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VOL. 17, NO. 22
Tnion City Commerettl, establlehel 1 "i9"- consolidated September 1, 1897.
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UNION CITY, TENN, FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1907.
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NEGRO TAKEN FROM SHERIFF
Assailant of Mrs. Cowan Expiates
Hia Crime. ,
Tiptonville, Tenn., August. 16.
Will Clifford, the negro who assault
'ed and murdered Mrs. Mary Cowan,
was taken from the sheriff's posse
early yesterday morning, eighteen
miles from Tiptonville, and hanged
to a tree. He is said to have con
fessed. A mob ot at least 300 citi
zens of Lake County did its work
in a very orderly manner, and then
quietly dispersed. The death ot
Clifford leaves only one other negro
in tbe county, and he is preparing
The crime for which Clifford was
lynched was an atrocious one. His
victim was 56 years old, and lived
with her aged husband near Reel-
foot. She was picking berries on
the Coppen farm, where she lived,
and was waylaid by the negro, who
dragged her into a thicket and
strangled her to death. He then
dragged the body to a bluff and
tossed it into the river, where it
was later found. This was on
Tuesday morning, but "the body
was not recovered until Thursday
afternoon. When Mrs. Cowan failed
to return home at night a party
was sent in search ot her. The
spot where she had been murdered
was soon found, and the body
traced by the footsteps of the negro
to the river bank. It was noticed
that one of the shoes worn by the
murderer of the aged woman had
no heel on it, and when Clifford was
arrested it was discovered that one
of his shoes was minus a heel.
Wednesday night Clifford was
lodged in the Tiptonville jail. At
leastlbis was the information, and
a crowd of several hundred gather- j
ed, and after marching to the jail
demanded that the prisoner be
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turned over to them. Sheriff Cor
lew permitted those in the crowd to
go through the jail, telling, them
that the negro had been taken to
Dyersburg. Later it developed that
the sheriff had secreted the negro
in a barn and that he had not been
taken to Dyersburg at all.
Thursday evening the sheriff and
one of his deputies secured a con
veyance and drove toward the Ken
tucky line with the prisoner. They
passed over the border into Ken
tucky, but the news of their de
parture spread and the crowd pur
sued them, overtaking the sheriff
and his prisoner near Mable, Ky
at midnight Thursday night.
Tbe crowd took the negro from
the sheriff and put him through a
sweating process. The confession,
however, was not wrung from him
until he was about to be hanged.
U. S. Civil Service Examinations.
A competitive examination under
the rules of the U. S. Civil Service
Commission for the position of clerk-
carrier in the post office, at Union
City, Tenn., will be held on Septem
ber 11, 1907, commencing at 9 a. m.
Applications for this examination
must be made on the prescribed
form, which, with the necessary in
structions, may be obtained from
the Commission's local representa
tive, Miss G. H. Dodson, at the
post office, Union City, Tenn.
Applications will not be accepted
unless received by the Secretary
Civil Service Board, Atlanta, Ga.,
before 4 o'clock p. m. Sept. 4. All
persons wishing to take this exam
ination should secure blanks and
fill them out at once in order to
allow time for any necessary cor
rections. When you have Real Estate to
sell or rent, place it with us. Our
commissions are reasonable. Car
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Files His Grievance With Board and
The following letter addressed
to "Jno. T. Walker, President
Board of Health Union City, 2d
notice," was received by him
through the mail:
Board Mayor and Aldermen:
And still the "dump" stands on first
street back of O'Donnell's shop as a
disgrace to the city and a black mark
to the present administration.
We can put up with having to take
the middle of the road since our walks
have been monopolized by the weeds,
but we can't stand everything.
How long, oh Lord, how long? Gen
tlemen, we pay as much taxes as any
body, and we intend to have our
rights. If things have not been rem
edied by September 1 we will appear
before a magistrate and indict the
whole works. Is this plain enough?
This is not all; a new administration
is a good thing some times. We may
try this expedient. A word to the
wise ought to be sufficient. ;
Aug. 15, 1907.
A Tax Payer.
THE SIAYOK's REPLY.
The above letter has just , been
received by me, and I would not
think of replying to it in this
public manner were it not for the
fact that 1 will not only be able to
reach the anonymous author of
the letter, but other citizens as
well, and explain why many
needed improvements are not
made now as promptly as they
usually are, and as I would like to
have them done.
The complaint about weeds being
along the sidewalks is well taken,
and it has been my wish, as well
as that of the entire Board, that
the weeds should be kept cleaned
off, but, as all should know, the
city has been torn up for the last
three months with the improved
street building that's going on,,
and the street overseer and force
have been kept busy repairing
broken culverts, bridges and water
pipes to prevent damage to people
and stock passing to and fro in
the city, and to avoid consequent
suits for damages that might
A law was enacted by the last
Legislature giving the city power
to pass an ordinance compelling
owners of real estate in the city to
cut the weeds on their own prop
erty adjacent to the sidewalks, as
well as other places. The reason
I have not asked the City Council
to pass an ordinance in conformity
to the statute referred to, is that
the city has so much on its hands
at this time lawsuits, street-building,
etc. that I do not think it
wise to pass an ordinance that is
not strictly necessary. at this time,
that would precipitate at least half
dozen lawsuits upon it before!
the law could be enforced.
The enforcement of such a law
would mean that property would
have to be sold if its terms were
not complied with, and much of
the real estate in the city being
owned by non-residents, expensive
litigation would necessarily follow
such an enactment.
The writer of the communica
tion above, being a heavy tax
payer, as he states, should come
before the Board or the city of
ficials personally and explain his
grievances and not remain in the
background when he asks that
things be done to which he is en
titled. He should know the city
officials are very hard pressed at
this time, that they work for com
paratively nothing, and that the
amount of money at their disposal
is limited, and all should be willing
to help and encourage them instead
of doing all they can, as many are
doing, to discourage and make
them know their efforts are not
I do not know at this time what
the trouble is at the "dump" re
ferred to, but will have the matter
investigated and report to the City
Council in the usual way, and any
nuisance that may be found there
will be abated as quickly as it can
I know that a year or more ago
a complaint was made that the
Dahnke-Walker Milling Co. was
blowing dust or chaff from their
mill at the place referred to, and
that the citizens near by were an
noyed in consequence. The Board
instructed the Marshal to have
this nuisance abated, and I sup
pose it was done, as I heard no
more about it.
From certain parts of the com
munication the public will have an
idea of what the city officials have
to submit to while performing
their duties as best they can, and
it appears that all fair-minded
people will be willing to be patient
at least till the street force can be
released from the pressing needs
referred to, when they will have
more time to give to other things
of less importance.
Jno. T. Walker, Mayor.
bmce writing the above l am
advised that an anonymous letter
was read to the Board at its last
regular meeting calling attention
to the same trouble. The Board
ordered the matter examined into
and any nuisance found there
abated, and the Marshal was in
structed to see that this was done,
I was absent from the city at the
time and did not know of the
above letter or complaint until the
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Opens Monday, Aug. 26,1907
FOUND DEAD IN WELL.
Believed That She Committed Suicide
On Account of Illness.
Hickman, Ky., Aug:. 16. Mrs.
Alec Rice, living three milea east of
town, committed suicide this morn
ing; about 9 o'clock by jumping into
a well. Tbe cause is not known,
but she had told the family a few
days ago that she was going to kill
herself, and they have been watch
in? her. but she succeeded this
morning and she was dead when
found. She was a daughter ot Mr.
and Mrs. Johnson McWhinney, and
they have always made their home
with Mrs. Rice. She was about 30
years of age. This was quite a
surprise to every one, as she was a
sweet, amiable woman and was
loved by all who knew her. She
was a member of tbe Baptist Church
at Poplar Grove and was buried at
that place. She has no children,
but leaves two sisters and an aged
mother and father besides many
other relatives and friends to mourn
Married at Obion.
Tbe marriage of Miss Mettie
Dycie Pearce to Willis Fox occurred
Wednesday night at the First Bap
tist Church ot this city, Rev. Ross
Moore officiating, Dr. S. D. Yon
gen attended the groom as best
man. The attendants were Misses
Nell and Clara Brown, Maidu Gar
rett and Mary Cunningham; Messrs.
Oscar Lovell, Hon. T. O. Morris,
Wilkes Buchanan and Mercer
Pearce. Miss Anna Mai Sharp
rendered Mendelssohn's Wedding
March, and Miss Pearl Brown gave
a vocal selection of "All For You."
The bride was given away by her
sister, Mrs. Mai Mobley. Tbe bride
and groom left immediately for a
short trip to Trenton, alter which
they will be at home at the Com
mercial Hotel, Obion, Tenn.
Folding bed and cotton mattress
only $13 50, at Bell Furniture Co.
See it to-day. '
Troy owes a debt of gratitude to
Mr. John W. Bennett for his public
spirit shown in taking tbe lead in
the repair of the old courthouse.
The roof, as well as portions of the
foundations, was rotten. It has
been overhauled throughout and an
expensive tin root put on. Tbe
floor will be seated for justice's
trials, mayor's courts, public speak
ings, suppers and so on, wbiJe toe
upper floor will be turned into a
fine opera house. News-Banner,
BENJ. F. HOWARD.
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