DR. E. M. LONG
" ' DENTIST
Over White & Burchard't Drug
Store, Union City, Tenn.
Office 144-2, Residence 144-3
DR. EM. LONG
Over White & Burchard's Drujf
Store, Union City, Tenn.
Office 144-2; Residence 144-3
Union City Commercial, established 1890 ) consoiMate,i seotember 1 l97
West Tennessee Courier, established 1897 1 Consolidated beptemDer i. isw
UNION CITY, TENN, FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1912
VOL. 20, NO. 18
There is certainty to the return from money sown in
the bank. Nothing increases with: such steady growth
and as constant as dollars when deposited in a reliable
banking institution. In order to be sure what your har
vest will be, you should have some money in the bank.
Old National Bank
Money Loaned at Lower Rates Than Ever
I am taking applications for loans on lands in Obion and Weakley
Counties, Tenn., and Fulton County, Ky., so that the cost and expense of same
Is Less than has been possible heretofore at any time. I have arrange
ments to make loans of more Than Two' Thousand Dollars
cheaper and on better terms than 1 or anyone else has ever been able to make
them in either of the counties above mentioned. The borrower has the privi
lege of paying All or Any Part of indebtedness after one year, interest
being stopped on payments made. Loans are made on Ten Years
Time or for shorter periods, if desired.
Pike From Memphis to Fulton.
Our good friends of Dyer County have
already set on foot a movement to build
a macadamized road from Memphis to
Fulton: If the other counties enter into
an arrangement patriotic citizens of
y- Dyer want to build a road from the south
to the north line of that county.
A macadamized road from Memphis
to Fulton would touch the prosperous
.cities of Covington, Ripley, Henning,
Halls, Dyersburg, Obion and Union
City. Such a road would be an enor
mous asset for every county through
which it passes. -
There are already several good roads
from Memphis to the north line of
Shelby, but if the counties north of
Memphis desire to complete the chain
the people of Shelby County would put
the shortest line in superb condition.
The second thing of importance to
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ATTORNEY -AT- LAW
every county in Tennessee is good roads.
The first thing is education of the prop
We hope that the people of Dyer
County will not let this movement die.
When the weather gets cooler we ought
to have a grand mass meeting either in
Memphis or at Dyersburg and delega
tions from every county should be
If we could build this road and have
a good road through West Kentucky to
Cairo we would very soon have an auto
mobile track from Chicago to New Or
leans. The most important benefit
would be that the agricultural interests
in the counties through which the road
would pass would be materially helped.
I know you can buy a lawn mower
at the price from Nailling-Keiser Hard
lave Your Leonte Flour
Sacks and Barrel Heads.
When you have accumu
lated twenty-four LEON
TE FLOUR sacks, or three
LEONTE FLOUR barrel
heads, telephone Cherry
Moss Grain Co. and they
will send you, absolutely
free,' one 24-pound sack of
don't simply say send me
"SEND ME A SACIC
it s better, costs no more
barrel heads are the same
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BXailVHLJ, a Villi. II
Senate Holds Illinois Memter
Elected by Corruption.
Washington, July 13. Overturning
the majority of its own committee and
reversing its vote of March 1, 1911, the
Senate to-day took away from William
Lorimer his seat as junior Senator from
Illinois by a vote of 55 to 28. A mem
ber of the Senatelsince June 18, 1909,,
Mr.Lorimer to-day was declared to have
been the recipient of votes secured by
"corrupt methods and practices," and
his election was held to have been in
valid. Technically, Mr. Lorimer will pass
out of the records of the Senate as a
member of that body, notwithstand
ing his more than three years' occu
pancy of his seat. Facing his associ
ates with the declaration : '
"I am ready," Mr. Lorimer sat in
the chamber and heard his fate decreed
as the roll call showed the adoption of
the resolution of Senator Luke Lea, of
Tennessee, the Senate's youngest mem
ber. The man, who for three days had
held the Senate, to close attention with
his remarkable speech of defense and
attack upon his enemies, rose wearily
from his seat and passed back to a
cloak room door. Senators and mem
bers of the house gathered about him,
grasping his hand and patting him on
the back. Outside the Senate door, as
Mr. Lorimer stepped into the corridor,
friends greeted him again, and a' party
of Sisters of Charity pushed forward to
GAINED BUT ONE VOTE.
At his office later, when a physician
had attended him, he said he would not
leave Washington before the first of
The outcome of the vote was not
surprise; but the leaders of the figh
against him had not estimated a geater
vote than 50 to 35. Lorimer gained
only one ot the men who voted against
him March 1, 1911, Senator Jones of
Washington; while he lost the votes of
his associate, Senator Cullom, and of
Senators Curtis of '4 Kansas, Briggs of
New Jersey, Simmons of North Caro
Una and Watson of West Virginia.
Those who voted to oust Lorimer
Ashurst, Bacon, Borah, Bourne,
Briggs, Bristow, Brown, Bryan, Bur
ton, Chamberlain, Clapp, Crawford,
Cullom Cummins, Curtis, Dixon. Fall,
Gardner, Gore, Grona, Hitchcock,
Johnson, Kenyou, Kern, LaFollette,
Lea, Lodge, Martin, Martine, Myers,
Nelson, Newlands, O'Gorman, Over
man, Page, Poindexter, Pomerenc,
Eaynor, Reed, Root, Sanders, Shively,
Simmons, Stone, Sutherland, Swanson,
Townsend Watson, Williams, Works,
Clarke (Arkansas), Smith (Arizona),
Smith (Georgia), Smith (Michigan),
Smith (South Carolina) 55.
BEGAN FIGHT THURSDAY.
Those who voted against the Lea
resolution and in favor, of. Lorimer,
Bailey, Bradley, Brandegee, Burn
ham, Catron, Clark (Wyoming), Crane,
Dillingham, Fletcher, Foster, Galhn
ger, Gamble, Guggenheim, Johnston,
Jones, Lippitt, , McCumber, Oliver,
Paynter, Penrose, Perkins, Richardson,
Smith (Maryland), Smoot, Stephenson,
Thornton, Tillman, Whitmore 28.
Senators paired in favor of the reso
lution were :
Chilton, Culberson, Davis and Owen.
Senators paired against it were :
Bankhead, Dupont, Heyburn and
Senators absent and not paired were :
Percy and McLean.
Senator Lorimer did not vote. ,
Thirteen persons were killed and a
score injured in a wreck on theChicago,
Burlington & Quincy railroad at West
ern Springs, a suburb of Chic:,i1'JTjw'hen
the Overland Express"
has not been placed. '
Sweeping reductions in st s rates
averaging, m general, appros, jately io
per cent; urastic reforms in regulations
and. practices, and comprehensive
changes in the methods operation
are prescribed in a report Jde public
by the Interstate Conn; rce Commis
sion of its investigation pato the busi
ness o the thirteen grefit express com
panies! of the United fcrS.
Governor Hooper Allows Emmett
. Alexander to Hang.
Gov. Ben W. Hooper,Tttesday morn
ing, after a careful investigation of the
cases, commuted the sentence of Will
Ed Alexander, convicted of the murder
of Walter Simmons, to life imprison
ment, but allowed the judgment of the
courts against Eirfhiett Alexander to
remain. The Nashville Banner states
that he will, therefore, pay the death
penalty at the State penitentiary Thurs
In explanation of his actions in the
cases Gov. Hooper gave out the follow
"The three Alexanders, John R., Will
Ed and Emmett, were indicted for the
murder of Walter Simmons. The case
has run a devious course in the courts
and is remarkable for the various re
sults. The question of granting bail
before indictment was tried before Judge
Jones and bail was allowed after indict
ment. The trial resulted in a hung
jury and mistrial as to all three defend
ants. Upon the second trial all three
defendants were convicted by the jury
of murder in the first degree with a
finding of mitigating circumstances,
which means a recommendation by the
jury of life imprisonment rather than
capital punishment. The Judge set
aside this verdict as to John R. Alex
ander and granted him a new trial, but
ignored the recommendation of the
jury for a life sentence of Will Ed and
Emmett and condemned them to death.
The Supreme Court affirmed this judg
ment of the lower court as to Will Ed
The question now presented to me is
not that of the guilt or innocence of
these two men, nor that of whether
they are guilty of murder in the
the first degree. Assuming they are
guilty of murder in the first degree, I
am called npon to say which is the ap
propriate punishment for their offense,
execution or life imprisonment. The
law prescribes either, and gives the
courts and the executive choice. I have
read this record carefully, and part of
it repeatedly, and I have never been
able to get the consent of my mind to
the justice of executing Will Ed. Alex
"The facts in this case show that he
used no weapon and wrought no phys
ical injury to the deceased, and it i:
even doubtful whether he conspired to
commit murder, or aided and abetted
in its commission in the legal sense.
"There was one circumstance in his
conduct at the time of the homicide
that necessarily resulted in stirring up
against him a sweeping implacable and
passionate public sentiment. After
Emmett had frequently stabbed the de
ceased until he fell from his horse in
dying condition. Will Ed took him by
the hair of his head and thrust his head
against the ground and said with an
oath: He is not hurt; he is just sulk
This was so brutal that it naturally
aroused a strong popular sentiment
To my mind, however, when con
sidered in connection with other facts,
it shows conclusively that Will Ed Al
exander did not know that that the de
ceased had been, mortally wounded
by his nephew, Emmett Alexander.
ENGAGED IN QUARREL.
" It is urged upon me that deceased
and defendants had engaged in a quar
rel a few minutes before the killing and
that however unjustifiable it may have
been, the act was committed in such hot
blood that execution is too severe a pen
alty for Emmett Alexander, but I have
been unable to find anything in the re
cord that instigated the act of Emmett
Alexander in renewing this quarrel,
drawing his knife and with deliberate
frequency stabbing to death an unarm
ed and unresisting man.
In view of the foregoing facts and
others contained in the record, I deem
it my duty permit the judgment of the
courts to stand as to Emmett Alexan
der, but I adopt the recommendation of
the jury as to Will Ed Alexander and
commute his sentence to life imprison
'This statement is made according to
my custom, because I believe the public
always has the right to know everything
connected with the public's business."
Will Ed and Emmett Alexander, un
cle ' and nephew, respectively, were
changed with the murder of Walter
Sirj'imonson Mud Creek, Obion County,
August 6, 1910.- Nashviile Banner.
' 'With the Lorimer case disposed of
and - a disposition to postpone Senate
action on the Archibald impeachment
case until fall, an early adjournment of
Congress is forecast. Bills to prohibit
trading in futures in cotton and wheat,
are expected to be passed this week.
The Panama Canal bill, 'despite Great
Britain's request, for delayj has-been :
made unfinished .business of the Seni
ale and.soon will go to the House for
conference, "' ' ' - . , '
Water coolers, all sizes, at Wehman 's.
Deering hay tools arc doing good, reliable work, not
only (or users in this country, but also in foreign countries.
They will do good work for you. Next time you are in
town, come in and let us show you the Deering line of hay
machines. We will be glad to explain how they will save
you time and labor.
The Deering line of hay tools consists of mowers,
sweep rakes, stackers and tedders. You will be interested
in the new improvements of these machines. Perhaps you
don't expect to buy, but as long as an investigation does
not place you under any obligation to buy, isn't it to your
advantage to come in and see us ? You can't help but get
some information which will be valuable to you. Come in
and get a catalogue anyhow.
R. F. Tisdale & Sons
Death of Mrs. Flavella Woosley.
Death visited us' last week and one of
our oldest citizens, Mrs. Flavella Woos
ley, was called up higher. The aged
lady passed away in the decline of life
at the home of her son, S. D. Woosley,
last Thursday evening, July 11, 1912,
Mrs. Woosley was a Miss Shoffner,
born in Bedford County, Tenn., Feb.
11, 1832. She was married there to J.
B Woosley in 1S54 and the family
settled in Union City in 1871, Mr. j
Woosley being interested in the lumber j
and milling industries. Mrs. Woosley
was a sister of the well known luriiber
and furniture king of Obion County,
D. P. Shoffner. The survivors of her
parental homestead now are two sisters,
Mrs. Ann E. Woosley and Mrs. Matt
Clay, of Bedford County, Tenn., and
brother, M. R. Shoffner, of Johnson
City, Tenn. Of her own family the
survivors are two sons and two daugh
ters, J. W. and S. D. Woosley, Union
City, Mrs. Felix A. Raymer, of Effing
ham, 111., and Mrs. Nannie Little, this
Mrs. Woosley survived her husband,
who died in 1901. Mrs. Woosley was
a descendant of a Lutheran family, but
in the absence of a church organization
she became a member of the Methodist
Church in Union City. The evening of
the good woman's life was passed in the
homes of her sons and daughters in
Union City. Another one of our sainted
mothers is gone, one of those w ho blessed
the homes and hearts of the South
land, one of the self-sacrificing from
the abundance of whose sweet-spirited
motherly hearts, Christian graces and
intelligences our homes were sanctified.
Mrs. Woosley is remembered with the
tenderest affection by the bereaved
family and the hosts of friends who
paid tribute in the last sad rites to her
memory. She leaves on the altars of
memory the blessings of her love.
Funeral services were held at the resi
dence of S. D. Woosley on Division
street Friday afternoon conducted by
Eev. A. A. Adams, and the remains
were interred at East View with .i tribute
of flowers. - ,
Death of W. B. Cloys.
Death entered the home of an aged
and well known citizen of the county,
Wash B. Cloys, who was called to sur
render to the inevitable last Sunday,
July 14, 1912, after an illness from
which he has been afflicted for some
Mr. Cloys was born April 14, 1S31,
in Henry, County, Tenn., coming to
Fulton Co., Ky., with hisparents when a
boy and some years later settling in
Obion County, Tenn.', in the vicinity of
Mount Zion. Mr. Cloys w as" married in
ISol to , Miss Martha Hi r.l . . ry, and
there were nine children to bless the
union, one of whom is JeaJ. The sur
vivors are Job, Jo? , Robt., Thomas,
Samuel, Mrs. K ". Mrs. M. J. Cloys
and Mrs. Laura Bloodworth. Mr.
Cloys leaves a widow and a brother and
sister, Uncle I'ink Cloys and AuntEuth
Deceased was a member of the
Methodist Church, embracing Christ at
the age of 15 years at Ebenezer. He
has lived a long life of usefulness, ripe
with years and good works. He was
engaged in agricultural pursuits, inter
ested with his fejjowmen in public af
fairs and exerted an influence of the
broadest and best character. He leaves
a good name, and the community
j n tho hiSht tribute to his memory.
services were conducted by Eev.
Carman, assisted by Rev. Newbill, bis
former pastor, and his friend, Eev. J.
The remains were interred at Mount
Death of Uncle Purk Brown.
J. A. Brown, well known as Uncle
Turk, died at his home near Bethel in
the county last Sunday morning, July
14, 1912, at 10:15 o'clock.
Mr. Brown was born and reared in
the county. He lived alone and died in
bachelorhood, accumulating a nice farm
and a competency. Uncle Turk paid
little attention to anything of a public
nature, and devoted himself principally
to his work. He was in no wise unkind;
indeed he was pleasant in his manner
and kind to his friends. During the
past few years Mr. and Mrs. John
Haynie havo made their home with Mr. '
Brown on his farm. Mrs. Haynie was
Mr. Brown was a veteran of the Civil
War, entering the Confederate service
in Company A, Forty-seventh Tennes
see infantry, afterwards consolidating
with Company I, of which Rev. J. E.
Oliver, now of this city, was captain.
He was a good soldier and served
throughout the war with credit.
Two brothers were killed during the
war, one at Manassas, and Mr. Brown
carried a little book, the corner of
which was torn off with a bullet In
this book he kept an interesting record.
One brother survives, William, who
resides with his daughter, Mrs. Hardy
Brown, at Frotemus. ; Mr. Brown was
never connected with any church, but
was baptized by the Baptist minister a
few days before his deattn ' . ""--;
m r. urown was esteemed asJKgood ,
citizen and a man of many good quali
ties. ' ?" ' ,- r " ; '
Services Were conducted at Bethel by
Rey Hooker, and the remains were in '
terred at the Hogue graveyard.
Doiug hard work im a 'taorw
ing position puts a stitch Ti
that is painful.: If the mul' O" R
come strained you can't iMOIC'"
it without help. The great" onlef
power of BALLARD'S SXoVbbsJ I
MENT will appeal to you mo!: ? ; J
ly at such times, because it is t '
thing you need. Price 25c, 50c ariu
per bottle. SoiJ byj Oliver's Red
I'rug store. i
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