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DENTIST Over Wehman's Hardware Stare Union Gty, Tenn. TelelpKonee Office 144; Residence 689-J DR. E. M. LONG DENTIST Over Wehman's Hardware Store Union City, Tenn. Telephone Office 144, Residence 689-J RCIA inn VOL. 27, NO. 9 Union City Commercial. established 1890 j coited September 1. 1S97 tk7 Tna Cnurivr. established 1897 I UNION CITY, TENN, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1918 CROWDS ASSEMBLE IN HONOR OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS Great Day in Union City to Work and Thousands Appropriate to the day the n-atwt reverence and honor was - shown by an immense crowd which gathered here Sunday for the work of the American Red Cross in union County. The occasion had been arranged by Dr. W. M. Turner and his asso ciate committeemen so effectively that everything planned was a com plete and unqualified success, 'i Governor Rye arrived here from Memphis,' coming over the M. & 0. R. R., and Company K, National Guard, hpme rifles, marched to the train and stood guard for the Gov ernor and his friendB to pass. May or Pittman and the committee, Dr. Turner, Judge Swiggart, P. J. Smith, H. 0. Head, Jr., and C. W. Miles, were on hand to receive the Gov in thft finest Viuuif nuv dvvuivv .health and humor. The exercises " took place after dinner, with speak ing at the park, beginning at 1 o'clock. Gen. T. O. Morris presided and the home guard, with Capt. An drews in command, occupied the stage. Dr. C. W. Miles was intro duced and addressed the audience which had by that time fairly filled the park. He spoke of the present as an epoch in the history of the world when the great question of imperialism and democracy must be settled. Either we must submit to the hand of iron rule or conquer Prussian militarism and Turkish depotism. The bloody hand of the tyrant must be destroyed, and that it will be destroyed there Is no doubt, but how much will it cost us is the problem. Our soldiers stand ready to defend us and will we give them the means with which to main - tain this defense? . Dr.v Miles made a stirring appeal to the honor and, patriotism of those who were in the sound of his voice and he was liber ally cheered. General Morris told the story of the man who had gone rabbit hunting. He was a man of means and influ ence in his country, and on this oc casion he ran a rabbit into a hollow log. He tried to smoke the rabbit out and to get him o ut by other means but failed. So he took the alternative and crawled up the log to pull him out. The rabbit was elusive and he failed again. So he tried to back out and quit the game, but found that lie was hung. Time passed, darkness came and then he began to review his life. What had he done for mankind? How did he respond for the appeals for Red Cross funds? -All this and more found him a hopeless delinquent. Finally he discovered that he wa3 shrinking in size and before he knew it he was so small that he dropped out of the log .and crawled into a knot hole. Editor J. Brice was introduced as the far-famed newspaper man of this part of the country and he dwelt on the work of the Red Cross and the noble women. Dr. Turner, commander in chief, and his aids had by this time begun to assemble the units of the parade line. This was formed on First street, north of the N., C. & St. L. Ry. tracks. About 2:30 o'clock the line began to move southward, head ed by the mounted police. Chief Josh Adams and Officers Noah and Roper. Then came Prof. Fletcher Tate and his band, playing the military marches. Next was Dr. Turner's handsome ly decorated car, in which were seat ed Governor Rye, Gen. T. O. Morris, Hons. F. J. Smith, C. W. Miles, Jr., Mrs. W. H. Swiggart and Miss Annie Little. The line moved to the swing of martial music, flying colors, and in harmony with the spirit of the oc casion. Every district in the county was represented with a car in the parade, and on each of these cars was a banner "Over the top by Monday night." Following these cars a body of Red Cross ladies came next, forming a huge Red Cross with their caps, altogether 132 of the most beautiful women of the county in white nurse uniforms. This beautf ful Red Cross was under the leader ship of Dr. H. W. Quails and Miss Instill the Spirit of Red Cross Here to Honor the Cause. Willie Belle Mays. The Confederate veterans came next in order, some twenty-five of the battle-scarred heroes. Company K, the home guard, with Captain Andrews in command, and Lieutenants Pittman and White marched next in fine order. The Boy and the Girl Scouts brought up the rear, followed by scores and hundreds of cars, a pro cession more than a mile in length, a wonderful example of patriotic en thusiasm for the cause of the Red Cross. The line moved in the finest order and before the guard in front had reached the fair ground gates, Lieut, Joe Dawson and Sergt. Adams came flying over from Park Field, Milling- ton, in one of the U. S. War Planes. They arrived about 3 o'clock and with all eyes upturned they de scribed a circle, a loop, and a succes sion of wonderful figures in the air, sailing gracefully like a living bird. The trip had been made from the park up the I. C. R. R. tracks. At the fair grounds the crowd, in creased by that time to thousands of people and hundreds of cars, began to congregate at tho grandstands. Some went to receive the aviators, who landed in tho field close by These gentlemen, Messrs. Dawson and Adams, were brought to the grandstand and seated with the speakers. ' On the' grandstand also were the officers of the home guard, Governor Rye, Judge Swiggart, Dr. Turner and H. O. Head, Jr. Judge Swiggart introduced Gov ernor Rye. He made some remarks concerning the causes that led up to the war, the Kaiser and his Prussian cohorts who had been for years pre paring an army for conquest the Central Powers headed by the Kai ser seeking by bloody, brutal, savage warfare to set up an imperial throne over all the nations of the earth. These things Judge Swiggart briefly reviewed and then turned to pay a glowing tribute to the patriotism and devotion of the American women in the work of the Red Cross. Governor Rye was never heard in better voice and in a more eloquent address. There is not a speaker in Tennessee who has a better command of English than the Governor. There never was a public man in Tennessee with a higher sense of duty and mor al courage. He is man from the crown of head to the tips of his toes, and when he uttered the prophetic speech, "I would to God the Kai3er of Germany could be permitted to look down upon this wonderful scone to-day," the crowds cheered to the echo. The Governor spoke of tho man who had been invited to solve the difference between the Irishman and the Teuton, and the reply came quickly that "One was coming from Belfast and the other was going to hell fast," and "I am here," says the Governor, "to hasten his departure." The three greatest words, in the English language arc mother, home and heaven. Without mother there is no home and without home no door to heaven. Tho Red Cross mother is the mother of your boy and mine. We didn't want this war, but in sult was added to injury until the menace of national existence was threatened and we were forced to defend not only our honor, but our homes and firesides. Oh God, we pray, let this cup pass. We are draining tho bitter dregs, and while the clouds are gathering our mothers are paying the penalty that savage warfare imposes. The noblest manhood of a noble race, many of them, have left us. We saw them march away and cheer ed them as they marched, and then turned again to peaceful pursuits. I wonder if then you felt that you had discharged your duty. It won't be the fault of 'these gallant soldiers but ours at home if we don't win the victory, and it is our duty to sustain the Red Cross mother that she may give aid and sympathy to the hungry, bleeding defenders, and here the Governor interlard! his address with some beautiful lines to the Red Cross mother. We submitted in silence to insult and injury, while the fair lands of Belgium and. France were scourged with desolation, innocent children butchered and women publicly out raged. Shall a crown of . thorns be placed upon the brow of the Ameri can people? We say you shall not crucify our blood-bought principles upon, the altar of a tyrant's infamous and despotic rule. Leading up to the question of Ger man-Americans, Governor Rye said that they were living u nder the American flag. That flag has shelter ed them and their children. Here they have grown rich with American protection and democratic freedom. We didn't invite them here, but if in their hearts they are not with us, but with the Fatherland, there is no room for them here. They should go back and give aid to Germany, If they are loyal to America, then they should be loyal like men. Don't play the coward and the slacker. There is going to be another ac counting before the Judgment 4aT It will be when this war is closed. Some of these American soldiers are coming back home, many of them probably. And when that day comes these defenders of the greatest coun try in the world will be the men of administrative affairs. They will be the rulers of the State and nation, and they ought to be. There is something for us all to do, whether on the firing line or at home. You will know whether you have done your duty or not. After the war it will be more intolerable than hell for the slacker. The serv ice flag is the most beautiful. emblem in any home, but everybody can't have a service flag. They can have the emblems of the Red Cross and the Y. M. C. A., the guardian angels of the mothers in this great strife. They can serve at home by giving and supporting tho institutions which protect and sustain our sol diers and the soldiers of tho allies in defense of human liberty. The Governor paid a tribute to President Wilson. "For me and my people,"! said the Governor, "will serve Woodrow Wilson, one of the great Presidents of the greatest na tion in the world." Here the Governor recited a beau tiful flag-service poem. There are three flags which chal lenge our attention. One is the little flag which was furled for the last time at Appomattox. Wc have never felt called on to apologize for that flag. The second is the stars and the stripes with a union of the blue and the gray. This flag ha3 never trailed in the dust of defeat and never will. The next is the service flag, a badge of honor to any American home. But while we cannot all have the service flag, there is a part for us all to play We can with aid and support of the Red Cross protect that flag. We are giving our blood for a civilization and a citizenship recog nizing the golden rule and the broth erhood of man. We are defending the institutions which are threaten ed with the despoiling hand of the autocrat and tyrant. One drop of the blood of an American mother's boy is worth infinitely more than all the German Empire. We are go ing to win in this great struggle if somebody has to have the living light shot out of them. Let us take this cup that would not pass and overcome the men who want more power. Here the Governor, who seems to be filled with the sweetest poetic sentiment, recited a poem to the blue and the gray, which immortalizes the spirit of Lee and extols the spirit of God. The address was closed with the wildest cheers from thousands of people' in the audience. After the Governor's address Col. Tom Inman, of Troy, one of the fine old citizens and Confederate veter ans, was called to the stand for a few remarks, which he made in his own original and entertaining man ner. After that Lieut. Joe Dawson, the aviator, gave a very interesting demonstration with the war plane over the fair grounds, with his loops and curves and attractive aerial maneuvers, - and then departed for Fulton where the accident occurred, which destroyed his machine and gave him a severe shock The crowd was estimated any where from , five to seven thousand people. There , were parked in the fair grounds about six hundred auto mobiles from a careful estimate and from three to five thousand visitors in the .city. There were probably, seven or eight hundred cars both on the streets and fair grounds. . It was a great day and very credit able to Dr. Turner and his assistants,' especially to Mayor Pittman, Dr. H. M. Oliver, B. F. Howard and R. R. Rose, who had charge of the pub licity work, and to General Morris, H. O. Head, Jr., and others for the arrangements. One of the greatest incidents of the day was the work of the Boy Scouts, who were called to police duty as traffic men, and with gun and . uniform they stood to their posts and did their duty like men. They stood in the rain and on duty for hours until relieved. The Boy Scouts of Union City is an organiza tion of fine boys. They have their code of ethics and honor, and this carries the elements of character that make for the strength and chivalry of manhood. When the war calls them they will be trained in rudimentary tactics and there will be no claim for exemption. WAR PLANE ACCIDENT MAKES PANIC IN FULTON Lieut. Joe Dawson Comes Down With a Crash. Lieut. Joe Dawson, who was in jured in an aeroplane accident here Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock was taken to Milllngton three hours later on an evening train accom panied by Mr. Calhoun, of Memphis, Local physicians dressed his wounds and gave him every attention pre paratory to his departure. While his wounds were painful the attend ing physicians nay ho was not seri ously Injured and will soon recover Sergt. W. H. Adams, mechanic with Lieut. Dawson, took charge of the wrecked machine and shipped it to Park Field for repairs.' Lieut. Dawson being considered one of the best flyers at Park Field, Millington, Tenn., was selected to make exhibition flights at Dyersburg, Union City and Fulton on the eve of the big Red Cross drive. - He left Park Field Sunday morning goin; direct' to Dyersburg and Union City. Arriving over Fulton at 4:30 he be gan his performances, making two loops and tail spin when his plane hit the top edge of Joe Wade & Com pany's building and he fell on Wal nut street with a crash, wrecking the aeroplone, injuring himself and half dozen or more spectators, also smashing Bruce Henderson'3 automo bile beyond recognition and injuring Walter Ridgeway's horse so badly that it died Bhortly afterwards. The horse was hitched to a buggy. Those nearest the cceno of the disaster had so much confidence in his flying that they made littlo or no attempt to escape when tho crash came, and it is nothing less than a miracle that many were not killed and more in jured. There has never been an aero plane in Fulton yet, but what some thing happened to it. Fortunately no one has been killed in the wreck age. The accident Sunday afternoon is to be regretted, and in behalf of the good people of Fulton and vicinity we take the liberty of extending to Lieut. Dawson our heartfelt sympa thy and wish for him a speedy re covery. Fulton Leader. It is understood that the people of Fulton took up a collection and in a short time had enough to pay for all damages made by the War Plane. Dr. Cnrlin Dies. Htckman, Ky., May 15. One of the saddest deaths that ever occurred here was that this morning of Dr. Prather V. B. Curlln, on of the leading physicians of this city, at his home after a nine days' illness of pneumonia. He had been hovering between life and death for several days, but was thought to be holding his own, his death coming as a great shock. He was about 38 years old and was the only son of Peter Curlln, born and reared here, member of well known family of this county and a prominent young physician. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Bess Scates, of Union City, Tenn., and four children, his father, and one sister, Mrs. Willie Curlin Fleming. Funeral services were held by Rev. R. C. Douglas at the home, with interment at the City Cemetery. To win the war the United States is determined to set no restrictions on the number of men to be sent to France, President Wilson declared.. REGISTRATION REGULATIONS No, 2 The Local Exemption Board of Obion Gonnty Galls Attention to the Following General Provisions of Law requiring the registration of all male persons residing in the United States, who have, since the 5th day of June, 1917, and on or before the day set for the registration by proc lamation by the President, attained the age of twenty-one years, that they shall be subject to registration in accordance with the regulations prescribed by the President, and approved by. him on the 20th day of May, 1918. V In accordance herewith all persons who come within the foregoing regulations must present themselves at the office of the Local Exemption Board in Union City, Tenn., on Wednesday, June 5, 1918, between the hours of 7 o'clock a. m. and 9 o'clock p. m. There will be but one place of registration in Obion County. The county and police authorities are authoroed and expected to see that every person eligible to registration presents himself at the of fice of the Local Board of the county of Obion at Union City. C. W. MILES, JR., Sec. Fancy Recleaned Tennessee Burt Seed Oats Oats will soon make cheap feed will mature in ninety days. COTTON SEED We have a car of King's Improved Cotton Seed, direct from North Carolina; early maturing, entirely removed from the boll weevil district. A big portion of our native cotton was caught by the frost last season. Beware of frosted seed. They will not germinate. Call at our office and get descriptive circulars and see sample. SOY BEANS Strictly nice recleaned Yellow Mammoth. Japan Clover Seed Corn Sorghum Seed Red Clover Red Top Timothy Alsyke White Clover ; Orchard Grass. Prices and samples gladly mailed on request. Cherry- Moss Grain Co. WE ARE DAILY RECEIVING OUR SPRING GOODS And it will be to your interest to let us show you before ' buying. "Our More for Cash" idea should appeal to you. J. A. COBLE, SON & CO. For a good, clean iob of printing, call on.... MONEY TO LOAN . On improved Farm Lands in Obion County, Tenn., " and Fulton County, Kentucky. I am authorized to take applications for loans at 5 per cent. interest, payable annually, on privilege to borrower of paying off any part in multiples of $100, or all of loan, at any interest-paying period. Do not know how long this interest rate will continue and I advise all prospective borrowers to see me at once. All negotiations treated confidentially, and loans closed with least possible rmb- licity. . W. E. HUDGINS, Cumberland Phone Office 143, Residence 589- Thn Pnmmnrninl "0 UUIIIIII0I UIQl terms of five to ten years, with ' Union, City, Tenn.