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Entered at the post office at Union City, Ten nessee, as second-class mail matter. Marshall & Baird, Union City, Term. FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1915. Announcements. For Trustee. BBATTON. We are authorized to announce S. R. Bratton ns a candidate for Trustee of Obion County, subject to the action of the Democratic party. Election August, 1916. fiWcnu.ui.oiw niithnrixrl tn announce W. E. (Ellis) Jackson a candidate for Trustee of Obion County, subject to the action of the Democratic party. Election tirst inursaay in August, 1916. ixrpti w or nut hnrifl tn announce T. P. Finch, of No. 11, as a candidate for Trustee of Obion County , suojeci lo me acuon oi cu- ocratic party. General election Augusi, iyio. ,jaiivtii.,ii7 1 .r. ntithnrixpd to announce P. D. Hornbeak a candidate for Trustee of Obion County, subject to the action oi mc Democratic primary. Keguiar eiecuou gust, 1916. iffMJOTM"f nr. a,ittinri(4 to HIIIIOUIICC Henry Moffett as a candidate for Trustee ot Obion County, subject to the action of the Democratic primary election. Regular elec tion in August, 1916. For Tax Assessor. HOWARD. We are authorized to announce I. Jt Howard as a candidate for re-election to the office of Tax Assessor ot otuon toumy, suujcv. to the action of the Democratic party. NOAH. We are authorized to announce Will P. Noah as a candidate for Tax Assessor of Obion County, subject to the action of the Democratic party. Regular election, August, 1916. NOTICE TO DEMOCRATS Call for Meeting of Democratic Ex ecutive Committee. Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Democratic Executive Committee of Obion County is called to meet on the first Monday in June, 1915, at 1 o'clock p.m., at the court house in Union City, Tenn., for the purpose of transacting such business as may be brought before such com mittee. J. L. FRY, Chairman. F. J. SMITH, Sec. Some Things We Overlook. The coming race for the United States Senate has already stirred a considera ble amount of discussion, and the lines seem to be falling back again along the former contests in Tennessee. In other words Governor Patterson's old political friends are evidently trying to groom the former Governor for the race against Senator Luke Lea. It has been under stood for some time that Mr. Patterson would not re-enter politics, at least for some years to come. The difference is, of course, that Mr. Patterson has changed in his attitude toward Prohi bition. He has turned a complete somer sault and is now considered a Prohibi tion leader. For that same reason some of his former opponents will become his political friends, and there seems to be a disposition not only to bring him out of retirement but to match him against bis old political adversary. As we said, this sort of contest por tends another bitter fight and probably another political feud of the Democratic factions in Tennesee. And in just such a condition as this some of the most important questions are almost entirely lost sight of. The Commercial does not propose to support any candidate who does not subscribe to the national Democratic platform simply to see a cockfight. We know that Senator Lea has become very unpopular in Tennessee, and is now, no doubt, trying to shape the election to his advantage in the Senatorial race. There is a very bitter opposition to Sen ator Lea, and some men are evidently centering on Governor Patterson for no other purpose than to defeat the Sen ator, without reference to Mr. Patter son's platform or with no other recom mendation than the fact that he is now a Prohibitionist. This paper proposes to know how its candidate stands on questions that are of the most vital importance to the American people questions that are now dividing the progressive and reac tionary elements of the Senate. We propose to know something else besides the fact that the candidate is a national Prohibitionist. That is good enough as far as it goes. But the man who gets the support of this paper must subscribe to the entire" platform. He must be in favor of a national direct primary, the publicity of campaign funds, the initiative and referendum. He must also indorse the present tariff laws and the banking and trust laws. In other words he must be a Democrat and these things comprise the present test of Democracy. Another test will e National Prohibition when Secretary Bryan writes it in the platform. The Commercial will stand where it stood in the State campaigns. It will not support a Republican simply be cause he is a Prohibitionist, and the difference between the vote for a Re publican and a reactionary Democrat in the Senate cannot be found with a microscope. The name of Mr. Sims was men- ... t w o : 5 tioned in tnis paper oecausa r, sumi record in Congress is like an open book. Mr. Sims stands four square on all the Democratic issues, and he has gone a little further than any of them. He is trying to check Congressional extrav agance. Mr. Sims seems to be the only man in the United States Congress from the South who is protesting against the extravagance of Congressmen and pub lic officials. Mr. Sims is one of the few members on the Democratic side who has turned his back on the secret caucus and system of gag rule in Con gress. This is something that a ma jority of Democrats thru the country are not familiar with, and it is some thing that is destroying the principles of Democratic government. The candidates for the United States Senate must announce their position on national issues. They cannot do other wise and expect the people to flock to their support. t Governor Patterson may advocate all these principles, but until he makes it plain that he does the Democrats of the State should in no uncertain way show that they will not rally to his standard. With all the objections to Senator Lea it would be far better for the State and for the country that he should re turn to the Senate than to have another recruit to the seven who defeated the Administration's maritime policy and thereby started another bolt in the Dem ocratic party. Genuine Enterprise. Talk of liberal, generous-hearted, public-spirited citizens, Union City has had quite a number of them from time to time, but the most liberal proposition ever made by any citizen of Union City, as far as we have any record of, one of the most sensible and practical and one more extensive in its scope and charac ter than any yet conceived and made public, was the one announced a few days ago and credited to J. P. Verhine, principal stockholder and manager of the Big Store, the Morgan-Verhine Com pany of Union City, a man who has de voted his life to the mercantile pursuit and one of the notable successes as a merchant in West Tennessee. A rep resentative of this paper not feeling secure that the report was authentic and genuine called on Mr. Verhine Wednes day and had the same verified in plain unadulterated big, manly, dignified Eng lish. This is the proposition: For five miles of each of the six main public roads leading out of the city limits and radiating in the different directions from Union City Mr. Verhine will give $1,000 in cash for a system of macadam highways, constructed under the direction of a competent civil en gineer and approved by reliable road experts. Mr. Verhine states that he will pos itively not give a dollar for anything less than a standard public highway, but that he will willingly and cheer fully, and in fact is anxious to give $1,000 for each division of the thirty miles of roadway, to be established and designated by the proper authorities, making a total of $6,000 altogether by one citizen for hard roads in Obion County. Now comes one of the most interest ing and encouraging suggestions to the whole proposition. Mr. Verhine states that he does not consider this to be by any sort of means a subscription, but an investment and one of the best, if it should be accepted and the plan adopt ed, that he has ever made, not outside but inside of his own private business. To repeat, this is the most liberal proposition ever made by any one citi zen of the county. It is not only the most liberal but as far as we know the largest single subscription ever proposed here. I am going to drop the editorial "we" and say that I am more interested in the construction of smooth, hard pave ments and macadam highways than in any other public enterprise in the city or county. I am satisfied that Mr. Baird is of the same opinion, but no doubt it would be more definite if both would write the personal pronoun "I." A signature would not be necessary, be cause the earmarks of the writer and the articles are usually inseperable. I agree with others that we need other improvements, but we need nothing so much and so valuable as good, smooth hard roads in Union City, in Obion, Kenton, Troy, Rives, and in Obion County. There is no single public en terprise in this country that will bring us the profitable returns that such roads will, indirect of course but nevertheless a fact. Good roads will enlarge our citi zenship and the producing value of our farms more than anything else. They will develop our country more than any thing, because with good roads come naturally good schools and churches. Good streets will, develop more than anything else our city, but I am es pecially directing these remarks to the country. '"' If there is one thing above another in the way of public enterprise that should enlist the interest of our citi zens it is good roads, and it is sincerely believed that our citizens are becoming more and more interested in ,he sub ject every day. Leading to the point, Mr. Verhine's proposition is not only liberal but the most practical of any yet proposed. The system of issuing bonds is really the practical way, but when the fact is considered that it will take years to edu cate the people to the importance of issuing bonds for county highways it can be understood that the only pres ent feasible and practical way for the construction of small sections of good roads is by private subscription and this The Commercial has been advocating for years. The merchants, business men and cit izens of Union City and adjoining coun try can afford to join Mr. Verhine in this proposition, and they will do it, without hesitation, if the matter is prop erly organized and matured. Mr. Ver hine proposes to let the matter stand to be accepted now or later, and he is in deed anxious that it be accepted. Now, let's go to work and organize for the system, and start first on a road to Gibbs or somewhere else if preferable and accomplish in Obion County what should have been done years ago. We s can do it and will do it. Watch, the Legislature. There are a few good men in the Legislature ; there are a few others whose impulses are good, but they lack experience. Others are weak and a few are shifty and selfish. Therefore, if the people of Tennes see desire to see their State not vie-, timized, they will do well to watch their members closely and to warn the members that they will not stand for any neglect of duty and for the passage of any more bills for the benefit of one county at the ex pense of all other counties. If the educators of Tennessee and the parents of school children get busy, they can force the Legislature so to amend the Cookeville polytech nic act as to make it worthless as an instrument for harm. Those who were behind the bill are exceedingly shifty politicians. Already since the storm has been raised certain contracts have been made, and if the act is repealed suit will be instituted to compel the State to comply with these contracts. Let the people demand that this Cookeville act be repealed at once. It is a fraud on the school children of Tennessee. Instead of being for the benefit of education, the act is a blow to edu cation. It takes away from all the other high schools in the State one fourth of the money the State gives them. The Legislature ought to give at tention to tax reform. There is no reason why a State as rich as Ten nessee should be in debt. Hitherto, the burden of paying the State's expenses has been thrown on the cities. The cities are no long er able to carry the burden. All the counties must bear their Just pro portion. Rotten politics has been the curse of Tennessee and the seat of the rot tenness has been in the ballot boxes. A primary law is about to be passed. That primary law should be a Democratic measure. If that law is so arranged as to give one can didate an advantage over another, it is not Democratic. The law should be so written that a man receiving a minority of votes will not be the nominee. If half a dozen men are running for an office, the nominee should be he who re ceives a majority of the votes cast. If he does not get a majority in the first race, there should be a sec ond race. The time is here for a new order of things in Tennessee politics. We should have a government of law and of principles instead of a government of mere office holders. Our primaries should be as hon est as our regular elections, and when we get honest elections we will be at the beginning of the end of factionalism in Tennessee. The Legislature will be in session only two weeks, but during that time we hope the honest leaders will really lead and do something of real service to the people instead of to the politicians. Memphis Commer cial Appeal. Rubber. 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YOUNGBLOOD'S Day and Night Transfer Near Palace Hotel. Call Phone 22 T. R. Clark, Mgr., Res. 639 Drs. Youngblood, Res. Phone 207. N.,C.&St. L Ry. H .C& St. L. TIME TABLE. Leave Union City. EAST BOUND No. 5.-7.45 a.m. No. 3 .8.05 p m No. 939.55 p.m. WEST BOUND. No. 927.10 a.m. No. 4 .12.50 p.m No. 6.7.52 p.m. W. W. LOVELACE, Agent.