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f SUMMER NEWS AND GOSSIP OF BIRMINGHAM SOCIETY I
iContinued from Pagr Twrntv.wli) August 1 for a western trip. In River side, Cal., they will be guests of Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Gregory, the latter for g j merly Rosalind Jones of this city, and returning will spend two weeks in Colo rado. They will return in September. • • • Mrs. M. Landau and her daughters, Miss Josephine Landau and Miss Isabell Landau, will leave Tuesday for New York, Boston and points in Maine. They will return home in September. • * • Mrs. Rose "Wellington Owen and two c ' children have returned to Florence, after L a visit to Mrs. Ned McDavid, Mrs. Grover 'i Thaxton and other relatives. • • • Miss Dolly Madison Owen and Miss Helen Bowie of California, who have been guests of Mrs. Ned Me David, are now With Mrs. E. I’. Rosamond. Miss Bowie Will leave tomorrow for a visit to New I York. * • • Air. and Mrs. Fred Winslow have gone to New York by boat. * * • Miss Lucy Lyman Powell and Miss Lil i lian Powell left yesterday to visit Mrs. i • Polk at the Alabama Power company’s dam on Lock 1. In Clanton they were Joined by Miss Jettaileen Farley, Miss BV Florence Harris and Miss Julia Morgan , of Montgomery. • • • Mr. Pharels Coleman, Jr., Mr. .Tack Thore, Mr. Robert Thach, Jr., and Mr. Leroy Percy are spending the w'eek end | at Lock 32, where they are members of a ; house party. . • * • Miss Sara Collins has returned to this country after a year’s study abroad, and is at present visiting in Seneca, N. Y. She visited friends in Newcastle, Brighton and other points in England and was also with friends in Scotland, besides touring Jtaly and Holland before returning to America. She will he in Birmingham the latter part of the summer. * * * Miss Virginia Dowdell of Montgomery, who is visiting friends in Birmingham, will sing this morning at the (’hurch of the Advent. Her selection is ‘’Oh, Thon My Redeemer.” • • • Judge Alvin M. Douglass Is spending the week end at his country home in Dal las county. • • • Miss Pearl Ratterman’s friends will ho glad to learn that she is improving, after her recent illness. • • • Mrs. G. W. Reid of Albany, Ga., is the guest of her mother, Mrs. J. M. Mason, Sr. They returned Wednesday from Montgomery, where they attended the Mason-Steiner wedding. • * • Dr. and Mrs. Courtney Shropshire plan to begin building at Milner Heights next month. • • • Mr. and Mrs. Tidwell, Miss Russell Tid well and Marlon Tidwell are occupying! a cottage at Cook Springs. * * '. Mrs. Charles keeper expects to go to Shelby Springs the last of the month to Btay some time. • • • Henry Francis Beaumont TV., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Reaumont. of TYest Knd, left yesterday for Oak Moun tain, Ga., where he will spend the rest of the summer as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Woodall of Columbus, Ga.. at their summer home at Oak Mountain. * * • Mr. H. K. Milner and his daughter. Miss Gustrine Miler, expect to move into theii new home at Milner Heights September i. • * * Mr. and Mrs. J. IT. Cruse have taken u. cottage at Cook Springs for the summer. • * ■ Mr. and Mrs. George Wise of this city are among the cottagers at Cook Spring* for the season. • • • Mr. H. M. Robertson, president of Ala bama Home Building and Ix>an associa tion, is on a pleasure trip through north ern Michigan, including Mackanac Island Petosky, and othei* points of interest. SIR RUFUS ISAACS The Law Journal Says He “Has the Sympathy of the Country" London. July 19.— Special.)—Legal opln ion on the Marconi committee's repor and the debate In the house of com mons is reflected in the !Law Journal from which we take the following ex tract: “Judically regarded, the one thin* which counts In the findings of the Mar coni select committee is that which i common to all the three reports—thi finding that: ” ‘No minister, offical, or member c parliment has been influenced in the db charge of public duties by reason of an interest he may have had in any of th Marconi or other undertakings connecte with wireless telegraphy, or has utilized information coming to him from official sources for the purpose of investment or speculation in any such undertak ing.’ ’’ With the political bearings of the in quiry we have here no concern. ‘But there Is another aspect which does touch us—the professional one involved in the original gross attacks on the attorney general's actions, and the suggestions of “impropriety’’ or “indlscreation’’ to which those attacks were later on at tenuated. It is now universally admitted that there was no foundation for the personal charges to which nobody in the profes sion ever gave a moment’s credence, and the mover of what was practically the vote of censure on the report was care ful, w’hen challenged by Sir Rufus Isaacs, to exclude even “indlscreation” from the category of his complaints. The frank and courageous statement of the attorney general in the debate lias won him the sympathy of the whole country, and there must be few Indeed now who, in the significant words of the tribute recently rendered to Sir Rufus Isaacs by Sir Edward Clarke, the doyen of the bar, “would, for personal or po litical motives, make use of an error of Judgment to check or to deflect from its natural course a long career of private honor and of public service.” Getting an Early Start From Judge. Grandmother-elect—“Well, doctor?” Physician—“A girl” Grandmother-elect (to servant)—“Mary hang a “Votes for Women” card at the window.” CHOOSE ANY HAT AT HIRSCH’S |-$5.00 An unrestricted choice of our finest hats— hats you’d willingly pay more for, but Hirsch’s want to make the latter end of their removal sale a big success. How bet ter can we make it a success than by this exceptional offering. <1 A A For a big choice of any of those hats t|/JL»vVin our stock which ^old up to $6.00. Supremacy in Panamas Hirsch’s Panamas reflect the very best in $2.50 hats of this muchly desired material. We _-m make no charge at this time for trimming IQ them $3.98 -HIRSCH’S 1910 Second Ave. When We Move, 213-15 19tl Street -j. ■ v hr “The Alabama Home” MIn the election of a wife, as in a project of war, to err but once is to be undone forever,’’ While this is a true saying, we are glad that the idea does not also apply to the financial side of life; for although you err many times, suffer many reverses and are endlessly submerged, you may still lift your head above the surf of financial failure and strike boldly out towards the coveted goal. And in the struggle you may have the strong helping hand of an institution like “The Alabama Home," which is glad to lend money if you need it. or to assist you In saving the money you have already made. Whether your earnings are small and you are able to pay $7 per month and receive $1000 at maturity, or whether they are large and you are able to pay $700 per month and receive $100,000 at maturity, there is no better medium of saving than our monthly stock. Come, talk to ns and you, like many of your friends, may be able to mark down that day as the beginning of a ■uccessful* career. - . .. ' ' "»■"' -1 ..—nan. KELLY CREEK AT CALCIS - On which the Outing club is situated, and where the fishing, swimming and boating afford lively enter tainment for the parties which are there at intervals throughout the summer. WMWMMMMtlMtMMStttHMSStMtMMaMflMMMttCtMMMMMMtfttMHMMttMCaMMIMMIMMatMaMMMItMMtUMIMttMtMMMHMacttMtttMMMMM HOUSEKEEPERS HAVE MANY PROBLEMS By MRS. J. B. REID “Housekeepers have now several very serious problems confronting them, but probably the one most affecting the manipulation of home affairs is the servant problem. There are plenty for hire, but few competent, and fewer still who are willing to be trained into the methods of the individual system,” said a woman who tells us she has tried and been tried by luckless numbers. And we assure you she is not alone, In every gathering you will hear discussions of the cook problem. Not long ago we were waiting for a car, and nearby stood two old negro men, bent with age, and scarcely able to carry their burden of garden im plements, but they were talking of how things were with them, one said he did his own cooking, and the other asked why he did not marry—stating he had his fourth wife—and the disgruntled partner said, “Oh, no, I done tried dat, and dese niggers dey just move out and take everything I got; no wife for me any more.” He had suffered like some of the housekeepers, and he had profited by his experience, but we are still vic tims of a roving, grasping class of ser vants W’ho would just as soon leave and take everything you possess w'ith them. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, in this Instance as in all others. There are many good servants yet, who are interested in their work and their homes, but the vast majority that call at your door and ask, “Does you want to hire a lady?” are not worth their bread, and could hardly eat it, if they made it themselves. Yet when you ask for w’hom they have cooked before, they always give you the names of the cele brities among*the housekeepers. The question confronting us Is what are we going to do—are we willing to “bear the ills we have” rather than by 'some mutual housewives co-operation formu late some system whereby the worth less specimens we bring into our ser vice are not going to continue to prey upon our premises and w’e remain vic tims of their treachery and indolence. We believe there Is a solution to this question, and we believe there are enough good negroes in this community wrho would willingly come to our res cue and thrash out this low’ class that is destroying the kindly feeling between the races. This specie has done more to make se rious the race problem than anything else in the south, because as we en counter this type of negro so frequently— we feel the mothers are raising them to be a burden and annoyance to the com munity, rather than an industdlous, use ful citizen. If they are worthless through ignorance, why not demand a training in domestic service, and refuse to hire them until they can bring you written evidence of their worthiness to undertake the service of your home? We recall that Booker Washington told us once, several years ago, in a public addresft that we would never have a better ne gro until we demanded more of him— that we would indiscriminately employ our neighbor’s cook, even if she had dismissed her 15 minutes before, and otten without asking of her reasons for leaving or dismissal. Again, he said most ol’ the cooks and nurses in this city lived in "Buzzard Roost or Scratch Ankle’’—these two important centers have, we believe, been marked off the maps of Birmingham today, but their influences remain among many of the servants who are looking lor work. If we would demand a higher standard for our servant girl or do without awhile we would soon see a difference in their desire to render better service. There was never a time more opportune than now. While the cost of high living is being talked and written about all over the country. There is a much greater danger to the financial condi tions in waste, than in the high cost—with the one, somebody is being benefitted, but with the other it is a shame. We speak from experience, a family of six can almost live on the waste of a poor and careless servant. WTe have figures to prove what we say. Another phase of the situation—j'ou cannot keep a cook if you "lock up"—she "did not have that with Mrs. Jones, and she never stole nothing," and yet you know you can see the materials carried off in buckets al ways cooked—when we employ one unre iable servant we know little of how many we are feeding. However, we cannot lay all the blame of poor housekeeping on the negro. There are many housekeepers who have no idea of quantities needed of each material for the week or month. We asked one about that not long since, and she indifferently said she "just knew when she wfas out and just told the cook to order s$me more." The bills were payed at the of fice, and she could not tell just how much it cost her to live. She had no idea of how to cook a meal herself, and just let the "hired girl" look after that, but she said right pitifully, "Sometimes she cooks mighty bad; the other day she made a lemon pie with a merangue, and in serving it put it upside down on the plate.” And then she had the nerve to ask us if we would not "think a cook would know better than that?” We can conscientiously say housekeeping needs more business like attention, from both the mistress of the house and the maid, that the problems of home may become less harrowing and aggravating. There are so many tricks in every trade, and these tricks played on us every day by stupid looking hired help are a menace to the family purse. We give them too much latitude, and they are more cun ning than competent to do our service. Yet we so abhor domestic service that we often would rather engage the aid of a "jail bird” than wait until we could find something better. The intelligent negroes know we are being "flim-flammed” by this class of their race; they will not be bothered with them, and they can’t see why the white people tolerate such disreputable help as they find in our homes; and they will not work with them if we should happen to make the effort to combine the two. There is a solution to the problem of the servant; it cannot be worked ig a day or the month, but it can be a suc cess If the Civic league of Birmingham will formulate a system of securing a better class of negroes for domestic ser vice. W'hen we get Intelligent, compe tent, interested help we begin at the very foundation of best housekeeping—best in point of comfort and cost. It is worth while to watcli the leaks and the market at the same time. Many of the wastes emlnate from the lack of knowledge In buying. We are going to begin at the fair in October to train the housekeeper to buy her meats with more care. We have arranged with a local dealer to have an expert "butcher" at the fair. He will devote several hours each day in instructing housekeepers in prices and cuts of meats, and in dissecting the parts, telling of the proper conditions of meats, designating the best methods of keeping and preparing. We noticed the argument brought to Mr. Exum in ref erence to the city market at a central place, against the expense of car fare 10 cents extra each day. We wish to educate the housekeeper to going to market twice or three times eacli week. We realize while the negro help must be better trained the housekeeper needs to be awakened to a more lively interest to her responsibilities. When she begins to compare prices and learns the savings of cash and credit system and is in touch with the methods of her kitchen and the out-go as the cook leaves her premises* then will the problems grow less. Often "The eye of a master will do more work than his hand.' TEMPTATION OF OFFICIALS AT COURT Those Who Serve Royalty Frequently Offered Bribes to Aid Some Pri vate Person or Firm London, July 19.—(Special.)—Only those who have had the privilege to serve in | the king's household can realize the temptation that is thrown in the way of those who are known to be connected officially with the court. To the credit of the members of the royal staff, it has to be said at once that these temp tations are nearly always treated with contempt. A recent incident, in which two officials of the lord chamberlain's department were implicated, shows, how ever, that sometimes the temptations held out are more than can be resisted. Punishment in such a case Is swift and severe. So soon as anyone joins the royal household it Is made perfectly clear to him or her that any attempt to gain personal profit by reason of their posi tion means instant dismissal, and this rule Is never departed from, no matter how important their post may be. No mitigating circumstances are taken into consideration in such a case, and the mere fact that the confidence of the soverign has been betrayed is regard ed us sufficient to have the culprit re moved from court. It is safe to say that scarcely a day passes but what anyone known to be connected in any way with the royal household, or possessed of any influence there, is approached with suggestions that he might benefit his own pocket by falling in with schemes propounded to him. It is not many months sifooe one of the best known officials of the lord chamberlain's department was of fered a cheque for £600 if he could get a royal warrant stating that the firm in question had been specially appointed to supply a certain article to the king. It was known, of course, to those who made this offer that tl^e official in ques tion had access to the blank forms upon which these warrants are drawn up, and that it would not have been a matter of the least difficulty to get one of these signed by the then lord chamberlain among his daily pile of documents. The offer was Indignantly rejected, and the whole matter reported to Viscount Knol lys, his majesty's principal private secr tary, with the result that the firm who made the proposal is still without the royal patronage and Is probably won dering why no orders from Buckingham palace comes Its way. It is not always money that Is the bribe offered to court officials. Social advancement is often the halt dangled before them. A case in point may be quoted. One of the principal subordi nates of the master of the horse was approached two or three years ago by a lady of title with the suggestion that she cauld obtain hundsome fees for pre senting young ladles at court if he would undertake that they should receive the necessary “commands.’' The lady in question possessed great influence in the political world, and openly promised the official a baronetcy if he would do this for her. When he declined to take part in this scheme he was then threatened with the lady’s grave displeasure, and was bluntly told that she would make it her business to see that he was re moved from his position. His retort was prompt and surprising. He went direct to his official chief and laid the whole incident before him, with the result that he continues to hold his position in the household and the lady in question no longer receives invitations to court. Lord Stamfordham once remarked that “one never knows how' popular one is until one is appointed to a position at court.” This is certainly true, since in vitations from people of whom one has had no previous knowledge simply pour in from all quarters upon those whose good fortune it is to serve either the king or queen. An amusing story may be told In connection. About the time last year an extremely well-dressed lady BORA-ALBA TALCUM Prevents f / and Relieves \r Excessive ft PerspirationV Use Bora-Alba for exces sive perspiration and the discomfort of heating ex ercise. It is mildly anti septic and daintily per fumed. In large can 25c at all Druggists Prepared By ! Doster-iYorthington Drug Co. Birmingham. Ala. went up to an official of the lord cham berlain’s department in Piccadilly one morning, addressed him by name, shook him warmly by the hand, reproached him for having '‘neglected her so long,” and made him promise he would call upon her on the following Thursday. This done she tripped away, leaving the courtier gazing after her in amazement, since he had not, and has not to this day, the slightest idea of her identity. It is not often that an official of the court is so directly approached with an offer of monetary reward for his ser vices in getting a royal warrant as was tiie case a few' months ago. He was written to by a firm of cigarette mer chants hailing, it is almost unnecessary to add, from the other side of the At lantic, forw’arding him samples of their goods, together with the cool intima tion “that they were well aware that the cigarettes were just the thing the king could smoke and enjoy,” and that for every 1,000 that his majesty ordered the official approached could have 60 per- cent, of the account as paid. The reply was curt, but deserved. It was to the effect that the samples had been handed by the courtier to his chauffeur who pronounced them rubbish, and that in those circumstances he did not feel justified in pressing- them upon his sovereign. It was due to the late King Edward one of the finest connoisseurs of wine who ever lived, being served with a very indifferent brand of champagne one morning that tlie gravest case of cor ruption that lias ever been proved against the officials of the British eourt was brought to light. He asked the name of the firm who supplied it and what on earth it was doing in his cellars. He pursued this matter to some length, and ultimately found that one of his most trusted servitors had been sub stantially bribed to introduce this wine into the bins of the then Prince of Wales preliminary to an application for the royal warrant in the ordinary course. It is on record that the offender in this case was continued in his position just under half an hour after King Edward was informed of his Identity. Weird Relics Very often the hero worshipper treas ures the most extraordinary relics of the object of his worship, says Tit-Bits. Per haps one of the weirdest relics on record is that guarded w’lth care by an English man of note. It consists of a part of the charred skull of Shelley, which he wears in a small locket attached to a chain round his neck. It is not very often that one finds such an article as a tooth used as a precious stone, but then according to some the molar of a great man is more precious than diamonds—at least. such is the view' taken by a prominent nobleman, w’ho had a handsome diamond taken out from his ring in order that it might give space to a tooth which once grew in the jaw of Sir Isaac Newton. He pur chased this quaint relic at an auction in 1846. A tooth which once gave toothache to Victor Hugo has been carefully preserved *7-—-Sfli&sta'S __1 1 I BSach’s Closes Every Summer Thursday 1 P. M. We never fail of a promise, especially one so pleasant as this one to fulfill. At Blach’s Sale of tMBBnm wmmm Boys’ Wear at this Sale— This is the great est of twice-a y ear juvenile events. We’re go ing to do some record breaking in the price line which hasn’t a parallel to date. Now for instance Boys’ Wool Suits $4 Suit $2.95 $5 Suit $3.95 $6.50 Suit $4.95 $7.50 Suit $5.95 $8.50 Suit $6.95 $10 Suit $7.95 $12.50 Suit $8.95 $15.00 and $18.00 Suits $10.95 50c Knickers 39c 75c Knickers 59c Boys’ Wash Suits $1 Wash Suits 79c $1.50 Wash Suits $1.19 $2 Wash Suits $1.48 $2.50 Wash Suits $1.89 $3 Wash Suits $2.29 $3.50 & $4 Wash Suits $2.89 $5, $6, $7 Wash Suits $3.89 White and colors. Wide and Bloomer Pants. 25c Wash Pants 19c 35c Wash Pants 29c 50c Wash Pants 39c 75c Wash Pants 59c 50c Shirts 39c 75c Shirts 59c $1 Shirts 79c And so on -Any Pair Oxfords For Any $1.98 Age Boy A Prices were $2.50, $3 and $3.50 and they were good values at regular prices, too. Broken lines NOW! July Issue Your s Still Free Bov Scouts of America (we’re official outfitters here) issue “Boys’ Life’’ —a clever magazine, we’ll give you a sample copy if you’ll ask for it (needn’t buy anything) at Second Floor Monday. 50c Blouses 35c 75c Blouses 59c $1 Blouses 79c $1.50 Blouses $1.19 (No white, Intt neat pat terns.) 50c Wa.~.h Hats 39c $1 Straw & Wash Hats 79c $1.50 Straw & Wash Hats $1.19 $2 Straw and Wash Hats $1.48 $2.50 Straw and Wash Hats $1.89 $3.00 Straw and Wash Hats $2.29 25c Red or Black Belt 19c 25c Caps and Ties 19c (No serge). 50c Caps and Ties 39c (No Serge). Underwear and Sleeping Garments same prices. 15c Sox 10c, 3 pair 25c 25c Sox 19c a pair Yes—Blach’s still send Birthday Clifts to boys every year, as usual. Women’s Cut Price, Too $1 Grade 79c $1.50 Grade $1.19 $2 Grade $1.29 Muktl} With Coll him to Match Mannish CA li’n rYe8-tllose Silk “Boots.” Tan, ft—ft O JTOr white or black, that mean more sav I| TQ„ ins to women who wear them be ds\, yond the mere lie a pair. t \ BIRMINGHAM Cash Mail Orders ($1 Up) Delivered Free ' . V. . i 3 h> since the date of its extraction in 1871. It is kept at his former house in a glass case, where it is displayed for the bene fit of the great writer’s admirers. In Belgium and other countries it has been from time immemorial a custom to preserve the heart of a man renowned for his sanctity, and on the anniversary of the death of its possessor this relic re ceives a large share of veneration from hundreds of people. Wigs of great liter- j ary men are also cherished by the hero worshipper, and it is on record that the wig which Sterne wore writing “Tris tram Shandy” was sold soon after his death for $200. Boycotting a Parliament The Russian government is boycotting the duma, Just at the time when those in this country are doing their best to direct the stream of English goM to Rus sia assure us of the excellent progress which constitutionalism is making there, says the London Daily News. The ex cuse for the boycott is tlie broad hint of Mr. Markoff one of the leaders of the re actionaries, tiiat stealing is going on In all the public departments. True or false, that was not a polite or a pleasant thing to say, but the government puts itself hopelessly In the wrong when it re quired the duma to apologize for 1U. Markoff before it will resume business i-G lations. Tt is the duty Of the cabinet, unless the constitution be the merest phantom, to co-operate with parliament, and if the present cabinet thinks co-op eration incompatible with its honor, its constitutional duty is to resign and make room for another, not to hold up the work of the government. However, it is generally recognized that Mr Markoff's outburst is the excuse for. not Uie cause of the boycott. The duma passed a vote of censure on the govern ment for persisting in substituting the arbitrary caprice of the official for law. and withholding the promised and long overdue reforms. Under that vote, only too well deserved, the cabinet is smart ing, and it is considering various modes of retaliation. Home ministers favor a dissolution,- but most recognize that new elections would certainly return a more hostile duina. After M. Stolypin's ex ercises In that art. the limits of gerry mandering have bof*n reached: so that other ministers suggest that the powers of the duma, already of the scantiest de scription, should be still further cut down. Those w*ho know how anxious the Russian government is to draw still more heavily upon English capital will wait with curiosity to see whether it will ven ture yet another coup d'etat.