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ARLIE BARBER IS
AT TAX MEETING Speaks for an Hour and Fi nally Draws Retorts From Commissioner Ward LITTLE ADVICE IS GIVEN TO SOLONS B. A. Thompson Makes Some Sug gestions—E. L. Brown Says Tax League Is State Organization The meeting last night of the legists t'.ve delegation of this county and the people who are interested in the sub ject of taxation was monopolized by Arlie Barber, who delivered an address, spirited and critical in nature, of more than an hour's length. In the opinion of those who partici pated, the meeting was productive of little of value. Even an embryonic ex citement produced by charges of George P. Ward, president of the city com mission, that “nine-tenths of the state ments of Mr. Barber were inaccurate and his inferences misleading, ’ waned and died away in an anti-climax. Eugene I* Brown, president of the Jefferson County Tax league; Mr. Ward, B. A. Thompson, considered an expert on taxation, and Mr. Barber' were the speakers. When the meeting was concluded the delegation con ferred, hut did not issue a statement. It is unknown whether or not they ob tained new ideas which will serve to guide them in their plan to reform the system of taxation which exists in Ala bama today. Placards on Walls Mr. Barber, prior to his address, had hung around the walls of the audi torium of the Chamber of Commerce, w here the meeting was held, numerous placards, each attempting to prove “that there Is something # somewhere wrong with the world.” One of them road. “A judge bought a piano for $2300; It Is Assessed at $100.” An other read, “If anyone assesses his automobile at more than $1000. please advise.” Another read, "The telephone trust has never paid a cent for its us** of the piublic streets.” Another read, “There is $2G,000,000 on deposit in Bir mingham; is anybody paying a tax on hoarded money?” With thsut setting he began. Finally he reached a stage in which lie dis cussed Birmingham. He endeavored to prove that Birmingham’s income at present was sufficient for all Its needs and to prove, therefore, that Birming ham’s income -was wasted. This caused Mr. Ward to declare that Mr. Barber v. as inaccurate and that his inferences were misleading* The disputation, how ever, failed to reach the critical stags and it was not necessary for mutual f!lends to hurl vthemselves between them. Eugene Brown Speaks Isadore Shapiro presided as chairman of the meeting. He* first called on Eu* - * - - a. ■ ALABAMA’S CO: JUDGMEN1 The United States Supreme Court Holds That Law Le galizes Peonage in Viola tion of the Constitution Montgomery, November 30.—(Spe cial.)—The decision of the supreme court of the United States in declar ing unconstitutional Alabama's con fession of judgment law renders in valid a statute that has been in exis tence 40 years. The court’s decision was rendered in the cases of the Uni ted States against J. A. Reynolds and G VC. Broughton, two prominent plant ers of Monroe county, who were in ducted separately for becoming surety for Ed Rivers, a negro, and compelling him to work out a labor contract. The federal grand jury at Mobile re turned indictments against Reynolds gene L. Brown, president of the Jef ferson County Taxation league. Mr. Brown said: “The Tax Reform league is not a Jef ferson county movement. The purpose of the league is at the proper time and in the proper way to aid in the reconstruc tion of our tax laws. It Is state-wide in its scope and Jefferson county is only one unit of 67. "At this time, as a league, we have no specific remedies to suggest applica ble to this county. On December 3 a convention of all the county leagues will be held in Montgomery, and at this con vert on plans will be perfected whereby the\ actual work of changing and perfect ing our tax laws will be begun. •Jefferson county cannot even claim the honor of starting this movement, it originated in south Alabama. As repre senting our county league, I desire to say that it Is our purpose to work in har mony with the legislature ami the incom ing administration. We believe that both branches of the government realize the urgent need of fundamental reconstruc tion. Our purpose is to give what aid we can in this work, realizing that every county in tl*e state is equally interested with us and that our efforts, if success ful, must be broad, unselfish and pa triotic.” B. A. Thompson's Suggestions B. A. Thompson, in his address, stated that the constitution would have to be amended if all the errors were to be corrected. He suggested that in the meantime, the legislature should offer temporary relief. Among his observa tions were these: The solvent credit law should not be repealed but should not be made to apply to monthly accounts not protected by notes; the tax commission of the state should not be abolished, but should be deprived of its present power to arbitrate differences between the peo ple and local taxing authorities; the in come tax idea is sound. The entire delegation was not present, Thomas J. Judgfp. senator-elect, and Wil liam S. Welsh, member-elect of the house, having been absent. The meeting was not well attended, which would indicate that the people are not as deeply inter ested in the subject as some have been led to believe. In his opening remarks, Mr. Shapiro declared that the subject of taxation would be the most important of all which the legislature would consider. Ail resi dents of this county were invited to “throw light on the subject.” Humane Society Meeting The Birmingham Humane society will hold its regular meeting this^afternoon at 3 o’clock at the city hall. jolgeiv railed" Less Than^Three Days to Los Angeles t W 9 f • Santa Barbara San Diego ■ __ I A-- n-- _ Del Montf Pasadena I ^B BIT fllr ■ ■ ■ ^B Oakland Riverside VlUlivl 1A1U San Francisco i*' NT' V Why endure the cold and snow ot winter when you ! can live but doors amid the flowers and warmth of Sunny California, a land surpassing the Mediterranean Coast in beauty and loveliness? Go to California on the “Golden State Limited.” j There is no finer train—no better service than the “Golden State Limited”—no quicker, more comfort able nor more interesting route to California than the Golden State Route—the Direct Jjtie ^IjwcstAlHtiuW Rock Island-El S Paso Southwestern-Southern Pacific Every luxury of modem travel on this beautiful steel | train—observation club car-barber, valet service, tele graphic news, magazines, correspondence facilities, etc. Through without change between Chicago. Kansas City and California. The “Californian”— a second transcontinental train via the Golden State Route—modem equipment—excellent service. I Enjoy your European holiday in California I this season. Visit both San Diego and San I Francisco Exposition* by way of Los Angeles. I Early reservations important. Telephone, write I or call for full information, interesting liter I ature, tickets, etc I l. H McCORMICK W.G.NEIMYER f General Agent Paas'r Dept. General Astnt I Rock Island Linea Southern Pacific I Adams and Dearborn Sta. SI W. Jackson Boulevard I Central 4446. w.trash 3210 Phone Hsrrisoo 3567 1 Both Expositions ineluJstl in on* tieh*t ot no extra cost I San Diego—1915—San Francisco , L _-T .. 1 1 \ » , v A Christmas Gift without a RED CROSS SEAL is like a hand shake without a smile For sale everyuJhere—la each SESSION OF 1 LAW INVALID and Broughton, but Judge H. T. Toul min sustained demurrers of the de fendants who were represented by the state’s attorneys. The government ap* pealed on the contention that the state law legalized peonage In violation of the equal rights of men granted by the constitution of the United States. Arguments in the case were heard by the United States supreme cour: several weeks ago, Attorney General Robert C. Brickell and Assistant Attor ney General William 1* Martin appear ing for the state. Until a copy of the court's decision is received in Montgomery, attorneys will be unable to determine the effects of the court's decree. However, the de cision probably affects every county in Alabama, as citizens in all parts of the state have been paying fines and com pelling convicts to work on their plan tations and in other capacities. Regarding the disposition of th' certs against Reynolds and Broughton it Is believed that attorneys will reach seme agreement in the matter. The cases were remanded by the supreme ! court for new trials. PRESIDENT OPPOSES INVESTIGATION INTO MILITARY STRENGTH (Continued from Page One) the action was directed principally at that nation. When the resolution • first was intro duced the President characterized the proposed investigation as f'pleasant men tal exercise” and said the results achieved would depend entirely on the character of the commission making it. Administration leaders said tonight the President realizes the importance of mili tary lessons taught by the present war nnd takes the position that everything possible should be learned by the United States, though he does not regard the present as a time for military discussions in Congress. Needs of the Navy Washington, November 30.—The need of 240 additional officers and about 4000 men to equip American warships was explained today to the Hou«jo na\al affairs committee by Rear Ad miral Blue, chief of the navigation bu reau 'of the navy department. Admiral Blue told the navy's needs fn connec tion with the naval appropriation bill being shaped by the committee. Referring to the fact that the de partment still was purchasing hydro graphic charts from the British gov ernment, the admiral said the United Stftes was issuing more and more charts each year and that ultimately charting by the United States would be as complete as that of any other nation. Rear Admiral Stanford, chief of the bureau of yards and docks, recom mended a $3,000,000 estimate for a new dry dock at Norfolk, Ya. He also urged the necessity of appropriations for ad ditional fuel all storage tanks at Nor-' folk and at other stations. Ships of the navy under construction will use fuel oil nnd it is estimated that this year 30,000,000 gallons will be used. The estimates of the navy exceed last year's total of $ 145,000,1/00 by about $1,000,000. Army Appropriation Washington, November 30.—Appro priations of $104,124,512 to carry the army through the coming year are pro posed in estimates the war department has just completed for submision to Congress. This is an increase of $3,105, 300 over the current year's appropria tions. A new item of $150,000 for purchase of automatic machine rifles is asked. Altogether $2,900,000 is sought for am munition, compared wtih $3,000,000 car ried in the current law'. For field ar tillery for the organized militia $2, 090,000 is asked, $2,100,000 having been appropriated last year. For the man ufacture, repair and issuance of arms at national armories $250,000 Is asked against $450,000 last year. The signal service would get $700,000, of which $400,000 Would be for airships. Provision would be made for one year’s additional pay to beneficiaries of men kil-ed in the aviation service. Other items in the estimates on which Congress will be asked to base the army bill include: Subsistence of the army, $10,250,912; quartermaster department supplies, $8. 000,000; new barracks and quarters in the United States proper, $2,000,000; transportation of the army, $'0,000, 010; barracks in the Philippine islands, $400,000; clothing and camp equipagj, $0,900,000; medical department, $750,000. NATIONAL SOLONS ARRIVING FOR NEW CONGRESS SESSION (Continued from Pace One) two weeks and that the bills, with amendments, would be reported to tho Senate early In January. Senator Kern, the majority leader, said today he hoped to/talk with Pres ident Wilson during the week concern ing the legislative programme. He ex pected considerable light on the sub ject would be gleaned from the Presi dent's message to be delivered In Joint session next Tuesday. \ Conclude Hearing A subcommittee of the House appro priations committee concluded hearings on the legislative, executive and Judi ciary appropriation bill, the first of the big supply measures. Director of the Census Harris. Postmaster General Burleson and, .Secretary of Labor Wil son discussed estimates for appropria tions to be oarrled in ths bill. "It it our general understanding,” said Sec retary Wilson as he left the committee "that no increases in salaries are to be asked for in any branch of the govern ment servioe under present conditions." The legislative bill will be ready to go into the House from the committee as soon as Congress meets. The District of Columbia bill, which has already been framed, will first be presented. French Official Report (Continued from Page Oae) Vosges, the enemy, In his statements, claims to have given proofs of the great est activity and to have gained most of his success. In reality he ha# been a little more active than in other sections, except that lie never engaged more than one battalion at a time. "As regards the results, he obtained none. On the contrary our artillery made substantia] gains, "Some of the Infantry actions are In teresting. On the 22d, by a magnificent defense, we maintained all our positions in the Argonne as well as at Aug K parses, ttijaliist four fierce attacks. Also on tlie 2>th, on alt ether points, It was we who made progress, "On the 21st, south of Foup-de-Psrls, we made an advance | on the Mth, one of WO meters near Berry-au-H*c; another the same day east of Rhelmi and In ths forest of Bolant, and on the 26th still another near Soualn, "In upper Alsace and in the Vesgea our Alpine Infantry has sgaumed a remark ably ascendency over ths snsmy, When they are confronted by the ‘black devils' the Germans do not leave their trenches, We have taken from them all thoee that were impeding us. "In this region as in the vlncinity of St. Mlhiel, our heavy artillery has made nearly impossible ths victualling of the enemy." PARTIAL REPORT BY GRAND JURY Total of 107 True Bills Re turned by Body Now in Session Partial report of the grand jury waa made yesterday before Judge W. E. Fort of the criminal court. One hundred and seven true hills were returned, which in cluded quite a number for serious oY fenses. Among the Indictments made public were: Criminal Assault—Jim Smith. Toney Dldeno. Satn Wright. Assault with intent to murder: Walter Barksdale. J. A. May, Jim Clinton, George Campbell, Wade Mothersheci, Gus Mortar*). Burglary and grand larceny: Abe La berg, Henry Henderson, Lee llendorson Ellies Williams. Janies Carson. James Gayley, Clarence Rutledge. Receiving stolen property: Jim Lee. Burglary: Arthur Turner, Will Jonea. Ed Reynolds, Young Rogers. John Whita ker, Maxie Taylor, Wesley Red. Grand larceny: Solomon York, Frank Avery, Jack Baldwin, Sam Fabia, Son Owens. Jim Adair, Ed Johnson. Larceny from store: Warren Bell. Receiving stolen property: Rosa Per due. Jim Pickett, Bishop Logan. Larceny from dwelling: John Malone, L. Wiggans, Henry Kennedy. Sodomy: John E. Boddle. Assault and battery with a weapon: Alex Brewton, Prude Ellis. Forgery, second degree: Wash Wash ington, Claude Carter. John L. Capps. Perjury: Roger Thornton. NEWS OF ENSLEY | Over an automobile full of clothing uas given by the cltiaens of Ensley toward the Belgian relief fund, besides many other articles. The committees turned over the collections yesterday about noon to Mrs W. R. Stewart, chairman of the Ensley committees, and they were carried to Birmingham and delivered over to the Birmingham eimmittee. The ladies canvased the city despite the unfavorable weather ana received much money and cloth ing. All committees of the municipal Christmas tree are requested to meet tonight at 8 o'clock in the inferior courtroom at the regular meeting of the Ensley club. Committees from the various lodges, churches and ladles' so cieties of this city will meet with the executive committee of the club and make final arrangements as to wheth er or not such tree will he held. "Several other matters of importance will be taken up at the meeting of the Ljisley club tonight. The series of cottage meetings which arc being held by St. John's Episcopal church for this week are as follow's: Tuesday night, Mrs. Henry Woods, on Avenue J, the Rev. M. S. Barnwell. Wednesday, Mrs. Blackinton, on lOna ley avenue, the Rev. W. N. Claybrook; Thursday, William USddy, at Fairfield, the Rev. W. G. Clacke; Friday night, communicant meeting at th« rectory, .on Avenue G and Twenty-first street. The Ensley Presbyterian Baraca class has organised a relief committee for the city, which has requested all per sons wishing to help a needy fam ily by giving clothes, food or money, to give their names or leave the goods with the chairman of the committee at 50G Nineteenth street. Anyone knowing of any family that is In need have been requested to report same to the above address. This committee has over 20 families that are in great need and is taking up a collection for them. Funeral services over the remains of little Nellie May Stiles, the 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stiles of this city, will be held this morning at 10 o’clock at St. John’s chapel. Beginning tomorrow night, a series of revival services will be conducted at the Shady Side Methodist church. The Rev. Z. A. Dowling, pastor of the church, will be assisted by Evangelist J.' O. Haynes. A special musical pro gramme will be rendered and a large choir Is practicing daily. The members of the Ensley High School Improvement association will give an entertainment this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the school build ing. At this meeting a talk will be delivered by Miss Moser, the expres sion teacher, and also by Mrs. J. D Matlock, who organizes the school im prevement associations in the state. Light refreshments will be served. Yesterday morning in the Ensley in ferior court, Fred and Hubert Halo sr.d George EYanshvere bound over to the grand jury without bond on a charge of hlghwav robbery. It was alleged that the three men held up and robbed Tom Bridges on Avenue C and Seventeenth street over a week ago. An attempt was made to steal the automobile of E. J Griffith from the yard of his residence at Calera ave nue early yesterday morning about 6:80 o’clock. A member of the family was attracted by a nolso In the yard and on opening the door a man Jumped from the machine and ran away through the alley. '.-JjL—■ —• There will be a mooting of the Fair view School Improvement association at the school building this afternoon at 2:K0 o’clock. Several mattera of Im portance will be taken up. HENRY P. WHITE HERE Judge Evens Will Be Here Thursday on Appealed Tax Cases Henry P. White, associate member of the etate tax commission, passed through Birmingham yesterday en route to Marlon county where he will look after eome tux cases in which the state ts Interests'! He stated that lie and Judge A. A. Evans, the other associate member would be in Birmingham Thursday and take up certain local cause which have been appealed, Another representative of the statu government In Birmingham last night nag Len F, Qreei associate member of thd state convict bureau. TOO HIE 10 CLASSIFY LOtrt—Monday night, one bow-knot of pearls on Fifteenth street ear or be tween 3d eve., and 19th street and Lyric theatre. J’nnne Main 8267x1. Re ward, 12-1-2t WaNTKu—Three girls to address let ters! two boys to distribute circulars. Apply U, g. TA mi dm Mills, 19th street between First un‘! Second avenues. ALABAMA WAI LIGHT WORKC READY University, November 30.—(Special.) Now that the strain of the S. I. A. A. football season is over the Alabama players have relaxed* in their work and are doing only enough to insure good physical condition for the Carlisle In dians. Little importance is attached to the game, but befose its conclusion the rootball lovers of Birmingham may have Been the most energetic encounter of the year. Several years ago Alabama played the Ilaskell Indians on the campus, beating them 9 to 8. The game was fiercely fought and much unpleasantness arose. Bad weather since Thanksgiving lias interfered with consistent work ond the players have consequently been allowed to ease up since they have beeg steadily hammered upon since the middle of Sep tember. Undoubtedly the contest will he a strenuous affair for the Crimson, for, despite their poor showing in the east, Luciiil DIES IN B0S1DN Former President of Boston and Maine Railroad Succumbs Brookline, Mass.. November CO.—Lu cius Tuttle, former president of the Boston and Maine railroad, died tonight at his home here. Death was due to angina pectoris. Mr. Tuttle s health has been impaired since an operation three years ago. in which one leg was amputated. Not withstanding tills, he had continued m: ny of his activities until a week ago. Mr. Tuttle was born in Hartford, Conn., .\farch 11. 18 10. Forty-five year.* of his life were spent in railroading. For 17 years he was president of the Boston and Maine, his first position bt ing that of ticket clerk. AMUSEMENTS “High Jinks" Manager R. S. Douglas announces Ar thur llammersteln's New York Casino success. “High Jinks.” ns the attraction at the Jefferson theatre, matinee and night, Saturday. The book of "High Jinks” is by Otto Tfauerbach. The music is by Rudolf Friml, who was first introduced by Mr. Hunimersteln through the production of “The Firefly.” Mr. Ilauerbach was the author of the hook of “The Firefly.” At the Lyric A crowded house greeted the week’s bill at the Lyric last night with real ap preciation. As usual the merits of the bill did not depend by any means upon any one or two acts. Master Gabriel, the wonderful midget who created many of the famous child roles of the stage, probably drew first honors in a little skit entitled “Little Kick.” Gabriel is a young man who passed his voting age many years ago, yet he passes on the stage for a child of about seven years and does It in a.way that only those who see him can appreciate his art. Bathe's weekly news service opened the bill, followed by Lohse and Sterling in some fast and furious athletic per formances that took very well, will Rawls and Ella Von Kaufman presented a minstrel comedy called a "Willing Worker.” In one part of the art a black face makeup appears on the stage In a vocal duet with a white woman. The Berrens in a musical comery act hid for the high honors of the hill. Both are talented musicians, one on the piano and the other on the violin. There 1h a surprise in the act, however, that equals probably anything of its kind ever seen here. Juliet is billed on the programme with a question mark after her name. Why does not appear, but there can he no question as to the ability of her char acter Btudies, which In this day and ago have to be of the highest class or fall. Juliet did not fail. Mae Melville and Robert Higgins gave an amusing portrayal of rube life. They kept the audience in an uproar. Pointers on “hen-pecking” can he secured by dis appointed wives. Mallia and Bart closed the bill with “The Baggage Smashers,” a lively arerobatic comedy. Motion pic tures closed the performance. MAJOR ATKINS IS SERIOUSLY ILL Montgomery, November 30.— (Spe cial.)—News of the serious illness of MaJ. V. B. Atkins at his home in Selma has been received in Montgomery. Ma jor Atkins is a member of the state highway commission and until the elec tion recently was state senator from the Thirtieth district. Major Atkins has been a prominent figure In the social and political life of Alabama for a number of years, and his friends here were deeply grieved to learn of his illness. He took a lead ing part in the deliberations of the leg islature In 1911, and as a member of the highway commission has been a pronounced advocate of good roads. — PRIORS HAVE )UTS, BUT ARE FOR CARLISLE the Indians are a formidable crew and a tough proposition to handle. According to the contract signed by Alabama authorities, Glen Warner will present his regular line-up. and so the spectators may rest assured that they are seeing the real team of the Carlisle school and not a combination composed of substitutes and inferior players. The game, coming as It does at the end of the season, will put the Alabama material to a severe test. The Indians will he able to absorb a lot of punish ment and will also be just as ready to administer some. So the game will be far from a picnic. Although the Indians come highly touted It Is by no means uncertain that Alabama stands a chance to hold them close. The Haskell Indians Invaded the campus with prospects Just as glowing, but were treated to a rude surprise. And so It may be the case tills time. The team will probably go up to Bir mingham Wednesday morning. On ac count of the game coming in the middle oi the week only a few Alabama students will go up from here to the game. FOR BELGIAN RELIEF The general canvass made yesterday bv the soliciting committee of the Bel gian relief movement was quite suc cessful, but owing to lack of time all the sections of the city were noi reached. Those who desire to make donations are requested to forward the same at once to the committee, if by cVieck. it requests that it be made paya ble to William 1>. Jelks. who is the treasurer of the state committee. If j tHe donation consists of packages, the I committee asks that they be forwarded I to the receiving warehouse, 16S Third avenue, north. The ladies’ committee, headed by Mrs. Forney Johnston, assisted by subcom mittees In the several suburbs of the city have been actively at work all week and it is understood have been very successful. The packages are be ing prepared for shipment at the ware house. SHOULD PREPARE FOR PROSPERITY Willard J. Wheeler Says It Is “Just Around the Corner”—Mailing Out Boosting Letters Prosperity Is "just around the cor ner," according to Willard J. Wheeler, and the people may as well begin preparing for it. Mr. Wheeler believes in dispensing beams of optimism and shows ground for his belief In the con dition of business. "Prosperity Is just around the cor ror." said Mr. Wheeler yesterday, "and tlint's what I am trying to tell all with whom I come In contact. I am getting out letters to people telling them I be lieve good times are coming. Within a comparatively short time, I believe, good times are as sure to come us tho sun is sure to rise tomorrow morning." PERSONAL Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Dowling have re turned to the city and will lie located at their new home, Tusenlonsa avenue. West End. LIQUOR TRAFFIC 1 : 3 Examiner of Public Ac counts Submits Report on Revenue Collected From Liquor Licenses Montgomery, November 30.—(Special.) Revenues collected In Jefferson county from the sale of liquor licenses from Sep tember 11. 1011. to the present dato amounted to $041,133.00. of which amount, the cities In Great Birmingham received $578,175.84, the county $255,420, and the state $107,537.76. according to W. H. Mnr phree. examiner of public accounts, l?i his report to the governor on the hooks of the excise commission of Jefferson county. The report was the first to be submitted by Examiner Murphree since his appointment as a public accountant. He stated In bis report that the books of the commission were correct and In proper form. "I find that tills commission has con ducted the business strictly In accordance with the law and with most excellent judgment," said Examiner Murphree. "From personal observation and Inquiry of many citizens of Birmingham, it has followed the strict letter of the law, ami the liquor traffic is on a higher plane than Alabama has ever before had." The examiner reported that there are 135 liquor licenses In force in the county, of which number 108 are in force in Greater Birmingham. "The annual license tax is larger than that of any other city In the United States as applied to Bir mingham." "in Greater Birmingham the state re ceived 10 per cent, of the license, the county 25 per cent, and the city 65 per cent. All other licensed cities or towns in Jefferson county outside of Greater Birmingham, the state receives 20 per cent, the city or town and county, 40 per cent, respectively." The balance on hand at the time the report was made, November 28, was $3450.80, according to the examiner. RIVAL GANGSTERS FIGHT TO DEATH New York, November 30.—Two gun men. leaders of rival gangs, fought a revolver duel to the death In the street In the congested foreign quarter of Brooklyn tonight. The men met by chance and ont accused the other of being a "squealer." Guns were drawn and so deadly was the duelists' aim that none of the seven shots fired went w,*!d. one man received four bullets tn his body and the other three. Bast Wednesday In this same pre cinct, Frank Hefonte, an Italian mer chant, was killed by gangsters. Investors, Attention Would you like to lease a 40 acre oil tract, one of the best prospects In tho famous Caddo oil field? No bunk, but a fine opportunity. Would not be available In prosperous times. Ad- ^ dresu A. K. Hughes, Caddo, l,a. *- “The Leading Annual Dividend Company” KMlnhllahcil In 1M45 | Assets Over $170,000,000.00 The Mutual Benefit Life Ins. Co. Large Increase in Annual Dividends, Effective January 1 1, 1915 Average Increase 33% For Full Particulars Consult - j CHAS. B. FROMENT District Manager , Phone Main 2188 1014-1015 Woodward Bldg.