t'num City Commercial . established 1890 i
West Tennessee Courier, established 1S97 1
VOL. 18, NO. 13
Consolidated September 1, 1897
UNION CITY, TENN, FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1909.
HARRISON'S SARSAPARILLA SOLD ONLY BY
Telephone 223 r THE "NAILLING DRUG COIVIFJV Te,eP"
Jno. T. Walker, President
H. Dietzel, Vice President
D. N. Walker, Cashier
Hunter Elam, Ass't Cash'r
THE THIRD NATIONAL BANK
Union City, Tennessee
This Bank was organized, succeeding the Commercial Bank, to
meet a growing demand from the public for greater security and
more conservative methods in banking.
, t The management will bestow unusual care in always being able
, and ready to loan reasonable sums at uniform rates to its patrons;
V and each one of its sixty local stockholders are individually and
i collectively an abiding assurance that courtesy and conservatism
'will be its fundamental guide of conduct.
Cash Capital and Surphis, $80,000.00
Stockholders Liability (and every dollar good). 60.000.00
; Security for Depositors: : $140,000.00
GROWING DAILY PROSPEROUS CONSERVATIVE
Accounts Solicited from, $1.00 Up
That Cool Place where they
all go in Summer
Ice Cream Sodas and Sherbets. Go where they
all go and get the best.
Our Motto QUALITY Our Motto
Quick service and we never fail to please.
Give us a trial.
NO CHANGE IN BUSINESS.
The business heretofore conducted by W. S. Jackson will
continue without change under the firm name
W. S. JACKSON & SON
with W. E. Jackson as manager, to handle everything in
the line of
GROCERIES, PROVISIONS, FARMING
IMPLEMENTS, FARM WAGONS
BUGGIES, ETC., ETC.
Strictly CASH after February 1. Get
the pay-cash habit, and not have
the collectors to worry you.
W. E. WALTERS.
Opposite Union Depot.
GEORGE B. WILLIS, Manager
WEST TENNESSEE MONUMENT GO.
American and Foreign Marole and branite Monuments
" Get our prices on all kinds of Cemetery Goods, Curbing,
'-' '. Building Stone, &c. All work finished ir rst-class style.
West of Semones &I$ons' Foundry. " UNION CITY TEKN,
NEW INCOME TAX.
Aldrich Would Levy Small Custom
on Corportion Dividends.
Washington. Next Friday, unless
a further postponement is regarded as
desirable, the finance committee of the
Senate will offer an amendment to the
tarriff bill for a tax of certain propor
tion of corporation incomes as a substi
tuto for the pending individual income
tax amendment, which is supported by
the Democrats and the radical Republi
cans. In just what form the amend
ment -will be drafted has not been de
termined, but the indications are that
it will provide for a tax on corporation
incomes available for the purpose of
paying dividends. The Senate leaders
are now inclined toward this proposi
tion as a means of compromising with
the Republican associates who favor the
imposition of an income tax. There
seems to have been considerable mis
understanding to minds of Senators as
to what was proposed by President Taft
as a way of increasing the government's
revenues without resorting to the ex
pedient of levying a tax on individual
in discussing the matter among
themselves earlier in the week, many
Senators were inclined to believe that
Mr. Taft favored a tax on dividends
paid by corporations to their stock
holders. What Mr. Taft had in mind.
however, according to the present un
derstanding, was a tax on the income
of corporations out of which dividends
could be paid. The matter of taxing
the net earnings of .corporations, which
is regarded by so m e Senators as
amounting practically to the same
thing as taxing corporation incomes
available for dividend purposes, was
talked over among the Senators, but did
not meet with any enthusiastic recep
tion and was virtually abandoned. Now,
however, the situation has changed to
such an extent that the probability is
that the substitute offered by the
finance committee representing the Re
publican leaders will provide for a tax
on the funds of corporations which
could or would be used in paying divi- L
President Taft, while in favor of the
principle of an income tax, is doubtful
of the propriety or utility of providing
for the assessment of a tax on incomes
until the federal constitution has been
amended to overcome the constitutional
objections of the United States Supreme
Court's opinion in the test case arising
in the income tax provision of the Gor
man-Wilson tariff law.. For this rea
son he is inclined to regard as impractic
able the effort of the radical Republican
Senators to put an income tax amend
ment into the pending tariff bill. Hi
is represented as believing that a tax on
the incomes of corporations would be
mucl simpler and a more practicable
ani Risible method of adding to the
revenues of the government, and it is
understood that he has given assur
anees to leading representatives of his
party in in Congress that should they
deem it necessary he will send to the
Senate and House a special message in
tended to show the advantage of such a
tax over a tax on individual incomes.
The Aldrich regulars are inclined to be
optimistic over the outcome or the in
come tax struggle in the knowledge that
the President will assist them in the ef
fort to sidetrack the pending income tax
Senators Cummins, the leader of the
income-taxers among the Republicans,
and Senator Bailey, who has joined
forces with Senator Cummins in behalf
of the Democratic Senators, maintain a
confident aim that they are 'certain to
win when their joint income tax
amendment is placed before the Senate
Mobile and Ohio passenger train while
it was at the Humboldt station late last
night. Bennett and the news butch on
the train became involved in a difficulty
and while they were scuffling, it is said
a pistol discharged and the ball en
tered the right side of Bennett and
lodged on the left. It is generally
thought that it was Bennett's own gun
which was fired and which shot him.
' He was immediately taken to the
Donovan hotel, where medical attention
The news butch was badly hurt on
the head, having been hit by Bennett
with his revolver.
Andrew Bennett Wounded.
Humboldt, Tenn., June 12. Con
stable Andrew Bennett, whose home is
Fruitland, this county, was shot and
dangerously wounded on board a
County Institute Report.
Report of the County Institute of
Obion County, made to the State
Superintendent by the County Super
FACULTY AND DIVISION OK WORK.
C. L. Ridings, conductor. Arith
metie, grammar, primary reading
H. .1. Cox, Physics, McMurray's
Method of Recitation.
L. D. Williams, Tennessee History.
Miss Josephine Tardiff, primary
Institute opened 31st day of May.
Institute closed 5th day of June, 1909.
Number of days devoted to written
examination of teachers, 2.
ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE.
Males, 28; females,59. Total, 87.
In primary course, 62; in secondary
course, 25. Total, 87.
; Average daily attendance, OS. Males
18; females, SO.
Number of applicants examined 59.
nialtfs 11, females 48.
Number of first grade certificates
issued 8; males 2, females 6.
Number of certificates issued 22;
males 3, females 19.
Number of third grade certificates
issued 14; males 1, females 13.
dumber of certificates issued to
persons who have never taught 3; males
1, females 2.
Aumber of certificates issued to
persons who have taught 3 years 11;
males 2, females 9.
First grade certificates C.
Third grade certificates 5.
lue teacners wno attended tne in
stitute were the most earnest that I
have ever seen. The interest mani
fested at all times was intense. The
work of my instructors was all that I
could ask of them, especially the work
of Miss Tardiff in primary methods.
You will notice from the detailed re
port that there were issued only twenty
one certificates while 59 were ex
amined. This does not represent
thirty-seven failures. Some took one
of the subjects in the reading course
and intend to take the other at the
August examination. However there
were twenty-two failures.
In my part of the work at the in
stitute, I attempted to teach methods
altogether, as I thought that the
teachers were in need of that kind of
work more than any other.
C. L. Ridings,
County Supt., Obion County.
Gibbs Wins at Little Rock.
Little Rock, Ark., June 10. Jake
Gibbs, of Uiiion City, Term., captured
the premier honors at the Arkansas
State Sportsman's Association tourna
ment, which closed to-night. Gibbs'
record for the three days is 521 broken
targets out of a possible 550. Harvey
Di.fon of Orongo, Mo., was second with
519, and H. R. Howard of Crockett,
Tex., and A. P. Smith, of Illinois tied
for third with 512. Harold Money
made the highest average among the
professionals with 515.
The two-man team shoot for the State
title was won by J. P. Wright and A.
L. Morgan of Camden, Ark., who' have
won tne title lor successive years.
They broke 47 out of 50 targets. Emil
Voss and C. C. Hanley, of Pine Bluff,
were second with 46.
POPULAR GIRL CONTEST.
Two Prizes Captured Last WeekJ
One to Elbridge and to laves.
Tho young ladies in the popular girl
piano contest are busy in different parts
of the county securing subscriptions and
renewals to The Commercial. A num
ber of reports were made last week and
two prizes were captured. Miss Emma
Lee Thompson, of Elbridge, wins the
20-piece set of Rogers Silverware and
Miss Fannie Milner, of Number Seven,
wins a jewel box. A great many young
ladies in the city and county are be
coming interested. Some are already
in the field at work. Others are en
listed who have not reported. The
piano contest is waxing warm. The
young ladies in the city are somewhat
behind, but we have inside information
that a number of young ladies and
young girls are getting ready for it.
They are, working quietly, and in order
to increase the interest and give the new
contestants an opportunity to get started
we will give extra 500 votes with every
dollar turned in on subscription during
this week and ending June 23, and on
June 26 we will give a handsome chain
and locket to the contestant turning
most votes during that time.
Contestants will bear in milid that
with a few hours work each day they
can get in the lead.
The popular girl piano contest
promises to eclipse anything of the
kind which has ever taken place in the
A number of young ladies and young
girls are watching the outcome. Some
of them are secretly getting pledges
with the idea of making large returns,
and the prospects are indeed flattering
for an unsually lively time. With this
in view it behooves the girl who is in
terested to begin at once. Some one
else may get your subscriptions if you
postpone the matter. We especially
want the girls in town to remember
that they can begin now with practically
an even start, and if you don't do so
some one is going to win a tine piano
with little trouble. Please send for
blanks at once if you want to make
You may win a fine piano and
hardly know that you have made the
The rules are:
1. Any girl or young lady, residing
in Obion County, is eligible to enter.
2. No relative or employee of the
management will be permitted to enter
Every dollar collected for new
subscription entitles the holder to 500
4. Every dollar collected for renewal
or back subscription entitles the holder
to 4oo votes.
5. All moneys collected must be
brought or sent to this office and ballots
will be issued to the required amount.
Send at once for subscription blanks
and orders with instructions how to pro
UPHOLDS ELECTION LAWJ
Chancellor Allison Declares Act of
Chancellor John Allison Tuesday
morning rendered his decision m the
njuction proceeding of the State Board
of Elections against the new board, ap
pointed under the act of 1909, in favor
of the defendants, holding that the act
of 1909 amending the act of 1907 is, as
a whole, constitutional. He expressed
grave doubts as to the validity of the
election of the new board by the Gen
Asembly under the act of 1909, but
held that, if tho election was in any
manner illegal, the illegality is offset
by the election of the same board by
tho Secretary of State, Comptroller, and
Treasurer. The temporary injunction
asked for is denied.
The case was appealed to the State
QThe case decided this morning has
been under consideration by Chancel
lor Allison since Saturday June 5, and
vvlwakcn under advisement after a hard-
$ght contest by eminent legal lights
on either side. John J. vertrees,
James C. Bradford and C. B. Puryear
represented tho complainants, and At
torney-General Chas. T. Gates, Luko
Lea, Pitts & McConnico, and O. K.
Holliday represented the defendants.
The constitutionality of the act was
attacked in many instances, tho con
tention being made that the joint con
vention which elected the State Board
was illegal and that the new law was
vicious in its nature and partisan in its
The law as spread on the statute
books was the outcome of a bitter fight
in the last General Assembly between
the administration and anti-administration
forces. It was the most desperate
fight of all, and realizing its importanco
to one side or other, when all other
means to defeat it failed, thirteen mem
bers of the Senate fled the State to
prevent its passage. At the same time
they left, the resolution calling for a
joint convention was returned by tho
Governor with a veto message. This
was not brought officially to the notice
of the Senate, and on the date set tho
convention was called and an ajourn
ment was taken from day to day while
every effort was made to secure a quo
rum of the Senate.
Failing in this, the convention was
finally held and the election made. It
was then that the convention was de
clared by the opponents of the act to be
unconstitutional, and it was known
that the matter would be settled in the
courts. The various grounds of contest
and the contentions of either side is set
out in the opinion, published herewith,
Memphis is a great city on a mighty
river, and a city of import and export,
a great city of concourse and com
merce. She made a great effort to
entertain the old veterans and succeeded
admirably. We are proud of Memphis
and her reunion.
By order of General Tully Brown
Major General John H. McDowell
opened and held an election at his
headquarters, No. 102 Pcabody Hotel,
at 2 p. m. on the 8th inst., resulting in
the election of E. N. Moore, captain
commanding Company E, First Regi
ment Reserves, Confederate Veterans,
to the colonelcy of the regiment.
Captain Joe Fussell, of Columbia,
commander Company B, was elected
lieutenant colonel of the regiment.
W. O. Gordon, of Trenton, commander
of Company G, was elected major of
General McDowell, much to his re
gret and much against the wishes of
the boys, was compelled to resign his
colonelcy on account of the require
ments of our constitution and by-laws
not allowing a member to hold two
His resignation went into effect on
the 8th inst. By way of comment will
s:iv that Colonel McDowell has or
ganized three new companies for the
Captain Roark, Company F, Dyers
burg; Captain Joe Fuzzell, Company B,
Columbia, and Captain J. K. P. Black
burn, Company H, Lynville. The
regiment now has eight companies.
The regiment will attend the reunion
at Mobile, Ala.
R. W. Towell,
Captain and Adjutant, First Regi
ment Reserves, C. V. N. G. S. T.
Real Estate Transfers.
J. M. Moores et al. to Ross Moores,
life interest in in No. 4, $50.
W. J. Tucker and wife to S. S.
Tucker, 50 acres in No. 12, $1,000. .
A. J. Terrell et al. to J. C. Terrell,
152 acres in No. 7, 52,250.
Bettie Roberts et al. to J. B. Myrick,
43 acres in No. 16, f 1,950.
J. G. Meacham and wife to Jas. W
Norman, 68 acres in No. 16, $4,101.75.
R. Libbey and wife to C. Hickman
and wife, lot in No. 5, $2,000.
W. W. Litton and wife to E. Hillis,
lot in No. 5, $150. . .
A. O. Corum to C. Hicks, lot in No.
5, fl,400. - .
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