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Till Have You Secured Youn re of the IBarjaiims at the it r "x n a r n r --i r-i t nm n & m m m a m v m t- a & w m ......... .. n n ni I ii a ii ii I i rii 1 r . r i n n i s n n r-i n y n THE many Bargains being given at this interesting sale has attracted many buyers from all the sur rounding country as well as in Union City. This sale will continue until Saturday night, Febru ary 19th. It will pay you to attend this sale as often as possible. You will find some money saving Bargains at every visit. j& EVERYTHING IN THE STORE IS REDUCED. Girl's Wool Suits $1.48 We still have a few of those Girls Suits, Jacket and Skirt. These sold dj Afl formerly up to $ 1 4.00; your choice, each T P " O WOMEN'S GOOD WARM WOOL CLOAKS 98c We have left a few of these Cloaks. They were bought to sell at from $10 O&r' to $15 each; to clear them out, your choice VOL Ladies' Fine White Wool Serge Suits for $3.48 If you come soon you may still be able to secure one of these wonderful dj "2 AO, Bargains. They are worth up to $1 6.50; sale price POT,0 rVflTLiMo UnicliwoF at Money aviinicj Ppics Ladies' Cambric Combination Suits for 25c These were bought to sell at 65c, and were a good value at that. Sale price now, each J Ladies' 25c Tan Hose now 1 0c These are full value 25c grade hose. To clear them out you may have them I at, a pair 1 Vr V Good Book Fold Dress Gingham, a yard, 8c These Ginghams are really worth to-day 12$cayard. We have been selling Q them for 10c. During this sale, a yard OL Bear in mind that during this wonderful sale everything you buy will save you money. Reduced prices on everything. Hosiery, Underwear, Silks, Dress Goods, White Goods, Laces, Embroideries, Ribbons, Linens, Toweling, and in fact every article in the store at Bargain prices. This Sale Will Last Until Saturday Night, Feb. 19th Everybody come. If you haven't yet been in you have missed a good chance. Don't delay any longer. IR.T.CUIRLnM,TLJMHOM CITY,! RUMORS OF BELGIAN PEACE PERSISTENT Report England Using Pressure on Albert Against It. Washington, Feb. 6. Renewed reports that Belgium is considering concluding a separate peace with Germany, corroborating news to this effect' two weeks ago, were widely discussed to-day in diplomatic cir cles. Out of this discussion there came, from an official in close touch with the German embassy a state ment which may be taken to express authoritatively the past, present and future attitude of the German gov ernment regarding Belgium. The viewpoint of Berlin, following rapid ly changing developments, may be summarized as follows: First Before the war Germany regarded the treaty of Ghent, by which the neutrality of Belgium was guaranteed by all the signatories, as binding upon Belgium as upon any of the guarantors. Second Before the war Germany regarded the building of frontier fortifications facing Germany, the fortifying of Antwerp and the main taining of a large standing army all violations of neutrality on the part of Belgium itself. Third Before the war Germany came into possession of documentary evidence, since published, that proved that Belgium had entered in to a secret agreement with Great Britain by the terms of which Bel gium could count on British aid in the event of Germany's violating her guarantees. Fourth Before the war Germany reached the conclusion that Belgium had thus herself abrogated the agreement in the various instances cited and that, in view of these facts. Germany was no longer bound to observe a neutrality which was in fact not neutrality. OCCUPATION NEVER INTENDED. Fifth On the declaration of war, as explained by the German chan cellor in a speech which has been distorted in allied countries and in the United States, Germany's con tention was in effect that the in vasion of France was quite as much a violation of previously existing treaties as was the invasion of Bel gium; but that all declarations of "war are violation of such treaties, obviously. Sixth On the declaration of war Belgium received the pledges of Germany that passage of German troops thru her territory would not mean occupation of that territory, but with armed resistance, Germany was at war with Belgium quite as much as with France. Seventh In the early days of the war it was unquestionably this arm ed resistance by Belgium, in the opinion of the German government, which led to the failure of the original plans of the German general staff and prevented a speedy victory over the French. Eighth Although the original German plans never included any idea of occupying any part of Bel gium, there was a period in which certain counsellors advocated perma nent occupation of that country, basing their arguments on the in disputable fact of Belgian resistance and its corrolary that to the victors belong the spoils. Ninth At the present time these counsels have been overcome by oth ers of far shrewder kind counsels which advocate restoring Belgium and thus making peace not only pos sible, but sure, unless the allies wish to face the world with an admission that their original, loudly proclaim ed motives for rushing to aid of stricken Belgium were in fact not their motives. USE PRESSURE ON KING ALBERT The discussion out of which this information came was begun by a reference to the announcement of the London press bureau of the re cent visit of Earl Curzon and Gen. Sir Douglas Haig, commander-in-chief of the British forces in France, to Albert, king of the Belgians. It was pointed out that coincident with this official announcement came a dispatch from The Hague forward ing Berlin advices regarding nego tiations said to be in progress be tween Germany and King Albert for the signing of a separate peace by Belgium. The official quoted, whose position as regards the German government is such as to make any statement he utters authoritative, confirmed this report. "The papers were quite right when they printed this news a fortnight ago," he said. "Personally my opin ion is that it was this news which caused Earl Curzon and Sir Douglas Haig to make their hasty visit to King Albert. The date of their visit coincides approximately with the date of the arrival of that issue of the newspapers in England. "But it is assuredly of little im portance, this visit of the represen tative of the nation that proudly and loudly declared it entered the war for the sole purpose of restoring Belgium, to show that this visit, in fact, was for the purpose of coercing King Albert to refuse the German offer. The important thing is to show that the German offer is sin cere and may be expected to eventu ate into an accomplished fact. BELGIUM VIOLATED TREATY. "No more recently than this after noon in my club I was obliged to listen to a member of the United States Government proclaim his opinion that sympathy for Germany by citizens of this country had been rendered forever impossible by 'Bel gium and the Lusitania,' to quots him literally. I have heard this statement many times and have al ways remained silent. But at thi.s time it seems to me it may be pos sible to suggest that there are two sides even to 'Belgium.' "So far as the German-Belgian question is concerned, the facts are simple. Germany was admittedly a signatory o the treaty which guar anteed the neutrality of Belgium. But the German view is that Bel gium herself was quite as much bound by that treaty as were the signatories bound to guarantee It. "The German view is that Bel gium did not observe neutrality, vio lations of neutrality having occur red long before the outbreak of the war. These violations were seven. There was the matter of frontier forts facing Germany. There were no fortifications built on the French frontier. Antwerp became a forti fied city. The treaty specifically CLERK ALL RUN DOWN Bestored To Health By Vinol Shelbyville, Ind. "I am a clerk in a hotel and was all run down, no energy, mv Klrvir? wa.s noor and mv face covered with pimples. I got so weak I had to put up an awful fight to keep at work. a f tor- tnUintr m.nv other remedies with out benefit Vinol has retored my health and strength." koy r. cikd. Vnr all Tnn-down. weak, nervous A. V - J ' mi'fiAna vf man smH wnmpn. nothmcr i;vriiuiMviii f i equals Vinol, our delicious cod liver and iron tonic without oil. Try it on our guarantee. Oliver's Red Cross Drug Store Union City, Tennessee. prohibited the fortification of Ant werp. And then there was the Bel gian standing army, a highly train ed, efficient body of troops whose skill and efficiency and bravery no one better than the German soldier can praise. "Should a country whose neu trality has been guaranteed main tain armed forces whose whole reason for being was anticipation of a violation of neutrality by only one of the guarantors? The German view is that such an action is un neutral. BELGIUM INVITED HER FATE. "The German government came nto possession of documentary evi dence that Belgium was negotiating a secret agreement with Great Brit ain months prior to the beginning of the war. These proofs appear in every white and yellow and blue book that any of the allied nations has published. "The British contention is that the documents, whose authenticity they do not dispute, do not consti tute a breach of neutrality. The British contention calmly assumes that Belgium was justified by after events in distrusting the bona fides of Germany. The German conten tion is that even if this engaging in secret arrangements by Belgium with a country which every one knew sooner or later must come to grips with Germany was not a breach of neutrality, it certainly invited exactly what happened. To attempt to Justify this secret plot ting against Germany on the grounds that after events proved the need of it seems to the German mind false reasoning. "Is it not more nearly accurate to say that any compunctions Germany would otherwise have had were dissipated by the knowledge that Belgium had engaged in this secret plotting? "Germany so regards it. Germany feels sure that had there been no secret agreement with Great, Britain by which Belgium could count on British aid in resisting the passage of German' troops thru her territory, Belgium would never have offered resistance, but would have followed exactly the same course idopted by Greece. Without an England at her back, Belgium would have realized that resistance to Ger many was futile. Who will say that anything except a similar realization has driven King Constantine Into submitting to the passage of the allied troops thru his country. NEW COUNSELS PREVAIL. "Germany originally had no in tention of occupying any part of Belgium permanently. Pledges to this effect were offered Belgium on the outbreak of the war. She met them with armed resistance. "No one in Germany who is at all well informed will deny that it was this resistance which undid the original plans of the German general staff, which prevented the originally planned, speedy conquest of France. It was Belgium, in the German opin ion, that upset the whole course of German arms in the first year of war. "And out of this knowledge there arose for a time in Germany a de mand that Belgium be retained per manently by Germany. Those who knew history remembered that Na poleon had called Antwerp 'a pistol pointed at the heart of England." And for a time these counsels pre vailed and permanent occupation of the Belgian territory won in the face of armed resistance was plan ned by the German authorities. "But recently a much shrewder FAMILY AVOIDS SERIOUS SICKNESS By Being Constantly Supplied Witb Thedf ord's Black-Draught McDuff, Va. "I suffered for several years." says Mrs. J. B. Whittaker. ol this place, "with sick headache, and stomach trouble. Ten years ago a friend told me to try Thedford's Black-Draught, which 1 did, and 1 found it to be the best family medi cine tor young ana oia. 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Absolutely millions of dollars were saved and countless families lived better than ever before in the face of the cotton crisis and general business depression. How were these burdensome store bills cut down? By the real money-saving power of good home gardens, rightly planted and kept planted and tended through the season. Hastings 1916 Seed Catalogue tells how to cut store bills down; tells about gar den and farm seeds of kinds and a qual ity that cannot be bought from your mer chant or druggist. It's full of garden and farm information. It's free if you ask for it. Write for it now. IL G. HASTINGS CO., Atlanta, Ga.-(Advt.) plan has been developed. To re store Belgium to the Belgians, In the German opinion, would be the greatest political achievement con ceivable. It must be understood in order to appreciate the value of the plan fully that there Is in Germany -as in every one of the belligerent countries an honest desire among the people for end of hostilities. To all demands that Germany put forth peace feelers there has been pre sented the irrefutable argument that such an action would be construed by her enemies as a sign of weak ness and would spur them on to re doubled efforts. FIGHTING COMMERCIAL FOX. "Germany cannot afford thus to hearten her foes. But if the nego tiations with King Albert are con cluded successfully, peace must fol low automatically. The only alter native, according to German view, is for Great Britain and France to admit that the cause for which Mr. Asqulth nobly declared the British were fighting, the restoration of Belgium, is not the cause at all. "With Germany and Belgium at peace it might even become neces sary for Great Britain to tell the truth and admit she is fighting to crush her greatest commercial competitor." Telephone Union City Ice & Coal Co. when you want coal right now.