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Mb Every Friday as long as we can get them. J. H. Stevens & Son, The Main Street Grocers. Critz's Card. THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S RULING. West Point, Miss., March 29. j A special from Jackson under Judge Critz to-day gave out the j date of Sunday to the Commer followiner in reply to Conerress- cial says: "The opinion of At- From Wednesday's Paper. REGISTER AT ONCE. Attorney-General Williams has ruled that the August pri mary is an election within the scope and meaning of the con stitution and thinks that one has to be registered four months be fore to vote in that election. The Board of Supervisors of this county has ordered a new regis tration for the entire county. The State Executive Committee is empowered to order the first primary between the first and tenth of August. Four months before that time would be April 1st to 10th. If the primary elec tion is ordered for August 1st all who are not registered by to day, four months in advance, if the ruling of the Attorney-General is allowed to stand, will be disqualified; if the August elec tioD occurs on the 5th voters can register up to April 5th and so en to the 10th of April provided the election is ordered for Au gust loth. This is written to urge every man in the county to Register At ONCE. Delays are dangerous. The books for District No. 1 will be at Caledonia Wednesday night, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd and all who do not have the opportunity to register there can do so at the Court House in this city. The books for Districts Nos. 4 and 5 were at Crawford yesterday, will be at Artesia and Mayhew to day. The books for the re maining boxes of the county will be at the CourtHouse. Reg ister at once while there is time in case there is no escape from the law as interpreted by the Attorney-General. The McWilltams Case Compromised. The case of Mrs. M. F. McWil liams against the Southern Rail way for damages for the killing of her husband has been compromised, Mrs. McWillliams agreeing to accept five thousand dollars from the company. The case was tried at the last term of the circuit court and Col. Wm. Baldwin, who represented Mrs. McWilliams, succeeded in get ting a verdict for her of ten thousand dollars. The railroad company appealed the case to the supreme court and pending the appeal the above compromise was agreed upon. Mr. J. E. Murray, assistant superintendent of the Western Union Telegraph Company, with headquartersin Atlanta, spent yesterday in the city meeting the patrons and friei ds of his company here. Mr. Rupert Richards and his wife are home from their bridal tour aud are happily and comfort ably domiciled at the home of Col. and Mrs. W. D. Humphries. man Fox's open letter: West Point. Miss., March 28, 1903. Hon. A. F. Fox. West Point, Miss. Dear Sir MjT reply to your open letter of March 17 has been delayed by my engagements in the State canvass. I shall only answer your proposition to sub mit the issues between us to a special Democratic primary elec tion in Clay county. If it had not been for the facts of my withdrawal from the con gressional race m your favor in 1806, and, if your proposition had been made five months ear lier, it would have been more plausible. The paper you refer to as "a circular distributed through the mails over this State" is a copy of my open letter of February 17, 1903, which, as you know, was published in the leading papers circulated in the State. In corroboration of my said letter of February 17, 1903, I give the following statement of Judge R. C. Beckett: "West Point, Miss. "March 28, 1903 In 1896, when Hon. A. F. Fox and Judge Critz were rival can didates for congress in the Fourth district of Mississippi, Fox told me that he was not will ing for them to run against each other; that it was not of sufficient importance to him to make such a race against Critz, both being from the same county. My recol lection is that I suggested that it be left to the voters of Clay coun ty to decide which should run. and to this Fox replied he was not in fayor of leaving it to the vote of Clay county, but intend ed to leave it to Critz himself to say which should make the race. He said that the people of West Point and Clay county had al ways been united and that there was no matter at issue of suffi cient importance to get up divis ion and dissension among our people; and I believe he said he had rather withdraw himself tnau to do tnat or go into a scramble for the office. I then saw Critz and told him Fox was going to leave it to him to decide, and I advised Critz to withdraw, telling him it would put Fox under obligation to him aud be to his advantage in the future. Fox did see Critz and Critz did withdraw, but I was not present at their interview. All of this occurred in West Point. Critz being a member of the legislature, afterwards re turned to his post in Jackson. Still later, according to my recollection, I was going down from West Point to Jackson and Mr. Fox requested me to see Critz and say to him that his, Critz's friends in some, of the counties did not seem to know that he had withdrawn; and Fox asked me to ask Critz to publish a withdrawal. I complied with Mr. Fox's request, and after that Critz did publish his letter of February 20, 1896. (Signed) "R. C. Beckett." I have made a vigorous canvass of the State at large up to this time, at great cost of time, labor and money, and I have no right to ignore my friends and sup porters in other counties, if 1 were willing to do so. and I would not if 1 could. I am not willing to afflict my county with the factional bitterness which the primary election you sug gest would occasion. The only issues of importance to me are State issues and a State primary must settle them. I love West oint and Clay county and feel assured they will give me an in dorsement of which any man should be proud. I never have claimed that Clay was almost solidly for me, but even if I believed it was practi cally solidly for me, under the facts above stated, I would not consider your proposition. Very respectfully, Frank A. Critz. What Is Life? In the last analysis nobody knows, but we do know that it is under strict law. Abuse that law, even slightly, pain results. Irregular living means derangement of the organs, resulting in constipation, headache or liver trouble. Dr. King's New Life Pills quickly re-adjusts this. It's gentle yet thorough. Only 2oc at Chapman & May field's druf store. Ut's to Be jfount at . p. Brown's NUNnALLY 'S Cbc Best. A fresh Consignment of this Famous Candy Every Week. Try a box. The Greenville Situation. The situation at Greenville was further aggravated Monday night by an additional break in the levee below that city a few hundred feet above the LaGranere break- It soon washed until it was three hundred feet wide and it is now thought that the in tervening levee between this break and the first one will soon be swept away, which will open a crevasse nearly a mile wide for the waters to pour into the delta. All of Greenville with the ex ception of a few business blocks is under water, which is not of great depth, however, except in the low places. The additional break below the city has caused the water to rise and the inhabi tants are moving into the second stories in anticipation of more water. Little Joss of life is reported. The warnings sent out by the evee boards seem to have pre pared the people of the Delta and they had prepared to save hem selves and their stock. Last night the situation was not improved and the water in Green ville was reported gradually ris ing. Calac i ims. Laws. torney (jreneral Williams ren dered yesterday on the primary election law is causing much comment here. The opinion wil give much trouble in a great many counties. The attorney general noius tnat a man must be registered four months be tore tne primary election in or der to vote at the primary elec tion. It is contended here by many lawyers that the legislative intent was to allow qualified elec tors who would be qualified at the time of the general election to vote in the primary election This wpuld mean that if a man was registered four months be fore the regular election he could vote in the primary election. In Jefferson county the board of supervisors has ordered an en tirely new registration to be had in May, and many counties might desire to revise their registra tion books entirely by ordering new registrations. Under the opinion of the attorney-general, the registration in May would disqualify every man from voting in the primary. The new primary election law provides that "qualified electors" only shall be allowed to vote in the primary election. It is con tended here that a qualified elec tor under the constitution is an elector qualified to vote at the elections referred to and provid ed for by the constitution. It is also contended that a primary election, so-called, is not "an elec tion" withing the meaning of the term as employed by the makers of the constitution. The ques tion is a very interesting one." Jackson Special. This construction of the pri mary election law obtains among the best legal talent of this city, who adhere to the opinion that if a voter is a qualified elector for a general election he is entitled to participate in the primary to make nomination for that elec tion. The predicament which con fronts Jefferson county in which the entire voting strength of the county would be disqualified un less the board of supervisors can rescind their order for for a new registration and order the old registration books used, finds a parallel in Lowndes county. Sev eral months ago the election com missioners, realizing that the registration and poll books were in bad condition, requested the Board of Supervisors to order a new registration which was done. Since that time many haveclaim ed the privilege of registering, but about one-half of the voters of the county, relying upon the old rule of registering when the registrar visited their pre cinct for that purpose, have fail ed to exercise this right. To deny them the right to partici pate in the August primary be cause they have not registered and especially since they had no official notice to do so would be an outrage upon their rights as citizens and as men, and one cer tainly which the party authori ties in this county will not toler ate for an instant. However, it will be well for all who can, especially the people of the county who have awaited the visit of the registrar, to register at once in case the Attorney -General's Ruling is enforced. The August primary, the first one will be held between August 1st and August 10th. August 1st is exactly four months off from to day so if the State executive com mittee orders the election for as late a day as August 10th, the people of the county will still have ten days to qualify. They should register at once and at the proper time the prop er representation should be made to the State Committee with the request that the first primary be put off as far as pos sible. In the meantime register, and register at once. Tell your friends of the Attorney-General's ruling, urge upon them the im portance of prompt action in this matter. The registration books are open at the circuit clerk's of fice in the Court House who will be glad to accord you this privilege. Chat of People and Events. (Continued from Sunday's Paper ) The reception given by the ladies of the Presbyterian church to Mrs. Lyon of Nashville, and her daughter, Mrs. Eacrleton Smith of Holly Springs, was ioveiy trioute or oia mends to former residents here, whose lots have been cast elsewhere but who, through the years tha have passed since they left us have ever had a place reserved for them in our hearts. Friday evening the lecture room of the church was adorned with the sweetest wild flowers of early spring honeysuckle, yellow jes samine and boughs of snowy dog wood, which stood out again t a background of luxuriant palms and ferns, making exquisite dec orations in their honor and to greet them again. Many re sponded to the invitations gener ally issued. The elders of the church, over which the beloved and lamented Dr. Lyon long pre sided, were assisted in receiving by their wives, by the Rev. Dun bar H. Ogden and Mrs. Ogden, Mrs. Leha Sykes, Mrs. Watts Mrs. Ellis. Mrs. Sturdivant, Miss Street and Miss Ogden, while in the centre of this group were the honorees, Mrs. Lyon, though past her eighty-fifth mile-stone, remarkable in her youthful vigor and though wearing the silver livery" of age, keeping the sun shine of a nature that defies time. Chocolate and wafers were served throughout the eve ning which was distinguished by a musical program of exceptional charm and later by an appropri ate address delivered by Mr. Ogden in happiest style. Inter esting facts were woven in his listory of the church inaugurat ed with only eleven charter mem bers, and at the last a graceful finish was given in the presenta tion of a beautiful souvenir to Mrs- Lyon. It is gratifying to Columbians to receive evidence of the high recognition accorded Dr. Wil liams States Jacobs in the relig ious world. Dr. Jacobs was re cently offered one of the secre taryships of the International Sunday School Association, an offer that conveyed a distinct compliment to his ability, but was declined in order that he might continue his splendid work in Nashville. Mr. Robert Thompson leaves shortly for Atlanta to join Mrs. Thompson, whose condition is much improved, 'and as soon as she is able to undertake the journey, they return to their home in Raleigh, N. C Their Columbus friends hope to have them here again next winter, and to see Mrs. Thompson quite well again. Mrs. Phillips, of Atlanta, is the guest of her son, Mr. P. P. Phillips. Other visitors are Mrs. Meuninger of Charleston, S. C, who is with Mrs. Ann Franklin, and Mrs. Fant, of Macon, the guest of her relative, President and Mrs. Kincannon. A talk over tea cups is the in formal way in which a party of Columbus girls have been enter taining for a fortnight past. This week has been characterized by several afternoon tea-drinkings that have further established them as favorites. Vocal Recital at College. The vocal recital of Miss Mat tie Lou Brown's pupils at the In dustrial Institute and College oc curs on next Saturday night and a cordial invitation is extended the music loving people of the city to attend. For this enter tainment Miss Brown has had her pupils preparing for some time and a charming program has been selected and it is un necessary to state that it will be charmingly rendered. The re cital begins at eight o'clock and a delightful evening is assured. Mr. W. C. Robertson, of Fay ette, Ala., spent last Sunday and Monday in the city the guest of Mr. W. H. Brooks. Mr. W. D. Stevenson, of Cale donia, was in the city yesterday and paid The Dispatch a pleas ant call. Get your moth balls now to put away with your winter clothing. Chapman & Mayfield. At an elaborate banquet ten dered Secretary of the Treasury Shaw by the bankers of Atlanta Monday, Mr. John K. Ottlev, a former Columbian, acted as toast- master and introduced attract ively the speakers of the evening. Miss Mary Harrison, chair man of the Confederate bazaar committee, requests that all the contributions promised for the fair be sent to her not later than to-day, when a final shipment will be made to Richmond. The young people's societies of the various churches will unite on Friday evening and have a re ception at the Baptist church. The event is anticipated as one of the most pleasant affairs of the present week. Mrs. Yerger, principal of Fair mont College near Sewanee, left Wednesday to resume her duties there, after spending the winter vacation with Mr. and Mrs. George Banks. Mr. H. E. McClure, the clever and efficient superintendent of the Palmer Orphanage, leaves to day for a business trip to Hum bolt, Tenn. Mrs. Odeneal and Mrs. Flew ellyn Shingleur, of Jackson, will arrive soon to be the guests of Mr. and Mrs J. D. Odeneal. Mrs. E. B. Waddell's friends are glad to learn of her conva lescence from an attack of grippe. Miss Virginia Chapman is wel comed as a guest at the home of Col. and Mrs. J. W. Garth. Prof. A. B. McKay, of the Ag ricultural College, was in the city Sunday. Selig shows a great line of me dallion effects in lace and em broidery, the proper trimming this season. BARGAINS IN MATTING In order to make room for our New Millinery Parlors, we must get rid of some of our Matting stock. We offer them this week lor less money than you ever bought such good Mattings before. For the house-keepers who are preparing for spring cleaning these bargains are opportune. Note this, every piece of Matting in this store is NEW, fresh goods no old, dried out stuff that would be apt to break and wear out in a season. At ioc At jic China Mattings that you usu-, ally pay 121c to 15c for. Very Heavy Chi neat designs; elsewhere for le Good Quality China Mattings. Credit store price, 18c to 20c. Extra Heavv China ami Beau tiful Jap that st ap a ills e igs; the ere at :v. At 20C At 25c GRASS O ARRETS We are agents for the new floor covering called Crix Grass Carpet. Makes a beautiful floor, wears well and is inexpensive. We have the large Rugs of the same material at $1.40. SREGIAL SALE , OR WASH GOODS In order to swell our March sales we offer the following at special low prices for the first three days of this week (three days only). At ioc At jlc At 19c At 20c 32-inch Colored Madras in a large range of patterns: a regu lar 15c value. Neat and new designs in Zephyr Ginghams; sold all over town at 10c. Imported Scotch Zephyr, in all the newest patterns, regular 25c quality. At 22C Beautiful Embroidered Swiss -a sheer white ground embroid ered in pink, blue red and black; regular 30c quality. At 5c Another lot of those good Blea ed Huck Towels: the kind thai 10c elsewhere. Clinic RIBBON BARGAINS All Silk Satin Liberty Washable Ribbon, No. 40; value 30c. During this sale customers may have their Ribbons tied in our Millinery Department in all the new knots and bows free of charge. At 25c Ail Silk Satin Liberty Washable Ribbon, No. SO; both widths come in the following colors. Mack, light blue, navy, nile, apple green, heliotrope yellow, turquoise, castor, red, cream, black and white. Just received at Selig's a thirty-six inch, eighty-four square percale for 10c, a cloth worth I2ic. ...MILLINERY OPENING... We had hoped to have our Millinery Parlors ready by April 1st, but owing to the slow arrivals of freights and our desire to have everything in perfect order, we have decided to hold the opening... TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, ARRIL T, 8 AND 9 We will show the finest and most artistic Pattern Hats and Millinery this town ever beheld. We want to make this opening one long to be remembered. Dainty souvenirs are being manufactured and each lady customer will be pre sented with one. Souvenirs are for the first day only. Come and bring your friends. The Woman's Store. 1 R. IB. LEIGH. tig. Little Emily Frames Oillard Dead. Emily Frances, the eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Dillard died last Monday morning at three o'clock at their home in South Columbus, after an illness lasting only a few days. The little girl was taken ill last Wednesday and appeared to be doing well until Sunday, when alarming symptoms developed. Although the best medical skill was employed death ensued as above stated resulting from mem braneous croup. The funeral was held yester day morning from the home at ten o'clock, Rev. A. J. Miller of ficiating and the interment fol lowed in Friendship Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Dillard are heart broken in the terrible bereave ment which has befallen them and iu their sorrow they are sus tained by the sympathy of the entire community. prater JSoofcs anb Bibles A Suitable Lenten Gift or Present. In Spring Cleaning, Painting and Renovating Remem ber We Have Wall All sizes, All Prices, All Bindings. .For Sale at the. Prom the number of candi date whose names are mentioned in connection with beat offices in district No. 1 there will be a live ly political scramble in that sec tion of the county before the race is over. Yesterday it was re ported in this city that Mr. G. A. Pullen, one of the best and most exemplary men ot that section, would be a candi date for justice of the peace in the C. B. Stinson neighborhood and Mr. Van Wheeler, who was in the city, re-affirmed his candi dacy for the position of supervi sor, setting at rest some rumors which have gained circulation that he was not a candidate. The race is getting interesting in District No. 1. THE BOOK EXCHANGE, L. B. DIVELBISS. Manager. P a per All Shades, All Designs, :: All Prices. SEE OUR PATTERNS. W. M.MONROE & CO Citizen's Phone 240. Base Ball Decoration Day. Mr. Edward Harris informs The Dispatch that the Colum bus Baseball Club has arranged a match game of ball with the A. and M. College team to be played at the fair grounds in this city on the afternoon of Decoration Day. The A. and M. club is a strong one this year but the Co lumbus aggregation will com pare favorably with it in all the points which go to make a strong nine. There will be Cox behind the bat, with Law or Hickman in the box, a new man named Tay lor on 1st and Harris, the two Colemans and Wofford, Walker 'and others filling up the team. The game will be extensively ad vertised and it is expected that it will be played to a tremendous crowd. In order to insure delivery th same day all orders for whiskey. wines, beers, etc., must be te phoned us by 10 a. m. UOBINSON & PAUKKR, 20-tf. Carrollton. Ala. Fresh Saur Kraut at -4c a I and German Dill pickles at gallon at Silberbergs. 114 It Canvass cloth, oxfords in all kinds, basket weaves, etc., at Selig's. They were bought right, evidently will be sold right. Mr. Chas. Smith, of Artesia, was in Columbus yesterday. Mrs. John K. Ottley, Mrs.Per cival Smeade and little Passye May Ottley are expected to-day from Atlanta to be guests at the Gilmer. Mrs. Smith is niece of Senator Poraker, of Ohio. The party will be in this city for some time. Ye disciples, Isaac Walton, ha Our new tackle is here. X poles, sinews. Call at once. Mayo & Weaver. Now is the time Bug." 25cts a 1 man & Mayfield. to use "Kij Selitr's stock of boys is the nattiest ever sho Columbus. lothinj See Selig's imported French zephers. Prices correct.