Actioa Taken in Endeavor to
Aid Stricken Jamaicans.
PORT IS JUST RECEIVED
hly Complimentary Letter is Writ
ten By President—Metcalf Also
Adds Words of Praise.
a unequivocal terms, President
Jsevelt Friday approved Admiral
|vis’ entire action in connection with
visit to Kingston, Jamaica, to ren
aid to the stricken city and in ad
on requested the secretary of the
/y to express to Admiral Davis his
irtiest eommendatiou of all that be
.'he long expected report of Admiral
vis of the eircumstances leading to
withdrawal of the fleet from King
n leached the navy department on
day and was at once laid before
; president. Inasmuch as the presi
lt already has announced that the
.lomatic phase of the case is a
sed incident the report Itself wilt
: be made public. However, Secie
y Metcalf gave out the letter to
miral Evans, commander-in-chief of
i Atlantic fleet, warmly commending
miral Davis for his conduct of a
ualion, “which was, to say the
.et, somewhat embarrassing.”
The correspondence is supplemented
a strong letter of commendation
Admiral Davis by tho president
and by Secretary Metcalf, who adds
i approval and commendation ol Ad
ral Davis’ ’’distinguished service to
The lettei-3 are as follows:
"United Stateß Flagship Maine,
lantunamo Bay, Cuba, January 23,
1)7. —Respectfully forwarded approv
l to the secretary of the navy,
rough bureau of navigation. The
ipoit and its appendices made by
flcerß who were on the spot, and
erel’ore best able to judge, appear
set forth the whole situation very
"The ccmmander-in-chlef feels that
3 cannot too highly commend Rear
dmiral Davis for the very dignilied
3d masterly manner in which ho con
acted a situation, which was, to say
re least, somewhat embarrassing, and
e deems it particularly fortunate that
re re was at hand an ofllcer such as
e to deal with the problems which
rose. The couunauder-in-chief heart
y approves tne commendatory re
larks relating to the officers and men
f the ship who accompanied Admiral
)avts, ..but they did uo more than is
xpected of officers and men in the
,avy, and no moro than would havo
•eeu done by officers and men of the
direr ships ot the fleet, and, Indeed,
ho ships sent were not chosen above
.hose of others of tire fleet, for any
jtber reason than they were moro
leurly ready for steaming when tue
reeds of the disaster was received.
••R. D. 10VAN,
'Rear Admiral United Rtates Navy,
Commander-in-chief United States
President to eMtcalf.
“The White House, Washington,
February 1, 1907.—T0 the Secretary
of the Navy: I have read carefully the
report of Admiral Davis, submitted by
you, together with the report of Ad
miral Evans, commending the actions
of Admiral Davis at Kingston. I re
turn them herewith, and desire that
gyou express to Admiral Davis my
heartiest commendation of all that he
4id at Kingston. 1 approve of his en
tire action, lie upheld the best tradl
tions of our navy in thus rendering
distinguished service to humauity.
Secretary Metcalf's letter to Admi
ral Davis says:
“The department desires to add also
its approval and commendation of your
•ble service and those of the officers
And men under your command.”
MANY MILLIONS IN COIION UXFS
Unlawfully Collected from South bv Nation
* '>v*roaeat n urie -h ■ “ -
Representative Heflin, of Alabama,
has introduced a bill in the house for
the disposition of the proceeds of the
cotton taxes of 1562, 1864 and 1866,
collected, as nlleged, in violation cf
the constitution of the United States,
from thirty states, and amounting in
round numbers to $68,000,000.
The bill provides that any person
•who mle taxes on cotton under tne
acts referred to shall have the right
Lo establish his claim, proof of which
Is to be made in the court of claims.
ACKERLY ON THE LIST.
Vice President of Southern Slated to
Aid Oliver in Case He is Awarded
William J. Oliver, of Knoxville,
Tenu., the lowest bidder tor the con
struction work on the Panama ca
nal, held a conference In New York
Sunday night with ten other contrac
tors who will, it is understood, he as
sociated with Mr. Oliver in the event
that his bid is accepted. The pur
pose of the conference, it was said,
was to discuss the formation of a
corporation which would be prepared
to undertake the work on the isth
Those present in addition to Mr.
Oliver were: John H. McDonaid anu
John Pierce, of Maine; P. T. Walsh,
of the Walsh Contracting Company.
Davenport, Iowa; P. M. Brennan, of
the Brennan Construction Company,
of Washington, D. C ; Robert Russeil,
of New York, who has been asso
ciated with Mr. Oliver in many enter
prises; W. H. Sayre, of the Interna
llonal Contracting Company, of New
York; Charles H. Ackert, vice presi
dent and general manager ot the
Southern Railroad Company; R. A.
Chester, first vice president of the
Commercial National Bank, Washing
ton, D. C.. and R. A. C. Smith, of New
Mr. Oliver declined to make public
the outcome of Sunday night’s meet
ing, but said that something might
be made public in a few days.
A representative of Mr. Oliver sub
sequently announced some plans that
have been agreed upon in addition to
these already made knowu.
Mr. McDonald will, if the corpora
tion to be formed is awarded the ca
nal contract, have general supervis
ion of the machinery used.
R. A. C. Smith and Mr. Chester
will have charge of the financial end
of the corporation. Mr. Smith is a di
rector of the Metropolitan Street
Railway Company, and is also a direc
tor and officer in many other banks
Mr. Ackert will have charge of all
OPiNION UN RIDICULOUS ORDER.
Unde Sam’s Soldiers Cannot Be Compelled
tn Attend < hurcll ’•erv ees
The text of the opinion of Judge
Advocate General Davis, of the army,
in commotion with a sergeant’s re
fusal to obey orders at Columbus, 0.,
barracks, to attend Roman Catholic
service, for which refusal the war
department ordered the sergeant’s re
duction and transfer 10 another post,
shows the following question submit
ted to the secretary of war by the
commanding officer of the recruiling
depot at Columbus barracks:
“Is an order directing a soldier
of a command by the commanding of
ficer thereof to attend divine worship
in a church in which he was brought
up, and who has no conscientious
scruples against attending such ser
vices so manifestly illegal as to war
rent such soldier in deliberately violat
ing the same?”
In his opinion, Judge Advocate Gen
eral Davis called attention to the
fact that congress is forbidden by the
first amendment to the constitution to
make any law "respecting an estab
lishment of religion or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof.’’
He says that officers and enlisted
men of the army have never been
required to attend religious services.
“I mast, therefore, conclude that,"
General Davis says, “while a post
commander may lawfully issue such
orders as he may deem recessary to
secure a uroper observance of the
Sabbath, it is not competent for nin
to require officers and enlisted men
to attend divine service*, or to pro
mulgate instructions in respect to the
observance of the day, which are in
excess of or contrary to the requite
n.ents of the 52nd article of war.”
NATIVr t.LDKDs 8 S* toK cIJBA.
Orders Issued irom Wash nqton ffirectinq
• h' '"rr'
Asa result of a recent conference
at the White House between the pres
ident, Secretary Taft and General
Bell, chief of staff, an order has been
issued directing an Increase of me
rural guard of Cuba from 6.0C0 to
10,000 men. The purpose is to avoid
increasing the number of American
Iroons, the native guards being more
acceptable te the people
0 ifSSA J WS IN PANIC.
Revolutionists in Russian City Threaten
The elements of the population of
Odessa. Russia, who are opposed to
the Jews are renewing their efforts to
organize an anti-Jewish attack, and as
a result, the people of Odessa, of
whom about one-third are Jews, are
In a state bordering on panie.
Curtailed Items of Interest
Gathered at Random.
Two Postmasters Arrested.
Postoffice Inspector Williams at
Nashville, Tenu., has received notice
of the arrest of John A. Thompson,
postmaster at Covena, Ga., and Aa
Bistant Postmaster A. Thomas of Nu
nez, Ga., charged with embezzlement
of money order funds.
* * V
Leaves Army of Descendants.
William J. Fowler, one of the oldest
citizens of Canon, has pased away.
He was S9 years of age, was the fath
er of firteen children, had fifty-two
grandchildren, and fifty-three great
grandchildren, making a total of one
hundred and twenty. His wife died
last year, aged 79 years. He lived a
type of temperance and industry.
New Railroad Chartered.
A charter has been granted by Sec
retary of State Cook to the Tliomas
ville and Northwestern Railroad Com
pany, which will operate a road from
Thomasvillo in a northwesterly direc
tion through the counties of Thomas,
Brooks, Colquitt and Berrien, to a
point on the Nashville and Sparks
railroad. The length of the road will
be 50 miles. The company is incor
porated wdth a capitalization of
Loan Company Goes to Wall.
A bill in equity was filed a few
days ago in the superior court at At
lanta against the Georgia Redemption
and Loan Company, alleging insolven
cy of company and mis-management
of assets, and praying the appoint
ment of a receiver. Judge Pendleton
named Eugene R. Black receiver.
The Georgia Dedemption and Loan
Company, with offices In the Pruden
tial building, In Atlanta, has been do
ing a large investment security busi
ness in the South for the last ten
years. M. T. LaHatte, former coun
cilman and alderman, is president of
the concern, and M. M. Turner sec
* * *
State Sunday School Association.
The executive committee of the
Georgia Sunday School Association
met in Macon the past week. Mem
bers of the committee frem Augusta,
Atlanta. Macon and Fairfax were
present and expressed gratification at
the progress of the work during the
present year. The committee were
also much pleased .vith the prospects,
indicating greater succe j - . in the year
to follow than ever'before in the
association’s history. An Invitation
was received from the churches of
Marietta asking the association to hold
its thirty-third annual convention in
that beautiful little city. This invi
tation was unanimously accepted, an l
the dates were fixed for March 12, 13
Ai this convention special attention
will be given to department work.
• * *
An Extensive Land Deal.
One of the largest deeds ever re
corded in Bartow county was filed for
record at Cartersville a few days ago.
The instrument conveys 49,76 ( J acres
of land from the Georgia Iron and
Coal Company to the Georgia Sued
The property concerned in the
above deed is known as the Joel Hurt
properties, and includes some of the
finest mineral lanls in North Geor
gia and parts of Alabama.
It was sold through Joel Hurt,, of
Atlanta, a few months ago, for a
consideration of nioie than $2,000,000.
Of the lands described in the deed
there are 12.769 acres in Eariov
county, 25.679 in Dade, 2.920 in Cnero
kee, 2,205 in Catoosa, 100 in Walker
and 3,(.36 in Jackson county, Alabama.
* * *
Brunswick ’Longshoremen Strike.
Six hundred negro longshoremen,
members of the Brunswick union of
the International Longshoremen and
Dock Laborers, went out on a strike
The local union requested an in
crease in wages averaging 25 to 33 1-2
per cent, which was refused.
The employers have issued a state
ment, giving their reasons for re
sisting the demand.
Stevedores who work in the holds,
now paid 25 cents per hour, demand
30 cents; pullers, or men on the ship,
now paid 20 cents, demand 25 cents;
and porters, ti e men who are outside
laborers handling the cargoes to tne
vessel, now paid 15 cents, demand
• • •
Kick on Railroad Commissary.
Has a state railroad the right to
cperale a commissary train and do
a general grocery business along i.s
lliis rather unique point has been
brought before the railroad comnns-
Bion by N. H. Bass, a merchant of Lav
endar, Floyd county. Mr. Bass com
plained that the Central railroad was
operating a commissary train, selling
supplies to its employees, deducting
the amount from their salaries on pay
The complaint says that this is in
juring the merchauts of Lavendar and
otner points along the road in two
ways—one by taking from them legiti
mate business and the other by load
ing bay debts on them when they
credit some emplovees of the Central
The commission neld that it was not
a matter with which it could deal, and
that Mr. Bass’ proper recourse would
be the courts. It is the first time
this point has ever been raised.
* * *
Drove Negroes from County.
Governor Terrell has received twe
petitions from citizens of Banks and
Habersham county asking for re
wards for the apprehension of the par
ties guilty of forcing three negroes,
Frank Grant, Henry Seism and Mar
shall Davenport, to leave their homes
in fear of bodilt harm.
It is charged that the parties who
terrorized the negroes went to their
homes and fired into them. The
negroes, who were said to be honest,
and law-abiding, fled from their
homes. The petition is presented >y
Ordinary M. Franklin, and other offi
cials of Habersham county, seconded
by Mayor George W. Grant and the
city council of Alto. The governor
has written for full particulars.
School Fund Apporticned.
The apportionment of the 1907 state
school fmid has been completed oy
State School Commissioaei W. B. Mer
ritt for the various counties of Geor
gia, with the exception of a few coun
ties which have failed to send in their
reports. The basis of this year’s ap
portionment is twelve cents more per
pupil and the largest apportionment
ever made. The apportionment is
$2.53 per pupil of school age.
The apportionment as issued by the
counties does not refer to the local
school systems. Fulton county, for in
stance, will receive $18,317.56, but all
of this amount goes to the schools out
side of Atlanta. The local schools
draw $57,704.24 from the apportion
ment made by the city of Atlanta.
Following the announcement of the
apportionment Commissioner W. B.
Merritt announced the apportionments
to the local school systems, most of
which are in the cities and towns of
the state and under local jurisdiction.
* * *
Filling Up With Negroes.
Fear is expressed for the future
of the state reformatory at Milledge
villle, on account of the large num
ber of negro boys now being sent
there by judges in various parts of
Out of thirteen boys now in the rc
formartory, eight are negroes, and the
proportion bids fair to increase. Four
of these negro boys were sent to the
reformatory from the superior court
of Muscogee county, and two more,
it is said, are waiting at Columbus
to be sent there.
This has been done in some in
stances. despite the fact that the law
under which the reformatory was es
tablished, gives, the judges discretion
to send the boys where they think
best. Acting under this discretion,
Judge George T. Cann, of Savannah,
has sent four 12-year-old negro boys
to the state prison farm, since the
opening of the reformatory. It is
generally believed that discretion was
given under the law in order that the
reformatory would not be filled up
with negro boys to the exclusion of
GATLING GUN CRUSMtd IliM.
John 0. Rockefeller, Actor, Meets Trag c
John D. Rockefeller, an actor, was
kiled on the stage of a theater In Chi
cago Wednesday, when a Gatling gun,
which was used during a matinee per
formance, fell on him and fractured
his skull. Rockefeller was assisting
: n removing the gun from a tempo
'vy platform. His home is in New
LIILOGtIJMb PAID M.NAIOK GORMAN.
jay in senate Devoted to Tributes to Late
Senators paid tribute Friday to the
memory of the late Senator Arthur
Pue Gorman of Maryland. All business
tor the day was suspended at 2:30
o’clock, according to a special order,
and eulogies were delivered address
ed to resolutions expressing the pro
found sorrow and regret of the senate
at the death of the Maryland senator.
Somebody figures that in a lew
years half our population will be in
the cities, such is the migration from
the rural districts.
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LASU Uoio bY iill. lv.tPS.
K White Man and Two Negroes Alleged to
Ke he rV c m-
Information comes from the Met
calfe neighborhood, which is near
Thomasville, Ga., to the effect ihat
whitecappers got in some bloody work
with the lash in that section recent
ly. Men of integrity, who stand high
in the community, say that Eli Futch,
a prominent white man, was taken
out at night and given more than a
hundred lashes. So severe was the
whipping that Mr Futch has hard
ly been able to either sit or lie down
It is understood that a negro wo
man and her husband were visited the
same night by the same crowd of
whitecappers and given severe beat
Those who claim to know all the
circumstances are reticent in the mat
ter, giving no reason for this action,
but they assert, in most emphatic
language, that those who perpettated
the deed knew what they were do
ing and they would even go further
and say that they were perfectly jus
tified in their action.
Eli Futch recently married a wo
man from Oklahoma, in answer to a
marriage advertisement. The woman
drove all the way from the west
to Fitzgerald, where she sold her
team, later meeting Mr. Futch in
Monticello, Fla., where they were
Mr. Futch Is related to the other
Futch family near Thomasville, upon
whose lives several attempts have
been made recently.
JVI'AN LoOKI-vO tOii \ SKtUP.
Adminislration OfiiCic.S ami keld-*- ■< •-
A Washington dispatch says: Des
pite the most vigilant precautions of.
the president and his advisers in
keeping the information to themselves,
the fact has leaked out that the re
lations between the United States and
Japan have reached a most critical
stage. According to one of the presi
dent’s advisers, the two countries seem
to be drifting rapidly toward war, and
deft and vigorous diplomacy must be
exercise if certain new evelopmenta
are to be disposed without an explo
Bluntly stated the administration is
in possession of information that forc
es it to assume that the Japanese gov
ernment. is attempting to withstand
tremendous pressure tending toward a
rupture of friendly relations with the
‘United States. This ominous situation
in Japan is made doubly critical
by the altitude of the Pacific coast,
which refuses to budge an inch in its
hostility toward the Japanese.
The San Francisco school authori
ties have not only prepared to make
a fight against the federal government
in the courts, but the California sen
ate a few days ago adopted a resolu
tion strenuously protesting against
the “unwarranted Interference” by
the government with the “constitu
tional rights of a sovereign state,” and
requesting the governor and attorney
general to take all steps necessary to
the state and save its rights.
SILLY SCHEME TO lALk ASSASSINS.
if You Moot This Huso General Two Your
Back and Hold lip Your Hands
Governor General Devidoff, of Feo
dosia, Russia, in the fear of assassi
nation, has issued orders that all
men who meet him must turn back
and hold up their hands until he has
passed cut cf sight