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J. L. GILLESPIE. EDITOR. SUBSCRIPTION $1.50 PER YEAR. Entered at Greenwood, Miss., postoffice as second-class matter Exclusive Official Journal of Leflore County. Exclusive Official Journal of the City Council. GREENWOOD. MISS.. APRIL 30, 1915. A PROCLAMATION. Mindful of the benefits that accrue to a progressive community from an honorable, religious citizenship, and realizing that the highest religious principles are nurtured and instilled into the minds and souls of our people in the Sunday Schools, and believing and feeling that the continued prosperity of Greenwood depends in great measure on the religious ideals of its young people ap plied to the problems of municipal concern which are now being met and which will hereafter attend the administration of the city's affairs, I, G. L. Ray, Mayor of the City of Greenwood, hereby set aside and declare SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1915, as Go-To-Sunday-School-Day for the citizenship of our city and all those who, on said date, may be within our bound aries, and charge our people and their friends and the strangers within our gates to attend the Sunday School of their choice on that dav and mingle with the religious people in the enjoyment and prosecution of their Sunday School work. Done at the City Hall in the City of Greenwood, this 27th day of April, 1915. G. L. RAY, Mayor. Attest: WARNER WELLS, City Clerk. JUDGE REILY NEXT THURSDAY. Judge Marion W. Reily, the popular and brilliant Adams county candidate for Gov ernor of Mississippi, will speak at the court house in Greenwood on Thursday evening, May 6th, at 8 o'clock. Judge Reily's local friends and support ers have arranged for him to also speak on the same day at the following places and hours in the county: Schlater at 9:30 a.m., Itta Bena at 11:30 a.m., and Sidon at 4 p.m. Judge Reily is a eloquent and pleasing speaker, and discusses the issues before the people in a forcible and interesting way. His speeches are free from unpleasant re flections on his opponents—confining his efforts to placing his own platform and merits before the people, instead of the de merits of the other aspirants. The men and ladies are invited to at tend each of the above oppointments, and we hope large crowds will attend the speak ing at each place, whether they agree with the distinguished candidate in his views or not. BUSINESS LEAGUE ELECTS OFFICERS The Directors of the Business League of this city, at a meeting held some time dur ing last week, elected the following officers for the ensuing year: President, E. R. McShane; 1st Vice President, T. H. Baird; 2nd Vice-President, G. A. Wilson; Secretary, W. H. Hays; Treas urer, R. C. King. Executive Commiteee—T. H. Baird, chairman; G. A. Wilson, Jr., E. L. Moun , G. A. Wade, with the President and ecretary as ex-officio members. Transportation Committee—J. D. Dun can, chairman; T. H. Baird, G. A. Wade, W. P. Weaver, W. H. Hays. Auditing Committee— W. M. Peteet, chairman; W. L. Craig, H. L. DeLoach. Membership Committee— T. H. Baird, chairman; R. C. King, S. J. Stein. er QUIN WILL WIN" THE POPULAR SLOGAN. < » Hon. Hillrie M. Quin made a speaking tour of Madison county the first of the week, and informs us that he confidently be lieves his vote in that countv will be equal to the combined opposition. This is the kind of good news being daily received at his headquarters in Jackson, and is evidence that the "Quin Will Win" slogan adopted by his friends and supporters was not any sense a misnomer. " r:11 w: in any sense a misnomer. Quin Will Win because the principles which he is so ably and forcibly advocating are right, and because people know him to be upright ; ana clean, and that his electioi » , honor able and clean, and that his election will re sult to the best interests of Mississippi. the MAY DAY CELEBRATION TOMORROW. Greenwood will celebrate May Day to morrow, beginning at 9 a.m., and conclud ing with a grand historical tableaux and colonial concert in the Memorial Building at 8 p.m., under the auspices of the Woman's| Club and the J. Z. George Chapter U. D. C. Aii attractive program consisting of decorat-! ed baskets, better babies contest and field sports for the morning; and May Pole Dance and baseball game for the afternoon. A large crowd is expected to attend this May Day celebration, and they are sure of an in teresting and enjoyable visit to our hospit * -vu "Queen City of the Delta» " m ■ un : ,4% _ REDUCTION IN PRICES OF ICE. We direct the special attention of our many readers to the advertisement of the reduced prices of ice by the C. E. Wright Ice & Coal Co., of this city, effective May 1st, on another page of this issue of The j Commonwealth. • This splendid Company has been con tinuously in business in Greenwood for the past twenty years, during which peripd the City has never at any time been without ri ice or coal, while other towns have fre quently had their troubles on account of having either. The Company takes care j regularly of a large weekly cash pay-roll to their employees, they are extensive tax payers, they contribute liberally to all de serving causes, and the writer personally knows that no worthy person (rich or poor) ever suffered for either ice in summer or coal in winter, whether he or she had the money or not, when they called on these big-hearted people. He also personally knows that during these 20 years there has been a gradual reduction in the price of ice —the price being 75 cents per hundred when j we located in this place. j j It has been the purpose of Mr. Wright j for some time to reduce the price of ice as i soon as the capacity of the plant was iri-1ing creased. Recently the capacity of the plant has been very much enlarged, in order to take care of their ever-increasing business e which reaches out in all the surrounding counties, and the product from their several departments is recognized everywhere as the standard of quality, and their service is simply unsurpassed. Courteous treatment, prompt service and high quality, added to their rugged honesty and progressive public-spiritedness, entitles the C. E. Wright Ice & Coal Co. to the continued confidence and support of the people of this city, county and adjacent ter ritory, and we believe they will get it. LEVEE TAXES REDUCED. At the meeting of the Levee Commis sioners of the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, held at Clarksdale, April 16, the levy tax for the year 1915 was reduced fifty per cent. For the year 1914 the front counties paid an ad valorem tax of seventeen and a half mills and acreage tax of five cents per acre, while the back counties, which embraces Leflore, paid twelve and a half mills ad valorem and five cents per acre. The fifty per cent reduction applies to both front and back counties, and the levy tax for 1915 will be 8 3-4 mills ad val orem and 2 1-2 cents acreage in the front counties, and 6 1-4 mills ad valorem and 2 1-2 cents acreage in the back counties. The privilege taxes have not been fixed, but will likely remain as heretofore. Contracts for raising the levees to the amount of about $180,000 were also let at the meeting. The levees are reported gen erally in good condition. A NEW FLOURING MILL. A new medium capacity flouring mill is being established in North Greenwood, near the Yazoo River bridge, by ex-Sheriff T. C. Garrott. The buildings have been completed and the machinery is being installed this week for this modern new plant, which will be in readiness to handle the wheat crop of this season for the surrounding country. The Commonwealth is pleased to note the establishment of this much needed enter prise by Mr. Garrott, and hopes his example will be emulated by other progressive citi zens in different parts of Leflore county. W. E. ETHRIDGE FOR RE-ELECTION. The announcement of Judge W. E. Ethridge as a candidate for re-election to the office of Justice of the Peace of Beat 2 appears in this issue of the The Common wealth, subject to the decision of the August primary election. Judge Ethridge is now serving his people the second term of four years m that important capacity, and his record and fairness and impartiality in handling the business of his court is second to none. He is a good citizen, an excellent business man, a loyal friend, and his re election is a foregone conclusion. to in The Quin rally in Jackson on Thursday evening last proved a splendid success, cording to reports. The friends of Hon. Hillrie M. Quin arranged a big home meet ing as a home boost for his candidacy for ovemor and the big Hinds county court ouse was crowded to the doors with friends governor. He F. Watkins, president of Millsaps College, and enter tained the vast audienoe with a splendid speech" lasting more than an hour.—Green ville Democrat, 26th inst. » ac of this popular candidate for was introdneed by Rev. A. to at The magnificent introduction of Hon. C. Hillrie M. Quin by Dr. A. F. Watkins, Presi dent of Millsaps College, at the big Quin .rally in Jackson, on Thursday night of last ! week*, is published in full in this issue of A The Commonwealth. Dr. Watkins has known Mr. Quin since he was a child, and in- his tribute to the Hind scounty candidate for Governor is not ih the least overdrawn. Oiiin HMonn» AV«nr vrnWl nf if ■ I tfcs m ■ . >*: vJ&SU*. PASSENGER AGENTS TO VISIT GREEN WOOD. Mr. G. H. Bower, G. P. A. Illinois Cen tral and the Y. & M. V. R. R., has advised the Secretary of our Business League that Greenwood will be visited on Saturday, May 8th, by thirty-seyen passenger representa tives of the above railroads, who are visit ing important points in Mississippi for the purpose of getting acquainted with the ter ri tory through which their roads run in or der that they may be able, through personal not:observation, to intelligently present to the home-seekers the merits and advantages possessed by the different localities on the lines of the roads they represent, President E. R. McShane, of the Busi nes s League, has appointed the following committee to meet these gentlemen upon the arrival of the train viz. : Dr. T. R. Henderson, chairman; G. A. Wilson, C. E. Wright, A. F. Gardner, F. Herr, T. H. Baird, J. D. Duncan, W. P. Weaver, S. R. Keesler, W. R. Humphrey, e. M. Purcell, S. J. Stein, P. A. Malone, j The Chairman has designated the f ollow j j n g route, which will be adhered to strictly j by all the automobiles conveying the party i about the city and the immediate surround iri-1ing territory, viz.: From Y. & M. V. Depot up Carrollton Ave. to Howard St., Howard to Market, Market to Fulton, across the riv e r out the Boulevard to the Tallahatchie bridge and return. Over Humphreys High way to the old Itta Bena road and return, thence down River Front to the site of the proposed Paper Pulp factory, thence Strong Ave. to Williamson Street, Williamson to Henry, Henry to Fulton, Fulton to the Ice factory, (where five minutes stop will be made,) thence Fulton to Howard St., How ar d to Market, Market to Cotton, Cotton to Church, Church to Main, Main to Market, Market to George, George to the Depot, ing ers ing of The Vicksburg Herald has right recent hr -C • 4 - ly been waging a strenuous warefare against the wide open lawlessness in that city—re sulting in a request from the Protestant Ministers Astociation, backed by the law abiding element of the people, to the City j- 4 _ ui I Commissioners, that these disreputable dives ot all kinds be suppressed. Mayor ; Hayes and the Commissioners very prompt- j ly responded by issuing an order to the Chief f of Police to close all of these dens of iniquity i —and now the "lid is on" in Vicksburg, the j heretofore hot-bed of lawlessness in Missis- j sippi. We congratulate the Herald and its co-workers upon the effectiveness of their | vigorous campaign against vice in the Hill ! City. Mrs. vt F. Marshall, of New Albany, has given her friends notice that she is a candidate for state librarian. She is the fifth lady to be mentioned in connection with this, the only office they may hold in Missis sippi, the other four being Miss Mattie Plunkett, the present incumbent, of Leake county; Miss Etta Mitchell of Jackson; Mrs. Margaret Thompson of Yazoo county; Mrs. E. R. Glass of Winston county. Mrs Mar shall is the widow of the late W. F. Marshall, traveling sergeant for the penitentiary for three or four years. She has been teaching school since the death of her husband four or five years ago. The esteemed Gulfport Advocate wants to know how the several candidates for Governor expect to get all the votes they claim (over 1600) out of about 800 names on the registration books in Gulfport! They don't expect to get that number in Gulfport. Their claims are based on what they expect to get in all of the Harrison county coast towns- and our information is that Quin will get all he claims down there. 2 in We congratulate our esteemed friend, Major S. A. Jonas, upon the recent celebra tion of his golden anniversary as editor of the Aberdeen Examiner. May he live to celebrate many more anniversaries is the sincere wish of his legion of friends every where. _ The cotton, corn, oat and other crops in Leflore county and the Delta are making pretty progress, nice light showers of rain having visited this section the past week. The prospects are very flattering at present. Cashier R. C. King, of the Bank of Commerce, of this city, will respond to the address of welcome by Hon. J. B. Sterling at the State Bankers Convention to be held in Jackson, May 3rd to 5th. This world is filled with knockers, ac cording to the philosophy of Jerome, and nearly every knocker is looking for some other man to use as his anvil. of The Mississippi State Teachers Associa tion convened at Laurel Tuesday with a large and enthusiastic attendance. Don't fail to register prior to July 1st, if you wish to vote m the August primary elections for State and county officers. While walking in the sunshine don't forget that the shadow is only across the street f BILBO SEEKS TO FACTIONALIZE A REAL ISSUE. In a recent Bilbo Issue interview is the follow ing side swipe at Brewer: 'The ac'ivity of Brewer's appointee as Revenue Agent of the State in making that office an office of oppression instead of bringing the willful tax dodg ers to justice, as conducted by the lamented Wirt Adams, has convinced me of the necessity of add ing another plank to my present platform: 'To recommend to the next Legislature a law that will prevent a tax being imposed upon all products 'grown in Mississippi,' especially cotton held by our people on the 1st of February. 0 '* 0 Owner ship of cotton is only transitory, and for this and many other reasons, that I will discuss at length be fore the people of Mississippi, 1 am in favor of a policy of State that will give the farmer the full and complete fruits of his honest toil." Any comparisons between the administration of the State Revenue Agent law by the present and past occupant of the office are "odious" and mis leading. One worked, and the other is working, the back tax drag net according to its opportunities, and for their respective enrichment. Finding the fields over which his predecessor gleaned worked out, "Brewer's appointee"—who has learned the trade in which he haS shown such proficiency from the late lamented Wirt Adams, whose chief deputy he was for years—has simply exercised his activities in "fresh woods and pastures new." We had hoped that the cumulation of proof of the baldness of the provision of law giving the Revenue Agent big fees and the vicious back tax power, had created a public sentiment that would lead to its repeal-that it would be condemned on principle and public policy. The past twenty years operation of this provision, joined with the like con ference of a big fee drag net upon the Attorney General, has been of incalculable evil. It has shut out investments of foreign, and driven out home cap ital, far beyond the sums it has placed in the treasury For these reasons The Herald has urged re peal of back taxing and big fees by these two of ficials, as a vicious departure from the policy of lo cal government But the reform of the abuse is not to be promoted by singling out property of a single class, even if that class should be the tax ridden farmers, for executive recommenda tion of exemption from the operations of the law. Coupled with a factional attack on "Brewer's ap pointee," Bilbo's proposed discrimination in favor of cotton-which no more merits exemption from back - taxation than solvent credits, timber,stocks,inher itance money, etc.—is positively mischievous. Such a proposition laid before the Legislature would in evitably operate to deteat the enactment of "regula tion or limitations upon the excesses of power and functio " s extended to the Revenue Agent to protect I innocent citizens from unnecessary hardships and iUnreas0 nable oppressions," which the same inter ; v iew says is needed.—Vicksburg Herald. j f i j j will interest readers who believe officers in all tl e | stronger counties should be paid salaries instead of ! fees: L. ner the on SHOULD PUT ALL OFFICERS ON A SALARY BASIS. The following dispatch from Greensboro, N. C "During 1914 the Gordon act, which placed Guilford county officers on salaries, saved to the county $18,186.69, which goes to the road fund. Un til eight years ago the county officers were on fees, and the act has saved in the eight years something like $90,000 to the county." Listen also to this from the Memphis Commer a cial-Appeal: "Some of our able officials in Shelby county draw $15,000 net after paying deputies, most of whom are political or blood allies. Our courthouse is filled with cousins, nephews, uncles and aunts. If the men holding the various fee offices were paid a decent salary and the surplus in fees was collect ed and administered for the benefit of the county, we could add another month to our school term, or we could add 20 miles of pike every year to our system, or we could repair 50 miles of pike every year with the funds." Moreover, we not only ought to know how much we are paying officers we do need, but we ought not to be paying anything for officers we don't need at all. The people of Florida, for exam ple, voted almost overwhelmingly at the recent eltction to abolish the office of county treasurer, the decision taking effect two years hence. Other states would do well to follow Florida's progressive example, says the Progressive Farmer. For our own part we are just about convinced, however, that in simply proposing to abolish one useless office we are not going far enough. It be gins to look as if in the county as well as in the city we must come to the commission form of govern ment. _, of to in RED GUM FOR ITALY. Sixty carloads of red gum lumber, destined for an Italian seaport, will leave the plant of the Lamb Fish Lumber Company at Charleston, Miss. t today. Three special frieght trains will handle the ship ment, says the Commercial-Appeal of the 22nd inst. This is the largest single order ever placed for red gum lumber for export, and the largest single order of any kind that has moved across the seas since the outbreak of the European war. The previous export order for red gum was established last year, when the Lamb-Fish Lumber Company sent 30 carloads to Alexandria, Egypt. George Lamb, traffic manager for the Lamb Fish Company, was in Memphis yesterday and re turned to Charleston last night to assist in starting the rush shipment. He said the Italian sailing ves sel Papa has docked in Gulfport, Miss., and will take the cargo to Italy. It is not known whether or not the gum lumber was bought for the Italian government. All of the lumber is high-grade gum, such as might be used in the manufacture of gun carriages and other army equipment. During the last week there has been a decided improvement in the red gum lnmber business. The domestic trade is looking up, but the order for ex port came as a complete surprise just at the time. John M. Pritchard, secretary of the Gum Lum ber Manufacturers' Association, announced yester day that a big American kodak company in the last week had placed orders for 750,000 feet of red gum lumber for the manufacture of film spools. This company recently experimented with sev eral kinds oLwood and decided that red gum is the best of all kinds for the spools. Gum is just hard enough and soft enough for the complete film spool to be manufactured at one time by one machine. The order for 750,000 feet consists of a six months' supply for the one company. Thus, it is expected, a new and steady demand for gum has been opened in America. All of the lumber for the kodak company is to be five-eighths of an inch in diameter and of first and second grade. a f MISS GALE WINS THE COUNTY SPONSOR CONTEST. is a of e of The Leflore County Sponsor Contest, conducted by the Missis sippi Exposition Commission was closed April 15th, and Messrs. G. L. Ray, C. E Saunders and War ner Wells, the Committee ap pointed by the business men who gave the votes to their customers, were kept busy several days with the tedious task of counting the ballots cast in the spirited con test. The Committee concluded its labors and announced the result on Monday, April 26th—the fortu nate winner being Miss Rachel Gale, one of Greenwood's most deserving, popular and accom plished young ladies, who will re flect credit upon our city and county as our accredited Sponsor with the Mississippi Exposition party at the great Panama Expo sition in San Francisco during the month of August next. Miss Gale's majority over Miss Pearl McLellan, her fair and pop ular rival in the spirited contest, was 187,295 votes—out of a total of over 4,000,000 cast for the two —which evidences the high es teem in which both of these splendid young ladies are held by our citizens. Below is given the official re port of the count of the votes cast in the contest: Greenwood, Miss., Apr. 26, 1915. To the Merchants of Greenwood, composing the County Spon sor Contest: Gentlemen:—We, your Commit tee appointed to count the votes of the contestants in the County Sponsor Contest, beg to submit our report as follows: Miss Rachel Gale_2,130,795 Miss Pearl McLellan.... 1,943,500 Miss Louise Creegan_ 456,085 Miscellaneous 4,895 4,535,275 Total. G. L. RAY, WARNER WELLS, C. E. SAUNDERS, Committee. A The winner of the Sponsor Contest from Leflore county will receive from the Exposition Com mission a round trip railroad ticket, round trip Pullman ticket, dining car ticket on the giong trip, ten admission tickets to the Exposition grounds and $100.00 in cash. The business men giving away these votes were W. T. Fountain, H. & B. Co., The Commonwealth, Stein Grocery Co., Word's Smoke House, Stein Book Co., Delta Steam Laundry, Wilson Furniture Co., J. E. Dooley, W. M. Peteet, Crull's Shoe Co., for Grand Dame Coffee Co. A meeting of representatives of the above firms was held Tues day afternoon, when the report of counting committee was re ceived and approved; a committee consisting of S. G. Wilson, W. M. Peteet and Leon Stein, was ap pointed to notify the winner of the result of the contest; Chair man J. L. Gillespie was instructed to forward the official report of the count of the votes to the Vlississippi Exposition Commis sion at Jackson; a vote of thanks to Messrs. Ray, Wells and Saun ders for their capable and gener ous services was adopted, and a box of fine cigars was given to each of these gentlemen by the business firms represented as a slight token of their appreciation of the tedious duty imposed upon the committee. the of If or our we we the one be city for for The re All be ex last the six is has in CARD OF THANKS. To each and every one who fo kindly gave me votes in the re cent County Sponsor contest, I extend my heartiest thanks. I very much appreciate your kind PEARL McLELLAN. ness. -o CIRCUIT COURT TERM PRLTER MITTED. The May Term of Leflore county cir cnit court, which was due to begin next Monday, has been pretermitted by order of Judge Everett—a petition, signed by a large number of the citi zens of the county, having been sub mitted to him asking that the Term be not held on account of the busy crop, season and the further fact that the; dockets are both very light. -O Dr. Jos. Rennie and Mr. W. T. Fountain attended the semi-an nual meeting of the Central Miss* issippi Presbytery at Vicksburf this week. Dr. Rennie tieliverec an able address on <( Woman'i Work" at this morning's' sessioi of Presbytery.