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E. W. BtRRErr.Editor Entered at the Birmingham, Ala., poatoffice as second clasB matter under act of Congress March 3, 1879. Dally and Sunday Agc-yerald... . $8.00 Dally and Sunday per month. *0 Dally and Sunday, three months.. 2.00 Weekly Age-Herald, per annum... -00 Sunday Age-Herald. 2*00 A. J. Eaton, Jr., and O. E. Young are the only authorized traveling repre sentatives of The Age-llerald in Its cir culation department. No communication will he published without its author’s name. Uejecton manuscript will not he returned unless •lamps are enclosed /or that purpose. Remittances can be made at current rate of exchange. The Age-Herald will not be responsible for money sent through the mails. Address, THE AGE-HERALD, Birmingham, Ala. Washington bureau, 207 Hibbs build ing. . European bureau, 6 Henrietta street. Covent Garden, London. Eastern business office. Rooms 48 to SO. inclusive. Tribune building. New York city; Western business office. Tribune building. Chicago. The S. C Beckwith Special Agoncy, agent* ror Ign advertising. TELEPHONE Bell (private exchange connecting nil departments), Main 41M)0. The elephant hath joint** • • • hi* lega are leg* for neee**lt.v, not for flexnre. —'Troilu* and Cre*.*lda. 4 Huerta's Little Joke A sense of humor has often saved a bad situation, but it is a slender reed to lean upon when a person’s plight is so serious as that of the provisional President of Mexico’s. It is announced in the dispatches from the City of Mexico that Huerta lias declared that not only will he re fuse to obey the order of the United States to relinquish office, but that hr will raise his army to half a million men ar.d bi ready for any eventuality his contumacy may cause. Huerta is not at all specific. Where he is going to get the half million men and the many million dollars it will require to pay them are among the unsolvable mysteries. There are no nten in the penitentiaries except those he has put there for opposing his despotism. They would hardly prove reliable soldiers in a crisis. There is no more money in the gov ernment’s strong box. Already his slender army is demanding pay. Huerta’s attempt to pose as a humorist will prove no more success ful than his effort to play the part of Porfirio Diaz. The Usual Procedure No Ervin Pope precedent is going to be smushed by a Calhoun county jury, whatever the supreme court may do. For the fifth time Pope has J been tried at Anniston on a charge of murder, convicted, and his punish ment fixed as death. The last jury completed its work Friday. The case will be appealed to the Bupreme court, of course, but this step may be delayed by motions for a new trial or such matters which our law so plentifully supplies. What the su preme court will do cannot he pre dicted with the degree of certainty one may feel in prophesying a Cal houn county jury's actions in an Ervin Pope case. Each of Pope’s five trials before a jury had the identical outcome. The cause has already been before the supreme court six times, that tribunal twice reversing itself and the other four times reversing the Calhoun jury. Now the supreme court will have another chance. _ _ Posting Legal Fares The city ordinance requiring the owner of each dray, hack or taxicab to post the legal fare rates in a con spicuous place in the vehicle was passed for the protection of the public. If the public is ready to be protected, the ordinance should be enforced not only today, but next week and next year as well. A new order has been issued by the police department requiring compli ance with the provisions of the law. A similar order was issued some time ago, and for a while was enforced. Then the drivers grew “negligent.” The ordinance gradually drifted over to the pile of deadwood wjjicli occupies so large a place in the city code. It is probable that the drivers are not so “negligent” as the police think. No doubt many a sign was taken down , when the drivers began to realize that the police were not going to insist that it be kept up. A “fare” will not v submit to an overcharge when he sees before him a placard setting forth the legal rate._ The Bears and the Honey “Just look what we did to Everett Colby in New Jersey,” shouts the re publican at the progressive, “just look what we did to Gussie Gardner in Massachusetts,” shrieks the progres sive at the republican. This recurring but not particularly illuminating col »,ldquy which daily eonsums space in the newspapers makes this news story of especial interest right now: Sheffield, PA.—W. W. Williams, a farmer, came across two big black bears fighting over a hollow tree trunk full of honey In a clearing In a goods near Sugar Kill! yesterday. The bears were ■o busy tearing eac hother that they failed to notice Mr. Williams, who got behind a big tree tv her ene could watch the battle. Tit* smaller of Utu iwo got a hold on At Last an Elephant for the Children’s Zoo A zoo without an elephant is something like the play of Hamlet with Hamlet left out. Birmingham has had a zoological park for sometime. Many interesting animals are there, and children never tire of looking at them; but the boys of Birmingham have longed for the day when an elephant would be added to the collection. Well, an elephant has been purchased for the zoo. It is an elephant of quality; it is one of the best trained of the great animals belonging to the Hagenbeck-Wallace shows. A trained elephant has large money value; but The Age-Herald, which started the zoo movement years ago, found this u propitious time to acquire the greatly desired attraction, and consummated the trade yes terday in Tuscaloosa on a cash basis. Speaking of elephants, it is a curious fact that while the monai-ch of the jungle has been known to civilization from ancient times, the word “elephant” does not occur in the Bible. Ivory, which has been used from time immemornial in the fine arts, is referred to in scripture; but as there were no elephants in Palestine, those who wrote the Old Testament had doubtless never seen one of these wonderful beasts. Shakespeare not only refers to elephants but from his references it is plain that he had seen one, probably in a show in London. The ancients used elephants in war. The Carthagenians when they first attacked the Romans employed great herds of them as a van guard. These elephants struck terror to the Romans, but after the Roman soldiers had learned that the huge creature was not always as savage as had been thought, they grew less panicky when the Carthagenians pushed their elephants to the front. The ancient Queen Semiramis was so impressed with the affrighting effect of elephants on the enemy that she had sham ones made and lined up in mighty phalanx. Theodore Roosevelt, who has written a great deal about natural his tory7, and especially about the wild beasts of Africa, has a most inter esting and entertaining article in the October Scribner’s entitled “The Life History of the African Elephant.” “The elephant,” says Colonel Roosevelt, “instead of growing in stu pidity as well as weight has become the most intelligent of the gram inivores with an emotional and intellectual nature sufficiently complex to make him a subject of endless interest to the observer.” To show what acute mental processes elephants have, Roosevelt states that in recent years since they have been hunted so much they never drink twice in the same place. They often go 20 miles for water, even when they know a spring or stream is close by. They used to drink in the day time, but now they never drink except at night. All this change in their daily habits has come about from a well thought out plan of avoiding the ' man with the gun, who is in the business of slaying elephants for their tusks. Elephants are near-sighted, but it will not do for the small boy to take too much for granted along this line. For an elephant, even if his sight is poor, can always distinguish a chew of tobacco when of fered him; and as we all know the efephant detests the weed. The Age-IIerald elephant arrived in Birmingham yesterday after noon and it had not been long in town before it began to entertain children and grownups with tricks learned in the^ circus. The elephant seemed to say to the little ones that it had come here to be their friend. And certain it is that all of them will do their best to make “Fancy” feel at home. the other's back with his teeth. The bat tle then ended suddenly-, the larger hear gasping twice and rolling over dead. The victor, sorely wounded, toll on Ills victim, dying in a few minutes. Mr. Williams found both bears smeared with honey they lmd drawn from the tree trunk. He got a team and help, loaded the two bears onto liU wagon* and the ntook 400 pounds of line honeycomb from the hollow trunk. The democratic party is playing the part of Mr. Williams with the greatest equanimity. Let the progress sives and the republicans continue in the roles of the bears. Cutting Out Criminality A judge at Brcnton Harbor, Mich., sent two prisoners to a doctor at Evanston, 111., to be operated upon surgically with a hope that their crim inal tendencies might be removed. The knife has been used, and the prison irs are again hack in Michigan. Each declares that ho no longer feels called upon to go out and blow a safe or climb a porch. “We are men now,” they declare. “No longer are we obsessed with an uncontrollable desire to get drunk and do something real bad. We are confident that our cure is final and complete." rile judge pul commence m uie knife and the testimony of the pair upon which it had been used. The two prisoners were paroled. The judge has great faith—and a justifiable faith—in the wonders of modern sur gery. He has sought to put it to a supreme test. And if he has been the | instrument whereby two men crimi I nally inclined have been relieved of : their delinquencies and afforded op portunities to become useful members i of society, has tie, not done well? j But— , With paroles dangling before their | eyes, could those two prisoners have | been expected to say anything but ■ what they did? .. ——=-— All know Uiat a greed lor notoriety is one of the represenslble failings of the times, but few suspected that a congressman should bo far forget dig nity and Recency as to arise in his seat and protest against his colleagues giv ing a wedding present to a daughter of a President. A St. Louis man will inherit $10,000 if he stays on the water wagon two years. It may seem to him a high price to pay, but ho can constantly contem plate what a joyous bun $10,000 could buy when he gets it. • An alarmist declares that we shall all be wearing wooden shoes before long. In that case father will have mol’d reason than ever before to re move his shoes before climbing the stairs at 4 G. M. Detective William J. Burns says there ia much more graft in Europe than there is in the United States. But Charles F. Murphy says he has no in tention of buying an estate in Ire land. The United States' -goliteral arbitration treaty* with Switzerland has been e>. tended for a period of five years. Huerta need no longer rely upon any assistance from that quarter. Glad tidings for the children. The Birmingham zoo is going to have an elephant on its hands with a capacity for peanuts that is guaranteed. May she live long and prosper! A missonary says U.OOU.OOO would convert Turkey to Christianity. Money Is not going to mako very many devout Mussulmans Christians, and persuasion won't do It either. A minstrel show has been substi tuted for football as a means of en tertainment for Ohio convicts. Crack ing jokes is tamer sport than cracking heads. While "those behind cry 'forward,’ and those in front cry 'back,'” the Washington administration seems to he handling the Mexican situation fairly well. Oscar Wilde’s nephew claims that his famous uncle is alive. As the nephew lives in Paris, some people shake their heads wisely and say, "Absinthe.'' Let it be understood from the start that Tammany has no intention of put ting a sign up on Tammany Hall that reads. "For Rent.” It takes yiighty little vindicating to satisfy some men. Sulzer’s post-elec tion interviews show that he is almost tickled to death. A New York pugilist shot his wife because she wouldn’t support him any longer. New way of punching a meal ticket. Governor Foss of Massachusetts has joined the melancholy ranks of people who ponder on "What might have been." Illinois is gradually going dry. but there arc still a number of wet spots in the hustling city of Chicago. What has become of the old fash ioned man whose necktie was always riding his collar? It is predicted that Murphy will have to walk the plank. We suggest that It be a short one. The suffragettes might be employed | to quell tlie uprising In Ulster. STILL STRONG From the Montgomery Advertiser. Captain Hobson says Mr. Underwood is not as strong now as he was two weeks ago. Tho captain is mistaken, but even if he were correct in his ob servation, we think Mr. Underwood would still be strong enough to poll be tween 70 and SO per cent of the demo cratic votes of tlie state. POINTKU PARAGRAPHS From the Chicago News. Secret of happiness—Pass it along. Hive some men an Inch of rope and they'll rope you in. Blessed is the man who doesn't give offense. Also unusual. Some married men make ideal com panions—away from home. A low grade man judges his friends by what they are willing to do for lii m. A bright man can learn almost as much by doing as he docs by being done. When a woniun asks a man if he loves her. she always knows the an swer In advance. On the other hand, a lawyer is mind ing his own business when lie pries into that of other people. Occasionally we meet a woman who actually believes her husband knows as much as lie thinks he knows. A married woman says the way to lie happy with a husband is to learn to be happy without him moat of the tim*. . „i. i. IN HOTEL LOBBIES t Plrnieil With flip* C hances "1 am much pleased with the outlook for my candidacy,” said C. H. Greer, editor of the Marion Standard, who is seeking the position of Secretary of State. “I have visited different sections of Alabama, and everywhere my friends tell me that I have an excellent chance of I being elected. I feel greatly encour aged. It seemsfto me indeed that I will j be a sure winner. “Alabama is enjoying great prosperity I at this time. Last year and the year I before witnessed a high degree of pros | perlty in the agricultural sections, but j I think the cotton farmers are making | a now high record now. The high price l of cotton i.Sfit greAt thing for Alabama. “Looking back a few years, anyone who travel^ through the country can see what strides Alabama has made. Every body is now in favor of good roads, and the time will soon come when the mud road will be a thing of the past.” Free l>lM|»en*ary ( uuvhm “The movement for the University Free dispensary has been finely organized, and I when we begin Tuesday to canvass for the money—$125,000—1 anticipate a generous re sponse on the part of our well-to-do citizens,” suid a member of the execu tive committee. “Fifteen years ago. when Birmingham was much smaller than it Is now* and when business men as a rule were far from rich, no one thought of trying to raise large amounts for philanthropy; but within the past fivo or six years great things have been done in a public spir ited way. About $25,000 was raised to j nid in building the $50,000 or $00,000 wing I to St. Vincent’s hospiti^. A total of sev I oral hundred thousand dollars was raised for the Young Men's Christian associa tion and the Young Omen's Christian association, and I have no doubt what* | ever that we will have the free dispen sary fund over-subscribed.” Interest in Good Music Maurice Lee Fulcher of Chicago, gen eral representative of Harry Culbertson, | th«> well-known manager of musical art I ists, lias been spending a few’ days in Birmingham. Ho talks interestingly of "matters musical. “I am decidedly encouraged to find in* I telligent interest in high-class music in this as in other parts of the country,” said Mr. Fulcher. “I om yet a young man, but In my day there has been won derful progress in musical taste. There Is scarcely a town of 5000 population in the United States now that-does not have the opportunity of hearing celebrated art ists and chamber quartets. Nearly even" Large city has a symphony orchestra, and when these orchestras go on tour they usually play in the smaller cities to large and discriminating audiences.” Church Cully Movement A meeting has been called for No vember 19, in New York, of the advisory committee on the proposed world con ference to consider church unity. That eommlueo is made up of representatives of various communions. Robert II. Gard iner of Gardiner, Me., secretary, writes: “Among the matters to be considered by the advisory committee are: (1)* Dis cussion as to the expenses of the fur ther preparations for the conference; (2). What preliminary steps might be taken to carry into effect the following sug gestion made at the Hotel Astor confer ence: 'That in order that the world con ference may have a maximum value, the questions there to be considered shall be formulated in advance by committees of competent men, representative of various schools of thought, these committees to be appointed at early a date as is * consistent with assurance that their truly representative character cannot be suc cessfully challenged.' “The orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem has shown marked interest in the sub ject of unity; and among those most re cently heard from is Mar Geevarghcse Dionysius, metropolitan of the Ancient Syrian church in India, who writes ex pressing a cordial interest in the sugges tion of the world conference." l.nrge Building Operations “Birmingham lias grown so fast in recent years that only those who are here frequently can keep up with It,’* said W. F. Windham of Detroit. % “When 1 was here four years ago, Birmingham impressed me as a wide awake city, but it seems to have ac complished more since then than in all the previous years put together, so far as the business district property is con cerned. I am tokl that the suburbs and outlying sections have developed in a Handsome way, but I have only seen the central part. The building operations here are on a large scale. I think Bir mingham is going to outstrip all southern cities in population and in wealth.” Maud Powell's Treat "Maud Powell, the great violinist, wjll give a recital at the Orpheum theatre November 30,” said J. E. Shelby, presi dent of the Cable-Shelby-Burton Plano company. “Ag all music lovers know, she is one of the greatest violinists In the world. She gave a recital on a Sunday after noon at the Jefferson theatre season before last and delighted a great au dience. She is one of the American art ists who Is In groat vogue In Europe as well as tills country. So far as I know, no other violinist of distinction will be. here this season.’*, SKYSCRAPER OF THE FUTURE From Popular Mechanics. , Skj^crapor building Is changing and progressing so rapidly that the tall build ings of today are evidently in a transi tion stage. While skyscrapers not yet 30 years old are being torn down because they are out of dute and innovations are appealing in each new building, proplia cies of the future city orflce structure, characteristic of American life, are com ing from engineers and architects. That It will bo a community building Is the common belief—and that it will be large. It will cover half or all of a city block, perhaps 10,000 to 1U0.000 square feet. Its ground floor will lie u network of corri dors and arcades to accommodate shops, and it will have subway and aerial, as well., as street entrances. But the change that Is most confi dently expected is greater lightness and economy of construction. Tills is to be accomplished lirst by a change In the steel skeleton. The use of harder steel—nickel, chrome nickel, or vanadium steel—will re duce the weight of the skeleton and prob ably its cost. Added to this is the 'abandonment of masonry. The modern skyscraper, it Is claimed, needs only a screen to protect It from weather, water and fire; heavy masonry Is useless. A sheathing of from ! four to eight inches of vitidlied clay or ! concrete will supplant the stone walls land the resulting lightness of the steel framework will reduce the weight of the ' building 50 per cent. Foundations will NED BRACE TELLS HOW THE CHILDREN HAVE SECURED THEIR VERY OWN ELEPHANT □HE Boys- Zoo Elephant is finally a reality. Several years ago, when X was younger, and before little Ned Brace—now over 3 years of age—saw the light of day, and when Sam Clabaugh, editor of the Tuscaloosa News, was a school boy reporter on Tho Age-XIerald, and Boze man Bulger was the Sports reporter, we Inaugurated a movement for a Boys' Zoo In Birmingham, and tho boys of Birming ham raised a fund with which to buy an elephant. They then elected Joe Saks as treasurer and Webb W. Crawford, the popular and expert banker, as trustee and guardian of the fund. Something like four hundred dollars was raised and de posited with Mr. Crawford, who agreed that his bank would pay 4 per cent Inter est on the money. At that time several animals were do nated. There were some foxes and some wolves and an eagle, and unfortunately a rattlesnake. Some pens were built by I.esllc Fulenwider, who was the president of the Birmingham Realty company, In what Is known as Magnolia park, adjoin ing the engine house about Flvo X“otnts. The animaJs had been there a week or two and the elephant fund was growing, when Mr. Thomas IX. Molton and others interested in property thereabouts made a vigorous protest to the mayor and al dermen and the then street commissioner, John McCartin, to remove the animals on the ground that they were unsanitary and dangerous. Neither the then mayor nor any member of the hoard of aldermen, nor Mr. McCartin, had tho nervo or the courage to oppose the boys In their movement under the leadership of the boy reporters of The Age-Herald In es tablishing a zoo. But all of a sudden, one dark night, all the animals disappeared and the pens were razed to the ground. It was ru mored the next day that, a big Irishman by the name of John McCartln. In his Individual capacity and dressed In the garb of a member of the Ku Ivlux Klan, led a few amateur fox hunters, likewise clad, and raided tho *00. Certainly there was nothing left of it the next day ex cept a few bills for food for tho extinct animals, which had to be paid out of the fund In the hands of Ouardlan Webb Crawford. Some day John McCartin will have to go before his father confessor and tell the truth. Otherwise, now being a con tractor of prosperity and princely cloth ing, Including, I am told, a silk hat, he will have to do something toward the real Zoo, with a real Elephant In It, at Avondale park. * * * Although Webb W. Crawford, the bank er, only had some four hundred dollars left of this elephant fund when tho Mag nolia Zoo park was raided, like the splen did follow he Is, when the grown-up boys went to him yesterday with the writer, he computed compound interest on the fund he had In tho American Trust and Savings bank and promptly made It over 0110 hundred dollars interest—or all told about five hundred and forty-one dollars. * * * The Elopliant purchased was the trick Elephant of the Hagcnback-Wallace show—“Fancy” by name. Haling started tho movement among tlie boys of The Age-Herald and It, being originally a movement on tho part of The Age-Herald, we boys of The Age- . Herald subscribed five hundred dollars additional, and Mr. Ford of the Street Railway company duplicated our sub scription. So »e had fifteen hundred dol lars; and having to pay two thousand cash for the Elephant to the circus people In Tuscaloosa yesterday we bor rowed five hundred more from the bank, expecting real human people interested in children's pleasures and a children's Zoo to voluntarily come up to the counter of The Age-Herald or the American Trust' bank and make It good. But whether or no, we’ve got the Ele phant. How Fancy came up from Tuscaloosa and when she will arrive at the Zoo is told In another column. While I am not an Elephant expert. I’ve had my mind on getting an Elerhant for the children of Birmingham for many years, and I do believe that we now* have the best dispositioned, the best trained, the most gentle and the most lady-Uko Elephant In all the world. She likes children. She will ride them on her hack, and she will eat all the peanuts they will give her. She Is not as big as Jumbo, but she is something like eight feet tall, weighs several tons and her keeper says she was belter pleased In Birmingham than in any other town site has visited. Fancy having come to Birmingham to take her place in the Zoo the boys and girls of the Schools of Birmingham will no doubt give the Elephant coming among us a royal welcome. That we finally have a good Elephant for the children's Zoo Is Indeed a pleas ure and gratification to ' ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES THE CREDIT SYSTEM. ‘‘Dobbs threatens to write the story of his life.” "That could be summed up in a felv words.” "And they are?” *' Bought, but not paid for.’" AN EASY MARK. ‘Your husband seems to t>e popular at all the poker parties.” “Yes. That’s because ho always has plenty of money in his pockets and n very slight knowledge of the game in his head." NO DESSERT. ••Pa, what does it mean when poli ticians eat crow?” "It means, my son, that they won't got any pie.” OVERLOOKED. “What is Mrs. Gadder's latest iad?" “Teaching sanitation to the Hotten tots." “Well, of course, with her eyes fixed on a spot so far from home, she can't see tlie unspeakable condition of her own backyard.” PROGRESS. All, yes, the Filipino Has much Improved his lot; He's bought a speedy auto And learned the turkey trot. CURIOUS TO KNOW. “Sir, I aspire to do great things," said the promoter, with a grand and lofty air. “That being the case,” murmured his latest client, “why waste time on me?” QUESTIONABLE PROCEDURE. "Some men show their generosity by giving all their property to their wives.” "That used to be a form of gener osity, but nowadays an act like that Is apt to make people think the hus band 1b merely trying to impose on hi I wife the onerous duty o_l’ paying nn in come tax.” GOING OUT BRISKET. Alfred 'Wallace, a noted scientist who shares with Darwin the fame of hav ing taught tlie theory of evolution, died recently in London at the age of 91 years. On his ninetieth birthday he issued a statement. In which he said; "I have come to the general conclu sion that there has been no advance either in intellect or morals since the days of the earliest Egyptians. "Everything is us bad as it possibly can be. There exist in our midst hor rors and dreadful diseases never known before. Our own social environment is rotten, full of vice and everything ma licious.” Feeling as lie did. tyith what a glad sigh of relief this ancient man must have quitted a world so little suited to progress and high thinking; with what Joyous abandon he must have ceased to breathe its mephitic atmospheroi ATLAS HAD AN EASY JOE. A Kansas City man lias been sup porting his motlier-in-law, ills wife and her sister and brother on a sal ary of $10 a week. The truth came out when ho was arrested for stealing. !t you happen to be in an ill humor this morning, if you think that you havs lately been Imposed upon. If you feel In the least bit down-trodden, consider the case of the Kansas Glty man who supported Ills mother-in-law, his wile and her brother and sister on a salary of $10 a week. Atlas held the world on his shoulders, but he was able to do it. AND THEY FALL FOIt IT. The Syrian comes down like a wolf on the fold. His carpets are gleaming like sliver and gold; His talk is Immense and almost every day He sells Imported rugs from Hobo ken, N. J. —Johnstown Democrat. The Dutchman comes down like a cat on a mouse. His bottles are shined like cut glass in the house; He brags up Ids stock, no good boost docs he miss. It’s "Wurtzburger Hofbrau” from Mil waukee. Wis. —Wilkes-Barro Times-Lcader. The cigar man comes with a smile tha> is bland. Gives us a jolly os ho grasps our rigkt hand; Ho shoots off some hot atr and when he is done We’ve bought pure Havanas from leaf grown in Com. —Allentown Democrat. We meet the poor Injun on the desert s rim. Wo pause for a moment to listen Si him; A sibilant rustle, and money doth pass: We've a Navajo blanket, Imported from Mass. —Houston Post. Our mood Is nuite joyous, we’re feeling so fine, We simply must purchase a bottle of wine. It bears a French label-rare vintage, old pal!— And came all the way from I.os An geles, Cal. PAUL COOK. thus be relieved and become cheaper. But a new style of architecture must be evolved, employing smooth, as well as thin, outer walls, for Joints In the vitrl fjed sheathing are as unnecessary to the skyscraper as masonry. The money that will be saved In the economy of materials will be devoted to Interior Improvements. The future sky scraper will have a climate of its own; Its heating, lighting and ventilating ma chinery will keep It at a constant tem perature. And since the building Itself has become fireproof, wooden finishings and furniture will soojj disappear. ALABAMA SEIKATORSHIP From the Nashville Banner. Gov. Emmet O'Neal of Alabama an nounced while In Birmingham Tuesday that he will appoint another man to fill the place In the United States Senate made vacant by the death of the late Senator Joseph F. Johnston. It will be remembered that Governor O’Neal appointed to this place Repre sentative Henry D. Clayton, whom Pres ident Wilson persuaded to remain 111 the House on the score that his services will be needed In that body at the next ses sion of Congress. He Is the head of an important eomraittee that will handle the trust problem. Governor O'Neal is reported as saying that a legal opinion given by one of his advisers convinced him more firmly than ever that he ha^the right to make the appointment, and that be is entitled to have the question formally passed upon by the Senate. The amendment providing for the pop ular election of senators says: This amendment shall not be so con strued as to affect the election of term of any senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of ths constitution. Governor O'Neal's contention Is that the amendment does not affset Senator Johnston’s term, which does not expire until March 4, 1115. The amendment makes provision that tlie legislature may empower the govern or to make temporary appointments. The Alabama legislature, not having been In session since Senator Johnston's death, Governor O'Neal has not been given this power, but he contends that the amend ment does not control In this case. If the man whoqi ths governor appoints Is no factor In the coming senatorial con test before tlie people, in which Repre sentative Underwood nnd Hobson are rival candidates, It will have no special political significance however It may be decided. The question raised is one the Senate will probably have to settle before all the present senatorial terms expire, and It had Just as well be settled now us ever. It will bo soon over when tlie ap pointee presents himself at the bar of the Senate asking to be sworn In as a member of that body. UNDERWOOD WILI, WIN From the Washington Post. "It is useless to prophesy what Oscar Underwood's majority will be In the sen atorial race In Alabama. It la enough to know that he Is a sure winner," ob served E. M. Tutwller of Birmingham, president of the Tutwiler Coal and Coke company, at the Raleigh. "Representa tive Hobson has been campaigning In the state for a long time, until the peo ple are beginning to suggest In no un certain terms that he ought to give some attention to Ills congressional duties. Hobson is an attractive talker, and he lias rmuje his campaign largely on the prohibition Issue. Underwood undoubtedly will get many votes from prohibitionists, who know that the leader of the majority In the House, while not a state-wide pro hibitionist, Is In sympathy with the cause of temperance. "Some folk tell us that when a man goes to the Senate that la as far ns he will get. We havon’t that Idea in Alu buma. The election of Mr. Underwood to the Senate will give lilm a promotion. Ho has reached the highest position In the House, and It is due him to give hint the next highest honor, which is a seat in the Senate. But that Is not where wo are going to stop. It may not be In 1918 but wo are bent upon sending Oscar Un derwood to the White House, and I for one am confident that he will land there. That Is the goal for which wo In Ala bama are working. "There Is all kinds of praise for tlie ad ministration throughout the south, and, while In Birmingham we have looked favorably upon protection for the Iron and steel Industry, we realize that Mr. Underwood did his duty toward his party In guiding through Congress a bill which carries out the pledges of the Baltimore platform." A HAD MAN' 1ST LONDON' From the Cleveland Plain Dealer. A cowboy calling himself tlie Ta coma Kid has been arrested for shoot ing up London. AVe fall to recall the young man's title In the list .of mov ing picture performers, but he must ho the real thing because ho wore the full alfalfa regalia and fired a gun out of a car window—to the amazement and alarm of several women and chil dren. Of course there was no chance for him to fling himself across a rough neck cayuse and clatter down Pall Mull to AA’lndsor Forest. No. the bob-babies got him and haled him before a mag istrate where he was convicted and fined something like *27 in the coin o£ Uncle Sam’s realm. Tlie episode recalls the.rcmark of tha Ooldfield bartender who was asked what he would do 1C a so-called bad man tried to hold up the establish ment. "Why," he replied with an elaborate sneer, "if such a worm crawled in here we’d break him in two an’ scatter him along th’ roadway!’’ From Which it will bo inferred that tliu Hiraon-puro bad man Is a thing of the romantic past. HOBSON’S KHCOHD From tlie Montgomery Advertiser. Captain Hobson cannot evade the un pleasant fact that he does not devote much time to his congressional duties, and that when he Is in AVashington he is not successful as a legislator. His friends cannot evade that fact. ON THE! WAY By AV. E. Henley. Since those we love and those we hate, With ail things mean and all things great, Pass in a desperate disarray Over the hills and fkr away; It must be, dear, that, late or soon. Out of the ken of the watching moon, We shall abscond with yesterday Over the hills and far away; AA’hat does It matter? As I deem. We shall but follow as brave a dream As ever Bmlled a wanton May Over the hills and far away. AA’e shall remember, and, in pride. Fare forth, fulfilled and satisfied, Into the land of Ever-and-Aye, Over (he hills and far away.