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k -With a good balance on the right side is the finest book in the world. With it at your command you stand in no fear of hav ing to borrow in times of ad | versity. Get your savings bank book here today—deposit regularly and we’ll add in terest quarterly on every dollar. The First National Bask "A National fianl^for Saving^” Capital anfr Surplus $3,00*000 4 per cent liJereet on savings, CompoujMed Quarterly HEFLIN GIVES UP THE OFFICE HE HAS HELD FOR SIXTEEN YEARS Formal Transfer of Office of Solicitor Made to Hugo L. Black LATTER PRESENTED TO JUDGE W. E. FORT In Retiring Heflin Expresses Esteem for Judges of Court—Never Perse cuted Anyone, He Says—Brower Gets First Conviction Formal transfer of the office of so licitor of Jefferson county was made yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock when Tfse retiring solicitor, H. P. Heflin, presented his successor, Hugo L Black, to Judge W. E. Fort in the first divi sion of the criminal court. As it was the beginning of the wfeek and cap ital cases being set the cofft’troom was crowded to its capacity, many| of the I * H. P. HEFLIN The retiring solicitor of Jefferson county »••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••M court officials being present. In pre senting Mr. Black to the court Mr. Hef lin spoke as follows: “May it please your honor: I am now about to turn over the office of so licitor for Jefferson county to Mr. Black, who was recently elected to . succeed me in this office. On retiring I wish to express my high appreciation and the great esteem in which I have ever held the judges of this court, as men and as officials, conscientious, courteous and able; striving at all times to enforce the law and yet seeing .:o it. that every defendant brought to the bar of justice is given a fair trial. Favored No One “It has been my privilege to servo the citizens of this county for 10 years continuously as their solicitor i end during all that time I have en deavored to prosecute all cases fairly and fearlessly, without favor to any one. “I have 'prosecuted all violators *»f the law alike, the big criminal as well as the small offender. I have been through some trying times as solicitor of this county. I have prosecuted and convicted some of the worst criminals that ever infested* any country. Some of them were executed—others were imprisoned in the penitentiary. “At no time have I ever persecuted nryone; and 1 have never during my 1G years in office prosecuted any man or woman, boy or girl, white or black, but where I believed from the facts in the case that it was my duty to dc so And I always tried tg. feamper jus tice with mercy. “I have nolle prossed, or rather rec ommended that a good many cases b, nolle prossed, but where I did so I be 1;- ved that in the interest of justice ai d the welfare of the community sue! cases should be dismissed out of court 1 am glad to say’ that I have been or the best of terms always with tht | judges of this court. Not a ripple >1 unpleasantness has ever existed be tv i-en me and them, and we havt worked together harmoniously in try ing to enforce the law in our county Good Wishes for Successor “In conclusion, permit me to say, J have good wishes and the friendliest ' feelings for the judges of this court the clerk and his assistants, , nd foi M.. Black, whom I now present as mj successor in the office of solicitor foi | Jefferson county." r Judge Fort made a very fitting re sponse to the remarks of the retiring solicitor and expressed his wishes foi his future success. He extended a.warrr greeting to Judge Black and the inci dent was closed. Judge Black and his assistants, W K. Welch and Walter Brower, were or hand at the opening of* the court yes terday morning and immediately wem to work. Judge Black is attending th< grand jury. Mr. Welch the first division of thi Brower the second divi to the lot of Mr. Brower u first conviction, as he pros Mathews, a negro, charge* who was found guilt; the indictment and hej the jury at 1< l iJbL. SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO SEE UNDERWOOD ABOUT POSTOFFICE Will Urge His Co-Operation in Securing Immediate Erection of Building TO GO TO CAPITAL . ABOUT DECEMBER 10 \ In Addition to Postoffice Will Urge Birmingham as Logical Place for Armor Plate Mill—Want Land Cleared at Lock 17 A special committee of the Chamber of Commerce will confer with Congress man Underwood and urge hie co-opera tion in securing the immediate erection of the Birmingham postoffice. He will b® * urged to join the efforts of United States Senator Frank S. White* and the large delegation of Birmingham business men at Washington at the conferences with Secretary McAdoo. It will be pointed out to Mr. Underwood that on his shoulders rest the responsibility of either retarding or advancing the date of building the new postoffice which is so badly needed in Birmingham. Yesterday afternoon Robert W. Ewing, president of the Board of Trade, ap pointed the following committee to act with the conrtnittee already appointed by President P* G. Shook of the Chamber of Commerce in the postoffice matter: John E. Shelby, chairman; B. H. Cooper, George McCleary, J. Frank Rushton, Col Tnan Blach, W. Cox, J. D. Rosenher ger, R. N. Wheeler and P. H. Liinnehan. President Shook of the civic chamber also issued a call yesterday to all citi zens whether appointed on any commit tee who could afford the trip to go to Washington with the committees in or der to better Impress the federal authori ites that the sentiment of a united municipality is behind this movement for the immediate construction of the postof fice. United States Senator Frank S. -JVhite leaves for the national capitol the last of this week for the opening of the new session of Congress, and it is proposed that the delegations of the Chamber ol Commerce and other civic organizations leave Birmingham on December 10. Every possible effort will be made to have In fluential citizens in the city make the trip, as the Washington conference is conceded to mean much for the futurt development of Birmingham. Other Matters to Come Up While the civil delegation is in Wash ington, other matters than the new post office will be taken up. It is proposed tc have a conference with Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on the desirability of placing one of the proposed government armor plate plants in the Birminglian district. Senator White will also co-oper ate with the business men’s delegation ir Impressing the war department, which ha! charge of the construction of lock 17, oj the immense benefits to be derived to th* district if the government will undertaki to remove the stumps and timber adja cent to the lock before the work is com pleted and the water turned on. The plans of W. H. Mifffning, landscape architect, will when completed encom pass a beautiful boulevard to the Warrioi river and lock 17, and the Chamber ol Commerce sees a prospective resldentia resort for Birmingham at this point ant desires to make the necessary provision! to have the land about lock 17 cleared off while the government is still engaged ir the work. There will be a meeting at 10:30 o’clocl In the directors’ room of the Chamber o Commerce of the waterways committee to discuss the lock 17 proposition. Rober Jemison, Sr., is chairman of this commit tee and has called the meeting to hear t talk on the matter by T. H. Friel, wh( has secured much data. The conclusion! of the waterways committee will be mad< known to the Washington delegation o the civic chamber in a few days. President Shook states that the Wash ington delegation should be as large a: possible and that It should be instillei with the Birmingham spirit to get w 1m it goes after. The objects in view nov are the advancing of the date for build Ing the postoffice; impressing the Secre tary of the Navy that Birmingham is th< logical place for a government armo plate mill, and the clearing away o stumps and timbers at lock 17 by the fed eral engineers. These three things are important in th< opirion of President Shook, and rneai much for the future development of th< city. The call Is Issued to every loyal cit izen to co-operate. EXPECTS AN EXTRA SESSION JANUARY 1 Thinks the Governor Is Eager to Makt Jefferson Anti-Fee Amend ment Operative H. A. Thompson, member-elect of th legislature from Butler"county, and as Mutant secretary of the Alabama com mission to have charge of the Alabami exhibits at the exposition in San Fran cisco next February, believes that ther will be an extra session of the ieglsla ture called January 1. "I know nothing officially,” said Mi Thompson, "but believe that there wll be an extra session in order that th Jefferson county anti-fee amendment ma: be made operative. I believe that th governor has reached the conclusion tha the supreme court will hold that unde the circumstances, an official’s galar may be changed after he has bcei elected and before he has been inductei into office. There have been a numbe of conferences, and thsse coupled wit the fact that the governor promise months ago to make the anti-fee amend • ment effective prior to his retlremen from office, causes me to believe that h will call tile legislature in session on week prior to the regular time.’'’ Mr. Thompson stated that Alabami would have a splendid exhibit at th world's fair, and that despite ’so-calle "hard times,” this state would be reprt sented by a fine building. "Qround has already been purchased, he added, “at a cost of foOOO. Alabam will be patriotic enough to subscribe i sum large enough to construct a build ing. Alabama will be one of the state chiefly benefited by the Panama cana and it waa an Alabamian, John T. Mor gan, who waa responsible in the main fo . its construction. “Alabama may bs depended upon to d credit to Itself." REPRESENTATIVE OF - FRENCH ARMY HERE INSPECTING HORSES Parent Raoul and Lorregain Paul Busy All Day at Stables of Fies & Sons Approving Horses to Be Used in the War—First Time Any Representatives of Belligerent Powers Have Been in Birmingham to Make Purchases. Tarent Raoul and Loriegafn Paul, representing the French army, were busy all of yesterday at the stable of Flee & Sons inspecting horses that will be used by the allies In the war against Germany and Austria. The representatives of the French army, as stated in The Age-Herald, present ed themselves at the stable at the cor ner of Sixteenth street and Third ave nue yesterday morning and with Mexle Fies and others interested began to examine the stock secured by the local dealers. They inspected a large number yes terday, but indications are they will be here several days before the entire consignment is approved. It is stated that the local dealers have gathered about 5Q0 head of horses and it is as sumed that M. Raoul and M. Paul will inspect the entire consignment beforo thty leave Birmingham. It is stated that there will be a great many more to b© examined in this section that have been gathered by Fies & Sons. The representatives of the French were yesterday unwilling to talk about the war and were equally as reticent about their work in Alabama. They serin to have taken a hint from General Joftre and Lord Kitchener as they im patiently declined to make any state ment of any consequence relative to the operations in France. In connection with the Inspection here It is stated that the horses will be shipped to France by way of Mo bile. The French government has se cured the steamship Cratheus. which is awaiting the arrival of some of the horses in Mobile. The former ship ments have been through the port of Galveston. The ship to be used v as ' r sometime a Norwegian cattle boat and needs little rearrangement to carry the horses safely across the Atlantic. It is stated that arrangements have been made to send the horses over tho Southern railway to Mobile and to load them on the Cratheus at pier 6. The experts that are here for France have said, according to reports yester day, that the life of a horse or mule In the allied armies is IS hours on tho average. From this It will be seen that there will be a terrific drain on the resources of neutral powers to keep the supply up to requirements. .... Confers Here Regarding Suits in Shelby County Against Ala. Power Co. Ray Ruahton, prominent Montgom ery lawyer, and well known through out the state, is not prepared to state at the, present time that he will again ; offer for the Senate. Mr. Rushton, who was a visitor to Birmingham yesterday, said: “I can't talk politics at this time. The next race for a seat in the Senatea long way off. However, I will think tho situation over very seriously and will let you know in plenty of time." Mr. Ruehton while In Birmingham conferred with Thomas W. Martin and O. R. Hood of Gadsden regarding cer tain suits which have been filed In Shelby county against the Alabama Power company. He returned in th*3 afternoon in order that he might be prepared for the beginning of another trial i»i which James G. Oakley, former president of the convict board of the state, is defendant. Mr. Rushton will eid in the defense of Mr. Oakley. He ; also defended Theodore L*acy, former clr.ef clerk of the convict department, who was charged with having era boezled funds of the department. In regard to the Oakley case, Mr. Rushton made no statement. It is gen erally believed, despite his refusal to talk politics, that he Is preparing to atk the people again to send him to the United States Senate. Understood He Conferred With Judge Clayton While in Montgomery J Tom Heflin, congressman of the Fifth Alabama district, passed througn Birmingham yesterday en route to his home in Lafayette after having visited Montgomery. While In Montgomery it Is generally thought that he conferred with United States Judge Henry D. Clayton regarding the appllcancy of H. P. Heflin, his brother, for the po sition of referee. Mr. Heflin was optimistic regarding the situation and stated his convlc ■ tion that very soon the country would be enjoying unprecedented prosperity He repeated the statement lie made in Birmingham some weeks ago to the effect that unless there was noticeable improvement In the cotton situation prior to the reconvening of Congress the President would ' Initiate steps looking to the immediate relief of the southern farmer. "'The situation is improving stead liy,” said Mr. Heflin, “and I look for an early return of ‘good times.' We will have the nations of Europt to clothe and to feed and then again America is so large and so great that despite the ’ fact that in the beginning it was stunned It will soon be discounting the fact that war is raging in Europe. “I have studied the political sltua 1 tion very carefully," he added, “ami , have reached the conclusion that in the November elections we won a great victory. We returned a substantial ■ democratic majority to the House de t spite the fact that we had pased a r tariff bill and passed, In addition, a special war tariff bill. ' "Very few parties could have weath 1 ered that storm. For two snore years I wt will continue to legislate in a con i' slructive manner, and there Is noth ing under the sun which can prevent Die election of a democrat as President 1 In 1916." t Real Estate Transfers 3 The following real estate transfers s were yesterday recorded in the office of the probate Judge: t $1000—Ingram Realty company, Inc., 3 to T. C. Brabston, H. M. Watson and J. 1 N. Rose, parts of lots 1 and 2. block 13, - Waverly Place. ' 1 $10,000—J. G. Wrltfleld to James and ’ Joseph Toole, a lot in block 806, city of t Birmingham, survey of Elyton Land l company, at a point 65 feet south of the - Intersection of the south line of Ave s nue I. $2250—.Lot 19, 111 block 2, survey of Soutliside Land Company, city of Bir mingham. r $8125—Mildred Hughes to W. F. Va • rln, the east 44 feet of lots 33 and SI. > and part of lot 36, of Welch's addition to Birmingham. Room Exclusively for Men Will Be Fitted Up—More Space for Books Plans have been made by Carl Milam, public library director, for Improve ments at the Woodlawn branch of the public library, which will increase the size of the rooms about three times. Two partitions are being removed which will connect the present library with the large courtroom in the Wood lawn city hall, which will then become a part of the library. After the enlargements are made, something new in the library system of this city will be inaugurated there in the form of a men’s room. Just what is to be the nature of this room has not yet been decided, but it is stated that in all probability the occupants will be allowed to smoke and only men will be admitted. The room, how ever, Is intended more for men who would not feel perfectly at ease in a room where women and children pre dominated: especially men who might want to come to the library in their working clothes and would not wish to mix with women and children on that account. Announcement as to tho riles and regulations of this departure will* be made soon. The Woodlawn library! is the second laigest branch in the city, but so far has been housed in the smallest quar ters. The enlargement of the quarters was largely brought about by the ac tivities of the Woodlawn Women’s club. Director Milam stated yesterday that be bad placed on the shelves of the central library a highly valuable book to business men under the title, "Buai resfc Barometers for Anticipating Con ditions,” by the well known writer on such subjects, Roger W. Babson. He also has arranged a display of Christmas gift books for children, the purpose of the display bfcing to inform parents as to the proper books for gifts to children of different ages. It Is in the children’s room at the central library. LASSETER TURNS IN CORRECT ANSWERS East Birmingham Man First to Send in Correct List Sunday Morning Jack Lasseter, 1230 Tlhtry-second street, north, won the Age-Herald mis spelled ad contest Sunday. After open ing about 100 letters, which tiad been mailed earlier In the day, Mr. Lassc ter'a turn came with hla letter bearing n postmark of 11:30 Sunday morning. He 1r the first man In the four Sun days which the contest has been con ducted who has won the 15 alone and on a correct finding of all the mis takes In the page of advertf&ements, Heretofore It has either been divided between two contestants or one per son won It by being first to get four of the five mistakes corrected, no one having them all correct. The flrBt letters opened yesterday were mailed at 9 o'clock Sunday morning and letters bearing postmarks from that hour on up to 11:30 were opened without finding anybody with the corrected ads until Mr. Ljsseter's letter was reached. Well over 200 let ters In answer to the contest were re ceived. The mistakes corrected by Mr. Lasseter are as follows: Parisian: "The" omitted in “Indicate the newest” Saks: "Hygienic" misspelled. Caheen: "The" omitted In “on the money you spend.” Tinder: "European" misspelled. Guarantee Shoe company: "Correct ly" misspelled. This—Aad Five Oats! DON’T MISS THIS. Cut out this slip, enclose S cents to Foley & Co., Chicago, 111., writing your name and addres, clearly. You will receive In return a free trial package cantalnlng Foley’i Honey and Tar Compound, for coughs colds and croup; Foley Kidney Pills, for pain in sides and back, rheumatism, backache, kidney and bladder ailments: and Foley Cathartic Tablets, a whole some a Ad thoroughly cleansing cathartic especially comforting to stout persons. For aale ih your town by all dealers. PROVISION MADE SECURE STAMPS If Unable to Get Stamps Must Keep Account of Sales and Shipments CANCELLATIONS TO BE MADE LATER Railroads May Accept Shipments Without Stamp—M’Neel Working Big Force in Effort to (Jet War Stamps Distributed “If impossible to furnish stamps, rec ord of shipment may be kept and assess ment made accordingly. Robert Williams, acting commissioner of internal reve nue,” The above teelgram was received yesterday by John H. McNeel, collector of Internal revenue, from the department at Washington. In response to an Inquiry as to railroad shipments. Mr. McNeel was informed that some of the railroad companies had refused to receive ship ments unless the bill of lading w?as stamped. In a great many instances the shipper has made application for the war tax stamps but has not received them. Under the above instructions all railroads are empowered to receive the shipments and the tax assessment or stamp can cellations will be made later. The same rule applies to the dealers in cosmetics and chewing gum. The dealers are required to stamp all sales, but in the event that they have been unable to se cure stamps they are required to make a record of all sales and the stamp cancel lation will be made later. There is a heavy penalty for the failure to observe the requirements of the war tax act and all dealers are warned to record all sales or use the stamps. There Is a penalty of 50 per cent of the amount of the special taxes for failure to pay by the last of the month. This I does not apply to the stamp tax, but on the business enumerated as being liable to a special tax, to-wit: brokers, pawn brokers, proprietors of theatres, muse ums, or concert halls, circuses, public ex hibitions. bowling alleys, or billiard ta bles, commission merchants^ dealers in leaf tobacco, manufacturers of tobacco, manufacturers of cigars, manufacturers of cigarettes. On account of the large number of ap plications for stamps received by the col lector's office, it has been impossible for all orders to be Ailed at once. The stamps will be Issued at the very earliest oppor tunity. In regard to shipments, the con signors will have to keep a record of their shipments and later assessments will: be made against them. Thousands of letters have been received; by the collector containing application for stamps and many of them requiring all of the varieties. Every sale has to be recorded in detailed form. A large force of clerks is busy Ailing the applications in the order received. UP Dp TODAY Will Succeed George W. Traylor as Manager of the Tutwiler Frederick B. Shireman will take up his duties as manager of the Tutwiler hotel this morning upon his arrival from Mont gomery. He will succeed George W. Traylor, Jr. It is unlikely that Mr. Tray lor will become detached from the Tut wiler until D. M. Johnson, secretary of ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••a* FREDERICK B. SHIREMAN the United Hotels company, from Utica, arrives here Thursday. Mr.. Shlreman's service* as manager will start today, as he ceased to be man ager of the Oay-Teague hotel In Mont gomery yesterday, the last day of No vember. He has been In Montgomery for something over a year, having gone there from the Seelbach In Louisville. He Is widely known among the traveling public as an affable, tactful manager, and his friends predlot for him a most successful engagement at the Tutwielr. His exper iences as a hotel manager have been varied und Invariably successful. It may be stated that there will be no further changes In the Tutwiler organi zation. Mr. Shlremgn will retain Leslie W. Fairchild a* assistant manager, than whom there are few better liked or more affable hotel men in the south. The financial, buying and kitchen departments will not be affected by the change, It Is asserted. Herbert Dunkley will continue as chief clerk, while later on It Is said Mr. Dunkley will be named in a higher ca pacity at the Tutwiler hotel. Mr. Traylor, who leaves Birmingham after this week, has won some very de voted friends, who regret exceedingly that he resigned from the management of the Tutwiler. With Mrs, Traylor he came here In March long before the hotel was ' open and waded through various dlfflcul \ A Savings Depositor Says: “1 thought fora good many year* that when I got $25 I would start a Savings Bank account. I never got it. I changed my mind and opened one with a dollar. Now 1 have sev eral times $25.” j Most everybody is going to save money as soon as it gets more plentiful. It may take a little cour age to narrow it down to one dollar to start with; the very fact that it’s only a dollar makes one anxious to add to it. There’s no doubt about such accounts being welcomed at the tlffPtCANTmSI E^ayingsRakr ' rmST AND TWENTIETH —OIPMINGHAM UNDERWOOD TELLS WHY PROSPERITY IS COMING WHEN COTTON ADVANCES TO 8 CENTS RENEWED IMPETUS WILL BE GIVEN EVERY KIND OF INDUSTRY Congressman Underwood’s optimism Is expressed in tho following words: “I expect in the very near future that steel, lumber and foodstuffs will de mand a very fine price, and that the price of cotton will advance to 8 cents. Then will prosperity be returned, and the country will move ahead with re newed Impetus.” Mr. Underwood stated, however, that he did not believe that the government would ever assume the cotton crop of this section at 10 cents per pound or any other figure. "However, the government will give what assistance it can,” he added. “But for the anxiety of the so-called 'cotton congressmen’ in the last session, the condition would probably have been improved by this time. We could have secured provisions for the government Hi warehouse plan under which the gov ernment Htamp proves that a man Is possessed of a certain bale of cotton of such a grade, and thus makes It un necessary for him to peddle It about. And we could have secured perhaps more lenient provisions regarding ex tension of credit In the reserve bank ing system. "It Is yet possible for us to obtain those benefits. However, conditions are bound to continue to improve, and cot ton, ©specially if It is shown by gov ernment figures that the acreage Jtas been reduced, will reach 8 cents." Mr. Underwood was asked If he thought values would advance If the war continued to rage. "Oh yes," he replied. "We have got to discount the war. It will continue throughout another year, It Is probable. However, we will have become accus tomed to the situation or condition by that time, and It will be discounted." Mr. Underwood stated that he thought that Congress, following Its very long session, would adjourn the session be ginning this month March 4, and not return to Washington until the fol lowing winter. S. I. Munger of Dallas in Birmingham for Confer ence With Managers and Superintendents S. I. Munger of Dallas, president of! the Continental din company, and seven Bales managers of that company met here yesterday to discuss the gen eral business situation anti to determine on a programme for next season. The visitors will be Joined today In con ference by the superintendents of the st ven plnnts operated by the Conti nental Gin company In five places In tile south, exclusive of the two Bir mingham plants. Mr. Munger and the sales managers lunched at the Newspaper club yes terday and Informally discussed there the general outlook. The Continental Gin company sells the gin made in this city and other plants in nearly every civilized country of the globe so that the business is considerably disturbed by the war In Europe. Despite the situation, Mr. Munger was none the less optimistic when asked yesterday about the business out look. He said thst ills organisation thoroughly appreciated the fart that the war would hurt their business but at the same time they felt on the whole rather Inclined to see a sliver lining. He sold that no cessation of oper ations were contemplated and that they would continue about the same. He added, however, that there would be no large additions made at thla time. "Business Is off a trifle," said Mr. Munger. "However, we feel hopeful. This kind of a situation would nat urally hurt us quicker than any as the agricultural work of all nations Is nat urally great. We sell our goods In all countries so yon can well Imagine that this war would hit us rather hard. 1 feel that these conditions will be over shortly. I do not believe that ihe war will last a great while longer as I do not see how It Is possible. When it Is all over our business will pick up Immensely because the crops will bo greater than before. "Our meeting here at this lime Is simply to get a Hue on the situation. X believe the sales managers are, as a rule, encouraged over Ihe outlook und I know thut I am. We hope to lo about 61> per cent or a little more of our normal business next season and tiitit will be very good considering the circumstances. "Ill TexaB we are selling quite a good deal of cotton. The people there are inclined to take their medicine and do the best they can. They are not over flowing with money but they are get ting along pretty well. The credits are being adjusted and there seeme to be a disposition on the part of everyone to look on the bright side of the eon dltlons „ ... _, "I think fundamentally everything In this country le sound. We are sure to reap a great reward from Europe and elsewhere In the way of new bualnaas. Whether that will be enough to cover the shrinkage In the crop value? I can net tell. At least It will be consider able.” . .. One of the beat known men of the Continental party hare la Daniel Pratt of Prattville, where the company has recently completed a large plant, Mr Piatt la a director of the company and also was optimistic over the situation. ties getting the Tutwlter opened at the midsummer period. He will go to Delaware for a rest be fore assuming a position with another hotel. It was stated yesterday that the Aetor hotel management In New fork had requested Mr. Traylor to return there. He left thla hotel to come to Birmingham. However. It Is said that he will make a trip to the Pacific coast and remain there for a while, possibly at the Green hotel at Pasadena. • IAS. HON BACK FROM THE EAST IN IE FRAME OF MIND “We Have Turned the Cor ner,” He Says in Charac teristic Interview—Ex ports Show Increase Janies Bowrnn, president of tlie Gulf States Steel company, and one of the best known operators of this district, h«» returned from New York. He. found time yesterday, although collecting money for stricken Belgians, to say a few optimis tic words about, business. "I have no hesitancy in saying that business is looking up," said Mr. Bow ron. "In fact, wo are like the fellow in the well who, when asked how he was, replied: 'Looking up' In fact, that Is the only way I can look.’ Business is pretty much that way, especially In the iron and steel husiness. The opening of the federal reserve hanks entourages building because it gives a certain new freedom to money and I am sure that will help, for Instance, the lumber in terest. In fact, I was told today by a lumber man that the situation had im proved greatly. "In cotton there Is a sale movement going on. There Is a better ton© to the export market and things ar© In much better shape In that. line. As for Iron and steel, I feel sure that the low prices prevailing will cause a steady buying movement before long. "As for the barbed wire you boys have sold for us In the papers. ! want to say that to this hour we have not sold one spool for shipment abroad, and all th# more pity of it. We huve many inquiries, however, and we iiave spent some money In telegrams and the like of that, but so far nothing has developed. "I am very hopeful and I believe IlM situation is improving every day. have turned the corner." Highway Commission to Meet Montgomery. November 30.—(Special.) The state highway commission will meet In called session here Wednesday night at 7 o’clock to approve a number of con tracts for the construction of state aid roads. The meeting will be held In the evening in order that the members of the commission may take part in the exercises brought on by the sessions of the Masonic grand bodies. Heal your skin with Resinol NO matter bow long von bar* been tortured and disfigured by itching, burning, raw or scaly skin humors, Just jpot a Httle of that soothing, antiseptic Resinol Ointment on the sores sad the suffering stops right there! Healing begins that very min ute, and in almost every csss your skin gats well so quickly yon feel ashamed of the money you throw sway on useless treatments.