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I ! NEWS OF THE WEEK : HAPPENINGS IN OUR OWN AND OTHER COUNTRIES BRIEFLY TOLD, in en SHORT ITEMS FOR BUSY MEN the J. in of i to i S. Re Week's News Condensations viewed Without Comment—All Nations Find Something to Edify and Instruct. Tnmates of the state prison at Charlestown, Mass., were allowed for the first time to read the Sunday pa pers in their cells. , Mies Reynolds, 53 years old, died | from anthrax which he contracted to while at work in a leather manufac turing plant at Uloversville, N. Y. ed is The body of Adolph Pegoud, the brother of the celebrated aviator who was killed in action six months ago, was found hanging from a tree in the vicinity of Versailles. * * • Four million new bank notes made in the United States have been placed in the Mexican treasury. • • • The second special session of the Illinois legislature was ended when three members of each house met on the 14th and adjourned. * * Fire destroyed most of the town of Shelbyville, Del. Many families were made homeless. Census bureau experts estimate the population of the United States on Jan. 1 was 101,208,315, and that by July l it will be 102,017,302. 1 last year it was estimated at 100,- • 399,318. * • • Former Premier Venizelos of Greece has decided to return to active po litical life, becoming a candidate for a vacancy in the chamber of deputies. • • • Morse hall, erected in 1890 and con taining Cornell university's valuable chemical laboratory, was destroyed by fire. On July i w The first call for the married men who enlisted under the Derby scheme, the London Daily Mail says, will be Issued in about a month. • ft ft Withdrawing the previous plea of not guilty, the glove-making firm of Fownes Bros. Co. of London pleaded guilty to the charges of trading with the enemies of England. * The Marquis of Bath has received word that his. eldest son, John Alex ander. 2.1, Vlscqunt pf Weymouth, Jm«l been killed In action. • • * Marjorie Sterrett, the Brooklyn girl who started a contribution to build a battleship for the United States navy, bag" received a letter from Josephus Daniels, returning her KT-cent contri bution. A -, \ •. • + • About 25 stokers at the John A. Itoeblins Sous plant, Trenton, N. J., . refused to go to work because their demands for more pay and shorter hours had been declined, and as a re sult the plant, employing about 6,000 men, was closed. v , * • • Crossed wires caused a $50,000 fire ' in the forge department of the Can ,, ada Car and Foundry company, at Montreal. * * Jewelry valued at $8,000 was stolen from the traveling case of Ira Rosen, traveling for a Buffalo, N. Y., con cern. I The new flood control committee of the house left for a week's tour of in spection in the Mississippi flood dis trict. They will go first to Cairo and will proceed through the flooded area by boat. • • • Marvin Harris, a negro, accused of killing an aged farmer, was lynched near Macon, Ga. * • • A joint resolution authorizing the submission of a woman suffrage amendment to the stabe constitution was adopted by the Oklahoma house of representatives. • • • Miss Hazel Scott, who has been liv ing in Des Moines several months, was arrested and will be taken back to Princeton, Mo., to face a charge of having murdered her baby. ft Shipments of liquor from outside the state to any person in Mississippi will be limited to one quart of whisky ai# 24 pints of beer each 15 days if the house concurs in the senate bill. The first snow of the season fell in Paris Feb. 10. ft ft ft The senate has passed the bill al lowing senators and congressmen to appoint three naval cadets instead of two. Announcement of a 6 per cent in crease in wages for Its 1,000 em ployes was made by the American Iron and Steel Manufacturing com pany at Lebanon, Pa. A string of pearls said by New York newspapers to be worth $1,000,009 and containing 60 gems was entered at the custom house. • • • Alexander T. Vogelsang of San Fractsco waa nominated by President Wilson as solicitor of the department of the interior. • • • William Dean Webb. 82 years old, first city attorney of Minneapolis, and judge of the district court, is dead at • .« The Kanaaa oil inspection foe law held to ho unconstitutional by the mg supreme court mre fa «mue of toe the p -«■ < Creation of a national Hawaiian park including the crater areas and natural wonders of the islands and I volcanoes is proposed in a bill intro ! duced in 1.he lower house by the com mittee on public lands. * * O The Russian government has pro hibited the importation of bound books. : It is rumored that I. T. T. Lincoln, former spy, who escaped from custody in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, is now en route to Europe. * Charged with forcing their two chil dren, 6 and 7 years old, to remain in the cold until their feet were so badly frozen that amputation was necessary, J. A. Clark and his wife, negroes, are in jail at Bristol, Ok. • • • Pope Benedict has appointed the RL Rev. John J. Lawler, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of St. Paul, Minn., i to be bishop of the diocese of Lead, i S. D. Representative Cary of Wisconsin , has introduced a resolution for the | transfer of the United States capital to Milwaukee. A companionship which began in childhood, 70 years ago, has just end ed in the death of Nathan and Sarah Mendenhall, pioneer residents of the Quaker community near Georgetown, 111., who died only 45 minutes apart. • • • Charges of violating election laws made against more than 140 persons who served on election boards at Pittsburg last September have been withdrawn by order of District Attor ney R. H. Jackson. * • ft Eugene Ellison, president of the In surance Company of North America, is dead at Philadelphia. He was 71 years old. • • ft Willis L. Black, 61 years old, busi ness manager and half owner of the Elgin (111.) Daily News, is dead at his home. • Two young women, Misses Agnes i and Ruth Angedahl, 19 and 17 years old, respectively, have entered in the annual ski tournament at Cary, 111. • « » The English steamship Clematis, outbound for Rotterdam with wheat for the Belgian relief commission, was rammed in Galveston channel by the Morgan liner El Monte. Both ships docked. ij. Mary Aderson (Mme. de Navarro) is to appear on the stage again, having promised to take part March 7 at the Theater Royal, Worcester, in "Comedy and Tragedy." ft ft ft Lieut. Berg, commander of the Ger man prize ship Appam, announces he w r iU give to the American Red Cross "mite" boxes found aboard the ship and containing $75,000. * Prince Oscar of Prussia, fifth son of Emperor William, has been slightly wounded. One person was % killed and 10 seri ously "'hurt at Wëst Wheeling, Ö., when a street car was struck and de molished by a Pennsylvania railroad engine. • • • According to the Hamburger Nach richten, Burgomaster Max of Brussels, who has been kept In prison by the Germans since the early part of the war, is soon to be released. • • • One young woman was burned to death in her bed and six other girls and two men were injured by jumping from second-story windows of the Hammond roadhouse at Burnham, 111. • • • Newspapers report tbat the Russian government has decided to issue a new loan of 2,000,000,000 rubles at 5 per cent. A resolution to authorize President Wilson to negotiate with Mexico for the purchase of Lower California was presented to the house by Representa tive Randall of California. President Wilson has commuted to tw<§ years the five-year sentence of W. P. Phillips, an officer of the Vinita (Ok.) National bank, for making false entries in a report to the comptroller of the currency. • • • Decoration of the silver and gold honor badge of the Scottish "Black Watch" regiment has been conferred upon Mrs. William R. Taylor of Phila delphia "in recognition of her kindly act in writing to British soldiers In the trenches." • • • Frederick W. Jordan, formerly a member of Company E of the First Missouri Engineers in the Civil War, is dead at the national military home, Danville, 111. to of ft • ft • The scarcity of rubber elastic has caused all the garter and suspender factories in Austria-Hungary to close down, as well as most of those in Ger many. * • • The English board of trade is tak ing steps to mobilize a sufficient num ber of women to work the land in or der to meet the shortage of agricul tural labor. in al to of The steamer Harvard, loaded with passengers from Los Angeles, rammed the steam schooner Excelsior in San Francisco bay. 9 9 • William Huss, a young farmer of Danbury, la., is dead as the result of being shot by his wife with a shotgun she believed to be empty. in em Lindley M. Gar risen, former secre tary of war, said that when his suc cessor was appointed he would help the new secretary become acquainted with his duties. • • • A jury at Princeton, Ind., brought in a verdict of life sentence against Bert Hope, charged with killing his aged mother, 76, Nov. 8. the San old, and at Announcement is made that Nathan Strauss, the philanthropist, and Mrs. Strauss have contributed $350,000 to the relief of the lews in Poland. see' law the Anti-saloon league leaders assert that an initiative'' "eonstitntfcmei dment providing for the rag sal of statewide the Colorado ie -«■ < - . PEOPLE FLEEING BEFORE WATERS as the East bor, ure, cash but lion the nel to to the red to the for the nel MAIN LINE OF MISSISSIPPI LEVEE BREAKS AND LOUISIANA IS FLOODED. WARNINGS SAVED PEOPLE Levees Thought Safe Give Way Unex pectedly, Endangering All Prop erty and Many Lives—Cre vasse Is Growing. Natchez .—a telephone report from Newellton states that the break be tween Buck Ridge Landing and the turn on Lake Palmyria is widening rapidly and that Lake St. Joseph is rising at the rate of a foot an hour. Large numbers of people have left Newellton and the vicinity, but many are staying to make a fight against the onrushing waters. The attempt to build a protection levee around the town of Newellton has been given up as hopeless. United States Engineer W. C. Bar ton, President E. C. Rhodes of the levee board, Ben Young and F. L. Guthrie, members of the board, are on the scene, but no attempt will be made to stop the crevasse, as this Is Impossible. Relief trains are taking large num bers of people and stock out of the danger zone and quantities of stock and household goods are gathered on the levee at landings along Lake Pal myria and the Mississippi. The main line levee, 25 miles above St. Joseph, has also gone out and the Mississippi is now sending its pent-up waters through the crevasse. Newell ton, St. Joseph and Waterproof, towns of about 2,000 inhabitants each, are in the track of the flood. All of Ten sas and Concordia parishes will be flooded and perhaps a much larger ter ritory. The crevasse appeared just opposite the town of Newellton. Newellton, the nearest town to the break, is about six miles inland. The break came at an unexpected point. The destruction will be incalculable, because despite the record-breaking stage, which the Mississippi has reach ed very little uneasiness has been felt and it has been generally believed that the levees would hold. When the break came the entire sur rounding country was warned by tele phone and .courier. Residents of New ellton are hastening to leave and oth ers in the area of the flood are making every effort to get away. Calahoula, Madison and Franklin parishes will be affected by the flood. It is reported from St. Joseph that there are two breaks. The flooded district, it is estimated, will include 1,500 square miles. The break in the levee near Newellton has reached a width of 200 yards and is growing hourly. to an ATTACK BRANDEIS RECORD Unprofessional Conduct Is Alleged Be -Two Wit nesses Say Not Trustworthy. fore Senate Committei Washington.—Two witnesses have charged Louis D. Brandeis with un professional conduct before the judi ciary sub-committee of the senate, which is Investigating his fitness for confirmation as a justice of the su preme court of thé United States. They were Sidney W. Winslow, president of the United Shoe Machinery Company, and HolLis R. Bailey, a Boston law yer. The latter gave It as his opinion that the bar of Massachusetts regarded Mr. Brandeis as an "able lawyer, but not entirely trustworthy." Mr. Wiaslow told the committee that Mr. Brandeis was guilty of unprofes-, sional conduct and "conduct not be coming an honorable man," because, after severing his connection with the United Shoe Machinery Company, he at the instance of new clients attacked as "illegal and criminal the very acts and system of business which he assist ed to create and which he advised were legal." A mass of data bearing on the charge was submitted by the witness. Mr. Bailey charged Mr. Brandeis with unprofessional conduct in connec tion with the estate of Samuel D. War ren, Sr., a paper manufacturer of Bos ton, alleging that he acted as counsel for members of the Warren family who were respectively lessees and lessors. It was brought out that litigation pre cipitated over this matter eventually was compromised and settled out of court. Drop Bomba On Milan. London.—A dispatch from Milan says six persons were killed and sev eral Injured by bombs dropped from aeroplanes which appeared over the city. Will Try Battleship. Newport News, Va. —The super dreadnaught Pennsylvania, now near ing completion at the olant of the New port News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, will start on her trial trips soon Transplanted Onions. The Spanish and Italian varieties of onions can be sown early and trans planted successfully from the hotbed into the field. As American varieties do not transplant well, they may be sown later In the open ground. to Straw on Roofs. The beat method for keeping mois tare from collecting on the inside of roof of potato cellars is to cover or strawy manure. of h also help«. ie m ' V :-V FORTY MILLION FOR RIVERS Rivers and Harbors Committee Allots $7,382,000 For the Mississippi-—la Largest Single Item. Washington.—Details of the annual rivers and harbors appropriation bill, as completed in committee, except for the administration project to deepen' East river channel in New York har bor, have become known. The meas ure, aggregating $40,000,000 and pro viding only for continuing projects already under way, carries not only cash appropriations for every section, but numerous authorizations for pre liminary examinations and surveys at other places. The principal item in the bill is $7,382,000 for the Mississippi river. This includes $600,000 for dredging the Southwest Pass in Louisiana. Five mil lion dollars is provided for improving the Mississippi from the head of the passes to the mouth of the Ohio river, including Mississippi river commission expenses, to secure a permanent chan nel depth of nine feet. The money is to be expended under the commission's recommendations for general improve ment, levee building and for surveys to improve navigation at all stages of the river and on water courses con nected with the Mississippi and its harbors now under the commission's control. Vicksburg harbor would be transfer red by the bill and put under the com mission's jurisdiction to receive allot ments for improvements under way or hereafter to be undertaken. The bill provides that any funds now or hereafter appropriated by con gress for improving the Mississippi between the head of the passes and the mouth of the Ohio, and which may be allotted to levees may be expended for levees anywhere between the head of passes and Rock Island, 111., so as to promote commerce at all stages of the river. For the improvement of the Missis sippi from the mouth of the Ohio to the mouth of the Missouri $350,000 is pro vided, while $1,200,000 is appropriated for the river from the mouth of the Missouri to Minneapolis, with small surfis for improvements at other points. Other large items included in the measure are $545,000 for Savannah harbors, $705,000 for the Cumberland river below Nashville, and $944,000 for the Tennessee river in Tennessee, Ala bama and Kentucky. Provision also is made for completing the 28-foot chan nel from Charleston to the sea and $155,000 is set aside for improving Mo bile harbor. ROW OVER ARMED SHIPS the for Americans Will Be Warned Not To Take Passage on Them—England Will File Protest. Washington^ ^fhe United States will adopt the suggestion of the German government and warn Americans not to take passage on armed merchant men. Definite information that this is the Intention of President Wilson and that an announcement to this effect will shortly be made by the state depart ment was forthcoming from an au thoritative source. In diplomatic circles discussion cen tered on the probability of the presi dent taking this course, and its in evitable consequences. Even the most conservative opinion holds that the resultant situation will involve this country in a controversy with Great Britain which may easily prove to be the most troublesome and embarrass ing of any the United States has yet had to face. No one conversant with the facts in the case goes so far as to forecast anything more serious growing out of the controversy than a loss of foreign trade. But that the United States must expect to suffer seriously in this respect if the German contention as to armed merchantmen is upheld by this government is considered inevita ble by best informed statesmen. This loss, it is pointed out, can be inflicted on American commerce by re taliatory measures, which it must be expected the allies will probably take. If the United States prohibits the clearance from its ports of armed merchantmen the allies may be count ed upon to reply by discontinuing the entrance into American ports of all kinds of their merchantmen. Denied the use of allied merchantmen, which now carry almost all the foreign trade of the United States, the seriousness of the loss may easily be calculated Mine Fire Kills Three. Butte, Mont.—Fire that broke out in the Pennsylvania mine of the Ana conda Copper Mining Company killed at least three men and 22 are believed to be still under ground. The fire started in an air shaft on the 1,200-foot level. Air Raid On Strumitsa. London—Thirteen French aeroplanes have carried out a raid on the town and camps of Strumitsa, Bulgaria, ac cording to a dispatch from Saloniki. The machines dropped 158 bomba, causing several fires, it is added. Think Consul's Body Found. Washington.—The body of American Consul McNeely of Monroe, N. C., lost in the destruction of the liner Persia, is believed to have been washed ashore inear Alexandria. Money in Asparagus. . Asparagus Is a most valuable crop for commercial planting. It ships well and usually brings good prices. With proper care and handling, large re turns may be expected from a planta tion. Pruning Bush Fruits. In pruning hush fruits the principal object la to shape the bush and do away with all unnecessary growth. This can be overdone, however, and should not be carried to extremes». I Ar wir* BY THE RUSSIANS STRONG FORTRESS IN ASIA MINOR IS GIVEN UP BY THE TURKS. FELL AFTER A HARD FIGHT City Will Be of Great Strategic Value To the Victors, Who Plan Crush ing Conquest of Turk ish Domain. London.—Led by Grand Duke Nich olas, the Russian army of the Caucasus has captured the great Turkish fortress of Erzerum, in Eastern Asia Minor. The following official statement has been given out in Petrograd: "Grand Duke Nicholas has tele graphed to the emperor as follows: " 'God has granted to the brave troops of the army of the Caucasus such great help that Erzerum has been taken after five days of unprecedented assaults. " *1 am Inexpressibly happy to an nounce this victory to your imperial majesty.' " Thousands of Turks were taken pris oner when the fortress fell, and great stores of munitions and supplies fell into the hands of the victorious troops, it is believed. The blow is the most serious yet struck at Turkey. Early relief of the British forces operating in Mesopotamia, including the beleag ured garrison at Kut-et-Amara, is pre dicted. The fall of Erzerum is expected to open the way for a huge advance by the Russians through Eastern Armenia in the spring. Constantinople itself might be imperiled. By this contem plated drive the Russians, it is said, hope to bring Turkey to her knees. The Russian campaign was unpar alleled In military history. The ad vance was pressed across a bleak and rugged country, over mountains and through narrow defiles in Arctic cold. Russian official reports state that at places the soldiers fought their ad vance through snow 15 feet deep. Erzerum, a . city of 40,000, is about 60 miles west of the Russian frontier. It is surrounded by a stone wall built by the Turks three centuries ago. On the eastern side a high mountain ridge outside the wall protects the city from attack from the Russian Caucasus. Along this ridge were located most of the stronger forts. The city lias belonged to the Turks for four centuries. the the tive ed of the the to of to TWO LINERS BURN AT PIER Destruction of Munition Vessels Is Thought To Have Been Incen diary—Loss $3,000,000. New York.—The ocean steamships Bolton Castle and Pacific, and a 900 foot pier belonging to the New York Dock Company in Brooklyn, have been destroyed by most disastrous fire on the Brooklyn water front in years. Another steamer, the Pallazia, was damaged, about 25 scows and lighters were partly or wholly burned, and two coolies from the Bolton Castle and Pa cific were missing after the fire. The loss is estimated at more than $3,000, 000 . coolies were missing, but police later accounted for all but two of them. The origin of the fire is unknown, but suspicions that it was incendiary were aroused because the steamers were loading with war munitions, some of which was intended for the Rus sian government at Vladivostok. It was first reported that 46 BUILDING COLLAPSES; 9 DEAD. Disaster in Opera House at Mexia, Texas, Caused By Gas. Mexia, Tex.—Nine persons killed, several seriously Injured and property loss estimated at $75,000 resulted from the collapse of the old opera house and a resulting gas explosion here. Police stated that every person in the building at the time of the collapse had been accounted for. There were about 30 persons in the opera building, which was an old struc ture, when the roof suddenly caved in. An explosion, presumably caused by natural gas, immediately followed, setting fire to the ruins. Every one in the building was buried under debris, but work of rescue was begun immediately, and those found dead are believed to have been killed instantly by falling debris and not by flames or suffocation. Food Prices Advance. London.—According to statistics pub lished by the British board of trade, the retail prices of food in the United Kingdom advanced on the average of about 1% per cent in January. Flour and bread increased about 6 per cent. The average increase in retail prices of food since the beginning of the war has been 48 per cent. In Vienna, it is declared, the general level of food prices was 112.9 per cent higher than that of. July, 1914. Fire In Munition Plant. Schenectady, N. Y.—The munitions plant of the General Electric Company has been wracked by a fire. The blaze was finally extinguished by the com pany's private fire department, and no report was made to the city police or fire authorities. Officials withheld all inf ormation concerning the fire. The employes of the munitions plant were sent home. The burned building was a small, one-story structure of con crete. I — PAY FOR NATIONAL GUARD House Committee Hears Plan To Federalize the State Troops. Would Begin July 1. Washington.—The proposals of the National Guard Association for na tionalization of the state troops havs been placed before the military com mittees in the form of a bill drafted by representatives of the association at the request of the senate commit tee. The regulations contemplated are given force by a provision limiting participation in the federal pay feature to officers, men or organizations com plying with certain specified require ments. The scale of annual pay proposed is Major-generals, $SOO; brigadiers, $700; colonels, $600; lieu tenant-coionels, $550; majors, $525; captains, $500; first lieutenants, $300; second lieutenants, $250. Enlisted men would be paid on the basis of 25 per cent of the pay rates of the regu lar army, a private receiving approx imately $45 a year. The maximum number of troops pro vided for by the bill Is 500 for each congressional district, or a total peace strength of approximately 200,000. an increase of 70,000 over the present strength of the national guard. They would form a separate branch of the regular army in time of war when called intc the federal service. The act would take effect July 1, 191G. An enlistment contract would be re quired, under which the soldier would bind himself to serve the federal gov ernment, "within or without the con tinental limit* of the United States," for a period of two years or until dis charged, should the guard be called out at any time during his three-year enlistment period. The enlistment pe riod of any soldier whose time was close to expiration when his regiment was called out would be extended au as follows; tomatically. It is proposed to do away with choice of officers by election, and commis sions would be limited to specified classes and granted only after exam inations by the war department. Pro motions during active service would be ! made by the president from the com missioned force or ranks of the or ganization, dependent upon the grade to be filled. This clause Is aimed at appointments from civil lire. At least 48 drills a year and partic ipation in annual field maneuvers would be required. An elaborate sys tem of regulations for training and discipline has been worked out. LUSITANIA CASE MAY END Changes Made in New Note Sent By Germany Will Probably Please the United States. Washington—Germany is understood to have agreed to the suggestion of the United States that she substitute the words "recognizes liability" for the words "assumes liability" in the tenta tive draft of the communication design ed to settle the Lusitania case. The revised draft has been received here from Berlin. It will be submitted to Secretary Lansing by Count von Berne torff, the German ambassador. Several other changes desired by the United States and described as being of minor importance also are said to have proposed a change in the lan guage suggested by the American gov ernment. From high Teutonic authority came the statement that It was expected the Lusitania case would be finally set tled to the satisfaction of the United States and Germany at the confer: ence between Secretary Lansing and Count, von Bernstorff. American offi cials already have said the two gov ernments were "substantially in ac cord." The ambassador is understood to be prepared to make the tentative communication a formal note setting forth the instructions which have been given him by the Berlin foreign office. Several other changes desired by the United States and described as being of minor importance are also said to have been made. In one instance, how ever, Germany is understood to have proposed a change in the language submitted by the American govern ment. From high official authority came the statement that it was expected the Lusitania case would be finslly settled to the satisfaction of the United Staes and Germany at a conference between Secretary Lansing and Count vod Bernstorff. Villa To Take the Field, El Paso, Tex.—News that General Francisco Villa was calling all of his followers together at Casas Grandes, Western Chihuahua, to again take the field against the Carranza government, was brought here by a Villa messen ger. Zeppelin Wrecked. London.—A Rotterdam dispatch says that during a storm a Zeppelin waa blown adrift, apparently from Bel gium, and wrecked at Blerik, near Ven lo, where it was seized and interned by the authorities. Fell Carrying Nitroglycerin. Charleston, W. Va. — W. S. Rokerts of Marietta, O., slipped and fell while carrying two cans of nitroglycerin at St. Albans, 12 miles from here. He has not been found. England Calls Single Men. London.—An official proclamation calling up the remaining single men under the Derby plan and the military service act has been posted. The call to> t tbe colors will have the effect of enrolling all single men of military age who have not been exempted. Single men who did not attest under the earl -of Derby 's plan are subject to the com pulsory military service.' with certain classes of exemptions, under the terms of the act passed by parliament, which want into effect Feb. 10. ONE VOTE AGAINST THE WEAKLEY BILL HOUSE PASSES SENATE MEASURE TO REGULATE LICENSES FOR ATTORNEYS. EXAMINER'S BILL IS PASSED Senate PuLs Through Stringent Prohi bition Measure With Only One Dis senting Vote—News at the Capitol. —Jacksou. Before an assembly which crowded the galleries and overflowed to tain limited extent on to the f oor. with many floor and the governor Mississippi senate, by an almost solid vote, has passed the Weakley bill, the purpose of which le to still fur ther restrict and curtail the supply of intoxicating liquids which may be brought into the state. There was just ope vote cast against the bill on final passage, which was that of Sen ator Stubblefield of Yazoo, dined to vote for a measure the ef fectiveness of which he strongly doubt ed. though in favor of direct and abso lute prohibition. The bill, which was passed by the house, passed the senate without an amendment. That it will reach the governor and become a law of the state in a few days is the current be lief in legislative circles. Vigorous but vain efforts by Sena tor Crawley to secure the adoption of an amendment referring the bill to a referendum vote of the people brought out practically all of the dis cussion that accompanied considera tion. The principal speeches for the bill, all or nothing, were by Senators a cer representatives on the presen', the who de Whittington and Franklin, the latter throwing out the inference that the movement for a referendum vote was inspired by the "whiskey trust." Tills was vigorously and warm y resented by Mr. Crawley, who arose to a ques tion of personal privilege, asserting that he was thoroughly honest and his action Inspired by his conceptions of what was best for the whole people Law Examiners' Bill Passed. The Mississippi house of representa tives, by a vote of 71 to 33, has passed the Crawley bill from the senate, to create a state board of law examiners, with a few amendments attached. The most important amendment offered and adopted was that striking ou' a section of the bill which exempts grad uates from (he law department of the University of Mississippi from the op erations or requirements of the act. The bill as It passed the house and goes back to the senate for concur rence In the amendments creates a board of three examiners, to be ap pointed by the governor. Before this board all ambitious men in Mississip pi who aspire to qualify themselves as lawyers must pass an examination. They must also have shown that they had studied at. least one year In a known law school or have served in the office of some lawyer of experi ence as a law clerk for the same pe riod. Bilbo Appoints Coahoma Officials. Gov. Bilbo has issued an order sus pending from office, for the time be ing, J. O. Baugh, sheriff and tax col lector of Coahoma county, and George Wingfield, commutation road tax col lector for the same county. It will de pend upon the developments in the court proceedings, which have been in stituted, whether this suspension vdll remain fixed, or whether it will be per manent. In the same order of suspen sion, the governor appointed Joe H. Fisher of Friars Point to set as sheriff of the county pending the forthcoming showing in the courts, and also to look after officially and in person the duty of commutation road tax collector. This action, it is claimed, is the re. suit of a quiet investigation and prob ing of matters in the sheriffs office at Clarksdale by a qualified account ant. who was appointed by the gover nor. As a result «■> f he audit ~aae to him, as stated by Gov. Bilbo, he finds that Sheriff Baugh was in default to Coa homa county when he went into office, with an alleged deficit against him of between $9,000 and $10,000. I nder the law. It is claimed, this would disqual ify him from holding office. As to Road Tax Collector Winfield, lie will be required to show just what authority the board of supervisors had for creating that specific office, as the governor declares that he is unable to find any authority for it in the statutes or the constitution. Staiger Allowed New Trial. The supreme court has reversed the case of Joseph Staiger. an insurance adjuster, convicted of shooting ani killing Bookkeeper Miller, In the of fices of the Armbrecht Lumber Com pany, at Hattiesburg, in 1914, when he was sentenced to a life term in the penitentiary. The reversal of the ver diet of the jury in the Forrest county circuit court was based on an instruc tion given to the jury, which Judge .Sykes says should not have been ii lowed. The supreme court has affirmed the decision of the circuit court of Clai borne county in sentencing Will Pelt more, a negro, to death for killing a negro woman, his cousin, and set Mar 1 as the date of execu tion. The senate committee on finance, after considering the hill carrying au thority to appropriate $125,000 by way of a bond Issue, to aid the Mississippi Gentenni&l Exposition, has passed on It and reported it faVdrably to the aem.. Ate.