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Over Wehman'j Hardware Store
Union City, Tenn.
- Telephones
Office 144; Residence 6 9 5-J
Over Wehman'B Hardware Store
Union City, Tenn. -Telephones
Office 144; ,, Residence 5 9 5-J
SSSiSSf SffiSSKKS 33 i Consolidated September 1. 1897
VOL. 32, NO. 1
" " Meeting Held at the Courthouse Last
Friday Night v -
The spirit that is taking hoi jf
- - the high school boys of TenVee
I and instilling into them the -Kings
nt cood 'citizens has taken a f
foothold in the high school at TL J
First and foremost, the two young
men, Messrs. Davis and Ferguson,
who have charge of the .Troy Special
I High School, have succeeded in giv
ing Troy one of the best high schools
in the western section of Tennessee.
The enrollment in the early part of
, . the year was unusually large, but
- the regular attendance at present
overaa-pa eisrhtv bOVS and girls, who
asa making good use of their oppor
tunities, and as an outgrowth .f this
work the Hi-Y becomes an auxiliary
in the shaping of character among
the boys of the school.
The banquet tables were placed 1
the old courthouse on the square.
The ladies from the Methodist
Church prepared supper and ihe
Brown-Taylor basket ball girls, who
won laurels in the Nashville tourna
ment, waited on the tables. Mr.
Ralph McDade, president ot the Troy
Hi-Y, presided. Rev. E.- M. Mathis,
of Union City, was the first speaker.
4 The Bubject of the occasion was
"Father and Son," for whom the
banquet was given. Rev. Mathis ex
pressed appreciation of the fact that
he was invited to be with the fathers
and sons of the Hi-Y at Troy. The
fact is that the elders do not associate
with boys as often as they should. It
is indeed enough to make the fathers
of Tennessee feel glad that students
are organizing the Hi-Y associations.
Have we stopped to consider what
the organization really means? Clean
speech, clean sports and honest work
clean in what they say, clean in
what they think'. This lays the
" foundation which will grow every
dav in work and sport. It will take
the bitterness out of our games
create whole-hearted rivalry and in
spire the manly character which con
gratulates the conquering foe..
What, says the speaker, is meant
by the Psalmist in referring to the
finger prints of God in the creation
of the universe. Man was created a
little lower than the angels. There
fore the responsibility that rests with
mankind to prove that he is worthy
of his Maker. Man is great only
when he measures up to the princi
ples that have been taught in the
creation and for which he is sent
into the world.
Room for development must be
- utilized by our young people who are
going to stand for that which is no
ble and right. ' The fathers must
stand by the sons in the work. Set
your ideals high and then do your
level best. Take a lesson from the
eagle which soars above the danger
line. Be pn deck when you are call
ed. Rev. Mathis said that he was
reminded of the game of ball when
one man was at bat and another on!
deck. The man ondeck was pre
paring for action in the game, and
so we say that the boy on deck is
waiting for his opportunity in life.
The boy that is prompt to answer
when he is called is the boy who
meets the requirements that lead to
greater things in life. Be clean, be
honest, be prompt in everything and
the future will hold for you the title
this is a man.
The newspaper man had very lit
tle to say, having declined to sing.
The president didn't seem to under-
stand that he had a place at a meet
ing of fathers and sons. But a na
tive of the town of Troy is always
glad to get home again.
The president, Mr. Ralph McDade,
answered for one of the boys who
. was absent. The young man sug
gested that the boy is human and not
soulless and that he had a very high
regard for dad. The right way is
more often reached, said the speaker,
when there is a mutual understand
ing between father and son. We are
human and we like to feel that dad
has an interest in us, so that confi
dence may be established and a surer
and better way may govern the solu
tion of our trials. That is what
makes us feel that dad io a real fath
er. Mr. Dave Burnett, member of the
Hi-Y advisory committee, replied to
the charge that he held all the im
portant local offices, that he was not
guilty, but that he vaa very proud
of the membership on the Hi-Y
board. He approved of vhat the
boys are doing and what they are en
deavoring to do.. They are banded
together to make themselves and
others better. This work is attended
with many blessings, some of which
are better schools and churches, bet
ter church attendance and better cit
izenship. That being so every par
ent should get behind the movement.
Make this work your work and the
work of the community and then the
.tics will disappear and, the moral
atmosphere will undergo an entire
Rev. J. M. Pickens, presiding elder
of the Union City circuit, was present
and called on for an address. The
minister said that he did not ex
pect to be present, but he would en
deavor to make a few remarks.
There are a great many elements
needed to make up a life. Most im
portant among these are the early
habits. It is important to acquire
the habit of study. Many others, es
pecially those emphasized "by the
Hi-Y, are very essential to the mak
ing of a life. The minister then pro
ceeded to recall an incident of his
own life. He is a native of Hender
son County and one afternoon in the
cotton field he let his angry pas
sions rise and the result was a les
son that he never forgot. His father
was a shoemaker, and the strap of
leather that pater used in instilling
this lesson made it impressive and
Father is not pleased with us un
til we do our best. He wants us to
have-stronar bodies and that is the
reason why athletics are encouraged.
Strength of body will contribute to
strength of mind if we but give the
proper attention to each of these ele
ments. But a great scholar may he
Ignorant of the Bible and the most
essential element in the making of
a man is lacking. The future citi
zenship depends on Christian homes
and the principles instilled by this
body of young men will be a large
factor in the work. Henry W. Grady
passing thru the city of Washington
looked up at' the majestic capitol and
said this is the" home of the greatest
nation in the world. Passing thru
another section of country he came
to a lonely farmhouse and around
the fireside he beheld the small fam
ily group at evening worship. This,
he said after reflecting upon his
words in Washington, is the real
home of the greatest nation of the
Mr. Clyde Williams, vice president
of the Troy organization, said the
Troy Hi-Y had its origin in a
meeting of the Hi-Y at Rock Island,
Tenn. A few of the young men were
there and attended the conference,
and thereupon determined to have
a club of their own at Tny The
organization was effected on the 4th
of October, resulting from the ef
forts made by Messrs. Ralph Mc
Dade and others. The boys then
entertained with a club song and
Rev. T. P. Pressly, Troy's beloved
Presbyterian minister, pronounced
the benedicton.
The banquet served by the ladies
was a combination or cmctcen anu
salads, vegetables, brick cream and
cake, coffee, and it was indee a most
excellent treat
The Troy Hi-Y is organized as fol
lows: Ralph McDade, president;
Clyde Williams, vice president;
Crockett Moss, secretary. Advisory
committee:" D. H. Burnett, Jas. W.
Pressly, H. B. Clark, W. S. Ferguson,
C. E. Davis
Burglars Made a General Haul Sat
urday Morning at Rives.
Burglars made a general raid on
the business houses at Rives last Sat
urday morning at 3 o'clock. They
broke into three stores and the post
office. An alarm was given and cit
izens were aroused and rushed to the
place of action in time to see one or
more of the fleeing burglars, firing
a few shots at them. But the bandit
car made its escape.
The Shore & Phebus Company's
safe was opened and notes to the val
ue of $2,600 and $150 in cash were
taken. The safe at Harper & Shore's
was opened and $40 taken. Nothing
is missing either from Bonner &
Son's or T. A. Cummings safe and
nothing of value seems to have been
taken from the postoffice. Blood
hounds from Dyersburg were ordered
but the trail was lost. This is one
of the most daring robberies we have
had in some time.
Organization Discussed at Length by
Mr. Benjamin, of Mayfield.
The Lions had a very interesting
meeting last Tuesday, with Mr. Ben
jamin, of Mayfield, and Mr. Cush-
man, or Hopkinsvllle, as guests of
the club. Mr. Cushman is here in
the interest of the Union City Laun
dry. He came down to Union City
with Mr. Tom Metcalfe, who owns
the laundry plant. Mr. Cushman is
a business man and it is his purpose
to make a canvass of the territory
for increased patronage. The plant
is running with only about one
fourth capacity business, and in or
der to make it a practical investment
Mr. Cushman is here to build up and
stabilize the business with both first
class laundry work and enlarged
patronage. He expects to create new
laundry standards in Union City and
territory and to establish a reputa
tion for the Union City Laundry
equal to that of any first-class laun
dry to be found. Mr. Cushman said
that he was pleased with his recep
tion here and that the signs of prog
ress inhis work are already in sight.
The club voted favoring Mr. Cush
man's enterprise and co-operation
with him in the work.
Mr. Benjamin, of Mayfield, a guest
of Mr. Quinn, was here by invitation
of the club to explain the operation
of the Building and Loan Association
at Mayfield. Mr. Benjamin began
with the statement that, like May
field, a building and loan association
would prove a great benefit to Union
City. The Mayfield association was
organized twenty-nine years ago, and
from a cash capital of $72 (paid up)
it is now taking in over fourteen
thousand dollars in monthly pay
ments. The bankers first refused to
serve in the capacity of treasurer,
and the organizers found no confi
dence in their enterprise. But Amer
ican grit in the persistence of these
young men was the potential factor
that put it over and to-day thy arej
able to report $179,000 invested for
buildings and homes as war emer
gency measures. Nearly everybody
in Mayfield owns his or her own
home and the Mayfield Building and
Loan Asociation is one of the largest
institutions in Mayfield. It takes
nine years to pay for a home. Home
owners make better citizens. The
organization is making loans every
day. The really substantial real es
tate men are a great help to the or
ganization. Mr. Benjamin explained
the operation in detail. When he
had closed the club voted for a com
mittee of five to confer with Mr,
Benjamin as follows: A. F. Tltts
worth, J. S. O'Sullivan, J. C. Burdick,
Sr., J. W. Woosley, Reagor Motlow
H. A. Bransford.
Resolutions of respect were offered
by the committee on the death of
Mrs. W. C. Kelly, which were adopt
ed and ordered spread on the min
utes and furnished to the press for
The death of Mr. R. R. Rose's
mother was announced and the club
arranged to forwarda floral design
to Springfield.
Mr. Edward Ranck., appeared in
the interest of the Hi-Y, announcing
the $10,000 campaign and Union
City's allotment, $250, for educa
tional and other branches , of the
work. He called attention to the
work of the local Hi-Y boys and ask
ed the recognition of the club, which
was heartily accorded and co-opera-1
tion pledged by unanimous vote.
Dr. Ira Park requested the co-op
eration of the club for an art stu
dio at the Carnegie Library, to be
conducted by Miss Jessie Whitesell,
a philanthropic move for the benefit
of some of the local aspirants and
budding talent. It - was granted
Dr. John Royal Harris.
Dr. John Royal Harris, represent
ing the National Reform Society,
addressed a small .audience here
last Sunday afternoon at Jim-
mie'a Playhouse, under the auspices
of the Christian Endeavor. The
constant rainfall last Sunday pre
vented a general attendance. There
was also some hitch in the ad
vertising campaign, which oper
ated against the work. Dr. Har
ris' friends in Union City havo never
been able to make his appointments
and favorable weather conditions
come to anything like a mutual un
dcrstanding. .
Dr. Harris spoke on the subject,
"Is Sunday an American Mistake?
Ho opened with the remark that this
would not be a blue afternoon, not
withstanding the fact that the sky is
blue and the American flag is streak
ed with blue. But the American Re
form Society is not advocating blue
laws. There is no inquisition in this
work. Tracing his lines back to the
Puritans, Dr. Harris said that, not
withstanding the fact that our ante
cedents were people of primitive
faith, and simple hab'ts, they never
promulgated the idea that a man
could not kiss his wife on Sunday.
This was attributed to the Puritans,
but was never found to be a fact and
never confirmed.- No descendant of
the Mayflower colony is ashamed of
his ancestry. These people kept the
Sabbath three hundred years before
the Liberty Bell rang for the inde
pendence of the colonies.
The American Sunday is an insti
tution that has been sanctioned by
the Supreme Court of the United
States. It is considered by that body
as a day of civic rest. The court did
not treat -of the subject in a religious
sense. They left that to the choice of
the churches. But, oaid Dr. Harris,
it is a matter of scientific knowledge
that every work day reduces the
sources of energy, so that at the end
of the week man is only ninety per
cent normal physically and mental
ly, and God, the creator of the uni
verse, very wisely ordained a day of
rest to take up and restore the lost
energy. Men ignore this law of na
ture and pay the penalty of the vio
lation in loss of health and strength.
God also calls us to give an account
of our stewardship and appoints a
day of rest for the observance and
recognition of the Holy Spirit.
Proceeding to the modern Sunday,
Dr. Harris said no attempt is being
made by the National Reform Society
to impose restrictions in the shape
of blue laws upon our people. No ef
fort is being made by the organiza
tion to interfere with necessary
transportation and traffic. We are
only asked to refrain from those avo
cations, sports and amusements on
Sunday which are not altogether nec
essary, and the only change pro
vided by the Bryant-Bratton bill in
the last Legislature was the suspen
sion of Sunday movies and Sunday
baseball. Our Mr. Bratton was one
of the framers of the bill.
No nation on earth can live and
thrive and refuse to observe the
weekly Sabbath day of rest. It is
God's plan, a religious as well as a
scientific principle, and it is after all
an American national institution and
should be respected by every Ameri
can citizen.
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Truck $430
Chassis $285
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Coal Mines Largely Owned by Two
Interests, Says Union Leader.
Washington, March. 26. That
owners of coal mining properties,
both anthracite and bituminous, are
forcing a general strike in union
mines by their autocratic attitude,
and that the reason for their atti
tude can be found in domination of
the coal industry by financial inter
ests, were charges made in a state
ment issued to-day by Samuel Gom
pers, president of the American Fed
eration of Labor. He supplemented
these charges with statistics which
he declared showed that real owner
ship of many bituminous coal prop
erties is in the hands of the steel in
dustry, while anthracite mines were
asserted to be "largely adiuncts of
railroad operation."
Mr. Gompers asserted that control
of the mines was thus taken to an
effective degree from the hands of
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the hands of financial interests Coal
mines have merely become wheels tn
a great profit-making machine, he
said, operated by men for whom
"things must give way to profit?."
As to the anthracite fields, Mr.
Gompers said that Congressional in
vestigation and federal proceedings
had disclosed seven railroads con
trolling 96 per cent of the output."
A result, he asserted, was that
profits from coal operation are not
found in the ccal mine reports, but
in dividend reports of the railroads,
where they are maniplated so as to
appear moderate, or at a lo3s, in or
der that miners' wages may be re
tained at the lowest conceivable lev
"In the bituminous fields, he said,
the United States Steel Corporation
controls vast interests, and hi south
ern territory other steel interests
control vast deposits making it im
possible for any practical c a" man
agement to have any effective voice
in the making of policies.
Union City, Tenn.

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