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Over-Web man' Hardware Store
Union City, Tenn; . r
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Office 144, Residence 689-J
Over Wehman's Hardware Store
Union City. Tenn.
Office 144; Residence 689-J
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Union City Commercial, established 1890 ,..., . . ,
West Tennessee Courier; established 1897 I Consolidated September 1. 1897
VOL. 25, NO. 37.
Extracts From Mr. McKellar's Speech
at Tiptonville.
.". ,The Commercial reproduces a few
extracts from the speech, which was
an exceedingly lengthy one, It was
v well delivered and well received.
. Congressman K. D. McKellar, of
Memphis, began his' campaign before
the runoff primary foisthe Senatorial
nomination at Tiptonville. Much
new ' matteir was introduced Into
his speech, most of the new matter
.. bearing. upon Prohibition and the
charges of his competitor, former
Gov, Patterson, as to the speaker's
" stand upon that principle. He crlti
I clzed vigorously various "'. charges
made by his competitor and also his
opponent's record in public office.
""'It concerns party harmony and
party unity, and I put these above
the inclination of any candidate, or
above my own inclination, ' Gov, Pat
terson intimates that I am afraid to
meet him in joint debate.' 'Upon
: what meat has this our Caesar fed
thaC' he is become so great?' The
people of Tennessee . have heard us
both all this , fall, and I am willing
to leave it'to them whether I am ca
pable of dealing with him on the
stump or elsewhere.
"Further than that, and above all
that, Gov. Patterson has announced
no issue that he and I could legiti
mately debate. We agree on all es
sential details of the temperance
question, and why undertake to de
Date a question mat nas aireauy oeen
settled, even though it was settled
over Gov. Patterson's protect, and
. though his record on the subject is
worse than that of any public man
in the State. However, he claims to
' be a temperance man now, and I am
willing for him to be one. I am per-
1 fectly willing for, Gov. Patterson to
get on the bandwagon. I have no
objection whatsoever about his doing
so; but I have no notion of letting
him push me off from where I have
had a seat all the time. '
"In addition to this, I have re
ceived hundreds of telegrams and let
ters from Democrats all over the
" State demanding, in the interest of
party peace and harmony, that there
should be no joint debate, and I put
the demands of Democrats over and
.above any demand of Governor Pat
terson. ' " .
an article printed In the Nashville
Tennessean on November 25, casting
many aspersions upon me, and "these
I now desire to mention:
,"Gov. Patterson says I spoke of
him in my speech as a 'reformed
drunkard.' I do not recall ever hav
ing used such an expression, and I
am sure I have not. I have frequent
ly spoken of Gov. Patterson as a 're
former', and, as I understand it, that
is what he claims about himself. He
, certainly was a reform candidate for
Governor in 1906 against Gov. John
I. Cox , and as I understand it, he
claims to be a 'reform' candidate for
Senator now, and I surely have the
right to speak of Tiim in- an imper
sonal sense as a 'reformer.' In this
connection I might add that Gov
Patterson is violently opposed to any
one's mentioning him in a personal
sense as a reformer. He claims that
all these matters have been settled
.between him and'his God. But his
foraver and eternally engaging in
personalities about others is not very
good evidence of a complete settle
ment. .' '
' "Gov. Patterson says I opposed the
passage of the nuisance and ouster
bills. This is untrue. A committee
invited me to come to Nashville to
advise with it about the nuisance bill
in 1913. The committee that called
on me was as follows: Senator
El kins, Senator Fisher, Senator Max
well, Senator Pope and Senator Mc
Alister. I talked to these gentlemen
about the nuisance bill. As l recall
I had never seen it before that time.
I made a number of suggestions,
some of which were taken and some
of which were not, and he bill as
finally prepared and. passed met my
approval. Gov. Patterson charges
that I left my seat in Washington to
come to Nashville and oppose the
passage of the nuisance and ouster
bills. . This charge Is untrue.
"As to the ouster bill, I was not In
Tennessee . when it was passed and,
so far as I now remember or believe,
I did not know that it was being con
sidered until after it had passed. I
was never consulted about it in any!
way. AsA Tbave stated before, I be
live in the enforcement of these laws
and all other laws. .
"As to the Webb-Kenyon bill, I
did vote against it because, as. I
stated at the time, it was a fake, a
false pretense and ahakeshift. Time
has proven that this is true; but
while I voted against it, I di vote to
make it' an effective measure by vot
ing to have a penalty attached by
which the United States government
could enforce it and without which
penalty it can never be an effective
temperance measure.
My .understanding Is that Gov.
Patterson claim,s he became a Pro
hibitionist when he ' was converted.
He was converted, as I am informed,
prior to September 16, 1913. On
September 16, 1913, Gov. Patterson
gave out a spectacular interview ad
dressed 'to the people of Tennessee,'
in which he discussed the liquor
question in all its phases, and among
other things he then said:
" 'That I became a Prohibitionist
in a personal sense and will remain
one is true; but my opinion now is,
as it has always been, that Prohibi
tion by law is a failure, and has on
ly multiplied the evils which It. was
intended to cure.'
"On the question of the Webb-
Kenyon bill, in the same interview,
Gov. Patterson said:
" 'The Webb-Kenyon bill passed
by Congress which was intended to
prevent the shipment of liquor to
Prohibition States, is nugatory, as it
provides no penalty and need not be
considered in this discussion.'
Again, 'the United States has its
legislation and ' law, and every State
in the Union has its separate legis
lation and laws. The United States
Government derives a large part of
its- internal revenue from the tax On
liquor. It protects the shipment of
liquor from one State to another un
der the Interstate Commerce clause
of the constitution, and the State it
self is absolutely without power to
prevent it.'
"Again, 'so that no liquor could be
bought in Tennessee, yet under
,the jFederal , ,, law ,., it , could be
bougrrt . in any other State in the
Union and brought ihto Tennessee,
to be consumed by the people as they
pleased, and any effort on the part of
the State to prevent it would be un
constitutional and void. We thus
see from the .Inferiority of our State
legislation, the decisions of our Su
preme Court and the constitution of
the United States, how far. even in
a legal sense, Tennessee is from be
ing a Prohibition State.'
"Again, 'that Prohibition has fail
ed its most ardent advocates will re
luctantly admit. Its failure is not
only in Tennessee, but it is universal
differing only in degree of failure.'
Again, 'it (the Prohibition ques
tion) is being used by designing men
seized with the lust for office and
power, and it has brought us to the
verge of political and moral bank
ruptcyand all this time it has been
refused patriotic consideration and
honest treatment. The time has
come when there ought to be no
dodging or evasion, and the sin
cerity of men should be tested. My
opinion is, that any law-enforcement
bill, which "may be passed of itself
will not solve the trouble, and its
good results will be temporary.'
"Again, 'I am convinced, as I have
always been, that the best solution
from all viewpoints of right and ex
pediency is to provide for a legal
number of places in the larger cities
of the State where liquor could be
"Again, 'that liquor will be used
until men, learn to fight and conquer
their own appetite is truth, and we
are living witnesses to , the dismal
failure of Prohibition to alter that
truth.' . ;
"Again, we have more officers to
arrest, more grand juries to indict
and courts organized to try offenders,
and we may have additional law en
forcement measures, but , the law
which causes them will remain. Is
not the best we can do the certain,
perfect, genuine reform to repeal
the law itself?' (Signed) '
"If Gov. Patterson was in favor of
repealing the Prohibition laws in
September, 1913, when did he
change? Did he change after he be
came a salaried speaker for temper
ance? Or did he change after he
thought he saw a chance of becoming
a Senator in exchange for giving up
what he called his lifelong convic
tions? - He asks me to speak out on
the nuisance law and I have spoken'
out. He says now, when he wants
office, that he is in favor of the
ouster law. When did he come out
in favor of the ouster law? Was it
after he wanted office? Let him
"Gov. Patterson answered ques
tions 4 and 6, put to him recently
by the Anti-Saloon League, in the
affirmative, that is, he agreed to vote
for the measures which are identical
in principle with the Webb-Kenyon
bin. Yet, m iyi3, in rns celebrated
address to the people of Tennessee,
he averred and proved by the de
cisions of, our courts that the Webb
Kenyon law was unconstitutional
and nugatory. Now, when he wants
office, he is willing blindly to agree
to vote for two .measures that he then
claimed were unconstitutional. In
otEer words, Gov. Patterson has no
compunction about promising to vote
for what he calls and proves an un
constitutional measure. Has Gov'.
Patterson reformed in his views on
the constitution also?
"As to the ouster proceedings in
stitutedby Gov. Rye I was not ad
vised with about this matter. I was
engaged in my campaign at the time
I .heard from many sources; however,
that Gov.' Patterson favored these
proceedings at this particular time,
hoping that he might get his neighr
bors to thinking about some other
subject rather than the Senatorial
primary, and thus prevent as many
of them as possible from voting
against him and voting for me. Gov.
Patterson is a wily politician and
knows what to do in any political
emergency. Gov. Patterson knew his
neighbors were going to vote for me.
Gov. Patterson charges that May
or Crump is for me, ana rurtner
charges that I am being supported
'by every lawless element in the
State.' It is true that Mayor Crump,
of Memphis, is for me, but judging
from the returns from the primary
that fact does not seem to be remark
able, for about three-fourths of all
the voters of Memphis who voted are
for me. Take Gov. Patterson's own
ward, the Seventeenth ward, one of
the finest residence wards in the city,
in which I understand there never
was a saloon, the vote stood 282 for
me and 116 for Gov. Patterson or
2 to 1 for me. I am surprised
that, Gov. Patterson, is willing to
charge that nearly three-fourths of
his neighbors in his own ward, in his
own city, belong to the 'lawless ele
"In the Seventeenth ward, where
Gov. Patterson lives, where Prof. Ma
con, his campaign manager, lives,
where Judge Wilkinson, chairman of
his, meeting, lives, Mr. Lanier, one of
his most active supporters, lives, my
vote was two and one-half to one.
In the Sixteenth ward, the ward ad
joining, and in which Gov. Patter
son's brother-in-law lives, my ma
jority over Gov. Patterson was more
than two and one-half to one. If
Gov. Patterson likes to refer to more
than two-thirds of his neighbors In
his own ward, in his adjoining ward,
and in his own city, where he has
lived since childhood, and who know
him better than anybody else on
earth, and who are the very best peo
ple that can be found in any com
munity in the world, as a part of the
'criminal element' of Memphis, then
he can have the distinguished honor
of so denouncing his neighbors.
"But let me say that it is gra
tuitous and untrue that the 43,000
Democrats in the State who voted
for me in the primary of November
20 were composed of the 'lawless
element' of the State.
"I denounce as untrue that gross
frauds were perpetrated in my inter
ests, and that ballot boxes were
stuffed in Memphis, and that my sup
porters furnished whisky and beer
that was openly used in and about
the polling booths as aids to my can
didacy. I Invite the fullest invest!
gation of the election, or any part of
it In Memphis, and I say to Gov. Pat
terson that if there was a single il
legal vote cast for me in that election
in Memphis, or elsewhere, I am un
willing to have the benefit of It I
will join him in making any kind of
an Investigation and will have the
results purged of every Illegal vote,
if any were cast, which I do not be
lieve. Will Gov. Patterson do aa
much? I understand from news
papers that several precincts were
thrown out in Nashville, iff which
city Lea led by a large plurality.
Will Gov. Patterson join me in purg
ing the Nashville result?"
Report Concerning Grades and Schol
arship Matters.
Principal F. C. Aydelott, Union
City Training School, Union City,
Tenn. My dear Sir: You were so
kind as to send me last yeaf the
names of quite a number of your
leading seniors and Juniors in re
sponse to my oner or a ?50 tuition
I am authorized to make the same
offer for the session of 1916-17, and
take pleasure in placing at your dis
posal this scholarship to be competed
for by members of the graduating
class and awarded by you at com
mencement as a prize either to the
first man among' the full graduates
or to some other graduate ranking
very near him.
In rating the contestants the Uni
versity leaves the manner of de
termining class rank to the princi
pal. I would prefer that he be grad
ed on: First, moral character; secj
ond, scholarship; third, social in
fluence and leadership, and fourth,
athletic skill and prowess, counting
the four points as of equal value, etc.
Cordially yours,
Lexington, Va., Dec. 1.
James Whipple, 'from seventh
grade in the Public School to seventh
grades in the Training School.
Wayne Monrotus, from sixth grade
in the Public School to sixth grade
in thf Training School.
Rujus Massey, from sixth grade in
the Public School to fifth and sixth
grades dn the Training School.
Marshall N. Duncan, from sixth
grade in the Public School to sixth
and seventh grades in the Training
Maurine Smith, from seventh grade
in the Public School to seventh grade
in the Training School.
Sue Brown Moss, from seventh
grade in the Public School to sev
enth grade in the Training School.
Richard Gibbs, from seventh grade
in the Pwblic school to the seventh
grade in the Training School.
James Boxley, from the fourth
grade in the Public School to the
fourth grade in the Training School
Clarence Carpenter, from fifth
grade in the Public School to fifth
grade in the Training School.
Ditman Kirby, from sixth grade
in the Public School to sixth and
seventh grades in the Training
Floy Kirby, from fifth grade in
the Public School to fifth grade in
the Training School.
Roy Head, from fourth grade in
the Public School to fourth 'and fifth
grades in the Training School.
Telephone Union City Ice & Coal Co.
when you want coal right now.
Religious Fervor and Humorous In
cidents Mark Departure.
New York, Dec. 4. The good ship
Oscar II., with Henry Ford's peace
pilgrims aboard, set sail for blood
stained Europe at 3:13 this after
noon. Cheers and tears flooded Ho-
boken's water front. William Jen
nings Bryan stood on the end of the
thronged dock waiving a red rose
and murmuring "God bless you."
Beside Bryan stood Thomas A. Edi
son and Mrs. Ford and her son, Ed
sal. Behind stood 10,000 howling
men and women. And out of these
ten thousand, one man went insane
and jumped into the water.
He Jumped, saying he'd swim be-:
hind the ship to ward off torpedoes
Public opinion was forcing him to do
it, he said. He made a clear dive
right beneath the outstretched arm
of Mr. Bryan. And then he started
to swim. It took the crew of the
tug Girard H. Kellar ten minutes to
flsh the man out of the cold river.
They took him to St. Mary's Hospital
Two bands were playing "I Didn't
Raise My Boyjto Be a Soldier." A
thousand flags were waving from the
crowded decks of the Oscar. The
mobs on the pier were singing, howl
ing, whistling and "crying. Some
were hysterical, others were simply
leaping up and down emitting roars
of "peace, peace, peace, peace."
From the decks of the liner there
fell a shower of red roses. They de
scended upon Mr. Edison and Mr.
Bryan. . The Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones
of Chicago, was standing amidships
with his hand raised and his lips
moving in prayer.
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, All Kinds Feed.
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Telephone No. 31
I am authorized to take applications for loans on lands in
Obion and Weakley Counties, Tenn., and Fulton County, Ky.
The terms and conditions upon which this money will be loan
ed 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.
Now is the time to arrange, your farm loans while the money
can be had at a low rate of interest and on long time.
Attorney At Law j& j& Union City, Tenn.
y First"
Winter Rye, Barley and Turf Oats
Crimson Clover, Red and Sweet Clover
Timothy, Red-Top and Blue Grass
Improved Kentucky Grain Drill
Peering Com Harvester, Peering; Disc Harrow
International Gasoline and Oil Engines
Oliver Chilled Plows, Buggies, Wagons, &c
"Quality First"
Tisdale & Jackson
Farm. Loans
. On improved lands in Obion or Weakly County.' .
$1 Pays for The Commercial 1 Year

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