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Careless Drivers Take
Bloody Toll of Life And
Limb During Past Week
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One Is Dead and Eighteen
Injured, Several of Whom
Are in Hospitals and
May Die
List of Casulties for Week, While
Showing Some That Were Un
avoidable, Show Many Re
sulting From Criminal
A record not unlike the casualties- of
a battle in one of the South American
repuolics is presented for the past week
as the result of the havoc automobile
and motorcycle speeders have made in
In all, “the grisly toll,” as the neophyte
would say, was: One person killed and
18 injured, some of whom, will die dur
ing the past seven days of bacchanalian
joy-riding in the streets of the Magic City.
It all began last Saturday afternoon
when three young men, Walter Meseroll,
H. C. Brown arid Nathan Lowenstein, all
riding motorcycles, met in a collision at
high speed with an automobile of the
Birmingham Ice Factory at Avenue E and
Twenty-first street. The result was that
Nathan Lowenstein was killed. He was
a young man 22 years of age, very pop
ular and was the city salesman of the
Birmingham Macaroni company. His par
ents living in Indiana were prostrated
by the shock of the tragic death of their
son. In the same accident Meseroll and
Browji were also very severely injured.
None Reported Sunday
On Sunday, for some strange reason, all
the automobiles and motorcycles held to
the road and with miraculous adroitness
avoided killing or maiming any pedes
trians. No one was reported Injured in
any way for the Sabbath day, although
the following morning repair cars from
the garages were seen on their way to
Mount Pinson road to bring back two
wrecked automobiles which by some freak
of fortune had failed to kill the occu
pants when they turned over.
However, on Monciay tilings started
briskly and early, for Joe Orso, a mes
senger boy employed by the Postal Tel
egraph company, took the count when
an automobile driven by J. J. Miller
and owned by the Florence Taxicab com
pany, ran him down at First avenue and
Nineteenth street. The accident occurred
after midnight.
But it was in the afternoon of the
same day that the tragedy of the week
happened for Mrs. O. T. Dozier, wife of
the w-ell known physician, was run dow-n
while walking to her home on the South
Highlands at Avenue H and Tw'enty-see
ond street by ail unknown automobile
demonstrator, who was speeding, it was
stated by expert automobile men, at no
less than 60 miles an hour. Mrs. Do
zier was knocked dowm by the car and
suffered a broken arm and limb, also
severe contusions all over the body. She
was unconscious for many hours and
even at this moment it is not certain
that she will recover from her injures.
Cruel and Kevolting
The accident to Mrs. Dozier was par
ticularly cruel and revolting. The per
son who was driving the large Hudson
touring car that struck Mrs. Dozier
stopped, following the accident, as soon
as he could and walked to where the
elderly lady lay unconscious in a pool of
iblood. There were several spectators
there and they only entreated him to
place the injured woman in his automo
bile and hurry her to medical attendance.
But this young man gazed for one mo
ment on the result of his recklessness
and with blanched face turned and ran
for his machine and speeded away. He
Is now in hiding.
Wednesday had to have its quota of
accidents, for R. F. Bostick, a contrac
tor, left his buggy and horse standing
In the early morning hours at Twrenty
siT.th street, south, between Tenth and
Kleventh avenues and W. R. Lawrson,
•ged 22, a mechanic, coming down the
•teep hill toward the city without lights
at great speed, crashed into the buggy,
smashing it up as well as his motorcycle.
Mr. Dawson is at present in St. Vincent’s
hospital, suffering from a fractured
In the afternoon of the same day, for
a bit of variety, a man named J. Hanna
had his horse run away with him on the
other side of Red mountain, which re
sulted in his being taken to the South
Highland infirmary, where he is still a
boarder. ITis injuries are mostly on his
bead, which was badly bruised.
Thursday night the automobile of Dr
Use Extra License Money
to Put on Larger Motor
cycle Police Squad
in the City
"There is no doubt but what some
thing will have to be done about this
automobile speeding," said President
W. P. G. Harding of the Chamber of
Commerce, when asked for an opinion.
"It is actually dangerous to cross the
streets in some of the residence dis
tricts. The only practical solution that
I see is to maintain a large enough mo*
torcycle squad of police to keep a con
stant watch.
"I should think it would be a good
idea to raise the license for automo
biles and then when the next legislature
meets have the law changed so that the
city would get a larger per cent of it,
the city to take this extra money an^
use it toward employing a larger mo
torcycle squad. Of course the speeders
operate almost exclusively outside of
the business district where there are
few policemen and the only way to
handle them that I can see is a large
and efficient motorcycle squad.
"The next step is then to give them
such fines when they are arrested that
they will feel it. If necessary, I should
think the law should be amended so as
to allow the recorder to assess bigger
fines. The majority of automobile
speeders are wealthy. Of course there
are many who are not, but I say the
most of them are. Now a man with a
lot of money don't care if his chauffeur
is arrested for speeding and he is
fined $10 or $15. The law should be
so that a man like/his would have to
pay large enough fine to make him
wince and after that he would be care
From Judge.
“Ah!” says the visitors in the college
town, noticing the long file of young men
parading about the campus. “Some raw
“Yea and no,” explained .the resident.
“They’re what you might call rah-rah re
and Mrs. S. F. Nash struck a telephone
pole near Bessemer. The automobile was
badly smashed up, and both Dr. and Mrs.
Nash were seriously bruised in the acci
Crash on Pinson Road
In the earl} hours of Friday morning,
Samuel DeBardeleben was with a party
of friends on Mt. Pinson road. In going
around a slight curve the car left the
road and rolled over twice, crashing
through a barbed wire fence. The auto
mobile was completely wrecked, DeBarde
Jeben was badly injured and his four com
panions suffered slight injuries.
Eater in the same morning Will Hamil
ton and Defoe Davis, a negro, crashed
into each with their motorcycles at Ave
nue F and Nineteenth street. Both were
removed to the Hillman hospital, where
it is said they wdll recover.
And again an hour or so later the auto
mobile driven by Dr. A. F. Toole of Alta
mont road collided with the automobile
of Mrs. S. D. Weakley at Whitaker street
and Highland avenue. Miss Margaret
Storey and Barclay Storey of Anniston,
who were riding in Dr. Toole's automo
bile, were thrown violently to the ground
by the collision and Miss Storey is still
in St. Vincent’s hospital in a precarious
condition, due to internal injury in her
In the afternoon another hoice accident
was reported, the second during the week,
Mrs. Leona Freeman of 1404 Eleventh ave
nue, north, was very severely injured
when the horse she was driving became
frightened at a street car, and bolting,
threw Mrs. Freeman to the road, where
she was picked up unconscious. The crew
of the street car which frightened thi
horse did not stop, and the unconscious
Mrs. Freeman was picked up by a negro
in a buggy and taken to Warner <Si
Smiley’s, where she was placed in an am
bulance and taken home.
Yesterday afternoon at about 3 o’clock
to make certain that Saturday would not
pass off without someone being injured
W. H. Freeman, a negro, ran his motor
cycle over O. V. Whitehead of 7420 Firsi
avenue, at Fourth avenue and Nineteenti
street. The accident injured both th(
negro and Whitehead, but neither wai
taken to the hospital.
Here Are the Things the
Acme Washes Well
For Shirts, collars, cuffs, underwear,
Men socks, ties, linen suits, Palm Beach
For Dresses, shirtwaists, lingerie, hose,
Women laces, collars, corsets, flannels, Ital
ian silk underwear.
For Stockings, dresses, rompers, under
Children wear, suits.
For the Sheets, towels, counterpanes, nap
House kins, table cloths, pillow cases,
bolster eases, rag rugs, curtains,
blankets, scarfs, dressers covers,
laundry bags.
Oil The Wagon Comes Oil
Suggested by Birmingham’s Amazing Record of Week
Walter Moore said: “I think the reck
less driving In Birmingham and its sub
urbs Is the most inexcusable violation of
law and rights that I can Imagine.
“If all the people of this city felt as I
do about these Joy parties, we would es
tablish a shotgun method of protection.
I have no criticism of joy riders them
selves, as that is a personal right, and I
am opposed to robbing anyone of rights,
yet the pedestrians of this community
have rights also, and I am against such
recklessness as I witness every day.
"I believe the commission by its alleged
economies and Its Inefficient manage
ment of our affairs is partly responsible
for the disregard of law and order in this
community. Someone must wave the red
flag and save the pedestrians, as we have
no officers who will perform that serv
"The nights are turned Into day out our
way by joy parties,” said John L. Parker,
who has a summer home on Mount Pin
son road. “I am somewhat removed from
the speedway, but I have long felt that
the sheriff should establish a protector
ate over that speedway. The accidents
that have happened are slight compared
to those which will take place unless
something is done. I am living In the
hopes that good sense will _revail and
machine owners will take care of them
J. II. Holcombe, who Is connected with
the E. E. Forbes Piano company and an
owner of an automobile, said that lie
has often seen taxicabs hurrying across
street intersections at a high rate of
speed while other machines are driven
l>ast the traffic, officers at low speed.
“Either there 1b some discrimination or
the law is not equitable.’’ Mr. Holcombe
said. "The law should be enforced to
the letter and every automobile owner
should be made to comply with It. Ac
cidents undoubtedly are deu to careless
cidents undoubtedly are due to careless
l enjoy driving my own car, 1 think too
much of my.own life and those of others
to drive at high speed.”
Mr. Holcombe also declared that he
thought the open mufflers are a nuisance.
Harry Hillhouse of Ensley: "If ever;;
owner of an automobile were put under
bond to obey the law and if found guilty
of violating the law' the bond forfeited
there would be less speeding, in my opin
“It seems to be a general proposition
that every one owning a high speed car
will at some time or other ‘try it out’ and
test its speed. In addition to the bond
being forfeited, the license could be taken
away and the owner refused another one
for a period of say from two to five
‘‘The speeders have taken full posses
sion of the highways and by-ways and
one sees violations of the law every day
which are very dangerous to the travel
ing public. The above is merely a sug
gestion, but it seems to me that it might
be worked out into a feasibl^and practi
cal plan." #
Chappell Cory: ‘‘The driving of auto
mobiles outside the city limits after dark
ought to be prohibited. It is impossible
for any one to drive a horse along any
of the roads leading into the city when
darkness has set in, for the bright and
glaring headlights are more than the
average horse can stand.
"Then again the automobilists show ab
solutely no regard for the drivers of horse
vehicles, neither as to observing the rules
of the road or of the rate of speed allowed
by law. I want to say further that It
is not always the ‘Joy rider’ that is guilty
of these practices, nor the negro chauf
feurs, but In a large number of cases
that have come to my notice it is the
owners themselves."
J. Kirk Moore: “My idea to stop the
speeding nuisance is to Increase the fine.*
and penalties imposed, and in the event
of an appeal have these cases referred tc
a special attorney, who will he prepared
to fight the case when called in the
higher court.
"The trouble heretofore has been that
an appeal would generally mean the
wearing out of the case in court or a
dismissal for want of prosecution.
‘T, feel sure that if these cases were
taken in hand by a special attorney who
would gather all the facts at the first
trial and then present them at the hear
ing before the higher courts there would
be more convictions for this offense and
a corresponding decrease in the number of
speed violators. If the city is not finan
cially able to hire an attorney for this
purpose I believe there are numbers of
lawyers who would volunteer their serv
ices for this purpose."
Judge H. B. Abernethy: "The way to
stop speeding Is to impose a Jail or hard
labor sentence. It has been proven that
the imposition of a fine does not even
diminish the evil.
"I believe that for the first offense,
a fine should be imposed, but for the
second offense the violators should be
"By the time you have put a few own
ers of automobiles on the county roads
for this offense there would <be but lit
tle speeding. It is not always the negro
chauffeurs who violate the law; the
white chauffeurs and owners are equally
guilty and should be punished accordingly.
"I am also of the opinion that the fact
that the owners of the cars generally
have an insurance policy to protect them
in case of accident either to the car or
the public tends to make them reckless
and would suggest the cancellation of
the insurance policy in the event of a
conviction for speeding."
"Automobile owmers more than any
one else are deeply interested in discour
aging fast driving,” says Walter B.
Fowlkes. "The property and lives of the
occupants of automobiles are both details
that should be taken Into consideration.
T find the greatest enjoyment and com
fort in driving my car about 20 miles or
a little more per hour. Faster than this
is likely to rob a motor trip of its greatest
(Continued From Page Four)
spare them at any sacrifice if they only
‘ And because during those years I hap
pened to be striving after the intellectual
life, there Is no kind of deprivation which
now seems to me more pitiful than the
denial or stinting of the means of culture
to ardent childhood and youth. Many
times when in New England I have seen
young people surrounded In their homes
with every device to draw them toward
the best that has been thought and said
and done in the world—when I have seen
the avenues to knowledge mau* free even
to the children of the poor—I have fairly
ached with the remembrance of the nar
row and straightening conditions under
which not I only, but countless other
children of the impoverished south had to
make our light tor culture and its fruits.
Now that the south is no longer impov
erished surely we will do what we can to
spare the next generation that experience.
Such things as the true university and
the gallery which shall contain great
works of art, may still be, for obvious
reasons, beyond our reach. It is time,
however, to begin the struggle even for
these; and good public libraries of a range
and capacity to match the 3ize of our va
rious urban centers, are, if we desire them
sufflicently, already and almost immedi
ately attainable.
Personal Sense of Grievance
9 “Manhood had brought me an equally
personal sense of grievance. Drawn to
the study and writing of history as my
chief occupation, it is hardly too much to
say that I have found myself, for that
reason, practically exiled from the region
of my birth. It is within bounds. I think
even to add that the fact of my devotion
in a large measure to southern history,
did not alter the case. To study the
south’s own past, I for one—of course I
cannot pretend to speak for all workers
in this field—have found it advisable to
live in the north. The south does not con- i
■ tain, the collections of books and manu
script! which the scholar must have in or
der to study to the best advantage her
own history and institutions. That good
work in this kind has in fact been done
by professors in southern colleges, and
by others whose homes have been in the
south, is creditable rather to the men
themselves than the communities in
which they have lived. Of course I do
not_ ignore the help It is in studying
southern life, merely to have lived it; but
I have in mind only students who, like
myself, begin with that advantage. Many
of these will, I feel sure, agree with me
that for the best use of printed and writ
ten material, and for the best atmosphere
to work in, it is necessary to go to one
of three or four centers of intellectual life
outside of the south’s proper boundaries.
Do Not Buy Books
“So long as this is so. how idle it Is to
complain—as we so often do, justly or
unjustly—thht southern children are
forced to learn history In books written
with a northern bias, or, at least; from a
northern point of view! Nor is this the
entire weakness of our position in this
matter. It is necessary to take account
of another fact, once gruffly brought to
my attention by a well known editor and
publisher—himself, by the way, a south
erner—when he broke'out, apropos of my
suggestion that a certain book might be
popular in the south: “Oh! They don’t
buy books down there.” Recently at Rich
mond, before an immense assemblage, a
costly monument to Jefferson Davis was
unveiled. Not that only, but for years,
the late president of the confederacy has
been regarded by great numbers of the
southern people as in a peculiar sense the
south’s hero and martyr. Yet I have it
on good authority that nls own history and
defense of the confederacy, which was
naturally expected to sell well at the
south, sold so ill there, in fact, that the
publishers lost money by the book.
“But l am breaking my promise to be
personal and brief. I could not, I fear,
be brief, but I could I think continue to
be personal—so intense has always been
my concern about distinctly southern
questions—if I should go on and try to
show the. bearing of this movement for
libraries on the greatest and most per
plexing of all the problems with which
we have to deal. Let me at least, howt
ever, make the broad suggestion that in
transmitting that problem to the next
generation! we should do wh&t we can to
make sure that we are leaving It In the
hands of cultivated men and women; thal
every step to be taketa in the cominf
years shall be sanctioned yy a reasonable
thing is not that "steps shall be taken,’
or laws passed, or any other formal anc
high sounding thing done, one way rath
er than another. The supremely deslrabU
thing is that in all the countless, constant
silent changes through which southerr
civilization is passing, and must pass ir
future, there shall prevail, more anc
more, the gentle spirit and the steadfas
purpose which are the sure and nobli
fruits of the tree we plant whenever w<
build a library.
Matter of Lively Interest
"The present state and the lmmedlati
future of southern civilization, now tha
prosperity has come at last, must be t
matter of lively interest to every lntelll
gent American. Interest is too faint i
word for the concern we feel who througl
the long winter of discontent hav<
watched so eagerly, sometimes so wel
night hopelessly, for better days. We die
not altogether fail, I trust, to find thi
sweeter uses of that adversity. L%t us no
fall to find likewise some noble uses o
this fresh prosperity. “We” and "us”—
Insist upon that phrasing—and as person
ally as I began. For not one, I am sure
of the small band of exiles whose causi
I have just ventured to plead will consen
that "exile" shall mean, In the sllghtes
degree, "alien." Least of all wduld such r
one consent to that Interpretation of hli
life, If. after years of absence, after year;
of resolutely candid criticism—even per
haps now and then of positively hectorlnf
criticism—of Ills own people, he should
find himself thrown back, broken and 111
to seek among tieem. In his ow*i land, res!
and strength and'healing; for, whether 01
not he shall find these, he will surely fine
there that which will renew his loyaltj
to a civilization which for simple humar
kindliness has hardly Its fellow In the
"Wiyt gratitude for the service whlct
your committee, in that quiet patriotism
which In the l.ong run proves Itself sc
much the wisest, Is trying to render tc
that civilization, I am, my dear sir, youii
very truly.
"Mr. Alexander T. London, Birmingham,
X — .i ,3f.,v - rT
Lane Says Motorcycle
Will Enable City To
Control The Speeders
Should Ask for Commissions
as Officers Because Regu
lar Police Cannot Cover
so Much Territory
"There Is no cause for so many avoid
able accidents in which so many per
sons have been seriously injured dur
ing the past week,” said F. M. Jackson,
president of the Jefferson County Build
ing and Loan association and a pri
vate citizen, recently appointed special
officer by Commissioner Lane to arrest
"It is deplorable and distressing to
think that owners of automobiles and
their chauffeurs drive their machines
through the streets at a rate of speed
muoh higher than that fixed by the law.
1 can only say that It is recklessness
on the p'art of the drivers.
"In my opinion the only way to stop
fast driving is for the citizens to take
an active interest in the situation, if
25 or 30 citizens would request Com
missioner Lane to appoint them spe
cial officers for the purpose of catch
ing violators of the speed ordinances
the speed craze would soon be a thing
of the past or it would at least be
"Birmingham has not enough police
to watch the many automobiles run
ning in all directions of the city at ail
hours of the day and night. Therefore
l think it is fhe duty of private cit
izens to take the matter into their own
"On numerous occasions I have at
tempted to catch drivers of automobiles
who were running their cars at be*
tween 40 and 55 miles an hour. In al*
most every instance I have never been
able to get a glimpse of the number
of the car. so fast was tlie machine go*
"Automobiles are like wagons. They
can be controlled if the proper persons
are handling them. The accident to
Mrs. Dozier would never had hap
pened if the driver of ’the machine
which struck her had been careful.
"It will take more than the regulai
police .department to execute tlie speed
and muffler law and if the citizens real
ize that it Is their duty to their com
munity to assist the law, owners an.i
drivers of machines driving cars with
mufflers open at a high rate of speed
within the city limits will soon feel the
penalty of their disobedience."
Decrease of Tourist Trade in Turkey
Constantinople. August 23.—(Special.!
The various tourist agencies at Constanti
nople report that the tourist travel during
the year 1912 was only about one-half fit
the usual number, owing to the war and
quarantine. The present year has been
even worse, the number of travelers not.
amounting to 10 per cent of the normal
annual traffic.
As a result local curio and souvenir
merchants and guides are in a very had
way financially. In Palestine and Syria,
the falling off In this Important traffic
was not quite so great, as those regions
were less exposed to the Italian and Bal
kan wars.
Nothing Doing
kh-om the Chicago Daily News.
"Why are you rushing around so to
‘Tm trying to get something for my
"Had any offers?"
Conditions Have Been an
Outrage and Two Extra
Men Have Been Put
on Duty
Downtown Speeding Never Serious,
But Throttles Are Opened Up in
Outskirts Where Officers Are
“Few and Far Between”
"I think that the city is securing a
strangle hold on the automobile speeders
and that it will be but a few more weeks
until accidents and collisions will become
very scarce," said City Commissioner A.
O. I-ane, in charge of the police depart
ment, yesterday, ^when asked Ids opinion
about the automobile speeders and the
many accidents which have been occur
ring in the city within the last few
"We have added two extra motorcycle^
officers to the speeders’ squad Just this
week, making six officers on the squad
now. If you will investigate the records
at the police department you will find that,
the number of accidents lias been steadily
decreasing, especially so since the new
traffic laws went into effect. If we see
(hat it is necessary, we will add still
more motorcycle policemen to the speed
er's squad, but I believe that the pres
ent force will soon practically stamp out
the evil.
Condition Has Been Outrageous
"There is no doubt that the condition
of affairs in the past been an outrage.
Conditions have been awfully bad, and
I know it Just as well and probably bet
ter than anybody else in town, unless it
should be Chief Bodeker. For the life
of me I can't see why a man wants to
run so fast. I should think he would bo
afraid for liimself, if not for anybody
else. But the fact remains that they have
been doing it and it has been causing the
police department more trouble than any
other one thing.
"it Is so troublesome because it’s hard
to make ail arrest. There isn’t any
speeding here in the downtown district.
A man waits until ho gets out in the
suburbs or the residence district, and
then he opens up. Now. we can’t keep a
policeman on every block in t lie city.
Besides, all ordinary policeman might is
well have his hands bound as attempt to*
arrest an automobile driver going past
him at the rate of 40 or fiO miles ail hour.
They even go so fast many times that
the officer can’t read their numbers. i
Motorcycle Policemen the Solution
“The only practical solution we have
%ound Is the motorcycle policeman. He'
can take after the speeder and either
overhaul him and stop him or at least get
close enough to get his number and we
arrest him later. With these six men at
tending to this offense alone, there will
he many arrests or less speeding from
now on. And we have given instructions
to the recorder’s court to use no leniency
in assessing fines, not that we mean to
dictate justice, but we want speeders to
understand that when they get into court
they are going to be tined enough to
make them feel it.”
t New York, August W.—All busl- t
• ness exchanges except the Produce ♦
$ exchange are closed today. $
♦ . ♦
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Re-Opened and
Ready to Serve You
The work of redecorating our
Dining Room and remodeling our
Kitchen has been completed and
we are now better than ever pre
pared to give you the service that |
has made the Hooper Cafe fa
* G
The public is invited to come
and see the handsomest and most
1 ■*
; inviting Dining Rooms in the city
: and inspect one of the most sani
• tary and perfectly equipped
Kitchens in the entire south.
The Hooper has long been the
ladies’ favorite Cafe.
Hooper Cafe
312-314 N. 20th St
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