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How Much Would von lose tday should fire destroy or burg lars steal your jewelry, bonds, securities and other private papers? Some things could not be made good with the fire in surance on your property. A safety box in our steel vaults at from $3 to $50 a y6ar is the strongest insur ance against loss of your val uables. Why not rent one today? The First National Bank Capital and Surplus $3,000,000 AT THE HOTELS G. W. Leach of Chicago, H. G. Ful ton of Eutaw and W. S. Lyle of Hunts ville, are among those stopping at tho Morris. Charles E. Burchell of New York, Karl Hoblitzell of Chicago and R. M. Jordan of New Orleans, are registered at the Hillman. Edgar Lucas of Louisville, J. H. Fos ter of Wilmington, N. C., and .1. E. Davis of Cincinnati, are at the Flor ence. J. H. Woods of Seden, Walter Hoff man of Waverly and George A. Sowell of Alexander City, are guests at the Birmingham. Frank Jewell of Atlanta J. C. Cole of Dallas, Tex., and F. L. Pence of Mem phis, are at the Metropolitans T. W. Eisele of Indiapaolis, R. B. Knowles of New York and R. IT. Soc bey of New Orleans, are registered at the Empire. T URN B I LL IS BAC K FROM NEW ENGLAND Bell Telephone Manager Has Not Had Time to Report on Complaint Re cently Made D. F. Turnbull, manager for the South ern Bell company in this district, re turned home yesterday after an extensive Vacation in the east and in New England. Mr. Turnbull was absent when tho charge was made that his company was rendering indifferent service in Birming ham and a demand made that the com mission take the question up. The for mal note of the commission to the com pany was taken up yesterday by Mr. TurnbulJ. No answer has yet been given to the city. Mr. Turnbull was unwilling yesterday to make any statement for publication In connection with the complaint. He bas been unable to get in touch with the real reason for the complaint and on that account was not sufficiently In formed to make a formal statement. Mr. Turnbull has often asserted that at a tremendous cost his company had made Improvements here io perfect the service and that nothing would be left undone to render even better service. Mr. Turnbull said In reference to gen eral conditions that the affairs of the country were rather satisfactory and a fine autumn trade volume was generally expected. FREEMAN SAFE IN TROUBLED MEXICO Local Officials of Alabama Power Co. Have Received Word From Vice President—Will Return Soon Tx>cal officials of the Alabama Tower company have word from the vice presi dent, W. W. Freeman, that he is per fectly safe in Mexico and is being ac corded the best of treatment. Mr. Free man is in the troubled republic on busi ness for Sperling & Co., of London. He went away several weeks ago, at which time it was incorrectly reported that Mr. Freeman was taking a hazardous chance by visiting Mexico and that efforts to persuade him not to make the trip were fruitless. Mr. Freeman advises the local offices that his work does not bring him into contact with any of the factions and that he is perfectly safe. Mr. Freeman Is engaged in looking after a water power development and some extension work for the English interests. He is expected to complete his mission to Mexico dur ing the next few weeks and will return to Birmingham* He will first visit New JTork before coming home. 4 WHAT OSCAR TURNER 4 4 THINKS OF NEW 01,1 B 4 ♦ - * 4 Oscar C. Tupnr, recognized far 4 4 and wide as one of Birming- • 4 ham’s “live ones,’’ writes the 4 4 Birmingham Newspaper club as • 4 follows: 4 4 “I thank you for your in\ita- 4 4 tlon to bcome an associate mem- 4 4 her of your club, and 1 enclose 4 4 herewith check and card prop- 4 4 erly filled out and shall be glad 4 4 to become one of your members. 4 4 "I have always felt that Blr- 4 4 mlngham needed a club of this 4 4 character, and 1 am glad that 4 4 the live newspaper men nave 4 4 seen the situation, and as usual 4 4 with them, grasped it. 1 know 4 4 you will have a fine success 4 4 and I congratulate you." 4 1---.! SUCCESS IS ASSURED FOR MENTION OF RETAIL MERCHANTS Many Acceptances Already Received by Chamber of Commerce Secretary GEORGE BEYER TO SPEAK ON “SELLING” Workers Preparing More Literature to be Sent Out in Few Days. Local Merchants Will be Asked to Decorate Patriotism and state pride prove to be important factors in the coming conven tion of the North Alabama merchants in Birmingham August 27 and 28, Wednes day and Thursday of next week. It is being pointed out to the merchants that, being residents of the state of Alabama, they oW*fe It to themselves and to their neighbors to conduct their business deal ings with their fellow Alabamians, other tilings being equal. And the “other things,” which In this case are prices, service, quality and quan ity of goods and courteous treatment, is what the Jobbers of Birmingham propose ••••••••ai•••••>•••••••••••••••»•••••.•••••■/* tlM'KITKH E.VIM I'renldcnt of the city commit* Ion, who will welcome the north Alnhnuiii mer Wcdneitday. .Mr. Rxum returned laM nlgrht. to show to the merchants who attend the convention next week are equal, and per haps better here than anywhere else, the merchant could trade. No man is going to be asked to trade with Birmingham wholesalers on account of “sentiment.” unless the local jobbers can prove to his satisfaction that it, is actually to his ad vantage to trade here. After that is done, then he will be appealed to on the senti mental and patriotic side of the argu ment to give his trade to an Alabama town and Alabama merchants, and there by boost his own state and be a factor in her progress and advancement. Success is Assured The convention is already past the stage of uncertainty. It Is an assured success. Already enough acceptances have been reveled by Secretary Radcjiffe of the Chamber of Commerce, nearly 300, to guarantee the complete success of the undertaking, that number being equal to the highest hopes of the Chamber of Commerce wholesale trade committee when the convention plans were first being discussed. Indication^ are that there will be several times as many merchants attend the convention as was at first counted upon, and the commmittee is al ready commencing to do some figuring on how to handle all the delegates during the various entertainments. Five additional members have been added temporarily to the wholesale trades committee in order to handle the convention. They are S. W. Lee, Oscar C. Turner, H. M. Beck, R. D. Burnett and Hughes B. Kennedy. George Beyer of Cullman has been se cured as an addition to the speakers' programme for the barbecue-banquet Wednesday night at East Lake park. He will speak as a representative of the North Alabama merchants, and will have for his topic, “Selling.” The 8000 letters contain ing the second batch of literature and ac ceptance cards were mailed out to the merchants of the northern half of the state yesterday afternoon from the cham I ber office. Another tlood of acceptances is expected as soon as these commence to arrive. The force of girls who h&v* been employed to help handle the liter ature of the convention are now working on another set of letters which will be mailed within the next three or four days. Literature is Altlactive The literature, which has been gotten up by Secretary W. C. Radcliffe and other officials of the Chamber of Commerce, is some of the best work of its kind ever turned out In Birmingham. It Is very attractive, well prepared and well print ed. It compares favorably with advertis ing circulars put out by large railroad concerns, and is bound to attract the eye of every Alabama merchant Into whose hands one is placed. There are several different pamphlets Capital $500,000.00 Surplus (Earned) $550,000.00 Birmingham Trust & Savings Co. Capital and Surplus $1,050,010.00 An Employee That Takes No Holidays No doubt you are a steady and faithful worker but you wouldn’t want to work 365 days in the year, and keep • it up year in and year out. But a Savings Account in this bank is willing to do that. It is willing to work for you right along without any holidays—and work so faithfully that it never re quires watching. A. W. SMITH, President EENSON CAIN, Asst. Cashier TOM O. SMITH, V.-President C. D. COTTEN, Asst. Cashier VV. H. MANLY, Cashier E. W. FINCH, Asst. Cashier 4 Per Cent Paid On Savings Deposits LOCAL POLICE BELIE VE THA T THE ENIS BROTHERS V/ERE TOOLS OF BARNEY LEWIS By RICHARD F. USSIER BARNEY SMITH LEWIS HENRY ENIS JERRY ENIS inese are r.ne tnrec men, who, it is alleged by the police, secured nearly .>11111,11011 111 the hold up ot the New York and New Orleans express at Okahala, Miss., May 14, 1912. It is the theory of the police that the Enis brothers were used as tools by Barney Lewis. The Enis brothers were returned- to Mississippi last night. The tragedy of Illiteracy Is depicted on the countenances of Jerry and Henry Enis, the two Lamar county mountain boys accused of holding up and robbing the New York and New Orleans express at Oka ha la, eight miles south of Hatties burg, Miss., on th' night of May 14. 1912. They are sill>»" WftWjity jail and anyone seeing them realizes that the theory of the local police is correct—they were used as tools, by the unscrupulous ex-convict, Barney S. Lewis. The story of the boys is simple. They received no education, never went to school In their lives, and up to a few years ago had never been out of Lamar county. They farmed and hunted in the wild hills of the western part of Alabama and only left the mountain fastness of Lamar and Fayette counties a few winters ago to work In the coal mines. This was where they came in active touch with the com- j mercial era of the present century. In the coal mines about Brilliant and Empire they met Barney S. Lewis, who had just finished a prison term, and a friendship was begun beetween this ex convict and the two ignorant mountain boys’, a friendship that was later to bring Jerry and Heny Enis within the shadow of the gallows. The two Enis boys in the winter worked In the coal mines and at times saved a l• • vv dollars and in the spring and summer they farmed on their native heath. They | never had at any time over $1000 between , them, and to the police have never as yet been able to account for over a few bun- j dred dollars. During the time that the Enis boys were ! farming and mining the friendship be tween them and Lewis ripened and the theory of the local detectives is that he induced the two illiterate mountain boys to hold up the trains. Both Jerry and Henry Enis were expert dynamiters, which experience they had secured in the mines, and both had the necessary cour age to hold up a train. The theory of the police is that after robbing the trains Lewis kept the major share of the booty, as neither of the Enis boys knew how to figure. Both of the Enis’ never having had much money, were thrilled, in the opinion of the police, with the large sum that even Lewis allowed them as their share. So many $20 bills turned their heads and their antics caused the mountain folk of I^amar and Fayette counties to whisper and turn eyes of suspicion on the young men. This was further emphasized when Jerry Enis pinned scores of $20 bills over an old coat of his father and made him a present of it. And also Henry was mar ried and a joyous dance followed, the necklace of the bride—$20 bills hanging from her neck to the floor—caused the mountain folk to open their eyes in won der. Everything Jerry and Henry Enis did following the spectacular train robbery in Mississippi showed their ignorance and in experience and proved conclusively to the »•••••••••••«•«••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••< police that they were only the tools of the shrewd Barney S. Lewis. But the Enls boys refuse point blank to admit that Lewis used them. They ad mit that they know Lewis and that they were friendly with him and also that Lewis came to visit them in May just a few days before the robbery, but deny that Lewis used them to further his pur poses in holding up trains in Mississippi. At the city jail or in the detectives’ room they paced impatiently up and down like caged animals. They are on the verge of a nervous break-down. But when pinned down by questions and confused they always monotonously repeat: "I don’t know,” or ”f will tell all In court.” Chief Bodeker has repeatedly expressed his hearty sympathy for the boys, because he believes that Lewis is responsible for their plight. Chief Bodeker is the man re sponsible for sending Lewis to the mines in 1900, and is well acquainted with him. Chief Bodeker also thinks that Lewis, when he secs that enough evidence is at hand to convict him, will make a deal with the federal authorities and turn state's evidence, escaping with a light sen tence. Requisition papers for Jerry and Henry Rnis were signed by Governor O'Neal yes terday morning and sent to Chief Bodeker by special delivery. He received them last night. The two men were turned over to T. K. Trigg, who had been named a special agent for (he state of Mississippi to take them back. The officer with his prls crers left last night at 10:40 o’clock for Purvis. Miss. AS NEW SECRETARY or J — Well Known Real Estate Man Succeeds James Ran dall Who Recently Re signed Position It was announced yesterday that Cant. F. L. Demere, the well known real estate man, had been elected sec tary of the Southern club. He succeeds James Randall, who has been secretary for some time, but who resigned to take up different work. Captain Demere's election was an nounced yesterday by* Col. Tom O. Smith, president of the Southern club. The new secretary is widely known In Birmingham, where he has resided for many years, ind folders, each containing pictures of some part of the city or district witli a few short crisp sentences telling of some details of the entertainment during the convention, something about the city where the convention will he held, some thing about the convention itself, Its pur poses, etc., and they are being sent to every merchant who received an invita tion. The chamber wholesale trade commit tee will urge the downtown merchants and business men to decorate their places of business if they can. The Chamber of Commerce building will he decorated as will the city hall. An effort will be made to have the buildings in the downtown sections decorated so that tile city wiU assume a gala appearance and will wel come the visitors. All Birmingham jobbing houses are sending out word to their traveling men to talk convention to every merchant ttey see and for the traveling men them selves to prepare to be in Birmingham during the convention. The drummers al ready have taken hold of the convention Idea with a vim and are working for it as only a traveling man can work. The wholesale trade committee is holding meetings at the chamber headquarters every day. handling details of the con vention as they come up, WiU Have Music Chairman Murray Brown said yesterday in addition to the barbecue-banquet and the speaking at East Lake park Wednes day night there would he a hand or or chestra on hand to furnish music through out tile evening. All of the amusements of the park will be thrown open to the delegates to the convention on that night free of charge. The men who make up the commercial world of north Alabama will shoot the chutes, and do the "Figure 8" and roller skate and go boat riding and swimming and "take in” all of tile other many amusements of this Coney Island of the south. The .wholesale stores of the city will be ready to receive delegates through the entire week, beginning next Monday, the, entire last week of August being turned into a sort of buying carnival for the merchants who come to town, although ll,e convention proper will last but the two days. Much interest is being taken among the different merchants, according to re ports from people who have been on tnisi ners In the other towns, in the formation of the permanent association for the mu tual protection and benefit of the north Alabama merchants. This organization will be formed at the banquet at East Lake Wednesday night, when officers £iom among the delegates to the conven tion will be elected. The ride through the resilience districts of the city will begin Wednesday evening at 4 o'clock, leaving the Chamber of Commerce building at that hour. The ride will terminate at East Lake park about S or 8:30, when the evening's enter tainment will begin. The next morning will be given over to the visiting mer chants to their buying and visiting with the local wholesale companies. At 2:31 o'clock Thursday afternoon the special train will leave the Louisville and Nash ville station for the Ensley steel mills. Edgevvuter, Fairview, Fairfield and othel places of interest in the great Birming ham mineral district. The names of the Birmingham Paper company and the City Paper company were omitted frotn the list of wholesale houses who had given money to help finance the convention, as published yes terday. ACTION ON CLAYTON If Adverse O’Neal Could Quickly Call Session UNDERWOOD LETTER Would Not Enter Special Election, but Will Come to Birmingham After Work is Finished to Con sult Friends Early action by the Senate committee on privileges and elections in regard to the credentials of Henry D. Clayton, recently appointed to succeed the late Senator Joseph F. Johnston, Is anticipated. The credentials were sent to the com mittee yesterday, and despite an informal report last night that action would be de ferred until after the passage of the tariff legislature, it is generally believed that within the next few days, it will be defi nitely known whether or not the gover nor’s appointee will be seated. The Washington special of yesterday quoting Senator Bankhead was Identical with the senator’s statement made in The Age-Herald prior to his departure for Washington. In case of an adverse re port by the committee, Senator Bank head believes that that action will be ] taken at once, that the governor can as ^ sfmble the lawmakers in three days, and that the lawmakers in one day can pass | a joint resolution authorizing the gover- | nor to make a temporary appointment. ! and providing machinery for a special ■ election. May Call Legislature There seems to be general preference that the governor call a special session of the legislature rather than provide for a special election. It is understood that if it is determined that the governor hud no constitutional light to name a successor to Senator Johnston, lie would have no right, without legislative action, to call a special election. And the expense of the special election would be much greater than the expense of an extra session of the legislature. Should the legislature meet and pass a joint resolution it is estimated that the expense to the state would not be in ex cess of whereas a special election, held in every precinct of the state, would cost practically $50,000. It is not generally believed that the legislature if called for a specific pur pose would attempt to enact other legisla tion, and it is thought that if the legisla ture desired to act upon matters not in eluded in the call of the governor, it would lack the necessary two-thirds ma jority to do so. Mr. Underwood’s Attitude Tn a letter to a personal and political friend, Mr. Underwood wrote yesterday that he would not enter a special election for the Senate. He stated, however, that he would come to Birmingham following the passage of the tariff bill, and consult with friends relative to entering the field for the regular term. In this regard, it is not generally believed that Mr. Under wood would oppose M,r. Clayton were he to receive the senatorial seat through a special election, or w'ere he to be seated on his present credentials. Mr. Under wood's regurd for Mr. Clayton is too great, it is believed, to permit him to make an effort to put Mr. Clayton out of Con gress. In the meantime. Congressman Hobson is strenuously campaigning for the seat of Senator Johnston. Real Estate Transfers Deeds were placed on record yester day In the offive of the probate court showing the following transfers of property, the consideration being $1000 or more: $2100—Ernest W. Sharer to S. H. Hales: lots 5 and 6. block Iff], as shown on the map of (he Enslcy Eand company's fifth addition to Eneley. $2000—Birmingham Realty company to Roy Vaughan, south 10 feel of lot 10 on the Birmingham Realty com pany's fourth addition to the city ol Birmingham. APPEALS FOR FUNDS All Maintenance Expenses Will be Paid by City. Situation Outlined A brief statement was issued yester day by the newly created library board relative to the library situation in this community. The statement, it was ex plained, was made simply to indicate to the citizens of Birmingham the exact library situation as succinctly as possible and to intimate what may be expected in the furtherance of the work. It is pointed cut that all the books now owned by the city were purchased by subscriptions of citizens and that the condition of the city treasury indicates that such support will be the present method of acquiring needed books until the city is in a better financial condi tion. The board calls attention to the fact that the maintenance will be from the city treasury as in the past, the money for that formerly having been spent through the board of education. Statement of Board The statement is as follows: ‘In assuming the duties of trustees, the members of the library beard deem it expedient to make plain to their fellow citizens the real library situation con fronting them. '‘Practically all the hooks now found In the five libraries: City hall, Avondale, West End, Ensley and Woodlawn, com posing the library system of the city, have come through sources other than the city treasury. The city has never appropriated money for the purchase of books, beyond one small appropriation for one of the ab sorbed libraries, and the condition of the city treasury, now ana i'or some time to come, precludes appropriations for the purchase of books. “We face, therefore, one of two alter natives, either that private, contributions shall, as in the past, provide the means for purchasing needed books, or, that our library system shall mark time, as best it may, with present equipment, un til the state legislature shall provide greater revenues for our city. We feel confident that our citizens will adopt the alternative of library growth and prog ress. and in that assurance, shall appeal to their patriotism and local pride to supply a liberal fund for the needed equipment of our libraries. City Will Maintain Libraries “We would make It plain that none of tills money will he asked or used for the maintenance of the libraries. Main tenance will come through the city treas ury alone, and we look for a time in the comparatively near future when the In come or the city will provide not only for maintenance, hut for all library pur poses. Modern cities are basing action on the palpable fact that preparation In school; college and university does not constitute education. These modern cities encourage real (siuoatlon—adult education —Just as they encourage preparatory ed ucation. Preparatory education Is en couraged through attractive sehooihouses, free books, school playgrounds and pub lic opinion, for the reason that ignor ance and illiteracy are recognized as com munity deterents. Compulsory school at tendance statutes are adopted by most cities, so necessary to the welfare la preparatory education neld to be. “Consistency and logic Join in urging these modern cities to encourage and to provide for real education throughout adult life, In every way, short of com pulsion. Attractive buildings, reading rooms, lecture halls, all are provided In the never ending struggle for self-preser vation and progression. "We believe that Birmingham will not tag, that she will furnish hooks for real education, us she furnishes schools for preparatory education. As the use or preparatory education is encouraged, so the use and employment of books for real continuous education will he encour aged In every way. “The knowledge am* experience of this race of ours, acquire? during the untold ages of Its upward struggle from suv The man who has lost a valua ble paper, or the woman who has lost a jewel, are not what would be called “good losers.” \ That is so because it is so easy to keep things from getting lost. Easy, simple, and not at all ex pensive -a quarter a month is a trifle—that is American Trust safe deposit service. Don’t be any kind of a “Loser” -where valua bles are at stake. AMERICAN TRUSTJlSAVINGSllANK FIRST AND TWENTIETH — BIRMINGHAM a——WW—W—*—8T— 'esmauKRUMMi TEMPORARY ROOMS FOR THE PRESS CLUB Offices in Brown-Marx for the Preliminary Work PLANS ALL MATURING Enough Applications for Membership Already Secured to Assure Suc cess of Birmingham's New Skyscraper Club In order to handle the clerical work In cidental to the formation and launching of the Newspaper club, that organization se cured yesterday temporary headquarters In Rooms 4-10-1 Brown-Marx building. The offices will be used by a clerical force which will have charge of the details connected with the handling of the mem bership lists, as well as for the meetings of the board of governors. The rooms in the Brown-Marx building will be used until the club removes to the permanent home secured on the twen ty-fifth floor, the mezzanine and the cafe roof garden of the 25 story Jefferson County Savings Bank building. The invitation commmittee of the News paper club Is in receipt of over 200 ac i . __ ucinnm;tB, uim in rvuiy iiihii £tuumwii» are being made to that number. The invi tation commmittoe will issue application cards today to 204 citizens of this city whose names have been passed upon by the board of governors. If prompt an swers are received to the last list it Is believed the membership locally will be closed before September 3. It is announced by the invitation com mittee that those applications received i | first will get formal action of the bourd j of governors first, and that it Is desir able that prompt acceptances or decline- j tions be received. The non-resident membership commit tee. composed Of E. R. Norman for the Ledger, Hugh \V. Roberts for The Age Herald and .7. C. Hutto for the News, will issue its application blanks today or to morrow. That list will contain the names of 500 of the most prominent men in Ala bama, all of whom are well and favorably known to the members of the non-resident committee. It is generally believed that the entire list for resident and non-resi dent members will be permanently closed November 1. The newspaper men of Birmingham arc exercising every precaution in selecting members for the purpose of making the Press club membership thoroughly con genial and representative. They desire to give every man qualified for member- j Ship an opportunity to take advantage of the attractive features of the Press club, yet no effort Is being made to influence j any one to become a member excepting j the mailing of formal application blanks. No applications have been made, and the ! board of governors have expressly en joined any members of the Press club from soliciting members. The plans for this club, which will be the most attractive downtown club in this section of the country, are coming along famously. Sufficient acceptances have been received to assure the complete suc cess ofc the venture, which was conceived and launched by the newspaper reporters of tills city. A permanent secretary of known qualifi cations and ability will be secured short ly. a. steward and attaches of unquestioned efficiency will thereupon be engaged for the opening and every detail carefully worked over to launch and maintain the Press club as has been promised. The decorations and furnishings of the club floor, the ladles’ mezzanine and the roof gardens, including the various dens, ingienooks and retiring rooms, will be elegant. The greatest care will be ex ercised, however, to provide the most ar tistic and pleasing as well as comfort able surroundings. , Marriage Licenses The following marriage licenses wen issued yesterday In the office of the probate clerk: p. J. Keith of Argo and Miss Doncle : Couison. T. V. Weaver of Birmingham and Miss I Lorine Smith. Homer Davis of Bessemer and Mrs I Mettle Lou Trimble. j. E. Harris of Birmingham and Miss Pearl Lillian Plttle. Edward C. Miller of Woodward and Mrs. Bertie Steele. Frank R. Williams of Birmingham and Miss Velma Virginia Platr. agery, is recorded In books that should he found on our library shelves. “These books contain the totality of knowledge, to use which preparation is made in school und college and univer sity. “Our citizens divert «i portion of their annual earnings Into charitable, altru istic channels of some description. In pre senting the library book fund as a legiti mate channel for private benevolence and munificence, 'we confidently rely on the universitallty of the good conferred, on the enduring quality of the good con ferred, on the non-partisan and non-sec tarian character of the institution, to bring forth a generous, a patriotic re sponse. “MRS. E. Tv. SMITH, “E. K. SMITH, “LILY LYKES, “VV. C. GEWIN. “MRS. VV. D. HANKINS, “D. M. LEWIS, MRS. R. DF PONT THOMPSON, “.I. W. DONNELLY, “T. D. PARKE.’! PETITION DF WARD POTS HIM IN RACE Document as Filed Contains About 2200 Signatures CAMPAIGN IS QUIET Understood That Neither Ward Nor Allen Will Make Speeches, But Will Further Their Interests in Other Ways George B. Ward, candidate for the pres idency of the city commission, having tiled his petition Monday afternoon with J. P. Stiles, judge of probate, is now actually on the firing line. Candidates have until August 26 to pre sent their petitions, and it is generally anticipated that Vassar L Allen and Clement ft. Wood will "toe the scratch" by that date. Mr. Ward's petition, it Is informally stated, contains about 2200 names. Since presenting the document to the probate judge, about 500 additional names have been secured and are on file in the can didates’ office. Municipal politics has been exceed! ngly quiet despite the brush Sunday and Mon day between Mr. Ward and Mr. Allen. Mr. Alien, in a statement Sunday, inti mated very strongly tiiat the "interests" in their support of Mr. Waft! had used their influence in keening several other candidates out of the field. Monday after noon, Mr. Ward replied, challenging Mr. Mien to present Ids proof. Since then, Mr. Allen lias been quiet, but there is a general belief tiiat lie will have some tiling else to say in the future. It begins to be evident tiiat none of 1 he candidates will appoint a campaign manager, and that neither Mr. Ward nor Mr. Allen will deliver formal addresses. Quiet campaigning lias been and is still In progress. Mr. Ward's assurance of his election Is shared by the public, and the belief which is general tiiat lie will be successful Is given as one reason why the campaign has not aroused the partisanship of the usual political enthusiast. An Interesting letter was received yes terday by Mr. Mat'd ip which was en closed a letter signed by I.ee Bonner, a young attorney of Birmingham, a letter written in behalf of the candidacy of Mr. Allen. Mr. Bonner represented that Mr. Allen was a Christian and that none save Chris tians should he elevated to high office. He mailt' no reference to’either of tile other candidates, but Ills letter with in sinuations is broad. He does not discuss tlie general fit ness of Mr. Alien, but stresses the fact (hat lie is a good man. and "strong in tile faith for which tlie debt of the world was paid." Mr. Ward filed the Bonner letter. Confers With Officials—De clines to Discuss Ru mored Merger James Mitchell, president of the Ala bama Power company, which recently ac puired the Muscle Shoals properies upon his return to the city yesterday conferred with several persons connected with the water power developments in this state. Mr. Mitchell was closeted with Capt. W. P. Lay of Gadsden, R. Darlington, con sulting engineer for Sperling & Co.; J. W. Worthington of Sheffield, and J. 1£. Wash burn of Nashville. It is understood tiiat preliminary plana arc being considered looking to the utili zation of the Muscle Shoals properties as soon as needed. While the power com pany has sufficient power from Lock L2 to All the needs here for some time, it is stated tiiat plans are being matured sev eral years ahead so as to be ready to All any demand for power which may become imperative in this state. The officials die cussed other matters of Interest and im portance in connection with teh develop ments here. Mr. Mitchell, head of the power com panies in this state, returned here yester day morning from New York. He will discuss the work with the officials here for several days and will return to New York ami sail for London. It is possible that he will be joined in New York before sailing by W. W. Freeman, vice president of tiie company. Mr. Mitchell said yesterday there was | nothing unusual in his trip here at this time. He would not discuss the rumorati merger of other companies in the south with the American Cities, in which the power company has interest. SOUTHERN RAILWAY THE ONLY LINE THAT OPERATESTHROIGH SLEEPING CAR TO NEW YORK ON THE AFTERNOON TRAIN: 5:50 P. M.