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The Commercial, Union City, Tenn.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER "21.-m. j . t I - -fc't 'i -' A - ' - if it i8n t.,....,.....................i..n,;ll.illi Facta and Fienres. . am me municipal election ap preaches the political atmosphere in Union City seems to become fraught with all sorts of anxiety and con cern about the floating debt and sink' tag fund, and the way and manner in which they hare been handled in -recent years, and it appears to be the impression of some of our citl sens, that in late years the old con vervative order of -things hare been abandoned, and that municipal af- Xalrs have drifted like a ship without a rudder in mid-ocean. to answer these insinuating charges. . In so far as they relate to my tenure in office, and to show any fair mlnd- ' ed reader that the floating debt at the time of my retirement in 1918 was not much in excess of the In debtedness when I was first elected in 1910, and that the sinking fund which I am frank to admit is a lire vltat question was more out of har xoony before I became a factor in Union City politics than it was two years ago. If I were an artist I would paint a picture of Union City, true to her condition ten years ago. I would first throw on the canvas a little city of 6000 refined, cultured people, indicating wealth, happiness and prosperity, and in the back ground I would show an old stately school Duimmg with an attendance of 700 pupils, provided with-an abominable cesspool to dispose of the human .jraste,' the overflow f.rom which -mftftTlflAFAf) If a naranntot "fliiw An-nm one of the principal streets in an open ditch to take on new burdens . of polntlon and repulsive fumes from a steam laundry, and a little further on to be contaminated with the In tolerable odor from toilet connections from a few residences, the hotel and the Union Station. I would paint on the canvas in soft colors the image of Uncle Joe Turner f VrilA la nrAflO Vint n S 4 r-v. rrrl I v . faithful old colored scavenger, with his long handled shovel, bucket and scavenger wagon, as he reigned su preme over the sanitary affairs of Union City. , With this picture before you I am uiug iu unit) u inventory oi Borne nf tho thintra tfiof vrora lAnA tuiiv my first and second terms, from Jan. 1910, to May 1913, which was before there had been any bond money ex pended by me," When I came into office in 1910 the city owed $67,500 6 per cent interest bearing bonds, and a floating debt of $4,200 and there was not one cent in the sink ing fund, or any money in the treas ury. $10,000 of these bonds matured in 1911 and $3,500 in 1913, the remain der $54,000 run until 1921 with a proviso in $24,000 of them, that they could be called for payment at the option of the city in 1911. We managed to refund the $10,000 and $24,000 blocks in 1911 and the 93,500 block in 1913 and sell the new ' issued at 5 per cent instead of 6 per cent interest on 20 years time. The interest saving In this transaction alone has more than paid your may or's salory ever since. - . -., . i This . transaction eliminated the sinking fund up to that date so far as the $37,500 of the bonds were con cerned and left the remaining $30, 00 which could not be called and refunded in status quo. It certainly does not require a man of letters to understand this simple proposition. Are these facts not suf ficient to show any one who wants to know the truth, that these secu rities, taking them as a whole, were in much better condition so far as the sinking fund was concerned in 1918 than the were in 1910 with two issues practicably due, with no sink ing fund whatever to provide their payments. To this time we had built and paid for (without bonds) nearly nine miles of sanitary sewer costing $35,000, had no floating debt and was able to transfer $14,000 cash out of our savings to "improvement ac count" which was used in the street and side walk improvement. Here it might be interesting to note, that if we had been satisfied with the side walk and sanitary conditions as we found them the above two items ag gregating $49,000 would have paid off 73 per cent of the entire bonded indebtedness . and left no . floating debt whatever. We could, go into detail and show how1 we -financed $83,125.00 worth of Improvements the last eight months of 1913, with the aid of the proceeds of $25,500 street and side walk bonds, and that we only left a floating debt of $13,560 for out successor to take care of in 1914, $10,500 of that being what was- known at the Westover school note with one hundred and ten citizens signatures to it. When I was elected to my third term in 1916, the floating debt had increased to $23,000, $9000 of which was borrowed from our local banks bearing 8 perc ent Interest, i I Im mediately retired 'these 8 " per cent notes with 5 percent money. ' It can be showed that we" passed $40,637.07' to . permanent improve ments during my last administration, over and above the proceeds of the school bonds, and a floating debt of a little over $9000 above converti ble assets which have been collected, What, a pity these calamities how lers who can tell how near I got municipal affairs on the verge of financial ruin cannot get a vision of most essential improvements that the people of Union City enjoy, and that I only Increase the bonded indebted ness $50,500. .Tha the sewer Bys- tem which was built without nonas, could not be replaced as it is to day for twice' that money." That it Is supplementing the earnings of the Water ft Light plant approximately 93,000 per annm and growing better That the Water ft Light Plant increased the earnings from $8,500 to $12,000 under our regime, a That As It Is As It Seems The Road In New Overland 4 on Three-Point Cantilever Springs i rnn xnf rt a bad road to ride as it looks. It did. imrH the introduction of the Overland Springbase. Overland 4 does not change the road, but it does change the manner in which you can ride on it. It gives you comfort instead of dis-comfort. It gives you a smooth, sailing sensation instead of bouncing and swaying. . ... Th Diaffonal attachment of Three-Point Canti lever Springs at the ends of a 1 30-inch Springbase gives long wheelbase roaa steadiness, i ci uvcnanu 4 retains all the advantages lightness, econ-omy,ahdeasebfhahdling,oflOO-inch wheelbase. m V V v i. r .g M X - - I If XSk Xi V rm m m.dr iv (in niirmmmMrrr ' : . . , .-. -.- j-.-. - .-. .-. K!-m . - ----- x fiii'igyigs ; -Tim- I This means an altogether new standard of riding comfort, a noteworthy reduction in the wear, and tear which lessens the efficiency of a car. The new springs give longer life to every part and thus minimize up keep and replacement costs. Tires wear longer because cushioned against hammering blows. Light weight means marked econ omy in gas, oil and running expense. Overland 4's equipment is complete front Auto Lite Starting and Lighting to Demountable Rims. . ' Come in i and,, see this remarkable car. Ask for Coupe, $1325; Sedan, $1375. Prices f. o. b. Toledo, j 1 . y-.-. u - 1 - - ' 1 ;.:;VOERIiI?P-;-S TELEPHONE H26 r - ALES COMPANY - - UNION CiTVi TENN. no improvement was ever undertaken without the sanction of a majority of the tax payors, and that all con tracts were carefully safeguarded and awarded under competive bids. Can this be said of other administrations? My hat is not in the ring, and as much as I detest newspaper publici ty I would be unfaithful to my self were I not to take notice the remo test reflection upon the way and man. ner,. I have served the good people of Union City while municipal affairs were under my control. J. A. COBLE. Improve Home Orchards. By P, D. Garrison, Field Agent, Ten nessee State Horticultural Society. Probably the ' first and most im portant step that should be taken during the winter time is th prun ing. All the dead and dying limbs should be cut back to sound wood. Then, in order to facilitate a free circulation of the sunshine and at mosphere and to avoid making as many large cuts as possible, it is nec essary to clip out the small upright and' downright branches from the main scaffold or leader limbs. When this ' is done.take a good look and remove any., crossing limbs which may be rubbing. It is " a good rile where you have any doubt about re moving a limb on an old tree to re move it, if on a young tree, leave it. If the' trees are showing a con siderable amount of decay and slow growth among the brancehs, it . is well to saw off , at a distance of about two feet from the main trunk of the tree, one of these main lead er or scaffold limbs which represents about one-fourth or one-fifth of the entire . branches. If " possibler this should, be done at a distance of twelve inches above two of Its small lateral limbs which are about a foot from the main 'trunk of toe tree. This will stimulate the small limbs to a rapid growth) and as they grow larger the stub, which is left, can be cut nearer to them. If a large limb is removed close to a small limb, the healing over of the cut is so Blow that it causes decay to start where the , large limb was cut and spreads so deeply into the sound wood that it always leaves a defective partin the tree: when if it has been removed gradually, the stub aa it becomes' affected can be . cut from time to time so that at the last cut It will be removed near one of theoo lateral limbs which has grown large enough to callous' the wound immediately. I About every other year, one of these large limbs should bo taken off in the manner above described so that new growth) can gradually . be established near the trunk of the : tree. If the entire limbs are sawed back to stubs, which is commonly . practiced in .many lo calities, it will destroy the equili brium between the branches and the rooto and causa a tremendous growth of water sprouts. Under such con ditions it is usually three or four yea .rs before profitable yields are attained. When these large limbs are removed gradually,' as outlined above, the pruning is Just heavy enough to stimulate sufficient new growth to cause fruiting and to grad ually build a new tree near the old trunk.' , : " r... , . , " . .. .-. ' -.. Next to pruning, fertilization Is of prime importance In renovating the old orchard4. The most advantageous way todo this Is to, dig a trench about twenty inches deep -and about sixteen inches wide under the outer limbs in a complete circle around the tree, fill this, well 'packed, to within four inches of the top of the ground wjth stp-ble manure, then covor with dirt.'. This I stimulates new root development and also has a tendency to draw the roots out from the main trunk of the tree so that it can withstand drouth when bearing crops of fruit. It is very important, where possible, to plow the ground in fall or winter near these old trees aa close to the ground as possible with spmethin g. like ' a one-horse turning plow. Then the ground should" be thoroughly harrowed , with any kind of harrow you happen to have that will pul verize the soil and break the clods. This helps (establish how vigor. Then, the trees should be thorough ly andw ell sprayed with concentrated lime-sulphur ', solution,, diluted to winter strength which" should us ually "be one gallon of limo-sulphur to six gallons of water.'- It will take about five gallons of the diluted spray to cover a well grown apple tree. .If the above treatment is given to your home orchards during- the fall or; winter, there, la no reason , why you should hot be made happy . this next year, from Increased yields and suporlor qualitj' of. fruit aa well, as from the. asthetic touch' which this renovation' will give ' to ; your noma and community. "" ; ' . Swinncy & Toombs located at Buick service station, solicit your Jjatronage. Any time, any place. We go and bring yon back. Work done on all cars. . Give ui a trial.