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i 1 VOL. XXIV. NO- 52. COLUMBUS, MISS., THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 31, 1918. Serni-Weekiy, 3.00 per Year. '! - J 1 . . FINAL SUMMONS HAS COME TO T. J. LOCKE, SR. WELL KNOWN CITIZEN ' DIES AT HOME ON SEVENTH STREET. FAKERS WORK SLICK SCHEME ON TWO LADIES 1,500.000 U. S. TROOPSSOONTO BE IN FRANCE GRAVE CHARGE IS FACED BY LOCAL COUPLE NO DEFINITEjCOLLEGE GIRL DATE SET FOR DIES AFTER A COLLEGE WORK NOW OPEN TO STATE WOMEN SECOND DRAFT LONG ILLNESS FUNERAL TODAY The Obsequies Will Be Con. ducted By Rev S. L. Pope This Afternoon. The death of Mr. T. J. Locke, Sr., which took place at his home, 401 North Seventh street, at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, while not un expected, was a shock to the entire community, for he had long been prominent in local commercial and business circles, and perhaps no man in Columbus was better known or more universally esteemed than he. Mr. Locke had been engaged in the grocery business here for more than a quarter of a century, but his activities were by no means confined to commercial pursuits, as he had long been an official of the First Methodist church and displayed an abiding interest in religious and eleemosynary work of every charac ter, lie was not only honorable and upright,.,, but" was exceedingly kind hearted and sympathetic In his na ture, and his death has brought poig nant grief not only to members of hir family but to countless friends who recognized his true worth and who feel that his removal from earth's activities takes from them, a friend upon whom they could always depend not only for wise council but for substantial material aid when in distress. Mr. Locke, who was 72 years old, is survived by bis, widow and four rons, Messrs. IT J, Locke, Jr., Ray mond Locke, Oscar Locke and Wal ter Locke. Mr. T. J. Locke, Jr., is prominent in local business and civic circles. He formerly served as pres ident of the Chamber of Commerce and is now an official of the Jack son Highway Association and presi dent of the Lowndes county high way commission.' The funeralwill take place at the family residence at 3 o'clock this af ternoon, arid will be conducted by Rev. S. L. Pope, pastor of the First Methodist church. ' Rev.' Fry Arrives in City. Rev. R. Excell Frye, who was re cently named as pastor of the First Presbyterian church in this city, ar rived last night from his former In, me, Gadsden, Ala. He was ac companied by his wife and daughter, nrd they are being cordially welcom ed to the city. Rev. Frye will con duct servr.tes Sunday morning and evening. , ... Mr. Horace Hudson, a Columbus boy, who is now residing in Mem phis, arrived in the city last night and will spend several ' days here with his parents, Capt. and Mrs. J. A. Hudson. 1 " ' ITEMS OF INTEREST OVER THE COUNTRY GIST OF THE NEWS GATHERED HERE AND THERE AND PRE SENTED IN BRIEF FORM. British casualties during the week ending January 28, were 8,588 di vided as follows: killed or died of wounds: officers 128, men 1,714. Wounded or missing: onicers 128, men, 6,721. These figures represent the virtual cutting in half of British casualties as copared with the pre vious week, when 17,943 were re ported. Two weeks ago the high total of 24,979 was reached. For the week immediately preceding the figures were 18,998 and the week before that 9,951. The long threatened revolution in Finland is preceding in the eastern provinces, according to sparse re ports reaching - Haparanda and for wrrded to Stockholm. Reports of disturbances in Ger many again are current in Holland. Severe outbreaks are said to have occurred in the Rhenish industrial districts. GET JEWELRY FROM ONE AND CHECK FROM THE OTHER PSEUD 6 OCULISTS Told Victim They Were Specialists And Demanded Big Fees. Four smooth fakers, posing as eye specialists, have recently been oper ating in this section, and have de frauded several residents of the ter ritory contiguous to Columbus, hav ing tecured a check for $750 from one lady and several pieces of val uable jewelry from another. The jewelry, however, was recovered as the son of the lady who was victim ized having reached the house just as the psuedo specialists were leav ing, and having forced them to give up the valuables. There were four crooks in the party, all nicely dressed and bear ing every appearance of being high ly educated professional men. They registered at a local hotel as A. S. Lieber, H. Lieber and S. M. Lu riartz, of Chicago, and S. Supes, of Memphis. They engaged an auto mobile and drove out on the Pkk ensville road, making their first stop at the home of a prominent planter about ten miles southeast of Columbus. After having been ad mitted to the home they told the planter's wife that they were ex perienced occulists and asked per mission to examine her eyes. This permission, after some hesitation on the part of the lady, was granted and the man who made the examina tion told her that her eyes were in a deplorable condition and that un less she took a costly treatment which he was prepared to prescribe she would be both blind and insane within three weeks. The husband and son of the lady were both absent and she had no money in the house but the men told her that as their time was valuable they could not wait, and finally persuaded her to turn over to them a handsome dia mond ring and other jewelry. Just as they were about to leave, how ever, her son came in and forced the crooks to give up their loot. The crooks then went to the home of a wealthy widow residing in Pick ens county, Ala., and by pursuing the same tactkk succeeded in secur ing a check for $750. After the men had left the lady became bus picious and got in communication with Hon. Wj. F. Kilpatrick, sheriff of Pickens county. An investigation undertaken by Sheriff Kilpatrick es tablished the fact that the men had driven to Carrollton, Ala., but did not attempt to cash the check there having gone on to Birmingham and forwarded it to the bank from there requesting that the money be -sent by registered letter to Meridian. The postmaster at Meridian later receiv ed a request to forward the money to New Orleans, and Sheriff Kilpat rvfc has requested authorities there to keep a lookout for the crooks and endeavor to effect their arrest when the letter is called for. FLOODS ADD TO RAIL PROBLEMS MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE TO CLEAR LINES BEFORE MARCH 1, SAYS McADOO. Washington, Jan. 30.- Freight ingestion on eastern railroads prob ably cannot be cleared up before the middle or the latter part of March, railroad administration officials an nounced Tuesday night. Bad weath er this week has provided the culmi nating misfortune on which is based the conviction that it will take at least six weeks more to set traffic moving normally through rail ar teries. Even without the expected thaw which may send rivers above their banks, officials say recovery from the unprecedented period of blizzard weather would be slow. Floods would make conditions far worse Preparations have been made to fight high waters, - which are feared throughout the east and which have BAKER MAKES CONVINC ING STATEMENT BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE. GIVES THE DETAILS Declares Success in Building Army to be Beyond AH Ex pectations. Washington, Jan. SO. America will have an army of half a million men in France early this year, with a million more trained and equipped ready to follow as quickly as ships can be provided to carry them and the outlook for ships is not un promising. Secretary Baker gave this infor mation to the nation and to the world Monday in a statement before the Senate military committee, bar ingmuch that until now has been carefully guarded with the army's military secrets, m answering the charges that the government has broken down preparing for war. From early morning until late af ternoon the secretary addressed the committee and a crowd including many members of both houses on Congress gathered in a big hearing room of the Senate office building. He ppoke extemporaneously begin ing with details of the mammoth task of building an army of a million and a half, answering such complaint of inefficiency as were cited by Sen ator Chamberlain in ' his "- recent speech and declaring that such in stan'bs were isolated and not gen eral. Some questions were asked and Mr. Baker from time to time had as sistants to telephone for reports on specific questions. Then, toward the close of the day the secretary delivered a dramatic general statement of the American war plan, tellingtof the rbming of the allied missions, of the day and night conferences with men from the scene of battle in which the plans now being executed were adopted and of success beyond the most san guine expectations in building the army and its industrial support at home, transporting men aross the -i i ocean, constructing rauruaus m France and preparing to strike the enemy with every resource at the country's command. When Mr. Baker closed it was ap parent he had created a profound impression. Chairman Chamberlain said so before he left the stand. There was no attempt at cross-examination. The chairman proposed that the secretary be given a rest, and it virtually was agreed to recall him for further examination later, after the committee has completed its hearing of officers of the medical corps, aviation section and other branches of the service. While many things disclosed im pressed, the committee was frankly amazed when told that the men of 32' national guard and national army di visional camps are ready to go at need. When members wanted to know why such things had not been given publicity before. Mr. Baker spoke of the reluctance of military men revealing their war plans, and quoted German remarks about America's advertisement of her preparations. Emphasizing that he was not there to defend himself or anybody else, the secretary urged the committee again and again to lay bare any shortcoming or failure of the depart ment, that it might be corrected. Frequently he paused to seek strong er language to describe the devotion of his associates in the department, military and civilian. Rev. Mlon Come Friday. Rev. E. L. Malone, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., who several weeks ago was called to the St. Paul's Epis copal 'hurch as rector, will arrive in Columbus Friday afternoon. An announceent of Sunday's serv ices will be made in the Commercial Sunday. Mr. J. D. M Nees and Mr. S. W. Smith, well known citizens of the Sterns neighborhood, to Columbus Tuesday. were visitors already developed in the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia and Ken tucky with serious Consequences to coal production and transportation. L GOLDSTEIN AND MRS. LENA BERNSTEIN ARE IN THE TOILS. ARE ARRESTED HERE Officers Allege They Violated Provisions of Mann White Slave Act. L. Goldstein, a lo'ifctl junk dealer, and Mrs. Lena Bernstein, a woman who is alleged to have followed him here from her home in Chicago, are under arrest, and charges of white slavery may be made against them as the result of ah investigation which is now being carried on by an agent of the federal 'government and local police officers who are assist ing him in the huntfor evidence. Special Agent Singer of the de partment of justice ";with headquar ters in Chicago, has been here for some time investigating the case and Tuesday he succeeded in securing sufficient evidence to arrest the couple, whom, it is alleged, have been living together as man and wife in an apartment on West Main street. Mrs. Bernstein is said to have a husband in Chicago and it is understood that he instigated the investigation with the object of se curing a divorce. While the couple were living together in the flat both denied that improper relations ex isted between them. .Mrs. Bernstein has a son here with her, and she and this young man claim an interest in the junk business conducted by Goldstein, the woman; further assert ing that her relations, with the junk man were entirely of4i business na ture. t Special Agent Singer, accompan ied by local officials, went to Aber deen Tuesday for the purpose of se curing, from the federal court in that city legal papers covering the case, and upon their return the investiga tion of the charges against the cou ple will be completed. CALLS KAISER NATION'S JUDAS London, Jan. 30. A dispatch to The Exchange Telegraph from Am sterdam says the Deutsche Tages Zeitung openly calls on the German people to revolt against the present regime. "We, too," says this pan-German organ, "have a Judas among us to day. He appears in the red coat and mantle of Germany's hangman. Who will save Germany from these trai tors but the German people? It is now 'Germans, help yourself and God will help you.' " Although Emperor Williams is not named in the article, the expression "Germany's hangman" is meant for the Kaiser, says the correspondent. Mr Arrlntrffin .Tnhnann i nnpnrl. ing several days in St. Louis on bus- ness. FOOD EDICT TO BE OBSERVED HERE RESTAURATEURS, HOTEL KEEP ERS AND HOUSEWIVES OBEY PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. Restaurants, hotels and private homes in Columbus are preparing to rigidly observe President Wilson's recent edict regarding the conserva iton of food. Restaurateurs and ho tel proprietors found it impossible to strictly observe a meatless day Tuesday, as satisfactory substitutes could not be secured. Eggs were very scarce, while it was exceedingly difficult to obtain even limited sup plies of fish, poultry and other foods generally substituted for beef and pork. It is the intention, however, not only of public eating places but of private homes to carry out to the best of their ability the order of President Wilson regarding meatless and wheatless days and the conser vation of food generally. It may re quire some time to get things in shape no that th provision of fb or der may be fully complied with, but efforts are being made to do this at the earliest possible moment. DEPENDS ON EVENTS ABROAD AND SHIPPING SITUATION. ANOTHER DRAWING Number Will Be Selected To Establish Status of Addition al Registrants. Washington,' Jan. 30. Expansion of America's fighting forces beyond their present strength depends upon such factors as events abroad and the shipping situation, Secretary Baker said last night in disclosing that the War Department has not fixed a date for another draft not even determined how many new men shall be called. When Mr. Baker told the Senate military committee Monday the United States would have a million men in France early this year and that in all a million and a half buld go across if ships" could be found to carry them he referred to the divis ions now in training camps and those already in Europe. Future de velopments will decide what addi tional forces will be sent. The secretary made clear Tues day his opinion that if events made it necessary to call out more than another increment of half a million men, the executive's authority to draft men for fighting units othei than reserves would be exhausted and further legislation by Congresf would be necessary. He said, how ever, that under the authority to call two increments of line soldiers of 500,000 each and su.h additional members for recruit battalions and special units "as the president may deem necessary," the sebnd draft might bring out in all as many as 8 million men. The Senate committee Tuesday tentatively approved legislation pro posed by the War Department to provide for the registration of al) youths attaining the age of 21 years since June 5, authorizing the fixing of quotas on the basis of Class One of the new classification and em powering the president to call men needed for special industrial or oth er work. Provost Marshal Genera' Crowder, appearing to explain the bills, told the committee it was pro posed to hold a new drawing to es tablish the orfler of liability of the new registrants. When the new men have been given their serial numbers their names will be inserted in the classes to which they may be assign ed according to a plan being worked out. It is assumed, Gen. Crowder said that most of the new legistrants will fall into Class One, giving that dass this year a total of some 2,000,000 men. From Class One it is proposed to take the next and any future drafts. In a formal1 memorandum pre senting his views, the general also disapproved suggestions that the registrations be extended to men be yond the age of 31, saying the ef fort of classification is great and so expensive, and the number of per sons past 31 years who would fall in Class One so small, that the task would not be worth while. Although Secretary Baker reiter ated his desire to have exempted registered men who reach the age of .31 years without being called into the military service, the committee refused to include such a provision in the legislation. Gen. Crowder disapproved the suggestion. Jaclc Pickford in "Tom Swjrr' t Princcsi Today. The attraction at the Princess for today, Thursday January 31st, is the clever young jouvenile actor Jack Pickford in an exceptionally clever picturization of Mark Twain's re nowned story "Tom Sawyer." This picture is one of the best this young star has ever appeared in, and as everybody knows the story of "Tom Sawyer" it is needless to say that it will afford you an enjoyable enter tainment. Matinee at 3:00 and 4:15. Night at 7:30 and 8:45. Admission Children 5c, Adults 15c. Coming Monday . February 4th, "The Judgment House," Sir Gilbert Parker's famous work. MISS LILLIAN COEN PASS ES AWAY AT LOCAL HOSPITAL WAS GIVEN DIPLOMA President Whitfield Graciously Grants Death-Bed Wish Of Student Miss Lillis Luella Coen, of Green ville, Miss., member of the senior class at the Industrial Institute and College, died at a local hospital at 7:30 o'clock Wednesday morning her death having followed an illness of several weeks' duration. Miss Coen was one of the most popular students of the college, and her desth brought genuine sorrow not only to her fellow students but to members of the faculty as well. President Whitfield declared a half holiday and a memorial service was held In the college chapel at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The service was conducted by Prof. Dub- ney Lipscomb, vice-president of the institution, who delivered a beauti ful ovation, and an appropriate musical program was rendered by the students. Miss Coen, who was 21 years old is survived by her mother, a sister Miss Mildred, who is a student at the local college, and five brothers. A short time prior toher death Miss Coon, realized that the end wa near, stated to the loved ones at her bedside that she was not afraid to meet her Maker and that if she only possessed her diploma would die happy. The remark was communi cated to President Whitfield, and he graciously sent the young lady her diploma, thereby gratifying her longing and materially adding to the happiness of her last hours on earth The body was taken to Green ville for interment, having been ac companied by Miss Mildred Coon sister of the debased, and two of her brothers, Mr. M. R. Coen, who was at her bedside when she passed away, and Mr. M. C. Coen. Afd Citiicn Dial. Mr. Richard N. Lamb, 86, died at his home, 310 North Third street Wednesday morning, his death hav ing resulted from a completion of ailments incident to his advanced age. Deceased was a house and sign painter, and had followed this voca tion in Columbus for neurly fifty years. He is survived by his widow two daughters and one son. The funeral will take place at the family home at 10 o'clock this morning and interment in Friendship ceme tery will follow. Mr. J. S. Long spent yesterday in the city en route to his home in Pickens county after a business trip to St. Louis. Mr. Jesse P. Woodward has re turned from a business trip to Bal timore and New York. Sheriff W. L. Kilpatrick, of Pick ens county, was a visitor to Colum bus Tuesday. AGED VETERAN IS CALLED BY DEATE A. T. BUSH DIES AT HOME OF SON AFTER A SHORT ILLNESS. Mr. A. T. Bush, an aged Confed erate veteran, died at the home of his son, Mr. E. J. Bush, in South Co lumbus Wednesday morning. He had been in bad health for some time, and last week was seized with an attack of la grippe, which was of a violent form and which soon prov ed fatal. Deceased was 70 years old and is survived by two sons, E. J. and D. J. Bush of this Uy, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Ruffin, who resides in the Andrew's chapel neighborhood. Funeral services will be held at the family home at 11 o'clock this morning, being conducted by Rev. T. E. Gregory, pastor of the Second Baptist church, after which thebody will be taken to Antioch, Ala., for interment. WAR COURSES ADDED TO CURRICULUM MADE GEN ERALLY AVAILABLE. MRS. McGEEHE TALKS Chairman State Division Of Woman' Auxiliary, N. D. C. Makes Adddess. At a meeting of the Fourth Dis trict section of the Mississippi Di vision of the Woman's Auxiliary of the Nutional Defense Council which was held at the Industrial Institute and College in this city Monday it was officially announced that it had been decided to open the courses In training for war work which havs been added to the curriculum of that institution since the United States severed diplomatic relations with Ger many to the women of the stats gen erally, and any Mississippi woman who desires training in activities of this character now has the privileg of takingadvantage ofthis opporturv ty. The announcement was made by Miss Emma Ody Pohl, head of ths department of physical education, who is directing the training along this line, and who also stated that sr. rangements had been perfected whereby women trained St the col lege would next summer be sent to direct communities throughout tha state to give instruction in war work. Hon. H. L. Whitfield, president of the college, who, according to ths of ficial program, was to have deliver ed the address of welcome, was pre vented by illness from filling the en gagement, and the visitors wers wel comed by Prof. Danney LopscoimV vice-president of the institution. The meeting was presided over by Mrs. Edward McGehee, of Como, chairman of the Mississippi division, who also delivered the principal ad dress of the occasion. Mrs. McGehee explained how the women of the na tion had been requested by the fed eral government to organize and told in detail what had been accomplish ed in Mississippi, stating that this commonwealth had been thoroughly organized, with the different Aun ties as units, and that splendid work was being accomplished. She said that the work of every woman throughout the entire nation was needed and vehemently urged tht women of Mississippi to co-operate with the organization which she heads in the effort which it is mak ing to accomplish the task which U has set out to perform. Other speakers in addition to Mrs. McGehee were Miss Victoria Hill, of Tupelo, Prof. R. M. Pate, of the Mississippi A. and M. College, and Prof. H. G. McGowan, head of the horticultural department at the In dustrial Institute and College. Miss Hill's subject was "Food Production and Home Economics," while Prof. Pate and Prof. MrGowan both stressf ed in their talks the prominent part which agricultural activities play in the production of foodstuffs. ETHELVILLE, ALA., SWEPT BY STORM SEVERAL BUILDINGS ARE DE MOLISHED AND FIVE PEOPLE SLIGHTLY INJURED. In a storm which swept over ths northwestern section of Alabama Sunday night, several buildings st Ethelville, Ala., were completely de molished and five people wers mors or less painfully injured. Thoss sus taining injuries were: Mrs. Jackson Pridmore, Charles Hudson and thres negroes. Among the buildings that were blown down were: the Ethel ville public school house, th Free will Baptist church, the five room home of Charles Hudson, ths four room cottage of Mrs. Jackson prid more, and four negro cabins. One of the sufferers from ths storm was Mr. T. J. Hancock, who resides in Columbus, but who has considerable property st Ethelville. The four T?gro cshins, which wers demolished, belonged to Mr. Han cock and he went thers Monday to look after his losses.