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VOL. XXIV. NO. 103 COLUMBUS, MISS., SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 28, 1918. Smi-VVeokly, $3.00 Per Year. REV. LAWRENCE GOV. E. F. NOEL AMERICAN TRANSPORT COVINGTON TORPEDOED SCHEDULE FOR THE CONFLICT IS TAX ON EXCESS CONFINED TO PROFITS FIXED NARROW RANGE T0DELIVERTW0 TO SPEAK HERE SERMONS, HERE NEXT FRIDAY r I I ' 7 :vrV-V :. fffl . V . n TO PREACH AT FIRST BAP TIST CHURCH AND AT PRINCESS AIRDOME WELL KNOWN HERE Formerly Served the Local Church Here; Now Secre tary State Mission Board. Rev. J. Benjamin Lawrenctf of Jackson, Miss., will preach at the First Baptist church at 11 o'clock this morning and at the Princess Airdome at 8:30 o'clock this evening- ' Mr. Lawrence, who served for sev eral years as pastor of the First Baptist church here, is now secre tary of the Baptist State Board of Missions, with headquarters in Jack son. He is generally recognized as one of the state's ablest divines and is popular throughout the state. He is a special favorite in Columbus, an1 not only members of the congrega tion which he formerly served but the people or the city generally will be glad to avail themseves of the opportunity which his visit here af fords them to hear him again. Special music will be rendered at the First Baptist church this morn zing and at the Princess Airdome , this evening, and Mr. Lawrence will doubtless be heard on both occasions by large congregations. J AM KM TROOPKR ARMSTRONG. Here is an extract from a letter written to Hon. Leroy, Percy by Cap- tala K. W. Banks, funnily a pioutt- nent citizen of Columbus, which ex presses so well the opinion of J. T. Armstrong's friends, real friends, who knew him intimately, that I print it by request: ''Dear Leroy: "Ever since Trooper Armstrong's death I have been thinking of writ ing and telling you what a splendid fellow he was. Though he was your kinsman, I had seen much more of him, and knew him perhaps much more intimately. In every respect he was one of the best men 1 ever knew I loved him as though he was my cwn nephew (he called iae 'Uncle Bob'); just as if he were blood of my blood and bone of my bone. He was as honest as truth itself and as truthful as justice. And Brutus was not braver, nor Mark Anthony more loyal than he. I have always thought Lowndes county was the home of valor and virtue; I still think so, but NI want to say that never In my day has she had a citizen who was freer from guile, fuller of manhood, more generous to friends nor more Inde pendent of foes than was Trooper Armstrong. " KSHOU.V FAIR DATF8. The Neshoba county fair is to be held at Philadelphia, Miss., August 13-16. This information is 1 pub lished for the benetit of Columbians who may desire to attend the fair. 2 YOUNG NEGROES ENGAGE IN SCRAP DAVID V A U(l HAN HITS JOHN IIEXHY STAPLES Hf?U'Y BLOW ON HKAIL John Henry Staples and David Vaughn, both young negroes, engaged in a fight near the courthouse Fri day night, and Vaufchn hit Staplea a severe blow on the head, causing a wound whfch is said to be danger ous. Vaughn ca yesterday morning gave himself up tp Prof. S. M. Nash, by whom he had In on employed for some time past, and was turned over by that gentleman to Constable J. T. Robt: ton. who piped him in jail. Staples is at his home in North Columbus and is said to be In a pre carious condition. 1 MISS DUNCAN IMPROVING The many fritnua u al'ina Jose phine Duncan will be interested in knowing that she is much improved. ASPIRANT FOR SENATOR IAL HONORS TO ADDRESS LOCAL CONSTITUENTS TO SPEAK AT 10 A. M. Campaign Manager Says He is Being Well Received in This Section. Former Governor E. F. Noel, who is a candidate for the seat in the United States Senate now occupied by Hon. .tames K. Vardaman, will ad dress the people of Lowndes county in behalf of his candidacy at the court house in this city next Friday, August 2, at 10 o'clock a. m. Former Governor Noel, who is a veteran of the Spanish-American war, has since opening his campaign, delivered addresses at Camp Shelby and Camp Pike.where many Missis sippians are undergoing military training preparitory to leaving for France to join the American expe ditionary forces, and was well re ceived at both places.' He has more recently been campaigning in Chick asaw, Lee and Calhoun counties, and, according bo a statement made by W.B. Wilkes, his campaign man ager, reports from these counties are most encouraging. Governor Noel is being opposed by Senator Vardaman and Congressman Pat Harrison, and while both are at present campaigning in Mississippi, neither, so far as can be learned, has made plans to inclue.o tl city n his itinerary. Both Senator Varda man and Congreffeman Harrison, have spoken here since announcing for the Senate, and as both seem to be press ed for time it may be that their local constituents will not be accorded the privilege of hearing them again dur ing the process of the campaign. PLANTER BREAKS LEG. Mr. Collier Hardy, a prominent planter of the prairie section, had the misfortune to meet with an ex ceedingly ipainful accident last Thursday, having broken his leg. The accident occured while he was riding horseback, and he fell under the animal, breaking his limb in two places below the knee. He is doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances, and the Commercial joins his numerous friends in wishing him a speedy re covery. LIGHTLESS NIGHTS. , Fuel Administrator Garfield has issued an edict making Monday and Tuesday nights lightlesn in this sec tion, and the law goes into effect tomorrowj night. The law limits llumination to the neccessary street lights, and prohibits the use of either electric signs or lights in show win dows. Beginning tomorrow night,, the law will be rigidly enforced in Columbus, I WORKING FOR RED CROSS Miss Queen Heller of Jackson. Mich... worker In the department of foreign, relief, American Red Cross, r "u- .'M HE v.v. jr. . f . "V I : v J'. .:'... T , ' ;.... H,r .v mi. .'.'a L r-TS3--' -v. .1' trr Til. lihgjMayf ,uijf fro fc The United States transport Covington, formerly the liner Cincinnati, which was torpedoed while o'n 1U return trip from France. Six of the crew were lost MANY REGISTAANTS TO GO IN CLASS ONE MOHK THAX 3r0,00() YOl'NG MKN EXl'I'K(TKI) TO QUALIFY FOR IMMEDIATE DUTY. Washington, July 27. -Provost Marshal General Crowder re'-'-ntly in- I formed State draft executives that mo1 c thaa 10 per-ccnt of the 744,500 registrants in the 1918 class are ex pected to be placed in class 1 as phys ically qualified for general military service, and instructeu them to give special scrutiny to the report of any local board which fails to classify this percentage. This estimate, General Crowder said, is baed upou a study of the operation .jnf the draft.nd jthe only exceptions which will be recognized are in the case of communities having a large alien population on which they have released large numbers of the 1918 class to the navy, marine corps or emergency fleet. "The national average should be much higher than 50 per cent, be cause Industrial, agricultural ana dependency defermeuts and physical rejections should be ihucli lower,'' General Crowder's message said. NAVY BULLETIN PUBLISHED. The Secretary of the Navy pub lished the following in the Official Bulletin of July 6th, 1918: "To the Press in America: "The appearance of submarines on the Atlantic Coast makes it impera tive that no mention should be made in the advertising or news columns of the sailings or departures, or loca tion, or supposed location of any shii in Amerkan waters," etc. Emphasizing the importance of the above requests of the Secretary of ;he Navy the Postmaster General in the Postal Bulletin of July 22ml. !i'18, directs postmasters to "prompt ly advise all publishers within the delivery of their offices that this de partmentvill, after notice of these in utructions.i regard the publication of such shipping news as giving aid and comfort to the enemy." REST ROOM COMPLETED.' ine memDers oi ina committee in un t ti. o 1 1 u t, "t charge of the Soldiers Rest Room at tu f i .v. i- t i. v u x the rirst Methodist church wish to express their thanks and apprecia. noil to an uiiuruii nieiiioers ana (, , . , . others who have so generously aided in filling up this place. This room is provided for the benefit of all sol- ... ...u. and we will be glad to have all friends help us to advertise that this provision is made for their comfort. COMMITTEE IN CHARGE. LINCOLN RE-ELECTED. Hon. B. A. Lincoln has returned from McComb City, where he at tended the annual reunion of the Mississippi Veterans and Sons of Veterans. MaJ. Lincoln was re elected commander. of the latter or ganization. He has; made a most efficient eommander and members of the organization showed their ap preciation of his work by re-electing him. The Christian Woman's Missionary society will meet with Mrs. B. E. Seale at her home on 3iS7h avenue,! south. Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock.) Mrs. Sandy s circle will hare charge ( of the program. All members are cordially invited to be present. .':.'' I A WILSON DENOUNCES ALL MOB VIOLENCE SAYS DEMOCRACY MUST RK PRO TECTED AT HOME AS WELL AS ABROAD. Washington, July 27. President Wilson, in a recent personal state- . . . .. . ' men, denounced mob spirit and mob action, called upon the nation to show the world that wbile it fights frtw danutpvurv fin tftrt fn flplHa i . is not destroying democmoy at home. The President referred not alone to mob action against the suspected ene- my all na or enemy syujiathiisers; he denounced most emphatcally mob ac- tion of all sorts, especially lynching, and while he did not reler specifically to lyuchings of negroesin the south, his characterization of njy spirit waa' "a blow at the hi art o an! Immune justice it is known that thejlynchings of nrcroej, as will as atlaji ;s upon thoiie . thizer.i, have be:?n u:,u by German propaganda throughou! Central and 3uui.il auiwiia, as iiniau uuiujib, iu contend that tho. prete slonu of the Lnited States na a rhimpion of de mocracy are a sham. Deeply concerned bythe situation, the President decided o address his fellow countrymen an to derlare that "every mob contrhutes to Ger man lies about the Unitd States wliat her most gifted liars ennot improve ipon bv way of calumrf." s:vj?( cua or being eneijiea or sympa-.inaT WII I 1AM I WATTOY I an(1 Artcraft producUonrpro fTlLLmlfl J. Utl IV A duced bv the world fam.d trni.lu,. t IS CALLED B1 DEATH POl'l L'.l; MAIL CAIMIER PASSHM. t AWAY AT HOME V NORTH EI.E ENTH KT EET. Mi'. Wm J. Matfcoidied at his home, 912 North Elfenth street, I . I ' Thursday, his death hfing resulted rom tuberculosis. Mi Mattox had ifor many years pasfen employed .. ,L ,, , as ma'l carrier andhas we 1 and , , , .L. I ... iiavoraoiy Known vnrouioui me city. ( 45 J ' I wi(,lH . i . ... son. ueceasea ras (jiawa or ' .2 , I iciiiuii, titx., aim u uuuy was taken Ho that town for .terment. Mr. Mattax was i member of Union Lodge No. 35, 10. O. P., of :i 'A. ,this city, and the fopwing mem bers of the lodge actnpained the body to Vernon: Messi J. S. Cook, E. E. Chappell, J. B. ove, R. M. Nickels, L. W. Richfdson, J. B. .Williams, S. M. Nash a! A. E. Love. First MethodiNt Cliuh To-Day Sunday School, at li5 Preaching at 11 ofock, by the pastor. Subject, "The Crime Neutrality.' Night service at th Airdome be-' gins at 8:30 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. G. Wfeherman are Iln receipt of a cablegii from their uieui. iiugn n.fieiman. an- flouncing uis Bare arna over mere. Mr. B. F. Midyett, flistr:nt ticket) agent at the M. and depot, haa returned from a visit I relatives in I Kenton, Tenn. n I A. . MM V . r 4 f ' -i i A 1 V v- f If I Ml REEVES BRINGS IN FIRST OPEN BOLL M I.I-.MMD CONDITION' Ol' ( Rtll'S THIlOKillOUT COUNTY IN DICATES RIO YIELD. The first boll of new cotton to reach Columbus this season has been brought in by Mr. C. R. Reeves from . , , . , . . , a Kianwtuuii, wiiien is Kxateu alxut, five miles west of Coumbus. The w.jr iui iucu aiiu riiuws no s of havin been attacked by " 'naecu are pres- cnt ,n 8ome fiel(is: but. 80 f R can 1,6 nsrertained, none have been seen ,n that Portin the county west of he Tombigbee river, iU which Bectin Mr. Reeves' plantation is lo- 1,11 llrnmilL TL 1 A ,cated. The weevils, which are present in rordsred law,'' 0,II numoers, nave done no extensive damage to cotton, and the rroP 'n the territory contiguous to Columbus promises to be the largest '.i . i nas neen harvested m manv years. Corn is in an unusually fine condition, while less important crops ruin us sweei potatoes Forj.:niim and other products are maturing satisfac torily, and abundant yields are promised. "Old Wivei For New" and "L Toic" at Princeu Monday and Tuetdajr. The attraction at the Princess for Monday 29th, is Cecil U. DeMilles big production of David Graham Phillips remarkable story "Old Wives For "Carmen" "The Cheat" "Woman Cod Forgot" and many other noted pro ductions, this is a lavishly staged production, that has beenpraised very highly in the larger cities. The attraction Tuesday 30th, is a big lavish production of Victorien Sardou's world famed onora "La Tosca' with the noted screen star Pauline Fredrick, this is n story that 113 ww weil Known 10 ne(V(1 any conr- i, i imen" ni e sUr coul,, not hav'' t Vii. ' , . jult:n oeiltr "e'ecwa. Also on the sr.me program one of 'hose Mack Sennet lauh festr,, "Ladies FiMt" rhnrk full nf B(1,es rirst cnu rul ' pretty nirl And Mnh Girls and laughs. The program f Wednesday 31st is Alice En.dy, in"Women and Wife" p modern adaptation of the famous story "Jane" Eyre" which has been read by housands.' FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH o.jnTi, c...i.... oi., 9:30 The Sunday School. 11 :00 Morning worship. Sermon on "The Challenge to Faith" (Luke 18:8) 7:30-;. E. Society. 8:30 Union Service at the Air don. R. EXCELL FRY, Pastor. Miss Frankie Bishop left yesterday for Birmingham, whore ahe goes to visit relatives. She will later go to Moiit-agle, Tenn., where she will visit Miss Pennell. Miss Lillian Wood will spend the next few weeks with her aunt Mrs. j. M. Wood, at Blue Springs. She w,u iater visit Mrs. A. G. Pavne in Greenville Mr. Davis Patty, who "is now at Camp Shelby, has many friends who will be interostrrf in Wo-int- tht h has been made a corporrJ. TO YIELD $U;i0,ii()(Mio DUKINO THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR FIX SLIDING SCALE Rates Same Afi Those Previ ously Tentatively Apned Upon by Committee. Washington. July 27,---The way and iiK'ans eriiiiinHn'f hai formnll) adopted fur the new revenue' hi Ik ;t fehedule nf excess profits taxes, estv mated to yield $ 1 . !M , 0 ' MJ , i (I o ilunns the next l"i:i-al year. It was alo do oided (hat in levyini; these taxes pre var profits u'f lite corper.it ions would ije Vilin-ly ignored anil the . inn 'ill he collected mdoly upon th :u t income lor tin t;ix;l.. year. - Tho first of these decixion-, both ol which nve of itiipoit'tiice in Hie gum eral framing of tho hill, was reached after the cotuniiilee had heeii ad- used l,y Ireusury exp'U'tMl that -it would he unwise to attempt plaeint any heavier burden on Aniet ii:au btiM inesH than tho rates adopted wilt im poHC The necond deci.-sioii ineaiii ihat corporations ami or.i.aiii.. d lusl aess generally vs iil pay only on what is: made during the year, v.iihoitl ie- ;ard to w lift er Ihe-e profit nr ;:reater or less than (hey were bei'orw diis country entered the war. The rates will be as follows: Tin rty per rejjt on the net Income in excess of exemptions and not In xcess of H) plf cen of (lie act in i'onio; ull per cent in ccch of 2o p"t cent of the net leeome and not ta vx .'"s of 25 per ren(; 0i) per cent r,i I. ho net ir.coiup in exces-i of a a per cent. The rates ;ne the ;:anie a a thoiie (cntafively ai'i'd to i the commit tee. The exemption will lnj $2,000 pliiH in per cent on (ho amount ot invested capital. DRAFTEES TO LEAVE. Eleven special :md limited ser vice men mm this county have been ordered to entrain Monday for Van couver Uarrfctks, whero they k to assist in the work o jrettiiu; out tiniherfor airplanes. Tho party will he made up of the following younvc men: Mewrs, Jay AMridtfe, Ceo. Morris Locke, Sidney ,V wh, Vjt, Hunt Suflivan, Joliti MatUicwn Chihlen, Walter II. Gilbert, .lames dorm:!?) Krrnum, John Mcpherson, 'anus drover Uarrow i inl.Iolin Codd. They will leave over the Mobile and Ohio railroad at .'1:20 oVock to morrow afternoon. COMMANDER OF THE COMFORT' 1 .j 5 3 i 1 K I'-' i i 1 v, if - I.. . ... r gfjif , (-- This is Charles JIaldon Oman, com luandlns; ottieer of the American hos pital ship Comfort which the govern ment planned to semi across tho At lantic without convoy to test Oer- w,nT-' nc'.oe V.v T ..I f-.- . bleni. The plau may bo abandoned, sluee the Ocraians rvcenUy sunk a Canadian hospital ship. 9 r 3 - ''I V''A t . i . y . FIGHT I NO ON FRENCH FRONT DWINDLES DOWN NO BIG BATTLES Operations Are Restricted to Kntfatfements of Minor Im porta nee." raris, July 27. -By thru.' ting vieurously north of the M.irnc the Fiench have advanced their lines to the north of Port-a-Bin?on, the war office announced today. At the same time the French advanced in the Champagne dis trict east of liheims, advancing their front about one kilometer on a front of three kilometers. The communique described the fiuhtiiiK in the Champagne area as a "local operation," but 200 prisoners were taken there, seven ef them beins officers. vPort-a-Binson lies on the sou tltern bank of the Mai ne in the zone just south of Chattillon-Sur-Alarne. It is between 1G and 17 miles ea.t of Chateau-1 hierry. The Germans in that region have boen making desperate efforts to retain their footing on the right tiunk of the river.) 'toe U'xt oi the communique fol lovvi,; "Uo the ritfht hunk (northern ?idc) of tho Maine river French tr'wpa have pu.sheil their lines for 'nrd to the north of Purt-A-Uinson'. -. In tho Champagne district by neans ef f. local operation we advanced aiutk of Mount Sanson. The ad uiiee reached a debth of about one kilometer over a front of three kilo meter. Two hundred prisoners were taken of whom seven were officers." London. July 27. Only raids and artillery firing wa.i reported by the British war otlico today. The O'ermnn batteries were active 'ti the Sommo and Anero valleys .'.idle raid-: were conducted in the iiitrict between Saiily and Lens. The official report reads: "ihirhur the nic.ht our raiding party entered the enemy's lines in the neighborhood of Sr.lly, Lourette N'euville Vita-su Arl aux-enCichelle nnd Lens and brought hack several tirisoners. Hostile artillery was ac tive durinir the nivrht in the Somme A ne re sectors and thero was also Home activity by the German artillery l ire in the sector of La Basse Canal." NEGRO DIES SUDDENLY. John Curry, an aed neirro who resided (on the plantation of Mr. K. I). Krvin in the Green Hill bridge neighborhood, died suddenly yester day morninjr, having expired just as he Ftepped out under a shelter to wait until rain hail ceased falling. He was an unusually sober and in '.ustrious neyro, and his death is re cretfed by all knew him. CONFIDENCE VOTE GIVEN PRESIDENT ii: r i:dhc oc Mil l km . AOal'TliD KKSOI.CTIONS AT ATLANTIC t ITV MH.TINt;. Atlantic City, N. J.. July 27. Con fidence in l'fo.-iilent Wilson's fair ness In the Irish situation was ex pressed in a resolution adopted re cently hy the national directors of the Ancient Order of Ui'-eiutmris, ia session here. The resolution, a copy of which was sent to the President, reads: "We rest satisfied and have the greatest faith in your judgment. Your oft-repeated assertion that 'small na tions he allowed the right of self determination' encourages us. Your statesman knowledge of Ireland's his tory and her national aspirations make us feel assured that the situa tion will be dealt with justly at the final reckoning at th end of the war."