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DENY THAT A COMBINE WAS FORMED. PROOF MAY BE SUBMITTED Publishers View Situation With Gen uine Alarm—Newspapers Face Failure Unless Increases Checked Early. Washington—Charges that the price of news print paper has been forced exorbitantly by a combination of man ufacturers were made by publishers and denied by representatives of the manufacturers at a hearing which con cluded an exhaustive inquiry into the subject by the Federal Trade Commis sion. * Frank ip. Glass, of Birmingham, vice president of the American Newspa per Publishers' Association, told the commission he was "morally con vinced" there was collusion among the manufacturers and expected to be able by October 1 to present legal proof of 1L P. T. Dodge, president of the Inter national Paper Company, declared high prices were due to an enormous in crease in demand, and insisted that the manufacturers were not making a fair return on their capital. The commission undertook the in vestigation under direction of a con gressional resolution and will begin work immediately drafting a report to be submitted at the earliest possible moment. Other witnesses at the hearing in cluded J. H. Zerbey, chairman of the white paper committee of the National Editorial Association, and representa tives of the Pennsylvania Associated Dailies: E. R. Stoll, manager of the Pittsburg Publishers' Association; G. N. Andrews of the Easton, Pa., Free Press; W. L. Tushington of the Cam den, N. J., Courier; Charles B. Spatz of the Boyertown, Pa., Weekly, and George F. Steele, secretary, and Tim othy A. Ansberry, counsel for the News Print Manufacturers' Associa tion. Mr. Glass said his associates viewed the situation with extreme alarm and had recommended retrenchment in consumption by smaller editions, abol ishing returns and circulation activity. Increases of 25 to 35 per cent on contracts and sometimes 100 per cent on emergency- orders, he declared, had destroyed the profits of most newspa pers, and already had driven some to the wall. One western paper, he said, reported an increased paper cost of $250,000 an nually. He claimed it was almost im possible for a publisher to get quota tions except from the mill he usually dealt with. Mr. Zerbey charged favoritism in the sale of paper, and declared pres ent prices vary widely according to the whim of the manufacturer, the dis crepancy running from two to she cents a pound. He added that while some publishers can hardly buy paper for cash even at exorbitant rates, oth ers have made two and three-year con tracts at favored terms. He thought it apparent that manu facturers had united to force publish ers to deal only with the mill they were accustomed to patronize, and that any further increase beyond five per cent would foree many of the smaller papers under 20,000 circula tion into bankruptcy. In defense of the manufacturers, Mr. Dodge explained that $1,000,000 worth of paper was held In stock by his company as a necessary safeguard for contracts in hand, but said the reserve had been depleted from 37,000 tons to 1.700 in order to afford relief and that all new orders, including contracts for nearly 100,000 tons from abroad, had been refused. of is * The great difficulty, he said, was that a very sudden and unexpected de mand, Increasing the country's paper consumption over 20 per cent in the past year, had entirely outrun the available supply. Moreover, nearly every item of ex pense in manufacture had been in creased, and the import of timber bought in Canada for manufacture had been forbidden by Canadian authori ties shortly after the American duty otx Canadian paper was removed. No new mills had been built in the past year, he said, as it was impossi ble to make a fair return on capital. ed 1, Osteopaths In Session. Kansas City.—With sectional study conferences and clinics held in the hospitals of the city, the annual con vention of the American Osteopathie Association held its first regular meet ing here Aug. 1. About 3,000 osteo paths were in attendance. Protest Action of Committee. Indianapolis—Representatles of the Progressive party met here to protest , against the action of their national committee in endorsing Judge Hughes. They also considered the advisability of callng another national convention to fill the vacancy caused by the dec lination of Roosevelt. One element is outspoken in favor of reassembling the national conven tion and nominating a man to run with John M. Parker, the vice presi dential nominee. To Demand an Embargo. New York.—Representatives John J, Eagan and James A. Hamill of New Jersey announced at the conclusion of a conference of city, county, state afcd federal officials on the Black Tom munitions explosion, that they would go to Washington, accompanied by Mayor Eagan of Jersey City, to de mand an embargo on the export of munitions from Atlantic coast ports. of of Prof. L. Albert Neisser, of Breslau University, Berlin, the famous derma tologist, is dead. SAILS ON HER WAY HOME The German Submarine Deutschland Gets Away From Baltimore With out Encountering Mishap. Baltimore.—The Deutschland sailed August first, homeward bound. Slipping along the surface of the water like a slim green water snake, her own power kicking her forward, the little U boat dropped down the Patapsco river at 6 p.m. Pro-German or pro-ally, no man who saw her go could hardly help breathing in his heart of hearts a little prayer of godspeed. She seemed so tiny and so fragile as compared to the big hulks around her, and yet so bold and defiant as she went, catching the water with her green nose, and flirting it high in air white beads, that no man could pos sibly find it in him to wish her harm. Her captain, the brave Koenig, the weather-beaten little mariner, who brought the Deutschland safely Into port here three weeks ago when all the world said such a thing could not possibly be done, stood In the conning tower as the U boat crawled out to Beside him stood the Baltimore in a in to in G. sea. pilot, who was showing the way out. From Newport News It was reported from a source usually regarded as re liable that a Virginia pilot had been engaged to bring the submarine Deutschland to Newport News on her arrival at Old Point. The navy department at Washing ton received a report from the de stroyer Sterrltt, in Hampton Roads, saying the tug Thomas F. Timmins had reported that "the submarine had passed out of the capes and past the three-mile limit at 8:40 p. m., Aug. 2." BREMEN EXPECTED HERE SOON. Report From Same Source Which Predicted Deutschland. New York.—In confirmation of the story of July 26 to the effect that the Bremen, ^second of the line of German merchant submarines scheduled. to run between Germany and the United States, might be expected to arrive soon, definite word has now been received that the Bremen will make her appearance in an American port. BUSINESS IS SATISFACTORY Monthly Summary Prepared By the Federal Reserve Board " For July. in on to in to to Washington—The monthly summary of business prepared by the federal reserve board Aug. 1 from reports from the agents of the twelve federal reserve districts shows domestic de mand gradually taking the place of foreign orders. "The present trend of business is more along the line of conservatism which bankers and business men have been urging," the summary stated. "It tends to a more permanent prosper ity." The pressure to place now or ders and to stock up heavily which was so prevalent a month or two ago is disappearing. The general business outlook is satisfactory. Crops are better than average in most districts, and the la bor situation is satisfactory every where except New York, where gar ment workers are on strike, and San Francisco, where strikes continue on the water front." ■ MARSHALLED IN FREIGHT TRAIN. Prospector Rescued Part of Popula tion From Flames. * Haileybury, Ontario. — Stories of heroisjn in the fire^wept regions of Northern Ontario and tales of how the flames swept through forests and towns are being received here, liam Fairbank, a prospector, rescued part of the population of the village of Matfceson by marshalling them in a freight train standing on a side track. The train carded them through burn ing forests to safety. Wil HELD IN BOMB PLOT. Coroner's Jury Establishes That Eight Were Killed. San Francisco.—Warren K. Billings, ex-convict, and EdwaTd D. Nolan, for mer labor leader, were formally charg ed with murder In the police court here following the police Investigation into the bomb explosion that killed eight and wounded 40 during the San Fran cisco preparedness parade. Preparations were also made to plac" similar charges against Thomas J. Mooney and Rena Mooney, his wife Opens at Portland. Portland, Ore.—The supreme lodge, Knights of Pythias, began its twenty ninth biennial convention here Aug. 1, anl carried out a program that kept the members busy. In conjunction with the supreme lodge, the supreme tem ple, Pythian Sisters and the Grand Lodge of Oregon also called their con ventions to order. Thirty-One To Inter Colleges. Peking.—Thirty-one young men were graduated this year from the Tsing Hua College, an institution maintained with the Boxer indemnity money re funded to China by the United States, and they will leave for America In a few weeks to enter various colleges and universities in America. Paul S. Relnsch, the American min ister, Tsao-Ju-lin, the acting minister for foreign affairs, and C. C. Wang of the board of communications, who was educated in America, addressed tfae yoyung graduates. J, by of Clark Takes Oath. Washington.—John H. Cleveland, Ohio, took the oath as as sociate justice of the supreme court of the United Stains in the presence of Chief Justice White and officers of the court, will take his seat when the court-re convenes in October. * — Fire did damage of $200,000 to the planing mill and yards of the Rltten house & Embree Lumber Company in Chicago. One employe was burned to death. Clark of The new justice formally POWER OF ENVOYS IN REPLY TO U. S. NOTE MEXICO REJECT8 PROPOSAL FOR EN LARGING SUBJECT8. NAMES THREE MEN TO ACT They Are To Devote Their Attention Preferably To Resolution of Points Mentioned In the Previous Note. Washlngton—Gen. Carranza's reply to the last American note accepting his suggestion for a joint commission to adjust border differences, but pro posing a broader scope for the com mission's work, was delivered to the state department by Eliseo Arredondo, Mexican ambassador-designate. It an nounces the appointment of, three Mexican commissioners, with instruc tions to "devote their attention prefer ably to the resoluion of the points mentioned in the previous note." Thus, the de facto government ap parently rejects the proposal that the commission consider other questions than the military situation and limits Its discussions to subjects originally suggested by Carranza—withdrawal of American troops from Mexico; formu lation of a protocol to cover future op erations against bandits and investiga tion of Interests which may have pro moted border raids. Whether this will be satisfactory to the United States government has not beên indicated. Old Point Comfort, Va., or Asbury Park, N. J., probably will be selected as the meeting place of the joint Amer ican-Mexican commission to adjust border differences, Arredondo said. BANDITS GET $33,000.00. Spectators Thought a Moving Picture Scenario Was Being Enacted. Detroit.—Five tmniasked automobile bandits held up an automobile in which $50,000 pay roll money was being tak en to the plant of a machine company, and before astonished guards could offer resistance snatched five bags of six in the car, said to have contained between $33,000 and $34,000, and es caped. The hold-up occurred in view of hun dreds of employes of nearby automo bile factories and the usual afternoon throngs on Woodward avenue. Many thought it a moving picture company. SITUATION IS SATISFACTORY. Berlin Claims To Have Overcome Un favorable Year of 1915. Berlin.—The food situation In Ger many is satisfactory, according to an official statement which, after compar ing the harvests of 1914 and 1915, says: "The splendid organization of the distribution of bread and corn as well as the system of economical consump tion and the storing in supplies en abled us to overcome the unfavorable economic year of 1915-16 without seri ous derangement of the life of our peo ple. The present economic year prom ises to be even more satisfactory." TOTAL PASSES ONE THOUSAND. Health Department Dally Bulletin Shows Plague Continues. New York.—More than 1,000 chil dren now have been killed by the epi demic of infantile paralysis and near ly 6,000 have been stricken. The health department's daily bul letin shows that the plague continues to gain headway. During the 24 hours ending at 10 a.m. Aug. 4, 46 children died of the disease in the five boroughs of New York City and 176 new cases, the second largest num ber in a single day, were reported. Since June 26 there have been 4,680 cases, 1,025 of which proved fatal. WOULD PROBE BEEF TRUST. Representative Borland Demands Ac tion Upon His Resolution. Washington. — Representative Bor land of Missouri renewed his charges of a beef trust In the bouse and de manded action on his resolutiou pro posing an investigation of meat prices by the federal trade commission. He declared the packers were divid ing enormous dividends while they charged consumers war prices, and had tried to stifle the proposal for an inquiry because they feared publicity. No Tips In London. London.—The "no tips" movement is gaining favor in London hotels. In week six of them announced that they had decided to abolish the tip nuisance by adding a small percentage to customers' accounts. Hit By Aeroplane Gun. London.—One of the Zeppelins which raided the eastern and south eastern counties of England was hit by an aeroplanq, gun, according to ob servers. The big air craft was seen flying low over the water, and is believed to have been badly damaged. Anti-aircraft guns gave the aerial visitors a warm reception. A Dutch gunner also fired on the fleet as it crossed Holland. The ifour Zeppelins, homeward bound, were sighted off Frisian Island August 4. one Banner Year For Sugar. Honolulu. — Continued indications that 1916 will be the banner year for Hawaiian sugar producers were shown In figures given out here Aug. 1 by the Honolulu Stock Exchange. Fifty-two Hawaiian plantations, the tabulations showed, paid a total of $2,500,000 in dividends during July. Of this amount 29 corporations which are listed on exchanges paid $1,471,500. Eighteen deaths and 36 prostrations were reported in St. Louis as caused by excessive heat on Aug. 1. MANY ARE LEFT HOMELESS Sixty Are Dead From Cloudburst In East Tennessee.—Property Loss Approximately $100,000. Knoxville, Tenn.—With 60 known dead and a property loss of $100,000, the people of Big Barren Creek, in Claiborne county, are, many of them, homeless and stricken with sorrow. Following a rainstorm in which 14 Inches of rain is reported by the weather bureau officials to have fall en a flood which tore away a 35-foot dam surged down the valley, carrying ruin In Its wake. The dead—Mrs. Crockett Edmondson, Mr four chil dren and t4ro grandchildren, Misses Lillie and Minnie Wiley, daugh ters of Mr. and Mrs. S .H. Wiley of Monroe, Mich.; Robert Jackson and wife, Frank Cupp and wife, Robert Walker and family of eight. Bush Fer guson and wife and seven children, W. P. Zachery and wife and five chil dren, unknown girl, three years of age, Arthur Johnson and wife and three children, Cornell McBee and wife and seven children. A man and wife and five children in an isolated section are known to be drowned. They are said to be Huse Birch and family. Rescue parties returning from the stricken district report that the water is all over the little valley of Blair's Creek and that apparently every home along the creek for a distance of six miles has been washed away. The damage was first reported to have been the result of a cloudburst, but although a hole 50 feet deep and 150 feet long was torn in the ground in one place, the people of that sec tion believe that the storm was the hardest that could have been, without being a cloudburst. The flood waters confined in a narrow valley a quar ter to a half mile wide surged to their outlet in Clinch river, 10 miles below, at which point the effect of the flood was dissipated. Five flouring mills and three sawmills, many residences and granaries and all the crops have been destroyed in the section. When isolated points have been heard from it is believed that the loss of human life will include more residents of the valley. Rescue parties that went into the valley brought out a number who have been made homeless and these are be ing taken care of in Tazewell and in farm houses in that vicinity. the to to a ST. LOUIS MAN CHOSEN Missouri Democrats Name Frederick D. Gardner As the Democratic Candidate For Governor. St. Louis.—Frederick D. Gardner of a St. Louis is the Democratic candi date for governor, chosen at the pri to mary. Complete returns from St. Louis and 75 of the 114 counties give Gard plurality of approximately 34, to 8 up ner a 000 over John M. Atkinson, his near est competitor. Henry Lamm and John E. Swanger, both of Sedalia, are running close for the Republican gubernatorial nomina tion. TREATY IS SIGNED. United States Purchases the Danish West Indies From Denmark. Washington—Acting Secretary Polk has announced that the treaty by which the United States is to pur chase the Danish West Indies from Denmark for $25,000,000 was signed by Secretary Lansing and Minister Constantin Brun. The treaty provides for the transfer to the United States oî three islands— St Thomas, St. Croix and St. John— which have been the subject of negoti ations between the United States and Denmark for many years. 15 W. Casement is Executed. London.—Roger Casement, former Ôritish knight and consul, was hanged at 9 a. m. Aug. 3, in Pentonville jail for high treason. He was convicted of conspiring to cause an armed re volt in Ireland, and with haviug sought German aid to that end. Hours before the execution a crowd of men, women and children gathered before the prison gates. At »ne mn ute after 9 a single stroke of a big bell announced that the trap .had been sprung. It was the signal for a mock ing, jeering yell from the crowd, which suddenly died away. at of Exports of Cotton. I New Orleans.—Exports of cotton from the United States during the cot ton year ending July 31, were 6,231, 094 bales, or 2,310,814 bales less than for the previous season, according to a statement issued by the secretary of the New Orleans cotton exchange. Expectations of the earlier months of the season were that the movement would be well under 6,000,000 bales, but lower freight rates swelled ex ports during the last few months. er To Have a Ga# Buoy. Mobile, Ala.—The entrance to Mo bile bay will be marked by a gas buoy, the first of its kind to be In stalled in the Gulf of Mexico, accord ing to the Mobile Bar and Bay Pilots' Association, white light every ten seconds and will be placed by the lighthouse serv The buoy will flash a ice. Strawberry Crop Enormous. Washington.—This year's strawber of the United States was ry crop worth $20,000,000. Heads Cotton Belt Railway. St. Louis.—Edwin Gould was elected by the directors of the St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Beit) Railway to the presidency of the road to suc ceed F. H. Britton of St. Louis, who died last week. The election occurred in New York Aug. 1 in $500,000 Bequest. Chicago.—Bessie Arnell, a nurse, re rently received a $500,000 bequest in the will of an aged woman she once nursed. STATE GAME LAWS GAME AND FISH COMMISSIONER ISSUES STATEMENT ON LAWS OF 1916. \ SPORTSMEN ARE WARNED Provisions of Law To Be Enforced and All Violators of the Game and Fish Law Will Be Prose cuted. Jackson.—In order to acquaint the people of Mississippi of his official course relative to enforcement of the state game and fish law of 1916, Z. A. Brantley, state commissioner, who has resumed duty at the state capitol head quarters, issued the following, for which he asks attention and consid eration so as to save trouble all round: Since the initiative and referendum has been declared unconstitutional by Chancellor O. B. Taylor I have re turned to Jackson and again opened the office of game and fish commis sioner, and from this date on will see that the provisions of the law are en forced, and all _ violators duly prose cuted who may violate the law since this decision of Chancellor Taylor. I hope that since the law is not in abeyance that all persons who desire to hunt in this state will provide them selves with a hunter's license as re quired under section 18 of the game and fish law and save me the neces sity of having to call upon the county wardens of their respective counties to make affidavits against those who violate the law. You can supply yourselves with the proper license by calling upon the sher iff of your county. All persons living within the state will be permitted to hunt upon their own lands without a license during open seasons. There seems to be considerable mis understanding as to the purpose and operation of the game law, and since this is true I have decided to spend the next two months traveling over the state making speeches in explana tion of the law, and will be glad to visit any county in the state and make a speech explaining the purpose and operation of the law to those who^are interested. The office will be in charge of my official clerk, Mr. Paul Dees, during my ab^nce, who is authorized to look a f^ er an y aa ^ all business pertaining to the office. PUSHING CENTENNIAL. To Lay Cornerstone Mississippi Build ing in September. Gulfport.—Director General Blakes lee of the Mississippi Centennial an nounces that plans are being perfected to hold imposing ceremonies on Sept. 8 and 9 when the laying of the corner stone of the Mississippi building will take place. Chief Justice Smith will officiate. Assistant Director John T. Connell left for San Diego, Cal., to collect such data as will prove of value in getting up the big Mississippi exposition. An examination of the government exhibit, ascertaining just what space will be required to house same here, and same attention given the Canad ian exhibit. YOUNG GIRL DROWNS. Miss Ruth Leigh Gardner Wades Be yond Depth in Pond. Tunica.—Miss Ruth Leigh Gardner, 15 years old, was drowned in a pond near Alston, Miss. Before a crowd of young people the young girl was show ing how far she could wade when sud denly she disappeared beneath the surface. The body was not recovered for al most half an hour. Miss Gardner was a member of a prominent Mississippi family, being the daughter of the late F. A. Gardner, who was prominent in state affairs. She was a niece of Capt. and Mrs. J. W. Henderson of this town. Gardner had just returned from a visit with friends in Memphis. Miss STRANDED ON ISLAND. Crew of Schooner Send Word For Help in a Bottle. Biloxi—With the finding on Deer Island of a bottle in which was en closed a note bearing the words, "Help, help, on an unknown island. George Duggan and crew," prepara tions were made by shipping interests and relatives of Capt Duggan to search the islands of the Chandeleur group for the captain and five mem bers of the crew of the lumber schoon Emma Harvey, washed to sea from Chandeleur Island The bottle was found on the beach at Deer Inland, about six miles from here, by a boy and brought Relatives of Capt Duggan examined the writing and declared-dt to be that of the missing skipper. There are 12 charted islands in the Chandeleur group, besides the main island, on which is located the light There are; however, many er to Biloxi. house. small portions of salt marsh land, which are uncharted, that owing to the prevalence of fish and other sea food about these islands and because of almost daily rains since July 5, the sailors could have survived. It was stated Angelo Barry Dead. Indianola.—Angelo. Barry, the Mich gan youth who enlisted with William Forrest, who was a brother of Gen. Bedford Forrest, under Gen. Forrest in the Confederate army and made a brave scout, died at his home, ten miles north of Indianola, aged 80 He was never married, but years. amassed quite a fortune. He was a Mason and Shriner. Mr. Barry spent many years of his life as a steamboat the Yazoo and Sunflower riv man on srs, but afterward engaged in fanning. URGES TEACHING OF ADULTS. Illiteracy Commission Officer Speaker at McComb Normal. McComb City.—Miss Elise Timber lake, teacher of English in the Indus trial Institute and College at Colum bus, Miss., and who Is secretary of the Mississippi Adult Illiteracy Commis sion, addressed the teachers at th^ McComb Normal. Miss Timberlake stated that there are 30,000 white Illiterates in the state, and that Mississippi ranks eleventh from the bottom in the list of states. While illiteracy is decreasing in the south. It is increasing in the East and West, on account of foreign immigra tion. The speaker further said that Pike county is two per cent below the aver age of the counties of the state in il literacy. The method adopted for the stamping out of these existing condi tions is by establishing adult night schools and vaoation schools, the plan being in successful operation in the gulf coast counties, and it is rapidly being inaugurated in all the states. A. in to a GETS NEW LIME ROCK PLANT Board of Prison Trustees So Decide At Meeting Recently Held In Jackson. Waynesboro.—The lime rock crush ing plant for South Mississippi will be located here on the M. & O. Railroad. This was decided by the unanimous vote of the board of prison trustees at a meeting in Jackson. The competitor of Waynesboro was Heidelberg, in Jasper county. The condition under which the plant is to be located at Waynesboro is that 80 acres of lime rock lands will be donated to the state. This offer was made a few weeks ago and has been accepted by the trustees. # The proposition to locate here was not accepted before exhaustive in quiry was made as Jo tha advantages offered by other localities. If it had been located at Heidelberg, the trustees would have had to build a track one mile long. At Waynes boro the output of the plant can be loaded on cars on the main line. The last legislature appropriatéd $20,000 for two" such plants, which will be operated with cdnvict labor. The crushed limestone will be sold to the farmers of the stats for fertilizing purposes at actual cost. Each plant will have a daily capac ity of from 59 to 80 tons. The plant for North Mississippi was located at Okolona. DEMONSTRATION AGENTS MEET. ■ Members From Forty Counties Are On Hand. Agricultural College—With county demonstration agents from forty coun ties and a number of prominent vis itors on hand, the two weeks agents' training school was opened here by W. S. Wilson, state agent. An address was made by J. A. Band!, Gulfport, president of the Mississippi Bankers' Association, on the subject, "Co-Operation and Team Work Be tween the County Agent and the Banker." He showed why it was to the mu tual interest of bankers and demon stration agents to supplement each others' efforts in building up the agri culture of ths state. FOR LAYING OF CORNERSTONE. Blakeslee Arranging With Railroad to Take Care of Crowds. Jackson.— H. E. Blakeslee, director general of the Mississippi Centennial, conducted preliminary negotiations with officials of the G. & S. I. Railroad for the running of an excursion train to Gulfport on Sept 8 and 9 for the ac commodation of those who wish to at tend the laying of the cornerstone of the Mississippi building. a BONDS FOR LEVEES ISSUED. Purchased By Pool of Several Missis sippi Banks. Clarksdale.—The Yazoo-Mississipp: delta levee board, at Its regular month ly meeting, concluded a busy session by selling the $1,500,000 levee bond is sue authorized by the last legislature. The bonds brought par and accrued interest ■ First Bale at Greenville. Greenville.—The first bale of cotton of the crop of 1916 reached Greenville Aug. 3 by boat from the plantation of Dr. Norton at Varcluse, Ark. This, the first bale of the crop of 1916, reached Greenville five days ahead o.' the first bale in 1915. Recruiting Station in Yazoo. Yazoo City.—According to the re ports from the Yazoo Rifles, now In at Jackson, recruiting offices camp will be opened here on Aug. 20. The recruiting station will be in charge of Major W. C. O'Ferrel, who is now at Greenwood. Centenarian Dies. Houlka.—Mrs. Lucinda James, 100 years old, died of old age at the home of her son, two miles west of town. She was the oldest inhabitant of Chickasaw county and a very wonder rul old character. She had won many prizes for being the oldest lady or In dividual at various picnics and cele brations over the country. Dr. Walk who has practiced medicine here for 35 years, says she is the only per he has ever written a death cer er, son tificate for age 100 years. Four Declared Nominees. Jackson.—Four of Mississippi's con gressmen were declared the Demo cratic nominees for re-election. These four were Congressman Harrison of the Sixth district, Congressman Hum phreys of the Third district, Congress man and Congressman Venable of the Fifth district. The Democratic district com mittees for the four districts where there was no opposition went through the formality of nomination and elao tien. a Stevens of the Second district. HALF A MILLION FOR THE STATE MONEY PAID IN BY NEW YORK PURCHA8ER8 AND SECURITIES DELIVERED. AUTHORIZED LAST SESSION The Governor Borrows the Money On Bond Issue As Provided By An Act of the Mississippi • Legislature. —Jackson. Gov. Bilbo accomplished another successful stroke of business for the state, when in addition to getting in the $800,000 from M. R. Grant & Co., New York, in exchange for the state bond issue, as authorized by the leg islature at its 1916 session, he bor rowed on favorable terms upwards of half a million dollars, for other ob jects, specifically provided for by the same authority. The money for the bonds was on hand and ready for transfer to the treasury ag, soon as the bonds them selves were turned over to the cus tody ef the purchasers. There was a day's delay in receipt of the bonds, owing to a mistake in the forwarding address by the lithographing firm sup plying the paper. Instead of address ing to Jackson, Miss., the packet of valuable commercial paper was misdi rected to "Jackson, Mich., which was discovered by the shippers only after the package had been started on its way to Michigan. Gov. Bilbo reported having negotiat ed a loan of $360,000, authorized by the legislature, to help in meeting current expenses for this year, at 4.40 per centum, payable Jan. 10, 1917. At the same time he was able to borrow, also from Grant & Co., the $145,000 needed to purchase additional land for the penitentiary, a loan he was authorized to negotiate, loan was negotiated at 4.90 per centum, payable March 30, 1918. Before the close of business all the money, represented by the bond sale proceeds, and the two loans negotiat ed, aggregating $1,301,480, was trans ferred from Grant & Co.'s account to that of the state of Mississippi, and all hands ware breathing easier. ■ This Prison Board Meets. The state board of prison trustees, in addition to purchasing supplies, in cluding hats and footwear, for fall de livery, held an extended conference with Gov. Bilbo relative to the pro posed purchase of additional land for the penitentiary, as authorized by an act of the legislature. No definite decision was reached in regard to the land, the discussion be ing rather tentative. The members of the board and Gov. Bilbo have investi gated a number of tracts in the upper delta, and the probabilities are that a purchase will be made shortly. Governor Discharges Two. Discharges for meritorious conduct were granted to two negro convicts by Governor Bilbo, upon recommendation of the penitentiary trustees. * The negroes discharged are Will Carter, sent up from Newton county for manslaughter: Jim Carter, sent up from Warren county for a similar offense, and Lloyd Kelly, convicted of grand larceny in Forrest county. The discharges were given in reward for services rendered by the men in cap turing escaped convicts. Assessments Complete. The railroad, commission completed its statutory duty of assessing public service corporations after giving am ple opportunity to all who so desired to be heard. Practically all of the property was fixed at the 1915 basis of valuation, with the exception of that part of the Y. & M. V. Railway system, beginning at Asylum, just north of Jackson, via Yazoo City, Greenwood, Lambert, Swan Lake tc Lake Cormorant. Under the 1915 assessment this property was assessed at $10,000, $6, 000 and $4,000 per mile, according to location and business handled. The commission felt justified in fixing the rate uniformly at $10,000 for the en tire line and $2,500 per mile for side tracks, and it was so ordered. All assessments as fixed by the com mission, having left to lie over for objections at the August meeting, will _ now most likely be made final, as it is not believed by the commissioners that there will be any litigation pre cipitated with a view to still further contesting the matter. While the development of the county agricultural high school system in Mis sissippi might have made fuller prog ress toward a statewide establishment since the first act providing therefor was passed, still, all things consid ered, the condition at the present day is not such as to cause the blush of shame to mantle the cheeks It is a fact that It was only eight years ago that the first agricultural high school act, authorizing the estab lishment and laying the legal ground work of the system, was passed. There are now 43 such schools es tablished in 44 counties, two of the number, Oopiah and Lincoln, co-oper ating together in maintaining an in tercounty institution. Hon. John Sharp Williams, candi date for United States senator, be ing without opposition for the Demo cratic nomination to that office, and the Hon. J. B. Holden, candidate for Judge of the supreme court of Missis sippi, not having opposition for the Democratic nomination to that office, declared to be the noml* both were nees for their respective offices.