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FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 5, 1915.
BRATTON. We are authorized to announce S.
R. Bratton as a candidate for Trustee of Obion
County, subject to the action of the Democratic
party. Election August, 19tt.
JACKSON. We are authorised to announce W.
K. (Ellis) Jackson a candidate for Trustee of
Obion County, subject to the action of the
Democratic party. Election first Thursday in
For Tax Assessor.
HOWARD. We are authorized to announce I. J.
Howard as n candidate for re-election to the
office of Tax Assessor of Obion Comity, subject
to the action of the Democratic party.
In commenting on the fee bill on
another page we speak of tbe elimination
of tbe fee bill and substitution of sala
ries. This is technically an error. It
should be the changing of the system so
that officials are placed on a salary ba
sis, and fees now collected turned into
the State treasury, out of which the sal
aries are paid. The pending bill does
not eliminate the system in fact, and
we did not mean to convey the idea that
Eor Tax Assessor.
I. J. Howard, of Crockett, one of the
best citizens in the county, and a man
of the finest character and business
qualifications, comes before the voters
for an indorsement to a second term in
the office of Tax Assessor of Obion
County. Mr. Howard has served the
people as assessor, as he would with his
own business affairs, with the highest
degree of satisfaction and credit to him
self and to the county. He is in the
first place a man of impeachable in
tegrity. He is always obliging and
pleasant in his duties and never allows
these duties to be neglected for any
thing else. He is a rock-ribbed Demo
crat and places his claims in the hands
of the Democratic voters for indorse
ment. We are pleased to present his
name to our readers.
There has been some talk for several
weeks about the erection of a City Hall
in Union City. Such a building is un
doubtedly needed, but on account of
the depression and the other improve
ments under contract and on the way
we had paid very little attention to what
was said, and probably would have con
tinued to give it scant notice but for the
fact that we were shown the drawings of
a very attractive building, which, we
were informed, could be erected and
completed at the phenomenally low cost
of G,000. The general dimensions of
this building are 40 feet and eight inches
by 32 feet and eight inches, three stories,
counting the basement as one story,
which contains a corridor and four in
dependent rooms alone, one of these
being the boiler room. The first floor
plans, which, by the way, are tile and
hardwood, comprise the Superintend
ent's and Recorder's offices, vestibule,
hallway, stairway, engineer's offices and
a three-cell jail. The second door com
prises a large assembly hall in front, 87
feet and ten inches by 20 feet, a retiring
room for the Board of Mayor and Al
dermen, hall and another room oppos
ite the retiring room. The ceilings are
high and the general appearance of the
building is imposing and commanding.
Jsow, one of the most remarkable
things about the proposition is that the
city hall structure can be erected com
plete, with steam heat, electric lights
and water, at the cost heretofore stated,
with walls of pressed brick and terra
cotta trimmings, column effects and
front portico, and the architect, Mr.
Taylor, proposes to lake the contract
at that figure if no one else wants it.
The secret of the matter is that brick
makers and lumber dealers are offering
material at prices at an extremely low
figure, much lower than could be had a
year ago, and mechanics aud laborers
are needing work.
The Mayor at the meeting last Tues
day night computed that the finances
of the city are in better condition than
they were a year ago. He makes a
statement to show that with the im
provements on the Water and Light
Plant there will be revenues this year
sufficient to cover the cost of the city
hall; and he is in favor of the build
ing for the reason that it could be done
now, on account of the cheapness of
labor and material, something like 25
per cent cheaper than it would have cost
a year ago.
WTe are not well informed on the sub
ject, but will wager a guinea that if such
a building can be completed at a cost of
$6,000 at the present time it will not
cost less than $10,000 two years from
now, and that would make a saving of
Besides the money that is now being
used as rentals would nearly pay the
interest on a loan of $6,000. The rent
als aro $400 a year. There is another
point of some consequence which might
be considered and that is the fact that
that amount, of money pulled out of
confinement now and a large part of it
put into circulation into the hands of
mechauies and laborers could not be
better applied. They need the money
and, the work now while there is prac
tically nothing to do.
This is a random shot at the busi
ness, but we are for the hall as soon as
it is practical to build it.
The weather was unfavorable Tuesday
night, but whether it was the weather
or not there was a small audieuce at
the Reynolds Theatre to see the play,
"Fine Feathers." This is one of Eu
gene Walter's works, and like the rest
of them the plot is a strong one. Wal
ter is the author of "Paid in Full,"
"Trail of the Lonesome Tine," etc.,
plays that have something to do with
the problems of every day life, those
which are demanded by American play
goers instead Shakespeare and the
French swashbuckler type.
e will admit, however, tnat our
people are familiar with the Walter
dramas, but are very sure indeed that if
such a company as appeared here in
Fine Feathers" had been anticipated
there would have been a good house,
The play requires only a small cast, but
it was a strong one and well balanced.
There were no weak points in the read
me of tbe lines. Mr. Hill as John
Brand, the unscrupulous contractor, was
especially strong as a sleek, adroit and
polished villian. Mr. Allen Leiber, the
lead, a new recruit to the company, was
handicaped with his first rehearsal just
before the performance, but lacked
nothing, if being rather robust is no
disadvantage, in conveying to the au
dience the principle involved in leading
a double life. The wife, by Miss Naugh
too, was good. She was especially ef
fective in all the varying moods of the
character without overacting and has
ample advantages in personality to dress
the part. Thurlow White was tactful
as the friend and has a lot of dramatic
instinct which he knows how to modu
late in the proper way.
Marjorie Maxwell, the neighbor, as
Mrs. Collins, was much above the talent
usually appearing as a supporting part.
Her accent was a. trifle Irish, just enough
to add Havor to her lines and elevate her
to the genius of a character artist.
One or two others, but just as stated
the play seemed to be in the hands of
capable management. Manager Cox
has been very liberal this year to his
patrons. His attractions have prac
tically all been good. There is one
coming, however, which promises to be
more than good and this is "Peg o' My
Heart," advertised this week and billed
for Feb. 10. The company is one of
the best on the road. Miss Martin is
said to be the Southern counterpart of
of Laurette Taylor, who appeared at
Cort Theatre, New York City for 7C
weeks in the title role.
One of the sights of a trip to Gotham
for the last two or three years has been,
no less interesting than others of the
big city, a night at the theatre to hear
Miss Taylor in "Peg o' My Heart," a
play which is as well known as "Potash
and Perlmutter" ana the big iiippo
We will have a complete cast in the
play here with ample scenery and ac
cessories to make it one of the greatest
events of the year, and Union City play
goers should turn out in full force to
W. C. Sow-ell, of Mount Zion, was
here Monday and tells us about the
good roads meetings that are being
held in Fulton County. The people
over in Kentucky have adopted the
inter-county-site plan, and under
the new law some fifty or sixty
counties in that State have already
taken advantage of the law. This
includes an appropriation by the
State which must be duplicated by
the counties, and Mr. Sowell states
that they are getting ready for it
over in his county. Tennessee has
such a law in the incubator, and the
prospects are that it will be passed
after the recess. The people have
about come to the conclusion that
dirt roads, while they have not had
the proper attention, cannot be
made perfect roads by any means
and that something more is needed.
State aid is therefore invoked and
from this winter tuere will probably
be some very extraordinary good
roads spirit shown here as well as in
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The Ship Purchase Bill.
The time has come now when we
need just such another man in the
United States Senate as Senator Car-
mack. Senator Carmack stood against
a solid Republican majority, at a time
when that majority favored the ship
subsidy, or the merchant marine , as
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Probably you do not understand what
this means, but after Feb. 28 the new
telephone flashlight, or drop, system
will go into effect in Union City and
the formal ceremonies incident upon
that occasion will take place Feb. 28 at
the office of central in Union City. In
the presence of the city officials and a
number of business men of Union City
the Mayor will press the button that
sets the new machinery in motion.
That means the cut-over, when . the
transfer is made when the old mag
neto system is discarded and the new
flashlight exchange in Union City goes
into operation. It means that your call
is made by lifting the receiver from the
book instead of ringing the' bells and
the operation of an eutirely new plant.
Manager O. T. Pickard will have
charge of the opening ceremonies and
the newspapers are indebted to him for
an invitation to be present.
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Woman's Missionary Society.
The next meeting of the Woman's
Missionary Society will be held with
Mrs. W. L. Alexander on Main street
Monday, Feb. 8, at 3 p. ni. The sub
ject of the lesson is "Our Achievement
Our Opportunity," as laid down in the
In spite of the variable winter weather
our missionary society has kept in touch
with the members, has divided the work
among the new officers, and enjoyed tbe
hospitality of many pleasant homes.
Last, but not least, was our meeting
with Mrs. H. Dietzel, who so kindly in
vited us to her beautiful home on Main
street, about thirty being present. Our
president, Mrs. Butler, and her efficient
and helpful officers conducted a very
profitable service, the occasion being
written reports from the various depart
ments of the work. Among other items,
our treasurer, Mrs. W. W. Cowden, re
ported $1,315.39 paid on the new church
fund. The architects have told us the
plastering will soon be finished, and a
few more weeks of good working days
will complete the work on our new
church. This is glorious news to a con
gregation who have been allowed the
use of the pleasant rooms and offices of
the courthouse; but there is no place
like home, so when we return to our
tabernacle of worship we expect to ex-
tend to those who have been so kind to
us the same glad hand of welcome.
Death of Mr. Matt Wise;
Mr. Matt Wise, formerly of this city
with tbe Obion Democrat, when W. H.
Griffin was editor and publisher, but
for the last seventeen years a citizen and
business man of Dyersburg, died of
pneumonia in that city Jan. 30, 1915,
last Saturday afternoon. Mr. Wise was
born in Sumner County about forty-five
years ago. He was married to Miss
Mary Buttefworth at Dyersburg May
29, 1898, locating there a few months
afterward. He entered the service of
Fowler, Harrell & Tarrent as salesman
and six years ago he became a member
of the Fowler Company.
He is survived by a brother, Mr. Lee
Wise, who was also a resident here' for
some years, and his wife of Dyersburg.
Will cure Rheumatism, Neu
ralgia, Headaches, Cramps, Colic
Sprains, Bruises, Cuts, Burns, Old
Sores, Tetter, Ring-Worm, Ec
zema, etc. Antiseptic Anodyne,'
used internally or externally. 25cj
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