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VOL XXIV. NO. 52.
COLUMBUS, MISS., THURSDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 25, 1917. Semi-Weekly, $3.00 Per Year. 'ME UNO GOTT!" CHAPPELL IS NAMED AS NEW ROAD PILOTS SPEND NIGHT IN COLUMBUS COUNCILMAN COLUiiS PATRIOTIC RALLY TO BOOST BOND SALE ENTHUSIASTIC OPEN AIR MEETING HELD IN BUSI NESS DISTRICT. 1MB LEADING SPEAKER Address is Cheered By Fully Two Thousand People. WHITFIELD ALSO MAKES FINE TALK Meeting Serves as Big Boost For Local Sale of the Securi ties. Columbians emphatically evinced their patriotism yesterday afternoon by staging a big open-air rally in be half of the local Liberty Loan cam paign, and fully two thousand people lusterly cheered the eloquent speak ers who besought them to me to the aid of Uncle Sam by purchasing the securities. Hon. E. S. Candler, of Corinth, representative in Congress from the first Mississippi district, was the prin cipal speaker of the occasion, while short, but forceful, addresses were de livered by local citizens. Dr. J. W. Lipscomb presided over the meeting, which was opened with prayer by Rev. W. B. Hogg, United States Army chaplain, after which Hon. H. L. Whitfield, president of the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College, was introduced and delivered a most time ly address. Then came a short talk by Dr. Lips- ctfmb, after : which Mr.-. Candler was introduced. The veteran congress man reviewed at length events which have taken place in Washington dur ing the past two years, and dwelt es pecially on the many complications which have arisen since the United States entered the war last April. He referred frequently to Vhe actions of Kaiser Wilhelm and criticised him most severely for using his name in connection with that of the Deity, and emphatically condemned the custom of the German ruler in using the ex pression "Me und Cott." Mr. Cand ler was attentatively listened to, and his address was interrupted by fre quent outbursts of applause. The meeting was held at the inter section of Main and Market streets, and a large number of students from both the Industrial Institute and Col lege and the publH schools were in at tendance. Several patriotic songs were rendered, the assemblage hav ing united with enthusiasm- in the singing of these melodies. A booth for the sale of Liberty Loan Bonds was erected a short dis tance from the speakers stand, and was in charge of Mrs. L. H. Shapira and Mrs. Z. P. Landrum. The meet ing served as a wonderful impetus to the sale of the bonds, local Boy Scouts alone having disposed of $5,- 000 worth of the securities. The to la! Bales for Lowndes county new amount to about $165,000. HOGG RETURNS TO CONTINUE REVIVAL REV. HOGG RETURNS FROM TRAINING CAMP AND REOPENS MEETING. Rev. W. B. Hogg, a chaplain in the United States Army, who, closed a re vival at the First Methodist church in this city last week, when he was call ed to Camp Pike, Ark., has been granted a furlough of two weeks and returned to the city Monday and re opened the meeting Monday evening The services will be held -each morn ing at 10 o'clock and each night at 7 :30 o'ock. Friday afternoon, at 3:30 o'clock Rev. Hogg will preach to the women of Columbus and every woman and girl in the cy Is tfven cordial in vitation to be in attendance. Mr. George Mosby, of Birmingham has been spending the past several days in the city with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Mosby. McADOO MAKES FINE SPEECH IN THE GATE CITY URGES PEOPLE OF ATLAN TA TO BUY LIBER TY BONDS. RECITES DANGERS Tells Hearers That Money is Needed to Protect Life and Property. Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 24. (Special to the Commercial.) A great impetus was given to the final drive for Liber ty Bond subscriptions by a splendid address made by Secretary McAdoo at Atlanta today. Mr. McAdoo's point ed arguments in behalf of the war and the Liberty Loan are expected to result in increased subscriptions not only in Atlanta but throughout the entire Sixth Federal Reserve Dis trict. The text of Mr. McAdoo's ad-, dress in part, follows: "After traversing thirty states in every section of this country, not only in the First Liberty Bond Campaign, but in this campaign, I feel compe tent to say that if there are those who believe that America is not awake, that the spirit of democracy and of patriotism is not regnant in this land, they are very badly mistaken. The American people know that they nre in a great war for self-preservation, for the protection of their vital rights, as well as for the vindication of the Democratic principle through out the world. It is very true that we fight for altruistic purposes. We fight for our ideals. It is true, also, that we fight for no selfish end. We seek no territory that belongs to another nation. We seek not to con quer any other peoples, and make them subjects ofthis Great Republic. But, while we are fighting for these ideals, and it is ell to state them as often as possible, America fights for something more proximate than that she fights for certain essential rights of her pople, rights that in volve their very life, and the integrity of their institutions, rights which have been ch'll nge 1 and rights which have been disregarded by the greatest military despot of all time. "Before this war broke out in Europe, it had been recognized every where throughout the civilized world that no merchant ship should be sunk by an enemy war vessel, unless the lives of the passengers, the unarmed and defenseless men,, women, chil dren, had first been secured. So in flexable that rule, it has never been disregarded by any civilized nation. Until the German Kaiser essayed to violate it. "Why is this rule bo immutable? WJiy is it that an infraction of it shocks humanity? I can illutrate it better by bringing it home to you in this way (and I am going to suppose a very impossible case) that a Ger man army had successfully invaded the United States and had captured an American city, suppose that the population was standing upon the streets, looking with horror and anx iety upon the invading host, and won dering what their fate was to be, old men, young men, women, children, babies, all unarmed and making no effort to resist. Suppose the com mander of that regiment had ordered it to halt and to fire into those un armed people. Many would have been killed, others would have been wound ed, others would have fled and would have been able to save their lives. Why? Because they were on land. Some of the wounded undoutedly would have recovered, their lives would have been saved, because they could have been taken to hospitals and nursed back to life again. "But as horrible as that ould be, and as shocking an offense against humanity and civilization as that would be, n you compare it with sinking a ship at sea with unarmed and defenseless men, women and children upon it? That crime pales into insignificance as compared with the horror of such a sinking t ta. "I want all, men and women alike, FRANKLIN FUNERAL OCCURS HERE TODAY REMAINS OF FORMER COLUM- BIAN REACHED THE CITY LAST EVENING. The remains of Hon. John Frank lin, a native Columbian, who died Monday at Battle Creek, Mich., reach ed the city at 6 o'clock yesterday' evening and were taken to the Frank lin home on Market street and Third avenue. Funeral services will be held from the old Franklin residence at 10 o'clock this morning conducted by Rev. W. G. Duren, pastor of the First Methodist church. The friends and acquaintances are invited to at tend. Mr. Franklin, who was general at torney for the El Paso Southwestern Railway, with headquarters in El Paso, Texas, had been in ill health for a long time past and went to Battle Creek to be under the care of special ists. He was 45 years of age and was unmarried. Besides his mother, Mrs. D. W. Frnnklin, he is survived by two uncles, Hon. T. B. Franklin, and Hon. M. A. Franklin, collector of the Port of Honolulu, who is at present on visit home, and a cousin, Mine Mary Morgan. Mrs. Franklin and Miss Morgan, who reside at El Paso, ac companied the remains to Columbus. Baptist Convention. On November 12th to the 16th. 1917, the Mississippi' Baptist State Convention will !e in session at Brookhaven. It will be a great favor to the local committee if those who are expe'tling to attend will, as soon as possible, send in their names, to gether with the date and train they will arrive upon, to Herman Dean, General Chairman, Brookhaven, Mississippi. to buy these bonds and buy themi quickly. Do not waste any time about it. Take advantage of this great privilege your Government gives you, because it is a privilege and oppor tunity to buy a bond of the United States Government bearing four per cent interest and exempt from tax ation. I want to tell what this money is to be used for, we have in training now in this country a magnificient army of the finest manhood of this nation. I was at Camp Lewis, Wash ington, the other day, where I had the privilege of speaking tothirtyfive thousand of them assembled on the parade grounds. It was a thrilling sight, and it made my heart swell with renewed pride to be an American citizen. There were martialled the host of democracy, the sons of farm ers, the sons of merchants, the sons of lawyers, the sons of ministers, the sons of laboring men, the sons of every kind and character of Amerkan citizenship, a truly democratic army collected from all parts of this coun try, every community in this great land has been affected by the selee tive draft law. What is the least we can do for these brave young men? We cannot assure them thesafc ty of their principal, as wc can as sure you the safety of your money." DELAY OF SHIPS TO BE DECREASED SURGEON TAKES STEPS TO PREVENT HINDERANCES CAUS ED BY FUMIGATION. Washington, Oct. 24. Delay to i ships as a result of fumigation has been decreased greatly by the use of the fans to create artificial ventila-! lion to sweep thej,J,.mes of sulphur dioxide and hydrocyanic gas. S. B.I Gruggs, a surgeon of the United States Public Health service, is' authority for the following ventila tion after fumigation, speaking of the aerothruse machinery: j "The spread of bubonic p'ague to all parts of the world in recent years ' has emphasized the necessity of im-. proving the means used for the de-. struction of rats on board ships, as it is through these animals that the disease is transmitted. It has been shown that ruts are great travelers, and that they may be found in all parts of a vessel, from the costly sa loons of the liner to the deepest ho'd of the freigther, und consequently that no part of a ship should be ex jeptid when fumigation is done. "With two machines, one used aft and the other forward, it is then al ways possible to have a four hold vessel ready for release i one and one-half hours or a six-hold vessel ready in two hours on removal of the hutches, Nutural'y if the hold blown out first require thirty minutes the next one will need 'ess time as it has been ventilating naturally for a half hour. Since we know that in the fog gy weather this gas will remain in the holds from three to eight hours unless removed by mechanical means, this advantage is evident." Just how President Wilson feels about exempting farmrs from the operation of the draft law is shown in a letter made public today by the provost marshal general. In part it says: "It has not been thought feasible to go beyond general authori zation and make wholesale discharge of farmers as a class upon the mere showing thata claimant fordischarge has some color or right to be cal'ed a farmer. To do so would be to let down the bars and bring down upon a central office the insistent demands of thousands of industries which would have an equal right for con sideration. "It is to be borne in mind that all branches of industry and indeed all activities of life are affected by the draft, and we must in many cases rely upon the servHes of those above und below the draft age. It may in many cases be inconvenient but the nation as we'l as the individual must be considered. They will be no hard ships in the many cases where agri cultural claims have been allowed, and in those cafes where the claims have been disallowed the young men who ar serving the country must and can be replaced by those youmrer or older who cannot serve in the army." Miss Bessie Mai Wier, of Ttfa Bona, is visiting Mrs. Henry Gunter. PancoaKt in Phildlphia North American. GERMANS PLEDGE THEIR LOYALTY TWO THOUSAND TEUTONIC WO MEN AND CHILDREN UNITE IN DEMONSTRATION. New York, Oct. 24. Two thousand men, women and children of German birth or descent grouped around tne Carl Schurz monument in Centrul Park and reaffirmed their allegiance to the t'hited States and pledged themselves to uid to the end in wag ing war against "the enmies of liber ty and freedom. The meeting, which began as a Liberty Loan rally, ended as an impressive patriotic cremonial when the throng joined in singinn "The Star-Spangled Banner." . The singing of the national an them, a number not on the program was begun without prompting from their elders by children assembled at the base of the statue of the Ameri can patriot of German birth. The childish treble rose to a triumphant chant as men and women took up the strain. "Give and e;ive to the limit of your means" and "let us carry on the war to victory" were some of the plea? of the German-American speakers which moved their auditors to cheers. Franz Sisrel, son of General Sicel, of Civil War fame, who presided, moved his audierv'e to a high pitch of enthusiasm when he said: "Is it not necessary for Americans of German blood to affirm their pa triotism for our sons are lined up shoulder to shoulder in defense of iustice and liberty the same prin eip'es for which Curl Schurz fouirht." The declaration of Willum Foster iresident of the Liederranz Club, that "no matter what the cost our flag shall be maintained uppermost," was greeted with applause. George Sylvester Viereck, editor of Vierc'k's Weekly, formerly the Fatherland, said that "Americans of German birth or descent have never failed Uncle Sam; they will not fail him now." COBURN IS COMING. Manager Burris can at last give definite reply to the oft repeated query of his patrons. "When is Co burn coming?" J. A. Cobutn's Greater Minstrels will appear at the Opera House on Monday, October 29th. The company is said to be the most elaborate equipped and producing the best performance in its history. A beautiful new scenK opening, por traying the Hawaiian Club in Honolu lu, at which the American All-Start among local citizens during his resi Tennis Club as sinners, erdmen, en-1 dence here he will certainly be eiect tertainers, etc., present themselves; ed. for the evening's festivities, furnish-! es splendid tropical and floral south; iea novelty and coloring. A fe v of, the o'd favorites, Gano, Lucas, Poet and Clifford, with an all new com pany behind them of wide awake performers, singers and comedians, and a complete change of program, acts, etc., should assure them a cor dial wplenmp as usual and capacity business. WINS OUT IN THE SPECIAL ELECTION HELD TO FILL VACANCY. HIS MAJORITY SMALL Led J. T. Clardy, His Closest Opponent by Only Two Votes. In a special election held here Tuesday to name a councilman from the fourth ward to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of D. S. MeClanahan, who was recently elect ed mayor to fit! out the unexpired term of the late W. C. Gunter, E. E. ('happell was elected. Mr. Chappell nosed out by a majority of only two over his closest opponent, 3. T. Clardy, having received 177 votes, while Mr. Clardy received 175. W. A. Stepp, the third man in the race, received 88 votes, The term for which Mr. Chappell was elected will expire January 1, .910. The race incited comparatively lit tle interest and only a small vote was polled. There are something like 700 qualified electors within the city limits, while only 474 citizens exer cised the right of fraifMse in Tues day's contest. The election took place at the city ha'l, and was ronducted by the fob loing officials W. M. Clark, E. A. Stanley and D. W. Mosby, judges; f.. E. Ilatchett and R. M. Waters, clerks. GOVERNMENT SUPERVISION OF FOOD PRICES Chicago, Oct. 24.- Government supervision of food prices went into effect in Chicago Tuesday, when the first of the daily prices which Harry A. Wheeler, food administrator for Illinois, considers fair, were formally announced. Prices as they change will be published daily, and from time to time, as the price committees can agree on prices, other staple articles will be added to the list. The prices the retailer should pay the wholesaler also will be published so that the con sumer may know what the committee Considers a fair profit for the retailer. The prices given out Tuesday include flour, sugar and potatoes. The prices fixed as fair averages are about what are being asked by representative grocers in Chicago, The price fixed for flour in quartetr barrel sacks is from $2.95 to $3. IS, for which retailers recently have been asking $3.15. On one-eight bar rel sacks the price was fixed at $1.49 to $1.00, as against $1.59 asked by the retailer. Five-pound sacks were listed by the food administrator ut ?,fi to 37 cents and retailers were quoting at 35 cents. Potatoes jumped in price overnight and were quoted by the food adminis trator at 43 to 46 cents a peck, while the grocers were selling them at 40 to 43 'nLs. Sugar prices were fixed at 7 3-4 to S 1-2 cents a pound, while dealers were asking 9 1-2 and 10 cents The scarcity of sugar, however, has compelled retailers to pay fancy premiums in order to get enough to simply their trade. Sales in nearly all cases Tuesday were limited to two pounds to a customer when other (roods were; purchased. Reports from railroad officials promises some relief feom the pre sent shortage of suirar. . Capt. W. E. Hopper, who for many years was a passenger conductor on the Montgomery division of the Mo bile and Ohio railroad with head quarters in Columbus, but who is now a resident of Meridian, spent yester day here. Capt. Hopper, who is now deputy sheriff of Lauderdale county, is a candidate for sheriff, and if he is l 1 A ..... t . r o Vli WAS as popular in mai euum-y Mr. Sam Kaye. who has completed his training at the aviation school at ttantoul, 111., is spending several days here with his parents. He expects to be soon called for service abroad. Mrs. A. C Halbert, who has been in a hospital In Memphis for several weeks, has returned home very much improved in health. BURLINGTON HIGHWAY SCOUTS ARE GUESTS OF THE CITY. PRAISE THE SOUTH Western Men Much Pleased With This Section And Its People. Columbus had the pleasure ef en tertaining a party of prominent west ern automobile enthusiasts last Sun day night, when the official pathfind ing committee of the proposed Bur lington Highway spent the day and night in her midst The scouts traveled in two cars, and were met at Artesia by a local committee consisting of Mr. Ira L. Gaston, president of the Chamber of Commerce Of Columbus and Lowndes County, and Mr. W. H. Carter, and were escorted by them to the city. They arrived about 6 o'clock Sunday evening, and spent the night here, having left at 9:30 o'clock Monday morning for Louisville, Ky. Upon reaching Louisville the party will dis perse and its members will return to their home in various cities through out the west. Members of the party seem supris- ed ia find such splendid public roads in this section, and spoke in terms of libhest praise regarding not only the chl highways but of the south and its people, whom they said, had been exceedingly lavish in extending hos pitalities and courtesies. The party wag composed of the fol lowing gentlemen! Tilot car, Mr. Carl H. Weber, Jacksonville, 111.; Mr. E. H. White, chief engineer of the Bur l'.ngton Highway, Springfield, 111. ; Mr. Frank Sweet, Sherman, 111., di vision supervisor; Mr. , F. R. Miller, Springfield, 111., car owner; Henry Pettus, driver. Car No. 2. Mr. W. H. Holsteen, Burlington, Iowa, vice-president of the Burlington Highway; Mr. Herman Weber and Mr. William Bati, Springfield, III., members of the promotion board; Mr. H. W. Cone fry, Springfield. 111., newspaper re porter, representing the Illinois State Register. ITEMS OF INTEREST OVER THE COUNTRY GIST OF THE NEWS GATHERED HERE AND THERE AND PRE SENTED IN BRIEF FORM. One hundred and fifty lives were lost when five Norwegian, one Dan ish and three Swedish vessels were sunk by two German raiders in the North sea. Robert Fitzsimmons, former cham pion heavy weight pugilist of the world, died in Chicago Monday, after an illness of five days of pneumonia. The former German steamer Dar es, 1,508 tons, which has been in the ontrol of the United States navy, is a total wreck on Stresi island. The crew was saved. The city council of Chicago has passed an order directing the comp troller to purchase $2,000,000 worth of the second issue of the Liberty Loan bonds. Harry Robinson, on trial in the ircuit court in Belleville, 111., on ( harge of murder growing out of the East St. Louis riots, pleaded guilty 'o conspiracy and was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. "The next report must show a mil Mon," was the slogan at Camp Pike vvhen Capt, Arthur R. Harris, who is in charge of the Liberty Bond sub v'riptions, reported that the total has reached $879,200. The One Hundred and Fifty-third infantry, formerly the First Arkansas, leads all organi zations at the camp with $152,600. Although many cities throughout the south are complaining at a scar city of sugar, the saccharide short age has not extended to Columbus. Local merchants state that they are experiencing no difficulty in securing prompt shipments of sugar from the wholesale houses, and "purchases are not being limited here as they are elsewhere.