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Marshall & Balrd, Union City, Tenn. FRIDAY. OCTOBER 24, 1919. Entered at the post office at Union Clty.Ten aeaaee.aa second-class mail matter. Arniowieamtnti. For Mayor. PITTMAN. We are authorized to an nounce F. L. Pirtman as candidate tor re-election to the office of Mayor of Union Qty, election Saturday, January 3, 1920. TURNER. We are authorized to an nounce Dr. W. M. Turner aa a candidate for Mayor of Union City, election to be held Saturday, January 3, 1920. The Commercial. The Commercial will, within the next few weeks, mail out to our subscribers a statement of their sub Bcription to the paper overdue, and expects either a prompt settlement or a notice that they do not wish to continue the paper. We do not desire to mail the pa per to anyone if for any reason they do not want it. But on the other hand, since it has been the custom here to continue the county paper if not otherwise ordered, we do not feel like dropping your name from our list unless you notify us to do However, outside of the county and immediate territory, we have adopted the cash system. Such sub scriptions as these are discontinued when the time expires and must be renewed with a cash in advance sub scrintion. The Commercial may be compelled, a thing we thought during the war might not be necessary, to raise the price of subscription to 11.50 a year on the first of January, 1920. In view of this, we would suggest to those who want to take advantage of the dollar rate that they subscribe or renew their subscription before the first of the year. v We must beg the indulgence of readers for the shortage of local news In the recent few weeks. Real ly we have not had the hardihood of asking more than a dollar a year for the paper since the office has been handicapped with a shortage of operators. This has been a hard year on industries of all kinds, ow ing to labor conditions and the high cost and scarcity of supplies, and The Commercial has not escaped the trouble. But hope springs eternal in the human breast, and by the first of the year at least we hope to be able to resume the normal standards that should prevail in a well regulated county weekly newspaper office. In the meantime subscribe now or renew your subscription before the advance in the price of subscrip tion to $1.50 a year. To the People of Union City, Desiring to serve your .people for a second term as Mayor of Union City, and having received the warm as surances of approval and indorse ment from a large number of kind friends, I take this opportunity of announcing my candidacy for re election to be held on Saturday, Jan uary 3, 1920. In coming before the peoplo at thiB time I am moved by a very deep sense of appreciation for the kindness you have shown me especially from the beginning of the present term. I am truly glad to Bay that altho hav ing resided with you comparatively a much shorter time than many of your citizens, I am no stranger in Union City and feel indebted for the honor and the courtesies extended to me. , I will,va3 in the past, strive to do my whole duty if elected to this lm portant office, conscientiously and im partially. I have tried to be fair and to serve everyono alike, to guard and .protect your citizens at a trying per lod and to promote the interests of your municipality to the best of my ability. This I shall always strive to do, and whether you favor me or not I shall always be grateful for the honor and the trust you have reposed In me. With tho very kindest as 8urance8 of regard, I am Yours respectfully, F. L. PITTMAN. Candidate for Mayor. We are authorized to announce Dr..W. M. Turner as a candidate for Mayor of Union City, election to be held Saturday January 3, 1920. Dr Turner has been a citizen of Union City for twenty years and is proba bly as well known as any other man in the county. He is a dentist and his. clientele is not only from the county but from many portions of the western. end of the State and Kent'u y. . As a citizen Dr. Turner has always been active in public attain and hm a keen interest In every public wel fare increment. As- chairman of the Red Crops war work In th.3 county he was active and Buccsisful beyond the most hopeful anticipations He was patriotic in sacrificing not only his means but Mme froo; his very busy office and practice. During the administration of May or Coble Dr. Turaer served the city as alderman with a degree of abili ty and a desire for the public weal and growth of the municipality. He Is a man of progressive spirit, looking ahead towards a greater city, the ad vancement of its industrial, educa tional and commercial interests, the morale and health of its people. Dr. -Turner aski to bo considered for the good he may accomplish in civic prido and growth and a gen eral interest In public affairs. His name Is presented to tha readers of The Commercial for their respectful consideration. For Mayor. F. x L. Pittman announces, after consultation with a number of his friends, as a candidate for re-elec tion to the office of Mayor of Union City, election to be. held Saturday, January 3, 1920. The candidacy of Mr Pittman has really been a mat ter of doubt for the reason that he is under obligations to his employers the Lake County Manufacturing Co. for practically all his time, and he was not willing to Impose upon the people--! Union City If he had no time to devote to public affairs. Therefore when an urgent demand was made that the Mayor stand for re-election, he at once put the mat ter up to the men who are entitled to his services, and with their con sent he comes before you again, ask ins for indorsement to the se cond term. In political parlance, the indorsement for a second term is Democratic birthright. Therefore the Mayor and his friends feel that as a candidate he is entitled to more than the usual consideration, with other things being equal. Mr. Pittman, however Is not re Ivinar uoon his claims for Indorse ment any more than upon his record in office, his stewardship as Mayor Rome five years ago Mr. Pittman moved to Union City and from the beginning he demonstrated the fact that he is a man of sterling charac ter. sound business principles, exe cutive ability, and an aggressive na ture combined with discretion and judgment. In other words, he has the Qualities which are the moving forces in the building of big busi ness and public utilities. However, with a floating Indebted ncss of over fifteen thousand dol lars and the handicaps of war and high prices, It was to be seen clearly that tho policy then most advisable was to liquidate as nearly as possible and to conserve every resource against a more trying and exacting period of warfare, and this policy was religiously adhered to by Mr. Pittman and his board. And so when the armistice was signed the financial conditions had Improved to the extent that it was thought proper to make some street improvements. In the meantime we should have mentioned that early in the winter the water supply was threatened, and necessity demanded a new well, which was bored and installed at a cost of six thousand dollars. Before the Inauguration of the street work a new school building to take the place of the one destroyed by fire was built for the colored peo ple of Union City. Beginning with the street work it is proper to mention the fact that Mr. Pittman has always favored a hard-surfaced pavement for the busi ness streets of Union City. He was settled in his belief that no substi tute would take the place of asphalt, wood or concrete; and it was only after two attempts were made to get the property owners to agree to an abutment plan, whereby part of the cost was to be assumed by the pro perty owners and the other part by the city, that the hard pavement proposition had to be abandoned. Of course the board could have gone ahead and involved the city in more debt and taxes for this work, but Mr. Pittman's Judgment was that It wasn't good business, also an' In justice to tax every property owner in Union City for the benefit of the owners of business bouses almost ex clusively. It must also be stated here to the credit of the board that only two or three property owners held out against the abutment plan. Now as to the Tarvla paving. It is not altogether satisfactory. But nowhere was there anything better to offer. Every town which is not using solid pavements is experiment ing with substitutes, and most of them are using Tarvla. Our streets are being improved with crushed limestone and Tarvia, and on the theory that some improvement is better than none at all Tarvia is being used in Union City. .. Mr. Pitt man and his board, in these troub lous days of unrest, strikes riots and the uncertainty of getting orders for supplies filled, or none at all, are doing everything they can do to serve you wisely and honestly. Now we come to the mooted ques tion the water metres. Practically the only criticism made upon the present board is directed to the use of water metres. During the war a demand was made upon municipali ties and essential industries for the conservation of the supply of coal. For this purpose standards of equip ment and efficiency were recommend- d in order to be eligible for a favor able coal classification. That is, those cities and essential plants which best conserved the use of coal were admitted to a classification get ting first service in coal supplies. This set the Mayor, who had always rejected the suggestion of water me tres, to thinking. Would the board in declining to recognize the spirit of the war orders be justified in its responsibilities to the citizens of Union City? That led to an Investi gation of the water metre system, and the subsequent test of a trial order of metres, which is now underway, with the result so far of confirming the Judgment of experts as to prac tical results. Water metres are cal culated more than anything else to equalize the cost of service to the consumers. It is the consumer of large quantities of water who is likely to object to metres. The small user is in no way effected, be cause he can well keep his cost down to and Within heretofore existing rates and in many cases less than ; that. In fact the metre system is a benefit to the taxpayer"" because it reduces the wastage of water and the extra coal supply In the pumping of this wastage. But the greater reason and Justification for water metres is the conservation of the water supply in tho freezing period of winter time when there Is a waste of water in a great majority of the plants, business houses and homes in the city. Such times as this when a water famine Is threatened the metres warn of the waste of wa ter. A criticism is also made that water metres are expensive and shott lived. They are probably expensive. What is there in public improvements that is not expensive? But the life of ' the metre is a different thing. The one in use at the M. & O. water tank has been there fifteen years and is still doing good service. The noint then is which is the more ex pensive the waste of water and risk of water famines or the metre sys tem. But to offset the cost of metres. the present board is to be credited with the collection of overdue side walk notes bf nearly ten thousand dollars. That should be some com pensation to the taxpayers for the money expended in water metres. Our schools, according to accepted standards and authority, are now on a better basis than they have ever been. The attendance is good and the interest is growing rapidly. In dications point to c time when both boys and girls in greater numbers will be graduated from the Union City High School. As stated in the outset Mr. Pitt- man's administration has more to re commend it than a mere indorse ment. He is a man of conservative snirit. neither timid nor reckless with tho people's money. He does not believo in a high tax rate, and may not favor a reduction of the rates until the city is well provided with substantial improvements, but he does believe that tho taxpayer has some equities while the public mon eys are being expended. The present administration has fol lowed out the lines suggested in this paper before the last election was held. This was to the effect that we were Just out of a period of public Improvements in the water and light plant, etc., and that with the clouds of war lowering over us and some outstanding notes and accounts to settle it was a time' for sober thought and careful action Within the next two years the chances are that some extensions may be made, but even now the con ditions were never more chaotic and unsettled and both labor and supplies are hard to get. It is said that the last bid on public roads in Tennessee was $20,000 a mile. One point in the record of the present administration to be given due weight, and that is the fact that while all materials and supplies, in eluding coal, etc., for the use of the city, are in many cases nearly one hundred per cent higher than before the war, the revenues of the city are practically the same, and hence the wisdom and prudence of the board in its policies of management. In closing, we believe it has been an unbroken precedent that no can didate for Mayor has been opposed for the second term. It is also a custom in the county democratic campaigns to reward the candidate for office aspiring to a second term So we present the name of Mr. Pitt man as a candidate for your careful and conscientious Judgment. RYE SEED) BAGOL Grass and Field Seeds of all Kinds Also Corn, Oats, Chops, Shorts, Hay and Bran Everything for the Feeder Try our Tennessee Hog Feed. Best and' cheapest hog feed on earth. We manufacture a complete line of mixed feeds ' for horses, mules and cattle, all scien tifically balanced and guaranteed to give satisfaction. HOWELL GRAIN & FEED COMPANY UNION CITY, TENN, W. D. WILLIAMS, Manager, RETAIL DEPARTMENT EAST MAIN Sr. LOOK! READ! Groceries Meats SOMETHING TO EAT For Everybody. Where? Down at our house. We buy all we can and sell all we can; buy as cheap as we can and sell as cheap as we can. When you get hungry, see us or call us and we deliver the goods. We try to have everything you want. Best in all lines. Everything in Vegetables, Fruits and Melons the market affords. Every thing in Canned.Goods, from the cheapest to the best. Our Meat Market is second to none Beef, Pork, Lamb and Veal; Sausage, Weiners, Ham, Boiled Ham and Mince Ham. Come to see' us. We will trade with you if you have anything to eat E. BP. GIRIIOM Temple Motor Company Washington St. -Opposite Post Oras Carter Building The Home of Chevrolet Cars Plenty cars after October 20. . Chevrolet 5-passenger touring, f. o. b factory, $735. We solicit all kinds of repair Work our Specialty. QFull prices on Racine Tires and tubes. All work done by a first-class of Paducah, who is in charge ALL WORK Temple Motor Co., Telephone No. 471 !fcS 2l OAT SEED BOTH PHONES: Cumb. No. 20; Home No. 68 work. Electrical and Battery line of Accessories. J Special mechanic, MR. G S. FOSTER, of our mechanical department. GUARANTEED Union City, Tenn. The Commercial Sounds Reasonable. "Tho world will soon bo dry." "Cheer up. Other things will come along."" 'Bah!" "There is the Jazz dance, for in stance." "How am I going to Jazz on ice cream soda.?" THE MILLING HOSPITAL SEVENTH YEAR A Modern Surgical Institution. Competent Trained Nurses DR. W. A. NAILUNG Chief Surgeon Union City, Tenn. Both Phone 41. J. C. BURDICK Wholesale and Retail Reelfoot Lake and Mississippi River Fish Game Oysters in Season. New location, East Main Street Phone 185 UNION CITY, TENN DR. I. GLOSSON VETERINARIAN Phone 12. Main and Third Sts. UNION CITY, TENN. Jake H. Park. D.D.S. C. E. Upchurch, D.D.S. Both Phones 136. Drs. Park Upchurch DENTISTS Mrs. Jake H. Park, Attendant Office: Booms 1, 2 and 3, NaillingBldg. Over Oliver's Red Cross Drug Store. Dr. E. W. Y0UNGBL00D, DM DEPUTY STATE VETERINARIAN Union City, . Tenn. ii r " . i c e.u nogs vaccinated; oerum ooia. Telephones: Cumb. 812, Home 216. Army Surgeon During World War.