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Complete Report of the Labors of Yesterday. ;
Birmingham Toasted and the Boys
Hapoy on The Way.
The Alabama Press association was j
called to order yesterday at 0 o’clock by j
President Rawles.
The secretary’s books were repdrted !
correct by the executive committee.
The committee to consider Maj. YV. W.
Screws’ paper on the “Press of Ala
bama’’ submitted the following; ^
“Birmingham, Oct. 8.—The undersigned 1
propose to publish in book form, in hand
some cloth binding;, the paper of Major
Screws oA the “History of the Press of
Alabama,“ free of all cost to tin* associa
tion, agreeing to sell copies to members
of the association at not exceeding $1 for
each copy, in consideration that they
own copyright to same.
“By Charles Roberts.”
president Kaw ies read a lengthy cor
respondence between President Leigh of
the South in Wholesale Grocers' associa
tion anil President Voight of the Nor
folk association regarding: the boycott
instituted against the Louisville and
Nashville Railroad company by the
'Southern Wholesale Grocers’ associa
tion. After he had been reading for half
an hour or longer Messrs J. II. Nunnel
lee and R. N. Rhodes raised the point of
order that no motion was before the
house, and that the communications be
ing read related to a subject with which
the association had nothing to do.
On motion tlie whole matter was ta
Secretary Rountree read an invitation
extended the press association by the
Tennessee Centennial exposition to visit
Nashville on their return from Atlanta.
on motion of J. E. Graves the secre
tary was instructed to extend the thanks
of the association to the Tennessee Cen
tennial company and decline same.
J. C. Williams of Talladega discussed
"Foreign Advertising.” lie considered
foreign advertising that which comes
from any place away from where the
paper is published. He didn’t think for
eign advertisers received the same bene
fits as did local advertisers, for the rea
son that they were further away and also
that they came In contact with other ad
vertisers in the same line. He spoke of
an Atlanta advertiser who had a con
tract with a weekly paper with 2000 cir
culation for a 6-inch advertisement at
SIT.50 a year. The patent outside paper,
lie said, was the greatest drawback to
the newspapers. The publishers of the
patent sides can afford to take advertlse
men's much cheaper than the looal pa
per can, and he advised that all papers
drop the patent sides. He thought spe
cial space should be sold, but a better
price should be demanded than when the
advertiser takes the run of 4the paper.
He didn't believe a uniform rate for for
eign advertising practicable. Some pa
pers with 500 circulation, lie said, gnt as
good rates ns other papers with 1000 or
1500 circulation. He thought the typo
graphical appearance and general make
up of the paper had a great den! to do
with the rates obtained for advertising.
Col. J. B. Stanley explained that the
South Alabama Press association had
been organized for the purpose of con
trolling advertising rates in that section,
they having found it Impracticable to in
clude the whole stale in such an under
taking. He Indorsed Mr. Williams' re
marks on the appearance of ihe paper.
J. E. Graves thought the home adver
tiser should be given the preference in
rates, as he keeps up the paper. No
concessions, he thought, should bo given
foreign advertisers.
Mr. J. A. Rountree wanted the news
paper men to form an organization fur
their mutual benefit. He said:
"This is the twenty-fourth annual ses
sion of the Alabama Press association.
I call upon the older members of this as
sociation to tell me what material beiie
fit has this biily been to the press of
Alabama. Has it prevented advertising
agencies from fleecing them? Has it
kept advertising frauds from defrauding
Its members? Has it been instrumental
In raising the standard of journalism?
Has it helped to get better rates of adver
tising? Has it placed Its members In a
position where they will be recognized In
the affairs of our state? What good lias
the association done from a business
standpoint? I ask each and every one
here to answer these questions.
1 have lieen a meinuer ui me body for
the past nine yeaj's. and during that time
no member has had a happier and bet
ter time and lias received more honors
at the hands of tlie association than I
have, but I am free to say that I am no')
satisfied with the record of the associa
tion. I want to see it accomplish some
practical business and be of material
benefit to the newspapers of Alabama.
We have talked about business meetings
and doing something of value for tis
members. Now, Mr. President, I want us
te make a move at this meeting toward
putting this association on a business
footing. I have been giving this ques
tion of a business organization considera
ble thought, and have outlined a plan
that I will invite the intelligence of the
.association to listen to just for tlie pur
pose of bringing out that idea. The main
idea is that in order to gel a business
organization we must get the concen
trated opinion of the best newspaper
men in the state, and to solidify it; but
In order to do that we must discuss the
question fully, and if we cannot do it to
day let us set another day and finish the
My plan is to incorporate an associa
tion to be known as the Alabama Adver
tising Press association under the gen
eral laws of the state, fix the amount of
the capital stock, issue shares at $10
each. Subscription to stock and signing
the constitution by any reputable editor
or publisher will constitute membership.
The amount paid In for stock would make
working capital. And ail we would want
for working capital would be to apply it
to the salary of the business manager
and the Incidental expenses. Let this
corporation engage a competent man us
business manager at a compensation that
will command efficiency. The constitu
tion shall confer power upon the associa
tion to have full charge and control of
all advertising in the newspapers owned
and controlled by the members of this
association originating from points with
out the state. That is. that any advertis
ing proposition that comes to any person
belonging to this association shall he
controlled by this association to the end
fhat all advertising in the newspapers
of this association shall he received by
the business manager of the association
and acted upon l»y him. I suggest Ilian
an agreement as follows he entered into
>>v every member of Ibis association am
This nr,n evognt shall operate to re
ouire cv«»r> editor and publisher belong- j
Inrr to Die association who receives any !
noKitior: for advertising from parties i
living without the ata.te to refer it to the I
business irianr.g r for hln consideration,
cr ! n*t to art otherwise.
'i bis agreement shall not be* construed
so as to prohibit publishers or their
agciits fs-cm soliciting advents*'inui s I
and making contracts therefor In'towns
or counties adjoining their town, a* In
states, where towns are situated upon
the opposite side of the line—for exam
ple, such towns as Moorhead and Fargo,
Ilokah anti l,a Crosse, Stillwater and
This association shall have power to
ascertain" the bona fide circulation of ev
ery paper joining it, and to make a rec
ord thereof. Rach member shall pledge
himself to give a correct and true state
ment of circulation. In cases where j
there Is good 'reason to question such
report the association shall find out the
true circulation by such means as are
deemed advisable.
Advertising shall be based upon circu
lation. " -
Having tabulateiUthe circulation of pa
pers belonging to the association, each
one shall be.given its proportionate rate.
made by the business manager, and he
shall collect on the same. He shall open
account with each newspaper and remit
to each the amount due, less — per cent,
which percentage shall go into the gen- 1
eral treasury for current expenses.
Now, I am well aware that this plan
is not perfect, but I present It to this
body for consideration, and ask them to
consider It, and let us take some action j
and do some material benefit for the as
—V. nountree said the proposition was
lltc same that had been signed by the
Missouri and Minnesota Press associa
tions, and urged the Alabama association
to go into some similar organization.
< m motion of J. IS. Graves a committee
ot three to tak*- the matter in hand and,,
investigate and report on same at the
afternoon session.was appointed. The
'committee consists of J. K. Graves, J.
C. Williams and J. B. Stanley.
Mr. J. C. Williams approved the plan,
and Mr. F. P. O'Brien said the very evil
some of the members lmd complained of
would be corrected by the adoption of
Mr. Bountree's plan. The business man
ager of the advertising association
could look over the files of the paper anl
see if contracts were kept, and if not, by
calling attention to any errors, save to
the publisher considerable money in the
course of the year.
-Mr. Fred Cox dicln t think the foreign
advertising agent solicited much adver
tising. lie said he and se%'en other pa
pers had sent a man to New York and
they found he furnished them with more
advertising and sent them more money
than any of the advertising agencies had
Mr. William Meeks opposed the plan.
He would not let any one else llx his
prices for his paper.
Mr. R. N. Rhodes was of the opinion
lhat such an agreement entered Into by
the weekly press of the state would be a
good thing, but he didn’t think the dally
papers could go into it.
Mr. J. A. Rountree thought the dailies
could and should go Into the plan, as
their rates were also based on circulation.
"The Moral Elevation of the Press” was
the subject assigned to Gen. R. N.
Rhodes, but he was suffering with cold
and had not prepared a paper on the sub
ject. He satd editors and newspaper
men must learn that the only success and
happiness attained in life was through
lhe loving help and kindness of those
with whom you are associated.
On motion of Col. J. B. Stanley the sub
ject of "Moral Elevation of the Press”
v.-as continued until the next meeting of
the association, when General Rhod?s
will be expected to read his paper.
Mr. C. J. Hildreth read a paper on “Le
gal Advertising " He told of the long de
lays In collecting for certaJn legal ad
vertising and suggested that a law be
passed by the legislature requiring pay
ment in advance for such advertisements,
tic advised the enactment of a law pro
hibiting the publication of legal notices
in papers that have been in existence
less than one or two years. He sug
gested the appointment of a committee
to take the matter in hand.
The paper was received and referred
to the legislative committee.
Wonjan in Journalism.
Miss Margaret O’Brien read the follow
ing paper on "Woman in Journalism:”
Woman in journalism ought to be the
strongest proof that the coming woman
Is already here. The assertion may seem
startling, coming from a woman known
to hold no advanced theories and exploit
no Sarah Grand doctrines.
A moment s consideration will stamp
the words with the seal of verity and, it
may be, give rise to some new thoughts
in the mind of man, generally her broth
er, sometimes her husband and always
her principal critic.
Long ago it was admitted that the syn
onym for the world was progress, and no
argument so convincing of this fact as
the gradual kaleidoscopic change of the
relative positions of woman and the
newspaper. Four generations have
witnessed a revolution, the like of which
was not dreamed of seventy-flve years
ago. Woman, speaking of her as a class,
is at the bottom of this—as indeed of
most things. Her great-grandmother’s
duty to the paper was to place it on the
plate of the master of the house. Her
grandmother went a step further and
took the wrapper off and dried the ink.
Her mother, to the infinite scandal of the
grandmother, not only dried the paper,
hut read it and talked of the news It con
Woman herself, born nt this stage of
the game, must meeds go further still,
but convention and a host of rampant
brothers and sweethearts forced her to
he wary. Newspaper men, too. as a rule,
were shy of her.
His Editorial Magnificence had rarely
come In contact with her, and on the
rare occasions when her genius had be
come too large for her. and she had
written a tender little romance or a po
em full of heart-break, she hnd always
copied it upon foolscap, tied it with a
sweet blue ribbon and submitted it to
him with fear and trembling. Naturally
enough, he did not like her in the new
role, and it behooved her to be cautious.
Her progress was slow; first, she was
permitted to read all the papers she
could procure. Then she was allowed
to have a “department,” filled princi
pally with recipes for various dishes or
advice about her babies and her home.
Ill course of time she was allowed to do
some of the writing for this depart
ment.^and then It began to have some
thlng in it of real Interest to woman.
In course of time she succeeded In con
vincing (he editor that a man may as
well try to make a ball dress as to de
scribe it, and she was then Installed as
society editor. She might have rested
here, but there was one place higher,
and she made up her mind to have it.
In view of that fact opposition was use
less. and hut little was offered when she
quietly took possession of the editorial
c.hnlr and filled it with becoming dignity.
His Editorial Magnificence tacitly ac
knowledged that he was worsted when
he began to take her on the Press asso
ciation jaunts, and here she Is today,
having the Identical sort of enjoyment
he hns. witness of his tacit admission of
defeat, yet making him do her bidding
ns her great grandmother never did.
I have so far given only the humorous
side. When It conies to work she Is
capable, wllllngl.and fearless. It has
hern asserted that her presence In the
efTice revolutionises things. American
manhood, always ready and willing to
pay homage wlierp homage Is due. pays
her here a iiulet sort of deference, which
she receives with a greater senFe of
appreciation than she feels for the great
est c?mpllr.'°nt ever paid her in hall
room or pnrlor. There It is her beauty
or station that calls for the tribute:
here it is her Intelligence, her capacity
and all that Is best In her.
The honor paid to her Is paid to her
self as she 's. and for that she values
H Is not the woman In Journalism—
and I mean the woman that Is really la i
Journalism—wh-o has hated the world j
with new woman tendencies. These 48? I
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leat'rs to the woman.d( wealth, whose im->
nul‘t«rce8 her to tako.anythlng .startling!
by Way of a fad. M'vman cannot be tp;
Journalism without-being also In earnest.!
and It Is npt necessary to state that a
truly earnest woman is as remotely re-r
moved from being-masculine as eartty.is
removed from heave*. , -/
S^e wilt have, soroei difficulty In detapr.
mining.Just how Xar>:8he may go undtui
existing circumstances and conditions,
hut the possibilities that open up before!
her are undoubtedlj-. limitless.
Most,of.all. -she must understand that
there-ts flo-rbroyat road" to Journalism.
The newspaper office Is par excellence
the. place for work,-and work she must
n she.would accomplish anything. Hard
study, unremitting patience and unfail
ing good temper .are prerequisites, and
when,slie has got. to, the liolru where she
tan watch the mice rub to and from their
homes under the fllcs'df old papers, and
the’ ruaches./cast .Upon„the paste within
reach, of her* hand—mat to speak of the
strong,1 well written*article she can hand
to the,managing editur In the small hours
of the. morning,, shc-ean truly say sins
is in Journalism, ami-she will have a vhv •
tuous feeling of having accomplished
something. ...., „
The paper jw«» received and ordered
spread oil the minbtes.
Air. J. H. Nurihellee had not prepared
liis paper on "Journalistic lithics," and
asked that tlie-subject be carried over un
til the* next moetlng.of the association.
Mr. W..D. Jelka of thedKufaula Times,
who was on the programme for a paper
on "How to Make a Dairy Paper Succeed
in a Small Town," Was absent.
Mr. Fred S. Oox wanted the legislative
committee to take up the matter of libel
laws, as at present ft id'Very expensive
to defend a llfiefsuif, although the plaint
iff may not have any case at all.
He said the libel laws of sevei-al other
states'had been'dd altered as to give the
papers a chance.
Mr. W. M. Meeks embodied Mr. Fox's,
suggestion in a motion, which was
General Hnoaes said tno law presumed
malice when it is proven that a false
statenioilt h£is been.' published, He said
tli° present laws in Alabama encouraged
the bringing of libel suits against papers
that may have money to pay judgments.
Mr. J. A. Rountree offered the follow
ing substitute ho Mr. Meek’s motion:
Resolved, That we"urge the legislature
to make such change or amendments in
our libel laws as to get them more in ac-5
cord with the latest legislation of other
states on this subject, requiring some el
ement of malice to create libel, and when
a newspaper publishes a report or item
or items bona fide, and without intent to
injure, the mere fact that an error may
have been made shall not constitute it a
libel, but the paper may be allowed to
make a correction and give full repara
tion in its columns, if no malice Is shown,
Instead of being held responsible in dam
ages for the error'or mistake innocently
made by it.
Mr. J. R. Simpson objected to the nio-’1
tlon and wanted-the legislative comiWft1
tee of this association to take the matter
up. Mr. Rountree's substitute was ae-1
cepted by Mr. Meeks and adopted by the
association.- •* '< I
A resolution offered by Secret ary ■
Rountree ht the meeting in 181)4, amejfo
ing the by-laws so-as to provide for^a1
permanent legislative committee, was'
T. C. Banks, who was on the pro
gramme for a Jiaper on immigration,
died sotne time ago and the paper he had
prepared was read by Maj. W. W. Screws
of the Montgomery Advertiser. It r£ad
as follows:
The opportunities of the present tiihq
are in the south. Every condition for
wealth-gettlri-g ik here in much greater
profusion than lit "any other section 'of
tile country, and the facilities for utiliz
ing them are exceptional. We possess all
the advantages of the north and wp*f| In
addition have Cotton, rice and bugafH
more than half the standing timber of the
country and an abundance of cheap fuel::
Our fuel and raw material are close to
gether, thus enabling us to manufacture
at the lowest possible cost; and our ex
cellent shipping facilities, both bv rail and
water, place ns iVI a position to reach the
best markets at a small expense. Our1'
climate Is far superior-to the north and
west. I’eople can liWhere cheaper and
better than elsewhere, and those diseases
so fatal in colder climates are uncommon.
The liealthfulivess of-Alabama is attest
ed by the government reports, which
show that the^.death rate of our state
is below the average of the nation. While
Alabama offers-great inducements to the
wealth-seeker and the promoter of in
dustrial enterprises it is doubtful if the
attractions she has to offer them are su
perior to those she has for the home
seeker and farmer. The attractions she
has for the lover of rural life are mag
nificent-fertile soil, aundant rainfall,
generous sunshine and a variety of crops
(hat comprise practically everything
that can be grown in the temperate zone,
in addition to those before mention’d
that are essentially southern. The to
pography of the country Is beautiful,
both from an artistic and agricultural
standpoint. There are glorious land
scapes. with wooded glens and purling
streams, broad meadow-s and gentle hill
sides, roads bordered with grand old
trees, and all the surroundings that ap
peal so strongly to those of an artistic
temperament. The greater part of our
farming land lies so that It can be easily
drained and can be worked to the best
advantage. Its fertility is unquestioned,
but the greatest attraction is its cheap
ness. Fine lands car) be bought in Ala
bama for less than one-third the orlop
paid for interior lands In the noi l hern
and western states. Even close to the
cities the price is less than that asked for
western land twenty miles from a town
of a few hundred inhabitants and eight
or ten miles from- a 'shipping point.
Our long working season allows the
farmer to keep his land in cultivation ten
months gf the year and enables him to
produce” variety- of crops from a much
smaller area than is required in a less
genial elimate. There an- but two tilings
In which we are lacking In order to get
full returns.from our superb natural ad
vantages, and they are capital nnd Im
migration. W-e nee-d the capital to build
our factories, work mines, erect saw
mills and to enlarge our commerre. We
needs the formers to till our lands, ral.se .
our meat and bread arid to provide t,he,
Industrial workers Whom the capitalists,
will bring here with food. To both of
these Alabama extendsy,n hearty welcome
to come and dwell within hor borders
and with the wheels of enterprise and a
Industry polish the roueh stones of unde-:'
veloped resources., and acquire wealth
with the sparkling gems that will result.
The trend of immigration is southward.
The interest awakened In southern In
dustrial possibilities-and the growing de
sire among enptfnHsts for southern tn-a
%-estments will contrlbuta materially -to
out- w-ealth Rnd population In the near fu
ture. 1 it
But it rests with ourselves how sobn
we will draw these desirable immigrant*1
to our stste. We- cannot sit supinely
down and wish that kll these things1
might come'to pass. We must ho up arfd*
working. The emigrant from the north”
or west to the south comes here with fear
and trembling. He has heard so much
ahout the prejudice existing against him
that he Is afraid to make any attempt
to become friendly with his neighbors,
for fear ofhelng rudely repulsed. We of
the south know how foollth this Is. but
the new comer has no way of ascertain
People in Birmingham.
Tbe unequaled demand for Paine’s Celery
Compound among the people of this city Is
lut one Index of the great good It la doing.
1 here lire many In Birmingham whom It his
cured of serious Illness. Paine’s Celery
Compound makes people well who suffer
from weak nerresor Impure blood.
=—-. *
Ung our feelings, except by the way we
treat him. It la necesaary therefore for
tlhe residents of any community to make
*11 new coiners feel;at, home, and to ^ake
especial pains to see that they are treated
with full courtesy. Under ordinary cir
I'cuwistances It wottkjfflij Mi deb-witters
<tako their course and let acquaintance
iand friendship come gradually; but as
dong as this foolish notion in regard to
^southern prejudicf; agalijst the ujortbern
immigra'nt prevaim-'it will be1 necessary
for our citizens to make extra efforts to
show how unfounded it is, and that the
stranger is heartily welcome no matter
where he is from of what his politics
maybe. . . -< y':_
In Alabama a man^s character Is his
only criterion. If he Is honorable and
straightforward be Wilt And hosts of
friends; if the reverse he will be ostra
cized. As a class we are not quirk to
form friendships, hut always hospitable
and courteous to strangers. with w.hnm
we come in contact,' qpd friendships once
^formed site for life.0'
We do not rush'Tnto' the new comer’s
arms, greeting h1nr effusively, but wc are
glad to see him nevertheless, and- will
show it when the.opportunity offers, and
in a practical way. It would be .better,
however, if our people would be' a' little,
more effusive with new cornel's, and
thereby giving them no excuse for. cov
ering themeselves. with .a cloak of . taci
turnity too thick to, ,be penetrated- by
courteous treatment." TO live men must
work. The thinking man will 'endeavor,
however, to discover the place where the
least labor will produce the best results.
And when other conditions ace favorable
will go to that location and pass his al
lotted time In peace and contentment.
From April to November it is gentle
summer, not the tierce, htit. blistering
summer of the north, but summer with
beautiful flowers, soft breezes, showers
like angels’ tears and a mild warmth
that seems to fill one with love for all
mankind. Everywhere .are flowers.
Gardens are a mass of verdure, while
-trees are covered with fragrant blossoms,
and the songs of myctads of birds fill the
air. There Is no great heat, but the gen
tle, warm air that-causes vegetation to
grow with a rapidity that is almost in
Our winters are exquisite, witn just
enough frost to remind us that there is
such a thing as winter after all. but sel
dom cold enough to call,for heavy over
clothing. Our winter climate is conceded
to be superb, but It Is questionable If it
Is superior to our summers. The entire
year Is delightful, and we.doubt if there
is a place on this mundane sphere that
has a better climate or one more con
ducive to longevity.
The total capital invested in cotton
mills in the south in December, 1894, was
8107,000,000. There are now in course of
erection or contemplated mills to the
value of *12,000,000. In 1890.the capital in
vested was hut *01.000,000, showing an in
crease of 75 per cent In four years. This
is a magnificent showing, and illustrates
how rapidly the manufacture of cotton is
•growing in the south.
The mill men have become awakened to
the fact that cotton can be manufactured
;,ln the south to much better advantage
• than elsewhere, and the more enterpris
ing have secured southern locations, or
•.Invested heavily lii "southern mills. One
of the leading Massachusetts manufac
turers has estimated that the cost of
.manufacturing a prtufid of cotton is 1*4
jcents less in the south than In the'north.
;Of all the southern states Alabama pre
sents the greatest array of advantages
jfor cotton manufacturing. Her climate
,is well adapted to the spinning of fine
yarns. The cotton grown here Is of excel
lent quality and extra tong staple.
The gulf is the best oh the southern
coast and offers unexcelled advantages
for Peaching the Central and South
American trade. There are a number of
magnificent water powers In the state,
which at present are but little utilized,
aud the abundance of timber and iron
materially reduce the cost of buildings.
,ln .short there are no attractions offered
by any other locality' thdt eSnnot be more
than duplicated in Alabama’.
It is believed that the Ne*w England
mills will bo forced to either move their
plants south or establish mills here to
co-opcrate with their northern mills, as
the difference in the cost of production
will enable southern manufacturers to
place goods upon the market at a price
with which, under present conditions,
the former cannot compete. As they will
be compelled to come sooner or later a
comprehensive statement'of our advan
tages sent to every cotton mill north of
Virginia would be bread cast upon the
water that will return many times mul
tiplied. All that has been said of cotton
can in a great measure be said of iron
and wood. Here we have inexhaustible
deposits of splepdld Iron ore. and lying
by its side are fields of coal so immense
that figures stating the amount con
tained in them are hardly compreheji
sible. Our forests contain nearly every
variety of wood known to the temperate
zone, and with the exception of pine are
practically in their virgin purity. What
an array of attractions for manufactu
rers. The prime factors that enter more
or less into all industrial arts are here
in profusion. Cotton, iron, lumber and
coal, combined with broad rivers, excel
lent railroads and a magnificent sea
port, are the attractions Alabama has to
offer to (he industrial world, and there
Is no doubt that as. they become thor
oughly known they will prove irresisti
The paper was received and ordered
spread on the minutes, after which Sec
retary N. E. Thompson of the Commer
cial Association of Alabama, on motion
of Secretary Rountree, was invited to
make a five minutes' speech on immigra
tion. He said no place on the globe
could offer ns many inducements to im
migrants as Alabama. The Alabama
Commercial association had agreed to
distribute any Information about the dif
ferent localities of the state that might
be forwarded them, tie explained the
plan of the Commercial association to
have this liters lure circulated. The rall
'roada had agreed to place in their folders
circulars, etc., advertisements of the dif
ferent localities In the stale.
The Birmingham Commercial club has
voted to send Mr. Thompson to Atlanta,
where he is to remain until the exposition
closes, and he offered to tabulate any
information about land's, etc., that may
bo sent him. He said If we do not secure
immigration it will be our own fault.
, On motion of Mr. J. C. Williams tlie
association adjourned until 2:80.
The members were requested to re
imain in the room until Passenger Agent
.Shipman of the Southern railway oould
issue tickets for the members to Atlanta.
i Afternoon Session.
The association was called to order at
"2:110 by President Kawls, and Mr. J. B.
Simpson offered the following resolu
Whereas, It has come to the knowl
edge of the Alabama Press association
’that the Southern Wholesale Grocers’ as
sociation has instituted a boycott against
the Louisville and Nashville railroad be
cause that road refuses to give the mem
bers of that association a decided benefit
In freight rates over other and smaller
dealers; and
Whereas, The Alabama Press associa
tion feels that such concession would be
to the material disadvantage of the con
sumers, who buy from small dealers pay
ing higher rates of freight; therefore be it
Resolved by the Alabama Press asso
ciation in annual convention assembled
at Birmingham. Ala., That this boycott
against the Louisville and Nashville rail
road is prejudicial to the Interests of the
people of this state, and that It merits
the condemnation not only of this asso
ciation, but of all fair minded men
throughout the state.
He said In speaking to the resolution
that the Southern Wholesale Grocers’ as
sociation wanted to form a close organi
sation and demand advantages tor them
selves. They want a differential of 8
cents per lob in their favor. He said
there are thirteen- towns In Alabama in
which dealers are allowed to buy from
first hands; that Is. from the mills, which
permit the Wholesale Grocers' associa
tion to dictate to them.
The boycott of the Southern Wholesale
Grocers’ association, he said, was cen
tered against the Xxiulsvllle and Nash
ville road. No other road is included.
The Southern railway, he said, was
hauling: freight at the established rates.
He said there was not a corporation In
the south that had done as much for the
south as had the Louisville and Nash
ville, and not a railroad was as liberal
towards the people as the Louisville and
Nashville had been. The Louisville and
Nashville, he said, had agreed to haul
excursionists to Birmingham over this
district without money and without
lhe resolutions) were adopted without
a dissenting vote.
Mr. J. C. Williams of the special com
mittee appointed in accordance with a
resolution offered by Secretary Roun
tree at the morning session submitted
the following!
To the Alabama Press Association—
Gentlemen: We, your committee, re
spectfully submit that it Is not advisa
ble for the association as a body to form
such a combination as set forth' in the
plan submitted by the secretary jiist at
this time. But we realize that the weekly
press of Alabama should do something
to protect themselves againHt the im
postors and advertising sharks and to
get living rates for their work. We
therefore recommend that such number
of papers as may see lit enter into an
agreement to employ a competent man,
either on a salary or commission, who
will have charge of the advertising of
said papers upon such terms as can be
agreed upon by the papers and said
agent upon the general lines of said
plan in the secretary’s paper.
We further recommend that this as
sociation appoint a committee of three
to take the matter in charge and take all
necessary steps to carry out these rec
ommendations, and that the association
confer such authority as may be neces
sary in the premises.
A motion to adopt the report prevailed.
The chair appointed on the committee
Messrs. J. C. Williams, J. B. Stanley, J.
E, Graves and J. A. Rountree.
On motion of Mr. J. B. Simpson the
sympathies of the association were ex
tended the struggling patriots in Ireland.
Mr. W. M. Meeks moved that the place
of the next meeting be left with the ex
ecutive committee, as that had been the
custom for some time. The motion pre
vailed by a vote of 11 to 6.
Mr. J. C. Williams moved that the as
sociation re-elect Robert Rawls presi
dent, W. M. Meeks treasurer, J. A. Roun
tree secretary, and J. B. Simpson vice
president. As a substitute the rules
were suspended. Mr. Rawls w'as elected
president by acclamation.
Mr. Ira Champion was elected vice
president by acclamation.
J. A. Rountree was re-elected secretary
by a rising vote.
Under a suspension of the rules W. M.
Meeks was re-elected treasurer.
J. C. Williams was selected to deliver
the annual oration at the next meeting,
W. M. Camper was selected as annual
Miss Margaret E. O'Brien w'as selected
to read the annual poem.
Mr. J. E. Graves moved that Mr. B. II.
Screws be engaged to write a sketch of
Maj. W. W. Screws, to be published in
the hook, "The History of the Alabama
Press,” authorized by the association at
the morning session.
The matter of an excursion to the Mex
ican exposition next spring was referred
to the secretary.
The president reappointed the old com
mittees, which are as follows:
Executive committee—J. C. Williams,
J. B. Stanley, E. O. Neely. F. P. Glass.
Legislative committee—J. C. Williams,
J. A. Rountree, F. P. Glass, J. B. Stanley,
J. C. Lawrence.
On motion of Mr. J. H. Nunnellee Dr. O.
T. Dozier was asked to address the as
Dr. Dozier said he had the honor of be
ing the oldest newsboy In the state. He
began when a boy working in a newspa
per office and rose by degrees until he
got to be a solicitor.
He then took a medical course, and to
better himself he advertised in the news
papers. He said he owed to the press
more for his education than to all
schools. He distributed a few copies of
the souvenir edition of his book of poems,
"Foibles and Fancies and Rhymes of the
On motion of Mr. J. C. Williams the as
sociation adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock
in the evening, when the Commercial
club would tender the association an in
formal banquet.
Invited to Nashville.
Before the editors left the room Secre
tary Rountree read the following letter
from Commissioner-General Wills of the
Tennessee Centennial association:
Nashville. Oct. 5, 1895.
J. A. Rountree, Iisq., Haitselle, Ala.—
Dear Sir: I write at this time to urge
the acceptance of my former Invitation
to the Alabama Press association to re
turn home via Nashville. We want you
Alabama people to fully understand what
we are doing. As you are so Intimately
connected with Nashville In a commer
cial sense we think it peculiarly fitting
that you should come to see us just now.
Our people will take It as a special fa
vor If you will accept our invitation, and
I assure you in advance of a hearty and
cordial welcome to our city. Please let
me have a wire from you before vour
association leaves for Atlanta. Yours
very truly, A. W. WILLS.
A Delightful Ending to a Most Pleasant Meet
ing—The Trip to Atlanta’s
The Alabama Press association was
tendered a delightful banquet in* the
rooms of the Commercial club last night.
Refreshments of all kindti were served,
and several responses to toasts were
Among the responses was one by Mr.
J. Bowron, treasurer of the Tennessee
Coal, Iron and Railway company, who
spoke of the vast mineral wealth of this
district and the bright future for it.
Gen. R. M. Nelson spoke of great Bir
mingham, and Mr. C. J. Hildreth re
sponded to the toast, "Money-Making
Secretary Herbert had just finished a
long speech at O'Brien’s opera house,
and merely drank to the health and hap
piness of the Alabama Press association.
The banquet had to be cut short in
Weak and Weary
Because of a depleted condition ot the
blood. The remedy is to be found in
perilled, enriched and vitalized blood,
which will be given by Hood’s Sarsapa
rilla, the great blood purifier. It will
tone the stomach, create an appetite and
give renewed strength. Remember
Hood’s Sarsaparilla
Is the only trne blood purifier prominent
ly in the public eye today. 91; six for fS.
Hood's Pills%:hiSZ&Z?r
W ithout
Our large and well assorted stock of
Men's, Youths', Boys' and Children's
Clothing for the Fall and Winter MUST
BE SOLD. We have announced for some
time our intention of going out of the
ready-made clothing line. By giving us a
call we will convince you that we are de
termined to do so. Our Merchant Tailor
ing has reached such PROPORTIONS
that we need the space occupied by our
clothing. We Invite an inspection of our
large and varied line of PIECE GOODS.
Our MR. M. WEIL has Just returned
from the Eastern markets. Everything
new and nobby has received his atten
every description. Full Dress Suits a
specialty. Gents’ Furnishings have been
the recipient of unusual care. The stock
is larger than ever. Full up with every
thing " UP TO DATE.”
and all the leading makes and correct in
styles. .
I9i5 and 1917 First Avenue.
A ticket free with each dollar purchase.
order to enable the editors to leave at
midnight for Atlanta.
Resolutions of thanks to the railroads,
citizens of nirminghum. Commercial
club, local newspapers and others for
courtesies were adopted.
Before going to the banquet the edi
tors attended the speaking at the opera
Off to Atlanta.
At 12:1 r. this morning a large number
of the editors left over the Southern rail
way for Atlanta to attend the exposi
tion. They will remain in Atlanta two
or three days.
Greater America’s Greatest and Grandest
Amusement Enterprise.
The fame of Sells Bros.’ circus, which
will exhibit In Birmingham, Saturday,
October 12, rests securely on a triumphal
success covering almost a quarter of a
century. It is worthily accorded the
highest niche in the temple of Atherican
amusements, and is the strongest evi
dence of "the survival of the fittest.”
The royal road to people's hearts Is
reached only through unwavering Integ
rity and strict adherence to fixed princi
ples, and to this end Beils Bros.’ motto
in organizing the “Big Show of tho
World” for 1895 Is to excel, not only In
presenting to the American public an
exhibition morally pure and instructive,
but greater, grander In Its zoological,
arenlc and invincible and special fea
tures. merged and marshaled in a glori
ous and unparalleled unity, embracing
200 sterling acts In three rings and two
elevated stages, equestriennes, bare-back
riders, racers, thirty-horse riders, trained
horses, educated ponies, trained ele
phants, trained hippopotami, trained
seals and sea lions, grlmaldls, comical
clowns, lolly jesters, of all earth's Illus
trious mid-air and arenic champions,
coming in ail its entirety on several spe
cial railway trains, owned and controlled
by,Sells Bros., the millionaire magnates.
Excursions will be run on all lines of
travel at reduced rates to the Big Show.
209 N.20th Street,
Money loaned on Watches*
Diamonds, Jewelry, Pistols*
Si c.
Dare a large lot of nnrodeemod watches on
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4 m loan company,
112 North Twentieth Street.
Call and see our bargains in diamonds,
solid gold, filled and silver watches, charms,
rings, jewelry of all kinds, adjusted
watches, pistols, cartridges. Money loaned
on all articles described above at reasonable
rates. Business strictly conlidential. Pri
vate entrance from the alley. oc29-tf
Alabama G. A. K. lmmigraiiou Bureau.
. W. H. SMITH, Ex-Governor of Ala
bama, President and Counsel.
W. H. HUNTER, Past Department
Commander, Vlce-Pres. and Gen. Mgr.
J. C. MILLER, Past Department Com
mander, Secretary and Treasurer.
Choice properties solicited. Contracts
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in "Grand Army Camp Fire" of Ne
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Dwellings, ofllces. halls and bed rooms In
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To invest from $2000 to 3000 in real estate
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