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MANY QUALIFY AS
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; COUNTY OFFICES
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Red Hot Scramble for Peo
ple’s Favors Is Indicated.
Chief Interest in Race
for Sheriff
■r
That there is destined to be a red hot
scramble for offices *n the gift of the
f people of Jefferson county was evidenced
yesterday in the avidity with wholh can
didates qualified with lire county demo
cratic executive committee.
Wlille there is great interest displayed
In the races for the state senate and
state house, chief interest seems to be
centered at this time in ihe struggles for
^ the sheriff’s and solicitor’s offices. For
l the former, four candidates have quali
fied, Will f. Lathem, George H. Bodeker,
T. J. Batson and Gus I/ee. One other
prospective candidate is mentioned, C.
W. Austin He is expected to qualify
before next Saturday night, at which
time the qualifying period expires. For
county solicitor four candidates arc quali
fied, Z. T. Rudulph, H. P. Heflin. II. I,.
Black, and F. P. McArthur.
There are three candidates qualified for
road super.user, J. R. Taylor, William J>.
| and W. T. Harrison.
Candidates for Legislature
T'p to the present time 19 candidates1
have qualified for 4 lie lace for the legis- j
lattire. The names follow: J. W. Cald-j
well, H. U. Sims, Reuben Chapman. X.
AV. Scott. R. V. Snj Jei\ tV. St Brower, !
Ellis B. Brown. J. A. Collins. John R. T.
Rive*. R. A. Rosglter, F. It. Matthews,
^ James Walker, M. Kirk Moore, W. o.
Broyles, J. D. Carlisle, Isadore Khapiro,
W. S. Welch, Frank Harieh, Barnes Mor
gan and t>. R. Copeland.
The race for the senate will in all
probability be excluded to two candidates.
Thomds J. Judge and C. A. Thompson.
These candidates ar. well known through
out the county and each has a fine fol
lowing. The vt,tei ' lm\e ascertained the
position of each In regard to public mat
ters and the various issues wltn which
politics is now pregnant will be fought
cut b 'tween these two men.
L,, An interesting struggle impends for ttie
position of inferior court judge to pre
side at Woodlawn. The incumbent,
Thomas M. Robers, is a candidate for re
election. He lias five opponents, Thomas
It. J.ea, J. H. Burns, J. I>. Addington,
T. M. McPhall and S. J. Beggs.
Two Candidates Unopposed
There arc two qualified candidates
without opposition. J nlge H. A. Sharpe
is running without opposition for re-elec
tion to the bench of th> city court. Ben
^ G. Ferry is running without opposition
lor solicitor o, the Bessemer court, which
officer will he appointed by the suc
cessful candidate for solicitor of the
county. j
Other qualified candidates are: For
auditor, William R. Rockett. W. V>. Dunn
and James O. Williams: for circuit so
licitor. Joseph R. Tate and John /McQueen,
i In the latter race, there is c</n: rlerable
i interest. Mr. Tate Is yres^mt solicitor
i f ■' of the circuit. Mis opponent. Mr. Me*
Quetn, was former.y solbi/or of the cir
cuit. The position is <runsidered one
l.Tcatl.N to be desired. /
Kept Spreading. Itching and Burn
ing, Hail/ Fell Out. Disfigured
( Very Mucyi. Cuticura Soap and
Ointmen\ Cured,
R. F. 1>. j Xu 1, Pocahontas, Tenn.—
•“I took so/metking resembling ringworm
•ml thougl-./l It vould soon get well but It
just kept spreading until It
began to look serious. It
first appeared on my face as
a small spot Itching and burn
ing and it gradually spread
until it got over my face and
head. Wherever it went it
> would |eave the skin with
1 white stales. I was compelled
to seratfh and that irritated
the- sk. In. My hair Ml out gradually and
; — looked / dead. I was (h* figured very much
. :' and I certainly got tirul of people asking me
what /was the matter kith my face. I lost
• go- Jixl many nights] sleep. The disease
got a jo far along it didrjt look Uko ringworm.
This li frightened me. They said it was bar
ber' s itch.
" il was advised t use - which
Woi fild stop It. but at the outsidd'of the
rin g it would scxr.i apjjrar again leaving the
tki'.n ropgh and ecaiyl I was given treat
s' m»,vnt but it did/not d> any good. Then I
be/igan using CtyIcuralSoap and Ointment,
. w. fishing with the CiAeura Soap then ap
tm lylxi the Cuticf^ra oil ment, I hree and four
til ms a day end fat ijght. in a little less
C'WJan two weeks I wik cured of that skin
to] -cable." (signed) Wil. .\aU, Junes, 1913.
J Cuticura.Soap *5c.ltdCutU iraOintment
» Oc. ere sold everywhijv. Liberal sample of -
«ch mailed fere, wlohL'-p. skill Book. Ad
t tress post-card "Outirra. Dept, T. Boston."
j trrTMeu who shave lid shampoo with Cu
fl .bm 8oep will hod ti lest for skin and scalp.
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BIRMINGHAM GIVEN
ENCOURAGEMENT BY
ATLANTA REPORTS
McAdoo Denies Report That
Atlanta Has Been Suc
cessful in Fight
SAYS REPORTS ARE
PURE SPECULATION
Story Published Yesterday That Rich
mond and Dallas Had Won
Which Harding Hopes
Is True
Much interest was taken in Birmingham
'yesterday in the Washington dispatches
published in the Atlanta Constitution and
the New York papers to the effect that
11 cities for reserve bank centers had been
agreed upon and that Atlanta had been
successful.
Secretary McAdoo, however, promptly
gave out a statement In Washington deny
ing that any decision whatever had been
reached. ^
N According to the dispatch published in
Atlanta the cities chosen were New York,
Boston, Philadelphia, 'Richmond, Atlanta,
Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati,
Minneapolis and San Francisco. It was
further claimed that tlie Atlanta terri
tory would embrace Georgia, Florida, Ala
bama. Mississippi, Tennessee and possibly
South Carolina.
W. P. G. Harding, who has been es
pecially active in Birmingham’s tight for
a regional bank, got great encourage
ment from the Atlanta story.
‘‘If Richmond and Dallas have been de
cided upon,” he said, "there rs every rea
son to believe Birmingham will get a
bank. I only hope the tip with regard to
tljose two cities is correct, for then our
fight Is won to all practical purposes."
Referring to the stories published yes
terday morning the following Washington
dispatch was received in Birmingham yes
terday afternoon:
"Washington. March 7.—(Special.)—De
nial that 11 cities have been designated
as regional reserve cities under the new
currency system was made today by Sec
retary of the Treasury McAdoo. A pub
lished statement that New York, Philadel
phia, Richmond. Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago,
St. Louis, Cincinnati, Minneapolis and
San Francisco had been designated by the
organization committee provoKed the sec
retary’s denial. The report was to the
effect that many surprises are contained
in the committee’s recommendations, par
ticularly as regards Richmond and Dallas.
" 'The commission has reached no de
cision whatever,’ said Mr. McAdoo, ‘and
desires to say that any statement pur
porting to give the decisions in advance
are purely speculative and without au
thority.’ ”
Along similar lines is ihe following As
sociated Press dispatch sent out yester
day:
"Washington, March 7.—By a decision
of the reserve bank organisation commit
tee, all information designed to affect
the definition of federal reserve districts
or the location of reserve bank eities must
lie received at the treasury department
by March 9.
"Although the committee has spent
much time discussing the location of the
reserve cities since its trip through the
country, it has been decided that addi
tional data should be considered If filed by
next Monday.
"Beginning Tuesday the task of malting
the selections will he taken in hand in
earnest, and it is understood will be com
pleted in time to allow President Wilson
to name the members of the federal re
serve board before April 1.
"The law provides that not more than
one member of the hoard shall come from
one district, and they must be defined
before the nominations are made.”
Will Tour Jefferson Three
Days—Itinerary Is
Announced
With B. B. Comer touring south Ala
bama, Charles Henderson his rival in ;
the race for governor, will begin on Tues- j
day a tour of Jefferson county. His speak-i
ing dates follow:
Tuesday—Lewisburg, Newcast’e. Mor- j
• ls. KimbcGy, Warrior. Corner School- j
house, Wylarn, Ensley, city hall.
Wednesday— McCalla, Virginia Mines.
John’s schoolhouse. Twin Oak Grove.
Meeks (Piney Woods), Jluey Town, Wood
ward. Brighton, city hall; Bessemer,
Rebie hall.
Thursday—Adamsville, Gin Town Pink
ney City, Cardiff, Brookside, Mineral
Springs, Republic, Coal burg, North Bir
mingham. Pratt City, city hall.
Friday—Pinson, Chalkville, Clay, Spring
ville, Trussvllle, Irondale, Woodlawn,
East Lake.
APPEAL FOR FUNDS
Ladies of Charity Remind of Flag Day
March 17
The Ladies of Charity, the organiza
tion that fares especially for the free
clinic at St. Vincent s hospital, and that
sells flags on St. Patrick's day, publishes
this statement:
'In our appeal to the public last week
we stated the object of our mission and
showed by the annual report of our so
ciety that the money collected for the free
clinic was devoted to the purpose for
which it was donated. Thanks to the
kindness of the press, we are granted the
privilege of Inserting this notice of our
(lag day to our benefactors as a reminder,
'lest we forget.'
"Remember that every purchase of a
green flag means a contribution to the
worthy cause ot charity. Our charity knows
no distinction of tace, creed or color; so
we hope that everyone without regard
to religious affiliation will contribute his
mite toward the relief of those who are
In need of assistance. Green is an em
blem of hope, so we are confident that
our appeal for aid will meet with a gen- I
crons response on the part of the peoeple I
of Birmingham." ]
PERSONAL
Tile many friends of Mr. \V. VV. Otey |
will he glad fo learn that lie has recr.v- I
erwi from a very serious ojelatlon at St.
Vincent hospital, and is now at his home
on North Highlands. I
COL. WEIL IN HIS FORECAST
BY COUNTIES GIVES TOTAL
UNDERWOOD MAJORITY 30,020
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Oscar W. Underwood, according to
the forecast of Col. Marcus Weil, will
sweep the state. His majority over R.
P. Hobson will be 30.020.
Colonel Weil has made many other
forecasts. While he has erred at times
in figures, he has never missed a re
sult. He declares, in regard to the
senatorial races, that the struggle is
over. He gives the democratic leader
10 counties. lie gives Hobson eight
counties, to-wlt: Choctaw, Fayette, Ge
ncv t. Hale. Umar, Marion, Pickens and
Walker.
II- predicts that Underwood will
carry Jefferson by a majority of 6850.
Hobson's biggest majority, according
! to Colonel Weil, will be secured in
\\ alker—650.
Colonel Weil, in reference to the
forecast, said: "In making a forecast
all candidates lo«*k alike to me. I deal
with cold figures and cold facts and
forget that I have a preference. I have
made a close study of the senatorial
I situation and feel confident that my
[prediction is essentially correct."
His figure follow:
Und’r- Hob
wood son
Ala- Ma
jority jority
.Autauga . 350
Baldwin .. 250 ...
Parbour . *150
Bibb . 800 . . .
Blount . 900
Bullock . 200
Butler . 450
Calhoun . 150
Chambers . 200 ...
Chilton . 100
Choctaw . 50
Cheiokee . 100
Clarke . .. 150
Clay . 260
Cleburne . 400
Coffee . 150
Colbert ... . 600
Conecuh . 200
Coosa . 300
Crenshaw ... 400 ...
(Hillman . 6Q0 ...
Covington . 300
Dale . 50
1 >allas . 650
DeKalb . 500
Elmore . 400
Escambia . 100
Etowah . 200
Fayette . 250
Franklin . 200
Geneva. 50
Greene . 50
Hale . 50
Henry . 50
Houston . 850
Jackson . 1000
Jefferson . 6850
Lamar*.*. 50
COL. MARCUS WEIL
Whose political forecasts have always
been remarkably successful
..........
Lauderdale . 500 ...
14iwrence . 300 ...
Lee. 100 ...
Limestone . 400
Lowndes. .150 ...
Macon . 25 ...
Madison . 550
Marengo. 200 ...
Marion . 50
Marshall . 495 ....
Mobile . 3100 ...
Monroe . 250
Montgomery .2360
Morgan . 300 ...
Perry . 660 ....
Pickens . 250
Pike . 700
Randolph . . . 250
tussell . 150 ...
Shelby . 500 ...
*t. Clair .. . 300
Sumter . 150 ....
Pulladega . 500
rallapoosa. 300
ruscalooaa . 450
Walker. 650
Washington . 100 ...
Wilcox . 200
Winston . 50 ...
Tnderwood 59 counties, total ma
jority .31,420
Flobson 8 counties, total ma
jor’ty . 1,400
Underwood’s net majority.30,020
Nonimion Laborers Must
Not Be Interfered
With, He Says
Commissioner A.jp. Lane was consider
ably worked uj yesterday afternoon over
a report that a crowd of labor union men
had attacked a negro laborer at Fifth
avenue and Nineteenth street, beat him
bp and made him quit his job. He gave
instructions to Chief Eagan to arrest the
guilty parties at once, or as soon as
they can be found.
"I am rather in sympathy with unions,
but every man in this town who wants
to work and doesn't violate the law lias
got to be allowed to do it unmolested, or
I'll know the reason why," he said.
"The report which has reached me,”
said the judge, "is that this negro was
sent down there by a real estate iirm to
lepalr a roof on a house and he put up
ills ladder and went to work. Shortly
after, before the job was completed, it
is said a crowd of men gathered about
him and asked if he had a union card.
He said he had not, that ho had just been
s«*nt there to repair the roof, but they
warned him to quit work at once. He
refused, and soon after a larger crowd
grabbed the ladder out from under him
and drove him off.
"I have not verified these statements,
but it seems they are facts. If they are,
those men liave got to be punished for
their act.”
Marriage Licenses
The following marriage licenses were
yesterday , issued in the office of the
probate judge:
Oscar Vines, Brighton, to Miss Pearl
Justice.
A. M. Johnson. Chattanooga, to Miss
Gertie Mitchell.
J. S. Bean, Bessemer, to Miss Lillie
Johns.
M. M. Krebs, Birmingham, to Miss Lois
Thompson.
J. J. Compton, Birmingham, to Miss
Annie Louise Bin lord.
Jack Nichols. Flat Creek, to Miss Annie
Watkins.
W. T. Miller, Shades Valley, to Miss
Elsie Byers.
Benton Clouse, Palos, to Miss May
Snowball.
John Gordon Whitfield, Birmingham,
to Miss Pearl Elizabeth Zabel.
A New Malady
A so-called wireless telegrapher s
disease, we regret to note, has been
added to the already long list of more
or less serious occupational maladies,
says the Boston Globe.
lladio operators are subject to anae
mia in which the number of red blood
cnVpuscles, as w*ell as their content of
hemoglobin, is dlminshed.
'This malady,” says an article by a
German authority translated for the Lit
erary Digest, ’has certainly various
causes, in the first place, the defective
sanitary conditions of the stations, es
pecially on shipboard. It is equally prob
able that the strong ozonlzatlon of the
air, due to the use of alternating cur
rents of high frequency to send the
message, play an important part.
“Similar trouble, such as paleness,
headache, loss of appetite and bad di
gestion, have been discovered among
electrical workers employed in high ten
sion plants, such as those at Niagara.”
As far as wireless men are concerned,
one cause—bad sanitation—can be re
moved easily either by the voluntary ac
tion Af satin owners or through the
vigor^s enforcement of health lavs.
Overozonization must be dealt with by
the scientist, who may well extend their
studies with a view to determining
w’hether or not electric waves have any
physiologic effects. ■
"An American engineer named Col
lins.” remarks the German savant pre- '
viously quoted, “has made experiments
on a sleeping cat. and asserts that un-1,
der the influence of electric waves the
animal lept into the air as if an alter
nating current had been sent through it. '
Collins concludes that powerful electric |
waves may cause characteristic acd- t
dents, possibly fatal ones. Nevertheless,
no absolutely conclusive proofs have yet ,
been obtained.” i
OBJECT TO BEING

Complaints Made to Lane on
Enforcement af “Anti
Ogling” Ordinance
Efforts to enforce the "unti-ogling” or
dinance by the police department yester
day met with some opposition on the part
of tho citizens. Citizens objected, it Is
said, while standing on the streets to
being approached b> a patrolman and
told to move on.
City Commissioner A. O. T.fine, in charge
of the police department, said that sev
eral persons bad come to him and ob
jected to the efforts of the police in the
downtown section to keep crowds from
congregating on the streets. He stated
they said that the streets belong to the
citizens and they had a right to stand
where they pleased as long as they did
not block traffic.
Others, Judge Bane said, agreed that
the police should not allow anyone to
ptand very long at one place on the side- i
walk, as this method was the only way i
to break up tho practice of ogling in-!
rlulged in so obnoxiously by mashers
when a lady passed.
Judge I.sane said that there was so
much trouble in enforcing the ordinance
that he had doubts as to whether it could
be done successfully.
Heal Estate Transfers
$8500—<O. H. Montgomery and wife to
Bessie Simpson, lot 6 and part of lot 7, in
block 4, in survey of Kingston.
$1,874.31—Bert Outlaw and wife to Jim
i ’ostclH, lot 7. ill block 32-B, Ninth Addi
tion to Ensley.
$2500—Henderson Real Estate company
lo William B. Goodwin, parts of lot 3 and
1 of Henderson reeurvey of lot 7, and part
of lot l> of Hamilton’s addition to city of
Birmingham.
$1420—0. G. Grayson and wife to A. J.
Eaklns, lots 12 and 13. in block 105, Parks
and Wheelock survey of Greenwood.
$1200—(ilenwood Hand and Improvement
company to William B. Welton. lot 19, In
block 17, survey of the Karl Realty com
pany.
$1000 -P. B. Bowers and wife to Glen
ivood Band and Improvement company,
lot 10. in block 17, survey of the Plarl
Place Realty company.
$1200—Jennie B. Ingram and husband, W.
LI. Ingram, to Steve Daly, lot 5, in block
[, survey of Seals and Stonestrect.
$1200—G. T. Cow gill and wife to J. T.
Kelley, lot C, in block 31, according to the
plan of Corey-Ensley.
Incorporations
The following articles of incorporation
were yesterday recorded in the office of
Lhe probate judge:
Birmingham Hotel Men’s association,
with C. 11. Nabb, president, and F. B.
Freeman, vice president, and H. AI.
Burt, secretary and treasurer.
Stops Tobacco Habit
in One Day
lanltarlum Publishes Free Book Show*
Inti Hon Tobacco Habit Can Be
llanlabed In From One to
Five Da, a at Home
The Elders Sanitarium located at 10*3
Main tit., tit. Joseph, Mo., has pub
Ished a free book showing the deadly
• ffcct of the tobacco habit, and how It
■nn be banished In from one to five
lays at home.
Men who have used tobacco for more
han fifty years have Cried tills method
mil say It Is entirely successful, and
n addition to banishing the desire for
obaeen has Improved their health
vondeituliy. This method banishes
lie desire for tobacco, no mntter
vhethei it is smoking, chewing, cigar
ettes or snuff dipping.
As tills book is being distributed tree,
myone wanting a copy should -send
Jielr name and address at once.
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commissioners™
I DRASTIC ON VIADUCT
jCity Would Be Relieved of j
Large Portion of Abutting
Property Damage
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Ihow other cities
HANDLE PROBLEM
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Says Closing of Second Avenue Would
Not He Hardship on the City. j
I
Should He Handled Along
Broad Lines, He Says
Interested only as a taxpayer and citi
zen. \V. P. G. Harding, president of tho
First National bank, gave out an inter
view yesterday in regard to the viaduct
negotiations. Mr. Harding expresses re
gret that the commissioners aiid tiie rep
resentatives of the railroads failed to*
agree about tho First avenue construc
tion. in reference to the abutting prop
erty damage* Mr. Harding points out that
the railroads exempt the city from a
large percentage of that cost, as compared
to other cities. He indicates that he re
gards the closing of Second avenue in the
area requested as fair, as tin* avenue
is not now used nor can it he used ex
cept by creating a more deadly grade
crossing even than First avenue, and then
only for four blocks, when the property
of the Avondale mills will necessitate the
turning of traffic back to First avenue or
to Fifth avenue.
Mr. Harding says that there should be
some public discussion of the very im
portant viaduct situation with tiie end in
view of getting some action, and that
both sides to the controversy should give
and take so that the people may be re
lieved from such dangers as beset them
at First avenue.
In discussing the matter Mr. Harding
said;
Commission Too Drastic
"I have heard many expressions of re
gret at the continued delay in the con
struction of the First avenue viaduct, be
cause of thf disagreement between the
city commissioners and the representa
tives of tiie corporations directly inter
ested. Looking at the matter purely
from the standpoint of a citizen and tax
payer. i cannot but feel that the city
commission is inclined to be top drastic
in its requirements, and it seems that it
would be well to have some public discus
sion of the matter.
It is claimed that under the act of 1907,
the city can force the construction of via
ducts at the expense of the railroads.
.Section 1 of tile act referred to provides
that no viaduct, bridge or tunnel shall
be constructed under tills act unless said
governing body shall have provided tor
a vacation of tin* street upon the comple
tion of said viaduct, bridge or tunnel
throughout that portion thereof over,
along or under which the said public im
provement is proposed to be constructed.'
This would seem to place upon the gov
erning body of tiie city tile burden of
providing a street for the viaduct, with
out interruptions or encumbrances. With
out questioning the rights of owners of
property along the streets so vacated, a
reasonable construction of the act would
require the city to assume the damages
t«> abutting property. The total frontage
on both sides of First avenue along tin
length of the proposed viaduct is 4U75
f« et. The corporations interested in the
construction of the viaduct own of this
2886 feet, or about 70 per cent, and I am
informed that they have offered to waive
any abutting damages to their property,
which would certainly be affected as
much as that under private ownership.
This would leave only about 30 per cent of
the damages to be taken care of by tiie
city.
As It Is Done Elsewhere
"As the First avenue viaduct will be
the first to he constructed in Birming
ham under the act of 1907, it would be
well to consider what oilier cities are
doing in connection with the elimina
tion of grade crossings. At present such
work is in progress in the following
named cities: Indianapolis, ImL; Bos?
ton, Brockton, Dedham, East Boston,
Fall Bier, Hyde Park, Lynn and New
ton, Mass.; Detroit, Mich.; Kansas City.
Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Newark, N. J.• New
York city and Buffalo, N. Y.; Cleveland
ainl Columbus. O.; Pittsburg. Pa.; Prov
idence, East Providence and Westerly.
It. I.; Spokane, Wash., and Milwaukee, i
Wis. In five of these cities tiie expense
is pro-rated as follows:
"City and state, 24 per cent; railroads,
58.8 per cent: street railways, 16.5 per
cent.
"And in 18 cities where the cost is
divided between the city and state and
the railroads, the average cost to the
city anil state is 29.2 per cent, and to
the railroads, 70.8 per cent. The laws
regulating grade crossings and their
elimination vary in the different states.
I realize, of course, that the financial
condition of the city for the time be
ing is by no means ideal, and tile com
missioners are fully justified in curtail
ing expenditures as far as practicable,
but a mere matter of self-interest
should not obscure broad principles of
Justice, and when the proposition of the j
railroads is carefully analyzed, and
when reference is had to what other
cities are doing in the way of partici
pating In the elimination of grade
crossings, I am unable to see that tho
corporations are asking the city of Bir
mingham to contribute more than Its
fair proportion.
About Closing Second Avenue
"Objection has been made to tiie
closing of Second avenue. As a matter
of fact this avenue is not now used
from the west line «»f the right of way
of the Louisville and TTashville railroad
to Thirty-second street, and were it
opened It could serve only a limited
area, and Second avenue ends at tiie '
property line of the Avondale mills,
not being extended through the prop
erty of that company; furthermore, its
use from Twenty-eighth to Thirty-sec
ond streets would create a death trup
far more danger6us than the one which
it is sought to eliminate by the via
duct oi* First avenue. There are only
II tratfes crossing First avenue, while
there are 32 tracks crossing Second
avenue. With the completion of tho
First avenue viaduct there would be
uninterrupted communication from the
territory east of the Sloss furnace prop
tertles, and In no case would the in- :
crease in traffic haul exceed 400 feet,
Second avenue
•Ast of Thirty-second street over to I
t*„. , i.muct on First avenue. An act
o. .u. legislature of 1911 authorizes
cities of more than 100.000 inhabitants
to close certain streets and to enter 1
into agreements with corporations and i
others in the matter of elimination ‘of '
grade crossings, and it would seem that <
under this act the city commission has I
full authority to co-operate with the 1
railroads in the construction not only i
of the viaduct on First avenue, but of 1
such other viaducts, subways, etc., as <
may be deemed advisable from time to <
time to eliminate grade crossings. '
"The construction of this First ave- I
nue viaduct is demanded by an over- 1
whelming sentiment of the people of i
Birmingham. It has already been do- <
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FI ELD MILL THE
BES IE PLANT IN
Vice President of Company
Here With Party of
Officials
PLANT EVENTUALLY
TO EMPLOY 1200 MEN
Tonnage Will Be Gradually Increased
to 100 Tons Per Day—Party
Guests of Lutz at Dinner at
the Newspaper Club
That the American Steel and Wire com
pany plant at Fairfield la the beat wire
plant in the world, is the statement made
Inst night by F. Backus, vice president
of the American Steel and Wire com
pany. He reached Birmingham yesterday
at noon at the head of a party of off!
pally of the sales dhptrement, who came
here to look over the plant at Fair
Held. The officers went to the plant
yesterday at noon and remained there
luring the greater part of the after
noon.
During the late afternoon they went
to the Country club for a short time,
and then to the Newspaper club for
llnner. The members of the party were i
highly enthusiastic about the city of Bir
mingham.
Mr. Backus said Iasi night, in speak
ing of the plant at Fairlield, that IHe]
hope was entertained of working up to
4oo tons per day at tht% Fairfield plant,
which would mean n production of over |
120,000 tons of steel wire and nails pet !
year. He said that to work up to thatl
tonnage would require sometime, lie said j
that In all 1200 men wuld be employed, j
whereas only Un) art*. ployed at this ,
hue. That fact will he of unusual in- j
crest here, inasmuch as it 1ms never j
M'en clearly known how many men would I
>«• employed or how great the tonnage i
vould be.
Members of Party
Mi-. Backus is accompanied by bis
ion, F. Backus. Jr., of Chicago; Ernest j
Bailey of Chicago, Walter C. Stone of |
’hicago. T. 11. Taylor of New York. II.
J. Baldwin, superintendent <»f the order
department, and George A. Cragln of
Worcester, Mass. The officials will be
lore until tomorrow night, it is under
(tooth They are traveling In a private
•ar of the Elgin. Joilet and Eastern rail
road, which arrived here yesterday on
ho Southern railway.
Mr. Backus lust night said:
"Our trly here is for the purpose of
ooking over the Fairlield plant. Wo aro
lelighted with what we have seen. Of
course, the plant Is not turning out any
treat tonnages at this time, but we hope
o be shipping steel products soon. The
ilant at. Fairlield Is the best wire plant
n the world, withniw any exception,
t is the latest plant that our company
ias consructed and every modern and
ate Idea has been embodied in the enn
itructlon. It is one of the best that
ve have ever erected and takes rank,
n my Judgment, over tiny wire plant
hat has yet been constructed.
"We have there at this time about hoc *
lien, I am told. This number will be *
ncrensed to IAN) ns rapidly as possible. |
iVe hope to train the men wo employ j
iere. This I think will be comparatively ,
»asy. 1 am told that th* plant here Is In
tood shape and I know that we expect
o make shipments from the plant without
iny great delay. We will make ship
ments soon, but the plant was erected
o take care of FK) tons of produ* ts pet
lay and that tonnage will be reached in
Imp. We a re very greatly pleased with
he Fairfield plant and our salesmen are
uixious to get busy working our trade
vlth products from It. In time we hope
0 show that this plant is really one of
he most bnportant that the corporation
■as yet erected.
Much Pleased With Visit
**T am very much pleased with what l
mve seen <»f Birmingham, ft Is really
1 remarkable city and 1 am delighted
vlth It. 1 have been here before, but
his seems like visiting *\ new city. TTiere
an tie no question hut what Birmingham
ias a wonderful future."
Mr. Backus and the party of Amer
ican Steel and Wire company officials
vere guests of C. W. Lutz, at Pie News
>aper club last night for dinner. Sec-re
ar y Dameron served the party In the
>rivate tilt.lug room. The visitors were
aken on the observation platform and
ihow the Illuminated city from fhe van
age point. There are very much im
iressed. The officials called upon several
-veil known citizens during the day and
voti very much pleased with the cordial
-Hattons that exist hero between the peo
»le generally and the corporation plants
n this district. Mr. Backus and the
nembers of his party will separate here.
Some of them will return east while oth
ers will remain a few days longer.
ayed three years. The whole question
ihould be considered along broud lines,
vlth due reference to the rights of all
:oncerned. The railroads were here
Irst. they have helped make Blrmlng
mm what It Is today, and their con
Inued existence Is necessary to the
uture growth of the city. No unnec
essary restrictions or unreasonable bur
lens should be placed upon them, but
he whole question should be handled
n a fair and liberal spirit, with the
dew of bringing about the Immediate
■oustruction of this much needed via
tuct.”
CITIZENS EXPRESS
3
Mobley Thinks It Would Be
Better to Pay Than I)o
Without
THOMPSON TALKS OF
WOODLAWN OPINION
Personally Favors Idea, But Believe?
Citizens Would Object—Anderson
Thinks City Should Pay
for the Sprinkling
Various views of the proposed sprink
ling ordinance are taken by the citizens
of different sections of the city. Some
think It good, others would change !*
in some particulars and still others
think it bad.
None, it would appear so far, is In
favor of an arbitrary or compulsory
tax. Some few of those Interested in
developing the sprinkling idea have
been of the opinion that it could not b«*
worked out successfully unless the
sprinkling tax was made compulsory.
r>r. R V. Mobley, who lives on the
Northslde on Twenty-firth street, one
of the main thoroughfares to Norwood
and North Birmingham, Is highly m
favor of tin* proposed ordinance. “The
dust evil," he said yesterday, 'M. just
as great a source of evil as Is tho
house tly, It is absolutely needless t.»
screen your house from the tiles if you
are compelled to allow the dust and
germs to drift in through your doors
and windows from the streets. To ef
fectively keep down real « ontauion.
both must ho eliminated.
Boiler Than Doing Without
I think the sprinkling of tho streets
should be’done without any tax on tin
residents of the street. But as the ei!>
is in had oOnditloij financially, it will
he far better for tin- citizens to pay foi
the sprinkling by means of tin* sprink
ling tax than to miss it. It seems onl>
right to me that if the tax must In
imposed, the tulielit should pay it.
"If the ordinance Is passed I 11a.\ • -
little doubt hut what the people of my
neigh hi rhood would soon sign up a
petition for th<* sprinkling and be will
ing to pay the sprinkTTng tax. We hav*
'lisetissed ti>e subject out hero before
und have considered getting up a pell
Hon to have the street prinkh-d or
oiled or paved or something to •*!Inil
uatc the dust. We have tried to get it
[uived. 1 think that would be best and
then Mush the pavendeeut, but if \v»
•an't get that I think this neigh
do rhood would be anxious to get the
sprln kllng."
J. A. Montgomery
.1. \ Montgomery lives on t’harb .
street., what ho calls a “back street."
In West Knd. "I do not believe th*
sprinkling would ho necessary here on
this street," hi* said yesterday. "That’>
why I moved here on this hack street
in order t * * get away from the dust. Ali
the sprinkling we need here can l»*j
done with lawn hose as the traffic 1
light.
"I’p on c'otlon aeon lie or Tuscaloosa
avenue, howe ver, there* is no doubt but
what the sprinkling is needed in the
summer. As to whether the people of
that street would be willing to pay fo*
the sprinkling. I don’t know. I think
they ought to and I believe they would,
too. There is lots of traffic there and
the dust at times Is very bad."
H. Dupont Thompson
R. DuPont Thompson, who lives in
Woodlawn, says that personally ho is in
favor of the ordinance and the sprinkling
tax. "Personally I am In favor of it."
ho said yesterday, “but I believe the peo
ple of my neighborhood would object to it.
They want the sprinkling al| right, and
we need it, but I do not believe they
would feel like paying the sprinkling
tax.
"Before we came into Greater Birmlng
4Continued on l*«ige Ms)
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