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nwhu. VOL XXIV NO. H COI.UMIJUS, MI33., Illl; KM) AY MORNING, JUNK t, Itll. 5i.W.Ur, 1100 lr yr. (y mm SLAYER OF GEO. LAWRENCE WILL HANG JULY 12 THIS DATE FIXED FOR THE EXECUTION OF ERNE3T 5PRUILL WILLIAMS IS DEFENDANT IN COLUMBUS BOY CANADIAN SOLDIERS GOING OVER THE TOP IN FLANDERS IN PRESIDENT $40,000.00 SUIT LINCOLN CREW VERDICI AFFIRMED Alabama Supreme Court Han dera D eciiion which SU Fate of Condemned Negro. Ernest Spruill, the negro who more than a year ago killed Mr. George Lawrence, a prominent young farmer residing near McBee, Ala., is to hang Friday, July.12, the Bopreme court of the state of Alabama having con fined the verdict of guilty which was returned by'the jury when the nogro wu3 tried in the circuit court for Pickenc county at Carrolton last No cmber. Mr. Lawrence lived just acrots the Pickens county line about 12 miles northeast of Columbus, and was well known here. The killing incited widespread indignation, not only on account of the popularity of the young fanner but because it was also responsible foj the death of his wid ow, who committed suicide soon after her husband was slain. Mrs. Law rence was so overcome with sorrow as the result of the untimely death of her consort that she refused to be comforted, and after having suffered the most intense mental anguish for several weeks decided to end her life. She came to Columbus, t and after having registered at a local hotel went to the room assigned her and swallowed a lethal dose. he was rushed to a local hospital, but all ef forts to save her life proved futile, death having soon put an end not only to her mental agony but to the phy sical suffering which followed her action in swallowing the poison. Immediately after the murder was committed a posse of indignant citi zens set out after Spruill and spent several days chasing him through the hills of Pickens county, but failed to catch him. It was afterwards learn ed that he was in Cincinnati, 0., his presence there having been detected by officers in Meridian through the interception of a letter which he sent to a friend there to be mailed to a sweetheart at his old home. W. F. Kilpatrick, sheriff of Pickens county, placed him self in communi cition with officials in Cincinnati, and Spruill was arrested. He was taken to Tuscaloosa where he remain ed until carried to Carrolton for trial. He was convicted by the jury, and now the supreme court has confirmed the verdict of the lower tribunal, lr.ving fixed July 12 as the date of ) ' execution. ' f HPWTrm POPULAR OFFICER ANSWERS SUMMONS Mr. John C. Morehead, a popular memberof the police, force, died at his home, corner South Ninth ave nue and Sixth streets, about 1:80 o'clock Wednesday morning, his death having resulted from a complication of ailments and having followed an illness of several weeks' duration. Mr. Morehead had served in pub lie position for a number of years past, having been connected with the sheriff's office before becoming a member of the police force, and was well and favorably known not only in Columbus but throughout Lowndes Toynty. He was a most efficient officer and enjoyed to the fullest ex' tent the confidence and esteem of all who were associated with him. Deceased, who was about 42 years old is survived by hie widow, his fa ther, Mr. J. J. Morehead, four sis ters and two brothers. Funeral rervices were held at the First Methodist church at 6 o'clock yesterday evening, having been con ducted by the pastor, Rev. S. L. Pope, and having been followed by inter ment in Friend?hip cemetery. The following members of the po lice force acted as nail bearers: Of ficers John A. Morton, M. F. Cook A. Y. Glover, W. I. Sisson, J. A Hudson end J. D. Lawrence. LOWRY CHANDLER CLAIMS DAMAGES FOR FALSE IMPRISONMENT. TRUSTEES NAMED Stt Penitentiary Officials Co- defendant with Sheriff in Suit. t I Alleging.false Imprisonment, Lowry Chandler of Crawford, has filed suit against Hon. John B. Williams, sher- ff of Lowndes county, and Messrs. Stone, Thames and Montgomery, who constitute the board of trustees of the Mississippi penitentiary, for dam ages in the sum of $40,000. The suit results from the alleged wrongful arrest and reincarceration of Chandler after he had been parol ed from the state penitentiary Several years ago he shot a negro woman in Crawford, and after hav ing been paroled by the governor re turned to his home town. Soon after his return he was rearrested by Sheriff Williams, the arrest having been made at the request of officials of the town of Crawford. These officials claimed that Chandler had, by disturbing the peace of the com munity, broken his parole, and in a telephoni? conversation" with the sheriff requested him to hasten to Crawford aui take tha recalcitrant man into custody. The suit was file in the circuit court of Hinds-county, and Sheriff Williams has gone to Jackson for the purpose of conferring with the pen itentiary trustees and formulating olans to defend the action. L. C. Hullon, a Jackson lawyer, who fil ed the suit "is said to be related to Chandler. Mrs. John Stnson left Wednesday for Houston, Texas, where she goes to visit her son, Mr. John Stinson, who is in camp there. After spend ing several weeks there she will go to Chicago, where she will take a special course in mathematics,. She was accompained by Miss Annie Pey ton Stinson. Miss Mary L. Stephenson returned Sunday from Yazoo City where she has been teaching school. V WILKERS0N GETS TAR AND FEATHERS Vicksburg, Miss. JuneS Declar ing that he was a German sympa thizer and eagerly awaits. the day when the German forces will invade this country, which he "is alleged to have declared would surely happen within two or three years, W. M. Wilkerson, who stated to the author ities that he was a native of Missis sippi, was arrested, placed in jal and afterwards treated to a coat of tar and feathers by citizens of Delhi, La., according to reports reaching this city yesterday. Wilkerson was taken from a V. S. & P. passenger train, while en route from this city to Monroe La., Monday at the instance of passengers who over heard his remarks. He was placed in the city jail, charged with disloyal utterances. About midnight a body of citizens proceeded quietely to the jail, broke down the door and completed the job of teachng the prisoner a lesson in patritism. Interference on the part of the authorties, in all probably, prevented further bodily harm, and as imediwately transfeiTed to the the county jail at Rayille. RED CROSS SHIPMENT. Another large shipment of finished products has recently been sent by the local Red Cross chapter to the headquarters of the Gulf States di vision in New Orleans. Tho shipment included 450 bed sheets, 35 suits of pajamas, 80 tray covers, 80 napkins and 505 surgical dressings. Mrs. Boyd of Kosciusko is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. W. N: Puck. tt This spirit! jJiu(iiKniili, taken In Plunders, shows Canadian troths swarming out of a trench, over which shrap nel is burullut, fur t charge on the Huns. REGISTRATION IS UNDER ESTIMATE Number of Young Men For Military Duty Un der Expectations. Yesterday was the day for all i young men who have reached the! age of 21 since June 5, 1917, thus becoming eligible for military duty under the provisions of the draft law, to register, and 112 local youths were enrolled at the office of the Lowndes county ex emption board. , .. The number" was smaller than anticipated, Prof. S. M. Nash, sec retary of the board, having esti mated that between 190 and 200 would register. This estimate was baied on population figures, and is believed to have been cor rect. There is no way to deter mine why the iegistration fell be low the estimate, but it is possi ble that some of the eligibles were ignorant of Ihe fact that Provost Marshal General Crowder had issued an order requiring them to register. The registration books were open at the office of the local exemption boaid in the Columbus Na'ional Bank building from 7 o'clock yesterday morning until 9 o clock latt night, uid Prof. Na. h wu9 assisted in the work ot registering eligibles by Mers. J.S. Marx, Homer Kilpatrick frnd Frank Ellis. "The Eaglet Eye" A Timly Up To " The Minute Serial at Prince - ' ' " To-Morrow. ' The "Eagles Eye" a masterpiece of serial form written and supervised uy the bet informed man in Amer- ,ca, William J. Flynn, former Chief of the Secret Service, is the attrac tion at the Princess starting Friday 7th. It abounds in startling revalations of facta how the Imperial German Government Spies, plotted to create a reign of terror in America, there was nothing to low or dastardly for them to do,' they planned the blowlTig up of hotel Asonia, in New York, the night of tho Nacval ball in 1915. They planned the torpedo' g of the Atlantic Fleet, while on review be fore President Wilson, in New York Harbor. They were instructed to cripple American labor, and Indus try. And a multitude of similar out rages 1 against American neutrality, with which they were trying to scare America All the characters ure portrayed true to life, by omo of the most finished actors of the American stage. It is more than amusement, it is a clear concise portrayal of facts, from which you can understand much that has been a mystery to you The usual hours of starting will be observed, the admisson will be 5 and 10 cents each Friday Mrs. W. F. Rose is visiting Capt and Mrs. John Dinsmore lit Camp Pike. SAMMIES TAKE PART IN FIGHT Deliver Hard Blow Against Germans on Aisne Marne Front. With the American Army in France, June 5. -The most savage fight ng that the Americans have yet tatcen part in since tneir arrival in at of France took place Neuilly wood, north Chateau Thiery, on the Aisne-Marne battle front. In this gently undulating wood the Americans de- ivered a brilliant counter attack against the Ger mans, engaging the ene mies in fighting hand-to- hand amidst the tangled piles of stumps that had been uprooted by the ar tillery fire. .The Americans swept the Germans back from the northern fringe of Ihe wood and here proved thdmselves adept with the bayonet. Charging into the gray ranks of the boches the mericans broke up first one group and then an other, heedless of the machine gun fire direct ed against them. MEETING AT FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST There will be a meeting at the First Church of Christ at 8 o'clock tonight, at which time keveral speak ers who are interested in religious work in connecton with the war will deliver addresses. The principal speakers at the meet ng will be State Evangelst Fergu son of Vicksburg, and addresses will also be delivered by Mr. Dent of Amory, district chairman of "Men and Millions Movement;" Mrs. 3. A. Safloy of Rome, Mis., state chair man of the Christian Women's Board of Missions; Miss O'Bannon of Greenville, state secretary, and Misf! Grace Gilbert of Nettleton, dis trict tecretary of the same organ ization. All of the speakers ere prominent ill tfit) WOlk iu wltlifi tlie ult feu ?aced, and the meeting, to which the public is -cordially invited, prom ises to be a most interesting one. W.O.W. MONUMENTS ARE TO BE UNVEILED Elaborate Ceremonies to be Held at Friendship Cemetery Sunday. Plans for the Woodmen of the World unveiling ceremonies for next Sunday afternoon are being perfected. Judge Tom Lamb of Eupora will be the orator. Sover eian Lamb was a delegate to the last Sovereign Camp, and rant s as or e of the best speakers in the state, and h sure to give his hear ers a rare oratorical treat. Miss Juanita Gardner has con sented to dtlivtr the poem. "Oh. Why Should the Spirit of Mortal De Proud." The o che&tra of the Princess theatre will furnish the music. In the parade the Camp's new Service flag, showing more than two score members in the service of their country, will be used alonu with "Old Glory," and the camp banner. Monuments to the memory of the following deceased Sover eigns will be unveiled: W. C. Gunttr, E. S. Donnelt, S. Harris Geo. H. Ezell and J. J. Elli?. Sovereign J. T. Searcy is chair man of the Auto committee! and request:? all members owning cars to lend their aid in transporting the members to the cemetery Kate, where the procssion wi'l oe lormed. The need for a modern and commo dious hotel at Artesia, Miss., hag be come eo urgent that citizens of the town are circulating a petition re- iue:.ting the Union News Company, which now operates a lunch stand there, to undertake the erection of a building of this character. All Day S'nging June 23. There will be an all day singing at Mt. Vernon on the fourth Sunday in the month. Dinner will be served on the grounds. The public is in vited. Mr. Robert Jacob, a graduate of the University of MissisHippi, has re turned to Columbus. Mr. Jacob's many friends are glad to see him able to be out after a serious operation. Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Englebert and little daughter were called to Tuscaloosa yesterday on account of the illness of Mr. Englebert's father, Mr. J. T. Englebert Mrs. Tony Butera, Miss Ella Mosby and Miss Sarah Fant leave tomorrow for Washington and other eastern cities where they go to spend some time. Lieut Arthur Halbert, of Camp Beauregard, La., has been spending the past several days here with his sisters. Mr. W. S. Turner, of Megowah Meadow, was visiting in the city yes terday. Mrs. George H. Palmer spent Mon- ilnw Mil T w at a t in nPAAnurArtrl ALBERT SHACKf LFOftD Or THIS CITY ON BOARD TORPEDOED SHIP. NOT BELIEVED LOST His Nam Do Not Appear In Publish List ot Tho who Are Missing, Mr. Alhtrt Shackelford, Co lumbus boy was on board th( tranport President Lincoln, which wm recently torpedoed forty mile off the cosst of England by a Ger man submarine. ht is not be lievtd, however, that ha lust his lift as the published Ht of those who are missing does not include hi name. Mr. Shackleford, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Shackle ford, enlisted about two years ago, and had been promoted veral times for gallantry. For some time prior to his enlistment he had been employed at the plant of the Colum bus Railway, Light and Power Com pany. Mr. Shackleford had been a mem ber of the crew of the President Lincoln some time and had been mak ing regular trips acroas the ocean ever since the transport began carry ing troops to France. He la the second Columbian to bt In a marine disaster within the put few months George W. Barrow of this city, hav ing been a member of the crew of the ill-fated collier Cyclops, which has been missing since March and for which the Navy Department has thus far searched in vain. Will Enjoy Picnic Today The members of the First Baptist Sunday school will enjoy a picnic to day on the Westmoreland place sev eral miles southwest of Columbus on the Jackson Highway. Those who will take part in the occasion are ask ed to have auomobiles and baskets at the church this morning at 8 o'slock. Mr. Louis Hirshman left the first of the week for St Louis and Chica go, where he goea to purchase stock for the firm of H. Hirshman. Mrs. Hirshman and little daughter, Helen, ' ng relatives in Memphis. WANT A MODERN HOTEL AT ARTESIA Artesia is a junction point at wheh he Montgomery division and the Starkville branch connect with the mbin line of the Mobile and Ohio railroad, and hundreds of passengers change cars there daily. The fact that the Industrial Institute and Col lege is located in Columbus and the and M. College in Starkville serves to materially increase traffic, and when trains are delayed passengers are frequently forced to sleep in the station at night because hotel ac comodations are unobtainable. It is said that in the event the Union News Company declines to rect a hotel citizens of Artesia will "ndeavor to organize a stock com pany for the purpose of undertaking the project Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Leigh have received a telegram from their son, Mr. Jim Leigh, stating that he has irrived safely abroad. Mr. Walter Locke, who is now re siding 'at Sheffield, Ala., has been spending the past several days here with relatives. Mr. Gaius Whitfield has returned o Demopolis, Ala., after spending several days at his plantation near Artesia. Mr. W. S. Mustin, now of Heth, Ark., is spending several days in the city on business. Mr. John Jacob, who has been at tending Bell Buckle, has returned to the city. CHAUTAUQUA TO OPEN HERE ON SATURDAY ANNUAL ENGAGEMENT TO LAST THROUGH nVL DAYS. A FINE PROGRAM Advance Sale? of Sraiori Ticket! Not Yet Equal to Guarantee. The Redpath ( haatiuqui will t'V'n iU aiiniMtl rtgromnt In Columbm oi'nt Saturday, rrnmining here five iluvs, and while the advance al hus been fairly sntisfacttry, it hs not been sufficiently laige to mske good the guarantee. The company was guaranteed INUO while up to yesterday afternoon the amount realized from the sale of season tick ets was only 515. The Chautauqua will open Satur day afternoon, when tho Fairchild LadieH Quartet will appear in a mus ical program, and the afternoon will also witness the organization of the children's work for the week. The feature of the program Sat urday evening will be an address by Lieutenant Nirklcs of the British army. Lieut. Nickles served for some Mme on the Western front as an srt'lleryman and won distincton by his gallant conduct There will be two entertainments each day while the Chautauqua is in Columbus, the afternoon program darting at 4:30 and the evening progTam at 8:30 p.. m. Season tickets are now on auU . the prices being $2 for adults and I for children. In addition to the cost of the tickets the purchaser must pay the war tax, which is 10 per cent the cost of the ticket Arrangements have been made to accommodate the colored people, and eixU will be reserved for them at each entertainment The full program for the engage ment appears elsewhere in this issue of the Commercial. Road Map of County. Mr. C. L. Wood has recently drawn a road may of the county which is complete in every respect, showing roads completed, those graded and graveled, those graded in ordinary way and those which are soon to be improved through the agency of mon ey obtained by the issuance of bonds Mr. J. D. Shackleford, who for tome time past has been in charge of the Laurel Branch of Armour and Company, has been transferred back to Columbus to succeed Mr. Pope Reeves, who is now at Camp Pike, ind who was formerly in charge of he branch office here. MR. T. F. BURLESON CALLED BY DEATH lAfter having been in bad health for quite a long time, Mr. T. F. Bur leson died at his home, 1704 South Third avenue at an eary hour Tuesday morning. His death resulted from Bright's disease, and whilo this mal ady had had a hold on him for sev eral months he had been confined to his bed only a few week Mr. Burleson had for a number of years conducted a barber shop in the Hatch building on Main street, and was one of the best known residents of the city. He possessed numer ous friends who Join the Commercial in extending sympathy to members of the family in their bereavement Mr. Burleson was about 48 years old and is survived by his widow and a brother, Mr. Jesse Burleson, who was associated with him in the own ership of the barber shop. Funeral services were held at the family home at 10:30 o'clock yester day morning, having been conducted by Rev. J. A. Lee pastor of the Second Br.ptit church, and interment in Friendship cemetery followed. Mrs. Charles Griffin and children of Birmingham arrived Monday to vis it Mrs. and Mrs. Trooper Armstrong.