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v LIBERTY III UOND. I U mum tttt uL w VOL XXIV. NO. 80. COLUMBUS, MISS., THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 9, 1918. COLLEGE BOYS TO PLAY BALL HERE FRIDAY TEAMS FROM "OLE MISS" AND A. & M. COLLEGE TO CLASH. A CLOSE CONTEST Two Evenly Matched Team Insure Many Thrills During Game. The first game of college baseball to be seen here this season will take place tomorrow afternoon, when teams representing the University of Mississippi and the A. and M. College will clash on the Lake Park diamond, r.nd the contest will probably be wit nessed by the largest crowd that has assembled on the local lot since the old Cotton States League went out of existence, forcing lovers of the sport here to rely solely upon visits from amateur teams for sporadic op portunities to exercise their lungs in that joyiously noisy pastime known as "rooting." The entire student body of, the A. find M. College, including Prof. Carl Leak's justly famous band, is ex pected to be present, while the State University promises tb send a dele gation sufficiently strong both in numbers and lung power to do its full share of yelling, and hundreds of fair students from the Industrial Institute and Collogo will be in the grandstand to cheer their favorites on to victory or to weep with them j primaries and regular elections, no in-defeat. Of course it would be. matter where they may be a$ the awfully nice if both teams could win, 'time such contests take place, and a out in contests of this character one 'committee was anointed to secure tenm rr the other must go down in .thenames of all qualified electorsfrom defeat, and it will be consoling to thilosers 1heawlbof charming' 'and send the copies of the official "bal admirers from the local institution j lot so they will be permitted to ex- present to snare tneir cup ot sorrow with them. The two ijeams )are said to be evqnjly mr.tched: and 'both coaches claim that their men are in splendid condition. This bping the case, the fame promises to be a close one and is likely to furnish numerous thrills for the large crowd which is sure to be in attendance. Former Columbian Dies. Death called away Mr. D. H. Winfield, of Memphis, a former Co lumbian, Saturday evening. Funeral services were held in Memphis Sun day afternoon, and interment took place in that city. Mr. Winfield who was 87 years of age, was a veteran of the Civil war, and was well known in this city. The deceased is survived by three daughters, Mrs. A. R. Gilbert, of Co lumbus, Mrs. Bcttie Cox and Miss Martha Winfield, of Memphis, and five sons, Messrs. D. L. Winfield, of Columbus, J. H. Winfield, of Mem phis, E. M. Winfield, of Itta Bena, R. W. Winfield, of Centralia, Wash., and R. A. Winfield, of Cedar Bluff. NOEL FORMALLY OPENS CAMPAIGN PLATFORM IS CLEARLY SET FORTH IN MAIDEN SPEECH AT GREENWOOD. Greenwood, Miss, May 8. Exi Gov. E. F. Noel opened his cam paign for the United States Senate in a very eloquent and characteristic "Noel" address before the people of Leflore county here Monday morn ing at the court house at 11 o'clock. The former governor was intro duced by Hon. A. F. Gardner, who spoke of his vast experience in Mississippi politics and enumerated the offices to which he had been hon ored, stating that he was a close as sociate of Mr. Noel when he (Mr. Garner) was in the Senate, After thanking the court and the audience for the opportunity of speaking to them on some of the questions of vital importance, he congratulated . Leflore county and especially the city of Greenwood on the progress, the prosperity and the patriotism that is everywhere mani fest. Mrs. L. A. Sykes, of Aberdeen, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. S. D. Har- ' ris. ALL FIGHTING MEN MAY VOTE IN THE PRIMARY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MAKES PROVISIONS FOR ABSENT ELECTORS. VACANCY IS FILLED Mr. T. Bailey Hardy of District Five is elected to Member ship. Provision for the voting of soldiers and sailors in the August primary and for the completion of the list of candidates whose names are to go on the official ballot constituted the most important business transacted by the Lowndes County Democratic Executive Committee at a meeting held last Monday. Hon. E. R. Sherman, chairman of the committee, presided over the meeting, while Mr. R. E. Mahon offi ciated as secretary, and the differ ent districts of the county were rep resented as follows: District 2, Messrs. E. R. Sherman, R. E. Mahon and P. H. Wakefield; district 3, Dr. F. M. Vaughan; district 4, Messrs. R. B. Handy and L. G. Bridgefort; district 5, Mr. Cary Cocke. Mr. T. B. Hardy was elected tto fill an existing vacancy on the com mittee from district 5. The legislature, at Its recent ses sion, passed a law providing that all soldiers and sailors who are quali fied electors, may participate in both Lowndes county now in the service ercise the right ot suffrage The committee adopted a resolu tion requesting the board of super visors to provide a voting booth for Trinity precinct, in district 4. The following names were filed with the time limit and will go on the official ballot: For United .States Senator Pat Harrison, James K. Vardaman and E. F. Noel. For Judge of Circuit Court---Thomrs B. Carroll. For Chancellor Sixth Chancery District Albert Y. Woodward. For Congress E. S. Candler, W. W. Magruder T. K. Boggan, J. E. Rankin and T. J. Brooks. PRESIDENT HAS SEDITION BILL MEASURE PASSES HOUSE AND IS NOW READY FOR HIS OFFICIAL SIGNATURE. Washington, May 8. Final legis lative action was taken Tuesday on the sedition bill, giving the govern ment broad new powers to punish disloyal acts and utterances. Adopt ing a conference report already ap proved by the Senate, the House sent to the President for his signature the measure which had been before Con gress for weeks, assailed as a men ace to free speech and championed as essential to order at home during the war. The President is expected to sign the bill promptly and through vigor ous enforcement of its provisions of ficials of the Department of Justice 'say they will be able to do much to ward checking the wave of mob out breaks for which unpunished dis loyalty and enemy activity are blam ed. Penalties of 20 years' imprison ment or a fine of $10,000, or both, are provided in the bill for those con victed of uttering of printing dis loyal, abusive rofane, scurrilous, contemptuous or abusive language about the United States, or the gov ernment, or the form of government, or the flag, and for those who are convicted of favoring Germany orn,,, their return triD in Suner-Six her 8nje9 jn the present war. W. C. T. U. Meetinf. The members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union will ihold their semi-monthly meeting this afternoon at 4 o'clock at the home of Mrs. T. W. DeZonia, 914 Third avenue, north. A MESSAGE FROM FRANCE Spirit of This War Pictured by French Schoolgirl in Letter Received by John H. Finley. aMIIS letter la one f th many meanagM which have bf en received from the nehoola 'JL of France In rtsporwe to the meiwasrei from American universale and whooln, carried to them by John H. Finley, CommMoner of Education and I'resldent of the University of the State of New York. It la reproduced hero and come! from a papil In the Lycee Victor Durny In Parii, which he visited last May, and there heard the pupils alnjrinjr "The Star Spangled Banner" In French and crying in chorus, "Vive r Amerique." It la doubted if there has been a more graphic or poetic ex preaslon of that which eeparatea the men in the opposing tranches or of that which brings America and France together. "It was only a little river, elmost a brook; it was called the Yser. One could talk from one tide to the other without raiting one's voice, and the bird could fly over it with one sweep of their wings. And on the two banks tkere were millions of men, the one turned toward the other, eye to eye. But the distance which sepa. rated them was greater than the stars in the sky; it was the distance which separates right from injustice. " The ocean is so vast that the sea gulls do not dare to cross it. During seven days and seven nights the great steamships of America, ' going at full speed, drive through the deep waters before the light houses of France come into view; but from one side to the other hearts are touching." j AIRCRAFT MUDDLE WILL BE PROBED BOTH DEPARTMENTS IOF JUS TICE AND CONGRESS WILL CONDUCT INVESTIGATION. Washington, May 8. Two new in vestigations of aircraft production flfp nhrtlir tn ha InnnnhaH Whl u ' MWfc VV fcV UIIVIIVV1, II line President Wilson and the cabinet were hearing Tuesday Attorney Gen eral Gregory's plan for the inquiry into charge of graft and mismanage ment ordered by the President, Chair man Chamberlain of the Senate mili tary cdmn'ilttetr anribunced that" the committee proposed to reopen its in vestigation and "put its finger on the men responsible" for the deficiencies the aviation programme. In the meantime the House mili tary committee, considering the $15, 000,000,000 army appropriation bill, with a billion for aviation, virtually completed a brief aircraft inquiry of its own. After hearing Secretary Rnlrer tint his Viif aua fnt nvintinn " i v"- v" i,,.vlIul spiirp oi 1'et.ershiirc! thp Rum. . the situatiton did not call for an in vestigation by them, and leading momhprs onid (W tho mnptino. W . 77 .. I. : " r , were i-uuviaucu uuin uini uir re iiiiu been no criminr.l libilUy for de lays and deficiencies in the past, pnd that the present status of war de partments was satisfactory. The attorney general spent an hour with the President after the cabinet meeting. Later he announced that,,.. Assistant Attorney General William L. Frierson, formerly of Chtttanooga, had been assigned to conduct a thorough inquiry with the assistance of other lawyers of the department and special agents of the bureau of investigation. Hon. J. E. Rankin Speaki. Hon. J. E. Rankin, of Tupelo, who is a candidate for Congress from this, the First Mississippi district, which is at present represented by Hon. E. S. Candler of Corinth, de livered an address at the court house here Tuesday night in the interest of his candidacy. "It Pay to AdvertUe." The members of the Freshman class of the college will present the play "It Pays to Advertise," in the O chapel Saturday evening, May 11, at O 8 o'clock. Admission 25c and 15c. The manv friends of Capt. John R. Dinsmore, of the 347th Infantry, at Camp Pike, Ark., who was home in April on a sick leave, has entirely recovered from an attack of pneu monia. Capt Dinsmore, whose home is in Macon, with hra wile visited j Columbus before returning to Arkansas. Messrs. N. D. Robinson, Stanley 0 and in spreading peace propa Gardner, W. D. Sanders and Mr. and 0 ganda, as well as lies about the Mrs. B. K. Sessums left yesterday 0 for Detroit, Mich., where they go to,0 j spend several days. They expect to,0 and Dodge cars, which have been purchased by Mr. Robinson. Smith Sell to Pope, The well known grocery firm of Pnne and Smith will in tbp fntiirn - - -. T)e known as Pope's Grocery Store, Mr. Rush C. Smith having sold his interest in the business to Mr. Pope. BIRTH OFA NATION TO BE SHOWN HERE FAMOUS PICTURE WILL BE SEEN AT THE PRINCESS TWO DAYS NeIcT WEEK. u. w. urirauii.-ine u.rtn 01 a Nation" will ope an engagement next week at thd Princess, Wednes- day the 15th, andf Thursday the 16th. ine nrsi-ciass metropolitan proauc- tion is guaranteed to be the one shown here. I ; Many circumstances have conspir- ei to mane "inwrui or a Nation the most widely discussed picture in the world. Ct lli . 3 i mi ' suggested Dy i nomas Dixon's Southern novels, it embraces a far wider scope than "The Clans man" play. Mr. Griffith's new art covers 150 years of history and pic torializes the greatest events of the War between the States as well as .l r t . ..... ' , , inwe oi construction, i.ineoin, i.ee and Grant; the early glories of the tonieaeracy: the devastation of (Jen. I rl , . ouerman s marcn to tne sea: tne aw- ing oi peace at Appomattox; tne as-!a8 'tl... . - t"1"' anu lne succeeeuing orgy oi hntP nm nnnnu nn f Q,,tl, - these personages and incidents pass rapidly before the enthralled specta tor and lead up to the terrific cli- , r r i it i- i i ii Istrugtde between the North and the a struggle caused by the at- tempt to impose carpetbagger rule upon the conquered States. The wild adventures and achievements of the Ku Klux Klan dominate the final scenes, which yield a happy ending of a double romance of Southern and Northern sweethearts. Seats are now on sale at Street's Drug Store, the prices are 50 cents for the gal lery and 75 cents on the lower floor, and you had better get your seats today. Miss Mary Tanner has returned to her home in New Orleans, after a pleasant visit to her sister, Mrs. V. B. Imes. 0 AMERICAN DEFENSE O SOCIETY WARNING O F.vprv flormnn nr Austrian in C( , j - . ... the United States, uless known O 8 by years of association to be O O absolutely loyal, should be O ,0 treated as a Dotential sdv. O jo Be on the alert. Keep your O 0 eyes and ears open. Take noth- O ,0 ing for granted. Energy and 0 0 alertness may save the life of 0 O your son, your husband or your brother. fit The enemy is engaged in mak- 0 0 0 0 0 0 O ino- war in this country, in O transmitting news to Berlin, condition and morale of Ameri- 0 can miiitarv forces. 0 Whenever any suspicious act 0 nr disinvnl irnrd fnmpn tn vour 0 ,0 notice, communicate at once 0 0 with the Vigilance eorps of the 0 0 American Defense society, with 0 O the mayor, the police ' depart- 0 C ment, or with the national head- 0 n iL. . r, quarters in me AineriruH ic- 0 fense society, 44 East Twenty- O 0 third street. New York City. 0 0000000000 000000 "5 Vl Ii,ri wrmn ls vow";Service is in need of medical officers to what has been styled "the second for fipM (utv in oonn(H,tion wilh the ITEMS OF INTEREST OVER THE COUNTRY CIST OF THE NEWS GATHERED HERE AND THERE AND PRE SENTED IN BRIEF FORM. The aUotment of meat purchase8 for the arn)V( navy and marine corp8 and the allieg haa bee comoiklated in a gi!1,le bureau with headquarteni jn Chicago. An additional credit of $75,000, 000 was extended to Great Britain by the Treasury Tuesday, bringing , the total Anierican loans to that na- lion to S2.750.000.000. and th total f rmi;t to M ,0.b1liD.oP.nb to $5,36,850,000. Ten steel ships of 71,679 tons, and six wooden ships of 21,500 tons were launched by the American yards in the week ending May 5, the ship- nim!" Iionrrl nnnminrfxl TnnadntY " twelve steel ships of 80,180 tons were delivered to the board complete in the :.i ' c.:.:.,.. :,. i. n ..t.i-... iiu oiiiuiT kiuiiim:, luuin una HUllllilfr n miiitarv requirement, accordi iraming camp activities. A statement by the corn- . . mission shows that 118.000 soldiers in camps participated in organized "basket ball last season. The United States Public Health L.tnf - ... . j(Jistriets. Men phvsicnlly disqualified from the Medical Reserve Corps nre eligible for these positions, providing they are not suffering from com plaints that would seriously inter fere with the, performance of their duties. President Wilson Tuesday ,'ssued a proclamation designating the week beginning May 20 as "Red Cross Week," calflng upon the America people to contribute generously to the second $100,000,000 War Fund of the American Red Cross for the alleviation of suffering of American troops in France and their depen dents at home, and among the fight ing forces and civilian population' of the Allied countries. Celebrate Eighth of May Yesterday was emancipation day, and was, as usual appropriately cele brated by the negroes of , Columbus and the surrounding territory, the day having been universally observed as a holiday by members of the race. Representatives of 'the different colored churches, schools and patri tic and benevolent societies assem bled at Lake Pake yesterday after- noon, when the' following program was given: Son, "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow;" Prayer, Rev. I. M. Mission; Song, "My Country 'Tis of Thee;" Introductory Remarks; Emancipation Address by Rev. E. Ih Hollis; Short Address, Mrs. L. AJ Williams, Rev. E. R. Mill er and Prof. T. P. Harris; Closing iprayer, Rev. E. J. Echols. Liptey Making Good. Mr. John Lipsey, the well known son of Mr. J. A. Lipsey of this city, 'who is now on the U. S. S. Debruque, i... v, m,i rViUf minnr''nr IIttie.nrir. where he went to utch n....i. mate. Mr. Lipsey ratuUy tul ex- aminations for entrance to Annapo- lis. EFFICIENCY TO MARK THE RED CROSS DRIVE sYvrr.M win. nr; vvakm word or Tilt; LOCAL CAMPAIGN. EVERYONE WORKS All Committeemen to Keport Lath Morning While Drive Progresses. rinns for the Wul Red Cross campaign are r.ipidly nearing com pletion, and Dr. J. W. Lipscomb, who is to direct the campaign, has tlready received so much enthusiastic en couragement that he feels confident that Lowndes county will go "over the top" and the reputation for loyalty and generosity towards pa triotic and altruistic undertakings which her people have so long en joyed will be fully sustained. Dr. Lipscomb hopes to raise $8, 000 within the borders of the couti- y, and Columbus will be called upon to contribute one-half of that amount. Each town and each com munity throughout the county will be asked for a specific sum, and while there may be some inequali ties in the different assessments an honest and conscientious effort will be made to make them fair and equitable. The committee for Columbus is composed of several different teams, and during the time that the drive is in progress members of tlwse teams will assemble , each morning at 9 o'clodt at the Chamber of Commerce, where they will receive such informa tion and instruction as the general chairman may deem it necessary to give them. They will then proceed to canvass the districts assigned them and will work three hours, all activi ties in this direction being suspended at noon and not being taken up again until 9 o'clock the following morn ing. Uy pursuing this method all committeemen will labor systemati cally ,and the work will not only be evenly divided but will proceed in a smooth and business-like manner. Each ton and rural community is to be organized either according to this plan. or to spme other which i better suited to its citizenship, ami the campaign throughout the county is to be waged on a basis of syste matic efficiency which, it is confident ly believed, will bring the moyt grati fying results. LT. ERVIN MEETS DEATH IN THE AIR WEST POINT AVIATOR KILLED i'- WHILE ON FLIGHT AT MiNNEOLA, L. 1. Mrs.vF. R. Simms on yesterday af ternoon received a telegram stating that,' her nephew, Lieutenant Jack Erffn, a member of the aviation corps, had met death in an accident which took place while he was on a flight at Minneola, Long Island, jjieuLenttm, crvm was trie sun ui Mr. and Mrs. John Ervin, of West Point, and was well known in this city. The body of the dead aviator will be taken to West Point for burial, but the date of the funeral has no yet been fixed. t t n : n. t BRITISH CASUALTIES FOR PAST WEEK TOTALED 33,601 London, May 8. British casual ties reported during the week ending Tuesday reached a total of 38,691. Of this number 6,555 officers and men were killed or died of wounds, and 32,136 were wounded or report ed missing. The casualties were di vided as follows: Killed or died of wounds: OflVers 499, men 6,056, wounded or missing, officers, 1,859, men 277. Negro Taken to Camp. fbief f P,i;- John A. Morton spent yesterday at Camp Shelbv,,tives and numerous friends in Colum-. (..v... Wmpany Will r-y. a newo slacker, who was r. -ested here last Saturday. Weekly, $100 Y.i Ytr. STEENS YOUTH GETS FRENCH HONOR MEDAL timix nr: culhrf. is nr.. sTowr i) upon Dr.wr.Y r. SMITH. FOUGHT VALIANTLY s First Local Soldier Distinction on the Kattle Field. to Win French The Croix de Cuerre (the French war cross) has been detowed upon Private Dewey DeWeU Smith, the Lowndes county boy who was severe ly wounded while fighting at his post on April lfi. The ceremonv took place last Sunday in a beautiful chateau near Verdun which is now being used as a hospital, and several other gallant fighters were decorated it the same time, the crosses having ieen bestowed upon (them by a French general, who was accompan ied to the chateau by an American army ollicer of similar rank. Private Smith, who is a son of Mr. uid Mrs. R. W. Smith, who reside in the Steens neighborhood about eight miles east of Columbus, is only IS years old, and therefore was not sub- ect to draft but volunteered for service soon alter the United States declared war against Germany. He enlisted in the regular army and was assigned to the Ninth Infantry. He accompanied that regiment to France, and was among the first American snldftrs to land on 'French soil. The wound which brought Private Smith the decoration was received on April 10 while he was valiantly fighting at his post. The cablegram announcing the casulty merely stat ed that he was wounded in acting, having failed to make any declara tion concerning the extent of his in juries, and or several days his par ents and relatives were kept in sus pense regarding his condition. Fi nally, however Mr. F P. Phillips, lo V ul IvpresHlative of the Home Service branch of the American Red Cjfws Society, succeeded in indue- in officials at Washington to send :i cablegram to France making in quiry as to the young ni.''-'" "di tion, and a reply to this message vhieh was recently received states th it he is out of danger. Private Smith is the first loeat sol- lier to be decor ited for bravery, and not only his parents and personal friends, but the people of Lowndes 'ounty generally are proud of his re cord Boy Breaks Arms- Mr. Alexander Pegues, the well known son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Pe gue; had the misfortune Tuesday af- ternoon to DrciiK uvo bones in nis ien arm. The young man was taking ex ercise on a horizontal bar near his home when he accidently fell to the ground. HIS ninny int'iiua wv uim he will soon recover. MRS. EVANS DIES IN BIRMINGHAM MEMBER OF PROMINENT LOCAL FAMILY SUCCUMBS TO PNEUMONIA- Mr3. Emily P. Evans, widow of the lute Hon. George A. Evans, who for a lorg t;.ne was a prominent member of the Columbus bar but who spent the latter years of his life in Birminh?m, died at St. Vincent's hospital in that city Tuesday, her death having resulted from pneu monia. Mrs Evans, who was about CO years old, was a sister of Mrs. S. E- Whit field and a sister-in-law of Mrs. W. C. Richards, both of whom reside in this citv. and leaves another sister, Mrs. Virginia Vaiden, who lives in Richmond, Va. She is also survived by a son, Hon. Richard Evans, who was formerly on the Alabama su- 30,-'preme court bench and who is now a ; prominent member of the Birming-. iham bar. In addition to the ladies above named. Jirs. &vans nau oinrr rcia- bus, and her deatn occasioned wiue- spread grief here. The body wx buried in Birmmgham, the funeral having taken place mere yesieraay.