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Marshall & Baird, Union City, Tenn. Entered at the post office, Union City. Tennes see, as secoau-class mull matter. FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1922. Democratic Ticket. For Sheriff J. W. (Watt) Cherry Kor Trustee Armour Katlift For County Court Clerk K. H. Bond For Circuit Court Clerk J. N. Ruddle For Register W. J. Kdwnrds, Jr. For Representative. BRATTON We are authorized to an flounce S. R. Bratton as a candidate (or re-election an Representative from Obion County in the General Assembly of Ten. nessee, .ubject to the action of the Demo cratic party. Indicting the Government. Referring to the strictures on the mode of administering- government in the United States made by Samuel BIythe and United States Senator Stanley, stressing the evils of pater nalism and socialism, and the delin quencies of the two great political parties, it is indeed discouraging to watch the course of political events, On the one side Mr. Stanley views with alarm the gradual overthrow by the Republican party of State sovereignty. On the . other hand BIythe and others see a general state of sociaism in the promotion of Fed eral aid to schools and highways and other Federal enterprises which smack more or less of Marxism. Even Senator Shields snaps his finger at public opinion when he assails the Volstead Act and its vicious med dling with personal liberty. There are only a few leaders who make a specialty of "speaking out in court,' and more's the pity. All of these high-sounding doc trines shoot a little over us. But when it comes to making Congres sional courtesy a matter of more im portance than the spending of five billions of American money, then we are ready to call a spade a spade That seems to be practically what is now threatening to take place. The President and Congress are at cross purposes. The President says we must have a sales tax with the bonus bill. Congress says we shall have the bonus without the sales tax and the childishness of the squabble on Capitol Hill makes a tax-ridden people almost furious. What in the name of Sam Hill do the people care about who gets the candy. What does concern us all is the way our money is being spent, and not whether Congress or the President has his way. What con cerns the American people is the Tact that expenses continue to mul tiply whether revenues do or not. What concerns us is the fact that government grows incontinently and exorbitantly beyond all reasonable bounds. What concerns us is the way in which our representatives disregard everything but the chances of catching a vote. What puzzles us is the question of swapping local measures and filling the pork barrel, j What disturbs us is the manner of making a lump appropriation for ev t'rything before there is ever any ef fort to determine the exact cost of the proposition. One naturally thinks of the bur lesque something like the American follies. There is just about as much plain business in one as there is in Ihe other. After the war we had the most remarkable spendthrift gov ernment probably ever recorded In the lives o f men. W e were appropriating billions for navy and army extensions while the whole of Europe was hungry and torn. Ev erything Congress did was staged on a large scale. Usually after a storm of adversity business men begin to make a readjustment to economize. They wear old clothes and cut a lit tle here and there use the old Ford and have the socks darned. But not so Congress. Oh, they remarked, lut Japan and England are building cajpital ships and we must build them too. Same old pol parrot story. Ger many had more sense than that. WThen we were building ships before the war Germany didn't undertake the senseless task of outdoing us they developed the submarine and it took the combined forces of Eu rope and America to overcome it. American statecraft English statecraft crafty Japan all dod dering idiots. It is certainly dispir iting to contemplate an acme of idealism which is nohing more than party power and political office. President Harding's action in dis missing twenty-seven division chiefs the other day in the Bureau of En graving and Printing might have been taken for civil reform but for the fact that he is fighting the House in the plans for army and navy re duction. No use discussing the old story of militarism. The United States is the greatest voluntary fight ins nation in the world and we need no big standing armies or navies bosses need to be taken down a but ton hole or two. What we very much fear is that reduction and readjustment of gov eminent will not ,come without peaceful or troublesome revolt. Men are not given to impulses which in volve relinquishing power and emol ument, whether these be above re proach or not.- Once in a- while a man like Blanton, of Texas, faces the majority, but he also faces a sea of frown and scorn. Government reform must come and whether it be with or without trouble it must nevertheless come The man who thinks American man hood will tolerate a continuation of the present abuse of government might as well revise his conclusions Hon. Anstin Peay. Hon. Austin Peay, of Clarksville Tenn., candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Tennes see, was in the city this week for i day or two mingling with the peo ple of Obion . County. From quite a number of people we have had the query "How did you like Mr. Peay?" As much as to say we hope you were favorably impressed with the gentleman. Mr. Peay is without doubt a man of fine qualifications and personality. What recommends him as much as anything else is the esteem of his fellow-citizens of Mont gomery County and the capital city of Clarksville. Two years ago when Mr. Peay was a candidate, his best neighbors came to Union City in a body, and escorted Mr. Peay to the speaker's stand, all thoroly sincere and enthusiastic in his behalf. Again Mr. Peay comes to us with the un qualified indorsement of his home people. That much for the candi date, but something more important is his enunciation given to the press a few weeks ago. That article dealt with the important issues affecting the people of the State. First, the fis cal system, the subject of taxation and other dependent and co-related questions. No doubt every voter in the county is interested in who is to be the next Governor of Tennessee, It is the duty of every Democrat in the county to take an interest in his or her candidates this year for Gov ernor and representatives. It means something more than usual. Mr, Peay stands for a general reform in State administration. First he wants to introduce a system of economy, but he also wants an equalization of State taxes. The defect of the Rob erts tax system, according to Mr. Peay, is not so much the plan of taxation but the fact that agricul tural taxes have been increased out of all proportion to corporation and personalty taxes. Next he wants to discard all useless and expensive du plication in the educational, agricul- ural and other State departments, to that extent, if not more, that our revenues may be sufficient for gen eral purposes without increased tax ation. Useless offices are also sug gested in the general plans of reform. All these things The Commercial has heretofore referred to in its com ments. But there is one point of Mr. Peay's platform to which we cannot agree. Might as well make it plain now, and that is that we do not fa vor the repeal of the eight per cent contract rate of interest. To say that we do not need cheap money is a mistake, but one of the greatest achievements of the Democratic par ty is the Federal loan system, where by the farming classes may obtain long-term loans at a minimum rate of interest. This system is one which has been wisely provided by the Con gress of the United States and now it is in operation with the finest re sults. Therefore if a farmer wants a loan he is not at the mercy of the usurer at all. On the other hand if he has no collateral there is no source whatever from which he can obtain a loan. Now the point is this, if the State Assemblies are to make a point of at tack on the banking system and al low every other corporation a free hand in mulcting the people with any sort of profits in fine, if prof iteering is to have the sanction of the law and banking is to be penalized then we are unalterably opposed to the iron-bound six per cent law. If money is to be confined to the strict est regulations and consumers are to be smashed with property profits, then the laws have been unfairly and unjustly administered. The farmer does not stand in need of the six per cent law. But the six per cent law, ,with provisions for a contract rate of eight per cent, is not without justification. Chautauqua Opens June 21. Mr. Chas. Dietzel has been notified of the fact that the Union City dates of the Redpath summer Chautauqua begin on Wednesday, June 21. The program will follow later, and theL prospects of a large array of fine If j talent for the 1922 meeting are very A Government of Interests, For several ' years the Courier Chronicle has insisted in season and out hat the best-governed people are the least governed people; that men can't be made better by legal enact ment; that the morals of the people broadly speaking, should be left to the churches and to a healthy moral sentiment; that the province of gov ernment is to protect the people in their personal and property rights in their material interests and the safety of life and limb and the free pursuit of happiness; that free com petition' is essential under a demo cratic form of government and that it means prosperity as to material things and the development of men tal alertness and strong fibre in our people; that a government cannot exist half socialistic and half demo cratic; that the shoving of socialistic planks into a democratic machine means ultimately the destruction of that machine and the undoing of the government for which it functions Moreover, we have urged that the deluge of laws with which we are being inflicted and which cannot be enforced fairly because of their mul tiplicity are weakening all the good and useful laws upon our statute books and breeding a contempt for authority and for patriotism. Nor have we been alone in our contention. Here and there from the watch-towers of public opinion have come cries of danger and warning, More recently some of the great minds of our country have been oc cupied with the consideration of these things and the cries of warn ing have become stronger and more pressing.. Recently Dr. Nicholas Murray But ler, President of Columbia Univer sity, said: "In the United States we are, in flat defiance of all our pro claimed principles, building a series of bureaucracies that will put to shame the best efforts of the govern ment of the Czar of all the Russias when in the heyday of its glory. We are surrounded by agents, inspectors and spies, and the people are called upon to support, through their taxes, in harmful and un-American activi ties, whole armies of individuals who should be engaged in productive in dustry." - Samuel G. BIythe, the greatest probably, of the political reporters and observers of the United States, writing in the Saturday Evening Post of March 25, says the American people learned from the manipula tions of Big Business that Congress could "be controlled by organized ef fort and began to organize, and that now there are hundreds of organiza tions engaged in pushing their pet bills through Congress, and thus im posing their' wills on the people, re gardless of their effect as to the gen eral good or the evil that will finally result to the government itself. BIythe points out that Congress is no longer controlled by parties, but bends an obedient ear to almost any kind of organization of power and unity. "Observing how easy it is to influence Congress or any other legis lative body and all Federal and State executives and administrators by or ganized pressure, that pressure has been exerted for all sorts of fantastic purposes. There is a certain section of our public that holds the firm con viction that all social, moral, govern mental, political, economic and civ il ills may be cured by legislation. It is Section One of the Articles of be lief of this great portion of the peo ple that the way to reform us, re generate us, replenish us, reimburse us for losses due to our own inepti- these principles and refuse to be op portunists or obstructionists. Around these we must build. If the Democratic party is scrapped along with the Republican party, it will be because we refuso to take a decided stand for principle and right in defiance of all the organizations that exist to the contrary. The or ganizations are bluff pure and sim ple. They have no strength in a contest between right and wrong, and there is nothing to fear from a clear challenge to them. Let Democracy make a mighty pro nouncement at the next national con vention, and it will sweep the coun try. Humboldt Courier-Chronicle. Clean Up Week. I have designated the week of April 10, 1922, as clean up week and request that every one lend a helping hand that we may commence the summer months with our city in a better sanitary condition, free from tin cans and rubbish of all kinds that have been allowed to accumulate during the winter months, so if you will collect together all the rubbish and tin cans and place them near a driveway so the wagons can load them without driving over your premises,, otherwise they may be overlooked (as the teamster will have instructions not to drive on the premises of any one for such accumu lations. This does not include ashes and we would request that you have the ashes hauled from your premises at the same time, as it will be my purpose to get the town in a sani tary condition, and keep it in like condition, and this can only b edone by and with the help of the citizens. March 27, J. C. BURDICK, SR., Chairman Sanitary Committee IVIonoy to Loan We are authorized to take applications for farm loans in Obion County on improved farms of 40 acres or more. The rate of interest is very reasonable and the loan made with the least possible delay. See us for information and details. C. N. & H. H. LANNOM Union City, Tennessee. INSOLVENT NOTICE. All pe'rsons holding claims against the estate of Nelson Mitchell .de ceased, are hereby requested to come forward and file same with the Coun ty Court Clerk, at his office in Union City, Tennessee, duly authenticated as prescribed by law, on or before the 10th day of June, 1922, or the same will be forever barred, bo'h in law and equity, as the insolvency of said estate has been duly suggested. This March 10, 1922. 51-4t L. F. BURKE, Administrator. Our Grocery Store Quality never lowered to make a price. We hold to the standards of pure foods and products carefully packed and handled and delivered to our custom at the most reasonble and equitable prices. OUR MOTTO: A Clean Store A Clean Stock Prompt Service A Square Deal THAT'S US So call for what you want E. P. GRISSOM tude, make us happy, moralhealthy, prosperous and powerful is to pass ve are to have democracy the plumed encouraging. laws directing that these desirable ends shall be attained forthwith and providing strict penalties for remiss ness in these various matters." And again: "Apparently all that is needed to get any sort of law passed is to make an organization that shall fa vor that law. Congress and the leg islatures meekly and humbly and ob sequiously do the rest." Senator Stanley, of Kentucky, talking about the flood of laws that annoy and hamper and be-devil us, recently said: "Every business man finds an inspector at his elbow and a Federal sleuth at his heels.... No body escapes. Everything in the moral, industrial and commercial world is to be owned, operated, su pervised or censored, from the birth of a baby to the burial of a corpse; and the worst is not yet." The people are mighty tired of be ing dogged and deviled and skinned by the powers that be. In our opinion, however, the germ of life is still strong in the Demo cratic party. The performance of the party during the war convinces us of this, but the Democratic party must stand for something. It must go back to first principles. It must again be the party of Jefferson and Jackson a party of progressive con servatism. We have some leaders in Congress who consistently stand for NON-RESIDENT NOTICE. Rice Brown, col., vs. Lucy Brown, col. Circuit Court, Obion County, Tennessee. In the above styled cause, 'it ap pearing from the bill of complaint, which is sworn to, that the defend ant, Lucy Brown, is a non-resident of the State of Tennessee, and resi dent unknown, so that ordinary process of law cannot be served upon her. It is hereby ordered that 'tne said above named defendant appear before the Circuit Court of Obion County, Tennessee, on or before the first Monday of May, 1922, that be ing first day of said Circuit Court, and make defense to the said bill, or the same will be taken as con fessed by her, and the said cause set for hearing ex-parte as to her. It is further ordered that publication of this notice be made for four consec utive weeks in The Commercial, a weekly newspaper published in Obion County, Tenn. l-4t This 29th day of March, 1922. J. N. RUDDLE, Clerk. E. H. Lannoiu, Sol. for Complt. i 204 230 Farmers, Attention! Never before was there such a need for the co-operation between the Farmer, Packer, Manufacturer, Banker and all kinds of legitimate business as to day. We all need to work together. The farmer was the first to catch the decline in prices and he must be the first to be pulled out. Manufacturing and other business cannot prosper unless the farmers prosper. The very existence of this Packing Company depends upon the farmers of this community. Thousands of dollars are lost every month in Obion County by the farmers selling their grain instead of feeding hogs and cattle. Go into the Stock Raising business to stay. Sell an average number of stock yearly instead of by "spells." Keep your stock until they are fat and ready for market, then they will command the best price. Every farmer in this county should raise both hogs and cattle, and every land-owner should encourage their tenants to raise enough chickens and hogs for their meat. When you have live stock for sale call for Mr. J. G. Saunders, our stock buyer. We are always in the market. Reynolds Packing Co. Ben Bra m ham R. A. Alexander JUST RECEIVED. C&r of Aldb&nici Washed Nut Coal Same grade and quality as our celebrated Red Ash Lump. "Nuff Sed." Phone your orders and we will deliver promptly. Alexander Coal Company XBoth phones 13.