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l Trade on the North Increas
ing Every Year By
Enormous Strides
And Yet, if Cotton Exports Be Ex
cluded Canada Buys More From
I s Than Any Nation in the
New York, September 1;—(Special.)
In one of bis rare visits in recent years
' i to the United States .lames Stillman,
chairman of the board, National City
bank, spoke to some of bis friends
about the inconceivably great opportu
nity which South America offers to the
United States for commerce, trade and
* the investment of capital for develop
ment of natural resources of all kinds.
American bankers who also hold the
view expressed by Mr. Stillman have
been sending competent representatives
to South America so that reliable in
formation can be obtained respecting
banking opportunities or other open
ings for the investment of American
capital. These bankers when they speak
with this subject in mind always refer
to the effect upon North and South
American commerce which is sure to
be created by the opening of the Pan
ama canal.
Attention has been called since the
recent publication of tho statistics of
our international trade and commerce
which came from the department oi
commerce in Washington to the fact
that although the eyes of bankers aro
turned toward South America and the
attention of capital is being called to
the opportunities the southern conti
nent offers little or nothing is heard of
our commercial and trade relations
wiili Canada. Nobody seems to have
thought of sending agents into Canada
for the purpose of learning what op
portunities for trade and expansion
may he found there. And yet the in
formation furnished by the department
of commerce shows that we arc likely
to find for years to come our greatest
customer In Canada and are more like
ly to establish our greatest American
international commerce with Canada
than with South America, no matter
what the effect of the opening of the
Panama canal to navigation may, be.
The leading men of finance of Eu
rope have now become familiar with
an American phenomenon which a few
years ago they would have deemed im
possible. namely*, a record making ad
vance upon foreign markets by Amer
ican manufacturers within tho past 10
years. But it rarely* happens when our
own men of business meet their friends
who conduct large affairs in Europe
that any' reference is made to a phe
nomenon t|U tie as startling as is that
| associated with the sudden growth of
/ our exportation of manufactured com
,y munition.
Canada Our Best Customer
In 1908 the money value of the en
tire commerce buck and forth with Can
ada was in round numbers $225,000,000.
Tlfe department of commerce at Wash
ington Is now able to report that the
} commerce between t no United States
ami Canada both ways was In the liscnl
year which ended on June 30 somewhat
in excess of $500,000,000. We have,
therefore, increased our reciprocal
commerce with our neighbor on the
north so greatly in five years that it
has doubled and as a whole reflects
almost the largest commerce we have
had with any nation. Tn fact, were it
not that the cotton fields of the south
contributed enormously to the aggre
gate of one foreign commerce with
Great Britain tin* commercial relations
between tin* United States and Canada
would in money value be actually great
er than our commercial relations with
Great Britain.
A Silent Growth
This growth has been steady, unsen
satlonal and reflects a perfectly nor
mal increase of trade relations between
the Dominion of Canada and the Unit
ed States. It lias been secured with
out any flourish of trumpets and ap
parently by no other influence than the
common recognition on both sides of
the boundary line of the advantages of
reciprocal trade relations. This growth
is now spoken of in this city since these
statistics were published as, with the
single exception of our increase in ex
portation of manufactured products, the
most sign!(leant and impressive phe
nomenon In the history of the inter
national commerce carried on by the
United States with other countries. We
are exporting to Canada now commod
ities of approximately the money value
of $100,000,00a a year and we are buy
ing in Canada and bringing to this
country commodities approximately of
the money value of $120,000,000.
The Promise of Growth
A this increase lias been steadily
maintained since 190S there is no rea
son to suspect that It was merely an
Member L. N. A. of A.
1720 and 1722 2d Ava.
Been Away This Sum
mer? Call the
American, Quick j
—Probably a lot of laun
dry to go out first thing—
phone the AMERICAN.
_ \
—This good laundry will
“do up’’ your accumulated
^things” in the unequaled
AMERICAN way — and
1 rush them home the same
day if you say so.
will bring back the good
color poor work has prob
ably dinged.
3715 3716
Held Yesterday Afternoon
From Cumberland Pres
byterian Church
Funeral services over the remains of
Dr. Sinkler M. l.athem, aged 41 years,
who died Saturday nisht In a local in
firmary, were conducted yesterday aft
ernoon at a o'clock from the Cumber
land Presbyterian church, Twelfth ave
nue and Twenty-seventh street, Nor
wood. Interment followed In Oak Hill
Relatives of the deceased acted as
pallbearers: Dr. G. M. lathem. John D.
Lathem, Will T. Lathem and Air H. la
them, brothers: W. H. Pattie, a broth
er-in-law, and Dr. J. D. S. DjvIs, a
Predicts That He Will Carry
Every County in State
if He Runs
J. Lee Long, president of the state
tax commission, while In Birmingham
yesterday on official business, came out
strong in his expression for Oscar AV.
Underwood for the Senate.
"Underwood Is not only the great
est democrat from this state," he^ said,
"hut the greatest in America, fn regard
to tariff legislation he has satisfied all
of the democrats and practically all of
the republicans. He has an excenem
chance of becoming president of tiie
United States.
"1 hope that he will run for tiie
Senate. I predict, in the event that he
does run. that lie will carry every coun
ty Of the state."
Frank S. Foster, assistant cashier of the
First National bank, returned yesterday
from Ills vacation trip. He first visited
his native town, Staunton, \'a.. and from
there lie proceeded to New York city.
Wolgast Defeated
Oakland, Cal., September 1.—Joe
Azevedo fought ills way to a decision
over Ad Wolgast, former lightweight
champion, today In their 10-round bout
here. The going was fast and tiie
younger fighter clearly earned tiie ver
dict. In the seventh round Azevedo
knocked WolgaB? down. Wolgast fought
almost entirely with his left hand, his
right apparently being In no condition
to Indict punishment.
ephermal trade condition. All of the
factors ami features of this commerce
point to continued Increase in our com
mercial relations with Canada. From
tills point of view there can be good
understanding of what President Mellen
of tiie Now Haven system had tn view
when lie planned organic unity of the
New Englum] railroad and what the
late President C. M. Hays of :ho Grand
Trunk Bailway company also had in
view when lie planned an expansion into
New England of tile single railroad
system in New England which ills com
pany owns, the' one stretching from
Portland, Me., lo Montreal and tiie Cen
tral Vermont system, which Ids com
pany controls by a long lease. Presi
dent Hays is reported lo have said a
year or two ago before his untimely
death when the Titanic went down that
tiie New England states ns 11 section
of tiie United States offered tile most
tempting transportation opportunities
to lie found 111 any other section of ihe
union, certainly for a railroad chiefly
operated in the Canadian dominion.
President Metlen wanted to get a
good share of the traffic originating in
or terminating In New Ehglaiul which
represented Canadian industry and
agriculture and Canada's demand for
New England’s manufactured commod
A Great Dominion
A country which Is able, us is the
Dominion of Canada at the present
time, to carry on an international trade
with one other country aggregating :
1600.000,000 a year and at the present
rate of increase likely to he twice thai
amount within the nest i!0 years is said
to be entitled to consideration as one
of the great Industrial, agricultural and
commercial nations of the world.
H is borne in mind by those who
speak of these astonishing new condi
tions that Canada has drawn from the
United States within a few years sev
eral hundred thousand farmers who
are opening un the rich wheat land*
of British North America and presum
ably several million dollars. A good
deal.of this money comes back to the
United States, for with the cultivation
of virgin soil In western Canada there
has arisen a great demand for cotton
clo’.h. binder twine, iron and steel pro
ducts and a great deal of machinery.
Besides these commodities we sell t«
Canada cattle, horses and many agri
cultural products. Canada is buying
from the United States very much more
than China is, lift times as much, in fact,
sixfold more than Jauan and 100 per
cent more than France. Not until the
magnitude of the figures which tell the
story of our Increased commerce within
five years with Canada were published
was there a realization of the fact our
neighbor on the north Is now—if cot
ton be left out of consideration—our
best customer and Is likely to be with
in a few years our best customer, no
matter how much cotton the eouth selts
to the manufacturers of Great Britain
and the continent of Europe.
Summer Sale High Grade Furs
tl; *
Begins This Morning
1-2 Off
Half Price
-1-2 Off
Today—Tuesday, September
2nd—begins the greatest sale
of high grade furs that Bir
mingham has ever had. A
fur sale planned six months
ago, when furs were to be
had at a low price. Our
fur buyer, with the ready
cash, purchased the largest
stock of furs that has ever
been shown in the city—at
just one-half of the regular
price. Over five hundred
sets in the lot, embracing all
the new ideas of the fur
world. The stock is entirely
too large and varied to attempt to describe them. The entire second
floor will be used to display this magnificent stock of furs. Come
today, look them over—we want to show you how much we can save
you. Select the set you wish, make a cash deposit,
have them put away till the cold blast, then pay
balance due, thereby obtaining the low price offer
ed at this Summer Sale. We invite you to attend
this sale whether you wish to buy now or later.
Plenty of salespeople to serve you.
Sale Begins Today, September 2nd
i ne wme puoucity given the reproduc
lon of the painting by Paul Chabas, the
ioted French artist, entitled ‘'September
Morn," by the police authorities of this
ind other cities has made It more famous
hen all the legitimate advertising in the
world could have done. Since they de
eded that the picture could not be placed
jn exhibition In the store windows the
mle of the picture has Increased to such
in extent that the art dealer can hardly
teep the supply up to the demand. So
:he sale was prohibited.
As to the picture Itself, It la generally
-onceded to be a work of art and one of
he highest merit; a painting that would
probably be accepted by any art gallery
n the world and pointed out as one of
its treasures. To those who think It ought
o be suppressed It might be said "evil
o him who evil thinks" for after all when
:he picture Is compared to other palnt
ngs of the "female form divine," that are
publicly shown and exposed for sale, the
naaterpiece of the French artist Is as
:hasta as early morning dew that gils
tens like diamonds on every opening
But the police authorities issued their
fiat that it must not fie exposed for sale
In the city of Birmingham on the gK
that it “tends to corrupt public morals. ,
Ye gods, to what hyprocritlcal depth we
have descended when u work of art tliul
lias been reproduced in almost every
newspaper in the land; that has been
termed by art critics a masterpiece of
the artist's brush; that represents art In
its highest sense; is condemned as a
menace to public morals and many offen
sive and demoralising conditions that
could and should be corrected are permit
ted to exist.
Among the many admirers of the fa
mous painting Is Judge Abernethy of
the court of common pleas. He had
made up hit mind to purchase one of
the reproductions of the beautiful
painting, but the ukase of the chief
of police went fortli and like the fool
ish virgins he had failed to provide
himself with oil and for the time be
ing. so to speak, was in despair. But
yesterday morning there was a change1
as the Judge came down to his office.
his salt was as sprightly and his de
meanor as bright aa a 16-year-old boy
home for the holidays. ills ruggld
countenance was wreathed In lunlles
and every one lie passed, whether white
or black, rich or poor, he greeted with
a cheery "good morning.” On ills ar
rival nt I lie courthouse he was still
beaming and as he entered the court
room, where he dispenses justice, he
was so bubbling over with the milk of
human kindness that every one of the
tcourt officials inquired the reason f%r
rhis exurberant spirits.
"i have always been a stickler for
the law," said the Judge In response
tu several inquiries, “and whenever a
law Is pussed I believe in obeying It
whether right or w/ong, so long as it.
is on the hooks. Take the law sup
pressing the sale of the picture ‘Sep
tember Morn,’ for instance, which In my
opinion was unculled for and unneces
sary, yet the powers that be having
decided that the picture was a menace
to publlo morals it is up to me to obey
the law. But, however, while the po
lice had the right and authority to
prevent my buying a reproduction of
the Chabas' masterpiece, their authority
ended at that. Beautiful as is the
French artitst's creation, and charming
as is his poetic fancy pfotrayed uty the
canvas, yet a far more beautiful and
charming ‘September Morn' came to my
house this morning. She is simply ador
able and in the near future we are go
inti to christen her Ninette Eugenie
Abernethy In the regutlar way but sbe
will always be ‘Sept’ to me on account
of the date of her welcome arrival."
Judge Ab gave himself additional airs
of Importance as beflttlilg a husband
and a father in honor of the little miss,
dismissed every misdemeanor case with
a mild reprimand or a light sentence.
Vardon and Ray Win
Detroit. September 1.—Harry Var
don and Edward Ray, the British golf
ers, again were victorious today In
their matches with local stars. Playing
a best bal foursome against J. T. -Mc
Millan and Wylie Carhastt, the Brit
ishers won, 4 up and 2 to play. Dur
ing the afternoon matches neither Var
don nor Ray was successful hi their
attempts to better the Detroit Coun
try club’s course record of 71. which
they jointly established yesterday. Ray
turned In a card of 73, while Vardon s
best was 75.
Chicago Entry Wins Run
St Louis, September 1.—Mike McDer
mott of the Illinois Afhlettc club, Chi
cago, won the seventh annual national
championship 10-mlle win here today,
covering the distance In 'pe hour and 50
minutes and 45 aeconds.\
The official family of the s'ale' wat
well represented in BirmlriKhjm >e->
Cnpt. Reuben F. Kolb, commission*'
of agriculture, was here for th- purpo? ‘>
of delivering the first address in
campaign for governor. Others who had
business here yeseterday were J. Le«
Bong, president of the state tix com •
mission; W. M. Coleman, warden *at
Spelgner; R. B. Johnston, warden at
\V>ti»mpka; 1* F. Greer, Inspector for
the convict bureau; C. H. Billingsley,
pur* food and drug clerk; Charles L
Townes, examiner of public accounts':
Bee Cowart, Immigration commissioner,
and Thomas W. Bradford, connected
with the office of secretary of state.
Among other well known people who
visited Birmingham for the purpose o* !
hearing the, address of Captain Kolb I
were John VV. Cook, Capt. F. B. Tarr,
and G. £>. Thornton, all of £uUl*
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