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VOL. XXIV. NO. 66.
COLUMBUS, MISS..THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 21, 1918.
ScmiAVefk1y, $3.00 Per Year.
LEGISLATURE
WiLL ADJOURN
ON MARCH 27
SENATE CONCURS IN THE
HOUSE AMENDMENT
FIXING DATE.
SCHOOL GETS $80,000
This Sum is Appropriated for
Institution for Juvenile De
linquents. Jackson, March 20. The Missis
sippi lawmakers seem to have gotten
into their working clothes Tuesday,
both House and Senate turning out
considerable grist. The fact that
Wednesday week, March 27, has
been finally settled on as the day
for the sine die adjournment has
had the effect of spurring the mem
1ws to renewed efforts to get to
gether. This was indicated when the
House members passed the important
state, industral and training school
for juvenile delinquents appropri
ation bill, carrying upwards of $45,-
000 for support and maintenance and
$35,000 for additions and, improve
ments. It provoked considerable dis
cussion and stout objections, but fi
nally parsed by a safe margin.
The Senate also, in the same spirit
of getting to gether if possible, pass
ed without a dissenting vote the bill
for support of the state tuberculosis
sanitarium at Magee. The importance
of this institution and its acquisition
after so many years of hoping and
waiting and working, has impressed
itself on the legislative mind. The
only regret was that Drs. Leathers
and Boswell could not be spared ever
more than the bill allows.
In the hall of representative?
Tuesday afternoon Chairman How-
"ertonof appropriations presented
some figures that attracted attention.
He showed that there have been pass
ed and signed by the governor bills
fippropriating $8,331,324.74. Oth
er bills have passed the two houses,
or one or the other, carrying an add
ed total of $4,243,073.62. This
makes a grand total of $12,574,427.
"C, with possible additions before
they are through.
After some discussion the House
passed the hignway department sup
j:ort fund bill, earring a total of $10.-
000 for each year, being n increase
over the amount given by the Sen
ri". The rider declaring that the
highway engineer shall not receive
extra compensation for planning and
'npervsing public buildings, however,
van retained.
The Senate passed the House ways
; ;id means committee bill, to pro-
1 'do for a better and more uniform
system of property assessments in
'he counties. It requires the tax com
H!sion to prepare and furnish i
r nntv supervisors and tax assessor?
r'l of the necessary blanks and rolls
taking it out of the hands of the
ruditor's office. The bill set3 up the
lest kind of machinery for eairyinr
i 'to effort the public policy of the
rtite as represented by the tax
c jtmlizp.tion commission plan.
Aviator it Killed.
News was received here the past
week by Mr. F, P. Phillips announc
ing the death of his cousin, Lt. Frank
Whitner, of Atlanta, who was a
volunteer in the army, serving as an
aviator in France. He wa engaged
h observation work with the artillery
branch of the service when an ae-
dent occurred to his machine and
be was killed in the fall.
Columbians in Memphis.
Among the Columbians who are
attending the Liberty Loan meeting
iii Memphis are Mr. B. A. Lincon,
chairman of the speakers' bureau;
Mr. P. W. Maer, chairman of the
publicity committee and Mr. F. P.
Phillips, chairman of the sales com
rrjttee. Meedames P. . Maer, John
T. Sand ford and F. P. Phillips ac
companied the part to the Bluff City.
Children are big factors in the W.
S. S. campaign: Savings which
children make in the War-Savings
campaign will by no means equal the
rmount saved by adults. The result
to the nation, however, in the future
'in by no means be minimized when
P ie considered the vast benefits
vhieh will be established by this
reans in the lives of school children
J over the country.
HIGH SCHOOL COUNTY WILL
WILL OPEN OlISOON HAVE A
MONDAY, APR. l'iDEFENSE BOARD
DATE DEFINITELY FIXED
AT CONFERENCE HELD
YESTERDAY.
SPEAKERS INVITED
Hon. Blewett Lee and Dr. A.
A.- Kincannon Invited to
Talk.
At a conference which was held
yesterday afternoon and which was
participated in by Major I). S.
McClanahan, Prof. J. C. Meadows,
superintendent of public schools,
Councilman L. A. Vaughn,' Contrac
tor II. C. Terry and others it was
definitely decided to open the new
Stephen I). Lee High School on Mon
day, April 1.
Two well known former Colum
bians, Hon. Blewett Lee, general
counsel of the, Illinois Central rail
road, after whose father, the late
Gen. Stephen D. Lee, the school has
been named, and Hon. A. A. Kin-
cannon, who for nearly a decade was
prcident of the Mississippi Industrial
Institute and College, have been in
vited to deliver addresses at the
opening of the building, and if they
find it possible to be in Colum-
on April 1, which is considered likely,1.
the formal opening will take place
then. Should these two gentlemen
find it impossible to be here at that
time, however, the formal opening
will be postponed to a date which
better puits their convenience; but at
all events the actual use of the build
ing for school purposes will begin on
April 1.
The new building was erected at a
co".1 of $75,00,0 and isone. of the
handsomest structures of its charac
ter in the state. The bonds "provid ing
for its erection were voted large
ly as the result of valiant work on
'he part of the Ladies' Civic League
and the building will stand as an
everlasting monument to their suc
"" ful effort to secure adequate ac
comodations for the educable chil
dren of Columbus.
Fire Damages School.
The new Stephen D. Lee High
School, which has just been erected
at a cost of $75,000 and which has
never been formally opened, wa?
3lif htly damaged by fire which brokd
out in the basement Monday after
noon. A laborer was burning some
trash on the cement when a portion
of the wood work caught fire, and
the laborer, finding it impossible to
subdue the flames, turned in an
alarm. The blaze' which was sub
dued without difficulty by the fire
men, resulted in a loss of about $100.
Clean-up Campaign.
The Ladies' Civic League has in
augurated its annual spring clean-up
campaign and is urging all house
holders to thoroughly clean their
premises. They have also, published
cards in local newspapers warning
heads of families against the danger
of the propagation of malarial germ -4
by mosquitoes and urging them to
avoid this danger by keeping all
doors and windows carefully screen
ed. Blows Open Safe.
ITpon entering his place of busi
ness Monday, morning, Mr. Roy Fu
qua, who is managing the Columbus
Brick Company's commissary, north
east of the city, found that the door
of the safe of the company had been
blown off by a heavy charge of nitro
glycerine! It is thought that the
robbery took place early Sunday
morning,' and the burglars who en
tered the safe secured nearly $300.
War has a way of driving on
without regard to the desires or
conveniences of the individual. This
is no time for . hesitation. , If you
are going to do your part to bring
victory nearer, you must start to
day. Join a War-Saving Society.
Decide now and cut down the un
necessary things and lendwhat you
have to the government.
Negro Before Cummings.
Lonnie Evans, a negro, was fined
$50 and costs by Judge T. M. Cum-
mings, Monday morning, after being
tried for selling booze in the city by
drunk and disorderly.
LOCAL AUXILIARYOF NAT
IONAL BODY TO BE
ORGANIZED.
TO CALL A MEETING
Meeting to Perfect Organiza
tion Will Be Called at an
Early Date.
Following the return of the Co
lumbians who attended the meeting
of the state auxiliary of the Nation
al Defense Council which was held
in Jackson last week, a movement
looking towards the organization of
a local branch of the council has
been undertaken, and will be pushed
forward to consummation with all
possible haste.
Columbus was represented at the
meeting held in Jackson by Mr. F.
P. Phillips, chairman of the local
fuel commission; Mr. Parker Reeves,
member of the state fuel advisory
board, and Mr. B. A. Lincoln, chair
man of the Lowndes county speak
ers' bureau, and they were very
much impressed with 'the earnest
ness of Secretary Houston and other
speakers who delivered addresses.
These speakers emphasized the ne
cessity for carrying on systematic
campaigns for all war activities in
every state, every county, every city
and every rural community through
out the Union, and local citizens are
determined that Lowndes county
shall not lag behind in this work.
A meeting for the purpose of or
ganizing a Lowndes county auxil
iary of the National Defense Coun
cil will be called at an early date,
and this call will probably be signed
by representatives of the following
organizations: The Fuel and Food
Administrations, the Speakers' Bu
reau, the Lowndes County Red Cross,
the Junior Red Cross Society, the
Y. M. C. A., the Y. W. C. A., the
Public Service Reserve, the War
Savings Stamps committee, the Wo
man's Auxiliary iof the Natonal
Council of Defense, tTie Liberty Loan
committee and the Boys' Reserve.
PICTURES AT CAMP PIKE
TO BE SHOWN TODAY
''Over Here" Showing Our Boys in
Training Will be Seen at Princess.
The program at the Princess for
today is one of wide appeal, as
"Over Here'' is official moving pic
tres of the building of Camp Pike,
Little Rock, Ark., showing how the
U. A. converted a virgin forest
into an ideal training camp for 40,
000 of our boys in just 52 days,
which is going some.
Also on the same program, that
delightful little personality, Ann
Pennington, in "The Antics of
Ann," a clever story of life at a
Girls' Seminary, that was made
purely for laughing purposes.
Making a program of 7 reels, thai
could not be improved upon.
Admission 5 and 15 cents.
Special Meeting Tonight.
There will be a special and im
portant meeting of Queen Cjty Camp,
Woodmen of the World tonight at
7:30 o'clock. Delicious refreshments
will be served. Every membei is ex
pected. Mr. Joe Alexander, a former Co
lumbian, who is now stationed at
Camp Wheeler, at Macon, Ga., who i4
in the Quartermaster's Corps, spent
Tuesday in Columbus the guest of
friends.
Mr. Bennie Richardson, who is now
in the Quartermaster's Corps, at
Camp Beauregard, is spending a few
days here, and will visit several
Southern cities before returning to
camp.
Dr. John A. Brown, who has been
spending the winter at Washington
D. C, returned to Columbus last
night. He states that he expects to
spend the remainder of his life in this
city. -
Paymaster S. V, Vaughn, of the
U. S. battleship Missouri, left yes
terday after a short visit to his moth
cr, Mrs. George Vaughn, who resides
northeast of the city.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
OVER THE COUNTRY
GIST OF THE NEWS GATHERED
HERE AND THERE AND PRE
SENTED IN BRIEF FORM.
More than 1,600 tons of anthracite
coal were condemned in Pennsyl
vania markets by representatives of
the Fuel Administration recently in
the campaign to compel the delivery
of coal.
A division of "betterments and
additions" has been added to the
railroad administration in charge of
Judge Robert S. Lovett. The di
vision will have jurisdiction of bet
terments and additions to railroad
lines throughout the country.
From the beginning of 1914 to
August 1, 1917, there was -ft total
advance of 82 per cent in the retail
price of bread, according to the De
partment of Labor. In the last few
months there has been a decrease,
and prices are now OC per cent high
er than at the beginning of 1914.
Firms or individuals paying officers
or business employees a portion or
all salaries and wages during the war
period in which they are in the serv
ice of the United States may deduct
the amounts from their taxable in
comes, according to a regulaton by
the Commissioner of Internal Reve
nue.
From June 5 to December 1, 1917,
only 5,870 arrests were made or re
ported to the Department of Justice
for failure to register under the selective-service
act. Of these, 2,063
were released after having register
ed and prosecutions were begun
against 2,059, of which about 1,500
cases are still pending.
Following the plan adopted for
California and Colorado, the Food
Administration has appointed a com
mission to determine the cost of pro
ducing sugar beets in Nebraska. The
commission has no power to fix
nrices, but it is expected that its
figures will serve as the basis fo
voluntary agreements between grow
ers and purchasers of sugar beets.
The new "Mexican service badge"
will soon be issued to officers and
enlisted men who served under cer
tain conditions in Mexico and on the
border. Persons not now in the arm"
who would have been entitled to th"
badge and whose separation from
fhe service has been honorable itisv
secure authority from the Adjutanf
General to purchase and wear th-
sen-ice badge.
STUCKEY OFFERS TO
TAKE UP WAR WORK
VOLUNTEERS HIS SERVICES AS
V. M. C. A. SECRETARY
ABROAD.
The appeal of Hon. lliil. Gar
diner of Laurel made in the address
which he delivered here last Mon
day night for volunteers to go to
France and engage in war work has
already Lome fruit, Mr. J. N. Stucky
having volunteered his services as a
Y. M. C. A. secretary. Mr. Stucky is
splendidly qualified for activities of
this character. He is state comma ml
er of the Knights of the Maccabee,
and in that position has had consid
erable experience in organization
work and other duties which he will
be called upon to perform among the
American soldiers abroad.
Mr. Stucky's application for work
in France has already gone forward
and several other Columbians are also
thinking of entering the foreign serv
ice for altruistic work among the sol
diers. Hon. Phil H. Gardiner, of Laurel,
who is delivering a series of address
er in the pricipal towns and cities
of the state under the auspices of the
Mississippi Division of the National
Defense Council, spoke at the First
Methodist church Monday night and
his address was heard by a large
and representative audience.
Read our advertisements.
COLUMBUS WILLPHIL GARDINER
STAGE A GRAND 'SPEAKS HERE TO
'STAMP RALLY
HON. C. L. GARNETT WILL
lit I fit rKINCIt'Al.
SPEAKER.
STORES TO CLOSE
Speaking to be Preceded by
Parade of Students and
Citizens.
Columbus will celebrate War Sav
ings Stumps day next Saturday by
staying a big patriotic rally, which
will be preceded by a monster purad
in which students of the Industrial
Institute and College, the public
schools, members of all local civic and
patriotic organizations and citizens
generally will participate.
The exercises will take place on a
stand which i to be erected at the
intersection of Main and Market
streets and the principal address will
be delivered by Hon. C. L. Garnett,
an eloquent member of the local bar.
The parade will precede the speak
ing, starting from the city ball at 10
o'clock, and all who participate are
expected to be on hand in ample time
to get in line.
The speaking will begin at 11
o'clock, and Mayor McClanahan has
issued a proclamation urging all mer
chants to close their stores at that
hour and keep them closed until noon.
The Boy Scouts will carry the big
flag which is now at I. I. and C.
Following are the other organi
zations with the rlnrrman in chart'.'
of each:
Bernard Romans Chapter, D. A.
R., Mrs. Sheffield and Mrs. (i. W.
Sherman,; U. D. C, Chapter, Mrs. B.
L. Owen; Parent-Teacher Assn., I.
I. and C, Mrs. Frank Owen; Parent-Teacher
Assn., Barrow School,
Mrs. Mary Stokes; Parent-Teacher
Assn., Franklin Academy, Mrs. J. C.
Meadows; Twentieth Century Club,
Mrs. S. B. Street, Jr., Civic League,
Mrs. J. M. Kaufman; Woman Suf
frage Association, Mrs. William
Baldwin; Alumnae Association, I. I.
and C, Miss Keirn; Classical Asso
ciation, Miss Tasley; I. I. & C. Stu
dent Body, Miss Bonnie Jean Byrd;
Reading Circle, Mrs. F. K. Resler;
Red Cross Chapter, Mrs. John T.
Sanford; Red Cross, 1. I. & C. Miss
Vaughn.
The postoffice and stores and
banks of the city will be asked to
close during the hour of the parade
and during the time of the program
on Main street. The Princess orches
tra will furnish mu:;ic for the occa
sion. RegUtrantt Called.
Following instructions from Adju
tant General Erie Scales, the local
exemption board has ordered 40
registrants to report next Saturday.
Twenty-eight men ure needed to fill
up the county's quota, and it was de
cided to call 40 so as to be sure of se
curing the requisite number.
The men will go to Camp Pike, but
will not entrain next Saturday, hav
ing been called on that date merely
to receive instructions. They will
leave for the training camp at some
date in the near future, probably on
Saturday, March 30.
Following is the complete list of
the men called up:
White: Irby Taylor, Garland I.in
damood, Jasper M, Partain, William
II. Dreese, Otis A. Miller, Robert
Palmer Harris, James Garland Wood,
Jr., Frank Perkins, Kddie Jones,
Robert Luther Taggart.
Negroes: Shcc" Spann, John Alex
ander, Robert Moore, Jim Burnett,
Amoa, Black, Isaac Montgomery,
Mitchell Evans, Sam Pecples, Walter
Odneal, Walter Cooper, Willie Mar
tin, Nathan Johnson, Willie Williams,
Reuben Covington, Dan Williams,
Willie St. John, George Franklin,
Isaac Harris, Will Elliott, Samuel
Walker, Charlie Sam Love, Robert
Sykes, Robert Gore, Charlie Clifford,
Spencer Clifford, Jim Qainn, James
Manning, Earl Walker, Dan Williams
Lott Goi to Mobile.
Prof. T. F.. Lott, formerly princi
pal in the local high school, and who
for some time past has been away
from the city, spent the first of the
week here en route to Mobile, where
he is to report at once for Coast
1 Artiiiery service. He leaves today
j for Fort Morgan, near Mobile.
A LARGE CROWD
BIG AUDITORIUM OF FIRST
METHODIST CHURCH
v IS PACKED.
i WORKERS NEEDED
Speaker Urged Men Beyond
Draft Age to Volunteer for
Altruistic Work.
Mr. Gardiner, who is connected
with the Eastman-Gardiner I umber
Company at Laurel, has recently re
turned from France, where he 8pen
several month in uplift ue.ik amo v
the American soldiers. While abroad
he served n u Y. M. (.'. A. -eeretar
and was constantly in touch nut only
with the men under Goncrnl IV v
shing but with military operation
generally.
The program was opened by the
Rii:;njr of "America." after whirl'
Rev. R. Excell Frye, pastor of tin
First Preshytcran church, read
pn uuo from the Bible and t.hi v, ;t
followed by an invoctiton of God'
blessing upon the assemblage by Rev.
T. L. lloleomb, pastor of the First
Baptist church. Mr. "Gardiner w:;
then introduced by Rev. S. L. Pope,
pas' or of the First Methodist church
and delivered a forceful address, th'1
principle feature of which was at
appeal to men beyond the draft aye
to volunteer for uplift work abroad
He said that men of this character
were urgently needed by the Y. M
C. A. and other similar organization
and declared that thoo engaging in
religious and altruistic netivitite-
were entitled to just, as much credit
as the soldiers who are engaged b
actual iMittl., i.....a,..w... ...
Mr. Gardiner, who while here wt-
the guest of Mr. Warren M. Cox
left Tiwsday morning for Wes1
Point, where he spoke Tuesday
evening.
Conditions Wit'i Our F.Reinit .
The Wellington Bureau of I.nbot
('.iisfies hus been closely watchirie
'he enemy press, in efforts to obtair
'.evs from the innumerable uttr
anees therein. A remarkable state
meat of the actual condition hn
been given, and we summarize tb
results here.
In Turkey the population fares ae
tual starvation, and the people o'
Germany and Austria are deteriornt
mg from a lack of sufficient r.ou'
ishment. Hungary, while better of
than Austria, in this respect, h:r
eaii'-ed much resentment upon th
part of Austrian by refusing to shi
foodstuffs. Profiteering trannpoi
tat'on difficulties ai.d relftshness o;
the part of people plague our cue
mies as well as ourselves.
A bit of satisfaction is obtain" '
from the slaughter of the animal" n'
the conquered provinces by the Ger
mans in the early part of the war
The Teutons were sure of a shot-'
war, and intend of conserving th
food supplies, killed them to fee '
the army, and thus cut off an irr.
'lortant source of future food, thu
causing a great scarcity of men
T:;k and eggs.
Style Show Week.
The big department store of
Sirnon Loeb and liro., Inc., is th!
week having its Style Show, an '
many peonle, not only in Ctdumbu
but from surrounding sections h:iv;
been in attendance to see and pur
chase the beautiful new dosiirn
which are on display. Th newe ;''
stv'-:" for spring are represented
tb; advance fpring showing of wr
t's fashionable footwear. They
vs elaborate displays in every de
partment. During the next three days thb
store will have on sale extra speeia'
at wonderfut bargains.
, Messrs. Brown, Brand, Percy an 1
Scmple, representatives of the Tifton
Tool Manufacturing Company , of
Tifton, Ga., are spending some tim
here displaying the Eclipse Harrow
in the building next to Donoghue,
Dee and Co., on Market street. Th;
Tifton company is represented her.;
by the Banks Hardware Company.
Members of the Red Cros Associ
ation who donated during the Christ
mas drive held here, can before
April 1 by paying one dollar receiv?
a subscription to the Red Cross Magazine.
UOTED PYTHIAN
TO SPEAK HERE
THIS EVENING
r RED. ATWOOD TO LEC
TURE ON "HAPPINESS" AT
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH.
PUBLIC IS INVITED
Is Delivering Series of Ten
Lectures Throughout the
State.
As guests of Tombigbee Lodge,
No. 12, Knights of Pythias, the peo
ple of Culumiius are invited to hear
a must interesting lecture this eve
ning at S: 1", o'clock at the First
Baptist church by Hon. Frederick
A t wooi i, the neted blind Pythian
orator. Hi. subject will be "Happi
iu,'' which be of interest to
every citizen of this city. .Mr. At
w.od is delivering ten lectures In
Misksippi and .selected Columbus as
one of his speakais points. He wilt
s ;iiu".liiy be eeenmpaliied to this city
'v Hen. H. M. Quinn, grand keeper
f record and seal, of Meridian.
Mr. At wood i.s a brilliant orator,
rtiil ha ! made a .-iplendid impression
'n every city in which he has spoken,
''elumbbin who hear him 'are prom
hed a rare inteliectu.il treat.
Mr. Atwood will be introduced by
Hon. J, I. Sturdivant.
Mayor itsuec Proclamation.
In accordance with the request of
President Wilson and the Governor
of Mississippi that Saturday, Marcn
be set apart as War Stamps Day,
so that our people may devote their
energies toward the sale of these
stamps and joining in appropriate
patriotic exercises, I respectfully ask
ha nil buainesa hoaseit of this city ,
lie closed from li until 12 o'clock
on Saturday, March 23, 1918, and
that all our citizens participate in the
exercises which will be held at the
intersection of Main and Market'
streets at 11 o'clock under the aus
p'ces of the Council of National De
fTiu'e of Lowndes County.
Done in the City of Columbus,
Mis., this the UHh day of March,
1 !i 1 S.
1). S. McCLAN A II AN,
Mayor.
Ur::e Yellow Stripe Garb for Slacker
Tcxarkana, Texas, March, 20.
c'!aekt rs should be forced to wear a
large yellow stripe down their coat
' teles and down their shirt.1?, so they
iould be recognized, Judge Gordon
i'u .!!, ireid:ng over the federal
di-trii t court for the Kastern district
of Texas, said Tue.sd-iy in derving a
lacker. Judge Russell was trying a
writ of habeas corpus to prevent a
I raft lnvird from placing a man in
rm-ediate military service. The ap
niicnt'on was denied and the man
'timed over to military authorities.
Spring Opening Tonight.
Fvervone is '-ordially invited to
i.ttend the grand sprint opening of
W. C. Heard, Inc., which will take
place this evenirv.r from 7 :".() to
10 n o'clock, aid continuing
:hrou,-h Friday and Saturday. The
eg s'.nre w'.P present for your ap
proval author U:t-e f-.nhion for
''.rein;: of I'd IS, including imported
hats, tailored suits, street dresses,
d oes, dress materials, etc.
An immense crowd is expected to
'ie in attendance at this annual fash- 1
on show.
West 13 Captured.
t-i.irv Wot, a young Columbian,
who several weeks ago was placed in
the county jail after having been
convicted on a larceny charge and
who recently escaped, is in custody
igatn. He was captured at Reform,
and b is heen ?ent back to the
city.
Will Present Play.
The members of the Franklin
Academy High School will on April
12 give a play entitled "The Junior."
The performance will take place in
the chape! of the new Stephen B.
Lee High School, and will be most
interesting to everyone who attends.
After spending several days in
Memphis or. business, Mr. Louis
MeCullough has returned to Colum
bus. Min. T. J. Fvans. of Macon, has
hefm the guert of Mrs. W. F. Patty
the past few days.

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