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Business is slowly getting back to normal
conditions. By sitting steady; by quiet
patience and, above all, by hard work, we
shall soon be past the days of depression.
Sanity refuses to be stampeded by tem
porary lulls, just as it won’t be crazed by
undue prosperity.
American Trust & Savings Bank
Member Federal Reserve System
Splendid little investment on the South Side in the auto district. Now
rented for $120 per month.
Jemison and Company, Inc.
Mala S2SO 211 20th 3*.
The Fir»t National Bank
Birmingham, Ala.
SOUMt February Utt, 1921.
Loui and dJMoaati.fl9.lSl.IOI.6l
Overdraft* ... 1,069.97
U. S. bond* (oar) . 1,600,000.00
U. S treasury certificate*....
Liberty Loan bonds .
State of Alabama bonds.
Stock in Federal Reserve
B.-i. . 00,000.01
Other stocks aad bonds. 1,141.648.112
Banking house .
Other real estate .
Customers* liability account
letters of credit.
Interest earned not collected.
64.7 8(648
In vault .8 829.246.18
With beaks .. 4.678.473.16
With U. S. Tr. 79.000.00
With Federal
Reserve Bk. 2.496.966
i mm..
Capital stock .
Surplus and profits .
Reserved for taxee ..
Received for interest.
Circulation .
Customers letters of credit..
Interest collected not earned.
Individual ,.824.174.993.66
Bank. 2.467.144 90
0. S. . 92.962.91
Federal Re
serve Bk.
Fiscal Act... 190.000.90
.8 1,699.909.90
. 87.291.67
. 26,000.00
. 1,818,200.06
882,252,400 90
Dr, Barrett Sees Long Delays
and Expensive Litigations
Facing Cities Unless Pre
cedent Is Established
Working, out of a general zoning
law to be passed on by the next state
legislature is advocated by Dr. N. A.
Barrett, president of the city com
mission. He regards this as the best
means for avoiding litigation in dis
tricting cases which arise in munici
L'sing as a nucleus the general zoning
committee of citizens, which will formu
late a general zoning law for Birming
ham, Dr. Barrett would have a state law
drawn which would back up such an
oroinance passed by a city.
Kecent cases which have involved the
city in litigation were pointed out by
Dr. Barrett as demonstrating the need
of a state law on the subject- I.egal
f.ghts of such length as these promise
to be would he avoided with a basic law
to fail back on when the decision of the
city is questioned.
"I believe a state law on the subject
is necessary for proper handling of the
zoning prot cm." said Dr. Ba-rett. 'The
committee on zoning now being organ
ized can do no better work than to
draft a measure to be passed on By the
state leglslatu/c."
Members of the general '.ommi’tai,
which will confer with the city com
rvssion on proposed general soniug laws
for Birmingham, will be named during
the week by Dr. Barrett, he staieo.
Nominations from all the organizations
requested to make them have not yet
, come in. causing the delay.
Meanwhile, the Dezter case at Eigh
teenth street and Tenth avemlc, south,
is in the balance, with the neat move
to come from the city. Judge Hugh
I-ocke granted a temporary injunction
Wednesday against the city prohibiting
interference with the construction of a
store at the point named. However, Mr.
Dexter has agreed not to resume work
until the case is finally decided.
B. P. Mims was refused a permit to
build a store at Etowah street and Ens
iey avenue, the property being included
in a zoning area ordinance passed by
the commission several days after the re
quest for a building permit had been
held up.
All permits for stores in doub'ful areas
have been passed on by the commission
as a whole since the last situation came
An unusually large number of out
of-town merchants came to Birming
ham the past few days and had their
transportation refunded by the Mer
chants and Manufacturers' association
of the Chamber of Commerce after
trading with members of that body.
The list of recent visitors follows:
R. M. Benefield, Boas: lies' 5 and 10
Cent store, Sylacauga; R. T. Dunnam,
Helena; Tombrello & Co., Cardiff; Yo
lande Coal and Coke company, To
lande; Palos Mercantile company,
Palos: I. Mandelcorn, Bessemer; John
S. Curtis & Co., Double Springs: Sam
Kartus, Bessemer; B. C. Walker,
Siluria; Wilson Bros. A Co., Brilliant;
J. C. Wilkey, Adger; Cranfard Mer
cantile company, Jasper; Hasty A
Mosely, Warrior; Mr. Daniel, with De
Bardeleben Coal company, Sipsey; M.
Vines. Bessemer; Sykes A Co., Besse
mer; J. I/. Walker. Siluria; Sam Kartus,
Bessemer; L. M. Gagood, Deeds; J. D.
Dove, Trafford; W. J. Carlisle, War
rior; Jackson Hill, Brent; W. C. Cooner,
Jasper; W. T. Vandiver, Cullman; R. H.
Matthews, Littletown; Glenn Bros.,
Trussville; Johnson & Son, Trafford;
Carter & Nichols. Brent; Bradford
Mercantile company, pixiana; Temer
son & Co., Cordova.
—have been eliminated
1 from our taxicab service—
slip down in the generous,
grateful cushions of one of
our Holmes Air Cooled
Limousines and watch the
miles slip by—smooth, si
lent, safe and secure—
some service, eh ?
Jenkins Cab & Auta Co.
rl9!S Mala
8 th Av«. 222 mad 1878
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Many Delegates to Attend Con
vention of Bakers of South
eastern Association—Many
Features Planned
Several hundred members of the
Southeastern Association of the Bak
ing: Industry will arrive in Birming
ham tomorrow afternoon and night.
They will attend the seventh an
nual convention, which will cover a
three-day session. Tuesday. Wednesday
and Thursday. Meetings will be held
at the Southern club and the Tutwiler.
The convention will be called to or
der at the Tutwiler at 10 o'clock
Tuesday morning by T. A. McGough of
Birmingham, president of the associa
tion. Unofficially, a get-together
dance will be given in the ballroom of
the hotel following registration of del
egates, which begins at 7 o’clock.
Feature addresses of the meeting
will be given by Gordon Smith of Mo
bile. who will discuss "The Future of
the Baking Industry” Tuesday after
noon; George Gould of the Ward Bak
ing company, New York, on “How to
Make a Good Loaf of Bread.” and Ivan
Nordham of New York, who will dis
cuss the "Value of Advertising.”
Election of officers will take place
Thursday morning, with the new offi
cials being installed the same day.
Sessions Tuesday and Thursday will
be held at the Tutwiler. Those of
Wednesday will be held at the South
ern club.
President McGough will make his
annual address Tuesday morning. An
nual reports of the treasurer and sec
retary will also be made Tuesday
morning. Committees will make their
reports Wednesday afternoon.
On the social side of the convention,
which will take place at night, a sur
prise party and dance and a banquet
are scheduled Tuesday and Wednes
day night, respectively, at the Tut
Women in the party will have a sep
arate programme during the day, plans
including luncheon at the King Jov
Inn, with a trip through the shopping
district Tuesday afternoon. A musical
programme will be given in the Civic
Association rooms after the tour. The
bakers will join the women here after
the business session.
A drive to the Country club is
planned for the women Wednesday
morning, with an auto ride around the
city in the afternoon.
Luncheon at the Southern club on
Thursday is planned for the women,
with the entire party enjoying an auto
ride around the city until 5 o’clock,
when the convention will adjourn, both
formally and informally.
Birmingham Going After At
tendance Prize at Opening
Ball Game
Wednesday afternoon has been
proclaimed a holiday by Dr. N. A.
Barret, president of the city com
mission. Open las of the Son then
league baseball season is the oc
casion. All loyal ctltsens are anted
to attend the fame at Rick wood
that afternoon.
Birmln a ham's chances to win the
pennant this season are recognised
In the resolution. Attendance by
all who ran go Is anted to drive
Birmingham a good chance to win
the trophy, for the greatest num
ber of patrons at the game. This
trophy carries considerable Prestige
for the city winning It.
^•shville’o Volunteers and the
Barons of Birmingham will open
the season at Rlckwood Wednesday
"Deacon Dubbs," a rural comedy
in three acts, will be presented at
Roodlawn city hall. First avenue and
;'ifty-nfth street, next Wednesday night,
mder the auspices of the Zion Lutheran
eague. . .
This performance will be for the bene
it of the Wheat Ridge, Colo., tubercu
osis sanitarium, a Lutheran charitable
nstitution, where a new building 'id now
jeing erected at a cost of *225,000. The
iroceeds of the play will be applied to
his building fund.
In addition to the play there will also
>e a number of special musical and other
eatures, including a male quartet.
Officers of the Zion Lutheran league,
mder whose auspices “Deacon Dobbs" is
>eing produced, are: Herman Schoel,
Ir., president; Fred'Grusnick, vice pres
dent; Miss Emily Stueckler. treasurer;
Hiss Elsie Schoel, secretary; Miss
JYieda L. Weidmann, corresponding sec
retary and treasurer for the Walter
eague, with which the Zion Lutheran
Bague Is affiliated.
Verdict for *10,000 was returned in
he case of Marion O. Stone against
he Crescent MotiJr company and S. B.
Villiamson and G. A. Daniel in Judge
. Q- Smith’s division of the circuit
ourt yesterday.
The original petition was for *30,000
amages, it being alleged that on I
ugust 27, 1920. Aaron Bernice Stone, '
linor. son of the plaintiff was run <
ver by a car of the defendant while I
e was; riding a bicycle In Fairfield 1
nd killed.
Committee Decides To
Make Alabama Miners
An Autonomous Body
Conclude Investigation—Avow Adherence to Governor’s
Decision—Will Aid Local Miners to Secure Work.
Say Strike Originated Here and Inter
national Body Merely Gave Its Aid
to Local Organization
The special committee of the international board of the United Mine
Workers, who came to Alabama Tuesday to analyze the situation and for
mulate future policies, has submitted its final report. The committee has
The derision of (imraor Kilby
•lands and la to be aeted upon In
the letter nnd spirit.
Weekly rations for support of
the former strikers ceased yester
Direction of Alabama affairs
will be left In the hands of the
local organisation “with autono
mous authority.*9
Bonn fide debts nnd obligations
will be fully paid nnd discharged
by the International organisation.
All assistance possible will be
given the former strikers in secur
ing employment.
The committee declares that the
strike originated among the “natives
or this state." and in its inception
“was not inspired or fostered by forces
outside the state.” The latter came in
only after the Alabama miners had
decided to strike and requested the
assistance of the international body.
The committee is through and will re
turn east in the near future.
It is also believed that Van Bittner
will shortly leave for the east on the
vacation to which, under custom of
the organisation, he is entitled, after
seven months’ strike duty. He is the
personal representative of the Inter*
national vice president, and his status
was not considered by the committee.
The final report of the committee is
signed by William Green, international
secretary, and W. II. Van Horn, In
diana; Andrew Watkins, Ohio; John
Zimmerman, Illinois, and John 0'L«ary^
Pennsylvania. The report reads;
“By direction of the interna
tional executive board of the
United Mine Workers of Amerlen,
tke undersigned committee has
made an investigation of the sit
uation resulting from the strike
of the mine workers in Alabama.
We have made n survey of Ike
field, have conducted a number of
conferences and hearings and have
analysed the facts obtainable in
onr efforts «o arrive at a Just and
fair conclusion. Onr purpose nnd
oar mission la to deal with the
preaent existing stale of affairs
and to formulate a policy by which
the United Mine Workers of Amer
ica may be guided In the conduct
of Its affairs In Alabama.
"The strike in Alabama originated
among the natives of this state who
are employed in a large portion of the
mining industry. Its conception was
neither inspired nor fostered by forces
outside of the state. The men en
gaged in this strike were moved to
action by grievances peculiarly their
own. The desire to organize and to
bargain collectively was inherently
within them. They made their own
decision and were supported by the
United Mine Workers of America as
an intsrnational organization only
after they themselves had decided to
strike for the redress of wrongs and
the recognition of their right to or
"Without dwelling upon the merits
of the issue involved, it is a fact that
the duly accredited representatives of
the United Mine Workers of America
entered into an agreement to submit
the controversy to the governor of
Alabama for settlement and to abide
by his decision. This was done, and
the governor, in rendering his de.
clsion, decided adversely the claims,
contention and proposals of the mine
"We sincerely regret that the gov
ernor saw fit to take this view. We
are of the opinion that he failed to
embrace a great opportunity to render
genuine service to the people of this
commonwealth in the interest of eco
nomic Justice and industrial peace. Tf
the ordinary, elementary rights of the
miners to organize, to deal collectively,
to have grievances heard and settled
and to be given a voice in negotiating
a wage scale ana the conditions of
employment through chosen represent
atives, had been recognized and de
clared for, in the decision of the gov
ernor. a permanent, enduring and
lasting peace would have been estab
lished by him in the mining industry
of Alabama.
"However, this was not done and the
decision, disapopinting as it has proved
to be, must be accepted and religiously
observed. It will be carried out by the
United Mine Workers of America both
in letter and in spirit.
Emory Smith, negro, convicted ot
robbing and shooting B. F. Winford, a
dairyman, on the Green Springs road,
was sentenced to hang yesterday by
Judge H. P. Heflin in the criminal
division of the circuit court. The day
of execution was fixed as May 20. No
tice of appeal was given and execu
tion of sentence was suspended pend
ing appeal.
Smith was convicted of robbery and
was sentenced to life imprisonment in
the penitentiary and was convicted the
seccnd time and the penalty fixed at
Frederick T. Saunders, negro, pleaded
guilty to grand larceny and was sen
tenced to from two to five years in the
state penitentiary by Judge William
E. Fort. Saunders is alleged to have
claimed to be a representative of a
Wall street stock exchange, which
was promoting a scheme whereby a
person received $3 for every dollar in*
Seriously wounded when a shotgun
which he was loading was discharged
incidentally Friday afternoon. Gordon
2ook. 15-year-old son of M. W. Cook
>f Bloeton is in a local infirmary in a
cry critical condition.
Gordon and B. B. Campbell, also of
Slocton, were loading the gun prep
iratory to going hunting when it was
lischarged, the load penetrating Gor
ton’s abdomen. He was taken to the
nfirmary by Dr. C. M. Campbell of
llocton. It is said at the hospital that
tio recovery is very doubtful
“The striking miners of Alabama,
therefore, Are advised that the de
cision of the governor is binding
and in effect. It must be observed
and complied with. The best in
terests of all will be promoted by a
firm and strict adherence to the de
cision of the governor of Alabama.
During this unhappy struggle the
International union of the United Mine
Workers of America has supported the
miners and their families, both morally
and financially. Food, clothing and
shelter have been accorded those who
were in need of the same. Families
whiqh have been thrown out of houses
owned by the coal companies for which
they worked have been suplpied by the
International union with tents in
which to live. If this bad not been
done, men, women and children would
have suffered for food, clothing and
shelter. Now, inasmuch as the decision
of the governor of Alabama terminated
the strike, because the United Mine
Workers had agred in advance to abide
by this decision, the miners must neces
sarily secure employment.
“The International union of the
United Mine Workers of America,
therefore. will not supply any
further uniform strike relief to the
miners and their families. The dis
tribution of relief as it has been
made for many weeks and months
terminates, bv order of the interna
tional executive board of the United
Mine Workers, on April 9. We rec
ognize. however, our obligation to
assist in every way possible the re
habilitation of the striking mine
workers, as a part of the industrial
life of this state and community.
The details and methods bv which
this will be accomplished in the
most effective way will be worked
out by representatives of the intcr
natioi|al and district organizations.
“The International union of the
United Mine Workers of America has
continued to care for the striking
miners and their families many weeks
after the strike was officially termi
nated through the decision of Governor
Kilby. This is a departure from the
rules usually followed by the Interna
tional union. In all other strikes relief
ended when the strike ended.
“The United Mine Workers of
America will continue to function
in Alabama. It will co-operate
fully with the district representa
tives and will assist them in every
practical and constructive way. The
full autonomous authority agid con
trol of the district is vested in the
district officers and will be con
tinued. The direction of the af
fairs of the district is vested in the
resident district officers. In the
work of rehabilitation and in the
work of the district the suport of
the International unton will be ac
corded in full measure.
,rBona fide debts, growing out of
the strike, will be fully met and all
valid financial obligations will be
fuly discharged by the Interna
tional union of the United Mine
Workers of America. The future
policy relative to organization, the
carrying out of wage scales between
employers and employes, and other
details in connection with the or
ganization’s affairs will be deter
mined from time to time bv the res
ident officers reDresentine the dis
trict organization of the United
Mine Workers of America.
“We express the hope that the mine
workers in this district will be re-em
ployed. Nothing can be gained by those
who own and control the coal mines in
pursuing a vindictive nolicv. Persecu
tion of these men who must suffer from
this adverse decision will not promote
the interests of the state nor the com
munity, but instead will only further
aggravate ah intolerable situation.
“Summing uo the sitation. therefore,
the committee has arrived at these con
“That^no weekly allowance of strike
relief t^II be supplied the idle miners
and their families of Alabama after
April 9. f ,
“That the direction of the affairs of
the United Mine Workers of Alabama
will be vested in the resident district
officers, with full autonomous au
"That bona fide debts and valid
financial obligations growing out o!
the strike will be fully paid and dis
charged by the international union bt
the United Mine Workers of America.
“That all assistance possible will be
given in securing the striking miners
employment. Details in connection with
the carrying out offthe policy herein
enunciated to be worked out between
representatives eft the international and
district organizations.”
connection with the killing of John Blv
ens, union miner,, near Labuco on April
2, was released from the county jail
yesterday on orders of Coroner J. D.
Lattimer. together with W. T. Milligan
and W. B. Novell, was arrested by Dep- ;
uty William Alexander a few hours after
the shooting. Following an investigation
by the coroner, warrants charging Mil
ligan and Xev'ell with murder were
sworn <out before Judge H, B. Abemethy
in the Jefferson county court of misde
Lattimer is believed to have turned
state’s evidence. Neither the coronor nor
solicitor would make any statement re
garding the matter. Milligan and Novell
will be gi«»en a preliminary hearing be
fore Judge Abernethy on April 19, ac
cording to the setting of the docket in
that court.
Presence o£ mind probably saved
the life of little 10-year-old Olln M.
Floyd, son of O. M. Floyd, electrical
contractor, yesterday.
The boy was crossing Fifth avenue
between Twenty-first and Twenty-sec
>nd street whe nhe was struck by a |
>nd street when he was struck by a i
hind him. With great presence of |
nind Olin turned and caught hold of
he radiator of the car and held on.
while the jitney dragged him for seftic
The youngster escaped with only
slight injuries, one leg being badly
cut, and' otherwise bruised.
Express Company Packs At
lanta and Dots South With
Officials, But Names No
Man for Birmingham
/he Brmingham Traffic Burma
and the Chamber of Commerce wish
co know why Birmingham has seen
left off the map in the appointment
of officers of the Southeastern Ex
press company.
Letters protesting against being ignored
and requesting recognition of Birming
ham as a division point were mailed
yesterday to General Manager J. B.
Hockaday at Atlanta.
The letters of protest were by Charles
Jones, secretary of the Traffic Bureau,
and O. L. Bunn, general manager of the
Chamber of Commerce.
Recent circulars issued by Mr. ilocka
day, president and general manager, an
nounce the following appointments:
J. E, Skaggs, assistant general man
ager, Atlanta.; G. H. Kerr, traffic man
ager, Atlanta; A. T. I’erry, auditor, At
lanta; I*. S. Jacoby, purchasing agent,
Atlanta. Division superintendents as fol
lows: G. W. York, Atlanta; E. H. Good
rich, Meridian; W. M. Bragg, Chatta
'nooga; W. F. Terrell, Charlotte; W. S.
Hall, Washington, who will also have
charge of the offices at Richmond, Nor
folk, Portsmouth, Baltimore and West
Point, Va.
The Southeastern Express company
was recently incorporated in Birmingham
to do an express business on the lines of
the Southern and Mobile and Ohio rail
roads. .Birmingham being a central point,
it was presumed that it would be at least
a division point with superintendent in
charge. However, the list of division ap
pointments ignores Birmingham, and this
is what the Traffic Bureau and the
Chamber of Commerce are protesting.
The letter to Mr. Hockaday from Sec
retary Jones of the Traffic Bureau fol
"Mr. J. B. Hockaday, President and
General Manager Southeastern Ex
press Company, Atlanta, Ga.:
"I acknowledge with thanks receipt or
your circular dated March IS. announc
ing the appointment of various officials
of the Southeastern Express company,
and we are somewhat disappointed to
note that you have failed to recognise
the city of Birmingham with the office
of a district superintendent.
"The Birmingham district is a large
tonnage producer and. frankly. It would
appear that If the Southeastern Express
company hopes to get from the shippeis
and receivers In Birmingham utilising
the express service as a transportation
medium anything like their proportion
ate share of traffic that some material
recognition should be given the district
and city.
"My remarks, however, may be a little
premature, as It may be your Intention
to place at Birmingham a district super
intendent so that She city will reap the
benefit of such representtaion. But this, to
my way of thinking, is secondary, as the
greatest good would result to the South
eastern Express company and the busi
ness firms in the district by having a
representative here with authority to
whom wo could go with our problems
and secure their adjustment without
being forced to correspond with officials
located in other cities. Personally, l
have felt all along that Birmingham
should have been made the general head
quarters Instead of Atlanta.
"We feel very friendly toward the
Southeastern Express company and hope
upon further reflection you will see the
wisdom of recognizing our city by plac
ing at least a strict ^office
Temporary injunction was issued
yesterday by Judge W. I. Grubb of the
United States court restraining the Na
tional Distributing company and the
We-Totem Service companies from an
alleged infringement on a patent wnlch
was alleged in the hearing to be owned
by Mitchell E. Davis. The National
Distributing company and the We
Totem Service companies made bonds
to the extent of $7,500.
The petition for the injunction was
filed last Tuesday by Mitchell E. Davis
through his attorney. Horace C. Alford.
The hearing was brought up yesterday
morning. There are seven We-Totem
companies operating in Birmingham,
one for each truck, while the National
Distributing company, it was alleged
in the petition, is the holding company
of the various service companies. All
the service companies w'lth their offi
cials were made respondents in the
The complainant alleged at the
hearing yesterday that ho was the sole
owner of the patent for the device and
further stated that he filed his papers
for the device on September 6, 1918, and
that the patent was granted to him
on March 15, 1921. *
The Jefferson county grand jury will
be impaneled tomorrow morning at
10 o’clock for the spring term of court
and will be charged by Judge H. P.
Heflin in the criminal division of the
circuit court. A docket ror four days
hat-, been set and consists of more
than 100 cases, with 300 witnesses
It is expected that the grand jury
will make an investigation into the
killing of John Bivens, union .niner,
near Lanuco. on April 2, as well as
the killing of J. U Bourgoueis and
Lecey Murphree near Henry Ellen.
Birmingham is to have a new school
for boys and young men. R. D. Devil
hiss of Washington, former instructor
in the Starke school at Montgomery.
Pas notified the Junior Chamber of
Commerce that he will open a prepara
tory boys’ school in Birmingham, Sep
tember 1. He is already in negotiation
for supplies. Mr. Devilbiss is well
known in educational circles in Ala
bama and the south.
. Marriage Licenses
The following marriage licenses
were issued yesterday at the office of
the probate Judge:
John Milton Grosvenor Parker and
Miss Margaret Smitn Moore.
Ferren Lively and Miss Maude Teer.
F. I. Montgomery and Miss Margie
Arthur M. Dowell and Misa Alma
Papot. i
Thomas Lee Peeler and Miss Billie
Luther A. Sanders and Miss Beulah
Willie Jefferson and Miss Rosa Tay
Benson H. O'Brien and Miss Hazel
Number Other Cities Organiz
ing Such Bodies and Asking
for Information
The Junior Chamber of Commerce*#
fame and prestige have gone abroad.
Numerous inquiries are received from
other cities asking about the method or
Among the cities planning Installation
of Junior chambers are Huntsville, At
lanta, Montgomery, Gadsden and Tusca
loosa. The Junior chamber started with
34 members four months ago. It now has
700 and the list grows day by day.
The Junior chamber is about to install
its class In sales and advertising. The
committee in charge will meet Monday
evening at 7:3u o'clock and map out the
schedule of study and lectures which
has been suggested by 10 prominent sales
ager.ta and advertising men. E. K. Smith
is chairman of this committee.
Annual meeting of the Junior chamber
has been postponed to April 13.
Nominations for president nave begun
Joe P. Mudd, the incumbent, and Paul
Angell have already been nominated,
with others to come.
The Aptd dinner will be served at the
Tutwiler hotel April 20. Outs;ders are
invited to attend at $2.60 per p*ate. Each
•juest is invtMul to bring a soldier.
Unfilled tonnage of the Steel Cor
poration on March SI was #.284,7#5
tone, a decrease for the month of #49,
103 tons. This compares with 7.K73,
000 on January 31. but It Is far ahead
of the low tonnage of the spring of
1919. In March, 1919, the unfilled ton
nage was 6.TOO,000; in April it was
4,800,000; In May, 4,282,000, after which
It began to climb and, by September,
had increased to #,284,000 tons.
The'course of iron and steel in 1921
has been very much like that of the
first part of 1919, which suggeets that
the second half of this year will also
tally with 1921 by ehowlng a marked
lncreaae In unfilled tonnage.
So far as could be learned, no Bir
mingham shippers bad goods on the
Mallory line Steamer leaving New
Tork for Mobile yesterday. The new
all-water rates from the east to Bir
mingham, via the Mallory line and the
river barges on the Warrior, went into
effect yesterday, but, Birmingham
ahlppers had not been Informed long
enough In advance to make routings.
However, the Wimberly A Thomas
Hardware company ha» a carload of
hardware that will come on a Mallory
line vessel out of New York at an early
date and It will come up the river,
final delivery to be at warehouse door,
via Ensley Southern and belt line con
Delivery on all shipments coming by
this all-water route will be the same
as though by rail, tha water carriers
absorbing the charge for delivery from
the river to warehouse. The saving in
freight is 20 per cent
Monday noon the local alumni as
sociation of the Maftsachusetts In
stitute of Technology will have a
luncheon at the Southern club. Amonf
the matters to be brought up will be
the appointment of Dr. Ernest Fox
Nichols as president of the Institute,
succeeding Dr. Richard McLaurin, de
Negro Is Alleged Murderer of
Old Man and Boy
March 27
John Whiteside, alias Andrew Gar-,
rett. negro, will be siren a prelimin
ary hearing tomorrow before Judge H.
B. Aberncthy In. the Jefferson county,
court of misdemeanors.
Whiteside, followTng his arrest in
Chattanooga, confessed to the murder
of J. L. Bourgeouis, 73-year-old Con
federate veteran, and I^acey Murphree,
his 16-year-old companion, March 33,
near Henry Ellen, according to offi
The negro Is alleged to have shot
and killed the old man and the boy
while they were returning from i
fishing trip and to have robbed Mr.
Bourgeouis of a Masonic ring and a
gold watch.
For several days officers worked on
this case and at one time practically
had the man Surrounded, but he suc
ceeded In catching a freight train and
was arrested a few days later la
Chattanooga At the time of. his arrest
Mr. Bourgeouis' watch was found on
Whiteside’s person.
Following his return to Birmingham
and lodgement in the. county Jail, the
negro is said to have made a confes
sion of the crime In which he ad
mitted shooting the man and the boy.
It is stated that the shotgun with which
the shooting was done was stolen by
Whiteside from his cousin in St. Clair
county, following his escape from the
Taiiadega Jail, where he was being
held pending trial on a charge of grand
When Mr Bourgeouis and Lacey Mur
phree failed to return from their Ash
ing trip they were found lying in a
rath through the woods by a party of
searchers. They had apparently been
dead several hours.
According to reports received by the
crop bureau of the American Steel and
Wire company, crops of the country
are two to three weeks early, with
wheat and oats in good condition and
cotton acreage reduced. The first re
port of the season under (Ate of April
9 says:
"Our reports Indicate that the ma
son is from two or three weeks early.
Pasture is in good to excellent condi
tion. In some states they are almost
ready to turn on cattle.
"Oats generally are good. Wheat
is reported good to extra good; slight
increase in acreage. Frost damage ex
tended considerably into the southern
ststes. Injuring chiefly fruit and
trucking cropa.
"Cotton acreage will be reduced."
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