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i;s.ter, Parks &His
-Mary Street, Union City
Telephone Hi.
Drs.ter, Parks &HuS:ss
Mary Street, Union City
Telephone 144.
VOL. 16, NO. 35
, Pepper all kinds
Allspice, grain
Ginger Root, powdered, rg Celery
Seed. Mustard Seed. Y Spices,
mixed. i Flavoring Extracts. Pure
Food Products, g g fg
Telephone Your Wants We Deliver the Goods.
and powdered. r Cloves, whole and
powdered. Nutmegs, whole and
powdered, Cinnamon Bark, powder
ed. fg iVlaee, whole and powdered
HlHIing Cor.
Phone 223
Makes more heat than any Coal Mined
In the South. You buy Coal by weight,
you burn Coal by measure. ' ,
A ton of ordinary Coal measures 25 bushels. A ton of
BON AIR Coal measures 26 1-4. The facts and figures
prove conclusively that BON AIR is Best and Cheapest.
Place your order now and get Summer Rate which will
certainly save you money. , Sold only by
We also carry a large supply of cheaper Coal and Seasoned Wood.
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Chief thought in buying Groceries should
be not how cheap, but how good. 'That
has always been OUR controlling thought.
The pronounced growth of our Grocery
business is proof positive that the idea is
correct for you are buying groceries of us
more liberally than ever before. And all
that's here is high grade.
flarble Palaces Being Built for Them Where They
Will Live Like Sybarites.
A glimpse at the luxuries gen
erously furnished tohemselves by
congressmen out of the people's
funds may explain why congress
men are so anxious to retain the
jobs which pay them only
$5,000 a year, and demand nearly
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CEO. H. WILLIS, Geiiarei.1 Manner
floaters and Man
ufacturers of Mar
ble and Granite
Cemetery Work
uiven Careful
I'stimates given on plans for Building Stone, Sills, Lintels, Steps, &c.
, 'Cemetery Curbing. Prices and Work Guaranteed Satisfactory.
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Union City Training School
'" m Opens September, 1906 ,
A school for girls and boys, young men and young
ladies. This is a school noted for thorough work and
splendid discipline. You who contemplate placing
your sons and. daughters in school would make no
mistake in patronizing this school. Address
Jnion City, Tenn.
as much in order to secure re
election, writes George Robert
Agnews in the Washington Post.
They receive more than $5,000,
when comfort and luxury are
considered. In no country in the
world is the legislative body hous
ed with such imperial disregard
of expense. Congress is not sat
isfied with the accommodations
that have served for nearly a cen
tury, and is building two marble
palaces adjacent to the capitol,
where prodigal expenditure is be
ing made to insure the bodily com
fort of the lawmakers.
Each of these palaces will cost
about $7,000,000 furnished. The
furniture has not yet been select
ed, but it will be of the finest and
richest description. The build
ings are of the most ornate and
lasting construction, built largely
by day labor under the direction
of the superintendent of the capi
tol, who has every incentive to
please his only masters, the Sen
ate and House. These great ex
penditures are made by Congress
without regard to other branches
of tbe government. The Presi
dent, for example, has nothing to
say for or against the expense, and
could not stop it if he would. If
Congress sees fit to, make the pil
lars of these palaces "of jasper or
chalcedony, there would be no
one to say it nay. Under the cir
cumstances it is perhaps in order
to stand aghast at the moderation
of men who have the United States
treasury at their disposal.
Until the new buildings are
ready, Congressmen and Senators
must struggle along under the
hardships of life "under the
dome," as the capitol is sometimes
described. Of course, there is no
comparison between present con
ditions and those which will pre
vail when the palaces of legislation
have been completed and stored
with their treasures of Persian
rugs, marble baths, statutes, frost
e d globes, fountains, leather
couches, velvet carpets and so on
But public men manage to extract
a little comfort from their present
surroundings, after all, assisted as
they are by an army of flunkeys
and a force of workmen, who are
forever altering, repairing, and
improving the ancient capitol.
The Congressman from Podunk,
or Smith's Crossroads,-is a little.
taken aback when he first expe
riences tbe pleasures of life under
the dome. This is because he was
not fully "onto the ropes." After
he is sworn in, he is mighty apt
in learning all about his perquisi
tes. He discovers that the station
ary room is open and that beauti
ful Christmas gifts may be pur
chased there for a trifle. He finds
a credit of $ 125 at this place, ready
to be blown in. He is obsequi
ously addressed by old, diplomat
ic servitors, who take his overcoat
and hat and show him the way to
the barber shop. There expert
barbers meet him cordially, and
shave him, cut his rustic locks,
give him an electric shampoo and
a massage, and hand him over to
the keeper of the baths.
These baths are the joy of a
congressman serving his first term.
He visits them oftener than he
ever dallied with the tub and tea
kettle in the old home kitchen of
a Saturday night. He finds the
same kind old servants ready to
help him. He is assisted in di
vesting himself of his garments,
and his faithful helper an old
darkey who is carried on the rolls
as a "laborer" wraps him in a
big, creamy Turkish towel. He
proceeds along the warm marble
floor to the gigantic basin called a
bath tub. It is a solid block of
whitest marble, voluptiously carv
ed into a bath, and filled with
gleaming silver faucets, through
which gushes filtered hot or cold
water. Tbe attendant looks after
the water supply, produces a fresh
cake of expensive soap for the
bather, , and proceeds to initiate
The man from Podunjt never
experienced a bath like that be
fore. He closes his eyes and im
magines he is lord of a harem in
Stamboul. The drowsy gurgle of
the water, the expert manipula
tion of the attendant, tbe scent of
attar of roses, and the soft delight
of fluffy blaoketB and towels on a
downy couch lull him to sleep.
He is never disturbed. Ho is im
mune from telephone, bell or per
sonal call. When he arouses him
self he is rubbed down by a skill
ed masseur, who is paid as a "mes
senger," and if he is a little lan-
guid and likes the sensation.
electric massage Machine is ap
plied to bis sensitive shoulders and
trunk. If his nails need polish
. . m
mg, a manicure is at his service,
Then the attendant helps to dress
him, and he returns via elevator
to the hall of the house ready to
read the newspapers and write let
ters to constituants. The morn
ing's pleasures, from the moment
the overcoat is removed by the
servant until the luncheon hour,
have not cost the Congressman a
These baths, massage treat
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menus, oaroer snops, etc., are
maintained at the expense of the
people of the United States.
There are about twenty exquisitely
fitted bath rooms on the house
side of the capitol, each with its
attendant ready to administer the
poppy of repose to the weary
statesman, without money and
without price except for occasion:
al tip. There are Russian, Turk
ish, Roman and Swedish bathing
arrrngements, all administered by
skilled attendants, who do noth
ing else and who are described of
ficially as laborers, messengers or
clerks. Some of these bath at
tendants are paid liberal salaries,
but through the method adopted
by Congress in paying them, it is
impossible to tell what they get.
One of the old-time attendants,
who developed especial skill, and
who recently died leaving a com
fortable fortune, is supposed to
have received 13,000 a year in sal
ary and tips. The barber who
succeeds in getting a job in the
house barbershop is envied by his
fellows. It is a poor year when
he cannot make $2,000 working
six months.
The member from Podunk, if he
is wise," soon .discovers that the
house restaurant is a pleasant place
with its courteous waiters, who
have served great men time out of
mind. They treat the new mem
ber well, and if he is the right sort
he soon finds delicate tid-bits on
his plate which are unknown to
the vulgar horde. The mysterious
word goes down to the cook, and
he outdoes himself in fashioning
delicasies to suit the jaded palate
of the Podunk statesman, .whose
previous experience has been con
fined largely to beans, cracklin'
bread and pot-liquor excellent
nutrition itself, but not arrogant
in its pretentions. The member
discovers also a method of buying
choice Haranas a little under the
regular rate.
In his committee room the Po
dunk lawgiver reigns a little king.
He sits at a solid mahogany desk
with antiqe brass trimmings. His
chair is big, roomy and softly up
bolstered, either in leather or vel
vet. On the walls of the finer
rooms are paintings, the work of
gifted artists brought to Wash
ington especially for the purpose
of adorning the walls with their
art. Occasionally when an espe
cially fine painting is in need of a
shelter, the Podunk Congressman
finds a place for it on the walls o
his committee room. Some 0
these paintings are the work of
American masters, for which Con
gress paid as high- as $25,000
' fri j . .
.1 ney represent inspiring scenes
the national history, artfully cal
culated to arouse the smoldering
fires of patriotism in the breast o:
the man from Podunk.
At home, in Podunk, the elect
of his fellows is ready to drink
out of a tin dipper, or even from
the old oaken bucket. But at the
capitol he finds that Apolinaris.
White Rock, Great Bear, and half
a dozen other mineral waters are
necesssary. His secretary draws
liberally on these supplies, which
are yaid for of course, by the
treasury. They are placed in a
refrigerator, with plenty of ice,
and during the hot months are con
sumed in enormous quantities. The
general public" discoverd long
ago that expensive mineral water
was free at the capitol, and many
a thirsty hanger-on regales him
self at the public expense.
Sometimes the wife of the mem
ber from Podunk wants to shine a
little socially, at small expense.
Then he works the graft of the
Botanic Garden. A government
employe drives to the member's
house in a government wagon and
deposits a load of choice cut flow
ers, potted plants, &c., from the
government gardens. After the
dinner, Mrs. Podunk enhances her
reputation for charity by sending
the flowers to the poor. In the
course of a winter influential leg
islors sometimes obtain thousands
of dollars' worth of flowers from
the government without expend
ing a cent.
If the feast of good things should
upset the Podunker, he languidly
touches the bell at his desk, and
sends his faithful colored messen
ger to the sergeant at-arms, with
a request for some medicine. The
sergeant-at arms keeps himself
solid with the lawmakers by look
ing after their bodily health. In
order to do this he must have a
good assortment of drugs, and, of
course, the government foots the
bill. There are pills galore, bro
mo seltzer, quinine, calomel and a
hundred other emedies prescrib
ed by physicians. If -a member
should be seriously and suddenly
ill, there is usualy among his col
leagues a practising physician,
who prescribes for him-at govern
ment expense.
All members of Congress enjoy
the "courtesy" of the telegraphy
and telephone companies that is,
they can Bend messages free any
where in the United States. It is
common rumor that telephones are
furnished to members at their resi
dences at reduced rates, and some-'
times free. Of course, they are'
entitled to-newspapers, which are
delivered at their homes and paid
for by Uncle Sam. Occasionally a
Senator takes a liking to a maga
zine and has it sent to his house.
But the bill goes to the capitol and
is paid by the good natured ser
geant-at arms.
As the session draws to a close
the Podunk statesman finds that
he has mdde a. number of good
friends among his colleagues, and
it pains him to think that he must
be separated from them for sev
eral months while he is plodding '
away in his dingy law office at
Podunk. So a junket is arranged,
either by special Pullman train or
by special Government steamer.
for the purpose of "inspecting",
the wild west, or Porto Rico, or
the Panama canal. These junket
ing trains and steamers are luxuri
ously furnished, and the seargent-
at arms has charge of them, seeing,
that the members are treated to
the best food, wines, cigars, &c,
hat money will buy.
When the new House and Senate
palaces are completed there will
be a better opportunity for the
sergeant-at arms to carry out hia
plans for the comfort of the law-
mikers. He is cramped now. but
hen he will have everything-
handy. In the first place, each
(Concluded on pae four.)
Flys off Your StocK.
Cents per Pint. f
W H ITE B U R CHA R D , D RU G G I S T S js?

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