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Bessemer Postmaster BIG FURNACE RUN Oxmoor No. 2 Turns Out 206 Tons. Suits Filed in Court—General Bessemer News of Interest Bessemer. September 4.—(Special.) Capt. If. w. ('rook lias received Ids commission as postmaster at Besse mer and it has been announced that he Mill take charge of the office on Saturday, September 6. For the past 10 days Captain Croolt has been ill but he is implying rapidly and his physi cians believe that he will be able to go to the office and formally take charge, succeeding Postmaster J. How ard MeEniry, who for the past 12 months lias been postmaster. It has been announced by Captain Crook that no changes would be made in the office force and the affairs Mill go ahead as If there had been no change made in the official head. The employes of the office are all under civil service rules and any change that can be made will be by examination be fore appointment to any vacancy in the office. Captain Crook* lias been appoint ed for a full term of four years. Suits Filed The following suits were filed In the Bessemer city court today: William Brill vs. the Birmingham Railway, Eight and Power company for $1000 damages for alleged personal injuries. Eincoln Davis vs. the Birmingham Rail way, Eight and Power company for $1000 damages for alleged personal in > juries. Furnace Breaks Record The No. 2 furnace of the Tennessee comp stay at Oxmoor broke all pre vious records both in basic and foun dry iron today, the output being 206 tons of basic iron. This furnace is one of the smallest owned by the company and hasn’t the modern equipment that the others have, so the record is con sidered as an excellent one. Prisoner Tries to Escape Much excitement .was caused this morning when one of the negi o pris oners, H. Spragftins, who was at work on Seventh avenue between Eighteenth and Nineteenth streets, tried to escape. The- man was a trusty and was driving one of the city's wagons when he de cided to escape and jumped from the wagon, running down Nineteenth street. A negro side guard ran after the es caping prisoner and after chasing him to Nineteenth avenue succeeded in catching him. The negro only nad e’ght more days to serve. General News of Interest Mrs. It. H. Fill entertained at t spcnd-the-duy party recently at her home at Brown’s Station, in honor of Mrs. Kendlen of St. Louis. A five-course dinnnr was served The party enjoyed u trip to tin; mines at Fossil in the aft ernoon. Those present besides tin* guest of honor, were Mrs* Savage of Bir mingham, Mrs, (,'m <er ;nul Mru. Glen nie of West Knd. Mrs. Sid lawson and Miss Irene Robbins. The young men of Brighton have organized a “social club,’’ with Charles Lind, president; .1. A. Kastis, vice pres ident; ii. p. Lanier. secretary and treasurer. The club will meet Friday evening at the Brighton city hall. All young men are requested to he '■present. Every Wednesday evening a dinner party will be given. Capt. William F. Hanby, commander of Camp William Hose McAdory at Bes semer. has issued a call for a meeting of the camp Saturday at the city hall. Delegates will lx* elected to the state reunion. The examinations for the pupils of the public schools of Bessemer will be held on Monday anil Tuesday. Septem ber 15 and H». instead of the preced ing Friday, the ciflffrge in announce ment being due to the fact ihat most of the Bessemer teachers will he in Bir mingham attending the court:y insti tute. Everything Is in readiness for the banquet which will be g veil at the Bessemer Athletic club Friday night. Attorney W. S. Welch will tie toast master for the occasion. All members rs well as anyone else interested In the club, is cordially invited to attend. Next Thursday night the Myrtle Lin ton lodge, Knights of Pythias, will give a banquet at which time they will present jewels to Dr. T. F. Robinson and P. J. Gillen, who have been mem bers of the lo-lge for 25 years. Early this morning fire was discov ered on First alley in the rear of stores on Second avenue, the fire having orig inated in a pile of goods boxes. The lire department soon extinguished the blaze, which might have been a dis astrous one, but was discovered before It had made much headway. From indi cations it is believed that tlio fire was of incendiary origin. The first bale of cotton f »r 3913, purchased by Erlick & Lefkov.Rs, was brought to this market Wednesday by Dave Maderson, a negro farmer, near Bessemer. The bale weighed 494 pounds and the price paid xir as 12 cents a pound, the firm giving a premium for the first bale of first grade cotton. From this time forward cotton will be coming in regularly. A number of young people of Bright on and Forest enjoyed an all-day pic nic to Oxmoor Spring Monday, where they had dinner and supper, returning lliat evening. Those who composed the party were: Misses Mary Thorpburg, Nancy and Gertrude Snow, Ethel Bush, Kathleen Meigs, Lola Nail, Mildred Farr, Winifred Farr, Ethel Wilks, Mid dle Freeman and Messrs. Joe Nail, Rob ert McDonald, Boyd Snow, Roy Owen, Claude Fason, Walter Gwln, Ham monds, Tom Thompson and Conkle. W. IL Hoover and T. J. Huey have been appointed state agents lor the Continental Insurance company, to suc ceed T. H. Garden. They will have headquarters in Birmingham. Both men are very popular in the insurance world, us well as socially, and their many friends are very glad to hear of their promotion and wish them much success in their new field. The meeting which is in progress at the First Baptist church, services be ing conducted by Rev. A. L. Johnston, continues to grow In interest. The serv ices are well attended, while Dr. John ' ! FOR RENT—Two connecting rooms for Uplit housekeeping, one furnished, one unfurnished. Private entrance. Private door to bath. In best part of Fountain Height*. Call Main 35M-W. »-6-3t. . ..... .. ... ,!=. rV: Ibarons to stage benefit EXHIBITION SATURDAY i - Preceded by a clash between two pen pant contenders of the City league, the Barons will stage their annual benefit game at Rick wood Field Saturday after noon. The Rising and Jefferson Powder company teams of the City league will furnish preliminary activities, and the Barons will make their final bow to the Birmingham public Immediately follow ing when they take on the Birmingham Railway, Light and Power company ag gregation. The players have taken personal charge of disposing of tickets to the exhibition and already a large number of.slips have been sold. Birmingham sport lovers have ever been ready to show their appreciation of the work of the Barons by adding their mite to the exhibition game sum even though unable to witness the con test. This year promises to be no excep tion to the rule. The baseball public of Birmingham has notl.rn;^ hut praise for the work of .Moley'.s men during the pres ent season. Pennant winners last year, they hove cinched third place in the league standing this season ami are thor oughly deserving of all ‘donations re ceived" via a ticket to the exhibition con test. The game Saturday promises to be a fast one. as the Birmingham Railway. Light and Power company boys are said to compose a formidable aggregation, but even should it not, the fact must be taken into consideration that In a few short days thp Barons will be scattered for the win ter and the Godspeed of the pleasure loving fan can best be shown in the price of a ticket whether he goes or not. Tickets can be secured from any of the players or from Tyson's cigar stand. Purpose of Publication Will Be to Advance Interests of the Farmer Salina, Kas., September 4.—A national' official paper will be established by tlie National Farmers' union. This was de cided today. It was stated ttiat the pur pose of the publication would be to ad vance tlie Interests of organized farmers by disseminating information regarding' the progress of examination in which farmers are interested. The votes of mem bers of Congress on legislation affecting the farmer will tie published. A feature of the conventon today was the discharge of the committee on the greater consumption of cotton after R. II. Bowen of Paris, Tex., chairman, had made his report. Tt was charged that Bowen Attended a Farmers' unoin confer ence at New Orleans last April which was held for the purpose ot fighting the tariff bill now pending In Congress. A heated discussion preceded the dicharge of the committee. The report of the legislative committee which was adopted declared against tlie alien ownership of land and said that "corporations should not be allowed to own more land than Is necessary." The agricultural committee in its report stated that the minimum price of wheat, corn, oats and barley on the home mar ket, in order to pay the cost of produc tion and 6 per cent on the value of the farm lands in various states, should be as follows: Kansas. Nebraska and Oklahoma, wheat $1.1)5, corn 70c. oats, 47c and barley 50c; Illinois, Indiana and Missouri, wheat. *1.25, corn, 65c, oats, 60c and bar ley 50c; western slope states, wheat 97c; corn IKS-, oats, 60c. and barley 50c. Tlie report was adopted. C'. S. Barrett of Union City, Ga., was re-elected president of ihe organization. The meeting in 1015 will lie held at San Francisco. The place for next year's convention has not been selected, but it was said tlie meeting probably would be held at Fort Worth. Tex. TO HAVE BOOK SHOWER TODAY AT EAST LAKE A book shower will be given this aft ernoon from 3 to 9 p. m. by the East I I>ake library for tlie purpose of ac quiring books for the new library. A large number of citizens have become interested in this new undertaking anil several sets of fine books liavO beer, donated for the new library. During the past week the soliciting committeees of the library have met with splendid responses in their work of soliciting books for the library. Everyone is cordially invited to come tills afternoon and bring a book or it they are able, several books. Refresh ments will be served and* everything will be done ty make the occasion en joyable. DREW CAMINETTFS FATE TO BE PLACED WITH JURY TODAY fConllnned from Parr Our) and a father who has served his country well.” This appeal was too much for the moth er, who broke into sobs. Camlnetti's own testimony in ills de fense during the morning was brief. In no wise did be attack either' the charac ter or the testimony of I.ola Norris. But in this consideration for Miss Norris, (’aminett’s counsel had no share. When it came to the arguments they attacked tier sharply. "The character of Miss Norris is pecu liar,” Attorney Devlin told the jury, "and her idea of morality Is strange. She is a study in human nature and does not appear to have the ideas of morality of a 10-year-old child.” «** Judge A'an Fleet has said that his charge tomorrow will occupy not more than 25 minutes. The defense has only 20 minutes left and the prosecution an hour for further argument. * THAW LOSES TWO • IMPORTANT POINTS IN EFFORT TO STAVE OFF DEPORTATION ICoitlaocd From Page One) to support the “entering by stealth’' charge. Thaw Issued the following statement tonight: Being informed that one motive behind this illegal pursuit is a suspicion in a small but influential quarter that if put on trial in any court outside New York state we might uncover those names that were protected in 1907, we are forced to state we have no intention of ever uncovering those names that were left in blank.” PERSON Al7 Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Curtis of Orange Heights, Fla., are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kwlng at their Home on South Thirtieth street. Mr. Curtis Is a wealthy pecan planter and will be In the city several days. stnn is preaching some forceful ser mons. Prof. P. M. McNeil, left Thursday for Hale Springs on Shades mountain to attend the teachers’ institute of the Tennessee Coal. Iron and Railroad com pany. Mr. McNeil made a talk to the teachers. Details are being arranged for Flag Day to be held on next Tuesday 'for the beneilt of the Bessemer public schools. A flag will he purchased for each school building with the money raised by this method. C: •• .-ii. r-fe ..... . . ,v GOOD ROADS DAVS ARECONCLUDED Arkansas Highways Vastly Improved by Two Days’ Work Little Rock. Ark., September 4.—Reports from all parts of the state indicate that the second of Arkansas’ “Good Roads Days,” fixed by proclamation of Governor George W. Hays, was observed today just as enthusiastically as yesterday. “Tlie. success of the movement has ex ceeded my most sanguine expectations. ' declared Governor Hays, tonight. “The thing that has pleased me most is the spirit manifested by the people of the state. It shows that they are alive to thc*s importance of good roads and prom ises well for the future of the state. Next year T shall again designate good roads days.” Governor Major of Missouri, who yes terday made good his promise to “give an exhibition In plain and fancy shovel ing ” intended putting in anotl*?r full day on the Arkansas roads, but found it was necessary that he return to Missouri this morning. He hired five men to take his place. “I am small,” Governor Major explain ed, "but I am equal to any five men when it comes to working the roads.” While definite figures are not obtain able. tonight’s reports show that at least •100 miles of the state5s highways were "worked.” All but 20 of the 75 counties responded to the governor's call and from al lof those which did not respond Gov ernor Hays has assurance that the roads would be worked as soon as rain fell to soften the earth, now too hard and dry for successful work. A $2 per capita tax was assessed citi zens who because of ill health, or who for equally good reasons did not Join the overall brigade. THE ELIMINATION OF HUERTA IS ASSURED THINK WILSON AND SECRETARY BRYAN (Continned from Page One) for m.v brother in this case, but I can't stand idly by without uttering a word ot protest. I don’t want you to forget that an anxious mother awaits your verdict Americans and their interests in western Durango at the time of his visit. Zamacona Sails for Washington Vera Cruz. Mexico. September 4.—Pre pared to play a role almost identical with that of John Lind, the personal repre sentative of General Huerta. Manuel De Zamacona, former ambassador at Wash ington. sailed fropi here this afternoon en route to tlie American capital. It is understood that Senor Demazaconda will take up the diplomatic ertd of the case at. Washington for General Huerta and that he will act unofficially as the provisional President’s representative with sufficient power, however, to undertake negotia tions. What proposals lie has been instructed to place before President Wilson and Sec retary of State Bryan are not known gen erally, but it is believed that he will urge the necessity of more cordial co-operation between the two governments ami even recognition in order that the best, interests of both be conserved. It is asserted that President Wilson will be assured of the good faith of General Huerta in refrain ing from becoming a candidate for the presidency and of the holding of the elec tions in October. It is also expected that Senor De Zama cona will point out the absurdity from General Huerta’s point of view, of enter-* ing into any agreement with the rebels, especially since the contention of the gov ernment is that the greater part of the enemies of the government have no con nection with any organized army of re bellion, but belong to the bandit ele ment. The sending of Senor de Zamacona to Washington is regarded here as indicating a desire on the part of General Huerta -to entrust his case to a dependable lieu tenant. to place before Secretary Bryan, or President Wilson himself instead of having to deal with the latter's "unof ficial representative," Mr. Lind. Senor. De Zamacona formerly was financial agent of the government at London. In financial matters he is regarded as um authority. Mr. Lind still remains at Vera Cruz. Report Arrest of Richard Dewey Mexico City, September 4.—The Ameri can embassy has made representations to the Mexican foreign office respecting the reported arrest and removal from a train bound for Vera Cruz last night of Richard Dewey, an insurance man, well known in the capital. Consul Canada notified the embassy of the arrest. Mr. Dewey was on his way to place his family aboard a steamer for the Uni ted States. He was taken from the train at Ometesco, a station 50 miles from the capital. The embassy knows of no reason for this action. HUERTA SAYSHE WILL PROTECT AMERICANS AT ALL EVENTS Mexico City. September 4._ President Wilson's warning to Americans to leave Mexico lias called forth a declaration from General Huerta in which lie gives assurance of safety to Americans under any circumstances, even In cto.se of Inter vention, so far as the Mexican govern ment Is able to afford protection, and of fers to aid those desiring to leave by affording special trains to the ports, and making good the difference in the price ol steerage and thee lass of passage to which tire refuges aspire. "The personal sentiments of the consti tutional ad interim president of the re public,'’ Bays the declaration, “towards cltlxens of the United States residing in this country are benevolent and Just tc the extent that, their government bavins recommended wihout Justifiable cause tlial they leave the country, and while lament ing the disposition wjjlch caused alarm, as well as the fact that many Americans have decided to leave the country, the President has resolved to recommend tc the proper authorities—in view of the fact, as stated in the newspapers that the gov ernment of the United States duds It 1m i IS BADLY* INJURED IN AUTO ACCIDENT — | Daughter Critically Hurt and May Die—Collision Due to Carelessness of Wagon Driver Hartford, Conn., September 1. Thrown from their speeding automo bile when It struck n gnrlmgc wagon two miles from tliln city today nod all seriously Injured, (ieorge >1. Cohan, his l.'t-yenr-old daughter, tieorgln Cohan, Wallace lOddinger, lending man for Mr. Cohan** new play; Francis Xavier Hope. Hr. Cobnn'M eontident !nl act* rotary, mid William Van Huren. chauffeur, were rushed to the Hartford hospital, where | at a late hour tonight It wan Maul that Hr. Cohan and the other* would re cover, but the recovery of hi* daughter 1m doubtful. The parly was coming from Xew York to Hartford to begin rehearsals for the new play, which is to be tried out here. They were in Eddinger's machine. Two miles south of Hartford Van Buren, who was at the wheel, turned out to pass a wagon. The driver of the wagon turned to the left and the automobile struck the horse and went into an embankment and turned turle. All five passengers were thrown out. Passing automobile* were used as ambulances to take the in jured to the hospital. Miss Cohan was the only one critically hurt, although the injuries of the four men were serious. It was first thought Mr. Cohan would not recover, but the physicians said to night the patient probably would be able to leave his bed within a week or two unless it should develop that he was in jured internally. His hurts consist of a dislocated and a possible fracture of the left shoulder, a serious scalp wound and other cuts. Miss Cohan’s Condition Serious Miss Georgia Cohan has a fracture at the base of the brain and minor injuries. She has been unconscious Gnce the acci dent. Surgeons hold out little hope ui her recover. Wallace Eddinger's face, hands and legs %re cut and he may be internally injured. Francis Hope sustained a fracture of the left elbow, a double fracture of the left wrist a ml a severely sprained back. His condition is not thought to be critical. The chauffeur. Van Buren, has abrasions of the head and a cut over the eye. According to Van Buren and the few uitr.esses of the accident, the collision was due partly to the speed at which the automobile was traveling, but largely to the carelessness or ignorance of the tdriver of the garbage wagon. John Gabriel, who drove his horse directly into the path of the automobile. Van Buren said that his ear was travel ing about 35 miles an hour when he first saw the wagon. CRIMINAL NEGLECT CHARGEDTRAINMEN Engineer and Flagman of Bar Harbor Express Arrested New Haven, Conn., September i.- Aug ust B. Miller, engineer of the White Mountain express, and Charles H. Mur ray, flagman of the Bar Harbor express, the two trains involved in*the fatal North Haven wreck on the New York, New flaven and Hartford railroad last Tues day morning, were formally placed un der arrest by Coroner Mix late tonight charged with having "criminally caused, the death of Royal H. Hotchkiss," one of the victims of the disaster. Each was placed in 15000 bail under a coroner's war rant effective until 24 hours after the coroll?# has rendered a verdict in the inquest into the catastrophe which he be gan in private today. Bail for Miller was furnished by the local Brotherhood of Locomotive Engi neers and Firemen. Murray was locked up for the lack* of a bondsman. Beth of tlje men Who have been detained by the coroner in the county jail since last Tuesday as material witnesses were arrested after they had given testi mony at a night session of the inquest. It is said they told widely conflicting stories as to the cause of the accident. Miller though gaunt and nervous was in a fighting mood after his release on bail. "They have called me a scapegoat," he said. "I am no scapegoat, r want to say that T have nothing to fear. I am going to clear myself, f have been de moralized by all that has been printed about this wreck, but I don’t care so long as the truth comes out. That’s all I want." Local Man Lose* A telegram was received in Birming ham last night to the effect that Milton P. James of Birmingham had been de feated for the presidency of the National Association of Fostoffice Clerks, which is in session at Cleveland. O.. last night by 89 votes. The successful candidate was Frank P. Rogers of Chicago. possible to furnish only third class pas sage—that they offer An a spontaneous and kindly manner to cover the difference which exists and even provide free spe cial trains and gratuities, to the end that the Americans arrive in their country with greater comfort and means than those which they otherwise would have." General Huerta’s declaration was made in response to a series of questions put to him by certain newspapers. "Should there be the least sign of an anti-American uprising," he said, "the Mexican government, well knowing its ob ligations and responsibilities, would sup press it with all energy." Even in case of intervention, if it came to that. General Huerta said, n© gov ernment is most jealous of its good name and would put forth all efforts in order that American citizens residing among us should not suffer in the least at the hands of Mexico and they would only be exposed to the consequences which an international war of su< h magnitude brings with it." Neither the American embassy nor the Mexican foreign office appears to share the optimism of Washington officials re garding the early solution of the difficul ties between the tw'o*.nations. At the em bassy It was said tonight that no com munication had been received from Mr. Lind in three days. Fnreign Minister Gamboa said that there bad been no official communication with Mr. Lind since the dispatch of his second note. He said he did not expect any further ne gotiations unless the administration al Washington saw At to submit a rejoinder to bi» U»t nolo. 'ALABAMA PENSION FRAUD PROBE MAY GET EXTENDED TO EVERY STATE IN SOUTH __ Col. H. Y. Brooke Says Work Being Done by This State Is Attracting Such Widespread Attention That It May Re sult in Demand to Purge the Federal Pension Roils The startling disclosures in regard to the pension roll of Alabama will re sult into a similar house cleaning by every other Southern state, anil by the lederal government, in the opinion of Col. H. Y. Brooke, examiner of public accounts, who is in Birmingham. Colonel Brooke Is of the opinion that there are as many illegal pension claims paid annually in every other southern sate as are paid in Alabama, and that were the federal pension roll subjected to as serotinous an examina tion as Alabama's pension roll has been undergoing, the government would lop off an annual expenditure of ap proximately $30,000,000. “As a result of the investigation which I have been making in Wash ington." stated Colonel Brooke at the Metropolitan last night, “there has sprung up a clamor to the end that the H. Y. BROOKE roll of every other southern state and of the federal government be investi gated. • Every other southern state would find conditions as bad as are existing in Alabama, and there is gen eral belief that were the imposters cut off tlte federal roll, the govern ment would be saved an annual outlay of $30,000,000. Fourteen Counties Complete "As a result of what l have found In Washington, J am threatened with a loss of confidence in the human race. Down in a south Alabama county, there was until recently a man uni versally revere<J for what he claimed to have done in the war. _ A monument was erected to his memory. A camp of veterans was named in his honor. During my investigation, I had curi osity to know Ills record. No man of iis name ever figured in the service of tie Confederacy. “I have completed the examination of practically 14 counties. I have re ported on the following 12: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bul lock, Butler, Calhoun, Walker, Wash ington, Wilcox and WinsfSh. I have fibout completed In addition, Chambers tnd Cherokee. In all l have* found practically the same number of those who deserted, who did not go to war, nr who for other dishonorable reasons are not entitled to pensions from the state government. The remainder of the work will require practically a year. I dispose of a county a week. "Based on the results up to the pres ent time. 1 am confident that when nil the returns are in, 4000 names will be lopped from the Alabama rolls, amt that the expenditure of the state will be decreased about $220,000 per annum. The Jones’ Record "In connection with the investiga tion of illegal claims, I made an inter esting discovery which will be wel come news to the great family of Jones. A widow in Alabama is drawing a pen sion for services rendered by J. W. Jones. T was looking up the record of this soldier, and failed to find him in the Company in which he was said to have enlisted. 1 immediately set out in an effort to locate him, and made the Interesting discovery 'that from Alabama 28 J. W. Jones went to war. "And every one of them was a good soldier with a record as white as snow." Mr. Brooke states that the Alabama pension board had already summoned those alleged to be illegally drawing pensions to appear and give cause why their names should not be dropped from the roll. He was ask»d if it would be possible for Alabama to recover money paid in the past to those who will be shown to have drawn pension money illegally. He answered that whereas Alabama could recover for money paid out under false pretenses, he did not regard it as possible that the state would make an attempt to do so. Other Investigations Coming "The examination of the Alabama pension rolls, and the fact that u large percentage of the pensioners arc Illegal pensioners," added Mr. Brooke, "has attracted widespread attention, i would not be surprised were every other southern stale to follow the lead of Alabama, and enough pressure brought to bear to make the federal government get busy. "Numerous newspapers have carried stories of the work which 1 J.itve been doing, and In each there ha1-* been a gentle reminder that the federal pension roll should be looked into." As an example of what papers are writing. Colonel Brooke displayed the following from the New York Times: "One-fourth of the persons collect ing pensions from the state of Alabama for services in the Confederate army, according to IT. Y. Brooke, examiner of public accounts of that state, who is Investigating the pension records, are accused of being impostors er.d unde serving. The charges involved 4250 persons, to whom Alabama pays $270,400 a year. Alabama seems to be cleaning house, but the purging of the federal rolls, which nave been repeatedly ex posed, has not begun." ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••■•••••••••••••••••••••a BURGLAR GETS BEST i OF OFFICER MOORE Beaten Over Head and Rolled in Mud by Burly Negro At 11 o'clt ek last night while attempting to arrest a burly negro, whom he had cat gilt stealing chickens in the whole sale house of Donovan * ’o. ai Fwehty seccnd street and Morris avenue, Police man K. G. Moore was assaulted and over powered by the negro, who then escaped. I Fiom the report, received at police head quarters liie negro, taking advantage of Pclkenan Moore's lack of precaution, jumped, on the aged officer and taking his ret elver away heat hint over the head. He then rolled the policeman in the mud oil tiie street. When Moore appeared at headquarters lie was bruised and his uni form was muddied and torn. He ap-1 pealed to have been through a very ex citing incident. All the officers of th# city were warned, to be on the lookout for the negro who assaulted Officer Moore as that officer sccuied a good description of his n.-sail ani The negro's capture Is expected In a few hours. 500 People Believed Killed in Terrific Hurricane Which Sweeps North Carolina City (Continued from Page One) ashore by the terrific storm which swept the Virginia and Carolina coasts Tues day and Wednesday, the six masted schooner George W. Wells is a total wreck off Hatteras. Twenty members of the crew, two women and two babies, were rescued by the lifesavers. Only meagre details of the rescue were received here, but it is reported to have been tlie most thrilling in years. The Wells was bound to Ferriandina from New York without cargo. An unidentified schooner with only one mast standing and no signs of life on board is ashore three miles north of Ocracoke inlet. A British oil ship is ashore a few miles further south. $3,000,000 Property Loss Washington. N. C., September 4.—Prop erty valued at more than $3,000,000 is re ported to have been destroyed, and ru mors are current of a heavy loss of life as the result of the destructive storm which swept tlie eastern Carolina coast yesterday. Wire communication with the stricken district only was meagre to night. Efforts to verify by wireless re ports of many casualties on Ocracoke island, in Pamlico sound, have been fruit less. All wireless stations in that vi cinity are believed to have been wrecked by the storm. The greatest damage to property oc curred in Beaufort county. Havoc was wrought by tlie storm among the fish ing craft in the Pamlico river. In Wash ington business bouses and manufactur ing plants along the W'ater front were partially destroyed. The total damage In this county alone Is roughly estimated at $200,000. The fury of the gale was centered chiefly upon the towns along Pamlico sound, among them being More head City, Beaufort, Newburn, Washing ton and Bay boro. In Washington the streets were flooded to a depth of several feet, much of the damage done being due to water. All points along th% coast rejmrt heavy damago to ahipping. uu the coast of Hat teras the six-masted schooner George W. Wells was driven ashore and pounded to pieces by the heavy surf. The crew was rescued only by desperate work by the lifesavers. An unknown British oil ship is reported ashore a few' miles north of Ocracoke inlet. Lifesavers tonight were attempting to reach her. Three miles south an unknown schooner, with one mast standing, and no signs of life on board, is reported pounding in the breakers. At Beaufort many small craft were cap sized or smashed against the harbor breakwater, over Which the seas were running. The steamer M. M. Marks had her propeller and rudder damaged. Mail boats from (’ore sound reported that all wharves 25 mile's along tin.* shore had been destroyed, many houses blown down and hundreds of cattle and horses drowned. No loss of life was reported in that section. It was reported at Norfolk, Va.. that the wireless there had been unable to get into communication with the Beaufort or (’ape Matteras stations and that both the latter had been wrecked by the hurri cane. The Hatteraa wireless station is located near the scene of the reported Ocracoke disaster. It was also reported that the revenue cutter Seminole had been ordered to Ocracoke Island, where It is rumored several hundred lives were lost. Efforts to verify this rumor up to a late hour tonight were futile. SENATE MAY PASS TARIFF BILL BEFORE SATURDAY NIGHT (rnnflniicd from Page One) rate of duty on merchandise Imported In vessels of tlie other contracting party.” Secretary Bryan said that beyond the filing of the formal protests the nations Interested had not pursued their conten tions. France, however, announced that If the provision was adopted she would adopt a similar one and like uction is ex pected from the others. An amendment to the silk fabrics para graphs substituting for the ad valorem duty of 45 per cent a series of specific duties ranging from 45 cents to $..'.50 per pound was adopted today by the Senate. Fire in North Birmingham Fire broke out in the kitchen of a resi dence owned by James liilihouse and oc cupied by James High tower at 2S2J) Thirty fifth avenue at 11:30 o'clock last night. It was soon extinguished, following the arrival of the fire company from North Birmingham. The damage w'as $100 on Ings. It is said that the entire damage ings. It i ssaid that the entire damage Is covered by Insurance. ROBINSON’S LEG BROKEN BY FALL Sam Robinson, who resides at Idle wild, missed his step In the dark and fell into the basement of a tniilding under con struction at Twentieth street and Park avenue last night about 10:30 o’clock. Mr. Robinson, when picked up after his fall of about 12 feot, was found to be seriously bruised besides having a broken right leg. Shaw’s ambulance was summoned and he was removed to the South Highland in firmary, where it was said that he was resting easily. MAY GIVE FARMERS TIME 10 CONFORM TO NEW REGULATIONS Interstate Commerce Com* mission Inquires Into , Proposed Gin Box Penalty Washington, September 4.—(Special.) Mr. Clayton was today/furnished by the Interstate commerce commission with a copy of the following telegram sent by the commission to Mr. William P. Ross, chairman of the South Atlantic and Gulf steamship conference at New Orleans: “Farmers in southern states through their reports In Congress advise regula tion of steamship line effective at once, with penalty of $1 per bale cotton that comes from gin box larger than 27x">3 inches. They claim they have not had sufficient time to change boxes. That if requirement is effective immediately it will cost undreds of thousands of dol lars. They ask that effective date he postponed until January l. Cannot* this requirement be extended at least 30 days, fanners in meantime being advised that Kin boxes must be remodeled within that time to conform to new regulations? Ad vise.” OVERTON WILL NOT SEEK PLACE AGAIN Wedowee Man Says He Cannot Af ford to Neglect Business to Serve Another Term John \V. Overton of Wedov.: e, for merly a member of the* state nates while in Birmingham last nignt, an nounced that he would not he a can didate for another term In the legisla ture. “A certain amount of time should he given by every citizen to the service of tlie state.” said the Randolph cit izen. “But the business of being a per petual lawmaker is a mighty poor busi ness. I would like to return, but can not afford to do so.” Other well known people in Birming ham yesterday were Daniel i'ratt of Prattville and Henry .1. Willingham, stale superintendent of education. “BOW-CAT" CAUGHT Police Claim They Have Long List of Crimes Against Him George Williams, alias “Bow-Gat,” a negro, was captured yesterday after noon in Fourth alley near Eighteenth street by Gall Officer ('run';*. Th*> charges against “Bow-Cat” range from vagrancy to burglary and grand lar ceny. and are very numerous. It Is said by the police that this ne gro, who is about IS years old, has been a terror for several months, but owing to his remarkable* lleetnesss of foot has always avoided capture. He has been hunted and shot at ually by detectives and policemen, but seemed to bear a charmed life and his nimble legs always got him out of trouble until he was hemmed in Fourth alley yester day afternoon. There has hardly been a day on the police file in the last two or three months where there Is not a. complaint of the activities of “Bow-Cut.” It La, said of him that he was the cleverest sneak thief In Birmingham. The police claim to havo enough evidence to keep “Bow-Cat” in the mines for the rest of his natural life. Markus Accidentally Shot P. J. Markus, a painter, was accidently shot in the back yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock at Helena. He was brlught. to Birmingham on the Louis ville and Nashville railroad and Shaw's ambulance removed the wounded man to the South Highland infirmary, where it was stated early that ho was resting easy. Deaths and Funerals William Lubow According to news received in Bir mingham William Lubow, aged 70 years, Is dead In Denver, Col. The de ceased left Birmingham several months ago for the western city In the hope of curing tuberculosis. Ills death conn s as a great shock to his many friends and relatives in Birmingham. The remains of the deceased will ar rive In Birmingham on Saturday morn ing and the funeral services will take place Sunday afternoon, according to incomplete arrangements announced yesterday. Miss Edn E. Cross Funeral services over the remains tf Miss Kda K. Cross, aged 20 years, who died sit the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe (.‘ross, 8317 Un derwood avenue, yesterday morning, will be conducted at 10 o'clock this morning. Interment will follow In East Lake cemetery. Mrs. Ethel Mowrey The remains of Mrs. Ethel Mowrey, aged 21 years, who died at 7 o’clock yesterday morning, were sent to Hem lap yesterday afternoon for interment by Shaw & Sons. The deceased is sur vived by 11 ■ • r husband and father, George ft. Mize. A. C. Emery Fune:ai services over the remains of A Emery, aged 70 years, who died in Aden Wednesday, will be conducted this afternoon at I o'clock in Forest Hill cem etery. The deceased is survived by a widow and three daughters. Mrs. I. O. Stevenson Fum ral services over the rema i s of Mrs. I. O. Stevenson, who died Wednes day In Mulga, were conducted yesterday from the West End Christian church. In terment followed in Elmwood cemetery. Mrs. W. 8. Edwards Gadsden, September I.—(Special.)-*-Mrs. W. S. Edwards, 15 years old, wife of Dr. Ed wards, and one of the most prominent women of Gadsden, died yesterday at the heme of her sister, Mrs. B. S. Winning ham of Forsyth**. Gh. She had gone there early in the summer to recover her health. Burial was at Forsythe today." In addi tion to her husband site is survived by three children, Mrs. Frank Smith of Mont gomery, Sterling Edwards of Birming ham and Frank Edwards. i LIGE LOY, Undertaker. Phone 781 SHAW, the Undertaker. Phone • JOHNS Under* king Co. Phone 1001 Cincinnati THREE FAST TRAINS US PM., 8:ir*PM., 12:0] AM.