as we can get
J. H. Stevens & Son,
The Main Street Grocers.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Mr. H. E. McClure, the clever
and efficient superintendent of
the Palmer Orphanage, leaves to
day for a business trip to Hum
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
Selig shows a great line of me
dallion effects in lace and em
broidery, the proper trimming
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.
China Mattings that you usu-,
ally pay 121c to 15c for.
Very Heavy Chi
elsewhere for le
Good Quality China Mattings.
Credit store price, 18c to 20c.
Extra Heavv China ami Beau
ere at :v.
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.
, 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).
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
Imported Scotch Zephyr, in all
the newest patterns, regular 25c
Beautiful Embroidered Swiss -a
sheer white ground embroid
ered in pink, blue red and
black; regular 30c quality.
Another lot of those good Blea
ed Huck Towels: the kind thai
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.
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
Just received at Selig's a thirty-six
inch, eighty-four square
percale for 10c, a cloth worth
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.
R. IB. LEIGH.
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
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
A Suitable Lenten Gift or Present.
In Spring Cleaning, Painting
and Renovating Remem
ber We Have
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.
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
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
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
See Selig's imported French
zephers. Prices correct.
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