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| Loveman, Joseph & Loeb. Loveman, Joseph & Loeb. Loveman, Joseph & Loeb. Loveman, Joseph & Loeb. Loveman, Joseph & Loeb. Loveman, Joseph & Loeb. ;Preliminary Announccmc ^ajcj Aug - -* Which Begins on Wednesday The August Furniture Sale is the leading event of the whole year in this store, and we believe that facts and figures will bear us out in the statement that it is the greatest merchandising event of the year in the South. For almost a decade it has grown steadily-larger and larger with each succeeding year; and the sale of 1906 promises to outstrip all of its predecessors. There will be many new features-any of which would make notable a sale of far less pro portion. ' One of these features will be the FREE FARE AND FREE FREIGHT offer, which we make for the special benefit of out-of-town visitors. Another most interesting feature will be the PROVERB CONTEST, with seven prizes ag gregating $100.00 in value for the winners. The Proverb Contest will be the most popular thing of the kind that the men, women and children of Birmingham and surrounding cities have ever enjoyed. But far beyond all of these attractions will be the array of values which will mark the sale itself. For the past month carload after carload of attractive furniture of all kinds has been ar riving with special purchases for the August Sale. The magnitude of the sale permits large buying, and large buying means favorable prices, which we are glad to give our customers the full benefit of. Besides these special new lots, every article in our immense stock will be re duced for the sale-the combined aggregate being over $100,000 Worth of Furniture at 25 to 50 Per Cent, Less Than Regular Prices Come to the August Furniture Sale as early as possible. You consult your own best inter ests by doing so. We have plenty of the regular lines, but the special sale features will soon be sold out and vou may be disappointed. The first week of the sale is always the biggest, because the majority of people know it is to their advantage to come as early as possible. Out of town customers are specially invited to come as early as they conveniently can. Loveman, Joseph & Loeb Lv__ - -- -.--- -— _ j THEY NEVER MOPE AND NEVER SMILE Big Plungers on the Race Track Show No Emotion QUIETLY LOSE THOUSANDS Men Who Have Staked All They Had On Single Race—Burke Talked About Chop-Suey and Won $45,000. J*rom the Washington Star. How would you feel 1f you won »80,000 on a couple of horse races? I saw G. White—"Whltey" Langdon separate the grieved Sheepshead Bay prlce-chalkers from that amount of money on two good things of his own unassisted picking a while ago. One of these rare good equine aces in the hole was the two-year-old Oran. Langdon got 15 to 1 against that one on the day he showed up Ballot and Water Pearl and he was down with enough to pry 135,000 from the satchels of the book makers. The other one was the stretcn flnlshing mare Flip Flap, which was seen In Washington last year. Langdon has since bought her. He got the foolish and out-of-line top price of 30 to 1 against Flip Flap a couple of races after the rich clean up on Oran and his take down was $45,000, with comparatively little money risked for a plunger of the Lang don type. If Langdon's pulse beat even a little bit faster than Its normal ticking when he saw these two horses romp home In front of their fields In their respective races he certainly did not exhibit the least visible elation. Nor. in preserving the most complete calmness, did he ap pear to be making any effort to adopt the pose of the cold-blooded plunger. He Is a young looking chap and he grinned boyishly when the two-year-old Oran shot out of his bunch at the eighth pole and made the much-touted Water Pearl, the overwhelming odds-on favorite, back up. *T thought that Water Pearl would It about there In a six-furlong race,” he said, as he clapped his field glasses Into their case. "He hasn't ever struck me as a sticker." "D'je go to the Oran thing, Whltey?" a friend of the plunger standing near, asked him. "For the dinner change." replied Lang don, as he started for the paddock. Bought Flip Flap. “Nice mare of the go-all-day kind," Langdon quietly observed when Flip Flap forged ahead of about the best horses in training in her race. “Going to put her in my barn if I can get her,” and half an hour later Flip Flap did be long to Langdon, be having quickly paid the first price asked for her, a big one. A couple of main betting-ring runners were talking tilings over on the ferry on the way to New York after the races that afternoon. "Whltey win eighty on Oran and Flip Flap." observed one of them. "Eighty?" cut In a rather seedy-looking chap, evidently a cheap field piker. "Why, I win a hunnerd an’ twenty on them too, myself.” "A hundred and twenty thousand?" In quired the betting runner, turning some what superciliously to the piker. "T'ousand'? No—should say not. A hun nerd an' twenty bucks." “Well." said the betting-ring runner, in an offhand way, "Whltey Langdon's win on Oran and Flip Flap was eighty thous and." “Eighty t'ousan,’!" exclaimed the piker. Incredulously. "Quit yer kiddin'l Dey ain't dat much coin in de woild!" A quiet-looking man. evidently only an occasional race-track visitor, overheard the colloquy. "Eighty thousand dollars In one after noon,” he observed to the man he was with, "Now, by looking around for a while "he could get a safe 5 per cent on that $80,000, which would fetch him In a cinch Income of $4000 a year. Four thousand a year Is a bully Income for any man. Do you suppose this Mr. Lang don will Invest his money for a future assured Income?" "Forget It!” was the laughing reply of this conservative man's companion. "He may not have the price of a beef stew six months from today or less than that. He's a plunger. Remember the cases of Riley Orannan, Plunger Walter and the rest of 'em don't you? Five per cent a year when they can sometimes make 1000 per cent a minute if they get a break? Swell chance!” One Man Bought Annuity. There was one of the great plungers— the greatest of them all—who did Invest a large bunch of his winnings in an annuity. George E. Smith, better known as Pitts burg Phil, Invested $(>00,000 In an annuity several years before he died. But Pitts burg Phil was an exception in a whole lot of respects In the ranks of the plungers, the most Important of which was that for the last ten years of his life, at least, he never stood a chance of going broke, whereas all the rest of them did stand or are standing that chance all the time. Pittsburg Phil was worth $3,000,000 at his death. He hadn't played the horses at all for about a year previous to his demise, but a lot of first-rate Investments that he had made helped to pile tip the fine for- ! tune he left to his mother and brothers. This "Whitey" Langdon, however, is ex- ! hlbiting considerable more cautiousness than any of the other plungers of this epoch except George Smith, and there are some believers of his positive declaration that he actually means to quit the turf at the close of the present racing season. Turfmen who do not deal in exaggeration say that Langdon Is worth $700,000 today. He literally "ran a $2 note" Into this amount. Langdon used to be a racing re porter for a Wilmington (Del.) newspaper. He gained his first knowledge of horse racing at the old Iron'Hill outlaw track. He used to "cover" the running of the . races there for his newspaper. He was wise enough not to bet on the horses at that grisly, yet funny. Imitation of a le gitimate race track, but when Iron Hill shut down he went to the New York tracks. He "started a $2 parlay” on tho card at one of the New York tracks one day soon after his arrival, and the finish of that day saw him the possessor of $28, 000. That was his start, and he hasn’t had a losing season since. It is difficult to be lieve that the game will yet "take" him. However, there are plenty of folks who have been around race tracks for a great many years and who have watched the rise and fall of numberless plungers who will have to be shown that the old game will not eventually cover up even so cau tious a man as "Whitey" Langdon. It Is curious to observe how 'some of these winners of the big money at the New' York tracks accept their successes and defeats. I happened to be standing near the not ed "Eddie" Burke, the Faistaffian book maker and plunger, on the day he had $3M0 straight on the western horse, Sir Huon. at 15 to 1. Burke, a man of huge girth, albeit a fine looking individual of the extremely well-fed variety, is a famous eater. His Gargatuan "feeds" at the white light restaurant up In the region of the Metro pole. where he lives, are a source of per petual amazement even to tho people of that region, who impose upon their digestive apparatus year in and year out. Burke, for the past fifteen years, has eaten only one meal a day, and that ac midnight exactly—but what a meal he makes of this one "square" a day! A list of the things he puts away at his nightly meal sounds Incredible. All of the dishes are especially prepared for Burko wrherever <he goes, and he Is himself an amateur chef to whom the noted pro fessional chefs of New York often give respectful ear. Friends “Gueyed” Burke. Burke was up on the top of the Sheeps head Bay stand, with a party of friends, to see how Sir Huon was going to make out in the race. Burke’s friends were guying him o^r his "foolishness" in play ing that one. The adipoae plunger didn’t pay any attention to their remarks, how ever. He was thinking about something else. "I almost came to blows with a friend of mine at 2 or 3 o’clock this morning,” he was saying as the horses lined up at the post. “He dragged me into one of those Chinese restaurants with him, against my will, and he tried to bam boozle me Into eating some of that egg chop suey. He ate about three pounds of the Infernal mixture himself, and—” “They’re off!” came the tremendous dia pason from the crowd In the stand below. Burke hardly turned around from ad dressing his friends to see how the horses got away, but he went on: “And he goes around trying to force people to believe that that chopless chop suey junk is tho finest thing that a man can possibly put in his stomach. And yet, when I asked him if he knew what chop suey was made of, why—“ “There goes Dandelion down!” yelled the crowd as the favorite In the race cross ed his legs while running close to the rail and went down in a heap, throwing Miller, his jockey, under the flying hoofs. “Look at That western plug. Sir Huon, coming along like a wild cat!” “Why," w'ent on Burke, paying not the slightest attention to the race, although the crowd all united In howling the name of Sir Huon. upon which he stood to win $45,000. "He didn’t know what the dickens chop suey was made of. and yet he Inserts a whole heap of it Into his sys tem along toward daylight every morn ing and tries to make everybody ha knows fall for the chink grub, and—” “Sir Huon cops!” howled Burke’s group of friends, utterly disregarding his dis course on the chop suey question. “Well, what d’you think o’ that? Say, Burke, how did you dope that one, anyhow? Did you go to It strong?” "Had on three straights at 15 to 1. Clam ly replied Burke, and when a plunger says “three” or “five” or “eight” he imeans thousands, even If he doesn't men tion them. “But the next time that friend of mine tries to make me fall for that chop suey stuff—" But Burke’s friends were already wend ing their way down the steps to the bet ting ring and paddock, eager to “find out" about the next race. Showed Utter Indifference. This Is a fair picture of the utter indif ference with which Burke, one of the biggest plungers in the business, takes the luck that comes his way, be It good or bad. He is probably the most naturally Indifferent individual as to the kind of a “break” he gets when he stands to win or lose a big amount that the game has ever developed In this country. There are some occasional race track visitors who when they lose $20 or $30 on an afternoon card will ride home In a state of the most profound gloom, with heavy knocks for the game, accusations as to its universal crookedness, and so on, and an obvious determination not to be comforted under any circumstances. On the day. not long ago. when “Davy" Johnson, who used to run a gambling i establishment at Narragansett, and who I ha* “picked up" a* high as $600,000 at the New York race tracks In one season, went absolutely broke on Ills noted sprinter, Roseben, he plucked a thick blade of grass from the turf of the infield where the was standing, whistled through it as boytr'Mo, and made some commonplace remark about the way some other horse in the race had performed. Nor did there appear to be the slightest evidence at straining for effect in the manner In which Johnson took his wiping out on tills day. Bet $30,000 on Roseben. He had bet, so it was commonly said about the track, $30,000, the last ready money be had in the world, on Roseben to win the race. Roseben was held at 7 to 10, with the steadier of 137 pounds j up, so that Johnson, giving them the odds, stood to win $21,000 for his $30,000 if his sprinter should connect. “How much do you like your big nag today, Dave?" inquired one of Johnson's friends, strolling over to him in the in field where the plunger had stationed . himself with his group on a littK'knoll to watch the outcome. "I’ve killed him for a tap,*' calmly re plied Johnson, “but I don’t know ubout him. He’s thrown me a good many times lately and, though I believed him tho world-beater of them all a couple of months ago, he's got to show me again now.” Three minutes later Roseben had been beaten a face on the wire and Johnson was known to be broke. “Pretty shifty race that little Iland zarra trick ran,” was all that Johnson said after blowing his squeaky blast on the big blade of grass he plucked from the turf. “I always did think a lot of that one,” and ho strolled across the track to the betting ring, looking not In the least down in the mouth. Davy Johnson, however, has been “down and out’’ on huge bets many times before, and there is such a thing as be coming used to these things. All of this is not saying that some of the big betters are not excitable men. A. J. Joyner—“Jack’’ Joyner-^the fa mous trainer, was a pretty heavy better on his own account in the d&ys when he first began to train the great horses of James R. Keene. Tn his ordinary inter course Joyner is one of the quietest and most sedate and reserved men on the turf. He always talks in a very low tone of voice, arid he uses remarkably correct English for a horseman, scarcely ever relasping Into slang. When Water Boy Raced. But when in those days when he first trained for Keene he had a great horse in a race he was an entirely different In dividual during the running of the race Once when he had the mighty Waterboy of Keene’s string in a race, Joyner had got $0000 of his own money down on Waterboy at the Juicy and quite false price of 8 to 1. thus standing to take down $48,000 if Waterboy should beat the equally mighty Hentiis. Joyner stood in the infield, with Waterboy’s blankets around his shoulders, as the field lined up. The start was perfect, and Ilermls went out to make the pace. Hermls shot hls bolt at the mile, however, and then Waterboy loomed In front. Then Joyner, who Is a South Carolinian, threw off all of the reserve that had characterized him In ordinary life, and the way he did. throw that Dianket around like any howl ing stable hand, was amazing to his friends to see. Moreover, he dropped right into the stable-hand style of root ing, which was rendered the more no ticeable by the South Carolina dialect, which seemed to come natural to him for rooting purposes. “They haln’t no hawss what kin beat my hawss!” the usually impassive Joy ner bawled with all the* strength of his great lungs as Waterboy, with friction leas gait, swung down the stretch, lengths In front of the tiring Held. “Como, you nlgguh baby! They haln’t no hawse what'll git yo’ all, coon boyl Jes’ shake yo’ all feet an' poke yo ol’ bald along, mah black runnln' devil—they haln’t nothin' evuh a-goln' tuh git near yo’ all!” and, as Joyner flapped the blanket in the hot air the great black Waterboy romped past the wire, a winner on the bit. “The old follow ran a fine race, didn’t he?" sold Joyner, Instantly resuming his usual quiet tone, as he turned to one | of his companions only 15 seconds after Waterboy had won. The quiet South Carolinian had only given way to the blood frenay of the great moment, that's all, thereby show ing himself, however, more a trainer than a bom plunger. GREAT SURGICAL FEATS. Experts Can Operate Without Leaving Scar as a Reminder. From the New York American. Making a fine art out of surgery is the latest development of that science which nowadays saves so many lives at a mini mum cost of anxiety and pain. Most per sons affllotod In a way that only an op eration can remedy are glad enough to be restored to health, and probably give little thought to probable disfigurement But even this comparatively small disad vantage has Inspired Dr. J. L. A. Aymard, a noted hospital surgeon of London, Eng land, to experiments which have proved that surgical scars are unnecessary. He finds that it all depends on the manner in which the Incision through the skin is made. His own description of this seal less method Is reprinted here from the London lancet: “My new method of skiu division con sists of the simple operation of dividing It upon the slant, in contradistinction to the present methqd of dividing the same at right angles to the surface. My idea, though new by design, is by accident 1 of very ancient origin. There are few of us who have not on our person some example, however small, of this cut through the skin upon the slant. Such a i out. If extensive, generally presents a somewhat lumpy appearance, duo to eon« traction, and very often a smooth mark at tho line of Junction. Tt is skilled ap plication of tho principle with scientitlo correction of the defects which gives results entitling- such heading as appear* to this article. "The reason why a cut through th* I akin upon the slant and subjected t* properly applied pressure heals ho per* fectly is not fur to see. Contact is pefw feot, and the greater the pressure with in limits, the better it is. I have proved beyond doubt that granulation growth can be controlled by pressure and was therefore, not In the least surprised to get such good results from this new in cision. The ordinary process of healin* proceeds as usual, but granulation tis sue, with subsequent fibrous and scab tissue, is reduced to a minimum. The scar' is present, but hidden away, and if I inatf' quote, ‘What tho eye does not see th* heart does not grieve.' "Tt Is of the greatest importance tha* we should grasp what takes place. Th* upex of the upper flap at once retract*1 and becomes wrinkled, curling inward outward, according to the region of th*: incision. Tho apex of the lower flap takes, as a general rule, a conical formJ In tho subsequent approximation thessr* points should ho borne in mind. It is no^ sufficient simply to adjust tho wrirfkletl apex of the top flap. "With regard to the operation ItselfJ the skin should be reasonably stretchedu in not already the cat* by some under-! lying tumor. The angle at which the knlfsrf should be held can only be learned bjn practice. The skin, as a rule, will givtg five or six millimeters, or about a quar-i ter of an inch, flap, but. in addition, ab least as much fat flap, except, of course,, when the fat is excessive. Fat makeai firm, rapid union, and is, therefore, ot considerable importance. '•Sometimes I secure the wound by plao* ing across a few strips of China silk and! collodion, at others by merely placing'1 collodion on tho curved or flat glass dress-, ing. When tho glass is pressed flat th* exact position of the flap can be seen at a glance. I prefer glass to celluloid op’ mica because It is rigid, a matter of Im portance when applying pressure. In ail probability excellent results will be ob tained in a dozen other ways. “With regard to pressure, it should b* slight for the first few days, then grad ually Increased. Whichever rigid dressing is placed over the wound It should be covered by a large pad of wool, if no rigid dressing Is thus used, in all prob ability a contracted condition of the flap will result. Sooner than allow a w'ound to heal In a bad position, I would always break it down and begin again." W A N T E D— Experienced wrappers in dry goods. Apply Mr. Cooper, at Steele-Smith’s, 2nd ave., between 9 and 10 to^ morrow morning.