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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
Why not rent one today?
The First National Bank
Capital and Surplus
G. W. Leach of Chicago, H. G. Ful
ton of Eutaw and W. S. Lyle of Hunts
ville, are among those stopping at tho
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
J. H. Woods of Seden, Walter Hoff
man of Waverly and George A. Sowell
of Alexander City, are guests at the
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.
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
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
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 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
Many Acceptances Already
Received by Chamber of
Commerce Secretary
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
I'renldcnt of the city commit* Ion, who
will welcome the north Alnhnuiii mer
Wcdneitday. .Mr. Rxum returned laM
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
If Adverse O’Neal Could
Quickly Call Session
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 ■
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
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
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.
a——WW—W—*—8T— 'esmauKRUMMi
Offices in Brown-Marx for
the Preliminary Work
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 :
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
“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
“T. D. PARKE.’!
Document as Filed Contains
About 2200 Signatures
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.

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