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Our Service Has attracted more than twenty thousand men and women depositors. You are invited to come with us. First National Bank | of Birmingham Capital and Surplua Threa Million Dollar* Four Per Cent Interest, Compound ed Q-iarterly, on Savings Deposits V. — JAMES WEATHERLY ! Tax Equalization Bill‘Will Pass Legislature Easily, He Declares "It was with extreme pleasure that I j received authentic information today that j tl,e WH providing lor equalization of the taxes of Birmingham and the entire state | will easily pass the legislature when it reconvenes,” yesterday said City Commis | sioner Weatherly. "The hill is now in consideration of the recess committees of the legislature and is practically without any opposition ( whatever. The Information I received to day is that it will pass both houses among J the first bills to be acted upon after they j reconvene. ‘The bill will mean as much or more to the people of Birmingham and the state than probably any other action taken by the legislature. J have studied it carefully and it seems to me it is a com } plete. remedy for the present crude system which results in great inequality among i the tax assessments of the different prop ( erty owners. I "Under the present system each prop ! crty owner is left to assess his own prop | ertyr, which results in some of them being assessed at 60 per cent and others at or 30 per cent. The new bill will pro vide for state authority to make assess ments. Units in each block in the cities ■ or in each agricultural community in the | country' will be assessed according to J expert evidence to be laid before the tax I ing authority and then surrounding prem l ises will be assessed on the same basis as this unit, the whole thing resulting in a complete equalization of the property | assessments throughout the state.” ESCAPED NEGRO IS CAPTURED BY POLICE Tom Thompson, Wounded Several Nights Ago By George Murphy, [' Left Hospital Through Window j Tcm Thompson, a negro who had es caped from St. Vincent’s hosiptal early ■ yesterday Tnorning, was recaptured last h night by Officer Hickman at about 7:30. Thompson had been shot through the j lungs In a shooting affray, which oc curred several nights ago at th# rear of 2710 Pine avenue. George Murphy, • another negro, received fatal injuries at the hands of Thompson, and it had been ! thought by hospital attendants that J Thompson’s injuries would also prove i fatal, and his case was receiving close attention from physicians. He had been placed in one of the wards in the basement of the hospital, und this ! morning at about 7 o’clock the nurse, who •! had supervision of that department of the hospital, was making her rounds, the if wounded ncgrfo, much to her surprise, j was found missing and a window up. A j search of the premises proved of no avail, and the police department was immedi ately notified, and the patrolmen in structed to be on the lookout for the wounded man. last night Officer Hickman received information from a physician which aroused his suspicion, and a visit was immediately paid to a negro house lo cated on Sixth alley between Sixteenth and Seventeenth streets. The negro was found sitting in a chair apparently nf I ease. On being questioned he stated that l he had become tired of hospital treat* I merit and had decided fro go to see his -1; friends, so he had walked out fn the ab j Since of the nurse. Thompson is now confined to the city jail under the treat | nient of Dr. Whelan, and his injuries arc not expected to be serious. PERSONAL ■ The Rev. Father Sands, assistant pas 1 tor cf St. Paul’s church, returned yes Urday from Nashville wither he had gone to preach the St. Patrick’s day sermon | in St. Patrick’s church. The various j Catholic congregations united in attend ing special services in that church. Father Sands said it was a great occasion. Children Cry FOR FLETCHER’S CASTO R I A Capital and Surplus $1,150,000.00 Birmingham Trust & Savings Co. Capital $500,000.00 Surplus (Earned) $650,000.00 This bank for more than twenty-five years has oc cupied a leading placte in the business and financial | fdfairs of this community. During this time it has EARNED the surplus shown above. Its strength and conservatism, well ’ known throughout the entire South, and its ample resources | inspire confidence in the minds of its depositors . I We invite your patronage. I! AW. SMITH, Proliant BSDfSON CAIN, Aut enable* U TOM O. SMITH, V.-PreaJdeot C. D. OOTTHM, Aaat ; ■ w. H. MANLY, Oaablar HL W. PINCH. Aaat Oaablar I i 4 Per Cent Paid On Saving* Deports MUCH CRITICISM OF' FOE FEE SYSTEM AT HEARINGJfESTERDAY Should Hold Mass Meeting and Demand Enforcement of the Amendment * " THE SUGGESTION OF SENATOR LUSK _ Judge Fort Before Committee On Judicial Reform for Hour and Half—Ed Copeland Is In teresting Witness By rtf ARLES H. M AN DV That a mass meeting of the citizens of Birmingham should be called at an early date to demand that the senator and represnt&tlves from Jefferson coun ty use their efforts to secure the pass ing of bills putting the officials of Jef ferson county on a salary basis was the suggestion made yesterday afternoon by Senator John A. Lusk, chairman pro tem of the legislative committee now in session at the Molton hotel. He made the further suggestion that they be held accountable to the citizens of the comity if they failed to make the ef fort to abolish the fee system. This suggestion was made following the tes timony of Col. Thomas H. Molton, who stated the committee would have done a great work if they helped to rid Jef ferson county of the iniquities of the fee system and put a check on the promlscious bringing of damage suits by irresponsible parties. Colonel Molton intimated that he would endeavor to have the mass meet ing called and that the senator and “representatives of the county would bo asked to declare themselves as to the fee system and why the expressed will o 1* the people should not be put into effect as soon as the law allows. Afternoon Session Interesting The afternoon session was interesting in that the fee system was particularly attacked. The first witness to appear was Judge W. E. Fort, senior judge of the criminal court. He was on the stand for one hour and a half and in addition to giving information as to the present operation of the criminal court made a number of suggestions as to practice and proceedure of the crim inal court. In reference to thq jury law Judge Fort stated that the work of the court would be greatly facilitated by changing the number of challenges in trials by jury. In misdemeanor case3 he suggested that the jury shouldbe selected from 18 qualified "jurors and that each side should only be allowed three strikes. In noncapital felony cases tiie jury should be selected from 24 jurors, each side being allowed six strikes, and that in capital cases the jury should be selected from the entire venire, the state to have equal number of challenges as the defendant. In reference to the bill now pending providing for the appointment of an additional Judge of the criminal court by the two presiding judges, Judge Fort stated that the purpose of this method was to eleiminate politics from the selection of a judge as his tenure of office under the provisions of the bill would only hold until the congestion of the court was releived. He recom mended the probation system for first offenders and the indetermiate sentence for those sent to the penitentiary. He stated that the reform of the prisoner should be the feature of the confinment and that the sentence should end with the good conduct and reformation of the prisoner. He recommended the payment of wit nesses in cash with a restriction as to the number summoned, and that the cumbersome system of grand jury in dictments in noncapital cases be abol ished. Ed Copeland Testifies Ed Copeland, chief deputy clerk of the criminal court, gave information as to the emoluments of the office of criminal court clerk. He testified that one of the bailiffs acted as deputy clerk but that he performed the duties of bailiff as well. He stated that the clerk had nothing to do with the buying of script but that Mr. Rambow, who paid a license for this purpose, was in and out of the office while the courts were in session. Asked as to* the revenue the clerk would derive from fees in the term Mr. Copeland estimated it to be between $160,000 and $160,000, but that at present It cost more to maintain the office than was coming it, and that with the present uncertainty of the fine and forfeiture fund a man would be foolish for running for the office of criminal clerk. Asked as to what he thought a reasonable salary would be for criminal clerk Mr. Copeland declined to an swer, stating that he was interested in the office and that his motives in set ting a* figure might be misconstruced. He also declined to state what salary lie was receiving for acting as chief deputy clerk on the grounds that it was a personal matter. Col. Thomas Molton took the stand and stated that some restriction should be placed on the promiscuous bringing of damage suits by irresponsible parties, and that the will of the people as expressed by an overwhelming majority should be carried out in reference to the abolition of the fee system. He recited the fact that the mass meetings had been held and that the fee system had been univer sally condemned publicly and privately, but he stated the people had become luke (Continued on Page Ten. I ■ ■ - -.— ■— - - * SNAPSHOTS ABOUT TOWN MRS. LASALLE PICKETT The picture was snapped as the wife of the famous civil war general arrived at the Terminal station yesterday. On her right is Prof. F. L. Brown, principal of the Birmingham High school, where Mrs. Pickett delivered her famous lecture last night.—Photo by Baird. SPLIT MILEAGE Would Necessitate Repur chase of New York Tick ets At Washington That the people of Birmingham aiul this section cannot realize how incon venienced they will be if thy spill mileage plan is made permanent by the interstate commerce commission by re quest of the Pennsylvania railroad, was a statement yesterday of .lames Freeman, assistant general passenger agent for the Southern railway Tills plan is to make passengers get off the train at Washington if New York Is the destination and repurchase tickets as well as to reclieok haggago and to effect the same scheme returning. If one does not care to take this trouble then one is forced to buy the straight tickets as against mileage, which is held to be a most unjust regulation. “We are deeply concerned in helping the people of this section defeat this proposition;'’ said Mr. Freeman. "We know how annoying it will be to in convenience our patrons in this split mileage proposition. However, If the Chambers of Commerce and civic bodies do not protest It may be that the Pennsylvania will be able to put this over. On tourists’ tickets to Flor ida in some cases a passenger ir re quired to check baggage a half dozen times in order to return to New York. "The proposition is unjust and the .Southern railway is doing all that is possible to keep this great inconven ience from descending upon tho peo ple of the south. However, we can not do it all and I urge everyone in terested to lend whatever Influence they possess to Informing the inter state commerce commission about the injustice of the plan. If this plan is ordered in effect by the Interstate com merce commission I am forced to con clude that our line will also make some readjustments which will be even more severe than this plan of the Pennsyl vania.’’ TO LECTURE SOON To Speak At Jefferson Thea tre On Experiences In Europe It was announced by the board of Neighborhood House yesterday that Dr. Earle Wrennen would lecture at the Jefferson theatre Thursday night on “War as Seen by a Military Sur geon in France.” The proceeds of the lecture will go to the Neighborhood House and the day nursery. The tickets will be on sale March 23 at the Jefferson box office. Dr. Drenner is unquestionably the man best fitted in Birmingham today to speak on the topic he has selected. For several months he was In charge of the American hospital at Paris and probably came in closer touch with realities of the fighting than any American has yet done, cor respondents not excepted. An interesting feature of Dr. Dren nen’s lecture will be a series of stere optfcon views showing scenes at the front, at the hospital and other war views. There are said to be some re markable pictures among his collec tion which he values very highly. A large audience is expected at the lecture. SERVICES FOR E. F. RANSOM Conducted At Johns’ Chapel—Body to Murfreesboro Funeral services over the remains of Edgar F. Ransom, aged 60 years, who died suddenly yesterday morning, were conducted from the private, chapel of the Johns Undertaking company. The Rev. W. E. Tyler, pastor of the East Lake Methodist church, officiated and the capacity of the chapel was taxed to accommodate the friends who came to pay a last tribute to the veteran printer. Following the services, the remains were sent to Murfreesboro, Tenn., where three sisters of the deceased re side. With the exception of one brother, L. A. Ransom of East Lake, he had no relatives In. Birmingham. The body was accompanied bv Mr. Ransom and Mrs. Nina H. Perry. Mr. Ransom was one of the best known printers in Birmingham. For the past 28 years he had been em ployed In the composing rooms of The Age-Herald and was held In high es teem by his associates. In point of service, he was the ranking employe of The Age-Herald. Tomato Pulp Seized Two hundred and twenty-three cases of tomato pulp, each case con taining 48 cans, were seized by the United States marshal on a writ ot selsure issued by Charles J. Allison, clerk of the federal court, upon tbs complaint of a government pure food Inspector. The goods were shipped by the Austin Canning company of Austin. 111., and -constgnad through the W. L. Murdoch Brokerage company, to a number of local wholesala grocery house* . -t • ~ WHITEWAY PLANNED ON 21 ST STREET BY Meeting Will Be Held At Newspaper Club Soon to Decide On Definite Action In order to render Twenty-first street more attractive, it was stated yesterday that property owners were considering the construction of a white way reaching from Avenue H to the Ridgely apart ments on the north. The property owners have been working for some years to ob tain the removal of the county jail from that street without success Having logt hope In the board of revenue and Dr. W. H. Oates, the state prison Inspector, they will try to make the street more ap pealing to tenants by the construction of the white way. It was announced yesterday that a ten tative programme had been arranged for the construction of the white way. There will be a meeting of the property owners at the Newspaper club during the next few' days at which time the proposition will be taken up in detail, and an effort made to get the work under way just as soon as possible. It is the opinion of the property owners ' on Twenty-first street that with the white way the street will be made much more Attractive, and that tenants that are seeking location." will no longer hesitate when places or that street are offered. Twenty-first street, it is held by many experts, ha* been retarded In its normal development on account of the jail being located there. W. N. Malone, who 4s heavily Interest ed on Twenty-first street, and who Is as sisting lit getting the property owners behind the white way on that thorough fare, said yesterday that within two hours or less he had been assured by several that they would enter heartily Into the plan “We intend to build the white way on Twenty-first street,” said Mr. Malone yes terday. “We have been assured by several property owners that they are heartily in favor of the scheme, and we are going to work in earnest to get this improve ment. It is planned to extend the white way from Avenue H south to the Ridgely apartments on Park avenue, north. The plan has not been fully worked out, but 1 am irrformed that the owners are very much In favor of the scheme, and will do all that Is possible to further the propo sition. “As for myself, 1 am deeply Interested In making Twenty-first street more at tractive, and will do all that I can to aid in that work. I think that a white way will attract many to Twenty-first street, and I also think such an improvement would lend a most unusual scene to that street. The property owners will be asked to meet at the Newspaper club In a few days for a conference, and at that time I think the whole matter will prove so good and so attractive that we will have no trouble in getting our plans well un der way.” ENGLAND RELEASES AMERICAN SHIP Deal, March 19.—(Via London, 12:10 a. m.)—The American Bhip A. A. Raven, laden with American packing products, which was detained by the British au thorities on March 11, has been released. She proceeded to Dover for coal. The cargo was consigned to dealers in Rotterdam and the British government Insisted that it must be consigned to the Netherlands Overseas trust. DRY SOW TETTER • * Began on Fingers in Watery Pimples. Itched and Burned Severely. Eyes Began to Swell. Used Cuticura. Hand, Arm and Face Smooth. R. F. D. No. a. Moore. 8. C.—When the trouble llret began my Unger, were cov ered with One watery pimple, which Itched and burned very aeverely. Finally my arm wae covered and after a while my aye, began to nrell. It waa very bard to Ond my way for a while. My hand and arm would often crack open and bleed. The more I would rub them the more they would Itch. The tetter looked dry and acaly. I could not put my band. In water for If I did they would crack open and bleed, after drying. "I waa treated for quite a while but It did not do me any good. I tried all klnde of fine aalvee but found no relief In them. Finally eomeone told me to try Cuticura Soap and Ointment. I did and now all the •calae ere gone and my hand, arm and face ere ae amootb a, ever. 1 owe all my cure to Cuticura Soap and Ointment." (Signed) Charlie Floyd. October A. 1914. Sample Each Free by Mall With S9-p. Sldn Bock on requeet. Ad dram poet-card "Cudcura. Dept. T, Bam tew." 9oM throughout the world. MS PICKETT TELLS GETTYSBURG STORY Widow of Famous Confed erate General At High School Auditorium • LEE S PURPOSE IN INVADING NORTH Tells Some of Dramatic Incidents of "Pickett's Charge,” Regarded fs Most Famous In the World’s History H> KLI.IS HOI.1,1 MS Followed by a few veterans and wives of veterans of the war of the sixties Mr*. LaSalle Carbell Pickett, wife of the famous southern general, stepped out upon the stage at the High School auditorium last night and was greeted with a storm of applause from the well tilled house. Mrs. Pickett delivered her famous lecture on “The Hattie of Get tysburg” instead of “Reminiscences of Yesterday," which had been scheO'#led. Mrs. Pickett was introduced by Mrs Chappell Cory in a few well chosen words. Mrs. Pickett has a remarkable stag'1 presence and her bow of acknowldege ment to Mrs. Cory was followed by an Impulsive movement forward as she held forth her hand for a friendly clasp. She then turned to the audience and made a deep bow in apreclatlon of the applause. She began immediately with her topic, telling first of the formation of the land in and about Gettysburg, the scene of the battle which marked the turning point In the war between the stat«\ She took each position that the oppos ing af-mles of north and south occupied at that time and described it as nature tormed it. Then she told how man had added to the wonders of nature In beau tifying It and how. later, man had taken the handiwork of nature and trans formed it into a field for the desperate* work of war. Leading up to the battle itself, the speaker told of the campaign of Un Army of the Potomac and of how Lee's army, tattered and torn, had success fully resisted It under the command of numerous generals. She told how Gen eral Lee determined to Invade the north—the land of promise—which was to furnish to the army of the south food and raiment. niKumriun lu uiKHUanc l,ee She brought out all the arguments that were used to dissuade Loe from his purpose; how he was shown that his army had been successful against invaders and how tt was only natural to assume the armies of the north would also be successful against an invasion. He was told that "the peo ple of the north would rise against the south ell masse in defense of their homes, but would continue to fight In a half-hearted manner while on south ern territory.” However, Lee's army was suffering for food. Shoes were lacking and clothing was Insufficient. The Inva sion was made. It was decided that the Valley of the Shenandoah must lie subjected and this was done—at enor mous expense, it Is true, when Jackson fell. The Army o fthe Potomac fell back before the victorious Virginians. It continued to fall back until Gettysburg was reached. The flower and chivalry of Virginia and the south was creasing onward into Pennsylvania. Pickett’s division was sent along one of six roads leading to the field of Gettysburg. The speaker here held the undivided attention of the entire au dience while sho related a little inci dent showing the gallantry and chiv alry of the men of the south. While passing through Green Springs, she said, a little village in the line of march towards Gettysburg, Pickett's di vision beheld a young girl with the Stars and Stripes draped about her, standing on the front piazza of her homo. She locked at them scornfully and cried out to them: "Traitors, traitors, all; touch this flag. If one of you dare." A slow rumble that grew to a roar of anger swelled through the ranks of the division. Pickett, riding a little to the rear, heard the. roar. Scenting trouble, he rode for ward and arrived in tithe to hear tin: matd again charge the southern soldiery with being traitorous. The line was be ginning to falter. The men were growing more angry. Tribute to the Girl Pickett glanced at the girl, wheeled hit horse until he faced her, and with all the grace of a courtier raised his hand to hie cap In salute of the loyal girl and her flag. He then turned to his troops, an unspoken command gleaming from his eyes, as ids hand remained at salutft The men In the ranks understood and every cap in the entire division was ele vated in chivalrous salute as Its ownef passed the girl and the Stars and Stripes. The girl—she gazed a moment in won der on an enemy that could be so gen erous as to salute the flag of its foe then chled brogenly: "Oh, • if only I had the Stars and Bars to hold up for them I” The tension was relieved and the ap plause was deafening. Mrs. Pickett graphically described the charge of 6000 men, headed by Pickett's division, at Gettysburg, a charge never before or since equaled, and .as she said, which will never be equaled for Indi vidual heroism under the new rules ol warfare. She finished her address with a tribute to the glorious "Lost Cause,” and her audience responded with an ovation. When the applause had somewhat died away, only the echoes remaining, she spoke again, simply: "I wish I had the strength to shake each of you by th« hand,” and the applause broke out anew. She pressed huge bunches of flowers close to her breast and, still applauding, her audience surged forward toward the stage. The Hero whose relict* she Is re ceived a benediction In ttie tribute paid her, and the “Lost Cause” really was not lost because It gave to the world women like her and her descendants. H. C. ALFORD NAMED Will Collect Auto Tax In North Ala bama Except In Jefferson Horace C. Alford of Birmingham has been appointed by Judge Purlfoy. sec retary of state, to the position of deputy collector of automobile license for the northern part of Alabama, with the exception of Jefferson county, be ginning with Tuscaloosa county and going north to the Tennessee line. He will commence his duties at once and visit each county seat, giving those who have failed to take out a license to date an opportunity to do so before proceedings are taken to enforce the payment _of the license tax. He stales he has been furnished a list of all automobile owners In every 'County in the territory to which he has been assigned and that lie will announce the date of his visit and meet them at the office of the sheriff of each county where on the payment of the tax he will furnish tags. A. P. Stevens Is the automobile license collector for Jefferson county, 1 - ? ■ V. •' ■. . -ci'. - ., I CITY ITEMS Robert (iourtnfr Here Haber t Courtlier of Decatur ami Mrs. Court lier were here yesterday visiting Mis Winburn B. Smith, their daughter. Mr. i aurtner is one of the best known cit izens of north Alabama and has been L'or many years interested in Blrming J ham. He said yesterday that Decatur, which is quite a cotton market, hail gold an immense amount of cotton re cently at 8 rents per pound for strict middling and that the situation was getting better every day “1 am very fond of Birmingham/’ Said Mr. Courtner. “This is a wide awake place and 1 hope that all of the prosperity possible will come to Birmingham. Business ia getting bet ter l think and I do not believe it is a bad business move to make im provements at this time. Decatur is getting along fairly well and Is grow ing. Wo have already .convinced the people of Alabama that Decatur is the beat and most progressive small city in the south.' Mr. t»ra> Returns -Henry B Gray. former lieutenant governor of Ala bama, returned yesterday from New Orleans, where he has been vtlatlng for a few days. Governor Gray said exports in New Orleans were greater, Indicating that business was Improv ing. Frank Anderson Hero—Frank An derson. superintendent of development tor the Frisco lines, was here yester day. He was occupying an official car Mr. Anderson makes a study of places that are developing and with the or ganization of the Frisco helps wherever possible. “Things are looking hotter,” said Mr. Anderson. “Especially Ih this true of Birmingham. The business vol ume is improving and there seems to be a number of smaller industries be ing erected here. I am very strong for Birmingham and believe it is one of the best cities on our entire system." Mr. Anderson said that his trip was merely on routine business hero. Rencher Acting Station Master—Jo seph Rencher, assistant station master of the Louisvile and Nashville, is act ing station master until a successor is appointed to t’aptain Meglemry, who left Monday for the west to represent the Louisville and Nashville. It Is con sidered very probable that Mr. Rencher will be appointed station master per manently, but nothing has been said by the Louisville and Nashville man agement. Mr. Rencher is very popular here and his friends are of the opin ion that he will secure the appoint ment. JStsrk Pusses Through- B. M. Starks, general manager of the Louisville and Nashville, passed through Birmingham last night en route to Louisville from Pensacola, where he lias been for sev eral days. It is stated that the la>uis ' ille and Nashville is planning to buy a strip of road from the Seaboard and Mr. Starks, according to reports, wen to Pensacola to meet officials of the Seaboard and discuss the proposition. He had nothing to say last night in connection with his trip. Wells Brothers Secure Big Contract —Wells Brothers & Co., the well known contractors, have secured a contract for a new skyscraper in Chicago, which is to be erected at once, according to Information received here ' yesterday. This firm built the Tutwiler and the Ridgely and the officers have many | friends here. Meridian Buys Coni Here—Tho street railway of Meridian has placed Its an nual order for 25,000 tons of coal in Birmingham with the Birmingham Fuel company, according to an an nouncement yesterday. The shipments will be apportioned over several months. The street railways of that city always patronize the Birmingham dealers. Walter Smith in Birmingham—-Wal ter Smith, one of the best known con tractors In this section, was here yes terday. He formerly resided in Bir mingham and has many friends who always extend him a cordial welcome. Mr. Smith said yesterday that busi ness was getting better and that be thought there would be excellent movement during the year whlcn has just begun. He will return to Mem phis today. Oliver hud Kelson to Leave Birming ham—George C. Oliver and Allen W. Nelson, than whom there are fewer better known men in this city, will remove to Dallas April 1 to engage in business in that city. They have organ ized a corporation for the manufacture of culverts and will engage a sales force to handle their product in that city. Mr. Oliver has been a resident here for years engaged in the insur ance business and.Is very popular. He was for many years a director of the Country club. lie resigned yesterday from all the clubs to which he be longed. Mr. Nelson is also widely known. He was a member of the firm of Heidt-Nelson and was a member of the democratic executive committee for some years. He is a member of all the prominent clubs. The friends of the two wish them great success iri their new home. - 4 Ur. Drain y Returns Home —Dr. George H. Denny, president of the Uni versity of Alabama, returned to Tus caloosa yesterday after appearing be fore the legislative committee iu ses sion here. He said that he would bo In Birmingham again during thj next few days and take up with Dr. Mor ris tho matter of beginning work on thft new dispensary that is to be erect ed here. Coal Donlers Moot—The Birmingham Coal Dealers’ association met last night at the Newspaper club for the monthly dinner. About 35 members at-' tended. Nothing except routine bu.d —' Mfb Insurance Co linMK OKP1CK BIRMINGHAM. AHA. This Company lias Just hud It* annual audit bjr Actuary Halil day of the Alabama Insurance De partment. The report shows gratifying increases for another y ear. Assets Increased f In 1914. Z Z V/C Reserves increased ^ A , / In 1914 . a>UyC' Surplus Increased a a. , In 1914 . jU'/( 'I he laseta. Ileaerte* and Sur plus of the t nmiuay, Inking eneli Mem, have more Ilian don hied In three years. A Money-Making Company OFFICERS Wm. I *. JelkH, Pres. Rtohard W Masser Vice-Prea Clarence J. Palmer,' Secy. W. W. Crawford. Treas. IV. <5. Harrison. Med. Director Cabanlss * Bowie, Attys. board of directors •I- C. Maben, O. R. Harsh, ,T. H. * Vtilson, Frank Nelson, Win. A. ‘ Davis. Jno. L,. Kaul, ('lias. Hen derson. R \. Mitchell. Robt. Jemlson, Sr. M. M. Baldwin. Send for literature ami sum pie Policy or consult U^Hr E. P. Beau. K. W. Rrand on or N. Steele Andrews. Agents, City. ___-/ - ------■— ■■ RURAL CARRIERS PAY CONTINUED Copirs of Joint Resolution Received Here Show Exaet Provisions of Congressional Resolution Rural mall carriers everywhere are In tel ested In the Joint resolution passed just before t,hc close of the Inst Congres? continuing In force for 1916 the appropria tions made for their work for 1915. Copies of the resolution received In Birmingham aftei stating its main features continue as follows: t *9 “And provided further. That letter car riers unsigned to collection service who were promoted to the higher grades in accordance with the classification net. ap proved March 2 1907 and whose salaries have been reduced during the past year, through no delinquency or charges of mis conduct on their part, shall be restored to their former grades: Provided, also, That on and after July 1, 1915, the com pensation of each rural letter carrier for serving fj rural route of 24 miles and over, six days In the week, shall be $1200 per annum, payable monthly; on routes 22 miles and less than 24 miles, $1152; on routes 20 miles and less than 22 miles, $1080; on routes 18 miles and less than 20 miles, $960; on routes 16 miles and less than 18 miles, $840; on routes 14 miles and less than 16 miles, $720; on routes 12 miles und less than 11 miles, $672; on routes 10 miles and less than 12 miles, $624; on routes 8 miles and less than 10 miles, $576; on routes 6 miles and less than eight miles, $528; on routes 4 miles and less than 6 miles. $480. A rural letter carrier serving one triweekly route shall be paid on the basis for a route one-half the length of the route served by him. and a carrier serving two triweekly routes shall be paid on the basis for a route one-half of the combined length of the two routes. Provided, That in the discretion of the Postmaster General the pay of carriers who furnish and maintain their own motor vehicles and who serve routes not less than 50 miles in length may be fixed at not exceeding #1800 per annujn." Hotel Hillman ; Birmingham Reduces Rates Room witnout oatn, $1 <K $i.ou * Room with a bath, $1.50, $2.00 and $2.50. Large sample room without bath, $1.50 and $2.00. Sample room with bath, $2.00 and $2.50. Hot and cold -running water in every room. Every other modern convenience. Recently redeoorated and furnished. Splendid cafe with remarkably low prices.