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To give your valuables the protection they should have —by renting a safe deposit box in our steel vaults at a cost of from $3 to $50 yearly: The ordinary lock is but a plaything to burglars — while fire is a sure destroyer —against these two chances of LOSS our safe deposit boxes afford ABSOLUTE PROTECTION. The First National Bank Capital and Surplus $3,000,000 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ELECTS OFFICERS £>ocaI Graduates of Kentcky State University Gather at Banquet The Birmingham Alumni association of fCentucky State university gave Its first banquet last night in the Gold Lion tea foom. This association was organized In June, but owing to the small number present only temporary officers were fleeted. At the banquet last night per manent officers were elected for the year as follows: J. M. Sprague, presi dent; H. B. Darling, vice president; R. G. fcstevens, secretary and treasurer. The announced object of the association Is to cherish the memory of the days ppent at the above university, to strengthen the ties of friendship and to promote the professional welfare ^ of its members. Constitution and by-laws were drawn up and adopted, and the associa tion placed on a solid foundation. Four meetings a year are planned to be held around a festive board. The following answered to the first roll Cali: H. B. Darling, Birmingham; F. G. Cut ler, Enslc-y; G. C. Watkins, Atlanta; Charles McCarrqll, Blocton; H. G. Strong, Woodward; R. E. Duncan, Birmingham; R. G. Strong, Fairfield; J. M. Sprague, Ensley; C. W. Nunn, Fairfield; A. B. Has well, Ensley; H. J. Wurtele, Ensley; F. C. Taylor, Fairfield; E. J. Kohn, Ensley; John Kunzman, Atlanta; C. B. Perkins, Birmingham; Ernest Turner, Warrior; R. G. Stevens, Birmingham. HAWKES IS GIVEN A PRELIMINARY TRIAL Man Who Killed Father of Girl He | Ran Away With Goes to Jail at Belle Mina — *Pecatur, August 9.—(Special.)—John Ifawkes, the man who shot and killed Tvto Henson near Belle Mina a few days ago, was given a preliminary hearing yifsterday at Belle Mina before Justice Porter Bibb, and was remanded to Jail without bond. at will bo remembered that Hawkes was running away with Hensons lf> yaar-old daughter when Henson found them in a negro cabin near Belle Mina, and JIawkes killed Henson with a shot gun. After the killing Hawkes and Henson's daughter fled together and were later arrested. “GIRLS’ DAY” Will Be Observed at East Lake Metho dist Today Today will be "Girls' Day" at the East Lake Methodist Sunday school. The girls of the church have arranged a splendid programme for the occa sion and they will have entire charge. The programme In full is as follow’s: Song, entire school. Prayer. Song, "Birmingham for Christ,” Girls’ chorus. Scripture reading. Violin solo. Miss Odette Tyler. The colors: Boyal blue, "Loyalty,” Miss Kathleen Meadows. White, "Purity,” Miss Lucy Jones. Vocal solo, Miss Estelle Lambkin. Lesson period. Song, entire school. "The Girls’ Council," Miss Anna Da Vis. Secretary’s report. Adjournment. The boys of the Advent will have charge of the programme in their school at the same hour. On August 17 the First Methodist church will have Its special day for girls. SHAMPOO YOURSELF CUTICURA SOAP Tonight rub your scalp lightly with Cuticura Ointment. In the morning shampoo with Cuticura Soap. These emollients do much for dry, thin and falling hair, dandruff and itching scalps, and do it speedily, agreeably and economically. Cuticura Soap and Ointment sold throughout the World. Liberal sample of each mailed free, with 82-p. book. Address “Cuticura,” Dept. 70, Boston. *r*Men who shave and shampoo with Cuticura •nap will dad it best tor skin and scalp. FOWL STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE FOUR OFFICERSOF MOOSE All Were Placed Under Two Bonds of $500 Each Yesterday WRONG IMPRESSION MIGHT BE CREATED Would Not Wilfully or Intentionally Cause Any Human Being to Suf fer—No Effort Made “to Whitewash 4 The four members of the Moose order who yere ordered held Friday night by the coroner’s jury were each placed under two bonds of $500 each yesterday. They are John P. Abbott, dictator of the local lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose; D. U. Williams, secretary; R. E. Vanlanding bam, prelate and assistant secretary, anti1 Dr. L. C. Neill, lodge physician. 0 These four men yesterday issued the fol lowing formal statement regarding the deaths of Donald A. Kenney and Christo pher C. Gustin, which occurred "during their initiation Into the order: “We regret exceedingly that the jury has seen tit in their judgment to place us In the eyes of the world as characters w’ho w'ould willfully or intentionally cause any human being to suffer, much less to meet with such an untimely end as was the lot of Kenney and Gustin. We trust that every person whom it Is our lot to know will not draw the conclusion that the local order of Moose was a fraternity, whose purposes and teachings were other than that to promote a feeling of good fellow ship among its members and to aid the weak and afflicted, and that we, as its its officers, wrere endeavoring conscien tiously to carry out the teachings of the order, and that this occurrence is to be more deplored than censured. We each feel that we have committed no wrong, and while we deeply regret this great ca lamity which has befallen these two un fortunates and our beloved order, that the public will give to this matter serious thought and consideration before they see lit to condemn us and the order. No Effort at Whitewash “We are at a loss to understand the statement in this morning’s Age-Herald purporting to emenate from Coroner Spain ! to the effect 'that it was not the white wash some people expected,’ for never at any time has any officer or member of our order asked for anything tending to be white wash or insinuated that a white wash would result from the Investigation made by the coroner. We have at all times cheerfully and willingly, in so far as we were permitted, furnished such ev idence and information as was within our knowledge. We desire the public to un derstand that we were deprived of the privilege of being present, either in per son or by counsel, at the session of the coroner’s jury, and we did not desire to persist in requesting this privilege, as we thought that it might give out the im pression that we were trying to influence the coroner’s jury in its deliberations. We readily furnished without request from the coroner the names of all witnesses whom we recalled as being present upon the night of the fatal Initiation. We also re quested that they summons medical elec trical experts to give them the benefit of their knowledge and experience as to the effect of electricity upon the human body. The names of Dr. J. H. Fdmondson was suggested by Dr. Neill and also the names of Dr. L. F. fkicky by Mr. Abbott. In so far as we know neither of these were ex amined or requested to appear before the jury. Neither of these physicians are members of the order, but both have the reputation of being experts along this line. No Reflection on Jury “While we have no reflections to cast upon any member of the coroners jury, we desire It distinctly understood that we consider each member of the jury a gentleman of the highest calibre, many of them being our personal friends and acquaintances, but it seems to us that ! the investigations of the coroner’s Jury was confined more to the examination of [ experts rather than to the examina i tlon of witnesses on facts. Also the test | ing of the strength of the magneto used upon the men. It is with regret that we | notice that one of the witnesses testi I fled that he considered the use of this l magneto as ‘crude cruelty,’ yet in the same breath, he admitted that he sold the same identical magneto for the same identical purpose for which it was being used at at the time Kenney and Gustin met their deaths. So far as we know there has not been an expert, who has testified that this magneto was of sufficient strength to produce death, when applied to men In normal physical condition, and we submit that the undisputed testimony shows that this identical magneto has been in use for the same Identical pur pose and used approximately upon more than 500 men without serious result, that any reasonably fair minded man would be led to the honest and conscientious belief that no harm would result when used for that purpose, and we trust that the public will not bold us guilty as criminals, when we felt at the time that we were earnestly giving our time and labor for the promotion of good fellow ship among mankind. Embalming of Bodies “There is one other subject that we would like for the publio to understand, and that is with reference to the em balming of the bodies^ of Kenney and Guetin. It seems that there has been a disposition on the part of the coroner and the press to leave the public In doubt as t j the connection of the offi cers and members of the Moose lodge with this matter. Mr. Abbott states positively that he notified Coroner Spain over the telephone at eleven (11) o’clock on the night of the initiation and dea'th of the two men and Officer Jones, Offi cer Christian, Officer McGeever and an Age-Herald reporter, Mr. Hussier, were all present at the time he had the con versation with Coroner Spain over the telephone, that no officer or member of the local order of Moose authorized or sugested that the undertakers take pos session of either of the bodies; that we had no knowledge that they were in j the possession of the undertakers until they had been removed from the hospital, and we never at any time authorized or suggested tl;at either of the undertakers take charge of the bodies of Kenney and Gustln, or that they be embalmed, and it does seem to us that Coroner Spain had ample time to intercept the bodies and precent them from being embalmed if he had been as alert to his duties on the night as he has been In giving statements to the press since this In vestigation has been tarted. We have neer at any time shown any disposition to conceal anything from-the coroner or from the public with reference to what happened in Moose hall on the night, of the initiation. “There seems to be a wrong Impression about the medical examination in the Moose order. This examination iri made solely to determine whether the candidate shall be admitted as a beneficiary or non | beneficiary member. It has never been | made to determine whether the candidate is fit to take tho initiation and is only REGIMENTAL BAND WILL GIVE CONCERT AT CAMP WILLIAM H. KETTIG TONIGHT "THE PRIDE OF THE FOURTH REGIMENT” Regimental band of the Fourth Infantry Regiment, Alabama National Guard, in camp this week at East Lake. The band is from Cullman and includes many of the leading citizens of that thrifty town. The band has given a concert every night since being in camp and has been present at every parade and guard mount. Prof. F. F. Byers, considered one of the best, musicians of the state, is the leader—Photo by Henry G. Baird There will be no company drills or rifle practice at Camp William H. Kettlg to day, though guard mount and dress pa rade will be held at the usual hour. Church services will be held this morning by a local minister and tonight the regimental band will render a programme of high class selections. Owing to the fact that the suggestion had been made that the Fourth regiment might be designated as escort at the fu neral of Senator Johnston, Colonel Graves held the men in readiness in the event they had been called, but at the request o* the family there will be no military es cort. Yesterday was a busy day at camp, four companies were detailed for rifle practice aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw i WANTS CITIZENS TO HELP ENFORCE THE Weatherly Calls for Volun teers to Act as Special Officers to Co-Oper ate With Police * City Commissioner Weatherly has issued a call for private citizens to come to him and offer their services as special officers to enforce the traffic ordinance. Mr. Weatherly recently re ceived information of how the citizens of Dallas, Tex., are co-operating with their city officials in enforcing a simi lar ordinance and he thinks the same could and should be done here. Following such an invitation from Mr. Weatherly some time ago Fred M. Jackson, a well known civic worker, appeared before the commissioner and was sworn in as a special officer to help enforce the speed laws. Mr. Jack son, however, it appears is the only man who has taken such a step. Now Mr. Weatherly calls upon other citizens to follow Mr. Jackson’s example. The information from Dallas is that the motor clubs of that place have taken a special interest in the enforce of the laws and have offered the use of cars and the services of individual members in running down speeders and arrest them. Special officers have been assigned to aid in enforcement of the law, which is very similar to the one adopted here a few days ago. Mr. Weatherly is looking for a "wait ing” line Monday morning. MEMOLI PRESENTS Chopin Funeral March in Memory of Senator Johnston This afternoon at 4:30 o’clock Memoll’s excellent concert band begins its sixth week In the, summer cause in Capitol park. It was a good bard at the start, but naturally constant playing together has improved the ensemble. On today's programme Is Chopin's fu neral march in memory of Senator John ston. Next Tuesday the programme will bo made up of requests and for Thursday a special Wagner programme will be is sued. For this afternoon these are the regular numbers: Paraphrase—"Jerusalem the Golden" (Rollinson). Overture—"Williant Tell” (Rossini). Scenes from "Traviato" (Verdii. Funeral March—(Chopin), in memory of Senator Joseph F. Jghnston. "Song of the Voyager" (Paderewski). The Heavens are Telling “Creation" (Haydn). Several "extras” will be played. Marriage Licenses The following marriage licenses were issued yesterday in the office of th^ probate clerk: Johnnie Crockett and Miss Myrtle Belle Crider. Marvin Suggs and Miss Margaret E. Steele. B.. M. Roberts and Miss Mary Edna Sartor. W. R. Harwell and Miss Lula, Mullln. R. T. Harris and Miss Laura Taylor. J. E. Skinner and Miss Mary Mc Brler. to determine whether the physical condi tion Is such that he is entitled to the benefits bestowed on what we' call a beneficiary member. Burgln of the firm of Burgtn. Jen kins & Brown, has teen retained to rep resent us In the criminal cases now pending against us, and they will be tried In the criminal court as soon as possible. "This Is all the statement that we care to make at this time, hut Dictator Ab bett states that he may make a formal statement later on behalf of the Moose lodge." f ♦ i PROGRAMME FOR TODAY * ♦ - * 4 Camp William H. Kettig, East 4 4 Lake. ♦ ♦ Detail for Sunday, August 10: t ♦ Muster for pay roll. i ♦ Guard mount, it a. m. ♦ ♦ t'hurcli service, 11 a. m. t j Dress parade and review $ 4 5:30 p. m. i t Band concert, 8 p. m. * ♦ - * 4 PROGRAMME FOR CONCERT 4 i March, "When the Midnight j 4 Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam," 4 ♦ (Clements). 4 ♦ Medley, "Songs of Uncle Sam,” j ♦ (Hosmer). * ♦ Waltz, "Maribelle." (Keller). t $ March, “Sunshine in Alabama,” 4 i (Clements'. 4 4 Polka. ' Sylvia," (Ripley). 4 4 Overture, “King of Diamonds.” ♦ 4 Waltz, "layers of Lilies," 4 ♦ (Collins). 4 ♦ t THREE COUNTIES ARE TOURED BY DR. EAVES Christmas Seals Committee Organized in Each County As secretary of the Alabama Christ mas seals committee. Dr. George Eaves has made a tour of the counties of Butler. Conecuh and Escambia, in eacli of which a strong committee has been secured by means of which organized work in each county is now proceeding. “The plan in view,’’ said Dr. Eaves yesterday, “is to stimulate interest*in every part of the county being organ ized in order that funds may be ob tained for further educational work. The very limited funds in the hands of the state committee greatly limit the secretary’s activity, but it is confi dently hoped that the greater part of the state will be well organized before the end of the year. “In Madison county. Judge R. E. Pet tus, United States jury commissioner of the northern division of the north ern district of Alabama is permanent chairman and Madison county is eager to develop an association of its own. The same is true of Marengo county, Where the headquarters are at Demop olls. In Butler county Dr. L. V. Stabler, with the pastors of the Episcopal, Bap tist and Methodist churches, and Gen James B. Stanley are the committee of selection. In Conecuh county a per manent organization was begun with Judge E. E. Newton as chairman and Mrs. Henry Dunn as secretary. In Es cambia county Probate Judge M. F. Brooks is chairman and Dr. L. B. Par ish is secretary of the nominating com mittee. “The Birmingham association has re ceived a generous contribution of $500 from a friend who prefers to be anony mous. This is a great help in clearing off indebtedness on the current ex penses. It is hoped that it will stim ulate other generous donors to set the association free, as it is still iunning! every month with an accumulated deficit. There are seven pathetic cases upon the waiting list.” Today Dr. Eaves will visit Sylacauga and lecture as at other centers. PROGRAMME FOR COUNTY REUNION Announced by Executive Committee Of Veterans’ Association—Black well to Deliver Oration The executive committee of the Jeffer son County Confederate Veterans asso ciation announced yesterday the follow ing programme for the veterans' reunion which is to be held at Avondale park on August 14: 10 a. m.—Music, Industrial School band. Invocation, the Rev. James A. Bryan. Oration, Samuel Blackwell. Address, United Daughters of the Con federacy, Mrs. Chappell Corey. Music by the band. Address, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Thomas Dozier. Music by the band. Original poem. Mrs. J. A. Rountree. Dinner at 1 o’clock. 3 p. m.—Music by the band. Election of officers by the association. Music by the band. Impromptu talks, recitations, reminis cences. etc., by the veterans. Music, “God Be With You Until We Meet Again," audience. Benediction, tho Rev. James A. Bryan. The executive committee extends a hearty invitation to all confederate vet erans ,their wives, widows and relations to come and participate in this reunion. FIRST TUESDAY TO BE RECIPROCITY DAY The first Tuesday of each month will hereafter be “Reciprocity Day" among the primary teachers in their sectional work at the Women’s Graded union. Each member will show some new device or tell some plan or method that she is using successfully in her own class. Samples of illustrative objects and special concert exercises are to be exchanged, so that there is material help as well as new information to be gained by the member*. 1 at Boyles, the score sheets showing a very creditable score. The other com panies were drilled in advance guard and attack formation by battalions. A tactical walk was taken yesterday morniflg to se lect a site »for the working out of a war problem which will be held Tuesday, weather permitting. The health of the camp is excellent and the sanitation conditions perfect.. Captain L*ay, M. D., and the other surgeons in charge have given much attention to per fecting the sanitation of the camp and safeguarding the health of the troops. Colonel Graves is much pleased with the work and discipline of the camp and the tine showing made by the troops on the rifle range. EVERYTHING READY District Deputy Thomas Walker Anxious to Have Every Lodge in Dis trict Represented The seventeenth semi-annual convention of the Third district of Alabama Knights of Pythias will be held next Thursday at Dolomite. The convention will he held under the auspices of Mineral Valley lodge No. 83 of Dolomite and the con vention will b© held in their castle hall. The local committee in charge of the arrangements, J. S. Benson. F. F. Rob ertson, Tom Warrick, William Sherer and J. H. Clendennon, announce that all de tails have been perfected both for the convention and the entertainment of til's delegates. The officers of the Third dis trict are Dr. E. W. Murphree, presl det; Charles Berg, first vice president; George Huddleston, second vice president; George P. Dupree, third vice president; W. R. James, fourth vice president; Thomas R. Walker, district deputy grand chancellor. The district deputy Is very anxious to hav.e every Pythian lodge iu the dis trict fully represented and has sent the following letter to all the lodges: Writes to lodges “To the Lodges of the Third Pythian Dis trict: “Dear Brethren: I airt counting on every lodge in the district furnishing its full quota of delegates and its share of en thusiam at the district convention to be held at Dolomite on August 14. The en closed programme will give you some idea of what is in store for those who come. All knlght3 are welcome, whether delegates or not. “The ladies will serve two meals, and the ladies of Dolomite are the best cooks in the world. At the banquet in the evening there will be a special programme, so bring along your appetites and have them well whetted. “Conveyances will run from Ensley every 30 minutes and Dolomite is only three miles away. All delegates and vis itors will get back to Eneley In time for the cars home Thursday night. “The rank of knight will be conferred at the night session and I should like to have every lodge represented on the team. “Trusting that our convention may be the largest and best ever held and that It may be the means of helping every lodge In the district, I am very cordially and fraternally yours, "THOMAS R. WALKER, “District Deputy Grand Chancellor." Programme for Meeting The programme for the three sessions is as follows: MORNING SESSION. Call to-order at 10 o’clock. Address of welcome, B. E. Purcer. Response, Thomas R. Walker. Lodged opened by Chancellor Comman der Tom Warnick and turned over to President E. W. Murphree. Roll call of officers. Appointment of committees. Reading minutes. Report of committee on credentials. Address, J. M. Dannelly, grand keeper of records and seal. Written reports from lodges. Dinner served by the ladles from 1 to 2 o’clock. AFTERNOON SESSION. Address, A. G. Patterson, grand chan cellor. “Shall We Have a Page’s Night?” by H. M. Beck, supreme representative. General discussion. “What Can Be Done for Weak Lodges?” “Where Shall New Lodges Be Organ ized?” Report of officers and district deputy. The next place of meeting. Election of officers. Banquet and programme by ladles from <5 to 8 o’clock. NIGHT SESSION. The rank of knight conferred. Good of the order. Kaiser Honors Roumanian Premier Berlin, August 9.—Emperor William today conferred the grand cross of the | Order of the lied Eagle on the Rou manian premier, Titu Majoresco, pres j ident of the Balkan peace conference at Bucharest in recognition of services to the cause of perpetual peace. A Woman’s Bank Within A Bank The American Trust Ladies’ Department is a woman’s bank within a bank. Here they open checking ac counts, make deposits and cash checks, supply themselves with change and checkbooks, and ask tor financial information. These services ate rendered them by our ladies’ teller, herself experienced in bank service. Special stationery and desk telephone are also free to be used by women patrons. GENERAL APPROVAL Lists of Delegates Are Com-' ing in Every Mail LETTERS OF PRAISE j Indications Are That Most Substantial Men of Every County in State Will Be Here in November L was stated at the headquarters of the Ambuma land congress yesterday that lists of delegates were coming in bv every mail, while everything indicates a grow ing interest in the congress from every portion of the state. In a letter received from A. If. Smith, cashier of the First National bang of Chlldersburg, lie enclosed the following list of delegates from the Farmers and j Merchants Co-Operatice asoeiation of that! place: A. H. Smith, C. K. Stewart, M. .1. ! Cliett, Wallace Boaz, M. E. Vardanian, j W. T. Burton, B. A. Alford, Robert, Ed- , wards, John Hobbs, T. S. Smith, W. L>. Hagans, Jr. The following list, was received from W, E. Skeggs, probate judge of Morgan ccunty: J. B. Orr, Hartselle; J. J. Cudd, Hartselle; D. A. Sloan, Sommerville; J. L. Ule, Trinity; J. S. Davis. Trinity; (j. A. Nelson, Decatur; W. B. Edmunson, NGW Decatur; J. L. Echols, New Decatur; \\. J. Walling, Lacey Springs; Malcolm Patterson, Falkville. As indicating the interest !n different portions or the state an extract from these letters received yesterday will show thjLt the movement is gathering to it men of standing and influence in their re spective communities and widening as it goes. W. C. Roberts, secretary of the Gads den Chamber of Commerce, says: “Wo are expecting a good attendance at the land congress from Gadsden, and just: prior to the meeting 1 shal make special efforts trt get everyone possible to at tend the meeting. But. in any event there will be a good number there from Gads den, Etowah county." James B. Ellis, president of the Dallas Coni preps company of Selma, writes: "Have seen Judge Pitts, and we are now making up a list of the leading land owners and farmers of our county. Will have him notify them formally of their appointment when we complete the list, and will forward copy of same. "I have read your four days’ tentative programme, and 1 must say that it cbv i ers the ground pretty thoroughly, and if i we can only get the people to attend, ! it will mean a great awakening of our | people to a realization of the anus ? I ! forces in our grand old commonweolth.’’ Dr. Charles C. Thack, president of the Alabama Polytechnic institute at Auburn, says; “We are glad to assist in any move ment loking to the upbuilding of our; strte, and I regard the land congress [one of the very best agents in that di | rectlcns.” EXPECT BIG CROWpS AT EAST LAKE PARADE To Concerts by Nappi’s Hand and Dress Parade by the Fourth Regiment Large crowds are expected at East Lake today as the dress parade In mid afternoon by the Fourth regiment will be supplemented by two open air oon certs by Nappi’s band. East Lake park hss recently been improved in many minor ways, paint, repairs and conveniences, including an ample supply of free ice water lor the general public, having made tilings much pleasanter of late. From indications the skaters’ masked carnival, which will be held the first week in September and for which lib eral prizes both to Individuals and couples, will be awarded for costumes, will be on the scale of a small Mardl Gras. The programme which will be ren dered by Nappi's band this afternoon and also tonight is as follows: March, “Ninth Mass. Regiment,•• (Sar gent). . Overture, “Phedre.” (Massent). Waltz, "Jolly Fellows,” (Vallatedt). Fergetto and finale, “Atllla,” (Verdi). Duetta, “Miserere,55 (Verdi), Hebbeln and Bridges. Selection, “Norma.” (Bellini). Moonlight sonata, Andante, (Bee thoven). Excerpts from “Naughty Marietta,” (Herbert). Reverie, “The Roses Honeymoon," : Bratton. Fantasia, “Ernoin,” (Verdi), Real Estate Transfers Deeds were placed on record yester day in the office of the probate court showing the following transfers of property, the consideration being $1000 or more: $14,000—Kate Perry Marks to the New Southern Land company, lot 15, block 76, according to the survey of the Elyton Land company. $1 400—Corey Highlands Land coni pany to Parker Land company, lot 18, block 25, survey of Corey Highlands. $2200—C. W. Mills to C. L. Robert son, part of lot 1, block o0, Phelan's ad dition to Birmingham. $2500-—Mrs. C. B. Sterrett to Hen rietta Schwarz, part of block 765, sur vey of the city of Birmingham. $1000—W. R. Sevier to F. M. Jackson, east 50 feet of lots 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, block 12, second addition to Ens ley. JUDGE FORT GIVES OUT SUGGESTIONS MADE TO MR. LANE More Attention Should Be Paid to Record of Witnesses DOCKET IS BEING RAPIDLY CLEARED Of Appealed Cases From Recorder's Court—Will Make Public Figures Showing This, He Says—No Criticism of Fort Meant In a formal statement Issued yesterday Judge William K. Fort, senior judge of the criminal court, made public some sug gestions which he recently placed before City Commissioner A. O. 1 ,:ine in regard to Improving the service of tile county and city courts. The principal suggestion Is in Fhgard to more attention being paid to making a record of the witness in a ease when it 1s appealed from tile recorders' courts to tile county courts, as Judge Fort claims It Is the absence of witnesses and the apparent inability to secure these wit nesses that causes delay and in many in stances a nol pressing of the ease. City officials stated lust night that no criticism whatever of Judge Fort was meant In any of their references to de-’ lays and crowded dockets in the county courts, hut that they were merely speak ing of conditions, which had existed lung before Judge Fort took the bench and that thereby they might have unintention ally spoken }>f the delays and mistrials of city appealed cases in a way that n ight have been misleading. Judge Fort stated yesterday that there were literally thousands of cases on the dockets of tlie court when lie took tho bench some seven months ago. tie Is now making arrangements to secure data from the clerk of the criminal court, showing the number of these cases, the number that has been docketed since, the number that have been tried and all data In re gard to tile work lie inis done in the seven months, lie states that this data " ‘11 prove that the docket Is being rapidly cleared up. Judge Fort's Statement The complaint of city officials In regard to these appealed cases .was that it was often so long before tile ease came to trial that the arresting officer had forgot ten about the facts, witnesses had moved ami could not lie’found and similar oe eutances come up which caused the cases to be lost. Judge Fort's statement fol lows: To the Editor of Tho Age Hern Id: file article in your paper of August ». headed, "Appealed Hi (’order's Court fares to Re Handled With Alore Dispatch, ' con tains several misleading statements. In tho first place, I went to Judge Dane a few days ago voluntarily to place before him, as commissioner of public justice, the advisability of having the proper offl cinl of the city plane on the appeal papers a correct and complete list of the wit nesses for the city with their addressee, so that City appeal eases when , idled In tho criminal court might he tried on the merits. Instead of being so frequently dis missed for lack of essential evidence. Often since I went on the bench last No vember, city cases have been called and the right witnesses were not put down ..n the appeal papers, so that they could be summoned by the clerk for (rial. At otho times, officers who were witnesses failed to appear In court on appeal. These offi cers wore returned liy the sheriff as "ex ecuted," and In a majority of eases would afterward Inform the court that the sub poenas for them were probably left on file In the chief’s office and had not been brought to their personal attention. In the next place, I asked Judge Dane to request the proper officer of the city to investigate the eitv appeal eases and ad vise the clerk of the criminal court what cases were In most need of immediate ac tion; In order that all city appeal cases might be Intelligently set for trial at oyr next term. Assured of Co-Operation In going to Judge Lane and consulting with him about these matters, I acted in the interest of an improved public service which every public officer should regard as his duty to the people. I found the commissioner ^f public justice courteous and prompt in his assurance of thorough co-operation along the lines T thus sug gested, and I believe his favorable action will result in cas^s being tried when set. "Rome was not built In a single day.’* Neither can several thousand cases he tried In seven months. When jury trial® are demanded on appeal in city cases, only* a limited number of cases can ac tually be tiled each day. Since T went on the bench, November 13 last, a period of seven months, all case* have been tried as rapidly as we found consistent with public justice. Our ener gies were engaged In trying capital and felony cases. as this course was urgently demanded to protect life and property against crime. There were several thou sand cases pending, but this number has been greatly diminished. In a few days I will submit to the pub lic a ‘record of the cases wrhlch have beep tried by the crimitiul court from Novem ber 12. 1912. to June 30. 1913 The public may thus 1udge for themselves whether, there have been any "bunglesome delay'®. as stated in your article al>ove mentioned. WILLIAM E. FORT.