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Appear Before Senate Com mittee to State Their Objections to Proposed Currency Measure — Washington. September 5.-Prominent bankers asured the Senate banking and curency committee today that they thought &ny problems of credit contra* - tion resulting from enactment of the pending administration currency bill could he "worked out" so that the coun try's business would not he seriously af fected. A possible contraction of $1,800,000,000 in the present structure of bank credits was given by James B. Forgan. president of the First National hank of Chicago, as his estimate of the reduction that would have to be made in present loans to m°et changed conditions. "1 do not want to scare anyone," he added. "This does not mean that the thing cannot be worked out. This is sim ply the amount of contraction that would seem to have to take place to continue the banks on their present condition of credits." “Fatal Defect” Mr. Forgan. George M. Reynolds of the Continental and Commercial bank of Chi cago, and former Representative E. J. Mill of Connecticut, took part in the I presentation of the bankers' view throughout the day. Mr. Hill emphasized what he called a "fatal defect" the. fact thAt the bill did not make the banks re sponsible for the issuance of note and relieve the government of reliability. Mr. Reynolds criticised the features requir ing compulsory membership in the u , giona I reserve banks; compulsory red if - count between the regional hanks, and the failure to give the hanks representa tion on the federal reserve hoard. Mr. Forgan gave figures to demonstrate that under present banking conditions of credit is given throughout the country on each $1 of actual money reserve, li ■ estimated that if one-third of the pres ent reserves were transferred to the r* gional reserve banks notwithstanding t!?« discounts, banks might then receive from the regional banks loans and credos would have to he reduced by $1,800,000,000 to maintain the existing credit rati*) • i 18 to fl. r recodent Being het Mr. Hill said no other nation had at tempted to make itself responsible !•.»■• the payment of notes Issued by the banks and insisted the government would find it Impossible to secure an adequate reserve for the purpose while In Its attempt to supervise the issuance of all notes it in effect would become final Judge as to the individual credit of every bank borrower in the country. It was a mistake, he said, to make r - gional reserve hanks liable for the Instant payment in gold of notes issued through any other regional hank. He advocate] notes issued and guaranteed by the re gional banks and payable in gold only at t the bank of issue. .MICHIGAN READY TO RESUME PLACE IN BIG CONFERENCE Minneapolis. September 5. The Uni versity of Michigan is ready to irsumc membership in the "big nine* college conference, according to a statement received today by the Uniwtsity of Minnesota hoard of regents .from the governing board of the Michigan school. The communication recites that uni versities in thn Western conferenc.-e have reached an agreement that all rules be fore enforcement must he approved unanimously b.v members of Hie con ference. “Under these conditions." says the statement, "this board would we let am a resumption by the Uni »•«•» sity of Michigan of membership in me con ference." Buck Testifies Before Com mittee Probing Mine Conditions Washington. September 5.—Special agents of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway company fitted up the famous “armored" car which figured so prom inently in the Paint Creek coal strike, according to testimony today before the Senate committee investigating the recent strike in the West Virginia coal fields. E. Tj. Ruck, a < hesapeake .and Ohio train master, told the committee that the railroad paid for the st«el with which the car was lined and too spe cial agents fitted it up to give them selves protection in clearing the road to take “transportation*' men to tin mines and to carry on other business. He was unable to tell at whos * orders a machine gun was placed in the car, or who owned the gun. Attorneys for the coal operator. promised to produce witnesses who would explain this point. Bock could not remem tier upon whose request he had sent the armored cur to Charleston for the posse on the evening of the "shoot up" of Mucklow. Oapt. I* G. Levy and Capt. Fred W. Lester, in command of West Virginia militia companies sent to ’lie Point Creek district during martial law. tes tified to accepting employment with the coal operators as watchmen after mar tial law was ended. DR. ST A GO’S EDITORIAL Thinks Hobson’s Statement About O’Neal lost Him Many Votes Dr. J. W Stagg. formerly pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Birmingham who was here last night, stated that he j has written an editorial on ‘‘The Candi date’’ for the next issue of his paper at Geiger. Dr. Stagg has only recently been doing some editorial work as a side issue. “Did you read Hobson's statement on the the governor?” asked Dr, Stagg. “1 estiinate’that it has lost him a good many the usand votes. A man may dislike the governor of his stare personally, but lie should have more respect for tlie office itself than to use such language as Hob son used." Ignorance in Turkey The Turkish newspapers are unanimous in ascribing as the chief cause of the Turkish defeat the ignorance of the masses and the lack of a rational system of public education. They sum tip the situation In three words: idleness, ignor ance and fanaticism. Obviously the source of idleness and fanaticism is ig norance, which is st the root of all the national misfortunes, says the Eastern and Western Review. The “Tasvari Kfkar" gives some in structive data on this subject. For ex ample. in the case of Koniah, which has a population of more than 140,000. there are in the primary, secondary and high schools of the vilayet only 4'QO Mussulman pupils. In the city of Koniah only It per cent of the boys and 0 per cent of the girls attend school; the rest, even in the city proper, receive ro instruction whatever. In the smaller towns and villages the sit uation is incomparably worse; here the number of children attending school prob ably does not exceed 'J. per cent. This state of affairs must be remedied, and remedies without delay. “The school.” declares the Turkish pa pers. “is our future salvation. To it we must devote all our strength and energy. We must frankly recognize our faults in order to correct them. We must resolve, once for all, to look abroad for assist ance. Two or three administrative edu cators will suffice iif a few years to reor ganize this branch of our national activi ty upon which our whole future depends." Would Holp Alone From the Boston Transcript. A somew hat choleric gentleman, while waiting for his train, entered a oarher s shop to be shaved. The barber was very dellbciute in his movements, and the slow manner In which he applied the lather got upon the shavee’s nerves. At last his patience gave way and ho mated out: "More! for heaven’s sake hold the i brush still and I’ll wiggle my head.” I Your Fall Clothes i Should receive your Immediate atten tion--and Sommer’s is splendidly equipped to make >ou the garments that will give you the utmost satis faction. II will only require a few minutes of your time to put this state men; to the test. You are the judge and the jury both—and we gladly welcome your verdict. Just try the case—that’s all we ask. Harrison & Co. Woolens Are recognized the world over as the standerA of im ported woolens We are the exclusive representatives in the south of these Edinburgh weavers, and we show a splendid assortment of their products. Our 20 years or more ex perience as successful tailors | is a positive guarantee that our materials, our designing, our workmanship and our prices will be entirely to your liking. ' j Women of Mexican Army Can Fight As Well As Men V If constitutionalists IH "DESTROYING A "EtelPGE j ITT.-iUU.~—r .I''4 TWO WOMEN SOLPIERS Mexican women are taking an active part in the present disturbance in Mexico. The woman seen above standing guard on the destruction train travels and fights in the ranks of the constitutionalists, and many of them are known to have fought desperately at their husbands’ sides. Another pict-l iiro shows two Mexican women on horseback. They are also connected withi tlie constitutional army and have won high merit for their bravery. Another view shows the Mexican National Itailway bridge near Durango. ’J'lie abut ments were blown up with dynamite by the constitutionalists and the entire woodwork burned. k--—--1 ' fluASlB- OH THS P&SreucriON TRAIN Serves Notice That Rela tions as Fiscal Actu aries Will Soon Be Terminated New York, September 5.—.1, F. Mor gan & Co., served notice todav upon tin New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad company of their intention to end their connection as fiscal actuaries of the railroad. This notice was made publl * by the New Haven’s executive committ-e. The committee authorized ’he Pres ident to install without stin safety appliances and signals to insure safety of passengers. The letter notifying tiie c.mimittei of the intention of the firm to sever financial connection with the New Ha ven was presented by J. P. Morgan per sonally and was addressed to President Elliott. The letter follows: “In the existing fiscal agency agree ment between ourselves and your com pany. it is provided that tiie arrange ment shall continue until tin* lapse of days after either party shall have viven notice to the other of a desire to terminate the same. Terminate Arrangements “We hereby notify you that it is our desire that the arrangements be terminated upon the lapse of CO days | from this date, or at such earlier dale | as shall be agreeable to you.” Mr. Morgan told the committee tha; I similar letters had been sent to the j boards of directors of the Boston and Maine and the Maine Central railroad, New Haven subsidiaries. President Elliott declined '-o discuss the action of the Morgan firrr.. For many years the Morgan'firm has acted as the financial agent of the New Haven road and recently* it hau undertaken to underwrite $6".000,000 h per cent debenture bonds to be used j principally for refunding purposes and I for betterments and improvement work, i Much of the committee’s time today I was taken up with a discussion of the J Wallingford w reck. The committee I voted to reaffirm its resolution adopt ed by the directors October ! i. 19! l', in which the president of the company was instructed to cause the most searching Investigation into the oom petenc •• of engineers and which direct ed “that there shall be no limitation placed upon the installation of signals, safety appliances or anything else that will improve the safety of passenger travel.” The Anal paragraph said “fhat all j ! assenger equipment purchased in tin future shall be of steel type.” This resolution was lirst adopted soon after the Westport. Conn., wreck in I which nine persons were killed and 50 j iniuretl. President Elliott told the committ *e that already he had ordered tho prose cution of the work of in«tall*ng sig nals between New Haven and Spring Mold pushed as rapidly as possible, j Tonight President Elliott su’d the I company was expediting with all pos sible haste the construction of steel cars. JELKS LEAVES FOR WASHINGTON TODAY Former Governor W. F>. Jelks, national executive committeeman from Alabama, will leave thiR morning for Washington. ! He will he accompanied by Mrs. Jelks. Ex-Governor Jelks stated yesterday that rhe trip to Washington was on purely pri vate business, but that he and Mrs. Jelks would go on to Atlantic City and probably be away from Birmingham lu days or two weeks. EASTERN SECTION OF HOT SPRINGS RAZED BY TERRIFIC FIRE <Coniinupil from Page One) it was apparent that water would be of no avail, but this also faileik EXPLOSIVES SAVED HEART OF CITY The burned distilct for some distance skirts tiie business section and several times the shifting winds headed the lire for the main business thoroughfare. Cen tral avenue, but each time the free use of explosives and ati opportune change in the wind saved it. Before nightfall the j task of checking the llames was aban | doned and the combined fighting forces ! turned their efforts toward keeping the fire beaded toward the south and awav from the main part of the city. This much was accomplished. The city is now in confusion and dark ness except for the glow of the dying lire, which casts shadows over a scene of desolation. Karly in the evening Mayor McClendon ordered all saloons closed and called a mass meeting of citizens at the city hall. A police patrol of UiiO men were sworn in to patrol the fire swept district. So far there has been no disorder. All the homeless have been cared for tempor arily and plans have been started to systematize the work of succor tomor row. Many offers of assistance in fire fighting apparatus, financial aid, food and clothing have been received but it is believed that outside aid will not he needed. Business was practically suspended to night excefu that necessary to provide for the immediate wants of those who suffered the loss of their homes. The lack of light and power prevented the operation of the street car system, the publication of newspapers and other in dustries depending on motive power from the city's plant. General Manager Dillon of the public utilities commission states that a tem porary light and power service will be established within 30 days and in three months the utilities will be working to ! their capacity again. The natural gas supply-was not Inter fered with. Regimental Colors There is nothing in the British army around which so much sentiment and [romance lingers as the regimental col ors says Tit Bits. In the old days they were taken into battle, and histor iang have told many a thrilling story of hand-to-hand fights when the safety of the colors of the regiment has been threatened. Today, however, when a regiment goes to war its colors arc left behindJ It was the death of a. couple of young officers of the South Wales Borderers. who were killed while endeavoring to prevent, the colors of which they had charge from falling into the hands of the enemy at the bai lie of Isandhwana. which led to this rule being enforced in 1881. Two colors, known as the* “King's” and the “regimental.' are allowed to every infantry battalion. They are made of silk, with gold fringed edges an.i cords and tassels of crimson an.l gold, mounted on a staff 8ft. Tin. long. Tiie King's color, always of the same pattern, shows the union jack on ji blue ground, while the “regimental” has a wreath of rose.1, shamrocks and thistles with the regiment's motto ami crest, surrounded by a list of the var ious battles in which It has a ken part, says the Evening Standard. All colors used in the army are in the instance supplied by the army clothing factory at Pimlico, and before being issued a special religious service is held upon them. When a ^regiment is presented with new colors, which hap pens about once in 20 years—although the Guards’ regiment, which use their [colors more often than do other regi ments, are given fresh sets every 10 years—the old ones are usually de posited In the cathedral or parish chuch of the territorial headquarters In the old days no one seemed to trouble much what became of the col ors. with the result that they often found their way into auction rooms and pawn shops. The state, however, now Insists on the old colors of any regiment remaining the'ir property, and on no account must be sold or given to a private person. The colors are always escorted by non-commissioned officers, termed col or sergeants. There are eight of these “non-coms” in a battalion, and as a badge of rank they wear two crossed flags embroidered on the right arm. and have precedence over all other »er ffeanta in a company. WESTERN FUEL CO. 10 BE FiNED $2000 BY JUDGE POOLING Directs Imprisonment of Secretary Norcross. Ask Deference of Execution San Francisco, September *. -Judge Maurice T. Pooling in th«* United ! States district court today ordered a j line of $-000 imposed on the Western Fuel company and directed the imprls ! onment of DavlfJ C. Norcross. secretary j of the company, for contempt bccaus. of the refusal to produce the company'! books before the federal grand jury which is investigating- alleged customs weighing frauds. Counsel for the Western Fuel com pany and Secretary Norcross asked tha; execution "of the court’s orders lie de ferred until Monday and this was granted by Judge Pooling. Refusal to produce die books before the grand jury was based on several grounds. The company contended that the books already had been examined by federal officials prior to the return ing of the indictments under which eight of its officers and employes arc soon to he tided. It was asserted that several drays would he* required to con vey all the hooks to the grand jurv room and that the company would have t•> suspend business while the book* were out of its possession. Attorneys for the government said the books were wanted at th.’s time tc trace alleged connection of customs agents with the weighing frauds charged against the companv with the view of obtaining indictments against men not. heretofore accused. The indictments against the Western Fuel company charge that it defraud ed the government out of hundreds ol thousands of dollars by returning false weights on imported coal supplied t< American owned steamships on whicii a portion of the duty is remitted. It js alleged that rebates were obtained on much more coal than actually wa - supplied these vessels. Baseballists Injuries Tn -looking over the list of injuries one is struck by the absence, among so ma~> baseball men. of any cases of “Charley horse." The “Bonesetter” was asker about this, says Leslie's Weekly. "Oh," said he, “ charley-horse’ is ? newspaper word. Every time a bal player gets lame the sporting editors sa: he has the ‘charley-horse.’ Now. I've been treating baseball players for 1 years, arifl in all that time have seen onl> two cases of ’charley-horse.’ The firs case was brought in here 17 years age by Jimmy .McAleer—now of the Bostor Red Sox—and he had it had. I’ve see* only one case since. ‘Charley-horse’ wai so named because the horses that puller the horse cars used to get lame on tin cobbles, and couldn’t use one foot, whicl simply dragged after them. That was th< way Jimmy McAleer came in here, drag ging one foot.” “What about pitchers?’’ the “Boneset ter" was asked. “Well.” he explained, “as you may im agine, the pitchers come in here witl bum arms. The straight ball pitchers throw their arms out and strain the ten dons in the shoulder. The curve ball pitcher catches it In the elbow. .The mus cles with which he curves his ball, bj twisting the hand and the wrist. arc based at the elbow and got misplaced. T’ve got them spotted. Send me a pitcher T never saw. and by feeling of his arm and shoulder 1 can tell you the kind of ball he specializes in, whether it is straight, curved, or what not. The field ers catch it in the knee caps.” Knew His Business From Life. Owner of Apartment House—Ta the new janitor experienced? Agent—You bet he is. He wasn't on the job half an hour before all the bells and speakiiig tubes were out of commis sion. * • ’ SULZER TANGLE To Test Validity of Signa ture Granting Extra dition Papers Schnectady, ' N. Y., September n. Whether the signature of William Sul zer as governor is valid on an extradi tion warrant was thrown into the su preme court here today when Richard Flathers refused to return to -Los Angeles. Cal., on extradition papers signed by Governor Sulzer. A r w weeks ago a warrant was issued in Los An geles for Richard Cole on i charge 'that he obtained possession of t motor cycle and se.nt it to Boston. Detectives ! arrested Flathers here on suspicion wf being Cole. He was discharged in po lice court today and immediately was arrested on a warrant given by Gov ernor Sulzer to J. K. FTrvens. a Los Angeles detective who wa® armed with requisition payers from the governor of California. The police say Flathers admits he is Cole. Attorney George B. Smith, represent ing the prisoner, asked Justice Whlt myer of the supreme court for a writ of habeas corpus on the ground that the extradition warrant was not prop erly executed In that It w'as not slgrfed by the governor of New York state. The writ was granted and is returnable here tomorrow. Good Guess Kitty—Mr. Huggins asked me to sit in the hammock with him last night. What do you think? Marie—1 think you got In. \ , I / The Manj?'ed Body of J. L. Crockett Found on Tracks 1 Near Opelika Opelika, September 5.—(Special.) early this mooning the mangled and lifeless body of .1. T,. Crockett, a young white man of Birmingham), was dis covered on the Central of Georgia rail road track one mile west of this city. A large hole land been knocked in hit head and one arm and one leg had been severed from the body. The railroad officials hene had the body carried to a local undertaking parlor where it was ,prepared for bur ial. Crockett and another man were seen here late yesterday and last night. ( It is presumed they boarded a freight train here adout 12 o’clock, and it is believed Crockett either fell or was knocked from the train. Crockett’s relatives were located la Birmingham and informed of the trag edy. They wired to shifr> the body t« Birmingham, which was* done. The remains of J. I* Crockett ar* rived in Birmingham at 10:110 o’olocli from Opelika las* night and, .were at once transferred to the umlfcrtaklng rooms of Johns & Co. It was stated that the relatives of the deceased would announce no funeral»arrange ments until this morning. Largest Stock of Shoes in the South to Select Prom * —.. . 1905 Third Ave. Birmingham Spot Cash 1904 2d Avenue I Bessemer I Our Stocks Are Now Complete With All The New Fall Shoes SPECIAL Boys' and girls’ 25c ?i Ribbed Hose for school wear— 18c On sale second floor. High Shoes for men, women and children, in all the new est styles at extremely low prices, quality considered. Low Heel Patent and Dull Kid S^.45 A Pair Patent and Dull Leather $1.95 A Pair Very special. Kidney Heel Button Boot3 Patent or dull kid $4.45 A Pair A regular value. Bk Bovs’ a G unmetal and patent school shoes i Infants’ Fijie Soft Ivicl But ton Shoes 85c ^ Hand sewed Girls’ Solid Leather But ton Shoes Sizes up to 11 Men’s Tan or Gun metal $3.45 , A Pah-. [ Broad Toe, in All Leathers •\$2.95 \ Pnir. We Are Sole Agents For Neitleton and Stacy Adams Fine Shoes for Men $6, $6.50, $7 and $8 a Pair Fractional anti combination sizes for feet that are hard to fit. MAIL ORDERS FILLED ON RECEIPT OF PRICE 1905 Third Ave. Birmingham We Give Green Trading Stamps 1904 2d Avenue Bessemer .... ,11 ii r-i^J '