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INAL ACTION ON
'PROHIBITION BILL
IS AGAIN HELD OP

ntroduetion Amendments
to the ^Agricultural Bill
v Causes More Delay
10USE WILL ACCEPT
SENATE PLAN, BELIEF
ubstantial Majority in House Is
Claimed by Prohibitionists, Who
Also Say President Wilson Will
Not Object to Legislation
Washington, September 4.
^inal action on the bill provitl
m; for national prohibition
ifler July 1 next and continu
ng until the demobilization of
American troops has boon com
pleted after the war, faifed
igain today in the Senate, ow
ng to the introduction of
amendments to the $12,000,000
emergency agricultural appro
priation bill, to which the pro
hibition amendment is at
tached.
Senator Jones of Washington, a prohi
bition leader, predicted during debate
that the House would accept the Senate’s
prohibition plan, thus precluding the pos
sibility of changes being made in con
ference. A substantial majority in the
House is claimed by prohibition leaders,
who also say President Wilson will not
object to the legislation. An amendment
providing for the purchase by the gov
ernment of all distilled spirits held in
bond on July 1 at a price to be fixed
by a committee appointed by the Presi
dent was introduced today by Senator
Bankhead of Alabama. I'nder its pro
visions the committee would fix the value
of such spirits and report to Congress
through the Secretary of the Treasury.
]f Congress held the valuation to be
fair the government would pay the own
ers for such liquors iri cash or govern
ment bonds. The amendment was not
taken up.
An amendment by Senator Walsh of
Montana appropriating $20,000,000 to be
loaned to farmers in drouth-stricken dis
tricts for the price of seed was re
jected, hut another by Senator Jones of
New Mexico, authoVizing the war finance
corporation to make loans to banks in
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WORLD RECORD IS
SMASHED BY SHIPS
BUILT IN AUGUST
66 Vessels, Aggregating
340,145 Deadweight Tons,
Delivered by U.S. Yards
^During Last Month
Washington, September 4.—Delivery of
merchant fali.ps by American shipyards
in August exceeded all previous records
for this country. Chairman Hurley of the
shipping board was advised today by
Charles M. Schwab, director general of
the emergency fleet corporation. Sixty
six ships, aggregating 340.U5 deadweight
tons, were turnec| out.
Forty-four of the ships of an aggregate
deadwei-ht tonnage of 260,643, were steel
and the remaining 22 were wood or com-v
posite.
August production of American yard?
was a ^orld record, shipping board offi
cials said, the previous monthly record
of 295,’)!I deadweight tons having been
made by I*ritish yards last June.
Compieton of the 66 ships, it was said,
will permit the return tQ the coastwise
and South American trades of some fart
vessels that recently were transferred
to transatlantic service to meet war con
ditions.
August deliveries put the total tonnage
built for the shipping board beyond the
2,000,000 mark. The first million tons was
delivered in M&y, and the total production
to September 1 was 2,019,489 deadweight
tons.
Increased deliveries by American yards
added to those of the allied countries
places new construction well ahead of
destruction by submarines. For the firm,
six months of this year the sinkings,
allied and neutral, totaled 2.089,393 gross
tons, whiie production was 2,113,11 gro^s
tons.
Because of its effect on the general
shipping situation, the British drive i?i
Flanders is being followed with particular
interest by shipping board officials. Val
uable French coal fields are being wrest
ed from the Germans, and it was said
today that il these can be worked mu:h
of the tonnage now engaged in carrying
coal from Wales to France can be di
rected to other purposes.
such districts so financial assistance can
be given farmers, was accepted.
GORE AMENDMENT FAILS
An amendment by Senator Gore of
Oklahoma, chairman of the Senate agri
culture committee, presented at the re
quest of the Secretary of Agriculture and
permitting that department to use for
other purposes parts of appropriations
not needed for the immediate purposes
for which they were designed was de
feated.
TROY
Troy, September 4.—(Special. I—A fu'J
|scholarship to the Stonewall Jackson col
lege at Abington. Va., has been award
ed Miss Pllleta Hydrick of Troy. The
| scholarship, which is valued at several
I hundred dollars, was given by the Na
tional ^United Daughters of the Con
federacy, and the announcement has
just been made through Mrs. L. M.
Bash insky, who is chairman of the edu
cational committee. Miss Hydrick grad
uated at the Troj' High school in May,
and in the spring was the winner of the
Lizzie Crenshaw memorial prize for a
historical essay, the prize being a hand
some gold wrist watch. This scholar
ship is contested for by all the states in
the National United Daughters of the
Confederacy, and Miss Hydrick'3 winning
it over so many is a distinct compliment
to her and to the Troy High school.
Dr. Wilson, a government veterinarian,
who has been stati<tyed at Montgomery,
\yill come to Troy with his family to re
side. They will occupy the residence of
Mrs. J. B. Wilson on Montgomery street,
as Mr. and Mrs. Wilso* are moving to
their farm a few miles fr^m town. Dr.
W'ilson wonks iu conjunction with the
demonstration agents and answers gov
ernment calls in different parts of the
state.
The boys’ working reserve movement
was organized Monday night at the
courthouse at a meeting of the Pike
council of defense. The officers are:
Director, Mrs. J. M. Sanders, county su
perintendent of education: assistants.
County Demonstration Agent J. L. Haw
ley, Superintendent of City Schools J. R.
McClure, Mr. N. F. Greenhill; chairman,
Judge J. G. Key; members, W. G. Chan
cey, W. G. Gilmore, J. T. Brantley, Vic
tor Ballard, J. B. Rose, W. P. Huey,
{ 1). A. Cowafrt. T. 10. Murphree.
! The boys will be asked to enroll the
I first week of school in Troy* and Brun
! didge, but as the other county schools
do not open until October 1 the boys
of those schools will be asked to enroll
oii September 14. The plan for. Pike
county is to assign the boys to work on
I the farms only, as the farmers need im
| mediate help in picking cotton, gath
I ering peanuts, etc. The boys will be ap
j pealed to on the basis of patriotism, but
a fair wage will be paid for their la
bor.
Several negroes who failed to respond
to the call to he sent to ( amp Funston,
according' to orders of the local board,
have now been classed as deserters and
will be apprehended as speedily as pos
sible. The negroes are: Morgan Smart,
John P. Stringer. Woodlow Lawson, llar
vel Powell. Sam Alloway, Manual
Browder, David Graze, Gilbert Blackman,
j j. h. Wilson, General Johnson, Willie
j Brown. James Brooks, Thomas Parker
j and Michael Smith.
i The council of defense in its regular
j weekly session Monday night unanimous
I ly adopted resolutions thanking Pike
■ county automobile owners in abstaining
from using their cars on Sunday, in ac
• oordance with the request of the national
fuel administration. .
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Birmingham Man Is Mad
Because He Can’t Fight
By WINNIE FREEMAN
*ort Mcrnerson, ua., September 4.
(Special.)—Bonnie M. Horton—the same
Bennie who used to sell sugar and cof
fee and calico and kerosene to the*
emplo>es of the Sloss-Sheffield com
pany at the commissary in Birmingham
—is back from France and the trenches
enjoying a rest beneath the green tree^
at Fort McPherson, and trying to get
in shape to return to the field of ac
tion at an early date.
I found Bennie lolling on the grass
before one of the convalescent wards
at the base hospital here, when I went
out to have a little chat with some of
the 5"> American heroes who have just
retjrned wounded from the trenches.
Bennie had a sad tale to tell me—
sadder than any of the others, perhaps.
“I didn't want to come back like
this.” he said. “I’d rather have c me
back without an arm or a leg—shell
shocked—anything to show that I’d
been v here the. fighting was thickest,
and where American:* boys proved the
stuff thej’re made ofN’ ,
You see, it's like this:
Bennie never saw the fighting at nil.
He didn't even see the flare of battle
nor the front line trenches nor—-"not
even an air raid,” he dolefully added
"And I didn’t get to shoot a single
Boche.” t
Friends c-f Bennie Horton lack in
Birmingham probably can’t imagine
him -weeping over anything. 'But that’s
what he did. He shed real tears, wet
tears, salt tears, when they told him
he’d have to come back home without
getting his share- of the fighting.
“Don’t guess you’d believe it to look
at me.” he said, and certainly he doesn’t
lock like the blubbering kind, "but 1
crjed when they told me T had to come
back. T just couldn’t help it. I’d been
iy training down at Macon for a year:
Id been to the border and-*-lheu 1
thought my chance had come to do
sc me thing—something worth while.
"We left Macon in June, crossed
without any trouble of any kind, spent
three nights in England, and then were
sent to France. didn't tarry long
.—not very—and the first thing we
knew we'd been loaded into box cars—
not the kind of box cars we have, much
smaller—and wore headed for the
trenches. We were in there so thick
wo couldn’t sit down, much less lie
down, and we stayed two days and
two night* (Ice, but it was lots of
fun’.” ,
And that’s where the sail part of
Bennie's stcry began. They hadn t been
very long out--were in a village not
far from Paris—when hys hip went bad
on him and—back to the hospital for
him.
”1 just can’t tell you how' I felt when
they said 1 had to go back,” be said.
BENNIE M. HORTON
Back to Fort McPherson from France
for treatment
i *'1 begged them to let me stay, but
they said it Wasn't f ossible, and they
said if I'd come back. and stay at the
hospital awhile, and maybe have an
I operation, I’d be able to come back
! soon, and into the fight. I’m going
i to have the operation, all right, 1 guess*
j and maybe I’ll be able to go back and
[ kill a few Boches before the thing’s
| over.”
Bennie says he’s coming over to R.ir
| mingham soon—just as soon as lie can
, get a furlough. In the meantime, he
says just tell those Birmingham people
that he heard great tales of the doings
of the? Alabama troops while he was
in the hospital in^Franee.
“They were telling a ^ funn thing
over there in one of the hospitals about
some of the Alabama boys," lie said,
“They’d been waiting and waiting for
orders to go over the top, and no or
ders came. The old Alabama spirit
*riz up.’ and they began to get rest
lcss. Then one night they slipped over
—orders or no orders—p.tid crane back
with a bunch of Roches. Maybe it
wasn’t the right thing to do, but, any
way, those French people thought itj
was a mighty strange way to do, and
you couldn’t help but notice it—they
couldn't understand the bravery that
prompted such action, nor the daring.”
Bennie was with the 12JUI infantry
in Macon, but was attached to the H!7th
when he arrived ir. France. His peopln
live in Kellytovvn. Ala.
ALL MG
DEPOTSTOCLOSE
APARTMENT HOUSE
DAMAGED BY FIRE
Washington. September 4—Volun
teer enlistments for the army except
as authorized by acts of Congress In
certain cases have been ordered dis
continued by General Mrach. chief f
staff, and all recruiting stations will
be closed as speedily as practicable.
The enlisted men serving at such sta
tions will be sent to the nearest re
cruit depot to be physically examined
and their records made out with a
view to their assignment to "appro
priate duty."
General March’s order announced to
dav supplements that issued sometime
ago prohibiting the voluntary enlist
ment of men between the new draft
ages of 18 and 45 years until after
the man power act passed by Con
gress. The order is taken to mean that
all men hereafter accepted for active
military, service will be drawn through
the draft machinery.
The only original voluntary enlist
ments hereafter authorized, the war
department announced today, will be of
men oyer 46 years of age and under
56 years, and their enlistment is au
thorized only for staff corps and de
partments.
The six recruit depots now in opera
tion at Fort Slocum, N. Y.; Columbus
Bartacks, Ohio; Fort Thomas. Ky ;
Jefferson Barracks, Mo.: B'ort Logan,
Col. and Fort McDowell, Cal., are tc
be utilized during the continuance ol
the war as mobilization places for
selected service men, whence these
men will be distributed t* organiza
tions.
Several persons had a narrow escape
from death by suffocation in a fire that
occurred about midnight lust right at
the Fairmont apartment building. on
the corner of Highland avenue and
Twenty-first street.
The fire was diseoveiod on the third
floor of tlio building, in the apartment
oceui ied hy J. H. Fettle, and was of a
smoldering variety, filling the building
with dense smoke. The fire depart
ments at Five Points, end close-in sta
tions responded to ti e alarm and sue
Cotton Condition Lowest
in Past Twenty Years
Auburn, September 4.—(Special.)—The
condition of cotton reported by the bu
reau for the United States is the lowest
in the past 20 years. It forecasts a crop
of 11.037,000 bales, which would be the
smallest crop since 1900, when the acre
age was more than 6.000,000 less than th«;t
planted this year. The prospect of pro
duction has been lowered by more than
2.500.000 bales during the month of Au
gust, as represented by a falling off in
condition of about 18 points in that time.
The condition of the Alabama crop on
August 25 was found to be 66, compared
with 78 on July 25, 1918, 63 on Septem
ber 1, 1917, and a 10-year average of 70.
The present condition forecasts an acre
yield of about 150 pounds of lint. This
yield on the acreage of 2,622,000 estimated
as planted this season would produce a
crop of about 822,000 bales. The future of
the present season and crop remains *o
be seen.
The loss of 12 points in condition from
one month ago in this state has been
distributed over the entire state, though
the north third of the state has suffered
a more marked deterioration than other
sections.
Complaints of hot and dry weather,
rust, boll weevil, and red spider have
been received at this office, and the in
fluences named appear to be responsible
for the deterioration in about the order
mentioned. Unfavorable weather pre
vailed universally, rust w'as reported from
practically every section; boil weevil
damage was mentioned from well dis
tributed sections south of the 1915 weevil
Une, though only a few instances of se
vere damage were mentioned; red spider
wras reported from the entire north half
of the state, though most generally in
the northeastern counties. The generally
unfavorable conditions have caused very
rapid opening and at the same time com
plete cessation of fruiting. It is thought
that the average size of bolls will be
quite small, with a consequent require
ment of more bolls to the pound of cot
ton.
Seven Persons Dfad
From Boiler Explosion
Memphis, September 4.—Seven persons
are dead and one is in a critical condi
tion tonight as the result of the boiler ■
explosion Tuesday night abdard derrick
boat No. 2 of the Patton-Tully Transpor
tation company at Fox Island, 45 miles
down the Mississippi river. Joseph Har
lan, eng'neer of Memphis, and two ne
gro members of the crew died in hospitals
here today. Mrs. Harlan, who served as
cook aboard the boat, though frightfully
scalded In the explosion, walked and
crawled seven miles to the nearest log
ging camp for aid. Physicians say her 1
recovery is doubtful.
150,000 BARRELS
GASOLINE SAVED
Suspension of Pleasure Rid
ing on Sunday Results in
Conserving Much Gas
Heflin to Reply to Attack \
of Sherman and Rodenberg
By HIGH W. ROBERTS
Washington, September 4.
• Special. I—The venom-tongued
Senator Sherman of Illinois and
thr embittered Representative Uo
denbergr of. the same state, nho
hare envelghcd. for political rea
sons, against the administration of
President Wilson, will be answered
b; an Alabatnlan.
Representative Heflin has taken
the Job unto himself.
“The speeches of these men."
said Mr. Heflin today, “surpass in
point of audacity anythinB else in
the history of the Bovemment.
Here nre two men who, in hope
of upholding democratic majority,
would assail the commander in
chief of the American army and
na\y, and thfrcnj- cause rcjoir
ing In Berlin. Thff hall from the
Mate of Lincoln. They should he
M-ourgrd by an Indignant peo
ple.**
Mr. Hodenherg attacked the
President foe participating in the
campaign* of Representative Hud
dleston, Senator Yardaman and
Senator Hardwick. He was very
personal and very bitter. Senator
Sherman charged that President
Wilson wa* President only when
Samuel Gompers, W. G. MeAdoo,
Colonel House or Postmaster Gen
eral Burleson modestly pat aside
the crown.
“They are pie hnmrr^| said Mr.
Heflin, “nnd to gratify their appe
tites would stop at nothing.'*
The reply of Mr. Heflin will
probably be delivered Friday.
! New York, September 4.—Suspension of
pleasure riding: in gasoline driven ve
j hides last Sunday in response to the re
| quest of the fuel administration resulted
in the saving of between 100,000 and 150,
000 barrels of gasoline, according to fig
ures made public here tonight by A. C
Bedford, chairman of the national petrol
eum war service commission. A census
of traffic showed the following percent
age of reduction 4n southern states:
Kentucky, 90: West Virginia, 'Louisiana
and Tennessee, 87; Florida, 84, Alabama.
81; Georgia SO, Mississippi, 71; North Caro
lina, 6S; South Carolina, 66, and Vir
ginia, 63.
CANADA OBSERVES REQUEST
Toronto, September t—Gasoline filling
stations throughout Canada, owned by
the Imperial Oil company (limited!, the
largest oil company in the dominion,
will be closed hereafter on Sunday.
Company officials said that inasmuch
as they purchased gasoline in the Unit
ed States, they felt *liey should give the
fuel administration every' assistance in
its efforts to save gasoline for war pur
Million and a Half
Unskilled Men Needed
Platinum Will Be Bought by
Government for Use in
* Munitions
Montgomery, September 4—(Special.)
The United States must be combed tor
approximately 1,500,000 unskilled la
borers.
This information is contained in a
letter received by the state council
of defense from N. A. Smyth, assistant
director of the United States employ- ,
ment service at Washington. The
service now is seeking to draw these
laborers from nonessential industries,
and strenuous methods must come soon
if employers do not agree to release
the men.
"War industries must have the men
they need at any cost, even though
nonessential industries hav.e to close,,”
says the letter. Lives of soldiers in
France are being placed in danger ev
ery day because of the serious short- ,
age of laborers for war emergency in
dustrials. and. as the letter points out.
if public opinion does not require non
essential industries to release the men
the government will be faced with the
duty of closing the nonessentials.
The state council of defense and the
employment service have asked banks
to grant no loans to individuals or
corporations who desire to construct,
nonessential industries, thus taking
away laborers who are needed in es
sential plants.
Washington, September 4.—'To get
enough platinum for war use the govern
ment has decided to go into the market
to b oiy jewelry or scraps of the precious
metal wherever available, and establish
a great melting pot to which citizens wi!)
bo asked to contribute as a patriotic
privilege. Platinum rings, lavaliers,
chains, and other ornaments considered
noriess«.%ilial in these days of war neces
sity are sought especially, and they will
be paid for at the rate of $105 an ounce
for pure platinum, the regular market
price.
Citizens are asked to semi their plat
inum to Raymond T. Baker, director of
the mint, Washington, who will have the
article assayed and send a chock for the
value of the metal. Jewels should be
removed before sending. Mr. Raker to
day set an example by throwing into the
melting poe a big platinum ring which ho
had worn for years.
National banks may be asked later to
assist in the work by acting as receiv
ing depots for platinum. The war indus
tries boardTs platinum section also is ar
ranging a systematic method of collect
ing tiny scraps from chemists, electricians,
railroads, manufacturers and others.
Great quantities of the metal are need
ed for munition manufacture, for big
guns and dozens of other war uses, and
the world-wride scarcity of platinum in
view of tho war demands has made It
the subject of one of the greatest eco
nomic romances of the times.
7-Cent Car Fare Stopped by
I Public Service Commission
Montgomery. September 4.-—Holding
that it had jurisdiction over regulat
ing street car fares in all munietpalities
of Alabama, the state public service
commission, in session today, set aside
the 7-cent car fares granted the Mont
gomery Traction company yesterday by
lithe city commission. The traction com-,
pany. already engaged in collecting the
increased fares, when notified that each
constituted an illegal act, speedily dis
continued the practice. The company
had appealed to the commission for a
10-cent fare on its lines extending be
yond the corporate limits, which will be
considered with the local fares Thurs
day.
2800 Draft Evaders Are
Inducted Into Army
FOOD PRICE RISES
3 PER CENT IN JULY
New York, September 4.—Approximately
2800 draft evaders have been inducted
into the army or held for punishment n>
the courts as the resjlt of the arrest of
.more than 50,000 young men in the tlrst
two days of the government’s slacker
hunt in New York and nearby cities, ac
cording to an estimate tonight by Charles
F. Dewoody, chief local bureau of in
! vestigation of the department of justice.
■Washington. September 4.—Retail
prices of food in July showed an av
erage increase of 3 per cent over prices
in June, the department of labor an
nounced today in making public re
sults of an investigation hy its bureau
of statistics. Retail prices in July
averaged 15 per cent higher than in
■July last year. ' _
needed in confining the. fire to the thiri|
floor. Several persons occupying ihe
lover floors were awakened by the
water coming through the celling, and
In nore than one instance were in dan
ger of suffocation from the smoke, but
all made good tlielr escape.
The damages could not be estimated
last night, but it is understood will he
considerable from- smoke and water.
The building is of the fireproof variet*
• and is owned by Mrs. Tt. P. Anderson.
Wilcox Has a Small
Lead in Wisconsin
TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY
Milwaukee, Wig, September 4.—With
the vote of five counties in yesterday's
state primaries still missing- late to
night, Roy II. Wilcox was leading Gov.
E. 1* Phlllipp for the republican nomi
natiorr for governor by 800 votes. Man -
agers of both claimed victory on the
final county.
LOST- Pearl necklace Wednesday
night on 20th street. Finder return •
to A. Oclpay. «.ire American Trust
and Savings Bank, and get reward.
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neighborhood of the Kennedy School.
Principal Kennedy School, Box 22,
Woo ell awn Station. ;
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