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Duubtr Rowland BUY A LIBERTY BOND. ;J VOL XXIV. NO. 79. THOMPSON AND CHAPMAN HAVE NARROWESCAPE WELL KNOWN AVIATORS UNINJURED WHEN THEIR MACHINE WRECKS. WERE IN MERIDIAN Flyers Recently-Made Visit to Columbus While on Long Trips. Meridian, Miss., May 4. The prof, s. M. Nash, secretary of the death, which they constantly face in;Lowndes count exemption board, is this perilous, branch of the national service, was not far away from Lieut. Harry W. Thompson of the United States Signal Corps, Aviation Serv ice, and his. expert mechanician, Seigt. E. E. Chapman, Friday af- ternoon, wnen tne.r Dipiane xaiiea to Mississippi to report at the A. and M. lift from the ground in time to CoWege Thursday, May 16, for train hvoid an old farm wagon and barbed ng jn various positions requiring wire fence, and was badly wrecked, 'technical knowledge, the two occupants of the plane es- j Gen Sca,M fc no taping death or serious injury by al- fix the fop j untn most & TniF&cl he has heard from the secretaries of Lieutenant Thompson and Ser- the different loc,i exemption boards keant Chapman were just starting and requeSts Prof. Nash to co-operate from Meridian on the last lap of a with him in BecUring from Lowndes long flight in the interest of the Third county the best men possible. He Liberty Loan, intending to fly to state9 that in order to be eligible .1'ackson and thence to their station registrants must be grammar school at Park Field aviation camp, Mem- graduates and have had some ex 'phis, Tenn., when this distressing ac- perience aiong mechanical lines. It Hdent occurred. j8also desirable that they posses a These two fearless aviators of natural aptitude for work of this Uncle Sam's air service have become character. The men selected for this well known to Mississippians in a service will receive a course of train number of places during the past two ing at government expense which will or three weeks. . fit them to serve In army positions Thousands who could not see them requiring knowledge of automobile from a nearby vantage point have be- repairing, carpentry, radio operating, held them in swift flight and wonder- woodworking and gasoline engine re ed "what,, whence wyt where?,"L: itlrinr. General Scales states At 10 o'clock 'Friday . morning that thfa to a splendid opportunity for - there came a telegram to E. D. Self, ambitious young men who desire county director of the Liberty Loan training along technical lines. -from Lieutenant Thompson, stating General Scales' order follows: that he was leaving Pensacola, Fla.,j "1. Call No. 220 upon our state is for Meridian and would arrive here hereby announced as follows: "Com fit noon. plcte the entrainment, for Agricul- It was only ten minutes past 12 tural College, Mississippi, of 460 when the whirring of the biplane's grammar school graduates who have propeller was heard, and the great had some experience along mechani tneehanieal bird was immediately cal lines and some aptitude for me isualized, with a" cheer from the chanical work, .to report to the corn waiting crowd. . jmanding officer' Mississippi Agricul- Approaching from, the, southeast at tural and Mechanical . College, on a high altitude, the flyers circled for Way 16th." ' Only' white men and a time around above the city. Then 'men physically qualified for general they began performing some of the perilous stunts of this daring pro fession. Gracefully they gwooped around in loops, dropped in tail spins while the upgazing thousands fairly held their breath, and, "for good meas ure," as Lieutenant Thompson after ward laughingly remarked, added a few Immcrman turns. ' '. "Remember," added the lieutenant, "we did this for the purchase of Lib erty Loan Bonds, and we expect your committee to collect for the exhibi tion. ." ' ' At "3:30 another crowd "gathered ,near the biplane in the Williams field to watch the beginning of the flight to Jackson and thence to Memphis. Lieutenant Thompson briefly ad dressed the people, telling thenrwhy they ought to buy Liberty Bonds, in terspersing his serious comments with humorous anecdotes. While he spoke members of the Woman's Tnnmlttss rt tVa TV.il-, T ihartv T .Attn circulated among the people selling bonds. In connection with his work, the lieutenant said he flew at the rate of 120 miles an hour going from Bir mingham to Montgomery. He ex pressed his satisfaction at having made this long flight without unto ward incident so far, and then the catastrophe quickly followed 1 There was some discussion be tweea the lieutenant and his assist- ant as to' whether the plane would rise quickly enough to clear the fence which enclosed the field, but the for mer finally" decided to try it The aeroplane took its usual ran- ning start, and then a great fear fell upon the crowd of spectators. 1N0. B80, dated March 11th, relating The plane was not going to attain 'to men actively, completely and assid sufficient speed to elevate itself be-' UOUsly engaged in the planting and fore it reached the fence. This was exactly what happened, but there was also another obstruc- tion in the form of an old farm ym at jeast Q ,uiti ( ttndercloth-waKn- ling, one suit of outer clothing in good .The aeroplane struck the wagon condition a lwwter, stout pair and then tore through- the fence. 'of ,hoes, three extra pairs of socks, The barbed wires quickly stripped i&nd two bath towels, as he will be the right wing. kept in civilian clothing during the The big machine then buried its first thm WMkg untij he can sup. Continued on Page Four. plied with a uniform and other cloth- OPPORTUNITY FOR TECHNICAL TRAINING OPEN MISSISSIPPIANS WILL BE TRAINED AT A. & M. COLLEGE. 460 MEN WANTED Must Report at the Collge Not Later Than Thursday, May 16. in receipt of a letter from Adjutant General Erie C. Scales in which he encloses an order recently issued by Provost Marshal General Crowder calling for 460 registrants from uiiiibaiy acivicc umy ue lituuitcu un der this call. . "2. "The men selected for this service will receive a course of train- i'jng at government expense, fitting them to serve in army positions, re quiring knowledge of automobile re pairing, carpentry, radio operating, wood working, blacksmithing, gas engine repairing, and other mechani cal duties incident to many kinds of military service both at the front and behind the lines; The men taking this course will receive thorough instruc tions which will be of great personal value in working their way1 ahead both in the army and in civil life. This is an excetional opportunity for snergetic ambitious men. You are urged to make this call one of state wide interest. Qualified registrants should be urged to present themselves to their local board for voluntary in duction; ' When a registrant volun tarily present themselves the local boards may induct qualified men until their allotment has been filled. The voluntary period will continue until May 8. After May 8th, ho more vol unteers will be accepted If on May 9th, a sufficient number of volan teers have not come forth to fill the allotment of the local board, the local board will proceed to select in se quence of order numbers a sufficient number of qualified men from with in Class 1 to fill its allotment, deduc ting the voluntary deductions. Only white men who have eempleted at least a grammar school education and 1 have had some experience along me- chanical lines and some atitude for mechanical work should "be inducted, 'and the provisions of my telegram cultivation of craps should be follow 'ed. . ut earw with COLUMBUS, MISS., SUNDAY MORNING, MAY I 'SI r-r.; Luir. - THE r Contributed by IL Devltt Welsh. CLUB ROOMS ARE OPEN TO AVIATORS BOTH ELKS AND CHOCTAWS IN VITE BIRDMEN TO USE THEIR QUARTERS. Since the opening of Payne Field at West Point, aviators from there have been frequent visitors to this city, and Columbians are doin every thing possible to make their ' visits here pleasant. Both the Elks and the Choctaw Club have opened their club rooms to the aviators, and ; members of the local Red Cross chap ter will assist the Choctaws in pre paring special programs for the en tertainment of the visitors. Mr. J. IL Donovan, proprietor of the Stone Hotel, has also fitted up a large apartment in h!s hostelry which he has placed at the disposal of the visiting aviators to be used for dances or for other purposes dur ing their visits to the city, Hon. E. R. Sherman, a prominent citizen of the city, has suggested that a suitable landing place be ar ranged for the visiting aviators, ami this matter will probably be taken up at an early date. Mr. Warren M. Cox, who has been seriously ill for some time, was taken to Memphis yesterday for treatment. ing. "4. The number of men called for under this call must be actually entrained. On account of pending legislation before Congress this of fice is not in position to give you any suggestions as to how to make allot ments, but the previous efficiency of your office warrants placing the mat ter in your hands. "5. Instruct local board to warn leaders of parties against mutilation of raijroad equipment. ' "6. It is very important that you have complete control over this call. Men should not be allowed to arrive before May 16th, and the entire par .ly must be entrained so as to arrive on that date. Consult the representa tive of the American Railway Asso ciation as to schedules a3 heretofore. Advire this office by letter the allot ments you make to each local board. Acknowledge." I ! a WW BY ' '.(- ;:'.'. K 1 'A Great Net of Mercy drawn through fTripAmptirariHipfi fmss HOPE OF NATIONS " - gy. 1 "'t4 THE LIBERTY LOAN DRIVE IS STILL 0N! WHILE COUNTY HAS GONE "OVER THE TOP," COMMIT- TEE REMAINS AT WORK. Although Lowndes county h: n! ready gone t "over the top" in th -third Liberty loan' campaign, Mr. !. C. Chapman, who is directing tlic lo cal drive, Mr. F. P. Phillips, !h" sales manager, and other woi i.i rs ; n. still soliciting subscriptions. wlmM will be received " in St. Louis, th headquarters of tin- Kiuht !'"!(. u! Reserve district, up to and incHidini.' Thursday, May. 9. The allotment for the county ij $218,000, while the subscriptions re ported up to the time the closed yesterday afternoon total;-,! $213,200. Local workers have s, t 1250,000 as their final goal, and fed ?ure they will secure that sum k fore the campaign closes. EIGHT ALLEGED SLACKERS HELD ACTIVITIES OF! INSPECTOR GEN ERAL ETHRirj)GE RESULT IN NUMEROUS ARRESTS. Capt. F. K. jsthridg?, inspector fceneral on the -staff of Adjutant jGeneral Erie Scales, ha3 been in the icity for several days rounding up slackers with the-assistance of local officers, and as a result of his activi ties more then a score of white ant! 'colored men were haled before Mayor McClanalun yesterday. All but eiirht cthe men establi 4 4h1 tVlPlf ltA -A nnrl WOTO 1 i i -i - (cnarged. It ia )eiieved that these j eight, all of wlum ere negroe-s, are (either delinquent or deserters, and ,they are being bid until the-'r cV-es .can be thoroughly investigated. Their names follow, irin rv.ninie. Willie , Wilson, Eugene Stinson, Tom Fe--guson. "Kid" Snith, Charles Hol is, Peter Brown am Jimmie Leech. 5, 1918. siar 'M - w.wj 1 'li'M'.m'i i m.f 1 ns J 1 " f f . . t. ' . i ' i, 1 t 1 riff .iV-asiw A-.w.f SHELLING CENTERS ALONG AVRE RIVER TRLKCIl MAKE SUCCESSFUL R V.uS- - GERMANS RENEW BOMBARDMENT. 1';t.n ?!.!' -l.--Theie were heavy b 'mil. .v':, : 'i 0,1 tin- Picardy front l-iiii-i'. il.t- 1 'gbt, tlu- war oflice an-nouni-ed todiiy. They centered along tlie Avro river. i - Kh '.i-'n made a number of sue-(i-v.fui raids near the Oise sector (on J.e -..utber!! side of the German sa !; :, (, ; -i-, sonic prisoners. ' (' '' in the recent offen 'n ;- 1 i ' arc estimated at 1iio,i.--1 ; t,c currespondent of The !;:' p. who is at the front. I.01 -''"'I, May ) An intense bom bardment w:es opened by the Germans !ms m.-'-r -i-'ainst Trench and PrU'sh rs:!ions between Locre and ; io'n) onUi of Yprcs, the war office an'ioin.eed today. CAS.i. f-Git MAY DRAFT QUOTA IS SENT OUT ',V vt'u!, May 4. State of :.. ;'!;!' leceived calls for men t- 'be May draft quota. The ir-;i w"l '-' t for the camps May 25. The i rovost marshal general's of fice fsn'itr-j-l that the call was for 'J. ".'J," 1- men. ' The men wen; ordered to entrain for camp within five days' period, be 'gJnninjr May 2-". This brings the t't;d I'arnbt-r of men called for the month of May, including special i-Li.-'p-, to appvoxitnately 305,000. Soldier 1 Improving. Mr. and Mrs. II. W. Smith, parents of Pe'.vev Smith, the Young Ameri can soldier who sustained injuries while fif.'htir.g on the French battle field some two weeks ago, have re ce;ed r.'tws that he is doing well and is no w considered out of . danger. The inform:. tion was secured through the local branch of the Home Service denrrtrnent. Special Today. jVn, e Orchestra from thiee to c-x ihi iifternoon. Columbus Ice Crec.m Company Retail Parlonr. 1 i . uu ... lil 1 nr n i inn TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE NEARLY 150 YOUNG LADIES TO RECEIVE THEIR DIPLOMAS. FINE ADDRESSES Judge R. B. Fletcher and Rev. Burchard Brundge to be the Orators. While the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College will not clos its session until Friday, May 24, the baccalaurate address will be deliver ed Saturday, May 18 and examina tions will continue throughout the following week. , This course was adopted by President Whitfield in or der to keep the students here until the end of the session, as under, the old regime many of the young ladies in the lower classes did no remain I for the graduating exercises, having left for their homes s soon as the examinations were completed The baccalaurtte address will be tlelivsred Saturday, May 18, by Judge j'lt. 8. Fletcher, who is a native of , . - j 1 t -- 1 . juiSBissippi aim wnu iur a numuer 01 years was on the state supreme ourt bench but who now is assistant . , ... .... . general counsel of the II hnois Cen- Jtral Railroad, with headquarters " Chicago, while the baccalaurette ser mon will be delivered the following da,y by Rev, Burchard Brundidge, chaplain of the 139th Field Artillery bt Camp Shelby. , The gradustion class is one of the largest in the history of the . college, - embracing nearly 150 students, and in addition to these, diplomat will be delivered To the relatives 6f two young ladies, Misses Lilly Louise Coen and Lois Moore, who recently died and who would have completed the course had they lived until the close of the ses sion. A list of the A. B. and B. S. graduates follows: Misses Jessie Barfield Adams, Co lumbus; Mary Lilla Ashley, Rock port; Margaret Anderson, Canton; iiary cumin niiuemon, .niuynew; jlrene Hickman, Bass, Greenville; Bes sie Alice Baines, Jackson; Katherine Lucile Barham, Meridian; . Christine Berry, Bwlten; Sethelle Phedre Biles, Sumner;, NUie May Bobo, Clarks dale; Nettie Gray Bordeaux, Meri dian; Margaret Angelo Brown, Co lumbus, Mary Elizabeth Brownlee, Columbus; Lessie Louise Burwell, Meridian; Bonnie Jean Byrd, New ton; Ruth Blair, Shubuta; Lula Mitchell Campbell, Kosciusko; Chris tine Cate, Coldwater; Ruby Lee Chance, Natchez; Claudia Chapline, Jackson; Lucile Colony, Brooksvillc; Mary Coen, Corinth; Erin Rosamond Cooper, Bobo; Erie Munger Corley, Clarksdale; Frances Rosalee Cox, Co lumbus; Minnie Rebecca Cross, En terprise; Iris Curry, Ruleville; Norma Elizabeth Cunningham, Starkville; Beulah May DeLano, Meridian; Gladys Geneva Dent, Morgan City; Kate Marguerite Downer, Moore head; Ruby Sue Dunn, West Point; Carolyn Reed Ezell, Columbus ; Thelma Farmer, Ruleville; Jennie Ruth Finger, Ripley; Bonnie Kate Franks; Philadelphia; Jane Geoghagan, Fa yette; Ada Cornelia Germany, Center ville; May Graham, Jackson, Cora 1 r'.. ir,,., . D.w,i t., Ackerman; Alma May Gonter, Co lumbus; Laura Oakley Halbert, Co lumbus; Byrd Haney, Gholson; Dixie Allison Hardy, (Crawfordj; Ethel Allison Hardy, Crawford; Elma Har grove, Shubuta; Vadie Estelle Harri son, . Crawford; Maggie Beatrice Hicks, Sucarnoochee ; Jessie Holly Vaiden; Lillie Hockingheimer, Sar- dis; Lucile Holmes, Hernando; Olivia Howerton, A. and M. College; Mattie B. Hunter, Macon; Ellen Chamber lain Hyland, Yokena; Hattie Belle Jackson, Lexington; Ima James, Cor rinth; NeU James, Hattiesburg; Bes sie Camilla Jamison, Brooksville; Juanita Jenkins, Shuqulak; KitUe Sue Johnson, Durant Mamie Johnson, Yazoo City; Margaret Joyner, Tupe lo; Minnie Lee Kennedy, Shelby; lone Kent, Kilmichael; Alicia Kline, Columbus; Dora May Kirkwood, Wa ter Valley; Katherine Lawless, Mem phis, Tenn.; Jennie Gladys Law, Can ton; Sarah Augusta Lipeey, Colum bus; Thera Little, Amory; Hannah Helens Loeb, Hazlehurst; Ernestine Lowther, Jackson; Msrtha Mellone Lowther, Jackson; Courtenay Lusius, Cleveland; Anna Belle McDonald, (Continued on pare 4.) Smi-Weekly, $3.00 Per Year. -"- ' - M "I L-il- .. DISCUSS PLANS FOR LOCAL RED CROSS DRIVE ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING IS HELD AT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. I HOPE TO GET $8,000 This Sum Is The Goal, Aa The County Failed to Sesuce Its Quota in Last Campaign. Plans for the coming Red Cnn flrive in Lowndea county were dis cussed and partially formulated, at a meeting which was held Saturday morning at the Chamber of Com merce, and which was presided over by Dr. J. W. Lipscomb, who is to di rect the campaign. The meeting was called for the special purpose of hav ing a conference of the different vice- chairmen who are to direct the work fn various sections of the county and war larcplv attanAaA n.oolu .11 t theM vice-chairmen ' having been 'present A great deal of enthusiasm was displayed and spirited addresses were delivered by Dr. Lipscomb, Won. P. W. Maer, and Hon J. I. Sturdivant. . all of whom urges their hearers to entPF intA till ramnainn uitk un u,.,,i,i .t 1 . ... pounded real and to do every thinr ; fLa!- ,. T j n their nnwpp tn nut f AwnH inn - "ty 0Ver the top. The campaign begins Monday, May 20, lasting one week snd while Lowndes county's quota is only $5, 950 an effort wil be made to raise a total of $8,000. This goal has been fixed because the county fell short of her allotment in the last Red Cross campaign, and it is the deaire of Dr. Lipscomb snd his fel low workers to make- up the deficien cy in the coming drive. ' Members of the several commit tees named to work in the city of Columbus will meet at the Chamber 6f Commerce at 8 o'clock Monday night for the purpose of discussing iVarious phases of the undertaking and all members of these committees are urged to be present. COUNTRY GOES OVER THE TOP- Washington, May 4. America ha gone over the top. Subscriptions to the third Liberty loan today totaled $3,006,888,900, according to the official statement of the treasury department, passing the minimum quota and getting a flying start for the maximum quota of $5, 000,000,000 which treasury officials hoped would be received by the time the campaign closes tonight. Rev. J. H. Bell to Prtach. Rev. S. L. Pope, pastor of the First Methodist church, is spending todny at Shannon, where he will de liver an address to the high school graduates of that place, and Rev. J. H. Bell will occupy his pulpit this morning at 11 o'clock. Rev. Bell, who resides here, "is a prominent Methodist evangelist, and his subject this morning will be: "Faithfulness, Faithful to God and Faithful to our Country." Rev. Bell will also preach at the 8 o'clock evening service. Bif Shoe SU On- In a. large advertisement appearing in the Commercial this morning, Mr. L. H. Shapira, owner of the Shapira Shoe Store, announces a closing out sale of his entire stock. He expects to soon leave for Helena, Ark., where he will reside, and in or der to sell his goods here he has mark ed same at greatly reduced prices. Rev. E. L. Egger and wife, of Sherman, Tex., who are attending the general conference of Methodists being held in Atlanta, will visit rela tives and friends here the coming week, en route home. Lieut. Lonnie Lincoln, who has been , stationed . at Leon Springs, Texas is visiting bomefolks in the city. After being here ten days he expect to go Gettysburg to join the tank corps. Mr. Sanders Hairston, of Silver City, was among those who accom panied the remains of Mr. J. B. Baird to Columbus Friday. Mrs. E. B. Kirskey has received word from her son, Mr. C B. KuV. sey, stating that he had arrived safely in France.