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Marshall & Balrd. Union City. Tenn. Entered at the post office, Union City. TenneS' ee. aa second-class mail matter. FRIDAY, MARCH. 2 4. 1922. Democratic Ticket. For Sheriff J. W. (Watt) Cherry For Trustee Armour Ratliff For County Court Clerk R. H. Bond For Circuit Court Clerk J. N. Ruddle For Register W. J. Edwards, Jr. ANNOUNCEMENT For Representative. BRATTON We are authorized to an nounce S. R. Bratton as a candidate for re-election as Representative from Obion County in the General Assembly of Ten nessee, subject to the action of the Demo cratic party. "Who's Who and Why?" We have a communication enti tled "Who's Who and Why?" The first paragraph reads as follows: "After hearing the 'town gossip and the undercurrent to eliminate our schools and churches, our roads our tax, the heart of all and af ter I pause a moment and tremble from fear for the coming generation, I ask myself the question, "Who's Who and Why and What Is the Trouble?" Now, just exactly what the writer is driving at is rather vague except by inference. The contributor, however, pro ceeds to say that for one he would suggest we get together and put the best possible men to the j front with all conservatism, yet not too conservative to eliminate non progressiveness. After a few desultory remarks this contributor then comes to the point. He suggests the names of good men for Legislative timber. Among these are Hons. T. J. Bonner, S. F. How ard, G. W. Stovall, G. R. McDade. There can be no mistake about these gentlemen. They have served the people of Obion County before and with honor and credit. There is no reason to suspect that they would not do so again. This paper lias the highest confidence in these men. So far we have only one candidate for the Legislature announced. Per haps there may be others. It re mains for the Democratic voters of the county to name the nominee. There is no question about this call ing for discussion. But the contributor has suggested town gossip and undercurrent to eliminate schools and churches. This is the first intimation that such a thing exists. If there has ever been a hint or sign that anybody wants to eliminate either schools or churches it has never reached this office. Rather has there been a sug gestion that we might change our school system, making it possible for all the children of school age in Ten nessee to have a common school edu cation instead of heaping up money for higher education and for dupli cation in the normal schools. Every Democratic candidate for Governor for the past ten years has preached this on the stump, but the school lobby comes along and the Legisla ture proceeds to do its bidding. The common schools are therefore neg lected and the graft grabbers get busy raking off something for these big schools that in importance are ac tually insignificant compared to the common schools. If the contributor wants to discuss elimination he might first contem plate a system that closes the doors of the common schools in order to promote duplication in the normal schools and experimental university courses. Progressiveness and waste are not synonomous terms. Every man that tears his hair for public aid is not a progressive, but the man who pays his debts and stands for constructive measures and those things which are calculated to be of permanent value is not only a progressive but a re liable citizen. The Commercial has joined the forces in suggesting a change in the school system of Tennessee and there is no regret is so doing. Instead of swallowing up the interests of the school children of the State for high er education The Commercial and hundreds of others that we know of in the county stand for the children of Tennessee. The public school system was intended originally that the cnuaren might nave a common school education. The system has not been advanced by any means by taking these privileges from the chil dren, but rather has it been pervert ed for political uses as well as for higher education. To say that any man with ordinary intelligence has ever dared to suggest the elimination of our churches is to make a serious charge. This office has never heard of such a thing. The people of the county will have meeting to-morrow and no doubt J Instructing Legislators. Will UO (&U ClPl v-ow. " people that will set at rest all ques tions of legislative policy. As to candidates the contributor has suggested some fine men. There are no better in the county, and no opposition will be offered to any one of them that might not be offered to any other candidate. That Bonus Again. Verily the Harding administration moves on lines or least resistance, just as it was the policy of the Wil son administration to move on lines of most resistance. Take the soldier bonus, for example. Last summer the President opposed it on the ground that the treasury was in no fix to deal with the enormous ex penditure the bonus would saddle on it, that it would defeat all the scheme of economy Congress was hatching; that It would force an increase of taxation; that it would impair the public credit, and therefore it was not to be thought of at the time. Then clamor came on deck, voice- ful and importunate. The thought ful man knew that one soldier favor able to the bonus made more noise than a dozen opposed to it, or indif ferent to it, but the Harding ad ministration keeps its ear to the ground, and pronounced opportunist that it is, the Harding administration interpreted the clamor for the bonus as vox populi, and then the President Voters of Obion County are deter mined to see that whoever is sent to reDresent that county in the Sixty third General Assembly will do their will Profiting by the experience of vears erone by. they will Issue in structions before the primary this year and bind their candidates to fol low those instructions. Obion County- was one of the for nate counties in the personnel of its representation in both branches of the last General Assembly, In the lower house Representative S. R, Bratton, .and in the upper house ben ator B. F. LeDuke, were counted as leaders of the anti-back tax group. Obion County has no cause to com plain of its representation in 1921, but if every other county in the state would follow Obion's lead the en tire State would be benefited. A mass meeting of voters has been called for Union City on Saturday, March 25, when the issues of the campaign will be discussed and a taxpayers' platform written. A noticeable thing about this can is that it is directed to all the citiiens and taxpayers of the county. There is no hint of Dartisanshin in it. Of course, Obion is overwhelmingly Democratic, but there is a good strong minority, which, cast more than 1,300 votes in the 1920 elec tion. What the leaders of this move ment are trying to do is to get the taxpayers to think in terms of the general good; When the taxpayers decide what they want and then in form the candidates, the latter will toe the mark when they come to Nashville. 1 lie eesBiuu ui iv&o io gums w . rr, J I a strenuous one. laxupyeis uau i the best part of the job before the meets by tne simple became an advocate of the bonus And immediately it was heralded that . Legislature the bonus would run through Con- process of instructing their legisla- rpKa like a hot. knife throueh soft tors and then seeing mat mey iohow butter. But the thing ran against that ug ly snag taxation. How was the money to be raised? One scheme was to sell bonds and thus saddle the thing on posterity; but the bankers insist ed that would impair the national credit, as manifestly it would, and greatly embarrass certain refunding plans the secretary of treasury has in view. The President suggested a sales tax, which he called a tax on production. What a miraculous dis covery that "a tax on production!" Whoever heard of a tax on produc tion that was not paid by the con sumer of the product? The tax on whiskey was a tax laid on produc tion and collected from the distiller; but those who drank the whiskey paid the tax in the end. The "farmer bloc," that is the boss of Congress, let the President know that it would not hear to a sales tax, 90 per cent of which would be paid by folks who have to struggle for a living men and women who depend on wage or salary, or growing crop for the wherewith to buy things offered for sale. Then the "farmer bloc" took the initiative and demand ed that the money for the bonus be raised by taxation of the millionaire class. And thus the thing collapsed, and it is now confidently predicted that there will be no bonus enacted the present session, the administra tion and the G. 0. P. finding the "resistance" too strong and too ob stinate to overcome. It was ifotndly hoped to pluck enough money out of the loans we made to the allies in the world war; but turnips do not yield blood, and that scheme was dropped as imprac ticable and impossible. And what is the result? The clamor is louder and more threatening . than ever; but some powerful people have assured the administration that there is a heap more bark than bite in the clamor and reluctantly it has been resolved to have the House pass the bonus and let it die in the Senate. Of course fiat money was invoked, and here is the economic profundity of Mr. Arthur Brisbane, who lugs around the brains of the Hearst yal lers, contributed to the elucidation of the problem: "Five hundred millions distributed among two or three million men would be immediately spent, and spent wisely, for things actually needed. This would stimulate trade, help restore prosperity. It would do for the hard times what a good rain does for the baked soil. But it would not suit those accustomed to make a nice profit whenever 'government needs money." But why pause at $500,000,000? Why not make it $5,000,000,000? Why not hunt up every citizen who is in financial distress, fill both his pockets from the public treasury and bid him go to the store, buy things "wisely" and thus stimulate business, abolish poverty, eradicate debt, ob literate hard times and supply every human being with all the joy his heart has room for? What is the government for, if not to make everybody rich? Are there not printing presses? Is the grinding out of "greenbacks" a lost art? True, Jack Cade is dead, hut why should not his soul march on? Savoyard, in Nashville Banner. When you buy a LIGHT GLOBE SEE IF YOU ARE BUYING A MAZ DA, OR WHAT. Averitt Electric. instructions. Look ud the record of every man who offers for the Legislature. If you would not trust him to conduct vour private business, do not send him to Nashville to run the State's business Bv all means instruct legislators instruct them especially to rid the State of the back-tax gang. Nash ville Tennessean. Each to His Taste. Perhaps we are a little old-fash ioned, but it occurs to ua that there has never been, at least in recent years, so much said and written on the theory of evolution. Our idea Is that if the theory of evolution is cor rect it would be more credita ble to our boasted civilization to for get it than to be continually brag ging about our monkey ancestry. Just what satisfaction one gets out of the belief that his forebears were four-legged animals, Insects and pro toplasm we do not know. We are willing to admit, if it is necessary to terminate the argument, that the ev olutionists are descended from fish, insects or reptiles. Some persons of our acquaintance possess the charac teristics of all three. If they desire to boast of such ancestry and empha size the resemblance, that is their business, but we would very much prefer that everyone be left to select his own ancestry according to his taste. We have never known of anyone in the hour of sorrow to go to Darwin for consolation. We have never known anyone to boast of inability to interpret the Bible, but who could not as logically boast of incapacity to understand anything. The philosophy of man has its foundation in his belief in God and when you take that away from him and link him with the Jungles you destroy not only his philosophy, but every hope that has inspired man through all the agec. It was not intended that man should know everything. Sometimes we are disposed to think that it was divinely ordered that some men should not know anything. There are thousands of mysteries before our eyes which man has never solved and never will solve, but we do not deny them because we do not understand them. Of what value would it be to a man if he could solve the mystery of life and death and the hereafter? But before undertaking a job as hard as that, let the inquisitive ones go into the fields and explain the mys tery of the seed that is planted in the furrow, how the gentle rain and the earth, warmed by the rays of the sun, bring it forth into new life, into blossom and full bloom. Let him explain the fertilization of the ear of corn by the pollen wafted over the fields by the summer's breeze. Let him meditate upon and solve these simple questions before delving into the mystery of human life. Let him first try something easy. At least, let him keep off our ancestors. He may make a monkey of his own if he likes. Memphis News-Scimitar. Isnt Worth It. "It's a wuthless man I's got, Miss Jenny." "Why" don't you get rid of him?" Sue him for divorce." "DIvo'ce? You say a divo'ce? W'y, chile, a divo'ce ud cost me fifty dol lahs, an ah ain't got no money to waste on that niggah." Wayside Tales. Ill R, A. Alexander 9f Ben tjraninani "Don't he Deceive Remember we are exclusive distributors The Genuine Alabama Blockton Red Ash Coal Other grades are quite inferior try ours and be convinced. IV s ttie Best .. -. ever brought to Union City. Alexander Coal Company Both phones 13. I, : it zMr.Hoorer says "Our transportation facilities are below the needs of our country, and unless we have a quick resumption of construc tion, the whole community agricultural, commercial and industrial will be gasping from a strangulation caused by insufficient transportation the moment that our business activities resume." f "We paid tremendous sums in commercial losses and unemployment in consequence (of transportation shortages). We laid it on the war. We should lay it on our lack of fore sight and antagonism to railroads." - "We must build an extension of lines, including terminal facilities, additional sidings, etc.; every year equal to the construction of a new railway from New York to San Francisco." ". . . . Since we entered the war in 1917, we have constructed at least 10,000 miles of railways less than our increasing population and economic development called for, and we are behind in rolling stock by about 4,000 locomotives and 200,000 cars." "I wish to emphasize that unless we can have an im mediate resumption of con struction and equipment, our commercial community will pay treble the cost of the whole of them in the losses of a single season." "Obviously we must maintain the average rate that will support our transportation systems ade quately." " . "A great deal has been said about the inefficiency of our rail way system. I do not sympa thize with these statements. Comparison with foreign railways will demonstrate that our railways are of higher standards, better in methods than others, and are. growing in efficiency." From the statement of Herbert Hoover, Secretary of Commerce, before the Interstate Commerce Commission, February 4th 1922. - The Situation of the N., C. & St. L. Ry. This Company agrees with Mr. Hoover that the carriers should, if possible, in the interest of the pub lic, prepare now in this period of adjustment for that . revival of business which is sure to come. However, so far as this Company is concerned, increased ex penses and reduced revenues have not only made improvements to the transportation machine impossible, but have actually forced serious curtailment in main tenance of existing roadway and equipment. Mr. Hoover referred to the "perilous closeness" of present earnings to fixed expenses.' In 1921 our revenues were much less than our operating expenses and fixed charges. Not one cent was earned for the investors in the Company's stock. This Company is using its every resource to effect economies. It continues its efforts to obtain from the controlling Federal agency a reduction in wages which, if granted, will be passed on to the public in reduced rates. . - " This Railway, conservatively financed and managed, for nearly three-fourths of a century has furnished excellent transportation service to Tennessee, Ken tucky, Alabama and Georgia. If we are to continue to furnish adequate transporta tion there can be no reduction in railroad revenues without a similar reduction in expenses, and we must be relieved of such restrictions as deprive the manage ment of the control of the details of railroad operation. W. R. COLE, President JUST ARRIVED A car of Zeigler Special Stove Nut Ux2, Franklin County, Illinois. Also 3 cars of Kentucky Lump. We. Handle Bundle Kindling. Prices Right. Call us before buying. Home Phone QY COAL CO. J. H. McCLURE. Prop. TYPEWRITERS Cleaned and Repaired. Staffords Superfine Ribbons Cumberland 346 "Why should the groom cut such a small figure at weddings?" "Well, I don't know. Maybe it is a good plan to start a husband off with an idea of his utter unimportance." Louisville Courier-Journal. S. E Cumb. phone 317 BYRN 1T..J mJ Gil A A.H OJ1U guviuucio. m. .linn n.Vtt, rmt sense, Much as we labor to make them; Old heads on new shoulders a stunt too immense While flappers continue to shake them. Wayside Tales.