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TUESDAY,, DECEMBER"?, 1920.
THE NEWS SCIMITAR. PAGE ELEVEN, Alabama Citizen tr Offer Good Advice In letter to a well-known cotton man of Memphis recently, F. W, Gist, Montgomery, Ala., discussed, the ef fort belnf made for cutting the cot ton acreage nextV aeon and also -ave some excellent points for considera tion. It is herewith .submitted as worth the perusal of all cotton peo nle. tumeclAllv th producers. ' Referring to the coming convention ; In Memphis, he said that getting cot ton interests together frequently for serious consideration of their prob lems was valuable. Continuing he . said:-- v . "Two plans already proposed ap " peal to me very strongly the export corporation 'and reduction of acre v age. '; ' - - "There seems to be no dispute over the seriousness of the foreign sttuaT " tion as It relates to the consumption of cotton.. Of course, England can not afford to pay us the cost of pro duction and- an extra dollar- on every $3.50 as a premium on payments. More certainly France can not pay us cost and ft premium of 109 per cent as exchange, while Germany can not . even dream of paying us cost and a ' premium tof seven or eight hundrefl per cent. Credit seems to be the only present solution of this problem, and 4f that credit be given by our ownj Institutions, so much the better for the entente between the cotton pro- f aucer and foreign consumer. , ' "I have never been one of the radi , cals who favor limiting- production for the mere purpose of boosting the price. On the contrary, I regard such action' as uneconomic, unpatriotic, and contrary to. advanced theories of '- human, relation. ' Besides, it can not be carried out." .It' has been repeated ly tried and failed for lack of eup- , port - Close; corporations and , labor unions can successfully hold up the . consumer la this wayby thlr per ; feet organization, but farmers, by -reason of, -their great numbers, scat tered location, and lack of -contact, can not carry out such a program. - "At tha present time, however, there . are at . Wast three sound 1 economic reasons (or materially reducing the cotton acreage next year, and some lesser reasonB may be mentioned. "We started the present eotton year with 8,200.000 bales of cotton on, hand. So far this year we have con? sumed 88 per cent of the amount con sumed last year to the equivalent date. On this-basis we will consume nnrt vnort. this vear a total of 11,- 600,000 balesr If the crop reaches the latest official, forecast of J2,000,000 bales, the supply wtll.be 15.200,000 and the surplus, next July will be a half million greater, than last July. If surpluses continue to pile BP one of two things must hf.ppen produc , tlon k-ust fce decreased, or the .value . . of In' reusing surpluses, must con- tinnn tn decline. "If this, cotton crop has been pro duced at a loss, and I am convinced that It has, It is due to the fact that the cost of labor on' the farm has been positively Influenced by the gen eral increase In other Industries. The price of' labor does not seem to be declining with other commodities. Therefore, the farmer is up against the nronoaltlon of curtailing, his op erations' to his own Individual - produc- tive capacity in order to meet tms condition. He can reduce ms activi ties in this respect and protect him self against the . labor situation by . curtajling his acreage. "It has been my observation that small acreage always results in larger acre yields and that profits come from large yields more otte than from high prices. A reduction of acreage, therefore, may be count ed upon to result in a greater meas ure -of profit from thls-vlewpoint. . "As to the proper proportion of re duction in the various' sections, that Is another story, depending upon local and individual conditions. I . firmly believe that if we could pro- ' duce 10,000,000 bales of cotton next year on one-half the acreage of this year we would be assured of a more positive profit, could wipe out the surplus, and accomplish an adjust ment of farm labor conditions which ' would leave us in better shape all round. Such ft consummation is not Impossible ftnd not impracticable." Just the Gift for' Him. ' A box of ten for 11.00. His favorite brand of Cigars. Get 'em at Samel son's. "v- WITH WORKERS FEW, ' COSTS REMAIN UP DETROIT,- Doc. 7. Shortage oY skilled workers in the buildings : trades promises to hold building costs at about their present level, notwithstanding declines in the ;prlce of lumber, in the opinion of ' ttpeakerstieforethe Mas6n Contrac tors' association of the United States i-ncl Canada In convention here. One remedy suggested was the teaching . r.t masonry and other building trades rouiseu In high schools of the coun irv A resolution embodying that recommendation has been framed for presentation to the convention. -' His Xmas Gift should be a tine box of cigars from Safiielson's. Epoca and other famous brands. Boxes of 10 for $1.00 and up. ' , aav- WE BUILD HOMES PLANS FREE CLINTON BUILDING CO. . . 1 """ - A CHANGE OF VIEW. 'John always watched the battle scenes, . Tbat onvthe screen would glow. 'Theosplendid charge of cheering men, 1 When silvery trumpets blow. f . Tta captain waves his sword aloft. They hoist the flag on high. The men resolve, to give 1 their Uvea ; In words that can not die. x In uniforms both spick and span. Without a stain or blot, ' The supers rush o'er hill and dale, , " And spurn the cahnon's shot. But when at last the battle's won, . With high and noble mien. The men return at set of sun. Their clothes still Wee and clean. , I , . Then war "woke out; of course John went And drillea both night and day, Until at last aa faced the foe. And there was hell to pay. ''! Through months rain he "marched and fought, And slept tn sea of mud. He killed huge rats 'and cooties, too, 'That ravened for his blood. - , , i -. There were po thrills, no utagrey stuff,. 'Twas sordid, grim arid mean. Just human bodies hacked and marred, To feed a vast machine. For battles now, In photoplay, John does not care a Jot. He knows Just what the real ones are, And what reel ones are not. Federal Reserve Board Report Says November Shows Better Business.' y WASHINGTON, Dec. " 6. Heavy increase In theNmovement of cotton was, reported by the federal reserve bftard In Its review. of business con- editions for November, 'although, the report sala, a tendency developed in North Carolina and South Carjlin:i toward A crop-holding ' movement. Continuation during November of the period of readjustmant. which, ac cording to the board,' was accom panied by a general refusal of con sumers throughout - the country to buy, "until prices come down," showed no pronounced developments tin Virginia, North Carolina-' ani South Carolina, despite price reduc tions, and improved transportation, (while in ueorgia, Florida,' Alabama ("Eastern Tennessee, - Southern Mis sissippi and Southern Louisiana, fa vorable agricultural conditions con tinued despite some, -shrinkage in yield. . - - ' The portion of the board's review Wealing with the Southeastern states said that larger quantities tnan usual of low- grades of tobacco were re ported "due to damage of various kinds.; In Tennessee the color Was bad and the quality rather - low. Farmers generally were reported dls satlsMed with the price which had manifested . itself in a tendency to ward slower marketing. - Cotton picking has been completed in Florida and nearly so In .aframaj South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana, b.ut In 'upper Georgia th boll weevil had increased ill) per cent. ... 1 A number of lumber mills were re ported closed in the Atlanta district The 143 mills belonging to the -South, ern Pine association showed output 35.4 per cent below normal the ast week of Ootober, with shipments in excess of output In the Mississippi valley 60 per oent of the mills were reported closed. - Building, actjvlty showed general declines. Unemployment continued to in crease in all industrial sections of the country. A number of cotton mills in North Carolina and South Carolina had reduced wages about 16 per cent. Cotton pickers and corn huskers were scarce In that district. From the Atlanta district it was re ported that farm labor in Louisiana was barely sufficient to harvest he crops. y ' ALLIES" SEND WARNING AGAINST HUN SPEAKERS imnueu iu me ucrmaa government protesting against speeches recently made in the omiiniaii torcitm-iaa -. members of the German government w calculated to cause trouble and bring the execution of the Versailles treaty into Question Th nnta ut ters a gravp warning that such ounranes cry responsible Dersons must be avoided in the futiire. , Ponzi Liabilities Exceed Assets 4-1 - SJJ ? BOSTON, Dec. 7. The-' liabilities li .CharleB Ponsi are estimated at $6,396,000 and his assets, at $1,6,- o Dy ine appraisers who have been investigating the estate of the "finan cier, who last summer paid Inves tors 60 per cent interest and who recently was sentenced to five years Imprisonment for using the nails to defraud. , ; i . 1 - , ' I ' Out Of Its Box Spotlessly clean ; no odor of gasoline; faultlessly pressed. That's why the Belgium Cleaned Suit brings a smile to your lips, a sparkle in your eye and a spring to your step. Simpjy Phone Main 38 BELGIUM IVbt CLEANING COlV Out-of-Town Work Returned! at Our Eapense ENLIGHTEN THEIR . YIEW - WITH A XMAS GIFT: of a Pair of, Our EYE GLASSES . See U About It LIGGETTE ' OPTICAL CO. H. W. L4GGETTE x J. JOE MARSH Optometrists and Opticians OFFICE and LABORATORY 108 Madison Avenue t Thirty Years lit Memphis Shop At This Conveniently Located Store For Electrical Gifts $1 to $50.00 Articles to please every member of your family. Gifts that are useable and will give many years of tomfort and convenience. We carry the . lines of standard makers only those whose goods are absolutely dependable. Union Electric Co. V 42 NORTH SECOND STREET" 1 SL'iS&Sil Court Square Federal Farm Specialist Astonished By Delta Land I have nad to discard, all impres sions I ever had of the delta coun try of, the lower Mississippi ' valley since I have been making a study of it," declared C. O. Brenner, specialist in farm management for the division of land economics, Vnited States de partment of agriculture, who was In Memphis recently conferring with the farm' bureau of the Chamber of Commerce and with the Southern Alluvial Land association. "I have always imagined. - like a great many people who do not know of .the development that has "come In recent years, that the alluvial soil region in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana was a jwampy, boggy, water-soaked region." said Mr. Bran her. "The old geographies have taught that and the ideas have not changed as rapidly as the region has changed, I find. This Is a marvel ous country down here and It is Just In its Infancy." Mr. Branner has made a study of lands In every section of the Urtited ytftes and he is at present Inquir ing into plantation management as practiced in the Memphis territory. He visited the big alfalfa plantation of Stone & Fortat Dunlelth, Miss.: the Scott plantations, In Bolivar county, 'and numerous other delta places; spent considerable time on Louisiana places opposite Natches, and goes from Memphis to visit the places of S. E. Slmonson andOov. Frank O. Lowden of Illinois at Lux ora. Ark.; the R. E. Lee Wilson prop erties in South Mississippi county, and other portions of Eastern Ar kansas. "I saw a barn at Rolling Fork, Miss., on the Graft Plantation, that hasn't an equal In the UniteiJ tftatesJ so xar as i Know, ana .I've "been all through Iowa and other states where they have big and modern barns. I've seen some - beautiful farms, splendidly improved, and many other things that would certainly open the eyes of people not familiar with the Memphis territory,"! said Mr. Bran ner. , . While in Memphis he obtained In- iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBiiiiiiijiiai formation and literature concerning the alluvial lands of The lower Mis sissippi valley from the Southern Al luvial Land association for use in the division of land economics at Washington. The department han dles thousands of inquiries about lands in all parts of the United States and Mr. B-anner believes that the literature published by the South ern Alluvial Land association will contribute materially to attract at tention to the lower Mississippi val ley. . Wilson Gets Nobel Peace Prize Dec. 10 (By the Awooiated Press.) COPENHAGEN. Dec. 7. An nouncement is maity that the Nobel peace prize will be conferred on President Wilson of the United StutesDec. 10. The Nobel peace prize carries with It a grant of about $40,000 which is one-fifth of the annual interest on about 19,000,(100 left for the purpose by Alfred B. Nobirt. the Swedish scientist and the Inventor of dynu mite, who died in. 18Hti. The only two Americans who have In the past received the Nobel peace prize were Theodore Roosevelt in ltQt, and Kilhu Root, In 1912. 7" 1 Misst Pre88-a-Button Says: "It you want to give something useful and at tractive too, you can find nothing better than an ' Electrical Gift. ' ' "There is, something Electrical fir everyone that Will be used and appreciated day after day, and yeifr after year. "Electric Household Appliances make the home more cheerful, more comfortable and easier to take care of." We Have an Interesting Assortment of Electrical Gifts which You are Invited to Come and See M FOWLER ELECTRIC CO. Main 10M 10 South Second Streei Next to Gas Co. MILLION FOR FORESTRY. WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 An ap propriation of 1 1.000,000 to pe used In co-oprratlori. with the states In forestry work durtorf the next fiscal year was asked of Congress today by the department of agriculture. Sec retary Meredith asked for legislation which would authorize him to recom mend the essential and standard re quirements to orotcct timbered and j.cut over lands from fire, In reforest ing denuded lands and where neces sary to aid In the proper methods of cutting and removing timber for the. best promotion -of continuous pro duction. ; GREENWOOD. S. C Dec. 1. The five cotton mills in Greenwood county are operating on full time after having curtailed production several weeks. With one exceptior, the plants have day and night shifts. ry jm. For core Gift Suggestions jjifts which will bring sin- notes of appreciation and Electric Tosateri $7.25 to S9.SO thanks GIVE ELECTRICAL GIFTS . We have electrical gifts which will be of satisfaction to the re cipient, not only during the Christmas period but for years to coine, after the gift has been used Because they're Dependable. In our shop you'll find Baby Food and milk warmers, electrical shaving mugs, curling irons and marty others. GIFTS FOH EVERY MEMBER OK THE FAMILX -" - n Electric leens fS.OO to $10.00 J ELECTRIC unluLS $8.50 to $17.00 Electric Co. S3 N. Third St. Phone Main 3946 Kce Our Windows Tor Other Gift buggestions I , , VI m H'il:irllllilllilHllll: !i'l ilmiiimfiM,,. ii, . ,,. ' NHiill Ml IIU lltLi I ll III Mill Mill Irll! lilijll-ct; NIPIEP e rlllM llilil! If; lMtltlIN'itUrl E. I Ei II! !Hh ;IIJ'; : C FT'Tl i-lsi IMIIM rltlUJKil HH.II!!iHil!MH(!!;!yt'ii,!lrT!,,tl!,'tn!i:1; ;ii!''l.i.t;i:tl jlirUillmtrfyilhflilill-fUIHt :':tti.ltilflni im c::i'lil!Mtlii' hi'IIimm.iii's..!HiI'im-..mi .'i.l.mmiii.i:: S . .'"...m. i.m i.M..i(ifiiii.HniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiUiWWU)iN)iimiHiMiiMiiiiiMIII!lll;ii!liM:i: '...ViW. VI..I.HiiJii'limHIll VW 'I'illiTlilllWlll W, M H .iil'I.H'limilllliillilllili;!'"! !li'!:ifllriU!i;!illll;:l!l!!ii::::TFi;H'i:.r I . ; Say "Merry Christmas t.K " M TTfTpiriii iiTFiiiir i t -i- r-"j-jf' 'T rfn ww in i' mrT aamrm'rmilr - v Mtimmmmwf'fMmt 1 itt:ii!fi;SB:!iS Advtrtlismsnt No. 59 , t Christmas Cheer for All The Year Mother, Father, Sister, Brother ALL Want lectei'cal- Gifts Practical Gifts-Usable Al the Vear This List WiU Help ' You Decide Maxda Lamps, 40c up Flashy Lights, $1 to $5 Boudoir Lamps Chafing pishes, $20 to 930 Curling irons, 96 to $8 Disc Stoves, $10 to $20 Electric Irons. 87 to it to Floor Lamps, $10 to $75 I Grills, $10 to 920 Hair Dryers, $23.00 Heating Pads, $10 to $1K Immernlon Heaters, 97 to $10 Lighting Fixtures Milk Warmers, 918 Motors (for Bowing Machines) i 922.80 Ovenettes, $0 to $28 rerrolatnrs, '$12.R0 to $50 Piano Lamps, $10 to $7.1 ' Reading Lamps for Office and Libraries, $5 to $:t() Room Heaters, $10 to $:i.T Shaving Cups, $ to $15 Sewing Machines, $50 to $100 Table Lamp, $5 to $100 Toasters, $6.50 to $11 Toaster Sotves, 97.50 to $12.50 Utility Motor, with Polishing and Grinding Attachments $25 to $40. Vibrators, $7.50 to $50 Vacuum Cleaners, $35 to $73 Waffle Irons, $20 Washingl Machines, $143 to 9250 Xmas Tree Outfits, $4.50 to $30 IVE careful consideration to jj selection of gifts this year. It is no time for ytrivial things choose articles of intrinsic value, articles that combine beau ty and utility. For instance, few houses have enough electric table or floor lalhps; comparatively "few have those handy grills and . toasters. Most any man would grin with delight to receive Nan electric shaving mug. Santa Clans should also decorate the children's tree with tiny .electric lamps of red and green. ' Electrical gifts being decided upon, buy them at an electrical store where such things are un derstood, where . standard goods only are sold. Choose the stores whoso names appear here they are -desirous of pleasing you. These Stores Will Welcome You Cronin, Baker & Tindall 339 Msdltsn Avsnus Dawkins Electric Co.' 2$ North- Socond Street Electric Novelty Co." 123-125 Monroe Avenue ( Fowler Electric Co. 10 South Second Street Gray Bros. Electric Co, 42 South Second Street Lytle Electric Co. Monroe end Second Memphis Electric Qo. , 285 Midloon Avenue McCrory Electric Co. Scimitar Building Motley Bros. Electric Co. 330 Monroe Avenue Wm. Slater Electric Co. 134 South Second Street Lew Tisdale & Co. ' 203 Madlion Ayenue Union Electric Co. 42 North Second Street Wagner Electric Co. 111 Adam Avenue Wood Electric Co. 13 North Third Street is.. B Remember, Too-It Is Always Best To uy Electrical Gifts t Electrical Stores X I Labor-Saving Mf Devices ISO Electrical Conveniences For All The Year fe te' K' '1 I ,'I