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Ausjvit 35, 1921
A aon-partlsan family newspaper published tvtry Thursday by
BKREA PURLISHINO CO. (Incorporated)
MAMHAIXE. VAUGHN, Mttar JAMM M RE1NHARKT. Arlat Uttar Mid BuittoM Mr.
niartrf at lh svataffirs at Urn. Kf ., M mwI elw mall matwr.
MIBS! RIPTION RATM
On rmr, II. ; Ms minths, M ratita; tltraa amidis. W ml. PsraMa ia ssWatN-a.
For A4vrtltnar RvammialKa. Tka Aawrlrait Trraa Aanrlaltrai.
The Educational Amendments
Intereat ia now beinfc arouned thninut the State of Kentucky
over two proponed amendment to the; Constitution which arc to
be voted upon at the November election.
(hie amendment provides for the removal of the State Super
intemlent from politic. Instead of being a political candidate on
the ticket with the candidates for other state offtcea, he la to be
choaeti because of professional efflrienry with a view to aervinR
the biKBtwt intereata of the children of Kentucky.
'I he miorid amendment providea for aettinK aaide ten per
cent of the achoul money of the State to aupplement salaries and
achoolmprovrmentii of countiea whoae funda are inadeiuate.
These two amendment ahould challenge the attention of every
true Kentuckian. The State of Kentucky haa atood too Ion
near the bottom of the at a tea in educational rank. We have paid
too much attention, in the pant, to the development of Blueyrrasi
farm., fox hunting, horae racing, mining and lumbering, and too
little attention to the education of our children. We have too
long maintained a provincial life in the different countiea of th-j
Stat. Nothing ia more wholeaome than local pride, but nothing
ia more detrimental to the beat intereata of the whole than the
"better than thou" or the "more proapemua than thou" attitude of
a local community or county.
Now back to the point at iaaue. The State Superintendent
haa been a political plum to be plucked by a "deserving Demo
crat" or a "deaerving Republican." It is one of the aggregation
of political offices that are divided up among the party aspirants
of the ruling dynasty. He cannot succeed hiaiaelf in office, hence
he anemia the firat two years of his term in getting acquainted,
and the second two years of hia term trying to get the office of
Secretary of State or aome other poaition. In the meantime, he
give a smattering to the children of the State.
Hie adtion of the constitutional amendment that would make
the State Superintendent an appointive executive is fraught with
danger, because in many counties the removal of the county super
intendent from politics haa not been the "God aend" that aome
thought it would be.
At the present time aome countiea are tying up the appoint
ment of the auperintendent with politics. This unsatisfactory state
of affairs can be greatly relieved hy placing the election of the
County Board oo some other date than the regular November
election and, so far aa possible, the appointment of the County
Superintendent on a different year from the county election pri
mary. The preaent aystem of choosing the County Superintendent ia
not a failure, but certain weakneases aa to time and method of
making the appointment should be remedied in order to secure
gTeater success in the operation of the law. By all means the
State Superintendent should be removed from politics, but unless
the method of choosing the superintendent ia definitely worked
out before the election, the amendment will lie in danger of de
feat. Tke people are getting tired of personal appointments to
pay political debts, and if the choosing of the State Superintend
ent ia largely left in the hands of the Governor or a group of men
under the direct influence of the dominating party, then the sys
tem of appointment will be just aa bad aa the system of popular
We have had instances of National Commissioners of Educa
tion being appointed by the President, to pay an obligation to a
group of individuals, or to a state for certain political favors. If
such course is ever pursued by a President of a Great Nation
like ours, you can expect as much and more from the Governor
of a State.
In lets a safe and unquestionable method of choosing the State
Superintendent is announced before the election, the amendment
will be lost. The second amendment, which provides for a ten
iercent general relief fund, will find its greatest opponents
among the richer counties who can operate their schools on a
very low tax assessment while other counties cannot raise aufli.
cient money with the maximum levy.
This second amendment is a great step forward, and every
voter in Kentucky who wishes to see the children of lees wealthy
counties given a chance for adequate school education should sup
There tire M 11 r decoration, and then
there are I lie liliMei on Hie hand of
the uiiialeur niinii i i r.
The Turk iiii'l the ltuiiiii have
sifiied a treat, which mean more
Ulliliiute trouMc for cliliatioii.
Tlicr"' no news In the announce
ment that I lie Income tax collections
for V.Ot ccccded those of l'.Mlt. Tax
payer knew It long hko.
IliHteail of eeiixorinii the iiioiiik pic
,turca the reloiiueis can make a lot
by ceiiMMiui: I lie iiuiiio mu pi iie.
I (Hie reuson vliy a liimli on the plain
costs onl) 1'i ivnl while (lie profiteer
I sell a liimli l. 'i for '. rent la that
It's eiitrr to catch the liimli.
That linn lilne to delect liar la a
fc-rcut Invention If It will lmv up the
man who talk one wu ami oie the
Itevlsltii; an ancient proxerh, wie
tmlf of the world doc not know what
the other half is dolnc hut it ia try
IliK It cel hest to tlnd out.
The fame of Vap I destined to suit
side licloie most ol Ihe original IiiIiiiIh
Itaiil knew enough uhout It to ell
rvcholoi:ii'al li rlminatloii nitty he
Heed I 111 occasionally to determine
I whether In cenn. Ih.liil.ty represent a
I ,1111.11,. i.nli.'v hi a sla'e of mind.
Alihrcv luted stvle llnl'i ale that
Women have at last derided that they
are more utiiaitive than a lot of
Wooden eyehroM for women are
now a fad. Tiny will kiow rlnht out
of a km many head without any
rouxltiK at all.
A missionary cluiips thut the presa
aifllatc the Japs, ami he mlt:ht ulo
have said that (lie Jul' Itvtmto aome
of the press.
A polltl.al enemy la one who call
any anythiutt he ehoosea nhout you
without having to hack It up
facta or lists.
A atuillou young Ainerlcuii would
be one who would refuse to go to a
ball liiune so that he could read up on
HiiKiir cane planters In Jamaica are
uw asking for government help. I.aat
year ihe consumers were listing for
The man who hri been (.'muted a
patent on a deck of playing card imiy
have discovered a way of preventing
the llt'ty second card from pelting ot.
The Veiie.iiehiu minister tells the
.National Assim Iiu inn of M iiaif.K Hir
ers Hint money can In' made in Vene
nichi. The trouble I )oll must go
there to make It.
Inroad on the railroad revenue of
the country are also l-ing made by
uioioririick bandit who deprive a
fndk'lil train of it cartfo before, It
reurhc It destination.
I lo you remember the old time
butcher, with a mustache like a worn
out paint brush, who "threw In" a
soup bone and aome dog meat and
gave sou a luriie wiener?
Thut sou who found Ida father In
the act of attempting suicide by hang
ing, and cut til id ilowu, letting hliu full
Ml feet, should have beeu uiore cart
ful, lie might bavt killed his poor
The Majesty of the Law
A Tragi dy, in Three Acts
By Alaon Baker
Bootlegger A Judge
Moonshiner Moonshiner's Daughter
Sheriff and Depu es Sheriff's Wife
Scene I. Morning. The Forest. A moonshine still.
Enter Moonshiner, aolua.
Moonshiner: I wonder why my friend and co-worker
Should linger thus when Phoebus glads the mom?
For we were wont to greet the morning star
Together, cup In hand, but here he comes.
Good morrow, friend. I greet thy tardy steps
With cheerful mien, but deep within my soul
I feel the dim suggestion of a fear.
Bootlegger: Well mayat thou ear, for at the middle watch
Of sable night a messenger arrived
Post haste to me and whispered in the dark
Such tidings as it liked me not to hear,
For it would seem that there are those in pow'r
And holding office at this present time,
Who wish us ill; and shortly will appear
Arm'd with authority and naked steel
To confiscate our whisky and our still.
Moonshiner: I do perceive that thou art speaking sooth,
But who are these misguided, bold bad men?
Bootlegger: A Sheriff and Judge and Deputies.
Scene II. A room in an inn. A Judge, Sheriff, and Deputies
Judge: I tell thee, I am thirstier than thou.
Full twenty days have dragged their weary lengths
Since aught of comfort hath absturged my throat,
And not one jot nor tittle of my thirst
Will I abate, but I will on with thee.
And on and on, until I find a drink.
Sheriff: Thou ravest. In thy mad desire to steal
My lawful perquisites thou dost forget
The seven quarts I stole and shared with thee
A week ago. Thus doth ingratitude
Corrupt judicial nature and destroy
Harmonious accord and equity.
Judge: Thou liest in thy throat The seven quarts
Thou owedst me, and I but took what was mine own.
Sheriff: A pox upon thy words. My parched throat
Methinks could swallow such a flood as pours
Across Niagara's rocks, were water booze.
First Deputy: Peace, Judge, and Sheriff both. This silly strife
Can lead to naught but pain and drier throats.
Second Deputy: Thou speakest well. It doth appear
That we are keepers of a pair of babes.
Sheriff: Peace, varlets, forward march. And. ere the un
Hath touched the zenith on his westward wcy
Well wet our whistles, I devoutly pray.
' Scene III. A moonshine still being dismantled, Moonshiner
working frantically, Bootlegger assisting.
Enter Moonshiner's Daughter.
Daughter: O, Haste and hide the worm! The verdant hills
Re-echo to the tramp of armed men,
And even now the joyful birds have hushed
Their morning songs and hark with open throat
To these invaders of their sylvan grove.
Moonshiner: What way is their advance, and in what force?
Daughter: They're coming down the wind, but I do fear
That they will circle us, Bnd then their sense
Of smell, which hath the keenness of a hound's,
Will lead them straightway up the wind to us.
Their numbers are not great, but what they lack
In numbers they make up in thirst and zeal.
Moonshiner: Ah, woe is me! Ev'n as we speak thoy come!
Enter from three sides Judge, Sheriff, and Deputies.
Sheriff: Ho! Stand, upon the peril of your lives!
Bind ye them nil, and search the woods ar nind
That not one guilty drop may 'scape our eyes,
(Whispering) But let no man presume to find the worm.
Judge: Now let us all unite to search among
The rocks and trees for what they may conceal.
They scatter and search, leaving the prisoners.
Scene I. Same, prisoners on stage, bound.
Enter Judge with jug at one side of rtage, Sheriff at other
with large gourd. Sheriff drinks.
Juilire: (Drinking) 0, potent distillation of the corn,
In all the world there's naught refocillates
And brightens up the legal mind as thou.
I call to mind the days of olden time
When court dispensed their justice 'twix their drinks,
And thinking thus, I am persuaded well.
That after till the old duys were the best.
Now I do feel my better nature rise
And vanquish that which made me mean and Final!,
And I could take them to y heart, who break
The senseless laws of prim society.
But I must weep when thut I think upon
My father dead and gone before my time,
And all their ancestors back to the flood,
For they are dead! 0, dead a million times
In thut they never knew what moonshine is! (Weeps).
Sheriff: O, learned Judge, hail I thy gift of speech
And flow of words, I'd never Stop to weep,
But I would spend loquacious hours in praise
Of these good alchemists, who in our view,
Take all the world and turn it into gold!
I pray thee, speak again and glad mine ears
With kwect poetic talk. My red necked sire
Thought not on culture and scholastic lore,
But ever worshipped Muninion. And with ear ,
Attuned to rude barbaric rhymes and tunes
I sing for ever in my uutrained mind.
Judge: (Drinking) I do mala sweet convivial song,
Which I will sing if I do have the voice,
But cobwebs have beset my thmut of late
And if I can contrive to wash them down, (Drinks)
111 try a stave or two. But what ia this? (See girl).
Ah, beauteous dunisel, who would bind thee thut?
Thy tender limbs were surely fashioned forth
From flesh of baby angels; and thy bloom
Would grace the fairest rose of Paradise. (Cuts her bonds).
I wonder how thou dost contrive to keep
The thieving beet from those red lips of thine!
Sheriff: I fain would hear thee ling, 0, learned Judge,
The song thou promised but a moment hence.
Judge: Sweet damsel, I must sins; for him or we
Will have no peace, for he ia music mail
Sits down beside girl and sings.
"Wish I was in Tennessee,
Sittin' on rail.
One arm around my truelove's neck
And a rabbit by the tail."
Music, fiddle and banjo.
Sheriff sits down on other side of girl.
(Continued on page eight)
"tne of our prominent profesaora
gave an Interview to one of the re
Krter with the understanding that
his liiune must not appear In print."
"Then It evidently got Into the pa
per." "Yes, and now he Is mad heeann
It waa spelled wrong." Kana
Ii v a their wikhIcii wedding,
"Arid. lion, dnrllim," said the wife,
who wa In one of her sweet momla,
"whnt are you lining to give nier"
"I gle ynu myself," said the hn
"Yea; don't you remember ra'llng
me a blockhead laat night
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