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_ HQW HISTORY WAS MADE FOR BIRMINGHAM ON BANKS OF THE WARRIOR 1
, By RALPH R. SI LA MR ♦ • ..* ♦ Fourth class all rail rate New 4 ♦ York to Birmingham.? .73 • 4 Cost of Goodall-Brown ship- 4 4 ment by all water route.66 4 4 Estimate ot what Goodall- 4 4 Brown shipment will cost 4 4 when river navigation is 4 4 properly developed .40-56 4 4 Present first «lass all rail rate 4 4 New York to Birmingham.. 1.14 4 4 Estimate of first to fourth 4 4 class all water rate when • 4 river navigation is properly 4 4 developed .40-56 4 ♦ — ♦ 4 All rail rate on coal from Max- • 4 ine to Mobile . 1.00 4 4 Estimated cost of Pratt Con- 4 4 solidated shipment by all 4 4 water .50 4 Once upon a time there was a wise man. He did not sit with his feet upon his office desk and wish that John Somebody would do something for him. He realized that the doctrine of do things for yourself by yourself was a formula that never failed to bring results. Now it happened that this man had a factory in which he made various and sundry things. And it also happened that one day the. great government un der which he lived formally announced to him that it had completed a great trunk railroad many hundred miles from the market places of the world to within a few miles of this man's factory. “Now If you wish to use and profit by this rail road.'' said the great government, “you'll have to prove your good intentions by building a connecting link to It.” The wise man considered. Then he said to himself: "I’ll do it.” And so saying, he did so and rejoiced, and lived happy ever after. The only excuse for that fable is to illustrate the main point of this story. If Birmingham knew that the United States government had built a great trunk line railroad all the way from Mobile to within 20 miles of the city and could build it no further, how long would Bir mingham hesitate to build a connecting link to the end of the line? The United States government has not done that, but has done something more. It has canalized the Warrior river until now 414 miles above Mobile and 20 miles below Birmingham there lies among the hills and mountains the end of a high way that would place Birmingham com merce in touch with the whole world. Will the rate be such over this new' highway, though, as to warrant the people of Bir mingham or Jefferson county building the connecting link? What? Rates? The use of the Warrior river is free my the air. It’s a United States highway over which every citizen has a right, if he wishes, to tow his crop to market and towr back home his year’s supplies. For several months, already, it has been lying there among the hills of the edge of Jefferson county and still no tangible movement started to connect It with Bir mingham. But perhaps all this is theory. The Warrior river talk may sound good on the street coiner and look good on paper, but how about it when it comes down "to brass tacks?” Well, it has come down to brass tacks. The "can” was put into the canalized Warrior last week by Murray Browm and the Pratt Consolidated Coal and Iron company. Mr. Brown, however, by' means of a shipment of dry goods from New York to Birmingham by an all-water route, especially' proved the point as tha subject regards the city of Birmingham. Although no means of handling ship ments to Birmingham have been provided, no wharves and no connecting link be tween the wharves and the city, the cargo of dry goods came down the Atlantic coast rn the Mallory steamer Alamo, up the Warrior on the steamer M. Car >’7 and into Birmingham over 2k miles of read, much of which was unimproved, ordinary country dirt road, hv means of an automobile truck and at an actual sav ings in freight of 7 cents per hundred ponds. On the other hand, the Pratt Con solidated company, having the Maxine coal mines located right on the banks of the canalized liver, during the week de livered in Mobile 1000 tons of coal at a savings in freight charges of 50 cents a ton. or half of the freight rate by rail, which is $1. What the Pratt Consolidated did with coal .Murray Brown and his fellow busi ness men of Birmingham some day will be aide to do with merchandise, provid ing proper connection is made with the river. Rut whether or not a saving of one-half can actually be made, the Good all-Brown shipment last week gave in controvertible proof that a big and well j worth while saving q$n be rpade by the' use of the canalized Warrior and proper] connecting transportation system between J the river and Birmingham. ; The landing made by the river steamer J Carney at Taylor's Ferry Wednesday is ! recognized, by everyone as an event des tined to appear in future history of Bir mingham and Alabama. The river has been navigable above Lock ] 17. which is the last above Mobile, but a month or two. Few boats have passed up and down this part of the river. But the Carney was the first to make a land ing with a bonafide cargo of commerce routed from New York city to Birming ham by an all water route. It was ac cepted as a great event at Taylor’s Fer ry and a good crowd of the country people living in the neighborhood gath ered on the hillside to witness the spec tacle. J. L. Vines, who owns several hundred acres of land about and who operates the ferry, stated that it was one of the proudest moments of his life. "We farmers along the river here hop. to see the movement speedily advance to open the river for Birmingham com merce," he said. "We feel that this is th** beginning and no man who sees this | boat land here today hut will always boast about It.’’ The Carney swung around In the stream and shoved her nose in toward the bank as far as she could for trees which stand out in the water. The ferry boat was then brought alongside her and the nota ble cargo was brought ashore. The water rate on the Goodall-Brown cargo from New York to Mobile was 45 cents per 100 pounds. To this is due to a great extent the fact that hut a saving of 7 cents per 100 was made on the shipment, for it*is admitted that when independent steamship lines, or merchant marine ships, ply between Mobile and New York, that this rale will he considerably lower. Not onl> th > but interstate commerce com* mission action in the near future is an ti "» :• ted which will cause a much lower rate lo Mobile. The r.i , rate i Birmingham on a fourth class shT'Tr.t'ni. which the Goodall-Brown dry goods was. is 73 cents. By all water route ; cost 45 cents to Mobile, 6 cents up the Warrior river to Taylor’s Kerry and 15 cents pc; -.<>> from the ferry to Bir mingham by automobile truck. When the river is connected with Birmingham by a proper transportation system .this 15 cent charge will probably bo cut half in two and with these two things together a saving in all water shipment over all rail shipment of about half Is ex pected. Of course the shipment las* wee!, means little other than an example of what can he done with conditions as they should be. It is impracticable now to ship cargoes up the river, because there Is no place to land them at Taylor's Ferry or anywhere else and after they are landed there is no proper way to get them .to Birming ham. The automobile truck can do it, of course, but it would be too slow and cum bersome to handle any appreciable amount of traffic. The county board of revenue and city commissioners now have a surveyor’s gang working in surveying three routes, for a highway to the river. This gang is now’ surveying the Taylor's Ferry road and is but eight or 10 miles from the river. The Taylor's Ferry road, from all indications, can be made into a very fine highway. Already about 20 miles of it Is a model road. The last eight or 10 miles is had. however, hut with proper grading could be added to the other and a high way to the river of great use would he the result. The route is out the present Possum Valley road, then the Toadvine road and last the Taylor’s Ferry road, the »*••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••#««* Above, on the left: Murray Brown, “the man who did it,” and W. C. Radcliffe, secretary of the Cham ber of Commerce, on board the M. Carney as she steamed into Taylor’s Ferry. In the center: The wide ex panse of the Warrior at Taylor’s Ferry, where the channel of the river proper is 120 feet deep the year around. On the right, above: A stretch of the Taylor’s Ferry road where it has been improved. Right, below: The big truck of the Harris Transfer and Warehouse company which hauled the 5000-pound cargo the 28 miles from the ferry to Birmingham in two hours and 10 minutes. Bob Harris is the second figure standing on the running board. Bottom picture shows the unloading of the first all water cargo ever shipped into Birmingham. The dry goods cases are being rolled from the steamer into the ferry boat. )•*••••••••■•••••••«•••■••••••••••••••••••••• »*«*«#Mt|tSSaai.|.a(aaa ...... ........ ........................ ...................... whole now being called by the lattei name, however. Not to disparage the road movement, the real need for a realization of the bene fits of the river is a railroad. Either electric or steam—a railroad there must be. While there are many who still ad vocate the canal between the river and Birmingham .it seems that the great ma jority have come to the conclusion this is impracticable. There has been talk of a municipal rail road a county railroad, an electric rail road with its own power house at Lock 17. purchase of the Maxine branch of the Southern, and many other schemes. But so far nothing has been done. What's wrong? It seems there is no one who is willing to take the lead and make the first step. Injunction Refused Atlanta, July 10.—The injunction asked by local jitney bus operators to restrain j the state railroad commission from ex ercising jurisdiction over such vehicles, was refused today by Judge Ellis in coun ty superior court. The court granted a supersedeas to take the case to the Geor gia supreme court, and pending the de- i cision of that tribunal, the railroad com-Bg mission has agreed to hold in abeyance* Us orders for the regulation of jitney ' busses. v OF RESERVE BANK The statement nf the federal reserve hank of Atlanta made public today fol lows: Resources: Gold coin and cer tificates, gold set tlement fund, cred it balance .$1,447,000.00 Held by the bank.. 3,923,157.36 Regal tender notes, silver, etc. 189,044.00 Total reserves. —$5,569,201,36 Rills discounted and bought: Commercial paper .$4,522,S69.47 Dues from other federal re serve hanks, net . 212.736.41 All other resources . 326.492.57 $lo,611,288.Sl Liabilities: Capital paid in .$2,415,060.00 Reserve deposits, net . 5,225.945.63 Federal reserve notes in cir culation. net . 2,919,500.00 All other liabilties . 50,793.18 $10,611,288.81 Memorandum: Federal reserve notes issued to the hank .$5,300,000.00 Federal reserves notes in the hands of the bank . 430,500.00 Federal reserve notes outstand ing . 4,869,500.00 Gold and lawful money with federal reserve agent . 1,950,000.00 Net liability, account of federal reserve notes . $2,919,500.00 Reserve Bank Statement Washington, July 10.—Gold reserves in the hands of federal reserve banks in creased nearly $2,000,000 during the past week, according to the statement of their condition July 9, Issued today by the fed eral reserve board, it shows: Resources: Gold coin and certificates in vault, $218, '021,000. Gold settlement fund. $47,106,000. Gold redemption fund with United States treasurer, $1,116,000. Total sold reserve, $206,243,000. Legal tender notes, silver, etc., $22,404,000. Total reserve. $288,737,000. Bills discounted and bought: Maturities within 30 days, $13,008,000. Maturieles within 60 days. $11,367,000. Maturities within 60 days, $11,367,000. Maturities within 30 days, $18,557,000. Total, $36,677,000. Investments: l'nited States bonds, $7,898,000. Municipal warrants, $13,S95,000. Due from other federal reserve banks, net, $6,107,000. Federal reserve notes, $8,739,000. All other resources, $3,694,000. Total resources, $365,387,000. Liability: Capital paid in, $54,104,000. Reserved deposits, net. $295,508,000. Federal reserve notes, net, $13,375,000. All other liabilities, $2,100,000. Total liabilities, $365,387,000. Gold reserve against net liabilities, 87.8 per rent. Cash reserve Rgalnst net liabilities, 95,3 per cent. Cash reserve against liabilities after set ting aside 40 per cent gold reserve against net amount of federal reserve notes in circulation, 97.8 per cent. Deaths and Funerals Mrs. Helen M. Nesbitt Mrs, Helen M. Nesbitt, aged 47 years, died yesterday morning at a local in firmary. The remains of the deceased will be sent to Marbury by Lige Loy tomorrow morning at 6 o'clock. Dr. H. M. Edmonds of the South Highland Presbyterian church, will go to Mar bury to conduct the funeral services. The deceased is survived by her hus band, E. S. Nesbitt. Jr.: three sons, E. M . M. H., and C. H.; also one daugh ter, Miss Helen T. Nesbitt; three sis ters, Mrs. a. E. Wilkinson of Venus, Tex.; Mrs. J. W. Gcwin of Mammoth Springs. Ark.; and Mrs. L. R. Pickett of Pocohontas, Ark.; three brothers, ,1. C.. P. H., and W. H. Miller of Les lie. Ark. A. J. Montgomery A. J. Montgomery, aged 58 years, died yesterday afternoon at 3:45 o’clock at the late residence, 630 North Fiftieth street. The remains will be sent to Ashville this afternoon at 4 p’clock by the Woodin Undertaking company. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow morning at 110 o’clock from the Reeves Grove church near the old home in Ashville. Inter [ ment will be at that point. The deceased [ is survived by his widow and three chil dren: Mrs. N. R. Cricket of Aragon, Oa., i Miss Lila Montgomery of Birmingham 1 and E. I). Montgomery of Birmingham. Walter J. Reeves Walter J. Reeves, aged 25 years, I died yesterday morning at a local in | firmary. The remains of the deceased will be sent to Brompton tomorrow morning by Lige Loy for interment. The deceased is survived by two broth ers and four sisters. Saul Vestein Funeral services over the remains ! of Saul Vestien, who died at Elba Fri ! day, will be held at the Knesseth Israel | cemetery this morning at 10:30 o'clock. | Interment will follow there. Mrs. H. C. Harris Hamilton. July 10.—(Special.)—Mrs. H. C. Harris, wife of the Rov. H. C. Harris, living between Hamilton and Detroit, died at her home Thursday and was burled at ! Smyrna church Friday afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of rela tives and friends. Mrs. Harris was 73 years of age. She leaves a husband, six > sons and three daughters. - - JOHNS UNDERTAKING CO. Leading Funeral Directors i Phone Main 1002 2011 Fourth Avenue L. , —* \ [_NEWS OF ENSLEY_ The prizes won in the Fairfield City Beautiful contest were distributed yes terday afternoon at the civic center, but owing to the inclement weather only a small crowd was present. The prizes were awarded by Mrs. Arthur E. Smith, gen eral chairman of the City Beautiful club, who delivered a short address telling of the work that the club has been doing in the past year, and of the many improve ments that have been made in Fairfield. F. A. McElroy, president of the Fairfield Commercial club, made an address on “The Influence of the Prize Contest at Fairfield.” Owing to unforeseen business matters City Commissioner George Ward ■was not able to be present, Dr. R. M. Cunningham acting in his stead. The contest was started over a year ago and a large number of the residents were in the contest. Seventy-five dollars in money prizes was given besides a num ber of substantial prizes given by the local merchants and a number of special ribbon prizes. A great deal of interest was taken in the contest and the mem bers of the City Beautiful club received much credit for their work in making Fair^ld one of the most attractive cities in this district. The regular meeting of the Ensley Mer chants’ association will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the inferior courtroom. The report of the member ship committee wrill be. heard. Since the meeting last Tuesday the committee has added over 150 new members. D. S. Me Eachern w'ill also make his report on the Merchants' carnival, which will be held in this city during September. The merchants are planning to hold a carnival in September to last a week and have special days for diferent societies in this district. The merchants are taking an active interest in this movement. There will be a meeting of the building committee of Ensley lodge No. 987, Be nevolent and Protective Order of Elks, this afternoon at 3 o’clock in their hall on Avenue E. The members of the lodge have practically everything in readiness to begin work on the remodeling of the building at 2010 Avenue D, the new home. It is their plan to enlarge the present building and to have a billiard room, reception room, bowling alley, hall and banquet room in the new home, l^wrence Pennington is general chajrman of the i building committee, and all officers of the lodge are members. Gordon Harrell, a negro convict work- | Ing tor the city, was struck by an auto- 1 mobile driven by A. W. Mock yesterday morning about 10 o’clock at Hlllton and painfully, if not seriously injured. It is elated that the negro stepped off the side walk in front of the automobile and was knocked down and dragged several feet, lie received a number of cuts and bruises about the face and body and a broken ankle. He was carried to Birmingham where he was given medical attention by Dr. Whelan, city physician. The city beautiful contest, which is being conducted by the Etnsley Land company, has beep postponed from the loth of this month to the 21st, on account of several business engagements of City Commissioner George Ward, chairman of the committees to judge the contest. Over 30 contestants are taking part in the af fair. and a great deal of improvement have been shown already. The first prize will be $100, the second $50 and four $25 prizes which will be awarded to the win ners. The members of the congregation of St. Anthony’s Catholic church have donated a set of books entitled, "The Catholic En cyclopedia," to the Ensley library. The set consists of 16 volumes handsomely bound and are highly appreciated by the library board. A number of new books have been added to the library lately for the many citizens who use the Ensley Libra ry. Sam Monella. an Italian, was arrested yesterday morning: by Officers Granger, Griffis, Vallely and English on a charge of violating the prohibition law. Monella runs a soft dring stand in Pratt City and when arrested had 44 bottles of beer In his place of business. Festus Amos was fined $75 and Mrs. Lottie Fizer was fined yesterday morning in the Ensley police court by Judge J. T. Lowery on two charges of violating the prohibition law. Funeral services over the remains of Berta May Sanders, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Sanders, who died yesterday morning at the family resi dence in Wylam, will be conducted this afternoon at U o’clock from the residence. Interment will be held at Mack's chapel. The Tennessee concert band, under the direction of Professor Costa, will give a concert this afternoon at the Pratt City park. Tlie concert will be under the auspicles of the Civic Improvement as sociation. The concerts given by this band have proved • very favorable and pleasing to those who have been attend ing and a very large crowd Is expected to he present this afternoon. Work is progressing rapidly on the new Ensley Christian church and the Sunday school department is expected to be fin ished by next Sunday and .services will be held there until the main auditorium can be completed. The building is near completion and the main auditorium will be finished this month, but owing to the pews not being ready before the middle of next month, services will not be held in that department. The new church is located on the corner of Avenue F and Twenty-second street and when completed will cost over $15,000. It is being built of pressed brick and will be one of the most attractive churches in this district. At the regular meeting of the Steel City lodge No. 190, Knights of Pythias, which will be held in the hall on Avenue E Tuesday night at 7:30 o’clock, the rank of page will be conferred upon three candidates. Several other matters will be taken up and all rhembers are requested to be present. The children of the Neighborhood Play grounds, located on Avenue F and Twen ty-second street will present a comedy sketch, "Rastus,” and a number of tableaux on the grounds Wednesday even ing beginning at 7:45 o’clock. This va cant lot has been put in shape for a play grounds b*- ;hc residents of that section and the T * eds from the entertainment will be d to buy equipment. Foreman Josepr Tetlow returned yes terday morning from San Francisco and San Diego where he attended the World's Fair and the Panama-Pacific exposition. J. G. Gingery will leave this morning for Youngstown, where he will accept a position with the Youngstown Sheet and Tube company. Monroe McEaehern will leave this morn ing for Cleveland, where he will accept a position with the Cleveland Illuminating company. BARBOUR LIVESTOCK MEN ORGANIZED Eufaula, July 10.— (Special)—£The Barbour County Live Stock associa tion has been organized here and an other definite step made in the inter est of diversified farming. Capt. J. R. Barr, one of Lho largest stock raisers in the county and breeder of Hereford cattle, was elected president. The fol lowing were elected vice presidents to represent the other parts of the coun ty: (). B. Pruett, Clayton: F. B. Pierce. Louisville; Dr. .luflson Davie. Comer. \ while H. l^ampley of this city, a mem ber of the state association, was elect- | od secretary-treasurer. An executive J committee will be named and other business details attended to at a meet ing to be held by the association at Kufaula on August 10. At that time Dr. c. C. Cary of Auburn, state veter inarian. wrill be present and address j the association. Much interest was lent to the first meeting of the associa tion by the presence of Professors Me Adory and Meadow of Auburn and Lor Ing Brown of Atlanta. They also ad dressed meetings at Clayton and Clio. Name Plate Returned Alexandria. Va., July 10.—The silver name plate taken several months ago from the George Washington pew in Christ church here was returned today by mail from Cleveland, O. r Ladies, Attention! The American has reduced the price on i all plain Wash Skirts, ICp from 50c to. —All skirts of washable material are “done up” ex quisitely In our handwork department, and the skirts formerly costing BOc are now reduced to only 35c. ^ —Everybody agrees that the American does the M*7720-23° second Ave! A' prettiest skirt work In town. Try It. AMERICAN LAUNDRY I The Qood Family Laundry I PHONE 3718 la Ordering Goods Please Mention THE AGE-HERALD Take Your Party On An Auto Truck Ride i V The most enjoyable way to spend an evening. Some thing doing every minute. Our drivers know the good roads to the best places. Cheap Rates Now—Phone Main 118 TT ADD IQ Transfer & Warehouse Co. Ground Floor Chamber Commerce Bl<^g.