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VOL. -XXIV. NO. 09.
COLUMKUS, MISS., SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 14, 1918. 5mi-Wkly, $3.00 ?rt Ytt. ADOPTION OFlDESERTS ARMY ORPHANS TO BEITHREE TIMES; SPRUILL GETS REPRIEVE FROM ALA. GOVERNOR LOUIS A. BANKS TODELIVERTWO D 0 Mr. Alec Smart Has His Coal Put In LECTURES HERE URGED HERE IS ARRESTED TA 1 V I I --'TA r) WNs NK.iilO WHO MURDERED MR. LAWRENCE DID NOT HANG FRIDAY EXECUTION STAYED Cause of Governor's Action Expects to Arouse Local In in Granting Repr ieve Not terest in Patriotic and Al- CJ a l Definitely Known. Ernest Spruill, the negro who laf December was convicted of the mur der of Mr George Lawrence, a prom inent white citizen of Pickens coun ty, Ala., and who was sentenced to hr.ng at Carrollton last Friday, was not executed on that day, havin; been granted a 60-day reprieve by Governor Henderson For several months past Spruill has zeen confined in jail at Birming ham and a few days prior to the date set for the execution T. J. Bat son, sheriff of Jefferson county, re- ceived a communication ordering him not to take the negro .to Car. rollton, as a reprieve had been granted him. Just why Spruill was granted r reprieve is not known here, but ' is, surmised that it was secured through the activities of negro fra ternr.1 organizations. The cor .demned man belongs to several se cret societies and it is said that these societies furnished money tr pay his way to Cincinnati, whither he went immediately after the kill ing, havng been later captured b' officials of Pickens county and tak en to Carrollton for trial Snruill is really responsible for the I loss of two lives, as the murder r I Mr. Lawrence was speedily followed by the suicide of his beautifu' vouner widow. The irrief of Mrs I Lawrence was so poignant that she I swallowed poison at a hotel in Co I lumbus and died a short time late from the effect of the lethal dose. Water Analized. . By direction of the municipal council City Treasurer J. J. Richards recently sent a sample of the city water to State Chemist W. F. Hand at the A. and M. College to. be analyzed, and has received a very satisfactory report on same. The analysis shows the water to be per fectly clear, free from odor, sedi. ment or turbidity, and well suited ir every way for domestic use. Return from Conference. President H.I. Whitfield and Prof Dabney Lipscomb have returned from the meeting of the State Socioloeical Congress held the past week in Gulf- port. They report a large attendance and good meeting. A meeting of county superintend- ents of education ana a meeting oi the State Council oi ueiense was also held at the same time as tne conference. Superintendent F.. A Stanley was in attendance. Mrs. R. M. Nickles and Mis? Pnrlnno NTirklps visited friends ir Aberdeen the past week. LAKE PARK NOW OPEN FOR SEASON DANCES WILL BE GIVEN AT REGULAR INTERVALS DUR ING THE SUMMER. Lake Park, the only summer amusement resort which Columbvs possesses, is open for the first time in several seaons. Patronage was so poor for several summers that the Columbus Rnilway, Light a d Power Company, which owns the sort, found it unprofitable to keep it open. Since the opening of the training field for aviators near West Point, however, the flyers have be- gun to visit Columbus in such large numbers thtt a demand for an amusement resort has been created and it was decided to open the park The park was formally opened with a dance Friday night and other entertainments of similar character will be given at frequent intervals throughout the summer. WILL SPEAK AT FIRST METHODIST AND FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHES WAR WORK THEME truistic Activities. Louis Albert Banks, of Boston, will deliver two addresses in Co lumbus to-day, speaking at the First Methodist church at 11 a. m. and at the First Baptist church at 8:30 p. m. Mr. Banks is touring this section for the purpose of arousing inter est in war activities and will rpeak on "Uncle Sam's Pep in Winning the War." He is said to be an elo quent and convincing speaker and in addressing the people here will urge upon them the necessity for subscribing liberally to Liberty loar funds, Red Cross funds and othe- patriotic and altruistic activities. Ever since the United States sev ered diplomatic relations with Ger many the people of Columbus have evinced a keen interest-in war work of every character and both of Mr. Banks' addresses will doubtless be heard by large congregations. PREACHING AT WOODLAWN. Rev. C. D. Carter, of Cedar bluff, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, will preach at Woodlawn, several miles east of the city, this morning it 11 o'clock. He was heard by a rarge crowd at , Caledonia last eve. ning, Rev. Carter expects to begin an evangelistic meeting at Beersheba next Sunday, Prof. J. K. Vaughn, who has en listed in Y. M. C. A. work overseas, and who was to have left yesterday, received a telegram asking him to await here for further orders, due to lack of transportation facilities. Douglas Fairbanks at Prince Mon day and Vivian Martin Tuetday. Thei attraction for Monday 15th, at the Princess, is the man with the smile, Douglas Fairbanks, in a fast moving photo-play, "Say Young Fel low" a story of a newspaper reporter who always accomplishes his mission, though it sometimes requires much nerve and quick action The attraction for Tuesday 16th is dainty little Vivian Martin, in a de lightful pleasing romantic drama, "A Petticoat Pilot." It is one of those clean wholesome little stories for . . . ... fflVorite -tar ia. noted. the proram Tuesday is a Mac Sennett Comedy. "Love Loops T T oon It ig fuii 0f ejria and laugh8 And dont forget Constance Tai. . . Honevmoon is the feature attraction for Wednesday 17th. Purchase Tract of Land. Mr. H. T. Barber, a wealthy Ken tuckian. has purchased from Mr Alex Stuart, of Abbington, Va 20 acres of land south of Mclntyre several miles west of Columbus, the orice being $35 an acre. Mr. Bar ber expects to soon bring his family here to reside. , " Mr. DeWitt Morton, who for sev eral months past has been employed at Bush's Oafe, has tendered hi reRio-nation to accept a position as salesman at Hirshman's dry good itore. Mrs. F. R. Simms left Friday for Norfolk, Va., where she will visit several weeks. En route there she will visit "her sister in Cincinnati few days. Mr. Charley HartselVl friends re gret to learn of his illness the past I week. Mr. B. P. Ferriday has returned j from a week's stay in the delta. Mr. M. W. Erwin, of Crawford, visited the city yesterday. Miss Julia Lipscomb is visiting friends in Vicksburg. ) Read dvrtiint. MjL CAH'rtQNS 275- ROWAN VISITS HIS MOTHER IN LAUREL WILL CO TO RUSSIA AS SOON AS ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE. The Laurel Leader of the past eek contained the following item of nterest in reference to Captain E. C. Rowan, a brother of Miss Sarah Frances Rowan of this city, and who has many friends here: Ca"pt. E. -Cr Ale-wan, who was re lieved of his commission in the Na tional Army at Camp Pike a few days ago for having refused to give an or der which would throw his men with negro company, is in Laurel for a few days visiting his mother and other relatives, previous to going to Bogaloosa, La., to look after business interests. Mr. Rowan has no word of cen sure for the government. He sayr that friends have told him that his sacrifice has done more good than his service in France would have done. Negroes no longer are thrown with whites in drill formation. "Mr. Rowan states that he will go to Russia immediatedly, as he has business matters at Bogaloosa which wijl have to be attended to.but that he is studying the Russian language and otherwise preparing himself to assist the fight for democracy by helping e-organize the Russian army. "Following is a leter from the re mainder of Mr. Rowan s company riven him when it was learned that he had been dismissed, which show the confidence his men imposed in him Most of his men have been sent to France. "23rd Co., 6th Trng. Battalion, 162nd. Depot Brigade, Camp Pike, Ark., June 29. 1918. ' "Capt. E. C. Rowan: ' "The few remaining members of the 23rd Company are taking this op portunity to extend our deep felt sympathy to you, for what we con sider to be one of the greatest sac rifices that one man could possibly make for another, inasmuch that you laid aside all formalities and regula tions to uphold your principle, and retain the esteem of the men under your command; who as a single unit would in return lay down their lives for you and fight until the last drop of blood was shed. ' "And should you realize your ideas in regard to being a rervice to Russia and to the world we know that you, will show the world that what ever country gains your valuable services that you will stand out in contrast as a noble martyr to prin ciple and a leader of men. ' "Capt E. C. Rowan we wish you Godspeed and success which we all know is bound to come to e man that is a man. ' "Yours for the cause. "Signed by the remaining members of the company; many of them hav ing been sent to France." Mrs. Sarah Sheffield and Miss Ella Sherrod left Thursday for Monteagle, Tenn., where they go to spend several weeks. Mrs. Sheffield is president of Monteagle's Womans' Association. VON HINDENBURG REPORTED DEAD London, July 13. Field Marshal von Hindenburg, chief of staff of the German army, is dead, according to a P.euter message from Amster dam today, giving the Dutch Les Nouvellps as authority for the statement. Accordingly 'the Amster dam message Hindenburg died suddenlyias the result of o etmlro f -,! 1 nLn t, n ot interview on May 16 with the kaiser regarding the offensive on the westerii front. The interview took place at Spa. t THOMAS L BAILEY TO LECTURE HERE WILL DELIVER ADDRESS MON DAY AFTERNOON IN BEHALF OF WAR ACTIVITIES. Hon. Thomas L. Bailey, traveling examiner for the employment serv ice bureau of tie United States de partment of laior, will deliver an address in this dty at 3 o'clock Mon day afternoon. Mr. Bailey is conducting an edu cational and organization campaign throughout north Mississippi and comes to Columbus for the purpose of inciting interest on the part of her citizens n the work in which he is engaged. ITEMS OF INTEREST OVER THE COUNTRY Twenty-four fatalities in airplane accidents at flying fields in the United States for the three-week period ending July 6 were annoucned by the War Department. Marine C6rs, officers and men, now numbers $5,185. An announce ment Thursday from the marine headquarters jsays since July 1, 2,260 enlistmrit papers have been re ceived at enlistment headquarter, and it is estmated 3,000 rre pending at recruit depkts. Loss- amounting to $100,000 v ' be sustained by the Southern Metho dis' church 'from the brnir ' Juna'.jska Int. on their general as sembly grourds at Lake Juhaluska, N. C. Tuesday night Definite asiurances that there is no danger of a Migar famine were riven by the Food Administration the past week and the food situation general ly was declared to be better that at any time since America undertook iLe feeding cf the Alien worR Working- tr fighting! TWO PRISONERS ESCAPE JAIL HERE !ED williams and beverly BONDMAN OVERPOWER JAIL ER AND GET AWAY. Two negro prisoners, Ed Williams and Beverly Bondman, escaped from the Lowndes county jail yesterday afternoon, having overpowered Jailer M. W. Sharp when he went to their cell to give them some tobacco and having' walked ; clnl ,t -of., th .building. - Williams has a bad reputation and has deserted from the National army three times, having been arrested and placed in jail by Constable J. T. Rob ertson only a short time before he made his escape therefrom. Bond man was recently convicted on the charge of obtaining money under false pretenses and was given a fine and a short penal sentence. After having escaped from jail the negroes headed for the woods north of the city and have not since been seen. Situation Seriout in Germany. Geneva, July 13. The grea' achievement of America in puttinr n million Bohliers in France, and Germany's diplomatic failure in Rir sia, are the chief topics of converse tian in Germajny, according Jto r traveler who arrived from there to day. Strikes are now constant occur rences and frequently the poltce sympathize With the striker an' fail to suppress the recurring disor ders, it was stated. Only the rich are able to buy suf ficient food. The informant added that "Germany could not possibl" endure another winter of warfare." Civil Service Examination. The U. S. Civil Sen-ice Commit!5 i will hold an examination for Clerks and carriers on August 24, 1918 at Columbus, to fill the vacancies in the post office in this city. The examina tion is open to all who meet the re quirements. Application blanks and full information, including sample (tuestions, canbe obtained from the Secretary, I,oial Civil Service Board at the PostofFice here or from the pcretary, Fifth Civil Service Dis trict, Atlanta, Ga. Name Omitted by Error. The Commercial of last Thursday published a list of the honor rolls of four local churches containing names of young men who have enlist ed with Uncle Sam, and through error the name of Lieut Sam Kaye, Jr., an aviator who for some time past has been doing splendid work in France. Lieut. Kaye's name is on the honor roll of St Paul's Episcopal church. Mr. and Mrs. L B. Divelbiss and Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Peck have re turned from a visit to Sheffield Ala. Mia. G. V. Wilier and ML Kath i erine Waller, of Crawford, were vis itors to Columbus yesterday. i PASTORS TO BRING MAT TER TO ATTENTION OK CONGREGATIONS THE COST IS SMALL The Sum of $3G.50 Will Sup port a Child for the Period of One Year, To-day is "Bastile Day" in France and the anniversary means as much to the French people as the Fourth of July does to Americana. The day will be marked in this country by an effort to induce Americans t adopt little French children whose fathers have lost their lives on the field of battle. The pastors of practically all the local churches will bring the matter before their members to-day and will urge them to help the children of France whose fathers have fallen on the battle field. It requires J36.H0 per year to support each orphan, and those who are willing to pledge this sum are requested to notify Mrs. Gessner T. Smith, 1418 College street, local chairman in charge of the work. Up to the present time only four French orphans have been adopted by Columbians, two having beer adopted by the Baraca class of the First Baptist church and two by Mr? V, D. Sanders. i More than one hundred America- soldjera have adopted French or phani and are deriving a great den' f pleasure from the letters which they receive quite frequently from their little charges. CALL IS ISSUED FOR 12,153 MEN Washington, July 12. The first August call for select've service .-en was Issued today by Provist Mar shall General Crowder and is for 11,989 white men and 154 colored men having grammar school educa tions. They will be trained as gas engine men, electricians, blacksmiths. gunsmiths, automobile mechanics carpenters and sheet metal workers. Twenty-eight States are included in the call and the men will be mob ilized oh various dates between Au gust 1 and August 28. TO OPEN EVERY PORT IN AMERICA AFTER WAP Philadelphia, Pa., July 13. Every, port in the world will be opened after the war to American products, fair prices and fair play will prevail and our gigantic fleet will be util ized to serve the word in the most pretentious trade program ever de vised. This was the answer given by Ed ward N. Hurley, chairman of the United States Shipping Board, to day in reply to what the future heb' for the fleet now being constructed by the government Soldier' Rett Room. A rest room for soldiers has beer fitted up in the annex of the First Methodist church, and is attractive ly furnished, the equipment includ ing a piano, a victrola, comfortable lounges and chairs. A plentiful sup ply of writing material is constantly kept on hand and men wearing Uncle Sam's uniform are always wel come. The room was planned and fur nished by a committee consisting of the following ladies: Mesdames M B. Patterson, J. M. Morgan, J. W. Lipscomb, S. D. Harris. W. H. Car ter, T. J. Locke, Jr., W. C. Watson W. B. Harrington, Z. P. Landrum S. B. Street, Jr., and Sarah Shef field. Wilto Wire French People. Washington, July 12. President Wilson today sent a message to the French people on the occasion of the anniversary of the fall of the Bas tile, celebrated July 14. The text of the message has not yet been made public. Rev. Willette to Preach. Rev. Willette. pastor of the First Baptist Church at West Poin, wiV occupy theA pulpit of the Firt Bap tist Church this morning at 11 o'clock. DIFFICULT TO KEEP EI). WILLIAMS IN THE MILI TARY SERVICE COMES BACK HOME Leaves Post at Newport News 1 Virginia, and is Arrested Near This City. Ed Williams, a negro soldier who has deierted three times since be ing inducted into military service, was captured at Stafford, Ala., by Constable J. T. Robertson of this city Friday and will be taken to Camp Shelby, near Hattiesburg, where he will be turned over to military authorities. Williams, who is a Columbus ne gro, was drafted several months ago and was sent to Newport News, Vn. for training. He deserted soon af ter reaching the post and returned to this city, where he was captured and taken to Camp Shelby. From Camp Shelby he was sent back to Newport News, and upon deserting a second time was recaptured. He made his third getaway a short time ago and local officers were, request ed to keep a lookout for him. Af ter a vain search of the city Con stable Robertson located the negro at Stafford and he was promptly taken into custody. Local officers are continually on J the lookout for slackers and have been singularly successful In locat: ingr negroes who were seeking to evade military service. Williams was one of the negroes who escaped from the county jail yesterday f ternoon. Sues For $25,000. Mr. V. R. Wright, a machinist, has, through his attorney, Hon. J. T. Harrison, filed suit against the South ern Railway in Mississippi for dam ages in the sum of $25,000. Mr. Wright was formerly employed at the Southern shops and lost an eye as the result of an accident which befell him there on May 3. It if claimed that Mr. Wright, who has a wife and several children to sup- nort, is in danger of losing his other eye and that his physician has or dered him to quit work. Df Painter Volunteer. Dr. L. G. Painter, who for a num ber of years past has been head of the department of English at the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College, has volunteered for service as a Y. M. C. A. war secretary and expects to sail for France at an pariv date. Dr. Painter is a highly educated man and is well qualified by both temperament and training to discharge the duties of a war worker in the most efficient man ner. Cain Named Lieutenant. News was received yesterday from Camp Beauregard stating that Mr. Rigan Cain, a Lowndes county boy had been promoted to first lieuten ant. NEW INDUSTRIAL PLANT PROSPEROUSJ S. A. VINTON MAKING TABLES AND SWINGS AT OLD UNDERWEAR MILL. Mr. S. A. Vinton, who moved here some time ago from Michigan, has leased the larze building in the southeastern suburbs of the city formerly occupied by the Columbus Underwear Company and is manu facturing porch swings and tables He is doing remarkably well, havine recently received an order for 20C tables from a firm in Birmingham Mr. Vinton started out on a smal' scale, but the. demand for his prod ucta is increasing so rapidly that h will probably soon increase the ca pacity of his plant Lieut W. G. Chandler leaves to day for Camp Beauregard, after short visit to Dr. and Mrs. M. S Chandler. f