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DOUBLE TRACKS
OVER CROSSINGS
East Lake Line to be Improved
at Twenty-seventh Street
WORK ON BOYLES LINE
Second Trailer Will Be Turned Out of
Shops in a Week—To Build Eight
Motor Oara of Home
Material.
In preparation for the heavy travel to
East Lake this summer, the Birmingham
Railway, Light and Power company is
double tracking its line across tne rail
road crossings between Twenty-seventh
street and Twenty-ninth street.
All but about 200 feet of this crossing,
j which is more than two blocks long,
will be double tracked. When this work
is completed the entire line to East Lake
wim this exception, will be double track
ed. It is estimated that by double track
ing this crossing the service to East
Lake will be made much more einclent.
This work has already commenced and
will be completed as rapidly as possi
ble.
Work has been resumed on the Boyles
line, which leaves the Gate City line
near Kingston station and runs to Boyles.
It was announced sBome time . ago that
this line would be built, and poles were
erected for about one-third of the dis
tance. The work was delayed owing to
the damages claimed by abutting proper
ty owners. This has been adjusted.
A force of hands went to work this
week and the work will oe completed
as rapidly as possible. The track will
be practically four miles long and it is
believed that by the time it is completed
there will have grown up quite a large
travel in that direction. Already there
is a good travel guaranteeu from juoyles.
Nearly one-half of the double tracking |
between Ninth street and West End on
the Powderly line has been completed,
and the remaining mile will be double
tracked as rapidly as t‘he wor* can be
done. This work commenced several
months ago and a large force thas been
grading and laying the rails. When
this work is completed the company will
have a double track from Birmingham
to West End, insuring a better service
on this line. Travel has been rapidly
increasing on the West End line in the
past few years and the demand has been
strong for a double track.
'mo second of the trailers to be built
in the shops of the Birmingham Rail
way, Light and Power company will be
completed this week and will be used
on the East Lake line. The first was
completed about a ’ week ago, and has
been In service since. It has proven even
more satisfactory than was expected.
As soon «s this trailer is completed
work will be commenced on an order of i
eight motor cars similar to the 200-series
cars which are run on the East Lake
line. These will be the first motor cars
ever built in Birmingham and they will
be. manufactured entirely of products and
materials of the Birmingham district.
These cars will cost about $6000 each and
the company estimates that about $500
or $600 will be saved on each car by
building them in Birmingham.
_____ i
DIRECTOR ELECTED.
Sibiey P. King Become* Director of
Trader* National Bank.
At a meeting of the board of directors
of the Traders' National bank yesterday.
Sibley P. King was elected a director.
Mr. King is president of the King Lumber
company, and the Sibley Coal company.
He is a successful business man and will
add strength to the directorate of the
bank.
This bank also secured the services of
G. N. Cox with a view to inreasing th*
business of the bank. Ml*. Cox Is well
known In Insurance circle*, being of the
firm of Cox Bros., general agents for the
National Life Insurance company. Mr.
Cox handled the business In this state,
and there were only two states In the
union that produced more business for
this company last year, those states be
ing Illinois and Texas. Mr. Cox 1b well
equipped to Increase the business of the
bank and no doubt his efforts will be
crowned with success.
POLICE COURT
Yesterday was a light day In the police
court. There were but twenty-four cases
on the docket.
Tarry Adams, a negro who was de
tected In the act of breaking into the
tool house of tlie Sloss-Sheffleld Steel
and Iron company by Special Of flees
Cooper Wednesday night, was arraigned
beofre Judge Feagin on a charge of at
tempt to commit burglary and flned S50
and sentenced to sixty days.
D. Jackson, a negro, was flned J10 on
a charge of assault and battery.
Jerry Dorsay, charged with carrying
concealed weapons, was discharged by
Judge Feagin for wrant of prosecution.
G. D. Moore, the complaining witness,
was taxed with the costs.
FUGITIVE ARRESTED.
Negro Said to Be Wanted In Eutaw on
Charge of Murder.
Deputy Sheriffs Courson and Cole yes
terday arrested a negro named Matthew
Thomas alias "Kid” Thomas, alias Mack
Jackson, and locked him in the county
jail on a charge of being a fugitive from
Justice. The arrest w’as made in North
Birmingham.
The officers made the arrest on a war
rant from Greene county in which It is
alleged that the negro shot and killed
his step-father. Jim Hayes, at Eutaw,
some months ago. The negro denied that
he was the man wanted, but it is said
he was Identified at the jail by people
from Eutawr.
A most wonderful remedy for
bronchial affections.
Free from opium. inbo«*ooiy.
JUDGE FEAGIN ON
Says Whisky is Cause of Ma
jority of Crime and Poverty
A PROHIBITION SYSTEM
Says City Council Will Be Asked to
Provide for Prabation Officer
to Look After In
ebriates.
Out of twenty-two cases on the police
count docket yesterday morning fourteen
were charged with being drunk.
"Drunkenness," said Judge Feagin yes
terday, “is the worst vice. It causes more
loss of position, life and character than
any other crime known In the police court
of Birmingham.
“The city of Boston has had for nearly
a quarter of a century a probation or
suspension of sentence system for inebri
ates and also an institution to which the
Incorrigible are committed for medical
treatment.
“Judge William JefTerson FollarJ of St.
Louis has of his own accord Instituted a
suspension of sentence of the habitual
drunkard and placed them in the care of
a probation officer. This method is re
ported to have brought happy results in
that comparative few' fall to appreciate
the justice tempered with mercy thus
meted out to them. The Inebriate is In
formed that if he, within a year, is
brought before the court on a charge
of drunkenness he wl(l be heavily pun
ished for both offenses.
'The frank and candid Statement made
by our last grand jury fn Its report of
January 31 of the lamentable conditions
caused by drunkenness and gaming and
the demoralizing effect upon the citizen
ship of our city Is timely and It is to be
hoped that It will quicken public con
science to demand better civic and social
conditions.
Efforts will be made to have the coun
cil authorize the appointing of a proba
tion officer for the police court to carry
Into effect the methods that have wTought
such wonderful changes in Boston. St.
Louis and other cities in America.
“As I stated a few days ago, France
has had In operation for ten years or
more the suspension of sentence for first
offenders, reducing the number of second
offenders from 47 per cent to 6 per cent.
"I am Informed by private letter that
the council of the city of Montgomery
made provision for the appointing of a
probation officer for Its criminal court.
This Is the first body of law makers In
the state of Alabama to take such a wise
and humane step.
“There are a number of bartenders in
Birmingham that desire to put down the
illegal traffic in whisky; there are also
a number of bartenders and liquor men
in the city who decline to sell whisky to
men they know have intemperate habits
and who may be intoxicated. The efforts
of these men deserve public commenda
tion. I believe the men who do the dam
age are the men of questionable morals
who sell whisky to men of Intemperate
habits and who break the Sunday lawr.
“I have been further Informed that
there are little girls in their teens, that
frequent houses of ill repute. If wre had
a probation officer such girls could be
looked after and such places broken up.
“I do not believe in the method that
punishes as much as I do the method
of prevention. Reformation is good in a
way, but prevention is better.
“Were such practices kept down it
would enhance the resources of the city.
During the year 3905, $31,000 in fines w’ere
collected by the city. J know positively
that this money came out of the pockets
of the most needy. To my mind It Is
much better to have some other way of |
punishment, do away with the system of
fines for first offenders, and instead of
taking the money they need out of their
pockets, compelling them to become pub- j
lie charities, let them keep it and put it j
to some good advantage.”
IS ACCIDENTALLY
SHOT BY PISTOL
MEMBER OF “MAN BEHIND THE
GUN" COMPANY AT BIJOU RE- .
CEIVE3 PAINFUL INJURY IN i
HAND.
John D. Rockefeller—but not the Rocke
feller of Standard Oil fame—was shot and
slightly Injured yesterday afternoon
while emptying a 38-callbre revolver of
blank cartridges.
Rockefeller Is with the "Man Behind i
the Gun” company, now playing at the j
Bijou theatre, and Is not the richest man !
In the world except when he sleeps and i
dreams pleasant dreams.
The accident occurred yesterday after
noon after the matinee. It Is the custom
pdth all theatrical companies, when pis
tols are used, to empty them after each
performance. Thereby hangs the tale of
Rockefeller’s injuries.
Rockefeller is from New York and
served In the United States navy during
the war with Spain. After quitting the
service he entered the theatrical profes
sion and then became a marine on one
of the Japanese war vessels In the show
mnwdfflpearing at the Bijou. Pistols, can
non, guns of all sorts, torpedoes, cut
lasses, swords, all those things are used
In the play, and while Rockefeller was
emptying his pistol after the perform
ance one of the cartridges exploded, the
powder entering the palm of his left
hand and causing painful but slight In
juries.
LOSSES WERE SMALL.
Fire Department Does Some Very Ef
fective Work During January.
Twenty-nine alarms were reclved by the
lire department during last month. The
entire loss on contents and buildings did
not exceed J1500. This record Is considered
by the department to be unprecedented.
Fifty-five alarms were received by the
fire department during the month of Jan
uary, 1905. entailing a loss on contents and
buildings of $56,000.
CLOUDS OF DUST ANNOY
LARGE THEATRE CROWD
Clouds of dust—not just ordinary
clouds, but clouds so' thick that one could
scarcely see across the street for them—
annoyed large crowds of theatregoers
last night.
Many a handsome theatre gown and
wrap was given a dust bath that was far
from beneficial, and many hundred plrs
of eyes suffered and smarted from the
dust swept Into them by the wind.
Complaints were heard on every side
and people wondered where the street
department's sprinklers were and why
seme of the water paid for by the city
was not distributed on Second and Third
avenues between Seventeenth and Twen
tieth streets. One man said that it would
not have taken ten minutes to sprinkle
these two, avenues between the streets,
and that It would have saved the eyes
and clothing of many people.
The dust was probably the worst seen
in several months. Last year during the
theatre season the matter of sprinkling
the streets and sweeping them was agi
tated and the nuisance was abated. U\st
| night It broke out again in full force.
TODAY CLOSES FIRST
SEMESTER IN SCHOOLS
The first semester of the city public
schools closes today and the second se
mester begins on Monday next. Tests
and examinations have been In progress
during the week In all the schools and
the regular semi-annual promotions will
bf; made on Monday. A class of about
eighty pupils who have completed the
work of the elementary schools will be
admitted upon certificates to the first
year class of the high school, and chil
dren who have become of school age
since the opening of the first semester in
September will be admitted into the first
grade of each of the elementary schools.
Beginners in the schools are required by
law to be at least 7 years of age.
While the regular promotions In the
schools occur twice each year, in Sep
tember and In February, many pupils
receive promotion* In the Interim, a* they
demonstrate their ability to do higher
work. A large number of pupils whose
progress 1ms been extraordinary during
the past session will receive double pro
motion today, and advance two grades
instead of one.
The classes promoted to the high school
will report at the high school building
at 1 o'clock today for enrollment and as
signment of studies, In order to he pre
pared for duty on Monday morning. It
Is expected that a large number of new
pupils will apply for entrance in alt. the
schools on Monday. Superintendent Phil
lips reports that the work of the half
year has been prosperous and satisfac
tory. The principals and teachers have
done splendid work, he says, and It Is ex
pected that a much smaller percentage
than usual will fail of promotion on Mon
day.
ARE INSTALLING
NEW SWITCHBOARDS
i __
PEOPLES COMPANY IS RAPIDLY
GETTING ITS SYSTEM BACK
INTO WORKING ORDER—MAN
AGER HARPER TALKS.
The work of Installing the switchboards
in the new offices of the People’s Home
Telephone company is being rapidly com
pleted.
Manager W. B. Harper said yesterday:
“The balance of the switchboards are
being rapidly put in shape so that more
telephones can be connected with little
delay. The new switchboard will have
room for 4800 telephones. It will have
two sets of storage batteries, two sets
of dynamos. When completed it will be
twice as large as the old board. At the
present time there are about 1000 tele
phones connected and I expect that by
the middle of February we will have the
total number, 2436. ready for service.
"We have two forces of men employed,
one shift at night and one during the
day, and W'e are leaving no stone un
turned to perfect matters as soon as pos
sible.”
BOY FALLS THROUGH
TRESTLE AND DIES
Joshua L. Mitchell, jr., Receives Fatal
Injuries at Bessie *
Mines.
Joshua Mitchell, Jr., 4 years old, died
at St. Vincent's hospital at 10 o'clock
last night from Injuries sustained from
falling twenty feet through a trestle at
Bessie mines, near Palos on the Frisco
system. The remains were taken in
charge by Shaw & Son.
Little is known of the accident, but
It is supposed the child In trying to
cross the trestle alone missed Its foot
ing and fell through.
MONT GOMERIANS SEE
BIMRINGHAM STREETS
Committee Inspect Paving Here With
a View to Using the Same
In the Capital.
A number of city officials of Mont- j
gomery spent yesterday In Birmingham i
Inspecting the bithullthic pavement. Much
paving is contemplated in Montgomery
in the near future and the committee was ;
appointed for the purpose of making a i
thorough investigation and reporting to !
the Montgomery city council on the blthu- j
lithlc pavement.
The following men comprised the party:
Gaston Hunter, president of the council;
Gardner Foster, chairman of the street
committee; A. Roemer, member of the
street committee; A. I. Gilchrist, city'en
gineer. and two city aldermen.
While in the city the party was en
tertained by representatives of the bithu
lithic company and were shown the va
rious paved streets in an automobile. Fol
lowing that they t<*ok luncheon at the
HAtel Hillman, returning to Montgomery
at 4 o’clock.
Mayor Ward, City Engineer Kendrick
and other local officials were at luncheon
with the Montgomery party.
ANSWERS MANY ALARMS.
Fire Department Was Kept Busy Yes
terday—Small Losses.
The fire department started February
by responding to six alarms of fire. None
of the fires were serious and the total
less did not amount to $T5. Following is
a list of yesterday’s fires:
9:20 a. m.—Avenue F and Sixteenth
street.
10:40 a. m.—Avenue F and Twenty-fifth
street.
2:10 p. m.—Birmingham laundry, Seeond I
alley and Twenty-second street.
2:40 p. m—Birmingham laundry. Second
alley and Twenty-second street.
3:50 p. m.—Seventh avenue and Seven
teenth street; false alarm.
10 p. m.—Avenue I and Fifteenth street.
To Arrest Violators.
* In pursuance to an order issued by
Chief of Police Wier, Policeman Burke
was assigned yesterday to street caj* duty,
with orders to arrest anyone violating
the ordinance against spitting on the
floors of street car*. He will be in citi
zen's clothes.
THOMPSON HOTEL
BEING REMODELED
WILL BE OPENED FEBRUARY 11
UNDER MANAGEMENT OF JO
SEPH MILLER OF CLEVELAND.
HAS FIFTY ROOMS FOR GUESTS.
Ths old Thompson hotel, at Third ave
nue and Twenty-second street, has been
leased for a long term of years by Joseph
Miller of Cleveland, O., and will be thor
oughly renovated and refurnished In time
to be Opened to the public February 11
under the name of the Hollenden hotel.
Announcement was made to this effect
late yesterday afternoon. The building
was leased through the Messer-Moore In
surance and Real Estate company, but the
terms were not made public.
Mr. Miller has been In Birmingham
some time looking around for a location
for a hotel, and found what he desired
In the Thompson building. The building
Is four stories In height and has about
fifty rooms for guests.
The hotel is already in the hands of Mr.
Miller, who has put a large force of men
to work cleaning up and making changes.
[ Practically all the furnishings will be new,
' and It Is stated that under the manage
ment of Mr. Miller the Hollenden hotel
I will be much better.
MONTH OP JANUARY
WAS SOME WHAT DRY
_
DEFICIENCY IN RAINFALL WHEN
COMPARED WITH THE SAME
MONTH FOR THE PAST THIR
TEEN YEARS—NORTH WIND.
W. F. Lehman, Uncle Sam's weather
man In Birmingham, has completed the
monthly statement showing the weather
for the thirty-one days In January, and
also comparing it with the thirty-one days
in January for many years past.
To begin with, January was slightly
warmer than the average January since
1894. The mean temperature for last
month was 47 degrees, while the mean
temperature for January for thirteen
years past was 4<S degrees. The highest
temperature was 70 degrees on the 20th,
and the lowest was 19 degrees on the 9th.
In the matter of rainfall, January was
deficient. It lacked 1.13 Inches of the aver
age for the past thirteen years for the
first month In the year. During last
month 8.75 Inches of rain fell In Birming
ham, while the average for the past thir
teen years was 4.88 Inches. The greatest
amount of rainfall In twenty-four hours
was 1.75 Inches on January 2 and 3.
Eight of the days were clear, seven
were partly cloudy, and sixteen days were
cloudy. There were fogs on the 18th and
IDtli, and a thunderstorm on the 22nd. The
prevailing wind was from the north.
FOOD OR
STIMULANT.
Ask your doctor if when
he orders a patient to drink
lots of pure milk he advises
the addition of a large
quantity of whiskey. He’ll
tell you “ no ” very emphati
cally. Yet there are people
who, when ordered to get
Scott’s Emulsion, will accept
some wine, cordial or extract
of cod liver oil and think it is
the same thing or better. If
you want and need cod liver
oil in its best, purest and
most easily digested form, get
Scott’s Emulsion. If you
want whiskey, that’s another
matter, but don’t look for the
same results.
6COTT ft BOWNK. ffrt BC. New Yortc.
NOTES Of INTEREST
W, B. Reynolds Tells of Month
Spent in Republic
COUNTRY HAS A FUTURE
Presidents of Five Railroads Were In
Mexico at the Same Time—Moun
tains of Iron Ore Are
Seen.
_
W. B. Reynolds of the firm of Robbins
& Reynolds has just returned from a
month's trip through Mexico and talks in
terestingly of what he saw.
“Mexico at present," says Mr. Rey
nolds, “is a mixed proposition. That it ,
has a future was evidenced to me by the
presence while I was there of five presi
dents of great railroad corporations from
the United States with their private cars
and coterie of capitalists, besides hun
dreds of citizens who were looking the
situation over. Among the number was
C. E. Mellen, president of the New York.
New' Haven and Hartford railroad.
"Mexico has no such resources as this
country, but with the advent of Ameri
cans it will experience a great change
and I am firmly convinced that it is now
on the eve of a great boom. Nothing
will ever be accomplished by the native
Mexicans. As a rule they are utterly
unreliable, treacherous and worthless.
The raili*oads in Mexico are all in first
class condition, built and managed by
Americans exclusively, In fact no place
of trust is ever given to the Mexican
where an American is available.
“I visited Monterey, a city of 80,00)
people—with no water works nor sewer
age of any description. The street cars
are drawn by mules worked tandem, two
to a car. In endeavoring to get a kodak
picture of one of them on the principal
street, the driver obligingly stopped his
car until I got through. The place Is
infested w'lth dogs and beggars, yet on
the outskirts of the town is a steel plant
which has cost over $3,000,000. They have
mountains of iron ore, superior in qual
ity and quantity to Birmingham, but no
coal. Their coke is obtained from the
United States.
Modern City.
Mexico City 1s a modern place of half
a million Inhabitants, but as usual In that
country, the hotels are wretched and
high priced. There are many points of
Interest there, however, and the tourists
soon fall In love with their surroundings.
I was honored by Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm
Mastellar with a ride over the electric
street car system In their private car.
This system has over IKK) miles of track
In and around the city and hauls freight
as well as passengers. Mrs. Mastellar
was formerly Miss Veda King of Monte
vallo and Scottsboro, and Is considered
one of the most beautiful women In the
American colony.
"Among the customs differing from this
country, I noticed the stores and shops
all close at 1 o'clock and open again at
3 o'clock. The entire force goes to lun
cheon at that time and takes a siesta.
A list of jach day's letters Is posted at
the postofflce In the general delivery and
if your name does not appear on the
list It la useless to ask If you have any
mall, as you will be at once referred to
the bulletin board. Public hacks are of
two kinds, blue and red, that Is, they
carry small flags painted blue and red.
The blue are allowed to charge >1 per
hour and the red 75 cents. It makes no
difference if the party be one or four, that
price covers the entire charges and Is
strictly enforced. When you arrive at
the railroad station all the carriages are
in one enclosure and leave through one
gate, where a mounted policeman takes
the number of the hack, the number of
occupants and the destination. The
street cars and railroads all run first,
second and third class coaches with fares
ranging accordingly. The railroads and
street cars have no civil liability. If one
gets hurt by them, no suit can be brought.
This Is according to a clause In the con
stitution of the republic, evidently made
to encourage investments in enterprises
of tills kind. While I was there, three
"peons" were run over and killed by
street cars immediately in front of my
hotel and within a week's time. Great
crowds gathered each time, but no one
dared touch the bodies until the
chief of police came and gave directions
as to what was to be done. The motor
man and conductor always run away, as
they are likely to serve a term in jail
If caught.
Goes to Bull Fight.
"Nearly every American goes to a bull
fight. It comes on Sunday, but the aver
age tourist forgets the day and goes.
Very few Americans go the second time!
I went once and shall never forget the
horrible and brutal spectacle I saw en
acted In the presence of 20.000 screaming
and applauding Mexicans. Six horses and
seven bulls wore slaughtered during tile
performance. The Sunday before one
man was killed. The horses are blind
folded and have no chance. In the en
counter 1 saw a bull rip a horse open and
the rider was thrown. Me pushed hack
the horses entrails and shoved In a hunch
of hay to hold them in place, mounted
again, and In a few minutes the bull made
another lunge and gored the horse to the
heart. The bulls are let In the ring one
at a time, and the fight continues until
he Is killed, which is done by the matador
or bull fighter with a sword thrust
through the heart, then another Is
brought In. When a hull shows the 'white !
feather.' as they sometimes do, the crowd
hisses him so that the Judges order him 1
taken from the ring. They are Imported |
from Spain, and are usually very fierce. I
The performance lasts from 3 to 5 o’clock.
It Is hard to believe that any nation can
prosper that will license so barbarous ;t
custom, vet this hull ring is almost in
the shadow of historic Chepultapec castle,
the home of the president of the republic.
"There are many opportunities offered
for Investment In Mexico, among the most
numerous are In gold and silver mines.
This Is by far the most hazardous, and
much money Is lost In these enterprises.
A fortune will he made by the man who
puts up a shoe factory. The duty on
shoes Imported from the T'nited States
or another country Is $1.75 per pair, a^jd
the government Is anxious to encourage
Industries of tills kind. A similar oppor
tunity Is Offered one who will put up and
maintain a modern American hotel In the
City of Mexico. The 'City,' ns It Is called.
Is situated In a plateau fkt00 feet above
the level of the sea. consequently It Is
always cool, hut not cold, except at rare
Intervals While I was there tH* ther
mometer went down to freezing and quite
a number of persons died In the streets
from exposure. The houses are not pro
vided with heating apparatus, and the
Americans all complain of cold Wood
and coal are scarce and high, and this no
doubt accounts for the absence of fires.
Visited Vera Cruz.
“Among the cities I visited was Vera
Cruz. There I found everybody In linen
Saving by System
Make an allowance for each class of your
expenses and then plan to save some of
each allotment. This leads to keeping
account, to careful buying and to many
savings that are lost without such planning.
And remember that this is the only strictly
savings bank in Alabama, and is conse
quently the best bank for a savings account
•fftse hooro
from a a. m.
to 3 p. m.
ovory day.
wnun/Tm iih; wim
2003 FIRST AVENUE.
Birmingham.
The bank
la opan t»
• i lo p. a*
Saturdays
Officers—J. R Cobns, President; H H. Mayberry. \ ice President.
Charles M. Spencer, Treasurer; C. <3. Davidson, Secretary and Auditor.
Directors—J. B. Cobbs, B. F. Roden, C. O. Simpson, ,T. H. Robinson, E. D.
Smith, H. H. Mayberry, Louis Oelders, C. B. Speneet, Moses J
Donnelly, Harry Jones, J. Beecher Adams, T. H. Aldrich. Jr., F. B- Y did «•
Bertram Jacobs, J. O. Whitfield, H. C. Abbott, W. L. Murdoch, A. W. Nelson.
Charles A. Stillman, of Birmingham; C. O. Burns, of New York.
suits and straw hats. At this season tho
climate ts ideal, hut becomes almost un
bearable in summer. It has a population
of 40,000. I noticed the absence of car
riages or hacks of any kind and inquired
of a bright little American hoy about
them. He replied that there was one au
tomobile in town and that it was broken
down, and one carriage which belonged to
a Mexican doctor and only came out on
Sunday. 1 found this to be literally true.
The trip from Mexico City to Vera Cruz
Is one of the grandest and most Spectacu
lar on this continent. A descent from an
elevation of 8000 feet to the sea level is
made, and one gets a view of what is
considered the most marvelous railway
engineering In the world. In going fifty
miles one passes from the cool, temperate
region down in the tropics, where appear
the coffee, banana and other tropical
fruit plantations. We also pass the foot
of Pico de Orizaba.’ the ‘Mountain of the
Star/ whose pinnacle is always covered
with snow and rises 18.225 feet above tho
sea level, the highest peak on the North
American continent.
■*No one should miss the trip to
Cuernavaca, the most delightful spot in
Mexico. U was t'he home of Cortez
in the year 1530 and his original palace
Is still to he seen. Cuernavaca is reach
ed by rail, crossing a mountain lo.ooft
feet high and descending on the other
side to an elevation of about 4000 foot.
It !X perpetual springtime, the thermome
ter never goes below sixty nor over
eighty at any time of the year, yet in
plain view of the town you see the
mountains covered with snow at all sea
sons.
Governors Appointed.
"Mexico Is supposed to be a republic
similar to our own, but the voting la
done differently. For Instance, the gov
ernors of each state, twenty-seven In
number, are appointed by the President;
they In turn appoint commissioners who
ascertain the will of the people, as to
say, the election of the president. It
does not take much of a guess to know
that the will of the people Is for Diaz
to continue president as be bus been for
twenty years and will be until lie dies,
under that system. No paper would dare
prlrt* this In Mexico, however, as the
editor would be Immediately arrested for
libel and thrown In prison.
"Dands are cheap. 50 cents per acre up
to $25, and this Is where I saw the great
est opportunity for Investors on a small
or large scale Those who get In now
will reap a harvest as they are sure
to greatly enhance In value. There are
millions of acres that one sees on a trip
through the country that appear to he
valueless, still there Is a future even
In these lands. The best lands are in
the semi-tropical regions where there Is
no malaria and where anything on earth
grows with hut little labor. Two crops
a year can he grown on this character
of land. You still see the primitive and
I might say the savage atyle of cultivat
ing the lands, with oxen and a plow
made of a small forked tree with no
Iron whatever on It.
"The Mexican peon Is the lowest type
of the human race T hrfve ever seen.
The negro of our country Is far more
desirable both as a citizen and a labor
er. 'Plio peon gets from 25 to ..i cents,
Mexican money, per uny. equivalent In
our money to 1214 to 37t4 cents and those
who employ him say he Is not worth
that. When he gets something ahead
he quits until It is used up and he Is
forced to work again.
"I visited many other places In the
republic, going as far west as Guada
lajara on the Pacific coast side, which
has a population of 100.000. and has a
climate similar to Cuernavaca. Near this
place Is the only active volcano on the
North American continent. Mexico Is no
place for the 'OIobe Trotter.' You are
compelled from the habits and motions
of the people 'to go slow.' If you at
tempt to rush things you will And you
are alone In the rush and soon slow
down. The people there do not hurry
or worry, hut take life easy.
"The country Is historical. In reality
It becomes tiresome In that respect from
the fact it keeps one constantly trying
to remember something we read about In
history In our school days In taking
an automobile ride over the City of Mex
ico we passed by a statue Of Christopher
Columbus. The guide stopped his ma
chine and dwelt at some leng... on the
achievements of this gentleman and final
ly asked us If we had anything about
him In our history.
"There are many things of interest
In this country which would take too
much space to tell about hi the news
paper. No one who can spare the time
should miss an opportunity of seeing
Mexico."
THE WEATHER
Washington. February 1.—ForpcagL for
Alabama; Futr Friday; showers at night
or Saturday In south portions; fair in
north; light fresh north to northeaat
w inds.
Local Weather Data.
Birmingham. February 1, 4 p m.
Maximum temperature . JJ®
j Minimum temperature . 33
I Mean temperature . ^
Normal temperature . 43
Excess of /temperature since Janu
nary .. 39
Rainfall since 4 p. m. yesterday. •
Rainfall since January 1.3-75
Deficiency of rainfall since January L.2.14
Weather Report.
Temperature and precipitations as re
ported at the weather bureau for select
southern stations during 24 hours ending
at 10 a. m.: /
Temperature. Rain
Min. Max. fall.
Anniston . 26 62 .00
Atlanta ...32 60 .60
Augusta . 32 62 TO
Boston . 34 56 .00
Charleston . 42 68 .00
Chicago . 14 34 .00
Cincinnati . 28 38 to
Galveston . 52 60 TO
Jacksonville . 44 68 .00
Knoxville . 28 48 .00
Los Angeles . 50 82 .00
Macon . 34 58 TO
Memphis . 38 48 . 00
Meridian . 28 56 .00
Mobile . 36 62 ."0
Montgomery . 34 58 .00
Nashville . 28 44 .‘41
New Orleans ... 44 62 .00
New York . 32 46 .00
Norfolk . 38 54 .00
Pittsburg . 26 36 .(’O
Portland, Ore. 44 54 .00
Savannah .. 38 66 *00
St. Louis . 36 40 .00
Vicksburg . 40 56 -00
Washington . 26 52 . 00
W. E. LEHMAN.
Official in Charge.
BRITT-NELSON FIGHT
Moving Pictures of San Francisco
Event to Be Shown Here.
Secretary Miles of the Birmingham Ath
letic club yesterday afternoon closed ar
rangements whereby the pictures of the
Brltt-Nelson fight In Ban Francisco wtU
be shown at the club Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday of next week.
Walter Forblsh, manager of the pic
tures, was In conference with Secretary
Miles about the matter all day. The
pictures are owned by J. W. Coffroth,
manager of the Colnia club where the
fight was held, and are the only real
original pictures taken of the fight. They
have been shown to great crowds In the
larger cities of the country.
The entire contest, with preliminaries
and after events. Is shown In the films,
which are said to be about the bpst mov
ing pictures of any celebrated event ever
taken. The performance. If such It can
he called, lasts just, len minutes less than
two hours. The pictures will be shown
Monday, Tuesday uml Wednesday nights,
with matinees Tuesday and Wednesday
afternoons.
MAN UNDER ARREST,
Negro Suposed to Be Dock Smith Is
Caught In East St. Louis.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Stradford yester
day telegraphed to East St. Louts a de
scription of "Dock" Smith, alias Andy
Mayfield, a negro, waned In t.,is county
for killing another negro over a game
at dice at Oxmoor about five years
ago.
The police of East St. Louis have un
der arrest a man said to he "Dock"
Thomas, and If the description forward
ed yesterday fils the prisoner, an officer
will be sent for him and he will he
brought back snd placed on trial on a
charge of murder.
Wants Her Husband.
Lena Brown has asked.the police to lo
cate her husband, Frank Brown, who was
employed hy the Hillman and who Is now
missing. He Is said to have had a stroke
of paralysis which left him very absent
minded.

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