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TO SERVE AS UMPRIE _:_ Meet Soon to Select Another to Pass on Water Bills In a letter to George Ward, presi dent of the board of city commission ers, Jelks Cabaniss yesterday after noon declined the offer of the city and the waterworks company to make him umpire of the disputes between the wa ter company and consumers over bills of the past two or three-quarters. The commisisoners stated last night that a conference would be held with in the next few days between them and the waterworks officials and an other man would be offered the posi tion. This plan was a secondary part of the waterworks agreement reached last week, an umpire to be appoint ed and paid by both parties to settle by arbitration the pending disputed water bills, of which it is said there1 fare quite a number. The arbiter is to advertise wliat he is going to do for five days and for 20 days thereafter all persons desiring I to dispute water bills will be asked to submit to him in writing their side of the case. He is then to endeavor to settle the dispute. Mr. Cabaniss was first decided upon, but since his refusal another man will be offered the posi tion, probably the first part of next week. As soon as appointed the umpire is to begin his work, which, it is gen erally considered, will consume a month or two, although not necessarily undi vided attention as after the written statements are compiled the umpire could pass upon them, from time to time in connection with any other du ties he might have. Marriage License Tlie following marriage license was yesterday recorded in the office of the probale judge: E. C. Tucker, Warrior, to Miss Ellie Irene Thrift. IIGID INSPECTION OP FIRE HAZARDS TO BEJADE HERE loint Movement by City Authorities, Insurance Men and Others MEETING HELD AT CITY HALL YESTERDAY IVard. Young, Brown. Hazzard and Others Address Employes of City. Inspectors in Every Department to Co-operate in Movement Drastic inspection of fire hazards in Birmingham Is to be started at once in a Joint movement by authorities of the city, civic organizations, insurance agents and Insurance companies. A plan yesterday was completed by which every person found negligent In regard to the proper care of his prem ises from the standpoint of fire risk will be placed under arrest and a re port of the condition found will be made to every Insurance agent In Bir mingham and to every Insurance com pany operating In Birmingham with the result that the guilty party will have to pay a fine and will suffer the annulment of his policy if the bad conditions sre not remedied at once. At a meeting yesterday afternoon in the city hall all department heads and many employes of the different departments were addressed by George Ward, R. A. Brown, I. F. Young, J. P. Hazzard and others and the em ployes of every department were given Instructions by Commissioner Ward to take an active part in inspecting ev ery building they come in contact with in regard to its conditions pertaining to Are risk. Inspectors to Report Harry Mullin, city fire inspector, w ill receive reports then frotn every in spector in the health, plumbing, build ing and other departments and from every member of the police force. Mr. Ward instructed all of these city in spectors and policemen to arrest own ers and occupants of buildings where bad conditions were found. The report made to Inspector Mullin will then bo sent to J. P. Hazzard, head of the Birmingham stamping office, which is the local office of the state rating bu reau, and from that office copies of the report will go to every insurance agent and every insurance company in Birmingham. City Recorder Turner addressed the meeting, stating that he proposed to fine every man arrested for this of fense if the evidence would warrant it and said that second offenders would be given the limit of the law. Mr. Young stated that Birmingham was paying about *220,000 more for Are insurance per year than it should on account of the companies charging high rates here, due to big fire losses. Mr. Brown told how conditions were, stating he had inspected a factory a few days ago and the owner was amazed at the conditions which were discovered, although he bad been there every day. Mr. Brown said that care I N ROYAL BAKING POWDER Is used exclusively by Mr. Charles Edward Draper, the Do mestic Science Expert, in his practical demonstrations of cook » mg. HI Hap K , _ . Mr. Draper highly endorses Royal Baking Powder and uses and recommends it exclusively in his cooking schools for making delicious, light, tasty cakes, breads, rolls, biscuits andmuffins. Royal Baking Powder is the aid to many a cook’s success. No alum—no lime phosphates. !■ I I ■■■III— MR. AERONAUT SWAPPER WANTS TO SWAP HIS PARACHUTE FOR WHAT?| I - v: i I -- -’T---. ’ 1 MISS MATTIE V. COLLINS Who was first to send the correct suggestion yesterday.—Photo by Bir mingham View Co. Miss Mattie V. Collins of Gilmore avenue. West End, was the first to send the correct answer to yester day’s swappers' column picture. She was one of many who thought the aeronaut wanted to swap ills submarine for a ‘‘parachute," but she got her answer in first and got the dollar. Everybody is talking about The Age-Herald’s new swappers- col umn, where you can exchange any thing in the World from a cemetery lot to an Ingersoll watch. Today Its readers are offered opportunity to win another dollar. Now that the areonaut Is ap proaching terra ilrma safely, what does he want to swap for his para chute? The first correct answer reaching the "swap column editor" will win. Telephone him or send him your answer early. There was a lot -of interest yes terday in the thing most wanted by the aeronaut who huug sus pended from the anchor of his bal loon. He held a submarine in his hand, which ho wanted to swap for something, and many answers re ceived referred to the war. showing that "swappers” are keeping up with the war news. Some of the sugestlone that were u & •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••»•••••••••••••• sent in included: “A pair of trous ers,” W. C. R.: “A piece of land in a peaceful land,” Mrs. Fapot. Several suggested “a loaf of bread.” Mrs. Ira W. Davis suggests that perhaps he would like to swap a submarine of the "W" class for a mess of saurkraut, Frankfurters and rye bread. "A house and lot,” ‘‘a hat,” "an airship,” were the guesses of quite a number. Sidney Lazrus thought of do nating a matress, while R. D. Bur nett suggested that perhaps he wanted a sinking fund to be divided between George Ward, B. Steiner F. V. Evans. What is the answer £oday? Ad dress “Swappers’ Column Editor.” ..* lessness was the whole cause of the trouble and repeated the promise ot the underwriters' association to reduce insurance rates in Birmingham .lust as soon ns fire losses here were reduced. All of the speakers complimented the tire department and Biro Chief Mid dleton, but they slated Birmingham 3 problem was one of fire prevention in stead of Are fighting. Losses Due to Carelessness ,T. P. Hazzard, head of the stamping office, said there was no doubt but what Birmingham's big losses were due to carelessness In allowing tras.t and Inflammable material to accumu late about premises. Mr. Ward. Mr. Young and Mr. Brown form a committee named to work out a scheme to reduce five Iosbcs here and then Becure a reduction in rates. Mr, Young is chairman of the Board of Trade insurance committee. Mr. Ward as president of the city commission is head of tho city fire department and Mr. Brown Is one of the leading firs insurance agents of the city. Those men believe that th® efficiency of their plan will come principally from the system of reports to the stamping: office and then to the fire insurance agents and companies, re sulting in companies cutting off in surance where premises are neglected. When a man who habitually is care less in this regard receives a notice from the company or agent that his I policy is to be dropped they believe It will do more to reform him than a dozen fines in recorder’s court, al though both these plans are to bo worked in unison. With all employes of the city de partments, including the police, work ing as fire inspectors, it is believed conditions will be remedied speedily. GREAT CAMPAIGN IN MONTGOMERY R. H. Starbuck Write# That Crop Di versification Work Is Progressing Finely in South Alabama “The greatest campaign we ever put on,” is what R. H. Starbuck of the Alabama crop diversification campaign headquarters writes from Montgomery, where that section of the campaign will close next Tuesday. His letter follows: “Dear Mr. Radcliffe—We are having a great campaign in Montgomery dis trict and the attendance is still on the increase. Mobile is In the game and we move down there next week to put on about 14 counties. This will make a total of something over 50 counties for Alabama. the greatest campaign we ever put on. Very truly yours, R. H. STARBUCK.“ NEED ANTHOLOGY OF NEWSPAPERS To the Editor of The Age-Hcald: What a pity it la that the world of lit erature cannot be enriched oy a news paper anthology; that the many brilliant ebulltlons of the daily press should pass to their Anal Interment In musty tiles where no one shall see them more. 1 was moved to these reflections by having read In one of your recent issues "A Story of the Times," Mrs. Reid. Now tola was an unpretentious contri bution, without smack of effort, fresh from pendantry. clothed In the simple words of the every-day. And yet It car ried with It the grace of the prose poem whlch it was. In one particular at least It attained the highest reach of literary excellence, and that was the purity ol Its English. But its chief charm to me was that Its rare simplicity—in the tell ing-suggested the lnglenook tales ol the long ago; those mother’s stories with the Inevitable moral that stick In the memory throughout the years. And so these gems of a day pass away and become as void as If rrtill in the realm of the unbegun. E. R. SHERMAN. Columbus. Miss., February 25, 1915. MRS. GLEASON IS AWARDED STOVE An Interesting feature 61 the cooklnf school conducted by Charles Edware Draper for the Birmingham Railway Light and Power company was the prise drawing for a handsome Estate gae range Mrs. Gleason of Norwood held the luck* card and was yesterday awarded thi prize The expert demonstration just brough to a dose drew exceptionally large ane Interested crowds, and the company feel, well pleased with the results obtained. PERSONAL J. C. Schley of Mobile. F. H. Valentin of New York, A. S. Goodman of Bos ton and George H. Powell of Louis villa. Ky., are registered at the Hill mao. J. p. Williams of New York. W. fi Maughon of New Orleans, and Mr. an* Mrs. F. A. Hoffman of New York an reglsterad at the Tutwiler. H. M. Floyd of New York. J. C. With ere of Atlanta and W. G. Bryant o Albany. Ga., are registered at the Flor H. E. Shropshire. Jr., who has been at sent for several months, will return t Birmingham from Boeton Monday. Alax E. Walker, state bank examtnei la registered at tke Morris. I____ 1 COUNTY MUST PAY ALL ACCRUED COSTS _ j Bill Requiring County to Pay Costs in Cases Where Convicts Are on Road Is Constitutional By the ruling of Judge H. A. Sharpe of the city court the county is liable for the court costs of the convicts working on the county roads, and while the rul ing whs handed down on a petition for a writ of mandamus it is possible that the ruling will be final so far as the county treasurer and the board of rev enue are concerned. The case at issue was the petition of W. B. Copeland, clerk of the crimi nal court, that a writ of mandamus against Cleon B. Rogers, county treas urer, be issued compelling him to honor the warrant of the board of revenue for $24,000 accrued court costs of the con victs that have worked on the county j roads since the installation of the sys* i tern on April 1, 1013. At that time there was no provision for the payments of couYt costs of the county convicts and the board refused to pay them. At the recent meeting of the legislature a bill was passed authorizing the board of revenue to pay all costs accrued and all costs In future. Clerk W. B. Copeland presented a claim against the county for about $24,000, and the board of revenue after first turning the bill down allowed the claim, it being understood the county treasurer would make n test case as to the con stitutionality of the above bill. The case came up yesterday morning before Judge H. A. Sharpe. Cabaniss & Bowie appearing for the petitioner. W. K. Terry was counsel tor the county treasurer. The constitutionality of the bill was the question at issue, and after hearing the arguments Judge Sharpe held that the bill was valid, and ordered the writ of mandamus issued directing the treasurer to pay the warrant of the board of revenue for the amount of costs that had already been worked out, namely about $12,000. Previous to the ruling the petitioner had amended his complaint to this amount. While notice of appeal was given it is probable that the case will go no fur ther and that this warrant and other warants under the provision of the act will be paid by the treasurer. GIRLS APPRECIATED VISIT TO BIRMINGHAM Miss Crumpton Writes From Monte vallo Thanking Radcliffe and Others for Courtesies Extended That the girls of the Alabama Girls Technical institute appreciated theli visit to Birmingham the first of the week is attested in the following let ter received by Secretary W. C. Rad cliffe of the Chamber of Commerce: "My Dear Mr. Radcliffe: Will yov kindly express to the various represon tatives of the city our appreciation ol their cordial welcome to us on lust Mon day, and their numerous courtesies. Wc feel that by such aid we more than ac complished our purpose of making the visit to Birmingham both profitable ant pleasurable. Indeed It means much, 1>> way of stimulation especially, to have come In contact with such a wide awake, intelligent city as is Birming ham. With the fuller knowledge of what your city is and is doing, and with the pleasant social relationships thus formed, we are, I am sure, all the more loyal Alabamians. "We wish to thank you personally, foi what you did for us. We value youi kindness all the more for our realiz lng what it must mean in effort to the Chamber of Commerce, and to yot especially, to ke£p a large city in al its parts truly alert and progressive On the success of this work, we con gratulate you. Very sincerely, "CLAUDIA E. CRUMPTON." retrenchment” TO BE DISCUSSED MONDAY Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock flu contemplated conference on retrenchmen of expenses will be held between tin board of education and the city coin mis sioners. The general plan for retrenchment wai announced by the commissioners a few days ago, but still further savings an to be made if possible by reducing th« annual budget for the board of educa tion. CRAWFORD JOHNSON'S FATHER IS VERY ILL Crawford Johnson, president of the Chamber of Commerce, received a nun sage last night from Clinton, Miss., t the effect that his father, Dr. J. L Johnson, was very III. Mr. Johnson lef immediately for Clinton and will prob ably be sway three or four days 111 father has been ill for sometime. Real Estate Transfers The following real estate transfer were yesterday recorded In the offlc of the probate judge: $1750—Woodlawn Realty company t [ Mrs. A. E. Leach, lot 1, in block 2, prop erty of A. B. Johnston, Woodlawn. i $2100—W. J. Vines to J. O. Adamt lot 19. block 3, survey of property o . Corey Land company. Rheumatism pains are dangmus if ne glected. If stopped, they i lessen the risk ef heart affections. Those frishtful pains, stiff joints and swollen muscles are iastaally relieved by SLOANS UNIMENT I * AMERICANTRUST^S AVINGS RANK Capital $500,000 * Surplus and Undivided Profits Over $400,0)9.0) G. B. McCormack, Chairman of Board W. W. Crawford, Pres. H. L. Badham, V-President C. M. Williamson. Cashier E B. Crawford, Asst. Cashier W. C. Hamilton, Asst. Cashier Frank Stevens, Asst. Cashier • Directors G. B. McCarmack James Bowron R. M. Goodall H. L. Badham W. J. Daagaix F. B. Fowlkes J. W. McQaeen Eugene Fies J. D. Kirkpatrick M. W. Bush H. C. Abbott H. E. McCormack Jones G. Moore Walter Moere If. K. Milner Louis V. Clark J. H. Dean L. Sevier P. G. Shaok A. B. Loveman W. W. Crawford ; George Gordon Crawford RESOURCES MORE THAN $6,090,000.01) _ . . - — ..— '■ ■ MERCY TEMPERS JUSTICE BEFORE JUDGE W. E. FORTJ | tty CRAHLGB H. BIANDY Eight happy negroes lert the court house lust night, having been released from the county jail and discharged by Judge W. E. Fort on a charge of gam ing. The negroes were arrested last Saturday night at the camp of Cem tractor A. C. Brooks, near Bessemer, and being unable to make bond were brought to the county jail pending trial. Attorney J. Reese Murray inter ested himself in their behalf and se cured a hearing for them before Judge Fort at the adjournment of the court last night. Every negro test! Med that he had been working at the camp for some time and was working at the time of the arrest. Judge Fort questioned them closely as to previous offenses and every one gave answers that seemed to im press the judge and Assistant Solicitor Brower who was representing the in terests of the state. Among the an swers given to the questions of the judge were the following: “.ledge, us works hard all d© week an’ thought we mout play er little on Saddy night.” “Ah lias er wife « n two ehll'uns an one is in de hospital." “Yassah. jedge, ah wus dar but not in de game. Ah didn’t have no money. w n warn i in me game, nm ioc a? de truf, jodgc, ah war rtxln* toe git - >v In it." “Mister judge, if yo‘ turns me loosu •Us time an’ ah comes back any mo*, yo* kin give me 10 yeahs.” Judge Fort told them that while it might not he much offense to play a little game, the records of the courts would show many murders and other j serious offences that had grown out . of "little games.” He stated that on Hie allowing they had made os to being *jL working negroes and having been in 4 Jail several days lie would turn them j loose tills time, but warned fchem that i a repetition of the offense would bring ^ about a severe punishment. "Will you promise mo that you will j quit gaming in the future?” asked Judge Fort. I "ISYvhIi ergin, jodgc, nevah erglri," | came In chorus from the negroes. “How about it. Mr. Brower?" “Nutts me, Judge." replied the frowsy headed one as he gathered up his books. "I will discharge you on the promise of future good behavior, but if you are brought before me again on this charge there will be weeping and wail- / U lug and gnashing of teeth. Depart in |■ peace.” And. believe me. the negroes did some departing. . ... I ! EXCELLENT GOLF First Match Is Played in the Women’s Golf Tourney Excellent golf was shown yesterday afternoon at the links of the Country club in the first match round of tho woman's golf tournament. The sum mary of the first flight follows: Miss Margaret Moser defeated Miss Serena Kirkpatrick: Mrs. N. P. Cocke defeated Mrs. George Kelly: Mrs. !*ovell Yerkes defeated Mrs. Charles Dollar deleben; Mrs. Paul Challfoux won by default; Mrs. R. H. Thach defeated Mrs. Matt Murphy; Mrs. E. M. Kilby defeated Mrs. E. M. Prince; Mrs. Miles Watkins defeated Mrs. J. D. Kirkpat rick. The summary of the second flight follows; Mrs. Lottie Patterson defeated Miss .Margaret Chenoweth; Mrs. Blackford defeated Mrs. llunter; Mrs. E. M. Tut wiler, Jr., defeated Miss Margaret Ev ans; Mrs. Hanson defeated MU# Mar 1 garet Earle; Miss Earle defeated Mrs. Dewsoe; Mrs. Oscar Turner defeated Mrs. Nevins: Mrs. Crawford Johnson defeated Mrs. Chalmers Moore; Mrs. W. B. Allen won by default. Summary of the baby flight: Mrs. Hubert Drennen defeated Mrs. Mason Dillard; Mrs. W. H. Kettlg defeated Mrs. W. G. Harrison Following Is the list of pairings for * the defeated eight for thlH afternoon; First flight: Miss Serene Kirkpatrick and Mrs. E. M. Kilby; Mrs. Charles De Bardeleben and Mrs. Walker Percy; Mrs. E. W. Barrett and Mrs. Matt Mur phy; Mrs. E. M. Prince and Mrs. J. D. 1 Kirkpatrick. Second flight: Mrs. Paul Chenoweth and Mrs. Blackford; Mis# Margaret Ev ans and Miss Margaret. Earle; Mrs. E. M. Dewsoe and Mrs. Nevins; Mrs. Chal mers Moore and Mrs. N. L. Murdoch. MEDICAL SCANDAL TO BE INVESTIGATED > Montgomery, February 20.—(Special.! Dr, George R. Norman, a physician of Brockwood, Jefferson county, and Kelly - Adame, negro, former Janitor at the cap t Itol, will be tried In the city court of Montgomery on March 9 on charges grow ing out of the recent medical department scandal. A large number of promlnenl 1 persons from Birmingham have been * summoned as witnesses In the rase. According to the allegations, Kelly > Adams broke Into the office of Dr. W. H. Sanders, state health officer, and atolt examination papers of applicants for phy sician license, delivering the papers to * Dr. Norman. The latter Is alleged tc f have corrected the papers and returned then * to Adams, by whom they were re placed In Dr. Sanders’ office. ■ The two men were arrested about three weeks ago. Peerless Cheek Writers Seine Stolen R. J. Hancock, general agent for Peer less Check Proteotlng company. Is send ing out warnings eo the users of Peerlesf check writers to bo careful whom they allow to Inspect their writers, and not to leave them In any place where they could be easily stolen. During the pasi week, he states, three writers wore stolen Dr. O. H. Montgomery, James Esdale and the Busy Bee cafe being the losers. Th( numbers of these machines are 26177. 2806: and 32308. Dr. Morris to Speak Tomorrow The meeting for men at' the Prlncesi theater Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clocl will be of unusual Interest. Dr. James C Morris will talk on a subject of peoulla: Interest to men and the music will bi good. A male quartet from Blrmlnthan college will render several selections. Th meeting will be free to the men of Blf mlngham and a special Invitation Is ex tended to visitors end strangers la th city. ARRESTS ARE MADE . FOR TAPPING WIRES | Company Claims Much Elec- J trie Current Coes to Homes j Through “Cut Outs” Eighteen arrests have been madeduf- fi lug tin* past three nights of persons is charged with using "cut out" wire* on 1 their electric meters. The arrest* were nmde by detectives and employes of the Birmingham Railway. Light and Power 'A company, who claimed the use of the "cut . outs" was becoming so widespread that ^ s< n ethlng had to be done to stop It. Eleven convictions were secured in the recorder's court yesterday, and other ar rests are to be made, and the alleged . •$ offenders immediately put on trial. # i It is claimed that by using a "cut out" g| wire electricity goes Into a house or place | of business without passing through the meter, and officials claim they have lost many thousands of dollars worth or cur rent In this way during the past few' J months. In addition to using Its own d« tectlves the company bus offered a re- ’ ward of $10 for Information leading to ? tin conviction of any person tampering . with the company's wires or pipes. Of the list of those convicted In re corder's court yesterday several at once giivo notice of appeal. The list yesterday Jj Included: Dr. C. Baldwin, 120 South i .Forty-ninth street: Harry Randolph, pro prietor Vienna bakery, 900-2 First avenue; I Jclin Moore, plumber, Fifth street and J Twenty-sixth avenue. North Birmingham; Mrs. Reid, 514 North Twenty-fifth street; * \V. VV. Pearce, 1«06 North Thirteen!n street; E. Love. 4704 First avenue; J. ft. Tilton, 2W6 Fifth avenue; C. M. Knox, 724 Twenty-sixth street; J. R. Redding. I 2116 Fifth avenue*; J. E. Lee, 620 North ’J Nineteenth street; D. Tl. Gilbreath, 1004 I Fountain avenue. To Bring Up Philippine Bill \ Washington, February 26.—The Philip pine bill will be brought up In the Sen ate Monday with an effort to pass It but will not be pussed should opposition develop Into a determined tight. “Heart of the Bualneae District" Room without bath, $1 & $1.50 ' Room with a bath, $1.50, $2.00 1 and $2.50. g Large sample room* without : bath, $1.50 and $2.00. Sample room with bath, $8.00^ and $2.50. Hot and cold running water in every room. Every other modern convenience. Recently rodeooratod and furnished. Splendid cafe wife 'remarkably low prices.