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MARSHALL A BAIRD, Editors and Publisher
Entered at tba post office t Union City, Ten
m Hcuuu-t-iBH mail inaiu-r.
Telephone: 103
That article which appeared in
the Troy News Banner last week
respecting the work accomplished
oy bam Lancaster in Madison
ouniy is worm reading, it was
reproduced from the Breeders
Gazette, but it contains much that
is similar to the speech made by
Lancaster himself when he ad-
dressed the Worshipful County
Court of Obion County a few
months ago. The article is worth
saving and reproducing and
With more light upon the sub
ject we have about reached the
conclusion that Obion County
euouiu issue Donus ror tne con
struction of good roada. For some
time we have held this to be a
mooted question. In the first place
we cannot have good roads until
we have hard roads. We have
also reached that conclusion after
reviewing the experience Union
City has had with her streets. Not
longer than a few, days ago we
rode with Mr. Semonea in his
buggy over the streets. They were
in a horrible shape. Streets that
he had worked and rolled and
packed were hub deep . in mud
, n
no use, - sum air. eraoues; "you
can't do anything with them! Obion
County dirt won't make good
roads." So it is with. the streets
which are graded. Every year it
is necessary to lay on more grave
and still they are muddy and fu
of holes. We remember .only
few years ago hearing Mayor Jno
T. Walker say that it was useless
to attempt making good roada b'
covering the dirt in Obion County
with gravel, for the reason that
the gravel would sink too far be
low the surface for practical pur
All the experiments needed to
show that anything short of hard-
surfaced roads will be a failure in
Obion County have been thor
oughly made upon the streets of
Union City. With these facts be
fore us, the only alternative is the
construction of bard roads, and the
only way we can hope to secure
hard roads is through the issuance
of bonds. And right here we take
occasion to reprint a part of that
letter, in order to show that the
sentiment prevailing here now was
the same then in Madison County:
It took a lot of effort to move the
authorities, but at last a little begin
ning was mado and some stone laid
down. There was much opposition.
. Yet the people liked the road, and the
road sprouted.. In 1(.0.1 the roads in
winter became Impassable, men came
in for groceries afoot. A great meet
. log was called to discuss roads and
ways and means, 8am Lancaster back
of it all. He had a bill drawn em
powering the issuing of bonds for road
building to the amount of $150,000,
and put in care of a friend shrewd in
such matters. The meeting was a
warm one. and the discussion took
very varied sides. Most of the "con
sefvatives" were opposed to bonds;
'tax and pay as we go'! was their argu
ment. That meant ''nothing doing."
After weary arguments and no appar
ent progress, an old man arose, a tired
old man, splattered with red mud from
head to foot, h 1 s boots caked with
mud, bis trousers painted with it. In
a feeble voice and with a deprecating
manner tills old man said:
"Mr. Chairman, I live out a few
miles from town, I have a little farm
and a little sawmill, 1 can't come to
town now in any other way than afoot.
1 came to this merchant's store (turn
ing to one of the strongest opponents
of the bond issue) and bought about
15 worth of groceries to day. I will
carry them home on my back. It is
the only way I can take them home.
Now I need more than $25 worth of
things from his store, and if 1 could
get to town with my team I could
bring enough stuff that I have for
sale in one lead to pay for the store
things. 1 would like to see a good road
before I die. Mr. Chairman, I must
be going 800U, for it is a long walk
through the mud to my place."
A silence fell upon the assembly.
The merchant was abashed, then he
Llmself arise ar"l offered a resolution
cal'lng for the drafting of a bill to
bond the county. And the committee
retired for five minutes, when they
came back, and the spokesman, to
Lancaster's astonishment, read the
draft of a bill issuing bonds to the
amount of $300,000.
The psychological moment had ar
rived, he was shrewd enough to know
it, and had doubled the agreed upon
figures. With no dissenting voice the
resolution carried, the bill went to
the Legislature, the bonds were is
sued and the good roads movement
was on.
. Now comes a salient feature of
the hard-road proposition. When
the hard roada were completed no
more road tax was needed for
roads in those districts. That ques
tion had been solved. No more
road work was needed, and the
money which was collected for
that purpose went into a sinking
fund to liquidate the bonds when
they fell due. , '
What do you think of that, gen
tlemen? No increase in road tax,
good roads, and a fund provided
for the payment of the bonds.
Can you beat it?
There may be a day when the
Obion County Court will be glad
to listen to a man like Sam Lan
caster. There isn't a bigger man
in the State and none better
equipped in his work morally,
mentally and physically than the
man who made Jackson and Madi
son County what it ia.
adjustment lies in the hands of
contending forces the organiza
tion of the producing element
The farmers, the miners, the me
chanics.' They are the only legit
imate power on the ether side of
the balances, and it rests with
them whether they organize and
contend for these rights.
Politicians should begin to learn
that the entire weight of financial
conditions does not rest upon their
Changing the tariff from the
protective to the revenue basis,
while great and good doctrine, is
much less potent than the power
of the producer concentrated and
used to rectify peculating and
grafting schemes.
Above all Providence has a great
er hand in our prosperity or ad-
verses than all the other elements
combined, and no amount of legis
lation could make a good crop
year, or a succession of good crops.
Therefore let us have constitu
tional laws and those which we can
enforce. If not, then don't waste
time and money undertaking to
establish useless and inconsistent
We are living in a republic, that
is we are living under that impres
sion, but it looks like there are
hundreds and thousands of people
who are either ignorant or disre
spectful of our public institutions,
It is hard to believe that there are
members of State Legislatures,
and even members of Congress,
who have not read the Constitu
tion of the United States, but the
way some measures have been in
troduced into and acted upon by
these law-makings bodies is evi
dence of the fact that there 'are
men in high places totally igno;
rant of its provisions, which: wore
intended to be the foundation, of
all pur laws; either that or people
have grown to respect that ancient
and honored instrument no more,
and care less what kind of gov
ernment we have.
The gross neglect or inexcusable
ignorance of many legislators in
drawing their bills to comply with
the provisions of the Constitution
is too palpable when some of (he
recent efforts at legislation have
been considered, and even some
of the laws which are now on the
books. There are conspicuous in
stances of these things. Some
men think they have a right to
ignore Constitution, precedent
and everything else m making
aws against trusts and corpora
tions, lnese concerns nave the
power to wield a world of influ
ence ror good or baa. liut we
would rather see every trust and
combine in the United States
thrive and fatten and wax greater
and stronger than that the liber
ties and rights of our Constitutional
government should be threatened.
The signs of crumbling of the
greatest and best if not the most
powerful government on earth,
or that thistory gives us any ac
count, are more menacing than all
the ills of commercialism. There
are no immediate indications oi
these things, but there is an insid
ious disregard for Constitutional
rights, with a gradual threatening
beaurdcracy and autocracy.
'ubiic officials are asking for more
salaries and excises are growing, j
Cavsar ia demanding more tribute.
Who is the paymaster f JNot tne
Government, but the people. The
commoner pays the tax. An equit
able apportionment of pay ia some
times wholesome, but a general
demand for more pay by our pub
ic servants is not porteiotioua of
the simple life, as taught by our
But dropping the salary busi
ness as a small affair, it is the
opinion of every eminent author
ity that the evil of trusts and cor
porations cannot be successfully
com batted 'with legislation, such
as we have constitutional author
ty to pass. The burden of this
The Union City Merchants As
sociation ia endeavoring to land a
concrete-block plant. The secre
tary ia now in correspondence with
a very reputable concern with
good prospects. The vice presi
dent, W. O. Reynolds, stated that
it was the purpose of the associa
tion to double the population of
Union City in five years, and he
added that it could be easily done.
It has always been our opinion
and we believe it yet that Union
City can be made to grow larger
and better. We have advantages
that no other town has in the
whole State leaving out the cities
First we have a country sur
rounding Union City as rich and
fertile as the land of the Nile the
best agricultural county in the
CI i j mi t
state, l nat is a lact ana it is
enough if we had nothing else in
the world. But we have the fin-'
est city schools and churches. We
have pure healthy water coming
from artesian wells, as fine as the
earth affords. What next, we
have 4000 healthy, sensible, hospi
table, intelligent, industrious and
religious people. Isn't that enough
to guarantee a city. This should
have been a city long ago with the
right kind of enterprise.
We have now the men who
propose to look after our commer
cial and industrial growth, and
they are good and reliable citizens.
That they are fully in earnest
and confident that the results will
meet their anticipations there is lit
tle doubt.
They will meet drawbacks and
discouragements. The first will be
knockers. Without meaning to
be disrespectful it must be said
that we have such people. Then
there comes the citizen who tells
you that he would help you, but
your scheme is not practical.
Wonder'if all the schemes which
built Chicago are impractical.
Treat the wise citizens and knock
ers with the greatest respect, but
push ahead regardless of what they
say, keeping at it, day in and day
out. -
If this recipe fails in Union City
with its natural surroundings and
internal advantages, then there is
no hope for us. But never let an
opportunity pass. Inaugurate
what in the wisdom of the associ
ation is the best plan, then move
ahead with the spirit and determma
tion to succeed. Tim method 'will
work to our advantage and no man
on earth can successfully contra
dict it. ' " t. , )
The T ennessee Legislators have
introduced the usual influx of bills
to be passed upon at this session,
and not a few of them are wholly
absurd. One in particular is with
out the semblance of excuse. This
is the bill to prohibit the sale of
or trathc in what are known as
patent medicines in the State of
Tennessee, the result of which
would be neither a benefit nor an
advantage practically to any per
son in the State, but, on the con
trary, would act as an obstruction
to the enforcement of the National
Pure Food and Drugs Act. What
the purpose was in offering this
bill is hard to tell. It would be
worth very little to the physician,
for nearly every doctor is directly
1 a, ra
or mairectiy interested in some
pharmacy in bis town. Then who
could it benefit. There are lots o:
good medicines manufactured a
over the country, and many peopl
are not only interested in the man
u fact u re, but in their use.
The Federal law regulates inter
state commerce in drugs and medi
cines, requiring that the label of
every medicine shall tell only the
simple truth and that the presence
of alcohol or any narcotic drugs
in a medicine shall bo disclosed
upon tne label, lnis act was
framed after seventeen years o
discussion and is certainly worthy
of a fair trial.
It is not our intention to take
sides with the manufacturers of
patent" medicines against phy
sicians, or anyone else, but the
tendency these days to legislate in
tne interest or classes is passing
beyond the limits of constitutional
boundf. Many of these are good
medicines, and they are generally
known to have meritorious proper
ties in them. Many perhaps are
inferior. If so the pure food and
drugs act will cover the case, and
that is what it is intended for. If
the medicines are good then the
manufacturers should be protected
in their constitutional rights just
the same as any other person,
whether he is a physician, drug
gist or engaged in any other
profession or legitimate pursuit.
You've tried the rest, now try the
best Sunshine Flour
We present our readers
week with the full text of Gover
nor Patterson's message to the
Tennessee Legislature. The doc
ument has been commented upon
as a plain, straight-forward, prac
tical compendium of suggestions
respecting the kind of laws needed
in the State. Mr; Patterson ad
heres to his pre-election platform
to every way, and the reader can
get a complete review by reading
it all.
An Ordinance
Relating to the Violation of Sun
day Laws with Regard to the
Sale of Merchandise.
The following is a true copy of Sec
tion 3, Chap. 23, on page 100 of the
Code of Union City:
Sec. 3. If any grocer, merchant, or
any other person doing business in
Union City, shall open the door or
doors of his business house, or keep
them open on Sunday for the pur
pose of doing business, be shall be
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and
on conviction thereof shall be fined
not less than five nor more than fifty
dollars for each offense, Provided, that
this ordinance shall not apply to liv
ery sabtles, hotels, railroad depots and
ticket offices and restaurants; Provid
ed further, that druggists shall be per
mitted to open their stores or store
houses for the purposeof selling drugs,
and that bakeries shall be allowed to
remain open until nine o'clock in the
morning and to open again at Ave
o'clock on each Sunday."
Published by request. . "
We have the exclusive sale of this line and now
have a complete assortment in stock. They're
Eastern grown and Eastern packed, and we guar
antee this line to be snnprinr tn nnvrliintr Vvpt
jgj handled in this city. They come to us direct from
j) the canning plant at Rochester, New York.
and it is
.under a
Is another one of our braer lines,
penect satistaction. We sell it
guarantee, and have never had a lot returned.
You will find our store headquarters for all
the good things for the table during the
Christmas Holidays
Two Phones204 and 230
Cofiee 1
giving H
Grissom I
Three Delivery Wagons
35" AIB
Makes more heat than any Coal Mined
in the South. You buy Coal by weight,
you burn Coal !y measure.
A ton of ordinary Coal-measures 2; bushels. A ton of
BON AIR Coal measures The facts and firrures
prove conclusively that BON AlRTs Best and Cheapest.
P1nrp vniir rrdr tinw rrA rrif .Qiitntnt-' Pnfa ,Viis1. .rJ11
wm U V .. CX-tt W J LI ii i 1 J I V 1 1VULL. I. II il 1 i Will -
certainly save you money. Sold only by
We also carry a large supply of cheaper Coal and Seasoned Wood.
y ii
of the Finest Coffee in town for $1.00 and we
will present you with another pound with,
every dollar's worth you buy. Guarantee it.
Will furnish you Groceries of all kinds at
Mo n e y-S a ving.'Pri ces
Telephone 421. ::: Free Delivery
After Years of Experiance Gives the
Following Advice.
"If you have anything to do with
medicines at all be pretty sure you
know what you are taking."
One of the Proprietors of the Red
Cross Drug Store, says this is atrong
point in favorof their aluableeod liv
er preparation, Vinol. Everything it
contains is plainly printed on the la
bel, therefore it is not a patent medi
cine, v
Vinol contains in a highly concen
trated form all the medicinal ele
ments of cod liver oil, actually taken
from fresh cods' livers, but with the
useless, neauseating oil - eliminated
and tonic iron, which is a needful con
stituent for the blood, added.
This is the reason that V Inol accom
plishes such wonderful results in cur
inir chronli coughs, colds, bronchial
and lung taubles, and there is noth
ing known to medicine that will so
quickly build Up the run down, over-
workea, urea ata aionuai,ea, or give
stength and renewed vitality to tne
aged, as Vinol.
wecanoniy asi- every person in;
Union City who neelssuch a medicine
to try Vinol on our offer to return
their money if it fails. Ited Cross
Drug Store, Watson & Kimzey, Props I
Note. While we are sole agents for
Vinol in Union City, it 's now for sale
at the leading drug stores in nearly
every town and city in the country.
Look for the vinol agency in your
town. V'V
Physician and Surgeon.
Office Nailling's Corner, near Postoffice.
Phone 41.
to 10 a. m.
to 3 p. m.
The air of excluaivcness that distinctive touch so
much desired in our Diamond Brand dress shoes, is not
there by accident. .
Diamond Brand styles are designed by an officer of this
Company, who has won his snurs as a master of footwear
Moreover, Diamond Brand Dress Shoca are made by
the best paid shoe-workmen, of the highest grade lcr.thcrs.
They fit faultlessly, snug up under the arch beautifully,
and hold their shape.
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