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Ct:0. O. 8KXTF.lt Telephone . COMMF. RCIALt I IMiiur iiiul Manager Kntred at l'iffi I i" iVIunil'iK, M;h, "iiToml cImhi SUBSCRIPTION RATES Semi-Weekly, one 'rnr Thursday or Sunday, one year .11.00 . l.r.o Member of AMERICAN rRKSS ASSOC tTION Nrw York t'liy. Our foreign advertising will in the future bundled through (his organization. If Delivered either by carr.er or sent through mall. ?W5 (5 I I 1 1 l a M I v vo T?AR SAYINGS STAMPS ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SHORT ON GRAVEL. There has been some --'omplaint recently regarding the bad condition of a small portion of the road which connects Columbus with West Point, Tupelo and other cities in the northeastern section of the state, and the Commercial is informed by Hon. T. J. Locke, Jr., chair man of the Lowndes County Highway Commission, thatj the' reason the road has not been repaired is hceause the eon-mission has found it impossible to secure gravel. The portion of the road which is out of repair is near Artesia, and extends only a short distance, Mr. Locke having stated that he thought there was perhaps not more than one hundred yards which needed rcsur-fe-'ifiR. , ; This road, as Ptnted above, connects Columbus with West Point, and it is important that it should he kept in good condition, as local merchants expect to secure liberal patronage from the men stationed at the aviation training camp in the Clay county capital, and this is the best automobile route between the two cities. Mr. Locke and his fellow commissioners fully realize this fact and will do every thing possible to have the needed repairs made at the earliest p'osri'.hle dato. Re ti fn Ia 5a A HOME-COMING DAY. Mayor McClaiinhnn officially announces that it has been definitely decided to postpone the opening of the new Stephen P. Lee High School, which was originally set for Monday, January 28, to some later date. Tho postponement is a patriotic step, as it means that the fuel whi'h would be burned were the school in operntion will be saved for uee by domestic consumers, who have recently suffered from a coal famine and who sincerely hope that they will not be called upon to undergo another similar ordeal. It is also announced by Mayor McClannhan that several former Columbians who have pained promi nence in various vocations and professions will be in vited to come here and deliver addresses when the school is formally opened, whfo will prolmbly be some time in the spring. It has been definitely decided to in vite Hon. Blewett Lee, after whose father, the late Stephen D. Lee, the school has been named, and other distinguished former Columbians will also be invited to participate in the exercises. The Commercial suggests that an elaborate pro gram be prepared and that the opening of the school be made the occasion for a regular home-coming day. The opening of the school will not only mark an important epoch in the educational history of Columbus but the building occupies an historic site which enhances the im portance of the event and entitles celebration. WILLIAMS WITH WILSON. f ' Senator Jhn Sharp Williams, who ha all alon, . . . . . ..... i i l.rt'ii loyal to the admmixin.iion, is r nihuniiiiucaiLy sup porting President Wilson In his e(T.rt to prevent Cta lfr from enacting a law providing fur a war c d.n.et. Senator Williams in of the opinion that the rnacl'i.n of uih a meamire would be pronouncedly unconHtitut.on.il The constitution, he declare, not only delegates tr tlitf Pren dent of the of the United State the rittlit to com mnndrr in- hif of the army and navy but make il hi4 fluty to discharge this obligation. ontendj thit Congress ran no more take from the chief exccutivn n constitutional right than that official can tak.t from the legislative branch of the government u- pi ivib-e smilarly conferred. Senator Williams nays that tho advocates of u war cabinet seem to be obsessed exclusively with the 10 per cent shortcomings of the administration in the war preparations and fail to see or to give credit for the 10 per cent good that has been accomplished. He declare that if there is too much nwhinery and too much eon fusiui und delay in the con vn ; jf I'v war, how can the situation be bettered by creating still another cabinet? Certainly the way to shorten a chain is not by adding another link to it. Senator Williams illustrated his position by a characteristic Williams story. A man who had been asked to criticise a statue found it perfe'i in every de tail except as to the heel on the right foot which ahd a slight blemith. He wrote his criticism, which was devot ed entirely to the blemish on the heel, notwithstanding the statue was that of Achilles. M M m Mi TO MAKE WOMEN ELIGIBLE. The recent action of Congress in voting to submit to the different states throughout the Union an amend ment to the federal constitution conferring upon women the right of ballot has awakened hope in the breasts of advocates of the equal suffrage cause is Mississippi, and a movement has been launched to have the legisla ture enact a law making women eligible to hold certain state and county offices. Tho movement comes in the hnpe of a concurrent resolution introduced by Senator Whittington, which Was referred to the committee on constitution, and which proposes to amend section 250 of the constitution so as to provide that: "Any woman who shall have been a resident , of , the state for four years, and attained the age of 20 years, shall be eligible for the office of atnte librarian, ae now provided by the constitution; to the office of school trustee, and also to the office of trustee of any educational or eleemosynary in stitution; to the office of county superintendent of education and shall be eligible to the office of Btate superintendent of education." While the measure does not quite come up to th-j expectations of the most enthusiastic advc-'Utes of equal suffrage, it is believed to be fully in accord with the prevailing sentiment among the workers for the cause throughout the state. It Is Dark, Black Night; But the Sun Will Shine Again Thl Kuprrb pro poem aenr.on ' desolation, but lie had not gone In extremely wet weather like we have experienced for tome time past there are several places on College street where it is almost impossible to pass on side walks on account of standing water. Property owners should look after this by digging drains or raising the walks in front of their homes. A CAROL OF COAL. Sing a aoiig of diamonds, Not the ones which shine; Put those dug out with a pick From an Alabama mine. They warm our very heartstrings; Stir to its depths our soul, And make us feel contented, As down the chute they roll. a k aTlt m in a press dispatch recently sent out from Wash ington Col. Theodore Roosevelt is quoted as saying: I "This 1s no time to play politics, all of us should unite in an effort to win the war." If the colonel isn't playing politics we'd like to know who is. He's endeavoring to arraign the people of the country against President Wil son on a-' count of the alleged mistakes in 'his war pro gram, and hopes thereby to strengthen his chances for election to the presidency on the Republican ticket in 1920. . tt ft k MAKING IT WORSE. i ... i i i . an oia negro wno was iound carrying an empty it to a pretentious lRUnnyKHCk ubut in Vai" cffort to fi,1(i a few h,mI19 I oi coai was heard to say: "as, dis am jes whut we git fur Congress a passin' dat sufferin' amindment. iar suan wuz plenty ol sutlerin' without dat. Am it de truf?" Nashvillle Tennessean. . . . tot fci Ka paa bakers are not supposed to know much about the art of frying, but press dispatches from Washington in dicatc that the Secretary of War has recently had con siderable experience in grilling. by MJ. J. C. C. Black, a brilliant lawyer and an ex-Confederate offi cer of Auguwta, Gn., appeared in the Chronicle of that city. We have seen nothing to match it during this war. It ahould henceforth be pub lUbed In every school reader In the country, not only for its exalted tone, but ai a rcrfert piece of En glish, not surpassed, we believe, In beauty of style and loftiness of thought, by anything which even that mater of English, President Wilson, ever written, Editor Manufac turers Rvord.) It is night at midday; deep, dense darkness has rome to the world when men thought it was the bright est day that ever dawned. The na tions with outstretched arms and un certain steps are groping their way like blind men, not knowing over what precipice the next step will plunge them. Social, economic and industrial conditions are overturn ed. In a land dedicated to liberty and popular government it is conced ed that to preserve them autocratic power must be exer-.Ssed. Suffering and sorrow are every. where. Scarcity has come where a little while ago abundance abided Hardship and deprivation sit in the erstwhile places of ease and luxury. Children are crying for bread and there is none. In homes the world over there is only a little meal in the barrel and a little oil in the cruse. and thousands of widows are gather ing a few sticks to bake a little cake that they and their children may eat it and die, and there is no power that can replenish. , Wickedness, savagery and deviltry hold high revel, and death and destruction, gorged with the blood of innocence and thirsting for more, have been crown ed king and queen of the mad nw turnal carnival. . What does it all mean?- Why is it allowed, and when will it end? The wisest and some of the best, whose faith is challenged, are" asking hi plaintive tones these questions, and "there is no answer but the echo of their wailing cry." This, in intention at least, is not the funeral dirge of hope, but rather as a word of cheer." Let us not lose heart and abandon faith and hope. It is a dark, black night, but the sun has not gone down forever. Day will dawn again, and who shall say it will not be a brighter. There are stars still shining. , All in the world is not evil; some goodwill lives. The ma terial is being , destroyed, but the spiritual is being quickened Into new and vigorous life. Sympathy, kind ness, helpfulness, friendship and love are not dead. These finest qualities of character are imperishable and in destructible. They live and will live because God lives. The parable of the Good Samaritan is a living actu ality repeated thousands of times daily. The hungry are fed, the nak ed are clothed, and the homeless are (sheltered. Jeweled hands accustom ed to rest in the lap of ease and lux ury are busy and tired with the worn of making garments to minister to Accident and Health Insurance 'makes certain your income in the event of accident or illness. Can you afford to go without this protec tion? A lengthened term of disability might seri- V'ously inconvenience you, unless you have a disability .. policy. Have you one of these policies? Ij not, get "one now JESSE P . WOOD W A R D General Agent Maryland Assurance Corporation v . Odd Fellows Building Phone 53! Columbus, Miss. from the world, but had come In full er revelation of His love. They thatj had been with Hirn mourned and wept for them all was lout. In three days the sorrowing women went to the sepulchre with spices to anoint His body, and they met one whose! "countenance was like lightning and has raiment white as snow," and bt, said unto them: "He U not here, I for He Is risen.'-' The darkness had! fled before the dawn of the resur rection morning, and wt may well think thut, though unheard on earth, the angelic choir sang a new Gloria in Excels! In Heaven,, for man wan redeemed, the grave vanquished, and! death was killed. j . Our young men have heard thej country's call and answered the sum-1 mons. For some the wedding gar ment has been the soldier's uniform. Many have delayed long enough to leave with mother a kiss of passion ate devotion, it may be the last, and grip the father's hand as a new pledge of filial gratitude and love. Whose pen can write, whose tongue can tell, whose poem can fittingly sing of American mothers the mothers who with willing but bleed ing hearts, and it may be with tear dimmed eyes and faltering voice, or it may be with calm countenance while the soul is filled with the tu mult of an anguish only a mother's heart can know, have said totheir sons "Go." They knew not where, to suffer they knew not what, to return they know not when. God only knows, but go wherever the flag leads, suffer whatever duty brings and come home with victory crowned with lasting peace is achieved. And the wives kindred spirits in suffer ing and sacrifice. Some have re linquished the props upon which they so long leaned and the compan ionship which had with the years strengthened and sweetened domes tic happiness. Some before the orange blossoms had withered and the music of the wedding march had died have said good bye to those they lived with the first pure flaming pas sion of wedded life as the darkness fell on its very threshold. The sepa ration is bitter and sad, but the home coming will be the sweeter and more joyous. Yes, when the sons and the husbands come with the higher qual ities of manhood grown fuller and stronger and the mothers and wives rejoice and are thankful that they had the spirit to bid them go and dare and, if need be, die. If the worst comes and they sleep in un marked and unknown graves, they will rest shrouded in honor, and mothers and wives can feel ineffable pride and joy that they gave them for home, and country, and humani ty. Oh, brave, loyal, heroic spirits. it cannot be that what you suffer and sacrifice will be lost, for from every heart and home, and the pews and pulpits of every creed fervent pray ers go up to Heaven that the right may triumph. Yes, it is a dark, bla k night, but the sun has not gone down forever, and the stars still shine. Heaven Special Range Sale We have with us this week a Special Range man from the factory to SHOW and DEMONSTRATE The Famous Eternal Range Drop in and let him show you the many advantages over any other Range, whether you intend buying or not. We Give Away Free Souvenirs and a Special $10.00 Set of Aluminum Ware with each Range sold This Week. Columbus Hardware & Furniture Co. the men in uniform. Great proper- bless all who suffer and serve, and ties are willingly surrendered to, bring victory to the right and last- government control, and millions of ing peace to all the world, is my wealth are given to relieve suffer- New Year's wish. ing at home and abroad. Autcracy J. C. C. BLACK. is not overthrown, but the leaven of Augusta, Ga., January 1, 1918 liberty permeates the masses. Lights are still burning In the thick, black darkness of the night. Out on the CROWN HEADS DODGE DANGER 0 0 0 LUKE M'LUKE SAYS 0 0 ' '0 0 Birmingham Age-Herald. XI 00000000000000000 What doth it profit a man to dodge young women and remain single until he is forty and then fall for some daraa who is old enough to be his mother? , ; An eminent Suff announces that "Women feel just like men.' How is a woman ever going to feel like a man who gets home just as dawn is breaking and who is wondering how he can square himself with Friend Wife? ' A. Vice Commission is usually a joke. But it is just as well to live so that you won't do any worrying when a Vice Commission is organ ized. A fashion expert tells men how to dress well for $1,500 a year. : But if he would tell -us how to dress well for $15 a year he would have a big ger audience. A trunk isn't the only thing a wo man 'an pack better than a man She can get more stuff into an ice box than a man can get into a cellar. A man usually waits until he is Germany has been engaged in war seething, surging, savage sea strong for three yeflr9 Rnd up to the pr. arms, brave hearts and knightly. timG not a.Mooded(jerman has spirits are manning the lifeboats. ,ogt his ufe In thjj ljst of kiHed am, plying tneir work or rescue. . WOUnded there has not appeared the Right up to the line of battle and e of fl PruaBian or German back to the retreats and base hospi-! prince nor ev(n R mcinner of the tala there are strong men caring for nobiHty If thev are around the fir the wounded and the dying, and . ,. t th . dee young women, with hearts as brave ceHar with foor overed with fine 0000000000000000 0 0 ODD AND ENDS 0 0 0 0 News-Scimitar. 0 0 ' ' ' 0 Searchlights 1 are playing a very important part in the present war fare. ,: ' ' A forestry service 'is to be estab lished in China with ' the hope of bringing down the price of lumber. Italy possesses rich mines of zinc, but as it is not a coal-producing country the output of the metal Is limited. The Lincoln highway, -beginning at New York city ahd ending at San Francisco, is about one-third finish ed. For the use of physHians and den tists a tongue-depressing instrument that switches on an electric light to illuminate a patient's mouth when It is used. By royal order, the celebration of Arbor day has been made obligatory in every township and municipality in Spain. The high price of gasoline is said to be creating a new demand' for electric vehicles for both pleasure and commercial purposes in the past CO before he begins to make up,Un'ted K'"f om' But it is different! OI ine "- cesstul apartment noieis in iNew as ever beat in warrior's breasts and carpet. ... . . i rpints as gentle as ever sweeteneu The emperor of Germany has six and sanctified woman's love, nqrung f0n9 Rnd not one of them ha9 receir. and ministering to the living, and e(, a scratch Qne or two of them taking messages from dying lips to h(we been married since the war be. the loved ones at home a noble pan ftnd the frown prince who w(( army whose symbols are the triangle d to comrtiand at Verdun had and the cross, whose field is the anothpr prjnce born to bjni world, whose mission is to help the The Geman aut0cracy is not go- needy. They have gone from homes . ,.. None of itg mcmbers of ease and plenty to hardship and carrying a bread ticket. With . i want, encountering perns by land . pvervtnin oes on ns USUal. and sea. They have gone equipped u was chnrRed the European not with poisonous gases, but re-' newspapers a few week9 a(?0 that a freshing draughts; not with liquid , . . - hn,ltiflli tr fire, hut with healing lotions; not to were sent to Verdun on spedal hurt, nut to neip; not to mn, our w . iM order to dance and sinK keep alive. ! Rnd caU9e tne crown prince to for Hard as are the experiences in his trouble9i while he is 25 any war and horrible as they are in .,es from any cannon this, they evoke the highest quail-1 ThenJ may be mourning in every ties of life-obedience to rightful (househoid in Germany. There ia authority, patience, fortitude, cour- mournin(, in every household of the age, heroism, unselfishness, sacn- fommon people. But the emperor flee for others, and these exalted vlr- ftnd thft Toyftl fami,y Keneral,y have tues and the material out of which i .i-j,!;.- I 1U UVlBVIlHt VlttCIVll AV oiivMtift .i . a J -i. l I ' are woven me nnesi nnu sirungesi texture of character. Ye?, it is a dark, black night, but the sun has not gone down forever. Once before in human history it was darkened and "Nature ter. Exchange. Weather Queition. for lost time with a woman. We are all very careful not to speak disrespectfully of the dead. But we don't care a hang how many mean lies we tell about the living. There never was a man who had as much respect for his wife's opinion as he has for the opinion of his wife's husband. What has become of the old-fashioned Democrat who used to say that the Republican Party had lost anoth er vote every time a horse thief was hanged? A woman's idea of being happily married is having a husband who is afraid of her. When a fellow used to take his best girl for a ride In his buggy he could hold the reins In his teeth. But you can't steer an automobile with your teeth. A wife will make a man lead a dog's life and then wonder why he growls all the time. A small boy's idea of Paradise would be to live in Germany. They haven't any soap over there and haven't had any for six months. York city is managed by a woman. In England it is mandatory to em ploy at least 70 per cent of female labor in all industrial plants. The deepest oil well in the world at Beallsville, Pa., .that cost over $500,000, has been abandoned as a failure. Mrs. Mary E. Prindle, of Minne apolis, who is 90 years old, is proud of her record of knitting five pairs of socks in three weeks. France has built up an extensive industry , in making artificial ivory, tortoise shell and celluloid from case in extracted from milk. u. Scientific experiments have demonstrated that the yellow color of cream and butter is not necessari ly an indi'tion of their richness. Italy's wine crop will be a bump er one of 40,000,000 hectoliters (1, 056,710,000 gallons), as against 28, 000,000 hectoliters (739,697,000 gallons) in 1916. Proportion of Men ia Hospital Lett Im U. S. Than Overteat Force A recent comparison of health re ports from troops in the United States and the Expeditionary Forces shows the admission rate to hospitals (Handle v Smilage Book Sales to be greater among the men in France. Admissions to hospitals in one week in the Expeditionary forces, Chautauqua and Lyceum System The sale of smilage books, .con taining coupons for admission to theaters and entertainment tents in all army '&mps and cantonments, is, figured on a basis of 1,000 men, The ground hog will appear on handled in the smaller cities and. were 45.2; in the United States th next Saturday, the 2nd day of Fed-j towns throughout the country by rate was 33.7 per 1,000 men. In sighing, ruary. chautauqua ana lyceum organua-. the overseas forces the non-en ecuve through all her work gave signs of , If it is a clear day he will seeions. ;, (rate (the total numiber tf men ex- woe that all was lost," but all was his shadow and return to his den fori The books come in two sizes, for cused from duty for any injury or saved, not lost. For a time it seemed thntGdhndder" Hfr"n theworld, God had departed from the world, and out of the depths of an agony, not see his shadow, his weather in- no human suffering ever sounded ( tuitionwill tell him there will be good there came a cry of lonliness and weather and he will stay out. he will know there will be more sale at $1 and 6. wnen sent to ( ailment, whether or not oraerea to rough weather. 'man 'in camp a smilage book carries t hospital) was 54.1 per 1,000 men If it isa cloudy dan and he can the name of the donor on the cover, in the troops In the United States it was 46.4. Saturday Evening Post, $1.60 a year. Jack Senter. Pay your taxes by Friday.