.” No reasonable man wonders or finds fault with the use of the safeguards by the President of the United States in his travels, when he is surrounded by many thousands of the people. Mr. Roosevelt, in accepting such protec tion, so far from indicating unwarrant able distrust of “his people,” affords happy evidence that, he is listening to the dictates of requisite prudence in stead of gratifying a merely boyish de sire to pass as Indifferent to danger. It is the duty ot the President of the United States to avoid all unnecessary exposure of himself in the possibility ot assault by malice or lunacy, anji to take every reasonable measure of pre caution against it in the way of offi cial guards of his person which the resources of the office permit. “His people," as the example of President McKinley at Buffalo so sadly demon strated, include all sorts and conditions of men, and among them crazy enemies of the social order to whom assassina tion appeals irresistibly as a means ot gratifying revenge or acquiring noto riety. The Earl and the Tenant. The Earl of Aberdeen, who owns large estates in Scotland, once desired to see If the humblest of his tenants were sat isfied and comfortable. Without making himself known he strolled up to an old woman who was busily weeding her gar den and asked her If the land was good about there. "If ye was to hire an allot ment," said the old woman, "ye'd"_ she hesitated. “Yes," said the earl. "What should I do then?" "Ye'd see if it was good," satd the old woman. Drink Schillinger's Hof Brau. Pure whiskey for medici nal purposes. Gunn Drug Co., 2017 Second avenue. This Reunion Week will be a gala occasion, when “Good Fellowship” will be dem onstrated by every citizen of Birmingham. A Hearty Welcome Awaits Every Veteran. Art Department. New line of Pillow Tops in silk and satin effects. The new plush tops are simply beautiful, in new designs. If you want art goods the place to save money is Caheens. We sell the celebra ted “Heminwey” Art Silks. You car. tell by the brand they are the “Best in the Land. Qp We sell Batten berg Braids Qp at, per dozen.Du Battenberg Threads, | H p three for.lull Newest Wrist Bags. The very latest and most exclusive In Wrist Bags, offered for the first time. They are mane of imported Levant embossed leather. Only a very limited lot in this country. They are Df light blue, gray and brown mixed, with purse and leather handle to match. We i.ave enough for qq a great Monday sale, at.I/0G Ladies’ Kid Gloves. SPECIAL OFFERINGS FOR REUNION WEEK. , Our Special "Dollar Glove” is the famous "Clementine,” an A1 Imported French Kid, a perfect fitting Glove, all shades, also black or white, fitted by expert fitters. “Gracioso Kids,” famous for their fine finish, perfect fitting, unsurpassed by any $2.00 glove in Birmingham, 2 large lock clasps, heavily embroidered, all the new autumn shades, our price $1.50 pair. Ask to be fitted. The greatest line of "Golf Gloves” in the stae for ladies, misses and chil dren to be found in our Glove Depart ment, 25c pair and up. Ladies’ Silk Gloves, silk lined, also cashmere silk lined, the "new fad,” ^ black colored lining, 50c pair and up. R_eal Lace. Those Interested in fine Handker l .chiefs must visit our department, li* Dainty, neat effects at $1.98 up to the a elaborate, exclusive designs ut $12.60. [ 'T THIS is a period of surpassing growth for this popular supply center. It’s a time above all other's when bargains are rife—when economy suggests buying in quantities. The crowds of enthusiastic shoppers increase from day to day. In a few weeks we shall be in the midst of a tremendous holiday business; extensive preparations are in progress in every department. Christmas goods are to be added to the already complete stocks. Sales space will be taxed to its utmost capacity. Nothing left but to make room, hence these remarkable sales of desirable merchandise at prices not to be equaled elsewhere. Rousing Sale Nunsing Underwear. Further evidence of our ability to undersell all other stores in dependable underwear and hosiery. Women’s Vests and Pants, Jersey ribbed, fleece lined, silk taped. This is one of the best underwear values we have seen this sea- Or. son.Zuli Misses’, Boys’ and Children’s Fleece lined Vests, Pants, Shirts, ns Drawers./itlC Women’s Vests and Pants, heavy fleece-lined or part Af\ wool. Women’s Fine Wool Vests nn and Pants.uOC Women’s Swiss Ribbed Vests and Tights, Silk and 1 Wool.l.JO Women Part Wool Union 1 n» Suits, silk taped. Women Imported Fancies and Fine Wool and Fleece-lined eye Hose. Men’s, Women and Chil- -| (y dren’s 20c Hosiery.X~G Women's Super-weight Vests and Pants, Egyptian ribhed, silk A'J n Women's three-fourths wool and silk plaited Vests and Pants.* "C Women's Swiss ribbed wool 1 Vests and Tights. Women's and Misses' Fleece lined Union Suits.ixtr\j Ladies’ three-quarter Wool Union Suits, silk finished, all 1 sties, for. Women's full fashioned, wool Union Suits, value $5.00, q t)K for. Winter Sacques and Skirts. SUCH remarkable values just at this time are due to a particularly fortunate pur chase. Prices mean a comfortable saving. Flannelette Skirts, in prett cheek ef fects, deep ruffle, crochet edge, long lengths, French hand. You will hardly find anything to match this Flannelette Gowns, in pretty JQ pink and blue stripes. Mercerized Sateen Petticoats, deep accordion plaited flounce and i ruffle trimming.1 Eiderdown Sarques of all wool eider down, fitted back, trimmed UU-, edge, regular price $1.49, at.vUl; Gingham or White Lawn Aprons, large size, deep hem.... Long Flannelette Kimonas, pretty checks and stripes, trimmed in j A q plain colors to match. Silk Petticoats, black or colors, trimmed in ruffles, plaiting and deep accordion plaited 4 Qy Moreen Petticoats, umbrella no style, three large ruffles.«*OL Children's Coats, made of heavy Boucle and Venetian cloth, heavy pad ded, trimmed In fanheads and braid, I in all desirable dark shades, t) (Ito | $4.00 value.( Children's Bonnets, made of Beng line silk, with large chiffon K ruche.1 Children's Trilby Aprons, em broidered trimmed, taps over shoulders. MOST EXTRAORDINARY VALUES IN WOMEN’S APPAREL. You Must See Our Stunning; Autumn Suits at $20.00. All last week women crowded our Suit Rooms, where these and other distinctly new garments are shown. I os itively the greatest apportunity Birmingham women have had this season. A showing of New Fall Suits at $20 —made of ail fashionable fabrics— Zibeline, fancy Scotch Tweeds and Cheviots—five beautiful styles—short platted collarless corset coats, long skirted blouse effect, lined with fancy satin to waist, new instep skirts plaited at bottom, unlined—these syc\ rkr* $30 values for Monday. Ix>ng Coat Suits, in all colors of fine covert cloth, plaited bacK with stitched belt at waist, fly front, coat shaped collar, with large sleeves, trainless flaring skirt, $20,000 val- -| q Krv ues, at.AO.tiU Misses’ Suits, in all colors of fine zibeline, three new fall styles, blouse with skirt attached, plaited front with shoulder capes and trainless skirts to match, $18.00 values, All the New Swell Full Coats, in covert, latest effects, cleverly designed, with large shawl capes, extreme pouch sleeves, guaranteed satin "I /» e /a lined, specially priced at. Handsome New Dress Skirts, two very elaborate styles, in black broad cloth and granite, plaited and fagoting trimmed, perfect fitting, tailoring of the very finest, $18.00 1 o cri values. lt)»wU ^ _r— ,c**— Cheviot Box Coats, collarless, elaborately stitched around >y neck, trimmed with stitched kersey straps, satin lined, $10 values.. • Our New Kersey Coats at $10.75—without an exception the greatest value ever offered, cannot be duplicated under $15, fine 1A 'V X English Kersey, in all colors and sizes. New Crepe de Chine Silk Waists, in tan, blue, pink, white and black, handsome tucked styles, trimmed with French knots, large K Qo sleeves, fancy stock collar, all sixes, $7.50 values.. ...... Clever New Kail Suits at $17.50— they are made of cheviot, In blue, brown and black, in the new long frock coat style; tight fitting, taffeta silk lined coat, fly front and trainless flaring skirt to match—one of the most clever suits ever produced at this price—$25.00 values—our 1 kix special price.A • •«A\J Great showing of New Kail Suits at $10.75—made in the very latest styles, in cheviots and fancy mixed materials, lo ngskirtod blouse effect, with shiml der capes, new trainless skirts that have that, graceful hang of suits that will have to be seen to bo appreciated —$15.00 values for Monday New Kail Coats, In zlbeline, kersey and cheviot, made In the new military styles, lined with extra qtial- 1 »> Kix ity satin, specdal at. Three-quarter Length Coats, grand showing of these natty long loose back garments that attract so much atten tion, strictly man-tailored, satin lined throughout, a arge assortment in all the new materials, at Krx $32.50, $25.00 and. New Cheviot Dre38 Skirts, made up in neat new style, trimmed at hip with taffeta strapping, also taffeta straps on seams, in all lengths, $7.50 s QIJ values. tl.t/O Visitors, Meet Your Friends at “Caheens,” a place easy to locate, right in the center of tho city. You’ll not be asked to shop. In a word—FEEL AT HOME IN CAHEENS ^ our parcels will be checked free. Colgate’s Toilet Articles. We sell them at the very lowest price possible Por “TRUE VALUE,” buy Collates. Talcum Powder. ._ Extracts, half ounce. J2® Toilet Soaps, (8 cakes)... * ’ ”.=2° Sachet Powders. ■7®° Bay Rum.. . . . . .. Florida Water. JJg* Tooth Powder. »2° . .••••... 25c You'll Be ChaLrmed With the Exclusive Air of Our Autumn Millinery. Imported Pattern Hats and clover conceptions of our expert milliners, that have been on sale during “Fair Week” have served their purpose aa models, and will now be placed on sala at. 25 per cent and 33 1-3 per cent re ductlon. I-arge Black Silk Velvet Picture Hats, with long Mowing plumes, beau Hfu llytrimmed, at ,, $10.00, $8.00.6.50 Trimmed Hats at $5.75—a large as sortment to select from—exact copies cl hats you would pay $7.50 to $10 for elsewhere—every imaginable e shape, color and style.»). i .) Biack Silk Velvet, Toques and Tur )Mf1H’..,rirnrne<1 witl‘ steel ornament, silk ribbon and fancy feather » or pompon.0.4.1 Riack Velvet Turbans, special, trim med with ornament, silk ribbon and fancy feather pompon, actual i $3.00 values.l.tlO All our Scratch Felt Dress Hats that have been marked si 49 lu gray, castor, oxford and champagne coior. all the newest ’ , ^ shapes, Monday. J <•>£» Our Linens Command the Respect of the Housekeepers of Birmingham. Patin Damask, full bleached, 70 inches wide, choice styles worth fine you will do well to stock up on this, as rho value is away above < ' the price; Imlt of 5 yards to a customer; at, vard 40(' I able Panning, 50 in. wide, qq heavy fleeced, worth 50c.0«/C Restaurant Linen, Scotch make, broken plaids, worth 4 0 59 cents.‘xOC Linen Glass Toweling, all size checks, extra good quality, /» worth 8c.WC Bath Towels, full bleached, large size, red borders, worth q Turkey Red Covers, 8-4 size, rq oil boiled, worth 75c.M«/C Turkish Wash Cloths, fringed, o colored border, worth 6c. Huek Towels, 18x40, colored borders hemmed, worth „ *' 12y2 cents.;fO Victoria Uwn, 40 in. wide -• • sheer quality, worth 15c.1 lO White India Batiste, 40 in. s* wide, for aprons, worth 8c.OGf Kngllsh Longcloth, 36 in. wlde.nQ^, 12-yd. bolt, worth $1.30.itoO Fancy White Mercerized Basket Weaves and Oxfords, beautiful assort ment of patterns, at 25c, 10c | /•> und.lOO Blanket and Comfort Department. The cold, damp winter days are fast approaching. Now is the time to buy your Winter Bedding. A visit to our Comfort and Blanket Depart ment will convince you It is the place to buy, as our stock is the largest and most complete to be found In the city. Dere you find only the best grades at popular prices. As an inducement for you to come we make special prices for Monday. BLANKETS— A first-class all-wool Blanket, full size, white, gray, red and plaids, our regular $5.00 Blanket. o Gu Special.0»»/O Beautiful Scotch Plaid Blankets that have taken the place of old-time white Blankets, strictly all-wool warp and filling, extra large, 11-4 size, beautiful colors, silk hemmed; regular t qo $7.00 value. Special at.0»V0 a iso. i striouy ail-wcol Ulanket, e* tra large, 11-4 size, in red only, ouf regular $7 30 Ulanket. Spe cial for Monday.O.^r*/ Our $0.50* Blanket, strictly all-wool, extra heavy, 11-4 size, in gray only, borders pink, blue, scarlet zws and black. Special at.O.Ull A large stock of Cotton Blankets in white, gray and (an, at 50c, 75c, 98c, $1.25, $1.49 per pair. 10 4 and 11-* , sizes.