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VOL. XXIV,-NO. .1.1. COLUMBUS, MIS, TIIUruiJAY MO'NtNC, NOVF.Mnir.K 22, 1017, .W.i.W.eWy, $3 00 Per Yaaf. TWO POPULAR DIVINES END LABORS HERE DR. WOOLLARD AND MR. DUREN RETIRE FROM THE LOCAL FIELD. VALUATIONS ON LOCAL LANDS AGAIN RAISED ADDITIONAL ADVANCE OF 50 PER CENT ORDERED BY THE BOARD. SEEK CASH FOR UPLIFT WORK IN ARMY CAMPS STRONG COMMITTEES WILL SOON BEGIN A CANVASS OF COUNTY. ITALIANS HURL BACK INVADING GERMAN FORCES DESPEHATF. ATTACKS FAIL TO SHAKE. CRIP ON POSITIONS. LINE SLAUGHTERED Thousands of Austrian Mow ed Down When Advance is Attempted. London, Nov. 21. Nearly five (lays of concentrated onslaughts at Monte Tomba and Monte Monfenera have failed to shake the Italian grip on these eminences, guardian towers of gateway to the plains between the IJrenta and Piave rivers. Both Berlin and Home official statements Tuesday declared the struggle was going on with undi minished fury, giving the impression of great sacrifices on both sides. On the lower Piave line the Ital ians are holding firm and offering such a strong front that the foe has not renewel its Mostly attempts to cross. West of the Brente. in the Asiago plateau region, Diaz's men have again advanced slightly and taken a few prisoners. German captives say Von Beulow has withdrawn part of his troops from the lower Piave and swung them around northward for his in tense effort to turn the river line by cutting through the Brenta-Piave line. Here a Conflict truly Heromeric is going on. The Teutons, seeing the enormous stake, are repeating their tactics of the early Verdun battles and their losses in the repeated as saults up steep slopes, facing rifle, machine gun and artillery fire, be sides the grenades and bayoneU of the stubborn Italians mt buount. The Rome communique Tuesday stated that the Germans four times stopped their bombardment of the Italian rock trenches on the line of the two mounts and drove his troops in "masses" against Diaz's men on the Monte Monfenera spur. Each time the invaders were forced to withdraw their shattered remnants without gaining ground but fresh units took the places of the battered batallions and the fight went on without a lull. Von Ludendorff calls the fighting "Desperate."' As is customary in offi cial statements, he fails to mention the German's futile charges and speaks of strong Italian counter-attacks as the feature of the fighting. These assaults, he says were direct ed at the psitions on the Northern slope of Monte Tomba, the capture of which was claimed Mnday. Ap parently the German statement ad mit", the Italians still hold the sum mit of Tomba and no claim is made on Monfenra. The statemnt from Paris that Gen. Fayollctt has left to take com mand of the French forces in Italy is interpreted here by military ob servers to mean allie aid is not far off. British and French big guns will take the place ofthe great number lost by the Italians in their retreat. The Italians are still on the of fensive in the Reletta region, East of Asiago. On Sunday and Monday it as announced Tuesday, they took 306 prisoners, five machine guns and several hundred rifles in cleaning up a small island in the Piave at Folina the place where the Teutons made one of their disastrous crossings. The Italian airplanes and airships continue active, bombing camps at Torre di Mosto Livenza and near the Motk di Livenza bridge. They dam aged this bridge it is stated. Rev. Lewis Visits City. Rev. T. W. Lewis, a prominent minister of Memphis, has been spend ing the past several days here with his on, Mr. T. W. Lewis. Jr., and has been given a most cordial wel come by' his many Columbus friends Rev. Lewis, before going to Mem. rhis, v.'bs' for several years pr.stor of the First Methodist church in this city, and there is no man who ha? more friends here than this Christian gentleman. Picture Fail to Arrive. "Polly of the Circus," the pictur hi !h was to have been shown at tht I nncess Theatre last Monday, faile'" t ) arrive having through error been ! I'red to CoTumbus, Ga., and for i i reason will not be shown at the local theatre until early in Decem- WORK WAS FINE Nothing Definite Known a to Who Will Succeed Them Here. Columbus has recently lost two of her best and most popular clergy man, Dr. Wv W. Woollard, presiding e'der of the Columbus district of the North Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. South, and Rev. W. L. Duren, pastor of the First Methodist church, having com pleted thefour yearswhich, underthe rules of the Conference, is the long est period that a minister can re main in any one place, and who next year will be assigned to other work. The conscientious labors of both Dr. Woollard and Mr. Duren have been crowned with the most gratify ing success and both went to the an nual meeting of the conference, which is now in session at Oxford, with splendid reports. The report of Dr. Woollard is said to be the best ever presented by a local pre siding elder, and that portion of the document relating to mission work is especially fine. There are twenty three women's misifionary societies in the territory served by Dr. Wool lard, and they have raised more money than has been seared in any other district embraced in the juris- liction of the conference. During the pastorate of Mr. Duren, the First Methodist church has been improved and its facilities for hand ling crowds extended. An annex with fommoj tous aucorium Jias been equipped with steam heat and other modern conveniences. While much interest ' is being evinced regarding successors to both Dr. Woollard and Mr. Duren, nothing definite Concerning the mntter until Bishop W. B. Murrah, of Memphis, who is presiding over the confer ence, announces his appointments on the final day of the session will be given out. Mr. Henry Rechtin Die. Father P.S.Yoerg, the local Catho: lie priest, is in receipt of a telegram announcing the death of Mr. Henry Rechtin, a former Columbus citizen. who died Sunday at Evansville, Ind., where he had been residing for a short time. Funeral sen-ices were held in that city. Mr. Rechtin came to Columbus about twelve years ago from Indiana and during the time he resided here with his family he made many friend? who were pained to hear of his de mise. The deceased is survived by his wife and two sons", Messrs. Henry Rechtin and Theodore Rechtin. Mr. W. T. Connor, of Macon, wa? a visitor to the city yesterday. ITEMS OF INTEREST OVER THE COUNTRY GIST OF THE NEWS GATHERED HERE AND THERE AND PRE SENTED IN BRIEF FORM. Walter Clarkson, of Montgomery Oity Mo., drank a whole quart of whiskey at one sitting. " He's dead. President Wilson in a letter made publk' expresses his appreciation of the patriotic work done by the Four- Minute Men, a government agency of 15,000 volunteer speaker who presented war time messages pf the administration to theater audiences throughout the country. Drunkenness has decreased great ly in New York because of the de mand for labor caused by the war and "indirect" prohibition, according to conclusions reached by officials of the Board of Inebrity and Hospitatl authorities. All alien enemies are required to register and obtain permits for travel under a proclamation issued by Pres ident Wilson. Enemiea also are pro hibited approaching within 106 yards or water fronts, docks, railroad term inals or storage houses, and are for bidden to enter or reside in the Dis trict of Columbia. Ten more deaths from pneumonia r The Hand of Friendship :cT: .-o j am. t ' You are xiaked to contribute to the Vm Camp Cotnrnunily Recreation Func because broad, national support is necess '.vy to the success oi the undertaking. You are really contributing hour3 of sunshine and recreative pleasure to the boy who are enroute to battlefield trer.chea. It h a very satisfying feeling to know that you, personally, have been instrumental in kpin t'ei biMvo lads safer fiosn moral harm than an army has ever been before. Your ccrfr'bution huys the brighter side of warfare dances in private homes, fellowship in cteb:, . r'iltic touniarr.esit!!, choruses. It means that there will always be a SAFE place for that boy f, jju. Let there be material help in the out stretched hand of friendship. MRS. ENNITY BROWN CALLED BY DEATH! WELL BELOVED LADY PASSES AWAY AFTER A LENGTHY ILLNESS. Mrs. Ennity Susan Brown, the be loved wife of Dr. John A. Brown, died at the family home on North Seventh avenue last Sunday after noon, her death followed an illness which had kept her confined to her bed several months. Deceased waa 65 years old, and was a native of Monroe county, where she was born March 18, 1852. She was married to Dr. Brown more than 20 years ago, and had been liv ing in Columbus since that time. She was not only a devoted Christian but possessed an amiable disposition and affable manners which served to gain for her the esteem of all with whom she came in contact. She is survived by her husband and other relatives, to whom the Commercial extends heartfelt sympathy in the profound grief which her death en tails. Funeral services were held at the family home at 11 o'clock Monday morning, having been conducted by Rev. W. L. Duren, pastor of the First Methodist church, who was assisted by Rev. W. D. Cheek, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian -rhurch. Following these services, the body was taken to Cedar Bluff for inter ment, the funeral party having com prised numerous friends of the fam ily. The body was transported from the home to the depot by the fol lowing pall bearers: Messrs. W. A. Stepp, W. J. Mattox, E. E. Chappell, W. O. Peck, J. T. Clardy and P. G. Hogan. Aged Negro Found Dead. John Matthews, an aged negro, was found dead in a ditch in the southern part of the city Tuesday morning. An inquest held by Justice of the Peace T. M. Cummings de veloped the fact that he died from epilepsy. among the soldiers ofthe Thirty-First Division at Camp Wheeler were re ported Sunday night according to an announcement ly the military authorities. Among the deaths were John H. McNeil, Dothan, Ala., G. Montgomery, Fullville, Ala., and Os car Joiner (Dothan, Ala.) The other soldiers who died during the 24 hours preceding were Gergians and Flori-dians. A . X i - v w .nil'-' yitftA ': V ' -M-C Ag .' V,. i n m QUOTA EXCEEDED IN "Y" CAMPAIGN CITIZENS OF LOWNDES COUN. TY SUBSCRIBE $4,500 FOR THE WORK. The minimum quota to be sul scribed by the citizens of Lowndes county in the Y. M. C. A. campn'en was exceeded by $1,400, the total amount reaching $4,500. which only lacked $500 of reaching the maxi mum quota. The Campaign was launched la-t Thursday morning, following a strong address by former Senator Leroy Percy, of Greenville who : the state chairman. At the co'icli' sion of Mr. Percy's address,. niev were called to volunteer for work in the campaign and more than one hundred men responded to the cal1 The work each day was followed by a luncheon at the Hell Cafe, nt wlmh time reports were made. GINNINGS TO NOVEMBER 14 TOTAL 8,559,390 BALES Washington. Now. 21. The cen sus cotton report issued today shows 8,559,390 bales, counting round bales as half bales, ginned from the growth of 1917 to November 14, compared with 9,615,0003 for 1916 and 8,771,275 for 1915. Round bales included this year are 162,527 com pared with 168,575 for 1916 and 82,312 for 1915. Sea Island includ ed 68,161 for 1917, 92,909 for 1916, and 68,941 for 1915. 3,062 Bald Ginned. According to figures compiled un der the direction of the federal gov ernment, 3,062 bales of cotton were ginned in Lowndes county up to No vember 1. This compares with 1,841 bales ginned prior to the same date last year. Mm. Lenika Heard Here. A notable feature of the winter in local musical circles was the appear ance of Mmo. Augusta Lenska, prima donna contralto, of the Philidelphia Chicego Opera Company, who sang at the Industrial Institute and Col lege under the auspices of the South ern Association of College Women, last night. It is just as important to prevent waste of food by careless prepara tion, burning, or impruper co kl.-i as it is to avoid waste of food afteri it is cooked. v t - ii i , WV " ' 21 FUND MRS. J. B. WILLIAMS ANSWERS SUMMONS WIFE OF LOWNDES COUNTY'S POPULAR SHERIFF CALL ED BY DEATH. After having been an invalid for many months, Mrs. Pearl Gardner Williams, wife of lion. James B. Williams, the popular sheriff of Lowndes county, died at her home, No. 809 North Tenth street Tues day. Mrs. Williams suffered from an incurable malady, and although she had visited many places and had been prescribed for by numerous skilled physicians this malady refus ed to yield to treatment, and she finally succumbed. Deceased was a member of one of the most prominent families in Lown des county, having been the daughter of Mr. J. Warren Gardner, who was treasurer of the county for a number of years. She was a sweet and amiable woman, and was in the prime of life, having been only 38 year3 old. Surviving her are her husband, father, three sisters and six brothers. The bodywastaken to Rowan ceme tery in the Caledonia neighborhood, where the family formerly lived, for irterment, the funeral having taken place there yesterday morning and having been conducted by Rev. T. L. Holcomb. Cera'dine Farrar in "Joan The Wo man" Coming to Prlnca 26 and 27. The management of the Princess fecl.s very fortunate in being able to offer for two days, the famous 'tinetna masterpiece, "Joan The Wo man," with the incomparable opera tic star. Geraldine Farrar, It is a L'ig massive production that required fully a year in the making, and while it is historically correct in every detail, it also shows the' feminine side of the Maid of Orleans, Mnd Ceraldir.e Farrar plays the hi'- mai7ed Joan plays it with a depth of feeling and powr of mimetic expression that are beyond reproach, i ', This production will be shown two I days. Monday and Tuesday, Novem- ber Zb ana zi. there will be an au;"uneted orchestrR to properly in- ! terpret the special music score There will be on two shows daily, Matinee at 3:30 and evening at Chapsksy, has accepted a place in the 7:30. (shoe department of J. A. Savags The aJi;;on ii 25 cent to a!! ' Daptrtssist Store, in TuWmwa students of the College and eools,. Mr. Smith will take up his new work and 50 cents to all others. next Monday. RAISE MANDATORYI$1,200 IN QUOTA State Tax Commission Says New Valuations Are "Per fectly Fair." Complying wtih mandatory in structions issued by the Missisisppi state tax commission, the board of supervisors of Lowndes county, at a special meeting held Tuesday, or dered a horizental advance of .V) per cent in the assessed valuation of all cultivatable lands throughout the county. This follows a recent raise of 60 per rtent, making the total in. crease on property of this character 110 per cent. The increase of 60 per cent was made several weeks ago, after the supervisors had received a communi cation from the state tax commis sion declaring that assessments in this county were too low,, and must be advanced. After this increase had been made the state commission or dered the tax rolls sent to Jackson for inspection, and the mandate pro. viding for an additional increase of 50 per cent is the result of this in spection. Advances were also made in assess ments on personal property. These advances, however, when compared with those made on cultivatable lands, were infinitesimal, having ranged from 10 to 20 per cent as follows: Horses, 15 per cent; mules, 20 per ctnt; pianos, 10 per cent; automobiles, 10 per cent; merchan dise, 20 per cent. , . Bejorthe hoard of supervisor? can make the levy for the current year the revised assessment rolls will have to be sent to Jackson again for final approval by the state commis sion. In the meantime, however, it will be necessary to add up the fig ures in order to ascertain the amount of revenue which will be derived un der the new schedule, and Chancery Clerk Lincoln is now busily engaged in this work. He hopes to complete the task in time to get the rolls back from Jackson in season for the board to make the levy at its next regular monthly meeting, which will be held Monday, December 3. The local supervisors hope to re diKfe the county levy, so as to make the burden on tax payers as liht a? nossible. The state levy, which last year was 0 mills, has already been reduced to 4 mills, and it is thought that there will be corresponding re duction in the county levy which like wise was 6 mills. In addition to the levy for general purposes, however, there are special road taxes in var ious sections of the county, and last year the assessments of some proper ty owners went as high as 19 1-4 mills. HINDENBERG LINE IS TORN IN PIECES BRITISH DRIVE GERMANS BACK FIVE MILES ON THIRTY FIVE MILE FRONT. London, Nov. 21. A great British vi-tory has been won on the Arras ront. The German lines were smash ed over a great width between St. Quentin and the Scarpe river and the British pressed forward captur ing thousands of prisoners and many guns, the war oflice announced to day. At some points the attackers pressed forward from four to five miles, overcoming all resistance. Field Marshal Haig adopted new tactics and the assaults were made without artillery preparation. A number of separate assaults were made by the British forces at various points along the line and the Germans were taken completely by surprise. Mr. Webb Smith, who for a number of yars has held a position with the local dry goods firm, Lipsey and Will Make an Effort to Rau This Sum in Drive Begin ning Tuesday. Mr. V. l. Imen, chairman of the joint committee named by tht Chamber of Commerce and the La dies' Civic League to mtse within the confines of Lowndes county the sum of $1,200 to be used by com missions representing the War and Navy departments in conservlnir the moral welfare of soldiers !n the var ious cantonments throughout ths country, is determined to make a Atrong effort to secure the alloted sum, and with that end in view has appointed five teams or sub-committees to prosecute the work. The drive will begin next Tuesday morning and will continue through out the remainder of the week. Ia addition to the five teams referred to above, there is a general 'tommit. tee, and practically the whole coun ty is represented in this committee or on one of the teams; so that every neighborhood within its borders will be thorughly covered. That the cause is an exceedingly worthy one is beyond all cavil. Army regulations make only partial pro vision for safeguarding the moral welfare of the soldiers, and while heY.M.C.A. is doing splendid work along this line the field is so broad that it is impossible for one organ ization to cover it thoroughly, and it is the intention of the commissions representing vthe War ancl Navy de partments to engage in welfare wort which otherwise would necessarily be neglected. The names of the members of the various committees follow: Team No. 1. D. F. McCullough, Chairman W. N. Puckett T. A. McGahey Lewis E. Walker L. M. Hilzim T. M. Pullen W. K. Lee'.i Team No. 2. Lee Caine, Chairman J. W. Jones J. A. Lipsey J. L. Cox W. A. Deale Team No. 3. H. A. Lincoln. Chu;rman R. K. Leigh Henry Heard Brooks MGowan Louis Hirshman Team No. 4. E. L. Kuykendall, Chairman L. II. Shapira Albert Loeb H. II. Gunter A. II. Pegues Team No. 5. I. I. Kaufman, Chairman George Senter L G. Painter J. L. Pratt N. I). Robinson County Committee. Dr. E. N'. Jameson B. G. Hull Dr. F. M. Vaughan I). P. Brooks D. A. liurgin J. N. Roberts C. W. Evans T. H. Hardy William Taylor. D. A. R. BAZAAR. Meet your friends for a cup of ta at the Bazaar given by the Bernard Romans Chapter. D. A. R. Friday, November 23rd at the Presbyterian Manse. The place to do your Xmas .shopping. Dainty and deliciooi candies for sale, and articles that are patriotic in price, practical and pretty. See yourselves as other tee you by having your silhouette drawn. Admission 10 knts. Refreshments served. Proceeds to go to Paaline Orr scholarship fund. Mr. G. A. Goodloe, of Birming. ham, was among those in the city yesterday on business. While here he was the guest of Mr. and Mr, E. B. Beard. Mr. W. II. Sandifer, of Hattws burgr a former Columbian, is spend, ing several days In the city on business.