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VOL. 18, NO. 14
Union City Cqmmercial, rtnbjtxjie jfW j ColMoMlnud September 1, 1897
West Tennessee Courier, esUibbhlit'l i )
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Telephone 223
Jno. T. Walker President
H. Dietzei,, Vice President"
Union City
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.
The management will bestow unusual care in always being able
and ready to loan reasonable sums at uniform rates to its patrons;
and each one of its' sixty local stockholders are individually and
collectively an abiding assurance that courtesy and conservatism
will be its f undamental guide of conduct.
Cash Capital and Surplus. L: 2.. i $80,000.00
Stockholders Liability (and every dollar good). 60.000.00
Security for Depositors. JS- - $140,000.00
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.
The business heretofore conducted by W. S. Jackson will
continue without change under the firm name
with W. E. Jackson as manager, to handle everything in
" the line of
? South Side Telephone 24 Union City
Walters' Cafe
Strictly CASH after February 1. Get
the pay-cash habit, and not have
the collectors to worry you. " -
Phone 49 Opposite Union Depot.
American and Foreign Marble and Granite Monuments
Get our prices on all kinds of Cemetery Goods, Curbing,
,.-". Building Stone, &c. All work finished lr JTrst-class style.
West of Semones fcSons Foundry.
D. N. Walker, Casnier
Hunter Ei,am, Ass't Cash'r
Phone 109.
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Reproduced from the Nashville Ban
ner. Washington, D. C, June 19. Never
was Ed. Carmaek so missed by real
Democrats as now. What a reinforce
ment he would be to them in this tariff
debate in the United States Senate! This
is general remark at this Capitol, where
ho niado a name unsurpassed for elo
quence in delivery andv power in argu
ment. What a thorn he would be in
the side of the Lodge, and what a with
ering .sarcasm he would have for the
protection of Democrats, who have re
jected an opportunity as propitious as
that which came to the old party after
the passage of the McKinley tariff of
The cotton schedule has been before
the Senate for some days, and it was
the work of Republicans Nelson, Dol
liver and LaFollette that has laid bare
the infamies of a taxation of 52.32 per
cent, on an article of universal con
sumption. Indeed 90 per cent, of the
items of the bill enjoy an absolutely
prohibitive tariff, and the other 10 per
cent, will be further protected in the
bill they are hatching. Just think of
it our cotton manufacturers annually
turn out a product over $1,000,000,000
in value, "and the imported stuff is
worth only a beggarly $00,000,000.
That is not protection; that is a prohibi
tion that amounts to an ab.-l.lute mo
nopoly. No wonder New Enjand cot
ton mills declare dividends of 60 per
cent. In this connection, everyone
should read Gore's reply to Lodge.
There is not a man wearing a "biled
shirt" in the United States, or a wo
man with a pair of cotton stockings on
her shanks, who was not forced to pay
exorbitant prices for them "to pro
tect" the cotton spinners of New Eng
land, who discharged their American
labor for French Canadians, and then
discharged the Candians for Greeks, if
opportunity came; they would dis
charge the Greeks for Japs, and later,
the Japs for Chinese, and that, too,
when more than 90 per cent, of their
present labor is machinery steam or
electric that is as much of a pauper
in this country as it is in Europe, or in
When Aldrich championed the
McKinley bill, nineteen years ago, he
found in John G. Carlisle a formidable
adversary, who opposed the textile
schedules of that monstrous measure,
and on the debate of the Dingley bill,
another Kentucky Senator, William
Lindsay, grappled with him in a dis
cussion of the double and cumulative
taxes levied. Carlisle and Linsay both
utterly overthrew their adversary, but
they did it like lawyers in the court
room. Every word was dignity in
carnate, and there was no excitement.
Nelson, Dolliver, LaFollette and Gore
proceed in a different way. There is a
sting in their arguments that tortures
the too powerful Senator from Rhode
Island, and in all his long service in
this Capitol ho was never initiated, or
initiable, until now, and ho has got it
mighty bad.
Why did he not bring in a report
with his bill? There is but one answer.
There are things in it he does not in
tend the Senate shajl understand. Never
were two statesmen better fashioned to
plague each other than Nelson W. Aid
rich and Robert M. LaFollette. They
have one attribute in common and de
gree sufficient to make the fortune of a
soldier on the field of battle tenacity
of purpose. LaFollette looks on Aid
rich as a monstrosity of depraved gov
ernment. Aldrich looks on LaFollette
as the quintessence of nuisauce in de
bate. The Rhode Island man never
speaks until he is forced to it to save
his bacon. The Wisconsin man is
never so happy as when on his legs ex
pounding "reform." Aldrich is an
aristocrat and believes it is best for the
poor as well as for the rich for men of
intellect and men of property to con
duct the Government. LaFollette is a
democrat (that is, with a little d) who
has persuaded himself that wisdom
and virtue emanate from the cottage,
while ignorance and vice issue out of
the mansion. In its last analysis, Al
dricti would establish the rule of an
oligarchy, like that of the Colanna, while
LaFollette would bring the mob to au
thority to make Government for all of
us, the mob preferred in the spoil of
A plague of both of them. The true
path is between the two that blazed by
Thomas Jefferson and trod by J. Til
den and Grover Cleveland a repre
sentative Republic, partly National and
partly Federal vide Ben Hill.
I shall never forgot the first time I
saw LaFollette. It was the first session
of the Forty-ninth Congress, and I was
in the House press gallery, of which I
was then a recorded manlier, and a
tariff debate was in progress. Perhaps
it was the last of the Morrison bills un
der discussion. Near the north door of
the chamber, where messengers from
President and Senate came in, a not at
all tall, and a rather slender and youth
ful looking man rose on the Republican
side, and began a terriffic assault on
"Democratic free trade." He had a tre
mendous volume of lung, and I looked
round to see where all that compass of
voice came from. It was in the days
when fools thought that Great Britain
was sending over here ship loads of
gold to buy our elections for the Demo
cratic party.
I turned to Cicero Harris and asked.
"Who is that fellow?" He answered.
"That is LaFollette of Wisconsin; old
Bill Morrison calls him 'little folly.
Yet there was an energy, if not a force,
rather a sincerity, if not a sagacity,
about the man that stamped his per
sonality on my memory, so to speak,
and I have not lost sight of him
from then toll now. lie is become a
robust and rotund man in figure,
though not tall. His voice has less
volume, and his fluency is markedly
decreased. He is one of these here
vegetarians eats neither fish, flesh nor
fowl though he only got that craze
when he got his crazy politics some
fifteen years ago. No wonder he can't
make a three hours' speech without
fainting. When old Everlasting"
Allen made that fifteen-hour speech;
"hand-runnin," in the Senate in 1S'.I3,
in the hot month of August, he had at
least three pounds of first-class roast
beer under his belt and "trimmings"
to ballast it.
The McKinley tariff, of which LaFol
lette was one of the architects, and
which he supported in fervid period in
the Fifty-first Congress, cost the man
his seat. A Democrat beat him in
1890, and as LaFollette went out of
Congress William J. Bryan came into
Congress. The then future Peerless
One" was as fervid for low tariff as the
defeated protectionist was for the
dogma of trade slavery, and little did I
then think that Bryan would ever con
sent to rub the word "only" out of a
Democratic platform, or that LaFol
lotte would ever clash with Aldrich on
the tariff. Yet both events have come
to pass. And I have also lived to see
protection features of a Republican
tariff saved by Democratic votes from
States that honored Tucker, Toombs,
Yancy, Jefferson Davis I have quit
calling him "Jeff" for obvious and
ample reason Wigfall, Beck, Benja
min some others.
I would here interpolate that splendid
sonnet of John James Ingalls, his trib
ute to the opportunity:
"Master of human destinies am I!
Fame, love and fortune on my footsteps wait.
Cities nnd fields I walk. I penetrate
Deserts and seas remote, and passing by
Hovel and mart nnd palace, soon or late
1 knock unbidden once at every gate!
If sleeping, wake; if feasting, rise before
turn away. It is the hour of fate.
And they who follow me reach every state
Mortals desire, mid conquer every foe
Save Death; but those who doubt or hesitute.
Condemned to failure, penury and woe,
Seek me in vain, nnd uselessly implore,
1 answer not, and I return no more."
It knocked at the door of the Demo
cratic party, this faithful opportunity,
the day the present session of Congress
began. The old party was fast asleep
or riotously feasting and did not wake
or rise. What would it do with victory
if had it? Would it put it in the garret
with the plunder? Perhaps! Would it
bury it in the cellar with the debris?
One thing is evident, and that is this
the Democracy that saved the South the
period of 1S05-75 has got to fight for
its head in that section now, and it is
not curious coincidence that the Re
publican party of the East will have to
fight for the West. ,
Ring down the curtain. , The old play
is over. The next act i3 what the
Democratic party will do for tariff for
revenue only. - .
Young Ladies Busy and Returns
To-Morrow Will be Large.
The contestants in the popular girl
piano contest have been telephoning us
from various sections of the county and
city and the prospects are that some
good reports will be made to-morrow.
Now is the finest opportunity in the
world for recruits who wish to enter
this contest. Remember that it is not
by any means too late to begin.
Although a number are enlisted the
progress made already has not been
very great, and the probabilities are
that it is anybody's race. Get in and
forward your name and application for
blanks and instructions, if you have not
done so. Don't wait for someone to
nominate you. Volunteer and make
your own effort. We would be glad if
others in the city would take an interest
in the contest. Young girls can enter
if they are old enough to be allowed to
canvass for subscribers. Remember
the grand prize is a piano, and a fine
Miss Thompson and Miss Milner,
Elbridge and Number Seven, re
spectively, won prizes last week. The
young ladies, both of them, are very
much interested. There are other
including Misses Ora Pace, Lula Lee
and Myrtle Howard, who were very
little behind. They are all in the con
test to win. In the city the girls an
srettins busy. Several have called us
and asked about it, and we therefore
print the rules again as follows:
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
the contest.
3. Every dollar collected for new
subscription entitles the holder to 500
4. Every dollar collected for renewal
or back subscription entitles the holder
to 400 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
ceed. We repeat the proposition again as
The circulation department of The
Commercial is conducting the biggest
contest that Obion . County has ever
had. Arrangements have been made
to give away absolutely free to popular
girls in Union City and Obion County
two magnificent pianos, valued at
$400.00 respectively The two girls
who secure the largest number of votes
during the next two w three months
will get the pianos. One will go to a
girl in Union City and the other will go
to a girl outside of Union City. How
many votes any girl gets depends upon
her efforts and the number of friends
she has, and whether or not they stand
by her.
The Spelling and the Name.
"Young Jack Randle" went to
Congress from a Virginia district about
the time that Patrick Henry died. His
name survives in history as John
Randolph, of Roanoke,, one of the
eccentric characters in American poli
tics. Slaves to spelling, we of this day
and generation speak his name as we
see it in print, though his contempo
raries called him Randle. Probably all
the Randies and Randalls we have
around now were originally Saxon
Randolphs who have made the spelling
fit the name rather than keep the
name in the straitjacket of the old gut
tural spelling.
William Biddulph, the Quaker, came
over witn unam i'enn ana necame
the proprietor of many thousands' of
acres in .West Jersey. Being a plain
spoken man he changed the spelling of
his name to Biddle, because it had been
pronounced that way in England no
body knows how long. He was the
greatgrandfather of Nicholas Biddle,
blown up in ,'ilie .command ,of the
Telephone 223
American ship Randolph during the
Revolutionary War in a night fight
with a British boat of heavier broad
side. Of more direct local interest is
the fact that ho was, also, the great-grand-father
of Major Thomas Biddle,
of St. Louis, who was killed in a duel
with Spencer Pettis on Bloody Island.
It was in memory of this early citizen
St. Louis named one of its streets. In
England the name is still spelled Bid
dulph, though for centuries it has
been pronounced as it is spelled in
The English language abounds in
similar revolts against the spelling of
proper names. The plebean "Snooks"
is only a contraction of the more
pretentious "Seven Oaks." Out of
the French "Beauchamp" the English
tongue will not try to make anything
but 'Bechum." Toss out of the dic
tionary a long-winded name like
"Woodnesborough" and it will be
batted from the tongue as "Winsbro."
"Marylebone" in print becomes in the
spoken word "Marrowbone," because
it's easier. "Chumley" is short
meter for "Cholinondeley. " "Guuth
waite" looks well in print, but it is
easier to call it "Gun fit" for short, and
this is the custom. Everybody except
the initiated calls the former President
and the famous lion hunter "Roose
velt," but by his own accout the name
is "Rose-a-felt."
And so it goes through a long list of
names and of words. Nearly every
body who doesn't call it "auto" or
"machine" calls it "auto-nio-beel"
because it is spelled that way, but the
dictionary says it ought to be called
"auto-mo-ble. " The spoken word
preceded the written and spelling is but
a clumsy attempt to reproduce tho
sound. The tendency of all language
is, niorever, toward simplicity. The
vocables . rebel against jaw-breaking
pronunciations, and a name which at
first is pronounced as spelled is at last
shortened into something else though
the spelling survives.
This process follows almost, inevitably
in the case of foreign names, the mean
ing of which is not commonly under
stood. The name of one of the Sen
ators from Florida is James P. Talia
ferro, but he might not know whom
you were speaking to if you addressed
him by the name as it looks in print.
It is Italian for "iron cutter," but
found its way into Virginia so long ago
that the spelling is the only thing
Italian left about the family which
bears it. So if you wish to catch the
ear of the Senator from Florida call
him Toliver.
The French colonist of old Kaskas
kia had the witty imprudence to give
the nickname "Vide Poche" (Empty
Pocket) to that suburb of St. Louis
which was officially designated Caron
delet. This was an intimation that the1
pioneer settlers there were chronically
dead broke. There are many St.
Louisans of middle age who remember
that the imputation was lifted from tho
villiago by calling it "Wheatbush,"
which was as close as they trid to get
to the French of it. Bob Ruley's Bot
tom along the Mississippi River in
Southwest Missouri was called by the
French settlers of Ste. Genevieve Bois
Brule Bottom because of a notable
forest fire which denuded it; but who
shall say that the American name is
not good enough. . .
The wood of a certain Texas tree,
which the Indians used to go hundreds
of miles to get for their bows, loses none
of its tough springness because tho
American pioneers couldn't catch on to
tiie French "bois d'arc" and called it
"bodock." The natives of a neighbor
ing State have the best historical au
thority for calling it "Arkansaw" or
"Arkansa," for the present spelling is
the best the French explorers could do
in the effort to put the Indian pro
nunciation on paper. But antiquarian
search has failed to find a reason why
there should be in England and Virginia
a name spelled "Enroughty" and pro
nounced "Darby." St.. Louis Re
public. . ,
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