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Circuit Court will be in session next week. The County Court also meets Monday an J the wheels of justice Login la grind for the new year. The County Court will have to look after the assess ment for the year 1011 and the election of a County Superintendent of Fublic Instruction. There are other matters, of course, but these are the principal ones. Respecting the election of a Superintendent we presume there will Lc no opposition to the present incum bent, C. L. Ridings, who has completed his first term with a distinguished rec- ririt Afr T?iilinrrf it "lral.ti in c-f, irr respect and a man of the soundest char acter and qualifications. With all this be lias given the county one of the best administrations in the history of its schools, ile is ambitious, enthusiastic, practical, and above all alive and atten tive to his work. If there is any oppo sition to Mr. Ridings we have never beard of it, and therefore take that for granted. We trust he will have the unanimous sanction of the County Court. The matter of assessment will, of course, include a road tax. We under stand that Representative Howard has drafted a bill changing the present ays tern of two commissioners for the county to a commissioner for each civil dis trict. Under the Kenney bill only one or two commissioners for the entire county were provided for at a com mensurate salary. Mr. Howard, of course, takes it for granted that the present custom of having commission ers who have other vocations of more importance to attend to will be contin ued and if that is so he is right. But we have always reasoned that the plan of having one commissioner from each civil district is practically no more nor less than a return to the primitive sys tems, under which very little has been accomplished, and we don't believe will bring any real good results. The fact is that the present system has never been given a thorough trial. The two commissioners plan has been tried to some extent, and it seems that the salary is inadequate, or something is the trouble which prevents any great progress in the work. Whether two or three commissioners the man who takes the job is expected to give it the time needed for the improvement of all the roads in his jurisdiction and to keep them m good repair all the year round. If he falls short of this he has not filled the requirements that are demanded in lue law. If two men cannot do it at the salary stated then one man should be elected commissoner for the entire COUIltV who should eive bond nnd h! bond should hold him to give his entire time and attention to the public roads of the county. More than this that man should be a business man and, if possible, experienced in the matter of road work. Xo man can make us be lieve that such a man cannot be had. We do not believe the county roads will ever be properly worked under the district system. One or two or pos sibly more districts may have reason ably good roads but the remainder will not be so, and the county will therefore drag along under a very poor road sys tem. With one or two commissioners who can give all their time to the work and then take tried methods which have succeeded, like sections on the railroads, there can be some hope of a practical and efficient system in Obion County, out until then we see no prospects of good roads. The Vaults. The four large vaults in the Obion County courthouse have been completed and they are in every respect substan tially constructed according to the plans and specifications submitted to the County Court. The brick and concrete work are all of the best character and the contractors have done their duty. For each of the offices the County Court Clerk,. the Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Register there is annexed a room-size fire-proof vault sufficiently large to accommodate all tho county records and those which are to be made for years to come. The vaults adjoin the offices with large steel doors fastened with combination locks of the most approved type. Every citizen in the county will in dorse the construction aud use of these raults, and it is a remarkable instaiu e of good fortune that the county has not suffered a great misfortune years ago for the lack of them. It is, however, reas suring that we now have the. vaults, and the County Court will no doubt receive the work without a protest. One step more and the work is complete. The Court should not allow the old wood shelving to be taken into these vaults. Even in tho vaults the books might be burned with wood furniture, and the level-headed magistrate, it is presumed, 1 will not want to spoil a good job by fill ing it with kindling wood to destroy the books and records when the metal shelv ing can be had at a reasonably small cost. There are agents who want the county to buy some elalxrate steel frames and stands and a lot of extras, but the county doesn't need them. The only things needed are some metal cases for the accommodation of the books and records and these may be had for a few hundred dollars, probably not more than $300. The room in the vaults is needed as well as anything else, aud no big stands or expensive iron or steel frames should be installed in them. Simply the metal shelving, or cases, for the boolcs is needed, so some of the clerks inform us, and these are needed for the protection of the books as well as the handling of them. The County Court can be relied upon to give the matter the proper attention. Splendid Effort The home genius, in both the dramatic and literary field, has been overworked and boldly exploded so long and so often that when an honest effort does appear it is like the bursting of sunlight from the fog and gloom of protracted murky weather. The contribution "To James Whitcomb Riley, by Seid Wad dell, Jr., originally published in the Vanderbilt Observer, reveals a distinct idea of poetic verse and measure, if not the greatest depth of poetic faucy. We are not undertaking to review the work, but to say that it is so widely different from the ordinary efforts of the local genius as to admit of no comparison. The poet is born and not made. A little English, of course, will help. Local contributions with exceptions like these often remind us of the suggestion made by the Washington Tost to Foet Laureate Alfred Austin in his "Ode to the Queen" on the occasion of the Queen's Jubilee. The Tost disposed of the ode with a little ridicule and recommended the perusal of the lines "Little Willie from the mirror Licked the mercury all off, Thinking in his childish error It would cure the whooping cough. At the funeral Willie's mother Smartly said to Mrs. Brown 'Twas a chilly day for Willie When the mercury went down." The l'ost said that there was meat in these lines. And to the aspiring literati we would recommend the sentiment and phrasing of Mr. Waddtll's verses. Her Heart Was Broken because her complexion was bad and she could find nothing to clear it up. Ladies: a bad complexion is caused by an inactive liver. An inactive liver will be put in perfect condition by taking Ballard s Herbine. The unequaled liv er regulator Sold by Red Cross Drug store. - 1 Big we Contract tiff I need mechanics to do the work. They must have tools. These mechanics carry their tool-box in their heads, and these tools grow sharper with use. Young man, young woman, you are the mechanic I want. Railroads have big jobs open, awaiting the workman. There is absolutely no limit to the salary possibilities. I have taken a contract to furnish a number of oper ators in a certain length of time. If you are interested, want a good place, write me at once. I can graduate you under my short method before you would get started with other schools, or methods. I guarantee you a position or will refund the price of tuition. MORRIS' INSTITUTE OF TELEGRAPHY W. C. MORRIS. Principal. m Union City, Tenn. To James Whitcomb Riley. He did not sing inspired with Heaven's fire; His notes no deep reverberations held Of Love and Passion: he scorned the lover's ire To sing the humble songs he knew so well. He sung of times of clearer twitterings In orchard lands of long ago; Of fragrant days in spring, of truant winds That played where ancient rosebuds grew. The fragrance of the rose and violet, The gleam of rosy fruit 'mid clouds of white and pink, , Lingers in his happiest music yet, ' To break the chains of baser musings, link by link. And now he sings of days in sunny June Of himself, a barefoot boy, wandering Over hill and dale, or in the lazy afternoon Sleeping 'neath the trees where wild birds sing. And now, of other types we used to hail; The plowboy, free to hclt his lusty span '. And mock the blackbirds chattering in the dale. Or trail the rougish woodchuck to its den. Master Artist! With tints as full and true As Autumn through the Book of. Nature spreads, He paints the human character And knits our hearts to his with golden threads! Seid Waddell. Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 21, 1910. Mr. Seid Waddeli., Jr., ' Union City, Tenn. , "Dear Sir: Last night Mr. Riley was delighted to receive a copy of your poem entitled To James Whitcomb Riley." He regrets that his recent attack of paralysis makes it impossible for him to express his deep appreciation in a per sonal letter. Since ho cannot do so, he has instructed mo to tell you how deeply the sympathy of your verses, the delicacy and effectiveness of expression and their grace have touched bis heart. He asks me to convey the greetings of the season as well as his gratitude. Very sincerely yours, ; Edml'KD Eitel. MATERIAL All kinds and sorts of .... . UILDING at Cheapest Prices before you buy see Askins & DirGks Lumber Co. Telephone .53 June 7, 1910. Child's Death The death of a little child brought sadness to the home of the parents, M r. and Mrs. T. 1. Robbing, in Xuiub. r Ten during the holidays. The burial took place Wednesday at Mount Ararat. Chancery Land Sale. Ry virtue of a decree of the Chancery Court of Obion County, Tennessee, in the case of Augusta Morton vs Andrew Totten et als., Trustees, et als., on Saturday, January 21, 1911, at about two o'clock, p. m., at the east door of the courthouse in I'niou City, Tennessee, 1 will sell to the highest bid der on terms set out below, the follow ing described real estate, to-wit: A tract or parcel of land in Obion County, Tennessee, situated in the town of Union City, the property known as the Salem Colored Baptist Church, and beginning at a slake the southwest corner of said lot or tract, and the north boundary line of Vine street, runs thenco east 10 S feet to a stake, thence north Co feet to a stake, thence west 108 feet to the east boundary line of Dobbins, formerly Bragg street, thence south with lobbins street Co feet to the beginning. Terms of Sale aid property will be sold on a credit of six months, and a note will be taken for the purchase money, drawing interest from d'Ho. Equity of redemption barred. Note with good securities required; a lien re tained for the purchase money. O. A. Gihbs, By Geo. A. Gums, Jr., D. C. & M. This December 27, 1910. $1.00-TKe Commercial one year-$1.00 We WisH to Thank Each and Every One for the liberal patronage given us the four months we have been in business. We want you to make our store your store. Wishing you a prosperous and happy New Year, we are, Yours truly, ome Furniture Co. UNDERTAKERS and EMBALMERS Office Phone 99. Residence Phones 432 and 114 Union City, Tenn. H aiesman ''ismnOvsTEnSYSrt"" HITI! oWAU-fO" fNt SATISFIED CUSMOMER brings another-and then another that's how OUR quality is building our trade up so steadily. Our Cream Bread, Cakes, Pies, and other pastry are what please they not alone hold our regular trade but bring new trade to us steadily. You'll be pleased we're certain if you'll try US. Dahnke's Cafe Phone 109 Land Sale. M. C. Tennybaker et ux. vs. Hugh Hood ct al. in tho County Court. By virtue of an interlocutory decree made and entered hi tho above styled cause, I will, on Saturday, January 7, 1 9 1 1, at the east door of the courthouse in tho town of Union City, Tennessee, between the hours of 12 o'clock m. and 2 o'clock p ni., sell to tho highest and best bid der the following descriWd tract or . parcel of land situated iu Obion County, Tennessee, and Civil District No. 4, and bounded as follows: On tho north by the lands of Dr.' V. A. Wright, on tho east by the lands of Dr. V. W. Hollo way, on the south by the lands of F. J. Smith and on the west by tho lands of Ben Hauser, containing 25 acres 'more or less. Terms of Sale One-third cash and remainder upon 12 and 24 months credit, taking notes with person! se curity, bearing interest from date. Dec, 15, l'.tlO. C. S. Tai.i.ey, Clerk. By Geo. Ii. 'Kenney, D. C Lannom & Stantieid, .Solicitors for Complainants. Sl'-St The Building: Season NOW ON Non-Resident Notice. Wm, B. Jones vs. J. Sam Morton c t al. Chancery Court, Obion County, Ten nessee. In the above-styled caurfe it appear ing to tho Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Obion County, Ten nessee, from the bill of complaint, which is sworn to, that J. Sam Morton, one of the defendants, is a non-resi-driit of the State of Tennessee and a resident of the Stale of Oklahoma, so that the ordinary process of law cannot 1h; served upon him; it is therefore hereby ordered that the said J. Sain Morton appear before the Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Obion County, Tenn., on or before the First Monday of February, 1011, that being a regular rule day of said court, and make defense to said bill, or the same wsll be taken as confessed by him and he said cause set for hearing ex parte as to him. It is further ordered tbat publication of this notice be made for four coiisec"tiv! weeks in The Com mercial, a weekly newepaper published in Obion County, Tenn. This Dec. 15, l'JIO. G. A. GIBBS, C. & M. Order of Publication. He.ilig and thatSh returfifj We have every sort of building and finishing lumber you're apt to need, including FRAMIN,- FLOORING, CEILING, SIDING Ooors and Windows, Shingles A visit to our yards will be appreciated. Come and inspect our stock for your own satisfaction. G.T. Moss & Co. Yards south of Presbyterian Church. First Street UNION CITY, TENN. i r Taylor Grain Company vs. Farrin. In this caue it appearing attachment has been duly levied upon one car load of corn as the property of the defendants, it is ordered that publication be made in The Uiiiou City Commercial, a newspaper published in Obion County, requiring the defend ants to appear before nni on the 14th day of January, li'll, at my ollice in Union City, Tennessee, and make de fence to stiid attachment, and iu this cause, or the same will he proceeded with ex parte.' Witness my hand, at ollice, in I'ni'on City, Tenn., this Dec. ), l'.'K). li. Folk, Justice of the Peace, Obion County, .' Term. .'i'.Mt Non-Resident Notice. Charles J. Board vs. Maggie Lee Board. Feuding in the Circuit Court of Obion CfHinty, Temii'We. In this cause it appearing that the bill, which U sworn t..( th ib defend ant, Maggie Lee Board, is a non-resident of the State of Tennessee, so that tlso ordinary process of law cannot be served upon her; she is therefore noti fied and required to appear at aid court on the First Monday in January, 1911, and make defenseto the bill filed against tier in said court in this cause or the same will be taken for confessed. And it is ordered that this publication be V made for four consecutive weeks in Th) Commercial of Union City. This December 0, 19 0. 3S-4t H. M. GOLDEN, Clerk. I i jr9 .,.,... r'