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Happened to You! Suppose your home safe was rifled ., of your jewels or bonds. Suppose * your bedroom was ransacked while r you were downtown and your treas ured gems and valuable papers were taken from you. Suppose your home burned tonight and all your Insurance papers and valuable receipts (those necessary to prove claims of fire loss, burned with it. Wouldn’t you be heartily sorry if those jewels, bonds, valuable papers, receipts, etc., were not in our fire proof, burglarproof. safe deposit vault when the burglary or fire oc curred? And yet how extremely little it costs to be safe. One of our safe deposit boxes can be rented for less than one cent a day. The First National Bank OF BIRMINGHAM Capital and Surplus $3,000,000 4 Per Cent Intereet on Savtnge, Compounded Quarterly POWELL TALKS OF _ .&C. Double Track Construction Will Be Completed as Soon as Possible T. C. Powell, vice president :>f the Queen and Crescent route, was in Blr * mingham yesterday. He was en route to his offices in Cincinnati, after spend ing a fewr days at Meridian, whore his company and all Southern railway lines arc being sued for $50,000,000 by the state. Mr. Powell would not talk about the case, as It is now being tried. lie discussed the double track tvnrk being , done by his company, and the work that is projected, and which will be fin ished during the next fewr months. Tie said that yesterday a second main line from Sherman, Ky„ to Dry Ridge, Ky„ was placed in operation. In addition there is being rushed other construc tion on the northern division of the Queen and Crescent, which, when com pleted, will give that division 37 miles of continuous double track from Lud H low, Ky. Mr. Powell said that it- was planned to get the double track south of Birmingham and into Chattanooga completed as soon as possible. He said that the plans for the work were being handled as rapidly as possible, and that there would be few delays, according to the present outlook. “The business outlook is very en couraging,” said Mr. Powell. “Tlvj present traffic volume is holding up well, and wre have no signs that busi ness is going to be very materially af fected during tlie next fewr months. Of course, <ve all hope not. The industrial situation in Birmingham, while not as good as it has been in other years is very good, even at that. The manufac tures seem to be doing good business, and I am sure the railroads are running * along as smoothly as possible under the circumstances. “Birmingham, at least, does not seem to he affected in any wise by the dull conditions that are said to prevail else where. I am told that the situation here is unusually good, and the out look even brighter. The presence in tills city of the Steel corporation is enough to make business reasonably good in tlii8 locality.” NORWOOD IS SOLD r _ Hough by J. W. Cook of Maben, Miss.—Considera tion Not Announced The residence of Walter Moore in Norwood, said to be one of the finest on the Northside, has been sold to John W. Cook of Maben, Miss.* The price was not announced yesterday by the inter ested parties. The general impression, however, is that the property was sold at between $40,000 and $50,000. The announcement was made yester day by Mr. Cook that he Intended to remove to Birmingham, where he has extensive property holdings, sometime during the next few months. Until he comes here to live, however, the home will be occupied by Mr. Moore, and hi.i 4 family. The house is situated on a tri angle corner lot, near Fifteenth avenue, and Twenty-sixth street, Norwood. The home is beautifully finished through out, and the lot Is something over three acres in area. Mr. Cook said while here yesterday that he was very glad that he had made up his mind to return to Birmingham, as this city was a place of unusual at traction. He said that Birmingham's reputation was spreading over the whole country ami while he liked Ma ben, Miss., and held extensive land3 there, at the same time, he had once lived here, and was coming back. The sale of the Moore home caused considerable surprise, as there was no Intimation given by Mr. Moore that he would even consider an offer for the place. He and Mr. Cook apparently chanced to get together, and the trade resulted. While no announcement has been made, it is understood that Mr. Moore will construct a new home near his former residence. MRS. HINTON IS NOT SERIOUSLY HURT -- Resting Easily After Accident at Eleventh Avenue and Eighteenth Street South _ Mrs. J. H. Hinton of 1705.Tenth ave nue, south, is reported as resting very easily at her home, following the acci dent about 6 o'clock Tuesday* night at Eleventh avenue ind Eighteenth street, ■outh, in which Mrs. Hinton was knocked down by the automobile driven by John S. Jemison, Jr., of SOS Ave nue M. According to tlie report of the acci dent made at police headquarters >*es I N terday morning, Mr. Jemison was going west on Eleventh avenue, when Mrs. \ Hinton alighted from the Avenue U j loop car going east at Eleventh ave- I > nue and Eighteenth street. Mrs. Hinton walked in front of the automobile of | Mr. Jemison, who was passing by. Mrs Hinton was knocked down but not run over. Mrs. Hinton was immediately picked up by* Mr. Jemison and carried to her home. Yesterday* moVning Mr. 1 Jemison reported the accident at police | headquarters, and made bond on the I eharge of reckless driving. HOBSON IS COMING TO BUILD FENCES — 'Much Has Happened Since Last Trip to Jefferson CHARGES DISPROVED Considerable Interest Is Therefore Shown in What New Line of Attack the Candidate Will Pursue By HI GH W. ROBERT* The captain is coming hack to Jefferson. It is announced that he will concen trate his efforts in Greater Birmingham. Mis plan is to make speeches In several of the suburbs of the city. It begins to be evident that the cap tain is not as well satisfied with local conditions as he has pretended—and his astute lieutenants have pretended—he wa s. It has been sometime since the captain has raised his voice in Jefferson. When he was here some weeks ago, he told the startled people that Oscar W^ Un derwood, his opponent, had taken the tax off liquor and put it on the cotton bagging and ties of the farmers. He told the people that Mr. Underwood had opposed certain features of the currency bill which portended great good to the ordinary man. He tola the people that the House leader was the enemy of the farmer. He told the people that Mr. Underwood was a reactionary and not in accord with the progressive ideas of Pres ident Wilson. Since then history has been made. U. S. Hamlin, assistant secretary of the treasury, has testified over his signature that at the present time, in accordance with the provisions of the Underwood tariff bill, cotton bagging and tics are being admitted free of duty. Carter Glass, chairman of the hanking and currency j committee, has testified over his signa i ture that Mr. Underwood opposed no feature of the currency bill, and that. ! the only serious dispute which arose dur ing the consideration of that bill was settled by the calm, good judgment of the greaA democrat. Instead of being the enemy of the farmer, J. H. Patten, repre sentative of the National Farmers' Co Operative and Educational association, has testified over his signature that Mr. I Under wend had always given attention to j the requirements of the farmers, and tb® captain had not. Instead of being out of accord with the President., the Pres ident, In effect has testified to the con trary. He has served a dinner in Mr. Underwood's honor, a. dinner as a com pliment to ids masterful leadership, his splendid fight for progressive legislation, and his faith in standing by the admin Htration in all of its legislative Strug* gles. So there will he considerable interest in the return of the captain. His old arguments have been knocked out of Joint. His charges have been proved to have been unfounded. His tale has become threadbare. And it is now wondered what next he will spring. The captain will find even less encour agement in Jefferson than he has found in south Alabama. Underwood leaders estimate that this county will give the democrat a majority approximating «XX>, this despite the fact that Angus McSweon of the Philadelphia North American, that j rabid republican sheet which would glut itself on the lifeblood of democrats, has i rendered an adverse opinion of the so | cial and political life of this city and county and state. LAUE IALE SAFE Says Underwood’s Majori ties in Counties of Eighth District Will Be Large C. W. Ashcraft, former mayor of Flor ence. while In Birmingham yesterday, told local newspaper reporters to write Lati Uerdale down in the Underwood column. "There Is no question.” said Mr. Ash craft, “but that the great democratic House louder will carry Lauderdale, one of the strongest prohibition counties of (he state. The majority will be os large as 600, too. "We are all prohibitionists in I,auder dale, but none of us considers that In the election of Mr. Underwood prohibi tion Is endangered. As a matter of fact, prohibition is not Involved. IVe are going til elect Mr. Underwood ns a matter of state pride. He In the biggest man that the south has In Congress, lie is a part and parcel of the present administration, ir. addition, he Is a good man. He can do the country more good than any other individual we could send to Washing ton. "1 have just completed a tour of the Eighth district. Every county Is safe. Mr. Underwood's majority In our district will he surprising. Not long ago I made several speeches In Madison coqntv. The weather was terrible. But large crowds came out to hear me. Madison is safe by a large majority. There are two or three heats in that county, however, which have been regarded us Hobson beats Two of them are Gurley and New Market. On January 1 I was told that there were only six Underwood men tn Gurley. On my second trip 1 was in formed that the number was 80. I dare say that Mr. Underwood will break even not only in Gurley but in New Market." Air. Asheruft is one of the best Known men of the state. He lias served Flor ence as mayor on three occasions, lie was the prohibition manager In 1 .auder dale during the local option fight there, aad despite the participation in that cam paign of tile governor, he carried the county overwhelmingly for prohibition. Mr. Ashcraft was mentioned as a candi date for Congress when Congressman Richardson announced that he would not ask for another term. But his fondness for Mr. Underwood and his Interest In the I'nderwood campaign caused him to torego the opportunity which confronted him. CONDITION VERY SERUM'S Luby Stevens and James Benetos Still Alive at Birmingham Infirmary * At the Birmingham infirmary last night it W'UB slated that Luby Ste vens and James Benetos were still alive, although In a very serious con dition. They were not expected to live throughout the night. Stevens and Benetos engaged in a pistol duel at Thirty-sixth street and Tenth avenue, north, about 7:15 o'clock Tuesday morning over 25 cents. Both men accused the other of firing the first shot. Stevens was shot ttirough the arm. leg and twice through the abdomen. Benetos was shot once through the stomach. Both were taken to the Birmingham infirmary follow ing the shooting in Shaw's ambulance. BenetOB is a grocer and Stevens Is a driver of a bakery delivery .wagon. r ' WEAKEST THING I EVER SAW," IS COMER'S OPINION SAYS HENDERSON FAILS TO TELL WHOLE STORY OT FORMER SETTLEMENT WITH THE RAILROADS "It'S the weakest thing I ever saw.' B. R. Comer had Just stepped from the Louisville and Nashville train at the noon hour. The gubernatorial can didate was tired. In addition, it was raining. Therefore, he spoke with dif ficulty. ^ es, it is very weak." he continued, "Charles Henderson reminds the peo ple that we settled with certain rail roads. He gives that fact as an ex cuse for the surrender in Montgomery the other day. "But he does not tell you that when we settled we settled on a freight schedule as well as a passenger. "Why, Mr. Hanson of the Central railroad came to me and offered a set tlement on the passenger differences. I refused to arhltrate on those grounds. Mr. Finley asked me what I wanted. 1 handed him the code. “The settlement of the present rail road commission was outrageous!” Mr. Comer was asked concerning his remarks in Pike county in reference to the governor, Air. Henderson, the attorney general and the associate members of the commission. He had been quoted us having said that “gang should be Jailed.” “This is what T said.” replied Mr. Comer. “I told the people that when Russian generals surrendered to the Japanese they were put in jail and court-martialed: and that on a ‘par ity of thought’ the officials who sur rendered to the railroads should be put in jail and tried.” When asked if he had anything to say in reply to Will T. Sheehan s card. Governor Comer answered that he had Tint read that card. The editor of the Montgomery Advertiser, as is remem bered. when charged with having con ferred with Charles Rewis, alleged rep resentative of the Wholesale liquor Dealers’ association, fired back with the charge that Mr. Comer’s lieutenants had been conferring with saloonkeep ers In Alabama. "While on the road.” said Mr. Co mer. “I read nothing. T intend to read Sheehan’s statement tonight. It Is pos sible that thereafter I will have some thing to say.” The candidate stated that he had been greeted by large audiences on bis south Alabama tour. He is appar ently satisfied with the situation. RESIDENTS OF THE SUBURBS OBJECT TO SPRINKLING TAX People In the suburbs, where the pro posed sprinkling ordinance would have its actual application, appear not to be exactly in sympathy with it. A majority of those Interviewed seem to feel that the city should either do the sprinkling or else let the dust alone, even though it is bad. Others say they themselves would he willing to pay the proposed sprinkling tax. but at the same time do not believe that a majority of their neighbors would be willing to do so. James TIillbouse, North Birmingham, stated yesterday that he was strongly op posed to the sprinkling tax. “The dust out here in North Birmingham is bad enough,” he said. “We have been kick ing about it for years, hut I do not think tlie citizens here should be taxed to i ave the street sprinkled. "It is the city’s place to sprinkle the streets or flush them or whatever they care to do to keep down this dust. The street I live on is macadam. The prop erty owners have paid for all the street improvements, the sidewalks, the grading and everything and now they ought to be entitled to use them at least in com fort. After tlie property owners have Paid for those improvements 1 do not think they ought to be made keep the dust down in front of their homes. “I suppose there is ns much or more dust and dirt in this suburb as any place in the city, and fI know the commissioners say they have not enough money to sprinkle the streets themselves. But that Is their lookout. It is their business to secure legislation and conduct affairs so that they will have some money to sprinkle these streets. The taxpayer is doing enough, I think, as it is.” ”T am not willing to pay the tax pro posed.' said J. A. Selman of Wood lawn, “and I do not believe that the people in my neighborhood would he willing to pay for it. If the ordinance is passed I do not believe there would he hut very few people out here who would sign a petition to impose on themselves the tax in order to secure the sprinkling of tho streets. “We taxpayers feel that we nr< paving enough now and we naturally object to putting an adldtional tax on ourselves. The city should sprinkle the streets it self. hut If it hasn’t got the money then J do not think tho taxpayers should he made to do it. If it was street improve ments it would be a different matter or if l lived on a street car line It would he a different matter, but while then* is dust where i live we can keep it down with an occasional use of the lawn hose, for it is not had enough to have an addi tional tax assessed upon us.” KELLEY RELEASED No One Willing to Swear Out Warrant on Charge of Swindling No one being willing to swear out a warrant in the ease of R. K. Kelley, charged with obtaining money by false pretenses and operating a lottery, lie was ordered released from custody by Judge C. W. Ferguson of the city court at. a habeas corpus hearing held yes terday morning. Kelley was arrested on Monday night by Police Officers Brown and Mahaffey and later turned over to the detective department of thf* city. A number of complaints had been made against him and he was held under a $300 bond in each case. He failed to make the bonds and through his attorneys, Densmore & Montgom ery, applied for a writ of habeas cor pus at the city court, alleging that he was being unbiwfully detained. The writ of habeas corpus was served on the detective department, which failed to make answer when the case was called yesterday. Attor neys for Kelley demanded a warrant specifying the charges under which lie was held by the city authorities. No one present was willing to swear out the warrant and Assistant Solicitor Hugh Kocke, who was prepared to re sist the habeas corpus proceedings, ad mitted that Kelley was entitled to his release, which was ordered by Judge Ferguson. There wore quite a number of wit nesses attending the habeas corpus hearing, but no evidence was taken. Kelley is connected with the Gal veston Investment company as local manager. The company owns lands in Texas and it was stated that the meth od of placing these lands on the mar ket caused the complaints that lead to his arrest and detention. He made the following statement yesterday: "I wish to state that T have shown to the people of Birmhighnm that t am representing a legitimate proposi tion as It was made clear in the ha beas corpus proceedings before Judge Ferguson today. “I have taken out license to do busi ness in this city. My office is now open for business. T never was arrested be fore in my life. I have been put to a great deal of expense to say nothing of my time. “I will be glad to have anyone who has been Interested in my case or anyone else to call on me at my office, 609 Umpire building, as I have the best proposition of this kind that has ever been offered to tlie citizens of this city. I further wish to state to parties that 1 gave free lots to that I will allow them $60 an a cash pay ment on the purchase price of any 10 acre tract of land offered for sale by this company. I want to shovv them their lot has some real value to it.’’ SENATOR OVERTON HERE YESTERDAY Says I'nderwood Will Sweep His Sec tion of the State—Delighted With Press Club John W. Overton, former state senator from Randolph, who introduced in the senate (lie greater Birmingham hill, was a guest of former IJeutenant Governor Henry B. Gray yesterday at the Birming ham Newspaper club. Mr. Overton was here on personal business and returned to ills home yesterday afternoon. Ho said that Oscar W. Underwood would sweep his section of the state and that if every' section came over to the in terest of the faithful servant as his dis trict, the vote would be overwhelming. Senator Overton said that the political situation was encouraging in that he be lieved I'nderwood and Gomer, as well as other constructive statesmen would be elected and that the next administration would be as progressive as the last one of Governor Comer. Mr. Overton was unusually delighted with the attractiveness of the Newspaper club, saying that it was an ideal place. He qualified as a nonresident member. BlliP.ffl.TO GET ANSWER THIS WEEK Commissioners Expected to Refuse By-Product Gas Proposition The city commissioners are working hard on the by-product gas proposition, recently made to them by the officials <»f the Birmingham Railway. Bight and Bower company. Coniniisisoner Weather ly yesterday confirmed the statement that they intended to settle the matter this week and draft an answer to the gas com pany as to whether or not they will ac cept the offer. Neither Mr. Weatherly nor the other two coinmisisoners would give any indi cation of what they may do in this mut ter, but there is an impression at the commission offices that they are going ! to refuse the offer. At the last conference between the gas company officials, held the first of the week, the commissioners asked for a lower scale of gas rates and a higher quality of gas than stipulated by the gas company in its original offer to the com mission. It is believed that President Oeorgo Bullock told th© commissioners that his company could make no further concessions and the declination of the offer by the commissioners is, therefore, anticipated. The commissioners are proceeding on the basis of by-product gus rates in other cities, from which they have secured data and in which they eay the rates are lower than those proposed by the local gas company. If they decline the by product gas offer, it will mean that the original gas controversy started by Glty Attorney Romaine Boyd for cheaper rates in Birmingham will be again taken up, this matter having been dropped when the gas company came forward a month nr two ago with their offer of by-pro duct gas at rates about half those now in effect on the present gas. MEET AGAIN TODAY I I Arguments on Tidewater B. R., L. & P. Co. Contro versy Are Postponed Tile proposed discussion by atlorneys of tho question regarding the rights of the Tidewater Hallway compuny or any other company to use the down tracks of the Birmingham Railway, Light and Power company was postponed yesterday until today at 12:W o’clock. Attorney For ney Johnston for the Tidewater com pany could not be present yesterday. It was said, on account uf being engaged In a case in court. Attorney Lee Bradley for the Birming ham Railway, Light and Power company, who is expected to argue against the proposition, and others were on, hand yesterday afternoon at the time set but the meeting was postponed. A rather large crowd of citizens in terested one way and another In the ques tion at issue were on hand also. The meeting today, tt Is said, will be public. Negroes Rob Restaurant Two negroes entered the restaurant of Tony Johnson at 312 North Twenty sixth street about 2 o'clock yesterday morning and ordered sandwiches and coffee at the point of pistols. Follow ing a sumptuous "lunch counter' re past the negroes appropriated $10 from the rash register and departed, tout not before shooting out the lights of the place. Detectives and police officers were summoned, but the robbers had escaped. J. W. COOK TO ERECT A BUILDING FOR THE Plans Being Drawn for Three or Four-Story Structure on Third Avenue That the Guarantee Shoe company, of which Henry Huff is general manager, would occupy his building to be erected on Third avenue adjoining the Farley building. when the structure was erected, was the announcement made here yesterday by .1. W. Cook of Mahon. Miss. He will erect a structure 25 feet on Third avenue by 75 feet for which plans are being drawn at this time. The building will be three or four stories high. The announcement that tlie Guaran tee Shoe company will occupy the build ing will be known with considerable interest in this city. The company has n store now on Third avenue, and has recently bought other properti s. but it was not generally understood that plans were being made for Ui® con struction of an entirely new building for the company. Mr. Cook yesterday snid that the plans for the building would be left with Mr. Huff, as the Guaranteed company would have the building, he believed, and it was in the interest of the prospective tenant to determine what character of build ing should lie placed on the lot. “I cannot make any definite statement about the building on Third avenue now," said Mr. Cook. "All that I can say is that the building will be erected, i As to the plans. I have not concluded any arrangements. The Guarantee Shoe company will occupy the build ing, and Mr. Huff will say what the building shall be. and what work will be done there. 1 will do all that I can to satisfy the lessee of the building. ■'There is one thing certain, the build ing will he erected, and that during the next few months. The arrangements for financial aid in that connection have been made, and only the architectural details remain to be perfected. l’rop-v erty on Third avenue, I believe, is of unusual value, and the future has more in store for it. I am strongly inclined to hold Third avenue property at a higher figure than most any avenue property in Birmingham. Birmingham has a. great, future, and i am intensely interested in its welfare." Mr. Cook was the guest of Walter Moore at the press club yesterday, where they lunched. Mr. Cook ap plied for a nonresident membership be fore lie left for his home. "In the whole country.” said Mr. Cook. "I have never seen such a beau tiful place. It is a credit to the men | who made it possible, and a great j credit to the whole city. The general arrangements, the service, and every i feature in connection with the club has j impressed me wonderfully. I am cer tainly glad that Mr. Moore Introduced me, and that 1 have enjoyed the pleas ure of being with you, even for so short a time.” Mr. Cook will return to his home in Mississippi this morning. City Health Officer Will Resume Private Practice at Once Reports of the resignation of Dr Robert Nelson, city health officer, were confirmed yesterday by Dr. T. D. Parke, chairman of the health committee of the Jefferson County Medical society. Dr Nelson's resignation will take effect as soon as his successor can be apointed by the medical society. Dr. Parke stated that he could not state how soon a successor would no appointed, nor could he give any Indi cation as to who the successor might be. Dr. Nelson is a well known physi cian and states lie will resume ills private medical practice upon his re tirement from office. The office of city health officer is the only municipal office in Birming ham not under the control of the city commission. The commissioners pay the health officer’s salary, but it is stipulated in the commission govern ment bill, under which the government is operating, that the health officer shall he controlled and elected by the county medical society. Tiie direct supervision of the health officer comes under the health commit tee, of which Dr. T. D. Purko is chair man. Rumors of Dr. Nelson's resigna tion have been in circulation for the past week or 10 days. WRITES WEIL HIS FIGURES TOO LOW FOR CLAY COUNTY Colonel Marcus Weil, who ma<fe a forecast last Sunday on the approaching Underwood-Hobson race, was greatly pleased yesterday to receive a letter from Clay county saying that the fort* cast had underestimated Underwood's strength in that county. The letter was from J. F. Willingham of Willing ham & Bell, cotton merchants at Llne vllle, and reads: ”J saw your estimate of the result in the approaching primary as between Underwood and Hobson. You are too low for Clay county. This county will give Mr. Underwood 400 to 500 maJorlt> Watch this county and see. Hope you are right on the other counties.” Colonel Well replied us follows yes terday : ''Received your esteemed favor dated March 10, and 1 am glad to know that the fciajorit.v for Underwood in < lay county will be from 400 to 500 instead of 250, as per my forecast of last .Sun day. I know that l am too low on most of the counties In the Underwood column, but 1 am doing the best 1 can to be conservative, as this forecast is made by me for the Hobson men a.s well as the Underwood men, and I try to be fair and square to both men and to the people of Alabama, knowing that the majority of my friends in this state believe in my forecasts and I wish to continue to have their confidence. Thanking you for your letter, I re main yours very truly, I .MARCUS WHIR” Only One “RltOMO (I'lMMS To get the genuine, call for full name LAXATIVE BKOMO QUININE. Look for signature of E. W. GROVE. Cures a Cold in One Day. 25c. Charge Yourself a jj ^ 10'/ Commission You handle money, possibly a good deal, every year for your * own account. It buys your liv ■j mg expenses and provides for the fa.oily. Why not assume that you are handling somebody else’s money and charge a 10 per | cent collection fee? Isn't that a fair arrangement? What would be your profit in a year with 4 per cent quarterly compounded inter est? Innlnt on collootinu the eontmlnnlon and I you will net M; If you don't |»ay promptly E ou the flint requcnt. grow «l let a t orla I anil pu demand It. then let tin holtl It nafe and add | K the 4 per cent profit ft»r you. AmericanTrust^SayingsRank I | ON SAVINGS FIRST AND TWENTIETH —BIRMINGHAM I I———^ipiMmlTr — .J ENTERTAINED HERE Guest of Syrian-Greek So cieties—Banquet Served * Last Night—To Leave This Afternoon The Syrian-Greek societies of the city yesterday entertained Bishop Raphael of Brooklyn, who is making a special visit to this city, and will continue to do him honor today. The bishop leaves this afternoon. The St. George Syrian-Greek Orthodox society is in direct charge of the entertainment uf his grave, and all the other societies of Greeks and Syrians in tlie eity are doing honor to the dis tinguished visitor. The bishop readied Birmingham yostcr da\ morning at «:10 o'clock and immedi ately repaired to a hotel. He was met at 9 o’clock by a large delegation of Greeks and Syrians In automobiles and escorted to tlie Greek church on Avenue and Nineteeenth street. The parade of auto mobiles was more than two blocks long, there being 3T* machines in the line. Reaching the church, the bishop immedi ately held mass, giving blessing to ail and thanking God that He saves, it was an impressive ceremony, and the Greek church, which has perhaps one of tlie most beautiful interiors of any church in the city, was tilled to the doors while It was in progress. Father Vofeg, priest or tlie Greek church, opened the doors to his grace, and Mr. Ronton, Mr. Pnn tassc and Mr. Ralahanas rormed a com mittee of three to welcome him. Following^, the mass, tlie automobiles, with the entire party, proceeded to the Hotel Hillman, where the bishop met, the representatives of the several Greek and Syrian churches and societies, ns well ns the priests of other churches of. the city. He was here presented with a huge bou quet of flowers of the different nations, typifying the unity of the people welcom ing him to Birmingham. The Indies of the Syrian-Greek society made the pre sentation, and Mrs. Elbert Dehsharnaey was the speaker for the committee. Tlie bishop thanked the ladles for their gift In feeling terms. Next the bishop was escorted to the cltibrooms of the St. George society, where a meeting was held. President 1). G. Sand. Ph. S., B. <of tlie society, presided and delivered an address of welcome on be half of the city and of his society to the bishop. Hi* thanked his grave for ids visit! here and said that the Greeks and Syr- i ians felt, deeply the honor of having him j as their guest. Mr. Sand has the reputa- j tion of being the foremost Syrian writer in America. President Sand, when he had completed his talk, was vociferously applauded, lie then Introduced the other speakers. Hr. H. A. Elkourle was one «,f them and made a felicitous address, welcoming the bishop to Birmingham on behalf of tlie Greek Catholics of the city. Other speakers were Mr. Salim, Mr. Show. Michael Gollit and two or three others. Following President Sami's speech of welcome a hidden chorus of ladies' voices began chanting, hushed at first and rising in a few moments, as they sang a re llgious song that was beautiful and tender. It apparently struck the proper chord in the hearts of those presvnt and tlie singers received rounds and rounds of applause. Following the addresses President Sami requested the bishop to bless tlie gather ing. Bishop Raphael, with great respect to all congregations, nil denominations and churches, gave the requested bless ing. Refreshments were served later. Last night there was held a banquet In tlie club rooms of the St. George so ciety, Avenue I) and Twentieth street. Bishop Raphael is now fasting, and for this reason no meats, no grease -not even butter—was served. The banquet hoard ; exemplified tin* resourceful iiess of the ] Greek and Syrian housewives in that it ! was loaded with good things to eat, nolle ! of which contained anything ,in tin least | objectionable to Ills grace. There will be meetings today of tlie va rious congregations, and the bishop will conclude Ills visit here this afternoon. He was repeatedly urged to remain over until Sunday, but said that lie could not pos sibly do so, and will return to Brooklyn. —---.— ■ ■ CAUSE OF DEATH REGULATE TAXICAB RATES IS DRAFTED Beins: Considered by Com missioners — Designed to Meet Objections Made to Present Law An automobile or taxicab or.litis nee regulating tlio rates to be charged pas sengers lias been drafed and Is now being considered by the. city commissioners. | Tins oid I nance is intended to meet tho complaint of the taxi companies of tho city Unit they cannot make a living to eperato under the rate in tho ordinance now existing. It is stated there are some changes lo he made in the present ordinance, how ever, before it is adopted. There is sum* • juration about charging for tho car from I the place w here it stands w hen ordered or from the place, the man who hire* it gets aboard. In tho present ordinance there is also no provision for » 25-cctit (.barge from the depots to the downtown hotels and this will probably he inserted, 'The ordinance is as follows: He it ordained by the board of commis sioners of the city of Birmingham, that it shall l»c unlawful for any person or per sons. engaged iti driving or operating * public automobile within the city of Bir mingham, to charge more than the -ol io wing prices: FOR DISTANCES I or one passenger, one mile or less..$ ’*) Fur two or more passengers, each... »0 For one passenger over one and less than one and one-half miles .75 For two or more passengers, each . .50 For one passenger over one mid one half and le» than two *niUcs .1.00 For each additional passenger .. .74) For one passenger over two and less than two and one-half tulles. 1.50 For each additional passenger .>0 Thereafter a charge of 25 cents per half mile will be made with 25 cents additional charge for extra passengers. FUR HOURLY RENTS. $3 per hour for live-passenger car. $1 per hour for seven-passenger car. No charge shall be made for children under 5 years of age, nor for hand bag gage not exceeding CO pounds to tlie pas senger. Whan the hiring of n public automobile is not at the time specified to he by the hour It shall lie doomed to he by distance, and for any waiting time necessitated by the passengers there may be made an ad ditional charge of 5 cents per minute. \NTwti the hiring of an automobile Is at * the time specified to he by the hour and is used less than an hour, the distance rate of charge shall prevail, provided the total charge shall not exceed a minimum charge of one hour's time. The above rates shall apply day and night. The distance herein referred to shall he meusured by blocks, 11 blocks being con sidered one mile, and shall be measured from tho starting point qf the passenger to the destination of the passenger, by way of Urn accessable streets furnishing the most direct route to that destination. Where automobiles are hired by the hour and are discharged ut a distunes from the place where hired, the driver or owners thereof shall have the right to charge for the time neegasarv to re turn to the place where engaged. Omitted from above: For one to four passengers to Enslev $3.00 Fnne one to four passengers to Pratt City .s on For one to four passengers to Wyiam. 4.00 For one to four passengers to Fair field ..v. 4.06 Fo«* one to four passengers to Gate Cl tv ..3 "0 MTTPJMIV rOMFS OUT FOR LEGISLATURE Well Known Young Lawyer Gels Into Race for Lower House From Jefferson Matthew Murphy, one of the best known of the younger attorneys in . Ir mittgham, announced Ids candidacy for t|n lower house of the legislature yes terday afternoon. Mr. Mnrpliy is a lawyer, wdl known in Birmingham. He came here from Greensboro, where he lived for many yeats and where his family and rela tives arc leaders In every progressive movement, lie lately married Miss El len Percy of this city, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walker Percy. Mr. Murphy said yesterday that an impelling desire to initiate some j re gressive legislation divorced from the petty Issue* that have been suggest**! influenced him to make the racei Ho said that he intended to issue later a formal statement setting forth briefly what he considered of paramount in tcrest and importance to the taxpayer* of this county, and ho would ask their suffrage upon the facts that he will set forth in that statement. Real Kstate Transfers The following real estate transfers were yesterday recorded in the office of the probate judge: $6800—It. N. MagiII and wife to Florence Nun ford, lot 18, tnap of Stockmar & Hen ley. $1360—William E. <*unnlngham to W\ H. Dennis, lot 4, block 7, In Sarah E. Green’s survey, known as Earl Place. $23,500— Edgar V. Smith and wife to John .1 Kyser, one-quarter interest in lots J2, 1.3 and 14. in block 81. survey of city of Birmingham. t $23,500—T. Smith, Jr., to John J. Kyser, interest In lots 12. 13 and 14. In block 81, survey of city of Birmingham. $0600—M. D. Coplon to Commercial Bank and Trust company, lot 60x100, northwest comer of Avenue X and Twenty-third street* south. Abrasion on Boy’s Foot, Caused by New Shoes, Proves Fatal The remain* of Kaymond Smith, ugod :» years, the son of Mr. and Mrs. K. [. Smith of (illl) First avenue, Woodlawn, were sent to Opelika yesterday afternoon I for interment by the S. \v. Woodin I'n dertakir.g company. The hov died at an early hour yesterday morning of blood poisoning. The caiisi- of the death is traced to the fact that he was given a new pair of shoes about four weeks ago. It is stated that the shoes were rather tight and a slight abrasion on one of his heels fol lowed his wearing of them. It was not thought that tills amounted to anything until blood poisoning set in. Then the lad was taken to a local in firmary and an operation followed. It ap pears that the operation was not .suc cessful and the foot of the Smith boy continued to swell. This necessitated an other operation in which tin* entire hone from the knee to the. ankle was removed. This. too. failed of Its purpose and an operation on his side followed. This also failing tu stop the spread of the poison and a fourth operation was performed. This whs not successiul and he suc cumbed.