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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
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
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
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,
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
William Watson, Birmingham, to Mrs.
Anna Cox.
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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
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.
"Attorney for Plaintiff.
"Plaintiff demands a jury in the
above entitled cause.
"Plaintiff’s Attorney."
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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
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
$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
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
JOHNS Undertaking Co. Phono 1008.
Store Closes
Today at 1 P. AT.
Annual |R
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...
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
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.
Joseph Amazed At Changes
Made In Last Few
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
"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
"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."
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.
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."

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