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Refers to 13 Cases Investi
gated to Grind Out All
Corruption Brought
to Attention
Montgomery, July 10.—(Special.)—That it
is much harder for a young lawyer to
day to follow the ethical ideals of his
profession than it was for lawyers of the
past generation, and that the present
condition was brought about by the mad
rush for money and honor was the state
ment of Henry Upson Sims of Birming
ham, who read the report of the central
council to the state bar association at
its initial session this morning.
“In these days of commercialism,“ said
Mr. Sims in his report, “when a day
working artisan with the support of his
labor union can require of the public
greater return for his time than one
fourth of the Alabama bar, it may well
be that more lawyers give way to the
temptation to win a dollar by a short
cut than ever before.”
Mr. Sims declared that the central
council during the past year had tried
to start the wheels of punishment to
grind out all corruption whioh had been
brought to their attention, and referred
to 13 cases which the council had inves
tigated.
Mr. Sims* Report
Following 1s Mr. Sims’ report:
‘Your central council feels somewhat
embarrassed to give for publication an
account of the delinquencies of Alabama
lawyers, because it is outside the held
of our work .to neutralize the effect of
our delinquencies by reporting also upon
the actions of the lawyers which de
serve emulation. But of late years lay
men have made more than the wonted
gibes at our uprightness as a class, so
at the Invitation of the secretary of this
association the council have thought well
of exposing annually the actual number
of concrete charges which have been
brought to our notice against Alabama
lawyers, with a statement of the result
of our examination.
“It is easy for the eager scandal mon
ger to spread the charge that a large
proportion of the bar are corrupt; and
in these days of commercialism, when a
day working artisan with the support of
his labor union can require of the pub
lic greater return for his time than one
fourth of the Alabama bar, it may well
be that more lawyers give way to the
temptation to win a dollar by a short
cut than ever before. But if all the cit
izens of Alabama were seethed in a melt
,ing pot. those of the two best profes
* sione reserved to the last to give flavor
to the pottage, we have no hesitancy to
say that one of those reserved classes
I would be the bar; and we are by no
l means certain whether the other would
be the pulpit or the surgeons.
“But, serious, the central council has
to report that the conditions of practice
in Alabama—at least in the cities—is
so completely changed from what it
was even when we began practicing
law. that it is much harder for a young
lawyer today to follow the ethical
ideals of liis profession titan the older
lawyers imagine. Amid tire public rush
for money and the honor offered to
those who show ability to make it. the
, young man equipped to pursue an in
■ tellectual occupation like the law.
( stands no better than an employed ac
Jcountant. And as the distinction and
/ success which should come to him right
ly only after years of patient effort,
can often be attained by disregarding
ethics in winning a practice, most of
tlie young lawyers enter the practice
by way of the ambulance or the run
ner's desk. Nor do we see any prom
ise of a remedy for it. so long as there
is no limit to the number of lawyers,
and public honor is heaped upon the
lawyer on top, even though it be known
that many of Ills clients have been won
by other inducements than his ability to
care for them.
"In short, your central council as it
now stands has made no plans to solve
an econmic condition, nor to restore
the ethics of the profession to what
we learn was its pristine grandeur. We
have merely tried to slart the wheels
Iof punishment to grind out any real
corruption which we have found; and
our searches for it have not been lim
ited. either, to complaints which have
been made to us.
Twelve Cases Considered
“During the past year we have taken up
12 cases, of whUh two were on our own
motion. Of these 12, two resulted in a
reprimand by the council, although the
council did not thina proceedings for sus
pension or disbarment shoulu be brought;
three ended in justification by the ac
cused; four fell out from lack of evidence,
and three ended in the determination to
present charges. Two of these last three
accused lawyers then surrendered their,
license, and against the third charges are
flow in the solicitor's hands.
Moreover a thirteenth case was not
acted upon by the council, because it was
| based upon the lawyer having secured
| his license under misrepresentation, and
his case had been called to the attention
of the prope.* authorities.
“Firally we will say that the law under
which we act needs some few changes as
heretofore already pointed out in the re
port of 1912, and if the legislature will give
us those, and perhaps other small remedial
assistance, we belie/e our authority for
disbarment is unsurpassed in the United
^States.
•The council for >he past year con
•h.ted of Messrs. Z. T. Rudulph and Ed
ward D. Smith of Birmingham, \V. P.
Marker of Anniston, \\\ L. Pitts of
Uniontown and the undersigned.
"HENRY UPSON SIMS." j
ALSTON’S ADDRESS
PROVES A FEATURE
Members State Bar Association Hear
One of Most Brilliant and Abie
Addresses Ever Delivered
Montgomery, July JO.— (Special.!
Members of the Alabama State Bar
association, assembled in thirty-seventh
annual convention in Montgomery, to
day heard one of the most brilliant and
able addresses ever delivered before the
association. The speaker was Robert C.
Alston of Atlanta, son of Judge A. H. |
Alston of Clayton, and the subject of .
his address was "Andrew Johnson,
President of These United States: His
Part in the Reconstruction of the South
and His Impeachment.”
Mr. Alston showed a remarkable fa
miliarity with the life of the man who
played a central part in the history of
the reconstruction of the south, and in
clear, forceful and eloquent language
described the principal events in his
life from the date of his birth to the
day of his death. With thrilling elo
quence the speaker reviewed the career
of the man who rose from an appren
ticeship to the office of President—
the man who, although a southerner
and a slaveholder, opposed secession,
end represented ideas different from
those held by his neighbors and kins
men.
Mr. Alston declared that there may
L have been better or worse Characters
fehan Andrew Johnson, but that' "his
Fhas no parallel.” The orator then de
picted in minute detail the life’s his
tory of Johnson, told of his humble
birth and of his struggle to obtain an
education, which was later made pos
sible bp his marriage to a cultured
- I
Tutwiler Hotel Co. Enter
tains—Harding Acts as
Toastmaster
The Tutwiler Hotel company gave a
dinner In the spacious ballroom last night
to the security holders and a number of
other citizens. It was sut’h an affair a?
that of a week ago, but the company
was much larger.
As the last course was being served.
Robert Jebison, Jr., arose and said that
in the absence of the president of the
company. George G. Crawford, he would
present \Y. P. G. Harding, who had con
sented to act as toastmaster. Mr. Hard
ing. in a few remarks, told of the hotel
project in its incipiency, and paid glow
ing tributes to Robert Jemison, Jr.. H.
G. Woodward! E. L. Brown. MaJ. E. M.
Tutwiler. President. Crawford, Vice Pres
ident Kuul and others. Mr. Harding said
that the chief object of the dinner was
to bring together citizens who had made
the erection of the hotel possible and
others who were interested In the gen
eral upbuilding of Birmingham, so as to
exchange views and further cultivate the
get-together spirit.
Major Tutwiler was the first speaker
introduced, and in a five-minute talk
made it clear that as good as the in
vestments in the hotel seemed to be when
the building was being planned, they were,
in his judgment, absolutely good, now
since the Jmtel was completed and oper
ated in a style in keeping with the mag
nificence of the building. The next speak
er was Dr. R. M. Cunningham ex-lieu
tenant governor of Alabama, and now
city health officer. He spoke especially
of the relation of health conditions to a
community's growth and prosperity. He
stressed the healthfulness of Birming
ham and told briefly of some of the work
being done to make sanitary conditions
even better. Other speakers were R. S.
Monger, E. L. Brown, Culpepper Exum.
Sydney J. Bowie, Crawford Johnson. Rob
ert Jemison. Jr., Frank A. Burr and the
president of the Newspaper club, C. M.
J Stanley.
After the company adjourned it was
(generally remarked that the occasion was
! successful in the stimulation of civic
; pride and was delightful in every respect.
Favorable Reports Predom
inate and General Condi
tions Encouraging
New York, July 10.—Dun’s review
will say tomorrow: “Irregularity still
characterizes the business situation.
Favorable reports predominate and
general conditions afford encourage
ment, although the volume of new bus
iness is of moderate proportions. In
dications of improvement are noted in
iron and steel. Manufacturers of tex
tiles are endeavoring to meet the slack
ened demand by curtailing the output.
Stocks are stated to be in a well liqui
dated position. Most interests in the
trade are anticipating a more active
period later on as a consequence of
abundant crops. Shoe manufacturers
are more optimistic.
“Of the 317 commodity quotations
compiled there were 23 advances and
17 declines this week, this being the
first occasion in sometime that the
general trend of the leading farm
products has been upward.
“Commercial failures this week are
293 against 238 last year.”
and refined young woman of Green
ville. S. C., and then reviewed the early
political career of the man who was
destined to play so important a part
in the nation's history.
(Jiven Close Attention
The association members gave Mr.
Alston the closest possible attention
throughout bis address, particularly
while the speaker was reviewing John
son's impeachment trial, “the only trial
of its kind, where giants of the law
met in titanic struggle with the life
of a nation in its balance."
In summarizing the events in John
son's life Mr. Alston pointed to the
following results:
“An apprentice, he becomes a Pres
ident.
“A southerner and a slaveholder, he
opposes secession.
“A senator in the United states Con
gress, representing a state which has
declared itself out of the union.
"A democrat, he becomes a necessary
factor to republican success.
“He becomes the head of those whom
he has most opposed.
“He is President of the United States
while it refuses to recognize his state
is within the union.
“He shocks the north by his threats
of proscription to the south, yet dis
appoints them by his leniency.
“He seeks to aid the south in some
respect, but bis very name becomes a
millstone about his neck.”
Brilliant Peroration
In closing his masterly address Mr.
Alston delivered a brilliant peroration.
“It is well nigh 50 years since the
days when this proud state was made
the part of the wonderful pawn which
was played for in the times of which
I have spoken. Long ago the guns to
which Fort Sumter struck her flag
were mounted on Charleston’s beautiful
battery to keep silent guard o'er a
sacred host.
“Look back over the course which
has been traversed. You find your
magnificent state grown from poverty
to wealth: the mountains give forth an
abundance of raw material; her fac
tories are the pride of a nation; her
fields yield rich harvests to contented
labor and her people are moving for
ward to fulfill the destiny of the.
Anglo-Saxon race.
“A magnificent history urges her
forward to a greater heritage; a past
full of achievement fills her with in
spiration for the tasks yet to he done."
Walker’s Address on Public Roads
A\ . R. Walker, a prominent lawyer of
Athens, read an important paper be
fore the bar association on the subject
of "Legislative Power to Require
Roads Worked Without' Compensa
tion.” The principal theme in Mr. Wal
ker’s address was that man’s property
can. by valid legislative enactment, be
subjected to road duty. He argued
that the animal, man, can be forced to
work the* roads without compensation,
but that the animal, mule, is exempt.
“If a man can be taken from his
home and put to labor on the public
roads for 10 days, why cannot that
same man's mule be taken from his
home and put to labor on the public
roads without compensation for three
or four days?” asked Mr. W'alker.
Mr. Walker called attention to the
fact that for 40 years personal prop
erty in the shape of slaves were worked
on the roads under a statute law and
that other personal property in the
form of tools and Implements have been
worked on the roads.
“Why such a distinction be made be
tween the animal man and the animal
mule? Wherein are the rights of the
animal, mule, higher than ths rights pf
the animal, man?” i
•IB Ilf i
TT v See those crisp Ten Dollar Bills in our First Avenue Window. Take a look at the wonderful /ftfc ^ f\
Suits we are giving at this very special price during this sale. And the Suits displaved in I I I
the windows are just a few of the many you’ll find in the store. III
a Suit in This Sale Worth I
Than $15.00—Many Worth More $10
They are all made from good dependable woolens in all the good colors
and are the season’s best models.
Don’t miss this opportunity, for there will be no such clothes values
offered this season.
THERE IS NOT AN OLI) STYLE SUIT IN THE LOT—AND THERE
ARE MANY 3-PIECE SUITS THAT WILL GIVE SERVICE TILL
LATE INTO THE FALL. Here’s an opportunity to get a vacation suit,
saving enough for a nice little side trip.
.. _' -T ' ‘i : . . . „
£7c:s&3 Shirts
ft j M Percale or Madras Coat
M Negligees
And men, we can say to you in all candor, that these are the
best values that have ever been given to the men of Bir
mingham. Perfect fitting, well made shirts, pre-shrunk
collar bauds.
$1.50 SHIRTS NOW.-.$1.15
Never equalled before.
c for New Line of 50c
and 75c Neckwear
Wide ends, or straight, beautiful Pallles, Poplins, Brocades,
Repps and Knits—all at one price.
New Arrivals of the Newest Extra Width
Windsorette Bat Wing Bows, Broadway’s Lat
est Edict .•.50c
/
Straw Hats for Men
PRICES CUT FOR FAIR
For $1 to $1.50 Straws
S Hough or smooth braids in till
| the popular shapes high or
! low crowns.
Any $2.00 Straw Hat for.$1.25
Any $3.00 Straw Hat for.. $2.25
Any $4 and $5 Straw Hat for.$3.25
Panamas and Bangkoks
ALSO REDUCED IN PRICE
Our Straws are crisp, new ami clean. They're all choice, new
styles anti at the prices we now name every hat is a big I>ar
Rain.
r- --...
c If Underwear
Separate Garments—Athle
tic Cut Shirts and Drawers
Made of soft Bolsotle, neatly self striped or figured
Men’s Silk Sox—Silk Clocked
In till colors . .35c—3 Pairs $1.00
Men’s Night Shirts and Pajamas
ftolt Nainsook, Solsettes and Madras
At 50c the Garment Up
Palm Beach Belts
Also White Kid Belts
Pearl, bronze or nickel buckles
At 50c and $1.00 Eaoh
New Shipment of
White and Palm Beach Sox
The Famous Phoenix Guaranteed Kind
4 Pairs $2, Guaranteed 3 Months
t -. .__.
Vacation Needs For Your Boys at Saving Prices!
Boys’ Fine Norfolk Suits Boys’ Negligee Shirts Boys’ Wash Suits
Up-to-the-minute styles. What Detached Collars .•.35c-“-3 for $1.00 Russian, Sailor Blouse and
well dressed men require. Regularly soc each. Middy Blouse Suits
$ 5.00 Suits are now_$3.95 Boys’ White Negligee Shirts $1.00 Suits are now.65c
$ 6 50 Suits are now .. $4.95 $L0° kind—Detached Collars.59c $1.50 Suits are now.$1.15
$ 7.50 Suits are now ... .$5.95 Bo*°’ Blouses *?.00 Suitsarenow.$1 55 ;X
Q_ 50c kind ..35c—3 for $1.00 $2 50 and $3 00 Suits are now $1.8 )
$ 8.50 Suits are now ...,$b.95 Made with patc„t Waist Bands—All sizes to 1.6 $2.50 and $3 Suits are now $1.85!
$10.00 Suits are now_$7.95 years. | In all the daluty good combinations
Stt Boys’
Underwear
50c, 75c, $1 and Up Union Suits are Separate Garments
in a thousand good styles and shapes, including tu p tiffcj ^ ET J\. M I | 25c and 50c the Qarment
every novelty that’s popular. All sizes for boys to 18 years
OFFICIAL VOTE BY
Montgomery, July 10.—(Special.)—The
tovernor of Alabama issued a proclamat
ion today declaring that W. O. Mnlkey
)f Geneva was elected congressman from
lie Third district for the term expiring
March 4, 1915, to fill the vacancy caused
by the resignation of Henry D. Clay
ton. The official returps from the spe
cial election were canvassed today by
the governor and Attorney General Rob
ert C. Brickell. According to these re
turns Mulkey's majority over J. J. Speight
of Eufaula was 868, the total vote being
Mulkey 6225, Speight 6367.
The returns show the following vote by
counties:
County. Mulkey. Speight.
Barbour . 256 1217
Bullock . 366 413
Coffee . 824 764
Dale . 1144 733
Geneva . 12<i9 491
Henry . 766 3X9
Houston . 1079 444
l*e . 328 028
Russell . 253 288
Totals . 6225 6367
BLAZEAVERTED BY
LOWNDES RIFLES
Fort Deposit, July .0.—(Special.)—Last
nlfe'ht a bad fire vas narrowly averted
by the timely effort of Company D,
Lowndes Rifles, which had aasembled at
their armory, when the electric plant.
which is in close proximity to the armory,
vas found to be on fire. The company
fcimed a bucket brigade and by hard
work soon had the flames under control.
If the fire had gained a few minutes
more headway many fine residences in
clidlng tlie Lowndes county high school
and the Fort Deposit graded school build
ings would have probably been lost.
W. A. Waller has purchased from J. E.
Holmes the handsome store building
north of the Fort Deposit bank, and has
installed therein a nice stock of general
merchandise. Mr. Waller recently moved
to Fort Deposit from Palmyra
The town officials nave purchased and
installed a large boiler at the electric
plant, which insures better service in
the future.
Goodyear Gets Coveted Place
St. Louis, July 10.—The balloon
“Goodyear,” piloted by Capt. R. A.
Preston of Akron, O., won the covstsd
place In the drawing late today for
starting position in the national elim
ination balloon race tomorrow. This
balloon will start last, an advantage
In the race because of the greater lift
ing power of its gas. w'hlch will be
under the heating rajs of the sun long
er before the ascent than will the gas
in the balloons that start sarllsn

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