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'■ 5 Art r RUSTRATED i - Watchman At Jaffc Iron and Metal Co. Plant Drives Robbers Off A daring attempt was made about 3 o'clock yesterday morning to blow’ up the safe of the Jaffe Iron and Metal com pany at Eighteenth street and Ninth ave nue, north, but the "yeggmen” were frightened away by the watchman who fired his pistol several times at the flee ing marauders. It is thought that one of the would-be robbers was struck by ■ bullet. # The attempted safe robbery created ^ considerable excitement about the vicinity of the yards of the company. Investiga tion disclosed that the attempted ■ rob bery was engineered by three men—two of whom worked on the safe while a third acted as look-out for the watch man. The safe Was thoroughly "soaped” with nitroglycerin and the fuse was Mid ready to be lit. , Then the "look-out” was instructed to attract the attention of the watchman while the men inside the office blew the safe. The Outside” man succeeded only too well in attracting the watch man’s attention for that vigilant official drew his pistol and started shooting. This Bo disconcerted the "safe crakers” on the Inside that one of them dived through an office window and carried sash and all to the ground. The "yeggmen' all man aged to make their escape to their down town headquarters. According to the detective department these "yeggmen” are nothing but vug rants and tramps and amateurish in their work. They will only attempt to blow the safes of country stores where there 18 little danger and little money to steal. In the six safes this "gang” has blown up in the last several weeks they have secured only about $100 in money and no ■valuables. In fact the explosions have [caused much more damage to the stores than the actual money stolen. The detectives maintain that the rea son none of these "yeggmen” are appre hended is because of the out of the way places they select to blow up a safe. It is asserted that there has not been a safe blown downtown since the Drennen, "job” several months ago. and the de tectives maintain that such a bold rob bery could not be perpetrated by the present "gang” of second-class safe rob bers now making Birmingham their head quarters. LETTERS TOEDITOR Italian Language In Singing To the Editor of The Age-Herald. Tn this morning's Age-Herald was pub lished a letter from Mr. Gunster, taking Issue with me on several points brought out in a recent interview. Mr. Gunster's courteous attack and able answer reveal the fact that he is sincere in his desire to correct a possibly errone ous impression. The amusing part of the episode to me is that I agree with him in almost every detail and see that we are accidentally quibbling over a use of , terms. / It is very difficult * to avoid a misun ff derstandlng of remarks made during a / brief interview'. Had I amplified or elab orated my ideas at all, T am sure Mr. Gunster would not have been the first singer to differ wipi me. As it is. he . has picked me up on a technical point, and put me in dftbt to him for an af firmation of the simple truth I asserted. Very naturally indeed, not only Mr. Gunster, but others of the singing pro fession, at first thought would feel that 1 had uttered a blasphemy by saying that •There is no Italian method.”. That by itself does sound like a pretty bold statement, but I added, "there is the won derful Italian language, every word of v’hich is song.” Possibly to a matter of fact mind, the language was a bit in terperate, but let me explain. From the point of view of the professional, details are far more marked than they appear j to the layman, and minute changes may ‘ constitute important differences. The lay man who stands off at distance sees things in perspective as it wrere. I cheer fully admit that there is a system of i rules, which if followed, will produce the I finest singing. Let me ask, howrever. w'hat makes this system the best, and where did the great masters of the Italian school get the basis for their method. Like all great discoveries it rested on a very. simple principle—the Italian speak ing voice. Scientists tell us now' that the Italian language is beautiful because the whole speaking apparatus of the average ,, Italian, is almost perfectly developed. The natural law works always on the line of least resistance. Speaking is nat ural to us, but each separate language makes its indivdiual demand upon the speaking apparatus. The Italian language A SUIT FOR DAMAGES ' | II; CHARIJSS H. MAADT From a perusal of the damage suits j filed daily in the courts of Jefferson 1 county it is learned that a great ma- ( Jority of the suits are directed against , service corporations or persons of means. It would appear that the means aforesaid are really more Important 1 than a cause of action. The grounds of action alleged In the complaints are many and various, covering all kinds of alleged sins of omission or commis sion. Many of them on the face are very meritorious and seemingly well found ed but on the other hand some of them border on the frivolous, as this class of cases are taken "on spec" as Sam Weller would say, for if there is no recovery from the defendant no fee is demanded. As has been stated, the cause of ac tion is not always as important as to whether a judgment could be collect ed in case of a recovery, hence it is that service icorporations and persons of means are in nearly every instance the defendants In these cases. An instance of the frivolous (perhaps mercenary would be the better word) damage suit was recently filed in one of the courts against a well known business man whose bank rating is of the best. He was sought to be mulcted in damages to tlie amount of $2000 for alleged personal injuries. The following were the facts in the case: The business man and a traveling salesmen had a dispute about the can cellation of an order. The two got very angry and the lie was passed. The salesman picked up a large sized ink stand and hurled it with all his might at the business man who quickly ducked, the missle passing over him. Just at that moment a negro employe was passing and received the missle full in the stomach. The salesman fled and left town probably never to re calls for the fullest and easiest use of the machinery of sound production. Sing ing is not natural, it is an art and like all art, It is an improvement on nature. Consequently the path to perfection is in nature’s lead. The Italian method of tone production for the singer is based Incontrovertably upon the unconscious method of speech of the Italians. The Italians speak with the greatest freedom from strain of any kind—the least con traction and with the most perfect articu lation—and anyone who pronounces Ital ian correctly long enough, must in time do the same. Mr. Gunster takes exception to my statement, "Speak the Italian language correctly and you are very near to cor rect singing.’’ Possibly he has already realized the answer conveyed in a further statement in the same paragraph, “I have seen splendid results produced by merely reading aloud in Italian, for this is the unconscious way to adjust natures music box.’’ Certainly I agree with Mr. Guns ter that “The native Italian is not born with the gift of correct singing any more than is an American," but I cannot wholly agree with him that “it is not the language that makes the singer,’’ for he | cannot deny that the Italian or the stu dent that is fluent in Italian is much nearer the Goal, by way of the Italian | method, than the student who has had ' none of this preliminary training. One cannot pronounce Italian correctly for any length of tim without having an easier placement of the speaking voice, belter breathing, stronger articulation, [ and a more pleasing quality of tone ! whether using English, German, or any | other language. Cull it Italian method, or not. by only contention is that the form of perfeo ! tion lies hidden in the Italian language I itself, and to a far greater degree than t In any other language and that the teacher of the Italian language who un derstan Is this cannot avoid working along lines parallel with those of the singing teacher. In conclusion let ine say, that I most heartily concur with Mr. Gunster in a. desire to see something done "to culti vate the beautiful English." The English language, like any language, must be singable, but how rarely does one hear it handled beautifully by singer or by speaker. Whether right or wrong in the eyes of others, results produced under my own direction and observation war rant the contention that the study of the Italian language, through apparently beating around the bush, will do a great deal to adjust errors of diction and tone production in the use of any language. T express an humble hope that I shall be able to do much to arouse genuine ap preciation of our own wonderful lan guage. the tongue of the Bard of Avon. Very respectfully yours, A BEEN G. LOBHR. Birmingham. July 8, 1914. Marriage Licenses The following marriage licenses were yesterday recorded in the office of the probate judge: E. C. Ellison, Townley, to Miss Bertha Monfroy. William Watson, Birmingham, to Mrs. Anna Cox. - i kl V I ! ■ 0 , turn. Then what happened? The ne rrn brought suit for 12000 damages igalnst the business man because he lodged the mlssle, his contention being hat had he not ducked the mlssle it would not have hit him, hence he claimed he was entitled to recover dam* iges against his employer. The complaint is as follows, flctl lious names being used for obvious rea sons: Rate of Alabama Ciicumlotion Court. Jefferson County, fmer Grafter, plaintiff vs. Damages $2000 E. Tsdegoat, defendant Plaintiff claims of the defendant E. rsdegoat a private individual, the sum of Two Thousand dollars ($2000) dam ages in this, that on to-wit, the 16th day of June 1914 in the county of Jef ferson. state of Alabama the defendant lid wilfully and wrongfully dodge, duck, shift, shuffle, avoid or evade a mlssle, namely a glass ink well, thrown by one Scrapper whose name is oth erwise unknown, and by reason of 4he defendant ducking, dodging, shifting, shuffling, avoiding or evading the mlssle aforesaid It struck the defend ant in the abdomen tWlictlng serious and painful injuries, thereby prevent ing the plaintiff for a long space of time, and up to the present time, as well as in the future from performing his usual avocations; that he was con fined to his room for a long space of time and made sick and sore; that he has expended large sums of money for medicine and medical treatment In at tempting to cure his injuries afore said; that he has expended large sums of money in providing himself with the proper and suitable diet while suffer ing from his injuries aforesaid: that he has suffered great physical pain and mental enguish and that he is per manently injured and disabled. Where fore he sues. HALFO WHAT1GKT, "Attorney for Plaintiff. "Plaintiff demands a jury in the above entitled cause. "HALFO WHATIGET. "Plaintiff’s Attorney." ■—11 - ■ -— I | Bessemer News Bessemer. July 8—(Special.)—Dan W. Houston received a. message tonight from Senator Frank S. White telling of his confirmation as postmaster at Bessemer to succeed the late (’apt. H. W. Crook. As soon as his bond has been arranged for Mr. Houston will take charge of the office. Mr. Houston is a resident of Jones boro and for a numbe rof yearB was postmaster at that place. There were a number of other candidates for the vacancy. Two teams were organized this morn ing working to the end that the Meth odist university be located In Birming ham and although they were only able to work about 45 minutes they feel greatly encouraged with the work. Both teams prefer to withhold the exact amount of money raised today but will make it known in the next few days. There was a spirit of earnestness man ifested at the meeting and all mem bers of the teams feel confident that Birmingham will win out in the fight. The members of the teams are as follows: Team No. 1, W. W. Hollings worth, captain; Dr. T. F. Robinson, John T. Mclnery, J. D. Powell, O. E. Randle and Claude Moore. Team No. 2, J. D. Martin, captain; Dr. R. P. McTyiere fend E. A. Dudley. Team No. .3, which is lo cated at Blue Creek, Dr. H. M. Hick son, captain: J. M. Johnson, A. M. Byars and Dr. W. C. Head. There will be a meeting of the teams tomorrow afternoon at 6 o’clock at the Bon Ton cafe at wTiich time refresh ments will be served. The latest evidence uncovered in the I . Mulholland, the aged umbrella men der, who was found dead early Satur day morning near Underwood park with a bullet wound in the neck and for which three negroes are being held In the county jail, was brought to light today when Mary Griffin and Mitty Sanders, both negroes, identified Au be rt Warren and Fred Watkins as the nen they had seen with Mr. Mulholland near the Alabama Great Southern rail oail at Alabama avenue and Ninth street about 9 o'clock Friday night. According to the women they passed the men with Mr. Mulholland and the old man was begging them not to kill lim as he didnt have any money. They further stated that the men seemed frightened when they saw them ind started back toward town. The women did not think anything more ibout the occurrence until Mitty San iers read about it in the papers. She hen told Mr. I>owery’s daughter, for vhom she cooked. Officers Ellis Hous on and Bob Childress, who have been working on the case, took the wom n to Birmingham this afternoon and hey identified the above mentioned nen as the ones they saw with the old nan. Jim Foster, a negro, was bound >ver to the grand ‘jury on a charge of ornmllting the murder. Real Estate Transfers The following real estate transfers were yesterday recorded in the office of the nobate judge: $1300—G. H. Stevenson and wife to Ed ward W. Carter: Lot 9, block 288, survey »f Bessemer Coal, Iron and land com pany. $2000—Mary Alice Strong to Robert McL. Strong: Lot 9, in block 1; and lots 6, 7, I and 9 in a block of F. O. Sherrod’s jeeond addition to Woodlawn. Fire Near Johns Johns, July 8.—(Special.)—The resi lence of W. H. Williams near Sumter ichoolhouse was burned last night and ill the furnishings and furnture. There vas no insurance carried. Deaths and Funerals Mrs. Emma Botsford Funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Emma Botsford, aged 75 years, who Sled yesterday morning about 7 o’clock, will be conducted this morning from the family residence at 518 South Twentieth street. Interment will follow in Elm wood cemetery. The deceased Is sur vived by two sons and one daughter. George Cowart Funeral services over the remains of George Cowart, aged 32 years, who was shot and killed Monday afternoon at 2321 Fifth avenue, north, were conducted vesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the residence of his mother at Powderly. In terment followed in Pleasant Hill ceme tery. Frances Ruth Kinnane Frances Ruth Kinnane, aged five years wd nine months, died last night at 6! 3’clock at a local Jnrlrmary. Funeral lei vices will be conducted today at 4 3’clock from the residence of her pa rents, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Kinnane, 121 3race street. Intermit wiil be in Forest Hill cemetery. George W. Hays Funeral eervldes over the remains of 3corge W. Hays, who died Tuesday, will >o conducted this morning at 10 o'clock rrom the late residence, 1428 Eighth ave nue. Interment will be In Forest Hill 2emetery. JOHNS Undertaking Co. Phono 1008. E Store Closes Today at 1 P. AT. Semi Annual |R I SHIRT SALE l II Commencing Thursday, July 9th PON a certain date appointed by the manufacturer — but ] twice yearly—comes this greatest and most looked-for I event of Birmingham’s well dressed men. Earl & Wilson ; Shirts are acknowledged, even by competitors, as the best, finest made, and | most perfect fitting of any nationally advertised shirts in the country. Added to these—just to make the inducement still stronger—we have added many of our custom-made, Black’s own label shirts, which are too well known to need JK T further description. Although this sale continues several days, the first here will l/l/ appreciate having first choice—and Bloch’s are only open until 1 p. m. Thurs- v Collar Attached Shirts French Cuff Shirts -p Laundered Cuff Shirts Silk-Linen Shirts I ||| Woven Madras Shirts Mercerized Shirts -*• 'j Rajah Silk Shirts Crepe Faille Shirts ^ Plaited Shirts Cheviot Shirts Separate Collar Shirts Bomori Silk Shirts T* SHIRTS-. -Dozen upon dozen of the finest $2 shirts in Arygle II |||l jf}l and Woven madras, Crepe Faille, Mercerized Crepe and Satin Stripe j S j|| Mercerized Prints. One, two and three-tone color combinations. and $(T |j]i Some shirts with separate collars to match llll ———— - $3.50 and $4 Our $1.50 $2.50 and $3 O fS^Shirts Stiffihirts £&#Shirts ^ In Bomori Silk with col- ^ wlde^ assortment of pat- In Brocaded Madras, Crepe M I •■•I ored jacquarded stripes terns In woven Madras, Faille, Rajah Silk, Silk and and cords, mercerized Printed Madras and Orissa Linen. Backgrounds of jae figlires, Russian cords. Pongee. Also highly mer- quarded figures, self and one, v V ' ,t:C„l nmtorinl cerized Baroda Prints. All two and three-colored stripes. A Deamnui mute t kinds of colored stripes, etc. Mercerized Russian Cords, that will appeal to pride We limit this lot to ten shirts Russian Cord Pongee and IT $2.65 $U0 j““ $1.85 ^ 50c BANTONG WASH TIES—a highly mercerized II /^k pM imported wash fabric. Open-end Four-in-hund style. ^ W t 01 * k X\tyJ“,wo 3 for $1.00! 3 a Shirts arAII^ AND *ram: marr ™Tood Shirts o^Ave^rlllio* 5T... GOOD Hires BIRMINGHAM sieeleresHF IS DAMAGED BY FIRE Captain Johnson Hurt When He Falls From Second Story Window Fire of unknown origin badly dam aged the residence of J. M. Steele at 1911 Fourteenth avenue, north, about 11:30 o’clock yesterday morning and ^lightly damaged an adjacent house. The total fire loss was estimated at about $3000, and Is said to be covered by insurance. One of the regrettable features of the North Highlands fire was that Capt. K. K. Johnson of the “flying squadron” was seriously bruised and shaken when he slipped and fell from the second story of the burning residence. Captain Johnson fell a distance of about 30 feet on his head and shoulders and only by reason of the fact that he landed on some soft dirt that he escaped serious injuries. At that he suffered a broken finger and serious bruises about the face, hands and shoulders. He was un conscious for several moments follow ing his accident. Fire companies Nos. 6, 9 and 11 an swered the alarm at the Bteele resi dence and after about an hour of work had the blaze under control. Much of the household effects in the residence of Mr. Steele were rescued by the fire men. AMUSEMENTS At the Lyric An unusually largo number of laughs, a score of good song numbers and sev eral novelty features are Included In the vaudeville bill at the Lyric this week, vdtn Nat Wills as the star-ln-chlef. Mr. Wills changes his monologue and songs repeatedly, and the audiences are given a fresh delight at nearly every perform ance. Lasky's "eloping" Is one of the season's comedy treats and novelty fea tures of the year. SO I ALABAMA IS 0 IMPROVED Joseph Amazed At Changes Made In Last Few Years M. V. Joseph, president of Lovetnan, Joseph & Ijoeb, returned yesterday from a trip to Selma, Marlon and other points in south Alabama. He originally came from that section and was on a visit to the places where he received his early mercantile training. Mr. Joseph Stolid yes terday that it was almost Impossible to realize wlmt Selma, Marion and other places were doing in the way of improve ments. "I was very much pleased to see Selma with w'ell paved streets, with beautiful homes and all of the merchants doing well,” said Mr. Joseph. "That city is going to grow bigger every year. The people are awake to their opportunities and Intend to take full advanta^| of them. "I traveled through the country some and the crops are in fine shape. A little rain would not hurt the com In some localities, but measured broadly every thing Is In first-class condition. I was deeply Interested In noting that the farm ers are improving their homes and are getting progressive in the way of living. Their homes are all well repaired and painted. They have abundant flowers and everything that one could wish for. "In Marion the citizens have plenty of money and automobiles flit past with as tonishing frequency. The farmers in that, section are growing wealthier every year and the time Is coming when Alabama will be extremely rich in its rural sec tions. The rural section If fading away, however. The automobile, the telephone and the transmission lines of power com panies are bringing to the farmers those forces that eliminate time and distance and the whole section is being knitted together In a way which will soon bring town and country into close contact. All this Is of Interest to me, for I was lo cated there when conditions were vastly different. I am deeply pleased, therefore, to see what has been done." TIDEWATER GIANTS HUMBLE MERCHANTS The Tidewater Giants easily defeated the Ensley Merchants yesterday ufter noon, the score being 16 to 1. bay lock twirled for the winners, while Thomp son was on the firing line for the Merchants. Hcore: R.II.E. Tidewater Giants .16 in • Ensley Merchants . I 5 y Batteries: hay lock and Hammond. Thompson and Allen. ODD FELLOWS TO PICNIC Joint Entertainment to Be Given At Huffman Tomorrow A Joint picnic of Odd Fellows and Re bekalis will be given at Huffman tomor row under the auspices of the local lodge, which all members of the order have been invited to attend. A splendid pro gramme has been arranged which will in clude an address by Grand Master Brad ley. Baseball games and other amuse ments will be provided. The following invitation has been Issued: "All odd Fellows and Rebekahs are cordially Invited to attend a basket pic nic at the HchoolhotiHe grove at Huff man, given by the Huffman lodge No. Ittlb, L O. O. F., on Friday, July 17. "Grand Muster Bradley, and other noted Odd Fellows, will make speeches on the good of the order. "Refreshments will be sold for the benefit of the Odd Fellows hall. "A good baseball game will be played by local talent in the afternoon. "Schoolhouse and lodge will afford ample shelter in case of a shower. "Transfer auto car will run from Fast Lake; or it is only a mile from end ox Roebuck Springs oar line on ffoaln road, "A hearty welcome and a good time assured everybody who attends."