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DR. Ev M. LONG '
Over Wehman'a Hardware Store
Union City, Tenn.
Office 144; Residence 5 9 5-J
Over Wehman's Hardware Store
. f Union .City. Tenn.
., Telephones .,
Office, 144; , Residence B95-J
Union City Commie jal , established lj0 j ConsoHdated September 1. 1897
West Tennessee Courier, established 1897 1 "
VOL. 32, NO. 6
First Monday and the Political Pot
Begins to J3oil ..'
Senator Gwinn, of Covington,
Democratic candidate for the Guber
natorial nomination, was in the city
last Monday, as also was Noah
Cooper, of Nashville, the "Gourd of
; Righteousness" candidate for United
States Senator. Mr. Cooper made
himself welcome everywhere, smiling
'-' ami talking and incidentally inviting
attenton to hid platform. . He rallied
a street crowd at Wehman's corner
in the afternoon and. was introduced
"by Judge Bratto ' pr9ceeding with
something like the folf owing, which
lis management furnishes for pub-
lication: ' s
America is in great danger of fall
ing like Solomon, Unless America
gets right with God, America will
soon be ruined. America's danger is
not 'from foreign foes, but from Sa
; tan and his bad habits here at home.
We beat the Germans. We beat
Spain. We beat Mexico. The ques
tion now is will America beat the
'devil? It is a live question. The
battle is on here at home. We can't
beat the devil vith guns and tanks
and death gases and submarines. To
beat the devil America has got to put
on the whole armor of God.
; Satan deceived Solomon with all
lite wisdom and ruined his nation in
'26 years. We may think America
cannot fall. Germany in 1913 never
dreamed that in 10 years slie would
be fallen. So America is in danger
from indifference about her bad hab
America spent and lost one hun
dred billion dollars to Taeat Germany.;
but we have not' spent a hundredth
part of that to boat the devil. We
sent an army Of two million boys to
beat Germany; but we have not sent
one twentieth of that number to beat
the devil. Beating Satan is a hun
dred times harder job than beating
Germany. ,
We have got to put God's eternal
truth in our habits, into our chil
dren, into our schools, into our bus
iness, into our Congress and into
our laws. We have been fighting
about property, passing laws to pre
' vent stealing and profiteering, While
satan has been robbing -us of many
of our dearest treasures.
I am standing with God, with the
Versailles peace treaty, with the Ten
'Commandments, with the women,
the churches and the God fearin
men, against war, mammon and Sab
brth breaking.
Mother's Day Service.
There will be a special service for
MOTHERS held at the -Methodist
Church next Sunday morning, May
7, beginning at l o'clock. Wo hope
to make this a great occasion because
we feel that all honor is due to the
motherhood of our land. Wo desire
to have every another whois inclined
to come our way, with 'us at ths
time. But you say, "What will we
do with our children?" Just bring
them, along and carry them to the
primary school room, which will be
4sed for a nursery , that day, and
there you will find Mesdames Henry
Hassler and Granville Sanders who
will be glad to entertain them for
you during this hour. With the
many small chairs and other con
veniences found there, this can be
easily done. We insist that each one
who is fortunate enough to have
mother spared them make special ar
rangements to have her present. If
your- mother has been, previously
called to her reward, then honor her
memory by being there as her repre
sentative. 'An important feature of
the service will bo special music
suited to the occasion. A general in
vitation is extended to the public.
Services will be held in the New
Church Chapel next Sunday morn
ing. ' The !Rev. Dr. Thomas A. King
will deliver the sermon and the pas
tor, Rev. L. G." Landenberger, will
conduct the service. The Holy Sup
per will oe celebrated. There will
be no afternoon mfeeting of the doc
trinal class. As the New Church
Chapel is very small for a -Sunday
evening service, Dr; King will occu
py the pulpit at the Methodist
Church in the evening, the pastor,
Rev. E. M. .Mathis, having kindly
granted the use of hi3 church. Dr.
King is pastor of the New Church
at Lakewood, Ohio, and , is consid
ered one of tho ablest ministers of
the Church pT the New Jerusalem.
His subject will be: "The Three Es
sentials of the Christian Religion
Jesus Christ, the Bible and Regen
eration." It is hoped a large audi
ence will be present to hear the noted
preacher and author.
To Be Incorporated the Union City
- Amusement Co.
Mingling With First Monday Crowd;
Speaks at Courthouse.
Senator L. E. Gwinn, from Tipton
County, candidate for Governor,
made a few remarks expressive of
appreciation for the opportunity of
meeting our people. He said that
he did not come to make a speech
but would have an appointment here
at some future' time to discuss the
issues of the campaign. M,r. Gwinn
Is a candidate for the Democratic
nomination and has a statement in
the papers which was published last
week. Mr. Gwinn, in private con
versation, says that he is in favor pf
an entire change in our tax system.
He says that we have tried for years
and for centuries to get a successful
plan for the collection of taxes on
personalty or invisible property, and
every effort has been a failure, un
til the collection of such taxes has
become a joke. H.e therefore favors
a system which will give every coun
ty entire control of its own tax funds
the assessment and collection of its
own taxes', and that the State de
partment have nothing whatever to
do with such funds that the State
taxes be handle as a separate and
distinct fund and under a separate
department. He feels that the col
lection of county taxes by the State
to be turned into the State t.easury
and then again distributed among
the counties forms a system that is
complex and altogether-impractical
and which works an injury to the
taxpayer who has the land or visible
property. "
The people here woifld no doubt
"be ,glad to see more of Mr. Gwinn
and hear more o this tax proposition.
R. H. 'Rust and R. C. Jackson,
this city, both' prominent young men
In business affairs, last week took
over the plant of Jimmie's Playhouse,
heretofore conducted as one of Jim-
mie Boyd's amusement enterprises
under the management of Lyle H.
Boyd, the purchase and transfer of
the property taking place immediate
ly. Consideration of the sale, $10,
We are Informed by the new own
ers that articles of incorporation
have been filed under the name of
the Union City Amusement Co., and
the house will continue under the
management of Mr. Lyle Boyd, to
present to its Union City patrons on
ly the highest class screen attrac
tions. Some of the service is indeed
ahead of city time, as illustrated by
the Yankee Colonel and others,
which appeared here before they did
in Memphis and other ' Southern
cities. '
As soon as the charter is issued
the company will be organized.' This
is one of the modern playhouses in
Southern towns, with its elaborate
pipe organ,, seating arrangements,
service, etc., and has been giving its
patrons some xtra fine attractions
Impressive Ceremonies in Montgom
ery, Alabama.
Montgomery, Ala., April 27. The
birthplace of the Confederacy Wed
nesday paid tribute to the th usands
of Southern men who gave their
lives in support cf the government
which was founded in Montgomery
during the sixties. The capital where
the ordinance of secession was adopt
ed and where the plans for tho or
ganization " of the new government
were made was closed while all af
ficials and employes took part in
memorial exercises.
The ceremony was started with a
parade through the streets of the
city with Gen. -Hal. T. Walker as
grand marshal and Col. Bihh Graves
as aspistant grand marshal.
Resolutions Adopted by Mass Meet-
ing at Courthouse.
A number of citizens and taxpay
ers, especially interested and con
cerned about the extravagance , of
State government and the tax --system,
met last Monday at the court
house. As far as party is concerned
most, or practically all, of those pres
ent were Democrats. T. C. Callicott,
chairman of the county Democratic
executive committee, was called to
the chair, and E. H. Marshall and E.
P. Waddell, of the press, were elected
Senator D. P. Caldwell was present
and requested to make an ' address.
Mr. Caldwell opend vp by calling at
tention to the fact that generalities
have some time ago lost their force
in dealing with political questions.
What the people now demand is facts
and figures. In the first place our
taxing system needs attention. Taxes
are bearing from time to time more
heavily on the agricultural classes
and gradually lighter upon industrial
and financial corporations and inter
ests. There need to be some specific
measures to force every class of tax
payers to bear its proportionate part
of State and county taxes.
Mr. Caldwell read a list of the
State departments and officers and
the increase in salaries and appropri
ations for samo from 1917 to 1921,
with a total Increase for the period
of $545,000. To this was added the
establishment of tax department and
department cf entomology, $101,000,,
making altogether $646,000. Now
to this again was added an increase
of $525,000 for the University of Ten
nessee; also the three per cent extra
tax for elementary schools to be dis
tributed to counties increasing their
own elementary school tax, $517,000.
These totals are all increases from
1917 to 1921, and make a grand to
tal of $1,688,000, which Mr. Cald
well intimates could be saved to the
people of Tennessee with a return
to the old regime.
- Dr. White, of Rives, then proposed
some resolutions (incorporating the
demands of the taxpayers and citi
zens present and asking that these
resolutions be submitted to the can
didates for Governor and the General
Assembly for i their approval a,nd
guidance in the coming State Assem
bly and administration.
The resolutions as follows were
adopted unanimously:
Union City, Tenn., May 1, 1922.
Realizing the fact that State
government in Tennessee has fallen
into the hands of legislative and ex
ecutive administrators and represen
tatives who are no longer guided by
unselfish and patriotic motives;
that special interests and class in
terests are dominant and active in
the shaping of legislation and in
the administration of State govern
ment; fnat representatives have been
found guilty of violating the oath of
office;' that the plain citizen and the
tax payer of Tennessee is not count
ed as an equation in the public af
fairs of the State of Tennessee.
Therefore we, as citizens of Obion
County, do this day offrr and insist
upon the following resolutions and
ask our candidates i for Governor
and the General Assembly to give
them their fair and honest judg
ment: :
Resolved, That taxation is the
most important function of govern
ment and that the most urgent de
mand is tax reform; that the system
in Tennessee has been revised with
out relief; that revision has been so
incomplete that instead of balancing
the burdens of taxation, the burden
upon the agricultural classes has
"been increased, while imon the cor
porations and financial interests it
has been reduced. We therefore
hereby declare and affirm that the
system is a constitutional deformity
and should be entrusted to the hands
of honest men in the Legislature.
who will make it their solemn duty
to see that taxation in Tennessee
shall be made to bear equally and
alike upon all classes specifically
that corporations and moneyed in
terests shall pay their Just portion
of the taxes.
Resolved, That the institution in
Tennessee known as the back tax
organization be forever abolished
and that the county trustees of the
State, or the counties themselves,
have entire jurisdiction as to the
collection of delinquent taxes.
Resolved, That the present fiscal
system in Tennessee is a business
and financial monstrosity; that the
practice of running the State in
debt .and Issuing bonus without ap
parent regard for State credit should
be wholly condemned; that there
can be no security and stability of
government until .appropriations and
current expend'tures are confined to
fax oturns and revenues provided
for the use of the State. t ,
Resolved, That we do not approve
of the manner in which the school
interests of the State are conducted;
that it is unjust to the school chil
dren of Tennessee to foster higher
education and vocational training at
the expense of the elementary or
common schools; that, if necessary
in order that the children in every
county of the State shall have an
eight months school each year, the
State Normal schools be consolidated
into one school and all duplication in
these normal schools be discontin
ued; that the tax from the Universi
ty of Tennessee be reduced to an
economic necessity, and that the poly
technic school be deeded to the coun
ty in which it is located or aban
doned. Resolved, That it is inconceivable
why State taxes should be imposed
upon the people of the State for a
duplicated school system in the coun
ties where the State Normals are lo
cated, i.e.: primary, elementary and
high school branches in both the
public school and the State Normal
school. It is simply duplication
and double taxation without gener
ally advancing the public interests
of the State in a commensurate way.
One normal school in Tennessee,
stripped of useless promotion and
duplication, will cost the people in
finitely less and with a great deal
better efficiency and satisfactin.
That one normal should be in the
center of the State.
Resolved, That we are unalterably
opposed to a Stae fair tax of any
kind, State fair appropriations of any
character, and the further efforts of
the State fair manager to transfer the
State fair debt of Davidson County
$200,000, to tho State of Tennessee
It is our judgment that the advan
tages to the people of the State from
tho State fair are infinitely small and
that State fair ownership aad opera
tion is a species cf socialism obnox
ious to the principles of pure dem
Resolved, That the 9 long made
pledge of discarding useless public
denartments and officials should be
redeemed, that the State should take
a determined stand for public service
Resolved, That the legislative bo
nus be condemned and that the State
constitution be amended so as to
brovide fixed salaries for members
commensurate and adequate for ac
tual service and personal expenses.
Resolved, That other important
matters should be provided for by
constitutional changes or amend
ments, but a reform as above indi
cated should begin at once.
The following amendments were
offered and adopted:
Resolved, That we are opposed to
the present centralization of school
and road money being sent to Nash
ville for distribution.
Resolved, That "we favor the re
peal of that provision of the poll tax
election law requiring the payment
of poll tax 60 days before the next
following election.
Resolved, That we oppose the
plans of the Tennessee Good Roads
Association to ask the Legislature for
a $50,000,000 bond issue by the State
to build State highways in Tennes
Resolved, That the departments
and offices of the State be consoli
dated and simplified and conducted
with less expense and with possibly
a greater degree of efficiency.
Washington, Apr. 27. The bodies
of three Tennesseans are included
among the sixty-four soldier dead
brought from overseas to be buried
in Arlington National Cemetery to
day. They, with the next of kin,
Private Bruce M. Colback, next of
kin Noah Colback, Jefferson City;
Sergt. James A. Latham, next of kin
Mrs. Essa E. Latham, Memphis;
Corp. Connie Hatkins Sherrlll, next
of kin Carvin D. Holladay, Westport.
Are you going to buy a fan this
spring? If you are, see us first.
Averitt Electric.
will speak on
"Modern Day Delusions"
3 o'clock,
Sunday Afternoon, May 7
And at 8 o'clock Sunday evening, on
"The Fieri Furnace ol the 20th
Come, bring your friends and hear these vital subjects pre
sented by one who believes in God's word from cover to
Meetings twice daily, during the week.
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And of course it has all the Ford econ
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Union City, Tenn.
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