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Prices Boosted to Such Fig
urges as to Make Them
Almost Prohibitive
Even the Inaugural Committee Is
Preparing to Bleed Visitors on I
Prices for Seats in Re
viewing Stands
Washington, February 15.—(Special.)—
Washington business people are preparing
for their quadrennial "hog killing." This
joyful occasion comes on Amd around
Starch 4 of the years when a President
1b Inaugurated, and from it dates most
of the happiness and prosperity of those
whose chief industry is the milking of
tho stranger within tho gates of the na
tional capital.
Tho extraction of money from visitors
hais been brought to the highest state of
the art in Washington, and it is practiced
every day In the year. But the ordinary
processes are abandoned during inaugura
tion time. Tills period Is recognized as
thp truly golden opportunity, when
enough extra money can be made to justi
fy ahy sort of undertaking. Then the
town is full of people who have money
in their pockets and most of whom will
never come to Washington again. Realiz
ing tills, tho central idea of those who
M oxrn wjp? ^ttusD A Y
Up to
Shoes $3.95
and $4.45
1 ^ This special oi
ler for Monday
and Tuesday al
lows you to real
ize a substantial 1
saving on the I
1 I very best of the J|
|l newest styles — M
lace and button, g|
!l|\ patent and plain, |i|
||\ tan and gun- Hj|j
j|l:t:\ metal. They’re m\\
,jlj\\ worth up to $(i. Jan i|j
1|j IM Mon d ay and Ja111
HI, Tuesday I f
m *3.95 M jj
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/>/Ay foorwfA/t -
The Big Shoe Store
1910 1st Ave.
^_Meniber L. N. A. of A.
A Man’s Collar Has a
Lot To Do With
His Comfort
starches collars to proper
pliancy and stiffness and
irons them on a machine
that actually moulds them
to the shape the designer
—The fold is slightly
rolled, giving smooth edge,
a genteel appearance and
plenty of cravat space.
—Have the AMERICAN
mould your next bundle.
3715 ~s 3716
aro after the money is to get it all, and
he who lets a visitor escape the town with
any on hi* person .is regarded as an ex
ecrable traitor and miscreant.
Difficult to Overdraw It
It would be difficulty if not impossible,
to overdraw' this. It is tie cold, un
varnished truth. Actually, a few- days
ago some creditors asked the court to
appoint a receiver for a new hotel here,
on a showing that the building had been
erected and furnished on little more than
a shoestring, and the court listened sob
erly and calmly while assurance was
given that if the hotel could be kept run
ning without interruption until after in
auguration. large profits would then be
readied and the difficulties of the prop
erty cased up. The court named receiv
ers and ordered the hotel to be kept run
ning, although it was shov n that it stag
gered under an indebtedness, by mort
gage ahd otherwise of $332,000.
“I want to got quarters for the in
auguration,” said a nan to the clerk ot
a hotel on Pennsylvania avenue, and noi
the best hotel in Washington, by any
means. “I shall arrive on the evening
of March 3 and will leave on tha morn
ing of March 5. What will it cost me?’
"That depends upon wjiat you want, ’
replied the smiling cracksman behind the
counter. “If you are alone l can give
you a small, inside room withotft a bath
for $42.”
“Smoke!” shouted the man, “that would
be over $30 a day!
“Oh,” replied the robber, “you an:*
wrong. That is only $6 a day. You see
wo charge you for seven days, and leave
it to you whether you will stay that long
or go sooner.-'
“Many of them do,” smiled the clerk,
“But there will be two in my party,”
said the man, “and I suppose that means
you w'ould charge me $84 for an inside
“Not at all. We make you a nice rate
on that. I can give you an inside room
for two at $70. Or I can give you an
outside room on the side street where
you would not see much of the parade
lor $105. But. the best we have are on
the Pennsylvania avenue side. I can give
you a room for two there for from $140
to $150.”
Hotels in an Acreement
All of the hotels appear to be in an
agreement to make guests pay for a
stated period. Some of the hotels Insist
upon seven days and some of the so
called cheaper places demand pay for not
less than five days. The five-day period
is the shortest any of them will stand
for. On© hotel Of 400 rooms starts its
gouge at $56 and rises seven grades to
$280. The average price demanded by this
hotel is $138, or a total gross income from
rooms for the seven days of $53,200. The
restaurant prices in this hotel are guaran
teed to make the hardiest stranger faint
the first time they are thrust before him. j
The management of the hotel frankly ad
mits it has boosted prices all along the
j line for inauguration exactly 100 per cent.
One hotel demands $12 and $14 a day for
rooms accommodating two persons, and
! says it lias none for less than $12. This
! hotel also admits doubling prices for in
auguration and it likewise stipulates that
guests must pay for seven full days, no
matter howr brief the stay. Among the
American plan hotels the inauguration
rates run from $4 a clay to $10, and some
of them will be satisfied if the guest
pays for five days. But #11 of them say
they expect to place two or more persons
in each room, the intimation being that
they will pile them in as long as there
is space to place a cot. One hotel on
Pennsylvania avenue, which ordinarily
makes a specialty of caring for persons
of moderate means and has roonfc from
$1 tip, is asking for inauguration from $25
to $100 for a five-day period.
Other Lines of Graft
But it must not be assumed that tlie
hotels are the only J. Rufus Walling
fords who make a clean-up out of the
advent of a new President. The lines of
graft are almost without number. One
of the best of them is the renting of win
dows along the line of the inaugural pa
rade to the willing sucker. This business
consists in letting, sub-letting and some
times sub-sub-letting, depending upon the
activity of the market and the state
of the weather. In the oldest and most
broken-down buildings near the capitol
windows three feet wide are offered for
$23. Speculators have taken some of these
and if Wilson should be greeted by such
a blizzard as welcomed Taft to the White
House the price will jump far skyward.
In the better buildings the prices quoted
today arc much more than $25 a window.
A saloon with a balcony ornamenting
its second story offers the balcony and
ilie room behind it for $1200. One pair
of windows each about four feet wide
are on the market for $800. Some of
the prices paid in the past by visitors
have been so high as to be almost un
believable. But it is not at all unusual
to bear of $1600 and $2000 paid for a
good point from which to see the gover
nors and their staffs cavort about the
streets on their hired charges. One
tiling Is certain about this end of the
game, and that is that the Washing
ton people will get the last possible
cent for every perch along the line of
inarch. They have had experience and
know to the exact fraction how to j
do it.
Inaugural Committee’s Work
Even the inaugural committee, a body
composed of prominent citizens of the
town, has a scheme for the bleeding
of JLlic people from "outside.” One would
suppose such a committee to act dis
interestedly for the comfort ami wel
fare of the strangers attending the in
auguration! and that for the good name
of Washington this committee, at least,
would--seek to protect visitors. Hut
such a hospitable idea docs not enter
Into the project from any angle. Here
tofore an inaugural fund was rut zed by
subscription, all of the Washington bus
iness folks coming forward handsomely
to sign their names for varying amounts
and to take the advertising consequent
thereto. Then the inaugural ball and
concerts were held and enough money
collected through them to pay back ull
that had been subscribed and sometimes
to have quite a little pot left over rs
a dividend.
But since Mr. Wilson has knocked the
inaugural hail into a cocked hat this
prolific source of revenue has been lost
to the inaugural committee and so this
year the committee has turned in an
other direction. Its aim now appears
to be to make up as much as possible
of the expenses kty the sale of seats in
the grandstands erected along the line
of the parade. That its energies are
directed toward the innocent visitor is
shown by the fact that all out of town
applicants for seats are informed that
all seats will be |5 apiece,” whereas
local people are receiving letters stat
ing that they can have seats at $.■>, $4
and according to location. The cut
-rates are also made to members of Con
Pawn Shops to Close
[ The saddest feature of tins entire
TmiThrprrlTTp i.< il.iit r.f fl i n re.
jcently passed by Congress all of the
j pawnshops in Washington will go out
of business March 6. It seems to have
been timed with deliberation to pro
duce the greatest amount of suffering.
This will throw upon the member <*f
the House and Senate practically the
entire responsibility of caring for those
\?ho go brokcT^ The older members of
Congress remember that even with.the
pawn shops in running order many "peo
ple have come to them for relief at
previous inaugurations, ^nd.good peo
ple who were strapped byfthe unex
pected size of the extortions practiced
upon them and who simply had to be
helped out. Ho apprehensive are the
members that a bill has been introduced
in the House by Mr. Cary of Wiscon
sin to annul the license of any place
of entertainment which increases its
prices during an inaugural or any other
public event in Washington drawing
here an unusual number of people. The
bill is thoroughly appreciated by all
the older members qf Congress whose
constituents hove been robbed here, but
it is a question whether there will be
time to pass it at this session.
In th** meantime the only step taken
by the local Inaugural committees is
to cause the publication In the Wash
ington papers of a warning for the peo
ple to beware of ticket scalpers. The
admission is made that at previous in
augurals these speculators have pull.-d
down immense winnings by buying up
the tickets sold by the committee at
$i> and fi and |3, and then disposing
of them to strangers who had not had
the forethought to write In advance
for accommodations. As high as $J3
a seat has been collected.
Bessemer News
Bessemer. February 15.—(Special.)—To
day was a heavy pay day for the dis
trict. it being estimated that over 180,000
will be paid at the various plants near
the city. Among the industries paying
were the Dolomite coal mines, the Wood
ward ore mines of the Woodward Iron
company, tho Louisville and Nashville
Railroad company and others. January
proved a very profitable month for the
Dolomite coal mines, during which time
they have broken all previous records,
60,000 tons of coal having been mined.
On Friday afternoon, at the meeting of
the Bessemer Merchants’ Protective as
sociation, which was held in the office of
Secretary L. L. ^Lockwood, a resolution
was passed favoring a county organiza
tion for the protection of merchants and
for their general welfare. The president,
S. Duriek, presided over the meeting.
Two new members were enrolled, Otto
Stein of tile Bessemer Cigar Manufactur
ing company, a|id T, J. Thompson, a
merchant of Adger. The two associa
tions, Bessemer and KntUey, will co
operate with each other and make a
strong effort to extend the association.
In a short time the membership commit
tee hopes to enroll every merchant and
business man in Bessemer, Jonesboro,
Brighton. Lipscomb, us well as in other
surrounding towns.
This afternoon about 5:30 o’clock a fire
alarm was turned in from the residence
of G. J. Thomas on Fourth avenue and
Seventeenth street. .Station No. 1 an
swered tho call and the fire was soon
extinguished which had been caused from
sparks. But slight damage was done.
Tonight at 8:3<> the fire department an
swered a rail on Nineteenth street be
tween Seventh and Eighth avenue, sta
tion No. 1 answered thb call, but it
proved to be a false alarm.
The Baptist Sunday school class of Miss
Dora Winters gave a silver tea Friday
afternoon at her home on Dartmouth ave
nue. which proved quite a success. The
house was artistically decorated to carry
out the Valentine idea. Mrs. Brownrigg
Mrs. Cevil Cowan and Mrs. James K.
Wright rendered vocal selections, while
Miss Winters gave several piano se
lections. The proceeds of the tea will
go tow ard building a Sunday school room.
The paster of the First Christian church,
the Rev. F. B. Powell, will conduct a
series of sermons at the Christian church
beginning Sunday night, taking for Ills
subject, “Christian Baptism.” The public
will be welcome*} at any of these services.
On Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock the
children of the Baptist Sunday school
arc urged to be present for the organiza
tion of the Sunbeam society. Mrs. M. E.
Bell of Birmingham will deliver an ad-;
dress. Mrs. T. B. Ray will be superin-1
Tho Francis E. Willard Memorial ex
ercises will be conducted Sunday after
noon at 3 o'clock in tho auditorium of
the First Baptist church. The following
programme will be rendered:
Hymn, “Coronation,” followed by
Hymn, “Stand Up, Stand Up, For
Jesus. ”
Reading of twenty-third Psalm by Mrs.
G. G. Neal.
Prayer, followed by response to roll call
of members.
Memorial address.
Vocal duet, Miss Mildred Brannon and
Miss Marion Neal.
Short talks by friends of the cause.
Vocal solo, selected.
Memorial free will offering.
Doxology, followed by benediction.
Miss Mallle Downing delightfully enter
tained the members of the Forty-two club
at her home on Dartmouth avenue. The
reception rooms were artistically decorat
ed for the occasion in red carnations,
ferns and worlds of hearts. The four ta
bles were placed In the hall and parlor.
Score of the games was kept on dainty
heart-shaped Valentines by Miss Down
ing. There were two prizes, both being
boxes of handkerchiefs. A tempting salad
course, with coffee, was served at the
conclusion of the games. The hostess was
assisted in her duties by her aunt, Mrs
J. H. Downing, and Miss Erline Moore.
Mrs. R. W. Simpson proved a delight- ;
ful hostess Friday afternoon wiien she
entertained the Matrons’ club and about
20 Invited guests at a "42" party, ten !
tables being used by the players. Mrs.
44impson was assisted by Mrs. F. P. Lu
cey, Mrs. George Stoves of Bessemer
and Mrs. A. W. Dupuy of Birmingham.
Misses Fllse Robinson and Carrie Bed
ton gracefully presided at. the punch bowl
while Misses Matura Benton and Grace
Judson kept score. The spacious home
was very attractive in its decorations of
red and green, carrying out the idea of
St. Valentine’s day. The color scheme still
prevailed in the frozen punch and elab
orate course luncheon.
I. L. Osgood, general manager of the
Civic Service corporation of Philadelphia,
and Walter Fowler of the Derby-Fowler
company of that city, were the guest
of Harry Firstbrook, manager of the Bes
semer Gas company. After inspecting the
Bessemer gas plant they all left for Mo
f '
The police docket was unusually light
today, only four cases appearing, all be
ing minor offenses.
Hamburg, February 15.—The five of
ficers of the steamer Christiania were
drowned when they refused to leave
their vessel after it was cut down last
night by the steamer Galata during a
dense fog off Borkum. The Christiania
foundered thfee minutes after the col
lision. The pallors and stokers, 19 in
all, escaped In the lifeboats.
\ Thousands of men are daily growing
bald and don’t know it.
Those persistent germs of dandruff, j
often called the destructive wgents of
the devil, are In full possession of the
'hair of thousands of Americans.
Thc^ have wonderful endurance, these
1 game'little demons, they never stop
work, they dig and dig and dig and
gna\y and gnaw and gnaw night and
day, day and night, with seemingly
only one purpose in view, and that pur
pose to destroy the vitality of the
hair and make us a race of baldheads.
What are you doing to protect your
self from the ravishing inroads of these
almost unconquerable fiends?
There is only one way, kill the dan
druff germ, or the daruiruff germ will
kill your hair. The quicker you start,
the quicker you can win the battle.
The only weapon you need is a bottle
of Parisian Sag*-, the only hair prepar
ation that spells death to the devilish
dandruff germ.
Get a bottle today, it costs but 50
cents and is guaranteed to cure dan
druff in two weeks or money back.
Sold by druggists and at toilet goods
counters everywhere.
15 to 50
Per Cent
Letter to the Public—
Wo have decided to close our Montgomery I5rum.li Store March 1st. and realiz
ing that ive have to clear our floors in order to make room for this extia stock of
Pianos, and we, more than anxious to make this our banner year, will give 15 to 50
per cent discount on Pianos in stock. In addition, w< have many discontinued
styles. Pianos returned from rental. Pianos taken in exchange in our Player De
partment, and some that arc slightly shopworn. To turn this stock over quickly
we have deckled to inaugurate this Our Closing Out Sale of Pianos—at prices and
terms never before approached in the history of piano selling' in Birmingham.
These Pianos must be disposed of before February 22d.
15 to 50
Per Cent
( osing Out Clearance Sale
' We Represent and Are Sole Agents for Such Well Known M ikes as
, $325
| NOV/
; S15G
’ $1.50
Per Week
Mr. Piano Buyer—
Now is the lime that jou have been patiently waiting and
looking for—now the purchasing public has an opportuuily of
selecting the most reliable makes of Pianos manufactured at un
precedented prices.
The purchasing public needs no introduction to the reputable,
well known line of Pianos that we handle and have sold thousands
of in the past years, and dining this great Closing Out Clearance
Halo there are no restrictions placed on any Pianos In our im
mense stock of high grade Pianos. Every Plano included in this
great sale and sold on terms to suit the purchaser's convenience,
at a bonaflde saving of from 15 to 50 per cent.
If You Can’t Call, Write

We Ship
The various committees of the Bir
mingham Newspaper club, which are
preparing for tfyp annual gridiron din
ner for the evening of Thursday,
March 13, were tired last night at the
conclusion of the week’s grind, but de
termined to return to the work to
morrow with renewed energy. It Ik
the plan to make the dinner the most
elaborate ever served in the south, a
fitting celebration, in other words, of
the south’s return to its business of
making presidents.
Tomorrow the arrangement commit
tee will meet and the committee on
invitations. Tuesday will occur tlie sec
ond meet in cl of the naff of “The
Steam Holiei, the official publication
of the club.
Among the gu**.sts of ^onor to b«* in
vited as indicated by the invitation
committee will be: President Wood
row Wilson. Vice President Thomas A.
Marshall* Speaker Champ Clark, Wil
liam Jennings Bryan, Governor O'Neal,
Senator OllR James of Kentucky, Con
gressman A. Mitchell Palmer of
Pennsylvania, Senator Hoke Smith of
Georgia. Senator A. O. Huron of Geor
gia, Senator John Sharp Williams of
Mississippi. Senator Luke Lea of Ten
nessee. Senator James K. Varduman
of Mississippi, Justice Horae* Lurton
of the United States supreme court.
Judge L>. D. Shelby of the United
States court of appeals, United States
Judge Thomas G. Jones, Congressman
Frank Clark of Florida. Krl* Brewer
of Mississippi, Gov. Joseph M. Brown
of Georgia, Gov. Paul Trammel! of
Florida, Gov. /!. \\\ Hooper of Ton -
nessee, Governor Mann of Virginia,
Governor Colquitt of Texas. Senator
C A. Culberson of Texas, Senator Mor
ris Sheppard of Texas. Col Henry Wat
terson, editor of Uoulsvillo Courier
Journal; W'llllum Randolph Hcarst of
the New York American, R. >!. i;«J
monds. e it or of tho Manufacturers'
Record: Clark Howell, editor of Ai
lanta » onstltution; James It. Gray, ♦ d -
itor Atlanta Journal; Mai. J. c. Hemp
hill, New York Times; Frank Munsev,
Judge E. II. Gary, chairman of United
States Steel corporation.
Tiie above la only a partial list of
tho honored guests who will be invited
to U»e big celebration.
Died: February 15. at noon. J. T. jer- |
nigun, 77 >eurs of ub<- lie leaves six
daughters to mourn his loss, Mrs FI. V. j
Oratory, Mrs. H. <’. Fayson. Mrs. H. lv
Klein, Miss Fannie Lou and Mias Kstelte.
all of lUrminghann. and Mrs. A. H. Stone
I of Kavannuh. Funeiul from Stl'J South
Fifteenth street at 3:3'> Sunday afternoon, i
Interment at Kim woo-1.
Union, Hi)!. N. J.t February 13.—Mai.
George Cooper, 7fi yearn ok!, who (ought
with the Confederates in the civil war,
celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of me
battle of Pen, Ridge, Tennessee, in the
North Hudson hospital here yesterday
by having surgeons remove a bullet which
he had carried in his leg for the half
century since the battle. Since the war
Major Cooper lias traveled all over th*
world and be has papers to show that
he had fought with the Russian, Gcr
niary and French armies.
Democratic Special
Southern Railway will operate the
“Oemocratlc Special.’* a solid Pullman
train to the inauguration, leaving Bir
mingham Sunday. March 2, at 0:10 a. in.
Make reservation at once.
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