DR. E. M. LONG
Over Wehman't Hardware Store
Union Gty, Tenn.
Office 144. Residence 595-J
DR.E. M. LONG"
Over Wehman'a Hardware Store
Union City, Tens.
Office 144; Reaidence 595-J
Onion City Commercial. established 80 j .-uj.,.j c,v. i
West Tennessee Courier, established 1897 I ConsoUdated September 1. 19T ,
UNION CITY, TENN, FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1920.
VOL. 29, NO. 7
OUR RURAL GLORY
(IN THREE PARTS)
' Herpes and Farmers.
. (PART I)
in iuib iuuuciu afio ul uuid nucu
men are running to and fro in the
never ending search for wealth, pow
er and influence, and when voca
tions are viewed from a purely ma
terial ; standpoint; the beauty, the
glory and the excellence of the oc
cupation itself 1b often obscured, if
.... not entirely hidden. That of agrl
t culture does not escape the evil, and
this writing is offered to remind us
first, that some of the world's great-
s est men were tillers of the soil; sec
ond, that agriculture holds a high
place in literature; and third, that
rural life is an ideal one, surrounded
by associations and influences condu
cive to the development of man's
4 -highest and best nature. Our rural
glory will be discussed in three parts,
, and this is to be the first.
Back in the days when the earth
was young,, when men, tribes and na
- tions were going and coming across
its face, settling and re-settling its
different parts, there lived in the
land of Ur a man known as Abra
ham. The Ruler , of the Universe
looking down the ages that were to
follow felt the need of such a man
as we find Abraham to be and sent
. him the message of: "Get thee
,out! of thy father's house unto
a land that I will shew thee, and
I will make of thee a great nation."
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the promise that from him should
come a great nation was verified in
that hie became the progenitor of the
Hebrew race. The selection of such
a man was not insignificant when
. we consider the fact that through
his offspring the Creator was to
manifest himself to the entire world.
Strange as it may seem, the message
was not sent to a dweller of a city
V but to a herdsman, for we read from
the record that "Abraham was rich
In cattle, in silver and in eold."
,., Among the records of the ancient
Greeks, of the heroic age especially,
perhaps no figure stands out more
clearly than does that of Ulysses.
Probably more songs have been
sung, more stories told and more
words written about the life and ad
ventures of this wonderful hero than
of all other heroes of ' ancient. me
diaeval or modern times. The Greeks
delighted in the recounting of the
deeds of such an eminent man and
Sna at aii tf Vi to nirtwaaa In orlvantura
uuuuvvu j , aa ass ra j tt tuo a aa otva T v (- 1 14 A v
land in fighting. But being true
lovers of nature they did not fail
to mention along with his deeds of
war the fact that he was also an
enthusiastic farmer. Ulysses him
Belf boasted of his skill in plowing
We, can't nelp but mention the
very familiar story of Cincinnatus of
Rome Just here. We read of how
when Rome was threatened by the
Equians on one occasion the senate
sent messengers to him announcing
that ho had been chosen dictator,
and that he must come to the city
. to take command of the army. The
story goes that the messengers found
him plowing on. his little farm of
four acres across the Tiber, and that
upon being informed of the' wishes
of his government he immediately
put aside his plowing and returned
with the men to Rome to fulfill his
duty as a citizen. Wien he had
won a complete victory over the en
, emy and all national danger had
passed, he very modestly refused the
offered honors and powers, and on
, the sixteenth day after he had first
received the commission as dictator
he returned to his farm and resumed
his plowing. .
As the noble life of Cincinnatus
shines for republican Rome, so do
the lives of Virvil and Horace for
imperial Rome, but perhaps in a far
different way. Both lived during i
the golden aste of Augustus and were
recognized as Rome's greatest writ
ers. It is a fact that Horace was
an ardent, lover of country life with
all of its surroundings, and often
expresses his preference to a life on
his little farm near Rome to that of
a bustling one in the city. Perhaps
it is worth noticing that Virgil was
a farmer as well as a poet, and that
he thought enough of the science of
agriculture to spend seven years
writing about it in his remarkable
treatise, the "Georgics." 1
We are thrilled with patriotic de
votion when we read of the deeds of
our forefathers of Revolutionary
days. How we admire their" high
motives and marvelous courage! We
like especially to read of one hero
of that time, who, when the news
of war came to him raft his plow in
the furrow and rode one of his plow
horses to join the American army
then before Boston. We Cannot fall
to see the similarity of his act and
that of Cincinnatus, in that both
were found at their plows when the
call to national duty came and that
they both so readiliy responded to
of our flfst and greatest, Washington
and Jefferson. The home life of both
is perhaps too familiar to be men
tioned here. Let us notice, however,
that both seemed peculiarly attached
to their plantations and upon every
occasion when free from public du
ties rushed back to them where they
might dwell closest to nature. They
seemed to have the highest regard
for the occupation of farming and
no doubt really preferred their rural
life in its simplicity to that of the
In the years preceding the Civil
War, when the ugly cancer of negro
slavery was slowly but surely grow
ing and sapping the strength of our
nation, and when men began to look
: AT COURTHOUSE
Addresses by John T. Walker, Walter
Morris, Dr. McBee and Others.
The Obion County Overall and
Old Clothes Club was organized last
Monday at the courthouse in Union
ovDFTwhorA fnr a mire for the hideous City by. the election of I. P. Morris
disease, the figures of three men ap
Deared and for a while choked its
evil influences. The story of the
great American triumvirate is a well
known one, but we cannot overlook
the fact that Webster, Clay and Cal
houn were three insignificant farmer
boys who were born and reared in
poor but honorable homes of the
backwoods. The early life of each
was spent among rough, unpolished
but honest frontiersmen.
When the struggle between the
two sections finally came, both sides
searched for political leaders and.
found them. Abraham Lincoln De
came the head of the Federal gov
ernment, while the South entrusted
her fortunes into the hands of Jeffer
son Davis. Is it too much to say
that both owed their greatness to
the fact that their boyhood days of
formative training were spent on
farms in close association with na
ture with all of its endearing charms
and lasting benefits? Lincoln was
so proud of his backwoods manners
that he was never willing to ex
change them for those of what was
tnen known as a cultured gentleman
Perhaps you are ready to say that
all of these examples are those of
the past and gone days, and that
conditions have changed in such a
way that rural communities are no
longer able to produce great and he
role men. If you hold such an opin
ion as this we have only to point you
to a present-day man of extreme im
portance. To a man who practically
held in his hand, at one time, the
fate of the entire civilized world
To a man who by and through his
wonderful powers of organization
gained a place of remarkable . pre
eminence, but who, when the neces
sity IOT sucn a position iiuu paoscu, m IS. 10 9(1 Vanh AftM-nnnn Vrnm
surrendered all powers and returned May Afternoon Jttom
as president and G. C. Cloys as sec
retary. This was an honor . con
ferred upon Mr. Morris who was the
originator of the movement in Obion
County. Thru his efforts and the
assistance of the committee a list of
nearly one thousand names has
been secured, who have pledged
themselves to the practice of wear
ing old clothing and the exercise of
economy in personal, household and
farm expenses during the period of
reconstruction. The movement is
growing everywhere and the Obion
Countians propose to do all they can
to further the end in view.
This is the object of the move
ment and a very important one.
Addresses were made by John T.
Walker, Dr. F. M. McRee, Walter
Morris of Fulton, W. M. . Miles,
Judge Bratton, D. P. Caldwell, Rev.
G. W. Evans, G. C. Cloys.
The speakers all addressed them
selves to the question of economy.
There ia one way only to solve the
present problems and that is in the'
most frugal economy. This was
emphasized by every speaker. Every
man as a unit who ha3 studied the
Question agrees to thfs solution.
The profiteers won't turn loose, labor
does not want to be in bondage, and
hence go to work and live in humble
means is the motto.
Subscribers to rural telephones in
Martin, Sharcn, Greenfield, Pierce,
Protcmus, Ralston, McConnell, Sar
donia, Dukedom, Tenn., Fulton, Mos
cow, Oakton, Water Valley, Beeler
ton, Jordan, Cayce, Clinton, Crutch
field, Ky., are solicited to call the
Postal Telegraph and Cable Com
pany, Union City, Tenn., free of
charge and save ten to fifteen cents
on your telegrams. Call "Postal."
All the subscribers and fi lends are
invited to take advantage of this of
fer by the Postal Company.
THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY
Mayfield, Ky. , May 3, 1920, 10 a.m.
Miss Cora Benedict,
c Palaee'Hotel , Union City, Tenn.
Owing to increased prospects for pro
duction our' stock will be two. hundred dollars
per share after Saturday, May 8, absolutely
last opportunity to secure stock at par.
REELFOOT OIL DOME CO.
Miss Benedict will accept checks for stock at par until eleven'
o'clock to-morrow (Saturday) night at the Palace Hotel. Beginning
Monday morning the tenth the price will be $200.00 per share.
On account of the unavoidable delay In shipment and installment
of casing the test can not be made until some time to-morrow.
THREE VISITING DAYS.
to private pursuits. His biographers
sav that Herbert C. Hoover was born
onJVuKust 10,. 1874, of Quaker par
ents who lived on a farm in Iowa.
Also that his childhood and boy
hood davs were spent on a fr.rm of
In reviewing such an illustrious
li3t of men as Abraham, Ulysses, Cin
cinnatus, Virgil, Horace, Putnam,
Washington. Jefferson, Clay, Cal
houn, Webster, Lincoln, Davis and
Hoover, and considering that all
were primarily tillers of the soil, we
catch the spirit and experience the
sentiment of the poet in the lines:
"Give fools their gold and knaves
their now er.
Let fortune's bubbles rise and fall;
Who sows a field, plants a tree or
trains a flower
greater, grander, moblor than
Quarterly Conferences! "
IP. M. to 4 P.M.
On the above days you are cordial
ly and most urgently requested to
visit our plant. Hundreds of people
and many of then: our stockholders
have never seen this plant. Take
this occasion now to see us in our
REYNOLDS PACKING CO
The semi-annual gala excursion
on the grand old Mississippi River
will take place on Thursday evening,
May 13, out of Hickman on the
beautiful Str. Majestic, under the
auspices of the Hickman Lodge B
P. O. No. 1294., Steamer leaves
Hickman at the regular hour and
carries a complete jazz orchestra
equipped with a constellation of bril
The presiding elder, Rev. Robt. A. liant lights and provided with
Clark announces the third round of soft drink stand, all of the most in
quarterly conferences for Union City viting and attractive order,
Uistnct as ioiiowb;
Martin Station. May 9: Fulton
Station. May 16: Union City Station,
May 23; Union City Circuit, Pleasant
Valley May 29-30; Sharon ana
Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, June
5-6: Greenfield and Brock, Green
field, June 6-7; Martin Circuit, Sa
lem. June 19-20; Ralston Circuit,
Oak Hill, June 20-21; Trimble Cir
cuit, Union Grove, June 26-27;
Kenton and Rutherford, Rutherford,
June 27-28; Crystal and West Hick
man, Antioch, July 3-4; Hickman
Station, July 4-5; Columbus Circuit-
Columbus, July 11-12; Cayce Circuit,
Harmony. July 12-13; Fulton Cir
cuit, Harris, July 17-18; South
Fulton Circuit, Hebron, July 18-19;
Hornheak Circuit, Liberty, July 24
25; Elbridge Circuit, Cunningham,
July 25-26; Obion, Rives and Sardis,
Sardis, July 31,-Aug. 1; Troy and
Bethlemem, Troy, Aug. 1-2; Water
Valley Circuit, Aug. 7-8.
The district conference will meet
at Greenfield,. Tenn., July 6-8. The
opening sermon will be preached the
night of the 6th.
that call. This man became a general
in Washington's army and . because
of his extraordinary bravery won for
himself this epitaph, "He darea to
lead where any dared to follow."
His name is well known, for what
American has not heard the story of
the heroic Israel Putnam? ' ;
Speaking of American heroes, We
must not pass over the lives of two
- His Deplorable Condition.
"How's ' everything been going
with you, Jurd?" asked Gap Johnson,
of Rumpus Ridge, Ark., of an ac
quaintance who hailed from up near
the head of Fiddle Creek. "Been
having a tolable hard time to get
along, I hear tell."
"Awful!" was the dreary reply.
"Wife and children durn nigh
starved to death last winter. I fig
gered one time that I'd have to get
rid of some of my dogs. I hain't
made no crops yet, worth speaking
of. I'm all down in the back, too.
and wife's rheumatism ia so bad
that she can't handle " a hoe or ax
a-tall, : skurcely. And actual fact,
Gap, we ain't had a new enlarged
crayon picture of any of our folks
made since 'way last fall."- Judge.
Ftr the best taxi service phone
26. New Hup and Dodge cars.
Joyner-Brantley Motor Co.
Rev. J. L. Hudgins, of Nashville
Tenn., preached the baccalaureate
sermon Sunday at 11 a.m. for the
graduating class of our High School
in the Firs Methodist Church to a
packed house. All of the other denom
inations gave way ,for this occasion.
The graduating class and the princi
pals of the school sat at the front im
mediately in front of the speaker. He
cleverly connected this class and his
large audience with the first dawn of
civilization (barring the Dark Ages)
with a golden thread, step by step,
as the important characters in Bibli
cal Jiistory (as well as profane his
tory, if such history in fact really
exists) came upon the stage of ac
tion. He correctly assumed that civ
ilization meant all along christian
civilization just as it means that now.
We will not attempt a synopsis of
this great sermon, but feel war
ranted in saying that Mr. Woodard's
good judgment, in having selected
Dr. Hudgins for this important task
was cever more promptly vindicated
than it was on this ocasion. Searcy
(Ark. ) Citizen. .
I will preach at Salem Sunday af
ternoon at 3 o'clock and at Mount
Zion at 7:30 p.m. There will be no
preaching Sunday morning, as I am
to preachi the commencement sermon
for Sylvan Shade school.
- G. W. EVANS.
From the producer to the con
sumer are Metcalfe-grown flowers
not only fresh but most reasonable
in price. . ' -
First Aid for
I T7R0M the little things
a- that keep you well to
the things that make you
trell, you will find this
store complete in every de-;
tail of its service.
Keep sickness away by
keeping on hand such things
a? we can suggest. For
cats, burns and bruises,
have a real first aid remedy.
Stock up well with the
sanitary bandages, antisep
tic 1 bandages, etc., that
first aid needs require.
Services t such a3 suggesting
these things is but a part of
our job every day. In addition
you 11 find us a ready source
of supply for hundreds of "First
Aids to the Home." '
TUB, SBEAFFER Fountain
. Pen is typical of the quality
of our merchandise. The pen
, that "always writes all way"
is like the quality that is "al
ways the same always."
"And the SBEATFER Sharp-Point
Pencil' t at good aa the Pen"
Ask for a demonstration of both.
Tennessee Burt Oats!
We offer choice field seecjs of all kinds
Buy early and save advance.
.UMM . ' .4
All of the best and at the lowest possible prices,
quality considered. We also carry in stock.
Corn, Oats, Hay, Bran and Shorts
and other Feed Stuff.
We buy hay, corn and other field products, at high
est market prices. Whether you wish to buy or sell,
come" to see us. '
If you are in the market for Cotton Seed Meal" and
Hulls it will pay you to get our prices.
Cherry Joss Grain Co.
THE UNIVERSAL CAR
; - Here's the Ford Coupe, deservedly a very popular motor car because
of its all-round serviceability. Equipped with electric starting and
lighting system and demountable rims with 33-inch tires front and
rear. Large plate glass windows. Generous sized doors roomy seat,
upholstery deep and substantial. Dust-proof and water-proof. Breezy
and cheery in fine weather, cozy and dry in bad weather. All tntf
established Ford merits of dependability, with small cost for opera
tion and upkeep. For business and professionarmen who drive it
is ideal and for touring and other pleasure driving it is the one car ,
that delivers all expectations. The demand is large so orders should
be left with us without delay. .
R. H. RUST
' Telephone 400
UNION CITY, TENN.
Authorized Ford Dealer
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