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GEO. O. SENTER ... ... Telephone ... commercial! Editor and Mauager 222 Entered at I'ostofike in Columbus, Mis, as second clasa mail. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Serai-Weekly, one year $3.00 Thursday or ..Sunday, one year .- l-'O Member of AMERICAN PRESS ASSOC IATiON New York City. Delivered either by earner or sent t.irouprh mail. WWWW m ivvv a v m. if I V V 0 &syQ KzZSO T7AR SAVINGS STAMPS ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT H'u.1 ''J BX.i.j.-.a.1". i " COLLINS UNDER FIRE. Th present session of the legislature has been mark ed by some startling developments, and the invesitfation of affairs at the State Insane Hospital, which resulted in th resignation of Dr. R. M. Dutler, the superintendent, has been followed by sensational charge, against Attorney-General Ross Collins, who is charged with having il legally disbursed state funds in the administration of the affairs of his office The accusation is made by 11. H. Cleaver, an auditor employed by Gov. Uilbo to check up accounts of depaitnients and institutions, who in his re port says: f "For the past sevural years the legislature appropri ated $1,700 per year for two utenoirrahei for the attorney-general's office. The attorney-general has added $100 to this amount, paying same from his contingent fund. When I asked him about increasing the salary of his stenographers to more than the amount fixed by the legislature he said that he had the riht to spend his con tingent fund as he saw fit, and as long as the legislature did not fix a sufficient amount to pay the salaries of his tenographershe considered thathe could raise their sula riee to an amount that might in his judgment be com mensurate with the services rendered "If the attorney-general has the right to raise the salaries for employes in his office it is certainly opening wide gap to other state officers to do the same thing, where they are allowed a contingent fund to carry on the expense of their departments other than for salaries fieci by the legislature." Gen.4Collins, in a letter to the legislature, emphati rally denies that any public funds h;ive been wrongfully disbursed by him and requests that body to at once un dertake an investigation of the affairs of his oflke. Rumors emanating from Jackson ate to th effect that Gov. Bilbo is bringing charges against various state officials for the purpose of preventing an investigaion of bis own official conduct. The name of the governor was! mentioned in the investigation of the case against Dr Sutler, and while nothing was proven against him it is declared that a thorough probe would show that he was as culpable as the deposed superintendent. Ililbo is an exceedingly shrewd politician, and may be able to pre tent an investigation of his conduct since he has been governor; but it is said that' such an investigation woul bring to light some startling facts. i fct few fct, K fca At least one negro soldier who is in training r;i . , . . . . .... vrap rike seems 10 nave taken his razor along with him ami one morning last week when a white officer reproved him for being out of line while breakfast was being served, he flourished the implement and made dire threats against the man who had called him down. mniature race riot ensued, find as a result, twenty-si blacks are in the guard house awaiting court martial pro ceedings on charge of insubordination. to la t iu Canneries throughout the country have been order d by Food Administrator Hoover to hold their' product for the soldiers. This means that ordinary consumers wiH 1 forced to "enn" the canned goods. ILLEGITIMATE EXPENDITURES. One tt the most sensational developments in the history of railroad management in the South came out Ifcst week, when the Interstate Commerce Commission made public a deposition executed by Milton H. Smith, president of the Louisville and Nashville railroad, in which he admitted that his company had, during the re cent past, illegitimately expended thousands of dollars in otder to influence politicians and to secure the enaction of legislation favorable to the road. ! Most of the money was spent in 1914 in an effort to prevent rate reductions advocated by B. B. Comer when he was running against Charles Henderson and other gubernatorial candidates. The total amount expended during this campaign is placed at $30,800, and President Smith admitted that of this sum $ 1.1,000 was used to sub sidize an Alabama newspaper, but refused to give the name of the publication. It was also shown in the deposition that during one year passee valued at more than $8,000 were given to members of the Tennessee legislature. Mr. Smith ad mitted that he knew this was contrary to law; but said he and other officials deemed such action necessary to the welfare of the road, Bnd therfore decided to disre gard the federal statutes. Notwithstanding the sensational nature of the dis closures, it appears that President Smith and his fellow officials wecame very near sayinghis associates in crime are Jo go unpunished, as the fact that the government has recently assumed control of the rail lines of the coun- ry has apparently furnished them an avenue .of escape. it seems a pity, however, that there is to be no criminal prosecution; for when the proletariat see members of the plutocracy violate the statues without being forced to pay any penalty therefore it serves to make them regard with contempt the laws of the land and to feel no com punction in breaking them. fta to, ftj m Pi MUST NOTIFY RELATIVES. Secretary of War Baker has recently issued ) oi ler requiring medical officers at army cantonments and naval posts to promptly notify relatives when men in their charge are seriously sick. The order followed com plaints made by numerous congressmen who had receiv ed from constituents letters stating that members of their families who have rallied to the colors have been permitted to lie dangerously ill for weeks without any notification of the fact having been given. The order is a wise one, as it is natural for those who have loved ones at camps and naval posts to be anxious concerning their health, and when sickness pre vents the enlisted men from writing home this anxiety is naturally increased. Men who respond to the country's call are making great sacrifices, and every thing possible hould be done not only to safeguard their welfare but to keep their loved onee at home in a commonted frame of mind. to to to to to Col. M. W. Connolly, who for nearly a decade was ?hief editorial writer on the Memphis News-Scimitar and who about a year ago was seized with an illness' that forced him to temporarily retire from active life, has lufficiently recovered to be able to resume his duties on the editorial staff of our Bluff City contemporary. Col Connolly has long been recognized as one of the South's most forceful writers, and has many friends and admir err, who note his recovery with pleasure and who are glad to see him back at his desk. to to to to to FactJ brought out in the recent legislative invest! gation indicate that the nurses at the State Insane Hos pital led gayer lives than the sybarite! who haunt the cabarets on Broadway. m to to to to If the United States is to play a conspicious part in winning the war against Germany, she must cut out the graft and political bickering, and get down to busi HWHK. to to to to to The mild weather which the country has recently experienced stopped a fuel famine which Dr. Garfield and his assistants at one time feared would bring dire re RllltS. to to to to to The "library" in the average country newspaper of fice generally consists of an incomplete file of Con gremioual Recorla and a 1913 World Almanac. i Read our advertisements, to Every vacant lot in Columbus should be made into a garden. Tell the merchants that you trade with that you saw their advertise ment in the Commercial. We wise that the Birmingham restaurant which is serving "good meHls for 20 cents" had a branch estab lishmcnt in Columbus. The only thing certain about the war situation seems to be that food prices will continue to advance. .cciiient 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 ously inconvenience you, unless you have a disability policy. Have you one of these policies? If not, get one now' JESSE P. WOODWARD General Agent Maryland Assurance Corporation Odd Fellows Building Phone,53l Colurnbuo, Miss. Is there a law of supply and de mand? If there was, could it be reg ulated and suspended by govern ments as has been done by the war ring nations. to The farms of the country boast 21,GG3,0,00 horses, 4,824,000 mules, 23,284,000 cows, 43,546,000 other cattle, 48,900,000 sheep, and 71, 374,000 swine. to The two big battles of 1918 as now expected are the Germans offensive n the West and the Political Drive in the summer. Most of us will take part in neither. ' to Paying your debts is a mighty good way to get right with the world. You will feel more like smiling when you don't have to dodge your creditor. Ever sit in your house and watch a group of people in animated con versation on the street corner, while you couldn't hear, what they said? Just like moving pictures. We saw a man recently who claim ed he had never been out of sugar, flour or coal since the war began. We didn't know he had a secret store of these things but he must have to . The carpenters who are sriking on the shipbuilding program.are only following their selfish desires, and are to be condemned just as the man who tries to grab excessive war pro fits. ... .. . The government wants about $lfv 000,0'00,000 worth of goods for the war; yet some people talk of our nation getting its ordinary $2!,000,. 000,000 worth just as if there was no war. . P ( Germany and the various parts of Russia seem to be involved in many kinds of complications. We don't be lieve the Teutons will have the rest and quiet on the Eastern front they expected. pa Diil you know that British subma rine losses, as announced last week, are presumably confined to merchant ships, and doea not include war ships or other ships in the employ of the admiralty? : PS The Commercial congratulates the committees who canvassed the city the past week for funds with which to purchase play ground equipment for the Pranklfn Academy. Sub scriptions taken up amounted to $225. Advise your soldier boy to take out war insurance. The automatic insurance expired 1a?fc month, but the time for regular insurance has been extended 60 days. About 750, 000 have not yet applied for insur ance. pa A vast number of men all over America have been excuseil from fighting because they are to be de pended upon for raising food every exempted man in your neigh borhood planting grain, and other food crops? aooDooo. on o"0 O LUKE M'LUKE SAYS O ' 0 Birmingham Age-Herald. 000 00000000000000 As much as she dislikes flippancy, any woman would rather have a man refer to her as a chicken than as an old hen. . The time when a man is most like ly to display his yellow streak is when he has the blues. Our idea of a cinch bet is that no matter how cold it may get, you are not going to see a girl wearing ear muffs. The reason why a bachelor is bet ter natured than a married man is Is New Questionnaire! Do you crack peanuts with a flat iron? Do you use overalls for pajamas Do you look down the barrel of gun to see if it is loaded? Can you wiggle one ear at a time Which hand do you button your suspenders with? Have you any conscientious scruples against killing time? Would the fellow who eats with his knife need more elbow room at the trench? What effect did the draft have on your feet? Do you gargle your soup? Has there been any artillery ac tion In your family fiince the cook was fired? Ilavo you had any experience with firearms other than poker an tongs? Can you drive a can opener? Have any of your folks been dis appointed in politics? If so giv plurality Paris, (Kan.) Mercury, The Sub and Shippinf. It is needless to comme.it upon the fact that u-boats destroyed 6 000,000 tons last year while Great Britan and the United States re placed only two of them. It is on nounced from Washington that the shipping crisis has already passed the lowest ebb and from this time for ward, conditions will improve. Such an opinion seems to be based upon thehips bing built at this time and the measures being adopted for submarine strafing. The latter method is more than likely to be the most successful, but at the same time, it will never become complet The l u;U ng of ships so fast that tlv subs cannot sink them is an expen sive way to meet the peril, but if no other way exists, the allies and this because a bachelor is afraid some' woman might try to cheer him. up if he was gloomy and might land him during the cheering-up process. Marriage may be a lottery with some men. But it is a habit with some people. Before a man learns the game he wonders why the' heck a newspaper wastes a three-line paragraph on golf. After he learns the game he .wonders why a newspaper doesn't devote the entire sport page to the game, Every young man starts out in fewith the fool notion that the School of Experience is a night school. A fortune teller can tell another woman just when a tall, dark man is coming into the life of the other woman. But, strangely enough, a fortune teller can't tell when there is a large, blonde cop coming up the street to enter her own life. The three most dangerous things in the world to a man are Lightning, oaded Guns and Lingere. A lot of the Suffs think it is man ly to smoke cigarettes. But a Suff will not make a good ward politician until she can carry one half of a sack of scrap tobacco in her cheek and the other half in her hip pock et. Every married man who hn? kids and a bossy wife has to do two forms of penance on Suntlay. He has to go to church and he has to read the comic supplement to the kids. If all the pests were in the Pest House the Pest House would cover about 10,000,000 acres of space and e CO stories high. 0 0 " ". 1 x5- 7 mfi l Rdplurself i.- .saw m m m & hi m a ii . .1 M 1 v VVVXWVUM THE ENEMY'S SPIES WITHIN OUR GATES War Savings Stamps Will Win the War It is the small drops of water that make the mighty ocean. It is the innumerable grains of sand that make the land. It will be the number less quarters that will help win the war. Every time you buy a stamp you help to make the world safer for you and your children. , $5.00 for $4.14 Remember that you are not giving Uncle Sam this money. He is simply borrowing it from you and will pay you back with big interest. . For every $4.14 you put into stamps between now and the first of April you will receive $5.00 in cash in 1923. Remember you are helping .yourself by saving your own money M and you are helping your Government and your country. BUY A STAMP TODAY THIS AnvttHTISKWKNT WAS PAID FOR BY THESE! PKUUItESSlYK Hl M.MKSk MKM OP SHREVIOl'CRT. LA. The W, K. llenieron Iron Work A Supply Co. Oil City Iron Work rrllvun Well Tool Supply Co. ( uiifilnKhnin Rlurhlnery Co, ' Coinmrroinl IMatlonul Duuk S. II. Ilolinicrr Ylrtorlu I nnilier Co. Clrx Kntlonnl Hunk l.rc Hardware Co. Crnnford. Jrnkinn A Booth H i. Iirrfiixii CouipHny HenilrrHon Cotton Oil Co. Cnddo Oil tiffining Co. A rill. A Co. Kulmlini'h-Ford Co. Son I hw extern .u A Cleotrlo Co. LouUlaua OU HefinluB Co. Peavy-Brynea Lumber Oo. Hkkn Co. O. A. Wrlicht National Glnaa Co. Flomhelm I). O. Co. neiirne l. (J. Co. Roberta Lumber & Gruln Co, 1 wr . .... r?J ... t i. vimintrn Thomna-OKllvIe Hdw. Co. W. II. Booth C. C. Horrtman Merldlnn Fertilizer Co. I). 8. llnrtmeN Ceutrnl Lumber Co. M. Bendor 'leu an Lumber Co. Weatern Silo Co, Kulut A Ueca A German spy, a' naturalized. American citizen of Dutch or Ger man origin, was discovered by Fed eral agents among the passengers of the Dutch liner Nieuw Amsterdam at 'an Atlantic port." After 12 thin sheets of paper, covered with letters and figures, had been found upon him he broke down and confessed that he was in the pay of the Ger man government and had come here to furnish spies now operating in this country with a new code. The dis patches say that the purpose ot this individual was to re-establish com munication between the German spy system here and the German' govern ment, which has been impaired by the ability of American intelligent officers to read existing codes. If this spy shall now be hanged or stood against a wall ami shot many an American may be disposed to hold up his hands in deprecation and gasp at the severity of punishment so summary. Cut the establishment of lrnp.oved communication between the German spy system in this country an ! the German government might mean another Tuscania disaster or horror a hundredfold worse than the Tus cania disaster. The government would be retreant to our soldiers who must risk their lives upon the Atlantic, it would be recreant to our people here at home if it spared any measures for the strangling of the diabolical activities of German spies within our gates. Arkansas Gazette. Nothing short of deah will serve to deter German spies. They cover our land; they work in devious ways; they are ever on the alert to raise false issues; they are constantly try ing to lessen our war preparations; they are lying about the Red Cross and its work, lying about our sol diers, lyuig about anything and everything which would lessen our determination to win the war. And they have some guileless, simple minded, brain-bereft people, without moral backbone, quietly working with them as though they were real men and women instead of being merely weak imitations! Beware of all of them! Manufacturers Record. "I no fc urn 01. F, 1. BEH DENTIST Offico Formerly Occupiad by Dr. Woitmoreland, Sr. HAVE YOUR CLOTHES i Cleaned and Pressed AT Law's Pressing Club TELEPHOPME753 TEANSFER TRUNKS HAULED to any points in city . CALL 687 STONE ARCADE HENRY STONE CALLAWAY & WELCH Lawyers Offices First State Bank Special Attention Given to Collec tions and Civil Business. DR. T. H. HENRY Phone 21. Office hours 10:30 to 11:30 a. m., 4 to 5 p. m. Residence Phone 189. Office 1st State Bank Bldg. 5 TheMerchants&FarmersBank Columbus Miss. See the beautiful Spring hats that have just arrived at the Ideal M'l'i nery Store Read our advertisements. CHANCERY NOTICE- STATE OF Mississirri, COUNTY OF LOWNDES. To Estelle Stewart, in some un known place in Arkansas. You are commanded to appear be fore the Chancery Court of the County of Lowndes in said State, on the 1st Monday of April, A.D. 1918 to defend the suit of Calvin Stewart, wherein you are a defendant. Thi3 lfith day of February, A. D. 1918. B, A. LINCOLN, Clerk. H. L. BAILEY, Deputy Clerk. Liberal Treatment Prompt and Efficient Service Solicits Accounts of Firms and Individuals o o 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0. 0 0 0 0 0 0 o 000000000 000P00O0 O0 aaaDouooDQODDooD Cook With and Save Coal COLUMBUS RAILWAY, LIGHT & POWER CO Commercial Dept. Phone 197 country will not be backward in ship j construction.