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VOL. 23, NO. 51
Fourth Annual Banquet
Union City Business Men's Club
Largest Gathering of Business Men in Union City Speakers
Include Men of Prominence in Tennessee.
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There is no doubt about money in the bank, it is sure
and positive. Maybe slow, but there is the satisfaction
that it is sure. Positive in every way, both that it will
grow and that it is safe.
Old National " Bank
Union City, Tnnie
I am authorized to take application! for loans on lands in Obion and
Weakley Counties, Tennessee, and Fulton County, Kentucky. The term and
conditions upon which this money will ba loaned are most favorable to the
borrower. All or any part of a loan may be paid after one year, interest
being stopped on payments made. Loans are Made t 5 J P. Cft.
Interest on ten years' time, or for shorter period if desired.
If you are considering a loan, it would be well to make application AT
Attorney At Law & t? Union City, Tcnn.
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Tbo largest gathering of the Union
City Business Men's Club was held at
the Elks Home on the occasion of the
fourth annual banquet last Thursday
night. , ,
Men of prominence from different
portions of the State were present. The
speakers included Hon. J. II. Thomp
son, State Superintendent of Public In
struction; Prof. II. A. Morgan, Director
of the Agricultural Department, Uni
versity of Tennessee; President J. H.
Peyton, of the N., C. & St. L. Railway,
and th local snpk(?r. J. P, Wrbin?,
president of the club; Mayor T. R.' Rey
nolds, F. J. Smith, Geo. Dahnke. There
were a number of additional speakers
not included in the program, who were
called upon by the toastmaster.
President Peyton, on a special car
from Nashville, was accompanied to
Union City by a number of his asso
ciates of the road, as follows: J. II.
Ambrose, Secretary and Treasurer;
Hunter McDonald, Chief Engineer;
Charles Barham, General Freight Agent;
R. R. Cole, Director; Percy Warner,
Director; John M. Scott, Secretary; II.
F. Smith, Vice President and Traffic
Manager; Will 8. Thompson, Travel
ing Freight Agent; J. T.. Perkins, Divi
sion Superintendent. I
There were in all assembled in the
club rooms 210 banqueters. The enter
tainment committee met the visitors
and escorted them to the rooms. The
committee, on arrangements looked afte
their comfort and everyone was given
special attention.
Quite a number of the citizens from
the various parts of the county were
also present including representatives
of the agricultural interests and good
fellowship prevailed.
The menu came from DahnkeVCafe,
and in serving it is quite a pleasure to
note that the proprietors of that insti
tution were assisted by their compet
itors in business, Messrs. Ed Kirkland
and Brother DeGraffenruid, an instance
of the get-together movement signal
ized by the banquet. It is also proper to
note that there was a larger attendance
than the caterers had expected and this
accounts for any lack of service, which
we 'understand was not at ail noticeable.
The toastmaster, D. P. Caldwell, was
in good fettle, and opened in his best
vein introducing the speakers. Prayer
was offered by Rev. Armstrong, then
the president of the club was intro
Mr. vernme explained that ue was
not accustomed to making addresses
and that be was hardly equal to the
emergency, but it was his duty on be
half of every member of the club to
extend the welcome, and that Union
City indeed and in truth welcomes the
visitors to this banquet, the men from
the county as well "as those from other
parts of the State. He was proud of
the large attendance and bade them a
hearty welcome.
Mayor Reynolds said it was a pleasure
to Represent and to welcome so many
distinguished guests and a greater pleas
ure that they have honored us by their
presence, it is an inspiration to our
youhg men to reach for the top of the
ladder. , The club was never before so
signally honored by distinguished vis
itors. He was especially pleased to wel
come Mr. Peyton, of the N.f C. & St.
L. Railway.
Hon. S. H. Thompson-was the next
speaker introduced. He expressed ap
preciation of the opportunity to be
present. He was glad to see so many
of the farmers present. That is the
right sort of team work. It is co-oper
ation of the rght kind. Referring to
the schools Mr. Thompson said that
there were 761,000 children of school
age iu Tennessee and of these 100,000
were not in school. He was glad to ,
kuow that we had an attendance of 95 !
per cent, very far above the average,
The new compulsory school law had in
creased the attendance 43 per cent, and
the attendance would be better still but
for the lack of room in, the buildings or
the lack of buildings and accommoda
tions altogether. It was more than a
hundred years ago that the public school
system had its origin, and out of this
system had come the right sort of prob
lems arid the best sort of nationafisrn'.
To England goes; the credit of founding
the public schools. They were, started
by Horace Mann, and have been in
progress onward and upward ever s-iaee.
lie believed in some of the Latin and
Greek, the mythology and metaphysics
of the universities, but more time should
be given for practical training, the vo
cational work the Ihings that teach us
how to make a living. There is just as
much culture in farming and mauu.il
training as there is in mythology and
metaphysics, and the time is not far
rhn practical ' traiaiaa will U 'gUa
more attention. We are going to see
the best schools of the world preparing
men and women as practical and use
ful bitizens, where boys and girls learn
how to use their hands. He told the
story of four boys employed to do office
work. Two were selected from the high
schools and two from the university.
The university boys would sit about and
plan for the chiefs. The high-school
boys went to work with practical things
and the Harvard boys had to go; they
were not needed. One of the mistakes
in education is the habit of getting in a
hurry in a hurry for the child to be
gin, in a hurry to pass the grades, and
in a hurry to get through university.
All John needs is a good high-school
course. That is the reason why there
is so much room at the top. So few
properly qualify themselves. Tbey fail
because they do not want to succeed,
and then he referred to the young man
who gave his time to thorough prepara
tion in both American and foreign uni
versities, and when he had finished he
was prepared to enter special fields of
far more remuneration than those of
the student wh'o hurried through school
Instead of a few high schools five
months of the year we should have
high schools everywhere nme months
of the year.
The Bpeaker spoko of Cecil Rhodes
and the magnificent country he gave
to England a pity that he could not
live to see the result of his work. The
great man remarked when death was
near, "So much to do and so little
done." Cecil Rhodes was one of the
world's greatest civil engineers and in
dustrial giants, planting through Africa
one of the greatest modern railroad sys
temsv It should be the ambition of
every father to prepare bis ton and
every boy to prepare himself, for the
work of a lifetime, to lay before 'him
the plans that will require a lifetime to
accomplish. It is better to make the
effort of a lifetime and fail than to go
through life without a purpose.
F. J. Smith, one of our attorneys,
was the next speaker. His subject was
The Nation's Greatest Asset," and it
was an essay of the highest conception,
delivered with fervor and eloquence in
language chaste and beautiful.
"Come and go with me and let's look
down into the real, active arena of life
and face some of its realities and see if
we can learn a lesson from them. I
have seen the vile, loathsome serpent
of lust strike down the fragrant, youth
ful flower of virtue and steep the dread
dagger of agony and grief into a moth
er's true and tender heart. And me-
thought for sure the great God of ,Ven-
Look the New Deering
Bumper Disc Harrow,
the acme of perfection, over
and judge for yourself. On
exhibition on our floors at
the Deering Building. Will
be glad to show you. . . . .
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geance would destroy him for his sin,
but not yet. There were some who
even accounted him a hero. God pity
their conception, base as it is. But
what about the sweet young gir! who is
just blossoming into the fragrant flower
of womanhood? All the gold that glit
ters beneath heaven's blue vault cannot
atone and answer for that girl's fair
name. In the bloom of youth tier life
has been blighted, her star of hope has
fallen, never to rise. Pride abashed and
blasted is withered and dead. Ambition,
weary of ner abode, has "at last taken
her flight. Her honor, famished and
forlorn, vilds to' dihnr. Her 05h'
solace, her only comfort, is the finger
of scorn, the flush of shame. And thus
it will be to her eternity.
"Again, on the same stage of life I
saw young manhood, bouyant and glow
ing with youth and rejoicing in his
own strength. On his countenance;
was stamped the ' imags of his i
maker, for man was" 'created in the ,
image of God. And then I saw the I
reJ a;moa 01 lien, wu the tins ana j
fumes of rum, strangle this same strong
youth strike down the image of his
Maker from his countenance and paint
the red visage of hell and shackle him
with the bonds and fetters of Satan, and
drag him down down into the filth and
mire of vice, crime, degredation and in
famy, there to eke out a most miserable
existence; and the world mocked him
and moved on. And then, in the good
year of 1913, I saw not when but where
the great God of the Universe had
looked down from the battlements of
Heaven and bad witnessed this unequal
conflict, and he said, Satan shall not
prevail," and ha touched the brain of
One of the nation's most brilliant in
tellectualities and mentalities and gar
nished and embellished arid enriched it
with his own Divine Grace; and said,
Son, arise and go lead the hosts of
righteousness and in her name destroy
this red fiend of hell, and I will ever
guide, sustain and stay thee. And I to
night, with thousands upon thousands,
thank God for the life and conversion
of Malcolm R. Patterson," ,
Again he drew the picture of child
hood unrestrained and its lesson of life,
and the speaker was freely applauded.
The next speaker was Prof. H. A.
Morgan, Director of the Agricultural
Department, .University of Tennessee.
Mr. Morgan stated that he didn't know
that he was to make sn address, that
he was rather in statue quo. The farmer
asked his groceryman the news of the
Mexican trouble. The groceryman re
marked tbat it was in statue quo. The
farmer went home thinking, and re
turned next day to ask tho same ques
tion. The war was still in statue quo,
and the farmer asked what it meant to
be in statue juo. . The groceryman re
plied it was in a devil of a bad fix. Mr,
Morgan proceeded to say that he was
glad to find co-operation between the
city and country existing here. Back !
to the country is the slogan of the times.
.The organization of the country clubs
is one of the signs of co-operation. Back
in the country is where you do your
One of the most remarkable aspects
of co operation was Witnessed by the
speaker last summer in Hungary. Mil
itarism had robbed Hungary "of its na
tional life and almost wiped out the
farm industry. Hungarians left and
saw freedom in America, They hadn't
felt the hand of the co-operating busi
ness man. Here they were imbued with
the spirit of Washington, and from that
inspiration they lifted a monument of
Wasbisjrton in Hungry... Thit monu
ment niarked-a new era in Hungary.
Last summer Mr. Morgan visited a
peasant village, where the roots are
thatched with straw, and all the build
ings covered with straw with the excep
tion of a single roof covering tno co
operation building. There was a meet
ing of .the native in a little garden.
The peopta met to celebrate the new
freedom. Word was passed that the
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"America." This they, did .'with all
their might and they sang it well.
Then tbey sang their national hymn
and great tears rolled down their faces.
It was a new song then. Since the erec
tion of the Washington monument co
operation in , Hungary means mixing
with the people.
We stand, if not in the first county
of Tennessee, certainly one of the best.
If I lived here I would bo jealous of
your soil fertility. Something is hap
pening here. The last ten years your
tenancy has .decreased. One of the dis
tressing indications is the falling off in
fertility. What is fertility? Not com
mercial fertilizer. We should be busi
ness men enough to know what re
sources we have to maintain it. On
every acre there is $10,000,000 worth
of the needful nitrogen. The burden
to-day of the Obion County farmer is
to utilize this nitrogen. It can be re
stored in plant life and in the raising of
stock, Another element of fertility is
phosphorous. Tennessee is one State
in the Union tbat has an abundance of
this property. It is one thing you can
get and Tennessee should be very joal
ous gt her supply. It must bo con
stantly applied. Another eloment of
fertility is potash. The South has
enough potash for generations to come.
The only thing, then, to keep in mind
is phosphorous. If he had control of
the State the speaker stated he would
hqld the supply until the soil in Ten
nessee had been supplied for genera
tions. He threw this out in order that
farmers may see to it that they have a
sufficient supply of phosphate in reach
for years to come.
The business man can't do without
the farmer and the farmer without the
business man. ;
President Peyton, of the N., C, & St.
L. Railway Company, was next intro
duced. Mr. Peyton is a native Vir
ginian. The characteristics of the Old
Dominion State are indelibly impressed
in his accent and manner, and there is
a homely honesty in his speech. He is
plain but very sincere and fair iu his
expressions. He pleads the cause of '
transportation agencies, at the same
time he wauld not have the people sur
render any of their rights.
Mr, Teyton recalled the time when
there were oo railroads and why it was
that three hundred years after the dis
covery of America population had in
creased in a very small way. The meth
ods of transportation were primitive,
No large colonies were established be
cause of difficult transportation." There
were only ordinary sea vessels, small in
size and not very seaworthy. It was
difficult for colonies to get their sup
plies. Settlers had located along tho
coast for the lack of transpf-rtati'iti in
land. Then the canal system served ila
day in getting goods from market and
shipping produce. That was thirty or
forty years before steamboat transpor-
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