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VOL. XXIV NO. 48. COLUMBUS, MISS., THURSDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 11, 1917. emi-Week!y, $3.00 Per Year. BOYS AT CAMP PUCE ARE ALL WELL PLEASED EVERY EFFORT MADE TO CONSERVE BOTH HEALTH AND SPIRITS. CAMP IS HOMELIKE General Sturgis, the Comman . der, Urges Soldiers to Make Quarters Comfortable. . Little Rrxfc, Ark., Oct. 10. What can Germany and the Central Pow ers expect with an army of young" men being gathered at Camp Pike under command of such a soldier as Major General D. Sturgis? There are sixteen other armies of similar character, but certainly they cannot excel and probably not equal this flower of the Southland. Bright eyed, eager young men, under a com mander who conserves the energies and the health of his men, and who sees that they have comforts' of life along with the hardships. "Willingness seems to be the pre dominant feature in the men who are reporting at Camp Pike," says Major General Sturgis, "and men who are willing make soldiers who cannot be defeated. These men come to the camp with a thorough knowledge of the task before them. They come with determination to make the best of it, and seem ready to grasp every opportunity to asrfst their officers in rounding out an army that will give an excellent account of itself when called upon. "Among those who have reported are men of high education, wealth and refinement. They do not evi dence a disposition to shirk anything. They obey every order with alacity and eargerness. It makes no dif -lWPe i what they are , called on , to do, they do it, and do it with a good grace. Few expected such action from a drafted army, and it has sim plified the work of the officers great ly. It will enable them to turn out a well organized machine much ear lier than was anticipated. "The officers turned out by the training schools are proving to be valuable men. I have found among them the desire to rush training as they were driven in the 90 days they were under training. This will not work on an army and after a bit of aution, they are breaki'v? the men Mo ?amp routine mot a leisurely They do not drill the men all day as at the start, but drill a few hours in th morning, then have other work at does not require such sh"enous physical endeavor. The afternoon i3 deoted to lighter work "All cantonments have their trou bles at the r.tarjt, but remarkable wcrk has been done here. Of course we came in before all buildings were completed, but we have kept just a bit ahead of the men. This par tially completed appearance of the camp naturally has its effect upon the men, but it is very slight. They have quarters that are homelike in side, and very orderly. They have good beds and meals, and everything is spick and span except on the out side. This will be remedied shortly "Some cantonments have mud, others rock, and one thing after another. Camp Pike has dust. I have asked the War Department for au' thority to relieve this condition, for the men should not have to breathe it. I have been authorized to spend $75,000,000 but I have asked for $300,000 and this will do the work permanently and right. The dust is the only objection, for we have water and lights, and everything else need ed for the comfort of man. "Already we have picked out many non-commissioned officers, particu larly the corporals. We have also assigned some sergeants but many will be left until the companies are formed. Regiments are formed in accordance with the states, and each man is thus in a regtment with his friends." It is possible that men from one locality will be. one company and certainly they have many friends in a regiment. "I have not seen any homesick ness, for I don't believe the men have ime to think of such matters. They ara every day with the boys from bade home, have excellent meals and quarters, and there is no room for anything but a satisfied body. "The men who have been here a month are now pretty well drilled They would be excellently drilled troops but for the fact that each day recruits are added to tie squads unti a company is formed, and each com pany is only as good as are its re cruits. You cannot call on a man for services he will not render. We have a road in one part of the camp that is a model". This was built in three days by a company of engi neers, recently formed and I know there were men out there using a pick that had never done such work before but all seemed willing and anxious to do it. I have seen wealthy young men working about barracks, cleaning windows and doing other such work, and when they had the task completed asked to be called again when such service was requir ed. That is the class of men it takes to make soldiers, and I never saw a body of men more anxious than those who have come to Camp Pike." With such a leader as Major Gen eral Sturgis, a man who lost 800 men out of his regiment in order to fill two other going to France, lost his non-commissioned officers to permit them to attend a training camp, lost his commissioned officers to regiments going to Europe, and yet with a foundation of 400 sea son men whipped out a new regiment so that in 30 days it was ready for foreign servkte and is now in France, what might not one expect of the National Army now being trained at Camp Pike? When ball and bat appears there is no homesickness. If this is an in fallible sign, there will be no home sickness in Camp Pike. Every af ternoon when work is over balla and bats appear as if by magic and the great national game is on. All drill ground is surrounded by those who come to cheer as well as play, and it is only the approach of dust or the mess call that ends the pastime. The mess call is the popular time at Camp Pike, and it -will put an end to almost anything. An appetite is another sign of ontentment, for the man with wor ries is not the man who eats hearti ly of what is set before him. It would take a man with a deep root ed ailment to resist the menu and the cooking of a 1917 army cook. These men are the graduate in cooking, and as well qualified for the service as the graduate nurse is for the hospi tal. If it must be told, some of the cooks at Camp Pike hr.ve done their bit, in the kitchens of the principal hotels of the South, and many of them were dignified there witn the a'ary and '.lassification of chef. One cook at Camp Pike presided over the range and the stew pans in a New Orleans restaurant that is famous the world over for its Creole dishes. It cannot be said that Camp Pike is a place of peace and contentment, for the men are ;too imbued with the fighting idea to accept anything on the peace line, but everyone at the camp is as cheerful as it is possible for future heroes to be. They are getting ready for war 'with as few of the eigns of future battles as young American men or officers can avoid. Sport is the big thing, and the men are getting plenty of it. Major Gen eral Sturgis says it is best for them, for a man who can stand up under any sort of athletic strain will make a good soldier. To this end they have the best obtainable instructors intnvfk and field sports football, box ing and fencing. The men are encouraged from the start to make their barracks home like. Of course thiy will not be car ried to any great extent until the companies are definiely formed, but it is remarkable how the men take to the ideas. The engineers are making home and all. They have taken a log cabin, resembling much the birth place of many of the Nation's great men, built in front a portico of cob blestones, put on a rustic roof, and made other improvements until they have one of the most attractive bun galows in the camp. Many of the companies have mold ed concrete slabs in front of their barracks, and on these large flags are painted. Most all have flower beds', and all have walks with orna mental borders. MODEL BAKERY NOW MANAGED BY SHULL The Model Bakery, on South Mar ket street, which for some time past been closed, was recently purchased by Mr. Fred Shull, who will own and nanage same. Mr. Shul! has secured the services -f L. Welch, of Natchez, as baker. Mr. WeWi is an experienced man in this line of work, and Mr. "u!l i" foitunat? in having secured Ym. The Model Bakery will have wagons on the street, and will no Vsbt build up a big trade within the next fewweeks. Mr. W. H. Goodson, who for the past two years has been residing in Amorella, Texas, returned to- Co lumbus the first of the week, having made the trip in an automobile. His? many friends are glad to welcome him back to the city. GASTON NAMED AS NEW HEAD OF CIVIC BODY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HELD ELECTION TUES DAY NIGHT. SMOKER ENJOYED Exhaustive Reports Submitted By Retiring Officers of Or ganization. Members of the Chamber of Com merce of Columbus and Lowndes county hold their annual meeting Tuesday night and elected the follow Tuesday night, for the ensuing year: President, Mr. Ira L. Gaston; Vice President, Mr. Sydney Loeb; Direc tor of Agricultural Affairs, Dr. John Oliver; Director of Public Affairs, Mr. E. L. Kuykendall ; Director of Re tail Affairs, Mr. L. Shapira; Di rector of Organization, Mr. S. L. Caine; Director of Business Affairs, Mr. Henry Beard ; Directors at Large, Messrs. V. B. Imes, W. H. Carter, WiUiam Simpson, P. II. Wakefield and Louis Shull. The election was followed by a smoker which was greatly enjoyed by the members. The reports of Mr. S. B. Street, Jr., the retiring president, and Mr. Ira L. Gaston, the retiring treasurer, were read and were listened to with much interst. A great deal of enthusiasm was ex hibited at the meeting and the com ing year promises to be the most prosperous in the history of the or ganization. WILL GIVE PLAY FOR BENEFIT OF RED CROSS On next Tuesday evening, bctober 16 "Mistress Mary's Garden Party" will be presented at the Industrial Institute and College for the benefit of the Red Cross. Mrs. S. B. Street, Jr., and Mrs. J. T. Searcy are assist ing Miss Robertson, of Atlanta, in geting up the play, which promises' to be a big success. Only a small admission price will be charged, and every one who can should make it a point to see this well known "Mother Goose" play. Cotton Declines There was a slight decline in the cotton market yesterday, and at the close of business yesterday afternoon good middling was quoted in the local market at 20 1-4 cents per pound. Mr. Vivian Halbert leaves Sunday for Memphis where he goes to accept a position as manager of the stove department of the Rhodes' Furniture Co. ITEMS OF INTEREST OVER THE COUNTRY GIST OF THE NEWS GATHERED HERE AND THERE AND PRE SENTED IN BRIEF FORM. The ginner's report shows that 806 bales of coton were ginned in Lown des county prior to September 25, 1917, compared to 333 bales ginned o September 25, 191C. The United States Monday made a loan of $15,000,000 to Great Britain, it was announced at the treasury de partment. This brings the total of United States loans to the allies to $2,533,400,000. Two thousand Chicago children, school mates of Glayds? Malinosky, 14 years old, who has been missing from her home since last Thursday, turned detective Monday and joined in the search for the girl. The claim for exemption filed by Edsel Ford, of Detroit, son 6f Henry Ford the manufacturer, was denied by the district draft board in Detroit. Ford claimed exemption on indus trial grounds. It is not probable, however, that Ford will be called by the first draft, as his1 liabiliy number is far down on the list Fifty housand dollars for the relief of flood sufferers in China was cabled this week by the American Red Cross to its workers in that country. It was announced that the entire $200,000 suggested by Paul Reinsch, the Amer ican minister, will be sent in the near future. Dispatches received by the Chinese legation said conditions fol lowing the flood were worse than hose attendant upon any other inun dation in the country's history. DEMURRER IS SUSTAINED IN THE IRION CASE DECISION RENDERED JUST BEFORE THE COURT AD JOURNED YESTERDAY. t SUIT GROUNDLESS Plaintiff . Given Ten Days in Which to File Motion For Appeal. After having been in session only three day,', the fall term of chancery court for Lowndes county adjourned Wednesday afternoon. The docket was exceedingly light, and as Chan cellor A. Y. Woodward, who presid ed, is a rapid worker, the business of the term was speedily disposed of. The most important case to come up for adjudication was that of Miss Mollie Gray Irion vsf. Jno. A. Neil- sonet al., which involved property on which the city waterworks, the plant of the Columbus Lumber Company and traUvS of the Southern Railway are located. All three of these cor porations were mada ; co-defendants wih Mr. Neilson, the city of Colum bus having been represented by Gen. E. T. Sykes, the Southern Railway by Sturdivant, Owen & Garnett and the Columbus Lumber Company by J. W. Loving. Mr. Neilson was rep resented by Frierson & Hale, while Judge J. T. Harrison appeared for Miss? Irion. Attorneys for he defendants filed a demurrer to the plaintiff's bill of complaint, and the demurrer was sus tained by Judge Woodward, who gave the plaintiff ten days in which to file an appeal. The following cases, in addition to the one mentioned above, were dis posed of during the progress of the term. v 4 ' C. L. Randall and wife vs. Mm Freddie Payne, decree as to division of property. M. A. Wells vs. Mary L. Minter, decree ordering sale of land. The Estate of John D. Bradford, decree ordering final discharge of ad. ministrator. The Estate of James F. Pope, final decree. The Town of Artesia by its Mayor and Board of Aldermen vs. J. V. Mit chell, decree granting GO day exten sion to file demurrer. Andrew JacTcson Mason vs. Elvira Mason, divorce; granted. NEW YORK GIANTS TAKE THIRD GAME The third game of the world's championship series was played in New York yesterday, and McGraw's Giants defeated the Chicago Ameri icans by a score of 2 to 0. Cicotte and Schalk comprised the battery for Chicago, while Benton and Rai riden were at the points for New York. There were no games Monday or Tuesday, both teams having been on the road Monday , and the contest scheduled for the following day hav ing been prevented by rain. Of the three games played, Chicago has tak en two, the first won by New York having been that which was played yesterday. The games played and Sunday were received in detail at the Prin cess Theater, while the report of yes terday's contest was confined to the score by innings. Names Spoiuorial Staff. The following sponsorial staff has been named by Hon. B. A. Lincoln, of this "ity, commander of the Miss issippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, for the annual reunion of that organization which is to be held at Vicksburg Monday, October 15: Sponsor, Miss Dollie Kimbrough, Greenwood; Maids of Honor, Miss Katherine McKinley, Columbus, Miss Sarah Scudder, Vicksburg; Chaperon, Mrs. J. " D. Thames, Vicksburg; Matron of Honor, Mrs. Madge Holmes, Hattiesburg Stolzer Goinf to Franc. Mr. Frank II.' Stolzer, one of the Columbus boys who was iivrHuded in the draft, and who several weeks ago went to Camp Pike, has been honored by being included in the next company of lumbermen to go to France. Mr. Stolzer hf awaiting further orders, which he expect ta receive within the next, few days. Dr. C. D. Goodwin has returned from Memphis, where he has been spending two weeks on business1. LOCAL LIBERTY LOAN BOOSTERS ARE APPOINTED COMMITTEE NAMED TO SOLICIT LOCAL SUB SCRIPTIONS. REEVES CHAIRMAN Quota of County is $250,000, But Larger Sum Will be Sought Lowndes county is preparing to do her full duty towards raising her share of the se.bnd Liberty Loan bond issue, and with that end in view a strong committee has been appoint ed to undertake the work. This com mittee is headed by Parker Reeves, cashier of the Merchants' and Farm ers' Bank, who is to be assisted by the following gentlemen: Capt. T. II. Sharp, Messrs. C. II. Ayres, E. C. Chapman, S. B. Street, Jr., and Ira L. Gaston. fThe amount of the loan is $3,000,- 000,000, and with this sum as a basis Lowndes county's allotment would be ,1250,000, but officials of the gov ernment expect the fund to be over subscribed, having set $5,000,000,000 as the amount which they hope to se cure, and if the coveted goal is reached the proportionate share of Lowndes county will be $415,000. Members of the local committee hope to secure the larger sum, and will work earnestly with this end in view. The first meeting of the local com mittee was held at the Merchants' and Farmers' Bank at 3 o'clock yesterday afernoon, at which time plans for the work here were discussed at some length. It was decided to make a thorough canvass for funds through out the entire county, and with that end In view sub-commitees will be appointed . in each neighborhood. These sub-committees will be named within the next fw days, and a list c? the genlemcn comprising them will appear in the Commercial next Sun day. Special Meeting of O. E. S. There will be a special and im portant meeting of the Eastern Stars Saturday evening at the Masoni Hall. Mrs. Minnie Grayson, State Grand Matron, and Mr. D. F. McCul lough, State Grand Patron, will be present. This is a special meeting, and all member are urged to be pre sent. Don't forget "Mistress Mary's Garden Party," at the college on Tuesday night, October 16, 7:30 o'clock, for the benefit of the Red Cross. Admission, adults 35c; children, 20c. REVIVAL SERVICES , ENJOYED BY CROWDS MOST INTERESTING MEETING BEING HELD AT FIRST METHODIST CHURCH. Rev. W. B. Hogg, chaplain of the Second Mississippi Infantry, is con ducting a revival at the First Metho dist church, and the meetings are be ing largely attended. Mr. Hogg is not only a well informed man, but is an exceedingly convincing speaker, and his sermons are bringing both pleasure and profit to all who hear him. Mr. Hogg is being assisted in the meeting by Rev. W. L. Duren, pastor of the local church, while the music ,is under the able direction of Rev. John W. Robertson, of Cochrane, Ala., and forms a delightful feature of each service. Services are held daily at 10 a. m and 7:30 p. m. Additional Men Called. The following men have been call ed for examination today and to morrow by the local board. Lowndes county's quota has not yet been fill ed. and it was necessary to call addi tional registrants in order to com plete it: Ben A. Coleman, City, Otis A Miller, Caledonia, Cecil P. Nash, City- Ernest Hollis, City, frank Baker, Mayhew, Elzey J. Smith, Caledonia, Earl Walker, City, William H. Bow lin, City, Jake Allen, Artesia, George Dowdle, City, Jim Sykes, R. 2, City, Fred Randle, Artesia, Armstead Adams. R. 1. City Dan Wilkin, Robert Billups, Artesia, Otis James, Caledonia, John McPherson, City, Jim Burnett, Artesia, Raymond B. Caldwell, Caledonia, C. A. Staple.?, Crawford, Oscar Block, City, Robert Johnson, R. 1, City, Henry Edmond, R. 1, City, Henry E.imond. Citv. Pascal Cotton, City, Emmet Lanier, City, Ben Beckwith, R. 5, City, Joe Stovall, Artesia, Jim Jones. R. 3, City, John Moody, City, Silney Hair ston, Crawford, Charlie Gower, City, Don GilletTpie, Stcens, Emmet Long, R. 4. City, Leonard Holiey, Cale donia, Ollie Phillips, Aresia, Addi son E. Peterson, Jr., Artesia, Will Kcaton, City, Elbor.. Sfivvart. Citv. James P. Neaves, Holt, Ala., Albert Bobo, Mayhew, Geo. I.. Washington, Crawford, George E. Newtcn. Citv. John Turnipsced, R. 4, City, Hal Winston, Crawford, John Beard, Steens, A. Burton Jaquith, Citv, Charlie Hale. Artesia. Jimmi Shields, Artesia, Eli Johnson, R. 1, City, Morgan Halbert, City. Brooms Ct Reverted. The case of Mrs. Ida K. Broome vs. the Southern Railway in Missis sippi, which was appealed from the circuit court in this county has been reversed by the Supreme court and remanded to the lower court for re trial. When the cas was brought up in the court here Judge Carroll sus tained the plea of statute of limita tions and the ense was thrown out. As is well remembered the case is one in whiih the plaintiff sought to recover damages on account of an injury sustained by her husband, which, it is alleged, later causvd his death. Mrs. Broome is represented by Hon. James T. Harrison of this city. The railroad was represented before the supreme court by the general counsel for the road, Messrs. Oateh ings? and and Cntehings, cf Vicks burg. Mr. Funderburk Dies. After a short illness, Alfred Fun derburk died at the Columbus Hos pital Tuesday night. Deceased wad 31 years old and is survived by hist widow and four small children. His widow has been seriously ill for sev eral days, and members of the family fear that the death of her husband, which has proved a most severe shock may prove fatal to her. Mr . Fun derburk was a citizen of Millport, Ala.,, and his body was taken there for interment. Mr. Clarence Bell Dies. After an illness of many months, Mr. Clarence Bell, twenty-six years of age, passed away at the home of his father, Mr. E. B. Bell, on South Eighth street Sunday night, hitf death having been caused from tuberculosis. Mr. Bell, who was well known here, was a young man well thought of, and his death is mourned by many friends. The remains were taken to Stark- ville Monday, and interment took place there. May Get Branch. A representative of the King Creamery Company, of West Point, recently visited Columbus for the purpose of looking over the situation with the view of establishing a cream depot here. He held a conference with S. B. Street, Jr., president of the local Chamber of Commerce, and while no definite dcision in the mat- tr was reached it is probable that the branch will be establish. Services at the Episcopal Church. Archdeacon Smeade, of Jackson, will conduct the services at St. Paul's Episcopal church next Sunday. There will be Hoiy Communion at 7:30 a. m. Morningg service at 11 a. m. and evening servk at 7:30 p. m. The congregation is urged to at tend these services. While cranking his automobile Tuesday Mr. V. B. Imes, business manager of the Dispatch, had the misfortune to severely sprain his arm. The injury proved exceedingly painful and put him temporarily to bed, but he was able to be out on the streets yesterday. Mr. Perry Craddock, who holds a most responsible position with the Southern Bell Telephone Company, at New Orleans, spent the fin- of the week in Columbus with friends and relatives. Mrs. Henry Gunter and children returned to Columbus the first of the week after a pleasant visit of several weeks to Atlanta, Rome, Ga., and Gadsden, Ala. Messrs?. Henry Gunter, M. V. Fri day, Will Friday, S. B. Johnston and Dr. J. D. McCullough are spending several days in the delta oh a fishing trip. Mr. J. H. Propst and family, who have been spending the summer on their plantation near Kennedy, Ala. have returned to Columbus. CONSUMERS OF TOBACCO HIT BY REVENUE BILL EXPENSES. OF SMOKERS AND CHEWERS TO BE HEAVIER. PRICES ADVANCE Cigars, Cigarettes and Chew ing Tobacco Will All be Higher. The war revenue bill recently enacted by Congress makes it inr'um bent upon merchants throughout the Country to pay a "floor tsx" cn all tobacco, cigars and cigarettes in stork when the law becomes effective, and L. A. Wyatt, a deputy from the office of John D. McNeil, interrnal revenue collector for Alabama and Mississippi, with headquarters in Bir mingham, has been in the city the past few days checking over the stocks of lc Ml merchants with the view of levying the proper taxes against them. Under the provisions of the bill, 1,000 cigars, 1,000 cigarettes and 100 pounds of tobacco are exempt from taxation, but many local mer chants have stocks exceeding the merchandise exempted, and will therefore be required to hand over a considerable sum to the government. vhi!!e merchants will be compelled to pay to Uncle Sam the tribute pro vided for in the bill, it in really the consumers who will be forced to bear tht burden of the tax, as dealers are preparing to advance the retail prices on articles coming under the pro visions of the war revenue bUl. It is said that cigars will be advanced from one to two cents each, while a corresponding advance will take place in the prices of cigarettes and tobacco. "CHEATING CHEATERS." In Max Margin's delightful farce comedy, "Cheating Cheaters," which appears at the Columbus Theater on next Saturday night, local patrons of the drama will, for the first time in history, be presented with an oppor tunity to tfee a Broadway success on its initial Southern tour. The play was produced at the Eltinge Theater in New York last fall, and ran for an entire season having been extrava gantly praised by both press and pub lic. The company that will present "Cheating Cheaters" here next Sat urday ni;ht is under the direction of Al. II. Wood, one of the best known producing managers in the country, and this, in its self, is ample guaran tee that the attraction is first class in every respect. It is not very often that local theatergoers are presened with an op portunity to see su-h a meritorious play as "Cheating Cheaters," and the performance Saturday night will doubtless be witnessed by a large and fashionable audience. LARGE AMOUNT OF BOOZE STILL AT POLICE OFFICE People of Columbus will remem ber that several months ago the local police took in charge several trunks of booze, which arrived at the M. and O. depot from Cario, 111. What has become of all of that booze? This question has been asfted by hundreds of people the past few weeks. For the benefit of those who are really anxious to find out where that whis key went to, and in whose possessioa it is in the Commercial will advise them to make a visit to the city hall, and Chief of Police John A. Morton will gladly show them the booze that was seized. The whiskey is still in the hands of the police, and as yet the owner has not been found. A similar ease to the one above oc curred in Memphis last week, when detecives in that city "put another stopper in the leak of the lid," as the Commercial Appeal says, and five trunks filled with booze amounting to $2,000 were seized. It is said that bootleggers in Memphis attempted to use one of the hote!3 as a clearing house. Mr. C. A. Stair, general manager of the fourth district of the Cum berland Telephone and Telegraph Company, with headquarters in New Orleans, spent Monday in Columbus on business. Mrs. C. H. Terrell's friends regret to learn of her illness the past sev eral Jays.