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IRON MARKET IS
BECOMING ACTIVE Firm at $14,50 on a No, 2 Basis LARGE DEMAND IN SIGHT The New Year Starts off With Remark able Promise—Brisk Inquiries. Coke Easier and Will Con tinue So. • The iron market, which has been firm *but quiet for some time past, at $14.50 for (No. 2 foundry, is now showing decided Signs of activity. Inquiries are brisk this ■week and some good sales have been made in Birmingham within the past few flays. An active buying movement is due Ibefore the middle of the month. Rogers. Brown & Co.’s Cincinnati report Df yesterday's date follows: After the quietness of the past three fweeks the new year starts off with re markable promise. L#ocally. business has not shown any marked change, the gen eral run of inquiries and sales maintaining the same level as in the recent past. In ether districts, however, there has de veloped an unusual ran of inquiry which, tvhile not entirely unexpected, has been Surprising—on account of the large ton nage involved. The blowing out of two leading mer chant furnaces in the central west will, !for the next six weeks, cut a large figure and very sensibly Influence market condi tions in that territory. The filled order books of furnaces generally, the inquiry developed for nearby and extended deliv ery, and the delayed winter with its at tendant adverse conditions, all serve to make stronger than ever the start of 1906 In the trade. Basic and Bessemer con tinue strong and are in good demand. Coke Is easier and will probably con tinue so. The open winter is responsible, In a great measure, for this, which will pee its end with the approach of season able weather. Matthew Addy & Co.'s Cincinnati report for the week ending today, says: The new year begins with every branch Of the iron trade rushed to its full capac ity. In all directions business is being done at flood tide, so to speak. The fur daces were never in better shape. Their Order books are full and the prices are pood. Fortunately, the prices while good are fair. They are not so high as to any way embarrass industry, for they loatfe the consumer an entirely satisfac tory margin of profit. The consumer is also full of work, and there is plenty more in prospect in the immediate future. JWhile the past year has been profitable the outlook for 1906 is all that could be desired. So the year begins with both producer and consumer in a highly satis factory frame of mind. New business this week has not been ©f great volume, as the buying has been on a minor scale, though there has not ■been lacking what might be called a fine scattering trade. There are several large inquiries on the market, and as the supply of Iron for the early months of the year that is available is extremely limited, a smart buying movement would soon put the furnaces out of business. The best posted Ironmasters are all expecting before long an advance in price. Quotations are firm, and have an upward tendency. Coke has not followed the expected ©nurse. The fine open weather has al lowed the coke ovens to run, full, and the railroads to handle shipments to better advantage than was anticipated. So wliile in some districts the car situation Is very bad, yet there is more coke to ■be had than was counted on, and Conse quently prices are not as firm or as high as would otherwise have been the case. (But of course the winter is not over— as a matter of fact it has not begun, and the consumer wiio lets his coke pile run low is taking a decided risk. FOR FOURYEARS Whole Foot Nothing But Proud Flesh — Tried Different Physicians and All Kinds of Ointments—Could Walk Only With Crutches—Ohio Man Says i “ CUTICURA REMEDIES THE BEST ON EARTH ” “In the year 1890 the side of my right foot was cut off from the little toe down to the heel, and the physician wno naa cnarge ot me was frying to sew up the side of my foot, but with no success. When he found out that wouldn’t work, he began trying to heal the wound with all kinds of oint ment, , until at last my whole foot and way up above mv calf was nothing but proud flesh. X suffered un told agonies for four years, and tried different physicians and all kinds of oint ments. I could walk only with crutches. It is sixteen months ago since I began using Cuticura Soap and Ointment for my limb and foot. The first two months the Cuticura Remedies did not seem to work, but I kept, on using them both. In two weeks afterwards I saw a change in my limb. Then I began using Cuticura Soap and Ointment often dur ing the day and kept it Op for seven months, when my limb was healed up just the same as if I never had trouble. “ It is eight months now since I •topped using Cuticura Remedies, the best on God s earth. I am working at the present day, after five years of suffering. The cost of Cuticura Ointment and Soap was only 80; but the doctors’ bills were more like 8600. You can publish my name and refer any one to write to me about Cuticura Remedies. I will answer all ettera if postage is enclosed. John M. Lloyd, 718 S. Arch Ave., Alliance, Ohio, tune 27, 1905.” Complete External tod Internal Treatment for trrrj Humor, from Plmplee to Scrofula, from Infancy to Age, routining of Cuticura Soap, 25c., Ointment, 50c., Re*ol rent, 5Ac. (in form of Chocolate Coated Pill*. 25c. per rial pf SOI, mar be had of all dn*fgi«:8. A tingle ret often euxex. porter Drug A Chem Carp-. P*-!e P-ep*..Tfc»*ton. ^JUtMFr«*>>BovtoCMaeAlauoJk9»-4Bu''Mifc* BANKHEAD ON THE WAYIO WASHINGTON Says He Will Support Railway Rate Reform Bill THINKS ONE WILL PASS Hopes Public Building Bill Will Be Enacted—Says Situation in Sixth District is Satisfactory—Date of Primary Election There. Col. John H. Bankhead, tfie represent® tive in Congress from the Sixth district, was in Birmingham yesterday, on the way to Washington where he goes this morn ing to attend the session of Congress. "I am inclined to think,” said Colonel j Bankhead, “that a railway rate reform bill will be passed at this session of Con gress. It hardly needs to be added that I shall support any reasonable measure intended to correct existing evils in rail way freight rate schedules. My record on that question, as evidenced by votes in Congress, leaves no room to doubt that I shall support vigorously any and every intelligent effort that is made to root out abuses of this kind wherever they may be found to exist. "In spite of the fact that no rivers and harbors bill will be passed at this session, I am hopeful that a public building bill will be enacted into law. In case one is so enacted I shall see to it that our inter ests here in Alabama, so far as lies in my power, are projected and promoted.” "How are things Over in the Sixth dis trict?” was asked. In the Sixth District. ) “The situation is satisfactory'—yes, sat isfactory,” said Colonel Bankhead. “That's all I care to say on the sub ject.” It was said yesterday that the primary election in the Sixth district might be held in April instead of in August. Though Colonel Bankhead would make no sign on the subject, it is understood that his friends are in favor of an April primary in case the governorship primary is held in August. Captain Hobsbn is on record as favoring an April primary. The Bank- , head people, it is said, propose to call , Captain Hobsdn on that proposition. In ; doing so, they will, it is pointed out, be j playing shrewd politics and for two rea- j sons: 1. Because Captain Hobson, in an April primary, Would not advantage by the prestige of the Comer candidacy so much as he would in case both elections were held at the same time. 2. Because, in case of an early primary, j young men who have become eligible voters in the last two years would not be able to vote, and as Captain Hobson relies greatly upon the younger vote, an early primary would thus help Colonel Bankhead. The congressional committee in the Sixth district will not meet until after the state committee meets. It is said that Colonel Bankhead s friends on the con gressional committee will strive to have the congressional primary on a date dif- ; ferent from that of the state primary. SALVATION ARMY WORK. Colonel Holz Will Lecture on Light and Shadows. Colonel R. E. Holz of Cleveland, Ohio, officer in charge of the Salvation Army work in the southern states, will lecture on “Lights and Shadows of Salvation Army Warfare" at the Salvation Army hall on Second avenue in this city next Wednesday night at 10 o'clock. Colonel Holz will be assisted in the spe cial service by his wife and daughter, Major John M. Berriman, Major E. White and Adjutant M. Goodall. A special mu sical program will he conducted by Ad jutant Goodall. Colonel Holz is well known in this city, he -having often visited here and has fre quently conducted services in the leading churches of the city. Major J. M. Berriman of Atlanta will conduct special services In the hall on Second avenue today and tomorrow. To night he will conduct an open air meet ing. The services at the hall will he at 11 o’clock in the morning, 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and 8 o’clock at night. AMUSEMENTS - Barlow’s Minstrels. This afternoon and tonight the Barlow minstrels will he the attraction at the Jefferson theatre. Recently the company appeared In Mobile and in commenting on the performance, the Register said: “The Barlow minstrels was the attrac tion at the Mobile theatre yesterday mat inee and night. They* were greeted by two large and delighted audiences. “It is an excellent company and there was not a dull moment from the opening number until the curtain went down on the last act, and the applause was fre quent. “The long programme was brought to a close after an excellent olio of up to date specialties, which sent the audience away indebted to the Barlow minstrels for a neat and cleaver performance wrhich will make them ever welcome in this city in the future.” The matinee will be a bargain day mat inee. “Rip Van Winkle.” Thomas Jefferson, who is the only Rip Van Winkle of the Jefferson family, and the senior actor of that name, holds with distinction the affectionate well wishes of a vast public, wrhich has grown to love his late father, Joseph Jefferson. “Rip Van Winkle” seems to go on for ever, for as old as It is, the dramatized legend is bright antfr interesting whenever seen in the hands of capable actors. It will be presented In this city at the Jef ferson theatre next Monday, matinee and night. “Little Johnny Jones.” Local amusement seekers will have an opportunity for witnessing one of last season's biggest musical successes, “Lit tle Johnny Jones,” at the Jefferson the atre next Tuesday, matinee and night. Few attractions are on the local cal endar Tor the current season that can be regarded as such an emphatic suc cess as “Little Johnny Jones," which comes with the endorsement of critics In all the big cities of America where it was presented last season. At the Lijou. The engagement of “Across \he Pa cific” at the Bijou will end with a mati nee this afternoon and a performance to night. The play has drawn large crowds this week and seems to have pleased Bi jou patrons immensely. It Is well staged and far more realistic than the usual run such shows. FRENCH’ IMMIGRANTS TO COME TO ALABAMA Iii all probability a large French colony will be planted in Alabama. Paul Malresse, who lives near Paris, is now writing a report to be made to a number of French bodies relative to immi gration conditions in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. He- has been the guest of the land and industrial department of the Southern railway for several weeks and has been making a careful study of con ditions in this state. W\ L. Henderson, agent of the land and industrial department, and F. E. Rosier, traveling agent of the department, have both spent much time recently with Mr. Malresse, giving him facts and figures about the state, its agricultural develop ment and possibilities and also its indus trial greatness. The visitor is greatly pleased with what he has seen of the state. He says that the climate and the soil is very much ' like that In France, where the grape is I grown from which champagne Is made, and he states that he believes that it would be possible to make champagne from a similar grape fcrown in Alabama. Mr. Malresse will return to France with in the next month or six weeks to pre sent his report to the bodies which sent him to this country. He will not state what his report will be, but it is known that it will be most favorable. He was especially pleased with the property near West Point. Miss.; and that around Union town. which he says is the richest he has seen anywhere on his trip to Ameri ca. It reminds him, he says, of the rich black lands of France. Another piece of property he thought was suitable for the French emigrants is that lying between Pell City and Annis ton. He stated that with a thrifty class of French farmers on this property the native farmer would be surprised at the results. A ..—.....mm EPWORTH LEAGUERS WILL MEET TUESDAY QUARTERLY MEETING OF BIR MINGHAM DISTRICT WILL BE HELD AT ELYTON M. E. CHURCH, SOUTH. The quarterly meeting of the Birming ham district Epworth league will be held at the Elyton Methodist Episcopal church, South, beginning with the morning ses sion Tuesday, January 9. The officers are: R. F. Lovelady, Pratt City, president; George B. Tarrant, Bir-j minffho.ni, first vice president; J. E. Ellis.| Birmingham, second vice president; Miss Addie Griffin, Birmingham, third vice president; Miss Fannie Taylor, Huffman, fourth vice president; W. S. Welch, Bes semer, treasurer; W. lv. Me A dory, Bir mingham, secretary; Miss Floss, pianist. The following programme of exercises has been arranged: Morning session, 10:30 a. m.: Devotions for fifteen minutes conducted by Joseph Martin. Wylam. "The Devotional Side of Nehemlah's Life." Paper by W. W. Dorman, East Lake. "The Devotional Life as a Power in Reform." Address by W. R. Hendrix, St. John’s. General discussion, "The Devotional De partment." Business. Adjourn. Afternoon session, 2 p, m.: Devotions fifteen minutes by Rev. Wal ter Lanier, Elyton. "The Needy in Our Midst and How to Help Them." Paper by Miss Edith Hays, Avondale. "The Unsaved in Our Midst and How to Reach Them." Address by D. C. Mc Nutt, Ninth street. General discussion, "Department of Charity and Help." Business. Adjourn. Evening session, 7 p. m.: Devotions fifteen minutes by L. Hen drix. Avondale. Address by the Rev. J. H. McCoy, Five Points. Business and announcements. Adjourn. RECORD OF COURTS F. D. Suggs, chief of police of Ensley. was made defendant in a suit for damages to the extent of $5000 in a petition filed in the circuit court yesterday afternoon. The plaintiff in the case is Felton Stagg. The petition gives few of the details of the case. It alleges that on December 27 Suggs, in his capacity as chief of police, did “wil fully. maliciously and without cause therefor,” cause the "unlawful arrest and detention" of Stagg. The petitioner claims that he has suffered physically and to his reputation to the extent of the sum which he prays the court award him. The circuit court yesterday morning was informed that the state supreme court had admitted James II. Hanby to the practice of law in this state. Mr. Hanby, who is a resident of Bessemer, stood the examination before the circuit court some time ago, and the papers were forwarded to the supreme court at Montgomery, which passed favorably upon them. Final naturalization papers were Issued out of the circuit court yesterday to twn former residents of Greece, and who are now citizens of Birmingham. The new Americans are Demetrious N. Getouras and his brother. George N. Getouras. Nicholas Deriziotls. another Greek, filed In the court a declaration of his Intention to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. Decisions in the following cases wer® reached in the circuit court yesterday: Will Thomas vs. Standard Life and Accident Insurance company; dismissed by agreement. E. D. Ratcliff vs. Gilbert Thornton; judgment for the defendant. Mick Derzis vs. Chris Jebeles; Judgment for the defendant. George DePoister vs. E. P. Reed, Judg ment for the plaintiff for $2.50, Essie Hunter vs. the Southern Mutual Aid association; judgment by consent f^r the plaintiff for $50. Robert Garrl & Co. vs. the Kansas City. Memphis and Birmingham railroad; Judg ment for the plaintiff for $25. The case of the Prowell Hardware com pany vs. E. P. Riggs Is on trial in the couH.% The following transfers of property were recorded In the probate court yester day: C. P. Jennings to William T. Screws and wife, property at the southeast corner of Eleventh avenue and Sixteenth street, $2060. Rufus B. Simms to Margaret H. Carroll, lot In Warrior, $2000. Bessemer Trust and Banking company to J. W. Farrior. lots 1. 2 and 4. In block 407. Bessemer, $1500. Mary A. Carroll to J. W. Carroll, lot in Warrior, $1200. Birmingham Realty company to George S Brown, part of block 835, Birming ham, $3500. V. A. Garrett and wife to Sa 1 lie E. Farr, lots 20 and 21, in block 26. $2625. To Investigate Lumber Trust. Jackson, Miss., January 5.—(Special.)—A resolution wras adopted by the Mississippi senate today ordering the investigation of an alleged lumber trust. The commit tee is charged with the Investigation be ing authorized to surnomn all witnesses wanted. The resolution explains that the price of lumber and building material has steadily increased without reason and it is proposed to learn why and how. People who suffered from rheumatism have taken Hood's Sarsaparilla and found lasting relief. Best on the market Ambrosia Flour. Look out for Knowledge ComteM* MERGER PLANS NOT YET CRYSTALIZED TENNESSEE-REPUBLIC CONTROLL ED BY SAME INTERESTS BUT CONSOLIDATION SEEMS TO BE FAR OFF AS EVER. • The Wall street summary says: The long-talked-of merger of the South ern iron companies seems to be as far In | the future as ever, notwithstanding re I cent developments marketwise In those j properties. Interests Identified with both ' the Republic Iron and Steel company and the Tennessee Coal and Iron company say j that the matter of a combination or mer i ger of those two properties has never been considered or discussed, unless In the most 1 lformal and general way. So far as the Tennessee Coal and Iron ctmpany Is concerned, the control was bought up In the open market, not for merger purposes, but solely as a manufac turing proposition. The steel and Iron men who are nowr In the directory have long had their eyes on this particular property and the more they studied It the more they were convinced that It was one with Infinite possibilities. They real ized that much more could be gotten out of the property by a more liberal man agement. and one with more faith In the future of the country, and of the Iron In dustry In particular. They estimated that If the Iron ore properties of the United Stales Steel corporation In the Messaba range and Lake Superior regions were as valuable as that corporation contend ed. then the enormous tonnage owned outright by the Tennessee Coal and Iron company was of even far greater value, and the opportunity for Improving the property and enlarging Its earning power was something that had never heen prop erly and fully realized by the old own-' ers of the company. It occurred to two or three men who were well posted on the Iron and steel In dustry that the Tennessee Coal and Iron proposition was one well worth handling. Without consulting with others they be gan a well-planned campaign for the pur chase of the control In the open market, hut picking up here and there consider able quantities at private sale. When they were ready they Informed several other financially strong Individuals that they could come In on the same basis with themselves If they chose. These Invited interests were quick to lake the propor tion allotted to them, namely one-tenth each. Among the latter was John W. Gates. He bad little or nothing to do with the scheme originally, It Is authori tatively stated, hut was Invited to come in and did so. i ne new owners or me property have not fully determined what their next step will be. or what further changes may be made In the personnel of the com pany. That they will soon begin a more aggressive management stands to rea son. while the subject of a merger is not likely to be seriously considered for some time to come if ever. That the Republic Iron and Steel com pany also recently changed hands, falling Into the rnntrol of John W. Gutps and his friends, it Is declared, was hut a, coincidence, happening as It did at nearly the same time as the change of control of the Tennessee Coal Iron and Railroad company. As the interest in both com panies were very friendly, It was hut nat ural that each should Invite the other to participate In their special scheme with the result that practically the same In terests now control both companies. The new management of the Republic has effected its plans so far as to he ablp to state that the company will very short ly erect a large wire miil at Its northern plant and will. In the near future con struct a steel making plant In the south The details of the plans are not yet fully worked out. but are under careful con sideration and are likely to be made pub lic before a great while. One of the troubles with both those companies has been the lack of capital with which to cajry out any large and comprehensive scheme of enlargement and Improvement. But this defect will be entirely eliminated with the present man agement. for not only are the new owners all or nearly all experts In the Iron and steel Industry', hut are each of them very wealthy and able to respond financially to any requirements of the company. Among the new directors are Leonard Hanna of Cleveland, who is regarded as one of the strongest and best-informed men In the iron and steel business in the Unlte-d States. So far as the Sloss-Sheffleld company Is concerned It Is stated with great em phasis that the controlling Interests have had nothing to do with that property or its stock, and that all reports that they have been buying are untrue. NORTHERN FINANCIERS ARE COMING THIS WAY New York and Pennsylvania Delega tons Will Inspect Properties In Alabama. A company of gentlemen from New York and Pennsylvania expect to reach Atlanta Tuesday, January 9, and will in spect properties in Georgia and Alabama In which they are interested. The gentlemen are Interested in the Alabama and Georgia Iron company with furnace at Cedartown, Ga.; in the Frog Mountain Ore company and a number of other iron properties in the south. The Sloss-Sheffleld Steel and Iron com pany have tendered the party the use of their private car while In the south. C. A. Stillman of Birmingham will leave Birmingham In this car on Monday and meet the party at Atlanta. Among the members are James Wills, Phillip Klubcrg, A. H. Brown and A. A. Fowler of New York; C. H. Zehnder, W. W. Taylor, L#eonard Peckett, Noah H. fiwayne of Pennsylvania. VULCAN SITE STILL HELD IN ABEYANCE Commercial Club Waits Until Money be Collected PAINTERS’ BIG CONVENTION Commercial Club to Co-operate in Ar ranging Reception—Master Paint ers’ Gathering Will Include Prominent Men. A number of important matters came before the board of directors of the Com mercial club at the meeting yesterday af ternoon in the new quarters In the Thom as building. Great Interest was taken In the mat ter of deciding upon a site for the erec tion of Vulcan. A number of plans were mentioned by which the sight might be chosen, but it was finally decided to take no definite action until the funds sub scribed have been substantially collected, and the money 1h actually In hand. It was agreed that ft would be most ad vantageous first to collect the money sub scribed. after which the site could he de cided upon, and plans selected for the pedestal. Tills matter will he arranged by the time the succeeding smoker of the organization is given. Master Painters. The meeting voted unanimously to co operate in every way with -the loca.1 or ganization of the Master Painters’ asso ciation in arranging for the reception and entertainment of the delegates to the con vention which will be held in this city February 13 to 16. A delegation from the painters’ asso ciation was in attendance at the meej^ ing and William Spencer read a papey In forming the meeting of the plans of the local branch. Mr. Spencer stated that there had been much difficulty experi enced In arranging for rooms for the 1600 delegates who will be present, and asked particularly that the Commercial club as sist in housing the strangers. It was explained to the meeting that the members of this organization are men of standing and Importance in their sev eral communities, fhany of them being wealthy and some being at the head of large manufacturing establishments. It was decided that letters be addressed to each member of the Commercial club, asking personal co-operation in caring for the visitors, and the opinion was expressed that in this way “many of the delegates wrould be given quarters in private resi dences. It was also decided that com mittees be appointed from the Commer cial club to work with the local master painters in completing their plans for the convention. Programme for Visitors. The meeting was informed that already the following programme of entertainment had been arranged: First Day—After the business meeting a reception in the City hall for the vis- ■ iting ladies, by the Dadles’ Auxiliary, at 2 p. m., followed by a carriage ride about the city. At 8 p. m., a reception smoker in the City hall for the delegates. Second Day—Trolley ride about the city and suburbs, followed by a furnace party at Ensley, where luncheon will be served. Third Day—Barbecue in the main ex hibit hall at the Alabama State Fair' grounds at 4 p. m., with n cake walk at 6 p. m. Dancing will be enjoyed the re mainder of the evening. The fourth day will he spent generally in sight seeing, the visitors following their own desires principally. Gates to Be Invited. The directors of the Commercial club decided to extend an invitation to John W. Gates and his associates, who have re cently become holders of much Industrial property In the Birmingham district, to visit this city. The suggestion having been made that tlie Commercial club arrange for a perma nent exhibit of the products of Jefferson county, this matter was discussed at some length, and it was finally decided to refer it to the committee on manufactures witli the president und the secretary added thereto. It was the sense of the meeting that such an exhibit wo^ild be most de sirable and valuable to the county, and the committee will look about in an ef fort to make the necessary arrangements. J. A. VanHoose introduced a resolution concerning which he spoke at some length, for the construction of a great, navigation canal. He spoke of the vast benefits and advantages which would ac crue to tills section of the south within a short time after the construction of the canal had been completed. The resolution, which was referred to the club Itself for action, was as follows: Van Hoose Resoluton, “Whereas, engineers or ability and re pute have heretofore examined the natural topography of the land, and the sources, direction and volume of existing waterways flowing into and connecting with the Tennessee river at or near Qun tersville, Ala., and the main body of the ( Warrior river, also In said state; anti, af ter such careful examination, have de clared that they believed a practicable and navigable connection could be made at moderate cost, between the navigable waters of said rivers; and whereas, it Is also believed that such connection could bj so constructed as to naturally and feasibly pass through ttie heart of the mineral section of Alabama near the city of Birmingham, in said state; and where as, such navigable connection between the said Tennessee and Warrior rivers would he of vast benefit and advantage from a national standpoint, arid to the Immedi ately concerned Industries and develop ment of Alabama, Tennessee and those portions of North Carolina and Virginia lying on the headwaters of the Tennes see river, and also to all of the cities, towns and country having access to the lower Tennessee. Ohio and Mississippi rivers, whose Industries might heed und wlh the coal and metal supplies of the mineral district of Alabama; and whereas, the connection between said river* by national law. as well as on account of its greaut national importance, comes under the province and care of the national government; now. therefore, be it re-, solved: Importance of Connection. •*1. That this club' rec ognizes the great' importance and desirability of such con nection, and requests and urges all citi zens of the states named and other* in terested. to investigate this question of securing a survey of said connection by competent government engineers. •*2. That the Hon. O. VV. Underwood, representative of the Ninth district of Alabama, be, and Is hereby requested, to at once take necessary steps to have ade quate provision made at this session of Congress for a survey of aid navigable connection, beginning at or pear Guntcr ville, Ala., and terminating at or near the Bloss furnaces, on Village creek, near Birmingham. Ala. And It Is suggested that said connection shall provide for a na.vl ^nh!fiParticu^r^^n^\ i For Particular People I MurrayHill Club WHISKEY Sold by Quality Dealers everywhere JOS.A.MAGN US&<& _CINCINNATI,Q. _ gable channel at least six feet deep and seventy feet wide In Its narrowest and shallowest parts. "3. That the Hon. O. \V. Underwood Is herebly requested to immediately confer with representatives from other slates di rectly Interested in such connection, and secure their aid In having such survey made by the national government, ns soon as practicable, and if possible during the coming summer and fall. "4. That the president and secretary of this club be and are hereby requested to vigorously take up tills matter with the officials of all other similar organiza tions in Alabama, Virginia. North Caro lina and in the cities and towns along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and Invite their aid and co-operation in securing such survey.” Fire at Meridian College. Meridian. Miss., January 5.—(Special.)— The old building formerly belonging to the "Stone’s college," recently used ns the recitation rooms, kitchen and dining room of the Meridian Male college, on College Heights, was entirely destroyed by Are shortly after midnight. The contents of the building were also practically de stroyed. The loss Is estimated at $15,000, about one-fourth of which is covered by insurance. The college is remote from the city limits, and no assistance could be secured from the Are department. Bucket brigades were organized among the stu dents. and the Are kept from spreading. No other damage was done, however, and school resumed sessions this morning as usual. Fire at Charlotte Qa? Plant. Charlotte, N. C.. January 5. Fire which Started at 3 o’clock tills afternoon In the main gas building of the Charlotte Con struction company almost totally de stroyed the building, emailing a loss of $50,000 or more. The main gas tank only a few feet distant was uninjured. Enough of the machinery was saved to continue the manufacture of gas and the users are not Inconvenienced. Will Postpone Report. Jackson, Miss., January 5. (Special.)- j Secretary Woods of the Mississippi divi- | sion of the Southern Cotton association ! has a telegram from the agricultural department at Washington agreeing to his request not to issue the cotton report till January 9 because of the fact that | the day previous is a holiday in New | Orleans. Blow for Lobbyists in Mississippi. Jackson, Miss., January 5.—(Special.)— j The anti-lobbyist 1)111 passed the house to- i day and all lobbyists will be barred from j that end of the capltol during the session unless they do as ordered arid register with clerk, giving the name of thfe cor poration employing them. THE WEATHER Washington, January 5.—Forecast for Alabama: Fair Saturday and Sunday; light west winds. Local Weather Data. Birmingham, January 5, 4 p. m. Maximum temperature .52 Minimum temperature .30 Mean temperature . 44 Normal temperature .46 Excess of temperature since Jan uary 1 .15 Rainfall since 4 p. m. yesterday.0 Rainfall since Jan. 1 1.78 Excess of rainfall since Jan. l..M 0.84 Weather Report. Temperature and. precipitation as re ported at the weather bureau for select southern stations during 24 hours ending at 10 a. rn.: Precip Temperature. Ita Min. Mijx. tion. Anniston . 30 1 .0 Atlanta . 30 \ .0 Augusta . 40 ys, 0 Boston . 40 58 '•* Charleston . 44 84 Chichgo . 18 30 .0 \ Cincinnati . 80 38 .0 Galveston . 40 54 .0 Jacksonville . 4*1 84 .0 Knoxville . 80 41 .0 Los Angeles . 40 82 .0 Macon . 88 48 .0 Memphis . 34 44 .0 Mobile .. 42 52 .0 Montgomery . 38 48 .o' Nashville . 32 42 .0 New Orleans . 4 4 58 .0 New York . 38 58 .0 Norfolk ... 44 80 .0 Pittsburg . 32 54 .0 Portland, Ore. 40 48 .04 Savannah . 44 »<l> .0 St. Louis . 24 34 .0 Vicksburg . 38 4s .0 Washington . 34 02 .0 W. If LEHMAN, Official In Charge. JEWISH YOUNG MEN, Committee Appointed to Draft Consti tution for an Association. A committee consisting of Isadora Shapiro, Jake Levine. Joe Alpher, Louis Adleson and Jake Allen, was appointed Thursday night at a meeting of Jewish, young men for the purpose of drawing up 4 constitution for a Young Men's Hebrew association. There were more than a score of young men in attendance at the meeting, and It was decided that when the commit tee made its report a permanent organiza tion would be completed. It Is the Inten tion of the organisers to have the asso ciation establish quarters In the business section of the city and to operate a free night school, furnishing the school sup plies free to the pupils. Look out, for Knowledge Contest. "He Who Buys Credit at the Savings Hank Gets Credit With His Friends for Wisdom.” Everybody has a genuine respect for the thirfty man with a growing bank account. Have you one? Today is a good day to start on. We are open to 8 o’clock Saturday nights. *r.T" AmciK ( inm/ilhiu/ ZZZ to5om of Ah* 6 ihmTmt 2003 FIRST AVENUE. Birmingham. or s.ere—J s. (MM. PTMiant; H It. Mayberry, Vt«* Pmldtatl'QL. Id. t)» - Treasurer, ant C. O. Devitson. leeretary aai Auditor. Dlrectore—J. B. Cobbs, B. F. Roden. C. O. Simpson, J. H. Roblnaon, E D. Smith, H, H. Mayberry. Louis Gelders. C. B. Spencer, Moses Levy. J. W. Don nelly. Harry Jones, J. Beecher Adams. T. H. Aldrich. Jr., F. B. Yielding. Ber tram Jacobe. J. Q. Whitfield. H. C. Abbott of Birmingham; C. O. Burnt at New York.