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VOL XXIV. NO. 7fi.
The most pretentious patriotic
demonstration ever witnessed in Co
lumbus wn staged here Tuesday
afternoon to mark the coming of
thn band from (he Great Lakes Naval
Training station which is touring
this section to boost the sale of
bonds for the third Liberty loan and
which led a monster pnrade through
the streets of Columbus. This pa
rade was participated in by both
white and colored people and at its
conclusion two separate mass meet
ings were held, white citizens hav
ing assembled at the First Bap
ehui'ch, where they listened to a
niagnificient oration by Judge Percy
M. Bell, of Greenville, while the ne
groes went to the Lowndes county
court house, where they were ad
dressed by two of the leading local
members of their race, Prof. T. P.
Harris, principal of Union Academy,
and Rev. E. R. Miller, pastor of St.
James Methodist church.
There were fully 3,000 people in
the parade, and the marchers in
cluded men and women from every
walk of life, the banks, business
houses, industrial enterprises,
schoolls, patriotic and fraternal or
'anizations and the city and .county
administrations having all been rep
resented. The band, which is one of several
chat have been trained by John Philip
Sousa, the world-famous composer
and conductor, arrived over the
Southern Railway at 2 o' oclock p.
m. and went immediately to the city
hall, where the musicians took their
allotted place in the parade, which
had already been formed under the
direction of Grand Marshal , T. H.
Sharp and his assistants, Dr. F. M.
Banks, T. G. Blewett and A. J. Er
vin. ' " ! '" ""' "
The first section of the parade
was led by a platoon of mounted po
lice, who were followed by the local
Boy Scouts under the command of
Assistant Scoutmaster Kaufman, nnd
then came the Great Lakes Naval
Training Station band, followed by
carriages containing Judge Percy M.
Bell, the principal orator of the oc
casion, Mayor McClanahan, officials
of the third Liberty Loan campaign
and other prominent gentlemen. Fol
lowing these carriages came a group
of marchers including city and coun
ty officials, ministers of the city and
county, members of the' Columbus
Bar Association,. local physicians and
the members of the .Columbus Red
Cross chapter in full uniform.
The second section was led by stu
dents and teachers of the Mississippi
Industrial Institute and College,
nearly one thousand strong, and fol
lowing them enme pupils of the mh
lie schools, in charge of their in
structors. Local industrial, financial and
commercial interests were represent
ed in the third section, which was
led by the prominent bankers of the
city, including Hon. jJ. tT. Wood,
vice-president of - the Cohimbus Nat
ional Bank, Hon. W. N. Puckett,
vice-president of the National Bank
of Commerce, Mr. Ira L. Gaston,
cashier of the First State Bank, Mr.
Parker Reeves, cashier of the Mer
chants' and Farmers' Bank, and
6tfhers. Next came the local mer
chants, nearly all of the prominent
firms of the city having been repre
cented and these were followed by
representatives of tocal industries,
the Columbus Lumber Company, the
Tombigbee Cotton Mills and other
leading manufacturing concerns
having had officials and employes In
line. Next came employes of the
Southern Railway and Mobile and
Ohio railroad led by Messrs. Irby
Leech, Claud Neyman and Tom Pull
en, and carrying banners showing
that they had not only been liberal
puKhasers of Liberty Bonds but
had furnirhed Ur.cle Sam a large
number of recruits for his army and
The fourth section was given over
to the fraternal organizations of the
city, and included Columbus Lodge
No. 5, F. anil A. M., led by Worship
ful Master R. N. Gibson; Union
Lodge No. 35,-1. O. O. F., led by
Noble Grand H E.' Hoffmei.y.er;
Tombigbee Lodge t No. 12, Knight?
of Pythias, led by Chancellor Com
mander W. A. Deale; Queen City
Camp, No. 23, Woodmen of the
World, led by Concul Commander
J. T. Stepheson, and Columbus
Tent No. 2, Knight of the Macea
World, led by Counsel Commander
Stuekcy. In addition fo members of
the local lodges, a number of fra
rnal men from nearby towns par
ticipated in the parade, Artesiu and
other towns In different portions of
the county having had representa
tive! present.
Section five was in charge of the
negroes and was headed by a fife
and drum corps. It embraced the
colored school children of the city,
led by their teachers, the colored
ministers, colored fraternal and pa
triotic organizations and other at
tractive features. Local negroes
have been active in patriotic work
of various kinds ever since the Unit
ed States entered the fight against
Germany, and the showing yhkh
they made in the parade was most
After having marched through the
business district of the city, the pa
rade, upon reaching the intersection
of Main and Market streets, divided
into two sections, the white citizens
having proceeded to the First Bap
tist church, where they were address
ed by Judge Bell, and the negroes
having marched to the court house,
where they listened to speeches by
Prof. Harris and Rev. Miller.
Judge Bell, who was introduced
by Hon. B. A. Lincoln, chairman of
the local speakers' bureau, is recog
nized as one of Mississippi's most
brilliant orators, and his address
was a forceful and convincing ap
peal to the patriotism of his hear
ers. He said that Mississippi had
been slow in awakening to the
seriousness of the war. but had at
last begun o realize its grim na
ture and that her people were re
sponding liberally to every call of
lbs 4rc,vtgfet.' y::4ilt.$LS$$i
all, tiie -who- - ?u ptirehflsed or
would purchase iLiborty Bonds to
rise and nearly every one in the
audience stood up.
The program for the celebration
was arranged by a committee con
sisting of Messrs. P. W. Maer, J'. P.
Woodward, Irvin Kaufman and R.
E. Johnston, and these gentlemen,
as Well as Mr. E. C. Chapman, di
rector of the local drive, and Mr.
F. P. Phillips, sales manager, are to
be congratulated upon the success
which attended the occasion.
Mr. W. I. McKellar is spending a
few -days in Aberdeen on business.
.' Only a few more weeks remain be
fore the Redpath Chatauqua Com
pany will again present its annual
rognim in this city, and the man
cement states that many excellent
feaures will be offered.
i j season the program will in-lde:-
The Montague Light Opera
Singers an . address on "Loyalty to
the Home Town," by Charles How
ard Platenburg, a recognized author
ity on community problems; The
Liberty Belles, presenting t a . grand
patriotic program; "Adam Going to
School,'' by William Forkell, a won
derful speaker; the Fairchild Ladies
Quartet, consisting of talented vo-
calists and skilled instrumentalists;
Ralph Bingham, America's foremost
platform humorist; The Christine
Giles Company, a trio of skilled mu
sicians; music land drana by the
I Paramount Entertainers; "Crime and
!lta Prevention," by Detective Harry
.I. Loose, an active" member of the
j Chicago Police Department, on a
j furlough only long enough to cover
J so Chautauqua circuit The chil
dren of the city will also take a
' prt in the Chautauqua as they did
-'t season, and will be directed by
,a capable young lady. On the fourth
Mght they will present a grand pa
triotic rally.
' Sergeant Bernard S. Wolff, form
erly of the 13th Regiment of En
gineers, U. S. A., fs also on the pro
gram and will tell of experiences
that he has had in the great war.
It was largely through the efforts
of Mrs. L. H. Shapira, of this city,
tha? the Chntitanqua will again be
?en in Columbus.
Contained No Cases of More
Than Passing Interest to the
Afjet having been in session
line days, the spring term of cir
cuit court for Lowndes county,
which was presided over by Hon. T
B. Carroll, of Starkville, judge of
the Sixteenth circuit court district,
adjourned Wednesday afternoon.
The most important case adjudi
cated this week was that of Mrs. H.
P. Funderbunk vs. the City of Co
lumbus for alleged, damages in the
sum of $4,000 for losses claimed to
have been sustained when the city
several years ago closed West Main
street, on which thoroughfare a
store she operated at that time
fronted, in order to lay a cement
pavement She was given $400, the
jury having awarded this sum as
compensdtiton for losses actually
sustained, and not as punitive dam
ages. The case originally was tried in
the local court more than a year ago
before Judge Rogers, who was Sit
ting as special judge and who gave
peremtory instructions for the de
fendant. It was reversed and re
manded by the supreme court, and
he recent trial resulted in a verdict
for Mrs. Funderburk. The City of
Columbus was represented by Gen.
E. T. Sykes, while Mrs. Funderburk
was .represented by Hon. J. Ft Frier
son. John Brown, negro, who willed a
colored woman named Ophelia Gray
in the western section of the countv
several months ago was acquitted.
The state failed to make out its case,
and Judge Carroll gave peremptory
instructions for the defense.
On Tuesday afternoon the case of
Mr. Henry Funderburk, who several
months ago shot and seriously
wounded Mr. Will Cox as the result
of a difficulty which took place near
the Green T. Hill bridge, was taken
up and the hearing of evidence
speedily completed. The case wajj
given to the jury late the same
evening, nnd after having been out
all night that body failed to reach a
verdict. . The jurors reported that
they could not agree, and were dis
charged, an order declaring a mis
trial in the case having been enter
ed upon the minutes of the court.
Lieut. Hector Welch and wife, of
Texas, have been spending several
lays with relatives in Columbus and
Elsewhere in this issue of the Com
mercial will be found the official an
nouncement of Prof. S. M. Nash, who
seeks re-election as councilman from
the sixth ward.
Prof. Nash has been in public life
nearly three decades, having served
for twenty years as county superin
tendent of education before being
elected to the council, and not once
during that long period has his abil
ity or his integrity been questioned.
His record is, indeed, a most enviable
one, as it shows that he is entitled to
the fullest confidence of the people
and is worthy to hold any office which
he may see fit to seek.
Prof. Nash, if re-elected, will de
vote the same sedulous attention to
his duties in the future that he has
devoted to them in the past, and this,
as every one who is familiar with his
public career realizes, means tha. he
will continue to be a faithful andef
ficient public servant.
The regular semi-monthly meeting
of the W. C. T. U. will be held this
afternoon at 1 o'clock with Mrs. John
R. Iws, at her home on South
Seventh street
1 M
l mm
Board Will Hereafter
Its Office at the
Prof. S. M. Nash has been named
secretary of the Lowndes county ex
emption board to succeed Mr. J. R.
Randle, who has served in that ca
pacity ever since the board was or
ganized lust year. Mr. Randle was
removed by order of Maj. J'. M.
Hairston, "inspector .of exemption
boards on the staff of Adjutant-
General Erie Scales, and no specific
charge was brought against him,
Maj. Hairston having merely become
convinced after an exhaustive in
quiry into local conditions that the
interests of both the War Depart
ment and the public could be better
served by placing another man in
the position.
It seems that one cause of dis
satisfaction with the work of Mr.
Randle was that he did not place
the same construction upon ordeis
issued by Provost Marshal General
Crowder as did Adjutant-Genial
Scales and declined, to it is claimed,
to yield to the desires of the latter
officials in the execution of these or
ders. Other things objected to by the
adjutant-general was that the board
did not maintain headquarters in the
court house and that its adminis
tration was too expensive. Under
the new regime the board will give
up its present quarters in the Co
lumbus National Bank building and
open an office in the court house,
thus saving the government ten
dollars per montth, which formerly
was paid for rent.
Mr. Randle states that some time
ago he filed his resignation with the
Adjutant-General, and had long
'waited for action to be taken, as he
was willing and anxious to give up
he position on the board.
Hardy Chapman.
Mr. Robert O.Hardy and Miss Mary
Paine Chapman were married at the
First Methodist church at 9 :30 o'cloc k
yesterday morning. The groom, who
until recently was a prosperous young
planter of the prairie section west of
Columbus, graduated a short time ago
from the officers' training school at
Camp Pike, Ark., while the bride is
the attractive daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. F. M. Chapman, former Colum
bians who now reside in Oklahoma.
Miss Ina Ray Kilpatrick, who has
ben teaching school in Piekensvillc
this season, has returned home for
the summer, to the delight of her
many friends.
Mr. G. T. Heard was among the
Brooksville citizens who spent Mon
day in the citv.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Moody have
named their son John Mason, Jr,
' r f
Southern Railway Employes
i Purch ase Larr"?4 Clock of' the
Securities. '
The patriotic rally which was held
here Tuesdiiy naturally had the ef
fect of boosting the third Liberty
loan in Columbus nnd the conting
tious territory aud several substantial
subscriptions have been received
since that time. Total subscriptions
up to Wednesday night were $189,
200, and this U very close to Ixwn
des county's allotment, which is
I? 2 18.000.
Thi woman's auxiliary is still do
ing fine work, and many sutiscriptions
have been secured us the result of
the efforts of Mrs. II. F. Simrall, the
efficient chairman, and her enthu
siastic co-workers.
Local negroes are also evincing a
commendable interest in the cam
paign. More than 40 members of
the race have already purchased
bonds, and the committee which has
the work in charge is still pushing
the sale of the securities.
The reponse to the patriotic call
in smaller townF and rural neighbor
hoods throughout the county has
been most generous. Both Artesia
and Crawford, the only towns in the
county outside of Columbus in which
banks are located, have already com
pleted their quotas, while a goodly
number of subscriptions have been
received from planters in various
rural communities.
Aniorg late purchasers of bonds
are local employes of the Southern
Railway. Their purchases amounted
to JH.O.'O, were made through exe
cutive officials of the company in
Washington, but the sum will be
credited to Lowndes county's quota.
Entertainment Tonigh'.
"The District Skule," a play well
known by practically every grown
person, will be given tonight at 8:30
o'clock at Murrah's chapel in the Old
Zion neighborhood, several miles
southeast of the city. Those who
are to take part have been capably
direced by Miss Audie Simms, teach
er of the Old Zion school, and are
nide up of local talent. The money
taken in will go as a benefit to the
Red Cross. There will no doubt be
a lnrsre crowd, in attendance.
Biihop Bratton Coming.
Rt: Rev. T. I). Bratton, D. D
bishop of Mississippi, will be in Co
himbu". nejft Sunday evening and
will administer the Apostolic Right
of Confirnurion to the class of St.
Paul'j Episcopal church just pre
pared by the rector, Rev. E. Luc'len
Mtilone. The' public is invited to
be present.
who regret to learn of his
i ipcs.j a: h s home in .North Colum
bus. ' '
Local Confederate Veterans
And Daughters Will P.rticL
pate in Ceremonies.
Columbus, like many other South
ern cities, will celebrate Confederate
Memorial Day tomorrow, and mem
bers of the Stephen I). Lee Chapter,
I'nited Daughters of the Confeder
acy, under whoso auspices th ex
cises will take place, hv arranged
an interesting program for the oc
casion. The custom of decorating the
graves of soldiers originated in this
city, having been begun soon after
the close of the civil war, and ever
since then has been an annual cus
tom. Many Union soldiers lie buried
in Friendship cemetery, and their
graves, aa well as the graves of the
men who gave up their lives in de
fense of the South, are always strown
with flowers.
Members of the Stephen D. Lee
Chapter, United Daughters of the
Confederacy, and of Isham Harri
son Camp No. 27, United Confeder
ate .eterans, as well as local citizens,
will assemble at the city hall at 4:30
o'clock Friday afternoon and will
proceed to Friendship cemetery,
where the exercises will take place.
The following program has been
arranged for the occasion:
Song, "Tenting Tonight," Choir.
Recitation, selected, ili Julia
Gardner, '
Vocal' solo, "The Blue and the
Gray.', Miss Anns T. Hamilton.
Chorus, "America," Choir and
The music will be under the di
rection of Mrs. li. K. Seasums, with
Miss Angilique Higgins as violinist,
arid the choir will be composed of
the following ladies and jrentlemen:
Mesdames J. L. Walker, J. P. Wood
ward, B. A. Lincoln, J. T. Champ
neys, L. D. Patterson, Miases Nell
Sanders, Olive Sanders, Anna T.
Hamilton, Messrs. E. C. Chspmtn,
Earl Burria, I. L. Gaston, John
Frierson and Prof. Lee.
Hon. B. A. Weaver is officially an
nounced in this issue as a candidate
for re-election as councilman from
the first ward, the announcement
having been authorized by friends of
this exceedingly popular official, who
is now absent from the city.
Mr. Weaver is the dean of the
council, having been a member of
that body for more than twenty
years, and the prosperous condition
of the city is largely duo to his
presence on the board. He it gener
ally recognized as one of the most
astute financiers not only in Colum
bus but in the entire state, and his
adv.ee has been of immeasurable
value to his associates on the board
in shaping the financial policy of the
Mr. Weaver is a native of Colum
bus, and all his interest arc cen
tered here. For more than three de
cades he has been prominent not only
in political but in financial, mercan
tile and fraternal circles and during
ill this period has devoted both his
money and his time to promoting ths
interests of the city and contiguous
The people of Columbus are to be
congratulated upon thefactthatsueh
an able man is willing to serve them
as councilman, and his election is a
foregone conclusion.
Major and Mrs. Battle BU re
ceived a tekigram the past week
stating that their son, Lieut James
R IMI, hm Arrived wfely in France.
Lieut. Bell is a member of the Coast
Artillery and was stationed at Fort
Morgan, near Mobile.
Dif Guns Are Again Actively
Bombarding AJong the Pi.
eardy Front.
Umlon, April 24 Th British
have again exU-nded their lines on
ths Flanders battle front although
the fighting has been of a local na
On the Pkardy front the activities
have consisted chiefly of artillery
duels. ,
East of Robecq the British attack
ed and improved their position in
addition to capturing some prisoners
and machine guns.
On the Pkardy front the Germans
have continued to bombard in the
sector of Villers-Bretteneux (Som
m region) and near Hangard-en-
Santerre, which is immediately east
of Amiens. There were no infantry
operations above raiding activities.
The operations on both the Picar-
dy and Flanders fronts have taken
on the nature of a prize fight after
Its initial phase. Both sides have
been shifting troops and feinting in
an effort to find the weakest spot In
thi opposing lines and to lead the op
ponents astray as to the real spot of
the next blow.
Advances by the British north of
Albert have materially strengthened
their lines as it has been predicted by
both French and British military ex
pert that the Germans would deliver
their next stroke h that sector in an
effort to extend the northern end of
the Somme salient and at the same
time menace Arras.
Pretty Flf DUappaar.
Either a oro-German, a slacker, a
drunkard or someone not in his right
mind, or may be one meaning noth
ing by the act, walked to the porch
of the pretty cottage of Mr. J. W.
Slaughter, on College street Tuesduy
nilit ani took wajy beautiful
American flag which had been placed
there by Mr. Slaughter. The party
if fonnd will no doubt be dealt with
Should be Vaccinatad.
On account of the prevalence of
mall pox in Columbus, officials of
(he public schools have ordered all
students to be vaccinated, and it
would be wise for all adults to follow
hs same course. Vaccination is a
ur8 preventive of small pox, and it
l much better to bear the slight pain
which results therefrom than to run
the risk of contracting the disease.
Hon. E. S. Candler, of Corinth, is
officially announced this morning as
a candidate for re-election to Con
gress from this, ' the First diatrict,
nd his candidacy will undoubtedly
receive due consideration at the
hands of his constituents.
Mr. Candler has represented ths
First diatrict in Congress for more
than twenty years, and during that
long period ha bean hjniformly
faithful to the interests of his con
stituents and to those of the Demo
cratic party. When the question as
to whether or not the United Mates
ihould enter the war first came up
for discussion in Congress he align
ed himself with the administration
force and since that time has been
a faithful and consistent supporter
of President Wilson and his policies.
Mr. Candler, as his long service
in Congress convincingly demon
strates, Is exceedingly popular
throughout the First district and in
no other county is his popularity
greater than in Lowndes. He has
hundred of loyal friends in this
county, and they will be glud to
rally to bis support in ths pending

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