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VOL. XXIV.-NO. 34. COLUMBUS, MISS., SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 25, 1917. Semi-Weekly, $3.00 Per Year. ft LAND OWNERS WILL PROTEST ASSESSMENTS CLAIM DISCRIMINATION WAS EXERCISED IN REVISING ROLLS. VALUES ARE UNFAIR Injunction Restraining: Sheriff From Complying With Or der to be Sought. Contending that advances recently made by the board of supervisors of Lowndes county in the assessed valu ations of agricultural lands through out the county are discriminative, inequitable' and unjust, owners of these lands are preparing to protest the action of the board in the courts, and will ask for an "injunction re straining the sheriff from collecting taxes provided for in the revised as sessments. Pursuant to ordera issued by the state tax commission, the loal board of supervisors have made an upward revision in the assessment rolls of the county, and property owners de clare that gross indiscrimination wa exercised in making this revision. In support of this contention it is point ed out that one plantation in the western section of the county on which there are located a comfort able residence, barns, stables and other valuable buildings is assessed at $12 an acre, while on an adjoining plantation 'which has no improve ments and on which the land is no more fertile than that on the neigh boring pla:e is assessed at $30 per acre. There is much dissatisfaction as the result of the new assessments which have been made by the board, it being the contention of those effect ed by that while some property worth $80 per acre has been assessed as low as $20 that there is other proper ty assessed at the same value which Would not bring,$15 an acre in open market. Geraldne Farrar, Noted Operatic Star in "Joan Uie Woman" at Princen. What is possibly the biggest photoplay that has bean produced to date, is the special attraction at the Princess,' for Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th, in "Joan the Woman," a big stupendous spec-ta-'.fle, featuring the noted operatic Ftar, Geraldine Fariar. Down through the centuries the story of Joan has been an inspira tion to every man, woman and child of every generation, the selfish modern woman finds in it a great lesson. Joan's life was the life of truth, and the unselfish modern wo man finds in the life of Joan, an in spiration for her daily problems. The story is told beautifully, wonderfully by the motion picture, under the direction of that master producer Cecil D. De Mille, and is interpreted by notable stars, headed by the foremost of all operatic stars Geraldine Farrar, who plays the humanized Joan plays it with a depth of feeling and power of mi metij expressions that are beyond reproach, and without tarnishing the glitter of her heavenly calling or diminishing the glory of her heroism, we have Joan the Woman; the Joan who has the weakness to love and who therefore suffers doubly. There are thousand of people in the many massive scenes, the pro ducers were little over a year in the making, it will stagger you with its magnitude. There will be only 2 shows daily, Matinee at 3:30 and Evening at 7:30. The admission is 25 cents to all teachers and students of the College and schools and 50 cents to all others. COLUMBUS BOYS RECEIVE COMMISSIONS Columbus people congratulate Mr. Tom S. Evans and Mr. Julian B. Hop kins for the records, they have made the past three months at Leon Springs Training Camp, at Leon Sprigns, Tex., and for having re ceived commissions the past week. Mr. Evans was given a first lieuten ancy, while Mr. Hopkins was made a second lieutenant. These young men will be cordially received upon their return home the coming week. Division Sareeant H. B. Clark, of ( amp Wheeler, Macon, Ga., is at home for a week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Clark. KAISER MAKES PEACE OFFER TORUSSIANS DOCUMENT IS NOW ON ; ITS WAY TO PETRO GRAD. ARMY IS REDU1ED Allied Embassies Receive Of fer of Armistice From Bol shevik. Stockholm, Nov. 24. According to the Tidingen, a Russian diplomat left Stockholm Thursday. for Petro. grad with orders to hand to the Rus sian revolutionary government pro posals for peace by the central pow ers. Petrograd, Nov. 22. (Thursday) The note of Leon Trotzky, the Bolsheviki foreign minister, to the allied embassies conveying the an. nouncement of the proposal for an armistic, reached the embassies last night. The text follows: "I herewith have the honor to in for you, Mr. Ambassador, that the All-Russia Congress of Soldiers' and Workmen's Delegates organized on Oct. 26 a new government in the ffiro you, Mr. Ambassador, that the missioners. . The head of this gov ernment is Vladimir' Ilich .Lenine The direction of the foreign policy has been intrusted to me, in the ca pacity of. national commissioner for foreign affairs. "Drawing attention to the text of the offer of an armistice and a demo. cratic peace on the basis of no an nexations or indemnities and the self-determination of nations, ap proved by the all-Russian Congress of Soldiers' and Workmen's Dele gates, I have the honor to beg you to regard the above document ai a formal offer of an immediate arm istice on all fronts and the immediate opening of peace negotiations an offer with which the authoritative government of the Russian republic has addressed itself simultaneously to all the belligerent peoples and their governments. "Afcept my assurances, Mr. Am bassador, of the profound respect of the soldiers' and Workingmen's gov ernment for the people of France, which cannot help aiming at peace as well a8 all the rest of the nations exhausted and made bloodless by this unemempted slaughter. "L. TROTSKW . "National Commin&ioner for For, eign Affairs." The American ambassador, David R. Francis,, is transmitting the com munication to Washington for the information of his government. He made no acknowledgement of its re ceipt, acting, it is understood, ir concert with the representatives of the allied governmnts. A reduction of the Russian armies, beginning with the class consript ed in 1899, has been proclaimed by the Bolsheviki leader, M. Lenine, an official announcement today states. The order is to take effect imme diately. The official announcement follows "The workmens' and peasant's governments of the people's com missaries have decided to undertake without delay reduction of the armie" and orersj to begin with, release from their military duties all cit:- zen-soldiers of the class conscript ed in 1899. Instructions concerning the liberation of other classes from military service will be issued at a later date. Upon demobilization all armg must be handed over to regi mental committees, which will be re sponsible for their safety. The high est commander-in-chief is obliged to bring this decree directly to the knowledge of the rank and file. (Signed) "Lenine, president and Ovseyenko, Antonoff and Krylenko, people's commissaries for war." Congelation To Woodward. The people of Columbus and Bur. rounding1 section extend congratula. tion to Mr. Jesse P. Woodward, the local live-wire insurance man, who the past week received a telgram from Mr. Geo. C. Swearingen, tatf manager of the , Phoenix-Mutua1 Life Insurance Company, in which he stated that Mr. Woodward's life insurance business during the montl of October exceeded that of any other man in the United States. Mr. Wiley Johnitton. of the A. and M. College is spending the week end in Columbus with his parents, Mr. nd Mrs. D. T. Gaston. lit il ti It U the Men in Command who really amreciate structive movement. An officer who chanced to see one of the War Camp Commun ity Recreation Fund poster and who had already learned from experience, through WIin n men, wnat tne movement wus accomplishing, spontaneously OK'd L Army MORALE is closely knit With Army MORALS contented, happy men make good soldiers. It's the "sDare hour" from ramn mutiny that iv.t wak - ITEMS OF INTEREST OVER THE COUNTRY GIST OF TIHE NEWS GATHERED HERE AND THERE AND PRE SENTED IN BRIEF FORM. iiiir.iour umerenv races 01 per- ,bns bought bonds of the second Liberty Loan issue. Young Men's Christian Associa-I uon jnai.s lor worn m r ranee in- liude the establishment of 78 li braries. Express companies are concen trating their efforts to h.sure the prompt and safe handling of all food products of a perishable nature. In the United States Armies, No vember 7, there were 7,815,00 men. in the Navy 271,571. Of thetotal of 2,057,391, approximately 1,400,.. 000 voluntarily enlisted. fui'ioufha nr Yuletide week will be p'-amed all men at Army canton menta whose absenre can be permit ted in the opinions of the divis:on commanders, to enable them to spend Christmas at their homes. The tugar used for making candy in tl! United States, according to the Food Administration, is suffi. cu-nt to meet all the sugar require ments of England under the ration ing system adopted there. Since the war insurance plan be came operative in October more than 45,000 soldiers have applied for insurance, amounting in all to nearly half a billion dollars and averaging about $8,000 a mr.n The 1917 potato crop is estimated to consist of 453,000,000,000 bu shels, or half again as much as last year. Reports from the commission on car service indicate that more ,than 750,000 cars will be needed to handle it. The Illinois College of Agricul ture, Urbana, 111., has published a pamphlet giving recipes for making various kinds of war breads, most of which require no wheat flour. The list includes several varieties of corn bread, barley bread, rye bread, oat meal bread, etc. Negro Woman Arretted. Mary Ann Prowell, a regress, was placed under arrest yesterday morn ing by Chief of Police J. A. Morton, and Policeman Hudson. The officers found at the woman's home, which i ome mtiuence must follow the soldier wherever he goes. Will you contribute to this truly great cause? on north Sixth avenue, one gallon ofjty constituents who reside in rural sorgnum wnitiKey ana a nan wuon I of corn booze. She will probably be! given a hearing before Mayor McClanahan Monday. . l 1 .L! 1 ..- i I Spirit Wifh Which Our5c!ditf Leave America and their T(-'" efrtckwy on the- iSI battle front of ,.;f;rHf) Europe will ;v ..-JX'"; be vital! 1 ., ' "':: iV"" " V aiToctod ; . characur. ' i i . 1" ofthaeaSVifiA' vironmmt ovTir M- t . camps- y&LSii Loctt ( r. juit'n fr (x t CX-- K k Its a Ore a. , - "J 1 W00DWARDT0LEAD RED CROSS DRIVE WILL MAKE ErIORT TO CURE inn MEMBERS IN LOWNDES COUNTY. SE- Mr. Jesse P. WnnAwtrJ I,.. fiPiPf.tfid tr Hir ,m; u:..u i to j.e ,ifll . , . curinif 8n00 fl(!di,lnnili rA rr WOrkera in rnu-n,lp county, and those who are acquainted with his ability and his energy know8 that he means what he says when he declare that lie can accomplish the task as signed him. The American Red Cross Society is going out after 10.000,000 addi tional members, and 8,000 has been fixed as Lowndes county's quota. Mr. W. N. Puckett, chairman of tin Lowndes county chapter, ha8 select ed Mr. Woodward to direct the lo cal drive, and the campaign will be gin at an early date. UNION SERVICES ON THANKSGIVING DAY REV, HOLCOMB WILL PREACH AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH THURSDAY MORNING. Thanksgiving day will be quietly and unostentatiously observed in Co lumbus. Tractically all the stores, offices, factories and public build ings will be "losed, and people in every walk of life will make it an occasion for rest and recreation. There will be union Thanksgiving services at the First baptist church "t 10 o'clock Thursday morning, "onducted by the. pastor, Rev. T. L. Holcomli and these services will doubtless be largely attended. Hour of SDakinB Chanced. It has been officially announced that Senator, James K. Vardaman, who was to deliver an address here next Wednesday, will speak at 1:30 p. m., instead of 7:30 p. m., as broacbed about 500 yards away. Fire formerly stated. The hour of the immediately was opened oh the sub addresg was changed in order that flnne by two of our destroyer Senator Vardaman's Lowndes coun- which circled about their targeti rfitrirt mv hgv n ftnnortnnity to hear him. . Read our advertisements. a 4r Jf L Uj .w: " A the ma?n;hi nf tni. mn. MEN ON U-BOAT MADE PRISONERS AMERICAN DESTROYERS CAP TURE GERMAN SUBMARINE IN WAR ZONE. Washington, Nov. 24. An entire U-boat crew has been taken captive, following the capture of their craft ! by American destroyers operating in the submarine war zone. The battle with the submarine was announced by Secretary Daniclg late this morning and positive informa tion that the first German naval prisoners had been taken was se cured this afternoon. The usual German U-bont carries a fTew of at least 30 men. It is possible that some of the crew were killed in the battle that preceded the capture of the underwater craft. The captives now on an American warship represent the first conclu sive evidence in the shape of prison er's of the sinking of a German sub marine by American gunners. Ac cordingly there was the greatest sat isfaction in all circles here thi8 af ternoon when the news arrived. The U-boat was so badly disabled by the shell fire turned upon he by two the destroyers after depth charges had been dropped, that her 'ommander is believed to have sur renderee. Tne entire crew of the U-boat are believed to be prisoners of war aboard 'he American ships. The date and the location of tha encounter were not given by Secre tary Daniels. Here is the official de ception of the battle: "Messages from Admiral Sim? state that a German U-boat has been accounted for by American destroy ers operating in European waters. While on patrol duty a destroyer sighted a periscope 400 yards off. Immediately ringing on full speed ahead the commanding officer head ed his craft to pass a few yards a hea(1 of tne submarine. As the de- stroyer passed over the U-boat's rur9e, a depth charge was dropped, "This evidently 'aused damage to the U-boat hich shortly afterward "The submarine did not retun h fir? and was evidn!y d's!M One of the destroyers got a line to her Intending to tow her bat th boat oon sank. "LIBERTY BELL" WILL RING OUT PROGRESS MADE NOVEL SCHEME TO AD VERTISE RECREATION FUND CAMPAIGN. STARTS ON TUESDAY Effort Will be Made to Raise The Sum Of $1,200 In Lowndes County. As a means of attracting atten tion to the campaign which is to be waged this week for the purpose of raising funds with which to carry on welfare work in training iamns throughout the country under the direction of commissions represent ing the War and Navy departments, Mr. V. B. Imes, chairman of the lo cal committee, has conceived the idea of placing a "Liberty Dell" at the corner of Main and Market streets, and, at stated periods, this will peel forth while the various Rub committees are canvassing the city for subscriptions. The campaign will start Tuesday, and the committees will work Tues day and Wednesday, resting Thurs day, which is Thanksgiving day, and resuming their labors Friday. The quota for the 'tounty is $1,200, and it is hoped to raise this sum by Fri day night, but if the goal has not been reached then the committees will continue their work on Friday. Boy Scouts will serve as bell ring ers and two scouts from one of the local troops will be on duty from 10 to 12 o'clock each day while the campaign Is in progress. Mr. Ira L. Gaston, cashier of the First State Bank, ha3 been named as treasurer of the fund for Lowndes county. The following committees have been named by Mr. Imcs to ccuduvt the campaign, which is to be prose 'Uted under the joint auspices of the Chamber of Commerce and the La dies' Civic League: Committee No. 1 : D. F. McCullough, Chairman W. N. Puckett T. A. McGahey Lewis E. Walker L. M. Hilzim T. M. l'ullen W. E. Leeh Committee No. 2: Lee Caine, Chairman J. W. Jones J. A. Lipsey J. L. Cox W. A. Deale Committee No. S 15. A. Lincoln. Chairman R. E. Leigh Henry Beard Brooks M'owan Louis Hirshman Committee No. 4: E. L. Kuykendall, Chairman L. II Shapira Albert Locb It. II. Gunter A. H. Pegues Comnrttee No. 5: I. I. Kaufman, Chairman George Senter L G. Painter N. D. Robinson County Committee: Dr. E. N. Jameson B. G. Hull Dr. F. M. Vaughan D. P. Brooks D. A. Burgin J. N. Roberts C. W. Evans T. B. Hardy William Taylor. Special Service to Young People. Regular services at the First Bap tist church this morning and even ing. . j The morning hour will be a special, message for 'young people. Every-1 ody is invited. j The pastor, Rev. T. L. Hokomb,; is making a special effort to get ac; quainted with his people, lie and! his family are delighted with C. lumbus. j I Regular services today at the Se-i cond Baptist church, by the new pastor, Rev. J. A. Lee. Sunday j Bchool at 10 a. m. Preaching at 11 a. m., and 7 p. m. B. Y. P, U. at; 3:30 p. m. j h. : Mr. John McCullough, who this session is attending the A. and M. College, "is' spending several days at home with his parents, Dr. and Mrs J. D. MCullouirh. cream and Phone 225 for sweet milk. ERNEST SPRUILL IS CONVICTED AT CARR0LLT0N - j NEGRO WHO KILLED MR. GEO. LAWRENCE MUST PAY DEATH PENALTY. TO HANG DEC. 28 Has Been Taken Away From Carrollton to Prevent Mob Violence. Fearing mob violeiKV, Mr. W. F. Kilpatrick, sheriff of Pickens coun ty, Alabama, has rushed Ernest Spruill, a negro who was convicted at Carrolton, the capital of the coun ty, Wednesday night on the charge of murder, out of the county. In order to prevent pursuit by irate citizens, Sheriff., Kilpatrick declined o state to what place the negro would be taken, but it is believed that he was carried either to Tus caloosa or Birmingham. Sruill last March killed Mr. George Lawrence, a wealthy young ilnnter ri'-idit'ir near McBee, Ala., and after having made his escape . ured in Ciiuinnatti, taken to Tuscaloosa, where he remained in jail until carried to Carrollton for trial. In the meantime, Mrs. Law. rence, the wife of his victim, had died, having suicided as the result of grief induced by the untimely death of her husband, and as she was one of the principal witnesses against the negro it was feared that trouble would be encountered in convicting him. The prosecution presented strong circumstantial evidence, how 'vor, and the jury, after having been out only a short time, returned a erdiet declaring him guilty of mur der in the first degree. Judge Fos ter, who presided over the trial, sen tenced the convicted mn to hang Friday, December 28. Spriull, who is an "educated" ne ro and who has long been noted for hi shatred toward members of the Caucasian race, assumed a sullen at titude throughout the hearing, and when on the witness stand referred to hi.t vktim as "Lawrence" instead of "Mr. Lawrence," as a more re spectful negro would have done. He ul.o exhibited surliness when sen tence was pronounced upon him, hav ing, according to an authentic report received here, told Judge Foster thai the jury was prejudiced and that he had r.ot been given a fair trial. The state was represented by Mr. M. D. Ormond, prosecuting attorney for tlu- district in which Carrollton is located, find Mr. E. E. Callaway, a member of the Columbus bar, s located, while Mr. P. C. Barksdale, i local attorney, appeared for the defense. Show Man Dies Here, Mr. Louis Harris, who owned the "Jesse Show," which was one of the attractions of the Cosmopolitan Car nival, which was in Columbus two weeks, ago, died at 8 o'clock yester day morning at the I.ary Boarding House, corner of Sixth street and Fifth avenue, south, after being n fined to his bed several days. Mr. Harris' death resulted from blood poiso.iing, ciiuid from a '-rniil on hig face. The deceased, who was 35 years old, had no relatives here, but sev ral members of the Carnival com, pany which showed in Itta Bena the past week, came to Columbus yes terday afternoon, and the remains may be taken to Lafayette, Ind., the former home of Mr. Harris for in terment. Counv Teacher Meet. At a meeting of the members of the Lowndes County Teachers' As sociation held at the court house yesterday afternoon resolutions were passed favoring State Superin tendent of Education Bonds having reserved five rooms in the old '.Wp itol building in Jackson for office purposes. A fine address was delivered at the meeting by Prof. J. C. Meadows on "What the County Association Can Do This Year." A fine talk was also made by President H. L. Whit field on "Meaning of Modern Edu cation." Mr. George Lipscomb, who tw weeks ago had the misfortune to break his collar bone while playing football, returned to Columbus last niedifc from New Orleans, where he has been under treatmnt. His many frinds are glad to know that he is muh improved.