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VOI XXIV. NO 96.
COLUMBUS, MISS., THURSDAY MORNING, JULY 4, 1918. Se.mi-Weekly, $3.00 Per f earr ALL TELEGRAPH LINES MAY SOON FEDERAL FOOD LAWS WILL BE ENFORCED HERE HOPE TO REACH GOAL IN LOCAL STAMP DRIVE LOCAL IDLERS ALL MUST FIND JOBS AT ONCE D Fly Your Flag u 0 BE TAKEN OVER SEEMS LIKELY THAT UNCLE SAM WILL ASSUME ' CONTROL. TO RUSH MEASURE Immediate Action Said to be Necessary in Order to Pre vent Strike. Washington, July 3. Government control and operation of he nation's telegraph and telephone systems has been recommended to congress by President Wilson. t . In the face of an impending strike, of union operators employed by'thr Western Union company, an effort be made to put through, before the recess of congress this week, pendinc legislation empowering the president to take over these systems. ' The president's views were com municated in a brief note indorsing the legislation, but making no refer ence to the strike of Western Union operators, called for July 8 by the Commercial Telegraphers' union after the Western Union had refused to abide by rulings of the war labor board on the discharge of union op erators. Letters of approval also were sen' by Secretaries Daniels and Baker and Postmaster-General Burleson, whor.e opinions had been sought by the com mittee. A resolution authorising the presi dent to take over the lires probably will be reported favorably in th' house this afternoon. Immediatedly upon receipt of the " '-"ptesfdefitli letter the Vonstevomniiv tee arranged to report the resolution to the house witlr a view to its pass age before the recess, which is plann ed for this week. It is understood that the presiden' has not concluded definitely to take over the telegraphs and telephone' as soon as the power is given. Hr probably will await the result of the strike of Western Union operators, called for July 8 by the Commerce' Telegraphers' union, because the Western Union refused to abide b: ruling of the war labor board an continued to discharge union opera tors. Union officials claim one-fourth o' the 20,000 operators of the Westeri Union will walk out. The compan; insists that the strike call will hav no substantial effect upon ifs bus iness. July'Clearance Sale. The firm of Kaufman Brother now have on their annual July Clearance sale, and is 6ffering many wonderful bargains. CROP PROSPECTS ARE VERY BRIGHT RECENT RAINS HAVE NOT RE SULTED IN SERIOUS IN. JURIES TO THE CROPS Farmers from various sections o' the country who were in Columbus yesterday stated , that crops of a' kinds are looking exceedingly we' and that if no setbacks are exper ienced bountiful yields can be cor fidently expected this fall. It was fear'ed that the recen rains and winds which visited th' section could hate a deleterious effec' upon the crops, but it seems that the injury was so slight as to be pra' tically negligible. The winds, it i? true, blew some cotton and corn par tially down, but in most instances the plants have righted themselves and are now looking as good as ever. The menace from the boll weevil? is not considered serious, while th pests are present in the fields, the' do not seem to be propagating rapid ly, and unless there is a considerab'' increase in the area of investigit:o not extensive damage will ensue. The present outlook is most en couraging, and with any thing like favorable weather during the month, the crops will be the larpest tha Lve teen harvested here ir. marr 'voars. ' 666 cures Chills and Fever. REPRESENTATIVE OF STATE ADMINISTRATOR VIS ITS COLUMBUS. INSPECTION MADE Confectioner Charged Having " Used Excessive Amounts of Sugar and Flour. That th& rules restricting the use of food are to be rigidly enforced in Columbus as well as in other towns and cities throughout the country is evinced by the fact that an inspec tor from the office of State Food Administrator P. M. Harding at Vicksburg was recently here and carefully inspected grocery stores bakeries, hotels, cafes, boarding houses and other establishments wher' large quantities of food are handled daily for the purpose of ascertaining whether or not these establishments were complying with the rules and regulations promulgated by Federal Food Director Hoover. The most stringent restrictions arc those applying to wheat flour and sugar, and the inspector found sev eral local establishments of various character in which excessive amounts of these commodoties had been used He found that a certain confectioner had used more than legal amounts of sugar-and flour in the manufacturr of both cakes and candies, and the confectioner was to go to Vicksbur? and answer charge of violating the food regulations which was lodged against him. The inspector also found an ex cessive amount "of flour in a local boarding house, having discovered one whole barrel and a barrel which had only partially used. The posr.eS y sion of so much flour constitutue n violation of the law, and the boardinp house keeper was instructed to relurF the full barrel to the dealer from whom it was purchased. It has also been found that the law regarding the purchase ofsugar for canning purposes has been more or less generally abused. Under the provisions of this law consumers are permitted to buy 25 pounds of sugar for canning fruits and vegetables but it has been found that many pto pie applied BUgar purchased osten- ibly for this purpose to other uses and hereafter all who obtain as much as 25 pounds of sugar at one time must execute an affidavit affirming that it is to be used only for canning purposes. HOLIDAY WILL BE QUIETLY OBSERVED NO OSTENTATIOUS DEMONSTRA TION WILL MARK FOURTH OF JULY HERE. . - c Today is the Fourth of July, and while no elaborate demonstration ha been arranged to celebrate the an niversary of the nation's independ erice, business will be practically sue pended and the day will be generous ly observed as a holiday. The stores, offices and publi buildings will be closed, and the per pie generally will devote the day t rest and 'recreation- The Modcrr Woodmen of America will give i barbecue at Lake Park, and ther. will doubtless be other gatherings of similar character, though most o them will be informal affairs. The anniversary will be elaborate! celebrated at Payne Field, near Wes Point, and many Columbians wi doubtless journey-, thither to enjo the festivities. The program wi1 open at 2 o'clock with a baseba game between two of the team which constitute a Squadron League and this contest will be followed b an athletic meet including the follow ing events: A 60-yard dash, a 100 yard dash, a 220-yard dash, a one mile race, relay race, a runmnf broad jump, a running high jump am a half mile race. Music will be fur nished by the West Point municipa band, and the occasion promises to be a gala one.n H1irfy rtmjr will hm pHaerv" the local postoffice, and only one de livery of mail will be made by thr city carriers. HONOR PASTOR; HOLD FLAG SERVICE 'RAPTISTS PBF5FNT V-IPTS Tf REV. T. L. HOLCOMB ON EVE OF HIS DEPARTURE. A flag service will be held at the First Baptist church at 11 o'clock- next Sunday morning for the purpose, of honoring the 38 members of the, congregation who have joined the colors since the United States enter-, ed war against Germany. There wil', be an address by Hon. H. L. Whit field, president of the Industrial In stitute and College, and the program will also embrace other interesting features. A farewell service was held at th ) church Sunday night in honor of Re1" L. Holcomb, who recently resigned as pastor in order to take up work r Y. M. C. A. secretary oji the Frencl battle front. The service was ex eedingly beautiful, and the higl esteem in which Mr. Holcomb is hel" by members of the church foun concrete demonstration in the pre sentation to him of two handsoir presents. One of these was a chee for $100, which was presented to hir on behalf of the congregation b" Hon. James T. Harrison, and th' other a valuable wrist watch, whir! was presented on behalf of the Men' Baraca class by Mr. V. B. Imes. In his farewell sermon Mr. Hoi comb briefly reviewed his local pas torate and made a strong appeal to the congregation, especially the young men, to "stand by the work," having declared that the time for men of this type to become active church workers was now at hand. Mr Holcomb and his family lef yesterday for Durant, where Mr Holcomb and the children will r main with relatives while the mini? ter is abroad. Mr. Holcomb wil' leave Durant for New York tomor row, and expects to sail for Franc- at an early date. For some time past city official' have been endeavoring to induce of ficials of the Mobile and Ohio rail road to construct a subway at the point where the railroad tracks erosri South Fourth street, and M. E. Nick els, of the railroad engineering de-i partment was recently here in con- sultation with Mayor McClanahan an-' Councilman-elect J. B. Love regard ing the matter. The railroad com pany will have a survey and an esti mate of the cost made and will ther determine whether or not to under take the work. To Recruit Marine. Mr. L. E. Mayfield, a well knowr druggist, has been appointed local recruiting agent by the United State- Shipping Board. Men in the draf ' age or those who have attained ther twenty-first year and who have n yet reached the age of 21 are th only ones eligible in this service. Those making application for en listment in the service must preser their classification cards to Mr. May field, who has complete informatior regarding requirements of all rr emit. Physical ernminstinn t those who apply for enlistment wi' be conuueied by Dr. K. C. ilolioy e well known physical TILLMAN GOES TO HIS REWARD Washington. July 3 Benj. K. Tillman, senior senator from South Carolina and chairman of the senate naval affairs commit tee, died at his home here at 4:20 this morning following a stroke of paralysis sus'ainfd late lst week. ' All 'of -uhe 'members of the senator's family1 were at his' bedside when the end cune. us his death has been expected ever since his first seizure. There were many deep expres sions of regret in official circles over the passing on of Senator Tillman. Despite the fact Ihat he has not t een in good health for several years he has worked hard and has seldom been away from the senate chamber. It was due to his insistance that the nsivy was increased pn-vious to the entrance of the United States int the war and he has been Secre tary Daniels' spokesman on the floor. President Wilson expressed deep regret over the death of the senator ard sent personal con dolences to l he family. Funeial arrant enunts have not been made. Barnei'Smith. Mr. W D. Barnes, who some time ago accepted a responsible positio office of the Ford Sales and Service Service Station in this city, was ma ried Monday afternoon , in Jac son, his former home, to Miss Eliza beth Mary Smith, of Insmore, Miss The wedding, which was solemnized at St. Andrew's Episcopal church, wa performed by Rev. William Mcrce Greene. The happy couple arrive ' in the city Tuesday and will be dom inciled at the home of Mrs. Geor II. Ezell, on College street. The bride is a pretty and tttrac tive young lady, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Smith, in Ins- more. Mr. Barnes nas mide many friends since coming to Columbus tc reside and they all join the Commer cial in extending congratulations and best wishes. Special Patriotic Service. There will be a special service at St. Paul's Sunday, to which all th Patriotic organizations in the city a" invited. This is a special service r a four leaf folder with hymns an ' prayers appropriate for the occasion You are cordially invited by th Rector and Vestry. Sunday mornir at 1 1 :00 at St. Paul'c Church, Mr. John Polerhones, who has been spending the past ten days here o furlough, returned to Camp PiV yesterday afternoon. Mrs. W. J. McClure. of Tupelo. spent Tuesday and Wednesday here the guest of her daughter, Mr Nelson Hutchinson. 1,019,115 AMERICANS ARE NOW IN FRANCE PRESIDENT MAKES PUBLIC LET TER RECEIVED FROM SEC RETARY OF WAR BAKER. Washington, July 3. Americar troops sent overseas numbered 1, 019,115 on July 1. Of this numbc 700,000 are fighting troops. This wa made known tonight' ' President Wilson, who gave the pu' lie a letter from Secretary Baker dis closing a record of nchievemen which the president said "mus' cause universal satisfaction" aw which "will give additional rest t our national celebration of th Fourth of July." The first units noncombatants left American shores on May 8, 191 General Pershing followed 12 day; later and at the end of the mort 1718 men had started for the bat'le fields of France. June saw Ihi number increased by 12,261, onr thereafter khaki clad "crusaders" from the wertern republic flowe' overseas in a steady stream until up ward of 300,000 had departed wher the great German thrust began last March. Shortly before the nnnouncemen' was made the House appropriation committee made public testimony be fore that body in connection with th army ludPt. In it Gen. R. F Wood, acting quartermaster gener; of the army, disclosed the fact tha by Jan. 1 the United States will have in uniform an army of .4,000,00' men. President Wilson's determination to meet Germany's supreme effort with the utmost of American's avai' able man power to asfist the doipu ately resisting French and Britis' armies is sharply reflected in th" movement of troops during the las three months. The March sailings of 83,811 were increased in Auril t 117,212. May saw another 244.34T men embark and last month 276,37" were sent away, makingatotal forthe three months of ".37,929. Th' Secretary Baker said later, put tr troop movement ahead of the orir' nal program. Substantially 30 divisions are rt in France, ready to meet whatev move the German staff has in -aration. Some of thpse divi V already have been formed into ' first field army, under Maj. Ge- Liggett, others are holding trene' sectors at important points along t1 battle line, and still others ha' been broken up and brigaded wi the French and British troops. An ?o when the German thrust come the Americans will be called upon t play no small part in meeting it. Beard's Sal. Now On. Beard's annual July clearance sale began Tuesday morning and immense crowds have been in attendance, tak ing advantage of the many big bar gains offered. Prices are being of fered in every department much les? than the wholsale cost. Miss I.uddie Rush, of Sucannooche, is visiting her sister, Mrs. C. B. Smith. ONLY ABOUT $360,000 HAS SO FAR BEEN PLEDG ED TO FUND. TO KEEP UP WORK Committees will not Relinquish Efforts Until Desired Sum if in Hand. Incomplete returns from the W Savings stamp drive conducted ir this county last Friday show pledge amounting to about $360,000. O this sum about $160,000 was pledge by residents of rural communities an the remaining $200,000 by citizens of Columbus. All the committees In rural com munities have not as yet sent in the' reports, and while those coming later will naturally serve to increas the amount pledged it (s now know beyond all cavail that the county's r' lotment, which is 615,000, was no secured. At a meeting of the various wr committees for 'the city of Columbu? recently held at the court house, il was decided to continue the work, an' Director Stanley and his associate will not relinquish their efforts unti' the coveted goal has been reached. The different ward chairmen hav mailed to all heads of families i their wards who have failed to sig up for stamps, cards showing th amounts allotted them and requeUir them to sign the necessary pledf Many citizens who Save ceive these cards have called at the oflie' of. the ward.jchoirmen , .during , th past few days and signed the willing ness to take the number of stamp allotted to them. Leaders in the movement are de termined to do every thing in their power to secure the full allotmen and it is confidently believed tha the countv will " Revival Meeting at New Hope. Rev. T. E. Gregory, pastor of the Central Hethodiat church in thv city, announces that his revival mee ing for the New Hope church will b' gin on the afternoon of the sccon Sunday at 3:30 o'clock and it wi" continue for one week. Services w! be held twice a day, in the mornii at 11 o'clock and in the evening 8:30 o'clock. All are invited to a tend and a good meeting is assured CALL IS MADE FOR 64 REGISTRANTS SMALL NUMBER MEN IN CLASS ONE WILL NECESSITATE A SPECIAL EXAMINATION. The local exemption board has re cently received two calls for regis tranta, one stipulating that 22 white men entrain for Camp Shelby during the five-day period beginning July 15 and the other that 42 negroes star for Camp Funston during the five-day period beginning July 16. The call for the white men stipu lates that they all be taken, from class one, but only 12 men in thi; class are now available. There are probably fifty or more men in clas one, but they have not yet been ex amined and therefore are not ready to be inducted into service. The only way in which these me can be made available for service by July 1 is for Provost Marshal Gen eral Crowder to issue an order pro viding for, their immediate examina tion, and this will probably be done MRS. CUNTER IN CHARGE Mr. John L. Farmer, who for thrt past few years has been the lesse of tthe Commercial Hotel, has giver ud that hostelery and gone to Charleston, Miss., where he will man age a hotel owned by a large lumber concern In that town. The Commercial is owned by Mr- Annie C.Gunter, who is now conduct ing -negotiationslooking towards the lease of the building to some ex perienced hotel man, and who will op ; erate it her "elf until these negotia tions are completed. "WORK OR FIGHT" ORDER IS TO BE RIGIDLY EN FORCED HERE. AGENT VISITS CITY Makes Exhaustive Investiga tion Regarding Number ot Idlers in Columbus. An agent of the department justice twas here recently in consif tation with Mayor McClanahan am' other city ofllcals regarding the lo cal enforcement of Provost Marshal General Crowder's "work or fight" order, which became effective July 1 and assured these officials that the? would have the backing of the fed eral government in their efforts U enforce this order in Columbus. The government agent not only conferred with the mayor and mem ebrs of the police department regard ing the enforcement of the new law but spent some time investigatim the local situation. He visited por rooms, hotel lobbies, cafes and othc places wherein gentlemen of leisur are accustomed to congregate, an engaged in conversation with th clerks on duty at these places. H' assumed a nonchalent manner and en deavored not to appear inquisitive; but it was easy to see that he war endeavoring to "size-up" the differ ent crowds and to ascertain whether or not they included habitual idlers. There has been a perceptible de crease in the number of local idler during the past few months, as man; young men who have worked either t. sporadic inUradj r t 9 Uma wh ever have been caught in the draft' while the activities of local and fed eral officers have forced many other? to seek regular employment. Mayor McClanahan is enthusiastically co operating with agents of the govern ment in their effort to enforce th" "work or fight" order here, and his efforts in this direction are meetin; with the most gratifying success. Anniversary Sale. - Beginning last Monday and con tinuing for ten days the big firm of Simon Loeb and Bro., are celebrat- ingtheiranniversary by having a sale and are offering many wonderfu bargains. They are also giving away thrift stamps with cash purchases amounting to $10 or more. The Woman's Missionary Societ of the Christian church will meet s Mrs. F. M. Jacob's home on Frida tfternoon at 4 o'clock. Mrs. Going circle will have charge of the pro gram, which will be a patriotic one All members are invited to be pre ent. WILL CLOSE EARLY SATURDAY NIGHTS LOCAL MERCHANTS AGREE TO CLOSE THEIR STORES AT 10 O'CLOCK. Late hours for clerks will soon be a thing of the past in Columbus, a'f local merchants, who in summer close promptly at 6 p. m. except on Satur day nights have agreed to close at 10 o'clock on these nights. Nearly" all the merchants in the uptown dis trict have already signed the agree-; ment, which becomes effective next Saturday night. The following merchants have signed the agreement. Kaufman Brothers, two stores; W C. Beard, Columbus Clothing Co. Smith Grocery C, Phillips Bros. Burris, J. C. Hakkleman & Son, J. I. Thweatt, Spann Bros., A. L. Lolla' H. Hirshman, Louis Rosenzweig ' Co., Robertson & Co., Columbi' Hardware and Furniture Co., Banks Hardeware Co., Donoghue Dee & co., Carl Tesch, The Broken Dollar Stor Simon Loeb & Bro., R. E. Leieh Harris Hardware Co., W. E. Pope. Jr., J. A. Lipsey, F. W, Woolworth Co., S. B. Schwab, Kerby & Wake-. field, Mike Kerby, Gunter Pros . Loeb's Variety Store, M. Runciman M. Krone, V. M. Higgins, E. T. Hig gins, The Steen Co.