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a MONGREL AGITATORS AND OUT LAWS ATTEMPT TO EVADE CONSCRIPTION LAW. LEADER SHOT BY OFFICERS t prompt Action of Officers and Loyal Citizens Put End To Trouble Be fore It Reaches Extensive Proportions. * ; iff . t Oklahoma City, Okla.—With one of ftheir leaders dead, another captured jand at least 25 of their bands In the jhands of peace officers, posse leader* ^rere of the opinion that the uprising objectors to the selective draft in Cen tral Oklahoma was under control. The outlaws have been scattered into such •mall bands that further successful resistance is believed impossible. Ißheriff Grail of Seminole county de clared he can handle the situation (With a small force of men. I The first blood of the guerrilla war fare which was waged two days oc curred in a brush between the outlaws and possemen near Rock Crossing and ÏFrlendshlp, when Wallace Cargill, an old man, and alleged to be a ringlead er of the objectors, was killed. The posse which captured him was small, containing but five or six men, and of the 20 men flushed in the brush only three others besides Cargill were cap tured. A near lynching occurred in the Lone Dove neighborhood, when posses caught four of the objectors, the two McNeely brothers, John Gray,-an old taan, and "Doc" White, a negro. They were captured about seven miles northwest of here. In their efforts to get information regarding the move ments of the recalcitrants, one of the McNeeley boys were strung up with a rope around his neck. Called on to tell what he knew of the objectors' plans, he refused to talk, and the po* semen cut him down and, with the Other prisoners, took him to Sasakwa. ■ U.S.TAKES CONTROL OF SHIPS /VII Merchant Ships Over 2,500 Tons Now Being Built Are Immedi ately Requisitioned. Washington.—The emergency fleel corporation has requisitioned all mer chant vessels of more than 2,500 tons now being built in American ship yards. Double and triple labor shifts will be put in the yards to speed con struction. There are building in the country's yards about 700 ships, totaling more than 1,500,000 in tonnage, most o< it •contracted for by foreign firms. Amer ican vessels will be retained by the shipping board for operations, while final disposition of the foreign craft Iwlll be let to negotiations between the will be left to negotiations between the United States and the govern xnenas concerned. No announcement was made as to the amount of tonnage taken over, but (the shipping board's records show that about 700 vessels of nearly 2,000,000 tons of all classes are building, j As fast as the yards are cleared oi jtheir present construction they will be U>ut to work on the great fleet the gov ernment will build. The yards were •ordered to enter Into no more con tracts or commitments for private con struction and to begin no new work on contracts already made without first obtaining the permission of the fleet corporation. KERENSKY TO FORM CABINET (Conference In Winter Palace of Poll t ticians Results In Vote of Utmost Confidence. Petrograd. —The political conference Sat the Winter Palace, attended by the leaders of the five parties, passed a res jolution declaring Its confidence in Pre jmier Kerensky and inviting him tc jform his own cabinet. Four of the resolutions declared that 4 new cabinet should adhere to the pro gram of reform and consolidation is sued by Premier Kerensky on June (21, but the Constitutional Democrats |in their resolution made no mention oi the program which they continue to op pose. ■ NEPHEW OF CHANCELLOR. Carl Struth, Nephew of German Chan cellor, Enlists In U. S. Army. Hartford, Conn.—Carl P. Struth, who claims to be a nephew of the German chancellor, has enlisted in the United States army. Recently he applied for enlistment here, but was not accepted. Through war department officials it was ascertained that he went from here to Washington, where he has been ac cepted as a recruit for the regular army. Statues and Antiques Stolen. Petrograd. —Silver statues and an tiques to the value of 1,500,000 rubles •were stolen from the senate building by six armed robbers, who declared that the statues of the Romanoff fam ily offended their revolutionary senti ments. I Camp Dugout Caves in. Fort Riley, Kan.—Eight students of the officers reserve training camp were buried beneath five feet of earth when a trench and dugout the men were building caved in. None suffered seri ous injury. Sequester Cereal Crops. Berne.—The Swiss government has Issued an order sequestering the en tire cereal crops, with the exception of the quantities required for the per sonal consumption of the producers jand for seed purposes. SKYLINE OF 1917 I GUESS' crn ts H/wefir anything on U5 föR *KVSC«A vÜ l/ / % a f/ m I m -r/.—i / * £ •; r $ /V.," ü mß (Copyright.) IS GOAL OF ALLIES; TORRENTIAL RAINS IN FLANDERS FAIL TO STOP ALLIES' DRIVE AGAINST TEUTONS. FIGHTING THROUGH SLUSH London.—Torrential raing, sweeping the Belgian flat lands, have not 'quenched the ardor of the British troops. The U-boat bases if it takes until Christmas," is the word going up and down the lines, and the Tommies and Anzacs and - Poilus are only waiting a halt in the rainfall to go over the top again. The operation undertaken by the Anglo-French armies in Flanders is beginning to reveal itself as one of the most difficult actions of the war. The country through which the troops must advance Is absoutely flat—the ideal terrain for trench warfare—and the Germans have fortified It to the ii last inch during their months of occu pation. Not only is it flat and difficult for the artillery, but it is under present conditions a vast bog for the greater part of the year, rendering infantry operations hazardous and effective ar tillery transportation almost impossi ble. But it is through this wilderness of wavy mud that the British and Frencn troops are determined to seek a de cision. Only the breaking of the clouds remains for them to again come to grips with the Germans. One of the first results of the im portant German conference at Brus sels. where the kaiser presided and which was attended by all the mili tary chiefs of the west, is declared to be a heavy reinforcement of Crown Prince Rupprecht's lines, forces are to be withdrawn from the already "paper line" in the east to form a great reserve in Flanders, it is reported. The French are prevent ing the German withdrawals from other sections of the western front. German SUSPECTED SPY MAY BE SHOT p? Member of National Guard May Get Death Penalty For Being German Spy. Newark, N. J.—Henry Basel, form erly an employe of the Hamburg-Amer ican Steamship company, and more lately a member of the First infantry, N. G. N. J., was taken by federal au thorities to Ellis Island a few days ago. It has been learned that lie had been under arrest for several weeks. The charge against Basel has not been made public. His arrest was ac complished with absolute secrecy, and since that time he has been under military guard in the Essex county jail. Officials intimate that if suspi cions against him are proved to be cor rect he may be shot. DIPLOMAS IN THREE YEARS. Princeton Faculty Decides'To Give In tensive Schooling. Princeton, N. J.—By the decision of the special Princeton faculty commit tee appointed to consider problems arising out of thp war, men may now get their degrees at Princeton univer sity in three years / instead of four. This will be obtained by a special in tensive course of Etudy. Special en graved war certificates will be given students who enlisted before complet ing studies. Issues Commissions Aug. 25. Washington, D. C.—Not until Aug. 25 will the young men who are in the officers' training camp at Fort Ogle thorpe know the result of the many tests to which they have been subject ed to secure commissions in the new national army. Morris Becomes Ambassador. Washington.—Roland S. Morris of Philadelphia was confirmed without opposition by jthe senate as ambassa dor to Japan. He will succeed the late George W. Guthrie. , Lieut.-Col. Paget Die*. London.—Liet.-Col. Albert Edward Paget died in London, whence he was removed from a hospital in France. He was born in 1879. He was the son of Gen. Sir Arthur Henry Paget, whose two other sons are suffering from wounds. a Says Yale Must Pay. New Haven, Conn.—Yale university must pay to the state inheritance taxes amounting to $234,000, according to a decision just handed down by the su preme court of Connecticut TO RULE THE SEAS SHIPPING BOARD PLANS FOR CON TROL OF WORLD'S SHIPPING OWNERS TO .OPERATE. PUT SHIPS IN THE ATLANTIC a is of Washington.—Plans for taking over for operation all American ocean-going merchant ships will soon fie announced by the shipping board. Charters will be requisitioned under a recent act oi congress authorizing the president to commandeer tonnage for government uses. The program is preliminary to put ting into operation an agreement be tween the American and British gov ernments for joint control of the world's shipping. It will give the ship ping board control of ocean freight charged by American ships and a rate basis being worked out will be used for building an international rate schedule. The chief aim in commandeering charters is to get more ships into trans-Atlantic service. Many Ameri can coastwise vessels and ships en gaged in the Pacific and South Ameri can trade will be diverted to trans Atlantic runs. Their places will be taken to a large extent by neutral and Japanese tonnage. The plan is to commandeer charters and wherever advisable let the ships be operated by owners undér a gov ernment charter. The government will direct operations and specify serv ices in which ships shall ply and where ever operators fail to carry out the shipping board's regulations charters will be taken from them and given to others. of FALSE ADDRESSES GIVEN Department of Justice Discover Regis trants Gave False Addresses In Many Cities. Washington.—Hundreds of men in the chief cities of the country, reports to the department of justice show, gave fictitious addresses for draft reg istration, and are now being sought by government agents. Bridges, vacant lots, streets that do not exist, and in some cases, factory sites were given as addresses by registrants who since have disappeared. In a large number of cases prospects are not considered bright for finding the slackers. The practice appears to have been more prevalent in the larger cities. Slackers who, after having registered, failed to report for physical examina tion, will be ordered into the military service of the United States without further prelimiarles, losing cairns of exemptions and other considerations. GERMAN SHIPS ARE READY. Two More of Them Have Been Placed in Commission. Boston.—Two German steamships, the Kronprinzessin Cecilie and Cincin nati, are now under the American flag at the Boston navy yard. The Amer ika, another German ship, will be com missioned this week. The vessels have about 70 per cent of their comple ment, consisting of regular seamen and reserves, and will be ready for service shortly. Troops Get Mail In Francf. Washington.—American soldiers a. the front are receiving their mail with out interruption as a result of the es tablishment of the United States pos tal agency In France. Davis' Bodyguard Dies. Richmond.—With a Confederate flag wrapped about the casket, Lieut. Jas. R. Dickinson, C. S. A., who was one of Jefferson Davis' bodyguard In the flight of the Confederate chieftain from Richmond, was buried in Holly wood, alongside the remains of Davis. Spanish Credit Approved. Madrid.—The cabinet has approved credits of 28,000,000 pesetos for the war department and for the improve ment in army corps services. Miners Reject Concessions. Miami, Ariz.—Striking miners éf the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers and Allied Crafts at a mass meeting here voted to rej%;t concessions offered by copper mine op erators of the Globe Miami district Jap Destroyer Rams O-Boat. London.—A Japanese torpedo boat destroyer smashed the periscope of a hostile submarine in the Mediterran ean, and undoubtedly destroyed the underseas boat IN ALLIED ATTACKS BIG GUNS MOW TEUTONS DOWN IN TITANIC 8TRUGGLE ALONG WIDE FRONT. GREATEST BATTLE OF WAR With Clearing Skies Great Struggle Assumes Greatest Proportions of War—Results of Assault Fore cast Teutonic Collapse. Paris.—With rain falling in torrents and the sodden battlefields of Flan ders veiled in a dense mist, the big guns continued their work of destruc tion and later in the day, when that downpour ceased, the volume of firing increased rapidly, completely paralyz ing the enemy massing troops at vari osu points for a counter-attack. ■ The correspondent of the Petit Pa xisien says the resumption of tho bat tle on a great scale is expected. The Germans are hurrying every available man to the danger zone and unmis takable signs other than the formida* t ble accumulation of troops indicate the Germans intend to hold their ground at all costs. A swaying battle may be anticipated, but those who have seen the glorious allied warriors at work, and know the invincible spirit in which they are waiting to spring at the throats of the enemy, are confident another defeat is in store for the Prussians. According to reliable information which has reached the British head quarters the demoralization in certain Prussian regiments developed with open rebellion. A Bavarian battalion, abandoning the first line trenches near Frezenberg, refused to fight, saying it was useless to sacrifice so many men. The battalion immediately was sent to the rear. The non-commis sioned officers leading the movement were arrested and the men were con fined. ATTITUDE OF POPE CHANGES Partiality Toward Germany Is Lessen ing Since Resignation of Beth man-Hollweg. Rome.—It is stated in Vatican cir cles that the pope's impartial attitude toward official Germany is undergoing a change. The pope is reported to re gret greatly the action of Germany in connection with the deported Belgians. The new attitude appears to have been adopted after the fall of Dr. von Beth jnann-Hollweg, the imperial chancellor, who just before his resignation wrote what now is apparent was a farewell letter to the holy father thanking him for his forbearance and favors, also calling attention to the fact that he had always tried his best to grant the pope's demands regarding prisoners. Commenting on the situation, Italia points out that the relations of the Vat ican with the Austrian Catholics are ex cellent, that whereas the German bish ops have been subservient to the gov ernment the Austrian biahops have re mained Independent and have even protested against German atrocities. Italia says further Austria still de sires to keep In favor with the Vatican, hoping therein to secure a peace inter mediary. This wish is encouraged by the Vatican, which has not lost hope of sitting at the peace conference; also that Benedict XV. is careful not to con fuse his peace attempt with those now being made by Socialists. Although an absolute break with Germany is not expected at this time, it is certain that the Belgian deporta tions are daily making more difficult the maintenance of relations. The pope's personal position is also uncom fortable as the result of the fight made by Anglo-French and Belgian Catho lics, who long have claimed that the pope was surrounded by central em pire influences. French Minister Retained. Paris.—Socialist deputies in the chamber decided by a vote of 56 to 9 that Albert Thomas, minister of muni tions and member,of the war council, shall continue as a member of the government. Texans Favor Prohibition. Austin, Texas.—A resolution urging the Texas delegates in congress to vote for the measure passed in the United States senate calling for national prohi bition was adopted by the Texas senate. Drop Bombs On Arsenal. Rome.—Large squadrons of Italian airplanes effectively bombed the ar senal and military works of Pola, the* chief naval station of Austria-Hungary on the Adriatic. TEUTON ATTACKS FAIL. Austro-Hungarian Offensive Against Italians Is Repulsed. Rome.—More Important offensive ao* tions were taken by the Austro-Hunga-, rians against the Italian positions east! of Vertoiba and on Monte Rombon, it! was announced officially by the Italian^ war office. All the attacks failed. ItaL ian air squadrons bombarded the Aus-! trian arsenal and military works at Pola, causing great destruction and big fires. Lenine Escapes. Geneva.—Nikolai Lenine, leader of the Maximalists in the recent disorders in Petrograd, according to a private re port from Stockholm, received by Swiss Socialists here, escaped fromi Finland on a Swedish vessel. Orders Flags HoistecL Berlin.—Emperor William, on the oo* eftsion of the capture of Czernowitzj ordered that flags be hoisted and that salutes be fired in Prussia and Alsacei Lorraine. He telegraphed felicitation^ to Archudke Leopold. MISSISSIPPI NEWS LWVVV CONDENSED A11W Happenings Over Commonwealth as Gleaned from Various Places Lake Cormorant.—Fire originating from an unknown cause destroyed the Bedford stock of merchandise. • • * * t Natchez.—Final details incident to the re-opening of the Natchez cotton mills are expected to be arranged within a few days. • » ^ • Canton.—Miss Gerandine Luckett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Luck ett, died at the family residence as a result of paralysis. * • + ft * Meridian.—The county school board set September 17 for the opening of the white schools and October 1 for the colored schools. t » » t • Biloxi.— Dr. H. N. Lawrence, a Bi loxi veterinarian, received his com mission as second lieutenant in the veterinary reserve corps. Biloxi.—The residence of Mrs. T. H. Hubble was set on fire after burglars had robbed her home of about $25 worth of trinkets and other articles. • • ft r ♦ Raymond.—John Eldridge DeCell died here at the family home. He was 64 years of age, and a member of an old and prominent family of South Mississippi. Wesson.—John Boyd left for New York to sail for France to join the American Ambulance Field Corps. He will have charge of the ambulance auto trucks. • t • f • Hattiesburg.—Canteens and conces sions will not be permitted within the limits of Camp Shelby, according to a bulletin received by Major Weller, quartermaster. Biloxi.—Harry Hattlestad, a Biloxi young man, surprised his friends by going to New Orleans and having an operation performed for hernia so that he may get into the navy. Hattiesburg.—Charles W. Kagle and Frank Davis, who has been held in the local county jail, charged with de sertion, were returned to their regi ment at Fort Oglethorpe. Monticello.—Three persons were in jured in an automobile accident near this place, when the cars of A. L. Gar rett, a business man of this place, and W. M. Bass, a farmer, collided head on. ft • • • ft Biloxi.—George Bruce Cortelyou, Jr., general manager of the Gulf Cities Gas company, has enlisted as a private In company A, Seventh regiment of the United States railway engineers .n New York city. Biloxi.—Mississippi coast packing companies are making preparations to open the shrimp season soon, and a fleet of several hundred schooners will be sent out Into the gulf to search the waters for shrimp. ft ft » • • Vicksburg—The highest structure in Mississippi, so it is announced, will be the new reinforced concrete smoke stack at the Yazoo & Mississippi Val ley railroad shops in Vicksburg. It is to be 178 feet high. Hattiesburg.—The city commission ers will offer for sale city bonds in the sum of $28,000 on Aug. 23. unless 20 per cent of the local voters should petition for a special election to place the matter before tht people. • ft • v • Biloxi.—The cooperative shrimp and oyster plant of the Biloxi branch of the International Longshoremen's as sociation, which has been under con struction since June 1, will be com pleted and ready for operation by August 15. ft ft ft ft ft Meridian—The city council has pass ed a new ordinance covering the pur chase of junk, made necessary because of the numerofis depredations to se cure brass. The new law prohibits the purchase by junk dealers of cotton, Iron and brass from minors. • • • • m Biloxi.—Improvements aggregating $15,000 to $20,000 will be completed by the Gulf Coast Senior and Junior Military academy, located between Bi loxi and Gulfport, within the next two or three weeks and the academies will be able to take care of the largest en rollment ever secured by the schools when the next term opens on Sep. 12. tit*» Natchez.—Believing that ferry rates between Louisiana and Mississippi at this point are too high and that many motorists are prevented from cross ing the river, the Natchez chamber of commerce has again taken up a cam paign to secure the desired reduction. • t r • • McComb.—A large tent has been erected on the Hanford lot under which religious services are held here each evening. Rev. Mr. Carpenter, a Baptist evangelist of Baton Rouge, is doing the preaching and Prof. Hoffman of Clarke Memorial college has charge of the choir. • • • * • Jackson —While the Mississippi del ta will produce a good cotton crop, the cost of production will be higher than ever tion, according to State Senator Ed Franklin, president of the Yazoo-Mls sissippi Delta levee board. • • » » • Shubuta.—At a recent meeting to or ganize a Red Cross Dranch, 26 mem bers were received and officers elect ed with Mrs. J. N. Brownlee, chairman; Mrs. W. B. Hooks, secretary; Miss Caroline Hand, treasurer. ft ft ft * ft Lexington.—W. A. Percy, of Green ville, upon the invitation of the Holmes county chapter of the American Red Cross, addressed the people of this county at the Baptist church here. The edifice was filled to Its utmost ca pacity, and every town and neighbor hood of the county was represented. i*bn before in the history of that sec Waynesboro.—Reports reached offi cials here that ten dipping vats had been dynamited in the western part of the county. t • • • • Webb.—Dr. John A. Harris has re ceived his commission from the war department to go as a doctor with the soldiers in France. He will have thr rank of captain. • • • » • Coldwater.—Boll weevils are multi plying and spreading rapidly through out the cotton fields in this commu nity. This is largely due to the recent rains which covered a period of two weeks. • • • • • Jackson.—Whatever else may hap pen as a result of the current season's agricultural activities, the consensus of belief in general is that Mississippi is going t^> make the greatest and most valuable corn crop in her history. • •mm Wesson.—A six weeks' state normal for white teachers is being conducted at the Copiah-Lincoln agricultural high school, with a large attendance. Prof. J. L. McMillan of Macon is di rector and Prof. R. L. Landis of Wes son is local director. • • • • • Jackson.—Urging that South Mis sissippi devote more than usual atten tion to community, county and state fairs this fall than ever. J. Ed Ruff, dtetrict agricultural agent for that sec tion, has sent out a strong circular letter to all county agents under him. a • ft • € • Owens Wells—The benefit ball given by Company E, Mississippi national guard, the cavalry company of Lex ington, was one of the biggest events of the season. A number of the sol diers were in uniform, and a consider able sum was added to the treasury of the company. • • • • ft Purvis.—The Purvis Truckers' as sociation was formed here with C. C. Chapman, president; J. B. Foshee, vice-president, and J. B. Thompson, secretary and manager, and with the avowed purpose of undertaking at once the planting of considerable acreage. Jackson.—Prof. P. P. Garner, com missioner of agriculture, and chair man of the live stock sanitary board, made a trip to Wayne county to try and placate the farmers who are man ifesting considerable hostility toward the tick eradication work in that county. Jackson.—William Stubblefield, a merchant at Yazoo City, filed a volun tary petition In bankruptcy with the clerk of the Federal court. His lia bilities are placed at $2,217.06, with as sets amounting tp $2,208,58, of which $1,839.50 is inventory value of stock in trade. • ♦ » » • Columbus.—Colonel C. L. Lincoln, attorney, and Past Grand Master of the Odd Fellows of Mississippi, and John T. Wood, former postmaster, nar rowly escaped serious injury when an automobile in which they were riding turned over an embankment on the Pickensville road. • • ft 0 ft Columbus.—The following Colum bians have stood the necessary exam ination for admission to the officers' training camp at Leon Springs, Texas, and will report for duty when training begins: Julian B. Hopkins, J. M. Dono van, Pope Reeves, Herman Feinstein, Tom Evans, W. H. Grace and E. G. Carswell. • » • • • Pascagoula.—United States dredge boat Pascagoula is dredging a canal for the Dierks-Blodgett Shipbuilding company. The canal will be 1000 feet long from the Pascagoula river to the rear end of their yard and 125 feet wide and 16 feet deep, and will be used for the storing of ships when launched. Yazoo City.—At a meeting of the board of directors of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, Mrs. Mar garet Kinkead Thompson, one of Mis sissippi's best known women and writers, was unanimously elected of ficial reporter of the chapter, and pub licity agent during a membership drive throughout the county, to be launched at an early date. « • * » • Walthall.—At a meeting of farmers of Webster county here the organiza tion of the Corn, Hay and Velvet Bean association was effected. This meet ing was composed of the progressive farmers from every part of the county and one woman farmer, who organized themselves into a permanent associa tion, the purpose of which is to find a market for all the surplus of these commodities, i*bn account of opposition of taxpayers. • * • • • Jackson.—The news from Washing ton that the senate had adopted the resolution for submission of the pro hibition amendment to a vote in the various states did not even cause a tremor of excitement in Mississippi. Having been "bone dry" for a whole month, right in midsummer, Missis sippi now accepts prohibition as a mat ter of fact, and the inclination of the average citizen is not to allow the sub ject to worry him. • • ft • • Meridian.—According to authentic information, Meridian is soon to have a thorough sanitary overhauling under the direction of the state board of health. It is planned to bring the city to the government specifications from a health standpoint in every par ticular. up • • • » • Columbus.—The Lowndes County Sunday school association will hold Its annual meeting at Woodlawn, Aug. 11 and 12. dent of the organization, and J. R. Vaughn Is secretary. • ft • • • Jackson.—Every housewife in Madl county has been requested to fur Prof. B. G. Hull Is presi son nish two jars of jam or preserves for the Mississippi soldier boys at Camp Jackson, and It will take a whole freight car to bring the sweets to the camp. t i t t t BHoxi.—Improvements calling for expenditures of from $80,000 to $90, 000 are contemplated by the mayor and board of aldermen of Biloxi, but it Is doubtful whether 50 per cent of j the improvements will be carried out ; SELECTS 10 COLONELS LIEUTENANT COLONEL BOYD AND MAJOR HOGABOOM WILL COMMAND REGIMENTS. Governor Bilbo Announces Military Promotions of Guard Officers—Able Militiamen Will Lead Troops Before Enemy. Jackson.—Gov. Bilbo announces the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel E. B. Boyd of the First Mississippi artil lery, and of Major George A. Hoga boom of the Second Mississippi regi ment. These men have been connect ed with the National Guard for several years, and are recognized as able of ficers. Major Charles R. Dalby will be lieu tenant-colonel of the Second Missis sippi infantry; Major W. C. O'Ferrall will be lieutenant-colonel of the First artillery; Major A. H. Pattison will be lieutenant-colonel of the First regi ment. Herdin H. Brooks of Meridian and A. C. Meets of Greenwood will be majors of the artillery regiment; those for the cavalry will be J. H. Hairston of Gulf port and Dennis Hossley of Vicksburg, The majors in the Second regiment will be W. W. Harper of Natchez, H. N. Scales of Macon, and J. E. Gorman of Vicksburg. They are now captains. Supply Depot At Hattiesburg. Four hundred and twelve soldiers, constituting the Second battalion, First Mississippi infantry, commanded by Maj. O. C. Oferall, arrived at Camp Shelby from Jackson to do guard duty. The battalion is composed of the Hat tiesburg, Jackson, Brookhaven and Yazoo City Companies. Maj. George H. Weller, quartermas ter at Camp Shelby, was advised that a quartermaster's depot dt the south- • ern division of the United States army will be opened in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1. This information was received from the general headquarters. Maj. Weller will have charge of the depot. He ex pressed the belief that the three camps id the Twelfth division of the southern division will be supplied from the Hat tiesburg depot. Many Convicts Are Released. Acting upon the advice of the par don board Gov. Bilbo has exercised ex ecutive clemency to the following con victs: Will McCaffrey (white), manslaugh ter; J. V/. Moore (white), murder; Boisy Wentworth (white), shooting with intent to kill; Sam B. Jones (white), grand larceny; Sidney A. Nor man (white), forgery; Valley Jackson, burglary and larceny; George Wil liams, grand larceny; George Gibson, murder; Sam Ricks, murder; Milton Knight, murder; Howard Weeks, bur glary; Joe Everett, grand larceny; Walter Tabors, murder; Will Pool incest; Joe Garner, manslaughter. Will Call Extra Session Soon. . Gov. Bilbo is awaiting a report from the state board of tax equalization be fore fixing date for the special session of the legislature. The members of that body are now busily engaged in interviewing boards of supervisors and securing their approval of the plan to assess all property at actual value, and make a corresponding reduction in the tax levy. It is believed that the board will ba able to make a comprehensive report to the governor by the middle of Aug ust, and that the legislature will be convened not later than Sept. 15. School Laws Being Codified. To codify the school laws of Missis* sippi a special committee is in session. The ex-officio members of this commit tee are Gov. Theo. G. Bilbo and State Superintendent of Eduçation W. F. Bond. Members from the state at large are President Joe Cook, of the State Normal, and Prof. G. T. Hower ton, of A. and M. college. Camp Shelby Gets Postoffice. At a conference of army officers and assistant postmaster Kernaghen at Hattiesburg it was agreed to open a branch office at Camp Shelby August 6. Mails will be taken to the camp at stated times each day from the Hat tiesburg office. Father of Gov. Bilbo Dies. J. O. Bilbo, father of Gov. Theodore G. Bilbo, died at the family home near Poplarville. Mr. Bilbo was in his 86th year, and had been in failing health for some time. The deceased was a native of Missis sippi, his parents being of Scotch-Irish descent Governor Pardons Three Boys. Pardons were Issued from the gov ernor's office to three boys, B. Ben Davis, Alfred Staunton and Joe Cook meyer, who were convicted on July 19th for stealing rides on a train at Jackson. Epidemic of Hot Weather Ills. Disease typical of the summei months are shown to be prevalent in Mississippi by the July report of the health department. Typhoid cases in creased from 308 in May to 495 in June. Malaria increased from 9,587 in May to 11,349 in June. Measles in creased from 1,847 in May to 3,580 in June. Deaths from this disease were 89 in April and 78 in May. Meridian.—All plans are complete for the food conservation campaign, which begins Aug. 6. Coldwater.—There is unusual activ ity in the canning business here this season, an*l thousands of cans of veg etables are being put up. MeridiaD.—The police are constant ly receiving complaints of damage done to vacant houses by junk hunt ers. Vicksburg.— C. R. Twiss, for the past eleven years city engineer, has received official Information from Washington that he has been commis sioned a captain and will have com mand of a division of tka engineers' reserve corps.