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K * T» r v i :■*, PUBLISHED EVERY AFTERNOON EXCEPT SUNDAY i^ESPIE, Editor and Publisher kauiï 1 -NUMBER 209. UNION PI ■ ' "" " I'i ' 1 - SU BSCRIPT ION: fgHASSO.- xm a GREENWOOD, LEFLORE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 2, 1917. im m ■ m ■ h d C. CONVENTION OPENS A FOUR DAY SESSION HERE lagt Night's Welcome Session Attended by Large Crowd— President's Report This Morning —Tea at House-On-Nebo Ths Afternoon. Hie twenty first annual convention «(the . U, Mississippi Division of the Un 7, lighters of the Confederacy "° t nf1 i i„ this city at the First Bap tMehnrch last night, with Mrs. W. M. Whittington, President of the J. Z. (Morge Chapter of this city, preaid b. Addresses of welcome were de HnKd on the part of the city, the J. 1 George Chapter, U. D. C., the Hugh A Reynolds Camp, U. C. V., and the Mildred Humphreys Camp, S. C. V. was made by Mrs. Vir ■ The response rinia Redditt Price, of Carrollton, fl Resident of the Division, who at the B conclusion of her address was present ■ ed with a handsome engraved silver B vase from the Division, a string of B pearls from her home Chapter, and a j B lovely bouquet of flowers from the B Varina Jefferson Davis Chapter, of ! B this city. 'B The session this morning at the . Confederate Memorial Hall was chief B iy taken up with the enrollment of B delegates and the organization of the B Convention. The report of the ere- J B dentials committee was heard and the B n i| of officers and chapters was called. ! B The report of the President was the j B feature of the session. [ Mrs. Price's report showed the won- j 'derful work accomplished by the Di vision during the past year. One new ' chapter has been chartered and two■ uore have made applications for char- ] The educational work was dwelt : upon at length and it was suggested • hy the President that hereafter stu- j dents sent to college by the Division [ be either sent to the I. I. & C. or the j Mrs. Price commented with pride upon the fact that the South was the ! first to fall in line when the National , government called for troops in the H present crisis. j This afternoon the visitors are be-! ing entertained at a tea given by Mrs. ; D. S. Jones at the lovely plantation home "House-on-Nebo. ten. A. & M. The trip is being made in automobiles, the tea to be from three to six o'clock. The ev ening meeting will be taken up with a memorial service. Welcome Meeting Last Night. Mn. W. M. Whittington, president of the J. Z. George Chapter, official loitesses of the convention, called the convention to order last night at the had First Baptist church, the large audi torium being well filled with people. She introduced Dr. J. A. Hall, pastor of the First Methodist church who of fered the invocation. Miss Edith Cecile Rennie in her usual pleasing manner sting "Annie Laurie. and was tion. Miss Rennie is one of the most talented singers of- Greenwood and the notes of the sweet old sofig were even sweeter than they usually are. She was accompanied by Misa Baird. of Judge C. L. Lomax in welcoming the to visitors to Greenwood on behalf of the city government pqid a glowing trib- she ute to the Daughters of the Confed eracy and to their Mothers and ad vised the organization to remain un- ver ited in the future as they had in the ing Part. He turned the keys of the city , Mrs. «ver to the convention. she Mrs. Whittington then *introduced 1 » r. P. E. Schilling who in hi. usual 1 characteristic way sang, "Keep the Home Fires Burning Till the Boy. , Come Home." I Mrs. W. M. Whittington in behalf called - a*. «**«1 MMhhhhhhNhNIM^hlMhlfthhN SCHOOL CLOSES AT CARROLLTON Hvent Made Occasion for Patriotic Eight Two Towns. - The North Carrollton pchool closed vesterday with fitting exercises, among which was a preparedness 8nd P»rade and exercises at the school . building. The parade was unique in f8ct H* make-up. One of the school boys tapresented "Uncle Sem" and a little for ftiri played the part of "Columbia." Dne of the feautres of the parade was , "A Farmers Bit," a small donkey at- eta tahed to a small wagon which was Mid loeded with aU kinds of farm produce, tim« Mcepting cotton. Speeches were delivered by different the ®»«>. among the number Col. L - P- Yerger, of this city. The parade money famed f n North Carrollton and year marched to Carrollton, on the MU, ■round Court Square and back to year «wtb Carrollton when it disbanded. a hearty welcome to the delegates, Un- She spoke of the pleasure of officially welcoming them and knew that she Bap- voieed the feeling of every member of M. her Chapter when she welcomed them Z. as an individual member of her Chap ter and as a citizen of Greenwood, de- Judge S. R. Coleman, representing J. the Hugh A. Reynolds Camp, United Confederate Veterans, welcomed the the visitors, thanked them for their efforts V. to perpetuate in the memory of future generations the great deeds of the Southern soldiers and blessed them the for the humane acts of kindness to old and enfeebled Confederate Veter ans and their families. He declared of that while none would again establish a j slavery in the South he feit that the celored race was far happier during of the time when they were slaves than ! they are now as freedmen. When the . U. D. C. Convention was last held in this city, thirteen years ago, it was of Judge Coleman who welcomed them on behalf of the Hugh A. Reynolds J Camp. Judge Monroe McClurg was next ih ! troduced who extended a welcome in j behalf of the Mildred Humphreys Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. j He expressed great pleasure for the honor of being allowed to take part in ' the initial meeting of the convention and glowingly paid tribute to the ef ] forts of local Daughters who have made possible the erection of the Con : federate Monument on the Court House Green and the erection of the j Confederate Memorial Building, where [ the remaining meetings of the Con j vention are to be held. General Mc Clurg is an orator of rare ability and during the few minutes of his address ! held his audience spell bound, Following a quartette, "Bonnie Sweet Bessie'' sung by Mesdames j Miller, Lomax, Wright and - Miss Mabry, Mrs. Whittington introduced ; Mrs. Virginia Redditt Price, of Car rollton, President of the Mississippi of I to ed I in ry Division, ganizations for the glad welcome ex tended to the Convention and declared Mrs. Price thanked the different or that she was not surprised in the least, as Greenwood's hospitality has become famed over the state. She knew ,she said, that every delegate would have the best time that she had had at a convention and that she was proud to have the convention meet we in for here. Mrs. Price is from Carrollton and explained that as her town and county could not entertain so large an assembly, and as Leflore formerly was part of Carroll, she felt like Carroll was in part entertaining the Conven- | " tion. She declared that the U. D. C. were a band of patriotic women who | have organized to do honor to the | jcient the memory of the Confederacy. She told of the work accomplished by the or ganization and of what is expected | to be accomplished in the future. | At the conclusion of her response she was presented, by Mrs. Lloyd Magruder, in behalf of the Mississippi 1 J Division with a beautiful Stirling »il- I ^ ver vase, ingraved as followj:'♦In Lor ing Appreciation and Remembrance.", for , Mrs. Price was much affected when she accepted the token of love and ad- j P*°P 1 miration extended by the organization ! C8 1 which she ha. headed and in a voice of broken with tear* of appreciation she , th thanked them. .ulta. Before she was heated she was again ! tur8 called to the front of the rostrum to f 8 MMhhhhhhNhNIM^hlMhlfthhN GUARANTEE FOR CHAUTAUQUA UP Eight Hundred Dollar. Worth of Tick- ing of Money in Bank. 1 the The guarantee for the 1917 Chau tauqua for Greenwood has been rtised P°«ts 8nd the Chautauqua is now an assured . _ ; ._. . ed f8ct 11,6 t cket * were turned ovar trict. tb ® King's Daughters this morning ev for distribution. The guarantee, ports amounted to 1600 and to make that amount'sure four hundred season tieft* try eta had to bo sold. They have bMh a Mid Marly three weeks ahead of tho counts tim« necessary. the lie King's Daughters, if they exert liar the proper effort have a wonderful. opportunity to make a nice sum of to money this year. This is the fourth ; gaine year that the Chautauqua has visited ; in Greenwood and except for tho first year bas made money for the King's ! Daughter» every year. [ <ém "I THE GREAT AMERICAN SPIRIT m ,1 % I! v "''V' /mil & 7, fi w V g m V \ s m i ■ ■'.A ME . V (Copyright.) ! the in ef Declaration of War Against Germany the THIS DISTRICT IN GOOD SHAPE Did Not Badly Effect Federal Reserve District St. Louis, May 2—The declaration of war against Germany found this District well prepared against any ! emergency. In my April 1st report, ' I pointed out that the uncertainty as i to our foreigg^relations, had had a healthy deterrent effect on busbies* activity in this district. Business men throughout this district have discount ed the effect of our entrance into the European war and business in general I continues at a very high- level. Banks in the district, especially outside of the larger cities, are reported to car ry reserves in excess of their legal requirements, and there has therefore been no change in bank rates. Money continues easy. The cost of living continues to increase and the rate of increase seems to have gone up since we entered the war. For a number of years, the State Bankers Associations in most of the States in this district have carried on vigorous campaigns for diversification of crops. Farmers ;...... , | " thls distnet began to realize the I*"*" " dependence on one crop be | fore tbe " ar and f ° r 8 01 80 | <»f tbein have beer, »«mgr auffl jcient food products to care for their (wants. Therefore, on the whole, the people in this district, fully realize the industrial and agricultural de mands which will be made on this | | Country and there has been an intel 1 J Igent d j 8CU881on ° f 8nd " leans I ^ meet the demand. The present sup ^ foodstuffs and the prospec s for C JT " r8ce ' vln ^ tha !"«*» 1 consideration of all class* of j P*°P ,e ; ^ P re8S , 18 conduc * ,n * 8 ! C8 " lpa gn urgln * 8 la ^ e f P ro UC of food crops, and reports indicate that , th |* C 8 I |ÎP ai ^' 1 * rill _ h8v * be " eficla 1 .ulta. The State Board, of Agricul ! tur8 - Com««m»l Club., and other or f 8 " " 4 ®" 8 t * ,rou * hout the dl8 " ct lîTJÎSÎ^tiTÎ: pervtsion of the Missouri State Board liÄÄÄÄÄ 'conservatism, with a strong undariy ing feeling of confidence. In an effort agreed to shut down for tho period of the war. Since April 1 st, we have received re P°«ts from a large number of jobbers, wholemler. and manufacturer, locat ed In all principal cities in-this dia trict. These reports cover practically ev ery line of industry. Each line re ports heavy increase in business, un usually heavy ordefs for futurs doliv try an dsatisfactory collections, with a smaller percentage of past due ac counts than is usual at this period of the year. The retail lihes report sim liar increases. Prices of general mer chandise have gone up from month to to month, and it now appears that gaine which are reported by amounts in dollars are caused somewhat by the Increase in prices rather than by tho Incroase in quantity «hipped. There Contins«* on Page four) For ing so COTTON, GRAIN AND PROVISIONS New York Closed Twenty Points Down and New Orleans Eighteen Points Down. The New York cotton market closed twenty points off and New Orleans ! eighteen off this afternoon. Spots ' were thirty off at New Yo^k and six as i up ~ a of of at New Orleans. Saies ^890 bales. NEW YORK MARKET. Prev. Open High Low Close Close May 20.05 20.30 20.05 20.08 20.31 July 20 00 20.14 19 97 19 97 20.19 Oct. 19.31 19.45 19.30 19.31 19.50 j Dec 19.37 19.48 19.34 19.35 19 65 j Closed 20 down. New York Spots 20.50 —30 off. NEW ORLEANS MARKET. Prev. Open High Low Close Close 19.42 19.42 19.6Q 19.20 19.20 19.37 18.69 18.70 18.85 Dec 1&80 18.90 18.77 18.77 18.95 Closed 18 down. New Orleans Spots 19.75.—6 up Sales 1390. May 19.54 19 64 j u jy 19 26 19.34 Oct 18.78 18.82 LIVERPOOL MARKET. ^HEAT-Jul, CORN-July. US OATS-July . 64 6-8 1 Close. Prev. Close 12.56 , May-June. July-Aug. Oct-Nov... Spots 12.79 Sales 10000. .12.42 . 12.27 12.41 .11.79 11.91 CHICAGO GRAIN MARKET. Close Prev. Close 2,21 2.13 ,63 1-8 CHICAGO PROVISIONS. Close Prev. Close S. to be PORK-July LARD—July RIBS-July... 39.10 39.66 22.60 22.25 21.25 21,00 NEW YORK COTTON OIL MARKET Close. ...16.48 ... 16.12 Prev. Close. 16.13 July.. 16.83 Aug. . THE WEATHER Mississippi Thunderstorms tonight, j[ warmer. Probably rain and warmer Thursday. Forecast. pie I 1 UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WEATHER BUREAU. May 2, 1917. Local Data, Greenwood, Misa. For tha 24 Hovra Ending nt 7 A. M. pert Tamporatura: Higheat - 72 degrees Lowest • 47 degrees ions, At 7 a. m. -68 degrees - 0.00 inches I Precipitation • • River Stage.7 a.m - - - - 81.1 feet at Change in 24 hour« down • 0.5 feet and J. H. STEPHEN, Local Observer. give : If you an not using the advert is- sofa, ing columns of The Commonwealth— daily or weekly—yon are loeer, and so ars w« COMMISSIONERS WELL PLEASED Down United States Will Send Troops to France When Allies Supply Trans ports for Trip. ' ' (By Associated Press) Washington, May 2—French Com missioners today were given assur ance that the American government closed Spots six is willing to send troops to France when the Allies have offered to spare ships to trimsport the army arid équipé ment across the Atlantic. bales. Prev. Close 20.31 prospects. President Wilson will in 20.19 formally discuss the plans of the 19.50 j American expedition today with Rene 65 j Viviani, Marshall Joffre and Admiral Both the British and French Com missioners are enthusiastic over the Chocheprat, leaders of the French Commission. (GREENWOOD BOYS TO BE OFFICERS Prev. Close 19.6Q 19.37 18.85 18.95 W. B. Saunders and Leonard Opp, Cadets at A. & M. College Will Go to Training Camp. Two more Greenwood boys have been accepted for the three months | * 8 course at Federal Training Camp for ' Officers, to be located at Fort Logan H. Roots, near Little Rock, Ark., they are, Messrs. W. B. Saunders and Leonard Opp, both cadets at the A. & M. College this year. The young men returned home today and will be with home folks until they leave for 2.13 camp. Mr. Saunders stated that over 300 of the boys at A. & M. Co.llege have signed up for the course of training and will report on the eighth for ser vice. 1-8 man more lives. Captain Foley, of the Sixteenth U. S. Cavalry is now in Greenwood in the interest of the camp and will be glad to talk to anyone about it. He can be found at the Business League. EXPERT FURNITURE UPHOL STERER. Harry T. Penniman, expert Fumi-| ture Upholsterer, will be at C. E. Jordan Furniture Rooms, Monday, j[ ay 7^^, with the most complete sam pie line of upholstery fabrics and I leathers ever shown in the state. 1 Mr. Penniman will bring from St. Louis expert factory upholsterers and Judge guarantee absolutely perfect work manship. This is your first opportunity in Greenwood to use the services of ex pert workmen in this line. A specialty of fancy tuftings, cush ions, dental and operating chair up holatery, antiques, etc. I Please phone or leave your address the terday with of county. Court a thur the at C. E. Jordan before the above date and allow Mr. Penniman to call at your home with the sample line and give an estimate on making swell up : to-date pieces of your old parlor suit, sofa, couch, davenport or chairs. __ " were Take the Daily Commonwealth. VEIL OF SECRECY STILL PREVENTS ANY KNOWLEDGE OF MAY DAY EVENTS NMItNItN Officially Inspired Message From Germany Says Nothing Happened But Rumors Upon Rumors Tell of Great Strikes That Rage. l«NMMI«Hin (By Associated Press) Washington, May 2—Secretary Lane told the Governors conferring here today with the Council on National Defense that the government hears that four hundred thousand tons of shipping was sunk last week by German submarines, the de* struction of which he said, not only threatens the existence of England and France but is alarming to the United States. "If we do not fight the war on the other side," he said, we will have to fight it on this side of the Atlantic." hNNNhn AMERICAN STEAMER SUNK. (By Associated Press) London, May 2—The American steamship Rockingham has been sunk by a German subma rine. Thirteen men are missing. i (By Associated Press) Beyond an officially inspired dis- 1 patch from Berlin stating that no dis orders occurred in Germany during May Day the veil of secrecy which was drawn over the situation in the Central Empires remains unbroken as far as direct news is concerned. News dispatches from the German frontier speak of great strikes and rumors pile upon rumors in regard to the growing unrest in the Teutonic na tions but there little tangible on which to base judgment. Everything points to a crisis having been reached in the internal affairs of Germany and Aus tria, but the outcome is uncertain. The report that Chancellor Von Bethmann-Hollweg will make another peace offer lacks confirmation. I to Com The deadlock on the French fighting front continues. The result of the French offensive has cajissjJ consider able dissatisfaction and 'the'mirilriter of war will face the fire of a number of deputies when Parliment convenes. in the the SEVERE ATTACKS MADE. (By Associated Press) Paris, May 2—Several attacks by the Germans last night on the Aisne front were partially repulsed by the French with machine fire guns and grenades, the war office announces. ARTILLERY ACTIVE. (By Associated Press) London, May 2—Artillery was ac tive on both sides during the night between St. Quentin and Lens, the war officer announced today. tion kish war the GREAT DEMONSTRATION. (By Associated Press) London, May 2—A Stockholm dis patch says that the greatest Social shot ing | * 8 *- demonstration ever seen in Scand ' nav * a was held in Sweden on May Day. & TWO SHIPS SUNK. (By Associated Press) London, May 2—According to the Central News the Norwegian foreign office has announced the sinking of the Norwegian steamers Hecto-Ria and Langland by German submarines. The crews were saved. 147. be cellor peace fitting ceived SEVENTY FIVE IN APRIL. (By Associated Press) Christiana, May 2—Seventy five Norwegian vessels were sunk by Ger man submarines during April and more than a hundred sailors lost their lives. Adoo that larged of HARRIS RESCUED. (By Associated Press) Lopdon, May 2—Nine survivors, in cluding Captain Harris, of the Ameri iriVT^K 1 tative lAJiir CIlLlltEl county. UÜDC V|j'CT|i'Dn A V who IluItJj I LU 1 uIU/il I J. E. were Judge O. A. Luckett Spent Day in City in Conference With People of the County. tion in the Judge O. A. Luckett, a member of the State Tax Commission spent yes- j pecially terday in Greenwood in conference * n with some members of the Board of tbe Supervisors, and prominent citizens county of the county relative to taxes in the 1^.41 county. The meeting was held et the . ' andl Court House and Hon. J. G. Pleasants, | a member of the Board was elected ' going chairman of the meeting and Mr. Ar - 1 sion thur Bruce waa chosen secretary of Leflore the meeting. A number of witneem, wants country Those present composed a nprasen- M l v were examined. can tanker Vaccum, sunk by a Ger dis- 1 man submarine,, have been 1 —««d dis- making twenty, seven saved put of for during ty five aboard the vessel. Captain which the as German and to na which points the Aus Von another I Harris, third ihate Husted, a boat swain and six gunners were picked up by a patrol boat. EIGHTEEN OF CREW LOST. (By Associated Press) Liverpool, May 2 —Captain Harris, of the tanker Vacuum, reports that eighteen of the crew were lost and eight gunners. Eighteen of the crew were saved. Lieutenant Thomas was among those lost. A. Donald, C. J. Fisher and F. Luckham were also lost 8 . M. Loree died of exposure after landing. fighting the OVER MILLION PERISH. (By Associated Frees) Amsterdam, May 2 —A million and three hundred thdunmd Germans have perished during the war, according to statements of Joseph Maunan, form erly conservative member of the Rich by Aisne the and stag. NO TROUBLE IN NORWAY. (By Associated Preas) London, May 2—A Christiana dis patch says that the usual May Day demonstration was held all over Nor way. No reports of disorders were received. ac night war RUSSIANS LEAVE MUSH. (By Associated Press) Constantinople, May 2—The evacua tion by the Russians of Mush, in Tur kish Armenia, ia announced by the war office. The Turks have occupied the town. dis MANY MACHINES LOST. (By Associated Press) London, May 2—Compilation of the British, French and German minques shows that 717 airpianea were shot down on the Western front dur ing April. The Germans lost 369, French and Belgium 201 and Britiah com the the 147. POSTPONE PEACE SPEECH. (By Associated Press) Copenhagen, May 2—The speech to be made in the Reichstag by Chan cellor Von Bethmann-Hollweg peace has been postponed until a more fitting occasion, according to word re ceived here. on INSURE OFFICERS AND MEN. (By Associated Press) Washington, May 2 —Secretary Me Adoo recommended to Congress today that the War Risk Insurance be en larged to permit insurance of the lives of ^officers and men on merchantships. tative £ atherin ft from all parte of the county. The members of the Board who were P resent were Hon. J. G. Pleasants, Hon. M. S. Wilson and Hon. J. L. Montgomery. Tax Assessor J. E. Dennis and Sheriff T. C. Garrott . were also present. Judge Luckett is getting informa tion as to the various classes of land in the county and their values, also the values of personal property, es j pecially as compared with the values * n Quitman county, which ha aaya, ii tbe highest rated in the state .Leflore county land averages for assesament 1^.41 an acre, and Quitman county . ' andl $8.16. | Judge Luckett stated that he wee ' going to try to get the entire Commie - 1 sion to pay a visit to Greenwood and Leflore County in the near future. Ha wants to take his colleagues into the country and let them see for them M l v «t just whit a Delta plantation is.