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Five Have Narrow Escape
on Coosa at Gadsden
Petitions Will Be Forwarded to O'Neal
* Seeking to Have Cherokee Court
house Removed From Centre
to Cedar Bluff
Gadsden, September 1.—(Special.)
Lawrence Smith, Howard Ralls, Waver
ly Smith, Guerin DuBose and Don
Smith, prominent Gadsden met*, jumped
from a burning motorboata into the
Coosa river last night after an inef
fectual effort to subdue the flames.
They then fought their way to the
shore. They were returning to Gads
den when the gasoline took fire. The
boat is almost a total loss.
* With E. T. Schuler as foreman, the
’"grand jury was organized this morn
ing. Judge J. A. Billbro’s charge was
brief, calling upon the jury to investi
gate only the most important cases,
after which a recess may be taken un
til October 1. Witnesses In connection
with the assault upon Nettie Waldrop
by Dave Tarvin were at the courthouse
and it is. believed that Tarvin will ba
indicted without delay.
Petitions bearing hundreds of names
probably will be forwarded *o Gov
ernor O'Neal within the next few weeks
asking for the removal of che Cher
okee county courthouse from Center to
Cedar Bluff.
Deeds! for 253 acres of land on the
crest of Lookout mountain, and known
as Bellevue Heights, were filed tor rec
ord in the office of the probate judge
today. The Coosa Land company has
deeded the property to Loui Hart for
) the Bellevue Highlands company for
w. F. White has returned to Gads^
den after having completed a six years’
term of enlistment in tlie United States
army. He ^Vas stationed at Texas City,
• near Houston. He says there is much
talk of war on the border and that
conditions are such as to make a fair
election in Mexico almost impossible.
R. O. Stephens, for two years man
, Rare of th^ Western Union Telegraph
company at Dothan, has come to Gads
den to succeed it Barrett as manager
of the local branch.
An automobile driven by Harvey El
liott, who was accompanied by Dwight
Huston and Otto Arglcola, Jr.. collided
with a calf at Alabama City Saturday
night. The calf was killed and the ma
chine damaged.
The Etowah Realty company today
took over the insurance business of \V.
P. Lay & Co. Capf. TV. P. Lay and Earl
Lay will devote their time to the Prov<
ldent insuiance company.
M uullnuril from Page Three)
"I answer that our Judiciary lias felt
tile thriving Impulse of legislative munifi
cence by being Overstocked with jobs for
*• office-holding lawyers, in times not very
, remote from us. our Judiciary was com
pered of a supreme court with five jus
tices whose aggregate salaries footed a
total of $15,000; our judicial circuits num
bered nine, and the total salaries paid
our circuit judges was $18,000. Our chan
_.leery divisions were five In number and
the combined salaries of our chancellors
were $10,000. !.aV and equity courts were
comparatively unknown, except In the
larger counties where the volume of lit
igation made them necessities rather than
I sinecures. The total amount of revenue
yearly appropriate* for maintaining the
judicial branch of the state government
111 years preceding and up to the admin
istration of Governor Comer, aggregated
, *43,000. Let tis compare this record of
figures and amounts with those presented
under tills system as conducted today. \Vb
have a supreme court of seven justices
who annually draw from the state treas
ury in salaries (lie sum of $35,000. We
f boast an appellate court of three judges
Whose yearly r-alarles amount to $15,000
There are 17 circuit judges to whom
we pay every year $51,000. Five
chancellors annually draw a total
salary of $15,000, Nine law and equity
1 courts are sustained at a yearly salary
rest of $23,000. The total sum of main
taining our top-heavy Judiciary system of
today reaches the figure of, $149,000. There
Is n difference per annum, between what,
Is paid our judges today and what we
paid them a few years ago of $103,000.
comparison of Justice
"The question, fcllbw citizens, that in
terest* you In this matter, as tax payers
Is this: Does this difference express to
us n value received? Have we any su
preme court justices to grace our modern
bench who surpass in eminence as Jurists
such men of oast renown as Brickell
Stone, Somerville, Manning, and a host of
other Jurists whose opinions have given
the Alabama supreme court decisions a
reputation throughout the world? Have we
on oif circuit bench of today harder
worked or alder Judges than' Clayton,
Wiley, Cobbs, Kpeake and Carmichael? Do
any of our modern chancellors discount
In eminence, Juridical-Service to the state
such men as Austell, Cobb and Graham?
IT wo'could command the talent and abll-i
ities of such men as I have recalled, at
salaries that retained them in office
without bankruptcy to themselves and
without jeopardy to the credit of the
state. Is there any Justification, even in
the claim of the high cost of living, and
expanding developments of business in
our courts, for the abnormal difference
In salary cost for maintaining this great'
and necessary, branch of state economy?
My candidacy is a revolt against this
form of official extravagance. It Is jus
tified. neither on the grounds of inabil
ily to procure competent Judgee at lower
salaries, nor on over-worked judges nnd
over-crowded doegeta. In proof of this
latter I claim, I cite a recent report to
the Bar association of Alabama by Judge
Pelham of the appellate court, in which
It is charged that our 17 circuit court
judgee \»*>rk on an average of 104 days In
the year. Think of taxing the tolling
masses of Alaabma and exacting of them
their hard earned rash, for the purpose
„f putting a premium on official idle
About Educational System
• Nor does the money we fritter away
on useless Judges and surplus attorney
generals describe our only waste of the
people's revenue. The educational sys
tem of tlic state has been allowed under
the spur of legislative podlgallty to be
come a needless financial burden. God
forbid that I could even remotely be sus
pected of minimizing the means -of popu
Hubbard Bros. & Co.
rotton Merchants, Hanover Square, W.
V. Members NSW York Cotton Ex
change. New Orleans Cotton Exchange,
New York Produce Exchange. Asso
ciate Members Liverpool Cotton Asso
ciation. Orders solicited for the pur
chase and sale of Cotton and Cotton
Seed Oil for future delivery. Bpeclat
attention and liberal terms given for
consignments of spot cotton for de
livery. Correspondence Invited.
lar education. I yield to no man on the
score of zeal and devotion to our com
mon schools. The hope or the people, of
the world IstHf, unalterably rests upon
Its free and liberal system of educational
training, and I would see our schools
properly brought within easy range of
access to every child in the state of Ala
bama But as crimes are often perpe
irated in the name of liberty, so are blun
ders committed under the pretense of
popular enlightenment. It is not in serv
ice of the real cause of the education of
the masses to make that need a false and
deceptive guise. Where, for instance, is
the justification for tolerating the exis
tence of nine normal schools in Alabama
| at the annual cost of $104,000 and special
appropriations of over $000,000 more, when
j less than half of these institutions at
probably one-fourth the cost would do as
well or even belter?
"I could go on enumerating things
upon which the tax money of the people
of Alabama is literally thrown away.
My candidacy in intent and purpose,
first of all, means the calling of a halt
to a practice which is Working not only
a grievous burden on the people, but
is operating to the ruin and credit of
this great state. With the proper re
trenchment in these unwarranted ex
penses; with a lopping and paring down
of a cumbersome office-holding system,
there will be less necessity for gov
ernors’ annual trips to New York iti
the role of supplicants to eastern state
bond holders, and less occasion to sur
render state dignity dn a periodic quest
for loans from banks in order to meet
tii© exigencies of a lean and depleted
treasury. It will be my first and chief
aim as governor, to save Alabama front
the begging role of a borrower and to
preserve her dignity against the need
that reduces her to the level of solicit
ing favors from her citizen subjects. I
have a laudable ambition to dose my
political life as governor of my native
state, and a still greater ambition fo
give our people a sane, economical and
business administration.
"It follows that with a wise expendi
ture of the state’s income, which is
growing yearly larger under the splen
did impulse of our material develop
ments, that the tax burden can be low- ,
ered without checking the march to,
prosperity that will make such Tin end i
not only a possibility, but a reality. As
governor, this aim would stimulate m**j
to accomplish this relief to the people !
as a thing that the progress of the
state's marvelous march to her great
ness hopefully warrants. As a means
to this end our tax law should hr radi
cally changed in the interest of lower
ing the tax rate whenever and wherever
possible, and t would heartily favor an
adjustment of taxation that will more
equally distribute the burden now dis
proportionately resting upon the shoul
ders of the people.
Regarding the veterans
"And in favoring lower taxes there
is nothing in such a policy to call for
a corresponding reduction in any of the
proper appropriations under which the
activities of the state are finding such
glorious forms of life. One of these
is the state s administration to the com
forts of the old soldier In his declining,
fast vanishing years. Being u confed
erate veteran myself, and sharing with
these old heroes the faith, the uevotion
to which had made them the object of
the state's liberal care, it would be
superfluous for me to dwell at any
length In explanation of how the sub
ject of favoring my old comrades would
appeal to me as governor of the state
they so gallantly defended. There is
no length to which 1 would not gladly
go to conform my love to them as
triends and comrades, to the highest
exercise of any executive function that
could make me a servant of their wel
fare and happiness.
"Immortal heroes of tlie tldn, gray line!
God bless and keep every gallant soul in
tile vanishing ranks! That line Is growing
thinner and diiflmer as the days go by
Statistics prove that a veteran of the
civil war dies every 14 minutes. At such
a ratio tile r'onfederate soldier will soon
be only a glorious name and an imper
ishable memory to posterity and to his
tory. Tills Is probably the last opportunity
when it will be possible to elect a Con
federate soldier governor of Alabama. As
a type of that soldiery and as one who
gave four years and a quarter of his life
and Service in contributing to the cause
to which its valor was consecrated. It
would lie to me the height and crown
of my life's ambition to know that 111
the verdict of this election that title Of
the last "Confederate soldier governor of
Alabama" had been coined and fashioned
I'm me. Fellow citizens, this distinction
does not appeal purely In the light of a
sentimental desire. 1 know from assur
ances that I have everywhere received
from my old comrades In arms, that the
high honor will not lack bestowal from
failure on their part to touch elbows and
measure steps in a common struggle and
united purpose in this campaign.
Great Agricultural Interests
"If I have some claim on the regard
of the Confederate soldiers of Alabama
in this campaign, T am proud to think
that they are not an exclusive class to
which this regard extends for special ef
fort and service rendered in a common
interest and cause. All of the years of
my life, except the four proud ones I
gttvq, to Alabama and the sooth under
the flag of secession, have been devoted
to the farm and farming interests. I, j
therefore, think I can becomingly refer I
to the special concern with which the |
state s relations to her agricultural In
terests would appeal to me as governor.
Without favoring one interest to another
in my executive policy this wonderful re- i
source to the state's greatness would nat
urally address itself as one for special In
terest and care. Alabama can and should
be III the Very front rank of agricul
tural states. If I am governor, as I ex
pect to be, the best effort of my life
will be put forth to make her such, and 1
my aim will be to feature my administra
tion by making it the greatest in the
history of the state in the upbuilding and
betterment of our agricultural interests.
The great Work of farm demonstration
how being carried on so successfully and
profitably to the farmers of the state
jointly by the United States government
and the state, r most heartily commend
and indorse. I think t can affirm with
out arrogance and with all due respect
for the solicitude manifested by Mr. Seed
for the farming masses and with proper
regard to Governor Comer’s reputed con
cern in the victimized, rate cursed buyer
and shipper of agricultural products, that
my long official connection with the farm
ers of Alabama qualifies me to know and
judge more of their real need, and to
serve demands that, our present agricul
tural conditions address, than any other
candidate in this race. My nomination
1 In the primaries will elevate into the gov
ernor's chair for the iirst. time since the
war an exponent of that portion of our
people who control the state’s greatest
resource of wealth, and a representative
of a class to whom Alabama more than
to all others combined, owes most that
is best and greatest in her history as a
Labor and Capital
“Being born and bred on the farm, and
devoting my life pursuits which tax the
energies and train the efforts of men in
the hard school of work, my sympa
thies are naturally with those who labor
and toll for their living. Any law
passed by the legislature In the real In
terest of labor and designed to make the
working man's lot an easier and better
one under the burdens that spring from
causes against which, In Individual ca
pacities, lie cannot cope, would meet my
cordial aid and sanction. I.abor and
capital today present the same problems
they have ever addressed for our reme
dial statesmenshlp, and there are laws
needed and redresses demanded to prop
erly harmonise their relations to the ends
Of mutual justice. These laws will be
Insisted on by me, and every preroga
tive belonging to me as governor would
be exercised In haring them enacted and
enforced. We Invite capital and Immi
gration to Alabama and would accept
them as allied conditions to further our
already expending material develop
ments, but while It Is true we would
heed the virtuous, Industrious home
seeking stranger and the money he
brings to dignity his place as a citizen,
X would favor an Intelligent discrimina
tion in the importation of those who
come home-seekbig among us, to tiie end
of excluding the ‘undesirables’ in the re-]
jccted, cast-off citltenshlp of other states
and countries. Along with the advance
ment of our material prosperity it should
be our policy to preserve the integrity
and purity of that citizenship that makes
the south the repository of the seed of
that genuine American stock to which
our country owes all that is good and
great in state ami national history.
Alabama and the Railroads
"Governor Comer has pre-empted the
railroads as an over-shadowing issue in
this fight. T do not so regard it. nor
ii f *or one moment believe that the
thinking conservative voters of Alabama
so regard it. In saying this I do not
contend that solemn serious question is
not presented in the proper relation of
these corporations to the people of Ala
bama. No sane man would so contend.
That, question is gradually righting itself
under the impulse of unprejudiced feel
ing, and broad, patriotic desire to have
the state and these her grand servants to
dwell together in unity. Governor Comer
W'ould wilfully disturb this peace and set
the people and the railroads at strife for
a purpose too apparent to be mentioned.
It is a sad penalty that we are called
upon to pay in order to make Mr.' Comer
governor again. My position toward the
railroads is well known. My policy re
garding them, if elected, will be based
on ideas of the state’s right to regulate
these corporations within the limit of
mutual justice and fairness. There should
be no conflict between the common
wealth and these great instruments of
her development. There ought to be per
petual peace between the people and the
railroads, and there would be if ques
tions of a frictional nature were tried
and arranged in our state's court. Every
state in this union 10 years old has its
own laws to regulate railroads.
“There is a constant flow of railroad
litigation through the state and federal
courts. All signs go to prove that the
matter of railroad regulation commands
the universal care and thought of the
masses. Taking the great engineer and
builder, the late John T. Milner, for au
thority, every dollar of the stock of rail
roads in Alabama was owned in Alabama
until after the war. Now practically all
of the stock of the railroad trunks is
owned outside this state, held outside for
purpose of investment by the wealthy and
for speculation on the exchange. The
owners of the roads have never seen Ala
bama, never will see and feel no concern
about us here except that they may draw
dividends from our business enterprises.
Meantime we keep up the government
that ecu res safety to the property of
these persons who own the roads. Their
employes live the same as all otler
classes. The public and the militia arc
subject to their services at city and sfatc
expense every hour in the day. The mil
lions of railroad property tracks, build
ings. bridges, etc., are protected by our
state laws and by no other law’s so effec
“We confront a great problem. The
railroads are here to stay. The state leg
islature. the state executive and judiciary
must regulate all descriptions of enter
prises and investments of capital within
our limits, the great and the small, but
railroad property stands foremost among
all in importance of use and in corre
sponding necessity of state regulation,
and if I am governor I will insist upon
such a regulation.
State Convict Question
“Things have recently arisen to make
our convict system a matter of public
concern. The question of materially re
vising uhd amending our present convict
laws ia a generally admitted fact rather
than an issue. No one will seriously deny
that the system appeals for radical
changes to the end of correcting the
abuses that an administration of the pres
ent laws has revealed, i am an earnest
advocate of these changes, and as gover
nor the legislature would find in me an
ardent and sympathetic co-laborer in the
undertaking of revolutionizing our pres
ent inadequate and imperfect convict
laws. The matter of dealing with a ques
tion so vital in its nature and so func
tional in its bearings to society, is not
one, I conceive, not to be properly deter
mined short of the combined wisdom of
those who are elected to make our laws,
and It is to that wisdom represented in
the legislature that T would trust to sus
tain my own conceptions of what is right
and needful In so solemn a line of execu
tive duty. 1 would heartily favor taking
the convicts out of the mines as soon as
practical and expedient, and putting them
to work on the public highways.
Alabama and rorhibition
‘‘Mr. Seed features prohibition in this
campaign as a thing for adoption to com
bat th<‘ liquor evil. Governor Comer is
generally suspected of sharing: this view.
Prohibition is, therefore, again before
you as a question to be settled. It al
ready prevails in every county in the
state except in a few centers, and the
proposition is, whether or not the real
cause of temperance will be best served
by excepting these exempted localities
from the provisions of the present law.
There is not a candidate in this race who
Is not at heart an advocate for the thing
at which prohibition in theory aims, and
there is absolutely no difference or issue
between them except as to the means to
be employed in properly serving this
form of public virtue and civic right
eousness. As Grover Cleveland remarked
of another great problem. It may be said
of prohibition that it is ‘a condition and
not a theory that confronts us.’ " We
have got to take man’s failings, and
man’s passions, and appetites, and deal
with them either as subjects of mastery
or of restraint. Whenever it Is impossi
ble to master them, it Is the part of duty
and requirement to restrain them, as the
best and highest efforts at service that
men in their fallible capacities can make.
T maintain that the past has demon
strated the utter futility of subjugating
the propensity of man to drink whisky to
excess by proscribing his right to do so
in statutory laws. If state-wide prohi
bition in Alabama had proven really ef
fective as a solvent of the whisky evil,
it would, in my judgment, never have
been repealed. We aer now grappling
with this evil under a prohibition law
modified by conditions which have ex
empted a portion of the cities of the
state from application to its terms. These
conditions have been brought about by a
statute passed by the last legislature,
which delegates to the people themselves
the right to determine their wants in
respect to this question. If this law fails
in its terms and purpose, It will be re
pealed. and prohibition or some other
system of remedial force will be sub
stituted. As governor, I will bo sympa
thetic with any measure of this nature
that the legislature in its wisdom would
enact, the end in view' being to give the
people means of their own choosing to
serve their conception of need. Local
option with the county as a unit, is my
proposal of a solvent to settle this se
rious problem. If the legislature should
offer for my signature a measure more
practical, or better designed for the sup
pression of a great eyll I would, as in
duty bound, approve It as a registered
wish of a majority of the people of Ala
bama. whose will at all times should be
accepted as the measure of absolute
Claims Unavenged Injustice
‘‘Fellow citizens, the length of my re
marks reminds mo that I am In danger
of abusing your patience, If Indeed I have
not already been guilty of tjuit offense.
It Is difficult to sufa up the vital things
Involved In this campaign within limits
that would define a much briefer space
of time, and yet I find that I must ex
tend these limits to include a final word,
that refers less to a political Issue than
to a matter of moral principle. It in
volves the question of retributive Justice
and brings us upon lines of conscience,
the perpetration of a great wrong of
which I am the victim and of which a
dark, sad page in the political annals of
Alabama tell.
"In recalling this double episode of
unavenged injustice to me, I am hot ac
tuated by design of reviving past ani
mosities nor to awaken bitter memories.
Neither is it my purpose to pipe a dirge
of regfet to stir your hearts Ih sympa
thy and pity, nor to raise my voice in
walls of martyrdom. Indeed I should not
recall the Incident at all, If It did not
loom up In our public history as ah
event, fortified hy facts that few men
deny, which rivet a claim of right and
justice to me as a candidate in this cam*
I ' '
paisa. I need scarcely to say to you J
that In these terms I am referring to ;
the conspiracies in the years of 1890 and
1895. in tvlfleh my title to the office [
now seek was confiscated by the then
leaders of the democratic party. You
shall not accept this rough conclusion of
a fact as a mere matter of opinion from
me, and for fear that os an interested
party my charge may seem to rest upon ;
an unsupported personal conviction, bor- j
rowing its claim from chagrin au«l de
feat. I shall permit no less a disinter- j
ested party and distinguished a witness
than the Hon. Braxton Bragg Tomer to
testify in my behalf. And 1 must sa\
in advance that never was a mournful
truth more luminously told, than in this
forceful diction and powerful eloquence
of tiie ex-governor, on this occasion of
his rcpentence and confession, to a fraud
to which Governor Comer himself is a
guilty party.
Testimony of Comer
“Listen at his overpowering statement
of my case:
“In 1890 when a candidate for governor
before the democratic convention Thomas
G. Jdnes went in with a trifling follow
ing. Captain Kolb had the majority of
that convention, but through machine
politics was manipulated out of it, aim
Jones put in. with the same methods that .
were used in the Hayefl-Tllden contest, .
only In Alabama counties were used, aim (
in the other states. In the election m
18892 Judge Jones was the only man in
Alabama who does not kttOW that Ko - ;
beat him by the largest majority evei i
given any governor in this state. The
grandfather clause was not in it, negroes
dead or alive, at the polls or away, wer.
counted. The black belt witnessed a !
Saturnalia of fictitious And factidous I
votes; there was a tragedy in our body
politics, and the wounds have not yet ,
healed.’ ,
“Fellow citizens, I am calling* upon
you not to allow* Governor Comer's ter
rible Indictment of the authors of a stu- 1
pendous political crime to which he was
a party to be written Into the pages ot
Alabama history without that atonement .
expressed in the bestowal of a title that
is in your power to confer. The stifled
voice of the majority of the people ol
Alabama cries across the gulf of 20 year,
against it. The Integrity and purity of .
our elective franchise, through which the
guarantees of our social fabric are pre
served, and on which the honor of Ala
bama as a commonwealth depends, re
bukes it. The interest of public virtue,
and the cause of political morality, con
spire to condemn it. And above all, a rev
eranee for the ideals around which clus
ter our legacies of the past our hopes for
the future, as a state and people, pro
scribes and forbids it,
“My candidacy tlien. fellow citizens, by
virtue of the claim forged in what Gov
ernor Tomer has denounced as “a trag
edy in our body politics’’ appeals as
something more than an aspiration for
the honor to be made governor of Ala
bama. it demands in the name of de
layed justice and an untainted democracy
tiie confirmation of a title to that honor
that has already been twice ordained in
the people's will, and suspended in the 1
commission of a political crime. It is for
the restitution of a witholden gift, fash
ioned in the choice at the people of Ala
bama through their ballots as free men, ;
that I am contending. It la for atone
ment of an acknowledged and unjustifia
ble w rong of which I am the victim that
I am asking. It is for a correction of
Alabama history in the interest of honor,
truth and decency that I a.n seeking.
His Supporter Now
“Are there those in the democratic
party to upbraid this protest against the
Wrong* that throbs in wounds Which Gov
ernor Cottier declares ‘I have not yet
healed?’ Are there those who see In the
scars it has inflicted no cause for «•
dress and restitution? i thank God he
has spared me to a time when thousands,
who knowingly, or unknowingly, shared
in the injustice that clouds my title to
the governorship of this state, are among
my strongest defenders to regain it. I
thank God that after a lapse of 20 years
the innate sense of right and justice
which controls the consciences of high
minded men, is finding triumphant ex
pressions in the loyalty of old political
foes, and that among the voting ranks
that are battling under my standard in
this contest, none are more faithful or
true than they. To me this addresses
the proudest reflection that can aimate
me as a candidate or solace me as a
man. It has obliterated from my heart
every trace of bitterness that- the treat
ment of former years may have driven
into my soul, and as I look back through
the vista of those dark, unhappy times,
that unfold this ‘tragedy on our body
politic’ I can truthfully declare in re
spect to the wounds that tragedy in
flicted, that ‘1 forget that l remember
and remember that I forget.’ In the joy
of that forgetfulness I can dismiss tills
episode as a standard by which to be
recalled and remembered in the public
annals of my native state. 1 have no
aspiration nor wish to be canonized as
a political martyr. Rather I would have
as a reward for whatever I may have
earned on the score of service in war
and in peace to the people of Alabama,
the boon that I am now seeking at their
hands as a finishing crown to an ambi
tion that is addressing its last appeal for
the realization of a beautiful life dream.’’
Largest Attendance in History of the
Institution—Crusade Against
Rats Begun
Huntsville, September 1.—(Special.)—The
Huntsville grammar school opened today
with what Is believed to be the largest
attendance in its history. Students were
assigned to their class rooms immediately
and the school will be thoroughly organ
ized during the week. Formal opening
with exercises will be held next Monday.
The Civic league has started a cam
paign of education preliminary to an ac
tive crusade for the elimination of the
rats. Rats in unusual numbers have
been noticed here during the last few
weeks, due to the tearing down of the
courthouse and othef old buildings, where
many of the little pests made their
, From among about 30 applicants for
both positions, the county commissioners
today selected three candidates for buyer
and three for dispenser at the Huntsville
dispensary, to succeed the present incum
bents, James L. Overton and Shop Allen,
whose terms expire this month. The law
provides that the city commissioners shall
select one man for each place from
among the three nominations of the
county commissioners.
The first of a series of ‘ trade talks"
by well known merchants will be made
before the Ad club today. M. A. Maytt
of the firm of Fowlkes A Myatt will
deliver an address on "Modern Grocery
Ism.” Ho will tell something of the
workings of a big grocery and some
modern selling methods used by pro
gressive grocers will be outlined.
At the suggestion of President Spar
row the secretary of the club ha?; mailed
Invitations to a number of grocerymen
to be present and It is expected that
a large number will accept. The lunch
eon will be at the Empire hotel.
Negro Killed in Dallas
Selina, September 1.—(Special.)—Jim
Phillips, a negr.o. was shot and instant
ly killed near Beloit in the western
part of the county late Sunday after
noon by Andrew Johnson, another ne
gro. The shooting was the rfsuft of
a quarrel. After the shooting John
son went to Hafcen, several mites away,
ahd bought ti supply of shells and re
turned to the scene of the tragedy.
The negro was arrested this morning
by Sheriff Randall and Deputy Sheriff
Gaddy aiid brought to Selma and placed
In the Dallas county JaiL
iVarrior Ready for All Year
Navigation by Christmas
.abor Day (Jnietly Observed in Tus
caloosa—Oliver Delivers Address
in Lamar—Seed and Bank
head at Reform
Tuscaloosa. September 1.—(Special.) j
olm If. Bernhard, vice president and
rciiera! manager of the Alabama-Netv :
)rleans Transportation company which
v ill operate barges on the Warrior river
t an early date was in Tuscaloosa Sat
urday on business connected with t'lie
>arge line. While here Mr. Bernhard I
uadi* an inspection of the new coaling
tatlon and tipples which his company j
■as just completed here at a cost of $110,
00. lie announced that a regular sche-j
>ule would be begun by the barges wlth
n the next 90 days, the delay having been
iccasioned by the failure of one of the
ontractors on a lock In the Tombigbeo
iver at Jackson to finish his work on
ime. He stated that the government had
ince taken over this contract and that
he river would be ready for all the year
lavigation by his barges before Christ
Mr. Bernhard announced that several
'f the barges had already been com
pleted and were now plying between the
full' ports awaiting the beginning of the
iperation on the Warrior from Tusea
oosa to Mobile and New Orleans. The
mrges are made of steel, are self pro
filing and carry 3000 tons each.
The company, according to a recent
statement lias Hperit $1,000,000 in prepar
ing for the inauguration of the service.
Labor Day is being observed in TtiSea
oosa today, all of the business houses
dosing at noon and the banks, and sev
ual of the industries taking (lie entire
lay off. At East End park, a picnic, I
larbeeue, ball* game, dancing arid other
mteftainments are provided for the
arge crowds remaining in tlie city. Many
ruscalo'oea. people went over to Reform
oday to attend the barbecue given by
he Woodmen of the World lodges of
Puscaloosa and Pickens county. Walter
>. Seed, candidate for governor, and W.
LL Bankhead of Jasper, candidate for
'ongress from the sixth district are
imong those who made addresses at the 1
Reform meeting.
W\ B Bankhead, who is opposing W. B.
Oliver of Tuscaloosa for Congress, spent
Sunday in Tuscaloosa en route to Re
orin. Mr. Bankhead lias just completed
t speaking tour of Payette.
Fred Fite, a local attorney, who lias
lust returned from Hamilton, the county
5eat of Marion comity where lie formerly
resided, stated today that Oliver had
nade big gains In that county within the
>ast few weeks.
W. B. Oliver of Tuscaloosa, who is op
posing W. B. Bankhead of Jasper for
Congress from the Sixth district, maker,
m address today in Lamar county. He
will make a number of speeches in that
and other counties of the district this
Portion of Records Found in
Good Shape After Fire
Y esterday
Marion, September 1.—(Special.)—Fire nt
4 o'clock this morning destroyed Marion's
town hall and jail. The building was two
stories with the council chamber on the
second floor. The cells had not been used
for prisoners In a namber of years, and
for several month** hay and other feed
stuff* were stored on the ground floor
feed the town mules. The building was
near the sidewalk and could have been
easily est on fire by the careless throwing
of a match. Part of the town records
were found in good shape. The loss is
estimated at
week and on next Monday will meet hi
joint debate at Fayette, his opponent.
Mr. Bankhead. This will be the second
time the rivaA candidates have appeared
on the same platform, the first occasion
being last w'eek at Vernon. Considerable
local Interest is being taken In the out
come of this, the second joint meeting.
The Princess theatre, a picture show
here, was sold Saturday night by tho
owners, J. D. Helms. E. H. Easterling
and W. F. Howell to E. H. Colley of
Birmingham. The consideration Is said
to have been $1500.
A delegation of Tuscaloosa Masons re
turned today from Greensboro, where,
they went Sunday to attend the funeral i
of George Delaney.
Members of the Tuscaloosa board of!
public works stated today that they had
not yet reached a decision in regard to
establishing a ferry across the Warrior
river at Holt. A delegation of citizens
who would be served by the proposed
ferry and a committed of members of the
Tuscaloosa Board of Trade appeared be
fore the board Saturday morning and
urged the establishment of the ferry.
While responding to a lire alarm at
o'clock Sunday morning, one of the
horses hitched to tin* hose wagon stepped
in a hole near the Mobile and Ohio depot,
and was badly injured.
A motorcycle ridden by Elgin Johnston
struck a. buggy driven bv Richard Wy
man, an aged negro, on Greensboro ave
nue and Seventh street. The buggy was
badly damaged »+hI the motorcycle was
put out of use, but no one was badly
hurt. Johnston sustained injuries to hi
arm. but these Were only slight.
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i I'KNSAMTS I \ 5.11,1, V 4
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4 Savannah. September 1.—The •
4 South Atlantic league close I the* 4
4 second half of its .191,1 season 4
4 today, Savannah finishing' 111 first. 4
• place, with Jacksonville second 4
• amj. Columbus third. Albany, 4
4 Charleston and Macon finished 4
4 next in order. There will he no 4
4 post-season series as Savannah 4
4 Was winner of the first half sea- 4
4 Son. Savannah won 34 and lost 4
4 2". games during the second pe- •
4 riorl. 4
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$20,000 Structure Ready For
Occupancy Sept. 8
Fifty-five Thousand Dollar Structure
Being Built By Lovelace Lumber
% Company Will Contain^Forty
three Booms
Brewton, September 1—(Special.)-*
Marking a new era In Brewton enter
prise tfto new buildings of the Bank
of Brewton and the Lovelace Lumber
company are nearing completion.
Both were designed by George B.
Rogers of Mobile. Hugh Pittman, a
local contractor, has bad charge of
the erection of the buildings and an
nounces that they will be. ready for
occupancy by September 8.
The Bank of Brewton’s $20,000 build
ing has an attractive exterior of white
enameled terra cotta and the interior is
finished with stained red gum, with
marble and brass fixtures. The vault
is of 20 inches reinforced concrete,
with very latest burglar proof doors.
The Bank of Brewton Is one of the
strongest banks in Houth Alabama.
Capitalized at $100,000, they have al
ways enjoyed prosperity, for since their
organization in 1SS1) they have never
declared less than .8 per cent divi
dends, while more frequently it has
been from 18 to 30 per cent. The of
ficers of tiie corporation are \V. K.
Foshee, president: W. Y. Lovelace, vice
president; O. F. Lttttrell, vice president
and cashier; C. B. Sawyer, assistant
cashier, and C. K. Rankin, bookkeeper.
The new building for the Lovelace
Lumber company will be used for * \ »
tel to be known as Hotel Lovelaa^jli,
and will be under fTie management
Mrs. Williams, who lias for a long
time succesHf ully conducted a fifrst
class hotel In wrewton.
The new hotel Is of fireproof con
struction with ail exterior of gray
pressed brick and Indiana, limestone
It contains l«) rooms, 33 of which are
connected with baths. It is fitted with
individual telephones and all modern
conveniences. Features of the building
are a large lobby arul dining room and
an excellently finished reception tooin.
The cost of the building is |uo,O0(>.
and a reception Is being planned for
the opening. It lias been announced
that an association of veneer men will
hold a convention in the new hotel
beginning Weptember. 9.
Work was begun last week on a
building for the Robbins ft McGowin Co.
to be constructed of brick. The build
ing will this season be used for the
storage of cotton and next spri^ig the
apparatus for the mixing* of high
grade fertilisers will be pat in and a
new' storage warehouse erected The
fertiliser manufacturing business has
proven a success because it is so mixed
ns to suit local conditions.
The sturdy Germans' idea of food and
drink — the wholesome, simple road to
health—is today being followed, more and
more, in the, typical American Home.
Those who know good beer and
observe its value in dietetics, accord their
I best praise toSlatz—and include a case
in their household supplies as a matter
of course.
1812 First Ave. - - Birmingham Ala.

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